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Pier Francesco Ferrari, Anna Barbot, Bernardo Bianchi, Andrea Ferri, Gioacchino Garofalo, Nicola Bruno, Gino Coudé, Chiara Bertolini, Martina Ardizzi, Ylenia Nicolini, Mauro Belluardo, Elisa De Stefani
Studies of the last twenty years on the motor and premotor cortices of primates demonstrated that the motor system is involved in the control and initiation of movements, and in higher cognitive processes, such as action understanding, imitation, and empathy. Mirror neurons are only one example of such theoretical shift. Their properties demonstrate that motor and sensory processing are coupled in the brain. Such knowledge has been also central for designing new neurorehabilitative therapies for patients suffering from brain injuries and consequent motor deficits...
May 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429289/the-nature-and-consequences-of-cognitive-deficits-among-tobacco-smokers-with-hiv-a-comparison-to-tobacco-smokers-without-hiv
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Joseph D Harrison, Jessica A Dochney, Sonja Blazekovic, Frank Leone, David Metzger, Ian Frank, Robert Gross, Anita Hole, Karam Mounzer, Steven Siegel, Robert A Schnoll, Rebecca L Ashare
HIV-infected smokers lose more years of life to tobacco-related disease than HIV. Since neurocognitive deficits are common among those with HIV and are associated with smoking persistence, these deficits may be a unique barrier to smoking cessation among HIV-infected smokers. Documenting unique differences in and correlates of cognition among HIV-infected smokers is a critical step towards developing a population-specific tobacco cessation treatment. We compared neurocognitive function between HIV-infected (n = 103) and HIV-uninfected smokers (n = 70), accounting for demographic and smoking-related variables...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425221/conceptualizing-movement-by-expert-bobath-instructors-in-neurological-rehabilitation
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Julie Vaughan-Graham, Kara Patterson, Karl Zabjek, Cheryl A Cott
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Movement, a core aspect of physiotherapy practice, and integral to the clinical reasoning process has undergone limited theoretical development. Instead, research has focused on intervention effectiveness embedded within the positivist paradigm. The purpose of this study was to explore how expert neurorehabilitation therapists conceptualize movement as part of their clinical reasoning. METHOD: A qualitative interpretive descriptive approach consisting of stimulated recall using video-recorded treatment sessions and in-depth interviews was used...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424921/evolution-of-psychological-condition-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness-a-longitudinal-study
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Francesco Corallo, Lilla Bonanno, Viviana Lo Buono, Simona De Salvo, Cettina Allone, Rosanna Palmeri, Elena La Gattuta, Carmela Rifici, Antonella Alagna, Antonino Todaro, Placido Bramanti, Silvia Marino
The aim of this study is to evaluate mood disorders and needs in caregivers of disorders of consciousness (DOC) patients during the admission to Neurorehabilitation Unit. A total of 80 caregivers was enrolled and divided in two groups (caregivers of vegetative state-VS patients and caregivers of minimally conscious state-MCS patients). Paired sample t tests were carried out to test differences between baseline observation (T0) and after 6 months (T1). Caregivers of VS patients showed an improvement between T0 and T1 especially, in vitality, mean health, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Y (STAI-Y), Prolonged Grief Disorder (PG 12) and Caregiver Needs Assessment (CNA)...
April 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422630/feasibility-of-pediatric-game-based-neurorehabilitation-using-telehealth-technologies-a-case-report
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Grace Reifenberg, Gabrielle Gabrosek, Kelly Tanner, Karen Harpster, Rachel Proffitt, Andrew Persch
This case report is the first in a series of reports designed to determine the feasibility of implementing game-based neurorehabilitation using telehealth technologies (GbN+TT) for children with cerebral palsy, evaluate the responsiveness of relevant outcome measures to changes in motor impairment and activity participation after intervention, and identify technological challenges associated with implementation of GbN+TT. The participant completed more than 56 hr of game-based neurorehabilitation over 8 wk using the Timocco platform in his home...
May 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420382/effect-of-tdcs-stimulation-of-motor-cortex-and-cerebellum-on-eeg-classification-of-motor-imagery-and-sensorimotor-band-power
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Irma N Angulo-Sherman, Marisol Rodríguez-Ugarte, Nadia Sciacca, Eduardo Iáñez, José M Azorín
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a technique for brain modulation that has potential to be used in motor neurorehabilitation. Considering that the cerebellum and motor cortex exert influence on the motor network, their stimulation could enhance motor functions, such as motor imagery, and be utilized for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) during motor neurorehabilitation. METHODS: A new tDCS montage that influences cerebellum and either right-hand or feet motor area is proposed and validated with a simulation of electric field...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412953/quantification-of-task-dependent-cortical-activation-evoked-by-robotic-continuous-wrist-joint-manipulation-in-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
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Martijn P Vlaar, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Julius P A Dewald, Erwin E H van Wegen, Alfred C Schouten, Gert Kwakkel, Frans C T van der Helm
BACKGROUND: Cortical damage after stroke can drastically impair sensory and motor function of the upper limb, affecting the execution of activities of daily living and quality of life. Motor impairment after stroke has been thoroughly studied, however sensory impairment and its relation to movement control has received less attention. Integrity of the somatosensory system is essential for feedback control of human movement, and compromised integrity due to stroke has been linked to sensory impairment...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389264/the-bulbospinal-network-controlling-the-phrenic-motor-system-laterality-and-course-of-descending-projections
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REVIEW
Michael George Zaki Ghali
The respiratory rhythm is generated by the parafacial respiratory group, Bötzinger complex, and pre-Bötzinger complex and relayed to pre-motor neurons, which in turn project to and control respiratory motor outputs in the brainstem and spinal cord. The phrenic nucleus is one such target, containing phrenic motoneurons (PhMNs), which supply the diaphragm, the primary inspiratory muscle in mammals. While some investigators have demonstrated both ipsi- and contralateral bulbophrenic projections, there exists controversy regarding the relative physiological contribution of each to phasic and tonic drive to PhMNs and at which levels decussations occur...
April 4, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374692/-the-features-of-botulinum-therapy-for-different-patterns-of-poststroke-spasticity
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L V Krylova, D R Khasanova
AIM: To assess the efficacy of botulinum toxin therapy for different patterns of poststroke spasticity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with poststroke spasticity were examined. Rehabilitation included 4 treatment courses of inpatient rehabilitation during 9 month usinga multidisciplinary team approach. Botulinum toxin therapy was included in the program. The individual program was developed taking into account the dynamics of a pathological spastic pattern...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373984/evaluation-of-a-compact-hybrid-brain-computer-interface-system
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Jaeyoung Shin, Klaus-Robert Müller, Christoph H Schmitz, Do-Won Kim, Han-Jeong Hwang
We realized a compact hybrid brain-computer interface (BCI) system by integrating a portable near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) device with an economical electroencephalography (EEG) system. The NIRS array was located on the subjects' forehead, covering the prefrontal area. The EEG electrodes were distributed over the frontal, motor/temporal, and parietal areas. The experimental paradigm involved a Stroop word-picture matching test in combination with mental arithmetic (MA) and baseline (BL) tasks, in which the subjects were asked to perform either MA or BL in response to congruent or incongruent conditions, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367834/electroencephalographic-identifiers-of-motor-adaptation-learning
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Ozan Ozdenizci, Mustafa Yalcin, Ahmetcan Erdogan, Volkan Patoglu, Moritz Grosse-Wentrup, Mujdat Cetin
OBJECTIVE: Recent brain-computer interface (BCI) assisted stroke rehabilitation protocols tend to focus on sensorimotor activity of the brain. Relying on evidence claiming that a variety of brain rhythms beyond sensorimotor areas are related to the extent of motor deficits, we propose to identify neural correlates of motor learning beyond sensorimotor areas spatially and spectrally for further use in novel BCI-assisted neurorehabilitation settings. APPROACH: Electroencephalographic (EEG) data were recorded from healthy subjects participating in a physical force-field adaptation task involving reaching movements through a robotic handle...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360842/neuroplastic-changes-following-brain-ischemia-and-their-contribution-to-stroke-recovery-novel-approaches-in-neurorehabilitation
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REVIEW
Claudia Alia, Cristina Spalletti, Stefano Lai, Alessandro Panarese, Giuseppe Lamola, Federica Bertolucci, Fabio Vallone, Angelo Di Garbo, Carmelo Chisari, Silvestro Micera, Matteo Caleo
Ischemic damage to the brain triggers substantial reorganization of spared areas and pathways, which is associated with limited, spontaneous restoration of function. A better understanding of this plastic remodeling is crucial to develop more effective strategies for stroke rehabilitation. In this review article, we discuss advances in the comprehension of post-stroke network reorganization in patients and animal models. We first focus on rodent studies that have shed light on the mechanisms underlying neuronal remodeling in the perilesional area and contralesional hemisphere after motor cortex infarcts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356180/nocturnal-desaturation-is-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Chung-Yao Chen, Chien-Hui Ho, Chia-Ling Chen, Chung-Chieh Yu
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Both atrial fibrillation (AF) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are risk factors for ischemic stroke. Previous studies suggested that OSA is associated with AF in individuals who have not had a stroke. For better secondary prevention of stroke, this study determined the association between OSA and AF among patients with ischemic stroke. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited consecutive patients with subacute ischemic stroke admitted for neurorehabilitation...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351495/ethical-considerations-in-providing-an-upper-limb-exoskeleton-device-for-stroke-patients
#14
Adriana E Bulboacă, Sorana D Bolboacă, Angelo C Bulboacă
The health care system needs to face new and advanced medical technologies that can improve the patients' quality of life by replacing lost or decreased functions. In stroke patients, the disabilities that follow cerebral lesions may impair the mandatory daily activities of an independent life. These activities are dependent mostly on the patient's upper limb function so that they can carry out most of the common activities associated with a normal life. Therefore, an upper limb exoskeleton device for stroke patients can contribute a real improvement of quality of their life...
April 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351388/buyang-huanwu-decoction-facilitates-neurorehabilitation-through-an-improvement-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-cerebral-ischemic-rats
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Ruihuan Pan, Jun Cai, Lechang Zhan, Youhua Guo, Run-Yue Huang, Xiong Li, Mingchao Zhou, Dandan Xu, Jie Zhan, Hongxia Chen
BACKGROUND: Loss of neural function is a critical but unsolved issue after cerebral ischemia insult. Neuronal plasticity and remodeling are crucial for recovery of neural functions after brain injury. Buyang Huanwu decoction, which is a classic formula in traditional Chinese medicine, can positively alter synaptic plasticity. This study assessed the effects of Buyang Huanwu decoction in combination with physical exercise on neuronal plasticity in cerebral ischemic rats. METHODS: Cerebral ischemic rats were administered Buyang Huanwu decoction and participated in physical exercise after the induction of a permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion...
March 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351197/the-human-central-pattern-generator-for-locomotion
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Karen Minassian, Ursula S Hofstoetter, Florin Dzeladini, Pierre A Guertin, Auke Ijspeert
The ability of dedicated spinal circuits, referred to as central pattern generators (CPGs), to produce the basic rhythm and neural activation patterns underlying locomotion can be demonstrated under specific experimental conditions in reduced animal preparations. The existence of CPGs in humans is a matter of debate. Equally elusive is the contribution of CPGs to normal bipedal locomotion. To address these points, we focus on human studies that utilized spinal cord stimulation or pharmacological neuromodulation to generate rhythmic activity in individuals with spinal cord injury, and on neuromechanical modeling of human locomotion...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345483/spinal-epidural-stimulation-strategies
#17
Prithvi K Shah, Igor Lavrov
Significant advancements in spinal epidural stimulation (ES) strategies to enable volitional motor control in persons with a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) have generated much excitement in the field of neurorehabilitation. Still, an obvious gap lies in the ability of ES to effectively generate a robust locomotor stepping response after a complete SCI in rodents, but not in humans. In order to reveal potential discrepancies between rodent and human studies that account for this void, in this review, we summarize the findings of studies that have utilized ES strategies to enable successful hindlimb stepping in spinal rats...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345282/neuroplasticity-of-language-in-left-hemisphere-stroke-evidence-linking-subsecond-electrophysiology-and-structural-connections
#18
Vitória Piai, Lars Meyer, Nina F Dronkers, Robert T Knight
The understanding of neuroplasticity following stroke is predominantly based on neuroimaging measures that cannot address the subsecond neurodynamics of impaired language processing. We combined behavioral and electrophysiological measures and structural-connectivity estimates to characterize neuroplasticity underlying successful compensation of language abilities after left-hemispheric stroke. We recorded the electroencephalogram from patients with stroke lesions to the left temporal lobe and from matched controls during context-driven word retrieval...
March 27, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341237/activlim-cp-a-new-rasch-built-measure-of-global-activity-performance-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#19
Yannick Bleyenheuft, Julie Paradis, Anne Renders, Jean-Louis Thonnard, Carlyne Arnould
OBJECTIVE: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) often have upper extremity (UE) and lower extremity (LE) impairments. While tools measuring separately UE and LE abilities are currently used, activities in which UE and LE are used in combination - numerous in everyday life - cannot be assessed because no instrument allows capturing global activity performance in children with CP. This study aimed to develop a clinical tool for measuring their global activity performance using the Rasch model...
January 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340430/bilateral-sequential-motor-cortex-stimulation-and-skilled-task-performance-with-non-dominant-hand
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Milan B Jelić, Saša R Filipović, Sladjan D Milanović, Vuk B Stevanović, Ljubica Konstantinović
OBJECTIVE: To check whether bilateral sequential stimulation (BSS) of M1 with theta burst stimulation (TBS), using facilitatory protocol over non-dominant M1 followed by inhibitory one over dominant M1, can improve skilled task performance with non-dominant hand more than either of the unilateral stimulations do. Both, direct motor cortex (M1) facilitatory non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) and contralateral M1 inhibitory NIBS were shown to improve motor learning. METHODS: Forty right-handed healthy subjects were divided into 4 matched groups which received either ipsilateral facilitatory (intermittent TBS [iTBS] over non-dominant M1), contralateral inhibitory (continuous TBS [cTBS] over dominant M1), bilateral sequential (contralateral cTBS followed by ipsilateral iTBS), or placebo stimulation...
May 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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