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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776018/voxel-based-morphometry-in-creative-writers-gray-matter-increase-in-a-prefronto-thalamic-cerebellar-network
#1
Nicola Neumann, Martin Domin, Katharina Erhard, Martin Lotze
Continuous practice modulates those features of brain anatomy specifically associated with requirements of the respective training task. The current study aimed to highlight brain structural changes going along with long-term experience in creative writing. To this end, we investigated the gray-matter volume of 23 expert writers with voxel-based morphometry and compared it to 28 matched non-expert controls. Expert writers had higher gray-matter volume in the right superior frontal and middle frontal gyri (BA 9,10) as well as left middle frontal gyrus (BA 9, 10, 46), the bilateral medial dorsal nuclei of the thalamus and left posterior cerebellum...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773998/larger-gray-matter-volume-in-the-basal-ganglia-of-heavy-cannabis-users-detected-by-voxel-based-morphometry-and-subcortical-volumetric-analysis
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Ana Moreno-Alcázar, Begoña Gonzalvo, Erick J Canales-Rodríguez, Laura Blanco, Diana Bachiller, Anna Romaguera, Gemma C Monté-Rubio, Carlos Roncero, Peter J McKenna, Edith Pomarol-Clotet
Background: Structural imaging studies of cannabis users have found evidence of both cortical and subcortical volume reductions, especially in cannabinoid receptor-rich regions such as the hippocampus and amygdala. However, the findings have not been consistent. In the present study, we examined a sample of adult heavy cannabis users without other substance abuse to determine whether long-term use is associated with brain structural changes, especially in the subcortical regions. Method: We compared the gray matter volume of 14 long-term, heavy cannabis users with non-using controls...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773774/us-and-cuban-scientists-forge-collaboration-on-arbovirus-research
#3
Jorge Pérez-Ávila, Maria G Guzmán-Tirado, Jorge Fraga-Nodarse, Gray Handley, James Meegan, Jose L Pelegrino-Martínez de la Cotera, Anthony S Fauci
After December 17, 2014, when the US and Cuban governments announced their intent to restore relations, the two countries participated in various exchange activities in an effort to encourage cooperation in public health, health research and biomedical sciences. The conference entitled Exploring Opportunities for Arbovirus Research Collaboration, hosted at Havana's Hotel Nacional, was part of these efforts and was the first major US-Cuban scientific conference in over 50 years. Its purpose was to share information about current arbovirus research and recent findings, and to explore opportunities for future joint research...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772841/the-effect-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-wharton-s-jelly-in-spinal-cord-injury-treatment-is-dose-dependent-and-can-be-facilitated-by-repeated-application
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Petr Krupa, Irena Vackova, Jiri Ruzicka, Kristyna Zaviskova, Jana Dubisova, Zuzana Koci, Karolina Turnovcova, Lucia Machova Urdzikova, Sarka Kubinova, Svatopluk Rehak, Pavla Jendelova
Human mesenchymal stem cells derived from Wharton's jelly (WJ-MSCs) were used for the treatment of the ischemic-compression model of spinal cord injury in rats. To assess the effectivity of the treatment, different dosages (0.5 or 1.5 million cells) and repeated applications were compared. Cells or saline were applied intrathecally by lumbar puncture for one week only, or in three consecutive weeks after injury. Rats were assessed for locomotor skills (BBB, rotarod, flat beam) for 9 weeks. Spinal cord tissue was morphometrically analyzed for axonal sprouting, sparing of gray and white matter and astrogliosis...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772390/pathobiology-of-christianson-syndrome-linking-disrupted-endosomal-lysosomal-function-with-intellectual-disability-and-sensory-impairments
#5
Mallory Kerner-Rossi, Maria Gulinello, Steven Walkley, Kostantin Dobrenis
Christianson syndrome (CS) is a recently described rare neurogenetic disorder presenting early in life with a broad range of neurological symptoms, including severe intellectual disability with nonverbal status, hyperactivity, epilepsy, and progressive ataxia due to cerebellar atrophy. CS is due to loss-of-function mutations in SLC9A6, encoding NHE6, a sodium-hydrogen exchanger involved in the regulation of early endosomal pH. Here we review what is currently known about the neuropathogenesis of CS, based on insights from experimental models, which to date have focused on mechanisms that affect the CNS, specifically the brain...
May 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771050/-fibrous-hemangioma-of-esophagus-portal-a-case-report
#6
Y P Wang, L X Li
A 33 year old male patient has found in the oral cavity tumor with nausea and vomiting after 20 days ago. The patients feel pharyngeal foreign body sensation, occasional sense of suffocation, the oropharyngeal tumor disappeared and foreign body sensation disappeared after swallowing. The patients without angina, no hemoptysis, no hoarseness, no acid reflux symptoms and weight loss phenomenon. The gastroscope showed giant tumor, esophagus smooth surface, visible local gray blue blood vessels, from the entrance of esophagus has been extended to the esophagus from the upper incisors 25 cm...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770492/accelerated-3d-grase-imaging-improves-quantitative-multiple-post-labeling-delay-arterial-spin-labeling
#7
Markus Boland, Rüdiger Stirnberg, Eberhard D Pracht, Johanna Kramme, Roberto Viviani, Julia Stingl, Tony Stöcker
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of accelerated, single-shot 3D-GRASE acquisition on quantitative arterial spin labeling (ASL) with multiple and single post-labeling delay (PLD) in terms of perfusion-weighted SNR per unit scan time (TSNRPW ) and quantification accuracy. METHODS: Five subjects were scanned on a 3T MRI scanner using the pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (PCASL) technique with a 3D-GRASE imaging sequence capable of parallel imaging acceleration...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770486/direct-estimation-of-17-o-mr-images-diesis-for-quantification-of-oxygen-metabolism-in-the-human-brain-with-partial-volume-correction
#8
Dmitry Kurzhunov, Robert Borowiak, Marco Reisert, Ali Caglar Özen, Michael Bock
PURPOSE: To provide a data post-processing method that corrects for partial volume effects (PVE) and fast T2* decay in dynamic 17 O MRI for the mapping of cerebral metabolic rates of oxygen consumption (CMRO2 ). METHODS: CMRO2 is altered in neurodegenerative diseases and tumors and can be measured after 17 O gas inhalation using dynamic 17 O MRI. CMRO2 quantification is difficult because of PVE. To correct for PVE, a direct estimation of the MR images (DIESIS) method is proposed and used in 4 dynamic 17 O MRI data sets of a healthy volunteer acquired on a 3T MRI system...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769374/better-diet-quality-relates-to-larger-brain-tissue-volumes-the-rotterdam-study
#9
Pauline H Croll, Trudy Voortman, M Arfan Ikram, Oscar H Franco, Josje D Schoufour, Daniel Bos, Meike W Vernooij
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relation of diet quality with structural brain tissue volumes and focal vascular lesions in a dementia-free population. METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 4,447 participants underwent dietary assessment and brain MRI scanning between 2005 and 2015. We excluded participants with an implausible energy intake, prevalent dementia, or cortical infarcts, leaving 4,213 participants for the current analysis. A diet quality score (0-14) was calculated reflecting adherence to Dutch dietary guidelines...
May 16, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766613/cortical-thickness-estimations-of-freesurfer-and-the-cat12-toolbox-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-and-healthy-controls
#10
Rene Seiger, Sebastian Ganger, Georg S Kranz, Andreas Hahn, Rupert Lanzenberger
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Automated cortical thickness (CT) measurements are often used to assess gray matter changes in the healthy and diseased human brain. The FreeSurfer software is frequently applied for this type of analysis. The computational anatomy toolbox (CAT12) for SPM, which offers a fast and easy-to-use alternative approach, was recently made available. METHODS: In this study, we compared region of interest (ROI)-wise CT estimations of the surface-based FreeSurfer 6 (FS6) software and the volume-based CAT12 toolbox for SPM using 44 elderly healthy female control subjects (HC)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765312/associations-between-daily-mood-states-and-brain-gray-matter-volume-resting-state-functional-connectivity-and-task-based-activity-in-healthy-adults
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Elmira Ismaylova, Jessica Di Sante, Jean-Philippe Gouin, Florence B Pomares, Frank Vitaro, Richard E Tremblay, Linda Booij
Numerous studies have shown differences in the functioning in the areas of the frontal-limbic circuitry between depressed patients and controls. However, current knowledge on frontal-limbic neural substrates of individual differences in mood states in everyday life in healthy individuals is scarce. The present study investigates anatomical, resting-state, and functional neural correlates of daily mood states in healthy individuals. We expected to observe associations between mood and the frontal-limbic circuitry and the default-mode network (DMN)...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765105/neural-predisposing-factors-of-postoperative-delirium-in-elderly-patients-with-femoral-neck-fracture
#12
Sunghyon Kyeong, Jung Eun Shin, Kyu Hyun Yang, Woo Suk Lee, Tae-Sub Chung, Jae-Jin Kim
Elderly adults are more likely to develop delirium after major surgery, but there is limited knowledge of the vulnerability for postoperative delirium. In this study, we aimed to identify neural predisposing factors for postoperative delirium and develop a prediction model for estimating an individual's probability of postoperative delirium. Among 57 elderly participants with femoral neck fracture, 25 patients developed postoperative delirium and 32 patients did not. We preoperatively obtained data for clinical assessments, anatomical MRI, and resting-state functional MRI...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765024/diffusion-markers-of-dendritic-density-and-arborization-in-gray-matter-predict-differences-in-intelligence
#13
Erhan Genç, Christoph Fraenz, Caroline Schlüter, Patrick Friedrich, Rüdiger Hossiep, Manuel C Voelkle, Josef M Ling, Onur Güntürkün, Rex E Jung
Previous research has demonstrated that individuals with higher intelligence are more likely to have larger gray matter volume in brain areas predominantly located in parieto-frontal regions. These findings were usually interpreted to mean that individuals with more cortical brain volume possess more neurons and thus exhibit more computational capacity during reasoning. In addition, neuroimaging studies have shown that intelligent individuals, despite their larger brains, tend to exhibit lower rates of brain activity during reasoning...
May 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763672/using-3d-spatial-correlations-to-improve-the-noise-robustness-of-multi-component-analysis-of-3d-multi-echo-quantitative-t2-relaxometry-data
#14
Dushyant Kumar, Hari Hariharan, Tobias D Faizy, Patrick Borchert, Susanne Siemonsen, Jens Fiehler, Ravinder Reddy, Jan Sedlacik
PURPOSE: We present a computationally feasible and iterative multi-voxel spatially regularized algorithm for myelin water fraction (MWF) reconstruction. This method utilizes 3D spatial correlations present in anatomical/pathological tissues and underlying B1+ -inhomogeneity or flip angle inhomogeneity to enhance the noise robustness of the reconstruction while intrinsically accounting for stimulated echo contributions using T2-distribution data alone. METHODS: Simulated data and in vivo data acquired using 3D non-selective multi-echo spin echo (3DNS-MESE) were used to compare the reconstruction quality of the proposed approach against those of the popular algorithm (the method by Prasloski et al...
May 12, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762090/alzheimer-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-integrated-pulsed-arterial-spin-labeling-mri-and-18-f-fdg-pet
#15
Isabelle Riederer, Karl Peter Bohn, Christine Preibisch, Eva Wiedemann, Claus Zimmer, Panagiotis Alexopoulos, Stefan Förster
Purpose To compare PET/MR hypoperfusion and hypometabolism in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) compared with healthy control (HC) participants. Materials and Methods Maps of cerebral blood flow (CBF; pulsed arterial spin-labeling [ASL] MRI), glucose metabolism (fluorine 18 [18 F] fluorodeoxyglucose [FDG] PET), and gray matter (GM) volume (structural T1-weighted MRI) were calculated from integrated PET/MR data in 45 patients with AD (mean age, 69 years ± 9 [standard deviation]; age range, 51-89 years), 20 patients with MCI (mean age, 64 years ± 10; age range, 45-82 years), and 11 HC participants (mean age, 65 years ± 8; age range, 54-80 years) between 2011 and 2014...
May 15, 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761952/-automatic-classification-of-first-episode-drug-naive-schizophrenia-with-multi-modal-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
Yongzhe Yang, Yue Zhang, Fengchun Wu, Xiaobing Lu, Yuping Ning, Biao Huang, Xin Du, Chengwei Li, Kaixi Wang, Xiaoming Wu, Kai Wu
A great number of studies have demonstrated the structural and functional abnormalities in chronic schizophrenia (SZ) patients. However, few studies analyzed the differences between first-episode, drug-naive SZ (FESZ) patients and normal controls (NCs). In this study, we recruited 44 FESZ patients and 56 NCs, and acquired their multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, including structural and resting-state functional MRI data. We calculated gray matter volume (GMV), regional homogeneity (ReHo), amplitude of low frequency fluctuation (ALFF), and degree centrality (DC) of 90 brain regions, basing on an automated anatomical labeling (AAL) atlas...
October 1, 2017: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761009/hippocampal-gray-matter-increases-following-multimodal-psychological-treatment-for-combat-related-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#17
Oisin Butler, Gerd Willmund, Tobias Gleich, Jürgen Gallinat, Simone Kühn, Peter Zimmermann
Introduction: Smaller hippocampal volumes are one of the most consistent findings in neuroimaging studies of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, very few prospective studies have assessed changes in hippocampal gray matter prior to and following therapy for PTSD, and no neuroimaging studies to date have longitudinally assessed military populations. Methods: A pilot study was conducted, assessing patients with combat-related PTSD with structural MRI. Participants were then assigned either to a treatment group or waiting-list control group...
May 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760497/author-correction-white-matter-and-gray-matter-segmentation-in-4d-computed-tomography
#18
Rashindra Manniesing, Marcel T H Oei, Luuk J Oostveen, Jaime Melendez, Ewoud J Smit, Bram Platel, Clara I Sánchez, Frederick J A Meijer, Mathias Prokop, Bram van Ginneken
A correction to this article has been published and is linked from the HTML and PDF versions of this paper. The error has not been fixed in the paper.
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760465/neural-encoding-and-production-of-functional-morphemes-in-the-posterior-temporal-lobe
#19
Daniel K Lee, Evelina Fedorenko, Mirela V Simon, William T Curry, Brian V Nahed, Dan P Cahill, Ziv M Williams
Morphemes are the smallest meaning-carrying units in human language, and are among the most basic building blocks through which humans express specific ideas and concepts. By using time-resolved cortical stimulations, neural recordings, and focal lesion evaluations, we show that inhibition of a small cortical area within the left dominant posterior-superior temporal lobe selectively impairs the ability to produce appropriate functional morphemes but does not distinctly affect semantic and lexical retrieval, comprehension, or articulation...
May 14, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760066/socioeconomic-status-moderates-age-related-differences-in-the-brain-s-functional-network-organization-and-anatomy-across-the-adult-lifespan
#20
Micaela Y Chan, Jinkyung Na, Phillip F Agres, Neil K Savalia, Denise C Park, Gagan S Wig
An individual's environmental surroundings interact with the development and maturation of their brain. An important aspect of an individual's environment is his or her socioeconomic status (SES), which estimates access to material resources and social prestige. Previous characterizations of the relation between SES and the brain have primarily focused on earlier or later epochs of the lifespan (i.e., childhood, older age). We broaden this work to examine the relationship between SES and the brain across a wide range of human adulthood (20-89 years), including individuals from the less studied middle-age range...
May 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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