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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617829/rhythmic-syllable-related-activity-in-a-songbird-motor-thalamic-nucleus-necessary-for-learned-vocalizations
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Husain H Danish, Dmitriy Aronov, Michale S Fee
Birdsong is a complex behavior that exhibits hierarchical organization. While the representation of singing behavior and its hierarchical organization has been studied in some detail in avian cortical premotor circuits, our understanding of the role of the thalamus in adult birdsong is incomplete. Using a combination of behavioral and electrophysiological studies, we seek to expand on earlier work showing that the thalamic nucleus Uvaeformis (Uva) is necessary for the production of stereotyped, adult song in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578082/an-updated-comparison-of-high-and-low-viscosity-cement-vertebroplasty-in-the-treatment-of-osteoporotic-thoracolumbar-vertebral-compression-fractures-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#2
Zhao-Fei Zhang, Jun-Long Yang, Huan-Chang Jiang, Zhen Lai, Feng Wu, Yong-Quan Pan, Zhi-Xiang Liu
OBJECTIVE: This study mainly aimed to evaluate complications of cement leakage for osteoporotic thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures by PVP using HVC, and access the clinical efficacy. METHODS: Between May 2013 and June 2015, 66 patients with osteoporotic thoracolumbar vertebral compression fractures, who underwent PVP (36 HVC and 30 LVC) in our hospital, were enrolled. Cement leakage, Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), refracture of the cemented vertebrae, and adjacent vertebral fractures were evaluated...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555201/reconstruction-of-horizontovertical-alveolar-defects-presentation-of-a-novel-split-thickness-flap-design-%C3%A2-for-guided-bone-regeneration-%C3%A2-a-case-report-with-5-year-follow-up
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Peter Windisch, Anna Martin, Arvin Shahbazi, Balint Molnar
OBJECTIVE: To introduce a novel split-thickness flap design without periosteal and vertical releasing incisions for horizontovertical ridge augmentation. METHOD AND MATERIALS: Three patients with generalized chronic periodontitis presented posterior partial edentulism with class C alveolar defects according to the horizontal, vertical, and combination (HVC) classification. In all three cases, implant placement and simultaneous horizontovertical ridge augmentation utilizing a novel split-thickness flap design was performed...
2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534541/-effectiveness-of-second-generation-direct-acting-antivirals-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
#4
R Juanbeltz Zurbano, J M Zozaya Urmeneta, J Repáraz Padrós, J Castilla Catalán, M T Sarobe Carricas, J I Úriz-Otano, M Gracia Ruiz de Alda, R San Miguel Elcano
BACKGROUND: Second-generation direct-acting antivirals (DAA) have shown high sustained virologic response (SVR) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in clinical trials. The objective of this study is to estimate DAA effectiveness in treatment of this disease. METHODS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) monoinfected patients and HCV-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfected pa-tients who started interferon-free DAA based regimens during 2015 were included. The primary effectiveness outcome was SVR, defined as an undetectable viral load 12 weeks after the end of treatment...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514229/an-open-source-wireless-capable-miniature-microscope-system
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William A Liberti, L Nathan Perkins, Daniel P Leman, Timothy J Gardner
OBJECTIVE: Fluorescence imaging through head-mounted microscopes in freely behaving animals is becoming a standard method to study neural circuit function. Flexible, open-source designs are needed to spur evolution of the method. APPROACH: We describe a miniature microscope for single-photon fluorescence imaging in freely behaving animals. The device is made from 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components. These microscopes weigh less than 1.8 g, can be configured to image a variety of fluorophores, and can be used wirelessly or in conjunction with active commutators...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511945/low-rates-of-aseptic-tibial-loosening-in-obese-patients-with-use-of-high-viscosity-cement-and-standard-tibial-tray-2-year-minimum-follow-up
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David A Crawford, Keith R Berend, Denis Nam, Robert L Barrack, Joanne B Adams, Adolph V Lombardi
BACKGROUND: Total knee arthroplasty is overall a very successful surgery, but complications do occur. These complications include aseptic loosening of the tibial component, and obese patients are among the highest risk group. High-viscosity cement (HVC) has been implicated as a possible cause for aseptic loosening of the tibial component. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of aseptic loosening of the tibial component in obese patients with the use of HVC and standard tibial tray...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393548/hiv-and-hcv-infection-among-opiate-dependent-patients-and-methadone-doses-the-proteus-study
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Carlos Roncero, Daniel Fuster, Raul Felipe Palma-Álvarez, Laia Rodriguez-Cintas, Nieves Martinez-Luna, F Javier Álvarez
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are prevalent infections in opiate-dependent patients. Opiate replacement treatment (ORT) with methadone or buprenorphine is associated with several important outcomes among patients with opiate dependence. However, little is known about outcomes in patients with HIV and/or HCV infections that are in ORT. Also, it is not well established whether the presence of HCV or HIV infection could be associated with higher methadone doses. This paper reanalyzes the database of PROTEUS study, using two principal variables: methadone dose and presence of HIV and/or HCV infection...
April 9, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381490/a-distributed-neural-network-model-for-the-distinct-roles-of-medial-and-lateral-hvc-in-zebra-finch-song-production
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Daniel Galvis, Wei Wu, Richard L Hyson, Frank Johnson, Richard Bertram
Male zebra finches produce a song consisting of a canonical sequence of syllables, learned from a tutor and repeated throughout its adult life. Much of the neural circuitry responsible for this behavior is located in the cortical premotor region HVC (acronym is name). In a recent study from our lab, we found that partial bilateral ablation of the medial portion of HVC has effects on the song that are qualitatively different from those of bilateral ablation of the lateral portion. In this report we describe a neural network organization that can explain these data, and in so doing suggests key roles for other brain nuclei in the production of song...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369802/direct-acting-antivirals-for-hepatitis-c-virus-induce-a-rapid-clinical-and-biochemical-remission-of-porphyria-cutanea-tarda
#9
A Combalia, J To-Figueras, M Laguno, M Martinez-Rebollar, P Aguilera
Sporadic porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is strongly associated with HCV infection in our population (1,2,3,4.) . Therapeutic options for PCT include phlebotomies and low-dose 4-aminoquinolines, which show high rates of disease remission. However, some PCT patients may present frequent relapses attributable to resistance/intolerability/poor adherence to conventional treatments and/or persistence of risk factors. In 2014 we reported the first case of a patient with active PCT and HCV-HIV co-infection cured with direct antiviral agents (DAAs) (5) ...
March 29, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346140/em-connectomics-reveals-axonal-target-variation-in-a-sequence-generating-network
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Jörgen Kornfeld, Sam E Benezra, Rajeevan T Narayanan, Fabian Svara, Robert Egger, Marcel Oberlaender, Winfried Denk, Michael A Long
The sequential activation of neurons has been observed in various areas of the brain, but in no case is the underlying network structure well understood. Here we examined the circuit anatomy of zebra finch HVC, a cortical region that generates sequences underlying the temporal progression of the song. We combined serial block-face electron microscopy with light microscopy to determine the cell types targeted by HVC(RA) neurons, which control song timing. Close to their soma, axons almost exclusively targeted inhibitory interneurons, consistent with what had been found with electrical recordings from pairs of cells...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322509/teaching-medical-students-about-cost-effectiveness
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Mark Iscoe, Robert Lord, John Schulz, David Lee, Danelle Cayea, Amit Pahwa
BACKGROUND: Rising and burdensome health care costs have driven interest in the practice of high-value care (HVC) and have inspired calls for increased HVC training across all levels of medical education, including among undergraduate medical students. CONTEXT: Classroom-based HVC curricula targeted to medical students have not been previously described in the medical literature. INNOVATION: We developed and evaluated a workshop comprising a lecture, a small-group exercise and a group discussion to instruct medical students on interpreting cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA), applying CEA to patient care and discussing the cost of care with patients...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288467/tattoo-infections-personal-resistance-and-contagious-exposure-through-tattooing
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Jørgen Serup
Bacterial infection of tattoos remains a common complication. Pyogenic bacteria can cause infections shortly after the tattoo is made. Severity of infection varies from minor to major, ultimately with life-threatening septicemia. Viral infections may be introduced, i.e. HVB, HVC, and HIV. The risk of infection depends on the following triad: microbial pathogen and its aggressiveness, individual resistance of the tattooed, and inoculation and exposures by the tattoo needle and in the tattoo parlor. Some infectious risks can be controlled...
2017: Current Problems in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245938/hcv-core-antigen-assay-as-an-alternative-to-hcv-rna-quantification-a-correlation-study-for-the-assessment-of-hcv-viremia
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Roberto Alonso, Felipe Pérez-García, Paula López-Roa, Luis Alcalá, Pilar Rodeño, Emilio Bouza
INTRODUCTION: Detection of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA and the HCV core antigen assay (HCV-Ag) are reliable techniques for the diagnosis of active and chronic HCV infection. Our aim was to evaluate the HCV-Ag assay as an alternative to quantification of HVC RNA. METHODS: A comparison was made of the sensitivity and specificity of an HCV-Ag assay (204 serum samples) with those of a PCR assay, and the correlation between the two techniques was determined. RESULTS: The sensitivity and specificity of HCV-Ag was 76...
February 25, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214021/arfi-elastography-changes-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-in-transplanted-livers-with-relapse-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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M Alfageme Zubillaga, T Fontanilla Echeveste, I Pérez González, A Royuela Vicente, A M Duca, R M Ruiz Peralbo, C González Hernando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in the values obtained in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography of the liver after antiviral treatment in patients with liver transplants and hepatitis C virus (HVC) infection recurring after transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 15 patients infected with HVC who had received liver transplants where an HVC infection recurring in the graft within one year after the transplant was treated with direct-acting antivirals...
March 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188629/orthogonal-topography-in-the-parallel-input-architecture-of-songbird-hvc
#15
Kevin C Elliott, Wei Wu, Richard Bertram, Richard L Hyson, Frank Johnson
Neural activity within the cortical premotor nucleus HVC (acronym is name) encodes the learned songs of adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). HVC activity is driven and/or modulated by a group of five afferent nuclei (the Medial Magnocellular nucleus of the Anterior Nidopallium, MMAN; Nucleus Interface, NIf; nucleus Avalanche, Av; the Robust nucleus of the Arcopallium, RA; the Uvaeform nucleus, Uva). While earlier evidence suggested that HVC receives a uniformly distributed and nontopographic pattern of afferent input, recent evidence suggests this view is incorrect (Basista et al...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170164/perineuronal-nets-and-vocal-plasticity-in-songbirds-a-proposed-mechanism-to-explain-the-difference-between-closed-ended-and-open-ended-learning
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Gilles Cornez, Farrah N Madison, Annemie Van der Linden, Charlotte Cornil, Kathleen M Yoder, Gregory F Ball, Jacques Balthazart
Perineuronal nets (PNN) are aggregations of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans surrounding the soma and proximal processes of neurons, mostly GABAergic interneurons expressing parvalbumin. They limit the plasticity of their afferent synaptic connections. In zebra finches PNN develop in an experience-dependent manner in the song control nuclei HVC and RA (nucleus robustus arcopallialis) when young birds crystallize their song. Because songbird species that are open-ended learners tend to recapitulate each year the different phases of song learning until their song crystallizes at the beginning of the breeding season, we tested whether seasonal changes in PNN expression would be found in the song control nuclei of a seasonally breeding species such as the European starling...
September 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159910/temperature-manipulation-in-songbird-brain-implicates-the-premotor-nucleus-hvc-in-birdsong-syntax
#17
Yisi S Zhang, Jason D Wittenbach, Dezhe Z Jin, Alexay A Kozhevnikov
Variable motor sequences of animals are often structured and can be described by probabilistic transition rules between action elements. Examples include the songs of many songbird species such as the Bengalese finch, which consist of stereotypical syllables sequenced according to probabilistic rules (song syntax). The neural mechanisms behind such rules are poorly understood. Here we investigate where the song syntax is encoded in the brain of the Bengalese finch by rapidly and reversibly manipulating the temperature in the song production pathway...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141859/studies-of-hvc-plasticity-in-adult-canaries-reveal-social-effects-and-sex-differences-as-well-as-limitations-of-multiple-markers-available-to-assess-adult-neurogenesis
#18
Olesya T Shevchouk, Gregory F Ball, Charlotte A Cornil, Jacques Balthazart
In songbirds, neurogenesis in the song control nucleus HVC is sensitive to the hormonal and social environment but the dynamics of this process is difficult to assess with a single exogenous marker of new neurons. We simultaneously used three independent markers to investigate HVC neurogenesis in male and female canaries. Males were castrated, implanted with testosterone and housed either alone (M), with a female (M-F) or with another male (M-M) while females were implanted with 17β-estradiol and housed with a male (F-M)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135770/testosterone-induced-neuroendocrine-changes-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-precede-song-activation-and-plasticity-in-song-control-nuclei-of-female-canaries
#19
Olesya T Shevchouk, Samar Ghorbanpoor, Gregory F Ball, Charlotte A Cornil, Jacques Balthazart
Testosterone plays a key role in the control of seasonal changes in singing behavior and its underlying neural circuitry. After administration of exogenous testosterone, song quality and song control nuclei volumes change over the course of weeks, but song rate increases within days. The medial preoptic nucleus (POM) controls sexual motivation and testosterone action in POM increases sexually motivated singing. In this study, we investigated the time course of testosterone action in the song control nuclei and POM, at the gross anatomical and cellular level...
April 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130386/ethics-and-high-value-care
#20
Matthew DeCamp, Jon C Tilburt
High-value care (HVC) is en vogue, but the ethics of physicians' roles in the growing number of HVC recommendations demands further attention. In this brief report, we argue that, from the standpoint of individual physicians' primary commitments and duties to individual patients, not all HVC is ethically equal. Our analysis suggests that the ethical case for HVC may be both stronger and weaker than is ordinarily supposed. In some cases, HVC is not merely a 'good thing to do' but is actually ethically obligatory...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
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