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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923635/novel-application-of-a-radial-water-tread-maze-can-distinguish-cognitive-deficits-in-mice-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Marcella M Cline, Josh Yumul, Lisa Hysa, Dalia Murra, Gregory G Garwin, David G Cook, Warren Ladiges, Satoshi Minoshima, Donna J Cross
INTRODUCTION: The use of forced-swim, rat-validated cognition tests in mouse models of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) raises methodological concerns; such models are vulnerable to a number of confounding factors including impaired motor function and stress-induced non-compliance (failure to swim). This study evaluated the ability of a Radial Water Tread (RWT) maze, designed specifically for mice, that requires no swimming to distinguish mice with controlled cortical impact (CCI) induced TBI and Sham controls...
December 3, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917106/reward-sensitivity-enhances-ventrolateral-prefrontal-cortex-activation-during-free-choice
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Catherine Cho, David V Smith, Mauricio R Delgado
Expressing one's preference via choice can be rewarding, particularly when decisions are voluntarily made as opposed to being forced. An open question is whether engaging in choices involving rewards recruits distinct neural systems as a function of sensitivity to reward. Reward sensitivity is a trait partly influenced by the mesolimbic dopamine system, which can impact an individual's neural and behavioral response to reward cues. Here, we investigated how reward sensitivity contributes to neural activity associated with free and forced choices...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887994/tactile-stimulation-during-sleep-alters-slow-oscillation-and-spindle-densities-but-not-motor-skill
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Sofia Isabel Ribeiro Pereira, Felipe Beijamini, Frederik D Weber, Roberta Almeida Vincenzi, Felipe Augusto Cini da Silva, Fernando Mazzilli Louzada
Studies using targeted memory reactivation have shown that presentation of auditory or olfactory contextual cues during sleep can bias hippocampal reactivations towards the preferential replay of the cue-associated material, thereby resulting in enhanced consolidation of that information. If the same cortical ensembles are indeed used for encoding and storage of a given piece of information, forcing the sleeping brain to re-engage in task-intrinsic information processing should disturb the natural ongoing consolidation processes and therefore impair possible sleep benefits...
November 23, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857123/low-grade-epilepsy-associated-neuroepithelial-tumours-the-2016-who-classification
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Ingmar Blümcke, Eleonora Aronica, Albert Becker, David Capper, Roland Coras, Mrinalini Honavar, Thomas S Jacques, Katja Kobow, Hajime Miyata, Angelika Mühlebner, José Pimentel, Figen Söylemezoğlu, Maria Thom
Rapid developments in molecular genetic technology and research have swiftly advanced our understanding of neuro-oncology. As a consequence, the WHO invited their expert panels to revise the current classification system of brain tumours and to introduce, for the first time, a molecular genetic approach for selected tumour entities, thus setting a new gold standard in histopathology. The revised 5th edition of the 'blue book' was released in May 2016 and will have a major impact in stratifying diagnosis and treatment...
November 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851900/residual-perception-of-biological-motion-in-cortical-blindness
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Ruffieux Nicolas, Ramon Meike, Lao Junpeng, Colombo Françoise, Stacchi Lisa, Borruat François-Xavier, Accolla Ettore, Annoni Jean-Marie, Caldara Roberto
From birth, the human visual system shows a remarkable sensitivity for perceiving biological motion. This visual ability relies on a distributed network of brain regions and can be preserved even after damage of high-level ventral visual areas. However, it remains unknown whether this critical biological skill can withstand the loss of vision following bilateral striate damage. To address this question, we tested the categorization of human and animal biological motion in BC, a rare case of cortical blindness after anoxia-induced bilateral striate damage...
November 13, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849544/imagined-hand-clenching-force-and-speed-modulate-brain-activity-and-are-classified-by-nirs-combined-with-eeg
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Yunfa Fu, Xin Xiong, Changhao Jiang, Baolei Xu, Yongcheng Li, Hongyi Li
Simultaneous acquisition of brain activity signals from the sensorimotor area using NIRS combined with EEG, imagined hand clenching force and speed modulation of brain activity, as well as 6-class classification of these imagined motor parameters by NIRS-EEG were explored. Near infrared probes were aligned with C3 and C4, and EEG electrodes were placed midway between the NIRS probes. NIRS and EEG signals were acquired from 6 healthy subjects during 6 imagined hand clenching force and speed tasks involving the right hand...
November 10, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813297/the-phosphodiesterase-type-2-inhibitor-bay-60-7550-reverses-functional-impairments-induced-by-brain-ischemia-by-decreasing-hippocampal-neurodegeneration-and-enhancing-hippocampal-neuronal-plasticity
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Lígia Mendes Soares, Erika Meyer, Humberto Milani, Harry W M Steinbusch, Jos Prickaerts, Rúbia M Weffort de Oliveira
Cognitive and affective impairments are the most characterized consequences following cerebral ischemia. BAY 60-7550, a selective phosphodiesterase type 2 inhibitor (PDE2-I), presents memory-enhancing and anxiolytic-like properties. The behavioral effects of BAY 60-7550 have been associated with its ability to prevent hydrolysis of both cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) thereby interfering with neuronal plasticity. Here we hypothesize that PDE2-I treatment could promote functional recovery after brain ischemia...
November 4, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811295/spontaneous-alternation-behavior-in-larval-zebrafish
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Stefan Yu Bögli, Melody Ying-Yu Huang
Spontaneous alternation behavior (SAB) describes the tendency of animals to alternate their turn direction in consecutive turns. SAB, dissimilar from other mnestic tasks, does not require any prior training or reinforcement. Due to its close correlation to the development and function of hippocampus in mice, it is thought to reflect a type of memory. Adult zebrafish possess a hippocampus-like structure utilizing the same neurotransmitters as in human brains, and have thus been used to study memory. In the current study we established SAB in zebrafish larvae at 6 days post fertilization using a custom made forced-turn maze with a rate of 57%...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790105/flicker-regularity-is-crucial-for-entrainment-of-alpha-oscillations
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Annika Notbohm, Christoph S Herrmann
Previous studies have shown that alpha oscillations (8-13 Hz) in human electroencephalogram (EEG) modulate perception via phase-dependent inhibition. If entrained to an external driving force, inhibition maxima and minima of the oscillation appear more distinct in time and make potential phase-dependent perception predictable. There is an ongoing debate about whether visual stimulation is suitable to entrain alpha oscillations. On the one hand, it has been argued that a series of light flashes results in transient event-related responses (ERPs) superimposed on the ongoing EEG...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755068/clinical-practice-guidelines-for-sustained-neuromuscular-blockade-in-the-adult-critically-ill-patient
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Michael J Murray, Heidi DeBlock, Brian Erstad, Anthony Gray, Judi Jacobi, Che Jordan, William McGee, Claire McManus, Maureen Meade, Sean Nix, Andrew Patterson, M Karen Sands, Richard Pino, Ann Tescher, Richard Arbour, Bram Rochwerg, Catherine Friederich Murray, Sangeeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To update the 2002 version of "Clinical practice guidelines for sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient." DESIGN: A Task Force comprising 17 members of the Society of Critical Medicine with particular expertise in the use of neuromuscular-blocking agents; a Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation expert; and a medical writer met via teleconference and three face-to-face meetings and communicated via e-mail to examine the evidence and develop these practice guidelines...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732040/understanding-perceptual-judgment-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-using-the-drift-diffusion-model
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Angelo Pirrone, Abigail Dickinson, Rosanna Gomez, Tom Stafford, Elizabeth Milne
Objective: Two-alternative forced-choice tasks are widely used to gain insight into specific areas of enhancement or impairment in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data arising from these tasks have been used to support myriad theories regarding the integrity, or otherwise, of particular brain areas or cognitive processes in ASD. The drift diffusion model (DDM) provides an account of the underlying processes which give rise to accuracy and reaction time (RT) distributions, and parameterizes these processes in terms which have direct psychological interpretation...
October 10, 2016: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725241/anticonvulsant-activity-of-an-active-fraction-extracted-from-crinum-jagus-l-amaryllidaceae-and-its-possible-effects-on-fully-kindled-seizures-depression-like-behaviour-and-oxidative-stress-in-experimental-rodent-models
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Germain Sotoing Taiwe, Thierry Bang Tchoya, Joseph Renaud Menanga, Bernard Dabole, Michel De Waard
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaf extract of Crinum jagus L. (Amaryllidaceae) is widely used in traditional Cameroonian medicine as antiepileptic remedy and for the treatment of convulsion, depression and mood disorders associated with epilepsy. AIM OF THE STUDY: Hence, this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of an active fraction extracted from the leaves of Crinum jagus against seizures, depression-like behaviour and oxidative stress in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced kindling in mice...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27722926/mpp-lesioned-mice-an-experimental-model-of-motor-emotional-memory-learning-and-striatal-neurochemical-dysfunctions
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Mauricio P Cunha, Francis L Pazini, Vicente Lieberknecht, Josiane Budni, Ágatha Oliveira, Júlia M Rosa, Gianni Mancini, Leidiane Mazzardo, André R Colla, Marina C Leite, Adair R S Santos, Daniel F Martins, Andreza F de Bem, Carlos Alberto S Gonçalves, Marcelo Farina, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
The neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) induces motor and nonmotor dysfunctions resembling Parkinson's disease (PD); however, studies investigating the effects of 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)), an active oxidative product of MPTP, are scarce. This study investigated the behavioral and striatal neurochemical changes (related to oxidative damage, glial markers, and neurotrophic factors) 24 h after intracerebroventricular administration of MPP(+) (1.8-18 μg/mouse) in C57BL6 mice...
October 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713095/nutrition-for-the-ageing-brain-towards-evidence-for-an-optimal-diet
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David Vauzour, Maria Camprubi-Robles, Sophie Miquel-Kergoat, Cristina Andres-Lacueva, Diána Bánáti, Pascale Barberger-Gateau, Gene L Bowman, Laura Caberlotto, Robert Clarke, Eef Hogervorst, Amanda J Kiliaan, Ugo Lucca, Claudine Manach, Anne-Marie Minihane, Ellen Siobhan Mitchell, Robert Perneczky, Hugh Perry, Anne-Marie Roussel, Jeroen Schuermans, John Sijben, Jeremy P E Spencer, Sandrine Thuret, Ondine van de Rest, Maurits Vandewoude, Keith Wesnes, Robert J Williams, Robin S B Williams, Maria Ramirez
As people age they become increasingly susceptible to chronic and extremely debilitating brain diseases. The precise cause of the neuronal degeneration underlying these disorders, and indeed normal brain ageing remains however elusive. Considering the limits of existing preventive methods, there is a desire to develop effective and safe strategies. Growing preclinical and clinical research in healthy individuals or at the early stage of cognitive decline has demonstrated the beneficial impact of nutrition on cognitive functions...
October 3, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677023/validation-of-upper-limb-motor-assessment-tasks-using-a-rehabilitation-robot-in-healthy-children
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Stéphanie Dehem, Thierry Lejeune, Gaëtan Stoquart, Christine Detrembleur, Anne Renders, Martin Edwards, Charlotte Clarinval, Cécile Frognet, Isaline Brouwers, Vincenza Montedoro, Daniel Galinski
OBJECTIVE: To validate, establish norms and evaluate the reproducibility of upper limb motor assessment tasks using REAplan in healthy children. REAplan is a rehabilitation robotic device allowing upper limb mobilization in the horizontal plane. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-nine healthy children between six and twelve years participated in this study. Each child was assessed clinically and with REAplan, and twelve children were assessed twice. Elbow flexor and extensor muscles force were assessed with an isometric dynamometer Microfet II...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677005/fnirs-provides-clues-about-the-neural-correlates-of-the-learned-non-use-of-the-paretic-arm-after-a-stroke
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Karima Bakhti, Makii Muthalib, Stephane Perrey, Jerome Froger, Isabelle Laffont, Denis Mottet
OBJECTIVE: The majority of stroke survivors do not use their paretic arm in daily life activities, and this is, in part, because they learned to not use their paretic arm before recovering. In seated reaching, the difference between spontaneous arm use (as in daily activities) and forced arm use of the paretic arm (when trunk movements are not allowed) provides the percentage of learned non- use of the paretic arm. Here, we sought for neural correlates of the learned non-use behaviour using fNIRS neuroimaging...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669997/motor-skill-changes-and-neurophysiologic-adaptation-to-recovery-oriented-virtual-rehabilitation-of-hand-function-in-a-person-with-subacute-stroke-a-case-study
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Gerard G Fluet, Jigna Patel, Qinyin Qiu, Matthew Yarossi, Supriya Massood, Sergei V Adamovich, Eugene Tunik, Alma S Merians
PURPOSE: The complexity of upper extremity (UE) behavior requires recovery of near normal neuromuscular function to minimize residual disability following a stroke. This requirement places a premium on spontaneous recovery and neuroplastic adaptation to rehabilitation by the lesioned hemisphere. Motor skill learning is frequently cited as a requirement for neuroplasticity. Studies examining the links between training, motor learning, neuroplasticity, and improvements in hand motor function are indicated...
September 27, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651008/vitamin-d-and-cognition-in-older-adults-international-consensus-guidelines
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Cédric Annweiler, Erdinç Dursun, Francois Féron, Duygu Gezen-Ak, Allan V Kalueff, Thomas Littlejohns, David Llewellyn, Pascal Millet, Tammy Scott, Katherine L Tucker, Selma Yilmazer, Olivier Beauchet
Hypovitaminosis D, a common condition in older adults, is associated with brain changes and dementia. Given the fast growing contribution of literature in this research field, clear guidance is needed for clinicians and researchers. International experts met at the invitational summit on "Vitamin D and cognition in older adults" in Boston, MA, July 2013. Based upon literature and expert opinion, the task force focused on key questions on the role of vitamin D in Alzheimer disease and related disorders. Each question was discussed and voted using a Delphi-like approach...
September 1, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644481/plasma-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-are-directly-associated-with-cognition-in%C3%A2-overweight-children-but-not-in-normal-weight-children
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E A Haapala, A Viitasalo, T Venäläinen, A-M Eloranta, J Ågren, V Lindi, T A Lakka
AIM: Polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential nutrients for the normal development of the brain. We investigated the associations between plasma polyunsaturated fatty acids and cognition in normal weight and overweight children. METHODS: The study recruited 386 normal weight children and 58 overweight children aged six to eight years and blood samples were drawn after a 12-hour fast. We assessed plasma polyunsaturated fatty acids using gas chromatography, cognition using Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices, and overweight and obesity using the age-specific and sex-specific cut-offs from the International Obesity Task Force...
December 2016: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643572/empathy-for-pain-influences-perceptual-and-motor-processing-evidence-from-response-force-erps-and-eeg-oscillations
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Sarah Fabi, Hartmut Leuthold
In the present study we investigated the nature and chronometry of empathy for pain influences on perceptual and motor processes. Thus, event-related brain potentials (ERPs), response force (RF) and oscillatory electroencephalography (EEG) activity were measured while participants were presented with pictures of body parts in painful or neutral situations. Their task consisted in either judging the painfulness of the stimuli or counting the body parts displayed. ERP results supported the assumption of an early automatic component of empathy for pain, as reflected by the early posterior negativity (EPN), and of a late controlled component, as reflected by the late posterior positivity (P3)...
September 28, 2016: Social Neuroscience
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