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Movement disorders

W Reith, S Roumia, P Dietrich
CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE: Cerebellar syndromes result in distinct clinical symptoms, such as ataxia, dysarthria, dysmetria, intention tremor and eye movement disorders. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: In addition to the medical history and clinical examination, imaging is particularly important to differentiate other diseases, such as hydrocephalus and multi-infarct dementia from degenerative cerebellar diseases. Degenerative diseases with cerebellar involvement include Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy as well as other diseases including spinocerebellar ataxia...
October 25, 2016: Der Radiologe
Winfried Ilg, Zofia Fleszar, Cornelia Schatton, Holger Hengel, Florian Harmuth, Peter Bauer, Dagmar Timmann, Martin Giese, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: Movement changes in autosomal-dominant spinocerebellar ataxias are suggested to occur many years before clinical manifestation. Detecting and quantifying these changes in the preclinical phase offers a window for future treatment interventions and allows the clinician to decipher the earliest dysfunctions starting the evolution of spinocerebellar ataxia. We hypothesized that quantitative movement analysis of complex stance and gait tasks allows to (i) reveal movement changes already at early stages of the preclinical phase when clinical ataxia signs are still absent and to (ii) quantify motor progression in this phase...
October 26, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Gonçalo S Duarte, Mafalda Castelão, Filipe B Rodrigues, Raquel E Marques, Joaquim Ferreira, Cristina Sampaio, Austen P Moore, João Costa
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2003. Cervical dystonia is the most common form of focal dystonia and is a disabling disorder characterised by painful involuntary head posturing. There are two available formulations of botulinum toxin, with botulinum toxin type A (BtA) usually considered the first line therapy for this condition. Botulinum toxin type B (BtB) is an alternative option, with no compelling theoretical reason why it might not be as- or even more effective - than BtA...
October 26, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Michael Dayan, G Olivito, M Molinari, Mara Cercignani, Marco Bozzali, M Leggio
In recent years the cerebellum has been attributed amore important role in higher-level functions than previously believed. We examined a cohort of patients suffering from cerebellar atrophy resulting in ataxia, with two main objectives: first to investigate which regions of the cerebrum were affected by the cerebellar degeneration, and second to assess whether diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) metrics within the medial (MCP) and superior cerebellar peduncle (SCP) - namely fractional anisotropy (FA) and radial diffusivity (RD) - could be used as a biomarker in patients with this condition...
October 26, 2016: Functional Neurology
Christoph Bode, Franziska Richter, Christine Spröte, Tanja Brigadski, Anne Bauer, Simone Fietz, Jean-Marc Fritschy, Angelika Richter
GABAergic disinhibition has been suggested to play a critical role in the pathophysiology of several basal ganglia disorders, including dystonia, a common movement disorder. Previous studies have shown a deficit of striatal GABAergic interneurons (IN) in the dt(sz) mutant hamster, one of the few phenotypic animal models of dystonia. However, mechanisms underlying this deficit are largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated the migration and/or maturation of striatal IN during postnatal development (18days of age) and at age of highest severity of dystonia (33days of age) in this hamster model...
October 22, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Michele Tinazzi, Christian Geroin, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Nicola Smania, Stefano Tamburin, Francesca Morgante, Alfonso Fasano
Pisa syndrome was first described in 1972 in patients treated with neuroleptics. Since 2003, when it was first reported in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), Pisa syndrome has progressively drawn the attention of clinicians and researchers. Although emerging evidence has partially clarified its prevalence and pathophysiology, the current debate revolves around diagnostic criteria and assessment and the effectiveness of pharmacological, surgical, and rehabilitative approaches. Contrary to initial thought, Pisa syndrome is common among PD patients, with an estimated prevalence of 8...
October 25, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Rodolfo Savica, Brandon R Grossardt, James H Bower, J Eric Ahlskog, Michelle M Mielke, Walter A Rocca
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies of drug-induced parkinsonism remain limited. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the incidence and time trends of drug-induced parkinsonism over 30 years in a geographically defined American population. METHODS: We used the medical records-linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify all persons in Olmsted County, Minnesota, who received a screening diagnostic code for parkinsonism from 1976 through 2005...
October 25, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Carina Barbosa Pereira, Xinchi Yu, Michael Czaplik, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Steffen Leonhardt
Diverse studies have demonstrated the importance of monitoring breathing rate (BR). Commonly, changes in BR are one of the earliest and major markers of serious complications/illness. However, it is frequently neglected due to limitations of clinically established measurement techniques, which require attachment of sensors. The employment of adhesive pads or thoracic belts in preterm infants as well as in traumatized or burned patients is an additional paramount issue. The present paper proposes a new robust approach, based on data fusion, to remotely monitor BR using infrared thermography (IRT)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Eleonora Fiorenzato, Luca Weis, Klaus Seppi, Marco Onofrj, Pietro Cortelli, Stefano Zanigni, Caterina Tonon, Horacio Kaufmann, Timothy Michael Shepherd, Werner Poewe, Florian Krismer, Gregor Wenning, Angelo Antonini, Roberta Biundo
Current consensus diagnostic criteria for multiple system atrophy (MSA) consider dementia a non-supporting feature, although cognitive impairment and even frank dementia are reported in clinical practice. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a commonly used global cognitive scale, and in a previous study, we established an MSA-specific screening cut-off score <27 to identify cognitive impairment. Finally, MSA neuroimaging findings suggest the presence of structural alterations in patients with cognitive deficits, although the extent of the anatomical changes is unclear...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Pattamon Panyakaew, Hyun Joo Cho, Mark Hallett
Simple motor tics are sudden, nonrhythmic jerk like movements that are often preceded by premonitory urge and can be voluntarily suppressed. Some clinical characteristic of tics such as variability of movement, distractibility and fluctuating course can mimic functional movement disorders. Here we report a case of motor tics where the physiological approach in addition to careful clinical assessments is helpful to support the diagnosis of tic.
2016: Clin Neurophysiol Pract
Michelle White, Kirsten Meenan, Tirth Patel, Aaron Jaworek, Robert T Sataloff
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the value of comprehensive laboratory evaluation in patients with vocal fold paralysis or paresis. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective chart review. METHODS: Records of 231 patients with vocal fold paralysis or paresis were reviewed to determine whether there is a significant increase in the number of abnormal test results compared with rates of abnormal results for these tests in the general population and whether testing resulted in clinically important diagnosis...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
T A Teemul, R Patel, A Kanatas, L M Carter
Oromandibular dystonia is a disorder of movement that is often misdiagnosed. We present our experience of six patients treated with botulinum A toxin, for whom we recorded the symptoms, the group of muscles targeted, and the quantity of botulinum toxin used. We used the Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) questionnaire to record and analyse outcomes after treatment. Five of the six patients had a good outcome as recorded by the GBI, the mean (SD) score of which was +40 (28), which reflected that the patients were well satisfied...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Ling Fan, Zhao Chen, Wenbin Fu, Nenggui Xu, Jianhua Liu, Aiping Lu, Ziping Li, Shengyong Su, Taixiang Wu, Aihua Ou
This study aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms of acupuncture in the remission of depression. A depressive disorder model was induced by exposing Sprague-Dawley rats to chronic unpredictable stress. The rats were divided into five groups: healthy (blank group) and stressed rats (model group), and stressed rats treated with acupuncture (acupuncture group), riluzole (riluzole group), acupuncture combined with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) injection (acupuncture+BTX-A group) or riluzole combined with BTX-A injection (riluzole+BTX-A group)...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Tamanna Jahan Mony, Jae Won Lee, Cheryl Dreyfus, Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, Hee Jae Lee
Objective: We reported that postnatal exposure of rats to valproic acid (VPA) stimulated proliferation of glial precursors during cortical gliogenesis. However, there are no reports whether enhanced postnatal gliogenesis affects behaviors related to neuropsychiatric disorders. Methods: After VPA treatment during the postnatal day (PND) 2 to PND 4, four behavioral test, such as open field locomotor test, elevated plus maze test, three-chamber social interaction test, and passive avoidance test, were performed at PND 21 or 22...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ranjit Singh, Ranju Bansal
Neuroinflammatory mechanisms mediated by activated glial and cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β) might contribute neuronal degeneration leading to Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is an inflammogen derived from the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, which promotes neuroinflammation and subsequent neurodegeneration. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and testosterone have been reported as neuroprotective steroids useful for the treatment of various neurodegenerative disorders. In the present study, several 16-arylidene steroidal derivatives have been evaluated as neuroprotective agents in LPS-treated animal models...
October 24, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
F Jagla
It is accepted that the formulation of the motor program in the brain is not only the perceptual and motor function but also the cognitive one. Therefore it is not surprising that the execution of saccadic eye movements can by substantially affected be the on-going mental activity of a given person. Not only the distribution of attention, but also the focusing the attention may influence the main gain of saccades, their accuracy. Patients suffering from mental disorders have strongly engaged their attention focused at their mental processes...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Awadh Kishor Pandit, Deepti Vibha, Achal Kumar Srivastava, Garima Shukla, Vinay Goyal, Madhuri Behari
Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM; bǔ chōng yǔ tì dài yī xué) in Parkinson disease (PD) ranged 40-70%. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency, types and factors associated with the use of CAM in Indian PD patients. PD patients, fulfilling UKPD-Society brain-bank diagnostic-criteria, attending Movement-disorders clinic of a tertiary-care teaching hospital in India from 1st May to 15th December 2012 were enrolled. Information on socio-demographic, clinical data and treatment along with factors (source of information, benefits, harms, reason for use and cost) associated with CAM use were recorded...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Erin Koffel, Imran S Khawaja, Anne Germain
Sleep disturbances are common in adults with PTSD and range from insomnia and nightmares to periodic leg movements and disruptive nocturnal behaviors. Together these findings suggest profound disturbances in rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM) sleep, although there is a lack of consensus regarding a distinct profile of objective sleep disturbances associated with PTSD. Prospective, longitudinal studies have established that sleep disturbances represent a risk factor for the development and course of PTSD, suggesting that sleep is an important neurobiological mechanism in the etiology and maintenance of this disorder...
March 2016: Psychiatric Annals
Lionel Sacconnay, Pierre-Alain Carrupt, Alessandra Nurisso
In recent years, sirtuins (SIRTs), members of histone deacetylases (HDACs) class III, have been found to modulate cellular processes related to the development of human aging-related pathologies (i.e. cancer, neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders). Several crystallographic structures and computational studies have shed light into their catalytic mechanism of action, identifying also the structural elements for the design of selective drug candidates. In this review, we first aim at summarizing the structural features characterizing human SIRTs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Structural Biology
Zsila S Sadighi, Jennifer Zabrowski, Frederick A Boop, Alberto Broniscer, Amar Gajjar, Raja B Khan
BACKGROUND: We studied the outcomes of movement disorders that were associated with childhood thalamic tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 83 children with thalamic tumors treated at our institution from 1996 to 2013 to document the incidence and outcome of movement disorders. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to analyze the involvement of thalamic nuclei, and three instruments were used to rate the severity of the disorders. RESULTS: Nine (11%) patients had one or more of the following movement disorders: postural tremor, resting tremor, ballism, dystonia, myoclonus, and athetosis...
August 22, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
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