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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777287/decreased-plasma-levels-of-gasotransmitter-hydrogen-sulfide-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-correlation-with-psychopathology-and-cognition
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Jian-Wen Xiong, Bo Wei, Yan-Kun Li, Jin-Qiong Zhan, Shu-Zhen Jiang, Hai-Bo Chen, Kun Yan, Bin Yu, Yuan-Jian Yang
OBJECTIVE: Aberrant N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) function has been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is an endogenous gasotransmitter that regulates NMDAR function. The current study investigated the relationship between plasma H2 S levels and both psychopathological and cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-one patients with schizophrenia and 40 healthy control subjects were recruited in present study...
May 18, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777008/multispectral-fluorescence-imaging-as-a-tool-to-separate-healthy-and-disease-related-lymphatic-anatomies-during-robot-assisted-laparoscopic-procedures
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Philippa Meershoek, Gijs H KleinJan, Matthias N van Oosterom, Esther M Wit, Danny M van Willigen, Kevin P Bauwens, Erik J van Gennep, Alexandre M Mottrie, Henk G van der Poel, Fijs van Leeuwen
To reduce the invasive nature of extended pelvic lymph node dissections (ePLND) in prostate cancer, we have developed a multicolor fluorescence guidance approach that enables the discrimination between prostate draining lymph nodes (LNs) and lower limb draining LNs. Methods: In five porcine models multispectral-fluorescence guidance was performed using da Vinci Si- and Xi-robot consoles. They received fluorescein into the lower limb(s) and indocyanine green (ICG)-nanocolloid into the prostate. Results: Fluorescein was detected in 29 LNs (average of 3...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774576/spatial-vision-in-older-adults-perceptual-changes-and-neural-bases
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Allison M McKendrick, Yu Man Chan, Bao N Nguyen
PURPOSE: The number of older adults is rapidly increasing internationally, leading to a significant increase in research on how healthy ageing impacts vision. Most clinical assessments of spatial vision involve simple detection (letter acuity, grating contrast sensitivity, perimetry). However, most natural visual environments are more spatially complicated, requiring contrast discrimination, and the delineation of object boundaries and contours, which are typically present on non-uniform backgrounds...
May 17, 2018: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774478/number-line-estimation-and-complex-mental-calculation-is-there-a-shared-cognitive-process-driving-the-two-tasks
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Maria Montefinese, Carlo Semenza
It is widely accepted that different number-related tasks, including solving simple addition and subtraction, may induce attentional shifts on the so-called mental number line, which represents larger numbers on the right and smaller numbers on the left. Recently, it has been shown that different number-related tasks also employ spatial attention shifts along with general cognitive processes. Here we investigated for the first time whether number line estimation and complex mental arithmetic recruit a common mechanism in healthy adults...
May 17, 2018: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774073/polypyrrole-chitosan-conductive-biomaterial-synchronizes-cardiomyocyte-contraction-and-improves-myocardial-electrical-impulse-propagation
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Zhi Cui, Nathan C Ni, Jun Wu, Guo-Qing Du, Sheng He, Terrence M Yau, Richard D Weisel, Hsing-Wen Sung, Ren-Ke Li
Background: The post-myocardial infarction (MI) scar interrupts electrical impulse propagation and delays regional contraction, which contributes to ventricular dysfunction. We investigated the potential of an injectable conductive biomaterial to restore scar tissue conductivity and re-establish synchronous ventricular contraction. Methods: A conductive biomaterial was generated by conjugating conductive polypyrrole (PPY) onto chitosan (CHI) backbones. Trypan blue staining of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (CMs) cultured on biomaterials was used to evaluate the biocompatibility of the conductive biomaterials...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773843/loss-of-live-coral-compromises-predator-avoidance-behaviour-in-coral-reef-damselfish
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Lisa Boström-Einarsson, Mary C Bonin, Philip L Munday, Geoffrey P Jones
Tropical reefs have experienced an unprecedented loss of live coral in the past few decades and the biodiversity of coral-dependent species is under threat. Many reef fish species decline in abundance as coral cover is lost, yet the mechanisms responsible for these losses are largely unknown. A commonly hypothesised cause of fish decline is the loss of shelter space between branches as dead corals become overgrown by algae. Here we tested this hypothesis by quantifying changes in predator-avoidance behaviour of a common damselfish, Pomacentrus moluccensis, before and after the death of their coral colony...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772518/brain-state-before-a-memory-probe-and-associative-retrieval-in-older-adults
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Jiangyi Xia, Giulia Galli, Leun J Otten
Older individuals' difficulty in remembering events from a particular time and place may be explained by changes in retrieval-related control processes. We investigated how aging affects neural activity leading up to a retrieval probe and how such activity relates to later performance. Electrical brain activity was recorded while healthy younger and older humans memorized visual word pairs consisting of an object word (e.g., doll) preceded by a location word (e.g., garden). Only object words were presented during the memory test, the task being to decide whether an object had been presented earlier and, if so, what location had been paired with it...
April 12, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772496/vibrotactile-feedback-alters-dynamics-of-static-postural-control-in-persons-with-parkinson-s-disease-but-not-older-adults-at-high-fall-risk
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Carleigh M High, Hannah F McHugh, Stephen C Mills, Shinichi Amano, Jane E Freund, Srikant Vallabhajosula
BACKGROUND: Aging and Parkinson's disease are often associated with impaired postural control. Providing extrinsic feedback via vibrotactile sensation could supplement intrinsic feedback to maintain postural control. RESEARCH QUESTION: We investigated the postural control response to vibrotactile feedback provided at the trunk during challenging stance conditions in older adults at high fall risk and individuals with Parkinson's disease compared to healthy older adults...
May 8, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772485/neurocognitive-dysfunction-in-subjects-at-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis-a-meta-analysis
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Wei Zheng, Qing-E Zhang, Dong-Bin Cai, Chee H Ng, Gabor S Ungvari, Yu-Ping Ning, Yu-Tao Xiang
Findings of neurocognitive dysfunction in subjects at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis (CHR-P) have been controversial. This meta-analysis systematically examined studies of neurocognitive functions using the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) in CHR-P. An independent literature search of both English and Chinese databases was conducted by two reviewers. Standardized mean difference (SMD) was calculated using a random effects model to evaluate the effect size of the meta-analytic results. Six case-control studies (n = 396) comparing neurocognitive functions between CHR-P subjects (n = 197) and healthy controls (n = 199) using the MCCB were identified; 4 (66...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771387/functional-brown-adipose-tissue-and-sympathetic-activity-after-cold-exposure-in-humans-with-type-1-narcolepsy
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Lotte Hahn Enevoldsen, Marie Tindborg, Nichlas Lindegaard Hovmand, Christina Christoffersen, Helga Ellingsgaard, Charlotte Suetta, Bente Merete Stallknecht, Poul Joergen Jennum, Andreas Kjær, Steen Gammeltoft
Study objectives: To investigate the activity of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in type 1 narcolepsy patients during cold exposure using two separate scans of sympathetic and metabolic activity of BAT in order to evaluate whether orexin deficiency leads to altered non-shivering thermoregulation in narcolepsy. Methods: Seven patients with type 1 narcolepsy and seven healthy controls underwent two consecutive scans after 2 h cold exposure: 123I-meta-iodo-benzyl-guanidine (123I-MIBG) single photon emission computed tomography and 18F-2-deoxy-glucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography and computed tomography to visualize sympathetic innervation and metabolic activity of BAT, respectively...
May 15, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771186/cross-modal-plasticity-among-sensory-networks-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Maria Assunta Rocca, Filippo Savoldi, Paola Valsasina, Marta Radaelli, Paolo Preziosa, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi
OBJECTIVE: To explore resting-state (RS) functional connectivity (FC) of the main sensory/motor networks of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs), clinically isolated optic neuritis (ON), and myelitis. METHODS: Clinical evaluation and RS fMRI were obtained from 28 NMOSD, 11 recurrent ON, and 12 recurrent myelitis patients and 30 healthy controls. Between-group RS FC comparisons and correlations with motor performance were assessed (SPM12) on the main sensory/motor RS networks (RSNs) identified by independent component analysis...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769438/cytometry-tof-identifies-alveolar-macrophage-subtypes-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Eric D Morrell, Alice Wiedeman, S Alice Long, Sina A Gharib, T Eoin West, Shawn J Skerrett, Mark M Wurfel, Carmen Mikacenic
Studies in human peripheral blood monocyte-derived macrophages in vitro have shown clear evidence that multiple macrophage polarization states exist. The extent to which different alveolar macrophage (AM) polarization states exist in homeostasis or in the setting of severe injury such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is largely unknown. We applied single-cell cytometry TOF (CyTOF) to simultaneously measure 36 cell-surface markers on CD45+ cells present in bronchoalveolar lavage from healthy volunteers, as well as mechanically ventilated subjects with and without ARDS...
May 17, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768990/control-of-a-7-dof-robotic-arm-system-with-an-ssvep-based-bci
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Xiaogang Chen, Bing Zhao, Yijun Wang, Shengpu Xu, Xiaorong Gao
Although robot technology has been successfully used to empower people who suffer from motor disabilities to increase their interaction with their physical environment, it remains a challenge for individuals with severe motor impairment, who do not have the motor control ability to move robots or prosthetic devices by manual control. In this study, to mitigate this issue, a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI)-based robotic arm control system using gaze based steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) was designed and implemented using a portable wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) system...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768190/a-bayesian-model-comparison-approach-to-test-the-specificity-of-visual-integration-impairment-in-schizophrenia-or-psychosis
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Tyler B Grove, Beier Yao, Savanna A Mueller, Merranda McLaughlin, Vicki L Ellingrod, Melvin G McInnis, Stephan F Taylor, Patricia J Deldin, Ivy F Tso
Impaired visual integration is well documented in schizophrenia and related to functional outcomes. However, it is unclear if this deficit is specific to schizophrenia, or characteristic of psychosis more broadly. To address this question, this study used a Bayesian model comparison approach to examine the evidence of three grouping models of visual integration performance in 116 individuals with schizophrenia (SZ), schizoaffective disorder (SA), bipolar disorder (BD) with or without a history of prominent psychosis (BDP+ and BDP-, respectively), or no psychiatric diagnosis (healthy controls; HC)...
May 7, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768086/visual-associations-to-retrieve-episodic-memory-across-healthy-elderly-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Sascha R A Meyer, Jos F M De Jonghe, Ben Schmand, Rudolf W H M Ponds
Episodic memory tests need to determine the degree to which patients with moderate to severe memory deficits can still benefit from retrieval support. Especially in the case of Alzheimer's disease (AD), this may support health care to be more closely aligned with patients' memory capacities. We investigated whether the different measures of episodic memory of the Visual Association Test-Extended (VAT-E) can provide a more detailed and informative assessment on memory disturbances across a broad range of cognitive decline, from normal to severe impairment as seen in AD, by examining differences in floor effects...
May 16, 2018: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767747/the-use-of-privacy-protected-computer-vision-to-measure-the-quality-of-healthcare-worker-hand-hygiene
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Sari Awwad, Sanjay Tarvade, Massimo Piccardi, David J Gattas
Objectives: (i) To demonstrate the feasibility of automated, direct observation and collection of hand hygiene data, (ii) to develop computer visual methods capable of reporting compliance with moment 1 (the performance of hand hygiene before touching a patient) and (iii) to report the diagnostic accuracy of automated, direct observation of moment 1. Design: Observation of simulated hand hygiene encounters between a healthcare worker and a patient. Setting: Computer laboratory in a university...
May 15, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766769/movement-vigor-as-a-trait-like-attribute-of-individuality
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Thomas Reed Reppert, Ioannis Rigas, David Herzfeld, Ehsan Sedaghat-Nejad, Oleg Komogortsev, Reza Shadmehr
A common aspect of individuality is our subjective preferences in evaluation of reward and effort. The neural circuits that evaluate these commodities influence circuits that control our movements, raising the possibility that vigor differences between individuals may also be a trait of individuality, reflecting a willingness to expend effort. In contrast, classic theories in motor-control suggest that vigor differences reflect a speed-accuracy trade-off, predicting that those who move fast are sacrificing accuracy for speed...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765192/pinch-aperture-proprioception-reliability-and-feasibility-study
#18
Abdalghani Yahya, Timothy von Behren, Shira Levine, Marcio Dos Santos
[Purpose] To establish the reliability and feasibility of a novel pinch aperture device to measure proprioceptive joint position sense. [Subjects and Methods] Reliability of the pinch aperture device was assessed in 21 healthy subjects. Following familiarization with a 15° target position of the index finger and thumb, subjects performed 5 trials in which they attempted to actively reproduce the target position without visual feedback. This procedure was repeated at a testing session on a separate date, and the between-session intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was calculated...
May 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765090/a-rightward-saccade-to-an-unexpected-stimulus-as-a-marker-for-lateralised-visuospatial-attention
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Masafumi Sanefuji, Hiroshi Yamashita, Michiko Torio, Daisuke Katsuki, Satoshi Akamine, Yoshito Ishizaki, Junji Kishimoto, Yasunari Sakai, Hidetoshi Takada, Keiko Yoshida, Shouichi Ohga
The human brain is lateralised to the right for visuospatial attention, particularly when reorienting attention to unexpected stimuli. However, the developmental characteristics of lateralisation remain unclear. To address this question, we devised a saccade task applicable for both adults and children. To assess the utility of this system, we investigated the correlation between line bisection test performance and the saccade task for 54 healthy adult volunteers. Participants followed a visual target that jumped 10 times, alternating between two fixed positions across the midline with a constant pace...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762768/emergence-of-mature-cortical-activity-in-wakefulness-and-sleep-in-healthy-pre-term-and-full-term-infants
#20
Kimberley Whitehead, Pureza Laudiano-Dray, Judith Meek, Lorenzo Fabrizi
Study Objectives: Cortical activity patterns develop rapidly over the equivalent of the last trimester of gestation, in parallel with the establishment of sleep architecture. However, the emergence of mature cortical activity in wakefulness compared to sleep states in healthy pre-term infants is poorly understood. Methods: To investigate whether cortical activity has a different developmental profile in each sleep-wake state, we recorded 11-channels EEG, EOG and respiratory movement for one hour from 115 infants 34-43 weeks corrected age, with 0...
May 14, 2018: Sleep
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