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Masato Kasagi, Tomokazu Motegi, Kosuke Narita, Kazuyuki Fujihara, Yusuke Suzuki, Minami Tagawa, Koichi Ujita, Hirotaka Shimada, Masato Fukuda
BACKGROUND: Although recent studies have suggested that the γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor binding affinity can be a more sensitive marker of age-related neuronal loss than regional gray matter (GM) volume, knowledge about the relationship between decreased GABAA receptor binding affinity and cognitive decline during normal aging is still limited. METHODS: Thirty-seven healthy elderly individuals (aged 50-77 years (mean, 64.5 ± 7.3 years); 15 males and 22 females) were enrolled in this study...
March 21, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Bing Wu, Yi Yang, Shuai Zhou, Wei Wang, Zizhen Wang, Gang Hu, Jianghong He, Xinhuai Wu
Purpose: Diagnostic error is common among patients with vegetative state (VS) and minimally conscious state (MCS). The purpose of this article is to use three-dimensional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (pcASL) to compare cerebral blood flow (CBF) patterns in patients in MCS with those in VS. Methods: Patients meeting MCS and VS criteria were identified. Two post-labeling delay (PLD) time pcASL on 3.0-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner system were performed with patients in the resting awake state...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Shiteng Suo, Lan Zhang, Hui Tang, Qihong Ni, Suqin Li, Haimin Mao, Xiangyu Liu, Shengyun He, Jianxun Qu, Qing Lu, Jianrong Xu
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques including arterial spin labeling (ASL), blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD), and intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM), are capable of measuring tissue perfusion-related parameters. We sought to evaluate and compare these three CMR techniques in characterizing skeletal muscle perfusion in lower extremities and to investigate their abilities to diagnose and assess the severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Nobuyuki Kosaka, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Tetsuji Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Masayuki Kanamoto, Naoyuki Takei, Kenji Takata, Jin Takahashi, Yoshio Yoshida, Hirohiko Kimura
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the vascularity of retained products of conception (RPOC) using arterial spin-labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) to clarify the clinical feasibility of this approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pulsed-continuous ASL sequence with echo-planar imaging (EPI) acquisitions was used. Ten consecutive patients with RPOC were enrolled. All ASL images were evaluated visually and semiquantitatively and compared with the findings of Doppler ultrasound (US) and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)...
March 16, 2018: Magma
P Kushalnagar, A Engleman, G Sadler
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether mode of communication and patient centered communication (PCC) with physicians were associated with the likelihood of deaf smokers inquiring about lung cancer screening. METHODS: An accessible health survey including questions about PCC, modes of communication, smoking status and lung cancer screening was administered in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL) to a nationwide sample of deaf adults from February to August 2017. Of 703 deaf adults who answered the lung screening question, 188 were 55-80 years old...
March 5, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Catalina Burbano, Juan Villar-Vesga, Janine Orejuela, Carlos Muñoz, Adriana Vanegas, Gloria Vásquez, Mauricio Rojas, Diana Castaño
Microparticles (MPs) are vesicles derived from the plasma membrane of different cells, are considered a source of circulating autoantigens, and can form immune complexes (MPs-ICs). The number of MPs and MPs-ICs increases in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). MPs activate myeloid cells by inducing IL-6 and TNF-α in both SLE and other diseases. Therefore, we propose that the recognition of MPs-ICs by monocytes rather that MPs may define their phenotype and contribute to the inflammatory process in patients with SLE...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Katherine L Wright, Yun Jiang, Dan Ma, Douglas C Noll, Mark A Griswold, Vikas Gulani, Luis Hernandez-Garcia
In this study, the acquisition of ASL data and quantification of multiple hemodynamic parameters was explored using a Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) approach. A pseudo-continuous ASL labeling scheme was used with pseudo-randomized timings to acquire the MRF ASL data in a 2.5 min acquisition. A large dictionary of MRF ASL signals was generated by combining a wide range of physical and hemodynamic properties with the pseudo-random MRF ASL sequence and a two-compartment model. The acquired signals were matched to the dictionary to provide simultaneous quantification of cerebral blood flow, tissue time-to-peak, cerebral blood volume, arterial time-to-peak, B1 , and T1...
March 12, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tianyu Liu, Duochen Jin, Samiullah Khan, Xue Chen, Tao Shi, Wenxiao Dong, Yanrong Qi, Zixuan Guo, Bangmao Wang, Hailong Cao
OBJECTIVE: A growing body of evidence indicates that patients with colorectal serrated lesions especially advanced serrated lesions (ASLs) are at risk of subsequent malignancy. This study aimed to provide more information for endoscopists for the management of ASLs by analyzing the clinicopathological features of ASLs, and the association between the presence of ASL and synchronous advanced colorectal neoplasia (sACN) in China. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional study of data from 38,981 symptomatic patients who underwent colonoscopy between January 2010 and March 2016...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Digestive Diseases
Julio Cesar Castellanos-Ramírez, Alvaro J Ruíz, Patricia Hidalgo-Martínez, Liliana Otero-Mendoza
Sleep studies conducted at an altitude that is different from the home altitude can yield misleading results regarding the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The objective of the present study was to determine the sleep characteristics of a patient undergoing polysomnography (PSG) in three Colombian cities at different altitudes (Bogotá, at 2,640 m above sea level [ASL]; Bucaramanga, at 959 m ASL; and Santa Marta, at 15 m ASL). The patient was an obese man with diabetes and suspected OSA. All PSG recordings were scored and interpreted in accordance with American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria...
January 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
Peiying Liu, Ying Qi, Zixuan Lin, Qiyong Guo, Xiaoming Wang, Hanzhang Lu
Abnormal cerebral blood flow (CBF) is implicated in several neonatal and infant diseases. However, measurement of CBF in this population remains difficult and has not been used in routine clinical MRI. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) methods suffer from both low SNR and poor quantification when applied to very young children. Furthermore, rapid change in brain physiology in this age range makes it difficult to choose sequence parameters such as labeling pulse flip angle and post labeling delay. Phase-contrast (PC) MRI is another approach to measure flow...
March 10, 2018: NeuroImage
Hamid Tayebi Khosroshahi, Nosratola D Vaziri, Behzad Abedi, Bahlol Habibi Asl, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Wanghui Jing, Amir Mansur Vatankhah
INTRODUCTION: Systemic inflammation and oxidative stress play a central role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease and numerous other complications of CKD. Recent studies demonstrated that consumption of a diet enriched with amylose (HAM-RS2), attenuates oxidative stress and inflammation, and improves intestinal microbiome in CKD rats. The present study was designed to explore the effect of dietary amylose supplementation in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: Forty-six stable hemodialysis patients were randomized to receive biscuits containing 20 g/day during the first four weeks and 25 g/day in the next four weeks of either HAM-RS2 or wheat-flour...
March 13, 2018: Hemodialysis International
Pengmin Qin, Niall W Duncan, David Yen-Ting Chen, Chi-Jen Chen, Li-Kai Huang, Zirui Huang, Chien-Yuan E Lin, Christine Wiebking, Che-Ming Yang, Georg Northoff, Timothy Lane
Neural activity varies continually from moment to moment. Such temporal variability (TV) has been highlighted as a functionally specific brain property playing a fundamental role in cognition. We sought to investigate the mechanisms involved in TV changes between two basic behavioural states, namely having the eyes open (EO) or eyes closed (EC) in vivo in humans. To these ends we acquired BOLD fMRI, ASL, and [18 F]-fluoro-deoxyglucose PET in a group of healthy participants (n = 15), along with BOLD fMRI and [18 F]-flumazenil PET in a separate group (n = 19)...
March 9, 2018: Neuroscience
Katsuya Komatsu, Masahiko Wanibuchi, Takeshi Mikami, Yukinori Akiyama, Satoshi Iihoshi, Kei Miyata, Toshiya Sugino, Kengo Suzuki, Aya Kanno, Shouhei Noshiro, Shunya Ohtaki, Nobuhiro Mikuni
BACKGROUND: Preoperative evaluation of malignancy in gliomas is important for surgical planning, particularly to determine if a 1,3-bis-2-chloroethyl-1-nitrosourea wafer should be placed into the tumor cavity. In some cases, the intraoperative pathological diagnosis of World Health Organization grade differs from the final diagnosis. Supplemental methods in addition to the routine contrast tomography or magnetic resonance imaging sequences may provide a more accurate preoperative diagnosis...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Dong Zhang, Pengcheng Xu, Hongyu Qiao, Xin Liu, Liangping Luo, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Changzheng Shi
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular events are frequently associated with hemodynamic disturbance caused by internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. It is challenging to determine the ischemia-related carotid stenosis during the intervention only using digital subtracted angiography (DSA). Inspired by the performance of well-established FFRct technique in hemodynamic assessment of significant coronary stenosis, we introduced a pressure-based carotid arterial functional assessment (CAFA) index generated from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation in DSA data, and investigated its feasibility in the assessment of hemodynamic disturbance preliminarily using pressure-wired measurement and arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI as references...
March 12, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Lirong Yan, Collin Y Liu, Koon-Pong Wong, Sung-Cheng Huang, Wendy J Mack, Kay Jann, Giovanni Coppola, John M Ringman, Danny J J Wang
Autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (ADAD) is a small subset of Alzheimer's disease that is genetically determined with 100% penetrance. It provides a valuable window into studying the course of pathologic processes that leads to dementia. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI is a potential AD imaging marker that non-invasively measures cerebral perfusion. In this study, we investigated the relationship of cerebral blood flow measured by pseudo-continuous ASL (pCASL) MRI with measures of cerebral metabolism (FDG PET) and amyloid deposition (Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) PET)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Qi-Lin Zhang, Xing-Zhuo Yang, Li Zhang, Run-Qiu Feng, Qian-Hua Zhu, Jun-Yuan Chen, Ming-Long Yuan
Given mitochondrion is the 'energy and oxygen usage factories', adaptive signatures of mitochondrial genes have been extensively investigated in vertebrates from different altitudes, but few studies focus on insects. Here, we sequenced the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Dolycoris. baccarum living in the Tibetan Plateau (DBHC, ∼3200 m above sea level (asl)) and conducted a detailed comparative analysis with another D. baccarum mitogenome (DBQY) from relatively low altitude (∼1300 m asl)...
March 9, 2018: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
D Keszthelyi, Q Aziz, J K Ruffle, O O'Daly, D Sanders, K Krause, S C Williams, M A Howard
BACKGROUND: Traditional psychometric measures aimed at characterizing the pain experience often show considerable overlap, due to interlinked affective and modulatory processes under central nervous system control. Neuroimaging studies have been employed to investigate this complexity of pain processing, in an attempt to provide a quantifiable, adjunctive description of pain perception. In this exploratory study, we examine psychometric and neuroimaging data from 38 patients with painful osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Alexander Alamri, Aswin Chari, Gráinne McKenna, Ian Kamaly-Asl, Peter C Whitfield
Selection of junior doctors into the British neurosurgical training program and subsequent speciality training have undergone several key changes over the past decade. Shift patterns in the era of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) have had a major impact on surgical training. We discuss the national selection process, formalization of surgical simulation training and the need to encompass generic professional capabilities within the neurosurgical curriculum in order to create the "well-rounded surgeon"...
March 8, 2018: Medical Teacher
Lu-Ping Li, Jon Thacker, Wei Li, Huan Tan, Chi Wang, Orly Kohn, Stuart Sprague, Pottumarthi Prasad
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those likely to respond to candidate therapeutics is urgently needed. Functional MRI measurements have shown promise. However, knowledge about the consistency of the measurements is essential to conduct longitudinal studies. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the consistency of repeated functional MRI measurements in healthy subjects. STUDY TYPE: Prospective, longitudinal study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Dooman Arefan, Alireza Talebpour, Nasrin Ahmadinejhad, Alireza Kamali Asl
Purpose: Validation of the Gate tool in digital mammography image simulation from the viewpoint of image quality (contrast of calcifications). Materials and Methods: The polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) phantom containing aluminum foils in different thicknesses is used for measuring the contrast of calcifications in a real system. In this research, the phantom and mammography system have been simulated by the Gate tool with the maximum possible details. The contrast of the aluminum foil in simulations and practical method has been compared with each other and the standard errors in the mean (SEM) for various voltages of X-ray tube, aluminum foil, and PMMA thicknesses have been reported...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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