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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320049/d-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-promotes-functional-recovery-and-relieves-pain-hypersensitivity-in-mice-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jiao Qian, Wenjun Zhu, Ming Lu, Bin Ni, Jun Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to severe motor and sensory dysfunction and significantly reduces the quality of life. The aim of present work was to investigate the effect of administration of exogenous D-β-hydroxybutyrate (DBHB) on functional recovery and neuropathic pain in spinal-cord-injured mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Mice were given a moderate-severe thoracic spinal contusion injury at the T9-10 level, and treated with exogenous DBHB...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319551/a-contemporary-medicolegal-analysis-of-implanted-devices-for-chronic-pain-management
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Christopher R Abrecht, Penny Greenberg, Ellen Song, Richard D Urman, James P Rathmell
BACKGROUND: Analysis of closed malpractice claims allows the study of rare but serious complications and likely results in improved patient safety by raising awareness of such complications. Clinical studies and closed claims analyses have previously reported on the common complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulators (SCS). This study provides a contemporary analysis of claims from within the past 10 years. METHODS: We performed a closed claims analysis for a period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 for cases with pain medicine as the primary service...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319547/methylprednisolone-therapy-in-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-analysis-of-a-regional-spinal-cord-model-systems-database
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Jacob E Sunshine, Armagan Dagal, Stephen P Burns, Richard J Bransford, Fangyi Zhang, Shu-Fang Newman, Bala G Nair, Sam R Sharar
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between exposure to methylprednisolone (MP) and improvements in motor function among patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). MP therapy for patients with TSCI is controversial because of the current conflicting evidence documenting its benefits and risks. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from September 2007 to November 2014 of 311 patients with acute TSCI who were enrolled into a model systems database of a regional, level I trauma center...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317912/the-soft-mechanical-signature-of-glial-scars-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Emad Moeendarbary, Isabell P Weber, Graham K Sheridan, David E Koser, Sara Soleman, Barbara Haenzi, Elizabeth J Bradbury, James Fawcett, Kristian Franze
Injury to the central nervous system (CNS) alters the molecular and cellular composition of neural tissue and leads to glial scarring, which inhibits the regrowth of damaged axons. Mammalian glial scars supposedly form a chemical and mechanical barrier to neuronal regeneration. While tremendous effort has been devoted to identifying molecular characteristics of the scar, very little is known about its mechanical properties. Here we characterize spatiotemporal changes of the elastic stiffness of the injured rat neocortex and spinal cord at 1...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317261/diffusion-relaxation-correlation-spectroscopic-imaging-a-multidimensional-approach-for-probing-microstructure
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Daeun Kim, Eamon K Doyle, Jessica L Wisnowski, Joong Hee Kim, Justin P Haldar
PURPOSE: To propose and evaluate a novel multidimensional approach for imaging subvoxel tissue compartments called Diffusion-Relaxation Correlation Spectroscopic Imaging. THEORY AND METHODS: Multiexponential modeling of MR diffusion or relaxation data is commonly used to infer the many different microscopic tissue compartments that contribute signal to macroscopic MR imaging voxels. However, multiexponential estimation is known to be difficult and ill-posed. Observing that this ill-posedness is theoretically reduced in higher dimensions, diffusion-relaxation correlation spectroscopic imaging uses a novel multidimensional imaging experiment that jointly encodes diffusion and relaxation information, and then uses a novel constrained reconstruction technique to generate a multidimensional diffusion-relaxation correlation spectrum for every voxel...
March 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316922/miracle-cells-for-natural-dentistry-a-review
#6
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Rani Somani, Shipra Jaidka, Neeti Bajaj, Sameksha Arora
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells. Recently, enormous growth has been seen in the recognition of stem cell-based therapies, which have the potential to ameliorate the life of patients with conditions that span from Parkinson's disease to cardiac ischemia to bone or tooth loss. This research has produced new but unexplored possibilities in the regeneration of different organs and tissues. Presently, research is focused on the proficiency of stem cells and their utilization in dentistry, which is gaining interest...
January 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315725/vibration-training-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-evidence-for-persistent-segmental-plasticity
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Chu-Ling Yen, Colleen L McHenry, Michael A Petrie, Shauna Dudley-Javoroski, Richard K Shields
H-reflex paired-pulse depression is gradually lost within the first year post-SCI, a process believed to reflect reorganization of segmental interneurons after the loss of normal descending (cortical) inhibition. This reorganization co-varies in time with the development of involuntary spasms and spasticity. The purpose of this study is to determine whether long-term vibration training may initiate the return of H-reflex paired-pulse depression in individuals with chronic, complete SCI. Five men with SCI received twice-weekly vibration training (30Hz, 0...
March 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315443/progesterone-modulates-diabetes-hyperglycemia-induced-changes-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-sciatic-nerve
#8
Fahim Atif, Megan C Prunty, Nefize Turan, Donald G Stein, Seema Yousuf
We investigated the effect of progesterone (P4) treatment on diabetes/hyperglycemia-induced pathological changes in brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissue in male rats. Animals were rendered hyperglycemic by a single dose of streptozotocin (STZ). P4 treatment was started after hyperglycemia was confirmed and body weight and blood glucose levels were monitored once/week for 5 weeks. Rats underwent behavioral testing at week 5 and were then euthanized for histology. We assessed the expression of markers of angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), inflammation (interleukin-6 (IL-6)) and tissue injury (CD11b, NG2, COX2 and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2)) in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve...
March 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315351/-3-h-bmt-046091-a-potent-and-selective-radioligand-to-determine-aak1-distribution-and-target-engagement
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Justin V Louis, Yifeng Lu, Rick Pieschl, Yung Tian, Yang Hong, Kumaran Dandapani, Sreenivasulu Naidu, Reeba K Vikramadithyan, Carolyn Dzierba, Sarat Kumar Sarvasiddhi, Susheel J Nara, Joanne Bronson, John E Macor, Charlie Albright, Walter Kostich, Yu-Wen Li
Adaptor-associated kinase 1 (AAK1), a member of the Ark1/Prk1 family of serine/threonine kinases, plays a role in modulating clatherin coated endocytosis of specific surface receptors. We have demonstrated that AAK1 inhibitors are efficacious in rodent models of neuropathic pain (Kostich et al., 2016). Here we have characterized the binding properties and distribution pattern of the tritiated AAK1 radioligand, [(3)H]BMT-046091, in rodents and cynomolgus monkeys, and used the radioligand to measure the brain target occupancy following systemic administration of AAK1 inhibitors...
March 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315267/pharmacological-modulation-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-and-the-treatment-of-pain
#10
Manuel Merlos, Javier Burgueño, Enrique Portillo-Salido, Carlos Ramón Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy with respect to existing therapies and reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of sigma-1 receptors (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pains of different etiologies. σ1R is highly expressed in different pain areas of the CNS and the periphery (particularly dorsal root ganglia), and interacts and modulates the functionality of different receptors and ion channels ...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314966/-neuro-urological-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-speaking-medical-society-of-paraplegia-dmgp-awmf-register-no-179-001
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R Böthig, B Domurath, A Kaufmann, J Bremer, W Vance, I Kurze
BACKGROUND: Most patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD), bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. If these remain untreated, severe medical complications and serious limitations (restrictions) in quality of life are imminent. OBJECTIVES: In the long term, there are considerable differences in the treatment results of highly specialized centers versus other treatment facilities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Against this background, a consensus-based guideline, according to the AWMF (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany) criteria (S2k), was developed by the neuro-urology working group of the DMPG (German-Speaking Medical Society of Paraplegia)...
March 17, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306628/pediatric-spinal-cord-injury-without-radiographic-abnormality-in-the-era-of-advanced-imaging
#12
Caitlin A Farrell, Megan Hannon, Lois K Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review describes the current evidence on pediatric spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) with attention to the definition, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of the condition, as well as common MRI findings, management strategies, and outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature demonstrates that with more widespread MRI use, our understanding of SCIWORA has improved. The new literature, although still limited, provides a more granular conceptualization of patterns of injury as well as potential prognostic stratification of patients based on MRI findings...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306581/spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-for-persistent-pain-after-a-burn-injury-a-case-report
#13
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
#14
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/28304240/posterior-arch-c-1-screw-technique-a-cadaveric-comparison-study
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Marc Moisi, Christian Fisahn, Lara Tkachenko, Shiveindra Jeyamohan, Stephen Reintjes, Peter Grunert, Daniel C Norvell, R Shane Tubbs, Jeni Page, David W Newell, Peter Nora, Rod J Oskouian, Jens Chapman
OBJECTIVE Posterior atlantoaxial stabilization and fusion using C-1 lateral mass screw fixation has become commonly used in the treatment of instability and for reconstructive indications since its introduction by Goel and Laheri in 1994 and modification by Harms in 2001. Placement of such lateral mass screws can be challenging because of the proximity to the spinal cord, vertebral artery, an extensive venous plexus, and the C-2 nerve root, which overlies the designated starting point on the posterior center of the lateral mass...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304238/remote-motor-system-metabolic-profile-and-surgery-outcome-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#16
Sorin C Craciunas, Mircea R Gorgan, Bogdan Ianosi, Phil Lee, Joseph Burris, Carmen M Cirstea
OBJECTIVE In patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the motor system may undergo progressive functional/structural changes rostral to the lesion, and these changes may be associated with clinical disability. The extent to which these changes have a prognostic value in the clinical recovery after surgical treatment is not yet known. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was used to test 2 primary hypotheses. 1) Based on evidence of corticospinal and spinocerebellar, rubro-, or reticulospinal tract degeneration/dysfunction during chronic spinal cord compression, the authors hypothesized that the metabolic profile of the primary motor cortices (M1s) and cerebellum, respectively, would be altered in patients with CSM, and these alterations would be associated with the extent of the neurological disabilities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303995/assessment-of-the-quality-of-life-of-spinal-cord-injury-patients-in-peshawar
#17
Sayed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Syed Mohammad Ilyas
OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of life of spinal cord injury patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Paraplegic Centre Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan, from November 2015 to January 2016, and comprised spinal cord injury patients. A 26-item World Health Organisation quality of life questionnaire was used. Some of the patients were recruited from the paraplegic centre while others participated by filling an online questionnaire. SPSS 20 was used for data analysis...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303761/percutaneous-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-for-treatment-of-shoulder-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
#18
Daniela Mehech, Melvin Mejia, Gregory A Nemunaitis, John Chae, Richard D Wilson
CONTEXT: This describes the first person with spinal cord injury (SCI) treated with percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation for chronic shoulder pain. FINDINGS: From baseline to one-week after treatment, the subject's worst pain in the last week, rated on a 0-10 numerical rating scale (BPI-SF3), decreased by 44%. Pain interference decreased and remained below baseline 12 weeks after the end of treatment. There was an associated improvement in the mental component of quality of life...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303030/formyl-peptide-receptors-promotes-neural-differentiation-in-mouse-neural-stem-cells-by-ros-generation-and-regulation-of-pi3k-akt-signaling
#19
Liang Zhang, Guan Wang, Xingxing Chen, Xin Xue, Qiaonan Guo, Mingyong Liu, Jianhua Zhao
This study aimed to determine whether formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) regulated the differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs). FPRs promote the migration of NSCs both in vitro and in vivo. However, the role of FPRs during differentiation of NSCs is unknown. Analysis by Western blot showed significantly increased expression of FPR1 and FPR2 during differentiation of NSCs. The activation of FPRs promotes NSCs to differentiate into neurons with more primary neurites and branch points and longer neurites per cell...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302458/the-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-pretreatment-on-the-pro-and-anti-inflammation-systems-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
#20
Hui Rong, Zhibin Zhao, Jiying Feng, Yishan Lei, Hao Wu, Rao Sun, Zuoxia Zhang, Bailing Hou, Wei Zhang, YuE Sun, Xiaoping Gu, Zhengliang Ma, Yue Liu
Excessive inflammatory responses play important roles in the aggravation of secondary damage to an injured spinal cord. Dexmedetomidine (DEX), a selective α2-adrenoceptor agonist, has recently been implied to be neuroprotective in clinical anesthesia, but the underlying mechanism is elusive. As signaling through Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and nicotinic receptors (nAChRs, notably α7nAChR) play important roles in the pro- and anti-inflammation systems in the central nervous system, respectively, this study investigated whether and how they were modulated by DEX pretreatment in a rat model of spinal cord compression...
March 14, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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