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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526145/alpha-2-agonists
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REVIEW
Viet Nguyen, Dawn Tiemann, Edward Park, Ali Salehi
Alpha-2 adrenergic receptors are spread throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, specifically in the pontine locus coeruleus, medullospinal tracts, rostral ventrolateral medulla, and the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Alpha-2 agonist agents cause neuromodulation in these centers, leading to sedation, analgesia, vasodilatation, and bradycardia with little effect on the respiratory drive, which accounts for their good safety profile. The 2 major drugs in this group are clonidine and dexmedetomidine...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522414/therapeutic-potential-of-agmatine-for-cns-disorders
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REVIEW
Vivian B Neis, Priscila B Rosa, Gislaine Olescowicz, Ana LĂșcia S Rodrigues
Agmatine is a neuromodulator that regulates multiple neurotransmitters and signaling pathways. Several studies have focused on elucidating the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of this molecule, which seems to be mediated by a reduction in oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and proapoptotic signaling. Since these events are implicated in acute and chronic excitotoxicity-related disorders (ischemia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders) as well as in nociception, agmatine has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders...
May 15, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505029/treatment-options-for-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-fbss-patients-with-refractory-chronic-pain-an-evidence-based-approach
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Kasra Amirdelfan, Lynn Webster, Lawrence Poree, Vishad Sukul, Porter McRoberts
STUDY DESIGN: A significant number of lumbar post-surgical patients continue to suffer persistent pain and limited function and are termed to have "Failed back surgery syndrome" (FBSS). This review evaluates clinical trial data for the treatment of FBSS patients. OBJECTIVE: Using an evidence-based approach to evaluate FBSS treatments will assist clinicians in choosing the most effective options for FBSS patients. Furthermore, reducing the utilization of less effective therapies may result in substantial financial savings for this patient population...
April 12, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486758/stimulation-of-the-l2-l3-dorsal-root-ganglia-induces-effective-pain-relief-in-the-low-back
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Frank Huygen, Liong Liem, William Cusack, Jeffery Kramer
INTRODUCTION: Chronic low back pain affects millions of people worldwide and can arise through a variety of clinical origins. In the case of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), previous surgical procedures can contribute to low back pain that is often unresponsive to intervention. Although spinal cord stimulation can be an effective treatment modality, it does not provide sufficient pain relief for some intractable cases. Recently, alternative neuromodulation options have been developed, including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation...
May 9, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483393/activation-of-5-ht7-receptors-reverses-nmda-r-dependent-ltd-by-activating-pka-in-medial-vestibular-neurons
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Yan-Hai Li, Lei Han, Kenneth Lap-Kei Wu, Ying-Shing Chan
The medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) is a major output station for neurons that project to the vestibulo-spinal pathway. MVN neurons show capacity for long-term depression (LTD) during the juvenile period. We investigated LTD of MVN neurons using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. High frequency stimulation (HFS) robustly induced LTD in 90% of type B neurons in the MVN, while only 10% of type A neurons were responsive, indicating that type B neurons are the major contributors to LTD in the MVN. The neuromodulator serotonin (5-HT) is known to modulate LTD in neural circuits of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus...
May 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452616/an-ovine-model-of-cerebral-catheter-venography-for-implantation-of-an-endovascular-neural-interface
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Thomas James Oxley, Nicholas Lachlan Opie, Gil Simon Rind, Kishan Liyanage, Sam Emmanuel John, Stephen Ronayne, Alan James McDonald, Anthony Dornom, Timothy John Haynes Lovell, Peter John Mitchell, Iwan Bennett, Sebastien Bauquier, Leon Norris Warne, Chris Steward, David Bruce Grayden, Patricia Desmond, Stephen M Davis, Terence John O'Brien, Clive N May
OBJECTIVE Neural interface technology may enable the development of novel therapies to treat neurological conditions, including motor prostheses for spinal cord injury. Intracranial neural interfaces currently require a craniotomy to achieve implantation and may result in chronic tissue inflammation. Novel approaches are required that achieve less invasive implantation methods while maintaining high spatial resolution. An endovascular stent electrode array avoids direct brain trauma and is able to record electrocorticography in local cortical tissue from within the venous vasculature...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425137/three-dimensional-printing-an-aid-to-epidural-access-for-neuromodulation
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Murray G Taverner, John P Monagle
OBJECTIVE: The case report details to use of three-dimensional (3D) printing as an aid to neuromodulation. METHODS: A patient is described in whom previous attempts at spinal neuromodulation had failed due to lack of epidural or intrathecal access, and the use of a 3D printed model allowed for improved planning and ultimately, success. RESULTS: Successful spinal cord stimulation was achieved with the plan developed by access to a 3D model of the patient's spine...
April 20, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422795/trial-design-and-endpoint-evaluation-in-clinical-studies-addressing-chronic-back-pain
#8
Peter Staats
STUDY DESIGN: A review of the literature evaluating clinical trials of chronic back pain. OBJECTIVE: To assist physicians in assessing the quality of clinical trial data to make the most informed treatment decisions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic pain is a tremendous public health issue, affecting close to 100 million adults in the United States, and costs the American people billions of dollars. One traditional treatment approach, the long-term use of opiate medications, has recently come under intense scrutiny for problems with complications, diversion, abuse, addiction and lack of efficacy...
April 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399549/cost-effectiveness-data-regarding-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-low-back-pain
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Christian Hoelscher, Jonathan Riley, Chengyuan Wu, Ashwini Sharan
STUDY DESIGN: Review of published literature pertaining to spinal cord stimulation cost data analysis. OBJECTIVE: To acquire, organize, and succinctly summarize the available literature regarding the costs associated with, and the cost-effectiveness of, spinal cord stimulation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic back and limb pain is a pervasive complaint in modern society, with estimated annual costs of medical care greater than $100 billion...
April 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385196/enabling-task-specific-volitional-motor-functions-via-spinal-cord-neuromodulation-in-a-human-with-paraplegia
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Peter J Grahn, Igor A Lavrov, Dimitry G Sayenko, Meegan G Van Straaten, Megan L Gill, Jeffrey A Strommen, Jonathan S Calvert, Dina I Drubach, Lisa A Beck, Margaux B Linde, Andrew R Thoreson, Cesar Lopez, Aldo A Mendez, Parag N Gad, Yury P Gerasimenko, V Reggie Edgerton, Kristin D Zhao, Kendall H Lee
We report a case of chronic traumatic paraplegia in which epidural electrical stimulation (EES) of the lumbosacral spinal cord enabled (1) volitional control of task-specific muscle activity, (2) volitional control of rhythmic muscle activity to produce steplike movements while side-lying, (3) independent standing, and (4) while in a vertical position with body weight partially supported, voluntary control of steplike movements and rhythmic muscle activity. This is the first time that the application of EES enabled all of these tasks in the same patient within the first 2 weeks (8 stimulation sessions total) of EES therapy...
April 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375917/urogenital-symptoms-in-neurologic-patients
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Jalesh N Panicker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lower urinary tract and sexual dysfunction are commonly reported sequelae of neurologic disease and have a significant impact on quality of life. This article presents an up-to-date summary of the clinical presentation, investigations, and treatment options for urogenital dysfunction in patients with neurologic disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The pattern of lower urinary tract dysfunction is influenced by the site of the neurologic lesion. The risk for developing upper urinary tract damage is considerably less in patients with slowly progressive nontraumatic neurologic disorders, as compared to those with spinal cord injury or spina bifida...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368982/spinal-cord-stimulation-in-chronic-pain-mode-of-action
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Ricardo Vallejo, Kerry Bradley, Leonardo Kapural
OBJECTIVE: A review of the literature that presents a perspective on mechanisms of actions behind spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for chronic pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: SCS is an effective therapeutic alternative for the treatment of intractable chronic pain. Its application has been mostly based on the Gate Control Theory (GCT) of pain. Computational models have been fundamental on the understanding of clinical observations and the design of therapies that provide optimal neuromodulation...
March 31, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356481/sk-channel-inhibition-mediates-the-initiation-and-amplitude-modulation-of-synchronized-burst-firing-in-the-spinal-cord
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Amr A Mahrous, Sherif M Elbasiouny
Burst firing in motoneurons represents the basis for generating meaningful movements. Neuromodulators and inhibitory receptor blockers cocktails have been used for years to induce burst firing in vitro; however, the ionic mechanisms in the motoneuron membrane which contribute to burst initiation and amplitude modulation are not fully understood. Small conductance Ca2+-activated potassium channels (SK channels) regulate excitatory inputs and firing output of motoneurons and interneurons and, therefore, are a candidate for mediating bursting behavior...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351197/the-human-central-pattern-generator-for-locomotion
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Karen Minassian, Ursula S Hofstoetter, Florin Dzeladini, Pierre A Guertin, Auke Ijspeert
The ability of dedicated spinal circuits, referred to as central pattern generators (CPGs), to produce the basic rhythm and neural activation patterns underlying locomotion can be demonstrated under specific experimental conditions in reduced animal preparations. The existence of CPGs in humans is a matter of debate. Equally elusive is the contribution of CPGs to normal bipedal locomotion. To address these points, we focus on human studies that utilized spinal cord stimulation or pharmacological neuromodulation to generate rhythmic activity in individuals with spinal cord injury, and on neuromechanical modeling of human locomotion...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350952/future-advances-in-spine-surgery-the-aospine-north-america-perspective
#15
Michael G Fehlings, Christopher S Ahuja, Thomas Mroz, Wellington Hsu, James Harrop
This focus issue highlights state-of-the-art techniques, equipment, and practices in the modern era of spine surgery while providing a glimpse into the next generation of patient care. A broad range of topics are presented to cover the full spectrum of the field. Degenerative diseases are discussed in a series of 3 articles on (1) pathophysiology, management, and surgical approaches to degenerative cervical myelopathy; (2) novel approaches to degenerative thoracolumbar disease (eg, interspinous process spacers, minimally invasive/endoscopic approaches); and (3) animal models and emerging therapeutics in degenerative disk disease...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350939/the-advancing-role-of-neuromodulation-for-the-management-of-chronic-treatment-refractory-pain
#16
Mohammed F Shamji, Cecile De Vos, Ashwini Sharan
Neuropathic pain is a common cause of disability and health care utilization. While judicious pharmacotherapy and management of comorbid psychological distress can provide for improved quality of life, some patients with treatment-refractory disease require more invasive therapies. Spinal cord stimulation can provide for improvement in pain and decrease in medication utilization, with level 1 evidence supporting its use across various pain etiologies including persistent postoperative neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic inoperable limb ischemia, treatment refractory angina, and painful diabetic neuropathy...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337820/selective-radiofrequency-stimulation-of-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-drg-as-a-method-for-predicting-targets-for-neuromodulation-in-patients-with-post-amputation-pain-a-case-series
#17
Corey W Hunter, Ajax Yang, Tim Davis
OBJECTIVE: While spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has established itself as an accepted and validated treatment for neuropathic pain, there are a number of conditions where it has experienced less, long-term success: post amputee pain (PAP) being one of them. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has shown great promise, particularly in conditions where traditional SCS has fallen short. One major difference between DRG stimulation and traditional SCS is the ability to provide focal stimulation over targeted areas...
March 23, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336534/muscle-length-dependent-contribution-of-motoneuron-cav1-3-channels-to-force-production-in-model-slow-motor-unit
#18
Hojeong Kim
Persistent inward current (PIC)-generating Cav1.3 channels in spinal motoneuron dendrites are thought to be actively recruited during normal behaviors. However, whether and how the activation of PIC channels influences force output of motor unit remains elusive. Here, building a physiologically realistic model of slow motor unit I demonstrate that force production induced by the PIC activation is much smaller for short than lengthened muscles during the regular firing of the motoneuron that transitioned from the quiescent state by either a brief current pulse at the soma or a brief synaptic excitation at the dendrites...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
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Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269570/real-time-autonomous-bladder-event-classification-and-closed-loop-control-from-single-channel-pressure-data
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Robert Karam, Swarup Bhunia, Steve Majerus, Steven W Brose, Margot S Damaser, Dennis Bourbeau
Urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, is a debilitating condition affecting millions worldwide, which significantly reduces quality of life. Neuromodulation of lower urinary tract nerves can be used to treat sensations of urgency in many subjects, including those with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Event driven, or conditional stimulation has been investigated as a possible improvement to the state-of-the-art open-loop stimulation systems available today. However, this requires a robust, adaptive, and noise-tolerant method of classifying bladder function from real-time bladder pressure measurements...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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