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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222568/severe-disorders-of-consciousness-after-acquired-brain-injury-a-single-centre-long-term-follow-up-study
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Alex Lopez-Rolon
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term clinical outcome, functional independence and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in acquired brain injury (ABI) patients with a disorder of consciousness at admission to inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: We selected patients from a cohort of ABI patients from a single centre. In addition to mortality, we measured level of consciousness with the Coma Remission Scale, functional independence with the Barthel Index, as well as generic and condition-specific HRQOL with the EQ5D and the "Quality of Life after Brain Injury" (QOLIBRI) respectively...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222537/timing-and-kinetics-of-nonmotor-fluctuations-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
#2
Christiana Ossig, Daniel Sippel, Mareike Fauser, Florin Gandor, Wolfgang H Jost, Georg Ebersbach, Alexander Storch
BACKGROUND: Nonmotor symptoms (NMS) are known to fluctuate together with motor oscillations in advanced PD, but their timing and kinetics remains enigmatic. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate timing and kinetics of NMS fluctuations. METHODS: Analysis of diary data from 17 fluctuating PD patients. Diaries were completed by rating NMS as absent (defined herein as NMS On state) or present (NMS Off state) and motor function for every hour for 5 consecutive days...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222528/comparing-approaches-to-optimize-cut-off-scores-for-short-cognitive-screening-instruments-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
#3
Rónán O'Caoimh, Yang Gao, Anton Svendovski, Paul Gallagher, Joseph Eustace, D William Molloy
BACKGROUND: Although required to improve the usability of cognitive screening instruments (CSIs), the use of cut-off scores is controversial yet poorly researched. OBJECTIVE: To explore cut-off scores for two short CSIs: the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) and Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment (Qmci) screen, describing adjustments in scores for diagnosis (MCI or dementia), age (≤, >75 years), and education (<, ≥12 years), comparing two methods: the maximal accuracy approach, derived from receiver operating characteristic curves, and Youden's Index...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222527/gene-expression-and-methylation-analysis-of-abca7-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Kiyohiro Yamazaki, Yuta Yoshino, Takaaki Mori, Taku Yoshida, Yuki Ozaki, Tomoko Sao, Yoko Mori, Shinichiro Ochi, Jun-Ichi Iga, Shu-Ichi Ueno
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the blood gene expression and methylation of ATP-binding cassette sub-family A member 7 gene (ABCA7) as a biological marker of AD. METHODS: AD subjects (n = 50; 11 males, 77.7±6.05 years old) and age- and sex-matched healthy controls (n = 50) were recruited. A single nucleotide polymorphism in ABCA7 (rs3764650), methylation rates of CpG sites in the ABCA7 promoter region, and ABCA7 mRNA expression levels in peripheral blood were examined...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222526/the-impact-of-alzheimer-s-disease-on-the-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-brain-regions-modulating-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Todd B Monroe, Paul A Beach, Stephen P Bruehl, Mary S Dietrich, Baxter P Rogers, John C Gore, Sebastian W Atalla, Ronald L Cowan
BACKGROUND: It is currently unknown why people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) receive less pain medication and report pain less frequently. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of AD on thermal psychophysics and resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) among sensory, affective, descending modulatory, and default mode structures. METHODS: Controls (n = 23, 13 = female) and age-matched people with AD (n = 23, 13 = females) underwent psychophysical testing to rate perceptions of warmth, mild, and moderate pain and then completed resting-state fMRI...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222524/a-combination-of-resveratrol-and-curcumin-is-effective-against-aluminum-chloride-induced-neuroinflammation-in-rats
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Amira Zaky, Ahmad Bassiouny, Mahitab Farghaly, Bassma M El-Sabaa
BACKGROUND: Experimental studies have demonstrated that aluminum is an environmental toxin that induces neuroinflammation and the development of Alzheimer's disease. OBJECTIVE: In this report, we investigated the beneficial effect of a combination of resveratrol and curcumin to reduce aluminum-induced neuroinflammation. METHOD: We employed both an in vivo model of aluminum-induced neuroinflammation and an in vitro aluminum stimulated cultured PC-12 cells...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222507/recent-progress-in-alzheimer-s-disease-research-part-1-pathology
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Francis T Hane, Brenda Y Lee, Zoya Leonenko
The field of Alzheimer's disease (AD) research has grown exponentially over the past few decades, especially since the isolation and identification of amyloid-β from postmortem examination of the brains of AD patients. Recently, the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (JAD) put forth approximately 300 research reports which were deemed to be the most influential research reports in the field of AD since 2010. JAD readers were asked to vote on these most influential reports. In this 3-part review, we review the results of the 300 most influential AD research reports to provide JAD readers with a readily accessible, yet comprehensive review of the state of contemporary research...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222459/elements-for-success-in-managing-type-2-diabetes-with-sglt-2-inhibitors-role-of-the-kidney-in-glucose-homeostasis-implications-for-sglt-2-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#8
Eden M Miller
The focus on the kidney as a therapeutic target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has led to the development of the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, of which 3 are available in the United States. This article addresses the implications for SGLT-2 inhibition in the treatment of T2DM.
February 2017: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222379/increased-static-and-decreased-capacity-oxidation-reduction-potentials-in-plasma-are-predictive-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Gerd Bobe, Tora J Cobb, Scott W Leonard, Savinda Aponso, Christopher B Bahro, Dipankar Koley, Eunice Mah, Richard S Bruno, Maret G Traber
Electric conductivity in plasma is the balance between oxidized and reduced molecules (static Oxidation-Reduction Potential, sORP) and the amount of readily oxidizable molecules (capacity ORP, cORP). Adults with metabolic syndrome (MetS) have increased inflammation, dyslipidemia and oxidative stress; therefore, participants with MetS were hypothesized to have higher plasma sORP and lower cORP than those measures in healthy adults. Heparin-anticoagulated plasma from healthy and age- and gender-matched individuals with MetS (BMI: 22...
February 14, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222346/inhibitory-control-in-euthymic-bipolar-disorder-event-related-potentials-during-a-go-nogo-task
#10
A M Morsel, M Dhar, W Hulstijn, A Temmerman, M Morrens, B Sabbe
OBJECTIVES: Patients with bipolar disorder (BD) are reported to have difficulties with inhibition, even in a euthymic state. However, the literature on cortical activity associated with response inhibition in BD remains ambiguous. This study investigates inhibition in euthymic BD using electrophysiological measures, while controlling for effects of specific medications. METHODS: Twenty patients with BD were compared with eighteen healthy controls on a Go/NoGo task while electroencephalogram was recorded...
December 18, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222332/acquisition-of-vowel-articulation-in-childhood-investigated-by-acoustic-to-articulatory-inversion
#11
Hiroki Oohashi, Hama Watanabe, Gentaro Taga
While the acoustical features of speech sounds in children have been extensively studied, limited information is available as to their articulation during speech production. Instead of directly measuring articulatory movements, this study used an acoustic-to-articulatory inversion model with scalable vocal tract size to estimate developmental changes in articulatory state during vowel production. Using a pseudo-inverse Jacobian matrix of a model mapping seven articulatory parameters to acoustic ones, the formant frequencies of each vowel produced by three Japanese children over time at ages between 6 and 60 months were transformed into articulatory parameters...
February 18, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222324/graph-based-segmentation-of-abnormal-nuclei-in-cervical-cytology
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Ling Zhang, Hui Kong, Shaoxiong Liu, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Milan Sonka
A general method is reported for improving the segmentation of abnormal cell nuclei in cervical cytology images. In automation-assisted reading of cervical cytology, one of the essential steps is the segmentation of nuclei. Despite some progress, there is a need to improve the sensitivity, particularly the segmentation of abnormal nuclei. Our method starts with pre-segmenting the nucleus to define the coarse center and size of nucleus, which is used to construct a graph by image unfolding that maps ellipse-like border in the Cartesian coordinate system to lines in the polar coordinate system...
January 31, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222305/consumer-use-and-understanding-of-labelling-information-on-edible-marijuana-products-sold-for-recreational-use-in-the-states-of-colorado-and-washington
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Katherine M Kosa, Kristen C Giombi, Caroline B Rains, Sheryl C Cates
BACKGROUND: In 2014, the states of Colorado and Washington began allowing retail sales of marijuana for recreational use. The regulatory agencies in these states have implemented specific labelling requirements for edible marijuana products sold for recreational use to help address concerns such as delayed activation time, accidental ingestion, and proper dosing. METHODS: We conducted 12 focus groups with 94 adult consumers and nonconsumers of edibles in Denver and Seattle to collect information on their use and understanding of labelling information on edible marijuana products sold for recreational use...
February 18, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222299/adaptive-low-rank-subspace-learning-with-online-optimization-for-robust-visual-tracking
#14
Risheng Liu, Di Wang, Yuzhuo Han, Xin Fan, Zhongxuan Luo
In recent years, sparse and low-rank models have been widely used to formulate appearance subspace for visual tracking. However, most existing methods only consider the sparsity or low-rankness of the coefficients, which is not sufficient enough for appearance subspace learning on complex video sequences. Moreover, as both the low-rank and the column sparse measures are tightly related to all the samples in the sequences, it is challenging to incrementally solve optimization problems with both nuclear norm and column sparse norm on sequentially obtained video data...
February 10, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222257/an-iron-ii-ylide-complex-as-a-masked-open-shell-iron-alkylidene-species-in-its-alkylidene-transfer-reactions-with-alkenes
#15
Jian Liu, Lianrui Hu, Lei Wang, Hui Chen, Liang Deng
Transition-metal alkylidenes are important reactive organometallic intermediates, and our current knowledge on them has been mainly restricted to those with closed-shell electronic configurations. In this study, we present the exploration on open-shell iron alkylidenes with a weak-field tripodal amido-phosphine-amido ligand. We found that a high-spin (amido-phosphine-amido)iron(II) complex can react with (p-tolyl)2CN2 to afford a high-spin (amido-ylide-amido)iron(II) complex, 2, which could transfer its alkylidene moiety to a variety of alkenes, either the electron-rich or electron-deficient ones, to form cyclopropane derivatives...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222188/the-thermodynamics-of-pr55gag-rna-interaction-regulate-the-assembly-of-hiv
#16
Hanumant S Tanwar, Keith K Khoo, Megan Garvey, Lynne Waddington, Andrew Leis, Marcel Hijnen, Tony Velkov, Geoff J Dumsday, William J McKinstry, Johnson Mak
The interactions that occur during HIV Pr55Gag oligomerization and genomic RNA packaging are essential elements that facilitate HIV assembly. However, mechanistic details of these interactions are not clearly defined. Here, we overcome previous limitations in producing large quantities of full-length recombinant Pr55Gag that is required for isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) studies, and we have revealed the thermodynamic properties of HIV assembly for the first time. Thermodynamic analysis showed that the binding between RNA and HIV Pr55Gag is an energetically favourable reaction (ΔG<0) that is further enhanced by the oligomerization of Pr55Gag...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222178/effect-of-meal-composition-on-postprandial-lipid-concentrations-and-lipoprotein-particle-numbers-a-randomized-cross-over-study
#17
Meena Shah, Manall Jaffery, Beverley Adams-Huet, Brian Franklin, Jonathan Oliver, Joel Mitchell
BACKGROUND: It is unclear how high-protein (HP) and high-monounsaturated fat (HMF) meals affect postprandial blood lipids and lipoprotein particle numbers (LPN). PURPOSE: To compare a HP versus a HMF meal on postprandial lipid and LPN responses. METHODS: Twenty-four participants (age: 36.3±15.0 years; body mass index: 23.6±2.0 kg/m2; 45.8% female) were fed a HP (31.9% energy from protein) and a HMF (35.2% fat and 20.7% monounsaturated fat) meal in a randomized cross-over trial design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222159/the-role-of-spatial-mobility-in-malaria-transmission-in-the-brazilian-amazon-the-case-of-porto-velho-municipality-rond%C3%A3-nia-brazil-2010-2012
#18
Jussara Rafael Angelo, Tony Hiroshi Katsuragawa, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Lino Augusto Sander de Carvalho, Luiz Hildebrando Pereira da Silva, Carlos Afonso Nobre
BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the role of mobility in malaria transmission by discussing recent changes in population movements in the Brazilian Amazon and developing a flow map of disease transmission in this region. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This study presents a descriptive analysis using an ecological approach on regional and local scales. The study location was the municipality of Porto Velho, which is the capital of Rondônia state, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222147/the-desert-gerbil-psammomys-obesus-as-a-model-for-metformin-sensitive-nutritional-type-2-diabetes-to-protect-hepatocellular-metabolic-damage-impact-of-mitochondrial-redox-state
#19
Inès Gouaref, Dominique Detaille, Nicolas Wiernsperger, Naim Akhtar Khan, Xavier Leverve, Elhadj-Ahmed Koceir
INTRODUCTION: While metformin (MET) is the most widely prescribed antidiabetic drug worldwide, its beneficial effects in Psammomys obesus (P. obesus), a rodent model that mimics most of the metabolic features of human diabetes, have not been explored thoroughly. Here, we sought to investigate whether MET might improve insulin sensitivity, glucose homeostasis, lipid profile as well as cellular redox and energy balance in P. obesus maintained on a high energy diet (HED). MATERIALS AND METHODS: P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222117/two-dynamic-regimes-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
#20
Sean M Gibbons, Sean M Kearney, Chris S Smillie, Eric J Alm
The gut microbiome is a dynamic system that changes with host development, health, behavior, diet, and microbe-microbe interactions. Prior work on gut microbial time series has largely focused on autoregressive models (e.g. Lotka-Volterra). However, we show that most of the variance in microbial time series is non-autoregressive. In addition, we show how community state-clustering is flawed when it comes to characterizing within-host dynamics and that more continuous methods are required. Most organisms exhibited stable, mean-reverting behavior suggestive of fixed carrying capacities and abundant taxa were largely shared across individuals...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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