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Botulinum Toxin A Injection Effective for Laryngeal Dystonia, Including Tremor Botulinum Toxin A Injection Effective for Laryngeal Dystonia, Including Tremor

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:47:14 +0100

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Dystonia chronic pain 'completely changed my life'

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:17:09 +0100

Ann Pierce-Jones used to be full of confidence but now lives "day-to-day" in chronic pain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Dystonia patients' 'distress' over cancelled Botox clinics

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:50:20 +0100

People with the condition require regular Botox injections to prevent painful muscle spasms. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



New study explains how your brain helps you learn new skills

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Gladstone Institutes) Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes uncovered how a special type of neuron improves the efficiency of procedural learning. They initially wanted to show how the specialized brain cells, called fast-spiking interneurons, cause movement disorders, such as Tourette's syndrome, dystonia, and dyskinesia. As it turns out, that isn't the case. But their work led them to an even greater discovery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Deep brain stimulation: Improving outcomes in the treatment of movement disorders

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Charit é - Universit ä tsmedizin Berlin) For the first time, researchers from Charit é have shown that, in patients with a type of movement disorder known as dystonia, a particular pattern of brain activity is linked to both the severity of symptoms and the clinical outcomes achieved through deep brain stimulation. Results from this study, which has been published in the journal Annals of Neurology*, may help to improve the way in which treatment is adapted to an individual patients needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Your NEJM Group Today: Seizures & Progressive Dystonia Case / Liver Transplant Indications Changing / New Mexico IM Opportunity

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 03:38:17 +0100

Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 20-year-old woman was evaluated for seizures and... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Jacob ’s story: What it’s like to have a stroke as a kid

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:53 +0100

My name is Jacob and I’m 8 years old. Two years ago, I had a stroke. At first, I didn’t realize what that meant, and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t move the way I used to. With time, I’ve been able to get most of my function back, but my right arm has something called dystonia. That means the muscles cramp up and sometimes my arm moves on its own or gets stiff. I can’t control it, and that makes life hard sometimes. I come to Boston Children’s Hospital every few months to see Dr. Michael Rivkin at the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center there. Nobody likes having to go to the doctor, but Dr. Rivkin is more like my friend. We kid around, and I like that he talks right to me, not just to my parents. I have an older brother named Jayden. He and my dad are really into sports....



Validation of fear of falling and balance confidence assessment scales in persons with dystonia - Boyce MJ, Lam L, Chang F, Mahant N, Fung VSC, Bradnam L.

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:41:58 +0100

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Falls are problematic for people living with neurological disorders and a fear of falling can impact on actual falls. Fear of falling is commonly assessed using the Falls Self-Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) or the Activities-s... (Source: SafetyLit)



Calvin ’s gift: Second opinion provides answers and hope

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:29 +0100

It’s not often that parents breathe a sigh of relief when their child is diagnosed with a chronic, potentially debilitating condition. But that sense of peace is just what Paula and Scott Hurd felt when they were told that their son, Calvin, had a rare movement disorder. “We were so happy to finally understand what was happening,” says Paula. Slipping away The search for answers had begun several years earlier, when Calvin started limping. At first, his family thought he had simply tripped over something and injured himself. But when he didn’t improve, they took him to the doctor. A series of appointments with specialists culminated in a surprising diagnosis: cerebral palsy. Although the little boy — then in kindergarten — didn’t have any other symptoms of the condition, “...



Mayo Clinic picks up 11% stake in neuromod startup NeuroOne

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:45:18 +0100

The Mayo Clinic as acquired an 10.9% stake in epilepsy treatment neuromod startup NeuroOne’s parent firm, according an SEC filing from the company. NeuroOne is developing a “thin film” electrode technology, originally from the University of Wisconsin, designed to be implanted in the brain. The film can detect irregular brain activity, accurate to single neurons, to pinpoint the source of seizures and tremors, according to the filing, and has been used in testing at the Mayo Clinic. The technology combines detection alongside deep brain stimulation treatment and ablation capabilities to monitor and treat irregular brain activity which leads to epileptic seizures and tremors associated with Parkinsons, according to the SEC filing, which was posted last month. NeuroOne said its ...



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for June 28, 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:00:41 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Sirtex shares jump on restructuring plan, 15% headcount reduction Sirtex Medical saw shares jump today after revealing plans for a major restructuring as the company looks to cut its headcount and focus on its “profitable core business.” The company said it underwent an “extensive review of the business” to identify where it could improve efficiencies. The review led to an initial $7 mi...

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Medtronic wins CE Mark for SureTune3 deep-brain stimulation software

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:13:55 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SureTune3 deep-brain stimulation software, which is designed to map lead locations and indicate the level of stimulation. The Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said its DBS devices are approved in the E.U. for treating Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy, claiming the portfolio as the only one to be full-body MR-conditional and able to operate during MRI scans. and is the only DBS complete portfolio that, under specific conditions, is full body MR conditional and can be left on during an MRI scan. “The latest innovations to our SureTune software take the Medtronic DBS solution to the next level: Beyond our former innovations of MR cond...



Impairments of balance, stepping reactions and gait in people with cervical dystonia - Barr C, Barnard R, Edwards L, Lennon S, Bradnam L.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:38:24 +0100

BACKGROUND: Impaired balance is common in neurological disorders. Cervical dystonia is a neurological movement disorder affecting the neck. The effect of this aberrant head posture on physical function is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To compare balance, mo... (Source: SafetyLit)



23andMe is back: FDA allows marketing of genetic health risk tests

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:11:57 +0100

[Image courtesy of 23andMe]FDA this month allowed genetic testing company 23andMe to market genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases and conditions including Parkinson’s disease and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The de novo premarket review authorization, announced April 6, also included celiac disease, which results in the inability to digest gluten; alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which raises the risk of lung and liver disease; early-onset primary dystonia, a movement disorder; factor XI deficiency, a blood clotting disorder; Gaucher disease type 1, a disorder involving organs and tissue; glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, also known as G6PD, a red blood cell condition; hereditary hemochromatosis, an iron overload disorder; and hereditary thrombophilia, a blood clot d...



Study finds cause of rare neurological disorder

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:32:07 +0100

Researchers at the University of Liverpool in England have uncovered how a single gene mutation can cause the rare neurological disorder known as dystonia. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Cause of an inherited neurological disorder discovered

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:02:29 +0100

Researchers have identified the basis for how a single gene mutation can cause a rare neurological movement disorder known as dystonia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Cervical Spine Fusion for the Treatment of Refractory Idiopathic Cervical Dystonia Cervical Spine Fusion for the Treatment of Refractory Idiopathic Cervical Dystonia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:33:04 +0100

Case study illustrating the multifaceted approach necessary to treat refractory cervical dystonia with concomitant rigid cervical kyphosis, in the face of neuromuscular pathology.HSS Grand Rounds Complex Cases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Novel syndrome highlights the importance of rare disease research

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(The Company of Biologists) Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017 is Rare Disease Day, and this year's slogan is 'With research, possibilities are limitless'. Disease Models& Mechanisms is marking the day by spotlighting a recent paper on a newly discovered deafness-dystonia syndrome documented in a family from Pakistan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Novel syndrome highlights the importance of rare disease research

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(The Company of Biologists) Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, is Rare Disease Day, and this year's slogan is 'With research, possibilities are limitless.' Disease Models& Mechanisms is marking the day by spotlighting a recent paper on a newly discovered deafness-dystonia syndrome documented in a family from Pakistan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Gene Discovery Helps Children with Dystonia and Movement Disorder Walk Again

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:33:15 +0100

Researchers discover new genetic cause for dystonia, a movement disorder, enabling treatment with Deep Brain Stimulation which has been so successful that children have been able to walk again (Source: Disabled World)



Children with dystonia can walk again with the help of a brain implant

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:46:16 +0100

The research from University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Cambridge University found that the effects were strongest in the youngest patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Scientists develop new drug screening tool for dystonia

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:34:45 +0100

Researchers have identified a common mechanism underlying separate forms of dystonia, a family of brain disorders that cause involuntary, debilitating and often painful movements, including twists and turns of different parts of the body. The research has led to the development of a new cell-based test that is being deployed on a large scale to identify new drug candidates to treat dystonia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Impaired heart rate variability in cervical dystonia is associated to depression - Hentschel F, Dressler D, Abele M, Paus S.

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:27:59 +0100

Causes of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in cervical dystonia (CD) are poorly understood. Studies examining effects of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) therapy on heart rate variability (HRV) yielded contradictory results. There is compelling evidence tha... (Source: SafetyLit)



Deep brain stimulation surgery while asleep brings relief from dystonia

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:57:54 +0100

Treatment TermsParkinson's and other movement disorders CategoriesTreatments/research advancementsWomen's healthMen's health Additional SEO Keywords deep brain stimulation, dbs surgery, dbs, brain stimulation, dystonia, SEO Meta Description Thomas Galvin suffered dystonia symptoms for decades —until technology at Duke allowed him to have deep brain stimulation surgery while asleep Overview Raleigh resident Thomas Galvin suffered involuntary muscle contractions for decades —until technology at Duke allowed him to have surgery while asleep to quell the repetitive movements. Hero Imagetom_galvin_photo2.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Section Header Image/Videoimri.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Section Header Image/Videotom_galvin_photo1.jpg ...



Botox and Dystonia

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:00:00 +0100

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Long before it wiped out worry lines and age wrinkles, Botox was originally created to stop muscle spasms in the eye. Besides its fountain-of-youth qualities, it’s being used to relieve exhausting and sometimes debilitating effects of a neurological disorder called dystonia. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)

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St. Jude wins CE Mark, launches SyncAV CRT algorithm

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:48:22 +0100

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union and launched its SyncAV CR software algorithm designed to optimize the company’s MultiPoint pacing technology. The newly released software algorithm is designed to address and treat heart failure patients who are not responsive to other pacing options, and can automatically adjust pacing based on real-time changes in cardiac condition. “Although we have made substantial improvements in how we treat heart failure patients, there are still certain patients who are not getting the outcomes with traditional CRT that we would like to see. The SyncAV CRT algorithm dynamically individualizes programming to work towards providing patients with the right settings at the right time helping offer the bes...



St. Jude launches Infinity deep brain stim system in the EU

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:44:18 +0100

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) today announced the European launch of its Infinity deep brain stimulation system and direction DBS lead, designed to support treatments for movement disorders. The Infinity DBS system won CE Mark approval in the European Union last September. “The Infinity system is the 1st DBS system I’ve encountered that adjusts to the patient’s individual needs, rather than forcing the patient to adjust to the system. Offering my patients a DBS system with exceptional ease of use and smooth manageability is an exciting step in the treatment of debilitating movement disorders,” Jan Vesper of Düsseldorf, Germany’s University Hospital, the 1st practicing physician to implant the system, said in a press release. St. Jude said the Infinity system is desi...



Behavioural Interventions for Adult-Onset Primary DystoniaBehavioural Interventions for Adult-Onset Primary Dystonia

Thu, 19 May 2016 08:25:02 +0100

Have any behavioral interventions proved beneficial in improving quality of life for people with primary dystonia? BMC Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Updated guidance on botulinum toxin formulations for four indications

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:33:48 +0100

The American Academy of Neurology has issued an update to its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache. (Source: MedWire News)



AAN updates botulinum toxin guidelines for most established uses

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:31:37 +0100

VANCOUVER – A new American Academy of Neurology practice guideline on the efficacy and safety evidence for botulinum toxin treatment of blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, spasticity, and headache has... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)

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New AAN Guideline on Use of Botulinum NeurotoxinsNew AAN Guideline on Use of Botulinum Neurotoxins

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:41:34 +0100

The American Academy of Neurology has released new recommendations on the use of botulinum neurotoxin products in the treatment of blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, adult spasticity, and headache. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)



Zonisamide relieves myoclonus dystonia motor symptoms

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:37:37 +0100

A randomised crossover trial shows that zonisamide significantly improves motor symptoms and related disability in adults with myoclonus dystonia. (Source: MedWire News)



This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:37:32 +0100

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more than 40 Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses and more than 1,000 are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the Centers ...



FDA Issues Draft Guidance For IDEs For Neurological Devices

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:22:08 +0100

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance for sponsors who wish to submit an investigational device exemption (IDE) to conduct trials for devices intended to slow, stop, or reverse the effects of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or primary dystonia. (Source: Medical Design Online News)



Engineered Surface Tubing

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 10:35:11 +0100

Zeus offers Engineered Surface Tubing designed specifically for the neurostimulation treatment of Dystonia; a neurological movement disorder primarily related to Parkinson’s disease. This surface tubing features highly lubricated surfaces, making treatment delivery easier for surgeons and safer for patients. (Source: Medical Design Online Products)



International Perspectives: Clinical Kernicterus in Preterm Infants in Japan

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

In recent years, clinical kernicterus has been diagnosed in preterm infants on the basis of motor (kinetic) disorders such as choreoathetosis and dystonia, impairment in auditory neuropathy-type hearing, and abnormal pallidal signals on head magnetic resonance imaging. In Japan, it is currently estimated that at least 8 to 9 cases of kernicterus (approximately 2 per 1,000 cases) occur annually in preterm infants of less than 30 weeks’ gestation. Therefore, there is an urgent need to revise our jaundice management approach in preterm infants. Two major characteristics of Japanese preterm infants who develop clinical kernicterus are: (1) a peak total serum/plasma bilirubin (TB) level at 2 weeks of age or later; and (2) no markedly high total bilirubinemia. Some patients without high TB...



Researchers hope brain's plasticity can be used to treat disorders

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:30:17 +0100

Exactly what triggers dystonia — an involuntary muscle contraction of the hand, fingers, neck or mouth, which is sometimes very painful — is unclear. But some researchers think the underlying problem that causes it may also be the key to treating it, and other brain-linked disorders like Parkinson's. (Source: CBC | Health)



Intensive instrument playing can lead to movement disorders

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) In total, one in 6,600 persons will develop focal dystonia, whereas an estimated one in 100 musicians will succumb. This is the finding of an original article by Verena Eveline Rozanski and coauthors in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Children's Guaifenesin Grape Liquid and Guaifenesin DM Cherry Liquid by Perrigo Company: Recall - Potential Defect with Dosage Cup

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0100

An overdose of Guaifenesin DM may cause hyper excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor, and coma. (Source: FDA MedWatch)



VIDEO: 'Disability doesn't mean anything'

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:09:58 +0100

A model with cerebral palsy and dystonia is having deep-brain surgery which she hopes will help with mobility and is on a mission to fight misconceptions about disability. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Recall Issued For Children’s Cold Medicine

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:38:21 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) — A recall for a children’s cold medicine sold by retailers like CVS and Stop and Shop has been issued. In a release posted on the company’s website, Perrigo Company said they had issued a recall for two batches of their children’s guaifenesin grape liquid and three batches of their children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid. Both products are sold in 4 oz. bottles with a dosage cup included in the package. The recall was issued because the markings on some of the dosage cups are inaccurate–which could lead to overdoses. “There have been no reports of adverse events to Perrigo as a result of the incorrect dosage markings,” said Perrigo Chairman and CEO Joseph C. Papa. “Perrigo is taking this action to maintain the highest ...



Get the picture: The UCLA Brain Mapping Center

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:19:00 +0100

A woman with major depression lies as motionless as she can, her head inside the doughnut hole of an MRI scanner that clangs, beeps, chirps and buzzes as it captures images of neural activity. She’s wearing headphones so she can listen to Pandora. However, brain mappers can see on their computer screens what’s going on in her head. At the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center (ALBMC), they are measuring her brain’s structure, shape, chemistry and function before treating her with electroconvulsive therapy. A few days after the treatment, they’ll map her again to compare the before and after. Spencer Lowell/UCLA Servers in the Neuroscience Research Building represent the digital technologies that enable unprecedented storage and analysis of data about the brain. Two hundred ...



Master one of the most missed USMLE questions

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0100

With finals behind you, take a few minutes to sharpen your skills for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) with this exclusive scoop on one of the most challenging USMLE test prep questions and expert strategies to help you ace it. Find out what this month’s toughest question is and receive an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Welcome to the fourth post in AMA Wire’s® series, “Tutor talk: Tips from Kaplan Medical on the most missed USMLE test prep questions from Kaplan’s Step 1 Qbank.” Each month, we’re revealing one of the top questions students miss, a helpful analysis of answers and a video featuring tips on how to advance your test-taking strategies. See all posts in this series. Think you have what it takes to rise abov...

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Dystonia not dystopia: effects of the legal high, 'Clockwork Orange' - Mackey HE, Hawksley O.

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:42:43 +0100

A 27-year-old man presented to hospital after smoking a legal high named 'Clockwork Orange'. He suffered dystonia, acute kidney injury, rhabdomyolysis, lactic acidosis and a troponin rise. He was treated with procyclidine and intravenous fluids. L... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))



How Tim Froio became a bionic man

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:38:18 +0100




Revance begins Phase II trial of botulinum toxin type A for injection to treat cervical dystonia

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:00:00 +0100

US-based biopharmaceutical firm Revance Therapeutics has started dosing in a Phase II dose-escalating clinical trial of an investigational drug product candidate, RT002, to treat cervical dystonia, a neurological muscle movement disorder. (Source: Drug Development Technology)



St. Jude Medical wins CE Mark for Infinity DBS device

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:21:08 +0100

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Infinity deep-brain stimulation device and directional lead for treating movement disorders. Little Canada, Minn.-based St. Jude said the Infinity system is designed so that Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) mobile devices can be used as wireless controllers, via a Bluetooth connection. It’s the only upgradable DBS system for movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia. The directional leads are designed to allow doctors to “steer” current to different parts of the brain, tailoring treatment to reduce side effects, St. Jude said. “The Infinity DBS system, including our directional lead and wireless technology, represents a major step forward in our DBS...



DRC: MSF Treats Over 500 People After Drug Poisoning

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:43:13 +0100

Field newsDRC: MSF Treats Over 500 People After Drug Poisoning September 18, 2015 In early January 2015, MSF was alerted by the local health authorities of a possible meningitis epidemic in the Ituri region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The patients were presenting with mysterious symptoms, including involuntary twitching and motor impairment (dystonia), abnormal posture, and facial assymetry. (Source: MSF News)

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Boston Scientific Gets CE Mark For Vercise PC Deep Brain Stimulation System

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:27:57 +0100

Boston Scientific announced recently the CE Mark designation for its Vercise Primary Cell (PC) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD), primary and secondary dystonia, and essential tremor. Vercise PC is a non-rechargeable system that complements the company's rechargeable device in its new DBS portfolio. (Source: Medical Design Online News)



Boston Scientific wins CE Mark for Vercise DBS component

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:17:06 +0100

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) today said it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for a component of its Vercise deep brain stimulation device that allows physicians to “steer” electric currents to different parts of the brain. Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific 1st won CE Mark approval for Vercise in 2012. The most recent mark covers its Vercise primary cell device, which in conjunction with a directional lead, is designed to “provide precise neural targeting” in treating Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor, the company said. “This new system exemplifies the Boston Scientific commitment to advancing DBS therapy and providing impactful and transformative technology to reach a broader range of patients suffering from these debili...



Yes You Can: How running with Team Hoyt changed this father’s life

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:02:29 +0100

Elijah Gauthier, 3, and Rick Hoyt, 53, have a lot in common. Both are first-born sons. Both have smiles that light up a room. Both love running with their fathers. And both have faced incredible challenges. Elijah and Rick were diagnosed with cerebral palsy early in life. They can’t walk. They can’t speak. When Rick was born, his parents were told, “He’s a vegetable. Put him in an institution.” They refused. Since then, Rick and his father Dick Hoyt have inspired parents and families around the world. The father-son team has logged more than 1,100 races, with Dick pushing Rick in a specially designed running chair. Thousands of families have followed in their footsteps, connecting with their children and each other and spreading Team Hoyt’s message—“Yes You Can!” Like Ri...



Ataxia with Parkinsonism and dystonia after intentional inhalation of liquefied petroleum gas - Godani M, Canavese F, Migliorini S, Sette MD.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:11:20 +0100

The practice of inhaling liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to commit suicide is uncommon and almost exclusively a prerogative of the prison population. Numerous cases of sudden deaths caused by intentional propane and/or butane inhalation have been described, ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))



Relief of dystonia symptoms is sustained in pediatric patients undergoing deep brain stimulation

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:27:59 +0100

Children and adolescents who received deep brain stimulation for generalized dystonia maintained significant symptom relief for up to eight years, according to a study. The results reinforce the observation that patients with a shorter duration of symptoms, and a younger age at implantation, experience better outcomes, researchers say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Dystonia Therapeutic Assessment Pipeline Review H1 2015 Market...

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:20:07 +0100

RnRMarketResearch.com adds “Dystonia – Pipeline Review, H1 2015” to its store. The report provides an overview of the Dystonia’s therapeutic pipeline.(PRWeb May 28, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/dystonia-pipeline-review/h1-2015-market-report/prweb12751925.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



How Common Are Tremors in Childhood?

Mon, 11 May 2015 00:11:44 +0100

Discussion Tremor is one of several movement disorders in childhood including tics, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, and sterotypy. Tremors are a rhythmic oscillating involuntary movement across a joint axis. They are the result of normal or accentuated postural or muscular processes. They are categorized as follows: Rest tremor – occurs during rest and stops with movement Action tremor- occurs during a voluntary activity Kinetic tremor- occurs when limb is moving Postural tremor – occurs when the limb is stationary but held against gravity Isometric tremor – occurs when limb is stationary but is exerting a force against a stationary object Causes of tremors including those that are benign (jitteriness, shuddering attacks, spasmus nutans), hereditary (fragile X premutatio...



Dopa-Responsive Dystonia: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

Fri, 01 May 2015 14:32:50 +0100

Dopa-Responsive Dystonia or, 'DRD,' is a hereditary form of dystonia. It is characterized by progressive difficulty with walking. DRD symptoms might be similar to those of early-onset generalized dystonia. (Source: Disabled World)



Gene editing technique could prevent inherited diseases

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:45:00 +0100

ConclusionThis early research has developed a new technique to reduce the amount of mutation-carrying DNA within mitochondria. The hope is that this technique might be used in the eggs of women carrying disease-causing mitochondrial mutations.The government has recently given the go ahead for a technique that allows a woman who carries such a disease from passing it on to her child – making the UK the first country to do so. This technique has raised some ethical and safety concerns, as it places the woman’s chromosomes into a donor egg with healthy mitochondria. This means that once this egg is fertilised it contains DNA from three people – the DNA in the nucleus comes from the mother and father, and the mitochondrial DNA comes from the egg donor. This new technique is of interest ...



Dystonia and Dystonic Syndromes

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:37:00 +0100

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Novel Drug for Cramping Shows Promise in Early Trial

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Could benefit patients with MS spasticity and cervical dystonia. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)



UCLA researchers identify molecular ‘switch’ that causes Huntington’s disease–like symptoms in mice

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:06:50 +0100

This study makes clear that a major neuroprotective function of N17 is to prevent the mutant protein from entering the nucleus and eliciting more severe toxicities,” Yang said, adding that the result is consistent with findings from several studies of other, related disorders in which mutant proteins with expanded glutamine in the nucleus are key for jump-starting a disease. The researchers also found that the mice in the study experienced inflammation in the brain somewhat similar to that found in people with Huntington’s. “Neuroinflammation is emerging as a potentially shared mechanism in multiple neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the mouse model shows similar inflammation to that found in both...



Xeomin most cost effective for cervical dystonia

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100

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Hereditary Dystonia and ParkinsonismHereditary Dystonia and Parkinsonism

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0100

Are the boundaries between dystonia and parkinsonism less well defined than previously thought? A recent study examines their relationship in patients with GCH1 mutations. Brain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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“I’m Just In the Band”

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:04:42 +0100

Discussion Instrumental music, either as an avocation or profession, provides great pleasure for those performing and listening. Unfortunately it can also cause health problems. Many of the problems are musculoskeletal or neurological in etiology due to overuse and the musician may experience pain. Prelude to pain can include stiffness or tingling or other skin sensations. Musicians may experience weakness, loss of function, control (accuracy) and ability (speed) as well as problems with tone. “The most prevent problems involve overuse of muscles resulting from repetitive movements of playing, often in combination with prolonged weight bearing in an awkward positions.” String players have the highest prevalence of musculoskeletal problems. Musculoskeletal strain can also be ca...



Dystonia - Possible Side Effect of Antipsychoti...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Dystonia - a movement disorder that causes abnormal movements or postures - can be a side effect of certain psychiatric medications. More... (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)



Pallidal Neurostimulation Beneficial in Cervical DystoniaPallidal Neurostimulation Beneficial in Cervical Dystonia

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:18:50 +0100

The first sham-controlled study finds benefits of bilateral pallidal neurostimulation in patients with medication-refractory cervical dystonia. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)



Battered woman syndrome: an unusual presentation of pseudodystonia - Chandra SR, Issac TG.

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:33:59 +0100

We report a rare case ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))



3-D computer model may help refine target for deep brain stimulation therapy for dystonia

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:11:37 +0100

Using a complex set of data from records and imaging scans of patients who have undergone successful DBS implantation, researchers have created 3-D, computerized models that map the brain region involved in dystonia. The models identify an anatomical target for further study and provide information for neurologists and neurosurgeons to consider when planning surgery and making device programming decisions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Woman runs BACKWARDS to overcome focal dystonia and keep exercising

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:35:22 +0100

Laura Cattivera, 46, from California, has a condition called focal dystonia which means she experiences involuntary spasms in her leg if she runs normally. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Scientists identify new protein in the neurological disorder dystonia

Tue, 06 May 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(Kansas State University) Researchers have discovered that the protein BiP plays a key role in a genetic mutation that is affiliated with early onset torsion dystonia. Their findings may lead to the first universal treatment for the neurological disorder, which affects nearly half a million Americans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



'Sensory Tricks' in Dystonia Examined

Thu, 01 May 2014 23:13:01 +0100

PHILADELPHIA (MedPage Today) -- The mystery of how "sensory tricks" adopted by patients to relieve symptoms of dystonia work is beginning to be unraveled, research presented here suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)






The latest lifeline for patients paralysed by strokes... Botox: Anti-wrinkle jab can help restore lost movement

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0100

Lesley Berry, 27, from Walsall, developed dystonia after a stroke and it was only when she started receiving Botox jabs that she bounced back. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Deep brain stimulation may help Parkinson's patients with driving

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0100

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, approximately 1 million people in the US live with the disorder. The disease primarily affects a person's movement, which can make it hard to carry out daily tasks. But new research suggests that deep brain stimulation may help Parkinson's sufferers with one activity - driving.Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment used to help patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, such as dystonia and essential tremor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Stressed shop owner who ground her teeth has titanium jaw fitted

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:28:48 +0100

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Toni Lovell-Clarke, 50, from Nottingham, developed muscle dystonia, which left her jaw jammed shut so she could not speak or eat. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



MRI Interventions, IMRIS partner on dystonia treatment

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:04:21 +0100

MRI Interventions and image-guided therapy developer IMRIS have combined their (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)



Boston Scientific Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation System Receives CE Mark Approval For Treatment Of Dystonia

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:42:57 +0100

The Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System has received CE Mark approval for the treatment of intractable primary and secondary dystonia, a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions. (Source: Medical Design Online News)



Deep Brain Stimulation for DystoniaDeep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:05:25 +0100

Which patients with dystonia will benefit from deep brain stimulation? This analysis aimed to determine which types of patients have a good likelihood of favorable outcome. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Bachmann-Strauss Foundation awards $1.2 million to establish Centers of Excellence around US

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0100

(The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation) The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation has awarded $1.2 million in matching grants to establish Dystonia and Parkinson's Disease Centers of Excellence at three major US medical centers: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Florida and the University of California, San Francisco. The new centers will join the existing Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



What Is Dystonia?

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:27:34 +0100

Dystonia is a rare neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or postures. It can be inherited ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)



What is deep brain stimulation?

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:00:00 +0100

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that involves placing a neurostimulator in the brain which sends out electrical impulses to specific regions of the brain. The electrical impulses are sent out to block abnormal signals that can cause a number of different neurological disorders. DBS is commonly used to treat essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia (a movement disorder in which the muscles contract and spasm). The procedure is also being studied as a potential form of treatment for Tourette syndrome and major depression... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



DBS for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement DisordersDBS for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:56:54 +0100

Deep brain stimulation is now widely used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, and dystonia. What are the potential future applications of DBS in the treatment of movement disorders? Current Opinion in Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Pathophysiology of Secondary vs. Primary DystoniaPathophysiology of Secondary vs. Primary Dystonia

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:05:21 +0100

This study compared the electrophysiological features of primary and secondary dystonia using transcranial magnetic stimulation. Do they share the same underlying mechanism? Brain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Factors Uncovered That May Cause Fluctuations In Deep Brain Stimulation Levels Over Time

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0100

Deep brain stimulation therapy blocks or modulates electrical signals in the brain to improve symptoms in patients suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, but a new study suggests that several factors may cause electrical current to vary over time. Led by Michele Tagliati, MD, director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Movement Disorders Program, the study identified variables that affect impedance - resistance in circuits that affect intensity and wavelength of electrical current... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Study finds factors that may cause fluctuations in deep brain stimulation levels over time

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0100

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Deep brain stimulation therapy blocks or modulates electrical signals in the brain to improve symptoms in patients suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, but a new study suggests that several factors may cause electrical current to vary over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Mystery disorder a 'life sentence'

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:23:15 +0100

The movement disorder dystonia is cloaked in mystery and can take years to diagnose. In most cases, the cause is unknown; there is no cure. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Mysterious disorder 'life sentence'

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:15:33 +0100

The movement disorder dystonia is cloaked in mystery and can take years to diagnose. In most cases, the cause is unknown; there is no cure. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Mysterious disorder a 'life sentence'

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:29:06 +0100

The movement disorder dystonia is cloaked in mystery and can take years to diagnose. In most cases, the cause is unknown; there is no cure. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Deep Brain Stimulation Effective For Most Common Hereditary Dystonia

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:00:00 +0100

In what is believed to be the largest follow-up record of patients with the most common form of hereditary dystonia - a movement disorder that can cause crippling muscle contractions - experts in deep brain stimulation report good success rates and lasting benefits. Michele Tagliati, MD, neurologist, director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Department of Neurology, and Ron L. Alterman, MD, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, published the study in the July issue of the journal Neurosurgery... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Long-term study reports deep brain stimulation effective for most common hereditary dystonia

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0100

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) In what is believed to be the largest follow-up record of patients with the most common form of hereditary dystonia -- a movement disorder that can cause crippling muscle contractions -- experts in deep brain stimulation report good success rates and lasting benefits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Botulinum Toxin Benefits Many PSP Patients With DystoniaBotulinum Toxin Benefits Many PSP Patients With Dystonia

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:29:57 +0100

For patients with progressive supranuclear palsy, botulinum toxin A injections relieve disabling blepharospasm and neck and hand dystonia. The greatest benefit is in treating blepharospasm. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Botulinum Toxin Good Long-Term in Dystonia (CME/CE)

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:02:33 +0100

SYDNEY (MedPage Today) -- After at least 10 years of treatment, dystonia patients receiving botulinum neurotoxin continued to achieve symptom relief at the same magnitude and at virtually the same dose used at baseline, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)



Movement Disorder Docs Meet Down Under

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:46:13 +0100

SYDNEY (MedPage Today) -- Parkinson's disease will get the main spotlight at the annual meeting of the Movement Disorder Society next week, but dystonia, tics, ataxia, spasticity, and other disorders will share the stage here. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

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Opinion: Disease and the Public Eye

Sat, 18 May 2013 15:53:20 +0100

I had never heard of dystonia — until my doctors told me I had it.     (Source: NYT Health)



Medtronic: Class 1 Recall - Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Lead Kit and Activa Dystonia HDE Kit

Tue, 07 May 2013 18:30:00 +0100

Use of lead cap may cause lead damage. Lead replacement may be required or optimal therapy may not be provided. (Source: FDA MedWatch)



Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Lead Kit and Activa Dystonia HDE Kit

Tue, 07 May 2013 04:00:00 +0100

There is a potential for damage due to the use of the lead cap provided in DBS and Dystonia kits. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



Class I Recall of Medtronic DBS Lead Kits Class I Recall of Medtronic DBS Lead Kits

Fri, 03 May 2013 20:11:42 +0100

The FDA has classified a notification by Medtronic to physicians about potential complications with the lead cap in its lead kits and dystonia therapy kits a class I recall. News Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Medtronic Announces FDA Classification Of Deep Brain Stimulation Lead Cap Communication

Fri, 03 May 2013 13:16:00 +0100

In keeping with its commitment to keep physicians informed about product performance and safety, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction notification in February 2013 to provide physicians with information concerning the potential for deep brain stimulation (DBS) lead damage associated with the use of the lead cap provided in Medtronic DBS lead kits and dystonia therapy kits. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)

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Neuroimaging Correlates of Psychogenic vs Organic DystoniaNeuroimaging Correlates of Psychogenic vs Organic Dystonia

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0100

The neurobiological basis of psychogenic movement disorders remains unclear, and diagnosis challenging. Can functional neuroimaging be used to differentiate between psychogenic and organic origins? Brain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For Focal Hand Dystonia Offers Short-Term Benefits

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:00:00 +0100

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is being increasingly explored as a therapeutic tool for movement disorders associated with deficient inhibition throughout the central nervous system. This includes treatment of focal hand dystonia (FHD), characterized by involuntary movement of the fingers either curling into the palm or extending outward. A new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience reports short-term changes in behavioral, physiologic, and clinical measures that support further research into the therapeutic potential of rTMS... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



European Approval for St. Jude DBS Systems in DystoniaEuropean Approval for St. Jude DBS Systems in Dystonia

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:52:44 +0100

St. Jude Medical announced CE Mark approval for its Brio, Libra, and LibraXP deep-brain stimulation systems in both primary and secondary dystonia. International Approvals (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)