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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918366/oculographic-clinical-test-of-sensory-integration-and-balance-and-computerized-dynamic-posturography-findings-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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Juan Carlos Amor-Dorado, Maria P Barreira-Fernandez, Javier Llorca, Miguel A Gonzalez-Gay
OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency and characteristics of the oculographic findings and the usefulness of the clinical test of sensory integration and balance (CTSIB) for the evaluation of balance in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) by comparing this test with the computerized dynamic posturography (CDP). STUDY DESIGN: A series of consecutive patients that fulfilled the Moll and Wright criteria for PsA and matched controls were studied. SETTING: The study was performed at the Otolaryngology Division of a tertiary reference center...
December 1, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911755/transformation-of-vestibular-signals-for-the-control-of-standing-in-humans
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Patrick A Forbes, Billy L Luu, H F Machiel Van der Loos, Elizabeth A Croft, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin
: During standing balance, vestibular signals encode head movement and are transformed into coordinates that are relevant to maintaining upright posture of the whole body. This transformation must account for head-on-body orientation as well as the muscle actions generating the postural response. Here, we investigate whether this transformation is dependent upon a muscle's ability to stabilize the body along the direction of a vestibular disturbance. Subjects were braced on top of a robotic balance system that simulated the mechanics of standing while being exposed to an electrical vestibular stimulus that evoked a craniocentric vestibular error of head roll...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903187/stereotactic-diffusion-tensor-imaging-tractography-for-gamma-knife-radiosurgery
#3
Cormac G Gavin, H Ian Sabin
OBJECTIVE The integration of modern neuroimaging into treatment planning has increased the therapeutic potential and safety of stereotactic radiosurgery. The authors report their method of integrating stereotactic diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography into conventional treatment planning for Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS). The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of this technique and to address some of the technical limitations of previously reported techniques. METHODS Twenty patients who underwent GKRS composed the study cohort...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898605/initial-results-of-a-safety-and-feasibility-study-of-auditory-brainstem-implantation-in-congenitally-deaf-children
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Eric P Wilkinson, Laurie S Eisenberg, Mark D Krieger, Marc S Schwartz, Margaret Winter, Jamie L Glater, Amy S Martinez, Laurel M Fisher, Robert V Shannon
OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and feasibility of the auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in congenitally deaf children with cochlear aplasia and/or cochlear nerve deficiency. STUDY DESIGN: Phase I feasibility clinical trial of surgery in 10 children, ages 2 to 5 years, over a 3-year period. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital and university-based pediatric speech/language/hearing center. INTERVENTION(S): ABI implantation and postsurgical programming...
November 24, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888414/structural-brain-abnormalities-in-patients-with-vestibular-migraine
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Roberta Messina, Maria A Rocca, Bruno Colombo, Roberto Teggi, Andrea Falini, Giancarlo Comi, Massimo Filippi
New advances in understanding the pathophysiology of vestibular migraine (VM) have suggested a large overlap between migraine and vestibular pathways. We explored the regional distribution of gray (GM) and white matter (WM) abnormalities in VM patients in comparison to migraine patients with (MWA) and without aura (MWoA) and their correlations with patients' clinical manifestations. Using a 3.0 Tesla scanner, brain T2-weighted and 3D T1-weighted MRI scans were acquired from 19 VM, 19 MWA, 19 MWoA and 20 age-matched controls...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883068/-cerebellar-contribution-to-visuo-attentional-alpha-rhythm-insights-from-weightlessness
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A M Cebolla, M Petieau, B Dan, L Balazs, J McIntyre, G Cheron
Human brain adaptation in weightlessness follows the necessity to reshape the dynamic integration of the neural information acquired in the new environment. This basic aspect was here studied by the electroencephalogram (EEG) dynamics where oscillatory modulations were measured during a visuo-attentional state preceding a visuo-motor docking task. Astronauts in microgravity conducted the experiment in free-floating aboard the International Space Station, before the space flight and afterwards. We observed stronger power decrease (~ERD: event related desynchronization) of the ~10 Hz oscillation from the occipital-parietal (alpha ERD) to the central areas (mu ERD)...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877114/ontogenetic-development-of-vestibulo-ocular-reflexes-in-amphibians
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Francisco Branoner, Boris P Chagnaud, Hans Straka
Vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VOR) ensure gaze stability during locomotion and passively induced head/body movements. In precocial vertebrates such as amphibians, vestibular reflexes are required very early at the onset of locomotor activity. While the formation of inner ears and the assembly of sensory-motor pathways is largely completed soon after hatching, angular and translational/tilt VOR display differential functional onsets and mature with different time courses. Otolith-derived eye movements appear immediately after hatching, whereas the appearance and progressive amelioration of semicircular canal-evoked eye movements is delayed and dependent on the acquisition of sufficiently large semicircular canal diameters...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874249/role-of-neural-integrators-in-oculomotor-systems-a%C3%A2-systematic-narrative-literature-review
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Katherine Sanchez, Fiona J Rowe
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of neural integrators (NI) in the oculomotor system. METHODS: A literature search was carried out using several electronic databases during the months of June 2014 to March 2015. The following keywords were used to generate focused results: 'neural integrators', 'gaze-holding', 'oculomotor integration', 'impaired gaze-holding', 'gaze evoked nystagmus' and 'gaze dysfunction'. Further materials were found through searching relevant articles within reference lists...
November 22, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844055/a-bayesian-account-of-visual-vestibular-interactions-in-the-rod-and-frame-task
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Bart B G T Alberts, Anouk J de Brouwer, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
Panoramic visual cues, as generated by the objects in the environment, provide the brain with important information about gravity direction. To derive an optimal, i.e., Bayesian, estimate of gravity direction, the brain must combine panoramic information with gravity information detected by the vestibular system. Here, we examined the individual sensory contributions to this estimate psychometrically. We asked human subjects to judge the orientation (clockwise or counterclockwise relative to gravity) of a briefly flashed luminous rod, presented within an oriented square frame (rod-in-frame)...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824897/functional-plasticity-after-unilateral-vestibular-midbrain-infarction-in-human-positron-emission-tomography
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Sandra Becker-Bense, Hans-Georg Buchholz, Bernhard Baier, Mathias Schreckenberger, Peter Bartenstein, Andreas Zwergal, Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
The aim of the study was to uncover mechanisms of central compensation of vestibular function at brainstem, cerebellar, and cortical levels in patients with acute unilateral midbrain infarctions presenting with an acute vestibular tone imbalance. Eight out of 17 patients with unilateral midbrain infarctions were selected on the basis of signs of a vestibular tone imbalance, e.g., graviceptive (tilts of perceived verticality) and oculomotor dysfunction (skew deviation, ocular torsion) in F18-fluordeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET at two time points: A) in the acute stage, and B) after recovery 6 months later...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815592/-intraoperative-monitoring-of-cochlear-nerve-function-during-cerebello-pontine-angle-surgery
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S Rampp, T Rahne, S K Plontke, C Strauss, J Prell
BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures in the cerebello-pontine angle (CPA), e. g. for vestibular schwannoma, have an increased risk for damage to the cochlear nerve. Consequently, hearing deterioration up to complete deafness may result with severe impact on quality of life. Methods for intraoperative monitoring of function may minimize such risks. OBJECTIVE: Review of current methods for intraoperative monitoring of the cochelar nerve and summary of new developments...
November 4, 2016: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790095/merged-group-tractography-evaluation-with-selective-automated-group-integrated-tractography
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David Q Chen, Jidan Zhong, David J Hayes, Brendan Behan, Matthew Walker, Peter S-P Hung, Mojgan Hodaie
Introduction: Tractography analysis in group-based studies across large populations has been difficult to implement. We propose Selective Automated Group Integrated Tractography (SAGIT), an automated group tractography software platform that incorporates multiple diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) practices which will allow great accessibility to group-wise dMRI. We use a merged tractography approach that permits evaluation of tractography datasets at the group level. We also introduce an image normalized overlap score (NOS) that measures the quality of the group tractography results...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789758/examining-the-effect-of-age-on-visual-vestibular-self-motion-perception-using-a-driving-paradigm
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Robert Ramkhalawansingh, Behrang Keshavarz, Bruce Haycock, Saba Shahab, Jennifer L Campos
Previous psychophysical research has examined how younger adults and non-human primates integrate visual and vestibular cues to perceive self-motion. However, there is much to be learned about how multisensory self-motion perception changes with age, and how these changes affect performance on everyday tasks involving self-motion. Evidence suggests that older adults display heightened multisensory integration compared with younger adults; however, few previous studies have examined this for visual-vestibular integration...
October 27, 2016: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780583/development-of-an-evidence-based-decision-pathway-for-vestibular-schwannoma-treatment-options
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Faina Linkov, Benita Valappil, Jacob McAfee, Sharon L Goughnour, Douglas M Hildrew, Andrew A McCall, Igor Linkov, Barry Hirsch, Carl Snyderman
OBJECTIVE: To integrate multiple sources of clinical information with patient feedback to build evidence-based decision support model to facilitate treatment selection for patients suffering from vestibular schwannomas (VS). METHODS: This was a mixed methods study utilizing focus group and survey methodology to solicit feedback on factors important for making treatment decisions among patients. Two 90-minute focus groups were conducted by an experienced facilitator...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761129/functional-structural-and-neurotoxicity-biomarkers-in-integrative-assessment-of-concussions
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Svetlana A Dambinova, Joseph C Maroon, Alicia M Sufrinko, John David Mullins, Eugenia V Alexandrova, Alexander A Potapov
Concussion is a complex, heterogeneous process affecting the brain. Accurate assessment and diagnosis and appropriate management of concussion are essential to ensure that athletes do not prematurely return to play or others to work or active military duty, risking re-injury. To date, clinical diagnosis relies primarily on evaluating subjects for functional impairment using instruments that include neurocognitive testing, subjective symptom report, and neurobehavioral assessments, such as balance and vestibular-ocular reflex testing...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718642/assessing-subacute-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-with-a-portable-virtual-reality-balance-device
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W Geoffrey Wright, Jane McDevitt, Ryan Tierney, F Jay Haran, Kwadwo Osei Appiah-Kubi, Alex Dumont
PURPOSE: Balance impairment is a common sensorimotor symptom in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). We designed an affordable, portable virtual reality (VR)-based balance screening device (Virtual Environment TBI Screen [VETS]), which will be validated relative to the Neurocom Sensory Organization Test (SOT) to determine if it can replace commonly used postural assessments. METHODS: This preliminary study examines healthy adults (n = 56) and adults with mTBI (n = 11)...
October 10, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703443/a-cross-sectional-survey-and-cross-sectional-clinical-trial-to-determine-the-prevalence-and-management-of-eye-movement-disorders-and-vestibular-dysfunction-in-post-stroke-patients-in-the-sub-acute-phase-protocol
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Andoret van Wyk, Carina A Eksteen, Piet J Becker, Barbara M Heinze
INTRODUCTION: Visual impairment, specifically eye movement disorders and vestibular dysfunction may have a negative influence on the functional recovery in post-stroke patients. This type of sensory dysfunction may further be associated with poor functional outcome in patients' post-stroke. METHODS: In phase 1, a cross-sectional survey (n = 100) will be conducted to determine the prevalence of eye movement disorders and vestibular dysfunction in patients who sustained a stroke...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638062/multisensory-integration-in-balance-control
#18
A M Bronstein
This chapter provides an introduction to the topic of multisensory integration in balance control in, both, health and disease. One of the best-studied examples is that of visuo-vestibular interaction, which is the ability of the visual system to enhance or suppress the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR suppression). Of clinical relevance, examination of VOR suppression is clinically useful because only central, not peripheral, lesions impair VOR suppression. Visual, somatosensory (proprioceptive), and vestibular inputs interact strongly and continuously in the control of upright balance...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633076/the-effect-of-vestibular-stimulation-on-motor-functions-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Marco Tramontano, Alessandra Medici, Marco Iosa, Alessia Chiariotti, Giulia Fusillo, Leonardo Manzari, Daniela Morelli
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) has been defined as a non-progressive disease of movement and posture development. Physical therapy techniques use different forms of sensory stimulation to improve neuromotor development. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a vestibular stimulation training in improving motor functions in cerebral palsy. POPULATION: Fourteen children with CP were randomly separated into two different groups in a cross-over trial...
August 19, 2016: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27627441/postural-effects-of-vestibular-manipulation-depend-on-the-physical-activity-status
#20
Julien Maitre, Thierry Paillard
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) on postural control for participants of different physical activity status (i.e. active and non-active). Two groups of participants were recruited: one group of participants who regularly practised sports activities (active group, n = 17), and one group of participants who did not practise physical and/or sports activities (non-active group, n = 17). They were compared in a reference condition (i.e bipedal stance with eyes open) and four vestibular manipulation condition (i...
2016: PloS One
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