AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

AANEM Foundation Funds Study Focused on Quality EDX

The AANEM Foundation has committed over $245,000 to a project evaluating the quality of electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies in patients with suspected carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). “In the current environment of having to prove quality, this study is key for the future for our members,” noted Dr. Vincent Tranchitella, who spearheaded the project while serving as AANEM President in 2014-15.

AANEM Foundation Steps Up Funding for Research

The AANEM Foundation has made significant steps toward funding research in neuromuscular medicine.
Thanks to our partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the AANEM is currently co-funding four studies: 

Advocacy Update from Capitol Hill

Ahead of the President’s Day congressional recess, the Senate worked overtime to confirm key nominees to join President Trump’s cabinet. Most notably, former Georgia Congressman Tom Price was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Posterior Interosseous Neuropathy: Supinator Syndrome vs. Fascicular Radial Neuropathy

This study in Neurology is an excellent review of PIN syndrome and radial nerve anatomy.

Early Diaphragm Pacing in Patients with ALS (RespiStim ALS): a Randomized Controlled Triple Blind Trial

While diaphragm pacing previously held much promise as a novel treatment for ALS, this study in Lancet Neurology indicates that diaphragm pacing reduces life expectancy and is associated with serious complications.

CMS Responds to AANEM Efforts

At the end of 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finally responded to repeated requests for information on agency efforts to curb fraud and abuse while ensuring quality of care in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.

A Comparison Between IVIg and Plasma Exchange as Preparations Before Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis Patients

This study in Acta Neurologica Belgica suggests that IVIg and plasma exchange may be comparable preparatory treatments for patients undergoing thymectomy.

Seeking Nominations for AANEM Board

The AANEM Nominating Committee seeks AANEM Board of Director candidates to present for election at the annual meeting.

High Risk of Cancer in Autoimmune Necrotizing Myopathies: Usefulness of Myositis Specific Antibody

This study in Brain sheds light on the relationship between necrotizing autoimmune myopathy antibody status and malignancy.

Myasthenia Gravis Treated with Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

This study in JAMA Neurology is a retrospective case series on refractory myasthenia gravis treated by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.