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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432140/visually-evoked-3-5-hz-membrane-potential-oscillations-reduce-the-responsiveness-of-visual-cortex-neurons-in-awake-behaving-mice
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Michael C Einstein, Pierre-Olivier Polack, Duy T Tran, Peyman Golshani
Low frequency membrane potential (Vm) oscillations were once thought to only occur in sleeping and anesthetized states. Recently, low frequency Vm oscillations have been described in inactive awake animals, but it is unclear if they shape sensory processing in neurons and whether they occur during active awake behavioral states. To answer these questions, we performed two-photon guided whole-cell Vm recordings from primary visual cortex layer 2/3 excitatory and inhibitory neurons in awake mice during passive visual stimulation and performance of visual and auditory discrimination tasks...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429289/the-nature-and-consequences-of-cognitive-deficits-among-tobacco-smokers-with-hiv-a-comparison-to-tobacco-smokers-without-hiv
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Joseph D Harrison, Jessica A Dochney, Sonja Blazekovic, Frank Leone, David Metzger, Ian Frank, Robert Gross, Anita Hole, Karam Mounzer, Steven Siegel, Robert A Schnoll, Rebecca L Ashare
HIV-infected smokers lose more years of life to tobacco-related disease than HIV. Since neurocognitive deficits are common among those with HIV and are associated with smoking persistence, these deficits may be a unique barrier to smoking cessation among HIV-infected smokers. Documenting unique differences in and correlates of cognition among HIV-infected smokers is a critical step towards developing a population-specific tobacco cessation treatment. We compared neurocognitive function between HIV-infected (n = 103) and HIV-uninfected smokers (n = 70), accounting for demographic and smoking-related variables...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427700/effects-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-on-gait-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Shmuel Springer, Sam Khamis
BACKGROUND: Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is commonly used to ameliorate gait deficits in patients with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). This review critically evaluates the literature describing the orthotic and therapeutic effects of FES on gait in PwMS. METHODS: The PubMed, CINAHL, and ProQuest databases were searched. Included were studies that evaluated therapeutic and/or orthotic effects of FES in PwMS with at least one outcome measure related to gait...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424612/an-examination-of-brain-abnormalities-and-mobility-in-individuals-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Barbara L Fischer, Rhonda Bacher, Barbara B Bendlin, Alex C Birdsill, Martina Ly, Siobhan M Hoscheidt, Richard J Chappell, Jane E Mahoney, Carey E Gleason
Background: Mobility changes are concerning for elderly patients with cognitive decline. Given frail older individuals' vulnerability to injury, it is critical to identify contributors to limited mobility. Objective: To examine whether structural brain abnormalities, including reduced gray matter volume and white matter hyperintensities, would be associated with limited mobility among individuals with cognitive impairment, and to determine whether cognitive impairment would mediate this relationship. Methods: Thirty-four elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease underwent neuropsychological evaluation, mobility assessment, and structural brain neuroimaging...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421027/universal-visual-features-might-be-necessary-for-fluent-reading-a-longitudinal-study-of-visual-reading-in-braille-and-cyrillic-alphabets
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Łukasz Bola, Dominika Radziun, Katarzyna Siuda-Krzywicka, Joanna E Sowa, Małgorzata Paplińska, Ewa Sumera, Marcin Szwed
It has been hypothesized that efficient reading is possible because all reading scripts have been matched, through cultural evolution, to the natural capabilities of the visual cortex. This matching has resulted in all scripts being made of line-junctions, such as T, X, or L. Our aim was to test a critical prediction of this hypothesis: visual reading in an atypical script that is devoid of line-junctions (such as the Braille alphabet read visually) should be much less efficient than reading in a "normal" script (e...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416680/using-microsecond-single-molecule-fret-to-determine-the-assembly-pathways-of-t4-ssdna-binding-protein-onto-model-dna-replication-forks
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Carey Phelps, Brett Israels, Davis Jose, Morgan C Marsh, Peter H von Hippel, Andrew H Marcus
DNA replication is a core biological process that occurs in prokaryotic cells at high speeds (∼1 nucleotide residue added per millisecond) and with high fidelity (fewer than one misincorporation event per 10(7) nucleotide additions). The ssDNA binding protein [gene product 32 (gp32)] of the T4 bacteriophage is a central integrating component of the replication complex that must continuously bind to and unbind from transiently exposed template strands during DNA synthesis. We here report microsecond single-molecule FRET (smFRET) measurements on Cy3/Cy5-labeled primer-template (p/t) DNA constructs in the presence of gp32...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415910/transfer-of-training-in-simple-addition
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Yalin Chen, Jamie I D Campbell
In recent years several researchers have proposed that skilled adults may solve single-digit addition problems (e.g. 3 + 1 = 4, 4 + 3 = 7) using a fast counting procedure. Practicing a procedure, often leads to transfer of learning and faster performance of unpracticed items. Such transfer has been demonstrated using a counting-based alphabet arithmetic task (e.g., B + 4 = C D E F) that indicated robust generalization of practice (i.e., RT gains) when untrained transfer problems at test had been implicitly practiced (e...
April 18, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411736/masked-priming-for-the-comparative-evaluation-of-camouflage-conspicuity
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Tad T Brunyé, Marianna D Eddy, Matthew S Cain, Lisa B Hepfinger, Kathryn Rock
Human observer test and evaluation of camouflage patterns is critical for understanding relative pattern conspicuity against a range of background scenes. However, very few validated methodologies exist for this purpose, and those that do carry several limitations. Five experiments examined whether masked priming with a dot probe could be used to reliably differentiate camouflage patterns. In each experiment, participants were primed with a camouflaged target appearing on the left or right of the screen, and then made a speeded response to a dot probe appearing on the same (congruent) or different (incongruent) side...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411305/reading-charts-in-ophthalmology
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REVIEW
W Radner
A new generation of logarithmic reading charts has sparked interest in standardized reading performance analyses. Such reading charts have been developed according to the standards of the International Council of Ophthalmology. The print size progression in these calibrated charts is in accordance with the mathematical background of EN ISO 8596. These reading charts are: the Bailey-Lovie Word Reading Chart, the Colenbrander English Continuous Text Near Vision Cards, the Oculus Reading Probe II, the MNREAD Charts, the SKread Charts, and the RADNER Reading Charts...
April 14, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410594/physical-human-robot-interaction-of-an-active-pelvis-orthosis-toward-ergonomic-assessment-of-wearable-robots
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Nicolò d'Elia, Federica Vanetti, Marco Cempini, Guido Pasquini, Andrea Parri, Marco Rabuffetti, Maurizio Ferrarin, Raffaele Molino Lova, Nicola Vitiello
BACKGROUND: In human-centered robotics, exoskeletons are becoming relevant for addressing needs in the healthcare and industrial domains. Owing to their close interaction with the user, the safety and ergonomics of these systems are critical design features that require systematic evaluation methodologies. Proper transfer of mechanical power requires optimal tuning of the kinematic coupling between the robotic and anatomical joint rotation axes. We present the methods and results of an experimental evaluation of the physical interaction with an active pelvis orthosis (APO)...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410283/postoperative-evaluation-of-bilateral-reading-performance-with-two-intraocular-lenses-twelve-month-results
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Semra Akkaya Turhan, Ebru Toker
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the bilateral reading performances within the first 12 months after the implantation of two intraocular lens (IOL) models. METHODS: The patients involved in this research had bilateral phacoemulsification and implantation of the Acriva Reviol MFM 613 IOL (group 1) or AcrySof ReSTOR SN6AD1 apodized multifocal IOL (group 2). The bilateral reading performance was evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively using the MNREAD acuity charts...
April 12, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409503/food-restriction-affects-maternal-investment-but-not-neonate-phenotypes-in-a-viviparous-lizard
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Yang Wang, Zhi-Gao Zeng, Liang Ma, Shu-Ran Li, Wei-Guo Du
Food availability significantly affects an animal's energy metabolism, and thus its phenotype, survival, and reproduction. Maternal and offspring responses to food conditions are critical for understanding population dynamics and life-history evolution of a species. In this study, we conducted food manipulation experiments in field enclosures to identify the effect of food restriction on female reproductive traits and postpartum body condition, as well as on hatchling phenotypes, in a lacertid viviparous lizard from the Inner Mongolian desert steppe of China...
March 18, 2017: Zoological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407470/label-free-vibrational-spectroscopic-imaging-of-neuronal-membrane-potential
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Hyeon Jeong Lee, Delong Zhang, Ying Jiang, Xiangbing Wu, Pei-Yu Shih, Chien-Sheng Liao, Brittani Bungart, Xiao-Ming Xu, Ryan Drenan, Edward Bartlett, Ji-Xin Cheng
Detecting membrane potentials is critical for understanding how neuronal networks process information. We report a vibrational spectroscopic signature of neuronal membrane potentials identified through hyperspectral stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) imaging of patched primary neurons. High-speed SRS imaging allowed direct visualization of puff-induced depolarization of multiple neurons in mouse brain slices, confirmed by simultaneous calcium imaging. The observed signature, partially dependent on sodium ion influx, is interpreted as ion interactions on the CH3 Fermi resonance peak in proteins...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403143/a-novel-mechanism-of-cone-photoreceptor-adaptation
#15
Marcus H C Howlett, Robert G Smith, Maarten Kamermans
An animal's ability to survive depends on its sensory systems being able to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions, by maximizing the information extracted and reducing the noise transmitted. The visual system does this by adapting to luminance and contrast. While luminance adaptation can begin at the retinal photoreceptors, contrast adaptation has been shown to start at later stages in the retina. Photoreceptors adapt to changes in luminance over multiple time scales ranging from tens of milliseconds to minutes, with the adaptive changes arising from processes within the phototransduction cascade...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398987/predicting-risk-and-outcomes-for-frail-older-adults-an-umbrella-review-of-frailty-screening-tools
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João Apóstolo, Richard Cooke, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos, Silvina Santana, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Federico Germini, Carol Holland
BACKGROUND: A scoping search identified systematic reviews on diagnostic accuracy and predictive ability of frailty measures in older adults. In most cases, research was confined to specific assessment measures related to a specific clinical model. OBJECTIVES: To summarize the best available evidence from systematic reviews in relation to reliability, validity, diagnostic accuracy and predictive ability of frailty measures in older adults. INCLUSION CRITERIA POPULATION: Older adults aged 60 years or older recruited from community, primary care, long-term residential care and hospitals...
April 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397001/gait-ataxia-in-humans-vestibular-and-cerebellar-control-of-dynamic-stability
#17
Roman Schniepp, Ken Möhwald, Max Wuehr
During human locomotion, vestibular feedback control is fundamental for maintaining dynamic stability and adapting the gait pattern to external circumstances. Within the supraspinal locomotor network, the cerebellum represents the key site for the integration of vestibular feedback information. The cerebellum is further important for the fine-tuning and coordination of limb movements during walking. The aim of this review article is to highlight the shared structural and functional sensorimotor principles in vestibular and cerebellar locomotion control...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396491/differences-in-swimming-ability-and-its-response-to-starvation-among-male-and-female-gambusia-affinis
#18
Jiangtao Li, Xiaotao Lin, Zhongneng Xu, Jun Sun
To explore the differences in the swimming ability and environmental adaptive abilities between male and female Gambusia affinis, we assessed the differences in burst swimming speeds (Uburst), critical swimming speeds (Ucrit) and their related fin areas, and consumption of energy substances after starvation at 0 (control group), 15, 30, 45, and 60 days, respectively. The results showed that the pectoral and caudal fin areas did not differ significantly between male and female G. affinis However, the dry mass, condition factors, and absolute contents of glycogen, lipids, and proteins were significantly elevated in females in the control group (P<0...
April 10, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395197/sustained-impairment-of-respiratory-function-and-swim-performance-following-acute-oil-exposure-in-a-coastal-marine-fish
#19
J L Johansen, A J Esbaugh
Acute exposure to crude oil polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) can severely impair cardiorespiratory function and swim performance of larval fish; however, the effects of acute oil exposure on later life stages and the capacity for subsequent recovery is less clear. Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) is an economically important apex predator native to the Gulf of Mexico, which was directly exposed to the 2010 Deep Water Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Here we examine impact and recovery of young adult red drum from exposure to concentrations of 0, 4...
April 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390779/total-laboratory-automation-do-stat-tests-still-matter
#20
REVIEW
Alberto Dolci, Davide Giavarina, Sara Pasqualetti, Dominika Szőke, Mauro Panteghini
During the past decades the healthcare systems have rapidly changed and today hospital care is primarily advocated for critical patients and acute treatments, for which laboratory test results are crucial and need to be always reported in predictably short turnaround time (TAT). Laboratories in the hospital setting can face this challenge by changing their organization from a compartmentalized laboratory department toward a decision making-based laboratory department. This requires the implementation of a core laboratory, that exploits total laboratory automation (TLA) using technological innovation in analytical platforms, track systems and information technology, including middleware, and a number of satellite specialized laboratory sections cooperating with care teams for specific medical conditions...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
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