Brenda L. Becker

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OBJECTIVES To evaluate changes in respiratory function in patients with ALS after using high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO). METHODS This was a 12-week randomized, controlled trial of HFCWO in patients with probable or definite ALS, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale respiratory subscale score < or = 11 and > or = 5, and(More)
To further evaluate (1) transcranial sonography (TCS) for (pre)clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and (2) to examine asymptomatic carriers of Parkin mutations we investigated substantia nigra (SN) hyperechogenicity in PD patients and unaffected subjects with and without Parkin mutations. The area (aSN) of the hyperechogenic SN were calculated(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate substantia nigra (SN) echogenicity in members of a family with homozygous and heterozygous PTEN induced kinase (PINK1) mutations with or without signs of Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS Transcranial sonography (TCS) was used to investigate 20 members of a family with PINK1 mutations, including four homozygous and 11 heterozygous(More)
The treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has advanced greatly since the introduction of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in the early 1990s. Although the DMTs have exhibited significant efficacy in relapsing-remitting MS and other forms of the disease, the degree of benefit depends heavily on patient adherence to recommended regimens. This article(More)
BACKGROUND Increased IL-6 and decreased brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels have been implicated in the pathophysiology of depression. The objective was to assess the influence of BDNF and IL-6 on cognitive function and depression in patients with cancer. METHODS Serum BDNF and plasma IL-6 were measured in patients with metastatic cancer.(More)
AIM To determine the frequency of bleeding source detection in patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) who underwent double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) after pre-procedure imaging [multiphase computed tomography enterography (MPCTE), video capsule endoscopy (VCE), or both] and assess the impact of imaging on DBE diagnostic yield. METHODS(More)
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