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Sexuality in neurological disease

F Babany, S Hamdoun, P Denys, G Amarenco
: Sexual disorders are common after neurological diseases. The reconstruction of sexuality is a major issue after neurologic disability. Why is this topic not covered in rehabilitation medicine except specialized service? The aim of this pilot study was to assess the perception of the healthcare professionals (HCPs) and to understand why this topic was not addressed. We conducted a pilot, observational, monocentric study from February to March 2016 in HCPs from a neurologic rehabilitation hospital unit...
October 13, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
Marios C Yiannakas, Francesco Grussu, Polymnia Louka, Ferran Prados, Rebecca S Samson, Marco Battiston, Daniel R Altmann, Sebastien Ourselin, David H Miller, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has recently started to be adopted into clinical investigations of spinal cord (SC) diseases. However, DTI applications to the lower SC are limited due to a number of technical challenges, related mainly to the even smaller size of the SC structure at this level, its position relative to the receiver coil elements and the effects of motion during data acquisition. Developing methods to overcome these problems would offer new means to gain further insights into microstructural changes of neurological conditions involving the lower SC, and in turn could help explain symptoms such as bladder and sexual dysfunction...
2016: PloS One
Eva Martínez-Pinilla, Cristina Ordóñez, Eva Del Valle, Ana Navarro, Jorge Tolivia
BACKGROUND: Learning processes or language development are only some of the cognitive functions that differ qualitatively between men and women. Gender differences in the brain structure seem to be behind these variations. Indeed, this sexual dimorphism at neuroanatomical level is accompanied unequivocally by differences in the way that aging and neurodegenerative diseases affect men and women brains. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is the analysis of neuronal density in four areas of the hippocampus, and entorhinal and frontal cortices to analyze the possible gender influence during normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Solange N Eloundou, Jeanne S Sheffield
The identification of Zika virus as a significant teratogen has raised international concern, causing the World Health Organization to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This has allowed a global mobilization of experts in tropical infectious diseases, obstetrics, pediatrics, virology, public health policy, reproductive health, bioethics, and germ cell research to name just a few. This worldwide crisis has also raised awareness of health care disparities and concerns regarding the ability of families and societies to shoulder the long-term financial burden that the follow-up of affected children will require...
September 2016: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
Sabine Salhofer-Polanyi, Christian Wöber, Ricarda Prohazka, Assunta Dal-Bianco, Barbara Bajer-Kornek, Karin Zebenholzer
BACKGROUND: Sexuality is an integral part of overall health but the impact of neurological diseases on sexual function still receives too little attention. AIM: The aim of this case control study was to compare frequencies and characteristics of sexual dysfunction in women with stable relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) and migraine. METHODS: Sexually active women aged 18-50 years were recruited at the MS and headache outpatient clinics of a university hospital and asked to complete questionnaires on sexual function using the multiple sclerosis intimacy and sexuality questionnaire (MSISQ-19) adapted for patients with migraine, depression using the Beck depression inventory (BDI-II) and quality of life using the short form-36 questionnaire (SF-36)...
September 5, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Laura Singer, Kelly G Vest, Charles W Beadling
Zika virus continues to pose a significant global health threat. While the outbreak pattern may seemingly mirror those of other arboviruses, unique transmission characteristics and clinical outcomes warrant a different approach to traditional public health practices. Sexual transmission and virus-associated fetal and nonfetal neurologic disorders specifically challenge conventional methods of disease protection and prevention with regard to vector control, disease surveillance, and health risk communication...
August 30, 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kah-Meng Tee, Jian-Piao Cai, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Zheng Zhu, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Garnet Kwan-Yue Choi, Siddharth Sridhar, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Gang Lu, Kin Chiu, Amy Cheuk-Yin Lo, Sai-Wah Tsao, Kin-Hang Kok, Dong-Yan Jin, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Zika virus (ZIKV) is unique among human-pathogenic flaviviruses by its association with congenital anomalies and trans-placental and sexual human-to-human transmission. Although the pathogenesis of ZIKV-associated neurological complications has been reported in recent studies, key questions on the pathogenesis of the other clinical manifestations, non-vector-borne transmission and potential animal reservoirs of ZIKV remain unanswered. We systematically characterized the differential cell line susceptibility of 18 human and 15 nonhuman cell lines to two ZIKV isolates (human and primate) and dengue virus type 2 (DENV-2)...
August 24, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Luisa Barzon, Marta Trevisan, Alessandro Sinigaglia, Enrico Lavezzo, Giorgio Palù
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus discovered in Uganda in 1947. The virus has emerged in the recent years and spread in the Pacific Area and the Americas, where it has caused large human outbreaks. Factors involved in virus emergence are still unknown, but probably included the introduction in naïve environments characterized by the presence of high densities of competent Aedes spp. mosquitoes and susceptible human hosts in urban areas. Unique features of Zika virus infection are sexual and transplacental transmission and associated neurological morbidities, i...
August 21, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Guilherme Amaral Calvet, Flavia Barreto Dos Santos, Patricia Carvalho Sequeira
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus previously believed to cause only a mild and self-limiting illness. Recently, it has emerged as a new public health threat that caused a large outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-2014 and since 2015 an explosive outbreak in Brazil, with an increase in severe congenital malformations (microcephaly) and neurological complications, mainly Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Since then, it has spread through the Americas. On 1 February 2016, the WHO declared the ZIKV epidemic in Brazil a Public Health Emergency of International Concern...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Thomas P Loch, Mohamed Faisal
Flavobacterial diseases, caused by multiple members of the Family Flavobacteriaceae, elicit serious losses in wild and farmed fish around the world. Flavobacteria are known to be transmitted horizontally; however, vertical transmission has been suspected but proven only for one fish-pathogenic flavobacterial species (e.g., Flavobacterium psychrophilum). Herein, we report on the isolation and molecular identification of multiple Flavobacterium and Chryseobacterium taxa from the ovarian fluid and eggs of feral Great Lakes Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)...
July 2016: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
Maria Shoaib, Ahmad Faraz, Syed Ahsanuddin Ahmed
Zika virus is a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family. It is known to transmit to humans primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito which is also known to carry dengue, chikungunya & yellow fever virus. Transmission is anthroponotic (human-to-vector-to-human) during outbreaks, Perinatally in utero, sexually and via infected blood transfusion. It is mild and self-limiting infection lasting for several days to a week. However, it is suspected as a cause of Guillain Barre Syndrome...
January 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
E B Engler-Chiurazzi, M Singh, J W Simpkins
UNLABELLED: Historical perspective abstract:From the 90׳s to now: a historical perspective on more than two decades of estrogen neuroprotection: In the early 90׳s, estrogens were known to exert organizational and activational effects on reproductive tissues and sexual behavior. As well, the role of sex and gonadal hormones in altering the risk for developing Alzheimer׳s Disease (AD) was only beginning to be elucidated. Preliminary investigations suggested that estrogen-containing therapies typically given for the management of disruptive menopausal symptoms could reduce AD risk, attenuate disease-associated cognitive deficits, and modulate brain substrates known to be dysregulated by the condition, such as the cholingeric system...
August 15, 2016: Brain Research
Emanuela Zagni, Lucia Simoni, Delia Colombo
There are important sex differences in the brain that seem to arise from biology as well as psychosocial influences. Sex differences in several aspects of human behavior and cognition have been reported. Gonadal sex steroids or genes found on sex chromosomes influence sex differences in neuroanatomy, neurochemistry and neuronal structure, and connectivity. There has been some resistance to accept that sex differences in the human brain exist and have biological relevance; however, a few years ago, it has been recommended by the USA National Institute of Mental Health to incorporate sex as a variable in experimental and clinical neurological and psychiatric studies...
2016: Neuroscience Journal
Christina Frank, Daniel Cadar, Alexander Schlaphof, Neele Neddersen, Stephan Günther, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Dennis Tappe
Zika virus (ZIKV), an emerging mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes a mild dengue fever-like illness but has recently been associated with neurological disease and severe birth defects. The virus is currently causing a large epidemic in the Americas. Here, we report a male-to-female sexual transmission of ZIKV in Germany in April 2016, following travel to Puerto Rico of the male patient, demonstrated by subsequent seroconversions and molecular identification of identical virus sequences from both patients.
June 9, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Mohamed H Al-Ghaith, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
The current Zika virus outbreak in the Americas and the proposed link to increases in microcephaly and neurological disorders have prompted the World Health Organization to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, 2016. The virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and potentially by transfusion, perinatal and sexual transmission. The potential for spread into countries where Aedes mosquitoes are endemic is high. Previously, cases tended to be sporadic and associated with mild, non-specific symptoms...
June 6, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Rina Tilak, Sougat Ray, V W Tilak, Sandip Mukherji
Zika virus (ZIKV), a relative newcomer from the flavivirus group that includes dengue, Japanese encepahalitis and yellow fever, is one of the emerging pathogens that is fast transcending geographical boundaries. It is a vector-borne disease transmitted by the same Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, which cause dengue and chikungunya. In addition to the vector-mediated transmission of Zika fever, probable human-to-human transmission through exchange of body fluids, including sexual and perinatal transmission and through blood transfusion, makes containment of this new entity more challenging...
April 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
Belal Neyazi, Angelika Herz, Klaus-Peter Stein, Islam Gawish, Christian Hartmann, Ludwig Wilkens, Sueleyman Erguen, Claudia A Dumitru, I Erol Sandalcioglu
Brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVMs) are severe conditions which, upon rupture, cause debilitating neurological deficits and even death. The exact cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with bAVM rupture are currently unclear. The objective of this study was to explore the potential role of CEA-related cell adhesion molecule-1 (CEACAM1) in bAVM pathophysiology. Expression and localization of CEACAM1 were assessed immunohistochemically in tissue microarrays from bAVM patients (n = 60). The association of CEACAM1 with clinical parameters was analyzed with Spearman's rank correlation coefficient and chi-square test...
May 23, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Tuba Özcan, Erdal Benli, Feriha Özer, Esra Yancar Demir, Yasemin Kaya, Ali Ayyıldız
OBJECTIVE: Age at onset in Parkinson's disease (PD) seems to be related nonmotor symptoms. In this study we investigated the effect of the age at onset on symptoms of sexual dysfunction (SSD) in patients with PD. METHODS: This prospective study comprised 22 consecutive outpatients with early onset PD (EOPD-onset of the disease before 55 years), and 66 outpatients with late onset PD (LOPD-onset of PD over 55 years). They were all recruited from the Department of Movement Disorders, Clinic of Neurology...
June 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
J David Beckham, Daniel M Pastula, Aaron Massey, Kenneth L Tyler
IMPORTANCE: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) in the genus Flavivirus that has caused a widespread outbreak of febrile illness, is associated with neurological disease, and has spread across the Pacific to the Americas in a short period. OBSERVATIONS: In this review, we discuss what is currently known about ZIKV, neuroimmunologic complications, and the impact on global human health. Zika virus spread across Africa and Asia in part owing to unique genomic evolutionary conditions and pressures resulting in specific human disease manifestations, complications, and pathogenesis...
July 1, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Fatih Şahiner
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an enveloped RNA virus that belongs to the Flaviviridae family. Although more than 60 years have passed since the discovery and first reported human cases of the virus, only a small number (< 10) of cases had been encountered in the literature until the last 10 years. Zika virus was known as a virus which caused sporadic infections and was confined to Africa and Asia along a narrow equatorial line. In 2007, however, the first major outbreak of ZIKV occurred in Yap Island (Micronesia), and so it was reported for the first time outside of Africa and Asia...
April 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
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