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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338498/challenge-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-therapy
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Alan J Thompson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the mechanisms underlying progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) and identifying appropriate therapeutic targets is a key challenge facing the MS community. This challenge has been championed internationally by organizations such as the Progressive MS Alliance, which has raised the profile of progressive MS and identified the key obstacles to treatment. This review will outline the considerable progress against these challenges. RECENT FINDINGS: New insights into mechanisms underlying progression have opened up potential therapeutic opportunities...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332703/predictors-of-meaningful-improvement-in-quality-of-life-after-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-surgery-a-prospective-study
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Carla Pauli, Marcelo Liborio Schwarzbold, Alexandre Paim Diaz, Maria Emilia Rodrigues de Oliveira Thais, Charles Kondageski, Marcelo Neves Linhares, Ricardo Guarnieri, Bianca de Lemos Zingano, Juliana Ben, Jean Costa Nunes, Hans Joachim Markowitsch, Peter Wolf, Samuel Wiebe, Katia Lin, Roger Walz
OBJECTIVES: To investigate prospectively the independent predictors of a minimum clinically important change (MCIC) in quality of life (QOL) after anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) for drug-resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy related to hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS) in Brazilian patients. METHODS: Multiple binary logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the clinical, demographic, radiologic, and electrophysiologic variables independently associated with MCIC in the Quality of Life in Epilepsy-31 Inventory (QOLIE-31) overall score 1 year after ATL in 77 consecutive patients with unilateral MTLE-HS...
March 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323645/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
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Anusha K Yeshokumar, Sona Narula, Brenda Banwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the epidemiologic factors involved in the pathogenesis of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), which have been the focus of numerous studies in the last several years. We also review the clinical features (including diagnostic evaluation and differential diagnosis) of, treatment approach to, and prognosis of pediatric MS. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to 10% of patients with MS have their initial demyelinating before the age of 18 years...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319753/the-impact-of-cannabis-and-cannabinoids-for-medical-conditions-on-health-related-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Matthew Goldenberg, Mark William Reid, Waguih William IsHak, Itai Danovitch
INTRODUCTION: The use of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions and/or alleviate symptoms is increasingly common. However, the impact of this use on patient reported outcomes, such as health-related quality of life (HRQoL), remains unclear. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis, employing guidelines from Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA). We categorized studies based on design, targeted disease condition, and type of cannabis or cannabinoid used...
March 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315666/feasibility-and-safety-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-assisted-walking-for-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-single-group-preliminary-study
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Allan J Kozlowski, Michelle Fabian, Dipan Lad, Andrew Delgado
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility, safety, and secondary benefit potential of exoskeleton-assisted walking with one device for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) DESIGN: Single-group longitudinal preliminary study with 8-week baseline, 8-week intervention, and 4-week follow-up. SETTING: Outpatient MS clinic at tertiary care hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The 13 participants were mostly female who ranged in age from 38-62 years and on Expanded Disability Status Scale scores from 5...
March 15, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303911/comorbidity-in-multiple-sclerosis-implications-for-patient-care
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Ruth Ann Marrie
Most efforts aimed at understanding the notable heterogeneity of outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS) have focused on disease-specific factors, such as symptoms at initial presentation, initial relapse rate, and age at symptom onset. These factors, however, explain relatively little of the heterogeneity of disease outcomes. Owing to the high prevalence of comorbidity in MS and the potential for its prevention or treatment, comorbidity is of rising interest as a factor that could explain the heterogeneity of outcomes...
March 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302081/patient-reported-questionnaires-in-ms-rehabilitation-responsiveness-and-minimal-important-difference-of-the-multiple-sclerosis-questionnaire-for-physiotherapists-msqpt
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Nico Arie van der Maas
BACKGROUND: The Multiple Sclerosis Questionnaire for Physical Therapists (MSQPT) is a patient-rated outcome questionnaire for evaluating the rehabilitation of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Responsiveness was evaluated, and minimal important difference (MID) estimates were calculated to provide thresholds for clinical change for four items, three sections and the total score of the MSQPT. METHODS: This multicentre study used a combined distribution- and anchor-based approach with multiple anchors and multiple rating of change questions...
March 16, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293911/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol-oromucosal-spray-sativex-%C3%A2-a-review-in-multiple-sclerosis-related-spasticity
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Gillian M Keating
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)/cannabidiol (CBD) oromucosal spray (THC/CBD, Sativex(®), nabiximols) is available in numerous countries worldwide for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related moderate to severe spasticity in patients who have not responded adequately to other anti-spasticity medication and who demonstrate clinically significant improvement in spasticity-related symptoms during an initial trial of therapy. Twelve weeks' therapy with THC/CBD improved MS-related spasticity in patients with an inadequate response to other anti-spasticity agents who had undergone a successful initial trial of THC/CBD therapy, according to the results of a pivotal phase 3 trial...
March 14, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292329/glatiramer-acetate-treatment-persistence-but-not-adherence-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-is-predicted-by-health-related-quality-of-life-and-self-efficacy-a-prospective-web-based-patient-centred-study-cair-study
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Peter Joseph Jongen, Wim A Lemmens, Erwin L Hoogervorst, Rogier Donders
BACKGROUND: In patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) the persistence of and adherence to disease modifying drug (DMD) treatment is inadequate. To take individualised measures there is a need to identify patients with a high risk of non-persistence or non-adherence. As patient-related factors have a major influence on persistence and adherence, we investigated whether health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and self-efficacy could predict persistence or adherence. METHODS: In a prospective web-based patient-centred study in 203 RRMS patients, starting treatment with glatiramer acatete (GA) 20 mg subcutaneously daily, we measured physical and mental HRQoL (Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life-54 questionnaire), functional and control self-efficacy (Multiple Sclerosis Self-Efficacy Scale), the 12-month persistence rate and, in persistent patients, the percentage of missed doses...
March 14, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291956/physical-activity-motivation-and-benefits-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Kimberly S Fasczewski, Diane L Gill, Sara M Rothberger
PURPOSE: Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease that affects 2.1 million people worldwide. There is no cure, but an expanding body of research supports the positive impact of physical activity and suggests physical activity has benefits for the individual's psychological and physical well-being. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using Self-Determination Theory as a framework, mixed methods with a focus on qualitative interviews were used to explore physical activity motivation and benefits with a sample of highly active people with multiple sclerosis (n = 15)...
March 14, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281106/tracking-daily-fatigue-fluctuations-in-multiple-sclerosis-ecological-momentary-assessment-provides-unique-insights
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Daniel J H Powell, Christina Liossi, Wolff Schlotz, Rona Moss-Morris
Studies investigating the prevalence, cause, and consequence of multiple sclerosis (MS) fatigue typically use single measures that implicitly assume symptom-stability over time, neglecting information about if, when, and why severity fluctuates. We aimed to examine the extent of moment-to-moment and day-to-day variability in fatigue in relapsing-remitting MS and healthy individuals, and identify daily life determinants of fluctuations. Over 4 weekdays, 76 participants (38 relapsing-remitting MS; 38 controls) recruited from multiple sites provided real-time self-reports six times daily (n = 1661 observations analyzed) measuring fatigue severity, stressors, mood, and physical exertion, and daily self-reports of sleep quality...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273780/risk-factors-for-non-adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapy-in-pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
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Carolyn E Schwartz, Stephanie A Grover, Victoria E Powell, Austin Noguera, Jean K Mah, Soe Mar, Lauren Mednick, Brenda L Banwell, Gulay Alper, Mary Rensel, Mark Gorman, Amy Waldman, Teri Schreiner, Emmanuelle Waubant, E Ann Yeh
BACKGROUND: Adherence to disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) is not well understood. We examined the prevalence and risk factors for poor adherence in pediatric MS. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited youth with MS from 12 North American pediatric MS clinics. In addition to pharmacy-refill data, patients and parents completed self-report measures of adherence and quality of life. Additionally, patients completed measures of self-efficacy and well-being...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273775/new-insights-into-the-burden-and-costs-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-europe
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Gisela Kobelt, Alan Thompson, Jenny Berg, Mia Gannedahl, Jennifer Eriksson
BACKGROUND: The current focus in multiple sclerosis (MS) is on early diagnosis and drug intervention, with a view to modifying disease progression. Consequently, healthcare costs have shifted from inpatient care and rehabilitation to outpatient care. OBJECTIVES: This European burden of illness study provides data that can be combined with other evidence to assess whether management approaches provide value to society. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 16 countries...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273039/multiple-sclerosis-in-canada-2011-to-2031-results-of-a-microsimulation-modelling-study-of-epidemiological-and-economic-impacts
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Nana Amankwah, Ruth Ann Marrie, Christina Bancej, Rochelle Garner, Douglas G Manuel, Ron Wall, Philippe Finès, Julie Bernier, Karen Tu, Kim Reimer
INTRODUCTION: The objective of our study was to present model-based estimates and projections on current and future health and economic impacts of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Canada over a 20-year time horizon (2011-2031). METHODS: Using Statistics Canada's Population Health Microsimulation Model (POHEM) framework, specifically the population-based longitudinal, microsimulation model named POHEM-Neurological, we identified people with MS from health administrative data sources and derived incidence and mortality rate parameters from a British Columbia population-based cohort for future MS incidence and mortality projections...
February 2017: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267811/patient-education-for-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-associated-fatigue-a-systematic-review
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Maria Janina Wendebourg, Christoph Heesen, Marcia Finlayson, Björn Meyer, Jana Pöttgen, Sascha Köpke
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory and neurodegenerative disease often causing decreased quality of life, social withdrawal and unemployment. Studies examining the effect of pharmacological interventions demonstrated only minor effects, whereas non-pharmacological interventions as e.g. patient education programs have shown promising results. OBJECTIVE: We aim to systematically review the literature to determine the effect of patient education programs on fatigue in MS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262404/breakthroughs-in-the-spasticity-management-are-non-pharmacological-treatments-the-future
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Antonino Naro, Antonino Leo, Margherita Russo, Carmela Casella, Antonio Buda, Aurelio Crespantini, Bruno Porcari, Luigi Carioti, Luana Billeri, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
The present paper aims at providing an objective narrative review of the existing non-pharmacological treatments for spasticity. Whereas pharmacologic and conventional physiotherapy approaches result well effective in managing spasticity due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injury, the real usefulness of the non-pharmacological ones is still debated. We performed a narrative literature review of the contribution of non-pharmacological treatments to spasticity management, focusing on the role of non-invasive neurostimulation protocols (NINM)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261936/characterizing-clinical-and-mri-dissociation-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Brian C Healy, Guy J Buckle, Eman N Ali, Svetlana Egorova, Fariha Khalid, Shahamat Tauhid, Bonnie I Glanz, Tanuja Chitnis, Charles R G Guttmann, Howard L Weiner, Rohit Bakshi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Two common approaches for measuring disease severity in multiple sclerosis (MS) are the clinical exam and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Although most patients show similar disease severity on both measures, some patients have clinical/MRI dissociation. METHODS: Subjects from a comprehensive care MS center who had a concurrent brain MRI, spinal cord MRI, clinical examination, and patient reported outcomes were classified into three groups based on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and cerebral T2 hyperintense lesion volume (T2LV)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252325/a-team-approach-to-supporting-the-nutritional-needs-of-patients-living-with-multiple-sclerosis
#18
Nicola Bell, Lorna Brammer
Multiple sclerosis is the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young adults, with most diagnoses occurring between the ages of 25-49 years. Nutrition must be managed effectively and holistically to improve health and quality of life. Dysphagia management is collaborative and can enhance nutrition and hydration goals as well as reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia. A case study demonstrates the specialist clinical skills and frameworks used to achieve nutrition, hydration, safety and patient focused outcomes...
March 2, 2017: British Journal of Community Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243186/a-framework-of-care-in-multiple-sclerosis-part-2-symptomatic-care-and-beyond
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Scott D Newsome, Philip J Aliotta, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Susan E Bennett, Gary Cutter, Kaylan Fenton, Fred Lublin, Dorothy Northrop, David Rintell, Bryan D Walker, Megan Weigel, Kathleen Zackowski, David E Jones
The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) convened a Framework Taskforce composed of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers to examine and evaluate the current models of care in multiple sclerosis (MS). The methodology of this project included analysis of a needs assessment survey and an extensive literature review. The outcome of this work is a two-part continuing education series of articles. Part 1, published previously, covered the updated disease phenotypes of MS along with recommendations for the use of disease-modifying therapies...
January 2017: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243184/feasibility-and-impact-of-an-8-week-integrative-yoga-program-in-people-with-moderate-multiple-sclerosis-related-disability-a-pilot-study
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Evan T Cohen, David Kietrys, Susan Gould Fogerite, Mariella Silva, Kristen Logan, Donald A Barone, J Scott Parrott
BACKGROUND: This pilot study determined the feasibility of a specifically designed 8-week yoga program for people with moderate multiple sclerosis (MS)-related disability. We explored the program's effect on quality of life (QOL) and physical and mental performance. METHODS: We used a single-group design with repeated measurements at baseline, postintervention, and 8-week follow-up. Feasibility was examined through cost, recruitment, retention, attendance, and safety...
January 2017: International Journal of MS Care
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