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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922742/the-diaphragm-acts-as-a-brake-during-expiration-to-prevent-lung-collapse
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Mariangela Pellegrini, Göran Hedenstierna, Agneta Roneus, Monica Segelsjö, Anders Larsson, Gaetano Perchiazzi
RATIONALE: The diaphragm is the major inspiratory muscle and is assumed to relax during expiration. However, electrical post-inspiratory activity has been observed. Whether or not there is an expiratory diaphragmatic contraction that preserves lung patency has yet to be explored. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized the occurrence of an expiratory diaphragmatic contraction directed at stabilizing peripheral airways and preventing or reducing cyclic expiratory lung collapse...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922624/association-of-pain-social-support-and-socioeconomic-indicators-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-iran
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Z Khazaeipour, E Ahmadipour, V Rahimi-Movaghar, F Ahmadipour, A R Vaccaro, B Babakhani
STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVES: Pain is a prevalent complication of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Our objective was to examine the association between social support, socioeconomic factors and psychosocial factors and pain to develop more effective management strategies. SETTING: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research (BASIR) Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. METHODS: The Persian version of the Brief Pain Inventory was used to measure the pain, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support was used to measure social support through structured face-to-face interviews in SCI individuals...
December 6, 2016: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920166/revealing-the-heterogeneous-contamination-process-in-metal-nanoparticulate-catalysts-in-co-gas-without-purification-by-in-situ-environmental-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Tetsuya Uchiyama, Hideto Yoshida, Naoto Kamiuchi, Hideo Kohno, Seiji Takeda
It is known that samples become contaminated in CO gas of high pressure unless care is taken with the gas supply line to an environmental transmission electron microscope. This technical note reveals the heterogeneous formation process of contamination in situ on a nanoparticulate catalyst sample. It is shown that the surface of metal nanoparticles is preferentially contaminated, while the surface of metal oxide supports remains uncontaminated. It is also demonstrated that the contamination is suppressed by introducing a gas purifier in a gas supply line...
December 2016: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920129/chronic-inhibition-of-renal-outer-medullary-potassium-channel-not-only-prevented-but-also-reversed-development-of-hypertension-and-end-organ-damage-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
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Xiaoyan Zhou, Michael J Forrest, Wanda Sharif-Rodriguez, Gail Forrest, Daphne Szeto, Olga Urosevic-Price, Yonghua Zhu, Andra S Stevenson, Yuchen Zhou, Sloan Stribling, Maya Dajee, Shawn P Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Kathleen A Sullivan
The renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel mediates potassium recycling and facilitates sodium reabsorption through the Na(+)/K(+)/2Cl(-) cotransporter in the loop of Henle and potassium secretion at the cortical collecting duct. Evidence from the phenotype of humans and rodents with functional ROMK deficiency supports the contention that selective ROMK inhibitors (ROMKi) will represent a novel diuretic with potential of therapeutic benefit for hypertension. ROMKi have recently been synthesized by Merck & Co, Inc...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919826/should-blood-pressure-goal-be-individualized-in-hypertensive-patients
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REVIEW
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Rania Kheder-Elfekih, Jean-Michel Halimi, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized blood pressure (BP) goal under treatment in hypertensive patients according to their age, comorbidities or established cardiovascular (CV) disease. Evidence from large-scale randomized trials to support a lower BP goal, as initially recommended by guidelines in high-risk hypertensive patients, were lacking. Recently, the randomized intervention SPRINT trial studied two treatment targets for systolic BP (120mm Hg versus 140mm Hg in the intensive and standard treatment group, respectively) among high-risk hypertensive patients, without diabetes and without a history of prior stroke...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919802/integrative-view-of-2-oxoglutarate-fe-ii-dependent-oxygenase-diversity-and-functions-in-bacteria
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Baolei Jia, Xiaomeng Jia, Kyung Hyun Kim, Che Ok Jeon
BACKGROUND: The 2-oxoglutarate/Fe(II)-dependent oxygenase (2OG oxygenase) superfamily is extremely diverse and includes enzymes responsible for protein modification, DNA and mRNA repair, and synthesis of secondary metabolites. METHODS: To investigate the evolutionary relationship and make functional inferences within this remarkably diverse superfamily in bacteria, we used a protein sequence similarity network and other bioinformatics tools to analyze the bacterial proteins in the superfamily...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919719/impact-of-left-heart-bypass-on-arterial-oxygenation-during-one-lung-ventilation-for-thoracic-aortic-surgery
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Kikuko Suga, Yoshiro Kobayashi, Ryoichi Ochiai
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to reveal the mechanism of improved arterial oxygenation by measuring the changes in oxygenation before and after initiation of left heart bypass (LHB) during one-lung ventilation (OLV) for thoracic aortic surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: Single-institution, private hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 50 patients who underwent aortic surgery via a left thoracotomy approach with LHB circulatory support...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919120/reconstructive-surgery-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Jason Kf Wong, Kavit Amin, Jo C Dumville
BACKGROUND: The management of pressure ulcers involves several interventions ranging from pressure-relieving measures such as repositioning, to treatments that can include reconstructive surgery. Such surgery may be considered for recalcitrant wounds when full thickness skin loss arises and deeper structures such as muscle fascia and even bone are exposed. The surgery commonly involves wound debridement followed by the addition of new tissue into the wound. Whilst reconstructive surgery is an accepted means of ulcer management, the benefits and harms of surgery compared with non-surgical treatments, or alternative surgical approaches are not clear...
December 6, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918932/a-comparison-of-working-in-small-scale-and-large-scale-nursing-homes-a-systematic-review-of-quantitative-and-qualitative-evidence
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REVIEW
Lander Vermeerbergen, Geert Van Hootegem, Jos Benders
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Ongoing shortages of care workers, together with an ageing population, make it of utmost importance to increase the quality of working life in nursing homes. Since the 1970s, normalised and small-scale nursing homes have been increasingly introduced to provide care in a family and homelike environment, potentially providing a richer work life for care workers as well as improved living conditions for residents. 'Normalised' refers to the opportunities given to residents to live in a manner as close as possible to the everyday life of persons not needing care...
November 13, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918931/effectiveness-of-an-educational-intervention-the-encourage-autonomous-self-enrichment-program-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hiroko Joboshi, Michiyo Oka
BACKGROUND: Self-management is an important step toward preventing and impeding the progression of chronic kidney disease. However, patients with chronic kidney disease may have few or no subjective symptoms and therefore might consider self-management to be unnecessary. Effective support and encouragement of self-management in patients with chronic kidney disease is therefore required. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the effectiveness of the Encourage Autonomous Self-Enrichment patient education program, which supports patient autonomy and intrinsic motivations with the aim of improving self-efficacy and sustaining self-management, on perceived self-efficacy, self-management behaviors, and physiological endpoints (blood pressure and renal function parameters) in patients with chronic kidney disease...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918847/left-ventricular-compressions-improve-hemodynamics-in-a-swine-model-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Kenton L Anderson, Maria G Castaneda, Susan M Boudreau, Danny J Sharon, Vikhyat S Bebarta
INTRODUCTION: We hypothesized that chest compressions located directly over the left ventricle (LV) would improve hemodynamics, including coronary perfusion pressure (CPP), and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in a swine model of cardiac arrest. METHODS: Transthoracic echocardiography (echo) was used to mark the location of the aortic root and the center of the left ventricle on animals (n = 26) which were randomized to receive chest compressions in one of the two locations...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918754/interventions-to-improve-rates-of-successful-extubation-in-preterm-infants-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kristin N Ferguson, Calum T Roberts, Brett J Manley, Peter G Davis
Importance: Clinicians aim to extubate preterm infants as early as possible, to minimize the risks of mechanical ventilation. Extubation is often unsuccessful owing to lung disease or inadequate respiratory drive. Objective: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to improve rates of successful extubation in preterm infants. Data Sources: Searches were undertaken in PubMed and The Cochrane Library. Study Selection: The review was conducted using the methods of the Cochrane Collaboration and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines...
December 5, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918385/neurally-adjusted-ventilatory-assist-in-preterm-infants-with-established-or-evolving-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-on-high-intensity-mechanical-ventilatory-support-a-single-center-experience
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Young Hwa Jung, Han-Suk Kim, Juyoung Lee, Seung Han Shin, Ee-Kyung Kim, Jung-Hwan Choi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to report possible improvements in ventilator variables associated with a transition from synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation to neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia who required a high level of mechanical ventilatory support in a single center. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Neonatal ICU. PATIENTS: Twenty-nine preterm infants with a median gestational age of 25...
December 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918377/utility-of-emergency-department-observation-units-for-neurologically-intact-children-with-head-ct-abnormalities-secondary-to-acute-closed-head-injury
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Roxanna Lefort, Jill V Hunter, Andrea T Cruz, A Chantal Caviness, Thomas G Luerssen, Aderonke Adekunle-Ojo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the utility of the emergency department observation unit (EDOU) for neurologically intact children with closed head injuries (CHIs) and computed tomography (CT) abnormalities. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of children aged 0 to 18 years with acute CHI, abnormal head CT, and a Glasgow Coma Scales score of 14 or higher admitted to the EDOU of a tertiary care children's hospital from 2007 to 2010. Children with multisystem trauma, nonaccidental trauma, and previous neurosurgical or coagulopathic conditions were excluded...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917971/pastoralism-in-europe-characteristics-and-challenges-of-highland-lowland-transhumance
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K Liechti, J-P Biber
Transhumant pastoralism remains a prevalent form of land use across Europe, especially in mountain areas. Besides generating food and other products, it provides a range of public goods and services that are often highly valued by broader society. But transhumance faces structural challenges associated with life in remote mountain areas, including economic pressures, lack of services, low prestige, and ageing populations. These threaten its future. The decline of transhumant systems leads to ecological, economic, and socio-cultural losses, e...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917819/pulsatile-flow-conditioning-of-three-dimensional-bioengineered-cardiac-ventricle
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Nikita M Patel, Ravi K Birla
Current physical stimuli mechanical stretch bioreactor studies focus on conditioning planar and/or tubular engineered cardiac constructs. The current 3D bioreactor models in cardiac tissue engineering use differential pressure loading for structural support as opposed to conditioning. The development of the pulsatile flow conditioned ventricle (PFCV) provides a 3D mechanical stretch conditioning method to generate pump function in the engineered cardiac left ventricle. The study utilizes a chitosan bioengineered open ventricle scaffold, to produce the in vitro PFCV model...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917318/disentangling-urban-habitat-and-matrix-effects-on-wild-bee-species
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Leonie K Fischer, Julia Eichfeld, Ingo Kowarik, Sascha Buchholz
In face of a dramatic decline of wild bee species in many rural landscapes, potential conservation functions of urban areas gain importance. Yet effects of urbanization on pollinators, and in particular on wild bees, remain ambiguous and not comprehensively understood. This is especially true for amenity grassland and extensively managed wastelands within large-scale residential housing areas. Using Berlin as a study region, we aimed to investigate (a) if these greenspaces are accepted by wild bee assemblages as foraging habitats; (b) how assemblage structure of bees and individual bee species are affected by different habitat (e...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916719/syringe-test-screening-of-microbial-gas-production-activity-cases-denitrification-and-biogas-formation
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Kjetill Østgaard, Viktoria Kowarz, Wang Shuai, Ingrid A Henry, Michal Sposob, Hildegunn Hegna Haugen, Rune Bakke
Mass produced plastic syringes may be applied as vessels for cheap, simple and large scale batch culture testing. As illustrated for the cases of denitrification and of biogas formation, metabolic activity was monitored by direct reading of the piston movement due to the gas volume formed. Pressure buildup due to friction was shown to be moderate. A piston pull and slide back routine can be applied before recording gas volume to minimize experimental errors due to friction. Inoculum handling and activity may be conveniently standardized as illustrated by applying biofilm carriers...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916176/functional-assessment-and-transplantation-of-the-donor-heart-after-circulatory-death
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Simon J Messer, Richard G Axell, Simon Colah, Paul A White, Marian Ryan, Aravinda A Page, Barbora Parizkova, Kamen Valchanov, Christopher W White, Darren H Freed, Euan Ashley, John Dunning, Martin Goddard, Jayan Parameshwar, Christopher J Watson, Thomas Krieg, Ayyaz Ali, Steven Tsui, Stephen R Large
BACKGROUND: After a severe shortage of brain-dead donors, the demand for heart transplantation has never been greater. In an attempt to increase organ supply, abdominal and lung transplant programs have turned to the donation after circulatory-determined death (DCD) donor. However, because heart function cannot be assessed after circulatory death, DCD heart transplantation was deemed high risk and never adopted routinely. We report a novel method of functional assessment of the DCD heart resulting in a successful clinical program...
December 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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