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Brain Waves #23: Damaged Nerves

Dr Azlina Ahmad Annuar returns to the programme with the latest on peripheral neuropathies, which affect the motor and sensory nerves. Joining her in this month’s episode of Brain Waves are two of her longtime collaborators to look at recent developments in this field.

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Doctor in the House: Motor Neuron Disease

The recent death of Professor Stephen Hawking due to motor neuron disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has cast limelight on the rare disorder. Professor Dr Nortina Shahrizaila and Dr Loh Ee Chin share more about how the Motor Neurone Disease Clinic in University Malaya Medical Centre. They talk about the multidisciplinary approach to help patients.

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Review: ALS and MND in Asia

In this podcast, Dr Nortina Shahrizaila, a neurologist from the University of Malaya, talks about her review regarding Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and motor neuron syndromes in Asia. She discusses with Elizabeth Highton what is known of ALS in Asia from an epidemiological perspective through to disease characterisation and particular phenotypes which can be seen in Asian patients.

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Motor Neuron Disease

In 2014, it would have been impossible to avoid seeing people pouring buckets of ice-cold water over themselves. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign raise hundreds of millions of dollars for a disease that most of us knew little about—motor neurone disease. It’s a disease in which nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord break down, and the individual struggles to walk and speak. Even breathing becomes a challenge. We find out more about motor neuron disease from Prof. Dr Goh Khean Jin, consultant neurologist and Soo Cheong Futt, the Vice Chairman of MND Malaysia.

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