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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651128/local-up-regulation-of-interferon-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-following-disc-herniation-is-involved-in-the-inflammatory-response-underlying-acute-lumbar-radicular-pain
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Gunn-Helen Moen, Aurora Moen, Elina I Schistad, Johannes Gjerstad
Lumbar radicular pain after disc herniation may be associated with release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue. In the present study we examined the role of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and cluster of differentiation 68 (CD68) in the acute phase of this process. First, in an animal model mimicking the clinical situation after disc herniation, the role of IFN-γ close to the dorsal nerve roots was studied. Next, in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation, we examined how two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; rs2069705 and rs2069718) are important for the IFN-γ expression influenced the pain behavior...
June 23, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650702/a-case-report-of-methadone-associated-hypoglycemia-in-an-11-month-old-male
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Michael S Toce, Margaret A Stefater, David T Breault, Michele M Burns
BACKGROUND: Methadone is a synthetic μ-opioid receptor agonist that is used in the management of pain, neonatal abstinence withdrawal syndrome, and opioid dependence. Overdose can cause miosis, respiratory depression, and central nervous system depression. Rarely, hypoglycemia has been reported. We present the case of an 11-month-old male who developed hypoketotic, hyperinsulinemic, hypoglycemia after an acute, unintentional methadone exposure. CASE DETAILS: The patient was a previously healthy 11-month-old male who presented in respiratory failure...
June 26, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650252/the-effect-of-endometriosis-symptoms-on-absenteeism-and-presenteeism-in-the-workplace-and-at-home
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Ahmed M Soliman, Karin S Coyne, Katharine S Gries, Jane Castelli-Haley, Michael C Snabes, Eric S Surrey
BACKGROUND: Characterized by pain symptoms, endometriosis affects women's productivity in their prime working years. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of individual endometriosis symptoms on household chore and employment productivity as measured by presenteeism and absenteeism in a population survey of women with endometriosis. METHODS: An online survey of U.S. women was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of endometriosis, as well as symptoms, demographics, and clinical characteristics of the respondents...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650240/development-of-a-clinical-spasticity-scale-for-evaluation-of-dogs-with-chronic-thoracolumbar-spinal-cord-injury
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Melissa J Lewis, Natasha J Olby
OBJECTIVE To develop a spasticity scale for dogs with chronic deficits following severe spinal cord injury (SCI) for use in clinical assessment and outcome measurement in clinical trials. ANIMALS 20 chronically paralyzed dogs with a persistent lack of hind limb pain perception caused by an acute SCI at least 3 months previously. PROCEDURES Spasticity was assessed in both hind limbs via tests of muscle tone, clonus, and flexor and extensor spasms adapted from human scales. Measurement of patellar clonus duration and flexor spasm duration and degree was feasible...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650070/the-human-ventilatory-response-to-stress-rate-or-depth
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Michael J Tipton, Abbi Harper, Julian F R Paton, Joseph T Costello
Many stressors cause an increase in ventilation in humans. This is predominantly reported as an increase in minute ventilation (V̇E ). But, the same V̇E can be achieved by a wide variety of changes in the depth (tidal volume, VT ) and number of breaths (respiratory frequency, ƒR). This review investigates the impact of stressors including: cold, heat, hypoxia, pain and panic on the contributions of ƒR and VT to V̇E to see if they differ with different stressors. Where possible we also consider the potential mechanisms that underpin the responses identified, and propose mechanisms by which differences in ƒR and VT are mediated...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649780/therapeutic-efficacy-and-safety-of-oral-tranexamic-acid-and-that-of-tranexamic-acid-local-infiltration-with-microinjections-in-patients-with-melasma-a-comparative-study
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R Sharma, V K Mahajan, K S Mehta, P S Chauhan, R Rawat, T N Shiny
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) has been used orally, intravenously, topically and intradermally (microinjection, microneedling) for treating melasma. However, the comparative efficacy of these different routes of administration remains underevaluated. AIM: To ascertain the comparative efficacy of different routes of administration of TXA. METHODS: In total, 100 consecutive patients with melasma (8 men, 92 women, age range 18-55 years) were randomly assigned to one of two groups comprising 50 patients each...
June 25, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649610/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-sargramostim-in-a-randomized-double-blind-phase-1-clinical-parkinson-s-disease-trial
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Howard E Gendelman, Yuning Zhang, Pamela Santamaria, Katherine E Olson, Charles R Schutt, Danish Bhatti, Bhagya Laxmi Dyavar Shetty, Yaman Lu, Katherine A Estes, David G Standaert, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, LuAnn Larson, Jane L Meza, Matthew Follett, Erica Forsberg, Gary Siuzdak, Tony W Wilson, Carolyn Peterson, R Lee Mosley
A potential therapeutic role for immune transformation in Parkinson's disease evolves from more than a decade of animal investigations demonstrating regulatory T cell (Treg) nigrostriatal neuroprotection. To bridge these results to human disease, we conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind phase 1 trial with a well-studied immune modulator, sargramostim (granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor). We enrolled 17 age-matched non-Parkinsonian subjects as non-treated controls and 20 Parkinson's disease patients...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649222/highly-selective-cyclooxygenase-1-inhibitors-p6-and-mofezolac-counteract-inflammatory-state-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-neuroinflammation
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Rosa Calvello, Dario Domenico Lofrumento, Maria Grazia Perrone, Antonia Cianciulli, Rosaria Salvatore, Paola Vitale, Francesco De Nuccio, Laura Giannotti, Giuseppe Nicolardi, Maria Antonietta Panaro, Antonio Scilimati
Activated microglia secrete an array of pro-inflammatory factors, such as prostaglandins, whose accumulation contributes to neuronal damages. Prostaglandin endoperoxide synthases or cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2), which play a critical role in the inflammation, are the pharmacological targets of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, used to treat pain and inflammation. Since it was reported that COX-1 is the major player in mediating the brain inflammatory response, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of highly selective COX-1 inhibitors, such as P6 and mofezolac, in neuroinflammation models...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649033/danazol-alters-mitochondria-metabolism-of-fibrocystic-breast-mcf10a-cells
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Zhazira Irgebay, Banu Yeszhan, Bhaswati Sen, Sultan Tuleukhanov, Ari D Brooks, Richard Sensenig, Zulfiya Orynbayeva
Fibrocystic Breast Disease (FBD) or Fibrocystic change (FC) affects about 60% of women at some time during their life. Although usually benign, it is often associated with pain and tenderness (mastalgia). The synthetic steroid danazol has been shown to be effective in reducing the pain associated with FBD, but the cellular and molecular mechanisms for its action have not been elucidated. We investigated the hypothesis that danazol acts by affecting energy metabolism. Effects of danazol on Mcf10A cells homeostasis, including mechanisms of oxidative phosphorylation, cytosolic calcium signaling and oxidative stress, were assessed by high-resolution respirometry and flow cytometry...
June 22, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648909/clinical-efficacy-and-its-prognostic-factor-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-annuloplasty-and-nucleoplasty-for-treatment-of-patients-with-discogenic-low-back-pain
#10
Jung Hwan Lee, Sang-Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: The choice of appropriate treatment of discogenic low back pain (DLBP) was frequently difficult. This study was to identify the clinical efficacy of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar annuloplasty and nucleoplasty (PELAN) to treat the patients with DLBP and to investigate prognostic clinical or radiological variables. METHODS: Eighty-nine patients who underwent PELAN under diagnosis of DLBP were included. Numeric rating scale (NRS) for back pain, Oswestry disability index(%) (ODI%), and modified MacNab criteria were measured at short term(3-4 weeks) and long term follow up period(at least 12 months) to investigate clinical efficacy of PELAN...
June 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648803/sorafenib-in-combination-with-transarterial-chemoembolisation-in-patients-with-unresectable-hepatocellular-carcinoma-tace-2-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-phase-3-trial
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Tim Meyer, Richard Fox, Yuk Ting Ma, Paul J Ross, Martin W James, Richard Sturgess, Clive Stubbs, Deborah D Stocken, Lucy Wall, Anthony Watkinson, Nigel Hacking, T R Jeffry Evans, Peter Collins, Richard A Hubner, David Cunningham, John Neil Primrose, Philip J Johnson, Daniel H Palmer
BACKGROUND: Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) is the standard of care for patients with intermediate stage hepatocellular carcinoma, while the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib improves survival in patients with advanced disease. We aimed to determine whether TACE with sorafenib improves progression-free survival versus TACE with placebo. METHODS: We did a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial (TACE 2) in 20 hospitals in the UK for patients with unresectable, liver-confined hepatocellular carcinoma...
June 22, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648740/patellofemoral-morphology-and-alignment-reference-values-and-dose-response-patterns-for-the-relation-to-mri-features-of-patellofemoral-osteoarthritis
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Erin M Macri, David T Felson, Yuqing Zhang, Ali Guermazi, Frank W Roemer, Kay M Crossley, Karim M Khan, Josh J Stefanik
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to (i) determine reference values for trochlear morphology and patellofemoral (PF) alignment in adults without MRI-defined PF full thickness cartilage damage or knee pain; and (ii) evaluate dose-response patterns for these measures with prevalent MRI-defined PF structural damage and/or knee pain. DESIGN: The Framingham Community Cohort is a population-based sample of ambulatory adults aged ≥50 years. We evaluated six morphology and alignment measures using MRI (n=985), and reported reference values (mean ± 2SD) in a subsample without MRI-defined PF full thickness cartilage damage or knee pain (n=563)...
June 22, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648042/-effects-of-lappaconitine-on-pain-and-inflammatory-response-of-severely-burned-rats-and-the-mechanism
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C L Yang, Z R Wei, T H Zhang, X Q Zeng, B H Wu
Objective: To explore the effects of lappaconitine (LA) on pain and inflammatory response of severely burned rats and the mechanism. Methods: Forty SD rats were divided into healthy+ normal saline group, sham injury+ normal saline group, pure burn group, burn+ LA group, and healthy+ LA group according to the random number table (the same dividing method below), with 8 rats in each group. Rats in pure burn and burn+ LA groups were inflicted with about 32% total body surface area deep partial-thickness scald (hereinafter referred to as burn) on the back and right hind...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647677/buprenorphine-augmentation-improved-symptoms-of-ocd-compared-to-placebo-results-from-a-randomized-double-blind-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mohammad Ahmadpanah, Amin Reihani, Ali Ghaleiha, Alireza Soltanian, Mohammad Haghighi, Leila Jahangard, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
BACKGROUND: In the search for new psychopharmacologic options in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), some findings suggested that augmentation with buprenorphine, a partial-opioid agonist used to treat opioid addiction, moderate acute pain and moderate chronic pain, is worthy of consideration. Accordingly, to explore this possibility further, a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial was performed. METHOD: A total of 43 patients (mean age: 34...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647454/elevated-serum-met-5-enkephalin-levels-correlate-with-improved-clinical-and-behavioral-outcomes-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#15
Michael D Ludwig, Ian S Zagon, Patricia J McLaughlin
Methionine enkephalin ([Met(5)]-enkephalin, Opioid growth factor (OGF)) is a small neuropeptide with growth-related as well as immunomodulatory properties. OGF is distributed widely throughout the body, is both autocrine and paracrine produced, and has a very short half-life in serum. In addition to its neurotransmitter functions, OGF inhibits cell replication of a wide variety of cells involved in the autoimmune process. In this preclinical study, mice were immunized with myelin oligodendrocytic glycoprotein (MOG35-55) to establish a chronic progressive form of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), and serum enkephalin levels were assessed throughout the disease as well as in response to OGF therapy in order to determine whether OGF may be a biological marker for EAE and multiple sclerosis...
June 21, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647362/farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-gw4064-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-ileocolitis-through-tlr4-myd88-pathway-related-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-mice
#16
Hsuan-Miao Liu, Jyh-Fe Liao, Tzung-Yan Lee
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a complex and relapsing inflammatory condition of the gastro intestinal tract characterized by diarrhea and abdominal pain. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) plays an important role in enteroprotection and mucosal injury by regulating inflammatory responses and barrier function in the intestinal tract. Here we show the mechanisms of FXR agonist, GW4064, inhibits mucosal injury in ileum caused by lipopolysaccharides (LPS). Ileum injury was induced by intraperitoneal injection of LPS in Wild-type (WT) and FXR knockout (KO) mice...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647034/muscle-strength-and-control-characteristics-are-altered-by-peripheral-artery-disease
#17
Molly N Schieber, Ryan M Hasenkamp, Iraklis I Pipinos, Jason M Johanning, Nicholas Stergiou, Holly K DeSpiegelaere, Jung H Chien, Sara A Myers
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common manifestation of atherosclerosis, is characterized by lower leg ischemia and myopathy in association with leg dysfunction. Patients with PAD have impaired gait from the first step they take with consistent defects in the movement around the ankle joint, especially in plantar flexion. Our goal was to develop muscle strength profiles to better understand the problems in motor control responsible for the walking impairment in patients with PAD...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646349/modeling-pain-using-fmri-from-regions-to-biomarkers
#18
REVIEW
Marianne C Reddan, Tor D Wager
Pain is a subjective and complex phenomenon. Its complexity is related to its heterogeneity: multiple component processes, including sensation, affect, and cognition, contribute to pain experience and reporting. These components are likely to be encoded in distributed brain networks that interact to create pain experience and pain-related decision-making. Therefore, to understand pain, we must identify these networks and build models of these interactions that yield testable predictions about pain-related outcomes...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645867/psychophysical-and-electrophysiological-evidence-for-enhanced-pain-facilitation-and-unaltered-pain-inhibition-in-acute-low-back-pain-patients
#19
Pascal Henri Vuilleumier, Federico Gabriel Arguissain, José Alberto Biurrun Manresa, Alban Ymer Neziri, Arto Christian Nirkko, Ole Kæseler Andersen, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Michele Curatolo
The aim of this case-control study was to examine differences in neural correlates of pain facilitatory and inhibitory mechanisms between acute low back pain patients and healthy individuals. Pressure pain tolerance (PPT), electrical pain detection thresholds (EDT), pain ratings to repetitive suprathreshold electrical stimulation (SES) and conditioned pain modulation (CPM) were assessed in 18 patients with acute low back pain (LBP) and 18 healthy controls (CTRL). Furthermore, event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to repetitive SES were obtained from high-density electroencephalography...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645455/kinematic-chain-reactions-on-trunk-and-dynamic-postural-steadiness-in-subjects-with-recurrent-low-back-pain
#20
Paul S Sung, Michael J Maxwell
Although subjects with recurrent low back pain (LBP) demonstrate altered trunk control, the kinematic and kinetic responses of the trunk have not been carefully investigated. This study was conducted to compare the standing time, spine range of motion (ROM), and dynamic postural steadiness index (DPSI) based on visual condition between subjects with and without recurrent LBP during upright one leg standing. Sixty-three individuals participated in the study, including 34 control subjects and 29 subjects with recurrent LBP...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
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