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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727213/farming-and-incidence-of-motor-neuron-disease-french-nationwide-study
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S Kab, F Moisan, A Elbaz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The association of farming with motor neuron disease (MND) is unclear, with conflicting studies. We performed a French nationwide study of the association of farming with MND incidence, and compared findings with those for Parkinson's disease (PD), which has been shown to be more frequent in farmers. METHODS: We used the French national health insurance and hospital discharge databases to identify MND/PD incident cases. The Mutualité Sociale Agricole (MSA) guarantees health insurance for farmers and agricultural workers...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723941/heat-treatment-as-a-universal-technical-solution-for-silcrete-use-a-comparison-between-silcrete-from-the-western-cape-south-africa-and-the-kalahari-botswana
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Patrick Schmidt, David J Nash, Sheila Coulson, Matthias B Göden, Graeme J Awcock
Heat treatment was one of the first transformative technologies in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA), with many studies in the Cape coastal zone of South Africa identifying it as an essential step in the preparation of silcrete prior to its use in stone tool manufacture. To date, however, no studies have investigated whether heat treatment is necessary for all silcrete types, and how geographically widespread heat treatment was in the subcontinent. The aim of this study is to investigate experimentally whether heat treatment continued further north into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and northernmost South Africa, the closest area with major silcrete outcrops to the Cape...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722443/quantum-dot-nanotoxicity-investigations-using-human-lung-cells-and-toxor-electrochemical-enzyme-assay-methodology
#3
Tony O'Hara, Brian Seddon, Andrew O'Connor, Siobhán McClean, Baljit Singh, Emmanuel Iwuoha, Xolile Fuku, Eithne Dempsey
Recent studies have suggested that certain nanomaterials can interfere with optically based cytotoxicity assays resulting in underestimations of nanomaterial toxicity. As a result there has been growing interest in the use of whole cell electrochemical biosensors for nanotoxicity applications. Herein we report application of an electrochemical cytotoxicity assay developed in house (TOXOR) in the evaluation of toxic effects of mercaptosuccinic acid capped cadmium telluride quantum dots (MSA capped CdTe QDs), toward mammalian cells...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716886/clinical-neurology-and-epidemiology-of-the-major-neurodegenerative-diseases
#4
Michael G Erkkinen, Mee-Ohk Kim, Michael D Geschwind
Neurodegenerative diseases are a common cause of morbidity and cognitive impairment in older adults. Most clinicians who care for the elderly are not trained to diagnose these conditions, perhaps other than typical Alzheimer's disease (AD). Each of these disorders has varied epidemiology, clinical symptomatology, laboratory and neuroimaging features, neuropathology, and management. Thus, it is important that clinicians be able to differentiate and diagnose these conditions accurately. This review summarizes and highlights clinical aspects of several of the most commonly encountered neurodegenerative diseases, including AD, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and its variants, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and Huntington's disease (HD)...
July 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714593/free-water-improves-detection-of-changes-in-the-substantia-nigra-in-parkinsonism-a-multisite-study
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Edward Ofori, Florian Krismer, Roxana G Burciu, Ofer Pasternak, Johanna L McCracken, Mechelle M Lewis, Guangwei Du, Nikolaus R McFarland, Michael S Okun, Werner Poewe, Christoph Mueller, Elke R Gizewski, Michael Schocke, Christian Kremser, Hong Li, Xuemei Huang, Klaus Seppi, David E Vaillancourt
BACKGROUND: Imaging markers that are sensitive to parkinsonism across multiple sites are critically needed for clinical trials. The objective of this study was to evaluate changes in the substantia nigra using single- and bi-tensor models of diffusion magnetic resonance imaging in PD, MSA, and PSP. METHODS: The study cohort (n = 425) included 107 healthy controls and 184 PD, 63 MSA, and 71 PSP patients from 3 movement disorder centers. Bi-tensor free water, free-water-corrected fractional anisotropy, free-water-corrected mean diffusivity, single-tensor fractional anisotropy, and single-tensor mean diffusivity were computed for the anterior and posterior substantia nigra...
July 17, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713168/creative-destruction-and-subjective-well-being
#6
Philippe Aghion, Ufuk Akcigit, Angus Deaton, Alexandra Roulet
In this paper we analyze the relationship between turnover-driven growth and subjective wellbeing. Our model of innovation-led growth and unemployment predicts that: (i) the effect of creative destruction on expected individual welfare should be unambiguously positive if we control for unemployment, less so if we do not; (ii) job creation has a positive and job destruction has a negative impact on wellbeing; (iii) job destruction has a less negative impact in US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) within states with more generous unemployment insurance policies; (iv) job creation has a more positive effect on individuals that are more forward-looking...
December 2016: American Economic Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705587/diagnosis-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-the-level-of-oxidized-dj-1-protein
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Yuko Yamagishi, Kazumasa Saigoh, Yoshiro Saito, Ikuko Ogawa, Yoshiyuki Mitsui, Yukihiro Hamada, Makoto Samukawa, Hidekazu Suzuki, Motoi Kuwahara, Makito Hirano, Noriko Noguchi, Susumu Kusunoki
Parkinson's disease (PD) is difficult to distinguish from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and multiple system atrophy (MSA); in addition, biomarker studies in PD mostly focused on those found in the cerebrospinal fluid, and there are few reports of simple biomarkers identified by blood analysis. Previously, the DJ-1 gene was identified as a causative gene of familial PD. Oxidized DJ-1 protein (oxDJ-1) levels were reported to increase in the blood of patients with unmedicated PD. Therefore, we determined the levels of oxDJ-1 in the erythrocytes of patients with PD, PSP, and MSA using ELISA...
July 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689259/differential-diagnosis-of-parkinsonism-by-a-combined-use-of-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
#8
Kenji Ito, Chigumi Ohtsuka, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Hiroyuki Kameda, Suguru Yokosawa, Ryota Sato, Yasuo Terayama, Makoto Sasaki
PURPOSE: We investigated whether diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) and quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) could detect pathological changes that occur in Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple system atrophy with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) or predominant cerebellar ataxia (MSA-C), and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS) and thus be used for differential diagnosis that is often difficult. METHODS: Seventy patients (41 with PD, 6 with MSA-P, 7 with MSA-C, 16 with PSPS) and 20 healthy controls were examined using a 3...
July 8, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683089/the-composite-autonomic-symptom-scale-31-is-a-useful-screening-tool-for-patients-with-parkinsonism
#9
Younsoo Kim, Jin Myoung Seok, Jongkyu Park, Kun-Hyun Kim, Ju-Hong Min, Jin Whan Cho, Suyeon Park, Hyun-Jin Kim, Byoung Joon Kim, Jinyoung Youn
Differentiation of multiple system atrophy with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) and Parkinson's disease (PD) is important, but an effective tool for differentiation has not been identified. We investigated the efficacy of the composite autonomic symptom scale 31 (COMPASS 31) questionnaire as a tool for evaluating autonomic function in parkinsonism patients. In this study, we enrolled drug-naïve patients with MSA-P and PD, and administered the COMPASS-31 and an objective autonomic dysfunction test (AFT). Demographic and clinical data, including parkinsonism and autonomic dysfunction, were compared between the two groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680742/modulation-of-mhc-class-i-surface-expression-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells-by-methylseleninic-acid
#10
Claudia Lennicke, Jette Rahn, Jürgen Bukur, Falko Hochgräfe, Ludger A Wessjohann, Rudolf Lichtenfels, Barbara Seliger
The essential trace element selenium (Se) might play a role in cancer prevention as well as for cancer therapy. Its metabolite methylselenol is able to kill cells through distinct mechanisms including induction of reactive oxygen species, DNA damage and apoptosis. Since methylselenol affects innate immune responses by modulating the expression of NKG2D ligands, the aim of this study was to determine whether the methylselenol generating compound methylseleninic acid (MSA) influences the expression of the MHC class I surface antigens and growth properties thereby reverting immune escape...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680652/validity-and-reliability-of-a-pilot-scale-for-assessment-of-multiple-system-atrophy-symptoms
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Masaaki Matsushima, Ichiro Yabe, Ikuko Takahashi, Makoto Hirotani, Takahiro Kano, Kazuhiro Horiuchi, Hideki Houzen, Hidenao Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder for which brief yet sensitive scale is required in order for use in clinical trials and general screening. We previously compared several scales for the assessment of MSA symptoms and devised an eight-item pilot scale with large standardized response mean [handwriting, finger taps, transfers, standing with feet together, turning trunk, turning 360°, gait, body sway]. The aim of the present study is to investigate the validity and reliability of a simple pilot scale for assessment of multiple system atrophy symptoms...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680650/stratification-of-disease-progression-in-a-broad-spectrum-of-degenerative-cerebellar-ataxias-with-a-clustering-method-using-mri-based-atrophy-rates-of-brain-structures
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Rie Sasaki, Futaba Maki, Daisuke Hara, Shigeaki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: The rate of disease progression differs among patients with degenerative cerebellar ataxia. The uncertain natural course in individual patients hinders clinical trials of promising treatments. In this study, we analyzed atrophy changes in brain structures with cluster analysis to find sub-groups of patients with homogenous symptom progression in a broad spectrum of degenerative cerebellar ataxias. METHODS: We examined 48 patients including 21 cases of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), 17 cases of the cerebellar type of multiple system atrophy (MSA-C), and 10 cases of cortical cerebellar ataxia (CCA)...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676787/slowed-prosaccades-and-increased-antisaccade-errors-as-a-potential-behavioral-biomarker-of-multiple-system-atrophy
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Sarah H Brooks, Eliana M Klier, Stuart D Red, Neeti D Mehta, Saumil S Patel, Alice Z Chuang, Jessika Suescun, Mya C Schiess, Anne B Sereno
Current clinical diagnostic tools are limited in their ability to accurately differentiate idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) from multiple system atrophy (MSA) and other parkinsonian disorders early in the disease course, but eye movements may stand as objective and sensitive markers of disease differentiation and progression. To assess the use of eye movement performance for uniquely characterizing PD and MSA, subjects diagnosed with PD (N = 21), MSA (N = 11), and age-matched controls (C, N = 20) were tested on the prosaccade and antisaccade tasks using an infrared eye tracker...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676095/toll-like-receptor-4-stimulation-with-monophosphoryl-lipid-a-ameliorates-motor-deficits-and-nigral-neurodegeneration-triggered-by-extraneuronal-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy
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Serena Venezia, Violetta Refolo, Alexia Polissidis, Leonidas Stefanis, Gregor K Wenning, Nadia Stefanova
BACKGROUND: Alpha-synuclein (α-syn) aggregation represents the pathological hallmark of α-synucleinopathies like Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of highly conserved molecules that recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns and define the innate immunity response. It was previously shown that TLR4 plays a role in the clearance of α-syn, suggesting that TLR4 up-regulation in microglia may be a natural mechanism to improve the clearance of α-syn...
July 4, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672890/small-interfering-rna-targeting-of-the-survivin-gene-inhibits-human-tumor-cell-growth-in-vitro
#15
Zhaoxia Zhang, Tianyou Wang, Ziqin Liu, Suoqin Tang, Mei Yue, Shunqiao Feng, Mengze Hu, Litian Xuan, Yanfei Chen
The present study aimed to evaluate the impact of small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting of the survivin gene in human tumor cells and the effect of decreased survivin expression on the proliferation and apoptosis of tumor cells. Human tumor cell lines (MSA-MB-231, SGC-7901, HeLa, A549, SK-OV-3 and Raji, PC-3) were cultured in vitro and divided into three groups: survivin siRNA-treated, scrambled negative control siRNA-treated and an untreated control group. The level of survivin mRNA and protein expression was subsequently determined by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671559/thiolate-capped-cdse-zns-core-shell-quantum-dots-for-the-sensitive-detection-of-glucose
#16
Samsulida Abd Rahman, Nurhayati Ariffin, Nor Azah Yusof, Jaafar Abdullah, Faruq Mohammad, Zuhana Ahmad Zubir, Nik Mohd Azmi Nik Abd Aziz
A semiconducting water-soluble core-shell quantum dots (QDs) system capped with thiolated ligand was used in this study for the sensitive detection of glucose in aqueous samples. The QDs selected are of CdSe-coated ZnS and were prepared in house based on a hot injection technique. The formation of ZnS shell at the outer surface of CdSe core was made via a specific process namely, SILAR (successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction). The distribution, morphology, and optical characteristics of the prepared core-shell QDs were assessed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and spectrofluorescence, respectively...
July 1, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664433/factors-influencing-the-outcome-of-magnetic-sphincter-augmentation-for-chronic-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
#17
Heather F Warren, Lisa M Brown, Matias Mihura, Alexander S Farivar, Ralph W Aye, Brian E Louie
OBJECTIVES: Magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) is a surgical treatment option for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). MSA consistently improves quality of life, maintains freedom from PPIs, and objectively controls GERD. However, up to 24% of patients did not achieve these outcomes. We sought to identify factors predicting outcomes after MSA placement with the aim of refining selection criteria. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed clinical, endoscopic, manometric, pH data, and intraoperative factors from two databases: Pivotal Trial (N = 99) and our prospectively maintained esophageal database (N = 71)...
June 29, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651750/reduced-orexin-immunoreactivity-in-perry-syndrome-and-multiple-system-atrophy
#18
Takayasu Mishima, Koji Kasanuki, Shunsuke Koga, Monica Castanedes-Casey, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Yoshio Tsuboi, Dennis W Dickson
INTRODUCTION: Orexin is a neuropeptide that plays a key role in maintaining a state of arousal, and possibly associates with sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). Reduced orexin immunoreactivity has been reported in various neurologic conditions such as narcolepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease and multiple system atrophy (MSA); however, there has been no report investigating orexin in Perry syndrome, a rare hereditary neurodegenerative disease characterized by four clinical cardinal signs (parkinsonism, depression/apathy, weight loss, and central hypoventilation)...
June 12, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648930/associations-between-multiple-indicators-of-socio-economic-status-and-muscle-strengthening-activity-participation-in-a-nationally-representative-population-sample-of-australian-adults
#19
Jonathan Freeston, Joanne Gale, Yorgi Mavros, Jason A Bennie, Zeljko Pedisic, Adrian E Bauman, Emmanuel Stamatakis
BACKGROUND: Muscle-strengthening activity (MSA) (e.g. weight training), confers unique health benefits. While socioeconomic status (SES) correlates with leisure time physical activity, little is known about its relation with MSA. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 8993 Australian adults (>18years) who participated in the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2011-12. Information was collected on SES (income, education, socio-economic disadvantage and remoteness) and MSA participation...
June 22, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647892/postprandial-hypotension-in-neurological-disorders-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Antun Pavelić, Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Luka Crnošija, Mario Habek
PURPOSE: Postprandial hypotension (PPH) has been associated with increased risk of syncope, falls, stroke, angina and mortality. As the majority of patients with PPH are asymptomatic, the diagnosis is often overlooked. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of available scientific evidence on the likelihood of PPH in neurological diseases. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature (PubMed library, Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for results up to January 2017) identified 327 studies, of which 11 reported the frequency of PPH in patients with neurological diseases compared to healthy controls...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
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