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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221298/mr-proadm-a-new-biomarker-for-early-diagnosis-of-sepsis-in-burned-patients
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Jochen Gille, Hanfried Ostermann, Adrian Dragu, Armin Sablotzki
Mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) has been used as a marker of sepsis, but its dynamics and role in a burn injury setting has not been tested. In a prospective observational study, we included 42 consecutive patients with >15% TBSA. Daily blood specimens collected during the initial 20 days of treatment were submitted for laboratory analysis of MR-proADM and procalcitonin (PCT) via immunoluminometric sandwich assay (Kryptor, BRAHMS, Berlin, Germany). In patients with an absence of sepsis, an initial increase in MR-proADM and PCT levels was noted post burn injury, peaking on the second day post admission and thereafter demonstrated a continued decline in MR-proADM and PCT levels...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220041/butyrate-restores-hfd-induced-adaptations-in-brain-function-and-metabolism-in-mid-adult-obese-mice
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I A C Arnoldussen, M Wiesmann, C E Pelgrim, E M Wielemaker, W van Duyvenvoorde, P A Santos, L Verschuren, B J F Keijser, A Heerschap, R Kleemann, P Y Wielinga, A J Kiliaan
OBJECTIVE: Midlife obesity affects cognition and increases risk of developing dementia. Recent data suggest that intake of the short chain fatty acid butyrate could improve memory function, and may protect against diet-induced obesity by reducing bodyweight and adiposity. SUBJECTS: We examined the impact of a high fat diet (HFD) followed by intervention with 5% (w/w) dietary butyrate, on metabolism, microbiota, brain function and structure in the low-density-lipoprotein receptor knockout (LDLr-/-) mouse model in mid- and late life...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218630/jejunal-carcinoid-tumors-presenting-as-small-bowel-obstruction
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David Ballard, Ryan Fransman, Guillermo Sangster, Matthew Ayo, Navdeep Samra
Carcinoid tumors are the most common form of gut neuroendocrine tumors, however, they rarely present with small bowel obstruction. We present a case of a 65-year-old woman without prior abdominal operations who presented with symptoms of small bowel obstruction. Computed tomography (CT) showed multiple air fluid levels and a transition point in the left mesentery with two soft tissue densities at the same level. The patient was taken to the operating room for surgical exploration, which showed two intramural masses in the mid and distal jejunum, which surgical pathology showed to be stage IIIB carcinoid tumor...
January 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218371/adverse-reaction-to-metal-debris-in-a-consecutive-series-of-durom%C3%A2-hip-resurfacing-pseudotumour-incidence-and-metal-ion-concentration
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Albrecht Hartmann, Jan-Dirk Kieback, Jörg Lützner, Klaus-Peter Günther, Jens Goronzy
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD) in a consecutive series of DUROM™ Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty (HRA) at mid-term follow-up. METHODS: Between October 2003 and March 2007 a total of 134 consecutive DUROM™ HRA in 121 patients were performed at our institution. Follow-up could be obtained in 101 unrevised patients (83%) at a mean time of 8.51 ± 0.97 years postoperatively and included patient-related outcome measurement, plain radiographs, MARS-MRI as well as whole blood metal ion assessment...
February 8, 2017: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218304/laser-calorimetry-spectroscopy-for-ppm-level-dissolved-gas-detection-and-analysis
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Nagapriya K S, Shashank Sinha, Prashanth R, Samhitha Poonacha, Gunaranjan Chaudhry, Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Niloy Choudhury, Saroj Mahalik, Sandip Maity
In this paper we report a newly developed technique - laser calorimetry spectroscopy (LCS), which is a combination of laser absorption spectroscopy and calorimetry - for the detection of gases dissolved in liquids. The technique involves determination of concentration of a dissolved gas by irradiating the liquid with light of a wavelength where the gas absorbs, and measuring the temperature change caused by the absorbance. Conventionally, detection of dissolved gases with sufficient sensitivity and specificity was done by first extracting the gases from the liquid and then analyzing the gases using techniques such as gas chromatography...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217424/joint-mobilization-in-the-management-of-persistent-insertional-achilles-tendinopathy-a-case-report
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Dhinu J Jayaseelan, Andrew A Post, John J Mischke, Josiah D Sault
BACKGROUND & PURPOSE: Insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT) can be a challenging condition to manage conservatively. Eccentric exercise is commonly used in the management of chronic tendinopathy; however, it may not be as helpful for insertional tendon problems as compared to mid-portion dysfunction. While current evidence describing the physical therapy management of IAT is developing, gaps still exist in descriptions of best practice. The purpose of this case report is to describe the management of a patient with persistent IAT utilizing impairment-based joint mobilization, self-mobilization, and exercise...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216513/cellular-localization-expression-and-functional-implications-of-the-utero-placental-endothelin-system-during-maintenance-and-termination-of-canine-gestation
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Aykut Gram, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
Utero-placental (Ut-Pl) angiogenesis and blood flow are fundamental for successful outcome of pregnancy. They are controlled by numerous vasodilator and vasoconstrictor systems such as endothelins (EDNs) and the renin angiotensin system. Dogs possess an invasive type of placentation, classified as endotheliochorial. Despite increasing knowledge regarding canine Ut-Pl function, little information exists on uterine and placental vascular activity during initiation, maintenance and termination of pregnancy in this species...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216453/quantification-of-myocardial-oxygenation-in-heart-failure-using-blood-oxygen-level-dependent-t2-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-with-cardiopulmonary-exercise-test
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Michinobu Nagao, Yuzo Yamasaki, Satoshi Kawanami, Takeshi Kamitani, Koji Sagiyama, Taiki Higo, Tomomi Ide, Atsushi Takemura, Umiko Ishizaki, Kenji Fukushima, Yuji Watanabe, Hiroshi Honda
PURPOSE: Quantification of myocardial oxygenation (MO) in heart failure (HF) has been less than satisfactory. This has necessitated the use of invasive techniques to measure MO directly or to determine the oxygen demand during exercise using the cardiopulmonary exercise (CPX) test. We propose a new quantification method for MO using blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) myocardial T2* magnetic resonance imaging (M-T2* MRI), and investigate its correlation with CPX results. METHODS: Thirty patients with refractory HF who underwent cardiac MRI and CPX test for heart transplantation, and 24 healthy, age-matched volunteers as controls were enrolled...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216064/internal-fixation-of-acetabular-fractures-in-an-older-population-using-the-timi-approach-midterm-results-of-a-prospective-study
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Rene Aigner, Ralf Hellige, Sabine Knippel, Ludwig Oberkircher, Steffen Ruchholtz, Benjamin Buecking
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of geriatric acetabular fractures continues to increase due to demographic changes. In the elderly, anterior column fractures are common, and standard approaches are associated with a considerable risk for surgery-associated complications. Therefore, a minimally invasive approach was developed in our department. The aim of this study was to examine early and mid-term results regarding the use of this novel two-incision minimally invasive (TIMI) approach in patients aged over 55 years with acetabular fractures...
February 3, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215933/gender-determination-from-diagnostic-factors-on-anteroposterior-pelvic-radiographs
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Azadeh Memarian, Kamran Aghakhani, Shahrokh Mehrpisheh, Foroozan Fares
BACKGROUND: Gender determination from skeletal remains is one of the primary factors in forensic medicine. This study aimed to identify the gender of patients referred to the radiology ward of the Rasoul Akram Hospital of Tehran using anteroposterior pelvic radiography. METHODS: A total of 200 patients (100 male and 100 female) referred to the radiology ward of the Rasoul Akram Hospital for anteroposterior pelvic radiography during 2013-2014 were included in this study...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215894/effect-of-dietary-roughage-level-on-chewing-activity-ruminal-ph-and-saliva-secretion-in-lactating-holstein-cows
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F G Jiang, X Y Lin, Z G Yan, Z Y Hu, G M Liu, Y D Sun, X W Liu, Z H Wang
Increasing dietary roughage level is a commonly used strategy to prevent subacute ruminal acidosis. We hypothesized that high-roughage diets could promote chewing activity, saliva secretion, and hence more alkaline to buffer rumen pH. To verify the hypothesis, 12 multiparous Holstein cows in mid-lactation were randomly allocated to 4 treatments in a triplicated 4 × 4 Latin square experiment with one cow in each treatment surgically fitted with a ruminal cannula. Treatments were diets containing 40, 50, 60, or 70% of roughage on a DM basis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215017/scaring-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-crop-damage-by-geese-revealing-differences-between-farmers-perceptions-and-the-scale-of-the-problem
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Caroline E Simonsen, Ingunn M Tombre, Jesper Madsen
Expanding populations of farmland foraging geese are causing escalating conflict with agriculture. We used questionnaires to investigate farmers´ perceptions in mid-Norway of spring staging geese and the extent to which they attempt to reduce pasture damage by goose scaring. We predicted farmers' scaring effort (a measure of dissatisfaction) to increase on fields closer to goose roosting sites where goose grazing intensity was highest (measured by dropping counts). Results showed no such relationship, suggesting that farmers' perception of goose use was not linked to actual goose use, but influenced by sociological factors and individual opinion...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215015/goose-management-schemes-to-resolve-conflicts-with-agriculture-theory-practice-and-effects
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Einar Eythórsson, Ingunn M Tombre, Jesper Madsen
In 2012, the four countries hosting the Svalbard population of pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus along its flyway launched an International Species Management Plan for the population. One of the aims was to reduce conflicts between geese and agriculture to an acceptable level. Since 2006, Norway has offered subsidies to farmers that provide refuge areas for geese on their land. We evaluate the mid-Norwegian goose management subsidy scheme, with a view to its adjustment to prevailing ecological and socio-economic parameters...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213934/transverse-process-anatomy-as-a-guide-to-vertebral-artery-exposure-during-anterior-cervical-spine-approach-a-cadaveric-study
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Ali Nourbakhsh, Jinping Yang, Howard McMahan, Kim Garges
INTRODUCTION: Safe exposure of the vertebral artery (VA) is needed during resection of tumors close to the artery and during repair of lacerations. We defined the anatomy of the anterior root of each transverse process (TP) from C3 to C6 for identification and exposure of the VA during the anterior approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the anatomy of the TP and assessed two approaches for safe identification of the VA, lateral to medial and medial to lateral dissection of the TP, in 20 cadavers...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213875/vehicle-type-affects-filling-of-fractional-laser-ablated-channels-imaged-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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Uffe Høgh Olesen, Mette Mogensen, Merete Haedersdal
Ablative fractional laser (AFXL) is an emerging method that enhances topical drug delivery. Penetrating the skin in microscopic, vertical channels, termed microscopic treatment zones (MTZs), the fractional technique circumvents the skin barrier and allows increased uptake of topically applied drugs. This study aims to elucidate the impact of vehicle type on the filling of MTZs from application of liquid, gel, and cream vehicles. Ex vivo pig skin was exposed to 10,600 nm fractional CO2 laser at 5% density, 120 μm beam diameter, and fluences of 40 and 80 mJ/microbeam (mJ/mb)...
February 17, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213141/thermostability-of-photosystem-i-trimers-and-monomers-from-the-cyanobacterium-thermosynechococcus-elongatus
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Vladimir V Shubin, Irina V Terekhova, Yulia V Bolychevtseva, Eithar El-Mohsnawy, Matthias Rögner, Werner Mäntele, Marta J Kopczak, Enela Džafić
The performance of solar energy conversion into alternative energy sources in artificial systems highly depends on the thermostability of photosystem I (PSI) complexes Terasaki et al. (2007), Iwuchukwu et al. (2010), Kothe et al. (2013) . To assess the thermostability of PSI complexes from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus heating induced perturbations on the level of secondary structure of the proteins were studied. Changes were monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra in the mid-IR region upon slow heating (1°C per minute) of samples in D2O phosphate buffer (pD 7...
February 6, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212693/sleep-medicine-in-saudi-arabia
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Aljohara S Almeneessier, Ahmed S BaHammam
The practice of sleep medicine in Saudi Arabia began in the mid to late 1990s. Since its establishment, this specialty has grown, and the number of specialists has increased. Based on the available data, sleep disorders are prevalent among the Saudi population, and the demand for sleep medicine services is expected to increase significantly. Currently, two training programs are providing structured training and certification in sleep medicine in this country. Recently, clear guidelines for accrediting sleep medicine specialists and technologists were approved...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212082/semantic-highlight-retrieval-and-term-prediction
#18
Min Sun, Kuo-Hao Zeng, Yenchen Lin, Farhadi Ali
Due to the unprecedented growth of unedited videos, finding highlights relevant to a text query in a set of unedited videos has become increasingly important. We refer this task as semantic highlight retrieval and propose a query-dependent video representation for retrieving a variety of highlights. Our method consists of two parts: (1) "viralets", a mid-level representation bridging between semantic (Fig. 1(a)) and visual (Fig. 1(c)) spaces; (2) a novel Semantic-MODulation (SMOD) procedure to make viralets query-dependent (referred to as SMOD viralets)...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210902/deletion-of-mammalian-sterile-20-like-kinase-1-attenuates-neuronal-loss-and-improves-locomotor-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-spinal-cord-trauma
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Pan-Feng Wang, Da-Yuan Xu, Yuntong Zhang, Xiao-Bin Liu, Yan Xia, Pan-Yu Zhou, Qing-Ge Fu, Shuo-Gui Xu
Neuronal cell death following spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributor to neurological deficits. The purpose of our work was to delineate the function of mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (Mst1), a pro-apoptotic kinase and key mediator of apoptotic signaling, in the pathogenesis of an experimental mouse model of SCI. Male mice received a mid-thoracic spinal contusion injury, and it was found that phosphorylation of Mst1 at the injured site was enhanced significantly following SCI. Furthermore, when compared to the wild-type controls, Mst1-deficient mice displayed improved locomotor function by increased Basso mouse scale score...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210790/factors-influencing-the-success-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-repair-with-dynamic-intraligamentary-stabilisation
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Anna M Krismer, Lampros Gousopoulos, Sandro Kohl, Atesch Ateschrang, Hendrik Kohlhof, Sufian S Ahmad
PURPOSE: Primary repair of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has regained interest of clinicians with recent development of novel repair techniques. Dynamic intraligamentary stabilisation was introduced in an attempt to promote healing by shielding cyclic loads acting upon the ACL during the healing phase. The aim of this study was to identify negative factors likely to influence success of this procedure. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, 264 patients with an acute ACL rupture undergoing dynamic intraligamentary stabilisation were included in this study...
February 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
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