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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445482/questionable-science-and-reproducibility-in-electrical-brain-stimulation-research
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Martin E Héroux, Colleen K Loo, Janet L Taylor, Simon C Gandevia
Electrical brain stimulation (EBS) is a trendy new technique used to change brain function and treat neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders. We were curious whether the published literature, which is dominated by positive results, reflects the experience of researchers using EBS. Specifically, we wanted to know whether researchers are able to reproduce published EBS effects and whether they engage in, but fail to report, questionable research practices. We invited 976 researchers to complete an online survey...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445083/fatigue-and-physical-functioning-in-children-with-multiple-sclerosis-and-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis
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Leontien Cc Toussaint-Duyster, Yu Yi M Wong, Monique Hm Van der Cammen-van Zijp, Daniëlle Van Pelt-Gravesteijn, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Rogier Q Hintzen, Rinze F Neuteboom
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Fatigue and physical impairments are a major concern in children with multiple sclerosis (MS) and after acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post-ADEM). We here aimed to evaluate the interaction between fatigue, exercise capacity, motor performance, neurological status, and quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, data of 38 children (MS n = 22, post-ADEM n = 16), aged 4-17 years attending our national pediatric MS center, were studied...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443443/practical-aspects-of-performing-glasgow-coma-scale-observations
#3
Catheryne Waterhouse
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a tool that was developed to identify and chart possible changes or deterioration in a patient's level of consciousness and their neurological status. In 2014, the GCS marked its 40th anniversary, and further guidance was provided to assist healthcare practitioners with performing this assessment. This article discusses essential aspects of this guidance to enable healthcare practitioners to optimise GCS observations and their interpretation.
April 26, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440900/phosphoglycerate-dehydrogenase-phgdh-deficiency-without-epilepsy-mimicking-primary-microcephaly
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Antoine Poli, Yoann Vial, Damien Haye, Sandrine Passemard, Manuel Schiff, Hala Nasser, Catherine Delanoe, Emma Cuadro, Rémi Kom, Narcisse Elanga, Anne Favre, Séverine Drunat, Alain Verloes
Phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) deficiency (OMIM 256520) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of serine synthesis, with mostly severe congenital microcephaly, caused by mutations in the PHGDH gene. Fourteen patients reported to date show severe, early onset, drug resistant epilepsy. In a cohort of patients referred for primary microcephaly, compound heterozygosity for two unreported variants in PHGDG was identified by exome sequencing in a pair of sibs who died aged 4.5 months and 4.5 years. They had severe neurological involvement with congenital microcephaly, disorganized EEG, and progressive spasticity, but never had seizures...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439446/thoracic-unilateral-spinal-cord-injury-after-spinal-anaesthesia-for-total-hip-replacement-fate-or-mistake
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Costa Fabio, Del Buono Romualdo, Agrò Felice Eugenio, Tambone Vittoradolfo, Vitali Andrea Massimiliano, Ricci Giovanna
Spinal anaesthesia is the most preffered anesthesia technique for total hip replacement, and its complications range from low entity (insignificant) to life threatening. The incidence of neurologic complications after neuraxial anaesthesia is not perfectly clear, although there are several described cases of spinal cord ischaemia. We present a case of unilateral T8-T11 spinal cord ischaemia following L2-L3 spinal anaesthesia for total hip replacement. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a hyperintense T8-T11 signal alteration on the leftside of paramedian spinal cord...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439253/secondary-hematoma-expansion-and-perihemorrhagic-edema-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-from-bench-work-to-practical-aspects
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REVIEW
Krista Lim-Hing, Fred Rincon
Intracerebral hemorrhages (ICH) represent about 10-15% of all strokes per year in the United States alone. Key variables influencing the long-term outcome after ICH are hematoma size and growth. Although death may occur at the time of the hemorrhage, delayed neurologic deterioration frequently occurs with hematoma growth and neuronal injury of the surrounding tissue. Perihematoma edema has also been implicated as a contributing factor for delayed neurologic deterioration after ICH. Cerebral edema results from both blood-brain barrier disruption and local generation of osmotically active substances...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438841/practice-guideline-summary-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-incidence-rates-and-risk-factors-report-of-the-guideline-development-dissemination-and-implementation-subcommittee-of-the-american-academy-of-neurology-and-the-american-epilepsy-society
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Cynthia Harden, Torbjörn Tomson, David Gloss, Jeffrey Buchhalter, J Helen Cross, Elizabeth Donner, Jacqueline A French, Anthony Gil-Nagel, Dale C Hesdorffer, W Henry Smithson, Mark C Spitz, Thaddeus S Walczak, Josemir W Sander, Philippe Ryvlin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence rates of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in different epilepsy populations and address the question of whether risk factors for SUDEP have been identified. METHODS: Systematic review of evidence; modified Grading Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation process for developing conclusions; recommendations developed by consensus. RESULTS: Findings for incidence rates based on 12 Class I studies include the following: SUDEP risk in children with epilepsy (aged 0-17 years) is 0...
April 25, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438652/assessing-the-relevancy-of-highly-cited-works-in-neurosurgery-part-i-the-100-most-relevant-papers-in-neurosurgical-journals
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REVIEW
Michael A Bohl, Francisco A Ponce
Bibliometric analyses based on total citation count come with many limitations, which authors in other fields have overcome using the average number of citations per year since publication. The following study is presented in two parts. In this first part, the 100 most relevant papers in neurosurgical journals have been identified and ranked by total citations per year since publication. We queried the Web of Science database for the 1000 most-cited articles in neurosurgical journals. The number of citations per year was calculated for these 1000 articles, and the top 100 were identified...
April 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437749/epilepsy-awareness-and-emergency-rescue-training-ignorance-is-bliss
#9
Rohit Shankar, Caryn Jory, Brendan McLean, Phil Tittensor, Matthew Walker
Status epilepticus (SE) has a high mortality rate and is associated with complications such as neurological deficit and cognitive decline. Buccal midazolam is the recommended emergency rescue medication in the UK to reduce the duration of a seizure and SE. It should be administered by an appropriately trained person. There are agreed guidelines on training standards for its administration in the UK produced by the Joint Epilepsy Council of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Training should provide an overview of epilepsy to facilitate safe, person-centered care and appropriate administration of rescue medication to people with epilepsy (PWE)...
April 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
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Sam D Shemie, Christy Simpson, Jeff Blackmer, Shavaun MacDonald, Sonny Dhanani, Sylvia Torrance, Paul Byrne
Donation physicians are specialists with expertise in organ and tissue donation and have been recognized internationally as a key contributor to improving organ and tissue donation services. Subsequent to a 2011 Canadian Critical Care Society-Canadian Blood Services consultation, the donation physician role has been gradually implemented in Canada. These professionals are generally intensive care unit physicians with an enhanced focus and expertise in organ/tissue donation. They must manage the dual obligation of caring for dying patients and their families while providing and/or improving organ donation services...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433651/the-surge-of-predatory-open-access-in-neurosciences-and-neurology
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Andrea Manca, Gianluca Martinez, Lucia Cugusi, Daniele Dragone, Zeevi Dvir, Franca Deriu
Predatory open access is a controversial publishing business model that exploits the open-access system by charging publication fees in the absence of transparent editorial services. The credibility of academic publishing is now seriously threatened by predatory journals, whose articles are accorded real citations and thus contaminate the genuine scientific records of legitimate journals. This is of particular concern for public health since clinical practice relies on the findings generated by scholarly articles...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431632/combined-evaluation-of-personality-risk-and-coping-in-ms-patients-a-step-towards-individualized-treatment-choice-the-pericoms-study-i
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G Bsteh, E Monz, L Zamarian, S Hagspiel, H Hegen, M Auer, S Wurth, F Di Pauli, F Deisenhammer, T Berger
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory neurological disease requiring disease-modifying treatment (DMT). To provide patients with the optimal individual therapeutic option, treatment recommendations should be based not only on individual disease course and DMT specific benefit-risk estimates, but also on patient's individual characteristics such as personality, risk attitude and coping strategies. However, these characteristics are difficult to objectify in clinical routine practice without the support of appropriate evaluation instruments...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430850/trends-in-hospitalization-for-hypertensive-emergency-and-relationship-of-end-organ-damage-with-in-hospital-mortality
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Mahek Shah, Shantanu Patil, Brijesh Patel, Shilpkumar Arora, Nilay Patel, Lohit Garg, Sahil Agrawal, Larry Jacobs, Susan P Steigerwalt, Matthew W Martinez
BACKGROUND: There are no comprehensive guidelines on management of hypertensive emergency (HTNE) and complications. Despite advances in antihypertensive medications HTNE is accompanied with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We queried the 2002-2012 nationwide inpatient sample database to identify patients with HTNE. Trends in incidence of HTNE and in-hospital mortality were analyzed. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the relationship between end-organ complications and in-hospital mortality...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
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Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429077/-implementation-of-the-german-s3-guidelines-on-dementia-in-clinical-practice-wish-or-reality
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H Lohmann, F Kulessa, H Holling, A Johnen, S Reul, G Lueg, T Duning
BACKGROUND: Published in 2009, the German S3 guidelines on dementia define a milestone in quality improvement of the diagnostics and treatment of dementia. In clinical practice patients suffering from dementia are primarily treated by physicians in private practice; therefore, this study examined how the guidelines are implemented in outpatient clinical settings. Furthermore, it aimed at the identification of behavioral determinants that govern the actual diagnostic and therapeutic approach in clinical practice...
April 20, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428166/vascular-cognitive-impairment-in-a-memory-clinic-population-rationale-and-design-of-the-utrecht-amsterdam-clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-trace-vci-study
#16
EDITORIAL
Jooske Marije Funke Boomsma, Lieza Geertje Exalto, Frederik Barkhof, Esther van den Berg, Jeroen de Bresser, Rutger Heinen, Huiberdina Lena Koek, Niels Daniël Prins, Philip Scheltens, Henry Chanoch Weinstein, Wiesje Maria van der Flier, Geert Jan Biessels
BACKGROUND: Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI) refers to cognitive dysfunction due to vascular brain injury, as a single cause or in combination with other, often neurodegenerative, etiologies. VCI is a broad construct that captures a heterogeneous patient population both in terms of cognitive and noncognitive symptoms and in terms of etiology and prognosis. This provides a challenge when applying this construct in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents the rationale and design of the TRACE-VCI study, which investigates the clinical features and prognosis of VCI in a memory clinic setting...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427972/endovascular-treatment-of-complex-distal-posterior-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-with-the-pipeline-embolization-device
#17
Paul Mazaris, Tapan Mehta, Mohammed Hussain, Violiza Inoa, Justin Singer, Gary Spiegel, Inam Kureshi, Martin Ollenschleger
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of our study is to assess the safety and efficacy of the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) for endovascular treatment of complex, distal posterior cerebral artery (PCA) aneurysms. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients who underwent endovascular treatment of complex PCA aneurysms with PED from November 2012 to December 2015. A total of 4 patients were identified and treated. 12 month angiographic and clinical follow-up was available for all patients...
April 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425689/normal-values-of-creatine-kinase-and-of-mb-creatine-kinase-at-birth-in-healthy-babies
#18
Carlo V Bellieni, Barbara Tomasini, Carlotta Bracciali, Giuseppe Buonocore
BACKGROUND: Today, few studies have been accomplished in order to determine serum creatine kinase (CK) activity in newborns by considering small groups of babies and without taking into account gestational age (GA) differences. Some authors have demonstrated that neonatal CK activity value at birth is higher than the normal range of CK activity considering for adults or older children. The objective of this study is to assess normal values of CK and MB-CK in neonatal blood, according to babies' GA...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425221/conceptualizing-movement-by-expert-bobath-instructors-in-neurological-rehabilitation
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Julie Vaughan-Graham, Kara Patterson, Karl Zabjek, Cheryl A Cott
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Movement, a core aspect of physiotherapy practice, and integral to the clinical reasoning process has undergone limited theoretical development. Instead, research has focused on intervention effectiveness embedded within the positivist paradigm. The purpose of this study was to explore how expert neurorehabilitation therapists conceptualize movement as part of their clinical reasoning. METHOD: A qualitative interpretive descriptive approach consisting of stimulated recall using video-recorded treatment sessions and in-depth interviews was used...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420294/smart-recognising-the-value-of-existing-practice-and-introducing-recent-developments-leaving-no-stone-unturned-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-the-pdoc-patient
#20
H Gill-Thwaites, K E Elliott, R Munday
Over the last 25 years there have been a number of papers highlighting the issues of high rates of misdiagnosis in prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) (Andrews, K., Murphy, L., Munday, R., & Littlewood, C. (1996). Misdiagnosis of the vegetative state: Retrospective study in a rehabilitation unit. BMJ, 313(7048), 13-16; Childs, N. L., Mercer, W. N., & Childs, H. W. (1993). Accuracy of diagnosis of persistent vegetative state. Neurology, 43(8), 1465-1467). Surprisingly, these rates still remain at the same level despite defined criteria for diagnosis (Schnakers, C...
April 18, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
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