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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730530/spastic-paretic-hemifacial-contracture-related-to-multiple-sclerosis-a-rare-and-under-recognized-entity
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Sophie Fastré, Philippe Hanson, Frédéric London
We describe an additional case of spastic paretic hemifacial contracture, an uncommon condition characterized by sustained unilateral contraction of the facial muscles associated with mild ipsilateral facial paresis. This entity has only rarely been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and can be mistaken for hemifacial spasm. Early consideration of MS in the differential diagnosis of young patients admitted with these symptoms is essential.
July 20, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729945/validity-and-reliability-of-the-fatigue-severity-scale-in-finnish-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Eija Rosti-Otajärvi, Päivi Hämäläinen, Anna Wiksten, Tanja Hakkarainen, Juhani Ruutiainen
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is one of the most debilitating symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS) considerably interfering with patients' daily functioning. Both researchers and clinicians need psychometrically robust methods to evaluate fatigue in MS. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was (i) to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Finnish version of the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and (ii) to describe the results among patients with MS. METHODS: In total, 553 patients with MS (mean age, 53...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729933/unprovoked-seizures-in-multiple-sclerosis-why-are-they-rare
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Anamarija Kavčič, Werner E Hofmann
INTRODUCTION: The frequency of seizures in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) ranges from 1.5% to 7.8% and is considerably more common than chance events. The etiopathogenesis of seizures in MS is still poorly understood. METHOD: A review of the literature on seizures and MS using PubMed. RESULTS: Cortical gray matter involvement appears to be an all-too-common pathological finding in MS to play a primary role in the pathogenesis of seizures in MS patients...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729927/fatigue-and-cognition-pupillary-responses-to-problem-solving-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Sigrid A de Rodez Benavent, Gro O Nygaard, Hanne F Harbo, Siren Tønnesen, Piotr Sowa, Nils I Landrø, Marte Wendel-Haga, Lars Etholm, Kristian B Nilsen, Liv Drolsum, Emilia Kerty, Elisabeth G Celius, Bruno Laeng
INTRODUCTION: In early multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, cognitive changes and fatigue are frequent and troublesome symptoms, probably related to both structural and functional brain changes. Whether there is a common cause of these symptoms in MS is unknown. In theory, an altered regulation of central neuropeptides can lead to changes in regulation of autonomic function, cognitive difficulties, and fatigue. Direct measurements of central neuropeptides are difficult to perform, but measurements of the eye pupil can be used as a reliable proxy of function...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729170/how-do-pain-fatigue-depressive-and-cognitive-symptoms-relate-to-well-being-and-social-and-physical-functioning-in-the-daily-lives-of-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Anna L Kratz, Tiffany J Braley, Emily Foxen-Craft, Eric Scott, John Murphy, Susan L Murphy
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relative association between daily change in pain, fatigue, depressed mood, and cognitive function, and four outcomes (positive affect and well-being, ability to participate in social roles and activities, upper extremity (UE) functioning, and lower extremity (LE) functioning). DESIGN: Repeated-measures observational study including a baseline lab visit, followed by seven days of home monitoring that included ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of symptoms (pain, fatigue, depressed mood, and cognitive function) and end-of-day diary surveys of outcomes of interest...
July 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729169/pain-fatigue-and-cognitive-symptoms-are-temporally-associated-within-but-not-across-days-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Anna L Kratz, Susan L Murphy, Tiffany J Braley
OBJECTIVE: To examine the temporal associations, within-day and day-to-day, between pain, fatigue, depressed mood, and cognitive function in multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: Repeated-measures study involving seven days of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of symptoms five times a day. Multilevel mixed models were used to analyze data. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Ambulatory adults (N=107) with MS. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable...
July 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729168/ecological-momentary-assessment-of-pain-fatigue-depressive-and-cognitive-symptoms-reveals-significant-daily-variability-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Anna L Kratz, Susan L Murphy, Tiffany J Braley
OBJECTIVE: To describe the daily variability and patterns of pain, fatigue, depressed mood, and cognitive function in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: Repeated-measures observational study of seven consecutive days of home monitoring, including ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of symptoms. Multilevel mixed models were used to analyze data. SETTING: General community. PARTICIPANTS: Ambulatory adults (N=107) with MS recruited through [Masked] and surrounding community...
July 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727492/chronic-psychological-stress-seems-associated-with-elements-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-in-patients-with-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Natasha Bergmann, Søren Ballegaard, Jesper Krogh, Per Bech, Åke Hjalmarson, Finn Gyntelberg, Jens Faber
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Chronic psychological stress, the metabolic syndrome (MS) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) seem closely connected. In this study, we evaluate the association between chronic stress and elements of MS in patients with stable IHD. DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study. METHODS: Three hundred and fifty patients with stable IHD were included. Chronic stress was evaluated by the two questionnaires, Major Depression Inventory (MDI) and the psychological wellbeing index WHO-5, as well as by Pressure Pain Sensitivity (PPS), a physiological measure of hyperalgesia at the sternum known to be associated to elements of the chronic stress syndrome...
July 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723417/long-term-morphine-delivery-via-slow-release-morphine-pellets-or-osmotic-pumps-plasma-concentration-analgesia-and-naloxone-precipitated-withdrawal
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Virginia D McLane, Ivy Bergquist, James Cormier, Deborah J Barlow, Karen L Houseknecht, Edward J Bilsky, Ling Cao
AIMS: Slow-release morphine sulfate pellets and osmotic pumps are common routes of chronic morphine delivery in mouse models, but direct comparisons of these drug delivery systems are lacking. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of slow-release pellets versus osmotic pumps in delivering morphine to adult mice. MAIN METHODS: Male C57BL/6NCr mice (8weeksold) were implanted subcutaneously with slow-release pellets (25mg morphine sulfate) or osmotic pumps (64mg/mL, 1...
July 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716323/chronic-urinary-retention-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-physiology-systematic-review-of-urodynamic-data-and-recommendations-for-care
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John T Stoffel
Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are affected by urinary retention. Common causes include neurogenic underactive bladder and/or bladder outlet obstruction from detrusor sphincter dyssynergia. Systemic review of contemporary MS urodynamic studies demonstrates that 53% of MS patients have detrusor overactivity, 43% have detrusor sphincter dyssynergia, and 12% have atonic bladder (12 studies, 1524 patients). There is no standard definition of MS-related urinary retention, but greater than 300 mL is a proposed threshold value for the condition based on literature review...
August 2017: Urologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716266/sativex%C3%A2-effects-on-promoter-methylation-and-on-cnr1-cnr2-expression-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Massimo Santoro, Massimiliano Mirabella, Chiara De Fino, Assunta Bianco, Matteo Lucchini, Francesco Losavio, Andrea Sabino, Viviana Nociti
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating central nervous system (CNS) disease that involve oligodendrocyte loss and failure to remyelinate damaged brain areas causing a progressive neurological disability. Studies in MS mouse model suggest that cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms as spasticity, tremor and pain reducing inflammation via cannabinoid-mediated system. The aim of our study is to investigate the changes in cannabinoid type 1 (CNR1) and 2 (CNR2) receptors mRNA expression levels and promoter methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of MS secondary progressive (MSS-SP) patients treated with Sativex®...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716249/high-risk-of-early-conversion-to-multiple-sclerosis-in-clinically-isolated-syndromes-with-dissemination-in-space-at-baseline
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Lorenzo Gaetani, Fulvia Fanelli, Ilenia Riccucci, Paolo Eusebi, Paola Sarchielli, Carlo Pozzilli, Paolo Calabresi, Luca Prosperini, Massimiliano Di Filippo
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) usually presents at onset with a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). According to 2010 McDonald criteria, a diagnosis of MS can be made if CIS patients satisfy clinical/MRI criteria of both dissemination in time (DIT) and space (DIS). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the follow-up data and possible prognostic factors of CIS patients satisfying DIS MRI criteria. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective, multicenter study across 2 Italian centers...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716168/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-sublingual-immunotherapy-with-house-dust-mite-extract-for-allergic-rhinitis
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Yu Guo, Yanqing Li, Dehui Wang, Quan Liu, Zhuofu Liu, Li Hu
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) with house-dust mite (HDM) extract in Chinese patients with HDM-induced allergic rhinitis (AR). METHODS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial was conducted with the outpatients of the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, Fudan University. Forty-eight patients were eligible for randomization to SLIT with a mixture of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae extract or placebo for 1 year...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713417/foliar-phenolic-compounds-in-norway-spruce-with-varying-susceptibility-to-chrysomyxa-rhododendri-analyses-of-seasonal-and-infection-induced-accumulation-patterns
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Andrea Ganthaler, Wolfgang Stöggl, Ilse Kranner, Stefan Mayr
Secondary phenolic metabolites are involved in plant responses to various biotic stress factors, and are apparently important for the defense against fungal pathogens. In this study, we investigated their role in defense against the rust Chrysomyxa rhododendri in Norway spruce. The fungal pathogen undergoes a seasonal lifecycle with host shift; after overwintering in rhododendron shrubs, it attacks the sprouting current-year spruce needles and causes needle fall in autumn. Repeated infections lead to reduced timber yield and severe problems with rejuvenation in subalpine Norway spruce forests...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713238/targeting-cognitive-impairment-in-multiple-sclerosis-the-road-toward-an-imaging-based-biomarker
#15
Jeroen Van Schependom, Guy Nagels
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neuro-degenerative and -inflammatory disease leading to physical and cognitive impairment, pathological fatigue and depression, and affecting patients' quality of life and employment status. The combination of inflammation, demyelination, and neurodegeneration leads to the emergence of MS lesions, reduced white and gray matter brain volumes, a reduced conduction velocity and microstructural changes in the so-called Normal Appearing White Matter (NAWM). Currently, there are very limited options to treat cognitive impairment and its origin is only poorly understood...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712424/determinants-and-incidence-of-depression-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-prospective-cohort-study
#16
S A Berzins, A G Bulloch, J M Burton, K S Dobson, G H Fick, S B Patten
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incidence and explore potential determinants of incidence of depression in MS. METHODS: A prospective cohort study used a sample of 192 patients from the southern Alberta MS clinic registry. Participants completed baseline risk factor assessment questionnaires using either online, mail or telephone surveys, and completed the Patient Health Questionnaire every 2weeks for 6months to assess depressive symptoms in real time. Risk factors assessed included biopsychosocial variables such as socioeconomic status, illness-related factors, childhood risk factors, psychosocial factors, and health behaviors...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712074/efficacy-and-safety-of-shp465-mixed-amphetamine-salts-in-the-treatment-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-adults-results-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-forced-dose-clinical-study
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Richard H Weisler, Michael Greenbaum, Valerie Arnold, Ming Yu, Brian Yan, Margo Jaffee, Brigitte Robertson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of SHP465 mixed amphetamine salts (MAS) in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: Eligible adults [aged 18-55 years; meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition ADHD criteria; baseline ADHD Rating Scale with Adult Prompts (ADHD-RS-AP) total scores ≥28] were randomized 1:1:1 to placebo or forced-dose SHP465 MAS (12...
July 15, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711815/geschwind-syndrome-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-neuroanatomical-and-neuropsychological-features-over-9-years
#18
Laura Veronelli, Sara J Makaretz, Megan Quimby, Bradford C Dickerson, Jessica A Collins
Geschwind Syndrome, a characteristic behavioral syndrome frequently described in patients affected by temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), consists of the following features: hyper-religiosity, hypergraphia, hyposexuality, and irritability. Here we report the 9-year-clinical course of a case of Geschwind Syndrome that developed as a first and salient clinical expression of right temporal lobe variant of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Only one patient affected by frontotemporal dementia has previously been shown to present with Geschwind Syndrome...
June 27, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711432/inactivated-orf-virus-shows-disease-modifying-antiviral-activity-in-a-guinea-pig-model-of-genital-herpesvirus-infection
#19
Astrid Friebe, Angela Siegling, Olaf Weber
BACKGROUND: Inactivated Orf virus (iORFV) has been used as a preventative as well as a therapeutic immunomodulator in veterinary medicine in different species. iORFV elicits strong effects on cytokine secretion in mice and human immune cells leading to an auto-regulated loop of initial up-regulation of inflammatory and Th1-related cytokines followed by Th2-related cytokines that attenuate immunopathology. The therapeutic potential of iORFV has been recognized in several models for difficult-to-treat disease areas such as chronic viral diseases, liver fibrosis or various forms of cancer...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705086/longitudinal-relations-between-childhood-maltreatment-maltreatment-specific-shame-and-postpartum-psychopathology
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Rena A Menke, Diana Morelen, Valerie A Simon, Katherine L Rosenblum, Maria Muzik
The persistence of shame-based reactions to child maltreatment (CM) has been associated with poor posttraumatic adjustment. Despite evidence that the postpartum period is a vulnerable time for women with CM histories, little is known about the consequences of maltreatment-specific (MS) shame for postpartum functioning. The current study examined individual differences in MS shame among a sample of women during the postpartum period ( n = 100) as well as prospective relations from MS shame to postpartum psychopathology at 6-, 12-, 15-, and 18-month postpartum...
January 1, 2017: Child Maltreatment
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