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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156241/pre-linguistic-segmentation-of-speech-into-syllable-like-units
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Okko Räsänen, Gabriel Doyle, Michael C Frank
Syllables are often considered to be central to infant and adult speech perception. Many theories and behavioral studies on early language acquisition are also based on syllable-level representations of spoken language. There is little clarity, however, on what sort of pre-linguistic "syllable" would actually be accessible to an infant with no phonological or lexical knowledge. Anchored by the notion that syllables are organized around particularly sonorous (audible) speech sounds, the present study investigates the feasibility of speech segmentation into syllable-like chunks without any a priori linguistic knowledge...
November 17, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156015/european-prospective-multicentre-study-of-hybrid-thoracoscopic-and-transcatheter-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-the-historic-af-trial
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Claudio Muneretto, Gianluigi Bisleri, Fabrizio Rosati, Ralf Krakor, Laura Giroletti, Lorenzo Di Bacco, Alberto Repossini, Massimo Moltrasio, Antonio Curnis, Claudio Tondo, Gianluca Polvani
OBJECTIVES: The HISTORIC-AF trial is a prospective, multicentre, single-arm study designed to evaluate the outcomes of a staged endoscopic and transcatheter ablation in patients with stand-alone, persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, 100 consecutive patients were enrolled and underwent thoracoscopic left atrial epicardial isolation ('box lesion') followed by transcatheter ablation in case of AF recurrency. The safety end point was the composite outcome of freedom from major adverse events at 30-days, while efficacy end points were: (i) primary: freedom from AF and stable sinus rhythm following isolated thoracospic ablation >60% and (ii) secondary: freedom from AF and stable sinus rhythm >80% following hybrid ablation (as per HRS criteria)...
October 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155866/correction-multiscale-adaptive-analysis-of-circadian-rhythms-and-intradaily-variability-application-to-actigraphy-time-series-in-acute-insomnia-subjects
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155851/pac1-and-vpac2-receptors-in-light-regulated-behavior-and-physiology-studies-in-single-and-double-mutant-mice
#4
Jens Hannibal, Birgitte Georg, Jan Fahrenkrug
The two sister peptides, pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) and their receptors, the PAC1 -and the VPAC2 receptors, are involved in regulation of the circadian timing system. PACAP as a neurotransmitter in the retinohypothalamic tract (RHT) and VIP as a neurotransmitter, involved in synchronization of SCN neurons. Behavior and physiology in VPAC2 deficient mice are strongly regulated by light most likely as a result of masking. Consequently, we used VPAC2 and PAC1/VPAC2 double mutant mice in comparison with PAC1 receptor deficient mice to further elucidate the role of PACAP in the light mediated regulation of behavior and physiology of the circadian system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155709/a-computational-method-to-quantify-fly-circadian-activity
#5
Andrey Lazopulo, Sheyum Syed
In most animals and plants, circadian clocks orchestrate behavioral and molecular processes and synchronize them to the daily light-dark cycle. Fundamental mechanisms that underlie this temporal control are widely studied using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. In flies, the clock is typically studied by analyzing multiday locomotor recording. Such a recording shows a complex bimodal pattern with two peaks of activity: a morning peak that happens around dawn, and an evening peak that happens around dusk...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154930/suicide-attempts-in-children-and-adolescents-the-place-of-clock-genes-and-early-rhythm-dysfunction
#6
Bertrand Olliac, Lisa Ouss, Annaëlle Charrier
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death among young people, and suicidal ideation and behavior are relatively common in healthy and clinical populations. Suicide risk in childhood and adolescence is often approached from the perspective of nosographic categories to which predictive variables for suicidal acts are often linked. The cascading effects resulting from altered clock genes in a pediatric population could participate in biological rhythm abnormalities and the emergence of suicide attempts through impaired regulation of circadian rhythms and emotional states with neurodevelopmental effects...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154821/heterotaxy-syndrome-and-associated-arrhythmias-in-pediatric-patients
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Mary C Niu, Heather A Dickerson, Judson A Moore, Caridad de la Uz, Santiago O Valdés, Jeffrey J Kim, David E Bard, Shaine A Morris, Christina Y Miyake
BACKGROUND: Heterotaxy Syndrome (HS) is a rare disorder with complex anatomy involving misarrangements of the cardiac conduction system. Arrhythmias may be related to anatomic variations and contribute to morbidity. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the associations between arrhythmias, anatomy, and outcomes in a large HS cohort. METHODS: A single center retrospective review of patients diagnosed with HS ≤ 21 years of age was performed...
November 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154632/auditory-over-visual-advantage-of-sensorimotor-synchronization-in-6-to-7-year-old-children-but-not-in-12-to-15-year-old-children-and-adults
#8
Yan Mu, Yingyu Huang, Chao Ji, Li Gu, Xiang Wu
The superiority of the auditory over visual modality in sensorimotor synchronization-a fundamental ability to coordinate movements with external rhythms-has long been established, whereas recent metronome synchronization work showed that synchronization of a visual bouncing ball was not less stable than synchronization of auditory tones in adults. The present study examined synchronization to isochronous sequences composed of auditory tones, visual flashes, or a bouncing ball in 6- to 7-year-old children, 12- to 15-year-old children, and 19- to 29-year-old adults...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154494/interplay-between-environmentally-modulated-feedback-loops-hypoxia-and-circadian-rhythms-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
#9
Reinhard Depping, Henrik Oster
Sensing of environmental parameters is critically important for cells of metazoan organisms. Members of the superfamily of bHLH-PAS transcription factors, involved in oxygen sensing and circadian rhythm generation, are important players in such molecular pathways. The interplay between both networks includes a so far unknown factor, connecting PER2 (circadian clocks) to hypoxia sensing (HIF-1 α) to result in a more adapted state of homeostasis at the right time.
November 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154430/lower-than-expected-burden-of-premature-ventricular-contractions-impairs-myocardial-function
#10
Øyvind H Lie, Jørg Saberniak, Lars A Dejgaard, Mathis K Stokke, Finn Hegbom, Ole-Gunnar Anfinsen, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
AIMS: We aimed to explore the burden of frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) associated with myocardial dysfunction in patients with outflow tract arrhythmia (OTA). We hypothesized that this threshold is lower than the previously suggested threshold of 24 000 PVCs/24 h (24%PVC) when systolic function is assessed by strain echocardiography. Furthermore, we aimed to characterize OTA patients with malignant arrhythmic events. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 52 patients referred for OTA ablation (46 ± 12 years, 58% female)...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154288/patterns-of-calcium-signaling-a-link-between-chronic-emotions-and-cancer
#11
Massimo Pregnolato, Giuseppe Damiani, Alfredo Pereira
Intra and inter-cellular calcium signaling is present in all types of cells and body tissues. In the human brain, calcium currents and waves are related to mental activities, including emotions. We present a theoretical interpretation of these phenomena suggesting their involvement in chronic emotional patterns and in the pathology of cancer. Recent developments on biophysics, translational biology and psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI) can support explanatory hypotheses about the link between emotional stresses and the origin and development of different types of tumor cells...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154201/neuroendocrine-disorder-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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Slavica Tomic, Snezana Brkic, Dajana Lendak, Daniela Maric, Milica Medic Stojanoska, Aleksandra Novakov Mikic
Background/aim: Neuroendocrine disorders are considered a possible pathogenetic mechanism in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The aim of our study was to determine the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) and thyroid function in women of reproductive age suffering from CFS. Materials and methods: The study included 40 women suffering from CFS and 40 healthy women (15-45 years old). Serum levels of cortisol (0800 and 1800 hours), ACTH, total T4, total T3, and TSH were measured in all subjects...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153706/load-sharing-in-the-lumbosacral-spine-in-neutral-standing-flexed-postures-a-combined-finite-element-and-inverse-static-study
#13
Tao Liu, Kinda Khalaf, Sadegh Naserkhaki, Marwan El-Rich
Understanding load-sharing in the spine during in-vivo conditions is critical for better spinal implant design and testing. Previous studies of load-sharing that considered actual spinal geometry applied compressive follower load, with or without moment, to simulate muscle forces. Other studies used musculoskeletal models, which include muscle forces, but model the discs by simple beams or spherical joints and ignore the articular facet joints. This study investigated load-sharing in neutral standing and flexed postures using a detailed Finite Element (FE) model of the ligamentous lumbosacral spine, where muscle forces, gravity loads and intra-abdominal pressure, as predicted by a musculoskeletal model of the upper body, are input into the FE model...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153567/potential-usefulness-and-clinical-relevance-of-adding-left-atrial-strain-to-left-atrial-volume-index-in-the-detection-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction
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Daniel A Morris, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Radhakrishnan Aravind-Kumar, Martin Kropf, Athanasios Frydas, Kerstin Braunauer, Esteban Marquez, Maximilian Krisper, Ruhdja Lindhorst, Engin Osmanoglou, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Carsten Tschöpe, Frank Edelmann, Burkert Pieske, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze the potential usefulness and clinical relevance of adding left atrial (LA) strain to left atrial volume index (LAVI) in the detection of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that LA strain could be of use in the evaluation of LVDD. However, the potential utility and clinical significance of adding LA strain to LAVI in the detection of LVDD remains uncertain...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153327/auditory-sensitivity-and-decision-criteria-oscillate-at-different-frequencies-separately-for-the-two-ears
#15
Hao Tam Ho, Johahn Leung, David C Burr, David Alais, Maria Concetta Morrone
Many behavioral measures of visual perception fluctuate continually in a rhythmic manner, reflecting the influence of endogenous brain oscillations, particularly theta (∼4-7 Hz) and alpha (∼8-12 Hz) rhythms [1-3]. However, it is unclear whether these oscillations are unique to vision or whether auditory performance also oscillates [4, 5]. Several studies report no oscillatory modulation in audition [6, 7], while those with positive findings suffer from confounds relating to neural entrainment [8-10]. Here, we used a bilateral pitch-identification task to investigate rhythmic fluctuations in auditory performance separately for the two ears and applied signal detection theory (SDT) to test for oscillations of both sensitivity and criterion (changes in decision boundary) [11, 12]...
November 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152931/can-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-predict-outcome-after-cardiac-arrest
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Vito Fontana, Savino Spadaro, Paola Villois, Claudia Righy Shinotsuka, Alberto Fogagnolo, Leda Nobile, Jean-Louis Vincent, Jacques Creteur, Fabio S Taccone
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients, high red blood cell distribution width (RDW) values have been associated with increased hospital mortality, but there are no data on the impact of RDW on outcomes of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest (CA). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between RDW and long-term neurologic outcome in CA survivors. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of an institutional database including all unconscious adult patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after non-traumatic CA between January 2007 and January 2015...
November 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151193/disturbances-of-diurnal-phase-markers-behavior-and-clock-genes-in-a-rat-model-of-depression-modulatory-effects-of-agomelatine-treatment
#17
K Højgaard, S L Christiansen, E V Bouzinova, O Wiborg
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a growing problem worldwide. Though, the etiology remains unresolved, circadian rhythm disturbances are frequently observed in MDD and thus is speculated to play a key role herein. The present study focuses on circadian rhythm disturbances in the chronic mild stress (CMS) animal model of depression and examined whether the atypical antidepressant, agomelatine, which is mediating its action via melatonergic and serotonergic receptors, is capable of resynchronizing the perturbed rhythm...
November 19, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151070/circadian-rhythms-of-melatonin-and-cortisol-in-manifest-huntington-s-disease-and-in-acute-cortical-ischemic-stroke
#18
A Adamczak-Ratajczak, J Kupsz, M Owecki, D Zielonka, A Sowinska, Z Checinska-Maciejewska, H Krauss, S Michalak, M Gibas-Dorna
Recent studies indicate disruptions to the circadian system in brain injury and neurodegeneration. The results, however, are often not consistent and limited by measurement of only one circadian marker and by infrequent sampling rates. In this study, we examined diurnal rhythmicity in different stages of Huntington (HD) disease and in patients with acute moderate ischemic stroke (AIS) outside the retinohypothalamic pathway by evaluating serum concentrations of melatonin and cortisol at twelve timepoints. All study participants were subjected to the same study protocol of 12-hour light/dark cycle and controlled room conditions...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#19
Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150901/expression-of-the-clock-gene-rev-erb%C3%AE-in-the-brain-controls-the-circadian-organization-of-food-intake-and-locomotor-activity-but-not-daily-variations-of-energy-metabolism
#20
Satish Sen, Stéphanie Dumont, Dominique Sage-Ciocca, Sophie Reibel, Paul de Goede, Andries Kalsbeek, Etienne Challet
The nuclear receptor REV-ERBα is part of the molecular clock mechanism and thought to be involved in a variety of biological processes within metabolically active peripheral tissues as well. To investigate whether Rev-erbα (also known as Nr1d1) in the brain plays a role in the daily variations of energy metabolism, feeding behaviour and the sleep-wake cycle, we studied mice with global (GKO) or brain (BKO) deletion of Rev-erbα. Mice were studied both in a light-dark cycle and constant darkness, and 24-h variations of Respiratory quotient (RQ) and energy expenditure, as well as the temporal patterns of rest-activity and feeding behavior were recorded...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
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