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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727713/local-brain-activity-differences-between-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia-patients-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Song Cao, Ying Li, Wenwen Deng, Bangyong Qin, Yi Zhang, Peng Xie, Jie Yuan, Buwei Yu, Tian Yu
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) can develop into postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), both of which are painful diseases. PHN patients suffer chronic pain and emotional disorders. Previous studies showed that the PHN brain displayed abnormal activity and structural change, but the difference in brain activity between HZ and PHN is still not known. OBJECTIVES: To identify regional brain activity changes in HZ and PHN brains with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technique, and to observe the differences between HZ and PHN patients...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725554/successful-surgical-management-of-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-norse-presenting-with-gelastic-seizures-in-a-3%C3%A2-year-old-girl
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Ahmad Marashly, Sean Lew, Jennifer Koop
Gelastic seizures (GS) are typically associated with hypothalamic hamartomas and present during childhood. However it is now known that GS can be found in focal epilepsies arising from other regions in the brain, including mesial and neocortical frontal, temporal and parietal regions. GS have rarely been described as the presenting manifestation of New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE). In this article we describe a previously healthy 3-year-old who presented with an explosive onset of GS that were refractory to multiple anti-seizure medications...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724588/automatic-measurement-of-prosody-in-behavioral-variant-ftd
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Naomi Nevler, Sharon Ash, Charles Jester, David J Irwin, Mark Liberman, Murray Grossman
OBJECTIVE: To help understand speech changes in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), we developed and implemented automatic methods of speech analysis for quantification of prosody, and evaluated clinical and anatomical correlations. METHODS: We analyzed semi-structured, digitized speech samples from 32 patients with bvFTD (21 male, mean age 63 ± 8.5, mean disease duration 4 ± 3.1 years) and 17 matched healthy controls (HC). We automatically extracted fundamental frequency (f0, the physical property of sound most closely correlating with perceived pitch) and computed pitch range on a logarithmic scale (semitone) that controls for individual and sex differences...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724204/gait-and-balance-impairment-after-acute-methanol-poisoning
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Kamila Peterová, Hana Brožová, Jiří Klempíř, Irena Lišková, Ondřej Bezdíček, Petr Ridzoň, Manuela Vaněčková, Sergej Zakharov, Daniela Pelclová, Michal Miovský, Evžen Růžička
Neurological sequelae including gait impairment were reported in survivors after methanol intoxication; however, no systematic study has been published so far. We aimed to analyse gait and balance impairment in a group of Czech methanol poisoning survivors. We examined 43 patients (age 46±13 years) 2-8 months after methanol poisoning and 43 healthy controls. Investigations contained a shortened version of Falls Efficacy Scale (FES), clinical tests of gait and balance including Timed Up and Go test (TUG) and gait analysis using GaitRite(®) system, neurological and neuropsychological examination, brain imaging, EMG and tests of alcohol consumption...
July 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720215/autoimmune-meningitis-and-encephalitis-in-adult-onset-still-disease-case-report
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Bożek Milena, Konopko Magdalena, Wierzba-Bobrowicz Teresa, Witkowski Grzegorz, Makowicz Grzegorz, Sienkiewicz-Jarosz Halina
INTRODUCTION: Adult-onset Still disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. Its symptoms usually include persistent fever, fugitive salmon-colored rash, arthritis, sore throat (not specific), but it may also lead to internal organs' involvement, which presents with enlargement of the liver and spleen, swollen lymph nodes, carditis or pleuritis - potentially life-threatening complications. In rare cases, AOSD can cause aseptic meningitis or/and encephalitis...
July 8, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720085/my-child-cannot-breathe-while-sleeping-a-report-of-three-cases-and-review
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Won Hee Seo, Minkyu Park, So-Hee Eun, Seonkyeong Rhie, Dae Jin Song, Kyu-Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Sudden breath-holding episodes during sleep in young children are potentially related to sudden infant death syndrome and other life-threatening events. Additionally, these episodes can negatively affect child's growth and development. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we present 3 cases of preschool children with similar paroxysmal nocturnal waking events associated with choking that had different etiologies (nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease, and parasomnia, respectively)...
July 18, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716165/frontal-assessment-battery-in-parkinson-s-disease-validity-and-morphological-correlates
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Ondrej Bezdicek, Filip Růžička, Adela Fendrych Mazancova, Jan Roth, Pavel Dušek, Karsten Mueller, Evžen Růžička, Robert Jech
OBJECTIVES: Executive dysfunction is a common feature in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, there is a lack of brief validated instruments for executive dysfunction in PD. METHODS: The aim of the present study was to assess the relation of Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) scores to age and education, to verify the utility of FAB in the evaluation of executive dysfunction in PD and to differentiate between controls (n=41), PD patients with normal cognition (PD-NC; n=41; Hoehn and Yahr stages 2-3) and PD with mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI; n=32; Hoehn and Yahr stages 2-3)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713691/cognitive-correlates-of-neuroimaging-abnormalities-in-the-onset-of-schizophrenia-a-case-report
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Silvia Grassi, Giulia Orsenigo, Marta Serati, Elisabetta Caletti, Alfredo Carlo Altamura, Massimiliano Buoli
Increasing evidence shows that cognitive impairment and brain abnormalities can appear early in the first episodes of schizophrenia, but it is currently debated how brain changes can correlate with clinical presentation of schizophrenic patients. Of note, this report describes the case of a young schizophrenic male presenting parietal magnetic resonance/positron emission tomography abnormalities and cognitive impairment, documented by specific neuropsychological tests. In our knowledge only few studies have investigated if neuropsychological abnormalities could be concomitant with both structural and functional neuroimaging...
June 22, 2017: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712747/selectivity-and-kinetic-requirements-of-hdac-inhibitors-as-progranulin-enhancers-for-treating-frontotemporal-dementia
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Angela She, Iren Kurtser, Surya A Reis, Krista Hennig, Jenny Lai, Audrey Lang, Wen-Ning Zhao, Ralph Mazitschek, Bradford C Dickerson, Joachim Herz, Stephen J Haggarty
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) arises from neurodegeneration in the frontal, insular, and anterior temporal lobes. Autosomal dominant causes of FTD include heterozygous mutations in the GRN gene causing haploinsufficiency of progranulin (PGRN) protein. Recently, histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have been identified as enhancers of PGRN expression, although the mechanisms through which GRN is epigenetically regulated remain poorly understood. Using a chemogenomic toolkit, including optoepigenetic probes, we show that inhibition of class I HDACs is sufficient to upregulate PGRN in human neurons, and only inhibitors with apparent fast binding to their target HDAC complexes are capable of enhancing PGRN expression...
July 11, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711765/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-response-as-an-early-biomarker-of-cognitive-decline-in-elderly-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Nadia Shigaeff, Edson Amaro, Fabio G M Franco, Alessandro F Jacinto, Gabriela Chiochetta, Maysa S Cendoroglo, Vanessa A Citero
OBJECTIVES: We assessed whether potential changes in brain activation patterns of elderly individuals with metabolic syndrome (MetS) who were cognitively healthy (without mild cognitive impairment or dementia) were associated with cognitive decline in executive function in the short-term. METHOD: We analyzed 43 individuals (23 MetS, 20 controls) using a global geriatric evaluation, a neuropsychological battery, and task-related (attention) fMRI exam. Correlation analysis between the fMRI signal at baseline and cognitive impairment after 1year was based on the voxel-based Pearson coefficient, corrected for multiple comparisons...
July 8, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711736/two-dose-investigation-of-the-5-ht-agonist-psilocybin-on-relative-and-global-cerebral-blood-flow
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Candace R Lewis, Katrin H Preller, Rainer Kraehenmann, Lars Michels, Philipp Stämpfli, Franz X Vollenweider
Psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, is an agonist of various serotonin receptors. Seminal psilocybin positron emission tomography (PET) research suggested regional increases in glucose metabolism in frontal cortex (hyperfrontality). However, a recent arterial spin labeling (ASL) study suggests psilocybin may lead to hypo-perfusion in various brain regions. In this placebo-controlled, double-blind study we used pseudo-continuous ASL (pCASL) to measure perfusion changes, with and without adjustment for global brain perfusion, after two doses of oral psilocybin (low dose: 0...
July 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711698/classification-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-eeg-using-combined-recurrence-and-cross-recurrence-quantification-analysis
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Leena T Timothy, Bindu M Krishna, Usha Nair
The present study is aimed at the classification of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) EEG by combining complexity and synchronization features based on quantifiers from the common platform of recurrence based analysis. Recurrence rate (RR) of recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) is used for complexity analysis and RR of cross recurrence quantification analysis (CRQA) is used for synchronization analysis. The investigations are carried out on EEG from two states (i) resting eyes closed (EC) and (ii) short term memory task (STM)...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710667/parkinson-s-disease-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-severe-cortical-thinning-antedates-dementia
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Carmen Gasca-Salas, Daniel García-Lorenzo, David Garcia-Garcia, Pedro Clavero, José A Obeso, Stephane Lehericy, María C Rodríguez-Oroz
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a risk factor for dementia and thus, it is of interest to elucidate if specific patterns of atrophy in PD-MCI patients are associated with a higher risk of developing dementia. We aim to define pattern(s) of regional atrophy in PD-MCI patients who developed dementia during 31 months of follow-up using cortical thickness analysis Twenty-three PD-MCI patients and 18 controls underwent brain MRI and completed a neuropsychological examination at baseline, PD-MCI patients were followed after a 31 month follow-up in order to assess their progression to dementia...
July 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710425/naja-sputatrix-venom-preconditioning-attenuates-neuroinflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-surgical-brain-injury-via-pla2-5-lox-ltb4-cascade-activation
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Yuechun Wang, Prativa Sherchan, Lei Huang, Onat Akyol, Devin W McBride, John H Zhang
Inflammatory preconditioning is a mechanism in which exposure to small doses of inflammatory stimuli prepares the body against future massive insult by activating endogenous protective responses. Phospholipase A2/5-lipoxygenase/leukotriene-B4 (PLA2/5-LOX/LTB4) axis is an important inflammatory signaling pathway. Naja sputatrix (Malayan spitting cobra) venom contains 15% secretory PLA2 of its dry weight. We investigated if Naja sputatrix venom preconditioning (VPC) reduces surgical brain injury (SBI)-induced neuroinflammation via activating PLA2/5-LOX/LTB4 cascade using a partial frontal lobe resection SBI rat model...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709938/a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-brain-glucose-and-ketone-metabolism-in-cognitively-healthy-older-adults-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-early-alzheimer-s-disease
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E Croteau, C A Castellano, M Fortier, C Bocti, T Fulop, N Paquet, S C Cunnane
INTRODUCTION: Deteriorating brain glucose metabolism precedes the clinical onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and appears to contribute to its etiology. Ketone bodies, mainly β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate, are the primary alternative brain fuel to glucose. Some reports suggest that brain ketone metabolism is unchanged in AD but, to our knowledge, no such data are available for MCI. OBJECTIVE: To compare brain energy metabolism (glucose and acetoacetate) and some brain morphological characteristics in cognitively healthy older adult controls (CTL), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early AD...
July 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708729/t2-weighted-and-diffusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-differentiation-of-cerebral-fat-embolism-from-diffuse-axonal-injury
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Aaron M Rutman, Elliot J Rapp, Daniel S Hippe, Baoanh Vu, Mahmud Mossa-Basha
OBJECTIVE: This study differentiates cerebral fat embolism (CFE) and diffuse axonal injury (DAI) on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) and T2*-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. METHODS: Consecutive CFE and DAI cases were retrospectively selected. Hemorrhages were characterized by number, size/shape, and distribution, whereas DWI lesions by pattern. The number of hemorrhages was compared using the Mann-Whitney test with adjustment for multiple comparisons, whereas DWI abnormality was compared using Fisher exact test...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707953/neural-correlates-of-visual-memory-in-patients-with-diffuse-axonal-injury
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Juliane Lauer, Laura Moreno-López, Anne Manktelow, Ellen L Carroll, Joanne G Outtrim, Jonathan P Coles, Virginia F Newcombe, Barbara J Sahakian, David K Menon, Emmanuel A Stamatakis
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To investigate the neural substrates of visual memory in a sample of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). We hypothesized that patients with decreased grey and white matter volume in frontal and parietal cortices as well as medial temporal and occipital lobes would perform poorly on the tests of visual memory analysed. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: 39 patients and 53 controls were assessed on tests of visual memory and learning from the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)...
July 14, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707717/an-autopsied-case-of-corticobasal-degeneration-presenting-with-frontotemporal-dementia-followed-by-myoclonus
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Yasushi Iwasaki, Keiko Mori, Masumi Ito, Maya Mimuro, Mari Yoshida
A Japanese woman developed frontotemporal dementia (FTD)-like symptoms of abnormal behavior, such as stereotyped behavior and disinhibition. The patient developed these symptoms at the age of 59 years, although aphasia symptoms were not apparent at early disease stages. Progressive parkinsonism was dominant on the left side, and conspicuous myoclonus was recognized in the late disease stage. MRI indicated severe, right side-dominant frontotemporal lobe atrophy with white matter degeneration. Brainstem and cerebellar atrophy were also observed...
July 14, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706186/twins-methods-quantitatively-explore-the-genetic-impact-on-children-and-adolescents-brain-gray-matter-volume
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Xiao-Lu Chen, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Xiao Hou, Xiao Li, Xing-Shun Ma, Xiao-Mei Hu, Hua-Qing Meng, Qian He, Lian-Sheng Zhao, Ying-Cheng Wang, Yi-Xiao Fu, Tao Li
The gray matter volumes of 58 pairs of twins ranging in age from 12 to 18 were measured by MRI to explore the genetic and environmental impacts on gray matter volume in twin children and adolescents. By means of A/C/E structural equation modeling, it was found that the gray matter volume in children and adolescents was jointly affected by genetic (A: 0.89) and environmental factors while genetic factors play a greater role. The gray matter volume in frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe and lateral temporal lobe was mainly affected by genetics (A: 0...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705930/influence-of-attenuation-correction-by-brain-perfusion-spect-ct-simulated-abnormal-bone-structure-comparison-between-chang-and-ct-methods
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Takayuki Shibutani, Masahisa Onoguchi, Nanako Miyamoto, Yasushi Yamamoto, Seigo Kinuya
Introduction: Brain perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) has physical phenomena such as attenuation, scatter, and degradation of resolution that impair accuracy on data acquisition. Chang and computed tomography (CT) methods have spread application for attenuation correction (AC) and indicate the utility of AC using a brain phantom without a bone or with a normal bone structure. However, non-uniform AC of an abnormal bone structure such as postoperative bone defect following burr-hole surgery has not yet evaluated...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
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