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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646793/shexiang-baoxin-pills-promotes-angiogenesis-in-myocardial-infarction-rats-via-up-regulation-of-20-hete-mediated-endothelial-progenitor-cells-mobilization
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Feifei Huang, Yang Liu, Xia Yang, Di Che, Kaifeng Qiu, Bruce D Hammock, Jingfeng Wang, Mong-Heng Wang, Jie Chen, Hui Huang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Therapeutic angiogenesis is a pivotal strategy for ischemic heart disease. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect and molecular mechanism of Shexiang Baoxin pills, a widely-used traditional Chinese medicine for ischemic heart disease, on angiogenesis in a rat model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: We used the occlusion of left anterior descending coronary artery of Sprague-Dawley rats as a model of MI. The MI rats were treated with distilled water, Shexiang Baoxin pills, or Shexiang Baoxin pills + HET0016 (a selective blocker of the biosynthesis of 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) at 10 mg/kg/day), respectively...
June 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646792/bacterial-profile-in-human-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Annika Lindskog Jonsson, Frida Fåk Hållenius, Rozita Akrami, Elias Johansson, Per Wester, Conny Arnerlöv, Fredrik Bäckhed, Göran Bergström
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have confirmed the presence of bacterial DNA in atherosclerotic plaques, but its contribution to plaque stability and vulnerability is unclear. In this study, we investigated whether the bacterial plaque-profile differed between patients that were asymptomatic or symptomatic and whether there were local differences in the microbial composition within the plaque. METHODS: Plaques were removed by endarterectomy from asymptomatic and symptomatic patients and divided into three different regions known to show different histological vulnerability: A, upstream of the maximum stenosis; B, site for maximum stenosis; C, downstream of the maximum stenosis...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646778/the-hydrological-functioning-of-a-constructed-fen-wetland-watershed
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Scott J Ketcheson, Jonathan S Price, Owen Sutton, George Sutherland, Eric Kessel, Richard M Petrone
Mine reclamation requires the reconstruction of entire landforms and drainage systems. The hydrological regime of reclaimed landscapes will be a manifestation of the processes operating within the individual landforms that comprise it. Hydrology is the most important process regulating wetland function and development, via strong controls on chemical and biotic processes. Accordingly, this research addresses the growing and immediate need to understand the hydrological processes that operate within reconstructed landscapes following resource extraction...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646708/piezoelectric-parametric-effects-on-wave-vibration-and-contact-mechanics-of-traveling-wave-ultrasonic-motor
#4
Dongsheng Zhang, Shiyu Wang, Jie Xiu
Elastic wave quality determines the operating performance of traveling wave ultrasonic motor (TWUM). The time-variant circumferential force from the shrink of piezoelectric ceramic is one of the factors that distort the elastic wave. The distorted waveshape deviates from the ideal standard sinusoidal fashion and affects the contact mechanics and driving performance. An analytical dynamic model of ring ultrasonic motor is developed. Based on this model, the piezoelectric parametric effects on the wave distortion and contact mechanics are examined...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646669/validation-of-a-commercial-kit-aimed-to-the-detection-of-pathogenic-anisakid-nematodes-in-fish-products
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Serena Cavallero, Alessandro Bruno, Enrico Arletti, Monica Caffara, Maria Letizia Fioravanti, Antonella Costa, Gaetano Cammilleri, Stefania Graci, Vincenzo Ferrantelli, Stefano D'Amelio
Anisakids are parasitic nematodes responsible for a zoonosis that occurs following the ingestion of fish and fish products infected with larvae belonging to the genera Anisakis and Pseudoterranova. Rarely Contracaecum is found in association with gastric/intestinal illness, while Hysterothylacium is commonly considered not pathogenic. Although Real Time PCR assays have been recently used with the aim to detect and quantify these parasites in food products, methods applied did not undergo through extensive validation process, a feature highly desirable or mandatory in the case of testing laboratories accredited for the ISO EN 17025:2005...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646628/focal-liver-lesions-real-time-3-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-compared-with-2-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jung-Chieh Lee, Kun Yan, San-Kan Lee, Wei Yang, Min-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the application of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to diagnose focal liver lesions and to compare these results with those from 2-dimensional (2D) contrast-enhanced US and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with focal liver lesions were examined by 2D contrast-enhanced US, 3D contrast-enhanced US, and contrast-enhanced MRI for lesion characterization, and biopsies and comprehensive clinical diagnoses served as reference standards...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646602/comparison-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-and-strain-elastography-in-differentiating-malignant-from-benign-thyroid-nodules
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Fengjuan Zhang, Xinming Zhao, Ruoling Han, Min Du, Ping Li, Xiaohui Ji
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging and strain elastography in differentiating malignant from benign thyroid nodules. METHODS: This study included 128 patients (104 female and 24 male; mean age ± standard deviation, 48 ± 11 years; range, 23-76 years) with 152 pathologically proven thyroid nodules. Conventional sonography, strain ratio (SR) of strain elastography, virtual touch tissue imaging (VTI) grade, and virtual touch tissue quantification (shear wave velocity [SWV]) from ARFI imaging data were generated for each nodule...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646593/mri-assisted-dual-motion-correction-for-myocardial-perfusion-defect-detection-in-pet-imaging
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Xinhui Wang, Arman Rahmim, Jing Tang
PURPOSE: Myocardial perfusion (MP) PET imaging is a powerful tool in risk assess-assessment and stratification of patients with coronary artery disease. Involuntary organmotion degrades cardiac PET image resolution while respiratory and/or cardiac gating to freeze the motion leads to noisier reconstructed images due to reduced counts in the gated frames. In this work, we propose an MRI assisted dual motion correction method to compensate for respiratory and cardiac motion in MP PET data and study the impact of dual motion correction on MP defect detection using systematically designed experiments...
June 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646585/prognostic-value-of-cell-cycle-arrest-biomarkers-in-patients-at-high-risk-for-acute-kidney-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Hui-Miao Jia, Li-Feng Huang, Yue Zheng, Wen-Xiong Li
AIM: Urinary tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 7 (IGFBP7) are G1 cell cycle arrest biomarkers. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of urinary [TIMP-2]·[IGFBP7] in patients at high risk for AKI. METHODS: The MEDLINE (via PubMed), Ovid, EMBASE and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched from inception to December 25, 2016. Original clinical studies which met the eligibility criteria were included in this study...
June 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646572/general-fate-model-for-microconstituents-in-an-activated-sludge-system
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Bahman Banihashemi
Nine lab-scale continuous flow porous-pot bioreactors operating at various solids retention times and hydraulic retention times were conducted to simulate activated sludge (AS) systems and to evaluate the biodegradation kinetic models for the fate of 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2), bisphenol-A (BPA), and triclosan (TCS) at the µg/L range. Mathematical models were applied to describe the degradation mechanism of selected microconstituents (MCs) and pseudo second-order model were found to best fit the results when active MCs degraders (XC) were used (r2= 0...
June 16, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646548/targeted-calorie-message-promotes-healthy-beverage-consumption-better-than-charity-incentive
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Peggy Policastro, Taylor Palm, Janet Schwartz, Gretchen Chapman
OBJECTIVE: Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is cited as a major contributor to the U.S. obesity epidemic. The objective of this paper was to leverage insights from behavioral economics to examine whether nudges would entice college students to save meal calories by choosing water over SSBs. METHODS: Three message-based nudge interventions, with washout periods between, were used during the 7-week study. Calorie savings (self-interest), charity (prosocial), or charity-plus-calorie message posters were displayed in a college-based food franchise...
June 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646530/pirfenidone-reduces-subchondral-bone-loss-and-fibrosis-after-murine-knee-cartilage-injury
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Deva D Chan, Jun Li, Wei Luo, Dan N Predescu, Brian J Cole, Anna Plaas
Pirfenidone is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic drug that has shown efficacy in lung and kidney fibrosis. Because inflammation and fibrosis have been linked to the progression of osteoarthritis, we investigated the effects of oral Pirfenidone in a mouse model of cartilage injury, which results in chronic inflammation and joint-wide fibrosis in mice that lack hyaluronan synthase 1 (Has1(-/-) ) in comparison to wild-type. Femoral cartilage was surgically injured in wild-type and Has1(-/-) mice, and Pirfenidone was administered in food starting after 3 days...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646460/a-nationwide-survey-of-aortic-valve-surgery-in-japan-current-status-of-valve-preservation-in-cases-with-aortic-regurgitation
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REVIEW
Satoshi Arimura, Masahiro Seki, Kenichi Sasaki, Hideaki Takai, Minoru Matsuhama, Takashi Kunihara, Yutaka Okita, Shuichiro Takanashi, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Hitoshi Yaku, Hitoshi Okabayashi, Hirofumi Takemura, Hirokuni Arai, Masaru Sawazaki, Yoshiro Matsui, Norihiko Shiiya
OBJECTIVE: Although aortic valve-sparing operations are performed throughout Japan, the indications, specific repair techniques, and outcomes have not been reported in full. Thus, we conducted the first nationwide survey of aortic valve-sparing surgery. METHODS: We mailed a questionnaire to 508 institutions across Japan to obtain information on elective aortic valve and aortic root surgeries performed in 2014. Included in the mailing was a secondary questionnaire that sought further information from institutions reporting aortic valve-sparing surgeries...
June 23, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646446/innovations-in-the-endovascular-management-of-critical-limb-ischemia-retrograde-tibiopedal-access-and-advanced-percutaneous-techniques
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REVIEW
Jihad A Mustapha, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Fadi Saab
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Retrograde tibiopedal access and interventions have contributed to advance of endovascular techniques to treat critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients. This review encompasses the spectrum from advanced diagnostic imaging and technical therapeutic approaches for infrapopliteal occlusions, to a discussion of current standards and future directions. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary studies of infrapopliteal angioplasty show suboptimal short-term and 1-year clinical outcomes...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646428/effects-of-carvacrol-on-survival-mesenteric-blood-flow-aortic-function-and-multiple-organ-injury-in-a-murine-model-of-polymicrobial-sepsis
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Erdem Kamil Ozer, Mustafa Tugrul Goktas, Aysun Toker, Hulagu Bariskaner, Ceyhan Ugurluoglu, Alper Bektas Iskit
Carvacrol (CRV) has strong cytoprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. We aimed to demonstrate the possible protective effects of CRV on survival, mesenteric artery blood flow (MBF), vascular reactivity, and oxidative and inflammatory injuries in a murine model of polymicrobial sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). Wistar rats were allocated into the following four groups: Sham, CLP, Sham + CRV, and CLP + CRV. The animals were orally administered with CRV (80 mg/kg/day) or vehicle (corn oil; 1 mL/kg/day) for 7 days...
June 23, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646422/how-to-avoid-and-to-manage-post-operative-complications-in-thyroid-surgery
#16
REVIEW
Matteo Angelo Cannizzaro, Salvatore Lo Bianco, Maria Carolina Picardo, Daniele Provenzano, Antonino Buffone
Complications of thyroidectomy are hypoparathyroidism, recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, and hemorrhage. These complications have a low incidence. Hypoparathyroidism is the most frequent complication of total thyroidectomy. Its incidence varies between 0.5 and 65%. This complication is also visible after reoperation for recurrent disease and in patients previously treated with radioiodine. Damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve can be temporary or permanent, unilateral or bilateral. The bilateral lesion, associated with severe episodes of breathlessness, is a rare complication (0...
June 23, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646420/composite-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty-can-provide-good-function-and-quality-of-life-in-cases-of-malignant-tumour-of-the-proximal-humerus
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Cyril Lazerges, Louis Dagneaux, Benjamin Degeorge, Nicolas Tardy, Bertrand Coulet, Michel Chammas
PURPOSE: Management of proximal humeral tumours remains a surgical challenge. No study to date has assessed the quality of life scores following the composite reverse shoulder arthroplasty for this indication. We, therefore, evaluated function and quality of life following reconstruction with allograft for malignant tumour of the humerus. METHODS: A series of six cases of humeral tumour treated by a single surgeon in a single centre was reviewed after a mean follow-up of 5...
June 23, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646371/objective-assessment-of-reconstructed-breast-hardness-using-a-durometer
#18
Hiroki Mori, Noriko Uemura, Haruka Koga, Mutsumi Okazaki
BACKGROUND: Whether a durometer was suitable for objectively measuring reconstructed breast hardness was evaluated. METHODS: Subjects were 81 women who underwent expander-implant reconstructions following breast cancer ablation. Capsular contracture was evaluated with Baker grading. Capsular thickness was measured with T1-weighted MRI at the upper areola area. The durometer was placed on the upper areola. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to compare variables...
June 23, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646360/does-the-risk-of-rerevision-vary-between-porous-tantalum-cups-and-other-cementless-designs-after-revision-hip-arthroplasty
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Inari Laaksonen, Michelle Lorimer, Kirill Gromov, Ola Rolfson, Keijo T Mäkelä, Stephen E Graves, Henrik Malchau, Maziar Mohaddes
BACKGROUND: Earlier results with porous tantalum acetabular cups in revision THA generally have been favorable. Recently there has been some evidence presented that porous tantalum cups might decrease the risk of rerevision in the setting of revision hip surgery performed owing to prosthetic joint infection (PJI). As the data supporting this assertion come from a study with a limited study population, examining this issue with a large registry approach may be enlightening. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: By combining results from two large, national registries, we asked: (1) Do porous tantalum cups show improved survival after revision THA compared with other cementless designs? (2) Does the use of porous tantalum cups influence survivorship when rerevision for PJI is the endpoint? METHODS: A total of 2442 first-time THA revisions with porous tantalum cups and 4401 first-time revisions with other uncemented cups were included in this collaborative study between the Australian and Swedish national joint registries...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646340/clinical-management-of-ebola-virus-disease-patients-in-low-resource-settings
#20
Armand Sprecher, Michel Van Herp, Pierre E Rollin
The low-resource environment deprives healthcare providers caring for patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) of many of the means employed for the critically ill that are available in better resourced settings, such as advanced therapeutic interventions and abundant staff. In addition to these limitations may be added those imposed by the remote tropical locations, where EVD outbreaks occur. In this setting, a safe environment is created where healthcare workers may care for their patients over the evolving course of their acute illness into their convalescent period...
June 24, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
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