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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811222/antitussive-antispasmodic-bronchodilating-and-cardiac-inotropic-effects-of-the-essential-oil-from-blepharocalyx-salicifolius-leaves
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Jehison Jiménez Hernández, María Inés Ragone, Patricia Bonazzola, Arnaldo L Bandoni, Alicia E Consolini
ETHOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Blepharocalyx salicifolius (Kunth) O. Berg (Myrtaceae) is a tree native to Argentina and Uruguay that grows and is cultivated along the riverside of the Rio de la Plata. The leaves of this plant species, locally known as "anacahuita" are used in South America to prepare infusions for the empiric treatment of cough and bronchospasm, as well as diarrhoea and other intestinal disorders. Although previous phytochemical studies have been performed with the essential oil extracted from Blepharocalyx salicifolius, pharmacological evidence supporting its traditional use is still lacking...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810127/medicaid-prior-authorization-and-opioid-medication-abuse-and-overdose
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Gerald Cochran, Adam J Gordon, Walid F Gellad, Chung-Chou H Chang, Wei-Hsuan Lo-Ciganic, Carroline Lobo, Evan Cole, Winfred Frazier, Ping Zheng, David Kelley, Julie M Donohue
OBJECTIVES: The US opioid medication epidemic has resulted in serious health consequences for patients. Formulary management tools adopted by payers, specifically prior authorization (PA) policies, may lower the rates of opioid medication abuse and overdose. We compared rates of opioid abuse and overdose among enrollees in plans that varied in their use of PA from "High PA" (ie, required PA for 17 to 74 opioids), with "Low PA" (ie, required PA for 1 opioid), and "No PA" policies for opioid medications...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807894/advances-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-neck-pain
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REVIEW
Steven P Cohen, W Michael Hooten
Neck pain imposes a considerable personal and socioeconomic burden-it is one of the top five chronic pain conditions in terms of prevalence and years lost to disability-yet it receives a fraction of the research funding given to low back pain. Although most acute episodes resolve spontaneously, more than a third of affected people still have low grade symptoms or recurrences more than one year later, with genetics and psychosocial factors being risk factors for persistence. Nearly half of people with chronic neck pain have mixed neuropathic-nociceptive symptoms or predominantly neuropathic symptoms...
August 14, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803422/salidroside-improved-cerebrovascular-vasodilation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-through-restoring-the-function-of-bkca-channel-in-smooth-muscle-cells
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Yu-Guang Ma, Jun-Wei Wang, Yin-Bin Zhang, Bao-Feng Wang, Zhi-Jun Dai, Man-Jiang Xie, Hua-Feng Kang
Vessel disease is a kind of severe complication in diabetic patients. However, few pharmacologic agents can directly recover diabetic vascular function. Salidroside (SAL), a major ingredient from Rhodiola rosea, has been found to have an obvious hypoglycemic effect and a beneficial protection on vascular function in diabetes. However, whether SAL is a suitable treatment for diabetes has not so far been evaluated and the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The present work aims to (1) investigate the potential effects of SAL on cerebrovascular relaxation in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats or when exposed to acute hyperglycemia condition and (2) examine whether function of the BKCa channel is involved in SAL treatment for diabetic vascular relaxation...
August 12, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801956/evidence-of-er-stress-and-upr-activation-in-patients-with-brody-disease-and-brody-syndrome
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V Guglielmi, N C Voermans, A Oosterhof, D Nowis, B G van Engelen, G Tomelleri, G Vattemi
Brody disease (BD, OMIM #601003) is an inherited skeletal muscle disease clinically characterized by exercise-induced impairment of muscle relaxation and stiffness due to the delay in the Ca(2+) re-uptake in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR)[1, 2]. The delayed muscle relaxation mainly affects legs, harms, hands and eyelids and usually improves after a few minutes rest [1-3]. Patients frequently report myalgia, painless or mildly painful cramps whereas recurrent rhabdomyolysis have been described in a few cases [2, 3]...
August 12, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798877/previously-undiagnosed-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-as-a-cause-of-airway-obstruction-after-robot-assisted-laparoscopic-prostatectomy
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Miyuki Niki, Taihei Tachikawa, Yuka Sano, Hiroki Miyawaki, Aisa Matoi, Yukari Okano, Nobutaka Kariya, Tsuneo Tatara, Munetaka Hirose
BACKGROUND: Preoperative vocal cord paralysis is a risk factor for postoperative respiratory distress following extubation after general anesthesia. We present an unusual case where a geriatric patient developed airway obstruction after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. CASE PRESENTATION: A 67-year-old male, who had suffered from left vocal cord paralysis of unknown etiology, was scheduled for robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). General anesthesia was performed without any problems...
2017: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797595/effects-of-motion-segment-simulation-and-joint-positioning-on-spinal-loads-in-trunk-musculoskeletal-models
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F Ghezelbash, A H Eskandari, A Shirazi-Adl, N Arjmand, Z El-Ouaaid, A Plamondon
Musculoskeletal models represent spinal motion segments by spherical joints/beams with linear/nonlinear properties placed at various locations. We investigated the fidelity of these simplified models (i.e., spherical joints with/without rotational springs and beams considering nonlinear/linear properties) in predicting kinematics of the ligamentous spine in comparison with a detailed finite element (FE) model while considering various anterior-posterior joint placements. Using the simplified models with different joint offsets in a subject-specific musculoskeletal model, we computed local spinal forces during forward flexion and compared results with intradiscal pressure measurements...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796278/prophylactic-stretching-does-not-reduce-cramp-susceptibility
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Kevin C Miller, James D Harsen, Blaine C Long
INTRODUCTION: Some clinicians advocate stretching to prevent muscle cramps. It is unknown if static or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching increases cramp threshold frequency (TFc ), a quantitative measure of cramp susceptibility. METHODS: Fifteen individuals completed this randomized, counterbalanced, cross-over study. We measured passive hallux ROM and then performed three minutes of either static stretching, PNF stretching (hold-relax-with agonist contraction), or no stretching...
August 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795964/neuromuscular-monitoring-in-the-perioperative-period
#9
Glenn S Murphy
Neuromuscular monitoring devices were introduced into clinical practice in the 1970s. Qualitative neuromuscular monitors, or peripheral nerve stimulators, provide an electrical stimulus to a motor nerve and the response of corresponding muscle subjectively evaluated. A standard peripheral nerve stimulator provides several patterns of nerve stimulation, including train-of-four (TOF), double-burst, tetanic, and post-tetanic count. Qualitative (and quantitative) monitors are needed to determine onset of neuromuscular blockade, maintain the required depth of muscle relaxation during the surgical procedure, and assess an appropriate dose of reversal agent...
August 8, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793197/glycosylation-with-o-linked-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosamine-o-glcnac-induces-vascular-dysfunction-via-production-of-superoxide-anion-reactive-oxygen-species
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Leonardo Souza-Silva, Rhéure Alves-Lopes, Jéssica Silva Miguez, Vanessa Dela Justina, Karla Bianca Neves, Fabíola Leslie Mestriner, Rita C Tostes, Fernanda Regina Giachini, Victor V Lima
Overproduction of superoxide anion (•O2-) and O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc)-modification in the vascular system are contributors to endothelial dysfunction. This study tested the hypothesis that increased levels of O-GlcNAc-modified proteins contribute to •O2- production via activation of NADPH oxidase, resulting in impaired vasodilation. Rat aortic segments and vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMCs) were incubated with vehicle (methanol) or PUGNAc (100 µM). PUGNAc produced a time-dependent increase in O-GlcNAc levels in VSMC and decreased endothelium-dependent relaxation, which was prevented by apocynin and Tiron, suggesting that •O2- contributes to endothelial dysfunction under augmented O-GlcNAc levels...
August 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792273/effects-of-intensity-on-muscle-specific-voluntary-electromechanical-delay-and-relaxation-electromechanical-delay
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Cory M Smith, Terry J Housh, Ethan C Hill, Josh L Keller, Glen O Johnson, Richard J Schmidt
The purposes of this study were to examine: 1) the potential muscle-specific differences in voluntary electromechanical delay (EMD) and relaxation electromechanical delay (R-EMD), and 2) the effects of intensity on EMD and R-EMD during step incremental isometric muscle actions from 10 to 100% maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC). EMD and R-EMD measures were calculated from the simultaneous assessments of electromyography, mechanomyography, and force production from the vastus lateralis (VL), vastus medialis (VM), and rectus femoris (RF) during step isometric muscle actions...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791820/evaluation-of-articular-disc-loading-in-the-temporomandibular-joints-after-prosthetic-and-pharmacological-treatment-in-model-studies
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Małgorzata E Pihut, Jerzy Margielewicz, Edward Kijak, Grażyna Wiśniewska
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is often related to excessive load in the stomatognathic system. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the model tests, using numeric calculations, was to assess the articular disc loads in the temporomandibular joints after prosthetic and pharmacological treatment of functional disorders of the masticatory organ. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 10 patients, aged 21-48 years, of both sexes, randomly selected from a group of 120 patients treated with relaxation occlusal splints (60 patients, group I) and intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin type A (60 patients, group II), suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction with the dominant muscle component...
May 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781164/imaging-sympathetic-neurogenic-ca-2-signaling-in-blood-vessels
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REVIEW
Withrow Gil Wier, Joseph R H Mauban
We review the information that has been provided by optical imaging experiments directed at understanding the role and effects of sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) in the functioning of blood vessels. Earlier studies utilized electric field stimulation of nerve terminals (EFS) in isolated arteries and vascular tissues (ex vivo) to elicit SNA, but more recently, imaging studies have been conducted in vivo, enabling the study of SNA in truly physiological conditions. Ex vivo: In vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) of isolated arteries, the three sympathetic neurotransmitters, norepinephrine (NE), ATP and neuropeptide Y (NPY), elicit or modulate distinct patterns of Ca(2+) signaling, as revealed by confocal imaging of exogenous fluorescent Ca(2+) indicators...
July 29, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776262/visceral-adipose-tissue-derived-serine-protease-inhibitor-prevents-the-development-of-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats
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Yuzaburo Sakamoto, Satoshi Kameshima, Chiharu Kakuda, Yuta Okamura, Tomoko Kodama, Muneyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Yamawaki
Visceral adipose tissue-derived serine protease inhibitor (vaspin), a recently identified adipocytokine, inhibits inflammation, migration, and apoptosis of vascular cells. We have recently demonstrated that chronic administration of vaspin to spontaneously hypertensive rats partly prevents systemic hypertension through inhibiting inflammation and remodeling of vascular wall. Pulmonary arterial (PA) hypertension (PAH) is caused by PA remodeling, contractile dysfunction, and inflammatory responses. We tested the hypothesis that vaspin could prevent development of PAH in animal model...
August 3, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770475/h2s-confers-colonoprotection-against-tnbs-induced-colitis-by-ho-1-upregulation-in-rats
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Krisztina Kupai, Nikoletta Almási, Magdolna Kósa, János Nemcsók, Zsolt Murlasits, Szilvia Török, Amin Al-Awar, Zoltán Baráth, Anikó Pósa, Csaba Varga
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenous mediator that contributes to many important physiological processes including vasodilation and vascular smooth muscle relaxation; in turn, preventing tissue damage and reducing inflammation. Heme oxygenase (HO) enzymes, of which HO-1 is inducible by harmful stimuli, were found to regulate intestinal inflammation in experimental animal models of colitis. We aimed to investigate the protective effects of H2S against 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats, and whether HO enzyme system is involved in the H2S-induced colonic cytoprotection...
August 2, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768666/oab-without-an-overactive-bladder-in-the-acute-prostaglandin-e2-rat-model
#16
James A Hokanson, Christopher L Langdale, Arun Sridhar, Warren M Grill
Intravesical Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) was previously used to induce overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms as it reduces bladder capacity in rats and causes a "strong urgency sensation" in healthy women. However, the mechanism by which this occurs is unclear. To clarify how PGE2 reduces bladder capacity, 100 µM PGE2 was administered intravesically during open, single-fill cystometry with simultaneous measurement of sphincter EMG in the urethane-anesthetized female Wistar rat. PGE2 was also applied to the urethra or bladder selectively by use of a ligature at the bladder neck prior to (urethra) or during (bladder) closed-outlet, single-fill cystometry...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765908/serca1-attenuates-diaphragm-relaxation-and-uptake-rate-of-serca-in-rats-with-acute-sepsis
#17
Jianyou Zhang, Hui Liu, Shitong Li, Jin Wu, Jianhong Sun
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of acute sepsis on diaphragm contractility and relaxation, via examining the Ca2+‑uptake function of sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ adenosine triphosphatase (SERCA), and the protein levels of SERCA1, SERCA2 and the ryanodine receptor (RyR) of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). A sepsis rat model was established through cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). A total of 6 and 12 h following CLP, the isometric contractile and relaxation parameters of the diaphragm were measured...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762019/epicardial-adipose-tissue-as-a-metabolic-transducer-role-in-heart-failure-and-coronary-artery-disease
#18
REVIEW
Vaibhav B Patel, Saumya Shah, Subodh Verma, Gavin Y Oudit
Obesity and diabetes are strongly associated with metabolic and cardiovascular disorders including dyslipidemia, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and heart failure. Adipose tissue is identified as a complex endocrine organ, which by exerting a wide array of regulatory functions at the cellular, tissue and systemic levels can have profound effects on the cardiovascular system. Different terms including "epicardial," "pericardial," and "paracardial" have been used to describe adipose tissue deposits surrounding the heart...
July 31, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761720/age-related-changes-in-the-effects-of-strength-training-on-lower-leg-muscles-in-healthy-individuals-measured-using-mri
#19
Maria Psatha, Zhiqing Wu, Fiona Gammie, Aivaras Ratkevicius, Henning Wackerhage, Thomas W Redpath, Fiona J Gilbert, Judith R Meakin, Richard M Aspden
BACKGROUND: We previously measured the rate of regaining muscle strength during rehabilitation of lower leg muscles in patients following lower leg casting. Our primary aim in this study was to measure the rate of gain of strength in healthy individuals undergoing a similar training regime. Our secondary aim was to test the ability of MRI to provide a biomarker for muscle function. METHODS: Men and women were recruited in three age groups: 20-30, 50-65 and over 70 years...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760938/vasorelaxation-to-the-nitroxyl-donor-isopropylamine-nonoate-in-resistance-arteries-does-not-require-perivascular-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide
#20
Alice M H Pinkney, Hamish A L Lemmey, Kim A Dora, Christopher J Garland
Nitroxyl (HNO) donors offer considerable therapeutic potential for the treatment of hypertension-related cardiovascular disorders, particularly heart failure, as they combine an inotropic action with peripheral vasodilation. Angeli's salt is the only HNO donor whose mechanism has been studied in depth, and recently, Angeli's salt vasodilation was suggested to be indirect and caused by calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) released from perivascular nerves after HNO activates TRPA1 (transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily A member 1) channels...
July 31, 2017: Hypertension
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