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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096471/resolving-the-brainstem-contributions-to-attentional-analgesia-in-man
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Jonathan C W Brooks, Wendy-Elizabeth Davies, Anthony E Pickering
: Previous human imaging studies manipulating attention or expectancy have identified the periaqueductal gray (PAG) as a key brainstem structure implicated in endogenous analgesia. However, animal studies indicate that PAG analgesia is mediated largely via caudal brainstem structures like the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) and locus coeruleus (LC). To identify their involvement in endogenous analgesia, we used brainstem optimised, whole-brain imaging to record responses to concurrent thermal stimulation (left forearm) and visual attention tasks of titrated difficulty in 20 healthy subjects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095928/one-hundred-years-of-external-approach-medialisation-thyroplasty
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V E Crolley, N Gibbins
It has been 100 years since Erwin Payr first developed an operation to improve the effects of a paralysed vocal fold, and operations based on this technique are still in use today. This technique, medialisation thyroplasty, aims to improve the symptoms caused by vocal fold palsy by realigning the lateralised vocal fold into the midline. Whilst the effects of vocal fold palsy were recognised in antiquity, it was only with the development of indirect laryngoscopy in the late nineteenth century that the vocal fold paralysis could be identified as an aetiology for poor phonation and dysphagia...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077669/preparatory-alpha-band-oscillations-reflect-spatial-gating-independently-of-predictions-regarding-target-identity
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Theresa Wildegger, Freek van Ede, Mark W Woolrich, Celine R Gillebert, Anna Christina Nobre
Preparatory modulations of cortical alpha-band oscillations are a reliable index of the voluntary allocation of covert spatial attention. It is currently unclear whether attentional cues containing information about a target's identity (such as its visual orientation), in addition to its location, might additionally shape preparatory alpha modulations. Here, we explore this question by directly comparing spatial and feature-based attention in the same visual detection task while recording brain activity using magneto-encephalography (MEG)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053258/ankle-joint-pressure-changes-in-high-tibial-and-distal-femoral-osteotomies-a-cadaver-study
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F Krause, A Barandun, G Klammer, I Zderic, B Gueorguiev, T Schmid
AIMS: To assess the effect of high tibial and distal femoral osteotomies (HTO and DFO) on the pressure characteristics of the ankle joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Varus and valgus malalignment of the knee was simulated in human cadaver full-length legs. Testing included four measurements: baseline malalignment, 5° and 10° re-aligning osteotomy, and control baseline malalignment. For HTO, testing was rerun with the subtalar joint fixed. In order to represent half body weight, a 300 N force was applied onto the femoral head...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051771/proarrhythmic-remodelling-of-the-right-ventricle-in-a-porcine-model-of-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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David Benoist, Virginie Dubes, François Roubertie, Stephen H Gilbert, Sabine Charron, Marion Constantin, Delphine Elbes, Delphine Vieillot, Bruno Quesson, Hubert Cochet, Michel Haïssaguerre, Caroline Rooryck, Pierre Bordachar, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Olivier Bernus
OBJECTIVE: The growing adult population with surgically corrected tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is at risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. We sought to investigate the contribution of right ventricular (RV) structural and electrophysiological remodelling to arrhythmia generation in a preclinical animal model of repaired TOF (rTOF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Pigs mimicking rTOF underwent cardiac MRI functional characterisation and presented with pulmonary regurgitation, RV hypertrophy, dilatation and dysfunction compared with Sham-operated animals (Sham)...
October 8, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043024/utility-of-a-questionnaire-tool-quaras-for-localizing-and-lateralizing-seizures-in-the-epilepsy-monitoring-unit-emu
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Rima M Chaudhari, Bhargavi Ramanujam, Renjith Appukuttan, Anubha Sharma, Yuvraj Kunwar, Gaurav Tejaniya, Ajay Garg, Madakasira Vasantha Padma, Madhavi Tripathi, Chandrashekhar Bal, Deepa Dash, Sarat P Chandra, Manjari Tripathi
OBJECTIVES: An accurate description of the seizure semiology improves the recognition of the ictal onset zone and helps in hypothesizing the possible epileptogenic zone (EZ). Semiology based on a reliable description of seizures may be as good as investigative modalities, as has been shown by numerous studies. The main objective of this study was to apply a questionnaire-tool for auras and semiology (QUARAS) in refractory epilepsy cohort and compare its yield to that of standard history-taking...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995828/single-dose-intratympanic-mesna-application-inhibits-propylene-glycol-induced-cholesteatoma-formation
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O Ismi, Y Y Karabulut, K K Bal, Y Vayisoglu, M Unal
OBJECTIVE: Mesna (i.e. sodium 2-mercaptoethanesulfonate; C2H5NaO3S2) has been used in otological surgery such as cholesteatoma dissection and tympanic membrane lateralisation in atelectatic ears. However, this study aimed to investigate its effect on cholesteatoma formation. METHODS: A total of 20 Wistar rats were divided into two groups of 10 animals. The right and left ears of control animals were treated with saline (saline control group; n = 10 ears) and propylene glycol plus saline (propylene glycol control group; n = 10 ears), respectively...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994220/structural-dysconnectivity-of-key-cognitive-and-emotional-hubs-in-young-people-at-high-genetic-risk-for-bipolar-disorder
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G Roberts, A Perry, A Lord, A Frankland, V Leung, E Holmes-Preston, F Levy, R K Lenroot, P B Mitchell, M Breakspear
Emerging evidence suggests that psychiatric disorders are associated with disturbances in structural brain networks. Little is known, however, about brain networks in those at high risk (HR) of bipolar disorder (BD), with such disturbances carrying substantial predictive and etiological value. Whole-brain tractography was performed on diffusion-weighted images acquired from 84 unaffected HR individuals with at least one first-degree relative with BD, 38 young patients with BD and 96 matched controls (CNs) with no family history of mental illness...
December 20, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989779/tracking-thoughts-exploring-the-neural-architecture-of-mental-time-travel-during-mind-wandering
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Theodoros Karapanagiotidis, Boris C Bernhardt, Elizabeth Jefferies, Jonathan Smallwood
The capacity to imagine situations that have already happened or fictitious events that may take place in the future is known as mental time travel (MTT). Studies have shown that MTT is an important aspect of spontaneous thought, yet we lack a clear understanding of how the neurocognitive architecture of the brain constrains this element of human cognition. Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have shown that MTT involves the coordination between multiple regions that include mesiotemporal structures such as the hippocampus, as well as prefrontal and parietal regions commonly associated with the default mode network (DMN)...
December 15, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976814/neural-mechanisms-of-attention-become-more-specialised-during-infancy-insights-from-combined-eye-tracking-and-eeg
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Louisa Kulke, Janette Atkinson, Oliver Braddick
: The Fixation Shift Paradigm (FSP) measures infants' ability to shift gaze from a central fixation stimulus to a peripheral target (e.g. Hood & Atkinson, 1993: Infant Behavior and Development, 16(4), 405-422). Cortical maturation has been suggested as crucial for the developing ability to shift attention. This study investigated the development of neural mechanisms by combining EEG with simultaneous eye tracking during FSP testing, in typically developing infants aged between 1 and 8 months...
December 15, 2016: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923543/mid-term-radiological-and-clinical-results-of-incomplete-triple-pelvic-osteotomy
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Engin Eceviz, Mehmet Salih Söylemez, Mehmet Esat Uygur, Korhan Ozkan, Afsar Timucin Ozkut, Abdullah Eren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess clinical and radiological results of incomplete triple pelvic osteotomy in acetabular dysplasia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-six hips of 24 patients (5 males, 19 females) treated with incomplete triple pelvic osteotomy by a single surgeon from February 1995 to October 2001 were retrospectively reviewed at an average follow-up time of 12 years. The mean age at the time of surgery was 21.6 years (range: 14-41). Radiological evaluation was based on the central edge angle, acetabular angle, acetabular index, acetabular head index and lateralisation...
December 3, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923173/electrophysiological-responses-to-symmetry-presented-in-the-left-or-in-the-right-visual-hemifield
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Damien Wright, Alexis D J Makin, Marco Bertamini
Symmetry is a highly salient feature in the visual world, abundant in both man-made and natural objects. In particular, humans find reflectional symmetry most salient. Electrophysiological work on symmetry perception has identified a difference wave known as the Sustained Posterior Negativity (SPN) originating from extrastriate areas. Amplitude is more negative for symmetrical than random patterns, from around 200 msec after stimulus onset. For the first time, we report responses to patterns presented exclusively in one hemifield...
November 10, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915998/an-update-on-semantic-dementia-genetics-imaging-and-pathology
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REVIEW
Ramon Landin-Romero, Rachel Tan, John R Hodges, Fiona Kumfor
Progressive and relatively circumscribed loss of semantic knowledge, referred to as semantic dementia (SD) which falls under the broader umbrella of frontotemporal dementia, was officially identified as a clinical syndrome less than 50 years ago. Here, we review recent neuroimaging, pathological, and genetic research in SD. From a neuroimaging perspective, SD is characterised by hallmark asymmetrical atrophy of the anterior temporal pole and anterior fusiform gyrus, which is usually left lateralised. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have revealed widespread changes in connectivity, implicating the anterior temporal regions in semantic deficits in SD...
December 5, 2016: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897304/-the-role-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-the-pre-surgical-study-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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M A Garcia-Pallero, C V Torres, R Manzanares-Soler, E Camara, R G Sola
INTRODUCTION: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a non-invasive technique that can be used to assess the integrity of the white matter in the brain. AIMS: To investigate the usefulness of DTI in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and to observe its relationship with lateralisation of the epileptogenic focus in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analysed 11 patients diagnosed with TLE in accordance with the pre-surgical protocol of our epilepsy unit, and who were seizure-free two years after performing a temporal lobectomy plus amygdalohippocampectomy (Spencer technique)...
December 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894891/source-analysis-of-auditory-steady-state-responses-in-acoustic-and-electric-hearing
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Robert Luke, Astrid De Vos, Jan Wouters
Speech is a complex signal containing a broad variety of acoustic information. For accurate speech reception, the listener must perceive modulations over a range of envelope frequencies. Perception of these modulations is particularly important for cochlear implant (CI) users, as all commercial devices use envelope coding strategies. Prolonged deafness affects the auditory pathway. However, little is known of how cochlear implantation affects the neural processing of modulated stimuli. This study investigates and contrasts the neural processing of envelope rate modulated signals in acoustic and CI listeners...
November 25, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869719/targeted-molecular-imaging-in-adrenal-disease-an-emerging-role-for-metomidate-pet-ct
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REVIEW
Iosif A Mendichovszky, Andrew S Powlson, Roido Manavaki, Franklin I Aigbirhio, Heok Cheow, John R Buscombe, Mark Gurnell, Fiona J Gilbert
Adrenal lesions present a significant diagnostic burden for both radiologists and endocrinologists, especially with the increasing number of adrenal 'incidentalomas' detected on modern computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A key objective is the reliable distinction of benign disease from either primary adrenal malignancy (e.g., adrenocortical carcinoma or malignant forms of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma (PPGL)) or metastases (e.g., bronchial, renal). Benign lesions may still be associated with adverse sequelae through autonomous hormone hypersecretion (e...
November 18, 2016: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833066/activations-in-temporal-areas-using-visual-and-auditory-naming-stimuli-a-language-fmri-study-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Gloria G Gonzálvez, Karin Trimmel, Anja Haag, Louis A van Graan, Matthias J Koepp, Pamela J Thompson, John S Duncan
OBJECTIVE: Verbal fluency functional MRI (fMRI) is used for predicting language deficits after anterior temporal lobe resection (ATLR) for temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), but primarily engages frontal lobe areas. In this observational study we investigated fMRI paradigms using visual and auditory stimuli, which predominately involve language areas resected during ATLR. METHODS: Twenty-three controls and 33 patients (20 left (LTLE), 13 right (RTLE)) were assessed using three fMRI paradigms: verbal fluency, auditory naming with a contrast of auditory reversed speech; picture naming with a contrast of scrambled pictures and blurred faces...
December 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832594/high-frequency-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-modulates-interhemispheric-inhibition-in-healthy-humans
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Nicolas Gueugneau, Sidney Grosprêtre, Paul J Stapley, Romuald Lepers
High frequency neuromuscular electrical stimulation (HF NMES) induces muscular contractions through neural mechanisms that partially match physiological motor control. Indeed, a portion of the contraction arises from central mechanisms, whereby spinal motoneurons are recruited through the evoked sensory volley. However, the involvement of supraspinal centers of motor control during such a stimulation remained poorly understood. Therefore, we tested whether a single HF NMES session applied to the upper limb influences interhemispheric inhibition (IHI) from left to right motor cortex (M1)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754248/os-35-08-does-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-acth-administration-improve-the-diagnostic-performance-of-adrenal-vein-sampling-for-primary-aldosteronism
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Martin Wolley, Ashraf Ahmed, Richard Gordon, Michael Stowasser
OBJECTIVE: Adrenal vein sampling (AVS) is vital for determining treatment options for primary aldosteronism (PA), but is a difficult procedure. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) infusion or bolus has been reported to improve AVS success rates by increasing cortisol secretion, but effects on aldosterone and thus lateralisation are controversial. We therefore aimed to determine the effects of ACTH on AVS in regard to success rates and lateralization. DESIGN AND METHOD: AVS was performed in the morning after overnight recumbency in patients with PA confirmed by fludrocortisone suppression testing...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744099/hemispheric-speech-lateralisation-in-the-developing-brain-is-related-to-motor-praxis-ability
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Jessica C Hodgson, Rebecca J Hirst, John M Hudson
Commonly displayed functional asymmetries such as hand dominance and hemispheric speech lateralisation are well researched in adults. However there is debate about when such functions become lateralised in the typically developing brain. This study examined whether patterns of speech laterality and hand dominance were related and whether they varied with age in typically developing children. 148 children aged 3-10 years performed an electronic pegboard task to determine hand dominance; a subset of 38 of these children also underwent functional Transcranial Doppler (fTCD) imaging to derive a lateralisation index (LI) for hemispheric activation during speech production using an animation description paradigm...
December 2016: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
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