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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934881/the-relationship-between-cortical-inhibition-and-electroconvulsive-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-major-depressive-disorder
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Daphne Voineskos, Andrea J Levinson, Yinming Sun, Mera S Barr, Faranak Farzan, Tarek K Rajji, Paul B Fitzgerald, Daniel M Blumberger, Zafiris J Daskalakis
Dysfunctional cortical inhibition (CI) is postulated as a key neurophysiological mechanism in major depressive disorder. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the treatment of choice for resistant depression and ECT has been associated with enhanced CI. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between CI and ECT response in resistant depression. Twenty-five patients with treatment resistant depression underwent an acute course of ECT. CI was indexed by the cortical silent period (CSP) and short-interval cortical inhibition (SICI), through TMS-EMG...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933311/contribution-of-cerebellar-loops-to-action-timing
#2
Ramanujan T Raghavan, Vincent Prevosto, Marc A Sommer
Recent studies of sensorimotor processing have benefited from decision-making paradigms that emphasize the selection of appropriate movements. Selecting when to make those responses, or action timing, is important as well. Although the cerebellum is commonly viewed as a controller of movement dynamics, its role in action timing is also firmly supported. Several lines of research have now extended this idea. Anatomical findings have revealed connections between the cerebellum and broader timing circuits, neurophysiological results have suggested mechanisms for timing within its microcircuitry, and theoretical work has indicated how temporal signals are processed through it and decoded by its targets...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933108/postural-orientation-and-equilibrium-processes-associated-with-increased-postural-sway-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
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Zheng Wang, Rami R Hallac, Kaitlin C Conroy, Stormi P White, Alex A Kane, Amy L Collinsworth, John A Sweeney, Matthew W Mosconi
BACKGROUND: Increased postural sway has been repeatedly documented in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Characterizing the control processes underlying this deficit, including postural orientation and equilibrium, may provide key insights into neurophysiological mechanisms associated with ASD. Postural orientation refers to children's ability to actively align their trunk and head with respect to their base of support, while postural equilibrium is an active process whereby children coordinate ankle dorsi-/plantar-flexion and hip abduction/adduction movements to stabilize their upper body...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932945/monoaminergic-and-histaminergic-strategies-and-treatments-in-brain-diseases
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Dubravka Svob Strac, Montse Sole, Mercedes Unzeta, Keith F Tipton, Dorotea Mück-Šeler, Irene Bolea, Laura Della Corte, Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Nela Pivac, Ilse J Smolders, Anna Stasiak, Wieslawa A Fogel, Philippe De Deurwaerdère
The monoaminergic systems are the target of several drugs for the treatment of mood, motor and cognitive disorders as well as neurological conditions. In most cases, advances have occurred through serendipity, except for Parkinson's disease where the pathophysiology led almost immediately to the introduction of dopamine restoring agents. Extensive neuropharmacological studies first showed that the primary target of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anxiolytic drugs were specific components of the monoaminergic systems...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931847/mind-the-brain-the-mediating-and-moderating-role-of-neurophysiology
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Siobhán Harty, Francesco Sella, Roi Cohen Kadosh
Most studies involving experimental manipulations or interventions tailored to modulate behavior do not account for variability in the critical antecedent of behavior, the brain. Here, we describe elegant approaches to model the role that neurophysiology can play in mediating or moderating relationships in this context. We highlight the capacity for these approaches to improve the inferential power of research, bridge the gap between neural and behavioral levels of analysis, and bolster the prospects for reproducibility...
December 5, 2016: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931147/neural-communication-through-theta-gamma-cross-frequency-coupling-in-a-bistable-motion-perception-task
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Abolfazl Alipour, Azadeh Mojdehfarahbakhsh, Ashkan Tavakolian, Taha Morshedzadeh, Maedeh Asadi, Alireza Mehdizadeh, Mohammad Nami
Functional significance of the neural oscillations has been debated since long. In particular, oscillations have been suggested to play a major role in formation of communication channels between brain regions. It has been previously suggested that gamma coherence increases during communication between hemispheres when subjects perceive a horizontal motion in Stroboscopic Alternative Motion (SAM) stimulus. In addition, disruption of this coherence may change the horizontal perception of SAM. In this study, we investigated the changes of Cross-Frequency Coupling (CFC) in EEG signals from parietal and occipital cortices during horizontal and vertical perception of SAM...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927806/sleep-neurophysiological-dynamics-through-the-lens-of-multitaper-spectral-analysis
#7
REVIEW
Michael J Prerau, Ritchie E Brown, Matt T Bianchi, Jeffrey M Ellenbogen, Patrick L Purdon
During sleep, cortical and subcortical structures within the brain engage in highly structured oscillatory dynamics that can be observed in the electroencephalogram (EEG). The ability to accurately describe changes in sleep state from these oscillations has thus been a major goal of sleep medicine. While numerous studies over the past 50 years have shown sleep to be a continuous, multifocal, dynamic process, long-standing clinical practice categorizes sleep EEG into discrete stages through visual inspection of 30-s epochs...
January 2017: Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927703/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-oral-mecamylamine-development-of-a-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-antagonist-cognitive-challenge-test-using-modelling-and-simulation
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Ricardo Alvarez-Jimenez, Anne Catrien Baakman, Jasper Stevens, Sebastiaan C Goulooze, Ellen P Hart, Robert Rissmann, Joop Ma van Gerven, Geert Jan Groeneveld
A pharmacologic challenge model with a nicotinic antagonist could be an important tool not only to understand the complex role of the nicotinic cholinergic system in cognition, but also to develop novel compounds acting on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. The objective was to develop a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD) model using nonlinear mixed effects (NLME) methods to quantitate the pharmacokinetics of three oral mecamylamine doses (10, 20 and 30 mg) and correlate the plasma concentrations to the pharmacodynamic effects on a cognitive and neurophysiologic battery of tests in healthy subjects...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926742/modeling-deficits-from-early-auditory-information-processing-to-psychosocial-functioning-in-schizophrenia
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Michael L Thomas, Michael F Green, Gerhard Hellemann, Catherine A Sugar, Melissa Tarasenko, Monica E Calkins, Tiffany A Greenwood, Raquel E Gur, Ruben C Gur, Laura C Lazzeroni, Keith H Nuechterlein, Allen D Radant, Larry J Seidman, Alexandra L Shiluk, Larry J Siever, Jeremy M Silverman, Joyce Sprock, William S Stone, Neal R Swerdlow, Debby W Tsuang, Ming T Tsuang, Bruce I Turetsky, David L Braff, Gregory A Light
Importance: Neurophysiologic measures of early auditory information processing (EAP) are used as endophenotypes in genomic studies and biomarkers in clinical intervention studies. Research in schizophrenia has established correlations among measures of EAP, cognition, clinical symptoms, and functional outcome. Clarifying these associations by determining the pathways through which deficits in EAP affect functioning would suggest when and where to therapeutically intervene. Objectives: To characterize the pathways from EAP to outcome and to estimate the extent to which enhancement of basic information processing might improve cognition and psychosocial functioning in schizophrenia...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926438/exploring-individual-differences-in-task-switching-persistence-and-other-personality-traits-related-to-anterior-cingulate-cortex-function
#10
A Umemoto, C B Holroyd
Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is involved in cognitive control and decision-making but its precise function is still highly debated. Based on evidence from lesion, neurophysiological, and neuroimaging studies, we have recently proposed a critical role for ACC in motivating extended behaviors according to learned task values (Holroyd and Yeung, 2012). Computational simulations based on this theory suggest a hierarchical mechanism in which a caudal division of ACC selects and applies control over task execution, and a rostral division of ACC facilitates switches between tasks according to a higher task strategy (Holroyd and McClure, 2015)...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925475/reorganization-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-following-lower-limb-amputation-for-vascular-disease-a-pre-post-amputation-comparison
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Brenton Hordacre, Lynley V Bradnam, Maria Crotty
PURPOSE: This study compared bilateral corticomotor and intracortical excitability of the primary motor cortex (M1), pre- and post-unilateral transtibial amputation. METHOD: Three males aged 45, 55, and 48 years respectively who were scheduled for elective amputation and thirteen (10 male, 3 female) healthy control participants aged 58.9 (SD 9.8) were recruited. Transcranial magnetic stimulation assessed corticomotor and intracortical excitability of M1 bilaterally...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925227/an-erp-study-of-response-inhibition-in-the-auditory-domain-in-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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Matthew M Gerhold, Sandra W Jacobson, Joseph L Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Ernesta M Meintjes, Colin M Andrew
BACKGROUND: Previous event-related potential (ERP) studies of response inhibition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have used a visual Go/NoGo task to study the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on response inhibition. No studies exist using auditory versions of the task; thus, it is unclear how the deficits observed in visual tasks translate into the auditory domain. METHODS: This study examined ERPs using an auditory Go/NoGo paradigm in a sample of 35 school-age children-18 with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and 17 normally developing controls...
December 7, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923761/intraoperative-neurophysiological-monitoring-for-adult-patients-undergoing-posterior-spinal-fusion
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Nitin Agarwal, D Kojo Hamilton, Alp Ozpinar, Phillip Choi, Robert Hart, Ilker Yaylali
INTRODUCTION: Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) and motor evoked potentials (MEP) are frequently used to monitor neurological function during spinal deformity surgery. The sensitivity and specificity of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) in patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion (PSF) in debatable. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients undergoing PSF with IONM from October 2008 to December 2012 was performed. Factors including gender, operative time and spinal levels of posterior fusion were analyzed as risk factors for intraoperative alerts...
December 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923694/neuropsychiatric-performance-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-who-is-normal
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REVIEW
Sara Montagnese, Michele De Rui, Paolo Angeli, Piero Amodio
Normal neuropsychiatric performance in cirrhosis has been traditionally defined by the absence of any degree of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) and/or the absence of psychometric or neurophysiological abnormalities, by comparison with reference data from the healthy population. It is our impression that as our understanding and management of end-stage liver disease continues to change, the concept of normal neuropsychiatric performance may also need updating. This review explores novel and possibly more pragmatic interpretations of neuropsychiatric "normality" by comparison with top personal performance, in terms of risk of overt HE/brain failure and in relation with events such as liver transplantation, decompensation, acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portal-systemic Shunt (TIPS) placement...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923581/uvb-irradiation-induces-rapid-changes-in-galanin-substance-p-and-c-fos-immunoreactivity-in-rat-dorsal-root-ganglia-and-spinal-cord
#15
Leila Etemadi, Lina M E Pettersson, Nils Danielsen
Recent studies have shown that UVB irradiation induces primary and secondary hyperalgesia in rats and humans peaking about 24hrs after UVB exposure. In the present study we investigated the changes in galanin, substance P and c-fos immunoreactivity in rat DRG and spinal cord at the L5 level 2-96hrs after UVB irradiation. UVB irradiation of the heel area in rats almost increased the skin blood flow two-fold 24hrs after irradiation as measured by laser Doppler technique. UVB irradiation induced a significant reduction of the proportion of galanin positive DRG neurons for all time points, except at 12hrs...
December 3, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923188/electrophysiology-in-fisher-syndrome
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REVIEW
Satoshi Kuwabara, Yukari Sekiguchi, Sonoko Misawa
Fisher syndrome (FS), a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), is characterized by the clinical triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and areflexia. The lesion sites for these unique clinical features include the oculomotor nerves and group 1a neurons in the dorsal root ganglion, and the presence of FS is determined by the expression of ganglioside GQ1b in the human nervous system. Neurophysiological findings suggest that ataxia and areflexia are due to an impaired proprioceptive afferent system. Typically, the soleus H-reflex is absent and a body-sway analysis using posturography shows a 1-Hz peak, which indicates proprioception dysfunction...
November 20, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922904/utilization-of-quantitative-eeg-trends-for-critical-care-continuous-eeg-monitoring-a-survey-of-neurophysiologists
#17
Christa B Swisher, Saurabh R Sinha
PURPOSE: Quantitative EEG (QEEG) can be used to assist with review of large amounts of data generated by critical care continuous EEG monitoring. This study aimed to identify current practices regarding the use of QEEG in critical care continuous EEG monitoring of critical care patients. METHODS: An online survey was sent to 796 members of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), instructing only neurophysiologists to participate. RESULTS: The survey was completed by 75 neurophysiologists that use QEEG in their practice...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920726/hrvanalysis-a-free-software-for-analyzing-cardiac-autonomic-activity
#18
Vincent Pichot, Frédéric Roche, Sébastien Celle, Jean-Claude Barthélémy, Florian Chouchou
Since the pioneering studies of the 1960s, heart rate variability (HRV) has become an increasingly used non-invasive tool for examining cardiac autonomic functions and dysfunctions in various populations and conditions. Many calculation methods have been developed to address these issues, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Although, its interpretation may remain difficult, this technique provides, from a non-invasive approach, reliable physiological information that was previously inaccessible, in many fields including death and health prediction, training and overtraining, cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation, sleep-disordered breathing, large cohort follow-ups, children's autonomic status, anesthesia, or neurophysiological studies...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919795/current-and-novel-insights-into-the-neurophysiology-of-migraine-and-its-implications-for-therapeutics
#19
REVIEW
Simon Akerman, Marcela Romero-Reyes, Philip R Holland
Migraine headache and its associated symptoms have plagued humans for two millennia. It is manifest throughout the world, and affects more than 1/6 of the global population. It is the most common brain disorder, and is characterized by moderate to severe unilateral headache that is accompanied by vomiting, nausea, photophobia, phonophobia, and other hypersensitive symptoms of the senses. While there is still a clear lack of understanding of its neurophysiology, it is beginning to be understood, and it seems to suggest migraine is a disorder of brain sensory processing, characterized by a generalized neuronal hyperexcitability...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919489/cognitive-event-related-potentials-in-multiple-sclerosis-correlation-with-mri-and-neuropsychological-findings
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Vasilios K Kimiskidis, Vasileios Papaliagkas, Kyriaki Sotirakoglou, Zoi K Kouvatsou, Victoria K Kapina, Efrosini Papadaki, Vaia Tsimourtou, Elvira Masoura, Dimitrios A Kazis, Sotirios Papayiannopoulos, Triantafyllos Geroukis, Sevasti Bostanjopoulou
BACKGROUND: Cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) have been previously correlated with T2 lesion load (Τ2LL) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is currently unknown, however, whether ERPs also correlate with brain atrophy or the presence of T1 hypointense lesions ("black holes") which reflect tissue destruction and axonal loss. The primary aim of the current study is to explore the effect of neuroradiological parameters such as brain atrophy, T1 and T2 lesion load on auditory ERPs in MS patients...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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