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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319872/intrathecal-baclofen-bolus-reduces-exaggerated-extensor-coactivation-during-pre-swing-and-early-swing-of-gait-after-acquired-brain-injury
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John W Chow, Stuart A Yablon, Dobrivoje S Stokic
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the concurrent activation of rectus femoris (RF) and medial gastrocnemius (MG) muscles (extensor coactivation) during gait in subjects with pronounced resting hypertonia after acquired brain injury (ABI) and examine changes after intrathecal baclofen (ITB) bolus injection. METHODS: Magnitude and duration of extensor coactivation during different phases of gait were assessed by recording gait kinematics and activity in bilateral RF and MG muscles in 18 controls and 18 ABI subjects before and at 2, 4, and 6h after a 50-μg ITB injection...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319191/overt-orienting-of-spatial-attention-and-corticospinal-excitability-during-action-observation-are-unrelated
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Sonia Betti, Umberto Castiello, Silvia Guerra, Luisa Sartori
Observing moving body parts can automatically activate topographically corresponding motor representations in the primary motor cortex (M1), the so-called direct matching. Novel neurophysiological findings from social contexts are nonetheless proving that this process is not automatic as previously thought. The motor system can flexibly shift from imitative to incongruent motor preparation, when requested by a social gesture. In the present study we aim to bring an increase in the literature by assessing whether and how diverting overt spatial attention might affect motor preparation in contexts requiring interactive responses from the onlooker...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299954/working-memory-load-affects-repetitive-behaviour-but-not-cognitive-flexibility-in-adolescent-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Nicole Wolff, Witold X Chmielewski, Christian Beste, Veit Roessner
OBJECTIVES: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with repetitive and stereotyped behaviour, suggesting that cognitive flexibility may be deficient in ASD. A central, yet not examined aspect to understand possible deficits in flexible behaviour in ASD relates (i) to the role of working memory and (ii) to neurophysiological mechanisms underlying behavioural modulations. METHODS: We analysed behavioural and neurophysiological (EEG) correlates of cognitive flexibility using a task-switching paradigm with and without working memory load in adolescents with ASD and typically developing controls (TD)...
March 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286677/motor-recovery-of-the-affected-hand-in-subacute-stroke-correlates-with-changes-of-contralesional-cortical-hand-motor-representation
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Jitka Veldema, Kathrin Bösl, Dennis Alexander Nowak
Objective. To investigate the relationship between changes of cortical hand motor representation and motor recovery of the affected hand in subacute stroke. Methods. 17 patients with motor impairment of the affected hand were enrolled in an in-patient neurological rehabilitation program. Hand motor function tests (Wolf Motor Function Test, Action Research Arm Test) and neurophysiological evaluations (resting motor threshold, motor evoked potentials, motor map area size, motor map area volume, and motor map area location) were obtained from both hands and hemispheres at baseline and two, four, and six weeks of in-patient rehabilitation...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284465/neurological-disorders-in-liver-transplant-candidates-pathophysiology-and-clinical-assessment
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Paolo Feltracco, Annachiara Cagnin, Cristiana Carollo, Stefania Barbieri, Carlo Ori
Compromised liver function, as a consequence of acute liver insufficiency or severe chronic liver disease may be associated with various neurological syndromes, which involve both central and peripheral nervous system. Acute and severe hyperammoniemia inducing cellular metabolic alterations, prolonged state of "neuroinflammation", activation of brain microglia, accumulation of manganese and ammonia, and systemic inflammation are the main causative factors of brain damage in liver failure. The most widely recognized neurological complications of serious hepatocellular failure include hepatic encephalopathy, diffuse cerebral edema, Wilson disease, hepatic myelopathy, acquired hepatocerebral degeneration, cirrhosis-related Parkinsonism and osmotic demyelination syndrome...
February 27, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269781/cognitive-efficiency-in-alzheimer-s-disease-is-associated-with-increased-occipital-connectivity
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Matteo De Marco, Davide Duzzi, Francesca Meneghello, Annalena Venneri
There are cognitive domains which remain fully functional in a proportion of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. It is unknown, however, what distinctive mechanisms sustain such efficient processing. The concept of "cognitive efficiency" was investigated in these patients by operationalizing it as a function of the level of performance shown on the Letter Fluency test, on which, very often, patients in the early stages of AD show unimpaired performance. Forty-five individuals at the prodromal/early stage of AD (diagnosis supported by subsequent clinical follow-ups) and 45 healthy controls completed a battery of neuropsychological tests and an MRI protocol which included resting-state acquisitions...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268684/identifying-depressed-patients-with-and-without-suicidal-ideation-by-finger-photo-plethysmography
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A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious mental disorder that if untreated not only affects physical health but also has a high risk of suicide. While the neurophysiological phenomena that contribute to the formation of Suicidal Ideation (SI) are still ill-defined, clear links between MDD and cardiovascular disease have been reported. The aim of this study is to extract suitable features from arterial pulse signals with a view to predicting SI within MDD and control groups. Sixteen unmedicated MDD patients with a history of SI (MDDSI+), sixteen without SI (MDDSI-) and twenty-nine healthy subjects (CONT) were recruited at a psychiatric clinic in the UAE...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266594/autaptic-connections-shift-network-excitability-and-bursting
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Laura Wiles, Shi Gu, Fabio Pasqualetti, Brandon Parvesse, David Gabrieli, Danielle S Bassett, David F Meaney
We examine the role of structural autapses, when a neuron synapses onto itself, in driving network-wide bursting behavior. Using a simple spiking model of neuronal activity, we study how autaptic connections affect activity patterns, and evaluate if controllability significantly affects changes in bursting from autaptic connections. Adding more autaptic connections to excitatory neurons increased the number of spiking events and the number of network-wide bursts. We observed excitatory synapses contributed more to bursting behavior than inhibitory synapses...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265245/passion-and-pacing-in-endurance-performance
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Lieke Schiphof-Godart, Florentina J Hettinga
Endurance sports are booming, with sports passionates of varying skills and expertise battering city streets and back roads on their weekly or daily exercise rounds. The investments required for performing in endurance exercise are nevertheless considerable, and passion for their sport might explain the efforts endurance athletes are willing to make. Passion may be defined as a strong motivational force and as such might be related to the neurophysiological basis underlying the drive to exercise. A complex relationship between the brain and other systems is responsible for athletes' exercise behavior and thus performance in sports...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260398/improved-diagnosis-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-with-contact-heat-evoked-potentials
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Catherine Jutzeler, Anett Ulrich, Barbara Huber, Jan Rosner, John Kramer, Armin Curt
The aim of this study was to reveal the sensitivity and responsiveness of contact heat evoked potentials (CHEPs) to assess cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). A total of 81 patients with clinically and radiologically confirmed spinal cord compression were reviewed. All patients underwent full clinical examinations with combined recordings of segmental CHEPs and somatosensory evoked potentials (dSSEPs) compared to healthy controls. Cross-sectional area, maximal canal compression, and maximal spinal cord compression were determined based on T2-weighted magnetic resonance images (MRI)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260249/recent-theoretical-neural-and-clinical-advances-in-sustained-attention-research
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REVIEW
Francesca C Fortenbaugh, Joseph DeGutis, Michael Esterman
Models of attention often distinguish among attention subtypes, with classic models separating orienting, switching, and sustaining functions. Compared with other forms of attention, the neurophysiological basis of sustaining attention has received far less notice, yet it is known that momentary failures of sustained attention can have far-ranging negative effects in healthy individuals, and lasting sustained attention deficits are pervasive in clinical populations. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in characterizing moment-to-moment fluctuations in sustained attention, in addition to the overall vigilance decrement, and understanding how these neurocognitive systems change over the life span and across various clinical populations...
March 5, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245506/should-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-be-mainly-considered-an-epileptic-disorder-results-of-a-sequential-neurophysiological-study-in-a-pediatric-cohort
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Daniele Grioni, Fabio Pavan, Giulia Prunotto, Francesco Canonico, Carlo de Grandi, Attilio Rovelli
Despite a wide number of studies trying to define clinical, physiopathological, and neuroradiological features of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES), the true nature of symptoms is still not fully understood. We studied a standard cohort of 24 pediatric patients, affected by hemato-oncological diseases, with a neuroradiological diagnosis consistent with PRES identified from 2006 to 2013. Ten of them developed PRES after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We analyzed the sequence of clinical, radiological, and electrophysiological data...
April 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243999/physiological-effects-of-early-incremental-mobilization-of-a-patient-with-acute-intracerebral-and-intraventricular-hemorrhage-requiring-dual-external-ventricular-drainage
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Sowmya Kumble, Elizabeth K Zink, Mackenzie Burch, Sandra Deluzio, Robert D Stevens, Mona N Bahouth
BACKGROUND: Recent trials have challenged the notion that very early mobility benefits patients with acute stroke. It is unclear how cerebral autoregulatory impairments, prevalent in this population, could be affected by mobilization. The safety of mobilizing patients who have external ventricular drainage (EVD) devices for cerebrospinal fluid diversion and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is another concern due to risk of device dislodgment and potential elevation in ICP. We report hemodynamic and ICP responses during progressive, device-assisted mobility interventions performed in a critically ill patient with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) requiring two EVDs...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243221/acoustic-coordinated-reset-neuromodulation-a-systematic-review-of-a-novel-therapy-for-tinnitus
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REVIEW
Marie Wegger, Therese Ovesen, Dalia Gustaityte Larsen
BACKGROUND: There are growing technological advances in the development of sound-based methods for the treatment of tinnitus. Most of these methods intend to affect the speculated underlying neurological causes of tinnitus. Acoustic coordinated reset (CR) neuromodulation is one of them. A novel method that as of yet seems inadequately reviewed. PURPOSE: To evaluate the current evidence on acoustic CR neuromodulation as a method for the treatment of tinnitus and to assess whether the method can be implemented in daily clinical practice...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242726/mechanisms-of-saccade-suppression-revealed-in-the-anti-saccade-task
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REVIEW
Brian C Coe, Douglas P Munoz
The anti-saccade task has emerged as an important tool for investigating the complex nature of voluntary behaviour. In this task, participants are instructed to suppress the natural response to look at a peripheral visual stimulus and look in the opposite direction instead. Analysis of saccadic reaction times (SRT: the time from stimulus appearance to the first saccade) and the frequency of direction errors (i.e. looking toward the stimulus) provide insight into saccade suppression mechanisms in the brain. Some direction errors are reflexive responses with very short SRTs (express latency saccades), while other direction errors are driven by automated responses and have longer SRTs...
April 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238859/automated-selective-disruption-of-slow-wave-sleep
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Sharon J Ooms, John M Zempel, David M Holtzman, Yo-El S Ju
BACKGROUND: Slow wave sleep (SWS) plays an important role in neurophysiologic restoration. Experimentally testing the effect of SWS disruption previously required highly time-intensive and subjective methods. Our goal was to develop an automated and objective protocol to reduce SWS without affecting sleep architecture. NEW METHOD: We developed a custom Matlab™ protocol to calculate electroencephalogram spectral power every 10s live during a polysomnogram, exclude artifact, and, if measurements met criteria for SWS, deliver increasingly louder tones through earphones...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235422/crying-spells-triggered-by-thumb-index-rubbing-after-thalamic-stroke-a-case-report
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R Bassani, C Rosazza, L Ghirardin, V Caldiera, E Banco, C Casati, L Tesio
BACKGROUND: Pathologic crying, devoid of any emotional counterpart, is known to occur as a consequence of various brain stem, cortical hemispheric and cerebellar lesions or, quite exceptionally, of "dacrystic" epilepsy. The case reported here suggests that thalamic lesions may also cause crying spells, under the special circumstances described below. CASE PRESENTATION: After a mild left thalamic stroke a caucasian 77 years old man presented with crying spells with no emotional counterpart, triggered by thumb-index rubbing of his right hand...
February 24, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228722/transcranial-doppler-sonography-reveals-reductions-in-hemispheric-asymmetry-in-healthy-older-adults-during-vigilance
#18
Amanda E Harwood, Pamela M Greenwood, Tyler H Shaw
Given that older adults are remaining longer in the workforce, their ability to perform demanding cognitive tasks such as vigilance assignments needs to be thoroughly examined, especially since many vigilance assignments affect public safety (e.g., aviation, medicine and long distance driving). Previous research exploring the relation between aging and vigilance is conflicted, with some studies finding decreased vigilance performance in older adults but others finding no effect of age. We sought a better understanding of effects of age on vigilance by assessing neurophysiological change over the course of a vigil in young (aged 18-24) and healthy older (aged 66-77) adults...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226871/identifying-depressed-patients-with-and-without-suicidal-ideation-by-finger-photo-plethysmography
#19
A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek, A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek, A H Khandoker, R Mostafa, H F Jelinek, N Chowdhury, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, V Luthra
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious mental disorder that if untreated not only affects physical health but also has a high risk of suicide. While the neurophysiological phenomena that contribute to the formation of Suicidal Ideation (SI) are still ill-defined, clear links between MDD and cardiovascular disease have been reported. The aim of this study is to extract suitable features from arterial pulse signals with a view to predicting SI within MDD and control groups. Sixteen unmedicated MDD patients with a history of SI (MDDSI+), sixteen without SI (MDDSI-) and twenty-nine healthy subjects (CONT) were recruited at a psychiatric clinic in the UAE...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218803/error-monitoring-and-empathy-explorations-within-a-neurophysiological-context
#20
Azhani Amiruddin, Simone N Fueggle, An T Nguyen, Gilles E Gignac, Karen L Clunies-Ross, Allison M Fox
Past literature has proposed that empathy consists of two components: cognitive and affective empathy. Error monitoring mechanisms indexed by the error-related negativity (ERN) have been associated with empathy. Studies have found that a larger ERN is associated with higher levels of empathy. We aimed to expand upon previous work by investigating how error monitoring relates to the independent theoretical domains of cognitive and affective empathy. Study 1 (N = 24) explored the relationship between error monitoring mechanisms and subcomponents of empathy using the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy and found no relationship...
February 20, 2017: Psychophysiology
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