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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645077/increased-blood-bdnf-in-healthy-individuals-with-a-family-history-of-depression
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Ulla Knorr, Mia H Greisen Søndergaard, Pernille Koefoed, Anders Jørgensen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Maj Vinberg, Lars Vedel Kessing
The brain-derive neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may play an important role in the course of depression. We aimed to study the associations between peripheral whole blood BDNF levels in healthy individuals with and without a family history of depression. BDNF levels were significantly increased in healthy individuals with (n = 76), compared with healthy individuals without (n = 39) a family history of depression and persisted after adjustment for age and gender differences. Higher BDNF levels were associated with increasing age and seasonality...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643814/-unresponsive-wakefulness-syndrome-clinical-predictors-of-late-recovery
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Gianfranco Lamberti, Elena Antoniono, Francesca Gozzerino, Donatella Giraudo
Patients affected by the outcomes of serious traumatic and/or non-traumatic brain injury may show progressive recovery characterized by a broad spectrum of clinical conditions, which are often not completely different, but of differing seriousness. The unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS) and minimally conscious state (MCS) are syndromes that may characterize progression from the coma state and may be temporary clinical conditions, or in some cases, the final outcome of acute brain injury. The eventual recovery of consciousness is a dynamic process, in constant progress following the acute event...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640243/in-depth-investigations-of-adolescents-and-adults-with-holoprosencephaly-identify-unique-characteristics
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Karin Weiss, Paul Kruszka, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Yonit A Addissie, Donald W Hadley, Casey K Hadsall, Bethany Stokes, Ping Hu, Erich Roessler, Beth Solomon, Edythe Wiggs, Audrey Thurm, Robert B Hufnagel, Wadih M Zein, Jin S Hahn, Elaine Stashinko, Eric Levey, Debbie Baldwin, Nancy J Clegg, Mauricio R Delgado, Maximilian Muenke
PurposeWith improved medical care, some individuals with holoprosencephaly (HPE) are surviving into adulthood. We investigated the clinical manifestations of adolescents and adults with HPE and explored the underlying molecular causes.MethodsParticipants included 20 subjects 15 years of age and older. Clinical assessments included dysmorphology exams, cognitive testing, swallowing studies, ophthalmic examination, and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Genetic testing included chromosomal microarray, Sanger sequencing for SHH, ZIC2, SIX3, and TGIF, and whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 10 trios...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638719/abnormal-amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuations-and-functional-connectivity-of-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-with-leukoaraiosis
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Rongchuan Cheng, Honglin Qi, Yong Liu, Shifu Zhao, Chuanming Li, Chen Liu, Jian Zheng
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to investigate the cerebral function deficits in patients with leukoaraiosis (LA) and the correlation with white matter hyperintensity (WMH) using functional MRI (fMRI) technology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight patients with LA and 30 volunteers were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent structural MRI and resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) scanning. The amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) of rs-fMRI signals for the two groups was compared using two-sample t tests...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638291/pain-and-psychology-a-reciprocal-relationship
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REVIEW
Nalini Vadivelu, Alice M Kai, Gopal Kodumudi, Karine Babayan, Manuel Fontes, Matthew M Burg
BACKGROUND: Depression typically affects 5% of the general population, but among patients with chronic pain, 30%-45% experience depression. Studies have shown that the relationship between depression and pain is bidirectional: depression is a positive predictor of the development of chronic pain, and chronic pain increases the risk of developing depression. METHODS: This literature review focuses on the relationship between psychology and pain, covering studies that have investigated the association between depression, pain sensitivity, opioid abuse, and gender differences in pain perception...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638200/brain-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-concentration-of-the-prefrontal-lobe-in-unmedicated-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-research-of-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Zongfeng Zhang, Qing Fan, Yanle Bai, Zhen Wang, Haiyin Zhang, Zeping Xiao
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a large number of neuroimaging studies found that the Cortico-Striato- Thalamo-Cortical circuit (CSTC), including the prefrontal lobe, a significant part of CSTC, has disturbance metabolically in patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). AIM: Explore the correlation between the neuro-metabolic features and clinical characteristics of OCD patients using magnetic resonance spectroscopy technology. METHODS: 88 patients with OCD who were not received medication and outpatient treatment for 8 weeks and 76 health controls were enrolled, there was no significant difference in gender, age or education level between the two groups...
October 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637551/outcomes-of-geriatric-trauma-patients-on-preinjury-anticoagulation-a-multicenter-study
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Darwin Ang, Stan Kurek, Mark McKenney, Scott Norwood, Brian Kimbrell, Erik Barquist, Huazhi Liu, Annette O'Dell, Michele Ziglar, James Hurst
Outpatient anticoagulation in the geriatric trauma patient is a challenging clinical problem. The aim of this study is to determine clinical outcomes associated with class of preinjury anticoagulants (PA) used by this population. This is a multicenter retrospective cohort study among four Level II trauma centers. A total of 1642 patients were evaluated; 684 patients were on anticoagulation and 958 patients were not. Patients on PA were compared with those who were not. Drug classes were divided into thromboxane A2 inhibitors, vitamin K factor-dependent inhibitors, antithrombin III activation, platelet P2Y12 inhibitors, and thrombin inhibitors...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633141/interaction-of-soluble-cxc-ligand-16-and-cardiac-injury-markers-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Wenjin Liu, Lulu Wang, Yongyue Wei, Xiurong Li, Chaoqing Gao, Jianmei Zhou, Liang Wang, Zhuxing Sun, Hong Chu, Youwei Bai, Junwei Yang
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that there is a pathogenic role for CXC ligand 16 (CXCL16) in cardiovascular diseases. Little is known about circulating CXCL16 in patients with kidney dysfunction. We explored the relationships of plasma CXCL16 with cardiac injury markers in a group of dialysis patients. METHODS: Plasma CXCL16 and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in 366 patients who were on maintenance hemodialysis. Cardiac injury was evaluated via measurements of the circulating B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT proBNP), Troponin I (TnI), and Troponin T (TnT)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631276/comparison-of-two-different-analysis-approaches-for-dti-free-water-corrected-and-uncorrected-maps-in-the-study-of-white-matter-microstructural-integrity-in-individuals-with-depression
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Maurizio Bergamino, Rayus Kuplicki, Teresa V Victor, Yoon-Hee Cha, Martin P Paulus
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has often been used to examine white matter (WM) tract abnormalities in depressed subjects, but these studies have yielded inconsistent results, probably, due to gender composition or small sample size. In this study, we applied different analysis pipelines to a relatively large sample of individuals with depression to determine whether previous findings in depression can be replicated with these pipelines. We used a "standard" DTI algorithm and maps computed through a free-water (FW) corrected DTI...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629404/white-matter-lesions-characterise-brain-involvement-in-moderate-to-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-but-cerebral-atrophy-does-not
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Catherine A Spilling, Paul W Jones, James W Dodd, Thomas R Barrick
BACKGROUND: Brain pathology is relatively unexplored in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study is a comprehensive investigation of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes and how these relate to disease severity and cognitive function. METHODS: T1-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images were acquired for 31 stable COPD patients (FEV1 52.1% pred., PaO2 10.1 kPa) and 24 age, gender-matched controls. T1-weighted images were segmented into GM, WM and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tissue classes using a semi-automated procedure optimised for use with this cohort...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627295/socialization-of-prosocial-behavior-gender-differences-in-the-mediating-role-of-child-brain-volume
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Rianne Kok, Peter Prinzie, Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg, Frank C Verhulst, Tonya White, Henning Tiemeier, Marinus H van IJzendoorn
Evidence has been accumulating for the impact of normal variation in caregiving quality on brain morphology in children, but the question remains whether differences in brain volume related to early caregiving translate to behavioral implications. In this longitudinal population-based study (N = 162), moderated mediation was tested for the relation between parental sensitivity and child prosocial behavior via brain volume, in boys and girls. Both maternal and paternal sensitivity were repeatedly observed between 1 and 4 years of age...
June 18, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625621/patterns-of-initial-and-intracranial-failure-in-metastatic-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-treated-with-erlotinib
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Suchit H Patel, Andreas Rimner, Amanda Foster, Zhigang Zhang, Kaitlin M Woo, Helena A Yu, Gregory J Riely, Abraham J Wu
OBJECTIVES: Patients with metastatic EGFR-mutant (mEGFRmt) NSCLC have favorable survival when treated with erlotinib. We hypothesized that treatment failure in most patients is limited to initial sites of disease, in which case incorporating local therapy such as radiation might further delay progression. We therefore analyzed patterns and predictors of failure in a large cohort of such patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 189 patients treated with erlotinib for mEGFRmt NSCLC...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622477/an-examination-of-factors-affecting-the-length-of-stay-in-a-palliative-care-center
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Metin Dincer, Kadriye Kahveci, Cihan Doger
BACKGROUND: With the increase in elderly population, life-threatening chronic diseases are increasing, simultaneously increasing the need for palliative care centers (PCCs). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the factors affecting the length of stay (LOS) and discharge of patients from a PCC. METHODS: A retrospective scan was made of the records of patients followed up in the PCC between January 2013 and March 2016. A record was made of patient age, gender, diagnosis, conditions/comorbidities, Glasgow Coma Scale, Karnofsky Performance Scale, LOS, prognosis (exitus or surviving), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), tracheostomy, mechanical ventilator, nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN] or enteral nutrition), and the results of cultures taken during stay in PCCs (blood, tracheal aspirate, urine, rectal swab, wound)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621693/abnormalities-of-cortical-neural-synchronization-mechanisms-in-subjects-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-due-to-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-diseases-an-eeg-study
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Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Roberta Lizio, Giuseppe Noce, Susanna Cordone, Susanna Lopez, Andrea Soricelli, Raffaele Ferri, Maria Teresa Pascarelli, Flavio Nobili, Dario Arnaldi, Francesco Famà, Dag Aarsland, Francesco Orzi, Carla Buttinelli, Franco Giubilei, Marco Onofrj, Fabrizio Stocchi, Paola Stirpe, Peter Fuhr, Ute Gschwandtner, Gerhard Ransmayr, Georg Caravias, Heinrich Garn, Fabiola Sorpresi, Michela Pievani, Fabrizia D'Antonio, Carlo De Lena, Bahar Güntekin, Lutfu Hanoğlu, Erol Başar, Görsev Yener, Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş, Antonio Ivano Triggiani, Raffaella Franciotti, Giovanni B Frisoni, Laura Bonanni, Maria Francesca De Pandis
The aim of this retrospective and exploratory study was that the cortical sources of resting state eyes-closed electroencephalographic (rsEEG) rhythms might reveal different abnormalities in cortical neural synchronization in groups of patients with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease (ADMCI) and Parkinson's disease (PDMCI) as compared to healthy subjects. Clinical and rsEEG data of 75 ADMCI, 75 PDMCI, and 75 cognitively normal elderly (Nold) subjects were available in an international archive...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618284/differences-in-biomarkers-of-crack-cocaine-adolescent-users-before-after-abstinence
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Thiago Gatti Pianca, Ronaldo Lopes Rosa, Keila Maria Mendes Ceresér, Bianca Wollenhaupt de Aguiar, Rafaela Carvalho de Abrahão, Patrícia Mafra Lazzari, Flávio Kapczinski, Flávio Pechansky, Luis Augusto Rohde, Cláudia Maciel Szobot
AIMS: To measure the variation in Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances (TBARS) and interleukin (IL) levels in crack-cocaine dependent adolescents after 21days of abstinence, comparing to levels found in a group of healthy controls. DESIGN: Cross-sectional nested on a short follow-up study. SETTING: Two inpatient treatment units for adolescents, and a low-income neighborhood. PARTICIPANTS: 90 adolescents, of both genders, with diagnosis of crack cocaine dependence, and 81 healthy adolescents...
June 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617520/abnormal-spontaneous-brain-activity-in-patients-with-anisometropic-amblyopia-using-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Angcang Tang, Taolin Chen, Junran Zhang, Qiyong Gong, Longqian Liu
PURPOSE: To explore the abnormality of spontaneous activity in patients with anisometropic amblyopia under resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (Rs-fMRI). METHODS: Twenty-four participants were split into two groups. The anisometropic amblyopia group had 10 patients, all of whom had anisometropic amblyopia of the right eye, and the control group had 14 healthy subjects. All participants underwent Rs-fMRI scanning. Measurement of amplitude of low frequency fluctuations of the brain, which is a measure of the amplitudes of spontaneous brain activity, was used to investigate brain changes between the anisometropic amblyopia and control groups...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615151/parkinson-s-disease-patient-preference-and-experience-with-various-methods-of-dbs-lead-placement
#17
Sara C LaHue, Jill L Ostrem, Nicholas B Galifianakis, Marta San Luciano, Nathan Ziman, Sarah Wang, Caroline A Racine, Philip A Starr, Paul S Larson, Maya Katz
INTRODUCTION: Physiology-guided deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery requires patients to be awake during a portion of the procedure, which may be poorly tolerated. Interventional MRI-guided (iMRI) DBS surgery was developed to use real-time image guidance, obviating the need for patients to be awake during lead placement. METHODS: All English-speaking adults with PD who underwent iMRI DBS between 2010 and 2014 at our Center were invited to participate. Subjects completed a structured interview that explored perioperative preferences and experiences...
April 17, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612613/-recent-overview-of-kidney-cancer-diagnostics-and-treatment
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J Marenčák, M Ondrušová, D Ondruš
The incidence of kidney cancer has increased in the majority of countries worldwide, and this disease has relatively high lethality. For many years, the Slovak Republic has been among the countries with the highest kidney cancer incidence, in particular in 2012 (according to global estimated values) in both genders, although mainly in females. In the last few years, the Czech Republic has had the highest incidence of kidney cancer worldwide. The use of imaging techniques such as ultrasound and computerized tomography has increased the detection of asymptomatic renal cell cancer...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610543/does-diathermy-smoke-contaminate-processed-salvaged-blood-in-cardiac-surgery
#19
Katherine R Hulme, Jon van den Burg
INTRODUCTION: A cell salvage device is used in cardiac surgery with the aim of reducing allogeneic blood transfusion. Suction of blood from the operating field used for the device is often accompanied by diathermy smoke. There is limited published research to know if this blood is then contaminated with clinically significant levels of harmful chemicals from this smoke. Postoperative cardiac surgery patients are already physiologically vulnerable, making the optimization of salvaged blood worth considering...
June 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610460/vitamin-d-levels-in-newborns-and-association-with-neonatal-hypocalcemia
#20
Büşra Yılmaz, Canan Aygün, Erhan Çetinoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D has many important functions in our body. Especially in intrauterine and early infancy periods, Vitamin D plays a major role in bone development, growth, and the maturation of tissues such as lung and brain. Fetus is dependent on the mother in terms of Vitamin D and maternal Vitamin D deficiency results in a Vitamin D deficient newborn. The purpose of this study was to determine the levels of Vitamin D in newborns and to investigate the association between Vitamin D status of the baby and neonatal hypocalcemia...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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