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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453522/structural-disconnection-is-responsible-for-increased-functional-connectivity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Kevin R Patel, Sean Tobyne, Daria Porter, John Daniel Bireley, Victoria Smith, Eric Klawiter
Increased synchrony within neuroanatomical networks is often observed in neurophysiologic studies of human brain disease. Most often, this phenomenon is ascribed to a compensatory process in the face of injury, though evidence supporting such accounts is limited. Given the known dependence of resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) on underlying structural connectivity (SC), we examine an alternative hypothesis: that topographical changes in SC, specifically particular patterns of disconnection, contribute to increased network rsFC...
February 16, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453349/ultrasound-and-shock-wave-stimulation-to-promote-axonal-regeneration-following-nerve-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-preclinical-studies
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Simeon C Daeschler, Leila Harhaus, Philipp Schoenle, Arne Boecker, Ulrich Kneser, Konstantin D Bergmeister
Limited regeneration after nerve injury often leads to delayed or incomplete reinnervation and consequently insufficient muscle function. Following nerve surgery, application of low-intensity ultrasound or extracorporeal shock waves may promote nerve regeneration and improve functional outcomes. Because currently clinical data is unavailable, we performed a meta-analysis following the PRISMA-guidelines to investigate the therapeutic effect of ultrasound and shock wave therapies on motor nerve regeneration. Ten ultrasound-studies (N = 445 rats) and three shock-wave studies (N = 110 rats) were identified from multiple databases...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452979/3-piece-inflatable-penile-prosthesis-placement-following-radical-cystoprostatectomy-and-urinary-diversion-technique-and-outcomes
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Jeffrey Loh-Doyle, Mukul B Patil, Hari Sawkar, Kevin Wayne, Stuart D Boyd
BACKGROUND: After radical cystoprostatectomy (RC), postoperative erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common consequence with multiple contributing etiologies. The inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) offers patients a definitive treatment option when ED is refractory to medical therapies. Because of the hostile postoperative anatomy of these patients, a careful surgical approach is necessary for successful outcomes and to avoid adjacent organ injury. To date, there is no series describing the outcomes of 3-piece IPP placement in patients with urinary diversions...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452878/combining-novel-renal-injury-markers-with-delta-serum-creatinine-early-after-cardiac-surgery-and-risk-stratification-for-serious-adverse-outcomes-an-exploratory-analysis
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David R McIlroy, David Farkas, Kun Pan, John W Pickering, H Thomas Lee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic utility of multiple novel urinary biomarkers of renal injury when used alone, in pair-wise combination with an early delta serum creatinine (ΔS Cr ) term, and combined as a broad biomarker panel for the prediction of serious adverse outcomes that may reflect AKI in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Post-hoc analysis of prospective observational study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: 603 adults undergoing cardiac surgery...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452832/delayed-endovascular-aortic-repair-is-associated-with-reduced-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-blunt-thoracic-aortic-injury
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Christina L Marcaccio, Ryan P Dumas, Yanlan Huang, Wei Yang, Grace J Wang, Daniel N Holena
OBJECTIVE: The traditional approach to stable blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) endorsed by the Society for Vascular Surgery is early (<24 hours) thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). Recently, some studies have shown improved mortality in stable BTAI patients repaired in a delayed manner (≥24 hours). However, the indications for use of delayed TEVAR for BTAI are not well characterized, and its overall impact on the patient's survival remains poorly understood. We sought to determine whether delayed TEVAR is associated with a decrease in mortality compared with early TEVAR in this population...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452590/factors-associated-with-persistent-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-among-u-s-military-service-members-and-veterans
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Richard F Armenta, Toni Rush, Cynthia A LeardMann, Jeffrey Millegan, Adam Cooper, Charles W Hoge
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have long-term and far-reaching impacts on health and social and occupational functioning. This study examined factors associated with persistent PTSD among U.S. service members and veterans. METHODS: Using baseline and follow-up (2001-2013) questionnaire data collected approximately every 3 years from the Millennium Cohort Study, multivariable logistic regression was conducted to determine factors associated with persistent PTSD...
February 17, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451200/modulation-of-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Isaac G Onyango
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an increasingly pressing worldwide public-health, social, political and economic concern. Despite significant investment in multiple traditional therapeutic strategies that have achieved success in preclinical models addressing the pathological hallmarks of the disease, these efforts have not translated into any effective disease-modifying therapies. This could be because interventions are being tested too late in the disease process. While existing therapies provide symptomatic and clinical benefit, they do not fully address the molecular abnormalities that occur in AD neurons...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451178/involvement-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-liver-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Kangkang Yu, Qian Li, Guangfeng Shi, Ning Li
Fibrosis of the liver is an inherent wound healing response to chronic liver injury. Regeneration of liver epithelium and restoration of normal liver structure were generally involved in this process. Although the liver has a striking capacity to adapt to damage through tissue repair, excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix during this process often leads to scar tissue formation and subsequent fibrosis. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) enables a polarized epithelial cell to undergo multiple changes biochemically and to bear a mesenchymal cell phenotype...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450968/knowledge-about-traumatic-dental-injuries-in-the-permanent-dentition-a-survey-of-lithuanian-dentists
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Vaida Zaleckienė, Vytautė Pečiulienė, Vilma Brukienė, Audronė Jakaitienė, Jolanta Aleksejūnienė, Linas Zaleckas
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In Lithuania, dental trauma cases are also treated by general dentists but it is unknown whether their age, self-evaluation of trauma knowledge and practice location can predict their actual knowledge and management of trauma cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether these factors can be used to predict the actual knowledge and management of trauma cases. METHODS: A two-part questionnaire included 17 multiple-choice questions about practitioners' demographics, their self-evaluated knowledge, and how frequently they treated traumatized permanent teeth as well as 13 clinical scenarios reflecting a variety of clinical trauma cases and their complications...
February 16, 2018: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450214/-mycobacterium-abscessus-complex-infections-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Maroun Sfeir, Marissa Walsh, Rossana Rosa, Laura Aragon, Sze Yan Liu, Timothy Cleary, Marylee Worley, Corey Frederick, Lilian M Abbo
Background: Infections caused by Mycobacterium abscessus group strains are usually resistant to multiple antimicrobials and challenging to treat worldwide. We describe the risk factors, treatment, and clinical outcomes of patients in 2 large academic medical centers in the United States. Methods: A retrospective cohort study of hospitalized adults with a positive culture for M. abscessus in Miami, Florida (January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014). Demographics, comorbidities, the source of infection, antimicrobial susceptibilities, and clinical outcomes were analyzed...
February 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450208/clinical-outcomes-after-microfracture-of-the-knee-midterm-follow-up
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Alexander E Weber, Philip H Locker, Erik N Mayer, Gregory L Cvetanovich, Annemarie K Tilton, Brandon J Erickson, Adam B Yanke, Brian J Cole
Background: Microfracture is a single-stage arthroscopic procedure used to treat small- and medium-sized cartilage defects, the clinical results of which have been mixed to date. Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate prospectively collected patient-reported outcomes (PROs) after microfracture as well as to determine patient-related and defect-related factors associated with clinical outcomes and which factors predict the need for additional surgery. Study Design: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449241/simplified-guideline-for-prescribing-medical-cannabinoids-in-primary-care
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G Michael Allan, Jamil Ramji, Danielle Perry, Joey Ton, Nathan P Beahm, Nicole Crisp, Beverly Dockrill, Ruth E Dubin, Ted Findlay, Jessica Kirkwood, Michael Fleming, Ken Makus, Xiaofu Zhu, Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, James McCormack, Sharon Nickel, Guillermina Noël, Adrienne J Lindblad
OBJECTIVE: To develop a clinical practice guideline for a simplified approach to medical cannabinoid use in primary care; the focus was on primary care application, with a strong emphasis on best available evidence and a promotion of shared, informed decision making. METHODS: The Evidence Review Group performed a detailed systematic review of 4 clinical areas with the best evidence around cannabinoids: pain, nausea and vomiting, spasticity, and adverse events. Nine health professionals (2 generalist family physicians, 2 pain management-focused family physicians, 1 inner-city family physician, 1 neurologist, 1 oncologist, 1 nurse practitioner, and 1 pharmacist) and a patient representative comprised the Prescribing Guideline Committee (PGC), along with 2 nonvoting members (pharmacist project managers)...
February 2018: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448103/fgf-21-deficiency-slows-gastric-emptying-and-reduces-initial-blood-alcohol-concentration-in-mice-exposed-to-acute-alcohol-in-fasting-state
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Guicheng Wu, Yanlong Liu, Yunhuan Liu, Lihua Zhang, Haiyang Zhao, Liming Liu, Cuiqing Zhao, Wenke Feng
Excess alcohol consumption can lead to alcoholic liver disease. Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is a metabolic regulator with multiple physiologic functions. Previous study demonstrated that FGF21 deficiency exacerbated alcohol-induced liver injury and exogenous FGF21 administration protected liver from chronic alcohol-induced injury. In this study, we aimed to explore the role of FGF21 in alcohol metabolism in mice. FGF21 knockout (KO) mice and the wild time (WT) control mice were divided into two groups and fasted for 24 h followed by a bonus of alcohol treatment at a dose of 5 g/kg body weight via gavage...
February 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447854/risk-factors-associated-complications-for-postoperative-urinary-retention-after-lumbar-surgery-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Joshua L Golubovsky, Haariss Ilyas, Jinxiao Chen, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Thomas E Mroz, Michael P Steinmetz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Postoperative Urinary Retention (POUR) is a very common post-operative complication of all surgeries (5 - 70%) that may lead to complications such as urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder over-distention, autonomic dysregulation, and increased postoperative length of stay (LOS). Within the field of spine surgery, the reported incidence of POUR is highly variable (5.6 - 38%). Lack of clear stratification of surgical level, spinal pathology, and inadequate sample size is a major limitation of available studies concerning POUR following spine surgery that may lead to inconsistency in the incidence of POUR and the ability to model its occurrence and consequences...
February 12, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447827/a-novel-approach-for-comparing-patterns-of-foreign-body-injuries-across-countries-a-case-study-comparing-european-countries-and-bosnia-and-herzegovina
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Giulia Lorenzoni, Sekib Umihanić, Danila Azzolina, Emiliano Manza, Fuad Brkić, Dario Gregori
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed at analyzing the characteristics of FB injuries from Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), a rapidly growing newly industrialized country, and to compare them with cases from European countries. METHODS: The analysis is based on FB injury cases included in the Susy Safe registry. Cases from the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) Clinic, University Clinical Center of Tuzla (B&H) were compared with cases from European countries participating in the Susy Safe project...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447407/the-feasibility-of-venovenous-ecmo-at-role-2-facilities-in-austere-military-environments
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Mohamed A T Mohamed, Tareq Maraqa, Matthew D Bacchetta, Michael McShane, Kenneth L Wilson
Introduction: Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) has been gaining use to bridge the recovery from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) refractory to conventional treatment. However, these interventions are often limited to higher echelons of military care. We present a case of lung salvage from severe ARDS in an Afghani soldier with VV-ECMO at a Role-2 (R2) facility in an austere military environment in Afghanistan. Case: A 25-year-old Afghani soldier presented to an R2 facility with blast lung injury and multiple penetrating injuries following an explosion...
February 13, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447154/examining-the-controllability-of-sepsis-using-genetic-algorithms-on-an-agent-based-model-of-systemic-inflammation
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Robert Chase Cockrell, Gary An
Sepsis, a manifestation of the body's inflammatory response to injury and infection, has a mortality rate of between 28%-50% and affects approximately 1 million patients annually in the United States. Currently, there are no therapies targeting the cellular/molecular processes driving sepsis that have demonstrated the ability to control this disease process in the clinical setting. We propose that this is in great part due to the considerable heterogeneity of the clinical trajectories that constitute clinical "sepsis," and that determining how this system can be controlled back into a state of health requires the application of concepts drawn from the field of dynamical systems...
February 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446739/role-of-complement-properdin-in-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#18
Zinah Zwaini, Houyong Dai, Cordula Stover, Bin Yang
Renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is one of the main causes of acute kidney injury (AKI), and may lead to chronic kidney disease. The high mortality rate of AKI has not changed in the last 5 decades due to non-recognition, nephrotoxin exposure, delayed diagnosis and lack of specific intervention. Complement activation plays important roles in IRI-induced AKI because of its association with immunity, inflammation, cell death and tissue repair. Nevertheless, the role of complement properdin, the sole positive regulator of the alternative pathway, in IRI-induced AKI has not been well defined...
February 13, 2018: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445837/alkaline-phosphatases-in-the-complex-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorders
#19
Jordi Bover, Pablo Ureña, Armando Aguilar, Sandro Mazzaferro, Silvia Benito, Víctor López-Báez, Alejandra Ramos, Iara daSilva, Mario Cozzolino
Alkaline phosphatases (APs) remove the phosphate (dephosphorylation) needed in multiple metabolic processes (from many molecules such as proteins, nucleotides, or pyrophosphate). Therefore, APs are important for bone mineralization but paradoxically they can also be deleterious for other processes, such as vascular calcification and the increasingly known cross-talk between bone and vessels. A proper balance between beneficial and harmful activities is further complicated in the context of chronic kidney disease (CKD)...
February 14, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445581/eruptive-nevi-after-burn-injury
#20
Ali Tareen, Kristine Pallesen, Tine Vestergaard
Eruptive melanocytic nevi (EMN) is an unusual phenomenon characterized by the abrupt development of multiple melanocytic nevi over weeks to months in association with an underlying trigger. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood, however, they have been associated with a variety of conditions. EMN is relatively uncommon and might be underreported due to the absence of close monitoring, insufficient recognition, and the presumed benign course of the condition. We describe the first case report of acral EMN associated with a burn wound on a 2-year-old child...
January 2018: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
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