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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926781/a-leukomyeloencephalopathy-of-unknown-origin-in-an-azawakh-dog
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Maria Teresa Mandara, Alice Reginato, Federica Balducci, Marco Bernardini
A diffuse bilaterally symmetrical leukomyeloencephalopathy was observed in a 6-year-old male Azawakh dog showing a slowly progressive ataxia of six months duration associated with sensory disorders. Severe bilaterally symmetrical demyelination and vacuolisation were confined to the dorsal columns along the entire spinal cord with a minor axonal degeneration. The main changes of myelin sheaths consisted in splitting and intramyelin vacuolization. Naked axons were scattered in a network of astrocytic processes and collagen fibres...
September 5, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899285/predicting-rehabilitation-length-of-stay-in-canada-it-s-not-just-about-impairment
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B Catharine Craven, Dilnur Kurban, Farnoosh Farahani, Carly S Rivers, Chester Ho, A Gary Linassi, Dany H Gagnon, Colleen O'Connell, Karen Ethans, Laurent J Bouyer, Vanessa K Noonan
INTRODUCTION: Current tertiary Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) rehabilitation funding and rehabilitation length of stay (R-LOS) in most North American jurisdictions are linked to an individual's impairment. Our objectives were to: 1) describe the impact of relevant demographic, impairment and medical complexity variables at rehabilitation admission on R-LOS among adult Canadians with traumatic SCI; and 2) identify factors which extend R-LOS. METHODS: Data from 1,376 adults with traumatic SCI were obtained via chart abstraction and administrative data linkage from 15 Rick Hansen SCI Registry sites (2004-2014)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894545/comparing-performances-of-intelligent-classifier-algorithms-for-predicting-type-of-pain-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Nasrolah Nasr HeidarAbadi, Laleh Hakemi, Pirhossein Kolivand, Reza Safdari, Marjan Ghazi Saeidi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In this study, performances of classification techniques were compared in order to predict type of pain in patients with spinal cord injury. Pain is one of the main problems in people with spinal cord injury. Identifying the optimal classification technique will help improve decision support systems in clinical settings. METHODS: A descriptive retrospective analysis was performed in 253 patients. We compared performances of "Bayesian Networks", "Decision Tree", neural networks: "Multi-Layer Perceptron" (MLP), and "Support Vector Machines" (SVM)...
July 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885295/morphometric-analysis-of-rat-spinal-cord-angioarchitecture-by-phase-contrast-radiography-from-2d-to-3d-visualization
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Tianding Wu, Yong Cao, Shuangfei Ni, Zixiang Luo, Liyuan Jiang, Hongbin Lu, Jianzhong Hu
STUDY DESIGN: An advanced imaging of vasculature with synchrotron radiation X-ray in a rat model. OBJECTIVE: To develop the potential for quantitative assessment of vessel network from 2D to 3D visualization by synchrotron radiation X-ray phase contrast tomography (XPCT) in rat spinal cord model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Investigation of microvasculature contributes to the understanding of pathological development of spinal cord injury...
September 6, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874923/noninvasive-brain-stimulation-maladaptive-plasticity-and-bayesian-analysis-in-phantom-limb-pain
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REVIEW
Leon Morales-Quezada
Introduction: Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a common and poorly understood pathology of difficult medical control that progressively takes place after amputation occurs. Objective: This article discusses the multifactorial bases of PLP. These bases involve local changes at the stump level, spinal modifications of excitability, deafferentation, and central sensitization, leading to the development of maladaptive plasticity, and consequentially, defective processing of sensory information by associative neural networks...
August 1, 2017: Medical Acupuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856689/real-time-large-scale-in-vivo-observations-reveal-intrinsic-synchrony-plasticity-and-growth-cone-dynamics-of-midline-crossing-axons-during-neuronal-wiring-of-the-zebrafish-spinal-cord
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Søren S L Andersen
How axons are wired in the vertebrate spinal cord has been studied mostly using fixed samples or looking at individually growing axons. Using light-sheet microscopy, early neural development is here followed in vivo in real time at high resolution along several hundred micrometers of the zebrafish spinal cord. The dynamics and time course of cellular development and axonal wiring of interneurons expressing GFP under control of the dmrt3 promotor are analyzed. Following neurulation, commissural axons are observed crossing the ventral floor plate midline perpendicularly at about 20 microns/h and in a manner dependent on the Robo3 but not the EphA4 receptors...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844009/anatomical-and-electrophysiological-characterization-of-a-population-of-di6-interneurons-in-the-neonatal-mouse-spinal-cord
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Anna Griener, Wei Zhang, Henry Kao, Farhia Haque, Simon Gosgnach
The locomotor central pattern generator is a neural network located in the ventral aspect of the caudal spinal cord that underlies stepping in mammals. While many genetically defined interneurons that are thought to comprise this neural network have been identified and characterized, the dI6 cells- which express the transcription factors WT1 and/or DMRT3- are one population that settle in this region, are active during locomotion, whose function is poorly understood. These cells were originally hypothesized to be commissural premotor interneurons, however evidence in support of this is sparse...
August 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835181/determinants-of-participating-in-life-after-spinal-cord-injury-advice-for-health-professionals-arising-from-an-examination-of-shared-narratives
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Delena Amsters, James Duncan, Victoria Field, Alastair Smales, Leanne Zillmann, Melissa Kendall, Pim Kuipers
PURPOSE: To explore the perceived determinants of participation in life after spinal cord injury and incorporate these into a framework for the promotion of participation suitable for use by rehabilitation professionals. METHOD: Four people with spinal cord injury and one health service researcher engaged in a process of sharing narratives of life after spinal cord injury over a period of one year. The narratives were distilled using thematic analysis. RESULTS: The relevant subset of data from the narratives categorized as This is what we think determines our participation in life was analyzed in depth to reveal nine themes (1) The world can be my friend or foe; (2) I am who I am; (3) It is a personal journey; (4) Some like to talk, others like to do; (5) We have the technology; (6) A support network is vital and it can be built; (7) Life involves tradeoffs; (8) Push; and (9) Be flexible...
August 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833372/axonal-components-of-nerves-innervating-the-human-arm
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Bernhard Gesslbauer, Laura A Hruby, Aidan D Roche, Dario Farina, Roland Blumer, Oskar C Aszmann
OBJECTIVE: Axons traveling within the brachial plexus are responsible for the dexterous control of human arm and hand movements. Despite comprehensive knowledge on the topographical anatomy of nerves innervating the human upper limbs, the definite quantity of sensory and motor axons within this neural network remains elusive. Our aim was to perform a quantitative analysis of the axonal components of human upper limb nerves based on highly specific molecular features from spinal cord level to the terminal nerves at wrist level...
August 18, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816231/molecular-mechanisms-of-the-analgesic-action-of-wu-tou-decoction-on-neuropathic-pain-in-mice-revealed-using-microarray-and-network-analysis
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Yan-Qiong Zhang, Chao Wang, Qiu-Yan Guo, Chun-Yan Zhu, Chen Yan, Dan-Ni Sun, Qiong-Hong Xu, Na Lin
Wu-tou Decoction (WTD) is a classic herbal formula in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of joint diseases, neuropathic pain (NP) and inflammatory pain. In this study we investigated whether WTD produced analgesic action in a mouse spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model and elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Mice were subjected to SNL and orally treated with WTD (3.15, 6.30 or 12.60 g·kg(-1)·d(-1)) for 21 d. SNL induced mechanical hyperalgesia and heat hyperalgesia characterized by rapid and persistent pain hypersensitivity...
August 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782683/unidirectional-brain-to-muscle-connectivity-reveals-motor-cortex-control-of-leg-muscles-during-stereotyped-walking
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Fiorenzo Artoni, Chiara Fanciullacci, Federica Bertolucci, Alessandro Panarese, Scott Makeig, Silvestro Micera, Carmelo Chisari
In lower mammals, locomotion seems to be mainly regulated by subcortical and spinal networks. On the contrary, recent evidence suggests that in humans the motor cortex is also significantly engaged during complex locomotion tasks. However, a detailed understanding of cortical contribution to locomotion is still lacking especially during stereotyped activities. Here, we show that cortical motor areas finely control leg muscle activation during treadmill stereotyped walking. Using a novel technique based on a combination of Reliable Independent Component Analysis, source localization and effective connectivity, and by combining electroencephalographic (EEG) and electromyographic (EMG) recordings in able-bodied adults we were able to examine for the first time cortical activation patterns and cortico-muscular connectivity including information flow direction...
August 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768105/exhaled-breath-markers-for-nonimaging-and-noninvasive-measures-for-detection-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Yoav Y Broza, Lior Har-Shai, Raneen Jeries, John C Cancilla, Lea Glass-Marmor, Izabella Lejbkowicz, José S Torrecilla, Xuelin Yao, Xinliang Feng, Akimitsu Narita, Klaus Müllen, Ariel Miller, Hossam Haick
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic neurological disease affecting young adults. MS diagnosis is based on clinical characteristics and confirmed by examination of the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) or by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain or spinal cord or both. However, neither of the current diagnostic procedures are adequate as a routine tool to determine disease state. Thus, diagnostic biomarkers are needed. In the current study, a novel approach that could meet these expectations is presented...
August 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761373/chronic-constriction-injury-of-sciatic-nerve-changes-circular-rna-expression-in-rat-spinal-dorsal-horn
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Song Cao, Wenwen Deng, Ying Li, Bangyong Qin, Lin Zhang, Shouyang Yu, Peng Xie, Zhi Xiao, Tian Yu
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms of neuropathic pain are still largely unknown. Molecular changes in spinal dorsal horn may contribute to the initiation and development of neuropathic pain. Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been identified as microRNA sponges and involved in various biological processes, but whether their expression profile changes in neuropathic pain condition is not reported. METHODS: To test whether neuropathic pain influences circRNA expression, we developed a sciatic chronic constriction injury (CCI) model in rats...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743454/convergence-of-primary-sensory-cortex-and-cerebellar-nuclei-pathways-in-the-whisker-system
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REVIEW
Carmen B Schäfer, Freek E Hoebeek
To safely maneuver through the environment the brain needs to compare active sensory information with ongoing motor programs. This process occurs at various levels in the brain: at the lower level, i.e., in the spinal cord, reflexes are generated for the most primitive motor responses; at the intermediate level, i.e., in the brainstem, various nuclei co-process sensory- and motor-related inputs; and, at the higher level cerebellum and thalamo-cortical networks individually compute suitable commands for fine-tuned motor output...
July 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732686/health-conditions-impact-on-function-health-related-quality-of-life-and-life-satisfaction-following-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-observational-registry-cohort-study
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Carly S Rivers, Nader Fallah, Vanessa K Noonan, David Gt Whitehurst, Carolyn Schwartz, Joel Finkelstein, B Catharine Craven, Karen Ethans, Colleen O'Connell, Catherine Truchon, Chester Ho, A Gary Linassi, Christine Short, Eve Tsai, Brian Drew, Henry Ahn, Marcel F Dvorak, Jérôme Paquet, Michael G Fehlings, Luc Noreau
OBJECTIVE: To analyze relationships among injury, demographic and environmental factors on function, HRQoL and life satisfaction in individuals with traumatic SCI. DESIGN: prospective observational registry cohort study SETTING: 31 acute and rehabilitation SCI centres PARTICIPANTS: Participants (N=340) from the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR) who were prospectively recruited from 2004-2014 were included. The model cohort included 340 participants: 79...
July 18, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731189/identification-of-pivotal-genes-and-pathways-for-spinal-cord-injury-via-bioinformatics-analysis
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Zonghao Zhu, Qiang Shen, Liang Zhu, Xiaokang Wei
The present study aimed to identify key genes and pathways associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) and subsequently investigate possible therapeutic targets for the condition. The array data of GSE20907 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database and 24 gene chips, including 3‑day, 4‑day, 1‑week, 2‑week and 1‑month post‑SCI together with control propriospinal neurons, were used for the analysis. The raw data was normalized and then the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the (A) 2‑week post‑SCI group vs...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716636/a-simplified-clinical-prediction-rule-for-prognosticating-independent-walking-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-study-from-a-canadian-multicenter-spinal-cord-injury-registry
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Katharine E Hicks, Yichen Zhao, Nader Fallah, Carly Rivers, Vanessa Noonan, Tova Plashkes, Eugene K Wai, Darren M Roffey, Eve Tsai, Jerome Paquet, Najmedden Attabib, Travis Marion, Henry Ahn, Philippe Phan
BACKGROUND: Context: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition with limited treatment options for neurological or functional recovery. The ability to predict the prognosis of walking post-injury with emerging prediction models could aid in rehabilitation strategies and reintegration into the community. PURPOSE: To re-validate an existing clinical prediction model for independent ambulation (van Middendorp et al. 2011) utilising acute and long-term post-injury follow-up data, and to investigate the accuracy of a simplified model using prospectively collected data from a Canadian multicenter SCI database, the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR)...
July 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657334/large-scale-network-analysis-of-whole-brain-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-spinal-cord-injury-a-comparative-study
#18
Mayank Kaushal, Akinwunmi Oni-Orisan, Gang Chen, Wenjun Li, Jack Leschke, Doug Ward, Benjamin Kalinosky, Matthew Budde, Brian Schmit, Shi-Jiang Li, Vaishnavi Muqeet, Shekar Kurpad
Network analysis based on graph theory depicts the brain as a complex network that allows inspection of overall brain connectivity pattern and calculation of quantifiable network metrics. To date, large-scale network analysis has not been applied to resting-state functional networks in complete spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. To characterize modular reorganization of whole brain into constituent nodes and compare network metrics between SCI and control subjects, fifteen subjects with chronic complete cervical SCI and 15 neurologically intact controls were scanned...
September 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649492/relationship-between-brainstem-neurodegeneration-and-clinical-impairment-in-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Patrick Grabher, Claudia Blaiotta, John Ashburner, Patrick Freund
BACKGROUND: Brainstem networks are pivotal in sensory and motor function and in recovery following experimental spinal cord injury (SCI). OBJECTIVE: To quantify neurodegeneration and its relation to clinical impairment in major brainstem pathways and nuclei in traumatic SCI. METHODS: Quantitative MRI data of 30 chronic traumatic SCI patients (15 with tetraplegia and 15 with paraplegia) and 23 controls were acquired. Patients underwent a full neurological examination...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623089/optimal-intrathecal-hyperbaric-bupivacaine-dose-with-opioids-for-cesarean-delivery-a-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-trial
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Eiko Onishi, Mamoru Murakami, Keiji Hashimoto, Miho Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Single-shot spinal anesthesia is commonly used for cesarean delivery. Achieving adequate anesthesia throughout surgery needs to be balanced with associated complications. We investigated the optimal dose of intrathecal hyperbaric bupivacaine, co-administered with opioids, for anesthesia for cesarean delivery. METHODS: This prospective, randomized, double-blinded, dose-ranging trial included parturients scheduled to undergo cesarean delivery under spinal anesthesia...
May 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
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