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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230893/the-effect-of-body-mass-on-outdoor-adult-human-decomposition
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Lindsey G Roberts, Jessica R Spencer, Gretchen R Dabbs
Forensic taphonomy explores factors impacting human decomposition. This study investigated the effect of body mass on the rate and pattern of adult human decomposition. Nine males and three females aged 49-95 years ranging in mass from 73 to 159 kg who were donated to the Complex for Forensic Anthropology Research between December 2012 and September 2015 were included in this study. Kelvin accumulated degree days (KADD) were used to assess the thermal energy required for subjects to reach several total body score (TBS) thresholds: early decomposition (TBS ≥6...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230652/a-case-of-postmortem-canine-depredation
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Dennis J Chute, Robert J Bready
We report the case of postmortem animal depredation that produced initial confusion for investigators who responded to the scene. A decomposing elderly woman was found in her presumed home with bilateral upper extremity amputations and craniocerebral trauma. This raised suspicion of foul play. Subsequent investigations together with autopsy led the medical examiner to conclude that the cause of death was natural disease and that those injuries found on her body were produced by at least one of the dogs who shared the premises...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230073/%C3%AE-synuclein-transfer-through-tunneling-nanotubes-occurs-in-sh-sy5y-cells-and-primary-brain-pericytes-from-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Birger Victor Dieriks, Thomas I-H Park, Chantelle Fourie, Richard L M Faull, Mike Dragunow, Maurice A Curtis
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by the presence of inclusions known as Lewy bodies, which mainly consist of α-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates. There is growing evidence that α-syn self-propagates in non-neuronal cells, thereby contributing to the progression and spread of PD pathology in the brain. Tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are long, thin, F-actin-based membranous channels that connect cells and have been proposed to act as conduits for α-syn transfer between cells. SH-SY5Y cells and primary human brain pericytes, derived from postmortem PD brains, frequently form TNTs that allow α-syn transfer and long-distance electrical coupling between cells...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229125/the-clinical-neuroanatomical-and-neuropathologic-phenotype-of-tbk1-associated-frontotemporal-dementia-a-longitudinal-case-report
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Carolin A M Koriath, Martina Bocchetta, Emilie Brotherhood, Ione O C Woollacott, Penny Norsworthy, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Cornelis Blauwendraat, Katrina M Dick, Elizabeth Gordon, Sophie R Harding, Nick C Fox, Sebastian Crutch, Jason D Warren, Tamas Revesz, Tammaryn Lashley, Simon Mead, Jonathan D Rohrer
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene have recently been shown to cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the phenotype of TBK1-associated FTD is currently unclear. METHODS: We performed a single case longitudinal study of a patient who was subsequently found to have a novel A705fs mutation in the TBK1 gene. He was assessed annually over a 7-year period with a series of clinical, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging assessments...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229087/modeling-williams-syndrome-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Thanathom Chailangkarn, Alysson R Muotri
The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) like never before has opened novel opportunity to study diseases in relevant cell types. In our recent study, Williams syndrome (WS), a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, that is caused by hemizygous deletion of 25-28 genes on chromosome 7, is of interest because of its unique cognitive and social profiles. Little is known about haploinsufficiency effect of those deleted genes on molecular and cellular phenotypes at the neural level due to the lack of relevant human cellular model...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228908/diagnosis-of-neonatal-neuroblastoma-with-postmortem-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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James Davis, Nathan Novotny, Jacqueline Macknis, Zeynep Alpay-Savasan, Luis F Goncalves
Postmortem magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emerging as a valuable tool to accompany traditional autopsy and has potential for use in cases when traditional autopsy is not possible. This case report will review the use of postmortem MRI with limited tissue sampling to differentiate between metastatic neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma which could not be clearly differentiated with prenatal ultrasound, prenatal MRI, or emergent postnatal ultrasound. The mother presented to our institution at 27 weeks gestation after an obstetric ultrasound at her obstetrician's office identified a large abdominal mass...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225544/in-defense-of-clinical-autopsy-and-its-practice-in-cuba
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Alfredo D Espinosa-Brito, José Hurtado de Mendoza-Amat
There has been a notable decrease in the global practice of clinical autopsy; the rate has fallen to below 10%, even in high-income countries. This is attributed to several causes, including increased costs, overreliance on modern diagnostic techniques, cultural and religious factors, the emergence of new infectious diseases and negative attitudes on the part of doctors, even pathologists. Alternative methods to autopsy in postmortem studies have been developed based on imaging, endoscopy and biopsy (all quite expensive)...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224456/zinc-toxicosis-in-a-boxer-dog-secondary-to-ingestion-of-holiday-garland
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Karyn Bischoff, Anne Chiapella, Jaime Weisman, Lisa M Crofton, Joseph Hillebrandt
INTRODUCTION: Increased admissions occur in small animal veterinary emergency clinics during some holidays, and some of the increased caseload is due to ingestion of toxic substances. This report documents zinc toxicosis contributing to the death of a dog after ingestion of holiday tinsel garland. CASE STUDY: A mature boxer dog presented with a 4-day history of vomiting and diarrhea. Radiodense foreign material was detected in the stomach and removed via gastrotomy...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222507/recent-progress-in-alzheimer-s-disease-research-part-1-pathology
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Francis T Hane, Brenda Y Lee, Zoya Leonenko
The field of Alzheimer's disease (AD) research has grown exponentially over the past few decades, especially since the isolation and identification of amyloid-β from postmortem examination of the brains of AD patients. Recently, the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (JAD) put forth approximately 300 research reports which were deemed to be the most influential research reports in the field of AD since 2010. JAD readers were asked to vote on these most influential reports. In this 3-part review, we review the results of the 300 most influential AD research reports to provide JAD readers with a readily accessible, yet comprehensive review of the state of contemporary research...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221114/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-free-roaming-wild-asian-elephant
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Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Chandranaik, Beechagondahalli Papanna Shivashankar, Kunigal Srinivasa Umashankar, Poojappa Nandini, Papanna Giridhar, Somenahalli Munivenkatappa Byregowda, Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Shrinivasa
Postmortem examination of a wild Asian elephant at Rajiv Gandhi National Park, India, revealed nodular lesions, granulomas with central caseation, and acid-fast bacilli in the lungs. PCR and nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study indicates that wild elephants can harbor M. tuberculosis that can become fatal.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219293/managing-bodies-managing-persons-postmortem-care-and-the-role-of-the-nurse
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Rebecca S Williams
This paper addresses how interactions between UK palliative care nursing staff and the bodies of the deceased they care for function as a mechanism to help them make sense of death in line with their work as carers. Through an analysis of postmortem care rituals, I will argue that nurses play an integral role in the 'making of the dead', and look at how this functions in relation to their role as carers of bodies in line with associated states of personal wellbeing. Further to this, there is an argument to be made for the recognition of the nurse's place in biomedical models as managers of the transient body; as the constructors of the well, sick, living and dead body...
July 2016: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217834/case-report-of-a-migrating-bullet-an-unusual-cause-of-postmortem-confusion
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Dennis J Chute, Kia Newman, Robert J Bready, Eric D Benjamin
Migrating bullets are rare sequelae of penetrating gunshot wounds. Such cases have been described in the neurosurgical literature because they can produce complications in the management of patients such as decline in neurologic status, delays in rehabilitation, and difficulties in bullet removal. In contrast, few postmortem reports have described this phenomenon. We report a case of a gunshot wound in which the projectile entered the left side of the head and traversed to the right frontal area as documented by CT scan on hospital admission...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217685/right-ventricular-metastatic-tumor-from-a-primary-carcinoma-of-uterine-cervix-a-cause-of-pulmonary-embolism
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Gwan Hee Han, Do Youn Kwon, Roshani Ulak, Kyung Do Ki, Jong-Min Lee, Seon-Kyung Lee
The presence of intracavitary cardiac metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix is extremely rare. The diagnosis is made almost exclusively postmortem. Apart from causing intracardiac obstruction, it can present as pulmonary emboli and the prognosis is extremely poor. It is important to suspect this diagnosis in patient with recurrent pulmonary emboli. Due to the rarity of this condition it is very difficult to standardize care for these patients. However, it is possible that aggressive therapy may lengthen patients' survival and quality of life...
January 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213120/a-cross-validated-cytoarchitectonic-atlas-of-the-human-ventral-visual-stream
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M Rosenke, K S Weiner, M A Barnett, K Zilles, K Amunts, R Goebel, K Grill-Spector
The human ventral visual stream consists of several areas considered processing stages essential for perception and recognition. A fundamental microanatomical feature differentiating areas is cytoarchitecture, which refers to the distribution, size, and density of cells across cortical layers. Because cytoarchitectonic structure is measured in 20-micron-thick histological slices of postmortem tissue, it is difficult to assess (a) how anatomically consistent these areas are across brains and (b) how they relate to brain parcellations obtained with prevalent neuroimaging methods, acquired at the millimeter and centimeter scale...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210782/toll-like-receptor-signaling-and-stages-of-addiction
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Fulton T Crews, T Jordan Walter, Leon G Coleman, Ryan P Vetreno
BACKGROUND: Athina Markou and her colleagues discovered persistent changes in adult behavior following adolescent exposure to ethanol or nicotine consistent with increased risk for developing addiction. Building on Dr. Markou's important work and that of others in the field, researchers at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies have found that persistent changes in behavior following adolescent stress or alcohol exposure may be linked to induction of immune signaling in brain. AIM: This study aims to illuminate the critical interrelationship of the innate immune system (e...
February 17, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209476/the-role-of-a-psp-producing-alexandrium-bloom-in-an-unprecedented-diamondback-terrapin-malaclemys-terrapin-mortality-event-in-flanders-bay-new-york-usa
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Theresa K Hattenrath-Lehmann, Robert J Ossiboff, Craig A Burnell, Carlton D Rauschenberg, Kevin Hynes, Russell L Burke, Elizabeth M Bunting, Kim Durham, Christopher J Gobler
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are a threatened or endangered species in much of their range along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Over an approximately three-week period from late April to mid-May 2015, hundreds of adult diamondback terrapins were found dead on the shores of Flanders Bay, Long Island, New York, USA. Concurrent with the mortality event, elevated densities of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST)-producing dinoflagellate, Alexandrium fundyense (>10(4) cells L(-1)) and high levels of PST in bivalves (maximal levels = 540 μg STX eq...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206669/characterization-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-with-balloon-cells-by-layer-specific-markers-evidence-for-differential-vulnerability-of-interneurons
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Julia M Nakagawa, Catharina Donkels, Susanne Fauser, Andreas Schulze- Bonhage, Marco Prinz, Josef Zentner, Carola A Haas
OBJECTIVE: Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is a major cause of pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy. Little is known about the pathomechanisms underlying the characteristic cytoarchitectural abnormalities associated with FCD. In the present study, a broad panel of markers identifying layer-specific neuron subpopulations was applied to characterize dyslamination and structural alterations in FCD with balloon cells (FCD 2b). METHODS: Pan-neuronal neuronal nuclei (NeuN) and layer-specific protein expression (Reelin, Calbindin, Calretinin, SMI32 (nonphosphorylated neurofilament H), Parvalbumin, transducin-like enhancer protein 4 (TLE4), and Vimentin) was studied by immunohistochemistry on paraffin sections of FCD2b cases (n = 22) and was compared to two control groups with (n = 7) or without epilepsy (n = 4 postmortem cases)...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202133/toddlers-later-diagnosed-with-autism-exhibit-multiple-structural-abnormalities-in-temporal-corpus-callosum-fibers
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Noa Fingher, Ilan Dinstein, Michal Ben-Shachar, Shlomi Haar, Anders M Dale, Lisa Eyler, Karen Pierce, Eric Courchesne
Interhemispheric functional connectivity abnormalities are often reported in autism and it is thus not surprising that structural defects of the corpus callosum (CC) are consistently found using both traditional MRI and DTI techniques. Past DTI studies however, have subdivided the CC into 2 or 3 segments without regard for where fibers may project to within the cortex, thus placing limitations on our ability to understand the nature, timing and neurobehavioral impact of early CC abnormalities in autism. Leveraging a unique cohort of 97 toddlers (68 autism; 29 typical) we utilized a novel technique that identified seven CC tracts according to their cortical projections...
January 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199888/in%C3%A2-vivo-assessment-of-iron-content-of-the-cerebral-cortex-in-healthy-aging-using-7-tesla-t2-weighted-phase-imaging
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Mathijs Buijs, Nhat Trung Doan, Sanneke van Rooden, Maarten J Versluis, Baldur van Lew, Julien Milles, Jeroen van der Grond, Mark A van Buchem
Accumulation of brain iron has been suggested as a biomarker of neurodegeneration. Increased iron has been seen in the cerebral cortex in postmortem studies of neurodegenerative diseases and healthy aging. Until recently, the diminutive thickness of the cortex and its relatively low iron content have hampered in vivo study of cortical iron accumulation. Using phase images of a T2*-weighted sequence at ultrahigh field strength (7 Tesla), we examined the iron content of 22 cortical regions in 70 healthy subjects aged 22-80 years...
September 15, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196768/cerebrospinal-fluid-markers-detect-alzheimer-s-disease-in-nonamnestic-dementia
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Carly Oboudiyat, Tamar Gefen, Eleni Varelas, Sandra Weintraub, Emily Rogalski, Eileen H Bigio, M-Marsel Mesulam
INTRODUCTION: The accuracy of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers for detecting Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology has not been fully validated in autopsied nonamnestic dementias. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated CSF β-amyloid 1-42, phosphorylated-tau, and amyloid-tau index as predictors of Alzheimer pathology in patients with primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia, and progressive supranuclear palsy. RESULTS: Nineteen nonamnestic autopsied cases with relevant CSF values were included...
February 11, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
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