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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922315/validation-of-fear-of-falling-and-balance-confidence-assessment-scales-in-persons-with-dystonia
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M J Boyce, L Lam, F Chang, N Mahant, V S C Fung, L Bradnam
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Falls are problematic for people living with neurological disorders and a fear of falling can impact on actual falls. Fear of falling is commonly assessed using the Falls Self-Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) or the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale. These scales can predict risk of falling. We aimed to validate the FES-I and the ABC in persons with dystonia. METHODS: We conducted an online survey of people with dystonia, collecting information on demographics, 6-month falls history, dystonia disability, and the FES-I and ABC scales...
October 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919610/open-door-laminoplasty-for-multilevel-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-and-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament-opll-using-titanium-reconstruction-miniplate-and-screws
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M K Ahsan, M A Awwal, S I Khan, N Zaman, M H Haque, Z Zahangiri
To review outcome of 25 patients who underwent open-door cervical laminoplasty for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy (MCSM) and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) using titanium reconstruction miniplate and screws. Records of 18 men and 7 women aged 35 to 78 (mean, 62.6) years were reviewed retrospectively from October 2009 and October 2014 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and in our private settings, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Four patients had 5 levels (C3-C7), 21 patients had 4 levels (C3-C6) decompression and 3 patients (12%) performed foraminotomies...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915898/physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-has-a-beneficial-impact-on-the-incidence-of-prehospital-hypoxia-and-secured-airways-on-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Toni Pakkanen, Antti Kämäräinen, Heini Huhtala, Tom Silfvast, Jouni Nurmi, Ilkka Virkkunen, Arvi Yli-Hankala
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypotension, hypoxia and hypercapnia have been shown to result in secondary brain injury that can lead to increased mortality and disability. Effective prehospital assessment and treatment by emergency medical service (EMS) is considered essential for favourable outcome. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the treatment of TBI patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
September 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913765/treatment-of-theiler-s-virus-induced-demyelinating-disease-with-teriflunomide
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Francesca Gilli, Libin Li, Darlene B Royce, Krista D DiSano, Andrew R Pachner
Teriflunomide is an oral therapy approved for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), showing both anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Currently, it is uncertain whether one or both of these properties may explain teriflunomide's beneficial effect in MS. Thus, to learn more about its mechanisms of action, we evaluated the effect of teriflunomide in the Theiler's encephalomyelitis virus-induced demyelinating disease (TMEV-IDD) model, which is both a viral infection and an excellent model of the progressive disability of MS...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913349/brain-computer-interface-for-clinical-purposes-cognitive-assessment-and-rehabilitation
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REVIEW
Laura Carelli, Federica Solca, Andrea Faini, Paolo Meriggi, Davide Sangalli, Pietro Cipresso, Giuseppe Riva, Nicola Ticozzi, Andrea Ciammola, Vincenzo Silani, Barbara Poletti
Alongside the best-known applications of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology for restoring communication abilities and controlling external devices, we present the state of the art of BCI use for cognitive assessment and training purposes. We first describe some preliminary attempts to develop verbal-motor free BCI-based tests for evaluating specific or multiple cognitive domains in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, disorders of consciousness, and other neurological diseases. Then we present the more heterogeneous and advanced field of BCI-based cognitive training, which has its roots in the context of neurofeedback therapy and addresses patients with neurological developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), stroke patients, and elderly subjects...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906352/clinical-and-angiographic-outcomes-following-endovascular-treatment-of-very-small-3%C3%A2-mm-or-smaller-intracranial-aneurysm-a-single-center-experience
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Yongsheng Liu, Feng Wang, Xiaochen Fu, Yongjian Liu, Guodong Zhang, Ke Xu
Treatments for very small (3 mm or smaller) intracranial aneurysms (VSAs) remain controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of endovascular treatment for VSAs and to evaluate clinical risk factors associated with complications.This retrospective study enrolled 82 VSA patients who underwent coil embolization in our institution. Angiographic outcomes were assessed according to the Meyers classification. The clinical results were evaluated using the modified Rankin scale (mRS) immediately after coiling, at discharge, and during follow-up...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901182/effects-of-bone-marrow-derived-msc-transplantation-on-functional-recovery-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury-comparisons-of-transplant-locations-and-cell-concentrations
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Jessica J Matyas, Andrew N Stewart, Alison Goldsmith, Zhenhong Nan, Reid L Skeel, Julien Rossignol, Gary L Dunbar
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a widely disabling condition, constraining those affected by it to wheelchairs and requiring intense daily care and assistance. Cell replacement therapies, targeting regeneration of cells in the injured cord, are currently gaining momentum in the field of SCI research. Previous studies indicate that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can reduce functional deficits through immunomodulation and production of trophic factors in a variety of neurological disorders. The present study assessed the efficacy of transplanted bone marrow-derived MSCs at different concentrations and locations for promoting functional recovery following SCI...
August 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889962/neurobehavioral-outcomes-in-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Anusha K Yeshokumar, Eliza Gordon-Lipkin, Ana Arenivas, Jesse Cohen, Arun Venkatesan, Deanna Saylor, John C Probasco
This study evaluates long-term neurobehavioral function in patients with clinically diagnosed autoimmune encephalitis (AE) of various etiologies through retrospective chart review and a cross-sectional structured telephone interview. Of 77 patients meeting clinical diagnostic criteria for AE over a ten year period, 39/77 (51%) patients had known AE-associated antibodies, and 38/77 (49%) had no detected antibody. 9/77 (12%) died, and 26/77 (34%) had "poor" neurologic disability score (mRS 3-5) at the last documented follow-up...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882919/a-randomised-controlled-cross-over-double-blind-pilot-study-protocol-on-thc-cbd-oromucosal-spray-efficacy-as-an-add-on-therapy-for-post-stroke-spasticity
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Lucio Marinelli, Maurizio Balestrino, Laura Mori, Luca Puce, Gian Marco Rosa, Laura Giorello, Antonio Currà, Francesco Fattapposta, Carlo Serrati, Carlo Gandolfo, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Carlo Trompetto
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is the most disabling neurological disorder and often causes spasticity. Transmucosal cannabinoids (tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol (THC:CBD), Sativex) is currently available to treat spasticity-associated symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis. Cannabinoids are being considered useful also in the treatment of pain, nausea and epilepsy, but may bear and increased risk for cardiovascular events. Spasticity is often assessed with subjective and clinical rating scales, which are unable to measure the increased excitability of the monosynaptic reflex, considered the hallmark of spasticity...
September 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878731/head-eye-vestibular-motion-therapy-affects-the-mental-and-physical-health-of-severe-chronic-postconcussion-patients
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Frederick Robert Carrick, Joseph F Clark, Guido Pagnacco, Matthew M Antonucci, Ahmed Hankir, Rashid Zaman, Elena Oggero
CONTEXT: Approximately 1.8-3.6 million annual traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States. An evidence-based treatment for concussions that is reliable and effective has not been available. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to test whether head-eye vestibular motion (HEVM) therapy is associated with decreased symptoms and increased function in postconcussive syndrome (PCS) patients that have been severely impaired for greater than 6 months after a mild traumatic brain injury...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878260/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-signaling-modulates-the-inflammatory-phenotype-of-fetal-brain-microglia-first-evidence-of-interference-by-iron-homeostasis
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M Cortes, M Cao, H L Liu, C S Moore, L D Durosier, P Burns, G Fecteau, A Desrochers, L B Barreiro, J P Antel, M G Frasch
Neuroinflammation in utero may result in life-long neurological disabilities. Microglia play a pivotal role, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. No early postnatal treatment strategies exist to enhance neuroprotective potential of microglia. We hypothesized that agonism on α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) in fetal microglia will augment their neuroprotective transcriptome profile, while the antagonistic stimulation of α7nAChR will achieve the opposite. Using an in vivo - in vitro model of developmental programming of neuroinflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), we validated this hypothesis in primary fetal sheep microglia cultures re-exposed to LPS in presence of a selective α7nAChR agonist or antagonist...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869667/children-with-ill-parents-extent-and-nature-of-caring-activities
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Ellen Katrine Kallander, Bente M Weimand, Saul Becker, Betty Van Roy, Ketil Hanssen-Bauer, Kristin Stavnes, Anne Faugli, Elin Kufås, Torleif Ruud
RATIONALE: Previous studies have shown that children may take on higher extents of caring activities if their parents are affected by severe illness or disability, especially when their parents lack access to formal and informal care. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study examined the extent and nature of caring activities done by patients' children; differences in caring activities between different types of parental illness; factors associated with caring activities...
September 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861407/alterations-in-cerebral-blood-flow-after-resuscitation-from-cardiac-arrest
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REVIEW
Bistra Iordanova, Lingjue Li, Robert S B Clark, Mioara D Manole
Greater than 50% of patients successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest have evidence of neurological disability. Numerous studies in children and adults, as well as in animal models have demonstrated that cerebral blood flow (CBF) is impaired after cardiac arrest. Stages of cerebral perfusion post-resuscitation include early hyperemia, followed by hypoperfusion, and finally either resolution of normal blood flow or protracted hyperemia. At the level of the microcirculation the blood flow is heterogeneous, with areas of no flow, low flow, and increased flow...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855888/the-experience-of-essential-tremor-caregivers-burden-and-its-correlates
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Sarah Morgan, Sarah Kellner, Jesus Gutierrez, Kathleen Collins, Brittany Rohl, Fanny Migliore, Stephanie Cosentino, Edward D Huey, Elan D Louis, Joan K Monin
BACKGROUND: Essential tremor (ET) is associated with physical and cognitive impairments, as well as embarrassment, avoidance of social settings, and related difficulties that negatively impact the lives of patients. In similar disease contexts, burden on friends and relatives acting as caregivers has been noted and has well-documented implications. There has been no study examining caregiver burden related to ET. METHODS: Data were gathered from 55 ET participants enrolled in a clinical study and their caregivers...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851564/x-linked-parkinsonism-with-intellectual-disability-caused-by-novel-mutations-and-somatic-mosaicism-in-rab39b-gene
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Andrea Ciammola, Paola Carrera, Alessio Di Fonzo, Jenny Sassone, Roberta Villa, Barbara Poletti, Maurizio Ferrari, Floriano Girotti, Edoardo Monfrini, Gabriele Buongarzone, Vincenzo Silani, Claudia Maria Cinnante, Maria Lidia Mignogna, Patrizia D'Adamo, Maria Teresa Bonati
BACKGROUND: RAB39B pathogenic variants cause X-linked Parkinsonism associated with Intellectual Disability, known as Waisman syndrome, a very rare disorder that has been mainly identified through exome sequencing in large Parkinson's disease cohorts. In this study we searched for pathogenic variants in RAB39B in two Italian families affected by X-linked early-onset Parkinsonism and Intellectual Disability. METHODS: Three patients received neurological evaluation and underwent RAB39B sequencing...
August 26, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846013/feasibility-and-data-quality-of-the-national-spinal-cord-injury-registry-of-iran-nscir-ir-a-pilot-study
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Khatereh Naghdi, Zahra Azadmanjir, Soheil Saadat, Aidin Abedi, Sahar Koohi Habibi, Pegah Derakhshan, Mahdi Safdarian, Shayan Abdollah Zadegan, Abbas Amirjamshidi, Mahdi Sharif-Alhoseini, Jalil Arab Kheradmand, Mahdi Mohammadzadeh, Kazem Zendehdel, Zahra Khazaeipour, Seyed Mahmood Ramak Hashemi, Hooshang Saberi, Kourosh Karimi Yarandi, Seyed Ebrahim Ketabchi, Shahrokh Yousefzadeh-Chabok, Hamid Heidari, Arezo Sotodeh, Khalil Pestei, Zahra Ghodsi, Farideh Sadeghian, Vanessa Noonan, Edward C Benzel, Gerard Oreilly, Jens Chapman, Ellen Merete Hagen, Michael G Fehlings, Alexander R Vaccaro, Morteza Faghih Jooybari, Mohammad Reza Zarei, Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, Payman Salamati, Saeed Nezareh, Moein Khormali, Mohsen Sadeghi-Naini, Seyed Behzad Jazayeri, Bizhan Aarabi, Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most disabling consequences of trauma with unparalleled economic, social, and personal burden. Any attempt aimed at improving quality of care should be based on comprehensive and reliable data. This pilot investigation studied the feasibility of implementing the National Spinal Cord and Column Injury Registry of Iran (NSCIR-IR) and scrutinized the quality of the registered data. METHODS: From October 2015 to May 2016, over an 8-month period, 65 eligible trauma patients who were admitted to hospitals in three academic centers in mainland Iran were included in this pilot study...
August 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845923/clinical-rating-scale-for-pantothenate-kinase-associated-neurodegeneration-a-pilot-study
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Alejandra Darling, Cristina Tello, María Josep Martí, Cristina Garrido, Sergio Aguilera-Albesa, Miguel Tomás Vila, Itziar Gastón, Marcos Madruga, Luis González Gutiérrez, Julio Ramos Lizana, Montserrat Pujol, Tania Gavilán Iglesias, Kylee Tustin, Jean Pierre Lin, Giovanna Zorzi, Nardo Nardocci, Loreto Martorell, Gustavo Lorenzo Sanz, Fuencisla Gutiérrez, Pedro J García, Lidia Vela, Carlos Hernández Lahoz, Juan Darío Ortigoza Escobar, Laura Martí Sánchez, Fradique Moreira, Miguel Coelho, Leonor Correia Guedes, Ana Castro Caldas, Joaquim Ferreira, Paula Pires, Cristina Costa, Paulo Rego, Marina Magalhães, María Stamelou, Daniel Cuadras Pallejà, Carmen Rodríguez-Blazquez, Pablo Martínez-Martín, Vincenzo Lupo, Leonidas Stefanis, Roser Pons, Carmen Espinós, Teresa Temudo, Belén Pérez Dueñas
BACKGROUND: Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration is a progressive neurological disorder occurring in both childhood and adulthood. The objective of this study was to design and pilot-test a disease-specific clinical rating scale for the assessment of patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. METHODS: In this international cross-sectional study, patients were examined at the referral centers following a standardized protocol. The motor examination was filmed, allowing 3 independent specialists in movement disorders to analyze 28 patients for interrater reliability assessment...
August 28, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844957/adiponectin-attenuates-nadph-oxidase-mediated-oxidative-stress-and-neuronal-damage-induced-by-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Xia Li, Hao Guo, Lei Zhao, Bodong Wang, Haixiao Liu, Liang Yue, Hao Bai, Haiyang Jiang, Li Gao, Dayun Feng, Yan Qu
Adiponectin (APN), which is a major adipokine that regulated glucose and lipid metabolism, plays an important role in the protection of the cerebral nervous system. It also has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory effects and ameliorate oxidative stress. Stroke is a universal cause of death and permanent disability. Ischemic stroke accounts for most cases of stroke, and is characterized by cerebral ischemia and neurological deficits. We aimed to investigate the effects of APN-peptide (APN-P) in neurons following ischemia reperfusion (I/R) in C57BL/6J mice, and to study the potential mechanisms underlying its effects...
August 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844726/cycling-and-spinal-trauma-a-worrying-trend-in-referrals-to-a-national-spine-centre
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M P Broe, J C Kelly, P J Groarke, K Synnott, S Morris
INTRODUCTION: Cycling has seen a large increase in popularity worldwide over the last number of years. This has been linked to an increase in the number of road traffic accidents involving cyclists. Participation in cycling as part of competitive sport and endurance events has seen particular growth. AIM: To examine patients referred with spinal trauma related to cycling and to assess whether the growing popularity of cycling and particularly competitive cycling is linked to an increase in spinal trauma...
August 22, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842795/x-linked-hypomyelination-with-spondylometaphyseal-dysplasia-h-smd-associated-with-mutations-in-aifm1
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Noriko Miyake, Nicole I Wolf, Ferdy K Cayami, Joanna Crawford, Annette Bley, Dorothy Bulas, Alex Conant, Stephen J Bent, Karen W Gripp, Andreas Hahn, Sean Humphray, Shihoko Kimura-Ohba, Zoya Kingsbury, Bryan R Lajoie, Dennis Lal, Dimitra Micha, Amy Pizzino, Richard J Sinke, Deborah Sival, Irene Stolte-Dijkstra, Andrea Superti-Furga, Nicole Ulrick, Ryan J Taft, Tsutomu Ogata, Keiichi Ozono, Naomichi Matsumoto, Bernd A Neubauer, Cas Simons, Adeline Vanderver
An X-linked condition characterized by the combination of hypomyelinating leukodystrophy and spondylometaphyseal dysplasia (H-SMD) has been observed in only four families, with linkage to Xq25-27, and recent genetic characterization in two families with a common AIFM1 mutation. In our study, 12 patients (6 families) with H-SMD were identified and underwent comprehensive assessment accompanied by whole-exome sequencing (WES). Pedigree analysis in all families was consistent with X-linked recessive inheritance...
August 26, 2017: Neurogenetics
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