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Posted in Editor's introduction on 5th Oct 2020

Summer 2020 issue of ACNR

For this issue, ACNR has endeavoured to publish prescient articles dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, without neglecting other areas of neurology and rehabilitation. We hope you agree that this has resulted in an edition rich with salient content.

Concerns about providing adequate care and resources to the rehabilitation of patients who have been critically ill with COVID-19 is covered in an article from Valerie Stevenson, Rachel Farrell, Gita Ramdharry, Orlando Swayne, Nick Ward, Siobhan Leary and Sarah Holmes from London, who exhort new models of care and call for greater investment in rehabilitation services to cope with increased demand. Also, Fahim Anwar, Judith Allanson, Katie Bond, Emer McGilloway, and Harry Mee from Cambridge discuss the detailed re-organisation of rehabilitation and hospital resources in the face of the pandemic. Anton Pick reflects on the commissioning of a specialist rehabilitation service at his centre in Oxford.

Srikirti Kodali, Richard Rees and Mike Kemp from Cambridge offer a personal perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the re-deployment of neurology trainees who found important and meaningful roles as part of general medical services.

Manoj Sivan, Stephen Halpin and Jeremy Gee from Leeds have devised a novel telephone screening tool (C19 YRS) to help identify multidomain impairments in COVID-19 patients after their discharge from acute care, to facilitate appropriate community rehabilitation follow up. Alastair Paterson from North East England looks at what Big Data captured from internet sources such as Google tell us about population-wide changes in sleeping habits during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Rimona Weil and Suzanne Reeves from London review the current understanding of visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease. Thomas Mace and Charlie Peel from Hull introduce Parkinson’s Hub, a multidisciplinary integrated community care model focusing on frail Parkinson’s patients.

Reuben Beer and Stefan Blum from Brisbane survey developments in myasthenia gravis therapy covering potential new monoclonal antibody therapies and a possible role for cladribine.

Gerry Christofi, Ann Holland, Anne Rodger and Rebecca Kimber from London review the field of facial rehabilitation.

The first of a planned series of articles on chronic pain is from Hasaan Ahmed, Anthony Jones and Manoj Sivan from Manchester looking at how the brain alpha rhythm is modulated by pain.

Also in this issue, JMS Pearce explains the provenance of Kayser Fleischer rings and AJ Larner discusses hoarding, Diogenes syndrome and the novelist Barbara Pym.

Our case report is of Balint’s syndrome in a patient with hypereosinophilic syndrome. Lastly, we have all the latest conference reports and book reviews. We hope you enjoy this edition of ACNR.