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E Sjögren, T Kullenberg, B Jonzon, M Segerdahl, O Stålberg, M M Halldin, A K Sundgren-Andersson
BACKGROUND: The transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V 1 (TRPV1) is involved in nociception and has thus been of interest for drug developers, as a target for novel analgesics. However, several oral TRPV1 antagonists have failed in development, and novel approaches to target TRPV1 with innovative chemistry are needed. METHOD: This work describes an intradermal microdosing approach in humans for pharmacodynamic deductions and pharmacological profiling of compounds...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Selena Zhong, Jayant M Pinto, Kristen E Wroblewski, Martha K McClintock
BACKGROUND: The sexual experience is shaped by sensory function; with aging, sensory dysfunction may interfere with sexuality and sexual behavior between partners. Specifically, older adults with age-related sensory dysfunction may have less sexual activity than those with better sensory function. In addition, since sexual desire and attraction rests in part upon sensory function, sensory dysfunction may also be associated with less sexual motivation. AIM: To test the association between sexual activity and motivation in older adults and their sensory dysfunction...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Kathryne Van Hedger, Sarah K Keedy, Leah M Mayo, Markus Heilig, Harriet de Wit
Drug cues, or conditioned responses to stimuli paired with drugs, are widely believed to promote drug use. The acquisition of these conditioned responses has been well characterized in laboratory animals: neutral stimuli paired with drugs elicit conditioned responses resembling the motivational and incentive properties of the drug itself. However, few studies have examined acquisition of conditioning, or the nature of the conditioned response, in humans. In this study, we used fMRI to examine neural responses to stimuli that had been paired with methamphetamine or placebo in healthy young adults...
January 30, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Malin Antonsson, Charlotte Johansson, Lena Hartelius, Ingrid Henriksson, Francesca Longoni, Åsa Wengelin
BACKGROUND: Low-grade glioma (LGG) is a type of brain tumour often situated in or near areas involved in language, sensory or motor functions. Depending on localization and tumour characteristics, language or cognitive impairments due to tumour growth and/or surgical resection are obvious risks. One task that may be at risk is writing, both because it requires intact language and memory function and because it is a very complex and cognitively demanding task. The most commonly reported language deficit in LGG patients is oral lexical-retrieval difficulties, and poor lexical retrieval would be expected to affect writing fluency...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
Y Pulijala, M Ma, M Pears, D Peebles, A Ayoub
Virtual reality (VR) surgery using Oculus Rift and Leap Motion devices is a multi-sensory, holistic surgical training experience. A multimedia combination including 360° videos, three-dimensional interaction, and stereoscopic videos in VR has been developed to enable trainees to experience a realistic surgery environment. The innovation allows trainees to interact with the individual components of the maxillofacial anatomy and apply surgical instruments while watching close-up stereoscopic three-dimensional videos of the surgery...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chee Peng Hor, Wai Yee Fung, Hock Aun Ang, Sheau Chin Lim, Li Ying Kam, Su-Way Sim, Luen Hui Lim, Wai Yee Choon, Jia Woei Wong, Alan Swee Hock Ch'ng, Kelvin Khai Meng Beh, Hong Chin Wee, Loke Meng Ong, Nurzalina Abdul Karim Khan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib, Adlina Bakar, Yusnita Yusof, Yusmawati Mohd Yusof, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Wei Shuong Tang, Hoon Lang Teh, Normala Abdul Wahid, Suriani Saaidin, Najihah Idris, Chee Kin Yoon, Hoon Ngoh Ong, Jayasumithra T Ganapathy, Ching Ee Loo, Michelle M Samy, Hadzlinda Zainal, Shalini C Sree Dharan, Bee Yen Ooi, Pei Yeing Teoh, Yi Loon Tye, Chin Aun Yeoh, Dy Win Low, Irene Looi, Kah Hay Yuen
Importance: Management of painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy remains challenging. Most therapies provide symptomatic relief with varying degrees of efficacy. Tocotrienols have modulatory effects on the neuropathy pathway and may reduce neuropathic symptoms with their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of oral mixed tocotrienols for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Vitamin E in Neuroprotection Study (VENUS) was a parallel, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that recruited participants from January 30, 2011, to December 7, 2014, with 12 months of follow-up...
January 29, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Mariana Barbosa Câmara-Souza, Olívia Maria Costa Figueredo, Renata Cunha Matheus Rodrigues Garcia
OBJECTIVE: To compare the mastication and oral sensory function of individuals with and without sleep bruxism. METHODS: The sample comprised 60 volunteers, of which 30 were bruxers (mean age = 30.5 ± 6.0) and 30 non-bruxers (mean age = 28.6 ± 3.3). Sleep bruxism was clinically diagnosed and confirmed using the Bruxoff® device. Mastication was evaluated according to swallowing threshold and masticatory efficiency. Swallowing threshold was determined from the median particle size of Optosil®, obtained after an individualized number of masticatory cycles, which was first determined by chewing peanuts; masticatory efficiency was estimated by the sieving method...
January 16, 2018: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Koji Inui, Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Shunsuke Sugiyama, Eishi Motomura, Makoto Nishihara
Despite their essential roles in signal processing in the brain, the functions of interneurons currently remain unclear in humans. We recently developed a method using the prepulse inhibition of sensory evoked cortical responses for functional measurements of interneurons. When a sensory feature is abruptly changed in a continuous sensory stimulus, change-related cortical responses are recorded using MEG. By inserting a weak change stimulus (prepulse) before the test change stimulus, it is possible to observe the inhibition of the test response...
2018: PloS One
Catriona M Steele
The influence of tongue strength on oral viscosity discrimination acuity The ability to generate tongue pressures is widely considered to be critical for liquid bolus propulsion in swallowing. It has been proposed that the application of tongue pressure may also serve the function of collecting sensory information regarding bolus viscosity (resistance to flow). In this study, we explored the impact of age-related reductions in tongue strength on oral viscosity discrimination acuity. The experiment employed a triangle test discrimination protocol with an array of xanthan-gum thickened liquids in the mildly- to moderately-thick consistency range...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
Gregory C Loney, Paul J Meyer
BACKGROUND: Aversion to the orosensory properties of concentrated ethanol solutions is often cited as a primary barrier to initiation of drinking and may contribute to abstention. These aversive properties include gustatory processes which encompass both bitter-like taste qualities and trigeminal-mediated irritation. Chronic-intermittent ethanol access (CIA) results in substantial and persistent increases in ethanol consumption, but the degree to which this facilitation involves sensory responding to ethanol and other bitter stimuli is currently undetermined...
December 14, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Teija Kujala, Miika Leminen
In specific language impairment (SLI), there is a delay in the child's oral language skills when compared with nonverbal cognitive abilities. The problems typically relate to phonological and morphological processing and word learning. This article reviews studies which have used mismatch negativity (MMN) in investigating low-level neural auditory dysfunctions in this disorder. With MMN, it is possible to tap the accuracy of neural sound discrimination and sensory memory functions. These studies have found smaller response amplitudes and longer latencies for speech and non-speech sound changes in children with SLI than in typically developing children, suggesting impaired and slow auditory discrimination in SLI...
December 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Olindo Massarelli, Luigi Angelo Vaira, Andrea Biglio, Roberta Gobbi, Giovanni Dell'aversana Orabona, Giacomo De Riu
BACKGROUND: Sensory restoration of the oral cavity is a primary aim of reconstructive surgery in posttraumatic or postablative defects. Sensitivity plays a key role in oral function, whose impairment strongly affects the patient's quality of life. Cheek myomucosal flaps provide a reliable and tissue-like reconstruction of these regions but their sensitive recovery, which we still know little about, deserves thorough assessment. METHODS: In this retrospective study, the myomucosal cheek flaps were tested for different aspects of sensory recovery: touch; 2-point discrimination; pain; sharp/smooth discrimination; ability to feel hot/cold stimulus; stereognosis; and taste...
November 11, 2017: Head & Neck
Ikbal Leblebicioglu Kurtulus, Kerem Kilic, Ravza Eraslan, Damla Unlu, Ahmet Caliskan, Bulent Kesim, Stephan Eitner
We investigated the oral stereognostic ability of dentate individuals, conventional complete denture patients, and maxillary implant-supported denture patients with bar attachments. Stereognosis tests were carried out and the relationship between oral stereognostic ability and patient satisfaction was assessed with a satisfaction survey; Turkish version of oral health impact profile-14 (OHIP-TR-14). To compare differences in oral sensory function among individuals with natural dentition, complete denture wearers, and maxillary implant-supported denture wearers, tactile awareness (thickness perception threshold) and pressure awareness (threshold of lateral loading) were assessed...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
M-A-V Bittencourt, L-R Paranhos, P-R-S Martins-Filho
BACKGROUND: Low-level laser has been widely used in Dentistry and many studies have focused on its application in oral surgeries. This study was conducted with the aim of searching for scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of laser to reduce pain or paresthesia related to orthognathic surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An electronic search was performed in PubMed, Scopus, Science Direct, LILACS, SciELO, CENTRAL, Google Scholar, OpenGrey, and ClinicalTrials...
November 1, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
Mari Auranen, Jussi Toppila, Saranya Suriyanarayanan, Museer A Lone, Anders Paetau, Henna Tyynismaa, Thorsten Hornemann, Emil Ylikallio
Hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1 (HSAN1) may be the first genetic neuropathy amenable to a specific mechanism-based treatment, as L-serine supplementation can be used to lower the neurotoxic levels of 1-deoxysphingolipids (1-deoxySL) that cause the neurodegeneration. The treatment is so far untested in HSAN1C caused by variants in the serine palmitoyl transferase subunit 2 ( SPTLC2 ) gene. The aim of this study was to establish whether oral L-serine lowers 1-deoxySL in a patient with HSAN1C, to perform a dose escalation to find the minimal effective dose, and to assess the safety profile and global metabolic effects of the treatment...
November 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Y Zhang, K Wang, L Arendt-Nielsen, B E Cairns
BACKGROUND: In burning mouth patients, analgesia after oral administration of clonazepam may result from modulation of peripheral γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. METHODS: The effect of oral administration of test solutions (water, 0.5 mol/L or 0.05 mol/L GABA, 1% lidocaine) was investigated for the amelioration of pain and sensitivity induced by application of capsaicin (1%, 2 min) to the tongue of thirty healthy male and female subjects in this four-session, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, cross-over study...
October 11, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Henri Isojärvi, Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Mika Kallio, Kaisu Kaikkonen, Timo Jämsä, Juha Korpelainen, Raija Korpelainen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this prospective 3-year follow-up was to investigate the association of glucose, insulin, and cholesterol levels with peripheral nervous system function in overweight and obese subjects. METHODS: Forty nondiabetic overweight and obese adults were enrolled, of whom 29 completed the follow-up. Peripheral nervous system function was measured and defined by conduction studies of the peroneal motor nerve and the radial, sural, and medial plantar sensory nerves...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Youqiang Meng, Li Dong, Biying Sun, Ping Luo, Guohua Zhang, Weifang Rong
Dysfunction of the colonic sensory nerves has been implicated in the pathophysiology of several common conditions, including functional and inflammatory bowel diseases and diabetes. Here, we describe a protocol for the in vitro characterization of the electrophysiological properties of colonic afferents in rats. The colorectum, with the intact pelvic ganglion (PG) attached, is removed from the rat; superfused with carbogenated Krebs solution in the recording chamber; and cannulated at the oral and anal ends to allow for distension...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Zhihong Lv, Jianshe Chen, Melvin Holmes
Shear and extensional deformation are two basic rheological phenomena which occur commonly in our daily life. Because of the very different nature of the two deformations, fluid materials may exhibit significant differences in their responses to shear and extensional forces. This work investigated the human perception of shear and extensional viscosity and tested the hypothesis that human have different discriminatory sensation mechanisms including scaling to the two deformations. A series of fluid samples were prepared using two common food thickeners, guar gum and sodium carboxylmethylcellulose (CMC-Na)...
October 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
Robin M Tucker, Sze-Yen Tan
The human body associates sensory cues with metabolic consequences. Exposure to sweet-tasting sugars - even in the absence of ingestion - triggers physiological responses that are associated with carbohydrate digestion, absorption and metabolism. These responses include the release of insulin and incretin hormones, which work to reduce blood glucose. For this reason, non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) have been posited to trigger similar physiological responses and reduce postprandial blood glucose concentrations...
December 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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