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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529498/eyelid-retraction-in-isolated-unilateral-congenital-blepharoptosis
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Michael S Salman, Ian H Clark
Isolated unilateral congenital ptosis is encountered relatively infrequently in clinical practice. It typically consists of a unilateral droopy eyelid, weak levator palpebrae superioris muscle function, lid lag, and an absent upper lid crease with no other abnormalities on examination. We present a four-and-a-half-year-old girl with isolated and mild unilateral congenital ptosis who unexpectedly demonstrated a static upper eyelid on downgaze in conjunction with a well-formed upper lid skin crease. We attribute this uncommon sign in congenital ptosis to stiffness and presumed fibrosis of the levator muscle...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528360/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-midbrain-superior-colliculus-that-generates-saccadic-motor-commands
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Bahadir Kasap, A John van Opstal
Single-unit recordings suggest that the midbrain superior colliculus (SC) acts as an optimal controller for saccadic gaze shifts. The SC is proposed to be the site within the visuomotor system where the nonlinear spatial-to-temporal transformation is carried out: the population encodes the intended saccade vector by its location in the motor map (spatial), and its trajectory and velocity by the distribution of firing rates (temporal). The neurons' burst profiles vary systematically with their anatomical positions and intended saccade vectors, to account for the nonlinear main-sequence kinematics of saccades...
May 20, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514361/-the-complications-of-transethmoidal-decompressive-orbitotomy-associated-with-endocrine-ophthalmopathy
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P A Kochetkov, Ya O Grusha, V M Svistushkin, S S Danilov
The objective of the present study was the analysis of the results of transethmoidal decompressive orbitotomy (TEDO) with the resection of the bone matrix of the medial and inferior orbital walls in the patients presenting with endocrine ophthalmopathy (EOP) with the purpose of reduction of the risk of development of this pathological conditions. A total of 51 patient with EOP at the stage of complete remission or pharmacotherapeutic compensation underwent transethmoidal decompressive medial orbitotomy in the ENT Clinic of 1 I...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500508/the-whereabouts-of-visual-attention-involuntary-attentional-bias-toward-the-default-gaze-direction
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Ryoichi Nakashima, Takatsune Kumada
This study proposed and verified a new hypothesis on the relationship between gaze direction and visual attention: attentional bias by default gaze direction based on eye-head coordination. We conducted a target identification task in which visual stimuli appeared briefly to the left and right of a fixation cross. In Experiment 1, the direction of the participant's head (aligned with the body) was manipulated to the left, front, or right relative to a central fixation point. In Experiment 2, head direction was manipulated to the left, front, or right relative to the body direction...
May 12, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499831/resolution-of-hypertropia-with-correction-of-consecutive-horizontal-deviation
#5
Rui Hao, Kanxing Zhao, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: To study the resolution of hypertropia in patients who undergo horizontal deviation surgery for consecutive esotropia or consecutive exotropia. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 23 patients with consecutive esotropia or exotropia who had concomitant vertical tropia. All patients had had surgery for horizontal deviation that required further surgery to correct consecutive horizontal strabismus and had a minimum of six months of postoperative follow-up...
May 9, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495046/transient-neonatal-myasthenia-gravis-due-to-a-mother-with-ocular-onset-of-anti-muscle-specific-kinase-myasthenia-gravis
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Ju-Yeun Lee, Ju-Hong Min, Sueng-Han Han, Jinu Han
We describe a 27-year-old pregnant female with new onset of conjugate gaze deficit during the third trimester of pregnancy. Repetitive nerve stimulation tests, neostigmine tests, and acetylcholine receptor antibody assays were all negative. The patient delivered a normal healthy baby at a local clinic via cesarean section. The baby became hypotonic and had respiratory failure several minutes after birth. The result of acetylcholine receptor antibody was negative in the neonate. The neonate became healthy spontaneously and was extubated after 21 days of ventilation care...
April 4, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476458/-sensory-and-motor-clinical-presentation-of-congenital-retraction-syndromes-stilling-duane-and-brown-syndrome
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V Promelle, M Fortier, S Milazzo
INTRODUCTION: Congenital Brown syndrome and Stilling-Duane syndrome, two rare causes of strabismus are caused by fibrosis of one or more extraocular muscles. This series aims to report the clinical sensory and motor features of patients with Brown or Stilling-Duane syndrome. METHODS: Seventeen patients' records were retrospectively assessed for: the ocular deviation in primary position and in the 9 positions of gaze, head tilt, visual acuity and binocular vision...
May 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459691/utilizing-retinotopic-mapping-for-a-multi-target-ssvep-bci-with-a-single-flicker-frequency
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Alexander Maye, Dan Zhang, Andreas Engel
In Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) that use the steady-state visual evoked response (SSVEP), the user selects a control command by directing attention overtly or covertly to one out of several flicker stimuli. The different control channels are encoded in the frequency, phase or time domain of the flicker signals. Here we present a new type of SSVEP BCI which uses only a single flicker stimulus and yet affords controlling multiple channels. The approach rests on the observation that the relative position between the stimulus and the foci of overt attention result in distinct topographies of the SSVEP response on the scalp...
April 25, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458074/i-like-it-by-mere-association-conditioning-preferences-in-infants
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Jenny L Richmond, Jenna Zhao, Gabrielle Weidemann
Preferences have a profound impact on our behavior; however, relatively little is known about how preference formation works early in life. Evaluative conditioning occurs when the valence of an initially neutral object changes when it is paired with a positively or negatively valenced stimulus. It is possible that evaluative conditioning may account for early preference learning; however, the extent to which this kind of learning operates during infancy has not been empirically tested. The aim of the current studies was to assess whether infants' preferences for neutral objects is influenced by pairing them with affective stimuli (Experiment 1: happy vs...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453952/where-is-the-locus-of-the-lowercase-advantage-during-sentence-reading
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Manuel Perea, Eva Rosa, Ana Marcet
While most models of visual word identification and reading posit that a word's visual codes are rapidly transformed onto case-invariant representations (i.e., table and TABLE would equally activate the word unit corresponding to "table"), a number of experiments have shown a lowercase advantage in various word identification and reading tasks. In the present experiment, we examined the locus of this lowercase advantage by comparing the pattern of eye movements when reading sentences in lowercase vs. uppercase...
April 25, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451859/effect-of-correction-surgery-for-cervical-kyphosis-on-compensatory-mechanisms-in-overall-spinopelvic-sagittal-alignment
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Hiroshi Miyamoto, Kazuki Hashimoto, Terumasa Ikeda, Masao Akagi
PURPOSE: Progression of kyphotic deformity at the middle/lower cervical spine can cause difficulty with horizontal gaze, so compensation at other spinopelvic parts may occur. However, the precise mechanism remains unclear. The present study investigated the effect of correction surgery for cervical kyphosis on the compensatory mechanisms in overall spinopelvic sagittal alignment. METHODS: Forty-one patients, comprising 23 males and 18 females (mean age 67 years), underwent correction surgery for cervical kyphosis using the posterior screw-rod system...
April 27, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441425/role-of-route-previewing-strategies-on-climbing-fluency-and-exploratory-movements
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Ludovic Seifert, Romain Cordier, Dominic Orth, Yoan Courtine, James L Croft
This study examined the role of route previewing strategies on climbing fluency and on exploratory movements of the limbs, in order to understand whether previewing helps people to perceive and to realize affordances. Eight inexperienced and ten experienced climbers previewed a 10 m high route of 5b difficulty on French scale, then climbed it with a top-rope as fluently as possible. Gaze behavior was collected from an eye tracking system during the preview and allowed us to determine the number of times they scanned the route, and which of four route previewing strategies (fragmentary, ascending, zigzagging, and sequence-of-blocks) they used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424453/comorbid-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-and-muscle-specific-kinase-musk-myasthenia-gravis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Michael Sherpa, Ravi K Metai, Viki Kumar, Tinu Hirachan, Kawser U Ahmed, Sharon J Atkinson
BACKGROUND HIV infections with concomitant immunologically-mediated disorders have been frequently described but there has been little research on the association between HIV and myasthenia gravis. MuSK myasthenia gravis coexisting with HIV is an even a rarer entity and can occur as a part of immune restoration disease. We report the case of a patient with asymptomatic HIV infection who presented with new-onset MuSK myasthenia gravis. CASE REPORT A 44-year-old African-American woman with HIV since 2004 and on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) presented to the ED with complains of double vision and difficulty swallowing for 2 weeks...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421028/adult-onset-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-rapid-treatment-initiation-advised-but-early-diagnosis-remains-difficult
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Tobias Piroth, Kai Boelmans, Florian Amtage, Michel Rijntjes, Anna Wierciochin, Thomas Musacchio, Cornelius Weiller, Jens Volkmann, Stephan Klebe
Niemann-Pick type C disease (NP-C) presents with heterogeneous neurological and psychiatric symptoms. Adult onset is rare and possibly underdiagnosed due to frequent lack of specific and obvious key symptoms. For both early and adolescent/adult onset, the available data from studies and case reports describe a positive effect of Miglustat (symptom relief or stabilization). However, due to the low frequency of NP-C, experience with this therapy is still limited. We describe two adult-onset cases of NP-C. In both cases, vertical supranuclear gaze palsy was not recognized at symptom onset...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418399/restoring-effects-of-oxytocin-on-the-attentional-preference-for-faces-in-autism
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M Kanat, I Spenthof, A Riedel, L T van Elst, M Heinrichs, G Domes
Reduced attentional preference for faces and symptoms of social anxiety are common in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The neuropeptide oxytocin triggers anxiolytic functions and enhances eye gaze, facial emotion recognition and neural correlates of face processing in ASD. Here we investigated whether a single dose of oxytocin increases attention to faces in ASD. As a secondary question, we explored the influence of social anxiety on these effects. We tested for oxytocin's effects on attention to neutral faces as compared to houses in a sample of 29 autistic individuals and 30 control participants using a dot-probe paradigm with two different presentation times (100 or 500 ms)...
April 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411260/the-fast-ed-app-a-smartphone-platform-for-the-field-triage-of-patients-with-stroke
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Raul G Nogueira, Gisele S Silva, Fabricio O Lima, Yu-Chih Yeh, Carol Fleming, Daniel Branco, Arthur H Yancey, Jonathan J Ratcliff, Robert Keith Wages, Earnest Doss, Mehdi Bouslama, Jonathan A Grossberg, Diogo C Haussen, Teppei Sakano, Michael R Frankel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Emergency Medical Services field triage to stroke centers has gained considerable complexity with the recent demonstration of clinical benefit of endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke. We sought to describe a new smartphone freeware application designed to assist Emergency Medical Services professionals with the field assessment and destination triage of patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: Review of the application's platform and its development as well as the different variables, assessments, algorithms, and assumptions involved...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409487/scanpath-modeling-and-classification-with-hidden-markov-models
#17
Antoine Coutrot, Janet H Hsiao, Antoni B Chan
How people look at visual information reveals fundamental information about them; their interests and their states of mind. Previous studies showed that scanpath, i.e., the sequence of eye movements made by an observer exploring a visual stimulus, can be used to infer observer-related (e.g., task at hand) and stimuli-related (e.g., image semantic category) information. However, eye movements are complex signals and many of these studies rely on limited gaze descriptors and bespoke datasets. Here, we provide a turnkey method for scanpath modeling and classification...
April 13, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404827/new-insights-into-vestibular-saccade-interaction-based-on-covert-corrective-saccades-in-patients-with-unilateral-vestibular-deficits
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Paolo Colagiorgio, Maurizio Versino, Silvia Colnaghi, Silvia Quaglieri, Marco Manfrin, Ewa Zamaro, Georgios Mantokoudis, David S Zee, Stefano Ramat
In response to passive high-acceleration head impulses patients with low vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) gains often produce covert (executed while the head is still moving) corrective saccades in the direction of deficient slow phases. Here we examined 23 patients using passive, and nine also active, head impulses with acute (< 10 days from onset) unilateral vestibular neuritis and low VOR gains. We found that when corrective saccades are larger than 10°, the slow-phase component of the VOR is inhibited, even though inhibition increases further the time to reacquire the fixation target...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395276/lower-visual-avoidance-in-dementia-patients-is-associated-with-greater-psychological-distress-in-caregivers
#19
Marcela C Otero, Robert W Levenson
Caring for a spouse with dementia can lead to increased health problems in caregivers. The present study examined whether patient deficits in visual avoidance, a common form of emotion regulation, are related to greater psychological distress in caregivers. Participants were 43 Alzheimer disease (AD) patients, 43 behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) patients, and their spousal caregivers. Patient visual avoidance (e.g., gaze aversion) was measured using behavioral coding of head, body, and eye position while viewing a disgusting film...
April 11, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385683/the-multimodal-assessment-of-adult-attachment-security-developing-the-biometric-attachment-test
#20
Federico Parra, Raphaële Miljkovitch, Gwenaelle Persiaux, Michelle Morales, Stefan Scherer
BACKGROUND: Attachment theory has been proven essential for mental health, including psychopathology, development, and interpersonal relationships. Validated psychometric instruments to measure attachment abound but suffer from shortcomings common to traditional psychometrics. Recent developments in multimodal fusion and machine learning pave the way for new automated and objective psychometric instruments for adult attachment that combine psychophysiological, linguistic, and behavioral analyses in the assessment of the construct...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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