Nia M. Harris

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Social isolation (SI) has been linked epidemiologically to high rates of morbidity and mortality following stroke. In contrast, strong social support enhances recovery and lowers stroke recurrence. However, the mechanism by which social support influences stroke recovery has not been adequately explored. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of(More)
Social isolation (SI) increases stroke-related mortality and morbidity in clinical populations. The detrimental effects of SI have been successfully modeled in the laboratory using young animals. Mechanistically, the negative effects of SI in young animals are primarily mediated by an enhanced inflammatory response to injury and a reduction in neurotrophic(More)
BACKGROUND Low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are linked to delayed neurological recovery, depression, and cognitive impairment following stroke. Supplementation with BDNF reverses these effects. Unfortunately, systemically administered BDNF in its native form has minimal therapeutic value due to its poor blood brain barrier permeability(More)
We present a new variant use of the free fibula flap to stabilize a severe cervical kyphosis in a patient with type-1 neurofibromatosis (NF). We proceed to discuss the association of type-1 NF with cervical deformities and the benefits of free fibula flaps in facilitating the stabilization of such deformities.
Brachial plexopathy after clavicular fracture is a rare and sparsely reported phenomenon. The symptoms are usually delayed and caused by compression by hypertrophic callus, non-union, or a subclavian pseudoaneurysm. We describe the first reported case of near complete plexopathy with a delayed presentation. This appeared to be a result of impingement by(More)
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