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Selected Highlighted News in the field of Autoimmune Encephalitis~ August 2021 1st Edition
In this Issue~
Our new program “Tuesday Tries” addresses the emotional support and rehabilitation AE patients and caregivers require in recovering from autoimmune encephalitis by building your resilience. The program utilizes science-based exercises from the work of PERMA; Seligman, 2012.
IAES wants to foster your capacity in the belief that better days are ahead! “Tuesday Tries” is about practicing a strengths-based approach by “normalizing the try;” celebrating critical milestones in the recovery and care of AE patients and caregivers in order to build a more resilient network of care.
A workbook organizer, “Growing Your Resilience” has been created to accompany the #AETuesdayTries program and is located on the ‘Apps and Tools for AE Warriors’ page in the section: ‘Building Your Resilience’ on the IAES website under the ‘For Patients’ tab. A link to download the organizer is also provided within your e-mail confirmation when you register.
The next monthly #AETuesdayTries zoom meet-up will take place August 31st and will always be the last Tuesday of each month. Join AE patients and caregivers of all ages and stages in their AE journey. Receive insights and encouragement from others and celebrate your critical milestones in recovery and care while building a more resilient personal AE network!
Your facilitator, Tessa McKenzie, IAES’ Chief Resilience Officer, is a life coach and studies “resilience” through her private practice, Envisage Vocation Creation and work with Johns Hopkins University’s Life Design Lab. Join Tessa and other AE patients and caregivers who are ready to “Share Your Try Tuesdays”. Tessa will provide prompts for the reframe of perceived failures as well as peer-to-peer validation of “wins” and opportunities for relationship building.
AE Study Seek Your Participation
AE Study Seeks Your Participation
Dr. Mastura Monif, a member of the IAES Medical Advisory board who is located in Australia, is conducting a study on Autoimmune Encephalitis and seeks patient participation.
Leads The Australian Autoimmune Encephalitis Consortium Project that consists of up to 13 health and academic centers around the country bringing national experts together to tackle the issue of Autoimmune Encephalitis facing the Australian population.
The group has formed The Australian Autoimmune Encephalitis Consortium bringing together national experts from 4 states around the country to tackle the issue of AE facing the Australian Health sector. With this study, they hope to produce the largest cohort of retrospective and prospective cases of AE in Australia with the aim of gaining a better understanding of disease trajectory as well as identifying key clinical, electroencephalogram/seizure phenotype, cellular and biochemical, radiological & cognitive biomarkers of disease onset, progression & outcome. This study brings together a collaborative & multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neuroimmunologists, epilepsy experts, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists. The findings are hoped to generate extensive data regarding AE as well as the production of clinical guidelines for early identification, diagnosis & treatment of these devastating conditions.
Patient Engagement Group
If anyone would like to be involved they can either email NeuroimmunologyResearch@monash.edu or you can complete an expression of interest on this form. contact Tiffany Rushen, the research coordinator for the project, if you have any questions.
Create a Time Capsule
Gratitude is good medicine ~ Make a ‘Happy Jar’
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for the good in your life and to return the kindnesses that you encounter daily.
A growing body of research is confirming that an ounce of gratitude is worth a pound of cure.
“The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and a leading scientific expert on the science of gratitude.
“It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep. Gratitude reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.
Emmons believes gratitude works because it allows individuals to celebrate the present and be an active participant in their own lives. By valuing and appreciating friends, oneself, situations and circumstances, it focuses the mind on what an individual already has rather than something that’s absent and is needed, he said.
ABI Rehabilitation From AE
Peak – Brain Training
Are you working on your cognitive rehabilitation from AE?
Peak is the fun, free brain training workout designed around you. Peak uses brain games and puzzles to challenge memory, language, and critical thinking to keep your mind active.
Free brain games to challenge your Memory, Attention, Math, Problem Solving, Mental Agility, Language, Coordination, Creativity, and Emotion Control.
In Tune With Your Brain: Neuroscience and the power of music
What happens in your brain when you listen to music? In neuroscience terms, it might be because music is an auditory channel towards areas of the brain that are important for emotion and for social processing.
The potential for music as a therapy for dementia was also explored in this easy read article. Dementia-related illnesses are complex disorders characterized by abnormal changes that range from the molecular and neural systems level to behavior marked by memory and learning deficits.
Using an electroencephalogram (EEG), researchers can probe the integrity of our neural systems, by detecting wave patterns emitted from our brains. In older adults, brain rhythms that have fallen out of sync (or lost their “coupling”) have been observed to correlate with cognitive impairment and worsened working memory — the kind of memory used to organize information by temporarily holding it in your brain while planning out subsequent goal-directed behavior.
Resilience Word Scramble Puzzle
Useful Tips for Patients & Families
The Ellie Smart Pill Box & APP
- Organize In Seconds. Ellie organizes pills by type, not by time. Refill in seconds by simply pouring your pills straight in from the bottle.
- Program Alarms/tunes. Connect to your pill box via Bluetooth and program alarms with our easy to use mobile app.
- Receive Reminders: When it is time to take your pills, the pill box will ring and you will receive a notification that comes with a fun trivia question!
- Follow The Lights: Whenever it is time to take your pills, open the pill box and lights will tell you which pills to take and how many.
- Tracks your compliance and allows you to send reports to people.
- Now covered by insurance.
Most Popular Download
Stop. Someone in this House Hs a Weak Immune System
Some of you live in “hot spot” areas for COVID-19 and the Delta variant and are being very mindful we are sure. This sign may come in handy. Tape it in a front window or on your front door as an added layer of protection.
COVID-19’s Impact on the AE Community
Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant
Complex movement disorders in SARS-CoV-2 infection induced acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
ADEM is an autoimmune monophasic multifocal demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system, which is frequently associated with preceding viral infections. In recent times, though rarely, SARS-CoV-2 infection has been linked to development of ADEM both in adult and pediatric patients. Pathogenetic mechanisms for the development of ADEM following SARS-CoV-2 infection may be either mediated by direct neurotropism or by aberrant immune mediated injury, the latter being the most likely.
Movement disorders, as a presenting manifestation of ADEM, are extremely rare and more so in adults. Whether a case of ADEM will develop movement disorders or not, will certainly depend upon involvement of areas of brain that control movements (basal ganglia and its connections). Specifically, ataxia, myoclonus, dystonia, chorea and tremor have been reported in ADEM. On the other hand, movement disorders are sparsely reported in SARS-CoV-2 infection. The most commonly movement disorders reported in COVID-19 have been different types of myoclonus, followed by opsoclonus, ataxia, hypokinetic-rigid syndrome and tremor. However, some of the previously reported cases, primarily those with myoclonus, could be ascribed to medication exposures, metabolic disturbances or severe hypoxia, meanwhile others to a post-or para-infectious immune-mediated mechanism.;
Neurological manifestations of COVID-19 have attracted attention among neurologists across the world. Our case adds to the tally of novel cases of post-SARS-CoV-2 infection related neurological manifestations as well as to the exceedingly rare list of cases in whom a cocktail of complex movement disorders preceded ADEM.
Featured AE Podcast~
Pathologic tearfulness after limbic encephalitis: A novel disorder and its neural basis
|In the second part of the podcast, which begins 12 minutes in, Dr. Stacey Clardy speaks with Dr. Chris Butler about his paper on pathologic tearfulness after limbic encephalitis.|
Featured AE Article~
Ketogenic Diet Therapy for the Treatment of Post-encephalitic and Autoimmune-Associated Epilepsies
In addition to its potential role in the treatment of acute refractory status epilepticus in patients with PE and AE, ketogenic diet therapies may be feasible and safe in the management of chronic post-encephalitic and autoimmune-associated epilepsy. Patients with prior history of SE might respond better to KDT. Further studies are needed to explore the efficacy of KDT in managing seizures in patients with PE and AE. Moreover, whether the early use of KDT can alter the pathophysiology, prognosis, and outcome of patients with encephalitis warrants further exploration.
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis presenting as atypical psychosis in multiple sclerosis: a case report
There is literature to demonstrate a possible connection between anti-NMDAR encephalitis and demyelinating syndromes. As such, autoimmune encephalitis should be considered in patients with multiple sclerosis presenting with atypical symptoms. Determining the correct diagnosis is crucial to inform the appropriate treatment protocol, and to improve prognosis.
COVID-19 Clinician’s Corner
A case report of simultaneous autoimmune and COVID-19 encephalitis
COVID-19 encephalitis is a rare condition usually presenting with altered mental status. Simultaneous presence of anti-NMDAR antibody and SARS-CoV-2 virus in CSF is a very rare condition described in a few case reports so far. On the other hand, brain edema is an unusual presentation of anti-NMDAR encephalitis. Herein, we reported a case with simultaneous detection of anti-NMDAR antibody and SARS-CoV-2 virus in her cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) presenting with brain edema, altered mental status, seizures, and respiratory symptoms.
In this case, we had simultaneous presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and NMDAR antibody in CSF accompanied by generalized brain edema which is rare, and to our knowledge, it has never been addressed so far. Although many new insights have been provided in regard to the pathogenesis of COVID-19, precise interactions between virus-host cells remain unclear.
Association between Autoimmune Encephalitis and Epilepsy: Systematic review and meta-analysis
- Diverse neuronal antibodies, such as anti-NMDAR, anti-AMPAR, anti-GABA-AR, anti-GABA-BR, anti-LGI1, and etc., were found to be associated with autoimmune encephalitis (AE) and AE-related epilepsy.
- Epidemiologically, there are still gaps in demonstrating the combination of AE with seizures, the development of AE to epilepsy, and the positive rate of antibodies in patients with epilepsy.
- Understanding the epidemiology of AE and AE-related epilepsy is crucial and beneficial for early health care management, therapeutic strategies and decision, as well as prognosis prediction.
AE Trivia Playing Cards
The perfect companion for patients, caregivers & therapists
We appreciate the National Organization of Rare Diseases’ (NORD) enthusiastic support in recommending this groundbreaking product.
AE Warrior Store
New Arrivals ~ The AE Wingman Collection
|New arrivals at The AE Warrior Store. We are pleased to present ~The AE Wingman Collection. Get some swag for your spouse, partner, BFF, caregiver, or advocate that is sure to bring a smile and remind them of how proud you are of their fighting spirit and dedication to helping you on your AE journey.|
Any AE Warrior knows that we are NOTHING without our #AEWingman’s support and guidance. Our Wingman is the person who has been right by our side encouraging us every inch of our AE journey.
The moniker “AE Wingman” should invoke a sense of pride and reaffirmation of the courage and determination it has taken to advocate so long and hard to help us regain health.
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