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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431436/enhanced-tearing-by-electrical-stimulation-of-the-anterior-ethmoid-nerve
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Mark Brinton, Andrea L Kossler, Zara M Patel, James Loudin, Manfred Franke, Christopher N Ta, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Electrical neurostimulation enhances tear secretion, and can be applied to treatment of dry eye disease. Using a chronic implant, we evaluate the effects of stimulating the anterior ethmoid nerve on the aqueous, lipid, and protein content of secreted tears. Methods: Neurostimulators were implanted beneath the nasal mucosa in 13 New Zealand white rabbits. Stimulations (2.3-2.8 mA pulses of 75-875 μs in duration repeated at 30-100 Hz for 3 minutes) were performed daily, for 3 weeks to measure changes in tear volume (Schirmer test), osmolarity (TearLab osmometer), lipid (Oil-Red-O staining), and protein (BCA assay, mass spectrometry)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431423/blood-bupivacaine-concentrations-after-a-combined-single-shot-sciatic-block-and-a-continuous-femoral-nerve-block-in-pediatric-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Santhanam Suresh, Gildasio S De Oliveira
We evaluated blood bupivacaine concentrations in children having a single-shot sciatic and continuous femoral blocks after anterior cruciate ligament repair. Dried blood spot samples were analyzed for bupivacaine levels at 0, 5, 15, 30, 60, and 120 minutes and 4, 24, and 48 hours. The highest 99% upper confidence interval limit was 135 ng/mL at the 4-hour evaluation point. The 99% upper confidence interval was below potentially toxic levels (1500 ng/mL) across all sampling times. The risk of local anesthetic toxicity in pediatric patients receiving single-shot sciatic and continuous femoral nerve blocks is very low...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431290/predicting-success-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns-from-eeg-symmetry
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Janneke Hilderink, Marleen C Tjepkema-Cloostermans, Anita Geertsema, Janita Glastra-Zwiers, Cecile C de Vos
PURPOSE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has shown to be an effective treatment for drug resistant epilepsy, with achieving more than 50% seizure reduction in one third of the treated patients. In order to predict which patients will profit from VNS, we previously found that a low pairwise derived Brain Symmetry Index (pdBSI) could potentially predict good responders to VNS treatment. These findings however have to be validated before they can be generalized. METHODS: 39 patients (age 18-68 years) with medically intractable epilepsy who were referred for an implanted VNS system were included...
April 4, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431129/cooled-radiofrequency-ablation-of-the-genicular-nerves-for-chronic-pain-due-to-knee-osteoarthritis-six-month-outcomes
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Zachary L McCormick, Marc Korn, Rajiv Reddy, Austin Marcolina, David Dayanim, Ryan Mattie, Daniel Cushman, Meghan Bhave, Robert J McCarthy, Dost Khan, Geeta Nagpal, David R Walega
Objective. : Determine outcomes of cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) of the genicular nerves for treatment of chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). Design. : Cross-sectional survey. Setting.:  Academic pain medicine center. Subjects.:  Consecutive patients with knee OA and 50% or greater pain relief following genicular nerve blocks who underwent genicular nerve C-RFA. Methods.:  Survey administration six or more months after C-RFA...
April 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431058/additional-electrodes-on-the-quartet%C3%A2-lv-lead-provide-more-programmable-pacing-options-than-bipolar-and-tripolar-equivalents
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David O'Donnell, Johannes Sperzel, Bernard Thibault, Christopher A Rinaldi, Carlo Pappone, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben, Christopher Leclercq, Hedi Razavi, Kyungmoo Ryu, Luke C Mcspadden, Avi Fischer, Gery Tomassoni
Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate any benefits to the number of viable pacing vectors and maximal spatial coverage with quadripolar left ventricular (LV) leads when compared with tripolar and bipolar equivalents in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Methods and Results: A meta-analysis of five previously published clinical trials involving the Quartet™ LV lead (St Jude Medical, St Paul, MN, USA) was performed to evaluate the number of viable pacing vectors defined as capture thresholds ≤2...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430843/carotid-body-denervation-markedly-improves-survival-in-rats-with-hypertensive-heart-failure
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Kana Fujii, Keita Saku, Takuya Kishi, Yasuhiro Oga, Takeshi Tohyama, Takuya Nishikawa, Takafumi Sakamoto, Masataka Ikeda, Tomomi Ide, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Kenji Sunagawa
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a major cause of heart failure. Excessive sympathoexcitation in patients with heart failure leads to poor prognosis. Since carotid body denervation (CBD) has been shown to reduce sympathetic nerve activity in animal models of hypertension and heart failure, we examined if bilateral CBD attenuates the progression of hypertensive heart failure and improves survival. METHODS: We randomly allocated Dahl salt-sensitive rats fed a high-salt diet from 6 weeks of age into CBD (n = 31) and sham-operation (SHAM; n = 50) groups, and conducted CBD or SHAM at 7 weeks of age...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430749/neonatal-cervical-osteomyelitis-with-bilateral-upper-limb-paresis
#7
Elad Ben-Meir, Marina Rubinshtein, Itai Pessach, Galia Barkai, Nathan Keller, Chen Hoffman, Zeev Feldman, Gidi Paret
Neonatal cervical osteomyelitis is extremely rare, with only a few cases having been reported. We report a neonate with cervical osteomyelitis and extensive inflammation of the surrounded tissues that caused nerve root compression and upper limb paresis.
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430724/the-effect-of-lithotomy-position-on-nerve-stretch-a-cadaveric-study
#8
Nicolette E Deveneau, Courtney Forbis, Lioudmilla Lipetskaia, Casey L Kinman, Anubhav Agrawal, Nicole R Herring, Sean L Francis
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to design a method to measure nerve stretch in cadaveric subjects and then use the method to assess femoral nerve stretch in the lithotomy position with varying degrees of flexion and extension. METHODS: A university-based, cadaveric observational study of femoral nerve stretch was conducted. In 6 cadaveric subjects, femoral nerve near the inguinal ligament was dissected in each cadaveric subject. The nerve was marked, and digital images of the nerve were obtained in the supine position and lithotomy position in both flexion and extension...
April 20, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430708/the-somatosensory-evoked-potential-in-reaction-time-is-gated-and-elicited-earlier-when-the-motor-response-to-a-somatosensory-cue-is-faster
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Koichi Hiraoka, Chisato Kori, Kana Sato
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the somatosensory-evoked potential (SEP) is gated and elicited earlier when a motor response to a somatosensory stimulus is faster. In healthy humans, the left index finger and thumb were pinched in response to a somatosensory stimulus administered over the left median nerve. The SEP elicited by this stimulus when producing a fast motor response was compared with that when producing a slow motor response. The amplitudes of N18 and frontal P40 when producing a fast motor response were smaller than those when producing a slow motor response...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430692/lack-of-association-between-the-use-of-nerve-blockade-and-the-risk-of-postoperative-chronic-opioid-use-among-patients-undergoing-total-knee-arthroplasty-evidence-from-the-marketscan-database
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Eric C Sun, Brian T Bateman, Stavros G Memtsoudis, Mark D Neuman, Edward R Mariano, Laurence C Baker
BACKGROUND: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is associated with high rates of prolonged opioid use after surgery (10%-34%). By decreasing opioid use in the immediate postoperative period, perioperative nerve blockade has been hypothesized to decrease the risk of persistent opioid use. METHODS: Using health care utilization data, we constructed a sample of 120,080 patients undergoing TKA between 2002 and 2012 and used billing data to identify the utilization of peripheral or neuraxial blockade...
April 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430691/continuous-peripheral-nerve-blocks-and-alternative-regional-analgesic-modalities-clarification-regarding-relative-superiority
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Brian M Ilfeld
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430606/ketamine-administered-pregnant-rats-impair-learning-and-memory-in-offspring-via-the-creb-pathway
#12
Xinran Li, Cen Guo, Yanan Li, Lina Li, Yuxin Wang, Yiming Zhang, Yue Li, Yu Chen, Wenhan Liu, Li Gao
Ketamine has been reported to impair the capacity for learning and memory. This study examined whether these capacities were also altered in the offspring and investigated the role of the CREB signaling pathway in pregnant rats, subjected to ketamine-induced anesthesia. On the 14th day of gestation (P14), female rats were anesthetized for 3 h via intravenous ketamine injection (200 mg/Kg). Morris water maze task, contextual and cued fear conditioning, and olfactory tasks were executed between the 25th to 30th day after birth (B25-30) on rat pups, and rats were sacrificed on B30...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430554/role-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-spaceflight-induced-ocular-changes-and-visual-impairment-in-astronauts
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Noam Alperin, Ahmet M Bagci, Carlos J Oliu, Sang H Lee, Byron L Lam
Purpose To determine the respective roles of vascular and cerebrospinal fluids in spaceflight-induced vision impairment in astronauts, known as the visual impairment and intracranial pressure (VIIP) syndrome. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration institutional review board and is HIPAA compliant. All subjects provided written informed consent. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data from nine astronauts (mean age, 46.9 years) who flew on the space shuttle (14...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430372/retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-thickness-is-reduced-in-metabolic-syndrome
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R Zarei, P Anvari, Y Eslami, G Fakhraie, M Mohammadi, A Jamali, M Afarideh, A Ghajar, S Heydarzade, A Esteghamati, S Moghimi
AIMS: To investigate retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thickness in people with metabolic syndrome (MetS) and healthy controls. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed from March 2014 to January 2016. All participants underwent anthropometric and serological biochemical measurements, ophthalmological examination, and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Individuals with elevated intraocular pressure, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disorders were excluded...
April 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430338/yap-taz-and-areg-expression-in-eighth-cranial-nerve-schwannoma
#15
Alessandro Martini, Gino Marioni, Elisabetta Zanoletti, Rocco Cappellesso, Roberto Stramare, Elena Fasanaro, Chiara Faccioli, Luciano Giacomelli, Luca Denaro, Domenico D'Avella, Antonio Mazzoni, Ambrogio Fassina
BACKGROUND: Although the diagnosis and treatment of eighth cranial nerve (VIII CN) schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) has improved over the years, no factors capable of predicting tumor growth have been identified as yet. This study is a preliminary investigation of the expression in sporadic VIII CN schwannomas of Yes-associated protein (YAP), transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ), and amphiregulin (AREG), a direct target gene of YAP and TAZ. The expression of YAP, TAZ and AREG was correlated with the volumetric dimensions of tumors on contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (ceMRI)...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430332/relationship-between-corneal-biomechanical-properties-and-optic-nerve-head-changes-after-deep-sclerectomy
#16
Laura Díez-Álvarez, Francisco J Muñoz-Negrete, Pilar Casas-Llera, Noelia Oblanca, Victoria de Juan, Gema Rebolleda
PURPOSE: To evaluate corneal biomechanical properties and optic nerve head (ONH) changes following deep sclerectomy (DS) and the relation to each other. METHODS: Forty-nine eyes with primary open-angle glaucoma that underwent DS were studied. Corneal biomechanical properties were assessed using the Ocular Response Analyzer and the ONH was evaluated by Spectralis optical coherence tomography with enhanced depth imaging technology before surgery and 3 months postoperatively...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430127/image-guided-laparoscopic-surgical-tool-iglast-based-on-the-optical-frequency-domain-imaging-ofdi-to-prevent-bleeding
#17
Byung Jun Park, Seung Rag Lee, Hyun Jin Bang, Byung Yeon Kim, Jeong Hun Park, Dong Guk Kim, Sung Soo Park, Young Jae Won
We present an image-guided laparoscopic surgical tool (IGLaST) to prevent bleeding. By applying optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) to a specially designed laparoscopic surgical tool, the inside of fatty tissue can be observed before a resection, and the presence and size of blood vessels can be recognized. The optical sensing module on the IGLaST head has a diameter of less than 390 µm and is moved back and forth by a linear servo actuator in the IGLaST body. We proved the feasibility of IGLaST by in vivo imaging inside the fatty tissue of a porcine model...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430025/synthesis-of-dopamine-in-e-coli-using-plasmid-based-expression-system-and-its-marked-effect-on-host-growth-profiles
#18
Arunangshu Das, Anita Verma, Krishna J Mukherjee
L-Dopa and dopamine are important pathway intermediates towards the synthesis of catecholamine like epinephrine and norepinephrine from amino acid L-tyrosine. Dopamine, secreted from dopaminergic nerve cells, serves as an important neurotransmitter. We report the synthesis of dopamine by extending the aromatic amino acid pathway of E.coli DH5α by expression of 4-hydroxyphenylacetate-3-hydrolase (HpaBC) from E.coli and an engineered dopa decarboxylase (DDC) from pig kidney cell. The activity of HpaBC and DDC require 200 µM iron supplementation and 50 µM vitamin B6 respectively as additives to the growth media...
April 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429863/abdominal-vagus-nerve-stimulation-as-a-new-therapeutic-approach-to-prevent-postoperative-ileus
#19
N Stakenborg, A M Wolthuis, P J Gomez-Pinilla, G Farro, M Di Giovangiulio, G Bosmans, E Labeeuw, M Verhaegen, I Depoortere, A D'Hoore, G Matteoli, G E Boeckxstaens
BACKGROUND: Electrical stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve (VNS) prevents postoperative ileus (POI) in mice. As this approach requires an additional cervical procedure, we explored the possibility of peroperative abdominal VNS in mice and human. METHODS: The effect of cervical and abdominal VNS was studied in a murine model of POI and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis. Postoperative ileus was quantified by assessment of intestinal transit of fluorescent dextran expressed as geometric center (GC)...
April 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429852/anti-inflammatory-and-retinal-protective-effects-of-capsaicin-on-ischemia-induced-injuries-through-the-release-of-endogenous-somatostatin
#20
Jun Wang, Wenke Tian, Shuaiwei Wang, Wenqiang Wei, Dongdong Wu, Honggang Wang, Li Wang, Ruisheng Yang, Ailing Ji, Yanzhang Li
The mechanisms regarding the retinal protective and anti-inflammatory effects of capsaicin (CAP) remain unclear. Somatostatin is contained in CAP-sensitive sensory neurons, including nerve terminals, from which it can be released by capsaicin. The present study provides a novel neurohumoral regulatory mechanism for CAP-induced-endogenous somatostatin in a retinal ischemic-reperfusion (I/R) mouse model. CAP (0.5 mg kg(-1) ) was injected subcutaneously 5 min after I/R. A selective somatostatin-depleting agent, cysteamine, was applied subcutaneously 4 hours before the experiment to examine the effects of endogenous somatostatin...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
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