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Stephanie L Harrison, Kate E Laver, Kayla Ninnis, Cherie Rowett, Natasha A Lannin, Maria Crotty
PURPOSE: To examine in people with neurological disorders, which method/s of providing external cues to improve task performance are most effective. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, and PsycINFO were systematically searched. Two reviewers independently screened, extracted data, and assessed the quality of the evidence using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). RESULTS: Twenty six studies were included. Studies examined a wide-range of cues including visual, tactile, auditory, verbal, and multi-component cues...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Alham Al-Sharman, Hanan Khalil, Mohammad Nazzal, Nihaya Al-Sheyab, Alia Alghwiri, Khalid El-Salem, Mais AlDughmi
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms are very heterogeneous and may lead to reduced physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning that can consequently impair aspects of individual's life. Many studies have examined the living experiences of individuals with MS and its impact on their daily lives. In developing countries and particularly in Jordan, there has been little attempt to conduct studies exploring the experiences of people living with MS. Such knowledge will provide a background to hidden aspects of human concepts, such as culture, perception, and attitudes about chronic diseases...
March 9, 2018: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
Elissa Held Bradford, Ilse Baert, Marcia Finlayson, Peter Feys, Joanne Wagner
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) rehabilitation evidence is limited due to methodological factors, which may be addressed by a data repository. We describe the perceived challenges of, motivators for, interest in participating in, and key features of an international MS rehabilitation data repository. Methods: A multimethod sequential investigation was performed with the results of two focus groups, using nominal group technique, and study aims informing the development of an online questionnaire...
January 2018: International Journal of MS Care
Brian M Sandroff, Glenn R Wylie, Brad P Sutton, Curtis L Johnson, John DeLuca, Robert W Motl
Exercise training has been identified as a highly promising approach for managing the cognitive consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS). This study represents a secondary analysis of resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) magnetic resonance imaging data from a pilot treadmill walking exercise training intervention for improving cognitive processing speed (CPS) in MS. There were large intervention effects on RSFC between the thalamus and right superior frontal gyrus ( d  = 1.92) and left medial frontal gyrus ( d  = 1...
January 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Alexa K Stuifbergen, Heather Becker, Francisco Perez, Janet Morrison, Adama Brown, Vicki Kullberg, Wenhui Zhang
BACKGROUND: The effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) on cognition have gained increasing recognition as one of the major disabling symptoms of the disease. Despite the prevalence of these symptoms and their impact on quality of life, limited attention has been given to strategies that might help manage the cognitive changes commonly experienced by persons with MS. OBJECTIVE: The primary purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a novel computer-assisted cognitive rehabilitation intervention MAPSS-MS (Memory, Attention, Problem Solving Skills in MS) in a multi-site trial with persons with MS...
February 16, 2018: Disability and Health Journal
Adebimpe O Obembe, Charlie H Goldsmith, Lisa A Simpson, Brodie M Sakakibara, Janice J Eng
BACKGROUND: Social support can help to deal with the consequences of neurological conditions and promote functional independence and quality of life. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of neurological conditions on the use of support and health-care services in a population-based sample of community-dwelling adults with neurological conditions. METHODS: Data were from the Survey of Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada, which was derived from a representative sample of household residents...
2018: PloS One
Theresa A Zesiewicz, George Wilmot, Sheng-Han Kuo, Susan Perlman, Patricia E Greenstein, Sarah H Ying, Tetsuo Ashizawa, S H Subramony, Jeremy D Schmahmann, K P Figueroa, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Ludger Schöls, Jessica D Shaw, Richard M Dubinsky, Melissa J Armstrong, Gary S Gronseth, Kelly L Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review evidence regarding ataxia treatment. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic review was performed according to American Academy of Neurology methodology. CONCLUSIONS: For patients with episodic ataxia type 2, 4-aminopyridine 15 mg/d probably reduces ataxia attack frequency over 3 months (1 Class I study). For patients with ataxia of mixed etiology, riluzole probably improves ataxia signs at 8 weeks (1 Class I study)...
February 9, 2018: Neurology
Marek Łyp, Iwona Stanisławska, Bożena Witek, Ewelina Olszewska-Żaczek, Małgorzata Czarny-Działak, Ryszard Kaczor
This study deals with the use of a robot-assisted body-weight-supported treadmill training in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with gait dysfunction. Twenty MS patients (10 men and 10 women) of the mean of 46.3 ± 8.5 years were assigned to a six-week-long training period with the use of robot-assisted treadmill training of increasing intensity of the Lokomat type. The outcome measure consisted of the difference in motion-dependent torque of lower extremity joint muscles after training compared with baseline before training...
February 13, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Guido Giunti, Jan Kool, Octavio Rivera Romero, Enrique Dorronzoro Zubiete
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the world's most common neurologic disorders, with symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive problems, and issues with mobility. Evidence suggests that physical activity (PA) helps people with MS reduce fatigue and improve quality of life. The use of mobile technologies for health has grown in recent years with little involvement from relevant stakeholders. User-centered design (UCD) is a design philosophy with the goal of creating solutions specific to the needs and tasks of the intended users...
February 9, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Shannon Charron, Kyla A McKay, Helen Tremlett
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be neuroprotective in multiple sclerosis (MS). One review (2011) of exercise and MS disability was inconclusive, but highlighted the need for more studies. OBJECTIVE: To perform an updated systematic literature review examining the relationship between physical activity and physical ability outcomes in persons with MS. METHODS: EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched for original interventional studies (2011-2016) evaluating exercise on quantitative outcomes of physical disability in MS...
February 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
A Mani, E Chohedri, P Ravanfar, A Mowla, A Nikseresht
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive impairment occurs in 40%-65% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Several techniques for cognitive rehabilitation (CR) in these patients have been evaluated; however, the results have been controversial. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of group compensatory CR in patients with MS-related cognitive impairment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four female patients with diagnosed relapsing-remitting MS and evidence of impaired cognitive function were included and randomized to intervention (n = 17) and control (n = 17) groups...
February 7, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Deborah Pareto, Jaume Sastre-Garriga, Juli Alonso, Ingrid Galán, Maria Jesus Arévalo, Marta Renom, Xavier Montalban, Àlex Rovira
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to assess changes in the resting-state networks (RSNs) of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) after a cognitive rehabilitation program (CRP), by retrospectively analyzing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies using the classical block design. METHODS: Fifteen patients with MS (2 primary progressive, 3 relapsing-remitting, 10 secondary progressive) were scanned before and after the CRP on a 1.5T MRI scanner...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Eva Swinnen, Tom Deliens, Elke Dewulf, Shauni Van Overstraeten, Nina Lefeber, Johan Van Nieuwenhoven, Stephan Ilsbroukx, Eric Kerckhofs
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to collect patients' and healthcare professionals' opinions about lower limb orthoses (LL-orthoses): 1) the positive and negative aspects; 2) the differences in wearing them according to location; and 3) their recommendations for future modifications. METHODS: Four focus group discussions were performed, with in total twenty patients with MS with a prescribed LL-orthosis and seven healthcare professionals. Audiotaped discussions were transcribed and qualitatively processed (NVivo11)...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
Laura Pellegrino, Martina Coscia, Margit Muller, Claudio Solaro, Maura Casadio
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease affecting multiple functional systems and resulting in motor impairments associated with muscle weakness and lack of movement coordination. We quantified upper limb motor deficits with a robot-based assessment including behavioral and muscle synergy analysis in 11 multiple sclerosis subjects with mild to moderate upper limb impairment (9 female; 50 ± 10 years) compared to 11 age- and gender- matched controls (9 female; 50 ± 9 years)...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jeffrey R Hebert, John R Corboy, Timothy Vollmer, Jeri E Forster, Margaret Schenkman
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a multifaceted vestibular-related rehabilitation program (Balance and Eye-Movement Exercises for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis; BEEMS) improves balance in persons with MS and whether there are differences in outcomes based on brainstem/cerebellar lesion involvement. METHODS: A 2-arm, examiner-blinded, stratified (involvement vs no involvement of brainstem/cerebellar structures), randomized controlled trial was implemented. Eighty-eight participants were allocated to BEEMS or no treatment control...
January 31, 2018: Neurology
Margherita Russo, Vincenzo Dattola, Maria C De Cola, Anna L Logiudice, Bruno Porcari, Antonino Cannavò, Francesca Sciarrone, Rosaria De Luca, Francesco Molonia, Edoardo Sessa, Placido Bramanti, Rocco S Calabrò
Motor impairment is the most common symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS). Thus, a variety of new rehabilitative strategies, including robotic gait training, have been implemented, showing their effectiveness. The aim of our study was to investigate whether an intensive robotic gait training, preceding a traditional rehabilitative treatment, could be useful in improving and potentiating motor performance in MS patients. Forty-five patients, who fulfilled the inclusion criteria, were enrolled in this study and randomized into either the control group (CG) or the experimental group (EG)...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
Domenico A Restivo, Shaheen Hamdy
Neurogenic dysphagia (ND) can occur in patients with nervous system diseases of varying etiologies. Moreover, recovery from ND is not guaranteed. The therapeutic approaches for oropharyngeal ND have drastically changed over the last decade, mainly due to a better knowledge of the neurophysiology of swallowing along with the progress of neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies. For this reason, it is a priority to develop a treatment that is repeatable, safe, and can be carried out at the bedside as well as for outpatients...
2018: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
Alon Kalron, Roy Aloni, Mark Dolev, Lior Frid, Uri Givon, Shay Menascu
The objective of the study was to determine if cognitive function is associated with step time variability in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). The study included 355 PwMS (218 women), average age 41.1 (SD = 13.5), disease duration 5.9 (SD = 7.3) years, and a median expanded disability status scale score of 2.5. We separately analyzed the sample group of fallers and non-fallers based on their fall history. Gait variability was measured by an electronic walkway and all participants completed a computerized cognitive test battery designed to evaluate multiple cognitive domains...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Thomas J Covey, Janet L Shucard, Ralph Hb Benedict, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, David W Shucard
Background: Few studies of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (MS) have targeted working memory specifically. Objective: We examined the effects of n-back working memory training on cognitive performance and brain function in patients with MS. Methods: Patients with MS (n = 12) and healthy controls (HC; n = 12) underwent 20 sessions of n-back working memory training. Before and after training (pre- and posttest) cognitive event-related potential (ERP) measures were obtained during a 3-back task...
January 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
James F Sumowski, Ralph Benedict, Christian Enzinger, Massimo Filippi, Jeroen J Geurts, Paivi Hamalainen, Hanneke Hulst, Matilde Inglese, Victoria M Leavitt, Maria A Rocca, Eija M Rosti-Otajarvi, Stephen Rao
Cognitive decline is recognized as a prevalent and debilitating symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), especially deficits in episodic memory and processing speed. The field aims to (1) incorporate cognitive assessment into standard clinical care and clinical trials, (2) utilize state-of-the-art neuroimaging to more thoroughly understand neural bases of cognitive deficits, and (3) develop effective, evidence-based, clinically feasible interventions to prevent or treat cognitive dysfunction, which are lacking. There are obstacles to these goals...
February 6, 2018: Neurology
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