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Jennifer E Posey, Rebecca Martinez, Jeremy E Lankford, James R Lupski, Mohammed T Numan, Ian J Butler
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic intolerance is typically thought to be sporadic and attributed to cerebral autonomic dysfunction. We sought to identify families with inherited autonomic dysfunction manifest as symptomatic orthostatic intolerance to characterize mode of inheritance and clinical features. METHODS: Sixteen families with two or more first- or second-degree relatives with autonomic dysfunction and orthostatic intolerance were enrolled. A clinical diagnosis of autonomic dysfunction defined by symptomatic orthostatic intolerance diagnosed by head-up tilt table testing was confirmed for each proband...
September 24, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
D Sivaramakrishna, Musti J Swamy
N-Acyl-β-alanines (NABAs) are structural homologues of N-acylglycines (NAGs) and N-acyl-γ-aminobutyric acids (NAGABAs), and achiral isomers of N-acylalanines, which are all present in mammalian brain and other tissues and modulate activity of biological receptors with various functions. In the present study, we synthesized and characterized a homologous series of NABAs bearing saturated acyl chains (n=8-20) and investigated their supramolecular organization and thermotropic phase behavior. In differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies, most of the NABAs gave one or two minor transitions before the main chain-melting phase transition in the dry state as well as upon hydration with water, but gave only a single transition when hydrated with buffer (pH7...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
Hiedar Alyami, Ali M Albarrati
OBJECTIVE: This study's objective was to discover whether a difference exists in four postural angles while performing a typing task on a laptop and a desktop computer. METHOD: Twenty healthy participants performed a 5-min typing task on each computer. RESULTS: Statistically significant differences for all angles were found when comparing sitting at the desktop computer with sitting at the laptop. Neck angle (p < .0005), head tilt (p < ...
November 2016: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Nam-Su Chung, Chang-Hoon Jeon, Han-Dong Lee, Suk-Hyeong Won
STUDY DESIGN: This was a radiographic validity and reliability study. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the validity and reliability of measurements made on standing lateral lumbar radiographs, compared with lateral whole-spine radiographs, for evaluating spinopelvic parameters and lumbar lordosis (LL). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: A lateral whole-spine radiograph is the gold standard image for measurement of spinopelvic parameters. However, little evidence is available on the reliability of measurements made on such radiograph...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Dafni Krystallidou, Peter Thompson
Visual input powerfully modulates the dynamics of tactile orientation perception. This study investigated the transfer of the tilt aftereffect (TAE) from vision to somatosensation. In a visual tilt adaptation paradigm, participants were exposed to clockwise or anticlockwise visual tilt, followed by three brief tactile two-point stimuli delivered on their forehead. In a two-alternative forced choice task, participants had to indicate whether the haptic stimulus was tilted to the right or left. Repeated exposure to oriented visual gratings produced a tactile TAE, such that the subsequent tactile stimuli appeared tilted toward the opposite direction...
September 2016: I-Perception
Youngkyo Kwun, Gyule Han, Yoon-Jung Choy, Jong Chul Han, Changwon Kee
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the optic disc characteristics associated with visual field (VF) progression in normal tension glaucoma (NTG) eyes with tilted optic discs. METHODS: Sixty-six eyes of 66 NTG patients with tilted optic disc were included in this cross-sectional study, who were examined by at least 5 Humphrey 30-2 VFs. Glaucomatous VF progression was evaluated using pointwise linear regression. Optic nerve heads were scanned with enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), and evaluated for the focal lamina cribrosa (LC) defects and LC thicknesses...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
Melinda Y Chang, Andrew Shin, Joseph Park, Aaron Nagiel, Robert A Lalane, Steven D Schwartz, Joseph L Demer
PURPOSE: To ascertain deformation of the optic nerve head (ONH) and peripapillary tissues caused by horizontal duction. DESIGN: Prospective, experimental study. METHODS: Optical coherence tomography of the ONH region was performed in 23 eyes of twelve normal volunteers in central gaze and increasing (10, 20, and 30°) adduction and abduction. Main outcome measures were changes from central gaze in the configuration of the ONH and peripapillary tissues in eccentric gazes...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Andrea Marchi, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Murray Esler, Elisabeth Lambert, Mathias Baumert, Alberto Porta
We propose a sympathetic baroreflex (sBR) sequence method for characterizing sBR from spontaneous beat-to-beat fluctuations of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and diastolic arterial pressure (DAP). The method exploits a previously defined MSNA variability quantifying the fluctuations of MSNA burst rate. The method is based on the detection of MSNA and DAP sequences characterized by the contemporaneous DAP increase and MSNA decrease or vice versa. The percentage of sBR sequences (SEQ%sBR) was taken as an indication of the degree of sBR solicitation and the average slope of the regression lines in the (DAP, MSNA) plane was taken as sBR sensitivity (sBRSSEQ) and expressed in bursts(...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Nathalie Behar, Bertrand Petit, Vincent Probst, Frederic Sacher, Gaelle Kervio, Jacques Mansourati, Paul Bru, Alfredo Hernandez, Philippe Mabo
AIM: Modulation of ST-segment elevation (STE) and tachyarrhythmic events by the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been reported in patients with Brugada syndrome (BS). This study examined and compared the autonomic characteristics and STE in symptomatic vs. asymptomatic patients with BS. METHODS AND RESULT: We studied 40 symptomatic and 78 asymptomatic patients (mean age = 46.1 ± 13.7 years; 88 men) who underwent 24 h, 12-lead electrocardiograms, and exercise and a head-up tilt tests...
October 13, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Lucia Becucci, Giovanni Aloisi, Rolando Guidelli
Melittin exhibits an ohmic behavior in a lipid bilayer having a DOPC distal leaflet and interposed between a 2.25nm tetraethyleneoxy chain tethered to a mercury drop and an aqueous solution. This behavior is induced in a pH6.8 buffer solution of 0.8μg/mL melittin by a pretreatment consisting of series of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements at bias potentials varied by 50mV steps over a transmembrane potential range from about +250 to -250mV. This metastable ohmic behavior remains unchanged for hours, even after acidifying the solution to pH3...
October 6, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Joong Seok Kim, Dong Woo Ryu, Ju Hee Oh, Yang Hyun Lee, Sung Jin Park, Kipyung Jeon, Jong Yun Lee, Seong Hee Ho, Jungmin So, Jin Hee Im, Kwang Soo Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Recent studies have shown that several nonmotor symptoms differ between Parkinson's disease (PD) and drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP). However, there have been no reports on cardiovascular autonomic function in DIP, and so this study investigated whether cardiovascular autonomic function differs between PD and DIP patients. METHODS: This study consecutively enrolled 20 DIP patients, 99 drug-naïve PD patients, and 25 age-matched healthy controls who underwent head-up tilt-table testing and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurology
Stefan Mendt, Martina Anna Maggioni, Michael Nordine, Mathias Steinach, Oliver Opatz, Daniel Belavý, Dieter Felsenberg, Jochim Koch, Peng Shang, Hanns-Christian Gunga, Alexander Stahn
Continuous recordings of core body temperature (CBT) are a well-established approach in describing circadian rhythms. Given the discomfort of invasive CBT measurement techniques, the use of skin temperature recordings has been proposed as a surrogate. More recently, we proposed a heat-flux approach (the so-called Double Sensor) for monitoring CBT. Studies investigating the reliability of the heat-flux approach over a 24-hour period, as well as comparisons with skin temperature recordings, are however lacking...
October 11, 2016: Chronobiology International
E Vichayanrat, D A Low, V Iodice, E Stuebner, E M Hagen, C J Mathias
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate monitoring (24-h ABPM) can provide vital information on circadian blood pressure (BP) profiles, which are commonly abnormal in Parkinson's disease with and without autonomic failure (PD + AF and PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Twenty-four-hour ABPM has not been directly compared between these disorders regarding cardiovascular autonomic function. Our aim was to determine the usefulness of 24-h ABPM with diary compared to head-up tilting (HUT) in diagnosing orthostatic hypotension (OH) in these patients...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Panayota Flevari, Dionyssios Leftheriotis, Evangelos Repasos, Dimitrios Katsaras, Andreas Katsimardos, John Lekakis
AIMS: The optimal medical therapy of patients with vasovagal syncope (VVS) remains controversial. Fluoxetine is effective against anxiety and panic disorders, while its use has shown promising results for VVS. Anxiety sensitivity is a personality trait observed in a considerable proportion of patients with VVS, associated with predisposition to anxiety and panic disorders. Our aim was to examine whether fluoxetine exerts beneficial effects regarding VVS prevention in the subset of patients with anxiety sensitivity...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Joshua Chiu, Marlon Pierce, Steve E Braunstein, Philip V Theodosopoulos, Michael W McDermott, Penny K Sneed, Lijun Ma
Sharp dose fall-off is the hallmark of brain radiosurgery for the purpose of delivering high dose radiation to the target while minimizing peripheral dose to regional normal brain tissue. In this study, a technique was developed to enhance the peripheral dose gradient by magnifying the total number of beams focused toward each isocenter through pre-programmed patient head tilting. This technique was tested in clinical settings on a dedicated brain radiosurgical system (GKPFX, Gamma Knife Perfexion, Elekta Oncology) by comparing dosimetry as well as delivery efficiency for 20 radiosurgical cases previously treated with the system...
October 3, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Amirhossein Mafi, Dan Hu, Keng C Chou
We carried out a combined study using surface tension, phase-sensitive frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy, and MD simulations to investigate the industrially-relevant zwitterionic surfactant N-dodecyl-N, N-dimethyl-3-ammonio-1-propanesulfonate (DDAPS) on water surface. The SFG Im(χ(2)) spectra showed that the interaction between DDAPS and water was different from those between biologically-relevant zwitterionic phospholipids and water. While zwitterionic phospholipids were found to be anionic-like and flipped water molecules with their OHs pointing toward the air, DDAPS oriented water molecules with their OHs mostly pointing toward the liquid water...
October 2, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Daniel L Belavý, Ulf Gast, Dieter Felsenberg
PURPOSE: To investigate atrophy in the deep abdominal muscles, spinal extensors and the impact of high-load resistive exercise with and without whole body vibration following 60d of strict bed-rest. METHODS: 24 subjects underwent 60-days of head-down tilt bed-rest and performed either resistive vibration exercise (RVE), resistive exercise only (RE) or no exercise control (2nd Berlin BedRest Study). The thickness of the transversus abdominis, internal oblique and erector spinae muscles and area of the multifidus muscle were measured bilaterally via real-time ultrasound...
September 28, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Gianfranco Piccirillo, Federica Moscucci, Claudia Fiorucci, Claudia Di Iorio, Fabiola Mastropietri, Damiano Magrì
To seek possible differences in short-period temporal RR interval, P-wave and PR interval dispersion and spectral coherence in patients with a head-up tilt test positive for vasovagal syncope with or without prolonged asystole, severe symptoms and at high risk of trauma. We retrospectively reviewed 5 min ECG and blood pressure recordings obtained at baseline, at rest and during head-up tilt in 40 patients diagnosed as having recurrent vasovagal syncope confirmed at a head-up tilt test. We analysed autoregressive spectral power for all the ECG-derived variables, focusing on temporal P-wave and PR interval dispersion indexes as well as their spectral coherence calculated on the same 5 min recordings at rest and during tilt...
September 28, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Mitsuru Yagi, Shinjiro Kaneko, Yoshiyuki Yato, Takashi Asazuma
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. OBJECTIVE: To compare the standing balance and posture between patients with ASD and healthy volunteers (HV). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The effect of adult spinal deformity (ASD) on standing posture and balance has not been fully documented. METHODS: 40 consecutive female patients with ASD (65.4 ± 6.7 years, Cobb angle 48.6 ± 20.2°, C7PL 9.1 ± 6.4 cm, and PI-LL 41...
September 23, 2016: Spine
Artur Pietrucha, Joanna Jędrzejczyk-Spaho, Ewa Konduracka, Irena Bzukała, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Olga Kruszelnicka-Kwiatkowska, Jadwiga Nessler
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of syncope induced by head-up tilt test (HUTT) and the type of positive vasovagal response to the orthostatic stress in a relationship to the estimated phase of menstrual cycle (follicular phase, luteal phase) or menopause. METHODS: We observed a cohort of 500 women at age 13-89 years (median of age 37.5), referred to HUTT. Phase of the menstrual cycle was determined on the basis of the usual length of menstrual cycle and the day of the cycle at the time of the study...
September 26, 2016: Cardiology Journal
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