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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543787/accurate-determination-of-brain-metabolite-concentrations-using-eretic-as-external-reference
#1
Niklaus Zoelch, Andreas Hock, Susanne Heinzer-Schweizer, Nikolai Avdievitch, Anke Henning
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) can provide in vivo metabolite concentrations in standard concentration units if a reliable reference signal is available. For (1) H MRS in the human brain, typically the signal from the tissue water is used as the (internal) reference signal. However, a concentration determination based on the tissue water signal most often requires a reliable estimate of the water concentration present in the investigated tissue. Especially in clinically interesting cases, this estimation might be difficult...
May 25, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543749/substance-use-disorders-in-prisoners-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-regression-analysis-in-recently-incarcerated-men-and-women
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REVIEW
Seena Fazel, Isabel A Yoon, Adrian J Hayes
AIMS: The aims were to (1) estimate the prevalence of alcohol and drug use disorders in prisoners on reception to prison, and (2) estimate and test sources of between study heterogeneity METHODS: Studies reporting the 12 month prevalence of alcohol and drug use disorders in prisoners on reception to prison from 1 January 1966 to 11 August 2015 were identified from 7 bibliographic indexes. Primary studies involving clinical interviews or validated instruments leading to DSM or ICD diagnoses were included; self-report surveys and investigations that assessed individuals more than 3 months after arrival to prison were not...
May 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543302/a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-ipad-based-application-to-complement-early-behavioural-intervention-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#3
Andrew J O Whitehouse, Joanna Granich, Gail Alvares, Margherita Busacca, Matthew N Cooper, Alena Dass, Thi Duong, Rajes Harper, Wendy Marshall, Amanda Richdale, Tania Rodwell, David Trembath, Pratibha Vellanki, Dennis W Moore, Angelika Anderson
BACKGROUND: Technology-based interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have proliferated, but few have been evaluated within the context of a randomised controlled trial (RCT). This RCT evaluated the efficacy of one technology-based early intervention programme (Therapy Outcomes By You; TOBY) in young children with ASD. METHODS: TOBY is an app-based learning curriculum designed for children and parents as a complement to early behavioural intervention. Eighty children (16 female) were recruited to this RCT within 12 months of receiving a diagnosis of ASD (M age = 3...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542545/a-first-insight-into-the-involvement-of-phytohormones-pathways-in-coffee-resistance-and-susceptibility-to-colletotrichum-kahawae
#4
Inês Diniz, Andreia Figueiredo, Andreia Loureiro, Dora Batista, Helena Azinheira, Vítor Várzea, Ana Paula Pereira, Elijah Gichuru, Pilar Moncada, Leonor Guerra-Guimarães, Helena Oliveira, Maria do Céu Silva
Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying coffee-pathogen interactions are of key importance to aid disease resistance breeding efforts. In this work the expression of genes involved in salicylic acid (SA), jasmonic acid (JA) and ethylene (ET) pathways were studied in hypocotyls of two coffee varieties challenged with the hemibiotrophic fungus Colletotrichum kahawae, the causal agent of Coffee Berry Disease. Based on a cytological analysis, key time-points of the infection process were selected and qPCR was used to evaluate the expression of phytohormones biosynthesis, reception and responsive-related genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539860/comparative-evaluation-of-different-histoprocessing-methods
#5
Kartesh Singla, Simarpreet Virk Sandhu, Rana A G K Pal, Himanta Bansal, Ramanpreet Kaur Bhullar, Preetinder Kaur
OBJECTIVES: Tissue processing for years is carried out by the conventional method, which is a time-consuming technique resulting in 1-day delay in diagnosis. However, in this area of modernization and managed care, rapid diagnosis is increasingly desirable to fulfill the needs of clinicians. The objective of the present study was to compare and determine the positive impact on turnaround times of different tissue processing methods by comparing the color intensity, cytoplasmic details, and nuclear details of the tissues processed by three methods...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539318/serum-estradiol-levels-in-controlled-ovarian-stimulation-directly-affect-the-endometrium
#6
Kamran Ullah, Tanzil Ur Rahman, Hai-Tao Pan, Meng-Xi Guo, Xin-Yan Dong, Juan Liu, Lu-Yang Jin, Yi Cheng, Zhang-Hong Ke, Jun Ren, Xian-Hua Lin, Xiao-Xiao Qiu, Ting-Ting Wang, He-Feng Huang, Jian-Zhong Sheng
Previous studies have shown that increasing concentrations of estradiol had a toxic effect on the embryo and were deleterious to embryo adhesion. In this study, we evaluated the physiological impact of estradiol levels on endometrial cells to unveil that serum estradiol levels probably targeted endometrium in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) protocols. An attachment model of human choriocarcinoma (JAr) cell spheroids to receptive-phase endometrial epithelial cells and Ishikawa cells treated with different estradiol (10-9M or 10-7M) levels was developed...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538994/predictive-feature-remapping-before-saccadic-eye-movements
#7
Dongjun He, Ce Mo, Fang Fang
Saccadic eye movements cause rapid and dramatic displacements of the retinal image of the visual world, yet our conscious perception of the world remains stable and continuous. A popular explanation for this remarkable ability of our visual system to compensate for the displacements is the predictive feature remapping theory. The theory proposes that, before saccades, the representation of a visual stimulus can be predictively transferred from neurons that initially encode the stimulus to neurons whose receptive fields will encompass the stimulus location after the saccade...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537235/-serotonergic-genes-in-the-development-of-anxiety-depression-like-state-and-pathology-of-aggressive-behavior-in-male-mice-rna-seq-data
#8
N N Kudryavtseva, D A Smagin, I L Kovalenko, A G Galyamina, G B Vishnivetskaya, V N Babenko, Yu L Orlov
In course of daily agonistic interactions, mice tend to stratify into those with chronic social defeats and those that repeatedly display aggression, which lead to the development of mixed anxiety/depression-like state and the pathology of aggressive behavior, respectively. Using the data of whole transcriptome analysis (RNA-seq), the changes in the expression of serotonergic genes involved in the synthesis, inactivation, and reception of serotonin, as well as of the Creb1 (transcription factor) gene and the Bdnf (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) gene were detected in the striatum (STR), ventral tegmental area (VTA), midbrain raphe nuclei (MRN), hypothalamus (HYP), and hippocampus (HIP) of defeated and aggressive male mice...
March 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537138/development-and-evaluation-of-the-british-english-coordinate-response-measure-speech-in-noise-test-as-an-occupational-hearing-assessment-tool
#9
Hannah D Semeraro, Daniel Rowan, Rachel M van Besouw, Adrian A Allsopp
OBJECTIVE: The studies described in this article outline the design and development of a British English version of the coordinate response measure (CRM) speech-in-noise (SiN) test. Our interest in the CRM is as a SiN test with high face validity for occupational auditory fitness for duty (AFFD) assessment. DESIGN: Study 1 used the method of constant stimuli to measure and adjust the psychometric functions of each target word, producing a speech corpus with equal intelligibility...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534870/time-compressed-preplay-of-anticipated-events-in-human-primary-visual-cortex
#10
Matthias Ekman, Peter Kok, Floris P de Lange
Perception is guided by the anticipation of future events. It has been hypothesized that this process may be implemented by pattern completion in early visual cortex, in which a stimulus sequence is recreated after only a subset of the visual input is provided. Here we test this hypothesis using ultra-fast functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure BOLD activity at precisely defined receptive field locations in visual cortex (V1) of human volunteers. We find that after familiarizing subjects with a spatial sequence, flashing only the starting point of the sequence triggers an activity wave in V1 that resembles the full stimulus sequence...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534597/metabolomics-for-improving-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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REVIEW
Charalampos S Siristatidis, Eleni Sertedaki, Dennis Vaidakis
BACKGROUND: In order to overcome the low effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the high incidence of multiple births, metabolomics is proposed as a non-invasive method to assess oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity, and facilitate a targeted subfertility treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of metabolomic assessment of oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity for improving live birth or ongoing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART, compared to conventional methods of assessment...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534484/mir-132-212-is-required-for-maturation-of-binocular-matching-of-orientation-preference-and-depth-perception
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Raffaele Mazziotti, Laura Baroncelli, Nicholas Ceglia, Gabriele Chelini, Grazia Della Sala, Christophe Magnan, Debora Napoli, Elena Putignano, Davide Silingardi, Jonida Tola, Paola Tognini, J Simon C Arthur, Pierre Baldi, Tommaso Pizzorusso
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to mediate post-transcriptional gene regulation, but their role in postnatal brain development is still poorly explored. We show that the expression of many miRNAs is dramatically regulated during functional maturation of the mouse visual cortex with miR-132/212 family being one of the top upregulated miRNAs. Age-downregulated transcripts are significantly enriched in miR-132/miR-212 putative targets and in genes upregulated in miR-132/212 null mice. At a functional level, miR-132/212 deletion affects development of receptive fields of cortical neurons determining a specific impairment of binocular matching of orientation preference, but leaving orientation and direction selectivity unaltered...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534117/a-multicenter-study-on-objective-and-subjective-benefits-with-a-transcutaneous-bone-anchored-hearing-aid-device-first-nordic-results
#13
Dan Dupont Hougaard, Soren Kjaergaard Boldsen, Anne Marie Jensen, Soren Hansen, Per Cayé Thomassen
Examination of objective as well as subjective outcomes with a new transcutaneous bone-anchored hearing aid device. The study was designed as a prospective multicenter consecutive case-series study involving tertiary referral centers at two Danish University Hospitals. A total of 23 patients were implanted. Three were lost to follow-up. Patients had single-sided deafness, conductive or mixed hearing loss. INTERVENTION: Rehabilitative. Aided and unaided sound field hearing was evaluated objectively using (1) pure warble tone thresholds, (2) pure-tone average (PTA4), (3) speech discrimination score (SDS) in quiet, and (4) speech reception threshold 50% at 70 dB SPL noise level (SRT50%)...
May 22, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532644/increasing-gaba-reverses-age-related-alterations-in-excitatory-receptive-fields-and-intensity-coding-of-auditory-midbrain-neurons%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-aged-mice
#14
Elliott J Brecht, Kathy Barsz, Benjamin Gross, Joseph P Walton
A key feature of age-related hearing loss is a reduction in the expression of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central auditory system. This loss is partially responsible for changes in central auditory processing, as inhibitory receptive fields play a critical role in shaping neural responses to sound stimuli. Vigabatrin (VGB), an antiepileptic agent that irreversibly inhibits γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) transaminase, leads to increased availability of GABA throughout the brain. This study used multi-channel electrophysiology measurements to assess the excitatory frequency response areas in old CBA mice to which VGB had been administered...
April 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532362/mechanisms-of-orientation-selectivity-in-the-primary-visual-cortex
#15
Nicholas J Priebe
The mechanisms underlying the emergence of orientation selectivity in the visual cortex have been, and continue to be, the subjects of intense scrutiny. Orientation selectivity reflects a dramatic change in the representation of the visual world: Whereas afferent thalamic neurons are generally orientation insensitive, neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1) are extremely sensitive to stimulus orientation. This profound change in the receptive field structure along the visual pathway has positioned V1 as a model system for studying the circuitry that underlies neural computations across the neocortex...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532306/from-instinct-to-evidence-the-role-of-data-in-country-decision-making-in-chile
#16
Ximena Paz Aguilera, Consuelo Espinosa-Marty, Carla Castillo-Laborde, Claudia Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: The Chilean health system has undergone profound reforms since 1990, while going through political upheaval and facing demographic, health, and economic transformations. The full information requirements to develop an evidence-informed process implied the best possible use of the available data, as well as efforts to improve information systems. OBJECTIVE: To examine, from a historical perspective, the use of evidence during the health sector reforms undertaken in Chile from 1990 to date, and to identify the factors that have both determined improvements in the data and facilitated their use...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531361/the-different-dosages-of-estrogen-affect-endometrial-fibrosis-and-receptivity-but-not-sdf-1-cxcr4-axis-in-the-treatment-of-intrauterine-adhesions
#17
Qin Zhou, Xixi Wu, Xuelin Dai, Rui Yuan, Hongbo Qi
OBJECTIVE: The study was to evaluate whether fibrotic markers, endometrial receptivity markers and SDF-1/CXCR4 had been changed in the treatment of intrauterine adhesions (IUAs) by different dosages of estrogen. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 39 patients with IUAs were treated with EV 4 mg or 9 mg randomly post-surgery. TGF-β1/MMP-9, VEGF/αvβ3 and SDF-1/CXCR4 were detected in endometrial tissue before and after treatment by real-time PCR and Western blot. RESULTS: TGF-β1 and MMP-9 expression significantly decreased after treatment for 3 months than before (p < ...
May 20, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529304/sebastian-kneipp-and-the-natural-cure-movement-of-germany-between-naturalism-and-modern-medicine
#18
Youkyung Ko
This study discusses the historical significance of the Natural Cure Movement of Germany, centering on the Kneipp Cure, a form of hydrotherapy practiced by Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897). The Kneipp Cure rested on five main tenets: hydrotherapy, exercise, nutrition, herbalism, and the balance of mind and body. This study illuminates the reception of the Kneipp Cure in the context of the trilateral relationship among the Kneipp Cure, the Natural Cure Movement in general, and modern medicine. The Natural Cure Movement was ideologically based on naturalism, criticizing industrialization and urbanization...
December 2016: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528909/melanopsin-contributions-to-the-representation-of-images-in-the-early-visual-system
#19
Annette E Allen, Riccardo Storchi, Franck P Martial, Robert A Bedford, Robert J Lucas
Melanopsin photoreception enhances retinal responses to variations in ambient light (irradiance) and drives non-image-forming visual reflexes such as circadian entrainment [1-6]. Melanopsin signals also reach brain regions responsible for form vision [7-9], but melanopsin's contribution, if any, to encoding visual images remains unclear. We addressed this deficit using principles of receptor silent substitution to present images in which visibility for melanopsin versus rods+cones was independently modulated, and we recorded evoked responses in the mouse dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN; thalamic relay for cortical vision)...
May 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528901/responses-to-spatial-contrast-in-the-mouse-suprachiasmatic-nuclei
#20
Joshua W Mouland, Adam R Stinchcombe, Daniel B Forger, Timothy M Brown, Robert J Lucas
A direct retinal projection targets the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) (an important hypothalamic control center). The accepted function of this projection is to convey information about ambient light (irradiance) to synchronize the SCN's endogenous circadian clock with local time and drive the diurnal variations in physiology and behavior [1-4]. Here, we report that it also renders the SCN responsive to visual images. We map spatial receptive fields (RFs) for SCN neurons and find that only a minority are excited (or inhibited) by light from across the scene as expected for irradiance detectors...
May 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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