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Shu-Hsien Chu, Keshab K Parhi, Christophe Lenglet
A joint structural-functional brain network model is presented, which enables the discovery of function-specific brain circuits, and recovers structural connections that are under-estimated by diffusion MRI (dMRI). Incorporating information from functional MRI (fMRI) into diffusion MRI to estimate brain circuits is a challenging task. Usually, seed regions for tractography are selected from fMRI activation maps to extract the white matter pathways of interest. The proposed method jointly analyzes whole brain dMRI and fMRI data, allowing the estimation of complete function-specific structural networks instead of interactively investigating the connectivity of individual cortical/sub-cortical areas...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mengmeng Yu, Wenbin Li, Zhigang Lu, Meng Wei, Jing Yan, Jiayin Zhang
AIMS: To investigate the quantitative baseline CT plaque characterization of unrevascularized non-culpritintermediate coronary stenosis and its association with lesion volume progression and long-term prognosis. METHODS: Patients with baseline coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and at least one unrevascularized non-culprit intermediate coronary stenosis were prospectively enrolled for this study. All patients were followed up by a second CCTA at 1-year to 1...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
S Sengottuvel, Pathan Fayaz Khan, N Mariyappa, Rajesh Patel, S Saipriya, K Gireesan
Cutaneous measurements of electrogastrogram (EGG) signals are heavily contaminated by artifacts due to cardiac activity, breathing, motion artifacts, and electrode drifts whose effective elimination remains an open problem. A common methodology is proposed by combining independent component analysis (ICA) and ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) to denoise gastric slow-wave signals in multichannel EGG data. Sixteen electrodes are fixed over the upper abdomen to measure the EGG signals under three gastric conditions, namely, preprandial, postprandial immediately, and postprandial 2 h after food for three healthy subjects and a subject with a gastric disorder...
March 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
Z Y Jia, L B Zhao, D H Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Segmental intracranial dolichoectasia of the distal ICA is a feature of PHACE syndrome or a sporadic phenomenon. We evaluated the relationship between intracranial dolichoectasia of the distal ICA and PHACE syndrome and illustrated the characteristic radiologic findings of the lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Intracranial dolichoectasia of the distal ICA was identified in 20 patients at our institution from 2005 to 2016 through a review of diagnostic cerebral angiography results...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Narayanam Anantha Sai Kiran, Veldurti Ananta Kiran Kumar, Laxminadh Sivaraju, Valluri Anil Kumar, Chintakunta Rajesh Reddy, Amit Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Aberrant medial retropharyngeal prevertebral course of internal carotid arteries (ICAs) is extremely uncommon. In oropharyngeal surgeries like trans oral odontoidectomy (TOO) this unrecognized aberrant retropharyngeal course of ICAs can result in devastating complications secondary to inadvertent injury of ICAs. Authors describe this aberrant course of ICAs in a patient with craniovertebral junction (CVJ) anomaly with dysmorphic C1 lateral mass on one side and discuss in detail various management issues in this complex case...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yoshitaka Shimizu, Takahito Okazaki, Tomoaki Hamana, Masahiro Irifune
Treatment of pseudoaneurysms in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is associated with a high risk of cerebral infarction; therefore, vessel ligation for hemostasis must be avoided. A 66-year-old man had intraoral hemorrhaging. At the time of the initial examination, computed tomography angiography showed jaw plate displacement near the ICA. A more detailed image was obtained using digital-subtraction angiography. After evaluation of the image, a pseudoaneurysm was diagnosed. Six days later, there were concerns about aspiration and airway obstruction; therefore, tracheostomy was performed...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Apostolos Kiaos, Ioannis Tziatzios, Stavros Hadjimiltiades, Charalambos Karvounis, Theodoros D Karamitsos
Stress perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has been proposed as an important gatekeeper for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients evaluated for possible coronary artery disease (CAD) (Fihn et al., 2012; Montalescot et al., 2013) [1], [2]. Several meta-analyses have evaluated the accuracy of stress perfusion CMR to diagnose CAD at the vessel level (Danad et al., 2017; Dai et al., 2016; Jiang et al., 2016; Takx et al., 2015; Li et al., 2015; Desai and Jha, 2013; Jaarsma et al...
February 2018: Data in Brief
J Smith Torres-Roman, Diego Urrunaga-Pastor, Jose L Avilez, Luis M Helguero-Santin, German Malaga
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is emerging as a major public health problem worldwide. To date, most studies of obesity and overweight in Peru are focused on adults, with few of them involving children, a population at a critical stage of development. The trend in overweight and obesity prevalence in Peruvian children under the age of five has not yet been determined. Thus, the objective of the present study is to evaluate the prevalence rates of overweight and obesity between 2010 and 2015 in children under the age of five, stratified by geographical areas in Peru...
March 14, 2018: BMC Public Health
Conceição Maria de Oliveira, Maria José Bezerra Guimarães, Cristine Vieira do Bonfim, Paulo Germano Frias, Verônica Cristina Sposito Antonino, Aline Luzia Sampaio Guimarães, Zulma Maria Medeiros
This study is an evaluation of infant death research in Recife, Pernambuco (PE). It is a cross-sectional study with 120 variables grouped into six dimensions (prenatal, birth, child care, family characteristics, occurrence of death, and conclusion and recommendations), weighted by consensus technique. The research was classifiedas adequate, partially adequate or inadequate according to a composite indicator assessment (ICA). There was dissension on 11 variables (9 in prenatal dimension, one in labor and birth, and 1 in the conclusions and recommendations)...
March 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
B L Frehner, I M Reichler, S Keller, S Goericke-Pesch, O Balogh
Bitches with dystocia most often present with clinical signs of uterine inertia (UI). The aetiology of myometrial dysfunction in most of these cases is still not elucidated. We compared blood ionized calcium (iCa) and glucose concentrations in bitches diagnosed with primary UI (PUI, n = 14), secondary UI (SUI, n = 6) or obstructive dystocia (OD, n = 6), and we described their haematology profiles. Bitches diagnosed with UI had a patent birth canal and delivered no puppies yet (PUI) or only part of the whole litter (SUI)...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Anup Singh, Kapil Sikka, Nishchint Jain, Leve Joseph Devarajan
Endovascular treatment is a standard mode of treatment for traumatic cavernous internal carotid artery (ICA) pseudoaneurysms with good results and relatively low rates of complications. We describe a case of an unusual, potentially fatal, delayed postoperative event happening in a case of post-traumatic pseudoaneurysm of ICA, which had been previously managed with endovascular coiling.
March 2018: Neurointervention
Soumik Das, Arun Kumar Gupta, Arvinda Hanumathapura Ramalingiah
We report here a rare complication in the form of kinking of flow diverter in a case of giant wide-necked supraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysm 48 hours after the procedure. This 28-year female presented with giant wide-necked right supraclinoid ICA aneurysm which was managed by flow diversion. On 2nd post-op day, patient developed weakness of left side with altered sensorium - angiography and CT showed kinking of flow diverter at the neck of the aneurysm with poor distal flow. Eventually, the patient developed right middle cerebral artery infarct for which decompressive hemicraniectomy was done...
March 2018: Neurointervention
Zhihan Zhao, Huan Lan, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Xin Li, Fanis Buljubasic, Katherine Sattler, Gökhan Yücel, Siegfried Lang, Malte Tiburcy, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Lukas Cyganek, Jochen Utikal, Thomas Wieland, Martin Borggrefe, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Ibrahim Akin
Background: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are providing new possibilities for the biological study, cell therapies, and drug discovery. However, the ion channel expression and functions as well as regulations in hiPSC-CMs still need to be fully characterized. Methods: Cardiomyocytes were derived from hiPS cells that were generated from two healthy donors. qPCR and patch clamp techniques were used for the study. Results: In addition to the reported ion channels, INa , ICa-L , ICa-T , If , INCX , IK1 , Ito , IKr , IKs IKATP , IK-pH , ISK1-3 , and ISK4 , we detected both the expression and currents of ACh-activated (KACh) and Na+ -activated (KNa) K+ , volume-regulated and calcium-activated (Cl-Ca) Cl- , and TRPV channels...
2018: Stem Cells International
Enrique Gómez-Barrena, Norma G Padilla-Eguiluz, Cristina Avendaño-Solá, Concepción Payares-Herrera, Ana Velasco-Iglesias, Ferran Torres, Philippe Rosset, Florian Gebhard, Nicola Baldini, Juan C Rubio-Suarez, Eduardo García-Rey, José Cordero-Ampuero, Javier Vaquero-Martin, Francisco Chana, Fernando Marco, Javier García-Coiradas, Pedro Caba-Dessoux, Pablo de la Cuadra, Philippe Hernigou, Charles-Henri Flouzat-Lachaniette, François Gouin, Didier Mainard, Jean Michel Laffosse, Miriam Kalbitz, Ingo Marzi, Norbert Südkamp, Ulrich Stöckle, Gabriela Ciapetti, Davide Maria Donati, Luigi Zagra, Ugo Pazzaglia, Guido Zarattini, Rodolfo Capanna, Fabio Catani
ORTHOUNION is a multicentre, open, comparative, three-arm, randomized clinical trial (EudraCT number 2015-000431-32) to compare the efficacy, at one and two years, of autologous human bone marrow-derived expanded mesenchymal stromal cell (hBM-MSC) treatments versus iliac crest autograft (ICA) to enhance bone healing in patients with diaphyseal and/or metaphysodiaphyseal fracture (femur, tibia, and humerus) status of atrophic or oligotrophic nonunion (more than 9 months after the acute fracture, including recalcitrant cases after failed treatments)...
2018: Stem Cells International
Ki Bum Ahn, Jung Eun Baik, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
A biofilm is an aggregate of microorganisms in which cells adhere to biological or non-biological surfaces and is responsible for various infectious diseases. Infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus , including pneumonia, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis, are often associated with colonization and biofilm formation. Although lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is involved in biofilm formation, the specific role of LTA is not clearly understood. In this study, we demonstrated that LTA released from Lactobacillus plantarum could inhibit S...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Peiying Liu, Ying Qi, Zixuan Lin, Qiyong Guo, Xiaoming Wang, Hanzhang Lu
Abnormal cerebral blood flow (CBF) is implicated in several neonatal and infant diseases. However, measurement of CBF in this population remains difficult and has not been used in routine clinical MRI. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) methods suffer from both low SNR and poor quantification when applied to very young children. Furthermore, rapid change in brain physiology in this age range makes it difficult to choose sequence parameters such as labeling pulse flip angle and post labeling delay. Phase-contrast (PC) MRI is another approach to measure flow...
March 10, 2018: NeuroImage
Giulio Illuminati, Giulia Pizzardi, Rocco Pasqua, Francesca Frezzotti, Piergaspare Palumbo, Francesco Macrina, Francesco Calio
BACKGROUND: Tandem stenoses of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and proximal, ipsilateral common carotid artery (CCA) or innominate artery can be treated with a hybrid approach, combining conventional carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and retrograde stenting of the proximal stenosis, through surgical exposure of the carotid bifurcation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results of combining eversion CEA with retrograde CCA/innominate artery stenting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From January 2015 to July 2017, 7 patients, 6 men of a mean age of 72 years (range 59-83 years) underwent simultaneous, retrograde stenting of the proximal CCA/innominate artery and an eversion CEA of the ipsilateral ICA, through surgical exposure of the carotid bifurcation, for severe tandem stenoses...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Weiqing Qian, Yan Su, Yajie Zhang, Nianwei Yao, Nin Gu, Xu Zhang, Hong Yin
Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem and icariin (ICA) is the active component of the Epimedium sagittatum, a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. The present study aimed to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of ICA as a potential therapy for osteoporosis. Calvaria osteoblasts were isolated from newborn rats and treated with ICA. Cell viability, apoptosis, alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition were analyzed. Bioinformatics analyses were performed to identify differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) in response to ICA treatment...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Maryam Bahrami, Ali Valiani, Noushin Amirpour, Mohammad Zamani Ra Rani, Batool Hashemibeni
Background: Nowadays, cartilage tissue engineering is the best candidate for regeneration of cartilage defects. This study evaluates the function of herbal extracts icariin (ICA), the major pharmacological constituent of herba Epimedium , compared with transforming growth factor β3 (TGFβ3) to prove its potential effect for cartilage tissue engineering. Materials and Methods: ICA, TGFβ3, and TGFβ3 + ICA were added fibrin-cell constructions derived from adipose tissue stem cells...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Sebastian Polak, Barbara Wiśniowska, Aleksander Mendyk, Adam Pacławski, Jakub Szlęk
Human heart electrophysiology is complex biological phenomenon, which is indirectly assessed by the measured ECG signal. ECG trace is further analyzed to derive interpretable surrogates including QT interval, QRS complex, PR interval, and T wave morphology. QT interval and its modification are the most commonly used surrogates of the drug triggered arrhythmia, but it is known that the QT interval itself is determined by other nondrug related parameters, physiological and pathological. In the current study, we used the computational intelligence algorithms to analyze correlations between various simulated physiological parameters and QT interval...
2018: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
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