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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919489/cognitive-event-related-potentials-in-multiple-sclerosis-correlation-with-mri-and-neuropsychological-findings
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Vasilios K Kimiskidis, Vasileios Papaliagkas, Kyriaki Sotirakoglou, Zoi K Kouvatsou, Victoria K Kapina, Efrosini Papadaki, Vaia Tsimourtou, Elvira Masoura, Dimitrios A Kazis, Sotirios Papayiannopoulos, Triantafyllos Geroukis, Sevasti Bostanjopoulou
BACKGROUND: Cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) have been previously correlated with T2 lesion load (Τ2LL) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is currently unknown, however, whether ERPs also correlate with brain atrophy or the presence of T1 hypointense lesions ("black holes") which reflect tissue destruction and axonal loss. The primary aim of the current study is to explore the effect of neuroradiological parameters such as brain atrophy, T1 and T2 lesion load on auditory ERPs in MS patients...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919482/the-association-of-cognitive-impairment-with-gray-matter-atrophy-and-cortical-lesion-load-in-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Sevda Diker, Arzu Ceylan Has, Aslı Kurne, Rahşan Göçmen, Kader Karlı Oğuz, Rana Karabudak
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis can impair cognition from the early stages and has been shown to be associated with gray matter damage in addition to white matter pathology. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the profile of cognitive impairment in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and the contribution of cortical inflammation, cortical and deep gray matter atrophy, and white matter lesions to cognitive decline. METHODS: Thirty patients with clinically isolated syndrome and twenty demographically- matched healthy controls underwent neuropsychologic assessment through the Rao Brief Repeatable Battery, and brain magnetic resonance imaging with double inversion recovery using a 3T scanner...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919474/a-study-of-cognitive-fatigue-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-novel-clinical-and-electrophysiological-parameters-utilizing-the-event-related-potential-p300
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Somasundaram Aadhimoolam Chinnadurai, Srinivasan Avathvadi Venkatesan, Gobinathan Shankar, Balasubramanian Samivel, Lakshmi Narasimhan Ranganathan
BACKGROUND: Although cognitive fatigue plays a significant part in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) related impairment, knowledge regarding it is largely lacking. Until now, not many tools are available to a clinician to detect cognitive fatigue. The subjective tools of fatigue have never been reliable.tabl OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and clinical/ demographic profile of cognitive fatigue in MS using novel clinical and electrophysiological measures and to find their accuracy. We also aimed to test the three leading hypotheses - the temporal fatigue, cognitive load and cognitive domain hypotheses of cognitive fatigue in MS...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918206/children-and-adolescents-show-altered-visual-working-memory-related-brain-activity-more-than-one-decade-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Peter Klaver, Walter Knirsch, Karoline Wurmitzer, David Yoh von Allmen
This pilot study investigated neural correlates of visual working memory using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in seven patients more than one decade after neonatal arterial switch operation for surgical correction of d-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA, aged 10-18 years, 1 female). Compared with age and sex matched healthy controls patients showed similar visual working memory performance and a smaller increase in brain activity in the posterior parietal cortex with higher visual working memory load...
May 2016: Developmental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913245/contextual-computing-a-bluetooth-based-approach-for-tracking-healthcare-providers-in-the-emergency-room
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Joshua Frisby, Vernon Smith, Stephen Traub, Vimla L Patel
Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) frequently experience crowding. One of the factors that contributes to this crowding is the "door to doctor time", which is the time from a patient's registration to when the patient is first seen by a physician. This is also one of the Meaningful Use (MU) performance measures that emergency departments report to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Current documentation methods for this measure are inaccurate due to the imprecision in manual data collection...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909739/quantification-of-anticholinergic-and-sedative-drug-load-with-the-drug-burden-index-a-review-of-outcomes-and-methodological-quality-of-studies
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Hans Wouters, Helene van der Meer, Katja Taxis
PURPOSE: The Drug Burden Index (DBI) is a non-invasive method to quantify patients' anticholinergic and sedative drug burden from their prescriptions. This systematic review aimed to summarise the evidence on the associations between the DBI and clinical outcomes and methodological quality of studies. METHODS: A search in PubMed and Embase (search terms: 'drug', 'burden', and 'index') was performed and experts were contacted. We excluded publications that did not report empirical results or clinical outcomes...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904476/impairment-of-the-nerve-growth-factor-pathway-driving-amyloid-accumulation-in-cholinergic-neurons-the-incipit-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-story
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REVIEW
Viviana Triaca, Pietro Calissano
The current idea behind brain pathology is that disease is initiated by mild disturbances of common physiological processes. Overtime, the disruption of the neuronal homeostasis will determine irreversible degeneration and neuronal apoptosis. This could be also true in the case of nerve growth factor (NGF) alterations in sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD), an age-related pathology characterized by cholinergic loss, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. In fact, the pathway activated by NGF, a key neurotrophin for the metabolism of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons (BFCN), is one of the first homeostatic systems affected in prodromal AD...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902447/a-unique-type-of-gsk-3-inhibitor-brings-new-opportunities-to-the-clinic
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Avital Licht-Murava, Rom Paz, Lilach Vaks, Limor Avrahami, Batya Plotkin, Miriam Eisenstein, Hagit Eldar-Finkelman
Development of protein kinase inhibitors is a focus of many drug discovery programs. A major problem, however, is the limited specificity of the commonly used adenosine triphosphate-competitive inhibitors and the weak inhibition of the more selective substrate-competitive inhibitors. Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a promising drug target for treating neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), but most GSK-3 inhibitors have not reached the clinic. We describe a new type of GSK-3 inhibitor, L807mts, that acts through a substrate-to-inhibitor conversion mechanism that occurs within the catalytic site of the enzyme...
November 15, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892849/the-impact-of-acute-stress-on-cognitive-functioning-a-matter-of-cognitive-demands
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Thomas Plieger, Andrea Felten, Elena Diks, Jessica Tepel, Melanie Mies, Martin Reuter
INTRODUCTION: There is a controversy in the literature whether stress and related cortisol responses are beneficial or impairing for cognitive functioning. Conflicting results might be due to individual differences in stress reactivity and cognitive load of the applied tasks. METHODS: N = 48 participants underwent the Socially Evaluated Cold Pressor Test and were confronted with the Frankfurter Aufmerksamkeits-Inventar-2 (FAIR-2) which is a low-load attention task and two subscales of the Intelligenz-Struktur-Test 2000 R (I-S-T 2000R) as a high-load reasoning task before and after the stressor...
November 28, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890138/individual-differences-in-cardiorespiratory-measures-of-mental-workload-an-investigation-of-negative-affectivity-and-cognitive-avoidant-coping-in-pilot-candidates
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Mariel Grassmann, Elke Vlemincx, Andreas von Leupoldt, Omer Van den Bergh
Cardiorespiratory measures provide useful information in addition to well-established self-report measures when monitoring operator capacity. The purpose of our study was to refine the assessment of operator load by considering individual differences in personality and their associations with cardiorespiratory activation. Physiological and self-report measures were analyzed in 115 pilot candidates at rest and while performing a multiple task covering perceptual speed, spatial orientation, and working memory...
March 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889911/multiregional-analysis-of-global-5-methylcytosine-and-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-throughout-the-progression-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Elizabeth M Ellison, Erin L Abner, Mark A Lovell
Epigenetic modifications to cytosine are known to alter transcriptional states and deregulate gene expression in cancer, embryonic development, and most recently in neurodegeneration. To test the hypothesis that global levels of cytosine modification are altered throughout the progression of Alzheimer's disease, 5-methylcytosine (5-mC) and 5-hydroxmethylcytosine (5-hmC) were quantified using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and stable labeled internal standards of cytosine, 5-mC, and 5-hmC. Cytosine modifications were quantified in DNA extracted from tissue specimens of four brain regions (cerebellum, inferior parietal lobe, superior and middle temporal gyrus, and hippocampus/parahippocampal gyrus) of cognitively normal control (NC) subjects and subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), preclinical Alzheimer's disease (PCAD), late onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889592/marijuana-effects-on-changes-in-brain-structure-and-cognitive-function-among-hiv-and-hiv-adults
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April D Thames, Taylor P Kuhn, Timothy J Williamson, Jacob D Jones, Zanjbeel Mahmood, Andrea Hammond
BACKGROUND: The current study examined the independent and interactive effects of HIV and marijuana (MJ) use on brain structure and cognitive function among a sample of HIV-positive (HIV+) and HIV-negative (HIV-) individuals. METHODS: Participants (HIV+, n=48; HIV-, n=29) individuals underwent cognitive testing, questionnaires about substance use, and brain MRI. The HIV+ group was clinically stable based upon current plasma CD4 count, 50% had undetectable viral load (i...
November 14, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885405/executive-control-and-working-memory-are-involved-in-sub-second-repetitive-motor-timing
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Linus Holm, Olympia Karampela, Fredrik Ullén, Guy Madison
The nature of the relationship between timing and cognition remains poorly understood. Cognitive control is known to be involved in discrete timing tasks involving durations above 1 s, but has not yet been demonstrated for repetitive motor timing below 1 s. We examined the latter in two continuation tapping experiments, by varying the cognitive load in a concurrent task. In Experiment 1, participants repeated a fixed three finger sequence (low executive load) or a pseudorandom sequence (high load) with either 524-, 733-, 1024- or 1431-ms inter-onset intervals (IOIs)...
November 24, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883986/a-model-of-free-living-gait-a-factor-analysis-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Rosie Morris, Aodhán Hickey, Silvia Del Din, Alan Godfrey, Sue Lord, Lynn Rochester
INTRODUCTION: Gait is a marker of global health, cognition and falls risk. Gait is complex, comprised of multiple characteristics sensitive to survival, age and pathology. Due to covariance amongst characteristics, conceptual gait models have been established to reduce redundancy and aid interpretation. Previous models have been derived from laboratory gait assessments which are costly in equipment and time. Body-worn monitors (BWM) allow for free-living, low-cost and continuous gait measurement and produce similar covariant gait characteristics...
November 16, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882596/core-intuitions-about-persons-coexist-and-interfere-with-acquired-christian-beliefs-about-god
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Michael Barlev, Spencer Mermelstein, Tamsin C German
This study tested the hypothesis that in the minds of adult religious adherents, acquired beliefs about the extraordinary characteristics of God coexist with, rather than replace, an initial representation of God formed by co-option of the evolved person concept. In three experiments, Christian religious adherents were asked to evaluate a series of statements for which core intuitions about persons and acquired Christian beliefs about God were consistent (i.e., true according to both [e.g., "God has beliefs that are true"] or false according to both [e...
November 24, 2016: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882489/psychological-distress-mediates-the-effect-of-alexithymia-on-2-year-change-in-hiv-viral-load
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Roger C McIntosh, Gail Ironson, Michael Antoni, Betty Lai, Mahendra Kumar, Mary Ann Fletcher, Neil Schneiderman
PURPOSE: Individuals with trait alexithymia (AL) display poor cognitive assimilation of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This may result in the persistence of stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders. The cumulative effect of this psychological distress is also linked clinical markers of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression. This study examines the indirect effect of AL on HIV viral load as a function of baseline levels and change in psychological distress. METHODS: N = 123 HIV positive adults aged 37...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878506/the-paradox-of-abstraction-precision-versus-concreteness
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Rumen Iliev, Robert Axelrod
We introduce a novel measure of abstractness based on the amount of information of a concept computed from its position in a semantic taxonomy. We refer to this measure as precision. We propose two alternative ways to measure precision, one based on the path length from a concept to the root of the taxonomic tree, and another one based on the number of direct and indirect descendants. Since more information implies greater processing load, we hypothesize that nouns higher in precision will have a processing disadvantage in a lexical decision task...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877140/-but-implicatures-a-study-of-the-effect-of-working-memory-and-argument-characteristics
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Leen Janssens, Walter Schaeken
This study aimed to investigate the possible cognitive costs involved in processing the implicatures from but and the conclusion introducing words so and nevertheless. Adult participants were asked to indicate the conclusion that the person in the story would make, based on 'p but q' sentences constructed as indirect distancing contrasts. Additionally, while performing this task, participants' working memory was burdened with a secondary dot recall task in four conditions ranging from no working memory load to high load...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877122/changes-in-neural-activity-underlying-working-memory-after-computerized-cognitive-training-in-older-adults
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Erich S Tusch, Brittany R Alperin, Eliza Ryan, Phillip J Holcomb, Abdul H Mohammed, Kirk R Daffner
Computerized cognitive training (CCT) may counter the impact of aging on cognition, but both the efficacy and neurocognitive mechanisms underlying CCT remain controversial. In this study, 35 older individuals were randomly assigned to Cogmed adaptive working memory (WM) CCT or an active control CCT, featuring five weeks of five ∼40 min sessions per week. Before and after the 5-week intervention, event-related potentials were measured while subjects completed a visual n-back task with three levels of demand (0-back, 1-back, 2-back)...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876311/circulating-biomarkers-in-cerebral-autosomal-dominant-arteriopathy-with-subcortical-infarcts-and-leukoencephalopathy-patients
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Francesca Pescini, Ida Donnini, Francesca Cesari, Serena Nannucci, Raffaella Valenti, Valentina Rinnoci, Anna Poggesi, Anna Maria Gori, Betti Giusti, Angela Rogolino, Alessandra Carluccio, Silvia Bianchi, Maria Teresa Dotti, Antonio Federico, Maurizio Balestrino, Enrico Adriano, Rosanna Abbate, Domenico Inzitari, Leonardo Pantoni
BACKGROUND: Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited cerebral microangiopathy presenting with variable features, including migraine, psychiatric disorders, stroke, and cognitive decline and variable disability. On neuroimaging, CADASIL is characterized by leukoencephalopathy, multiple lacunar infarcts, and microbleeds. Previous studies suggest a possible role of endothelial impairment in the pathogenesis of the disease...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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