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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345223/case-report-neurobrucellosis-with-plastered-spinal-arachnoiditis-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-report
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Saraswati Nashi, Veeramani Preethish-Kumar, Sayani Maji, Nagarathna Chandrashekar, Kiran Polavarapu, Chetan Kashinkunti, Kajari Bhattacharya, Jitender Saini, Atchayaram Nalini
Diffuse spinal arachnoiditis in neurobrucellosis is a rare manifestation. We report a boy aged 17, presenting with hearing impairment and recurrent vomiting for 18 months, weight loss for 12 months, dysphagia, dysarthria, hypophonia for 6 months, and gait unsteadiness for 5 months. He had bilateral 5th (motor) to 12th cranial nerve palsy, wasting and weakness of limbs, fasciculations, absent tendon reflexes, and positive Babinski's sign. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed raised protein and pleocytosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed extensive enhancing exudates in cisterns and post-contrast enhancement of bilateral 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th nerves...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343804/compound-heterozygous-spata5-variants-in-four-families-and-functional-studies-of-spata5-deficiency
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Sanna Puusepp, Reka Kovacs-Nagy, Bader Alhaddad, Matthias Braunisch, Georg F Hoffmann, Urania Kotzaeridou, Lucia Lichvarova, Mailis Liiv, Christine Makowski, Merle Mandel, Thomas Meitinger, Sander Pajusalu, Richard J Rodenburg, Dzhamilja Safiulina, Tim M Strom, Inga Talvik, Annika Vaarmann, Callum Wilson, Allen Kaasik, Tobias B Haack, Katrin Õunap
Variants in the SPATA5 gene were recently described in a cohort of patients with global developmental delay, sensorineural hearing loss, seizures, cortical visual impairment and microcephaly. SPATA5 protein localizes predominantly in the mitochondria and is proposed to be involved in mitochondrial function and brain developmental processes. However no functional studies have been performed. This study describes five patients with psychomotor developmental delay, microcephaly, epilepsy and hearing impairment, who were thought clinically to have a mitochondrial disease with subsequent whole-exome sequencing analysis detecting compound heterozygous variants in the SPATA5 gene...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343467/hearing-impairment-in-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-2
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Judith van Vliet, Alide A Tieleman, Baziel G M van Engelen, Guillaume Bassez, Laurent Servais, Anthony Béhin, Tanya Stojkovic, Jan Meulstee, Joost A M Engel, George Lamas, Bruno Eymard, Wim I M Verhagen, Elisabeth Mamelle
OBJECTIVE: To systematically assess auditory characteristics of a large cohort of patients with genetically confirmed myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2). METHODS: Patients with DM2 were included prospectively in an international cross-sectional study. A structured interview about hearing symptoms was held. Thereafter, standardized otologic examination, pure tone audiometry (PTA; 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 8 kHz), speech audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic middle ear muscle reflexes, and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) were performed...
January 17, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341395/health-of-southern-tasmanian-4-to-6-year-old-children-in-out-of-home-care-compared-to-peers
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Marie Rauter, Anagha Jayakar, Tom Clemens, Zaharenia Galanos, Louise Newbery, Andrew Whelan
AIM: To compare the health of 4- to 6-year-old children in out-of-home care (OOHC) in Southern Tasmania with their peers. METHODS: Demographic and health data collection and prospective health assessment of all 4- to 6-year olds in OOHC in Southern Tasmania on 30 August 2011 was undertaken. Data were compared to Tasmanian and/or Australian peers. RESULTS: A total of 109 of 129 children aged 4 to 6 years were included in the study. Time in OOHC was on average 38 (range 0-76) months...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340520/analysis-of-serum-microrna-expression-in-male-workers-with-occupational-noise-induced-hearing-loss
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Y H Li, Y Yang, Y T Yan, L W Xu, H Y Ma, Y X Shao, C J Cao, X Wu, M J Qi, Y Y Wu, R Chen, Y Hong, X H Tan, L Yang
Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is a prevalent occupational disorder that impairs auditory function in workers exposed to prolonged noise. However, serum microRNA expression in ONIHL subjects has not yet been studied. We aimed to compare the serum microRNA expression profiles in male workers of ONIHL subjects and controls. MicroRNA microarray analysis revealed that four serum microRNAs were differentially expressed between controls (n=3) and ONIHL subjects (n=3). Among these microRNAs, three were upregulated (hsa-miR-3162-5p, hsa-miR-4484, hsa-miR-1229-5p) and one was downregulated (hsa-miR-4652-3p) in the ONIHL group (fold change >1...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338288/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-safety-a-practical-guide-for-psychiatrists
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Rohan Taylor, Veronica Galvez, Colleen Loo
OBJECTIVES: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is increasingly being utilised as a treatment option for depression, and with this comes a need for a practical review of safety issues intended for clinicians. This article provides an overview of the current literature regarding safety issues with rTMS for depression, and provides recommendations for clinical practice. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, rTMS is a well-tolerated treatment with common side effects (such as headache or local pain at the site of stimulation) being mild...
January 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336138/psycho-acoustical-measures-in-individuals-with-congenital-visual-impairment
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Kaushlendra Kumar, Teenu Thomas, Jayashree S Bhat, Rajesh Ranjan
INTRODUCTION: In congenital visual impaired individuals one modality is impaired (visual modality) this impairment is compensated by other sensory modalities. There is evidence that visual impaired performed better in different auditory task like localization, auditory memory, verbal memory, auditory attention, and other behavioural tasks when compare to normal sighted individuals. OBJECTIVE: The current study was aimed to compare the temporal resolution, frequency resolution and speech perception in noise ability in individuals with congenital visual impaired and normal sighted...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336126/effects-of-smoking-on-eustachian-tube-and-hearing
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Matteo Pezzoli, Denise Lofaro, Alessandro Oliva, Monica Orione, Daniela Cupi, Andrea Albera, Guido Bongioannini, Roberto Albera
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of tobacco use on the Eustachian tube and inner ear function. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. SUBJECTS AND SETTINGS: Thirty-one nonsmoking volunteers and 34 smoking subjects recruited in an University Hospital, submitted to an audiological evaluation including pure tone audiometry, basal tympanogram, stapedial reflexes analysis, and nine-step eustachian tube (ET) function test...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335454/relationship-between-spectrotemporal-modulation-detection-and-music-perception-in-normal-hearing-hearing-impaired-and-cochlear-implant-listeners
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Ji Eun Choi, Jong Ho Won, Cheol Hee Kim, Yang-Sun Cho, Sung Hwa Hong, Il Joon Moon
The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between spectrotemporal modulation (STM) sensitivity and the ability to perceive music. Ten normal-nearing (NH) listeners, ten hearing aid (HA) users with moderate hearing loss, and ten cochlear Implant (CI) users participated in this study. Three different types of psychoacoustic tests including spectral modulation detection (SMD), temporal modulation detection (TMD), and STM were administered. Performances on these psychoacoustic tests were compared to music perception abilities...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331482/genetic-basis-of-hearing-loss-in-spanish-hispanic-and-latino-populations
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Rahul Mittal, Amit P Patel, Desiree Nguyen, Debbie R Pan, Vasanti M Jhaveri, Jason R Rudman, Arjuna Dharmaraja, Denise Yan, Yong Feng, Prem Chapagain, David J Lee, Susan H Blanton, Xue Zhong Liu
Hearing loss (HL) is the most common neurosensory disorder affecting humans. The screening, prevention and treatment of HL require a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms. Genetic predisposition is one of the most common factors that leads to HL. Most HL studies include few Spanish, Hispanic and Latino participants, leaving a critical gap in our understanding about the prevalence, impact, unmet health care needs, and genetic factors associated with hearing impairment among Spanish, Hispanic and Latino populations...
January 10, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331307/risk-factors-of-sensorineural-hearing-loss-in-patients-with-unilateral-safe-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media
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Abd Elrheem Ahmed Singer, Osama G Abdel-Naby Awad, Rafeek Mohamed Abd El-Kader, Ahmed Rabeh Mohamed
PURPOSE: Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) is the major cause of hearing impairment, especially conductive hearing loss. Few patients also had sensorineural component, the sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in CSOM is controversial, especially for safe mucosal type. This study aims to assess the relationship between the frequency of SNHL development in patients with safe mucosal CSOM and its relation to patient's age, sex, duration of disease, size of perforation and different audiological findings...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331002/genetics-of-human-hereditary-hearing-impairment
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Rahat Meena, Muhammad Ayub
Hereditary hearing impairment is heterogeneous type of disorder which can be caused due to environmental as well as genetical factors. Two distinct types of hereditary hearing loss are syndromic or non-syndromic. Non-syndromic hearing loss is further categorized as autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, X-linked and mitochondrial deafness. Autosomal recessive occurs more frequently as compared to autosomal dominant. Mutations in various genes are responsible for hereditary hearing impairment. To date, about 99 autosomal recessives and 67 autosomal dominant genes for deafness have been discovered...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330554/accuracy-of-a-screening-tool-for-early-identification-of-language-impairment
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Noëlle Uilenburg, Karin Wiefferink, Paul Verkerk, Margot van Denderen, Carla van Schie, Anne-Marie Oudesluys-Murphy
Purpose: A screening tool called the VTO Language Screening Instrument (VTO-LSI) was developed to enable more uniform and earlier detection of language impairment. This report, consisting of 2 retrospective studies, focuses on the effects of using the VTO-LSI compared to regular detection procedures. Method: Study 1 retrospectively compared VTO-LSI with regular detection procedures. Outcome measure was the detection rate of language impairment among 24-month-old children...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330026/sound-shock-response-in-larval-zebrafish-a-convenient-and-high-throughput-assessment-of-auditory-function
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Xiuyun Liu, Jia Lin, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Qiang Li
Given that hearing ability can be challenged in diverse ways, it is necessary to develop an easily conducted, high-throughput method for assessing potential auditory risks. Measuring the acoustic startle response (ASR) has become a critical behavioral method in hearing research using zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this study, changes in the activity of zebrafish larvae (10 days post fertilization (dpf)) due to exposure to a sudden easily-generated broad-band noise were automatically and objectively recorded and analyzed without building sophisticated equipments...
January 9, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327687/effect-of-speechreading-in-presbycusis-do-we-have-a-third-ear
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Luis Roque Reis, Pedro Escada
INTRODUCTION: Evidence regarding the effect of speechreading is lacking in age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). Thus, in individuals with presbycusis, this study determined whether speechreading would improve word intelligibility. Moreover, the study investigated the effect of speechreading on word intelligibility depending on hearing impairment severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This analytical, cross-sectional study involved two groups of individuals aged > 65 years that were enrolled by convenience sampling: 29 individuals with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss compatible with presbycusis (n=58 ears; mean age, 74...
December 30, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326878/ten-year-long-enzyme-replacement-therapy-shows-a-poor-effect-in-alleviating-giant-leg-ulcers-in-a-male-with-fabry-disease
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Jun Okada, Mohammad Arif Hossain, Chen Wu, Takashi Miyajima, Hiroko Yanagisawa, Keiko Akiyama, Yoshikatsu Eto
Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of α-galactosidase A (α-gal A), leading to the progressive accumulation of glycosphingolipids. Classical hemizygous males usually present symptoms, including pain and paresthesia in the extremities, angiokeratoma, hypo- or anhidrosis, abdominal pain, cornea verticillata, early stroke, tinnitus, and/or hearing loss, during early childhood or adolescence. Moreover, proteinuria, renal impairment, and cardiac hypertrophy can appear with age...
March 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325454/down-expression-of-p2rx2-kcnq5-erbb3-and-socs3-through-dna-hypermethylation-in-elderly-women-with-presbycusis
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Amal Bouzid, Ibtihel Smeti, Leila Dhouib, Magali Roche, Imen Achour, Aida Khalfallah, Abdullah Ahmed Gibriel, Ilhem Charfeddine, Hammadi Ayadi, Joel Lachuer, Abdelmonem Ghorbel, Christine Petit, Saber Masmoudi
CONTEXT: Presbycusis, an age-related hearing impairment (ARHI), represents the most common sensory disability in adults. Today, the molecular mechanisms underlying presbycusis remain unclear. This is in particular due to the fact that ARHI is a multifactorial complex disorder resulting from several genomic factors interacting with lifelong cumulative effects of: disease, diet, and environment. OBJECTIVE: Identification of novel biomarkers for presbycusis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selectively ascertained eighteen elderly unrelated women lacking environmental and metabolic risk factors...
January 11, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322063/neurological-sequelae-of-adult-meningitis-in-africa-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Drew W Goldberg, Mark W Tenforde, Hannah K Mitchell, Joseph N Jarvis
The high human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa has markedly changed the epidemiology and presentation of adult meningitis. We conducted a systematic review using PubMed, Embase, Ovid, CENTRAL, and African Index Medicus to identify studies in Africa with data on neurological outcomes in adults after meningitis. We found 22 articles meeting inclusion criteria. From 4 studies with predominately pneumococcal meningitis, a median of 19% of survivors experienced hearing loss up to 40 days...
January 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320944/effects-of-varying-reverberation-on-music-perception-for-young-normal-hearing-and-old-hearing-impaired-listeners
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Paul N Reinhart, Pamela E Souza
Reverberation enhances music perception and is one of the most important acoustic factors in auditorium design. However, previous research on reverberant music perception has focused on young normal-hearing (YNH) listeners. Old hearing-impaired (OHI) listeners have degraded spatial auditory processing; therefore, they may perceive reverberant music differently. Two experiments were conducted examining the effects of varying reverberation on music perception for YNH and OHI listeners. Experiment 1 examined whether YNH listeners and OHI listeners prefer different amounts of reverberation for classical music listening...
January 2018: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319875/association-between-sensory-impairment-and-dementia-in-older-adults-evidence-from-china
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Yanan Luo, Ping He, Chao Guo, Gong Chen, Ning Li, Xiaoying Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between sensory impairment and dementia in Chinese older adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Older adults in 31 provinces of China. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older (N = 250,752). MEASUREMENTS: Psychiatrists ascertained dementia based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. Sensory impairment was measured as only hearing impairment, only vision impairment, and combined sensory impairment (combined hearing and vision impairment)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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