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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212516/sex-disparities-in-substance-abuse-research-evaluating-23-years-of-structural-neuroimaging-studies
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Kimberly E Lind, Eric J Gutierrez, Dorothy J Yamamoto, Michael F Regner, Sherry A McKee, Jody Tanabe
BACKGROUND: Sex differences in brain structure and clinical course of substance use disorders underscores the need to include women in structural brain imaging studies. The NIH has supported the need for research to address sex differences. We evaluated female enrollment in substance abuse structural brain imaging research and the methods used to study sex differences in substance effects. METHODS: Structural brain imaging studies published through 2016 (n=230) were evaluated for number of participants by sex and substance use status and methods used to evaluate sex differences...
January 31, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209520/deconstructing-empathy-neuroanatomical-dissociations-between-affect-sharing-and-prosocial-motivation-using-a-patient-lesion-model
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Suzanne M Shdo, Kamalini G Ranasinghe, Kelly A Gola, Clinton J Mielke, Paul V Sukhanov, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin
Affect sharing and prosocial motivation are integral parts of empathy that are conceptually and mechanistically distinct. We used a neurodegenerative disease (NDG) lesion model to more directly examine the neural correlates of these two aspects of real-world empathic responding. The study enrolled 275 participants, including 44 healthy older controls and 231 patients diagnosed with one of five neurodegenerative diseases (75 Alzheimer's disease, 58 behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), 42 semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), 28 progressive supranuclear palsy, and 28 non-fluent variant (nfvPPA)...
February 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197123/altered-regional-gray-matter-volume-in-obese-men-a-structural-mri-study
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Bin Zhang, Xiao Tian, Derun Tian, Jinhong Wang, Qiming Wang, Chunshui Yu, Chunbo Li, Jijun Wang
Obesity is associated with a number of health problems, especial insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Our previous study showed that obese males had decreased neural activity in the orbital frontal cortex (OFC) and increased activity in the left putamen (Zhang et al., 2015b), which could indicate altered eating behaviors in obesity related to a hyper-functioning striatum and hypo-functioning inhibitory control. Accordingly, our goal of the current study was to determine whether there are alterations in the brain structures within these two neural systems in obese individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195568/military-deployment-correlates-with-smaller-prefrontal-gray-matter-volume-and-psychological-symptoms-in-a-subclinical-population
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O Butler, J Adolf, T Gleich, G Willmund, P Zimmermann, U Lindenberger, J Gallinat, S Kühn
Research investigating the effects of trauma exposure on brain structure and function in adults has mainly focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), whereas trauma-exposed individuals without a clinical diagnoses often serve as controls. However, this assumes a dichotomy between clinical and subclinical populations that may not be supported at the neural level. In the current study we investigate whether the effects of repeated or long-term stress exposure on brain structure in a subclinical sample are similar to previous PTSD neuroimaging findings...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195520/creating-colored-letters-familial-markers-of-grapheme-color-synesthesia-in-parietal-lobe-activation-and-structure
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Olympia Colizoli, Jaap M J Murre, H Steven Scholte, Romke Rouw
Perception is inherently subjective, and individual differences in phenomenology are well illustrated by the phenomenon of synesthesia (highly specific, consistent, and automatic cross-modal experiences, in which the external stimulus corresponding to the additional sensation is absent). It is unknown why some people develop synesthesia and others do not. In the current study, we tested whether neural markers related to having synesthesia in the family were evident in brain function and structure. Relatives of synesthetes (who did not have any type of synesthesia themselves) and matched controls read specially prepared books with colored letters for several weeks and were scanned before and after reading using magnetic resonance imaging...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194630/source-based-morphometry-multivariate-approach-to-analyze-123-i-fp-cit-spect-imaging
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Enrico Premi, V D Calhoun, V Garibotto, R Turrone, A Alberici, E Cottini, A Pilotto, S Gazzina, M Magoni, B Paghera, B Borroni, A Padovani
PURPOSE: [(123)I]FP-CIT (DaTSCAN®) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging is widely used to study neurodegenerative parkinsonism, by measuring presynaptic dopamine transporter (DAT) in striatal regions. Beyond DAT, [(123)I]FP-CIT may be considered for other monoaminergic systems, in particular the serotonin transporter (SERT). Independent component analysis (ICA) implemented in source-based morphometry (SBM) could represent an alternative method to explore monoaminergic pathways, studying the relationship among voxels and grouping them into "neurotransmission" networks...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194282/localizing-age-related-changes-in-brain-structure-using-voxel-based-morphometry
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Shu Hua Mu, Min Xu, Jun Xiu Duan, Jian Zhang, Li Hai Tan
Aim. We report the dynamic anatomical sequence of human cortical gray matter development from late childhood to young adults using VBM and ROI-based methods. Method. The structural MRI of 91 normal individuals ranging in age from 6 to 26 years was obtained and the GMV for each region was measured. Results. Our results showed that the earliest loss of GMV occurred in left olfactory, right precuneus, caudate, left putamen, pallidum, and left middle temporal gyrus. In addition, the trajectory of maturational and aging showed a linear decline in GMV on both cortical lobes and subcortical regions...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188846/sexual-differentiation-of-the-adolescent-rat-brain-a-longitudinal-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Akira Sumiyoshi, Hiroi Nonaka, Ryuta Kawashima
The sexual differentiation of the rat brain during the adolescent period has been well documented in post-mortem histological studies. However, to further understand the morphological changes occurring in the entire brain, a noninvasive neuroimaging method allowing an unbiased, comprehensive, and longitudinal investigation of brain morphology should be used. In this study, we investigated the sexual differentiation of the rat brain during the adolescent period using longitudinal voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis...
February 7, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188659/hippocampal-subfields-at-ultra-high-field-mri-an-overview-of-segmentation-and-measurement-methods
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Alessia Giuliano, Graziella Donatelli, Mirco Cosottini, Michela Tosetti, Alessandra Retico, Maria Evelina Fantacci
The hippocampus is one of the most interesting and studied brain regions because of its involvement in memory functions and its vulnerability in pathological conditions, such as neurodegenerative processes. In the recent years, the increasing availability of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners that operate at ultra-high field (UHF), i.e. with static magnetic field strength ≥ 7T, has opened new research perspectives. Compared to conventional high-field scanners, these systems can provide new contrasts, increased signal-to-noise ratio and higher spatial resolution, thus they may improve the visualization of very small structures of the brain, such as the hippocampal subfields...
February 11, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186664/disruption-in-cerebellar-and-basal-ganglia-networks-during-a-visuospatial-task-in-cervical-dystonia
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Pavel Filip, Cécile Gallea, Stéphane Lehéricy, Eric Bertasi, Traian Popa, Radek Mareček, Ovidiu V Lungu, Tomáš Kašpárek, Jiří Vaníček, Martin Bareš
BACKGROUND: Although dystonia is traditionally conceptualized as a basal ganglia disorder, increasing interest has been directed at a different neural network node, the cerebellum, which may play a significant role in the pathophysiology of dystonia. Abnormal sensorimotor processing and disturbed motor schemes, possibly attributable to cerebellar changes, remain unclear. METHODS: We sought to characterize the extent of cerebellar dysfunction within the motor network using functional MRI activation analysis, connectivity analysis, and voxel-based morphometry in cervical dystonia patients (n = 25, 15 women, mean age 45...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184203/prefrontal-parietal-white-matter-volumes-in-healthy-elderlies-are-decreased-in-proportion-to-the-degree-of-cardiovascular-risk-and-related-to-inhibitory-control-deficits
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Pedro P Santos, Paula S Da Silveira, Fabio L Souza-Duran, Jaqueline H Tamashiro-Duran, Márcia Scazufca, Paulo R Menezes, Claudia Da Costa Leite, Paulo A Lotufo, Homero Vallada, Maurício Wajngarten, Tânia C De Toledo Ferraz Alves, Patricia Rzezak, Geraldo F Busatto
Cardiovascular risk (CVR) factors may be associated with poor cognitive functioning in elderlies and impairments in brain structure. Using MRI and voxel-based morphometry (VBM), we assessed regional white matter (WM) volumes in a population-based sample of individuals aged 65-75 years (n = 156), subdivided in three CVR subgroups using the Framingham Risk Score. Cognition was assessed using the Short Cognitive Performance Test. In high-risk subjects, we detected significantly reduced WM volume in the right juxtacortical dorsolateral prefrontal region compared to both low and intermediate CVR subgroups...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181413/morphometry-and-variability-of-the-brain-arterial-circle-in-chinchilla-chinchilla-laniger-molina
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Jacek Kuchinka
Arterial circles of brains from 70 adult chinchillas were filled with synthetic latex. The arterial circle of the brain is formed as the result of vertebral arteries being merged into the basilar artery. Caudally, both vertebral arteries gave rise to the ventral spinal artery. The ventral spinal artery splits into tiny cerebellar vessels, the pontine and cochlear branches. Distally, the basilar artery ramified into two terminal branches that formed the arterial circle of brain, rostrally open in most cases (75%)...
February 9, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176785/examining-brain-structures-associated-with-dispositional-envy-and-the-mediation-role-of-emotional-intelligence
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Yanhui Xiang, Sasa Zhao, Hanlin Wang, Qihan Wu, Feng Kong, Lei Mo
Dispositional envy is distinguished by definition and neurally from episodic envy. While the neural correlates of episodic envy have been evaluated by specific tasks in previous studies, little is known about the structural neural basis of dispositional envy. In this study, we investigated the structural neural basis of dispositional envy underlying individual differences across two independent samples comprising a total of 100 young healthy adults. Firstly, 73 subjects' data (sample 1) was analyzed, and we assessed the association between regional gray matter volume (rGMV) and dispositional envy using voxel-based morphometry (VBM)...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165888/voxel-based-morphometry-of-disgust-sensitivity
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Albert Wabnegger, Sonja Übel, Anne Schienle
BACKGROUND: Difficulties with the regulation of negative affect have been extensively studied in neuroimaging research. However, dysregulation of a specific emotion, disgust, has hardly been investigated. In the present study, we used voxel-based morphometry to identify whether gray matter volume (GMV) of frontal regions is correlated with personality traits associated with general and disgust-specific emotion regulation difficulties. METHOD: We analyzed T1-weighted images of 49 females (mean age = 22...
February 6, 2017: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163683/hearing-impairment-is-associated-with-smaller-brain-volume-in-aging
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Stephanie C Rigters, Daniel Bos, Mick Metselaar, Gennady V Roshchupkin, Robert J Baatenburg de Jong, M Arfan Ikram, Meike W Vernooij, André Goedegebure
Although recent studies show that age-related hearing impairment is associated with cerebral changes, data from a population perspective are still lacking. Therefore, we studied the relation between hearing impairment and brain volume in a large elderly cohort. From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 2,908 participants (mean age 65 years, 56% female) underwent a pure-tone audiogram to quantify hearing impairment. By performing MR imaging of the brain we quantified global and regional brain tissue volumes (total brain volume, gray matter volume, white matter (WM) volume, and lobe-specific volumes)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162976/neuromodulation-in-response-to-electroconvulsive-therapy-in-schizophrenia-and-major-depression
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Philipp Arthur Thomann, Robert Christian Wolf, Henrike Maria Nolte, Dusan Hirjak, Stefan Hofer, Ulrich Seidl, Malte Sebastian Depping, Bram Stieltjes, Klaus Maier-Hein, Fabio Sambataro, Torsten Wüstenberg
BACKGROUND: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective treatments in severe and treatment-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD). ECT has been also shown to be effective in schizophrenia (SZ), particularly when rapid symptom reduction is needed or in cases of resistance to drug-treatment. However, its precise mechanisms of action remain largely unknown. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study examined whether ECT exerts disorder-specific or unspecific modulation of brain structure and function in SZ and MDD...
January 16, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161644/gray-matter-volumes-may-predict-the-clinical-response-to-paliperidone-palmitate-long-acting-in-acute-psychosis-a-pilot-longitudinal-neuroimaging-study
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A Carlo Altamura, Giuseppe Delvecchio, Silvia Paletta, Chiara Di Pace, Alessandra Reggiori, Alessio Fiorentini, M Donatella Mirabile, Riccardo A Paoli, Claudia Cinnante, Fabio Triulzi, Massimo C Mauri, Paolo Brambilla
In schizophrenia, paliperidone palmitate (PP) long acting injectable (LAI) has been reported to sustain plasma concentrations and improve clinical symptoms. Moreover, it has also been demonstrated the important role of total gray matter (GM) volumes in predicting the clinical outcome. However, no studies investigating the association between PP-LAI treatment and brain morphometry has been published so far. Therefore, the main aim of our 24 weeks prospective observational exploratory study was to investigate the relation between brain anatomy and clinical outcome in seven patients with acute psychosis treated with PP-LAI...
January 26, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159689/investigation-of-the-confounding-effects-of-vasculature-and-metabolism-on-computational-anatomy-studies
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C L Tardif, C J Steele, L Lampe, P-L Bazin, P Ragert, A Villringer, C J Gauthier
Computational anatomy studies typically use T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging contrast to look at local differences in cortical thickness or grey matter volume across time or subjects. This type of analysis is a powerful and non-invasive tool to probe anatomical changes associated with neurodevelopment, aging, disease or experience-induced plasticity. However, these comparisons could suffer from biases arising from vascular and metabolic subject- or time-dependent differences. Differences in blood flow and volume could be caused by vasodilation or differences in vascular density, and result in a larger signal contribution of the blood compartment within grey matter voxels...
February 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155922/mapping-the-basal-ganglia-alterations-in-children-chronically-exposed-to-manganese
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Yi Lao, Laurie-Anne Dion, Guillaume Gilbert, Maryse F Bouchard, Gabriel Rocha, Yalin Wang, Natasha Leporé, Dave Saint-Amour
Chronic manganese (Mn) exposure is associated with neuromotor and neurocognitive deficits, but the exact mechanism of Mn neurotoxicity is still unclear. With the advent of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in-vivo analysis of brain structures has become possible. Among different sub-cortical structures, the basal ganglia (BG) has been investigated as a putative anatomical biomarker in MR-based studies of Mn toxicity. However, previous investigations have yielded inconsistent results in terms of regional MR signal intensity changes...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150390/gray-matter-relationships-to-diagnostic-and-transdiagnostic-features-of-drug-and-behavioral-addictions
#20
Sarah W Yip, Patrick D Worhunsky, Jiansong Xu, Kristen P Morie, R Todd Constable, Robert T Malison, Kathleen M Carroll, Marc N Potenza
Alterations in neural structure have been reported in both cocaine-use disorder and gambling disorder, separately, suggesting similarities across addiction diagnoses. Individual variation in neural structure has also been associated with impulsivity, a dimensional construct implicated in addictions. This study combines categorical (diagnosis-based) and dimensional (transdiagnostic) approaches to identify neural structural alterations linked to addiction subtypes and trait impulsivity, respectively, across individuals with gambling disorder (n = 35), individuals with cocaine-use disorder (n = 37) and healthy comparison individuals (n = 37)...
February 1, 2017: Addiction Biology
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