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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446587/temporal-integration-and-1-f-power-scaling-in-a-circuit-model-of-cerebellar-interneurons
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Reinoud Maex, Boris Samuel Gutkin
Inhibitory interneurons interconnected via electrical and chemical (GABAA receptor) synapses form extensive circuits in several brain regions. They are thought to be involved in timing and synchronization through fast feed-forward control of principal neurons. Theoretical studies have shown, however, that whereas self-inhibition does indeed reduce response duration, lateral inhibition, in contrast, may generate slow response components through a process of gradual disinhibition. Here we simulated a circuit of interneurons (stellate and basket cells) of the molecular layer of the cerebellar cortex, and observed circuit time-constants that could rise, depending on the parameter values, to more than one second...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446583/a-shared-neural-integrator-for-human-posture-control
#2
Stephanie E Haggerty, Amy R Wu, Kathleen H Sienko, Arthur D Kuo
Control of standing posture requires fusion of multiple inputs including visual, vestibular, somatosensory, and other sensors, each having distinct dynamics. The semicircular canals, for example, have a high-pass filter response to angular velocity, quickly sensing a step change in head rotational velocity followed by a decay. To stabilize gaze despite this decay, the central nervous system supplies a neural "velocity storage" integrator, a filter that extends the angular velocity signal. Similar filtering might contribute temporal dynamics to posture control, as suggested by some state estimation models...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443004/assessing-somatosensory-utilization-during-unipedal-postural-control
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Rahul Goel, Yiri E De Dios, Nichole E Gadd, Erin E Caldwell, Brian T Peters, Millard F Reschke, Jacob J Bloomberg, Lars I E Oddsson, Ajitkumar P Mulavara
Multisensory-visual, vestibular and somatosensory information is integrated for appropriate postural control. The primary goal of this study was to assess somatosensory utilization during a functional motor task of unipedal postural control, in normal healthy adults. Assessing individual bias in the utilization of individual sensory contributions during postural control may help customization of rehabilitation protocols. In this study, a test paradigm of unipedal stance control in supine orientation with and without vision was assessed...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432328/tactile-flow-overides-other-cues-to-self-motion
#4
Laurence R Harris, Kenzo Sakurai, William H A Beaudot
Vestibular-somatosensory interactions are pervasive in the brain but it remains unclear why. Here we explore the contribution of tactile flow to processing self-motion. We assessed two aspects of self-motion: timing and speed. Participants sat on an oscillating swing and either kept their hands on their laps or rested them lightly on an earth-stationary surface. They viewed a grating oscillating at the same frequency as their motion and judged its phase or, in a separate experiment, its speed relative to their perceived motion...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400864/alveolar-bone-fracture-pathognomonic-sign-for-clinical-diagnosis
#5
Zvi Gutmacher, Eli Peled, Doron Norman, Shaul Lin
AIM: Dental injuries, especially luxation and avulsion, are common. Dental trauma can cause alveolar bone fracture that can lead to tooth loss and malocclusion. Single tooth alveolar bone fractures are difficult to identify unless it protrudes through the overlying mucosa and can be visualized. Pain, malocclusion, and tooth mobility provide signs of suspected alveolar bone fractures. Integrity of the proximate alveolar bone should be examined for fractures where avulsion, luxation, or other tooth trauma is detected...
2017: Open Dentistry Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397001/gait-ataxia-in-humans-vestibular-and-cerebellar-control-of-dynamic-stability
#6
Roman Schniepp, Ken Möhwald, Max Wuehr
During human locomotion, vestibular feedback control is fundamental for maintaining dynamic stability and adapting the gait pattern to external circumstances. Within the supraspinal locomotor network, the cerebellum represents the key site for the integration of vestibular feedback information. The cerebellum is further important for the fine-tuning and coordination of limb movements during walking. The aim of this review article is to highlight the shared structural and functional sensorimotor principles in vestibular and cerebellar locomotion control...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396651/descending-influences-on-vestibulospinal-and-vestibulosympathetic-reflexes
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REVIEW
Andrew A McCall, Derek M Miller, Bill J Yates
This review considers the integration of vestibular and other signals by the central nervous system pathways that participate in balance control and blood pressure regulation, with an emphasis on how this integration may modify posture-related responses in accordance with behavioral context. Two pathways convey vestibular signals to limb motoneurons: the lateral vestibulospinal tract and reticulospinal projections. Both pathways receive direct inputs from the cerebral cortex and cerebellum, and also integrate vestibular, spinal, and other inputs...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388686/vestibular-stimulation-induced-facilitation-of-cervical-premotoneuronal-systems-in-humans
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Shinya Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, Shun Irie, Ryohei Ariyasu, Tomoyoshi Komiyama, Yukari Ohki
It is unclear how descending inputs from the vestibular system affect the excitability of cervical interneurons in humans. To elucidate this, we investigated the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) on the spatial facilitation of motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) induced by combined pyramidal tract and peripheral nerve stimulation. To assess the spatial facilitation, electromyograms were recorded from the biceps brachii muscles (BB) of healthy subjects. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over the contralateral primary motor cortex and electrical stimulation of the ipsilateral ulnar nerve at the wrist were delivered either separately or together, with interstimulus intervals of 10 ms (TMS behind)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387690/the-vestibular-implant-a-probe-in-orbit-around-the-human-balance-system
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Angelica Perez Fornos, Samuel Cavuscens, Maurizio Ranieri, Raymond van de Berg, Robert Stokroos, Herman Kingma, Jean-Philippe Guyot, Nils Guinand
The primary goal of the vestibular implant is to restore the vestibular function in patients with a disabling bilateral vestibular loss for whom there is currently no available treatment. The prototype developed by our team is a hybrid system consisting of a modified cochlear implant incorporating additional vestibular electrodes. Therefore, in addition of delivering sound information it is also capable of delivering motion information to the central nervous system using electrical stimulation. To date, thirteen patients have been implanted with such vestibular implant prototypes...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365895/does-proton-therapy-have-a-future-in-cns-tumors
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Stephanie E Combs
Proton therapy is characterized by certain physical properties leading to a reduction in integral dose. As proton therapy becomes more widely available, the ongoing discussion on the real indications for proton therapy becomes more important. In the present article, data on proton therapy for tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) is summarized and discussed in view of modern photon treatments. Still today, no randomized controlled trials are available confirming any clinical benefit of protons in CNS tumors...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360849/embodied-medicine-mens-sana-in-corpore-virtuale-sano
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Giuseppe Riva, Silvia Serino, Daniele Di Lernia, Enea Francesco Pavone, Antonios Dakanalis
Progress in medical science and technology drastically improved physicians' ability to interact with patient's physical body. Nevertheless, medicine still addresses the human body from a Hippocratic point of view, considering the organism and its processes just as a matter of mechanics and fluids. However, the interaction between the cognitive neuroscience of bodily self-consciousness (BSC), fundamentally rooted in the integration of multisensory bodily inputs, with virtual reality (VR), haptic technologies and robotics is giving a new meaning to the classic Juvenal's latin dictum "Mens sana in corpore sano" (a healthy mind in a healthy body)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357083/primary-laryngeal-localization-of-multiple-myeloma-a-case-report
#12
Eugenia Allegra, Nicolò Marino, Domenico Modica, Carmela Emmanuele, Vincenzo Saita
Multiple myeloma is a lymphoproliferative disease that may involve the bone marrow as well as extramedullary soft tissues. However, laryngeal localization of multiple myeloma is extremely rare. We herein present the case of a 68-year-old male patient with a history of dyspnea, dysphonia and dysphagia. Laryngoscopic examination revealed a lesion involving the right glottis and right vestibular (false) vocal fold, with absence of ipsilateral laryngeal motility and constriction of the airway. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a gross swelling infiltrating the right glottis and right false vocal fold, sized 33×19×33 mm, with sub-centimeter laterocervical lymph nodes bilaterally...
February 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356472/task-dependent-vestibular-feedback-responses-in-reaching
#13
Johannes Keyser, W Pieter Medendorp, Luc P J Selen
When reaching for an earth-fixed object during self-rotation, the motor system should appropriately integrate vestibular signals and sensory predictions to compensate for the intervening motion and its induced inertial forces. While it is well established that this integration occurs rapidly, it is unknown if vestibular feedback is processed dependent on the behavioral goal. Here, we studied whether vestibular signals evoke fixed responses with the aim to preserve the hand trajectory in space or are processed more flexibly, correcting trajectories only in task-relevant spatial dimensions...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350775/postsurgical-physical-therapy-management-of-congenital-muscular-torticollis
#14
Magdalena Oledzka, Maureen Suhr
PURPOSE: To present 2 cases with severe congenital muscular torticollis and describe postsurgical physical therapy management. DESCRIPTION: Two children diagnosed with severe congenital muscular torticollis underwent surgical release of the involved sternocleidomastoid muscle with subsequent physical therapy. Presurgical examination findings, surgical technique, and postsurgical rehabilitation guidelines are described. RESULTS: Both cases achieved full range of motion and symmetrical muscle strength...
April 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346894/the-romberg-ratio-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#15
Alon Kalron
Postural control relies on the integration of inputs from the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems which are frequently impaired in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS). In this situation, examining the Romberg ratio can be useful. This parameter can be interpreted as a gross indicator of a vestibular and proprioceptive contribution to postural control. Therefore, the primary objective of the current study was to examine whether the Romberg ratio differs between MS fallers, non-fallers and neurological disability levels...
March 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343804/evaluation-of-the-grafted-fascia-in-the-vocal-fold-of-dogs-a-histologic-study
#16
Eduardo G B Carvalho, Henrique F Pauna, Almiro J Machado, Ester M D Nicola, Albina M A M Altemani, Agrício N Crespo
INTRODUCTION: There is no consensus on the ideal graft for medialization surgery of the vocal folds in the literature. One of the most favorable proposals is the use of autologous fascia, which seems limited by the lack of information regarding the integration of grafted tissue. Our study aims to evaluate the degree of fully engrafted fascia integration in the vocal fold lamina propria of dogs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen adult mongrel dogs that underwent intravenous general anesthesia were selected and kept under spontaneous ventilation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318060/integrating-postural-and-vestibular-dimensions-to-depict-impairment-in-moderate-to-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-patients
#17
Alessandro Micarelli, Claudio Liguori, Andrea Viziano, Francesca Izzi, Fabio Placidi, Marco Alessandrini
Vestibular dysfunction was linked to moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) patients in literature. However, due to a lack of knowledge among valid and recent implementations conceived to study postural control on static posturography (SP) and vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) gain under physiological conditions (video Head Impulse Test; vHIT), the aim of this work was to integrate (i) VOR changes via vHIT implementation, (ii) postural arrangement by studying both classical parameters and frequency spectra (PS) and (iii) correlation between these findings, polygraphic (PG) and subjective scores along Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302571/alpha-9-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-mediate-hypothermic-responses-elicited-by-provocative-motion-in-mice
#18
Longlong Tu, Lauren Poppi, John Rudd, Ethan T Cresswell, Doug W Smith, Alan Brichta, Eugene Nalivaiko
Hypothermic responses accompany motion sickness in humans and can be elicited by provocative motion in rats. We aimed to determine the potential role in these responses of the efferent cholinergic vestibular innervation. To this end, we used knockout (KO) mice lacking α9 cholinoreceptor subunit predominantly expressed in the vestibular hair cells and CBA strain as a wild-type (WT) control. In WT mice, circular horizontal motion (1Hz, 4cm radius, 20min) caused rapid and dramatic falls in core body temperature and surface head temperature associated with a transient rise in the tail temperature; these responses were substantially attenuated in KO mice; changes were (WT vs...
March 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292832/functional-organization-of-vestibulo-ocular-responses-in-abducens-motoneurons
#19
Haike Dietrich, Stefan Glasauer, Hans Straka
Vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VORs) are the dominating contributors to gaze stabilization in all vertebrates. During horizontal head movements, abducens motoneurons form the final element of the reflex arc that integrates visuovestibular inputs into temporally precise motor commands for the lateral rectus eye muscle. Here, we studied a possible differentiation of abducens motoneurons into subtypes by evaluating their morphology, discharge properties, and synaptic pharmacology in semi-intact in vitro preparations of larval Xenopus laevis Extracellular nerve recordings during sinusoidal head motion revealed a continuum of resting rates and activation thresholds during vestibular stimulation...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254458/the-cortical-spatiotemporal-correlate-of-otolith-stimulation-vestibular-evoked-potentials-by-body-translations
#20
M Ertl, M Moser, R Boegle, J Conrad, P Zu Eulenburg, M Dieterich
The vestibular organ senses linear and rotational acceleration of the head during active and passive motion. These signals are necessary for bipedal locomotion, navigation, the coordination of eye and head movements in 3D space. The temporal dynamics of vestibular processing in cortical structures have hardly been studied in humans, let alone with natural stimulation. The aim was to investigate the cortical vestibular network related to natural otolith stimulation using a hexapod motion platform. We conducted two experiments, 1...
February 22, 2017: NeuroImage
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