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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325008/feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-power-digital-signal-processor-platform-as-a-basis-for-a-fully-implantable-brain-computer-interface-system
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Po T Wang, Keulanna Gandasetiawan, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
A fully implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) can be a practical tool to restore independence to those affected by spinal cord injury. We envision that such a BCI system will invasively acquire brain signals (e.g. electrocorticogram) and translate them into control commands for external prostheses. The feasibility of such a system was tested by implementing its benchtop analogue, centered around a commercial, ultra-low power (ULP) digital signal processor (DSP, TMS320C5517, Texas Instruments). A suite of signal processing and BCI algorithms, including (de)multiplexing, Fast Fourier Transform, power spectral density, principal component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, Bayes rule, and finite state machine was implemented and tested in the DSP...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324946/characterization-of-motor-cortex-activity-of-the-lower-limb-region
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Fadi Mikhail, Karthikeyan Balasubramanian, Matthew D Best, Kazutaka Takahashi, Nicholas G Hatsopoulos
Understanding the functional properties of the motor cortex is a key step to developing effective neuroprosthetic and computer interfaces for amputees and patients with spinal cord injury. Most efforts have been directed towards studying the upper limb region of the motor cortex. Little has been done in the way of addressing lower limb motor cortical physiology. In this study, we implanted multiple microelectrode arrays along the central sulcus in the primary motor cortex of a macaque monkey. Using intracortical microstimulation, we identified neurons that evoked leg movements, either exclusively or mostly, and we studied their firing activity during a center-out arm movement task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322477/impact-of-insurance-provider-on-overall-costs-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-cost-study-of-122-827-patients
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Samuel Harrison Farber, Siyun Yang, Syed Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, Kelly R Murphy, Amanda Sergesketter, Carter M Suryadevara, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Shivanand P Lad
OBJECTIVES: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) affects 40% of patients following spine surgery with estimated costs of $20 billion to the US health care system. The aim of this study was to assess the cost differences across the different insurance providers for FBSS patients. METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal study was performed using the Truven MarketScan(®) database to identify FBSS patients from 2001 to 2012. Patients were grouped into Commercial, Medicaid, or Medicare cohorts...
March 21, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319551/a-contemporary-medicolegal-analysis-of-implanted-devices-for-chronic-pain-management
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Christopher R Abrecht, Penny Greenberg, Ellen Song, Richard D Urman, James P Rathmell
BACKGROUND: Analysis of closed malpractice claims allows the study of rare but serious complications and likely results in improved patient safety by raising awareness of such complications. Clinical studies and closed claims analyses have previously reported on the common complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulators (SCS). This study provides a contemporary analysis of claims from within the past 10 years. METHODS: We performed a closed claims analysis for a period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 for cases with pain medicine as the primary service...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306581/spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-for-persistent-pain-after-a-burn-injury-a-case-report
#6
Takeshi Kubota, Yuuhei Ishikawa, Rie Ishikawa
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used to treat neuropathic pain, but there are no published studies on its use to treat burn pain. We used SCS to treat a 67-year-old man suffering from burn pain that could not be managed with high-dose opioids or adjuvant neuropathic analgesics. A trial of SCS markedly reduced the visual analog scale score for pain in the left lateral abdominal and gluteal regions. He underwent permanent implantation of a SCS and achieved an opioid-free state. This case suggests that SCS treatment is a therapeutic option for burn pain refractory to conventional therapy...
March 16, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297339/deformable-image-registration-and-interobserver-variation-in-contour-propagation-for-radiation-therapy-planning
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Adam C Riegel, Jeffrey G Antone, Honglai Zhang, Prachi Jain, Jagdeep Raince, Anthony Rea, Angelo M Bergamo, Ajay Kapur, Louis Potters
Deformable image registration (DIR) and interobserver variation inevitably introduce uncertainty into the treatment planning process. The purpose of the current work was to measure deformable image registration (DIR) errors and interobserver variability for regions of interest (ROIs) in the head and neck and pelvic regions. Measured uncertainties were combined to examine planning margin adequacy for contours propagated for adaptive therapy and to assess the trade-off of DIR and interobserver uncertainty in atlas-based automatic segmentation...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296347/gdnf-schwann-cells-in-hydrogel-scaffolds-promote-regional-axon-regeneration-remyelination-and-functional-improvement-after-spinal-cord-transection-in-rats
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Bingkun K Chen, Nicolas N Madigan, Jeffrey S Hakim, Mahrokh Dadsetan, Siobhan S McMahon, Michael J Yaszemski, Anthony J Windebank
Positively-charged oligo[poly(ethylene glycol)fumarate] (OPF(+) ) is a biodegradable hydrogel used for spinal cord injury repair. We compared scaffolds containing primary Schwann cells (SCs) to scaffolds delivering SCs genetically modified to secrete high concentrations of glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF). Multichannel OPF(+) scaffolds loaded with SCs or GDNF-SCs were implanted into transected rat spinal cords for 4 weeks. GDNF-SCs promoted regeneration of more axons into OPF(+) scaffolds (2773...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292829/non-linear-modulation-of-cutaneous-reflexes-with-increasing-speed-of-locomotion-in-spinal-cats
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Marie-France Hurteau, Yann Thibaudier, Charline Dambreville, Anass Chraibi, Etienne Desrochers, Alessandro Telonio, Alain Frigon
Cutaneous reflexes are important for rapidly responding to perturbations, correcting limb trajectory and strengthening support. During locomotion, they are modulated by phase to generate functionally appropriate responses. The goal of the present study was to determine if cutaneous reflexes and their phase-dependent modulation are altered with increasing speed and whether this is accomplished at a spinal level. Four adult cats that recovered stable hindlimb locomotion following spinal transection were implanted with electrodes to chronically record hindlimb muscle activity and to electrically stimulate the superficial peroneal nerve to evoke cutaneous reflexes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291798/implantable-porous-gelatin-microspheres-sustained-release-of-bfgf-and-improved-its-neuroprotective-effect-on-rats-after-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Li Lan, Fu-Rong Tian, De-Li ZhuGe, Qi-Chuan ZhuGe, Bi-Xin Shen, Bing-Hui Jin, Jian-Ping Huang, Ming-Ze Wu, Lu-Xin Fan, Ying-Zheng Zhao, He-Lin Xu
In this study, porous gelatin microspheres (GMSs) were constructed to improve the neuroprotective effect of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) on spinal cord injury. GMSs were prepared by a W/O emulsion template, followed by cross-linking, washing and drying. The particle sizes and surface porosity of the blank GMSs were carefully characterized by scan electronic microscopy. The blank GMSs have a mean particle size of 35μm and theirs surface was coarse and porous. bFGF was easily encapsulated inside the bulk GMSs through diffusion along the porous channel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283839/selective-phosphodiesterase-2a-inhibitor-alleviates-radicular-inflammation-and-mechanical-allodynia-in-non-compressive-lumbar-disc-herniation-rats
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Jun-Nan Wang, Xue-Jun Zhao, Zhi-Hua Liu, Xu-Li Zhao, Tao Sun, Zhi-Jian Fu
PURPOSE: Phosphodiesterase inhibitors possess anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, some studies report that phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) are highly expressed in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. The present study aimed to investigate whether intrathecal administration of Bay 60-7550, a specific PDE2A inhibitor, could alleviate mechanical allodynia in non-compressive lumbar disc herniation (NCLDH) rats. METHODS: Rat NCLDH models by autologous nucleus pulposus implantation to dorsal root ganglion were established...
March 10, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269325/somatosensory-encoding-with-cuneate-nucleus-microstimulation-detection-of-artificial-stimuli
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Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Pauline K Weigand, Ivette Planell-Mendez, Xilin Liu, Hongjie Zhu, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Timothy H Lucas
The sense of touch and proprioception are critical to movement control. After spinal cord injury, these senses may be restored with direct, electrical microstimulation of the brain as part of a complete sensorimotor neuroprosthesis. The present study was designed to test, in part, the hypothesis that the cuneate nucleus (CN) of the brainstem is a suitable site to encode somatosensory information. Two rhesus macaques were implanted with microelectrode arrays providing chronic access to the CN. The monkeys were trained on an active touch oddity task to detect vibrotactile stimuli...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268895/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
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Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266756/high-frequency-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-surgery-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-a-prospective-single-center-study
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Sebastian A Ahmadi, Jan Vesper, Stefan Schu, Philipp J Slotty
INTRODUCTION: A multitude of evidence supporting the beneficial effects of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patients suffering from chronic pain syndromes following spinal surgery has been published in the last decade. Evidence is scarce, however, for the use of high frequency SCS (HF-SCS) in the treatment of surgery naïve patients suffering from lower back pain (LBP). METHODS: From June 2014 to April 2015, we prospectively enrolled patients suffering from LBP alone or in conjunction with leg pain in a trial of HF-SCS...
March 7, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262732/transplantation-of-huc-mscs-seeded-collagen-scaffolds-reduces-scar-formation-and-promotes-functional-recovery-in-canines-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Xing Li, Jun Tan, Zhifeng Xiao, Yannan Zhao, Sufang Han, Dingyang Liu, Wen Yin, Jing Li, Juan Li, Siyi Wanggou, Bing Chen, Caiping Ren, Xingjun Jiang, Jianwu Dai
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can lead to locomotor deficits, and the repair of chronic SCI is considered one of the most challenging clinical problems. Although extensive studies have evaluated treatments for acute SCI in small animals, comparatively fewer studies have been conducted on large-animal SCI in the chronic phase, which is more clinically relevant. Here, we used a collagen-based biomaterial, named the NeuroRegen scaffold, loaded with human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) in a canine chronic SCI model...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250690/aortoiliac-reconstruction-in-the-setting-of-in-stent-restenosis
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H S Natraj Setty, T R Raghu, B C Srinivas, C M Nagesh, Babu Reddy, Jayashree Kharge, B K Geetha, B N Krishnamurthy, Shivanand Patil, C N Manjunath
Complex iliac artery obstructions, particularly bilateral stenosis or total iliac artery occlusions, are usually treated with aortofemoral or aortobifemoral graft surgery. However, surgical treatment is associated with 3% mortality rate and significant morbidity such as intestinal ischemia, spinal cord injury, and ureteral damage. Percutaneous interventions of aortic bifurcation offer a promising alternative to surgery with potentially lower morbidity and mortality risk. We report a case of peripheral artery disease who had underwent right transfemoral iliac angioplasty with femoropopliteal bypass presented again with bilateral lower limb ischemia, who was successfully treated with stent implantation with the kissing balloon technique...
January 2017: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247160/convection-enhanced-delivery-of-a-hydrophilic-nitrosourea-ameliorates-deficits-and-suppresses-tumor-growth-in-experimental-spinal-cord-glioma-models
#17
Shogo Ogita, Toshiki Endo, Shinichiro Sugiyama, Ryuta Saito, Tomoo Inoue, Akira Sumiyoshi, Hiroi Nonaka, Ryuta Kawashima, Yukihiko Sonoda, Teiji Tominaga
BACKGROUND: Convection-enhanced delivery (CED) is a technique allowing local infusion of therapeutic agents into the central nervous system, circumventing the blood-brain or spinal cord barrier. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of nimustine hydrochloride (ACNU) CED in controlling tumor progression in an experimental spinal cord glioma model. METHODS: Toxicity studies were performed in 42 rats following the administration of 4 μl of ACNU CED into the mid-thoracic spinal cord at concentrations ranging from 0...
February 28, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245229/combinatory-antibiotic-therapy-increases-rate-of-bacterial-kill-but-not-final-outcome-in-a-novel-mouse-model-of-staphylococcus-aureus-spinal-implant-infection
#18
Yan Hu, Vishal Hegde, Daniel Johansen, Amanda H Loftin, Erik Dworsky, Stephen D Zoller, Howard Y Park, Christopher D Hamad, George E Nelson, Kevin P Francis, Anthony Scaduto, Nicholas M Bernthal
BACKGROUND: Management of spine implant infections (SII) are challenging. Explantation of infected spinal hardware can destabilize the spine, but retention can lead to cord compromise and biofilm formation, complicating management. While vancomycin monotherapy is commonly used, in vitro studies have shown reduced efficacy against biofilm compared to combination therapy with rifampin. Using an established in vivo mouse model of SII, we aim to evaluate whether combination therapy has increased efficacy compared to both vancomycin alone and infected controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244892/3d-navigation-guided-resection-of-giant-ventral-cervical-intradural-schwannoma-with-360-degree-stabilization
#19
Ibrahim Hussain, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Gernot Lang, Roger Härtl
Giant schwannomas are defined as intradural extramedullary tumors that span >2 vertebral body lengths. Although uncommon, these lesions can cause significant mass effect on the spinal cord and subsequent neurologic compromise. Gross total resection is the goal of operative intervention, however, is extremely challenging in cases where the tumor occupies a ventral, midline position within the lower cervical thecal sac. Using a representative case presentation, we describe an adult male with insidious progression of upper extremity radicular pain and paresthesias, found to have a ventral, solid/cystic C5-C7 giant schwannoma...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244180/a-spinal-cord-stimulation-service-review-from-a-single-centre-using-a-single-manufacturer-over-a-7-5-year-follow-up-period
#20
Simon J Thomson, Dmitry Kruglov, Rui V Duarte
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a recognized management option for patients with refractory neuropathic pain. Despite randomized controlled trials reporting the effectiveness of SCS, there is a lack of long-term data reflecting usual SCS practice. The aim of this study is to present the long-term outcomes of a cohort of patients from a single centre undertaking SCS with devices from a single manufacturer. METHODS: Data were collected between January 2008 and July 2015 on 321 patients who had an SCS trial...
February 27, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
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