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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928603/functional-capacity-and-motor-performance-of-upper-limbs-in-individuals-with-cerebellar-disorders-a-pilot-study
#1
Vivian Farahte Giangiardi, Sandra Maria Sbeghen F de Freitas, Flávia P de Paiva Silva, Renata Morales Banjai, Sandra Regina Alouche
In simple daily activities carried out by the upper limbs, the cerebellum is responsible for the adaptations required for the accurate movement based on previous experiences and external references. This paper aims to characterize the performance of the upper limbs after a cerebellar disease. We evaluated the digital and handgrip strength, dexterity, and function of the upper limbs. The motor performance of the upper limbs was assessed through the use of a digitizing tablet by performing aiming movements with the upper limb most affected by cerebellar disease and the paired limb of the healthy group...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928602/lncrna-nonratt021972-was-associated-with-neuropathic-pain-scoring-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#2
Wei Yu, Guo-Qing Zhao, Rang-Juan Cao, Zhi-Hua Zhu, Kai Li
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs were involved in the processes of diabetes. Our study was aimed to explore clinical potential of LncRNA NONRATT021972 in diabetic neuropathic pain and investigate detailed mechanisms. METHODS: 154 patients with type 2 diabetes were enrolled as experimental group paired with control. Patients without diabetes but neuropathy were enrolled to explore exclusive role of LncRNA NONRATT021972 in neuropathy. Real-time PCR and ELISA were performed to examine expression of LncRNA and TNF-α in flood...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912625/cognitive-impairment-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients-with-very-mild-clinical-disability
#3
S Migliore, A Ghazaryan, I Simonelli, P Pasqualetti, F Squitieri, G Curcio, D Landi, M G Palmieri, F Moffa, M M Filippi, F Vernieri
Cognitive dysfunction affects 40-65% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and can occur in the early stages of the disease. This study aimed to explore cognitive functions by means of the Italian version of the minimal assessment of cognitive function in MS (MACFIMS) in relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients with very mild clinical disability to identify the primarily involved cognitive functions. Ninety-two consecutive RRMS patients with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores ≤ 2.5 and forty-two healthy controls (HC) were investigated...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819339/depression-after-stroke-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
REVIEW
Akin Ojagbemi, Onoja Akpa, Fisayo Elugbadebo, Mayowa Owolabi, Bruce Ovbiagele
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence and characteristics of poststroke depression (PSD) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS: We searched Medline, PsycINFO, and African Journals OnLine using keywords for stroke and depression and the .mp. operator for all 54 SSA countries/regions. Further information was retrieved through a manual search of references from relevant published and unpublished articles. We included only peer-reviewed original studies with epidemiological or experimental designs, conducted random-effect meta-analysis, and identified the most commonly associated factors by weight (inverse of variance method)...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790797/corrigendum-to-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-and-autism-elucidating-shared-mechanisms
#5
Rahul Singh, Ryan C Turner, Linda Nguyen, Kartik Motwani, Michelle Swatek, Brandon P Lucke-Wold, Rabia Qaiser
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2016/8781725.].
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785135/characterizing-patients-with-unilateral-vestibular-hypofunction-using-kinematic-variability-and-local-dynamic-stability-during-treadmill-walking
#6
Peng Liu, Qiuhong Huang, Yongkang Ou, Ling Chen, Rong Song, Yiqing Zheng
Here, we aimed to compare the unstable gait caused by unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH) with the normal gait. Twelve patients with UVH and twelve age-matched control subjects were enrolled in the study. Thirty-four markers were attached to anatomical positions of each participant, and a three-dimensional (3D) motion analysis system was used to capture marker coordinates as the participants walked on a treadmill. The mean standard deviation of the rotation angles was used to represent gait variability...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744066/effects-of-robot-assisted-training-for-the-unaffected-arm-in-patients-with-hemiparetic-cerebral-palsy-a-proof-of-concept-pilot-study
#7
Alessandro Picelli, Elisabetta La Marchina, Antonella Vangelista, Elena Chemello, Angela Modenese, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Elisa Francesca Maria Ciceri, Alessandra Bucci, Giada Zoccatelli, Leopold Saltuari, Andreas Waldner, Alessio Baricich, Andrea Santamato, Nicola Smania
On a voluntary basis, 10 adolescents with hemiparesis due to cerebral palsy and 11 neurologically healthy control subjects participated in this proof-of-concept pilot study. The aim was to examine the effects of robot-assisted training for the unaffected arm in patients with hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Baseline comparison between the unaffected arm of the hemiparetic patients with cerebral palsy and the dominant arm of healthy control subjects showed significant differences on the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function test and action planning ability tests...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729756/corrigendum-to-clinical-and-preclinical-cognitive-function-improvement-after-oral-treatment-of-a-botanical-composition-composed-of-extracts-from-scutellaria-baicalensis-and-acacia-catechu
#8
Mesfin Yimam, Bruce P Burnett, Lidia Brownell, Qi Jia
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2016/7240802.].
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729755/social-cognition-deficits-current-position-and-future-directions-for-neuropsychological-interventions-in-cerebrovascular-disease
#9
REVIEW
Progress Njomboro
Neuropsychological assessments of cognitive dysfunction in cerebrovascular illness commonly target basic cognitive functions involving aspects of memory, attention, language, praxis, and number processing. Here, I highlight the clinical importance of often-neglected social cognition functions. These functions recruit a widely distributed neural network, making them vulnerable in most cerebrovascular diseases. Sociocognitive deficits underlie most of the problematic social conduct observed in patients and are associated with more negative clinical outcomes (compared to nonsocial cognitive deficits)...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720981/cerebral-reorganization-in-subacute-stroke-survivors-after-virtual-reality-based-training-a-preliminary-study
#10
Xiang Xiao, Qiang Lin, Wai-Leung Lo, Yu-Rong Mao, Xin-Chong Shi, Ryan S Cates, Shu-Feng Zhou, Dong-Feng Huang, Le Li
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a promising method for quantifying brain recovery and investigating the intervention-induced changes in corticomotor excitability after stroke. This study aimed to evaluate cortical reorganization subsequent to virtual reality-enhanced treadmill (VRET) training in subacute stroke survivors. METHODS: Eight participants with ischemic stroke underwent VRET for 5 sections per week and for 3 weeks. fMRI was conducted to quantify the activity of selected brain regions when the subject performed ankle dorsiflexion...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720980/efficacy-of-cognitive-rehabilitation-therapy-on-poststroke-depression-among-survivors-of-first-stroke-attack-in-ibadan-nigeria
#11
Olugbemi Olukolade, Helen O Osinowo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Poststroke depression (PSD) is a common complication after stroke. There is no adequate treatment for PSD. This study examined efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) in the treatment of PSD among stroke survivors. METHODS: An experimental design, 30 participants with poststroke depression were randomly assigned into 3 groups of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT), psychoeducation (PE), and the control group (CG). CRT consisted of nine sessions with three-phased sessions focusing on activity stimulation, negative thoughts, and people contacts, PE consisted of nine sessions focusing on knowledge on stroke and poststroke depression, and the CG group was on the waiting list...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701822/the-difference-of-neural-networks-between-bimanual-antiphase-and-in-phase-upper-limb-movements-a-preliminary-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#12
Qiang Lin, Hai Li, Yu-Rong Mao, Wai-Leung Lo, Jiang-Li Zhao, Ling Chen, Yan Leng, Dong-Feng Huang, Le Li
Most daily movements require some degree of collaboration between the upper limbs. The neural mechanisms are bimanual-condition specific and therefore should be different between different activities. In this study, we aimed to explore intraregional activation and interregional connectivity during bimanual movement by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Ten right-handed, normal subjects were recruited. The neural correlates of unimanual (right side) and bimanual (in-phase and antiphase) upper limb movements were investigated...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701821/an-exploratory-study-of-intensive-neurofeedback-training-for-schizophrenia
#13
Wenya Nan, Feng Wan, Lanshin Chang, Sio Hang Pun, Mang I Vai, Agostinho Rosa
Schizophrenia is a chronic and devastating brain disorder with ongoing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deteriorated functions. Neurofeedback training, which enables the individuals to regulate their brain activity using a real-time feedback loop, is increasingly investigated as a potential alternative intervention for schizophrenia. This study aimed to explore the effect of short but intensive neurofeedback training for schizophrenic patients with difficulty for long-time training. A middle-aged woman with chronic schizophrenia completed the intensive training of alpha/beta2 (20-30 Hz) in four consecutive days with a total training duration of 13...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659661/different-cognitive-profiles-of-patients-with-severe-aphasia
#14
Chiara Valeria Marinelli, Simona Spaccavento, Angela Craca, Paola Marangolo, Paola Angelelli
Cognitive dysfunction frequently occurs in aphasic patients and primarily compromises linguistic skills. However, patients suffering from severe aphasia show heterogeneous performance in basic cognition. Our aim was to characterize the cognitive profiles of patients with severe aphasia and to determine whether they also differ as to residual linguistic abilities. We examined 189 patients with severe aphasia with standard language tests and with the CoBaGA (Cognitive Test Battery for Global Aphasia), a battery of nonverbal tests that assesses a wide range of cognitive domains such as attention, executive functions, intelligence, memory, visual-auditory recognition, and visual-spatial abilities...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659660/robotics-in-lower-limb-rehabilitation-after-stroke
#15
REVIEW
Xue Zhang, Zan Yue, Jing Wang
With the increase in the elderly, stroke has become a common disease, often leading to motor dysfunction and even permanent disability. Lower-limb rehabilitation robots can help patients to carry out reasonable and effective training to improve the motor function of paralyzed extremity. In this paper, the developments of lower-limb rehabilitation robots in the past decades are reviewed. Specifically, we provide a classification, a comparison, and a design overview of the driving modes, training paradigm, and control strategy of the lower-limb rehabilitation robots in the reviewed literature...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584406/the-relationship-between-psychosocial-factors-and-cognition-in-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Fahad D Alosaimi, Alaa AlMulhem, Mario Moscovici, Hanan AlShalan, Mohammad Alqazlan, Abdulgader Aldaif, Sanjeev Sockalingam
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common disorder in some regions of the world, with over 2.3 million people diagnosed worldwide. Cognitive impairment is one of the earliest symptoms to present in the course of the disease and can cause significant morbidity. We proposed a study to explore the psychosocial predictors of cognitive impairment in MS patients in Saudi Arabia, a previously unexplored patient population. METHODS: Demographic data, depression scale (PHQ9), symptom burden (PHQ15), anxiety (GAD7), disease duration, and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) scores were collected from 195 patients in a neurology clinic in Ryiadh, Saudi Arabia...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559646/assessing-cognitive-ability-and-simulator-based-driving-performance-in-poststroke-adults
#17
Alison Blane, Hoe C Lee, Torbjörn Falkmer, Tania Dukic Willstrand
Driving is an important activity of daily living, which is increasingly relied upon as the population ages. It has been well-established that cognitive processes decline following a stroke and these processes may influence driving performance. There is much debate on the use of off-road neurological assessments and driving simulators as tools to predict driving performance; however, the majority of research uses unlicensed poststroke drivers, making the comparability of poststroke adults to that of a control group difficult...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496293/the-effect-of-dopaminergic-medication-on-joint-kinematics-during-haptic-movements-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Kuan-Yi Li, Pei-Yi Chu, Kristen A Pickett
This study examined whether altered joint angular motion during haptic exploration could account for a decline in haptic sensitivity in individuals with PD by analyzing joint position data during haptic exploration of a curved contour. Each participant's hand was passively moved by a robotic arm along the edges of a virtual box (5 cm × 15 cm) with a curved left wall. After each trial, participants indicated whether the contour was curved or straight. Visual, auditory, and tactile cues were occluded, and an electrogoniometer recorded shoulder and elbow joint angles during each trial...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490836/prior-knowledge-of-target-direction-and-intended-movement-selection-improves-indirect-reaching-movement-decoding
#19
Hongbao Li, Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
Objective. Previous studies have demonstrated that target direction information presented by the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) during movement planning could be incorporated into neural decoder for achieving better decoding performance. It is still unknown whether the neural decoder combined with only target direction could work in more complex tasks where obstacles impeded direct reaching paths. Methods. In this study, spike activities were collected from the PMd of two monkeys when performing a delayed obstacle-avoidance task...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408788/apathy-and-reduced-speed-of-processing-underlie-decline-in-verbal-fluency-following-dbs
#20
Jennifer A Foley, Tom Foltynie, Ludvic Zrinzo, Jonathan A Hyam, Patricia Limousin, Lisa Cipolotti
Objective. Reduced verbal fluency is a strikingly uniform finding following deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease (PD). The precise cognitive mechanism underlying this reduction remains unclear, but theories have suggested reduced motivation, linguistic skill, and/or executive function. It is of note, however, that previous reports have failed to consider the potential role of any changes in speed of processing. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine verbal fluency changes with a particular focus on the role of cognitive speed...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
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