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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327997/lumbar-fusion-for-degenerative-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Daniel Yavin, Steven Casha, Samuel Wiebe, Thomas E Feasby, Callie Clark, Albert Isaacs, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, R John Hurlbert, Hude Quan, Andrew Nataraj, Garnette R Sutherland, Nathalie Jette
BACKGROUND: Due to uncertain evidence, lumbar fusion for degenerative indications is associated with the greatest measured practice variation of any surgical procedure. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current evidence on the comparative safety and efficacy of lumbar fusion, decompression-alone, or nonoperative care for degenerative indications. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted using PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (up to June 30, 2016)...
March 17, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327190/primary-pain-generator-identification-by-ct-spect-in-a-patient-with-low-back-pain-a-case-report
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Gabriel Tender, Adriana Constantinescu, Andrew Conger, Anthony DiGiorgio
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is one of the most common conditions encountered in the middle-age population. Identifying the primary pain generator is notoriously difficult. The computed tomography-single-photon emission computed tomography (CT-SPECT) is emerging as a new diagnostic modality for this purpose. CASE PRESENTATION: This 68-year-old Caucasian male presented with intractable low back pain refractory to maximal conservative treatment, including medication and extensive physical therapy...
March 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325925/the-blood-labyrinthine-barrier-in-the-human-normal-and-meniere-s-disease-macula-utricle
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Gail Ishiyama, Ivan A Lopez, Paul Ishiyama, Harry V Vinters, Akira Ishiyama
The ultrastructural organization of the blood labyrinthine barrier (BLB) was investigated in the human vestibular endorgan, the utricular macula, using postmortem specimens from individuals with documented normal auditory and vestibular function and surgical specimens from patients with intractable Meniere's disease. Transmission electron microscopic analysis of capillaries located in the normal human utricular stroma showed vascular endothelial cells with few pinocytotic vesicles, covered by a smooth and uniform basement membrane surrounded by pericyte processes...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325559/new-evidence-of-the-relative-protective-effects-of-neurodegenerative-diseases-and-cancer-against-each-other
#4
A Robles Bayón, F Gude Sampedro
BACKGROUND: Cancer and degenerative diseases share some pathogenic mechanisms which act in opposition to one another to produce either uncontrolled cell proliferation or cell death. According to several studies, patients with Alzheimer disease have a lower risk of neoplasia, and vice versa. This study describes the prevalence of tumours (active or successfully treated) in a series of patients with and without a dementing degenerative disease treated at a cognitive neurology unit. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We analysed the frequency and topography of tumours and the presence or absence of a neurodegenerative disease in a group of 1,164 patients...
March 18, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324979/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
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Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324327/lumbar-disc-replacement-surgery-successes-and-obstacles-to-widespread-adoption
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Stephan N Salzmann, Nicolas Plais, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar disc replacement has been a surgical alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) for many years. Despite enthusiasm after the approval of the first devices, implantation rates have remained low, especially in the USA. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of lumbar disc replacement in order to comprehend the successes and obstacles to widespread adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: Although a large amount of evidence-based data including satisfactory long-term results is available, implantation rates in the USA have not increased in the last decade...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
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Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323710/does-sagittal-spinopelvic-configuration-influence-vertebral-fracture-type-or-localization-in-trauma-patients-a-retrospective-radiologic-analysis
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Samy Bouaicha, Marc Cunier, Max J Scheyerer, Guido A Wanner, Hans-Peter Simmen, Clément M L Werner
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective data analysis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze correlations between spinopelvic configuration and fracture pattern or location in traumatic vertebral fractures. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The spinopelvic configuration represented by the pelvic incidence (PI) angle showed to have a strong correlation with the occurrence of degenerative diseases of the thoracolumbar spine. No data are available on whether there is an influence of the PI angle on traumatic vertebral lesions as well...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323023/internalization-axonal-transport-and-release-of-fibrillar-forms-of-alpha-synuclein
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Gregor Bieri, Aaron D Gitler, Michel Brahic
Intra-neuronal protein aggregates made of fibrillar alpha-synuclein (α-syn) are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). With time, these aggregates spread through the brain following axonal projections. Understanding the mechanism of this spread is central to the study of the progressive nature of PD. Here we review data relevant to the uptake, transport and release of α-syn fibrils. We summarize several cell surface receptors that regulate the uptake of α-syn fibrils by neurons. The aggregates are then transported along axons, both in the anterograde and retrograde direction...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322830/antidiabetic-antidyslipidemic-and-toxicity-profile-of-env-2-a-potent-pyrazole-derivative-against-diabetes-and-related-diseases
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Eduardo Hernández-Vázquez, Hugo Ocampo-Montalban, Litzia Cerón-Romero, Miguel Cruz, Jaime Gomez-Zamudio, Guadalupe Hiriart-Valencia, Rafael Villalobos-Molina, Angelica Flores-Flores, Samuel Estrada-Soto
Diabetes is a major health problem and a predisposition factor for further degenerative complications and, therefore, novel therapies are urgently needed. Currently, cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1 receptor) antagonists have been considered as promissory entities for metabolic disorders treatment. Accordingly, the purpose of this work was the evaluation of the sub-acute antidiabetic, anti-hyperglycemic, antidyslipidemic and toxicological profile of ENV-2, a potent hypoglycemic and antioxidant CB1 receptor antagonist...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322742/potassium-channel-abnormalities-are-consistent-with-early-axon-degeneration-of-motor-axons-in-the-g127x-sod1-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Rikke Maglemose, Anne Hedegaard, Janna Lehnhoff, Kristina Petrova Dimintiyanova, Mihai Moldovan, Lillian Grøndahl, Claire Francesca Meehan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a lethal neurodegenerative disease, which selectively affects upper and lower motoneurones. The underlying pathophysiology of the disease is complex but electrophysiological studies of peripheral nerves in ALS patients as well as human autopsy studies indicate that a potassium channel dysfunction/loss is present early in the symptomatic phase. It remains unclear to what extent potassium channel abnormalities reflect a specific pathogenic mechanism in ALS. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the temporal changes in the expression and/or function of potassium channels in motoneurones in the adult G127X SOD1 mouse model of ALS, a model which has a very long presymptomatic phase...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322172/immune-neuroendocrine-dysregulation-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-a-revision-and-a-pilot-study
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Isabel Gálvez, Silvia Torres-Piles, María Dolores Hinchado, Alberto Álvarez-Barrientos, Pilar Torralbo-Jiménez, Jorge Guerrero, Leticia Martín-Cordero, Eduardo Ortega
BACKGROUND: Although osteoarthritis has predominantly been considered a non-inflammatory degenerative arthropathy, there is growing evidence that various inflammatory and immunological processes might contribute to the onset, progression, and burden of the disease. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present investigation was to study the systemic inflammatory and stress responses and the innate response mediated by neutrophils in OA patients. METHOD: A group of patients diagnosed with primary OA according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria and a control group of age-matched healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study...
March 20, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321567/adjacent-segment-pathology-natural-history-or-effect-of-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-10-year-follow-up-radiological-multicenter-study-using-an-evaluation-scale-of-the-ageing-spine
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Alessandro Pesce, Venceslao Wierzbicki, Emanuele Piccione, Alessandro Frati, Antonino Raco, Riccardo Caruso
PURPOSE: Aim of this study is to compare late degenerative MRI changes in a subset of patients operated on with ACDF to a second subset of patients presenting indication to ACDF but never operated on. METHODS: Patients from both subgroups received surgical indication according to the same criteria. Both subgroups underwent a cervical spine MRI in 2004-2005 and 10 years later in 2015. These MRI scans were retrospectively evaluated with a cervical spine ageing scale...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321424/cell-based-meniscus-repair-and-regeneration-at-the-brink-of-clinical-translation-a-systematic-review-of-preclinical-studies
#14
Jasmijn V Korpershoek, Tommy S de Windt, Michella H Hagmeijer, Lucienne A Vonk, Daniel B F Saris
BACKGROUND: Meniscus damage can be caused by trauma or degeneration and is therefore common among patients of all ages. Repair or regeneration of the menisci could be of great importance not only for pain relief or regaining function but also to prevent degenerative disease and osteoarthritis. Current treatment does not offer consistent long-term improvement. Although preclinical research focusing on augmentation of meniscal tear repair and regeneration after meniscectomy is encouraging, clinical translation remains difficult...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321409/could-the-topping-off-technique-be-the-preventive-strategy-against-adjacent-segment-disease-after-pedicle-screw-based-fusion-in-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
#15
REVIEW
Po-Hsin Chou, Hsi-Hsien Lin, Howard S An, Kang-Ying Liu, Wei-Ren Su, Cheng-Li Lin
The "topping-off" technique is a new concept applying dynamic or less rigid fixation such as hybrid stabilization device (HSD) or interspinous process device (IPD) for the purpose of avoiding adjacent segment disease (ASD) proximal to the fusion construct. A systematic review of the literature was performed on the effect of topping-off techniques to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ASD after lumbar fusion surgery. We searched through major online databases, PubMed and MEDLINE, using key words related to "topping-off" technique...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320674/simulation-study-of-an-ultrasound-retinal-prosthesis-with-a-novel-contact-lens-array-for-noninvasive-retinal-stimulation
#16
Mengdi Gao, Yanyan Yu, Huixia Zhao, Guofeng Li, Hongyang Jiang, Congzhi Wang, Feiyan Cai, Leanne Chan, Bernard Chiu, Wei Qian, Weibao Qiu, Hairong Zheng
Millions of people around the world suffer from varying degrees of vision loss (including complete blindness) because of retinal degenerative diseases. Artificial retinal prosthesis, which is usually based on electrical neurostimulation, are the most advanced technology for different types of retinal degeneration. However, this technology involves placing a device into the eyeball, and such a highly invasive procedure is inevitably highly risk and expensive. Ultrasound has been demonstrated to be a promising technology for noninvasive neurostimulation, making it possible to stimulate the retina and induce action potentials similar to those elicited by light stimulation...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320263/duck-virus-enteritis-duck-plague-a-comprehensive-update
#17
Kuldeep Dhama, Naveen Kumar, Mani Saminathan, Ruchi Tiwari, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, M Asok Kumar, M Palanivelu, Muhammad Zubair Shabbir, Yashpal Singh Malik, Raj Kumar Singh
Duck virus enteritis (DVE), also called duck plague, is one of the major contagious and fatal diseases of ducks, geese and swan. It is caused by duck enteritis virus (DEV)/Anatid herpesvirus-1 of the genus Mardivirus, family Herpesviridae, and subfamily Alpha-herpesvirinae. Of note, DVE has worldwide distribution, wherein migratory waterfowl plays a crucial role in its transmission within and between continents. Furthermore, horizontal and/ or vertical transmission plays a significant role in disease spread through oral-fecal discharges...
December 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320116/in-vitro-non-viral-murine-pro-neurotrophin-3-gene-transfer-into-rat-bone-marrow-stromal-cells
#18
Shahram Darabi, Taki Tiraihi, AliReza Delshad, Majid Sadeghizadeh, Wisam Khalil, Taher Taheri
Neurotrophin 3 (NT-3) is an important factor for promoting prenatal neural development, as well as regeneration, axogenesis and plasticity in postnatal life. Therapy with NT-3 was reported to improve the condition of patients suffering from degenerative diseases and traumatic injuries, however, the disadvantage of NT-3 protein delivery is its short half-life, thus our alternative approach is the use of NT-3 gene therapy. In this study, the bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) were isolated from adult rats, cultured for 4 passages and transfected with either pEGFP-N1 or a constructed vector containing murine proNT-3 (pSecTag2/HygroB-murine proNT-3) using Lipofectamine 2000 followed by Hygromycin B (200mg/kg)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319561/pediatric-enteric-neuropathies-diagnosis-and-current-management
#19
Maggie L Westfal, Allan M Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurointestinal diseases are increasingly recognized as causes of significant gastrointestinal morbidity in children. This review highlights the most common pediatric enteric neuropathies and their diagnosis and management, emphasizing insights and discoveries from the most recent literature available. RECENT FINDINGS: The embryologic and histopathologic causes of enteric neuropathies are varied. They range from congenital aganglionosis in Hirschsprung disease, to autoimmune-mediated loss of neuronal subtypes in esophageal achalasia and Chagas disease, to degenerative neuropathies in some cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and gastroparesis...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317389/prp-for-degenerative-cartilage-disease
#20
Lior Laver, Niv Marom, Lad Dnyanesh, Omer Mei-Dan, João Espregueira-Mendes, Alberto Gobbi
OBJECTIVE: To explore the utilization of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for degenerative cartilage processes and evaluate whether there is sufficient evidence to better define its potential effects. DESIGN: Systematic literature reviews were conducted in PubMed/MEDLINE and Cochrane electronic databases till May 2015, using the keywords "platelet-rich plasma OR PRP OR autologous conditioned plasma OR ACP AND cartilage OR chondrocyte OR chondrogenesis OR osteoarthritis (OA) OR arthritis...
September 1, 2016: Cartilage
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