David R. Sawyers

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The effect of sleep on the involuntary movements or dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, primary and secondary torsion dystonia, and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome was studied in a total of 52 patients and 10 normal subjects using video electroencephalographic telemetry. Movements typical of the wake pattern were seen occasionally(More)
Seven out of 12 normal subjects could deliberately produce abnormal pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (VEPs) which simulated disorders of the anterior visual pathways without detection. In six the mechanism was near-point accommodation and in one eccentric fixation. If voluntary suppression of the VEPs is suspected various modifications to the(More)
Quantitative analysis of overnight sleep spindles was performed in 14 patients with primary generalized torsion dystonia, 10 patients with secondary torsion dystonia, 10 normal subjects, and 39 patients with other neurological disorders. Only 4 patients with torsion dystonia had increased numbers of sleep spindles, and only one of these had sleep spindles(More)
The maintenance of axial atonia during REM sleep was monitored in 14 patients with primary torsion dystonia, 10 patients with secondary torsion dystonia, and 10 normal subjects using submental EMG and video EEG telemetry. The excitability of the corticospinal tract during REM sleep was also assessed using scalp magnetic stimulation in seven patients and(More)
As today's engineering students enter the job market, they must be prepared to approach a wide range of interdisciplinary problems which blur the traditional boundaries within the mechanical engineering curriculum. To help our students develop a broader view of the several ME disciplines, senior Mechanical Engineering students at Wilkes University are(More)
The maintenance of axial atonia during REM sleep was monitored in 14 patients with primary torsion dystonia, 10 patients with secondary torsion dystonia, and 10 normal subjects using submental EMG and video EEG telemetry. The excitability of the corticospinal tract during REM sleep was also assessed using scalp magnetic stimulation in seven patients and(More)
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