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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816821/adjacent-segment-disease-after-cervical-spine-fusion-evaluation-of-a-70-patient-long-term-follow-up
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Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Heinrich Boehm
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study of 70 patients undergoing surgical treatment for adjacent segment disease (ASD) after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF). OBJECTIVES: To analyze the risk factors for the development of ASD in patients who underwent ACDF. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF has provided a high rate of clinical success for the cervical degenerative disc disease; nevertheless, adjacent segment degeneration has been reported as a complication at the adjacent level secondary to the rigid fixation...
August 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811992/analysis-of-the-literature-on-cervical-spine-fractures-in-ankylosing-spinal-disorders
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Sebastian Hartmann, Anja Tschugg, Christoph Wipplinger, Claudius Thomé
STUDY DESIGN: Narrative literature review. OBJECTIVE: The numbers of low-energy cervical fractures seen in patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (also known as Bechterew disease) or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (also known as Forestier disease) have greatly increased over recent decades. These fractures tend to be particularly overlooked, leading to delayed diagnosis and secondary neurological deterioration. The aim of the present evaluation was to summarize current knowledge on cervical fractures in patients with ankylosing spinal disorders (ASDs)...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809686/salient-region-detection-using-diffusion-process-on-a-2-layer-sparse-graph
#3
Li Zhou, Zhaohui Yang, Zongtan Zhou, Dewen Hu
Diffusion-based salient region detection has recently received intense research attention. In this paper, we present some effective improvements concerning two important aspects of diffusion-based methods: the construction of the diffusion matrix and the seed vector. First, we construct a 2-layer sparse graph, which is generated by connecting each node to its neighboring nodes and the most similar node that shares common boundaries with its neighboring nodes. Compared with the most frequently used 2-layer neighborhood graph, our graph not only effectively uses local spatial relationships, but also removes dissimilar redundant nodes...
August 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808839/individuals-with-autism-have-higher-8-iso-pgf2%C3%AE-levels-than-controls-but-no-correlation-with-quantitative-assay-of-paraoxonase-1-serum-levels
#4
Bianca Pop, Alexandru-Ștefan Niculae, Tudor Lucian Pop, Andreea Liana Răchișan
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents a very large set of neurodevelopmental issues with diverse clinical outcomes. Various hypotheses have been put forth for the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, including issues pertaining to oxidative stress. In this study, we conducted measurements of serum 8-Iso-Prostaglanding F2 α (8-iso-PGF2α, which is the results of non-enzimatically mediated polyunsaturated fatty acid oxidation) in a population of individuals with autism and a control group of age and sex matched controls...
August 14, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804976/demyelinating-neuropathy-in-a-6-year-old-girl-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#5
Akiko Kamata, Kazuhiro Muramatsu, Noriko Sawaura, Nishiki Makioka, Tomomi Ogata, Makoto Kuwashima, Hirokazu Arakawa
Herein we report the case of a 6-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and weakness in the distal portion of the right upper limb. Although difficult to perform, nerve conduction studies indicated demyelinating neuropathy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed swelling a nd high-intensity signals in the right brachial plexus and cervical spinal roots. The symptoms recovered after a single course of i.v. immunoglobulin. Electrophysiological indices and MRI findings also improved after treatment...
August 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800207/optically-derived-metabolic-and-hemodynamic-parameters-predict-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-the-btbr-mouse-model-of-autism
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David Abookasis, Danit Lerman, Hava Roth, Mati Tfilin, Gadi Turgeman
In the present study, we made use of dual-wavelength laser speckle imaging (DW-LSI) to assess cerebral blood flow in the BTBR genetic mouse model of Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as control (C57Bl/6J) mice. Since the deficits in social behavior demonstrated by BTBR mice are attributed to changes in neural tissue structure and function, we postulated that these changes can be detected optically using DW-LSI. BTBR mice demonstrated reductions in both cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral oxygen metabolism (CMRO2 ), as suggested by studies using conventional neuroimaging technologies to reflect impaired neuronal activation and cognitive function...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798667/the-foxp2-driven-network-in-developmental-disorders-and-neurodegeneration
#7
Franz Oswald, Patricia Klöble, André Ruland, David Rosenkranz, Bastian Hinz, Falk Butter, Sanja Ramljak, Ulrich Zechner, Holger Herlyn
The transcription repressor FOXP2 is a crucial player in nervous system evolution and development of humans and songbirds. In order to provide an additional insight into its functional role we compared target gene expression levels between human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) stably overexpressing FOXP2 cDNA of either humans or the common chimpanzee, Rhesus monkey, and marmoset, respectively. RNA-seq led to identification of 27 genes with differential regulation under the control of human FOXP2, which were previously reported to have FOXP2-driven and/or songbird song-related expression regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792117/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-variance-and-state-specific-under-connectivity-in-autism
#8
Heng Chen, Jason S Nomi, Lucina Q Uddin, Xujun Duan, Huafu Chen
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition associated with altered brain connectivity. Previous neuroimaging research demonstrates inconsistent results, particularly in studies of functional connectivity in ASD. Typically, these inconsistent findings are results of studies using static measures of resting-state functional connectivity. Recent work has demonstrated that functional brain connections are dynamic, suggesting that static connectivity metrics fail to capture nuanced time-varying properties of functional connections in the brain...
August 9, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782371/patterns-of-fixation-during-face-recognition-differences-in-autism-across-age
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Jennifer Fedor, Andrew Lynn, William Foran, Jared DiCicco-Bloom, Beatriz Luna, Kirsten O'Hearn
Difficulties with face recognition increase from adolescence to adulthood in autism, reflecting a lack of typical late development. We examined whether this reflects differences in the development of patterns of fixation to eyes and mouths during face recognition. Children, adolescents, and adults (aged 7-30) with and without autism completed the Cambridge Face Memory Test while gaze was recorded. Average duration and number of fixations were calculated for eyes and mouth regions of interest, defined individually for each face image in the task...
August 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780621/an-international-consensus-on-the-appropriate-evaluation-and-treatment-for-adults-with-spinal-deformity
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Sigurd H Berven, Steven J Kamper, Niccole M Germscheid, Benny Dahl, Christopher I Shaffrey, Lawrence G Lenke, Stephen J Lewis, Kenneth M Cheung, Ahmet Alanay, Manabu Ito, David W Polly, Yong Qiu, Marinus de Kleuver
PURPOSE: Evaluation and surgical management for adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients varies between health care providers. The purpose of this study is to identify appropriateness of specific approaches and management strategies for the treatment of ASD. METHODS: From January to July 2015, the AOSpine Knowledge Deformity Forum performed a modified Delphi survey where 53 experienced deformity surgeons from 24 countries, rated the appropriateness of management strategies for multiple ASD clinical scenarios...
August 5, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779909/resting-state-functional-under-connectivity-within-and-between-large-scale-cortical-networks-across-three-low-frequency-bands-in-adolescents-with-autism
#11
Xujun Duan, Heng Chen, Changchun He, Zhiliang Long, Xiaonan Guo, Yuanyue Zhou, Lucina Q Uddin, Huafu Chen
Although evidence is accumulating that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with disruption of functional connections between and within brain networks, it remains largely unknown whether these abnormalities are related to specific frequency bands. To address this question, network contingency analysis was performed on brain functional connectomes obtained from 213 adolescent participants across nine sites in the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) multisite sample, to determine the disrupted connections between and within seven major cortical networks in adolescents with ASD at Slow-5, Slow-4 and Slow-3 frequency bands and further assess whether the aberrant intra- and inter-network connectivity varied as a function of ASD symptoms...
August 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770039/globally-weaker-and-topologically-different-resting-state-connectivity-in-youth-with-autism
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Benjamin E Yerys, John D Herrington, Theodore D Satterthwaite, Lisa Guy, Robert T Schultz, Danielle S Bassett
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of agreement about functional connectivity differences in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies using absolute strength have found reduced connectivity, while those using relative strength--a measure of system topology--reveal mostly enhanced connectivity. We hypothesized that mixed findings may be driven by the metric of functional connectivity. METHODS: Resting-state echo planar 3 T functional magnetic resonance imaging scans were acquired on a Siemens Verio Scanner from 6 to 17-year-old youth with ASD (n = 81) and a matched typically developing control group (n = 82)...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769018/fluorescence-imaging-of-synapse-dynamics-in-normal-circuit-maturation-and-in-developmental-disorders
#13
Shigeo Okabe
One of the most fundamental questions in neurobiology is how proper synaptic connections are established in the developing brain. Live-cell imaging of the synaptic structure and functional molecules can reveal the time course of synapse formation, molecular dynamics, and functional maturation. Using postsynaptic scaffolding proteins as a marker of synapse development, fluorescence time-lapse imaging revealed rapid formation of individual synapses that occurred within hours and their remodeling in culture preparations...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767623/spinopelvic-changes-based-on-the-simplified-srs-schwab-adult-spinal-deformity-classification-relationships-with-disability-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-adult-patients-with-prolonged-degenerative-spinal-disorders
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Kati Kyrölä, Jussi Repo, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Jari Ylinen, Hannu Kautiainen, Arja Häkkinen
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study. OBJECTIVE: To study the occurrence of sagittal malalignment, the adaptability of a simplified sagittal modifiers grading of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-Schwab adult spinal deformity classification (ASD), and the deformity-specific SRS questionnaire version 30 (SRS-30) in an unselected adult cohort with symptomatic degenerative spinal disorders. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The sagittal modifiers of the SRS-Schwab ASD classification correlate with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures in patients with ASD...
August 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761079/alterations-in-resting-state-connectivity-along-the-autism-trait-continuum-a-twin-study
#15
J Neufeld, R Kuja-Halkola, K Mevel, É Cauvet, P Fransson, S Bölte
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been found to be associated with alterations in resting state (RS) functional connectivity, including areas forming the default mode network (DMN) and salience network (SN). However, insufficient control for confounding genetic and environmental influences and other methodological issues limit the generalizability of previous findings. Moreover, it has been hypothesized that ASD might be marked by early hyper-connectivity followed by later hypo-connectivity. To date, only a few studies have explicitly tested age-related influences on RS connectivity alterations in ASD...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758587/atypical-form-of-adult-onset-still-s-disease-with-distal-interphalangeal-joints-involvement
#16
Safaa Belghali, Nejla El Amri, Khadija Baccouche, Sadok Laataoui, Monia Bouzaoueche, Hela Zeglaoui, Elyes Bouajina
Distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints involvement in the adult-onset Still's disease (ASD) has been described in some publications but is rarely severe. We report severe DIP joints damages in a young patient with ASD. A 22 years old patient presented to our department complaining of inflammatory joints pain associated with prolonged fever and cutaneous rash. Physical examination identified polyarthritis and hepatosplenomegaly but no lymphadenopathies. After an extensive screening for neoplastic, infectious or hematologic diseases, the patient was finally diagnosed with ASD...
July 28, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756622/fully-automatic-multi-organ-segmentation-in-normal-whole-body-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-using-classification-forests-cfs-convolutional-neural-networks-cnns-and-a-multi-atlas-ma-approach
#17
Ioannis Lavdas, Ben Glocker, Konstantinos Kamnitsas, Daniel Rueckert, Henrietta Mair, Amandeep Sandhu, Stuart A Taylor, Eric O Aboagye, Andrea G Rockall
PURPOSE: As part of a programme to implement automatic lesion detection methods for whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in oncology, we have developed, evaluated and compared three algorithms for fully automatic, multi-organ segmentation in healthy volunteers. METHODS: The first algorithm is based on classification forests (CFs), the second is based on 3D convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and the third algorithm is based on a multi-atlas (MA) approach...
July 30, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754298/a-novel-shank3-interstitial-microdeletion-in-a-family-with-intellectual-disability-and-brain-mri-abnormalities-resembling-unidentified-bright-objects
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Gaetano Terrone, Giuseppina Vitiello, Rita Genesio, Alessandra D'Amico, Floriana Imperati, Lorenzo Ugga, Teresa Giugliano, Giulio Piluso, Lucio Nitsch, Nicola Brunetti-Pierri, Ennio Del Giudice
BACKGROUND: SHANK3 mutations are responsible for Phelan-McDermid syndrome but they are also associated with autism and/or intellectual disability. CASE REPORT: We report a family with four affected individuals including the 37 year-old mother, her 12 year-old male monozygotic twins and 8 year-old daughter harboring a novel SHANK3 interstitial microdeletion. All four members presented with intellectual disability of variable severity. The twins showed brain abnormalities similar to Unidentified Bright Objects (UBOs), typically detected in patients with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), but they did not display causative mutations in NF1 gene...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750400/a-dopamine-hypothesis-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Denis Pavăl
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social deficits and stereotyped behaviors. While several theories have emerged, the pathogenesis of ASD remains unknown. Although studies report dopamine signaling abnormalities in autistic patients, a coherent dopamine hypothesis which could link neurobiology to behavior in ASD is currently lacking. In this paper, we present such a hypothesis by proposing that autistic behavior arises from dysfunctions in the midbrain dopaminergic system...
July 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749996/misinformation-lingers-in-memory-failure-of-three-pro-vaccination-strategies
#20
Sara Pluviano, Caroline Watt, Sergio Della Sala
People's inability to update their memories in light of corrective information may have important public health consequences, as in the case of vaccination choice. In the present study, we compare three potentially effective strategies in vaccine promotion: one contrasting myths vs. facts, one employing fact and icon boxes, and one showing images of non-vaccinated sick children. Beliefs in the autism/vaccines link and in vaccines side effects, along with intention to vaccinate a future child, were evaluated both immediately after the correction intervention and after a 7-day delay to reveal possible backfire effects...
2017: PloS One
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