Fukuoka-shi, Japan
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Takaiwa A.,Hakujyuji Hospital | Tsuneto S.,Hakujyuji Hospital | Abe H.,Sakuranooka Clinic | Terai S.,Hakujyuji Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Brain and Nerve | Year: 2015

We describe the case of a 48-year-old left-handed woman with unilateral neglect from a brain infarction in the area of the right basal ganglia and temporo-parieto-occipital lobe. When a Kanji character was dictated to her, she wrote only the right side (tukuri) of the character. When copying a picture from the visual image of a left-right asymmetrical object, such as the side view of the dog, she drew the tail and a hind leg immediately but was unable to draw a picture of the dog from the left side. We asked her to imagine going around to the opposite side of the imaginary dog and to draw it from that perspective. She easily drew the left side first, resulting in a left-right inverted picture of what she had previously drawn. She then tried to slowly visualize the missing part of her imagery, and was able to draw only the right tip of the missing part. She could not compose a complete picture of the dog. These findings suggested that the impairment was in the imaging of the left side of a character or object and that this was a case of representational dysgraphia and object representational disorder with unilateral spatial neglect.

Shiba S.,Wakayama Medical University | Shiba S.,Seijoh University | Okawa H.,Seijoh University | Uenishi H.,Wakayama Medical University | And 5 more authors.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | Year: 2010

Objective: To investigate the longitudinal changes in physical capacity over 20 years in athletes with spinal cord injury (SCI). Design: Longitudinal study (20-y follow-up). Setting: Laboratory setting. Participants: Persons with SCI (N=7). Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Maximum oxygen consumption V̇o2max) measured in 1986-1988 and in 2006. Results: Subjects with SCI maintained stable V̇o2max in 2006. Six of the 7 continued various wheelchair sports activities, while 1 person quit sports activities 1 year after the baseline study. The latter person showed reduced V̇o2max by 53%, while 2 persons who continued strenuous wheelchair sports activities showed increased V̇o2max by 43% and 45% after 20 years. Conclusion: The results indicated that physical capacity reflected the level of sports activity in subjects with SCI who maintained sports activities. © 2010 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Hayashida K.,Nagao Hospital | Higuchi S.,Kyushu University | Kajiwara J.,Nagao Hospital | Lee S.-il.,Kyushu University | And 3 more authors.
Sleep and Biological Rhythms | Year: 2014

The purpose of the present study was to clarify the relationship between nighttime sleep and effectiveness of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke patients during convalescence. Fifteen patients participated. Nighttime sleep was measured by actigraph recording. Actual sleep time was significantly correlated with discharge motor Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score and FIM efficiency. Wake after sleep onset (WASO) time was significantly correlated with length of stay. Sleep efficiency was significantly correlated with discharge motor FIM score. Our study showed a relationship between nighttime sleep and effectiveness of inpatient rehabilitation during convalescence after stroke. © 2014 Japanese Society of Sleep Research.

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