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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to compare the analgesic effects and pharmacokinetics of epidural versus intravenous administration of low doses of ketamine. METHODS 45 patients scheduled for selective gastrectomy were randomly assigned into 3 groups: 0.5mg/kg ketamine administered epidurally (Kepi group), 0.5 mg/kg ketamine administered(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic neuropathic pain is an intractable pain with few effective treatments. Moderate cold stimulation can relieve pain, and this may be a novel train of thought for exploring new methods of analgesia. Transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8) ion channel has been proposed to be an important molecular sensor for cold. Here we(More)
BACKGROUND Molecular hydrogen (H2) as a new medical gas has an anti-inflammatory effect. In the present study, we investigated whether heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) contributes to the anti-inflammatory effect of H2 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. METHODS RAW 264.7 macrophages were stimulated by LPS (1 μg/mL) with presence or(More)
BACKGROUND Although remifentanil provides perfect analgesia during surgery, postoperative hyperalgesia after remifentanil administration might be a challenge to anesthesiologists. The trafficking and activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors have a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The diagnosis of patients with fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains a challenging medical problem for internal medicine. A reliable estimate of the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET and FDG-PET/CT in the assessment of FUO unidentified by conventional workup has never been systematically assessed, and present systematic review was(More)
BACKGROUND Although NMDAR trafficking mediated by GSK-3β involvement in transmission of pronociceptive messages in the spinal cord has been confirmed by our previous studies, whether NMDAR trafficking is implicated in peripheral sensitization remains equivocal. It is demonstrated that inflammation is associated with spinal NMDAR-containing nociceptive(More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a prevalent metabolic disease which is imposing heavy burden on global health and economy. Recent studies indicate gut microbiota play important role on the pathogenesis and metabolic disturbance of T2DM. As an effective mean of regulating gut microbiota, probiotics are live micro-organisms that are believed to provide a(More)
Despite recent advances in antibiotic therapy and intensive care, sepsis is still considered to be the most common cause of death in intensive care units. Excessive production of reactive oxygen species plays an important role in the pathogenesis of sepsis. Recently, it has been suggested that molecular hydrogen (H2) exerts a therapeutic antioxidant(More)
Recently, hydrogen gas (H₂) is reported to be a new therapeutic agent in organ damage induced by ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). The present study was designed to investigate the beneficial effects of H₂ against spinal cord I/R injury and its associated mechanisms. Spinal cord ischemia was induced by infrarenal aortic occlusion for 20 min in male New Zealand(More)
Sepsis/multiple organ dysfunction syndrome is the leading cause of death in critically ill patients. Recently, it has been suggested that hydrogen gas (H2) exerts a therapeutic antioxidant activity by selectively reducing hydroxyl radical (•OH, the most cytotoxic reactive oxygen species). We have found that H2 inhalation significantly improved the survival(More)