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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
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Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102332/dynamic-modeling-of-uteroplacental-blood-flow-in-iugr-indicates-vortices-and-elevated-pressure-in-the-intervillous-space-a-pilot-study
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Christian J Roth, Eva Haeussner, Tanja Ruebelmann, Franz V Koch, Christoph Schmitz, Hans-Georg Frank, Wolfgang A Wall
Ischemic placental disease is a concept that links intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and preeclampsia (PE) back to insufficient remodeling of uterine spiral arteries. The rheological consequences of insufficient remodeling of uterine spiral arteries were hypothesized to mediate the considerably later manifestation of obstetric disease. However, the micro-rheology in the intervillous space (IVS) cannot be examined clinically and rheological animal models of the human IVS do not exist. Thus, an in silico approach was implemented to provide in vivo inaccessible data...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101937/methods-of-anorectal-manometry-vary-widely-in-clinical-practice-results-from-an-international-survey
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E V Carrington, H Heinrich, C H Knowles, S S Rao, M Fox, S M Scott
BACKGROUND: Ano-rectal manometry (ARM) is the most commonly performed investigation for assessment of anorectal dysfunction. Its use is supported by expert consensus documents and international guidelines. Variation in technology, data acquisition, and analysis affect results and clinical interpretation. This study examined variation in ARM between institutions to establish the status of current practice. METHODS: A 50-item web-based questionnaire assessing analysis and interpretation of ARM was distributed by the International Anorectal Physiology Working Group via societies representing practitioners that perform ARM...
January 18, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101622/-use-of-vasopressors-and-inotropics-in-cardiogenic-shock
#4
H Lemm, S Dietz, M Janusch, M Buerke
Vasoactive drugs and inotropic agents are important for the hemodynamic management of cardiogenic shock. In this article the use of different vasoactive and ionotropic drugs in cardiogenic shock is presented. Hemodynamic management during cardiogenic shock occurs after initial moderate volume delivery by dobutamine to increase inotropism. If adequate perfusion pressures are not achieved norepinephrine is administered. If a sufficient increase in cardiac performance can still not be achieved by the treatment, administration of levosimendan or phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors may be necessary...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100653/minocycline-blocks-glial-cell-activation-and-ventilatory-acclimatization-to-hypoxia
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Jennifer Ann Stokes, Tara Elizabeth Arbogast, Esteban A Moya, Zhenxing Fu, Frank L Powell
Ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia (VAH) is the time-dependent increase in ventilation, which persists upon return to normoxia, and involves plasticity in both central nervous system respiratory centers and peripheral chemoreceptors. We investigated the role of glial cells in VAH in male Sprague Dawley rats using minocycline, an antibiotic that inhibits microglia activation and has anti-inflammatory properties, and barometric pressure plethysmography to measure ventilation. Rats received either minocycline (45mg/kg, i...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100544/oscillatory-whole-body-vibration-improves-exercise-capacity-and-physical-performance-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-randomised-clinical-study
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Felix Gerhardt, Daniel Dumitrescu, Carina Gärtner, Ralf Beccard, Thomas Viethen, Tilmann Kramer, Stephan Baldus, Martin Hellmich, Eckhard Schönau, Stephan Rosenkranz
OBJECTIVE: In patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), supportive therapies may be beneficial in addition to targeted medical treatment. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness and safety of oscillatory whole-body vibration (WBV) in patients on stable PAH therapy. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with PAH (mean PAP≥25 mm Hg and pulmonary arterial wedge pressure (PAWP)≤15 mm Hg) who were in world health organization (WHO)-Functional Class II or III and on stable PAH therapy for≥3 months, were randomised to receive WBV (16 sessions of 1-hour duration within 4 weeks) or to a control group, that subsequently received WBV...
January 18, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100284/role-of-flavonoids-and-nitrates-in-cardiovascular-health
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Julie A Lovegrove, Alex Stainer, Ditte A Hobbs
CVD remain the leading cause of death globally. Effective dietary strategies for their reduction are of high priority. Increasing evidence suggests that phytochemicals, particularly dietary flavonoids and nitrates, are key modulators of CVD risk reduction through impact on multiple risk factors. The aim of this review is to explore the evidence for the impact of flavonoid- and nitrate-rich foods and supplements on CVD risk, with specific reference to their importance as mediators of vascular health and platelet function...
January 19, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100177/effect-of-desflurane-remifentanil-vs-propofol-remifentanil-anesthesia-on-arterial-oxygenation-during-one-lung-ventilation-for-thoracoscopic-surgery-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Youn Joung Cho, Tae Kyong Kim, Deok Man Hong, Jeong-Hwa Seo, Jae-Hyon Bahk, Yunseok Jeon
BACKGROUND: One-lung ventilation during thoracic surgery frequently disturbs normal systemic oxygenation. However, the effect of anesthetics on arterial oxygenation during one-lung ventilation has not been well established in human study. In this clinical trial, we investigated whether a difference between desflurane-remifentanil and propofol-remifentanil anesthesia can be observed with regard to oxygenation during one-lung ventilation for thoracoscopic surgery. METHODS: Adult patients with lung cancer, scheduled for video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy without preoperative oxygen support, were screened and randomized to receive desflurane or propofol, with remifentanil continuous infusion in both groups...
January 18, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100017/subspecies-delineation-amid-phenotypic-geographic-and-genetic-discordance-in-a-songbird
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Jennifer Walsh, Irby J Lovette, Virginia Winder, Chris S Elphick, Brian J Olsen, W Gregory Shriver, Adrienne I Kovach
Understanding the processes that drive divergence within and among species is a long-standing goal in evolutionary biology. Traditional approaches to assessing differentiation rely on phenotypes to identify intra- and interspecific variation, but many species express subtle morphological gradients in which boundaries among forms are unclear. This intraspecific variation may be driven by differential adaptation to local conditions and may thereby reflect the evolutionary potential within a species. Here, we combine genetic and morphological data to evaluate intraspecific variation within the Nelson's (Ammodramus nelsoni) and saltmarsh (A...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099965/pilot-test-of-a-new-personal-health-system-integrating-environmental-and-wearable-sensors-for-telemonitoring-and-care-of-elderly-people-at-home-smarta-project
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Lucia Pigini, Gabriele Bovi, Claudia Panzarino, Valerio Gower, Maurizio Ferratini, Giuseppe Andreoni, Roberto Sassi, Massimo W Rivolta, Maurizio Ferrarin
BACKGROUND: The increase in life expectancy is accompanied by a growing number of elderly subjects affected by chronic comorbidities, a health issue which also implies important socioeconomic consequences. Shifting from hospital or community dwelling care towards a home personalized healthcare paradigm would promote active aging with a better quality of life, along with a reduction in healthcare-related costs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the SMARTA project was to develop and test an innovative personal health system integrating standard sensors as well as innovative wearable and environmental sensors to allow home telemonitoring of vital parameters and detection of anomalies in daily activities, thus supporting active aging through remote healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099680/novel-putative-pharmacologic-therapies-to-protect-the-right-ventricle-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-review-of-current-literature
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Gerald J Maarman, Rainer Schulz, Karen Sliwa, Ralph Schermuly, Sandrine Lecour
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is defined by elevated mean pulmonary artery pressure following the pathologic remodelling of small pulmonary arteries. An increase in right ventricular (RV) afterload results in RV hypertrophy and RV failure. The pathophysiology of PH, and RV remodelling in particular, are not well understood, thus explaining, at least in part, why current PH therapies have a limited effect. Existing therapies mostly target the pulmonary circulation. Because the remodelled RV fails to support normal cardiac function, patients eventually succumb from RV failure...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099159/reducing-false-arrhythmia-alarm-rates-using-robust-heart-rate-estimation-and-cost-sensitive-support-vector-machines
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Qiang Zhang, Xianxiang Chen, Zhen Fang, Qingyuan Zhan, Ting Yang, Shanhong Xia
To lessen the rate of false critical arrhythmia alarms, we used robust heart rate estimation and cost-sensitive support vector machines. The PhysioNet MIMIC II database and the 2015 PhysioNet/CinC Challenge public database were used as the training dataset; the 2015 Challenge hidden dataset was for testing. Each record had an alarm labeled with asystole, extreme bradycardia, extreme tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular flutter/fibrillation. Before alarm onsets, 300 s multimodal data was provided, including electrocardiogram, arterial blood pressure and/or photoplethysmogram...
January 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098771/breast-cancer-brain-metastases-clonal-evolution-in-clinical-context
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REVIEW
Jodi M Saunus, Amy E McCart Reed, Zhun Leong Lim, Sunil R Lakhani
Brain metastases are highly-evolved manifestations of breast cancer arising in a unique microenvironment, giving them exceptional adaptability in the face of new extrinsic pressures. The incidence is rising in line with population ageing, and use of newer therapies that stabilise metastatic disease burden with variable efficacy throughout the body. Historically, there has been a widely-held view that brain metastases do not respond to circulating therapeutics because the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) restricts their uptake...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097330/electroencephalographic-periodic-discharges-and-frequency-dependent-brain-tissue-hypoxia-in-acute-brain-injury
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Jens Witsch, Hans-Peter Frey, J Michael Schmidt, Angela Velazquez, Cristina M Falo, Michael Reznik, David Roh, Sachin Agarwal, Soojin Park, E Sander Connolly, Jan Claassen
Importance: Periodic discharges (PDs) that do not meet seizure criteria, also termed the ictal interictal continuum, are pervasive on electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings after acute brain injury. However, their association with brain homeostasis and the need for clinical intervention remain unknown. Objective: To determine whether distinct PD patterns can be identified that, similar to electrographic seizures, cause brain tissue hypoxia, a measure of ongoing brain injury...
January 9, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096240/coevolution-of-leukemia-and-host-immune-cells-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#15
Noelia Purroy, C J Wu
Cumulative studies on the dissection of changes in driver genetic lesions in cancer across the course of the disease have provided powerful insights into the adaptive mechanisms of tumors in response to the selective pressures of therapy and environmental changes. In particular, the advent of next-generation-sequencing (NGS)-based technologies and its implementation for the large-scale comprehensive analyses of cancers have greatly advanced our understanding of cancer as a complex dynamic system wherein genetically distinct subclones interact and compete during tumor evolution...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096239/skin-to-skin-care-in-preterm-infants-receiving-respiratory-support-does-not-lead-to-physiological-instability
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Laila Lorenz, Jennifer A Dawson, Hannah Jones, Susan E Jacobs, Jeanie L Cheong, Susan M Donath, Peter G Davis, C Omar F Kamlin
OBJECTIVE: Providing skin-to-skin care (SSC) to preterm infants is standard practice in many neonatal intensive care units. There are conflicting reports on the stability of oxygen saturation (SpO2) during SSC, which may create a barrier to a wider implementation of SSC to infants receiving respiratory support. Regional cerebral oxygenation (rcO2) measured using near-infrared spectroscopy can serve as a surrogate parameter for cerebral oxygen delivery and consumption. We hypothesised that rcO2 during SSC would be similar to standard care in preterm infants receiving respiratory support...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095973/impact-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-its-treatments-on-partners-a-literature-review
#17
Faith S Luyster
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Many adults sleep with a significant other; thus, sleep disorder symptoms and treatments of one partner are likely to impact the other partner's health. A literature review was conducted to examine the impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and OSA treatments on partner-assessed sleep and daytime functioning and partner involvement in OSA treatment. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL searches yielded 38 pertinent quantitative and qualitative studies that described sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners of patients with untreated OSA, sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners who were referred for OSA treatment, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance (OA), or surgery, and/or associations between partner involvement and OSA treatment use...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095836/physiotherapy-clinical-educators-perceptions-of-student-fitness-to-practise
#18
Kristin Lo, Heather Curtis, Jennifer L Keating, Margaret Bearman
BACKGROUND: Health professional students are expected to maintain Fitness to Practise (FTP) including clinical competence, professional behaviour and freedom from impairment (physical/mental health). FTP potentially affects students, clinicians and clients, yet the impact of supervising students across the spectrum of FTP issues remains relatively under-reported. This study describes clinical educators' perceptions of supporting students with FTP issues. METHODS: Between November 2012 and January 2013 an online survey was emailed to physiotherapy clinical educators from 34 sites across eight health services in Australia...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095826/non-invasive-respiratory-support-for-infants-with-bronchiolitis-a-national-survey-of-practice
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H Turnham, R S Agbeko, J Furness, J Pappachan, A G Sutcliffe, P Ramnarayan
BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory illness of early childhood. For most children it is a mild self-limiting disease but a small number of children develop respiratory failure. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) has traditionally been used to provide non-invasive respiratory support in these children, but there is little clinical trial evidence to support its use. More recently, high-flow nasal cannula therapy (HFNC) has emerged as a novel respiratory support modality...
January 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095492/growth-hormone-deficiency-is-associated-with-worse-cardiac-function-physical-performance-and-outcome-in-chronic-heart-failure-insights-from-the-t-o-s-ca-ghd-study
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Michele Arcopinto, Andrea Salzano, Francesco Giallauria, Eduardo Bossone, Jörgen Isgaard, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Olga Vriz, David N Åberg, Daniele Masarone, Amato De Paulis, Lavinia Saldamarco, Carlo Vigorito, Pietro Formisano, Massimo Niola, Francesco Perticone, Domenico Bonaduce, Luigi Saccà, Annamaria Colao, Antonio Cittadini
BACKGROUND: Although mounting evidence supports the concept that growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) affects cardiovascular function, no study has systematically investigated its prevalence and role in a large cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GHD in mild-to-moderate CHF and to explore clinical and functional correlates of GHD. METHODS: One-hundred thirty CHF patients underwent GH provocative test with GHRH+arginine and accordingly categorized into GH-deficiency (GHD, n = 88, age = 61...
2017: PloS One
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