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The aim of this study was to assess effectiveness of balance training with a vibrotactile neurofeedback system in improving overall stability in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Ten patients diagnosed with idiopathic PD were included. Individualization of the rehabilitation program started with a body sway analysis of stance and gait tasks (Standard(More)
Vestibular rehabilitation has been found to be effective and safe in patients with instability. There is insufficient evidence, however, for distinguishing between the efficacies of different rehabilitation techniques. The objective of this study is to verify whether there are differences between two instrumental vestibular rehabilitation techniques,(More)
Toll-like receptors trigger the innate immune response by activating various cell types such us macrophages and lymphocytes. We genotyped SNV of TLR3, TRL7, TLR8 and TLR10 in 863 Spanish and 150 Italian patients with Meniere’s disease (MD) and 1,013 controls by using Taqman assays. Real-Time qPCR was used to measure the expression level of TLR10 in(More)
HYPOTHESIS Immune response may influence hearing outcome in Ménière's disease (MD). BACKGROUND Major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related A (MICA) encodes a highly polymorphic stress-inducible protein, which interacts with NKGD2 receptor on the surface of NK, γδ T cells and T CD8 lymphocytes. We investigated the association of MICA gene with(More)
Meniere's disease is an episodic vestibular syndrome associated with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and tinnitus. Patients with MD have an elevated prevalence of several autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis), which suggests a shared autoimmune background. Functional variants of(More)
Postural control is achieved through the integration at the central nervous system level of information obtained by the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems. Computerized dynamic posturography and the Sway Star system are both used to carry out sensory analysis. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of sex and age on sensory(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the associations of HLA-DRB1* and DQB1* Class II alleles in patients with bilateral Méniére's disease (MD). PATIENTS AND METHODS Eighty patients from two ethnically defined groups with definite bilateral MD, according to the diagnostic scale of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, were compared with normal(More)
OBJECTIVE Mobility is crucial to maintain a sufficient quality of life. Posturography should be therefore focused on the investigation of daily-life activities ("mobile posturography"). Nowadays, postural control is often estimated by stance tasks on a force plate under different sensorimotor conditions. This technique applies an indirect approximation of(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmunity appears to be associated with the pathophysiology of Meniere's disease (MD), an inner ear disorder characterized by episodes of vertigo associated with hearing loss and tinnitus. However, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases (AD) in patients with MD has not been studied in individuals with uni or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss(More)
OBJECTIVE Vestibular rehabilitation strategies mostly require a long-lasting training in stance conditions, which is finally not always successful. The individualized training in everyday-life conditions with an intuitive tactile neurofeedback stimulus seems to be a more promising approach. Hence, the present study was aimed at investigating the efficacy of(More)