eLetters

216 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Migraine: searching for pathophysiology in semantics and nosology
    Vinod K Gupta

    Dear Editor,

    While Pearce analyses the paper of Furman, Balaban, Jacob, and Marcus [1] with precision [2] insofar as migraine is concerned no suffix carries any pathophysiological import or diminishes the mystery of migraine. With both migraine [3] and dizziness having been around since antiquity, restraint is the key watchword that determines - or should determine - use of the term ‘new’ in describing any migraine...

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  • Alzheimer's results from low DHEA
    James M Howard

    Dear Editor,

    It is my hypothesis (1985) that Alzheimer's disease results from low DHEA. This has since been supported. HRT reduces DHEA production (Metabolism. 2001 Apr;50(4):488-93). This may be why HRT has recently been found to increase the onset of Alzheimer's disease. I suggest the past support of positive effects of HRT are due to a stimulus of DHEA production followed by loss of DHEA production with...

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  • Long duration asymmetrical postural tremor is likely to predict development of Parkinson’s disease a
    Elan D. Louis

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the paper of Chaudhuri et al. [1] on long duration asymmetrical postural tremor. Like all thought-provoking research, the paper raises many questions that lend themselves to further research and thought.

    The issue of the relationship between ET and parkinsonism is complicated and this study underscores the need for further longitudinal research to clarify dise...

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  • Migraine–anxiety related dizziness (MARD): a non-diagnosis?
    JMS Pearce

    Dear Editor,

    Furman, Balaban, Jacob and Marcus correctly conclude that “Migraine and anxiety are two conditions that are frequently associated with dizziness and balance disorders, and that, migraine and anxiety are comorbid”. . However, it’s difficult to agree with their assertion that: “MARD is a newly defined condition wherein a patient presents with a combination of a balance disorder, migraine, and anxiety.”...

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  • Dementia as a complication of schizophrenia: letter to editor
    Amardeep Kumar

    Dear editor,

    The paper provides an interesting perspective about schizophrenia. Even though Kraeplin described the illness as 'dementia praecox', it's intriguing to find paucity of literature mentioning dementia like features in schizophrenia.

    It appears from the paper that a significant minority of patients with schizophrenia may have such presentation. However,in such cases it's very difficult to label...

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  • Hypertensive response of water ingestion in chronic autonomic failure: refining underlying mechanism
    Vinod K Gupta

    Dear Editor,

    Young and Mathias studied the cardiovascular effects of rapid water ingestion in multiple system atrophy (MSA) and pure autonomic failure (PAF) and discuss the possible mechanisms responsible for the hypertensive response. [1] Involvement of increased sympathetic nerve activity or denervation supersensitivity appears unlikely. Besides the response being as great in PAF as in MSA (with a more rapid ons...

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