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Susana Vacas, Vincent Degos, Mervyn Maze
BACKGROUND: Sleep is integral to biologic function, and sleep disruption can result in both physiological and psychologic dysfunction including cognitive decline. Surgery activates the innate immune system, inducing neuroinflammatory changes that interfere with cognition. Because surgical patients with sleep disorders have an increased likelihood of exhibiting postoperative delirium, an acute form of cognitive decline, we investigated the contribution of perioperative sleep fragmentation (SF) to the neuroinflammatory and cognitive responses of surgery...
October 11, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Alessandro Giamberti, Francesca R Pluchinotta, Massimo Chessa, Alessandro Varrica, Raffaele Vitale, Alessandro Frigiola, Carlo Pappone, Marco Ranucci
AIMS: Supraventricular arrhythmias are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Intraoperative ablation offers an alternative for patients who failed ablation procedures or are requiring concomitant surgical intervention. We present our long-term results with the surgical treatment of arrhythmias in adults with CHD (ACHD) undergoing elective cardiac surgery and the clinical predictors for arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2002 and 2013, 80 consecutive patients with CHD, mean age of 39 years, underwent intraoperative ablation with monopolar irrigated radiofrequency during cardiac surgery procedures...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Gayaprasad Upadhyay, Sarvesh Khoshla, Ramoji Kosuru, Sanjay Singh
OBJECTIVE: The current study was designed to explore anxiolytic, antidepressant, and antistress actions of Cinnamomum tamala (CT) leaves (aqueous extract) in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Behavioral procedures of anxiety, depression, and stress were assessed in rats. CT (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg) was given once a daily for 7 days via oral route and the efficacy was matched by those elicited by lorazepam (1 mg/kg, p.o.), imipramine (10 mg/kg, p.o.), and Withania somnifera (100 mg/kg, p...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Constantine Mavroudis, Barbara J Deal
Certain congenital heart anomalies make patients more susceptible to arrhythmia development throughout their lives. This poses the question whether prophylactic arrhythmia surgery should be incorporated into reparative open heart procedures for congenital heart disease. There is currently no consensus on what constitutes a standard prophylactic procedure, owing to the questions that remain regarding lesions to be performed; energy sources to use; proximity of energy source or incisions to coronary arteries, sinoatrial node, atrioventricular node; circumstances for right atrial, left atrial, or biatrial appendectomy; and whether to perform a right, left, or biatrial maze procedure...
July 2016: Translational pediatrics
Ezzeldin A Mostafa, Ashraf A H El Midany, Yasser Elnahas, Ahmed Helmy, Sherif A Mansour
OBJECTIVES: Favourable outcomes in the repair of Ebstein's anomaly are predicated on tricuspid valve competence, right ventricular function and presence of arrhythmia. We report our experience with a single-stage, three-fold repair of Ebstein's anomaly, namely, cone reconstruction of the tricuspid valve supplemented by bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis and right atrial electrocautery maze. METHODS: From 2010 to 2014, 37 consecutive patients with Ebstein's anomaly, median age 17...
October 4, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Kuldeep Sarvaiya, Sunita Goswami
AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the effectiveness of TRPV1 modulators in animal model of Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). To assess central and peripheral behavioral activity of TRPV1 modulators. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CFS was induced by forcing the rats to swim for 10min for 21 consecutive days. The rats were treated with capsaicin (TRPV1 agonist, 2.5mg/kg) and n-tert-butylcyclohexanol (TRPV1 antagonist, 10mg/kg) for 21days 30min before the exposure to stress procedure...
September 28, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Aranzazu Duque, Concepción Vinader-Caerols, Santiago Monleón
We have previously observed impairing effects of social defeat stress (CSDS) on inhibitory avoidance (IA) in mice. Given the similarity between changes produced by social stress in animals and symptoms of certain human psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety, the effects of the antidepressant clomipramine on IA impairment produced by CSDS were evaluated in the present study. Male CD1 mice were randomly assigned to the groups: non-stressed+saline, non-stressed+clomipramine, stressed+saline and stressed+clomipramine...
2016: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
Charlotte van Laar, Johannes Kelder, Bart P van Putte
The purpose of this study was to update the current evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of the totally thoracoscopic maze (TT-maze) procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Fourteen studies published between 2011 and 2016 and comprising 1171 patients were included as follows: 545 (46%) patients had paroxysmal AF (pAF), 268 (23%) persistent AF (persAF) and 358 (31%) longstanding persistent AF (LSPAF). Fixed- and random-effect models were used to calculate the pooled overall freedom from atrial arrhythmias...
September 23, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Ana M Daugherty, Naftali Raz
Age-related declines in spatial navigation are associated with deficits in procedural and episodic memory and deterioration of their neural substrates. For the lack of longitudinal evidence, the pace and magnitude of these declines and their neural mediators remain unclear. Here we examined virtual navigation in healthy adults (N=213, age 18-77 years) tested twice, two years apart, with complementary indices of navigation performance (path length and complexity) measured over six learning trials at each occasion...
September 19, 2016: NeuroImage
Sherry Dadsetan, Tiziano Balzano, Jerónimo Forteza, Ana Agusti, Andrea Cabrera-Pastor, Lucas Taoro-Gonzalez, Vicente Hernandez-Rabaza, Belen Gomez-Gimenez, Nisrin ElMlili, Marta Llansola, Vicente Felipo
BACKGROUND: Peripheral inflammation contributes to the neurological alterations in hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Neuroinflammation and altered GABAergic neurotransmission mediate cognitive and motor alterations in rats with HE. It remains unclear (a) if neuroinflammation and neurological impairment in HE are a consequence of peripheral inflammation and (b) how neuroinflammation impairs GABAergic neurotransmission. The aims were to assess in rats with HE whether reducing peripheral inflammation with anti-TNF-α (1) prevents cognitive impairment and motor in-coordination, (2) normalizes neuroinflammation and extracellular GABA in the cerebellum and also (3) advances the understanding of mechanisms linking neuroinflammation and increased extracellular GABA...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Pan Xu, Ke Zhu Wang, Cong Lu, Li Ming Dong, Jun Le Zhai, Yong Hong Liao, Silafu Aibai, Xin Min Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Depression induce distressed emotional state and cognitve deficits simultaneously, which both should be improved in the treatment. Hemerocallis citrina Baroni (HC) is a traditional herbal medicine in Eastern-Asia areas and the total phenols extract of HC (HCPE) contains the main active ingredients. It has been reported that HC has the emotional improvement effect. But the cognitive effect of HC was seldom researched. AIM OF THE STUDY: We designed to evaluate the antidepressant and cognitive improvement effect of HCPE using a chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model, and the potential mechanisms were explored by investigating the corticosterone (CORT), monoamine neurotansmitters, brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and oxidative stress...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Terri LaCoursiere Zucchero, Sarah McDannold, D Keith McInnes
BACKGROUND: While dual usage of US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA health services increases access to care and choice for veterans, it is also associated with a number of negative consequences including increased morbidity and mortality. Veterans with multiple health conditions, such as the homeless, may be particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of dual use. Homeless veteran dual use is an understudied yet timely topic given the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Veterans Choice Act of 2014, both of which may increase non-VA care for this population...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Harsh Agrawal, Kul Aggarwal, Martin A Alpert
Atrial standstill is a rare disorder of cardiac rhythm that is characterized by total absence of electrical activity in one or both atria. We report herein the case of a patient with atrial fibrillation and symptomatic 4.0 s pauses who received a ventricular demand pacemaker. The patient later underwent mitral valve replacement with a pericardial tissue valve and the Cox-maze III procedure for symptomatic mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation. Following surgery, he developed atrial standstill and became pacemaker dependent...
August 25, 2016: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Mark D Huffman, Kunal N Karmali, Mark A Berendsen, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Jane Kruse, Patrick M McCarthy, S C Malaisrie
BACKGROUND: People with atrial fibrillation (AF) often undergo cardiac surgery for other underlying reasons and are frequently offered concomitant AF surgery to reduce the frequency of short- and long-term AF and improve short- and long-term outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of concomitant AF surgery among people with AF who are undergoing cardiac surgery on short-term and long-term (12 months or greater) health-related outcomes, health-related quality of life, and costs...
August 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Charles V Vorhees, Michael T Williams
Advantageous maneuvering through the environment to find food and avoid or escape danger is central to survival of most animal species. The ability to do so depends on learning and remembering different locations, especially home-base. This capacity is encoded in the brain by two systems: one using cues outside the organism (distal cues), allocentric navigation, and one using self-movement, internal cues (proximal cues), for egocentric navigation. Whereas allocentric navigation involves the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and surrounding structures, egocentric navigation involves the dorsal striatum and connected structures; in humans this system encodes routes and integrated paths and when over-learned, becomes procedural memory...
September 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Deborah Lamont, Deborah J Shuman
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence indicates the effectiveness of surgical ablation confined to the left atrium, especially with short duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) and smaller left atrial (LA) size. This study examined rhythm status and predictors of failure in this group of patients. METHODS: Of 800 patients who underwent concomitant surgical ablation (2005 to 2015), 110 had LA-only ablation. Rhythm status was defined according to Heart Rhythm Society guidelines: sinus rhythm (SR) without class I/III antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs)...
August 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
W Xu, K Liu, Q T Lin, X J Ye, Y Lu, X X Zhang, L C Zhao, H C Gao, Z H Yan
OBJECTIVE: To establish and evaluate a rat model of diabetes comorbid depression, and observe alterations in expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in several cerebral regions. METHODS: Eighteen Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups, the control group (group CON, n=6), the diabetes mellitus group (group DM, n=6), and the diabetes comorbid depression group (group DD, n=6). Rats of group DM and group DD were injected intraperitoneally with STZ (64 mg/kg), the control rats received sham injections of citrate buffer alone...
August 2, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jun Shi, Zhi-Xuan Bai, Ben-Gui Zhang, Wen-Jun Ren, Ying-Qiang Guo
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of a simplified surgical treatment method for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Between September 2012 and October 2013, 120 patients (mean age, 52.3 ± 8.8 years) underwent valve surgery and concomitant bipolar radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of AF. Patients were randomized to a Cox maze IV procedure (CMP-IV) group (n = 60) or a modified CMP-IV (MCMP-IV) group (n = 60). Freedom from AF was defined as freedom from any left atrial arrhythmia lasting <30 s and no requirement of antiarrhythmic drugs after 6 months...
August 11, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Philipp Schwartenbeck, Karl Friston
Computational psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field that uses model-based quantities to infer the behavioral and neuronal abnormalities that underlie psychopathology. If successful, this approach promises key insights into (pathological) brain function as well as a more mechanistic and quantitative approach to psychiatric nosology-structuring therapeutic interventions and predicting response and relapse. The basic procedure in computational psychiatry is to build a computational model that formalizes a behavioral or neuronal process...
July 2016: ENeuro
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