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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527230/imaging-and-neuropsychological-correlates-of-white-matter-lesions-in-different-subtypes-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review
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Charlene L M Lam, Jenny Yiend, Tatia M C Lee
BACKGROUND: White matter lesions (WML) are prevalent in older adults. The association between WML and cognition in different subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is inconsistent in the literature. OBJECTVES: We aim to provide a systematic review on the impact of WML in different subtypes of MCI, and discuss the recent findings on white matter plasticity. METHODS: We reviewed peer-reviewed articles from January 2011 to August 2016 and identified 12 studies investigating the association between WML and subtypes of MCI with both neuroimaging and cognitive measures...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527015/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-the-genomic-region-associated-with-shell-color-in-yesso-scallop-patinopecten-yessoensis
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Liang Zhao, Yangping Li, Yajuan Li, Jiachen Yu, Huan Liao, Shuyue Wang, Jia Lv, Jun Liang, Xiaoting Huang, Zhenmin Bao
The shell color polymorphism widely exists in economic shellfish, which not only results in a better visual perception but also shows great value as an economic trait for breeding. Small numbers of reddish-orange shell Yesso scallops, Patinopecten yessoensis, were found in cultured populations compared to the brown majority. In this study, a genome-wide association study was conducted to understand the genetic basis of shell color. Sixty-six 2b-RAD libraries with equal numbers of reddish-orange and brown shell individuals were constructed and sequenced using the Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform...
May 19, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526945/tri-scan-a-three-stage-color-enhancement-tool-for-endoscopic-images
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Mohammad S Imtiaz, Shahed K Mohammed, Farah Deeba, Khan A Wahid
Modern endoscopes play a significant role in diagnosing various gastrointestinal (GI) tract related diseases where the visual quality of endoscopic images helps improving the diagnosis. This article presents an image enhancement method for color endoscopic images that consists of three stages, and hence termed as "Tri-scan" enhancement: (1) tissue and surface enhancement: a modified linear unsharp masking is used to sharpen the surface and edges of tissue and vascular characteristics; (2) mucosa layer enhancement: an adaptive sigmoid function is employed on the R plane of the image to highlight micro-vessels of the superficial layers of the mucosa and submucosa; and (3) color tone enhancement: the pixels are uniformly distributed to create an enhanced color effect to highlight the subtle micro-vessels, mucosa and tissue characteristics...
June 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526877/magnetospinography-visualizes-electrophysiological-activity-in-the-cervical-spinal-cord
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Satoshi Sumiya, Shigenori Kawabata, Yuko Hoshino, Yoshiaki Adachi, Kensuke Sekihara, Shoji Tomizawa, Masaki Tomori, Senichi Ishii, Kyohei Sakaki, Dai Ukegawa, Shuta Ushio, Taishi Watanabe, Atsushi Okawa
Diagnosis of nervous system disease is greatly aided by functional assessments and imaging techniques that localize neural activity abnormalities. Electrophysiological methods are helpful but often insufficient to locate neural lesions precisely. One proposed noninvasive alternative is magnetoneurography (MNG); we have developed MNG of the spinal cord (magnetospinography, MSG). Using a 120-channel superconducting quantum interference device biomagnetometer system in a magnetically shielded room, cervical spinal cord evoked magnetic fields (SCEFs) were recorded after stimulation of the lower thoracic cord in healthy subjects and a patient with cervical spondylotic myelopathy and after median nerve stimulation in healthy subjects...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526859/evaluation-of-arteriolar-smooth-muscle-cell-function-in-an-ex-vivo-microvascular-network-model
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Jessica M Motherwell, Mohammad S Azimi, Kristine Spicer, Natascha G Alves, Nicholas A Hodges, Jerome W Breslin, Prasad V G Katakam, Walter L Murfee
An emerging challenge in tissue engineering biomimetic models is recapitulating the physiological complexity associated with real tissues. Recently, our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as an ex vivo experimental platform for investigating the multi-cellular dynamics involved in angiogenesis within an intact microvascular network using time-lapse imaging. A critical question remains whether the vessels maintain their functionality. The objective of this study was to determine whether vascular smooth muscle cells in cultured microvascular networks maintain the ability to constrict...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526629/the-ultra-structural-organization-of-the-elastic-network-in-the-intra-and-inter-lamellar-matrix-of-the-intervertebral-disc
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J Tavakoli, D M Elliott, J J Costi
The inter-lamellar matrix (ILM) -located between adjacent lamellae of the annulus fibrosus- consists of a complex structure of elastic fibres, while elastic fibers of the intra-lamellar region are aligned predominantly parallel to the collagen fibers. The organization of elastic fibres under low magnification, in both inter- and intra-lamellar regions, was studied by light microscopic analysis of histologically prepared samples; however, little is known about their ultrastructure. An ultrastructural visualization of elastic fibres in the inter-lamellar matrix is crucial for describing their contribution to structural integrity, as well as mechanical properties of the annulus fibrosus...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526550/impact-of-first-eye-versus-second-eye-cataract-surgery-on-visual-function-and-quality-of-life
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Nakul S Shekhawat, Michael V Stock, Elizabeth F Baze, Mary K Daly, David E Vollman, Mary G Lawrence, Amy S Chomsky
PURPOSE: To compare the impact of first eye versus second eye cataract surgery on visual function and quality of life. DESIGN: Cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 328 patients undergoing separate first eye and second eye phacoemulsification cataract surgeries at 5 veterans affairs centers in the United States. Patients with previous ocular surgery, postoperative endophthalmitis, postoperative retinal detachment, reoperation within 30 days, dementia, anxiety disorder, hearing difficulty, or history of drug abuse were excluded...
May 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526015/construction-and-implications-of-structural-equation-modeling-network-for-pediatric-cataract-a-data-mining-research-of-rare-diseases
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Erping Long, Shuangjuan Xu, Zhenzhen Liu, Xiaohang Wu, Xiayin Zhang, Jinghui Wang, Wangting Li, Runzhong Liu, Zicong Chen, Kexin Chen, Tongyong Yu, Dongxuan Wu, Xutu Zhao, Jingjing Chen, Zhuoling Lin, Qianzhong Cao, Duoru Lin, Xiaoyan Li, Jingheng Cai, Haotian Lin
BACKGROUND: The majority of rare diseases are complex diseases caused by a combination of multiple morbigenous factors. However, uncovering the complex etiology and pathogenesis of rare diseases is difficult due to limited clinical resources and conventional statistical methods. This study aims to investigate the interrelationship and the effectiveness of potential factors of pediatric cataract, for the exploration of data mining strategy in the scenarios of rare diseases. METHODS: We established a pilot rare disease specialized care center to systematically record all information and the entire treatment process of pediatric cataract patients...
May 19, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525958/necessity-of-immobilizing-the-metacarpophalangeal-joint-in-carpometacarpal-osteoarthritis-short-term-effect
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Raquel Cantero-Téllez, Kristin Valdes, Deborah A Schwartz, Ivan Medina-Porqueres, Jean Christophe Arias, Jorge H Villafañe
BACKGROUND: Conservative treatment for carpometacarpal (CMC) joint osteoarthritis (OA) may include orthotic fabrication to decrease pain. Different types of orthoses have been used as conservative interventions to improve symptoms, but there are no guidelines specifying if inclusion of the thumb metacarpophalangeal (MCP) in an orthosis is required in the treatment of thumb CMC joint OA. The main objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of 2 different thumb CMC joint orthotic designs on pain reduction and improved hand function: one design immobilizes both the MCP joint and the CMC joint and the other design immobilizes only the CMC joint...
May 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525805/typical-integration-of-emotion-cues-from-bodies-and-faces-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Rebecca Brewer, Federica Biotti, Geoffrey Bird, Richard Cook
Contextual cues derived from body postures bias how typical observers categorize facial emotion; the same facial expression may be perceived as anger or disgust when aligned with angry and disgusted body postures. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are thought to have difficulties integrating information from disparate visual regions to form unitary percepts, and may be less susceptible to visual illusions induced by context. The current study investigated whether individuals with ASD exhibit diminished integration of emotion cues extracted from faces and bodies...
May 16, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525568/scenery-a-web-application-for-causal-network-reconstruction-from-cytometry-data
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Georgios Papoutsoglou, Giorgos Athineou, Vincenzo Lagani, Iordanis Xanthopoulos, Angelika Schmidt, Szabolcs Éliás, Jesper Tegnér, Ioannis Tsamardinos
Flow and mass cytometry technologies can probe proteins as biological markers in thousands of individual cells simultaneously, providing unprecedented opportunities for reconstructing networks of protein interactions through machine learning algorithms. The network reconstruction (NR) problem has been well-studied by the machine learning community. However, the potentials of available methods remain largely unknown to the cytometry community, mainly due to their intrinsic complexity and the lack of comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use NR software implementations specific for cytometry data...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525531/phyd3-a-phylogenetic-tree-viewer-with-extended-phyloxml-support-for-functional-genomics-data-visualization
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Lukasz Kreft, Alexander Botzki, Frederik Coppens, Klaas Vandepoele, Michiel Van Bel
Motivation: Comparative and evolutionary studies utilise phylogenetic trees to analyse and visualise biological data. Recently, several web-based tools for the display, manipulation, and annotation of phylogenetic trees, such as iTOL and Evolview, have released updates to be compatible with the latest web technologies. While those web tools operate an open server access model with a multitude of registered users, a feature-rich open source solution using current web technologies is not available...
May 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525482/artificial-cervical-disk-replacement-for-the-treatment-of-adjacent-segment-disease-after-anterior-cervical-decompression-and-fusion
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Sheng Bin, Huang Xiangwang, Xiao Sheng, Xiang Tiecheng, Liu Xiangyang, Zhang Yi, Liu Bin
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of artificial cervical disk replacement (ACDR) for the treatment of adjacent segment disease (ASD) after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is the useful procedure for degenerative cervical diseases. However, studies have reported accelerated degeneration of functional spinal units adjacent to the fusion site after ACDF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2004 and January 2011, 32 inpatients (18 male, 14 female; age, 38-61 y; mean, 48 y) underwent ACDR for the treatment of ASD after previous ACDF (single-level: n=12; 2-level: n=15; 3-level: n=5)...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525472/a-comparison-of-implants-used-in-open-door-laminoplasty-structural-rib-allografts-versus-metallic-miniplates
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Ehsan Tabaraee, Praveen Mummaneni, Amir Abdul-Jabbar, David Shearer, Esha Roy, Beejal Amin, Christopher Ames, Shane Burch, Vedat Deviren, Sigurd Berven, Serena Hu, Dean Chou, Bobby K Tay
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-controlled study. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Open-door laminoplasty has been successfully used to address cervical spondylotic myelopathy and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Two common implants include rib allograft struts and metallic miniplates. OBJECTIVE: The goals of this study were to compare outcomes, complications, and costs associated with these 2 implants. METHODS: A retrospective review was done on 51 patients with allograft struts and 55 patients with miniplates...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525471/cervical-disk-replacement-with-discover-versus-fusion-in-a-single-level-cervical-disk-disease-a-prospective-single-center-randomized-trial-with-a-minimum-2-year-follow-up
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Marjan Rožanković, Sergej M Marasanov, Miroslav Vukić
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective randomized study. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcome after Discover arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in patients treated for symptomatic single-level cervical disk disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is still the gold standard for surgical treatment of cervical spine degenerative disk disease. However, results of many studies suggest that it may cause degenerative changes at levels immediately above and below the fusion, known as adjacent segment degenerative disease...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525407/validation-and-cross-cultural-adaptation-of-the-korean-version-of-the-zurich-claudication-questionnaire-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Ho-Joong Kim, Young-Kyun Lee, Dong Ook Kim, Bong-Soon Chang, Choon-Ki Lee, Jin S Yeom
STUDY DESIGN: Linguistic and psychometric validation of a translated questionnaire OBJECTIVE.: To validate the Korean version of Zurich claudication questionnaire (ZCQ) both linguistically and psychometrically. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The ZCQ is considered as a disease specific and gold standard measure for evaluation of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). However, there has been no validated Korean version of the ZCQ. METHODS: The ZCQ was translated forward and backward, culturally adapted by 2 independent translators, and approved by an expert committee...
May 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524927/the-effect-of-ocular-surface-regularity-on-contrast-sensitivity-and-straylight-in-dry-eye
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Shizuka Koh, Naoyuki Maeda, Chikako Ikeda, Sanae Asonuma, Mai Ogawa, Takahiro Hiraoka, Tetsuro Oshika, Kohji Nishida
Purpose: To investigate the association between visual function and ocular surface regularity in dry eye. Methods: We enrolled 52 eyes of 52 dry eye patients (34 dry eyes with superficial punctate keratopathy [SPK] in the central corneal region [central SPK] and 18 dry eyes without central SPK) and 20 eyes of 20 normal control subjects. All eyes had a best-corrected distance visual acuity better than 20/20. We measured two indices of contrast sensitivity function under photopic conditions: contrast sensitivity and letter contrast sensitivity...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524846/concerted-regulation-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-basement-membrane-and-barrier-function-by-angiocrine-factors
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Ignacio Benedicto, Guillermo L Lehmann, Michael Ginsberg, Daniel J Nolan, Rohan Bareja, Olivier Elemento, Zelda Salfati, Nazia M Alam, Glen T Prusky, Pierre Llanos, Sina Y Rabbany, Arvydas Maminishkis, Sheldon S Miller, Shahin Rafii, Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan
The outer blood-retina barrier is established through the coordinated terminal maturation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), fenestrated choroid endothelial cells (ECs) and Bruch's membrane, a highly organized basement membrane that lies between both cell types. Here we study the contribution of choroid ECs to this process by comparing their gene expression profile before (P5) and after (P30) the critical postnatal period when mice acquire mature visual function. Transcriptome analyses show that expression of extracellular matrix-related genes changes dramatically over this period...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524796/improvement-of-visual-field-defects-after-focal-resection-for-occipital-lobe-epilepsy-case-report
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Takahiro Yamamoto, Tadashi Hamasaki, Hideo Nakamura, Kazumichi Yamada
Improvement of visual field defects after surgical treatment for occipital lobe epilepsy is rare. Here, the authors report on a 24-year-old man with a 15-year history of refractory epilepsy that developed after he had undergone an occipital craniotomy to remove a cerebellar astrocytoma at the age of 4. His seizures started with an elementary visual aura, followed by secondary generalized tonic-clonic convulsion. Perimetry revealed left-sided incomplete hemianopia, and MRI showed an old contusion in the right occipital lobe...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524772/effects-of-stereoscopic-disparity-on-early-erp-components-during-classification-of-three-dimensional-objects
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Alan J Pegna, Alexandre Darque, Mark V Roberts, E Charles Leek
This study investigates the effects of stereo disparity on the perception of three-dimensional (3D) object shape. We tested the hypothesis that stereo input modulates the brain activity related to perceptual analyses of 3D shape configuration during image classification. High-density (256-channel) EEG was used to record the temporal dynamics of visual shape processing under conditions of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visual presentation. On each trial, observers made image classification judgements ('Same'/'Different') to two briefly presented, multi-part, novel objects...
May 19, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
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