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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734171/muscle-synergies-reveal-impaired-trunk-muscle-coordination-strategies-in-individuals-with-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Matija Milosevic, Hikaru Yokoyama, Murielle Grangeon, Kei Masani, Milos R Popovic, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Dany H Gagnon
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis of trunk muscles, which can affect sitting balance. The objective of this study was to analyze trunk muscle coordination of individuals with thoracic SCI and compare it to able-body individuals. A total of 27 individuals were recruited and subdivided into: (a) high thoracic SCI; (b) low thoracic SCI; and (c) able-body groups. Participants were seated and asked to lean their trunk in eight directions while trunk muscle activity was recorded. Muscle coordination was assessed using the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) method to extract muscle modules, which are the synergistic trunk muscle activations, and their directional activation patterns...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731391/malpractice-litigation-following-spine-surgery
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Alan H Daniels, Roy Ruttiman, Adam E M Eltorai, J Mason DePasse, Bielinsky A Brea, Mark A Palumbo
OBJECTIVE Adverse events related to spine surgery sometimes lead to litigation. Few studies have evaluated the association between spine surgical complications and medical malpractice proceedings, outcomes, and awards. The aim of this study was to identify the most frequent causes of alleged malpractice in spine surgery and to gain insight into patient demographic and clinical characteristics associated with medical negligence litigation. METHODS A search for "spine surgery" spanning February 1988 to May 2015 was conducted utilizing the medicolegal research service VerdictSearch (ALM Media Properties, LLC)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
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...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730748/extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-activation-in-the-spinal-cord-contributes-to-visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-craniofacial-injury-followed-by-stress
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Y-J Zhao, J-H Li, B Hu, Y Wang, X-F Chang, R J Traub, D-Y Cao
BACKGROUND: We previously developed an animal model to examine mechanisms that underlie the emergence of visceral hypersensitivity modeling pain characteristics of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients with comorbid irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In ovariectomized (OVx) rats with estradiol (E2) replacement, visceral hypersensitivity developed subsequent to masseter muscle inflammation followed by repeated forced swim (FS) stress. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the spinal cord contributes to visceral hypersensitivity in this overlapping pain model...
July 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729125/comparative-effects-of-vitamin-d-and-methylprednisolone-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-of-rabbit-spinal-cords
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Bora Gürer, Abdullah Karakoç, Pınar Kuru Bektaşoğlu, Hayri Kertmen, Mehmet Ali Kanat, Ata Türker Arıkök, Berrin İmge Ergüder, Mustafa Fevzi Sargon, Özden Çağlar Öztürk, Erhan Çelikoğlu
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have demonstrated the neuroprotective and immunomodulatory effects of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol), but no previous study has examined these effects on spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate whether calcitriol protects the spinal cord from I/R injury. METHODS: Rabbits were randomized into four groups of eight animals: group 1 (laparotomy control), group 2 (ischemia control), group 3 (30mg/kg intraperitoneal methylprednisolone at surgery), and group 4 (0...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728939/autonomic-dysreflexia-somatosympathetic-and-viscerosympathetic-vasoconstrictor-responses-to-innocuous-and-noxious-sensory-stimulation-below-lesion-in-human-spinal-cord-injury
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Rachael Brown, Alexander R Burton, Vaughan G Macefield
Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous elevation in blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), produced by a spinally-mediated reflex activation of sympathetic vasoconstrictor neurones supplying skeletal muscle and the gut. Current dogma states that, apart from visceral inputs - such as those originating from a distended bladder or impacted colon - autonomic dysreflexia is triggered by noxious inputs below the lesion. However, while selective stimulation of small-diameter afferents in muscle or skin evokes a sustained increase in muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and a transient increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity and decrease in skin blood flow in able-bodied subjects, such noxious inputs have no effects on blood pressure and skin blood flow in SCI individuals...
July 13, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728503/facilitators-and-barriers-to-international-collaboration-in-spinal-cord-injury-results-from-a-survey-of-clinicians-and-researchers
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Vanessa K Noonan, Elaine Chan, Kent Bassett-Spiers, David J Berlowitz, Fin Biering-Sørensen, Susan Charlifue, Marnie Graco, Keith C Hayes, Jane Horsewell, Phalgun Joshi, Debora Markelis, Verna Smith, Zeina Waheed, Doug J Brown
International collaboration in spinal cord injury (SCI) clinical research is necessary to overcome the challenges often encountered by clinicians and researchers including participant recruitment, high cost and the need for highly specialized expertise. However, international collaboration poses its own obstacles. The objective of this study was to conduct an international online survey to assess barriers and facilitators to international SCI clinical research, potential initiatives to facilitate future collaborations and the use of SCI-specific data sets and standards...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726274/resilience-and-the-rehabilitation-of-adult-spinal-cord-injury-survivors-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Rachel Kornhaber, Loyola Mclean, Vasiliki Betihavas, Michelle Cleary
AIM: To synthesise the qualitative research evidence that explored how survivors of adult spinal cord injury experience and make sense of resilience. BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury is often a sudden and unexpected life-changing event requiring complex and long-term rehabilitation. The development of resilience is essential in determining how spinal cord injury survivors negotiate this injury and rehabilitation. DESIGN: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of the research evidence...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725925/characterisation-of-peptide5-systemic-administration-for-treating-traumatic-spinal-cord-injured-rats
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Yilin Mao, Tara Nguyen, Ryan S Tonkin, Justin G Lees, Caitlyn Warren, Simon J O'Carroll, Louise F B Nicholson, Colin R Green, Gila Moalem-Taylor, Catherine A Gorrie
Systemic administration of a Connexin43 mimetic peptide, Peptide5, has been shown to reduce secondary tissue damage and improve functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). This study investigated safety measures and potential off-target effects of Peptide5 systemic administration. Rats were subjected to a mild contusion SCI using the New York University impactor. One cohort was injected intraperitoneally with a single dose of fluorescently labelled Peptide5 and euthanised at 2 or 4 h post-injury for peptide distribution analysis...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725843/identifying-and-understanding-the-health-information-experiences-and-preferences-of-individuals-with-tbi-sci-and-burn-injuries
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Nathan T Coffey, Ali A Weinstein, Cindy Cai, Jimmy Cassese, Rebecca Jones, Dahlia Shaewitz, Steven Garfinkel
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and burn injury can cause lifelong disability and changes in quality of life. In order to meet the challenges of postinjury life, various types of health information are needed. We sought to identify preferred sources of health information and services for persons with these injuries and discover how accessibility could be improved. METHODS: Thirty-three persons with injury participated in semistructured interviews...
September 2016: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725487/expectations-of-persons-with-paraplegia-regarding-their-care-in-india-a-qualitative-study
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Nalina Gupta, Kavitha Raja
STUDY DESIGN: A qualitative study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand expectations of persons with paraplegia in India regarding their care. SETTING: India. METHODS: This study used a qualitative methodology to have a focus group interview of persons with paraplegia in India. Focus group consisted of two to four participants with paraplegia. Adults with level T6 and below, complete injury, duration of at least 6 months post injury and those living in the community were included...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725486/consequences-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-during-pregnancy-in-pakistan
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Aatik Arsh, Haider Darain, Syed Muhammad Ilyas, Amir Zeb
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the major causes for poor outcomes of pregnancy. Injury during pregnancy is uncommon; therefore, outcome data are scarce. This case series presents outcomes of pregnancy in five women who sustained SCI during their pregnancies. CASE PRESENTATION: Five women who sustained SCIs during pregnancy (age range: 24-38 years) were identified and included in this case series. The causes of SCI in this population were fall from heights (cases 1 and 2), road traffic accidents (cases 3 and 4) and firearm injury (case 5)...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724992/opposite-bidirectional-shifts-in-excitation-and-inhibition-in-specific-types-of-dorsal-horn-interneurons-are-associated-with-spasticity-and-pain-post-sci
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Olga Kopach, Volodymyr Medvediev, Volodymyr Krotov, Anya Borisyuk, Vitaliy Tsymbaliuk, Nana Voitenko
Spasticity, a common complication after spinal cord injury (SCI), is frequently accompanied by chronic pain. The physiological origin of this pain (critical to its treatment) remains unknown, although spastic motor dysfunction has been related to the hyperexcitability of motoneurons and to changes in spinal sensory processing. Here we show that the pain mechanism involves changes in sensory circuits of the dorsal horn (DH) where nociceptive inputs integrate for pain processing. Spasticity is associated with the DH hyperexcitability resulting from an increase in excitation and disinhibition occurring in two respective types of sensory interneurons...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724575/a-multidirectional-gravity-assist-algorithm-that-enhances-locomotor-control-in-patients-with-stroke-or-spinal-cord-injury
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Jean-Baptiste Mignardot, Camille G Le Goff, Rubia van den Brand, Marco Capogrosso, Nicolas Fumeaux, Heike Vallery, Selin Anil, Jessica Lanini, Isabelle Fodor, Grégoire Eberle, Auke Ijspeert, Brigitte Schurch, Armin Curt, Stefano Carda, Jocelyne Bloch, Joachim von Zitzewitz, Grégoire Courtine
Gait recovery after neurological disorders requires remastering the interplay between body mechanics and gravitational forces. Despite the importance of gravity-dependent gait interactions and active participation for promoting this learning, these essential components of gait rehabilitation have received comparatively little attention. To address these issues, we developed an adaptive algorithm that personalizes multidirectional forces applied to the trunk based on patient-specific motor deficits. Implementation of this algorithm in a robotic interface reestablished gait dynamics during highly participative locomotion within a large and safe environment...
July 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724333/the-impact-of-acute-management-on-the-occurrence-of-medical-complications-during-the-specialized-spinal-cord-injury-acute-hospitalization-following-motor-complete-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Andréane Richard-Denis, Debbie Erhmann Feldman, Cynthia Thompson, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Determine the impact of early admission and complete perioperative management in a specialized spinal cord injury (SCI) trauma center (SCI-center) on the occurrence of medical complications following tetraplegia. DESIGN: A retrospective comparative cohort study of prospectively collected data involving 116 individuals was conducted. Group 1 (N=87) was early managed in a SCI-center promptly after the trauma, whereas Group 2 (N=29) was surgically and preoperatively managed in a non-specialized (NS) center before being transferred to the SCI-center...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723746/effects-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-on-depression-and-anxiety-in-the-patients-with-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-strobe-compliant-article
#16
Juan-Juan Feng, You-Hui Li
Little research has been done on the effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) on depression and anxiety after spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of HBO on psychological problems and never function, especially on depression and anxiety in the patients with incomplete SCI (ISCI).Sixty patients with ISCI combined with depression and anxiety were randomly divided into HBO group (20 cases), psychotherapy group (20 cases), and conventional rehabilitation control group (20 cases)...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723381/efficacy-and-safety-of-onabotulinumtoxina-in-patients-with-urinary-incontinence-due-to-neurogenic-detrusor-overactivity-update-of-the-pivotal-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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Carlos Martins-Silva, Francisco Cruz
Bladder injections of 200U onabotulinumtoxinA have similar efficacy in the treatment of urinary incontinence in patients with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury. The effect is maintained in the long term without significant adverse events.
August 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722693/ikk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-satellite-glia-activation-induces-spinal-cord-microglia-activation-and-neuropathic-pain-after-nerve-injury
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Hyoungsub Lim, Hyunkyoung Lee, Kyungchul Noh, Sung Joong Lee
Increasing evidence indicates that both microglia and satellite glial cell (SGC) activation play causal roles in neuropathic pain development after peripheral nerve injury; however, the activation mechanisms and their contribution to neuropathic pain remain elusive. To address this issue, we generated Ikkβ conditional knockout mice (Cnp-Cre/Ikkβ; cIkkβ) in which IKK/NF-κB-dependent proinflammatory SGC activation was abrogated. In these mice, nerve injury-induced spinal cord microglia activation and pain hypersensitivity were significantly attenuated compared to those in control mice...
May 30, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722682/activation-of-the-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway-by-probucol-contributes-to-inhibiting-inflammation-and-neuronal-apoptosis-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Zipeng Zhou, Chang Liu, Shurui Chen, Haosen Zhao, Kang Zhou, Wei Wang, Yajiang Yuan, Zhuo Li, Yue Guo, Zhaoliang Shen, Xifan Mei
The nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling pathway plays an essential role in the cellular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses. Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in a massive release of inflammatory factors and free radicals, which seriously compromise nerve recovery and axon regeneration. In this study, we examined the efficacy of probucol on anti-inflammatory responses and functional recovery after SCI by activating the Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway. We also investigated the mechanism by which inflammation is inhibited in this process...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721809/acellular-spinal-cord-scaffold-implantation-promotes-vascular-remodeling-with-sustained-delivery-of-vegf-in-a-rat-spinal-cord-hemisection-model
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Zi-Xing Xu, Li-Qun Zhang, Chang-Sheng Wang, Rong-Sheng Chen, Gui-Shuang Li, Yu Guo, Wei-Hong Xu
: Background: Promoting angiogenesis provides a possible therapeutic approach in treating spinal cord injury (SCI). Vascular endothelial growth fact (VEGF) is a pro-angiogenic substance that involves in endothelial cell (EC) proliferation, migration, and survival. Exogenous administration of VEGF to the lesion epicenter of the spinal cord has been recently revealed as a potential method for promoting the blood vessel sprouting. METHODS: Spinal cord hemisection in a rat model was established and angiogenesis was studied through implant of an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASCS) with sustained delivery of VEGF165...
July 17, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
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