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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231626/default-mode-network-deactivation-to-smoking-cue-relative-to-food-cue-predicts-treatment-outcome-in-nicotine-use-disorder
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Claire E Wilcox, Eric D Claus, Vince D Calhoun, Srinivas Rachakonda, Rae A Littlewood, Jessica Mickey, Pamela B Arenella, Natalie Goodreau, Kent E Hutchison
Identifying predictors of treatment outcome for nicotine use disorders (NUDs) may help improve efficacy of established treatments, like varenicline. Brain reactivity to drug stimuli predicts relapse risk in nicotine and other substance use disorders in some studies. Activity in the default mode network (DMN) is affected by drug cues and other palatable cues, but its clinical significance is unclear. In this study, 143 individuals with NUD (male n = 91, ages 18-55 years) received a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan during a visual cue task during which they were presented with a series of smoking-related or food-related video clips prior to randomization to treatment with varenicline (n = 80) or placebo...
February 23, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231550/short-term-particulate-matter-exposure-induces-extracellular-vesicle-release-in-overweight-subjects
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Matteo Bonzini, Laura Pergoli, Laura Cantone, Mirjam Hoxha, Andrea Spinazzè, Luca Del Buono, Chiara Favero, Michele Carugno, Laura Angelici, Lucia Broggi, Andrea Cattaneo, Angela C Pesatori, Valentina Bollati
BACKGROUND: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) represent a plausible molecular mechanism linking particulate matter (PM) inhalation to its systemic effects. Microvesicles (MVs) are released from many cell types in response to various stimuli. Increased body mass index (BMI) could modify the response to PM exposure due to enhanced PM uptake and/or an underlying pro-oxidative state. We investigated the relationship between EV release and PM10/PM2.5 exposure in a cohort of 51 volunteers. Subjects were stratified based on their BMI to evaluate whether overweight BMI is a determinant of hypersusceptibility to PM effects...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231466/leaky-gate-model-intensity-dependent-coding-of-pain-and-itch-in-the-spinal-cord
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Shuohao Sun, Qian Xu, Changxiong Guo, Yun Guan, Qin Liu, Xinzhong Dong
Coding of itch versus pain has been heatedly debated for decades. However, the current coding theories (labeled line, intensity, and selectivity theory) cannot accommodate all experimental observations. Here we identified a subset of spinal interneurons, labeled by gastrin-releasing peptide (Grp), that receive direct synaptic input from both pain and itch primary sensory neurons. When activated, these Grp(+) neurons generated rarely seen, simultaneous robust pain and itch responses that were intensity dependent...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231458/gate-control-theory-springs-a-leak
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Paula J S Pereira, Ethan A Lerner
Sun and colleagues (2017) find that individual Grp+ spinal interneurons can respond to and distinguish between stimuli that provoke itch or pain. The nociceptive response is limited by enkaphalin-expressing interneurons that are connected synaptically to the Grp+ neurons.
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230420/age-related-effects-on-memory-for-social-stimuli-the-role-of-valence-arousal-and-emotional-responses
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Thomas M Hess, Lauren E Popham, Claire M Growney
: Background/Study Context: Previous research (Hess et al., 2013, Psychology and Aging, 28, 853-863) suggested that age-based positivity effects in memory were attenuated with social stimuli. This research examined the degree to which this generalized across arousal levels associated with social images. Variations in approach and avoidance responses to individual images were also examined, along with age differences in their relationship to memory performance. METHODS: In Experiment 1, young (22-43 years) and older (65-85 years) adults recalled positive and negative social scenes that were high or low in arousal...
March 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230386/does-the-cerebellum-contribute-to-human-navigation-by-processing-sequential-information
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Anna M Tedesco, Filippo Bianchini, Laura Piccardi, Silvia Clausi, Alain Berthoz, Marco Molinari, Cecilia Guariglia, Maria Leggio
OBJECTIVE: Several authors have proposed that the cerebellum has an important role in functions of higher order as a general mode of sequence detection, independently from the nature of the information. The aim of this study was to verify whether the cerebellum mediates the processing of navigational sequential information and to determine whether it is influenced by the modality of the stimuli presentation. METHOD: We tested 12 cerebellar patients and 12 healthy age-matched participants in 2 comparable navigational tasks (Walking Corsi Test and the Magic Carpet) requiring to memorizing a sequence of spatial locations...
February 23, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230331/the-development-and-assessment-of-the-worry-about-pain-questionnaire
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J C Lefebvre, M P Jensen, S J Waters, I R Molton, F J Keefe, D S Caldwell
BACKGROUND: Worry can be conceptualized as a cognitive-affective automatic process initiated in order to address uncertainty and potential personal inadequacies that could result in negative outcomes. The purpose of the current study was to develop a measure of pain-specific worry - the Worry About Pain Questionnaire (WAPQ). METHOD: In study 1, responses of 335 pain-free participants were used to complete an item analysis and exploratory factors analysis to develop and assess the internal structure of the WAPQ...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230292/age-related-changes-in-pain-sensitivity-in-healthy-humans-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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H El Tumi, M I Johnson, P B F Dantas, M J Maynard, O A Tashani
: Literature suggests that pain perception diminishes in old age. The most recent review used search strategies conducted over a decade ago and concluded that study findings were equivocal. The aim of this systematic review, with meta-analysis, was to determine age-related changes in pain sensitivity in healthy pain-free adults, children and adolescents. A search of PubMed, Science Direct, and PsycINFO identified studies that compared pain sensitivity response to noxious stimuli at different time points in the lifespan of healthy individuals...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229461/how-different-is-a-3d-printed-replica-from-a-conspecific-in-the-eyes-of-a-zebrafish
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Tommaso Ruberto, Giovanni Polverino, Maurizio Porfiri
Robotics is emerging as a promising tool for aiding research on animal behavior. The possibility of generating customizable, controllable, and standardized robotic stimuli has been demonstrated through a number of behavioral assays, involving vertebrates and invertebrates. However, the specific appraisal of the nature of robotic stimuli is currently lacking. Here, we attempt to evaluate this aspect in zebrafish, through a within-subject design in which experimental subjects are faced with three experimental conditions...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229169/electrophysiological-evidence-for-enhanced-attentional-deployment-in-spatial-learners
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Brandi Lee Drisdelle, Kyoko Konishi, Moussa Diarra, Veronique D Bohbot, Pierre Jolicoeur, Greg L West
Visual spatial attention is important during navigation processes that rely on a cognitive map, because spatial relationships between environmental landmarks need to be selected, encoded, and learned. People who navigate using this strategy are spatial learners, and this process relies on the hippocampus. Conversely, response learners memorize a series of actions to navigate, which relies on the caudate nucleus. Response learning, which is more efficient, is thought to involve less demanding cognitive operations, and is related to reduced grey matter in the hippocampus...
February 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228439/loss-of-pollen-specific-phospholipase-not-like-dad-triggers-gynogenesis-in-maize
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Laurine M Gilles, Abdelsabour Khaled, Jean-Baptiste Laffaire, Sandrine Chaignon, Ghislaine Gendrot, Jérôme Laplaige, Hélène Bergès, Genséric Beydon, Vincent Bayle, Pierre Barret, Jordi Comadran, Jean-Pierre Martinant, Peter M Rogowsky, Thomas Widiez
Gynogenesis is an asexual mode of reproduction common to animals and plants, in which stimuli from the sperm cell trigger the development of the unfertilized egg cell into a haploid embryo. Fine mapping restricted a major maize QTL (quantitative trait locus) responsible for the aptitude of inducer lines to trigger gynogenesis to a zone containing a single gene NOT LIKE DAD (NLD) coding for a patatin-like phospholipase A. In all surveyed inducer lines, NLD carries a 4-bp insertion leading to a predicted truncated protein...
February 22, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228012/investigation-of-thermally-induced-cellular-ablation-and-heat-response-triggered-by-planar-mos2-based-nanocomposite
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Shinya Ariyasu, Jing Mu, Xiao Zhang, Ying Huang, Edwin K L Yeow, Hua Zhang, Bengang Xing
In comparison to conventional tumor treatment methods, photothermal therapy (PTT) is one of the innovative therapeutic strategies that employs light to produce the localized heat for targeted ablation of cancer cells. Among various kinds of heat generation nanomaterials, transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets, especially-molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) have recently been investigated as one of the promising PTT candidates because of their strong absorbance in the near-infrared (NIR) tissue transparency window and excellent photothermal conversion capability...
February 23, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227981/assessment-of-sedation-analgesia-by-means-of-poincare%C3%AC-analysis-of-the-electroencephalogram
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Jose D Bolanos, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Daniel F Valencia, Xavi Borrat, Pedro L Gambus, Jose F Valencia, Jose D Bolanos, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Daniel F Valencia, Xavi Borrat, Pedro L Gambus, Jose F Valencia, Jose D Bolanos, Xavi Borrat, Jose F Valencia, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Pedro L Gambus, Daniel F Valencia
Monitoring the levels of sedation-analgesia may be helpful for managing patient stress on minimally invasive medical procedures. Monitors based on EEG analysis and designed to assess general anesthesia cannot distinguish reliably between a light and deep sedation. In this work, the Poincaré plot is used as a nonlinear technique applied to EEG signals in order to characterize the levels of sedation-analgesia, according to observed categorical responses that were evaluated by means of Ramsay Sedation Scale (RSS)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227924/a-hybrid-hardware-and-software-approach-for-cancelling-stimulus-artifacts-during-same-electrode-neural-stimulation-and-recording
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Stanislav Culaclii, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Stanislav Culaclii, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Stanislav Culaclii
Recovering neural responses from electrode recordings is fundamental for understanding the dynamics of neural networks. This effort is often obscured by stimulus artifacts in the recordings, which result from stimuli injected into the electrode-tissue interface. Stimulus artifacts, which can be orders of magnitude larger than the neural responses of interest, can mask short-latency evoked responses. Furthermore, simultaneous neural stimulation and recording on the same electrode generates artifacts with larger amplitudes compared to a separate electrode setup, which inevitably overwhelm the amplifier operation and cause unrecoverable neural signal loss...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227818/detecting-divisions-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-using-wearables
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Annamalai Natarajan, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Annamalai Natarajan, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Kevin S Xu, Brian Eriksson, Annamalai Natarajan
The ability to assess a user's emotional reaction from biometrics has applications in personalization, recommendation, and enhancing user experiences, among other areas. Unfortunately, understanding the connection between biometric signals and user reactions has previously focused on black box techniques that are opaque to the underlying physiology of the user. In this paper, we explore a novel user study connecting biometric reaction to external stimuli and changes in the user's autonomic nervous system. Specifically, we focus on two competing responses, namely the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and how differing activations are related to different user responses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227803/ear-eeg-allows-extraction-of-neural-responses-in-challenging-listening-scenarios-a-future-technology-for-hearing-aids
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L Fiedler, J Obleser, T Lunner, C Graversen, L Fiedler, J Obleser, T Lunner, C Graversen, J Obleser, C Graversen, L Fiedler, T Lunner
Advances in brain-computer interface research have recently empowered the development of wearable sensors to record mobile electroencephalography (EEG) as an unobtrusive and easy-to-use alternative to conventional scalp EEG. One such mobile solution is to record EEG from the ear canal, which has been validated for auditory steady state responses and discrete event related potentials (ERPs). However, it is still under discussion where to place recording and reference electrodes to capture best responses to auditory stimuli...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227738/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
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Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227697/simultaneous-evaluation-of-prepulse-inhibition-with-emg-and-eeg-using-advanced-artifact-removal-techniques
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Francisco J Fraga, Claudemiro V Noya, Maria I Zimiani, Milton A Avila, Rosana Shuhama, Cristina M Del-Ben, Paulo R Menezes, Rodrigo S Martin, Cristiane Salum, Francisco J Fraga, Claudemiro V Noya, Maria I Zimiani, Milton A Avila, Rosana Shuhama, Cristina M Del-Ben, Paulo R Menezes, Rodrigo S Martin, Cristiane Salum, Francisco J Fraga, Paulo R Menezes, Claudemiro V Noya, Rosana Shuhama, Milton A Avila, Cristina M Del-Ben, Cristiane Salum, Rodrigo S Martin, Maria I Zimiani
Prepulse inhibition (PPI) consists of a reduction of the acoustic startle reflex (SR) magnitude (measured with EMG) when a startling stimulus is preceded by a non-startling one. This behavior has been extensively investigated in studies related to schizophrenia, since sensory-motor deficit plays a central role in its pathophysiology. However, the same auditory stimuli that trigger the SR also provoke intense auditory evoked responses (AEP), which can be measured with EEG. Comparing these two types of responses, acquired simultaneously, is a great opportunity to investigate the dependence and interdependence of their neural pathways...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227536/a-pilot-study-on-the-neurometric-evaluation-of-effective-and-ineffective-antismoking-public-service-announcements
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Giulia Cartocci, Enrica Modica, Dario Rossi, Anton Giulio Maglione, Isotta Venuti, Giulia Rossi, Elena Corsi, Fabio Babiloni, Giulia Cartocci, Enrica Modica, Dario Rossi, Anton Giulio Maglione, Isotta Venuti, Giulia Rossi, Elena Corsi, Fabio Babiloni, Enrica Modica, Isotta Venuti, Giulia Rossi, Fabio Babiloni, Anton Giulio Maglione, Dario Rossi, Elena Corsi, Giulia Cartocci
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and smoking-related illness worldwide. Research has shown that antismoking advertising may help reduce this habit. Nowadays, public service announcements (PSAs) are considered "Effective" or "Ineffective" on the base of official reports concerning behavioral/attitudinal changes toward healthier patterns and health-related savings following the exposure to the PSA. In this pilot study, we described the results of the use of three neurometric indexes for the evaluation of the efficacy of a couple of antismoking PSAs in a reduced sample of voluntary participants...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227524/a-feasibility-study-of-using-event-related-potential-as-a-biometrics
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Yih-Choung Yu, Sicheng Wang, Lisa A Gabel, Yih-Choung Yu, Sicheng Wang, Lisa A Gabel, Lisa A Gabel, Yih-Choung Yu, Sicheng Wang
The use of an individual's neural response to stimuli (the event-related potential or ERP) has potential as a biometric because it is highly resistant to fraud relative to other conventional authentication systems. P300 is an ERP in human electroencephalography (EEG) that occurs in response to an oddball stimulus when an individual is actively engaged in a target detection task. Because P300 is consistently detectable from almost every subject, it is considered a potential signal for biometric applications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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