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Autosomal dominant, uncomplicated familial spastic paraplegia (FSP) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by insidiously progressive lower-extremity spasticity. Recently, a locus on chromosome 14q was shown to be tightly linked with the disorder in one of three families. We performed linkage analysis in a kindred with autosomal dominant(More)
"Familial spastic paraplegia" (FSP) refers to clinically and genetically diverse syndromes characterized by insidiously progressive lower extremity spasticity. We evaluated 126 members of a large kindred, including 31 affected subjects, in which FSP was transmitted as a stereotyped, autosomal dominant disorder that showed complete genetic penetrance.(More)
Parental fears concerning seizure occurrence may be associated with behavioral changes within the home environment. One possible change involves sleeping arrangements. Questionnaires concerning demographics, medical history, and sleeping arrangements were completed by parents of 179 children with epilepsy and by parents of 155 children with diabetes for(More)
Children with the opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS) usually respond to corticotropin (adrenocorticotrophic hormone, ACTH) treatment but the mechanism of benefit is unknown. We previously showed that both cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) homovanillic acid (HVA) and 5-hydroxyindole-acetic acid (5-HIAA) concentrations are low in pediatric OMS. In this study, we(More)
Decreased memory skills have been reported in children with epilepsy. However, standardized instruments to evaluate learning and memory in children have been unavailable until recently. The present study was designed to assess memory patterns in children with epilepsy based on the California Verbal Learning Test-Children's Version (CVLT-C). The test was(More)
PURPOSE To determine possible cognitive and behavioral effects of antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy by assessing children with newly diagnosed epilepsy before and after initiation of treatment. A comparison group of children with diabetes mellitus (DM) was included to control for the effects of practice, maturation, and chronic illness. METHODS Baseline(More)
This study explores the little understood process of evaluating the performance of department chairs/division heads in dental schools. Specifically, this research aimed to elucidate the methods, processes, and outcomes related to the job performance of department chairs/division heads. Forty-three deans and 306 chairs completed surveys with both close-ended(More)
The diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy relies heavily on descriptions of behavioral changes noted during seizure episodes. A pilot study was completed to determine the frequency of occurrence of behaviors commonly associated with seizures in a pediatric population (n = 153). Caretakers of the children (ages = 4 months to 19 years) were asked to respond to(More)
There is increasing pressure on recent dental school graduates to understand and successfully utilize patient management and business management strategies to run a productive dental office. Dental schools are faced with the dilemma to either add more credit hours in their already crowded curriculum or adjust predental school requirements. All fifty-nine(More)