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EDITORIAL
Chiara Zucchella, Angela Federico, Alice Martini, Michele Tinazzi, Michelangelo Bartolo, Stefano Tamburin
Neuropsychological testing is a key diagnostic tool for assessing people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, but can also help in other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. While cognitive screening tests offer gross information, detailed neuropsychological evaluation can provide data on different cognitive domains (visuospatial function, memory, attention, executive function, language and praxis) as well as neuropsychiatric and behavioural features...
February 22, 2018: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29472383/making-sense-of-the-clinical-spectrum-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophies
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REVIEW
Satish V Khadilkar, Bhagyadhan A Patel, Jamshed A Lalkaka
The expansion of the spectrum of limb girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs) in recent years means that neurologists need to be familiar with the clinical clues that can help with their diagnosis. The LGMDs comprise a group of genetic myopathies that manifest as chronic progressive weakness of hip and shoulder girdles. Their inheritance is either autosomal dominant (LGMD1) or autosomal recessive (LGMD2). Their prevalence varies in different regions of the world; certain ethnic groups have documented founder mutations and this knowledge can facilitate the diagnosis...
February 22, 2018: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471839/controlled-education-of-patients-after-stroke-ceops-nurse-led-multimodal-and-long-term-interventional-program-involving-a-patient-s-caregiver-to-optimize-secondary-prevention-of-stroke-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anne-Marie Mendyk, Alain Duhamel, Yannick Bejot, Didier Leys, Laurent Derex, Olivier Dereeper, Olivier Detante, Pierre-Yves Garcia, Olivier Godefroy, Francisco Macian Montoro, Jean-Philippe Neau, Sébastien Richard, Thierry Rosolacci, Igor Sibon, Denis Sablot, Serge Timsit, Mathieu Zuber, Charlotte Cordonnier, Régis Bordet
BACKGROUND: Setting up a follow-up secondary prevention program after stroke is difficult due to motor and cognitive impairment, but necessary to prevent recurrence and improve patients' quality of life. To involve a referent nurse and a caregiver from the patient's social circle in nurse-led multimodal and long-term management of risk factors after stroke could be an advantage due to their easier access to the patient and family. The aim of this study is to compare the benefit of optimized follow up by nursing personnel from the vascular neurology department including therapeutic follow up, and an interventional program directed to the patient and a caregiving member of their social circle, as compared with typical follow up in order to develop a specific follow-up program of secondary prevention of stroke...
February 22, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471256/consensus-research-priorities-for-paediatric-status-epilepticus-a-delphi-study-of-health-consumers-researchers-and-clinicians
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Jeremy Furyk, Robin Ray, Kerriane Watt, Stuart R Dalziel, Ed Oakely, Mark Mackay, Gabriel Dabscheck, Kate Riney, Franz E Babl
PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) is a paediatric emergency with significant morbidity and mortality. Recommendations beyond first line care are not based on high quality evidence. Emergency physicians and neurologists are key stakeholders in managing this condition. A collaborative, widely consulted approach to identifying priorities can help direct limited research funds appropriately. The objectives of this study are to identify consensus research priorities in paediatric SE among experts and health consumers...
February 5, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469679/gabrielle-l%C3%A3-vy-and-the-roussy-l%C3%A3-vy-syndrome
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Peter J Koehler
In 1934, Gabrielle Lévy died at the age of 48. She became well known for an article she published on a hereditary polyneuropathy in cooperation with Gustav Roussy, resulting in the eponym Roussy-Lévy syndrome. Not much is known about this extraordinary neurologist/neuropathologist. Her family declared that she died from the disease she was studying. She was a pupil of Pierre Marie, with whom she worked at the Salpêtrière in Paris and wrote on war neurology. In cooperation with Marie, she published a number of articles on postencephalitic syndromes, which also became the subject of her 1922 thesis...
February 22, 2018: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467974/stroke-simulation-improves-acute-stroke-management-a-systems-based-practice-experience
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Tapan Mehta, Sara Strauss, Dawn Beland, Gilbert Fortunato, Ilene Staff, Nora Lee
Background : Literature on the effectiveness of simulation-based medical education programs for caring for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients is limited. Objective : To improve coordination and door-to-needle (DTN) time for AIS care, we implemented a stroke simulation training program for neurology residents and nursing staff in a comprehensive stroke center. Methods : Acute stroke simulation training was implemented for first-year neurology residents in July 2011...
February 2018: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462057/segmental-spinal-myoclonus-complicating-lumbar-transforaminal-epidural-steroid-injection
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Stanley Sau Ching Wong, Qiu Qiu, Chi Wai Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection is commonly used for treating lumbar radicular pain. We report a case of segmental spinal myoclonus that developed during lumbar transforaminal epidural injection with local anesthetic and steroid. CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old woman with failed back surgery syndrome presented with low back and right L3 and L4 radicular pain. As she had responded well previously to diagnostic selective nerve root injection with local anesthetic at the right L3 and L4 levels, lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the same levels was scheduled...
February 16, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29460910/-alzheimer-s-disease
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O A Kicherova, L I Reikhert
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a serious medical and social problem of our time, while remaining the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. The leading symptom in the clinical picture of the disease is a progressive loss of memory with further development of behavioral disorders. In the early stages of AD, patients are mostly managed by neurologists and differential diagnosis is carried out with a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. The authors present clinical criteria of AD diagnosis and consider diagnostic possibilities in the predementia stage using biological markers...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29460270/towards-a-tdp-43-based-biomarker-for-als-and-ftld
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REVIEW
Emily Feneberg, Elizabeth Gray, Olaf Ansorge, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner
TDP-43 accumulates in nerve cells of nearly all cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; the commonest form of motor neuron disease) and in the majority of Tau-negative frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). There is currently no biochemical test or marker of disease activity for ALS or FTLD, and the clinical diagnosis depends on the opinion of an experienced neurologist. TDP-43 has a key role in the pathogenesis of ALS/FTLD. Measuring TDP-43 in easily accessible biofluids, such as blood or cerebrospinal fluid, might reduce diagnostic delay and offer a readout for use in future drug trials...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458916/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-in-germany
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Mario Gotta, Christoph A Mayer, Jutta Huebner
BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) is becoming an increasingly important issue for those affected. Especially in Germany there are only a few studies dealing with CAM, as yet. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence, the methods used, the subjective benefits as well as physician/patient communication. METHODS: A structured questionnaire including demographic and disease-specific data, CAM use, perceived benefits as well as physician/patient communication was sent to real and web-based self-help groups for MS in Germany...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458704/evaluation-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-restless-legs-syndrome-in-women-and-men-a-preliminary-population-based-study-in-china
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Yuqiong Liu, Gangqiong Liu, Ling Li, Jing Yang, Shengli Ma
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Many studies have investigated the association between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and cardiovascular risk factors, leading to conflicting results. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to determine whether RLS is associated with cardiovascular risk factors and disease. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 5,324 consecutive subjects who visited the Physical Examination Center of The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University for their yearly routine physical examination...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457236/time-is-ethics
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Mark Mercurio
Early in my career as a neonatologist, I was called into the hospital for a newborn who would not stop crying. Screaming, really. When I entered the unit, I was greeted by a loud, shrill, distinctive cry. After hearing the history and examining the baby, I just stood there for a while, watching and listening. It took some time, but eventually, I noticed a subtle regularity, a rhythmicity. I took off my watch, placed it on the bed next to the child, and found that the crying briefly grew louder about every six or seven seconds...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456161/the-effect-of-lrrk2-mutations-on-the-cholinergic-system-in-manifest-and-premanifest-stages-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-pet-study
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Shu-Ying Liu, Daryl J Wile, Jessie Fanglu Fu, Jason Valerio, Elham Shahinfard, Siobhan McCormick, Rostom Mabrouk, Nasim Vafai, Jess McKenzie, Nicole Neilson, Alexandra Perez-Soriano, Julieta E Arena, Mariya Cherkasova, Piu Chan, Jing Zhang, Cyrus P Zabetian, Jan O Aasly, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Martin J McKeown, Michael J Adam, Thomas J Ruth, Michael Schulzer, Vesna Sossi, A Jon Stoessl
BACKGROUND: Markers of neuroinflammation are increased in some patients with LRRK2 Parkinson's disease compared with individuals with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, suggesting possible differences in disease pathogenesis. Previous PET studies have suggested amplified dopamine turnover and preserved serotonergic innervation in LRRK2 mutation carriers. We postulated that patients with LRRK2 mutations might show abnormalities of central cholinergic activity, even before the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease...
February 15, 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454194/diagnostic-and-treatment-services-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-a-survey-of-health-professionals-in-urban-china
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Xin Tong, Dongmei An, Markus Reuber, Qin Zhang, Dong Zhou
PURPOSE: This study is intended to provide an overview of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) across China. METHODS: Using a questionnaire devised by the PNES Task Force of Neuropsychiatry Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), we conducted a survey among Chinese health professionals at the Sixth Advanced International Course: Clinical Epileptology. Descriptive analyses were performed...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453113/epidemiological-profile-of-epilepsy-in-low-income-populations
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REVIEW
Camilo Espinosa-Jovel, Rafael Toledano, Ángel Aledo-Serrano, Irene García-Morales, Antonio Gil-Nagel
Epilepsy is a global disease with an unequal distribution. About 80% of the affected individuals reside in low and middle income countries. The incidence and prevalence of epilepsy in low income populations is higher than in the rest of the world, this is partly explained by some risk factors such as head trauma, perinatal injury and CNS infections, which are more common in poor regions, especially in rural areas. Epilepsy is considered a treatable condition with high rates of therapeutic response. About three fourths of patients achieve control of the disease with the use of antiepileptic drugs, however, despite this benign prognosis, over 75% of patients from low income populations do not receive treatment at all...
February 8, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452315/technical-aspects-of-awake-craniotomy-with-mapping-for-brain-tumors-in-a-limited-resource-setting
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Rafael Teixeira Magalhaes Leal, Bruno Mendonça Barcellos, Jose Alberto Landeiro
BACKGROUND: Brain tumor surgery near or within eloquent regions is increasingly common and is associated with a high risk of neurological injury. Awake craniotomy with mapping has been shown to be a valid method to preserve neurological function while increasing the extent of resection. However, the technique used varies greatly among centers. Most count on professionals such as neuropsychologists, speech therapists, neurophysiologists or neurologists to help in intraoperative patient evaluation...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451061/neck-tongue-syndrome-an-underrecognized-childhood-onset-cephalalgia
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Nicholas M Allen, Hormos S Dafsari, Elizabeth Wraige, Heinz Jungbluth
Neck-tongue syndrome is a rarely reported headache disorder characterized by occipital and/or upper neck pain triggered by sudden rotatory head movement and accompanied by abnormal sensation and/or posture of the ipsilateral tongue. Although onset is thought to be in childhood, most of the limited number of cases reported so far were adults. Here the authors describe 3 cases, 2 girls and 1 boy, with neck-tongue syndrome. In each child additional headache symptoms occurred, headache improved over time in all, spontaneously in 2 and coinciding with gabapentin treatment in the other...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449827/sun-exposure-across-the-life-course-significantly-modulates-early-multiple-sclerosis-clinical-course
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Steve Simpson, Ingrid van der Mei, Robyn M Lucas, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Simon Broadley, Leigh Blizzard, Bruce Taylor
Background: Low vitamin D and/or sun exposure have been associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) onset. However, comparatively, few studies have prospectively examined associations between these factors and clinical course. Objectives: To evaluate the association of sun exposure parameters and vitamin D levels with conversion to MS and relapse risk in a prospectively monitored cohort of 145 participants followed after a first demyelinating event up to 5-year review (AusLong Study)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449241/simplified-guideline-for-prescribing-medical-cannabinoids-in-primary-care
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G Michael Allan, Jamil Ramji, Danielle Perry, Joey Ton, Nathan P Beahm, Nicole Crisp, Beverly Dockrill, Ruth E Dubin, Ted Findlay, Jessica Kirkwood, Michael Fleming, Ken Makus, Xiaofu Zhu, Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, James McCormack, Sharon Nickel, Guillermina Noël, Adrienne J Lindblad
OBJECTIVE: To develop a clinical practice guideline for a simplified approach to medical cannabinoid use in primary care; the focus was on primary care application, with a strong emphasis on best available evidence and a promotion of shared, informed decision making. METHODS: The Evidence Review Group performed a detailed systematic review of 4 clinical areas with the best evidence around cannabinoids: pain, nausea and vomiting, spasticity, and adverse events. Nine health professionals (2 generalist family physicians, 2 pain management-focused family physicians, 1 inner-city family physician, 1 neurologist, 1 oncologist, 1 nurse practitioner, and 1 pharmacist) and a patient representative comprised the Prescribing Guideline Committee (PGC), along with 2 nonvoting members (pharmacist project managers)...
February 2018: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449188/novel-homozygous-variants-in-atcay-mcoln1-and-sacs-in-complex-neurological-disorders
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Humera Manzoor, Norbert Brüggemann, Hafiz Muhammad Jafar Hussain, Tobias Bäumer, Frauke Hinrichs, Muhammad Wajid, Alexander Münchau, Sadaf Naz, Katja Lohmann
BACKGROUND: Neurological disorders comprise a large group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders, many of which have a genetic cause. In addition to a detailed neurological examination, exome sequencing is being increasingly used as a complementary diagnostic tool to identify the underlying genetic cause in patients with unclear, supposedly genetically determined disorders. OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic cause of a complex movement disorder in five consanguineous Pakistani families...
February 6, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
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