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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071266/biogen-s-portfolio-and-research-efforts-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-interview-with-dr-ralph-kern
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Ralph Kern
Ralph Kern speaks to Laura Dormer, Commissioning Editor: Dr Ralph Kern is Senior Vice President and Head of Worldwide Medical at Biogen in Cambridge, MA, USA. In this role, he oversees Biogen's global therapeutic, regional and country medical teams, global medical operations, as well as medical research and scientific communications functions. Prior to joining Biogen, he was head of the Neuroscience Medical Unit at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and held various medical and commercial leadership roles at Genzyme Corporation...
January 10, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042367/the-upside-of-bias-a-case-of-chronic-meningitis-due-to-sporothrix-schenckii-in-an-immunocompetent-host
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Christine Hessler, Carol A Kauffman, Felicia C Chow
Chronic meningitis of unknown etiology is a vexing illness for patients and clinicians. Identification of the correct pathogen can be challenging and time consuming, leading to delays in appropriate treatment. Although Sporothrix schenckii is a recognized and treatable cause of chronic meningitis, neurologists and infectious diseases physicians may not regularly evaluate for Sporothrix infection. We describe an immunocompetent patient with chronic meningitis who partially responded to empiric fluconazole. Prompted by a recent culture-confirmed case of meningeal sporotrichosis, we tested for S schenckii antibodies from the cerebrospinal fluid, which were positive...
January 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018672/acute-acquired-comitant-esotropia-in-adults-is-it-neurologic-or-not
#3
Kadriye Erkan Turan, Tulay Kansu
Objectives. Acute acquired comitant esotropia (AACE) can be a diagnostic challenge for ophthalmologists and neurologists because of its association with neurological pathologies. Our study describes a series of adult patients with AACE of undetermined etiology. Methods. Data on the clinical findings of patients presented with AACE of undetermined etiology with a minimum follow-up of 1 year were retrieved from the medical records and the results analyzed. Results. A series of 9 esotropia cases (age range: 20-43 years) was reviewed...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011755/computational-modeling-of-brain-pathologies-the-case-of-multiple-sclerosis
#4
Francesco Pappalardo, Abdul-Mateen Rajput, Santo Motta
The central nervous system is the most complex network of the human body. The existence and functionality of a large number of molecular species in human brain are still ambiguous and mostly unknown, thus posing a challenge to Science and Medicine. Neurological diseases inherit the same level of complexity, making effective treatments difficult to be found. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a major neurological disease that causes severe inabilities and also a significant social burden on health care system: between 2 and 2...
December 22, 2016: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005617/lateral-extracavitary-approach-versus-posterior-extensive-circumferential-decompression-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-thoracic-and-lumbar-tuberculous-spondylitis
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Khaled Omran, Ahmed S Abdel-Fattah, Ahmed M A Othman, Ahmed O Youssef, Amr Solimen, Mohamed A ElRefai, Ahmed N Saleh, Mohammed Ali
OBJECTIVES AND STUDY DESIGN: The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate 45 patients operated upon either by posterior extensive circumferential decompression (PECD) or by the lateral extracavitary (LEC) technique and compare the clinical, radiologic, laboratory, and functional outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: The debate continues on the best decompression-fusion technique for treating complicated spinal tuberculosis. In recent times, the advantages of combined surgery have been successfully achieved using the 1-stage salvage technique, with enough accessibility to all 3 spinal columns...
December 21, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989330/pain-amplification-syndrome-a-biopsychosocial-approach
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Lisa B Namerow, Emily C Kutner, Emily C Wakefield, Barbara R Rzepski, Robert A Sahl
Pediatric neurologists frequently encounter patients who present with significant musculoskeletal pain that cannot be attributed to a specific injury or illness, which can often be defined as pain amplification syndrome (PAS). PAS in children and adolescents is the result of a heightened pain sensitivity pathway, which is intensified by significant biological, psychological, and social contributors. Appropriate assessment and multimodal intervention of PAS are crucial to treatment success, including neurology and behavioral health collaborative treatment plans to restore patient function and reduce pain perception...
August 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916450/dramatic-response-after-functional-hemispherectomy-in-a-patient-with-epileptic-encephalopathy-carrying-a-de-novo-col4a1-mutation
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Naomi Hino-Fukuyo, Atsuo Kikuchi, Masaki Iwasaki, Yuko Sato, Yuki Kubota, Tomoko Kobayashi, Tojo Nakayama, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Natsuko Arai-Ichinoi, Tetsuya Niihori, Ryo Sato, Tasuku Suzuki, Hiroki Kudo, Ryo Funayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yoko Aoki, Shigeo Kure
We describe the first case of a successful functional hemispherectomy in a patient with epileptic encephalopathy and a de novo collagen type IV alpha 1 (COL4A1) mutation. A 4-year-old girl was COL4A1 mutation-positive and suffered from drug-resistant epilepsy, hemiplegia, and developmental delay. Magnetic resonance imaging detected no porencephaly, and she had no cataract or renal abnormality. Following a presurgical evaluation for epilepsy, she underwent a functional hemispherectomy. She has been seizure free with no intracranial hemorrhage or other perioperative complications...
December 1, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907957/surgical-strategies-for-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Wendy Ziai, J Ricardo Carhuapoma, Paul Nyquist, Daniel F Hanley
In recent decades, the medical and surgical treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) have become the focus of a number of scientific investigations. This effort has been led by an international group of neurologists and neurosurgeons with the goal of studying functional recovery and developing new medical and surgical treatments to facilitate improved clinical outcomes. Currently, two of the most pressing ICH investigational goals are (1) early blood pressure control, and (2) safe hematoma volume reduction...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904591/brain-regions-involved-in-swallowing-evidence-from-stroke-patients-in-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shiva Ebrahimian Dehaghani, Fariba Yadegari, Ali Asgari, Ahmad Chitsaz, Mehdi Karami
BACKGROUND: Limited data available about the mechanisms of dysphagia and areas involving swallow after brain damage; accordingly it is hard to predict which cases are more likely to develop swallowing dysfunction based on the neuroimaging. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between brain lesions and dysphagia in a sample of acute conscious stroke patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 113 acute conscious stroke patients (69 male mean [standard deviation (SD)] age 64...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885433/discussing-sexuality-with-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-survey-among-dutch-neurologists
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Petra J M van Hees, Anton A van der Plas, Gaby F van Ek, Hein Putter, Brenda L Den Oudsten, Marjolein E M den Ouden, Henk W Elzevier
Sexual functioning is often impaired in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and may affect quality of life of patients and their spouse. However, little is known about the practice patterns of neurologists with regard to discussing sexuality in this field. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate to what extent neurologists discuss sexuality with PD patients. A 22-item questionnaire was sent to 139 neurologists specializing in PD. The survey contained questions about their attitudes, knowledge, and practice patterns with respect to sexual dysfunction (SD) in patients with PD...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881095/a-regional-consensus-recommendation-on-brain-atrophy-as-an-outcome-measure-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Raed Alroughani, Dirk Deleu, Khalid El Salem, Jasem Al-Hashel, K John Alexander, Mohamed Assem Abdelrazek, Adel Aljishi, Jaber Alkhaboori, Faisal Al Azri, Nahida Al Zadjali, Majed Hbahbih, Tag Eldin Sokrab, Mohamed Said, Àlex Rovira
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes leading to irreversible neurological impairment. Brain atrophy occurs early in the course of the disease at a rate greater than the general population. Brain volume loss (BVL) is associated with disability progression and cognitive impairment in patients with MS; hence its value as a potential target in monitoring and treating MS is discussed. METHODS: A group of MS neurologists and neuro-radiologists reviewed the current literature on brain atrophy and discussed the challenges in assessing and implementing brain atrophy measurements in clinical practice...
November 24, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876086/suprascapular-neuropathy-in-the-setting-of-rotator-cuff-tears-study-protocol-for-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Nikolaos Platon Sachinis, Achilleas Boutsiadis, Sotirios Papagiannopoulos, Konstantinos Ditsios, Anastasios Christodoulou, Pericles Papadopoulos
BACKGROUND: It has been indicated that rotator cuff tears, especially large or massive ones, can cause suprascapular neuropathy. When such a diagnosis has been established, it is still unknown whether an arthroscopic release of the superior transverse scapular ligament during cuff repair can change the course of this neuropathy. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a single-center, double-blinded randomized controlled trial for which 42 patients with large or massive repairable rotator cuff tears and suprascapular neuropathy will be recruited and followed up at 6 and 12 months...
November 22, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837050/application-and-evaluation-of-independent-component-analysis-methods-to-generalized-seizure-disorder-activities-exhibited-in-the-brain
#13
S Thomas George, R Balakrishnan, J Stanly Johnson, J Jayakumar
EEG records the spontaneous electrical activity of the brain using multiple electrodes placed on the scalp, and it provides a wealth of information related to the functions of brain. Nevertheless, the signals from the electrodes cannot be directly applied to a diagnostic tool like brain mapping as they undergo a "mixing" process because of the volume conduction effect in the scalp. A pervasive problem in neuroscience is determining which regions of the brain are active, given voltage measurements at the scalp...
November 11, 2016: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827489/early-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-using-infrared-spectroscopy-of-isolated-blood-samples-followed-by-multivariate-analyses
#14
S Mordechai, E Shufan, B S Porat Katz, A Salman
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, particularly in the elderly. The disease is characterized by cognitive decline that typically starts with insidious memory loss and progresses relentlessly to produce global impairment of all higher cortical functions. Due to better living conditions and health facilities in developed countries, which result in higher overall life spans, these countries report upward trends of AD among their populations. There are, however, no specific diagnostic tests for AD and clinical diagnosis is especially difficult in the earliest stages of the disease...
November 9, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806448/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-clinical-practice-state-of-the-art-and-science
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Christen D Barras, Hamed Asadi, Torsten Baldeweg, Laura Mancini, Tarek A Yousry, Sotirios Bisdas
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become a mainstream neuroimaging modality in the assessment of patients being evaluated for brain tumour and epilepsy surgeries. Thus, it is important for doctors in primary care settings to be well acquainted with the present and potential future applications, as well as limitations, of this modality. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to introduce the theoretical principles and state-of-the-art clinical applications of fMRI in brain tumour and epilepsy surgery, with a focus on the implications for clinical primary care...
November 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804118/elevated-levels-of-ferritin-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
#16
Y Zheng, L Gao, D Wang, D Zang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to detect changes in the levels of ferritin heavy chain (FHC), ferritin light chain (FLC), and transferrin in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and to analyze the correlations between the levels of these proteins and various clinical parameters. METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid and serum samples were obtained from 54 ALS patients and 46 non-inflammatory neurological disease control (non-INDC) patients...
November 1, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777297/surgical-management-of-infective-endocarditis-complicated-by-embolic-stroke-practical-recommendations-for-clinicians
#17
Bobby Yanagawa, Gosta B Pettersson, Gilbert Habib, Marc Ruel, Gustavo Saposnik, David A Latter, Subodh Verma
There has been an overall improvement in surgical mortality for patients with infective endocarditis (IE), presumably because of improved diagnosis and management, centered around a more aggressive early surgical approach. Surgery is currently performed in approximately half of all cases of IE. Improved survival in surgery-treated patients is correlated with a reduction in heart failure and the prevention of embolic sequelae. It is reported that between 20% and 40% of patients with IE present with stroke or other neurological conditions...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753149/functional-dystonia-and-the-borderland-between-neurology-and-psychiatry-new-concepts
#18
REVIEW
Rachel Newby, Jane Alty, Peter Kempster
Mind-brain dualism has dominated historical commentary on dystonia, a dichotomous approach that has left our conceptual grasp of it stubbornly incomplete. This is particularly true of functional dystonia, most diagnostically challenging of all functional movement disorders, in which the question of inherent psychogenicity remains a focus of debate. Phenomenological signs considered in isolation lack the specificity to distinguish organic and nonorganic forms, and dystonia's variability has frustrated attempts to develop objective laboratory-supported standards...
December 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749953/advances-in-sequencing-technologies-for-understanding-hereditary-ataxias-a-review
#19
Alessandro Didonna, Puneet Opal
Importance: The hereditary progressive ataxias comprise genetic disorders that affect the cerebellum and its connections. Even though these diseases historically have been among the first familial disorders of the nervous system to have been recognized, progress in the field has been challenging because of the large number of ataxic genetic syndromes, many of which overlap in their clinical features. Observations: We have taken a historical approach to demonstrate how our knowledge of the genetic basis of ataxic disorders has come about by novel techniques in gene sequencing and bioinformatics...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746069/neuropsychiatric-complications-of-parkinson-disease-treatments-importance-of-multidisciplinary-care
#20
Jacob Taylor, William S Anderson, Jason Brandt, Zoltan Mari, Gregory M Pontone
Although Parkinson disease (PD) is defined clinically by its motor symptoms, it is increasingly recognized that much of the disability and worsened quality of life experienced by patients with PD is attributable to psychiatric symptoms. The authors describe a model of multidisciplinary care that enables these symptoms to be effectively managed. They describe neuropsychiatric complications of PD itself and pharmacologic and neurostimulation treatments for parkinsonian motor symptoms and discuss the management of these complications...
December 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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