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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820719/central-nervous-system-infection-associated-with-orientia-tsutsugamushi-in-south-korea
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Han Sang Lee, Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Seon-Jae Ahn, Jangsup Moon, Jung-Ah Lim, Jin-Sun Jun, Woo-Jin Lee, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Ki-Young Jung, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Orientia tsutsugamushi is a major cause of vector-borne infection in Asia. Prompt recognition and appropriate treatment are crucial because of its potentially fatal complications and lack of response to beta-lactam antibiotics. The present study retrospectively evaluated the clinical characteristics and laboratory findings of 16 patients with scrub typhus-related central nervous system (CNS) infections. Single titers ≥ 1:40 of total serum antibodies against O. tsutsugamushi detected by an indirect immunofluorescent assay were considered as positive results...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819047/unusual-case-of-bilateral-hand-weakness
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Sayan Datta, Jeremy Cosgrove, Taimour Alam, Helen L Ford
A 35-year-old man presented with myalgia and bilateral hand weakness, 3 days after the onset of lethargy, fevers and rigours. The hand weakness caused functional impairment including difficulty pressing keys on his mobile phone. On examination, there was mild bilateral hand weakness with normal reflexes. His serum creatine kinase was mildly raised at 503 U/L (24-195), viral PCR throat swab was negative and electromyogram showed subtle myopathic changes in the distal forearm muscles. Nerve conduction studies found no evidence of neuropathy...
August 17, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818147/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-and-fatal-accidents-in-aviation-medicine
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Tanja Laukkala, Robert Bor, Bruce Budowle, Antti Sajantila, Pooshan Navathe, Markku Sainio, Alpo Vuorio
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interfere with functioning and/or development. ADHD occurs in about 2.5% of adults. ADHD can be an excluding medical condition among pilots due to the risk of attentional degradation and therefore impact on flight safety. Diagnosis of ADHD is complex, which complicates aeromedical assessment. This study highlights fatal accident cases among pilots with ADHD and discusses protocols to detect its presence to help to assess its importance to flight safety...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816874/does-surgical-intervention-or-timing-of-surgery-have-an-effect-on-neurological-recovery-in-the-setting-of-a-thoracolumbar-burst-fracture
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So Kato, Jean-Christophe Murray, Brian K Kwon, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic thoracolumbar burst fractures are one of the most common forms of spinal trauma with the majority occurring at the junctional area where mechanical load is maximal (AOSpine Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Classification System Subtype A3 or A4). Burst fractures entail the involvement of the middle column, and therefore, they are typically associated with bone fragment in the spinal canal, which may cause compression of the spinal cord, conus medullaris, cauda equina, or a combination of these. Fortunately, approximately half of the patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures are neurologically intact due to the wide canal diameter...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816563/highlighting-the-differences-in-post-traumatic-symptoms-between-patients-with-complicated-and-uncomplicated-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-injured-controls
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J Julien, S Tinawi, K Anderson, L C Frenette, H Audrit, M C Ferland, M Feyz, E De Guise
OBJECTIVE: The goal of the current study is to explore the difference in acute post-concussive symptoms (PCS), headaches, sleep and mood complaints between groups of patients with complicated and uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) and a comparable group of injured controls. Interactions among the following four factors were studied: presence of (1) PCS; (2) headaches; (3) sleep disorders; and (4) psychological status. METHODS: A total of 198 patients, followed at the outpatient mTBI clinic of the MUHC-MGH, completed questionnaires and a brief neurological assessment two weeks post-trauma...
August 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815879/calibrated-imaging-reveals-altered-grey-matter-metabolism-related-to-white-matter-microstructure-and-symptom-severity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Nicholas A Hubbard, Monroe P Turner, Minhui Ouyang, Lyndahl Himes, Binu P Thomas, Joanna L Hutchison, Shawheen Faghihahmadabadi, Scott L Davis, Jeremy F Strain, Jeffrey Spence, Daniel C Krawczyk, Hao Huang, Hanzhang Lu, John Hart, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman, Darin T Okuda, Bart Rypma
Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves damage to white matter microstructures. This damage has been related to grey matter function as measured by standard, physiologically-nonspecific neuroimaging indices (i.e., blood-oxygen-level dependent signal [BOLD]). Here, we used calibrated functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging to examine the extent to which specific, evoked grey matter physiological processes were associated with white matter diffusion in MS. Evoked changes in BOLD, cerebral blood flow (CBF), and oxygen metabolism (CMRO2 ) were measured in visual cortex...
August 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806907/effect-of-acupuncture-and-its-influence-on-cerebral-activity-in-perimenopausal-insomniacs-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Xiao Wu, Wei Zhang, Yuanyuan Qin, Xuguang Liu, Zhengyan Wang
BACKGROUND: Perimenopausal insomnia is one of the core symptoms of the menopausal transition. Acupuncture is considered to exert a positive effect on restoring the normal sleep-wake cycle. However, there is little intuitive evidence besides evaluation using clinical effectiveness scales. We therefore designed this study, aiming to use more intuitive and reliable detection techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging before and after applying acupuncture to provide neuroimaging evidence, as well as to verify the effectiveness with other curative effect indicators...
August 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803458/neglect-and-aphasia-in-the-acute-phase-as-predictors-of-functional-outcome-seven-years-after-ischemic-stroke
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Joel Gerafi, Hans Samuelsson, Jo I Viken, Charlotte Blomgren, Lisbeth Claesson, Sakari Kallio, Christina Jern, Christian Blomstrand, Katarina Jood
BACKGROUND: Visuospatial inattention (VSI) and language impairment (LI) are often present early after stroke and associations with an unfavorable short-term functional outcome have been reported. The purpose of this study was to investigate if a screening of VSI and of LI as indicators of cortical symptoms early after stroke could predict long-term functional outcomes. METHODS: A consecutive cohort of 375 ischemic stroke patients was assessed for the occurrence of VSI, in median, 7 days after admission (interquartile range 5 days) using Star Cancellation Test (SCT) and for LI (within the first 7 days) with the language item in the Scandinavian Stroke Scale (SSS)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799099/metachromatic-leukodystrophy-mld-a-pakistani-family-with-novel-arsa-gene-mutation
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Muhammad Aiman Shahzad, Saba Khaliq, Ali Amar, Saqib Mahmood
A deficiency of the enzyme arylsulfatase A (ARSA) causes a progressive neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease known as metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Diagnosis is based on the onset of neurological symptoms, presence of gait abnormalities, spasticity, decreased muscle stretch reflexes and neuro-radiological evidence of demyelination. The purpose of the present study was to identify any mutation in the candidate ARSA gene in a family of late infantile MLD patients. The diagnosis of suspected MLD patients was confirmed by a MRI report and low ARSA enzymatic activity in leukocytes...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794847/neuro-otological-and-peripheral-nerve-involvement-in-fabry-disease
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Sergio Carmona, Romina Weinschelbaum, Ana Pardal, Cintia Marchesoni, Paz Zuberbuhler, Patricia Acosta, Guillermo Cáceres, Isaac Kisinovsky, Luciana Bayón, Ricardo Reisin
Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disease, with multisystemic glycosphingolipids deposits. Neuro-otological involvement leading to hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions has been described, but there is limited information about the frequency, site of lesion, or the relationship with peripheral neuropathy. The aim was to evaluate the presence of auditory and vestibular symptoms, and assess neurophysiological involvement of the VIII cranial nerve, correlating these findings with clinical and neurophysiological features of peripheral neuropathy...
July 18, 2017: Audiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794043/sorafenib-impedes-rift-valley-fever-virus-egress-by-inhibiting-valosin-containing-protein-function-in-the-cellular-secretory-pathway
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Ashwini Brahms, Rajini Mudhasani, Chelsea Pinkham, Krishna Kota, Farooq Nassar, Rouzbeh Zamani, Sina Bavari, Kylene Kehn-Hall
There is an urgent need for therapeutic development to combat Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) infections, which causes devastating disease in both humans and animals. In an effort to repurpose drugs for RVFV treatment, our previous studies screened a library of FDA-approved drugs. The most promising candidate identified was the hepatocellular and renal cell carcinoma drug, sorafenib. Mechanism of action studies indicated sorafenib targeted a late stage in virus infection and caused a buildup of virions within cells...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791987/an-evaluation-of-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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S Oruc, G Gülseren, O Y Kusbecı, O Özbulut
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine neuropsychiatric symptoms of patients with early and advanced stage Parkinson's disease (PD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed at Kocatepe University Neurology Department in Turkey, comprised 46 PD patients and 46 controls. Hoehn-Yahr (HY) scale was used to evaluate the clinical stages of PD and Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) was used to evaluate the severity of clinical signs. Cognitive functions were evaluated by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and neuropsychiatric findings were evaluated by Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Scale for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms (SAPS), and Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms (SANS)...
July 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790899/sensory-processing-in-the-dorsolateral-striatum-the-contribution-of-thalamostriatal-pathways
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Kevin D Alloway, Jared B Smith, Todd M Mowery, Glenn D R Watson
The dorsal striatum has two functionally-defined subdivisions: a dorsomedial striatum (DMS) region involved in mediating goal-directed behaviors that require conscious effort, and a dorsolateral striatum (DLS) region involved in the execution of habitual behaviors in a familiar sensory context. Consistent with its presumed role in forming stimulus-response (S-R) associations, neurons in DLS receive massive inputs from sensorimotor cortex and are responsive to both active and passive sensory stimulation. While several studies have established that corticostriatal inputs contribute to the stimulus-induced responses observed in the DLS, there is growing awareness that the thalamus has a significant role in conveying sensory-related information to DLS and other parts of the striatum...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789957/mini-open-spinal-column-shortening-for-the-treatment-of-adult-tethered-cord-syndrome
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Michael M Safaee, Ethan A Winkler, Dean Chou
Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is a challenging entity characterized by adhesions at the caudal spinal cord that prevent upward movement during growth and result in stretching of the cord with a concomitant constellation of neurologic symptoms. Although growth in height stops in adulthood, some patients still develop progressive symptoms; many underwent detethering as a child or adolescent, resulting in significant scar tissue and re-tethering. Recent strategies have focused on spinal column shortening to reduce tension on the spinal cord without exposing the previous de-tethering site...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782144/syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-secretion-from-concomitant-use-of-itraconazole-and-vindesine
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H Zhou, L Li, Y Zhou, Y Han
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Several studies have reported that itraconazole-induced inhibition of vincristine (VCR) metabolism might result in neurological impairment and syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH). However, there are few reports concerning adverse drug reactions (ADRs) resulting from concomitant use of vindesine (VDS) and itraconazole. Here, we report the first case of adverse drug interactions (ADIs) between itraconazole and VDS in a Chinese child with acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL)...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781912/nursing-review-section-of-surgical-neurology-international-part-1-lumbar-disc-disease
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Nancy E Epstein, Renee D Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Patients with lumbar disc disease may present with low back pain, pain that radiates down into the lower extremity (radiculopathy), and leg pain that increases with ambulation (neurogenic claudication). Patients may first undergo diagnostic studies [(magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomographic (CT) examinations] to determine whether there is any significant nerve root or thecal sac compression. METHODS: Increasingly, patients with low back pain with/without radiculopathy are being screened by nurses rather than by neurologists or neurosurgeons/orthopedists...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780656/hus-induced-cardiac-and-circulatory-failure-is-reversible-using-cardiopulmonary-bypass-as-rescue
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René F Andersen, Jesper V Bjerre, Johan V Povlsen, Mette Veien, Konstantinos Kamperis, Søren Rittig
BACKGROUND: Extra-renal involvement in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) includes gastrointestinal, pancreatic, hepatic, neurological and cardiac manifestations. The current 3-5% mortality rate in HUS patients is primarily attributed to complications related to the central nervous system and the heart. In this brief report, we illustrate that severe cardiac involvement in a patient with HUS is potentially reversible using cardiopulmonary bypass as rescue. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: A 12-year-old boy was diagnosed with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli-induced HUS related to E...
August 5, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779868/neurological-complications-of-nutritional-disease
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Aparna Polavarapu, Daphne Hasbani
Vitamins and minerals have essential functions in the body, from signal transduction to acting as cofactors for numerous enzymatic processes. Nutritional deficiencies and excess of certain vitamins and minerals can have profound effects on the central and peripheral nervous systems from early development into adulthood. This article summarizes the role of various nutritional factors in the nervous system and the neurological symptoms that can arise from deficiency or excess.
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777180/sleep-wake-disorders-of-childhood
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Suresh Kotagal
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sleep-wake disorders occur in 10% to 28% of children and differ somewhat in pathophysiology and management from sleep-wake disorders in adults. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of key childhood sleep disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: The role of sleep in memory consolidation and in the facilitation of learning has been increasingly recognized, even at the toddler stage. Cataplexy, a key feature of narcolepsy type 1, may be subtle in childhood and characterized by transient muscle weakness isolated to the face...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777179/comorbid-sleep-disturbances-in-neurologic-disorders
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Yo-El S Ju, Aleksandar Videnovic, Bradley V Vaughn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides a review of disturbances of sleep comorbid with common neurologic disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: A wide variety of neurologic disorders are frequently complicated by comorbid sleep disturbances. In many cases, a bidirectional relationship appears to occur between sleep function and the neurologic disease, such that treatment of comorbid sleep disturbances may improve the symptoms of the neurologic disease. SUMMARY: Neurologic disorders are often associated with abnormalities of sleep...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
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