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This Month in Archives of Neurology
October 2008

This Month in Archives of Neurology

Arch Neurol. 2008;65(10):1278-1280. doi:10.1001/archneur.65.10.1278

Smith and Chatterjee (page 1284) describe how visuospatial attention develops, is deployed, and can be damaged in children. Advances in cognitive neuroscience in recent years have provided insights into understanding orienting, lateralized attention, and global vs local processing. These important developmental findings are reviewed in relation to evaluations of children presenting to a pediatric neurologist.

Deng and colleagues (page 1291) describe our present understanding of periventricular leukomalacia, the predominant form of brain injury and leading known cause of cerebral palsy and cognitive deficits in premature infants.

Pandolfo (page 1296) reviews our current knowledge of the disease and how it is contributing to the development of therapeutic approaches.