AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

AANEM Releases Consensus Statement on EDX Testing in Pediatrics

Nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography, collectively known as electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies, have been available for pediatric patients for decades, but the accessibility of this diagnostic modality and the approach to testing vary significantly depending on the physician and institution.

Science News: Inhibition of Natriuretic Peptide Receptor 1 Reduces Itch in Mice

Submitted by Hristelina Ilieva, MD, PhD
Edited by Elliot Bodofsky, MD

Neuromuscular specialists see a variety of neuropathies, particularly uremic neuropathy patients, with very frequent complaints of itching. Being aware of the neurophysiology and that future therapeutic targets exist will be helpful.

Science News: Schwann Cell Transcript Biomarkers For Hereditary Neuropathy Skin Biopsies

Submitted by Clark Pinyan, MD
Edited by Nandita Keole, MD

This article strives to help the reader understand the expanding potential of skin biopsy. As treatments emerge for CMT, skin biopsy may prove a useful marker for treatment response or disease progression.

Science News: Smoking and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Mendelian Randomization Study

Submitted by Clark Pinyan, MD
Edited by Nandita Keole, MD

Authors examined the potential causal effect of smoking on ALS using Mendelian randomization method. Genome-wide association study data was reviewed for loci associated with smoking (current or ever smoked).

Science News: Compound Muscle Action Potential Amplitude Predicts the Severity of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Submitted by Elliot Bodofsky, MD
Edited by Nandita Keole, MD

This article suggests a different parameter is useful for determining Cubital Tunnel Syndrome severity. It helps in clarifying the arguments for using First Dorsal Interosseous amplitude to assess Cubital Tunnel Syndrome severity. 

Science News: Role of Ultrasonography in Severe Distal Median Nerve Neuropathy

Submitted by Rocio (Carolina) Garcia Santibanez, MD
Edited by Lisa Williams, MD

This study looked at the use of ultrasound in 46 patients with clinical and electrophysiologic evidence of severe carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Patients with peripheral neuropathy and a history of carpal tunnel surgery were excluded.

Received a Solicitation for EDX Services? Send it to AANEM

The AANEM Policy Department is seeking flyers, brochures, emails and any other solicitations sent out to physicians offering “get rich quick schemes” involving EDX testing.

Science News: Shared Polygenic Risk and Causal Inferences in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Submitted by Clark Pinyan, MD, MPH
Edited by Lisa Williams, MD

In this no-hypothesis exploratory study, there is some genetic confirmation of epidemiologically suggested risks for ALS including smoking, lower education and hyperlipidemia, though the traditional epidemiological studies for low-density lipoprotein and ALS are somewhat mixed.

Exciting Workshops Coming to 2019 AANEM Annual Meeting

Get an inside look at some of the exciting workshops coming up at the 2019 AANEM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The meeting will take place from October 16-19 at the J.W. Marriott Resort in Austin.







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