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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806632/clinical-utility-of-serum-lactate-levels-for-differential-diagnosis-of-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-from-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-and-syncope
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Ebru Apaydın Doğan, Ali Ünal, Aslıhan Ünal, Çağla Erdoğan
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), and syncope constitutes a major challenge. Misdiagnosis rates up to 20 to 30% are reported in the literature. PURPOSE: To assess the clinical utility of serum lactate levels for differentiation of GTCS, PNES, and syncope based on gender differences. METHODS: Data from 270 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Only patients ≥18 years old with the final diagnosis of GTCS, PNES, or syncope in their chart were recruited...
August 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806383/subependymal-heterotopia-mimicking-mass-in-conventional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-demonstration-with-3t-advanced-neuroimages
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Filiz Aktas, Hayri Ogul
The authors reported a rare patient with large subependymal heterotopia mimicking cerebral neoplasia. A 22-year-old female was admitted with a history of right-sided paresthesia accompanied by progressive headache. Cerebral magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed a large solid lesion in the left frontal lobe. Advanced MR images proved that the lesion was compatible with subependymal heterotopia. Large subependymal heterotopia may mimick cerebral neoplasia.
August 10, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805691/structural-and-neuronal-integrity-measures-of-fatigue-severity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Evanthia Bernitsas, Kalyan Yarraguntla, Fen Bao, Rishi Sood, Carla Santiago-Martinez, Rajkumar Govindan, Omar Khan, Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad
Fatigue is a common and disabling symptom in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, consistent neuroimaging correlates of its severity are not fully elucidated. In this article, we study the neuronal correlates of fatigue severity in MS. Forty-three Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) patients with MS-related fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) range: 1-7) and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤ 4, were divided into high fatigue (HF, FSS ≥ 5.1) and low fatigue groups (LF, FSS ≤ 3). We measured T2 lesion load using a semi-automated technique...
August 12, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805441/examining-overlap-in-behavioral-and-neural-representations-of-morals-facts-and-preferences
#4
Jordan Theriault, Adam Waytz, Larisa Heiphetz, Liane Young
Metaethical judgments refer to judgments about the information expressed by moral claims. Moral objectivists generally believe that moral claims are akin to facts, whereas moral subjectivists generally believe that moral claims are more akin to preferences. Evidence from developmental and social psychology has generally favored an objectivist view; however, this work has typically relied on few examples, and analyses have disallowed statistical generalizations beyond these few stimuli. The present work addresses whether morals are represented as fact-like or preference-like, using behavioral and neuroimaging methods, in combination with statistical techniques that can (a) generalize beyond our sample stimuli, and (b) test whether particular item features are associated with neural activity...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804976/demyelinating-neuropathy-in-a-6-year-old-girl-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Akiko Kamata, Kazuhiro Muramatsu, Noriko Sawaura, Nishiki Makioka, Tomomi Ogata, Makoto Kuwashima, Hirokazu Arakawa
Herein we report the case of a 6-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and weakness in the distal portion of the right upper limb. Although difficult to perform, nerve conduction studies indicated demyelinating neuropathy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed swelling a nd high-intensity signals in the right brachial plexus and cervical spinal roots. The symptoms recovered after a single course of i.v. immunoglobulin. Electrophysiological indices and MRI findings also improved after treatment...
August 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804760/autopsy-case-of-the-c12orf65-mutation-in-a-patient-with-signs-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Hideaki Nishihara, Masatoshi Omoto, Masaki Takao, Yujiro Higuchi, Michiaki Koga, Motoharu Kawai, Hiroo Kawano, Eiji Ikeda, Hiroshi Takashima, Takashi Kanda
OBJECTIVE: To describe the autopsy case of a patient with a homozygous 2-base deletion, c171_172delGA (p.N58fs), in the C12orf65 gene. METHODS: We described the clinical history, neuroimaging data, neuropathology, and genetic analysis of the patients with C12orf65 mutations. RESULTS: The patient was a Japanese woman with a history of delayed psychomotor development, primary amenorrhea, and gait disturbance in her 20s. She was hospitalized because of respiratory failure at the age of 60...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804467/learning-about-expectation-violation-from-prediction-error-paradigms-a-meta-analysis-on-brain-processes-following-a-prediction-error
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Lisa D'Astolfo, Winfried Rief
Modifying patients' expectations by exposing them to expectation violation situations (thus maximizing the difference between the expected and the actual situational outcome) is proposed to be a crucial mechanism for therapeutic success for a variety of different mental disorders. However, clinical observations suggest that patients often maintain their expectations regardless of experiences contradicting their expectations. It remains unclear which information processing mechanisms lead to modification or persistence of patients' expectations...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803868/integration-of-sweet-taste-and-metabolism-determines-carbohydrate-reward
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Maria Geraldine Veldhuizen, Richard Keith Babbs, Barkha Patel, Wambura Fobbs, Nils B Kroemer, Elizabeth Garcia, Martin R Yeomans, Dana M Small
Post-ingestive signals related to nutrient metabolism are thought to be the primary drivers of reinforcement potency of energy sources. Here, in a series of neuroimaging and indirect calorimetry human studies, we examine the relative roles of caloric load and perceived sweetness in driving metabolic, perceptual, and brain responses to sugared beverages. Whereas caloric load was manipulated using the tasteless carbohydrate maltodextrin, sweetness levels were manipulated using the non-nutritive sweetener sucralose...
August 2, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803850/association-of-exposure-to-manganese-and-iron-with-striatal-and-thalamic-gaba-and-other-neurometabolites-neuroimaging-results-from-the-weldox-ii-study
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Swaantje Casjens, Urike Dydak, Shalmali Dharmadhikari, Anne Lotz, Martin Lehnert, Clara Quetscher, Christoph Stewig, Benjamin Glaubitz, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, David Edmondson, Chien-Lin Yeh, Tobias Weiss, Christoph van Thriel, Lennard Herrmann, Siegfried Muhlack, Dirk Woitalla, Michael Aschner, Thomas Brüning, Beate Pesch
OBJECTIVE: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a non-invasive method to quantify neurometabolite concentrations in the brain. Within the framework of the WELDOX II study, we investigated the association of exposure to manganese (Mn) and iron (Fe) with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and other neurometabolites in the striatum and thalamus of 154 men. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GABA-edited and short echo-time MRS at 3T was used to assess brain levels of GABA, glutamate, total creatine (tCr) and other neurometabolites...
August 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803427/unknown-onset-ischemic-strokes-in-patients-last-seen-well-4-5%C3%A2-h-differences-between-wake-up-and-daytime-unwitnessed-strokes
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Luuk Dekker, Hajo Hund, Robin Lemmens, Jelis Boiten, Ido van den Wijngaard
Patients with unknown time of stroke onset (UOS) represent around one-third of ischemic stroke patients. These are patients with wake-up stroke (WUS) or daytime-unwitnessed stroke (DUS), often presenting outside the time-window for reperfusion therapy. UOS patients presenting between 4.5 and 12 h after time of last-seen-well were included. Clinical and imaging characteristics were compared between WUS and DUS patients. Good functional outcome was defined as a modified Rankin scale of ≤2 at follow-up. Sixty-one UOS patients were included: 42 WUS and 19 DUS patients...
August 12, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802938/impulse-control-and-related-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Daniel Weintraub, Daniel O Claassen
Impulse control disorders (ICDs), such as compulsive gambling, buying, sexual, and eating behaviors, are a serious and increasingly recognized complication in Parkinson's disease (PD), occurring in up to 20% of PD patients over the course of their illness. Related behaviors include punding (stereotyped, repetitive, purposeless behaviors), dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS) (compulsive medication overuse), and hobbyism (e.g., compulsive internet use, artistic endeavors, and writing). These disorders have a significant impact on quality of life and function, strain interpersonal relationships, and worsen caregiver burden, and are associated with significant psychiatric comorbidity...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802921/imaging-the-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Tayyabah Yousaf, Heather Wilson, Marios Politis
Parkinson's disease is acknowledged to be a multisystem syndrome, manifesting as a result of multineuropeptide dysfunction, including dopaminergic, cholinergic, serotonergic, and noradrenergic deficits. This multisystem disorder ultimately leads to the presentation of a range of nonmotor symptoms, now appreciated to be an integral part of the disease-specific spectrum of symptoms, often preceding the diagnosis of motor Parkinson's disease. In this chapter, we review the dopaminergic and nondopaminergic basis of these symptoms by exploring the neuroimaging evidence based on several techniques including positron emission tomography, single-photon emission computed tomography molecular imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and diffusion tensor imaging...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802800/state-of-the-art-and-promise-of-structural-neuroimaging-in-postoperative-delirium-and-postoperative-cognitive-decline
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EDITORIAL
Michele Cavallari, Charles R G Guttmann, Sharon K Inouye, David C Alsop
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July 14, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802768/when-you-can-scale-up-large-scale-study-shows-no-effect-of-tdcs-in-an-ambiguous-risk-taking-task
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Riccardo Russo, Paul Twyman, Nicholas R Cooper, Paul B Fitzgerald, Denise Wallace
BACKGROUND: A wide range of neuroimaging and neuromodulation studies have shown that the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) plays a pivotal role in decision-making. Of particular interest is the question of its role in decision-making when conditions are uncertain and whether manipulating this neural substrate through neuromodulation changes subsequent risk-taking behaviour. Previous work using the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART) suggests that bilateral tDCS stimulation of the DLPFC reduces risk-taking behaviour but unilateral stimulation has no effect...
August 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802589/ventral-lateral-parietal-cortex-and-episodic-memory-retrieval
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REVIEW
Michael D Rugg, Danielle R King
With the advent of functional neuroimaging it quickly became apparent that successful episodic memory retrieval was consistently associated with enhanced activity in ventral lateral parietal cortex (VLPC), especially the left angular gyrus. Here, we selectively review recent neuropsychological and functional neuroimaging evidence relevant to the question of the functional significance of this activity. We argue that the balance of the evidence suggests that the angular gyrus supports the representation of retrieved episodic information, and that this likely reflects a more general role for the region in representing multi-modal and multi-domain information...
July 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802090/assessment-of-the-dynamics-of-human-glymphatic-system-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs
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Teemu Myllylä, Markus Harju, Vesa Korhonen, Alexander Bykov, Vesa Kiviniemi, Igor Meglinski
Fluctuations in brain water content has attracted increasing interest, particularly as regards studies of the glymphatic system, which is connected with the complex organisation of dural lymphatic vessels, responsible for cleaning tissue. Disturbances of glymphatic circulation are associated with several brain disorders, including dementia. This paper introduces an approach to non-invasive measurement of water dynamics in the human brain utilizing near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). We demonstrate the possibility to sense dynamic variations of water content between the skull and grey matter, for instance, in the subarachnoid space...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801769/illusory-limb-movements-activate-different-brain-networks-than-imposed-limb-movements-an-ale-meta-analysis
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Jeffrey M Kenzie, Ettie Ben-Shabat, Gemma Lamp, Sean P Dukelow, Leeanne M Carey
Proprioceptive information allows us to perform smooth coordinated movements by constantly updating us with knowledge of the position of our limbs in space. How this information is combined and processed to form conscious perceptions of limb position is still relatively unknown. Several functional neuroimaging studies have attempted to tease out the brain areas responsible for proprioceptive processing in the human brain. Yet there still exists some disagreement in the specific brain regions involved. In order to consolidate the current knowledge in the field, we performed a systematic review of the literature and an activation likelihood estimation (ALE) meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies of proprioception...
August 11, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801273/building-concepts-one-episode-at-a-time-the-hippocampus-and-concept-formation
#19
REVIEW
Michael L Mack, Bradley C Love, Alison R Preston
Concepts organize our experiences and allow for meaningful inferences in novel situations. Acquiring new concepts requires extracting regularities across multiple learning experiences, a process formalized in mathematical models of learning. These models posit a computational framework that has increasingly aligned with the expanding repertoire of functions associated with the hippocampus. Here, we propose the Episodes-to-Concepts (EpCon) theoretical model of hippocampal function in concept learning and review evidence for the hippocampal computations that support concept formation including memory integration, attentional biasing, and memory-based prediction error...
August 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801185/neuroimaging-epigenetics-challenges-and-recommendations-for-best-practices
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REVIEW
Katie Lancaster, James P Morris, Jessica J Connelly
Neuroimaging epigenetics is an interdisciplinary application of epigenetics to cognitive neuroscience that seeks to identify molecular and neural predictors of human behavior. This approach can be sensitive to the dynamic interaction between biological predisposition and environmental influences, and is potentially more informative than an approach using static genetic code. Recent work in this field has generated considerable enthusiasm, yet caution is warranted since any novel cross-disciplinary approach lacks a set of established conventions or standards...
August 8, 2017: Neuroscience
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