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Gate control theory

Sinyoung Song, Dong Hoon Choi, Tae Suk Oh
BACKGROUND: Fractional CO2 laser is an effective treatment for scars, but most patients complain about sharp burning pain, even after the application of lidocaine ointment. This study analyzed the impact of a vibrating device to nonpharmacologically reduce the acute pain of laser treatment, in accordance with the gate control theory of pain management. METHODS: This is a prospective study performed from May 2013 through March 2014. Fifty-three patients (mean age, 26...
November 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
Nidhi Sharma, Kaja Rekha, Krishnamurthy Jayashree Srinivasan
INTRODUCTION: Overactive Bladder (OAB) accounts for 40-70% cases of incontinence. The etiology is unknown though detrusor instability is found in urodynamic evaluation of almost all cases. Detrusor instability or hyperreflexia can be inhibited by direct inhibition of impulses in the pre-ganglionic afferent neuron or by inhibition of bladder pre-ganglionic neurons of the efferent limb of micturition reflex. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is based on the gate control theory of abolishing the local micturition reflex arc...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Ramsis F Ghaly, Alexei Lissounov, Tatiana Tverdohleb, David Kohanchi, Kenneth D Candido, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) for instrumented lumbar fusion was approved in 2002, and since then has led to an increasing incidence of BMP-related neuropathic pain. These patients are usually resistant to conventional medical therapy and frequently undergo multiple surgical revisions without any pain relief. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58-year-old male was referred to the author's outpatient clinic after four lumbar surgeries did not provide satisfactory pain relief...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
Jaeho Jeon, Jinhee Lee, Gwangwe Yoo, Jin-Hong Park, Geun Young Yeom, Yun Hee Jang, Sungjoo Lee
We report the CVD synthesis of a monolayer of MoS2 nanoparticles such that the nanoparticle size was controlled over the range 5-100 nm and the chemical potential of sulfur was modified, both by controlling the hydrogen flow rate during the CVD process. As the hydrogen flow rate was increased, the reaction process of sulfur changed from a "sulfiding" process to a "sulfo-reductive" process, resulting in the growth of smaller MoS2 nanoparticles on the substrates. The size control, crystalline quality, chemical configuration, and distribution uniformity of the CVD-grown monolayer MoS2 nanoparticles were confirmed...
September 29, 2016: Nanoscale
Alena Ondrejkovicova, Gabriel Petrovics, Katarína Svitkova, Bibiana Bajtekova, Ondrej Bangha
Acupuncture is one of the branches of Chinese Traditional Medicine dating back almost 5 000 years. The expansion of China's trade and business relations with other Asian countries brought about the spreading of acupuncture in 7th Century. Nowadays, acupuncture is an interdisciplinary clinical field of Medicine dealing with treatment, diagnostics and prevention of mainly functional disorders, algic, allergic and addictive conditions of various etiology, localization and intensity. It draws from the millennia of experience of Oriental Medicine as well as contemporary knowledge of morphology, physiology and neurophysiology...
July 16, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Holger Hennig, Paul Rees, Thomas Blasi, Lee Kamentsky, Jane Hung, David Dao, Anne E Carpenter, Andrew Filby
Imaging flow cytometry (IFC) enables the high throughput collection of morphological and spatial information from hundreds of thousands of single cells. This high content, information rich image data can in theory resolve important biological differences among complex, often heterogeneous biological samples. However, data analysis is often performed in a highly manual and subjective manner using very limited image analysis techniques in combination with conventional flow cytometry gating strategies. This approach is not scalable to the hundreds of available image-based features per cell and thus makes use of only a fraction of the spatial and morphometric information...
September 1, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Donald M Caspary, Daniel A Llano
Tinnitus is defined as a phantom sound (ringing in the ears), and can significantly reduce the quality of life for those who suffer its effects. Ten to fifteen percent of the general adult population report symptoms of tinnitus with 1-2% reporting that tinnitus negatively impacts their quality of life. Noise exposure is the most common cause of tinnitus and the military environment presents many challenging high-noise situations. Military noise levels can be so intense that standard hearing protection is not adequate...
August 20, 2016: Hearing Research
Lian Cui, Xuerong Miao, Lingli Liang, Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, William Olson, Michael S Fleming, Minghong Ma, Yuan-Xiang Tao, Wenqin Luo
The gate control theory (GCT) of pain proposes that pain- and touch-sensing neurons antagonize each other through spinal cord dorsal horn (DH) gating neurons. However, the exact neural circuits underlying the GCT remain largely elusive. Here, we identified a new population of deep layer DH (dDH) inhibitory interneurons that express the receptor tyrosine kinase Ret neonatally. These early RET+ dDH neurons receive excitatory as well as polysynaptic inhibitory inputs from touch- and/or pain-sensing afferents. In addition, they negatively regulate DH pain and touch pathways through both pre- and postsynaptic inhibition...
September 7, 2016: Neuron
Kate McGinnis, Eileen Murray, Brooke Cherven, Courtney McCracken, Curtis Travers
BACKGROUND: Applied mechanical vibration in pediatric and adult populations has been shown to be an effective analgesic for acute and chronic pain, including needle pain. Studies among the neonatal population are lacking. According to the Gate Control Theory, it is expected that applied mechanical vibration will have a summative effect with standard nonpharmacologic pain control strategies, reducing behavioral and physiologic pain responses to heel lancing. PURPOSE: To determine the safety and efficacy of mechanical vibration for relief of heel lance pain among neonates...
December 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Ming-Xing Luo, Hui-Ran Li, Hong Lai
Most of previous quantum computations only take use of one degree of freedom (DoF) of photons. An experimental system may possess various DoFs simultaneously. In this paper, with the weak cross-Kerr nonlinearity, we investigate the parallel quantum computation dependent on photonic systems with two DoFs. We construct nearly deterministic controlled-not (CNOT) gates operating on the polarization spatial DoFs of the two-photon or one-photon system. These CNOT gates show that two photonic DoFs can be encoded as independent qubits without auxiliary DoF in theory...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jeonghun Yun, Geunsik Lee, Kwang S Kim
Zigzag graphene nanoribbon (zGNR) of narrow width has a moderate energy gap in its antiferromagnetic ground state. So far, first-principles electron transport calculations have been performed using nonequilibrium Green function (NEGF) method combined with density functional theory (DFT). However, the commonly practiced bottom-gate control has not been studied computationally due to the need to simulate an electron reservoir that fixes the chemical potential of electrons in the zGNR and electrodes. Here, we present the isochemical potential scheme to describe the top/back-gate effect using external potential...
July 7, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Maria Moscoso-Castro, Irene Gracia-Rubio, Francisco Ciruela, Olga Valverde
Schizophrenia is a chronic severe mental disorder with a presumed neurodevelopmental origin, and no effective treatment. Schizophrenia is a multifactorial disease with genetic, environmental and neurochemical etiology. The main theories on the pathophysiology of this disorder include alterations in dopaminergic and glutamatergic neurotransmission in limbic and cortical areas of the brain. Early hypotheses also suggested that nucleoside adenosine is a putative affected neurotransmitter system, and clinical evidence suggests that adenosine adjuvants improve treatment outcomes, especially in poorly responsive patients...
July 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Hendrik Johannes Harms, Nils Henrik Stubkjær Hansson, Lars Poulsen Tolbod, Won Yong Kim, Steen Jakobsen, Kirsten Bouchelouche, Henrik Wiggers, Jørgen Frøkiaer, Jens Sörensen
UNLABELLED: Dynamic cardiac PET is used to quantify molecular processes in vivo. However, measurements of left ventricular (LV) mass and volume require electrocardiogram-gated PET data. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of measuring LV geometry using nongated dynamic cardiac PET. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with aortic-valve stenosis and 10 healthy controls underwent a 27-min (11)C-acetate PET/CT scan and cardiac MRI (CMR). The controls were scanned twice to assess repeatability...
September 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Roman Verba, Mario Carpentieri, Giovanni Finocchio, Vasil Tiberkevich, Andrei Slavin
The voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) effect, which manifests itself as variation of anisotropy of a thin layer of a conductive ferromagnet on a dielectric substrate under the influence of an external electric voltage, can be used for the development of novel information storage and signal processing devices with low power consumption. Here it is demonstrated by micromagnetic simulations that the application of a microwave voltage to a nanosized VCMA gate in an ultrathin ferromagnetic nanowire results in the parametric excitation of a propagating spin wave, which could serve as a carrier of information...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jung-Hun Seo, Tao Ling, Shaoqin Gong, Weidong Zhou, Alice L Ma, L Jay Guo, Zhenqiang Ma
The simplification of fabrication processes that can define very fine patterns for large-area flexible radio-frequency (RF) applications is very desirable because it is generally very challenging to realize submicron scale patterns on flexible substrates. Conventional nanoscale patterning methods, such as e-beam lithography, cannot be easily applied to such applications. On the other hand, recent advances in nanoimprinting lithography (NIL) may enable the fabrication of large-area nanoelectronics, especially flexible RF electronics with finely defined patterns, thereby significantly broadening RF applications...
2016: Scientific Reports
Francisco Javier Ropero Peláez, Shirley Taniguchi
The gate control theory of pain proposed by Melzack and Wall in 1965 is revisited through two mechanisms of neuronal regulation: NMDA synaptic plasticity and intrinsic plasticity. The Melzack and Wall circuit was slightly modified by using strictly excitatory nociceptive afferents (in the original arrangement, nociceptive afferents were considered excitatory when they project to central transmission neurons and inhibitory when projecting to substantia gelatinosa). The results of our neurocomputational model are consistent with biological ones in that nociceptive signals are blocked on their way to the brain every time a tactile stimulus is given at the same locus where the pain was produced...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Di Bian, Hui Tian, Yuejiao Sui, Yuli Liu, Rui Cao, Chenglin Li, Baoyan Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the protective mechanism of electroacupuncture (EA) at "Neiguan" (PC 6) on ischemic myocardial injury, and to explain the response patterns and characteristics of the specific effect of acupoints along meridians in sodium channel in the level of cardiac organ. METHODS: A total of 60 SPF male rats were randomly divided into a blank group, a model group, a non-acupoint group, a Neiguan group and a Lieque group, 12 cases in each one. Except the blank group, rats in the remaining group were treated with subcutaneous injection of isoprenaline to establish the model of myocardial ischemia...
January 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Hiroaki Kuwahara, Rei Ogawa
OBJECTIVE: In general, needling and injection are painful procedures, especially when the face is the target. Although local anesthetics (cream or tape) can be used to reduce the pain, they are not sufficiently effective. It has been suggested that vibration can reduce pain. The aim of this case study was to determine whether application of a vibration device to an area adjacent to the facial target area to be injected/needled would relieve pain. METHODS: Consecutive women scheduled to undergo facial injection with hyaluronic acid or botulinum toxin were recruited...
2016: Eplasty
Giuseppe Foti, Héctor Vázquez
We study the conductance of N-heterocyclic carbene-based (NHC) molecules on gold by means of first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's functions. We consider several tip structures and find a strong dependence of the position of the NHC molecular levels with the atomistic structure of the tip. The position of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) can change by almost 0.8 eV with tip shape. Through an analysis of the net charge transfer, electron redistribution and work function for each tip structure, we rationalize the LUMO shifts in terms of the sum of the work function and the maximum electrostatic potential arising from charge rearrangement...
March 29, 2016: Nanotechnology
F Anvari Vind, A Foerster, I S Oliveira, R S Sarthour, D O Soares-Pinto, A M Souza, I Roditi
The Yang-Baxter equation is an important tool in theoretical physics, with many applications in different domains that span from condensed matter to string theory. Recently, the interest on the equation has increased due to its connection to quantum information processing. It has been shown that the Yang-Baxter equation is closely related to quantum entanglement and quantum computation. Therefore, owing to the broad relevance of this equation, besides theoretical studies, it also became significant to pursue its experimental implementation...
2016: Scientific Reports
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