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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777360/crossed-aphasia-following-cerebral-infarction-in-a-right-handed-patient-with-atypical-cerebral-language-dominance
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Xiaoping Tan, Yang Guo, Saihong Dun, Hongzan Sun
OBJECTIVE: Crossed aphasia (CA), usually referred to as an acquired language disturbance, is caused by a lesion in the cerebral hemisphere ipsilateral to the dominant hand, and the exact mechanism is not clear. The development of handedness is influenced by education and training and the impact of habitualization, while language is more susceptible to the impact of speech habits, and it is not absolutely accurate to judge cerebral language dominance by the degree of hand preference. METHODS: We describe a case of CA after right hemispheric stroke in a right-handed patient with atypical language dominance and attempt to analyze the mechanism of CA based on functional imaging methods, including arterial spin labeling (ASL) and positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774500/thalamocortical-dysconnectivity-in-premenstrual-syndrome
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Peng Liu, Ying Wei, Hai Liao, Yingying Fan, Ru Li, Nana Feng, Gaoxiong Duan, Demao Deng, Wei Qin
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a menstrual cycle-related disorder. Although the precise pathophysiology is not fully understood, it is increasingly believed that the central nervous system plays a vital role in the development of PMS. The aim of this study is to elucidate specific functional connectivity between the thalamus and cerebral cortex. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data were obtained from 20 PMS patients and 21 healthy controls (HCs). Seed-based functional connectivity between the thalamus and six cortical regions of interest, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC), posterior parietal cortex, somatosensory cortex, motor cortex/supplementary motor area, temporal and occipital lobe, was adopted to identify specific thalamocortical connectivity in the two groups...
May 17, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774174/outpatient-interventions-that-may-enhance-the-care-of-a-patient-with-co-existing-moyamoya-and-down-syndromes
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Anita Lwanga, Waldo Herrera, Katya Cruz Madrid, Antony Irungu
Moyamoya vasculopathy is a condition of chronic, progressive occlusion of the distal internal carotid arteries and the Circle of Willis. The resultant ischemia produces compensatory angiogenesis and the growth of a network of collateral blood vessels, which on angiography resemble a "puff of smoke" or "moyamoya" in Japanese. The objective of this case report is to describe the clinical course of a patient with Down and moyamoya syndromes and to enlighten clinicians about strategies that can be taken to enhance the care of similar patients...
March 16, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754151/a-voxel-based-magnetic-resonance-imaging-morphometric-study-of-cerebral-and-cerebellar-gray-matter-in-patients-under-65-years-with-essential-tremor
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Hongmei Cao, Rong Wang, Xue Luo, Xianjun Li, Mark Hallett, Johanna Thompson-Westra, Jian Yang, Qiumin Qu, Xiaobo Yang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the morphological changes in cerebral and cerebellar gray matter in patients with essential tremor under 60-years-of-age, with age-matched and gender-matched normal healthy volunteer control subjects, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective, controlled, comparative clinical study included 17 patients with essential tremor, <60 years-of-age, and 17 age-matched and gender-matched healthy volunteer control subjects, recruited between June 2010-July 2012...
May 13, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740305/whole-brain-functional-connectivity-pattern-homogeneity-mapping
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Lijie Wang, Jinping Xu, Chao Wang, Jiaojian Wang
Mounting studies have demonstrated that brain functions are determined by its external functional connectivity patterns. However, how to characterize the voxel-wise similarity of whole brain functional connectivity pattern is still largely unknown. In this study, we introduced a new method called functional connectivity homogeneity (FcHo) to delineate the voxel-wise similarity of whole brain functional connectivity patterns. FcHo was defined by measuring the whole brain functional connectivity patterns similarity of a given voxel with its nearest 26 neighbors using Kendall's coefficient concordance (KCC)...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740268/study-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity-networks-using-eeg-electrodes-position-as-seed
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Gonzalo M Rojas, Carolina Alvarez, Carlos E Montoya, María de la Iglesia-Vayá, Jaime E Cisternas, Marcelo Gálvez
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the standard diagnosis method for a wide variety of diseases such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, encephalopathies, and coma, among others. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance (rs-fMRI) is currently a technique used in research in both healthy individuals as well as patients. EEG and fMRI are procedures used to obtain direct and indirect measurements of brain neural activity: EEG measures the electrical activity of the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp, and fMRI detects the changes in blood oxygenation that occur in response to neural activity...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731712/baseline-brain-activity-changes-in-patients-with-single-and-relapsing-optic-neuritis
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Zhuoqiong Ren, Yaou Liu, Kuncheng Li, Yunyun Duan, Huang Jing, Peipeng Liang, Zheng Sun, Xiaojun Zhang, Bei Mao
Purpose : To investigate spontaneous brain activity amplitude alterations in single and relapsing optic neuritis (sON and rON, respectively) and their relationships with clinical variables. Methods : In total, 42 patients with sON, 35 patients with rON and 50 healthy volunteers were recruited. Resting-state functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rs-fMRI) scans were acquired for all participants and compared to investigate the changes in the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFFs) among the three groups...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725310/craving-responses-to-methamphetamine-and-sexual-visual-cues-in-individuals-with-methamphetamine-use-disorder-after-long-term-drug-rehabilitation
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Shucai Huang, Zhixue Zhang, Yuanyuan Dai, Changcun Zhang, Cheng Yang, Lidan Fan, Jun Liu, Wei Hao, Hongxian Chen
Studies utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) cue-reactivity paradigms have demonstrated that short-term abstinent or current methamphetamine (MA) users have increased brain activity in the ventral striatum, caudate nucleus and medial frontal cortex, when exposed to MA-related visual cues. However, patterns of brain activity following cue-reactivity in subjects with long-term MA abstinence, especially long-term compulsory drug rehabilitation, have not been well studied. To enrich knowledge in this field, functional brain imaging was conducted during a cue-reactivity paradigm task in 28 individuals with MA use disorder following long-term compulsory drug rehabilitation, and 27 healthy control subjects...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712966/localization-and-functional-characterization-of-an-occipital-visual-word-form-sensitive-area
#9
Bo Zhang, Sheng He, Xuchu Weng
In human occipitotemporal cortex, category-specific processing for visual objects seems to involve pairs of cortical regions, often with one located in the occipital cortex and another more anteriorly. We investigated whether such an arrangement might be the case for visual word processing. In addition to the Visual Word Form Area (VWFA) located in the occipitotemporal sulcus, we observed that another region in occipital lobe with robust responses to written words (Chinese characters). The current fMRI study investigated this area's precise location and its functional selectivity using Chinese characters and other categories of visual images (cars, chairs and insects)...
April 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29696239/effects-and-mechanism-of-the-hect-study-hybrid-exercise-cognitive-trainings-in-mild-ischemic-stroke-with-cognitive-decline-fmri-for-brain-plasticity-biomarker-and-behavioral-analysis
#10
Ting-Ting Yeh, Ku-Chou Chang, Ching-Yi Wu, Ya-Yun Lee, Po-Yu Chen, Jen-Wen Hung
Purpose: Cognitive decline after stroke is highly associated with functional disability. Empirical evidence shows that exercise combined cognitive training may induce neuroplastic changes that modulate cognitive function. However, it is unclear whether hybridized exercise-cognitive training can facilitate cortical activity and physiological outcome measures and further influence on the cognitive function after stroke. This study will investigate the effects of two hybridized exercise-cognitive trainings on brain plasticity, physiological biomarkers and behavioral outcomes in stroke survivors with cognitive decline...
March 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691943/distinguishable-brain-networks-relate-disease-susceptibility-to-symptom-expression-in-schizophrenia
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Zhaowen Liu, Jie Zhang, Kai Zhang, Junying Zhang, Xiaojing Li, Wei Cheng, Mingli Li, Liansheng Zhao, Wei Deng, Wanjun Guo, Xiaohong Ma, Qiang Wang, Paul M Matthews, Jianfeng Feng, Tao Li
Disease association studies have characterized altered resting-state functional connectivities describing schizophrenia, but failed to model symptom expression well. We developed a model that could account for symptom severity and meanwhile relate this to disease-related functional pathology. We correlated BOLD signal across brain regions and tested separately for associations with disease (disease edges) and with symptom severity (symptom edges) in a prediction-based scheme. We then integrated them in an "edge bi-color" graph, and adopted mediation analysis to test for causality between the disease and symptom networks and symptom scores...
April 24, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29687407/ultradeep-single-molecule-real-time-sequencing-of-hiv-envelope-reveals-complete-compartmentalization-of-highly-macrophage-tropic-r5-proviral-variants-in-brain-and-cxcr4-using-variants-in-immune-and-peripheral-tissues
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Robin L Brese, Maria Paz Gonzalez-Perez, Matthew Koch, Olivia O'Connell, Katherine Luzuriaga, Mohan Somasundaran, Paul R Clapham, James Jarad Dollar, David J Nolan, Rebecca Rose, Susanna L Lamers
Despite combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), HIV+ patients still develop neurological disorders, which may be due to persistent HIV infection and selective evolution in brain tissues. Single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing technology offers an improved opportunity to study the relationship among HIV isolates in the brain and lymphoid tissues because it is capable of generating thousands of long sequence reads in a single run. Here, we used SMRT sequencing to generate ~ 50,000 high-quality full-length HIV envelope sequences (> 2200 bp) from seven autopsy tissues from an HIV+/cART+ subject, including three brain and four non-brain sites...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29687030/therapeutic-effect-of-steroids-in-osmotic-demyelination-of-infancy
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Lalit R Bansal
An 11-month-old male presented with acute gastroenteritis, seizures, and altered mental status. Laboratory workup revealed serum sodium of 177 mmol/L. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed reduced diffusion in the supratentorial white matter, T2 hyperintensities in the left central pons and midbrain, subacute stroke in the right occipital lobe, and bilateral cerebellar hemorrhagic infarcts. The child was presumed to have hypernatremia-induced central pontine and extrapontine myelinolysis. He received 5 days of high-dose methylprednisolone for persistent encephalopathy and spastic quadriparesis with rapid recovery of his cognitive function and neurological examination...
2018: Child Neurology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681927/altered-structural-and-functional-connectivity-of-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-an-fmri-study
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Chengqing Zhong, Rong Liu, Cheng Luo, Sisi Jiang, Li Dong, Rui Peng, Fuqiang Guo, Pu Wang
The aim of this study was to investigate the structural and functional connectivity (FC) of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). High-resolution T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and rs-fMRI data were collected in 25 patients with JME and in 24 control subjects. A FC analysis was subsequently performed, with seeding at the regions that demonstrated between-group differences in gray matter volume (GMV). Then, the observed structural and FCs were associated with the clinical manifestations...
2018: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675389/altered-intrinsic-functional-connectivity-of-the-primary-visual-cortex-in-youth-patients-with-comitant-exotropia-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Pei-Wen Zhu, Xin Huang, Lei Ye, Nan Jiang, Yu-Lin Zhong, Qing Yuan, Fu-Qing Zhou, Yi Shao
AIM: To evaluate the differences in the functional connectivity (FC) of the primary visual cortex (V1) between the youth comitant exotropia (CE) patients and health subjects using resting functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. METHODS: Totally, 32 CEs (25 males and 7 females) and 32 healthy control subjects (HCs) (25 males and 7 females) were enrolled in the study and underwent the MRI scanning. Two-sample t -test was used to examine differences in FC maps between the CE patients and HCs...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656497/altered-brain-function-in-persistent-postural-perceptual-dizziness-a-study-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity
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Jin-Ok Lee, Eek-Sung Lee, Ji-Soo Kim, Young-Beom Lee, Yong Jeong, Byung Se Choi, Jae-Hyoung Kim, Jeffrey P Staab
This study used resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) to investigate whole brain networks in patients with persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD). We compared rsfMRI data from 38 patients with PPPD and 38 healthy controls using whole brain and region of interest analyses. We examined correlations among connectivity and clinical variables and tested the ability of a machine learning algorithm to classify subjects using rsfMRI results. Patients with PPPD showed: (a) increased connectivity of subcallosal cortex with left superior lateral occipital cortex and left middle frontal gyrus, (b) decreased connectivity of left hippocampus with bilateral central opercular cortices, left posterior opercular cortex, right insular cortex and cerebellum, and (c) decreased connectivity between right nucleus accumbens and anterior left temporal fusiform cortex...
April 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628067/orbital-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-functional-connectivity-of-major-depression-vulnerability-and-disease
#17
Zoe Samara, Elisabeth A T Evers, Frenk Peeters, Harry B M Uylings, Grazyna Rajkowska, Johannes G Ramaekers, Peter Stiers
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiology models of major depression (MD) center on the dysfunction of various cortical areas within the orbital and medial prefrontal cortex. While independent structural and functional abnormalities in these areas are consistent findings in MD, the complex interactions among them and the rest of the cortex remain largely unexplored. METHODS: We used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging connectivity to systematically map alterations in the communication between orbital and medial prefrontal cortex fields and the rest of the brain in MD...
April 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626609/homozygous-lamc3-mutation-links-to-structural-and-functional-changes-in-visual-attention-networks
#18
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Buse M Urgen, Yasemin Topac, F Seyhun Ustun, Pinar Demirayak, Kader K Oguz, Tulay Kansu, Serap Saygi, Tayfun Ozcelik, Huseyin Boyaci, Katja Doerschner
The occipital lobe contains a substantial part of the neural machinery involved in visual perception. Mutations in the LAMC3 gene have recently been shown to cause complex bilateral occipital cortical gyration abnormalities. However, to what extent these structural changes impact visual behavior is not known. We recorded responses for two screening test batteries targeting visual function (Leuven - Perceptual Organization Screening Test, Cortical Vision Screening Test) and measured eye fixation performance in a visual attention experiment from a patient with homozygous LAMC3 gene mutation...
April 4, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29619318/the-behavioural-patterns-and-neural-correlates-of-concrete-and-abstract-verb-processing-in-aphasia-a-novel-verb-semantic-battery
#19
Reem S W Alyahya, Ajay D Halai, Paul Conroy, Matthew A Lambon Ralph
Typically, processing is more accurate and efficient for concrete than abstract concepts in both healthy adults and individuals with aphasia. While, concreteness effects have been thoroughly documented with respect to noun processing, other words classes have received little attention despite tending to be less concrete than nouns. The aim of the current study was to explore concrete-abstract differences in verbs and identify their neural correlates in post-stroke aphasia. Given the dearth of comprehension tests for verbs, a battery of neuropsychological tests was developed in this study to assess the comprehension of concrete and abstract verbs...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615883/effective-connectivity-in-response-to-posture-changes-in-elderly-subjects-as-assessed-using-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#20
Congcong Huo, Ming Zhang, Lingguo Bu, Gongcheng Xu, Ying Liu, Zengyong Li, Lingling Sun
This study aims to assess the posture-related changes in frequency-specific effective connectivity (EC) in elderly subjects by coupling function measured using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The fNIRS signals were continuously recorded from the bilateral prefrontal cortex (PFC), motor cortex (MC), and occipital lobe (OL) in 17 healthy elderly and 19 healthy young subjects during sitting and standing states. EC was calculated based on Dynamic Bayesian inference in one low frequency interval I: 0...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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