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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320182/axial-mr-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-tractography-in-clinical-diagnosed-and-pathology-confirmed-cervical-spinal-cord-astrocytoma
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Mangsuo Zhao, Bingxin Shi, Tuoyu Chen, Yuqi Zhang, Tongchao Geng, Liyan Qiao, Mingjie Zhang, Le He, Huancong Zuo, Guihuai Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) features of cervical spinal cord astrocytoma. METHODS: Eleven patients with cervical spinal cord astrocytomas and 10 healthy volunteers were recruited in this study. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and axial DTI were performed on a 3.0T MRI system. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), fractional anisotropy (FA), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD) values for the lesions were measured...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320181/ataxic-form-of-autosomal-recessive-pex10-related-peroxisome-biogenesis-disorders-with-a-novel-compound-heterozygous-gene-mutation-and-characteristic-clinical-phenotype
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Toru Yamashita, Jun Mitsui, Nobuyuki Shimozawa, Shigeo Takashima, Hiroshi Umemura, Kota Sato, Mami Takemoto, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Takashi Matsukawa, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Yoshimura, Koichiro Doi, Shinichi Morishita, Shoji Tsuji, Koji Abe
Peroxisome biogenesis factor 10 (PEX10) is involved in the import of peroxisomal matrix proteins, and the mutation of this gene causes 3 subtypes of peroxisome biogenesis disorders, namely Zellweger syndrome (severe), neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy (moderate) and an ataxic form (mild). Here, we report 3 siblings of the ataxic form with cerebellar ataxia, mild mental retardation, and 3 additional characteristic features: mydriasis, hyperreflexia and involuntary head movement. All 3 siblings are compound heterozygous for a previously reported mutation, c...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320168/a-systematic-comparison-of-key-features-of-ischemic-stroke-prevention-guidelines-in-low-and-middle-income-vs-high-income-countries
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Hernán Bayona, Mayowa Owolabi, Wuwei Feng, Paul Olowoyo, Joseph Yaria, Rufus Akinyemi, James R Sawers, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Implementation of contextually appropriate, evidence-based, expert-recommended stroke prevention guideline is particularly important in Low-Income Countries (LMICs), which bear disproportional larger burden of stroke while possessing fewer resources. However, key quality characteristics of guidelines issued in LMICs compared with those in High-Income Countries (HICs) have not been systematically studied. We aimed to compare important features of stroke prevention guidelines issued in these groups...
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
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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/28320158/addressing-post-stroke-care-in-rural-areas-with-peru-as-a-case-study-placing-emphasis-on-evidence-based-pragmatism
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J Jaime Miranda, Miguel G Moscoso, Lijing L Yan, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Germán Málaga, Hector H Garcia, Bruce Ovbiagele
Stroke is a major cause of death and disability, with most of its burden now affecting low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). People in rural areas of LMIC who have a stroke receive very little acute stroke care and local healthcare workers and family caregivers in these regions lack the necessary knowledge to assist them. Intriguingly, a recent rapid growth in cell-phone use and digital technology in rural areas has not yet been appropriately exploited for health care training and delivery purposes. What should be done in rural areas, at the community setting-level, where access to healthcare is limited remains a challenge...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320131/epigenetic-and-gene-expression-alterations-of-foxp3-in-the-t-cells-of-eae-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Ali Noori-Zadeh, Seyed Alireza Mesbah-Namin, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease with demyelination and neurodegeneration of the central nervous system. It has been shown that the regulatory T (Treg) cells are responsible for maintaining tolerance to self-antigens and can suppress the autoimmune process in several animal models such as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of MS. Recent basic studies have demonstrated that forkhead box P (FOXP3) and BTB domain and CNC homolog 2 (BACH2) are the master transcription factors of these cells playing a pivotal role in the polarization of naïve T cells into Treg cells...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320130/spg2-mimicking-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-family-identified-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Anna Rubegni, Carla Battisti, Alessandra Tessa, Alfonso Cerase, Stefano Doccini, Alessandro Malandrini, Filippo M Santorelli, Antonio Federico
Several single gene disorders can potentially be overlooked in the differential diagnostic evaluation of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and spastic paraplegia type 2 are allelic X-linked disorders associated with defective myelination of the central nervous system and mutations in PLP1. Neurological symptoms are occasionally observed in female carriers of these mutations. Two women - the proposita (Pt1) and her mother (Pt2) - reported walking difficulties since adolescence and showed progressive cognitive decline...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320129/immunoglobulin-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-multifocal-motor-neuropathy
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Aditya Kumar, Huned S Patwa, Richard J Nowak
Multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) is a chronic immune-mediated disorder leading to slowly progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Current treatments are aimed at modulating the immune system in order to avoid further decline and to maintain functional status. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is widely used in the treatment of immune-mediated disorders and is the only treatment approved for MMN. While patients do remain stable with maintenance IVIg treatment, most patients will slowly deteriorate over many years...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320127/measurement-properties-of-a-new-wireless-electrogoniometer-for-quantifying-spasticity-during-the-pendulum-test-in-arsacs-patients
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Hung Tien Bui, Cynthia Gagnon, Olivier Audet, Jean Mathieu, Mario Leone
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix/Saguenay (ARSACS) is a neuromuscular disorder that induces spasticity in lower limbs. The Wartenberg pendulum test is a classical method of assessing lower limb spasticity based on the dynamics of the pendular leg motion. However, in its original form, this test only provides subjective results and do not allow accurate assessment of spasticity. METHODS: Thirteen ARSACS patients were assessed using a new wireless electrogoniometer to measure spasticity by quantifying oscillation amplitudes and relaxation indices during the Wartenburg pendulum test...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320113/alzheimer-s-disease-elevated-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-is-mostly-of-systemic-origin
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Veronika Lang, Marietta Zille, Carmen Infante-Duarte, Sven Jarius, Holger Jahn, Friedemann Paul, Klemens Ruprecht, Ana Luisa Pina
Pigment-epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a neurotrophic factor with neuroprotective, anti-tumorigenic, and anti-angiogenic effects. Elevated levels of PEDF have previously been proposed as a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker for Alzheimer's disease. However, the origin of PEDF in CSF, i.e. whether it is derived from the brain or from the systemic circulation, and the specificity of this finding hitherto remained unclear. Here, we analyzed levels of PEDF in paired CSF and serum samples by ELISA in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD, n=12), frontotemporal dementia (FTD, n=6), vascular dementia (n=4), bacterial meningitis (n=8), multiple sclerosis (n=32), pseudotumor cerebri (n=36), and diverse non-inflammatory neurological diseases (n=19)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320112/multiple-sclerosis-patients-understanding-and-preferences-for-risks-and-benefits-of-disease-modifying-drugs-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Gurpreet K Reen, Eli Silber, Dawn W Langdon
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are faced with complex risk-benefit profiles of disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) when making treatment decisions. For effective shared decision-making, MS patients should understand the risks and benefits of DMDs and make treatment decisions based on personal preferences. METHODS: This is an inclusive systematic review to primarily assess current understanding of MS patients for information about DMDs provided during the standard healthcare system...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320078/comparison-of-the-sensitivity-to-change-of-the-36-item-short-form-health-survey-and-the-lupusqol-using-various-definitions-of-minimal-clinically-important-differences-in-patients-with-active-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Stephanie G Nantes, Vibeke Strand, Jiandong Su, Zahi Touma
OBJECTIVES: Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36) and LupusQoL are Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL) questionnaires used in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We determined the hypothesis testing construct validity of SF-36 and LupusQoL against disease activity in patients with active SLE and 2) compared the sensitivity to change of SF-36 and LupusQoL domains according to different definitions of Minimal Clinically Important Differences (MCID) for improvement and worsening in the current cohort...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320060/clinical-value-of-octamer-binding-transcription-factor-4-as-a-prognostic-marker-in-patients-with-digestive-system-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhiqiang Chen, Long Zhang, Qin Zhu, Xiaowei Wang, Jindao Wu, Xuehao Wang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The role of octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) has been implicated in the clinical prognosis of various kinds of digestive system cancers, but the results remain controversial. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to assess the potential role of Oct4 as a prognostic marker in digestive system tumors. METHODS: Relevant articles were retrieved from Pubmed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library up to July 2016. The software Stata 12.0 was used to analyze the outcomes, including overall survival (OS), disease-free survival, recurrence-free survival, and clinicopathological characteristics...
March 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320059/effects-of-treadmill-exercise-on-advanced-osteoarthritis-pain-in-rats
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Joshua Allen, Ian Imbert, Joshua Havelin, Terry Henderson, Glenn Stevenson, Lucy Liaw, Tamara King
OBJECTIVE: Exercise is commonly recommended for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) pain. However, whether exercise is beneficial in ameliorating persistent NSAID-resistant ongoing pain associated with advanced OA is unknown. METHODS: Rats treated with intra-articular monosodium iodoacetate (MIA) or saline underwent treadmill exercise or remained sedentary starting 10 days post-injection. Tactile sensory thresholds and weight bearing were assessed followed by radiographs at weekly intervals...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320053/management-of-colorectal-trauma-a-review
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Ju Yong Cheong, Anil Keshava
Traumatic colorectal injuries are common during times of military conflict, and major improvements in their care have arisen in such periods. Since World War II, many classification systems for colorectal trauma have been proposed, including (i) Flint Grading System; (ii) Penetrating Abdominal Trauma Index; (iii) Colonic/Rectal Injury Scale; and (iv) destructive/non-destructive colonic injuries. The primary goal of these classifications was to aid surgical management and, more particularly, to determine whether a primary repair or faecal diversion should be performed...
March 20, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320052/soft-tissue-infections-from-fish-spike-wounds-normal-commensal-bacteria-are-more-common-than-marine-pathogens
#16
Hannah Collins, Kin Mun Lee, Paul T-Y Cheng, Sarah Hulme
BACKGROUND: A fish spike injury can be sustained by anyone handling fish; during fishing, meal preparation or in retail. Case reports of fish spikes inoculating victims with virulent marine-specific pathogens and causing systemic illness led us to question whether empirical treatment of these injuries with amoxicillin and clavulanic acid is adequate. METHODS: This 2-year prospective observational study was conducted at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand...
March 20, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320046/increased-insulin-resistance-and-glucagon-levels-in-mild-inactive-systemic-lupus-patients-despite-normal-glucose-tolerance
#17
Cíntia Nh Miyake, Bruno Gualano, Wagner S Dantas, Renato T Pereira, William Neves, Vanessa O Zambelli, Samuel K Shinjo, Rosa M Pereira, Elizabeth R Silva, Ana Lúcia Sá-Pinto, Eduardo Borba, Hamilton Roschel, Eloisa Bonfá, Fabiana B Benatti
OBJECTIVE: To assess insulin sensitivity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in response to a meal tolerance test (MTT). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 33 adult females mild/inactive SLE and 16 age- and body mass index (BMI)-matched female healthy controls (CTRL) underwent a MTT and were assessed for insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function. Skeletal muscle protein expressions of total and membrane GLUT-4 were also evaluated (SLE, n=10; CTRL, n=5); muscle biopsies were performed after MTT...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320039/the-role-of-peganum-harmala-ethanolic-extract-and-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-system-in-biofilm-formation
#18
Nasrin Valizadeh, Firuzeh Valian, Nourkhoda Sadeghifard, Shahriar Karami, Iraj Pakzad, Hossein Kazemian, Sobhan Ghafourian
Toxin antitoxin system is a regulatory system that antitoxin inhibits the toxin. We aimed to determine the role of TA loci in biofilm formation in K. pneumoniae clinical and environmental isolates; also inhibition of biofilm formation by Peganum harmala. So, 40 K. pneumoniae clinical and environmental isolates were subjected for PCR to determine the frequency of mazEF, relEB, and mqsRA TA loci. Biofilm formation assay subjected for all isolates. Then, P. harmala was tested against positive biofilm formation strains...
March 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320030/changes-in-regulatory-t-cell-levels-in-acute-cerebral-ischemia
#19
Xuerui Pang, Weidong Qian
Background Acute stroke causes intense and significant changes in the immune system as well as in the number and the ratio of various immune cells. Material and Methods Several large-scale studies have shown that ischemic stroke leaves the human body in a state of immunodepression. The regulatory T (Treg) cells may be strongly associated with a change of immune status. In this trial, we collected venous blood from a cohort of patients who were diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke within the last 24 hours (n = 139)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319995/clinical-trials-of-therapeutics-for-the-prevention-of-congenital-zika-virus-disease-challenges-and-potential-solutions
#20
Alex P Salam, Amanda Rojek, Jake Dunning, Peter W Horby
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in pregnancy is associated with adverse fetal outcomes, such as microcephaly and other congenital malformations. No therapeutic options are available to pregnant women with ZIKV infection to prevent these effects. Drug trials in pregnancy raise several scientific, ethical, and logistical challenges, which are compounded further in ZIKV because of limited knowledge of the disease pathophysiology and a product development pipeline in its infancy. We evaluate the major challenges in choosing therapeutics to prevent congenital ZIKV disease and conducting clinical trials of these treatments, with a focus on preventing congenital central nervous system malformations...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
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