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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427706/neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-related-tonic-spasms-responsive-to-lacosamide
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A Baheerathan, W J Brownlee, F Rugg-Gunn, D T Chard, S A Trip
Paroxysmal tonic spasms [PTS] are common in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD).1 2 In patients with demyelinating disease, PTS can significantly reduce the quality of life, limit activities of daily living and the rehabilitative process following an acute relapse 3. As in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), paroxysmal tonic spasms in NMOSD usually respond well to treatment with carbamazepine.2 However, the optimal treatment in patients where carbamazepine is contraindicated or poorly tolerated is unclear...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427690/factors-associated-with-adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-observational-survey-from-a-referral-center-in-lithuania
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Neringa Duchovskiene, Dalia Mickeviciene, Giedre Jurkeviciene, Birute Dirziuviene, Renata Balnyte
AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate adherence to disease modifying therapy (DMT) in Lithuanian population of multiple sclerosis patients and factors associated to it. METHODS: Patients receiving one of the following DMT's: Interferon β 1a (Rebif) 44 micrograms three times a week subdermally (s/c) or Interferon β 1a (Avonex) 30 micrograms weekly intramuscularly (i/m), or Interferon β 1b (Betaferon, Extavia) 250 micrograms once in two days s/c, or Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 20mg daily s/c, were presented with a questionnaire inquiring their demographic and clinical characteristics and adherence to treatment profile, as well as HAD scale and SF-36 questionnaire...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422627/quality-of-life-perspectives-of-people-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-their-caregivers
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Stephanie Johnson, Bryant Alonso, Katie Faulkner, Haley Roberts, Britton Monroe, Leigh Lehman, Pamalyn Kearney
This study explored differences in perspectives on quality of life (QOL) between people affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their caregivers. QOL is often thought of as related to physical limitations, without consideration of other factors (e.g., cognitive, emotional) that may be stronger predictors of QOL in people with long-term degenerative diseases. Because QOL is complex and influenced by multiple factors, people with ALS and their caregivers may have different perspectives on what constitutes QOL...
May 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399316/predicting-health-promotion-and-quality-of-life-with-symptom-clusters-and-social-supports-among-older-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis
#4
Wenhui Zhang, Heather Becker, Alexa K Stuifbergen, Adama Brown
Symptoms common among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) may influence health promotion and quality of life, especially among older adults, who often experience multiple chronic conditions. To identify and examine symptom clusters' effect on health promotion and quality of life, data from 215 adults with MS older than 60 (average years with diagnosis = 29) were analyzed. Correlations among symptoms ranged from 0.33 to 0.81. Factor analysis identified two symptom clusters: (a) physical/psychological/cognitive symptoms and (b) pain symptoms...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394724/a-multimodal-nonpharmacologic-intervention-improves-mood-and-cognitive-function-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Jennifer E Lee, Babita Bisht, Michael J Hall, Linda M Rubenstein, Rebecca Louison, Danielle T Klein, Terry L Wahls
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine whether participation in a 12-month multimodal intervention would improve mood and cognitive function in adults with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: In this one-arm, open-label feasibility trial, participants were prescribed a home-based multimodal intervention, including (1) a modified Paleolithic diet; (2) an exercise program (stretching and strengthening of the trunk and lower limb muscles); (3) neuromuscular electrical stimulation (EStim) of trunk and lower limb muscles; and (4) stress management (meditation and self-massage)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394266/is-decompressive-surgery-for-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-effective-in-patients-suffering-from-concomitant-multiple-sclerosis-or-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Taylor E Purvis, Daniel Lubelski, Thomas E Mroz
A subset of patients with a demyelinating disease suffer from concurrent cervical spondylotic myelopathy, both of which evince similar symptomatology. Differentiating the cause of these symptoms is challenging, and little research has been done on patients with coexisting diseases. This review explores the current literature on the appropriate surgical management of patients with concurrent multiple sclerosis (MS) and cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), and those with both Parkinson's disease (PD) and CSM...
April 10, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394146/solace-in-solidarity-disability-friendship-networks-buffer-well-being
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Arielle M Silverman, Ivan R Molton, Amanda E Smith, Mark P Jensen, Geoffrey L Cohen
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: To determine whether having friends who share one's disability experiences is associated with higher well-being, and whether these friendships buffer well-being from disability-related stressors. Research Method/Design: In 2 cross-sectional studies, adults with long-term physical disabilities identified close friends who shared their diagnosis. We assessed well-being as a function of the number of friends that participants identified in each group. Study 1 included 71 adults with legal blindness living in the United States, while Study 2 included 1,453 adults in the United States with either muscular dystrophy (MD), multiple sclerosis (MS), post-polio syndrome (PPS), or spinal cord injury (SCI)...
April 10, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393317/impact-of-an-electronic-monitoring-device-and-behavioral-feedback-on-adherence-to-multiple-sclerosis-therapies-in-youth-results-of-a-randomized-trial
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E Ann Yeh, Stephanie A Grover, Victoria E Powell, Gulay Alper, Brenda L Banwell, Kim Edwards, Mark Gorman, Jennifer Graves, Timothy E Lotze, Jean K Mah, Lauren Mednick, Jayne Ness, Maya Obadia, Ruth Slater, Amy Waldman, Emmanuelle Waubant, Carolyn E Schwartz
PURPOSE: To report the results of a randomized controlled trial using an electronic monitoring device (EM) plus a motivational interviewing (MI) intervention to enhance adherence to disease-modifying therapies (DMT) in pediatric MS. METHODS: Fifty-two youth with MS (16.03 ± 2.2 years) were randomized to receive either MI (n = 25) (target intervention) or a MS medication video (n = 27) (attention control). Primary endpoint was change in adherence. Secondary outcomes included changes in quality of life, well-being and self-efficacy...
April 9, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389741/capturing-saccades-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-a-digitized-test-of-rapid-number-naming
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Clotilde Hainline, John-Ross Rizzo, Todd E Hudson, Weiwei Dai, Joel Birkemeier, Jenelle Raynowska, Rachel C Nolan, Lisena Hasanaj, Ivan Selesnick, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman, Steven L Galetta, Laura J Balcer, Janet C Rucker
The King-Devick (K-D) test of rapid number naming is a visual performance measure that captures saccadic eye movements. Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have slowed K-D test times associated with neurologic disability and reduced quality of life. We assessed eye movements during the K-D test to identify characteristics associated with slowed times. Participants performed a computerized K-D test with video-oculography. The 25-Item National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ-25) and its 10-Item Neuro-Ophthalmic Supplement measured vision-specific quality of life (VSQOL)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387629/is-staged-bilateral-thalamic-radiosurgery-an-option-for-otherwise-surgically-ineligible-patients-with-medically-refractory-bilateral-tremor
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Ajay Niranjan, Sudesh S Raju, Edward A Monaco, John C Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
OBJECTIVE Unilateral Gamma Knife thalamotomy (GKT) is a well-established treatment for patients with medically refractory tremor who are not eligible for invasive procedures due to increased risk of compications. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether staged bilateral GKT provides benefit with acceptable risk to patients suffering from disabling medically refractory bilateral tremor. METHODS Eleven patients underwent staged bilateral GKT during a 17-year period (1999-2016). Eight patients had essential tremor (ET), 2 had Parkinson's disease (PD)-related tremor, and 1 had multiple-sclerosis (MS)-related tremor...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387447/withdrawn-interventions-for-fatigue-and-weight-loss-in-adults-with-advanced-progressive-illness
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REVIEW
Cathy Payne, Philip J Wiffen, Suzanne Martin
BACKGROUND: Fatigue and unintentional weight loss are two of the commonest symptoms experienced by people with advanced progressive illness. Appropriate interventions may bring considerable improvements in function and quality of life to seriously ill people and their families, reducing physical, psychological and spiritual distress. OBJECTIVES: To conduct an overview of the evidence available on the efficacy of interventions used in the management of fatigue and/or unintentional weight loss in adults with advanced progressive illness by reviewing the evidence contained within Cochrane reviews...
April 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383945/utilizing-the-icf-to-understand-depressive-symptomology-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-exploratory-systematic-review
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Diana Dorstyn, Rebecca Black, Elias Mpofu, Ian Kneebone
PURPOSE: Acceptance of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in research and clinical practice has been delayed, despite its multiperspective approach to health measurement. This review utilized the ICF to examine evidence on the associations between depressive symptoms and psychosocial functioning in a patient cohort: multiple sclerosis (MS). RESEARCH METHOD: Forty-nine studies, involving 7,548 adults with relapsing or progressive forms of MS, were quantitatively evaluated...
April 6, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381133/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-home-based-palliative-approach-for-people-with-severe-multiple-sclerosis
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Alessandra Solari, Andrea Giordano, Francesco Patti, Maria Grazia Grasso, Paolo Confalonieri, Lucia Palmisano, Michela Ponzio, Claudia Borreani, Rosalba Rosato, Simone Veronese, Paola Zaratin, Mario Alberto Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the efficacy of palliative care in persons with severe multiple sclerosis (MS) is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of a home-based palliative approach (HPA) for adults with severe MS and their carers. METHODS: Adults with severe MS-carer dyads were assigned (2:1 ratio) to either HPA or usual care (UC). At each center, a multi-professional team delivered the 6-month intervention. A blind examiner assessed dyads at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381105/-no-evident-disease-activity-the-use-of-combined-assessments-in-the-management-of-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#14
Gavin Giovannoni, Davorka Tomic, Jeremy R Bright, Eva Havrdová
Using combined endpoints to define no evident disease activity (NEDA) is becoming increasingly common when setting targets for treatment outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS). Historically, NEDA has taken account of the occurrence of relapses, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions and disability worsening, but this approach places emphasis on inflammatory activity in the brain and mostly overlooks ongoing neurodegenerative damage. Combined assessments of NEDA which take account of changes in brain volume or neuropsychological outcomes such as cognitive function may begin to address this imbalance, and such assessments may also consider blood or spinal-fluid neurofilament levels or patient-reported outcomes and quality of life measures...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376127/the-doc-screen-feasible-and-valid-screening-for-depression-obstructive-sleep-apnea-osa-and-cognitive-impairment-in-stroke-prevention-clinics
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Richard H Swartz, Megan L Cayley, Krista L Lanctôt, Brian J Murray, Ashley Cohen, Kevin E Thorpe, Michelle N Sicard, Karen Lien, Demetrios J Sahlas, Nathan Herrmann
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke Depression, Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Cognitive impairment ("DOC") are associated with greater mortality, worse recovery and poorer quality of life. Best practice recommendations endorse routine screening for each condition; yet, all are under-assessed, diagnosed and treated. We seek to determine the feasibility and validity of an integrated tool ("DOC" screen) to identify stroke clinic patients at high-risk of depression, OSA, and cognitive impairment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375912/disorders-of-taste-and-smell
#16
Ronald DeVere
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article aims to educate clinical neurologists on the importance of taste and smell disorders in clinical neurology. These disorders commonly occur in head trauma, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases such as idiopathic Parkinson disease and dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer disease, just to name a few. This article covers the basic anatomy of smell and taste, notes the important points of taking a proper history, and discusses smell and taste testing, which are inexpensive, minimally time-consuming procedures...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374837/effect-of-vitamin-d-replacement-on-cognition-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#17
Hala Darwish, Ribal Haddad, Sahar Osman, Stephanie Ghassan, Bassem Yamout, Hani Tamim, Samia Khoury
Multiple Sclerosis is associated with deficient serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D (25 (OH)D) level and cognitive impairment. The aim of this study is to evaluate cognitive performance in MS patients with deficient 25 (OH)D (<25 ng/ml) compared to patients with sufficient levels (>35 ng/ml), then to evaluate the change in cognitive performance after 3 months of vitamin D3 oral replacement. Eighty-eight MS patients with relapsing remitting and clinically isolated type of MS, older than 18 years treated with interferon beta were enrolled...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374232/monitoring-the-course-of-ms-with-optical-coherence-tomography
#18
REVIEW
Alexander U Brandt, Elena H Martinez-Lapiscina, Rachel Nolan, Shiv Saidha
Retinae of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), as part of the central nervous system (CNS), display inflammatory and neurodegenerative changes. There is increasing evidence suggesting that retinal changes, and in particular neurodegeneration, mirror global CNS alterations in MS. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is an inexpensive, rapid, non-invasive, and reproducible imaging technique that generates high-resolution images of tissues such as the retina. An advantage of SD-OCT over magnetic resonance imaging techniques in the assessment of neurodegeneration may be its sensitivity to capture changes at the individual patient level...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360957/treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-review-of-the-literature-and-current-guidelines
#19
REVIEW
Shachar Moshe Aharony, Ornella Lam, Jacques Corcos
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a unique neurological disease with a broad spectrum of clinical presentations that are time- and disease course-related. Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are highly prevalent in this patient population, with approximately 90% showing some degree of voiding dysfunction and/or incontinence 6-8 years after the initial MS diagnosis. Major therapeutic goals include quality of life improvement and the avoidance of urological complications Owing to the wide divergence of clinical symptoms and disease course, evaluation and treatment differ between patients...
March 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360239/instruments-measuring-the-disease-specific-quality-of-life-of-family-carers-of-people-with-neurodegenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
#20
Thomas E Page, Nicolas Farina, Anna Brown, Stephanie Daley, Ann Bowling, Thurstine Basset, Gill Livingston, Martin Knapp, Joanna Murray, Sube Banerjee
OBJECTIVE: Neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, have a profound impact on those with the conditions and their family carers. Consequently, the accurate measurement of family carers' quality of life (QOL) is important. Generic measures may miss key elements of the impact of these conditions, so using disease-specific instruments has been advocated. This systematic review aimed to identify and examine the psychometric properties of disease-specific outcome measures of QOL of family carers of people with neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; Huntington's disease; Parkinson's disease; multiple sclerosis; and motor neuron disease)...
March 29, 2017: BMJ Open
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