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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527263/-racemose-neurocysticercosis-neuroimaging-guides-the-diagnosis
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Carlos Hugo Zapata, Sergio Alberto Vargas, Carlos Santiago Uribe
Neurocysticercosis is the leading cause of parasitosis of the central nervous system and acquired epilepsy in developing countries. The clinical manifestations of neurocysticercosis, especially its racemose variant, are pleomorphic and unspecific, characteristics that hinder the diagnosis and make it a challenge for the clinician.The objective of this report was to describe two cases of racemose neurocysticercosis in which neuroimaging led to the definitive diagnosis. The first case involved a patient with persistent headache and focal neurological signs...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527055/cluster-headache-present-and-future-therapy
#2
Massimo Leone, Alessandro Giustiniani, Alberto Proietti Cecchini
Cluster headache is characterized by severe, unilateral headache attacks of orbital, supraorbital or temporal pain lasting 15-180 min accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation, rhinorrhea and other cranial autonomic manifestations. Cluster headache attacks need fast-acting abortive agents because the pain peaks very quickly; sumatriptan injection is the gold standard acute treatment. First-line preventative drugs include verapamil and carbolithium. Other drugs demonstrated effective in open trials include topiramate, valproic acid, gabapentin and others...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524640/segmental-colonic-dilation-is-associated-with-premature-termination-of-high-amplitude-propagating-contractions-in-children-with-intractable-functional-constipation
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I J N Koppen, B P Thompson, E J Ambeba, V A Lane, D G Bates, P C Minneci, K J Deans, M A Levitt, R J Wood, M A Benninga, C Di Lorenzo, D Yacob
BACKGROUND: Colonic dilation is common in children with intractable functional constipation (FC). Our aim was to describe the association between segmental colonic dilation and colonic dysmotility in children with FC. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study on 30 children with intractable FC (according to the Rome III criteria) who had undergone colonic manometry and contrast enema within a 12-month time period. Colonic diameter was measured at 5 cm intervals from the anal verge up to the splenic flexure...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523469/system-for-automatic-heart-rate-calculation-in-epileptic-seizures
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Marcin Kołodziej, Andrzej Majkowski, Remigiusz J Rak, Bartosz Świderski, Andrzej Rysz
This article presents a comprehensive system for automatic heart rate (HR) detection. The system is robust and resistant to disturbances (noise, interferences, artifacts) occurring mainly during epileptic seizures. ECG signal filtration (IIR) and normalization due to skewness and standard deviation were used as preprocessing steps. A key element of the system is a reference QRS complex pattern calculated individually for each ECG recording. Next, a cross-correlation of the reference QRS pattern with short, normalized ECG windows is calculated and the maxima of the correlation are found (R-wave locations)...
May 18, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522185/orofacial-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-pathophysiologic-mechanisms-and-functional-mri
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Yeon-Hee Lee, Kyung Mi Lee, Hyug-Gi Kim, Soo-Kyung Kang, Q-Schick Auh, Jyung-Pyo Hong, Yang-Hyun Chun
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most challenging chronic pain conditions and is characterized by burning pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, autonomic changes, trophic changes, edema, and functional loss involving mainly the extremities. Until recently, very few reports have been published concerning CRPS involving the orofacial area. We report on a 50-year-old female patient who presented with unbearable pain in all of her teeth and hypersensitivity of the facial skin. She also reported intractable pain in both extremities accompanied by temperature changes and orofacial pain that increased when the other pains were aggravated...
March 14, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521671/the-anticonvulsant-effects-of-ketogenic-diet-on%C3%A2-epileptic-seizures-and-potential-mechanisms
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Yifan Zhang, Jingwei Xu, Yingchao Zhang, Wei Yang, Bingjin Li
Epilepsy is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurologic disorders with characteristics of epileptic seizures. Although the multitude of anticonvulsant drugs has been developed, recurrent epileptic seizures remain intractable and contribute to the serious morbidity worldwide. Recently, increasing studies have established the beneficial effects of ketogenic diet (KD) on epileptic seizure reduction. Both basic experiments and clinical trials demonstrated that KD significantly reduced seizure frequency with mild adverse effects...
May 17, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521018/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-intractable-pain-a-systematic-review
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Dustin G Roberts, Nader Pouratian
BACKGROUND: Since the advent of neuromodulation, the role and efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for chronic pain has not been carefully scrutinized. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review to evaluate the clinical efficacy, both short- and long-term, of SRS for the treatment of chronic intractable pain. METHODS: A systematic search in PubMed, Web of Science, and PsycINFO was performed using keywords and controlled vocabulary. The search included peer-reviewed articles reporting clinical outcomes of SRS for chronic pain with a minimum 3-mo follow-up for nonmalignant and 1 mo for malignant pain...
May 17, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520565/use-of-a-tilting-orthopedic-fracture-table-to-facilitate-proper-patient-positioning-during-intrathecal-neurolysis-with-hyperbaric-phenol-a-case-report
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Nathaniel H Loo, Gerald Matchett
We describe the case of a 41-year-old woman with metastatic cervical cancer and a large mass eroding into the pelvis and left lumbosacral plexus. The patient had intractable left lower extremity pain refractory to standard therapies, and she elected to undergo intrathecal neurolysis. A diagnostic intrathecal block was performed at the T11-12 interspace followed by intrathecal neurolysis with 6% phenol in glycerin on a subsequent date. During both procedures, we used a tilting radiolucent orthopedic fracture table to maintain strict left lateral-supine positioning...
May 17, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516327/long-term-outcomes-of-epilepsy-surgery-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Shuli Liang, Juncheng Zhang, Zhixian Yang, Shaohui Zhang, Zhiqiang Cui, Jianfei Cui, Jiwu Zhang, Na Liu, Ping Ding
Approximately 50% of patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) present intractable epilepsy, and surgery is an option for those patients. Hereby, we analyze long-term seizure control and neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery in patients with TSC. Clinical data were retrospectively collected from 66 patients with TSC and epilepsy followed up over 5 years, 51 of whom underwent epilepsy surgery between 2001 and 2011. Reductions in the number of seizures were analyzed at 1-year (1FU), 5-year (5FU), and 10-year (10FU) follow-ups visits after the operation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515387/functional-polymorphisms-affecting-th1-differentiation-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
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Naoya Inoue, Mikio Watanabe, Azusa Nakaguchi, Daishi Ueda, Hayaka Kawaguti, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
The prognosis for autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), such as Hashimoto's disease (HD) and Graves' disease (GD), varies among patients. Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-18 also induce Th1 differentiation, and SOCS1 (Suppressor of cytokine signaling 1) and TIM-3 (T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-3) are known to be negative regulators of Th1 cells. To clarify the association of functional polymorphisms in the IL12, IL12Rβ1, IL18, SOCS1 and TIM3 genes with the intractability and severity of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we genotyped these polymorphisms in 151 GD patients, including 61 patients with intractable GD and 51 patients with GD in remission, in 140 HD patients, including 59 patients with severe HD and 55 patients with mild HD, and in 74 healthy controls...
May 16, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514309/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-botulinum-toxin-a-for-treating-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Gang Li, Chang-An Lv, Li Tian, Lian-Jin Jin, Ping Sun, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: To assess the effect of botulinum toxin A (BTA) for treating neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: A total of 44 patients with SCI with neuropathic pain were randomly divided into the intervention group and the placebo group, each group 21 patients. The subjects in the intervention group received BTA (200 U subcutaneous injection, once daily) at the painful area, whereas those in the placebo group were administered a saline placebo...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512736/cagi4-sickkids-clinical-genomes-challenge-a-pipeline-for-identifying-pathogenic-variants
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Lipika R Pal, Kunal Kundu, Yizhou Yin, John Moult
Compared with earlier more restricted sequencing technologies, identification of rare disease variants using whole genome sequence has the possibility of finding all causative variants, but issues of data quality and an overwhelming level of background variants complicate the analysis. The CAGI4 SickKids clinical genome challenge provided an opportunity to assess the landscape of variants found in a difficult set of 25 unsolved rare disease cases. To address the challenge, we developed a three-stage pipeline, first carefully analyzing data quality, then classifying high quality gene specific variants into seven categories, and finally examining each candidate variant for compatibility with the often complex phenotypes of these patients for final prioritization...
May 16, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512423/refined-internal-limiting-membrane-inverted-flap-technique-for-intractable-macular-detachment-with-optic-disc-pit
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Rumiko Hara, Yasutomo Tsukahara, Tsuyoshi Simoyama, Soutarou Mori
PURPOSE: To report a surgical technique for retinal detachment associated with optic disc pit (ODP) by using an internal limiting membrane (ILM) inverted flap as an obstacle between the vitreous cavity and subretinal space. CASE PRESENTATION: A 43-year-old man presented with decreased visual acuity in the right eye for 1 week due to macular detachment associated with ODP. After 2 unsuccessful surgeries, the retina was reattached by vitrectomy with an ILM inverted flap onto the ODP...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511780/anti-mycobacterium-avium-complex-activity-of-clarithromycin-rifampin-rifabutin-and-ethambutol-in-combination-with-adenosine-5-triphosphate
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Yutaka Tatano, Seiko Yamabe, Chiaki Sano, Haruaki Tomioka
We previously reported that adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) inhibited the growth of various bacteria, including mycobacteria, Staphylococcus, and Pseudomonas, without damaging bacterial surface structures. Notably, ATP's antibacterial activity was found to be attributable to its iron-chelating ability. ATP exhibited combined effects with some antimicrobials against Mycobacterium intracellulare and methicillin-resistant S. aureus, suggesting its usefulness as an adjunctive drug in the chemotherapy against certain intractable infections...
May 2, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511630/corpus-callosotomy-for-intractable-epilepsy-revisited-the-children-s-hospital-of-michigan-series
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Aimee F Luat, Eishi Asano, Ajay Kumar, Harry T Chugani, Sandeep Sood
Corpus callosotomy is a palliative procedure performed to reduce the severity of drug-resistant epilepsy. The authors assessed its efficacy on different seizure types in 20 subjects (age range 5-19 years); 8 with active vagus nerve stimulator. Fifteen had complete callosotomy, 3 had anterior 2/3, and 2 had anterior 2/3 followed later by complete callosotomy. Ten had endoscopic approach. In all, 65% had ≥ 50% reduction of generalized seizures leading to falls (atonic, tonic, myoclonic); 35% became seizure-free (follow-up period: 6 months to 9 years; mean 3 years)...
June 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510035/ketone-bodies-as-a-possible-adjuvant-to-ketogenic-diet-in-pdhc-deficiency-but-not-in-glut1-deficiency
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F Habarou, N Bahi-Buisson, E Lebigot, C Pontoizeau, M T Abi-Warde, A Brassier, K H Le Quan Sang, C Broissand, S Vuillaumier-Barrot, A Roubertie, A Boutron, C Ottolenghi, P de Lonlay
OBJECTIVE: Ketogenic diet is the first line therapy for neurological symptoms associated with pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency (PDHD) and intractable seizures in a number of disorders, including GLUT1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS). Because high-fat diet raises serious compliance issues, we investigated if oral L,D-3-hydroxybutyrate administration could be as effective as ketogenic diet in PDHD and GLUT1-DS. METHODS: We designed a partial or total progressive substitution of KD with L,D-3-hydroxybutyrate in three GLUT1-DS and two PDHD patients...
May 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508924/intractable-epistaxis-which-arteries-are-responsible-an-angiographic-study
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Guillaume de Bonnecaze, Y Gallois, P Chaynes, F Bonneville, A Dupret-Bories, E Chantalat, E Serrano
PURPOSE: Epistaxis constitutes a significant proportion of the Otolaryngologist's emergency workload. Optimal management differs in relation to the anatomic origin of the bleeding. The outcome of our study was to determine which artery(ies) could be considered as the cause of severe bleeding in the context of severe epistaxis. METHODS: Fifty-five procedures of embolization preceded by angiography were reviewed. Medical records of interventionally treated patients were analysed for demographics, medical history, risk factors and clinical data...
May 16, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508311/trpc-channels-in-health-and-disease
#18
Yilin Tai, Shenglian Yang, Yong Liu, Wei Shao
This chapter offers a brief introduction of the functions of TRPC channels in non-neuronal systems. We focus on three major organs of which the research on TRPC channels have been most focused on: kidney, heart, and lung. The chapter highlights on cellular functions and signaling pathways mediated by TRPC channels. It also summarizes several inherited diseases in humans that are related to or caused by TRPC channel mutations and malfunction. A better understanding of TRPC channels functions and the importance of TRPC channels in health and disease should lead to new insights and discovery of new therapeutic approaches for intractable disease...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508044/data-driven-discovery-of-partial-differential-equations
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Samuel H Rudy, Steven L Brunton, Joshua L Proctor, J Nathan Kutz
We propose a sparse regression method capable of discovering the governing partial differential equation(s) of a given system by time series measurements in the spatial domain. The regression framework relies on sparsity-promoting techniques to select the nonlinear and partial derivative terms of the governing equations that most accurately represent the data, bypassing a combinatorially large search through all possible candidate models. The method balances model complexity and regression accuracy by selecting a parsimonious model via Pareto analysis...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506430/george-e-palade-memorial-lecture-my-life-in-pancreatic-research-unexpected-results-may-open-the-door
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REVIEW
Makoto Otsuki
The Palade Prize is the most distinguished award of the IAP for achievement in pancreatic research. It is named after George E. Palade, who in 1974 was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on protein trafficking in pancreatic acinar cells. It is a great honor to be awarded the 2016 Palade Prize. While I was in graduate school, I was conducting research on hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid axis; after finishing graduate school, I began research on amylase isoenzymes. This was the first step of my pancreatic research...
May 6, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
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