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Ozer Necla N Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey. - - 2014
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of cabergoline use in patients with Parkinson's disease on valvular and biventricular functions. In this observational cohort study, patients with Parkinson disease were divided into 2 groups as 34 patients (41.2% female, age; 57.4±15.3 years) using cabergoline (Group 1) and 42 ...
Sun Yu Y Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE), Center for Life Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore; School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, - - 2014
Although anomalies in the topological architecture of whole-brain connectivity have been found to be associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), our understanding about the progression of AD in a functional connectivity (FC) perspective is still rudimentary and few study has explored the function-structure relations in brain networks of AD patients. By ...
Fling Brett W BW Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States of - - 2014
Freezing of gait (FoG) is a transient inability to initiate or maintain stepping that often accompanies advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) and significantly impairs mobility. The current study uses a multimodal neuroimaging approach to assess differences in the functional and structural locomotor neural network in PD patients with and without FoG ...
Tinazzi Michele M Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, - - 2014
In order to obtain further information on the pathophysiology of functional tremor, we assessed tactile discrimination threshold and proprioceptive temporal discrimination motor threshold values in 11 patients with functional tremor, 11 age- and sex-matched patients with essential tremor and 13 healthy controls. Tactile discrimination threshold in both the right and ...
Adriaanse Sofie M SM Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The - - 2014
Early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients present a different clinical profile than late-onset AD patients. This can be partially explained by cortical atrophy, although brain organization might provide more insight. The aim of this study was to examine functional connectivity in early-onset and late-onset AD patients. Resting-state fMRI scans of 20 ...
Kotaki Kenji K Department of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Science, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, - - 2014
We sought to elucidate the long-term association of tobacco use and respiratory health in designated pollution victims with and without obstructive pulmonary defects. A retrospective cross-sectional study. The register of pollution victims in Kurashiki, Japan. 730 individuals over 65 years of age previously diagnosed with pollution-related respiratory disease. Patients were classified ...
Xu Xue X Department of Neurology, First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. - - 2014
YKL-40 is a novel inflammatory protein. Elevated serum levels of YKL-40 have been reported in patients with atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases, but the circulating profile of YKL-40 in patients with cerebrovascular disease has  been less investigated. This prospective observational study aimed to determine serum levels of YKL-40 in patients ...
Wouters Anke A KU Leuven Department of Neurosciences and Experimental Neurology, KU Leuven , Leuven , Belgium ; Department of Neurology, University Hospital Leuven , Leuven , Belgium ; Medical Imaging Research Center, UZ Leuven , Leuven , - - 2014
Patients, who wake up with an ischemic stroke, account for a large number of the total stroke population, due to circadian morning predominance of stroke. Currently, this subset of patients is excluded from revascularization-therapy since no exact time of onset is known. A large group of these patients might be ...
Li Wei W Key Laboratory of Image Processing and Intelligent Control, Ministry of Education, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China ; Department of Control Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, - - 2014
Studies have shown that functional network connection models can be used to study brain network changes in patients with schizophrenia. In this study, we inferred that these models could also be used to explore functional network connectivity changes in stroke patients. We used independent component analysis to find the motor ...
Redal-Baigorri Belén B Department of Nephrology, Roskilde University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde, - - 2013
Kidney function is mostly expressed in terms of glomerular filtration rate (GFR). A common feature is the expression as ml/min per 1.73 m(2) , which represents the adjustment of the individual kidney function to a standard body surface area (BSA) to allow comparison between individuals. We investigated the impact of ...
Iovino Paola P Paola Iovino, Carolina Ciacci, Gastrointestinal Unit, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Salerno, 84081 Salerno, - - 2013
Impaired gastric accommodation is one of the most important etiologic factors in the pathophysiology of functional dyspepsia. Ultrasound is a potential alternative method to study changes in gastric volume as a reflection of gastric accommodation. Ultrasound is suitable for patients because it is a non-invasive, easily repeated and non-radioactive procedure, ...
Zanier Elisa R ER From the IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri (E.R.Z., R.Z., F.O., M.T., M.-G.D.S.), Department of Neuroscience, Milan; Department of Physiopathology and Transplant, Milan University and Neuro ICU (R.Z., T.Z., V.C., N.S.), Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy; and Laboratory of Molecular Medicine (L.M.-F., E.H., P.G.), Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, - - 2013
To assess the involvement of ficolin-3, the main initiator of the lectin complement pathway (LCP), in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) pathology and outcome. In this preliminary exploratory study, plasma concentration of ficolin-3 and of ficolin-3-mediated functional LCP activity was measured, along with that of other LCP initiators (mannose-binding lectin, ficolin-2, and ...
Doyle Tracy J - - 2013
Approximately 10% of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have interstitial lung disease (ILD) and one-third have subclinical ILD on chest CT. In this study, we aim to further characterize functional decrements in a spectrum of RA-ILD. All subjects were enrolled in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Rheumatoid Arthritis Sequential Study (BRASS). ...
Chen Hao H Cancer Research Program; JLC-BBRI; North Carolina Central University; Durham, NC - - 2013
The stratified squamous epithelium of the esophagus forms a tight protective barrier. Defects of the barrier function contribute to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is manifested as damage to the esophageal epithelium due to exposure to the gastrointestinal refluxate. In this review, we discuss the involvement of NFkB and Nrf2 ...
Zhao Lu - - 2013
Obesity paradox has been reported because of the inverse relationship between the body mass index (BMI) and mortality in stroke patients. The relationship between BMI and functional recovery in stroke survivors is less well established. We explored the impact of BMI on functional recovery and mortality in stroke patients in ...
Tessitore Alessandro - - 2013
Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI) has demonstrated disrupted default mode network (DMN) connectivity in a number of pain conditions, including migraine. However, the significance of altered resting-state brain functional connectivity in migraine is still unknown. The present study is aimed to explore DMN functional connectivity in patients with migraine ...
Bao Xiao X Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, Guangdong Province, - - 2013
The Kinect-based virtual reality system for the Xbox 360 enables users to control and interact with the game console without the need to touch a game controller, and provides rehabilitation training for stroke patients with lower limb dysfunctions. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this study, 18 healthy subjects ...
Geyik B - - 2013
It is clinically important to evaluate the severity of right ventricular (RV) overload in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is often associated with changes in the structure and the function of the right ventricle. Noninvasive and reliable assessment of RV function would be an essential determinant of ...
Arntz Renate M - - 2013
To determine the influence of poststroke epilepsy on long-term functional outcome in young stroke survivors. This study is a prospective cohort study among 537 stroke survivors with a first-ever TIA, ischemic stroke, or intracerebral hemorrhagic (ICH) stroke, aged 18 to 50 years. After a mean follow-up of 9.8 years (SD ...
Agosta Federica - - 2013
Resting state functional connectivity of the sensorimotor and extramotor brain networks was studied in 24 patients with primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) relative to 26 healthy controls. The relationships of RS functional connectivity with patient clinical and cognitive status and white matter tract damage (i.e., corticospinal tracts, corpus callosum, and superior ...
Hirano Tsunahiko - - 2013
Nitrative stress is thought to be involved in the inflammatory process in COPD airways, and the alveolar nitric oxide concentration (CAlv) has been reported to be increased. However, the CAlv levels are also regulated by gas diffusion at alveolar sites. The aim of the study was to assess the relationship ...
Björkman Eleonora Victoria Charlotta - - 2013
Abstract Background and aims. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with impaired epithelial barrier function. However, the influence of acid and/or bile acids on human esophageal epithelial barrier function and the tight junction (TJ) proteins has not been fully elucidated. The aim of the study is to investigate the esophageal ...
Verma Rajesh - - 2013
Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is an acute polyradiculoneuropathy with varied severity of presentation. To study the clinical and electrophysiological profile of patients with GBS and to determine the factors associated with poor functional outcome and need for mechanical ventilation. It was a hospital-based prospective observational study. 90 patients with GBS diagnosed ...
Andrea Rut - - 2013
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is the most prevalent form of heart failure in outpatients. Yet, the pathophysiology of this syndrome is unclear and pharmacological treatment does not improve prognosis. Because breathlessness during activities of daily living is the most frequent complaint of patients with HFPEF, we hypothesised ...
Lee Seojung S Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of - - 2013
Alcohol dependence is characterized by persistent alcohol-seeking despite negative consequences. Previous studies suggest that maladaptive persistent behaviors reflect alcohol-induced brain changes that cause alterations in the cortico-striatal-limbic circuit. Twenty one alcohol dependent patients and 24 age-matched healthy controls performed a decision-making task during functional MRI. We defined the medial orbitofrontal ...
Sato Emiko - - 2013
It is important to understand dysphagia in patients with dementia, as it is associated with malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. Particularly in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), mortality from pneumonia is high and accounts for 70% of the causes of death. However, the standard swallowing tests are often difficult to use ...
Eom Jung Seop - - 2013
Although elongated morphological changes in the trachea are known to be related to lung function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), whether the tracheal morphological changes are associated with airflow limitations or overinflation of the lung in the early stages of COPD has not yet been determined. Thus, our aim ...
Foster Paul S - - 2013
The cerebral hemispheres are differentially involved in regulating immunological functioning and the neuropathology associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is asymmetrical. Thus, subgroups of AD patients may exhibit different patterns of immunological dysfunction. We explored this possibility in a group of AD patients and found that patients with low white blood ...
Fernandes Alessandro Murano Ferré - - 2013
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that involves swallowing disorders. Many studies have shown an association between neurological and swallowing performance, but results have been conflicting. To identify the frequency of dysphagia in patients with multiple sclerosis and neurological indicators that can represent the performance of swallowing. In this study ...
Aizawa Carolina Yuri P - - 2013
To assess balance and ability to function in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia. A total of 44 patients with different spinocerebellar ataxia types 1, 2, 3, and 6 were evaluated using the Tinetti balance and gait assessment and the functional independence measure. The scale for the assessment and rating of ataxia ...
Brittain Evan L - - 2013
We hypothesized that RV stroke work index (RVSWI) and pulmonary capacitance (PC) would increase after treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and that prostanoids would have a stronger effect than oral therapy. Right ventricular (RV) function is a major determinant of outcome in patients with PAH. Little is known about ...
Alary Mathieu - - 2013
It is widely reported that patients with schizophrenia exhibit decreased hemispheric lateralization. However, no study has evaluated relationships between the hemispheric anatomical and functional asymmetry in language areas. The present study aimed to determine whether decreased leftward hemispheric lateralization could be related to asymmetry of the grey matter volume in ...
Chern Jen-Suh - - 2013
The purpose was to examine the effects of static anterior and posterior ankle-foot orthoses (AAFOs & PAFOs) using with regular shoes on improving static and gait function in patients recovering from stroke. Static and dynamic balance control were measured under four conditions: barefeet, wearing regular shoes only, and wearing regular ...
Malik Sarwar - - 2013
Acute cerebral events play an important role in generating autonomic imbalance especially cardiac rhythm disturbances. This forms the basis of significant lethal abnormalities of heart rate and rhythm like QTc prolongation, ventricular fibrillation, asystole, and ultimately death. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of QTc prolongation in patients ...
Cha Jungho J Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, South - - 2013
Most default mode network (DMN) studies in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are based on the comparison of only two groups, namely patients and controls. Information derived from comparing three groups, normal, aMCI and AD, simultaneously may lead us to better understand the progression ...
Valderramas Silvia S Faculdade Dom - - 2013
To describe the intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the Brazilian Portuguese version of the fatigue severity scale (FSS) in patients with COPD and to identify the presence of its association with parameters of pulmonary function, dyspnea, and functional capacity. This was an observational cross-sectional study involving 50 patients with COPD, ...
Oertel-Knöchel Viola - - 2013
The planum temporale (PT) is a highly lateralized brain area associated with auditory and language processing. In schizophrenia, reduced structural and functional laterality of the PT has been suggested, which is of clinical interest because of its potential role in the generation of auditory verbal hallucinations. We investigated whether resting-state ...
Arslan Uğur - - 2013
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) improves heart rate variability (HRV) and heart rate turbulence (HRT) parameters. Herein, our aim was to compare these parameters with intracardiac- cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients with similar functional status to detect possible additional benefits of CRT on autonomic functions. METHODS: Patients who had systolic HF ...
Leblanc A - - 2013
Asthma is a complex disease with numerous markers of severity/activity. Clinical assessment,functional parameters and inflammation biomarkers are the most used A correlation between them is difficult, as each one evaluates a particular aspect of the disease. To explore the possible association between asthma control, pulmonary function and inflammation in patients ...
Zhang S S - - 2013
Conventional total superficial parotidectomy (TP) has commonly been used, but partial superficial parotidectomy (PP) offers the possibility of better preserving glandular function and avoiding palsy of the facial nerves. In this study, the extent to which saliva secretion and facial nerve function were conserved in patients who received TP vs. ...
Tarapore Phiroz E PE Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, California 94107-0946, - - 2013
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of morbidity worldwide. One mechanism by which blunt head trauma may disrupt normal cognition and behavior is through alteration of functional connectivity between brain regions. In this pilot study, the authors applied a rapid automated resting state magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging ...
Jeong Shin Young SY Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine/Hospital , Daegu, - - 2013
Chronic sialadenitis is one of the most frequent chronic complications after radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy for thyroid cancer. To evaluate the long-term effects of RAI ablation on salivary gland function, we investigated scintigraphic changes in salivary glands by direct comparison of two salivary gland scintigraphies (SGSs) taken before and at ...
Solovykh E A - - 2013
Analysis of correlations of the functional parameters of the stomatognathic and postural systems with sub-, decompensated, and compensated status was carried out. Disorders in the masticatory muscle activity and interactions between the postural and stomatognathic systems were detected in patients with sub- and decompensated functional status. A significant correlation between ...
Ben Fredj H - - 2013
Background: The rheumatoid polyarthritis (PR) is a frequent pathology in Tunisia. The most frequent extra articular expression of this disease is in the respiratory tract. aim: To determine the lung functional profile of PR of the Tunisian population by establishing possible relations between ventilatory variables and clinico-biological parameters of PR. ...
Gatta G - - 2013
The purpose of the study was to identify the correlation between functional lung parameters to the extent of lung involvement evaluated by High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) in systemic sclerosis (SSc), using a modified score scale. Forty-two patients with established clinical diagnosis of systemic sclerosis were retrospectively selected from the ...
Komuro Ayako - - 2013
Cerebellar stroke rarely causes disorders of higher brain function such as cognitive deficits and emotional dysfunction; hence, the prognosis of these patients is uncertain. We report the case of a 34-year-old patient with cerebellar hemorrhage due to arteriovenous malformation causing higher brain dysfunction who was able to return to full-time ...
Tjora E - - 2013
OBJECTIVES: To examine the exocrine pancreatic function in carriers of the hepatocyte nuclear factor 1β gene (HNF1B) mutation by direct testing. METHODS: Patients with HNF1B mutations and control subjects were assessed using rapid endoscopic secretin tests and secretin-stimulated magnetic resonance imaging. Seven patients and 25 controls underwent endoscopy, while eight ...
Lin Hui - - 2013
Lung injury commonly accompanies uremia caused by renal failure. Uremia is typically treated using hemodialysis (dialysis) to restore electrolyte and fluid balance. A more recent, less commonly used method, high-flux dialysis, has not yet been investigated for its potential benefit to lung function. The aim of the present study was ...
Jang Sung Ho - - 2013
Somatosensory dysfunction is associated with a high incidence of functional impairment and safety in patients with stroke. With developments in brain mapping techniques, many studies have addressed the recovery of various functions in such patients. However, relatively little is known about the mechanisms of recovery of somatosensory function. Based on ...
Kon Valentina - - 2013
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will examine advances in our understanding of the association between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) function and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). RECENT FINDINGS: Large randomized statin trials and related meta-analyses confirm that lipid-lowering therapy benefits patients with mild to moderate CKD, ...
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