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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922154/atrial-fibrillation-is-independently-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-after-ischemic-stroke
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Russell Jude Chander, Levinia Lim, Sagarika Handa, Shaun Hiu, Angeline Choong, Xuling Lin, Rajinder Singh, Daniel Oh, Nagaendran Kandiah
BACKGROUND: While atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important risk factor for ischemic strokes and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Alzheimer's disease, the association between AF and post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI), and the factors mediating this association, is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of AF in PSCI, especially in relation to other markers of cerebrovascular disease. METHODS: 445 subjects with mild ischemic stroke without pre-stroke cognitive decline were assessed 3-6 months post-stroke for cognitive deficits...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912150/-18-f-fdg-pet-in-parkinsonism-differential-diagnosis-and-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease
#2
Philipp T Meyer, Lars Frings, Gerta Rücker, Sabine Hellwig
Accurate differential diagnosis of parkinsonism is of a paramount therapeutic and prognostic importance. In addition, with the development of invasive therapies and novel disease-specific therapies, strategies for patient enrichment in trial populations are of growing importance. Imaging disease-specific patterns of regional glucose metabolism with positron emission tomography and [(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-2-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) allows for a highly accurate distinction between Parkinson's disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonian syndromes (APS) including multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration (CBD)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900819/a-homozygous-pigo-mutation-associated-with-severe-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy-and-corpus-callosum-hypoplasia-but-normal-alkaline-phosphatase-levels
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Yoav Zehavi, Anja von Renesse, Etty Daniel-Spiegel, Yonatan Sapir, Luci Zalman, Ilana Chervinsky, Markus Schuelke, Rachel Straussberg, Ronen Spiegel
We describe two sisters from a consanguineous Arab family with global developmental delay, dystrophy, axial hypotonia, epileptic encephalopathy dominated by intractable complex partial seizures that were resistant to various anti-epileptic treatments. Dysmorphic features comprised low set ears, hypertelorism, upslanting palpebral fissures, a broad nasal bridge, and blue sclera with elongated eyelashes. Brain MRI in both children showed a corpus callosum hypoplasia that was evident already in utero and evolving cortical atrophy...
September 13, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900214/structure-function-correlations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-patients-with-partially-preserved-vision-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Ana Rita Machado, Andreia Carvalho Pereira, Fábio Ferreira, Sónia Ferreira, Bruno Quendera, Eduardo Silva, Miguel Castelo-Branco
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a group of hereditary retinal dystrophy disorders associated with progressive peripheral visual field loss. The impact of this retinal loss in cortical gray matter volume has not been addressed before in Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with low vision. Voxel-based morphometry was applied to study whole brain gray matter volume changes in 27 Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with partially preserved vision and 38 age- and gender-matched normally sighted controls to determine whether peripheral visual loss can lead to changes in gray matter volume...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899992/depletion-of-progranulin-reduces-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptor-density-tau-phosphorylation-and-dendritic-arborization-in-mouse-primary-cortical-neurons
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Francesca Longhena, Michela Zaltieri, Jessica Grigoletto, Gaia Faustini, Luca La Via, Roberta Ghidoni, Luisa Benussi, Cristina Missale, PierFranco Spano, Arianna Bellucci
Loss-of-function mutations in the progranulin (PGRN) gene are a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). This an age-related neurodegenerative disorder characterized by brain atrophy in the frontal and temporal lobes and with typical symptoms such as cognitive and memory impairment, profound behavioral abnormalities and personality changes, that are thought to be related to connectome dysfunctions. Recently, PGRN reduction has been found to induce a behavioural phenotype reminiscent of FTLD symptoms in mice by affecting neuron spine density and morphology, suggesting that the protein can influence neuronal structural plasticity...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895461/skeletal-muscle-atrophy-and-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Bahar Shahidi, Sameer B Shah, Mary Esparza, Brian Patrick Head, Sam Ward
Atrophy is thought to be a primary mode of muscle loss in neuromuscular injuries. The differential effects of central and peripheral injuries on atrophy and degeneration/regeneration in skeletal muscle tissue have not been well described. This study investigated skeletal muscle atrophy and degeneration/regeneration in an animal model of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Eight 8-month old wild type C57BL6 mice underwent either a sham craniotomy or TBI targeting the motor cortex. Atrophy (Fiber Area; FA) and degeneration/regeneration (Centralized Nuclei proportions; CN) of the Soleus and Tibialis Anterior (TA) muscles were measured 2 months post injury...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894919/-timed-up-and-go-and-brain-atrophy-a-preliminary-mri-study-to-assess-functional-mobility-performance-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Lorena Lorefice, G Coghe, G Fenu, M Porta, G Pilloni, J Frau, F Corona, V Sechi, M A Barracciu, M G Marrosu, M Pau, E Cocco
Motor and cognitive disabilities are related to brain atrophy in multiple sclerosis (MS). 'Timed up and go' (TUG) has been recently tested in MS as functional mobility test, as it is able to evaluate ambulation/coordination-related tasks, as well as cognitive function related to mobility. The objective of this study is to evaluate the relationship between brain volumes and TUG performances. Inclusion criteria were a diagnosis of MS and the ability to walk at least 20 m. TUG was performed using a wearable inertial sensor...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883858/association-between-low-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-posterior-cortical-atrophy-and-nitro-oxidative-stress-in-elderly-patients-with-cognitive-dysfunction
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Adriana E Bulboacă, Sorana D Bolboacă, Angelo C Bulboacă, Călin I Prodan
INTRODUCTION: Cortical atrophy is known to be a valuable sign of cognitive decline. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), posterior cortical atrophy (Koedam score - KS) and nitro-oxidative stress in elderly patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A study (SG) and a control group (CG), each subdivided by gender, were investigated. Subjects older than 59 years with low serum TSH level and with mild cognitive impairment were included in the SG...
August 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883420/personalized-structural-image-analysis-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Christian Rummel, Nedelina Slavova, Andrea Seiler, Eugenio Abela, Martinus Hauf, Yuliya Burren, Christian Weisstanner, Serge Vulliemoz, Margitta Seeck, Kaspar Schindler, Roland Wiest
Volumetric and morphometric studies have demonstrated structural abnormalities related to chronic epilepsies on a cohort- and population-based level. On a single-patient level, specific patterns of atrophy or cortical reorganization may be widespread and heterogeneous but represent potential targets for further personalized image analysis and surgical therapy. The goal of this study was to compare morphometric data analysis in 37 patients with temporal lobe epilepsies with expert-based image analysis, pre-informed by seizure semiology and ictal scalp EEG...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879086/emotion-detection-deficits-and-changes-in-personality-traits-linked-to-loss-of-white-matter-integrity-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Namita Multani, Sebastiano Galantucci, Stephen M Wilson, Tal Shany-Ur, Pardis Poorzand, Matthew E Growdon, Jung Yun Jang, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Maria Carmela Tartaglia
Non-cognitive features including personality changes are increasingly recognized in the three PPA variants (semantic-svPPA, non fluent-nfvPPA, and logopenic-lvPPA). However, differences in emotion processing among the PPA variants and its association with white matter tracts are unknown. We compared emotion detection across the three PPA variants and healthy controls (HC), and related them to white matter tract integrity and cortical degeneration. Personality traits in the PPA group were also examined in relation to white matter tracts...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879083/monitoring-disease-progression-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-associations-between-atrophy-patterns-cognition-apoe-and-amyloid
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Farshad Falahati, Daniel Ferreira, J-Sebastian Muehlboeck, Maria Eriksdotter, Andrew Simmons, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Eric Westman
BACKGROUND: A disease severity index (SI) for Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been proposed that summarizes MRI-derived structural measures into a single score using multivariate data analysis. OBJECTIVES: To longitudinally evaluate the use of the SI to monitor disease progression and predict future progression to AD in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Further, to investigate the association between longitudinal change in the SI and cognitive impairment, Apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype as well as the levels of cerebrospinal fluid amyloid-beta 1-42 (Aβ) peptide...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867885/serious-visual-ocular-complications-in-pre-eclampsia-and-eclampsia
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Thangappah Radha Bai Prabhu
INTRODUCTION: Complete loss of vision is an uncommon ocular complication of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. The conditions which lead to visual loss in pre-eclampsia include cortical blindness, retinal detachment, retinal vascular thrombosis and optic nerve atrophy. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to describe the cause, clinical course and prognosis in blindness complicating pre-eclampsia. METHODOLOGY: This is a prospective observational study conducted at the Govt...
October 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866349/individual-differences-in-regional-cortical-volumes-across-the-life-span-are-associated-with-regional-optical-measures-of-arterial-elasticity
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Antonio M Chiarelli, Mark A Fletcher, Chin Hong Tan, Kathy A Low, Edward L Maclin, Benjamin Zimmerman, Tania Kong, Alexander Gorsuch, Gabriele Gratton, Monica Fabiani
Aging is often accompanied by changes in brain anatomy and cerebrovascular health. However, the specific relationship between declines in regional cortical volumes and loss of cerebral arterial elasticity is less clear, as only global or very localized estimates of cerebrovascular health have been available. Here we employed a novel tomographic optical method (pulse-DOT) to derive local estimates of cerebral arterial elasticity and compared regional volumetric estimates (obtained with FreeSurfer) with optical arterial elasticity estimates from the same regions in 47 healthy adults (aged 18-75)...
September 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861031/visual-dysfunction-in-posterior-cortical-atrophy
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Mari N Maia da Silva, Rebecca S Millington, Holly Bridge, Merle James-Galton, Gordon T Plant
Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a syndromic diagnosis. It is characterized by progressive impairment of higher (cortical) visual function with imaging evidence of degeneration affecting the occipital, parietal, and posterior temporal lobes bilaterally. Most cases will prove to have Alzheimer pathology. The aim of this review is to summarize the development of the concept of this disorder since it was first introduced. A critical discussion of the evolving diagnostic criteria is presented and the differential diagnosis with regard to the underlying pathology is reviewed...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846882/alzheimer-s-related-cortical-atrophy-is-associated-with-postoperative-delirium-severity-in-persons-without-dementia
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Annie M Racine, Tamara G Fong, Thomas G Travison, Richard N Jones, Yun Gou, Sarinnapha M Vasunilashorn, Edward R Marcantonio, David C Alsop, Sharon K Inouye, Bradford C Dickerson
Patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) have increased risk of developing delirium. This study investigated the relationship between a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived biomarker associated with preclinical AD and postoperative delirium. Participants were older adults (≥70 years) without dementia who underwent preoperative MRI and elective surgery. Delirium incidence and severity were evaluated daily during hospitalization. Cortical thickness was averaged across a published set of a priori brain regions to derive a measure known as the "AD signature...
August 4, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843132/henry-where-have-you-lost-your-self
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Nathalie Philippi, Daniel Roquet, Hédi Ben Malek, Vincent Noblet, Anne Botzung, Benjamin Cretin, Frédéric Blanc
The Self is a complex construct encompassing distinct components, including episodic and semantic autobiographical memory, the Self-concept, and the subjective sense of Self, which highest level consists of Self-awareness. The neuro-anatomical correlates are complex, and it is debated as to whether a common region could support these different components of the Self, with a particular interest for the cortical midline structures and the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC). Alzheimer's disease (AD) constitutes an interesting model for the study of Self as autobiographical memory typically deteriorates as the disease progresses...
July 14, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835657/multimodal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-relation-to-cognitive-impairment-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
#17
Su-Hyun Kim, Eun Young Park, Boram Park, Jae-Won Hyun, Na Young Park, AeRan Joung, Sang Hyun Lee, Ho Jin Kim
Cognitive impairment (CI) is reported in 29-57% of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). However, the pathophysiology underlying CI in NMOSD is poorly understood. The present study aims to investigate the predictive values of various conventional and quantitative MRI parameters for cognitive performance in patients with NMOSD. Neurological assessment and conventional, diffusion tensor, and volumetric MRI sequences were collected form 73 patients with NMOSD and 44 healthy controls (HCs)...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834757/peptide-based-scaffolds-support-human-cortical-progenitor-graft-integration-to-reduce-atrophy-and-promote-functional-repair-in-a-model-of-stroke
#18
Fahad A Somaa, Ting-Yi Wang, Jonathan C Niclis, Kiara F Bruggeman, Jessica A Kauhausen, Haoyao Guo, Stuart McDougall, Richard J Williams, David R Nisbet, Lachlan H Thompson, Clare L Parish
Stem cell transplants offer significant hope for brain repair following ischemic damage. Pre-clinical work suggests that therapeutic mechanisms may be multi-faceted, incorporating bone-fide circuit reconstruction by transplanted neurons, but also protection/regeneration of host circuitry. Here, we engineered hydrogel scaffolds to form "bio-bridges" within the necrotic lesion cavity, providing physical and trophic support to transplanted human embryonic stem cell-derived cortical progenitors, as well as residual host neurons...
August 22, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833176/cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-as-a-cause-of-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Eric E Smith
Sporadic, age-related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is most commonly recognized clinically as a cause of hemorrhagic stroke and transient focal neurological episodes in older persons. But a growing body of research in the last five years shows that the pathophysiology of CAA is much more complex than previously believed, leading to many different types of brain injury. CAA has now been linked with brain atrophy in regions remote from those directly affected by intracerebral hematomas, and with risk for progressive cognitive decline in the absence of new hemorrhagic strokes...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829782/exploratory-structural-assessment-in-craniocervical-dystonia-global-and-differential-analyses
#20
Larissa Vilany, Thiago J R de Rezende, Luiza G Piovesana, Lidiane S Campos, Paula C de Azevedo, Fabio R Torres, Marcondes C França, Augusto C Amato-Filho, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Fernando Cendes, Anelyssa D'Abreu
INTRODUCTION: Our goal was to investigate the cortical thickness and subcortical volume in subjects with craniocervical dystonia and its subgroups. METHODS: We studied 49 subjects, 17 with cervical dystonia, 18 with blepharospasm or oromandibular dystonia, and 79 healthy controls. We performed a whole group analysis, followed by a subgroup analysis. We used Freesurfer software to measure cortical thickness, subcortical volume and to perform a primary exploratory analysis in the craniocervical dystonia group, complemented by a region of interest analysis...
2017: PloS One
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