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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216914/rasch-analysis-of-the-participation-scale-p-scale-usefulness-of-the-p-scale-to-a-rehabilitation-services-network
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Mariana Angélica Peixoto Souza, Wendy Jane Coster, Marisa Cotta Mancini, Fabiana Caetano Martins Silva Dutra, Jessica Kramer, Rosana Ferreira Sampaio
BACKGROUND: A person's participation is acknowledged as an important outcome of the rehabilitation process. The Participation Scale (P-Scale) is an instrument that was designed to assess the participation of individuals with a health condition or disability. The scale was developed in an effort to better describe the participation of people living in middle-income and low-income countries. The aim of this study was to use Rasch analysis to examine whether the Participation Scale is suitable to assess the perceived ability to take part in participation situations by patients with diverse levels of function...
December 8, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216828/factors-necessary-for-independent-walking-in-patients-with-thalamic-hemorrhage
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Shigenori Hiraoka, Shinichiro Maeshima, Hideto Okazaki, Hirokazu Hori, Shinichiro Tanaka, Sayaka Okamoto, Reisuke Funahashi, Kei Yagihashi, Ikuko Fuse, Naoki Asano, Shigeru Sonoda
BACKGROUND: Thalamic hemorrhages cause motor paralysis, sensory impairment, and cognitive dysfunctions, all of which may significantly affect walking independence. We examined the factors related to independent walking in patients with thalamic hemorrhage who were admitted to a rehabilitation hospital. METHODS: We evaluated 128 patients with thalamic hemorrhage (75 men and 53 women; age range, 40-93 years) who were admitted to our rehabilitation hospital. The mean duration from symptom onset to rehabilitation hospital admission was 27...
December 8, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214702/skin-injuries-and-joint-contractures-of-the-upper-extremities-in-rett-syndrome
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D Hirano, T Taniguchi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence and type of skin injuries and joint contractures of the upper extremities in individuals with Rett syndrome. METHODS: In 2016, a questionnaire regarding skin injuries and joint contractures was sent to 1016 directors of schools for special needs education and 204 directors of departments of rehabilitation [consisting of 130 facilities for persons with severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID), 73 wards for patients with SMID, and the National Hospital Organisation and National Centre Hospital, National Centre of Neurology and Psychiatry] in Japan...
January 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213529/therapeutic-effect-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-neuropsychological-symptoms-of-an-elderly-patient-a-case-report
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Aline Iannone, Joaquim Brasil-Neto, Antonio Pedro Mello Cruz, Corina Satler, Nasser Allam
Although growing evidence points to the potential therapeutic effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), there is still no consensus on the most appropriate protocol to be used in specific neurological and neuropsychological symptoms. This case report evaluated the neuromodulatory therapeutic effects of two 15-day courses of tDCS on an elderly female patient, aged 78 years with mild neurocognitive disorder, chronic pain and depression-related symptoms. Results indicated an overall significant improvement of cognitive and executive functions, as well as reduction in both depression and chronic pain symptoms...
July 2017: Dementia & Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213515/rehabilitation-in-severe-memory-deficit-a-case-study
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Nariana Mattos Figueiredo Sousa
The term amnesia refers to a pathological state of mind in which memory and learning are affected to a greater extent than other cognitive functions in a patient without altered level of consciousness. The aim of the current study was to describe a case of severe amnesia in a patient during neurological rehabilitation and to report the importance of preserved cognitive functions to compensate for the mnemonic deficit. VJA presented a clinical condition suggestive of encephalopathy due to caloric-protein malnutrition following several abdominal surgical procedures for complicated choledocholithiasis...
April 2017: Dementia & Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213212/implementation-and-feasibility-of-the-stroke-nursing-guideline-in-the-care-of-patients-with-stroke-a-mixed-methods-study
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Ingibjörg Bjartmarz, Helga Jónsdóttir, Thóra B Hafsteinsdóttir
Background: Nurses often have difficulties with using interdisciplinary stroke guidelines for patients with stroke as they do not focus sufficiently on nursing. Therefore, the Stroke Nursing Guideline (SNG) was developed and implemented. The aim of this study was to determine the implementation and feasibility of the SNG in terms of changes in documentation and use of the guideline in the care of stroke patients on Neurological and Rehabilitation wards, barriers and facilitators, and nurses' and auxiliary nurses' view of the implementation...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209163/voluntary-ambulation-by-upper-limb-triggered-hal%C3%A2-in-patients-with-complete-quadri-paraplegia-due-to-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Yukiyo Shimizu, Hideki Kadone, Shigeki Kubota, Kenji Suzuki, Tetsuya Abe, Tomoyuki Ueno, Yuichiro Soma, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Yasushi Hada, Masashi Yamazaki
Patients with complete paraplegia after spinal cord injury (SCI) are unable to stand or walk on their own. Standing exercise decreases the risk of decubitus ulcers, osteoporosis, and joint deformities in patients with SCI. Conventional gait training for complete paraplegia requires excessive upper limb usage for weight bearing and is difficult in cases of complete quadriplegia. The purpose of this study was to describe voluntary ambulation triggered by upper limb activity using the Hybrid Assistive Limb® (HAL) in patients with complete quadri/paraplegia after chronic SCI...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208729/persistent-postural-perceptual-dizziness-pppd-a-common-characteristic-and-treatable-cause-of-chronic-dizziness
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Stoyan Popkirov, Jeffrey P Staab, Jon Stone
Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD) is a newly defined diagnostic syndrome that unifies key features of chronic subjective dizziness, phobic postural vertigo and related disorders. It describes a common chronic dysfunction of the vestibular system and brain that produces persistent dizziness, non-spinning vertigo and/or unsteadiness. The disorder constitutes a long-term maladaptation to a neuro-otological, medical or psychological event that triggered vestibular symptoms, and is usefully considered within the spectrum of other functional neurological disorders...
December 5, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208017/a-multisession-evaluation-of-an-adaptive-competitive-arm-rehabilitation-game
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Maja Goršič, Imre Cikajlo, Nika Goljar, Domen Novak
BACKGROUND: People with neurological injuries such as stroke should exercise frequently and intensely to regain their motor abilities, but are generally hindered by lack of motivation. One way to increase motivation in rehabilitation is through competitive exercises, but such exercises have only been tested in single brief sessions and usually did not adapt difficulty to the patient's abilities. METHODS: We designed a competitive arm rehabilitation game for two players that dynamically adapts its difficulty to both players' abilities...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203132/deaths-in-france-characteristics-place-of-death-hospitalisations-and-use-of-palliative-care-during-the-year-before-death-hospital-care-the-year-before-death
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C Poulalhon, L Rotelli-Bihet, C Raso, R Aubry, A Fagot-Campagna, P Tuppin
AIM: Only limited data are available concerning the diseases managed and the hospital pathway before death. The aim of this study was to describe diseases, hospitalisations, and use of palliative care one year before death as well as place of death in France. METHODS: French health insurance general scheme beneficiaries who died in 2013 were identified in the National Health Insurance Information System (SNIIRAM) with a selection of information concerning their various hospital stays, including hospital palliative care (HPC) and nursing home care...
December 1, 2017: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201123/the-effect-of-kinesio-taping-on-handgrip-and-active-range-of-motion-of-hand-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Zabih Allah RASTIl, Alireza Shamsoddini, Hamid Dalvand, Sina Labaf
Objective: Kinesio taping is a relatively new technique, which uses in rehabilitation of neurologic diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Kinesio taping on hand grip and active range of motion of hand in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Materials and Methods: In this experimental study with pre-test and three post-tests, 32 children with CP randomly were placed in experimental (n=17) and control group (n=15).Kinesio taping was applied on dorsum of forearm and hand...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200424/arm-rehabilitation-in-post-stroke-subjects-a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-the-efficacy-of-myoelectrically-driven-fes-applied-in-a-task-oriented-approach
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Johanna Jonsdottir, Rune Thorsen, Irene Aprile, Silvia Galeri, Giovanna Spannocchi, Ettore Beghi, Elisa Bianchi, Angelo Montesano, Maurizio Ferrarin
PURPOSE: Motor recovery of persons after stroke may be enhanced by a novel approach where residual muscle activity is facilitated by patient-controlled electrical muscle activation. Myoelectric activity from hemiparetic muscles is then used for continuous control of functional electrical stimulation (MeCFES) of same or synergic muscles to promote restoration of movements during task-oriented therapy (TOT). Use of MeCFES during TOT may help to obtain a larger functional and neurological recovery than otherwise possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197841/haemorrhagic-conversion-of-infectious-myelitis-in-an-immunocompromised-patient
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Michael Stephen Pohlen, Jonathan Sunwei Lin, Kevin Yuqi Wang, Mohammad Ghasemi-Rad, Christie M Lincoln
A 28-year-old man recently diagnosed with HIV (CD4 19 cells/mm3, viral load 3.6 million copies/mL, not on highly active antiretroviral therapy on initial diagnosis at outside hospital), disseminated histoplasmosis, shingles and syphilis presented with paraplegia developing over 3 days. Spine MRI demonstrated a longitudinally extensive cord lesion extending from C3 to the tip of the conus. Brain MRI was consistent with meningoencephalitis. Cerebrospinal fluid findings were notable for positive varicella zoster virus (VZV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) PCRs as well as a Venereal Disease Research Laboratory titre of 1:2...
December 2, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197629/pharmacological-modulation-of-hypoxia-induced-respiratory-neuroplasticity
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REVIEW
Sara Turner, Kristi Streeter, John Greer, Gordon S Mitchell, David D Fuller
Hypoxia elicits complex cell signaling mechanisms in the respiratory control system that can produce long-lasting changes in respiratory motor output. In this article, we review experimental approaches used to elucidate signaling pathways associated with hypoxia, and summarize current hypotheses regarding the intracellular signaling pathways evoked by intermittent exposure to hypoxia. We review data showing that pharmacological treatments can enhance neuroplastic responses to hypoxia. Original data are included to show that pharmacological modulation of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR) function can reveal a respiratory neuroplastic response to a single, brief hypoxic exposure in anesthetized mice...
November 29, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189306/does-a-rehabilitation-program-of-aerobic-and-progressive-resisted-exercises-influence-hiv-induced-distal-neuropathic-pain
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Sonill S Maharaj, Abdulsalm M Yakasai
OBJECTIVE: Distal symmetrical polyneuropathy (DSPN) is a common neurological sequela following HIV which leads to neuropathic pain and functional limitations. Rehabilitation programs with exercises are used to augment pharmacological therapy to relieve pain but appropriate and effective exercises are unknown. This study explored the safety and effect of moderate intensity aerobic exercises (AE) and progressive resisted exercises (PRE) for HIV-induced DSPN neuropathic pain. DESIGN: A randomized pre-test, post-test of 12 weeks of AE or PRE compared to a control...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185868/three-case-studies-of-nonparaneoplastic-limbic-encephalitis-nple-in-young-adult-males-onset-course-and-recovery-following-rehabilitation-services
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Robert Perna, Lindsey Harik, Ana Arenivas
Limbic encephalitis (LE) is a rare neurological disorder characterized by inflammation of the brain caused by autoimmunity or infection. LE has been a difficult to define and diagnose disorder due to the insidious and nonspecific (e.g., irritability, low mood, short-term memory complaints) presentation of early symptoms, as well as inconsistent findings on neuroimaging, lumbar puncture serum analysis, and electroencephalogram. Seizures, memory problems, and psychiatric disturbance are among the earliest and most prominent clinical features...
November 29, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185540/functional-movement-disorders-five-new-things
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Tamara Pringsheim, Mark Edwards
Purpose of review: Functional movement disorders (FMD) are commonly seen in neurologic practice, but are associated with poor outcomes. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in this area, with new developments in pathophysiologic understanding and therapeutic management. Recent findings: Individuals with FMD are a psychologically heterogeneous group, with many individuals having no detectable psychopathology on symptom screening measures, and possibly significant etiologically relevant life events only revealed through in-depth interviews...
April 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185474/exploration-of-hand-grasp-patterns-elicitable-through-non-invasive-proximal-nerve-stimulation
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Henry Shin, Zach Watkins, Xiaogang Hu
Various neurological conditions, such as stroke or spinal cord injury, result in an impaired control of the hand. One method of restoring this impairment is through functional electrical stimulation (FES). However, traditional FES techniques often lead to quick fatigue and unnatural ballistic movements. In this study, we sought to explore the capabilities of a non-invasive proximal nerve stimulation technique in eliciting various hand grasp patterns. The ulnar and median nerves proximal to the elbow joint were activated transcutanously using a programmable stimulator, and the resultant finger flexion joint angles were recorded using a motion capture system...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184756/balance-control-during-gait-initiation-state-of-the-art-and-research-perspectives
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REVIEW
Eric Yiou, Teddy Caderby, Arnaud Delafontaine, Paul Fourcade, Jean-Louis Honeine
It is well known that balance control is affected by aging, neurological and orthopedic conditions. Poor balance control during gait and postural maintenance are associated with disability, falls and increased mortality. Gait initiation - the transient period between the quiet standing posture and steady state walking - is a functional task that is classically used in the literature to investigate how the central nervous system (CNS) controls balance during a whole-body movement involving change in the base of support dimensions and center of mass progression...
November 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184333/status-of-cognitive-testing-of-adults-in-india
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REVIEW
A P Porrselvi, V Shankar
The assessment of cognitive function is a challenging yet an integral component of psychological, psychiatric, and neurological evaluation. Cognitive assessment tools either can be administered quickly for screening for neurocognitive disorders or can be comprehensive and detailed to identify cognitive deficits for the purpose of localization, diagnosis, and rehabilitation. This article is a comprehensive review of published research that discusses the current challenges for cognitive testing in India, available tools used for the assessment of cognitive function in India, and future directions for cognitive testing in India...
October 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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