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Relationship between Pain and Functional Status in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study

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Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Shoulder pain is a common secondary complication of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that can contribute to functional decline and decreased participation in daily activities. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an educational brochure aimed at improving knowledge regarding shoulder pain and dysfunction in people with ALS. Participants completed a preintervention survey with questions regarding their knowledge of how ALS may affect their shoulders. After completing the presurvey, they were mailed a brochure that described shoulder health and range of motion and stretching exercises. Four weeks a...
Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Education & Administration Source Type: research
DiscussionThis trial will aim to identify the optimal dosage of Mecasin. Additionally, it will test the efficacy and safety of Mecasin in conjunction with standard treatment, riluzole, for alleviating the functional decline in patients with ALS.Trial registrationKorean National Clinical Trial Registry CRIS;KCT0001984. Registered on 28 July 2016.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Abstract Bee venom is a very complex mixture of natural products extracted from honey bee which contains various pharmaceutical properties such as peptides, enzymes, biologically active amines and nonpeptide components. The use of bee venom into the specific points is so called bee venom therapy, which is widely used as a complementary and alternative therapy for 3000 years. A growing number of evidence has demonstrated the anti-inflammation, the anti-apoptosis, the anti-fibrosis and the anti-arthrosclerosis effects of bee venom therapy. With these pharmaceutical characteristics, bee venom therapy has also been us...
Source: Toxicon - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Toxicon Source Type: research
Source: Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 17, 88 (2018). doi:10.1038/nrd.2017.271 In 2006, Genentech re-entered into the neuroscience fray by partnering with AC Immune to develop novel Alzheimer disease treatments. A year and half later, Morgan Sheng joined the biotech firm as Vice President of Neuroscience, and was tasked with putting together a plan to eke new drug candidates out of emerging science. Ten years on, the firm's neuroscience pipeline includes three Alzheimer drugs, one amyotrophic lateral sclerosis drug, one pain drug and a number of preclinical candidates. Sheng spoke with Asher Mullard about his continued faith i...
Source: Nature Reviews Drug Discovery - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: News and Analysis Source Type: research
Journal of Palliative Medicine , Vol. 0, No. 0.
Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
The translocator protein (TSPO) is a commonly used imaging target to investigate neuroinflammation. Although TSPO imaging demonstrates great promise, its signal exhibits substantial interindividual variability, which needs to be accounted for to uncover group effects that are truly reflective of neuroimmune activation. Recent evidence suggests that relative metrics computed using pseudoreference approaches can minimize within-group variability and increase sensitivity to detect physiologically meaningful group differences. Here, we evaluated various ratio approaches for TSPO imaging and compared them with standard kinetic ...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Source Type: research
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative condition characterized by the loss of motor neurons at cortical, brainstem and spinal levels (Kiernan et al., 2011). ALS is widely considered as a pure motor degeneration; sensory impairment is not a recognised feature of ALS or regarded as secondary to motor impairment (Fincham and Van Allen, 1964; Feller et al., 1966; Schulte-Mattler et al., 1999). However, in addition to the 10 % patients describing frank paraesthesia and neuropathic pain, sensory impairments have been reported in up to 60 % patients, including abnormal vibration, cutaneous and heat thresholds.
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 21 December 2017 Source:Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Proteins and Proteomics Author(s): Giulia Murtas, Laura Caldinelli, Pamela Cappelletti, Silvia Sacchi, Loredano Pollegioni In the brain, the enzyme d-amino acid oxidase (DAAO) catalyzes the oxidative deamination of d-serine, a main positive modulator of the N-methyl-d-aspartate subtype of glutamate receptors (NMDAR). Dysregulation in d-serine signaling is implicated in the NMDAR dysfunctions observed in various brain diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia. A strain of ddY mice lacki...
Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Proteins and Proteomics - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Authors: Riera-Punet N, Martinez-Gomis J, Paipa A, Povedano M, Peraire M Abstract AIMS: To determine the effect of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on aspects of masticatory function and to assess the relationship between ALS and the prevalence of traumatic mucosal lesions caused by oral self-injury. METHODS: A total of 153 ALS patients and 23 control subjects participated in this cross-sectional study. Clinical characteristics including site of onset, medication, type of feeding, and use of noninvasive mechanical ventilation were recorded. The Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (DC/TMD) pro...
Source: Journal of Orofacial Pain - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: J Oral Facial Pain Headache Source Type: research
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