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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341359/familiar-communication-partners-facilitation-of-topic-management-in-conversations-with-individuals-with-dementia
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Karinna Hall, Christopher Lind, Jessica A Young, Elise Okell, Willem van Steenbrugge
BACKGROUND: Language and memory impairments affect everyday interactions between individuals with dementia and their communication partners. Impaired topic management, which compromises individuals' construction of relevant, meaningful discourse, is commonly reported amongst individuals with dementia. Currently, limited empirical evidence describes the sequential patterns of behaviour comprising topic-management practices in everyday conversation between individuals with dementia and their communication partners...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340803/robust-exponential-memory-in-hopfield-networks
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Christopher J Hillar, Ngoc M Tran
The Hopfield recurrent neural network is a classical auto-associative model of memory, in which collections of symmetrically coupled McCulloch-Pitts binary neurons interact to perform emergent computation. Although previous researchers have explored the potential of this network to solve combinatorial optimization problems or store reoccurring activity patterns as attractors of its deterministic dynamics, a basic open problem is to design a family of Hopfield networks with a number of noise-tolerant memories that grows exponentially with neural population size...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340289/automatic-segmentation-method-of-pelvic-floor-levator-hiatus-in-ultrasound-using-a-self-normalizing-neural-network
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Ester Bonmati, Yipeng Hu, Nikhil Sindhwani, Hans Peter Dietz, Jan D'hooge, Dean Barratt, Jan Deprest, Tom Vercauteren
Segmentation of the levator hiatus in ultrasound allows the extraction of biometrics, which are of importance for pelvic floor disorder assessment. We present a fully automatic method using a convolutional neural network (CNN) to outline the levator hiatus in a two-dimensional image extracted from a three-dimensional ultrasound volume. In particular, our method uses a recently developed scaled exponential linear unit (SELU) as a nonlinear self-normalizing activation function, which for the first time has been applied in medical imaging with CNN...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339560/molecular-correlates-of-separate-components-of-training-that-contribute-to-long-term-memory-formation-after-learning-that-food-is-inedible-in-aplysia
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Valeria Briskin-Luchinsky, Roi Levy, Maayan Halfon, Abraham J Susswein
Training Aplysia with inedible food for a period that is too brief to produce long-term memory becomes effective in producing memory when training is paired with a nitric oxide (NO) donor. Lip stimulation for the same period of time paired with an NO donor is ineffective. Using qPCR, we examined molecular correlates of brief training versus lip stimulation, of treatment with an NO donor versus saline, and of the combined stimuli producing long-term memory. Changes were examined in mRNA expression of Aplysia homologs of C/EBP, CREB1, CREB1α, CREB1β, and CREB2, in both the buccal and cerebral ganglia controlling feeding...
February 2018: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338491/the-effect-of-ketamine-on-the-consolidation-and-extinction-of-contextual-fear-memory
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Nicholas E Clifton, Kerrie L Thomas, Jeremy Hall
Ketamine, principally an antagonist of N-methyl-ᴅ-aspartate receptors, induces schizophrenia-like symptoms in adult humans, warranting its use in the investigation of psychosis-related phenotypes in animal models. Genomic studies further implicate N-methyl-ᴅ-aspartate receptor-mediated processes in schizophrenia pathology, together with more broadly-defined synaptic plasticity and associative learning processes. Strong pathophysiological links have been demonstrated between fear learning and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335713/risk-for-arterial-and-venous-thrombosis-in-patients-with-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Malin Hultcrantz, Magnus Björkholm, Paul W Dickman, Ola Landgren, Åsa R Derolf, Sigurdur Y Kristinsson, Therese M L Andersson
Background: Patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are reported to be at increased risk for thrombotic events. However, no population-based study has estimated this excess risk compared with matched control participants. Objective: To assess risk for arterial and venous thrombosis in patients with MPNs compared with matched control participants. Design: Matched cohort study. Setting: Population-based setting in Sweden from 1987 to 2009, with follow-up to 2010...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332255/profiling-attention-and-cognition-enhancing-drugs-in-a-rat-touchscreen-based-continuous-performance-test
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Zhiyong Ding, Jordan W Brown, Lynne E Rueter, Eric G Mohler
RATIONALE: A novel rodent continuous performance test (CPT) was developed as one of the goals of the NEWMEDS (Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia) consortium to improve its translatability to the CPT test used in human subjects. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of attention and cognition enhancing drugs in rodent CPT. METHODS: A single cohort of rats were trained to asymptotic performance in the test...
January 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332036/relationships-between-lower-olfaction-and-brain-white-matter-lesions-in-elderly-subjects-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Juliette Heinrich, Jean-Sébastien Vidal, Axelle Simon, Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Olivier Hanon, Jacques Epelbaum, Cecile Viollet, Emmanuelle Duron
BACKGROUND: Olfactory impairment is reported in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) and is associated with hippocampal atrophy. In elderly people, dementia with AD neuropathology and white matter lesions (WML) is common. In this context, olfactory impairment could also depend on the presence of WML. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cross-sectional relationship between olfaction and WML in elderly subjects with MCI. METHODS: Consecutive subjects, >65 years old, diagnosed as MCI after a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment in an expert memory center, with a brain MRI performed within a year and without major depressive state, were included...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330325/cutting-edge-plasmodium-falciparum-induces-trained-innate-immunity
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Jacob E Schrum, Juliet N Crabtree, Katherine R Dobbs, Michael C Kiritsy, George W Reed, Ricardo T Gazzinelli, Mihai G Netea, James W Kazura, Arlene E Dent, Katherine A Fitzgerald, Douglas T Golenbock
Malarial infection in naive individuals induces a robust innate immune response. In the recently described model of innate immune memory, an initial stimulus primes the innate immune system to either hyperrespond (termed training) or hyporespond (tolerance) to subsequent immune challenge. Previous work in both mice and humans demonstrated that infection with malaria can both serve as a priming stimulus and promote tolerance to subsequent infection. In this study, we demonstrate that initial stimulation with Plasmodium falciparum-infected RBCs or the malaria crystal hemozoin induced human adherent PBMCs to hyperrespond to subsequent ligation of TLR2...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330003/effects-of-5-ht5a-receptor-blockade-on-amnesia-or-forgetting
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L Aparicio-Nava, L A Márquez-García, A Meneses
Previously the effects (0.01-3.0 mg/kg) of post-training SB-699551 (a 5-HT5A receptor antagonist) were reported in the associative learning task of autoshaping, showing that SB-699551 (0.1 mg/kg) decreased lever-press conditioned responses (CR) during short-term (STM; 1.5-h) or (3.0 mg/kg) long-term memory (LTM; 24-h); relative to the vehicle animals. Moreover, as pro-cognitive efficacy of SB-699551 was reported in the ketamine-model of schizophrenia. Hence, firstly aiming improving performance (conditioned response, CR), in this work autoshaping lever-press vs...
January 9, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328917/immune-training-unlocks-innate-potential
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Wilbur M Song, Marco Colonna
Trained immunity is a form of innate immune memory with distinct features from classical adaptive immune memory. In the current issues of Cell and Cell Host & Microbe, five studies from the International Trained Immunity Consortium shed light on mechanisms and functional consequences of this phenomenon on cellular and whole-organism levels.
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328912/bcg-educates-hematopoietic-stem-cells-to-generate-protective-innate-immunity-against-tuberculosis
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Eva Kaufmann, Joaquin Sanz, Jonathan L Dunn, Nargis Khan, Laura E Mendonça, Alain Pacis, Fanny Tzelepis, Erwan Pernet, Anne Dumaine, Jean-Christophe Grenier, Florence Mailhot-Léonard, Eisha Ahmed, Jad Belle, Rickvinder Besla, Bruce Mazer, Irah L King, Anastasia Nijnik, Clinton S Robbins, Luis B Barreiro, Maziar Divangahi
The dogma that adaptive immunity is the only arm of the immune response with memory capacity has been recently challenged by several studies demonstrating evidence for memory-like innate immune training. However, the underlying mechanisms and location for generating such innate memory responses in vivo remain unknown. Here, we show that access of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) to the bone marrow (BM) changes the transcriptional landscape of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and multipotent progenitors (MPPs), leading to local cell expansion and enhanced myelopoiesis at the expense of lymphopoiesis...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328908/metabolic-induction-of-trained-immunity-through-the-mevalonate-pathway
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Siroon Bekkering, Rob J W Arts, Boris Novakovic, Ioannis Kourtzelis, Charlotte D C C van der Heijden, Yang Li, Calin D Popa, Rob Ter Horst, Julia van Tuijl, Romana T Netea-Maier, Frank L van de Veerdonk, Triantafyllos Chavakis, Leo A B Joosten, Jos W M van der Meer, Henk Stunnenberg, Niels P Riksen, Mihai G Netea
Innate immune cells can develop long-term memory after stimulation by microbial products during infections or vaccinations. Here, we report that metabolic signals can induce trained immunity. Pharmacological and genetic experiments reveal that activation of the cholesterol synthesis pathway, but not the synthesis of cholesterol itself, is essential for training of myeloid cells. Rather, the metabolite mevalonate is the mediator of training via activation of IGF1-R and mTOR and subsequent histone modifications in inflammatory pathways...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325715/orexin-knockout-mice-exhibit-impaired-spatial-working-memory
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Ruozhi Dang, Qiuhan Chen, Jie Song, Chao He, Jun Zhang, Jianxia Xia, Zhian Hu
Orexins play a crucial role in the maintenance of arousal and are involved in the modulation of diverse physiological process, including cognitive function. Recent data have suggested that orexins are involved in learning and memory processes. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of orexin deficiency on working memory. A delayed non-matching-to-place T-maze task was used to evaluate spatial working memory in mice lacking orexin prepro-peptide (orexin knockout; KO) and wild-type controls. We demonstrated that the number of correct choices in the orexin KO mice became lower than that of the controls over training...
January 8, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324862/taking-two-to-tango-fmri-analysis-of-improvised-joint-action-with-physical-contact
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Léa A S Chauvigné, Michel Belyk, Steven Brown
Many forms of joint action involve physical coupling between the participants, such as when moving a sofa together or dancing a tango. We report the results of a novel two-person functional MRI study in which trained couple dancers engaged in bimanual contact with an experimenter standing next to the bore of the magnet, and in which the two alternated between being the leader and the follower of joint improvised movements. Leading showed a general pattern of self-orientation, being associated with brain areas involved in motor planning, navigation, sequencing, action monitoring, and error correction...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324745/proof-of-concept-study-of-an-at-home-engaging-digital-intervention-for-pediatric-adhd
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Naomi O Davis, Jeffrey Bower, Scott H Kollins
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacological and behavioral therapies have limited impact on the distinct neurocognitive impairments associated with ADHD, and existing cognitive training programs have shown limited efficacy. This proof-of-concept study assessed treatment acceptability and explored outcomes for a novel digital treatment targeting cognitive processes implicated in ADHD. METHOD: Participants included 40 children with ADHD and 40 children without ADHD. Following psychiatric screening, ADHD ratings, and baseline neuropsychological measures, participants completed 28-days of at-home treatment...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323226/lateral-and-basal-amygdala-account-for-opposite-behavioral-responses-during-the-long-term-expression-of-fearful-memories
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Eugenio Manassero, Annamaria Renna, Luisella Milano, Benedetto Sacchetti
Memories of fearful events can be maintained throughout the lifetime of animals. Here we showed that lesions of the lateral nucleus (LA) performed shortly after training impaired the retention of long-term memories, assessed by the concomitant measurement of two dissociable defensive responses, freezing and avoidance in rats. Strikingly, when LA lesions were performed four weeks after training, rats did not show freezing to a learned threat stimulus, but they were able to direct their responses away from it...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323174/large-scale-transcriptome-changes-in-the-process-of-long-term-visual-memory-formation-in-the-bumblebee-bombus-terrestris
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Li Li, Songkun Su, Clint J Perry, Maurice R Elphick, Lars Chittka, Eirik Søvik
Many genes have been implicated in mechanisms of long-term memory formation, but there is still much to be learnt about how the genome dynamically responds, transcriptionally, during memory formation. In this study, we used high-throughput sequencing to examine how transcriptome profiles change during visual memory formation in the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). Expression of fifty-five genes changed immediately after bees were trained to associate reward with a single coloured chip, and the upregulated genes were predominantly genes known to be involved in signal transduction...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313875/memo-efficacy-durability-and-effect-of-cognitive-training-and-psychosocial-intervention-in-individuals-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Sylvie Belleville, Carol Hudon, Nathalie Bier, Catherine Brodeur, Brigitte Gilbert, Sébastien Grenier, Marie-Christine Ouellet, Chantal Viscogliosi, Serge Gauthier
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is no consensus on the efficacy of cognitive training in persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) because of the paucity of well-designed randomized controlled trials. The objective was to assess the effect of memory training on the cognitive functioning of persons with MCI and its durability and to evaluate whether this effect generalizes to daily life and whether positive effects could be obtained from psychosocial intervention. DESIGN: Single-blind randomized controlled trial...
January 4, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313802/augmenting-cognitive-training-in-older-adults-the-act-study-design-and-methods-of-a-phase-iii-tdcs-and-cognitive-training-trial
#20
Adam J Woods, Ronald Cohen, Michael Marsiske, Gene E Alexander, Sara J Czaja, Samuel Wu
BACKGROUND: Adults over age 65 represent the fastest growing population in the US. Decline in cognitive abilities is a hallmark of advanced age and is associated with loss of independence and dementia risk. There is a pressing need to develop effective interventions for slowing or reversing the cognitive aging process. While certain forms of cognitive training have shown promise in this area, effects only sometimes transfer to neuropsychological tests within or outside the trained domain...
December 4, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
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