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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738314/factors-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-in-a-cohort-of-older-homeless-adults-results-from-the-hope-home-study
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Emily Hurstak, Julene K Johnson, Lina Tieu, David Guzman, Claudia Ponath, Christopher T Lee, Christina Weyer Jamora, Margot Kushel
BACKGROUND: We evaluated cognitive function and factors associated with cognitive impairment in a cohort of older homeless adults. We hypothesized that substance use and a history of traumatic brain injury would be associated with cognitive impairment. METHODS: We recruited 350 homeless individuals aged ≥50 years using population-based sampling and conducted structured interviews and neuropsychological testing. We evaluated alcohol use with the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, defining high-severity alcohol use as a total score ≥16 or ≥4 on the alcohol dependency sub-scale...
July 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737438/prenatal-exposure-to-angiotensin-ii-increases-blood-pressure-and-decreases-salt-sensitivity-in-rats
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Pavel Svitok, Tomas Senko, Zuzana Panakova, Lucia Olexova, Lucia Krskova, Monika Okuliarova, Michal Zeman
Renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) plays an essential role in the homeostatic control of arterial blood pressure, perfusion of tissues, and control of extracellular fluid. Its components are highly expressed in the developing kidney, general vasculature, brain, and heart. A modified intrauterine environment alters mechanisms controlling blood pressure (BP) and can lead to hypertension in the adult offspring and developmentally programmed RAAS can be involved in this process. There are very little data about the effects of increased angiotensin II (Ang II) concentrations during pregnancy on in utero development of the fetus...
July 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729834/white-matter-hyperintensity-in-elderly-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-functional-disability-and-a-high-glycoalbumin-glycohemoglobin-ratio
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Yoshiaki Tamura, Yoshiyuki Kimbara, Takuya Yamaoka, Ken Sato, Yuki Tsuboi, Remi Kodera, Yuko Chiba, Seijiro Mori, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Aya M Tokumaru, Hideki Ito, Takashi Sakurai, Atsushi Araki
Aims: Although evidence has accumulated that white matter hyperintensity (WMH) is associated with the deterioration of cognitive function and impairment of activities of daily living (ADL), the clinical relevance of WMH in elderly patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) is not still clear. The aim of this study was to examine whether WMH volume is associated with ADL and cognitive function and whether glucose control and glucose variability can affect WMH volume in these patients. Methods: This cross-sectional study investigated the associations of WMH with cognitive function and instrumental ADL (IADL), as well as metabolic and vascular risk factors in a total of 178 elderly patients with diabetes...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726717/mini-review-of-controlled-cortical-impact-a-well-suited-device-for-concussion-research
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REVIEW
Nicole Osier, C Edward Dixon
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is increasingly recognized as a significant public health problem which warrants additional research. Part of the effort to understand mTBI and concussion includes modeling in animals. Controlled cortical impact (CCI) is a commonly employed and well-characterized model of experimental TBI that has been utilized for three decades. Today, several commercially available pneumatic- and electromagnetic-CCI devices exist as do a variety of standard and custom injury induction tips...
July 20, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726548/wnt-yap-interactions-during-neural-tissue-patterning-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Julie Bejoy, Liqing Song, Yi Zhou, Yan Li
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have special ability to self-assemble into neural spheroids or mini-brain like structures. During the self-assembly process, Wnt signaling plays an important role in regional patterning and establishing positional identity of hiPSC-derived neural progenitors. Recently, the role of Wnt signaling in regulating Yes-associated protein (YAP) expression (nuclear or cytoplasmic), the pivotal regulator during organ growth and tissue generation, has attracted increasing interests...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716237/long-term-follow-up-on-quality-of-life-and-its-relationship-to-motor-and-cognitive-functions-in-parkinson-s-disease-after-deep-brain-stimulation
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Tatsuya Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Uchiyama, Yoshinori Higuchi, Masato Asahina, Shigeki Hirano, Yoshitaka Yamanaka, Liu Weibing, Satoshi Kuwabara
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to examine temporal changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and its relationship with motor and cognitive functions in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) after subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS). METHODS: In total, 31 patients with PD were enrolled in this study (mean age: 66.7±0.9years; mean disease duration: 11.6±3.7years). Participants completed the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713313/the-burden-of-binge-and-heavy-drinking-on-the-brain-effects-on-adolescent-and-young-adult-neural-structure-and-function
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REVIEW
Anita Cservenka, Ty Brumback
Introduction: Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of continued biological and psychosocial maturation. Thus, there may be deleterious effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol on neural development and associated cognition during this time. The purpose of this mini review is to highlight neuroimaging research that has specifically examined the effects of binge and heavy drinking on adolescent and young adult brain structure and function. Methods: We review cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of young binge and heavy drinkers that have examined brain structure (e...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712841/long-term-impact-of-subthalamic-stimulation-on-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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M Acera, A Molano, B Tijero, G Bilbao, I Lambarri, R Villoria, J Somme, E Ruiz de Gopegui, I Gabilondo, J C Gomez-Esteban
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (DBS-SN) on cognitive function in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) 5 years after surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective study including 50 patients with PD who underwent DBS-SN (62.5% were men; mean age of 62.2±8.2 years; mean progression time of 14.1±6.3 years). All patients were assessed before the procedure and at one year after surgery; 40 patients were further followed up until the 5-year mark...
July 13, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707595/functional-roles-of-the-ca2-activated-k-channel-kca3-1-in-brain-tumors
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Giuseppina D' Alessandro, Cristina Limatola, Myriam Catalano
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive and deadly brain tumor, with low disease-free period even after surgery and combined radio and chemotherapies. Among the factors contributing to rapid tumor growth in the brain are the elevated proliferation and invasion rate, and the ability to induce a local immunosuppressive environment. The intermediate-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel KCa3.1 is expressed on glioblastoma cells and in tumor-infiltrating cells. In tumor cells, the functional expression of KCa3.1 is important to modulate cell invasion and proliferation...
July 13, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706726/community-based-trials-of-mobile-solutions-for-the-detection-and-management-of-cognitive-decline
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Adele Boyd, Jonathan Synnott, Chris Nugent, David Elliott, John Kelly
This study focused on the development and usability evaluation of EnCare diagnostics (ECD) and the brain fit plan (BFP) in healthy older adults, cognitively impaired and physically impaired individuals. ECD is proposed as a novel solution to cognitive assessment based on colour selection. BFP is a novel solution to personalised cognitive stimulation. The study consisted of two trials designed to evaluate the usability of the apps. Trial 1 involved 11 healthy older adults and four older adults with physical impairments who undertook ECD and mini-mental state examination (MMSE) once per month for 4 months with only those with physical impairments also completing the BFP daily...
June 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701996/aberrant-pyramidal-tract-in-comparison-with-pyramidal-tract-on-diffusion-tensor-tractography-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Sungho Jang, Soyoung Kwak
The pyramidal tract (PT) is a major neural tract that controls voluntary movements in the human brain. The PT has several collateral pathways, including the aberrant pyramidal tract (APT), which passes through the medial lemniscus location at the midbrain and pons. Diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) allows visualization and estimation of the APT in three dimensions. In this mini-review, eight DTT studies on the APT were reviewed. Two studies for normal subjects reported the prevalence (17-18% of hemispheres) and the different characteristics (different cortical origin, less directionality, and fewer neural fibers) of the APT compared with the PT...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700094/regulation-of-synaptic-acetylcholine-concentrations-by-acetylcholine-transport-in-rat-striatal-cholinergic-transmission
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Ikunobu Muramatsu, Junsuke Uwada, Takayoshi Masuoka, Hatsumi Yoshiki, Kiyonao Sada, Kung-Shing Lee, Matomo Nishio, Takaharu Ishibashi, Takanobu Taniguchi
In addition to hydrolysis by acetylcholine esterase (AChE), acetylcholine (ACh) is also directly taken up into brain tissues. In the present study, we examined whether the uptake of ACh is involved in the regulation of synaptic ACh concentrations. Superfusion experiments with rat striatal segments pre-incubated with [(3) H]choline were performed using an ultra-mini superfusion vessel, which was developed to minimize superfusate retention within the vessel. Hemicholinium-3 (HC-3) at concentrations less than 1 μM, selectively inhibited the uptake of [(3) H]choline by the high affinity-choline transporter 1 (CHT1) and had no effect on basal and electrically evoked [(3) H]efflux in superfusion experiments...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699792/novel-approaches-to-the-design-of-bioavailable-melanotropins
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Yang Zhou, Minying Cai
The melanocortin system is a primordial and critical system for survival, involved in a wide variety of physiological functions. It includes melanocortin receptors (MCRs) and melanotropin ligands (MCLs). MCRs are important drug targets that can regulate several key physiological processes. Extensive efforts have been made to develop peptide and peptidomimetics targeting melanocortin receptors including MC1R, MC3R, MC4R and MC5R. Most research is focused on developing potent and selective melanotropins. However, developing bioavailable melanotropins remains challenging...
July 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698646/plasma-biomarkers-are-associated-with-agitation-and-regional-brain-atrophy-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jung-Lung Hsu, Wei-Ju Lee, Yi-Chu Liao, Jiing-Feng Lirng, Shuu-Jiun Wang, Jong-Ling Fuh
This study investigated the relationships among plasma biomarkers, regional brain atrophy, and clinical symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD; n = 177), mild cognitive impairment (MCI; N = 60) and controls (n = 108). The Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), and Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) subscales were administered to subjects. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed and medial temporal atrophy (MTA) and posterior atrophy (PA) were assessed visually...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697567/antibodies-to-signaling-molecules-and%C3%A2-receptors-in-alzheimer-s-disease-are%C3%A2-associated-with-psychomotor-slowing-depression-and-poor-visuospatial-function
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Lasse M Giil, Christian A Vedeler, Einar K Kristoffersen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Harald Heidecke, Ralf Dechend, Kai Schulze-Forster, Dominik N Muller, Victoria S von Goetze, Otavio Cabral-Marques, Gabriela Riemekasten, Petra Vogelsang, Staale Nygaard, Anders Lund, Dag Aarsland
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with several antibodies as well as signaling molecules and receptors. These may be detrimental in the presence of a disrupted blood-brain barrier (BBB). OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the levels of antibodies toward 33 signaling molecules involved in neurotransmitter, vascular, and immune functions were associated with AD and, within the AD group; cognitive function and mood. METHODS: Antibodies in sera from patients with mild AD [(n = 91) defined as a Mini-Mental State Examination ≥ 20 or a Clinical Dementia Rating Scale≤1] and healthy controls (n = 102) were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691530/depressive-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-are-related-to-decreased-left-hippocampal-volume-correlation-with-the-15-item-shortened-version-of-the-geriatric-depression-scale
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Masami Goto, Koji Kamagata, Taku Hatano, Nobutaka Hattori, Osamu Abe, Shigeki Aoki, Masaaki Hori, Tsutomu Gomi
Background The relationship between hippocampal and amygdaloid volumes and depression in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is a controversial issue. Purpose To investigate the correlation between the 15-item shortened version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) and gray matter volume in PD. Material and Methods In the present study, 46 participants with PD were scanned with 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to obtain three-dimensional (3D) T1-weighted (T1W) images. Neurologists specializing in movement disorders performed clinical evaluations of the participants (e...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690441/drugs-the-brain-case-based-instruction-for-an-undergraduate-neuropharmacology-course
#17
Anastasia Nagel, Andrea Nicholas
In order to transform a traditional large non-majors general education (GE) neurobiology lecture (Drugs & the Brain) into an active learning course, we developed a series of directed mini-cases targeting major drug classes. Humorous and captivating case-based situations were used to better engage and motivate students to solve problems related to neuropharmacology and physiology. Here we provide directed cases, questions and learning outcomes for our opiates mini-cases. In addition, we describe how case studies were incorporated into our course and assessed using peer review and online quizzing...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686082/providing-dementia-consultations-to-veterans-using-clinical-video-telehealth-results-from-a-clinical-demonstration-project
#18
Stuti Dang, Carlos A Gomez-Orozco, Maria H van Zuilen, Silvina Levis
PURPOSE: Veterans with dementia and their caregivers in remote areas may not have access to specialists to provide diagnosis, treatment, and education. The purpose of this clinical demonstration project was to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of a video consultations clinic for veterans with dementia or memory complaints and their caregivers. METHODS: The dementia clinical video telehealth (CVT) consultation clinic was established to identify, diagnose, and treat dementia in veterans at sites distant from the main medical center...
July 7, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667288/brain-functional-connectivity-difference-in-the-complete-network-of-an-entire-village-the-role-of-social-network-size-and-embeddedness
#19
Won-Tak Joo, Seyul Kwak, Yoosik Youm, Jeanyung Chey
Social networks are known to protect cognitive function in old age. For the first time, this study examines how social network size and social network embeddedness measured by k-core score are associated with functional connectivity in the brain using the complete social network of an entire village. According to the results, social network size has both positive and negative associations with functional connectivity; showing no meaningful pattern relative to distance among brain regions. However, older adults deeply embedded in the complete network tend to maintain functional connectivity between long-distance regions even after controlling for other covariates such as age, gender, education, and Mini-Mental State Examination score...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665375/-the-comprehensive-step-by-step-rehabilitation-of-the-patients-after-acute-disturbances-of-the-cerebral-circulation
#20
N F Miryutova, V A Chistyakova, V A Vorob'eva, A A Zaitsev
AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of the comprehensive one- and two-stage rehabilitation including the application of mirror therapy and orthetics on an individual basis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 125 patients (66 men and 59 women) at the medium age of 57 (52; 63) years who had undergone the acute disorders of cerebral circulation (the diagnosis was verified based on the results of CT or MRI of the brain)...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
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