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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 191-192
 

An exiting year is giving way to another that holds much promise


Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011, India

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Sanjeev V Thomas
Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.29199

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Thomas SV. An exiting year is giving way to another that holds much promise. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2006;9:191-2

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Indian Academy of Neurology had a wonderful annual meeting at Bangalore. The organizing committee and the scientific committee of this annual meeting deserve special comments for organizing a conference with high academic standards. The meeting also had the highest ever attendance in the history of the academy. The organizing committee worked in close cooperation with the editorial board and publishers of the journal in order to bring out the abstracts of the conference as the first supplement for our journal. This supplement will be dispatched along with this issue, to those subscribers who did not attend the annual meeting of the IAN in Bangalore. I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death or morbidity in India and elsewhere. There had been considerable progress in the understanding of pathogenesis and recovery process of various stroke syndromes. The time factor in the management of various stroke syndromes has been highlighted in the recent past. Management of patients with acute stroke in specialized stroke units can reduce the mortality, risk of complications and long-term disability and thereby reduce the cost of the illness to the community. Professor Arjundas has traced the history of stroke care in India in his JC Chopra Oration at the last annual meeting of the IAN. We are pleased to reproduce this oration for the benefit of the readers. There are several lacunae in the organization and delivery of acute care for stroke in India. A concerted effort from the neurologists, hospitals, government authorities and public is necessary to improve the management of acute stroke in our country. Several centers with special interest in stroke are operating in various parts of this country. Their observations and experiences as well as the results of well-conducted studies on management of stroke in our country need to be published.

Technological advances in the pharmaceutical industry have improved the pharmacological treatment of various diseases. Advances in the drug delivery systems and pharmaceutics have eased the administration drugs to the patients. Controlled release formulations tend to offer sustained bioavailability of the drugs over a longer period of time without wide fluctuations. This has increased the compliance to therapy by reducing the need for repeated administrations at short interval and by reducing the side-effect profile in some instances. Controlled release preparations of several drugs are available today. Several technologies go behind these newer formulations with longer duration of action. Clinicians need to have the basic knowledge of these technologies while prescribing them to the patients. In this issue, we have invited Professor Pandit and colleagues to discuss the technological and clinical aspects of controlled release formulations for the readers.

Parasitic meningoencephalitis is rare but is an important treatable neurological condition. Eosinophilic meningitis is one such condition on which very little information is available from India. Dr. Parameswaran had compiled several such cases in a short period of time. He has shown that Angiostrongylus cantonensis is the possible etiological organism in these cases of eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. It is fascinating how superstitious beliefs and traditions lead to unique means of spread of diseases. A. cantonensis is a common infection in snail and monitor lizards but seldom spreads to human beings unless the latter consumes uncooked meat products of the former. Rarely, it can spread to even vegetarians by contamination from mere contact of human food material by snails.

Tuberculosis continues to be one of the most important infections prevalent in this part of the world. It can affect any organ. Awasthy and co-authors have described a series of patients with tuberculosis of the calvarium, which is rather uncommon. Unlike descriptions from abroad, calvarial tuberculosis was reported in immunocompetent patients. The imaging characteristics of these patients are worth remembering.

We are introducing yet another new feature in this issue, namely clinicopathological conference. The inaugural CPC is on an unusual case of meningitis, in which the precise diagnosis eluded the clinicians despite extensive investigations. Meningitis is a common, yet, serious problem that neurologists are called upon to manage regularly. This CPC provides extensive discussion on diagnostic approach in such cases.

This is the last issue of the journal in 2006. We were able to bring out all the issues on time. The responses and comments from the readers and members of the academy had been very encouraging to all of us in the editorial board. We would like to thank all the distinguished neurologists who had served on the editorial advisory board. A large number of experts in various fields had offered their precious time and intellect to the journal by reviewing the articles. They had kept the time restrictions that we had imposed on them. I would like to acknowledge with gratitude their yeomen services to the journal. Ms. Medknow Publications had taken care of all the aspects of publication of the journal in the hard copy as well as the online version. I would also like to thank the various pharmaceutical companies that had placed advertisements in the journal. Several persons and groups have worked silently in the background to maintain the high standards of the journal. I would like to thank all of them for their services. Let us hope that the journal will improve further in the years to come. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a bright New Year.




 

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