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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820673/asymmetric-compression-of-representational-space-for-object-animacy-categorization-under-degraded-viewing-conditions
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Tijl Grootswagers, J Brendan Ritchie, Susan G Wardle, Andrew Heathcote, Thomas A Carlson
Animacy is a robust organizing principle among object category representations in the human brain. Using multivariate pattern analysis methods, it has been shown that distance to the decision boundary of a classifier trained to discriminate neural activation patterns for animate and inanimate objects correlates with observer RTs for the same animacy categorization task [Ritchie, J. B., Tovar, D. A., & Carlson, T. A. Emerging object representations in the visual system predict reaction times for categorization...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819124/long-term-2001-2013-observations-of-water-soluble-dicarboxylic-acids-and-related-compounds-over-the-western-north-pacific-trends-seasonality-and-source-apportionment
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Suresh K R Boreddy, Kimitaka Kawamura, Eri Tachibana
To better understand the impact of East Asian pollutants on the molecular composition of marine organic aerosols, we conducted long-term (2001-2013) observations of water-soluble dicarboxylic acids and related compounds in total suspended particulate samples collected at Chichijima Island in the western North Pacific (WNP). Seasonal variations of all the diacids and related compounds showed maxima in winter and spring and minima in summer, except for azelaic acid (C9), which maximized in summer to autumn. The overall annual concentrations of the total diacids, ω-oxoacids and α-dicarbonyls showed an increase during 2001-2013...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819123/active-prosthesis-dependent-functional-cortical-reorganization-following-stroke
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Christian Merkel, Janet Hausmann, Jens-Max Hopf, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Lars Buentjen, Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld
The present study investigated the neural correlates associated with gait improvements triggered by an active prosthesis in patients with drop-foot following stroke during the chronic stage. Eleven patients took part in the study. MEG recordings in conjunction with somatosensory stimulation of the left and right hand as well as gait analyses were performed shortly before or after prosthesis implantation surgery and 3-4 months later. Plastic changes of the sensorimotor cortex of the ipsi- and contralesional hemisphere were revealed...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818692/suppression-of-irrelevant-sounds-during-auditory-working-memory
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Jyrki Ahveninen, Larry J Seidman, Wei-Tang Chang, Matti Hämäläinen, Samantha Huang
Auditory working memory (WM) processing in everyday acoustic environments depends on our ability to maintain relevant information online in our minds, and to suppress interference caused by competing incoming stimuli. A challenge in communication settings is that the relevant content and irrelevant inputs may emanate from a common source, such as a talkative conversationalist. An open question is how the WM system deals with such interference. Will the distracters become inadvertently filtered before processing for meaning because the primary WM operations deplete all available processing resources? Or are they suppressed post perceptually, through an active control process? We tested these alternative hypotheses by measuring magnetoencephalography (MEG), EEG, and functional MRI (fMRI) during a phonetic auditory continuous performance task...
August 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817516/after-the-gap-analysis-education-and-practice-changes-to-prepare-nurses-of-the-future
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Audrey Marie Beauvais, Meredith Wallace Kazer, Barbara Aronson, Suzanne E Conlon, Pamela Forte, Kathleen S Fries, Judith M Hahn, Russell Hullstrung, Meg Levvis, Paula McCauley, Patricia Padula Morgan, Linda Perfetto, Lisa M Rebeschi, Sheila B Solernou, Patricia Span, Lisa J Sundean
AIM: The purpose of the study was to describe the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition's work in identifying and addressing gaps between nursing education and practice based on the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report. BACKGROUND: Massachusetts Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies highlight the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors required for professional nurses. Integrating these concepts into the educational system will prepare the nursing workforce to respond to current/future health care needs and population health issues...
September 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807873/neurophysiologically-informed-markers-of-individual-variability-and-pharmacological-manipulation-of-human-cortical-gamma
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A D Shaw, R J Moran, S D Muthukumaraswamy, J Brealy, D E Linden, K J Friston, K D Singh
The ability to quantify synaptic function at the level of cortical microcircuits from non-invasive data would be enormously useful in the study of neuronal processing in humans and the pathophysiology that attends many neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we provide proof of principle that one can estimate inter-and intra-laminar interactions among specific neuronal populations using induced gamma responses in the visual cortex of human subjects - using dynamic causal modelling based upon the canonical microcircuit (CMC; a simplistic model of a cortical column)...
August 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800118/deep-source-localization-with-magnetoencephalography-based-on-sensor-array-decomposition-and-beamforming
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Yegang Hu, Yicong Lin, Baoshan Yang, Guangrui Tang, Tao Liu, Yuping Wang, Jicong Zhang
In recent years, the source localization technique of magnetoencephalography (MEG) has played a prominent role in cognitive neuroscience and in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychological disorders. However, locating deep brain activities such as in the mesial temporal structures, especially in preoperative evaluation of epilepsy patients, may be more challenging. In this work we have proposed a modified beamforming approach for finding deep sources. First, an iterative spatiotemporal signal decomposition was employed for reconstructing the sensor arrays, which could characterize the intrinsic discriminant features for interpreting sensor signals...
August 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797748/renal-trials-in-diabetes-need-a-platform-time-for-a-global-approach
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Dick de Zeeuw, Hiddo J L Heerspink, Meg Jardine, Vlado Perkovic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 7, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797056/anaplasma-phagocytophilum-infection-modulates-expression-of-megakaryocyte-cell-cycle-genes-through-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-signaling
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Supreet Khanal, Hameeda Sultana, John D Catravas, Jason A Carlyon, Girish Neelakanta
Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the agent of human granulocytic anaplasmosis infects neutrophils and other cells from hematopoietic origin. Using human megakaryocytic cell line, MEG-01, we show that expression of cell cycle genes in these cells are altered upon A. phagocytophilum infection. Expression of several cell cycle genes in MEG-01 cells was significantly up regulated at early and then down regulated at later stages of A. phagocytophilum infection. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assays revealed reduced cellular cytotoxicity in MEG-01 cells upon A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795419/simultaneous-mr-thermometry-and-acoustic-radiation-force-imaging-using-interleaved-acquisition
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Joshua T de Bever, Henrik Odéen, Lorne W Hofstetter, Dennis L Parker
PURPOSE: A novel and practical method for simultaneously performing MR acoustic radiation force imaging (ARFI) and proton resonance frequency (PRF)-shift thermometry has been developed and tested. This could be an important tool for evaluating the success of MR-guided focused ultrasound procedures for which MR-thermometry measures temperature and thermal dose and MR-ARFI detects changes in tissue mechanical properties. METHODS: MR imaging was performed using a gradient recalled echo segmented echo-planar imaging pulse sequence with bipolar motion encoding gradients (MEG)...
August 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795351/advancements-in-understanding-immunogenicity-of-biotherapeutics-in-the-intraocular-space
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Eric Wakshull, Valerie Quarmby, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Hongwen Rivers, Dhananjay Jere, Meg Ramos, Piotr Szczesny, Karoline Bechtold-Peters, Sharmila Masli, Swati Gupta
Therapeutic breakthroughs in a number of retinal degenerative diseases have come about through the development of biotherapeutics administered directly into the eye. As a consequence of their use, we have gained more insight into the immune privileged status of the eye and the various considerations that development, manufacturing, and use of these drugs require. It has been observed that therapeutic proteins injected into the vitreous can elicit an immune response resulting in the production of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs) which can have clinical consequences...
August 9, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783620/reducing-sensor-noise-in-meg-and-eeg-recordings-using-oversampled-temporal-projection
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Eric Larson, Samu Taulu
Here we review the theory of suppression of spatially uncorrelated, sensor-specific noise in electro- and magento-encephalography (EEG and MEG) arrays, and introduce a novel method for suppression. Our method requires only that the signals of interest are spatially oversampled by the sensor array, which is a reasonable assumption for many EEG and MEG systems. Our method is based on a leave-one-out procedure using overlapping temporal windows in a mathematical framework to project spatially uncorrelated noise in the temporal domain...
July 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781049/role-of-the-cerebellum-in-adaptation-to-delayed-action-effects
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Liyu Cao, Domenica Veniero, Gregor Thut, Joachim Gross
Actions are typically associated with sensory consequences. For example, knocking at a door results in predictable sounds. These self-initiated sensory stimuli are known to elicit smaller cortical responses compared to passively presented stimuli, e.g., early auditory evoked magnetic fields known as M100 and M200 components are attenuated. Current models implicate the cerebellum in the prediction of the sensory consequences of our actions. However, causal evidence is largely missing. In this study, we introduced a constant delay (of 100 ms) between actions and action-associated sounds, and we recorded magnetoencephalography (MEG) data as participants adapted to the delay...
July 25, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777745/simultaneous-3d-mr-elastography-of-the-in-vivo-mouse-brain
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Steven P Kearney, Shreyan Majumdar, Thomas J Royston, Dieter Klatt
The feasibility of sample interval modulation (SLIM) magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) for the in vivo mouse brain is assessed, and an alternative SLIM-MRE encoding method is introduced. In SLIM-MRE, the phase accumulation for each motion direction is encoded simultaneously by varying either the start time of the motion encoding gradient (MEG), SLIM-phase constant (SLIM-PC), or the initial phase of the MEG, SLIM-phase varying (SLIM-PV). SLIM-PC provides gradient moment nulling, but the mutual gradient shift necessitates increased echo time (TE)...
August 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772244/exploring-resting-state-eeg-brain-oscillatory-activity-in-relation-to-cognitive-functioning-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Philipp M Keune, Sascha Hansen, Emily Weber, Franziska Zapf, Juliane Habich, Jana Muenssinger, Sebastian Wolf, Michael Schönenberg, Patrick Oschmann
OBJECTIVE: Neurophysiologic monitoring parameters related to cognition in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are sparse. Previous work reported an association between magnetoencephalographic (MEG) alpha-1 activity and information processing speed. While this remains to be replicated by more available electroencephalographic (EEG) methods, also other established EEG markers, e.g. the slow-wave/fast-wave ratio (theta/beta ratio), remain to be explored in this context. METHODS: Performance on standard tests addressing information processing speed and attention (Symbol-Digit Modalities Test, SDMT; Test of Attention Performance, TAP) was examined in relation to resting-state EEG alpha-1 and alpha-2 activity and the theta/beta ratio in 25MS patients...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768745/altered-modulation-of-sensorimotor-rhythms-with-chronic-paralysis
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Stephen T Foldes, Douglas John Weber, Jennifer L Collinger
After paralysis, the disconnection between the cortex and its peripheral targets leads to neuroplasticity throughout the nervous system. However, it is unclear how chronic paralysis specifically impacts cortical oscillations associated with attempted movement of impaired limbs. We hypothesized that mu (8-13Hz) and beta (15-30Hz) event-related desynchronization (ERD) would be less modulated for individuals with hand paralysis due to cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). To test this, we compared the modulation of ERD from magnetoencephalography (MEG) during attempted and imagined grasping performed by participants with cervical SCI (n = 12) and able-bodied controls (n = 13)...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766907/neural-correlates-of-theory-of-mind-in-very-preterm-born-children
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Sarah I Mossad, Mary Lou Smith, Elizabeth W Pang, Margot J Taylor
Very preterm (VPT) birth (<32 weeks' gestational age) has been implicated in social-cognitive deficits including Theory of Mind (ToM); the ability to attribute mental states to others and understand that those beliefs can differ from one's own or reality. The neural bases for ToM deficits in VPT born children have not been examined. We used magnetoencephalography (MEG) for its excellent spatial and temporal resolution to determine the neural underpinnings of ToM in 24 VPT and 24 full-term born (FT) children (7-13 years)...
August 2, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765594/evaluation-of-realistic-layouts-for-next-generation-on-scalp-meg-spatial-information-density-maps
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Bushra Riaz, Christoph Pfeiffer, Justin F Schneiderman
While commercial magnetoencephalography (MEG) systems are the functional neuroimaging state-of-the-art in terms of spatio-temporal resolution, MEG sensors have not changed significantly since the 1990s. Interest in newer sensors that operate at less extreme temperatures, e.g., high critical temperature (high-T c) SQUIDs, optically-pumped magnetometers, etc., is growing because they enable significant reductions in head-to-sensor standoff (on-scalp MEG). Various metrics quantify the advantages of on-scalp MEG, but a single straightforward one is lacking...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765084/surveillance-of-high-grade-cervical-cancer-precursors-cin-iii-ais-in-four-population-based-cancer-registries-united-states-2009-2012
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Meg Watson, Ashwini Soman, Elaine W Flagg, Elizabeth Unger, Dennis Deapen, Vivien W Chen, Lauren C Peres, Glenn Copeland, Thomas C Tucker, Erin Garnett, Mona Saraiya
Surveillance of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade III (CIN III) and adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) is important for determining the burden of a preventable disease, identifying effects of vaccination on future diagnoses, and developing targeted programs. We analyzed population-based rates of high-grade cervical cancer precursor lesions using data from four central cancer registries (diagnosis years 2009-2012 from Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and diagnosis years 2011-2012 from Los Angeles) by age, race, and histology...
July 29, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764011/galloyl-moieties-enhance-the-binding-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-to-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-a-spectroscopic-analysis
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Liangliang Zhang, Yongmei Wang, Man Xu, Xinyu Hu
The current study was designed to examine the role of galloyl moieties in the interaction of β-lactoglobulin (β-Lg) with (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) using fluorescence and CD spectroscopic methods. The interactions with β-Lg were investigated for EGCG, (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC), and the phenolic compound methyl gallate (MeG) at pH values 3.0, 5.0 and 7.4. The spectroscopic data indicated the binding constants for polyphenol complexes with β-Lg in phosphate buffer pH 7.4 to be in the order of MeG>EGCG>EGC...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
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