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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648003/-curative-effect-analysis-of-15-cases-of-cervical-intra-and-extra-spinal-tumors-by-microsurgical-resection
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Y Han, X L Zheng, L Li, Z Q Jiang, F Y Lou, S J Zhang
Objective: To explore the curative effect of microsurgical treatment of cervical intra- and extra-spinal tumors. Methods: The clinical data of 15 patients with cervical intra-and extra-spinal tumors in Department of Neurosurgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Bengbu Medical College from January 2013 to February 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. According to Shaw's tumor stage: 6 cases in stage Ⅰ, 5 cases in stage Ⅱ, 3 cases in stage Ⅲ, and 1 case in stage Ⅳ. About the surgical methods: 9 cases were treated via posterior median semi-laminectomy approach, of which were internal fixation in 2 cases, and via posterior median approach spinous process and vertebral plate complex orthotopic replantation to spinal canal plasty in 3 cases, other 3 cases were operated via anterior cervical approach, including internal fixation in 1 case...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647598/functional-brain-networks-during-picture-encoding-and-recognition-in-different-odor-contexts
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J L Reichert, M Ninaus, W Schuehly, C Hirschmann, D Bagga, V Schöpf
Contextual odors can serve as retrieval cues when applied during encoding and recall/recognition of information. To investigate the neuronal basis of these observations, we collected functional MRI data while participants (n=51) performed an encoding and recognition memory task during which odors (congruent: CO or incongruent: IO) were presented as contextual cues. Recognition performance was not influenced by odor, but there was increased activation in the piriform cortex during successful encoding in the CO group, possibly indicating enhanced retrieval of information previously integrated with an olfactory percept...
June 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647539/chemical-addressability-of-potato-virus-x-for-its-applications-in-bio-nanotechnology
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Duc H T Le, He Hu, Ulrich Commandeur, Nicole F Steinmetz
Potato virus X (PVX), a type member of the plant virus potexvirus group, offers a unique nanotechnology platform based on its high aspect ratio, flexible filamentous shape. The PVX platform has already been engineered and studied for its uses in imaging, drug delivery, and immunotherapies. While genetic engineering procedures are well established for PVX, there is limited information about chemical conjugation strategies for functionalizing PVX, partly due to the lack of structural information of PVX at high resolution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647021/reprint-of-minimizing-noise-in-pediatric-task-based-functional-mri-adolescents-with-developmental-disabilities-and-typical-development
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Catherine Fassbender, Prerona Mukherjee, Julie B Schweitzer
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) represents a powerful tool with which to examine brain functioning and development in typically developing pediatric groups as well as children and adolescents with clinical disorders. However, fMRI data can be highly susceptible to misinterpretation due to the effects of excessive levels of noise, often related to head motion. Imaging children, especially with developmental disorders, requires extra considerations related to hyperactivity, anxiety and the ability to perform and maintain attention to the fMRI paradigm...
July 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646852/the-facial-expression-of-schizophrenic-patients-applied-with-infrared-thermal-facial-image-sequence
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Bo-Lin Jian, Chieh-Li Chen, Wen-Lin Chu, Min-Wei Huang
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a neurological disease characterized by alterations to patients' cognitive functions and emotional expressions. Relevant studies often use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain to explore structural differences and responsiveness within brain regions. However, as this technique is expensive and commonly induces claustrophobia, it is frequently refused by patients. Thus, this study used non-contact infrared thermal facial images (ITFIs) to analyze facial temperature changes evoked by different emotions in moderately and markedly ill schizophrenia patients...
June 24, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645842/opennft-an-open-source-python-matlab-framework-for-real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-training-based-on-activity-connectivity-and-multivariate-pattern-analysis
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Yury Koush, John Ashburner, Evgeny Prilepin, Ronald Sladky, Peter Zeidman, Sergei Bibikov, Frank Scharnowski, Artem Nikonorov, Dimitri Van De Ville
Neurofeedback based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) is a novel and rapidly developing research field. It allows for training of voluntary control over localized brain activity and connectivity and has demonstrated promising clinical applications. Because of the rapid technical developments of MRI techniques and the availability of high-performance computing, new methodological advances in rt-fMRI neurofeedback become possible. Here we outline the core components of a novel open-source neurofeedback framework, termed Open NeuroFeedback Training (OpenNFT), which efficiently integrates these new developments...
June 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645653/catalase-overexpression-modulates-metabolic-parameters-in-a-new-stress-less-leptin-deficient-mouse-model
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Deborah L Amos, Tanner Robinson, Melissa B Massie, Carla Cook, Alexis Hoffsted, Courtney Crain, Nalini Santanam
Oxidative stress plays a key role in obesity by modifying the function of important biological molecules, thus altering obesogenic pathways such as glucose and lipid signaling. Catalase, is an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme that catabolizes hydrogen peroxide produced by the dismutation of superoxide. Recent studies have shown knockdown of catalase exacerbates insulin resistance and leads to obesity. We hypothesized that overexpressing catalase in an obese mouse will modulate obesogenic pathways and protect against obesity...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644249/incidental-hippocampal-hyperintensity-on-diffusion-weighted-mri-individual-susceptibility-to-transient-global-amnesia
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Moonyoung Jeong, Jaehyun Jin, Jeong Hee Kim, Yeonsil Moon, Jin Woo Choi, Hahn Young Kim
OBJECTIVES: Dot-like hippocampal hyperintensities (HHs) on diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) have been reported as an interesting imaging finding of transient global amnesia (TGA) that is characterized by typical anterograde amnesia. However, we found that these dot-like HHs are occasionally seen in some patients without clinical symptoms of TGA. METHODS: We identified 8 patients who did not show clinical symptoms of TGA, despite the presence of hippocampal lesions on DWI (No-TGA group, n=8)...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644201/insular-epilepsy-semiology-and-noninvasive-investigations
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Sami Obaid, Younes Zerouali, Dang Khoa Nguyen
In this review, authors discuss the semiology and noninvasive investigations of insular epilepsy, an underrecognized type of epilepsy, which may mimic other focal epilepsies. In line with the various functions of the insula and its widespread network of connections, insular epilepsy may feature a variety of early ictal manifestations from somatosensory, visceral, olfactory, gustatory, or vestibular manifestations. Depending on propagation pathways, insular seizures may also include altered consciousness, dystonic posturing, complex motor behaviors, and even autonomic features...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643891/direct-comparison-of-high-temporal-resolution-cine-mri-with-doppler-ultrasound-for-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction-in-mice
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Thomas A Roberts, Anthony N Price, Laurence H Jackson, Valerie Taylor, Anna L David, Mark F Lythgoe, Daniel J Stuckey
Diastolic dysfunction is a sensitive early indicator of heart failure and can provide additional data to conventional measures of systolic function. Transmitral Doppler ultrasound, which measures the one-dimensional flow of blood through the mitral valve, is currently the preferred method for the measurement of diastolic function, but the measurement of the left ventricular volume changes using high-temporal-resolution cinematic magnetic resonance imaging (CINE MRI) is an alternative approach which is emerging as a potentially more robust and user-independent technique...
June 23, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643843/perisylvian-including-insular-childhood-epilepsy-presurgical-workup-and-surgical-outcome
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Elena Freri, Sara Matricardi, Francesca Gozzo, Massimo Cossu, Tiziana Granata, Laura Tassi
OBJECTIVE: To report the presurgical workup, surgical procedures, and outcomes in a series of pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy involving the perisylvian/insular regions. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed 16 pediatric patients affected by drug-resistant focal epilepsy involving perisylvian/insular regions, who consecutively underwent tailored resective surgery. All patients underwent a detailed presurgical workup, which included the analysis of the anatomoelectroclinical correlations with scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and/or with stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG), brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and comprehensive cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643777/in-situ-targeted-mri-detection-of-helicobacter-pylori-with-stable-magnetic-graphitic-nanocapsules
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Yunjie Li, Xiaoxiao Hu, Ding Ding, Yuxiu Zou, Yiting Xu, Xuewei Wang, Yin Zhang, Long Chen, Zhuo Chen, Weihong Tan
Helicobacter pylori infection is implicated in the aetiology of many diseases. Despite numerous studies, a painless, fast and direct method for the in situ detection of H. pylori remains a challenge, mainly due to the strong acidic/enzymatic environment of the gastric mucosa. Herein, we report the use of stable magnetic graphitic nanocapsules (MGNs), for in situ targeted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detection of H. pylori. Several layers of graphene as the shell effectively protect the magnetic core from corrosion while retaining the superior contrast effect for MRI in the gastric environment...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643715/microstructure-changes-of-occipital-white-matter-are-responsible-for-visual-problems-in-the-3-4-year-old-very-low-birth-weight-children
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Anna Lesniak, Izabela Herman-Sucharska, Małgorzata Klimek, Paulina Karcz, Anna Kubatko-Zielińska, Magdalena Nitecka, Grażyna Dutkowska, Bożena Romanowska-Dixon, Przemko Kwinta
PURPOSE: The main aim of the study was to evaluate which factors affect the long-time visual function in preterm children, whether it is prematurity or retinopathy of prematurity or perhaps disturbances in the visual pathway. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight children with mean birth weight 1016 g (range 520-1500 g) were evaluated at mean age 48 months (range 42-54 months). All children underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies, visual evoked potentials (VEPs), and the Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643695/highly-fluorescent-and-superparamagnetic-nanosystem-for-biomedical-applications
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Mariana P Cabrera, Paulo E Cabral Filho, Camila M C M Silva, Rita M Oliveira, Carlos F G C Geraldes, M Margarida C A Castro, Benilde F O Costa, Marta S C Henriques, José A Paixão, Luiz B Carvalho, Beate S Santos, Fernando Hallwass, Adriana Fontes, Giovannia A L Pereira
This work reports on highly fluorescent and superparamagnetic bimodal nanoparticles (BNPs) obtained by a simple and efficient method as probes for fluorescence analysis and/or contrast agents for MRI. These promising BNPs with small dimensions (ca. 17 nm) consist of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) covalently bound with CdTe quantum dots (ca. 3 nm). The chemical structure of the magnetic part of BNPs is predominantly magnetite, with minor goethite and maghemite contributions, as shown by Mössbauer spectroscopy, which is compatible with the x-ray diffraction data...
July 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643537/a-diffusion-weighted-imaging-study-of-basal-ganglia-in-schizophrenia
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Giuseppe Delvecchio, Alessandro Pigoni, Cinzia Perlini, Marco Barillari, Amelia Versace, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Marcella Bellani, Paolo Brambilla
OBJECTIVES: Several magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies provided evidence of selective brain abnormalities in schizophrenia, both in cortical and subcortical structures. Basal ganglia are of particular interest, given not only the high concentration of dopaminergic neurons and receptors, but also for their crucial role in cognitive functions, commonly impaired in schizophrenia. To date, very few studies explored basal ganglia using diffusion imaging, which is sensitive to microstructural organization in brain tissues...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643307/-application-of-magnetic-resonance-in-non-operative-treatment-strategy-for-rectal-cancer
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Yi Wang, Gong Chen
The primary curative modality for localized rectal cancer is total mesorectal excision (TME). Local control rate of rectal cancer has been improved after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and even pathological complete response (pCR) has been demonstrated in a significant minority. Patients who achieve pCR to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy have an excellent prognosis compared with those without pCR. If the patients with complete response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation can be demonstrated by clinical findings and medical imaging (cCR), a non-operative management (NOM) strategy may be pursued to preserve sphincter function and avoid complications induced by TME, which is a new tendency in the treatment of rectal cancer in recent years...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643068/effects-of-barbed-suture-during-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-on-postoperative-tissue-damage-and-longitudinal-changes-in-lower-urinary-tract-outcome
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Nobuhiro Haga, Noriaki Kurita, Tomohiko Yanagida, Soichiro Ogawa, Michihiro Yabe, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Osamu Hasegawa, Yoshiyuki Kojima
OBJECTIVE: To compare the postoperative tissue damage and longitudinal changes in functional and patient-reported outcomes after vesicourethral anastomosis with barbed suture and nonbarbed suture in robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study involving 88 consecutive patients who underwent RARP. These patients were categorized into the barbed suture group (n = 50) and the nonbarbed suture group (n = 38)...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642732/autonomic-function-impairment-and-brain-perfusion-deficit-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Wei-Che Lin, Pei-Chin Chen, Chih-Cheng Huang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Hung-Chen Wang, Kun-Hsien Chou, Meng-Hsiang Chen, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Hsien Lu
INTRODUCTION: Autonomic disorders have been recognized as important Parkinson's disease (PD) components. Some vulnerable structures are related to the central autonomic network and have also been linked to autonomic function alterations. The aims of the study are to evaluate the severity of the autonomic dysfunction and the cortical hypoperfusion using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI. And then, possible relationships of significant between-group differences in perfusion pattern to clinical variables and autonomic functions were examined to determine the pharmaceutical effects of dopaminergic treatment on cerebral blood flow (CBF) in patients with PD...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642688/lower-functional-connectivity-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-is-related-to-negative-affect-and-clinical-manifestations-of-fibromyalgia
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Marie-Andrée Coulombe, Keith St Lawrence, Dwight E Moulin, Patricia Morley-Forster, Mahsa Shokouhi, Warren R Nielson, Karen D Davis
Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome is characterized by chronic widespread pain, muscle tenderness and emotional distress. Previous studies found reduced endogenous pain modulation in FM. This deficiency of pain modulation may be related to the attributes of chronic pain and other clinical symptoms experienced in patients with FM. Thus, we tested whether there is a link between the clinical symptoms of FM and functional connectivity (FC) of the periaqueductal gray (PAG), a key node of pain modulation. We acquired resting state 3T functional MRI (rsfMRI) data from 23 female patients with FM and 16 age- and sex- matched healthy controls (HC) and assessed FM symptoms with the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641819/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-of-carotid-vasa-vasorum-in-relation-to-coronary-and-cerebrovascular-events
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Juan Wang, Huijun Chen, Jie Sun, Daniel S Hippe, Huawei Zhang, Shengyuan Yu, Jianming Cai, Leixing Xie, Bao Cui, Chun Yuan, Xihai Zhao, Weimin Yuan, Hongbin Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) provides a noninvasive approach to the functional status of carotid adventitial vasa vasorum. Contrast extravasation rate, or K(trans), derived from kinetic modeling of adventitial enhancement, has been correlated with plaque neovascularization and inflammation. This study sought to clarify the clinical implications of K(trans) by evaluating its relationship with documented cardiovascular events (CVE). METHODS: Seventy patients with carotid plaque at clinical ultrasound examination were recruited and imaged with a previously-described bright-blood DCE-MRI protocol (spatial resolution: 0...
June 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
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