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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102882/factors-associated-with-significant-mri-findings-in-medical-walk-in-patients-with-acute-headache
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Joris Budweg, Till Sprenger, Anthony De Vere-Tyndall, Anne Hagenkord, Christoph Stippich, Christoph T Berger
QUESTION: Acute headache is a main reason for emergency consultations and can be a symptom of dangerous neurological conditions. We hypothesised that in medical walk-in headache patients with low suspicion of intracranial bleeding significant findings in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are associated with clinical features. METHODS: Retrospective chart review on medical outpatient referrals for brain MRI (2010-2014) with the chief complaint "acute headache" (duration <4 weeks)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095960/medical-reasons-for-loss-of-license-in-norwegian-professional-pilots
#2
Jesper Kristiansen Høva, Lars Thorheim, Anthony S Wagstaff
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to quantify causes of medical disqualification (groundings) of Norwegian commercial pilots for the period 2006-2010, and to compare our findings with former Norwegian studies on the subject to reveal possible changes in the disease spectrum over the last decades. We compared our data with previous studies for the periods 1982-1997 and 1997-2001, respectively. METHODS: The material was collected from the aeromedical section's archive...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092989/therapeutic-complement-inhibition-a-promising-approach-for-treatment-of-neuroimmunological-diseases
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Kjara S Pilch, Peter Spaeth, Yuki Nobuhiro, Benjamin R Wakerley
Autoimmunity is an important cause of disease both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Aetiologies and clinical manifestations are complex and heterogeneous. Inappropriate control of complement activation at inappropriate sites has been recognized as a major determinant in several neurological conditions, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuromyelitis optica. In each case pathogenesis is thought to be associated with generation of autoantibodies which upon binding guide activation of the complement system to self-tissue...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092837/differential-diagnosis-of-a-paroxysmal-neurological-event-do-neurologists-know-how-to-clinically-recognize-it
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Aleksandar J Ristić, Ksenija Mijović, Zoran Bukumirić, Nikola Vojvodić, Slavko Janković, Vladimir Baščarević, Tijana Đukić, Dragoslav Sokić
PURPOSE: To investigate ability to recognize paroxysmal neurological events (PNE) based on video-recorded events alone in a group of physicians treating prevalent neurological conditions. METHODS: Total of 12 patients' videos (6 epileptic seizures (ES), 4 psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), 2 other nonepileptic seizures (oNES)) were selected. Videos were displayed once to physicians blind to clinical data and final diagnosis. Physicians determined their clinical choice: ES, PNES, oNES, and I don't know (IDK)...
January 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089653/priming-theta-burst-stimulation-enhances-motor-cortex-plasticity-in-young-but-not-old-adults
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George M Opie, Eleni Vosnakis, Michael C Ridding, Ulf Ziemann, John G Semmler
BACKGROUND: Primary motor cortex neuroplasticity is reduced in old adults, which may contribute to the motor deficits commonly observed in the elderly. Previous research in young subjects suggests that the neuroplastic response can be enhanced using non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), with a larger plastic response observed following priming with both long-term potentiation (LTP) and depression (LTD)-like protocols. However, it is not known if priming stimulation can also modulate plasticity in older adults...
January 4, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078566/an-eye-tracking-controlled-neuropsychological-battery-for-cognitive-assessment-in-neurological-diseases
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Barbara Poletti, Laura Carelli, Federica Solca, Annalisa Lafronza, Elisa Pedroli, Andrea Faini, Stefano Zago, Nicola Ticozzi, Andrea Ciammola, Claudia Morelli, Paolo Meriggi, Pietro Cipresso, Dorothée Lulé, Albert C Ludolph, Giuseppe Riva, Vincenzo Silani
Traditional cognitive assessment in neurological conditions involving physical disability is often prevented by the presence of verbal-motor impairment; to date, an extensive motor-verbal-free neuropsychological battery is not available for such purposes. We adapted a set of neuropsychological tests, assessing language, attentional abilities, executive functions and social cognition, for eye-tracking (ET) control, and explored its feasibility in a sample of healthy participants. Thirty healthy subjects performed a neuropsychological assessment, using an ET-based neuropsychological battery, together with standard "paper and pencil" cognitive measures for frontal (Frontal Assessment Battery-FAB) and working memory abilities (Digit Sequencing Task) and for global cognitive efficiency (Montreal Cognitive Assessment-MoCA)...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074985/-characteristics-and-evolution-of-patients-admitted-to-a-public-hospital-intensive-care-unit
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Carolina Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Díaz, Juan Marcelo Zapata, Sebastián Bravo, Sergio Panay, Cristina Escobar, Jorge Godoy, Max Andresen, Ricardo Castro
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of critical patients in Chile could differ from that reported in international studies. AIM: To describe the causes of admission and evolution of patients who were admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of a general hospital in Chile in a two-year period (2012-2013). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out using the ICU database. The following variables were registered: admission diagnosis, APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation), days of mechanical ventilation (MV), ICU length of stay and ICU and hospital survival...
October 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069620/prenatal-exposure-to-antiepileptic-drugs-and-use-of-primary-healthcare-during-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-denmark
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Anne Mette Würtz, Dorte Rytter, Claus Høstrup Vestergaard, Jakob Christensen, Mogens Vestergaard, Bodil Hammer Bech
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been associated with adverse outcomes in the offspring such as congenital malformations and neuropsychiatric disorders. The objective of this study was to investigate whether prenatal exposure to AEDs is also associated with more frequent use of primary healthcare during childhood. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Nationwide national registers in Denmark. PARTICIPANTS: All live-born singletons in Denmark during 1997-2012 identified in the Danish National Patient Register and followed until 31 December 2013 (n=963 010)...
January 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066873/management-of-posterior-inferior-cerebellar-artery-aneurysms-what-factors-play-the-most-important-role-in-outcome
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Alena Sejkorová, Ondra Petr, Miriam Mulino, Jiří Cihlář, Aleš Hejčl, Claudius Thomé, Martin Sameš, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND: Posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) aneurysms are an uncommon, heterogeneous group of aneurysms with poorer clinical outcomes compared to other intracranial aneurysms. We performed a multicenter retrospective study to analyze the outcome in a large series of patients treated with modern microsurgical and endovascular techniques. METHODS: Records of 94 patients treated for PICA aneurysms between 2000 and 2015 at three large tertiary referral centers were retrospectively reviewed...
January 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066149/neuroprotective-effect-of-lithium-after-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus-in-mice
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Namgue Hong, Yun-Sik Choi, Seong Yun Kim, Hee Jung Kim
Status epilepticus is the most common serious neurological condition triggered by abnormal electrical activity, leading to severe and widespread cell loss in the brain. Lithium has been one of the main drugs used for the treatment of bipolar disorder for decades, and its anticonvulsant and neuroprotective properties have been described in several neurological disease models. However, the therapeutic mechanisms underlying lithium's actions remain poorly understood. The muscarinic receptor agonist pilocarpine is used to induce status epilepticus, which is followed by hippocampal damage...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063629/the-autoimmune-risk-gene-zmiz1-is-a-vitamin-d-responsive-marker-of-a-molecular-phenotype-of-multiple-sclerosis
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N L Fewings, P N Gatt, F C McKay, G P Parnell, S D Schibeci, J Edwards, M A Basuki, A Goldinger, M J Fabis-Pedrini, A G Kermode, C P Manrique, J L McCauley, D Nickles, S E Baranzini, T Burke, S Vucic, G J Stewart, D R Booth
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition driven in part by immune cells from the peripheral circulation, the targets for current successful therapies. The autoimmune and MS risk gene ZMIZ1 is underexpressed in blood in people with MS. We show that, from three independent sets of transcriptomic data, expression of ZMIZ1 is tightly correlated with that of hundreds of other genes. Further we show expression is partially heritable (heritability 0.26), relatively stable over time, predominantly in plasmacytoid dendritic cells and non-classical monocytes, and that levels of ZMIZ1 protein expression are reduced in MS...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061403/berberine-ameliorates-intrahippocampal-kainate-induced-status-epilepticus-and-consequent-epileptogenic-process-in-the-rat-underlying-mechanisms
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Reza Sedaghat, Yosra Taab, Zahra Kiasalari, Siamak Afshin-Majd, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Mehrdad Roghani
Status epilepticus (SE) is a life-threatening neurologic condition, instigating epileptogenesis to transform normal brain to an epileptic condition. SE is followed by spontaneous recurrent seizures (SRS) and final development of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) that is resistant to treatment. Neuroprotective strategies are increasingly put forward as a promising therapy to prevent and/or manage epileptic conditions. In this study, we investigated whether berberis alkaloid, i.e. berberine (BBR), could ameliorate intrahippocampal kainate-induced SE and its consequent epileptogenic process and to explore some underlying mechanisms...
January 3, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040410/a-genome-wide-association-study-of-fast-beta-eeg-in-families-of-european-ancestry
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Jacquelyn L Meyers, Jian Zhang, Niklas Manz, Madhavi Rangaswamy, Chella Kamarajan, Leah Wetherill, David B Chorlian, Sun J Kang, Lance Bauer, Victor Hesselbrock, John Kramer, Samuel Kuperman, John I Nurnberger, Jay Tischfield, Jen Chyong Wang, Howard J Edenberg, Alison Goate, Tatiana Foroud, Bernice Porjesz
BACKGROUND: Differences in fast beta (20-28 Hz) electroencephalogram (EEG) oscillatory activity distinguish some individuals with psychiatric and substance use disorders, suggesting that it may be a useful endophenotype for studying the genetics of disorders characterized by neural hyper-excitability. Despite the high heritability estimates provided by twin and family studies, there have been relatively few genetic studies of beta EEG, and to date only one genetic association finding has replicated (i...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031978/translational-research-needs-us-to-go-back-to-basics-and-collaborate-interview-with-lars-sundstrom
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Lars Sundstrom
Lars Sundstrom is Director of Enterprise and Translation at the West of England Academic Health Sciences Network [1] (UK), a Professor of Practice in Translational Medicine and Co-Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at Bristol University [2] (UK), and an honorary Professor of Medicine at Cardiff University (UK). He has extensive experience in translational medicine and clinical neurosciences, holding positions at several eminent universities. He has also held executive and board-level positions at several SMEs, developing new therapeutics for neurological conditions and tools for drug discovery...
September 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028801/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-basic-principles-and-clinical-applications-in-migraine
#15
Anthony T Barker, Kevin Shields
PURPOSE: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a neurophysiological technique with a long established pedigree of safety, tolerability, and efficacy. Initially TMS was used to study the function of the cerebral cortex, but it has now become a treatment for migraine, one of the most common and debilitating neurological conditions. In this review we discuss the scientific background and development of the technique. We explore its application for the treatment of migraine and ponder the possible mechanisms of action in this most common neurological condition...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028432/rhabdomyolysis-and-autoimmune-variant-stiff-person-syndrome
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Shreyas Gangadhara, Suhas Gangadhara, Chetan Gandhy, Derrick Robertson
Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare neurologic disorder characterized by waxing and waning muscular rigidity, stiffness and spasms. Three subtypes have been described: paraneoplastic, autoimmune and idiopathic. Rhabdomyolysis has been described in the paraneoplastic variant, but to our knowledge no case has been reported involving the autoimmune variant. We report a case report of a 50-year-old man with history of SPS who presented with recurrent episodes of severe limb and back spasms. He was hospitalized on two separate occasions for uncontrollable spasms associated with renal failure and creatinine phosphokinase elevations of 55,000 and 22,000 U/L respectively...
October 24, 2016: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027960/investigating-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-cervical-spinal-cord-at-3t
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Falk Eippert, Yazhuo Kong, Anderson M Winkler, Jesper L Andersson, Jürgen Finsterbusch, Christian Büchel, Jonathan C W Brooks, Irene Tracey
The study of spontaneous fluctuations in the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal has recently been extended from the brain to the spinal cord. Two ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have provided evidence for reproducible resting-state connectivity between the dorsal horns as well as between the ventral horns, and a study in non-human primates has shown that these resting-state signals are impacted by spinal cord injury. As these studies were carried out at ultra-high field strengths using region-of-interest (ROI) based analyses, we investigated whether such resting-state signals could also be observed at the clinically more prevalent field strength of 3T...
December 24, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018094/a-rare-case-of-idiopathic-thumb-cmc-joint-neuropathic-arthropathy-complicated-by-blunt-trauma
#18
Manavdeep Singh, R R Butala, R G Khedekar, Manish Tripati
Neuropathic arthropathy (Charcot joints), which most frequently affects the weight-bearing joints of the body, is commonly associated with a variety of medical and neurological conditions, and is notoriously difficult to treat due to the nature of the underlying pathology. We present a case of idiopathic neuropathic arthropathy of the thumb CMC joint of an elderly female complicated by blunt trauma to the thumb. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in the literature of this rare association.
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017696/ethnobiological-treatments-of-neurological-conditions-in-the-chota-nagpur-plateau-india
#19
Abhijit Dey, Partha Gorai, Anuradha Mukherjee, Raghunath Dhan, Biplob Kumar Modak
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the contribution of traditional medicine in the primary health care system. WHO also considers neurological disorders as one of the prime concern to the public health. Inadequate and inaccessible health facilities in the rural and underprivileged areas have forced the various tribal and non-tribal communities to use ethno-phyto and ethno-zoo therapeutics against different ailments. Chota Nagpur Plateau, India is one of the richest in India in terms of plant and animal diversity, and houses a number of indigenous communities often practising their own ethnobiological medicines...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017149/htlv-1-associated-neurological-disorders
#20
Muhammad Yasir Khan, Ishaq Nasib Khan, Muhammad Farman, Saleh Al Karim, Ishtiaq Qadri, Muhammad Amjad Kamal, Khalid Al Ghamdi, Steve Harakeh
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a retrovirus which is endemic to certain regions of the world and infects around 10-20 million people. HTLV-1 is the etiologic agent of Adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma and HTLV-1 associated neurological disorders including mainly HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/Tropical spastic paraparesis. The involvement of the central nervous diseases occurs among: HTLV-1 infected patients from endemic areas, HIV positive individuals and drug users. The ability of HTLV-1 to cause associated neuropathies starts with the virus crossing the blood brain barrier (BBB), then entering and infecting the cells of the central nervous system...
December 22, 2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
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