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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634442/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-evokes-pyramidal-neuron-axon-initial-segment-plasticity-and-diffuse-presynaptic-inhibitory-terminal-loss
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Michal Vascak, Jianli Sun, Matthew Baer, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
The axon initial segment (AIS) is the site of action potential (AP) initiation, thus a crucial regulator of neuronal activity. In excitatory pyramidal neurons, the high density of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV1.6) at the distal AIS regulates AP initiation. A surrogate AIS marker, ankyrin-G (ankG) is a structural protein regulating neuronal functional via clustering voltage-gated ion channels. In neuronal circuits, changes in presynaptic input can alter postsynaptic output via AIS structural-functional plasticity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633490/isolated-fourth-ventricle-to-shunt-or-stent
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Aaron Mohanty, Kim Manwaring
BACKGROUND: Of the various management options for isolated fourth ventricle (IFV), fourth ventriculoperitoneal shunts (FVPS) and aqueductal stents (AST) have been the most favored. Though effective, FVPS are often difficult to place and have higher complication rates than conventional ventricular shunts. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of AST in IFV and compare the outcome with FVPS. METHODS: Twenty-five patients surgically treated for IFV were analyzed...
June 17, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632041/automated-volumetry-of-hippocampus-is-useful-to-confirm-unilateral-mesial-temporal-sclerosis-in-patients-with-radiologically-positive-findings
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Guilherme Silva, Cristina Martins, Nádia Moreira da Silva, Duarte Vieira, Dias Costa, Ricardo Rego, José Fonseca, João Paulo Silva Cunha
Background and purpose We evaluated two methods to identify mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS): visual inspection by experienced epilepsy neuroradiologists based on structural magnetic resonance imaging sequences and automated hippocampal volumetry provided by a processing pipeline based on the FMRIB Software Library. Methods This retrospective study included patients from the epilepsy monitoring unit database of our institution. All patients underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging in 1.5T and 3T scanners with protocols that included thin coronal T2, T1 and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and isometric T1 acquisitions...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631535/high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-exposing-facial-nerve-zonal-vulnerability-to-microbleeds-a-rare-cause-of-facial-palsy
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Charlie Chia-Tsong Hsu, Dalveer Singh, Trevor William Watkins, Gigi Nga Chi Kwan, Sachintha Hapugoda
Background We report a case of hypertensive microbleeds strategically located at the attached segment (AS) and root entry zone (REZ) at the left facial nerve causing facial paralysis. Case Report A 60-year-old woman presented with sudden onset left facial paralysis. Medical history was significant for poorly controlled hypertension secondary to bilateral adrenal hyperplasia (primary hyperaldosteronism). The patient was initially treated for presumptive Bell's palsy. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and internal auditory canal showed two microbleeds at the left cerebellopontine angle...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630885/bayesian-framework-inspired-no-reference-region-of-interest-quality-measure-for-brain-mri-images
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Michael Osadebey, Marius Pedersen, Douglas Arnold, Katrina Wendel-Mitoraj
We describe a postacquisition, attribute-based quality assessment method for brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images. It is based on the application of Bayes theory to the relationship between entropy and image quality attributes. The entropy feature image of a slice is segmented into low- and high-entropy regions. For each entropy region, there are three separate observations of contrast, standard deviation, and sharpness quality attributes. A quality index for a quality attribute is the posterior probability of an entropy region given any corresponding region in a feature image where quality attribute is observed...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630311/a-prokaryotic-viral-sequence-is-expressed-and-conserved-in-mammalian-brain
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Yang-Hui Yeh, Vignesh Gunasekharan, Laura Manuelidis
A natural and permanent transfer of prokaryotic viral sequences to mammals has not been reported by others. Circular "SPHINX" DNAs <5 kb were previously isolated from nuclease-protected cytoplasmic particles in rodent neuronal cell lines and brain. Two of these DNAs were sequenced after Φ29 polymerase amplification, and they revealed significant but imperfect homology to segments of commensal Acinetobacter phage viruses. These findings were surprising because the brain is isolated from environmental microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630291/global-sustainable-development-priorities-500-y-after-luther-sola-schola-et-sanitate
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Wolfgang Lutz
Martin Luther succinctly summarized his theology in sola statements, such as sola scriptura, viewing the Bible (scriptura) as the only valid source of information about God rather than what he viewed as the extraneous, corrupting church doctrine of the time. As a secular side effect of this focus on individual reading skills, the Protestant territories were the first to acquire high literacy rates, which subsequently fostered health, economic growth, and good governance. Here I argue that a similar priority focus on empowerment of all segments of all populations through education and health (sola schola et sanitate) is needed today for sustainable development...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629404/white-matter-lesions-characterise-brain-involvement-in-moderate-to-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-but-cerebral-atrophy-does-not
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Catherine A Spilling, Paul W Jones, James W Dodd, Thomas R Barrick
BACKGROUND: Brain pathology is relatively unexplored in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study is a comprehensive investigation of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes and how these relate to disease severity and cognitive function. METHODS: T1-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images were acquired for 31 stable COPD patients (FEV1 52.1% pred., PaO2 10.1 kPa) and 24 age, gender-matched controls. T1-weighted images were segmented into GM, WM and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tissue classes using a semi-automated procedure optimised for use with this cohort...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628946/structural-plasticity-of-the-ventral-stream-and-aphasia-recovery
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Emilie T McKinnon, Julius Fridriksson, G Russell Glenn, Jens H Jensen, Joseph A Helpern, Alexandra Basilakos, Christopher Rorden, Andy Y Shih, M Vittoria Spampinato, Leonardo Bonilha
Re-strengthening of the residual language network is likely crucial for speech recovery in post-stroke aphasia. Eight participants with chronic aphasia received intensive speech therapy for three weeks, with standardized naming tests and brain MRIs before and after therapy. Kurtosis-based diffusion tensor tractography was used to measure mean kurtosis (MK) along a segment of the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF). Therapy related reduction in the number of semantic but not phonemic errors was associated with strengthening (renormalization) of ILF MK (r=-0...
June 19, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626412/congenital-bilateral-c2-transverse-foramina-stenosis-causing-adult-onset-vertebrobasilar-insufficiency-and-posterior-circulation-stroke
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Ajeet Gordhan, Catherine Lockhart
Vertebrobasilar insufficiency leading to posterior circulation infarcts caused by congenital hypoplasia of the bilateral transverse foramina at the C2 level, affecting the caliber and flow of the bilateral distal cervical vertebral arteries in an adult, has not been previously reported. A 41-year-old male presented with episodic dizziness for a period of 1 year prior to consultation. Computed tomography angiography of the head and neck demonstrated congenital hypoplasia of the bilateral C2 transverse foramina, with absence of the vertebral arteries in each of the foramina and collateral reconstitution of diminutive intracranial vertebral artery segments...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626291/machine-learning-in-a-graph-framework-for-subcortical-segmentation
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Zhihui Guo, Satyananda Kashyap, Milan Sonka, Ipek Oguz
Automated and reliable segmentation of subcortical structures from human brain magnetic resonance images is of great importance for volumetric and shape analyses in quantitative neuroimaging studies. However, poor boundary contrast and variable shape of these structures make the automated segmentation a tough task. We propose a 3D graph-based machine learning method, called LOGISMOS-RF, to segment the caudate and the putamen from brain MRI scans in a robust and accurate way. An atlas-based tissue classification and bias-field correction method is applied to the images to generate an initial segmentation for each structure...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626186/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-presenting-with-transient-global-amnesia
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Kenji Isahaya, Kensuke Shinohara, Masashi Akamatu, Takahiro Shimizu, Kenzo Sakurai, Makoto Shiraishi, Hisanao Akiyama, Yasuhiro Hasegawa
A 65-year-old man who had been diagnosed with transient global amnesia (TGA) 15 years previously was admitted to hospital with complaints of amnesia and headache. His symptoms improved on day-2. The initial brain MRI and electroencephalography findings were normal. He was diagnosed with a recurrence of TGA and discharged. However, he returned with right leg weakness and complained of a thunderclap headache. MRI demonstrated subarachnoid hemorrhage and multifocal segmental narrowing of the left posterior cerebral artery (PCA) and large intracranial arteries, and he was diagnosed with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS)...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626050/admission-brain-cortical-volume-an-independent-determinant-of-poststroke-cognitive-vulnerability
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Sharmila Sagnier, Gwenaëlle Catheline, Bixente Dilharreguy, Fanny Munsch, Antoine Bigourdan, Mathilde Poli, Sabrina Debruxelles, Stéphane Olindo, Pauline Renou, François Rouanet, Vincent Dousset, Thomas Tourdias, Igor Sibon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Several markers of poststroke cognitive impairment have been reported. The role of brain cortical volume remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of brain cortical volume on cognitive outcomes using a voxel-based morphometry approach in subjects without prestroke dementia. METHODS: Ischemic stroke patients were prospectively recruited 24 to 72 hours post-stroke (M0). Cognition was evaluated at M0, 3 months, and 1 year (M12) using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the Isaacs set test, and the Zazzo's cancellation task...
June 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625240/-dynamic-changes-of-complement-level-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-its-relationships-with-myocardial-injury
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Aihong Shao, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Wenguang Hou, Yanfang Qi, Yue Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study relationships between myocardial injury and the levels of serum complement C3, C4 and C5b-9 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. 170 ACS patients [including 110 cases of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 60 cases of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS)] with ischemic chest pain or chest discomfort onset within the prior 12 hours admitted to the cardiology department of Tianjin Union Medicine Center from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622675/state-of-the-art-methods-for-brain-tissue-segmentation-a-review
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Lingraj Dora, Sanjay Agrawal, Rutuparna Panda, Ajith Abraham
Brain tissue segmentation is one of the most sought after research area in medical image processing. It provides detailed quantitative brain analysis for accurate disease diagnosis, detection and classification of abnormalities. It plays an essential role in discriminating healthy tissues from lesion tissues. Therefore, accurate disease diagnosis and treatment planning depends merely on the performance of segmentation method used. In this paper, we have studied the recent advances in brain tissue segmentation methods and their state-of-the-art in neuroscience research...
June 14, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621458/what-did-the-unossified-zone-of-the-non-mammalian-therapsid-braincase-house
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Michael Laaß, Burkhard Schillinger, Anders Kaestner
Most nonmammalian synapsids possess a mid-dorsal depression in the brain cavity known as the "unossified zone." It remains obscure which structures this zone contained, and, as candidates, the vermis of the cerebellum, the superior sagittal sinus, a junction of several blood vessels, the pineal gland or other midbrain structures were considered. Neutron tomography of a skull of Diictodon feliceps (Therapsida, Anomodontia) revealed some clear impressions of canals in this region of the brain cavity. Furthermore, the prootic sinus probably ran on the internal surface of the pila antotica and had a similar course in anomodonts as it has been proposed for cynodonts and Mesozoic mammals...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620400/comparing-pixel-and-object-based-approaches-to-map-an-understorey-invasive-shrub-in-tropical-mixed-forests
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Madhura Niphadkar, Harini Nagendra, Cristina Tarantino, Maria Adamo, Palma Blonda
The establishment of invasive alien species in varied habitats across the world is now recognized as a genuine threat to the preservation of biodiversity. Specifically, plant invasions in understory tropical forests are detrimental to the persistence of healthy ecosystems. Monitoring such invasions using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite remote sensing has been shown to be valuable in designing management interventions for conservation of native habitats. Object-based classification methods are very helpful in identifying invasive plants in various habitats, by their inherent nature of imitating the ability of the human brain in pattern recognition...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620293/a-manual-segmentation-tool-for-three-dimensional-neuron-datasets
#18
Chiara Magliaro, Alejandro L Callara, Nicola Vanello, Arti Ahluwalia
To date, automated or semi-automated software and algorithms for segmentation of neurons from three-dimensional imaging datasets have had limited success. The gold standard for neural segmentation is considered to be the manual isolation performed by an expert. To facilitate the manual isolation of complex objects from image stacks, such as neurons in their native arrangement within the brain, a new Manual Segmentation Tool (ManSegTool) has been developed. ManSegTool allows user to load an image stack, scroll down the images and to manually draw the structures of interest stack-by-stack...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614349/volume-of-the-crocodilian-brain-and-endocast-during-ontogeny
#19
Daniel Jirak, Jiri Janacek
Understanding complex situations and planning difficult actions require a brain of appropriate size. Animal encephalisation provides an indirect information about these abilities. The brain is entirely composed of soft tissue and, as such, rarely fossilises. As a consequence, the brain proportions and morphology of some extinct vertebrates are usually only inferred from their neurocranial endocasts. However, because the morphological configuration of the brain is not fully reflected in the endocast, knowledge of the brain/endocast relationship is essential (especially the ratio of brain volume to endocast volume or the equivalent proportion of interstitial tissue) for studying the endocasts of extinct animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613179/unsupervised-learning-of-spike-pattern-for-seizure-detection-and-wavefront-estimation-of-high-resolution-micro-electrocorticographic-%C3%AE-ecog-data
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Yilin Song, Yao Wang, Jonathan Viventi
For the past few years, we have developed flexible, active, multiplexed recording devices for high resolution recording over large, clinically relevant areas in the brain. While this technology has enabled a much higher-resolution view of the electrical activity of the brain, the analytical methods to process, categorize and respond to the huge volumes of seizure data produced by these devices have not yet been developed. In this work we proposed an unsupervised learning framework for spike analysis, which by itself reveals spike pattern...
June 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
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