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Srikanth Boddu, Marc Dinkin, Maria Suurna, Kelly Hannsgen, Xem Bui, Athos Patsalides
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the role of venous sinus stenting in the treatment of pulsatile tinnitus among patients with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) and significant venous sinus stenosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A written informed consent approved by the Weill Cornell institutional review board was signed and obtained from the study participants. Thirty-seven consecutive patients with IIH and venous sinus stenosis who were treated with venous sinus stenting between Jan...
2016: PloS One
Noah T Ashley, Greg E Demas
Multidirectional interactions among the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems have been demonstrated in humans and non-human animal models for many decades by the biomedical community, but ecological and evolutionary perspectives are lacking. Neuroendocrine-immune interactions can be conceptualized using a series of feedback loops, which culminate into distinct neuroendocrine-immune phenotypes. Behavior can exert profound influences on these phenotypes, which can in turn reciprocally modulate behavior. For example, the behavioral aspects of reproduction, including courtship, aggression, mate selection and parental behaviors can impinge upon neuroendocrine-immune interactions...
October 17, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
Kai Pun Wong, Kin Pan Au, Shi Lam, Brian H Lang
INTRODUCTION: Patients with hoarseness of voice, previous neck operation or suspicion of malignancy are at "high-risk" of having pre-thyroidectomy vocal cord (VC) palsy. Therefore, VC functions should be evaluated before the operation. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of hoarseness, voice related questionnaire (Voice handicap Index (VHI) - 30) and transcutaneous laryngeal ultrasound (TLUSG) in diagnosing VC palsy, as well as the role of TLUSG in the evaluation of high-risk patients. METHODS: 1000 patients undergoing thyroidectomy or other endocrine-related neck procedures were prospectively included...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
J M Greene, P Dash, S Roy, C McMurtrey, W Awad, J S Reed, K B Hammond, S Abdulhaqq, H L Wu, B J Burwitz, B F Roth, D W Morrow, J C Ford, G Xu, J Y Bae, H Crank, A W Legasse, T H Dang, H Y Greenaway, M Kurniawan, M C Gold, M J Harriff, D A Lewinsohn, B S Park, M K Axthelm, J J Stanton, S G Hansen, L J Picker, V Venturi, W Hildebrand, P G Thomas, D M Lewinsohn, E J Adams, J B Sacha
Studies on mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) in nonhuman primates (NHP), a physiologically relevant model of human immunity, are handicapped due to a lack of macaque MAIT-specific reagents. Here we show that while MR1 ligand-contact residues are conserved between human and multiple NHP species, three T-cell receptor contact-residue mutations in NHP MR1 diminish binding of human MR1 tetramers to macaque MAITs. Construction of naturally loaded macaque MR1 tetramers facilitated identification and characterization of macaque MR1-binding ligands and MAITs, both of which mirrored their human counterparts...
October 19, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Nagisa Sugaya, Miki Arai, Fumiyuki Goto
CONCLUSIONS: Improvement in sleep, emotional distress, and health-related quality-of-life (QoL) accompanied the improvement in dizziness symptoms after vestibular rehabilitation. Persistent sleep disturbance could prevent improvements in self-perceived handicap due to chronic dizziness and anxiety. OBJECTIVE: The present study investigated prospectively the effects of intervention for dizziness (vestibular rehabilitation) on sleep disturbance, and the relationship between improvements in dizziness symptoms and improvements in sleep disturbance after the intervention...
October 19, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Daniel S Roberts, Steve Otto, Brian Chen, Kevin A Peng, Marc S Schwartz, Derald E Brackmann, John W House
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) can impact levels of tinnitus in neurofibromatosis type-2 (NF2) patients who have undergone translabyrinthine craniotomy for vestibular schwannoma (VS) removal and to evaluate the burden of tinnitus in these patients. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case series and patient survey. SETTING: Tertiary neurotologic referral center. PATIENTS: NF2 patients who underwent translabyrinthine removal of VS and ABI placement between 1994 and 2015...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Paul R Lambert, John Carey, Anthony A Mikulec, Carl LeBel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate safety and efficacy of a single intratympanic injection of OTO-104, sustained-exposure dexamethasone, in patients with unilateral Ménière's disease. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 2b study over 5 months. SETTING: Fifty-two academic and community otolaryngology centers. PATIENTS: One hundred fifty four patients (77 per group) aged 18 to 85 years inclusive. INTERVENTION: Single intratympanic injection of OTO-104 (12 mg dexamethasone) or placebo...
September 30, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
C M Inness, K L Morgan
Polo, one of the world's oldest sports, is played in over 80 countries. It is unique in combining the skills of a person with the agility and performance of an animal in a contact sport. There is only one report of the frequency and type of injuries in this population. Here we report risk perception, mitigation and risk factors for injuries and falls in UK polo players. Data were collected retrospectively from a random sample of 112 UK polo players by telephone questionnaire. Injuries (commonly to a shoulder or wrist) requiring a hospital visit were sustained by 17...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
A Ernst, I Todt, J Wagner
BACKGROUND: Dehiscence syndromes of the semicircular canals are a relatively new group of neurotological disorders. They have a variety of symptoms with hearing/balance involvement. Younger patients have clinically relevant symptoms in only about one third of cases. In addition to etiology and pathogenesis, the present paper describes diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities using a patient series of the authors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This nonrandomized prospective study included 52 patients with uni-/bilateral dehiscence syndromes of the superior and/or posterior canal (SCDS/PCDS), diagnosed with high-resolution computed tomography (HR-CT) of the petrous bone...
October 14, 2016: HNO
Wei-Shan Tsao, Hsi-Pao Hsieh, Yi-Ting Chuang, Min-Muh Sheu
PURPOSE: Students with cognitive impairment are at increased risk of suffering from visual impairment due to refractive errors and ocular disease, which can adversely influence learning and daily activities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ocular and visual status among students at the special education school in Hualien. METHODS: All students at the National Hualien Special Education School were evaluated. Full eye examinations were conducted by a skilled ophthalmologist...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Aimée C Smith, Jonathan R Roberts, Pui Wah Kong, Stephanie E Forrester
Analysing the centre of pressure (COP) and centre of gravity (COG) could reveal stabilising strategies used by golfers throughout the golf swing. This study identified and compared golfers' COP and COG patterns throughout the golf swing in medial-lateral (ML) and anterior-posterior (AP) directions using principal component analysis (PCA) and examined their relationship to clubhead velocity. Three-dimensional marker trajectories were collected using Vicon motion analysis and force plate data from two Kistler force plates for 22 low-handicap golfers during drives...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Sport Science
Rong Zeng, Guo-Peng Wang, Zhao-Hui Liu, Xi-Hong Liang, Peng-Fei Zhao, Zhen-Chang Wang, Shu-Sheng Gong
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical characteristics and present surgical outcomes of PT caused by sigmoid sinus wall dehiscence (SSWD). METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed 34 patients with PT who were diagnosed with SSWD in our institution between December 2008 and July 2013. Among them, 27 patients underwent sigmoid sinus wall reconstruction (surgery group) and 7 patients refused surgery (non-surgery group). Preoperative data were obtained from the patients' medical records...
2016: PloS One
Bożena Kosztyła-Hojna, Anna Kraszewska, Anna Łobaczuk-Sitnik, Diana Moskal, Dawid Falkowski, Jolanta Biszewska, Greta Berger
: Paralytic dysphonia is the most serious neurogenic pathology of voice quality. An important issue is to identify methods which support routine treatment. AIM: The aim of the study is to assess voice quality after electrostimulation (ES) therapy in patients with paralytic dysphonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The group consisted of 40 patients diagnosed at the Department of Clinical Phonoaudiology and Logopedics and then treated at the Phoniatric Outpatient Clinic of the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland in years 2013-2015...
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Qiwen Shen, Christophe Magnani, Olivier Sterkers, Georges Lamas, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Julien Sadoun, Ian S Curthoys, Catherine de Waele
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether saccadic velocity in the suppression head impulse paradigm (SHIMP) test is a reliable indicator of vestibular loss at the acute and at the chronic stage in patients suffering from different vestibular pathologies. METHODS: Thirty-five normal subjects and 57 patients suffering from different vestibular pathologies associated with unilateral vestibular loss (UVL) or bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) were tested in the SHIMPs paradigm...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Chiara Cordiglieri, Fulvio Baggi, Pia Bernasconi, Dimos Kapetis, Elisa Faggiani, Alessandra Consonni, Francesca Andreetta, Rita Frangiamore, Paolo Confalonieri, Carlo Antozzi, Renato Mantegazza
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease with neurodegenerative alterations, ultimately progressing to neurological handicap. Therapies are effective in counteracting inflammation but not neurodegeneration. Biomarkers predicting disease course or treatment response are lacking. We investigated whether altered gene and protein expression profiles were detectable in the peripheral blood of 78 relapsing remitting MS (RR-MS) patients treated by disease-modifying therapies. A discovery/validation study on RR-MS responsive to glatiramer acetate identified 8 differentially expressed genes: ITGA2B, ITGB3, CD177, IGJ, IL5RA, MMP8, P2RY12, and S100β...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
B Boisseau, B Perrouin-Verbe, N Le Guillanton, I Derrendinger, A-S Riteau, B Idiard-Chamois, N Winer
OBJECTIVES: Updating knowledge of health professionals about pregnant women with spinal cord injuries. Development of maternity hospitals to make them accessible to spinal cord injured pregnant women to improve their care in pre-, per- and post-partum. METHODS: Cross-sectional declarative study based on a questionnaire distributed to health professionals in the maternity hospital of the University Hospital of Nantes and liberal midwives of Nantes conurbation, based on their knowledge, their difficulties and their expectations for obstetrical care for spinal cord injured women...
October 6, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
M Morgiève, K N'Diaye, S Fernandez-Vidal, A-H Clair, L Mallet
INTRODUCTION: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most disabling mental health disorders due to its negative impact on the patient's quality of life as well on that of her living caregivers. This disorder generates an additional burden for relatives, which may in turn affect the family dynamics and impair the evolution of the disease. Along with medications, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) represents a well-validated first line of treatment for OCD. However, therapeutic responses across patients are uneven with often residual symptoms and limited quality of life improvements...
October 4, 2016: L'Encéphale
Hyun Woo Lim, Tae Su Kim, Woo Seok Kang, Chan Il Song, Seunghee Baek, Jong Woo Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the efficacy of cilostazol, a selective phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor, in patients with chronic tinnitus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult patients of chronic tinnitus lasting more than 3 months were included. Fifty eligible patients were randomly assigned to either cilostazol or control (placebo) group. The study medication of oral 100-mg cilostazol and a matching placebo were used twice a day for 4 weeks...
August 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Lewis J Kerwin, Christine Estes, Clara Oromendia, Paul Christos, Lucian Sulica
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To assess the long-term impact of vocal fold hemorrhage (VFH) on vocal function and health, and compare these parameters to those in similar patients who have not had VFH. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. METHODS: Patients with a history of VFH (N = 41) were characterized through a review of records and assessed by means of a survey for vocal health and professional functioning as well as the Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10) and, if appropriate (n = 30, 73...
October 7, 2016: Laryngoscope
V Soler, S Sourdet, L Balardy, G Abellan van Kan, D Brechemier, M E Rougé-Bugat, N Tavassoli, M Cassagne, F Malecaze, F Nourhashémi, B Vellas
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate visual performance and factors associated with abnormal vision in patients screened for frailty at the Geriatric Frailty Clinic (GFC) for Assessment of Frailty and Prevention of Disability at Toulouse University Hospital. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational cross-sectional, single-centre study. SETTING: Institutional practice. PARTICIPANTS: Patients were screened for frailty during a single-day hospital stay between October 2011 and October 2014 (n = 1648)...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
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