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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342829/effects-of-peer-mentoring-on-self-efficacy-and-hospital-readmission-following-inpatient-rehabilitation-of-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Julie Gassaway, Michael L Jones, W Mark Sweatman, Minna Hong, Peter Anziano, Karen DeVault
OBJECTIVE: Investigate the effect of intensive peer mentoring on patient reported outcomes of self-efficacy and unplanned hospital readmissions for persons with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) within the first 6 months after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; SETTING: Non-profit inpatient rehabilitation hospital specializing in care of persons with SCI/D and brain injury PARTICIPANTS: 158 patients admitted to the SCI rehabilitation program whose discharge location was a community setting...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339391/topical-ketamine-10-for-neuropathic-pain-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients-an-open-label-trial
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Joseph Rabi, Joshua Minori, Hasan Abad, Ray Lee, Michelle Gittler
Topical ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist, has been shown to be effective in certain neuropathic pain syndromes. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of topical ketamine in spinal cord injury patients with neuropathic pain. An open label trial enrolled five subjects at an outpatient rehabilitation hospital with traumatic spinal cord injuries who had neuropathic pain at or below the level of injury. Subjects applied topical ketamine 10% three times a day for a two-week duration...
November 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330471/robot-assisted-gait-training-lokomat-improves-walking-function-and-activity-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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Ki Yeun Nam, Hyun Jung Kim, Bum Sun Kwon, Jin-Woo Park, Ho Jun Lee, Aeri Yoo
Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) after spinal cord injury (SCI) induces several different neurophysiological mechanisms to restore walking ability, including the activation of central pattern generators, task-specific stepping practice and massed exercise. However, there is no clear evidence for the optimal timing and efficacy of RAGT in people with SCI. The aim of our study was to assess the effects of RAGT on improvement in walking-related functional outcomes in patients with incomplete SCI compared with other rehabilitation modalities according to time elapsed since injury...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323088/localization-of-the-corticospinal-tract-within-the-porcine-spinal-cord-implications-for-experimental-modeling-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Victoria Leonard, Joshua York Menendez, Betty Maki Pat, Mark N Hadley, Candace Lorraine Floyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers have predominately utilized rodents for SCI modeling and experimentation. Unfortunately, a large number of novel therapies developed in rodent models have failed to demonstrate efficacy in human clinical trials which suggests that improved animal models are an important translational tool. Recently, porcine models of SCI have been identified as a valuable intermediary model for preclinical evaluation of promising therapies to aid clinical translation. However, the localization of the major spinal tracts in pigs has not yet been described...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322239/spinal-cord-ability-ruler-an-interval-scale-to-measure-volitional-performance-after-spinal-cord-injury
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R Reed, M Mehra, S Kirshblum, D Maier, D Lammertse, A Blight, R Rupp, L Jones, R Abel, N Weidner, A Curt, J Steeves
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective statistical analysis of database. OBJECTIVE: Spinal cord injury (SCI) clinical trials are challenged to enroll participants, and early trial outcomes have often been equivocal. We hypothesized that a specifically designed novel true linear interval-scaled outcome measure targeted to simultaneously track a broad range of SCI will enable more inclusive enrollment of participants and valid comparisons of functional changes after SCI. METHODS: To define a single SCI measurement framework, we used items from existing measures...
March 21, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306581/spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-for-persistent-pain-after-a-burn-injury-a-case-report
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Takeshi Kubota, Yuuhei Ishikawa, Rie Ishikawa
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used to treat neuropathic pain, but there are no published studies on its use to treat burn pain. We used SCS to treat a 67-year-old man suffering from burn pain that could not be managed with high-dose opioids or adjuvant neuropathic analgesics. A trial of SCS markedly reduced the visual analog scale score for pain in the left lateral abdominal and gluteal regions. He underwent permanent implantation of a SCS and achieved an opioid-free state. This case suggests that SCS treatment is a therapeutic option for burn pain refractory to conventional therapy...
March 16, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306359/spinal-cord-injuries-how-could-cell-therapy-help
#7
Anna Badner, Ahad M Siddiqui, Michael G Fehlings
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition, where regenerative failure and cell loss lead to paralysis. The heterogeneous and time-sensitive pathophysiology has made it difficult to target tissue repair. Despite many medical advances, there are no effective regenerative therapies. As stem cells offer multi-targeted and environmentally responsive benefits, cell therapy is a promising treatment approach. Areas covered: This review highlights the cell therapies being investigated for SCI, including Schwann cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, mensenchymal stem/stromal cells, neural precursors, oligodendrocyte progenitors, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells...
March 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298927/therapeutic-potential-of-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-spinal-cord-injuries
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Zadroga Anna, Jezierska-Woźniak Katarzyna, Czarzasta Joanna, Monika Barczewska, Wojtkiewicz Joanna, Maksymowicz Wojciech
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological condition that affects individuals worldwide, significantly reducing quality of life, for both patients and their families. In recent years there has been a growing interest in cell therapy potential in the context of spinal cord injuries. The present review aims to discuss and compare the restorative approaches based on the current knowledge, available spinal cord restorative cell therapies, and use of selected cell types. However, treatment options for spinal cord injury are limited, but rehabilitation and experimental technologies have been found to help maintain or improve remaining nerve function in some cases...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296754/effects-of-aquatic-exercise-on-physical-function-and-fitness-among-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
#9
Chunxiao Li, Selina Khoo, Athirah Adnan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to synthesize the evidence on the effects of aquatic exercise interventions on physical function and fitness among people with spinal cord injury. DATA SOURCE: Six major databases were searched from inception till June 2015: MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsychInfo, SPORTDiscus, and Cochrane Center Register of Controlled Trials. STUDY APPRAISAL AND SYNTHESIS METHODS: Two reviewers independently rated methodological quality using the modified Downs and Black Scale and extracted and synthesized key findings (i...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290147/temporal-profile-and-severity-correlation-of-a-panel-of-rat-spinal-cord-injury-protein-biomarkers
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Zhihui Yang, Helen M Bramlett, Ahmed Moghieb, Dongnan Yu, Ping Wang, Fan Lin, Carl Bauer, Tyler M Selig, Emily Jaalouk, Amanda S Weissman, Disa S Rathore, Pammela Romo, Zhiqun Zhang, Ronald L Hayes, Michael Y Wang, W Dalton Dietrich, Kevin K W Wang
In the USA, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) each year and some 1.2 million people living with paralysis due to SCI. Seven percent of them are paralyzed due to an accident or injury occurring while serving in the military. Here, we report a systematic study on protein biomarker candidates in a rat SCI model with either moderate or severe injury. Tissue, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and serum samples were obtained at 4 h, 24 h, and 7 days post-injury. The candidate biomarkers included axonal injury markers αII-spectrin breakdown products (SBDP150/145/120), neuronal cell body injury marker ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1), astrogliosis/astroglial injury markers S100 calcium-binding protein-β (S100β), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and GFAP breakdown products (GBDPs), demyelination marker myelin basic protein (MBP), axonal injury marker phosphorylated neurofilament-H (pNF-H), and neuroinflammation marker interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284835/randomized-trial-of-a-peer-led-telephone-based-empowerment-intervention-for-persons-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-improves-health-self-management
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Bethlyn Vergo Houlihan, Miriam Brody, Sarah Everhart-Skeels, Diana Pernigotti, Sam Burnett, Judi Zazula, Christa Green, Stathis Hasiotis, Timothy Belliveau, Subramani Seetharama, David Rosenblum, Alan Jette
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of "My Care My Call" (MCMC), a peer-led, telephone-based health self-management intervention in adults with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN: Single-blinded randomized controlled trial SETTING: General community PARTICIPANTS: Convenience sample of 84 adults with SCI (X= 9.9 years post-SCI); X=46 years old; 73.8% male; 44% with paraplegia; and 58% White. INTERVENTIONS: Trained Peer Health Coaches (PHC) applied the person-centered health self-management intervention with 42 experimental subjects over 6 months on a tapered call schedule...
March 8, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284228/interactive-wearable-systems-for-upper-body-rehabilitation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Qi Wang, Panos Markopoulos, Bin Yu, Wei Chen, Annick Timmermans
BACKGROUND: The development of interactive rehabilitation technologies which rely on wearable-sensing for upper body rehabilitation is attracting increasing research interest. This paper reviews related research with the aim: 1) To inventory and classify interactive wearable systems for movement and posture monitoring during upper body rehabilitation, regarding the sensing technology, system measurements and feedback conditions; 2) To gauge the wearability of the wearable systems; 3) To inventory the availability of clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of related technologies...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278355/functional-and-structural-plasticity-in-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-associated-with-chronic-pain
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REVIEW
Woojin Kim, Sun Kwang Kim, Junichi Nabekura
Tissue or nerve injury induces widespread plastic changes from the periphery and spinal cord up to the cortex, resulting in chronic pain. Although many clinicians and researchers have extensively studied altered nociceptive signaling and neural circuit plasticity at the spinal cord level, effective treatments to ameliorate chronic pain are still insufficient. For about the last two decades, the rapid development in macroscopic brain imaging studies on humans and animal models have revealed maladaptive plastic changes in the 'pain matrix' brain regions, which may subsequently contribute to chronic pain...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276985/a-targeted-proteomics-analysis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-after-acute-human-spinal-cord-injury
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Femke Streijger, Michael Skinnider, Jason C Rogalski, Robert Balshaw, Casey P Shannon, Anna Prudova, Lise M Belanger, Leanna Ritchie, Angela Tsang, Sean Christie, Stefan Parent, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Christopher Bailey, Jennifer Urquhart, Tamir Ailon, Scott J Paquette, Michael C Boyd, John Street, Charles G Fisher, Marcel F Dvorak, Christoph H Borchers, Leonard J Foster, Brian K Kwon
Efforts to validate novel therapies in acute clinical trials for spinal cord injury (SCI) are impeded by the lack of objective quantitative measures that reflect injury severity and accurately predict neurologic recovery. Therefore, a strong rationale exists to establish neurochemical biomarkers that objectively quantify injury severity and predict outcome. Here, we conducted a targeted proteomics analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples derived from 29 acute SCI patients (AIS A, B, or C) acquired at 24, 48, and 72 hours post-injury...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268895/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
#15
Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268623/closed-loop-afferent-electrical-stimulation-for-recovery-of-hand-function-in-individuals-with-motor-incomplete-spinal-injury-early-clinical-results
#16
Christopher J Schildt, Sarah H Thomas, Elizabeth S Powell, Lumy Sawaki, Sridhar Sunderam
Afferent electrical stimulation is known to augment the effect of rehabilitative therapy through use-dependent cortical plasticity. Experiments pairing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) have shown a timing-dependent effect on motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude suggesting that PNS applied in closed-loop (CL) mode could augment this effect through positive reinforcement. We present early results from a clinical trial in which an EEG brain-machine interface (BMI) was used to apply PNS to two subjects in response to motor intent detected from sensorimotor cortex in a cue-driven hand grip task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261421/spinal-cord-injury-and-related-clinical-trials
#17
REVIEW
Young-Hoon Kim, Kee-Yong Ha, Sang-Il Kim
Spinal cord injury (SCI) has been considered an incurable condition and it often causes devastating sequelae. In terms of the pathophysiology of SCI, reducing secondary damage is the key to its treatment. Various researches and clinical trials have been performed, and some of them showed promising results; however, there is still no gold standard treatment with sufficient evidence. Two therapeutic concepts for SCI are neuroprotective and neuroregenerative strategies. The neuroprotective strategy modulates the pathomechanism of SCI...
March 2017: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238679/how-does-paying-attention-improve-sexual-functioning-in-women-a%C3%A2-review-of-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Nikita Arora, Lori A Brotto
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD), consisting of a constellation of distressing sexual symptoms, is highly prevalent worldwide. Given the central role played by psychological factors in the development of FSD, psychologically and in particular mindfulness-based interventions have arisen as potential treatment options for women. Although mindfulness-based interventions have been evaluated in samples of women with gynecologic cancer; a history of sexual abuse; multiple sclerosis; and spinal cord injury; and provoked vestibulodynia, the mechanisms by which mindfulness leads to improvements in sexual functioning are largely unstudied...
February 23, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229410/therapeutic-application-of-placental-mesenchymal-stem-cells-reprogrammed-neurospheres-in-spinal-cord-injury-of-scid
#19
Vikram Sabapathy, Franklin Jebaraj Herbert, Sanjay Kumar
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have stimulated much interest in the scientific community and hopes among the general public since their discovery in 1966 due to a variety of potential applications it has in the field of regenerative medicine. Copious amount of literature, as well as long-term animal and human clinical trials, indicates that MSCs can be successfully used for therapeutic purpose without any extreme adversities. MSCs have been isolated from adult and fetal tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227096/prediction-of-forelimb-muscle-emgs-from-the-corticospinal-signals-in-rats
#20
Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin, Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin, Sinan Gok, Mesut Sahin
To generate voluntary forearm movements, the information that is encoded in the activity of the cortical neurons has to travel through the spinal cord and activate the skeletal muscles. The axons carrying these signals are tightly bundled together in the descending tracts that control the spinal circuitry innervating the forearm muscles. In this paper, we show that corticospinal tract (CST) signals can be used to predict forearm electromyographic (EMG) activities that are recorded during an isometric-pull task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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