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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036852/rehabilitation-modality-and-onset-differentially-influence-whisker-sensory-hypersensitivity-after-diffuse-traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-rat
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Theresa Currier Thomas, Ellen Magee Stockhausen, L Matthew Law, Aida Khodadad, Jonathan Lifshitz
BACKGROUND: As rehabilitation strategies advance as therapeutic interventions, the modality and onset of rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury (TBI) are critical to optimize treatment. Our laboratory has detected and characterized a late-onset, long-lasting sensory hypersensitivity to whisker stimulation in diffuse brain-injured rats; a deficit that is comparable to visual or auditory sensory hypersensitivity in humans with an acquired brain injury. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that the modality and onset of rehabilitation therapies will differentially influence sensory hypersensitivity in response to the Whisker Nuisance Task (WNT) as well as WNT-induced corticosterone (CORT) stress response in diffuse brain-injured rats and shams...
October 9, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036851/a-novel-low-cost-approach-for-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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Jakob Rodseth, Edward P Washabaugh, Chandramouli Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is commonly used for assessing or modulating brain excitability. However, the credibility of TMS outcomes depends on accurate and reliable coil placement during stimulation. Navigated TMS systems can address this issue, but these systems are expensive for routine use in clinical and research environments. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to provide a high-quality open source framework for navigated TMS and test its reliability and accuracy using standard TMS procedures...
October 9, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035887/valeriana-officinalis-root-extract-modulates-cortical-excitatory-circuits-in-humans
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Ludovico Mineo, Carmen Concerto, Dhaval Patel, Tyrone Mayorga, Michael Paula, Eileen Chusid, Eugenio Aguglia, Fortunato Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Valeriana officinalis extract (VE) is a popular herbal medicine used for the treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders. Although the anxiolytic and sedative effects are mainly attributed to the modulation of GABA-ergic transmission, the mechanism of action has not been fully investigated in humans. Noninvasive brain stimulation protocols can be used to elucidate the mechanisms of action of psychoactive substances at the cortical level in humans. In this study, we investigated the effects of a single dose of VE on cortical excitability as assessed with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)...
October 17, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034747/long-term-supplementation-of-rhodiola-kirilowii-extracts-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-does-not-affect-mother-health-status
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Sławomir Lewicki, Ewa Skopińska-Różewska, Aneta Lewicka, Robert Zdanowski
Antibiotics treatment during pregnancy and lactation is problematic. The alternative to the antibiotic treatment is the use of plant-derived supplements, which stimulate immune system to prevent and eliminate bacterial infection. Here we evaluated the effect of long-term use of Rhodiola kirilowii on the health of mouse mothers. Pregnant mice were fed daily, for whole pregnancy and for 28 days after giving birth, with Rhodiola kirilowii water (RKW) or hydroalcoholic extract (RKW-A) (at 20 mg of extracts/kg)...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034586/avoiding-internal-capsule-stimulation-with-a-new-eight-channel-steering-deep-brain-stimulation-lead
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Kees J van Dijk, Rens Verhagen, Lo J Bour, Ciska Heida, Peter H Veltink
OBJECTIVE: Novel deep brain stimulation (DBS) lead designs are currently entering the market, which are hypothesized to provide a way to steer the stimulation field away from neural populations responsible for side effects and towards populations responsible for beneficial effects. The objective of this study is to assess the performances of a new eight channel steering-DBS lead and compare this with a conventional cylindrical contact (CC) lead. APPROACH: The two leads were evaluated in a finite element electric field model combined with multicompartment neuron and axon models, representing the internal capsule (IC) fibers and subthalamic nucleus (STN) cells...
October 15, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034573/memory-encoding-related-anterior-hippocampal-potentials-are-modulated-by-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-entorhinal-area
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Niels Hansen, Leila Chaieb, Marlene Derner, Kevin G Hampel, Christian E Elger, Rainer Surges, Bernhard Staresina, Nikolai Axmacher, Juergen Fell
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the human entorhinal area using 50 Hz pulses has revealed conflicting results regarding memory performance. Moreover, its impact on memory-related hippocampal potentials has not yet been investigated. METHODS: We recorded data from seven epilepsy patients implanted with depth electrodes in the entorhinal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala and parahippocampal cortex. Entorhinal DBS (bipolar, biphasic 50 Hz pulses, on- and off-cycles of 15 s) was applied with low amplitude (0...
October 16, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034461/the-migraine-attack-as-a-homeostatic-neuroprotective-response-to-brain-oxidative-stress-preliminary-evidence-for-a-theory
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Jonathan M Borkum
BACKGROUND: Previous research has suggested that migraineurs show higher levels of oxidative stress (lipid peroxides) between migraine attacks and that migraine triggers may further increase brain oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is transduced into a neural signal by the TRPA1 ion channel on meningeal pain receptors, eliciting neurogenic inflammation, a key event in migraine. Thus, migraines may be a response to brain oxidative stress. RESULTS: In this article, a number of migraine components are considered: cortical spreading depression, platelet activation, plasma protein extravasation, endothelial nitric oxide synthesis, and the release of serotonin, substance P, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor...
October 16, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034310/further-education-improves-cognitive-reserve-and-triggers-improvement-in-selective-cognitive-functions-in-older-adults-the-tasmanian-healthy-brain-project
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Megan E Thow, Mathew J Summers, Nichole L Saunders, Jeffery J Summers, Karen Ritchie, James C Vickers
INTRODUCTION: The strong link between early-life education and subsequent reduced risk of dementia suggests that education in later life could enhance cognitive function and may reduce age-related cognitive decline and protect against dementia. METHODS: Episodic memory, working memory, executive function, and language processing performances were assessed annually over 4 years in 359 healthy older adults who attended university for a minimum of 12 months (intervention) and were compared against 100 healthy adult controls...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034243/improving-surgical-outcome-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-techniques-in-deep-brain-stimulation
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REVIEW
Angela An Qi See, Nicolas Kon Kam King
INTRODUCTION: Recent advances in surgical imaging include the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in deep brain stimulation (DBS) and provide a detailed view of the white matter tracts and their connections which are not seen with conventional magnetic resonance imaging. Given that the efficacy of DBS depends on the precise and accurate targeting of these circuits, better surgical planning using information obtained from DTI may lead to improved surgical outcome. We aim to review the available literature to evaluate the efficacy of such a strategy...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034227/psychostimulants-as-cognitive-enhancers-in-adolescents-more-risk-than-reward
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REVIEW
Kimberly R Urban, Wen-Jun Gao
Methylphenidate and other psychostimulants, originally developed to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, are increasingly abused by healthy adolescents and adults seeking an advantage in scholastic performance and work productivity. However, how these drugs may affect cognitive performance, especially in the young brain, remains unclear. Here, we review recent literature and emphasize the risks of abuse of psychostimulants in healthy adolescents and young adults. We conclude that while the desire for cognitive enhancement, particularly with rising costs of education and increasingly competitive nature of scholarship programs, is unlikely to diminish in the near future, it is crucial for the scientific community to thoroughly examine the efficacy and safety of these stimulants in healthy populations across development...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033800/stimulation-of-cortico-subthalamic-projections-amplifies-resting-motor-circuit-activity-and-leads-to-increased-locomotion-in-dopamine-depleted-mice
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Teresa H Sanders
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) improves motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). STN-DBS enables similar improved motor function, including increased movement speed (reduced bradykinesia), in the 6-OHDA dopamine-depletion mouse model of PD. Previous analyses of electrophysiological recordings from STN and motor cortex (M1) have explored signaling changes that correspond to PD and amelioration of PD symptoms. The most common results show an increase in beta frequency power during 'off' states and a reduction in beta during 'on' states...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033799/a-critical-assessment-of-directed-connectivity-estimates-with-artificially-imposed-causality-in-the-supramammillary-septo-hippocampal-circuit
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Calvin K Young, Ming Ruan, Neil McNaughton
Algorithms for estimating directed connectivity have become indispensable to further understand the neurodynamics between functionally coupled brain areas. The evaluation of directed connectivity on the propagation of brain activity has largely been based on simulated data or toy models, where various hidden properties of neurophysiological data may not be fully recapitulated. In this study, directionality was unequivocally manipulated in the freely moving rat in a unique dataset, where normal oscillatory interactions between the supramammillary nucleus (SuM) and hippocampus (HPC) were attenuated by temporary medial septal (MS) inactivation, and replaced by electrical stimulation of the fornix to evaluate the performance of several directed connectivity assessment methods...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033783/the-mechanisms-of-psychedelic-visionary-experiences-hypotheses-from-evolutionary-psychology
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Michael J Winkelman
Neuropharmacological effects of psychedelics have profound cognitive, emotional, and social effects that inspired the development of cultures and religions worldwide. Findings that psychedelics objectively and reliably produce mystical experiences press the question of the neuropharmacological mechanisms by which these highly significant experiences are produced by exogenous neurotransmitter analogs. Humans have a long evolutionary relationship with psychedelics, a consequence of psychedelics' selective effects for human cognitive abilities, exemplified in the information rich visionary experiences...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033331/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-facilitates-associative-learning-and-alters-functional-connectivity-in-the-primate-brain
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Matthew R Krause, Theodoros P Zanos, Bennett A Csorba, Praveen K Pilly, Jaehoon Choe, Matthew E Phillips, Abhishek Datta, Christopher C Pack
There has been growing interest in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive technique purported to modulate neural activity via weak, externally applied electric fields. Although some promising preliminary data have been reported for applications ranging from stroke rehabilitation to cognitive enhancement, little is known about how tDCS affects the human brain, and some studies have concluded that it may have no effect at all. Here, we describe a macaque model of tDCS that allows us to simultaneously examine the effects of tDCS on brain activity and behavior...
October 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032347/vocalic-transitions-as-markers-of-speech-acoustic-changes-with-stn-dbs-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Vincent Martel-Sauvageau, Kris Tjaden
PURPOSE: Deep Brain Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) effectively treats cardinal symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) that cannot be satisfactorily managed with medication. Research is equivocal regarding speech changes associated with STN-DBS. This study investigated the impact of STN-DBS on vocalic transitions and the relationship to intelligibility. METHODS: Eight Quebec-French speakers with PD and eight healthy controls participated...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032294/one-year-double-blind-study-of-high-vs-low-frequency-subcallosal-cingulate-stimulation-for-depression
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Renana Eitan, Denys Fontaine, Michel Benoît, Caroline Giordana, Nelly Darmon, Zvi Israel, Eduard Linesky, David Arkadir, Shiri Ben-Naim, Moshe Iserlles, Hagai Bergman, Natasha Hulse, Mohamed Abdelghani, Peter McGuffin, Anne Farmer, Peichel DeLea, Keyoumars Ashkan, Bernard Lerer
Subcallosal Brodmann's Area 25 (Cg25) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a new promising therapy for treatment resistant major depressive disorder (TR-MDD). While different DBS stimulating parameters may have an impact on the efficacy and safety of the therapy, there is no data to support a protocol for optimal stimulation parameters for depression. Here we present a prospective multi-center double-blind randomized crossed-over 13-month study that evaluated the effects of High (130 Hz) vs Low (20 Hz) frequency Cg25 stimulation for nine patients with TR-MDD...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032192/age-dependent-association-of-thyroid-function-with-brain-morphology-and-microstructural-organization-evidence-from-brain-imaging
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Layal Chaker, Lotte G M Cremers, Tim I M Korevaar, Marius de Groot, Abbas Dehghan, Oscar H Franco, Wiro J Niessen, M Arfan Ikram, Robin P Peeters, Meike W Vernooij
Thyroid hormone (TH) is crucial during neurodevelopment, but high levels of TH have been linked to neurodegenerative disorders. No data on the association of thyroid function with brain imaging in the general population are available. We therefore investigated the association of thyroid-stimulating hormone and free thyroxine (FT4) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived total intracranial volume, brain tissue volumes, and diffusion tensor imaging measures of white matter microstructure in 4683 dementia- and stroke-free participants (mean age 60...
September 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032144/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-ppar%C3%AE-a-master-gatekeeper-in-cns-injury-and-repair
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REVIEW
Wei Cai, Tuo Yang, Huan Liu, Lijuan Han, Kai Zhang, Xiaoming Hu, Xuejing Zhang, Ke-Jie Yin, Yanqin Gao, Michael V L Bennett, Rehana K Leak, Jun Chen
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is a widely expressed ligand-modulated transcription factor that governs the expression of genes involved in inflammation, redox equilibrium, trophic factor production, insulin sensitivity, and the metabolism of lipids and glucose. Synthetic PPARγ agonists (e.g. thiazolidinediones) are used to treat Type II diabetes and have the potential to limit the risk of developing brain injury by mitigating the influence of comorbidities. If brain injury develops, PPARγ serves as a master gatekeeper of cytoprotective stress responses, improving the chances of survival and recovery of homeostatic equilibrium...
October 11, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032104/participation-of-gabab-receptors-in-cortical-postictal-excitability-in-immature-rats
#19
Pavel Mareš
Arrest of seizures is due to an active inhibition and is followed in mature brain by period of refractoriness markedly present one min after the end of seizures. To study changes in cortical excitability after epileptic seizures we used electrical stimulation of sensorimotor cortical area in immature rats - 25-day-old ones with mature postictal refractoriness and 12-day-old where postictal potentiation of afterdischarges (ADs) is present instead of refractoriness at one minute after the end of the conditioning AD...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032089/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-basic-and-clinical-neuroscience-a-comprehensive-review-of-fundamental-principles-and-novel-insights
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REVIEW
Antoni Valero-Cabré, Julià Amengual, Chloé Stengel, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Olivier A Coubard
Non-invasive brain stimulation methods, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), are widely used worldwide to make causality-based inferences about brain-behavior interactions. TMS-based clinical applications have been shown promising to treat neurological or psychiatric diseases. TMS works by inducing non-invasively electric currents in localized cortical regions thus modulating their excitability levels and ongoing activity patterns depending on stimulation settings: frequency, number of pulses, train duration and intertrain intervals...
October 12, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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