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Identifying Candidates for Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD

November/December 2012—Appropriate patient selection, pre-operative assessments, and careful patient counseling are all essential components to successful DBS in PD.

New Study Offers Insights on STN vs. GPi Bilateral DBS for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

A Q&A With Rob M. A. De Bie, MD And Vincent J. J. Odekerken, MD

November/December 2012—The newly published results of the NSTAPS study, a randomised controlled trial, found that STN DBS offered greater improvement in motor symptoms and effects on disability.

Restless Legs Syndrome: An Update

Zac Haughn, Senior Associate Editor

November/December 2012—The past six months have seen new research and new treatment guidelines for RLS. We take a closer look here.

The Pen Test

Daniel A. Jones, MD, ABPN, ABSM

May/June 2012—A proposed test to measure fine finger control in Parkinson’s is accessible and cost effective. Can it catch on?

The Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome

Deborah Hall MD, PhD and Elizabeth Berry-Kravis MD, PhD, Kathleen M. Shannon, MD, Section Editor

July/August 2009—Relatively recently described, FXTAS is a progressive genetic disorder for which there is no cure, but symptomatic therapy is indicated.


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