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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806711/the-potential-of-an-automated-system-to-identify-the-upper-limb-component-of-a-controlled-sitting-posture
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María B Sánchez, Ian Loram, John Darby, Paul Holmes, Penelope B Butler
Full trunk control in sitting is demonstrated only when the head-trunk are aligned and upper limbs remain free of contact from mechanical support. These components represent a Controlled Kinetic Chain and can be evaluated in people with neuromotor disability using the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) when a therapist provides manual trunk support at different segmental levels. However, the SATCo, as with other clinical assessments of control, is subjective. The SATCo was translated to objective rules relating the position of the hands and elbows to the head-trunk and then tested to determine the extent to which this automated objective method replicated the clinical judgement...
August 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774571/activation-of-neonatal-microglia-can-be-influenced-by-other-neural-cells
#2
Alexandra Turano, Jennifer H Lawrence, Jaclyn M Schwarz
During development, microglial progenitor cells migrate into the brain from the periphery, a process critical to the maturation of the developing brain. Although they perform functions similar to mature, adult microglia, immature microglia are distinct from mature microglia. Activation of immature microglia, via an early-life immune challenge, can lead to persistent changes in microglial function, resulting in long-term neuronal and cognitive dysfunction. Early-life immune activation is associated with multiple neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, and cerebral palsy - disorders with known or suspected immune etiologies, and strong sex biases for males...
July 31, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767196/two-unrelated-children-with-overlapping-6q25-3-deletions-motor-speech-disorders-and-language-delays
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Beate Peter, Hope Lancaster, Caitlin Vose, Amna Fares, Isabelle Schrauwen, Matthew Huentelman
Interstitial and terminal 6q25 deletions are associated with developmental delays, hypotonia, eye pathologies, craniofacial dysmorphologies, and structural brain anomalies. In most cases, speech and language deficits are not described in detail. We report on a case (Patient 1, age 7 years) with a de novo 6q25.3-qter deletion, 11.1 Mb long and encompassing 108 genes, and a case (Patient 2, age 5 years) with an inherited interstitial 6q25.3 deletion, located within Patient 1's deletion region and 403 kb long, the smallest 6q25 deletion reported to date...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762701/epilepsy-treatment-options
#4
REVIEW
Gerald Liu, Nicole Slater, Allen Perkins
The occurrence of a single seizure does not always require initiation of antiepileptic drugs. Risk of recurrent seizures should guide their use. In adults, key risk factors for recurrence are two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart, epileptiform abnormalities on electroencephalography, abnormal brain imaging, nocturnal seizures, or an epileptic syndrome associated with seizures. In children, key risk factors are abnormal electroencephalography results, an epileptic syndrome associated with seizures, severe head trauma, and cerebral palsy...
July 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761970/-feeding-eating-and-swallowing-disorders-in-infants-and-children-an-overview
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REVIEW
C Schwemmle, C Arens
Swallowing is a dynamic process that requires more than 30 muscles in the recruitment/coordination of the lips, tongue, palate, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. The eating and swallowing procedure is learned in sensitive or critical periods: when a certain degree of maturation has been achieved, the appropriate stimulus permits a certain milestone of development to occur. The swallowing procedure occurs in three main stages oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal. Therefore, swallowing disorders may present in any, some, or all of these stages in addition to feeding problems...
July 31, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737626/perinatal-chikungunya-virus-associated-encephalitis-leading-to-postnatal-onset-microcephaly-and-optic-atrophy
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Regina Ramos, Rafaela Viana, Alessandra Brainer-Lima, Telma Florêncio, Maria Durce Carvalho, Vanessa van Der Linden, Antonio Amorim, Maria Ângela Rocha, Fabíola Medeiros
Chikungunya virus is capable of affecting the nervous system of children and adults. We describe a case of sepsis and encephalitis triggered by this agent in a newborn whose mother developed symptoms of acute infection two days before delivery. Consequently, the infant had severe encephalitis that evolved with postnatal-onset microcephaly, bilateral optic atrophy, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
July 21, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704464/simulated-impacts-of-ankle-foot-orthoses-on-muscle-demand-and-recruitment-in-typically-developing-children-and-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-crouch-gait
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Michael Rosenberg, Katherine M Steele
Passive ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are often prescribed for children with cerebral palsy (CP) to assist locomotion, but predicting how specific device designs will impact energetic demand during gait remains challenging. Powered AFOs have been shown to reduce energy costs of walking in unimpaired adults more than passive AFOs, but have not been tested in children with CP. The goal of this study was to investigate the potential impact of powered and passive AFOs on muscle demand and recruitment in children with CP and crouch gait...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696831/preliminary-testing-by-adults-of-a-haptics-assisted-robot-platform-designed-for-children-with-physical-impairments-to-access-play
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Isao Sakamaki, Kim Adams, Maria Fernanda Gomez Medina, Javier Leonardo Castellanos Cruz, Nooshin Jafari, Mahdi Tavakoli, Heidi Janz
Development of children's cognitive and perceptual skills depends heavily on object exploration and experience in their physical world. For children who have severe physical impairments, one of the biggest concerns is the loss of opportunities for meaningful play with objects, including physical contact and manipulation. Assistive robots can enable children to perform object manipulation through the control of simple interfaces. Touch sensations conveyed through haptic interfaces in the form of force reflection or force assistance can help a child to sense the environment and to control a robot...
July 11, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649479/functional-outcomes-of-childhood-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-20-to-28-years-later
#9
T S Park, Jenny L Liu, Caleb Edwards, Deanna M Walter, Matthew B Dobbs
BACKGROUND: Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical method used to treat childhood spastic cerebral palsy (CP). However, the effects of early SDR on functional outcomes and quality of life decades later in adulthood remains to be elucidated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term outcomes in terms of satisfaction and mobility of adult patients who received childhood SDR. METHODS: Adult patients who received SDR in childhood were surveyed...
May 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646691/what-housing-features-should-inform-the-development-of-housing-solutions-for-adults-with-neurological-disability-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Courtney J Wright, Heidi Zeeman, Elizabeth Kendall, Jennifer A Whitty
Despite the recent emphasis in Australian political, academic, and legislative narratives to more actively promote real housing choice for people with high healthcare and support needs, there is a lack of understanding regarding the specific housing features that might constitute better housing solutions for this population. Inclusive housing provision in Australia rightly emphasises safety and accessibility issues but often fails to incorporate factors related to broader psychosocial elements of housing such as dwelling location, neighbourhood quality, and overall design...
June 21, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641160/effects-of-hip-joint-centre-mislocation-on-gait-kinematics-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-calculated-using-patient-specific-direct-and-inverse-kinematic-models
#11
Hans Kainz, Christopher P Carty, Sheanna Maine, Henry P J Walsh, David G Lloyd, Luca Modenese
Joint kinematics can be calculated by Direct Kinematics (DK), which is used in most clinical gait laboratories, or Inverse Kinematics (IK), which is mainly used for musculoskeletal research. In both approaches, joint centre locations are required to compute joint angles. The hip joint centre (HJC) in DK models can be estimated using predictive or functional methods, while in IK models can be obtained by scaling generic models. The aim of the current study was to systematically investigate the impact of HJC location errors on lower limb joint kinematics of a clinical population using DK and IK approaches...
June 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628523/effectiveness-of-surgery-for-adults-with-hallux-valgus-deformity-a-systematic-review
#12
Jitka Klugarova, Victoria Hood, Fiona Bath-Hextall, Miloslav Klugar, Jana Mareckova, Zuzana Kelnarova
BACKGROUND: Hallux valgus (HV) is a common foot deformity. In severe stages of this condition, surgery is often necessary. Currently, there is no systematic review comparing the effectiveness of surgery over conservative treatment. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to establish the effectiveness of surgery compared to conservatory management for adults with HV. INCLUSION CRITERIA TYPES OF PARTICIPANTS: The current review included adults (18 years or over) with HV deformity, excluding adults with neurological problems causing foot deformities, for example, cerebral palsy, neuropathy, stroke and multiple sclerosis...
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624135/effectiveness-of-vitamin-k2-on-osteoporosis-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy
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Yuichi Kodama, Yasuhiro Okamoto, Tomohiro Kubota, Yoshifumi Hiroyama, Hiroshi Fukami, Kensuke Matsushita, Yoshifumi Kawano
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis can lead to spontaneous fractures in adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) is a useful marker for vitamin K insufficiency in osteoporosis. The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of vitamin K2 on bone mineral density (BMD) in adults with CP and vitamin K insufficiency. METHODS: Sixteen adults, median age of 56years, with CP and osteoporosis in whom the serum ucOC concentration exceeded 4...
June 14, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619011/to-be-active-through-indoor-climbing-an-exploratory-feasibility-study-in-a-group-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-typically-developing-children
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Mark Schram Christensen, Thor Jensen, Camilla B Voigt, Jens Bo Nielsen, Jakob Lorentzen
BACKGROUND: Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor disabilities in children and young adults and it is also often associated with cognitive and physiological challenges. Climbing requires a multifaceted repertoire of movements, participants at all levels of expertise may be challenged functionally and cognitively, making climbing of great potential interest in (re)habilitation settings. However, until now only few research projects have investigated the feasibility of climbing as a potential activity for heightening physical activity in children with CP and the possible beneficial effects of climbing activities in populations with functional and/or cognitive challenges...
June 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617943/long-term-impact-of-childhood-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-on-pain-fatigue-and-function-a-case-control-study
#15
Alecia K Daunter, Anna L Kratz, Edward A Hurvitz
AIM: Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical treatment for spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Studies suggest long-lasting effects of SDR on spasticity; long-term effects on symptoms and function are not clear. This study tested whether adults with CP (average 22y after SDR) report less pain, fatigue, and functional decline than a retrospectively assessed non-surgical comparison group. METHOD: This was a case-control study. Eighty-eight adults with CP (mean age 27y; SDR=38 male/female/missing=20/16/2; non-surgical [comparison]=50, male/female=19/31) recruited from a tertiary care center and the community completed a battery of self-reported outcome measures...
June 15, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611612/spasticity-measurement-based-on-tonic-stretch-reflex-threshold-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-using-the-pedianklebot
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Marco Germanotta, Juri Taborri, Stefano Rossi, Flaminia Frascarelli, Eduardo Palermo, Paolo Cappa, Enrico Castelli, Maurizio Petrarca
Nowadays, objective measures are becoming prominent in spasticity assessment, to overcome limitations of clinical scales. Among others, Tonic Stretch Reflex Threshold (TSRT) showed promising results. Previous studies demonstrated the validity and reliability of TSRT in spasticity assessment at elbow and ankle joints in adults. Purposes of the present study were to assess: (i) the feasibility of measuring TSRT to evaluate spasticity at the ankle joint in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), and (ii) the correlation between objective measures and clinical scores...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602046/exercise-interventions-for-cerebral-palsy
#17
REVIEW
Jennifer M Ryan, Elizabeth E Cassidy, Stephen G Noorduyn, Neil E O'Connell
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from an injury to the developing brain. It is the most common form of childhood disability with prevalence rates of between 1.5 and 3.8 per 1000 births reported worldwide. The primary impairments associated with CP include reduced muscle strength and reduced cardiorespiratory fitness, resulting in difficulties performing activities such as dressing, walking and negotiating stairs.Exercise is defined as a planned, structured and repetitive activity that aims to improve fitness, and it is a commonly used intervention for people with CP...
June 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589450/central-nervous-system-involvement-in-adults-with-haemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-a-single-center-study
#18
Guilan Cai, Yini Wang, Xiaojing Liu, Yanfei Han, Zhao Wang
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare multisystem disorder characterized by proliferation and diffuse infiltration multiple organs with histiocytes, including the central nervous system (CNS). Neurological manifestations of HLH have been recognized in different studies with children, but they remain relatively ill-defined in adults with HLH. From March 2008 to October 2014, 289 adult patients with HLH were admitted to our center. Clinical, radiological, and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) data of the patients with CNS involvement were reviewed, and a retrospective study in our single-center was carried out...
August 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569523/mastery-motivation-and-executive-functions-as-predictors-of-adaptive-behavior-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cerebral-palsy-or-myelomeningocele
#19
Seth Warschausky, Jacqueline N Kaufman, Michael Evitts, William Schutt, Edward A Hurvitz
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: To examine mastery motivation and executive functions or behaviors as predictors of adaptive behavior in adolescents and young adults with congenital neurodevelopmental conditions. METHOD: Participants were 2 groups of adolescents and young adults, ages 13-29, including 43 with cerebral palsy and 36 with myelomeningocele living with a parent or caregiver. Participants completed measures of mastery motivation, executive functions or behaviors, and a measure of adaptive behavior...
June 1, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555382/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-self-reported-physical-and-mental-disorders-among-adults-with-hearing-loss-in-denmark-a-national-survey
#20
Jesper Dammeyer, Madeleine Chapman
PURPOSE: Existing research shows that people with hearing loss have a high risk of additional physical and mental disorders. However, only a few population-based studies have been conducted. This study assesses the prevalence and characteristics of additional disorders among adults with hearing loss in Denmark and thereby contributes a population-based study to this area of research. METHOD: Data on self-reported physical and mental disorders from a national survey of 772 adults with hearing loss were compared to corresponding data from a national survey of 18,017 adults from the general population...
July 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
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