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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433979/lethal-high-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis-adem-triggered-by-toxic-effect-of-synthetic-cannabinoid-black-mamba
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Kiran Samra, Ian S Boon, Gregory Packer, Saiju Jacob
A previously well 25-year-old man presented with agitation, double incontinence and left-sided incoordination. His symptoms started after smoking a synthetic cannabinoid (black mamba) 5 days earlier. Over 48 hours, he developed aphasia, generalised hypertonia, hyper-reflexia and dense left hemiparesis. This progressed to profuse diaphoresis, fever, tachycardia, hypertension and a possible seizure necessitating admission to the intensive care unit. CT head and cerebrospinal fluid analysis were unremarkable...
April 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433628/ca-2-dependent-hyperpolarization-hypothesis-for-mammalian-sleep
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REVIEW
Fumiya Tatsuki, Koji L Ode, Hiroki R Ueda
The detailed molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of sleep/wake cycles in mammals are elusive. In this regulation, at least two mechanisms with fast and slow time scales are involved. In the faster time scale, a state of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep can be microscopically characterized by the millisecond-to-second-order electrical behavior of neurons, namely slow-wave oscillations described by electrophysiology. In the slower time scale, the total duration of NREM sleep is homeostatically regulated by sleep pressure (the need for sleep), which is usually sustained for hours or even days and can be macroscopically described by electroencephalogram (EEG)...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433578/a-novel-device-for-continuous-long-term-electroencephalogram-recording-and-drug-administration-in-mice-with-a-nice-powerful-and-sophisticated-wired-system
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Shigeru Watanabe, Masanori Saito, Masaki Soma, Hitoshi Miyaoka, Masami Takahashi
BACKGROUND: To elucidate mechanisms of epileptogenesis and epileptic maturation, and to develop new AEDs, it is indispensable to administer various drugs and to examine their effects on EEG over a long period of observation. NEW METHOD: We constructed a device for the continuous measurement of electroencephalography (EEG) and the infusion of anti-epileptic drugs over a prolonged period of time in moving mice. The system includes a slip ring and a swivel to prevent twisting of the recording cable and infusion tube, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433090/neural-biomarker-and-early-temperament-predict-increased-internalizing-symptoms-after-a%C3%A2-natural-disaster
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Alexandria Meyer, Carla Kmett Danielson, Allison P Danzig, Vickie Bhatia, Sarah R Black, Evelyn Bromet, Gabrielle Carlson, Greg Hajcak, Roman Kotov, Daniel N Klein
OBJECTIVE: Although most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their life, only some will develop significant psychological symptoms in the aftermath. In the current study, we use a preexisting longitudinal study located in Long Island to examine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on internalizing symptoms in a large sample of children. We focused on temperamental fear and a biomarker of risk for anxiety, the error-related negativity (ERN). The ERN is a negative deflection in the event-related potential (ERP) occurring when individuals make mistakes and is increased in anxious individuals...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431949/classification-of-eeg-signals-to-identify-variations-in-attention-during-motor-task-execution
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Susan Aliakbaryhosseinabadi, Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako, Ning Jiang, Dario Farina, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
BACKGROUND: Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems in neuro-rehabilitation use brain signals to control external devices. User status such as attention affects BCI performance; thus detecting the user's attention drift due to internal or external factors is essential for high detection accuracy. NEW METHOD: An auditory oddball task was applied to divert the users' attention during a simple ankle dorsiflexion movement. Electroencephalogram signals were recorded from eighteen channels...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431164/low-activity-microstates-during-sleep
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Hiroyuki Miyawaki, Yazan N Billeh, Kamran Diba
Study Objectives: To better understand the distinct activity patterns of the brain during sleep, we observed and investigated periods of diminished oscillatory and population spiking activity lasting for seconds during non-REM sleep, which we call "LOW" activity sleep. Methods: We analyzed spiking and local field potential (LFP) activity of hippocampal CA1 region alongside neocortical electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG) in 19 sessions from four male Long-Evans rats (262-363g) during natural wake/sleep across the 24-hr cycle, as well as data from other brain regions obtained from http://crcns...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429535/a-cross-circulated-bicephalic-model-of-head-transplantation
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Peng-Wei Li, Xin Zhao, Yun-Long Zhao, Bing-Jian Wang, Yang Song, Zi-Long Shen, Hong-Jun Jiang, Hai Jin, Sergio Canavero, Xiao-Ping Ren
AIMS: A successful cephalosomatic anastomosis ("head transplant") requires, among others, the ability to control long-term immune rejection and avoidance of ischemic events during the head transference phase. We developed a bicephalic model of head transplantation to study these aspects. METHODS AND RESULTS: The thoracic aorta and superior vena cava of a donor rat were anastomosed with the carotid artery and extracorporeal veins of a recipient rat by vascular grafts...
April 21, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422826/idiopathic-hypoparathyroidism-with-extensive-intracranial-calcification-in-children-first-report-from-saudi-arabia
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Naglaa M Kamal, Hamed A Alghamdi, Abdulrahman A Halabi, Ayman A Bakkar, Ali Algarni, Abdullah Alharbi, Abdulla A Alharthi, Rawan A Alharbi, Laila M Sherief
RATIONALE: Pediatric idiopathic hypoparathyroidism with extensive intracranial calcifications outside the basal ganglia (BG) is extremely rare with less than 10 cases worldwide. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 11-year-old Saudi male child presented with tetany with otherwise normal neurological and other body system examination diagnoses severe hypocalcemia for differential diagnosis. INTERVENTIONS: Further investigations revealed hyperphosphatemia and undetectable serum intact parathyroid hormone...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422647/eeg-based-affect-and-workload-recognition-in-a-virtual-driving-environment-for-asd-intervention
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Jing Fan, Joshua W Wade, Alexandra P Key, Zachary Warren, Nilanjan Sarkar
OBJECTIVE: To build group-level classification models capable of recognizing affective states and mental workload of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during driving skill training. METHODS: Twenty adolescents with ASD participated in a six-session virtual reality driving simulator based experiment, during which their electroencephalogram (EEG) data were recorded alongside driving events and a therapist's rating of their affective states and mental workload...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420263/an-unusual-cause-of-frequent-sudden-transient-unexplained-falls-and-new-onset-status-epilepticus-case-report-and-mini-review
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Dinesh Singh, Alford Dyer, Sherry Gu, Patrick McCarville, Annie Hess, Olugbenga Akingbola, Jane El-Dahr, Stephen Nelson
We report a 14-year old adolescent Caucasian female, who presented with frequent, sudden, transient, and unexplained falls leading to multiple serious injuries to her head and extremities requiring several visits to the emergency department. She was evaluated numerous times and imaging studies, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, and electroencephalogram studies were all normal. She eventually presented to outside emergency department with dystonic posturing and status epilepticus and was transferred to our pediatric intensive care unit for further management...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418189/epileptic-manifestations-in-stroke-patients-treated-with-intravenous-alteplase
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C Bentes, H Martins, A R Peralta, C Morgado, C Casimiro, A C Franco, A C Fonseca, R Geraldes, P Canhão, T Pinho E Melo, T Paiva, J M Ferro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous alteplase (rtPA) may be associated with seizures and epileptic activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG). The aim of this work was to compare the frequency of seizures and EEG abnormalities between stroke patients treated and not treated with rtPA. METHODS: This was a prospective study of consecutive acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, with 1-year follow-up. Patients were previously independent, had an admission National Institute of Health Stroke Scale score ≥4, an acute ischaemic lesion and no previous seizures...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416780/new-onset-epilepsy-in-the-elderly-clinical-radiological-and-electroencephalographic-features-and-treatment-responses
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Erum M Shariff, Fahd A AlKhamis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate new onset epilepsy characteristics, etiology, radiological and electroencephalographic features and to document treatment response in the elderly. METHODS: This was a retrospective study carried out in King Fahd Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 2010 to 2013. Medical records were searched to recruit patients. Hundred and nineteen patients were enrolled who fulfill the inclusion criteria. Clinical data with respect to seizure semiology, etiology, electroencephalographic findings, radiological findings, co-morbidities, and anti-epileptic drug (AED) therapy were assessed...
April 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414908/an-experimental-computational-study-of-carbon-nanotubes-effects-on-mitochondrial-respiration-in-silico-nano-qspr-machine-learning-models-based-on-new-raman-spectra-transform-with-markov-shannon-entropy-invariants
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Michael González-Durruthy, Luciane Carla Alberici, Zeki Naal, David T Atique-Sawazaki, Carlos Curti, José Manuel Vázquez-Naya, Humbert Gonzalez-Diaz, Cristian Robert Munteanu
The study of selective toxicity of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on mitochondria (CNT-mitotoxicity) is of major interest for future biomedical applications. In the current work, the mitochondrial oxygen consumption (E3) is measured under three experimental conditions by exposure to pristine and oxidized CNTs (hydroxylated and carboxylated). Respiratory functional assays showed that the information of the CNT-Raman spectroscopy could be useful to predict structural parameters of mitotoxicity induced by CNTs. The in vitro functional assays show that the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation by ATP-synthase (or state V3 of respiration) was not perturbed in isolated rat-liver mitochondria...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414803/new-metric-for-optimizing-continuous-loop-averaging-deconvolution-clad-sequences-under-the-1-f-noise-model
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Xian Peng, Han Yuan, Wufan Chen, Tao Wang, Lei Ding
Continuous loop averaging deconvolution (CLAD) is one of the proven methods for recovering transient auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) in rapid stimulation paradigms, which requires an elaborated stimulus sequence design to attenuate impacts from noise in data. The present study aimed to develop a new metric in gauging a CLAD sequence in terms of noise gain factor (NGF), which has been proposed previously but with less effectiveness in the presence of pink (1/f) noise. We derived the new metric by explicitly introducing the 1/f model into the proposed time-continuous sequence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414333/dynamic-hidden-states-underlying-working-memory-guided-behavior
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Michael J Wolff, Janina Jochim, Elkan G Akyürek, Mark G Stokes
Recent theoretical models propose that working memory is mediated by rapid transitions in 'activity-silent' neural states (for example, short-term synaptic plasticity). According to the dynamic coding framework, such hidden state transitions flexibly configure memory networks for memory-guided behavior and dissolve them equally fast to allow forgetting. We developed a perturbation approach to measure mnemonic hidden states in an electroencephalogram. By 'pinging' the brain during maintenance, we show that memory-item-specific information is decodable from the impulse response, even in the absence of attention and lingering delay activity...
April 17, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413741/serial-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Ahmed H Qavi, Tasnim F Imran, Zachariah Hasan, Fariha Ilyas, Usman Ghani, Salman Assad, Shabih Hasan
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. CJD usually appears in later life and runs a rapid course. Typically, the onset of symptoms occurs about age 60 and about 90% of individuals die within one year. We report a case of 67-year-old male presented with progressive aphasia, confusion, dysphagia and inability to carry out activities of daily life (ADLs) over a period of three to four weeks. The patient had past medical history of chronic atrial fibrillation and hypertension...
March 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413125/transient-dysautonomia-in-an-acute-phase-of-encephalopathy-with-biphasic-seizures-and-late-reduced-diffusion
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Yuko Ichimiya, Noriyuki Kaku, Yasunari Sakai, Fumiya Yamashita, Wakato Matsuoka, Mamoru Muraoka, Satoshi Akamine, Soichi Mizuguchi, Michiko Torio, Yoshitomo Motomura, Yuichiro Hirata, Yoshito Ishizaki, Masafumi Sanefuji, Hiroyuki Torisu, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihiko Maehara, Shouichi Ohga
Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH) is a dysautonomic condition that is associated with various types of acquired brain injuries. Traumatic brain lesions have been documented as the leading cause of PSH. However, detailed clinical features of pediatric PSH caused by intrinsic brain lesions remain to be elusive. We present a 3-year-old boy, who had been diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, developmental delay and epilepsy after perinatal hypoxia-induced brain injury. He developed status epilepticus with fever on the third day of respiratory infection...
April 13, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412953/quantification-of-task-dependent-cortical-activation-evoked-by-robotic-continuous-wrist-joint-manipulation-in-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
#18
Martijn P Vlaar, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Julius P A Dewald, Erwin E H van Wegen, Alfred C Schouten, Gert Kwakkel, Frans C T van der Helm
BACKGROUND: Cortical damage after stroke can drastically impair sensory and motor function of the upper limb, affecting the execution of activities of daily living and quality of life. Motor impairment after stroke has been thoroughly studied, however sensory impairment and its relation to movement control has received less attention. Integrity of the somatosensory system is essential for feedback control of human movement, and compromised integrity due to stroke has been linked to sensory impairment...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412441/noise-robust-cortical-tracking-of-attended-speech-in-real-world-acoustic-scenes
#19
Søren Asp Fuglsang, Torsten Dau, Jens Hjortkjær
Selectively attending to one speaker in a multi-speaker scenario is thought to synchronize low-frequency cortical activity to the attended speech signal. In recent studies, reconstruction of speech from single-trial electroencephalogram (EEG) data has been used to decode which talker a listener is attending to in a two-talker situation. It is currently unclear how this generalizes to more complex sound environments. Behaviorally, speech perception is robust to the acoustic distortions that listeners typically encounter in everyday life, but it is unknown whether this is mirrored by a noise-robust neural tracking of attended speech...
April 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410052/robust-averaging-of-covariances-for-eeg-recordings-classification-in-motor-imagery-brain-computer-interfaces
#20
Takashi Uehara, Matteo Sartori, Toshihisa Tanaka, Simone Fiori
The estimation of covariance matrices is of prime importance to analyze the distribution of multivariate signals. In motor imagery-based brain-computer interfaces (MI-BCI), covariance matrices play a central role in the extraction of features from recorded electroencephalograms (EEGs); therefore, correctly estimating covariance is crucial for EEG classification. This letter discusses algorithms to average sample covariance matrices (SCMs) for the selection of the reference matrix in tangent space mapping (TSM)-based MI-BCI...
April 14, 2017: Neural Computation
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