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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820738/the-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-short-interval-intracortical-inhibition-and-intracortical-facilitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mana Biabani, Maryam Aminitehrani, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is increasingly being used to affect the neurological conditions with deficient intracortical synaptic activities (i.e. Parkinson's disease and epilepsy). In addition, it is suggested that the lasting effects of tDCS on corticospinal excitability (CSE) have intracortical origin. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to examine whether tDCS has any effect on intracortical circuits. Eleven electronic databases were searched for the studies investigating intracortical changes induced by anodal (a) and cathodal (c) tDCS, in healthy individuals, using two paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) paradigms: short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF)...
August 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816873/the-need-of-validated-disease-specific-outcome-instruments-for-spine-trauma
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Cumhur Oner, Said Sadiqi, Anne Mechteld Lehr, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro
This article focuses on patient-reported and clinician-reported outcome measures in spine trauma care. The measurement of the quality of care and functional and health-related quality of life outcomes of spine trauma patients has become increasingly important. However, no outcome instrument is specifically designed, validated, or universally adapted for this specific patient population. Issues specific to spinal trauma patients may not be adequately addressed by the instruments that are currently used in the literature and the daily clinical practice...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814253/pet-mr-tomographs-a-review-with-technical-radiochemical-and-clinical-perspectives
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Giampiero Giovacchini, Elisabetta Giovannini, Mattia Riondato, Andrea Ciarmiello
In the last decade, an increasing number of positron emission tomography / magnetic resonance (PET/MR) tomographs have been installed and many clinical studies were performed in the neurological field. Although PET/MR has many favorable properties to support the application in brain imaging, attenuation correction, and therefore accurate quantification, is a problem that still requires optimal solution. In this review we have summarized the three main methods that are currently used to correct for attenuation in PET/MR, namely atlas- or template-based methods, segmentation-based methods, and reconstruction-based methods...
August 16, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814249/the-neurological-sequelae-of-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia-definitions-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-the-kernicterus-spectrum-disorders-ksds
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Steven Shapiro, Jean Baptiste Le Pichon, Sean M Riordan, Jon Watchkoe
Despite its lengthy history the study of benign jaundice, hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus suffers from a lack of clarity and consistency in the key terms used to describe both the clinical and pathophysiological nature of these conditions. This has led to multiple terms being used to describe similar conditions (i.e. kernicterus and chronic bilirubin encephalopathy) or the same term being used to describe different concepts (i.e. BIND as a descriptor of the signs of bilirubin neurotoxicity, mild kernicterus, or as a scale to assess bilirubin toxicity)...
August 14, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809479/natural-seminal-amyloids-as-targets-for-development-of-synthetic-inhibitors-of-hiv-transmission
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Daniel A Sheik, Stephen Dewhurst, Jerry Yang
Amyloids refer to a class of protein or peptide aggregates that are heterogeneous in size, morphology, and composition, and are implicated to play a central role in many neurodegenerative and systemic diseases. The strong correlation between biological activity and extent of aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and peptides has led to an explosion of research efforts to target these materials with synthetic molecules or engineered antibodies to try to attenuate their function in disease pathology. Although many of these efforts to attenuate amyloid function have shown great promise in laboratory settings, the vast majority of work has been focused on targeting amyloids associated with neurologic diseases, which has been met with significant additional challenges that preclude clinical evaluation...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805093/monitoring-disease-progression-in-spinocerebellar-ataxias-implications-for-treatment-and-clinical-research
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Lidia Sarro, Lorenzo Nanetti, Anna Castaldo, Caterina Mariotti
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are autosomal dominant diseases characterized by progressive gait and limb incoordination, disequilibrium, dysarthria, and eye movement disturbances. Approximately 40 genetic subtypes of SCAs are known and classified according to the causative disease gene/locus. With the possibility of the specific genetic diagnosis in patients and at-risk family members, several clinical scales and functional tests have been validated and used in ataxic patients with the purposes of measuring the entity of disease progression in natural history studies and the possible slowing of neurological impairment in therapeutic trials...
August 13, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803968/acute-spinal-cord-injury-a-review-of-pathophysiology-and-potential-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-for-pharmacological-intervention
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Emrullah Hayta, Hasan Elden
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the serious central nervous system injuries, which can lead to significant neurological impairments and a reduction in quality of life with loss in sensory and motor functions. Although recent advancements contribute to the understanding of the underlying pathophysiological processes developed after SCI, currently, there is limited innovative and effective treatment options besides conventional rehabilitation and management of SCI to alleviate the condition. Improvements in neurological functions of the individuals with SCI depend mainly on the mechanical damage occurring in the primary injury and on pathophysiological alterations associated with secondary damage...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802915/neurological-evaluation-of-the-selection-stage-of-metaphor-comprehension-in-individuals-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Brea Chouinard, Joanne Volden, Ivor Cribben, Jacqueline Cummine
Because of their difficulties with figurative language in conversation, it is commonly thought that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not understand figurative meaning. However, recent research indicates that individuals with and without ASD are similar in the first two stages of metaphor comprehension, up to and including successful generation of the figurative meaning. In the current study, we used a sentence decision task to evaluate the subsequent stage of metaphor comprehension, the selection stage, which requires suppression/inhibition of the unintended meaning as part of selecting the intended meaning...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800738/advances-in-closed-loop-deep-brain-stimulation-devices
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REVIEW
Mahboubeh Parastarfeizabadi, Abbas Z Kouzani
BACKGROUND: Millions of patients around the world are affected by neurological and psychiatric disorders. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a device-based therapy that could have fewer side-effects and higher efficiencies in drug-resistant patients compared to other therapeutic options such as pharmacological approaches. Thus far, several efforts have been made to incorporate a feedback loop into DBS devices to make them operate in a closed-loop manner. METHODS: This paper presents a comprehensive investigation into the existing research-based and commercial closed-loop DBS devices...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798906/cerebral-sinovenous-thrombosis
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REVIEW
Rebecca Ichord
Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is a rare but serious cerebrovascular disorder affecting children from the newborn period through childhood and adolescence. The incidence is estimated at 0.6/100,000/year, with 30-50% occurring in newborns. Causes are diverse and are highly age dependent. Acute systemic illness is the dominant risk factor among newborns. In childhood CSVT, acute infections of the head and neck such as mastoiditis are most common, followed by chronic underlying diseases such as nephrotic syndrome, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794043/sorafenib-impedes-rift-valley-fever-virus-egress-by-inhibiting-valosin-containing-protein-function-in-the-cellular-secretory-pathway
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Ashwini Brahms, Rajini Mudhasani, Chelsea Pinkham, Krishna Kota, Farooq Nassar, Rouzbeh Zamani, Sina Bavari, Kylene Kehn-Hall
There is an urgent need for therapeutic development to combat Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) infections, which causes devastating disease in both humans and animals. In an effort to repurpose drugs for RVFV treatment, our previous studies screened a library of FDA-approved drugs. The most promising candidate identified was the hepatocellular and renal cell carcinoma drug, sorafenib. Mechanism of action studies indicated sorafenib targeted a late stage in virus infection and caused a buildup of virions within cells...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781802/sorafenib-induced-reversible-posterior-leukoencephalopathy-in-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-report-of-two-cases
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Nobuki Furubayashi, Takahito Negishi, Hidenori Iwai, Kei Nagase, Motonobu Nakamura
Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) is a rare clinicoradiological syndrome that is characterized by neurological symptoms, including seizures, headaches, visual abnormalities, confusion and encephalopathy, accompanied by vasogenic edema of the posterior white matter observed on neuroimaging. Sorafenib is an inhibitor of pro-angiogenic receptor tyrosine kinases, such as vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, platelet-derived growth factor receptor β, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3...
August 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779865/neurological-complications-of-gastrointestinal-disease
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Melissa Shapiro, David A Blanco
There is a growing interest in the extraintestinal manifestations of common pediatric gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. This article specifically focuses on the neurological symptoms that manifest because of these disorders and their treatments. Many neurological symptoms have been reported in association with these diseases, including neuropathy, myopathy, ataxia, headache, and seizures, among others. It is currently believed that these neurological symptoms are largely overlooked by practitioners and could be a red flag for earlier diagnosis...
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772199/novel-therapeutic-targets-for-epilepsy-intervention
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REVIEW
Lazari Kambli, Lokesh Kumar Bhatt, Manisha Oza, Kedar Prabhavalkar
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder involving recurrent seizures and affecting about 1% of the population worldwide. Despite several antiepileptic drugs and effective therapies available for epilepsy, about 25% of the patients show therapeutic failure. Thus there exists an unmet need for newer antiepileptic drugs targeting newer targets with different mechanisms of action. Current research in epilepsy generally focuses on mechanisms that control neuronal excitability. Recently attention has been focussed on novel targets, their various interactions, and signalling cascades relating to epilepsy...
July 25, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769114/diagnosing-antiphospholipid-syndrome-extra-criteria-manifestations-and-technical-advances
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REVIEW
Savino Sciascia, Mary-Carmen Amigo, Dario Roccatello, Munther Khamashta
First described in the early 1980s, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a unique form of acquired autoimmune thrombophilia in which patients present with clinical features of recurrent thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity and persistently test positive for the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). At least one clinical (vascular thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity) and one lab-based (positive test result for lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and/or anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies) criterion have to be met for a patient to be classified as having APS...
August 3, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766102/a-new-chapter-for-mesenchymal-stem-cells-decellularized-extracellular-matrices
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REVIEW
Yagiz Anasiz, Riza Koksal Ozgul, Duygu Uckan-Cetinkaya
From orthopedic to neurological disorders, stem cells are used as platforms to understand disease mechanisms and considered as novel and promising treatment options, especially when the valid therapeutic approaches are unavailable or ineffective. There are different stem cell types in the literature, however the spindle-shaped, colony forming and multilineage-differentiating cells, also known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are very popular, as MSC can be isolated from different tissues with minimal ethical concerns and without tumor formations, which make them easily accessible and widely used in vitro and in vivo studies...
August 1, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762235/fluid-supplementation-for-neonatal-unconjugated-hyperbilirubinaemia
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REVIEW
Nai Ming Lai, Azanna Ahmad Kamar, Yao Mun Choo, Juin Yee Kong, Chin Fang Ngim
BACKGROUND: Neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia is a common problem which carries a risk of neurotoxicity. Certain infants who have hyperbilirubinaemia develop bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus which may lead to long-term disability. Phototherapy is currently the mainstay of treatment for neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia. Among the adjunctive measures to compliment the effects of phototherapy, fluid supplementation has been proposed to reduce serum bilirubin levels. The mechanism of action proposed includes direct dilutional effects of intravenous (IV) fluids, or enhancement of peristalsis to reduce enterohepatic circulation by oral fluid supplementation...
August 1, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757598/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-for-treating-neurocognitive-and-neuropsychiatric-disorders-following-traumatic-brain-injury-an-evaluation-of-current-evidence
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REVIEW
John K Yue, John F Burke, Pavan S Upadhyayula, Ethan A Winkler, Hansen Deng, Caitlin K Robinson, Romain Pirracchio, Catherine G Suen, Sourabh Sharma, Adam R Ferguson, Laura B Ngwenya, Murray B Stein, Geoffrey T Manley, Phiroz E Tarapore
The prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is 20%-50%, and disorders of mood and cognition may remain even after recovery of neurologic function is achieved. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) block the reuptake of serotonin in presynaptic cells to lead to increased serotonergic activity in the synaptic cleft, constituting first-line treatment for a variety of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. This review investigates the utility of SSRIs in treating post-TBI disorders...
July 25, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756471/the-research-agenda-for-trauma-critical-care
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REVIEW
Karim Asehnoune, Zsolt Balogh, Giuseppe Citerio, Andre Cap, Timothy Billiar, Nino Stocchetti, Mitchell J Cohen, Paolo Pelosi, Nicola Curry, Christine Gaarder, Russell Gruen, John Holcomb, Beverley J Hunt, Nicole P Juffermans, Mark Maegele, Mark Midwinter, Frederick A Moore, Michael O'Dwyer, Jean-François Pittet, Herbert Schöchl, Martin Schreiber, Philip C Spinella, Simon Stanworth, Robert Winfield, Karim Brohi
In this research agenda on the acute and critical care management of trauma patients, we concentrate on the major factors leading to death, namely haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In haemostasis biology, the results of randomised controlled trials have led to the therapeutic focus moving away from the augmentation of coagulation factors (such as recombinant factor VIIa) and towards fibrinogen supplementation and administration of antifibrinolytics such as tranexamic acid. Novel diagnostic techniques need to be evaluated to determine whether an individualised precision approach is superior to current empirical practice...
July 29, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755682/the-effect-of-exercise-training-in-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis-with-severe-mobility-disability-a-systematic-review-and-future-research-directions
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REVIEW
Thomas Edwards, Lara A Pilutti
INTRODUCTION: There is evidence for the benefits of exercise training in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, these benefits have primarily been established in individuals with mild-to-moderate disability (i.e., Expanded Disability Status Scale [EDSS] scores 1.0-5.5), rather than among those with significant mobility impairment. Further, the approaches to exercise training that have been effective in persons with mild-to-moderate MS disability may not be physically accessible for individuals with mobility limitations...
August 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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