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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154689/peripheral-vagal-nerve-stimulation-modulates-the-nociceptive-withdrawal-reflex-in-healthy-subjects-a-randomized-cross-over-sham-controlled-study
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Roberto De Icco, Daniele Martinelli, Vito Bitetto, Mauro Fresia, Eric Liebler, Giorgio Sandrini, Cristina Tassorelli
Introduction The mechanism of action of non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation in the treatment of migraine is elusive. We studied its effect in a human model of pain, the nociceptive withdrawal reflex. Methods We enrolled 10 healthy subjects who underwent active non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation and sham treatment in a randomized, cross-over, sham-controlled study. Non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation was delivered with gammaCore®. The assessment of the nociceptive withdrawal reflex was performed at baseline (T0) and at 5 (T5) and 30 (T30) minutes after stimulation...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150643/%C3%AE-eudesmol-an-oxygenized-sesquiterpene-stimulates-appetite-via-trpa1-and-the-autonomic-nervous-system
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Kazuaki Ohara, Takafumi Fukuda, Yuko Ishida, Chika Takahashi, Rena Ohya, Mikio Katayama, Kunitoshi Uchida, Makoto Tominaga, Katsuya Nagai
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a calcium-permeable non-selective cation channel, which is activated by various noxious or irritant substances in nature. TRPA1 activators have been generally recognized as noxious, however, foods and beverages containing TRPA1 activators are preferably consumed; the reasons for this discrepancy are not well understood. We demonstrate that TRPA1 is involved in the stimulatory appetite control mechanism. β-Eudesmol is an oxygenated sesquiterpene contained in medicinal or edible plants which activates TRPA1...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130228/-valuation-and-prospect-of-function-preserving-gastrectomy
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Shuchang Wang, Site Yu, Jia Xu, Gang Zhao
Preserving gastric function and improving quality of life (QOL) is the tendency of surgery for early gastric cancer. Function preserving gastrectomy (FPG) is applied to modify the extent of surgery and to achieve better quality of life at the premise of radical resection. Pylorus-preserving gastrectomy is the most favorable approach of FPG with oncological safety, which can improve nutritional status and QOL via preserving pylorus and vagal nerve. Proximal gastrectomy is widely accepted as FPG for early upper 1/3 gastric cancer...
October 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128975/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-modulates-flow-experience
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Lorenza S Colzato, Gina Wolters, Corinna Peifer
Flow has been defined as a pleasant psychological state that people experience when completely absorbed in an activity. Previous correlative evidence showed that the vagal tone (as indexed by heart rate variability) is a reliable marker of flow. So far, it has not yet been demonstrated that the vagus nerve plays a causal role in flow. To explore this we used transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), a novel non-invasive brain stimulation technique that increases activation of the locus coeruleus (LC) and norepinephrine release...
November 11, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081397/long-term-intermittent-high-amplitude-subcutaneous-nerve-stimulation-reduces-sympathetic-tone-in-ambulatory-dogs
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Yuan Yuan, Zhaolei Jiang, Ye Zhao, Wei-Chung Tsai, Jheel Patel, Lan S Chen, Changyu Shen, Shien-Fong Lin, Huei-Sheng Vincent Chen, Thomas H Everett, Michael C Fishbein, Zhenhui Chen, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Reducing sympathetic efferent outflow from the stellate ganglia (SG) may be antiarrhythmic. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that chronic thoracic subcutaneous nerve stimulation (ScNS) could reduce SG nerve activity (SGNA) and control paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT). METHODS: We performed thoracic ScNS in 8 dogs while monitoring the SGNA, vagal nerve activity (VNA) and subcutaneous nerve activity (ScNA). An additional 3 dogs were used for sham stimulation as controls...
October 25, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071894/-effect-of-electroacupuncture-stimulation-of-heart-meridian-on-autonomic-nervous-activities-in-acute-myocardial-ischemia-rats
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Shuai Cui, Jing Xu, Jie Wang, Sheng-Bing Wu, Yi-Ping Zhou, Mei-Qi Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of the Heart Meridian on electrical activities of neck sympathetic and vagal nerves in acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) rats. METHODS: Thirty SD rats were randomly divided into 3 groups, sham operation (sham), model and EA(n=10 rats in each group). The left anterior descending branch (LADB) of the coronary artery was occluded to make an acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) model.For rats of the sham group, a surgical suture was simply threaded beneath the LADB without ligation...
December 25, 2016: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060853/the-challenge-of-magnetic-vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-myocardial-infarction-preliminary-clinical-trial
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Takuya Nishikawa, Keita Saku, Koji Todaka, Yukimitsu Kuwabara, Shinobu Arai, Takuya Kishi, Tomomi Ide, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Kenji Sunagawa
Numerous studies have shown in animal models that vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) strikingly reduces infarct size of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and prevents heart failure. However, the lack of techniques to noninvasively stimulate the vagal nerve hinders VNS from clinical applications. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is noninvasive and capable of stimulating central neurons in patients. In this study, we examined whether the magnetic stimulation could noninvasively activate the cervical vagal nerve in healthy human...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060561/respiratory-gated-auricular-vagal-afferent-nerve-stimulation-ravans-effects-on-autonomic-outflow-in-hypertension
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Roberta Sclocco, Ronald G Garcia, Aileen Gabriel, Norman W Kettner, Vitaly Napadow, Riccardo Barbieri
Transcutaneous stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (ABVN) has been proposed as a non-invasive alternative to vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). However, its cardiovagal effects are inconsistent across studies, likely due to inhomogeneity in the stimulation parameters. Here, we evaluate respiratory-gated ABVN stimulation (Respiratory-gated Auricular Vagal Afferent Nerve Stimulation, RAVANS), where the stimuli are delivered in 1 s bursts during the exhalation phase of respiration, thus mimicking the breathing-induced modulation of cardiac vagal activity...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059589/high-frequency-burst-vagal-nerve-simulation-therapy-in-a-natural-primate-model-of-genetic-generalized-epilepsy
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C Á Szabó, F S Salinas, A M Papanastassiou, J Begnaud, M Ravan, K S Eggleston, R Shade, C Lutz, M De La Garza
PURPOSE: Since the approval of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy for medically refractory focal epilepsies in 1997, it has been also reported to be effective for a wide range of generalized seizures types and epilepsy syndromes. Instead of conventional VNS Therapy delivered at 20-30Hz signal frequencies, this study evaluates efficacy and tolerability of high-frequency burst VNS in a natural animal model for genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), the epileptic baboon. METHODS: Two female baboons (B1 P...
October 12, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057372/do-the-psychological-effects-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-partially-mediate-vagal-pain-modulation
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Eleni Frangos, Emily A Richards, M Catherine Bushnell
There is preclinical and clinical evidence that vagus nerve stimulation modulates both pain and mood state. Mechanistic studies show brainstem circuitry involved in pain modulation by vagus nerve stimulation, but little is known about possible indirect descending effects of altered mood state on pain perception. This possibility is important, since previous studies have shown that mood state affects pain, particularly the affective dimension (pain unpleasantness). To date, human studies investigating the effects of vagus nerve stimulation on pain perception have not reliably measured psychological factors to determine their role in altered pain perception elicited by vagus nerve stimulation...
January 2017: Neurobiol Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035775/avoiding-the-pocket-a-case-report-of-coiling-of-distal-shunt-catheter-into-subcutaneous-pocket
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Richard Justin Garling, Sandeep Sood, Carolyn Anne Harris
INTRODUCTION: Hydrocephalus is one of the most common disorders of neurosurgery and ventricular shunting, the primary surgical intervention, malfunctions in 85% of patients by 10 years. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Here we present a case of a 12-year-old girl with history of a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) and ventricular shunt, most recently revised from ventriculoatrial (VA) to ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt at an outside hospital. The patient presented with a new left chest bulge, nausea, emesis, and seizures...
October 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031749/vagal-nerve-stimulator-induced-chin-electromyography-artifact
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Pradeep C Bollu, Sivaraman Manjamalai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964689/exercise-training-improves-hypertension-induced-autonomic-dysfunction-without-influencing-properties-of-peripheral-cardiac-vagus-nerve
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Octávio Barbosa Neto, Carla Cristina de Sordi, Gustavo Ribeiro da Mota, Moacir Marocolo, Rosângela Soares Chriguer, Valdo José Dias da Silva
We examined the vagal transfer function of autonomic heart rate (HR) control in anesthetized sedentary and exercise-trained Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR). To this end, male SHR and Wystar-Kyoto (WKY) rats with 48-50weeks of age-old were divided into 4 groups: sedentary (SHRS, n=12) and trained (SHRT, n=14) hypertensive rats, sedentary (WKYS, n=13) and trained (WKYT, n=13) normotensive rats. The trained groups were submitted to swimming protocol for 9weeks. Blood pressure (BP), HR, HR variability (HRV), BP variability (BPV), baroreflex sensitivity and cardiac tonus were recorded in baseline conditions...
September 14, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958599/abnormal-cortical-asymmetry-as-a-target-for-neuromodulation-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders-a-narrative-review-and-concept-proposal
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Randy W Beck, Jonathan Laugharne, Richard Laugharne, Wessel Woldman, Brendan McLean, Chiara Mastropasqua, Ricardo Jorge, Rohit Shankar
Recent advances in knowledge relating to the organization of neural circuitry in the human brain have increased understanding of disorders involving brain circuit asymmetry. These asymmetries, which can be measured and identified utilizing EEG and LORETA analysis techniques, may be a factor in mental disorders. New treatments involving non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), including trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, direct current stimulation and vagal nerve stimulation, have emerged in recent years. We propose that EEG identification of circuit asymmetry geometries can direct non-invasive brain stimulation more specifically for treatments of mental disorders...
September 25, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933067/central-modulation-of-energy-homeostasis-and-cognitive-performance-after-bariatric-surgery
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Hans Eickhoff
In moderately or morbidly obese patients, bariatric surgery has been proven to be an effective therapeutic approach to control body weight and comorbidities. Surgery-mediated modulation of brain function via modified postoperative secretion of gut peptides and vagal nerve stimulation was identified as an underlying mechanism in weight loss and improvement of weight-related diseases. Increased basal and postprandial plasma levels of gastrointestinal hormones like glucagon-like peptide 1 and peptide YY that act on specific areas of the hypothalamus to reduce food intake, either directly or mediated by the vagus nerve, are observed after surgery while suppression of meal-induced ghrelin release is increased...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932225/expression-and-function-of-the-cholinergic-system-in-immune-cells
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REVIEW
Takeshi Fujii, Masato Mashimo, Yasuhiro Moriwaki, Hidemi Misawa, Shiro Ono, Kazuhide Horiguchi, Koichiro Kawashima
T and B cells express most cholinergic system components-e.g., acetylcholine (ACh), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), acetylcholinesterase, and both muscarinic and nicotinic ACh receptors (mAChRs and nAChRs, respectively). Using ChAT(BAC)-eGFP transgenic mice, ChAT expression has been confirmed in T and B cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages. Moreover, T cell activation via T-cell receptor/CD3-mediated pathways upregulates ChAT mRNA expression and ACh synthesis, suggesting that this lymphocytic cholinergic system contributes to the regulation of immune function...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930923/neuroimaging-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-are-we-missing-a-trick
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James K Ruffle, Qasim Aziz, Adam D Farmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928157/alteration-of-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway-in-rat-with-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-modified-electrophysiological-function-of-heart
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Shu-Jie Wu, Yue-Chun Li, Zhe-Wei Shi, Zhong-Hao Lin, Zhi-Heng Rao, Si-Chao Tai, Mao-Ping Chu, Lei Li, Jia-Feng Lin
BACKGROUND: With chronic ischemia after myocardial infarction, the resulting scar tissue result in electrical and structural remodeling vulnerable to an arrhythmogenic substrate. The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway elicited by vagal nerve via α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChR) can modulate local and systemic inflammatory responses. Here, we aimed to clarify a novel mechanism for the antiarrhythmogenic properties of vagal nerve during the ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920767/auricular-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-peripheral-arterial-disease-patients
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Gerald Hackl, Andreas Prenner, Philipp Jud, Franz Hafner, Peter Rief, Gerald Seinost, Ernst Pilger, Marianne Brodmann
BACKGROUND: Auricular nerve stimulation has been proven effective in different diseases. We investigated if a conservative therapeutic alternative for claudication in peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD) via electroacupuncture of the outer ear can be established. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective, double-blinded trial an ear acupuncture using an electroacupuncture device was carried out in 40 PAD patients in Fontaine stage IIb. Twenty patients were randomized to the verum group using a fully functional electroacupuncture device, the other 20 patients received a sham device (control group)...
September 18, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912019/a-nigro-vagal-pathway-controls-gastric-motility-and-is-affected-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinsonism
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Laura Anselmi, Luca Toti, Cecilia Bove, Jessica Hampton, R Alberto Travagli
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In most patients with Parkinson's disease, gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunctions, such as gastroparesis and constipation, are prodromal to the cardinal motor symptoms of the disease. Sporadic Parkinson's disease has been proposed to develop after ingestion of neurotoxicants that affect the brain-gut axis via the vagus nerve, and then travel to higher centers, compromising the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) and, later, the cerebral cortex. We aimed to identify the pathway that connects the brainstem vagal nuclei and the SNpc, and to determine whether this pathway is compromised in a rat model of Parkinsonism...
September 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
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