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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928050/predictors-of-onset-of-psychosis-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-who-gets-it-early
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Abhishek Lenka, Lija George, Shyam Sundar Arumugham, Shantala Hegde, Venkateswara Reddy, Nitish Kamble, Ravi Yadav, Pramod Kumar Pal
INTRODUCTION: Psychosis is one of the common non-motor symptoms of PD, which substantially worsens the quality of life. Hence, it is important to identify factors that are associated with early onset of psychosis in PD. In order to identify those factors, the current study aims to compare various demographic and clinical features of PD patients with early and late onset psychosis. METHODOLOGY: In this prospective case-control study, 51 consecutive patients with PD having psychosis (PDP) were recruited...
September 14, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927715/microstructural-white-matter-changes-and-their-relation-to-neuropsychological-deficits-in-patients-with-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Susanne Knake, Christine Roth, Marcus Belke, Jens Sonntag, Tobias Kniess, Soeren Krach, Andreas Jansen, Jens Sommer, Frieder M Paulus, Barbara Carl, Felix Rosenow, Anke M Hermsen, Katja Menzler
OBJECTIVE: Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is the most common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndrome. Neuropsychological, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging studies have led to the hypothesis that JME is related to dysfunction of frontal brain regions and mainly frontal thalamocortical networks. METHODS: We investigated possible microstructural white matter abnormalities of 20 patients with JME as compared with 20 healthy control subjects using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)...
September 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923025/intrafamilial-phenotypic-heterogeneity-in-a-taiwanese-family-with-a-mapt-p-r5h-mutation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Hui-Chi Lin, Chin-Hsien Lin, Pei-Lung Chen, Shih-Jung Cheng, Pei-Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder characterized by deficits in executive function that frequently overlaps with parkinsonism and motor neuron disorders. Several genes have been identified to cause autosomal dominant forms of FTD, including the gene coding for the protein associated with microtubule tau (MAPT). While most reported pathogenic mutations in MAPT occur in exons 9-13, few families have been reported with mutations outside of this region...
September 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906375/correlations-between-clinical-characteristics-and-neuroimaging-in-chinese-patients-with-subtypes-of-frontotemporal-lobe-degeneration
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Zhihong Shi, Shuai Liu, Ying Wang, Shuling Liu, Tong Han, Li Cai, Yuying Zhou, Shuo Gao, Yong Ji
The aim of the study was to obtain an overview of the clinical and neuroimaging features of Chinese patients with subtypes of frontotemporal lobe degeneration (FTLD).We evaluated the demographic features, clinical presentation, and lobe atrophy depicted by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 133 patients with FTLD. Two positron emission tomography (PET) scans were performed at baseline: [C]Pittsburgh compound B PET to assess amyloid-β plaque load and [F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET to assess glucose metabolism...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905419/fast-3d-rosette-spectroscopic-imaging-of-neocortical-abnormalities-at-3-t-assessment-of-spectral-quality
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Claudiu V Schirda, Tiejun Zhao, Victor E Yushmanov, Yoojin Lee, Gena R Ghearing, Frank S Lieberman, Ashok Panigrahy, Hoby P Hetherington, Jullie W Pan
PURPOSE: To use a fast 3D rosette spectroscopic imaging acquisition to quantitatively evaluate how spectral quality influences detection of the endogenous variation of gray and white matter metabolite differences in controls, and demonstrate how rosette spectroscopic imaging can detect metabolic dysfunction in patients with neocortical abnormalities. METHODS: Data were acquired on a 3T MR scanner and 32-channel head coil, with rosette spectroscopic imaging covering a 4-cm slab of fronto-parietal-temporal lobes...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904460/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-with-frontal-executive-dysfunction-is-associated-with-reduced-gray-matter-volume-by-voxel-based-morphometry
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Sreeja H Pillai, Sheelakumari Raghavan, Mrudula Mathew, Geetha M Gopalan, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas, Sankara Sarma, Sanjeev V Thomas
OBJECTIVE: Frontal executive dysfunction (FED) and abnormalities in volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been described in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). We aimed to compare JME patients with and without FED by group analysis of voxel-based morphometric (VBM) estimates of brain volume in MRI. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We studied frontal executive functions in patients with JME and analyzed the possible association of FED with their demographic, clinical, and electrographic characteristics...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899992/depletion-of-progranulin-reduces-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptor-density-tau-phosphorylation-and-dendritic-arborization-in-mouse-primary-cortical-neurons
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Francesca Longhena, Michela Zaltieri, Jessica Grigoletto, Gaia Faustini, Luca La Via, Roberta Ghidoni, Luisa Benussi, Cristina Missale, PierFranco Spano, Arianna Bellucci
Loss-of-function mutations in the progranulin (PGRN) gene are a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). This an age-related neurodegenerative disorder characterized by brain atrophy in the frontal and temporal lobes and with typical symptoms such as cognitive and memory impairment, profound behavioral abnormalities and personality changes, that are thought to be related to connectome dysfunctions. Recently, PGRN reduction has been found to induce a behavioural phenotype reminiscent of FTLD symptoms in mice by affecting neuron spine density and morphology, suggesting that the protein can influence neuronal structural plasticity...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887278/comparison-of-unilateral-and-bilateral-craniotomy-for-the-treatment-of-bilateral-middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-anatomical-and-clinical-parameters-and-surgical-outcomes
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Min Jai Cho, Chang Wan Oh, O-Ki Kwon, Hyoung Soo Byoun, Si Un Lee, T Kim, Seung Pil Ban, Jae Seung Bang
OBJECTIVE: To compare two craniotomy approaches (unilateral and bilateral) in terms of anatomical and clinical parameters and surgical outcomes. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2014, 19 patients with bilateral unruptured middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysms were treated with unilateral craniotomy (group 1) and 10 patients were treated with bilateral mini-craniotomy (group 2). We compared demographic data, characteristics of aneurysms, radiological and clinical parameters, postoperative complications, and surgical outcomes between the groups...
September 5, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875427/epileptic-seizures-in-nonalcoholic-wernicke-s-encephalopathy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Wenjin Shang, Xiuhui Chen, Xunhua Li, Hongbing Chen, Shujin Tang, Hua Hong
Wernicke encephalopathy (WE) is characterized by eye signs, cerebellar dysfunction, and confusion. Epileptic seizures are rare in nonalcoholic WE. We reviewed the clinical, laboratory, radiological, and prognostic characteristics of nonalcoholic WE accompanied by epileptic seizures. We reported 1 case and searched similar cases using PubMed, WoK, Ovid, and Embase. WE was diagnosed according to dietary deficiencies, clinical symptoms and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We reviewed 13 patients (median age, 27 years; 5 men) with clear histories of thiamine deficiency and symptoms of typical WE...
September 6, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855495/adult-onset-leukoencephalopathy-with-axonal-spheroids-and-pigmented-glia-a-case-presented-brain-calcification-and-corpus-callosum-atrophy-from-over-10-years-before-the-onset-of-dementia
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Miyuki Okamoto, Jun Takeshita, Kazunori Takahashi, Akio Tanaka, Kunihiro Yoshida, Masaru Kuriyama
A 44-year-old man made many mistakes at work over a year. Eleven years prior, he had had medical examination with headache. He presented with symptoms consistent with frontal lobe dysfunction including cognitive decline, and bilateral pyramidal signs. Brain MRI showed cerebral atrophy, localized atrophy of corpus callosum, asymmetrical white matter lesions and multiple cystic lesions. CT images showed bilateral calcifications in the parietal subcortical white matter. Reconstructed sagittal CT images showed bilateral calcifications in the frontal white matter adjacent to the anterior horns of the lateral ventricles, which had a symmetrical "stepping stone appearance" in the frontal pericallosal regions...
August 31, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843843/evidence-for-altered-cell-membrane-lipid-composition-in-postmortem-prefrontal-white-matter-in-bipolar-disorder-and-schizophrenia
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Sanjoy Ghosh, Roger A Dyer, Clare L Beasley
Brain imaging suggests that white matter abnormalities, including compromised white matter integrity in the frontal lobe, are shared across bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SCZ). However, the precise molecular and cellular correlates remain to be elucidated. Given evidence for widespread alterations in cell membrane lipid composition in both disorders, we sought to investigate whether lipid composition is disturbed in frontal white matter in SCZ and BD. The phospholipids phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) were quantified in white matter adjacent to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in subjects with BD (n = 34), SCZ (n = 35), and non-psychiatric controls (n = 35) using high-pressure liquid chromatography...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827005/cognitive-dysfunction-and-symptoms-of-movement-disorders-in-adult-onset-leukoencephalopathy-with-axonal-spheroids-and-pigmented-glia
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Takeshi Ikeuchi, Naomi Mezaki, Takeshi Miura
Adult-onset leukoencephalopathies are clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders that affect predominantly the cerebral white matter of the central nervous system. Clinical and neuroimaging-based approaches have been developed to improve diagnostic processes for adult-onset leukoencephalopathies. However, the differential diagnosis is often challenging. Recently, knowledge of the genetic basis of leukoencephalopathies has been accumulated rapidly, which provides powerful diagnostic approaches. The article provides an overview of adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP), focusing on the clinical presentations of cognitive impairment and symptoms of movement disorders...
August 16, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825847/neuropsychological-comparisons-of-cocaine-versus-methamphetamine-users-a-research-synthesis-and-meta-analysis
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Matthew G Hall, Alexander O Hauson, Scott C Wollman, Kenneth E Allen, Eric J Connors, Mark J Stern, Christine L Kimmel, Rick A Stephan, Sharis Sarkissians, Brianna D Barlet, Igor Grant
BACKGROUND: Previous meta-analytical research examining cocaine and methamphetamine separately suggests potentially different neuropsychological profiles associated with each drug. In addition, neuroimaging studies point to distinct structural changes that might underlie differences in neuropsychological functioning. OBJECTIVES: This meta-analysis compared the effect sizes identified in cocaine versus methamphetamine studies across 15 neuropsychological domains...
August 21, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811256/cognitive-estimation-performance-of-patients-with-focal-frontal-and-posterior-lesions
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Lisa Cipolotti, Sarah E MacPherson, Sara Gharooni, Natasja van-Harskamp, Tim Shallice, Edgar Chan, Parashkev Nachev
The Cognitive Estimation Test (CET) is a widely used test to investigate estimation abilities requiring complex processes such as reasoning, the development and application of appropriate strategies, response plausibility checking as well as general knowledge and numeracy (e.g., Shallice and Evans, 1978; MacPherson et al., 2014). Thus far, it remains unknown whether the CET is both sensitive and specific to frontal lobe dysfunction. Neuroimaging techniques may not represent a useful methodology for answering this question since the complex processes involved are likely to be associated with a large network of brain regions, some of which are not functionally necessary to successfully carry out the CET...
August 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776906/association-of-subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-with-immediate-memory-and-other-cognitive-functions
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Lumine Matsumoto, Kazushi Suzuki, Yoshiko Mizuno, Yumiko Ohike, Atsuko Ozeki, Satoshi Ono, Mikio Takanashi, Daigo Sawaki, Toru Suzuki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shoji Tsuji, Atsushi Iwata
AIM: To clarify whether carotid atherosclerosis and its risk factors are associated with cognitive decline. METHODS: We evaluated 206 individuals who visited our center for health screening. We carried out physical examinations, blood tests, intima-media thickness (IMT) measurement by carotid ultrasonography, brain magnetic resonance imaging scanning and cognitive function assessments. A total of 30 individuals, who had significant cerebrovascular lesions detected in magnetic resonance imaging scans, were excluded...
August 4, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766701/rationale-for-an-adjunctive-therapy-with-fenofibrate-in-pharmacoresistant-nocturnal-frontal-lobe-epilepsy
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Monica Puligheddu, Miriam Melis, Giuliano Pillolla, Giulia Milioli, Liborio Parrino, Giovanni Mario Terzano, Sonia Aroni, Claudia Sagheddu, Francesco Marrosu, Marco Pistis, Anna Lisa Muntoni
OBJECTIVE: Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy (NFLE) is an idiopathic partial epilepsy with a family history in about 25% of cases, with autosomal dominant inheritance (autosomal dominant NFLE [ADNFLE]). Traditional antiepileptic drugs are effective in about 55% of patients, whereas the rest remains refractory. One of the key pathogenetic mechanisms is a gain of function of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) containing the mutated α4 or β2 subunits. Fenofibrate, a common lipid-regulating drug, is an agonist at peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) that is a ligand-activated transcription factor, which negatively modulates the function of β2-containing nAChR...
August 2, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742631/vestibular-function-in-adults-with-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology
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Sherifa A Hamed, Amal M Tohamy, Amira M Oseilly
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate vestibular function in adults with chronic epilepsy of unknown etiology in the inter-ictal period. BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a chronic medical disorder. Life-long therapy may be required in one-third of patients. Epilepsy is associated with comorbid somatic conditions which impairs patients' quality of life. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 28 with generalized tonic clonic (GTC) convulsions and 14 and 3 with temporal (TLE) and frontal lobe (FLE) epilepsies with secondary generalization (all were on regular carbamazepine therapy) and 40 healthy control subjects...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740088/functional-correlates-of-tsh-ft3-and-ft4-in-alzheimer-disease-a-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-study
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Agostino Chiaravalloti, Francesco Ursini, Alessandro Fiorentini, Gaetano Barbagallo, Alessandro Martorana, Giacomo Koch, Mario Tavolozza, Orazio Schillaci
The present study was aimed to investigate the relationships between thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), freeT3 (fT3) and freeT4 (fT4) and brain glucose consumption as detectable by means of 2-deoxy-2-(F-18) fluoro-D-glucose (F-18 FDG) Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) in a selected population with Alzheimer disease (AD). We evaluated 87 subjects (37 males and 50 females, mean age 70 (±6) years old) with AD. All of them were subjected to TSH, fT3 and fT4 assay and to cerebrospinal fluid amyloid (Aβ1-42) and tau [phosphorylated-tau (p-tau) and total-tau (t-tau)] assay prior PET/CT examination...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736888/alterations-in-cortical-thickness-in-nonmedicated-premature-ejaculation-patients-a-morphometric-mri-study
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Fan Guo, Yi-Bin Xi, Ming Gao, Lin Liu, Ning-Bo Fei, Wei Qin, Chen Li, Long-Biao Cui, Fei Yan, Lei Yu, Jian-Lin Yuan, Hong Yin
PURPOSE: Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions in men. However, there has been little research evaluating alterations in brain structure related to PE. We aimed to investigate the characteristics of nonmedicated PE patients in terms of brain morphometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample consisted with 32 medication-naïve adult men with clinical diagnosed PE and matched 31 healthy controls. All participants received diagnostic interviews and 3...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724204/gait-and-balance-impairment-after-acute-methanol-poisoning
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Kamila Peterová, Hana Brožová, Jiří Klempíř, Irena Lišková, Ondřej Bezdíček, Petr Ridzoň, Manuela Vaněčková, Sergej Zakharov, Daniela Pelclová, Michal Miovský, Evžen Růžička
Neurological sequelae including gait impairment were reported in survivors after methanol intoxication; however, no systematic study has been published so far. We aimed to analyse gait and balance impairment in a group of Czech methanol poisoning survivors. We examined 43 patients (age 46±13 years) 2-8 months after methanol poisoning and 43 healthy controls. Investigations contained a shortened version of Falls Efficacy Scale (FES), clinical tests of gait and balance including Timed Up and Go test (TUG) and gait analysis using GaitRite(®) system, neurological and neuropsychological examination, brain imaging, EMG and tests of alcohol consumption...
July 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
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