Associate Professor Hitomi Nishizawa's Paper awarded The Most Downloaded Paper of The Year
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"Changes in motor function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients after travel restrictions due to COVID-19 (2021)" is one of the most downloaded papers during its first 12 months of publication among works published between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2021 in the American Association of Neuromuscular Electrodiagnostic Medicine journal MUSCLE & NERVE. Associate Professor Hitomi Nishizawa of the School of Health Sciences received certification from Wiley as first author for the most downloaded paper of the year.
The paper shows the possibility of a decline in motor function and a partial progression of symptoms in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy due to travel restrictions in response to COVID-19 pandemic, and the study was conducted under the supervision and cooperation of Director Akinori Nakamura, Department of Clinical Research, National Hospital Organization, Matsumoto Medical Center.
Their study reveals that the progression of symptoms may start with a stiffness of joints and moderate exercise is required to maintain motor function, and suggests that similar symptoms could cause under evacuation circumstances during disasters.
Assoc. Prof. Nishizawa and Director Nakamura have long been involved in the treatment and evaluation of the motor function of these patients, and in this study, evaluation data from before the COVID-19 epidemic were decisive, leading to the discovery that changes in motor function before and after travel restrictions may not be due to the progression in the natural course of the disease alone.
Title of Paper: Changes in motor function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients after travel restrictions due to COVID-19
Authors: Hitomi Nishizawa 1, Akinori Nakamura* 2, 3
1 School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Shinshu University
2 Department of Neurology, National Hospital Organization Matsumoto Medical Center
3 Third Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Shinshu University
Journal: MUSCLE & NERVE