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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820738/the-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-short-interval-intracortical-inhibition-and-intracortical-facilitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mana Biabani, Maryam Aminitehrani, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is increasingly being used to affect the neurological conditions with deficient intracortical synaptic activities (i.e. Parkinson's disease and epilepsy). In addition, it is suggested that the lasting effects of tDCS on corticospinal excitability (CSE) have intracortical origin. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to examine whether tDCS has any effect on intracortical circuits. Eleven electronic databases were searched for the studies investigating intracortical changes induced by anodal (a) and cathodal (c) tDCS, in healthy individuals, using two paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) paradigms: short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF)...
August 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820624/retinopathy-and-optic-atrophy-expanding-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-pathogenic-variants-in-the-aars2-gene
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Jason H Peragallo, Stephanie Keller, Marjo S van der Knaap, Bruno P Soares, Suma P Shankar
BACKGROUND: Optic atrophy may be the sequela of optic nerve injury due to any insult, including isolated and syndromic genetic diseases. Alanyl-tRNA synthetase 2 (AARS2) pathogenic variants have been reported to cause leukodystrophy with ovarian failure, and cardiomyopathy (#615889) as well as combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency-8 (#614096). We report a young child who presented with decreased vision due to optic atrophy and was found to harbor missense variants in the AARS2 gene expanding the phenotypic expression of the AARS2 gene...
August 18, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820547/incidence-and-clinical-impact-of-cerebral-lesions-after-the-mitraclip%C3%A3-%C3%A2-procedure
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Sebastian Barth, Karsten Hamm, Stefan Fodor, Wilko Reents, Sebastian Kerber, Philipp Halbfass, Martina B Hautmann, Bernhard Schieffer, Hassan Soda
BACKGROUND: Clinically silent brain injury detected with cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is well known after various cardiovascular interventions. Thus far, only one study has examined the periprocedural risk of cerebral ischemic events in patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve reconstruction. The study aim was to examine the incidence and clinical impact of cerebral embolic events in patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve reconstruction using the MitraClip® system...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820279/mri-and-clinical-characteristics-of-suspected-cerebrovascular-accident-in-nine-cats
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Danielle E Whittaker, Randi Drees, Elsa Beltran
Objectives Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) are infrequently reported in cats. To date, clinical characteristics, including lesion localisation and MRI findings, have only been reported in two cats. The aim of the current study is to document MRI findings in cats presenting with CVAs over an 11 year period. Cases were reviewed according to initial clinical presentation, subsequent physical and neurological findings, predisposing systemic disease and short- and long-term (when available) outcome with a view to identifying any typical pattern in disease occurrence...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819088/lissencephaly-in-a-pekingese
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Genya Shimbo, Michihito Tagawa, Eiji Oohashi, Masashi Yanagawa, Kazuro Miyahara
A 1-year-old neutered male Pekingese was presented for evaluation and further treatment of cluster seizures. The dog had behavioral abnormalities, and a prosencephalic lesion was suspected following neurological examination. The dog showed signs of learning difficulty. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed a remarkably smooth cerebral cortex with a reduced number of gyri, as well as a cystic lesion associated with the quadrigeminal cistern. A diagnosis of lissencephaly, concurrent with a quadrigeminal cisternal cyst, was made...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819075/-advances-in-neurological-therapeutics-for-friedreich-ataxia-and-machado-joseph-disease
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Ichiro Yabe, Hidenao Sasaki
We reviewed advances in therapeutics for both Friedreich ataxia and Machado-Joseph disease. Various clinical trials have been carried out, mainly for Friedreich ataxia; however, the therapeutic reports from these trials have not provided much evidence for success. Some interesting clinical trials have been reported, and further developments are expected. Regenerative therapy using umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells and a therapeutic study investigating a new pathomechanism in animal and/or cell culture studies were reported...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819072/-overview-of-hereditary-spinocerebellar-ataxias-in-japan
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Masayoshi Tada, Akio Yokoseki, Osamu Onodera
Hereditary spinocerebellar degenerations (SCD) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by slowly progressive ataxia associated with non-cerebellar neurological signs and symptoms. In the Japanese population, dominantly inherited SCDs are much more common than recessively inherited or X-linked SCDs. The most common dominantly inherited SCD in Japan, as well as in many other countries, is Machado-Joseph disease, also known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (MJD/SCA3). MJD/SCA3 is frequently accompanied by non-cerebellar symptoms, including progressive external ophthalmoplegia, pyramidal signs, dystonia, rigidity, dysarthria, and distal muscle atrophies...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819047/unusual-case-of-bilateral-hand-weakness
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Sayan Datta, Jeremy Cosgrove, Taimour Alam, Helen L Ford
A 35-year-old man presented with myalgia and bilateral hand weakness, 3 days after the onset of lethargy, fevers and rigours. The hand weakness caused functional impairment including difficulty pressing keys on his mobile phone. On examination, there was mild bilateral hand weakness with normal reflexes. His serum creatine kinase was mildly raised at 503 U/L (24-195), viral PCR throat swab was negative and electromyogram showed subtle myopathic changes in the distal forearm muscles. Nerve conduction studies found no evidence of neuropathy...
August 17, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818179/multiple-trauma-and-emergency-room-management
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Michael Frink, Philipp Lechler, Florian Debus, Steffen Ruchholtz
BACKGROUND: The care of severely injured patients remains a challenge. Their initial treatment in the emergency room is the essential link between first aid in the field and definitive in-hospital treatment. METHODS: We present important elements of the initial in-hospital care of severely injured patients on the basis of pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in PubMed and the current German S3 guideline on the care of severely and multiply traumatized patients, which was last updated in 2016...
July 24, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
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/28816234/novel-mutations-of-tcirg1-cause-a-malignant-and-mild-phenotype-of-autosomal-recessive-osteopetrosis-aro-in-four-chinese-families
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Xiao-Ya Zhang, Jin-Wei He, Wen-Zhen Fu, Chun Wang, Zhen-Lin Zhang
Human autosomal recessive osteopetrosis (ARO), also known as infantile malignant osteopetrosis, is a rare genetic bone disorder that often causes death. Mutations in T-cell immune regulator 1 (TCIRG1) are a frequent cause of human ARO. Six additional genes (TNFSF11, TNFRSF11A, CLCN7, OSTM1, SNX10, PLEKHM1) were also found to be associated with human ARO. In order to expand the mutation spectrum and clinical diversity for a better understanding of the ARO phenotype and to further investigate the clinical characteristics of benign subjects with ARO, we here report five individuals with ARO from four unrelated Chinese families...
August 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815879/calibrated-imaging-reveals-altered-grey-matter-metabolism-related-to-white-matter-microstructure-and-symptom-severity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Nicholas A Hubbard, Monroe P Turner, Minhui Ouyang, Lyndahl Himes, Binu P Thomas, Joanna L Hutchison, Shawheen Faghihahmadabadi, Scott L Davis, Jeremy F Strain, Jeffrey Spence, Daniel C Krawczyk, Hao Huang, Hanzhang Lu, John Hart, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman, Darin T Okuda, Bart Rypma
Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves damage to white matter microstructures. This damage has been related to grey matter function as measured by standard, physiologically-nonspecific neuroimaging indices (i.e., blood-oxygen-level dependent signal [BOLD]). Here, we used calibrated functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging to examine the extent to which specific, evoked grey matter physiological processes were associated with white matter diffusion in MS. Evoked changes in BOLD, cerebral blood flow (CBF), and oxygen metabolism (CMRO2 ) were measured in visual cortex...
August 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815739/kernicterus-in-a-boy-with-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-a-case-report
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Eduardo López-Corella, Isabel Ibarra-González, Cynthia Fernández-Lainez, Miguel Á Rodríguez-Weber, Sara Guillén-Lopez, Leticia Belmont-Martínez, David Agüero-Linares, Marcela Vela-Amieva
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is an X-linked urea cycle defect associated with severe and usually fatal hyperammonemia. This study describes a patient with early onset lethal OTCD due to a known pathogenic variant (c.298+1G>A), as well as the novel autopsy finding of kernicterus with relatively low blood concentration of unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) (11.55 mg/dL). The patient was a full-term male with a family history of two previous male siblings who died as newborns after acute neurologic deterioration...
August 16, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814874/la-belle-indiff%C3%A3-rence-revisited-a-case-report-on-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-misdiagnosed-as-conversion-disorder
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Petra J van Meerkerk-Aanen, Lars de Vroege, David Khasho, Aziza Foruz, J Thies van Asseldonk, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
BACKGROUND: Since the advent of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans, neurological disorders have less often been falsely labeled as conversion disorder (CD). However, misdiagnosis of a neurological disorder as CD still occurs, especially in cases with insidious onset. Misinterpretation of la belle indifférence may contribute to such misdiagnosis. Here, we describe a case of progressive supranuclear palsy/Richardson's syndrome (PSPS) misdiagnosed as a case of CD. CASE: A 62-year-old woman consulted two different neurologists in 2012 because of falling spells since 2009 and was diagnosed with CD...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814282/alterations-in-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-default-mode-network-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-an-fmri-study
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Moyi Li, Guohua Zheng, Yuhui Zheng, Zhenyu Xiong, Rui Xia, Wenji Zhou, Qin Wang, Shengxiang Liang, Jing Tao, Lidian Chen
BACKGROUND: Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) is characterized by cognitive functional decline, especially in memory. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been widely used in neuroimaging studies that explore alterations between patients and normal individuals to elucidate the pathological mechanisms of different diseases. The current study was performed to investigate alterations in the functional connectivity of the default mode network (DMN) in aMCI patients compared to healthy elderly controls, as well as further define the association between neurological alterations and memory function...
August 16, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813887/the-effects-of-age-and-amplitude-on-wrist-proprioceptive-acuity
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Francesca Marini, Charmayne M L Hughes, Pietro Morasso, Lorenzo Masia
This study examined wrist proprioception in a cross-sectional sample of 44 children aged between 8-to 14-years and a control group of 10 neurologically and physically healthy adults. Using a 3-degrees of freedom robotic device, participants performed an ipsilateral joint position matching task in which target amplitude (40% or 80% functional range of motion [fRoM]) and degrees-of-freedom (Flexion/Extension [FE], Radial/Ulnar deviation [RUD], Pronation/Supination [PS]) were manipulated. Results indicated that proprioceptive function became more accurate and consistent over the developmental spectrum, but that the ability to utilize proprioceptive feedback did not reach adult levels till the age of 10-11 years...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813811/a-multichannel-near-infrared-spectroscopy-triggered-robotic-hand-rehabilitation-system-for-stroke-patients
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Jongseung Lee, Nobutaka Mukae, Jumpei Arata, Hiroyuki Iwata, Keiji Iramina, Koji Iihara, Makoto Hashizume
There is a demand for a new neurorehabilitation modality with a brain-computer interface for stroke patients with insufficient or no remaining hand motor function. We previously developed a robotic hand rehabilitation system triggered by multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to address this demand. In a preliminary prototype system, a robotic hand orthosis, providing one degree-of-freedom motion for a hand's closing and opening, is triggered by a wireless command from a NIRS system, capturing a subject's motor cortex activation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813773/a-case-of-ivig-induced-aseptic-chemical-meningitis
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Anish Patel, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Tamera Sturm
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a commonly used and generally well-tolerated medication. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms such as fevers, headaches, myalgia, fatigue, and nausea. One of the more rare side effects is aseptic meningitis, with a reported incidence rate of around 0.067 percent of all IVIG infusions. In this paper, we describe a 47-year-old female patient with a history of myasthenia gravis who presented with a headache, neck pain, and neck stiffness while undergoing IVIG infusions for a myasthenia crisis...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810906/atypical-presentation-of-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-two-case-reports
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Maria Cristina Maggio, Greta Mastrangelo, Aldo Skabar, Alessandro Ventura, Marco Carrozzi, Giuseppe Santangelo, Francesca Vanadia, Giovanni Corsello, Rolando Cimaz
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by severe neurological and psychiatric symptoms and a difficult diagnosis. The disease is often secondary to a neoplastic lesion, seldom diagnosed years later. Psychiatric symptoms are prevalent in adults; neurologic symptoms are more evident in children, who typically present primarily with neurological symptoms. To the best of our knowledge, the association with juvenile idiopathic arthritis has not been described...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810574/tissue-kallikrein-protects-against-ischemic-stroke-by-suppressing-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-activating-nrf2-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Jiawei Yang, Jianhua Su, Fen Wan, Nan Yang, Haibo Jiang, Mingming Fang, Hang Xiao, Jun Wang, Jinrong Tang
Brain damage following cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a complicated pathophysiological course, in which inflammation and oxidative stress have been suggested to serve an important role. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) has been suggested to be involved in secondary inflammatory process in cerebral ischemia. Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), an important regulator of the antioxidant host defense, maintains the cellular redox homeostasis. Tissue kallikrein (TK) has been proven to elicit a variety of biological effects in ischemic stroke through its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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