Shuichi Nosaka

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We investigated the absolute concentration of N-acetylaspartate (NAA) in the thalami of neuropathic pain patients and healthy comparison subjects by single-voxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS). (1)H-MRS was performed with a 1.5-T MR system on a voxel in the thalamus bilaterally in 9 neuropathic pain patients and 14 healthy control(More)
BACKGROUND Nonimmobilizers are structurally similar to anesthetics, but do not produce anesthesia at clinically relevant concentrations. Xenon, krypton, and argon are anesthetics, whereas neon and helium are nonimmobilizers. The structures of noble gases with anesthetics or nonimmobilizers are similar and their interactions are simple. Whether the binding(More)
BACKGROUND We have developed an intradiscal pulsed radiofrequency (Disc PRF) technique, using Diskit II® needles (NeuroTherm, Wilmington, MA, USA), as a minimally invasive treatment option for chronic discogenic low back pain (LBP). The purpose of this study was to compare the representative outcomes of Disc PRF and Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)(More)
BACKGROUND Recent neuroimaging studies suggested that chronic neuropathic pain may be largely sustained by a complex neuronal network involving the thalamus. Although recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of a variety of types of chronic neuropathic pain, the effects of ECT on regional cerebral(More)
The effects of lidocaine, tetracaine, procaine and bupivacaine (less than 1000 microM) on the Chara corallina internodal cell were studied. These local anesthetics depolarized the membrane at rest, while they affected the rising phase and the peak level of action potential not appreciably. Instead, they prolonged the time course of the falling phase of(More)
Intradermal injection of an active compound of European honeybee toxin, melittin, into the forearm in humans produces temporary pain and evokes sustained increase of local skin temperature. This increase of skin temperature is suppressed by the pretreatment of a voltage gated sodium channel blocker, lidocaine, suggesting that neurogenic inflammation is(More)
The controversy of the specific and non-specific theories of general anesthesia continues. Recently, non-specific theory began to have the persuasive power again. Molecular dynamics of target protein of the anesthesia and hydrophobic dehydration due to anesthetic binding to the protein have been drawing researcher's attention. Clarification of relation(More)
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