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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330888/defining-a-core-genome-multilocus-sequence-typing-scheme-for-the-global-epidemiology-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
#1
Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona, Keith A Jolley, Elizabeth Reed, Jaime Martinez-Urtaza
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an important human foodborne pathogen whose transmission is associated with the consumption of contaminated seafood with a growing number of infections reported over recent years worldwide. A multilocus sequence typing (MLST) database for V. parahaemolyticus was created in 2008 and a large number of clones have been identified causing severe outbreaks worldwide (ST3), recurrent outbreaks in certain regions (e.g., ST36) or spreading to other regions where they are non-endemic (e.g...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289242/acupuncture-attenuated-vascular-dementia-induced-hippocampal-long-term-potentiation-impairments-via-activation-of-d1-d5-receptors
#2
Yang Ye, Hui Li, Jing-Wen Yang, Xue-Rui Wang, Guang-Xia Shi, Chao-Qun Yan, Si-Ming Ma, Wen Zhu, Qian-Qian Li, Tian-Ran Li, Ling-Yong Xiao, Cun-Zhi Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that acupuncture could improve cognitive impairment in vascular dementia by enhancing synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether dopamine, a key mediator of synaptic plasticity, is involved in this cognitive improvement. METHODS: Vascular dementia model was established by bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion in male Wistar rats. Three days after the operation, animals received acupuncture treatment for 2 weeks, once daily...
March 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254104/effect-of-laser-acupuncture-on-heart-rate-variability-of-nonpatients-and-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#3
Yiu Ming Wong
Sensory loss in a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can be described as an injury that removes the ability of the brain to receive electrical afferent signals generated below the site of the injury. The sensory nervous system appears to be the same as the meridians in the concept of Oriental medicine, thus, we assumed that a complete SCI would lead to discontinuation of the meridians in humans. In this case series report with a cross-sectional view, we observed quantitative changes in heart rate variability induced by laser acupuncture at bilateral GB34 and ST36 points for 15 minutes in eight patients with complete SCIs between the levels of T8 and T12, and eight healthy individuals as a control group...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203258/electroacupuncture-at-st36-protects-icc-networks-via-mscf-kit-etv1-signaling-in-the-stomach-of-diabetic-mice
#4
Lugao Tian, Beibei Zhu, Shi Liu
Background. Electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 has been used to regulate gastric motility and effectively improve gastric emptying in diabetic patients. Nevertheless, the specific mechanisms underlying the efficacy of this treatment remain unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the variations of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and explore the changes in mSCF/KIT-ETV1 signaling in the antrum and corpus of diabetic mice after treatment with EA. Methods. Male C57BL/6 mice were randomized into five groups: control group, diabetic group (DM), diabetic-plus-sham EA group (SEA), diabetic-plus-low-frequency EA group (LEA), and diabetic-plus-high-frequency EA group (HEA)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166603/electroacupuncture-attenuates-hyperalgesia-in-rats-withdrawn-from-chronic-alcohol-drinking-via-habenular-mu-opioid-receptors
#5
Jing Li, Caihong Fu, Hongwei Liu, Rao Fu, Wanhong Zuo, Seungwoo Kang, Pei Chen, Danielle Gregor, Rose Paulose, Alex Bekker, Jiang-Hong Ye
BACKGROUND: Hyperalgesia or increased sensitivity to pain is often found in alcoholics during alcohol withdrawal and may contribute to relapse drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA), through mechanisms involving opioid receptors, may reduce pain and substance dependence and withdrawal syndromes. The lateral habenula (LHb), an epithalamic structure rich in mu opioid receptors (MORs), is a critical target for both drugs of abuse and pain. We previously observed hyperalgesia in rats withdrawn from chronic ethanol (EtOH) drinking and found that EA at the acupoint Zusanli (ST36) reduced EtOH intake...
March 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143471/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-systemic-manual-acupuncture-periauricular-electroacupuncture-and-digital-electroacupuncture-to-treat-tinnitus-a-randomized-paralleled-open-labeled-exploratory-trial
#6
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Bong Hyun Kim, Kyuseok Kim, Hae Jeong Nam
BACKGROUND: Many previous studies of electroacupuncture used combined therapy of electroacupuncture and systemic manual acupuncture, so it was uncertain which treatment was effective. This study evaluated and compared the effects of systemic manual acupuncture, periauricular electroacupuncture and distal electroacupuncture for treating patients with tinnitus. METHODS: A randomized, parallel, open-labeled exploratory trial was conducted. Subjects aged 20-75 years who had suffered from idiopathic tinnitus for > 2 weeks were recruited from May 2013 to April 2014...
January 31, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105066/electroacupuncture-for-the-prevention-of-postoperative-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-in-participants-undergoing-vascular-laparotomy-under-general-anesthesia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#7
Meng-Yue Liu, Cheng-Wei Wang, Zhou-Peng Wu, Ning Li
BACKGROUND: Postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction (PGD) is a common complication following laparotomy under general anesthesia (GA). Abdominal distension occurs in 8-28% of surgeries within 24 h postoperatively. The present study aimed to analyze the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) for the prevention of PGD by applying preoperative EA stimulation of PC6 (Neiguan), ST36 (Zusanli), and ST37 (Shangjuxv) bilaterally twice within 24 h prior to surgery, compared with no acupuncture treatment...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069562/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-expression-of-agrin-and-acetylcholine-receptor-subtypes-in-rats-with-tibialis-anterior-muscular-atrophy-induced-by-sciatic-nerve-injection-injury
#8
Jianqi Yu, Meng Wang, Junying Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Shengbo Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on mRNA and protein expression of agrin, acetylcholine receptor (AChR)-ε and AChR-γ in a rat model of tibialis anterior muscle atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury, and to examine the underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: Fifty-four adult Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: healthy control group (CON, n=6); sciatic nerve injury group (SNI, n=24), comprising rats euthanased at 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks, respectively, after penicillin injection-induced SNI (n=6 each); CON+EA group (n=12), comprising healthy rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA at GB30 and ST36); and SNI+EA group, comprising rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA)...
January 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069044/effect-of-transcutaneous-electrical-acupoint-stimulation-combined-with-palonosetron-on-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-a-single-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Jing Xie, Lei-Hua Chen, Zhou-Yu Ning, Chen-Yue Zhang, Hao Chen, Zhen Chen, Zhi-Qiang Meng, Xiao-Yan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting adversely affects the quality of life of patients who receive chemotherapy via intravenous infusion or transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). This study aimed to investigate the clinical effects of transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) on nausea and vomiting after TACE. METHODS: A total of 142 patients who received TACE with cisplatin for primary or metastatic liver cancer were assigned to the active-acupuncture (n = 72) or placebo-acupuncture (n = 70) groups using a covariate-adaptive randomization at a ratio of 1:1...
January 10, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068994/spatiotemporal-changes-of-optical-signals-in-the-somatosensory-cortex-of-neuropathic-rats-after-electroacupuncture-stimulation
#10
Myeounghoon Cha, Younbyoung Chae, Sun Joon Bai, Bae Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury causes physiological changes in primary afferent neurons. Neuropathic pain associated with peripheral nerve injuries may reflect changes in the excitability of the nervous system, including the spinothalamic tract. Current alternative medical research indicates that acupuncture stimulation has analgesic effects in various pain symptoms. However, activation changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain by acupuncture stimulation remain poorly understood...
January 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051128/electroacupuncture-treatment-partly-promotes-the-recovery-time-of-postoperative-ileus-by-activating-the-vagus-nerve-but-not-regulating-local-inflammation
#11
Jun-Fan Fang, Jian-Qiao Fang, Xiao-Mei Shao, Jun-Ying Du, Yi Liang, Wen Wang, Zhe Liu
Postoperative ileus (POI) after abdominal surgery significantly lowers the life quality of patients and increase hospital costs. However, few treatment strategies have successfully shortened the duration of POI. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a modern way of administering acupuncture and widely used in various gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in the world. Here, we studied the effect of EA on POI and its underlying mechanisms. Intestinal manipulation resulted in significant delays of GI transit, colonic transit and gastric emptying...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049463/coarse-needle-surface-potentiates-analgesic-effect-elicited-by-acupuncture-with-twirling-manipulation-in-rats-with-nociceptive-pain
#12
Sunoh Kwon, Yangseok Lee, Hi-Joon Park, Dae-Hyun Hahm
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical phenomenon called "needle grasp" through the winding of connective tissue has been proposed as an action mechanism of acupuncture manipulation. The aim of the present study is to verify whether the needle grasp force affects the pain-relieving activity of acupuncture in the tail-flick latency (TFL) and the rat paw formalin tests. METHODS: In order to make different roughness on the acupuncture needle surface, the needles with 0.2 mm-diameter were scratched using silicon carbide sandpapers with the grit numbers of 600 (mild coarse) and 200 (extra coarse)...
January 3, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028627/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-cervicospinal-p2x7-receptor-fractalkine-cx3cr1-signaling-pathway-in-a-rat-neck-incision-pain-model
#13
Y H Gao, C W Li, J Y Wang, L H Tan, C L Duanmu, X H Jing, X R Chang, J L Liu
Increasing evidence supports that acupuncture intervention is an effective approach for intraoperative and postoperative pain. Neuron-microglia crosstalk, mediated by the purinergic P2X7 receptor (R)/fractalkine/CX3CR1 cascade in the spinal cord dorsal horn, plays a pivotal role in pain processing. However, its involvement in the analgesic effect of electroacupuncture (EA) remains unclear. In this study, a rat neck-incision pain model was established by making a longitudinal incision along the midline of the neck and subsequent repeated mechanical stimulation...
December 27, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999821/effects-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-daily-rhythmicity-of-intestinal-movement-and-circadian-rhythmicity-of-colonic-per2-expression-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jie Cheng, Xueqiang Wang, Jiabao Guo, Yujie Yang, Wenyi Zhang, Bin Xie, Zhaojin Zhu, Yuemei Lu, Yi Zhu
Background. Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to bowel dysfunction. Electroacupuncture (EA) may improve bowel function. Objective. To assess EA on daily rhythmicity of intestinal movement and circadian rhythmicity of colonic Per2 expression in rats with SCI. Methods. Rats were randomized to the sham, SCI, and SCI+EA groups. EA was performed at bilateral Zusanli point (ST36) during daytime (11:00-11:30) for 14 days following SCI. Intestinal transit and daily rhythmicity of intestinal movement were assessed. Circadian rhythmicity of colonic Per2 expression was assessed by real-time RT-PCR...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979946/draft-genome-sequences-of-four-propionibacterium-acnes-strains-isolated-from-implant-related-infections
#15
Guillaume Ghislain Aubin, Stanimir Kambarev, Aurélie Guillouzouic, Didier Lepelletier, Pascale Bémer, Stéphane Corvec
Propionibacterium acnes was previously described as a potential implant-related pathogen. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of four P. acnes strains, isolated from spine material, hip arthroplasty, and knee arthroplasty infections in France belonging to different sequence types (ST18, ST27, and ST36).
December 15, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978835/activation-of-hippocampal-mek1-contributes-to-the-cumulative-antinociceptive-effect-of-electroacupuncture-in-neuropathic-pain-rats
#16
Yong-Hui Gao, Cheng-Wen Li, Jun-Ying Wang, Yu Kan, Lian-Hong Tan, Xiang-Hong Jing, Jun-Ling Liu
BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) intervention can relieve a variety of pain; however, optimal EA protocols have not been clearly determined. In addition, although central mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) signaling has been shown to be involved in the antinociceptive effect of acupuncture stimulation, its characteristics at different time-points of EA intervention have not been fully elucidated. Therefore, the present study investigated the relationship between the effects of different numbers of EA intervention sessions and the activation of MEK1 in the hippocampus and hypothalamus in a rat model of neuropathic pain...
December 15, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966183/electro-acupuncture-at-acupoint-st36-ameliorates-inflammation-and-regulates-th1-th2-balance-in-delayed-type-hypersensitivity
#17
Zhigang Wang, Tao Chen, Man Long, Longyun Chen, Lei Wang, Nina Yin, Zebin Chen
Increasing evidence indicates anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) therapy. However, its underlying mechanism on delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH), a classic allergic inflammatory disease, still remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to explore the immunomodulatory mechanism of EA intervention in a mouse model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced DTH. Mice were randomly divided into four groups: Control, OVA-DTH, DTH + EA, DTH + Sham. "Zusanli" acupoint (ST36) was used for DTH + EA, whereas a non-acupoint (localized 5 mm below the "Zusanli" acupoint) was selected for DTH + Sham...
April 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919312/lessons-from-an-outbreak-of-legionnaires-disease-on-a-hematology-oncology-unit
#18
Louise K Francois Watkins, Karrie-Ann E Toews, Aaron M Harris, Sherri Davidson, Stephanie Ayers-Millsap, Claressa E Lucas, Brian C Hubbard, Natalia A Kozak-Muiznieks, Edward Khan, Preeta K Kutty
OBJECTIVES To define the scope of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease (LD), to identify the source, and to stop transmission. DESIGN AND SETTING Epidemiologic investigation of an LD outbreak among patients and a visitor exposed to a newly constructed hematology-oncology unit. METHODS An LD case was defined as radiographically confirmed pneumonia in a person with positive urinary antigen testing and/or respiratory culture for Legionella and exposure to the hematology-oncology unit after February 20, 2014. Cases were classified as definitely or probably healthcare-associated based on whether they were exposed to the unit for all or part of the incubation period (2-10 days)...
December 6, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902400/comparative-analysis-of-phenol-soluble-modulin-production-and-galleria-mellonella-killing-by-community-associated-and-healthcare-associated-meticillin-resistant-staphylococcusaureus-strains
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Eve Boakes, Helene Marbach, Steven Lynham, Malcolm Ward, Jonathan D Edgeworth, Jonathan A Otter
Community-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) have emerged globally and have been associated with more severe disease than healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). The purpose of this study was to determine whether laboratory measures of virulence can distinguish dominant CA-MRSA clones from HA-MRSA clones. We compared the production of phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs) and ability to kill Galleria mellonella caterpillars for a range of CA- and HA-MRSA strains. Twenty-two HA-MRSA strains [ST22-IV (EMRSA-15), ST36-II (EMRSA-16) and ST239-III] and 26 CA-MRSA strains [ST1-IV (PVL+ USA400), ST1-IV (PVL-), ST8-IV (USA300), ST22-IV (PVL+), ST30-IV, ST59-IV and ST80-IV] were analysed...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896621/distinct-roles-of-asic3-and-trpv1-receptors-in-electroacupuncture-induced-segmental-and-systemic-analgesia
#20
Juanjuan Xin, Yangshuai Su, Zhaokun Yang, Wei He, Hong Shi, Xiaoyu Wang, Ling Hu, Xiaochun Yu, Xianghong Jing, Bing Zhu
Previous studies have demonstrated the effects of different afferent fibers on electroacupuncture (EA)-induced analgesia. However, contributions of functional receptors expressed on afferent fibers to the EA analgesia remain unclear. This study investigates the roles of acid-sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3) and transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) receptors in EA-induced segmental and systemic analgesia. Effects of EA at acupoint ST36 with different intensities on the C-fiber reflex and mechanical and thermal pain thresholds were measured among the ASIC3(-/-), TRPV1(-/-), and C57BL/6 mice...
November 28, 2016: Frontiers of Medicine
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