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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822914/motor-correlates-of-phantom-limb-pain
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Sanne Kikkert, Melvin Mezue, David Henderson Slater, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Irene Tracey, Tamar R Makin
Following amputation, individuals ubiquitously report experiencing lingering sensations of their missing limb. While phantom sensations can be innocuous, they are often manifested as painful. Phantom limb pain (PLP) is notorious for being difficult to monitor and treat. A major challenge in PLP management is the difficulty in assessing PLP symptoms, given the physical absence of the affected body part. Here, we offer a means of quantifying chronic PLP by harnessing the known ability of amputees to voluntarily move their phantom limbs...
July 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817841/-practical-use-of-continuous-apomorphine-infusion-via-pump
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Lars Tönges, Andrés Ceballos-Baumann, Holger Honig, Alexander Storch, Wolfgang H Jost
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative illness after Alzheimer's disease. In its advanced stages, it is characterized by various special symptoms. In addition to non-motor signs, motor complications are most prominent and most often can only be inadequately improved with pulsatile oral therapies. However, with the aid of continuous dopaminergic stimulation, improvements can be achieved even in advanced stages of the disease. This will not only alleviate motor and non-motor symptoms, but will also lead to a better quality of life...
August 17, 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811955/the-effects-of-group-based-versus-individual-based-tai-chi-training-on-nonmotor-symptoms-in-patients-with-mild-to-moderate-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
#3
Jing Hui Yang, Ya Qun Wang, Sai Qing Ye, You Gen Cheng, Yu Chen, Xiao Zhen Feng
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of group-based and individual-based Tai Chi training on nonmotor symptoms in patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease. DESIGN: Randomized controlled pilot study. METHODS: 36 community-dwelling patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) were randomly assigned to either group-based training group (n = 19) or individual-based group (n = 17). Both groups received same content of Tai Chi training 3 times a week for 13 weeks...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810364/identifying-barriers-to-help-seeking-for-non-motor-symptoms-in-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Catherine S Hurt, Lorna Rixon, K Ray Chaudhuri, Rona Moss-Morris, Mike Samuel, Richard G Brown
Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease have a significant impact on quality of life. Despite this, many non-motor symptoms remain unreported by patients and consequently untreated. This study explored barriers to help-seeking using two theoretical frameworks, the Common Sense Model of illness perception and Theoretical Domains Framework. A total of 20 participants completed semi-structured interviews to explore symptom beliefs and help-seeking behaviour. Uncertainty about the relationship of non-motor symptoms to Parkinson's disease and lack of clarity around treatments were common...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810286/-driving-ability-in-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Carsten Buhmann, Jan Vesper, Henriette Oelsner
About 60 % of all patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and about 50 % of PD patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) in possession of a driving license are active car-drivers. Parkinson patients, however, often display physical and/or psychological weaknesses that can lead to loss of or reduced driving ability. Driving capability can also be affected by Parkinson medication. The attending physician is therefore obliged to advise his patients regarding their ability to be in command of a vehicle. This however can prove difficult in practice...
August 15, 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808780/non-cns-pathogenic-origin-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Humdoon Choudhry, Lawrence C Perlmuter
The gut with its variety of microbiota may serve as an etiological origin of diseases. Gut microbes may also play a role in the pathogenesis of diseases beyond their simple nutritional maintenance and support. For example, gut protein aggregation, possibly aided by microbes as well as nasal influences, might be linked to disease that may move to the brain through the vagus nerve. To this end, Braak has offered a "dual-hit" hypothesis that proposes a novel etiology for Parkinson's disease (PD). The hypothesis places the initial origin of the disease in the nose and the gastrointestinal tract (GI) after infection by an unknown pathogen that could aggregate in the gut and then eventually spread to the brain via the autonomic plexuses...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808252/altered-awareness-of-action-in-parkinson-s-disease-evaluations-by-explicit-and-implicit-measures
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Naho Saito, Keisuke Takahata, Hodaka Yamakado, Nobukatsu Sawamoto, Satoshi Saito, Ryosuke Takahashi, Toshiya Murai, Hidehiko Takahashi
Deficits in the integration of motor prediction and its feedback have been reported in Parkinson's disease. Conscious awareness of action is proposed to emerge under the integration of motor prediction and its feedback. Thus, it may lead to changes in the awareness of the authorship of action (in other words, the sense of agency) in Parkinson's disease. We have employed both explicit and implicit measures to assess the awareness of action in Parkinson's disease and matched controls. As an explicit measure, an action recognition task requiring explicit judgments was used...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807495/the-colorful-spectrum-of-tourette-syndrome-and-its-medical-surgical-and-behavioral-therapies
#8
Jan Roth
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder, more common in males than females, with onset before age 18. TS is characterized by multiple motor tics and one or more vocal/phonic tics, persisting for more than a year. Tics are unvoluntary, abrupt, rapid, repetitive, but non-rhythmic movements or sounds (vocalizations). They are preceded by an inner urge. Tics can be temporarily suppressed, but this leads to a powerful re-emergence. The performance of tics results in immediate but transient relief...
August 10, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804457/association-between-hypometabolism-in-the-supplementary-motor-area-and-fear-of-falling-in-older-adults
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Ryota Sakurai, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Masashi Yasunaga, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Kazuyuki Kanosue, Manuel Montero-Odasso, Kenji Ishii
Background: A better understanding of the neural mechanisms that underlie the development of fear of falling (FoF) in seniors may help to detect potential treatable factors and reduce future falls. We therefore investigate the neural correlates of FoF in older adults using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). Methods: This cohort study included 117 community-dwelling older adults. At baseline, participants were assessed for FoF, psychiatric symptoms, walking speed, global cognition and cerebral glucose metabolism with FDG-PET...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803382/cortical-afferent-inhibition-abnormalities-reveal-cholinergic-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-reappraisal
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REVIEW
Raffaele Nardone, Francesco Brigo, Viviana Versace, Yvonne Höller, Frediano Tezzon, Leopold Saltuari, Eugen Trinka, Luca Sebastianelli
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multisystem neurodegenerative disorder affecting, besides the dopaminergic function, multiple neurotransmission systems, including the cholinergic system. Central cholinergic circuits of human brain can be tested non-invasively by coupling peripheral nerve stimulation with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of motor cortex; this test is named short latency afferent inhibition (SAI). SAI abnormalities have been reported in PD patients with gait disturbances and many non-motor symptoms, such as visual hallucinations (VHs), REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), dysphagia, and olfactory impairment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803229/non-motor-symptoms-assessed-by-non-motor-symptoms-questionnaire-and-non-motor-symptoms-scale-in-parkinson-s-disease-in-selected-asian-populations
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Anna Sauerbier, Onanong Jitkritsadakul, Nataliya Titova, Lisa Klingelhoefer, Yoshio Tsuboi, Harry Carr, Hrishikesh Kumar, Rebecca Banerjee, Roberto Erro, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Anette Schrag, Panagiotis Zis, Shen-Yang Lim, J Y Al-Hashel, Walaa A Kamel, Pablo Martinez-Martin, K Ray Chaudhuri
BACKGROUND: Ethnic variations have been described in medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Whether ethnicity plays a role in Parkinson's disease (PD), particularly with regard to non-motor symptoms (NMS), remains unclear. Existing literature is diverse, controversial, and inadequately documented. This review aims to analyse and report the currently available literature on NMS, specifically in Asian PD patients. SUMMARY: We conducted a literature review using PubMed, searching for articles and currently available publications that reference and assess NMS in PD patients living in Asia using the validated NMS Questionnaire (NMS Quest) and NMS Scale (NMSS)...
August 12, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797564/impact-of-anxiety-apathy-and-reduced-functional-autonomy-on-perceived-quality-of-life-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Alfonsina D'Iorio, Carmine Vitale, Fausta Piscopo, Chiara Baiano, Anna Paola Falanga, Katia Longo, Marianna Amboni, Paolo Barone, Gabriella Santangelo
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by a wide spectrum of non-motor symptoms that may impact negatively on the activities of the patient's daily life and reduce Health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The present study explored the impact of specific non-motor symptoms on the HRQoL in PD. METHODS: Eighty-four outpatients underwent the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) assessing global functioning and several questionnaires to assess depression, apathy, impulse control disorders (ICD), anxiety, anhedonia and functional impact of cognitive impairment...
August 5, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796560/facial-emotion-decoding-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Marco De Risi, Giancarlo Di Gennaro, Angelo Picardi, Sara Casciato, Liliana G Grammaldo, Alfredo D'Aniello, Deborah Lanni, Stefano Meletti, Nicola Modugno
PURPOSE: In line with the growing attention on non-motor symptoms and disturbance of affective and emotional processing in Parkinson's disease, we aimed to study different aspects of facial emotion expression evaluation in a group of PD without cognitive decline in treatment with common antiparkinsonian drugs, matched for sex, age, and education with healthy subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 30 patients (13 male; mean age: 63.3±6.7; mean age of disease onset: 56...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794890/pathophysiology-of-writer-s-cramp-an-exploratory-study-on-task-specificity-and-non-motor-symptoms-using-an-extended-fine-motor-testing-battery
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Ali Amouzandeh, Michael Grossbach, Joachim Hermsdörfer, Eckart Altenmüller
BACKGROUND: Writer's cramp (WC) is a task-specific focal dystonia which manifests itself as abnormal postures interfering with motor performance. As the spread of motor symptoms remains controversial and non-motor symptoms are widely discussed, in this exploratory study, we explore the pathophysiology of WC, focusing on task-specificity and the psychological profiles of WC patients. METHODS: In 14 right-handed WC patients and matched controls, we assessed motor control by applying motor performance tests (Vienna Test Series), as well as using writing analysis and grip-force measurements...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791571/peripheral-lymphocyte-subsets-as-a-marker-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-chinese-population
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Luan Cen, Chaohao Yang, Shuxuan Huang, Miaomiao Zhou, Xiaolu Tang, Kaiping Li, Wenyuan Guo, Zhuohua Wu, Mingshu Mo, Yousheng Xiao, Xiang Chen, Xinling Yang, Qinhui Huang, Chaojun Chen, Shaogang Qu, Pingyi Xu
In this study, we conducted a clinical analysis of lymphocyte subtypes in 268 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) to assess their clinical impact as a potential marker of advanced PD in Chinese patients. The participants comprised 268 sporadic PD patients and 268 healthy controls. The numbers of natural killer (NK) cells and CD3+, CD3+CD4+, CD3+CD8+, and CD19+ lymphocytes from peripheral blood were determined by immunostaining and flow cytometric analysis and the percentages of these CD+ T cells were calculated...
August 8, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790903/increase-in-beta-band-activity-during-preparation-for-overt-speech-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Peter Sörös, Nuria Doñamayor, Catharina Wittke, Mohamed Al-Khaled, Norbert Brüggemann, Thomas F Münte
Speech impairment is a frequent and often serious symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD), characterized by a disorder of phonation, articulation and prosody. While research on the pathogenesis of the prominent limb motor symptoms has made considerable progress in recent years, the pathophysiology of PD speech impairment is still incompletely understood. To investigate the neural correlates of speech production in PD, EEG was recorded in 14 non-demented patients with idiopathic PD and preserved verbal fluency on regular dopaminergic medication (8 women; mean age ± SD: 69...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783763/mapping-altered-brain-connectivity-and-its-clinical-associations-in-adult-moyamoya-disease-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Ken Kazumata, Khin Khin Tha, Haruto Uchino, Masaki Ito, Naoki Nakayama, Takeo Abumiya
Detection of subtle ischemic injuries in moyamoya disease may enable optimization of timing of revascularization surgery, and could potentially improve functional outcomes. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) is widely used to study functional organization of the brain, but it remains unclear whether rs-fMRI could elucidate distinct characteristics in moyamoya disease. Here, we aimed to determine changes in a conventional rs-fMRI measure and analyze any associations with clinical symptoms and cerebral hemodynamics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780783/implications-of-circadian-rhythm-in-dopamine-and-mood-regulation
#18
REVIEW
Jeongah Kim, Sangwon Jang, Han Kyoung Choe, Sooyoung Chung, Gi Hoon Son, Kyungjin Kim
Mammalian physiology and behavior are regulated by an internal time-keeping system, referred to as circadian rhythm. The circadian timing system has a hierarchical organization composed of the master clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and local clocks in extra-SCN brain regions and peripheral organs. The circadian clock molecular mechanism involves a network of transcription-translation feedback loops. In addition to the clinical association between circadian rhythm disruption and mood disorders, recent studies have suggested a molecular link between mood regulation and circadian rhythm...
July 31, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780172/contribution-of-plasma-membrane-calcium-atpases-to-neuronal-maladaptive-responses-focus-on-spinal-nociceptive-mechanisms-and-neurodegeneration
#19
REVIEW
Veronika Khariv, Stella Elkabes
Plasma membrane calcium ATPases (PMCAs) are ion pumps that expel Ca(2+) from cells and maintain Ca(2+) homeostasis. Four isoforms and multiple splice variants play important and non-overlapping roles in cellular function and integrity and have been implicated in diseases including disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). In particular, one of these isoforms, PMCA2, is critical for spinal cord (SC) neuronal function. PMCA2 expression is decreased in SC neurons at onset of symptoms in animal models of multiple sclerosis...
August 2, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777757/gba-associated-parkinson-s-disease-progression-in-a-deep-brain-stimulation-cohort
#20
Vanessa Lythe, Dilan Athauda, Jennifer Foley, Niccolò E Mencacci, Marjan Jahanshahi, Lisa Cipolotti, Jonathan Hyam, Ludvic Zrinzo, Marwan Hariz, John Hardy, Patricia Limousin, Tom Foltynie
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that glucosidase beta acid (GBA) mutations predispose Parkinson's disease (PD) patients to a greater burden of cognitive impairment and non-motor symptoms. This emerging knowledge has not yet been considered in patients who have undergone deep brain stimulation (DBS); a surgery that is generally contraindicated in those with cognitive deficits. OBJECTIVE: To explore the long-term phenotypic progression of GBA-associated PD, in a DBS cohort...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
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