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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103824/management-prognosis-and-predictors-of-unfavourable-outcomes-in-patients-newly-hospitalized-for-transient-ischemic-attack-a-real-world-investigation-from-italy
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Giovanni Corrao, Federico Rea, Luca Merlino, Paolo Mazzola, Federico Annoni, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: Understanding the gap between evidence-based recommendations and real-world management is important to inform priority setting and health service planning. METHODS: The 7,776 residents in the Italian Lombardy Region who were newly hospitalized for transient ischemic attack (TIA) during 2008-2009 entered into the cohort and were followed until 2012. Exposure to medical care including selected drugs, diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests was recorded...
January 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100182/electrocardiographic-assessments-and-cardiac-events-after-fingolimod-first-dose-a-comprehensive-monitoring-study
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Volker Limmroth, Tjalf Ziemssen, Michael Lang, Stephan Richter, Bert Wagner, Judith Haas, Stephan Schmidt, Kathrin Gerbershagen, Christoph Lassek, Luisa Klotz, Olaf Hoffmann, Christian Albert, Katrin Schuh, Monika Baier-Ebert, Guillaume Wendt, Heinke Schieb, Susanne Hoyer, Ralf Dechend, Wilhelm Haverkamp
BACKGROUND: First dose observation for cardiac effects is required for fingolimod, but recommendations on the extent vary. This study aims to assess cardiac safety of fingolimod first dose. Individual bradyarrhythmic episodes were evaluated to assess the relevance of continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. METHODS: START is an ongoing open-label, multi-center study. At the time of analysis 3951 patients were enrolled. The primary endpoints are the incidence of bradycardia (heart rate < 45 bpm) and second-/third-degree AV blocks during treatment initiation...
January 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086828/subjective-and-objective-assessment-of-physical-activity-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-their-relation-to-health-related-quality-of-life
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Theresa Krüger, Janina R Behrens, Anuschka Grobelny, Karen Otte, Sebastian Mansow-Model, Bastian Kayser, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Alexander U Brandt, Friedemann Paul, Tanja Schmitz-Hübsch
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is frequently restricted in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) and aiming to enhance PA is considered beneficial in this population. We here aimed to explore two standard methods (subjective plus objective) to assess PA reduction in PwMS and to describe the relation of PA to health-related quality of life (hrQoL). METHODS: PA was objectively measured over a 7-day period in 26 PwMS (EDSS 1.5-6.0) and 30 matched healthy controls (HC) using SenseWear mini® armband (SWAmini) and reported as step count, mean total and activity related energy expenditure (EE) as well as time spent in PA of different intensities...
January 13, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073355/factors-associated-with-improvement-or-decline-in-cognitive-function-after-an-ischemic-stroke-in-korea-the-korean-stroke-cohort-for-functioning-and-rehabilitation-kosco-study
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Jin A Yoon, Deog Young Kim, Min Kyun Sohn, Jongmin Lee, Sam-Gyu Lee, Yang-Soo Lee, Eun Young Han, Min Cheol Joo, Gyung-Jae Oh, Junhee Han, Minsu Park, Kyung Pil Park, Kyung-Ha Noh, Won Hyuk Chang, Yong-Il Shin, Yun-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: We conducted a prospective cohort study to investigate prevalence of poststroke cognitive impairment at 3 and 12 months after stroke onset and identify clinical and demographic factors associated with improvement or decline in cognitive function between 3 months and 12 months. METHODS: We analyzed the cognitive assessments of total patients and patients older than 65 years separately. All patients with an ischemic stroke were divided into normal cognitive group (NCG) and impaired cognition group (ICG) by using a cutoff score on the Korean Mini-Mental State Examination (K-MMSE)...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068987/effects-of-acetyl-dl-leucine-on-cerebellar-ataxia-alcat-trial-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-multinational-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-phase-iii-trial
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Katharina Feil, Christine Adrion, Julian Teufel, Sylvia Bösch, Jens Claassen, Ilaria Giordano, Holger Hengel, Heike Jacobi, Thomas Klockgether, Thomas Klopstock, Wolfgang Nachbauer, Ludger Schöls, Claudia Stendel, Ellen Uslar, Bart van de Warrenburg, Ingrid Berger, Ivonne Naumann, Otmar Bayer, Hans-Helge Müller, Ulrich Mansmann, Michael Strupp
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar ataxia (CA) is a frequent and often disabling condition that impairs motor functioning and impacts on quality of life (QoL). No medication has yet been proven effective for the symptomatic or even causative treatment of hereditary or non-hereditary, non-acquired CA. So far, the only treatment recommendation is physiotherapy. Therefore, new therapeutic options are needed. Based on three observational studies, the primary objective of the acetyl-DL-leucine on ataxia (ALCAT) trial is to examine the efficacy and tolerability of a symptomatic therapy with acetyl-DL-leucine compared to placebo on motor function measured by the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) in patients with CA...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068949/plaque-distribution-of-low-grade-basilar-artery-atherosclerosis-and-its-clinical-relevance
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Jin Yu, Ming-Li Li, Yu-Yuan Xu, Shi-Wen Wu, Min Lou, Xue-Tao Mu, Feng Feng, Shan Gao, Wei-Hai Xu
BACKGROUND: The underlying pathophysiology of BA distribution is unclear and intriguing. Using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI), we sought to explore the plaque distribution of low-grade basilar artery (BA) atherosclerosis and its clinical relevance. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the imaging and clinical data of 61 patients with low-grade atherosclerotic BA stenosis (<50%). On HR-MRI, the plaques were categorized based on the involvement of the ventral, dorsal, or lateral sides of BA wall...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068941/looking-beyond-the-brain-to-improve-the-pathogenic-understanding-of-parkinson-s-disease-implications-of-whole-transcriptome-profiling-of-patients-skin
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Anu Planken, Lille Kurvits, Ene Reimann, Liis Kadastik-Eerme, Külli Kingo, Sulev Kõks, Pille Taba
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, characterized by symptoms of motor impairment, resulting from the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain, however non-neuronal symptoms are also common. Although great advances have been made in the pathogenic understanding of Parkinson's Disease in the nervous system, little is known about the molecular alterations occurring in other non-neuronal organ systems. In addition, a higher rate of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer has been observed in the Parkinson's Disease population, indicating crosstalk between these diseases...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068933/screening-for-onconeural-antibodies-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
#8
Benjamin Berger, Tilman Hottenrott, Sebastian Rauer, Oliver Stich
BACKGROUND: Some so-called "non-classical" paraneoplastic neurological syndromes (PNS), namely optic neuritis and myelitis, clinically overlap with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), and conversely, in cancer-associated NMOSD, a paraneoplastic etiology has been suggested in rare cases. Therefore, we retrospectively investigated the prevalence of onconeural antibodies, which are highly predictive for a paraneoplastic etiology, and the prevalence of malignancies in NMOSD patients...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068952/interaction-among-cox-2-p2y1-and-gpiiia-gene-variants-is-associated-with-aspirin-resistance-and-early-neurological-deterioration-in-chinese-stroke-patients
#9
Xingyang Yi, Chun Wang, Qiang Zhou, Jing Lin
BACKGROUND: The effect of genetic variants on aspirin resistance (AR) remains controversial. We sought to assess the association of genetic variants with AR and early clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS). METHODS: A total of 850 acute IS patients were consecutively enrolled. Platelet aggregation was measured before and after a 7-10 day aspirin treatment. The sequences of 14 variants of COX-1, COX-2, GPIb, GPIIIa, P2Y1 and P2Y12 were determined using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry...
January 9, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061886/circadian-course-of-the-p300-erp-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-implications-for-brain-computer-interfaces-bci
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Helena Erlbeck, Ursula Mochty, Andrea Kübler, Ruben G L Real
BACKGROUND: Accidents or neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can lead to progressing, extensive, and complete paralysis leaving patients aware but unable to communicate (locked-in state). Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) based on electroencephalography represent an important approach to establish communication with these patients. The most common BCI for communication rely on the P300, a positive deflection arising in response to rare events. To foster broader application of BCIs for restoring lost function, also for end-users with impaired vision, we explored whether there were specific time windows during the day in which a P300 driven BCI should be preferably applied...
January 7, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056872/a-limb-girdle-myopathy-phenotype-of-runx2-mutation-in-a-patient-with-cleidocranial-dysplasia-a-case-study-and-literature-review
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Sung-Ju Hsueh, Ni-Chung Lee, Shu-Hua Yang, Han-I Lin, Chin-Hsien Lin
BACKGROUND: Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is a rare hereditary disorder that arises from heterozygous loss of function mutations in the runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) gene. As RUNX2 is mainly expressed in osteoblasts, CCD typically affects the skeletal and dental systems. Few studies have investigated RUNX2 mutation effects on non-skeletal systems. Here, we describe limb-girdle myopathy, an uncommon phenotype of CCD, in a patient with a heterozygous missense mutation (p.R225Q) in the RUNX2 gene...
January 6, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056870/anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-nmdar-antibody-encephalitis-presents-in-atypical-types-and-coexists-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-or-neurosyphilis
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Kaiyu Qin, Wenqing Wu, Yuming Huang, Dongmei Xu, Lei Zhang, Bowen Zheng, Meijuan Jiang, Cheng Kou, Junhua Gao, Wurong Li, Jinglin Zhang, Sumei Wang, Yanfei Luan, Chaoling Yan, Dan Xu, Xinmei Zheng
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a clinically heterogeneous disorder characterized by epileptic seizures, psychosis, dyskinesia, consciousness impairments, and autonomic instability. Symptoms are always various. Sometimes it presents in milder or incomplete forms. We report 4 cases of anti-NMDAR encephalitis with incomplete forms, 3 cases of which were accompanied by neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder or neurosyphilis respectively. CASE PRESENTATION: A 33-year-old man presented with dysarthria, movement disorder and occasional seizures...
January 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978832/critical-illness-polyneuropathy-cip-in-neurological-early-rehabilitation-clinical-and-neurophysiological-features
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Simone B Schmidt, Jens D Rollnik
BACKGROUND: Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) is a complex disease affecting 30-70% of critically ill patients. METHODS: Clinical (Barthel index, length of stay (LOS), morbidity, duration of mechanical ventilation, routine lab results) and neurophysiological (neurography) data of 191 patients admitted to neurological early rehabilitation and diagnosed with CIP have been analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: CIP diagnosis was correct in 159 cases (83%)...
December 15, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955624/a-case-report-becker-muscular-dystrophy-presenting-with-epilepsy-and-dysgnosia-induced-by-duplication-mutation-of-dystrophin-gene
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Jing Miao, Jia-Chun Feng, Dan Zhu, Xue-Fan Yu
BACKGROUND: Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), a genetic disorder of X-linked recessive inheritance, typically presents with gradually progressive muscle weakness. The condition is caused by mutations of Dystrophin gene located at Xp21.2. Epilepsy is an infrequent manifestation of BMD, while cases of BMD with dysgnosia are extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 9-year-old boy with BMD, who presented with epilepsy and dysgnosia. Serum creatine kinase level was markedly elevated (3665 U/L)...
December 12, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938345/assessment-of-platelet-function-in-patients-with-stroke-using-multiple-electrode-platelet-aggregometry-a-prospective-observational-study
#15
Ahmed Sabra, Sophia N Stanford, Sharon Storton, Matthew Lawrence, Lindsay D'Silva, Roger H K Morris, Vanessa Evans, Mushtaq Wani, John F Potter, Phillip A Evans
BACKGROUND: There is a link between high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HPR) and adverse vascular events in stroke. This study aimed to compare multiple electrode platelet aggregometry (MEA), in healthy subjects and ischaemic stroke patients, and between patients naive to antiplatelet drugs (AP) and those on regular low dose AP. We also aimed to determine prevalence of HPR at baseline and at 3-5 days after loading doses of aspirin. METHODS: Patients with first ever ischaemic stroke were age and sex-matched to a healthy control group...
December 9, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931194/serum-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-is-related-to-cognitive-decline-via-reflection-of-homeostasis-a-nested-case-control-study
#16
Teruhide Koyama, Nagato Kuriyama, Etsuko Ozaki, Daisuke Matsui, Isao Watanabe, Fumitaro Miyatani, Masaki Kondo, Aiko Tamura, Takashi Kasai, Yoichi Ohshima, Tomokatsu Yoshida, Takahiko Tokuda, Ikuko Mizuta, Shigeto Mizuno, Kei Yamada, Kazuo Takeda, Sanae Matsumoto, Masanori Nakagawa, Toshiki Mizuno, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Recent research suggests that several pathogenetic factors, including aging, genetics, inflammation, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and infectious diseases, influence cognitive decline (CD) risk. However, no definitive candidate causes have been identified. The present study evaluated whether certain serum parameters predict CD. METHODS: A total of 151 participants were assessed for CD using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), and 34 participants were identified as showing CD...
December 8, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919222/capsaicin-8-patch-repeat-treatment-plus-standard-of-care-soc-versus-soc-alone-in-painful-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-a-randomised-52-week-open-label-safety-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Aaron I Vinik, Serge Perrot, Etta J Vinik, Ladislav Pazdera, Hélène Jacobs, Malcolm Stoker, Stephen K Long, Robert J Snijder, Marjolijne van der Stoep, Enrique Ortega, Nathaniel Katz
BACKGROUND: This 52-week study evaluated the long-term safety and tolerability of capsaicin 8% w/w (179 mg) patch repeat treatment plus standard of care (SOC) versus SOC alone in painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). METHODS: Phase 3, multinational, open-label, randomised, controlled, 52-week safety study, conducted in Europe. Patients were randomised to capsaicin 8% patch repeat treatment (30 or 60 min; 1-7 treatments with ≥ 8-week intervals) to painful areas of the feet plus SOC, or SOC alone...
December 6, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919248/bone-mineral-density-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-hereditary-ataxia-or-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-after-at-least-10%C3%A2-years-of-disease-a-case-control-study
#18
Cecilia Smith Simonsen, Elisabeth Gulowsen Celius, Cathrine Brunborg, Chantal Tallaksen, Erik Fink Eriksen, Trygve Holmøy, Stine Marit Moen
BACKGROUND: Although disability is considered the main cause of low bone mineral density (BMD) in multiple sclerosis (MS), other factors related to the disease process or treatment could also be involved. The aim of this study was to assess whether patients with MS are more likely to develop low BMD (osteopenia or osteoporosis) than patients with the non-inflammatory neurological diseases Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) and Hereditary Ataxia (HA). METHODS: We performed a case control study comparing BMD (spine, hip and total body) and biochemical measures of bone metabolism in 91 MS patients and 77 patients with HSP or HA, matched for age, gender and disability...
December 5, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912744/quality-of-life-after-stroke-in-pakistan
#19
Wardah Khalid, Shafquat Rozi, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Iqbal Azam, Michael T Mullen, Saleem Illyas, Qamar Un-Nisa, Nabila Soomro, Ayeesha Kamran Kamal
BACKGROUND: There is very little information about the quality of life (QOL) of stroke survivors in LMIC countries with underdeveloped non communicable health infrastructures, who bear two thirds of the global stroke burden. METHODOLOGY: We used a sequential mix methods approach. First, a quantitative analytical cross-sectional study was conducted on 700 participants, who constituted 350 stroke survivor and their caregiver dyads. QOL of stroke survivor was assessed via Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SSQOLS) whereas QOL of caregivers was assessed through RAND-36...
December 3, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905901/presynaptic-neuromuscular-transmission-defect-in-the-stiff-person-syndrome
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Y L Lo, Y E Tan
BACKGROUND: The stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a rare disorder characterized by muscular rigidity and stiffness. CASE PRESENTATIONS: We describe an SPS patient presenting with longstanding fatigue and electrophysiological evidence of presynaptic neuromuscular transmission defect, who responded to administration of pyridostigmine. In contrast, no electrophysiolgical evidence of neuromuscular transmission defect was demonstrated in 2 other SPS patients without fatigue symptoms...
December 1, 2016: BMC Neurology
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