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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906437/vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-as-tool-for-early-screening-of-severe-bone-loss-in-women-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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G Di Spigna, A Del Puente, B Covelli, E Abete, E Varriale, S Salzano, L Postiglione
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that leads to local and systemic arthritis and bone loss. Exploring genetic markers of candidate genes in osteoporosis and inflammatory cytokine genes could be a useful tool for the early identification of bone loss and fracture risk in RA patients. The target of this study is the evaluation and correlation between of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) of Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) and possible effects on bone loss in RA...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906436/iliac-crest-bone-graft-a-23-years-hystory-of-infection-at-donor-site-in-vertebral-arthrodesis-and-a-review-of-current-bone-substitutes
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L Babbi, G Barbanti-Brodano, A Gasbarrini, S Boriani
OBJECTIVE: This is an exemplary case report underlining a relevant morbidity which could be associated to the use of autologous iliac crest bone graft (ICBG) for spine fusion. CASE REPORT: Starting from 1990, a 25-years-old woman underwent two subsequent surgical treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma vertebral localizations. In the second surgery, arthrodesis was obtained with autograft through right posterior iliac crest osteotomy. During the chemotherapy treatment following the surgery, the patient suffered from infection at posterior iliac crest scar, the site of previous graft, caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906174/therapeutic-advantage-of-pro-electrophilic-drugs-to-activate-the-nrf2-are-pathway-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
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Stuart A Lipton, Tayebeh Rezaie, Anthony Nutter, Kevin M Lopez, James Parker, Kunio Kosaka, Takumi Satoh, Scott R McKercher, Eliezer Masliah, Nobuki Nakanishi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by synaptic and neuronal loss, which occurs at least partially through oxidative stress induced by oligomeric amyloid-β (Aβ)-peptide. Carnosic acid (CA), a chemical found in rosemary and sage, is a pro-electrophilic compound that is converted to its active form by oxidative stress. The active form stimulates the Keap1/Nrf2 transcriptional pathway and thus production of phase 2 antioxidant enzymes. We used both in vitro and in vivo models. For in vitro studies, we evaluated protective effects of CA on primary neurons exposed to oligomeric Aβ...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905911/prevalence-of-lumbar-spondylosis-and-its-association-with-low-back-pain-among-community-dwelling-japanese-women
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Ritsu Tsujimoto, Yasuyo Abe, Kazuhiko Arima, Takayuki Nishimura, Masato Tomita, Akihiko Yonekura, Takashi Miyamoto, Shohei Matsubayashi, Natsumi Tanaka, Kiyoshi Aoyagi, Makoto Osaki
BACKGROUND: Lumbar spondylosis is more prevalent among the middle-aged and elderly, but few population-based studies have been conducted, especially in Japan. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of lumbar spondylosis and its associations with low back pain among community-dwelling Japanese women. METHODS: Lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine were obtained from 490 Japanese women ≥ 40 years old, and scored for lumbar spondylosis using the Kellgren-Lawrence (KL) grade at lumbar intervertebral level from L1/2 to L5/S1...
December 1, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905881/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-mediated-pain-and-inflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-posterolateral-arthrodesis
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Kendall Mitchell, Jill P Shah, Clifton L Dalgard, Lyubov V Tsytsikova, Ashley C Tipton, Anton E Dmitriev, Aviva J Symes
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is a pleiotropic, secreted molecule with diverse effects. The potent ability of BMP-2 to stimulate bone growth prompted its widespread clinical use for arthrodesis (spine fusion). However, elevated post-operative pain in patients treated with BMP-2 has been increasingly reported. Determining whether BMP-2 induces pain directly or whether it induces neuroinflammation, which could lower the threshold for pain, is important for developing therapeutic interventions...
December 1, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905216/-epidemiology-of-surgical-site-infection-in-a-neurosurgery-department
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Patricia López Pereira, Cristina Díaz-Agero Pérez, Nieves López Fresneña, Julio Las Heras Mosteiro, Aurelio Palancar Cabrera, Ángela Lourdes Rincón Carlavilla, Jesús María Aranaz Andrés
OBJECTIVE: To know the rates of infection of the surgical wound in the Department of Neurosurgery between 2011 and 2014. METHODS: An observational, prospective study was conducted of the rates of surgical wound infection among patients admitted for more than 48 h to the Neurosurgery Department of a tertiary-level university hospital between July 2011 and December 2014. RESULTS: The study surveyed a total of 536 surgical procedures performed in 521 patients...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905158/metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-from-basal-cell-carcinoma-of-the-skin-treated-with-surgical-decompression-and-vismodegib-case-report-and-review-of-hedgehog-signalling-pathway-inhibition-in-advanced-basal-cell-carcinoma
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J McGrane, S Carswell, T Talbot
We report a case of a 66-year-old man with locally advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC) causing spinal cord compression, which was treated with spinal surgery and subsequent vismodegib. The patient presented with a large fungating chest wall lesion and a metastasis in T8 that was causing cord compression. He had neurosurgical decompression of the T8 lesion and fixation of the spine. Punch biopsy from the fungating chest wall lesion showed a BCC with some malignant squamous differentiation (basosquamous)...
November 30, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905028/landmark-guided-diffeomorphic-demons-algorithm-and-its-application-to-automatic-segmentation-of-the-whole-spine-and-pelvis-in-ct-images
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Shouhei Hanaoka, Yoshitaka Masutani, Mitsutaka Nemoto, Yukihiro Nomura, Soichiro Miki, Takeharu Yoshikawa, Naoto Hayashi, Kuni Ohtomo, Akinobu Shimizu
PURPOSE: A fully automatic multiatlas-based method for segmentation of the spine and pelvis in a torso CT volume is proposed. A novel landmark-guided diffeomorphic demons algorithm is used to register a given CT image to multiple atlas volumes. This algorithm can utilize both grayscale image information and given landmark coordinate information optimally. METHODS: The segmentation has four steps. Firstly, 170 bony landmarks are detected in the given volume. Using these landmark positions, an atlas selection procedure is performed to reduce the computational cost of the following registration...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904963/10-year-follow-up-after-implantation-of-the-bryan-cervical-disc-prosthesis
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Joost Dejaegher, Joris Walraevens, Johannes van Loon, Frank Van Calenbergh, Philippe Demaerel, Jan Goffin
PURPOSE: Cervical arthroplasty is being used as an alternative for cervical fusion, but long-term follow-up results have rarely been reported. In this paper, we present 10-year follow-up results after implantation of the Bryan Cervical Disc Prosthesis in a single center. METHODS: 89 patients underwent implantation of a single-level Bryan Cervical Disc Prosthesis to treat radiculopathy and/or myelopathy. Clinical (Neurological Success, Neck Disability Index (NDI), Neck- and Arm-Pain, and SF-36) and radiological follow-up was prospectively organized up to 10 years after surgery...
November 30, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904800/cervical-contribution-to-functional-shoulder-impingement-two-case-reports
#10
Steven Pheasant
BACKGROUND: Subacromial impingement is a common condition among overhead athletes. The cause of subacromial impingement can be multifactorial and often involves impaired rotator cuff function. CASE DESCRIPTION: The following cases outline the presentation, examination and intervention of two overhead athletes, a high school football quarterback and a collegiate swimmer, each presenting with signs and symptoms of subacromial impingement. The unique feature in each case was the manifestation of the cervical spine as the apparent source of rotator cuff weakness, which contributed to functional subacromial impingement although other overt signs of cervical or associated nerve root involvement were absent...
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904756/ct-negative-mri-gre-positive-primary-motor-cortex-contusion-causing-isolated-foot-drop
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Alexander M Tucker, Tianyi Niu, Daniel T Nagasawa, Richard Everson, Shaina Sedighim, Manuel M Buitrago Blanco
BACKGROUND: Isolated acute foot drop due to traumatic brain injury is exceedingly rare and is often misdiagnosed during initial evaluation. Here, we present the case of a patient who presented with left foot drop after falling off a bicycle. CASE DESCRIPTION: The patient is a 55-year-old male who was mountain biking when he fell, hit his head, and lost consciousness. Neurologic examination of the left leg revealed foot drop, no sensory deficits, and 3+ reflexes at the knee and ankle with clonus...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904723/why-cannot-suction-drains-prevent-postoperative-spinal-epidural-hematoma
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Dong Ki Ahn, Won Shik Shin, Jin Woo Kim, Seong Min Yi
BACKGROUND: Postoperative spinal epidural hematoma (POSEH) is different from spontaneous or post-spinal procedure hematoma because of the application of suction drains. However, it appeared that suction drains were not effective for prevention of POSEH in previous studies. The purpose of this study was to test our hypothesis that POSEH can be caused by hypercoagulability. METHODS: This was an experimental study. One hundred fifty milliliters of blood was donated from each of the 12 consecutive patients who underwent spine surgery and infused into 3 saline bags of 50 mL each...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904493/beta-2-adrenergic-receptor-activation-enhances-neurogenesis-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
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Gao-Shang Chai, Yang-Yang Wang, Amina Yasheng, Peng Zhao
Impaired hippocampal neurogenesis is one of the early pathological features of Alzheimer's disease. Enhancing adult hippocampal neurogenesis has been pursued as a potential therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that environmental novelty activates β2-adrenergic signaling and prevents the memory impairment induced by amyloid-β oligomers. Here, we hypothesized that β2-adrenoceptor activation would enhance neurogenesis and ameliorate memory deficits in Alzheimer's disease...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903481/hybrid-repair-of-complex-left-subclavian-artery-injury-with-partial-transection-and-complete-thrombosis-in-an-unstable-patient-following-blunt-trauma
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Ilitch Diaz-Gutierrez, Muhammad A Rana, Barkat Ali, John M Marek, Mark Langsfeld
Blunt subclavian artery injuries are rare and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Several case reports have suggested that endovascular repair is safe with short operative times and minimal blood loss. We report a case of a 20-year-old male patient involved in a high speed motor vehicle collision that resulted in partial transection of left subclavian artery with complete luminal thrombosis. Patient also had a left main-stem bronchus avulsion along with major intra-abdominal injuries and multiple spine and long bone fractures...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903338/-ultrasound-imaging-increases-first-attempt-success-rate-of-neuraxial-block-in-elderly-patients
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J Geng, X L Chen, X D Wang, X Y Guo, M Li
Objective: To verify whether preprocedural ultrasound of the lumbar spine could improve first-attempt success rate (defined as a successful neuraxial anesthesia with only one skin puncture) of neuraxial block in elderly patients. Methods: From septemble 2015 to February 2016, 200 elderly patients undergoing lower-limb surgery with neuraxial block at the Peking Universty Third Hospital were enrolled in this study.RandA 1.0 software was used to randomize patients into two groups: conventional surface landmark-guided group (group LM) and ultrasound-assisted group (group US)...
November 22, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903251/prevalence-and-distribution-of-ossification-of-the-supra-interspinous-ligaments-in-symptomatic-patients-with-cervical-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament-of-the-spine-a-ct-based-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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Kanji Mori, Toshitaka Yoshii, Takashi Hirai, Akio Iwanami, Kazuhiro Takeuchi, Tsuyoshi Yamada, Shoji Seki, Takashi Tsuji, Kanehiro Fujiyoshi, Mitsuru Furukawa, Soraya Nishimura, Kanichiro Wada, Masao Koda, Takeo Furuya, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Tomohiko Hasegawa, Katsushi Takeshita, Atsushi Kimura, Masahiko Abematsu, Hirotaka Haro, Tetsuro Ohba, Masahiko Watanabe, Hiroyuki Katoh, Kei Watanabe, Hiroshi Ozawa, Haruo Kanno, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, Masashi Yamazaki, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Atsushi Okawa, Yoshiharu Kawaguchi
BACKGROUND: Supra/interspinous ligaments connect adjacent spinous processes and act as a stabilizer of the spine. As with other spinal ligaments, it can become ossified. However, few report have discussed ossification supra/interspinous ligaments (OSIL), so its epidemiology remains unknown. We therefore aimed to investigate the prevalence and distribution of OSIL in symptomatic patients with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). METHODS: The participants of our study were symptomatic patients with cervical OPLL who were diagnosed by standard radiographs of the cervical spine...
December 1, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903015/neurosurgical-resident-training-in-germany
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Martin N Stienen, Jens Gempt, Oliver P Gautschi, Andreas K Demetriades, David Netuka, Dominique E Kuhlen, Karl Schaller, Florian Ringel
Introduction Efficient neurosurgical training is of paramount importance to provide continuing high-quality medical care to patients. In this era of law-enforced working hour restrictions, however, maintaining high-quality training can be a challenge and requires some restructuring. We evaluated the current status of resident training in Germany. Methods An electronic survey was sent to European neurosurgical trainees between June 2014 and March 2015. The responses of German trainees were compared with those of trainees from other European countries...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902945/artificial-cervical-disc-replacement-with-the-prestige-lp-prosthesis-for-the-treatment-of-non-contiguous-2-level-cervical-degenerative-disc-disease-a-minimum-24-month-follow-up
#18
Tingkui Wu, Beiyu Wang, Chen Ding, Yang Meng, Jigang Lou, Yi Yang, Hao Liu
OBJECTIVE: We describe the features of non-contiguous 2-level cervical degenerative disc disease (NCDDD), investigate the safety and feasibility of artificial cervical disc replacement (ACDR) for the treatment of NCDDD, and expect that our study will provide spine surgeons with an alternative procedure for NCDDD. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with NCDDD received ACDR with a Prestige-LP prosthesis. Clinical outcomes were evaluated using the 36-Short Form (SF-36, Mental Component Summary [MCS] and Physical Component Summary [PCS]), Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA), and Neck Disability Index (NDI) scores...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902850/biomechanical-comparison-of-2-veterinary-locking-plates-to-monocortical-screw-polymethylmethacrylate-fixation-in-canine-cadaveric-cervical-vertebral-column
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Bianca F Hettlich, Geoffrey T Fosgate, Alan S Litsky
OBJECTIVE: To compare the biomechanical properties of 2 veterinary locking plates and monocortical screws/polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fixation in canine cadaveric cervical vertebral columns. STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical cadaveric study. MATERIALS: Nineteen cervical vertebral columns (C2-C7) from large breed, skeletally mature, canine cadavers were used. A cortical ring was placed as a disk spacer at C4-C5 in all specimens. Seven vertebral columns were plated at C4-C5 with two 4-hole, 3...
November 30, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902690/decoding-the-interactions-regulating-the-active-state-mechanics-of-eukaryotic-protein-kinases
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Hiruy S Meharena, Xiaorui Fan, Lalima G Ahuja, Malik M Keshwani, Christopher L McClendon, Angela M Chen, Joseph A Adams, Susan S Taylor
Eukaryotic protein kinases regulate most cellular functions by phosphorylating targeted protein substrates through a highly conserved catalytic core. In the active state, the catalytic core oscillates between open, intermediate, and closed conformations. Currently, the intramolecular interactions that regulate the active state mechanics are not well understood. Here, using cAMP-dependent protein kinase as a representative model coupled with biochemical, biophysical, and computational techniques, we define a set of highly conserved electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions working harmoniously to regulate these mechanics...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
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