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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449033/response-assessment-in-medulloblastoma-and-leptomeningeal-seeding-tumors-recommendations-from-the-response-assessment-in-pediatric-neuro-oncology-committee
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Katherine E Warren, Gilbert Vezina, Tina Y Poussaint, Monika Warmuth-Metz, Marc C Chamberlain, Roger J Packer, Alba A Brandes, Moshe Reiss, Stewart Goldman, Michael J Fisher, Ian F Pollack, Michael D Prados, Patrick Y Wen, Susan M Chang, Christelle Dufour, David Zurakowski, Rolf D Kortmann, Mark W Kieran
Lack of standard response criteria in clinical trials for medulloblastoma and other seeding tumors complicates assessment of therapeutic efficacy and comparisons across studies. An international working group was established to develop consensus recommendations for response assessment. The aim is that these recommendations be prospectively evaluated in clinical trials, with the goal of achieving more reliable risk stratification and uniformity across clinical trials. Current practices and literature review were performed to identify major confounding issues and justify subsequently developed recommendations; in areas lacking scientific investigations, recommendations were based on experience of committee members and consensus was reached after discussion...
April 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
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Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429077/-implementation-of-the-german-s3-guidelines-on-dementia-in-clinical-practice-wish-or-reality
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H Lohmann, F Kulessa, H Holling, A Johnen, S Reul, G Lueg, T Duning
BACKGROUND: Published in 2009, the German S3 guidelines on dementia define a milestone in quality improvement of the diagnostics and treatment of dementia. In clinical practice patients suffering from dementia are primarily treated by physicians in private practice; therefore, this study examined how the guidelines are implemented in outpatient clinical settings. Furthermore, it aimed at the identification of behavioral determinants that govern the actual diagnostic and therapeutic approach in clinical practice...
April 20, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428166/vascular-cognitive-impairment-in-a-memory-clinic-population-rationale-and-design-of-the-utrecht-amsterdam-clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-trace-vci-study
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EDITORIAL
Jooske Marije Funke Boomsma, Lieza Geertje Exalto, Frederik Barkhof, Esther van den Berg, Jeroen de Bresser, Rutger Heinen, Huiberdina Lena Koek, Niels Daniël Prins, Philip Scheltens, Henry Chanoch Weinstein, Wiesje Maria van der Flier, Geert Jan Biessels
BACKGROUND: Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI) refers to cognitive dysfunction due to vascular brain injury, as a single cause or in combination with other, often neurodegenerative, etiologies. VCI is a broad construct that captures a heterogeneous patient population both in terms of cognitive and noncognitive symptoms and in terms of etiology and prognosis. This provides a challenge when applying this construct in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents the rationale and design of the TRACE-VCI study, which investigates the clinical features and prognosis of VCI in a memory clinic setting...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418947/sleep-induced-apraxia-of-eyelid-opening
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Sara N Reggie, John J Chen, Michael S Lee, Sophia M Chung
BACKGROUND: Apraxia of eyelid opening (AEO) primarily has been described as bilateral loss of volitional ability to open the eyes at certain times and often associated with neurodegenerative disease. Rarely, it can occur in isolation and as an idiopathic phenomenon. There are a few reports of unilateral AEO only on awakening from sleep. We report an additional 11 patients with this unusual variation of AEO. METHODS: Retrospective, observational case series of patients collected from 3 separate neuro-ophthalmology practices...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417344/biotherapy-in-inflammatory-diseases-of-the-cns-current-knowledge-and-applications
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REVIEW
Nicolas Collongues, Laure Michel, Jérôme de Seze
Biotherapy represents an innovative therapeutic approach that includes immunotherapy (vaccines, apheresis, and antibodies); gene therapy; and stem cell transplants. Their development helps to cross the bridge from bench to bedside and brings new hope of a cure for severe diseases in different fields of medicine. In neurology, a growing range of applications is being developed for these medications. Valuable results are now available in the field of autoimmunity, neuro-oncology, paraneoplastic manifestations, and neurodegenerative disorders...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414816/fourier-transform-power-spectrum-is-a-potential-measure-of-tissue-alignment-in-standard-mri-a-multiple-sclerosis-study
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Shrushrita Sharma, Yunyan Zhang
Loss of tissue coherency in brain white matter is found in many neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). While several approaches have been proposed to evaluate white matter coherency including fractional anisotropy and fiber tracking in diffusion-weighted imaging, few are available for standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here we present an image post-processing method for this purpose based on Fourier transform (FT) power spectrum. T2-weighted images were collected from 19 patients (10 relapsing-remitting and 9 secondary progressive MS) and 19 age- and gender-matched controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408774/historical-analyses-of-disordered-handwriting-perspectives-on-early-20th-century-material-from-a-german-psychiatric-hospital
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Markus Schiegg, Deborah Thorpe
Handwritten texts carry significant information, extending beyond the meaning of their words. Modern neurology, for example, benefits from the interpretation of the graphic features of writing and drawing for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases and disorders. This article examines how handwriting analysis can be used, and has been used historically, as a methodological tool for the assessment of medical conditions and how this enhances our understanding of historical contexts of writing. We analyze handwritten material, writing tests and letters, from patients in an early 20th-century psychiatric hospital in southern Germany (Irsee/Kaufbeuren)...
January 2017: Writ Commun
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399640/associations-of-maternal-testosterone-and-cortisol-levels-with-health-outcomes-of-mothers-and-their-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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June Cho, Xiaogang Su, Diane Holditch-Davis
OBJECTIVE: Although the roles of testosterone and cortisol in various health problems have been extensively investigated, little is known about their associations with health outcomes in mothers and their very-low-birth weight (VLBW) infants when maternal testosterone and cortisol are examined together during the postpartum period. METHOD: The 101 mother-VLBW infant pairs were recruited from the neonatal intensive care unit of a tertiary medical center in the southeastern United States...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387695/the-quest-to-apply-vr-technology-to-rehabilitation-tribulations-and-treasures
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Emily A Keshner, Joyce Fung
The papers that follow stem from a symposium presented at the International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) in Seville, Spain, in July 2015. Four speakers were charged with presenting their methods of applying virtual reality (VR) technology to obtain meaningful rehabilitation outcomes. The symposium aims to explore characteristics of VR that modify mechanisms supporting motor relearning. Common impairments in posture and gait that can be modulated within virtual environments by employing motor learning concepts, including sensory augmentation and repetition, were examined...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371877/comprehensive-analysis-of-13-897-consecutive-regional-anesthetics-at-an-ambulatory-surgery-center
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Randall J Malchow, Rajnish K Gupta, Yaping Shi, Matthew S Shotwell, Lisa M Jaeger, Clifford Bowens
Objective.:  The authors investigated a wide range of perioperative outcome measures in the context of a robust regional anesthesia practice. Design.:  Comprehensive review of a prospectively collected six-year database. Setting.:  Freestanding, academic ambulatory surgery center. Subjects.:  There were 13,897 consecutive regional anesthetics in 10,338 patients. Methods.:  We investigated patient satisfaction, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), postoperative pain, catheter analgesia, and complications...
March 24, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364333/the-effect-from-different-numbers-of-segmental-arteries-ligation-to-the-spinal-cord-in-the-clinical-practice-of-posterior-vertebral-column-resection-correction
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Zhi Zhao, Jingming Xie, Yingsong Wang, Ni Bi, Tao Li, Ying Zhang, Zhiyue Shi
PURPOSE: In using posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) to treat severe kyphoscoliosis, it is unavoidable to ligate and cut off several segmental arteries (SAs) of the spinal cord for exposure and hemostasis, but which would raise the neurological risks. The aim of this study is to explore the changes of intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) following ligating different numbers of SAs in PVCR. METHODS: Twenty-one consecutive patients with severe kyphoscoliosis were included and treated by PVCR correction...
March 31, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359011/diagnostic-triage-for-low-back-pain-a-practical-approach-for-primary-care
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REVIEW
Lynn D Bardin, Peter King, Chris G Maher
Diagnostic triage is an essential guideline recommendation for low back pain (LBP), which is the most frequent musculoskeletal condition that general practitioners encounter in Australia. Clinical diagnosis of LBP - informed by a focused history and clinical examination - is the key initial step for GPs, and determines subsequent diagnostic workup and allied health and medical specialist referral. The goal of diagnostic triage of LBP is to exclude non-spinal causes and to allocate patients to one of three broad categories: specific spinal pathology (< 1% of cases), radicular syndrome (∼ 5-10% of cases) or non-specific LBP (NSLBP), which represents 90-95% of cases and is diagnosed by exclusion of the first two categories...
April 3, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352638/variability-in-diagnosing-brain-death-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Ashutosh Pandey, Pradeep Sahota, Premkumar Nattanmai, Christopher R Newey
Objective. Research continues to highlight variability in hospital policy and documentation of brain death. The aim of our study was to characterize how strictly new guidelines of American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for death by neurological criteria were practiced in our hospital prior to appointment of neurointensivists. Method. This is a retrospective study of adults diagnosed as brain dead from 2011 to 2015. Descriptive statistics compared five categories: preclinical testing, neurological examination, apnea tests, ancillary test, and documentation of time of death...
2017: Neuroscience Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333406/survey-of-neurodevelopmental-allied-health-teams-in-australian-and-new-zealand-neonatal-nurseries-staff-profile-and-standardised-neurobehavioural-neurological-assessment
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Leesa G Allinson, Lex W Doyle, Linda Denehy, Alicia J Spittle
AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to establish how many neonatal nurseries in Australia and New Zealand had a neurodevelopmental allied health team, to ascertain the disciplines involved, their qualifications and experience. The secondary aim was to evaluate which standardised neurobehavioural/neurological assessments were currently being implemented, and the existing practice in relation to their use. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional survey, sampling 179 eligible public and private hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and special care nurseries (SCNs) throughout Australia and New Zealand, was purpose-developed and administered electronically from the 5th April to 23rd July 2013...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327915/vascularized-fibular-strut-autografts-in-spinal-reconstruction-after-resection-of-vertebral-chordoma-or-chondrosarcoma-a-retrospective-series
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Vijay Yanamadala, Peter A Rozman, Jay I Kumar, Joseph H Schwab, Sang-Gil Lee, Francis J Hornicek, William T Curry
BACKGROUND: Margin-free en bloc resection is the best medical practice for primary vertebral chordoma and chondrosarcoma. Spinal reconstruction following total spondylectomy requires reconstructive interbody graft (allograft, devascularized autograft, vascularized autograft, or cage constructs) and instrumentation. An important consideration when choosing grafts and instrumentation is the durability and the long-term success of the fusion without subsidence. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential use of vascularized fibular autograft as a reconstructive strategy after en bloc resection...
January 13, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327094/finger-tapping-impairments-are-highly-sensitive-for-evaluating-upper-motor-neuron-lesions
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Afsaneh Shirani, Braeden D Newton, Darin T Okuda
BACKGROUND: Identifying highly sensitive and reliable neurological exam components are crucial in recognizing clinical deficiencies. This study aimed to investigate finger tapping performance differences between patients with CNS demyelinating lesions and healthy control subjects. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with multiple sclerosis or clinically isolated syndrome with infratentorial and/or cervical cord lesions on MRI, and 12 healthy controls were videotaped while tapping the tip of the index finger against the tip and distal crease of the thumb using both the dominant and non-dominant hand...
March 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323231/carotid-endarterectomy-in-the-southern-california-vascular-outcomes-improvement-collaborative
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Kaelan Chan, Ahmed Abouzamzam, Karen Woo
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine the variation in practice patterns and associated outcomes for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) within the Southern California Vascular Outcomes Improvement Collaborative (So Cal VOICe), a regional quality group of the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI). METHODS: All cases entered in the CEA registry by the So Cal VOICe were included in the study. RESULTS: From September 2010 through September 2015, 1110 CEA cases were entered by nine centers in the So Cal VOICe...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296237/inpatient-treatment-of-patients-with-acute-idiopathic-peripheral-facial-palsy-a-population-based-healthcare-research-study
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K Plumbaum, G F Volk, D Boeger, J Buentzel, D Esser, A Steinbrecher, K Hoffmann, P Jecker, A Mueller, G Radtke, O W Witte, O Guntinas-Lichius
OBJECTIVES: To determine the inpatient management for patients with acute idiopathic facial palsy (IFP) in Thuringia, Germany. DESIGN: Population-based study. SETTING: All inpatients with IFP in all hospitals with departments of otolaryngology and neurology in 2012, in the German federal state, Thuringia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients' characteristics and treatment were compared between departments, and the probability of recovery was tested...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287497/role-of-genetics-in-the-etiology-of-autistic-spectrum-disorder-towards-a-hierarchical-diagnostic-strategy
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REVIEW
Cyrille Robert, Laurent Pasquier, David Cohen, Mélanie Fradin, Roberto Canitano, Léna Damaj, Sylvie Odent, Sylvie Tordjman
Progress in epidemiological, molecular and clinical genetics with the development of new techniques has improved knowledge on genetic syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The objective of this article is to show the diversity of genetic disorders associated with ASD (based on an extensive review of single-gene disorders, copy number variants, and other chromosomal disorders), and consequently to propose a hierarchical diagnostic strategy with a stepwise evaluation, helping general practitioners/pediatricians and child psychiatrists to collaborate with geneticists and neuropediatricians, in order to search for genetic disorders associated with ASD...
March 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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