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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228834/anti-collapsing-response-mediating-protein-5-antibody-positive-paraneoplastic-perioptic-neuritis-without-typical-neurological-symptoms
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Nozomi Igarashi, Hiromasa Sawamura, Toshikatsu Kaburaki, Makoto Aihara
A 68-year-old male presented with blurred vision in both eyes. Ophthalmoscopy revealed bilateral prominent disc swelling and vitritis. No systematic neurological symptoms were observed. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed bilateral meningeal enhancement of the optic nerve. Small cell carcinoma was found, and antibodies against collapsing response-mediating protein-5 (CRMP-5) were detected in the serum. Ophthalmological manifestations disappeared during a decrease in tumour size with treatment for the malignancy...
February 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202084/aprepitant-limits-in-vivo-neuroinflammatory-responses-in-a-rhesus-model-of-lyme-neuroborreliosis
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Alejandra N Martinez, Amanda R Burmeister, Geeta Ramesh, Lara Doyle-Meyers, Ian Marriott, Mario T Philipp
BACKGROUND: Substance P (SP) is produced at high levels in the central nervous system (CNS), and its target receptor, neurokinin 1 receptor (NK-1R), is expressed by glia and leukocytes. This tachykinin functions to exacerbate inflammatory responses at peripheral sites. Moreover, SP/NK-1R interactions have recently been associated with severe neuroinflammation and neuronal damage. We have previously demonstrated that NK-1R antagonists can limit neuroinflammatory damage in a mouse model of bacterial meningitis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183352/combined-effect-of-bcg-vaccination-and-enriched-environment-promote-neurogenesis-and-spatial-cognition-via-a-shift-in-meningeal-macrophage-m2-polarization
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Fangfang Qi, Zejie Zuo, Junhua Yang, Saisai Hu, Yang Yang, Qunfang Yuan, Juntao Zou, Kaihua Guo, Zhibin Yao
BACKGROUND: The spatial learning abilities of developing mice benefit from extrinsic cues, such as an enriched environment, with concomitant enhancement in cognitive functions. Interestingly, such enhancements can be further increased through intrinsic Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination. RESULTS: Here, we first report that combined neonatal BCG vaccination and exposure to an enriched environment (Enr) induced combined neurobeneficial effects, including hippocampal long-term potentiation, and increased neurogenesis and spatial learning and memory, in mice exposed to the Enr and vaccinated with BCG relative to those in the Enr that did not receive BCG vaccination...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178710/diagnosis-and-management-of-leukemic-and-lymphomatous-meningitis
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REVIEW
Hemant Murthy, Claudio Anasetti, Ernesto Ayala
BACKGROUND: Leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis is a major presentation of primary or secondary central nervous system (CNS) involvement by aggressive lymphomas or acute leukemia. METHODS: The medical literature and ongoing clinical trials were reviewed on the clinical presentation, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment of leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis. RESULTS: Treatment for secondary leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis remains unsatisfactory, and efforts should be made to prevent and treat subclinical disease...
January 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168168/enterovirus-71-infection-and-vaccines
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REVIEW
Eun-Je Yi, Yun-Ju Shin, Jeong-Hwan Kim, Tae-Gyun Kim, Sun-Young Chang
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious viral infection affecting young children during the spring to fall seasons. Recently, serious outbreaks of HFMD were reported frequently in the Asia-Pacific region, including China and Korea. The symptoms of HFMD are usually mild, comprising fever, loss of appetite, and a rash with blisters, which do not need specific treatment. However, there are uncommon neurological or cardiac complications such as meningitis and acute flaccid paralysis that can be fatal...
January 2017: Clinical and Experimental Vaccine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134711/looking-for-fungi-in-all-the-right-places-screening-for-cryptococcal-disease-and-other-aids-related-mycoses-among-patients-with-advanced-hiv-disease
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Greg Greene, Charlotte Sriruttan, Thuy Le, Tom Chiller, Nelesh P Govender
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As HIV treatment programmes scale up to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, care must be taken to start antiretroviral treatment safely in patients with advanced disease (CD4 counts <200 cells/μl) who are simultaneously at risk for opportunistic infections and immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Invasive fungal diseases pose a great threat at this critical time point, though the development of inexpensive and highly accurate rapid diagnostic tests has changed the approach HIV programmes are taking to reduce the high mortality associated with these opportunistic infections...
March 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111998/recent-advances-in-aids-related-cryptococcal-meningitis-treatment-with-an-emphasis-on-resource-limited-settings
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Sarah Lofgren, Mahsa Abassi, Joshua Rhein, David R Boulware
Recent advances in the treatment and prevention of cryptococcal meningitis have the potential to decrease AIDS-related deaths. Areas covered. Targeted screening for asymptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia in persons with AIDS is a cost effective method for reducing early mortality in patients on antiretroviral therapy. For persons with symptomatic cryptococcal meningitis, optimal initial management with amphotericin and flucytosine improves survival compared to alternative therapies; however, amphotericin is difficult to administer and flucytosine has not been available in middle or low income countries, where cryptococcal meningitis is most prevalent...
January 23, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109094/-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-conditioned-medium-prevents-e-coli-meningitis-by-inhibiting-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Qing Zeng, Xiao-Long He, Han-Sheng Xiao, Lei DU, Yu-Jing Li, Le-Cheng Chen, Hui-Wen Tian, Sheng-He Huang, Hong Cao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG conditioned medium(LGG-CM)has preventive effect against E. coli K1-induced neuropathogenicity in vitro by inhibiting nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway. METHODS: An in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model was constructed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs). The effect of LGG-CM on E. coli-actived NF-κB signaling pathway was assayed using Western blotting. Invasion assay and polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) transmigration assay were performed to explore whether LGG-CM could inhibit E...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045655/practical-aspects-of-the-use-of-intrathecal-chemotherapy
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Raquel Olmos-Jiménez, Alberto Espuny-Miró, Carlos Cárceles Rodríguez, María Sacramento Díaz-Carrasco
INTRODUCTION: Intrathecal chemotherapy is frequently used in clinical practice for treatment and prevention of neoplastic meningitis. Despite its widespread use, there is little information about practical aspects such as the volume of drug to be administered or its preparation and administration. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a literature review about practical aspects of the use of intrathecal chemotherapy. MATERIALS: Search in PubMed/ Medline using the terms "chemotherapy AND intrathecal", analysis of secondary and tertiary information sources...
January 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928413/a-rare-case-of-unilateral-progressive-vision-loss-and-pachymeningitis
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Reuben Mari Valenzuela, Bonnie Keung, John H Pula, Jorge C Kattah
We describe a 32-year-old man with presumed Vogt-Koyanagi Harada (VKH) syndrome, whose presenting symptoms were headache and progressive loss of vision in the right eye. Neuro-ophthalmic examination showed anterior and posterior uveitis, and retinal detachment in the right eye. Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) showed extensive submacular fluid in the right eye, while the fundus fluorescein angiogram (FFA) confirmed perifoveal retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) disruption and multifocal fluorescein leakage in the right eye...
October 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911391/a-murine-model-of-group-b-streptococcus-vaginal-colonization
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Kathryn A Patras, Kelly S Doran
Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS), is a Gram-positive, asymptomatic colonizer of the human gastrointestinal tract and vaginal tract of 10 - 30% of adults. In immune-compromised individuals, including neonates, pregnant women, and the elderly, GBS may switch to an invasive pathogen causing sepsis, arthritis, pneumonia, and meningitis. Because GBS is a leading bacterial pathogen of neonates, current prophylaxis is comprised of late gestation screening for GBS vaginal colonization and subsequent peripartum antibiotic treatment of GBS-positive mothers...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904568/meta-analysis-of-studies-comparing-adjuvant-dexamethasone-to-glycerol-to-improve-clinical-outcome-of-bacterial-meningitis
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REVIEW
Siavash Vaziri, Fiezollah Mansouri, Babak Sayad, Keyghobad Ghadiri, Elham Torkashvand, Mansour Rezaei, Farid Najafi, Mohsen Azizi
BACKGROUND: Neurological complications are a problematic factor in acute bacterial meningitis; hence, its prevention is the key to ensure the success of meningitis treatment. Glycerol and dexamethasone are both applied in this regard. Oral glycerol is an appropriate alternative instead of intravenous dexamethasone because it does not have problems related to intravenous injection, the high cost, and drug complications. The main objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of adjuvant dexamethasone versus glycerol in order to improve the clinical outcome of bacterial meningitis...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886201/cryptococcal-meningitis-epidemiology-immunology-diagnosis-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Peter R Williamson, Joseph N Jarvis, Anil A Panackal, Matthew C Fisher, Síle F Molloy, Angela Loyse, Thomas S Harrison
HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis is by far the most common cause of adult meningitis in many areas of the world that have high HIV seroprevalence. In most areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of cryptococcal meningitis is not decreasing despite availability of antiretroviral therapy, because of issues of adherence and retention in HIV care. In addition, cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-seronegative individuals is a substantial problem: the risk of cryptococcal infection is increased in transplant recipients and other individuals with defects in cell-mediated immunity, and cryptococcosis is also reported in the apparently immunocompetent...
January 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880884/anti-atherosclerosis-and-cardio-protective-effects-of-the-angong-niuhuang-pill-on-a-high-fat-and-vitamin-d3-induced-rodent-model-of-atherosclerosis
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Wen-Juan Fu, Ting Lei, Zhen Yin, Jian-Hao Pan, Yu-Shuang Chai, Xiao-Yun Xu, Yi-Xi Yan, Zhi-Hua Wang, Jian Ke, Gang Wu, Ren-He Xu, Manish Paranjpe, Lintao Qu, Hong Nie
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Angong Niuhuang Pill (ANP) is a well known Chinese traditional therapeutic for the treatment for diseases affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS). Components of the ANP formulation, including Bovis Calculus Sativus, Pulvis Bubali Comus Concentratus, Moschus, Margarita, Cinnabaris, Realgar, Coptidis Rhizoma, Scutellariae Radix, Gardeniae Fructus, Curcumae Radix, and Bomeolum Syntheticum, have been used for the treatment of stroke, encephalitis and emergency meningitis across Asia, especially in China for hundreds of years...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809794/alternative-pre-approved-and-novel-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-anthrax
#15
REVIEW
Breanne M Head, Ethan Rubinstein, Adrienne F A Meyers
BACKGROUND: Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a spore forming and toxin producing rod-shaped bacterium that is classified as a category A bioterror agent. This pathogenic microbe can be transmitted to both animals and humans. Clinical presentation depends on the route of entry (direct contact, ingestion, injection or aerosolization) with symptoms ranging from isolated skin infections to more severe manifestations such as cardiac or pulmonary shock, meningitis, and death...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808261/community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
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Diederik van de Beek, Matthijs Brouwer, Rodrigo Hasbun, Uwe Koedel, Cynthia G Whitney, Eelco Wijdicks
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges and subarachnoid space that can also involve the brain cortex and parenchyma. It can be acquired spontaneously in the community - community-acquired bacterial meningitis - or in the hospital as a complication of invasive procedures or head trauma (nosocomial bacterial meningitis). Despite advances in treatment and vaccinations, community-acquired bacterial meningitis remains one of the most important infectious diseases worldwide. Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the most common causative bacteria and are associated with high mortality and morbidity; vaccines targeting these organisms, which have designs similar to the successful vaccine that targets Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis, are now being used in many routine vaccination programmes...
November 3, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733201/activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-hpa-axis-contributes-to-the-immunosuppression-of-mice-infected-with-angiostrongylus-cantonensis
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Ai-Ling Chen, Xi Sun, Wei Wang, Jin-Feng Liu, Xin Zeng, Jing-Fan Qiu, Xin-Jian Liu, Yong Wang
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppression has been described as a consequence of brain injury and infection by different mechanisms. Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause injury to the central nervous system and eosinophilic meningitis to human. Both T cell and B cell immunity play an essential role in the resistance of the infection. However, whether brain injury caused by A. cantonensis infection can lead to immunosuppression is not clear. Therefore, the present study sought to observe the alteration of immune responses in mice infected with A...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707454/yellow-fever-vaccine-associated-neurotropic-disease-yel-and-a-case-report
#18
Jolanta Florczak-Wyspiańska, Ewa Nawotczyńska, Wojciech Kozubski
Yellow fever (YF) is a mosquito-borne viral hemorrhagic fever, which is a serious and potentially fatal disease with no specific antiviral treatment that can be effectively prevented by an attenuated vaccine (YEL). Despite the long history of safe and efficacious YF vaccination, sporadic case reports of serious adverse events (SAEs) have been reported, including yellow fever vaccine-associated neurotropic disease (YEL-AND). YEL-AND usually appears within one month of YF vaccination, manifesting as meningoencephalitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)...
September 22, 2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704036/treatment-of-spontaneous-eae-by-laquinimod-reduces-tfh-b-cell-aggregates-and-disease-progression
#19
Michel Varrin-Doyer, Kara L Pekarek, Collin M Spencer, Claude C A Bernard, Raymond A Sobel, Bruce A C Cree, Ulf Schulze-Topphoff, Scott S Zamvil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of oral laquinimod, a candidate multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, on induction of T follicular helper cells, development of meningeal B cell aggregates, and clinical disease in a spontaneous B cell-dependent MS model. METHODS: Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in C57BL/6 mice by immunization with recombinant myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (rMOG) protein. Spontaneous EAE was evaluated in C57BL/6 MOG p35-55-specific T cell receptor transgenic (2D2) × MOG-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)H-chain knock-in (IgH(MOG-ki) [Th]) mice...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695532/role-of-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-in-tuberculous-meningitis-with-hydrocephalus
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REVIEW
Yad R Yadav, Vijay S Parihar, Mina Todorov, Yatin Kher, Ishwar D Chaurasia, Sonjjay Pande, Hemant Namdev
Hydrocephalus is one of the commonest complications of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). It can be purely obstructive, purely communicating, or due to combinations of obstruction in addition to defective absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) as an alternative to shunt procedures is an established treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus in TBM. ETV in TBM hydrocephalus can be technically very difficult, especially in acute stage of disease due to inflamed, thick, and opaque third ventricle floor...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
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