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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925894/prevention-of-herpes-zoster-and-its-complications-from-clinical-evidence-to-real-life-experience
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Giovanni Gabutti, Paolo Bonanni, Michele Conversano, Guido Fanelli, Elisabetta Franco, Donato Greco, Giancarlo Icardi, Marzia Lazzari, Alessandro Rossi, Silvestro Scotti, Antonio Volpi
Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute viral illness characterized by a vesicular rash with unilateral distribution, which can also result in severe complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), ophthalmic zoster, stroke or other neurological complications. The estimate incidence in Europe ranges between 2.0 and 4.6 cases per 1,000 person-years, with a sharp increase in >50 year-old subjects. Currently, treatment options for HZ are only partially effective in limiting the acute phase, while the management of complications is complex and often unsatisfactory...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925608/active-music-therapy-and-physical-improvements-from-rehabilitation-for-neurological-conditions
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Demian Leandro Kogutek, Jeffrey David Holmes, Jessica Adrienne Grahn, Sara G Lutz, Emily Ready
Context • A variety of rehabilitation-based interventions are currently available for individuals with physical impairments resulting from neurological conditions, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. Many individuals find participation in those therapies to be challenging. Alternative therapies have emerged as beneficial adjunctive treatments for individuals undergoing neurological rehabilitation, including music therapy (MT). Objective • The study intended to identify and collate systematically the evidence on MT interventions that address physical improvements in a rehabilitative setting...
October 2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920671/proceedings-of-the-fourth-annual-deep-brain-stimulation-think-tank-a-review-of-emerging-issues-and-technologies
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Wissam Deeb, James J Giordano, Peter J Rossi, Alon Y Mogilner, Aysegul Gunduz, Jack W Judy, Bryan T Klassen, Christopher R Butson, Craig Van Horne, Damiaan Deny, Darin D Dougherty, David Rowell, Greg A Gerhardt, Gwenn S Smith, Francisco A Ponce, Harrison C Walker, Helen M Bronte-Stewart, Helen S Mayberg, Howard J Chizeck, Jean-Philippe Langevin, Jens Volkmann, Jill L Ostrem, Jonathan B Shute, Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, Kelly D Foote, Aparna Wagle Shukla, Marvin A Rossi, Michael Oh, Michael Pourfar, Paul B Rosenberg, Peter A Silburn, Coralie de Hemptine, Philip A Starr, Timothy Denison, Umer Akbar, Warren M Grill, Michael S Okun
This paper provides an overview of current progress in the technological advances and the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, as presented by participants of the Fourth Annual DBS Think Tank, which was convened in March 2016 in conjunction with the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida, Gainesveille FL, USA. The Think Tank discussions first focused on policy and advocacy in DBS research and clinical practice, formation of registries, and issues involving the use of DBS in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome...
2016: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919862/spinal-cord-injury-assessing-tolerability-and-use-of-combined-rehabilitation-and-neuroaid-saturn-study-protocol-of-an-exploratory-study-in-assessing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-neuroaid-amongst-people-who-sustain-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Ramesh Kumar, Ohnmar Htwe, Azmi Baharudin, Mohammad Hisam Ariffin, Shaharuddin Abdul Rhani, Kamalnizat Ibrahim, Aishah Rustam, Robert Gan
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with limited therapeutic options despite decades of research. Current treatment options include use of steroids, surgery, and rehabilitation. Nevertheless, many patients with SCI remain disabled. MLC601 (NeuroAiD), a combination of natural products, has been shown to be safe and to aid neurological recovery after brain injuries and may have a potential role in improving recovery after SCI. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of NeuroAiD amongst people who sustain SCI in the study setting...
December 5, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916427/tea-cocoa-coffee-and-affective-disorders-vicious-or-virtuous-cycle
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Tatiana García-Blanco, Alberto Dávalos, Francesco Visioli
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of psychiatric disorders is increasing worldwide, which underscores the importance of increasing research in this field, in terms of better detection, prevention based on improvement of lifestyle and diet, and effectiveness of treatment. Increasing evidence suggest that diet and exercise can affect proper neuronal development and physiology and protect the brain from neurological illnesses or injuries. Of note, cocoa, tea, and coffee are being actively investigated because they are rich in (poly)phenolic compounds that can modulate mental health, namely brain plasticity, behavior, mood, depression, and cognition...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910097/chronic-migraine-an-update-on-physiology-imaging-and-the-mechanism-of-action-of-two-available-pharmacologic-therapies
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Sheena K Aurora, Mitchell F Brin
Several lines of research support the hypothesis that migraine is a spectrum of illness, with clinical symptoms that vary along a continuum from episodic migraine to chronic migraine. Physiologic changes may result in episodic migraine evolving into chronic migraine over months to years in susceptible individuals. With chronification, headache frequency increases, becoming more disabling and less responsive to therapy. Neurophysiologic and functional imaging research has reported that chronic migraine may be associated with severity-specific metabolic, functional, and structural abnormalities in the brainstem...
December 2, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902929/necroptosis-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-other-neurological-disorders
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Jessica R Morrice, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans, Christopher A Shaw
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. Cell death in ALS and in general was previously believed to exist as a dichotomy between apoptosis and necrosis. Most research investigating cell death mechanisms in ALS was conducted before the discovery of programmed necrosis thus did not use selective cell death pathway-specific markers. Recently, a new form of programmed cell death, termed "necroptosis", has been characterized and has been recently implicated in ALS as a primary mechanism driving motor neuron cell death in different forms of ALS...
November 27, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892990/zika-virus-what-the-otolaryngologist-should-know-a-review
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Demetri Arnaoutakis, Tapan Padhya
Importance: Initially discovered in 1947, Zika virus infection received little notoriety as a tropical disease until 2015 when an outbreak of microcephaly cases was reported in Brazil. Zika is a single-stranded RNA arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. The primary source of infection in humans stems from Aedes aegypti mosquito bites but can also occur through sexual, blood, and perinatal transmission. With expectations that 3 to 4 million people across the Americas will be infected over the next year, the World Health Organization has declared this event a Public Health Emergency of International Concern...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890788/genetic-testing-among-spanish-pediatric-neurologists-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices
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J Domínguez-Carral, J López-Pisón, A Macaya, M Bueno Campaña, M A García-Pérez, D Natera-de Benito
Advances in genetic testing applied to child neurology have enabled the development of genetic tests with greater sensitivity in elucidating an etiologic diagnosis for common neurological conditions. The objective of the current study was to examine child neurologists' perspectives and insights into genetic testing. We surveyed 118 Spanish child neurologists, exploring their knowledge, attitudes, and practices concerning genetic tests. All of them had requested at least one genetic test in the past six months...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876292/reprint-of-the-new-approach-to-classification-rethinking-cognition-and-behavior-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Sarah J Wilson, Sallie Baxendale
There has been considerable debate surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of the new approach to classifying the epilepsies released by the ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology (2005-2009). This new approach has significant implications for the way we conceptualize and assess cognition and behavior in epilepsy; however, as yet, there has been limited discussion of these issues in the field. The purpose of this Targeted Review is to spark this discussion by encouraging researchers and clinicians to think about the changes that the new approach may bring...
November 18, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872179/anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-a-survey-of-treatment-progress-and-prospects-from-pediatric-neurologists
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Ilana Kahn, Guy Helman, Adeline Vanderver, Elizabeth Wells
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis has been shown to be a treatable form of autoimmune encephalitis, but there remains no standardized approach to immunotherapy. We designed an anonymous survey sent to members of the Child Neurology Society to identify the current practices among child neurologists. A total of 151 pediatric neurologists responded to the survey. With these responses we were able to highlight areas of practice uniformity, including first-line treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin and intravenous methylprednisone and initiation of disease-modifying therapy with rituximab alone...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870688/clinical-aspects-of-zika-virus
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Elysse N Grossi-Soyster, A Desiree LaBeaud
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that has caused a sudden and explosive outbreak in South America and the Caribbean in the last year, and has been declared a public health emergency by the WHO. As ZIKV afflicts previously naive populations, more severe clinical presentations and sequelae have been observed. A specific emphasis has been placed on the neurological effects in infants resulting from viral exposure in utero. RECENT FINDINGS: Acute onset of ZIKV disease is seen in approximately 20% of cases, whereas most individuals (80%) exposed are asymptomatic...
November 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866729/molecular-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-related-disorders
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REVIEW
L Koric, E Guedj, M O Habert, F Semah, P Branger, P Payoux, F Le Jeune
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its related disorders rely on clinical criteria. There is, however, a large clinical overlap between the different neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition and, frequently, there are diagnostic uncertainties with atypical clinical presentations. Current clinical practices can now regularly use positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) molecular imaging to help resolve such uncertainties...
December 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862048/favorable-outcomes-after-in-utero-transfusion-in-fetuses-with-alpha-thalassemia-major-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Emily M Kreger, Sylvia T Singer, Russell G Witt, Nancy Sweeters, Billie Lianoglou, Ashutosh Lal, Tippi C Mackenzie, Elliott Vichinsky
OBJECTIVE: Alpha thalassemia major (ATM) is often fatal in utero due to severe hydrops fetalis. Although in utero transfusions (IUTs) are increasingly used to allow fetal survival in ATM, prenatal and postnatal outcomes are not well described. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed cases of ATM at our institution treated with consecutive IUT. Clinical records were reviewed for transfusion history, neurodevelopmental outcomes, anatomic abnormalities, survival to hematopoietic cell transplantation, and transfusion independence...
November 9, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857906/current-concept-of-stem-cell-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury-a-review
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REVIEW
Sun Kyu Oh, Sang Ryong Jeon
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a catastrophic condition associated with significant neurological deficit, social, and financial burdens. Over the past decades, various treatments including medication, surgery, and rehabilitation therapy for SCI have been performed, but there were no definite treatment option to improve neurological function of patients with chronic SCI. Therefore, new treatment trials with stem cells have been studied to regenerate injured spinal cord. Among various types of stem cells, bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells is highly expected as candidates for the stem cell therapy...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857124/neuroinflammation-using-big-data-to-inform-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Calliope A Dendrou, Gil McVean, Lars Fugger
Neuroinflammation is emerging as a central process in many neurological conditions, either as a causative factor or as a secondary response to nervous system insult. Understanding the causes and consequences of neuroinflammation could, therefore, provide insight that is needed to improve therapeutic interventions across many diseases. However, the complexity of the pathways involved necessitates the use of high-throughput approaches to extensively interrogate the process, and appropriate strategies to translate the data generated into clinical benefit...
November 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856317/drug-delivery-by-erythrocytes-primum-non-nocere
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Carlos H Villa, Jerard Seghatchian, Vladimir Muzykantov
Red blood cells (RBCs) are naturally capable of transporting diverse cargoes throughout the circulatory system, both loaded to their surface or within their inner volume. Starting largely from the 1970s, diverse approaches for encapsulation into, and surface coupling onto, RBCs have been investigated as potential drug delivery systems. In the last decade, these efforts have yielded diverse strategies to load drugs and nanocarriers to RBCs, and to optimize their pharmacokinetics, distribution, and effects in the body...
October 31, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852852/ablation-of-programmed-1-ribosomal-frameshifting-in-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-results-in-attenuated-neuropathogenicity
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Joseph A Kendra, Cynthia de la Fuente, Ashwini Brahms, Caitlin Woodson, Todd M Bell, Bin Chen, Yousuf A Khan, Jonathan L Jacobs, Kylene Kehn-Hall, Jonathan D Dinman
: The Alphaviruses, Venezuelan, eastern and western equine encephalitis viruses (VEEV, EEEV, WEEV) are arthropod-borne (+) RNA viruses that are capable of causing acute and fatal encephalitis in many mammals including humans. VEEV was weaponized during the Cold War, and is recognized as a select agent. Currently, there are no FDA approved vaccines or therapeutics for these viruses. The spread of VEEV and other members of this family due to climate change-mediated vector range expansion underscore the need for research aimed at developing medical countermeasures...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842615/the-use-of-milrinone-in-patients-with-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review
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Marcelo Lannes, Frederick Zeiler, Céline Guichon, Jeanne Teitelbaum
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to provide a systematic review of the evidence supporting the use of milrinone for the management of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). DESIGN: Primary outcomes were functional neurological status and the incidence of cerebral infarction. Search strategies adapted to the different databases were developed by a professional librarian. Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library database, Web of Science, SCOPUS, BIOSIS, Global Health, Health Star, Open SIGLE, Google Scholar and the New York Academy of Medicine Gray Literature were searched as well as clinical trials databases and the proceedings of several scientific meetings...
November 15, 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837191/age-associated-physiological-and-pathological-changes-at-the-blood-brain-barrier-a-review
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REVIEW
Franciska Erdő, László Denes, Elizabeth de Lange
The age-associated decline of the neurological and cognitive functions becomes more and more serious challenge for the developed countries with the increasing number of aged populations. The morphological and biochemical changes in the aging brain are the subjects of many extended research projects worldwide for a long time. However, the crucial role of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) impairment and disruption in the pathological processes in age-associated neurodegenerative disorders received special attention just for a few years...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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