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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538414/clinical-predictors-for-the-manifestation-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Nadine Abanador-Kamper, Lars Kamper, Marc Vorpahl, Hilmar Brinkmann, Vasiliki Karamani, Patrick Haage, Melchior Seyfarth
Despite prompt revascularization, some patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) develop myocardial scars, which can be visualized by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Our goal was to identify angiographic findings that were predictive for scar development in patients after reperfused AMI.We examined 136 patients after first ST-elevated myocardial infarction by CMR after a median of 4 days (range: 2-7). Patients with manifestation of LGE were matched to patients without LGE by means of age and gender...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538372/detection-of-very-delayed-coronary-stent-fracture-using-a-novel-fluoroscopic-stent-visualization-technique-against-intravascular-ultrasound-a-case-series
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Feifei Yang, Liwei Zhang, Dangsheng Huang, Dong Shen, Yongjiang Ma, Minjun Xiong, Chunhong Zhang, Miao Tian
RATIONALE: Stent fracture has received increased concern as it may be an important risk factor for late stent failure, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is always recommended to confirm the diagnosis of stent fracture. StentBoost can detect stent fractures more easily due to the enhanced stent strut visibility, compared with coronary angiography (CAG). Few cases were reported to compare the advantages of StentBoost vis-à-vis IVUS in detecting stent fracture. PATIENT CONCERNS: We reported 3 cases that were confirmed the diagnosis of stent fracture by StentBoost, which were preliminarily suspected by angiography, including one case that lacked the IVUS evidence of stent fracture...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538237/update-on-postnatal-steroids
#3
Henry L Halliday
Antenatal steroid treatment to enhance fetal lung maturity and surfactant treatment to prevent or treat respiratory distress syndrome have been major advances in perinatal medicine in the past 40 years contributing to improved outcomes for preterm infants. Use of postnatal steroids to prevent or treat chronic lung disease in preterm infants has been less successful and associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Although early (in the first week of life) postnatal steroid treatment facilitates earlier extubation and reduces the risk of chronic lung disease, it is associated with adverse effects, such as hyperglycemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, growth failure, and cerebral palsy, and cannot be recommended...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537933/hypersensitivity-reactions-to-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents
#4
Jie Shen Fok, William B Smith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been utilized since the late 1980s to enhance the diagnostic value of MRI studies. They are known to have excellent safety profile and serious adverse reactions are uncommon despite widespread global use. However, immediate hypersensitivity reactions are well described in the literature, with urticaria the most common manifestation. Anaphylaxis can occur, though fatality is extremely rare. This review explores the incidence of GBCA-related hypersensitivity reactions and highlights potential risk factors...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534690/decreased-left-atrial-myocardial-strain-in-patients-with-suboptimal-blood-pressure-control
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Xiao-Jing Chen, Chen Chen, Yu-Jia Liang, Xi-Lian Gao, Jing Jiang, Yu Kang, Yu-Cheng Chen, Qing Zhang, Zhi Zeng
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal blood pressure (BP) control is commonly observed in patients receiving antihypertensive agents, but the relationship between uncontrolled BP and left atrial (LA) impairment remains unknown. METHODS: This study enrolled 279 hypertensive patients who had been medicated, as well as 85 matched normal controls. The BP of systolic <140 mmHg and diastolic<90 mmHg was defined as optimal (HT1 group, n=146), otherwise as suboptimal BP control (HT2 group, n = 133)...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534592/thermo-electrochemical-cells-for-waste-heat-harvesting-progress-and-perspectives
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M F Dupont, D R MacFarlane, J M Pringle
Thermo-electrochemical cells (also called thermocells) are promising devices for harvesting waste heat for the sustainable production of energy. Research into thermocells has increased significantly in recent years, driven by advantages such as their ability to continuously convert heat into electrical energy without producing emissions or consuming materials. Until relatively recently, the commercial viability of thermocells was limited by their low power output and conversion efficiency. However, there have lately been significant advances in thermocell performance as a result of improvements to the electrode materials, electrolyte and redox chemistry and various features of the cell design...
May 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533948/radiosensitization-effect-of-hsa-mir-138-2-3p-on-human-laryngeal-cancer-stem-cells
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Ying Zhu, Li-Yun Shi, Yan-Min Lei, Yan-Hong Bao, Zhao-Yang Li, Fei Ding, Gui-Ting Zhu, Qing-Qing Wang, Chang-Xin Huang
BACKGROUND: Treatments that target cancer stem cells play an important role in the controlling and eliminating of tumor initiation as well as in development, progression, and chemotherapy/radiotherapy resistance. In our previous study, we cultured and harvested human laryngeal cancer stem cells (CSCs) and applied microRNA biochips to screen differentially expressed miRNAs that were related to radiation tolerance in irradiated human laryngeal CSCs. According to the predicted genes and pathways of differential miRNAs target, down-regulated expression of hsa-miR-138-2-3p under radiation was thought to play a key role in enhancing the radio-sensitivity in human laryngeal squamous cancer stem cells...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532781/usefulness-of-left-atrial-emptying-fraction-to-predict-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
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Mischa T Rijnierse, Mehran Kamali Sadeghian, Sophie Schuurmans Stekhoven, P Stefan Biesbroek, Anne-Lotte C van der Lingen, Peter M van de Ven, Albert C van Rossum, Robin Nijveldt, Cornelis P Allaart
Impaired left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF) is an important predictor of mortality in patients with heart failure. As it may reflect increased LV wall stress, it might predict ventricular arrhythmia (VA) specifically. This study evaluated the predictive value of LAEF assessed with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with respect to appropriate device therapy (ADT) for VA and compared its role with CMR assessed scar size and other risk factors. In total, 229 patients (68% male, 63 ± 10 years, 61% ischemic cardiomyopathy) with LV ejection fraction ≤35% who underwent CMR and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation for primary prevention in 2005 to 2012 were included...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532603/matrix-replenishing-by-bmscs-is-beneficial-for-osteoarthritic-temporomandiblar-joint-cartilage
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Mian Zhang, Hongxu Yang, Lei Lu, Xianghong Wan, Jing Zhang, Hongyun Zhang, Xiaodong Liu, Xiaofeng Huang, Guozhi Xiao, Meiqing Wang
OBJECTIVES: The present goal was to explore whether matrix replenishment is the primary requirement for osteoarthritic (OA) cartilage. METHODS: Cells isolated from the superficial and deep zone cartilage of a pig temporomandibular joint (TMJ) were exposed to fluid flow shear stress (FFSS). Differences in matrix production and cellular differentiation were detected. Unilateral anterior crossbite (UAC) was applied to C57BL/6J female mice. Green fluorescent protein-labelled exogenous bone marrow stromal cells (GFP-BMSCs) were injected weekly into TMJs, starting from 3 weeks of UAC stimulation and continuing for 4-, 8- and 12-weeks...
May 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529922/governmental-efforts-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-efforts-in-the-russian-federation
#10
REVIEW
Nana Pogosova, Olga Sokolova
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in Russia as is case with the most other countries of the world, although Russia has unique features and demographic trends. In the late 90's and early 2000's Russia has sustained a profound demographical crisis with a period of overmortality but since 2003 the mortality rates are declining. By 2013, the birth rates exceeded mortality. The reversal of the demographic crisis took place on the background of a number of comprehensive governmental efforts with focus on non-communicable diseases prevention...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529068/adverse-outcome-pathways-application-to-enhance-mechanistic-understanding-of-neurotoxicity
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REVIEW
Anna Bal-Price, M E Meek
Recent developments have prompted the transition of empirically based testing of late stage toxicity in animals for a range of different endpoints including neurotoxicity to more efficient and predictive mechanistically based approaches with greater emphasis on measurable key events early in the progression of disease. The adverse outcome pathway (AOP) has been proposed as a simplified organizational construct to contribute to this transition by linking molecular initiating events and earlier (more predictive) key events at lower levels of biological organization to disease outcomes...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528429/myocardial-edema-in-acute-myocarditis-relationship-of-t2-relaxometry-and-late-enhancement-burden-by-using-dual-contrast-turbo-spin-echo-mri
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A Mayr, G Klug, H J Feistritzer, S J Reinstadler, M Reindl, R Esterhammer, G Feuchtner, B Metzler, M F Schocke
To quantify myocardial edema by using a T2 relaxometry approach with a dual-contrast turbo spin-echo (dcTSE) sequence in patients with acute myocarditis regarding focal late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) burden. CMR T2 relaxometry was performed in 39 patients (age 41 ± 19 years; 36% women) with LGE in a typical myocarditis pattern and in ten healthy volunteers (age 46 ± 12; 60% woman). dcTSE sequence (echo time 29 and 75 ms, respectively) was used for T2 mapping, analysis were performed on the basis of region of interest (ROI)...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528260/hexavalent-chromium-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-pycnoporus-sanguineus
#13
Mi Feng, Hua Yin, Hui Peng, Zehua Liu, Guining Lu, Zhi Dang
White rot fungi have been proved to be a promising option for the removal of heavy metals, understanding their toxic response to heavy metals is conducive to developing and popularizing fungi-based remediation technologies so as to lessen the hazard of heavy metals. In this study, Cr(VI)-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in Pycnoporus sanguineus, a species of white rot fungi were investigated. The results suggested that high level of Cr(VI) promoted the formation of ROS, including H2O2, O2(•-) and ·OH...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528162/intervendor-differences-in-the-accuracy%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-detecting-regional-functional%C3%A2-abnormalities-a-report-from-the-eacvi-ase-strain-standardization-task%C3%A2-force
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Oana Mirea, Efstathios D Pagourelias, Jurgen Duchenne, Jan Bogaert, James D Thomas, Luigi P Badano, Jens-Uwe Voigt
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of vendor-specific and independent strain analysis tools to detect regional myocardial function abnormality in a clinical setting. BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography has been considered a promising tool for the quantitative assessment of regional myocardial function. However, the potential differences among speckle tracking software with regard to their accuracy in identifying regional abnormality has not been studied extensively...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527317/fully-automatic-segmentation-of-left-ventricular-anatomy-in-3-d-lge-mri
#15
Tanja Kurzendorfer, Christoph Forman, Michaela Schmidt, Christoph Tillmanns, Andreas Maier, Alexander Brost
The current challenge for electrophysiology procedures, targeting the left ventricle, is the localization and qualification of myocardial scar. Late gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-MRI) is the current gold standard to visualize regions of myocardial infarction. Commonly, a stack of 2-D images is acquired of the left ventricle in short-axis orientation. Recently, 3-D LGE-MRI methods were proposed that continuously cover the whole heart with a high resolution within a single acquisition. The acquisition promises an accurate quantification of the myocardium to the extent of myocardial scarring...
May 8, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525949/capsaicin-loaded-folic-acid-conjugated-lipid-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-therapeutic-efficacy-in-ovarian-cancers
#16
Lin Lv, Yu-Xin Zhuang, Hui-Wu Zhang, Nan-Nan Tian, Wen-Zhen Dang, Shao-Yu Wu
In this study, folic acid-conjugated lipid nanoparticles were successfully prepared to enhance the active targeting of capsaicin (CAP) in ovarian cancers. The particles were nanosized and exhibited a controlled release of drug in the physiological conditions. The folic acid (FA)-conjugated system exhibited a remarkably higher uptake of nanoparticles in the cancer cells compared to that of non-targeted system. The folate-conjugated CAP-loaded lipid nanoparticles (CFLN) upon interacting with cancer cells were internalized via receptor-mediated endocytosis mechanism and resulted in higher concentration in the cancer cells...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525641/erp-correlates-of-motivating-voices-quality-of-motivation-and-time-course-matters
#17
Konstantina Zougkou, Netta Weinstein, Silke Paulmann
Here, we conducted the first study to explore how motivations expressed through speech are processed in real-time. Participants listened to sentences spoken in two types of well-studied motivational tones (autonomy-supportive and controlling), or a neutral tone of voice. To examine this, listeners were presented with sentences that either signaled motivations through prosody (tone of voice) and words simultaneously (e.g., "You absolutely have to do it my way" spoken in a controlling tone of voice), or lacked motivationally biasing words (e...
May 19, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525390/microrna-155-attenuates-late-sepsis-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-through-jnk-and-%C3%AE-arrestin-2
#18
Yu Zhou, Yan Song, Zahir Shaikh, Hui Li, Haiju Zhang, Yi Caudle, Shouhua Zheng, Hui Yan, Dan Hu, Charles Stuart, Deling Yin
Cardiac dysfunction is correlated with detrimental prognosis of sepsis and contributes to a high risk of mortality. After an initial hyperinflammatory reaction, most patients enter a protracted state of immunosuppression (late sepsis) that alters both innate and adaptive immunity. The changes of cardiac function in late sepsis are not yet known. MicroRNA-155 (miR-155) is previously found to play important roles in both regulations of immune activation and cardiac function. In this study, C57BL/6 mice were operated to develop into early and late sepsis phases, and miR-155 mimic was injected through the tail vein 48 h after cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523733/the-development-of-cognitive-empathy-and-concern-in-preschool-children-a-behavioral-neuroscience-investigation
#19
Jean Decety, Kimberly L Meidenbauer, Jason M Cowell
This developmental neuroscience study examined the electrophysiological responses (EEG and ERPs) associated with perspective taking and empathic concern in preschool children, as well as their relation to parental empathy dispositions and children's own prosocial behavior. Consistent with a body of previous studies using stimuli depicting somatic pain in both children and adults, larger early (~200 ms) ERPs were identified when perceiving painful versus neutral stimuli. In the slow wave window (~800 ms), a significant interaction of empathy condition and stimulus type was driven by a greater difference between painful and neutral images in the empathic concern condition...
May 18, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523517/body-size-of-male-youth-soccer-players-1978-2015
#20
REVIEW
Robert M Malina, António J Figueiredo, Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva
BACKGROUND: Studies of the body size and proportions of athletes have a long history. Comparisons of athletes within specific sports across time, though not extensive, indicate both positive and negative trends. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate secular variation in heights and weights of male youth soccer players reported in studies between 1978 and 2015. METHODS: Reported mean ages, heights, and weights of male soccer players 9-18 years of age were extracted from the literature and grouped into two intervals: 1978-99 and 2000-15...
May 18, 2017: Sports Medicine
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