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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151037/combining-ecg-criteria-for-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-improves-risk-prediction-in-patients-with-hypertension
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Peter M Okin, Darcy A Hille, Sverre E Kjeldsen, Richard B Devereux
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypertension with ECG left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) have higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but single ECG criteria may underestimate risk. Whether continued presence or new development of ECG LVH by 2 criteria can further concentrate risk during blood pressure lowering is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Incident stroke, myocardial infarction, cardiovascular death, the composite of these outcomes, and all-cause mortality were examined in relation to the presence of on-treatment ECG LVH by Cornell product and/or Sokolow-Lyon voltage during a mean of 4...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150535/disparities-in-management-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-rural-south-africa-data-from-the-haalsi-study-health-and-aging-in-africa-longitudinal-studies-of-international-network-for-the-demographic-evaluation-of-populations-and-their-health-communities
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Thiago Veiga Jardim, Sheridan Reiger, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Nigel J Crowther, Alisha Wade, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
BACKGROUND: Optimal secondary prevention is critical for the reduction of repeated cardiovascular events, and the control of cardiovascular risk factors in this context is essential. Data on secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in sub-Saharan Africa are needed to inform intervention strategies with a particular focus on local disparities. The aim of this study was to assess CVD management in a rural community in northeast South Africa. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited adults aged ≥40 years residing in the Agincourt subdistrict of Mpumalanga province...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
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Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149690/a-modified-montpellier-protocol-for-intubating-intensive-care-unit-patients-is-associated-with-an-increase-in-first-pass-intubation-success-and-fewer-complications
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Keith A Corl, Christopher Dado, Ankita Agarwal, Nader Azab, Tim Amass, Sarah J Marks, Mitchell M Levy, Roland C Merchant, Jason Aliotta
BACKGROUND: The Montpellier protocol for intubating patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with a decrease in intubation-related complications. We sought to determine if implementation of a simplified version of the Montpellier protocol that removed selected components and allowed for a variety of pre-oxygenation modalities increased first-pass intubation success and reduced intubation-related complications. METHODS: A prospective pre/post-comparison of a modified Montpellier protocol in two medical and one medical/surgical/cardiac ICU within a hospital system...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148717/raman-spectroscopy-of-single-light-absorbing-carbonaceous-particles-levitated-in-air-using-an-annular-laser-beam
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Masaru Uraoka, Keisuke Maegawa, Shoji Ishizaka
A laser trapping technique is a powerful means to investigate the physical and chemical properties of single aerosol particles in a non-contact manner. However, optical trapping of strongly light-absorbing particles such as black carbon or soot is quite difficult because the repulsive force caused by heat is orders of magnitude larger than the attractive force of radiation pressure. In this study, a laser trapping and Raman microspectroscopy system using an annular laser beam was constructed to achieve non-contact levitation of single light-absorbing particles in air...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146661/what-is-the-relationship-between-physical-activity-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-stroke-survivors-post-completion-of-rehabilitation-protocol-for-a-longitudinal-study
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Natalie A Fini, Julie Bernhardt, Anne E Holland
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity (PA) can modify cardiovascular and other health risks in people with stroke, but we know little about long-term PA in this group. This study aims to describe PA levels and investigate relationships between PA, cardiovascular risk factors, mobility and participant characteristics (eg, age, mood and fatigue) in the 2 years following rehabilitation discharge after first stroke. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a longitudinal observational study with follow-up at 6, 12 and 24 months after rehabilitation discharge...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143397/marginal-fit-comparison-of-cad-cam-crowns-milled-from-two-different-materials
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Atousa Azarbal, Mohsen Azarbal, Robert L Engelmeier, Thomas C Kunkel
PURPOSE: To evaluate the marginal fit of CAD/CAM copings milled from hybrid ceramic (Vita Enamic) blocks and lithium disilicate (IPS e.max CAD) blocks, and to evaluate the effect of crystallization firing on the marginal fit of lithium disilicate copings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A standardized metal die with a 1-mm-wide shoulder finish line was imaged using the CEREC AC Bluecam. The coping was designed using CEREC 3 software. The design was used to fabricate 15 lithium disilicate and 15 hybrid ceramic copings...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143247/using-circulating-tumor-cells-to-evaluate-the-efficacy-of-irreversible-electroporation-for-unresectasble-pancreatic-cancer
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Mao Lin, Mohammed Alnaggar, Shu-Zhen Liang, Jian Shi, Li-Zhi Niu, Ji-Bing Chen, Ke-Cheng Xu
We used circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as biomarkers to evaluate the efficacy of pre-irreversible electroporation (IRE) and post-IRE for unresectable pancreatic cancer (PC). Real-time qPCR was used to detect potential biomarker genes in CTCs, and magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) were performed on 43 patients with PC who underwent IRE. Some patients experienced adverse reactions within 30 days of the operation, including arrhythmia (6.9%), intraoperative transient change of blood pressure (25...
November 15, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142831/what-adds-valsalva-maneuver-to-hemostasis-after-trendelenburg-s-positioning-during-thyroid-surgery
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Murat Ozdemir, Ozer Makay, Gokhan Icoz, Mahir Akyildiz
Background: Bleeding after thyroidectomy is life-threatening. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether controlling of further bleeding with Valsalva maneuver following Trendelenburg's positioning has an impact on hemostasis. Methods: This prospective study included 68 consecutive patients undergoing thyroidectomy. Study protocol consisted of performing manual intra-abdominal pressure increase and Valsalva maneuver to check hemostasis and treating any bleeding point identified, after Trendelenburg's positioning...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142811/carotid-artery-stiffness-and-development-of-hypertension-in-people-with-paraplegia-and-no-overt-cardiovascular-disease-a-7-year-follow-up-study
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Olga Vriz, Nicole Bertin, Arianna Ius, Emiliana Bizzarini, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Antonini-Canterin
Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare arterial stiffness between people with paraplegia and able-bodied persons (ABPs) and to assess cardiovascular markers that may be predictive of the development of arterial hypertension in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting: This study was conducted at rehabilitation Hospital, Udine (Italy). Methods: Fifty-seven patients with SCI were prospectively enrolled and compared with 88 healthy ABPs...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142549/comparison-of-pressure-vs-volume-controlled-ventilation-on-oxygenation-parameters-of-obese-patients-undergoing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Reza Movassagi, Majid Montazer, Ata Mahmoodpoor, Vahid Fattahi, Afshin Iranpour, Sarvin Sanaie
Background & Objective: There is no special guideline for the best ventilation mode during laparoscopic anesthesia in obese patients and there are too many studies with different controversial points. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of pressure controlled ventilation (PCV) vs. volume controlled ventilation (VCV) on respiratory and oxygenation parameters in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Methods: Seventy patients with 30 <BMI<40 and ASA physical status I-II were studied in this randomized prospective trial...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142261/selective-blocking-property-of-microporous-polymer-membranes-fabricated-by-chemical-vapor-deposition
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Takeshi Shii, Masaru Hatori, Kazuma Yokota, Yoshiyuki Hattori, Mutsumi Kimura
Poly-p-xylylene films have been utilized as protective and barrier layers for gases and solvents on electronic and implantable devices. Here we report a new approach to create highly permeable and selective nanofiltration membranes coated with microporous poly-p-xylylene nanofilms fabricated through a dry chemical vapor deposition process by using [2.2]paracyclophanes derivatives on ultrafiltration membranes. The introduction of crosslinking points into rigid poly-p-xylylenes enhanced microporosity and mechanical strength due to insufficient packing and depression of structural relaxation among polymer chains in three-dimensional networks...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141498/incidence-and-natural-progression-of-neurogenic-shock-following-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Ian A Ruiz, Jordan W Squair, Aaron A Phillips, Christine D Lukac, Dayan Huang, Patrick Oxciano, Dong Yan, Andrei V Krassioukov
Neurogenic shock, a distributive type of circulatory shock following spinal cord injury (SCI), results in profound hypotension. The consequent hemodynamic instability complicates clinical management, delays surgical intervention, and impacts neurological outcome. Moreover, the reported incidence of this condition varies significantly. Here, we establish the true incidence of neurogenic shock by comparing the most common clinical definitions used to diagnose the condition. Further, we characterize the acute progression and recovery of neurogenic shock...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141489/non-linear-conversion-of-hx4-uptake-for-automatic-segmentation-of-hypoxic-volumes-and-dose-prescription
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Ana Ureba, Emely Lindblom, Alexandru Dasu, Johan Uhrdin, Aniek J G Even, Wouter van Elmpt, Philippe Lambin, Peter Wersäll, Iuliana Toma-Dasu
BACKGROUND: Tumour hypoxia is associated with increased radioresistance and poor response to radiotherapy. Pre-treatment assessment of tumour oxygenation could therefore give the possibility to tailor the treatment by calculating the required boost dose needed to overcome the increased radioresistance in hypoxic tumours. This study concerned the derivation of a non-linear conversion function between the uptake of the hypoxia-PET tracer (18)F-HX4 and oxygen partial pressure (pO2). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Building on previous experience with FMISO including experimental data on tracer uptake and pO2, tracer-specific model parameters were derived for converting the normalised HX4-uptake at the optimal imaging time point to pO2...
November 16, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141380/-the-analysis-of-anesthetic-management-for-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-associated-inferior-vena-cava-tumor-thrombus
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H Zeng, X Y Rong, Y Wang, X Y Guo
Objective: To explore the key points of anesthetic management for renal cell carcinoma combined with inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus. Methods: Twenty-seven cases of renal cell carcinoma with inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus underwent radical nephrectomy and inferior caval venous thrombectomy were reviewed retrospectively during January 2014 to January 2017 in our hospital.Analyzed data includs demographics, classification of tumor, perioperative anesthetic management and monitoring approaches, IVC clamping time , vital signs during cardiopulmonary bypass(CPB), estimated blood loss (EBL), usage of blood products, hospitalization time and ICU time , as well as postoperative outcomes...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141015/nematocytes-discovery-and-characterization-of-a-novel-anculeate-hemocyte-in-drosophila-falleni-and-drosophila-phalerata
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Julianna Bozler, Balint Z Kacsoh, Giovanni Bosco
Immune challenges, such as parasitism, can be so pervasive and deleterious that they constitute an existential threat to a species' survival. In response to these ecological pressures, organisms have developed a wide array of novel behavioral, cellular, and molecular adaptations. Research into these immune defenses in model systems has resulted in a revolutionary understanding of evolution and functional biology. As the field has expanded beyond the limited number of model organisms our appreciation of evolutionary innovation and unique biology has widened as well...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140900/associations-between-bmi-change-and-cardiometabolic-risk-in-retired-football-players
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Eric T Trexler, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, J D DeFreese, Stephen W Marshall, Kevin M Guskiewicz, Zachary Y Kerr
PURPOSE: Elevated rates of cardiometabolic diseases have been observed in former American football players. The current study sought to determine if change in body mass index (ΔBMI) following retirement influences the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, or high blood pressure (HBP) in former professional football players. METHODS: Retired professional football players (n=3,729) were sent a survey with questions regarding health status, playing history, and demographic information...
November 14, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140894/incontinence-associated-dermatitis-and-immobility-as-pressure-injury-risk-factors-a-multisite-epidemiologic-analysis
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Mikel Gray, Karen K Giuliano
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to measure the prevalence of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) among incontinent persons in the acute care setting, characteristics of IAD in this group, and associations among IAD, urinary, fecal, and dual incontinence, immobility, and pressure injury in the sacral area. DESIGN: Descriptive and correlational analysis of data from a large database of IAD, and pressure injuries of sacral area and heels. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The sample comprised 5342 adult patients in acute care facilities in 36 states representing all regions of the United States...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140820/renal-effects-of-cytokines-in-hypertension
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Yi Wen, Steven D Crowley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory cytokines contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension through effects on renal blood flow and sodium handling. This review will update recent advances that explore the renal actions of immune cells and cytokines in the pathogenesis of hypertension. RECENT FINDINGS: Populations of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune systems contribute to hypertension by modulating functions of the vasculature and epithelial cells in the kidney...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140375/plasma-of-argon-increases-cell-attachment-and-bacterial-decontamination-on-different-implant-surfaces
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Luigi Canullo, Tullio Genova, Hom-Lay Wang, Stefano Carossa, Federico Mussano
PURPOSE: This in vitro study tested the effects of argon atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge (APDBD) on different implant surfaces with regard to physical changes, bacterial decontamination, and osteoblast adhesion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven hundred twenty disks with three different surface topographies-machined (MAC), titanium plasma-sprayed (TPS), and zirconia-blasted and acid-etched (ZRT)-were tested in this experiment. Bacterial adhesion tests were performed repeatedly on a simplified biofilm of Streptococcus mitis...
November 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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