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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535498/can-dmco-detect-visual-field-loss-in-neurological-patients-a-secondary-validation-study
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Ane Sophie Olsen, Alvilda Thougaard Steensberg, Morten la Cour, Troels Wesenberg Kjaer, Bertil Damato, Lars Hageman Pinborg, Miriam Kolko
Unrecognized visual field loss is caused by a range of blinding eye conditions as well as serious brain diseases. The commonest cause of asymptomatic visual field loss is glaucoma. No screening tools have been proven cost-effective. Damato Multifixation Campimetry Online (DMCO), an inexpensive online test, has been evaluated as a future cost-beneficial tool to detect glaucoma. To further validate DMCO, this study aimed to test DMCO in a preselected population with neurological visual field loss. METHODS: The study design was an evaluation of a diagnostic test...
May 24, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528730/sir-charles-bell-unheralded-laryngologist
#2
Elliot Abemayor
INTRODUCTION: Sir Charles Bell is renowned and revered as an outstanding surgeon, anatomist, clinician and teacher and his many contributions to various medical fields have been amply described. What are less well-known are his contributions to the field of laryngology. METHODS: Selected clinical and physiological publications by Bell were examined that addressed issues related specifically to the airway or pharynx. These included both case reports and case series...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524254/migraine-nurses-in-primary-care-costs-and-benefits
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Jan S P van den Berg, Timothy J Steiner, Petra J L Veenstra, Boudewijn J Kollen
OBJECTIVE: We examined the costs and benefits of introducing migraine nurses into primary care. BACKGROUND: Migraine is one of the most costly neurological diseases. METHODS: We analyzed data from our earlier nonrandomized cohort study comparing an intervention group of 141 patients, whose care was supported by nurses trained in migraine management, and a control group of 94 patients receiving usual care. Estimates of per-person direct costs were based on nurses' salaries and referrals to neurologists...
May 19, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501805/neurological-tests-improve-after-olympic-style-boxing-bouts-a-pretournament-and-post-tournament-study-in-the-2016-women-s-world-boxing-championships
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David R Howell, William P Meehan, Michael P Loosemore, Joseph Cummiskey, Jean-Paul Grabner von Rosenberg, David McDonagh
AIM: To prospectively examine the neurocognitive, postural, dual-task and visual abilities of female Olympic-style boxers before and after participation in a tournament. METHODS: Sixty-one females completed the modified Balance Error Scoring System (mBESS), King-Devick test and 3 m timed-up-and-go test in single-task and dual-task conditions. A subset (n=31) completed the CogState computerised neurocognitive test. Initial testing was completed prior to the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships; each participant repeated the testing protocol within a day of elimination...
May 13, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498071/assessment-of-malpractice-claims-due-to-spinal-epidural-abscess
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J Mason DePasse, Roy Ruttiman, Adam E M Eltorai, Mark A Palumbo, Alan H Daniels
OBJECTIVE Spinal epidural abscesses (SEAs) can be difficult to diagnose and may result in neurological compromise or even death. Delays in diagnosis or treatment may worsen the prognosis. While SEA presents a high risk for litigation, little is known about the medicolegal ramifications of this condition. An enhanced understanding of potential legal implications is important for practicing spine surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and internists. METHODS The VerdictSearch database, a large legal-claims database, was queried for "epidural abscess"-related legal cases...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495807/neurologic-serious-adverse-events-associated-with-nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab-or-nivolumab-alone-in-advanced-melanoma-including-a-case-series-of-encephalitis
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James Larkin, Bartosz Chmielowski, Christopher D Lao, F Stephen Hodi, William Sharfman, Jeffrey Weber, Karijn P M Suijkerbuijk, Sergio Azevedo, Hewei Li, Daniel Reshef, Alexandre Avila, David A Reardon
BACKGROUND: Despite unprecedented efficacy across multiple tumor types, immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy is associated with a unique and wide spectrum of immune-related adverse events (irAEs), including neurologic events ranging from mild headache to potentially life-threatening encephalitis. Here, we summarize neurologic irAEs associated with nivolumab and ipilimumab melanoma treatment, present cases of treatment-related encephalitis, and provide practical guidance on diagnosis and management...
May 11, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492549/enhanced-neuroprotective-efficacy-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-co-overexpressing-bdnf-and-vegf-in-a-rat-model-of-cardiac-arrest-induced-global-cerebral-ischemia
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Lili Zhou, Qingming Lin, Peng Wang, Lan Yao, Kahong Leong, Zhiqun Tan, Zitong Huang
Cardiac arrest-induced global cerebral ischemia injury (CA-GCII) usually leads to a poor neurological outcome without an effective treatment. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) may provide a potential cell-based therapy against neurologic disorders through induction of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). To optimize the neuroprotective efficacy of BMMSCs further, in this study we have derived BMMSCs, which co-overexpress both BDNF and VEGF, and tested them for the treatment of CA-GCII in a rat model...
May 11, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471818/spectrum-of-diagnosis-and-disposition-of-patients-referred-to-a-pediatric-orthopaedic-center-for-a-diagnosis-of-intoeing
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Shawne Faulks, Kaitlyn Brown, John G Birch
BACKGROUND: Orthopaedic surgeons frequently evaluate otherwise healthy children for concern of intoed gait. Intoeing in otherwise healthy young children due to metatarsus adductus, internal tibial torsion, and increased femoral anteversion do not typically require orthopaedic treatment. This study reviewed the actual diagnosis, management, and disposition of patients referred to a pediatric orthopaedic specialty hospital for a diagnosis of intoeing; the efficacy of an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) assessment program to screen and triage patients with a primary complaint of intoeing; and parental satisfaction with that program...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466614/do-you-see-it-my-way-the-clinical-evaluation-of-adhd-by-the-different-pediatric-subspecialties
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Yael Leitner, Alexis Mitelpunkt, Idit Posner, Noa Vardi
BACKGROUND: Six medical disciplines are responsible for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of people with attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Israel: family doctors, pediatricians, adult and child neurologists, adult and child psychiatrists. OBJECTIVES: To investigate differences in ADHD diagnostic practices between three different pediatric subspecialties in the clinical setting in order to establish a common ground for a future unified approach...
November 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456889/childhood-hereditary-ataxias-experience-from-a-tertiary-referral-university-hospital-in-turkey
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Elif Acar Arslan, Rahşan Göçmen, Kader Karlı Oğuz, Gökçen Düzgün Konuşkan, Esra Serdaroğlu, Haluk Topaloğlu, Meral Topçu
Hereditary ataxias are a group of genetic disorders that are progressive and heterogeneous. The purpose of this study was to develop a practical and time-efficient approach to diagnosing childhood hereditary ataxias by analyzing characteristics and final diagnosis at a tertiary referral clinic for pediatric neurology. 196 patients admitted to the pediatric neurology department were included. The medical records were examined for demographic features, neurological, laboratory, electrophysiological, cranial imaging, and pathological findings, and for genetic studies...
April 29, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453751/the-neurologic-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-nano-scale-a-tool-to-assess-neurologic-function-for-integration-into-the-response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-rano-criteria
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Lakshmi Nayak, Lisa M DeAngelis, Alba A Brandes, David M Peereboom, Evanthia Galanis, Nancy U Lin, Riccardo Soffietti, David R Macdonald, Marc Chamberlain, James Perry, Kurt Jaeckle, Minesh Mehta, Roger Stupp, Alona Muzikansky, Elena Pentsova, Timothy Cloughesy, Fabio M Iwamoto, Joerg-Christian Tonn, Michael A Vogelbaum, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J van den Bent, David A Reardon
Background.: The Macdonald criteria and the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) criteria define radiologic parameters to classify therapeutic outcome among patients with malignant glioma and specify that clinical status must be incorporated and prioritized for overall assessment. But neither provides specific parameters to do so. We hypothesized that a standardized metric to measure neurologic function will permit more effective overall response assessment in neuro-oncology. Methods...
May 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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
#18
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
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