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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549335/microstructural-alterations-of-white-matter-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Jinnan Gong, Xuebin Chang, Sisi Jiang, Benjamin Klugah-Brown, Song Tan, Dezhong Yao, Cheng Luo
Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a common type of idiopathic generalized epilepsy that is characterized by myoclonic jerks of the upper limbs and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Frontal cognitive dysfunctions and abnormal coupling of the thalamocortical system have been found in neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies. This study intended to explore white matter (WM) measurement changes in JME using MRI. Twenty-six patients with JME and 25 healthy controls (HC) were recruited for the acquisition of diffusion MRI and structural MRI data...
April 4, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543437/the-adenoid-its-history-and-a-cautionary-tale
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Robert J Ruben
The existence of the adenoid first appears to have been noted by Conrad Victor Schneider in 1661. James Yearsley reported in 1842 one case in which he improved hearing by removal of a mucus membrane from behind the uvula, which indicates some appreciation of a relationship of the nasopharynx to ear disease. Hans Wilhelm Meyer, in 1868, was the first to demonstrate the relationship of the adenoid to ear disease and to develop an effective, although somewhat difficult, surgical operation to remove the adenoid...
June 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541578/disrupted-development-and-integrity-of-frontal-white-matter-in-patients-treated-for-pediatric-medulloblastoma
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John O Glass, Robert J Ogg, Jung W Hyun, Julie H Harreld, Jane E Schreiber, Yimei Li, Amar J Gajjar, Wilburn E Reddick
Background.: Treatment of pediatric medulloblastoma is associated with known neurocognitive deficits that we hypothesize are caused by microstructural damage to frontal white matter (WM). Methods.: Longitudinal MRI examinations were collected from baseline (after surgery but before therapy) to 36 months in 146 patients and at 3 time points in 72 controls. Regional analyses of frontal WM volume and diffusion tensor imaging metrics were performed and verified with tract-based spatial statistics...
May 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538520/radiation-induced-cerebellar-cerebral-functional-connectivity-alterations-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Qiongmin Ma, Ling-Li Zeng, Jian Qin, Zhiguo Luo, Jianpo Su, Donglin Wu, Shijun Qiu, Dewen Hu
The current study aimed to investigate the altered cerebellar-cerebral functional connectivity (FC) induced by radiotherapy to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. Twenty-four NPC patients without treatment, and 35 NPC patients receiving radiotherapy underwent functional MRI scanning. Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA) was performed to evaluate the cognitive status of all participants. FC between 10 predefined cerebellar seeds, which were demonstrated to be involved in different brain functional networks, and all brain voxels was obtained for each participant...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536205/severe-retinopathy-of-prematurity-predicts-delayed-white-matter-maturation-and-poorer-neurodevelopment
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Torin J A Glass, Vann Chau, Jane Gardiner, Justin Foong, Jillian Vinall, Jill G Zwicker, Ruth E Grunau, Anne Synnes, Kenneth J Poskitt, Steven P Miller
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is associated with (1) abnormal white matter maturation and (2) neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 months' corrected age (CA) compared with neonates without severe ROP. DESIGN: We conducted a prospective longitudinal cohort of extremely preterm neonates born 24-28 weeks' gestational age recruited between 2006 and 2013 with brain MRIs obtained both early in life and at term-equivalent age. Severe ROP was defined as ROP treated with retinal laser photocoagulation...
May 23, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529753/assessment-of-xerostomia-and-its-impact-on-quality-of-life-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-undergoing-radiation-therapy
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Pinelopi-Theopisti Memtsa, Maria Tolia, Ioannis Tzitzikas, John Bizakis, Kyriaki Pistevou-Gombaki, Martha Charalambidou, Chrysoula Iliopoulou, George Kyrgias
Xerostomia in head and neck (H&N) cancer patients significantly affects their quality of life (QoL). The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations among QoL, xerostomia and quantity of saliva in a sample of H&N cancer patients who had received conventional radiotherapy (RT). A total of 60 H&N adult patients were enrolled in this prospective study. The patients completed the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30), the Quality of Life Questionnaire Head and Neck Module (QLQ-H&N35) and the Greek version of the XQ questionnaire at 4 timepoints: At the beginning of RT, at the end of RT, 6 months after RT completion and 1 year after RT completion...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529513/ionizing-radiation-induced-immune-and-inflammatory-reactions-in-the-brain
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REVIEW
Katalin Lumniczky, Tünde Szatmári, Géza Sáfrány
Radiation-induced late brain injury consisting of vascular abnormalities, demyelination, white matter necrosis, and cognitive impairment has been described in patients subjected to cranial radiotherapy for brain tumors. Accumulating evidence suggests that various degrees of cognitive deficit can develop after much lower doses of ionizing radiation, as well. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying these alterations are not elucidated so far. A permanent deficit in neurogenesis, chronic microvascular alterations, and blood-brain barrier dysfunctionality are considered among the main causative factors...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508545/comparison-of-joint-modeling-and-landmarking-for-dynamic-prediction-under-an-illness-death-model
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Krithika Suresh, Jeremy M G Taylor, Daniel E Spratt, Stephanie Daignault, Alexander Tsodikov
Dynamic prediction incorporates time-dependent marker information accrued during follow-up to improve personalized survival prediction probabilities. At any follow-up, or "landmark", time, the residual time distribution for an individual, conditional on their updated marker values, can be used to produce a dynamic prediction. To satisfy a consistency condition that links dynamic predictions at different time points, the residual time distribution must follow from a prediction function that models the joint distribution of the marker process and time to failure, such as a joint model...
May 16, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504422/effects-of-mobile-phones-on-children-s-and-adolescents-health-a-commentary
#9
Lennart Hardell
The use of digital technology has grown rapidly during the last couple of decades. During use, mobile phones and cordless phones emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation. No previous generation has been exposed during childhood and adolescence to this kind of radiation. The brain is the main target organ for RF emissions from the handheld wireless phone. An evaluation of the scientific evidence on the brain tumor risk was made in May 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer at World Health Organization...
May 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504324/electromagnetic-fields-pulsed-radiofrequency-radiation-and-epigenetics-how-wireless-technologies-may-affect-childhood-development
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Cindy Sage, Ernesto Burgio
Mobile phones and other wireless devices that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radiofrequency radiation (RFR) are widely documented to cause potentially harmful health impacts that can be detrimental to young people. New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes due to exposure to wireless technologies. Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors...
May 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495601/structural-connectivity-subserving-verbal-fluency-revealed-by-lesion-behavior-mapping-in-stroke-patients
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Mingyang Li, Yumei Zhang, Luping Song, Ruiwang Huang, Junhua Ding, Yuxing Fang, Yangwen Xu, Zaizhu Han
Tests of verbal fluency have been widely used to assess the cognitive functioning of persons, and are typically classified into two categories (semantic and phonological fluency). While widely-distributed divergent and convergent brain regions have been found to be involved in semantic and phonological fluency, the anatomical connectivity underlying the fluency is not well understood. The present study aims to construct a comprehensive white-matter network associated with semantic and phonological fluency by investigating the relationship between the integrity of 22 major tracts in the whole brain and semantic fluency (measured by 3 cues) and phonological fluency (measured by 2 cues) in a group of 51 stroke patients...
May 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486817/altered-network-topology-in-patients-with-primary-brain-tumors-after-fractionated-radiotherapy
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Naeim Bahrami, Tyler M Seibert, Roshan Karunamuni, Hauke Bartsch, AnithaPriya Krishna, Nikdokht Farid, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth, Carrie R McDonald
Radiation therapy (RT) is a critical treatment modality for patients with brain tumors, though it can cause adverse effects. Recent data suggests that brain RT is associated with dose-dependent cortical atrophy which could disrupt neocortical networks. This study examines whether brain RT affects structural network properties in brain tumor patients. We applied graph theory to MRI-derived cortical thickness estimates of 54 brain tumor patients before and after RT. Cortical surfaces were parcellated into 68 regions and correlation matrices were created for patients pre- and post-RT...
May 9, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478725/cognitive-function-following-head-ct-in-childhood-a-randomized-controlled-follow-up-trial
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Elina Salonen, Håkan Nyman, Isabelle Kizling, Jean-Luc Af Geijerstam, Olof Flodmark, Peter Aspelin, Magnus Kaijser
Background The question has been raised whether low dose radiation toward the brain in childhood can affect cognitive functions. Purpose To examine if a head computed tomography (CT) examination in childhood affect later cognitive functions. Material and Methods A total of 147 participants (67 girls/women, 80 boys/men) from a previous randomized controlled trial on management strategies after mild head injury (head CT examination or in-hospital observation) were followed up. Participants were aged 6-16 years (mean age = 11...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457881/vulnerability-of-white-matter-tracts-and-cognition-to-the-sod2-polymorphism-a-preliminary-study-of-antioxidant-defense-genes-in-brain-aging
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Lauren E Salminen, Peter R Schofield, Kerrie D Pierce, Steven E Bruce, Michael G Griffin, David F Tate, Ryan P Cabeen, David H Laidlaw, Thomas E Conturo, Jacob D Bolzenius, Robert H Paul
Oxidative stress is a key mechanism of the aging process that can cause damage to brain white matter and cognitive functions. Polymorphisms in the superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) and catalase (CAT) genes have been associated with abnormalities in antioxidant enzyme activity in the aging brain, suggesting a risk for enhanced oxidative damage to white matter and cognition among older individuals with these genetic variants. The present study compared differences in white matter microstructure and cognition among 96 older adults with and without genetic risk factors of SOD2 (rs4880) and CAT (rs1001179)...
April 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456589/management-of-elderly-patients-with-locoregionally-confined-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Sandro V Porceddu, Robert I Haddad
Head and neck cancer in elderly patients represents a major health burden because its management provides unique and complex challenges for multidisciplinary teams, such as reduced treatment tolerance, multiple comorbidities, and altered pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Despite the prominent challenges involved, high-level evidence for the management of this group of patients is scarce. Substantial advances in treatment, such as robotic surgery, dynamic intensity-modulated radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and de-escalation trials, might allow for improved treatment tolerance in this patient population...
April 26, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455540/a-prospective-study-of-corpus-callosum-regional-volumes-and-neurocognitive-outcomes-following-cranial-radiation-for-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Arif Rashid, Ashwin N Ram, Wendy R Kates, Kristin J Redmond, Moody Wharam, E Mark Mahone, Alena Horska, Stephanie Terezakis
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S): Cranial radiation therapy (CRT) may disrupt the corpus callosum (CC), which plays an important role in basic motor and cognitive functions. The aim of this prospective longitudinal study was to assess changes in CC mid-sagittal areas, CC volumes, and performance on neuropsychological (NP) tests related to the CC in children following CRT. MATERIALS/METHODS: Twelve pediatric patients were treated with CRT for primary brain malignancies. Thirteen age-matched healthy volunteers served as controls...
April 28, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454069/cns-bioavailability-and-radiation-protection-of-normal-hippocampal-neurogenesis-by-a-lipophilic-mn-porphyrin-based-superoxide-dismutase-mimic-mntnbuoe-2-pyp-5
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David Leu, Ivan Spasojevic, Huy Nguyen, Brian Deng, Artak Tovmasyan, Tin Weitner, Romulo S Sampaio, Ines Batinic-Haberle, Ting-Ting Huang
Although radiation therapy can be effective against cancer, potential damage to normal tissues limits the amount that can be safely administered. In central nervous system (CNS), radiation damage to normal tissues is presented, in part, as suppressed hippocampal neurogenesis and impaired cognitive functions. Mn porphyrin (MnP)-based redox active drugs have demonstrated differential effects on cancer and normal tissues in experimental animals that lead to protection of normal tissues and radio- and chemo-sensitization of cancers...
April 22, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453751/the-neurologic-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-nano-scale-a-tool-to-assess-neurologic-function-for-integration-into-the-response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-rano-criteria
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Lakshmi Nayak, Lisa M DeAngelis, Alba A Brandes, David M Peereboom, Evanthia Galanis, Nancy U Lin, Riccardo Soffietti, David R Macdonald, Marc Chamberlain, James Perry, Kurt Jaeckle, Minesh Mehta, Roger Stupp, Alona Muzikansky, Elena Pentsova, Timothy Cloughesy, Fabio M Iwamoto, Joerg-Christian Tonn, Michael A Vogelbaum, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J van den Bent, David A Reardon
Background.: The Macdonald criteria and the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) criteria define radiologic parameters to classify therapeutic outcome among patients with malignant glioma and specify that clinical status must be incorporated and prioritized for overall assessment. But neither provides specific parameters to do so. We hypothesized that a standardized metric to measure neurologic function will permit more effective overall response assessment in neuro-oncology. Methods...
May 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447268/atypical-age-dependency-of-executive-function-and-white-matter-microstructure-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Kenia Martínez, Jessica Merchán-Naranjo, Laura Pina-Camacho, Yasser Alemán-Gómez, Leticia Boada, David Fraguas, Carmen Moreno, Celso Arango, Joost Janssen, Mara Parellada
Executive function (EF) performance is associated with measurements of white matter microstructure (WMS) in typical individuals. Impaired EF is a hallmark symptom of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but it is unclear how impaired EF relates to variability in WMS. Twenty-one male youth (8-18 years) with ASD and without intellectual disability and twenty-one typical male participants (TP) matched for age, intelligence quotient, handedness, race and parental socioeconomic status were recruited. Five EF domains were assessed and several DTI-based measurements of WMS [fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD) and radial diffusivity (RD)] were estimated for eighteen white matter tracts...
April 26, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447245/neuroanatomical-variations-as-a-function-of-experience-in-a-complex-daily-task-a-vbm-and-dti-study-on-driving-experience
#20
Alberto Megías, D Petrova, J F Navas, A Cándido, A Maldonado, A Catena
Complex tasks require the learning and integration of multiple cognitive, sensory, and psychomotor skills for correct execution. Driving-related skills are developed step by step through the increase of mileage driven and the accumulation of practice in different traffic situations. The acquisition of these skills should be reflected in the brain structure. However, no previous studies have explored brain structural variations associated with driving experience. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether driving frequency, defined as average annual driving mileage, is related to neuroanatomical variations in gray matter (GM) volume and white matter (WM) integrity using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and DTI-based fractional anisotropy (FA), respectively...
April 26, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
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