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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549377/biocompatibility-of-liposome-nanocarriers-in-the-rat-inner-ear-after-intratympanic-administration
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Jing Zou, Hao Feng, Rohit Sood, Paavo K J Kinnunen, Ilmari Pyykko
Liposome nanocarriers (LPNs) are potentially the future of inner ear therapy due to their high drug loading capacity and efficient uptake in the inner ear after a minimally invasive intratympanic administration. However, information on the biocompatibility of LPNs in the inner ear is lacking. The aim of the present study is to document the biocompatibility of LPNs in the inner ear after intratympanic delivery. LPNs with or without gadolinium-tetra-azacyclo-dodecane-tetra-acetic acid (Gd-DOTA) were delivered to the rats through transtympanic injection...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549234/lesion-characteristics-driving-right-hemispheric-language-reorganization-in-congenital-left-hemispheric-brain-damage
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Karen Lidzba, Bianca de Haan, Marko Wilke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Martin Staudt
Pre- or perinatally acquired ("congenital") left-hemispheric brain lesions can be compensated for by reorganizing language into homotopic brain regions in the right hemisphere. Language comprehension may be hemispherically dissociated from language production. We investigated the lesion characteristics driving inter-hemispheric reorganization of language comprehension and language production in 19 patients (7-32years; eight females) with congenital left-hemispheric brain lesions (periventricular lesions [n=11] and middle cerebral artery infarctions [n=8]) by fMRI...
May 23, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548616/pediatric-superior-semicircular-canal-dehiscence-illustrative-case-and-systematic-review
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Carlito Lagman, Vera Ong, Lawrance K Chung, Lekaa Elhajjmoussa, Christina Fong, Anthony C Wang, Quinton Gopen, Isaac Yang
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to present an illustrative case of pediatric superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) and to systematically review the current published literature in the pediatric population. METHODS An electronic search of the Scopus, Web of Science, PsycINFO, Cochrane, and Embase databases was performed by 2 independent authors through January 2017. Search term combinations included "pediatrics," "children," "canal," and "dehiscence." Inclusion criteria were as follows: English, full-text clinical studies, case reports, and case series describing pediatric patient(s) (younger than 18 years) with CT evidence of SSCD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548591/test-retest-reliability-of-cortical-language-mapping-in-a-patient-with-refractory-focal-epilepsy-11-years-later
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Kirsty E Bortnik, Guy M McKhann, Marla J Hamberger
Electrical stimulation mapping (ESM) is considered the gold standard for identification of essential language cortex and is especially important in patients for whom classic language landmarks are less useful because of reorganization in response to epileptogenic or neoplastic cortex. However, little is known regarding the reliability of the procedure, particularly over extended time intervals. The authors present the case of a young man with refractory left temporal lobe epilepsy in the setting of a low-grade left temporal tumor who had undergone intraoperative language mapping at age 14 years and repeat mapping at age 25...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546963/auditory-processing-abilities-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Robert L Folmer, Jay J Vachhani, Sarah M Theodoroff, Rachel Ellinger, Amy Riggins
Since Parkinson's Disease (PD) primarily affects older people, a majority of PD patients have age-related hearing loss (HL) that will worsen over time. The goal of this study was to assess peripheral and central auditory functions in a population of PD patients and compare the results with a group of age-matched control subjects. Study participants included 35 adults with PD (mean age = 66.9 ± 11.2 years) and a group of 35 healthy control subjects (mean age = 65.4 ± 12.3 years). Assessments included questionnaires, neuropsychological tests, audiometric testing, and a battery of central auditory processing tests...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546313/enlargement-of-ribbons-in-zebrafish-hair-cells-increases-calcium-currents-but-disrupts-afferent-spontaneous-activity-and-timing-of-stimulus-onset
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Lavinia Sheets, Xinyi J He, Jennifer Olt, Mary Schreck, Ronald S Petralia, Ya-Xian Wang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Alisha Beirl, Teresa Nicolson, Walter Marcotti, Josef G Trapani, Katie S Kindt
In sensory hair cells of auditory and vestibular organs, the ribbon synapse is required for the precise encoding of a wide range of complex stimuli. Hair cells have a unique presynaptic structure-the synaptic ribbon-that organizes both synaptic vesicles and calcium channels at the active zone. Previous work has shown that hair-cell ribbon size is correlated with differences in postsynaptic activity. However, additional variability in postsynapse size presents a challenge to determining the specific role of ribbon size in sensory encoding...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546056/glutamate-in-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-and-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-1-h-mrs-study
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Branislava Ćurčić-Blake, Leonie Bais, Anita Sibeijn-Kuiper, Marieke Pijnenborg, Henderikus Knegtering, Edith Liemburg, André Aleman
PURPOSE: Glutamatergic models of psychosis propose that dysfunction of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and associated excess of glutamate, may underlie psychotic experiences in people with schizophrenia. However, little is known about the specific relation between glutamate and auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in patients with psychosis. In this study, levels of glutamate+glutamine (Glx) in the left lateral prefrontal lobe were determined using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H MRS) to calculate their association with AVH...
May 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545933/extracting-multidimensional-stimulus-response-correlations-using-hybrid-encoding-decoding-of-neural-activity
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Jacek P Dmochowski, Jason Ki, Paul DeGuzman, Paul Sajda, Lucas C Parra
In neuroscience, stimulus-response relationships have traditionally been analyzed using either encoding or decoding models. Here we propose a hybrid approach that decomposes neural activity into multiple components, each representing a portion of the stimulus. The technique is implemented via canonical correlation analysis (CCA) by temporally filtering the stimulus (encoding) and spatially filtering the neural responses (decoding) such that the resulting components are maximally correlated. In contrast to existing methods, this approach recovers multiple correlated stimulus-response pairs, and thus affords a richer, multidimensional analysis of neural representations...
May 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545016/statistical-learning-and-auditory-processing-in-children-with-music-training-an-erp-study
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Pragati Rao Mandikal Vasuki, Mridula Sharma, Ronny Ibrahim, Joanne Arciuli
OBJECTIVE: The question whether musical training is associated with enhanced auditory and cognitive abilities in children is of considerable interest. In the present study, we compared children with music training versus those without music training across a range of auditory and cognitive measures, including the ability to detect implicitly statistical regularities in input (statistical learning). METHODS: Statistical learning of regularities embedded in auditory and visual stimuli was measured in musically trained and age-matched untrained children between the ages of 9-11years...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544953/designing-feedback-to-mitigate-teen-distracted-driving-a-social-norms-approach
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Maryam Merrikhpour, Birsen Donmez
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research is to investigate teens' perceived social norms and whether providing normative information can reduce distracted driving behaviors among them. BACKGROUND: Parents are among the most important social referents for teens; they have significant influences on teens' driving behaviors, including distracted driving which significantly contributes to teens' crash risks. Social norms interventions have been successfully applied in various domains including driving; however, this approach is yet to be explored for mitigating driver distraction among teens...
May 22, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544049/tone-identification-behavior-in-rattus-norvergicus-muscarinic-receptor-blockage-lowers-responsiveness-in-non-target-selective-neurons-while-nicotinic-receptor-blockage-selectively-lowers-target-responses
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Ezekiel P Carpenter-Hyland, Jackson Griffeth, Kristopher Bunting, Alvin Terry, Almira Vazdarjanova, David T Blake
Learning to associate a stimulus with reinforcement causes plasticity in primary sensory cortex. Neural activity caused by the associated stimulus is paired with reinforcement, but population analyses have not found a selective increase in response to that stimulus. Responses to other stimuli increase as much as, or more than, responses to the associated stimulus. Here, we applied population analysis at a new time point, and additionally evaluated whether cholinergic receptor blockers interacted with the plastic changes in cortex...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543948/the-physics-of-mri-safety
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REVIEW
Lawrence P Panych, Bruno Madore
The main risks associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been extensively reported and studied; for example, everyday objects may turn into projectiles, energy deposition can cause burns, varying fields can induce nerve stimulation, and loud noises can lead to auditory loss. The present review article is geared toward providing intuition about the physical mechanisms that give rise to these risks. On the one hand, excellent literature already exists on the practical aspect of risk management, with clinical workflow and recommendations...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542644/pre-target-neural-oscillations-predict-variability-in-the-detection-of-small-pitch-changes
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Esther Florin, Dominique Vuvan, Isabelle Peretz, Sylvain Baillet
Pitch discrimination is important for language or music processing. Previous studies indicate that auditory perception depends on pre-target neural activity. However, so far the pre-target electrophysiological conditions which enable the detection of small pitch changes are not well studied, but might yield important insights into pitch-processing. We used magnetoencephalography (MEG) source imaging to reveal the pre-target effects of successful auditory detection of small pitch deviations from a sequence of standard tones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542633/new-chamber-stapes-prosthesis-a-preliminary-assessment-of-the-functioning-of-the-prototype
#14
Monika Kwacz, Magdalena Sołyga, Maciej Mrówka, Konrad Kamieniecki
Piston-stapedotomy is the most common method for hearing restoration in patients with otosclerosis. In this study, we have experimentally examined a prototype of a new chamber stapes prosthesis. The prototype was implanted in a human cadaver temporal bone. The round window vibrations before and after implantation were measured for the acoustic signal (90 dB SPL, 0.8-8 kHz) in the external auditory canal. In comparison with a 0.4-mm piston prosthesis, the chamber prosthesis induced significantly higher vibration of the round window, especially for frequencies above 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542290/new-paradigm-for-auditory-paired-pulse-suppression
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Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Shunsuke Sugiyama, Koji Inui, Kousuke Kanemoto, Makoto Nishihara
Sensory gating is a mechanism of sensory processing used to prevent an overflow of irrelevant information, with some indexes, such as prepulse inhibition (PPI) and P50 suppression, often utilized for its evaluation. In addition, those are clinically important for diseases such as schizophrenia. In the present study, we investigated long-latency paired-pulse suppression of change-related cortical responses using magnetoencephalography. The test change-related response was evoked by an abrupt increase in sound pressure by 15 dB in a continuous sound composed of a train of 25-ms pure tones at 65 dB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542018/rehabilitation-and-psychosocial-determinants-of-cochlear-implant-outcomes-in-older-adults
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Liyang Tang, Carol B Thompson, James H Clark, Kristin M Ceh, Jennifer D Yeagle, Howard W Francis
OBJECTIVE: The cochlear implant (CI) has been shown to be associated with better hearing, cognitive abilities, and functional independence. There is variability however in how much benefit each recipient derives from his or her CI. This study's primary objective is to determine the effects of individual and environmental characteristics on CI outcomes. DESIGN: Seventy-six adults who developed postlingual severe to profound hearing loss and received their first unilateral CI at 65 years and older were eligible for the study...
May 24, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541242/diagnostic-evaluation-of-neck-torsion-test-in-objective-examination-in-patients-with-vertigo-and-or-hearing-impairment
#17
Piotr Niewiadomski, Marzena Bielińska, Piotr Pietkiewicz, Jurek Olszewski
INTRODUCTION: HASH(0x3dd9a38) INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to evaluate the neck torsion test in objective examinations of patients with vertigo and/or hearing loss. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in 100 patients, including 54 women and 46 men aged 17-79 years, who were divided into two groups: I - 50 patients, including 30 women and 20 men aged 17-79 years (mean age 49.92 years) with dizziness and/or hearing impairments, and confirmed asymmetry of intracranial vessels, II - 50 patients - control group, including 24 women and 26 men aged 20-71 years without dizziness and/or hearing disorders and without disturbance in the construction of intracranial vessels...
June 30, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541190/benchmarking-for-on-scalp-meg-sensors
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Minshu Xie, Justin F Schneiderman, Maxim L Chukharkin, Alexei Kalabukhov, Bushra Riaz, Daniel Lundqvist, Stephen Whitmarsh, Matti Hamalainen, Veikko Jousmaki, Robert Oostenveld, Dag Winkler
OBJECTIVE: We present a benchmarking protocol for quantitatively comparing emerging on-scalp magnetoencephalography (MEG) sensor technologies to their counterparts in state-of-the-art MEG systems. METHODS: As a means of validation, we compare a high-critical-temperature superconducting quantum interference device (high Tc SQUID) with the low- Tc SQUIDs of an Elekta Neuromag TRIUX system in MEG recordings of auditory and somatosensory evoked fields (SEFs) on one human subject...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541186/distributed-patterns-of-brain-activity-underlying-real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-training
#19
Rotem Kopel, Kirsten Emmert, Frank Scharnowski, Sven Haller, Dimitri Van De Ville
Neurofeedback (NF) based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) is an exciting neuroimaging application. In most rt-fMRI NF studies, the activity level of a single region of interest (ROI) is provided as a feedback signal and the participants are trained to up or down regulate the feedback signal. NF training effects are typically analyzed using a confirmatory univariate approach, i.e., changes in the target ROI are explained by a univariate linear modulation. However, learning to self-regulate the ROI activity through NF is mediated by distributed changes across the brain...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540752/herpes-zoster-typical-and-atypical-presentations
#20
Roy Rafael Dayan, Roni Peleg
Varicella- zoster virus infection is an intriguing medical entity that involves many medical specialties including infectious diseases, immunology, dermatology, and neurology. It can affect patients from early childhood to old age. Its treatment requires expertise in pain management and psychological support. While varicella is caused by acute viremia, herpes zoster occurs after the dormant viral infection, involving the cranial nerve or sensory root ganglia, is re-activated and spreads orthodromically from the ganglion, via the sensory nerve root, to the innervated target tissue (skin, cornea, auditory canal, etc...
May 25, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
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