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Amirabbas Azizi, Robab Aboutorabi, Zahra Mazloum-Khorasani, Monavar Afzal-Aghaea, Hamed Tabesh, Mahmood Tara
BACKGROUND: There are 4 main types of chronic or noncommunicable diseases. Of these, diabetes is one of the major therapeutic concerns globally. Moreover, Iran is among the countries with the highest incidence of diabetic patients. Furthermore, library-based studies by researchers have shown that thus far no study has been carried out to evaluate the relationship between Web-based diabetic personal health records (DPHR) and self-care indicators in Iran. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine the effect of Web-based DPHR on self-care status of diabetic patients in an intervention group as compared with a control group...
October 21, 2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
Yujin Myung, Heeyeon Kwon, Changsik Pak, Hobin Lee, Jae Hoon Jeong, Chan Yeong Heo
BACKGROUND: Breast augmentation with fat transfer does not bear the risks associated with silicone implantation. The method can potentially be especially useful in Asian women, who often reject augmentation mammoplasty with implants. This prospective clinical trial evaluated the effects of external breast expansion on breast density and vessel count using magnetic resonance imaging. METHODS: Thirty-four enrolled patients were instructed to apply one of two devices, the conventional BRAVA device (used in the AESTES trial) or a novel external expansion device (EVERA) designed for Asian women, continuously for 8 h per day for 12 weeks...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Boel Bengtsson, Anders Heijl
Purpose: We evaluate how visual fields are affected by the initiation of IOP-reducing therapy in previously untreated glaucoma individuals. Methods: Qualifying individuals with newly diagnosed glaucoma having normal to moderately elevated IOP were prospectively randomized either to IOP-reducing therapy or to no treatment. Before randomization, individuals underwent repeatedly Standard Automated Perimetry (SAP) testing and Goldmann tonometry. Three months after randomization, patients again underwent SAP and tonometry...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Igor S Sidorov, Roman V Romashko, Vasily T Koval, Rashid Giniatullin, Alexei A Kamshilin
We recently pointed out the important role of dermis deformation by pulsating arterial pressure in the formation of a photoplethysmographic signal at green light. The aim of this study was to explore the role of this novel finding in near-infrared (NIR) light. A light-emitting diode (LED)-based imaging photoplethysmography (IPPG) system was used to detect spatial distribution of blood pulsations under frame-to-frame switching green and NIR illumination in the palms of 34 healthy individuals. We observed a significant increase of light-intensity modulation at the heartbeat frequency for both illuminating wavelengths after a palm was contacted with a glass plate...
2016: PloS One
Zhaoyu Liu, Yanhong Gu, Wei Zhang, Dongliang Gong, Wenliang Zhang, Tao Xie, Xingye Lu, Xiaoyan Ma, Xiaotian Zhang, Rui Zhang, Jun Zhu, Cong Ren, Lei Shan, Xianggang Qiu, Pengcheng Dai, Yi-Feng Yang, Huiqian Luo, Shiliang Li
We have systematically studied the nematic fluctuations in the electron-doped iron-based superconductor BaFe_{2-x}Ni_{x}As_{2} by measuring the in-plane resistance change under uniaxial pressure. While the nematic quantum critical point can be identified through the measurements along the (110) direction, as studied previously, quantum and thermal critical fluctuations cannot be distinguished due to similar Curie-Weiss-like behaviors. Here we find that a sizable pressure-dependent resistivity along the (100) direction is present in all doping levels, which is against the simple picture of an Ising-type nematic model...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Johannes Schalamon, Thomas Petnehazy, Herwig Ainoedhofer, Christoph Castellani, Holger Till, Georg Singer
BACKGROUND: In an experimental study the performance of different closed abdominal drainage systems was tested. METHODS: A vacuum bottle designed for Redon Drainage, a flexible plastic bulb designed for Jackson-Pratt drains and a V.A.C.(®) Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System were used. In a porcine cadaveric study mimicking the abdominal cavity the intrinsic pressure (IP) at one and three minutes (T0, T3) and the amount of evacuated fluid were measured. RESULTS: The Redon and Jackson drainage displayed a rapid decline to IP values of almost zero comparing T0 and T3...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Félix LaRoche-Johnston, Caroline Monat, Benoit Cousineau
BACKGROUND: Group II introns are catalytically active RNA and mobile retroelements present in certain eukaryotic organelles, bacteria and archaea. These ribozymes self-splice from the pre-mRNA of interrupted genes and reinsert within target DNA sequences by retrohoming and retrotransposition. Evolutionary hypotheses place these retromobile elements at the origin of over half the human genome. Nevertheless, the evolution and dissemination of group II introns was found to be quite difficult to infer...
October 20, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Kevin Forton, Yoshiki Motoji, Gael Deboeck, Vitalie Faoro, Robert Naeije
There has been revival of in interest in exercise testing of the pulmonary circulation for the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease, but there still is uncertainty about body position and the most relevant measurements. Doppler echocardiography pulmonary hemodynamic measurements were performed at progressively increased workload in 26 healthy adult volunteers in supine, semi-recumbent and upright positions which were randomly assigned at 24 hours intervals. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) was estimated from the maximum tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Daryl C Yang, Jennifer R Deuis, Daniel Dashevsky, James Dobson, Timothy N W Jackson, Andreas Brust, Bing Xie, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Iwan Hendrikx, Wayne C Hodgson, Peter Josh, Amanda Nouwens, Gregory J Baillie, Timothy J C Bruxner, Paul F Alewood, Kelvin Kok Peng Lim, Nathaniel Frank, Irina Vetter, Bryan G Fry
Millions of years of evolution have fine-tuned the ability of venom peptides to rapidly incapacitate both prey and potential predators. Toxicofera reptiles are characterized by serous-secreting mandibular or maxillary glands with heightened levels of protein expression. These glands are the core anatomical components of the toxicoferan venom system, which exists in myriad points along an evolutionary continuum. Neofunctionalisation of toxins is facilitated by positive selection at functional hotspots on the ancestral protein and venom proteins have undergone dynamic diversification in helodermatid and varanid lizards as well as advanced snakes...
October 18, 2016: Toxins
Najlaa M Aljefree, Patricia Lee, Jamal M Alsaqqaf, Faruk Ahmed
Recent evidence has pointed out an association between vitamin D deficiency and coronary heart disease (CHD). Due to the growing epidemic of CHD and vitamin D deficiency in Saudi Arabia, exploring the role of vitamin D in the prevention of CHD is crucial. The aim of this study was to examine the association between vitamin D status and CHD in Saudi Arabian adults. This case-control study included 130 CHD cases and 195 age-sex matched controls. Study subjects were recruited from three hospitals in the western region of Saudi Arabia...
October 17, 2016: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Chi-Fai Ng, Sylvia Luke, Chi-Hang Yee, Winnie Chu, Ka-Tak Wong, John Yuen
Objectives To perform a prospective study to evaluate the renal protective effects of ramping protocol and pause protocol for extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy in human subjects. Patients and Methods 320 patients with solitary renal stone <15mm, were randomized to receive one of four protocols: (1) 80% power from beginning until the end of treatment; (2) the first 100 SWs at 40% power, and then 80% power until the end of treatment; (3) the first 100 shocks at 40% power, followed by a 3-minute pause and then further SWs at 80% power until the end of treatment; and (4) the first 100 shocks at 80% power, followed by a 3-minute pause and then further SWs at 80% power until the end of treatment...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Endourology
C S Ball, R F Renzi, A Priye, R J Meagher
Check valves are often essential components in microfluidic devices, enabling automated sample processing for diagnostics at the point of care. However, there is an unmet need for a check valve design that is compatible with rigid thermoplastic devices during all stages of development-from initial prototyping with a laser cutter to final production with injection molding. Here, we present simple designs for a passive, normally closed check valve that is manufactured from commonly available materials with a CO2 laser and readily integrated into prototype and production thermoplastic devices...
October 20, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Frank Tacke, Daniela C Kroy
Persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections affect about 240 million patients worldwide that are at risk of developing liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. HBV is a small, partially double stranded DNA virus with four overlapping genes and a unique life cycle, which involves the generation of an RNA template for replication via reverse transcription. Mutations occur frequently during chronic infection, and particular selection pressures select distinct mutants. Nucleoside and nucleotide analogues like lamivudine (LMV), entecavir (ETV), telbivudine (LdT), adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) and tenofovir (TDF) are used to achieve long-term suppression of viral replication...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Teresa Liu-Ambrose, John R Best, Jennifer C Davis, Janice J Eng, Philip E Lee, Claudia Jacova, Lara A Boyd, Penelope M Brasher, Michelle Munkacsy, Winnie Cheung, Ging-Yuek R Hsiung
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of a progressive aerobic exercise training program on cognitive and everyday function among adults with mild subcortical ischemic vascular cognitive impairment (SIVCI). METHODS: This was a proof-of-concept single-blind randomized controlled trial comparing a 6-month, thrice-weekly, progressive aerobic exercise training program (AT) with usual care plus education on cognitive and everyday function with a follow-up assessment 6 months after the formal cessation of aerobic exercise training...
October 19, 2016: Neurology
M C Burg, P Lunkenheimer, P Niederer, C Brune, K Redmann, M Smerup, U Spiegel, F Becker, D Maintz, W Heindel, R H Anderson
Purpose: There are ongoing arguments as to how cardiomyocytes are aggregated together within the ventricular walls. We used pneumatic distension through the coronary arteries to exaggerate the gaps between the aggregated cardiomyocytes, analyzing the pattern revealed using computed tomography, and validating our findings by histology. Methods: We distended 10 porcine hearts, arresting 4 in diastole by infusion of cardioplegic solutions, and 4 in systole by injection of barium chloride. Mural architecture was revealed by computed tomography, measuring also the angulations of the long chains of cardiomyocytes...
November 2016: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
S Negin Mortazavi, Donna Geddes, Fatemeh Hassanipour
This work presents a fluid dynamic study of milk flow in lactating human breast. The motivation for this study is in part to improve the fundamental understanding of transport processes in an important but insufficiently studied human organ, and in part to produce a new methodology for the understanding of the pathologies of lactation, which can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of a significant proportion of the population. This collaborative effort among lactation specialists and fluid dynamic engineers starts with a careful, statistically representative measurement of infant suckling patterns...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Ignacio Jusué-Torres, Lee H Jeon, Eric W Sankey, Jennifer Lu, Tito Vivas-Buitrago, Joshua A Crawford, Mikhail V Pletnikov, Jiadi Xu, Ari Blitz, Daniel A Herzka, Barbara Crain, Alicia Hulbert, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Oscar Gonzalez-Perez, James P McAllister, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Daniele Rigamonti
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of adult chronic hydrocephalus is not fully understood, and the temporal relationship between development of the radiological changes and neurological deterioration is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the progression of radiological-histological changes and subsequent clinical manifestations of adult chronic hydrocephalus. METHODS: Kaolin was injected bilaterally into the subarachnoid space overlying the cranial convexities in 20 adult rats...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Katrin Lorenz, Sabine Beck, Munir M Keilani, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus
BACKGROUND: The aim of our current investigation was to analyze the autoantibody -reactivities of patients after acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG) by means of a protein microarray approach to identify intraocular pressure (IOP)-dependent antibodies. METHODS: Collected sera from different study time points (AACG n = 6, 0, 2, 4 and 12 weeks) and control group (CTRL n = 11, 0 and 12 weeks) were analyzed. Protein-microarrays were incubated with sera and occurring immunoreactivities were visualized with fluorescence labeled anti-human-IgG antibodies...
October 18, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Laure Spieser, Mathieu Servant, Thierry Hasbroucq, Borís Burle
Both in real life and experimental settings, increasing response speed typically leads to more error-prone actions. Processes underlying such a "speed-accuracy trade-off" (SAT) are usually assumed to be purely decisional: cautiousness would be determined only by the amount of sensory evidence required to select a response. The present data challenges this largely accepted view, by directly showing that motor processes are speeded up under time pressure. In a choice reaction time task where emphasis was put either on response speed or accuracy, motor processes were investigated through the analysis of muscular activity related to response execution...
October 18, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Qiang Xiao, Hongxia Guo
In this paper, we construct an efficient and simple coarse grained (CG) model for atactic polystyrene (PS) by using a 1 : 1 mapping scheme at 463 K and 1 atm pressure and derive the corresponding bonded and non-bonded potentials in the CG force field (FF) via a direct Boltzmann inversion approach and a combined structure-based and thermodynamic quantities-based CG method, respectively. For computational considerations, the non-bonded interaction between CG particles is described by Lennard-Jones (LJ) type potentials, and both the radial distribution function (RDF) and the bulk density of the atomistic simulations are taken as target properties in the parameterization of the two LJ parameters...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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