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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820755/sleep-complications-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Natalie A Grima, Jennie L Ponsford, Matthew P Pase
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent research has provided extensive characterization as to the frequency and nature of sleep disturbances following traumatic brain injury (TBI). This review summarizes the current state of knowledge and proposes future directions for research. RECENT FINDINGS: Complaints of sleep disturbance are common following TBI, and objective assessments of sleep largely corroborate these complaints. Sleep is often disturbed in the acute phase postinjury and can persist for decades, with the prevalence of sleep disorders higher in patients with TBI as compared with the general population...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820304/predictors-of-quality-of-life-and-survival-following-gamma-knife-surgery-for-lung-cancer-brain-metastases-a-prospective-study
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Sidsel Bragstad, Marianne Flatebø, Gerd Karin Natvig, Geir Egil Eide, Geir Olve Skeie, Maziar Behbahani, Paal-Henning Pedersen, Per Øyvind Enger, Bente Sandvei Skeie
OBJECTIVE Lung cancer (LC) patients who develop brain metastases (BMs) have a poor prognosis. Estimations of survival and risk of treatment-related deterioration in quality of life (QOL) are important when deciding on treatment. Although we know of several prognostic factors for LC patients with BMs, the role of QOL has not been established. Authors of this study set out to evaluate changes in QOL following Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for BMs in LC patients and QOL as a prognostic factor for survival. METHODS Forty-four of 48 consecutive LC patients with BMs underwent GKS in the period from May 2010 to September 2011, and their QOL was prospectively assessed before and 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after GKS by using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR) questionnaire...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820142/nanomelatonin-triggers-superior-anticancer-functionality-in-a-human-malignant-glioblastoma-cell-line
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Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Anup Kumar Srivastava, Atul Dev, Babita Kaundal, Subhasree Roy Choudhury, Surajit Karmakar
Melatonin (MEL) has promising medicinal value as an anticancer agent in a variety of malignancies, but there are difficulties in achieving a therapeutic dose due to its short half-life, low bioavailability, poor solubility and extensive first-pass metabolism. In this study chitosan/tripolyphosphate (TPP) nanoparticles were prepared by an ionic gelation method to overcome the therapeutic challenges of melatonin and to improve its anticancer efficacy. Characterization of the melatonin-loaded chitosan (MEL-CS) nanoformulation was performed using transmission and scanning electron microscopies, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819796/simultaneous-eeg-pet-fmri-measurements-in-disorders-of-consciousness-an-exploratory-study-on-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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Daniel Golkowski, Katharina Merz, Caroline Mlynarcik, Tobias Kiel, Barbara Schorr, Alex Lopez-Rolon, Mathias Lukas, Denis Jordan, Andreas Bender, Rüdiger Ilg
Previous studies could demonstrate that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and electroencephalography (EEG) measures contain information about patients suffering from disorders of consciousness (DOC) and thus improve the clinical diagnosis. Additionally, the technical modalities were able to predict the outcome of patients. However, most studies lack proven reproducibility in a clinical setting. We here applied a standardized combined EEG/fMRI/FDG-PET measurement to a cohort of 20 patients suffering from DOC and focused on parameters that have been demonstrated to contain information about diagnosis and prognosis of these patients...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819707/metastatic-melanoma-prognostic-factors-and-survival-in-patients-with-brain-metastases
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E Frinton, D Tong, J Tan, G Read, V Kumar, S Kennedy, C Lim, R E Board
Brain metastases from malignant melanoma carry a poor prognosis. Novel systemic agents have improved overall survival (OS), but the value of whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) remains uncertain. The melanoma-specific graded prognostic assessment (msGPA) provides useful prognostic information, but the relevance to the modern-day population has not been validated. Since 2011, 53 patients received treatment for brain metastases from malignant melanoma at the Rosemere Cancer Centre medical oncology clinic...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819456/therapeutic-effect-of-astroglia-like-mesenchymal-stem-cells-expressing-glutamate-transporter-in-a-genetic-rat-model-of-depression
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Amit Shwartz, Oshra Betzer, Noam Kronfeld, Gila Kazimirsky, Simona Cazacu, Susan Finniss, Hae Kyung Lee, Menachem Motiei, Shani Yael Dagan, Rachela Popovtzer, Chaya Brodie, Gal Yadid
Recent studies have proposed that abnormal glutamatergic neurotransmission and glial pathology play an important role in the etiology and manifestation of depression. It was postulated that restoration of normal glutamatergic transmission, by enhancing glutamate uptake, may have a beneficial effect on depression. We examined this hypothesis using unique human glial-like mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which in addition to inherent properties of migration to regions of injury and secretion of neurotrophic factors, were differentiated to express high levels of functional glutamate transporters (excitatory amino acid transporters; EAAT)...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819446/incremental-value-of-circulating-mir-122-5p-to-predict-outcome-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Yvan Devaux, Antonio Salgado-Somoza, Josef Dankiewicz, Adeline Boileau, Pascal Stammet, Anna Schritz, Lu Zhang, Mélanie Vausort, Patrik Gilje, David Erlinge, Christian Hassager, Matthew P Wise, Michael Kuiper, Hans Friberg, Niklas Nielsen
Rationale. The value of microRNAs (miRNAs) as biomarkers has been addressed in various clinical contexts. Initial studies suggested that miRNAs, such as the brain-enriched miR-124-3p, might improve outcome prediction after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The aim of this study is to determine the prognostic value of miR-122-5p in a large cohort of comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Methods. We analyzed 590 patients from the Targeted Temperature Management trial (TTM-trial). Circulating levels of miR-122-5p were measured in serum samples obtained 48 hours after return of spontaneous circulation...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819205/fast-wide-volume-functional-imaging-of-engineered-in-vitro-brain-tissues
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G Palazzolo, M Moroni, A Soloperto, G Aletti, G Naldi, M Vassalli, T Nieus, F Difato
The need for in vitro models that mimic the human brain to replace animal testing and allow high-throughput screening has driven scientists to develop new tools that reproduce tissue-like features on a chip. Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro cultures are emerging as an unmatched platform that preserves the complexity of cell-to-cell connections within a tissue, improves cell survival, and boosts neuronal differentiation. In this context, new and flexible imaging approaches are required to monitor the functional states of 3D networks...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819140/enhancement-of-perivascular-spaces-in-7%C3%A2-t-mr-image-using-haar-transform-of-non-local-cubes-and-block-matching-filtering
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Yingkun Hou, Sang Hyun Park, Qian Wang, Jun Zhang, Xiaopeng Zong, Weili Lin, Dinggang Shen
Perivascular spaces (PVSs) in brain have a close relationship with typical neurological diseases. The quantitative studies of PVSs are meaningful but usually difficult, due to their thin and weak signals and also background noise in the 7 T brain magnetic resonance images (MRI). To clearly distinguish the PVSs in the 7 T MRI, we propose a novel PVS enhancement method based on the Haar transform of non-local cubes. Specifically, we extract a certain number of cubes from a small neighbor to form a cube group, and then perform Haar transform on each cube group...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818818/validation-of-a-smartphone-based-approach-to-in-situ-cognitive-fatigue-assessment
#10
Edward Price, George Moore, Leo Galway, Mark Linden
BACKGROUND: Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) can result in multiple detrimental cognitive effects, such as reduced memory capability, concentration, and planning. These effects can lead to cognitive fatigue, which can exacerbate the symptoms of ABIs and hinder management and recovery. Assessing cognitive fatigue is difficult due to the largely subjective nature of the condition and existing assessment approaches. Traditional methods of assessment use self-assessment questionnaires delivered in a medical setting, but recent work has attempted to employ more objective cognitive tests as a way of evaluating cognitive fatigue...
August 17, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818743/learning-and-combining-image-neighborhoods-using-random-forests-for-neonatal-brain-disease-classification
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Veronika A Zimmer, Ben Glocker, Nadine Hahner, Elisenda Eixarch, Gerard Sanroma, Eduard Gratacós, Daniel Rueckert, Miguel Ángel González Ballester, Gemma Piella
It is challenging to characterize and classify normal and abnormal brain development during early childhood. To reduce the complexity of heterogeneous data population, manifold learning techniques are increasingly applied, which find a low-dimensional representation of the data, while preserving all relevant information. The neighborhood definition used for constructing manifold representations of the population is crucial for preserving the similarity structure and it is highly application dependent. The recently proposed neighborhood approximation forests learn a neighborhood structure in a dataset based on a user-defined distance...
August 9, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818584/-neonatal-intoxication-to-vitamin-d-in-premature-babies-a-series-of-16%C3%A2-cases
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M Vierge, S Laborie, A Bertholet-Thomas, M-C Carlier, J-C Picaud, O Claris, J Bacchetta
INTRODUCTION: Preterm neonates are particularly at risk of vitamin D (25-D) deficiency. To prevent rickets and osteopenia in this population, international guidelines vary between 800 and 1000IU per day of vitamin D in Europe and recommend 400IU per day in the USA. Target levels of circulating 25-D are not well identified, with the lower target level 50-75nmol/L and the upper target level probably 120nmol/L. METHODS: Between 2013 and 2015, 16 premature infants (born<35WG) were referred to pediatric nephrology clinics because of symptoms secondary to 25-D overdose during the neonatal period...
August 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818511/vitamin-d-enhances-antiepileptic-and-cognitive-effects-of-lamotrigine-in-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats
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Ali F Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed A Afify, Amal M Mahfouz, Naiyer Shahzad, Ghazi A Bamagous, Saeed S Al Ghamdi
Despite long use of antiepileptic drugs, it remains a challenge to achieve seizure control while reducing adverse effects and preventing cognitive impairment. Several lines of evidence suggest a role of vitamin D in epilepsy. So this study aimed to investigate the effect of vitamin D on epileptogenesis, cognitive dysfunction and antiepileptic activity of lamotrigine, in a rat model of chemical kindling. Rats were kindled by pentylenetetrazole injections every other day over four weeks, together with daily oral treatment by either vehicle, vitamin D, lamotrigine or combination of vitamin D and lamotrigine...
August 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818411/long-term-supplementation-with-egcg-and-beta-alanine-decreases-mortality-but-does-not-affect-cognitive-or-muscle-function-in-aged-mice
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Brandt D Pence, Tushar K Bhattacharya, Pul Park, Jennifer L Rytych, Jacob M Allen, Yi Sun, Robert H McCusker, Keith W Kelley, Rodney W Johnson, Justin S Rhodes, Jeffrey A Woods
We have previously shown that 6weeks of a diet containing epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and beta-alanine (B-ALA) was not effective in improving either cognitive or muscle function in aged (18month) mice (Gibbons et al. Behav Brain Res 2014). However, diet reduced oxidative stress in the brain, and previous studies using longer-term interventions have documented beneficial effects in cognitive, but not muscle, function. Therefore, we investigated the effect of 6months of feeding on measures of cognitive and muscle function in mice...
August 14, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818262/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-mediates-cognitive-improvements-following-acute-exercise
#15
Andrew Borror
The mechanisms causing improved cognition following acute exercise are poorly understood. This article proposes that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is the main factor contributing to improved cognition following exercise. Additionally, it argues that cerebral blood flow (CBF) and oxidative stress explain the release of BDNF from cerebral endothelial cells. One way to test these hypotheses is to block endothelial function and measure the effect on BDNF levels and cognitive performance. The CBF and oxidative stress can also be examined in relationship to BDNF using a multiple linear regression...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818149/cerebellar-infarction-presenting-with-acute-vestibular-syndrome-in-two-u-s-air-force-pilots
#16
Roger R Hesselbrock
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar infarction is an uncommon but serious cause of isolated acute vestibular symptoms, particularly in young, healthy individuals, and can easily be overlooked. We present two cases of cerebellar infarction in U.S. Air Force pilots, one of which occurred during flight. CASE REPORTS: A 41-yr-old man developed acute vertigo, disequilibrium, nausea, and headache, with progressive slow symptomatic improvement, and presented to medical attention 4 d after symptom onset...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818006/the-role-of-the-bdnf-val66met-polymorphism-in-recovery-of-aphasia-after-stroke
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Riemke G A de Boer, Kerstin Spielmann, Majanka H Heijenbrok-Kal, Rick van der Vliet, Gerard M Ribbers, W Mieke E van de Sandt-Koenderman
BACKGROUND: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is assumed to play a role in mediating neuroplasticity after stroke. Carriers of the function-limiting Val66Met (rs6265) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) may have a downregulation in BDNF secretion, which may lead to a poorer prognosis after stroke compared to noncarriers in motor learning and motor function recovery. The present study investigates whether this polymorphism may also affect the recovery of poststroke aphasia (ie, language impairment)...
August 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817577/detailing-neuroanatomical-development-in-late-childhood-and-early-adolescence-using-noddi
#18
Alyssa Mah, Bryce Geeraert, Catherine Lebel
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies have provided much evidence of white and subcortical gray matter changes during late childhood and early adolescence that suggest increasing myelination, axon density, and/or fiber coherence. Neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) can be used to further characterize development in white and subcortical grey matter regions in the brain by improving specificity of the MRI signal compared to conventional DTI. We used measures from NODDI and DTI to examine white and subcortical gray matter development in a group of 27 healthy participants aged 8-13 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817568/an-optimal-strategy-for-epilepsy-surgery-disruption-of-the-rich-club
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Marinho A Lopes, Mark P Richardson, Eugenio Abela, Christian Rummel, Kaspar Schindler, Marc Goodfellow, John R Terry
Surgery is a therapeutic option for people with epilepsy whose seizures are not controlled by anti-epilepsy drugs. In pre-surgical planning, an array of data modalities, often including intra-cranial EEG, is used in an attempt to map regions of the brain thought to be crucial for the generation of seizures. These regions are then resected with the hope that the individual is rendered seizure free as a consequence. However, post-operative seizure freedom is currently sub-optimal, suggesting that the pre-surgical assessment may be improved by taking advantage of a mechanistic understanding of seizure generation in large brain networks...
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817498/an-interprofessional-approach-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-care
#20
Jerri L Jaffa, Marlene Dufault, Mary Lavin
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brain stem, and motor cortex that are responsible for voluntary movement. For unknown reasons, military veterans are approximately twice as likely as the public to be given a diagnosis of ALS. Currently, there is no cure for ALS. The only US Food and Drug Administration-approved disease-modifying medication is riluzole (Rilutek), which may slow ALS progression but only minimally increases survival time...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
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