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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646671/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-social-behaviour-dissociation-between-the-knowledge-of-its-consequences-and-its-conceptual-meaning
#1
Roland Zahn, Sophie Green, Helen Beaumont, Alistair Burns, Jorge Moll, Diana Caine, Alexander Gerhard, Paul Hoffman, Benjamin Shaw, Jordan Grafman, Matthew A Lambon Ralph
Inappropriate social behaviour is an early symptom of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) in both behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and semantic dementia (SD) subtypes. Knowledge of social behaviour is essential for appropriate social conduct. The superior anterior temporal lobe (ATL) has been identified as one key neural component for the conceptual knowledge of social behaviour, but it is unknown whether this is dissociable from knowledge of the consequences of social behaviour. Here, we used a newly-developed test of knowledge about long-term and short-term consequences of social behaviour to investigate its impairment in patients with FTLD relative to a previously-developed test of social conceptual knowledge...
June 3, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641769/reduction-of-pk11195-uptake-observed-in-multiple-sclerosis-lesions-after-natalizumab-initiation
#2
Ulrike W Kaunzner, Yeona Kang, Elizabeth Monohan, Paresh J Kothari, Nancy Nealon, Jai Perumal, Timothy Vartanian, Amy Kuceyeski, Shankar Vallabhajosula, P David Mozley, Claire S Riley, Stephen M Newman, Susan A Gauthier
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to longitudinally analyze the uptake of [(11)C]PK11195-PET in multiple sclerosis patients after 3 and 6 months of natalizumab treatment. METHODS: Eighteen MS patients, starting treatment with monocloncal anti-VLA-4, were enrolled in a longitudinal PK-PET study. PK uptake was quantified by volume of distribution (VT) calculation using image-derived input function at baseline, 3 and 6 months. Pharmacokinetic quantification was done using a segmented MRI, and selected areas included white matter, gadolinium enhancing lesions, non-enhancing lesions, cortical grey matter and thalamus...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639345/acute-flaccid-myelitis-in-childhood-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#3
E W Andersen, A J Kornberg, J L Freeman, R J Leventer, M M Ryan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clusters of acute limb weakness in paediatric patients have been linked to outbreaks of non-polio enteroviruses, termed acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Outside these clusters, in countries where polio is not endemic, this poliomyelitic-like illness is rare in childhood and its natural history is not well defined. We describe presenting features, investigation findings and long-term outcome of a series of children with AFM. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639048/evaluating-anorexia-related-brain-atrophy-using-mp2rage-based-morphometry
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José Boto, Georgios Gkinis, Alexis Roche, Tobias Kober, Bénédicte Maréchal, Nadia Ortiz, Karl-Olof Lövblad, François Lazeyras, Maria Isabel Vargas
AIM: To evaluate brain atrophy in anorexic patients by automated cerebral segmentation with the magnetization-prepared 2 rapid acquisition gradient echo (MP2RAGE) MRI sequence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty patients (female; mean age, 27.9 years), presenting consecutively for brain MRI between August 2014-December 2016 with clinical suspicion of anorexia nervosa and BMI<18.5 kg/m(2) were included. Controls were ten healthy females (mean age, 26.5 years). Automated brain morphometry was performed based on MP2RAGE...
June 21, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633367/cortical-glutamate-in-migraine
#5
Ronald Zielman, Jannie P Wijnen, Andrew Webb, Gerrit L J Onderwater, Itamar Ronen, Michel D Ferrari, Hermien E Kan, Gisela M Terwindt, Mark C Kruit
Cortical hyperexcitability due to enhanced glutamatergic activity has been implicated in migraine pathophysiology but direct evidence is lacking. Here we assessed glutamate levels and intracellular mobility of glutamate in the visual cortex of migraineurs in-between attacks. We included 50 migraineurs (23 with aura and 27 without aura) and 24 age- and gender-matched non-headache controls. We used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and diffusion weighted spectroscopy at 7 T with a single volume of interest (2 × 2 × 3 cm) located in the primary and secondary visual cortex...
June 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631203/assessment-of-mri-contrast-agent-concentration-by-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-qsm-application-to-estimation-of-cerebral-blood-volume-during-steady-state
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Emelie Lind, Linda Knutsson, Robin Kämpe, Freddy Ståhlberg, Ronnie Wirestam
OBJECTIVE: One major issue in dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI (DSC-MRI) is to accurately determine contrast agent (CA) concentration, since T2* relaxivity in vivo is generally unknown and varies between blood and tissue. In this study, quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) was used for quantification of CA concentration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A DSC-MRI protocol, including phase data acquisition, was applied to 20 healthy volunteers in a test-retest study...
June 19, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629570/the-association-between-multiple-sclerosis-and-spondylosis-when-and-why
#7
Vasileios G Xydis, Anastasia K Zikou, Vassiliki Kostadima, Loukas G Astrakas, Paraskevi Kosta, Maria I Argyropoulou
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate risk factors for the development of cervical spine spondylosis (CSS) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to propose a pathogenetic mechanism. METHODS: Forty-two consecutive patients aged 23-66 years with MS and 42 age and sex matched controls were evaluated retrospectively; Clinical disability was evaluated with the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) and spasticity with the Asworth score. Total brain lesion volume (BLV), total grey matter (GM) volume and deep GM volume were assessed...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629404/white-matter-lesions-characterise-brain-involvement-in-moderate-to-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-but-cerebral-atrophy-does-not
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Catherine A Spilling, Paul W Jones, James W Dodd, Thomas R Barrick
BACKGROUND: Brain pathology is relatively unexplored in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study is a comprehensive investigation of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes and how these relate to disease severity and cognitive function. METHODS: T1-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images were acquired for 31 stable COPD patients (FEV1 52.1% pred., PaO2 10.1 kPa) and 24 age, gender-matched controls. T1-weighted images were segmented into GM, WM and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tissue classes using a semi-automated procedure optimised for use with this cohort...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626050/admission-brain-cortical-volume-an-independent-determinant-of-poststroke-cognitive-vulnerability
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Sharmila Sagnier, Gwenaëlle Catheline, Bixente Dilharreguy, Fanny Munsch, Antoine Bigourdan, Mathilde Poli, Sabrina Debruxelles, Stéphane Olindo, Pauline Renou, François Rouanet, Vincent Dousset, Thomas Tourdias, Igor Sibon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Several markers of poststroke cognitive impairment have been reported. The role of brain cortical volume remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of brain cortical volume on cognitive outcomes using a voxel-based morphometry approach in subjects without prestroke dementia. METHODS: Ischemic stroke patients were prospectively recruited 24 to 72 hours post-stroke (M0). Cognition was evaluated at M0, 3 months, and 1 year (M12) using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the Isaacs set test, and the Zazzo's cancellation task...
June 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620783/advanced-neuroimaging-of-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
#10
REVIEW
Gordon W Blair, Maria Valdez Hernandez, Michael J Thrippleton, Fergus N Doubal, Joanna M Wardlaw
Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is characterised by damage to deep grey and white matter structures of the brain and is responsible for a diverse range of clinical problems that include stroke and dementia. In this review, we describe advances in neuroimaging published since January 2015, mainly with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), that, in general, are improving quantification, observation and investigation of SVD focussing on three areas: quantifying the total SVD burden, imaging brain microstructural integrity and imaging vascular malfunction...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606752/how-does-the-interaction-of-presumed-timing-location-and-extent-of-the-underlying-brain-lesion-relate-to-upper-limb-function-in-children-with-unilateral-cerebral-palsy
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Lisa Mailleux, Katrijn Klingels, Simona Fiori, Cristina Simon-Martinez, Philippe Demaerel, Marlies Locus, Eva Fosseprez, Roslyn N Boyd, Andrea Guzzetta, Els Ortibus, Hilde Feys
BACKGROUND: Upper limb (UL) function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP) vary largely depending on presumed timing, location and extent of brain lesions. These factors might exhibit a complex interaction and the combined prognostic value warrants further investigation. This study aimed to map lesion location and extent and assessed whether these differ according to presumed lesion timing and to determine the impact of structural brain damage on UL function within different lesion timing groups...
May 29, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604493/further-standardization-in-the-aneurysm-clip-the-effects-of-occlusal-depth-on-the-outcome-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Hui Rong, Yue Liu, Zhibin Zhao, Jiying Feng, Rao Sun, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between clip occlusal depth and functional and histological outcome measures in a rat model of thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Aneurysm clip compression is a proven model of contusion-compression SCI, but the relationship between clip depth and outcomes in thoracic SCI is unknown. METHODS: A single aneurysm clip was applied to the spinal cord at thoracic vertebra 10 for 1 minute with an occlusal depth of 2, 6, or 10 mm...
June 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601717/duration-of-untreated-psychosis-illness-and-brain-volume-changes-in-early-psychosis
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Charlotte Rapp, Carlos Canela, Erich Studerus, Anna Walter, Jacqueline Aston, Stefan Borgwardt, Anita Riecher-Rössler
The time period during which patients manifest psychotic or unspecific symptoms prior to treatment (duration of untreated psychosis, DUP, and the duration of untreated illness, DUI) has been found to be moderately associated with poor clinical and social outcome. Equivocal evidence exists of an association between DUP/DUI and structural brain abnormalities, such as reduced hippocampus volume (HV), pituitary volume (PV) and grey matter volume (GMV). Thus, the goal of the present work was to examine if DUP and DUI are associated with abnormalities in HV, PV and GMV...
June 3, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601473/neurofilament-light-protein-in-blood-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-neurodegeneration-in-huntington-s-disease-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Lauren M Byrne, Filipe B Rodrigues, Kaj Blennow, Alexandra Durr, Blair R Leavitt, Raymund A C Roos, Rachael I Scahill, Sarah J Tabrizi, Henrik Zetterberg, Douglas Langbehn, Edward J Wild
BACKGROUND: Blood biomarkers of neuronal damage could facilitate clinical management of and therapeutic development for Huntington's disease. We investigated whether neurofilament light protein NfL (also known as NF-L) in blood is a potential prognostic marker of neurodegeneration in patients with Huntington's disease. METHODS: We did a retrospective analysis of healthy controls and carriers of CAG expansion mutations in HTT participating in the 3-year international TRACK-HD study...
June 7, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600596/relevance-of-early-cervical-cord-volume-loss-in-the-disease-evolution-of-clinically-isolated-syndrome-and-early-multiple-sclerosis-a-2-year-follow-up-study
#15
Inga T Hagström, Ruth Schneider, Barbara Bellenberg, Anke Salmen, Florian Weiler, Odo Köster, Ralf Gold, Carsten Lukas
Upper cervical cord area (UCCA) atrophy is a prognostic marker for clinical progression in longstanding multiple sclerosis (MS). The objectives of the study were to quantify UCCA atrophy and evaluate its impact in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS); to compare converting CIS patients with stable CIS, and to study changes of UCCA and brain white matter (WM) and grey matter (GM) at 2-year follow-up. 110 therapy-naive patients including 53 CIS [6 ± 6 months after symptom onset (SO)] and 57 early RRMS (SO: 12 ± 9 months) underwent sagittal 3D-T1w brain MR (3T)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600001/at-least-eighty-percent-of-brain-grey-matter-is-modifiable-by-physical-activity-a-review-study
#16
REVIEW
Seyed Amir Hossein Batouli, Valiallah Saba
The human brain is plastic, i.e. it can show structural changes in response to the altered environment. Physical activity (PA) is a lifestyle factor which has significant associations with the structural and functional aspects of the human brain, as well as with the mind and body health. Many studies have reported regional/global brain volume increments due to exercising; however, a map which shows the overall extent of the influences of PAs on brain structure is not available. In this study, we collected all the reports on brain structural alterations in association with PA in healthy humans, and next, a brain map of the extent of these effects is provided...
June 7, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598417/age-related-delay-in-visual-and-auditory-evoked-responses-is-mediated-by-white-and-grey-matter-differences
#17
D Price, L K Tyler, R Neto Henriques, K L Campbell, N Williams, M S Treder, J R Taylor, R N A Henson
Slowing is a common feature of ageing, yet a direct relationship between neural slowing and brain atrophy is yet to be established in healthy humans. We combine magnetoencephalographic (MEG) measures of neural processing speed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of white and grey matter in a large population-derived cohort to investigate the relationship between age-related structural differences and visual evoked field (VEF) and auditory evoked field (AEF) delay across two different tasks. Here we use a novel technique to show that VEFs exhibit a constant delay, whereas AEFs exhibit delay that accumulates over time...
June 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596083/organ-donation-in-cardiac-arrest-patients-treated-with-extracorporeal-cpr-a-single-centre-observational-study
#18
Maria Chiara Casadio, Anna Coppo, Alessia Vargiolu, Jacopo Villa, Matteo Rota, Leonello Avalli, Giuseppe Citerio
AIM OF THE STUDY: In a consecutive cohort of cardiac arrest (CA) treated with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR), we describe the incidence of brain death (BD), the eligibility for organ donation and the short-term follow-up of the transplanted organs. METHODS: All refractory in- and out-of-hospital CA admitted to our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit between January 2011 and September 2016 treated with eCPR were enrolled in the study. RESULTS: 112 CA patients received eCPR...
June 12, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594884/correlation-between-white-matter-microstructure-and-executive-functions-suggests-early-developmental-influence-on-long-fibre-tracts-in-preterm-born-adolescents
#19
Brigitte Vollmer, Aiko Lundequist, Gustaf Mårtensson, Zoltan Nagy, Hugo Lagercrantz, Ann-Charlotte Smedler, Hans Forssberg
MAIN OBJECTIVES: Executive functions are frequently a weakness in children born preterm. We examined associations of executive functions and general cognitive abilities with brain structure in preterm born adolescents who were born with appropriate weight for gestational age and who have no radiological signs of preterm brain injury on neuroimaging. METHODS: The Stockholm Neonatal Project (SNP) is a longitudinal, population-based study of children born preterm (<36 weeks of gestation) with very low birth weight (<1501g) between 1988-1993...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593048/neural-correlates-of-ataxia-severity-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-machado-joseph-disease
#20
Carlos R Hernandez-Castillo, Rosalinda Diaz, Aurelio Campos-Romo, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3/Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurodegenerative disorder. Several post-mortem and imaging studies have shown cerebellar and brainstem atrophy. A number of studies have used volumetric regional information to investigate the relationship between neurodegeneration and the ataxia severity. However, regional analysis can obscure the specific location in which the degenerative process is affecting the brain tissue, which can be crucial for the development of new target treatments for this disease...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
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