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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269793/proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-indicates-preserved-cerebral-biochemical-composition-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients
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Nathalie Doorenweerd, Melissa Hooijmans, Stephanie A Schubert, Andrew G Webb, Chiara S M Straathof, Erik W van Zwet, Mark A van Buchem, Jan J G M Verschuuren, Jos G M Hendriksen, Erik H Niks, Hermien E Kan
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by the absence of dystrophin. DMD is associated with specific learning and behavioural disabilities. In the brain, dystrophin is associated with GABAA receptors and aquaporin-4 in neurons and astrocytes, respectively, but little is known about its function. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: In this study we aimed to compare the biochemical composition between patients and healthy controls in brain regions that are naturally rich in dystrophin using magnetic resonance spectroscopy...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267833/weaknesses-in-lexical-semantic-knowledge-among-college-students-with-specific-learning-disabilities-evidence-from-a-semantic-fluency-task
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Jessica Hall, Karla K McGregor, Jacob Oleson
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether deficits in executive function and lexical-semantic memory compromise the linguistic performance of young adults with specific learning disabilities (LD) enrolled in postsecondary studies. Method: One hundred eighty-five students with LD (n = 53) or normal language development (ND, n = 132) named items in the categories animals and food for 1 minute for each category and completed tests of lexical-semantic knowledge and executive control of memory...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256695/-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-from-a-neurodevelopmental-perspective
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A Fernandez-Jaen, S Lopez-Martin, J Albert, D Martin Fernandez-Mayoralas, A L Fernandez-Perrone, B Calleja-Perez, S Lopez-Arribas
INTRODUCTION: Neurodevelopmental disorders cover a heterogeneous group of disorders such as intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders or specific learning difficulties, among others. The neurobiological and clinical variables seem to clearly justify the recent inclusion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a neurodevelopmental disorder in the international classifications. DEVELOPMENT: Neurodevelopmental disorders are characterised by their dimensional nature and the distribution of the different symptoms in the population...
February 24, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256694/-comparison-between-the-diagnosis-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-with-the-dsm-5-and-neuropsychological-evaluation-of-the-executive-functions
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L Abad-Mas, O Caloca-Catala, F Mulas, R Ruiz-Andres
INTRODUCTION: The attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a prevalence among 3-7% in scholar population and it is associated with learning disabilities and executive dysfunctions. AIM: To study the relationship between the ADHD diagnostic through DSM-5 criteria and the neuropshychology evaluation of executive functions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The sample of this study consisted in 50 subjects, 12 females and 38 males, with an age between 8 and 10 years old...
February 24, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256688/-learning-disorders-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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J J Garcia-Penas
INTRODUCTION: Neurocognitive deficits and academic learning difficulties are the most common neurologic complication of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) in childhood and can be responsible for significant lifetime morbidity. Children with NF1 show impairments in attention, visual perception, language, executive function, academic skills, and behavior. Studies in animal models suggest that the learning disabilities associated with NF1 are caused by excessive Ras activity that leads to increased gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) inhibition and to decreased long-term potentiation...
February 24, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250563/specific-learning-disabilities-and-psychiatric-comorbidities-in-school-children-in-south-india
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Shailaja Bandla, Gowri Devi Mandadi, Anand Bhogaraju
BACKGROUND: Specific learning disabilities (SLDs) are an important cause of academic underachievement in children and are also associated with comorbidities like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which further have an impact on the child's education. AIMS: To estimate the prevalence and psychosocial profile and psychiatric comorbidities in children with SLD in two settings, i.e., on special (remedial) education and schools and to compare the findings with normal children...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250542/a-training-course-for-psychologists-learning-to-assess-alleged-sexual-abuse-among-victims-and-perpetrators-who-have-intellectual-disabilities
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Petri J C M Embregts, Marianne Heestermans, Kim J H M van den Bogaard
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at greater risk of being a victim of sexual abuse and may also be more predisposed to perpetrating sexual abuse. Although the prevalence of sexual abuse among people with ID is difficult to determine, it is clear that there are serious consequences for both victims and perpetrators, and professional support is needed. Psychologists play an important role in the assessment of sexual abuse in both victims and perpetrators and require specific knowledge and skills to execute the assessments...
2017: Sexuality and Disability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243215/dynamic-assessment-of-reading-difficulties-predictive-and-incremental-validity-on-attitude-toward-reading-and-the-use-of-dialogue-participation-strategies-in-classroom-activities
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Juan-José Navarro, Laura Lara
Dynamic Assessment (DA) has been shown to have more predictive value than conventional tests for academic performance. However, in relation to reading difficulties, further research is needed to determine the predictive validity of DA for specific aspects of the different processes involved in reading and the differential validity of DA for different subgroups of students with an academic disadvantage. This paper analyzes the implementation of a DA device that evaluates processes involved in reading (EDPL) among 60 students with reading comprehension difficulties between 9 and 16 years of age, of whom 20 have intellectual disabilities, 24 have reading-related learning disabilities, and 16 have socio-cultural disadvantages...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219110/estimating-inverse-probability-weights-using-super-learner-when-weight-model-specification-is-unknown-in-a-marginal-structural-cox-model-context
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Mohammad Ehsanul Karim, Robert W Platt
Correct specification of the inverse probability weighting (IPW) model is necessary for consistent inference from a marginal structural Cox model (MSCM). In practical applications, researchers are typically unaware of the true specification of the weight model. Nonetheless, IPWs are commonly estimated using parametric models, such as the main-effects logistic regression model. In practice, assumptions underlying such models may not hold and data-adaptive statistical learning methods may provide an alternative...
February 20, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199175/sequential-prediction-of-literacy-achievement-for-specific-learning-disabilities-contrasting-in-impaired-levels-of-language-in-grades-4-to-9
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Elizabeth A Sanders, Virginia W Berninger, Robert D Abbott
Sequential regression was used to evaluate whether language-related working memory components uniquely predict reading and writing achievement beyond cognitive-linguistic translation for students in Grades 4 through 9 ( N = 103) with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) in subword handwriting (dysgraphia, n = 25), word reading and spelling (dyslexia, n = 60), or oral and written language (oral and written language learning disabilities, n = 18). That is, SLDs are defined on the basis of cascading level of language impairment (subword, word, and syntax/text)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Learning Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190914/neuroanatomy-of-handwriting-and-related-reading-and-writing-skills-in-adults-and-children-with-and-without-learning-disabilities-french-american-connections
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Marieke Longcamp, Todd L Richards, Jean-Luc Velay, Virginia W Berninger
In this article, we present recent neuroimaging studies performed to identify the neural network involved in handwriting. These studies, carried out in adults and in children, suggest that the mastery of handwriting is based on the involvement of a network of brain structures whose involvement and inter-connection are specific to writing alphabet characters. This network is built upon the joint learning of writing and reading and depends on the level of expertise of the writer. In addition, a part of this graphomotor network is also brought into play during the identification letters during visual reading...
December 2016: Pratiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186713/fetal-alcohol-research-caring-for-patients-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-a-needs-assessment
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Vincent C Smith, Phillip Matthias, Yasmin N Senturias, Renee M Turchi, Janet F Williams
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is the United States' most common preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to identify gaps in pediatric providers' knowledge and practices regarding FASD patient identification, diagnosis, management and referral, and to inform needs-based FASD resource development. METHODS: Pediatric providers (pediatricians, trainees, nurse practitioners) were exposed to survey links embedded in newsletters electronically distributed to the membership of two national professional societies...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176280/stepwise-casr-ap2s1-and-gna11-sequencing-in-patients-with-suspected-familial-hypocalciuric-hypercalcemia
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Auryan Szalat, Shoshana Shpitzen, Anat Tsur, Ilana Zalmon Koren, Shmuel Shilo, Liana Tripto-Shkolnik, Ronen Durst, Eran Leitersdorf, Vardiella Meiner
PURPOSE: Patients with familial hyperparathyroidism and low urinary calcium excretion may have familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) with mutations in one of three genes: the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) defining FHH-type 1, the adaptor-related protein complex 2 (AP2S1) related to FHH-type 3 or the G-protein subunit alpha11 (GNA11) associated with FHH-type 2. We aimed to evaluate the presence of mutations in these genes and to identify phenotypic specificities and differences in these patients...
February 7, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151977/a-blind-spot-screening-for-mild-intellectual-disability-and-borderline-intellectual-functioning-in-admitted-psychiatric-patients-prevalence-and-associations-with-coercive-measures
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Jeanet Grietje Nieuwenhuis, Eric Onno Noorthoorn, Henk Llewellyn Inge Nijman, Paul Naarding, Cornelis Lambert Mulder
BACKGROUND: Failure to detect psychiatric patients' intellectual disabilities may lead to inappropriate treatment and greater use of coercive measures. AIMS: In this prospective dynamic cohort study we screened for intellectual disabilities in patients admitted to psychiatric wards, and investigated the use of coercive measures with these patients. METHODS: We used the Screener for Intelligence and Learning disabilities (SCIL) to screen patients admitted to two acute psychiatric wards, and assessed patient characteristics and coercive measures during their stay and over the last 5 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143435/genetic-characterization-of-italian-patients-with-bardet-biedl-syndrome-and-correlation-to-ocular-renal-and-audio-vestibular-phenotype-identification-of-eleven-novel-pathogenic-sequence-variants
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Gabriella Esposito, Francesco Testa, Miriam Zacchia, Anna Alessia Crispo, Valentina Di Iorio, Giovanna Capolongo, Luca Rinaldi, Marcella D'Antonio, Tiziana Fioretti, Pasquale Iadicicco, Settimio Rossi, Annamaria Franzè, Elio Marciano, Giovanbattista Capasso, Francesca Simonelli, Francesco Salvatore
BACKGROUND: Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare genetic disorder that features retinal degeneration, obesity, polydactyly, learning disabilities and renal abnormalities. The diagnosis is often missed at birth, the median age at diagnosis being 9 years. In the attempt to shed light on BBS and improve its diagnosis and treatment, we evaluated the genotype-phenotype relationship in patients with a molecular diagnosis of BBS. METHODS: We analyzed three common BBS genes, BBS1, BBS10 and BBS2, in 25 Italian patients fulfilling the clinical criteria of BBS...
February 1, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141707/bullying-and-adhd-which-came-first-and-does-it-matter
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Robert Keder, Robert Sege, Peter C Raffalli, Marilyn Augustyn
Aiden, a 13-year-old boy in the sixth grade who is relatively new to your practice, is seen for follow-up after his routine physical last month when you noted concerns for possible attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and gave the family Vanderbilt Scales to complete. Aiden has a family history of ADHD, specific learning disabilities, and mood disorder.His mother reports that she is concerned about how Aiden is doing at school; his teachers are complaining that he is not doing his work, and she is worried that he may be kept back in school...
February 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133634/idea-units-in-notes-and-summaries-for-read-texts-by-keyboard-and-pencil-in-middle-childhood-students-with-specific-learning-disabilities-cognitive-and-brain-findings
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Todd Richards, Stephen Peverly, Amie Wolf, Robert Abbott, Steven Tanimoto, Rob Thompson, William Nagy, Virginia Berninger
Seven children with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia (2 girls, 5 boys, M=11 years) completed fMRI connectivity scans before and after twelve weekly computerized lessons in strategies for reading source material, taking notes, and writing summaries by touch typing or groovy pencils. During brain scanning they completed two reading comprehension tasks-one involving single sentences and one involving multiple sentences. From before to after intervention, fMRI connectivity magnitude changed significantly during sentence level reading comprehension (from right angular gyrus→right Broca's) and during text level reading comprehension (from right angular gyrus→cingulate)...
September 2016: Trends in Neuroscience and Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125421/engaging-people-with-aphasia-in-design-of-rehabilitation-through-participatory-design-a-way-to-learn-what-they-really-want
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Ulla Konnerup
Research literature on participatory design in relation to people with communicative and cognitive disabilities often focuses on the challenges of communication among the participants. This paper presents a case study involving people suffering from communication disabilities after a brain injury (aphasia) early in a design process of an avatar-mediated virtual learning environment for rehabilitation. The example demonstrates how providing time and space and supporting the communication with well-suited tools and artefact opens for firth-hand domain knowledge of living with aphasia...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112465/development-of-a-parent-reported-questionnaire-evaluating-upper-limb-activity-limitation-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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N Preston, M Horton, M Levesley, M Mon-Williams, R J O'Connor
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Upper limb activity measures for children with cerebral palsy have a number of limitations, for example, lack of validity and poor responsiveness. To overcome these limitations, we developed the Children's Arm Rehabilitation Measure (ChARM), a parent-reported questionnaire validated for children with cerebral palsy aged 5-16 years. This paper describes both the development of the ChARM items and response categories and its psychometric testing and further refinement using the Rasch measurement model...
January 23, 2017: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107219/do-neurocognitive-scat3-baseline-test-scores-differ-between-footballers-soccer-living-with-and-without-disability-a-cross-sectional-study
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Richard Weiler, Willem van Mechelen, Colin Fuller, Osman Hassan Ahmed, Evert Verhagen
OBJECTIVE: To determine if baseline Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, third Edition (SCAT3) scores differ between athletes with and without disability. DESIGN: Cross-sectional comparison of preseason baseline SCAT3 scores for a range of England international footballers. SETTING: Team doctors and physiotherapists supporting England football teams recorded players' SCAT 3 baseline tests from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of 249 England footballers, of whom 185 were players without disability (male: 119; female: 66) and 64 were players with disability (male learning disability: 17; male cerebral palsy: 28; male blind: 10; female deaf: 9)...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
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