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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936572/spa-therapy-balneotherapy-relieves-mental-stress-sleep-disorder-and-general-health-problems-in-sub-healthy-people
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Bei Yang, Qi-Zhong Qin, Ling-Li Han, Jing Lin, Yu Chen
To investigate the relieving effects of hot spring balneotherapy on mental stress, sleep disorder, general health problems, and women's health problems in sub-healthy people, we recruited 500 volunteers in sub-health in Chongqing, and 362 volunteers completed the project, including 223 in the intervention group and 139 in the control group. The intervention group underwent hot spring balneotherapy for 5 months, while the control group did not. The two groups took questionnaire investigation (general data, mental stress, emotional status, sleep quality, general health problems, as well as some women's health problems) and physical examination (height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipid, blood sugar) 5 months before and after the intervention, respectively...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904049/use-of-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-tests-for-identifying-primary-hypothyroidism-in-family-medicine-patients
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Elizabeth Birk-Urovitz, M Elisabeth Del Giudice, Christopher Meaney, Karan Grewal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the use of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) tests for identifying primary hypothyroidism in 2 academic family medicine settings. DESIGN: Descriptive study involving a retrospective electronic chart review of family medicine patients who underwent TSH testing. SETTING: Two academic family practice sites: one site is within a tertiary hospital in Toronto, Ont, and the other is within a community hospital in Newmarket, Ont...
September 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835264/extensive-intramuscular-manifestation-of-sarcoidosis-with-initially-missed-diagnosis-and-delayed-therapy-a-case-report
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Niklaus Meyer, Reto Sutter, Udo Schirp, Andreas Gutzeit
BACKGROUND: Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic granulomatous disorder, which in nearly all cases involves the lungs and other organs. Isolated forms of sarcoidosis within the muscles, but without lung involvement, are extremely rare and can lead to delayed or even false diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 52-year-old white, Swiss man presented with painful arm cramps and a history of symptoms over the previous 3 years. In the initial clinical investigation, our patient also showed edema in both legs without any other complaints...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804748/health-of-children-living-near-coal-ash
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Clara G Sears, Kristina M Zierold
Coal ash, generated from coal combustion, is composed of small particles containing metals and other elements, such as metalloids. Coal ash is stored in open-air impoundments, frequently near communities. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of health and sleep problems in children living near coal ash and compare these prevalences to children not living near coal ash. In 2013 to 2014, we conducted a cross-sectional survey in a community adjacent to coal ash storage sites and a community not exposed to coal ash...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777173/restless-legs-syndrome-and-sleep-related-movement-disorders
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Lynn Marie Trotti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an update on six sleep-related movement disorders: restless legs syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder, sleep-related leg cramps, bruxism, rhythmic movement disorder, and propriospinal myoclonus, with an emphasis on RLS. RECENT FINDINGS: RLS is a common sensorimotor disorder that impairs quality of life. RLS is frequently comorbid to neurologic, psychiatric, vascular, and inflammatory diseases. Accumulating evidence implicates the pathophysiology of RLS as a state of dopamine dysfunction and iron deficiency that occurs on a background of genetic susceptibility conferred by 6 gene polymorphisms...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761904/iglon5-antibody-neurological-accompaniments-and-outcomes-in-20-patients
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Josephe A Honorat, Lars Komorowski, Keith A Josephs, Kai Fechner, Erik K St Louis, Shannon R Hinson, Sabine Lederer, Neeraj Kumar, Avi Gadoth, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock, Andrew McKeon
OBJECTIVE: To describe the phenotypes, treatment response, and outcome of IgLON5 autoimmunity. METHODS: Archived serum and CSF specimens from 367 patients known to harbor unclassified antibodies which stained neural synapses diffusely (mimicking amphiphysin-IgG) were reevaluated by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) using a composite of mouse tissues and recombinant IgLON5-transfected cell-based assay (CBA, Euroimmun). RESULTS: Available specimens (serum, 25; CSF, 9) from 26/367 patients (7%) had identical IFA appearance and robust IgLON5 CBA positivity...
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729849/nerve-decompression-and-restless-legs-syndrome-a-retrospective-analysis
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James C Anderson, Megan L Fritz, John-Michael Benson, Brian L Tracy
INTRODUCTION: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a prevalent sleep disorder affecting quality of life and is often comorbid with other neurological diseases, including peripheral neuropathy. The mechanisms related to RLS symptoms remain unclear, and treatment options are often aimed at symptom relief rather than etiology. RLS may present in distinct phenotypes often described as "primary" vs. "secondary" RLS. Secondary RLS is often associated with peripheral neuropathy. Nerve decompression surgery of the common and superficial fibular nerves is used to treat peripheral neuropathy...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666132/neuropsychological-function-in-relation-to-dysmenorrhea-in-adolescents
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Afsane Bahrami, Hamidreza Sadeghnia, Amir Avan, Seyed Jamal Mirmousavi, Alireza Moslem, Saeed Eslami, Masoud Heshmati, Hamidreza Bahrami-Taghanaki, Gordon A Ferns, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
OBJECTIVE: Hormonal variations during the menstrual cycle may affect emotional regulation. We aimed to investigate the association between dysmenorrhea (the severe abdominal pain and cramps associated with menstruation) and cognitive abilities, emotional function and sleep patterns in adolescent girls. Moreover, we evaluated the frequency of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in our population and then divided them into 4 groups: subjects with only PMS; subjects with only dysmenorrhea; individuals with both PMS and dysmenorrhea and normal subjects...
August 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662944/skeletal-muscle-channelopathies-rare-disorders-with-common-pediatric-symptoms
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Emma Matthews, Arpana Silwal, Richa Sud, Michael G Hanna, Adnan Y Manzur, Francesco Muntoni, Pinki Munot
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the presenting symptoms of children with skeletal muscle channelopathies to promote early diagnosis and treatment. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review of 38 children with a skeletal muscle channelopathy attending the specialist pediatric neuromuscular service at Great Ormond Street Hospital over a 15-year period. RESULTS: Gait disorder and leg cramps are a frequent presentation of myotonic disorders (19 of 29). Strabismus or extraocular myotonia (9 of 19) and respiratory and/or bulbar symptoms (11 of 19) are common among those with sodium channelopathy...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660750/urinary-manifestations-in-isaacs-s-syndrome-our-experience-in-8-cases
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Silvia N Gonzalez Primomo, Leandro Blas, Alicia C Bertotti, Carlos Ameri
INTRODUCTION: Isaacs's syndrome (IS), is a rare neurological disorder, characterized by sustained muscular activity, fasciculations, cramps, myokymia, excessive sweating, and occasional elevation of creatine phosphokinase (CPK) enzyme. AIM: To report our experience in patients with IS and urinary manifestations, describing clinical findings, test's results, and response to treatment. Methods An observational, retrospective analysis of patients with IS and urinary manifestations treated at German Hospital of Buenos Aires between 2001 and 2011 was done...
June 29, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638292/combined-oral-contraceptive-pill-initiation-in-a-patient-with-major-depressive-disorder-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-social-anxiety-panic-disorder-and-histrionic-personality-disorder
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Cody Roi, Erich J Conrad
BACKGROUND: Comorbid psychiatric conditions present an added layer of challenge in managing patients, as each condition and associated set of symptoms exacerbate the complexity of the overall presentation. Premenopausal women may be at particular risk for inadequate care, as their comorbid conditions may present overlapping symptoms and mask independent premenstrual symptoms. The prevalence of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and associated conditions can be as high as 8% in women of reproductive age...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590514/altered-white-matter-microarchitecture-in-the-cingulum-bundle-in-women-with-primary-dysmenorrhea-a-tract-based-analysis-study
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Jixin Liu, Hongjuan Liu, Junya Mu, Qing Xu, Tao Chen, Wanghuan Dun, Jing Yang, Jie Tian, Li Hu, Ming Zhang
Primary dysmenorrhea (PD), as characterized by painful menstrual cramps without organic causes, is associated with central sensitization and brain function changes. Previous studies showed the integrated role of the default mode network (DMN) in the pain connectome and its key contribution on how an individual perceives and copes with pain disorders. Here, we aimed to investigate whether the cingulum bundle connecting hub regions of the DMN was disrupted in young women with PD. Diffusion tensor imaging was obtained in 41 PD patients and 41 matched healthy controls (HC) during their periovulatory phase...
September 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538425/a-young-man-with-recurrent-paralysis
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Magdalena Chavez, Jeffrey Williams
Hypokalemia can cause reactions from mild muscular cramping to life-threatening paralysis and cardiac dysrhythmias. This article describes a patient whose unusual, recurrent muscular symptoms and electrolyte abnormalities were eventually identified as Gitelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder resulting in severe refractory hypokalemia.
June 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537656/supplementation-with-a-lecithin-based-delivery-form-of-boswellia-serrata-extract-casperome%C3%A2-controls-symptoms-of-mild-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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G Belcaro, G Gizzi, L Pellegrini, M Corsi, M Dugall, M Cacchio, B Feragalli, S Togni, A Riva, R Eggenhoffner, L Giacomelli
OBJECTIVE: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, gastrointestinal disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with defecation or changes in bowel habits. Its multifactorial pathophysiology leads to a variety of available treatments, mainly aimed at controlling symptoms. The management of IBS patients could be optimized by individualized strategies, including non-pharmaceutical approaches. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of a novel delivery form of Boswellia serrata extracts (BSE) (Casperome®) in patients with IBS...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515706/research-priorities-in-limb-and-task-specific-dystonias
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Sarah Pirio Richardson, Eckart Altenmüller, Katharine Alter, Ron L Alterman, Robert Chen, Steven Frucht, Shinichi Furuya, Joseph Jankovic, H A Jinnah, Teresa J Kimberley, Codrin Lungu, Joel S Perlmutter, Cecília N Prudente, Mark Hallett
Dystonia, which causes intermittent or sustained abnormal postures and movements, can present in a focal or a generalized manner. In the limbs, focal dystonia can occur in either the upper or lower limbs and may be task-specific causing abnormal motor performance for only a specific task, such as in writer's cramp, runner's dystonia, or musician's dystonia. Focal limb dystonia can be non-task-specific and may, in some circumstances, be associated with parkinsonian disorders. The true prevalence of focal limb dystonia is not known and is likely currently underestimated, leaving a knowledge gap and an opportunity for future research...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487252/capecitabine-induced-acute-toxic-leukoencephalopathy
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M Obadia, D Leclercq, Johanna Wasserman, D Galanaud, D Dormont, M Sahli-Amor, Dimitri Psimaras, N Pyatigorskaya, B Law-Ye
A 45-year-old woman was treated by Capecitabine (Xeloda(®)) during 6days for breast cancer with metastatic bone lesions when she presented with nausea, headaches, muscle cramps, dysarthria and swallowing disorders. A stroke was first suspected. Brain CT was normal. MRI showed bilateral and symmetric high signal intensities of deep white matter, corpus callosum and corticospinal tracts on diffusion-weighted imaging and T2 fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequence, similar to 5-FU acute leukoencephalopathy...
May 6, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457490/disorders-of-motor-neurons-manifested-by-hyperactivity
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A M Grapperon, S Attarian
Neuronal and/or axonal hyperactivity and hyperexcitability is an important feature of motor neuron diseases. It results clinically in cramps and fasciculations. It is not specific to motor neuron diseases, and can occur in healthy subjects, as well as in various pathologies of the peripheral nervous system, including nerve hyperexcitability syndromes. Hyperexcitability plays an important and debated role in the pathophysiology of motor neuron diseases, especially in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The mechanisms causing hyperexcitability are not yet clearly identified...
April 27, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436534/a-novel-trpa1-variant-is-associated-with-carbamazepine-responsive-cramp-fasciculation-syndrome
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M J Nirenberg, R Chaouni, T M Biller, R M Gilbert, C Paisán-Ruiz
Cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS) is a rare muscle hyperexcitability syndrome that presents with muscle cramps, fasciculations, and stiffness, as well as pain, fatigue, anxiety, hyperreflexia, and paresthesias. Although familial cases have been reported, a genetic etiology has not yet been identified. We performed whole-exome sequencing followed by validation and cosegregation analyses on a father-son pair with CFS. Both subjects manifested other hypersensitivity-hyperexcitability symptoms, including asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, migraine, restless legs syndrome, tremor, cold hyperalgesia, and cardiac conduction defects...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424899/a-polysomnographic-study-in-parkinsonian-patients-treated-with-intestinal-levodopa-infusion
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Maurizio Zibetti, Alberto Romagnolo, Aristide Merola, Lorenzo Priano, Elisa Montanaro, Serena Angrisano, Antonella Tribolo, Alessandro Cicolin, Leonardo Lopiano
Sleep disorders are very common in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) and have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of patients. Questionnaire-based studies suggest that sleep quality might improve following levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of LCIG infusion and subsequent oral medication changes on polysomnography (PSG) and sleep symptoms in advanced PD patients. Eleven PD patients underwent PSG at baseline and after 3.8 ± 1...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420175/a-new-input-device-for-spastics-based-on-strain-gauge
#20
Niels Buchhold, Christian Baumgartner
This article presents a new sensor for use by people with spastic disorders and similar conditions and enables them to steer and control medical devices such as electric powered wheelchairs. As spastic patients often suffer from cramping of their extremities, which can then no longer be controlled, using a standard joystick while operating a powered wheelchair can lead to dangerous situations. To prevent this, we designed a sensor based on strain gauges, which is shaped like a flat disc that can be operated using any body part...
April 17, 2017: Sensors
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