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Neuromuscular therapy

Domenico Intiso, Andrea Santamato, Filomena Di Rienzo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether electrical stimulation (ES) as an adjunct to BTX-A boosts botulinum activity and whether the combined therapeutic procedure is more effective than BTX-A alone in reducing spasticity in adult subjects. DATA SOURCES: A search was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register, and CINAHL from January 1966 to January 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Only randomized controlled studies (RCT) involving the combination of BTX-A and ES were considered...
October 21, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Evan M Pucillo, Nancy Christensen-Mayer, Shelly D Poole, Denise M Whitten, Danielle Freeman, Blake R Bohe, Brandon R Swensen, A Gordon Smith, Nicholas E Johnson
BACKGROUND: Team-based care has been shown to offer more comprehensive benefits to patients when compared to standard physician-based care alone in clinics for chronic conditions. However, apart from grant-funded multidisciplinary clinics, there are no reports on the usage of same-day physical therapy (PT) consults within a daily outpatient neuromuscular disease (NMD) physician clinic. OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of same-day PT consults at the University of Utah's outpatient Clinical Neurosciences Center...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
John Heesakkers, Fawzy Farag, Ricarda M Bauer, Jaspreet Sandhu, Dirk De Ridder, Arnulf Stenzl
CONTEXT: The incidence and awareness of postprostatectomy incontinence (PPI) has increased during the past few years, probably because of an increase in prostate cancer surgery. Many theories have been postulated to explain the pathophysiology of PPI. OBJECTIVE: The current review scrutinizes various pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the occurrence of PPI. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A search was conducted on PubMed and EMBASE for publications on PPI...
October 6, 2016: European Urology
Rachel M McQuade, Simona E Carbone, Vanesa Stojanovska, Ahmed Rahman, Rachel M Gwynne, Ainsley M Robinson, Craig A Goodman, Joel C Bornstein, Kulmira Nurgali
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Oxaliplatin is a platinum-based chemotherapeutic drug used as a first-line therapy for colorectal cancer. However, its use is associated with severe gastrointestinal side-effects resulting in dose limitations and/or cessation of treatment. In this study, we tested whether oxidative stress, caused by chronic oxaliplatin treatment, induces enteric neuronal damage and colonic dysmotility EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Oxaliplatin (3 mg/kg/d) was administered in vivo to Balb/c mice intraperitoneally three times a week...
October 7, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Sebastián Figueroa-Bonaparte, Sonia Segovia, Jaume Llauger, Izaskun Belmonte, Irene Pedrosa, Aída Alejaldre, Mercè Mayos, Guillermo Suárez-Cuartín, Eduard Gallardo, Isabel Illa, Jordi Díaz-Manera
OBJECTIVES: Enzyme replacement therapy has shown to be effective for childhood/adult onset Pompe disease (AOPD). The discovery of biomarkers useful for monitoring disease progression is one of the priority research topics in Pompe disease. Muscle MRI could be one possible test but the correlation between muscle MRI and muscle strength and function has been only partially addressed so far. METHODS: We studied 34 AOPD patients using functional scales (Manual Research Council scale, hand held myometry, 6 minutes walking test, timed to up and go test, time to climb up and down 4 steps, time to walk 10 meters and Motor Function Measure 20 Scale), respiratory tests (Forced Vital Capacity seated and lying, Maximun Inspiratory Pressure and Maximum Expiratory Pressure), daily live activities scales (Activlim) and quality of life scales (Short Form-36 and Individualized Neuromuscular Quality of Life questionnaire)...
2016: PloS One
Daniel B Drachman
The basic abnormality in myasthenia gravis (MG) is a reduction in acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at neuromuscular junctions due to the effects of autoantibodies that are directed against the AChRs in most patients, or against neighboring proteins involved in the clustering of AChRs (MuSK, LRP-4, or agrin). Clinically, MG is characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue, often in typical patterns. The diagnosis may be missed early, and depends on the recognition of clinical manifestations, the measurement of autoantibodies, and/or electrophysiological features...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Michael Pt Lunn, Eduardo Nobile-Orazio
BACKGROUND: Serum monoclonal anti-myelin-associated glycoprotein (anti-MAG) antibodies may be pathogenic in some people with immunoglobulin M (IgM) paraprotein and demyelinating neuropathy. Immunotherapies aimed at reducing the level of these antibodies might be expected to be beneficial. This is an update of a review first published in 2003 and previously updated in 2006 and 2012. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of immunotherapy for IgM anti-MAG paraprotein-associated demyelinating peripheral neuropathy...
October 4, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Rachael A Powis, Evangelia Karyka, Penelope Boyd, Julien Côme, Ross A Jones, Yinan Zheng, Eva Szunyogova, Ewout J N Groen, Gillian Hunter, Derek Thomson, Thomas M Wishart, Catherina G Becker, Simon H Parson, Cécile Martinat, Mimoun Azzouz, Thomas H Gillingwater
The autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by loss of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Molecular pathways that are disrupted downstream of SMN therefore represent potentially attractive therapeutic targets for SMA. Here, we demonstrate that therapeutic targeting of ubiquitin pathways disrupted as a consequence of SMN depletion, by increasing levels of one key ubiquitination enzyme (ubiquitin-like modifier activating enzyme 1 [UBA1]), represents a viable approach for treating SMA...
July 21, 2016: JCI Insight
Corinne E Wee, Tyler D Ames, Khoi M Le, Tiffany Wang, Laura S Phieffer, Carmen E Quatman
Fragility fractures, or fractures occurring from a low-trauma event, are extremely prevalent among the elderly population worldwide and associated with significant mortality and morbidity. This study evaluated the relationship between FES-I Fear of Falling Survey results, self-reported activity restrictions via the SF-36 survey, and scores recorded by portable, inexpensive clinical assessment tools (CATs) during dynamic functional tasks. Low scores during these tasks may indicate functional deficits that put patients at risk for falls and subsequent fragility fractures...
October 2016: Aging and Disease
Corey T Gatewood, Andrew A Tran, Jason L Dragoo
PURPOSE: There is a wide array of device modalities available for post-operative treatment following arthroscopic knee surgery; however, it remains unclear which types and duration of modality are the most effective. This systematic review aimed to investigate the efficacy of device modalities used following arthroscopic knee surgery. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature was performed on: PubMed; Scopus; MEDLINE; EMBASE; PEDro; SportDiscus; and CINAHL databases (1995-2015) for clinical trials using device modalities following arthroscopic knee surgery: cryotherapy, continuous passive motion (CPM), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), surface electromyographic (sEMG) biofeedback and shockwave therapy (ESWT)...
October 1, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
John-Ih Lee, Sebastian Jander
Myasthenia gravis is the most frequent acquired disorder of neuromuscular transmission. In the majority of cases, pathogenic antibodies against components of the postsynaptic muscle endplate membrane can be detected. In recent years there have been significant advances in the pathophysiological understanding and therapy of the disease. Areas covered: PubMed searches were conducted for the term "myasthenia gravis" cross-referenced with the terms "immunology", "subgroups", "antibody", "ocular", "thymoma", "treatment" and "thymectomy"...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Krista J Spiller, Clark R Restrepo, Tahiyana Khan, Anna M Stieber, Linda K Kwong, John Q Trojanowski, Virginia M-Y Lee
In order to treat progressive paralysis in ALS patients, it is critical to develop a mouse that closely models human ALS in both pathology and also in the timing of these events. We have recently generated new TDP-43 bigenic mice (called rNLS8) with doxycycline (Dox)-suppressible expression of human TDP-43 (hTDP-43) harboring a defective nuclear localization signal (hTDP-43∆NLS) under the control of the NEFH promoter. Our previous studies characterized the pathology and disease course in young rNLS8 mice following induction of neuronal hTDP-43ΔNLS...
September 29, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Joel Narveson, Matthew D Haberl, Patrick J Grabowski
Study Design Case report. Background Intra-articular hip pathologies can be difficult to diagnose, and evidence to guide physical therapy interventions is lacking. The purpose of this report is to describe a clinical pathway for conservative management of a patient with an acute acetabular labral tear (ALT) and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Case Description The patient was an 18-year-old woman with recent onset of right groin pain who underwent intra-articular corticosteroid injection and therapeutic exercise for the management of an acute ALT identified on radiographic imaging...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Adam Ogna, Julie Nardi, Helene Prigent, Maria-Antonia Quera Salva, Cendrine Chaffaut, Laure Lamothe, Sylvie Chevret, Djillali Annane, David Orlikowski, Frederic Lofaso
BACKGROUND: Restrictive respiratory failure is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neuromuscular diseases (NMD). Home mechanical ventilation (HMV) is used to treat hypoventilation, and its efficiency is mostly assessed by daytime blood gases or nocturnal oxygen saturation monitoring (SpO2). Non-invasive transcutaneous measure of CO2 (TcCO2) allows to directly assess nocturnal hypercapnia and to detect residual hypoventilation with a higher sensitivity than SpO2. We aimed to compare the prognostic value of nocturnal SpO2 and TcCO2 in ventilated adult NMD patients...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Chengzu Long, Leonela Amoasii, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Importance: Muscle weakness, the most common symptom of neuromuscular disease, may result from muscle dysfunction or may be caused indirectly by neuronal and neuromuscular junction abnormalities. To date, more than 780 monogenic neuromuscular diseases, linked to 417 different genes, have been identified in humans. Genome-editing methods, especially the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system, hold clinical potential for curing many monogenic disorders, including neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myotonic dystrophy type 1...
September 26, 2016: JAMA Neurology
David Zada, Adi Tovin, Tali Lerer-Goldshtein, Lior Appelbaum
Hypomyelination is a key symptom of the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome (AHDS), a psychomotor retardation associated with mutations in the thyroid-hormone (TH) transporter MCT8. AHDS is characterized by severe intellectual deficiency, neuromuscular impairment, and brain hypothyroidism. In order to understand the mechanism for TH-dependent hypomyelination, we developed an mct8 mutant (mct8-/-) zebrafish model. The quantification of genetic markers for oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) and mature oligodendrocytes revealed reduced differentiation of OPCs into oligodendrocytes in mct8-/- larvae and adults...
September 23, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Maria A Gonzalez Porras, Paul N Durfee, Ashley M Gregory, Gary C Sieck, C Jeffrey Brinker, Carlos B Mantilla
BACKGROUND: Trophic interactions between muscle fibers and motoneurons at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) play a critical role in determining motor function throughout development, aging, injury, or disease. Treatment of neuromuscular disorders is hindered by the inability to selectively target motoneurons with pharmacological and genetic interventions. NEW METHOD: We describe a novel delivery system to motoneurons using mesoporous silica nanoparticles encapsulated within a lipid bilayer (protocells) and modified with the atoxic subunit B of the cholera toxin (CTB) that binds to gangliosides present on neuronal membranes...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Clécio Gabriel de Souza, Daniel Tezoni Borges, Liane de Brito Macedo, Jamilson Simões Brasileiro
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been suggested as a resource capable of increasing resistance to fatigue and enhancing muscle performance through its metabolic and photochemical effects. This study evaluated the immediate effects of the application of LLLT on neuromuscular performance of the plantar ankle flexors in healthy subjects through a fatigue-induced protocol. This is a randomized controlled clinical trial, attended by 60 young and physically active volunteers of both genders. The subjects were randomly assigned into three groups, control, placebo, and laser, and underwent a preliminary evaluation of the isokinetic performance of plantar flexors and electromyographic activity of the soleus muscle to ensure homogeneity between groups...
September 17, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Aaron F Kopman, Mohamed Naguib
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October 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Susan E George, Diane F Borello-France
Functional constipation is a common bowel disorder leading to activity restrictions, and reduced health-related quality of life. Typically, this condition is initially managed with prescription of laxatives and/or fiber supplementation. However, these interventions are often ineffective and fail to address the underlying pathophysiology and impairments contributing to this condition. Physical therapists possess knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage a wide range of musculoskeletal and motor coordination impairments that may contribute to functional constipation...
September 15, 2016: Physical Therapy
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