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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091808/occupational-and-environmental-scleroderma-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Manuel Rubio-Rivas, Rafael Moreno, Xavier Corbella
The etiology of systemic sclerosis (SSc) remains unknown; however, several occupational and environmental factors have been implicated. Our objective was to perform a meta-analysis of all studies published on SSc associated with occupational and environmental exposure. The review was undertaken by means of MEDLINE and SCOPUS from 1960 to 2014 and using the terms: "systemic," "scleroderma," or "systemic sclerosis/chemically induced" [MesH]. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used for the qualifying assessment. The inverse variance-weighted method was performed...
January 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074124/involvement-of-blood-mononuclear-cells-in-the-infertility-age-associated-diseases-and-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Antonin Bukovsky
Blood mononuclear cells consist of T cells and monocyte derived cells. Beside immunity, the blood mononuclear cells belong to the complex tissue control system (TCS), where they exhibit morphostatic function by stimulating proliferation of tissue stem cells followed by cellular differentiation, that is stopped after attaining the proper functional stage, which differs among various tissue types. Therefore, the term immune and morphostatic system (IMS) should be implied. The TCS-mediated morphostasis also consists of vascular pericytes controlled by autonomic innervation, which is regulating the quantity of distinct tissues in vivo...
December 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068302/first-report-linear-incision-for-placement-of-a-magnetically-coupled-bone-anchored-hearing-implant
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Jonnae Y Barry, Saranya Reghunathan, Abraham Jacob
OBJECTIVES: Discuss use of a linear incision for placement of a magnetically coupled bone anchored hearing implant. METHODS: Case series. RESULTS: Two patients underwent placement of magnetically coupled bone-anchored hearing implants (BAHI) through linear incisions. The first, a 40-year-old female with congenital single-sided deafness, previously had successful implantation of a percutaneous bone anchored hearing implant through a linear incision; unfortunately, she developed pain and intermittent drainage at her abutment site with time, resulting in a request for removal of her device...
February 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045822/fabrication-of-an-orbital-prosthesis-combined-with-eyebrow-transplantation
#4
Banu Karayazgan-Saracoglu, Azimet Ozdemir
Fabrication of an orbital prosthesis is considered as a challenging procedure as compared to the other facial prosthesis due to the presence of inactive eye movements and the need of artificial hair in order to mimic eyelashes and eyebrows. Generally these structures are sewed or bonded in the silicone. However, deformation or hair loss is observed within time. This deformation is visible especially in the eyebrow. This clinical report represents a patient with an implant supported orbital prosthesis. Patient was not satisfied with the nature of her eyebrow that was sewed in the silicone...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042321/pre-vascularization-enhances-therapeutic-effects-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-sheets-in-full-thickness-skin-wound-repair
#5
Lei Chen, Qi Xing, Qiyi Zhai, Mitchell Tahtinen, Fei Zhou, Lili Chen, Yingbin Xu, Shaohai Qi, Feng Zhao
Split thickness skin graft (STSG) implantation is one of the standard therapies for full thickness wound repair when full thickness autologous skin grafts (FTG) or skin flap transplants are inapplicable. Combined transplantation of STSG with dermal substitute could enhance its therapeutic effects but the results remain unsatisfactory due to insufficient blood supply at early stages, which causes graft necrosis and fibrosis. Human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) sheets are capable of accelerating the wound healing process...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040033/selective-attentional-processes-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-measurements-of-the-attentional-filter
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Christofer Bester, Dona M P Jayakody, Geoffrey Hammond, Donald Robertson
In normal hearing subjects, detection of near-threshold tones in noise is influenced by signal certainty. Thus, tones that are presented more frequently than others, and/or are preceded by a clearly audible cue tone of the same frequency (target tones) are detected better than other tones (probe tones). This auditory attentional filter was examined in six cochlear implant (CI) recipients, using acoustic stimuli and direct programmed electrode stimulation. Three of the subjects showed no evidence of an attentional filter...
December 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024579/keratose-poly-vinyl-alcohol-blended-nanofibers-fabrication-and-biocompatibility-assessment
#7
Ju Wang, Shilei Hao, Tiantian Luo, Tao Zhou, Xin Yang, Bochu Wang
Increasing interest in using keratin-based materials for biomedical application has prompted the development of keratin/PVA nanofibers. To date, several kinds of keratins (including wool, feather, and human hair reductive keratins)/PVA blended nanofibers have been fabricated but limited to the in vitro studies. However, few studies focused on the in vivo biocompatibility test of keratin/PVA nanofibers. Herein, the keratose (oxidative keratin)/PVA nanofiber, a novel type of keratin/PVA nanofiber, was fabricated with an electrospinning technique...
March 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909498/shock-lead-dislodgement-related-to-its-small-hair-pin-curve-in-a-pocket-a-case-of-ratchet-syndrome
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Yuka Taguchi, Kohei Matsushita, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Yutaka Ogino, Hirooki Matsushita, Junya Hosoda, Katsumi Matsumoto, Satoshi Umemura
There have been few reports about ratchet syndrome. We report a case of ratchet syndrome caused by small hair-pin curve of lead that triggered the lead retract itself. A 69-year-old man with a past history of inferior wall myocardial infarction, presented with progressive congestive heart failure. He underwent implantation of cardiac resynchronization therapy with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (CRTD) at our hospital. At 33 days after implantation, shock lead dislodgement was revealed. X-ray showed that the lead tip was in left subclavian vein, leaving its screw out, and a large part of the proximal portion of the lead was retracted into the pocket, while the other two leads remained in appropriate positions and the device had not rotated...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889116/total-phallic-reconstruction-using-radial-forearm-free-flap-after-iatrogenic-penile-amputation
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J C Angulo, I Arance, C Gómez-Llorens, C Esquinas, C Gómez-Martín, J L Fernández-Cañamaque
INTRODUCTION: The iatrogenic loss of the penis is a rare situation. We present a challenging case of deferred total penile reconstruction in a genetic male. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A 57-year-old man with the loss of the penis due to a penile abscess and necrosis secondary to penile curvature surgery. The reconstruction was performed over several operations using a radial forearm free flap (RFFF) and placement of a customised inflatable prosthesis a year later. RESULTS: During the first operation, the penile abscess was drained, the necrotic residues were debrided and placement of hypogastric drainage...
November 23, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881310/implant-retained-skull-prosthesis-to-cover-a-large-defect-of-the-hairy-skull-resulting-from-treatment-of-a-basal-cell-carcinoma-a-clinical-report
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Jitske Hoekstra, Arjan Vissink, Gerry M Raghoebar, Anita Visser
Skin carcinoma, particularly basal cell carcinoma, and its treatment can result in large defects of the hairy skull. A 53-year-old man is described who was surgically treated for a large basal cell carcinoma invading the skin and underlying tissue at the top of the hairy skull. Treatment consisted of resecting the tumor and external part of the skull bone. To protect the brain and to cover the defect of the hairy skull, an acrylic resin skull prosthesis with hair was designed to mask the defect. The skull prosthesis was retained on 8 extraoral implants placed at the margins of the defect in the skull bone...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864610/the-monorail-technique-to-overcome-difficult-anatomical-course-during-implantation-of-central-venous-port-via-the-left-internal-jugular-vein
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Eu Hyun Kim, Jung Suk Oh, Ho Jong Chun, Hae Giu Lee, Byung Gil Choi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to introduce a monorail technique to overcome difficult anatomical course via left internal jugular vein in implantable port insertion. METHODS: From 2007 to 2016, a total of 9346 patients were referred for implantable port insertion in our interventional unit, among which 79 cases were requested to insert on the left side. Our monorail technique was applied only when the technical challenge of the catheter tip entering the azygos vein instead of the superior vena cava occurred (n = 7)...
November 18, 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805613/spiral-ganglion-neuron-explant-culture-and-electrophysiology-on-multi-electrode-arrays
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Stefan Hahnewald, Marta Roccio, Anne Tscherter, Jürg Streit, Ranjeeta Ambett, Pascal Senn
Spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) participate in the physiological process of hearing by relaying signals from sensory hair cells to the cochlear nucleus in the brain stem. Loss of hair cells is a major cause of sensory hearing loss. Prosthetic devices such as cochlear implants function by bypassing lost hair cells and directly stimulating SGNs electrically, allowing for restoration of hearing in deaf patients. The performance of these devices depends on the functionality of SGNs, the implantation procedure and on the distance between the electrodes and the auditory neurons...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783138/cochlear-implantation-in-patients-with-definite-meniere-s-disease
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Nils Kristian Prenzler, Eva Bültmann, Alexandros Giourgas, Melanie Steffens, Rolf Benedikt Salcher, Stefan Stolle, Anke Lesinski-Schiedat, Thomas Lenarz, Martin Durisin
The exact pathomechanism of deafening in Meniere's disease (MD) is still unknown; intoxication of hair cells and neural damage from endolymphatic hydrops is discussed. In the literature, there are only a few reports on hearing outcome of MD patients after treatment with cochlear implantation (CI) whereby especially the comparison of MD vs. non-MD patients with CI differs. In this retrospective study, results in speech understanding [Freiburger Einsilber (FES65) and Hochmair-Schulz-Moser test in quiet (HSM) and in noise (HSM + 10 dB)] of 27 implanted MD patients were collected and compared to a matched standard CI cohort...
October 25, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753703/intracochlear-pressure-transients-during-cochlear-implant-electrode-insertion
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Nathaniel T Greene, Jameson K Mattingly, Renee M Banakis Hartl, Daniel J Tollin, Stephen P Cass
HYPOTHESIS: Cochlear implant (CI) electrode insertion into the round window induces pressure transients in the cochlear fluid comparable to high-intensity sound transients. BACKGROUND: Many patients receiving a CI have some remaining functional hearing at low frequencies; thus, devices and surgical techniques have been developed to use this residual hearing. To maintain functional acoustic hearing, it is important to retain function of any hair cells and auditory nerve fibers innervating the basilar membrane; however, in a subset of patients, residual low-frequency hearing is lost after CI insertion...
December 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749750/the-compound-action-potential-in-subjects-receiving-a-cochlear-implant
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William C Scott, Christopher K Giardina, Andrew K Pappa, Tatyana E Fontenot, Meredith L Anderson, Margaret T Dillon, Kevin D Brown, Harold C Pillsbury, Oliver F Adunka, Craig A Buchman, Douglas C Fitzpatrick
HYPOTHESIS: The compound action potential (CAP) is a purely neural component of the cochlea's response to sound, and may provide information regarding the existing neural substrate in cochlear implant (CI) subjects that can help account for variance in speech perception outcomes. BACKGROUND: Measurement of the "total response" (TR), or sum of the magnitudes of spectral components in the ongoing responses to tone bursts across frequencies, has been shown to account for 40 to 50% of variance in speech perception outcomes...
December 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697486/enhancing-speech-envelope-by-integrating-hair-cell-adaptation-into-cochlear-implant-processing
#16
Mahan Azadpour, Robert L Smith
Cochlear implants (CIs) bypass some of the mechanisms that underlie normal neural behavior as occurs in acoustic hearing. One such neural mechanism is short-term adaptation, which has been proposed to have a significant role in speech perception. Acoustically-evoked neural adaptation has been mainly attributed to the depletion of neurotransmitter in the hair-cell to auditory-nerve synapse and is therefore not fully present in CI stimulation. This study evaluated a signal processing method that integrated a physiological model of hair-cell adaptation into CI speech processing...
September 30, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611787/titanium-and-zirconium-levels-are-associated-with-changes-in-micrornas-expression-results-from-a-human-cross-sectional-study-on-obese-population
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Gianguido Cossellu, Valeria Motta, Laura Dioni, Laura Angelici, Luisella Vigna, Giampietro Farronato, Angela Cecilia Pesatori, Valentina Bollati
OBJECTIVES: In this study on 90 individuals we aimed at evaluating the microRNAs (miRNAs) expression profile associated with personal levels of Titanium (Ti) and Zirconium (Zr) traced in hair samples. Ti and Zr materials are broadly used for dental implants but the biological reactions triggered by a long term presence of these materials in the oral cavity still need to be assessed. MiRNAs are mechanisms that need to be investigated as they play a fundamental role in the control of gene expression following external stimuli and contribute to a wide range of pathophysiological processes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573993/phenomenological-modelling-of-electrically-stimulated-auditory-nerve-fibers-a-review
#18
Marko Takanen, Ian C Bruce, Bernhard U Seeber
Auditory nerve fibers (ANFs) play a crucial role in hearing by encoding and transporting the synaptic input from inner hair cells into afferent spiking information for higher stages of the auditory system. If the inner hair cells are degenerated, cochlear implants may restore hearing by directly stimulating the ANFs. The response of an ANF is affected by several characteristics of the electrical stimulus and of the ANF, and neurophysiological measurements are needed to know how the ANF responds to a particular stimulus...
2016: Network: Computation in Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525617/the-effect-of-round-window-sealants-on-delayed-hearing-loss-in-a-guinea-pig-model-of-cochlear-implantation
#19
David Rowe, Scott Chambers, Amy Hampson, Hayden Eastwood, Stephen O'Leary
AIM: To determine whether the type of material used to seal the cochlea after round window cochlear implantation influences delayed hearing loss. BACKGROUND: Cochlear implants are now prescribed to patients with residual, low-frequency hearing. This hearing-which provides perceptual benefits for the implanted ear-is frequently lost for unknown reasons weeks to months after surgery in a proportion of patients. A post-surgical change in cochlear mechanics, related to the material used to seal the cochlea after round window implantation, may contribute to this loss...
September 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27519654/effects-of-sustained-release-dexamethasone-hydrogels-in-hearing-preservation-cochlear-implantation
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Clemens Honeder, Chengjing Zhu, Hanna Schöpper, Julia Clara Gausterer, Manuel Walter, Lukas David Landegger, Nodir Saidov, Dominik Riss, Roberto Plasenzotti, Franz Gabor, Christoph Arnoldner
It has been shown that glucocorticoids reduce the hearing threshold shifts associated with cochlear implantation. Previous studies evaluated the administration of glucocorticoids immediately before surgery or the repeated pre- or perioperative systemic application of glucocorticoids. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a sustained release dexamethasone hydrogel in hearing preservation cochlear implantation. To address this issue, a guinea pig model of cochlear implantation was used. 30 normal hearing pigmented guinea pigs were randomized into a group receiving a single dose of a dexamethasone/poloxamer407 hydrogel one day prior to surgery, a second group receiving the hydrogel seven days prior to surgery and a control group...
November 2016: Hearing Research
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