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Concept: Neurological disorder


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder with symptom onset early in childhood. Growing evidence suggests anomalous brain development across multiple brain regions is evident in school-aged children; however, few studies have examined whether such differences are notable in the preschool years when symptom onset typically occurs.

Concepts: Central nervous system, Neurology, Educational psychology, Neurological disorder, Neurological disorders


Restless legs syndrome is a curious neurological disorder of unknown aetiology. A new study has found that Drosophila mutants in the fly homologue of a human gene, BTBD9, that has been implicated as a risk factor for restless legs display important features of the syndrome.

Concepts: Cell, Chromosome, The Canon of Medicine, Neurology, Epilepsy, Neurological disorder, Restless legs syndrome, BTBD9


Visual field deficits are common in neurologic disease conditions such as cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, and brain tumors. Loss of visual fields may lead to impairment of reading skills (hemianopic dyslexia) and limitations of daily activities such as driving, which can have a significant impact on an individual’s socioeconomic status and quality of life. Moreover, patients with motor deficits from neurologic diseases have a 20% decreased likelihood of achieving independence in ambulation and self-care activities with coexisting hemianopia. Studies on the natural history of homonymous hemianopia have shown that spontaneous improvement of visual fields may occur in less than 40% of individuals early in the disease process. Improvement is usually incomplete, which implies that a significant number of individuals will be left with a disabling visual deficit. Although several methods of rehabilitation (optical, compensatory, and restitution therapy) are used in practice, none, unfortunately, have shown consistent and significant benefits. In this review, the authors focus on the natural history, impact, prognosis, and treatment modalities for neurologic field defects.

Concepts: Medicine, Cancer, Brain, Traumatic brain injury, Brain tumor, Neurology, Neurological disorder, Visual field


Many effective medical therapies are available for treating neurological diseases, but these therapies tend to be expensive and adherence is critical to their effectiveness. We used patient-reported data to examine the frequency and determinants of financial barriers to medication adherence among individuals treated for neurological disorders.

Concepts: Medicine, Brain, Cure, Therapy, Neurology, Epilepsy, Medical school, Neurological disorder


Huntington’s disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurological disorder caused by CAG-repeat expansion in exon 1 of Huntingtin (HTT). But in addition to the neurological disease, mutant HTT (mHTT), which is ubiquitously expressed, impairs other organ systems. Indeed, epidemiological and animal model studies suggest higher incidence of and mortality from heart disease in HD. Here, we show that the protein complex mTORC1 is dysregulated in two HD mouse models through a mechanism that requires intrinsic mHTT expression. Moreover, restoring cardiac mTORC1 activity with constitutively active Rheb prevents mortality and relieves the mHTT-induced block to hypertrophic adaptation to cardiac stress. Finally, we show that chronic mTORC1 dysregulation is due in part to mislocalization of endogenous Rheb. These data provide insight into the increased cardiac-related mortality of HD patients, with cardiac mHTT expression inhibiting mTORC1 activity, limiting heart growth, and decreasing the heart’s ability to compensate to chronic stress.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Genetic disorder, Heart, Heart disease, Organ, Neurology, Huntington's disease, Neurological disorder



Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an acute neurological disorder with high mortality and no effective treatment. In addition to the initial bleeding event, rebleeding and hematoma expansion are associated with poor outcome in these patients. We studied the effectiveness of the new antifibrinolytic agent CM352, a short-half-life matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor, for achieving early hemostasis and improving functional recovery in a rat model of collagenase-induced ICH.

Concepts: Neurology, Hemostasis, Bleeding, Cerebral hemorrhage, Neurological disorder, Bruise, 2004 albums, Matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor


From a systems biology perspective, the brain and spinal cord are interwoven with the body: they are ‘embodied’. Freund et al. propose an integrative framework based on biophysical models that aims to characterize neurological disorders and minimize their impact on patients by considering functional interactions between supra-spinal, spinal and peripheral regions simultaneously.

Concepts: Central nervous system, Medicine, Brain, Neurology, Electroencephalography, Cerebrospinal fluid, Neurological disorder


Mood disorder and depressive syndromes represent a common comorbid condition in neurological disorders with a prevalence rate that ranges between 20% and 50% of patients with stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Notwithstanding, these conditions are often under-diagnosed and under-treated in the clinical practice and negatively affect the functional recovery, the adherence to treatment, the quality of life, and even the mortality risk. In addition, a bidirectional association between depression and neurological disorders may be possible being that depressive syndromes may be considered as a risk factor for certain neurological diseases. Despite the large amount of evidence regarding the effects of music therapy (MT) and other musical interventions on different aspects of neurological disorders, no updated article reviewing outcomes such as mood, emotions, depression, activity of daily living and so on is actually available; for this reason, little is known about the effectiveness of music and MT on these important outcomes in neurological patients. The aim of this article is to provide a narrative review of the current literature on musical interventions and their effects on mood and depression in patients with neurological disorders. Searching on PubMed and PsycInfo databases, 25 studies corresponding to the inclusion criteria have been selected; 11 of them assess the effects of music or MT in Dementia, 9 explore the efficacy on patients with Stroke, and 5 regard other neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/motor neuron disease, Chronic quadriplegia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Acquired Brain dysfunctions. Selected studies are based on relational and rehabilitative music therapy approaches or concern music listening interventions. Most of the studies support the efficacy of MT and other musical interventions on mood, depressive syndromes, and quality of life on neurological patients.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Disease, Neurology, Dementia, Epilepsy, Emotion, Mood disorder, Neurological disorder


Hypoxia (low oxygen) is associated with many brain disorders as well as inflammation, but the lack of widely available technology has limited our ability to study hypoxia in human brain. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a poorly understood neurological disease with a significant inflammatory component which may cause hypoxia. We hypothesized that if hypoxia were to occur, there should be reduced microvascular hemoglobin saturation (StO2). In this study, we aimed to determine if reduced StO2 can be detected in MS using frequency domain near-infrared spectroscopy (fdNIRS). We measured fdNIRS data in cortex and assessed disability of 3 clinical isolated syndrome (CIS), 72 MS patients and 12 controls. Control StO2 was 63.5 ± 3% (mean ± SD). In MS patients, 42% of StO2 values were more than 2 × SD lower than the control mean. There was a significant relationship between StO2 and clinical disability. A reduced microvascular StO2 is supportive (although not conclusive) that there may be hypoxic regions in MS brain. This is the first study showing how quantitative NIRS can be used to detect reduced StO2 in patients with MS, opening the door to understanding how microvascular oxygenation impacts neurological conditions.

Concepts: Hemoglobin, Brain, Multiple sclerosis, Cerebral cortex, Neurology, Hypoxia, Neurological disorder, Near infrared spectroscopy