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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226870/effect-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-neural-adaptation-in-thalamo-cortical-system-in-rats
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Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu, Kenji Ibayashi, Ryohei Kanzaki, Kensuke Kawai, Hirokazu Takahashi, Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu, Kenji Ibayashi, Ryohei Kanzaki, Kensuke Kawai, Hirokazu Takahashi, Kenji Ibayashi, Kensuke Kawai, Ryohei Kanzaki, Hirokazu Takahashi, Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy on medically refractory epilepsy, and recently reported to improve cognitive function including learning and memory. The thalamo-cortical system may underlie such VNS-induced cognitive improvements. Thus, the present study targeted the auditory cortex and thalamus in rats, and investigated whether and how VNS modulates stimulus-specific adaptation (SSA) of the neural activity in these nuclei. A depth electrode array recorded auditory evoked potentials from the auditory thalamus and cortex under an oddball paradigm either with or without VNS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213914/novel-method-to-assess-intrinsic-heart-rate-recovery-in-ambulatory-ecg-recordings-tracks-cardioprotective-effects-of-chronic-autonomic-regulation-therapy-in-patients-enrolled-in-the-anthem-hf-study
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Gerrard M Carlson, Imad Libbus, Badri Amurthur, Bruce H KenKnight, Richard L Verrier
BACKGROUND: Postexercise heart rate recovery (HRR) is a powerful and independent predictor of mortality. Autonomic regulation therapy (ART) with chronic vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been shown to improve ventricular function in patients with chronic heart failure. However, the effect of ART on HRR in patients with heart failure remains unknown. METHODS: A new measure involving quantification of intrinsic HRR was developed for 24-hr ambulatory ECG (AECG) recordings based on spontaneous heart rate changes observed during daily activity in patients with symptomatic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213412/vets-and-vns-invited-to-quiz-the-candidates-in-rcvs-elections
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February 18, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195731/nucleophilic-aromatic-substitution-reactions-described-by-the-local-electron-attachment-energy
#4
Joakim H Stenlid, Tore Brinck
A local multiorbital electrophilicity descriptor, the local electron attachment energy [E(r)], is used to study the nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions of SNAr and VNS (vicarious nucleophilic substitution). E(r) considers all virtual orbitals below the free electron limit and is determined on the molecular isodensity contour of 0.004 atomic units. Good (R(2) = 0.83) to excellent (R(2) = 0.98) correlations are found between descriptor values and experimental reactivity data for six series of electron deficient arenes...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188025/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-children-a-focus-on-intellectual-disability
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REVIEW
Jo Sourbron, Sylvia Klinkenberg, Alfons Kessels, Helenius Jurgen Schelhaas, Lieven Lagae, Marian Majoie
INTRODUCTION: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) can be an efficacious add-on treatment in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, who are not eligible for surgery. Evidence of VNS efficacy in children with intellectual disability (ID) is scarce. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to review all available VNS data in the pediatric population (≤18 years old) and focus on the subpopulation with ID since appropriate treatment of these children is often challenging and complex...
January 30, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178853/clinical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-paradigms-induce-pronounced-brain-and-body-hypothermia-in-rats
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Lars Emil Larsen, Wouter Van Lysebettens, Charlotte Germonpré, Sofie Carrette, Sofie Daelemans, Mathieu Sprengers, Lisa Thyrion, Wytse Jan Wadman, Evelien Carrette, Jean Delbeke, Paul Boon, Kristl Vonck, Robrecht Raedt
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a widely used neuromodulation technique that is currently used or being investigated as therapy for a wide array of human diseases such as epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer's disease, tinnitus, inflammatory diseases, pain, heart failure and many others. Here, we report a pronounced decrease in brain and core temperature during VNS in freely moving rats. Two hours of rapid cycle VNS (7s on/18s off) decreased brain temperature by around [Formula: see text]C, while standard cycle VNS (30[Formula: see text]s on/300[Formula: see text]s off) was associated with a decrease of around [Formula: see text]C...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152451/can-natural-ways-to-stimulate-the-vagus-nerve-improve-seizure-control
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REVIEW
Alan W C Yuen, Josemir W Sander
The vagus nerve (VN) is the longest cranial nerve, innervating the neck, thorax and abdomen, with afferent fibers transmitting a range of interoceptive stimuli and efferent fibres to somatic structures and autonomic preganglions. Over the last few decades, electrical stimulation of the VN using implanted devices (VNS) has been developed leading to its approval for the treatment of epilepsy and depression. More recently, non-invasive devices to stimulation the VN have been developed. The VN has many functions and the activity that is most amenable to assessment is its effect in controlling the cardiac rhythm...
January 30, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131520/temporal-plasticity-in-auditory-cortex-improves-neural-discrimination-of-speech-sounds
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Crystal T Engineer, Jai A Shetake, Navzer D Engineer, Will A Vrana, Jordan T Wolf, Michael P Kilgard
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with language learning impairments exhibit temporal processing deficits and degraded neural responses to speech sounds. Auditory training can improve both the neural and behavioral deficits, though significant deficits remain. Recent evidence suggests that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitative therapies enhances both cortical plasticity and recovery of normal function. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We predicted that pairing VNS with rapid tone trains would enhance the primary auditory cortex (A1) response to unpaired novel speech sounds...
January 11, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128461/cluster-headache-and-other-tacs-pathophysiology-and-neurostimulation-options
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Miguel Ja Láinez, Edelmira Guillamón
BACKGROUND: The trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs) are highly disabling primary headache disorders. There are several issues that remain unresolved in the understanding of the pathophysiology of the TACs, although activation of the trigeminal-autonomic reflex and ipsilateral hypothalamic activation both play a central role. The discovery of the central role of the hypothalamus led to its use as a therapeutic target. After the good results obtained with hypothalamic stimulation, other peripheral neuromodulation targets were tried in the management of refractory cluster headache (CH) and other TACs...
February 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120052/vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-drug-resistant-epilepsy-adverse-events-and-outcome-in-a-series-of-patients-with-long-term-follow-up
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R Morace, G Di Gennaro, P P Quarato, A D'Aniello, A Mascia, L Grammaldo, M De Risi, A Sparano, F Di Cola, M De Angelis, V Esposito
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is a palliative treatment option for drug-resistant epilepsy. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and demographic features of selected patients scheduled for VNS and to evaluate the long-term efficacy of VNS in seizure control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2006 and 2013, 32 consecutive epileptic patients (14 male and 18 female) were enrolled at our Institute for VNS implantation. In all cases resective surgery had previously been excluded by the use of a noninvasive presurgical study protocol...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120051/adverse-effects-and-surgical-complications-in-pediatric-patients-undergoing-vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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A Trezza, A Landi, D Grioni, D Pirillo, L Fiori, C Giussani, E P Sganzerla
Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is an effective treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy that is not suitable for resective surgery, both in adults and in children. Few reports describe the adverse effects and complications of VNS. The aim of our study was to present a series of 33 pediatric patients who underwent VNS for drug-resistant epilepsy and to discuss the adverse effects and complications through a review of the literature.The adverse effects of VNS are usually transient and are dependent on stimulation of the vagus and its efferent fibers; surgical complications of the procedure may be challenging and patients sometimes require further surgery; generally these complications affect VNS efficacy; in addition, hardware complications also have to be taken into account...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113195/on-quantitative-biomarkers-of-vns-therapy-using-eeg-and-ecg-signals
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Maryam Ravan, Shivkumar Sabesan, O'Neill D'Cruz
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this work is to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of neuromodulation therapies, specifically, Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in reducing the severity of seizures in patients with medically refractory epilepsy. METHODS: Using novel quantitative features obtained from combination of electroencephalographic (EEG) and electrocardiographic (ECG) signals around seizure events in 16 patients who underwent implantation of closed-loop VNS therapy system, namely AspireSR, we evaluated if automated delivery of VNS at the time of seizure onset reduces the severity of seizures by reducing EEG spatial synchronization as well as the duration and magnitude of heart rate increase...
February 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098427/emergence-of-mania-in-two-middle-aged-patients-with-a-history-of-unipolar-treatment-refractory-depression-receiving-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Naji C Salloum, Marie C Walker, Sunil Gangwani, Charles R Conway
OBJECTIVES: We report on two patients who experienced emergence of full manic symptoms while receiving vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Two patients, both with a well-documented and verified history of longstanding unipolar depression, were initiated on VNS for treatment of their severe major depressive episodes. RESULTS: The two patients had emergence of full manic symptoms after 8 and 9 months of VNS, respectively. Manic symptoms were adequately managed with standard treatments (mood stabilizer and electroconvulsive therapy) and VNS was continued in the two subjects for up to 5 years without any further occurrences of manic/hypomanic episodes...
January 18, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070485/vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-genetic-epilepsy-with-febrile-seizures-plus-gefs-accompanying-seizures-with-impaired-consciousness
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Ryosuke Hanaya, Fajar H Niantiarno, Yumi Kashida, Hiroshi Hosoyama, Shinsuke Maruyama, Toshiaki Otsubo, Kazumi Tanaka, Atsushi Ishii, Shinichi Hirose, Kazunori Arita
Genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS(+)) is characterized by childhood-onset epilepsy syndrome. It involves febrile seizures and a variety of afebrile epileptic seizure types within the same pedigree with autosomal-dominant inheritance. Approximately 10% of individuals with GEFS(+) harbor SCN1A, a gene mutation in one of the voltage-gated sodium channel subunits. Considerably less common are focal epilepsies including complex partial seizures. We report vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in a 6-year-old girl with GEFS(+) who exhibited refractory generalized tonic-clonic seizures and complex partial seizures...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017263/effects-of-short-and-prolonged-transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-heart-rate-variability-in-healthy-subjects
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M De Couck, R Cserjesi, R Caers, W P Zijlstra, D Widjaja, N Wolf, O Luminet, J Ellrich, Y Gidron
The vagus nerve is strategically located in the body, and has multiple homeostatic and health-promoting effects. Low vagal activity predicts onset and progression of diseases. These are the reasons to activate this nerve. This study examined the effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (t-VNS) on a main index of vagal activity, namely heart rate variability (HRV). In Study 1, we compared short (10min) left versus right ear t-VNS versus sham (no stimulation) in a within-subjects experimental design...
November 30, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012885/vagus-nerve-stimulation-removal-or-replacement-involving-the-lead-and-the-electrode-surgical-technique-institutional-experience-and-outcome
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Charles Champeaux, Elisabeth Landré, Francine Chassoux, Michael Wilhelm Mann, Bertrand Devaux, Baris Turak
PURPOSE: To analyse the outcome of epileptic patients who had redo surgery involving the vagus nerve stimulation's lead. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical and surgical records of all patients who had a complete VNS removal or replacement or any redo surgical procedure involving the system lead at Sainte-Anne Hospital, Paris. RESULTS: Between the years 1999 and 2016, 41 redo surgical procedures involving the lead / the electrode were achieved, of which 23 complete VNS explantations, 12 complete system replacements, 5 lead changes only and one isolated lead removal...
December 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992003/neuromodulation-in-refractory-epilepsy-brazilian-specialists-consensus
#17
Vera Cristina Terra, Isabella D'Andrea-Meira, Ricardo Amorim, Francisco Arruda, Andrea Julião de Oliveira, Luciano De Paola, Adélia Maria de Miranda Henriques-Souza
Epilepsy is a potentially devastating brain disorder characterized by a predisposition to spontaneous epileptic seizures. In patients with medically refractory epilepsy, new non-pharmacological therapeutic approaches may be considered. In this scenario, palliative surgery such as vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) or deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be indicated in a subset of patients. In this paper we make recommendations for the use of VNS and DBS in patients in Brazil with refractory epilepsy.
December 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988257/parametric-characterization-of-neural-activity-in-the-locus-coeruleus-in-response-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation
#18
Daniel R Hulsey, Jonathan R Riley, Kristofer W Loerwald, Robert L Rennaker, Michael P Kilgard, Seth A Hays
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has emerged as a therapy to treat a wide range of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, depression, stroke, and tinnitus. Activation of neurons in the locus coeruleus (LC) is believed to mediate many of the effects of VNS in the central nervous system. Despite the importance of the LC, there is a dearth of direct evidence characterizing neural activity in response to VNS. A detailed understanding of the brain activity evoked by VNS across a range of stimulation parameters may guide selection of stimulation regimens for therapeutic use...
March 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980074/vagus-nerve-stimulation-reduces-cocaine-seeking-and-alters-plasticity-in-the-extinction-network
#19
Jessica E Childs, Jaime DeLeon, Emily Nickel, Sven Kroener
Drugs of abuse cause changes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and associated regions that impair inhibitory control over drug-seeking. Breaking the contingencies between drug-associated cues and the delivery of the reward during extinction learning reduces rates of relapse. Here we used vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) to induce targeted synaptic plasticity to facilitate extinction of appetitive behaviors and to reduce relapse. Rats self-administered cocaine and were given VNS during extinction. Relapse to drug-seeking was assessed in a cued reinstatement session...
January 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974314/the-k%C3%A3-lliker-fuse-nuclei-regulate-respiratory-rhythm-variability-via-a-gain-control-mechanism
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Rishi R Dhingra, Mathias Dutschmann, Roberto Fernandez Galan, Thomas E Dick
Respiration varies from breath to breath. On the millisecond time scale of spiking, neuronal circuits exhibit variability due to the stochastic properties of ion channels and synapses. Does this fast, microscopic source of variability contribute to the slower, macroscopic variability of the respiratory period? To address this question, we modeled a stochastic oscillator with forcing; then, we tested its predictions experimentally for the respiratory rhythm generated by the in situ perfused preparation during vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)...
December 14, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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