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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213110/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-stroke-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Fuu-Jen Tsai, Tsung-Jung Ho, Chi-Fung Cheng, Xiang Liu, Hsinyi Tsang, Ting-Hsu Lin, Chiu-Chu Liao, Shao-Mei Huang, Ju-Pi Li, Cheng-Wen Lin, Jaung-Geng Lin, Jung-Chun Lin, Chih-Chien Lin, Wen-Miin Liang, Ying-Ju Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include stroke, which is a cerebrovascular disturbance characterized by reduced blood flow in the brain, leading to death or physical disability. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in ancient China for the treatment of diabetes and stroke by supplementing Qi and activating blood circulation. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to investigate the frequencies and patterns of CHM treatment for stroke patients with T2D and the outcomes of long-term use in Taiwan...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207602/spreading-depolarization-monitoring-in-neurocritical-care-of-acute-brain-injury
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Jed A Hartings
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spreading depolarizations are unique in being discrete pathologic entities that are well characterized experimentally and also occur commonly in patients with substantial acute brain injury. Here, we review essential concepts in depolarization monitoring, highlighting its clinical significance, interpretation, and future potential. RECENT FINDINGS: Cortical lesion development in diverse animal models is mediated by tissue waves of mass spreading depolarization that cause the toxic loss of ion homeostasis and limit energy substrate supply through associated vasoconstriction...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206829/validity-of-low-contrast-letter-acuity-as-a-visual-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Laura J Balcer, Jenelle Raynowska, Rachel Nolan, Steven L Galetta, Raju Kapoor, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn Hudson, Richard Rudick
Low-contrast letter acuity (LCLA) has emerged as the leading outcome measure to assess visual disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) research. As visual dysfunction is one of the most common manifestations of MS, sensitive visual outcome measures are important in examining the effect of treatment. Low-contrast acuity captures visual loss not seen in high-contrast visual acuity (HCVA) measurements. These issues are addressed by the MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC), including representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206828/validity-of-the-timed-25-foot-walk-as-an-ambulatory-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Robert W Motl, Jeffrey A Cohen, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn D Hudson, Richard Rudick
The Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) includes representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS). One of the MSOAC goals is acceptance and qualification by regulators of performance outcomes that are highly reliable and valid, practical, cost-effective, and meaningful in MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206827/validity-of-the-symbol-digit-modalities-test-as-a-cognition-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Ralph Hb Benedict, John DeLuca, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn D Hudson, Richard Rudick
Cognitive and motor performance measures are commonly employed in multiple sclerosis (MS) research, particularly when the purpose is to determine the efficacy of treatment. The increasing focus of new therapies on slowing progression or reversing neurological disability makes the utilization of sensitive, reproducible, and valid measures essential. Processing speed is a basic elemental cognitive function that likely influences downstream processes such as memory. The Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) includes representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206826/the-nine-hole-peg-test-as-a-manual-dexterity-performance-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Peter Feys, Ilse Lamers, Gordon Francis, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn D Hudson, Richard Rudick
Impaired manual dexterity is a frequently reported disability in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and is increasingly prevalent with worsening disease. While various tests and patient-reported outcome measures are available, the Nine-Hole Peg Test (NHPT) is considered as a gold standard measure of manual dexterity and most frequently used in MS research and clinical practice. The MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) includes representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205227/impact-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-on-neurological-recovery-after-ischemic-stroke-a-prospective-study
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D Menon, S Sukumaran, R Varma, A Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVES: The presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been found to adversely affect the neurological recovery after acute ischemic stroke (AIS) in previous observational studies. However, in most of these studies, diagnosis of OSA was based on oximetry data alone, raising concern in the accuracy of diagnosis as well as estimation of severity. Purpose of our study was to determine the prevalence and severity of OSA (based on polysomnography and American Association of Sleep Medicine [AASM] criteria) in patients with AIS and to compare the post-stroke neurological and functional outcome, in those with and without OSA...
February 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191775/noninvasive-assessment-of-an-engineered-bioactive-graft-in-myocardial-infarction-impact-on-cardiac-function-and-scar-healing
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Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramon Bragós, Carolina Soler-Botija, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Paco Bogónez-Franco, Isaac Perea-Gil, Santiago Roura, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Cardiac tissue engineering, which combines cells and biomaterials, is promising for limiting the sequelae of myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed myocardial function and scar evolution after implanting an engineered bioactive impedance graft (EBIG) in a swine MI model. The EBIG comprises a scaffold of decellularized human pericardium, green fluorescent protein-labeled porcine adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (pATPCs), and a customized-design electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) monitoring system...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191610/italian-intersociety-consensus-on-doac-use-in-internal-medicine
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Domenico Prisco, Walter Ageno, Cecilia Becattini, Armando D'Angelo, Giovanni Davì, Raimondo De Cristofaro, Francesco Dentali, Giovanni Di Minno, Anna Falanga, Gualberto Gussoni, Luca Masotti, Gualtiero Palareti, Pasquale Pignatelli, Roberto M Santi, Francesca Santilli, Mauro Silingardi, Antonella Tufano, Francesco Violi
The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are drugs used in clinical practice since 2009 for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, and for the treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism. The four DOACs, including the three factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban) and one direct thrombin inhibitor (dabigatran) provide oral anticoagulation therapy alternatives to Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Despite their clear advantages, the DOACs require on the part of the internist a thorough knowledge of their pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics to ensure their correct use, laboratory monitoring and the appropriate management of adverse events...
February 13, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187718/an-education-programme-influencing-health-professionals-to-recommend-exercise-to-their-type-2-diabetes-patients-understanding-the-processes-a-case-study-from-oxfordshire-uk
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Anne Matthews, Natasha Jones, Alastair Thomas, Perdy van den Berg, Charlie Foster
BACKGROUND: Increasing levels of physical activity decreases the risk of premature mortality associated with chronic diseases e.g., coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke. Despite this, most adults in England do not meet physical activity guidelines. Physical activity advice and signposting offered to at-risk patients by primary care providers is recommended. However, exercise medicine education is sparse, leading to poor practitioner knowledge of the risk reduction evidence and strategies to implement effective patient behaviour change...
February 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186672/bladder-transplantation-of-amniotic-fluid-stem-cell-may-ameliorate-bladder-dysfunction-after-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rat
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Ching-Chung Liang, S W Steven Shaw, Yung-Hsin Huang, Yi-Hao Lin, Tsong-Hai Lee
The objective is to investigate whether human amniotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs) grafting into the bladder may influence bladder functional and molecular changes in an animal stroke model. Female rats were divided into three groups: sham, middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) alone, and MCAO plus 1 × 10(6) hAFSCs transplanting into bladder wall. Bladder function was analyzed by cystometry at days 3 and 10 after MCAO. The expressions of bladder nerve growth factor (NGF), M2-muscarinic, M3-muscarinic, and P2X1 receptors were measured by immunohistochemistry and real-time polymerase chain reaction...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186348/transplantation-with-hypoxia-preconditioned-mesenchymal-stem-cells-suppresses-brain-injury-caused-by-cardiac-arrest-induced-global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats
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Ji-Wen Wang, Yu-Ru Qiu, Yue Fu, Jun Liu, Zhi-Jie He, Zi-Tong Huang
Cardiac arrest-induced global cerebral ischemia is a main cause of neurological dysfunction in emergency medicine. Transplantation with bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been used in stroke models to repair the ischemic brain injury, but it is little studied in models with global cerebral ischemia. In the present study, a hypoxia precondition was used to improve the efficacy of MSC transplantation, given the low survival and migration rates and limited differentiation capacities of MSCs. We found that hypoxia can increase the expansion and migration of MSCs by activating the PI3K/AKT and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α/CXC chemokine receptor-4 pathways...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182800/cost-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-hospitalized-patients
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Samuel A Silver, Jin Long, Yuanchao Zheng, Glenn M Chertow
BACKGROUND: The economic burden of acute kidney injury (AKI) is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effects of AKI on hospitalization costs and length of stay (LOS). DESIGN: Using data from the 2012 National Inpatient Sample, we compared hospitalization costs and LOS with and without AKI. We used a generalized linear model with a gamma distribution and a log link fitted to AKI to adjust for demographics, hospital differences, and comorbidities...
February 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179050/cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-in-stroke-medicine
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Frank Block, Manuel Dafotakis
BACKGROUND: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is a degenerative vasculopathy that is classically associated with lobar intracerebral or sulcal hemorrhage. Its prevalence is estimated at 30% in the seventh decade and 50% in the eighth and ninth decades. In this review, we summarize the risks linked to CAA with respect to the treatment and prevention of stroke. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search employing the terms "amyloid cerebral angiopathy," "stroke," "intra - cerebral bleeding," and "acute stroke therapy...
January 20, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168056/the-influence-of-speech-language-hearing-therapy-duration-on-the-degree-of-improvement-in-poststroke-language-impairment
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Hitoshi Hayashi, Eisaku Okada, Yosuke Shibata, Mieko Nakamura, Toshiyuki Ojima
Background. The relevance of speech-language-hearing therapy (ST) duration to language impairment remains unclear. Objective. To determine the effect of ST duration on improvement in language impairment as a stroke sequela and to compare the findings with those for occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT). Methods. Data regarding patients with stroke sequelae who were registered in the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine database were analyzed. Propensity scores for ST, OT, and PT duration were calculated using logistic regression, followed by inverse probability weighting in generalized estimating equations to examine the odds ratio for improvement in the Functional Independence Measures scores for comprehension, expression, and memory...
2017: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168001/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-tao-ren-cheng-qi-tang-against-embolic-stroke-in-rats
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Ling-Wei Hsu, Wei-Cheng Shiao, Nen-Chung Chang, Meng-Che Yu, Ting-Lin Yen, Philip Aloysius Thomas, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
BACKGROUND: Combinations of the traditional Chinese and Western medicines have been used to treat numerous diseases throughout the world, and there is a growing body of evidence showing that some of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine elicit significant pharmacological effects. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the neuroprotective effects of Tao-Ren-Cheng-Qi Tang (TRCQT) in combination with aspirin following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced embolic stroke in rats...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165057/a-novel-indication-of-platonin-a-therapeutic-immunomodulating-medicine-on-neuroprotection-against-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
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Joen-Rong Sheu, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Duen-Suey Chou, Ting-Lin Yen, Hsing-Ni Lee, Szu-Han Pan, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Chih-Hao Yang, Cheng-Ying Hsieh
Thrombosis and stroke are major causes of disability and death worldwide. However, the regular antithrombotic drugs may have unsatisfactory results and side effects. Platonin, a cyanine photosensitizing dye, has been used to treat trauma, ulcers and some acute inflammation. Here, we explored the neuroprotective effects of platonin against middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced ischemic stroke in mice. Platonin(200 μg/kg) substantially reduced cerebral infarct volume, brain edema, neuronal cell death and neurological deficit scores, and improved the MCAO-reduced locomotor activity and rotarod performance...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163912/the-benefits-of-youth-are-lost-on-the-young-cardiac-arrest-patient
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REVIEW
Brian Griffith, Patrick Kochanek, Cameron Dezfulian
Children and young adults tend to have reduced mortality and disability after acquired brain injuries such as trauma or stroke and across other disease processes seen in critical care medicine. However, after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), outcomes are remarkably similar across age groups. The consistent lack of witnessed arrests and a high incidence of asphyxial or respiratory etiology arrests among pediatric and young adult patients with OHCA account for a substantial portion of the difference in outcomes...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162056/tanshinone-%C3%A2-a-elicits-neuroprotective-effect-via-activating-the-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-dependent-antioxidant-response
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Min Cai, Yongxin Guo, Shiquan Wang, Haidong Wei, Guangchao Zhao, Sisi Sun, Hailong Dong
Tanshinone ⅡA (TSA), a principal component derived from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Danshen has been suggested to exert neuroprotective effect against experimental cerebral ischemic/reperfusion injury. But the associated underlying mechanisms still have not been understood. The current study characterized the role of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor induced antioxidant response in the neuroprotective efficacy of TSA treatment. The focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion model was established by 60 minutes middle cerebral artery occlusion...
February 4, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160212/phthalides-distribution-in-nature-chemical-reactivity-synthesis-and-biological-activity
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Alejandra León, Mayela Del-Ángel, José Luis Ávila, Guillermo Delgado
Phthalides are a relatively small group of natural compounds confined to several plant families and some genera of fungi and liverworts. They are divided into two structural groups, the monomeric and dimeric phthalides, and known mainly as bioactive constituents of different plant species used traditionally for medicinal purposes in Asia, Europe, and North America.The first reports on the chemistry of phthalides appeared at the end of the nineteenth century, in which they were identified as the odor constituents of the essential oil of celery (Apium graveolens) by Ciamician and Silber (1897)...
2017: Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products
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