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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816696/subjective-visual-vertical-and-horizontal-in-vestibular-migraine
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Gaurav Ashish, Ann Mary Augustine, Amit Kumar Tyagi, Anjali Lepcha, Achamma Balraj
OBJECTIVE: To assess the functional status of the otolithic pathway in vestibular migraine by comparing the results of static and dynamic subjective visual vertical and horizontal [subjective visual vertical (SVV) and subjective visual horizontal (SVH)] testing in patients with vestibular migraine with that of normal individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This hospital-based prospective study was conducted in 82 normal adults and 66 adults with vestibular migraine...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816686/vestibular-response-to-electrical-stimulation-of-the-otolith-organs-implications-in-the-development-of-a-vestibular-implant-for-the-improvement-of-the-sensation-of-gravitoinertial-accelerations
#2
Angel Ramos de Miguel, Juan Carlos Falcon Gonzalez, Angel Ramos Macias
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation of the utricular and saccular portions of the vestibular nerve improves stability in patients suffering from vestibular dysfunction. The main objective of this study was to evaluate a new technique, vestibular response telemetry (VRT), for measuring the electrically evoked vestibular compound action potential (saccular and utricular) after stimulating the otolith organ (saccular and utricular) in adults. This study used evidence that the otolith organ can be electrically stimulated in order to develop a new vestibular implant design to improve the sensation of gravitoinertial acceleration...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
#3
Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798718/vestibular-modulation-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity-to-muscle-and-skin-in-humans
#4
REVIEW
Elie Hammam, Vaughan G Macefield
We review the existence of vestibulosympathetic reflexes in humans. While several methods to activate the human vestibular apparatus have been used, galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) is a means of selectively modulating vestibular afferent activity via electrodes over the mastoid processes, causing robust vestibular illusions of side-to-side movement. Sinusoidal GVS (sGVS) causes partial entrainment of sympathetic outflow to muscle and skin. Modulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) from vestibular inputs competes with baroreceptor inputs, with stronger temporal coupling to the vestibular stimulus being observed at frequencies remote from the cardiac frequency; "super entrainment" was observed in some individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796086/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-clinical-and-laboratory-otolith-function-tests
#5
Lokesh Kumar, Alok Thakar, Bhaskar Thakur, Kapil Sikka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinic based and laboratory tests of otolith function for their sensitivity and specificity in demarcating unilateral compensated complete vestibular deficit from normal. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary care hospital vestibular physiology laboratory. SUBJECTS: Control group-30 healthy adults, 20-45 years age; Case group-15 subjects post vestibular shwannoma excision or post-labyrinthectomy with compensated unilateral complete audio-vestibular loss...
August 8, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777976/otoliths-accelerometer-and-seismometer-implications-in-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential-vemp
#6
Wally Grant, Ian Curthoys
Vestibular otolithic organs are recognized as transducers of head acceleration and they function as such up to their corner frequency or undamped natural frequency. It is well recognized that these organs respond to frequencies above their corner frequency up to the 2-3 kHz range (Curthoys et al., 2016). A mechanics model for the transduction of these organs is developed that predicts the response below the undamped natural frequency as an accelerometer and above that frequency as a seismometer. The model is converted to a transfer function using hair cell bundle deflection...
July 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776676/consistency-of-elemental-and-isotope-ratio-patterns-across-multiple-scales-from-individual-fish
#7
M E Seeley, W K Logan, B D Walther
Assays of elemental and stable-isotope ratios across growth increments of scales have the potential to provide a non-lethal alternative to otolith chemistry for identifying migration and ontogenetic trophic shifts. A central assumption when employing scales as otolith analogues is that any scale from an individual will provide equivalent information about the chemical history of that fish. This assumption was investigated with multiple scales from wild and captive euryhaline Atlantic tarpon Megalops atlanticus from the north-west Gulf of Mexico...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763957/preconcentration-and-determination-of-lead-ions-in-fish-and-mollusk-tissues-by-nanocomposite-of-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-polyimide-as-a-solid-phase-extraction-sorbent
#8
Ali Mehdinia, Maryam Ramezani, Ali Jabbari
The separation and pre-concentration of pb(2+) ions from mollusk and fish samples were performed by nanocomposite of magnetic graphene oxide-polyimide, as an efficient solid-phase extraction sorbent. The nanocomposite was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The parameters affecting the extraction processes including: amount of adsorbent, adsorption and desorption times, type and volume of the eluent solvent and interfering ions of the sample were investigated and optimized...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751305/dlx3b-4b-is-required-for-early-born-but-not-later-forming-sensory-hair-cells-during-zebrafish-inner-ear-development
#9
Simone Schwarzer, Sandra Spieß, Michael Brand, Stefan Hans
Morpholino-mediated knockdown has shown that the homeodomain transcription factors Dlx3b and Dlx4b are essential for proper induction of the otic-epibranchial progenitor domain (OEPD) as well as subsequent formation of sensory hair cells in the developing zebrafish inner ear. However, increasing use of reverse genetic approaches has revealed poor correlation between morpholino-induced and mutant phenotypes. Using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis, we generated a defined deletion eliminating the entire open reading frames of dlx3b and dlx4b (dlx3b/4b) and investigated a potential phenotypic difference between mutants and morpholino-mediated knockdown...
July 27, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746415/the-potential-dysfunction-of-otolith-organs-in-patients-after-mumps-infection
#10
Yu-Juan Zhou, Jing Yu, Yong-Zhen Wu, Liang Tian, Zhao Han, Jing Wang, Fang-Lu Chi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between mumps and the extent of hearing impairment and otolith organ damage. METHODS: A total of 27 patients with unilateral hearing impairment following mumps were enrolled. The degrees of hearing loss and otolith organ damage were confirmed by audiometric and vestibular evoked myogenic potential [VEMP] tests. All the results were compared and analyzed using Stata 13.0 software for Windows. RESULTS: The VEMP thresholds of the affected ears were significantly higher than those of the unaffected ears in both tests (cervical VEMP [cVEMP] test and ocular VEMP [oVEMP] test; p = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719825/degeneration-of-the-vestibular-nerve-in-unilateral-meniere-s-disease-evaluated-by-galvanic-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials
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Chih-Ming Chang, Yi-Ho Young, Fu-Shan Jaw, Chi-Te Wang, Po-Wen Cheng
OBJECTIVE: The staging system of Meniere's disease utilizes audiograms to probe cochlear dysfunction. We explored the addition of galvanic vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) to further explore vestibular function. METHODS: Seventy patients with unilateral Meniere's disease were enrolled in this study. Within 2weeks of diagnosis, all subjects underwent pure tone audiometry, cervical and ocular VEMP, and caloric test. The prevalence of abnormal tests and the VEMP characteristic parameters such as latencies and amplitudes were analyzed...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716503/effectiveness-of-otolith-repositioning-maneuvers-and-vestibular-rehabilitation-exercises-in-elderly-people-with-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-a-systematic-review
#12
Karyna Figueiredo Ribeiro, Bruna Steffeni Oliveira, Raysa V Freitas, Lidiane M Ferreira, Nandini Deshpande, Ricardo O Guerra
INTRODUCTION: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is highly prevalent in elderly people. This condition is related to vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, poor balance, gait disturbance, and an increase in risk of falls, leading to postural changes and quality of life decreasing. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcomes obtained by clinical trials on the effectiveness of Otolith Repositioning Maneuver and Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises in the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in elderly...
June 29, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695384/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibitors-induce-developmental-toxicity-during-zebrafish-embryogenesis-especially-in-the-inner-ear
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Hiroko Matsumoto, Shoko Fujiwara, Hisako Miyagi, Nobuhiro Nakamura, Yasuhiro Shiga, Toshihiro Ohta, Mikio Tsuzuki
In vertebrates, carbonic anhydrases (CAs) play important roles in ion transport and pH regulation in many organs, including the eyes, kidneys, central nervous system, and inner ear. In aquatic organisms, the enzyme is inhibited by various chemicals present in the environment, such as heavy metals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. In this study, the effects of CA inhibitors, i.e., sulfonamides [ethoxyzolamide (EZA), acetazolamide (AZA), and dorzolamide (DZA)], on zebrafish embryogenesis were investigated. In embryos treated with the sulfonamides, abnormal development, such as smaller otoliths, an enlarged heart, an irregular pectoral fin, and aberrant swimming behavior, was observed...
July 10, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676758/loss-of-peripheral-sensory-function-explains-much-of-the-increase-in-postural-sway-in-healthy-older-adults
#14
Eric Anson, Robin T Bigelow, Bonnielin Swenor, Nandini Deshpande, Stephanie Studenski, John J Jeka, Yuri Agrawal
Postural sway increases with age and peripheral sensory disease. Whether, peripheral sensory function is related to postural sway independent of age in healthy adults is unclear. Here, we investigated the relationship between tests of visual function (VISFIELD), vestibular function (CANAL or OTOLITH), proprioceptive function (PROP), and age, with center of mass sway area (COM) measured with eyes open then closed on firm and then a foam surface. A cross-sectional sample of 366 community dwelling healthy adults from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging was tested...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667933/contrasting-results-of-tests-of-peripheral-vestibular-function-in-patients-with-bilateral-large-vestibular-aqueduct-syndrome
#15
Yu-Juan Zhou, Yong-Zhen Wu, Ning Cong, Jing Yu, Jun Gu, Jing Wang, Fang-Lu Chi
OBJECTIVE: To analyze and summarize the effect of bilateral large vestibular aqueducts in peripheral vestibular organ function. METHODS: Eighteen patients with bilateral large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS; Study Group) and 18 healthy volunteers (Control Group) were investigated using audiometry, caloric test, sensory organization test (SOT), and vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) tests. RESULTS: All 18 patients (36 ears) exhibited sensorineural hearing loss...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658326/otolith-shape-variability-and-associated-body-growth-differences-in-giant-grenadier-albatrossia-pectoralis
#16
Cara J Rodgveller, Charles E Hutchinson, Jeremy P Harris, Scott C Vulstek, Charles M Guthrie
Fish stocks can be defined by differences in their distribution, life history, and genetics. Managing fish based on stock structure is integral to successful management of a species because fishing may affect stocks disproportionately. Genetic and environmental differences can affect the shape and growth of otoliths and these differences may be indicative of stock structure. To investigate the potential for speciation or stock structure in giant grenadier, Albatrossia pectoralis, we quantified the shape of female giant grenadier otoliths and compared body growth rates for fish with three otolith shapes; shape types were classified visually by an experienced giant grenadier age reader, and were not defined by known distribution or life history differences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631586/benign-positional-vertigo-and-endolymphatic-hydrops-what-is-the-connection
#17
A F Jahn
BACKGROUND: Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and endolymphatic hydrops are considered to be distinct diagnoses, a minority of vertiginous patients exhibit features of both conditions. This coincidence has been reported previously in the literature, and is reviewed here in terms of possible aetiology. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: A new hypothesis to account for both conditions is offered, implicating free-floating degenerating debris from the otolithic apparatus...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620203/prehistoric-cooking-versus-accurate-palaeotemperature-records-in-shell%C3%A2-midden-constituents
#18
Peter Müller, Philip T Staudigel, Sean T Murray, Robert Vernet, Jean-Paul Barusseau, Hildegard Westphal, Peter K Swart
The reconstruction of pre-depositional cooking treatments used by prehistoric coastal populations for processing aquatic faunal resources is often difficult in archaeological shell midden assemblages. Besides limiting our knowledge of various social, cultural, economic and technological aspects of shell midden formation, unknown pre-depositional cooking techniques can also introduce large errors in palaeoclimate reconstructions as they can considerably alter the geochemical proxy signatures in calcareous skeletal structures such as bivalve shells or fish otoliths...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618821/low-intensity-ultrasound-activates-vestibular-otolith-organs-through-acoustic-radiation-force
#19
M M Iversen, D A Christensen, D L Parker, H A Holman, J Chen, M J Frerck, R D Rabbitt
The present study examined the efficacy of 5 MHz low-intensity focused ultrasound (LiFU) as a stimulus to remotely activate inner ear vestibular otolith organs. The otolith organs are the primary sensory apparati responsible for detecting orientation of the head relative to gravity and linear acceleration in three-dimensional space. These organs also respond to loud sounds and vibration of the temporal bone. The oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau, was used to facilitate unobstructed acoustic access to the otolith organs in vivo...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609892/reappraisal-of-i-synagrops-i-g%C3%A3-nther-1887-with-rehabilitation-and-revision-of-i-parascombrops-i-alcock-1889-including-description-of-seven-new-species-and-two-new-genera-perciformes-acropomatidae
#20
Werner W Schwarzhans, Artem M Prokofiev
An ongoing review of the fishes of the basal percoid family Acropomatidae has revealed that the genus Synagrops Günther, 1887 as it is currently understood is not a natural group. Species with a serrated pelvic-fin spine are here placed in the resurrected genus Parascombrops Alcock, 1889 (type-species: Parascombrops pellucidus Alcock, 1889), and the new, monospecific genus Caraibops n. gen. (type-species: Synagrops trispinosus Mochizuki & Sano, 1984). Parascombrops is unique amongst Acropomatidae in the combination of the presence of vacant 8th interneural space, a predorsal formula /0+0/0+2/ and an epaxialis attachment type 1...
May 4, 2017: Zootaxa
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