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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436247/effects-of-peripheral-vestibular-dysfunction-on-dynamic-postural-stability-measured-by-the-functional-reach-test-and-timed-up-and-go-test
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Toshiko Nishi, Teru Kamogashira, Chisato Fujimoto, Makoto Kinoshita, Naoya Egami, Keiko Sugasawa, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Shinichi Iwasaki
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of vestibular function on dynamic postural stability assessed by the functional reach test (FRT) and the timed up and go test (TUG). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The FRT and TUG were performed in 399 patients with dizziness. The effects of peripheral vestibular dysfunction assessed by the caloric test and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs) to air-conducted sound (500 Hz, tone burst) on the results of FRT and TUG were analyzed...
June 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430048/a-spinal-epidural-abscess-due-to-streptobacillus-moniliformis-infection-following-a-rat-bite-case-report
#2
Alexander Hammer, Dorit Wolff, Walter Geißdörfer, Michael Schrey, Renate Ziegler, Hans-Herbert Steiner, Christian Bogdan
The authors describe the case of a 40-year-old man suffering from an epidural abscess in the thoracic spine due to a rarely isolated pathogen, Streptobacillus moniliformis, the causative agent of rat bite fever. Besides diffuse abdominal pain, ataxia, paresthesia, hypesthesia, and enhanced reflexes of the lower extremities, the patient suffered from a decreased sensation of bladder filling. His history was also positive for a rat bite 6 weeks earlier. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an epidural, space-occupying lesion compressing the spinal cord at the vertebral levels of T6-8...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427710/clinical-outcomes-and-predictive-factors-related-to-good-outcomes-in-plasma-exchange-in-severe-attack-of-nmosd-and-long-extensive-transverse-myelitis-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Saharat Aungsumart, Metha Apiwattanakul
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive factors associated with good outcomes of plasma exchange in severe attacks through neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and long extensive transverse myelitis (LETM). In addition, to review the literature of predictive factors associated with the good outcomes of plasma exchange in central nervous system inflammatory demyelinating diseases (CNS IDDs). METHODS: Retrospective study in 27 episodes of severe acute attacks myelitis and optic neuritis in 24 patients, including 20 patients with NMOSD seropositive, 1 patient with NMOSD seronegative and 3 patients with LETM...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421392/combination-of-sacral-nerve-and-tibial-nerve-stimulation-for-treatment-of-bladder-overactivity-in-pigs
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Xing Li, Limin Liao, Guoqing Chen, Zhaoxia Wang, Han Deng
PURPOSE: Sacral nerve and tibial nerve stimulation have been singly used to treat overactive bladder (OAB). This study evaluated the effects of both combined stimulation on treating bladder overactivity in pigs and explored a novel treatment modality for OAB. METHODS: An implant-driven stimulator of the S3 spinal nerve was implanted in 5 pigs. The contralateral tibial nerve was stimulated by an external stimulator. Multiple cystometrograms were performed to determine the effects of single nerve stimulation and combination sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) and tibial nerve stimulation (TNS) on the micturition reflex by infusing normal saline (NS) or acetic acid (AA)...
April 18, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414619/how-the-nerves-reached-the-muscle-bernard-katz-stephen-w-kuffler-and-john-c-eccles-certain-implications-of-exile-for-the-development-of-twentieth-century-neurophysiology
#5
Frank W Stahnisch
This article explores the work by Bernard Katz (1911-2003), Stephen W. Kuffler (1913-1980), and John C. Eccles (1903-1997) on the nerve-muscle junction as a milestone in twentieth-century neurophysiology with wider scientific implications. The historical question is approached from two perspectives: (a) an investigation of twentieth-century solutions to a longer physiological dispute and (b) an examination of a new kind of laboratory and academic cooperation. From this vantage point, the work pursued in Sydney by Sir John Carew Eccles' team on the neuromuscular junction is particularly valuable, since it contributed a central functional element to modern physiological understanding regarding the function and structure of the human and animal nervous system...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409761/the-question-of-whether-or-not-to-perform-therapeutic-hypothermia-a-case-of-neonatal-spinal-cord-injury
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K Yokoi, S Kobayashi, K Muramatsu, S Suzuki, H Gotou
Neonatal spinal cord injury is an extremely rare perinatal complication that often occurs concurrently with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), further complicating diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Although therapeutic hypothermia for moderate to severe HIE is widely recommended in Japan, it is difficult to determine whether it satisfies the neurological findings-related entry criteria in some patients.We describe a female infant with neonatal spinal cord injury after forceps delivery, who underwent therapeutic hypothermia upon diagnosis of HIE...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409395/spinal-and-corticospinal-pathways-are-differently-modulated-when-standing-at-the-bottom-and-the-top-of-a-three-step-staircase-in-young-and-older-adults
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Johanna Johannsson, Jacques Duchateau, Stéphane Baudry
PURPOSE: This study investigated the modulation of spinal (group Ia afferents) and corticospinal pathways when young (22.7 ± 1.3 years) and older adults (72.2 ± 7.9 years) stood at the bottom and at the top of a three-step staircase equipped with force platforms. METHOD: Changes in submaximal H-reflex amplitude (H 50) and slope of the H-reflex input-output relation (spinal pathway), and in amplitude of motor-evoked potentials (MEP) triggered by transcranial magnetic stimulation (corticospinal pathway) at two intensities (1...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408878/reward-based-motor-adaptation-mediated-by-basal-ganglia
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Taegyo Kim, Khaldoun C Hamade, Dmitry Todorov, William H Barnett, Robert A Capps, Elizaveta M Latash, Sergey N Markin, Ilya A Rybak, Yaroslav I Molkov
It is widely accepted that the basal ganglia (BG) play a key role in action selection and reinforcement learning. However, despite considerable number of studies, the BG architecture and function are not completely understood. Action selection and reinforcement learning are facilitated by the activity of dopaminergic neurons, which encode reward prediction errors when reward outcomes are higher or lower than expected. The BG are thought to select proper motor responses by gating appropriate actions, and suppressing inappropriate ones...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405011/plasticity-within-excitatory-and-inhibitory-pathways-of-the-vestibulo-spinal-circuitry-guides-changes-in-motor-performance
#9
Diana E Mitchell, Charles C Della Santina, Kathleen E Cullen
Investigations of behaviors with well-characterized circuitry are required to understand how the brain learns new motor skills and ensures existing behaviors remain appropriately calibrated over time. Accordingly, here we recorded from neurons within different sites of the vestibulo-spinal circuitry of behaving macaque monkeys during temporally precise activation of vestibular afferents. Behaviorally relevant patterns of vestibular nerve activation generated a rapid and substantial decrease in the monosynaptic responses recorded at the first central stage of processing from neurons receiving direct input from vestibular afferents within minutes, as well as a decrease in the compensatory reflex response that lasted up to 8 hours...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398968/treadmill-walking-combined-with-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-parkinson-disease-a-pilot-study-of-kinematic-and-neurophysiological-effects
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Helena Fernández-Lago, Olalla Bello, Francina Mora-Cerdá, Jorge Montero-Cámara, Miguel Ángel Fernández-Del-Olmo
OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that combining treadmill walking with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) enhances the gait improvements associated with treadmill walking in Parkinson disease. We explored the effects of these combined methodologies on corticospinal parameters. DESIGN: Eighteen participants with Parkinson disease were evaluated under the following three conditions: treadmill walking alone (treadmill), treadmill walking combined with anodal tDCS (AtDCS+treadmill) delivered over the motor cortex, and treadmill walking combined with sham stimulation (StDCS+treadmill)...
April 8, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396651/descending-influences-on-vestibulospinal-and-vestibulosympathetic-reflexes
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REVIEW
Andrew A McCall, Derek M Miller, Bill J Yates
This review considers the integration of vestibular and other signals by the central nervous system pathways that participate in balance control and blood pressure regulation, with an emphasis on how this integration may modify posture-related responses in accordance with behavioral context. Two pathways convey vestibular signals to limb motoneurons: the lateral vestibulospinal tract and reticulospinal projections. Both pathways receive direct inputs from the cerebral cortex and cerebellum, and also integrate vestibular, spinal, and other inputs...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389378/sympathetic-regulation-and-anterior-cingulate-cortex-volume-are-altered-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-back-pain
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Sara Touj, Sébastien Houle, Djamel Ramla, Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Harumi Hotta, Gilles Bronchti, Maria-Grazia Martinoli, Mathieu Piché
Chronic pain is associated with autonomic disturbance. However, specific effects of chronic back pain on sympathetic regulation remain unknown. Chronic pain is also associated with structural changes in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which may be linked to sympathetic dysregulation. The aim of this study was to determine whether sympathetic regulation and ACC surface and volume are affected in a rat model of chronic back pain, in which complete Freund Adjuvant (CFA) is injected in back muscles. Sympathetic regulation was assessed with renal blood flow (RBF) changes induced by electrical stimulation of a hind paw, while ACC structure was examined by measuring cortical surface and volume...
April 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383320/the-effects-of-patterned-electrical-stimulation-combined-with-voluntary-contraction-on-spinal-reciprocal-inhibition-in-healthy-individuals
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Yoko Takahashi, Toshiyuki Fujiwara, Tomofumi Yamaguchi, Michiyuki Kawakami, Katsuhiro Mizuno, Meigen Liu
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of voluntary contraction (VC) on the modulation of reciprocal inhibition induced by patterned electrical stimulation (PES) in healthy individuals. Twelve healthy volunteers participated in this study. PES was applied to the common peroneal nerve with a train of 10 pulses at 100 Hz every 2 s for 20 min. VC comprised repetitive ankle dorsiflexion at a frequency of 0.5 Hz for 20 min. All participants performed the following three tasks: (i) VC alone, (ii) PES alone, and (iii) PES combined with VC (PES+VC)...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381996/evaluation-of-a-neuromechanical-walking-control-model-using-disturbance-experiments
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Seungmoon Song, Hartmut Geyer
Neuromechanical simulations have been used to study the spinal control of human locomotion which involves complex mechanical dynamics. So far, most neuromechanical simulation studies have focused on demonstrating the capability of a proposed control model in generating normal walking. As many of these models with competing control hypotheses can generate human-like normal walking behaviors, a more in-depth evaluation is required. Here, we conduct the more in-depth evaluation on a spinal-reflex-based control model using five representative gait disturbances, ranging from electrical stimulation to mechanical perturbation at individual leg joints and at the whole body...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376701/mild-and-mild-to-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-induced-significant-progressive-and-enduring-multiple-comorbidities
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Jiamei Hou, Rachel Nelson, Zachary Wilkie, Golam Mustafa, Shigeharu Tsuda, Floyd J Thompson, Prodip K Bose
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can produce life-long disabilities including anxiety, cognitive, balance, and motor deficits. The experimental model of closed head TBI (cTBI) induced by weight drop / impact acceleration is known to produce hallmark TBI injuries. However, comprehensive long-term characterization of co-morbidities induced by graded mild to mild/moderate intensities using this experimental cTBI model has not been reported. The present study used two intensities of weight drop (1.0 m and 1.25 m/450 g) to produce cTBI in a rat model to investigate initial and long-term disability of four comorbidities: anxiety, cognitive, vestibulomotor, and spinal reflex that related to spasticity...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370664/an-acute-bout-of-exercise-modulates-both-intracortical-and-interhemispheric-excitability
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J L Neva, K E Brown, C S Mang, B A Francisco, L A Boyd
Primary motor cortex (M1) excitability is modulated following a single session of cycling exercise. Specifically, short-interval intracortical inhibition and intracortical facilitation are altered following a session of cycling, suggesting that exercise affects the excitability of varied cortical circuits. Yet we do not know whether a session of exercise also impacts the excitability of interhemispheric circuits between, and other intracortical circuits within, M1. Here we present two experiments designed to address this gap in knowledge...
March 30, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370492/the-flexion-withdrawal-reflex-increases-in-premature-infants-at-22-26-weeks-of-gestation-due-to-changes-in-spinal-cord-excitability
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Kyriakos Martakis, Christoph Hünseler, Peter Herkenrath, Kruthika Thangavelu, Angela Kribs, Bernhard Roth
AIM: Our aim was to study the development of the cutaneous flexion withdrawal reflex among premature infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital, University of Cologne, in 2013. METHODOLOGY: This longitudinal cohort study explored the development of spinal cord excitability of 19 premature infants born at 22-26 weeks of gestation. We performed five investigations per subject and studied changes in the reflex threshold with increasing postnatal age at different behavioural states...
March 31, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344549/functional-brain-activation-in-response-to-a-clinical-vestibular-test-correlates-with-balance
#18
Fatemeh Noohi, Catherine Kinnaird, Yiri DeDios, Igor S Kofman, Scott Wood, Jacob Bloomberg, Ajitkumar Mulavara, Rachael Seidler
The current study characterizes brain fMRI activation in response to two modes of vestibular stimulation: Skull tap and auditory tone burst. The auditory tone burst has been used in previous studies to elicit either a vestibulo-spinal reflex [saccular-mediated colic Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (cVEMP)], or an ocular muscle response [utricle-mediated ocular VEMP (oVEMP)]. Research suggests that the skull tap elicits both saccular and utricle-mediated VEMPs, while being faster and less irritating for subjects than the high decibel tones required to elicit VEMPs...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342367/optimization-of-surface-electrodes-location-for-h-reflex-recordings-in-soleus-muscle
#19
Alberto Botter, Taian M Vieira
The Hoffmann reflex (H reflex) is extensively used to investigate the spinal motor neuron excitability in healthy and pathological subjects. Obtaining a representative and robust amplitude estimation of the H reflex is of marked relevance in clinical as well as in research applications. As for the motor responses, this issue is strictly related to the electrode positioning, especially for large, pinnate muscles such as the triceps surae. In this study we investigated the effect of electrode position on soleus H-reflex amplitude...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326550/from-neuron-to-behavior-sensory-motor-coordination-of-zebrafish-turning-behavior
#20
REVIEW
Keiko Umeda, Wataru Shoji
Recent development of optogenetics brought non-invasive neural activation in living organisms. Transparent zebrafish larva is one of the suitable animal models for this technique, which enables us to investigate neural circuits for behaviors based on a whole individual nervous system. In this article we review our recent finding that suggests sensory-motor coordination in larval zebrafish escape behavior. When water vibration stimulates mechanosensory Rohon-Beard (RB) neurons, intra-spinal reflex circuit launches contralateral trunk muscle contraction that makes rapid body curvature for turning...
March 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
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