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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547815/balancing-the-autonomic-nervous-system-to-reduce-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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F A Koopman, M A van Maanen, M J Vervoordeldonk, P P Tak
Imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been observed in many established chronic autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a prototypic immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID). We recently discovered that autonomic dysfunction precedes and predicts arthritis development in subjects at risk of developing seropositive RA. In addition, RA patients with relatively high vagus nerve tone (higher parasympathetic parameters, measured by heart rate variability) respond better to antirheumatic therapies...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541256/modulation-of-brainstem-activity-and-connectivity-by-respiratory-gated-auricular-vagal-afferent-nerve-stimulation-in-migraine-patients
#2
Ronald G Garcia, Richard L Lin, Jeungchan Lee, Jieun Kim, Riccardo Barbieri, Roberta Sclocco, Ajay D Wasan, Robert R Edwards, Bruce R Rosen, Nouchine Hadjikhani, Vitaly Napadow
Migraine pathophysiology includes altered brainstem excitability, and recent neuromodulatory approaches aimed at controlling migraine episodes have targeted key brainstem relay and modulatory nuclei. In this study, we evaluated the impact of respiratory-gated auricular vagal afferent nerve stimulation (RAVANS), a novel neuromodulatory intervention based on an existing transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation approach, in the modulation of brainstem activity and connectivity in migraine patients. We applied 3T-functional magnetic resonance imaging with improved in-plane spatial resolution (2...
April 25, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532657/mechanistic-link-between-diesel-exhaust-particles-and-respiratory-reflexes
#3
Ryan K Robinson, Mark A Birrell, John J Adcock, Michael A Wortley, Eric D Dubuis, Shu Chen, Catriona M McGilvery, Sheng Hu, Milo Sp Shaffer, Sara J Bonvini, Sarah A Maher, Ian S Mudway, Alexandra E Porter, Chris Carlsten, Teresa D Tetley, Maria G Belvisi
BACKGROUND: Diesel exhaust particles (DEP) are a major component of particulate matter in Europe's largest cities and epidemiological evidence links exposure with respiratory symptoms and asthma exacerbations. Respiratory reflexes are responsible for symptoms and are regulated by vagal afferent nerves which innervate the airway. It is not known how DEP exposure activates airway afferents to elicit symptoms such as cough and bronchospasm. OBJECTIVE: To identify the mechanisms involved in the activation of airway sensory afferents by DEPs...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528063/an-involuntary-and-unexpected-treatment-of-nutcracker-esophagus
#4
Diane Mege, Alban Benezech, Henri de Lesquen, Véronique Vitton, Pascal-Alexandre Thomas
A 76-year-old woman complained of painful dysphagia and loss of weight. Esophagoscopy results were negative, whereas computed tomography (CT) disclosed a 25-mm mediastinal tumor without a connection to the esophagus. A diagnosis of nutcracker esophagus was made on high-resolution esophageal manometry. Peroral endoscopic esophageal myotomy failed to improve the symptoms. Right video thoracoscopy allowed resection of the tumor, which looked like a neurogenic tumor of the posterior mediastinum that developed from the right vagus nerve...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527929/new-predictors-of-complications-in-carotid-body-tumor-resection
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Gloria Y Kim, Peter F Lawrence, Rameen S Moridzadeh, Kate Zimmerman, Alberto Munoz, Kuauhyama Luna-Ortiz, Gustavo S Oderich, Juan de Francisco, Jorge Ospina, Santiago Huertas, Leonardo R de Souza, Thomas C Bower, Steven Farley, Hugh A Gelabert, Marcus R Kret, E John Harris, Giovanni De Caridi, Francesco Spinelli, Matthew R Smeds, Christos D Liapis, John Kakisis, Anastasios P Papapetrou, Eike S Debus, Christian-A Behrendt, Edgar Kleinspehn, Joshua D Horton, Firas F Mussa, Stephen W K Cheng, Mark D Morasch, Khurram Rasheed, Matthew E Bennett, Jean Bismuth, Alan B Lumsden, Christopher J Abularrage, Alik Farber
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationship between two new variables, tumor distance to base of skull (DTBOS) and tumor volume, with complications of carotid body tumor (CBT) resection, including bleeding and cranial nerve injury. METHODS: Patients who underwent CBT resection between 2004 and 2014 were studied using a standardized, multi-institutional database. Demographic, perioperative, and outcomes data were collected. CBT measurements were determined from computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound examination...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527086/non-invasive-vagus-nerve-stimulation-nvns-as-symptomatic-treatment-of-migraine-in-young-patients-a-preliminary-safety-study
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Licia Grazzi, Gabriella Egeo, Eric Liebler, Anna Maria Padovan, Piero Barbanti
Recent clinical experiences and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS; gammaCore(®)) for the acute and prophylactic treatment of migraine. nVNS has a favorable adverse event profile, making it an attractive option for sensitive patient populations. We explored the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of nVNS as acute migraine treatment in adolescents. A group of adolescent patients suffering from migraine without aura were trained to use gammaCore to manage their migraine attacks...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527055/cluster-headache-present-and-future-therapy
#7
Massimo Leone, Alessandro Giustiniani, Alberto Proietti Cecchini
Cluster headache is characterized by severe, unilateral headache attacks of orbital, supraorbital or temporal pain lasting 15-180 min accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation, rhinorrhea and other cranial autonomic manifestations. Cluster headache attacks need fast-acting abortive agents because the pain peaks very quickly; sumatriptan injection is the gold standard acute treatment. First-line preventative drugs include verapamil and carbolithium. Other drugs demonstrated effective in open trials include topiramate, valproic acid, gabapentin and others...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524623/upper-gastrointestinal-complications-following-ablation-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation
#8
S-Y Park, M Camilleri, D Packer, K Monahan
BACKGROUND: Following ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias, patients may develop upper gastrointestinal (UGI) symptoms. The vagus nerve is close to the atria and may be affected by ablating energy. AIM: To identify structural or functional complications in UGI tract following ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) and clinical outcomes and association with vagal dysfunction. METHODS: Using natural language processing of electronic medical records and an AF ablation database of 5380 patients treated during 17 years, we identified 40 patients with UGI complications...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524416/diagnostic-ultrasound-of-the-vagus-nerve-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Eman A Tawfik, Francis O Walker, Michael S Cartwright, Rana A El-Hilaly
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Autonomic neuropathy is a serious and common complication of diabetes mellitus. The vagus nerve is the longest autonomic nerve, and may be affected in diabetes as a part of generalized neuropathy. Our objective was to assess for possible sonographic changes of the vagus nerve in diabetic patients. METHODS: The vagus nerve was bilaterally scanned in 20 healthy volunteers and 54 patients with diabetes in the axial plane at the lateral neck...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523132/uniportal-transcervical-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-vats-approach-for-pulmonary-lobectomy-combined-with-transcervical-extended-mediastinal-lymphadenectomy-temla
#10
Marcin Zieliński, Mariusz Rybak, Katarzyna Solarczyk-Bombik, Michal Wilkojc, Wojciech Czajkowski, Sylweriusz Kosinski, Edward Fryzlewicz, Tomasz Nabialek, Juliusz Pankowski
BACKGROUND: To present the technique of uniportal transcervical video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) approach for pulmonary lobectomy combined with transcervical extended mediastinal lymphadenectomy (TEMLA). METHODS: Transcervical extended approach utilizes a typical a 5-8 centimeters collar incision in the neck. The critical technical point enabling a wide access to the chest is an elevation of the sternal manubrium with a special retractor (modified Rochard frame, Asculap-Chifa Company)...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522805/nitric-oxide-donor-protects-against-acetic-acid-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-rats-via-s-nitrosylation-of-trpv1-on-vagus-nerve
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Ting Han, Yan Tang, Jing Li, Bing Xue, Liping Gong, Jingxin Li, Xiao Yu, Chuanyong Liu
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of nitric oxide (NO) in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer of rats and the underlying mechanisms. We found that peritoneal injection of sodium nitroprusside (SNP), a NO donor, decreased the ulcer area, inflammatory cell infiltration and MPO degree in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer in rats. This effect was abolished by a transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) antagonist or prior subdiaphragmatic vagotomy. SNP increased the jejunal mesenteric afferent discharge in a dose-depended manner, which was largely diminished by pretreatment of S-nitrosylation blocker N-ethylmaleimide, TRPV1 antagonist capsazepine, genetic deletion of TRPV1, or vagotomy...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511630/corpus-callosotomy-for-intractable-epilepsy-revisited-the-children-s-hospital-of-michigan-series
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Aimee F Luat, Eishi Asano, Ajay Kumar, Harry T Chugani, Sandeep Sood
Corpus callosotomy is a palliative procedure performed to reduce the severity of drug-resistant epilepsy. The authors assessed its efficacy on different seizure types in 20 subjects (age range 5-19 years); 8 with active vagus nerve stimulator. Fifteen had complete callosotomy, 3 had anterior 2/3, and 2 had anterior 2/3 followed later by complete callosotomy. Ten had endoscopic approach. In all, 65% had ≥ 50% reduction of generalized seizures leading to falls (atonic, tonic, myoclonic); 35% became seizure-free (follow-up period: 6 months to 9 years; mean 3 years)...
June 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501979/endocrine-cells-producing-peptide-hormones-in-the-intestine-of-nile-tilapia-distribution-and-effects-of-feeding-and-fasting-on-the-cell-density
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Raquel Tatiane Pereira, Thaiza Rodrigues de Freitas, Izabela Regina Cardoso de Oliveira, Leandro Santos Costa, Fabricio Andrés Vigliano, Priscila Vieira Rosa
Endocrine cells (ECs) act as a luminal surveillance system responding to either the presence or absence of food in the gut through the secretion of peptide hormones. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of feeding and fasting on the EC peptide-specific distribution along the intestine of Nile tilapia. We assessed the density of ECs producing gastrin (GAS), cholecystokinin-8 (CCK-8), neuropeptide Y (NPY), and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in nine segments of the intestine using immunohistochemistry...
May 13, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499738/cognitive-effects-of-subdiaphragmatic-vagal-deafferentation-in-rats
#14
Melanie Klarer, Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer, Myrtha Arnold, Wolfgang Langhans, Urs Meyer
Vagal afferents are a crucial neuronal component of the gut-brain axis and mediate the information flow from the viscera to the central nervous system. Based on the findings provided by experiments involving vagus nerve stimulation, it has been suggested that vagal afferent signaling may influence various cognitive functions such as recognition memory and cognitive flexibility. Here, we examined this hypothesis using a rat model of subdiaphragmatic vagal deafferentation (SDA), the most complete and selective abdominal vagal deafferentation method existing to date...
May 9, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492363/vagus-nerve-stimulation-improves-working-memory-performance
#15
Lihua Sun, Jari Peräkylä, Katri Holm, Joonas Haapasalo, Kai Lehtimäki, Keith H Ogawa, Jukka Peltola, Kaisa M Hartikainen
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is used for treating refractory epilepsy and major depression. While the impact of this treatment on seizures has been established, its impact on human cognition remains equivocal. The goal of this study is to elucidate the immediate effects of vagus nerve stimulation on attention, cognition, and emotional reactivity in patients with epilepsy. Twenty patients (12 male and 8 female; 45 ± 13 years old) treated with VNS due to refractory epilepsy participated in the study. Subjects performed a computer-based test of executive functions embedded with emotional distractors while their brain activity was recorded with electroencephalography...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487142/risk-factors-for-recurrent-pneumonia-in-post-irradiated-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#16
Jing-Jie Wang, Rong-San Jiang, Ting-Ting Yen, Kai-Li Liang
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common cancer in eastern Asia. Chemoradiotherapy is the main treatment modality for NPC. Dysphagia and aspiration is not uncommon in post-irradiated NPC patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors for recurrent pneumonia and the prognosis. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted from January 2004 to December 2014. NPC patients who had been hospitalized for pneumonia in the study hospital were enrolled...
May 6, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486925/the-mutual-interaction-between-sleep-and-epilepsy-on-the-neurobiological-basis-and-therapy
#17
Yi-Qun Wang, Meng-Qi Zhang, Rui Li, Wei-Min Qu, Zhi-Li Huang
Sleep and epilepsy are mutually related in a complex, bidirectional manner. However, our understanding of this relationship remains unclear. In this paper, we address the issues involved in these phenomena and also discuss the various therapies used to modify them. The literatures of the neurobiological basis of the interactions between sleep and epilepsy indicate that non-rapid eye movement sleep and idiopathic generalized epilepsy share the same thalamocortical networks. Neuromodulators-such as adenosine, melatonin, prostaglandin D2, serotonin, and histamine-promote wakefulness and are considered to have antiepilepsy effects; antiepileptic drugs, in turn, also have effects on sleep...
May 8, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476920/clinically-styled-vagus-nerve-stimulation-augments-spontaneous-discharge-in-second-and-higher-order-sensory-neurons-in-rat-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract
#18
Eric Beaumont, Regenia B Phillips Campbell, Michael C Andresen, Stephanie Lc Scofield, Krishna Singh, Imad Libbus, Bruce H KenKnight, Logan Snyder, Nathan Cantrell
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) currently treats patients with drug resistant epilepsy, depression and heart failure. The mild intensities used in chronic VNS suggest that primary visceral afferents and central nervous system activation are involved. Here we measured the activity of neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) in anesthetized rats using clinically-styled VNS. Our chief findings indicate that VNS at threshold bradycardic intensity activated NTS neuron discharge in one third of NTS neurons...
May 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475798/the-surgical-management-of-symptomatic-benign-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors-of-the-neck-and-extremities-an-experience-of-442-cases
#19
Ketan I Desai
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNSTs) is not uncommon. The surgical excision of symptomatic benign PNSTs along with preservation of the affected nerve and its function is an ideal treatment option. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the outcome with respect to morbidity, extent of resection, and recurrence, and to review and compare our results with those reported in literature. METHODS: A retrospective review of clinical and radiological findings of 442 patients with benign PNSTs involving the neck and extremities treated surgically from 2000 to 2014 was performed...
May 5, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467619/repair-of-the-musculocutaneous-nerve-using-the-vagus-nerve-as-donor-by-helicoid-end-to-side-technique-an-experimental-study-in-rats
#20
Ji-Geng Yan, Feng-Yi Shen, Jacob Thayer, Yuhui Yan, John LoGiudice, Hani Matloub, James Sanger, Lin-Ling Zhang, Robert Havlik
Although several donor nerves can be chosen to repair avulsed brachial plexus nerve injury, available nerves are still limited. The purpose of this study is to validate whether the vagus nerve (VN) can be used as a donor. Eighteen Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into three groups (n = 6). The right musculocutaneous nerve (McN) was transected with differing subsequent repair. (1) HS-VN group: a saphenous nerve (SN) graft-end was helicoidally wrapped round the VN side (epi-and perineurium was opened) with a 30 ° angle, distal SN end was coapted to the McN with end-to-end repair...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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