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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428749/deep-brain-stimulation-improves-the-symptoms-and-sensory-signs-of-persistent-central-neuropathic-pain-from-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Ian D Hentall, Jonathan R Jagid, Corneliu C Luca, James Adcock, Alberto Martinez-Arizala, Eva Widerström-Noga
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) is a significant problem after spinal cord injury (SCI). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches may reduce the severity, but relief is rarely substantial. While deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat various chronic pain types, the technique has rarely been used to attenuate CNP after SCI. Here we present the case of a 54-year-old female with incomplete paraplegia who had severe CNP in the lower limbs and buttock areas since her injury 30 years prior. She was treated with bilateral DBS of the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428212/a-novel-mri-biomarker-of-spinal-cord-white-matter-injury-t2-weighted-white-matter-to-gray-matter-signal-intensity-ratio
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A R Martin, B De Leener, J Cohen-Adad, D W Cadotte, S Kalsi-Ryan, S F Lange, L Tetreault, A Nouri, A Crawley, D J Mikulis, H Ginsberg, M G Fehlings
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: T2*-weighted imaging provides sharp contrast between spinal cord GM and WM, allowing their segmentation and cross-sectional area measurement. Injured WM demonstrates T2*WI hyperintensity but requires normalization for quantitative use. We introduce T2*WI WM/GM signal-intensity ratio and compare it against cross-sectional area, the DTI metric fractional anisotropy, and magnetization transfer ratio in degenerative cervical myelopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy and 40 healthy subjects underwent 3T MR imaging, covering C1-C7...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424291/comparison-of-optomotor-and-optokinetic-reflexes-in-mice
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Friedrich Kretschmer, Momina Tariq, Walid Chatila, Beverly Wu, Tudor Constantin Badea
During animal locomotion or position adjustments, the visual system uses image stabilization reflexes to compensate for global shifts in the visual scene. These reflexes elicit compensatory head movements (Optomotor response - OMR) in unrestrained animals or compensatory eye movements (Optokinetic response - OKR) in head fixed or unrestrained animals, exposed to globally rotating striped patterns. In mice, OMR responses are relatively easy to observe and find broad use in the rapid evaluation of visual function...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420967/organization-and-plasticity-of-sodium-channel-expression-in-the-mouse-olfactory-and-vomeronasal-epithelia
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Florian Bolz, Stephanie Kasper, Bernd Bufe, Frank Zufall, Martina Pyrski
To understand the molecular basis of neuronal excitation in the mammalian olfactory system, we conducted a systematic analysis of the organization of voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel subunits in the main olfactory epithelium (MOE) and vomeronasal organ (VNO) of adult mice. We also analyzed changes in Nav channel expression during development in these two systems and during regeneration of the MOE. Quantitative PCR shows that Nav1.7 is the predominant isoform in both adult MOE and VNO. We detected pronounced immunoreactivity for Nav1...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420964/identification-of-the-spinal-expression-profile-of-non-coding-rnas-involved-in-neuropathic-pain-following-spared-nerve-injury-by-sequence-analysis
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Jun Zhou, Qingming Xiong, Hongtao Chen, Chengxiang Yang, Youling Fan
Neuropathic pain (NP) is caused by damage to the nervous system, resulting in aberrant pain, which is associated with gene expression changes in the sensory pathway. However, the molecular mechanisms are not fully understood. A non-coding Ribose Nucleic Acid (ncRNA) is an RNA molecule that is not translated into a protein. NcRNAs are involved in many cellular processes, and mutations or imbalances of the repertoire within the body can cause a variety of diseases. Although ncRNAs have recently been shown to play a role in NP pathogenesis, the specific effects of ncRNAs in NP remain largely unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418172/analgesic-effect-of-clobazam-in-chronic-low-back-pain-but-not-in-experimentally-induced-pain
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J Schliessbach, P H Vuilleumier, A Siegenthaler, L Bütikofer, A Limacher, P Juni, H U Zeilhofer, L Arendt-Nielsen, M Curatolo
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is frequently associated with hypersensitivity of the nervous system, and drugs that increase central inhibition are therefore a potentially effective treatment. Benzodiazepines are potent modulators of GABAergic neurotransmission and are known to exert antihyperalgesic effects in rodents, but translation into patients are lacking. This study investigates the effect of the benzodiazepine clobazam in chronic low-back pain in humans. The aim of this study is to explore the effect of GABA modulation on chronic low-back pain and on quantitative sensory tests...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412953/quantification-of-task-dependent-cortical-activation-evoked-by-robotic-continuous-wrist-joint-manipulation-in-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
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Martijn P Vlaar, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Julius P A Dewald, Erwin E H van Wegen, Alfred C Schouten, Gert Kwakkel, Frans C T van der Helm
BACKGROUND: Cortical damage after stroke can drastically impair sensory and motor function of the upper limb, affecting the execution of activities of daily living and quality of life. Motor impairment after stroke has been thoroughly studied, however sensory impairment and its relation to movement control has received less attention. Integrity of the somatosensory system is essential for feedback control of human movement, and compromised integrity due to stroke has been linked to sensory impairment...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412561/metastatic-human-breast-cancer-to-the-spine-produces-mechanical-hyperalgesia-and-gait-deficits-in-rodents
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Rachel Sarabia-Estrada, Alejandro Ruiz-Valls, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Ana M Ampuero, Ismael Jimenez-Estrada, Samantha De Silva, Lydia J Bernhardt, C Rory Goodwin, A Karim Ahmed, Yuxin Li, Neil A Phillips, Ziya L Gokaslan, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Metastases to the spine are a common source of severe pain in cancer patients. The secondary effects of spinal metastases include pain, bone fractures, hypercalcemia, and neurological deficits. As the disease progresses, pain severity can increase until it becomes refractory to medical treatments and leads to a decreased quality of life for patients. A key obstacle in the study of pain-induced spinal cancer is the lack of reliable and reproducible spine cancer animal models...
April 13, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409481/views-of-the-uk-general-public-on-important-aspects-of-health-not-captured-by-eq-5d
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Koonal Kirit Shah, Brendan Mulhern, Louise Longworth, M F Janssen
INTRODUCTION: The EQ-5D is a standardised instrument designed for use as a generic measure of health outcome. It was (and is) intended to provide information about a 'common core' of dimensions known to be relevant across a range of conditions; however, the five dimensions may not fully capture the health-related impacts of certain conditions. This study analyses the views of the UK general public about important aspects of health considered to be missing from the instrument. METHODS: Survey respondents were asked whether there are any aspects of health they consider to be important but are not captured by the EQ-5D, and, if so, what these aspects are...
April 13, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406397/evolutionary-changes-in-transcription-factor-coding-sequence-quantitatively-alter-sensory-organ-development-and-function
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Simon Weinberger, Matthew P Topping, Jiekun Yan, Annelies Claeys, Natalie De Geest, Duru Ozbay, Talah Hassan, Xiaoli He, Joerg T Albert, Bassem A Hassan, Ariane Ramaekers
'Toolkit' genes are highly conserved developmental regulators. While changes in their regulatory elements contribute to morphological evolution, the role of coding sequence (CDS) evolution remains unresolved. We used CDS-specific knock-ins of the proneural transcription factor Atonal homologs (ATHs) to address this question. Drosophila Atonal CDS was endogenously replaced with that of distant ATHs at key phylogenetic positions, non-ATH proneural genes, and the closest CDS to ancestral proneural genes. ATHs and the ancestral-like gene rescued sensory organ fate in atonal mutants, in contrast to non-ATHs...
April 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406383/estimating-parallel-processing-in-a-language-task-using-single-trial-intracerebral-electroencephalography
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A-Sophie Dubarry, Anais Llorens, Agnès Trébuchon, Romain Carron, Catherine Liégeois-Chauvel, Christian-G Bénar, F-Xavier Alario
We provide a quantitative assessment of the parallel-processing hypothesis included in various language-processing models. First, we highlight the importance of reasoning about cognitive processing at the level of single trials rather than using averages. Then, we report the results of an experiment in which the hypothesis was tested at an unprecedented level of granularity with intracerebral data recorded during a picture-naming task. We extracted patterns of significant high-gamma activity from multiple patients and combined them into a single analysis framework that identified consistent patterns...
April 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406346/a-novel-laparoscopic-grasper-with-two-parallel-jaws-capable-of-extracting-the-mechanical-behaviour-of-soft-tissues
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Dariush Nazarynasab, Farzam Farahmand, Alireza Mirbagheri, Elnaz Afshari
Data related to force-deformation behaviour of soft tissue plays an important role in medical/surgical applications such as realistically modelling mechanical behaviour of soft tissue as well as minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and medical diagnosis. While the mechanical behaviour of soft tissue is very complex due to its different constitutive components, some issues increase its complexity like behavioural changes between the live and dead tissues. Indeed, an adequate quantitative description of mechanical behaviour of soft tissues requires high quality in vivo experimental data to be obtained and analysed...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403113/incidence-of-persistent-postoperative-pain-after-hepatectomies-with-2-regimes-of-perioperative-analgesia-containing-ketamine
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Paula Masgoret, Carmen Gomar, Beatriz Tena, Pilar Taurá, José Ríos, Miquel Coca
Studies designed to assess persistent postoperative pain (PPP) incidence after hepatectomies are lacking. Our aim was to assess PPP incidence 6 months after hepatectomies with intravenous (IV) or epidural (EPI) analgesia containing ketamine.Prospective observational comparative study between 2 cohorts of patients submitted to hepatectomy. Patients received 1 of 2 analgesic regimes containing ketamine: EPI group or IV group. Visual analog scale (VAS), Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory (NPSI), Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS), and quantitative sensorial testing (QST: to determine area of hyperalgesia/allodynia) were assessed preoperatively and postoperatively at 2 h, 24 h, 7 days, 1 month, and 6 months...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401146/effects-of-bunch-rot-botrytis-cinerea-and-powdery-mildew-erysiphe-necator-fungal-diseases-on-wine-aroma
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Angela Lopez Pinar, Doris Rauhut, Ernst Ruehl, Andrea Buettner
This study aimed to characterize the effects of bunch rot and powdery mildew on the primary quality parameter of wine, the aroma. The influence of these fungal diseases was studied by comparative Aroma Extract Dilution Analyses (AEDA) and sensory tests. The effect of bunch rot was investigated on three grape varieties, namely White Riesling, Red Riesling and Gewürztraminer and that of powdery mildew on the hybrid Gm 8622-3; thereby, samples were selected that showed pronounced cases of infection to elaborate potential currently unknown effects...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398572/detectable-viral-load-may-be-associated-with-increased-pain-sensitivity-in-persons-living-with-hiv-preliminary-findings
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Burel R Goodin, Michael A Owens, Lindsey R Yessick, Rachael L Rainey, Jennifer I Okunbor, Dyan M White, Kaneisha A Mushatt, Olivia A Harmon, Sonya L Heath, Jessica S Merlin
Objective. : Animal models have previously shown that HIV is associated with hyperalgesia, or heightened sensitivity to painful stimuli. Efforts to determine whether this finding translates to humans are presently lacking. Among persons living with HIV (PLWH), those with detectable viral loads may be at greatest risk for heightened pain sensitivity. It was hypothesized that PLWH with detectable viral loads would be more sensitive to painful stimuli compared with PLWH without detectable viral loads and healthy controls without HIV...
April 8, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397276/oral-sensory-dysfunction-following-radiotherapy
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Shethal Bearelly, Steven J Wang, Steven W Cheung
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To assess differences in oral tactile sensation between subjects who have undergone radiation therapy (XRT) compared to healthy controls. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort comparison. METHODS: Thirty-four subjects with a history of XRT were compared with 23 healthy controls. There was no difference in age (P = .23), but there were slightly more males in the XRT cohort (P = .03). The mean (standard deviation) time after XRT completion was 3...
April 11, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396046/minocycline-prevents-muscular-pain-hypersensitivity-and-cutaneous-allodynia-produced-by-repeated-intramuscular-injections-of-hypertonic-saline-in-healthy-human-participants
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Mohamad Samir Samour, Saad Saulat Nagi, Peter John Shortland, David Anthony Mahns
Minocycline, a glial suppressor, prevents behavioural hypersensitivities in animal models of peripheral nerve injury. However clinical trials of minocycline in human studies have produced mixed results. This study addressed two questions: can repeated injections of hypertonic saline (HS) in humans induce persistent hypersensitivity? Can pre-treatment with minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic with microglial inhibitory effects, prevent the onset of hypersensitivity? Twenty seven healthy participants took part in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, consisting of six test sessions across 2 weeks...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395576/recovery-of-mechanical-detection-thresholds-after-direct-digital-nerve-repair-versus-conduit-implantation
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J L Huber, C Maier, T Mainka, L Mannil, J Vollert, H-H Homann
The purpose of this study was to assess sensory and functional nerve recovery after digital nerve injury in patients with an end-to-end suture (S) or with implantation of a collagen conduit (C) to bridge a nerve gap. Fifteen S and 11 C with a follow-up of 6-36 months and 28 healthy control participants were enrolled. Methods of assessments were quantitative sensory testing, the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire (DASH), range of motion and the painDetect questionnaire. After both procedures, sensory profiles showed largely recovered function of C and Aδ fibres but severe loss of Aβ-fibre function leading to increased mechanical detection thresholds...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387133/altered-pupillary-light-response-scales-with-disease-severity-in-migrainous-photophobia
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Melissa M Cortez, Natalie A Rea, Lindsay A Hunter, Kathleen B Digre, K C Brennan
Background Autonomic dysfunction and light sensitivity are core features of the migraine attack. Growing evidence also suggests changes in these parameters between attacks. Though sensory and autonomic responses likely interact, they have not been studied together across the spectrum of disease in migraine. Methods We performed digital infrared pupillometry while collecting interictal photophobia thresholds (PPT) in 36 migraineurs (14 episodic; 12 chronic; 10 probable) and 24 age and sex-matched non-headache controls...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386574/quantitative-electroencephalograms-and-neuro-optometry-a-case-study-that-explores-changes-in-electrophysiology-while-wearing-therapeutic-eyeglasses
#20
Deborah Zelinsky, Corey Feinberg
The brain is equipped with a complex system for processing sensory information, including retinal circuitry comprising part of the central nervous system. Retinal stimulation can influence brain function via customized eyeglasses at both subcortical and cortical levels. We investigated cortical effects from wearing therapeutic eyeglasses, hypothesizing that they can create measureable changes in electroencephalogram (EEG) tracings. A Z-Bell(SM) test was performed on a participant to select optimal lenses. An EEG measurement was recorded before and after the participant wore the eyeglasses...
January 2017: Neurophotonics
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