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BACKGROUND and objective. Unilateral spatial neglect (USN) can interfere with rehabilitation processes and lead to poor functional outcome. The purpose of this study was to determine whether prism adaptation (PA) therapy improves USN and functional outcomes in stroke patients in the subacute stage. METHODS . A multicenter, double-masked, randomized,(More)
OBJECTIVE Brain computer interface technology is of great interest to researchers as a potential therapeutic measure for people with severe neurological disorders. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of brain computer interface, by comparing conventional neuromuscular electrical stimulation and brain computer interface-driven neuromuscular(More)
The effects of La3+ and other trivalent cations on ATP-gated channels (P2X purinoceptor/channels) were investigated using rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells and Xenopus oocytes expressing these channels. La3+, Gd3+, Ce3+ and Nd3+ (30-300 microM) inhibited an inward current activated by 30 microM ATP in PC12 cells. The concentration-response curve for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effectiveness of neurorehabilitative training using an electroencephalogram-based brain- computer interface for hand paralysis following stroke. DESIGN A case series study. SUBJECTS Eight outpatients with chronic stroke demonstrating moderate to severe hemiparesis. METHODS Based on analysis of volitionally decreased amplitudes(More)
BACKGROUND The mu event-related desynchronization (ERD) is supposed to reflect motor preparation and appear during motor imagery. The aim of this study is to examine the modulation of ERD with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). METHODS Six healthy subjects were asked to imagine their right hand grasping something after receiving a visual cue.(More)
The pH dependence of the facilitation by dopamine (10 microM), 5-hydroxytryptamine (10 microM), adenosine (1 and 100 microM), Zn2+ (10 microM) and Cd2+ (1 mM) of P2X2 purinoceptor/channels was tested by expressing these channels in Xenopus oocytes. In a pH range between 6.0 and 8.5, concentration-response curves for an inward current activated by ATP were(More)
1. Whole-cell patch-clamp recording was used to determine the functional expression and pharmacological properties of P2X receptors in chromaffin cells dissociated from adrenal medullae of rats and guinea-pigs. 2. In rat chromaffin cells maintained in culture for 1 - 7 days, ATP and UTP failed to evoke any detectable response. 3. Guinea-pig chromaffin cells(More)
There is increasing interest in electroencephalogram (EEG)-based brain-computer interface (BCI) as a tool for rehabilitation of upper limb motor functions in hemiplegic stroke patients. This type of BCI often exploits mu and beta oscillations in EEG recorded over the sensorimotor areas, and their event-related desynchronization (ERD) following motor imagery(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate reliability, validity, internal structure, and responsiveness of our newly developed Trunk Impairment Scale (TIS) for patients with stroke. DESIGN A total of 73 patients with stroke participated in this prospective study. Interrater reliability (weighted kappa statistics), content validity (principal(More)
Because recovery of upper extremity (UE) function to a practical level has been difficult in many stroke patients, compensatory approaches have been emphasized. Based on researches indicating greater potential for brain plasticity, newer approaches targeting at functional restoration have been attempted. However, no intervention has been shown to be(More)