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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29461377/total-lower-lip-reconstruction-with-functional-gracilis-free-muscle-flap
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Mehmet Akif Cakmak, Hakan Cinal, Ensar Zafer Barin, Muhammed Sedat Sakat, Harun Karaduman, Onder Tan
Free flaps based on static slings principles cannot provide esthetic and functional outcomes at a desired level in total or close to total lip loss. Therefore, dynamic methods have become a current issue in recent years and especially the idea of functional gracilis free muscle flap has been suggested. In this study, we present a case of a successful total lower lip repair with this flap.In a 78-year-old female patient who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma involving the entire lower lip, bilateral modified radical neck dissection and full-thickness total resection with 1 cm surgical margin so as to include both commissures of the tumor were performed and then a free gracilis muscle flap was transferred from the same side...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457647/learning-of-hierarchical-serial-patterns-emerges-in-infancy
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David J Lewkowicz, Mark A Schmuckler, Diane M J Mangalindan
Recursive, hierarchically organized serial patterns provide the underlying structure in many cognitive and motor domains including speech, language, music, social interaction, and motor action. We investigated whether learning of hierarchical patterns emerges in infancy by habituating 204 infants to different hierarchical serial patterns and then testing for discrimination and generalization of such patterns. Results indicated that 8- to 10-month-old and 12- to 14-month-old infants exhibited sensitivity to the difference between hierarchical and non-hierarchical structure but that 4- to 6-month-old infants did not...
February 19, 2018: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455946/abstract-semantics-in-the-motor-system-an-event-related-fmri-study-on-passive-reading-of-semantic-word-categories-carrying-abstract-emotional-and-mental-meaning
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Felix R Dreyer, Friedemann Pulvermüller
Previous research showed that modality-preferential sensorimotor areas are relevant for processing concrete words used to speak about actions. However, whether modality-preferential areas also play a role for abstract words is still under debate. Whereas recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies suggest an involvement of motor cortex in processing the meaning of abstract emotion words as, for example, 'love', other non-emotional abstract words, in particular 'mental words', such as 'thought' or 'logic', are believed to engage 'amodal' semantic systems only...
November 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450502/poor-speech-perception-is-not-a-core-deficit-of-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-preliminary-findings
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Jennifer Zuk, Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel, Kathryn Cabbage, Jordan R Green, Tiffany P Hogan
Purpose: Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is hypothesized to arise from deficits in speech motor planning and programming, but the influence of abnormal speech perception in CAS on these processes is debated. This study examined speech perception abilities among children with CAS with and without language impairment compared to those with language impairment, speech delay, and typically developing peers. Method: Speech perception was measured by discrimination of synthesized speech syllable continua that varied in frequency (/dɑ/-/ɡɑ/)...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445122/deep-phenotyping-of-speech-and-language-skills-in-individuals-with-16p11-2-deletion
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Cristina Mei, Evelina Fedorenko, David J Amor, Amber Boys, Caitlyn Hoeflin, Peter Carew, Trent Burgess, Simon E Fisher, Angela T Morgan
Recurrent deletions of a ~600-kb region of 16p11.2 have been associated with a highly penetrant form of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Yet prior findings have been based on a small, potentially biased sample using retrospectively collected data. We examine the prevalence of CAS in a larger cohort of individuals with 16p11.2 deletion using a prospectively designed assessment battery. The broader speech and language phenotype associated with carrying this deletion was also examined. 55 participants with 16p11...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443691/the-effect-of-emotion-on-articulation-rate-in-persistence-and-recovery-of-childhood-stuttering
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Aysu Erdemir, Tedra A Walden, Caswell M Jefferson, Dahye Choi, Robin M Jones
PURPOSE: This study investigated the possible association of emotional processes and articulation rate in pre-school age children who stutter and persist (persisting), children who stutter and recover (recovered) and children who do not stutter (nonstuttering). METHODS: The participants were ten persisting, ten recovered, and ten nonstuttering children between the ages of 3-5 years; who were classified as persisting, recovered, or nonstuttering approximately 2-2...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442370/responsiveness-of-rat-fetuses-to-sibling-motor-activity-communication-in-utero
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Michele R Brumley, Riana Hoagland, Melissa Truong, Scott R Robinson
Previous research has revealed that fetuses detect and respond to extrauterine stimuli such as maternal movement and speech, but little attention has been cast on how fetuses may directly influence and respond to each other in the womb. This study investigated whether motor activity of E20 rat fetuses influenced the behavior of siblings in utero. Three experiments showed that; (a) contiguous siblings expressed a higher frequency of synchronized movement than noncontiguous siblings; (b) fetuses that lay between two siblings immobilized with curare showed less movement relative to fetuses between saline or uninjected controls; and (c) fetuses between two siblings behaviorally activated by the opioid agonist U50,488 also showed less activity and specific behavioral changes compared to controls...
February 14, 2018: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441362/the-coupling-between-auditory-and-motor-cortices-is-rate-restricted-evidence-for-an-intrinsic-speech-motor-rhythm
#8
M Florencia Assaneo, David Poeppel
The relation between perception and action remains a fundamental question for neuroscience. In the context of speech, existing data suggest an interaction between auditory and speech-motor cortices, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely characterized. We fill a basic gap in our understanding of the sensorimotor processing of speech by examining the synchronization between auditory and speech-motor regions over different speech rates, a fundamental parameter delimiting successful perception. First, using magnetoencephalography, we measure synchronization between auditory and speech-motor regions while participants listen to syllables at various rates...
February 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439330/hypoxia-induced-signaling-activation-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-targets-for-new-therapeutic-strategies
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Niraj Kumar Jha, Saurabh Kumar Jha, Renu Sharma, Dhiraj Kumar, Rashmi K Ambasta, Pravir Kumar
For the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and energy metabolism, an uninterrupted supply of oxygen (O2) is routinely required in the brain. However, under the impaired level of O2 (hypoxia) or reduced blood flow (ischemia), the tissues are not sufficiently oxygenated, which triggers disruption of cellular homeostasis in the brain. Hypoxia is known to have a notable effect on controlling the expression of proteins involved in a broad range of biological processes varying from energy metabolism, erythropoiesis, angiogenesis, neurogenesis to mitochondrial trafficking and autophagy, thus facilitating neuronal cells to endure in deprived O2...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431654/enhanced-operant-extinction-and-prefrontal-excitability-in-a-mouse-model-of-angelman-syndrome
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Michael S Sidorov, Matthew C Judson, Hyojin Kim, Marie Rougie, Alejandra I Ferrer, Viktoriya D Nikolova, Natallia V Riddick, Sheryl S Moy, Benjamin D Philpot
Angelman syndrome (AS), a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with intellectual disability, is caused by loss of maternal allele expression of UBE3A in neurons. Mouse models of AS faithfully recapitulate disease phenotypes across multiple domains, including behavior. Yet in AS, there has been only limited study of behaviors encoded by the prefrontal cortex, a region broadly involved in executive function and cognition. Because cognitive impairment is a core feature of AS, it is critical to develop behavioral readouts of prefrontal circuit function in AS mouse models...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430009/real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-to-down-regulate-superior-temporal-gyrus-activity-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-auditory-hallucinations-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Natasza D Orlov, Vincent Giampietro, Owen O'Daly, Sheut-Ling Lam, Gareth J Barker, Katya Rubia, Philip McGuire, Sukhwinder S Shergill, Paul Allen
Neurocognitive models and previous neuroimaging work posit that auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) arise due to increased activity in speech-sensitive regions of the left posterior superior temporal gyrus (STG). Here, we examined if patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) and AVH could be trained to down-regulate STG activity using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging neurofeedback (rtfMRI-NF). We also examined the effects of rtfMRI-NF training on functional connectivity between the STG and other speech and language regions...
February 12, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429789/a-purely-functional-imaging-based-approach-for-transcortical-resection-of-lesion-involving-the-dominant-atrium-towards-safer-imaging-guided-tailored-cortico-leucotomies
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Alessandro Frati, Alessandro Pesce, Giancarlo D'Andrea, Flavia Fraschetti, Maurizio Salvati, Marco Cimatti, Vincenzo Esposito, Antonino Raco
BACKGROUND AND STUDY OBJECT: The Dominant Atrium (DA) is a crossroad of eloquent white matter bundles difficult to preserve with a standard "anatomical" approach. The aim of this work is to evaluate the results of a cohort of patients who underwent surgery with the aid of a purely functional MRI and DTI-based approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 43 patients suffering from lesions involving the DA have been included in the final cohort and studied in regards to quality of life (KPS); a special attention was lent on the incidence of new or worsening of preexisting neurological deficits, with a focus on motor, visual and speech disturbances after the surgical treatment...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426980/coupling-relations-underlying-the-production-of-speech-articulator-movements-and-their-invariance-to-speech-rate
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Leonardo Lancia, Benjamin Rosenbaum
Since the seminal works of Bernstein (The coordination and regulation of movements. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1967) several authors have supported the idea that, to produce a goal-oriented movement in general, and a movement of the organs responsible for the production of speech sounds in particular, individuals activate a set of coupling relations that coordinate the behavior of the elements of the motor system involved in the production of the target movement or sound. In order to characterize the configurations of the coupling relations underlying speech production articulator movements, we introduce an original method based on recurrence analysis...
February 9, 2018: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421541/ion-channel-dysfunction-in-cerebellar-ataxia
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David D Bushart, Vikram G Shakkottai
Cerebellar ataxias constitute a heterogeneous group of disorders that result in impaired speech, uncoordinated limb movements, and impaired balance, often ultimately resulting in wheelchair confinement. Motor dysfunction in ataxia can be attributed to dysfunction and degeneration of neurons in the cerebellum and its associated pathways. Recent work has suggested the importance of cerebellar neuronal dysfunction resulting from mutations in specific ion-channels that regulate membrane excitability in the pathogenesis of cerebellar ataxia in humans...
February 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414420/expression-of-the-transcription-factor-foxp2-in-brainstem-respiratory-circuits-of-adult-rat-is-restricted-to-upper-airway-pre-motor-areas
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Davor Stanić, Rishi R Dhingra, Mathias Dutschmann
Expression of the transcription factor FOXP2 is linked to brain circuits that control motor function and speech. Investigation of FOXP2 protein expression in respiratory areas of the ponto-medullary brainstem of adult rat revealed distinct rostro-caudal expression gradients. A high density of FOXP2 immunoreactive nuclei was observed within the rostral pontine Kölliker-Fuse nucleus, compared to low densities in caudal pontine and rostral medullary respiratory nuclei, including the: (i) noradrenergic A5 and parafacial respiratory groups; (ii) Bötzinger and pre-Bötzinger complex and; (iii) rostral ventral respiratory group...
January 31, 2018: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402437/auditory-prediction-during-speaking-and-listening
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Marc Sato, Douglas M Shiller
In the present EEG study, the role of auditory prediction in speech was explored through the comparison of auditory cortical responses during active speaking and passive listening to the same acoustic speech signals. Two manipulations of sensory prediction accuracy were used during the speaking task: (1) a real-time change in vowel F1 feedback (reducing prediction accuracy relative to unaltered feedback) and (2) presenting a stable auditory target rather than a visual cue to speak (enhancing auditory prediction accuracy during baseline productions, and potentially enhancing the perturbing effect of altered feedback)...
February 2, 2018: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397191/modulation-of-intra-and-inter-hemispheric-connectivity-between-primary-and-premotor-cortex-during-speech-perception
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Helen E Nuttall, Dan Kennedy-Higgins, Joseph T Devlin, Patti Adank
Primary motor (M1) areas for speech production activate during speechperception. It has been suggested that such activation may be dependent upon modulatory inputs from premotor cortex (PMv). If and how PMv differentially modulates M1 activity during perception of speech that is easy or challenging to understand, however, is unclear. This study aimed to test the link between PMv and M1 during challenging speech perception in two experiments. The first experiment investigated intra-hemispheric connectivity between left hemisphere PMv and left M1 lip area during comprehension of speech under clear and distorted listening conditions...
January 31, 2018: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394325/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-over-left-inferior-frontal-cortex-improves-speech-fluency-in-adults-who-stutter
#18
Jennifer Chesters, Riikka Möttönen, Kate E Watkins
Stuttering is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting 5% of children, and persisting in 1% of adults. Promoting lasting fluency improvement in adults who stutter is a particular challenge. Novel interventions to improve outcomes are of value, therefore. Previous work in patients with acquired motor and language disorders reported enhanced benefits of behavioural therapies when paired with transcranial direct current stimulation. Here, we report the results of the first trial investigating whether transcranial direct current stimulation can improve speech fluency in adults who stutter...
January 31, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392576/effects-of-aging-on-temporal-predictive-mechanisms-of-speech-and-hand-motor-reaction-time
#19
Karim Johari, Dirk-Bart den Ouden, Roozbeh Behroozmand
Evidence from previous studies has suggested that movement execution in younger adults is accelerated in response to temporally predictable vs. unpredictable sensory stimuli. This effect indicates that external temporal information can modulate motor behavior; however, how aging can influence temporal predictive mechanisms in motor system has yet to be understood. The objective of the present study was to investigate aging effects on the initiation and inhibition of speech and hand movement reaction times in response to temporally predictable and unpredictable sensory stimuli...
February 1, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384436/anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-antibody-encephalitis-an-important-cause-of-encephalitis-in-young-adults-a-report-of-two-cases
#20
S Seward
Encephalitis is a clinical syndrome which can include altered mental status, motor and sensory deficits, altered behavior including personality changes, speech and movement disorders and seizures. While the overall incidence of encephalitis is not known, it is common enough that most pediatric and adolescent medicine physicians will have seen at least one case. Peak times of risk include the newborn period and middle-to-late adolescence. 1 It is important for clinicians to have a working knowledge of the broad range of encephalitis etiologies: viral, post-viral, toxic, auto-immune and paraneoplastic...
January 31, 2018: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
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