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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226084/derek-denny-brown-the-man-behind-the-ganglia
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Alberto R M Martinez, Ingrid Faber, Carlos Roberto Martins, Raphael F Casseb, Anamarli Nucci, Marcondes C França, Hélio A G Teive
The authors present an historical review about the main contributions of Professor Derek Denny-Brown to neurology. Some of his achievements include the first description of sensory neuronopathies, and some of the essential textbooks on the function and anatomy of the basal ganglia. In 2016, on the 35th anniversary of his death, modern neurologists are still strongly influenced by his legacy.
February 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188418/interobserver-variability-of-the-house-brackmann-facial-nerve-grading-system-for-the-analysis-of-a-randomized-multi-center-phase-iii-trial
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Christian Scheller, Andreas Wienke, Marcos Tatagiba, Alireza Gharabaghi, Kristofer F Ramina, Konstanze Scheller, Julian Prell, Johannes Zenk, Oliver Ganslandt, Barbara Bischoff, Cordula Matthies, Thomas Westermaier, Gregor Antoniadis, Maria Teresa Pedro, Veit Rohde, Kajetan von Eckardstein, Thomas Kretschmer, Malte Kornhuber, Fred G Barker, Christian Strauss
BACKGROUND: Evidence of a high interobserver variability of the subjective House-Brackmann facial nerve grading system (HBGS) would justify cost- and time-consuming technological enhancements of objective classifications for facial nerve paresis. METHOD: A total of 112 patients were recruited for a randomized multi-center trial to investigate the efficacy of prophylactic nimodipine treatment in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery. For the present investigation both treatment groups were pooled for the assessment of facial nerve function preoperatively, in the early postoperative course and 1 year after the surgery...
February 10, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157749/arterial-ischemic-stroke-in-children-and-young-adults
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Warren D Lo, Riten Kumar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews risk factors, recurrence risk, evaluation, management, and outcomes of arterial ischemic stroke in children and young adults. RECENT FINDINGS: The risk for recurrence and mortality appear to be low for neonatal and childhood stroke. Most children have relatively mild deficits, but those who have greater neurologic deficits, poststroke epilepsy, or strokes early in life are at risk for lower overall cognitive function. Stroke recurrence and long-term mortality after stroke in young adults are greater than originally thought...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153014/towards-best-practice-in-acute-stroke-care-in-ghana-a-survey-of-hospital-services
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Leonard Baatiema, Michael Otim, George Mnatzaganian, Ama De-Graft Aikins, Judith Coombes, Shawn Somerset
BACKGROUND: Stroke and other non-communicable diseases are important emerging public health concerns in sub-Saharan Africa where stroke-related mortality and morbidity are higher compared to other parts of the world. Despite the availability of evidence-based acute stroke interventions globally, uptake in low-middle income countries (LMIC) such as Ghana is uncertain. This study aimed to identify and evaluate available acute stroke services in Ghana and the extent to which these services align with global best practice...
February 2, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141710/the-curse-of-the-dolphins-cognitive-decline-and-psychosis
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Randall Phelps, Anne Tsai, Arlene Hagen, Joseph Pinter, Raegan Smith, Martin T Stein
Isela is an 11-year-old Mexican-American girl with mild intellectual disability. During a vacation with her family, she went swimming with dolphins. A few days later, Isela awoke at night with laughing spells; during the day, she was pacing, aggressive, and had a decline in self-care and communication skills. Her parents attributed the symptoms to the dolphins. She was evaluated by a pediatric neurologist. The sleep-deprived electroencephalogram, brain magnetic resonance imaging, lumbar puncture, and thyroid function tests were normal...
February 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126646/central-lobe-epilepsy-surgery-functional-results-and-how-to-evaluate-them
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Melissa van Offen, Peter C van Rijen, Frans S Leijten
OBJECT: To evaluate whether central lobe epilepsy (CLE) surgery in the pericentral area implies inevitable function loss and to determine how postsurgical functional outcomes are perceived by the patient. METHODS: We included all 22 people with epilepsy (PWE) who received central lobe epilepsy (CLE) surgery in the pre- and postcentral gyri between 1995 and 2015 in the University Medical Center Utrecht. We determined function loss and followed-up on quality of life (AQoL-8D), mobility (Rivermead Mobility Index RMI) and self-evaluation of the surgery...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120043/experience-matters-neurologists-perspectives-on-als-patients-well-being
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Helena E A Aho-Özhan, Sarah Böhm, Jürgen Keller, Johannes Dorst, Ingo Uttner, Albert C Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé
Despite the fatal outcome and progressive loss of physical functioning in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), many patients maintain contentment in life. It has been shown that non-professionals tend to underestimate the well-being of patients with ALS, but professionals' perspective is yet to be studied. In total, 105 neurologists with varying degrees of experience with ALS were included in an anonymous survey. They were asked to estimate the quality of life and depressiveness of ALS patients with artificial ventilation and nutrition...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology
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...
February 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
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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
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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
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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)
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