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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353226/high-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratios-predict-intracranial-atherosclerosis-in-a-healthy-population
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Ki-Woong Nam, Hyung-Min Kwon, Han-Yeong Jeong, Jin-Ho Park, Sang Hyuck Kim, Su-Min Jeong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although atherosclerosis has been shown to be an inflammatory disease, intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS) has not been well addressed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and the presence of ICAS lesions in a generally healthy population. METHODS: A consecutive series of subjects, who voluntarily visited for health check-ups between January 2006 and December 2013, were selected...
January 5, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353032/clinical-assessment-and-brain-findings-in-a-cohort-of-mothers-fetuses-and-infants-infected-with-zika-virus
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Magdalena Sanz Cortes, Ana Maria Rivera, Mayel Yepez, Carolina V Guimaraes, Israel Diaz Yunes, Alexander Zarutskie, Ivan Davila, Anil Shetty, Arun Mahadev, Saray Maria Serrano, Nicolas Castillo, Wesley Lee, Gregory Valentine, Michael Belfort, Guido Parra, Carrie Mohila, Kjersti Aagaard, Miguel Parra
BACKGROUND: Congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection can be detected in both the presence and absence of microcephaly, and manifests as a number of signs and symptoms detected clinically and by neuroimaging. However, to date, qualitative and quantitative measures for the purpose of diagnosis and prognosis are limited. OBJECTIVES: Main objectives of this study conducted on fetuses and infants with confirmed congenital ZIKV infection and detected brain abnormalities are: 1) To assess the prevalence of microcephaly and the frequency of the anomalies including a detailed description based on ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in fetuses and ultrasound, MRI and computed tomography imaging postnatally; 2) To provide quantitative measures of fetal and infant brain findings by MRI using volumetric analyses and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI); 3) To obtain additional information from placental and fetal histopathological assessments and postnatal clinical evaluations...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352978/use-of-multimodality-imaging-and-artificial-intelligence-for-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-early-stages-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Xiaonan Liu, Kewei Chen, Teresa Wu, David Weidman, Fleming Lure, Jing Li
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major neurodegenerative disease and the most common cause of dementia. Currently, no treatment exists to slow down or stop the progression of AD. There is converging belief that disease-modifying treatments should focus on early stages of the disease, that is, the mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and preclinical stages. Making a diagnosis of AD and offering a prognosis (likelihood of converting to AD) at these early stages are challenging tasks but possible with the help of multimodality imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission topography (PET), amyloid-PET, and recently introduced tau-PET, which provides different but complementary information...
January 10, 2018: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352927/self-assembly-and-rheological-behaviors-of-intermacromolecular-complexes-consisting-of-oppositely-charged-fluorinated-guar-gums
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Chen Wang, Liewei Qiu, Tao Wang
We synthesized fluorinated cationic/anionic guar gums (FCGG and FAGG) and characterized these species using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The degree of fluorine substitution of FCGG (0.26%) and FAGG (0.21%) was calculated by elemental analysis. In addition, we explored the self-assembly and rheological behaviors of FCGG-FAGG complexes by viscometry, scanning electron microscopy, light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy, and rheometry. The maximum viscosity and molecular weights were observed with a FAGG:FCGG mass ratio of 7...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352920/biomass-based-magnetic-fluorescent-nanoparticles-one-step-scalable-synthesis-application-as-drug-carriers-and-mechanism-study
#5
Lei Li, Feijun Wang, Ziqiang Shao
A biomass-based magnetic fluorescent nanoparticle (MFNPs) was successively in situ synthesized via a one-step high-gravity approach, which constructed by a magnetic core of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, the fluorescent marker of carbon dots (CDs), and shells of chitosan (CS). The obtained MFNPs had a 10 nm average diameter and narrow particle size distribution, low cytotoxicity, superior fluorescent emission and superparamagnetic properties. The encapsulating and release 5-fluorouracil experiments confirmed that the introduction of CS/CDs effectively improved the drug loading capacity...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352610/neural-representation-of-octave-illusion-in-the-human-cortex-revealed-with-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Keita Tanaka, Hiroki Kurasaki, Shinya Kuriki
The auditory "octave illusion" arises when dichotic tones, presented one octave apart, alternate rapidly between the ears. This study aimed to explore the link between the perception of illusory pitches and brain activity during presentation of dichotic tones. We conducted a behavioral study of how participants perceived binaural dichotic tones of octave illusions and classified them, based on the reported percepts, in an illusion (ILL) group, without an illusion (non-ILL) group, and others. We recorded brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging and analyzed the activation due to dichotic illusion tones...
January 8, 2018: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352524/effects-of-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behavior-on-brain-response-to-high-calorie-food-cues-in-young-adults
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Shan Luo, Sydney G O'Connor, Britni R Belcher, Kathleen A Page
OBJECTIVE: Physical activity (PA) promotes weight maintenance, potentially because of its beneficial effects on feeding behavior regulation via diminished food cue reactivity within brain reward regions. This study examined how levels of PA and sedentary behavior (SB) relate to brain responses to food cues. METHODS: Participants (22 lean, 18 with obesity) completed three to five PA recalls over 2 months. Average minutes per day of moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) and SB were calculated...
January 19, 2018: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352498/autofocusing-based-phase-correction
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Alexander Loktyushin, Philipp Ehses, Bernhard Schölkopf, Klaus Scheffler
PURPOSE: Phase artifacts due to B0 inhomogeneity can severely degrade the quality of MR images. The artifacts are particularly prominent in long-TE scans and usually appear as ghosting and blur. We propose a retrospective phase correction method based on autofocusing. The proposed method uses raw data acquired with standard imaging sequences, and does not rely on navigators or external measures of field inhomogeneity. METHODS: We formulate and solve the optimization problem, where we seek the latent phase offsets that are associated with an optimal value of the image quality measure that is evaluated in the spatial domain...
January 19, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352379/magnetic-resonance-with-diffusion-weighted-imaging-improves-assessment-of-focal-liver-lesions-in-patients-with-potentially-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-on-ct
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Sun Kyung Jeon, Jeong Min Lee, Ijin Joo, Dong Ho Lee, Su Joa Ahn, Hyunsik Woo, Myoung Seok Lee, Jin-Young Jang, Joon Koo Han
PURPOSE: To investigate added value of MRI to preoperative staging MDCT for evaluation of focal liver lesions (FLLs) in potentially resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In patients with potentially resectable PDACs after staging MDCT (n=167), characteristics of FLLs were scored as benign, indeterminate or metastases on an MDCT set and combined MDCT and MRI set by two readers, independently. Size of hepatic lesions was measured and detection rate of hepatic metastasis unsuspected by MDCT and diagnostic yield of MRI for FLLs were assessed...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352215/magnetically-sensitive-nanodiamond-doped-tellurite-glass-fibers
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Yinlan Ruan, David A Simpson, Jan Jeske, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Desmond W M Lau, Hong Ji, Brett C Johnson, Takeshi Ohshima, Shahraam Afshar V, Lloyd Hollenberg, Andrew D Greentree, Tanya M Monro, Brant C Gibson
Traditional optical fibers are insensitive to magnetic fields, however many applications would benefit from fiber-based magnetometry devices. In this work, we demonstrate a magnetically sensitive optical fiber by doping nanodiamonds containing nitrogen vacancy centers into tellurite glass fibers. The fabrication process provides a robust and isolated sensing platform as the magnetic sensors are fixed in the tellurite glass matrix. Using optically detected magnetic resonance from the doped nanodiamonds, we demonstrate detection of local magnetic fields via side excitation and longitudinal collection...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352176/renal-scattered-tubular-like-cells-confer-protective-effects-in-the-stenotic-murine-kidney-mediated-by-release-of-extracellular-vesicles
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Xiangyu Zou, Soon Hyo Kwon, Kai Jiang, Christopher M Ferguson, Amrutesh S Puranik, Xiangyang Zhu, Lilach O Lerman
To test the hypothesis that intrinsic renal scattered tubular cells (STC-like cells) contribute to repairing injured tubular epithelial cells (TEC) by releasing extracellular vesicle (EV). EV released from primary cultured pig STC-like cells were confirmed by electron microscopy. Antimycin-A (AMA)-induced injured proximal TEC (PK1 cells) were co-cultured with STC-like cells, STC-like cells-derived EV, or EV-free conditioned-medium for 3 days. Cellular injury, oxidative stress and mitochondrial function were assessed...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352154/resting-state-brain-networks-in-the-prairie-vole
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Juan J Ortiz, Wendy Portillo, Raul G Paredes, Larry J Young, Sarael Alcauter
Resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) has shown the hierarchical organization of the human brain into large-scale complex networks, referred as resting state networks. This technique has turned into a promising translational research tool after the finding of similar resting state networks in non-human primates, rodents and other animal models of great value for neuroscience. Here, we demonstrate and characterize the presence of resting states networks in Microtus ochrogaster, the prairie vole, an extraordinary animal model to study complex human-like social behavior, with potential implications for the research of normal social development, addiction and neuropsychiatric disorders...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351931/stent-assisted-coil-embolization-on-down-the-barrel-view-with-spring-shaped-microcatheter-in-patient-with-m1-ultrawide-necked-circumferential-aneurysm
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Hyo Sung Kwak, Jung Soo Park, Eun Jeong Koh
Herein, we describe a technique for stent-assisted coil embolization with a spring-shaped microcatheter in a patient with an M1 ultrawide-necked circumferential aneurysm in the middle cerebral artery (MCA). A 49-year-old man was referred for treatment of an incidentally detected M1 large-circumference aneurysm on magnetic resonance angiography. Subsequent digital subtraction angiography revealed an 18.2×16.5 mm ultrawide-necked circumferential aneurysm on the distal M1 portion of the left MCA, and we planned stent-assisted coil embolization using a spring-shaped microcatheter...
January 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351872/low-cortical-iron-and-high-entorhinal-cortex-volume-promote-cognitive-functioning-in-the-oldest-old
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Jiri M G van Bergen, Xu Li, Frances C Quevenco, Anton F Gietl, Valerie Treyer, Sandra E Leh, Rafael Meyer, Alfred Buck, Philipp A Kaufmann, Roger M Nitsch, Peter C M van Zijl, Christoph Hock, Paul G Unschuld
The aging brain is characterized by an increased presence of neurodegenerative and vascular pathologies. However, there is substantial variation regarding the relationship between an individual's pathological burden and resulting cognitive impairment. To identify correlates of preserved cognitive functioning at highest age, the relationship between β-amyloid plaque load, presence of small vessel cerebrovascular disease (SVCD), iron-burden, and brain atrophy was investigated. Eighty cognitively unimpaired participants (44 oldest-old, aged 85-96 years; 36 younger-old, aged 55-80 years) were scanned by integrated positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging for assessing beta regional amyloid plaque load (18F-flutemetamol), white matter hyperintensities as an indicator of SVCD (fluid-attenuated inversion recovery-magnetic resonance imaging), and iron load (quantitative susceptibility mapping)...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351787/scl20a2-mutation-presenting-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-case-report
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Xiaoyu Zhang, Gaoting Ma, Zhangning Zhao, Meijia Zhu
BACKGROUND: Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC) is a rare disorder characterized by distinctive bilateral brain calcification and variable clinical presentations. However, cerebrovascular attack was rarely reported in PFBC patients. We here reported a SLC20A2 mutation patient presenting with acute ischemic stroke. CASE PRESENTATION: A 56 years old man was transferred to our hospital because of 6 days of melena and 3 days of somnolence, agitation and mood changes...
January 19, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351692/homonymous-hemianopia-in-children-and-adolescents-an-mri-study
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Manja Haaga, Susanne Trauzettel-Klosinski, Anna Krumm, Stephan Küster, Iliya Ivanov, Angelika Cordey, Claudia Gehrlich, Martin Staudt
AIM:  Diagnosing homonymous hemianopia (HH) in children can be difficult due to inability to comply with perimetry. Therefore, HH can often only be suspected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showing lesions to the retrochiasmatic visual pathways. The aim of our retrospective observational cross-sectional study was to improve the radiologic detection of HH. METHODS:  MRIs of 21 subjects (5-17 years old) with ophthalmologically confirmed HH (14 complete, 7 incomplete hemianopias) were analyzed...
January 19, 2018: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351690/the-transcondylar-approach-to-access-symptomatic-arachnoid-cysts-of-the-hypoglossal-canal
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Jan-Karl Burkhardt, Christina Bal, Marian Christoph Neidert, Oliver Bozinov
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: A direct transcondylar approach to treat symptomatic arachnoid cysts of the hypoglossal canal has not yet been described in the literature. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Here, we present a skull base approach in 2 female patients (68 and 38 yr) with progressive dysphagia, dysarthria, half-sided weakness, and atrophy of the tongue due to an arachnoid cyst of the hypoglossal canal. After patient informed consent, both patients were successfully operated on without complications using a transcondylar approach, and their symptoms improved 3 mo after surgery; in both patients, resection of the cyst was confirmed using magnetic resonance imaging...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351686/basilar-artery-ectasia-causing-trigeminal-neuralgia-an-evolved-technique-of-transpositional-suture-pexy
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Harminder Singh, Harley Brito da Silva, Mehdi Zeinalizadeh, Turki Elarjani, David Straus, Laligam N Sekhar
BACKGROUND: Microvascular decompression for patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) is widely accepted as one of the modalities of treatment. The standard approach has been retrosigmoid suboccipital craniotomy with placement of a Teflon pledget to cushion the trigeminal nerve from the offending artery, or cauterize and divide the offending vein(s). However, in cases of severe compression caused by a large artery, the standard decompression technique may not be effective. OBJECTIVE: To describe a unique technique of vasculopexy of the ectatic basilar artery to the tentorium in a patient with TGN attributed to a severely ectatic and tortuous basilar artery...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351481/regulation-of-glucose-metabolism-in-non-diabetic-metabolically-obese-normal-weight-asians
#19
Cherlyn Ding, Zhiling Chan, Yu Chung Chooi, John Choo, Suresh Anand Sadananthan, Amanda Chang, S Sasikala, Navin Michael, S Sendhil Velan, Faidon Magkos
Type 2 diabetes in Asia occurs largely in the absence of obesity. The metabolically-obese normal-weight (MONW) phenotype refers to lean subjects with metabolic dysfunction that is typically observed in people with obesity, and is associated with increased risk for diabetes. Previous studies evaluated MONW subjects who had greater BMI or total body fat than respective control groups, making interpretation of the results difficult. We evaluated insulin sensitivity (hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp), insulin secretion (mixed meal with oral minimal modeling), intra-abdominal, muscle, and liver fat contents (magnetic resonance), and fasting and postprandial glucose and insulin concentrations in 18 MONW subjects and 18 metabolically-healthy controls matched for age (43{plus minus}3 and 40{plus minus}3 y; P=0...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351431/feasibility-of-phase-contrast-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-measuring-blood-flow-in-the-sheep-fetus
#20
An Qi Duan, Jack R T Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Mitchell C Lock, Meng Yuan Zhu, Lucy V Flynn, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Christopher K Macgowan, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Janna L Morrison, Mike Seed
Phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) is the gold-standard non-invasive technique for measuring vessel blood flow and has previously been applied in the human fetal circulation. We aimed to assess the feasibility of using PC-MRI to define the distribution of the fetal circulation in sheep. Fetuses were catheterized at 119-120 days gestation (term, 150 days) and underwent MRI at 123 days gestation under isoflurane anesthesia, ventilated at a FiO2 of 1.0. PC-MRI was performed using a fetal arterial blood pressure catheter signal for cardiac triggering...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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