Twenty-six subjects were tested with a tachistoscopic recognition task while heart rate and several other autonomic indexes were monitored. In Experiment 1, heart rate was employed as an independent variable, and stimulus presentation was contingent upon the presence of individually determined low, middle, and high heart rates. The results indicated that… (More)
There are few functionally meaningful clinical measures used to guide management of patients with ALS. Falls are common, can be debilitating, and result in increased health care costs. We assessed the performance and ability to predict falls of the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, which quantifies walking ability, in a prospective longitudinal study. Thirty-one… (More)
BACKGROUND The cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known, and there is no effective treatment. Cell death may be caused by oxidative damage. Selegiline hydrochloride (Eldepryl) is a monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor with antioxidant properties. OBJECTIVE To determine if selegiline affects the clinical course of patients with ALS. DESIGN… (More)
Laryngopharyngeal sensory capacity has been determined by endoscopically administering air pulse stimuli to the mucosa innervated by the superior laryngeal nerve and asking the patient if he or she feels the stimulus. A potential shortcoming of this psychophysical testing (PT) procedure is that it is a subjective test, and patients with impaired cognition… (More)
Stuttering is an action-induced speech disorder with involuntary, audible, or silent repetitions or prolongations in the utterance of short speech elements (sounds, syllables) and words. Symptomatic treatment programs frequently have initial success; persistent benefit is variable and many patients remain disabled. Stuttering has many characteristics… (More)
The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial to test the safety and immunology of glatiramer acetate in ALS. Twenty treated patients were randomly assigned to daily or biweekly injections. Ten control patients were selected from another trial and followed up concurrently. Injection reactions were the only common adverse event (p = 0.01). Treated… (More)
A primitive, aperiodic substitution on d letters has at most d 2 asymptotic orbits; this bound is sharp. Since asymptotic arc components in tiling spaces associated with substitutions are in 1–1 correspondence with asymptotic words, this provides a bound for those as well.