92 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • Re:Deep brain stimulation as a feedback control system
    Simon J Little

    We are very grateful to Dr Keller for his comments and support for the feedback control approach to deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. As he points out, "reducing or turning off the stimulation current when it is not needed conforms to the clinical axiom if it ain't broke, don't fix it". This is further borne out by a publication currently in press in this journal in which we show that feedback-controlled dee...

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  • Correction
    Narayan Rao Rao

    It is mentioned that Sherrington introduced the term Synapse. In fact the word synapse was introduced By Macheal Foster,then Professor of Physiology at Cambridge along with his mentor Arthur Woodllgar Verrall coined the word Synapse,meaning Clasp.Thus Sherrington made no such discovery,and is ti be credited only with having solicited the name. As he was working on Reflexes,he has advocated the physiological concept of Syn...

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  • Deep brain stimulation as a feedback control system
    David L. Keller

    As a physician with Parkinson's disease, and as a former Bell Labs electrical engineer, I recognize that Professor Brown's group is pursuing an important and fundamental improvement to deep brain stimulation. The theory of electronic feedback control systems has been extensively studied and applied in areas such as aircraft and missile guidance; Brown's work may expand the existing theoretical domain of control systems,...

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  • profound benefits for melatonin
    David Donohue

    We physicians are trained to push Rx medicines but increasingly we find that supplements are efficacious and safer. That melatonin is associated with weight loss is news to me. This paper does an excellent job summarizing the clinical implications and cautions in using melatonin. The dosage information is helpful as well.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Also patients with dementia need motor examination, but do we need more examination tools?
    Liuba Papeo

    In an editorial commentary accompanying a recent study on the prevalence of apraxia in dementia patients [1], Bak emphasizes two facts: 1) research in cognitive neuroscience is contributing to increase the awareness of a close relationship between cognitive and motor functions and, by extension, cognitive and motor disorders in clinical populations; 2) despite so, the examination of motor functions in patients with cogn...

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    Simona Balestrini

    Sir, We thank Kumar et al. for their interest in our recent article on retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFL) in people with epilepsy. In their letter they raise a few points that we would like to address.

    1. Comparison between people with epilepsy and healthy controls. They suggest that a comparison between people with drug-resistant versus non- resistant epilepsy might have been more appropriate. However, a...

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    Amith Kumar

    Sir, The recently published article titled "Retinal nerve fibre layer thinning is associated with drug resistance in epilepsy" by Balestrini S et al has been a refreshing approach into a common menace - refractory epilepsy. 30 to 40% of patients with seizure are classified as persistent seizures under AEDs among which refractory epilepsy is included. (1) Retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thinning is an easy and non invas...

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  • Short Montreal Cognitive Assessment (s-MOCA): validation study
    Andrew J. Larner

    Roalf et al. describe a short form of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (s-MOCA) comprising 8 items (score range 0-16) from the original MoCA.

    Data from a historical cohort administered the MoCA (n = 150)1 were examined to extract s-MoCA scores. There was high correlation between s- MoCA scores and MoCA and MMSE scores (0.94, 0.80 respectively).

    s-MoCA scores differed significantly (null hypothesis r...

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  • Response to 'The prognosis of acute symptomatic seizures after ischaemic stroke'.
    Elizabeth C. Galizia

    We read with interest the findings and recommendations by the authors. (1)

    Cerebrovascular disease accounts for the increasing burden of seizures and epilepsy in people over the age of 65 years. The distinction between acute and remote symptomatic seizures is highly relevant with implications both for prognosis and clinical management. Acute symptomatic seizures (ASS) following a cerebrovascular event are def...

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  • Leg stereotypy disorder: Not true stereotypy
    Sanjay Pandey
    We read the viewpoint on leg stereotypy1 by Joseph Jankovic with great interest. He has described leg stereotypy as repetitive, 1-4 Hz flexion extension, abduction-adduction movement at hips when the patient is seated and the feet rest on the floor.1 This movement has also been described to manifest as flexion extension at the knee joint or as tapping movement of foot.1 Patients as per this description have also been found to have...
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