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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547134/clinical-radiographic-and-biochemical-characteristics-of-adult-hypophosphatasia
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T Schmidt, H Mussawy, T Rolvien, T Hawellek, J Hubert, W Rüther, M Amling, F Barvencik
In this study, we report on clinical, radiographic and biochemical characteristics of 38 patients with adult hypophosphatasia. High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography showed alterations of bone microstructure in a subgroup of 14 patients. Pyridoxal-5-phosphate levels correlated with the occurrence of fractures and the number of symptoms. INTRODUCTION: Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare disorder with a wide range of clinical manifestations. A reduced enzymatic activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is the key marker of the disease, causing an accumulation of ALP substrates such as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP)...
May 25, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544446/a-dual-function-na2-so4-template-directed-formation-of-cathode-materials-with-a-high-content-of-sulfur-nanodots-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Chong Luo, Wei Lv, Yaqian Deng, Guangmin Zhou, Zheng-Ze Pan, Shuzhang Niu, Baohua Li, Feiyu Kang, Quan-Hong Yang
The sulfur content in carbon-sulfur hybrid using the melt-diffusion method is normally lower than 70 wt%, which greatly decreases the energy density of the cathode in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Here, a scalable method inspired by the commercialized production of Na2 S is used to prepare a hierarchical porous carbon-sulfur hybrid (denoted HPC-S) with high sulfur content (≈85 wt%). The HPC-S is characterized by the structure of sulfur nanodots naturally embedded in a 3D carbon network. The strategy uses Na2 SO4 as the starting material, which serves not only as the sulfur precursor but also as a salt template for the formation of the 3D carbon network...
May 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543774/spectral-signal-density-of-carotid-plaque-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Exequiel Reynoso, Gastón A Rodriguez-Granillo, Carlos Capunay, Alejandro Deviggiano, Francisco Meli, Patricia Carrascosa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Plaque characterization using virtual monochromatic imaging derived from dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography requires the determination of normal signal density values of each plaque component. We sought to explore the signal density values of carotid plaque components using dual-energy compared to conventional single-energy CT angiography (CTA), and to establish the energy level with the largest differences between plaque components. METHODS: The present prospective study involved consecutive patients referred for carotid artery evaluation by CTA...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543761/experimental-characterization-of-a-direct-conversion-amorphous-selenium-detector-with-thicker-conversion-layer-for-dual-energy-contrast-enhanced-breast-imaging
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David A Scadutom, Olivier Tousignant, Wei Zhao
PURPOSE: Dual-energy contrast-enhanced imaging is being investigated as a tool to identify and localize angiogenesis in the breast, a possible indicator of malignant tumors. This imaging technique requires that x-ray images are acquired at energies above the k-shell binding energy of an appropriate radiocontrast agent. Iodinated contrast agents are commonly used for vascular imaging, and require x-ray energies greater than 33 keV. Conventional direct conversion amorphous selenium (a-Se) flat panel imagers for digital mammography show suboptimal absorption efficiencies at these higher energies...
May 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542531/new-diagnostic-index-for-sarcopenia-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-diseases
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Haruhito Harada, Hisashi Kai, Rei Shibata, Hiroshi Niiyama, Yasuhiro Nishiyama, Toyoaki Murohara, Noriko Yoshida, Atsushi Katoh, Hisao Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is an aging and disease-related syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, with the risk of frailty and poor quality of life. Sarcopenia is diagnosed by a decrease in skeletal muscle index (SMI) and reduction of either handgrip strength or gait speed. However, measurement of SMI is difficult for general physicians because it requires special equipment for bioelectrical impedance assay or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542096/modified-dual-energy-algorithm-for-calcified-plaque-removal-evaluation-in-carotid-computed-tomography-angiography-and-comparison-with-digital-subtraction-angiography
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Manoj Mannil, Jaychandran Ramachandran, Ilaria Vittoria de Martini, Susanne Wegener, Bernhard Schmidt, Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Krauss, Antonios Valavanis, Hatem Alkadhi, Sebastian Winklhofer
OBJECTIVES: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a valuable tool for the assessment of carotid artery stenosis. However, blooming artifacts from calcified plaques might result in an overestimation of the stenosis grade. The aim of this study was to investigate a new dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) technique with a modified 3-material decomposition algorithm for calcium removal in extracranial carotid artery stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective, institutional review board-approved study, 30 calcified carotid plaques in 22 patients (15 men; mean age, 73 ± 10 years) with clinical suspicion of stroke were included...
May 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542094/virtual-monoenergetic-imaging-and-iodine-perfusion-maps-improve-diagnostic-accuracy-of-dual-energy-computed-tomography-pulmonary-angiography-with-suboptimal-contrast-attenuation
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Doris Leithner, Julian L Wichmann, Thomas J Vogl, Jesko Trommer, Simon S Martin, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Boris Bodelle, Carlo N De Cecco, Taylor Duguay, John W Nance, U Joseph Schoepf, Moritz H Albrecht
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of virtual monoenergetic imaging (VMI+) and dual-energy computed tomography perfusion maps (DECT-PMs) on reader confidence and diagnostic accuracy in dual-energy computed tomography pulmonary angiography (DE-CTPA) studies with suboptimal contrast attenuation, compared with standard linearly blended reconstruction series. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dual-energy computed tomography pulmonary angiography examinations with suboptimal contrast attenuation of 68 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) were included in this institutional review board-approved retrospective study...
May 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541532/constitutive-activation-of-akt2-in-humans-leads-to-hypoglycemia-without-fatty-liver-or-metabolic-dyslipidemia
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Marina Minic, Nuno Rocha, Julie Harris, Matthijs P Groeneveld, Sarah Leiter, Nicholas Wareham, Alison Sleigh, Pascale De Lonlay, Khalid Hussain, Stephen O'Rahilly, Robert K Semple
Context: The activating p.Glu17Lys mutation in AKT2, a kinase mediating many of insulin's metabolic actions, causes hypoinsulinemic hypoglycemia and left-sided hemihypertrophy. The wider metabolic profile and longer term natural history of the condition has not yet been reported. Objective: To characterise the metabolic and cellular consequences of the AKT2 p.Glu17Lys mutation in two previously reported males at the age of 17 years. Design/intervention: Body composition analysis using dual energy X ray absorptiometry, overnight profiling of plasma glucose, insulin and fatty acids, oral glucose tolerance testing, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine hepatic triglyceride content were undertaken...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541197/high-energy-resolution-hyperspectral-x-ray-imaging-for-low-dose-contrast-enhanced-digital-mammography
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Silvia Pani, Sarene Saifuddin, Filipa Ferreira, Nicholas Henthorn, Paul Seller, Paul Sellin, Philipp Stratmann, Matthew Veale, Matthew Wilson, Robert Cernik
Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) is an alternative to conventional X-ray mammography for imaging dense breasts. However, conventional approaches to CEDM require a double exposure of the patient, implying higher dose and risk of incorrect image registration due to motion artifacts. A novel approach is presented, based on hyperspectral imaging, where a detector combining positional and high-resolution spectral information (in this case based on Cadmium Telluride) is used. This allows simultaneous acquisition of the two images required for CEDM...
May 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541073/symptoms-of-stress-and-depression-effect-percentage-of-body-fat-and-insulin-resistance-in-healthy-youth-look-longitudinal-study
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Lisa S Olive, Rohan M Telford, D G Byrne, Walter P Abhayaratna, Richard D Telford
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the longitudinal and cross-sectional effects of both psychosocial stress and depressive symptoms on insulin resistance and percentage body fat in a cohort of healthy Australian children, following them from childhood into adolescence. METHOD: Participants were 791 healthy, initially Grade 2 children (7-8 years; 394 girls), selected from the general community. Psychosocial stress was assessed using the Children's Stress Questionnaire, while depressive symptoms were assessed using the Children's Depression Inventory...
May 25, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540783/role-of-dual-energy-computed-tomography-in-detecting-early-recurrences-of-lung-tumours-treated-with-radiofrequency-ablation
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Jean Izaaryene, Vincent Vidal, Jean-Michel Bartoli, Anderson Loundou, Jean-Yves Gaubert
PURPOSE: Detecting a recurrence after lung radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is based on a group of arguments that include CT, positron emission tomography (PET-CT) at 3 months and clinical patient follow-up. There is no one examination that is absolutely reliable. Recurrences are diagnosed tardily, when the cancers are locally extended, or when the patients are metastatic. The purpose of this article is to investigate the utility of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) in order to assess therapeutic responses to RFA for lung neoplasia...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540211/delayed-enhancement-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-infarction-from-bench-to-bedside
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REVIEW
Gaston A Rodriguez-Granillo
A large number of studies support the increasingly relevant prognostic value of the presence and extent of delayed enhancement (DE), a surrogate marker of fibrosis, in diverse etiologies. Gadolinium and iodinated based contrast agents share similar kinetics, thus leading to comparable myocardial characterization with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac computed tomography (CT) at both first-pass perfusion and DE imaging. We review the available evidence of DE imaging for the assessment of myocardial infarction (MI) using cardiac CT (CTDE), from animal to clinical studies, and from 16-slice CT to dual-energy CT systems (DECT)...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540209/myocardial-blood-flow-quantification-for-evaluation-of-coronary-artery-disease-by-computed-tomography
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REVIEW
Filippo Cademartiri, Sara Seitun, Alberto Clemente, Ludovico La Grutta, Patrizia Toia, Giuseppe Runza, Massimo Midiri, Erica Maffei
During the last decade coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has become the preeminent non-invasive imaging modality to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) with high accuracy. However, CTA has a limited value in assessing the hemodynamic significance of a given stenosis due to a modest specificity and positive predictive value. In recent years, different CT techniques for detecting myocardial ischemia have emerged, such as CT-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR-CT), transluminal attenuation gradient (TAG), and myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540208/myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-for-ischemia-detection
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REVIEW
Patricia Carrascosa, Carlos Capunay
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) plays an important role in many specific scenarios such as in symptomatic patients with intermediate pretest of coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as in the triage of patients with acute chest pain with TIMI risk ≤2. However, it cannot detect the presence of associated ischemia, which is critical for clinical decision making among patients with moderate to severe stenosis. Although functional information can be obtained with different non-invasive tools, cardiac CT is the unique modality that can perform a comprehensive evaluation of coronary anatomy plus the functional significance of lesions...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539598/optimizing-the-thermoelectric-performance-of-graphene-nano-ribbons-without-degrading-the-electronic-properties
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Van-Truong Tran, Jérôme Saint-Martin, Philippe Dollfus, Sebastian Volz
The enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit ZT requires to either increase the power factor or reduce the phonon conductance, or even both. In graphene, the high phonon thermal conductivity is the main factor limiting the thermoelectric conversion. The common strategy to enhance ZT is therefore to introduce phonon scatterers to suppress the phonon conductance while retaining high electrical conductance and Seebeck coefficient. Although thermoelectric performance is eventually enhanced, all studies based on this strategy show a significant reduction of the electrical conductance...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537404/synthesis-and-dual-emission-feature-of-salen-al-triarylborane-dyads
#16
Sang Woo Kwak, Byung Hoon Choi, Ji Hye Lee, Hyonseok Hwang, Junseong Lee, Hyoshik Kwon, Yongseog Chung, Kang Mun Lee, Myung Hwan Park
Novel salen-Al/triarylborane dyad complexes were prepared and characterized with their corresponding mononuclear compounds. The UV-vis and photoluminescence experiments for dyads exhibited photoinduced energy transfer from borane to the salen-Al moiety in an intramolecular manner. Theoretical calculation and fluoride titration results further supported these intramolecular energy-transfer features.
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537325/association-of-protein-intake-with-bone-mineral-density-and-bone-mineral-content-among-elderly-women-the-ostpre-fracture-prevention-study
#17
M Isanejad, J Sirola, J Mursu, H Kröger, M Tuppurainen, A T Erkkilä
It has been hypothesized that high protein intakes are associated with lower bone mineral content (BMC). Previous studies yield conflicting results and thus far no studies have undertaken the interaction of body mass index (BMI) and physical activity with protein intakes in relation to BMC and bone mineral density (BMD). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the associations of dietary total protein (TP), animal protein (AP) and plant protein (PP) intakes with BMC and BMD and their changes. We tested also the interactions of protein intake with, obesity (BMI ≤30 vs...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536753/differentiation-of-clot-composition-using-conventional-and-dual-energy-computed-tomography
#18
Jan Borggrefe, Jonathan Kottlors, Mahmood Mirza, Victor-Frederic Neuhaus, Nuran Abdullayev, Volker Maus, Christoph Kabbasch, David Maintz, Anastasios Mpotsaris
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In unenhanced computed tomography (CT) of acute ischemic stroke, the density of occluding clots is associated with the content of red blood cells and successful recanalization with stent thrombectomy. However, no CT marker for fibrin content is established. In order to improve clot diagnostics, we conducted an in vitro study to investigate thrombus composition of histologically defined ovine blood clots with unenhanced and contrast-enhanced CT using spectral detector CT (SDCT)...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534699/association-of-adipokines-interleukin-6-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-concentrations-with-clinical-characteristics-and-presence-of-spinal-syndesmophytes-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Laura Gonzalez-Lopez, Nicte S Fajardo-Robledo, A Miriam Saldaña-Cruz, Inocente V Moreno-Sandoval, David Bonilla-Lara, Soraya Zavaleta-Muñiz, Arnulfo Hernan Nava-Zavala, Paulina Hernandez-Cuervo, Alberto Rocha-Muñoz, Norma Alejandra Rodriguez-Jimenez, Maria L Vazquez-Villegas, J Francisco Muñoz-Valle, Mario Salazar-Paramo, Ernesto G Cardona-Muñoz, Jorge I Gamez-Nava
Objective To identify correlations of the serum leptin, adiponectin, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) concentrations with the clinical characteristics, presence of spinal syndesmophytes, and body composition in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Methods Forty-eight patients with AS were compared with 41 sex- and age-matched controls. Assessment included clinical characteristics and the presence of spinal syndesmophytes. The serum leptin, adiponectin, TNF-α, and IL-6 concentrations were determined...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534498/estimating-the-basal-metabolic-rate-from-fat-free-mass-in-individuals-with-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#20
S M Chun, H-R Kim, H I Shin
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to validate the existing basal metabolic rate (BMR) predictive equations that include fat free mass (FFM) as an independent variable and, based on the FFM assessment, to develop a new SCI population-specific equation. SETTING: Outpatient clinic in a general hospital. METHODS: Our study group was formed of 50 individuals with chronic motor complete SCI: 27 patients with tetraplegia and 23 with paraplegia...
May 23, 2017: Spinal Cord
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