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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227967/a-stimulation-driven-exoskeleton-for-walking-after-paraplegia
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Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Mark J Nandor, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, John R Schnellenberger, Sarah R Chang, Kevin M Foglyano, Lu Li, Ronald J Triolo
An untethered version of a stimulation-driven exoskeleton was evaluated for its ability to restore walking after paralysis from spinal cord injury. The hybrid neuroprosthesis (HNP) combined a passive variable-constraint exoskeleton for stability and support with functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) to contract the paralyzed muscles to drive limb movement. This self-contained HNP was operated by an onboard controller that sampled sensor signals, generated appropriate commands to both the exoskeletal constraints and integrated stimulator, and transmitted data wirelessly via Bluetooth to an off-board computer for real-time monitoring and recording for offline analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227218/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226467/wearable-deep-body-thermometers-and-their-uses-in-continuous-monitoring-for-daily-healthcare
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Ming Huang, Toshiyo Tamura, Takumi Yoshimura, Tadahiro Tsuchikawa, Shigehiko Kanaya, Ming Huang, Toshiyo Tamura, Takumi Yoshimura, Tadahiro Tsuchikawa, Shigehiko Kanaya, Toshiyo Tamura, Takumi Yoshimura, Ming Huang, Shigehiko Kanaya, Tadahiro Tsuchikawa
This paper introduces noninvasive deep body thermometers suitable for continuous deep body temperature (DBT) measurement. On the basis of their features, they were used in DBT monitoring for daily healthcare. A thermometer based on the dual-heat-flux method (T_DHFM), and an aural canal thermistor (ACT), were used in two studies of daily healthcare. The medical device CoreTemp by Terumo, based on the zero-heat-flux method, was also used for a DBT reference. The first study focused on preventing heat stroke in a high-temperature and high-humidity environment, while the other focused on the temperature monitoring of patients with spinal cord injuries...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195230/epidemiology-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-galicia-spain-trends-over-a-20-year-period
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A Montoto-Marqués, M E Ferreiro-Velasco, S Salvador-de la Barrera, V Balboa-Barreiro, A Rodriguez-Sotillo, R Meijide-Failde
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study with prospective and retrospective monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiological and demographic characteristics of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), and to analyze its epidemiological changes. SETTING: Unidad de Lesionados Medulares, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña, in Galicia (Spain). METHODS: The study included patients with TSCI who had been hospitalized between January 1995 and December 2014...
February 14, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192259/impact-of-intraoperative-monitoring-during-elective-complex-spinal-fusions-%C3%A2-4-levels-on-30-day-complication-and-readmission-rates-a-single-institutional-study-of-643-adult-spinal-deformity-patients
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Emily Lydon, Gireesh Reddy, Rayan Kaakati, Amanda Sergesketter, Oren N Gottfried, Isaac O Karikari
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine if there are differences in 30-day postoperative complication and readmission rates between spinal deformity patients undergoing complex spinal fusion with and without intraoperative monitoring. METHODS: The medical records of 643 adult spine deformity patients undergoing elective complex spinal fusion (≥4 levels) at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed. We identified 122 (19%) cases that involved intraoperative monitoring (IOM) including EMG, SSEP, and/or TcMEP and 521 (81%) that did not (IOM: n=122; No-IOM: n=521)...
February 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185669/electrical-stimulation-and-monitoring-devices-of-the-cns-an-imaging-review
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REVIEW
Sohil H Patel, Casey H Halpern, Timothy M Shepherd, Vincent M Timpone
Functional neurosurgery is a rapidly growing field with exciting future potential applications. This article describes currently used implanted electronic devices for neurologic stimulation and monitoring. The devices to be reviewed include invasive EEG electrodes, deep brain stimulator, motor cortex stimulator, responsive neurostimulation, osteo-integrated hearing aid, middle ear implant, cochlear implant, auditory brainstem implant, vagal nerve stimulator and spinal cord stimulator. Emphasis is placed on the normal components, function, positioning, potential complications and MRI safety of these devices...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185615/clinical-study-of-neuroregen-scaffold-combined-with-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-repair-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Yannan Zhao, Fengwu Tang, Guang Han, Nuo Wang, Na Yin, Bing Chen, Xianfeng Jiang, Chen Yun, Wanjun Han, Changyu Zhao, Shixiang Cheng, Zhifeng Xiao, Sai Zhang, Jianwu Dai
Regeneration of damaged neurons and recovery of sensation and motor function after complete spinal cord injury (SCI) are challenging. We previously developed a collagen scaffold, NeuroRegen scaffold, to promote axonal growth along collagen fibers and inhibit glial scar formation after SCI. When functionalized with multiple biomolecules, this scaffold promoted neurological regeneration and functional recovery in animals with SCI. In this study, eight patients with chronic complete SCI were enrolled to examine the safety and efficacy of implanting NeuroRegen scaffold with human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)...
February 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173745/characterization-of-chronic-axonal-degeneration-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-canine-spinal-cord-injury-a-quantitative-analysis-of-dti-parameters-according-to-histopathological-differences
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Hakyoung Yoon, Jaehwan Kim, Won-Jin Moon, Sang-Soep Nahm, Jun Zhao, Hyoung-Moon Kim, Kidong Eom
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is more sensitive than conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the identification of axonal degeneration. However, no study to date has used DTI to evaluate the severity of axonal degeneration in canine spinal cord injury. Therefore, the aim of this study was to characterize multi-grade axonal degeneration (mild, moderate, and severe) in a canine model of spinal cord compression injury using DTI. MRI data were obtained from six normal dogs and five dogs with lumbar spinal cord injury 78 days after spinal cord injury (L1-L3) using a 3T MRI scanner...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167648/natalizumab-for-multiple-sclerosis-a-case-in-point-for-the-impact-of-translational-neuroimmunology
#9
Afsaneh Shirani, Olaf Stüve
Advances in translational neuroimmunology over the last two decades have revolutionized the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. A pathological hallmark of multiple sclerosis is the presence of leukocytes in the areas of disease activity in the CNS. Natalizumab inhibits the trafficking of lymphocytes from the blood into the brain and spinal cord by blocking the adhesion molecule α4-integrin. Representing the enormous success of a molecular targeted approach, natalizumab was the first mAb approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164531/literature-research-regarding-mirnas-expression-in-the-assessment-and-evaluation-of-the-critically-ill-polytrauma-patient-with-traumatic-brain-and-spinal-cord-injury
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Lavinia M Bratu, Alexandru F Rogobete, Marius Papurica, Dorel Sandesc, Carmen A Cradigati, Mirela Sarandan, Raluca Dumache, Sonia E Popovici, Dan C Crisan, Horia Stanca, Sonia Tanasescu, Ovidiu H Bedreag
BACKGROUND: One of the most severe conditions specific to the critically ill polytrauma patient is traumatic brain injury and traumatic spinal cord injury. The mortality rate is high in the case of these patients, both because of the direct traumatic lesions, and because of the pathophysiological imbalances associated with trauma. Amongst the most common pathologies associated with the critically ill polytrauma patients responsible for a lower survival rate, are redox imbalance, systemic inflammatory response, infections, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161028/update-on-traumatic-acute-spinal-cord-injury-part-1
#11
R Galeiras Vázquez, M E Ferreiro Velasco, M Mourelo Fariña, A Montoto Marqués, S Salvador de la Barrera
Traumatic spinal cord injury requires a multidisciplinary approach both for specialized treatment of the acute phase and for dealing with the secondary complications. A suspicion or diagnosis of spinal cord injury is the first step for a correct management. A review is made of the prehospital management and characteristics of the acute phase of spinal cord injury. Respiratory monitoring for early selective intubation, proper identification and treatment of neurogenic shock are essential for the prevention of secondary spinal cord injury...
February 1, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161015/-electrophysiological-testing-in-spinal-cord-tumors
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REVIEW
N André-Obadia, F Mauguière
Evoked potentials (EPs) are useful to evaluate the functional impairment of motor and somatosensory pathways in spinal cord tumors. Conduction through pyramidal tracts is evaluated by motor EPs (MEPs) elicited by transcranial stimulation, magnetic for awake patients or electric in the operating room. Somatosensory EPs (SEPs) and laser EPs (LEPs) are complementary procedures to explore conduction in dorsal columns and spinothalamic tracts, respectively. MEPs as well as SEPs show conduction abnormalities in about 60% of cases with a sensitivity that increases up to 70% when both procedures are carried out...
February 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144113/clinical-implications-of-eclipse-analytical-anisotropic-algorithm-and-acuros-xb-algorithm-for-the-treatment-of-lung-cancer
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Gangarapu Sri Krishna, Vuppu Srinivas, Palreddy Yadagiri Reddy
The aim of the present study was to investigate the dose-volume variations of planning target volume (PTV) and organs at risks (OARs) in 15 left lung cancer patients comparing analytical anisotropic algorithm (AAA) versus Acuros XB algorithm. Originally, all plans were created using AAA with a template of dose constraints and optimization parameters, and the patients were treated using intensity modulated radiotherapy. In addition, another set of plans was created by performing only dose calculations using Acuros algorithm without doing any reoptimization...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129972/on-the-use-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-single-fraction-thoracic-vertebral-metastases-stereotactic-body-radiosurgery
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Damodar Pokhrel, Sumit Sood, Christopher McClinton, Xinglei Shen, Rajeev Badkul, Hongyu Jiang, Matthew Mallory, Mellissa Mitchell, Fen Wang, Christopher Lominska
To retrospectively evaluate quality, efficiency, and delivery accuracy of volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans for single-fraction treatment of thoracic vertebral metastases using image-guided stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRS) after RTOG 0631 dosimetric compliance criteria. After obtaining credentialing for MD Anderson spine phantom irradiation validation, 10 previously treated patients with thoracic vertebral metastases with noncoplanar hybrid arcs using 1 to 2 3D-conformal partial arcs plus 7 to 9 intensity-modulated radiation therapy beams were retrospectively re-optimized with VMAT using 3 full coplanar arcs...
January 24, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120082/intraoperative-neurophysiological-monitoring-in-spine-surgery-a-significant-tool-for-neuronal-protection-and-functional-restoration
#15
Antonino Scibilia, Giovanni Raffa, Vincenzo Rizzo, Angelo Quartarone, Massimiliano Visocchi, Antonino Germanò, Francesco Tomasello
Although there is recent evidence for the role of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) in spine surgery, there are no uniform opinions on the optimal combination of the different tools. At our institution, multimodal IONM (mIONM) approach in spine surgery involves the evaluation of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) with electrical transcranial stimulation, including the use of a multipulse technique with multiple myomeric registration of responses from limbs, and a single-pulse technique with D-wave registration through epi- and intradural recording, and free running and evoked electromyography (frEMG and eEMG) with bilateral recording from segmental target muscles...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114622/association-between-serum-micrornas-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-measures-of-multiple-sclerosis-severity
#16
Keren Regev, Brian C Healy, Fariha Khalid, Anu Paul, Renxin Chu, Shahamat Tauhid, Subhash Tummala, Camilo Diaz-Cruz, Radhika Raheja, Maria A Mazzola, Felipe von Glehn, Pia Kivisakk, Sheena L Dupuy, Gloria Kim, Tanuja Chitnis, Howard L Weiner, Roopali Gandhi, Rohit Bakshi
Importance: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are promising multiple sclerosis (MS) biomarkers. Establishing the association between miRNAs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of disease severity will help define their significance and potential impact. Objective: To correlate circulating miRNAs in the serum of patients with MS to brain and spinal MRI. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional study comparing serum miRNA samples with MRI metrics was conducted at a tertiary MS referral center...
January 23, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114045/interaction-detection-in-egocentric-video-towards-a-novel-outcome-measure-for-upper-extremity-function
#17
Jirapat Likitlersuang, Jose Zariffa
In order to develop effective interventions for restoring upper extremity function after cervical spinal cord injury, tools are needed to accurately measure hand function throughout the rehabilitation process. However, there is currently no suitable method to collect information about hand function in the community, when patients are not under direct observation of a clinician. We propose a wearable system that can monitor functional hand use using computer vision techniques applied to egocentric camera videos...
December 7, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072797/effect-of-concomitant-pain-medications-on-response-to-pregabalin-in-patients-with-postherpetic-neuralgia-or-spinal-cord-injury-related-neuropathic-pain
#18
Stephan A Schug, Bruce Parsons, Mary Almas, Ed Whalen
BACKGROUND: Patients with neuropathic pain (NeP) often receive combination therapy with multiple agents in the hopes of improving both pain and any comorbidities that may be present. While pregabalin is often recommended as a first-line treatment of NeP, few studies have examined the effects of concomitant medications on the efficacy of pregabalin. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of concomitant medications on the efficacy and safety of pregabalin for the treatment of NeP...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070857/a-small-organic-compound-mimicking-the-l1-cell-adhesion-molecule-promotes-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-zebrafish
#19
Sudhanshu Sahu, Zhihua Zhang, Rong Li, Junkai Hu, Huifan Shen, Gabriele Loers, Yanqin Shen, Melitta Schachner
Tacrine is a small organic compound that was discovered to mimic the functions of the neural cell adhesion molecule L1 by promoting the cognate functions of L1 in vitro, such as neuronal survival, neuronal migration, neurite outgrowth, and myelination. Based on studies indicating that L1 enhances functional recovery in different central and peripheral nervous system disease paradigms of rodents, it deemed interesting to investigate the beneficial role of tacrine in the attractive zebrafish animal model, by evaluating functional recovery after spinal cord injury...
January 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069364/compact-mri-for-the-detection-of-teratoma-development-following-intrathecal-human-embryonic-stem-cell-injection-in-nod-scid-mice
#20
Yuval Ramot, Yael S Schiffenbauer, Netanel Amouyal, Nathan Ezov, Michal Steiner, Michal Izrael, Neta Lavon, Arik Hasson, Michel Revel, Abraham Nyska
Stem cells are emerging as a promising new treatment modality for a variety of central nervous system disorders. However, their use is hampered by the potential for the development of teratomas and other tumors. Therefore, there is a crucial need for the development of methods for detecting teratomas in preclinical safety studies. The aim of the current study is to assess the ability of a compact Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system to detect teratoma formation in mice. Five NOD-SCID mice were injected intrathecally with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), with two mice serving as controls...
January 6, 2017: Neurotoxicology
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