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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445906/-bipolar-stimulation-may-improve-the-efficacy-of-the-percutaneous-nerve-evaluation-test-of-sacral-neuromodulation
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André Reitz, Tanja Hüsch, Regula Doggweiler, Stephan Buse, Axel Haferkamp
Purpose This study evaluates the hypothesis that bipolar stimulation of the S3 and S4 sacral roots may enhance the efficacy of the percutaneous nerve evaluation (PNE) test. Material and Methods In this case-control-study, we enrolled 43 patients undergoing bipolar PNE and 57 controls undergoing unipolar PNE. For bipolar PNE, four test electrodes were placed at the bilateral S3 and S4 roots. The electrodes at the S3 and S4 roots of each side were connected to obtain bipolar stimulation. The test protocol over eight days included unilateral and bilateral stimulation of the S3 and S4 sacral roots...
April 26, 2017: Aktuelle Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444769/lesions-of-the-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-neurons-attenuates-sleepiness-and-adenosine-after-alcohol-consumption
#2
Rishi Sharma, Pradeep Sahota, Mahesh M Thakkar
Alcohol has a profound effect on sleep. However, neuronal substrates mediating sleep-promoting effects of alcohol are unknown. Since the basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons are implicated in the homeostatic regulation of sleep, we hypothesized that the BF cholinergic neurons may have an important role in sleepiness observed after alcohol consumption. 192-IgG-saporin (bilateral BF infusions) was used to selectively lesion BF cholinergic neurons in adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Standard surgical procedures were used to implant sleep recording electrodes or microdialysis guide cannulas...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443846/on-chip-enzymatic-microbiofuel-cell-powered-integrated-circuits
#3
Andrew G Mark, Emmanuel Suraniti, Jérôme Roche, Harald Richter, Alexander Kuhn, Nicolas Mano, Peer Fischer
A variety of diagnostic and therapeutic medical technologies rely on long term implantation of an electronic device to monitor or regulate a patient's condition. One proposed approach to powering these devices is to use a biofuel cell to convert the chemical energy from blood nutrients into electrical current to supply the electronics. We present here an enzymatic microbiofuel cell whose electrodes are directly integrated into a digital electronic circuit. Glucose oxidizing and oxygen reducing enzymes are immobilized on microelectrodes of an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) using redox hydrogels to produce an enzymatic biofuel cell, capable of harvesting electrical power from just a single droplet of 5 mM glucose solution...
April 26, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443786/characterization-of-volitional-electromyographic-signals-in-the-lower-extremity-after-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Elizabeth Heald, Ronald Hart, Kevin Kilgore, P Hunter Peckham
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of intact axons across a spinal cord lesion, even in those clinically diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury (SCI). These axons may allow volitional motor signals to be transmitted through the injury, even in the absence of visible muscle contraction. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the presence of volitional electromyographic (EMG) activity below the lesion in motor complete SCI and to characterize this activity to determine its value for potential use as a neuroprosthetic command source...
April 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443060/the-vestibular-implant-hearing-preservation-during-intralabyrinthine-electrode-insertion-a-case-report
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Raymond van de Berg, Florence Lucieer, Nils Guinand, Joost van Tongeren, Erwin George, Jean-Philippe Guyot, Herman Kingma, Marc van Hoof, Yasin Temel, Jacobus van Overbeeke, Angelica Perez-Fornos, Robert Stokroos
OBJECTIVE: The vestibular implant seems feasible as a clinically useful device in the near future. However, hearing preservation during intralabyrinthine implantation remains a challenge. It should be preserved to be able to treat patients with bilateral vestibulopathy and (partially) intact hearing. This case study investigated the feasibility of hearing preservation during the acute phase after electrode insertion in the semicircular canals. METHODS: A 40-year-old woman with normal hearing underwent a translabyrinthine approach for a vestibular schwannoma Koos Grade IV...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441850/-clinical-application-of-one-stage-operation-of-epicardial-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-and-cardiac-surgery
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C L Ren, S L Jiang, C S Xiao, R Wang, C Q Gao
Objective: To summarize the results and clinical application experience of one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. Methods: From November 2014 to July 2016, 15 patients (9 males and 6 females) with ages ranging from 50 to 73 (63.5±6.2) years requiring cardiac surgery with bradycardia underwent one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. All operations were performed under general anesthesia with chest median incision approach...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438166/adjacent-regenerative-peripheral-nerve-interfaces-produce-phase-antagonist-signals-during-voluntary-walking-in-rats
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Daniel Ursu, Andrej Nedic, Melanie Urbanchek, Paul Cederna, R Brent Gillespie
BACKGROUND: Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (RPNIs) are neurotized muscle grafts intended to produce electromyographic signals suitable for motorized prosthesis control. Two RPNIs producing independent agonist/antagonist signals are required for each control axis; however, it is unknown whether signals from adjacent RPNIs are independent. The purpose of this work was to determine signaling characteristics from two adjacent RPNIs, the first neurotized by a foot dorsi-flexor nerve and the second neurotized by a foot plantar-flexor nerve in a rodent model...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434860/direct-brain-stimulation-modulates-encoding-states-and-memory-performance-in-humans
#8
Youssef Ezzyat, James E Kragel, John F Burke, Deborah F Levy, Anastasia Lyalenko, Paul Wanda, Logan O'Sullivan, Katherine B Hurley, Stanislav Busygin, Isaac Pedisich, Michael R Sperling, Gregory A Worrell, Michal T Kucewicz, Kathryn A Davis, Timothy H Lucas, Cory S Inman, Bradley C Lega, Barbara C Jobst, Sameer A Sheth, Kareem Zaghloul, Michael J Jutras, Joel M Stein, Sandhitsu R Das, Richard Gorniak, Daniel S Rizzuto, Michael J Kahana
People often forget information because they fail to effectively encode it. Here, we test the hypothesis that targeted electrical stimulation can modulate neural encoding states and subsequent memory outcomes. Using recordings from neurosurgical epilepsy patients with intracranially implanted electrodes, we trained multivariate classifiers to discriminate spectral activity during learning that predicted remembering from forgetting, then decoded neural activity in later sessions in which we applied stimulation during learning...
April 13, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433987/radiofrequency-lesions-through-deep-brain-stimulation-electrodes-in-movement-disorders-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Javier Pérez-Suárez, Cristina V Torres Díaz, Lydia López Manzanares, Marta Navas García, Jesús Pastor, Patricia Barrio Fernández, Rafael G de Sola
BACKGROUND: Although there are few reports of radiofrequency lesions performed through deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes in patients with movement disorders, experience with this method is scarce. METHODS: We present 2 patients who had been previously treated with DBS of subthalamic nuclei (STN) and the ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, respectively, and underwent a radiofrequency lesion through their DBS electrodes after developing a hardware infection...
April 22, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432874/delayed-changes-in-auditory-status-in-cochlear-implant-users-with-preserved-acoustic-hearing
#10
Rachel A Scheperle, Viral D Tejani, Julia K Omtvedt, Carolyn J Brown, Paul J Abbas, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Jacob J Oleson, Marie V Ozanne
This retrospective review explores delayed-onset hearing loss in 85 individuals receiving cochlear implants designed to preserve acoustic hearing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics between 2001 and 2015. Repeated measures of unaided behavioral audiometric thresholds, electrode impedance, and electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) amplitude growth functions were used to characterize longitudinal changes in auditory status. Participants were grouped into two primary categories according to changes in unaided behavioral thresholds: (1) stable hearing or symmetrical hearing loss and (2) delayed loss of hearing in the implanted ear...
April 12, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431056/long-term-outcome-of-transvenous-pacemaker-implantation-in-infants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Laura M Vos, Janneke A E Kammeraad, Matthias W Freund, Andreas C Blank, Johannes M P J Breur
Aim: Evaluation of long-term outcome of transvenous pacemaker (PM) implantation in infants. Methods and Results: A retrospective analysis of all transvenous PM implantations in infants <10 kg between September 1997 and October 2001 was made. Indications for PM implantation, age at implantation, and determinants of long-term outcome including cardiac function, PM function, and PM (system) complications were noted. Seven patients underwent transvenous VVI(R) PM implantation...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428757/circadian-rhythm-in-kidney-tissue-oxygenation-in-the-rat
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Tonja W Emans, Ben J Janssen, Jaap A Joles, C T Paul Krediet
Blood pressure, renal hemodynamics, electrolyte, and water excretion all display diurnal oscillation. Disturbance of these patterns is associated with hypertension and chronic kidney disease. Kidney oxygenation is dependent on oxygen delivery and consumption that in turn are determined by renal hemodynamics and metabolism. We hypothesized that kidney oxygenation also demonstrates 24-h periodicity. Telemetric oxygen-sensitive carbon paste electrodes were implanted in Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g), either in renal medulla (n = 9) or cortex (n = 7)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426130/length-of-stay-for-patients-undergoing-invasive-electrode-monitoring-with-stereoelectroencephalography-and-subdural-grids-correlates-positively-with-increased-institutional-profitability
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Alvin Y Chan, Sohayla Kharrat, Kelly Lundeen, Lilit Mnatsakanyan, Mona Sazgar, Indranil Sen-Gupta, Jack J Lin, Frank P K Hsu, Sumeet Vadera
OBJECTIVE: Lowering the length of stay (LOS) is thought to potentially decrease hospital costs and is a metric commonly used to manage capacity. Patients with epilepsy undergoing intracranial electrode monitoring may have longer LOS because the time to seizure is difficult to predict or control. This study investigates the effect of economic implications of increased LOS in patients undergoing invasive electrode monitoring for epilepsy. METHODS: We retrospectively collected and analyzed patient data for 76 patients who underwent invasive monitoring with either subdural grid (SDG) implantation or stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) over 2 years at our institution...
April 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424583/a-rodent-model-of-dynamic-facial-reanimation-using-functional-electrical-stimulation
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Mark A Attiah, Julius de Vries, Andrew G Richardson, Timothy H Lucas
Facial paralysis can be a devastating condition, causing disfiguring facial droop, slurred speech, eye dryness, scarring and blindness. This study investigated the utility of closed-loop functional electric stimulation (FES) for reanimating paralyzed facial muscles in a quantitative rodent model. The right buccal and marginal mandibular branches of the rat facial nerve were transected for selective, unilateral paralysis of whisker muscles. Microwire electrodes were implanted bilaterally into the facial musculature for FES and electromyographic (EMG) recording...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422663/a-neural-probe-with-up-to-966-electrodes-and-up-to-384-configurable-channels-in-0-13-%C3%AE-m-soi-cmos
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Carolina Mora Lopez, Jan Putzeys, Bogdan Cristian Raducanu, Marco Ballini, Shiwei Wang, Alexandru Andrei, Veronique Rochus, Roeland Vandebriel, Simone Severi, Chris Van Hoof, Silke Musa, Nick Van Helleputte, Refet Firat Yazicioglu, Srinjoy Mitra
In vivo recording of neural action-potential and local-field-potential signals requires the use of high-resolution penetrating probes. Several international initiatives to better understand the brain are driving technology efforts towards maximizing the number of recording sites while minimizing the neural probe dimensions. We designed and fabricated (0.13- μm SOI Al CMOS) a 384-channel configurable neural probe for large-scale in vivo recording of neural signals. Up to 966 selectable active electrodes were integrated along an implantable shank (70 μm wide, 10 mm long, 20  μm thick), achieving a crosstalk of [Formula: see text] dB...
April 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421258/-intralabyrinthine-schwannomas-surgical-management-and-hearing-rehabilitation-with-cochlear-implants-german-version
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S K Plontke, T Rahne, M Pfister, G Götze, C Heider, N Pazaitis, C Strauss, P Caye-Thomasen, S Kösling
Intralabyrinthine schwannomas (ILS) are a rare differential diagnosis of sudden hearing loss and vertigo. In an own case series of 12 patients, 6 tumors showed an intracochlear, 3 an intravestibular, 1 a transmodiolar including the cerebello-pontine angle (CPA), 1 a transotic including the CPA and 1 a multilocular location. The tumors were removed surgically in 9 patients, whereas 3 patients opted for a "wait-and-test-and-scan" strategy. Of the surgical patients, 3 underwent labyrinthectomy and cochlear implant (CI) surgery in a single stage procedure; 1 patient received extended cochleostomy with CI surgery; 3 underwent partial or subtotal cochleoectomy, with partial cochlear reconstruction and CI surgery (n = 1) or implantation of electrode dummies for possible later CI following repeated MRI follow-up (n = 2); and in 2 patients, the tumors of the internal auditory canal and cerebellopontile angle exhibiting transmodiolar or transmacular growth were removed by combined translabyrinthine-transotic resection...
April 18, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419217/shock-efficacy-of-single-and-dual-coil-electrodes-new-insights-from-the-nordic-icd-trial
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Dietmar Bänsch, Hendrik Bonnemeier, Johan Brandt, Frank Bode, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Oliver Ritter, Johannes Aring, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben, Ralph Schneider, Angelika Felk, Tino Hauser, Anika Buchholz, Gerhard Hindricks, Karl Wegscheider
Aims: Dual coil (DC) electrodes are preferred to single coil (SC) electrodes because of an assumed higher shock efficacy. However, DC-electrodes may be associated with an increased difficulty and risk of lead extraction. We aimed to compare SC- and DC-electrodes with respect to the first shock efficacy (FSE) after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Methods and results: One thousand and seventy-seven patients of the NORDIC ICD trial were randomly assigned to first time ICD implantation with or without defibrillation (DF) testing...
April 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417536/stretchable-and-soft-electronics-using-liquid-metals
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REVIEW
Michael D Dickey
The use of liquid metals based on gallium for soft and stretchable electronics is discussed. This emerging class of electronics is motivated, in part, by the new opportunities that arise from devices that have mechanical properties similar to those encountered in the human experience, such as skin, tissue, textiles, and clothing. These types of electronics (e.g., wearable or implantable electronics, sensors for soft robotics, e-skin) must operate during deformation. Liquid metals are compelling materials for these applications because, in principle, they are infinitely deformable while retaining metallic conductivity...
April 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417488/electroactive-ionic-soft-actuators-with-monolithically-integrated-gold-nanocomposite-electrodes
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Yunsong Yan, Tommaso Santaniello, Luca Giacomo Bettini, Chloé Minnai, Andrea Bellacicca, Riccardo Porotti, Ilaria Denti, Gabriele Faraone, Marco Merlini, Cristina Lenardi, Paolo Milani
Electroactive ionic gel/metal nanocomposites are produced by implanting supersonically accelerated neutral gold nanoparticles into a novel chemically crosslinked ion conductive soft polymer. The ionic gel consists of chemically crosslinked poly(acrylic acid) and polyacrylonitrile networks, blended with halloysite nanoclays and imidazolium-based ionic liquid. The material exhibits mechanical properties similar to that of elastomers (Young's modulus ≈ 0.35 MPa) together with high ionic conductivity. The fabrication of thin (≈100 nm thick) nanostructured compliant electrodes by means of supersonic cluster beam implantation (SCBI) does not significantly alter the mechanical properties of the soft polymer and provides controlled electrical properties and large surface area for ions storage...
April 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414968/investigating-the-correlation-between-short-term-effectiveness-of-vns-therapy-in-reducing-the-severity-of-seizures-and-long-term-responsiveness
#20
Maryam Ravan
VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) Therapy(®) is an adjunctive therapy for patients with medically refractory epilepsy. The primary metric used to assess response to any treatment for epilepsy is seizure frequency reduction as measured using seizure diaries. In addition to seizure frequency, reduction in seizure severity is clinically meaningful to patients and can be measured objectively. Analysis of electro-encephalographic (EEG) signals has revealed that seizures are accompanied by spatial synchronization of EEG electrodes that may persist for several minutes after the seizure...
April 11, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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