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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096400/defining-recovery-neurobiology-of-injured-spinal-cord-by-synthetic-matrix-assisted-hmsc-implantation
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Alexander E Ropper, Devang K Thakor, InBo Han, Dou Yu, Xiang Zeng, Jamie E Anderson, Zaid Aljuboori, Soo-Woo Kim, Hongjun Wang, Richard L Sidman, Ross D Zafonte, Yang D Teng
Mesenchymal stromal stem cells (MSCs) isolated from adult tissues offer tangible potential for regenerative medicine, given their feasibility for autologous transplantation. MSC research shows encouraging results in experimental stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and neurotrauma models. However, further translational progress has been hampered by poor MSC graft survival, jeopardizing cellular and molecular bases for neural repair in vivo. We have devised an adult human bone marrow MSC (hMSC) delivery formula by investigating molecular events involving hMSCs incorporated in a uniquely designed poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid scaffold, a clinically safe polymer, following inflammatory exposures in a dorsal root ganglion organotypic coculture system...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074359/pharmacological-management-of-chronic-pelvic-pain-in-women
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REVIEW
Erin T Carey, Sara R Till, Sawsan As-Sanie
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a multifaceted condition that often has both peripheral and central generators of pain. An understanding of neurobiology and neuropsychology of CPP should guide management. Successful treatment of CPP is typically multimodal, and pharmacologic treatment strategies include analgesics, hormonal suppression, anesthetics, antidepressants, membrane stabilizers, and anxiolytics. Evidence for these and other emerging pharmacologic therapies is presented in this article.
January 10, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072813/a-case-report-on-red-ear-syndrome-with-tinnitus-successfully-treated-with-transcranial-random-noise-stimulation
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Peter M Kreuzer, Veronika Vielsmeier, Timm B Poeppl, Berthold Langguth
BACKGROUND: The red ear syndrome represents a rare symptom complex consisting of auricular erythema associated with painful and burning sensations. It has been described in combination with tinnitus rarely. It has been hypothesized to be etiologically related to altered trigeminal afferent input, temporomandibular disorders, and thalamic dysfunction. OBJECTIVES: The initial objective of applying transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) in a case of red ear syndrome in combination with tinnitus was the alleviation of the phantom sounds...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069928/functional-organization-of-cutaneous-and-muscle-afferent-synapses-onto-immature-spinal-lamina-i-projection-neurons
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Jie Li, Mark L Baccei
: It is well-established that sensory afferents innervating muscle are more effective at inducing hyperexcitability within spinal cord circuits compared to skin afferents, which likely contributes to the higher prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to pain of cutaneous origin. However, the mechanisms underlying these differences in central nociceptive signaling remain incompletely understood, as nothing is known about how superficial dorsal horn (SDH) neurons process sensory input from muscle vs...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067727/psychological-and-physical-pain-as-predictors-of-suicide-risk-evidence-from-clinical-and-neuroimaging-findings
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Sakina J Rizvi, Adam Iskric, Raffaella Calati, Philippe Courtet
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Suicide is a multidimensional clinical phenomenon with complex biological, social and psychological risk factors. Therefore, it is imperative for studies to focus on developing a unified understanding of suicide risk that integrates current clinical and neurobiological findings. A recent line of research has implicated different classifications of pain in understanding suicide risk, including the concepts of psychache and pain tolerance. Although psychache is defined as the experience of unbearable psychological pain, pain tolerance refers to the greatest duration or intensity of painful stimuli that one is able to bear...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028803/cortical-alterations-in-medication-overuse-headache
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Franz Riederer, Marie Schaer, Andreas R Gantenbein, Roger Luechinger, Lars Michels, Marihan Kaya, Spyridon Kollias, Peter S Sándor
OBJECTIVE: Using surface-based morphometry we aimed to provide a detailed examination of cortical alterations in medication-overuse headache (MOH), by disentangling between altered cortical thickness and gyrification (folding). BACKGROUND: In MOH, pain modulation is probably dysfunctional at the cortical and subcortical level, resulting in a disequilibrium between pain inhibition and facilitation. Both increased and decreased cortical volumes have been reported in individuals with MOH...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008077/anxious-anticipation-and-pain-the-influence-of-instructed-vs-conditioned-threat-on-pain
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Philipp Reicherts, Julian Wiemer, Antje B M Gerdes, Stefan M Schulz, Paul Pauli, Matthias J Wieser
Negative emotions such as anxiety enhance pain perception. However, certain threat characteristics are discussed to have different or even divergent effects on pain (hypoalgesia vs hyperalgesia). In order to investigate the neurobiological basis of different threats, we compared the impact of conditioned threat (CT) vs instructed threat (IT) on pain using fMRI. In two groups, participants underwent either Pavlovian threat conditioning or an instructed threat procedure. Afterwards, in an identical test phase participants watched the same visual cues from the previous phase indicating potential threat or safety, and received painful thermal stimulation...
December 21, 2016: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001283/hey-mister-tambourine-man-play-a-drug-for-me-music-as-medication
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Robert H Howland
Listening to music may be thought of as noninvasive and nonpharmacological, but music should be considered a drug therapy. Music exposure has measurable neurobiological effects that are linked to systems regulating reward, motivation, and pleasure; stress and arousal; and immunity. Functional neuroimaging and lesion studies demonstrate that music-evoked emotions are associated with modulation of linked limbic and paralimbic brain regions. Some of these regions are involved in reward, motivation, and pleasure, and there are additional projections to brain structures regulating autonomic, emotional, and cognitive function...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986927/histological-underpinnings-of-grey-matter-changes-in-fibromyalgia-investigated-using-multimodal-brain-imaging
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F B Pomares, T Funck, N A Feier, S Roy, A Daigle-Martel, M Ceko, S Narayanan, D Araujo, A Thiel, N Stikov, M A Fitzcharles, P Schweinhardt
: Chronic pain patients present with cortical grey matter alterations, observed with anatomical magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Reduced regional grey matter volumes are often interpreted to reflect neurodegeneration but studies investigating the cellular origin of grey matter changes are lacking. We used multi-modal imaging to compare 26 post-menopausal women with 25 healthy controls (age range: 50-75 years) to test whether regional grey matter volume decreases in chronic pain are associated with compromised neuronal integrity...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984097/anti-allodynic-effect-of-mangiferin-in-neuropathic-rats-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-cyclic-gmp-atp-sensitive-k-channels-pathway-and-serotoninergic-system
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Antonio Espinosa de Los Monteros-Zuñiga, Teresa Izquierdo, Geovanna Nallely Quiñonez-Bastidas, Héctor Isaac Rocha-González, Beatriz Godínez-Chaparro
The neurobiology of neuropathic pain is caused by injury in the central or peripheral nervous system. Recent evidence points out that mangiferin shows anti-nociceptive effect in inflammatory pain. However, its role in inflammatory and neuropathic pain and the possible mechanisms of action are not yet established. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible anti-allodynic effect of mangiferin in rats with spinal nerve ligation (SNL). Furthermore, we sought to investigate the possible mechanisms of action that contribute to these effects...
October 28, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939459/molecular-mechanisms-of-pruritus
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REVIEW
J Meng, M Steinhoff
Pruritus is an unpleasant sensation that evokes the urgent desire to scratch. It is a symptom derived from many nervous system disorders that affects a large population of humans and is treated by a variety of pharmacological agents with variable access. Chronic itch is a huge unmet health problem which affect upward 20% of people worldwide. The mechanisms underlying the chronic pruritus are complex. Studies of the neurobiology, neurophysiology and cellular biology of itch have gradually been clarifying the mechanism of chronic itch both peripherally and centrally...
October 2016: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918444/mental-health-comorbidities-in-pediatric-chronic-pain-a-narrative-review-of-epidemiology-models-neurobiological-mechanisms-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Jillian Vinall, Maria Pavlova, Gordon J G Asmundson, Nivez Rasic, Melanie Noel
Chronic pain during childhood and adolescence can lead to persistent pain problems and mental health disorders into adulthood. Posttraumatic stress disorders and depressive and anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that co-occur at high rates in both adolescent and adult samples, and are linked to heightened impairment and disability. Comorbid chronic pain and psychopathology has been explained by the presence of shared neurobiology and mutually maintaining cognitive-affective and behavioral factors that lead to the development and/or maintenance of both conditions...
December 2, 2016: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893485/peripheral-neuropathic-pain-a-mechanism-related-organizing-principle-based-on-sensory-profiles
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Ralf Baron, Christoph Maier, Nadine Attal, Andreas Binder, Didier Bouhassira, Giorgio Cruccu, Nanna B Finnerup, Maija Haanpää, Per Hansson, Philipp Hüllemann, Troels S Jensen, Rainer Freynhagen, Jeffrey D Kennedy, Walter Magerl, Tina Mainka, Maren Reimer, Andrew S C Rice, Märta Segerdahl, Jordi Serra, Sören Sindrup, Claudia Sommer, Thomas Tölle, Jan Vollert, Rolf-Detlef Treede
Patients with neuropathic pain are heterogeneous in etiology, pathophysiology and clinical appearance. They exhibit a variety of pain-related sensory symptoms and signs (sensory profile). Different sensory profiles might indicate different classes of neurobiological mechanisms and hence subgroups with different sensory profiles might respond differently to treatment.The aim of the investigation was to identify subgroups in a large sample of neuropathic pain patients using hypothesis-free statistical methods on the database of three large multi-national research networks (German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS), IMI-Europain, Neuropain)...
November 3, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870423/sex-based-differences-in-brain-alterations-across-chronic-pain-conditions
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REVIEW
Arpana Gupta, Emeran A Mayer, Connor Fling, Jennifer S Labus, Bruce D Naliboff, Jui-Yang Hong, Lisa A Kilpatrick
Common brain mechanisms are thought to play a significant role across a multitude of chronic pain syndromes. In addition, there is strong evidence for the existence of sex differences in the prevalence of chronic pain and in the neurobiology of pain. Thus, it is important to consider sex when developing general principals of pain neurobiology. The goal of the current Mini-Review is to evaluate what is known about sex-specific brain alterations across multiple chronic pain populations. A total of 15 sex difference and 143 single-sex articles were identified from among 412 chronic pain neuroimaging articles...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852966/hippocampal-activation-of-microglia-may-underlie-the-shared-neurobiology-of-comorbid-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-chronic-pain
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Rao Sun, Zuoxia Zhang, Yishan Lei, Yue Liu, Cui'e Lu, Hui Rong, Yu'e Sun, Wei Zhang, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
The high comorbidity rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain have been widely reported, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Emerging evidence suggested that an excess of inflammatory immune activities in the hippocampus involved in the progression of both posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Considering that microglia are substrates underlying the initiation and propagation of the neuroimmune response, we hypothesized that stress-induced activation of hippocampal microglia may contribute to the pathogenesis of posttraumatic stress disorder-pain comorbidity...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826033/the-neurobiology-of-safety-and-threat-learning-in-infancy
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REVIEW
Jacek Debiec, Regina M Sullivan
What an animal needs to learn to survive is altered dramatically as they change from dependence on the parent for protection to independence and reliance on self-defense. This transition occurs in most altricial animals, but our understanding of the behavioral neurobiology has mostly relied on the infant rat. The transformation from dependence to independence occurs over three weeks in pups and is accompanied by complex changes in responses to both natural and learned threats and the supporting neural circuitry...
November 4, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816599/etiology-and-treatment-of-pain-and-psychosocial-issues-in%C3%A2-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Miguel Regueiro, Julia B Greer, Eva Szigethy
There is increasing evidence that brain-gut interactions are altered during development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Understanding the relationship between the neurobiology, psychological symptoms, and social ramifications of IBD can guide comprehensive care for the whole patient. The most common psychological conditions in patients with IBD are chronic abdominal pain, anxiety, and depression. We review the evidence-based data and rates of these conditions and their respective relationship to IBD and the diagnostic approaches to identify patients with these conditions...
February 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813425/emerging-drugs-for-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-and-neuropathic-pain
#18
Nikolaos Papanas, Dan Ziegler
Diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN) is a common complication of diabetes. Areas covered: In this review, the authors discuss the emerging drugs for DSPN, which aim either at improving alleviation of neuropathic pain or addressing the putative mechanisms underlying diabetic neuropathy. Expert Opinion: Current treatment does not address the sensory deficits and pathogenesis underlying DSPN, so there is an unmet need for treatment options targeting the natural history of the condition. Some of these pathogenetic therapies have demonstrated clinically relevant improvements in neuropathic endpoints in recent randomised controlled trials...
December 2016: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812328/adverse-social-experiences-in-adolescent-rats-result-in-enduring-effects-on-social-competence-pain-sensitivity-and-endocannabinoid-signaling
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Peggy Schneider, Laura Bindila, Christian Schmahl, Martin Bohus, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Beat Lutz, Rainer Spanagel, Miriam Schneider
Social affiliation is essential for many species and gains significant importance during adolescence. Disturbances in social affiliation, in particular social rejection experiences during adolescence, affect an individual's well-being and are involved in the emergence of psychiatric disorders. The underlying mechanisms are still unknown, partly because of a lack of valid animal models. By using a novel animal model for social peer-rejection, which compromises adolescent rats in their ability to appropriately engage in playful activities, here we report on persistent impairments in social behavior and dysregulations in the endocannabinoid (eCB) system...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797669/mindful-yoga-pilot-study-shows-modulation-of-abnormal-pain-processing-in-fibromyalgia-patients
#20
James W Carson, Kimberly M Carson, Kim D Jones, Lindsay Lancaster, Scott D Mist
Published findings from a randomized controlled trial have shown that Mindful Yoga training improves symptoms, functional deficits, and coping abilities in individuals with fibromyalgia and that these benefits are replicable and can be maintained 3 months post-treatment. The aim of this study was to collect pilot data in female fibromyalgia patients (n = 7) to determine if initial evidence indicates that Mindful Yoga also modulates the abnormal pain processing that characterizes fibromyalgia. Pre- and post-treatment data were obtained on quantitative sensory tests and measures of symptoms, functional deficits, and coping abilities...
January 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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