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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782993/generalized-recurrent-neural-network-accommodating-dynamic-causal-modeling-for-functional-mri-analysis
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Yuan Wang, Yao Wang, Yvonne W Lui
Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) is an advanced biophysical model which explicitly describes the entire process from experimental stimuli to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals via neural activity and cerebral hemodynamics. To conduct a DCM study, one needs to represent the experimental stimuli as a compact vector-valued function of time, which is hard in complex tasks such as book reading and natural movie watching. Deep learning provides the state-of-the-art signal representation solution, encoding complex signals into compact dense vectors while preserving the essence of the original signals...
May 18, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782846/abnormal-small-intestinal-epithelial-microvilli-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Kelli L VanDussen, Aleksandar Stojmirović, Katherine Li, Ta-Chiang Liu, Patrick K Kimes, Brian D Muegge, Katherine F Simpson, Matthew A Ciorba, Jacqueline G Perrigoue, Joshua R Friedman, Jennifer E Towne, Richard D Head, Thaddeus S Stappenbeck
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Crohn's disease (CD) presents as chronic and often progressive intestinal inflammation, but the contributing pathogenic mechanisms are unclear. We aimed to identify alterations in intestinal cells that could contribute to the chronic and progressive course of CD. METHODS: We took an unbiased, system-wide approach, performing sequence analysis of RNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded ileal tissue sections from patients with CD (n=36) and without CD (controls, n=32)...
May 18, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782585/exploring-transformations-in-caribbean-indigenous-social-networks-through-visibility-studies-the-case-of-late-pre-colonial-landscapes-in-east-guadeloupe-french-west-indies
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Tom Brughmans, Maaike S de Waal, Corinne L Hofman, Ulrik Brandes
This paper presents a study of the visual properties of natural and Amerindian cultural landscapes in late pre-colonial East-Guadeloupe and of how these visual properties affected social interactions. Through a review of descriptive and formal visibility studies in Caribbean archaeology, it reveals that the ability of visual properties to affect past human behaviour is frequently evoked but the more complex of these hypotheses are rarely studied formally. To explore such complex hypotheses, the current study applies a range of techniques: total viewsheds, cumulative viewsheds, visual neighbourhood configurations and visibility networks...
2018: Journal of archaeological method and theory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782510/individual-differences-in-learning-correlate-with-modulation-of-brain-activity-induced-by-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation
#4
Brian Falcone, Atsushi Wada, Raja Parasuraman, Daniel E Callan
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to enhance cognitive performance on a variety of tasks. It is hypothesized that tDCS enhances performance by affecting task related cortical excitability changes in networks underlying or connected to the site of stimulation facilitating long term potentiation. However, many recent studies have called into question the reliability and efficacy of tDCS to induce modulatory changes in brain activity. In this study, our goal is to investigate the individual differences in tDCS induced modulatory effects on brain activity related to the degree of enhancement in performance, providing insight into this lack of reliability...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782329/longitudinal-fmri-study-of-language-recovery-after-a-left-hemispheric-ischemic-stroke
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Rodolphe Nenert, Jane B Allendorfer, Amber M Martin, Christi Banks, Jennifer Vannest, Scott K Holland, Kimberly W Hart, Christopher J Lindsell, Jerzy P Szaflarski
BACKGROUND: Recovery from stroke-induced aphasia is typically protracted and involves complex functional reorganization. The relative contributions of the lesioned and non-lesioned hemispheres to this process have been examined in several cross-sectional studies but longitudinal studies involving several time-points and large numbers of subjects are scarce. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to address the gaps in the literature by longitudinally studying the evolution of post-stroke lateralization and localization of language-related fMRI activation in the first year after single left hemispheric ischemic stroke...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782328/post-stroke-visual-neglect-affects-goal-directed-locomotion-in-different-perceptuo-cognitive-conditions-and-on-a-wide-visual-spectrum
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Tatiana Ogourtsova, Philippe S Archambault, Anouk Lamontagne
BACKGROUND: Unilateral spatial neglect (USN), a highly prevalent and disabling post-stroke deficit, has been shown to affect the recovery of locomotion. However, our current understanding of USN role in goal-directed locomotion control, and this, in different cognitive/perceptual conditions tapping into daily life demands, is limited. OBJECTIVES: To examine goal-directed locomotion abilities in individuals with and without post-stroke USN vs. healthy controls. METHODS: Participants (n = 45, n = 15 per group) performed goal-directed locomotion trials to actual, remembered and shifting targets located 7 m away at 0° and 15° right/left while immersed in a 3-D virtual environment...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782325/early-emotional-attention-is-impacted-in-alzheimer-s-disease-an-eye-tracking-study
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Jessica Bourgin, Nathalie Guyader, Alan Chauvin, Alexandra Juphard, Mathilde Sauvée, Olivier Moreaud, Laetitia Silvert, Pascal Hot
Emotional deficits have been repetitively reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) without clearly identifying how emotional processing is impaired in this pathology. This paper describes an investigation of early emotional processing, as measured by the effects of emotional visual stimuli on a saccadic task involving both pro (PS) and anti (AS) saccades. Sixteen patients with AD and 25 age-matched healthy controls were eye-tracked while they had to quickly move their gaze toward a positive, negative, or neutral image presented on a computer screen (in the PS condition) or away from the image (in the AS condition)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782006/neurovascular-network-explorer-2-0-a-simple-tool-for-exploring-and-sharing-a-database-of-optogenetically-evoked-vasomotion-in-mouse-cortex-in-vivo
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Hana Uhlirova, Peifang Tian, Kıvılcım Kılıç, Martin Thunemann, Vishnu B Sridhar, Radim Chmelik, Hauke Bartsch, Anders M Dale, Anna Devor, Payam A Saisan
The importance of sharing experimental data in neuroscience grows with the amount and complexity of data acquired and various techniques used to obtain and process these data. However, the majority of experimental data, especially from individual studies of regular-sized laboratories never reach wider research community. A graphical user interface (GUI) engine called Neurovascular Network Explorer 2.0 (NNE 2.0) has been created as a tool for simple and low-cost sharing and exploring of vascular imaging data...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781925/osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis-in-severe-thermal-and-chemical-injuries
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Alfonso Vasquez-Perez, Mehran Zarei-Ghanavati, Venkata Avadhanam, Christopher Liu
PURPOSE: To report the results of osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) surgery in patients who sustained severe chemical and thermal injuries. METHODS: This is a noncomparative retrospective case series of 14 patients who underwent OOKP surgery between 2001 and 2016 at the Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton, UK, because of severe chemical and thermal injuries RESULTS:: OOKP surgery was performed in 14 eyes of 14 patients. Eight patients (57%) sustained thermal injuries and 6 patients (43%) chemical injuries...
May 16, 2018: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781873/case-report-use-of-sports-and-performance-vision-training-to-benefit-a-low-vision-patient-s-function
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Daniel M Laby
SIGNIFICANCE: Despite our inability to attenuate the course of many ocular diseases that can ultimately lead to loss or significantly decreased visual function, this report describes a potential technique to aid such patients in maximizing the use of the vision that remains. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the applicability of utilizing sports vision training to improve objective and subjective visuomotor function in a low-vision patient. CASE REPORT: A 37-year-old woman with Usher syndrome presented with reduced central visual acuity and visual field...
May 17, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781833/influence-of-socio-demographic-factors-on-disease-characteristics-and-vision-related-quality-of-life-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-patients-the-italian-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-study-ipoags
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Ivano Riva, Lorenzo Legramandi, Andreas Katsanos, Francesco Oddone, Eliana Rulli, Gloria Roberti, Luciano Quaranta
PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential association between socio-demographic factors with clinical characteristics, vision-related quality of life and glaucoma-related symptoms scores in a large cohort of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multicenter, cross-sectional study involving academic and non-academic centers. Previously diagnosed POAG patients aged >18 years were enrolled. At baseline, information on demographic characteristics, social, medical and ocular history, clinical presentation and treatments was collected...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781808/tensor-driven-extraction-of-developmental-features-from-varying-paediatric-eeg-datasets
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Eli Kinney-Lang, Loukianos Spyrou, Ahmed Ebied, Richard Fm Chin, Javier Escudero
Constant changes in developing children's brains can pose a challenge in EEG dependant technologies. Advancing signal processing methods to identify developmental differences in paediatric populations could help improve function and usability of such technologies. Taking advantage of the multi-dimensional structure of EEG data through tensor analysis may offer a framework for extracting relevant developmental features of paediatric datasets. A proof of concept is demonstrated through identifying latent developmental features in resting-state EEG...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781807/word-recognition-re-thinking-prosthetic-vision-evaluation
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Shui'Er Han, Cheng Qiu, Kassandra R Lee, JaeHyun Jung, Eli Peli
Evaluations of vision prostheses and sensory substitution devices have frequently relied on repeated training and testing with the same small set of items. These multiple forced-choice tasks have been shown to produce above chance performance in blind patients, but it is unclear if the observed performance represents restoration of vision that transfers to novel, untrained items. Here, we tested the generalizability of the forced-choice paradigm on the discrimination of low-resolution word images. Extensive visual training was conducted with the same 10 words used in previous BrainPort tongue stimulating studies...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781583/altered-white-matter-connectivity-associated-with-visual-hallucinations-following-occipital-stroke
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Sara A Rafique, John R Richards, Jennifer K E Steeves
INTRODUCTION: Visual hallucinations that arise following vision loss stem from aberrant functional activity in visual cortices and an imbalance of activity across associated cortical and subcortical networks subsequent to visual pathway damage. We sought to determine if structural changes in white matter connectivity play a role in cases of chronic visual hallucinations associated with visual cortical damage. METHODS: We performed diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and probabilistic fiber tractography to assess white matter connectivity in a patient suffering from continuous and disruptive phosphene (simple) visual hallucinations for more than 2 years following right occipital stroke...
May 21, 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781512/natural-history-of-rathke-s-cleft-cysts-a-retrospective-analysis-of-a-two-centers-experience
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Elisa Sala, Justin M Moore, Alvaro Amorin, Giulia Carosi, Hector Martinez, Griffith R Harsh, Maura Arosio, Giovanna Mantovani, Laurence Katznelson
OBJECTIVE: Rathke's Cleft Cyst (RCC) is a common sellar lesion which may cause visual impairment, hypopituitarism, and headaches from mass effect. The natural history of these lesions is currently unclear. We investigated the natural history of RCCs and compared surgically treated patients with those treated conservatively. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients diagnosed with a RCC between 1996 and 2016 at Stanford University and Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781289/a-randomised-trial-comparing-spatio-temporal-gait-parameters-after-total-hip-arthroplasty-between-the-direct-anterior-and-direct-lateral-surgical-approaches
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Bryn O Zomar, Dianne Bryant, Susan Hunter, James L Howard, Edward M Vasarhelyi, Brent A Lanting
INTRODUCTION: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a successful procedure for relieving symptoms of severe osteoarthritis. Surgical approach is a key factor in early recovery and although controversial, little has been written about the direct anterior (DA) approach using objective early measures. METHODS: 78 participants were prospectively enrolled to undergo a THA through either a DA or direct lateral (DL) surgical approach. Outcome measures were collected preoperatively and at discharge from the hospital, and 2-, 6- and 12-weeks...
May 1, 2018: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781046/comparison-of-filtration-mechanisms-of-food-and-industrial-grade-tio-2-nanoparticles
#17
Chen Chen, Ian M Marcus, Travis Waller, Sharon L Walker
The removal of food and industrial grade titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) particles through drinking water filtration was assessed via direct visualization of an in situ 2-D micromodel. The goal of this research was to determine whether variances in surface composition, aggregate size, and ionic strength result in different transport and deposition processes in porous media. Food and industrial grade TiO2 particles were characterized by measuring their hydrodynamic diameter, zeta potential, and zero point of charge before introduction into the 2-D micromodel...
May 21, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780967/visual-working-memory-span-in-adults-with-cochlear-implants-some-preliminary-findings
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Aaron C Moberly, David B Pisoni, Michael S Harris
Objective: Neurocognitive functions, specifically verbal working memory (WM), contribute to speech recognition in postlingual adults with cochlear implants (CIs) and normal-hearing (NH) listener shearing degraded speech. Three hypotheses were tested: (1) WM accuracy as assessed using three visual span measures - digits, objects, and symbols - would correlate with recognition scores for spectrally degraded speech (through a CI or when noise-vocoded); (2) WM accuracy would be best for digit span, intermediate for object span, and lowest for symbol span, due to the increasing cognitive demands across these tasks...
December 2017: World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780957/optic-nerve-compression-as-a-late-complication-of-a-hydrogel-explant-with-silicone-encircling-band
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Niels Crama, Leo Kluijtmans, B Jeroen Klevering
Purpose: To present a complication of compressive optic neuropathy caused by a swollen hydrogel explant and posteriorly displaced silicone encircling band. Observations: A 72-year-old female patient presented with progressive visual loss and a tilted optic disc. Her medical history included a retinal detachment in 1993 that was treated with a hydrogel explant under a solid silicone encircling band. Visual acuity had decreased from 6/10 to 6/20 and perimetry showed a scotoma in the temporal superior quadrant...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780911/long-term-visual-outcomes-of-laser-anterior-ciliary-excision
#20
AnnMarie Hipsley, Brad Hall, Karolinne Maia Rocha
Purpose: To determine the long-term visual outcomes of six eyes of 3 patients up to 13 years following the Laser Anterior Ciliary Excision (LaserACE) procedure. Methods: Three male patients of ages 59, 59, and 60 presented for evaluation at Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina at 8, 10, and 13 years after the LaserACE procedure for presbyopia, respectively. All 3 patients had a history of laser vision correction (LVC) prior to LaserACE treatment...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
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