Jessica P. O'Brien

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Changes in nerve fiber numbers distal to a nerve repair in the sciatic nerve of 48 rats were evaluated over a 1- to 24-month period. The results of the morphometric evaluation in the sciatic nerve distal to the nerve repair demonstrated an increase in nerve fiber counts as early as 1 month following the nerve repair. The number of nerve fibers in the distal(More)
The traditional teaching that "nerve fibers are lost at the suture line" after a nerve repair was investigated by asking the question, "Can the number of nerve fibers distal to a nerve repair site be increased by increasing the number of nerve fibers proximally?" Ratios of proximal to distal nerve fibers were increased from 1:1 to 2.5:1 to 3.5:1 by suturing(More)
Following a previous description of nociceptive nerve fibre growth into usually aneural inner parts of painful intervertebral disc (IVD), this study has investigated whether nociceptive nerve ingrowth into painful IVD is stimulated by local production of neurotrophins. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization have been used to investigate expression(More)
Thirty lower lumbar intervertebral discs (IVDs) removed for low-back pain were examined. There is a profuse non-myelinated axonal network and abundant free nerve terminals in the outer (lateral) half of the annulus fibrosus. The inner annulus and the nucleus pulposus did not contain nerve terminals. No significant changes in the nerve networks could be(More)
INTRODUCTION While problems related to desire, arousal, and orgasm have been subject to extensive epidemiologic research, women's postcoital reactions and feelings, and postcoital dysphoria (PCD) remains under-researched. AIM The study examined the association between women's attachment anxiety and avoidance, differentiation of self, and the experience of(More)
BACKGROUND Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a key regulator of inflammatory responses, including in the heart. Plasma MIF is elevated early in the course of acute myocardial infarction. In this study, we hypothesized that plasma MIF may also be increased in acute myocardial ischemia. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients undergoing cardiac stress(More)
Nursing staff spend more time with patients with pain than any other health staff member. For this reason, the nurse must possess the basic knowledge to identify the presence of pain in patients, to measure its intensity and make the steps necessary for treatment. Therefore, a prospective, descriptive, analytical, and cross-sectional study was conducted to(More)
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