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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149437/a-blinded-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-to-investigate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-ferric-carboxymaltose-in-iron-deficient-patients-with-fibromyalgia
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Chad S Boomershine, Todd A Koch, David Morris
INTRODUCTION: This study sought to compare efficacy and safety of ferric carboxymaltose vs. placebo in iron-deficient patients with fibromyalgia. METHODS: This blinded, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study randomized adults with fibromyalgia and Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) scores ≥ 60, ferritin levels < 0.05 µg/ml, and transferrin saturation < 20% (1:1) to receive ferric carboxymaltose [15 mg/kg (up to 750 mg)], or placebo (15 cc normal saline) intravenously on study days 0 and 5...
November 17, 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144716/mechanism-of-action-of-non-invasive-cervical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-primary-headaches
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Bruce Simon, Justyna Blake
Stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve with implanted vagus nerve stimulation (iVNS) has been used clinically for more than 20 years to treat patients with epilepsy. More recently, a non-invasive cervical vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS), gammaCore, was developed, which has been purported to also stimulate the vagus nerve without the cost and morbidity associated with an iVNS system. gammaCore has been used to acutely treat various types of primary headaches, including migraine and cluster headaches (CH), and for the prevention of episodic, chronic, and menstrual migraines and CH...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129793/the-interval-between-vns-tone-pairings-determines-the-extent-of-cortical-map-plasticity
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Michael S Borland, Crystal T Engineer, William A Vrana, Nicole A Moreno, Navzer D Engineer, Sven Vanneste, Pryanka Sharma, Meghan C Pantalia, Mark C Lane, Robert L Rennaker, Michael P Kilgard
Repeatedly pairing vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with a tone or movement drives highly-specific and long-lasting plasticity in auditory or motor cortex, respectively. Based on this robust enhancement of plasticity, VNS paired with rehabilitative training has emerged as a potential therapy to improve recovery, even when delivered long after the neurological insult. Development of VNS delivery paradigms that reduce therapy duration and maximize efficacy would facilitate clinical translation. The goal of the current study was to determine whether primary auditory cortex (A1) plasticity can be generated more quickly by shortening the interval between VNS-tone pairing events or by delivering fewer VNS-tone pairing events...
November 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092070/radiopaque-gelified-ethanol-application-in-lumbar-intervertebral-soft-disc-herniations-croatian-multicentric-study
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Karlo Houra, Darko Perovic, Ivan Rados, Drazen Kvesic
Objective: Minimally invasive percutaneous spinal procedures are popular in trying to reduce spinal pain. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the safety of intervertebral disc chemonucleolysis and to report the effectiveness of a percutaneous, minimally invasive treatment for contained herniated intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine using the recently marketed radiopaque gelified ethanol. Methods: Pain relief before and after the procedure was self-evaluated by each patient using a verbal numeric scale (VNS) ranging from 0 to 10...
October 28, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077707/a-novel-controller-based-on-state-transition-models-for-closed-loop-vagus-nerve-stimulation-application-to-heart-rate-regulation
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Hector M Romero-Ugalde, Virginie Le Rolle, Jean-Luc Bonnet, Christine Henry, Alain Bel, Philippe Mabo, Guy Carrault, Alfredo I Hernández
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an established adjunctive therapy for pharmacologically refractory epilepsy and depression and is currently in active clinical research for other applications. In current clinical studies, VNS is delivered in an open-loop approach, where VNS parameters are defined during a manual titration phase. However, the physiological response to a given VNS configuration shows significant inter and intra-patient variability and may significantly evolve through time. VNS closed-loop approaches, allowing for the optimization of the therapy in an adaptive manner, may be necessary to improve efficacy while reducing side effects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067158/proof-of-concept-short-term-non-invasive-cervical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-patients-with-drug-refractory-gastroparesis
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Emma Paulon, Despoina Nastou, Francesca Jaboli, Juana Marin, Eric Liebler, Owen Epstein
BACKGROUND: Gastric electric stimulation (GES) is a treatment approach to refractory gastroparesis, possibly acting centrally via afferent vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). Non-invasive VNS (nVNS) is a potential alternative to GES that could eliminate the safety risks of or identify likely responders to implantable neurostimulators. OBJECTIVE: This open-label proof-of-concept study assessed the effects of nVNS in patients with severe drug-refractory gastroparesis. METHODS: Patients used the Gastroparesis Cardinal Symptom Index (GCSI) to grade symptoms in diaries daily for 2 weeks before treatment (baseline) and during ≥3 weeks of nVNS therapy...
October 2017: Frontline Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060853/the-challenge-of-magnetic-vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-myocardial-infarction-preliminary-clinical-trial
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Takuya Nishikawa, Keita Saku, Koji Todaka, Yukimitsu Kuwabara, Shinobu Arai, Takuya Kishi, Tomomi Ide, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Kenji Sunagawa
Numerous studies have shown in animal models that vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) strikingly reduces infarct size of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and prevents heart failure. However, the lack of techniques to noninvasively stimulate the vagal nerve hinders VNS from clinical applications. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is noninvasive and capable of stimulating central neurons in patients. In this study, we examined whether the magnetic stimulation could noninvasively activate the cervical vagal nerve in healthy human...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060561/respiratory-gated-auricular-vagal-afferent-nerve-stimulation-ravans-effects-on-autonomic-outflow-in-hypertension
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Roberta Sclocco, Ronald G Garcia, Aileen Gabriel, Norman W Kettner, Vitaly Napadow, Riccardo Barbieri
Transcutaneous stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (ABVN) has been proposed as a non-invasive alternative to vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). However, its cardiovagal effects are inconsistent across studies, likely due to inhomogeneity in the stimulation parameters. Here, we evaluate respiratory-gated ABVN stimulation (Respiratory-gated Auricular Vagal Afferent Nerve Stimulation, RAVANS), where the stimuli are delivered in 1 s bursts during the exhalation phase of respiration, thus mimicking the breathing-induced modulation of cardiac vagal activity...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059589/high-frequency-burst-vagal-nerve-simulation-therapy-in-a-natural-primate-model-of-genetic-generalized-epilepsy
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C Á Szabó, F S Salinas, A M Papanastassiou, J Begnaud, M Ravan, K S Eggleston, R Shade, C Lutz, M De La Garza
PURPOSE: Since the approval of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy for medically refractory focal epilepsies in 1997, it has been also reported to be effective for a wide range of generalized seizures types and epilepsy syndromes. Instead of conventional VNS Therapy delivered at 20-30Hz signal frequencies, this study evaluates efficacy and tolerability of high-frequency burst VNS in a natural animal model for genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), the epileptic baboon. METHODS: Two female baboons (B1 P...
October 12, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054513/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-associated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-during-pregnancy
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Anne Sabers, Dina Battino, Erminio Bonizzoni, John Craig, Dick Lindhout, Emilio Perucca, Sanjeev V Thomas, Torbjörn Tomson, Frank Vajda
OBJECTIVE: To access the effect of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on the outcome of pregnancy. METHODS: We used the International Registry of Antiepileptic Drugs and Pregnancy (EURAP) and its network to search for women receiving adjunctive VNS during pregnancy. Data on maternal and fetal outcomes were extracted from the registry databases and outcomes were evaluated. RESULTS: Twenty-six pregnancies were identified in 25 women. All women were exposed to a relative high VNS stimulation level (mean duty cycle 18%, range 5%-51%)...
November 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053902/sonographic-evaluation-of-the-vagus-nerves-protocol-reference-values-and-side-to-side-differences
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Johann Otto Pelz, Elena Belau, Philipp Henn, Niels Hammer, Joseph Classen, David Weise
INTRODUCTION: Reported sonographic reference values for the vagus nerves (VNs) vary greatly. We aimed to generate reference values in a large cohort and examine intrarater, interrater, and across-ultrasound systems agreement. METHODS: The VNs of 60 healthy subjects were examined by 2 sonographers and with 2 ultrasound systems. Cross-sectional areas (CSAs) of each VN were assessed at the level of the carotid sinus [proximal measurement level (ML)] and thyroid gland (distal ML)...
October 20, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053705/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-pregnant-rats-and-effects-on-inflammatory-markers-in-the-brainstem-of-neonates
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Allison Judkins, Rhaya L Johnson, Samuel T Murray, Steven Yellon, Christopher G Wilson
BackgroundVagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is an FDA-approved method delivering electrical impulses for treatment of depression and epilepsy in adults. The vagus nerve innervates the majority of visceral organs and cervix, but potential impacts of VNS on the progress of pregnancy and the fetus are not well studied.MethodsWe tested the hypothesis that VNS in pregnant dams does not induce inflammatory changes in the cardiorespiratory control regions of the pups' brainstem, potentially impacting the morbidity and mortality of offspring...
October 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039042/comparative-responses-of-diazotrophic-abundance-and-community-structure-to-the-chemical-composition-of-paddy-soil
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Meenakshi Srivastava, Arun Kumar Mishra
Diazotrophy is considered as one of the most crucial and dynamic phenomena in the rice field and also a major source of nitrogen input. The objective of this study was to elucidate possible interactions between diverse and dominant diazotrophic bacterial community and organic carbon composition of the paddy soil. Our results suggest that most abundantly found diazotrophs belong to a proteobacteria group and uncultured bacterial forms. A gene abundance study clearly showed significantly higher diazotrophic abundance (P < 0...
October 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035775/avoiding-the-pocket-a-case-report-of-coiling-of-distal-shunt-catheter-into-subcutaneous-pocket
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Richard Justin Garling, Sandeep Sood, Carolyn Anne Harris
INTRODUCTION: Hydrocephalus is one of the most common disorders of neurosurgery and ventricular shunting, the primary surgical intervention, malfunctions in 85% of patients by 10 years. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Here we present a case of a 12-year-old girl with history of a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) and ventricular shunt, most recently revised from ventriculoatrial (VA) to ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt at an outside hospital. The patient presented with a new left chest bulge, nausea, emesis, and seizures...
October 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991730/closed-loop-vagus-nerve-stimulation-based-on-state-transition-models
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Hector Manuel Romero Ugalde, Virginie Le Rolle, Jean-Luc Bonnet, Christine Henry, Philippe Mabo, Guy Carrault, Alfredo I Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a potential therapeutic approach in a number of clinical applications. Although VNS is commonly delivered in an open-loop approach, it is now recognized that closed-loop stimulation may be necessary to optimize the therapy. In this paper, we propose an original, generic closed-loop control system which can be readily integrated into an implantable device and allows for the adaptive modulation of multiple VNS parameters. METHODS: The proposed control method consists of a state transition model (STM), in which each state represents a set of VNS parameters, and a state transition algorithm that optimally selects the best STM state, minimizing the error between an observed physiological variable and a given target value...
October 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972892/brain-functional-connectivity-patterns-in-children-and-adolescents-with-gender-dysphoria-sex-atypical-or-not
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Nienke M Nota, Baudewijntje P C Kreukels, Martin den Heijer, Dick J Veltman, Peggy T Cohen-Kettenis, Sarah M Burke, Julie Bakker
Various previous studies have reported that brains of people diagnosed with gender dysphoria (GD) show sex-atypical features. In addition, recent functional magnetic resonance imaging studies found that several brain resting-state networks (RSNs) in adults with GD show functional connectivity (FC) patterns that are not sex-atypical, but specific for GD. In the current study we examined whether FC patterns are also altered in prepubertal children and adolescents with GD in comparison with non-gender dysphoric peers...
December 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971013/presurgical-thalamocortical-connectivity-is-associated-with-response-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-children-with-intractable-epilepsy
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George M Ibrahim, Priya Sharma, Ann Hyslop, Magno R Guillen, Benjamin R Morgan, Simeon Wong, Taylor J Abel, Lior Elkaim, Iahn Cajigas, Ashish H Shah, Aria Fallah, Alexander G Weil, Nolan Altman, Byron Bernal, Santiago Medina, Elysa Widjaja, Prasanna Jayakar, John Ragheb, Sanjiv Bhatia
Although chronic vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an established treatment for medically-intractable childhood epilepsy, there is considerable heterogeneity in seizure response and little data are available to pre-operatively identify patients who may benefit from treatment. Since the therapeutic effect of VNS may be mediated by afferent projections to the thalamus, we tested the hypothesis that intrinsic thalamocortical connectivity is associated with seizure response following chronic VNS in children with epilepsy...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961186/a-potential-novel-mechanism-for-vagus-nerve-stimulator-related-central-sleep-apnea
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Inga C Forde, Meghna P Mansukhani, Bhanu Prakash Kolla, Suresh Kotagal
The treatment of epilepsy with vagus nerve stimulation can inadvertently cause obstructive and central sleep apnea (CSA). The mechanism for CSA seen in patients with a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) is not fully known. We describe the case of a 13-year-old girl in whom VNS activation induced tachypnea and post-hyperventilation central apnea. Following adjustment of VNS settings, the post-hyperventilation CSA resolved. Polysomnography may assist with management when patients with epilepsy develop sleep disruption after VNS placement...
September 29, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931943/vagus-nerve-stimulation-paired-with-tones-for-the-treatment-of-tinnitus-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-controlled-pilot-study-in-humans
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Richard Tyler, Anthony Cacace, Christina Stocking, Brent Tarver, Navzer Engineer, Jeffrey Martin, Aniruddha Deshpande, Nancy Stecker, Melissa Pereira, Michael Kilgard, Chester Burress, David Pierce, Robert Rennaker, Sven Vanneste
The aim of the pilot study was to evaluate the effect of Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) paired with sounds in chronic tinnitus patients. All participants were implanted and randomized to a paired VNS (n = 16) or control (n = 14) group. After 6 weeks of home therapy, all participants received paired VNS. The device was used on 96% of days with good compliance. After 6 weeks, the paired VNS group improved on the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) (p = 0.0012) compared to controls (p = 0.1561). The between-group difference was 10...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919768/ictal-heart-rate-changes-and-the-effects-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-patients-with-refractory-epilepsy
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Wei Chen, Fan-Gang Meng
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) shows long-term efficiency worldwide in most pharmacoresistant patients with epilepsy; however, there are still a small number of patients who are non-responders to VNS therapy. It has been shown that VNS treatment outcomes for drug-resistant epilepsy may be predicted by preoperative heart-rate variability measurements and that patients with epilepsy with ictal tachycardia (IT) during seizures have good responses to VNS. However, few studies have reported the efficacy of VNS in patients with epilepsy with ictal bradycardia (IB) or normal heart rate (HR), and none have explored the possible mechanisms of VNS efficacy based on different HR types...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
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