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Neurology meeting in Perugia under the patronage of the Società Italiana di Neurologia. Hosted by the Neurolgy Department University of Perugia, Paolo Calabresi, Aroldo Rossi, Lucilla Parnetti, Nicola Tambasco.
First ever as far as i know. I can remember in 1996 a joint tosco-umbro meeting at palazzo Murena.

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The PREvention of VENous Thromboembolism In Hemorrhagic Stroke patients (PREVENTIHS) study started in june.

An Italian national  randomized open label trial, with blind follow on LMWH vs standard care in primary prevention of DVT or PE in hemorrhagic stroke. Coordinated by the Stroke Unit of Perugia University. Enrollement time 2 years planned size for 240 patients.

Participating centres:

Dipartimento di Medicina interna, Varese,

Stroke Unit, Reggio Emilia,

Medicina Interna,Ferrara,

Medicina Interna, Cecina,

Stroke Unit, Mantova,

Medicina Interna Vimercate,

Stroke Unit, Bologna

Unità Ictus San Giovanni Battista, Foligno.

In the Jan issue of Neuroepidemiology statements and commentaries regarding epidemiological confounders found in Arab countries.

Editorial projects available in scientific journals have focused on global issues but often alien to our sensibilities.
Driven regionalism offers shop windows especially in the robust Anglo French or German groups. The oldest journals do not receive private or government support or and tend to disappear.
Is diffuse the feeling that new emerging economies are pumping energies and fresh money on publications with “etherogeneous” but well indexed projects.
As we speak on the widely popular open source projects we arrive to qualify them often as second-class operations and sometimes depressive fund raising acitivities.
It’s time to channel scarce resources left on what it may mean more to our communities. We look forward initiatives that may lead to a new renaissance of our universities and minds.

Stroke Track is an Acute Stroke Checklist developed at Michigan University as a training toolk for iPhone.

It nicely reports demo data of the lysis candidate, NIH measurement as well as rTPA dosage.  This free app available at iTunes store together with MediMath represent the most relevant iPhone tool available for stroke in the3 acute phase and recovery. Sill much may be improved to offer a better tailored panel of stroke tool for trainees as well as stroke doctors

From funny experiments to other initiatives publication bias is a big problem  for modern research. Researchers publish only favorable results, and it can have far-reaching consequences.

Pharmaceutical companies, for example, are notorious for manipulating the data in this way, potentially very dangerous when the lives of patients are at risk.

When a medical company has spent tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on research, it is tempting to bury any results that support the null hypothesis.

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies are businesses, attempting to maximize profits, and there is always the temptation to promote products, even when they have been shown to be ineffective or even potentially harmful.

The Italian online version of the Merck manual depict uncommon cerebrovascular syndromes (subclavian steal, drop attack). Seems not updated since long time.  Dipiridamole, according to the web page,  is considered not effective. The chapter ends with something that sounds like “…a an aggressive treatment for stroke is not recommended…”.

“… Il trattamento aggressivo non sempre è giustificato, specialmente quando i deficit neurologici sono gravi o quando vi siano comorbilità associate (v. Cap. 294)....”