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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141158/the-combined-effect-of-cold-and-moisture-on-manual-performance
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Matthew Ray, Elizabeth Sanli, Robert Brown, Kerri Ann Ennis, Heather Carnahan
Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effect of cold and moisture on manual performance and tactile sensitivity. Background People working in the ocean environment often perform manual work in cold and wet conditions. Although the independent effects of cold and moisture on hand function are known, their combined effect has not been investigated. Method Participants completed sensory (Touch-Test, two-point discrimination) and motor (Purdue Pegboard, Grooved Pegboard, reef knot untying) tests in the following conditions: dry hand, wet hand, cold hand, and cold and wet hand...
November 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140155/persistent-prevention-of-oxaliplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-using-calmangafodipir-pledox-%C3%A2-a-placebo-controlled-randomised-phase-ii-study-pliant
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Bengt Glimelius, Nebojsa Manojlovic, Per Pfeiffer, Baadur Mosidze, Galina Kurteva, Mia Karlberg, Devalingam Mahalingam, Peter Buhl Jensen, Jan Kowalski, Marie Bengtson, Malin Nittve, Jacques Näsström
PURPOSE: Oxaliplatin causes disabling acute and chronic peripheral neuropathy. We explored the preventive effects of calmangafodipir, mimicking the mitochondrial enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase, thereby protecting cells from oxidative stress, in a placebo-controlled, double-blinded randomised phase II study (ClinicalTrials.gov.NCT01619423) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). PATIENT AND METHODS: mCRC patients treated with modified FOLFOX-6 (folinic acid 200 mg/m(2), 5-fluorouracil bolus 400 mg/m(2), oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) and 5-fluorouracil 2400 mg/m(2) continuous infusion for 46 h) every fortnight for 8 cycles in first or second line were eligible...
November 15, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139310/pudendal-nerve-injury-impairs-anorectal-function-and-health-related-quality-of-life-measures-%C3%A2-2-years-after-3d-conformal-radiotherapy-for-prostate-cancer
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Eng Eric Yeoh, Rochelle Botten, Addolorata Di Matteo, Marcus Tippett, Jonathon Hutton, Robert Fraser, Phillip G Dinning, David Wattchow
PURPOSE: To compare GI symptoms, measures of generic and disease specific health related quality of life (HRQoL), anorectal and pudendal nerve function and anal sphincter morphology between (i) patients ≥2 years after 3D conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT)±high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for carcinoma of the prostate and aged matched patients before radiotherapy and (ii) symptomatic and asymptomatic patients ≥2 years after 3D-CRT ± HDR brachytherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Methodology included: (i) modified LENT-SOMA scales for GI symptoms, (ii) EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC QLQ-PR25 questionnaires for generic and disease specific HRQoL, (iii) anorectal manometry and terminal motor latency for anorectal and pudendal nerve function and (iv) endorectal ultrasound for anal sphincter morphology...
November 15, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137904/implications-of-iodinated-contrast-media-extravasation-in-the-emergency-department
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Jonathan D Sonis, Ravi V Gottumukkala, McKinley Glover, Brian J Yun, Benjamin A White, Mannudeep K Kalra, Alexi Otrakji, Ali S Raja, Anand M Prabhakar
PURPOSE: To characterize the management, outcomes, and emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) following iodinated contrast media extravasation events in the ED. METHODS: All ED patients who developed iodinated contrast media extravasation following contrast-enhanced CT (CECT) from October 2007-December 2016 were retrospectively identified. Medical records were reviewed and management, complications, frequency of surgical consultation, and ED LOS were quantified using descriptive statistics...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137717/an-autistic-like-profile-of-attention-and-perception-in-synaesthesia
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Jamie Ward, Paris Brown, Jasmine Sherwood, Julia Simner
Synaesthesia and autism are two neurodevelopmental conditions that have been shown to co-occur more than expected by chance. The studies reported here test the hypothesis that increased sensory sensitivity and enhanced Attention-to-detail are core cognitive features that are shared between them. In Study 1, we administer self-report measures of sensory sensitivity and autistic traits (the Autism Spectrum Quotient, AQ) to a large heterogeneous sample of synaesthetes. Both sensory sensitivity and the Attention-to-detail subscale of the AQ show a "dose-like" relationship with synaesthesia: namely, more kinds of synaesthesia is related to a greater shift up the autistic spectrum...
October 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137128/tactile-evaluation-feedback-system-for-multi-layered-structure-inspired-by-human-tactile-perception-mechanism
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Iza Husna Mohamad Hashim, Shogo Kumamoto, Kenjiro Takemura, Takashi Maeno, Shin Okuda, Yukio Mori
Tactile sensation is one type of valuable feedback in evaluating a product. Conventionally, sensory evaluation is used to get direct subjective responses from the consumers, in order to improve the product's quality. However, this method is a time-consuming and costly process. Therefore, this paper proposes a novel tactile evaluation system that can give tactile feedback from a sensor's output. The main concept of this system is hierarchically layering the tactile sensation, which is inspired by the flow of human perception...
November 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136715/-analysis-of-the-clinical-and-electrophysiological-characteristics-of-multifocal-motor-neuropathy
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H F Wang, F Yang, F Cui, Z H Chen, L Ling, X S Huang
Ten patients diagnosed with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) were recruited in the Department of Neurology at Chinese PLA General Hospital from January 1, 2009 to August 31, 2015. The clinical and electrophysiological features were analyzed retrospectively. All patients complained of progressive asymmetric limb weakness, which was more severe in distal than in proximal. Five presented muscle atrophy. None had sensory disturbances. All suffered diminished or disappeared tendon reflex, whereas Babinski signs were negative...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135702/relationship-between-sensory-dysfunction-and-walking-speed-in-patients-with-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Luka Crnošija, Tereza Gabelić, Ivan Adamec, Mario Habek
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate a relationship between sensory dysfunction examined with somatosensory-evoked potentials of the posterior tibial nerve (tSSEP) and walking speed in patients with clinically isolated syndrome. METHODS: In 120 patients (mean age 32.2 ± 8.7 years, 84 females), Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), timed 25-foot walk test (T25FW), brain and spinal cord MRI, and tSSEP were performed. P40 latencies and N22a-P40 interlatencies were analyzed, and the z-score for each latency was calculated and combined into total tSSEP z-score...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134961/the-impact-of-combinations-of-alcohol-nicotine-and-cannabis-on-dynamic-brain-connectivity
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Victor M Vergara, Barbara J Weiland, Kent Hutchison, Vince D Calhoun
Alcohol, nicotine and cannabis are among the most commonly used drugs. A prolonged and combined use of these substances can alter normal brain wiring in different ways depending on the consumed cocktail mixture. Brain connectivity alterations and their change with time can be assessed using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) because of its spatial and temporal content. Here, we estimated dynamic functional network connectivity (dFNC) as derived from fMRI data to investigate the effects of single or combined use of alcohol, nicotine and cannabis...
November 14, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134612/altered-connectivity-patterns-among-resting-state-networks-in-patients-with-ischemic-white-matter-lesions
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Ju-Rong Ding, Xin Ding, Bo Hua, Xingzhong Xiong, Yuqiao Wen, Zhongxiang Ding, Qingsong Wang, Paul Thompson
White matter lesions (WMLs) have been associated with cognitive and motor decline. Resting state networks (RSNs) are spatially coherent patterns in the human brain and their interactions sustain our daily function. Therefore, investigating the altered intra- and inter-network connectivity among the RSNs may help to understand the association of WMLs with impaired cognitive and motor function. Here, we assessed alterations in functional connectivity patterns based on six well-defined RSNs-the default mode network (DMN), dorsal attention network (DAN), frontal-parietal control network (FPCN), auditory network (AN), sensory motor network (SMN) and visual network (VN)-in 15 patients with ischemic WMLs and 15 controls...
November 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134056/semicircular-canals-in-anolis-lizards-ecomorphological-convergence-and-ecomorph-affinities-of-fossil-species
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Blake V Dickson, Emma Sherratt, Jonathan B Losos, Stephanie E Pierce
Anolis lizards are a model system for the study of adaptive radiation and convergent evolution. Greater Antillean anoles have repeatedly evolved six similar forms or ecomorphs: crown-giant, grass-bush, twig, trunk, trunk-crown and trunk-ground. Members of each ecomorph category possess a specific set of morphological, ecological and behavioural characteristics which have been acquired convergently. Here we test whether the semicircular canal system-the organ of balance during movement-is also convergent among ecomorphs, reflecting the shared sensory requirements of their ecological niches...
October 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133390/recovery-of-taste-organs-and-sensory-function-after-severe-loss-from-hedgehog-smoothened-inhibition-with-cancer-drug-sonidegib
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Archana Kumari, Alexandre N Ermilov, Marina Grachtchouk, Andrzej A Dlugosz, Benjamin L Allen, Robert M Bradley, Charlotte M Mistretta
Striking taste disturbances are reported in cancer patients treated with Hedgehog (HH)-pathway inhibitor drugs, including sonidegib (LDE225), which block the HH pathway effector Smoothened (SMO). We tested the potential for molecular, cellular, and functional recovery in mice from the severe disruption of taste-organ biology and taste sensation that follows HH/SMO signaling inhibition. Sonidegib treatment led to rapid loss of taste buds (TB) in both fungiform and circumvallate papillae, including disruption of TB progenitor-cell proliferation and differentiation...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133175/role-of-kcnq2-channels-in-orofacial-cold-sensitivity-kcnq2-upregulation-in-trigeminal-ganglion-neurons-after-infraorbital-nerve-chronic-constrictive-injury
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Jennifer Ling, Ferhat Erol, Jianguo G Gu
Sensitivity to cooling temperatures often becomes heightened in orofacial regions leading to orofacial cold allodynia/hyperalgesia after chronic trigeminal nerve injury. KCNQ2 channels are involved in controlling excitability of primary afferent neurons and thereby regulate sensory functions under both physiological and pathological conditions. In the present study, we sought to determine whether KCNQ2 channels in trigeminal nerves are involved in regulating orofacial operant behavioral responses to cooling stimulation...
November 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133149/spontaneous-eye-blink-rate-an-index-of-dopaminergic-component-of-sustained-attention-and-fatigue
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Antonio Maffei, Alessandro Angrilli
Blink rate is a behavioral index highly correlated with frontostriatal dopaminergic activity. The present research was aimed at studying the modulation of spontaneous blink rate in function of the increasing attentional load induced by the Mackworth Clock Test. Since blinking interferes with sensory processing, we expected a decreasing blink rate with increasing attentional demand. Three tasks of 7-min each and different difficulties were administered: the Mackworth had a red dot moving in a circle with intervals varying from 500ms, 350ms to 200ms, corresponding to increasing task difficulty...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133030/20-s-protopanaxadiol-ppd-alleviates-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-via-regulation-of-cholinergic-and-antioxidant-systems-and-expression-of-egr-1-c-fos-and-c-jun-in-mice
#15
Cong Lu, Liming Dong, Jingwei Lv, Yan Wang, Bei Fan, Fengzhong Wang, Xinmin Liu
20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD) possesses various biological properties, including anti-inflammatory, antitumor and anti-fatigue properties. Recent studies found that PPD functioned as a neurotrophic agent to ameliorate the sensory deficit caused by glutamate-induced excitotoxicity through its antioxidant effects and exhibited strong antidepressant-like effects in vivo. The objective of the present study was first to investigate the effect of PPD in scopolamine (SCOP)-induced memory deficit in mice and the potential mechanisms involved...
November 10, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131461/somatosensory-profile-of-patients-with-haemophilia
#16
S Krüger, M K Boettger, T Hilberg
INTRODUCTION: Patients with haemophilia (PwH) suffer from an enhanced pain sensitivity due to repetitive joint bleedings. A comprehensive, quantitative examination of the somatosensory system has not been performed in this population to date. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty patients with moderate or severe haemophilia A or B and 30 healthy controls were examined by means of Quantitative Sensory Testing to assess the function of the somatosensory system. Detection (DT) and pain thresholds (PT) were determined, amounting to a total of 13 parameters...
November 13, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130554/sensory-recovery-of-myomucosal-flap-oral-cavity-reconstructions
#17
Olindo Massarelli, Luigi Angelo Vaira, Andrea Biglio, Roberta Gobbi, Giovanni Dell'aversana Orabona, Giacomo De Riu
BACKGROUND: Sensory restoration of the oral cavity is a primary aim of reconstructive surgery in posttraumatic or postablative defects. Sensitivity plays a key role in oral function, whose impairment strongly affects the patient's quality of life. Cheek myomucosal flaps provide a reliable and tissue-like reconstruction of these regions but their sensitive recovery, which we still know little about, deserves thorough assessment. METHODS: In this retrospective study, the myomucosal cheek flaps were tested for different aspects of sensory recovery: touch; 2-point discrimination; pain; sharp/smooth discrimination; ability to feel hot/cold stimulus; stereognosis; and taste...
November 11, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130354/delivery-of-adeno-associated-viral-vectors-in-adult-mammalian-inner-ear-cell-subtypes-without-auditory-dysfunction
#18
Yong Tao, Mingqian Huang, Yilai Shu, Adam Ruprecht, Hongyang Wang, Yong Tang, Luk H Vandenberghe, Qiuju Wang, Guangping Gao, Wei-Jia Kong, Zheng-Yi Chen
Hearing loss, including genetic hearing loss, is one of the most common forms of sensory deficits in human with limited options of treatment. Adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene transfer has been shown to effectively recover auditory functions in mouse models of genetic deafness when delivered at neonatal stages. However, the mouse cochlea is still developing at those time points whereas in human the newborn inner ears are already fully mature. For effective gene therapy to treat genetic deafness, it is necessary to determine whether or not AAV-mediated therapy can be equally effective in the fully mature mouse inner ear without causing damages to the inner ear...
November 12, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128873/reinforcement-enhancement-by-nicotine-in-adult-rats-behavioral-selectivity-and-relation-to-mode-of-delivery-and-blood-nicotine-levels
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Annie Constantin, Paul B S Clarke
RATIONALE: Reinforcement-enhancing effects of nicotine occur in human subjects and laboratory rats. However, the doses used in animal studies typically exceed smoking-associated levels of exposure, and generalized behavioral activation by nicotine can potentially confound data interpretation. METHODS: During daily 60-min sessions, male adult rats pressed an "active" lever to illuminate a brief cue light. Pressing on either the active or inactive lever retracted both levers for 60 s...
November 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127784/social-media-e-cigarette-exposure-and-e-cigarette-expectancies-and-use-among-young-adults
#20
Pallav Pokhrel, Pebbles Fagan, Thaddeus A Herzog, Linnea Laestadius, Wayne Buente, Crissy T Kawamoto, Hye-Ryeon Lee, Jennifer B Unger
A vast majority of U.S. young adults use social media such as Facebook and Instagram daily. Research suggests that young adults are commonly exposed to e-cigarette-related marketing or user-generated content on the social media they use. Currently, however, there is limited empirical evidence as to how social media e-cigarette exposure is associated with e-cigarette use beliefs and behavior. In particular, limited evidence exists to support the proposition that social media e-cigarette exposure is uniquely associated with e-cigarette use, even after adjusting for the effects of e-cigarette use in young adults' in-person or 'offline' social networks...
November 8, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
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