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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902718/metal-sounds-stiffer-than-drums-for-ears-but-not-always-for-hands-low-level-auditory-features-affect-multisensory-stiffness-perception-more-than-high-level-categorical-information
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Juan Liu, Hiroshi Ando
Most real-world events stimulate multiple sensory modalities simultaneously. Usually, the stiffness of an object is perceived haptically. However, auditory signals also contain stiffness-related information, and people can form impressions of stiffness from the different impact sounds of metal, wood, or glass. To understand whether there is any interaction between auditory and haptic stiffness perception, and if so, whether the inferred material category is the most relevant auditory information, we conducted experiments using a force-feedback device and the modal synthesis method to present haptic stimuli and impact sound in accordance with participants' actions, and to modulate low-level acoustic parameters, i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902645/effect-of-nerve-stimulation-use-on-the-success-rate-of-ultrasound-guided-subsartorial-saphenous-nerve-block-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Shaylyn H Montgomery, Colleen M Shamji, Grace S Yi, Cynthia H Yarnold, Stephen J Head, Scott C Bell, Stephan K W Schwarz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound-guided subsartorial saphenous nerve block is commonly used to provide complete surgical anesthesia of the foot and ankle in combination with a popliteal sciatic nerve block. However, in part owing to its small caliber and absence of a prominent vascular landmark in the subsartorial plane distal to the adductor canal, the saphenous nerve is more difficult to reliably block than the sciatic nerve in the popliteal fossa. Although the saphenous nerve is a sensory nerve only, neurostimulation can be used to elicit a "tapping" sensation on the anteromedial aspect of the lower leg extending toward the medial malleolus...
November 29, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898057/functional-brain-mapping-using-specific-sensory-circuit-stimulation-and-a-theoretical-graph-network-analysis-in-mice-with-neuropathic-allodynia
#3
Yuji Komaki, Keigo Hikishima, Shinsuke Shibata, Tsunehiko Konomi, Fumiko Seki, Masayuki Yamada, Naoyuki Miyasaka, Kanehiro Fujiyoshi, Hirotaka J Okano, Masaya Nakamura, Hideyuki Okano
Allodynia, a form of neuropathic pain, is defined as pain in response to a non-nociceptive stimulus. The brain regions responsible for pain, which are not normally activated, can be activated in allodynic mice by providing a suitable stimulus to Aβ-fibers, which transmit signals from tactile sensory fibers. Functional MRI (fMRI) can be used to objectively observe abnormal brain activation. In the present study, fMRI was conducted to investigate allodynia in mice; allodynia was generated by surgical injury at the L4 spinal nerve root, thus selectively stimulating sensory nerve fibers...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896947/reduced-modulation-of-thalamocortical-connectivity-during-exposure-to-sensory-stimuli-in-asd
#4
Shulamite A Green, Leanna Hernandez, Susan Y Bookheimer, Mirella Dapretto
Recent evidence for abnormal thalamic connectivity in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and sensory processing disorders suggests the thalamus may play a role in sensory over-responsivity (SOR), an extreme negative response to sensory stimuli, which is common in ASD. However, there is yet little understanding of changes in thalamic connectivity during exposure to aversive sensory inputs in individuals with ASD. In particular, the pulvinar nucleus of the thalamus is implicated in atypical sensory processing given its role in selective attention, regulation, and sensory integration...
November 29, 2016: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895941/midbrain-frequency-representation-following-moderately-intense-neonatal-sound-exposure-in-a-precocious-animal-model-chinchilla-laniger
#5
Lisa M D'Alessandro, Robert V Harrison
Auditory brain areas undergo reorganization resulting from abnormal sensory input during early postnatal development. This is evident from studies at the cortical level but it remains unclear whether there is reorganization in the auditory midbrain in a species similar to the human, that is, with early hearing onset. We have explored midbrain plasticity in the chinchilla, a precocious species that matches the human in terms of hearing development. Neonatal chinchillas were chronically exposed to a 2 kHz narrowband sound at 70 dB SPL for 4 weeks...
2016: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895925/somatic-neural-alterations-in-non-diabetic-obesity-a-cross-sectional-study
#6
Ram Lochan Yadav, Deepak Sharma, Prakash Kumar Yadav, Dev Kumar Shah, Kopila Agrawal, Rita Khadka, Md Nazrul Islam
BACKGROUND: Reports on alterations in somatic neural functions due to non-diabetic obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes, are few and still a matter of debate. Nevertheless, to our knowledge, reports lack any comments on the type of somatic nerve fibers affected in non-diabetic obesity. Therefore, this study aimed to find out the alteration in somatic neural functions in non-diabetic obese persons if any. METHODS: The study was conducted on 30 adult non-diabetic obese persons (mean age 32...
2016: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895559/reorganization-of-visual-callosal-connections-following-alterations-of-retinal-input-and-brain-damage
#7
REVIEW
Laura Restani, Matteo Caleo
Vision is a very important sensory modality in humans. Visual disorders are numerous and arising from diverse and complex causes. Deficits in visual function are highly disabling from a social point of view and in addition cause a considerable economic burden. For all these reasons there is an intense effort by the scientific community to gather knowledge on visual deficit mechanisms and to find possible new strategies for recovery and treatment. In this review, we focus on an important and sometimes neglected player of the visual function, the corpus callosum (CC)...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893272/action-effects-are-coded-as-transitions-from-current-to-future-stimulation-evidence-from-compatibility-effects-in-tracking
#8
Wilfried Kunde, Constantin Schmidts, Robert Wirth, Oliver Herbort
There is ample evidence that motor actions are stored in terms of, and controlled by, the sensory effects that these actions produce. At present it is unclear, though, whether action control is governed by intended sensory changes (e.g., the transition from darkness to brightness when switching on a light) or only by intended sensory end states (e.g., the light being on). The present study explored the role of sensory changes for action control. To address this issue, participants engaged in a spatial tracking task...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891754/patients-with-barrett-s-esophagus-are-hypersensitive-to-acid-but-hyposensitive-to-other-stimuli-compared-with-healthy-controls
#9
C Lottrup, A L Krarup, H Gregersen, P Ejstrud, A M Drewes
BACKGROUND: Esophageal hyposensitivity has been observed in Barrett's esophagus and may contribute to its pathophysiology. However, studies are few, in particular those assessing different sensory modalities. We aimed to compare esophageal sensitivity to multimodal stimulation in patients with Barrett's esophagus and in healthy controls. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with Barrett's esophagus and 12 healthy controls were examined. A multimodal probe was placed in the lower esophagus...
November 27, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891688/possible-role-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-trigeminal-modulation-of-glomerular-microcircuits-of-the-rodent-olfactory-bulb
#10
Federica Genovese, Hanke Gwendolyn Bauersachs, Ines Gräßer, Janina Kupke, Laila Magin, Philipp Daiber, Julika Nakajima, Frank Möhrlen, Karl Messlinger, Stephan Frings
Chemosensation in the mammalian nose comprises detection of odorants, irritants and pheromones. While the traditional view assigned one distinct sub-system to each stimulus type, recent research has produced a more complex picture. Odorants are not only detected by olfactory sensory neurons but also by the trigeminal system. Irritants, in turn, may have a distinct odor, and some pheromones are detected by the olfactory epithelium. Moreover, it is well established that irritants change odor perception and vice versa...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891099/reduced-phrenic-motoneuron-recruitment-during-sustained-inspiratory-threshold-loading-compared-to-single-breath-loading-a-twitch-interpolation-study
#11
Mathieu Raux, Alexandre Demoule, Stefania Redolfi, Capucine Morelot-Panzini, Thomas Similowski
In humans, inspiratory constraints engage cortical networks involving the supplementary motor area. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows that the spread and intensity of the corresponding respiratory-related cortical activation dramatically decrease when a discrete load becomes sustained. This has been interpreted as reflecting motor cortical reorganization and automatisation, but could proceed from sensory and/or affective habituation. To corroborate the existence of motor reorganization between single-breath and sustained inspiratory loading (namely changes in motor neurones recruitment), we conducted a diaphragm twitch interpolation study based on the hypothesis that motor reorganization should result in changes in the twitch interpolation slope...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891079/contribution-of-tms-and-rtms-in-the-understanding-of-the-pathophysiology-and-in-the-treatment-of-dystonia
#12
REVIEW
Pierre Lozeron, Aurélia Poujois, Alexandra Richard, Sana Masmoudi, Elodie Meppiel, France Woimant, Nathalie Kubis
Dystonias represent a heterogeneous group of movement disorders responsible for sustained muscle contraction, abnormal postures, and muscle twists. It can affect focal or segmental body parts or be generalized. Primary dystonia is the most common form of dystonia but it can also be secondary to metabolic or structural dysfunction, the consequence of a drug's side-effect or of genetic origin. The pathophysiology is still not elucidated. Based on lesion studies, dystonia has been regarded as a pure motor dysfunction of the basal ganglia loop...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890010/biological-function-and-mechanism-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-packed-poly-3-4-ethylenedioxythiophene-pedot-scaffolds-for-peripheral-nerve-injury-the-involvement-of-mir-21-notch-signaling-pathway
#13
Wenliang Wu, Shijun Zhang, Yunzhen Chen, Haichun Liu
Ununited peripheral nerves represent attractive site for connectivity with neuroprostheses because of their predictable internal topography allows for precise sorting of motor and sensory signals. Also transplantation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) is increasingly recognized as an effective method of restore the peripheral nervous system injury due to its neuron-directed differentiation potential. This study was to evaluate the in vivo performance of BMSCs-packed Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) scaffolds across a critical nerve conduction gap and examine the potential mechanism by which BMSCs-packed PEDOT scaffolds mediates peripheral nerve regeneration in rat model of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) deletion...
November 23, 2016: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887994/tactile-stimulation-during-sleep-alters-slow-oscillation-and-spindle-densities-but-not-motor-skill
#14
Sofia Isabel Ribeiro Pereira, Felipe Beijamini, Frederik D Weber, Roberta Almeida Vincenzi, Felipe Augusto Cini da Silva, Fernando Mazzilli Louzada
Studies using targeted memory reactivation have shown that presentation of auditory or olfactory contextual cues during sleep can bias hippocampal reactivations towards the preferential replay of the cue-associated material, thereby resulting in enhanced consolidation of that information. If the same cortical ensembles are indeed used for encoding and storage of a given piece of information, forcing the sleeping brain to re-engage in task-intrinsic information processing should disturb the natural ongoing consolidation processes and therefore impair possible sleep benefits...
November 23, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887601/protocol-for-a-prospective-randomized-study-on-neurophysiological-assessment-of-lower-urinary-tract-function-in-a-healthy-cohort
#15
Stéphanie van der Lely, Martina Stefanovic, Melanie R Schmidhalter, Marta Pittavino, Reinhard Furrer, Martina D Liechti, Martin Schubert, Thomas M Kessler, Ulrich Mehnert
BACKGROUND: Lower urinary tract symptoms are highly prevalent and a large proportion of these symptoms are known to be associated with a dysfunction of the afferent pathways. Diagnostic tools for an objective and reproducible assessment of afferent nerve function of the lower urinary tract are missing. Previous studies showed first feasibility results of sensory evoked potential recordings following electrical stimulation of the lower urinary tract in healthy subjects and patients. Nevertheless, a refinement of the methodology is necessary...
November 25, 2016: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886013/is-salivary-chromogranin-a-a-valid-psychological-stress-biomarker-during-sensory-stimulation-in-people-with%C3%A2-advanced-dementia
#16
Vanessa Valdiglesias, Ana Maseda, Laura Lorenzo-López, Eduardo Pásaro, José C Millán-Calenti, Blanca Laffon
Salivary chromogranin A (sCgA) is gaining attention as a biomarker of psychological stress. The objective of this work was to determine whether individualized music intervention and multisensory stimulation environment (MSSE) in a Snoezelen room produce changes in sCgA in severely demented older patients, and to assess the possible existence of differences in sCgA levels between the two types of interventions. Older adults with severe dementia (n = 22) were randomly assigned to two intervention groups. They participated in MSSE or individualized music interventions in 30-min weekly sessions for 16 weeks...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884958/activity-dependent-redistribution-of-kv2-1-ion-channels-on-rat-spinal-motoneurons
#17
Shannon H Romer, Adam S Deardorff, Robert E W Fyffe
Homeostatic plasticity occurs through diverse cellular and synaptic mechanisms, and extensive investigations over the preceding decade have established Kv2.1 ion channels as key homeostatic regulatory elements in several central neuronal systems. As in these cellular systems, Kv2.1 channels in spinal motoneurons (MNs) localize within large somatic membrane clusters. However, their role in regulating motoneuron activity is not fully established in vivo. We have previously demonstrated marked Kv2.1 channel redistribution in MNs following in vitro glutamate application and in vivo peripheral nerve injury (Romer et al...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883297/patients-perception-of-parkinson-s-disease-associated-pain-following-initiation-of-rotigotine-a-multicenter-non-interventional-study
#18
Lars Timmermann, Christian Oehlwein, Gerhard Ransmayr, Holger Fröhlich, Edgar Will, Hanna Schroeder, Thomas Lauterbach, Lars Bauer, Jan Kassubek
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate Parkinson's disease (PD)-associated pain as perceived by the patients (subjective characterization), and how this may change following initiation of rotigotine transdermal patch. METHODS: SP1058 was a non-interventional study conducted in routine clinical practice in Germany and Austria in patients experiencing PD-associated pain (per the physician's assessment). Data were collected at baseline (ie, before rotigotine initiation) and at a routine visit after ≥25 days (-3 days allowed) of treatment on a maintenance dose of rotigotine (end of study [EoS])...
November 24, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881785/attenuation-of-responses-to-self-generated-sounds-in-auditory-cortical-neurons
#19
Brian P Rummell, Jan L Klee, Torfi Sigurdsson
: Many of the sounds that we perceive are caused by our own actions, for example when speaking or moving, and must be distinguished from sounds caused by external events. Studies using macroscopic measurements of brain activity in human subjects have consistently shown that responses to self-generated sounds are attenuated in amplitude. However, the underlying manifestation of this phenomenon at the cellular level is not well understood. To address this, we recorded the activity of neurons in the auditory cortex of mice in response to sounds generated by their own behavior...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878939/botulinum-toxin-a-for-palmar-hyperhidrosis-assessment-with-sympathetic-skin-responses-evoked-by-train-of-stimuli
#20
J Y Al-Hashel, D Youssry, H M Rashaed, T Shamov, R T Rousseff
Objective assessment of the effect of botulinum toxin A (BT) treatment in primary palmar hyperhidrosis (PH) is attempted by different methods. We decided to use for this purpose sympathetic skin responses evoked by train of stimuli (TSSR). Twenty patients with severe PH (five female, median age 24, range 18-36) were examined regularly over 3 months after receiving 50 UI BT in each palm. TSSR were recorded from the palms after sensory stimulation by a train of three supramaximal electric pulses 3 millisecond apart...
November 23, 2016: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
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