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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453631/prenatal-cerebellar-growth-trajectories-and-the-impact-of-periconceptional-maternal-and-fetal-factors
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I V Koning, J Dudink, I A L Groenenberg, S P Willemsen, I K M Reiss, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
STUDY QUESTION: CAN WE assess human prenatal cerebellar growth from the first until the third trimester of pregnancy and create growth trajectories to investigate associations with periconceptional maternal and fetal characteristics? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prenatal growth trajectories of the human cerebellum between 9 and 32 weeks gestational age (GA) were created using three-dimensional ultrasound (3D-US) and show negative associations with pre-pregnancy and early first trimester BMI calculated from self-reported and standardized measured weight and height, respectively...
April 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449077/executive-network-activation-is-linked-to-walking-speed-in-older-adults-functional-mri-and-tcd-ultrasound-evidence-from-the-mobilize-boston-study
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Azizah J Jor'dan, Victoria N Poole, Ikechukwu Iloputaife, William Milberg, Brad Manor, Michael Esterman, Lewis A Lipsitz
Background: Changes in cerebral blood flow velocity (CBF) in response to a cognitive task (task-related ΔCBF) have been shown by Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) to be reduced in slow walkers. However, it is unknown whether reduced task-related ΔCBF is associated with reduced neural activity in specific brain regions, as measured by blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Methods: We assessed the regional changes in neural activity associated with reduced middle cerebral artery (MCA) task-related ΔCBF to an executive task and slow walking speed in 67 community-dwelling older adults from the MOBILIZE Boston Study...
April 26, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440126/transcranial-doppler-screening-for-stroke-risk-in-children-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-systematic-review
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Sara Mazzucco, Marina Diomedi, Amrana Qureshi, Laura Sainati, Soundrie T Padayachee
Background Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common causes of stroke in children worldwide. Based on the results of the Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia (STOP), annual transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) screening for affected children is standard practice. However, the need for TCD surveillance programs could override the accuracy of the screening, affecting the correct stratification of stroke risk and subsequent clinical management of the target population. Aims To shed light on this issue, a systematic review of the literature on TCD screening for children and adolescents with SCD was carried out (CRD42016050549), according to a list of clinically relevant questions, with a particular focus on screening practices in European countries...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439953/feasibility-trial-for-primary-stroke-prevention-in-children-with-sickle-cell-anemia-in-nigeria-spin-trial
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Najibah Galadanci, Shehu Umar Abdullahi, Leah D Vance, Abdulkadir Musa Tabari, Shehi Ali, Raymond Belonwu, Auwal Salihu, Aisha Amal Galadanci, Binta Wudil Jibir, Halima Bello-Manga, Kathleen Neville, Fenella J Kirkham, Yu Shyr, Sharon Phillips, Brittany V Covert, Adetola A Kassim, Lori C Jordan, Muktar H Aliyu, Michael R DeBaun
The vast majority of children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) live in Africa, where evidence-based guidelines for primary stroke prevention are lacking. In Kano, Nigeria, we conducted a feasibility trial to determine the acceptability of hydroxyurea therapy for primary stroke prevention in children with abnormal transcranial Doppler (TCD) measurements. Children with SCA and abnormal non-imaging TCD measurements (≥ 200 cm/s) received moderate fixed-dose hydroxyurea therapy (∼20 mg/kg/day). A comparison group of children with TCD measurements < 200 cm/s was followed prospectively...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434468/the-effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-banxia-baizhu-tianma-decoction-for-the-treatment-of-vertebrobasilar-insufficiency-vertigo-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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ZhenLang Guo, ZhenNing Su, ZhengFei Wang, XiaoMu Luo, RenKui Lai
OBJECTIVES: Banxia Baizhu Tianma Decoction (BBTD) is widely used to treat vertebrobasilar insufficiency vertigo (VBIV) in China, but its efficacy remains largely unexplored. We systemically summarized relevant evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the therapeutic effect of BBTD. METHODS: Seven electronic databases were searched for relevant electronic studies published before July 2016. We evaluated RCTs that compared BBTD, anti-vertigo drugs and a combination of BBTD and anti-vertigo drugs...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433244/reliability-in-cerebellar-size-assessment-by-2d-cranial-ultrasonography-in-neonates
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María Carmen Bravo, Eva Valverde
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar size appears to be correlated with the long-term outcome of preterm infants. Two-dimensional cranial ultrasonography (2D-cUS) is the first-line, routine tool to characterize newborn cerebral structures. Information regarding the accuracy of 2D-cUS for assessing cerebellar size is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To assess the reliability of cerebellar size using 2D-cUS. METHODS: Fifty infants were prospectively scanned for a variety of clinical indications...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431600/assessment-of-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-and-relationship-with-cerebral-micro-embolic-signals-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-carotid-stenosis
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Justin A Kinsella, W Oliver Tobin, Sean Tierney, Timothy M Feeley, Bridget Egan, Tara Coughlan, D Ronan Collins, Desmond O'Neill, Joseph A Harbison, Colin P Doherty, Prakash Madhavan, Dermot J Moore, Sean M O'Neill, Mary-Paula Colgan, Maher Saqqur, Raymond P Murphy, Niamh Moran, George Hamilton, Dominick J H McCabe
INTRODUCTION: The relationship between on-treatment platelet reactivity and cerebral micro-embolic signals (MES) is unknown, and has not been previously simultaneously assessed in asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid stenosis patients. METHODS: Consecutive eligible patients with ≥50% asymptomatic or recently symptomatic carotid stenosis (≤4weeks following TIA/ischaemic stroke) were recruited to this pilot study. Symptomatic patients were followed up to the 'late' phase (≥3months) following symptom onset or carotid intervention; longitudinal data were analysed from symptomatic patients with data available at both time-points...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430036/paradoxical-cerebrovascular-hemodynamic-changes-with-nicardipine
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Shouri Lahiri, Mani Nezhad, Konrad H Schlick, Brenda Rinsky, Axel Rosengart, Stephan A Mayer, Patrick D Lyden
OBJECTIVE Intravenous nicardipine is commonly used for blood pressure reduction in patients with acute stroke. However, few studies have described its effects on cerebrovascular hemodynamics as measured by transcranial Doppler (TCD) waveform analysis and pulsatility index (PI). In this study, the authors report examples of a consistent but paradoxical finding associated with nicardipine that suggests intracranial vasoconstriction, contrary to what is expected from a vasodilator. METHODS The data presented are from a convenience sample of patients who underwent TCD monitoring before, after, or during nicardipine administration...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427768/syndrome-of-transient-headache-and-neurological-deficits-with-cerebrospinal-fluid-lymphocytosis-handl-in-a-patient-with-confusional-symptoms-diffuse-eeg-abnormalities-and-bilateral-vasospasm-in-transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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M Hidalgo de la Cruz, R Domínguez Rubio, E Luque Buzo, F Díaz Otero, P Vázquez Alén, J Orcajo Rincón, J Prieto Montalvo, A Contreras Chicote, F Grandas Pérez
INTRODUCTION: HaNDL syndrome (transient headache and neurological deficits with cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis) is characterised by one or more episodes of headache and transient neurological deficits associated with cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis. To date, few cases of HaNDL manifesting with confusional symptoms have been described. Likewise, very few patients with HaNDL and confusional symptoms have been evaluated with transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD). TCD data from patients with focal involvement reveal changes consistent with vasomotor alterations...
April 17, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424659/online-measurement-of-microembolic-signal-burden-by-transcranial-doppler-during-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-results-of-a-multicenter-trial
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Christian von Bary, Thomas Deneke, Thomas Arentz, Anja Schade, Heiko Lehrmann, Sabine Fredersdorf, Dobri Baldaranov, Lars Maier, Felix Schlachetzki
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is an accepted treatment option for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). This procedure can be complicated by stroke or silent cerebral embolism. Online measurement of microembolic signals (MESs) by transcranial Doppler (TCD) may be useful for characterizing thromboembolic burden during PVI. In this prospective multicenter trial, we investigated the burden, characteristics, and composition of MES during left atrial catheter ablation using a variety of catheter technologies...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421214/hybrid-molecular-enzymatic-catalytic-cascade-for-complete-electro-oxidation-of-glycerol-using-a-promiscuous-nad-dependent-formate-dehydrogenase-from-candida-boidinii
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Sofiene Abdellaoui, Madelaine Seow Chavez, Ivana Matanovic, Andrew R Stephens, Plamen Atanassov, Shelley D Minteer
Glycerol is a common fuel considered for bioenergy applications. Computational docking studies were performed on formate dehydrogenase from Candida boidinii (cbFDH) that showed that mesoxalate can bind to the buried active site of the holo form predicting that mesoxalate, a byproduct of glycerol oxidation, may act as its substrate. Spectroscopic assays and characterization by HPLC and GC/TCD have shown for the first time that cbFDH can act as a decarboxylase with mesoxalate. From this assessment, cbFDH was combined with NH2-TEMPO to form a novel hybrid anode to oxidize glycerol to carbon dioxide at near-neutral pH...
April 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419205/comparison-of-clinical-features-and-survival-between-thymic-carcinoma-and-thymic-carcinoid-patients
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Yang Zhao, Haiyong Gu, Limin Fan, Ke Han, Jun Yang, Heng Zhao
OBJECTIVES: Thymic carcinoma (TC) and thymic carcinoid (TCD) are aggressive thymic epithelial neoplasms with a poor prognosis. Due to rarity, little is known about their comparative clinical characteristics, treatment outcomes and patterns of relapse. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on 287 patients with TC and 56 patients with TCD who were treated at the Shanghai Chest Hospital between February 2003 and April 2014. Patient demographics, tumour stage, treatment, pathologic findings and postoperative outcomes were compared between the two tumour types using both multivariable Cox regression analysis and propensity-matched analysis...
April 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395942/ex-vivo-t-cell-depleted-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-hematologic-malignancies-the-search-for-an-optimum-transplant-t-cell-dose-and-t-cell-add-back-strategy
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Prathima Anandi, Xin Tian, Sawa Ito, Pawel Muranski, Puja D Chokshi, Noelle Watters, Upneet Chawla, Nancy Hensel, David F Stroncek, Minoo Battiwalla, A John Barrett
BACKGROUND: T-cell depletion (TCD) of allogeneic stem cell transplants (SCT) can reduce graft-versus-host disease but may negatively affect transplant outcome by delaying immune recovery. To optimize TCD in HLA-matched siblings with hematologic malignancies, we explored varying the transplant CD3+ T-cell dose between 2 and 50 × 10(4)/kg (corresponding to 3-4 log depletion) and studied the impact of 0-6 × 10(7)/kg CD3+ donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) "add-back" on immune recovery post-SCT...
April 7, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394756/progression-of-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensities-and-the-associated-sonographic-index
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Woo-Jin Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Young Jin Ryu, Keon-Joo Lee, Jeong-Min Kim, Soon-Tae Lee, Kon Chu, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Jae-Kyu Roh
Purpose To evaluate the relationship between penetrating arterial pulsation and the progression of white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) by using the sonographic resistance index (RI) along the M1 segment of the middle cerebral artery (MCA). Materials and Methods The study design was approved by the institutional review board of Seoul National University Hospital. The study included 450 individuals who had undergone initial transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography and magnetic resonance imaging, with follow-up imaging performed within 34-45 months, and who had no stenosis of 30% or more in the internal carotid artery or MCA or a history of stroke other than an old lacunar infarction...
April 10, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388354/haemoglobin-oxygen-saturation-leucocyte-count-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-are-predictors-of-elevated-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity-in-nigerian-children-with-sickle-cell-anaemia
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Oyesola Oyewole Ojewunmi, Titilope Adenike Adeyemo, Akinniyi Adediran Osuntoki, Ngozi Awa Imaga, Ajoke Idayat Oyetunji
BACKGROUND: Transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) scan, which measures blood flow velocity through the time-averaged mean of maximum velocities (TAMMVs) in the internal carotid arteries and middle cerebral arteries, is a useful screening tool for predicting stroke risk in children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA). AIM: To investigate which clinical and laboratory indices predict abnormal TCD velocity in children with SCA. METHODS: Fifty-four SCA patients with normal TCD (TAMMV < 170 cm/s), classified as negative TCD (NTCD), and 93 patients with conditional and abnormal TCD velocities (TAMMV ≥ 170 cm/s) classified as positive TCD were recruited...
April 7, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387900/the-relationship-between-intracranial-pressure-and-neurocognitive-function-before-and-after-the-repair-of-a-skull-injury
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J He, L-L Chen, D-K Sun, H-T Wang, J-J Wang, X Zhai
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the relationship between intracranial pressure (ICP) changes after skull injury repair and neurocognitive function before and after the repair. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty patients undergoing skull injury repair participated in the study. A non-invasive detection analyzer was used to detect the ICP 2 days before operation, 10 days after the operation and one month after the operation in all patients. Additionally, the mean cerebral blood flow velocities (MV) in the internal carotid and the medial cerebral arteries were detected using a transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD)...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384835/validation-of-the-automated-electronic-microemboli-detection-system-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-endarterectomy
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Tesse Leunissen, Daniel van Vriesland, Hester den Ruijter, Frans Moll, Werner Mess, Gert Jan de Borst
Purpose To assess the diagnostic value of automatic embolus detection software (AEDS) in transcranial Doppler (TCD) monitoring for the detection of solid microemboli in patients at risk for perioperative stroke during carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Materials and Methods In 50 patients undergoing CEA, perioperative TCD registration was recorded. All recorded events, identified and saved by the AEDS, were analyzed off-line doubly by two human experts (HEs) within a time frame of > 4 months. The inter- and intraobserver variability was assessed...
April 6, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384297/right-to-left-shunt-detection-using-contrast-enhanced-transcranial-doppler-a-comparison-of-provocation-maneuvers-between-coughing-and-a-modified-valsalva-maneuver
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Si-Bo Wang, Xiao-Cong Wang, Yan Ma, Kang-Ding Liu, Ying-Qi Xing
Contrast-enhanced transcranial Doppler (c-TCD) has been used to detect right-to-left shunts (RLS) because it is highly sensitive and cost-effective. The use of provocation maneuvers, such as physiologic maneuvers (e.g., coughing) and the Valsalva maneuver (VM) to transiently increase right atrial pressure and induce RLS increases the sensitivity of RLS detection. In this study, we sought to determine whether coughing is as effective as the VM in aiding the detection of RLS. We evaluated 162 subjects for RLS, using c-TCD under three different conditions: (i) resting state, (ii) coughing, and (iii) modified VM (m-VM), which involved blowing into a tube connected to a sphygmomanometer at 40 mmHg for 10 s...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356297/nitric-oxide-sensitive-guanylyl-cyclase-signaling-affects-co2-dependent-but-not-pressure-dependent-regulation-of-cerebral-blood-flow
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Shadi Jahshan, Lior Dayan, Giris Jacob
Cerebrovascular CO2 reactivity is affected by nitric oxide (NO). We tested the hypothesis that sildenafil selectively potentiates NO-cGMP signaling affects CO2 reactivity. Fourteen healthy males (34±2 years) were enrolled in the study. BP, ECG, velocity of cerebral blood flow (CBF, measured by TCD), end tidal CO2 (EtCO2) were assessed at baseline (CO2 ~ 39 mm Hg), during hyperventilation (CO2 ~ 24 mm Hg), hypercapnia (CO2 ~ 46 mm Hg), boluses of phenylephrine (25-200 µg) and during graded head-up tilting (HUT)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325947/spin-relaxation-dynamics-of-holes-in-intrinsic-gaas-quantum-wells-studied-by-transient-circular-dichromatic-absorption-spectroscopy-at-room-temperature
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Shaoyin Fang, Ruidan Zhu, Tianshu Lai
Spin relaxation dynamics of holes in intrinsic GaAs quantum wells is studied using time-resolved circular dichromatic absorption spectroscopy at room temperature. It is found that ultrafast dynamics is dominated by the cooperative contributions of band filling and many-body effects. The relative contribution of the two effects is opposite in strength for electrons and holes. As a result, transient circular dichromatic differential transmission (TCD-DT) with co- and cross-circularly polarized pump and probe presents different strength at several picosecond delay time...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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