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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320196/extended-timed-up-and-go-assessment-as-a-clinical-indicator-of-cognitive-state-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Tess Evans, Alexa Jefferson, Michelle Byrnes, Sue Walters, Soumya Ghosh, Frank L Mastaglia, Brian Power, Ryan S Anderton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a modified extended Timed Up and Go (extended-TUG) assessment against a panel of validated clinical assessments, as an indicator of Parkinson's disease (PD) severity and cognitive impairment. METHODS: Eighty-seven participants with idiopathic PD were sequentially recruited from a Movement Disorders Clinic. An extended-TUG assessment was employed which required participants to stand from a seated position, walk in a straight line for 7m, turn 180° and then return to the start, in a seated position...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320195/combined-use-of-dopamine-transporter-imaging-dat-spect-and-123-i-metaiodobenzylguanidine-mibg-myocardial-scintigraphy-for-diagnosing-parkinson-s-disease
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Fumihito Yoshii, Masafuchi Ryo, Yasuhiko Baba, Takashi Koide, Jun Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: To examine whether combined use of (123)I-FP-CIT dopamine transporter single photon emission computed tomography (DAT-SPECT) and (123)I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy (MIBG) is superior to either modality alone for diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Patients with probable PD (n=120) who underwent both DAT-SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy within short intervals were enrolled. Specific binding ratio (SBR) of DAT-SPECT images and heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) ratio of MIBG images were used as quantitative measures...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320194/acquired-pendular-nystagmus
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Sarah Kang, Aasef G Shaikh
Acquired pendular nystagmus is comprised of quasi-sinusoidal oscillations of the eyes significantly affecting gaze holding and clarity of vision. The most common causes of acquired pendular nystagmus include demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis and the syndrome of ocular palatal tremor. However, several other deficits, such as pharmacological intoxication, metabolic and genetic disorders, and granulomatous disorders can lead to syndromes mimicking acquired pendular nystagmus. Study of the kinematic features of acquired pendular nystagmus has suggested a putative pathophysiology of an otherwise mysterious neurological disorder...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320193/good-outcome-of-brain-stem-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-an-immunosuppressed-renal-transplant-patient-importance-of-early-detection-and-rapid-immune-reconstitution
#4
Roland Sauer, Philipp Gölitz, Johannes Jacobi, Stefan Schwab, Ralf A Linker, De-Hyung Lee
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare, opportunistic and often fatal disease of the CNS which may occur under immunosuppression in transplant patients. Brain stem PML is associated with a particularly bad prognosis. Here, we present a case of a renal transplant patient treated with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and tacrolimus who developed brain stem PML with limb ataxia, dysarthria and dysphagia. Diagnosis was established by typical MRI features and detection of JCV-DNA in the CSF. Immune reconstitution after stopping MMF and tacrolimus led to a complete and sustained remission of symptoms with improvement of the brain stem lesion over a follow-up over 20months...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320183/ischemic-optic-neuropathy-as-a-model-of-neurodegenerative-disorder-a-review-of-pathogenic-mechanism-of-axonal-degeneration-and-the-role-of-neuroprotection
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REVIEW
Saba Khalilpour, Shahrzad Latifi, Ghazaleh Behnammanesh, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid, Aman Shah Abdul Majid, Ali Tamayol
Optic neuropathy is a neurodegenerative disease which involves optic nerve injury. It is caused by acute or intermittent insults leading to visual dysfunction. There are number of factors, responsible for optic neuropathy, and the optic nerve axon is affected in all type which causes the loss of retinal ganglion cells. In this review we will highlight various mechanisms involved in the cell loss cascades during axonal degeneration as well as ischemic optic neuropathy. These mechanisms include oxidative stress, excitotoxicity, angiogenesis, neuroinflammation and apoptosis following retinal ischemia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320174/etiological-agents-of-viral-meningitis-in-children-from-a-dengue-endemic-area-southeast-region-of-brazil
#6
Danilo B de Oliveira, Talitah M Candiani, Ana Paula M Franco-Luiz, Gabriel M F Almeida, Jônatas S Abrahão, Maria Rios, Roney S Coimbra, Erna G Kroon
Meningitis is a disease with a global distribution that constitutes a worldwide burden, with viruses as the primary etiologic agents. The range of viral meningitis severity depends mainly on age, immune status and etiological agent. The aim of this work was to investigate the suspected cases of viral meningitis using molecular techniques to confirm the viral infection. The diagnosed virus was correlated with clinical findings and cytochemical parameters in cerebrospinal liquid (CSF) of patients. CSF of 70 children with the presumptive diagnosis of viral meningitis was analyzed by real time PCR (qPCR)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320170/evaluating-the-association-of-allergies-with-multiple-sclerosis-susceptibility-risk-and-disease-activity-in-a-pediatric-population
#7
Theresa Bourne, Michael Waltz, T C Casper, K Kavak, G Aaen, A Belman, L Benson, M Candee, T Chitnis, J Graves, B Greenberg, M Gorman, Y Harris, L Krupp, T Lotze, S Mar, J Ness, C Olsen, S Roalstad, M Rodriguez, J Rose, J Rubin, T Schreiner, J M Tillema, I Kahn, A Waldman, L Barcellos, E Waubant, B Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and allergies are both considered to be related to imbalanced Th1 and Th2 immune responses. Previous studies evaluating the relationship between MS and allergies provide conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: To assess allergies and asthma as risk factors for MS and as predictors of MS relapses in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: The environment and genetic risk factors for pediatric MS study is a national case-control project with 16 participating US sites...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320169/probable-zika-virus-associated-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-challenges-with-clinico-laboratory-diagnosis
#8
Eliza Miller, Zoe Becker, Daniel Shalev, Christopher T Lee, Comana Cioroiu, Kiran Thakur
A 55year old woman in New York City presented in May 2016 with progressive weakness, ataxia, paresthesia, and areflexia, shortly after returning from the Dominican Republic. Lumbar puncture revealed cytoalbuminological dissociation. Due to her recent travel, Zika-associated Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS) was suspected and she underwent evaluation for recent flavivirus exposure. Zika virus RNA was not detected in serum, but Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) was detected in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320167/caffeine-creatine-grin2a-and-parkinson-s-disease-progression
#9
David K Simon, Cai Wu, Barbara C Tilley, Katja Lohmann, Christine Klein, Haydeh Payami, Anne-Marie Wills, Michael J Aminoff, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Richard Dewey, Robert A Hauser, Susen Schaake, Jay S Schneider, Saloni Sharma, Carlos Singer, Caroline M Tanner, Daniel Truong, Peng Wei, Pei Shieen Wong, Tianzhong Yang
Caffeine is neuroprotective in animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) and caffeine intake is inversely associated with the risk of PD. This association may be influenced by the genotype of GRIN2A, which encodes an NMDA-glutamate-receptor subunit. In two placebo-controlled studies, we detected no association of caffeine intake with the rate of clinical progression of PD, except among subjects taking creatine, for whom higher caffeine intake was associated with more rapid progression. We now have analyzed data from 420 subjects for whom DNA samples and caffeine intake data were available from a placebo-controlled study of creatine in PD...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320166/the-duration-of-the-cortical-silent-period-is-not-abnormal-in-restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-disease
#10
Joselisa Péres Queiroz de Paiva, Samir Câmara Magalhães, Gilmar Fernandes do Prado, Alan Luiz Eckeli, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Adriana Bastos Conforto
OBJECTIVE: To compare the duration of the cortical silent period (CSP) measured in a hand muscle in subjects with primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS/WED) and controls, using four different methods of analysis. METHODS: The CSP to transcranial magnetic stimulation of the dominant motor cortex was assessed in the abductor digiti minimi of 33 subjects with RLS/WED and 24 controls. CSP duration was measured by an automated and three visually-guided methods. RESULTS: There were significant differences between absolute values of CSP duration according to the method of analysis...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320165/hla-genotype-as-a-marker-of-multiple-sclerosis-prognosis-a-pilot-study
#11
Andreas P Lysandropoulos, Nicolas Mavroudakis, Massimo Pandolfo, Kaoutar El Hafsi, Wim van Hecke, Anke Maertens, Thibo Billiet, Annemie Ribbens
OBJECTIVE: The identification of a biomarker with prognostic value is an unmet need in multiple sclerosis (MS). The objective of this study was to investigate a possible association of HLA genotype with disease status and progression in MS, based on comprehensive and sensitive clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters to measure disease effects. METHOD: A total of 118 MS patients (79 females, 39 males) underwent HLA typing. Patient MS status was assessed at two time points in a 2-year interval, based on clinical scores (including EDSS, MSSS, T25FW, 9-HPT, SDMT, BVMT, CVLT-II) and MRI evaluations...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320164/impact-of-stn-dbs-on-mood-drive-anhedonia-and-risk-of-psychiatric-side-effects-in-the-population-of-pd-patients
#12
Anna Antosik-Wójcińska, Łukasz Święcicki, Monika Dominiak, Emilia Sołtan, Przemyslaw Bieńkowski, Tomasz Mandat
BACKGROUND: DBS is a surgical method of choice for various movement disorders, especially for Parkinson's disease (PD). Many publications showing improvement in motor symptoms and quality of life have been presented while there is little comprehensive research evaluation of the impact of DBS on mental state and psychiatric side-effects. OBJECT: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of DBS on mood, drive, anhedonia and psychotic symptoms in the group of PD patients...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
#13
Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320162/rnf213-rs112735431-polymorphism-in-intracranial-artery-steno-occlusive-disease-and-moyamoya-disease-in-koreans
#14
Min-Gyu Park, Jin-Hong Shin, Sang Weon Lee, Hae Rim Park, Kyung-Pil Park
BACKGROUND: The rs112735431 polymorphism of the RNF213, a susceptibility variant for moyamoya disease (MMD), may be associated with non-MMD intracranial artery steno-occlusive disease of non-MMD type (non-MMD ICAD) in Asian. We investigated whether the rs112735431 polymorphism of the RNF213 affect the development of non-MMD ICAD in Koreans compared to MMD and control group. METHODS: We included 31 patients with non-MMD ICAD, 25 patients with MMD, and 100 participants as control group...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320154/advances-in-assessing-myotonia-can-sensor-engineered-glove-have-a-role
#15
Simona Portaro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Naro, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Carmelo Rodolico, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Non-dystrophic (NDMs) and Dystrophic Myotonias (DMs) are diseases characterized by the presence of myotonia with or without muscle weakness. A standardized myotonia assessment is important to more objectively quantify the handgrip myotonia. We screened 10 patients affected by NDM and 10 patients with DM, using the sensor-engineered glove (SEG). The time required to perform a complete finger extension (grip myotonia time, GMT) at maximum velocity (MV) after maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) was evaluated through an ad hoc protocol including rest, exercise, and ice effects on handgrip myotonia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320151/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#16
Seok-Jin Choi, Yoon-Ho Hong, Je-Young Shin, Byung-Nam Yoon, Sung-Yeon Sohn, Chan Soon Park, Jung-Joon Sung
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency, features, and prognosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We reviewed detailed clinical, laboratory, and cardiovascular data from 64 ALS patients (38 men and 26 women) who underwent echocardiographic evaluation for various reasons at a single referral center between January 2011 and December 2015. RESULTS: TTC was diagnosed in 9 ALS patients (4 men and 5 women)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320149/corrigendum-to-clinical-and-genetic-studies-in-patients-with-lafora-disease-from-pakistan-j-neurol-sci-373-2017-263-267
#17
Arsalan Ahmad, Rubina Dad, Muhammad Ikram Ullah, Tahir Ahmed Baig, Imran N Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Christian A Hübner, Muhammad Jawad Hassan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320144/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-findings-in-adults-with-tick-borne-encephalitis
#18
Alexander Pichler, Johann Sellner, Gayane Harutyunyan, Astrid Sonnleitner, Daniela Sabine Klobassa, Juan-Jose Archelos-Garcia, Hannah Rock, Thomas Gattringer, Franz Fazekas
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often performed for differential diagnosis, but only a few reports on the morphologic changes in TBE patients and their relation to the disease severity exist. METHODS: We retrospectively searched for all TBE patients who were admitted to the Departments of Neurology of the Medical University of Graz (Austria) and the Paracelsus Medical University of Salzburg (Austria) between 2003 and 2014...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320141/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-responses-in-cadasil
#19
Ikreet Cheema, Aaron R Switzer, Cheryl R McCreary, Michael D Hill, Richard Frayne, Bradley G Goodyear, Eric E Smith
OBJECTIVES: The magnitude of the blood oxygen dependent level (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) response to visual stimulation is reduced in the small vessel disease cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), reflecting impaired vascular reactivity. We determined whether BOLD responses were reduced in another small vessel disease, cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). METHODS: BOLD fMRI data were collected using a visual stimulus (contrast-reversing checkerboard) and motor task (finger-tapping)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320137/what-increases-the-risk-of-malnutrition-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Svetlana Tomic, Vlasta Pekic, Zeljka Popijac, Tomislav Pucic, Marta Petek, Tihana Gilman Kuric, Sanja Misevic, Ruzica Palic Kramaric
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients are at a higher risk of malnutrition. The prevalence has been estimated to 0-24%, while 3%-60% of PD patients are reported to be at risk of malnutrition. To date, there is no clear explanation for malnutrition in these patients. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of malnutrition and to analyze factors that influence its appearance. The Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) was used to determine normal nutritional status; at risk of malnutrition; and already malnourished status...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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