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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219983/neural-representation-and-causal-models-in-motor-cortex
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Kris S Chaisanguanthum, Helen H Shen, Philip N Sabes
Dorsal premotor (PMd) and primary motor (M1) cortex play a central role in mapping sensation to movement. Many studies of these areas have focused on correlation-based tuning curves relating neural activity to task or movement parameters, but the link between tuning and movement generation is unclear. We recorded motor preparatory activity from populations of neurons in PMd/M1 as macaque monkeys performed a visually guided reaching task and show that tuning curves for sensory inputs (reach target direction) and motor outputs (initial movement direction) are not typically aligned...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213119/the-heterogeneity-of-the-left-dorsal-premotor-cortex-evidenced-by-multimodal-connectivity-based-parcellation-and-functional-characterization
#2
Sarah Genon, Andrew Reid, Hai Li, Lingzhong Fan, Veronika I Müller, Edna C Cieslik, Felix Hoffstaedter, Robert Langner, Christian Grefkes, Angela R Laird, Peter T Fox, Tianzi Jiang, Katrin Amunts, Simon B Eickhoff
Despite the common conception of the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) as a single brain region, its diverse connectivity profiles and behavioral heterogeneity argue for a differentiated organization of the PMd. A previous study revealed that the right PMd is characterized by a rostro-caudal and a ventro-dorsal distinction dividing it into five subregions: rostral, central, caudal, ventral and dorsal. The present study assessed whether a similar organization is present in the left hemisphere, by capitalizing on a multimodal data-driven approach combining connectivity-based parcellation (CBP) based on meta-analytic modeling, resting-state functional connectivity, and probabilistic diffusion tractography...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196544/diagnostic-error-in-the-emergency-department-follow-up-of-patients-with-minor-trauma-in-the-outpatient-clinic
#3
Pieter-Jan Moonen, Luc Mercelina, Willem Boer, Tom Fret
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Department (ED) is prone to diagnostic error. Most frequent diagnostic errors involved "minor" trauma. Our goal was to determine how frequently a missed diagnosis was detected during follow up and to determine the frequency and causes of primary missed diagnosis and diagnostic error. METHODS: A retrospective single centre study review, during 6 months including all patients presenting to the outpatient clinic after ED admission with a minor trauma...
February 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196288/clinical-adequacy-assessment-of-auto-contours-for-prostate-imrt-with-meaningful-endpoints
#4
Hamidreza Nourzadeh, William T Watkins, Mahmoud Ahmad, Cheukkai Hui, David Schlesinger, Jeffrey V Siebers
PURPOSE: To determine if radiation treatment plans created based on auto-segmented (AS) regions-of-interest (ROI)s are clinically equivalent to plans created based on manually segmented ROIs, where equivalence is evaluated using probabilistic dosimetric metrics and probabilistic biological endpoints for prostate IMRT. METHOD AND MATERIALS: Manually drawn contours and auto-segmented ROIs were created for 167 CT image sets acquired from 19 prostate patients. Auto-segmentation was performed utilizing Pinnacle's Smart Probabilistic Image Contouring Engine...
February 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188954/comparative-glandular-trichome-transcriptome-based-gene-characterization-reveals-reasons-for-differential-menthol-biosynthesis-in-mentha-species
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Md Qussen Akhtar, Nida Qamar, Pallavi Yadav, Pallavi Kulkarni, Ajay Kumar, Ajit Kumar Shasany
The genes involved in menthol biosynthesis are reported earlier in Mentha × piperita. But the information on these genes is not available in Mentha arvensis. To bridge the gap in knowledge on differential biosynthesis of monoterpenes leading to compositional variation in the essential oil of these species, a comparative transcriptome analysis of the glandular trichome was carried out. In addition to the MVA and MEP pathway genes, about 210 and 196 different terpene synthases (TPS) transcripts were identified from annotation in M...
February 11, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133555/familial-case-of-pelizaeus-merzbacher-disorder-detected-by-oligoarray-comparative-genomic-hybridization-genotype-to-phenotype-diagnosis
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Kimia Najafi, Roxana Kariminejad, Kaveh Hosseini, Azadeh Moshtagh, Gole Maryam Abbassi, Neda Sadatian, Masood Bazrgar, Ariana Kariminejad, Mohamad Hassan Kariminejad
Introduction. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is an X-linked recessive hypomyelinating leukodystrophy characterized by nystagmus, spastic quadriplegia, ataxia, and developmental delay. It is caused by mutation in the PLP1 gene. Case Description. We report a 9-year-old boy referred for oligoarray comparative genomic hybridization (OA-CGH) because of intellectual delay, seizures, microcephaly, nystagmus, and spastic paraplegia. Similar clinical findings were reported in his older brother and maternal uncle...
2017: Case Reports in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120226/identification-and-future-description-of-warming-signatures-over-pakistan-with-special-emphasis-on-evolution-of-co2-levels-and-temperature-during-the-first-decade-of-the-twenty-first-century
#7
Khadija Haider, Muhammad Fahim Khokhar, Farrukh Chishtie, Waseem RazzaqKhan, Khalid Rehman Hakeem
Like other developing countries, Pakistan is also facing changes in temperature per decade and other climatic abnormalities like droughts and torrential rains. In order to assess and identify the extent of temperature change over Pakistan, the whole Pakistan was divided into five climatic zones ranging from very cold to hot and dry climates. Similarly, seasons in Pakistan are defined on the basis of monsoon variability as winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon, and post-monsoon. This study primarily focuses on the comparison of surface temperature observations from Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) network with PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies) model simulations...
January 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101371/a-novel-plp1-mutation-f240l-identified-in-a-patient-with-connatal-type-pelizaeus-merzbacher-disease
#8
Yongping Lu, Keiko Shimojima, Tomoko Sakuma, Sachiko Nakaoka, Toshiyuki Yamamoto
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is an X-linked recessive hypomyelination disorder caused by mutations in the proteolipid protein 1 gene (PLP1) located on chromosome Xq22. A male patient showed severe developmental delay, pendular nystagmus and laryngeal wheezing. The auditory brain stem response showed only the first wave and brain magnetic resonance imaging showed white matter hypomyelination, suggesting typical PMD. A novel PLP1 mutation, F240L, which was inherited from his mother, was identified.
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100654/dissociation-between-sustained-single-neuron-spiking-%C3%AE-rhythmicity-and-transient-%C3%AE-lfp-oscillations-in-primate-motor-cortex
#9
Michael Everett Rule, Carlos E Vargas-Irwin, John P Donoghue, Wilson Truccolo
Determining the relationship between single-neuron spiking and transient (~20 Hz) beta local field potential (β-LFP) oscillations is an important step for understanding the role of these oscillations in motor cortex. We show that while motor cortex firing rates and beta spiking rhythmicity remain sustained during steady-state movement preparation periods, β-LFP oscillations emerge, in contrast, as short transient events. Single-neuron mean firing rates within and outside transient β-LFP events showed no differences, and no consistent correlation was found between the beta oscillations' amplitude and firing rates, as was the case for movement and visual-cue related β-LFP suppression...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079849/role-of-serial-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-scans-in-assessing-treatment-response-and-predicting-relapses-in-patients-with-symptomatic-sarcoidosis
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Venkata Nagarjuna Maturu, Sampanna Jung Rayamajhi, Ritesh Agarwal, Ashutosh Nath Aggarwal, Dheeraj Gupta, Bhagwant Rai Mittal
: ackground: Monitoring disease activity in sarcoidosis remains a clinical challenge as there is no gold standard. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is a novel tool to assess the metabolic activity. There is limited data on the role of serial PET scans in monitoring the disease activity. METHODS: This is a prospective study of 27 sarcoidosis patients treated with systemic corticosteroids. Patients underwent two serial PET/CT scans: one before initiating therapy and the follow up scan at end of therapy...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077725/encoding-of-both-reaching-and-grasping-kinematics-in-dorsal-and-ventral-premotor-cortices
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Kazutaka Takahashi, Matthew D Best, Noah Huh, Kevin A Brown, Adil A Tobaa, Nicholas G Hatsopoulos
: Classically, it has been hypothesized that reach-to-grasp movements arise from two discrete parieto-frontal cortical networks. As part of these networks, the dorsal premotor cortex has been implicated in the control of reaching movements of the arm, while the ventral premotor cortex has been associated with the control of grasping movements of the hand. Recent studies have shown that such a strict delineation of function along anatomical boundaries is unlikely partly because reaching to different locations can alter distal hand kinematics and grasping different objects can affect kinematics of the proximal arm; Here, we used chronically implanted multi-electrode arrays to record unit spiking activity in both PMd and PMv simultaneously while rhesus macaques engaged in a reach-to-grasp task...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067697/national-administrative-databases-in-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-a-cautionary-tale
#12
Aaron J Buckland, Gregory Poorman, Robert Freitag, Cyrus Jalai, Eric O Klineberg, Michael Kelly, Peter G Passias
STUDY DESIGN: Comparison between national administrative databases and a prospective multicenter physician managed database. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the applicability of National Administrative Databases (NADs) in Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD). Our hypothesis is that NADs do not include comparable patients as in a physician-managed database (PMD) for surgical outcomes in adult spinal deformity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: NADs such as National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) provide large numbers of publications owing to ease of data access and lack of IRB approval requirement...
January 6, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060006/resolving-epibole-with-polymeric-membrane-dressings-in-home-care
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Kimberly S Bare, Jerri Drain
BACKGROUND: The management of chronic (nonhealing) wounds with epibole is challenging and costly, especially when the problem is not promptly identified or the patient is intolerant to conventional treatments. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe the use of a polymeric membrane dressing (PMD) in 3 patients with chronic (nonhealing) wounds and epibole who were unable to be treated with traditional interventions such as silver nitrate or sharp debridement. Patient 1 was a 51 year-old male with a right foot stasis ulcer with 60% fibrin/slough to the wound bed, patient 2 was a 58-year-old female with a stage 4 pressure injury of the left hip with undermining, and patient 3 was a 62-year-old female with a dehisced abdominal surgical wound...
January 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059352/single-channel-5-12-tbit-s-1-28-tbaud-dqpsk-transmission-over-300-km-using-non-coherent-nyquist-pulses
#14
Daiki Suzuki, Koudai Harako, Toshihiko Hirooka, Masataka Nakazawa
We present a single-channel 5.12 Tbit/s polarization-multiplexed DQPSK transmission over 300 km at 1.28 Tbaud using a non-coherent Nyquist pulse. An ultrafast OTDM demultiplexer for 1.28 Tbaud Nyquist pulses was newly developed with a mode-locked fiber laser operating in the L band as a control pulse source. Thanks to the high PMD tolerance of Nyquist pulses, a 300 km transmission was successfully demonstrated for the first time at such a high symbol rate.
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047403/su-f-j-224-impact-of-4d-pet-ct-on-percist-classification-of-lung-and-liver-metastases-in-nslc-and-colorectal-cancer
#15
J Meier, B Lopez, O Mawlawi
PURPOSE: To quantify the impact of 4D PET/CT on PERCIST metrics in lung and liver tumors in NSCLC and colorectal cancer patients. METHODS: 32 patients presenting lung or liver tumors of 1-3 cm size affected by respiratory motion were scanned on a GE Discovery 690 PET/CT. The bed position with lesion(s) affected by motion was acquired in a 12 minute PET LIST mode and unlisted into 8 bins with respiratory gating. Three different CT maps were used for attenuation correction: a clinical helical CT (CT_clin), an average CT (CT_ave), and an 8-phase 4D CINE CT (CT_cine)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046598/su-f-t-334-has-imrt-changed-the-impact-of-mlc-leaf-width-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-tps-studies
#16
M Luzzara, L Santoro, K Brown
PURPOSE: We have performed a systematic review and meta-analysis in order to compare MLC leaf width used for different treatment techniques such as conformal and IMRT. METHODS: Medline and Google scholar databases have been searched using the "MLC leaf width" keywords with a cut-off date of 31st December 2015, considering only peer-reviewed papers. We have defined as intervention the MLC leaf width of 5 and 2.5 mm. We used the Conformity Index (CI) as the outcome subjected to the analysis...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042027/distant-heterotopic-callosal-connections-to-premotor-cortex-in-non-human-primates
#17
F Lanz, V Moret, R Ambett, C Cappe, E M Rouiller, G Loquet
Cortico-cortical connectivity has become a major focus of neuroscience in the last decade but most of the connectivity studies focused on intrahemispheric circuits. Little has been reported about information acquired and processed in the premotor cortex and its functional connection with its homotopic counterpart in the opposite hemisphere via the corpus callosum. In non-human primates (macaques) lateralization is not well documented and its exact role is still unknown. The present study confirms in two macaques the existence of homotopic contralateral projections and completes the picture by further exploring heterotopic (non-motor) callosal projections...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028140/comparative-evaluation-of-a-silicone-membrane-as-an-alternative-to-skin-for-testing-mosquito-repellents
#18
Natasha M Agramonte, Salvador A Gezan, Ulrich R Bernier
Repellents prevent mosquito bites and help reduce mosquito-borne disease, a global public health issue. Laboratory-based repellent bioassays predict the ability of compounds to deter mosquito feeding, but the variety of repellent bioassays and statistical analysis methods makes it difficult to compare results across methodologies. The most realistic data are collected when repellents are applied on the skin; however, this method exposes volunteers to chemicals and mosquito bites. Silicone membranes were investigated as an alternative to human skin in assays of repellent efficacy...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018572/placental-methylome-analysis-from-a-prospective-autism-study
#19
Diane I Schroeder, Rebecca J Schmidt, Florence K Crary-Dooley, Cheryl K Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Daniel J Tancredi, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Janine M LaSalle
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders that are behaviorally diagnosed in early childhood. Most ASD cases likely arise from a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors, an interface where the epigenetic marks of DNA methylation may be useful as risk biomarkers. The placenta is a potentially useful surrogate tissue characterized by a methylation pattern of partially methylated domains (PMDs) and highly methylated domains (HMDs) reflective of methylation patterns observed in the early embryo...
2016: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005150/early-trends-in-bronchoscopic-lung-volume-reduction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-efficacy-parameters
#20
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Abhishek Kumar, Rajany Dy, Kanwaljit Singh, M Jeffery Mador
INTRODUCTION: The goal of our systematic review and meta-analysis is to examine the therapeutic effectiveness of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR), and to compare it with medical management and lung volume reduction surgery. METHODS: Variables of interest were absolute change in FEV1, 6MWT, and SGRQ. Meta-analysis was performed for the BLVR modalities with ≥3 trials. Of the 18 shortlisted publications, only valves (four trials; n = 159) and coils (six trials; n = 194) qualified for meta-analysis...
December 22, 2016: Lung
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