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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338891/gray-and-white-matter-changes-and-their-relation-to-illness-trajectory-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Alejandro Keymer-Gausset, Anna Alonso-Solís, Iluminada Corripio, Rosa B Sauras-Quetcuti, Edith Pomarol-Clotet, Erick J Canales-Rodriguez, Eva Grasa-Bello, Enric Álvarez, Maria J Portella
Previous works have studied structural brain characteristics in first-episode psychosis (FEP), but few have focused on the relation between brain differences and illness trajectories. The aim of this study is to analyze gray and white matter changes in FEP patients and their relation with one-year clinical outcomes. A sample of 41 FEP patients and 41 healthy controls (HC), matched by age and educational level was scanned with a 3T MRI during the first month of illness onset. One year later, patients were assigned to two illness trajectories (schizophrenia and non-schizophrenia)...
January 12, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327392/differences-in-white-matter-structure-and-cortical-thickness-between-patients-with-traumatic-and-idiopathic-chronic-neck-pain-associations-with-cognition-and-pain-modulation
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I Coppieters, R De Pauw, K Caeyenberghs, D Lenoir, K DeBlaere, E Genbrugge, M Meeus, B Cagnie
Brain alterations are hypothesized to be present in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (CWAD). The aim of this case-control study was to examine alterations in cortical thickness and white matter (WM) structure, and the presence of brain microhemorrhages in a patient group encountering chronic neck pain of traumatic origin (i.e., CWAD) when compared with a patient group characterized by nontraumatic chronic neck pain [i.e., chronic idiopathic neck pain (CINP)], and healthy controls. Furthermore, we aimed to investigate associations between brain structure on one hand and cognitive performance and central sensitization (CS) on the other hand...
January 11, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309541/fibre-specific-white-matter-reductions-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Remika Mito, David Raffelt, Thijs Dhollander, David N Vaughan, J-Donald Tournier, Olivier Salvado, Amy Brodtmann, Christopher C Rowe, Victor L Villemagne, Alan Connelly
Alzheimer's disease is increasingly considered a large-scale network disconnection syndrome, associated with progressive aggregation of pathological proteins, cortical atrophy, and functional disconnections between brain regions. These pathological changes are posited to arise in a stereotypical spatiotemporal manner, targeting intrinsic networks in the brain, most notably the default mode network. While this network-specific disruption has been thoroughly studied with functional neuroimaging, changes to specific white matter fibre pathways within the brain's structural networks have not been closely investigated, largely due to the challenges of modelling complex white matter structure...
January 4, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297156/deep-white-matter-hyperintensities-microstructural-integrity-and-dual-task-walking-in-older-people
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Tabassom Ghanavati, Myriam Sillevis Smitt, Stephen R Lord, Perminder Sachdev, Wei Wen, Nicole A Kochan, Henry Brodaty, Kim Delbaere
To examine neural, physiological and cognitive influences on gait speed under single and dual-task conditions. Sixty-two community-dwelling older people (aged 80.0 ± 4.2 years) participated in our study. Gait speed was assessed with a timed 20-meter walk under single and dual-task (reciting alternate letters of the alphabet) conditions. Participants also underwent tests to estimate physiological fall risk based on five measures of sensorimotor function, cognitive function across five domains, brain white matter (WM) hyperintensities and WM microstructural integrity by measuring fractional anisotropy (FA)...
January 3, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276677/cross-sectional-variations-of-white-and-grey-matter-in-older-hypertensive-patients-with-subjective-memory-complaints
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Ahmed Chetouani, Mohammad B Chawki, Gabriela Hossu, Anna Kearney-Schwartz, Florence Chauveau-Beuret, Serge Bracard, Veronique Roch, Vincent Lebon, Pierre-Yves Marie, Athanase Benetos, Laure Joly, Antoine Verger
Mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's dementia involve a grey matter disease, quantifiable by 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), but also white matter damage, evidenced by diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DTI), which may play an additional pathogenic role. This study aimed to determine whether such DTI and PET variations are also interrelated in a high-risk population of older hypertensive patients with only subjective memory complaints (SMC). Sixty older hypertensive patients (75 ± 5 years) with SMC were referred to DTI and FDG-PET brain imaging, executive and memory tests, as well as peripheral and central blood pressure (BP) measurements...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275591/-dysfunctional-resting-state-connectivity-of-default-mode-network-in-adolescent-patients-with-first-episode-drug-naive-major-depressive-disorder
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S Y Li, Y Zhu, Y L Wang, P P Lü, W B Zuo, F Y Li
Objective: To study resting-state functional connectivity (FC) of default mode network (DMN) in adolescent patients with first-episode drug-naive major depressive disorder (MDD). Methods: We enrolled thirty first-episode and drug-naive adolescent MDD patients and twenty-nine adolescent healthy control (HC) participants in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University. There were no differences in age, sex, and education between the MDD and HC group. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) was performed...
December 5, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250891/physical-neglect-during-childhood-alters-white-matter-connectivity-in-healthy-young-males
#7
Indira Tendolkar, Johan Mårtensson, Simone Kühn, Floris Klumpers, Guillén Fernández
BACKGROUND: Childhood adversity (CA) leads to greater vulnerability for psychopathology by causing structural as well as functional brain abnormalities. Recent findings on gray matter effects point towards the importance of identifying CA outcome as a function of different CA types, varying in the dimensions of threat and deprivation. Using diffusion tensor imaging, we investigate whether different forms of CA impact differently on white matter connectivity in a healthy cohort not confounded by other aspects of disease...
December 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239265/decreased-number-of-self-paced-saccades-in-post-concussion-syndrome-associated-with-higher-symptom-burden-and-reduced-white-matter-integrity
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Foad Taghdiri, Jonathan Chung, Samantha Irwin, Namita Multani, Apameh Tarazi, Ahmed Ebraheem, Mozhgan Khodadadi, Ruma Goswami, Richard Wennberg, David Mikulis, Robin Ea Green, Karen Davis, Charles Tator, Moshe Eizenman, Maria Carmela Tartaglia
The aim of this study was to examine the potential utility of a self-paced saccadic eye movement as a marker of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and monitoring the recovery from PCS. Fifty-nine persistently symptomatic participants with at least two concussions performed the self-paced saccade (SPS) task. We evaluated the relationships between the number of SPSs and (i) number of self-reported concussion symptoms, and (ii) integrity of major WM tracts (as measured by fractional anisotropy [FA], and mean diffusivity [MD]) that are directly or indirectly involved in saccadic eye movements and often affected by concussion...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236820/integrity-of-white-matter-structure-is-related-to-episodic-memory-performance-in-the-low-educated-elderly
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Elisa de Paula França Resende, Fernanda Freire Tovar-Moll, Fernanda Meireles Ferreira, Ivanei Bramati, Leonardo Cruz de Souza, Karoline Carvalho Carmona, Henrique Cerqueira Guimarães, Viviane Amaral Carvalho, Maira Tonidandel Barbosa, Paulo Caramelli
The low-educated elderly are a vulnerable population in whom studying the role of white matter integrity on memory may provide insights for understanding how memory declines with aging and disease. METHODS: Thirty-one participants (22 women), 23 cognitively healthy and eight with cognitive impairment-no dementia, aged 80.4 ± 3.8 years, with 2.2 ± 1.9 years of education, underwent an MRI scan with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) acquisition. We verified if there were correlations between the performance on the Brief Cognitive Screening Battery (BCSB) and the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) with DTI parameters...
November 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234600/prediction-of-cognitive-and-motor-development-in-preterm-children-using-exhaustive-feature-selection-and-cross-validation-of-near-term-white-matter-microstructure
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Kornél Schadl, Rachel Vassar, Katelyn Cahill-Rowley, Kristin W Yeom, David K Stevenson, Jessica Rose
Background: Advanced neuroimaging and computational methods offer opportunities for more accurate prognosis. We hypothesized that near-term regional white matter (WM) microstructure, assessed on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), using exhaustive feature selection with cross-validation would predict neurodevelopment in preterm children. Methods: Near-term MRI and DTI obtained at 36.6 ± 1.8 weeks postmenstrual age in 66 very-low-birth-weight preterm neonates were assessed...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201557/brain-lesions-affecting-gait-recovery-in-stroke-patients
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Kyoung Bo Lee, Joon Sung Kim, Bo Young Hong, Bomi Sul, Seojin Song, Won Jin Sung, Byong Yong Hwang, Seong Hoon Lim
Objectives: Gait recovery is an important goal in stroke patients. Several studies have sought to uncover relationships between specific brain lesions and the recovery of gait, but the effects of specific brain lesions on gait remain unclear. Thus, we investigated the effects of stroke lesions on gait recovery in stroke patients. Materials and Methods: In total, 30 subjects with stroke were assessed in a retrograde longitudinal observational study. To assess gait function, the functional ambulation category (FAC) was tested four times: initially (within 2 weeks) and 1, 3, and 6 months after the onset of the stroke...
November 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191480/preterm-birth-leads-to-hyper-reactive-cognitive-control-processing-and-poor-white-matter-organization-in-adulthood
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Alexander Olsen, Emily L Dennis, Kari Anne I Evensen, Ingrid Marie Husby Hollund, Gro C C Løhaugen, Paul M Thompson, Ann-Mari Brubakk, Live Eikenes, Asta K Håberg
Individuals born preterm with very low birth weight (VLBW; birth weight ≤ 1500 g) are at high risk for perinatal brain injuries and deviant brain development, leading to increased chances of later cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. Here we investigated the neuronal underpinnings of both reactive and proactive cognitive control processes in adults with VLBW. We included 32 adults born preterm with VLBW (before 37th week of gestation) and 32 term-born controls (birth weight ≥10th percentile for gestational age) between 22 and 24 years of age that have been followed prospectively since birth...
November 27, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180959/family-income-cumulative-risk-exposure-and-white-matter-structure-in-middle-childhood
#13
Alexander J Dufford, Pilyoung Kim
Family income is associated with gray matter morphometry in children, but little is known about the relationship between family income and white matter structure. In this paper, using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics, a whole brain, voxel-wise approach, we examined the relationship between family income (assessed by income-to-needs ratio) and white matter organization in middle childhood (N = 27, M = 8.66 years). Results from a non-parametric, voxel-wise, multiple regression (threshold-free cluster enhancement, p < 0...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164726/functional-connectivity-changes-following-interpersonal-reactivity
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A L Krause, L Colic, V Borchardt, M Li, B Strauss, A Buchheim, D Wildgruber, P Fonagy, T Nolte, M Walter
Attachment experiences substantially influence emotional and cognitive development. Narratives comprising attachment-dependent content were proposed to modulate activation of cognitive-emotional schemata in listeners. We studied the effects after listening to prototypical attachment narratives on wellbeing and countertransference-reactions in 149 healthy participants. Neural correlates of these cognitive-emotional schema activations were investigated in a 7 Tesla rest-task-rest fMRI-study (23 healthy males) using functional connectivity (FC) analysis of the social approach network (seed regions: left and right Caudate Nucleus, CN)...
November 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162178/childhood-maltreatment-moderates-the-effect-of-combat-exposure-on-cingulum-structural-integrity
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Layla Banihashemi, Meredith L Wallace, Lei K Sheu, Michael C Lee, Peter J Gianaros, Robert P Mackenzie, Salvatore P Insana, Anne Germain, Ryan J Herringa
Limbic white matter pathways link emotion, cognition, and behavior and are potentially malleable to the influences of traumatic events throughout development. However, the impact of interactions between childhood and later life trauma on limbic white matter pathways has yet to be examined. Here, we examined whether childhood maltreatment moderated the effect of combat exposure on diffusion tensor imaging measures within a sample of military veterans (N = 28). We examined five limbic tracts of interest: two components of the cingulum (cingulum, cingulate gyrus, and cingulum hippocampus [CGH]), the uncinate fasciculus, the fornix/stria terminalis, and the anterior limb of the internal capsule...
December 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161349/relation-of-retinal-and-serum-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-to-white-matter-integrity-in-older-adults-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Catherine M Mewborn, Douglas P Terry, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Billy R Hammond, L Stephen Miller
Objective: Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are phytonutrients that accumulate in human brain tissue and positively impact cognition. Given their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and their role in stabilizing cell membranes, L&Z may relate to measures of white matter integrity (WMI). Method: The current study tested the relation of retinal (macular pigment optical density/MPOD) and blood serum concentrations of L&Z to WMI in community-dwelling older adults (n = 54) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153442/functional-mri-study-to-examine-possible-emotional-connectedness-in-identical-twins-a-case-study
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Efstratios Karavasilis, Foteini Christidi, Kalliopi Platoni, Panagiotis Ferentinos, Nikolaos L Kelekis, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos
In the present case study, we investigated possible emotional connectedness between monozygotic twins by means of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). During the experimental condition, Twin 2 was randomly selected to participate in the neuroimaging protocol while Twin 1 participated in the experimental condition outside the MRI scanner (none of them was aware of the experimental procedure). The experimental condition included two sessions with visual and acoustic stimuli, respectively. Between the two experimental conditions, there was a 2-min break with Twin 1 (i...
October 23, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143717/white-matter-abnormalities-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-patients-showing-cognitive-decline
#18
Jasper Olivier Nuninga, Marc Marijn Bohlken, Sanne Koops, Ania M Fiksinski, René C W Mandl, Elemi J Breetvelt, Sasja N Duijff, René S Kahn, Iris E C Sommer, Jacob A S Vorstman
BACKGROUND: Decline in cognitive functioning precedes the first psychotic episode in the course of schizophrenia and is considered a hallmark symptom of the disorder. Given the low incidence of schizophrenia, it remains a challenge to investigate whether cognitive decline coincides with disease-related changes in brain structure, such as white matter abnormalities. The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is an appealing model in this context, as 25% of patients develop psychosis. Furthermore, we recently showed that cognitive decline also precedes the onset of psychosis in individuals with 22q11DS...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140751/further-delineation-of-the-oculoauricular-syndrome-phenotype-a-new-family-with-a-novel-truncating-hmx1-mutation
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Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Mennat I Mehrez, Ahmad M Kamal, Mohamed B Taher, Hanan H Afifi
Biallelic HMX1 mutations cause a very rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder termed as oculoauricular syndrome (OAS) because it is characterized only by the combination of eye and ear anomalies. We identified a new family bringing to three the total families reported with this disorder. Our proband presented with anteriorly protruded ears and malformed ear pinnae in association with microphthalmia, congenital cataract, microcornea, and iris and optic disc colobomata. Additionally, he had high and broad forehead with asymmetry giving a recognizable facial gestalt...
November 15, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140731/recovery-of-an-injured-cingulum-concurrent-with-improvement-of-short-term-memory-in-a-patient-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#20
Sung Ho Jang, Seong Ho Kim, Jeong Pyo Seo
OBJECTIVES: We reported on a patient with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) who showed recovery of an injured cingulum concurrent with improvement of short-term memory, which was demonstrated on follow-up diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). METHODS: A 55-year-old male patient suffered head trauma resulting from falling from approximately 2 m while working at a construction site. The patient showed mild memory impairment (especially short-term memory impairment) at 3 months after onset: Memory Assessment Scale (global memory: 95 (37%ile), short-term memory: 75 (5%ile), verbal memory: 80 (9%ile) and visual memory: 112 (79%ile))...
November 15, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
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