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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343188/multimodal-evoked-potentials-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-in-assessment-of-the-course-of-the-disease
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Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Magdalena Torbus, Katarzyna Kubicka-Bączyk, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak, Agata Kierber, Katarzyna Borucka, Małgorzata Zellner, Anna Starostak-Tatar, Krystyna Pierzchała
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system with a multifocal damage. THE AIM: The assessment of the MS course by multimodal evoked potentials (EP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We evaluated 95 patients (63 female, 32 male) with relapsing-remitting MS in the average age of 36.4±10.4. The average disease duration was 4.6±7.4 year. Among them, 48 patients (50.5%) were treated with immunomodulatory drugs...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342943/would-i-take-antipsychotics-if-i-had-psychotic-symptoms-examining-determinants-of-the-decision-to-take-antipsychotics
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Fabrice Berna, Anja S Göritz, Pierre-Michel Llorca, Pierre Vidailhet, Guillaume Fond, Steffen Moritz
Poor adherence to treatment in schizophrenia is mainly associated to patients-related factors. However, social negative representations of schizophrenia and its treatment may also contribute to patients' decision to take or not to take antipsychotics. A web-based study on 1807 participants was conducted during which participants imagined that they had a particular chronic illness based on clinical vignettes (mental illnesses: schizophrenia, depression; somatic illnesses: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis)...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342735/inhibition-of-effector-antigen-specific-t-cells-by-intradermal-administration-of-heme-oxygenase-1-inducers
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Thomas Simon, Julien Pogu, Séverine Rémy, Frédéric Brau, Sylvie Pogu, Maud Maquigneau, Jean-François Fonteneau, Nicolas Poirier, Bernard Vanhove, Gilles Blancho, Eliane Piaggio, Ignacio Anegon, Philippe Blancou
Developing protocols aimed at inhibiting effector T cells would be key for the treatment of T cell-dependent autoimmune diseases including type 1 autoimmune diabetes (T1D) and multiple sclerosis (MS). While heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) inducers are clinically approved drugs for non-immune-related diseases, they do have immunosuppressive properties when administered systemically in rodents. Here we show that HO-1 inducers inhibit antigen-specific effector T cells when injected intradermally together with the T cell cognate antigens in mice...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338498/challenge-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-therapy
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Alan J Thompson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the mechanisms underlying progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) and identifying appropriate therapeutic targets is a key challenge facing the MS community. This challenge has been championed internationally by organizations such as the Progressive MS Alliance, which has raised the profile of progressive MS and identified the key obstacles to treatment. This review will outline the considerable progress against these challenges. RECENT FINDINGS: New insights into mechanisms underlying progression have opened up potential therapeutic opportunities...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338393/contraception-for-women-with-multiple-sclerosis-guidance-for-healthcare-providers
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Maria K Houtchens, Lauren B Zapata, Kathryn M Curtis, Maura K Whiteman
Family planning is essential for any comprehensive treatment plan for women of reproductive age with multiple sclerosis (MS), including counseling on using effective contraception to optimally time desired and prevent unintended pregnancies. This topical review summarizes the first evidence-based recommendations on contraception safety for women with MS. In 2016, evidence-based recommendations for contraceptive use by women with MS were included in US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. They were developed after review of published scientific evidence on contraception safety and consultation with experts...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337659/a20-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-parkinson-s-disease-clue-to-a-common-dysregulation-of-anti-inflammatory-pathways
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Simona Perga, Serena Martire, Francesca Montarolo, Nicole D Navone, Andrea Calvo, Giuseppe Fuda, Alberto Marchet, Daniela Leotta, Adriano Chiò, Antonio Bertolotto
Chronic inflammation significantly contributes to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders. In physiological conditions, a chronic inflammatory state is prevented through the termination of the acute inflammatory response once the triggering insult is eliminated. Several mechanisms regulate the resolution of inflammation. Among these, a potent inhibitor of the pro-inflammatory NF-kB signaling known as A20 has emerged as a key player. Recent studies have shown reduced blood levels of A20 in the patients of diverse chronic inflammatory diseases...
March 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337205/high-interferon-%C3%AE-uniquely-in-v%C3%AE-1-t-cells-correlates-with-markers-of-inflammation-and-axonal-damage-in-early-multiple-sclerosis
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Avadhesh Kumar Singh, Lenka Novakova, Markus Axelsson, Clas Malmeström, Henrik Zetterberg, Jan Lycke, Susanna L Cardell
We have identified a population of T lymphocytes in peripheral blood, Vδ1 TCRγδ T lymphocytes, which unexpectedly was uniquely expressing high production of interferon-γ in newly diagnosed, untreated multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. IFN-γ production in this population distinctly correlated to parameters of clinical disease activity, inflammation, and neuronal damage. These Vδ1 T lymphocytes belong to a population of innate T lymphocytes that recognize antigen in the context of CD1d/CD1c and which include reactivity to the myelin glycosphingolipid sulfatide...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337062/successful-treatment-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-uveitis-with-tocilizumab
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F Alokaily, A Al Saati, A Jawad
A 33-year-old man with history of lymphoma was misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis (MS) 18 months previously, developed intermediate uveitis, unresponsive to interferon, and corticosteroids. A diagnosis of Behçet's disease (BD) was made on the basis of recurrent orogenital ulceration, erythema nodosum, and a positive pathergy test. The patient was started on Tocilizumab and experienced an improvement in visual acuity and intraocular inflammation over the following 2 weeks. In patients with BD-related uveitis, Tocilizumab can be an effective alternative to anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha medications...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336784/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-fingolimod-treatment-on-microglial-activation-using-serial-pet-imaging-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Marcus Sucksdorff, Eero Rissanen, Jouni Tuisku, Salla Nuutinen, Teemu Paavilainen, Johanna Rokka, Juha Rinne, Laura Airas
Traditionally, multiple sclerosis (MS) has been considered a white matter (WM) disease with focal inflammatory lesions. It is, however, becoming clear that significant pathology, such as microglial activation, also takes place outside the plaque areas, i.e. in areas of normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and gray matter (GM). Microglial activation can be detected in vivo using an 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) binding radioligands and positron emission tomography (PET). It is unknown whether fingolimod affects microglial activation in MS...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335743/reasons-for-discontinuation-of-subcutaneous-interferon-%C3%AE-1a-three-times-a-week-among-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-real-world-cohort-study
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Meritxell Sabidó-Espin, Rick Munschauer
BACKGROUND: Continuation of interferon (IFN) β-based therapies is important for maximum treatment effectiveness in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS); however, few real-world data are available on discontinuation from IFN β. The aim of this cohort analysis was to estimate real-world discontinuation rates up to 3 years among MS patients in the United States taking subcutaneous (sc) IFN β-1a three times a week (tiw) and to identify whether the factors associated with discontinuation change over time...
March 23, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333552/treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis-during-pregnancy-safety-considerations
#11
Jan Thone, Sandra Thiel, Ralf Gold, Kerstin Hellwig
Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) are treated early in the disease course with disease modifying therapies (DMT). Updated information is needed on pregnancy outcomes of DMT-exposed pregnancies and the effect of the drug withdrawal on MS disease activity. Areas covered: In this review, we will cover the most important updated management strategies in planning a pregnancy when having MS. Expert opinion: MS itself does not increase the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes and does not negatively influence the long-term course of the disease...
March 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331881/severe-cytomegalovirus-gastritis-during-natalizumab-mediated-immunosuppression
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Stephen P Persaud, Adil Hassan, Anjum Hassan, Tariq Hassan
We report a 35-year-old female receiving natalizumab as monotherapy for multiple sclerosis who subsequently developed severe cytomegalovirus gastritis. As cytomegalovirus gastritis has not been previously described during natalizumab treatment, we discuss the biological plausibility of this potential association and avenues for further study.
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331298/psychosocial-predictors-of-patient-adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapies-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Fahad D Alosaimi, Alaa AlMulhem, Hanan AlShalan, Mohammad Alqazlan, Abdulgader Aldaif, Matthew Kowgier, Janooshsheya Balasundaram, Sanjeev Sockalingam
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to identify the impact of psychosocial predictors, specifically relationship style, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, cognitive impairment, and culture-specific disease beliefs, on treatment adherence for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. METHODS: In this cross-sectional observational study, patients from two MS clinics in Saudi Arabia completed self-reported questionnaires focused on MS treatment adherence, physical symptom burden, relationship style, cultural beliefs, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and cognitive impairment...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328761/drug-efficacy-monitoring-in-pharmacotherapy-of-multiple-sclerosis-with-biological-agents
#14
M Caldano, W Raoul, T Rispens, A Bertolotto
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a heterogeneous disease. Although several EMA approved Disease Modifying Treatments including biopharmaceuticals are available, their efficacy is limited and a certain percentage of patients are always non-responsive. Drug Efficacy Monitoring is an important tool to identify these non-responsive patients early on. Currently, Detection of Anti-Drug Antibodies and quantification of Biological Activity are used as methods of efficacy monitoring for Interferon beta (IFNβ) and Natalizumab (NAT) therapies...
March 22, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325251/interferon-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-tma-analysis-and-concise-review
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REVIEW
Ajay Kundra, Jen Chin Wang
Interferon (IFN) has been associated with development of thrombotic microangiopathy including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). We reviewed literature from the earliest reported association in 1993, to July 2016 and found 68 cases. Analysis of this data shows: (1) Mean age at diagnosis was 47 years (95% CI, 44-50). (2) Majority of cases were seen where IFN was used for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and one case each for hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and Sezary syndrome...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324879/quantitative-analysis-of-uveitis-macular-edema-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-receiving-deep-posterior-sub-tenon-triamcinolone-acetonide-injection
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Svetlana Jovanović, Tatjana Šarenac Vulović, Filip Radotić, Zorica Tončić, Maja Živković, Nenad Petrović
AIM: We aimed to analyze the effects of adjunctive posterior sub-Tenon capsule triamcinolone acetonide injection in the treatment of intermediate uveitis macular edema in multiple sclerosis patients that could not be controlled by systemic corticosteroid medications and immunomodulators. METHODS: The study included 30 eyes of 25 patients with multiple sclerosis who received a posterior sub-Tenon injection of 40 mg/mL triamcinolone acetonide. Parameters monitored for therapy efficiency were best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, central foveal thickness (CFT), and fluorescein angiography (FA) scores...
March 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323645/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Anusha K Yeshokumar, Sona Narula, Brenda Banwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the epidemiologic factors involved in the pathogenesis of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), which have been the focus of numerous studies in the last several years. We also review the clinical features (including diagnostic evaluation and differential diagnosis) of, treatment approach to, and prognosis of pediatric MS. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to 10% of patients with MS have their initial demyelinating before the age of 18 years...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323224/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-treatments
#18
Gaëlle Clavel, Antoine Moulignier, Luca Semerano
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system due to reactivation of the JC virus (JCV). PML is extremely uncommon despite the high prevalence of the virus in the general population. No specific treatment is available, and the prognosis is bleak. The diagnosis is based on brain imaging findings, detection of the JCV genome in cerebrospinal fluid samples and, in some cases, histological studies of the brain lesions. The pathophysiological mechanisms that drive the development of PML are incompletely understood...
March 16, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321835/teriflunomide-for-multiple-sclerosis-in-real-world-setting
#19
M L Elkjaer, T Molnar, Z Illes
OBJECTIVES: Teriflunomide 14 mg is a once-daily oral disease-modifying treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. We examined adverse event (AE) profile and efficacy in real life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this observational cohort study, we retrospectively examined 1521 blood samples and data of 102 patients followed for up to 28 months. RESULTS: The number of female patients starting teriflunomide peaked in the fifth decade, 10 years later compared to male patients (P<...
March 20, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321351/bilateral-birdshot-retinochoroiditis-and-retinal-astrocytoma
#20
Sunil Mamtora, Yun Wong, Dugald Bell, Teresa Sandinha
Background. This case highlights the importance of recognising multiple pathologies within the eye which may not necessarily be linked. Both birdshot retinochoroiditis and astrocytoma are rare conditions. The case underlines the need for early identification and treatment of birdshot retinochoroiditis with steroids and disease modifying drugs. Astrocytoma in the absence of tuberous sclerosis is also uncommon. Case Presentation. A 36-year-old male presented with 3-month history of bilateral progressive flashing lights and floaters...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
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