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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792135/modified-ldl-immune-complexes-and-cardiovascular-disease
#1
Maria F Lopes-Virella, Gabriel Virella
Modified forms of LDL, both spontaneously formed in the organism or prepared in the laboratory, are immunogenic. As a consequence, antigen-antibody complexes (immune complexes, IC) formed in vivo can be measured in the peripheral blood, and their levels are strong predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It has been possible to generate antibodies that recognize different LDL modifications, allowing the analysis of circulating IC constitution. Clinical studies showed that the antigenic constitution of the IC has a modulating effect on the development of CVD...
May 23, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790206/efficacy-and-safety-of-transcatheter-valve-in-valve-replacement-for-mitroflow-bioprosthetic-valve-dysfunction
#2
Victor X Mosquera, Miguel González-Barbeito, Alberto Bouzas-Mosquera, José M Herrera-Noreña, Carlos Velasco, Jorge Salgado-Fernández, Ramón Calviño-Santos, Nicolás Vázquez-González, José M Vázquez-Rodríguez, José J Cuenca-Castillo
OBJECTIVES: Bioprostheses with pericardial leaflets mounted externally on the stent pose a high risk for valve-in-valve (ViV) procedures. This study analyzed the efficacy and safety of ViV procedures for treating structural valve deterioration (SVD) in Mitroflow bioprostheses. METHODS: Between January 2012 and August 2017, 11 patients (mean age 80.3 ± 5.6 years) were treated for SVD of Mitroflow bioprostheses with transcatheter ViV procedures (six transapical [TA] and five transfemoral [TF]) using balloon expandable bioprostheses...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789875/ct-angiography-in-the-lower-extremity-peripheral-artery-disease-feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-volume-contrast-media-protocol
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Barbora Horehledova, Casper Mihl, Gianluca Milanese, Rutger Brans, Nienke G Eijsvoogel, Babs M F Hendriks, Joachim E Wildberger, Marco Das
PURPOSE: The ALARA principle is not only relevant for effective dose (ED) reduction, but also applicable for contrast media (CM) management. Therefore, the aim was to evaluate the feasibility of an ultra-low CM protocol in the assessment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty PAD patients were scanned on third-generation dual-source computed tomography, from diaphragm to the forefoot, as follows: tube voltage: 70 kV, reference effective tube current: 90 mAs, collimation: 192 × 2 × 0...
May 22, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787932/initial-data-on-adsorption-of-cs-and-sr-to-the-surfaces-of-microplastics-with-biofilm
#4
Mathew P Johansen, Emily Prentice, Tom Cresswell, Nick Howell
The adsorption of radiocesium and radiostrontium onto a range of natural materials has been well quantified, but not for the new media of environmental plastics, which may have enhanced adsorption due to surface-weathering and development of biofilms. Microplastic samples were deployed in freshwater, estuarine and marine conditions, then characterised using infrared spectroscopy to document changes to the plastic surface (vs interior). Synchrotron elemental mapping data revealed surfaces that were well-covered by accumulation of reactive water solutes and sulphur, but, in contrast, had highly discrete coverage of elements such as Fe and Ti, indicating adhered mineral/clay-associated agglomerates that may increase overall adsorption capacity...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786483/immediate-mild-reactions-to-ct-with-iodinated-contrast-media-strategy-of-contrast-readministration-without-corticosteroids
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Sae-Jin Park, Dong-Yoon Kang, Kyoung-Hee Sohn, Soon-Ho Yoon, Whal Lee, Young-Hun Choi, Sang Heon Cho, Hye-Ryun Kang
Purpose To evaluate premedication protocols involving administration of antihistamine and multidose corticosteroid that have been widely used in prevention of recurrent hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) to iodinated contrast media (ICM); an evidence-based optimal preventive strategy customized for patients with mild cases has not yet been established. Materials and Methods The outcomes of patients with mild HSR who subsequently underwent contrast material-enhanced computed tomography (CT) between January 2012 and December 2015 were analyzed...
May 16, 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783988/tolerogenic-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-induce-neuroprotective-regulatory-t-cells-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Charles R Schutt, Howard E Gendelman, R Lee Mosley
BACKGROUND: Administration of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) increases regulatory T cell (Treg) number and function with control of neuroinflammation and neuronal protection in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we demonstrated in an early phase 1 clinical trial that GM-CSF also improves motor skills in PD patients. However, the mechanisms of Treg induction and its effects on neuroprotective responses remain unknown...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780288/the-assessment-of-carbon-dioxide-automated-angiography-in-type-ii-endoleaks-detection-comparison-with-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound
#7
Chiara Mascoli, Gianluca Faggioli, Enrico Gallitto, Vincenzo Vento, Giuseppe Indelicato, Rodolfo Pini, Andrea Vacirca, Andrea Stella, Mauro Gargiulo
Introduction: Iodinated contrast media completion angiography (ICM-A) may underestimate the presence of type II endoleak (ELII) after endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), particularly if they are at low flow. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has been proposed as the gold standard in ELII detection during EVAR follow-up. Intraprocedural carbon dioxide (CO2 ) angiography has been shown to be useful in this setting; however no comparative studies including these three techniques are currently available...
2018: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779371/detection-of-nucleic-acids-in-complex-samples-via-magnetic-microbead-assisted-catalyzed-hairpin-assembly-and-dd-a-fret
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Hongmei Fang, Nuli Xie, Min Ou, Jin Huang, Wenshan Li, Qing Wang, Jianbo Liu, Xiaohai Yang, Kemin Wang
Nucleic acids, as one kind of significant biomarkers, have attracted tremendous attention and exhibited immense value in fundamental studies and clinical applications. In this work, we developed a fluorescent assay for detecting nucleic acids in complex samples based on magnetic microbead (MMB)-assisted catalyzed hairpin assembly (CHA) and donor donor-acceptor fluorescence resonance energy transfer ("DD-A" FRET) signaling mechanism. Three types of DNA hairpin probes were employed in this system, including Capture, H1 (double FAM-labelled probe as FRET donor) and H2 (TAMRA-labelled probe as FRET acceptor)...
May 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778557/nanotechnological-foundations-of-a-%C3%A2-new%C3%A2-nephrology
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M Laura Sorian, Alberto Rodríguez-Benot, Miguel Valcárcel
After contextualising the generic frameworks of nanotechnology and nanomedicine, the 2disciplines are discussed in the field of Nephrology. The potential downside to nanonephrology is the renal clearance of nanoparticles, the use of which is ever-increasing both for nanomedicinal purposes and in nanofoods. The positive impact of nanotechnology in Nephrology is centred on the development of renal nanodiagnostics for basic renal function studies, the early diagnosis of acute kidney injury, reliable and simple follow-up of chronic kidney disease and the improvement of magnetic resonance imaging...
May 16, 2018: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777487/factors-affecting-the-public-awareness-and-behavior-on-antibiotic-use
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Kyungmin Huh, Doo Ryeon Chung, So Hyun Kim, Sun Young Cho, Young Eun Ha, Cheol-In Kang, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae-Hoon Song
To evaluate the effects of demographic and perceptive factors on the knowledge, perception, and behavior regarding antibiotic use in the general public, we conducted three serial telephone interview surveys in 2010, 2012, and 2015. Computer-aided telephone interview was conducted, with a predetermined quota stratified by sex, age, and geographic location. Respondents who answered correctly to four or more questions were categorized as having better knowledge. A total of 3013 respondents participated. Better knowledge was associated with age < 60 years (OR 1...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777148/let-7i-5p-mir-181a-2-3p-and-egf-pi3k-sox2-axis-coordinate-to-maintain-cancer-stem-cell-population-in-cervical-cancer
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Ravindresh Chhabra
The characteristics of cancer stem cells (CSCs) and the genes responsible for their maintenance are highly variable in different cancers. Here, we identify the coordination among miRNAs and EGF pathway genes which is critical for the maintenance of CSCs in cervical cancer. The transcript analysis of CSCs enriched from cervical cancer cell lines (CaSki and HeLa) revealed a significant upregulation of SOX2. Since EGF receptor is frequently over expressed in cervical cancer, we hypothesized that EGF pathway may be responsible for the upregulation of SOX2...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776385/generation-of-ventilation-perfusion-ratio-map-in-surgical-patients-by-dual-energy-ct-after-xenon-inhalation-and-intravenous-contrast-media
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Kohei Aoki, Yotaro Izumi, Wataru Watanabe, Yuji Shimizu, Hisato Osada, Norinari Honda, Toshihide Itoh, Mitsuo Nakayama
BACKGROUND: While many studies have evaluated the change in lung volume before and after lung resection and correlated this with pulmonary function test results, there is very little evidence on the changes in ventilation perfusion ratio (V/Q) before versus after lung resection. In the present pilot study, we evaluated if V/Q mapping can be constructed using dual energy CT images. METHODS: Thirty-one lung cancer patients planned for pulmonary resection were included in this study...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773134/developmental-capacity-of-ascaridia-galli-eggs-is-preserved-after-anaerobic-storage-in-faeces
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B Tarbiat, S Rahimian, D S Jansson, P Halvarsson, J Höglund
The reliability of the results of in vitro studies such as detection of anthelmintic resistance often depends on the ability of the parasite eggs to develop under laboratory conditions. The aim of this study was to assess the embryonation capability of the chicken roundworm Ascaridia galli eggs after storage under different conditions. Two storage media for parasite eggs were used; faeces or water. Eggs in petri dishes (90 dishes in total) containing faces or water media were first exposed either to aerobic or anaerobic conditions at different temperatures (4 °C /+O2 , 4 °C /-O2 , 25 °C/-O2 ) for a maximum of 72 days...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767782/factfinders-for-patient-safety-are-gadolinium-based-contrast-media-safe-alternatives-to-iodinated-contrast-agents-for-the-safe-performance-of-spinal-injection-procedures
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Adrian Popescu, Jaymin Patel, Zachary L McCormick, Timothy P Maus, Meghan Rodes, David R Walega, Clark C Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 14, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765868/retrobulbar-steatitis-and-meningitis-empyema-secondary-to-right-otitis-media-right-otitis-interna-and-an-inflammatory-polyp-in-a-cat
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Elena Fenollosa-Romero, Olivier Taeymans, Pieter Nelissen, Giunio B Cherubini, Claudia Busse
The purpose was to describe a case of retrobulbar steatitis and meningitis in a cat caused by otitis media, otitis interna and an inflammatory polyp in the middle ear. Investigations included ophthalmic and neurological examinations, haematology and biochemistry, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and aerobic, anaerobic bacterial and fungal culture of material from the middle ear. A 6-year-old female neutered domestic-short-haired cat presented with right-sided exophthalmos and resistance to retropulsion...
2018: Open Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764870/physicians-attitudes-towards-the-media-and-peer-review-selection-of-the-best-cancer-doctor-comparison-of-two-different-selection-methods
#16
Dong Wook Shin, Juhee Cho, Hyung Kook Yang, So Young Kim, Soohyeon Lee, Eun Joo Nam, Joo Seop Chung, Jeong-Soo Im, Keeho Park, Jong Hyock Park
OBJECTIVES: The choice of doctor is an important issue for patients with cancer, and the reputation of the doctor is the single most important factor for patients to choose a doctor. Media are providing information about the 'best cancer doctor', but they vary widely in their selection methodology. We investigated cancer physicians' attitudes towards the selection of the 'best cancer doctor' by the media, by comparing two different selection methodologies: selection by media personnel or selection through peer-review system...
May 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764475/a-potential-gliovascular-mechanism-for-microglial-activation-differential-phenotypic-switching-of-microglia-by-endothelium-versus-astrocytes
#17
Changhong Xing, Wenlu Li, Wenjun Deng, MingMing Ning, Eng H Lo
BACKGROUND: Activation of microglia can result in phenotypic and functional diversity. However, the pathways that trigger different states of microglial activation remain to be fully understood. Here, we hypothesized that after injury, astrocytes and endothelium may contribute to a gliovascular switch for microglial activation. METHODS: Astrocytes or cerebral endothelial cells were subjected to oxygen glucose deprivation, then conditioned media were transferred to microglia...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763951/dynamic-4d-ct-angiography-for-guiding-transarterial-chemoembolization-impact-on-the-reduction-of-contrast-material-operator-radiation-exposure-catheter-consumption-and-diagnostic-confidence
#18
Moritz H Albrecht, Thomas J Vogl, Julian L Wichmann, Simon S Martin, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Sebastian Fischer, Renate M Hammerstingl, Marc Harth, Nour-Eldin A Nour-Eldin, Axel Thalhammer, Stephan Zangos, Ralf W Bauer
PURPOSE:  This study was carried out to investigate the impact of abdominal dynamic four-dimensional CT angiography (4D-CTA) for guiding transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) on the amount of contrast material used, operator radiation exposure, catheter consumption, and diagnostic confidence. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  Written consent was waived for this IRB-approved retrospective study. 29 patients (20 men; mean age: 65.7 ± 11.5 years) with malignant liver lesions underwent 4D-CTA, prior to initial TACE...
June 2018: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761589/prevalence-and-effect-factors-of-dementia-among-the-community-elderly-in-chongqing-china
#19
Jing Deng, Cheng Cao, Yi Jiang, Bin Peng, Tingting Wang, Ke Yan, Jingxi Lian, Zengzi Wang
BACKGROUND: China is an ageing society, with around 150 million people aged 60 years or older. The prevalence of dementia will increase by more than 100% in the coming 20 years. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and effects of dementia among the community elderly in Chongqing, China. METHODS: Cluster sampling was adopted. A sample of elderly individuals aged 60 years and older was extracted as research subjects from three counties within Chongqing, China...
May 14, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755139/thermomechanical-properties-and-glass-dynamics-of-polymer-tethered-colloidal-particles-and-films
#20
Yu Cang, Anna N Reuss, Jaejun Lee, Jiajun Yan, Jianan Zhang, Elena Alonso-Redondo, Rebecca Sainidou, Pascal Rembert, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Michael R Bockstaller, George Fytas
Polymer-tethered colloidal particles (aka "particle brush materials") have attracted interest as a platform for innovative material technologies and as a model system to elucidate glass formation in complex structured media. In this contribution, Brillouin light scattering is used to sequentially evaluate the role of brush architecture on the dynamical properties of brush particles in both the individual and assembled (film) state. In the former state, the analysis reveals that brush-brush interactions as well as global chain relaxation sensitively depend on grafting density; i...
November 14, 2017: Macromolecules
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