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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325791/the-therapeutic-effects-of-cannabis-and-cannabinoids-an-update-from-the-national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine-report
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REVIEW
Donald I Abrams
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine conducted a rapid turn-around comprehensive review of recent medical literature on The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. The 16-member committee adopted the key features of a systematic review process, conducting an extensive search of relevant databases and considered 10,000 recent abstracts to determine their relevance. Primacy was given to recently published systematic reviews and primary research that studied one of the committee's 11 prioritized health endpoints- therapeutic effects; cancer incidence; cardiometabolic risk; respiratory disease; immune function; injury and death; prenatal, perinatal and postnatal outcomes; psychosocial outcomes; mental health; problem Cannabis use; and Cannabis use and abuse of other substances...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274726/dynamic-balance-is-related-to-physiological-impairments-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Alexander T Peebles, Adam P Bruetsch, Sharon G Lynch, Jessie M Huisinga
OBJECTIVES: To compare physiological impairments between persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) with a history of falls and persons with MS without a history of falls and to investigate the association between physiological impairments and dynamic balance. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: University motion analysis laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-five persons with MS (27 recurrent fallers and 28 non-fallers). Participants were classified as fallers if they self-reported 2 or more falls in the previous six months...
December 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232836/spasticity-management-in-disorders-of-consciousness
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REVIEW
Géraldine Martens, Steven Laureys, Aurore Thibaut
Background: Spasticity is a motor disorder frequently encountered after a lesion involving the central nervous system. It is hypothesized to arise from an anarchic reorganization of the pyramidal and parapyramidal fibers and leads to hypertonia and hyperreflexia of the affected muscular groups. While this symptom and its management is well-known in patients suffering from stroke, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord lesion, little is known regarding its appropriate management in patients presenting disorders of consciousness after brain damage...
December 9, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214587/rare-neurodegenerative-diseases-clinical-and-genetic-update
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Antoni Matilla-Dueñas, Marc Corral-Juan, Agustí Rodríguez-Palmero Seuma, Dolores Vilas, Lourdes Ispierto, Sara Morais, Jorge Sequeiros, Isabel Alonso, Víctor Volpini, Carmen Serrano-Munuera, Guillem Pintos-Morell, Ramiro Álvarez, Ivelisse Sánchez
More than 600 human disorders afflict the nervous system. Of these, neurodegenerative diseases are usually characterised by onset in late adulthood, progressive clinical course, and neuronal loss with regional specificity in the central nervous system. They include Alzheimer's disease and other less frequent dementias, brain cancer, degenerative nerve diseases, encephalitis, epilepsy, genetic brain disorders, head and brain malformations, hydrocephalus, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), Huntington's disease, and Prion diseases, among others...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205982/spasticity-or-periodic-limb-movements
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Jonathan Levy, Sarah Hartley, Elsa Mauruc-Soubirac, Antoine Leotard, Frederic Lofaso, Maria-Antonia Quera-Salva, Djamel Bensmail
BACKGROUND: Spasticity and spasms are distressing features of the upper motor neuron syndrome (UMNS) following spinal cord injuries (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS), and have common therapeutic implications. Despite an increase of antispastic drugs and strategies, sometimes up to the surgical implant of intrathecal baclofen pump, some patients still complain of disabling spasms, which poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Although clinically similar, flexor spasms due to pyramidal tract disruption must be clearly differentiated from periodic limb movements (PLM), often accompanying restless leg syndrome (RLS) and occurring during sleep...
December 4, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202792/the-cc-chemokine-ligand-ccl-1-upregulated-by-the-viral-transactivator-tax-can-be-downregulated-by-minocycline-possible-implications-for-long-term-treatment-of-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis
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Mineki Saito, Hiroe Sejima, Tadasuke Naito, Hiroshi Ushirogawa, Toshio Matsuzaki, Eiji Matsuura, Yuetsu Tanaka, Tatsufumi Nakamura, Hiroshi Takashima
BACKGROUND: Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 1 (CCL1) is produced by activated monocytes/ macrophages and T-lymphocytes, and acts as a potent attractant for Th2 cells and a subset of T-regulatory (Treg) cells. Previous reports have indicated that CCL1 is overexpressed in adult T-cell leukemia cells, mediating an autocrine anti-apoptotic loop. Because CCL1 is also known as a potent chemoattractant that plays a major role in inflammatory processes, we investigated the role of CCL1 in the pathogenesis of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP)...
December 4, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192855/early-outcomes-after-intrathecal-baclofen-therapy-in-ambulatory-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Bryan S Lee, Jaes Jones, Min Lang, Rebecca Achey, Lu Dai, Darlene A Lobel, Sean J Nagel, Andre G Machado, Francois Bethoux
OBJECTIVE Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes demyelination and axonal loss. Walking difficulties are a common and debilitating symptom of MS; they are usually caused by spastic paresis of the lower extremities. Although intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy has been reported to be an effective treatment for spasticity in MS, there is limited published evidence regarding its effects on ambulation. The goal of this study was to characterize ITB therapy outcomes in ambulatory patients with MS...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163032/lipid-involvement-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-of-the-motor-system-insights-from-lysosomal-storage-diseases
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REVIEW
James C Dodge
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are a heterogeneous group of rare inherited metabolic diseases that are frequently triggered by the accumulation of lipids inside organelles of the endosomal-autophagic-lysosomal system (EALS). There is now a growing realization that disrupted lysosomal homeostasis (i.e., lysosomal cacostasis) also contributes to more common neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson disease (PD). Lipid deposition within the EALS may also participate in the pathogenesis of some additional neurodegenerative diseases of the motor system...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149697/characteristics-of-motor-speech-phenotypes-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Jan Rusz, Barbora Benova, Hana Ruzickova, Michal Novotny, Tereza Tykalova, Jan Hlavnicka, Tomas Uher, Manuela Vaneckova, Michaela Andelova, Klara Novotna, Lucie Kadrnozkova, Dana Horakova
BACKGROUND: Motor speech disorders in multiple sclerosis (MS) are poorly understood and their quantitative, objective acoustic characterization remains limited. Additionally, little data regarding relationships between the severity of speech disorders and neurological involvement in MS, as well as the contribution of pyramidal and cerebellar functional systems on speech phenotypes, is available. METHODS: Speech data were acquired from 141 MS patients with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ranging from 1 to 6...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145345/the-role-of-sativex-in-robotic-rehabilitation-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-rationale-study-design-and-methodology
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Margherita Russo, Vincenzo Dattola, Anna Lisa Logiudice, Rosella Ciurleo, Edoardo Sessa, Rosaria De Luca, Placido Bramanti, Alessia Bramanti, Antonino Naro, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
INTRODUCTION: Currently, none of the available multiple sclerosis (MS) disease-modifying medications has been shown to stop or reverse gait disability. Recently, the nabiximols has been tested for the treatment of spasticity and walking impairment in MS. Nabiximols (trade name Sativex) is an oromucosal spray formulation containing 1:1 fixed ratio of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol derived from cloned Cannabis sativa L. plant. METHOD AND ANALYSIS: A single-center, prospective, parallel design, single-blind trial will be conducted at the IRCCS Neurolesi "Bonino-Pulejo" (Italy) involving MS patients affected by spasticity and undergoing a Robotic Rehabilitation training...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143588/what-s-new-in-multiple-sclerosis-spasticity-research-poster-session-highlights
#11
Ralf Linker
Each year at the Multiple Sclerosis Experts Summit, relevant research in the field of multiple sclerosis spasticity is featured in poster sessions. The main studies presented at this year's meeting are summarized herein.
November 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143586/break-out-session-highlights
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Kjell-Morten Myhr, Mathias Mäurer, Marisa Martínez Ginés, Federica Esposito, Ralf Linker
A popular feature of the Multiple Sclerosis Experts Summit is interactive break-out sessions to discuss various aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS), including MS spasticity and general management of MS patients. The format encourages participation and active discussion, thus providing attendees with the opportunity to exchange their experiences of the day-to-day management of MS in clinical practice. Following feedback provided by each session leader, key messages are summarized and presented in a plenary session by the Summit chair...
November 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143581/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms-and-spasticity-management-new-data
#13
Guillermo Izquierdo
Spasticity, perceived by patients as muscle rigidity and spasms, is a common symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS). It is associated with functional impairment that can exacerbate other MS symptoms and reduce quality of life. Pharmacological treatment options are limited and frequently ineffective. Treatment adherence is a key issue to address in these patients. The efficacy and safety of 9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol:cannabidiol (THC:CBD) oromucosal spray for treatment of MS spasticity were demonstrated in four Phase III trials...
November 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135525/intrathecal-baclofen-injection-to-avoid-withdrawal-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-patient-undergoing-lumbar-spine-surgery-a-case-report
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Mirsad Dupanovic, Robert P Devine, Sean R Jackson, Sharon G Lynch
Spasticity of spinal or cerebral origin is frequently treated with baclofen. Treatment interruption initially results in rebound spasticity; life-threatening withdrawal symptoms may follow. Severe rebound spasticity of leg muscles occurred in a multiple sclerosis patient after a 10-hour long perioperative pause of oral baclofen intake. In a subsequent spine surgery, recurrence was prevented by substituting a cumulative 12-hour oral baclofen dose with an intraoperative intrathecal injection. Administration of intrathecal baclofen during prolonged surgery in patients dependent on oral baclofen may improve patient comfort and prevent early withdrawal symptoms...
November 9, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134767/availability-and-approval-of-cannabis-based-medicines-for-chronic-pain-management-and-palliative-supportive-care-in-europe-a-survey-of-the-status-in-the-chapters-of-the-european-pain-federation
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N Krcevski-Skvarc, C Wells, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: There is considerable public and political interest in the use of cannabis products for medical purposes. METHODS: The task force of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) conducted a survey with its national chapters representatives on the status of approval of all types of cannabis-based medicines, the covering of costs and the availability of a position paper of a national medical association on the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain and for symptom control in palliative/supportive care...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119763/-systematic-review-of-safeness-and-therapeutic-efficacy-of-cannabis-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-neuropathic-pain-and-in-oncological-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy
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REVIEW
Laura Amato, Silvia Minozzi, Zuzana Mitrova, Elena Parmelli, Rosella Saulle, Fabio Cruciani, Simona Vecchi, Marina Davoli
BACKGROUND: medical cannabis refers to the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. In the United States, 23 states and Washington DC (May 2015) have introduced laws to permit the medical use of cannabis. Within the European Union, medicinal cannabis laws and praxis vary wildly between Countries. OBJECTIVES: to provide evidence for benefits and harms of cannabis (including extracts and tinctures) treatment for adults in the following indications: control of spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis; control of pain in patients with chronic neuropathic pain; control of nausea and vomiting in adults with cancer receiving chemotherapy...
September 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115915/neuromodulation-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Hesham Abboud, Eddie Hill, Junaid Siddiqui, Alessandro Serra, Benjamin Walter
Neuromodulation, or the utilization of advanced technology for targeted electrical or chemical neuronal stimulation or inhibition, has been expanding in several neurological subspecialties. In the past decades, immune-modulating therapy has been the main focus of multiple sclerosis (MS) research with little attention to neuromodulation. However, with the recent advances in disease-modifying therapies, it is time to shift the focus of MS research to neuromodulation and restoration of function as with other neurological subspecialties...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109461/oral-administration-of-cannabis-with-lipids-leads-to-high-levels-of-cannabinoids-in-the-intestinal-lymphatic-system-and-prominent-immunomodulation
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Atheer Zgair, Jong Bong Lee, Jonathan C M Wong, Dhiaa A Taha, Jehan Aram, Daisy Di Virgilio, Joshua W McArthur, Yu-Kit Cheng, Ivo M Hennig, David A Barrett, Peter M Fischer, Cris S Constantinescu, Pavel Gershkovich
Cannabidiol (CBD) and ∆(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have well documented immunomodulatory effects in vitro, but not following oral administration in humans. Here we show that oral co-administration of cannabinoids with lipids can substantially increase their intestinal lymphatic transport in rats. CBD concentrations in the lymph were 250-fold higher than in plasma, while THC concentrations in the lymph were 100-fold higher than in plasma. Since cannabinoids are currently in clinical use for the treatment of spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and to alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients, lymphocytes from those patients were used to assess the immunomodulatory effects of cannabinoids...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097192/the-endocannabinoid-system-and-its-therapeutic-exploitation-in-multiple-sclerosis-clues-for-other-neuroinflammatory-diseases
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REVIEW
Valerio Chiurchiù, Mario van der Stelt, Diego Centonze, Mauro Maccarrone
Multiple sclerosis is the most common inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, caused by an autoimmune response against myelin that eventually leads to progressive neurodegeneration and disability. Although the knowledge on its underlying neurobiological mechanisms has considerably improved, there is a still unmet need for new treatment options, especially for the progressive forms of the disease. Both preclinical and clinical data suggest that cannabinoids, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, may be used to control symptoms such as spasticity and chronic pain, whereas only preclinical data indicate that these compounds and their endogenous counterparts, i...
October 31, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069950/the-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-validation-of-the-msss-88-for-use-in-italian-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Marcella Ottonello, Leonardo Pellicciari, Diego Centonze, Calogero Foti, Caterina Pistarini, Caterina Albensi, Andrea Giordano
PURPOSE: To cross-culturally translate the Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity Scale into Italian and to evaluate its psychometric properties in patients with multiple sclerosis. METHODS: The Italian version of Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity Scale was developed in accordance with international standards and subsequently administered to 232 Italian adults with multiple sclerosis. The following psychometric properties were analyzed: internal consistency through Cronbach's α and item-to-total correlation, dimensionality with factor analysis, and convergent and criterion validity through hypotheses-testing, comparing the Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity Scale with other outcome measures (Fatigue Severity Scale, Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life, Modified Ashworth Scale, Barthel Index, and Expanded Disability Status Scale) and analyzing related constructs...
October 25, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
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