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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816873/the-need-of-validated-disease-specific-outcome-instruments-for-spine-trauma
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Cumhur Oner, Said Sadiqi, Anne Mechteld Lehr, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro
This article focuses on patient-reported and clinician-reported outcome measures in spine trauma care. The measurement of the quality of care and functional and health-related quality of life outcomes of spine trauma patients has become increasingly important. However, no outcome instrument is specifically designed, validated, or universally adapted for this specific patient population. Issues specific to spinal trauma patients may not be adequately addressed by the instruments that are currently used in the literature and the daily clinical practice...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816870/spinal-cord-injury-what-are-the-controversies
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Christopher S Ahuja, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injuries have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Substantial heterogeneity in the patient population, their presentation and underlying pathophysiology has sparked debates along the care spectrum from initial assessment to definitive treatment. This article reviews spinal cord injury (SCI) management followed by a discussion of the salient controversies in the field. Current care practices modeled on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons joint section guidelines are highlighted including key recommendations regarding immobilization, avoidance of hypotension, early International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI examination and intensive care unit treatment...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813905/design-and-characterization-of-the-openwrist-a-robotic-wrist-exoskeleton-for-coordinated-hand-wrist-rehabilitation
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Evan Pezent, Chad G Rose, Ashish D Deshpande, Marcia K O'Malley
Robotic devices have been clinically verified for use in long duration and high intensity rehabilitation needed for motor recovery after neurological injury. Targeted and coordinated hand and wrist therapy, often overlooked in rehabilitation robotics, is required to regain the ability to perform activities of daily living. To this end, a new coupled hand-wrist exoskeleton has been designed. This paper details the design of the wrist module and several human-related considerations made to maximize its potential as a coordinated hand-wrist device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808924/a-critical-evaluation-on-moh-current-treatments
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Andrea Negro, Martina Curto, Luana Lionetto, Simona Guerzoni, Luigi Alberto Pini, Paolo Martelletti
Migraine is the most frequent neurological disorder observed in clinical practice characterized by moderate to severe pain attacks associated with neurological, gastrointestinal, and dysautonomic symptoms. Each year, 2.5% of patients with episodic migraine develop chronic migraine (CM). CM is characterized by high frequency of the attacks that may result into chronic intake of abortive medications. Nearly, the 70% of CM patients referring to tertiary head centers show acute pain medications overuse that may lead to the development of medication overuse headache (MOH)...
August 15, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808789/palliative-care-for-children-with-a-yet-undiagnosed-syndrome
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Gabriele Gagnon, Laura Trocan, Stefan Balzer, Prasad T Oommen, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janßen, Michaela Kuhlen
The number of children without a diagnosis in pediatric palliative home care and the process of decision-making in these children are widely unknown. The study was conducted as single-center retrospective cohort study. Between January 2013 and September 2016, 198 children and young adults were cared for; 27 (13.6%) of these were without a clear diagnosis at the start of pediatric palliative home care. A definite diagnosis was ultimately achieved in three children. Median age was 7 years (0-25), duration of care 569 days (2-2638), and number of home visits 7...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806995/robot-supported-assessment-of-balance-in-standing-and-walking
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Camila Shirota, Edwin van Asseldonk, Zlatko Matjačić, Heike Vallery, Pierre Barralon, Serena Maggioni, Jaap H Buurke, Jan F Veneman
Clinically useful and efficient assessment of balance during standing and walking is especially challenging in patients with neurological disorders. However, rehabilitation robots could facilitate assessment procedures and improve their clinical value. We present a short overview of balance assessment in clinical practice and in posturography. Based on this overview, we evaluate the potential use of robotic tools for such assessment. The novelty and assumed main benefits of using robots for assessment are their ability to assess 'severely affected' patients by providing assistance-as-needed, as well as to provide consistent perturbations during standing and walking while measuring the patient's reactions...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805571/palliative-care-and-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinsonism
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Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
The term palliative care (PC) is defined as a collection of interventions and strategies that helps to improve and sustain the quality of life of patients and caregivers in situations and scenarios associated with life-threatening illness. This is usually implemented by means of early identification and treatment of relevant motor and nonmotor issues such as pain, sleep, and autonomic dysfunction, dementia, and depression. In addition, a holistic PC program also includes delivery of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
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Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798906/cerebral-sinovenous-thrombosis
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Rebecca Ichord
Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is a rare but serious cerebrovascular disorder affecting children from the newborn period through childhood and adolescence. The incidence is estimated at 0.6/100,000/year, with 30-50% occurring in newborns. Causes are diverse and are highly age dependent. Acute systemic illness is the dominant risk factor among newborns. In childhood CSVT, acute infections of the head and neck such as mastoiditis are most common, followed by chronic underlying diseases such as nephrotic syndrome, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798317/sphingomyelin-as-a-myelin-biomarker-in-csf-of-acquired-demyelinating-neuropathies
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Giovanna Capodivento, Davide Visigalli, Martina Garnero, Roberto Fancellu, Michela Demetra Ferrara, Abdul Basit, Zeeshan Hamid, Vito Paolo Pastore, Silvano Garibaldi, Andrea Armirotti, Gianluigi Mancardi, Carlo Serrati, Elisabetta Capello, Angelo Schenone, Lucilla Nobbio
Fast, accurate and reliable methods to quantify the amount of myelin still lack, both in humans and experimental models. The overall objective of the present study was to demonstrate that sphingomyelin (SM) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients affected by demyelinating neuropathies is a myelin biomarker. We found that SM levels mirror both peripheral myelination during development and small myelin rearrangements in experimental models. As in acquired demyelinating peripheral neuropathies myelin breakdown occurs, SM amount in the CSF of these patients might detect the myelin loss...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790539/validation-of-the-disease-specific-questionnaire-msqol-54-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina-multiple-sclerosis-patients-sample
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Tarik Catic, Josip Culig, Enra Suljic, Admir Masic, Refet Gojak
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to validate Bosnian translation of disease specific quality of life measure MSQoL-54 which is widely used in practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Previously translated and culturally adopted MSQoL-54 questionnaire used in this study has been provided and licensed by Optum Inc. The questionnaire was validated in 62 MS patients seen at Neurology clinic at University Clinical Center Sarajevo, during April 2016 until May 2016. Internal reliabilities of Bosnian version MSQoL-54 were assessed for multiple item scales by using Cronbach's alpha coefficient...
April 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777173/restless-legs-syndrome-and-sleep-related-movement-disorders
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Lynn Marie Trotti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an update on six sleep-related movement disorders: restless legs syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder, sleep-related leg cramps, bruxism, rhythmic movement disorder, and propriospinal myoclonus, with an emphasis on RLS. RECENT FINDINGS: RLS is a common sensorimotor disorder that impairs quality of life. RLS is frequently comorbid to neurologic, psychiatric, vascular, and inflammatory diseases. Accumulating evidence implicates the pathophysiology of RLS as a state of dopamine dysfunction and iron deficiency that occurs on a background of genetic susceptibility conferred by 6 gene polymorphisms...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771907/xeroderma-pigmentosum-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Shinichi Moriwaki, Fumio Kanda, Masaharu Hayashi, Daisuke Yamashita, Yoshitada Sakai, Chikako Nishigori
Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a genetic photosensitive disorder in which patients are highly susceptibe to skin cancers on the sun-exposed body sites. In Japan, more than half of patients (30% worldwide) with XP show complications of idiopathic progressive, intractable neurological symptoms with poor prognoses. Therefore, this disease does not merely present with dermatological symptoms, such as photosensitivity, pigmentary change and skin cancers, but is "an intractable neurological and dermatological disease"...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768842/developing-an-outline-for-teleneurology-curriculum-aan-telemedicine-work-group-recommendations
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Raghav Govindarajan, Eric R Anderson, Roger R Hesselbrock, Ramesh Madhavan, Lauren R Moo, Nima Mowzoon, James Otis, Mark N Rubin, Madhu Soni, Jack W Tsao, Scott Vota, Hannah Planalp
The emerging field of teleneurology is delivering quality care to neurologic patients in increasingly numerous technologies and configurations. Teleneurology is well-positioned to address many of the logistical issues neurologists and their patients encounter today. However, formalized medical training has not caught up with this developing field, and there is a lack of formal education concentrating on the specific opportunities and challenges of teleneurology. Considering this, the American Academy of Neurology Telemedicine Work Group identified equivalencies with which any practitioner of teleneurology should be familiar...
August 2, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764938/neuroimaging-techniques-to-assess-inflammation-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Silvia Tommasin, Costanza Giannì, Laura De Giglio, Patrizia Pantano
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease that represents a leading cause of disability in young adults and is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of both white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM). Defining the presence or absence of inflammation on individual basis is a key point in choosing the therapy and monitoring the treatment response. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) represents the most sensitive non-invasive tool to monitor inflammation in the clinical practice. Indeed, in the early phase of inflammation MRI detects new lesions as extrusion of gadolinium contrast agents across the altered blood-brain-barrier (BBB)...
July 29, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763154/best-practices-in-peri-operative-management-of-patients-with-skeletal-dysplasias
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Klane K White, Viviana Bompadre, Michael J Goldberg, Michael B Bober, Tae-Joon Cho, Julie E Hoover-Fong, Melita Irving, William G Mackenzie, Shawn E Kamps, Cathleen Raggio, Gregory J Redding, Samantha S Spencer, Ravi Savarirayan, Mary C Theroux
Patients with skeletal dysplasia frequently require surgery. This patient population has an increased risk for peri-operative complications related to the anatomy of their upper airway, abnormalities of tracheal-bronchial morphology and function; deformity of their chest wall; abnormal mobility of their upper cervical spine; and associated issues with general health and body habitus. Utilizing evidence analysis and expert opinion, this study aims to describe best practices regarding the peri-operative management of patients with skeletal dysplasia...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761535/prognostication-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-proposal-for-a-new-simple-practical-scoring-system
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Vengalathur Ganesan Ramesh, Manianandan Ganapathi Vel Kannan, Kuchalmbal Sriram, Chandramouli Balasubramanian
CONTEXT: The ability to preoperatively predict the outcome in cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) helps in planning management and counseling the patient and family. AIMS: A simple prognostic scale, namely, the Madras Institute of Neurology Prognostic Scale (MINPS) for CSM has been proposed. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Six well-known prognostic factors, namely, age, duration of symptoms, neurological disability (Nurick's grade), number of levels of compression, effective canal diameter, and intrinsic cord changes, have been taken into account...
July 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759183/co-administration-of-cyclosporin-a-and-ondansetron-decreases-transient-local-cerebral-ischemic-injury-in-the-mouse
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OBJECTIVES: Several studies indicate that cyclosporin A has a protective effect against brain infarction. In this study, we aimed to determine if co-administration of cyclosporin A and ondansetron could reduce damage caused by cerebral ischemia. METHODS: ICR (Charles River Laboratories) mice were subjected to transient focal cerebral ischemia and divided into 4 groups (O, V, C, and Mix). Immediately after reperfusion, each ligand was administered intravenously through the external jugular vein...
July 31, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756471/the-research-agenda-for-trauma-critical-care
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REVIEW
Karim Asehnoune, Zsolt Balogh, Giuseppe Citerio, Andre Cap, Timothy Billiar, Nino Stocchetti, Mitchell J Cohen, Paolo Pelosi, Nicola Curry, Christine Gaarder, Russell Gruen, John Holcomb, Beverley J Hunt, Nicole P Juffermans, Mark Maegele, Mark Midwinter, Frederick A Moore, Michael O'Dwyer, Jean-François Pittet, Herbert Schöchl, Martin Schreiber, Philip C Spinella, Simon Stanworth, Robert Winfield, Karim Brohi
In this research agenda on the acute and critical care management of trauma patients, we concentrate on the major factors leading to death, namely haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In haemostasis biology, the results of randomised controlled trials have led to the therapeutic focus moving away from the augmentation of coagulation factors (such as recombinant factor VIIa) and towards fibrinogen supplementation and administration of antifibrinolytics such as tranexamic acid. Novel diagnostic techniques need to be evaluated to determine whether an individualised precision approach is superior to current empirical practice...
July 29, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751850/anmco-sic-sici-gise-sicch-executive-summary-of-consensus-document-on-risk-stratification-in-elderly-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-before-surgery-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Giovanni Pulignano, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Samuele Baldasseroni, Francesco Bedogni, Giovanni Cioffi, Ciro Indolfi, Francesco Romeo, Adriano Murrone, Francesco Musumeci, Alessandro Parolari, Leonardo Patanè, Paolo Giuseppe Pino, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aortic stenosis is one of the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public health resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly people with severe aortic stenosis is not eligible to surgery because of the advanced age, frailty, and multiple co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
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