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Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176547/improving-prospective-memory-in-persons-with-parkinson-disease
#1
Erin R Foster, Mark A McDaniel, Peter G Rendell
BACKGROUND: Prospective memory (PM) is essential for productive and independent living and necessary for compliance with prescribed health behaviors. Parkinson disease (PD) can cause PM deficits that are associated with activity limitations and reduced quality of life. Forming implementation intentions (IIs) is an encoding strategy that may improve PM in this population. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of IIs on PM performance in PD. METHODS: This was a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial...
February 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162033/high-density-electroencephalographic-recordings-during-sleep-in-children-and-adolescents-with-acquired-brain-injury
#2
Anne-Laure Mouthon, Andreas Meyer-Heim, Salome Kurth, Maya Ringli, Fiona Pugin, Hubertus J A van Hedel, Reto Huber
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injuries (ABI) such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke can result in motor, language, or cognitive impairments. Although a considerable number of studies have investigated functional recovery, underlying brain reorganization remains poorly understood. Accumulating evidence indicates that plastic processes in the brain are linked to changes in electroencephalographic (EEG) slow wave activity (SWA) during deep sleep (EEG spectral power 1-4.5 Hz). OBJECTIVE: We investigated sleep SWA in children and adolescents with ABI...
February 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196453/near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-gait-disorders
#3
Vera Gramigna, Giovanni Pellegrino, Antonio Cerasa, Simone Cutini, Roberta Vasta, Giuseppe Olivadese, Iolanda Martino, Aldo Quattrone
Walking is a complex motor behavior with a special relevance in clinical neurology. Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, are characterized by gait disorders whose neurofunctional correlates are poorly investigated. Indeed, the analysis of real walking with the standard neuroimaging techniques poses strong challenges, and only a few studies on motor imagery or walking observation have been performed so far. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is becoming an important research tool to assess functional activity in neurological populations or for special tasks, such as walking, because it allows investigating brain hemodynamic activity in an ecological setting, without strong immobility constraints...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164736/strength-of-20-hz-rebound-and-motor-recovery-after-stroke
#4
Eeva Parkkonen, Kristina Laaksonen, Harri Piitulainen, Johanna Pekkola, Lauri Parkkonen, Turgut Tatlisumak, Nina Forss
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of disability worldwide, and effective rehabilitation is crucial to regain skills for independent living. Recently, novel therapeutic approaches manipulating the excitatory-inhibitory balance of the motor cortex have been introduced to boost recovery after stroke. However, stroke-induced neurophysiological changes of the motor cortex may vary despite of similar clinical symptoms. Therefore, better understanding of excitability changes after stroke is essential when developing and targeting novel therapeutic approaches...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135902/mapping-common-aphasia-assessments-to-underlying-cognitive-processes-and-their-neural-substrates
#5
Elizabeth H Lacey, Laura M Skipper-Kallal, Shihui Xing, Mackenzie E Fama, Peter E Turkeltaub
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationships between clinical tests, the processes they measure, and the brain networks underlying them, is critical in order for clinicians to move beyond aphasia syndrome classification toward specification of individual language process impairments. OBJECTIVE: To understand the cognitive, language, and neuroanatomical factors underlying scores of commonly used aphasia tests. METHODS: Twenty-five behavioral tests were administered to a group of 38 chronic left hemisphere stroke survivors and a high-resolution magnetic resonance image was obtained...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132610/upper-limb-recovery-in-spinal-cord-injury
#6
Jens A Petersen, Martina Spiess, Armin Curt, Norbert Weidner, RĂ¼diger Rupp, Rainer Abel, Martin Schubert
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The course of central and peripheral motor recovery after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) may be investigated by electrophysiological measures. The goal of this study was to compare the 2 over the first year after injury in relation to motor gains. METHODS: Compound motor action potentials (CMAPs), motor-evoked potentials (MEPs), and F-waves were recorded from the abductor digiti minimi and CMAP and F-waves from abductor hallucis muscles in 305 patients at about 15 days, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months following an acute traumatic SCI...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107804/clinically-relevant-levels-of-4-aminopyridine-strengthen-physiological-responses-in-intact-motor-circuits-in-rats-especially-after-pyramidal-tract-injury
#7
Anil Sindhurakar, Asht M Mishra, Disha Gupta, Jennifer F Iaci, Tom J Parry, Jason B Carmel
BACKGROUND: 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) is a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to improve motor function in people with multiple sclerosis. Preliminary results suggest the drug may act on intact neural circuits and not just on demyelinated ones. OBJECTIVE: To determine if 4-AP at clinically relevant levels alters the excitability of intact motor circuits. METHODS: In anesthetized rats, electrodes were placed over motor cortex and the dorsal cervical spinal cord for electrical stimulation, and electromyogram electrodes were inserted into biceps muscle to measure responses...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107802/movement-kinematics-of-the-ipsilesional-upper-extremity-in-persons-with-moderate-or-mild-stroke
#8
Eva-Lena Bustrén, Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, Margit Alt Murphy
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of studies have indicated that the ipsilesional arm may be impaired after stroke. There is, however, a lack of knowledge whether ipsilesional deficits influence movement performance during purposeful daily tasks. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether, and to what extent, movement impairments are present while performing an ipsilesional upper extremity task during the first 3 months after stroke. METHODS: Movement kinematics describing movement time, smoothness, velocity, strategy, and pattern were captured during a standardized drinking task in 40 persons with first-ever stroke and 20 controls...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107789/open-access-platforms-in-spinal-cord-injury
#9
John L K Kramer, Fred Geisler, Leanne Ramer, Ward Plunet, Jacquelyn J Cragg
Recovery from acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is characterized by extensive heterogeneity, resulting in uncertain prognosis. Reliable prediction of recovery in the acute phase benefits patients and their families directly, as well as improves the likelihood of detecting efficacy in clinical trials. This issue of heterogeneity is not unique to SCI. In fields such as traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, one approach to understand variability in recovery has been to make clinical trial data widely available to the greater research community...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932696/corpus-callosum-structural-integrity-is-associated-with-postural-control-improvement-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-who-have-minimal-disability
#10
Daniel S Peterson, Geetanjali Gera, Fay B Horak, Brett W Fling
Background Improvement of postural control in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) is an important target for neurorehabilitation. Although PwMS are able to improve postural performance with training, the neural underpinnings of these improvements are poorly understood. Objective To understand the neural underpinnings of postural motor learning in PwMS. Methods Supraspinal white matter structural connectivity in PwMS was correlated with improvements in postural performance (balancing on an oscillating surface over 25 trials) and retention of improvements (24 hours later)...
December 8, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932695/posture-dependent-corticomotor-excitability-differs-between-the-transferred-biceps-in-individuals-with-tetraplegia-and-the-biceps-of-nonimpaired-individuals
#11
Carrie L Peterson, Lynn M Rogers, Michael S Bednar, Anne M Bryden, Michael W Keith, Eric J Perreault, Wendy M Murray
Background Following biceps transfer to enable elbow extension in individuals with tetraplegia, motor re-education may be facilitated by greater corticomotor excitability. Arm posture modulates corticomotor excitability of the nonimpaired biceps. If arm posture also modulates excitability of the transferred biceps, posture may aid in motor re-education. Objective Our objective was to determine whether multi-joint arm posture affects corticomotor excitability of the transferred biceps similar to the nonimpaired biceps...
December 8, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913798/generalizability-of-the-maximum-proportional-recovery-rule-to-visuospatial-neglect-early-poststroke
#12
Caroline Winters, Erwin E H van Wegen, Andreas Daffertshofer, Gert Kwakkel
Background and objective Proportional recovery of upper-extremity motor function and aphasia after stroke may suggest common mechanisms for spontaneous neurobiological recovery. This study aimed to investigate if the proportional recovery rule also applies to visuospatial neglect (VSN) in right-hemispheric first-ever ischemic stroke patients and explored the possible common underlying mechanisms. Methods Patients with upper-limb paresis and VSN were included. Recovery defined as the change in Letter Cancellation Test (LCT) score at ~8 days and 6 months poststroke...
December 2, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913797/promoting-gait-recovery-and-limiting-neuropathic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
#13
Catherine Mercier, Meyke Roosink, Jason Bouffard, Laurent J Bouyer
Most persons living with a spinal cord injury experience neuropathic pain in the months following their lesion, at the moment where they receive intensive gait rehabilitation. Based on studies using animal models, it has been proposed that central sensitization in nociceptive pathways (maladaptive plasticity) and plasticity related to motor learning (adaptive plasticity) share common neural mechanisms and compete with each other. This article aims to address the discrepancy between the growing body of basic science literature supporting this hypothesis and the general belief in rehabilitation research that pain and gait rehabilitation represent two independent problems...
December 2, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913796/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-assisted-intention-monitoring-for-the-rehabilitation-of-executive-impairments-following-acquired-brain-injury
#14
Fergus Gracey, Jessica E Fish, Eve Greenfield, Andrew Bateman, Donna Malley, Gemma Hardy, Jessica Ingham, Jonathan J Evans, Tom Manly
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can impair executive function, impeding planning and attainment of intentions. Research shows promise for some goal-management rehabilitation interventions. However, evidence that alerts assist monitoring and completion of day-to-day intentions is limited. OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of brief goal-directed rehabilitation paired with periodic SMS text messages designed to enhance executive monitoring of intentions (assisted intention monitoring [AIM])...
December 2, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909072/the-mirror-illusion-increases-motor-cortex-excitability-in-children-with-and-without-hemiparesis
#15
Sebastian Grunt, Christopher J Newman, Stefanie Saxer, Maja Steinlin, Christian Weisstanner, Alain Kaelin-Lang
Background Mirror therapy provides a visual illusion of a normal moving limb by using the mirror reflection of the unaffected arm instead of viewing the paretic limb and is used in rehabilitation to improve hand function. Little is known about the mechanism underlying its effect in children with hemiparesis. Objective To investigate the effect of the mirror illusion (MI) on the excitability of the primary motor cortex (M1) in children and adolescents. Methods Twelve patients with hemiparesis (10-20 years) and 8 typically developing subjects (8-17 years) participated...
November 30, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899737/cognitive-training-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-theoretical-perspective
#16
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Courtney C Walton, Sharon L Naismith, Amit Lampit, Loren Mowszowski, Simon J G Lewis
Cognitive impairment is now widely accepted as a fundamental aspect of Parkinson's disease (PD). Given the prevalence of cognitive impairment and the associated impact on well-being, evidence-based interventions are needed. However, while research is continually accumulating in order to better understand the pathology and trajectory of cognitive changes, treatment options lag behind. Nonpharmacological approaches are of particular interest in this group, given the typical polypharmacy already present in PD patients...
November 28, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909071/does-task-specific-training-improve-upper-limb-performance-in-daily-life-poststroke
#17
Kimberly J Waddell, Michael J Strube, Ryan R Bailey, Joseph W Klaesner, Rebecca L Birkenmeier, Alexander W Dromerick, Catherine E Lang
BACKGROUND: A common assumption is that changes in upper limb (UL) capacity, or what an individual is capable of doing, translates to improved UL performance in daily life, or what an individual actually does. This assumption should be explicitly tested for individuals with UL paresis poststroke. OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in UL performance after an intensive, individualized, progressive, task-specific UL intervention for individuals at least 6 months poststroke...
March 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885161/a-rehabilitation-internet-of-things-in-the-home-to-augment-motor-skills-and-exercise-training
#18
Bruce H Dobkin
Although motor learning theory has led to evidence-based practices, few trials have revealed the superiority of one theory-based therapy over another after stroke. Nor have improvements in skills been as clinically robust as one might hope. We review some possible explanations, then potential technology-enabled solutions. Over the Internet, the type, quantity, and quality of practice and exercise in the home and community can be monitored remotely and feedback provided to optimize training frequency, intensity, and progression at home...
March 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097974/abstracts-from-the-2016-annual-meeting
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February 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798379/changes-in-structural-connectivity-following-a-cognitive-intervention-in-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#20
Weihong Yuan, Amery Treble-Barna, McKay M Sohlberg, Beth Harn, Shari L Wade
OBJECTIVE: Structural connectivity analysis based on graph theory and diffusion tensor imaging tractography is a novel method that quantifies the topological characteristics in the brain network. This study aimed to examine structural connectivity changes following the Attention Intervention and Management (AIM) program designed to improve attention and executive function (EF) in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Seventeen children with complicated mild to severe TBI (13...
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