2014 · 2014 International Symposium - Brussels · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

Respiratory Management in ALS – Session 8B from Brussels


Discussion of respiratory management in caring for ALS patients is essential for their comfort, health and end-of-life decisions. This session covered a range of information from original diagnosis of respiratory failure, use of a diaphragm pacing system and experiences of termination or failure of ventilation from the perspectives of health professionals working in ALS centres…… Continue reading Respiratory Management in ALS – Session 8B from Brussels

2014 · 2014 International Symposium - Brussels · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

Copper Room with a View – End of Life Discussions


Posted on behalf of George Aynsley (Liverpool, UK): In my final post from the symposium, I report on the End of Life Discussion session: This was a fascinating session as it brought 3 superb international speakers into the forum. Given the varying legality of euthanasia across countries, a discussion highlighting differing approaches was elucidating. I…… Continue reading Copper Room with a View – End of Life Discussions

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Copper Room with a View – Care Practice


Posted on behalf of George Aynsley (Liverpool, UK): In my second post, I report back on the Care Practice session: Digitalisation As we succumb to the digital age, recognising how it infiltrates all aspects of how we practise healthcare, being wary of the pros and cons, means we can utilise it and apply it in…… Continue reading Copper Room with a View – Care Practice

2014 · 2014 International Symposium - Brussels · Clinical · Healthcare · Insights

Copper Room with a View – Assistive Technologies


Posted on behalf of George Aynsley (Liverpool, UK): A Medical Student’s First Conference… The MND Association Symposium 2014 was a complete success. Spending my time in the clinical sessions, digesting the wealth of viewpoints from the array of speakers, I’ve realised just how complex and diverse ALS is. This meeting of an international community is…… Continue reading Copper Room with a View – Assistive Technologies

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Biomarkers II


Diagnostic utility of threshold tracking TMS in ALS – STARD study One of the running themes of the symposium was that we need more tools for early and reliable diagnosis of ALS.  This presentation talked about assessing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a diagnostic test. Clinical examination has been the gold standard for identifying signs…… Continue reading Biomarkers II