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Letter to the Editor: Beyond Robotics and Virtual Reality: It’s Time to go Back to the Patient!

Letter to the Editor: Beyond Robotics and Virtual Reality: It’s Time to go Back to the Patient!

| July 1, 2021

Dear Editor: There is great scientific activity regarding robotics, virtual reality (VR), telehealth, and digital medicine.1–2 A “mischievous” point of view could tell that they are running after the real life, like the poor boy’s finger in the Harlem Dam hole. Evidence-based medicine, cost/efficacy ratio, and consensus papers are trying to put the hat over […]

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Letter to the Editor: Beware of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome in COVID-19 Pandemic

Letter to the Editor: Beware of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome in COVID-19 Pandemic

| July 1, 2021

Dear Editor: I read with great interest the recent article by Buttar et al1 detailing fatal consequences of the chronic neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) from the United States. The authors prescribed the challenges of treating psychiatric patients with the possibility of NMS. They also indicated that ethnic groups concerning metabolic enzyme polymorphisms for antipsychotics, such […]

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Letter to the Editor: Adjunct Ketamine in Electroconvulsive Therapy

Letter to the Editor: Adjunct Ketamine in Electroconvulsive Therapy

| July 1, 2021

Dear Editor: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical treatment that involves the electrical stimulation of the brain under general anesthesia. This treatment modality has been utilized worldwide for over 80 years.1 According to the American Psychiatric Association, ECT is indicated for major depression, mania, and schizophrenia.2 Unfortunately, there are occasions in which a psychiatrist is […]

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Letters to the Editor: What About Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease?

Letters to the Editor: What About Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease?

| January 1, 2021

Dear Editor: Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects over 600,000 patients in the United States; these numbers might double by 2040, as the population of older people increases.1 Diagnostic clues include the signs of resting tremor, bradykinesia, muscle rigidity, and postural imbalance. However, these clinical indicators might be inaccurate much of the time. A low rate of […]

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Letters to the Editor: Nonresponsive myasthenia is suspicious for congenital myasthenic syndrome or myopathy

Letters to the Editor: Nonresponsive myasthenia is suspicious for congenital myasthenic syndrome or myopathy

| October 1, 2020

Dear Editor: We read the excellent article by Diaz-Abad et al1 about a 54-year-old male patient with double seronegative myasthenia gravis. In the article, Diaz et al1 explained the patient did not tolerate pyridostigmine or steroids and did not respond sufficiently to immunoglobulins or plasmapheresis. However, respiratory failure (due to involvement of the respiratory muscles), […]

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Frontiers in Detecting Consciousness: The Growing Use of EEG Analysis

Frontiers in Detecting Consciousness: The Growing Use of EEG Analysis

| July 1, 2020

Dear Editors: There is growing scientific interest regarding the use of electroencephalogram (EEG) and multivariate analysis as a means to classify states of consciousness. A recent work assessed the validity of 28 potential EEG markers of consciousness, using the Disorders of Consciousness (DoC)-Forest (the name of the algorithm) tool, to establish states of awareness in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Is Dropped Head Syndrome in Sporadic Late-onset Nemaline Myopathy Always Untreatable?

Letter to the Editor: Is Dropped Head Syndrome in Sporadic Late-onset Nemaline Myopathy Always Untreatable?

| April 1, 2020

Dear Editor: Dropped head syndrome (DHS) is a rare condition characterized by cervical paraspinal muscles weakness that causes a recognizable deformity with various degrees of “chin on chest” posture.1–3 Though the etiology of DHS is still unclear, some authors have suggested aging-related postural changes to be a mechanical cause of the disease.2,3 Moreover, DHS might […]

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Letter to the Editor: Role of Horse-assisted Therapy in the Rehabilitation Field: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

Letter to the Editor: Role of Horse-assisted Therapy in the Rehabilitation Field: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

| January 1, 2020

Dear Editor: Central and peripheral nervous system lesions might induce paralysis, weakness, and/or loss of dexterity, which are the main target of rehabilitative interventions.1 In fact, a specific training with intensive practice on actions in an appropriate context is mandatory to regain specific skills. Further, to reduce disability and improve quality of life in patients […]

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