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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141938/stimulation-of-the-sensory-pudendal-nerve-increases-bladder-capacity-in-the-rat
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James A Hokanson, Christopher L Langdale, Arun Sridhar, Warren M Grill
Pudendal nerve stimulation is a promising treatment approach for lower urinary tract dysfunction, including symptoms of overactive bladder. Despite some promising clinical studies, there remain many unknowns as to how best to stimulate the pudendal nerve to maximize therapeutic efficacy. We quantified changes in bladder capacity and voiding efficiency during single-fill cystometry in response to electrical stimulation of the sensory branch of the pudendal nerve in urethane-anesthetized female Wistar rats. Increases in bladder capacity were dependent on both stimulation amplitude and rate...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137028/role-of-positioning-posterior-cord-on-coracoid-approach-brachial-plexus-block-guided-by-nerve-stimulator-compared-with-guided-by-ultrasound
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Wensheng He, Zhuo Liu, Zhenyu Wu, Wenchao Liu, Haijun Sun, Xiaochun Yang
BACKGROUND: Coracoid approach is efficient and safe for brachial plexus block, and is guided by nerve stimulator or ultrasound in general. Many trials have proved that ultrasonic guidance was more efficacious than nerve stimulator guidance. We hypothesized that positioning posterior cord could enhance the anesthesia effect of coracoid approach brachial plexus block (CABPB) guided by nerve stimulator. METHODS: Eighty patients were randomized into 2 groups to receive CABPB with positioning posterior cord guided by nerve stimulator (group A) or CABPB guided by ultrasound (group B)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135783/beyond-the-bottom-of-the-foot-topographic-organization-of-the-foot-dorsum-in-walking
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Taryn Klarner, Gregory E P Pearcey, Yao Sun, Trevor S Barss, Chelsea Kaupp, Bridget Munro, Nick Frank, E Paul Zehr
INTRODUCTION: Sensory feedback from the foot dorsum during walking has only been studied globally by whole nerve stimulation. Stimulating the main nerve innervating the dorsal surface produces a functional stumble corrective response that is phase-dependently modulated. We speculated that effects evoked by activation of discrete skin regions on the foot dorsum would be topographically organized, as with the foot sole. METHODS: Nonnoxious electrical stimulation was delivered to five discrete locations on the dorsal surface of the foot during treadmill walking...
December 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134826/cancer-patients-recommendations-for-nature-based-design-and-engagement-in-oncology-contexts-qualitative-research
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Sarah Blaschke, Clare C O'Callaghan, Penelope Schofield
OBJECTIVES: To explore cancer patients' recommendations for nature engagement based on their subjective nature experiences and observations in the cancer setting. The rationale was to gain practical insight for delineating relevant and translatable nature-based care and design opportunities in oncology contexts. BACKGROUND: Innovative cancer care services are needed to respond to growing demand and shifting healthcare needs. Engagement with nature has shown multiple health benefits and presents a promising opportunity for application in healthcare to improve outcomes...
January 1, 2017: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133438/normal-topography-and-binocularity-of-the-superior-colliculus-in-strabismus
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John R Economides, Brittany C Rapone, Daniel L Adams, Jonathan C Horton
In subjects with alternating strabismus either eye can be used to saccade to visual targets. The brain must calculate the correct vector for each saccade, which will depend on the eye chosen to make it. The superior colliculus, a major midbrain center for saccade generation, was examined to determine if the maps serving each eye were shifted to compensate for strabismus.Alternating exotropia was induced in two male macaques at age one month by sectioning the tendons of the medial recti. Once the animals grew to maturity, they were trained to fixate targets with either eye...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133390/recovery-of-taste-organs-and-sensory-function-after-severe-loss-from-hedgehog-smoothened-inhibition-with-cancer-drug-sonidegib
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Archana Kumari, Alexandre N Ermilov, Marina Grachtchouk, Andrzej A Dlugosz, Benjamin L Allen, Robert M Bradley, Charlotte M Mistretta
Striking taste disturbances are reported in cancer patients treated with Hedgehog (HH)-pathway inhibitor drugs, including sonidegib (LDE225), which block the HH pathway effector Smoothened (SMO). We tested the potential for molecular, cellular, and functional recovery in mice from the severe disruption of taste-organ biology and taste sensation that follows HH/SMO signaling inhibition. Sonidegib treatment led to rapid loss of taste buds (TB) in both fungiform and circumvallate papillae, including disruption of TB progenitor-cell proliferation and differentiation...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133175/role-of-kcnq2-channels-in-orofacial-cold-sensitivity-kcnq2-upregulation-in-trigeminal-ganglion-neurons-after-infraorbital-nerve-chronic-constrictive-injury
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Jennifer Ling, Ferhat Erol, Jianguo G Gu
Sensitivity to cooling temperatures often becomes heightened in orofacial regions leading to orofacial cold allodynia/hyperalgesia after chronic trigeminal nerve injury. KCNQ2 channels are involved in controlling excitability of primary afferent neurons and thereby regulate sensory functions under both physiological and pathological conditions. In the present study, we sought to determine whether KCNQ2 channels in trigeminal nerves are involved in regulating orofacial operant behavioral responses to cooling stimulation...
November 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131818/electrical-stimulus-artifact-cancellation-and-neural-spike-detection-on-large-multi-electrode-arrays
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Gonzalo E Mena, Lauren E Grosberg, Sasidhar Madugula, Paweł Hottowy, Alan Litke, John Cunningham, E J Chichilnisky, Liam Paninski
Simultaneous electrical stimulation and recording using multi-electrode arrays can provide a valuable technique for studying circuit connectivity and engineering neural interfaces. However, interpreting these measurements is challenging because the spike sorting process (identifying and segregating action potentials arising from different neurons) is greatly complicated by electrical stimulation artifacts across the array, which can exhibit complex and nonlinear waveforms, and overlap temporarily with evoked spikes...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131007/proteinase-activated-receptor-2-sensitivity-of-amplified-trpa1-activity-in-skeletal-muscle-afferent-nerves-and-exercise-pressor-reflex-in-rats-with-femoral-artery-occlusion
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Jihong Xing, Jianhua Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Limb ischemia occurs in peripheral artery disease (PAD). Sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) that regulates blood flow directed to the ischemic limb is exaggerated during exercise in this disease, and transient receptor potential channel A1 (TRPA1) in thin-fiber muscle afferents contributes to the amplified sympathetic response. The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR2) in regulating abnormal TRPA1 function and the TRPA1-mediated sympathetic component of the exercise pressor reflex...
November 6, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128511/inducing-circular-vection-with-tactile-stimulation-encircling-the-waist
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Angelica M Tinga, Chris Jansen, Maarten J van der Smagt, Tanja C W Nijboer, Jan B F van Erp
In general, moving sensory stimuli (visual and auditory) can induce illusory sensations of self-motion (i.e. vection) in the direction opposite of the sensory stimulation. The aim of the current study was to examine whether tactile stimulation encircling the waist could induce circular vection (around the body's yaw axis) and to examine whether this type of stimulation would influence participants' walking trajectory and balance. We assessed the strength and direction of perceived self-motion while vision was blocked and while either receiving tactile stimulation encircling the waist clockwise or counterclockwise or no tactile stimulation...
November 9, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126946/sensory-percepts-induced-by-microwire-array-and-dbs-microstimulation-in-human-sensory-thalamus
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Brandon D Swan, Lynne B Gasperson, Max O Krucoff, Warren M Grill, Dennis A Turner
BACKGROUND: Microstimulation in human sensory thalamus (ventrocaudal, VC) results in focal sensory percepts in the hand and arm which may provide an alternative target site (to somatosensory cortex) for the input of prosthetic sensory information. Sensory feedback to facilitate motor function may require simultaneous or timed responses across separate digits to recreate perceptions of slip as well as encoding of intensity variations in pressure or touch. OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility of evoking sensory percepts on separate digits with variable intensity through either a microwire array or deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrode, recreating "natural" and scalable percepts relating to the arm and hand...
October 27, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125463/pharmacological-augmentation-of-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-nampt-protects-against-paclitaxel-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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Peter M LoCoco, April L Risinger, Hudson R Smith, Teresa S Chavera, Kelly A Berg, William P Clarke
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) arises from collateral damage to peripheral afferent sensory neurons by anticancer pharmacotherapy, leading to debilitating neuropathic pain. No effective treatment for CIPN exists, short of dose-reduction which worsens cancer prognosis. Here we report that stimulation of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) produced robust neuroprotection in an aggressive CIPN model utilizing the frontline anticancer drug, paclitaxel (PTX). Daily treatment of rats with the first-in-class NAMPT stimulator, P7C3-A20, prevented behavioral and histologic indicators of peripheral neuropathy, stimulated tissue NAD recovery, improved general health, and abolished attrition produced by a near maximum-tolerated dose of PTX...
November 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123625/relationship-between-paravertebral-muscle-twitching-and-long-term-effects-of-radiofrequency-medial-branch-neurotomy
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Jae Chul Koh, Do Hyeong Kim, Youn Woo Lee, Jong Bum Choi, Dong Hun Ha, Ji Won An
Background: To achieve a prolonged therapeutic effect in patients with lumbar facet joint syndrome, radiofrequency medial branch neurotomy (RF-MB) is commonly performed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of paravertebral muscle twitching when performing RF-MB in patients with lumbar facet joint syndrome. Methods: We collected and analyzed data from 68 patients with confirmed facet joint syndrome. Sensory stimulation was performed at 50 Hz with a 0...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123403/effects-of-short-term-piano-training-on-measures-of-finger-tapping-somatosensory-perception-and-motor-related-brain-activity-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Ana Alves-Pinto, Stefan Ehrlich, Gordon Cheng, Varvara Turova, Tobias Blumenstein, Renée Lampe
Playing a musical instrument demands the integration of sensory and perceptual information with motor processes in order to produce a harmonic musical piece. The diversity of brain mechanisms involved and the joyful character of playing an instrument make musical instrument training a potential vehicle for neurorehabilitation of motor skills in patients with cerebral palsy (CP). This clinical condition is characterized by motor impairments that can affect, among others, manual function, and limit severely the execution of basic daily activities...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123119/acupuncture-points-can-be-identified-as-cutaneous-neurogenic-inflammatory-spots
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Do-Hee Kim, Yeonhee Ryu, Dae Hyun Hahm, Boo Yong Sohn, Insop Shim, O Sang Kwon, Suchan Chang, Young Seob Gwak, Min Sun Kim, Jae Hyo Kim, Bong Hyo Lee, Eun Young Jang, Rongjie Zhao, Jin Mo Chung, Chae Ha Yang, Hee Young Kim
Acupuncture, a traditional medical procedure practised for over 2000 years in Asia, stimulates specific but poorly defined sites called acupoints. To date, no unique anatomical acupoint structures have been found. However, noxious sensory signals from visceral organs produce hypersensitive spots on the skin (neurogenic spots), caused by cutaneous neurogenic inflammation, in the dermatome that overlaps with visceral afferent innervations. Here, we show that an acupoint is one form of neurogenic inflammation on the skin...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123094/human-sperm-steer-with-second-harmonics-of-the-flagellar-beat
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Guglielmo Saggiorato, Luis Alvarez, Jan F Jikeli, U Benjamin Kaupp, Gerhard Gompper, Jens Elgeti
Sperm are propelled by bending waves traveling along their flagellum. For steering in gradients of sensory cues, sperm adjust the flagellar waveform. Symmetric and asymmetric waveforms result in straight and curved swimming paths, respectively. Two mechanisms causing spatially asymmetric waveforms have been proposed: an average flagellar curvature and buckling. We image flagella of human sperm tethered with the head to a surface. The waveform is characterized by a fundamental beat frequency and its second harmonic...
November 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121295/disruption-of-cortical-network-activity-by-the-general-anaesthetic-isoflurane
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H Hentschke, A Raz, B M Krause, C A Murphy, M I Banks
Background: Actions of general anaesthetics on activity in the cortico-thalamic network likely contribute to loss of consciousness and disconnection from the environment. Previously, we showed that the general anaesthetic isoflurane preferentially suppresses cortically evoked synaptic responses compared with thalamically evoked synaptic responses, but how this differential sensitivity translates into changes in network activity is unclear. Methods: We investigated isoflurane disruption of spontaneous and stimulus-induced cortical network activity using multichannel recordings in murine auditory thalamo-cortical brain slices...
October 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121184/barrel-cortical-neuron-integrates-triple-associated-signals-for-their-memory-through-receiving-epigenetic-mediated-new-synapse-innervations
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Jing Feng, Wei Lu, Dangui Wang, Ke Ma, Zhenhua Song, Na Chen, Yan Sun, Kaixin Du, Mengmeng Shen, Shan Cui, Jin-Hui Wang
Associative learning is common way for information acquisition. Associative memory is essential to logical reasoning and associative thinking. The storages of multiple associated signals in individual neurons facilitate their integration, expand memory volume, and strengthen cognition ability. Associative memory cells that encode multiple signals have been reported, however, the mechanisms underlying their recruitment and working principle remain to be addressed. We have examined the recruitment of associative memory cells that integrate and store triple sensory signals as well as the potential mechanism of their recruitment...
December 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119066/bipolar-radiofrequency-facet-ablation-of-the-lumbar-facet-capsule-an-adjunct-to-conventional-radiofrequency-ablation-for-pain-management
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Robert E Jacobson, Ovidiu Palea, Michelle Granville
Radiofrequency facet ablation (RFA) has been performed using the same technique for over 50 years. Except for variations in electrode size, tip shape, and change in radiofrequency (RF) stimulation parameters, using standard, pulsed, and cooled RF wavelengths, the target points have remained absolutely unchanged from the original work describing RFA for lumbar pain control. Degenerative changes in the facet joint and capsule are the primary location for the majority of lumbar segmental pathology and pain. Multiple studies show that the degenerated facet joint is richly innervated as a result of the inflammatory overgrowth of the synovium...
September 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118695/synapse-innervation-and-associative-memory-cell-are-recruited-for-integrative-storage-of-whisker-and-odor-signals-in-the-barrel-cortex-through-mirna-mediated-processes
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Zhuofan Lei, Dangui Wang, Na Chen, Ke Ma, Wei Lu, Zhenhua Song, Shan Cui, Jin-Hui Wang
Associative learning is a common way for information acquisition, and the integrative storage of multiple associated signals is essential for associative thinking and logical reasoning. In terms of the cellular mechanism for associative memory, our studies by behavioral task and cellular imaging demonstrate that paired whisker and odor stimulations lead to odorant-induced whisker motion and associative memory cell recruitment in the barrel cortex (BC), which is driven presumably by synapse innervation from co-activated sensory cortices...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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