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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914152/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis-in-portugal-a-multicentre-study
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Ana Sofia Correia, Luís Augusto, Joana Meireles, Joana Pinto, Ana Paula Sousa
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis is most often diagnosed among young adults but less frequently it may present during childhood or adolescence. In Portugal, there has been only one previous single-center, pediatric multiple sclerosis study. The main objective was the evaluation of the demographic, clinical, laboratorial and neuroradiological characteristics of patients with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis in Portugal. The secondary objectives were to compare the characteristics of childhood-onset multiple sclerosis and adolescent-onset multiple sclerosis and to characterize the treatments prescribed...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913428/migration-pathways-of-thalamic-neurons-and-development-of-thalamocortical-connections-in-humans-revealed-by-diffusion-mr-tractography
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Molly Wilkinson, Tara Kane, Rongpin Wang, Emi Takahashi
The thalamus plays an important role in signal relays in the brain, with thalamocortical (TC) neuronal pathways linked to various sensory/cognitive functions. In this study, we aimed to see fetal and postnatal development of the thalamus including neuronal migration to the thalamus and the emergence/maturation of the TC pathways. Pathways from/to the thalami of human postmortem fetuses and in vivo subjects ranging from newborns to adults with no neurological histories were studied using high angular resolution diffusion MR imaging (HARDI) tractography...
December 2, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909265/prevention-of-the-collapse-of-pial-collaterals-by-remote-ischemic-perconditioning-during-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Junqiang Ma, Yonglie Ma, Bin Dong, Mischa V Bandet, Ashfaq Shuaib, Ian R Winship
Collateral circulation is a key variable determining prognosis and response to recanalization therapy during acute ischemic stroke. Remote ischemic perconditioning (RIPerC) involves inducing peripheral ischemia (typically in the limbs) during stroke and may reduce perfusion deficits and brain damage due to cerebral ischemia. In this study, we directly investigated pial collateral flow augmentation due to RIPerC during distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) in rats. Blood flow through pial collaterals between the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and the MCA was assessed in male Sprague Dawley rats using in vivo laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) and two photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM) during distal MCAo...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908444/clinical-application-of-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-mapping-in-voxel-based-morphometry-in-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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H Takahashi, K Ishii, N Kashiwagi, Y Watanabe, H Tanaka, T Murakami, N Tomiyama
AIM: To evaluate the performance of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping compared with voxel-based morphometry and to demonstrate the clinical usefulness of ADC mapping in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study population comprised 31 patients with AD (group A) and 24 patients without dementia (group B) who underwent three-dimensional (3D) T1-weighted imaging (WI) and two-dimensional (2D) echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) at 3 T...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908279/co-existing-intracranial-and-extracranial-carotid-artery-atherosclerotic-plaques-and-recurrent-stroke-risk-a-three-dimensional-multicontrast-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-study
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Yilan Xu, Chun Yuan, Zechen Zhou, Le He, Donghua Mi, Rui Li, Yuanyuan Cui, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang, Gaifen Liu, Zhuozhao Zheng, Xihai Zhao
BACKGROUND: As a systemic disease, atherosclerosis commonly affects intracranial and extracranial carotid arteries simultaneously which is defined as co-existing plaques. Previous studies demonstrated that co-existing atherosclerotic diseases are significantly associated with ischemic cerebrovascular events. The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of co-existing intracranial and extracranial carotid atherosclerotic plaques and their relationships with recurrent stroke by using 3D multi-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) vessel wall imaging...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908171/automated-detection-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-of-all-sizes-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Mohsen Ghafoorian, Nico Karssemeijer, Inge W M van Uden, Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Tom Heskes, Elena Marchiori, Bram Platel
PURPOSE: White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are seen on FLAIR-MRI in several neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinsonism, stroke and cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). WMHs are often used as biomarkers for prognosis or disease progression in these diseases, and additionally longitudinal quantification of WMHs is used to evaluate therapeutic strategies. Human readers show considerable disagreement and inconsistency on detection of small lesions. A multitude of automated detection algorithms for WMHs exists, but since most of the current automated approaches are tuned to optimize segmentation performance according to Jaccard or Dice scores, smaller WMHs often go undetected in these approaches...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908163/learning-based-3t-brain-mri-segmentation-with-guidance-from-7t-mri-labeling
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Minghui Deng, Renping Yu, Li Wang, Feng Shi, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
PURPOSE: Segmentation of brain magnetic resonance (MR) images into white matter (WM), gray matter (GM), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is crucial for brain structural measurement and disease diagnosis. Learning-based segmentation methods depend largely on the availability of good training ground truth. However, the commonly used 3T MR images are of insufficient image quality and often exhibit poor intensity contrast between WM, GM, and CSF. Therefore, they are not ideal for providing good ground truth label data for training learning-based methods...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907080/development-of-an-automated-mri-based-diagnostic-protocol-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-using-disease-specific-pathognomonic-features-a-quantitative-disease-state-classification-study
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Christina Schuster, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
BACKGROUND: Despite significant advances in quantitative neuroimaging, the diagnosis of ALS remains clinical and MRI-based biomarkers are not currently used to aid the diagnosis. The objective of this study is to develop a robust, disease-specific, multimodal classification protocol and validate its diagnostic accuracy in independent, early-stage and follow-up data sets. METHODS: 147 participants (81 ALS patients and 66 healthy controls) were divided into a training sample and a validation sample...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906169/automated-identification-of-mouse-visual-areas-with-intrinsic-signal-imaging
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Ashley L Juavinett, Ian Nauhaus, Marina E Garrett, Jun Zhuang, Edward M Callaway
Intrinsic signal optical imaging (ISI) is a rapid and noninvasive method for observing brain activity in vivo over a large area of the cortex. Here we describe our protocol for mapping retinotopy to identify mouse visual cortical areas using ISI. First, surgery is performed to attach a head frame to the mouse skull (∼1 h). The next day, intrinsic activity across the visual cortex is recorded during the presentation of a full-field drifting bar in the horizontal and vertical directions (∼2 h). Horizontal and vertical retinotopic maps are generated by analyzing the response of each pixel during the period of the stimulus...
January 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904495/higher-frequency-of-brain-abnormalities-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-patients-without-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Li-Na Gu, Min Zhang, Hui Zhu, Jing-Yao Liu
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder often co-exists with primary Sjögren's syndrome. We compared the clinical features of 16 neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder patients with (n = 6) or without primary Sjögren's syndrome (n = 10). All patients underwent extensive clinical, laboratory, and MRI evaluations. There were no statistical differences in demographics or first neurological involvement at onset between neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder patients with and without primary Sjögren's syndrome...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904468/corrigendum-associations-between-family-adversity-and-brain-volume-in-adolescence-manual-vs-automated-brain-segmentation-yields-different-results
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Hannah Lyden, Sarah I Gimbel, Larissa Del Piero, A Bryna Tsai, Matthew Sachs, Jonas T Kaplan, Gayla Margolin, Darby Saxbe
[This corrects the article on p. 398 in vol. 10, PMID: 27656121.].
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900929/main-effects-and-interactions-of-cerebral-hemispheres-gender-and-age-in-the-calculation-of-volumes-and-asymmetries-of-selected-structures-of-episodic-memory
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Rocio Ramirez-Carmona, Haydee Guadalupe Garcia-Lazaro, Brenda Dominguez-Corrales, Erika Aguilar-Castañeda, Ernesto Roldan-Valadez
The aim of this study was to clarify the influence of anatomical (cerebral hemisphere) and demographic (age and gender) variables on the gray matter (GM) volumes and volumetric asymmetry indices (VAIs) of selected structures involved in episodic memory. A cross-sectional study was performed in 47 healthy volunteers. Neuropsychological evaluation revealed similar IQs across the sample. Using SPM-based software, brain segmentation, labeling and volume measurements of the hippocampus, amygdala, middle temporal gyrus and parahippocampal gyrus were performed in each cerebral hemisphere...
November 30, 2016: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899851/cutoff-value-of-admission-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-which-predicts-poor-myocardial-perfusion-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Khairy Abdel-Dayem, Inas I Eweda, Ashraf El-Sherbiny, Marc O Dimitry, Wail Nammas
BACKGROUND: We explored the value of admission levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTProBNP) that best predicts poor myocardial tissue perfusion following primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) in patients admitted with acute ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: We enrolled 90 consecutive patients admitted with acute STEMI who underwent PPCI and achieved post-procedural TIMI flow grade 3 in the infarct-related artery...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896065/analysis-of-ageing-associated-grey-matter-volume-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-shows-excess-atrophy-in-subcortical-regions
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Courtney A Bishop, Rexford D Newbould, Jean Sz Lee, Lesley Honeyfield, Rebecca Quest, Alessandro Colasanti, Rehiana Ali, Miriam Mattoscio, Antonio Cortese, Richard Nicholas, Paul M Matthews, Paolo A Muraro, Adam D Waldman
Age of onset in multiple sclerosis (MS) exerts an influence on the course of disease. This study examined whether global and regional brain volumes differed between "younger" and "older" onset MS subjects who were matched for short disease duration, mean 1.9 years and burden as measured by the MS Severity Score and relapses. 21 younger-onset MS subjects (age 30.4 ± 3.2 years) were compared with 17 older-onset (age 48.7 ± 3.3 years) as well as age-matched controls (n = 31, 31.9 ± 3.5 years and n = 21, 47...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891079/contribution-of-tms-and-rtms-in-the-understanding-of-the-pathophysiology-and-in-the-treatment-of-dystonia
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Pierre Lozeron, Aurélia Poujois, Alexandra Richard, Sana Masmoudi, Elodie Meppiel, France Woimant, Nathalie Kubis
Dystonias represent a heterogeneous group of movement disorders responsible for sustained muscle contraction, abnormal postures, and muscle twists. It can affect focal or segmental body parts or be generalized. Primary dystonia is the most common form of dystonia but it can also be secondary to metabolic or structural dysfunction, the consequence of a drug's side-effect or of genetic origin. The pathophysiology is still not elucidated. Based on lesion studies, dystonia has been regarded as a pure motor dysfunction of the basal ganglia loop...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889567/prognostic-value-of-plasma-apelin-concentrations-at-admission-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Jordi Sans-Roselló, Gregori Casals, Xavier Rosselló, Bernardino González de la Presa, Montserrat Vila, Albert Duran-Cambra, Manuel Morales-Ruiz, Andreu Ferrero-Gregori, Wladimiro Jiménez, Alessandro Sionis
BACKGROUND: The use of plasma biomarkers is relevant for the prognosis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. Apelin, an adipocytokine, plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of both ischemia/reperfusion injury and its potential subsequent heart failure. We evaluated apelin concentrations at admission as a biomarker to assess risk of 6-month mortality. METHODS: Consecutive patients with STEMI were recruited from January 2012 to January 2013 (n=250)...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888543/segmented-simultaneous-multi-slice-diffusion-weighted-imaging-with-generalized-trajectories
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Michael Herbst, Weiran Deng, Thomas Ernst, V Andrew Stenger
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work is to develop and evaluate a single framework for the use of Cartesian and non-Cartesian segmented trajectories for rapid and robust simultaneous multislice (SMS) diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) at 3 Telsa (T). METHODS: A generalized SMS approach with intrinsic phase navigation using Multiplexed Sensitivity Encoding (MUSE) was developed. Segmented blipped-controlled aliasing in parallel imaging echo planar imaging (EPI) and z-gradient modulated spiral trajectories were examined using SMS DWI scans at 3T with a 32-channel head coil...
November 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888270/cerebellar-volume-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-replication-study
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Aleksandra Wyciszkiewicz, Mikolaj A Pawlak, Krzysztof Krawiec
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with altered cerebellar volume and cerebellum is associated with cognitive performance. However there are mixed results regarding the cerebellar volume in young patients with ADHD. To clarify the size and direction of this effect, we conducted the analysis on the large public database of brain images. The aim of this study was to confirm that cerebellar volume in ADHD is smaller than in control subjects in currently the largest publicly available cohort of ADHD subjects...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886714/classification-of-ct-brain-images-based-on-deep-learning-networks
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Xiaohong W Gao, Rui Hui, Zengmin Tian
While computerised tomography (CT) may have been the first imaging tool to study human brain, it has not yet been implemented into clinical decision making process for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). On the other hand, with the nature of being prevalent, inexpensive and non-invasive, CT does present diagnostic features of AD to a great extent. This study explores the significance and impact on the application of the burgeoning deep learning techniques to the task of classification of CT brain images, in particular utilising convolutional neural network (CNN), aiming at providing supplementary information for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease...
January 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886392/deregulated-expression-of-ezh2-in-congenital-brainstem-disconnection
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P G Barth, E Aronica, S Fox, K Fluiter, M A J Weterman, A Poretti, D C Miller, E Boltshauser, B Harding, M Santi, F Baas
Congenital brainstem disconnection (CBSD) is an enigmatic embryo-fetal defect presenting as (sub)total absence of a segment between mesencephalon and lower brainstem. Rostro-caudal limits of the defect vary while the basal pons is always involved and the cerebellum is globally hypoplastic. A recent update and review[1] lists 14 cases, including 3 brain autopsy studies[1-3]. Necrosis and glial- or inflammatory reactions were absent. Inferior olivary nuclei were small or absent, pontine nuclei depleted, and the cerebellar dentate nuclei dysplastic...
November 25, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
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