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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088661/reduced-cortical-voluntary-activation-during-bilateral-knee-extension
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Luc Girompaire, Baptiste Morel, Thomas Lapole
INTRODUCTION: Reduced neural drive is mainly thought to explain the bilateral deficit phenomenon, i.e. the difference in maximal isometric voluntary contraction (MVC) between unilateral and bilateral contractions. The aim of the present study was to further document if bilateral knee extension is associated with changes in voluntary activation level assessed by both peripheral nerve electrical stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. METHODS: Fourteen subjects performed unilateral and bilateral knee extensions with both superimposed femoral electrical nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to assess voluntary activation (VAFNES) and cortical voluntary activation (VATMS), respectively...
January 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088508/relationship-between-central-retinal-vessel-trunk-location-and-visual-field-loss-in-glaucoma
#2
Mengyu Wang, Hui Wang, Louis R Pasquale, Neda Baniasadi, Lucy Q Shen, Peter J Bex, Tobias Elze
PURPOSE: To study the relationship between horizontal central retinal vessel trunk location (CRVTL) on glaucomatous optic discs and sector-specific visual field (VF) loss. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study. METHODS: CRVTL of 421 eyes from 421 patients was manually tracked on the horizontal optic disc axis on fundus images. Focal circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (cpRNFLT) measurements were extracted from optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088383/evaluating-the-role-of-astrocytes-on-%C3%AE-estradiol-effect-on-seizures-of-pilocarpine-epileptic-model
#3
Masoumeh Sarfi, Mahmoud Elahdadi Salmani, Iran Goudarzi, Taghi Lashkar Boluki, Kataneh Abrari
Epilepsy with periodic and unpredictable seizures is associated with hippocampal glutamate toxicity and tissue reorganization. Astrocytes play an important role in mediating the neuroprotective effects of estradiol and reducing seizure severity. Accordingly, the protective effects of low and high doses of estradiol on behavioral, astrocytic involvement and neuronal survival aspects of Pilocarpine-induced epilepsy were investigated. Lithium- Pilocarpine (30mg/kg) model was used to provoke epilepsy. Βeta-estradiol (2,40μg/ µl) was injected subcutaneously from 48 before to 48h after seizure induction...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088379/outcome-following-use-of-the-achillon-jig-for-the-repair-of-acutely-ruptured-achilles-tendons
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Howard Davies, Yuvraj Agrawal, Chris Blundell, Mark B Davies
We report a series of 143 patients who underwent limited open Achilles tendon repair using the Achillon device at a mean follow-up of 25 months. All patients attending our institution with a diagnosis of acute Achilles tendon rupture were considered for operative repair using the Achillon jig unless they declined surgery or met the exclusion criteria. Following surgery patients were contacted and asked to complete an Achilles Tendon Rupture Score (ATRS). The clinical records were reviewed for evidence of complications, demographic information and evidence of re-rupture...
January 9, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088216/immunohistochemical-features-of-giant-cell-ependymoma-of-the-filum-terminale-with-unusual-clinical-and-radiological-presentation
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Fernando Candanedo-Gonzalez, Cindy Sharon Ortiz-Arce, Samuel Rosales-Perez, Ana Lilia Remirez-Castellanos, Candelaria Cordova-Uscanga, Armando Gamboa-Dominguez
BACKGROUND: Giant cell ependymoma of the filum terminale is a rare variant, generally manifested as a well-circunscribed intradural mass with an indolent biological behavior. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 48-year-old Mexican female who non-relevant past medical history, that developed a GCE of the filum terminale. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography revealed the presence of an intra-axial tumor extending from L3 to L5 with extra-medullary invasion...
January 14, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087952/an-observational-study-of-trigeminal-neuralgia-patients-taking-carbamazepine-during-the-fasting-month-of-ramadan
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A J Ajura, S H Lau, S Nur Suffia
INTRODUCTION: Trigeminal neuralgia is an agonising orofacial pain affecting unilaterally the distribution of the trigeminal nerve and it usually occurs in the middle and older age groups. Carbamazepine which is an anti-neuralgic as well as an anti-convulsant medication is the first line drug for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. It is commonly taken as one tablet (200 mg) three times a day. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is an observational study carried out from April to September 2014 to determine how Muslim patients on carbamazepine treatment for trigeminal neuralgia cope with their neuralgic pain...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087915/-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm-induced-by-vertebral-artery-dissecting-aneurysm-one-case-report
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Changjiang Ou, Shenghu Wang, Yili Chen, Jun Mo, Xuequn Zhao
A 61-year-old female presented with 4 years history of left-sided hemifacial spasm. Head MRI and angiography indicated left vertebral artery dissecting aneurysm which compressed ipsilateral cranial nerves Ⅶ and Ⅷ. Microvascular decompression was performed. The dissecting aneurysm was pushed apart and the distal part of the parent artery was adhered to the dura on the petrosum. The compressed nerves were totally decompressed. The symptom of facial spasm was completely resolved immediately after surgery and did not recur during 6 months of follow up...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087606/reinnervation-post-heart-transplantation
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Avishay Grupper, Henry Gewirtz, Sudhir Kushwaha
Heart transplantation results in complete denervation of the donor heart with loss of afferent and efferent nerve connections. The majority of patients remain completely denervated during the first 6-12 months following transplantation. Evidence of reinnervation is usually found during the second year after transplantation and involve the myocardial muscle, sinoatrial node, and coronary vessels, but remains incomplete and regionally limited many years post-transplant. Restoration of cardiac innervation can improve exercise capacity as well as blood flow regulation in the coronary arteries, and hence improve quality of life...
January 12, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087519/sympathetic-modulation-of-electrical-activation-in-normal-and-infarcted-myocardium-implications-for-arrhythmogenesis
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Olujimi A Ajijola, Robert L Lux, Anadjeet Khahera, OhJin Kwon, Eric Aliotta, Daniel Ennis, Michael C Fishbein, Jeffrey Laurence Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar
: Background The influence of cardiac sympathetic innervation on electrical activation in normal and chronically infarcted ventricular myocardium is not understood. Methods and Results Yorkshire pigs with normal hearts (NL, n=12) or anterior myocardial infarction (MI, n=9) underwent high-resolution mapping of the anteroapical left ventricle, at baseline, and during left and right stellate ganglion stimulation (LSGS & RSGS, respectively). Conduction velocity (CV), activation times (AT), & directionality of propagation were measured...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087419/cochlear-synaptopathy-in-acquired-sensorineural-hearing-loss-manifestations-and-mechanisms
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REVIEW
M Charles Liberman, Sharon G Kujawa
Common causes of hearing loss in humans - exposure to loud noise or ototoxic drugs and aging - often damage sensory hair cells, reflected as elevated thresholds on the clinical audiogram. Recent studies in animal models suggest, however, that well before this overt hearing loss can be seen, a more insidious, but likely more common, process is taking place that permanently interrupts synaptic communication between sensory inner hair cells and subsets of cochlear nerve fibers. The silencing of affected neurons alters auditory information processing, whether accompanied by threshold elevations or not, and is a likely contributor to a variety of perceptual abnormalities, including speech-in-noise difficulties, tinnitus and hyperacusis...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087418/degeneration-of-auditory-nerve-fibers-in-guinea-pigs-with-severe-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven Kroon, Dyan Ramekers, Emma M Smeets, Ferry G J Hendriksen, Sjaak F L Klis, Huib Versnel
Damage to and loss of the organ of Corti leads to secondary degeneration of the spiral ganglion cell (SGC) somata of the auditory nerve. Extensively examined in animal models, this degeneration process of SGC somata following deafening is well known. However, degeneration of auditory nerve axons, which conduct auditory information towards the brainstem, and its relation to SGC soma degeneration are largely unknown. The consequences of degeneration of the axons are relevant for cochlear implantation, which is applied to a deafened system but depends on the condition of the auditory nerve...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087348/the-eyes-of-children-with-celiac-disease
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Arzu Seyhan Karatepe Hashas, Orhan Altunel, Eylem Sevınc, Necati Duru, Bedirhan Alabay, Yasemin Altuner Torun
PURPOSE: To determine possible eye involvement in pediatric patients with celiac disease. METHODS: Children (aged 5-18 years) with classic celiac disease and sex- and age-matched controls were included. In addition to a complete ophthalmologic examination, all patients were scanned by a Scheimpflug camera and spectral domain optical coherence tomography, and Schirmer and break-up time (BUT) tests were performed. Data were evaluated by paired t test, with a P value of <0...
January 10, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087345/steroid-induced-glaucoma-in-the-pediatric-population
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REVIEW
Brenda Nuyen, Robert N Weinreb, Shira L Robbins
Steroid medications may cause elevation of intraocular pressure, sometimes with permanent damage to the optic nerve. These therapies, via various routes of administration, are commonly prescribed for children, but the potential sequelae of elevated intraocular pressure and glaucomatous optic nerve damage can be even more severe and devastating in children than in adults. This review discusses the pathophysiology and potential risk factors, including the impact of intraocular pressure elevation via the different common routes of administration of steroids, clinical evaluation, and management of steroid response and steroid-induced glaucoma in children...
January 10, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087330/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-salmon-louse-lepeophtheirus-salmonis-kr%C3%A3-yer-1838-heme-peroxidase-with-a-potential-role-in-extracellular-matrixes
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Aina-Cathrine Øvergård, Christiane Eichner, Frank Nilsen, Sussie Dalvin
Heme peroxidases are the most abundant type of peroxidase catalyzing a H2O2-dependent oxidation of a wide variety of substrates. They are involved in numerous processes like the innate immune response, hormone and prostaglandin synthesis and crosslinking of proteins within extracellular matrixes (ECM) as well as molecules within the cuticle and chorion of arthropods and nematodes. In the present study, a Lepeophtheirus salmonis heme peroxidase (LsHPX) 1 was characterized. Amino acids in the active site of heme peroxidases were conserved, and the predicted protein sequence showed the highest similarity to genes annotated as chorion peroxidases and genes suggested to be involved in cuticle hardening or adhesion...
January 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087135/surgical-site-infection-related-to-use-of-elastomeric-pumps-in-pectus-excavatum-repair-lessons-learned-from-root-cause-analysis
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Nadja Apelt, Joshua Schaffzin, Christina Bates, Rebeccah L Brown, Marc Mecoli, Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, Victor Garcia
BACKGROUND: Pectus excavatum repair (PEX) is among the most painful thoracic procedures performed. Continuous peripheral nerve blockade (CPNB) is known to be efficacious in optimizing pain control while limiting narcotic use in adult thoracic procedures. It was introduced in May 2015 as a bridge to oral pain control in children undergoing PEX. Consequently, the surgical site infection (SSI) rate increased from 2.7% to 27.7%. METHODS: SSI surveillance followed national guidelines...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087093/audiologic-and-radiologic-findings-in-cochlear-hypoplasia
#16
Betul Cicek Cinar, Merve Ozbal Batuk, Emel Tahir, Gonca Sennaroglu, Levent Sennaroglu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study is to evaluate audiologic and radiologic findings of cochlear hypoplasia which is a subgroup of inner ear malformations. METHODS: This study was a prospective clinical study and based on voluntary participation from cases with cochlear hypoplasia diagnosis. The study was conducted at Hacettepe University, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Department of Audiology. Subjects were selected from an inner ear malformations database...
January 10, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086940/ultrasound-guided-percutaneous-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-for-analgesia-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-prospective-feasibility-study
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Brian M Ilfeld, Christopher A Gilmore, Stuart A Grant, Michael P Bolognesi, Daniel J Del Gaizo, Amorn Wongsarnpigoon, Joseph W Boggs
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve stimulation has been used for decades to treat chronic pain but has not been used for postoperative analgesia due to multiple limitations, beginning with invasive electrode placement. With the development of small-diameter/gauge leads enabling percutaneous insertion, ultrasound guidance for accurate introduction, and stimulators small enough to be adhered to the skin, neurostimulation may now be provided in a similar manner to continuous peripheral nerve blocks...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
#18
Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
December 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081301/ethanol-induces-platelet-apoptosis
#19
Lei Liu, Mengxing Chen, Lili Zhao, Qing Zhao, Renping Hu, Jie Zhu, Rong Yan, Kesheng Dai
BACKGROUND: Alcohol abuse incurs severe medical conditions, such as thrombocytopenia and hemorrhage, but the pathogenesis is not totally understood. Alcohol has been reported to induce apoptosis in eukaryotic cells, such as hepatocyte, nerve cell, corneal fibroblasts. However, it is still unclear whether alcohol induces platelet apoptosis. METHODS: Washed human platelets were pretreated with ethanol (EtOH), and apoptotic events and platelet function were detected...
January 12, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081139/long-latency-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Carlos Trenado, Saskia Elben, Lena Friggemann, Sonja Gruhn, Stefan Jun Groiss, Jan Vesper, Alfons Schnitzler, Lars Wojtecki
Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) are a viable way to measure processing of somatosensory information. SSEPs have been described at the scalp and the cortical level by electroencephalographic, magnetoencephalographic and intracranial cortical recordings focusing on short-latency (SL; latency<40 ms) and long-latency (LL; latency>40 ms) SSEPs as well as by deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrode studies targeting SL-SSEPs. Unfortunately, LL-SSEPs have not been addressed at the subcortical level aside from the fact that studies targeting the characteristics and generators of SSEPs have been neglected for the last ten years...
2017: PloS One
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