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Physical therapy and multiple sclerosis

Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Mary P Galea, Roman Gonzenbach, Jürg Kesselring
The prevalence of disability due to neurological conditions is escalating worldwide. Neurological disorders have significant disability-burden with long-term functional and psychosocial issues, requiring specialized rehabilitation services for comprehensive management, especially treatments tapping into brain recovery 'neuroplastic' processes. Neurorehabilitation is interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial, requiring coordinated effort of diverse sectors, professions, patients and community to manage complex condition-related disability...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Amandine Chenet, Alexandra Gosseaume, Sandrine Wiertlewski, Brigitte Perrouin-Verbe
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS) is common, present in 40 to 60% of patients, and is under diagnosis. Currently, there is no effective drug and non-pharmacological treatments that are developed. We propose to evaluate the effectiveness of exercise training (ET) on cognitive impairment. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included patients from University Hospital of Nantes with an EDSS of between 3 and 4.5. They followed an exercise therapy program during 8 weeks, in groups, including aerobic physical activity (Nordic walking, gymnastics and exercise of balance) and recreational activities (billiards and boccia)...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Lin Mu
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Bahram Sangelaji, Mohammadreza Kordi, Farzaneh Banihashemi, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Sara Khodadadeh, Maryam Dastoorpoor
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease with a variety of signs and symptoms. Exercise therapy has been shown to improve physical functions in MS. However, questions about an optimal exercise therapy remain. In this regard, we suggest a combined exercise therapy including aerobic and resistance exercises for MS patients. The study is designed to observe, test and compare the effects of proposed combined exercises on strength, balance, agility, fatigue, speed, and walking distance in people with mild to moderate MS [0 < expanded disability status scale (EDSS) < 5]...
July 6, 2016: Iranian Journal of Neurology
Gavin Giovannoni, Helmut Butzkueven, Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, Jeremy Hobart, Gisela Kobelt, George Pepper, Maria Pia Sormani, Christoph Thalheim, Anthony Traboulsee, Timothy Vollmer
INTRODUCTION: We present international consensus recommendations for improving diagnosis, management and treatment access in multiple sclerosis (MS). Our vision is that these will be used widely among those committed to creating a better future for people with MS and their families. METHODS: Structured discussions and literature searches conducted in 2015 examined the personal and economic impact of MS, current practice in diagnosis, treatment and management, definitions of disease activity and barriers to accessing disease-modifying therapies (DMTs)...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Waldemar Brola, Piotr Sobolewski, Małgorzata Fudala, Stanisław Flaga, Konrad Jantarski, Danuta Ryglewicz, Andrzej Potemkowski
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to analyze selected clinical and sociodemographic factors and their effects on the quality of life (QoL) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients registered in the Polish MS Registry. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional observational study performed in Poland. Data on personal and disease-specific factors were collected between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015, via the web portal of the Polish MS Registry. All patients were assessed by a physician and asked to complete the Polish language versions of the following self-evaluation questionnaires: EuroQol 5-Dimensions, EuroQoL Visual Analog Scale, and Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
Riley Bove, Charles C White, Kathryn C Fitzgerald, Tanuja Chitnis, Lori Chibnik, Alberto Ascherio, Kassandra L Munger
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between hormone therapy (HT) and physical quality of life (QOL) in postmenopausal women with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: We included female participants from the prospective Nurses' Health Study, with a diagnosis of definite or probable MS, who had completed a physical functioning assessment (PF10; subscale of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey QOL survey) at a time point between 3 and 10 years after their final menstrual period (early postmenopause)...
October 4, 2016: Neurology
Mehmet Fatih Yetkin, Meral Mirza, Halil Dönmez
The aim of this study is to compare the white matter of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with healthy controls and to monitor the response to the treatment with magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).Fifteen healthy controls and 36 recently diagnosed MS patients never treated with interferon β were included in this study. In the patient group, MRS was performed before treatment, at 6th and 12th month after the initiation of treatment and once in control group. Patient group was divided into 3 interferon groups randomly...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Harika Dasari, Bharath Wootla, Arthur E Warrington, Moses Rodriguez
We provide an overview of rehabilitation in neurological diseases. A large amount of literature available on neurorehabilitation is based from the rehabilitative work on stroke and spinal cord injuries. After a brief description of rehabilitation, the potential application of neurorehabilitation in neurodegenerative diseases specifically multiple sclerosis (MS) is summarized. Since MS causes a wide variety of symptoms, the rehabilitation in MS patients may benefit from an interdisciplinary approach that encloses physiotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, psychological therapy, occupational therapy, and other methods to improve fatigue...
August 2016: International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Amy Waldman, Jayne Ness, Daniela Pohl, Isabella Laura Simone, Banu Anlar, Maria Pia Amato, Angelo Ghezzi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) in children manifests with a relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) disease course. Acute relapses consist of new neurologic deficits persisting greater than 24 hours, in the absence of intercurrent illness, and occur with a higher frequency early in the disease as compared to adult-onset RRMS. Most pediatric patients with MS recover well from these early relapses, and cumulative physical disability is rare in the first 10 years of disease. Brainstem attacks, poor recovery from a single attack, and a higher frequency of attacks portend a greater likelihood of future disability...
August 30, 2016: Neurology
Nabil K El Ayoubi, Stephanie Ghassan, Marianne Said, Joelle Allam, Hala Darwish, Samia J Khoury
Further studies are needed to determine the role of retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) in non-optic neuritis (ON) eyes of patients with early MS. The objective of this study is to explore the relationship between retinal layers' thickness and cognitive as well as physical disability in patients with the early RRMS. Participants in this cross-sectional study were adults with early RRMS, stable on interferon beta-1a, or fingolimod therapy, and without a history of ON in one or both eyes. Patients were evaluated clinically, underwent a battery of cognitive tests, and a retinal OCT scan which was also performed on a group of healthy age- and gender-matched controls...
November 2016: Journal of Neurology
Tiffany Field
This paper is a review of empirical studies, review and meta-analysis publications on yoga from the last few years. The review includes demographics/prevalence of yoga as a practice, bibliometric analyses of the yoga publications and the use of yoga for physical fitness and cognitive function. Most of the studies reviewed here involve yoga effects on psychiatric and medical conditions. These include pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum depression; stress, PTSD, anxiety, and obesity; cardiovascular conditions including hypertension; pain syndromes including arthritis, headaches and low back pain; autoimmune conditions including asthma, type II diabetes and multiple sclerosis; immune conditions including HIV and breast cancer; and aging problems including balance, osteoporosis and Parkinson's...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Tiffany Field
In this review, massage therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects on varying conditions including prenatal depression, preterm infants, full-term infants, autism, skin conditions, pain syndromes including arthritis and fibromyalgia, hypertension, autoimmune conditions including asthma and multiple sclerosis, immune conditions including HIV and breast cancer and aging problems including Parkinson's and dementia. Although many of the studies have involved comparisons between massage therapy and standard treatment control groups, several have compared different forms of massage (e...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Min Xu, Xuesheng Lu, Jing Fang, Xiaoqi Zhu, Jie Wang
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of teriflunomide in reducing the frequency of relapses and progression of physical disability in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). Literatures were searched in Pubmed, Medline and Embase to screen citations from January 1990 to April 2015. Studies of parallel group design comparing teriflunomide and placebo for RMS were screened. After independent review of 234 citations by two authors, seven studies were identified as meeting the inclusion criteria...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Tarun Singhal, Shahamat Tauhid, Shelley Hurwitz, Mohit Neema, Rohit Bakshi
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord atrophy occurs early in the multiple sclerosis (MS) disease course, is closely related to physical disability, and is a putative neuroprotective therapeutic outcome measure. OBJECTIVE: This pilot study explored glatiramer acetate (GA)'s effect on spinal cord volume in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). METHODS: Fifteen patients receiving daily subcutaneous GA were prospectively followed. At baseline, age was 43...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Kaitlin A Hagan, Kassandra L Munger, Alberto Ascherio, Francine Grodstein
OBJECTIVES: To review the contribution of the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) to identifying the role of lifestyle, diet, and genetic or biological factors in several neurodegenerative diseases, including cognitive decline, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. METHODS: We completed a narrative review of the publications of the NHS and NHS II between 1976 and 2016. RESULTS: In primary findings for cognitive function, higher intake of nuts, moderate alcohol consumption, and higher physical activity levels were associated with better cognitive function...
September 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Graham A Colditz, Sydney E Philpott, Susan E Hankinson
OBJECTIVES: To summarize the overall impact of the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) over the past 40 years on the health of populations through its contributions on prevention, translation, and control. METHODS: We performed a narrative review of the findings of the NHS, NHS II, and NHS3 between 1976 and 2016. RESULTS: The NHS has generated significant findings about the associations between (1) smoking and type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, colorectal and pancreatic cancer, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and eye diseases; (2) physical activity and cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, psoriasis, and neurodegeneration; (3) obesity and cardiovascular diseases, numerous cancer sites, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, kidney stones, and eye diseases; (4) oral contraceptives and cardiovascular disease, melanoma, and breast, colorectal, and ovarian cancer; (5) hormone therapy and cardiovascular diseases, breast and endometrial cancer, and neurodegeneration; (6) endogenous hormones and breast cancer; (7) dietary factors and type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, breast and pancreatic cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, neurodegeneration, multiple sclerosis, kidney stones, and eye diseases; and (8) sleep and shift work and chronic diseases...
September 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Hang Wang, Qilai Long, Yiwei Wang, Li Liu, Lin Zhou, Jianming Guo
The aim of the present study was to investigate the treatment options for patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated renal angiomyolipomas (AMLs). A total of 17 patients who were consecutively diagnosed with TSC-associated renal AMLs at the Department of Urology of Zhongshan Hospital between 1998 and 2012 were included in the study. The patient cohort included 7 males and 10 females with a mean age of 37.6 years (range, 18-62 years). A total of 12 patients were diagnosed with renal AML with TSC during physical examination (PE), while 5 patients were admitted to the Emergency Department of Zhongshan Hospital due to spontaneous rupture of renal AMLs...
August 2016: Oncology Letters
Gerson de Oliveira, Maria da Consolação Cunha Gomes Fernandes Tavares, Jane Domingues de Faria Oliveira, Marcos Rojo Rodrigues, Danilo Forghieri Santaella
CONTEXT: There is a little evidence about the influence of yoga as a complementary therapy for postural balance and its influence on activities of daily living in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of a six-month yoga program on postural balance and subjective impact of postural balance impairment on activities of daily living in people with MS. DESIGN: Randomized controlled pilot study. SETTING: Protocol developed at the Adaptive Physical Activity Study Department, College of Physical Education, State University of Campinas, Brazil...
September 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Kathleen Morrisroe, Tracy Frech, Janine Schniering, Britta Maurer, Mandana Nikpour
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases (CTDs) have a propensity to affect multiple organ systems as well as physical function, quality of life, and survival. Their clinical heterogeneity, multisystem involvement, and low worldwide prevalence present challenges for researchers to establish a study design to help better understand the course and outcomes of CTDs. Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a notable example of a CTD, wherein longitudinal cohort studies (LCS) have enabled us to elucidate disease manifestations, disease course, and risk and prognostic factors for clinically important outcomes, by embedding research in clinical practice...
February 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
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