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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516827/bold-activation-of-the-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-in-patients-with-late-life-depression-and-comparison-participants
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Akshya Vasudev, Michael J Firbank, Joseph S Gati, Emily Ionson, Alan J Thomas
The ventromedial prefrontal cortex's (vMPFC) role in regulating emotions in late life depression (LLD) remains unclarified. We assessed vMPFC activation in an emotional valence blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic neuroimaging (fMRI) task and related the findings to extent of white matter hyperintensities (WMH). Sixteen participants with mild to moderate LLD were compared to 14 similar aged comparison participants. Participants in the scanner viewed words matched for length and arousal, indicated the perceived valence by pressing one of the three buttons i...
May 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515266/total-small-vessel-disease-score-and-risk-of-recurrent-stroke-validation-in-2-large-cohorts
#2
Kui Kai Lau, Linxin Li, Ursula Schulz, Michela Simoni, Koon Ho Chan, Shu Leong Ho, Raymond Tak Fai Cheung, Wilhelm Küker, Henry Ka Fung Mak, Peter M Rothwell
OBJECTIVE: In patients with TIA and ischemic stroke, we validated the total small vessel disease (SVD) score by determining its prognostic value for recurrent stroke. METHODS: Two independent prospective studies were conducted, one comprising predominantly Caucasian patients with TIA/ischemic stroke (Oxford Vascular Study [OXVASC]) and one predominantly Chinese patients with ischemic stroke (University of Hong Kong [HKU]). Cerebral MRI was performed and assessed for lacunes, microbleeds, white matter hyperintensities (WMH), and perivascular spaces (PVS)...
May 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505228/associations-of-musculoskeletal-pain-with-mobility-in-older-adults-potential-cerebral-mechanisms
#3
Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Andrea Rosso, Zachary Marcum, Tamara Harris, Anne B Newman, Michael Nevitt, Suzanne Satterfield, Kristine Yaffe, Caterina Rosano
Background: Musculoskeletal pain is highly prevalent and limits mobility in older adults. A potential mechanism by which pain affects mobility could be through its negative impact on the brain. We examined whether structural integrity of cerebral gray and white matter (WM) mediated the relationship between pain and mobility in community-dwelling older adults. Methods: Musculoskeletal pain, gait speed, and neuroimaging data were obtained concurrently from the Health ABC study (mean age = 83/56% female, n = 212)...
May 13, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501949/relationship-between-intracranial-internal-carotid-artery-calcification-and-enlarged-cerebral-perivascular-space
#4
Xiao-Xiao Tao, Ge-Fei Li, Yi-Lan Wu, Yi-Sheng Liu, Ying Zhao, Yan-Hui Shi, Mei-Ting Zhuang, Tian-Yu Hou, Rong Zhao, Feng-Di Liu, Xue-Mei Wang, Ying Shen, Guo-Hong Cui, Jing-Jing Su, Wei Chen, Xue-Mei Tang, Ji Sun, Jian-Ren Liu
PURPOSE: The association between intracranial internal carotid artery (IICA) calcification and lacunes, white matter hyperintensity (WMH), and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) has been well researched. However, enlarged cerebral perivascular space (PVS) has not yet been reported to correlate with intracranial internal carotid artery calcification. Therefore, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between IICA calcification and enlarged PVS. METHODS: A total of 189 patients with ischemic stroke in the middle cerebral artery territory who presented within 7 days of ictus from 2012 to 2015 were enrolled respectively...
May 13, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497533/the-saudi-national-mental-health-survey-methodological-and-logistical-challenges-from-the-pilot-study
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Mona Shahab, Feda Al-Tuwaijri, Lisa Bilal, Sanaa Hyder, Abdulhameed Abdullah Al-Habeeb, Abdullah Al-Subaie, Zeina Mneimneh, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Nancy Sampson, Ronald C Kessler, Yasmin Altwaijri
Several challenges exist in carrying out nation-wide epidemiological surveys in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) due to the unique characteristics of its population. The objectives of this report are to review these challenges and the lessons learnt about best practices in meeting these challenges from the extensive piloting of the Saudi National Mental Health Survey (SNMHS), which is being carried out as part of the World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative. We focus on challenges involving sample design, instrumentation, and data collection procedures...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487471/using-dti-to-assess-white-matter-microstructure-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-svd-in-multi-centre-studies
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Iain David Croall, Valerie Lohner, Barry Moynihan, Usman Khan, Ahamad Hassan, John T O'Brien, Robin G Morris, Daniel J Tozer, Victoria C Cambridge, Kirsty Harkness, David Werring, Andrew M Blamire, Gary A Ford, Thomas R Barrick, Hugh S Markus
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics such as Fractional Anisotropy (FA) and Mean Diffusivity (MD) have been proposed as clinical trial markers of cerebral small vessel disease due to their associations with outcomes such as cognition. However, studies investigating this have been predominantly single-centre. As clinical trials are likely to be multi-site, further studies are required to determine whether associations with cognition of similar strength can be detected in a multi-centre setting. 109 patients (mean age=68) with symptomatic lacunar infarction and confluent white matter hyperintensities (WMH) on MRI was recruited across 6 sites as part of the PRESERVE DTI sub-study...
May 9, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487328/white-matter-imaging-correlates-of-early-cognitive-impairment-detected-by-the-montreal-cognitive-assessment-after-transient-ischemic-attack-and-minor-stroke
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Giovanna Zamboni, Ludovica Griffanti, Mark Jenkinson, Sara Mazzucco, Linxin Li, Wilhelm Küker, Sarah T Pendlebury, Peter M Rothwell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Among screening tools for cognitive impairment in large cohorts, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) seems to be more sensitive to early cognitive impairment than the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), particularly after transient ischemic attack or minor stroke. We reasoned that if MoCA-detected early cognitive impairment is pathologically significant, then it should be specifically associated with the presence of white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) and reduced fractional anisotropy (FA) on magnetic resonance imaging...
May 9, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481932/unmasking-adrenoleukodystrophy-in-a-cohort-of-cerebellar-ataxia
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Ying-Hao Chen, Yi-Chung Lee, Yu-Shuen Tsai, Yuh-Cherng Guo, Cheng-Tsung Hsiao, Pei-Chien Tsai, Jin-An Huang, Yi-Chu Liao, Bing-Wen Soong
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare and progressive neurogenetic disease that may manifest disparate symptoms. The present study aims at investigating the role of ataxic variant of ALD (AVALD) in patients with adult-onset cerebellar ataxia, as well as characterizing their clinical features that distinguish AVALD from other cerebellar ataxias. Mutations in the ATP binding cassette subfamily D member 1 gene (ABCD1) were ascertained in 516 unrelated patients with ataxia. The patients were categorized into three groups: molecularly unassigned hereditary ataxia (n = 118), sporadic ataxia with autonomic dysfunctions (n = 296), and sporadic ataxia without autonomic dysfunctions (n = 102)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481164/diffuse-microvascular-dysfunction-and-loss-of-white-matter-integrity-predict-poor-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Natalia S Rost, Pedro Cougo, Svetlana Lorenzano, Hua Li, Lisa Cloonan, Mark Jrj Bouts, Arne Lauer, Mark R Etherton, Hasan H Karadeli, Patricia L Musolino, William A Copen, Ken Arai, Eng H Lo, Steve K Feske, Karen L Furie, Ona Wu
We sought to investigate the relationship between blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and microstructural white matter integrity, and their potential impact on long-term functional outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). We studied 184 AIS subjects with perfusion-weighted MRI (PWI) performed <9 h from last known well time. White matter hyperintensity (WMH), acute infarct, and PWI-derived mean transit time lesion volumes were calculated. Mean BBB leakage rates (K2 coefficient) and mean diffusivity values were measured in contralesional normal-appearing white matter (NAWM)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476760/distribution-of-lacunes-in-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-and-hypertensive-small-vessel-disease
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Marco Pasi, Gregoire Boulouis, Panagiotis Fotiadis, Eitan Auriel, Andreas Charidimou, Kellen Haley, Alison Ayres, Kristin M Schwab, Joshua N Goldstein, Jonathan Rosand, Anand Viswanathan, Leonardo Pantoni, Steven M Greenberg, M Edip Gurol
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the burden of deep and lobar lacunes differs between patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) with definite/probable cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) per the Boston criteria and hypertensive small vessel disease (HTN-SVD; ICH in basal ganglia, thalami, brainstem). METHODS: We defined lobar and deep lacunes similar to the topographic distribution used for ICH and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs). We then compared their distribution between patients with CAA-ICH and those with strictly deep CMB and ICH (HTN-ICH)...
May 5, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473633/aortic-stiffness-increased-white-matter-free-water-and-altered-microstructural-integrity-a-continuum-of-injury
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Pauline Maillard, Gary F Mitchell, Jayandra J Himali, Alexa Beiser, Evan Fletcher, Connie W Tsao, Matthew P Pase, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri, Charles DeCarli
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous reports from the Framingham Heart Study have identified cross-sectional associations of arterial stiffness, as reflected by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CFPWV) and systolic blood pressure with vascular brain injury. The purpose of this study is to examine free water (FW), fractional anisotropy (FA), and white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in relation to arterial stiffness among subjects of the Framingham Offspring and Third-Generation cohorts. METHODS: In 2422 participants aged 51...
May 4, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464700/accuracy-of-smartphone-apps-for-heart-rate-measurement
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Thomas Coppetti, Andreas Brauchlin, Simon Müggler, Adrian Attinger-Toller, Christian Templin, Felix Schönrath, Jens Hellermann, Thomas F Lüscher, Patric Biaggi, Christophe A Wyss
Background Smartphone manufacturers offer mobile health monitoring technology to their customers, including apps using the built-in camera for heart rate assessment. This study aimed to test the diagnostic accuracy of such heart rate measuring apps in clinical practice. Methods The feasibility and accuracy of measuring heart rate was tested on four commercially available apps using both iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. 'Instant Heart Rate' (IHR) and 'Heart Fitness' (HF) work with contact photoplethysmography (contact of fingertip to built-in camera), while 'Whats My Heart Rate' (WMH) and 'Cardiio Version' (CAR) work with non-contact photoplethysmography...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446647/relationship-between-carotid-arterial-properties-and-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensities
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Tatjana Rundek, David Della-Morte, Hannah Gardener, Chuanhui Dong, Matthew S Markert, Jose Gutierrez, Eugene Roberts, Mitchell S V Elkind, Charles DeCarli, Ralph L Sacco, Clinton B Wright
OBJECTIVE: Since arterial stiffness is a functional measure of arterial compliance and may be an important marker of cerebrovascular disease, we examined the association of carotid artery stiffness with white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) in a cross-sectional study of 1,166 stroke-free participants. METHODS: Carotid beta stiffness index (STIFF) was assessed by M-mode ultrasound of the common carotid artery and calculated as the ratio of natural log of the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure over STRAIN, a ratio of the difference between carotid systolic and diastolic diameter (DD) divided by DD...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446207/memory-is-preserved-in-older-adults-taking-at1-receptor-blockers
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Jean K Ho, Daniel A Nation
BACKGROUND: Prior work suggests that some but not all antihypertensive treatments may benefit cognition and risk for Alzheimer's disease, independent of stroke. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have been highlighted as one antihypertensive drug class that may confer greatest benefit. METHODS: The participants comprised 1626 nondemented adults, aged 55-91 years, recruited from Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative sites. Three groups were compared: ARB users (HTN-ARBs), other antihypertensive drug users (HTN-Other), and normotensives...
April 26, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434675/cadasil-as-a-useful-medical-model-and-genetic-form-of-vascular-depression
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Joon Hyuk Park, Bong-Hee Jeon, Jung Seok Lee, Paul A Newhouse, Warren D Taylor, Brian D Boyd, Ki Woong Kim, Moon-Doo Kim
OBJECTIVE: The main magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) are white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), lacunar infarctions, and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of these three neuroimaging markers of CADASIL on depression to determine whether CADASIL is a useful medical model supporting the vascular depression hypothesis. METHODS: Eighty-four subjects with CADASIL, aged 34-86 years, participated in this study...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431180/collagenosis-of-the-deep-medullary-veins-an-underrecognized-pathologic-correlate-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-and-periventricular-infarction
#16
Julia Keith, Fu-Qiang Gao, Raza Noor, Alex Kiss, Gayathiri Balasubramaniam, Kelvin Au, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Mario Masellis, Sandra E Black
White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are prevalent. Although arteriolar disease has been implicated in their pathogenesis, venous pathology warrants consideration. We investigated relationships of WMH with histologic venous, arteriolar and white matter abnormalities and correlated findings with premortem neuroimaging. Three regions of periventricular white matter were sampled from archived autopsy brains of 24 pathologically confirmed Alzheimer disease (AD) and 18 age-matched nonAD patients. Using trichrome staining, venous collagenosis (VC) of periventricular veins (<150 µm in diameter) was scored for severity of wall thickening and occlusion; percent stenosis by collagenosis of large caliber (>200 µm) veins (laVS) was measured...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428977/19th-workshop-of-the-international-stroke-genetics-consortium-april-28-29-2016-boston-massachusetts-usa-2016-001-mri-defined-cerebrovascular-genomics-the-charge-consortium
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S Debette, Y Saba, D Vojinovic, X Jian, H Adams, G Chauhan, M Sargurupremraj, S Kaffashian, J Ding, J C Bis, P Nyquist, K Mather, C Van Duijn, L J Launer, M A Ikram, H Schmidt, W T Longstreth, M Fornage, S Seshadri
The CHARGE consortium is an investigator-initiated collaboration to facilitate meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genomic analyses based on next generation sequencing (NGS), among multiple large and well-phenotyped population-based cohort studies around the world (http://www.chargeconsortium.com). Within the neuro-CHARGE working group, we are presenting an update of ongoing genomic studies on MRI-markers of cerebrovascular disease. Large population-based studies have shown that the burden of cerebrovascular disease extends far beyond that of clinical stroke...
March 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426738/is-antiplatelet-treatment-effective-at-attenuating-the-progression-of-white-matter-hyperintensities
#18
Cindy W Yoon, Yoonjae Choi, Seun Jeon, Dae Hyung Lee, Byung-Nam Yoon, Hee-Kwon Park, Joung-Ho Rha
OBJECTIVE: We performed this study to assess the effect of an antiplatelet agent on the progression of white matter hyperintensities (WMH). METHODS: From August 2003 to May 2005, we consecutively enrolled patients who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for health check-up purposes and showed no significant findings other than WMH of any degree. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether or not they received antiplatelet therapy. All patients had a follow-up brain MRI after 5 years and WMH volume change was measured using imaging analysis software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424612/an-examination-of-brain-abnormalities-and-mobility-in-individuals-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Barbara L Fischer, Rhonda Bacher, Barbara B Bendlin, Alex C Birdsill, Martina Ly, Siobhan M Hoscheidt, Richard J Chappell, Jane E Mahoney, Carey E Gleason
Background: Mobility changes are concerning for elderly patients with cognitive decline. Given frail older individuals' vulnerability to injury, it is critical to identify contributors to limited mobility. Objective: To examine whether structural brain abnormalities, including reduced gray matter volume and white matter hyperintensities, would be associated with limited mobility among individuals with cognitive impairment, and to determine whether cognitive impairment would mediate this relationship. Methods: Thirty-four elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease underwent neuropsychological evaluation, mobility assessment, and structural brain neuroimaging...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422655/validation-of-a-regression-technique-for-segmentation-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mahsa Dadar, Tharick Pascoal, Sarinporn Manitsirikul, Karen Misquitta, Carmela Tartaglia, John Brietner, Pedro Rosa-Neto, Owen Carmichael, Charles DeCarli, D Louis Collins
Segmentation and volumetric quantification of white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) is essential in assessment and monitoring of the vascular burden in aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD), especially when considering their effect on cognition. Manually segmenting WMHs in large cohorts is technically unfeasible due to time and accuracy concerns. Automated tools that can detect WMHs robustly and with high accuracy are needed. Here we present and validate a fully automatic technique for segmentation and volumetric quantification of WMHs in aging and AD...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
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