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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438076/increased-work-and-social-engagement-is-associated-with-increased-stroke-specific-quality-of-life-in-stroke-survivors-at-3%C3%A2-months-and-12-months-post-stroke-a-longitudinal-study-of-an-australian-stroke-cohort
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Tamara Tse, Siti Zubaidah Binte Yusoff, Leonid Churilov, Henry Ma, Stephen Davis, Geoffrey Alan Donnan, Leeanne M Carey
BACKGROUND: There is a relative lack of longitudinal studies investigating stroke-specific outcomes and quality of life (QOL). This study aimed to identify which factors (level of disability, cognitive functioning, depressive symptoms, physical activity, and work and social engagement) were independently associated with each stroke-specific domain of QOL, adjusting for age and gender, at 3 months and 12 months post-stroke in an Australian cohort. METHOD: Survivors of ischemic stroke were recruited from 18 sites of the STroke imAging pRevention and Treatment (START) longitudinal cohort study...
April 24, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421616/the-validity-of-the-montgomery-asberg-depression-rating-scale-in-an-inpatient-sample-with-alcohol-dependence
#2
Breanne Hobden, Melanie L Schwandt, Mariko Carey, Mary R Lee, Mehdi Farokhnia, Sofia Bouhlal, Christopher Oldmeadow, Lorenzo Leggio
BACKGROUND: The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) is commonly used to examine depressive symptoms in clinical settings, including facilities treating patients for alcohol addiction. No studies have examined the validity of the MADRS compared to an established clinical diagnostic tool of depression in this population. This study aimed to examine: 1) the validity of the MADRS compared to a clinical diagnosis of a depressive disorder (using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID)) in patients seeking treatment for alcohol dependence (AD); 2) whether the validity of the MADRS differs by type of SCID-based diagnosis of depression; and 3) which items contribute to the optimal predictive model of the MADRS compared to a SCID diagnosis of a depressive disorder...
April 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408830/twelve-week-physical-exercise-does-not-have-a-long-lasting-effect-on-kynurenines-in-plasma-of-depressed-patients
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Vincent Millischer, Sophie Erhardt, Örjan Ekblom, Yvonne Forsell, Catharina Lavebratt
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise has well-characterized positive effects on depressive symptoms. The underlying biologic mechanisms are, however, far from established. A recently discovered mechanism has linked the enhanced conversion of kynurenine to kynurenic acid (KYNA) to an increased resilience toward stress-induced depression in mice. The aim of this study was to translate these findings to humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kynurenine and KYNA levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography in plasma samples from 117 patients affected by mild-to-moderate depression before and within a week after a 12-week training period at three different intensities...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407727/randomized-clinical-trial-of-real-time-fmri-amygdala-neurofeedback-for-major-depressive-disorder-effects-on-symptoms-and-autobiographical-memory-recall
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Kymberly D Young, Greg J Siegle, Vadim Zotev, Raquel Phillips, Masaya Misaki, Han Yuan, Wayne C Drevets, Jerzy Bodurka
OBJECTIVE: Patients with depression show blunted amygdala hemodynamic activity to positive stimuli, including autobiographical memories. The authors examined the therapeutic efficacy of real-time functional MRI neurofeedback (rtfMRI-nf) training aimed at increasing the amygdala's hemodynamic response to positive memories in patients with depression. METHOD: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, unmedicated adults with depression (N=36) were randomly assigned to receive two sessions of rtfMRI-nf either from the amygdala (N=19) or from a parietal control region not involved in emotional processing (N=17)...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406982/novel-decay-dynamics-revealed-for-virus-mediated-drug-activation-in-cytomegalovirus-infection
#5
Jessica Rose, Vincent C Emery, Deepali Kumar, Anders Asberg, Anders Hartmann, Alan G Jardine, Angelo A Bignamini, Atul Humar, Avidan U Neumann
Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised hosts and globally is one of the most important congenital infections. The nucleoside analogue ganciclovir (GCV), which requires initial phosphorylation by the viral UL97 kinase, is the mainstay for treatment. To date, CMV decay kinetics during GCV therapy have not been extensively investigated and its clinical implications not fully appreciated. We measured CMV DNA levels in the blood of 92 solid organ transplant recipients with CMV disease over the initial 21 days of ganciclovir therapy and identified four distinct decay patterns, including a new pattern exhibiting a transient viral rebound (Hump) following initial decline...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402536/the-effect-of-constraining-eye-contact-during-dynamic-emotional-face-perception-an-fmri-study
#6
Nouchine Hadjikhani, Nicole Zurcher, Amandine Lassalle, Loyse Hippolyte, Noreen Ward, Jakob Åsberg Johnels
Eye-contact modifies how we perceive emotions and modulates activity in the social brain network. Here, using fMRI, we demonstrate that adding a fixation cross in the eye region of dynamic facial emotional stimuli significantly increases activation in the social brain of healthy, neurotypical participants when compared with activation for the exact same stimuli observed in a free-viewing mode. In addition, using PPI analysis, we show that the degree of amygdala connectivity with the rest of the brain is enhanced for the constrained view for all emotions tested except for fear, and that anxiety and alexithymia modulate the strength of amygdala connectivity for each emotion differently...
April 11, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391069/insulin-and-glucagon-in-plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-suicide-attempters-and-healthy-controls
#7
Marie Bendix, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Maria Petersson, Viktor Kaldo, Marie Åsberg, Jussi Jokinen
Mental disorders and related behaviors such as suicidality and violence have been associated to dysregulation of e g carbohydrate metabolism. We hypothesized that patients after suicide attempt, compared to healthy controls, would have higher insulin and lower glucagon levels in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid and that these changes would be associated to violent behavior. Twenty-eight medication-free patients (10 women, 18 men), hospitalized after suicide attempt, and 19 healthy controls (7 women, 12 men) were recruited with the aim to study risk factors for suicidal behavior...
March 23, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381796/correlation-between-the-efficacy-of-lamotrigine-and-the-serum-lamotrigine-level-during-the-remission-phase-of-acute-bipolar-ii-depression-a-naturalistic-and-unblinded-prospective-pilot-study
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Akiyoshi Kikkawa, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Tetsuya Aiba, Koichi Hiraki, Toshiaki Sendo
Lamotrigine has acute antidepressant effects in patients with bipolar disorder. However, there is little information regarding appropriate serum levels of lamotrigine and the time until remission after the start of lamotrigine therapy in patients with bipolar II depression. This was a naturalistic and unblinded prospective pilot study. Twelve patients' depressive symptoms were evaluated using the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) at the start of treatment and at the time of remission, and blood samples were obtained at the time of remission...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380672/randomized-clinical-trial-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-post-stroke-pain
#9
Scott F Lempka, Donald A Malone, Bo Hu, Kenneth B Baker, Alexandria Wyant, John Ozinga, Ela B Plow, Mayur Pandya, Cynthia S Kubu, Paul J Ford, Andre G Machado
OBJECTIVE: The experience with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for pain is largely based on uncontrolled studies targeting the somatosensory pathways, with mixed results. We hypothesized that targeting limbic neural pathways would modulate the affective sphere of pain and alleviate suffering. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study of DBS targeting the ventral striatum/anterior limb of the internal capsule (VS/ALIC) in 10 patients with post-stroke pain syndrome...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380003/cause-of-death-in-patients-with-poststroke-epilepsy-results-from-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#10
Julia Hansen, Signild Åsberg, Eva Kumlien, Johan Zelano
The risk of death is increased for persons with epilepsy. The literature on causes of death in epilepsy is based mainly on cohorts with epilepsy of mixed aetiologies. For clinical purposes and improved understanding of mortality in different epilepsies, more information is needed on mortality in epilepsies of specific causes. In poststroke epilepsy (PSE), seizures occur in a setting of vascular disease and high mortality rates. The extent to which epilepsy contributes to mortality in this patient group is poorly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363419/the-importance-of-ion-pairing-in-peptide-purification-by-reversed-phase-liquid-chromatography
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Dennis Åsberg, Annika Langborg Weinmann, Tomas Leek, Richard J Lewis, Magnus Klarqvist, Marek Leśko, Krzysztof Kaczmarski, Jörgen Samuelsson, Torgny Fornstedt
The adsorption mechanism for three peptides was studied under overloaded conditions through adsorption isotherm measurements in the presence of an ion-pairing reagent, trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), on an end-capped C18-bonded stationary phase. The overall aim of the study was to obtain a better understanding of how the acetonitrile and the TFA fractions in the eluent affected the overloaded elution profiles and the selectivity between peptides using mechanistic modelling and multivariate design of experiments...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359201/a-5-year-observational-study-of-patients-with-treatment-resistant-depression-treated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-or-treatment-as-usual-comparison-of-response-remission-and-suicidality
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Scott T Aaronson, Peter Sears, Francis Ruvuna, Mark Bunker, Charles R Conway, Darin D Dougherty, Frederick W Reimherr, Thomas L Schwartz, John M Zajecka
OBJECTIVE: The Treatment-Resistant Depression Registry investigated whether adjunctive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with treatment as usual in depression has superior long-term outcomes compared with treatment as usual only. METHOD: This 5-year, prospective, open-label, nonrandomized, observational registry study was conducted at 61 U.S. sites and included 795 patients who were experiencing a major depressive episode (unipolar or bipolar depression) of at least 2 years' duration or had three or more depressive episodes (including the current episode), and who had failed four or more depression treatments (including ECT)...
March 31, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357969/lurasidone-for-major-depressive-disorder-with-mixed-features-and-anxiety-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#13
Joyce Tsai, Michael E Thase, Yongcai Mao, Daisy Ng-Mak, Andrei Pikalov, Antony Loebel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this post-hoc analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of lurasidone in treating patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with mixed features who present with mild and moderate-to-severe levels of anxiety. METHODS: The data in this analysis were derived from a study of patients meeting the DSM-IV-TR criteria for unipolar MDD, with a Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) total score ≥26, presenting with two or three protocol-defined manic symptoms, who were randomized to 6 weeks of double-blind treatment with either lurasidone 20-60 mg/day (n=109) or placebo (n=100)...
March 30, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346297/exposure-to-mycophenolate-and-fatherhood
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Karsten Midtvedt, Stein Bergan, Anna Varberg Reisæter, Bjørn Egil Vikse, Anders Åsberg
BACKGROUND: Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is the active immunosuppressive substance in both mycophenolate mofetil and mycophenolate sodium and it is widely used after organ transplantation. In females taking MPA is teratogenic and may also influence spermatogenesis. There is a lack of knowledge regarding outcome of pregnancies fathered by males exposed to MPA. METHODS: We compared outcomes in pregnancies fathered by renal transplant males per whether they had been exposed to MPA or not at time of conception...
March 22, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343053/self-reported-graphic-personal-and-social-performance-scale-srg-psp-for-measuring-functionality-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorder
#15
Ya Mei Bai, Cheng-Ta Li, Mu-Hong Chen, Yen Kuang Yang
OBJECTIVES: The self-reported graphic version of the Personal and Social Performance Scale (SRG-PSP) is the first graphic, self-reported rating scale that assesses functioning, and its reliability and validity have been documented in patients with schizophrenia. This study investigated the validity of SRG-PSP in patients with bipolar disorder (BD). METHODS: Patients with BD were recruited from psychiatric outpatient clinics, and assessed with the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), the Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI)-Bipolar and CGI-Depression, the Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS), the Global assessment of function (GAF), and the PSP...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338546/a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-study-of-riluzole-monotherapy-for-acute-bipolar-depression
#16
Lawrence T Park, Marc S Lener, Matthew Hopkins, Nicolas Iadorola, Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Elizabeth Ballard, Allison Nugent, Carlos A Zarate
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic system abnormalities are implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar depression (BDep). Subsequent to studies demonstrating the rapid and robust antidepressant effects of ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, other glutamatergic modulators are now being studied in clinical trials of mood disorders. A previous open-label study found that riluzole, administered in combination with the mood stabilizer lithium, had antidepressant effects...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338340/serum-interleukin-6-is-related-to-lower-cognitive-functioning-in-elderly-patients-with-major-depression
#17
Nehad Samir Ali, Abdel Hamid Hashem Hashem, Akmal Mostafa Hassan, Alia Adel Saleh, Heba Nabil El-Baz
BACKGROUND: There is an increased evidence of an association between inflammatory mediators, particularly serum IL-6, depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly. This study aims at exploring the relation of peripheral IL-6 to cognitive functions in elderly patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). OBJECTIVES: (1) Assessment of serum IL-6 levels and cognitive functions in elderly patients suffering from major depression and comparing them to healthy age-matched control subjects; (2) correlation between serum IL-6 levels and clinical characteristics of depression and cognitive functions in these patients...
March 24, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330446/eudor-a-multi-centre-research-program-a-naturalistic-european-multi-centre-clinical-study-of-edor-test-in-adult-patients-with-primary-depression
#18
Marco Sarchiapone, Miriam Iosue, Vladimir Carli, Mario Amore, Enrique Baca-Garcia, Anil Batra, Doina Cosman, Philippe Courtet, Guido Di Sciascio, Ricardo Gusmao, Tadeusz Parnowski, Peter Pestality, Pilar Saiz, Johannes Thome, Anders Tingström, Marcin Wojnar, Patrizia Zeppegno, Lars-Håkan Thorell
BACKGROUND: Electrodermal reactivity has been successfully used as indicator of interest, curiosity as well as depressive states. The measured reactivity depends on the quantity of sweat secreted by those eccrine sweat glands that are located in the hypodermis of palmar and plantar regions. Electrodermal hyporeactive individuals are those who show an unusual rapid habituation to identical non-significant stimuli. Previous findings suggested that electrodermal hyporeactivity has a high sensitivity and a high specificity for suicide...
March 23, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326653/the-impact-of-childhood-maltreatment-on-the-differential-efficacy-of-cbasp-versus-escitalopram-in-patients-with-chronic-depression-a-secondary-analysis
#19
Paul Bausch, Thomas Fangmeier, Ingo Zobel, Dieter Schoepf, Sarah Drost, Knut Schnell, Henrik Walter, Mathias Berger, Claus Normann, Elisabeth Schramm
Childhood maltreatment (CM) has been indicated as a predictor of a differential response to antidepressant treatment with psychotherapy compared to medication. In this secondary analysis, we investigated whether the presence of CM results in a differential indication for the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) or escitalopram plus clinical management (ESC). Sixty patients with chronic depression were randomized to either 22 sessions of CBASP or ESC over the course of 8 weeks of acute and 20 weeks of extended treatment at 2 German treatment sites...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324779/frontocingulate-cerebral-blood-flow-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-associated-with-antidepressant-response-in-late-life-depression
#20
Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, Brian D Boyd, Manus J Donahue, Kimberly Albert, Warren D Taylor
BACKGROUND: Vascular pathology is common in late-life depression (LLD) and may contribute to alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR). In turn, such hemodynamic deficits may adversely affect brain function and clinical course. The goal of this study was to examine whether altered cerebral hemodynamics in depressed elders predicted antidepressant response. METHODS: 21 depressed elders completed cranial 3T MRI, including a pseudo-continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pcASL) acquisition on both room air and during a hypercapnia challenge...
June 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
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