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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097654/melanopsin-expressing-ganglion-cells-in-human-retina-morphology-distribution-and-synaptic-connections
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Subha Nasir-Ahmad, Sammy C S Lee, Paul R Martin, Ulrike Grünert
Melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells are intrinsically photosensitive cells that are involved in non-image forming visual processes such as the pupillary light reflex and circadian entrainment but also contribute to visual perception. Here we used immunohistochemistry to study the morphology, density, distribution and synaptic connectivity of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells in four post mortem human donor retinas. Two types of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells were distinguished based on their dendritic stratification near either the outer or the inner border of the inner plexiform layer...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097516/are-event-related-potentials-to-dynamic-facial-expressions-of-emotion-related-to-individual-differences-in-the-accuracy-of-processing-facial-expressions-and-identity
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Guillermo Recio, Oliver Wilhelm, Werner Sommer, Andrea Hildebrandt
Despite a wealth of knowledge about the neural mechanisms behind emotional facial expression processing, little is known about how they relate to individual differences in social cognition abilities. We studied individual differences in the event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by dynamic facial expressions. First, we assessed the latent structure of the ERPs, reflecting structural face processing in the N170, and the allocation of processing resources and reflexive attention to emotionally salient stimuli, in the early posterior negativity (EPN) and the late positive complex (LPC)...
January 17, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095174/medical-oncologists-experiences-in-using-genomic-testing-for-lung-and-colorectal-cancer-care
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Stacy W Gray, Benjamin Kim, Lynette Sholl, Angel Cronin, Aparna R Parikh, Carrie N Klabunde, Katherine L Kahn, David A Haggstrom, Nancy L Keating
PURPOSE: Genomic testing improves outcomes for many at-risk individuals and patients with cancer; however, little is known about how genomic testing for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) is used in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 2012 to 2013, we surveyed medical oncologists who care for patients in diverse practice and health care settings across the United States about their use of guideline- and non-guideline-endorsed genetic tests...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094764/neuromorphic-meets-neuromechanics-part-ii-the-role-of-fusimotor-drive
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Kian Jalaleddini, Chuanxin Niu, Suraj Chakravarthi Raja, Won Joon Sohn, Gerald Loeb, Terence Sanger, Francisco Valero-Cuevas
OBJECTIVE: We studied the fundamentals of muscle afferentation by building a neuro-mechano-morphic system actuating a cadaveric finger. This system is a faithful implementation of the stretch reflex circuitry. It allowed the systematic exploration of the effects of different fusimotor drives to the muscle spindle on the closed-loop stretch reflex response. APPROACH: As in Part I of this work, sensory neurons conveyed proprioceptive information from muscle spindles (with static and dynamic fusimotor drive) to populations of ��-motor neurons (with recruitment and rate coding properties)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093778/brainstem-reflex-excitability-changes-in-patients-with-als
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Bülent Cengiz, Merve Bahar Ercan, Mustafa İskender, Hidayet Reha Kuruoğlu
Objective We explored brainstem reflex excitability changes, blink reflex recovery cycles (BRRC), and masseter inhibitory reflexes (MIR) in patients with ALS. Methods Fourteen ALS patients and 14 healthy control subjects were recruited. The BRRC was examined at interstimulus intervals (ISI) of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 ms. The latencies and durations of silent period 1 (SP1) and silent period 2 (SP2) of the MIR were measured. Results Decreased R2 area suppression was prominent in the ALS group at ISIs of 200, 300, and 400 ms (P<0...
January 17, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093646/mechanisms-of-inhibitory-action-of-trk-130-naltalimide-a-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-partial-agonist-on-the-micturition-reflex
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Morihiro Fujimura, Naoki Izumimoto, Sayoko Kanie, Ryosuke Kobayashi, Satoru Yoshikawa, Shinobu Momen, Mikito Hirakata, Toshikazu Komagata, Satoshi Okanishi, Masashi Iwata, Tadatoshi Hashimoto, Takayuki Doi, Naoki Yoshimura, Koji Kawai
PURPOSE: To clarify the mechanism of inhibitory action of TRK-130 (Naltalimide), a unique µ-opioid receptor partial agonist, on the micturition reflex. METHODS: The effect of TRK-130 on isovolumetric rhythmic bladder contractions (RBCs) was examined in guinea pigs, the effect of which was clarified by co-treatment with naloxone or in spinal cord transection. The effect of TRK-130 on urodynamic parameters was also observed in guinea pigs. In addition, the effect of TRK-130 on bladder contraction induced by peripheral stimulation of the pelvic nerve was investigated in rats...
January 16, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093315/using-acoustic-reflex-threshold-auditory-brainstem-response-and-loudness-judgments-to-investigate-changes-in-neural-gain-following-acute-unilateral-deprivation-in-normal-hearing-adults
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Hannah Brotherton, Christopher J Plack, Roland Schaette, Kevin J Munro
Unilateral auditory deprivation induces a reduction in the acoustic reflex threshold (ART) and an increase in loudness. These findings have been interpreted as a compensatory change in neural gain, governed by changes in excitatory and inhibitory neural inputs. There is also evidence to suggest that changes in neural gain can be measured using the auditory brainstem response (ABR). The present study extended Munro et al. (2014) [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 315-322] by investigating changes after 4 days of unilateral earplug use to: (i) ART, (ii) auditory brainstem response (ABR) and (iii) loudness...
January 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093306/establishing-between-session-reliability-of-tms-conditioned-soleus-h-reflexes
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W A Gray, M J Sabatier, T M Kesar, M R Borich
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the primary motor cortex (M1) can be used to evaluate descending corticomotor influences on spinal reflex excitability through modulation of the Hoffman reflex (H-reflex). The purpose of this study was to characterize between-session reliability of cortical, spinal, and cortical-conditioned spinal excitability measures collected from the soleus muscle. Thirteen able-bodied young adult participants were tested over four sessions. Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated to quantify between-session reliability of active motor threshold (AMT), unconditioned H-reflexes (expressed as a percentage of Mmax), and conditioned H-reflexes using short-latency facilitation (SLF) and long-latency facilitation (LLF)...
January 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093112/clinical-indicators-of-blood-gas-disturbances-elevated-l-lactate-concentration-and-other-abnormal-blood-parameters-in-newborn-beef-calves
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E R Homerosky, N A Caulkett, E Timsit, E A Pajor, J P Kastelic, M C Windeyer
Blood gas disturbances, commonly resulting from dystocia, are associated with failed transfer of passive immunity, morbidity and mortality in newborn calves. Modified APGAR scores intended to identify compromised calves are not widely adopted due to lack of practicality and inconsistent associations with blood parameters. The objective of this study was to determine clinical indicators of acidemia in newborn beef calves. Blood parameters at 10 min and 24 h after birth were compared to at-birth clinical examination parameters and calving characteristics in 77 commercial beef calves...
January 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091857/lack-of-heart-rate-variability-during-sleep-related-apnea-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-tle-an-indirect-marker-of-sudep
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C S Nayak, S Sinha, M Nagappa, K Thennarasu, A B Taly
PURPOSE: Apneas occurring during sleep may precipitate autonomic instability in epilepsy patients making them susceptible to sudden death (SUDEP). Literature on heart rate variability (HRV) during apnea among patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is sparse. The aim of this study was to characterize the HRV during the peri-apneic period in patients with TLE and compare with HRV of matched healthy individuals during the overnight polysomnographic (PSG) recording. Further, the role of carbamazepine (CBZ) in modulating peri-apneic HRV in the above cohort was also assessed...
January 14, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091707/gastric-distension-causes-changes-in-heart-rate-and-arterial-blood-pressure-by-affecting-the-crosstalk-between-vagal-and-splanchnic-systems-in-anesthetised-rats
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Maurizio Sabbatini, Elena Grossini, Claudio Molinari, David A S G Mary, Giovanni Vacca, Mario Cannas
Various hindbrain nuclei have been demonstrated to be involved in the control of the cardiovascular reflexes elicited by both non-noxious and noxious gastric distension, through parasympathetic and sympathetic activation. The different role played by the branches of autonomic nervous system in exerting these effects and their crosstalk in relation to low-/high-pressure distension rate has not been examined yet. Therefore, in the present work, monolateral and bilateral vagotomy and splanchnicotomy were performed in anesthetised rats to analyse the involvement of hindbrain nuclei in haemodynamic changes caused by gastric distension at high (80 mmHg) and low (15 mmHg) pressure...
January 13, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089558/startle-suppression-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-is-associated-with-an-increase-in-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-reactive-gliosis-and-neuronal-loss-in-the-caudal-pontine-reticular-nucleus
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Swamini P Sinha, Pelin Avcu, Kevin M Spiegler, Sreeya Komaravolu, Kevin Kim, Tara Cominski, Richard J Servatius, Kevin C H Pang
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can produce somatic symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, sleep disturbances and sensorimotor dysfunction. Sensorimotor function can be measured by tests such as the acoustic startle reflex (ASR), an evolutionarily conserved defensive response to a brief yet sharp acoustic stimulus. mTBI produces a long-lasting suppression of ASR in rodents and humans; however, the mechanism of this suppression is unknown. The present study examined whether inflammatory processes in the brainstem (particularly the caudal pontine reticular nucleus, PnC) could account for the suppression of ASR after mTBI, because the PnC is an essential nucleus of the ASR circuit...
January 9, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089159/immunohistochemistry-for-egfr-mutation-detection-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Nina Turnšek Hitij, Izidor Kern, Aleksander Sadikov, Lea Knez, Karmen Stanič, Matjaž Zwitter, Tanja Cufer
INTRODUCTION: The sensitivity and specificity of immunohistochemistry (IHC) was compared with the standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method for detecting common activating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Additionally, we evaluated predictive value of IHC EGFR mutation-positive status for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment outcome and estimated cost-effectiveness for the upfront IHC testing. METHODS: The trial included 79 consecutive EGFR mutation-positive and 29 EGFR mutation-negative NSCLC cases diagnosed with reflex PCR-based testing...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088254/role-of-dietary-and-lifestyle-modifications-in-reflex-epilepsy-based-on-traditional-persian-medicine
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Majid Nimrouzi, Mehdi Pasalar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087291/primary-care-perspectives-on-hepatitis-c-virus-screening-diagnosis-and-linking-patients-to-appropriate-care
#15
Edward Lebovics, Richard Torres, Lucinda K Porter
Enormous progress has been made in recent years toward effectively treating and curing patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). However, at least half of the possible 7 million individuals infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the US remain undiagnosed. The formidable task of increasing the number of patients diagnosed, and subsequently linked to appropriate care has fallen to primary care clinicians, who are mandated by some US States to offer screening to individuals born between 1945 and 1965 (the Baby Boomer Generation)...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080966/active-interoceptive-inference-and-the-emotional-brain
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REVIEW
Anil K Seth, Karl J Friston
We review a recent shift in conceptions of interoception and its relationship to hierarchical inference in the brain. The notion of interoceptive inference means that bodily states are regulated by autonomic reflexes that are enslaved by descending predictions from deep generative models of our internal and external milieu. This re-conceptualization illuminates several issues in cognitive and clinical neuroscience with implications for experiences of selfhood and emotion. We first contextualize interoception in terms of active (Bayesian) inference in the brain, highlighting its enactivist (embodied) aspects...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080961/interoception-beyond-homeostasis-affect-cognition-and-mental-health
#17
Manos Tsakiris, Hugo Critchley
Interoception refers to the sensing of the internal state of one's body. Interoception is distinct from the processing of sensory information concerning external (non-self) stimuli (e.g. vision, hearing, touch and smell) and is the afferent axis to internal (autonomic and hormonal) physiological control. However, the impact of interoception extends beyond homeostatic/allostatic reflexes: it is proposed to be fundamental to motivation, emotion (affective feelings and behaviours), social cognition and self-awareness...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080914/tricaine-methanesulfonate-ms-222-sedation-and-anesthesia-in-the-purple-spined-sea-urchin-arbacia-punctulata
#18
Jeffrey R Applegate, Daniel S Dombrowski, Larry Shane Christian, Meredith P Bayer, Craig A Harms, Gregory A Lewbart
The purple-spined sea urchin ( Arbacia punctulata ) is commonly found in shallow waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the New England area of the United States to the Caribbean. Sea urchins play a major role in ocean ecology, echinoculture, and biomedical research. Additionally, sea urchins are commonly displayed in public aquaria. Baseline parameters were developed in unanesthetized urchins for righting reflex (time to regain oral recumbency) and spine response time to tactile stimulus. Tricaine methanesulfonate (MS-222) was used to sedate and anesthetize purple-spined sea urchins and assess sedation and anesthetic parameters, including adhesion to and release from a vertical surface, times to loss of response to tactile stimulus and recovery of righting reflex, and qualitative observations of induction of spawning and position of spines and pseudopodia...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
#19
Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079825/the-utility-of-bispectral-index-monitoring-for-prevention-of-rocuronium-induced-withdrawal-movement-in-children-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Byung Gun Lim, Il Ok Lee, Young Sung Kim, Young Ju Won, Heezoo Kim, Myoung Hoon Kong
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine whether a deep hypnotic state with a bispectral index (BIS) value less than 40 could alleviate withdrawal movement (WM) upon rocuronium injection during anesthesia induction in children. METHODS: Finally, 135 healthy children (3-12 years) scheduled for minor elective surgery were studied. Without premedication, anesthesia was induced with thiopental sodium 5 mg/kg. Patients were randomized into 2 groups (control vs experimental) and then by virtue of rocuronium injection time, patients in the experimental group were allocated into 2 groups, as follows: in the control group (group C; n = 45), rocuronium 0...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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