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#1
Stephanie E Haggerty, Amy R Wu, Kathleen H Sienko, Arthur D Kuo
Control of standing posture requires fusion of multiple inputs including visual, vestibular, somatosensory, and other sensors, each having distinct dynamics. The semicircular canals, for example, have a high-pass filter response to angular velocity, quickly sensing a step change in head rotational velocity followed by a decay. To stabilize gaze despite this decay, the central nervous system supplies a neural "velocity storage" integrator, a filter that extends the angular velocity signal. Similar filtering might contribute temporal dynamics to posture control, as suggested by some state estimation models...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430108/a-network-physiology-approach-to-the-assessment-of-the-link-between-sinoatrial-and-ventricular-cardiac-controls
#2
Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Mathias Baumert
A network physiology approach to evaluate the strength of the directed interactions among cardiac controls at sinoatrial and ventricular levels and respiration (R) is proposed. The network is composed of three nodes (i.e. sinoatrial and ventricular cardiac controls and R) and their activity is exemplified by the variability of heart period (HP), the variability of the duration of the electrical activity of the heart approximated as the temporal distance between Q-wave onset and T-wave end or apex (i.e. QTe or QTa) and thoracic movements respectively...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429801/the-dizzy-patient-don-t-forget-disorders-of-the-central-vestibular-system
#3
REVIEW
Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
Vertigo and dizziness are among the most common complaints in neurology clinics, and they account for about 13% of the patients entering emergency units. In this Review, we focus on central vestibular disorders, which are mostly attributable to acute unilateral lesions of the bilateral vestibular circuitry in the brain. In a tertiary interdisciplinary outpatient dizziness unit, central vestibular disorders, including vestibular migraine, comprise about 25% of the established diagnoses. The signs and symptoms of these disorders can mimic those of peripheral vestibular disorders with sustained rotational vertigo...
April 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422686/an-integrated-movement-analysis-framework-to-study-upper-limb-function-a-pilot-study
#4
Kimberly Kontson, Ian Marcus, Barbara Myklebust, Eugene Civillico
The functional capabilities of individuals with upper limb disabilities are assessed throughout rehabilitation and treatment regimens using functional outcome measures. For the upper limb amputee population, there are none which quantitatively take into account the quality of movement while an individual is performing tasks. In this work, we demonstrate the use of an integrated movement analysis framework, based on motion capture and ground reaction force data, to capture quantitative information about how subjects complete a commonly used functional outcome measure, the Box and Blocks Test (BBT)...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419567/cardiorespiratory-physiology-in-the-safe-passage-study-protocol-methods-and-normative-values-in-unexposed-infants
#5
Michael M Myers, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Larry Burd, Jyoti Angal, Coen Groenewald, J David Nugent, Joel S Yang, Joseph R Isler, Kim A Dukes, Fay Robinson, William P Fifer
AIM: The Safe Passage Study, conducted by the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network, is investigating contributions of prenatal alcohol exposure to fetal and infant demise. This current report presents physiological data from full term infants with no prenatal exposure to alcohol or maternal smoking. METHODS: Data are from 666 infants from the Northern Plains (North and South Dakota) and South Africa. A standardized protocol assessed cardiorespiratory function during baseline and head-up tilts shortly after birth and at 1 month of age...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419247/cardioinhibitory-and-vasodepressor-responses-to-different-stressors-on-head-up-tilt
#6
Arunashis Sau, Patricia Taraborrelli, Philip Moore, Phang Boon Lim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419063/the-effect-of-elevated-intracranial-pressure-on-frequency-tuning-of-air-conducted-ocular-vestibular-myogenic-potentials-in-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-s-disease-patients
#7
Rebecca Maxwell, Claudia Jerin, Robert Gürkov
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of increased intracranial pressure on ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) amplitudes and frequency tuning in patients with Ménière's disease (MD) to elucidate whether oVEMPS recorded under such conditions could provide a simple and accurate diagnostic test for MD. SETTING: Tertiary referral center for otology and neurotology. PATIENTS: Ten patients with certain unilateral MD (mean age = 48...
April 17, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417834/adaptive-changes-in-the-perception-of-fast-and-slow-movement-at-different-head-positions
#8
Roberto Panichi, Chiara Occhigrossi, Aldo Ferraresi, Mario Faralli, Marco Lucertini, Vito E Pettorossi
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the subjective sense of orientation during asymmetric body rotations in normal subjects. METHODS: Self-motion perception was investigated in 10 healthy individuals during asymmetric whole-body rotation with different head orientations. Both on-vertical axis and off-vertical axis rotations were employed. Subjects tracked a remembered earth-fixed visual target while rotating in the dark for four cycles of asymmetric rotation (two half-sinusoidal cycles of the same amplitude, but of different duration)...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413721/aspects-of-gorgonopsian-paleobiology-and-evolution-insights-from-the-basicranium-occiput-osseous-labyrinth-vasculature-and-neuroanatomy
#9
Ricardo Araújo, Vincent Fernandez, Michael J Polcyn, Jörg Fröbisch, Rui M S Martins
Synapsida, the clade including therapsids and thus also mammals, is one of the two major branches of amniotes. Organismal design, with modularity as a concept, offers insights into the evolution of therapsids, a group that experienced profound anatomical transformations throughout the past 270 Ma, eventually leading to the evolution of the mammalian bauplan. However, the anatomy of some therapsid groups remains obscure. Gorgonopsian braincase anatomy is poorly known and many anatomical aspects of the brain, cranial nerves, vasculature, and osseous labyrinth, remain unclear...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407148/effects-of-closed-loop-stimulation-vs-ddd-pacing-on-haemodynamic-variations-and-occurrence-of-syncope-induced-by-head-up-tilt-test-in-older-patients-with-refrac-tory-cardioinhibitory-vasovagal-syncope-the-tilt-test-induced-response-in-closed-loop-stimulation
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Pietro Palmisano, Gabriele Dell'Era, Vincenzo Russo, Maria Zaccaria, Rolando Mangia, Miriam Bortnik, Federica De Vecchi, Ailia Giubertoni, Fabiana Patti, Andrea Magnani, Gerardo Nigro, Anna Rago, Eraldo Occhetta, Michele Accogli
Aims: Closed-loop stimulation (CLS) seemed promising in preventing the recurrence of vasovagal syncope (VVS) in patients with a cardioinhibitory response to head-up tilt test (HUTT) compared with conventional pacing. We hypothesized that the better results of this algorithm are due to its quick reaction in high-rate pacing delivered in the early phase of vasovagal reflex, which increase the cardiac output and the blood pressure preventing loss of consciousness. Methods and results: This prospective, randomized, single-blind, multicentre study was designed as an intra-patient comparison and enrolled 30 patients (age 62...
April 12, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406968/the-sense-of-balance-in-humans-structural-features-of-otoconia-and-their-response-to-linear-acceleration
#11
Rüdiger Kniep, Dirk Zahn, Jana Wulfes, Leif Erik Walther
We explored the functional role of individual otoconia within the otolith system of mammalians responsible for the detection of linear accelerations and head tilts in relation to the gravity vector. Details of the inner structure and the shape of intact human and artificial otoconia were studied using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), including decalcification by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) to discriminate local calcium carbonate density. Considerable differences between the rhombohedral faces of human and artificial otoconia already indicate that the inner architecture of otoconia is not consistent with the point group -3m...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404848/unique-structural-features-of-influenza-h15-ha
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Netanel Tzarum, Ryan McBride, Corwin M Nycholat, James C Paulson, Ian A Wilson
Influenza A H15 viruses are members of a subgroup (H7-H10-H15) of group 2 hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes that include H7N9 and H10N8 viruses that were isolated from humans during 2013. The isolation of avian H15 viruses is, however, quite rare, and until recently, geographically restricted to wild shorebirds and waterfowl in Australia. The HAs of H15 viruses contain an insertion in the 150-loop of the receptor-binding site common to this subgroup and a unique insertion in the 260-loop compared to any other subtype...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404450/does-lying-in-the-recovery-position-increase-the-likelihood-of-not-delivering-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
#13
Miguel Freire-Tellado, Rubén Navarro-Patón, Maria Del Pilar Pavón-Prieto, Marta Fernández-López, Javier Mateos-Lorenzo, Ivan López-Fórneas
BACKGROUND: Resuscitation guidelines endorse unconscious and normally breathing out-of-hospital victims to be placed in the recovery position to secure airway patency, but recently a debate has been opened as to whether the recovery position threatens the cardiac arrest victim's safety assessment and delays the start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. AIM: To compare the assessment of the victim's breathing arrest while placed in the recovery position versus maintaining an open airway with the continuous head tilt and chin lift technique to know whether the recovery position delays the cardiac arrest victim's assessment and the start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
April 9, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401995/orthostatic-dizziness-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-attributed-to-cerebral-hypoperfusion-a-transcranial-doppler-study
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Jinse Park, Hee-Tae Kim, Kang Min Park, Sam Yeol Ha, Sung Eun Kim, Kyong Jin Shin, Si Eun Kim, Wooyoung Jang, Ji Sun Kim, Jinyoung Youn, Engsoek Oh, Suyeon Park
OBJECTIVES: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is controversially regarded as the cause of orthostatic dizziness in Parkinson's disease (PD). We sought to evaluate whether cerebral autoregulation is an alternative cause for orthostatic dizziness in PD patients, using transcranial Doppler monitoring during head-up tilting. METHODS: Forty-five PD patients with dizziness, 13 PD patients without dizziness, and 10 age-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Participants were divided into the following four groups: patients with dizziness and OH (group 1, n = 22), patients with dizziness but no OH (n = 23, group 2), patients without dizziness (n = 11, group 3), and age-matched healthy controls (n = 10, group 4)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400687/using-ultrasonography-to-determine-optimal-head-down-tilt-position-angle-in-patients-before-catheterization-of-the-internal-jugular-vein
#15
Anton A Kasatkin, Aleksandr L Urakov, Anna R Nigmatullina
CONTEXT: It is believed that 15°-25° head-down tilt position increases the internal jugular vein cross-sectional area (IJV CSA). The increase in IJV CSA before puncture reduces the risk of its perforation. This pattern was not observed in all patients. We assumed that the absence of respiratory-based IJV excursion is one of the criteria of head-down tilt position effectiveness. AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine the head-down tilt angle, which ensures the absence of the respiratory-based IJV excursion...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396638/physiological-mechanisms-mediating-the-coupling-between-heart-period-and-arterial-pressure-in-response-to-postural-changes-in-humans
#16
Alessandro Silvani, Giovanna Calandra-Buonaura, Blair D Johnson, Noud van Helmond, Giorgio Barletta, Anna G Cecere, Michael J Joyner, Pietro Cortelli
The upright posture strengthens the coupling between heart period (HP) and systolic arterial pressure (SAP) consistently with a greater contribution of the arterial baroreflex to cardiac control, while paradoxically decreasing cardiac baroreflex sensitivity (cBRS). To investigate the physiological mechanisms that mediate the coupling between HP and SAP in response to different postures, we analyzed the cross-correlation functions between low-frequency HP and SAP fluctuations and estimated cBRS with the sequence technique in healthy male subjects during passive head-up tilt test (HUTT, n = 58), during supine wakefulness, supine slow-wave sleep (SWS), and in the seated and active standing positions (n = 8), and during progressive loss of 1 L blood (n = 8) to decrease central venous pressure in the supine position...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396288/impact-of-sympathetic-activation-on-pain-threshold-in-human-subjects
#17
Laurent Devoize, Christian Dualé, Claude Dubray, Radhouane Dallel
This study examined the effect of the sympathetic activation with the head-up tilt test (HUT) on electrocutaneous pain in 56 young normotensive volunteers. Systolic arterial blood pressure (SAP), diastolic arterial blood pressure (DAP), heart rate (HR), sensory and pain thresholds to electrocutaneous stimulation were measured 30s before (in supine position), during (at 10s, 90s, 3min and 5min) and 10min after HUT (in supine position). No relationship was found between resting BP and pain perception. HUT significantly increased DAP and HR, but did not change SAP...
April 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382853/primary-cerebellar-lymphoma-with-hodgkin-lymphoma-like-morphology-in-a-cat
#18
Yuka Yoshino, James K Chambers, Taichi Nakamori, Yuko Goto-Koshino, Kazuo Nishigaki, Hajime Tsujimoto, Naoaki Matsuki, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Kazuyuki Uchida
A 4-y-old cat exhibited neurologic signs such as wobbling, right head tilt, and intention tremor, and MRI revealed a mass in the cerebellum. The cat died 5 mo after initial presentation, and no neoplastic lesions, other than the cerebellar mass, were observed at autopsy. Histologically, large atypical cells resembling Hodgkin cells, with single large inclusion-like nucleoli, and those resembling Reed-Sternberg cells, with symmetrically arranged nuclei, had infiltrated the left side of the cerebellum and were admixed with small lymphocytes...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380077/vection-is-the-main-contributor-to-motion-sickness-induced-by-visual-yaw-rotation-implications-for-conflict-and-eye-movement-theories
#19
Suzanne A E Nooij, Paolo Pretto, Daniel Oberfeld, Heiko Hecht, Heinrich H Bülthoff
This study investigated the role of vection (i.e., a visually induced sense of self-motion), optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), and inadvertent head movements in visually induced motion sickness (VIMS), evoked by yaw rotation of the visual surround. These three elements have all been proposed as contributing factors in VIMS, as they can be linked to different motion sickness theories. However, a full understanding of the role of each factor is still lacking because independent manipulation has proven difficult in the past...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376495/postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-predicts-early-conversion-to-multiple-sclerosis-after-clinically-isolated-syndrome
#20
Mario Habek, Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Luka Crnošija, Tereza Gabelić, Barbara Barun, Ivan Adamec
BACKGROUND/AIMS: There have been suggestions that interactions exist between the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the immune system functions in multiple sclerosis (MS). We aimed to evaluate the ANS dysfunction, more specifically postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), as a possible predictor of conversion to MS in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). METHODS: In this observational, prospective, longitudinal study, 84 patients were enrolled (56 females, mean age 32...
April 5, 2017: European Neurology
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