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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525555/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-of-high-dose-baclofen-in-alcohol-dependent-patients-the-alpadir-study
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Michel Reynaud, Henri-Jean Aubin, Francoise Trinquet, Benjamin Zakine, Corinne Dano, Maurice Dematteis, Benoit Trojak, Francois Paille, Michel Detilleux
Aims: Alcohol dependence is a major public health issue with a need for new pharmacological treatments. The ALPADIR study assessed the efficacy and safety of baclofen at the target dose of 180 mg/day for the maintenance of abstinence and the reduction in alcohol consumption in alcohol-dependent patients. Methods: Three hundred and twenty adult patients (158 baclofen and 162 placebo) were randomized after alcohol detoxification. After a 7-week titration, the maintenance dose was provided for 17 weeks, then progressively decreased over 2 weeks before stopping...
May 19, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517239/the-dose-effect-relationship-of-baclofen-in-alcohol-dependence-a-1-year-cohort-study
#2
Baptiste Pignon, Julien Labreuche, Marine Auffret, Sophie Gautier, Sylvie Deheul, Nicolas Simioni, Olivier Cottencin, Régis Bordet, Alain Duhamel, Benjamin Rolland
OBJECTIVE: Our aim is to study the relationship between dose of baclofen and effectiveness in alcohol dependence. METHODS: Two hundred two patients with alcohol dependence, who received baclofen treatment for drinking reduction, were followed up for 1 year. For each patient-month of treatment, the maximum daily dose of baclofen (DDB) and average weekly alcohol consumption (AWAC) were calculated. We defined a favorable drinking outcome as an AWAC under 200 g/w for at least 2 consecutive months...
May 18, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501288/recurrent-episodes-of-brief-global-amnesia-related-to-intrathecal-baclofen-pump-originally-mistaken-for-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures
#3
David Rosenblum, Gulam Noorani, Paul H Desan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496986/a-case-of-stiff-dog-syndrome-associated-with-anti-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies
#4
Theresa E Pancotto, John H Rossmeisl
BACKGROUND: The stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a rare and debilitating autoimmune disorder with an unknown pathogenesis and variable clinical presentation that can present a diagnostic challenge. Although entities that clinically mimic stiff-person spectrum disorders (SPSD) have manifested in horses, they have not been reported in dogs. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 2-year-old beagle dog presented for progressive attacks of muscular rigidity and lordosis with superimposed spasms of the appendicular muscles triggered by tactile stimulation which resulted in marked gait impairment...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496536/percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-in-a-patient-with-continuous-intrathecal-baclofen-infusion-therapy
#5
Ezekiel Wong Toh Yoon, Masuki Kobayashi
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the method of choice in patients requiring long-term enteral tube feeding. In patients with intrathecal baclofen infusion therapy (IBT) pump implantation, infection via the skin and soft tissue may be an issue of concern. The introducer technique for gastrostomy tube insertion may be useful in reducing the risk of peristomal infection. Although the presence of a PEG tube has been reported as a risk factor for implantation site infection (for newly inserted IBT pumps), whether existing IBT pumps are at risk for infection during or after the placement of a PEG tube is not clear...
April 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495786/speaking-fluently-with-baclofen
#6
Esther Beraha, Pieter Bodewits, Wim van den Brink, Reinout Wiers
Baclofen is a new and promising pharmacological compound for the treatment of alcohol dependence (AD). Although several randomised trials found a reduction of craving and higher abstinence rates with low and high doses of baclofen, others failed to show positive effects. In this case study, the successful treatment of a patient with AD with daily 120 mg of baclofen is described. In addition to a decrease in alcohol use, we observed the cessation of stuttering during treatment with baclofen, reoccurrence of stuttering following discontinuation, and cessation of stuttering after reinstatement of the treatment...
May 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483686/persistent-hiccups-after-an-epidural-steroid-injection-successfully-treated-with-baclofen-a-case-report
#7
Berdale Colorado, Gregory Decker
Persistent hiccups are an established adverse reaction to epidural steroid injections. Although oral baclofen has been used to treat hiccups in various clinical settings, none of the previously reported studies that used baclofen were related to hiccups occurring after spinal injections/procedures. We report a case of a man who developed persistent hiccups after a transforaminal epidural steroid injection that was treated successfully with oral baclofen. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: To be determined...
May 5, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466358/differential-surface-density-and-modulatory-effects-of-presynaptic-gabab-receptors-in-hippocampal-cholecystokinin-and-parvalbumin-basket-cells
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Sam A Booker, Daniel Althof, Claudius E Degro, Masahiko Watanabe, Ákos Kulik, Imre Vida
The perisomatic domain of cortical neurons is under the control of two major GABAergic inhibitory interneuron types: regular-spiking cholecystokinin (CCK) basket cells (BCs) and fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) BCs. CCK and PV BCs are different not only in their intrinsic physiological, anatomical and molecular characteristics, but also in their presynaptic modulation of their synaptic output. Most GABAergic terminals are known to contain GABAB receptors (GABABR), but their role in presynaptic inhibition and surface expression have not been comparatively characterized in the two BC types...
May 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462472/role-of-the-agranular-insular-cortex-in-contextual-control-over-cocaine-seeking-behavior-in-rats
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Amy A Arguello, Rong Wang, Carey M Lyons, Jessica A Higginbotham, Matthew A Hodges, Rita A Fuchs
RATIONALE: Environmental stimulus control over drug relapse requires the retrieval of context-response-cocaine associations, maintained in long-term memory through active reconsolidation processes. Identifying the neural substrates of these phenomena is important from a drug addiction treatment perspective. OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluated whether the agranular insular cortex (AI) plays a role in drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior and cocaine memory reconsolidation...
May 2, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461905/dystonic-storm-a-practical-clinical-and-video-review
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Pichet Termsarasab, Steven J Frucht
Dystonic storm is a frightening hyperkinetic movement disorder emergency. Marked, rapid exacerbation of dystonia requires prompt intervention and admission to the intensive care unit. Clinical features of dystonic storm include fever, tachycardia, tachypnea, hypertension, sweating and autonomic instability, often progressing to bulbar dysfunction with dysarthria, dysphagia and respiratory failure. It is critical to recognize early and differentiate dystonic storm from other hyperkinetic movement disorder emergencies...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458952/intrathecal-baclofen-pump-infection-treated-by-adjunct-intrareservoir-teicoplanin-instillation
#11
Rovlias Aristedis, Papoutsakis Dimitrios, Paidakakos Nikolaos, Blionas Alexandros
BACKGROUND: The delivery of intrathecal baclofen via pumps is gaining increasing use in the management of intractable spasticity. One of the rare but devastating complications of this method is infection. In the majority of cases, removal of the device is required, despite appropriate intravenous antibiotic therapy. We report a case that highlights the use of intrareservoir teicoplanin to achieve sterilization of the infected pump system in a patient in whom removal of the pump was not an easy option...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451631/gaba-b-agonist-baclofen-normalizes-auditory-evoked-neural-oscillations-and-behavioral-deficits-in-the-fmr1-knockout-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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D Sinclair, R Featherstone, M Naschek, J Nam, A Du, S Wright, K Pance, O Melnychenko, R Weger, S Akuzawa, M Matsumoto, S J Siegel
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition resulting from FMR1 gene mutation that leads to intellectual disability, autism-like symptoms, and sensory hypersensitivity. Arbaclofen, a GABA-B agonist, has shown efficacy in some individuals with FXS but has become unavailable after unsuccessful clinical trials, prompting interest in publicly available, racemic baclofen. The present study investigated whether racemic baclofen can remediate abnormalities of neural circuit function, sensory processing, and behavior in Fmr1 knockout mice, a rodent model of fragile X syndrome...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449569/baclofen-abuse-due-to-its-hypomanic-effect-in-patients-with-alcohol-dependence-and-comorbid-major-depressive-disorder
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Soumitra Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti Bhuyan
Baclofen is a gamma-aminobutyric acid type B receptor agonist used as an anti-craving agent for treatment of alcohol dependence. It has gained popularity in the recent times because it is well tolerated even in patients with hepatic impairments. Herein we are summarizing the latest literature about baclofen induced hypomania and are reporting a case of baclofen abuse because of its mood elevating property in a patient of alcohol dependence with comorbid major depressive disorder. Literature review and case study of a 36-year-old male with alcohol dependence with comorbid major depressive disorder was prescribed with tablet baclofen as an anti-craving agent along with antidepressant medicines...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449268/ventral-but-not-dorsal-hippocampus-inactivation-impairs-reward-memory-expression-and-retrieval-in-contexts-defined-by-proximal-cues
#14
Sadia Riaz, Anett Schumacher, Seyon Sivagurunathan, Matthijs Van Der Meer, Rutsuko Ito
The hippocampus (HPC) has been widely implicated in the contextual control of appetitive and aversive conditioning. However, whole hippocampal lesions do not invariably impair all forms of contextual processing, as in the case of complex biconditional context discrimination, leading to contention over the exact nature of the contribution of the HPC in contextual processing. Moreover, the increasingly well-established functional dissociation between the dorsal (dHPC) and ventral (vHPC) subregions of the HPC has been largely overlooked in the existing literature on hippocampal-based contextual memory processing in appetitively-motivated tasks...
April 27, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441246/x-ray-imaging-analysis-of-intrathecal-baclofen-pumps-for-pediatric-emergency-medicine
#15
Brianna Nicole Carr, Thomas Sernas, Catherine A Mazzola
Intrathecal baclofen therapy has become increasingly popular because of its effectiveness in treating spasticity in pediatric patients. The device implanted into each patient is structurally similar. However, x-ray imaging can give the appearance of missing or extraneous objects on or near the intrathecal baclofen device. The composition of the material used in making the catheters is transparent on x-ray images. In addition, the connection port between the pump and catheter resembles the shape of a needle...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440812/biobehavioral-effects-of-baclofen-in-anxious-alcohol-dependent-individuals-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-laboratory-study
#16
M Farokhnia, M L Schwandt, M R Lee, J W Bollinger, L A Farinelli, J P Amodio, L Sewell, T A Lionetti, D E Spero, L Leggio
Baclofen has been suggested as a potential pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorder, but the clinical data are conflicting. Here we investigated the biobehavioral effects of baclofen in a sample of anxious alcohol-dependent individuals. This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, human laboratory study in non-treatment seeking alcohol-dependent individuals with high trait anxiety (N=34). Participants received baclofen (30 mg per day) or placebo for at least 8 days, then performed an experimental session consisting of alcohol cue-reactivity followed by alcohol administration procedure (alcohol priming, then alcohol self-administration)...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424564/new-developments-in-the-management-of-narcolepsy
#17
REVIEW
Vivien C Abad, Christian Guilleminault
Narcolepsy is a life-long, underrecognized sleep disorder that affects 0.02%-0.18% of the US and Western European populations. Genetic predisposition is suspected because of narcolepsy's strong association with HLA DQB1*06-02, and genome-wide association studies have identified polymorphisms in T-cell receptor loci. Narcolepsy pathophysiology is linked to loss of signaling by hypocretin-producing neurons; an autoimmune etiology possibly triggered by some environmental agent may precipitate hypocretin neuronal loss...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424220/gababr-induced-egfr-transactivation-promotes-migration-of-human-prostate-cancer-cells
#18
Shuai Xia, Cong He, Yini Zhu, Suyun Wang, Huiping Li, Zhongling Zhang, Xinnong Jiang, Jianfeng Liu
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) act in concert to regulate cell growth, proliferation, survival, and migration. Metabotropic GABAB receptor (GABABR) is the GPCR for the main inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the central nervous system. Increased expression of GABABR has been detected in human cancer tissues and cancer cell lines, but the role of GABABR in these cells is controversial and the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated whether GABABR hijacks RTK signaling to modulate the fates of human prostate cancer cells...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419642/nicotine-induced-molecular-alterations-are-modulated-by-gabab-receptor-activity
#19
Andres P Varani, Valeria T Pedrón, Amira J Aon, Christian Höcht, Gabriela B Acosta, Bernhard Bettler, Graciela N Balerio
It has been demonstrated that GABAB receptors modulate nicotine (NIC) reward effect; nevertheless, the mechanism implicated is not well known. In this regard, we evaluated the involvement of GABAB receptors on the behavioral, neurochemical, biochemical and molecular alterations associated with the rewarding effects induced by NIC in mice, from a pharmacological and genetic approach. NIC-induced rewarding properties (0.5 mg/kg, subcutaneously, sc) were evaluated by conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm...
April 17, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416021/effects-of-gabab-receptors-in-the-insula-on-recognition-memory-observed-with-intellicage
#20
Nan Wu, Feng Wang, Zhe Jin, Zhen Zhang, Lian-Kun Wang, Chun Zhang, Tao Sun
BACKGROUND: Insular function has gradually become a topic of intense study in cognitive research. Recognition memory is a commonly studied type of memory in memory research. GABABR has been shown to be closely related to memory formation. In the present study, we used intellicage, which is a new intelligent behavioural test system, and a bilateral drug microinjection technique to inject into the bilateral insula, to examine the relationship between GABABR and recognition memory. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, Sham, Nacl, baclofen and CGP35348 groups...
April 17, 2017: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
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