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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646343/clinical-outcome-following-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-with-and-without-anterior-cervical-plating-for-the-treatment-of-cervical-disc-herniation-a-25-year-follow-up-study
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Benedikt W Burkhardt, Moritz Brielmaier, Karsten Schwerdtfeger, Joachim M Oertel
Extreme long-term clinical outcome studies following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with an autologous iliac crest with and without Caspar plating (ACDF + CP) for the treatment of radiculopathy caused by cervical disc herniation (CDH) are extremely rare. Hospital records of patients who underwent ACDF or ACDF + CP for the treatment of CDH at least 17 years ago were reviewed. Information about diagnosis, surgery, pre- and postoperative clinical process, and repeated procedure was analyzed...
June 23, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646129/microscope-enhanced-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-anterior-cervical-surgery-for-managing-cervical-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
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Mingxiao Sun, Lili Kong, Zhaofu Jiang, Liming Li, Bing Lu
BACKGROUND We aimed to compare microscope-assisted anterior cervical surgery with traditional open-base surgery for treating cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients were grouped into microscope-assisted anterior cervical surgery group (case group, n=30) and conventional anterior cervical surgery group (control group, n=30). Baseline characteristics, intraoperative and post-operative indexes including operation time, blood loss amount, duration of hospitalization, visual analogue scale (VAS), and complication rate were recorded...
June 24, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645961/cognitive-screening-and-behavioural-observation-of-functional-ability-in-patients-with-multiple-episode-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-study
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Eva Norlin Bagge, Eva Esbjörnsson, Katharina S Sunnerhagen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the usability of a neuropsychological screening instrument and two observation scales of everyday behaviour to describe cognitive and functional capacity of patients with multiepisode schizophrenia and considerable care needs, who frequently refuse to participate in cognitive testing or performance-based functional measurement. SETTING: One psychiatric unit specialised in severe mental illness at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645892/meis1-effects-on-motor-phenotypes-and-the-sensorimotor-system-in-mice
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Aaro V Salminen, Lillian Garrett, Barbara Schormair, Jan Rozman, Florian Giesert, Kristina M Niedermeier, Lore Becker, Birgit Rathkolb, Ildikó Rácz, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Eckhard Wolf, Andreas Zimmer, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Miguel Torres, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Wolfgang Wurst, Sabine M Hölter, Juliane Winkelmann
MEIS1 is a developmental transcription factor linked to restless legs syndrome (RLS) in genome-wide association studies. RLS is a movement disorder leading to severe sleep reduction and with significant impact on the quality-of-life of patients. In genome-wide association studies, MEIS1 has consistently been the gene with the highest effect size and functional studies suggest a disease-relevant downregulation. Therefore, haploinsufficiency of Meis1 could be the most potential system for modeling RLS in animals...
June 23, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645685/concordance-between-brain-18-f-fdg-pet-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-diagnosing-alzheimer-s-disease
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S Rubí, A Noguera, S Tarongí, M Oporto, A García, H Vico, A Espino, M J Picado, A Mas, C Peña, G Amer
OBJECTIVES: Cortical posterior hypometabolism on PET imaging with (18)F-FDG (FDG-PET), and altered levels of Aß1-42 peptide, total Tau (tTau) and phosphorylated Tau (pTau) proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are established diagnostic biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease (AD). An evaluation has been made of the concordance and relationship between the results of FDG-PET and CSF biomarkers in symptomatic patients with suspected AD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective review was carried out on 120 patients with cognitive impairment referred to our Cognitive Neurology Unit, and who were evaluated by brain FDG-PET and a lumbar puncture for CSF biomarkers...
June 20, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645598/efficacy-of-early-surgery-for-neurological-improvement-in-spinal-cord-injury-without-radiographic-evidence-of-trauma-in-the-elderly
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Tomoo Inoue, Shinsuke Suzuki, Toshiki Endo, Hiroshi Uenohara, Teiji Tominaga
OBJECT: The optimal timing for surgery for patients with spinal cord injury without radiographic evidence of trauma (SCIWORET) remains unclear. This is especially true in the elderly, because most studies are done with younger patients to avoid age-related comorbidities. We therefore aimed to compare the efficacy of early (less than 24 hours post-injury) versus late (more than 24 hours post-injury) surgery in patients with SCIWORET aged 65 years or older. METHODS: We identified patients aged 65 years or older who underwent surgery for SCIWORET between January 1995 and February 2016...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645156/rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-and-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Natalia Jozwiak, Ronald B Postuma, Jacques Montplaisir, Véronique Latreille, Michel Panisset, Sylvain Chouinard, Pierre-Alexandre Bourgouin, Jean-François Gagnon
Study Objectives: REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a parasomnia affecting 33 to 46% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The existence of a unique and specific impaired cognitive profile in PD patients with RBD is still controversial. We extensively assessed cognitive functions to identify whether RBD is associated with more severe cognitive deficits in nondemented patients with PD. Methods: One hundred and sixty-two participants, including 53 PD patients with RBD, 40 PD patients without RBD, and 69 healthy subjects, underwent polysomnography, a neurological assessment, and an extensive neuropsychological exam to assess attention, executive functions, episodic learning and memory, visuospatial abilities, and language...
June 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645047/neurological-condition-assessed-with-the-hempel-examination-and-cognition-and-behaviour-at-4years
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Pamela Schendelaar, Jorien Seggers, Maas Jan Heineman, Mijna Hadders-Algra
AIM: To investigate associations between neurological condition, assessed with the Hempel examination, in terms of minor neurological dysfunction (MND) and neurological optimality, and cognition and behaviour at 4years. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analyses within a prospective, assessor-blinded follow-up study. SUBJECTS: Four-year-old singletons born to subfertile parents (n=235; 120 boys). OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcome parameters were complex minor neurological dysfunction (complex MND) and the neurological optimality score (NOS)...
June 20, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644415/genome-wide-association-study-of-dietary-pattern-scores
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Frédéric Guénard, Annie Bouchard-Mercier, Iwona Rudkowska, Simone Lemieux, Patrick Couture, Marie-Claude Vohl
Dietary patterns, representing global food supplies rather than specific nutrients or food intakes, have been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality. The contribution of genetic factors in the determination of food intakes, preferences and dietary patterns has been previously established. The current study aimed to identify novel genetic factors associated with reported dietary pattern scores. Reported dietary patterns scores were derived from reported dietary intakes for the preceding month and were obtained through a food frequency questionnaire and genome-wide association study (GWAS) conducted in a study sample of 141 individuals...
June 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644261/is-intravenous-thrombolysis-safe-and-effective-in-central-retinal-artery-occlusion-a-critically-appraised-topic
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Oana M Dumitrascu, Joanne F Shen, Madhavi Kurli, Maria I Aguilar, Lisa A Marks, Bart M Demaerschalk, Dean M Wingerchuk, Cumara B O'Carroll
BACKGROUND: Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a neurological and ophthalmologic emergency associated with poor visual recovery. There is a dilemma regarding the appropriate treatment, as formal guidelines are lacking. Despite being considered an ocular equivalent of cerebral infarction, the time window of intravenous (IV) thrombolysis administration for maximum efficacy and safety in CRAO remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To critically assess the current evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of IV thrombolysis in the treatment of patients with CRAO...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644039/parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-perspective-from-the-ninds-parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-program
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Katrina Gwinn, Karen K David, Christine Swanson-Fischer, Roger Albin, Coryse St Hillaire-Clarke, Beth-Anne Sieber, Codrin Lungu, F DuBois Bowman, Roy N Alcalay, Debra Babcock, Ted M Dawson, Richard B Dewey, Tatiana Foroud, Dwight German, Xuemei Huang, Vlad Petyuk, Judith A Potashkin, Rachel Saunders-Pullman, Margaret Sutherland, David R Walt, Andrew B West, Jing Zhang, Alice Chen-Plotkin, Clemens R Scherzer, David E Vaillancourt, Liana S Rosenthal
Biomarkers for Parkinson's disease (PD) diagnosis, prognostication and clinical trial cohort selection are an urgent need. While many promising markers have been discovered through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Parkinson's Disease Biomarker Program (PDBP) and other mechanisms, no single PD marker or set of markers are ready for clinical use. Here we discuss the current state of biomarker discovery for platforms relevant to PDBP. We discuss the role of the PDBP in PD biomarker identification and present guidelines to facilitate their development...
June 23, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643997/brain-monitoring-in-adult-and-pediatric-ecmo-patients-the-importance-of-early-and-late-assessments
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Roberto Lorusso, Fabio S Taccone, Mirko Belliato, Thijs Delnoij, Paolo Zanatta, Mirjana Cvetkovic, Mark Davidson, Jan Belohlavek, Nashwa Matta, Carl Davis, Hanneke Ijsselstijn, Thomas Mueller, Ralf Muellenbach, Dirk Donker, Piero David, Matteo DI Nardo, Dirk Vlasselaers, Dinis Dos Reis Miranda, Aparna Hoskote
Monitoring brain integrity and neuro-cognitive function is a new and important target for the management of a patient treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), in particular because of the increasing awareness of cerebral abnormalities that may potentially occur in this setting. Continuous regular monitoring, as well as repeated assessment for cerebral complications has become an essential element of the ECMO patient management. Besides well-known complications, like bleeding, ischemic stroke, seizures, and brain hypoperfusion, other less defined yet relevant injury and clinical manifestations are increasingly reported and impacting on ECMO patient prognosis at short term...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643657/impact-of-clinical-and-or-histological-chorioamnionitis-on-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-in-preterm-infants-a-literature-review
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E Maisonneuve, P-Y Ancel, L Foix-L'Hélias, S Marret, G Kayem
OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of clinical and/or histological chorioamnionitis on neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature infants. METHODS: A review of the literature appeared in PubMed between 1997 and 2016 was conducted to examine the association between clinical and/or histological chorioamnionitis and neurologic impairment in the neonates (intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia and white matter damage) and in infants (cerebral palsy and neurodevelopmental delay)...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643570/home-based-neurologic-music-therapy-for-arm-hemiparesis-following-stroke-results-from-a-pilot-feasibility-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alexander J Street, Wendy L Magee, Andrew Bateman, Michael Parker, Helen Odell-Miller, Jorg Fachner
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of a randomized controlled trial to evaluate music therapy as a home-based intervention for arm hemiparesis in stroke. DESIGN: A pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial, with cross-over design. Randomization by statistician using computer-generated, random numbers concealed in opaque envelopes. SETTING: Participants' homes across Cambridgeshire, UK. SUBJECTS: Eleven people with stroke and arm hemiparesis, 3-60 months post stroke, following discharge from community rehabilitation...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643233/assessing-environmental-exposure-to-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-in-complex-sample-matrices-a-comparison-of-the-three-most-popular-lc-ms-ms-methods
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Teesha C Baker, Fiona J M Tymm, Susan J Murch
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a naturally occurring non-protein amino acid produced by cyanobacteria, accumulated through natural food webs, found in mammalian brain tissues. Recent evidence indicates an association between BMAA and neurological disease. The accurate detection and quantification of BMAA in food and environmental samples are critical to understanding BMAA metabolism and limiting human exposure. To date, there have been more than 78 reports on BMAA in cyanobacteria and human samples, but different methods give conflicting data and divergent interpretations in the literature...
June 22, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642178/neurological-outcome-after-decompressive-craniectomy-predictors-of-outcome-in-different-pathologies
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Taco Goedemans, Dagmar Verbaan, Bert A Coert, Bertjan Kerklaan, René van den Berg, Jonathan M Coutinho, Tessa van Middelaar, Paul J Nederkoorn, W Peter Vandertop, Pepijn van den Munckhof
OBJECTIVE: Decompressive craniectomy (DC) has been proposed as lifesaving treatment in patients with elevated intracranial pressure, but its effectiveness on reaching favorable neurological outcome remains unclear. We identified predictors of outcome in a large, single-center cohort of patients undergoing DC for different pathologies. METHODS: This retrospective study included all patients undergoing DC from 2006-2014. One-year outcome, assessed using the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), was dichotomized into favorable (GOS 4-5) and unfavorable (GOS 1-3) outcome...
June 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642069/chronic-choline-supplementation-improves-cognitive-and-motor-performance-via-modulating-oxidative-and-neurochemical-status-in-rats
#17
Saiqa Tabassum, Saida Haider, Saara Ahmad, Syeda Madiha, Tahira Parveen
Choline, an essential nutrient, accounts for multiple functions in the body and brain. While its beneficial effects on healthy adults are not clear, choline supplementation is important during pregnancy for brain development, in elderly patients for support of cognitive performance and in patients with neurological disorders to reduce memory deficits. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate whether choline administration in healthy adult rats beneficially impacts cognitive and locomotor performance, and associated oxidative and neurochemical outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641811/tension-pneumocephalus-following-suboccipital-sitting-craniotomy-in-the-pediatric-population
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P Daszkiewicz, D Dziedzic
BACKGROUND: Sitting craniotomy often results in entrapment of air in fluid-filled intracranial cavities. Gas under pressure exerts a deleterious effect on adjacent nervous tissue, resulting in clinical deterioration. AIM OF STUDY: To assess the incidence of tension pneumocephalus (TP) and to define risk factors associated therewith. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Analysis included 100 consecutive patients (57 boys, 43 girls, mean age 9.7 y) undergoing suboccipital sitting craniotomy since 2012 to 2014...
May 11, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641771/fatigue-in-multiple-sclerosis-is-it-related-to-cytokines-and-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Aylin Akcali, Fatma Zengin, Sefika Nur Aksoy, Orhan Zengin
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that diminishes the quality of life of patients, but its exact mechanism remains poorly understood. There is not a generally adopted scale to determine MS fatigue. Studies that investigated physiopathology of fatigue symptom have shown dysregulation of hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal (HPA) axis. In the current study, we aimed to compare the results obtained with two separate scales, namely the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and the Neurological Fatigue Index-Multiple Sclerosis (NFI-MS), and assess the relationship between fatigue and serum IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-35, IL-2, IL-10, ACTH, cortisol, α-MSH, β-MSH, γ-MSH and CLIP (Corticotropinlike intermediate lobe peptide) in MS patients categorized as fatigued and non-fatigued on the basis of FSS scores...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641582/a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-of-levetiracetam-versus-phenytoin-for-convulsive-status-epilepticus-in-children-protocol-convulsive-status-epilepticus-paediatric-trial-consept-a-predict-study
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Stuart R Dalziel, Jeremy Furyk, Megan Bonisch, Ed Oakley, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Susan Donath, Cynthia Sharpe, Simon Harvey, Andrew Davidson, Simon Craig, Natalie Phillips, Shane George, Arjun Rao, Nicholas Cheng, Michael Zhang, Kam Sinn, Amit Kochar, Christine Brabyn, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND: Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is the most common life-threatening childhood neurological emergency. Despite this, there is a lack of high quality evidence supporting medication use after first line benzodiazepines, with current treatment protocols based solely on non-experimental evidence and expert opinion. The current standard of care, phenytoin, is only 60% effective, and associated with considerable adverse effects. A newer anti-convulsant, levetiracetam, can be given faster, is potentially more efficacious, with a more tolerable side effect profile...
June 22, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
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