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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110171/long-term-usability-and-bio-integration-of-polyimide-based-intra-neural-stimulating-electrodes
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S Wurth, M Capogrosso, S Raspopovic, J Gandar, G Federici, N Kinany, A Cutrone, A Piersigilli, N Pavlova, R Guiet, G Taverni, J Rigosa, P Shkorbatova, X Navarro, Q Barraud, G Courtine, S Micera
Stimulation of peripheral nerves has transiently restored lost sensation and has the potential to alleviate motor deficits. However, incomplete characterization of the long-term usability and bio-integration of intra-neural implants has restricted their use for clinical applications. Here, we conducted a longitudinal assessment of the selectivity, stability, functionality, and biocompatibility of polyimide-based intra-neural implants that were inserted in the sciatic nerve of twenty-three healthy adult rats for up to six months...
January 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107855/a-close-look-at-an-integrative-treatment-package-for-bell-s-palsy-in-korea
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Seung Min Kathy Lee, Suji Lee, Jun Hyeong Park, Jongbae J Park, Sanghoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy provided at Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital (KHU KMH). SUMMARY: The Facial Palsy Center at KHU KMH has been providing integrative treatment for Bell's palsy patients during the past three decades. Within 72 h of symptom onset, corticosteroids are recommended but complementary treatment including acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to help suppress inflammation and nerve degeneration...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105123/effect-of-anti-vegf-drugs-combined-with-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Yi Dong, Guangming Wan, Panshi Yan, Yue Chen, Wenzhan Wang, Guanghua Peng
We analyzed the effects of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ninety-six cases (192 eyes) of AMD were included in this study and randomly divided into the observation group and control group (n=48 cases per group). The control group was administered the treatment of Lucentis intravitreal injection alone and the observation group was administered Lucentis combined with PDT. The therapeutic effects were compared...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093579/progression-of-transsynaptic-retinal-degeneration-with-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
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Stephen G Schwartz, Armando Monroig, Harry W Flynn
PURPOSE: To illustrate the progression of retrograde transsynaptic retinal degeneration using spectral- domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). OBSERVATIONS: A 60 year-old man with a stroke was followed over a 17-month period using SD-OCT of the macula, ganglion cell layer (GCC), and retinal nerve fiber layer. Transsynaptic retinal degeneration progressed over this time. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPORTANCE: Retrograde transsynaptic retinal degeneration may occur in patients with homonymous visual field loss caused by post-geniculate neurologic disease...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
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/28079960/successful-medical-management-of-a-domestic-longhair-cat-with-subdural-intracranial-empyema-and-multifocal-pneumonia
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Thomas J A Cardy, Richard Lam, Laureen M Peters, Philippa J McLaren, Màrian Matas Riera, Steven De Decker
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of successful medical management of subdural intracranial empyema and multifocal pneumonia in a domestic longhaired cat. CASE SUMMARY: A 7-year-and-8-month-old male neutered domestic longhair cat presented with tachypnea, respiratory compromise, vestibular ataxia, obtundation, left-sided head tilt, and multiple cranial nerve deficits. Neuroanatomical localization was multifocal with central vestibular involvement. Magnetic resonance imaging of the head indicated diffuse subdural empyema, mainly affecting the middle cranial fossa and the right cerebrum...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078992/smoking-and-eye-pathologies-a-systemic-review-part-ii-retina-diseases-uveitis-optic-neuropathies-thyroid-associated-orbitopathy
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Małgorzata Nita, Andrzej Grzybowski
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking has detrimental influence on human health. AIM: The analysis of influence of tobacco smoking on retina diseases, uveitis, optic neuropathies, and thyroid-associated orbitopathy in adults and children. METHODS: A comprehensive review of the literature performed through MEDLINE and PubMed searches, covering the years 2000-2016. RESULTS: In adults, tobacco smoking is a strong risk factor for age-related macular degeneration, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, uveitis and inflamed cystoid macular edema as well as Grave`s ophthalmopathy...
January 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078802/evaluation-of-pva-biodegradable-electric-conductive-membranes-for-nerve-regeneration-in-axonotmesis-injuries-the-rat-sciatic-nerve-animal-model
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J Ribeiro, A R Caseiro, T Pereira, Pas Armada-da-Silva, I Pires, J Prada, I Amorim, I Leal Reis, S Amado, J D Santos, S Bompasso, S Raimondo, Asp Varejão, S Geuna, A L Luís, A C Maurício
The therapeutic effect of three polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes loaded with electrically conductive materials - carbon nanotubes (PVA-CNTs) and polypyrrole (PVA-PPy) - were tested in vivo for neuro-muscular regeneration after an axonotmesis injury in the rat sciatic nerve. The membranes electrical conductivity measured was 1.5±0.5x10(-6) S/m, 579±0.6x10(-6) S/m, and 1837.5±0.7 x10(-6) S/m, respectively. At week-12, a residual motor and nociceptive deficit were present in all treated groups, but at week-12, a better recovery to normal gait pattern of the PVA-CNTs and PVA-PPy treated groups was observed...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078103/the-potential-of-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging-based-retinal-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Prateep Phadikar, Sandeep Saxena, Surabhi Ruia, Timothy Y Y Lai, Carsten H Meyer, Dean Eliott
BACKGROUND: Biomarker", a merged word of "biological marker", refers to a broad subcategory of medical signs that objectively indicate the state of health, and well-being of an individual. Biomarkers hold great promise for personalized medicine as information gained from diagnostic or progression markers can be used to tailor treatment to the individual for highly effective intervention in the disease process. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has proved useful in identifying various biomarkers in ocular and systemic diseases...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073817/paranodal-dissection-in-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathy-with-antineurofascin-155-and-anticontactin-1-antibodies
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Haruki Koike, Masato Kadoya, Ken-Ichi Kaida, Shohei Ikeda, Yuichi Kawagashira, Masahiro Iijima, Daisuke Kato, Hidenori Ogata, Ryo Yamasaki, Noriyuki Matsukawa, Jun-Ichi Kira, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the morphological features of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) with autoantibodies directed against paranodal junctional molecules, particularly focusing on the fine structures of the paranodes. METHODS: We assessed sural nerve biopsy specimens obtained from 9 patients with CIDP with antineurofascin-155 antibodies and 1 patient with anticontactin-1 antibodies. 13 patients with CIDP without these antibodies were also examined to compare pathological findings...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067793/time-dependent-nerve-growth-factor-signaling-changes-in-the-rat-retina-during-optic-nerve-crush-induced-degeneration-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Louise A Mesentier-Louro, Sara De Nicolò, Pamela Rosso, Luigi A De Vitis, Valerio Castoldi, Letizia Leocani, Rosalia Mendez-Otero, Marcelo F Santiago, Paola Tirassa, Paolo Rama, Alessandro Lambiase
Nerve growth factor (NGF) is suggested to be neuroprotective after nerve injury; however, retinal ganglion cells (RGC) degenerate following optic-nerve crush (ONC), even in the presence of increased levels of endogenous NGF. To further investigate this apparently paradoxical condition, a time-course study was performed to evaluate the effects of unilateral ONC on NGF expression and signaling in the adult retina. Visually evoked potential and immunofluorescence staining were used to assess axonal damage and RGC loss...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067783/stem-cell-transplantation-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-current-options-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Liangfu Jiang, Salazar Jones, Xiaofeng Jia
Peripheral nerve regeneration is a complicated process highlighted by Wallerian degeneration, axonal sprouting, and remyelination. Schwann cells play an integral role in multiple facets of nerve regeneration but obtaining Schwann cells for cell-based therapy is limited by the invasive nature of harvesting and donor site morbidity. Stem cell transplantation for peripheral nerve regeneration offers an alternative cell-based therapy with several regenerative benefits. Stem cells have the potential to differentiate into Schwann-like cells that recruit macrophages for removal of cellular debris...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061512/assessment-of-rod-cone-and-intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-contributions-to-the-canine-chromatic-pupillary-response
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Connie Y Yeh, Kristin L Koehl, Christine D Harman, Simone Iwabe, José M Guzman, Simon M Petersen-Jones, Randy H Kardon, András M Komáromy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a chromatic pupillometry protocol for specific functional assessment of rods, cones, and intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) in dogs. Methods: Chromatic pupillometry was tested and compared in 37 dogs in different stages of primary loss of rod, cone, and combined rod/cone and optic nerve function, and in 5 wild-type (WT) dogs. Eyes were stimulated with 1-s flashes of dim (1 cd/m2) and bright (400 cd/m2) blue light (for scotopic conditions) or bright red (400 cd/m2) light with 25-cd/m2 blue background (for photopic conditions)...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060358/electronic-retinal-implant-surgery
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R E MacLaren
Blindness due to outer retinal degeneration still remains largely untreatable. Photoreceptor loss removes light sensitivity, but the remaining inner retinal layers, the optic nerve, and indeed the physical structure of the eye itself may be unaffected by the degenerative processes. This provides the opportunity to restore some degree of vision with an electronic device in the subretinal space. In this lecture I will provide an overview of our experiences with the first-generation retinal implant Alpha IMS, developed by Retina Implant AG and based on the technology developed by Eberhart Zrenner as part of a multicentre clinical trial (NCT01024803)...
January 6, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059646/irreversible-changes-occurring-in-long-term-denervated-schwann-cells-affect-delayed-nerve-repair
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Giulia Ronchi, Michele Cillino, Giovanna Gambarotta, Benedetta Elena Fornasari, Stefania Raimondo, Pierfrancesco Pugliese, Pierluigi Tos, Adriana Cordova, Francesco Moschella, Stefano Geuna
OBJECTIVE Multiple factors may affect functional recovery after peripheral nerve injury, among them the lesion site and the interval between the injury and the surgical repair. When the nerve segment distal to the lesion site undergoes chronic degeneration, the ensuing regeneration (when allowed) is often poor. The aims of the current study were as follows: 1) to examine the expression changes of the neuregulin 1/ErbB system during long-term nerve degeneration; and 2) to investigate whether a chronically denervated distal nerve stump can sustain nerve regeneration of freshly axotomized axons...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053536/identification-of-a-new-mutation-in-an-iranian-family-with-hereditary-multiple-osteochondromas
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Susan Akbaroghli, Maryam Balali, Behnam Kamalidehghan, Siamak Saber, Omid Aryani, Goh Yong Meng, Massoud Houshmand
BACKGROUND: Hereditary multiple osteochondromas (HMO), previously named hereditary multiple exostoses (HME), is an autosomal dominant skeletal disorder characterized by the growth of multiple osteochondromas and is associated with bony deformity, skeletal growth reduction, nerve compression, restriction of joint motion, and premature osteoarthrosis. HMO is genetically heterogeneous, localized on at least three chromosomal loci including 8q24.1 (EXT1), 11p11-p13 (EXT2), and 19p (EXT3)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045825/the-effect-of-carnitine-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
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Kemal Karaca, Fevzi Solmaz
INTRODUCTION: Proximal and distal axons of the nerve body are subject to varying degrees of traumatic degeneration after an incision. The histologic structure of rat peripheral nerves cannot be distinguished from the human. Studies on systemic carnitine treatment following peripheral nerve injury and its positive results are available in the literature. There are no reported results of local administration. METHODS: The authors used 50 rats. A total of 5 groups were created by randomly assigning the rats...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042771/oxidative-stress-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-and-antioxidants-regulate-expression-levels-of-micrornas-in-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Kedar N Prasad
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a slow progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with abnormal function of extrapyramidal system. Although several biochemical and genetic defects have been identified, increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are one of the earliest events that initiate and promote PD. Oxidative stress also participates in impaired non-motor symptoms.The levels of microRNAs that are evolutionarily conserved single-stranded non-coding RNAs of approximately 22 nucleotide in length are altered in PD...
January 2, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040792/autophagy-in-tri-o-cresyl-phosphate-induced-delayed-neurotoxicity
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Hai-Yang Xu, Pan Wang, Ying-Jian Sun, Lu Jiang, Ming-Yuan Xu, Yi-Jun Wu
The widely used organophosphorus compound tri-o-cresyl phosphate (TOCP) elicits delayed neurotoxicity characterized by progressive axonal degeneration in the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. However, the precise mechanisms of TOCP-induced delayed neurotoxicity are not clear. Because autophagy has been linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, we aimed to characterize autophagy in the progression of TOCP-induced delayed neurotoxicity. In vivo experiments using the adult hen animal model showed that autophagy in spinal cord axons and in sciatic nerves was markedly induced at the early preclinical stage of TOCP-induced delayed neurotoxicity; it was decreased as the delayed neurotoxicity progressed to the overt neuropathy stage...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035930/investigations-into-retinal-pathology-in-the-early-stages-of-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Glyn Chidlow, John P M Wood, Jim Manavis, John Finnie, Robert J Casson
There is increasing recognition that visual performance is impaired in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, no consensus exists as to the mechanisms underlying this visual dysfunction, in particular regarding the timing, nature, and extent of retinal versus cortical pathology. If retinal pathology presents sufficiently early, it offers great potential as a source of novel biomarkers for disease diagnosis. The current project utilized an array of immunochemical and molecular tools to perform a characterization of retinal pathology in the early stages of disease progression using a well-validated mouse model of AD (APPSWE/PS1ΔE9)...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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