Category Archives: neurology

As researchers unlock the brain’s mysteries, let’s not overlook the real questions

Covering the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) 67th annual meeting in Washington – a gathering of nearly 13,000 clinicians, researchers, students, industry reps and even a few patients – was an exercise in exhaustion and a labor of love. I…

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Statistical Tinkering in Device Regulation a Disservice to Patients

Despite the regulatory approval of new antiepileptic drugs (AED) over the past decade and the expansion of indications deemed suitable for epilepsy surgery, individuals with intractable seizures – roughly one in three epilepsy patients – still face a dearth of…

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A Modest Proposal to the IgNobel Committee

I always love reading about the IgNobel Prizes. The stated goal of the prize is to reward research that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think.” And this year’s crop of winners once again succeeds at those tasks….

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Sinners, Repent? No. Scientists, Relent!

Reading last weekend’s Wall Street Journal review of “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It” I was struck by an anecdote. It’s about an interview the reviewer did with a scientist who works in the field…

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