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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926665/the-value-of-the-frontalis-suspension-procedure-as-a-repeat-intervention-in-congenital-blepharoptosis
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Özlem Ural, Mehmet C Mocan, Ugur Erdener
PURPOSE: To evaluate the therapeutic benefits of frontalis suspension as a repeat intervention in congenital blepharoptosis. METHODS: Pediatric patients diagnosed as having congenital ptosis who had at least 2 years of postoperative follow-up were included in this retrospective study. A successful outcome was defined as a postoperative margin-reflex distance of 3 mm or greater. The chi-square, Student's t, and Mann-Whitney U tests were used in comparisons. RESULTS: Eighty-four eyes of 77 patients with a follow-up period of 8...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925013/an-animal-model-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-treating-tinnitus-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Syed F Ahsan, Hao Luo, Jinsheng Zhang, Eric Kim, Yong Xu
OBJECTIVE: This proof-of-concept study aimed to demonstrate therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on noise-induced tinnitus. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental animal study. METHODS: After Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval, nine adult rats were implanted in the caudate nucleus with custom-made electrode array. The rats were exposed to noise to induce tinnitus. Auditory brainstem response was performed to evaluate hearing threshold changes...
September 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924571/tracking-and-diameter-estimation-of-retinal-vessels-using-gaussian-process-and-radon-transform
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Masoud Elhami Asl, Navid Alemi Koohbanani, Alejandro F Frangi, Ali Gooya
Extraction of blood vessels in retinal images is an important step for computer-aided diagnosis of ophthalmic pathologies. We propose an approach for blood vessel tracking and diameter estimation. We hypothesize that the curvature and the diameter of blood vessels are Gaussian processes (GPs). Local Radon transform, which is robust against noise, is subsequently used to compute the features and train the GPs. By learning the kernelized covariance matrix from training data, vessel direction and its diameter are estimated...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924006/the-neural-basis-of-aversive-pavlovian-guidance-during-planning
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Níall Lally, Quentin J M Huys, Neir Eshel, Paul Faulkner, Peter Dayan, Jonathan P Roiser
Important real-world decisions are often arduous as they frequently involve sequences of choices, with initial selections affecting future options. Evaluating every possible combination of choices is computationally intractable, particularly for longer multi-step decisions. Therefore, humans frequently employ heuristics to reduce the complexity of decisions. We recently used a goal-directed planning task to demonstrate the profound behavioral influence and ubiquity of one such shortcut, namely aversive pruning, a reflexive Pavlovian process that involves neglecting parts of the decision space residing beyond salient negative outcomes...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923925/exposure-to-seismic-air-gun-signals-causes-physiological-harm-and-alters-behavior-in-the-scallop-pecten-fumatus
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Ryan D Day, Robert D McCauley, Quinn P Fitzgibbon, Klaas Hartmann, Jayson M Semmens
Seismic surveys map the seabed using intense, low-frequency sound signals that penetrate kilometers into the Earth's crust. Little is known regarding how invertebrates, including economically and ecologically important bivalves, are affected by exposure to seismic signals. In a series of field-based experiments, we investigate the impact of exposure to seismic surveys on scallops, using measurements of physiological and behavioral parameters to determine whether exposure may cause mass mortality or result in other sublethal effects...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923429/frequency-of-auditory-involvement-and-of-associated-factors-in-patients-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Adriana Ivonne Céspedes Cruz, Myriam Méndez Núñez, Eunice Solís Vallejo, Maritza Zeferino Cruz, Alfonso Ragnar Torres Jiménez, Verónica Ocampo Sánchez, Beatriz Flores Meza, Norma Quintana Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of arthritis in children under 16 years of age for more than 6 weeks in the absence of any other known cause. The extra-articular manifestations, especially in the audiovestibular system, are related to the involvement of the joints of the ossicular chain as a result of the inflammatory process in the synovium. Previous clinical studies in pediatric patients have shown conductive or sensorineural hearing loss...
September 8, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922892/successful-microsurgical-management-of-high-risk-foramen-magnum-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-with-cortical-venous-reflex-using-far-lateral-approach-3-dimensional-operative-video
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Amol Raheja, Phil Taussky, William T Couldwell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922314/temporal-indices-of-ankle-clonus-and-relationship-to-electrophysiologic-and-clinical-measures-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Kathleen J Manella, Kathryn E Roach, Edelle C Field-Fote
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clonus arising from plantar flexor hyperreflexia is a phenomenon that is commonly observed in persons with spastic hypertonia. We assessed the temporal components of a biomechanical measure to quantify ankle clonus, and validated these in persons with spasticity due to spinal cord injury. METHODS: In 40 individuals with chronic (>1 year) spinal cord injury, we elicited ankle clonus using a standardized mechanical perturbation (drop test)...
October 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922194/benign-neonatal-sleep-myoclonus-evokes-somatosensory-responses
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Emma Losito, Monika Eisermann, Patricia Vignolo, Shushanik Hovhannisyan, Jean François Magny, Anna Kaminska
PURPOSE: Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is a common nonepileptic condition occurring in neurologically normal full-term newborns. During jerks, EEG has always been described as normal. The aim of this study was to describe EEG changes associated with the myoclonic jerks. METHODS: Polygraphic video-EEG recordings of four full-term neonates presenting benign neonatal sleep myoclonus were studied. Myoclonic jerks were analyzed regarding their topography, frequency, propagation pattern, and reflex component...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920935/spinal-cord-injury-induced-immunodeficiency-is-mediated-by-a-sympathetic-neuroendocrine-adrenal-reflex
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Harald Prüss, Andrea Tedeschi, Aude Thiriot, Lydia Lynch, Scott M Loughhead, Susanne Stutte, Irina B Mazo, Marcel A Kopp, Benedikt Brommer, Christian Blex, Laura-Christin Geurtz, Thomas Liebscher, Andreas Niedeggen, Ulrich Dirnagl, Frank Bradke, Magdalena S Volz, Michael J DeVivo, Yuying Chen, Ulrich H von Andrian, Jan M Schwab
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) causes systemic immunosuppression and life-threatening infections, thought to result from noradrenergic overactivation and excess glucocorticoid release via hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis stimulation. Instead of consecutive hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, we report that acute SCI in mice induced suppression of serum norepinephrine and concomitant increase in cortisol, despite suppressed adrenocorticotropic hormone, indicating primary (adrenal) hypercortisolism...
September 18, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920822/a-retrospective-comparison-of-chemical-immobilization-with-thiafentanil-thiafentanil-azaperone-or-etorphine-acepromazine-in-captive-persian-fallow-deer-dama-dama-mesopotamica
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Roi Lapid, Roni King, Tali Bdolah-Abram, Yael Shilo-Benjamini
Records of 56 Persian fallow deer (Dama dama mesopotamica) immobilized for translocation were reviewed. Twenty-three were administered 0.05 ± 0.01 (mean ± SD) mg/kg thiafentanil (THIA), 20 were administered 0.045 ± 0.008 mg/kg thiafentanil combined with 0.19 ± 0.03 mg/kg azaperone (THIA-AZP), and 13 were administered 0.032 ± 0.04 mg/kg etorphine-acepromazine (ETOR-ACP) by intramuscular remote injection. Parameters recorded and compared between groups included induction and recovery times, heart rate, respiratory rate, rectal temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, reflexes, quality of immobilization, and blood concentrations of lactate and glucose...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920779/ocular-findings-and-select-ophthalmic-diagnostic-tests-in-captive-american-white-pelicans-pelecanus-erythrorhynchos
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Matthew E Kinney, Aaron C Ericsson, Craig L Franklin, Rebecca E H Whiting, Jacqueline W Pearce
The aim of this study was to establish normal ophthalmic parameters for select diagnostic tests in American white pelicans (Pelecanuserythrorhynchos). Twenty-one zoo-housed American white pelicans were manually restrained for noninvasive ocular diagnostic testing and complete ophthalmic examination. Tear production quantification using the phenol red thread test (PRTT), fluorescein staining, and intraocular pressure (IOP) evaluation were performed. In addition, conjunctival aerobic bacterial culture and culture-independent 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing were performed on select eyes...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920711/rivaroxaban-causes-missed-diagnosis-of-protein-s-deficiency-but-not-of-activated-protein-c-resistance-factor-v-leiden
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Elena Maryamchik, Matthew W Rosenbaum, Elizabeth M Van Cott
CONTEXT: - Rivaroxaban causes a false increase in activated protein C resistance (APCR) ratios and protein S activity. OBJECTIVE: - To investigate whether this increase masks a diagnosis of factor V Leiden (FVL) or protein S deficiency in a "real-world" population of patients undergoing rivaroxaban treatment and hypercoagulation testing. DESIGN: - During a 2.5-year period, we compared 4 groups of patients (n = 60): FVL heterozygous (FVL-HET)/taking rivaroxaban, wild-type/taking rivaroxaban, FVL-HET/no rivaroxaban, and normal APCR/no rivaroxaban...
September 18, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919465/uridine-treatment-protects-against-neonatal-brain-damage-and-long-term-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-hyperoxia
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Bulent Goren, Aysen Cakir, Cansu Sevinc, Sema Serter Kocoglu, Busra Ocalan, Ceren Oy, Zehra Minbay, Nevzat Kahveci, Tulin Alkan, Mehmet Cansev
Exposure to excessive oxygen in survivors of preterm birth is one of the factors that underlie the adverse neurological outcome in later life. Various pathological changes including enhanced apoptotic activity, oxidative stress and inflammation as well as decreased neuronal survival has been demonstrated in animal models of neonatal hyperoxia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of administering uridine, an anti-apoptotic agent, on cellular, molecular and behavioral consequences of hyperoxia-induced brain damage in a neonatal rat model...
September 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918817/unfinalisability-and-the-authorship-of-life-narratives-of-young-old-women-from-taiwan
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Jin Kuan Kok, Ming-Chin Li
This study investigates and presents the narratives of Taiwanese women who have reached the young-old stage. The narrative interview method was used for data collection from 12 Taiwanese women. After analysing the recurring themes emerging from the women's life histories, it is found that the meanings of these Taiwanese women's narratives could not be finalised according to traditional Confucian norms. These women rebelled, resisted, and resumed authorship to make changes to their lives in a patriarchal society...
August 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917979/plantar-reflex-excitability-is-increased-in-the-evening-in-restless-legs-syndrome-patients
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Chloe Dafkin, Andrew Green, Benita Olivier, Warrick McKinon, Samantha Kerr
OBJECTIVE: To investigate if diurnal changes in spinal excitability (plantar reflex) occur in restless legs syndrome (RLS) participants compared to healthy matched controls. METHODS: Thirteen RLS participants and 13 healthy control participants' plantar reflex responses were evaluated in the evening (PM) and the morning (AM). Plantar reflex responses were assessed electromyographically, using motion analysis (kinematically) and by subjective nociception (Visual Analogue Scale)...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916501/awakenings-in-rats-by-ultrasounds-a-new-animal-model-for-paradoxical-kinesia
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Luan Castro Tonelli, Markus Wöhr, Rainer Schwarting, Liana Melo-Thomas
Paradoxical kinesia refers to a sudden transient ability of akinetic patients to perform motor tasks they are otherwise unable to perform. The mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are unknown due a paucity of valid animal models that faithfully reproduce paradoxical kinesia. Here, in a first experiment, we present a new method to study paradoxical kinesia by "awakening" cataleptic rats through presenting appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USV), which are typical for social situations with positive valence, like juvenile play or sexual encounters ("rat laughter")...
September 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916122/myasthenia-gravis-and-crisis-evaluation-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
#18
Jamie Roper, M Emily Fleming, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an uncommon autoimmune disorder affecting the neuromuscular junction and manifesting as muscle weakness. A multitude of stressors can exacerbate MG. When symptoms are exacerbated, muscle weakness can be severe enough to result in respiratory failure, a condition known as myasthenic crisis (MC). OBJECTIVE: This review discusses risk factors, diagnosis, management, and iatrogenic avoidance of MC. DISCUSSION: MC can affect any age, ethnicity, or sex and can be precipitated with any stressor, infection being the most common...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915880/increasing-bladder-capacity-by-foot-stimulation-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injuries
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Guoqing Chen, Limin Liao, Zhaoxia Wang, Xing Li, Wenjuan Du
BACKGROUND: This study was to explore the possibility that foot stimulation increased bladder capacity(BC) in rats with neurogenic bladder secondary to T10 spinal cord injuries. METHODS: In 20 awake rats (stimulation group) with T10 spinal cord injuries, 5 repeat cystometrograms (CMGs) were recorded. The 1st and 2nd CMGs were performed without stimulation. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th CMGs were done separately with 1 T, 2 T, and 4 T stimulation, respectively, through a pair of pad electrodes on the skin of the hind foot...
September 15, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915821/assessment-of-the-underlying-systems-involved-in-standing-balance-the-additional-value-of-electromyography-in-system-identification-and-parameter-estimation
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J H Pasma, J van Kordelaar, D de Kam, V Weerdesteyn, A C Schouten, H van der Kooij
BACKGROUND: Closed loop system identification (CLSIT) is a method to disentangle the contribution of underlying systems in standing balance. We investigated whether taking into account lower leg muscle activation in CLSIT could improve the reliability and accuracy of estimated parameters identifying the underlying systems. METHODS: Standing balance behaviour of 20 healthy young participants was measured using continuous rotations of the support surface (SS). The dynamic balance behaviour obtained with CLSIT was expressed by sensitivity functions of the ankle torque, body sway and muscle activation of the lower legs to the SS rotation...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
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