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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737665/refractive-and-corneal-aberrometric-changes-after-crescentic-lamellar-wedge-resection-in-pellucid-marginal-degeneration
#1
Selim Genç, Hanefi Çakır, Emre Güler, Ümit Çallı
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of crescentic corneal lamellar wedge resection for the treatment of pellucid marginal degeneration (PMD) in improving refractive, visual, and corneal aberrometry. METHODS: The study included 10 eyes of 10 patients who had undergone corneal lamellar wedge resection for PMD. Pellucid marginal degeneration was diagnosed based on the clinical signs and corneal topography. The corneal aberrometry was evaluated with Sirius corneal topography...
July 21, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725593/buccal-mucosal-graft-urethroplasty-in-men-risk-factors-for-recurrence-and-complications-a-third-referral-centre-experience-in-anterior-urethroplasty-using-buccal-mucosal-graft
#2
Marco Spilotros, Neha Sihra, Sachin Malde, Mahreen H Pakzad, Rizwan Hamid, Jeremy L Ockrim, Tamsin J Greenwell
BACKGROUND: Urethral stricture disease is a challenging condition to treat and several approaches including direct visual internal urethrotomy (DVIU) and anastomotic or augmentation urethroplasties based on the use of flaps and graft have been reported. The aim of this study is to determine risk factors for stricture recurrence and complications in patients having buccal mucosal graft (BMG) urethroplasty for anterior urethral stricture under a single surgeon in a third referral centre in UK...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725031/polarization-entangled-photon-pair-sources-based-on-spontaneous-four-wave-mixing-assisted-by-polarization-mode-dispersion
#3
Pisek Kultavewuti, Eric Y Zhu, Xingxing Xing, Li Qian, Vincenzo Pusino, Marc Sorel, J Stewart Aitchison
Photonic-based qubits and integrated photonic circuits have enabled demonstrations of quantum information processing (QIP) that promises to transform the way in which we compute and communicate. To that end, sources of polarization-entangled photon pair states are an important enabling technology. However, such states are difficult to prepare in an integrated photonic circuit. Scalable semiconductor sources typically rely on nonlinear optical effects where polarization mode dispersion (PMD) degrades entanglement...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715852/treatment-of-premenstrual-dysphoria-with-continuous-versus-intermittent-dosing-of-oral-contraceptives-results-of-a-three-arm-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Tory A Eisenlohr-Moul, Susan S Girdler, Jacqueline L Johnson, Peter J Schmidt, David R Rubinow
BACKGROUND: Although traditionally dosed combined oral contraceptives (COCs) (21 days of active pills, 7 days of inactive pills) have not been demonstrated as superior to placebo for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoria (PMD), some randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicate that oral contraceptives administered with a shortened or eliminated hormone-free interval are superior to placebo. However, results of such trials are mixed, and no existing studies have directly compared continuous and intermittent dosing schedules of the same oral contraceptive...
July 17, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707989/breast-density-scales-the-metric-matters
#5
Mohamed Abdolell, Kaitlyn M Tsuruda, Peter Brown, Judy Caines, Sian Iles
OBJECTIVE: Measures of percent mammographic density (PMD) are often categorized using various density scales. The purpose of this study was to examine information loss associated with the use of categorical density scales. METHODS: Baseline PMD was assessed at 1% precision for 2,374 women. The data were used to create 21-category, 4-category and 2-category density scales. R-squared and root mean square error (RMSE) were used to evaluate the effect of categorizing PMD...
July 14, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697417/tumor-characteristics-and-family-history-in-relation-to-mammographic-density-and-breast-cancer-the-french-e3n-cohort
#6
Gertraud Maskarinec, Laureen Dartois, Suzette Delaloge, John Hopper, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Laura Baglietto
BACKGROUND: Mammographic density is a known heritable risk factor for breast cancer, but reports how tumor characteristics and family history may modify this association are inconsistent. METHODS: Dense and total breast areas were assessed using Cumulus™ from pre-diagnostic mammograms for 820 invasive breast cancer cases and 820 matched controls nested within the French E3N cohort study. To allow comparisons across models, percent mammographic density (PMD) was standardized to the distribution of the controls...
July 8, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677114/child-care-quality-moderates-the-association-between-maternal-depression-and-children-s-behavioural-outcome
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Justine Charrois, Sylvana M Côté, Christa Japel, Jean R Séguin, Stéphane Paquin, Richard E Tremblay, Catherine M Herba
BACKGROUND: Maternal depression is a risk factor for adverse outcomes in the child, including emotional and behavioural difficulties. There is evidence that child care attendance during the preschool years may moderate associations between familial risk factors and child outcome. However, the possibility that high-quality child care provides protection for children exposed to maternal depression or that low-quality child care provides additional risk has not been investigated. We study whether child-care quality moderates the association between probable history of maternal depression (PMD) and child behavioural and emotional outcomes over the preschool period...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676660/drp3-and-elm1-are-required-for-mitochondrial-fission-in-the-liverwort-marchantia-polymorpha
#8
Nagisa Nagaoka, Akihiro Yamashita, Rina Kurisu, Yuta Watari, Fumiko Ishizuna, Nobuhissro Tsutsumi, Kimitsune Ishizaki, Takayuki Kohchi, Shin-Ichi Arimura
Mitochondria increase in number by the fission of existing mitochondria. Mitochondrial fission is needed to provide mitochondria to daughter cells during cell division. In Arabidopsis thaliana, four kinds of genes have been reported to be involved in mitochondrial fission. Two of them, DRP3 (dynamin-related protein3) and FIS1 (FISSION1), are well conserved in eukaryotes. The other two are plant-specific ELM1 (elongated mitochondria1) and PMD (peroxisomal and mitochondrial division). To better understand the commonality and diversity of mitochondrial fission factors in land plants, we examined mitochondrial fission-related genes in a liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha...
July 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668221/human-neuroimaging-reveals-the-subcomponents-of-grasping-reaching-and-pointing-actions
#9
Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi, Jason D Connolly, Simona Monaco, Teresa D Figley, A David Milner, Thomas Schenk, Jody C Culham
Although the neural underpinnings of visually guided grasping and reaching have been well delineated within lateral and medial fronto-parietal networks (respectively), the contributions of subcomponents of visuomotor actions have not been explored in detail. Using careful subtraction logic, here we investigated which aspects of grasping, reaching, and pointing movements drive activation across key areas within visuomotor networks implicated in hand actions. For grasping tasks, we find activation differences based on the precision required (fine > coarse grip: anterior intraparietal sulcus, aIPS), the requirement to lift the object (grip + lift > grip: aIPS; dorsal premotor cortex, PMd; and supplementary motor area, SMA), and the number of digits employed (3-/5- vs...
June 6, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647390/neural-synergies-for-controlling-reach-and-grasp-movement-in-macaques
#10
Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Guanglin Li, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
It has been suggested that the brain adopts a simplified strategy to coordinate a large number of degrees of freedom in motor control. Synergies have been proposed as a strategy to produce movements by recruitment of a small number of fixed modular patterns. However, there is no direct support for a synergistic organization of the brain itself. In this study, we recorded neural activities from the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of monkeys trained to reach and grasp differently shaped objects (grasping task) or the same object in different positions (reaching task)...
June 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630203/bactericidal-and-sterilizing-activity-of-a-novel-regimen-with-bedaquiline-pretomanid-moxifloxacin-and-pyrazinamide-in-a-murine-model-of-tuberculosis
#11
Si-Yang Li, Rokeya Tasneen, Sandeep Tyagi, Heena Soni, Paul J Converse, Khisimuzi Mdluli, Eric L Nuermberger
New regimens based on two or more novel agents are sought to shorten or simplify treatment of tuberculosis (TB), including drug-resistant forms. Prior studies showed that the novel combinations of bedaquiline (BDQ) + pretomanid (PMD) + pyrazinamide (PZA) and of PMD + moxifloxacin (MXF) + PZA shorten the treatment duration necessary to prevent relapse by 2-3 and 1-2 months, respectively, compared with the current first-line regimen in a murine TB model. These 3-drug combinations are now being studied in clinical trials...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611616/differential-functional-connectivity-alterations-of-two-subdivisions-within-the-right-dlpfc-in-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Julian Caspers, Christian Mathys, Felix Hoffstaedter, Martin Südmeyer, Edna C Cieslik, Christian Rubbert, Christian J Hartmann, Claudia R Eickhoff, Kathrin Reetz, Christian Grefkes, Jochen Michely, Bernd Turowski, Alfons Schnitzler, Simon B Eickhoff
Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) often show impairments in executive function (EF) like decision-making and action control. The right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) has been strongly implicated in EF in healthy subjects and has repeatedly been reported to show alterations related to EF impairment in PD. Recently, two key regions for cognitive action control have been identified within the right dlPFC by co-activation based parcellation. While the posterior region is engaged in rather basal EF like stimulus integration and working memory, the anterior region has a more abstract, supervisory function...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606495/personality-traits-in-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-and-psychogenic-movement-disorder-pmd-neuroticism-and-perfectionism
#13
Vindhya Ekanayake, Sarah Kranick, Kathrin LaFaver, Arshi Naz, Anne Frank Webb, W Curt LaFrance, Mark Hallett, Valerie Voon
OBJECTIVE: Psychogenic movement disorder (PMD) and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are two subtypes of conversion disorder (CD). In this case-control study, we asked whether these subtypes varied as a function of personality and history of childhood abuse. METHODS: Fifty-nine patients with PMD from the Human Motor Control Section Clinic at the National Institutes of Health, 43 patients with PNES from the Rhode Island Hospital Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Division, and 26 healthy volunteers (HC) received a battery of neurological, psychiatric and psychological assessments, including the NEO Personality Inventory Revised (NEO PI-R), the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ), and the Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ)...
June 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606388/the-role-of-dorsal-premotor-cortex-in-mental-rotation-a-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-study
#14
Giorgia Cona, Giulia Panozzo, Carlo Semenza
Although activation of dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) has been consistently observed in the neuroimaging studies of mental rotation, the functional meaning of PMd activation is still unclear and multiple alternative explanations have been suggested. The present study used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to investigate the role of PMd in mental rotation. Two tasks were used, involving mental rotation of hands and abstract objects, with either matching (same stimuli) or mirror stimuli. Compared to sham stimulation, TMS over right and left PMd regions significantly affected accuracy in the object task, specifically for the same stimuli...
August 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590584/free-water-and-free-water-corrected-fractional-anisotropy-in-primary-and-premotor-corticospinal-tracts-in-chronic-stroke
#15
Derek B Archer, Carolynn Patten, Stephen A Coombes
Measures from diffusion MRI have been used to characterize the corticospinal tract in chronic stroke. However, diffusivity can be influenced by partial volume effects from free-water, region of interest placement, and lesion masking. We collected diffusion MRI from a cohort of chronic stroke patients and controls and used a bitensor model to calculate free-water corrected fractional anisotropy (FAT ) and free water (FW) in the primary motor corticospinal tract (M1-CST) and the dorsal premotor corticospinal tract (PMd-CST)...
June 7, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574718/calibration-of-1-2-4-triazole-3-thione-an-original-zn-binding-group-of-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-validation-of-a-polarizable-mm-md-potential-by-quantum-chemistry
#16
Karolina Kwapien, Mirna Damergi, Serge Nader, Léa El Khoury, Zeina Hobaika, Richard G Maroun, Jean-Philip Piquemal, Laurent Gavara, Dorothée Berthomieu, Jean-François Hernandez, Nohad Gresh
In the context of the SIBFA polarizable molecular mechanics/dynamics (PMM/PMD) procedure, we report the calibration and a series of validation tests for the 1,2,4-triazole-3-thione (TZT) heterocycle. TZT acts as the chelating group of inhibitors of dizinc metallo-β-lactamases (MBL), an emerging class of Zn-dependent bacterial enzymes, which by cleaving the β-lactam bond of most β-lactam antibiotics are responsible for the acquired resistance of bacteria to these drugs. Such a study is indispensable prior to performing PMD simulations of complexes of TZT-based inhibitors with MBL's, on account of the anchoring role of TZT in the dizinc MBL recognition site...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566463/functional-connectivity-between-somatosensory-and-motor-brain-areas-predicts-individual-differences-in-motor-learning-by-observing
#17
Heather R McGregor, Paul L Gribble
Action observation can facilitate the acquisition of novel motor skills, however, there is considerable individual variability in the extent to which observation promotes motor learning. Here we tested the hypothesis that individual differences in brain function or structure can predict subsequent observation-related gains in motor learning. Subjects underwent an anatomical MRI scan and resting-state fMRI scans to assess pre-observation grey matter volume and pre-observation resting-state functional connectivity (FC), respectively...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558329/risk-stratification-of-women-with-false-positive-test-results-in-mammography-screening-based-on-mammographic-morphology-and-density-a-case-control-study
#18
Rikke Rass Winkel, My von Euler-Chelpin, Elsebeth Lynge, Pengfei Diao, Martin Lillholm, Michiel Kallenberg, Julie Lyng Forman, Michael Bachmann Nielsen, Wei Yao Uldall, Mads Nielsen, Ilse Vejborg
The long-term risk of breast cancer is increased in women with false-positive (FP) mammography screening results. We investigated whether mammographic morphology and/or density can be used to stratify these women according to their risk of future breast cancer METHODS: We undertook a case-control study nested in the population-based screening programme in Copenhagen, Denmark. We included 288 cases and 288 controls based on a cohort of 4743 women with at least one FP-test result in 1991-2005 who were followed up until 17 April 2008...
May 27, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552730/searching-for-behavior-relating-to-grey-matter-volume-in-a-priori-defined-right-dorsal-premotor-regions-lessons-learned
#19
Sarah Genon, Tobias Wensing, Andrew Reid, Felix Hoffstaedter, Svenja Caspers, Christian Grefkes, Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, Simon B Eickhoff
Recently, we showed that the functional heterogeneity of the right dorsal premotor (PMd) cortex could be better understood by dividing it into five subregions that showed different behavioral associations according to task-based activations studies. The present study investigated whether the revealed behavioral profile could be corroborated and complemented by a structural brain behavior correlation approach in two healthy adults cohorts. Grey matter volume within the five volumes of interest (VOI-GM) was computed using voxel-based morphometry...
May 25, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551318/anatomical-and-functional-correlates-of-cortical-motor-threshold-of-the-dominant-hand
#20
Charlotte Rosso, Vincent Perlbarg, Romain Valabregue, Mickaël Obadia, Claire Kemlin-Méchin, Eric Moulton, Sara Leder, Sabine Meunier, Jean-Charles Lamy
BACKGROUND: Resting Motor threshold (rMT) provides information about cortical motor excitability. Interestingly, the influences of the structural or functional variability of the motor system on the rMT inter-individual variability have been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate relationships between rMT and measures of brain structures and function of the motor system. The hypothesis is that cortical excitability not only depends on the primary motor cortex (M1) but also on the integration of information originating from its vicinity such as premotor (PMd and SMA) and post-central (S1) cortices...
May 17, 2017: Brain Stimulation
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