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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924335/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-to-better-understand-glaucoma
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EDITORIAL
Gábor Holló
The term optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) comprises different OCT-based technologies which all allow noninvasive assessment of retinal perfusion, based on moving red blood cells. The main areas where OCTA is currently used are investigation of perfusion and vascular structure of the macular retina (e.g., in macular degenerations and diabetic macular diseases) and the disk and peripapillary retina (in glaucoma and other optic disk diseases). The current editorial provides a brief overview on the potential of OCTA and its use to measure perfusion in the peripapillary retina in glaucoma...
May 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869295/the-clinical-potential-of-senolytic-drugs
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James L Kirkland, Tamara Tchkonia, Yi Zhu, Laura J Niedernhofer, Paul D Robbins
Senolytic drugs are agents that selectively induce apoptosis of senescent cells. These cells accumulate in many tissues with aging and at sites of pathology in multiple chronic diseases. In studies in animals, targeting senescent cells using genetic or pharmacological approaches delays, prevents, or alleviates multiple age-related phenotypes, chronic diseases, geriatric syndromes, and loss of physiological resilience. Among the chronic conditions successfully treated by depleting senescent cells in preclinical studies are frailty, cardiac dysfunction, vascular hyporeactivity and calcification, diabetes mellitus, liver steatosis, osteoporosis, vertebral disk degeneration, pulmonary fibrosis, and radiation-induced damage...
September 4, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846710/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-maps-in-the-assessment-of-surgical-patients-with-lumbar-spine-degeneration
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Evgenii Belykh, Andrey A Kalinin, Arpan A Patel, Eric J Miller, Michael A Bohl, Ivan A Stepanov, Liudmila A Bardonova, Talgat Kerimbaev, Anton O Asantsev, Morgan B Giers, Mark C Preul, Vadim A Byvaltsev
PURPOSE: To assess the utility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps for the assessment of patients with advanced degenerative lumbar spine disease and describe characteristic features of ADC maps in various degenerative lumbar spinal conditions. METHODS: T1-weighted, T2-weighted and diffusion weighted (DWI) MR images of 100 consecutive patients admitted to the spinal surgery service were assessed. ADC maps were generated from DWI images using Osyrix software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840994/identification-of-the-prom1-mutation-p-r373c-in-a-korean-patient-with-autosomal-dominant-stargardt-like-macular-dystrophy
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Jong Min Kim, Chung Lee, Ga In Lee, Nayoung K D Kim, Chang Seok Ki, Woong Yang Park, Byoung Joon Kim, Sang Jin Kim
Stargardt-like macular dystrophy 4 (STGD4) is a rare macular dystrophy characterized by bull's eye atrophy of the macula and the underlying retinal pigment epithelium. Patients with STGD4 show decreased central vision, which often progresses to severe vision loss. The PROM1 gene encodes prominin-1, which is a 5-transmembrane glycoprotein also known as CD133 and is involved in photoreceptor disk morphogenesis. PROM1 mutations have been identified as genetic causes for STGD4 and other retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa...
November 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796075/muscle-gap-approach-under-a-minimally-invasive-channel-technique-for-treating-long-segmental-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-retrospective-study
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Yang Bin, Wang De Cheng, Wang Zong Wei, Li Hui
This study aimed to compare the efficacy of muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel surgical technique with the traditional median approach.In the Orthopedics Department of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital, Tongzhou District, Beijing, 68 cases of lumbar spinal canal stenosis underwent surgery using the muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel technique and a median approach between September 2013 and February 2016. Both approaches adopted lumbar spinal canal decompression, intervertebral disk removal, cage implantation, and pedicle screw fixation...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780621/an-international-consensus-on-the-appropriate-evaluation-and-treatment-for-adults-with-spinal-deformity
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Sigurd H Berven, Steven J Kamper, Niccole M Germscheid, Benny Dahl, Christopher I Shaffrey, Lawrence G Lenke, Stephen J Lewis, Kenneth M Cheung, Ahmet Alanay, Manabu Ito, David W Polly, Yong Qiu, Marinus de Kleuver
PURPOSE: Evaluation and surgical management for adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients varies between health care providers. The purpose of this study is to identify appropriateness of specific approaches and management strategies for the treatment of ASD. METHODS: From January to July 2015, the AOSpine Knowledge Deformity Forum performed a modified Delphi survey where 53 experienced deformity surgeons from 24 countries, rated the appropriateness of management strategies for multiple ASD clinical scenarios...
August 5, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780615/a-knock-in-knock-out-mouse-model-of-hspb8-associated-distal-hereditary-motor-neuropathy-and-myopathy-reveals-toxic-gain-of-function-of-mutant-hspb8
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Delphine Bouhy, Manisha Juneja, Istvan Katona, Anne Holmgren, Bob Asselbergh, Vicky De Winter, Tino Hochepied, Steven Goossens, Jody J Haigh, Claude Libert, Chantal Ceuterick-de Groote, Joy Irobi, Joachim Weis, Vincent Timmerman
Mutations in the small heat shock protein B8 gene (HSPB8/HSP22) have been associated with distal hereditary motor neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and recently distal myopathy. It is so far not clear how mutant HSPB8 induces the neuronal and muscular phenotypes and if a common pathogenesis lies behind these diseases. Growing evidence points towards a role of HSPB8 in chaperone-associated autophagy, which has been shown to be a determinant for the clearance of poly-glutamine aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases but also for the maintenance of skeletal muscle myofibrils...
August 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765673/laser-biostimulation-effects-on-invertebral-disks-histological-evidence-on-intra-observer-samples-retrospective-double-blind-study
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Alfonso Tramontana, Roberto Sorge, Juan Carlos Miangolarra Page
Background and aims: The intervertebral disk degeneration is a pathological process determined by a decrease of mucopolysaccharides in the nucleus pulposus with the consequent dehydration and degeneration of the elastic fibers in the annulus fibrosus of the disk. The laser is a therapeutic tool that has, on the treated tissues, biostimulation effects with an increase of oxidative phosphorylation and production of ATP with an acceleration of the mucopolysaccharides synthesis with a consequent rehydration, biostimulation and production of new elastic fibers...
December 30, 2016: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670416/correlation-among-inflammatory-cytokine-expression-levels-degree-of-disk-degeneration-and-predominant-clinical-symptoms-in-patients-with-degenerated-intervertebral-discs
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Takeshi Sainoh, Kazuhide Inage, Sumihisa Orita, Masao Koda, Takeo Furuya, Kazuyo Yamauchi, Miyako Suzuki, Yoshihiro Sakuma, Go Kubota, Yasuhiro Oikawa, Jun Sato, Kazuki Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Shiga, Koki Abe, Hirohito Kanamoto, Masahiro Inoue, Hideyuki Kinoshita, Masaki Norimoto, Tomotaka Umimura, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Seiji Ohtori
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. PURPOSE: To assess the correlation among inflammatory cytokine expression levels, degree of intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration, and predominant clinical symptoms observed in degenerative disk disease (DDD). OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Low back pain (LBP) is associated with inflammatory cytokine expression levels, including those of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and nerve growth factor (NGF)...
June 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660403/mr-imaging-features-of-hemispherical-spondylosclerosis
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Joao R T Vicentini, Edgar L Martinez-Salazar, Connie Y Chang, Miriam A Bredella, Daniel I Rosenthal, Martin Torriani
OBJECTIVE: Hemispherical spondylosclerosis (HS) is a rare degenerative entity characterized by dome-shaped sclerosis of a single vertebral body that may pose a diagnostic dilemma. The goal of this study was to describe the MR imaging features of HS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified spine radiographs and CT examinations of subjects with HS who also had MR imaging for correlation. Two musculoskeletal radiologists independently assessed sclerosis characteristics, presence of endplate erosions, marrow signal intensity, and disk degeneration (Pfirrmann scale)...
June 28, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632553/lumbar-retrolisthesis-in-aging-spine-what-are-the-associated-factors
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Feng Zhu, Hongda Bao, Zhen Liu, Zezhang Zhu, Shouyu He, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to demonstrate that lumbar retrolisthesis serves as an important compensatory mechanism and to identify the possible factor related to lumbar retrolisthesis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Lumbar instability is one of the common degenerative changes, which presents as 2 radiologic features: anterolisthesis and retrolisthesis. Compared with the extensive studies on anterolisthesis, limit data are available on the characteristics and clinical relevance of lumbar retrolisthesis...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622185/a-comprehensive-meta-analysis-of-the-adjacent-segment-parameters-in-cervical-disk-arthroplasty-versus-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion
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Liang Dong, Dongqi Wang, Xiujin Chen, Tuanjing Liu, Zhengwei Xu, Mingsheng Tan, Dingjun Hao
STUDY DESIGN: This is a meta-analysis of controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: To assess the overall condition of adjacent segment of cervical disk arthroplasty (CDA) compared with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: With the increase in CDA and ACDF, surgeons are taking more attention to adjacent segment degeneration (ASDeg) and adjacent segment disease (ASDis). There are more and more meta-analyses comparing the efficacy of CDA with ACDF, however, there are few meta-analyses referring to adjacent segment parameters, and investigators are still unable to arrive at the same conclusion...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622016/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-is-involved-in-nucleus-pulposus-degeneration-and-attenuates-low-ph-induced-apoptosis-of-rat-nucleus-pulposus-cells
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Zhi-Yang Xie, Lu Chen, Feng Wang, Lei Liu, Cong Zhang, Kun Wang, Feng Cai, Arjun Sinkemanni, Xin Hong, Xiao-Tao Wu
The microenvironment of degenerative intervertebral disk (IVD) is characteristic of a high concentration of lactic acid and low pH levels, whereas the underlying mechanism has not been clearly defined. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the hub of interactions between environmental signals and cellular biological functions, the malfunction of which is closely involved in the pathogenesis of multiple disorders, including IVD degeneration (IVDD). This research mainly aims at exploring what role ER stress plays in the natural process of IVDD and pH-induced apoptosis of rat nucleus pulposus (NP) cells (NPCs)...
August 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604508/symptomatic-adjacent-segment-disease-after-anterior-cervical-discectomy-for-single-level-degenerative-disk-disease
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Roland D Donk, Wim I M Verhagen, Allard J F Hosman, Andre Verbeek, Ronald H M A Bartels
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort of 142 patients underwent either anterior cervical discectomy alone, anterior cervical discectomy with fusion by cage stand-alone, or anterior cervical discectomy with arthroplasty. We then followed up on their condition for a mean of 9.1±1.9 years (5.6-12.2 y) later. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the annual rate of clinically symptomatic adjacent segment disease (ASD) and to analyze predictive factors. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Until recent, ASD has been predominantly evaluated radiologically...
June 9, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573481/copper-pyrithione-a-booster-biocide-induces-abnormal-muscle-and-notochord-architecture-in-zebrafish-embryogenesis
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Kelly M Almond, Louis D Trombetta
The metal pyrithiones, principally zinc (ZnPT) and copper (CuPT), are replacing tributyltin (TBT) as antifouling agents. Zebrafish embryos were exposed within the first hour after fertilization to 12 and 64 µg/L of CuPT for 24 h. Morphological abnormalities in notochord and muscle architecture were observed at 96 h post fertilization (hpf). TEM revealed abnormal electron dense deposits in the notochord sheath and muscle fiber degeneration in animals treated with 12 µg/L of CuPT. Embryos that were exposed to 64 µg/L of CuPT displayed severe muscle fiber degeneration including abnormal A and I band patterning and altered z disk arrangement...
June 1, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559665/spinal-mobilization-vs-conventional-physiotherapy-in-the-management-of-chronic-low-back-pain-due-to-spinal-disk-degeneration-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Georgios Krekoukias, Ioannis D Gelalis, Theodoros Xenakis, Georgios Gioftsos, Zacharias Dimitriadis, Vasiliki Sakellari
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to examine the efficacy of spinal mobilization in subjects with low back pain (LBP) and associated spinal disk degeneration. METHODS: Seventy-five subjects suffering from chronic LBP (>3 months) were randomly allocated into 3 groups of 25 subjects each. Each group received five treatment sessions with the first group receiving manual therapy (MT) (spinal mobilization), the second a sham treatment, and the third conventional physiotherapy (CP) (stretching exercises, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and massage)...
May 2017: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531995/scavenging-free-radicals-and-soaring-osteoinduction-by-extra-cellular-matrix-protein-based-nanocomposites-on-degenerative-bone-treatments
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Kavitha Kandiah, Navaneethan Duraisamy, Vinoth Amirthalingam, Balagurunathan Ramasamy
A number of materials are now available to alleviate the ever-growing bone disruption. However, these are inadequate and inappropriate for addressing issues associated natural process of aging and degeneration of bone due to diseases. This study advances the existing material and offers more privileged and synergistically active remedy for these conditions. Here, they are three different nano-composites prepared such as nano-TiO2 with chitosan (TC), nano-TiO2 with chondroitin 4-sulfate (TG), and nano-TiO2 with chitosan and chondroitin 4-sulfate (TCG), whereas nano-TiO2 act as a control...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525482/artificial-cervical-disk-replacement-for-the-treatment-of-adjacent-segment-disease-after-anterior-cervical-decompression-and-fusion
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Sheng Bin, Huang Xiangwang, Xiao Sheng, Xiang Tiecheng, Liu Xiangyang, Zhang Yi, Liu Bin
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of artificial cervical disk replacement (ACDR) for the treatment of adjacent segment disease (ASD) after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is the useful procedure for degenerative cervical diseases. However, studies have reported accelerated degeneration of functional spinal units adjacent to the fusion site after ACDF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2004 and January 2011, 32 inpatients (18 male, 14 female; age, 38-61 y; mean, 48 y) underwent ACDR for the treatment of ASD after previous ACDF (single-level: n=12; 2-level: n=15; 3-level: n=5)...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525481/comparison-of-the-clinical-and-radiographic-results-between-cervical-artificial-disk-replacement-and-anterior-cervical-fusion-a-6-year-prospective-nonrandomized-comparative-study
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Wei Tian, Kai Yan, Xiao Han, Jie Yu, Peihao Jin, Xiaoguang Han
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective nonrandomized comparative study. OBJECTIVE: To compare the long-term clinical and radiographic results of cervical artificial disk replacement (CADR) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and to provide our evidence if CADR could reduce adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: CADR is widely used in spine surgery today. Despite the short-term results of it having been ascertained, the long-term results are still under observation...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525476/magnetic-resonance-classification-system-of-cervical-intervertebral-disk-degeneration-its-validity-and-meaning
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Akinobu Suzuki, Michael D Daubs, Tetsuo Hayashi, Monchai Ruangchainikom, Chenjie Xiong, Kevin Phan, Trevor P Scott, Jeffery C Wang
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of kinetic magnetic resonance images (kMRIs). OBJECTIVE: (1) To analyze the changes seen on MRI related to disk degeneration and to develop a new grading system for cervical disk degeneration. (2) To evaluate the reliability and validity of the grading system. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Few have studied the relationship between changes seen on MRI with cervical disk degeneration and the chronological order of disk degeneration...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
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