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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527199/the-value-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-ceus-using-a-high-end-ultrasound-system-in-the-characterization-of-endoleaks-after-endovascular-aortic-repair-evar
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J Rübenthaler, M Reiser, V Cantisani, D Rjosk-Dendorfer, D A Clevert
PURPOSE: To evaluate the value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) using a high-end ultrasound system in the characterization of endoleaks after endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this mono-center study, 41 patients were retrospectively analyzed after being examined using a modern high-end ultrasound system (RS80A with Prestige, Samsung Medison Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea). The maximum diameters of the aneurysms were measured in two planes (right-left and ventral-dorsal)...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527158/asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-in-people-living-with-hiv-plhiv-with-severe-immunosuppression-is-routine-crag-screening-indicated-in-india
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S Anuradha, Abhaya Narayana H, Richa Dewan, Ravinder Kaur, K Rajeshwari
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common, life-threatening opportunistic infection (OI) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India. Serum Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) positivity is predictive of future occurrence of CM and pre-emptive treatment reduces its mortality. Routine CrAg screening among PLHIV is not adopted by India's national programme. This study evaluated the prevalence of CrAg and assessed CrAg positivity in predicting all-cause mortality among PLHIV. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care, public health facility in New Delhi, India...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527116/genome-editing-in-drosophila-melanogaster-from-basic-genome-engineering-to-the-multipurpose-crispr-cas9-system
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Xingjie Ren, Kristof Holsteens, Haiyi Li, Jin Sun, Yifan Zhang, Lu-Ping Liu, Qingfei Liu, Jian-Quan Ni
Nowadays, genome editing tools are indispensable for studying gene function in order to increase our knowledge of biochemical processes and disease mechanisms. The extensive availability of mutagenesis and transgenesis tools make Drosophila melanogaster an excellent model organism for geneticists. Early mutagenesis tools relied on chemical or physical methods, ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) and X-rays respectively, to randomly alter DNA at a nucleotide or chromosomal level. Since the discovery of transposable elements and the availability of the complete fly genome, specific genome editing tools, such as P-elements, zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), have undergone rapid development...
May 1, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526841/organic-carbon-prediction-in-soil-cores-using-vnir-and-mir-techniques-in-an-alpine-landscape
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Xiaolin Jia, Songchao Chen, Yuanyuan Yang, Lianqing Zhou, Wu Yu, Zhou Shi
Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), including visible and near-infrared (VNIR) and mid-infrared (MIR) radiation, is a rapid, accurate and cost-effective technique for estimating soil organic carbon (SOC). We examined 24 soil cores (0-100 cm) from the Sygera Mountains on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, considering field-moist intact VNIR, air-dried ground VNIR and air-dried ground MIR spectra at 5-cm intervals. Preprocessed spectra were used to predict the SOC in the soil cores using partial least squares regression (PLSR) and a support vector machine (SVM)...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526655/digital-morphometrics-a-new-upper-airway-phenotyping-paradigm-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Richard J Schwab, Sarah E Leinwand, Cary B Bearn, Greg Maislin, Ramya Bhat Rao, Adithya Nagaraja, Stephen Wang, Brendan T Keenan
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with changes in pharyngeal anatomy. The goal of this study was to objectively and reproducibly quantify pharyngeal anatomy using digital morphometrics based on a laser ruler, and to assess differences between apneics and controls and associations with AHI (apnea-hypopnea index). This is the first study to use digital morphometrics to quantify intraoral risk factors for OSA. METHODS: Digital photographs were obtained using an intraoral laser ruler and digital camera in 311 controls (mean AHI=4...
May 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526634/microsurgery-simulation-training-system-and-set-up-an-essential-system-to-complement-every-training-programme
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Dhalia Masud, Nadine Haram, Margarita Moustaki, Whitney Chow, Samer Saour, Pari Naz Mohanna
INTRODUCTION: Microsurgical techniques are essential in plastic surgery; however, inconsistent training practices, acquiring these skills can be difficult. To address this, we designed a standardised laboratory-based microsurgical training programme, which allows trainees to develop their dexterity, visuospatial ability, operative flow and judgement as separate components. METHOD: Thirty trainees completed an initial microsurgical anastomosis on a chicken femoral artery, assessed using the structured assessment of microsurgical skills (SAMS) method...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526087/a-multimodal-day-treatment-program-for-multi-problem-young-adults-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marie-Jolette A Luijks, Floor Bevaart, Josjan Zijlmans, Laura van Duin, Reshmi Marhe, Theo A H Doreleijers, Henning Tiemeier, Jessica J Asscher, Arne Popma
BACKGROUND: Effective interventions for young adults with severe, multiple problems - such as psychosocial and psychiatric problems, delinquency, unemployment and substance use - are scarce but urgently needed in order to support an adequate transition to adulthood. A multimodal day treatment program called "New Opportunities" (in Dutch: "De Nieuwe Kans"; DNK) was specifically developed to target multi-problem young adults in The Netherlands. The aim of this study protocol is to describe the design of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in clinical practice to examine the effectiveness of DNK in comparison with care as usual (CAU)...
May 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526046/balloon-versus-stenting-in-severe-ischaemia-of-the-leg-3-basil-3-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Benjamin D Hunt, Matthew A Popplewell, Huw Davies, Lewis Meecham, Hugh Jarrett, Gareth Bate, Margaret Grant, Smitaa Patel, Catherine Hewitt, Lazaros Andronis, Jonathan J Deeks, Andrew Bradbury
BACKGROUND: Severe limb ischaemia (SLI) is defined as the presence of rest pain and/or tissue loss secondary to lower extremity atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease. The superficial femoral and popliteal arteries are the most commonly diseased vessels in such patients and are being increasingly treated using endovascular revascularisation techniques. However, it is currently unknown whether drug-eluting stents and drug-coated balloons confer additional clinical benefits over more established techniques using plain balloons and bare metal stents, or whether they represent a cost-effective use of NHS resources...
May 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526029/cell-fixation-and-preservation-for-droplet-based-single-cell-transcriptomics
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Jonathan Alles, Nikos Karaiskos, Samantha D Praktiknjo, Stefanie Grosswendt, Philipp Wahle, Pierre-Louis Ruffault, Salah Ayoub, Luisa Schreyer, Anastasiya Boltengagen, Carmen Birchmeier, Robert Zinzen, Christine Kocks, Nikolaus Rajewsky
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in droplet-based microfluidics allow the transcriptional profiling of thousands of individual cells in a quantitative, highly parallel and cost-effective way. A critical, often limiting step is the preparation of cells in an unperturbed state, not altered by stress or ageing. Other challenges are rare cells that need to be collected over several days or samples prepared at different times or locations. METHODS: Here, we used chemical fixation to address these problems...
May 19, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525870/effective-swine-wastewater-treatment-by-combining-microbial-fuel-cells-with-flocculation
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Weijun Ding, Shaoan Cheng, Liliang Yu, Haobin Huang
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) provide a cost-effective method for treating swine wastewater treatment and simultaneously producing electricity, yet they need to be combined with other wastewater treatment processes to improve the effluent water quality. In this paper, we constructed single-chamber air-cathode MFCs with a compact configuration for nitrogen and COD removal and high electricity production and combined them with a low-cost flocculation process to discharge higher quality wastewater. We show that MFCs could remove ammonia at a rate of 269...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525809/one-step-preparation-of-nanostructured-martite-catalyst-and-graphite-electrode-by-glow-discharge-plasma-for-heterogeneous-electro-fenton-like-process
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Alireza Khataee, Saeed Sajjadi, Aliyeh Hasanzadeh, Behrouz Vahid, Sang Woo Joo
Natural Martite ore particles and graphite were modified by alternating current (AC) glow discharge plasma to form nanostructured catalyst and cathode electrode for using in the heterogeneous-electro Fenton-like (Het-EF-like) process. The performance of the plasma-treated martite (PTM) and graphite electrode (PTGE) was studied for the treatment of paraquat herbicide in a batch system. 85.78% degradation efficiency for 20 mg L(-1) paraquat was achieved in the modified process under desired operational conditions (i...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525784/sodium-hypochlorite-as-an-alternative-to-hydrogen-peroxide-in-fenton-process-for-industrial-scale
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Jamshid Behin, Abbas Akbari, Mohsen Mahmoudi, Mehdi Khajeh
In present work, the treatment of aromatic compounds of simulated wastewater was performed by Fenton and NaOCl/Fe(2+) processes. The model solution was prepared based on the wastewater composition of Diisocyanate unit of Karoon Petrochemical Company/Iran containing Diamino-toluenes, Nitro-phenol, Mononitro-toluene, Nitro-cresol, and Dinitro-toluene. Experiments were conducted in a batch mode to examine the effects of operating variables such as pH, oxidant dosages, ferrous ion concentration and numbers of feeding on COD removal...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525631/primary-leiomyosarcoma-of-inferior-vena-cava-adjacent-to-hepatic-veins-complete-off-pump-resection-and-inferior-vena-cava-graft-reconstruction-with-application-of-external-skin-surface-cooling
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Michael Malyshev, Sergey Zotov, Anton Malyshev, Andrey Rostovykh
OBJECTIVES: Resection of a leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVC) requires venovenous bypass, especially if IVC clamping above the hepatic veins is planned. This report describes the application of external skin surface cooling for off-pump resection of a primary IVC leiomyosarcoma adjacent to the hepatic veins with graft IVC reconstruction in conditions of suprahepatic caval clamping and uninterrupted Pringle's manoeuvre. METHODS: A 62-year-old woman presented with IVC leiomyosarcoma adjacent to the hepatic veins...
May 19, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525516/magic-mirror-on-the-wall-which-is-the-right-study-design-of-them-all-part-i
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Thomas R Vetter
The assessment of a new or existing treatment or intervention typically answers 1 of 3 research-related questions: (1) "Can it work?" (efficacy); (2) "Does it work?" (effectiveness); and (3) "Is it worth it?" (efficiency or cost-effectiveness). There are a number of study designs that on a situational basis are appropriate to apply in conducting research. These study designs are classified as experimental, quasi-experimental, or observational, with observational studies being further divided into descriptive and analytic categories...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525473/is-total-disk-replacement-a-cost-effective-treatment-for-cervical-degenerative-disk-disease
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Bernd Wiedenhöfer, Joachim Nacke, Mike Stephan, Wiltrud Richter, Claus Carstens, Markus Eichler
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness and clinical outcome of motion-preserving versus fusion procedures in cervical spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: During the last decade there has been a huge growth in spine surgery with a concurrent increase in the economic burden. Currently, there appear to be no differences in clinical outcome between cervical total disk replacement (TDR) and spinal fusion (SF)...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525467/analysis-of-cervical-angiograms-in-cervical-spine-trauma-patients-does-it-make-a-difference
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Tina Dreger, Howard Place, Theresa Mattingly, Christine Piper, Jennifer Brechbuehler
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate computed tomography angiogram (CTA) use for diagnosing blunt vertebral artery injury (BVAI) at a single institution, to assess the incidence of BVAI in the studied population, and determine if diagnosis affected care. We also wanted to evaluate if testing and treatment resulted in complications. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: BVAI is an example of a previously underdiagnosed injury. Ease of CTA has simplified vertebral artery evaluation...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525347/sustainable-farming-of-the-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor-for-the-production-of-food-and-feed
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Thorben Grau, Andreas Vilcinskas, Gerrit Joop
The farming of edible insects is an alternative strategy for the production of protein-rich food and feed with a low ecological footprint. The industrial production of insect-derived protein is more cost-effective and energy-efficient than livestock farming or aquaculture. The mealworm Tenebrio molitor is economically among the most important species used for the large-scale conversion of plant biomass into protein. Here, we review the mass rearing of this species and its conversion into food and feed, focusing on challenges such as the contamination of food/feed products with bacteria from the insect gut and the risk of rapidly spreading pathogens and parasites...
May 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524668/emerging-trends-in-micro-and-nanoscale-technologies-in-medicine-from-basic-discoveries-to-translation
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Mario M Alvarez, Joanna Aizenberg, Mostafa Analoui, Anne M Andrews, Gili Bisker, Edward S Boyden, Roger D Kamm, Jeffrey M Karp, David J Mooney, Rahmi Oklu, Dan Peer, Michelle Stolzoff, Michael S Strano, Grissel Trujillo-de Santiago, Thomas J Webster, Paul S Weiss, Ali Khademhosseini
We discuss the state of the art and innovative micro- and nanoscale technologies that are finding niches and opening up new opportunities in medicine, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic applications. We take the design of point-of-care applications and the capture of circulating tumor cells as illustrative examples of the integration of micro- and nanotechnologies into solutions of diagnostic challenges. We describe several novel nanotechnologies that enable imaging cellular structures and molecular events...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524662/x-ray-emission-spectroscopy-of-biomimetic-mn-coordination-complexes
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Scott C Jensen, Katherine M Davis, Brendan T Sullivan, Daniel A Hartzler, Gerald T Seidler, Diego M Casa, Elina Kasman, Hannah E Colmer, Allyssa A Massie, Timothy A Jackson, Yulia N Pushkar
Understanding the function of Mn ions in biological and chemical redox catalysis requires precise knowledge of their electronic structure. X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) is an emerging technique with growing application to biological and biomimetic systems. Here, we report an improved, cost-effective spec-trometer used to analyze two biomimetic coordination compounds: [MnIV(OH)2(Me2EBC)]2+ and [MnIV(O)(OH)(Me2EBC)]+, the second of which contains a key MnIV=O structural fragment. Despite having the same formal oxidation state (MnIV) and tetradentate ligands, XES spectra from these two compounds demonstrate different electronic structures...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524193/high-ph-instability-of-quaternary-ammonium-surfactant-coatings-in-capillary-electrophoresis
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Lisa Shulman, Lei Pei, Mahmoud F Bahnasy, Charles A Lucy
The two-tailed cationic surfactant dioctadecyldimethyl ammonium bromide (DODAB) produces semi-permanent coatings that yield strongly reversed electroosmotic flow (EOF), for example -0.31 ± 0.01 cm(2) kV(-1) s(-1) at pH 3.5. Moreover, these coatings are easy to prepare, regenerable, cost effective, and yield high efficiency (520 000-900 000 plates per m) separations of cationic proteins over many runs under acidic (pH 3.5) conditions. Given the quaternary amine functionality of DODAB, we were surprised to observe that DODAB coatings become unstable at pH > 7...
May 19, 2017: Analyst
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