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Lina Tan, Jian Huang, Jing Lu, Jianyun Lu
To compare the efficacy and safety between ozonated oil and compound flumethasone ointment in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris.
 Methods: A left/right self-controlled, parallel group study was conducted. Forty patients with stable psoriasis vulgaris were enrolled in the study, whose lesions were symmetrical and involvement areas were <30% body surface. The patients were divided into 2 groups. Patients with left lesions served as a test group were treated daily for ozonated oil twice, and patients with right lesions served as a control group were treated daily for compound flumetasone ointment twice...
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Esben S Worm, Morten Høyer, Rune Hansen, Lars P Larsen, Britta Weber, Cai Grau, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: Intrafraction motion can compromise the treatment accuracy in liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Respiratory gating can improve treatment delivery; however, gating based on external motion surrogates is inaccurate. The present study reports the use of Calypso-based internal electromagnetic motion monitoring for gated liver SBRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Fifteen patients were included in a study of 3-fraction respiratory gated liver SBRT guided by 3 implanted electromagnetic transponders...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Latifah Alazmi, Grace E Gadsby, Nicola R Heneghan, T David Punt
BACKGROUND: Left/right judgment tasks (LRJTs) are used in the management of chronic pain. This use is predicated on their ability to elicit the simulation of movements (i.e. motor imagery), including those where the execution of the same movements induces pain. While established for limb-based LRJTs, the ability of trunk-based LRJTs to elicit motor imagery of trunk movements has not been demonstrated. OBJECTIVE: To establish whether data from a trunk-based LRJT are indicative of motor imagery being elicited for the specific lateralised trunk postures presented...
March 7, 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
Burak Kurşun, Levent Uğur, Gökhan Keskin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Hemodynamic analyzes are used in the clinical investigation and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, the effect of bypass geometry on intracranial aneurysm hemodynamics was investigated numerically. Pressure, wall shear stress (WSS) and velocity distribution causing the aneurysm to grow and rupture were investigated and the best conditions were tried to be determined in case of bypassing between basilar (BA) and left/right posterior arteries (LPCA/RPCA) for different values of parameters...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Sushanta Kumar Pal, P Senthilkumaran
The dependence of fringe contrast on the state of polarization (SOP) can be altered when more than two beams interfere, and it is possible to achieve high contrast fringes. We use a six-pinhole interferometer, in which a judicious choice (but not unique) of SOPs for the interfering beams is made to realize the lattice of C points at intensity nulls. These dark C points occur due to overlapping of singularities. These are not simply a minor variation of bright C points, in which the intensity dims to zero, but are poorly understood, unusual objects in their own right...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Charlotte Sosson, Carrie Georges, Mathieu Guillaume, Anne-Marie Schuller, Christine Schiltz
Numbers are thought to be spatially organized along a left-to-right horizontal axis with small/large numbers on its left/right respectively. Behavioral evidence for this mental number line (MNL) comes from studies showing that the reallocation of spatial attention by active left/right head rotation facilitated the generation of small/large numbers respectively. While spatial biases in random number generation (RNG) during active movement are well established in adults, comparable evidence in children is lacking and it remains unclear whether and how children's access to the MNL is affected by active head rotation...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Michelle W Antoine, Xiaoxia Zhu, Marianne Dieterich, Thomas Brandt, Sarath Vijayakumar, Nicholas McKeehan, Joseph C Arezzo, R Suzanne Zukin, David A Borkholder, Sherri M Jones, Robert D Frisina, Jean M Hébert
How asymmetries in motor behavior become established normally or atypically in mammals remains unclear. An established model for motor asymmetry that is conserved across mammals can be obtained by experimentally inducing asymmetric striatal dopamine activity. However, the factors that can cause motor asymmetries in the absence of experimental manipulations to the brain remain unknown. Here, we show that mice with inner ear dysfunction display a robust left or right rotational preference, and this motor preference reflects an atypical asymmetry in cortico-striatal neurotransmission...
March 2018: PLoS Biology
Achmed Pircher, Margherita Montali, Peter Wostyn, Joachim Pircher, Jatta Berberat, Luca Remonda, Hanspeter E Killer
PURPOSE: To investigate the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynamics along the entire optic nerve (ON) in patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of computed tomographic (CT) cisternographies in Caucasian patients with NTG. Fifty-six patients (99 of 112 eyes) fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of NTG and underwent CT-cisternography. Twelve subjects without NTG (24 eyes) served as controls. Contrast-loaded cerebrospinal fluid (CLCSF) density measurements in Hounsfield units (HU) were performed at four defined regions along the ON and in the basal cistern...
March 12, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
Dong Zhang, Pengcheng Xu, Hongyu Qiao, Xin Liu, Liangping Luo, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Changzheng Shi
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular events are frequently associated with hemodynamic disturbance caused by internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. It is challenging to determine the ischemia-related carotid stenosis during the intervention only using digital subtracted angiography (DSA). Inspired by the performance of well-established FFRct technique in hemodynamic assessment of significant coronary stenosis, we introduced a pressure-based carotid arterial functional assessment (CAFA) index generated from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation in DSA data, and investigated its feasibility in the assessment of hemodynamic disturbance preliminarily using pressure-wired measurement and arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI as references...
March 12, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Eline R Kupers, Helena X Wang, Kaoru Amano, Kendrick N Kay, David J Heeger, Jonathan Winawer
Currently, non-invasive methods for studying the human brain do not routinely and reliably measure spike-rate-dependent signals, independent of responses such as hemodynamic coupling (fMRI) and subthreshold neuronal synchrony (oscillations and event-related potentials). In contrast, invasive methods-microelectrode recordings and electrocorticography (ECoG)-have recently measured broadband power elevation in field potentials (~50-200 Hz) as a proxy for locally averaged spike rates. Here, we sought to detect and quantify stimulus-related broadband responses using magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
2018: PloS One
Xin Zhang, Yi Rong, Steven Morrill, Jian Fang, Ganesh Narayanasamy, Edvaldo Galhardo, Sanjay Maraboyina, Christopher Croft, Fen Xia, Jose Penagaricano
Robust optimization generates scenario-based plans by a minimax optimization method to find optimal scenario for the trade-off between target coverage robustness and organ-at-risk (OAR) sparing. In this study, 20 lung cancer patients with tumors located at various anatomical regions within the lungs were selected and robust optimization photon treatment plans including intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans were generated. The plan robustness was analyzed using perturbed doses with setup error boundary of ±3 mm in anterior/posterior (AP), ±3 mm in left/right (LR), and ±5 mm in inferior/superior (IS) directions from isocenter...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Alexia Roux-Sibilon, Solène Kalénine, Cédric Pichat, Carole Peyrin
Visual extinction, a parietal syndrome in which patients exhibit perceptual impairments when two objects are simultaneously presented in the visual field, is reduced when objects are correctly positioned for action, indicating that action helps patients' visual attention. Similarly, healthy individuals make faster action decisions on object pairs that appear in left/right standard co-location for actions in comparison to object pairs that appear in a mirror location, a phenomenon called the paired-object affordance effect...
March 6, 2018: Neuropsychologia
Elena Rusconi
This chapter offers a perspective on the origin, operational definition, historic vicissitudes, and current status of Gerstmann syndrome. The main issues and controversy accompanying Gerstmann syndrome throughout the years are reviewed. The clinical picture of Gerstmann syndrome as it emerges from a series of modern-day pure cases is described. In current clinical practice, a diagnosis of Gerstmann syndrome indicates the concomitant presence of four acquired symptoms: finger agnosia, acalculia, left-right disorientation, and agraphia...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Thomas S Zajonz, Michael Sander, Winfried Padberg, Andreas Hecker, Ruediger Hörbelt, Christian Koch, Emmanuel Schneck
Background: Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) poses a widely used and accepted treatment option for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis of gastrointestinal tumors. In contrast to the well-described risks and complications of intravenous cytostatic drugs, literature offers only scarce information of serious complications following HIPEC. To our knowledge no other description of rapid progressive pulmonary hypertension (PH) and consecutive respiratory failure following HIPEC have been described in current literature...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Hamdi Habacha, Laure Lejeune-Poutrain, Corinne Molinaro
To investigate the effects of stimulus features on the implementation of motor expertise in body rotations during a mental body rotation task, 2 experiments were conducted. In Experiment 1, we investigated the mental rotation abilities in 27 male participants: 14 experts in real body rotations (national level gymnasts) and 13 nonexperts (national handball players). The mental rotation task used left-right judgments and involved 3 types of stimuli: images of a stick figure person, images of line drawings of the human body, and photographs of real male persons...
April 2017: American Journal of Psychology
Marcos Daou, Keith R Lohse, Matthew W Miller
Recent evidence suggests practicing a motor skill with the expectation of teaching it enhances learning by increasing information processing during motor preparation. However, the specific motor preparatory processes remain unknown. The present study sought to address this shortcoming by employing EEG to assess participants' motor preparatory processes while they completed a golf putting pretest, and then practiced putting with the expectation of (a) teaching another participant how to putt the next day (teach group, n = 30), or (b) being tested on their putting the next day (test group, n = 30)...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon, Corrie Goldfinger, Caroline Pukall, Susan Chamberlain, Linda McLean
BACKGROUND: Digital intravaginal palpation remains the favored method for clinical assessment of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function in women; however, there is growing interest in using transperineal ultrasound imaging (TPUSI). TPUSI does not involve vaginal penetration, making it particularly relevant for PFM assessment in women with genito-pelvic pain and penetration disorders. AIMS: To study the relations between measures of PFM morphology and function assessed using 3-dimensional (3D) TPUSI and PFM assessment through intravaginal palpation...
March 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Zhiwen Liang, Hongyuan Liu, Jun Xue, Bin Hu, Bin Zhu, Qin Li, Sheng Zhang, Gang Wu
PURPOSE: Tumor motion amplitude varies during treatment. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the intra- and interfraction tumor motion and variability in patients with liver cancer treated with fiducial-based real-time tracking stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). METHODS: Fourteen liver patients were treated with SBRT using a CyberKnife. Two to four fiducial markers implanted near the tumor were used for real-time monitoring using the Synchrony system. The tumor motion information during treatment was extracted from the log files recorded by the Synchrony system...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Dwi Seno Kuncoro Sihono, Michael Ehmann, Sigrun Heitmann, Sandra von Swietochowski, Mario Grimm, Judit Boda-Heggemann, Frank Lohr, Frederik Wenz, Hansjörg Wertz
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: To determine intrafraction prostate motion during volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) using transperineal ultrasound (US) real-time tracking. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 770 US monitoring sessions in 38 prostate cancer patients' VMAT treatment series were retrospectively evaluated. Intrafraction motion assessment of the prostate was based on continuous position monitoring with a 4-dimensional US system along the 3 directions: left-right (LR), anterior-posterior (AP), and inferior-superior (SI)...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Melanie Tingler, Sabrina Kurz, Markus Maerker, Tim Ott, Franziska Fuhl, Axel Schweickert, Janine M LeBlanc-Straceski, Stéphane Noselli, Martin Blum
Anatomical and functional asymmetries are widespread in the animal kingdom [1, 2]. In vertebrates, many visceral organs are asymmetrically placed [3]. In snails, shells and inner organs coil asymmetrically, and in Drosophila, genitalia and hindgut undergo a chiral rotation during development. The evolutionary origin of these asymmetries remains an open question [1]. Nodal signaling is widely used [4], and many, but not all, vertebrates use cilia for symmetry breaking [5]. In Drosophila, which lacks both cilia and Nodal, the unconventional myosin ID (myo1d) gene controls dextral rotation of chiral organs [6, 7]...
February 20, 2018: Current Biology: CB
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