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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642578/human-endothelial-cells-secrete-neurotropic-factors-to-direct-axonal-growth-of-peripheral-nerves
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Jonathan M Grasman, David L Kaplan
Understanding how nerves spontaneously innervate tissues or regenerate small injuries is critical to enhance material-based interventions to regenerate large scale, traumatic injuries. During embryogenesis, neural and vascular tissues form interconnected, complex networks as a result of signaling between these tissue types. Here, we report that human endothelial cells (HUVECs) secrete brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which significantly stimulated axonal growth from chicken or rat dorsal root ganglia (DRGs)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639566/research-of-medical-expenditure-among-inpatients-with-unstable-angina-pectoris-in-a-single-center
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Suo-Wei Wu, Qi Pan, Tong Chen, Liang-Yu Wei, Yong Xuan, Qin Wang, Chao Li, Jing-Chen Song
BACKGROUND: With the rising incidence as well as the medical expenditure among patients with unstable angina pectoris, the research aimed to investigate the inpatient medical expenditure through the combination of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) among patients with unstable angina pectoris in a Grade A tertiary hospital to conduct the referential standards of medical costs for the diagnosis. METHODS: Single-factor analysis and multiple linear stepwise regression method were used to investigate 3933 cases between 2014 and 2016 in Beijing Hospital (China) whose main diagnosis was defined as unstable angina pectoris to determine the main factors influencing the inpatient medical expenditure, and decision tree method was adopted to establish the model of DRGs grouping combinations...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632750/renal-sodium-handling-and-blood-pressure-changes-in-gestational-protein-restricted-offspring-role-of-renal-nerves-and-ganglia-neurokinin-expression
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Augusto H Custódio, Marcelo C de Lima, Bárbara Vaccari, Patrícia A Boer, José A R Gontijo
BACKGROUND: Considering long-term changes in renal sodium handling and blood pressure in maternal protein-restricted (LP) offspring, we assumed that the development of LP hypertension results from abnormal dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurokinin expression associated with impaired responsiveness of renal sensory receptors, promoting a reduced urinary excretion of sodium. The present study investigates whether increased blood pressure in protein-restricted offspring would be associated with changes in the DRG cells and in renal pelvic wall expression of NK1R, SP and CGRP when compared to NP offspring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609318/biochemical-and-pharmacological-characterization-of-a-mice-model-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
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Vaskar Das, Jeffrey S Kroin, Mario Moric, Asokumar Buvanendran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Complex regional pain syndrome is a challenging disease to treat. Recently, a mouse fracture model of complex regional pain syndrome has been developed that has many signs of the clinical syndrome. However, many aspects of the sensory neuron biochemistry and behavioral and pharmacological characterization of this model remain to be clarified. METHODS: Mice were randomly assigned to fracture/cast or control (naive) groups. Fracture/cast mice underwent a closed distal tibia facture, with hindlimb wrapped in casting tape for 3 weeks...
July 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600329/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-thermal-pain-threshold-and-expression-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-substance-p-and-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-in-the-cervical-dorsal-root-ganglion-of-rats-with-incisional-neck-pain
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Li-Na Qiao, Jun-Ling Liu, Lian-Hong Tan, Hai-Long Yang, Xu Zhai, Yong-Sheng Yang
OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture therapy effectively reduces post-surgical pain, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether expression of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the neuropeptides substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in the primary sensory neurons of cervical dorsal root ganglia (DRG) are involved in electroacupuncture (EA)-induced analgesia in a rat model of incisional neck pain. METHODS: The pain model was established by making a longitudinal midline neck incision in 60 rats...
June 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587873/regulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-cation-channel-subfamily-v1-protein-synthesis-by-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-akt-pathway-in-colonic-hypersensitivity
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Shanwei Shen, Hamad W Al-Thumairy, Fiza Hashmi, Li-Ya Qiao
The transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), also known as the capsaicin receptor or vanilloid receptor 1 (VR1), is expressed in nociceptive neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and participates in the transmission of pain. The present study investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms by which TRPV1 was regulated by nerve growth factor (NGF) signaling pathways in colonic hypersensitivity in response to colitis. We found that during colitis TRPV1 protein levels were significantly increased in specifically labeled colonic afferent neurons in both L1 and S1 DRGs...
June 3, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583761/bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-boom-or-bust
#7
Brian M Curtin, Robert D Russell, Susan M Odum
BACKGROUND: As early implementors of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, our private practice sought to compare our readmission rates, post-acute care utilization, and length of stay for the first year under BPCI compared to baseline data. METHODS: We used CMS data to compare total expenditures of all diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). Medicare patients who underwent orthopedic surgery between 2009 and 2012 were defined as non-BPCI (n = 8415) and were compared to Medicare BPCI patients (n = 4757) who had surgery in 2015...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576938/neuro-immune-glia-interactions-in-the-sensory-ganglia-account-for-the-development-of-acute-herpetic-neuralgia
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Jaqueline R Silva, Alexandre H Lopes, Jhimmy Talbot, Nerry T Cecilio, Mateus F Rossato, Rangel L Silva, Guilherme R Souza, Cassia R Silva, Guilherme Lucas, Benedito A Fonseca, Eurico Arruda, Jose C Alves-Filho, Fernando Q Cunha, Thiago M Cunha
Herpetic neuralgia is the most important symptom of herpes zoster disease, which is caused by Varicella zoster. Nevertheless, the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in herpetic neuralgia are not totally elucidated. Here, we examined the neuro-immune interactions at the sensory ganglia that account for the genesis of herpetic neuralgia by using a murine model of Herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1) infection. The cutaneous HSV-1 infection of mice results in the development of a zosteriform-like skin lesion followed by a time-dependent increase in pain-like responses (mechanical allodynia)...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564610/effect-of-human-genetic-variability-on-gene-expression-in-dorsal-root-ganglia-and-association-with-pain-phenotypes
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Marc Parisien, Samar Khoury, Anne-Julie Chabot-Doré, Susana G Sotocinal, Gary D Slade, Shad B Smith, Roger B Fillingim, Richard Ohrbach, Joel D Greenspan, William Maixner, Jeffrey S Mogil, Inna Belfer, Luda Diatchenko
Dorsal root ganglia (DRG) relay sensory information to the brain, giving rise to the perception of pain, disorders of which are prevalent and burdensome. Here, we mapped expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) in a collection of human DRGs. DRG eQTLs were enriched within untranslated regions of coding genes of low abundance, with some overlapping with other brain regions and blood cell cis-eQTLs. We confirm functionality of identified eQTLs through their significant enrichment within open chromatin and highly deleterious SNPs, particularly at the exon level, suggesting substantial contribution of eQTLs to alternative splicing regulation...
May 30, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546747/the-direct-and-indirect-costs-of-managing-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-greece
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Kyriakos Souliotis, Hara Kousoulakou, Georgios Hillas, Nikos Tzanakis, Michalis Toumbis, Theodoros Vassilakopoulos
OBJECTIVE: COPD is associated with significant economic burden. The objective of this study was to explore the direct and indirect costs associated with COPD and identify the key cost drivers of disease management in Greece. METHODS: A Delphi panel of Greek pulmonologists was conducted, which aimed at eliciting local COPD treatment patterns and resource use. Resource use was translated into costs using official health insurance tariffs and Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543596/transcriptional-regulation-of-hormone-synthesis-and-signaling-pathways-by-overexpressing-cytokinin-synthesis-contributes-to-improved-drought-tolerance-in-creeping-bentgrass
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Yi Xu, Patrick Burgess, Bingru Huang
The objective of this study was to investigate transcriptomic changes and molecular factors regulated by cytokinins that may contribute to improved drought tolerance in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) overexpressing adenine isopentenyltransferase (ipt). Wild-type (WT) and ipt-transgenic plants were maintained well irrigated or exposed to 21 d of drought stress in growth chambers. Transcriptomic analysis conducted by RNA-seq revealed 661 and 648 up-regulated and 764 and 862 down-regulated drought-responsive genes (DRGs) in the WT and ipt-transgenic plants, respectively, under drought stress using adjusted p-value of 0...
May 24, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536176/cost-of-alteplase-has-more-than-doubled-over-the-past-decade
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Dawn Kleindorfer, Joseph Broderick, Bart Demaerschalk, Jeffrey Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous alteplase (tissue-type plasminogen activator) has been shown to be cost-effective because of savings in long-term disability. In October of 2005, an increased DRG payment to hospitals for alteplase-treated stroke patients was introduced. We sought to describe the trends in the cost of alteplase over time, in comparison to trends in hospital reimbursement in the United States. METHODS: Using publicly available information on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website (www...
May 23, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530662/pd-l1-inhibits-acute-and-chronic-pain-by-suppressing-nociceptive-neuron-activity-via-pd-1
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Gang Chen, Yong Ho Kim, Hui Li, Hao Luo, Da-Lu Liu, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Mark Lay, Wonseok Chang, Yu-Qiu Zhang, Ru-Rong Ji
Programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) is typically produced by cancer cells and suppresses immunity through the receptor PD-1 expressed on T cells. However, the role of PD-L1 and PD-1 in regulating pain and neuronal function is unclear. Here we report that both melanoma and normal neural tissues including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) produce PD-L1 that can potently inhibit acute and chronic pain. Intraplantar injection of PD-L1 evoked analgesia in naive mice via PD-1, whereas PD-L1 neutralization or PD-1 blockade induced mechanical allodynia...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509721/bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-preparing-for-the-medical-diagnosis-related-groups
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Lauran Hardin, Adam Kilian, Elizabeth Murphy
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center introduced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative in 2011 as 1 strategy to encourage healthcare organizations and clinicians to improve healthcare delivery for patients, both when they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Mercy Health Saint Mary's, a large urban academic medical center, engaged in BPCI primarily with a group of medical diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). OBJECTIVES: In this article, we describe our experience creating a system of response for the diverse people and diagnoses that fall into the medical DRG bundles and specifically identify organizational factors for enabling successful implementation of bundled payments...
June 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505030/association-between-neurotrophic-factor-expression-and-pain-related-behavior-induced-by-nucleus-pulposus-applied-to-rat-nerve-root
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Shinobu Seki, Miho Sekiguchi, Shin-Ichi Konno
STUDY DESIGN: An experimental animal study OBJECTIVE.: To investigate the relationship between pain-related behavior and the expression of neurotrophic factors in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and spinal cord (SC) using a nucleus pulposus (NP) rat model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Neurotrophic factors are released from activated glial cells and are associated with pain-related behavior. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a neurotrophic factor that is induced by inflammation...
April 12, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483526/inhibition-of-the-high-affinity-choline-transporter-enhances-hyperalgesia-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-pancreatitis
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Dan Luo, Lei Chen, Baoping Yu
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms underlying chronic and persistent pain associated with chronic pancreatitis (CP) are not completely understood. The cholinergic system is one of the major neural pathways of the pancreas. Meanwhile, this system plays an important role in chronic pain. We hypothesized that the high affinity choline transporter CHT1, which is a main determinant of cholinergic signaling capacity, is involved in regulating pain associated with CP. METHODS: CP was induced by intraductal injection of 2% trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) in Sprague-Dawley rats...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480765/targeting-dorsal-root-ganglia-and-primary-sensory-neurons-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain
#17
Temugin Berta, Yawar Qadri, Ping-Heng Tan, Ru-Rong Ji
Currently the treatment of chronic pain is inadequate and compromised by debilitating central nervous system side effects. Here we discuss new therapeutic strategies that target dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) in the peripheral nervous system for a better and safer treatment of chronic pain. Areas covered: The DRGs contain the cell bodies of primary sensory neurons including nociceptive neurons. After painful injuries, primary sensory neurons demonstrate maladaptive molecular changes in DRG cell bodies and in their axons...
May 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477294/economic-incentives-and-diagnostic-coding-in-a-public-health-care-system
#18
Kjartan Sarheim Anthun, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Jon Magnussen
We analysed the association between economic incentives and diagnostic coding practice in the Norwegian public health care system. Data included 3,180,578 hospital discharges in Norway covering the period 1999-2008. For reimbursement purposes, all discharges are grouped in diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). We examined pairs of DRGs where the addition of one or more specific diagnoses places the patient in a complicated rather than an uncomplicated group, yielding higher reimbursement. The economic incentive was measured as the potential gain in income by coding a patient as complicated, and we analysed the association between this gain and the share of complicated discharges within the DRG pairs...
March 2017: International Journal of Health Economics and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445708/flow-cytometry-analysis-of-inflammatory-cells-isolated-from-the-sciatic-nerve-and-drg-after-chronic-constriction-injury-in-mice
#19
Liping Liu, Yan Yin, Fei Li, Charvi Malhotra, Jianguo Cheng
BACKGROUND: Cellular responses to nerve injury play a central role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. However, the analysis of site specific cellular responses to nerve injury and neuropathic pain is limited to immunohistochemistry staining with numerous limitations. NEW METHODS: We proposed to apply flow cytometry to overcome some of the limitations and developed two protocols for isolation of cells from small specimens of the sciatic nerve and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in mice...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444543/cost-analysis-of-incisional-hernia-repair-with-synthetic-mesh-and-biological-mesh-an-italian-study
#20
Sabrina Rampado, Andrea Geron, Giovanni Pirozzolo, Angelica Ganss, Elisa Pizzolato, Romeo Bardini
Repair of an incisional hernia (IH) generates costs on several levels and domains of society. The aim of this study was to make a complete cost analysis of incisional hernia repair (IHR) with synthetic and biological mesh and to compare it with financial reimbursement. Patients were grouped into three levels to determine the complexity of their care, and hence, the costs involved. Group 1 included patients without comorbidities, who underwent a "standard" incisional hernia repair (SIHR), with synthetic mesh...
April 25, 2017: Updates in Surgery
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