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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231478/event-related-brain-potential-indices-of-cognitive-function-and-brain-resource-reallocation-during-working-memory-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Thomas J Covey, Janet L Shucard, David W Shucard
OBJECTIVE: To examine event-related brain potentials (ERPs) in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during a visual n-back working memory (WM) task, and test the hypothesis that compensatory brain function may be associated with variance in task performance in MS patients. METHODS: Midline ERPs for 25MS patients and 18 HCs were obtained for a visual n-back task that placed increasing demands on WM. N-back behavioral measures and neuropsychological performance measures of WM were also obtained...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230717/imaging-performance-of-a-handheld-ultrasound-system-with-real-time-computer-aided-detection-of-lumbar-spine-anatomy-a-feasibility-study
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Mohamed Tiouririne, Adam J Dixon, F William Mauldin, David Scalzo, Arun Krishnaraj
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the imaging performance of a handheld ultrasound system and the accuracy of an automated lumbar spine computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm in the spines of human subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was approved by the institutional review board of the University of Virginia. The authors designed a handheld ultrasound system with enhanced bone image quality and fully automated CAD of lumbar spine anatomy...
February 22, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228944/semi-closed-surgical-technique-for-treatment-of-pilonidal-sinus-disease
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Georgios Sahsamanis, Stavros Samaras, Georgios Mitsopoulos, Titos Deverakis, Georgios Dimitrakopoulos, Dionysios Pinialidis
INTRODUCTION: Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) is a highly debatable disorder regarding its surgical management, despite an assortment of surgical techniques described in the medical literature. The aim of this report is to provide an alternate semi-closed surgical method for treatment of PSD, with early recovery and a satisfactory cosmetic result. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 34 patients underwent surgical treatment for primary PSD; 32 male and 2 female. Patients were suffering from primary PSD, with the cyst located in the gluteal midline...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228880/crossed-nonfused-renal-ectopia-with-variant-blood-vessels-a-rare-congenital-renal-anomaly
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Nawal Ebrahim Al-Hamar, Khalid Khan
Crossed renal ectopia is a rare congenital anomaly, where one of the kidneys crosses the midline and lies opposite to the site of its normal ureteral insertion. Ninety percent of crossed ectopic kidneys are fused to their ipsilateral uncrossed kidney. Crossed renal ectopia without fusion is rare. We present the case of a 53-year-old male with an unusual incidental finding of crossed nonfused renal ectopia, with the left ectopic kidney lying anterior to the right kidney without fusion. The ectopic kidney had dual arterial supply: one from the aorta and another from the right renal artery...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228824/preferred-view-and-transducer-in-lumbar-ultrasound-in-overweight-and-obese-patients
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Shervin Farahmand, Somayeh Safavi, Shahriar Shahriarian, Mona Arbab, Hamed Basirghafoori, Shahram Bagheri-Hariri
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound can be used to facilitate lumbar puncture, especially in obese patients. METHODS: In this study, midline and paramedian approaches with curved and linear transducers were compared in patients with Body Mass Index (BMI) above 25 kg/m(2) for the identification of spinal landmarks. In each view, six major landmarks, including spinous process, ligamentum flavum, laminae, epidural space, subarachnoid space and posterior longitudinal ligament, were detected by emergency medicine residents and were then reviewed by radiologists...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228324/extended-maxillotomy-for-skull-base-access-in-contemporary-management-of-chordomas-rationale-and-technical-aspect
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Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Jalil, Rowan D Story, Myron Rogers
Minimally invasive approaches to the central skull base have been popularized over the last decade and have to a large extent displaced 'open' procedures. However, traditional skull base surgery still has its role especially when dealing with a large clival chordoma where maximal surgical resection is the principal goal to maximize patient survival. In this paper, we present a case of a 25year-old male patient with chordoma in the inferior clivus which was initially debulked via a transnasal endoscopic approach...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226933/development-of-artificial-tissue-like-structures-for-a-hybrid-epidural-anesthesia-simulator
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Benjamin Esterer, Johannes Razenbock, Marianne Hollensteiner, David Fuerst, Andreas Schrempf, Benjamin Esterer, Johannes Razenbock, Marianne Hollensteiner, David Fuerst, Andreas Schrempf, David Fuerst, Benjamin Esterer, Johannes Razenbock, Andreas Schrempf, Marianne Hollensteiner
Puncturing the epidural space and lumbar puncture are common procedures in anesthesia. They are carried out blind, where a needle is advanced from posterior between two adjacent vertebrae. Two different approaches are common practice for this technique, the midline and the paramedian one. The learning curve characteristics of both approaches significantly depends on the number of punctures carried out by a medical novice. For the training of these blind procedures a hybrid simulator requires artificial structures imitating the tissues which are penetrated by the needle...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226826/long-latency-components-of-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-during-passive-tactile-perception-of-gratings
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C Genna, F Artoni, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari, C M Oddo, S Micera, C Genna, F Artoni, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari, C M Oddo, S Micera, C M Oddo, F Artoni, S Micera, C Genna, C Fanciullacci, C Chisari
Perception of tactile stimuli elicits Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEPs) that can be recorded via non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG). However, it is not yet clear how SEPs localization, shape and latency are modulated by different stimuli during mechanical tactile stimulation of fingertips. The aim of this work is thus to characterize SEPs generated by the tactile perception of gratings during dynamic passive stimulation of the dominant fingertip by means of a mechatronic platform. Results show that a random sequence of stimuli elicited SEPs with two long-latency components: (i) a negative deflection around 140 ms located in the frontal-central-parietal side in the contralateral hemisphere; (ii) a positive deflection around 250 ms located in the frontal-central midline...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225752/prefrontal-cortex-output-circuits-guide-reward-seeking-through-divergent-cue-encoding
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James M Otis, Vijay M K Namboodiri, Ana M Matan, Elisa S Voets, Emily P Mohorn, Oksana Kosyk, Jenna A McHenry, J Elliott Robinson, Shanna L Resendez, Mark A Rossi, Garret D Stuber
The prefrontal cortex is a critical neuroanatomical hub for controlling motivated behaviours across mammalian species. In addition to intra-cortical connectivity, prefrontal projection neurons innervate subcortical structures that contribute to reward-seeking behaviours, such as the ventral striatum and midline thalamus. While connectivity among these structures contributes to appetitive behaviours, how projection-specific prefrontal neurons encode reward-relevant information to guide reward seeking is unknown...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225379/the-presentation-of-a-fussy-infant-with-bruising-late-onset-vitamin-k-deficiency-bleeding
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Katherine Wolpert, Matthew Szadkowski, Michael Miescier, Hilary A Hewes
Vitamin K plays an integral role in the clotting cascade. Deficiency, specifically in vulnerable neonates with insufficient stores, can lead to spontaneous bleeding and devastating effects. In this case, we report a young infant with late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding who did not receive vitamin K prophylaxis after birth. Initially presenting with bruising and fussiness, the patient was later found to have intracerebral hemorrhage with midline shift and uncal herniation. The infant was not a surgical candidate and died shortly thereafter...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225084/rumination-and-default-mode-network-subsystems-connectivity-in-first-episode-drug-naive-young-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Xueling Zhu, Qiuling Zhu, Huaizhen Shen, Weihua Liao, Fulai Yuan
Neuroimaging evidence implicates the association between rumination and default mode network (DMN) in major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the relationship between rumination and DMN subsystems remains incompletely understood, especially in patients with MDD. Thirty-three first-episode drug-naive patients with MDD and thirty-three healthy controls (HCs) were enrolled and underwent resting-sate fMRI scanning. Functional connectivity analysis was performed based on 11 pre-defined regions of interest (ROIs) for three DMN subsystems: the midline core, dorsal medial prefrontal cortex (dMPFC) and medial temporal lobe (MTL)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224107/risk-factors-for-mortality-in-postoperative-peritonitis-in-critically-ill-patients
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Yoann Launey, Benjamin Duteurtre, Raphaëlle Larmet, Nicolas Nesseler, Audrey Tawa, Yannick Mallédant, Philippe Seguin
AIM: To identify the risk factors for mortality in intensive care patients with postoperative peritonitis (POP). METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis using a prospective database that includes all patients hospitalized in a surgical intensive care unit for POP from September 2006 to August 2011. The data collected included demographics, comorbidities, postoperative severity parameters, bacteriological findings, adequacy of antimicrobial therapy and surgical treatments...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223924/insect-like-organization-of-the-stomatopod-central-complex-functional-and-phylogenetic-implications
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Hanne H Thoen, Justin Marshall, Gabriella H Wolff, Nicholas J Strausfeld
One approach to investigating functional attributes of the central complex is to relate its various elaborations to pancrustacean phylogeny, to taxon-specific behavioral repertoires and ecological settings. Here we review morphological similarities between the central complex of stomatopod crustaceans and the central complex of dicondylic insects. We discuss whether their central complexes possess comparable functional properties, despite the phyletic distance separating these taxa, with mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) belonging to the basal branch of Eumalacostraca...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223484/rhythmic-brain-stimulation-reduces-anxiety-related-behavior-in-a-mouse-model-based-on-meditation-training
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Aldis P Weible, Denise M Piscopo, Mary K Rothbart, Michael I Posner, Cristopher M Niell
Meditation training induces changes at both the behavioral and neural levels. A month of meditation training can reduce self-reported anxiety and other dimensions of negative affect. It also can change white matter as measured by diffusion tensor imaging and increase resting-state midline frontal theta activity. The current study tests the hypothesis that imposing rhythms in the mouse anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), by using optogenetics to induce oscillations in activity, can produce behavioral changes. Mice were randomly assigned to groups and were given twenty 30-min sessions of light pulses delivered at 1, 8, or 40 Hz over 4 wk or were assigned to a no-laser control condition...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222776/retrospective-review-of-risk-factors-for-surgical-wound-dehiscence-and-incisional-hernia
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Sofie Walming, Eva Angenete, Mattias Block, David Bock, Bodil Gessler, Eva Haglind
BACKGROUND: Several factors and patient characteristics influence the risk of surgical wound dehiscence and incisional hernia after midline laparotomy. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a specified, or not specified, suture quota in the operative report affects the incidence of surgical wound complications and to describe the previously known risk factors for these complications. METHODS: Retrospective data collection from medical records of all vascular procedures and laparotomies engaging the small intestines, colon and rectum performed in 2010...
February 22, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222696/a-comparison-of-the-transillumination-assisted-technique-versus-midline-approach-technique-in-novices-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-about-the-bonfils-intubation-fiberscope
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Jian Wang, Lan Yuan, Guoqiang Fu, Wei Tang, Guijie Yu, Feng Guo, Jiangang Song
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to compare the safety and efficacy for novices to conduct intubation with the Bonfils intubation fiberscope (BIF) using the transillumination-assisted or midline approach technique in patients with normal airways. METHODS: In this prospective randomized control study, 10 trainees were assigned to the transillumination-assisted technique group (T group) or the midline approach technique group (R group). Each trainee was required to conduct intubation in 50 patients...
February 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222345/dc-eeg-recordings-of-mindfulness
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Ernst Rodin, Harald Bornfleth, Michael Johnson
OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency spectrum of the normal waking human eyes-closed EEG while concentrating on a mental task. METHODS: Ten adult normal volunteers listened to a CD encouraging mindfulness for one hour and five minutes while their EEG was recorded on a 128 channel DC based ANT system. The software package BESA Research version 6.1 was used for data analysis. The data were subjected to topographic display, frequency as well as independent component analysis...
January 26, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220837/a-novel-role-of-the-organizer-gene-goosecoid-as-an-inhibitor-of-wnt-pcp-mediated-convergent-extension-in-xenopus-and-mouse
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Bärbel Ulmer, Melanie Tingler, Sabrina Kurz, Markus Maerker, Philipp Andre, Dina Mönch, Marina Campione, Kirsten Deißler, Mark Lewandoski, Thomas Thumberger, Axel Schweickert, Abraham Fainsod, Herbert Steinbeißer, Martin Blum
Goosecoid (Gsc) expression marks the primary embryonic organizer in vertebrates and beyond. While functions have been assigned during later embryogenesis, the role of Gsc in the organizer has remained enigmatic. Using conditional gain-of-function approaches in Xenopus and mouse to maintain Gsc expression in the organizer and along the axial midline, neural tube closure defects (NTDs) arose and dorsal extension was compromised. Both phenotypes represent convergent extension (CE) defects, arising from impaired Wnt/planar cell polarity (PCP) signaling...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220482/morphological-interaction-between-the-nasal-septum-and-nasofacial-skeleton-during-human-ontogeny
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Matthew J Goergen, Nathan E Holton, Thorsten Grünheid
The nasal septal cartilage is thought to be a key growth center that contributes to nasofacial skeletal development. Despite the developmental influence of the nasal septum however, humans often exhibit a high frequency of septal deviation suggesting discordance in the growth between the septum and surrounding nasofacial skeleton. While there are numerous etiological factors that contribute to septal deviation, the surrounding nasofacial skeleton may also act to constrain the septum, resulting in altered patterns of growth...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220369/severe-head-injury-in-very-old-patients-to-treat-or-not-to-treat-results-of-an-online-questionnaire-for-neurosurgeons
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Claudia Unterhofer, Sebastian Hartmann, Christian F Freyschlag, Claudius Thomé, Martin Ortler
Due to the aging population, neurosurgeons are confronted with an increasing number of very old patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. Many of these patients present with an acute subdural hematoma. There is a lack of data on neurosurgical decision-making in elderly people. We investigated the importance of imaging criteria, patients' wishes, their surrogates' wishes, and patient demographics on treatment decisions chosen by neurosurgeons. An online questionnaire was sent to all German neurosurgical units via the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)...
February 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
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