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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536070/cotinine-improves-visual-recognition-memory-and-decreases-cortical-tau-phosphorylation-in-the-tg6799-mice
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J Alex Grizzell, Sagar Patel, George E Barreto, Valentina Echeverria
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the progressive aggregation of hyperphosphorylated forms of the microtubule associated protein Tau in the central nervous system. Cotinine, the main metabolite of nicotine, reduced working memory deficits, synaptic loss, and amyloid β peptide aggregation into oligomers and plaques as well as inhibited the cerebral Tau kinase, glycogen synthase 3β (GSK3β) in the transgenic (Tg)6799 (5XFAD) mice. In this study, the effect of cotinine on visual recognition memory and cortical Tau phosphorylation at the GSK3β sites Serine (Ser)-396/Ser-404 and phospho-CREB were investigated in the Tg6799 and non-transgenic (NT) littermate mice...
May 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511918/molecular-imaging-of-serotonin-degeneration-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Gwenn S Smith, Frederick S Barrett, Jin Hui Joo, Najlla Nassery, Alena Savonenko, Devin J Sodums, Christopher M Marano, Cynthia A Munro, Jason Brandt, Michael A Kraut, Yun Zhou, Dean F Wong, Clifford I Workman
Neuropathological and neuroimaging studies have consistently demonstrated degeneration of monoamine systems, especially the serotonin system, in normal aging and Alzheimer's disease. The evidence for degeneration of the serotonin system in mild cognitive impairment is limited. Thus, the goal of the present study was to measure the serotonin transporter in vivo in mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls. The serotonin transporter is a selective marker of serotonin terminals and of the integrity of serotonin projections to cortical, subcortical and limbic regions, as well as the cell bodies of origin (raphe nuclei)...
May 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465303/epidemiology-of-blindness-in-children
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REVIEW
Ameenat Lola Solebo, Lucinda Teoh, Jugnoo Rahi
An estimated 14 million of the world's children are blind. A blind child is more likely to live in socioeconomic deprivation, to be more frequently hospitalised during childhood and to die in childhood than a child not living with blindness. This update of a previous review on childhood visual impairment focuses on emerging therapies for children with severe visual disability (severe visual impairment and blindness or SVI/BL).For children in higher income countries, cerebral visual impairment and optic nerve anomalies remain the most common causes of SVI/BL, while retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and cataract are now the most common avoidable causes...
May 2, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463704/recovery-of-orthographic-processing-after-stroke-a%C3%A2-longitudinal-fmri-study
#4
Jeremy Purcell, Rajani Sebastian, Richard Leigh, Samson Jarso, Cameron Davis, Joseph Posner, Amy Wright, Argye E Hillis
An intact orthographic processing system is critical for normal reading and spelling. Here we investigate the neural changes associated with impairment and subsequent recovery of the orthographic lexical processing system in an individual with an ischemic left posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stroke. This work describes a longitudinal case study of a patient, whose initials are MMY, with impairments in orthographic lexical processing for reading and spelling at stroke onset, and who recovered these skills within 1 year post stroke...
April 8, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455541/review-of-management-and-morbidity-of-pediatric-craniopharyngioma-patients-in-a-low-middle-income-country-a-12-year-experience
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Nisreen Amayiri, Maisa Swaidan, Yocoub Yousef, Hadeel Halalsheh, Ramiz Abu-Hijlih, Sima Kalaldeh, Maha Barbar, Maher Elayyan, Nesreen Faqih, Maysa Al-Hussaini, Mustafa Mehyar, Ute Bartels, James Drake, Awni Musharbash, Eric Bouffet
BACKGROUND: Management of craniopharyngioma in children is challenging, and their quality of life can be significantly affected. Series describing this from low-middle income countries (LMIC) are few. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study provides a retrospective chart review of pediatric patients <18 years old, diagnosed with craniopharyngioma between 2003 and 2014, and treated at King Hussein Cancer Center, Jordan. RESULTS: Twenty-four patients (12 males) were identified...
April 28, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450178/visual-impairment-in-children-with-congenital-zika-syndrome
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Liana O Ventura, Camila V Ventura, Linda Lawrence, Vanessa van der Linden, Ana van der Linden, Adriana L Gois, Milena M Cavalcanti, Eveline Araujo Barros, Natalia C Dias, Audina M Berrocal, Marilyn T Miller
PURPOSE: To describe the visual impairment associated with ocular and neurological abnormalities in a cohort of children with congenital Zika syndrome (CZS). METHODS: This cross-sectional study included infants with microcephaly born in Pernambuco, Brazil, from May to December 2015. Immunoglobulin M antibody capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the Zika virus on the cerebrospinal fluid samples was positive for all infants. Clinical evaluation consisted of comprehensive ophthalmologic examination including visual acuity, visual function assessment, visual developmental milestone, neurologic examination, and neuroimaging...
April 24, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438578/global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats-leads-to-amnesia-due-to-selective-neuronal-death-followed-by-astroglial-scar-formation-in-the-ca1-layer
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Kevin Sadelli, Jean-Claude Stamegna, Stéphane D Girard, Nathalie Baril, Guy Escoffier, Maïna Brus, Antoine D Véron, Michel Khrestchatisky, François S Roman
Global Cerebral Ischemia (GCI) occurs following cardiac arrest or neonatal asphyxia and leads to harmful neurological consequences. In most cases, patients who survive cardiac arrest develop severe cognitive and motor impairments. This study focused on learning and memory deficits associated with brain neuroanatomical reorganization that appears after GCI. The four-vessel occlusion (4VO) model was performed to produce a transient GCI. Hippocampal lesions in ischemic rats were visualized using anatomical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (aMRI)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432017/dual-functional-nanoparticles-for-precise-drug-delivery-to-alzheimer-s-disease-lesions-targeting-mechanisms-pharmacodynamics-and-safety
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Xiaoyao Zheng, Chi Zhang, Qian Guo, Xu Wan, Xiayan Shao, Qingfeng Liu, Qizhi Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by the cerebral accumulation of extracellular amyloid plaques. In a previous study, this histopathological hallmark was used as a target on a dual-functional nanoparticle (TQNP) to deliver biotechnological drugs, such as the H102 peptide, a β-sheet breaker, to AD lesions precisely. This delivery system could reduce the amyloid-β (Aβ) burden in the brains of AD model mice, as well as ameliorated the memory impairment of the mice...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430885/lesion-mapping-of-stroke-related-erectile-dysfunction
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Klemens Winder, Frank Seifert, Martin Köhrmann, Carl Crodel, Stephan Kloska, Arnd Dörfler, Katharina M Hösl, Stefan Schwab, Max J Hilz
Acute ischaemic stroke in brain areas contributing to male sexual function may impair erectile function depending on the lesion site. This study intended to determine associations between stroke-related erectile dysfunction and cerebral ischaemic lesion sites using voxel-based lesion mapping. In 52 males (mean age 60.5 ± 10.5 years) with first-ever ischaemic strokes, we assessed erectile function after and retrospectively 3 months prior to the stroke using scores of the 5-item International Index of Erectile Function-5 questionnaire...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430880/cerebral-abscess-associated-with-odontogenic-bacteremias-hypoxemia-and-iron-loading-in-immunocompetent-patients-with-right-to-left-shunting-through-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations
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E J Boother, S Brownlow, H C Tighe, K B Bamford, J E Jackson, C L Shovlin
Background: Cerebral abscess is a recognised complication of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) that allow systemic venous blood to bypass the pulmonary capillary bed through anatomic right-to-left shunts. Broader implications and mechanisms remain poorly explored. Methods: Between June 2005 and December 2016, at a single institution, 445 consecutive adult patients with CT-scan confirmed PAVMs (including 403 (90.5%) with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia) were recruited to a prospective series...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424613/the-relationship-between-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-hippocampal-volume-and-cognitive-functioning-in-patients-with-copd-an-mri-study
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Fiona A H M Cleutjens, Rudolf W H M Ponds, Martijn A Spruit, Saartje Burgmans, Heidi I L Jacobs, Ed H B M Gronenschild, Julie Staals, Frits M E Franssen, Jeanette B Dijkstra, Lowie E G W Vanfleteren, Paul A Hofman, Emiel F M Wouters, Daisy J A Janssen
The neural correlates of cognitive impairment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not yet understood. Structural brain abnormalities could possibly be associated with the presence of cognitive impairment through cigarette smoke, inflammation, vascular disease, or hypoxemia in these patients. This study aimed to investigate whether macrostructural brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and hippocampal volume (HCV) are related to cognitive performance in patients with COPD...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418523/neurocognitive-trajectory-of-boys-who-received-a-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-at-an-early-stage-of-childhood-cerebral-adrenoleukodystrophy
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Elizabeth I Pierpont, Julie B Eisengart, Ryan Shanley, David Nascene, Gerald V Raymond, Elsa G Shapiro, Rich S Ziegler, Paul J Orchard, Weston P Miller
Importance: Untreated childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (cALD) is a fatal disease associated with progressive cerebral demyelination and rapid, devastating neurologic decline. The standard of care to enhance long-term survival and stabilize cerebral disease is a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Neurologic outcomes are better when HSCT occurs at an earlier stage of cALD, yet there is limited understanding of the neurocognitive trajectory of patients who undergo HSCT. Objectives: To characterize neurocognitive outcomes of boys with cALD and early-stage cerebral disease who were treated with an allogeneic HSCT and to identify disease- and treatment-related factors associated with long-term functioning...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409729/neuropsychological-function-after-endovascular-and-neurosurgical-treatment-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Peter Egeto, R Loch Macdonald, Tisha J Ornstein, Tom A Schweizer
OBJECTIVE Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is treated with either surgical clipping or endovascular coiling, though the latter is the preferred treatment method given its more favorable functional outcomes. However, neuropsychological functioning after treatment is rarely taken into account. In this meta-analysis, the authors synthesized relevant data from the literature and compared neuropsychological functioning in patients after coiling and clipping of SAH. They hypothesized that the coiled patients would outperform the clipped patients; that group differences would be greater with higher posterior circulation rupture rates, in older patients, and in more recent publications; that group differences would be smaller with greater rates of middle cerebral artery (MCA) rupture; and that anterior communicating artery (ACoA) rupture rates would not influence effect sizes...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407718/perspectives-on-tactile-intervention-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-framework-to-guide-clinical-reasoning-and-future-research
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Megan L Auld, Leanne M Johnston
PURPOSE: Many children with cerebral palsy (CP) are known to experience tactile impairments. Research evaluating specific interventions to manage this is, however, minimal. This paper seeks to consolidate current literature and provide a framework to help clinicians and researchers think strategically about tactile treatment selection and future research planning. METHOD: The framework is described via a novel analogy - "The Apartment Block Theory". The theory describes the relative effectiveness of three intervention strategies aimed at overcoming a poorly responsive tactile system: (1) Pressing the buzzer - providing repeated passive tactile stimulation at the periphery; (2) Sneaking in the door - providing active tactile-enhanced motor training that capitalises on the opportunity to provide high-dose tactile input during motor interventions; and (3) Connecting another way - providing visually enhanced touch strategies with the aim of enhancing tactile function, which can be compared to phoning the apartment as an alternative to using the buzzer...
April 14, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377535/grin2b-encephalopathy-novel-findings-on-phenotype-variant-clustering-functional-consequences-and-treatment-aspects
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Konrad Platzer, Hongjie Yuan, Hannah Schütz, Alexander Winschel, Wenjuan Chen, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Henrike O Heyne, Katherine L Helbig, Sha Tang, Marcia C Willing, Brad T Tinkle, Darius J Adams, Christel Depienne, Boris Keren, Cyril Mignot, Eirik Frengen, Petter Strømme, Saskia Biskup, Dennis Döcker, Tim M Strom, Heather C Mefford, Candace T Myers, Alison M Muir, Amy LaCroix, Lynette Sadleir, Ingrid E Scheffer, Eva Brilstra, Mieke M van Haelst, Jasper J van der Smagt, Levinus A Bok, Rikke S Møller, Uffe B Jensen, John J Millichap, Anne T Berg, Ethan M Goldberg, Isabelle De Bie, Stephanie Fox, Philippe Major, Julie R Jones, Elaine H Zackai, Rami Abou Jamra, Arndt Rolfs, Richard J Leventer, John A Lawson, Tony Roscioli, Floor E Jansen, Emmanuelle Ranza, Christian M Korff, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Carolina Courage, Tarja Linnankivi, Douglas R Smith, Christine Stanley, Mark Mintz, Dianalee McKnight, Amy Decker, Wen-Hann Tan, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Lauren I Brady, Markus Wolff, Lutz Dondit, Helio F Pedro, Sarah E Parisotto, Kelly L Jones, Anup D Patel, David N Franz, Rena Vanzo, Elysa Marco, Judith D Ranells, Nataliya Di Donato, William B Dobyns, Bodo Laube, Stephen F Traynelis, Johannes R Lemke
BACKGROUND: We aimed for a comprehensive delineation of genetic, functional and phenotypic aspects of GRIN2B encephalopathy and explored potential prospects of personalised medicine. METHODS: Data of 48 individuals with de novo GRIN2B variants were collected from several diagnostic and research cohorts, as well as from 43 patients from the literature. Functional consequences and response to memantine treatment were investigated in vitro and eventually translated into patient care...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373149/immune-system-activation-in-the-pathogenesis-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
#16
REVIEW
Zheng Chen, Gui-Quan Shen, Alexander Lerner, Bo Gao
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinical-radiological syndrome characterized by a variable combination of headaches, seizures, altered mental status, visual impairment, focal neurological signs and symmetric vasogenic edema in bilateral posterior cerebral circulation territory. The pathogenesis of PRES is still controversial. Most of the clinical conditions associated with PRES involve a systemic toxicity response in the entire organism with activation of the cells of the immune system and cytokines...
March 31, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363689/medication-and-supplement-use-in-disability-football-world-championships
#17
Daniel Broman, Osman Hassan Ahmed, Philippe M Tscholl, Richard Weiler
BACKGROUND: Individuals with an impairment comprise more than 15% of the world's population, many of whom can benefit greatly from participation in sport. The provision of medical services in disability sport is a challenging area with a lack of scientific evidence. Given the positive impact that sport can have on the people with an impairment, it is vital that measures are taken to better understand the medical issues posed by disability sport. It is well established that medications and supplements are overused in sport, particularly within professional football, but there is no current evidence on medication or supplement use in elite disability football...
March 28, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362900/the-davida-teller-award-lecture-2016-visual-brain-development-a-review-of-dorsal-stream-vulnerability-motion-mathematics-amblyopia-actions-and-attention
#18
Janette Atkinson
Research in the Visual Development Unit on "dorsal stream vulnerability' (DSV) arose from research in two somewhat different areas. In the first, using cortical milestones for local and global processing from our neurobiological model, we identified cerebral visual impairment in infants in the first year of life. In the second, using photo/videorefraction in population refractive screening programs, we showed that infant spectacle wear could reduce the incidence of strabismus and amblyopia, but many preschool children, who had been significantly hyperopic earlier, showed visuo-motor and attentional deficits...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359919/the-role-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-type-1-in-unimodal-and-multimodal-object-recognition-task-in-rats
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Mahboobeh Bannazadeh, Farangis Fatehi, Iman Fatemi, Ali Roohbakhsh, Mohammad Allahtavakoli, Mahin Nasiri, Mahdieh Azin, Ali Shamsizadeh
BACKGROUND: The role of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) channels in learning and memory processes has recently been recognized. In the present study, the role of this receptor in the multisensory integration process was investigated. METHODS: This study was done using 96 male Wistar rats, which were kept in a reverse 12-12h dark/light cycle. Unimodal and multimodal object recognition task was performed by four variations of the spontaneous object recognition (SOR) test including standard SOR, tactile SOR, visual SOR, and cross-modal visual-tactile SOR (CMOR)...
June 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350769/gait-training-with-visual-feedback-and-proprioceptive-input-to-reduce-gait-asymmetry-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy-a-case-series
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Ilana Levin, Michael D Lewek, Jeff Feasel, Deborah E Thorpe
PURPOSE: The purpose of this case series was to investigate the feasibility of using visual feedback on gait asymmetry during gait retraining and whether this leads to reduced asymmetry, improvement in gait speed, cost of walking, and dynamic balance in ambulant adults with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: Five adults with CP, who were ambulatory and had step length or stance time asymmetry, trained for 18 sessions on a split-belt treadmill with concurrent visual feedback from a virtual environment...
April 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
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