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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645253/a-case-report-of-thoracolumbar-paraspinal-myopathy-as-the-cause-of-camptocormia-in-a-patient-with-atypical-parkinsonism
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Yoon Kim, Ahro Kim, Aryun Kim, Beomseok Jeon
BACKGROUND: Camptocormia is severe flexion of the thoracolumbar spine, exaggerated during standing and walking but minimized in supine position. Even though camptocormia is a relatively common condition during the course of Parkinson's disease, there is ongoing controversy concerning its mechanisms. The most widely accepted and yet still disputed one is dystonia. However, based on myopathic changes observed in the paraspinal muscle biopsies of some PD patients with camptocormia, the attempt to attribute camptocormia to myopathy has continued...
June 23, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633629/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-severe-cognitive-and-sleep-symptoms-in-me-cfs-and-ms
#2
Vageesh Jain, Amit Arunkumar, Caroline Kingdon, Eliana Lacerda, Luis Nacul
BACKGROUND: There are considerable phenotypic and neuroimmune overlaps between myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). While the precise aetiologies of both MS and ME/CFS are unclear, evidence suggests that deterioration in cognitive function is widely prevalent in patients with either condition. Little is known about differing risk factors or exposures, which may lead to severe cognitive or sleep symptoms. This study aims to gauge the extent of cognitive and sleep symptoms in ME/CFS and MS patients participating in the UK ME/CFS Biobank and identify the characteristics of those experiencing severe symptoms...
June 20, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629340/hospital-readmission-within-10%C3%A2-years-post-stroke-frequency-type-and-timing
#3
Gitta Rohweder, Øyvind Salvesen, Hanne Ellekjær, Bent Indredavik
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the hospital readmissions in a 10 year follow-up of a stroke cohort previously studied for acute and subacute complications and to focus on their frequency, their causes and their timing. METHODS: The hospital records of 243 patients, 50% of a cohort of 489 patients acutely and consecutively admitted to our stroke unit in 2002/3, were subjected to review 10 years after the incidental stroke and all acute admissions were examined...
June 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623909/a-systematic-review-and-narrative-synthesis-of-group-self-management-interventions-for-adults-with-epilepsy
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Amelia Smith, Alison McKinlay, Gabriella Wojewodka, Leone Ridsdale
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a serious and costly long-term condition that negatively affects quality of life, especially if seizures persist on medication. Studies show that people with epilepsy (PWE) want to learn more about the condition and some educational self-management courses have been trialled internationally. The objectives of this review were to evaluate research and summarise results on group self-management interventions for PWE. METHODS: We searched Medline and PsycINFO for results published in English between 1995 and 2015...
June 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623892/improving-transitions-in-acute-stroke-patients-discharged-to-home-the-michigan-stroke-transitions-trial-mistt-protocol
#5
Mathew J Reeves, Anne K Hughes, Amanda T Woodward, Paul P Freddolino, Constantinos K Coursaris, Sarah J Swierenga, Lee H Schwamm, Michele C Fritz
BACKGROUND: For some stroke patients and caregivers, navigating the transition between hospital discharge and returning home is associated with substantial psychosocial and health-related challenges. Currently, no evidence-based standard of care exists that addresses the concerns of stroke patients and caregivers during the transition period. Objectives of the Michigan Stroke Transitions Trial (MISTT) are to test the impact of a social worker home-based case management program, as well as an online information and support resource, on patient and caregiver outcomes after returning home...
June 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619068/late-onset-jaw-and-teeth-pain-mimicking-trigeminal-neuralgia-associated-with-chronic-vagal-nerve-stimulation-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Gabriela Timarova, Andrej Šteňo
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) for refractory epilepsy is well established. Trigeminal neuralgia itself is a common disease in adults, and thus, late-onset pain in the trigeminal region under VNS, which is extremely rare, may not be recognized as caused by VNS. CASE PRESENTATION: Two patients with drug-resistant symptomatic epilepsy treated with chronic VNS experienced stimulation-related pain in the lower and upper jaw and teeth on the side of stimulation...
June 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619011/to-be-active-through-indoor-climbing-an-exploratory-feasibility-study-in-a-group-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-typically-developing-children
#7
Mark Schram Christensen, Thor Jensen, Camilla B Voigt, Jens Bo Nielsen, Jakob Lorentzen
BACKGROUND: Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor disabilities in children and young adults and it is also often associated with cognitive and physiological challenges. Climbing requires a multifaceted repertoire of movements, participants at all levels of expertise may be challenged functionally and cognitively, making climbing of great potential interest in (re)habilitation settings. However, until now only few research projects have investigated the feasibility of climbing as a potential activity for heightening physical activity in children with CP and the possible beneficial effects of climbing activities in populations with functional and/or cognitive challenges...
June 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615008/isolated-transient-vertigo-posterior-circulation-ischemia-or-benign-origin
#8
Tobias F Blasberg, Lea Wolf, Christian Henke, Matthias W Lorenz
BACKGROUND: Isolated transient vertigo can be the only symptom of posterior circulation ischemia. Thus, it is important to differentiate isolated vertigo of a cerebrovascular origin from that of more benign origins, as patients with cerebral ischemia have a much higher risk for future stroke than do those with 'peripheral' vertigo. The current study aims to identify risk factors for cerebrovascular origin of isolated transient vertigo, and for future cerebrovascular events. METHODS: From the files of 339 outpatients with isolated transient vertigo we extracted history, clinical and technical findings, diagnosis, and follow-up information on subsequent stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)...
June 14, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606065/neurocognitive-function-in-hiv-infected-persons-with-asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-a-comparison-of-three-prospective-cohorts
#9
Martha P Montgomery, Noeline Nakasujja, Bozena M Morawski, Radha Rajasingham, Joshua Rhein, Elizabeth Nalintya, Darlisha A Williams, Kathy Huppler Hullsiek, Agnes Kiragga, Melissa A Rolfes, Renee Donahue Carlson, Nathan C Bahr, Kate E Birkenkamp, Yukari C Manabe, Paul R Bohjanen, Jonathan E Kaplan, Andrew Kambugu, David B Meya, David R Boulware
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected persons with detectable cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) in blood have increased morbidity and mortality compared with HIV-infected persons who are CrAg-negative. This study examined neurocognitive function among persons with asymptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia. METHODS: Participants from three prospective HIV cohorts underwent neurocognitive testing at the time of antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. Cohorts included persons with cryptococcal meningitis (N = 90), asymptomatic CrAg + (N = 87), and HIV-infected persons without central nervous system infection (N = 125)...
June 12, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595611/video-game-rehabilitation-for-outpatient-stroke-vigorous-protocol-for-a-multi-center-comparative-effectiveness-trial-of-in-home-gamified-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-for-rehabilitation-of-chronic-upper-extremity-hemiparesis
#10
Lynne V Gauthier, Chelsea Kane, Alexandra Borstad, Nancy Strahl, Gitendra Uswatte, Edward Taub, David Morris, Alli Hall, Melissa Arakelian, Victor Mark
BACKGROUND: Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (CI therapy) is shown to reduce disability, increase use of the more affected arm/hand, and promote brain plasticity for individuals with upper extremity hemiparesis post-stroke. Randomized controlled trials consistently demonstrate that CI therapy is superior to other rehabilitation paradigms, yet it is available to only a small minority of the estimated 1.2 million chronic stroke survivors with upper extremity disability. The current study aims to establish the comparative effectiveness of a novel, patient-centered approach to rehabilitation utilizing newly developed, inexpensive, and commercially available gaming technology to disseminate CI therapy to underserved individuals...
June 8, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592233/single-fiber-electromyography-in-the-orbicularis-oculi-muscle-in-patients-with-ocular-myasthenia-gravis-symptoms-does-abnormal-jitter-predict-response-to-treatment
#11
Goran Rakocevic, Mark Moster, Mary Kay Floeter
BACKGROUND: Seronegative ocular myasthenia gravis (OMG) is diagnosed by ocular symptoms with supporting SFEMG, typically of frontalis or extensor digitorum muscles. We aimed to determine the sensitivity and specificity of orbicularis oculi SFEMG to diagnose and exclude myasthenia gravis and predict response to therapy. METHODS: Orbicularis oculi SFEMG studies were conducted in 142 consecutive patients with symptoms and/or findings of OMG and negative AChR antibody during the period of 5 years...
June 7, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583116/association-between-total-tau-and-brain-atrophy-one-year-after-first-ever-stroke
#12
Hege Ihle-Hansen, Guri Hagberg, Brynjar Fure, Bente Thommessen, Morten W Fagerland, Anne R Øksengård, Knut Engedal, Per Selnes
BACKGROUND: Although the most serious consequence of neuronal ischemia is acute neuronal death, mounting evidence suggests similarities between stroke and neurodegenerative disease. Brain atrophy visualized on structural MRI and pathological cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of microtubule-associated protein tau (T-tau) and phosphorylated microtubule-associated protein tau indicate neurofibrillary degeneration. We aimed to explore the association between CSF T-tau and brain atrophy 1 year post-stroke...
June 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583104/development-and-validation-of-a-claims-based-measure-as-an-indicator-for-disease-status-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-treated-with-disease-modifying-drugs
#13
Michael Munsell, Molly Frean, Joseph Menzin, Amy L Phillips
BACKGROUND: Administrative healthcare claims data provide a mechanism for assessing and monitoring multiple sclerosis (MS) disease status across large, clinically representative "real-world" populations. The estimation of MS disease status using administrative claims can be a challenge, however, due to a lack of detailed clinical information. Retrospective claims analyses in MS have traditionally used rates of MS relapses to approximate disease status. Healthcare costs may be alternate, broader claims-based indicators of disease activity because costs reflect multiple facets of care of patients with MS, and there is a strong correlation between quality of life of patients with MS and costs of the disease...
June 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577542/the-effectiveness-of-creatine-treatment-for-parkinson-s-disease-an-updated-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#14
Jia-Jie Mo, Lin-Ying Liu, Wei-Bin Peng, Jie Rao, Zhou Liu, Li-Li Cui
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of creatine in treating Parkinson's disease (PD) has not been conclusively determined. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to address this issue. METHODS: The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PUBMED, EMBASE, and other databases were searched, and outcomes measured by the Total Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and the Schwab & England Scale were analyzed. RESULTS: Five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were selected, and 1339 participants were included in the analysis...
June 2, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549449/fatal-familial-insomnia-with-abnormal-signals-on-routine-mri-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#15
Tingting Lu, Yuhang Pan, Lisheng Peng, Feng Qin, Xiaobo Sun, Zhengqi Lu, Wei Qiu
BACKGROUND: Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a rare autosomal dominant disease caused by the PRNP D178N/129 M mutation. Routine brain CT and MRI usually reveal non-specific features. We report a patient with FFI presenting with diffuse abnormal signals on MRI, later confirmed as combined with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was a 58-year-old female, whose main clinical manifestations were insomnia, movement disorders, autonomic hyperactivity and mental deterioration...
May 26, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545419/mild-encephalitis-encephalopathy-with-reversible-splenial-lesion-mers-in-adults-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Junliang Yuan, Shuna Yang, Shuangkun Wang, Wei Qin, Lei Yang, Wenli Hu
BACKGROUND: Mild encephalitis/encephalopathy with reversible splenial lesion (MERS) is a rare clinico-radiological entity characterized by the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) finding of a reversible lesion in the corpus callosum, sometimes involved the symmetrical white matters. Many cases of child-onset MERS with various causes have been reported. However, adult-onset MERS is relatively rare. The clinical characteristics and pathophysiologiccal mechanisms of adult-onset MERS are not well understood...
May 25, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535786/biochemical-markers-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-associated-with-subcortical-small-vessel-disease-a-consensus-report
#17
A Wallin, E Kapaki, M Boban, S Engelborghs, D M Hermann, B Huisa, M Jonsson, M G Kramberger, L Lossi, B Malojcic, S Mehrabian, A Merighi, E B Mukaetova-Ladinska, G P Paraskevas, B O Popescu, R Ravid, L Traykov, G Tsivgoulis, G Weinstein, A Korczyn, M Bjerke, G Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is a heterogeneous entity with multiple aetiologies, all linked to underlying vascular disease. Among these, VCI related to subcortical small vessel disease (SSVD) is emerging as a major homogeneous subtype. Its progressive course raises the need for biomarker identification and/or development for adequate therapeutic interventions to be tested. In order to shed light in the current status on biochemical markers for VCI-SSVD, experts in field reviewed the recent evidence and literature data...
May 23, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525979/the-association-between-lunar-phase-and-intracranial-aneurysm-rupture-myth-or-reality-own-data-and-systematic-review
#18
Adomas Bunevicius, Agne Gendvilaite, Vytenis Pranas Deltuva, Arimantas Tamasauskas
BACKGROUND: It is a common belief in medical community that lunar phases have an impact on human health. A growing body of evidence indicates that lunar phases can predict the risk to develop acute neurological and vascular disorders. The goal of present report was to present our institution data and to perform systematic review of studies examining the association of intracranial aneurysm rupture with moon phases. METHODS: We identified all patients admitted to our department for ruptured intracranial aneurysms in a period between November, 2011 and December, 2014...
May 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525977/the-intracerebral-hemorrhage-acutely-decreasing-arterial-pressure-trial-ii-ich-adapt-ii-protocol
#19
Laura Gioia, Ana Klahr, Mahesh Kate, Brian Buck, Dariush Dowlatshahi, Thomas Jeerakathil, Derek Emery, Kenneth Butcher
BACKGROUND: Aggressively lowering blood pressure (BP) in acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) may improve outcome. Although there is no evidence that BP reduction changes cerebral blood flow, retrospective magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have demonstrated sub-acute ischemic lesions in ICH patients. The primary aim of this study is to assess ischemic lesion development in patients randomized to two different BP treatment strategies. We hypothesize aggressive BP reduction is not associated with ischemic injury after ICH...
May 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525972/association-of-fibrinogen-level-with-early-neurological-deterioration-among-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-diabetes
#20
Seong-Joon Lee, Ji Man Hong, Sung Eun Lee, Dae Ryong Kang, Bruce Ovbiagele, Andrew M Demchuk, Jin Soo Lee
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a risk factor for early neurological deterioration (END) in acute ischemic stroke. The prothrombotic protein fibrinogen is frequently elevated in patients with diabetes, and may be associated with poorer prognoses. We evaluated whether fibrinogen is associated with END in patients with diabetes after acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: We included 3814 patients from a single hospital database admitted within 72 h of onset of ischemic stroke...
May 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
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