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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325028/tracking-intrinsic-connectivity-brain-network-features-during-successive-pseudo-resting-states-and-interoceptive-task-fmri
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Advanced multivariate analyses of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data based on blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) contras have revealed that the human brain organizes its activities into multiple intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs). Several fMRI studies have evaluated the modulations of these networks during different cognitive or emotional tasks using blind source separation techniques particularly the independent component analysis (ICA). In this exploratory study, we applied ICA methodology to examine ICN modulations under different interoceptive conditions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325027/identifying-the-effects-of-visceral-interoception-on-human-brain-connectome-a-multivariate-analysis-of-covariance-of-fmri-data
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Sources of variations in the neural circuitry of the human brain and interrelationship between intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) are still a matter of debate and ongoing research. Here, we applied a multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) based on high-dimensional independent component analysis (ICA) to identify the effects of interoception and related variables on human brain connectome. Fifteen healthy right-handed subjects (all females, age range 21 - 48 years; mean age = 30.3, SD = 8.7 years) underwent a blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that included continuous intravesical saline infusion and drainage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
#3
Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324950/a-preliminary-evaluation-of-myoelectrical-energy-distribution-of-the-front-neck-muscles-in-pharyngeal-phase-during-normal-swallowing
#4
Mingxing Zhu, Wanzhang Yang, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Yun Xiang, Jianping Huang, Haiqing Zou, Guanglin Li
Pharyngeal phase is a central hub of swallowing in which food bolus pass through from the oral cavity to the esophageal. Proper understanding of the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase is useful for assessing swallowing function and the occurrence of dysphagia in humans. In this study, high-density (HD) surface electromyography (sEMG) was used to study the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase during swallowing tasks involving three healthy male subjects. The root mean square (RMS) of the HD sEMG data was computed by using a series of segmented windows as myoelectrical energy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324629/electrospun-nerve-guide-scaffold-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-collagen-nano-bioglass-an-in-vitro-study-in-peripheral-nerve-tissue-engineering
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Forouzan Mohamadi, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Mohammad Reza Nourani, Mohammad Ali Derakhshan, Vahabodin Goodarzi, Mohammad Sadegh Nazockdast, Mehdi Farokhi, Roksana Tajerian, Reza Faridi Majidi, Jafar Ai
In among of various methods, nerve tissue engineering (NTE) is one of the applicable methods to reconstruct damaged nerve tissues. Electrospinning technique and biomaterials are often considered to fabricate fibrous tissue engineered conduits which have great similarity to the extracellular matrix on fiber structure. Polymer blending is one of the most effective methods for production of new materials with outstanding features. In this research, conduit structures as main part of the peripheral nerve regeneration based on polymer blend nanocomposites PCL/Collagen/NBG (poly (ε-caprolactone)/Collagen/nano bioglass) were manufactured by electrospinning technique...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323817/hippocampal-and-prefrontal-processing-of-network-topology-to-simulate-the-future
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Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Beatrix Emo, Lorelei R Howard, Fiona E Zisch, Yichao Yu, Rebecca Knight, Joao Pinelo Silva, Hugo J Spiers
Topological networks lie at the heart of our cities and social milieu. However, it remains unclear how and when the brain processes topological structures to guide future behaviour during everyday life. Using fMRI in humans and a simulation of London (UK), here we show that, specifically when new streets are entered during navigation of the city, right posterior hippocampal activity indexes the change in the number of local topological connections available for future travel and right anterior hippocampal activity reflects global properties of the street entered...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323605/clinicians-obligations-to-use-qualified-medical-interpreters-when-caring-for-patients-with-limited-english-proficiency
#7
Gaurab Basu, Vonessa Phillips Costa, Priyank Jain
Access to language services is a required and foundational component of care for patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). National standards for medical interpreting set by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care establish the role of qualified medical interpreters in the provision of care in the United States. In the vignette, the attending physician infringes upon the patient's right to appropriate language services and renders unethical care...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319654/an-alpha-synuclein-mrm-assay-with-diagnostic-potential-for-parkinson-s-disease-and-monitoring-disease-progression
#8
Li Yang, Tessandra Stewart, Min Shi, Gwenael Pottiez, Romel Dator, Rui Wu, Patrick Aro, Robert J Schuster, Carmen Ginghina, Catherine Pan, Yuqian Gao, Weijun Qian, Cyrus P Zabetian, Shu-Ching Hu, Joseph F Quinn, Jing Zhang
AIM: The alpha-synuclein (α-syn) level in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), as measured by immunoassays, is promising as a Parkinson's disease (PD) biomarker. However, the levels of total α-syn are inconsistent among studies with large cohorts and different measurement platforms. Total α-syn level also does not correlate with disease severity or progression. Here, we developed a highly sensitive Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) method to measure absolute CSF α-syn peptide concentrations without prior enrichment or fractionation, aiming to discover new candidate biomarkers...
March 20, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319648/new-targeted-approaches-for-the-quantification-of-data-independent-acquisition-mass-spectrometry
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Roland Bruderer, Julia Sondermann, Chih-Chiang Tsou, Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Christine Stadelmann, Alexey I Nesvizhskii, Manuela Schmidt, Lukas Reiter, David Gomez-Varela
The use of data-independent acquisition (DIA) approaches for the reproducible and precise quantification of complex protein samples has increased in the last years. The protein information arising from DIA analysis is stored in digital protein maps (DIA-maps) that can be interrogated in a targeted way by using ad hoc or publically-available peptide spectral libraries generated on the same sample species as for the generation of the DIA maps. The restricted availability of certain difficult-to-obtain human tissues (i...
March 20, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319358/albendazole-therapy-in-human-lung-and-liver-hydatid-cysts-a-13-year-experience
#10
Seyed Hossein Fattahi Masoom, Shahrzad Mohammadzadeh Lari, Asieh Sadat Fattahi, Negin Ahmadnia, Mahla Rajabi, Maliheh NaderiKalat
BACKGROUND: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is an endemic disease in Iran. This study has aimed to report the efficacy of Albendazole therapy in patients with CE. METHOD: Among 164 patients with echinococcosis who were referred to the surgery clinic, Ghaem hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences between 2001 and 2013, two were diagnosed with alveolar echinococcosis (AE) and 162 with CE; 43 of whom underwent surgery. The rest 119 patients received medical therapy by Albendazole 15 mg/kg/day for three phases...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319326/altered-defecatory-behaviour-and-faecal-incontinence-in-a-video-tracked-animal-model-of-pudendal-neuropathy
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Liam A Devane, Eric Lucking, Judith Evers, Maria Buffini, S Mark Scott, Charles H Knowles, P Ronan O'Connell, James F X Jones
AIMS: To develop a behavioural animal model of faecal continence and assess the effect of retrouterine balloon inflation (RBI) injury. RBI in the rat causes pudendal neuropathy, a risk factor for obstetric related faecal incontinence in humans. METHOD: Video-tracking healthy rats (n=12) in a cage containing a latrine box was used to monitor their defaecatory behaviour index (DBI) over 2 weeks. DBI (range 0 - 1) was devised by dividing the defaecation rate (pellets/hour) outside the latrine by that of the whole cage...
March 20, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319281/successful-secukinumab-treatment-of-generalized-pustular-psoriasis-and-erythrodermic-psoriasis
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C Mugheddu, L Atzori, A Lappi, M Pau, S Murgia, F Rongioletti
Erythrodermic psoriasis (EP) and generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) are the most severe forms of psoriasis, resulting in significant morbidity and even mortality (1) . There are few evidence-based data on their treatment (2,3) . Secukinumab, a fully human anti-IL-17A monoclonal antibody, demonstrated strong efficacy in treating moderate to severe plaque-type psoriasis (4,5) . This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319185/real-time-monitoring-of-human-blood-brain-barrier-disruption
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Vesa Kiviniemi, Vesa Korhonen, Jukka Kortelainen, Seppo Rytky, Tuija Keinänen, Timo Tuovinen, Matti Isokangas, Eila Sonkajärvi, Topi Siniluoto, Juha Nikkinen, Seppo Alahuhta, Osmo Tervonen, Taina Turpeenniemi-Hujanen, Teemu Myllylä, Outi Kuittinen, Juha Voipio
Chemotherapy aided by opening of the blood-brain barrier with intra-arterial infusion of hyperosmolar mannitol improves the outcome in primary central nervous system lymphoma. Proper opening of the blood-brain barrier is crucial for the treatment, yet there are no means available for its real-time monitoring. The intact blood-brain barrier maintains a mV-level electrical potential difference between blood and brain tissue, giving rise to a measurable electrical signal at the scalp. Therefore, we used direct-current electroencephalography (DC-EEG) to characterize the spatiotemporal behavior of scalp-recorded slow electrical signals during blood-brain barrier opening...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319151/ethical-problems-in-an-era-where-disasters-have-become-a-part-of-daily-life-a-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-workers-in-turkey
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M Murat Civaner, Kevser Vatansever, Kayihan Pala
BACKGROUND: Natural disasters, armed conflict, migration, and epidemics today occur more frequently, causing more death, displacement of people and economic loss. Their burden on health systems and healthcare workers (HCWs) is getting heavier accordingly. The ethical problems that arise in disaster settings may be different than the ones in daily practice, and can cause preventable harm or the violation of basic human rights. Understanding the types and the determinants of ethical challenges is crucial in order to find the most benevolent action while respecting the dignity of those affected people...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318879/evidences-for-salbutamol-metabolism-by-respiratory-and-liver-cell-lines
#15
Titpawan Nakpheng, Supreedee Songkarak, Tan Suwandecha, Rutthapol Sritharadol, Charisopon Chunhachaichana, Teerapol Srichana
This study aimed to investigate the enantiomeric biotransformation of salbutamol in the human respiratory and liver cells. The cells from the different cell growth cycles were treated with various concentrations of salbutamol sulfate. Salbutamol and its metabolites were analyzed using chiral liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. There were no metabolites of salbutamol found in the extracellular medium, intracellular, and cell lysate of respiratory cell lines. The S/R ratios of salbutamol were found to be 0...
November 17, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318046/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-ccl5-secretion-from-macrophages-activates-hepatic-stellate-cells
#16
Reina Sasaki, Pradip B Devhare, Robert Steele, Ranjit Ray, Ratna B Ray
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) mediated chronic liver disease is a serious health problem around the world, and often causes fibrosis/cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The mechanism of liver disease progression during HCV infection is still unclear, although inflammation is believed to be an important player in disease pathogenesis. We previously reported that macrophages including Kupffer cells exposed to HCV induce proinflammatory cytokines. These secreted cytokines may activate hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) towards fibrosis...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318036/autophagy-determines-efficiency-of-liver-directed-gene-therapy-with-adeno-associated-viral-vectors
#17
Marianna Hösel, Anke Huber, Susanne Bohlen, Julie Lucifora, Giuseppe Ronzitti, Francesco Puzzo, Florence Boisgerault, Ulrich T Hacker, Wilhelmus J Kwanten, Nora Klöting, Matthias Blüher, Alexander Gluschko, Michael Schramm, Olaf Utermöhlen, Wilhelm Bloch, Federico Mingozzi, Oleg Krut, Hildegard Büning
Use of Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors for liver-directed gene therapy has shown considerable success, particularly in patients with severe hemophilia B. However, the high vector doses required to reach therapeutic levels of transgene expression caused liver inflammation in some patients that selectively destroyed transduced hepatocytes. We hypothesized that such detrimental immune responses can be avoided by enhancing the efficacy of AAV vectors in hepatocytes. Because autophagy is a key liver response to environmental stresses, we characterized the impact of hepatic autophagy on AAV infection...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317467/ethnographic-perspectives-on-global-mental-health
#18
Sumeet Jain, David M R Orr
The field of Global Mental Health (GMH) aims to influence mental health policy and practice worldwide, with a focus on human rights and access to care. There have been important achievements, but GMH has also been the focus of scholarly controversies arising from political, cultural, and pragmatic critiques. These debates have become increasingly polarized, giving rise to a need for more dialogue and experience-near research to inform theorizing. Ethnography has much to offer in this respect. This paper frames and introduces five articles in this issue of Transcultural Psychiatry that illustrate the role of ethnographic methods in understanding the effects and implications of the field of global mental health on mental health policy and practice...
December 2016: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317283/radiological-and-microsurgical-anatomy-for-variation-of-the-mandible-comparative-study-of-human-and-macaca-fascicularis
#19
Joe Iwanaga, Koichi Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Saga, Yoko Tabira, Eishi Hirasaki, Christian Fisahn, R Shane Tubbs, Jingo Kusukawa, Koh-Ichi Yamaki
Recent studies using cone-beam computer tomography (CBCT) have added to our understanding of anatomical variation in the mandible of humans. However, the distribution of nerves cannot be revealed by CBCT. There have been investigations of the distribution of nerves relating to the mandible, but some proposed causes of these variations remain controversial. In this study, we observed a total of 10 sides from five mandibles of Macaca fascicularis of unknown age and sex using CBCT and dissection under stereomicroscopy...
March 20, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317223/cancer-with-low-cathepsin-d-levels-is-susceptible-to-v-atpase-inhibition
#20
Satoshi Kitazawa, Satoru Nishizawa, Hideyuki Nakagawa, Masaaki Funata, Kazuho Nishimura, Tomoyoshi Soga, Takahito Hara
Vacuolar (H(+) )-ATPases (V-ATPases) have important roles in the supply of nutrients to tumors by mediating autophagy and the endocytic uptake of extracellular fluids. Accordingly, V-ATPases are attractive therapeutic targets for cancer. However, the clinical use of V-ATPase inhibitors as anti-cancer drugs has not been realized, possibly owing to their high toxicity in humans. V-ATPase inhibition may be an appropriate strategy in highly susceptible cancers. In this study, we explored markers of V-ATPase inhibitor sensitivity...
March 19, 2017: Cancer Science
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