Pharmaceutical Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on neurology in February 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on neurology in February 2020
1. Eric Topol’s neurology tweet on a novel digital intervention for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Eric Topol, a geneticist and scientist, shared an article to understand whether digital therapeutics can improve the attentional performance in children suffering with attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
He added that digital therapeutics has proved to be effective in improving cognitive deficits related to the disorder. For example, the AKL-T01 is designed to target attention through an at-home play for 25 min every day, five days a week for four weeks. The article further stated that this digital intervention required further research, and could address many limitations associated with drug abuse, insurance coverage, and side effects.
There's something much better than Ritalin to help kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (#ADHD) and it's not a pill. It's a video game, validated in a randomized, controlled trialhttps://t.co/Xikx0fUNa4 @LancetDigitalH by @skollins1 @StephenFaraone and colleagues pic.twitter.com/AKn6F4rMUX
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) February 25, 2020
Username: Eric Topol
Twitter handle: @EricTopol
2. Ammar Al-Chalabi’s tweet on the need to develop a cure for ALS
Ammar Al-Chalabi, a consultant neurologist, shared an article on the need to develop a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The article further revealed that one in 300 people were at a risk of developing the disease, which equals the risk of multiple sclerosis in the UK.
Also known as motor neuron disease (MND), studies have shown the disease to affect approximately 30,000 people in the US, with 5,000 cases added every year. Currently, there is no viable treatment or cure for the disease.
The risk of developing #ALS #MND is 1 in 300 as we showed in this paper: https://t.co/kQadatpw2G
That means one in every 300 people will develop ALS. That is the same risk as multiple sclerosis in the UK. ALS only seems rare because it shortens life. We desperately need a cure. https://t.co/Lnz1fFtIy5
— Ammar Al-Chalabi (@AmmarAlChalabi) February 16, 2020
Username: Ammar Al-Chalabi
Twitter handle: @AmmarAlChalabi
3. Nick Ward’s neurology tweet on pushing the limits of recovery in chronic stroke survivors
Nick Ward, a professor of clinical neurology and neurorehabilitation, shared an article on the Queen Square Upper Limb (QSUL) Neurorehabilitation Programme. A service provided by the National Health Service in the UK, the programme provides 90 hours of therapy for over three weeks to stroke survivors suffering with upper limb impairment. The study aimed at exploring the perceptions of the survivors, clinicians, and the carers.
Just out – Pushing the limits of recovery in chronic stroke survivors: User perceptions of the Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Programme. https://t.co/bERcUWsttc from @kawrightkelly @franbrander @AmandaStrawson @kate_hayward_ @uclh @UCLIoN @TheStrokeAssoc
— Nick Ward (@dr_nickward) January 14, 2020
Username: Nick Ward
Twitter handle: @dr_nickward
4. Tom Pollak’s tweet on the association between influenza and schizophrenia
Tom Pollak, an adult psychiatrist, shared an article on the historical association between influenza and psychosis. The article stated that a number of ecological studies have already suggested that maternal influenza infection can increase the risk of psychosis in children.
Though there is no clear evidence of the genetic liability, the study does suggest that influenza infection can cause a number of effects during and after child birth. This, in turn, could lead to unexpected neurodevelopment courses, in the form of acute psychoses or schizophrenia.
JUST PUBLISHED (w slightly unnerving timing given current viral anxieties): our review led by @adapkepinska + Robin Murray, Bob Yolken, Tony Vernon and Con Iyegbe – on historical associations between influenza + psychosis, possible underlying mechanisms.https://t.co/bEFzqdlwQl
— Tom Pollak (@tompollak) February 26, 2020
Username: Tom Pollak
Twitter handle: @tompollak
5. Amaal Starling’s tweet on dealing with the stigma of migraine
Amaal Starling, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, Arizona, tweeted on migraine not being any one’s individual fault, but a genetic neurologic disorder. The influencer stated that migraine is the second major cause of disability across the world, and sufferers should not blame themselves for it.
— Amaal Starling, M.D. (she/her) (@AmaalStarlingMD) February 4, 2020
Username: Amaal Starling
Twitter handle: @AmaalStarling
6. Vaughan Bell’s tweet on UK ignoring the mental health crisis in Northern Ireland
Vaughan Bell, a neuropsychologist, shared an article on the situation in Northern Ireland, which receives the least mental health provisions by the UK mental health community. The influencer further noted that tackling suicide rates in Northern Ireland remained a priority for the Department of Health (DoH).
With the highest prevalence of mental health problems in the UK, people gathered in Stormont to protest for better mental health services in Northern Ireland.
Always slightly mystified why the situation in Northern Ireland gets ignored by the wider UK mental health community.
30+ years of armed conflict, highest prevalence of mental health problems in the UK, shockingly low level of investment in services. https://t.co/9EdGcEsfS7
— Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell) February 2, 2020
Username: Vaughan Bell
Twitter handle: @vaughanbell
7. Dorothy Bishop’s tweet on eugenics
Dorothy Bishop, a professor of developmental neuropsychology, tweeted that if humans were given a chance to select ‘good things’, as per the eugenics policy, they would choose tolerance. However, in such a case nobody would want such a policy.
She retweeted in response to Ian Birrell’s views, who noted that eugenics is about selecting good things. Likewise, intelligence is largely inherited and leads to better outcomes such as better health, and lower mental illnesses.
If we wanted to select for 'good things' that would benefit the human race, we would select for people who were tolerant and did not think they were superior to everyone else. But they wouldn't want us to adopt a eugenics policy in the first place. https://t.co/oJ3oNkjNXW
— Dorothy Bishop (@deevybee) February 16, 2020
Username: Dorothy Bishop
Twitter handle: @deevybee
8. GrowingUpAutistic’s tweet on dealing with autism
Libby, an autistic adult, tweeted on how challenging it is to work in busy and social environments. However, it is very rewarding, as she explains how she suffered from social anxiety and mutism as a kid, but now is happy and doing well at work.
I work in retail & today my manager said to me that I’m always happy/positive & it’s nice to see. This is a big compliment because as a child I didn’t speak to others as I had social anxiety & #Mutism. Working in a busy/social environment is a challenge but very rewarding.#Autism
— GrowingUpAutistic (@LibbyAutism) February 4, 2020
Twitter handle: @LibbyAutism
9. Gavin Giovannoni’s tweet on DMTs converting RRMS into PPMS or smouldering MS
Gavin Giovannoni, a neurologist, shared an article on how DMTs such as DMT pills or injections convert RRMS into PPMS, a condition where people have more advanced form of multiple sclerosis. The article further noted that as patients lose more reserve in this condition, the treatment response is less in PPMS and SPMS.
Don't get depressed when I say DMTs convert RRMS into PPMS or smouldering MS. I have now added a post-script and infographic to explain what happens. It is not all bad news. #SmoulderingMS https://t.co/UtATijJzI4 pic.twitter.com/MbIO51kyTn
— Gavin Giovannoni (@GavinGiovannoni) February 20, 2020
Twitter handle: @GavinGiovannoni
10. Dr Edward Wild’s tweet on the Tominersen drug for Huntington’s disease
Dr Edward Wild, a consultant neurologist, shared an article on the preliminary results of the 15-month old open-label extension (OLE) study. The analysis evaluated the long-term safety, tolerability and biomarker effects of Tominersen (RG6042) in participants. It was further found that the antisense drug designed to reduce the production of the huntingtin (HTT) protein in Huntington’s disease, was more suitable for chronic dosing paradigms.
— Prof Ed Wild 💙 (@ProfEdWild) February 28, 2020
Username: Dr Ed Wild
Twitter handle: @DrEdWild