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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811538/fine-structure-of-posterior-alpha-rhythm-in-human-eeg-frequency-components-their-cortical-sources-and-temporal-behavior
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Elham Barzegaran, Vladimir Y Vildavski, Maria G Knyazeva
Heterogeneity of the posterior alpha rhythm (AR) is a widely assumed but rarely tested phenomenon. We decomposed the posterior AR in the cortical source space with a 3-way PARAFAC technique, taking into account the spatial, frequency, and temporal aspects of mid-density EEG. We found a multicomponent AR structure in 90% of a group of 29 healthy adults. The typical resting-state structure consisted of a high-frequency occipito-parietal component of the AR (ARC1) and a low-frequency occipito-temporal component (ARC2), characterized by individual dynamics in time...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810973/the-influence-of-combat-experience-on-psychologically-healthy-soldiers-attentiveness-to-environmental-threats
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Bethany Ranes, Chris P Long, Stephanie Traynham, Amanda Hayes
INTRODUCTION: In contrast to previous research that has primarily examined how psychological disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], anxiety) are affected by and affect individuals' threat perceptions, this study examines the relationship between combat experience and threat-monitoring in psychologically healthy Soldiers. Existing research has established how prolonged or intense experiences with war-related stressors can lead individuals to undergo an unconscious fear-conditioning process that affects the circuitry of the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, and anterior cingulate cortex regions of the brain...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810572/diffusion-weighted-imaging-of-injuries-to-the-visual-centers-of-the-brain-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-retinopathy
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Ming Liang, Xing Chen, Feng Xue, Lingna Meng, Yunfeng Cong
The present study aimed to investigate the ability of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to identify injury to the visual centers of the brain in patients with type 2 diabetes with retinopathy. The study included 84 cases (63 patients with type 2 diabetic retinopathy and 21 healthy individuals) that were assessed using DWI. Diabetic patients were equally divided into three groups: Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) and diabetic without retinopathy. The results demonstrated that individuals in the PDR group had significantly higher disease duration and glycated hemoglobin levels than the diabetic without retinopathy group (P<0...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810284/-development-of-non-arteritic-anterior-ischaemic-optic-neuropathy-in-the-initially-unaffected-fellow-eye-in-patients-treated-with-systemic-corticosteroids
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Artur Pahor, Dusica Pahor
Background The objective of this prospective pilot study was to evaluate the results of systemic corticosteroid therapy in patient with non-arteritic anterior ischaemic neuropathy of the optical nerve (NAION) for an observation period of one year and to measure the NAION incidence in the initially healthy contralateral eye of these patients. Patients and Methods All patients diagnosed with acute NAION who were admitted to our ward during 2014 and who fulfilled all inclusion criteria for systemic corticosteroid therapy were included in the study...
August 15, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810173/effect-of-haptic-sensory-input-through-a-fluttering-cloth-on-tandem-gait-performance
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Kazushige Oshita, Sumio Yano
This study investigated the effects of haptic sensory input through a fluttering cloth on balance control during locomotion. Twenty-one healthy men performed a tandem gait test for 4m with their eyes closed under two different conditions: (1) wearing only half or short tights (HT-condition), or (2) wearing a fluttering cloth that was wrapped around the waist and extended to the lower leg (CLOTH-condition). Participants performed two trials with a 3-min rest period. The first trial involved the HT-condition, whereas the second trial involved either the CLOTH-condition (n=11), or the HT-condition again (n=10)...
August 11, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808290/molecular-mr-imaging-of-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Miloslav Polasek, Yan Yang, Daniel T Schühle, Mohammad A Yaseen, Young R Kim, Yu Sub Sung, Alexander R Guimaraes, Peter Caravan
Fibrosis with excessive amounts of type I collagen is a hallmark of many solid tumours, and fibrosis is a promising target in cancer therapy, but tools for its non-invasive quantification are missing. Here we used magnetic resonance imaging with a gadolinium-based probe targeted to type I collagen (EP-3533) to image and quantify fibrosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. An orthotopic syngeneic mouse model resulted in tumours with 2.3-fold higher collagen level compared to healthy pancreas. Animals were scanned at 4...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808277/age-and-sex-dependency-of-the-association-between-systemic-antioxidant-potential-and-glaucomatous-damage
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Yoshimi Asano, Noriko Himori, Hiroshi Kunikata, Mai Yamazaki, Yukihiro Shiga, Kazuko Omodaka, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Toru Nakazawa
Systemic oxidative stress is thought to be an important factor in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. In particular, low systemic antioxidative capacity, which normally counters oxidative stress, may contribute to glaucoma. Thus, we investigated the association between biological antioxidant potential (BAP), a biomarker of systemic antioxidative capacity, and glaucoma severity in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG). This study included 480 eyes of 240 patients with OAG and 66 healthy control eyes. We measured the BAP serum level with a free radical analyzer and compared it with a weighted estimate of the number of retinal ganglion cells (wrgc), derived from circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness and visual field mean deviation...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806996/improved-passive-catheter-tracking-with-positive-contrast-for-cmr-guided-cardiac-catheterization-using-partial-saturation-psat
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Mari Nieves Velasco Forte, Kuberan Pushparajah, Tobias Schaeffter, Israel Valverde Perez, Kawal Rhode, Bram Ruijsink, Mazen Alhrishy, Nicholas Byrne, Amedeo Chiribiri, Tevfik Ismail, Tarique Hussain, Reza Razavi, Sébastien Roujol
BACKGROUND: Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Although cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) represents a promising alternative approach to fluoroscopy guidance, simultaneous high contrast visualization of catheter, soft tissue and the blood pool remains challenging. In this study, a novel passive tracking technique is proposed for enhanced positive contrast visualization of gadolinium-filled balloon catheters using partial saturation (pSAT) magnetization preparation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806721/the-effect-of-visual-perturbation-upon-femoral-acceleration-during-the-single-and-bilateral-squat
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R Barry Dale, Ravi P Gollapalli, Taylor Price, Katie Megahee, Morgan Duncan, Nick Tolstick, Luke Ford
OBJECTIVES: Record femoral accelerations using a smartphone accelerometer attached to the distal thigh during single-legged (SLS) and bilateral squats, and each squat condition occurred under two visual conditions: 1) normal vision and 2) visual perturbation with stroboscopic glasses. DESIGN: Repeated-measures cross-over with counter-balanced order for four total conditions. SETTING: Laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: 22 females and 16 males without lower extremity pathologies...
June 20, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804009/effects-of-timing-of-whey-protein-intake-on-appetite-and-energy-intake-in-healthy-older-men
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Caroline Giezenaar, Zoé Coudert, Abdul Baqeri, Caroline Jensen, Trygve Hausken, Michael Horowitz, Ian Chapman, Stijn Soenen
BACKGROUND: Protein-rich supplements are used widely to prevent and manage malnutrition in older adults. We previously showed that 30 g whey protein ingestion, 3 hours before a buffet meal, suppressed energy intake in young, but not in older men. Information about the impact of the timing of ingestion of protein drinks on the suppression of energy intake in older adults is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the effect of the timing of whey protein ingestion on appetite and subsequent ad libitum energy intake in healthy older men...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803766/different-neural-routes-to-autobiographical-memory-recall-in-healthy-people-and-individuals-with-left-medial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Cornelia McCormick, Morris Moscovitch, Taufik A Valiante, Melanie Cohn, Mary Pat McAndrews
Individuals with medial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) are poor at recalling vivid details from autobiographical memories (AM), instead retrieving gist-like schematic memories. Recent research has suggested that this impoverished recall in comparison to controls may reflect (1) differential engagement of anterior vs posterior regions of the hippocampus (HC) and/or (2) differences between the engagement of the HC vs the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). Here we examined these hypotheses by comparing connectivity amongst hippocampal regions and between vmPFC and other brain regions during construction (retrieval of a particular event) vs elaboration (retrieval of perceptual detail) phases of AM recall in 12 individuals with left mTLE and 12 matched controls...
August 10, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803727/elimination-of-toxic-microsatellite-repeat-expansion-rna-by-rna-targeting-cas9
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Ranjan Batra, David A Nelles, Elaine Pirie, Steven M Blue, Ryan J Marina, Harrison Wang, Isaac A Chaim, James D Thomas, Nigel Zhang, Vu Nguyen, Stefan Aigner, Sebastian Markmiller, Guangbin Xia, Kevin D Corbett, Maurice S Swanson, Gene W Yeo
Microsatellite repeat expansions in DNA produce pathogenic RNA species that cause dominantly inherited diseases such as myotonic dystrophy type 1 and 2 (DM1/2), Huntington's disease, and C9orf72-linked amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (C9-ALS). Means to target these repetitive RNAs are required for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Here, we describe the development of a programmable CRISPR system capable of specifically visualizing and eliminating these toxic RNAs. We observe specific targeting and efficient elimination of microsatellite repeat expansion RNAs both when exogenously expressed and in patient cells...
August 8, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803685/quantification-of-pulmonary-regurgitation-by-vector-flow-mapping-in-congenital-heart-patients-after-repair-of-right-ventricular-outflow-obstruction-a-preliminary-study
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Ashley Hoi-Man To, Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Ming-Yen Ng, Yiu-Fai Cheung
BACKGROUND: Vector flow mapping (VFM) enables direct visualization of flow pattern and estimation of flow volume. The aim of this study was to determine its accuracy in the quantification of pulmonary regurgitation (PR) in congenital heart patients after repair of right ventricular (RV) outflow obstruction. METHODS: This study comprised two parts: (1) validation of VFM in the quantification of PR in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot by cardiac magnetic resonance and (2) clinical application of VFM to determine PR in patients after biventricular repair of pulmonary atresia and stenosis with intact ventricular septum...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803362/perceptuo-motor-planning-during-functional-reaching-after-stroke
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Margit Alt Murphy, Melanie C Baniña, Mindy F Levin
In healthy young adults, reaching movements are planned such that the initial grasp position on the object is modulated based on the final task goal. This perceptuo-motor coupling has been described as the end-state comfort effect. This study aimed to determine the extent to which visuo-perceptual and motor deficits, but not neglect, due to stroke impact end-state comfort measured as the grasp-height effect. Thirty-four older adults (17 controls, 17 chronic stroke) performed a functional goal-directed two-sequence task with each arm, consisting of reaching and moving a cylindrical object (drain plunger) from an initial to four target platform heights, standardized to body height, in a block randomized sequence...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802988/does-education-play-a-role-in-language-reorganization-after-surgery-in-drug-refractory-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-an-fmri-based-study
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Kapil Chaudhary, Bhargavi Ramanujam, S Senthil Kumaran, P Sarat Chandra, Ashima Nehra Wadhawan, Ajay Garg, Manjari Tripathi
OBJECTIVES: Patients with drug refractory epilepsy (DRE) and a high level of education may differ in their language recovery after surgery. Our aim was to determine whether there were differences in the extent of improvement and pattern of reorganization of language functions on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) after surgery to treat refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) between patients with more than 12 years of formal education versus those with a shorter period of regular schooling...
July 29, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802896/head-flexion-and-different-walking-speeds-do-not-affect-gait-stability-in-older-females
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Amy Maslivec, Theodoros M Bampouras, Susan Dewhurst
Head flexion is destabilizing in older individuals during quiet stance, yet the effect head flexion has on gait is not known. The study examined whether head flexion and gait parameters were altered when walking freely and fixed to a visual target, at different walking speeds. 15 young (23±4years) and 16 older (76±6years) healthy females walked at three different walking speeds (slow, comfortable, and fast) under two visual conditions (natural and fixed [focusing on a visual target set at eye level]). Head flexion was assessed using 2D video analysis, whilst gait parameters (step length, double support time, step time, and gait stability ratio) were recorded during a 9m flat walkway...
August 10, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802787/reliability-and-validity-of-speech-evaluation-in-adductor-spasmodic-dysphonia
#17
Saori Yanagida, Noriko Nishizawa, Ryusaku Hashimoto, Kenji Mizoguchi, Hiromitsu Hatakeyama, Akihiro Homma, Satoshi Fukuda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate speech in patients with adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) by perceptual evaluations and acoustic measures, and to examine the reliability and validity of these measures. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with ADSD and 24 healthy volunteers were included in the study. Speech materials consisted of three sentences constructed from serial voiced syllables to elicit abductor voice breaks. Three otolaryngologists rated the degree of voice symptoms using a visual analog scale (VAS)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801973/cognitive-functioning-in-children-with-self-limited-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Steven Wickens, Stephen C Bowden, Wendyl D'Souza
OBJECTIVE: It is now well appreciated that benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS, or more recently, ECTS) is associated with a range of cognitive and behavioral disturbances. Despite our improved understanding of cognitive functioning in ECTS, there have been to date no efforts to quantitatively synthesize the available literature within a comprehensive cognitive framework. METHODS: The present systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted according to PRISMA guidelines...
August 12, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801946/imitation-inhibition-in-children-with-tourette-syndrome
#19
Valerie Cathérine Brandt, Agnes Moczydlowski, Melanie Jonas, Kai Boelmans, Tobias Bäumer, Marcel Brass, Alexander Münchau
OBJECTIVE: Echopraxia, that is, the open and automatic imitation of other peoples' actions, is common in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and also those with frontal lobe lesions. While systematic reaction time tasks have confirmed increased automatic imitation in the latter two groups, adult patients with Tourette syndrome appear to compensate for automatic imitation tendencies by an overall slowing in response times. However, whether children with Tourette syndrome are already able to inhibit automatic imitation tendencies has not been investigated...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801672/sample-entropy-reveals-an-age-related-reduction-in-the-complexity-of-dynamic-brain
#20
Yanbing Jia, Huaguang Gu, Qiang Luo
Dynamic reconfiguration of the human brain is characterized by the nature of complexity. The purpose of this study was to measure such complexity and also analyze its association with age. We modeled the dynamic reconfiguration process by dynamic functional connectivity, which was established by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, and we measured complexity within the dynamic functional connectivity by sample entropy (SampEn). A brainwide map of SampEn in healthy subjects shows larger values in the caudate, the olfactory gyrus, the amygdala, and the hippocampus, and lower values in primary sensorimotor and visual areas...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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