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Fatigue and MS

Vincent Di Fazio, Sarah M R Wille, Stefan W Toennes, Janelle H P van Wel, Johannes G Ramaekers, Nele Samyn
Using the Belgian Drugs and Driving procedure, 36% of the cocaine positive oral fluid (OF) screening results were not confirmed in plasma. This study investigates the impact of the choice of screening devices and confirmation matrix on the detection of cocaine use. An UPLC-MS/MS method quantifying cocaine, benzoylecgonine (BZE), and other basic drugs in OF was developed and validated. This method monitored OF samples obtained either from a roadside (n =12) or a double-blind controlled study with cocaine users (n=10) who were given either a capsule containing 300 mg of cocaine-HCl or a placebo...
March 10, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
Neil H Riordan, Isabela Morales, Giselle Fernández, Nicole Allen, Neal E Fearnot, Michael E Leckrone, Dedra Jones Markovich, Darla Mansfield, Dorita Avila, Amit N Patel, Santosh Kesari, Jorge Paz Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressively debilitating neurological condition in which the immune system abnormally erodes the myelin sheath insulating the nerves. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used in the last decade to safely treat certain immune and inflammatory conditions. METHODS: A safety and feasibility study was completed on the use of umbilical cord MSC (UCMSC) as a treatment for MS. In this 1-year study, consenting subjects received seven intravenous infusions of 20 × 106 UCMSC over 7 days...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Amy-Lee Sesel, Louise Sharpe, Sharon L Naismith
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial interventions are often used as an adjunct to the medical management of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the efficacy of such approaches for a range of psychosocial indications remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of psychosocial therapies for people with MS (PwMS). METHODS: We searched 6 electronic databases (Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, and Clinicaltrials...
March 8, 2018: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Olga von Bismarck, Theresa Dankowski, Björn Ambrosius, Nicole Hessler, Gisela Antony, Andreas Ziegler, Muna-Miriam Hoshi, Lilian Aly, Felix Luessi, Sergiu Groppa, Luisa Klotz, Sven G Meuth, Björn Tackenberg, Muriel Stoppe, Florian Then Bergh, Hayrettin Tumani, Tania Kümpfel, Martin Stangel, Christoph Heesen, Brigitte Wildemann, Friedemann Paul, Antonios Bayas, Clemens Warnke, Frank Weber, Ralf A Linker, Ulf Ziemann, Uwe K Zettl, Frauke Zipp, Heinz Wiendl, Bernhard Hemmer, Ralf Gold, Anke Salmen
Objective: To assess clinical characteristics, distribution of disease-modifying treatments (DMTs), and neuropsychological symptoms in a large cohort of patients with early-stage MS. Methods: The German National MS Cohort is a multicenter prospective longitudinal cohort study that has recruited DMT-naive patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) since 2010. We evaluated their baseline characteristics and the prevalence of neuropsychological symptoms...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Natalia C Drosu, Elazer R Edelman, David E Housman
We present the case of an HIV-negative patient clinically diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS who achieved significant disease improvement on Combivir (zidovudine/lamivudine). Within months of treatment, the patient reported complete resolution of previously unremitting fatigue and paresthesiae, with simultaneous improvements in lesion burden detected by MRI. All improvements have been sustained for more than three years. This response may be related to the action of zidovudine as a known inhibitor of EBV lytic DNA replication, suggesting future directions for clinical investigation...
February 27, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Carlos Cobo-Vázquez, Gemma De Blas, Pablo García-Canas, María Del Carmen Gasco-García
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation requires the provider to adopt positions that could be dangerous for his or her spine, specifically affecting the muscles and ligaments in the lumbar zone and the scapular spinal muscles. Increased fatigue caused by muscular activity during the resuscitation could produce a loss of quality and efficacy, resulting in compromising resuscitation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the maximum time a rescuer can perform uninterrupted chest compressions correctly without muscle fatigue...
2018: Anesthesia Progress
Barbara Seebacher, Raija Kuisma, Angela Glynn, Thomas Berger
Background: Motor imagery (MI) is increasingly used in neurorehabilitation to facilitate motor performance. Our previous study results demonstrated significantly improved walking after rhythmic-cued MI in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). The present feasibility study was aimed to obtain preliminary information of changes in walking, fatigue, quality of life (QoL) and MI ability following cued and non-cued MI in pwMS. The study further investigated the feasibility of a larger study and examined the reliability of a two-dimensional gait analysis system...
2018: Archives of Physiotherapy
Guido Giunti, Vasiliki Mylonopoulou, Octavio Rivera Romero
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the world's most common neurologic disorders. Fatigue is one of most common symptoms that persons with MS experience, having significant impact on their quality of life and limiting their activity levels. Self-management strategies are used to support them in the care of their health. Mobile health (mHealth) solutions are a way to offer persons with chronic conditions tools to successfully manage their symptoms and problems. Gamification is a current trend among mHealth apps used to create engaging user experiences and is suggested to be effective for behavioral change...
March 2, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Cesare Cavalera, Marco Rovaris, Laura Mendozzi, Luigi Pugnetti, Massimo Garegnani, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Enrico Molinari, Francesco Pagnini
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a relevant impact on quality of life (QOL) and is associated with increased risks of psychological morbidity. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are among the most studied interventions, although few well-conducted studies have tested them in this field. Furthermore, the participation in typical MBIs may be impaired by time and logistics. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to test the efficacy of an online MBI to improve QOL, psychological well-being, sleep, and fatigue...
February 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Melissa Colbeck
BACKGROUND: Quality of life for persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is significantly lower than population norms. Fatigue, both physical and cognitive, is one of the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms of MS that decrease quality of life. Cognitive fatigue presents similarly to sensory overresponsiveness, but the connection has not been explored. PURPOSE: This study aims to describe how sensory-processing preferences and cognitive fatigue relate to variances in quality of life for people with MS...
January 1, 2018: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergothérapie
M Mäurer, K Schuh, S Seibert, M Baier, C Hentschke, R Streber, A Tallner, K Pfeifer
Background: Fatigue is a major symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients, and it has been shown to improve with physical exercise. Although fingolimod might lessen fatigue, it is unclear how patients treated with fingolimod react to physical activity regarding fatigue. Objective: This study evaluated the effect of an exercise intervention on fatigue in relapsing-remitting MS patients receiving fingolimod. Methods: People with MS (PwMS) were randomized to either a structured internet-based exercise program (e-training) or no e-training intervention...
January 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Jason A Berard, Andra M Smith, Lisa A S Walker
Objective: Cognitive fatigue (CF) can be defined as decreased performance with sustained cognitive effort. The present study examined the interrelatedness of disease severity, fatigue, depression, and sleep quality in order to evaluate their predictive roles of CF in MS. Four theoretical models examining these variables were assessed. Methods: Fifty-eight individuals with a diagnosis of MS were recruited. CF was measured by examining last third versus first third performance on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT)...
February 17, 2018: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
Alessandro Serra, Clara G Chisari, Manuela Matta
Multiple sclerosis (MS) commonly causes eye movement abnormalities that may have a significant impact on patients' disability. Inflammatory demyelinating lesions, especially occurring in the posterior fossa, result in a wide range of disorders, spanning from acquired pendular nystagmus (APN) to internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO), among the most common. As the control of eye movements is well understood in terms of anatomical substrate and underlying physiological network, studying ocular motor abnormalities in MS provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into mechanisms of disease...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Sven Jaeger, Friedemann Paul, Michael Scheel, Alexander Brandt, Josephine Heine, Daniel Pach, Claudia M Witt, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Carsten Finke
OBJECTIVE: Since recent studies suggested a role of the striatum and prefrontal cortex for multiple sclerosis (MS)-related fatigue, we investigated resting-state functional connectivity alterations of striatal subdivisions and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC). METHODS: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was acquired in 77 relapsing-remitting MS patients (38 fatigued (F-MS), 39 non-fatigued (NF-MS)) and 41 matched healthy controls (HC)...
February 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
U Palm, M A Chalah, A Créange, J-P Lefaucheur, S S Ayache
Fatigue and depression are frequent symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS). Both are overlapping and shadowing each other and may impair the quality of life. For detection of depression symptoms in MS, the Multiple Sclerosis Depression Rating Scale (MSDRS) has been proposed recently. Here, we compare the performance of MSDRS in MS patients with and without fatigue to that of established rating scales, i.e. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and Beck Depression Inventory. Twenty-nine MS patients were screened for fatigue and depression symptoms...
February 17, 2018: L'Encéphale
L E van den Akker, H Beckerman, E H Collette, H Knoop, G Bleijenberg, J W Twisk, J Dekker, V de Groot
BACKGROUND: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) effectively reduces fatigue directly following treatment in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but little is known about the process of change during and after CBT. DESIGN: Additional analysis of a randomized clinical trial. OBJECTIVE: To investigate which psychological factors mediate change in fatigue during and after CBT. METHODS: TREFAMS-CBT studied the effectiveness of a 16-week CBT treatment for MS-related fatigue...
March 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Michael J Asmussen, Vinzenz von Tscharner, Benno M Nigg
During dynamic or sustained isometric contractions, bursts of muscle activity appear in the electromyography (EMG) signal. Theoretically, these bursts of activity likely occur because motor units are constrained to fire temporally close to one another and thus the impulses are "clustered" with short delays to elicit bursts of muscle activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a sequence comprised of "clustered" motor unit action potentials (MUAP) can explain spectral and amplitude changes of the EMG during a simulated motor task...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Artemios Artemiadis, Maria Anagnostouli, Ioannis Zalonis, Konstantinos Chairopoulos, Nikos Triantafyllou
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment (CI) has been associated with numerous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indices in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. In this study we investigated the association of a large set of 2D and 3D MRI markers with cognitive function in MS. METHODS: A sample of 61 RRMS patients (mean age 41.8 ± 10.6 years old, 44 women, mean disease duration 137.9 ± 83.9 months) along with 51 age and gender matched healthy controls was used in this cross-sectional study...
February 6, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Zohara Sternberg
The high prevalence of osteoporosis, observed in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, has been attributed to reduced mobility and or the use of disease-modifying drugs. However, MS-impaired cardiovascular autonomic nervous system (ANS) function has the potential of reducing bone mass density (BMD) by altering the expression and/or function of the neuronal, systemic, and local mediators of bone remodeling. This review describes the complex regulation of bone homeostasis with a focus on MS, providing evidence that ANS dysfunction and low BMD are intertwined with MS inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes, and with other MS-related morbidities, including depression, fatigue, and migraine...
February 10, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
Guido Giunti, Jan Kool, Octavio Rivera Romero, Enrique Dorronzoro Zubiete
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the world's most common neurologic disorders, with symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive problems, and issues with mobility. Evidence suggests that physical activity (PA) helps people with MS reduce fatigue and improve quality of life. The use of mobile technologies for health has grown in recent years with little involvement from relevant stakeholders. User-centered design (UCD) is a design philosophy with the goal of creating solutions specific to the needs and tasks of the intended users...
February 9, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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