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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229892/safety-and-efficacy-of-opicinumab-in-acute-optic-neuritis-renew-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Diego Cadavid, Laura Balcer, Steven Galetta, Orhan Aktas, Tjalf Ziemssen, Ludo Vanopdenbosch, Jette Frederiksen, Mark Skeen, Glenn J Jaffe, Helmut Butzkueven, Focke Ziemssen, Luca Massacesi, Yi Chai, Lei Xu, Stefanie Freeman
BACKGROUND: The human monoclonal antibody opicinumab (BIIB033, anti-LINGO-1) has shown remyelinating activity in preclinical studies. We therefore assessed the safety and tolerability, and efficacy of opicinumab given soon after a first acute optic neuritis episode. METHODS: This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study (RENEW) was done at 33 sites in Australia, Canada, and Europe in participants (aged 18-55 years) with a first unilateral acute optic neuritis episode within 28 days from study baseline...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229630/elevated-basal-cytosolic-calcium-of-endothelial-cells-influences-the-post-surgical-outcome-in-diabetic-cts
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I M Bin-Jaliah, Mea Shariff, P S Nayar, H C Chandramoorthy
Background Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)-induced neuropathy and ischemia-reperfusion post-surgery prolong carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) pathology, but the effect of T2DM on the prognostic outcome of carpal tunnel (CT) release surgery needs to be investigated. Materials and methods A total of 64 individuals with CTS underwent CT release surgery. HbA1c levels identified their diabetic status. The individual prognostic outcomes were measured by nerve conduction velocity (NCV), amplitude, and latency. Measurement of [Ca(2+)]c and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from isolated endothelial cells (ECs) revealed the oxidative burden of the normal and diabetic CTS phenotypes...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229457/randomized-controlled-trial-of-local-progesterone-vs-corticosteroid-injection-for-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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S A Raeissadat, S Shahraeeni, L Sedighipour, B Vahdatpour
OBJECTIVES: A number of studies have demonstrated the neuroprotective effects of progesterone and its influence on the recovery after neural injury. Few studies investigated the efficacy of local progesterone in carpal tunnel syndrome. The objective of this study was to compare the long-term effects of progesterone vs corticosteroid local injections in patients with mild and moderate carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: In this randomized clinical trial, 78 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome were assigned to two groups...
February 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228838/a-rare-case-of-bilateral-optic-neuritis-and-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-post-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection
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Aravindhan Baheerathan, Amy Ross Russell, Fion Bremner, Simon F Farmer
Neurological complications are the most commonly encountered extra-pulmonary manifestation of infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae). Here the authors report the case of a 39-year-old woman who was admitted with acute-onset bilateral visual loss coinciding with ascending numbness. Clinical examination, neurological imaging, and nerve conduction studies revealed a syndrome of bilateral optic neuritis and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Serological testing confirmed recent exposure to M. pneumoniae...
February 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228831/retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-thickness-of-migraine-patients-with-or-without-white-matter-lesions
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Ilke Bahceci Simsek
The aim of this study was to determine whether retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thickness is correlated with cerebral white matter lesions (WML) in migraine patients. Forty migraine and 40 healthy subjects were included in this study. The difference in RNFL thickness between the control and a migraine group with WML and a migraine group without WML were investigated using analysis of variance (ANOVA). A Tukey post hoc test was conducted to determine from which group the difference originated. Lower RNFL thicknesses were observed in the migraine patient group where WML was detected using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), compared with the control group and with the migraine group with no WML...
February 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228418/folic-acid-supplementation-increases-cutaneous-vasodilator-sensitivity-to-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-older-adults
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Anna E Stanhewicz, Jody L Greaney, Lacy M Alexander, W Larry Kenney
During heat stress, blunted increases in skin sympathetic nervous system activity (SSNA) and reductions in end-organ vascular responsiveness contribute to the age-related reduction in reflex cutaneous vasodilation. In older adults, folic acid supplementation improves the cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) response to passive heating; however, the influence of folic acid supplementation on SSNA:CVC transduction is unknown. Fourteen older adults (66±1yrs, 8M/6F) ingested folic acid (5mg·day(-1)) or placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind, crossover design...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227742/a-computational-model-of-orientation-dependent-activation-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Timothy Esler, Anthony N Burkitt, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori, Hamish Meffin, Timothy Esler, Anthony N Burkitt, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori, Hamish Meffin, Anthony N Burkitt, Timothy Esler, Hamish Meffin, David B Grayden, Robert R Kerr, Bahman Tahayori
Currently, a challenge in electrical stimulation for epiretinal prostheses is the avoidance of stimulation of axons of passage in the nerve fiber layer that originate from distant regions of the ganglion cell layer. A computational model of extracellular stimulation that captures the effect of neurite orientation in anisotropic tissue is developed using a modified version of the standard volume conductor model, known as the cellular composite model, embedded in a four layer model of the retina. Simulations are conducted to investigate the interaction of neural tissue orientation, electrode placement, and stimulation pulse duration and amplitude...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227498/effects-of-the-choice-of-reference-on-the-selectivity-of-a-multi-contact-nerve-cuff-electrode
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Ryan G L Koh, Jose Zariffa, Ryan G L Koh, Jose Zariffa, Jose Zariffa, Ryan G L Koh
Tripolar referencing is typically used in nerve cuff electrode recordings due to its ability to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio of contacts at the centre, but this may not be the optimal choice for a multi-contact nerve cuff consisting of contacts in off-centre rings. We conducted a simulation study to compare the effects of 3 different reference types on the recording selectivity of a multi-contact nerve cuff: the tripolar reference (TPR), common average reference (CAR), and multiple tripolar references based on consecutive groups of 3 rings (cTPR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226874/impact-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-on-auditory-brain-stem-dysfunction-in-mouse-model
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Reza M Amanipour, Robert D Frisina, Samantha A Cresoe, Teresa J Parsons, Xiaoxia Zhu, Cesario V Borlongan, Joseph P Walton, Reza M Amanipour, Robert D Frisina, Samantha A Cresoe, Teresa J Parsons, Xiaoxia Zhu, Cesario V Borlongan, Joseph P Walton, Robert D Frisina, Cesario V Borlongan, Reza M Amanipour, Xiaoxia Zhu, Samantha A Cresoe, Joseph P Walton, Teresa J Parsons
The auditory brainstem response (ABR) is an electrophysiological test that examines the functionality of the auditory nerve and brainstem. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be detected if prolonged peak latency is observed in ABR measurements, since latency measures the neural conduction time in the brainstem, and an increase in latency can be a sign of pathological lesion at the auditory brainstem level. The ABR is elicited by brief sounds that can be used to measure hearing sensitivity as well as temporal processing...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226503/serial-estimation-of-motor-unit-numbers-using-an-implantable-system-following-nerve-injury-and-repair-in-rats
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Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano, Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano, Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano
Motor unit number estimation (MUNE) is an established technique to assess recovery following peripheral nerve injury. In rats, where the vast majority of peripheral nerve research is conducted, assessing motor units at various time points requires a terminal procedure due to the invasive nature of current techniques. Here, we present an implanted system that was used to serially assess MUNE after peripheral nerve injury and repair in rats. This system significantly increases the efficiency of peripheral nerve research by negating the need for terminal procedures, allowing for serial MUNE assessment over time in the same rat...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226286/peripheral-nerve-ultrasonography-in-patients-with-transthyretin-amyloidosis
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Simon Podnar, Stayko Sarafov, Ivailo Tournev, Gregor Omejec, Janez Zidar
OBJECTIVE: To systematically study peripheral nerve morphology in patients with transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis and TTR gene mutation carriers using high-resolution ultrasonography (US). METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional study we took a structured history, performed neurological examination, and measured peripheral nerve cross-sectional areas (CSAs) bilaterally at 28 standard locations using US. Demographic and US findings were compared to controls. RESULTS: Peripheral nerve CSAs were significantly larger in 33 patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) compared to 50 controls, most dramatically at the common entrapment sites (median nerve at the wrist, ulnar nerve at the elbow), and in the proximal nerve segments (median nerve in the upper arm, sciatic nerve in the thigh)...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225274/a-rational-design-of-a-selective-inhibitor-for-kv1-1-channels-prevalent-in-demyelinated-nerves-that-improves-their-impaired-axonal-conduction
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Ahmed Al-Sabi, Declan Daly, Patrick Hoefer, Gemma K Kinsella, Charles P E Metais, Mark Pickering, Caroline Herron, Seshu Kumar Kaza, Kieran J Nolan, J Oliver Dolly
K(+) channels containing Kv1.1 α subunits, which become prevalent at internodes in demyelinated axons, may underlie their dysfunctional conduction akin to muscle weakness in multiple sclerosis. Small inhibitors were sought with selectivity for the culpable hyper-polarising K(+) currents. Modelling of interactions with the extracellular pore in a Kv1.1 deduced-structure identified a diaryldi-(2-pyrrolyl)methane (DPM) as a suitable scaffold, with optimised alkyl ammonium side chains. The resultant synthesised candidate [2,2'-((5,5'(di-p-topyldiaryldi-(2-pyrrolyl)methane)bis(2,2'carbonyl)bis (azanediyl)) diethaneamine...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225050/impact-of-baseline-vitamin-b12-status-on-the-effect-of-vitamin-b12-supplementation-on-neurologic-function-in-older-people-secondary-analysis-of-data-from-the-open-randomised-controlled-trial
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L M Miles, E Allen, R Clarke, K Mills, R Uauy, A D Dangour
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The available evidence from randomised controlled trials suggests that vitamin B12 supplementation does not improve neurologic function in older people with marginal but not deficient Vitamin B12 status. This secondary analysis used data from the Older People and Enhanced Neurological function (OPEN) randomised controlled trial to assess whether baseline vitamin B12 status or change in vitamin B12 status over 12 months altered the effectiveness of dietary vitamin B12 supplementation on neurologic function in asymptomatic older people with depleted vitamin B12 status at study entry...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224637/compound-motor-action-potential-duration-and-latency-are-markers-of-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury
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Neel K Bhatt, Andrea M Park, Mohammad T Al-Lozi, Derrick C Gale, Randal C Paniello
OBJECTIVE: Compound motor action potential (CMAP) can quantitatively evaluate innervation following injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in canines. CMAP duration (the total time of CMAP) and latency (the time between the nerve impulse and the onset of action potentials) have not been assessed following RLN injury. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study. METHODS: Twelve canine hemilaryngeal preparations were investigated. Baseline CMAP duration and latency were derived...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223858/the-therapeutic-usage-of-botulinum-toxin-botox-in-non-cosmetic-head-and-neck-conditions-an-evidence-based-review
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REVIEW
Kamran Habib Awan
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is an exotoxin produced from Clostridium botulinum. It blocks the release of acetylcholine from the cholinergic nerve end plates resulting in inactivity of the muscles or glands innervated. The efficacy of Botox in facial aesthetics is well established; however, recent literature has highlighted its utilization in multiple non-cosmetic medical and surgical conditions. The present article reviews the current evidence pertaining to Botox use in the non-cosmetic head and neck conditions...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223856/uncertainties-around-incretin-based-therapies-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Bader Al Tulaihi, Samia Alhabib
Background: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic debilitating and non-communicable disease. It has several long-term outcomes that are associated with various end organ damage, mainly the heart, blood vessels, eyes, nerves, and kidneys. There are different modalities of treatment of diabetes. The recent incretin-based therapies provided an innovative class of drugs including GLP-1 receptor agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors. This review aims to summarize the available evidence of their effectiveness. Method: This is a narrative review...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223038/nanoconjugate-bound-adenosine-a1-receptor-antagonist-enhances-recovery-of-breathing-following-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Zeljka Minic, Sharowyn Wilson, Fangchao Liu, Abdulghani Sankari, Guangzhao Mao, Harry Goshgarian
Respiratory complications in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) are common and can have a negative impact on the quality of patients' lives. Previously, we found that intradiaphragmatic administration of the nanoconjugate-bound A1 adenosine receptor antagonist, 1,3-dipropyl-8-cyclopentylxanthine (DPCPX) induced recovery of diaphragm function following SCI in rats. When administered immediately following the injury, recovery was observed as early as 3days following SCI and it persisted until the end of the study, 28days after the drug delivery...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221301/electrodiagnostic-characterization-of-hereditary-neuropathy-with-liability-to-pressure-palsies
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Sachiko Takahashi, Marvin Chum, Kurt Kimpinski
OBJECTIVES: The study objective was electrodiagnostic characterization of a large cohort of patients with genetically confirmed hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP). METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on all patients with HNPP seen at the neuromuscular clinic (London, Canada) from 1977 to 2015. Clinical data obtained included patient characteristics, examination findings, and nerve conduction study results. RESULTS: A total of 46 patients were analyzed...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220906/experiences-with-preventing-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-an-automotive-plant
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Věra Žídková, Marie Nakládalová, Jana Zapletalová, Zdeněk Nakládal, Helena Kollárová
OBJECTIVES: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common occupational disease. The aim was to assess the effect of preventive measures in automotive assembly workers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The analysis summarizes data from annual crosssectional studies. The 7-year analysis of data was based on medical records obtained from an occupational physician and inspections carried out at the workplace where targeted preventive measures were introduced, including better ergonomic arrangement of the workplace, technical adjustments facilitating the work, preventive nerve conduction studies (NCS) testing of the median nerve once a year, switching of workers and their targeted rotation within the workplace...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
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