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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646619/early-insights-into-zika-s-microcephaly-physiopathology-from-the-epicentre-of-the-outbreak-teratogenic-apoptosis-on-the-central-nervous-system
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Patricia Jungmann, Pedro Pires, Edward Araujo
Foetal infection by the Zika virus has been implicated in the exceptional rise in the number of mycrocephalic newborns recorded by the end of 2015 in Brazil. The mechanism by which this teratogenic effect is produced in the developing brain has not been entirely established. Very early in the outbreak, we addressed this question by evaluating available initial data from a gestational and post-natal clinical investigation in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the subtractive dysmorphic brain malformations observed in Zika's microcephaly are primarily due to the massive induction of apoptosis of neuroprogenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646121/at1-receptor-blockade-attenuates-outward-aortic-remodeling-associated-with-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
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Friedrich Krueger, Kai Kappert, Anna Foryst-Ludwig, Frederike Kramer, Markus Clemenz, Aleksandra Grzesiak, Manuela Sommerfeld, Jan Paul Bernhard Frese, Andreas Greiner, Ulrich Kintscher, Thomas Unger, Elena Kaschina
The renin-angiotensin-system and obesity have been implicated in vascular outward remodeling, including aneurysms, but the precise mechanisms are yet not understood. We investigated the effect of the angiotensin AT1-receptor antagonist telmisartan on aortic outward remodeling in a diet-induced obesity-model in mice. C57/Black6J mice were fed with either a low-fat diet (LFD), or a high-fat diet (HFD) for 14 weeks. One group of HFD-mice was additionally exposed to telmisartan (3mg/kg/d) for the last 4 weeks. HFD led to aortic outward remodeling, characterized by increased proteolysis, along with structural changes, such as fragmentation of elastic fibres, and decreased elastin content...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645855/training-surgical-residents-with-a-haptic-robotic-central-venous-catheterization-simulator
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David F Pepley, Adam B Gordon, Mary A Yovanoff, Katelin A Mirkin, Scarlett R Miller, David C Han, Jason Z Moore
OJECTIVE: Ultrasound guided central venous catheterization (CVC) is a common surgical procedure with complication rates ranging from 5 to 21 percent. Training is typically performed using manikins that do not simulate anatomical variations such as obesity and abnormal vessel positioning. The goal of this study was to develop and validate the effectiveness of a new virtual reality and force haptic based simulation platform for CVC of the right internal jugular vein. DESIGN: A CVC simulation platform was developed using a haptic robotic arm, 3D position tracker, and computer visualization...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645755/microwave-assisted-micellar-extraction-of-organic-and-inorganic-iodines-using-zwitterionic-surfactants
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Shu-Ling Wang, Ling Yi, Li-Hong Ye, Jun Cao, Li-Jing Du, Li-Qing Peng, Jing-Jing Xu, Qi-Dong Zhang
Zwitterionic surfactant, used as extractant in microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) was investigated for the first time to extract organic and inorganic iodines from kelp samples. Optimized conditions for the MAE were 200W of microwave irradiation power, 100°C of extraction temperature, 10min of microwave irradiation time, 1g of sample, and 20mL of solvent volume. Ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF/MS) was used for the quantitative and qualitative analyses of the iodines...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645301/the-sternal-management-accelerated-recovery-trial-s-m-a-r-t-standard-restrictive-versus-an-intervention-of-modified-sternal-precautions-following-cardiac-surgery-via-median-sternotomy-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Md Ali Katijjahbe, Linda Denehy, Catherine L Granger, Alistair Royse, Colin Royse, Rebecca Bates, Sarah Logie, Sandy Clarke, Doa El-Ansary
BACKGROUND: The routine implementation of sternal precautions to prevent sternal complications that restrict the use of the upper limbs is currently worldwide practice following a median sternotomy. However, evidence is limited and drawn primarily from cadaver studies and orthopaedic research. Sternal precautions may delay recovery, prolong hospital discharge and be overly restrictive. Recent research has shown that upper limb exercise reduces post-operative sternal pain and results in minimal micromotion between the sternal edges as measured by ultrasound...
June 23, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644744/add-on-iguratimod-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-achieve-remission-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-responding-to-biological-dmards-a-retrospective-study
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Ayaka Yoshikawa, Shuzo Yoshida, Yuko Kimura, Nao Tokai, Yohei Fujiki, Takuya Kotani, Yoko Matsumura, Tohru Takeuchi, Shigeki Makino
OBJECTIVES: In this study, iguratimod (IGU) was added to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients inadequately responding to 24-week or longer treatment with biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARDs), its effectiveness was assessed, and factors contributing to remission were evaluated. METHODS: RA patients who fulfilled the following criteria were included: (i) ≥ 24-week of bDMARDs; (ii) 2.6 < disease activity score (DAS) 28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) < 5...
June 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643620/adult-dogs-are-capable-of-regulating-calcium-balance-with-no-adverse-effects-on-health-when-fed-a-high-calcium-diet
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Jonathan Stockman, Phillip Watson, Matthew Gilham, David Allaway, Jujhar Atwal, Richard Haydock, Alison Colyer, Helen Renfrew, Penelope J Morris
Although the implications of long-term high Ca intakes have been well documented in growing dogs, the health consequences of Ca excess in adult dogs remain to be established. To evaluate the impact of feeding a diet containing 7·1 g/4184 kJ (1000 kcal) Ca for 40 weeks on Ca balance and health parameters in adult dogs, eighteen neutered adult Labrador Retrievers, (nine males and nine females) aged 2·5-7·4 years were randomised to one of two customised diets for 40 weeks. The diets were manufactured according to similar nutritional specifications, with the exception of Ca and P levels...
May 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643575/combined-rex-bypass-shunt-with-pericardial-devascularization-alleviated-prehepatic-portal-hypertension-caused-by-cavernomatous-transformation-of-portal-vein
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Ruo-Yi Wang, Jun-Feng Wang, Qian Liu, Nan Ma, Wei-Xiu Chen, Jin-Liang Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of combined Rex-bypass shunt and pericardial devascularization on prehepatic portal hypertension secondary to cavernomatous transformation of portal vein (CTPV). METHODS: Forty-two patients aged from 3 years to 49 years (divided into 3 groups), 26 cases male and 16 female, with prehepatic vascular hepertention were treated with Rex-bypass shunt combined with pericardial devascularization. In each patient, preoperative assessment included ultrasound and computed tomographic angiography of the portal vein and blood analysis...
June 23, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642916/the-antioxidant-effect-of-beackea-frutescence-microemulsions-dietary-supplements-on-skin-absorption-studies
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Mohd Zul Helmi Rozaini, Armiza Ahmad, Azizul Idris, Chen Fei Low, Mohd Effendy Abdul Wahid
Objective: To study the effect of two different microemulsions containing Beackea frutescence supplements composed of nerolidool, selenium and vitamin E on absorption effect related to skin health and skin aging. Materials and methods: A total of 39 volunteers with normal and healthy skin were divided into three groups (n = 13) and supplemented for a period of 12 weeks. Group 1 received a mixture of lutein (3 mg/day), lycopene (3 mg/day), α-tocopherol (10 mg/day), selenium (75 μg/day) and β-nerolidool (4...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642791/efficacy-and-safety-of-ultrasound-guided-percutaneous-polidocanol-sclerotherapy-in-benign-cystic-thyroid-nodules-preliminary-results
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Xiaohua Gong, Qi Zhou, Fang Wang, Wenjun Wu, Xiaojun Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous polidocanol injection (PPI) in treating cystic thyroid nodules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 158 cystic or predominantly cystic thyroid nodules (>80% cystic component) in 143 patients were evaluated. 114 patients with compressive symptoms or aesthetic complaints were offered PPI. 44 individuals without compressive symptoms and aesthetic complaints who were only followed up clinically were used as the control group...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642614/ultrasound-mediated-piezoelectric-differentiation-of-neuron-like-pc12-cells-on-pvdf-membranes
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Marcus Hoop, Xiang-Zhong Chen, Aldo Ferrari, Fajer Mushtaq, Gagik Ghazaryan, Theo Tervoort, Dimos Poulikakos, Bradley Nelson, Salvador Pané
Electrical and/or electromechanical stimulation has been shown to play a significant role in regenerating various functionalities in soft tissues, such as tendons, muscles, and nerves. In this work, we investigate the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a potential substrate for wireless neuronal differentiation. Piezoelectric PVDF enables generation of electrical charges on its surface upon acoustic stimulation, inducing neuritogenesis of PC12 cells. We demonstrate that the effect of pure piezoelectric stimulation on neurite generation in PC12 cells is comparable to the ones induced by neuronal growth factor (NGF)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642201/combination-of-coenzyme-q10-loaded-liposomes-with-ultrasound-targeted-microbubbles-destruction-utmd-for-early-theranostics-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Ting Yue, He-Lin Xu, Pian-Pian Chen, Lei Zheng, Qun Huang, Wen-Shuang Sheng, Yuan-Di Zhuang, Li-Zhuo Jiao, Ting-Ting Chi, De-Li ZhuGe, Jin-Jin Liu, Ying-Zheng Zhao, Li Lan
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most common and lethal microvascular complications of diabetes. This study aimed to explore whether coenzymeQ10 (CoQ10) as an antioxidant combined with ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) could reverse the progress of early diabetic nephropathy (DN). CoQ10 has great potential to treat early DN. However, the clinical application of CoQ10 has been limited because of its low aqueous solubility and non-specific distribution. Therefore, CoQ10-loaded liposomes (CoQ10-lip) were prepared and combined with ultrasound microbubbles for the early theranostics of DN...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642054/development-of-a-tailored-thyroid-gland-phantom-for-fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-by-three-dimensional-printing
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Masayuki Baba, Keitaro Matsumoto, Naoya Yamasaki, Hisakazu Shindo, Hiroshi Yano, Megumi Matsumoto, Ryota Otsubo, Murray John Lawn, Naoto Matsuo, Ikuo Yamamoto, Shigekazu Hidaka, Takeshi Nagayasu
BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a challenging and risky procedure for inexperienced clinicians to perform because of the proximity of the thyroid to the jugular veins, carotid arteries, and trachea. A phantom model for transfixion practice would help train clinicians in FNAC. OBJECTIVE: To fabricate a tailored phantom with consideration for authenticity of size, touch, feel, and ultrasonographic (US) characteristics. METHODS: A three-dimensional (3D) digital model of the human neck was reconstructed from computed tomography data of a subject...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642036/transcription-factor-decoy-technology-a-therapeutic-update
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Markus Hecker, Andreas H Wagner
Targeting transcription factors represents one possibility to interfere with a known activated regulatory pathway that promotes disease. Double-stranded transcription factor decoy (TFD) oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) are therapeutic drug candidates, which are able to specifically target and neutralize key transcription factors involved in the pathogenesis of a given disease. These short double-stranded TFD molecules mimic the consensus DNA binding site of a specific transcription factor in the promoter region of its target genes...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641968/femoral-nerve-catheters-improve-home-disposition-and-pain-in-hip-fracture-patients-treated-with-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Diren Arsoy, James I Huddleston, Derek F Amanatullah, Nicholas J Giori, William J Maloney, Stuart B Goodman
BACKGROUND: Opioids have been the mainstay of treatment in the physiologically young geriatric hip fracture patient undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA). However opioid-related side effects increase morbidity. Regional anesthesia may provide better analgesia, while decreasing opioid-related side effects. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of perioperative continuous femoral nerve blockade with regards to pain scores, opioid-related side effects and posthospital disposition in hip fracture patients undergoing THA...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641910/dependence-of-boiling-histotripsy-treatment-efficiency-on-hifu-frequency-and-focal-pressure-levels
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Tatiana D Khokhlova, Yasser A Haider, Adam D Maxwell, Wayne Kreider, Michael R Bailey, Vera A Khokhlova
Boiling histotripsy (BH) is a high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)-based method of mechanical tissue fractionation that utilizes millisecond-long bursts of HIFU shock waves to cause boiling at the focus in milliseconds. The subsequent interaction of the incoming shocks with the vapor bubble mechanically lyses surrounding tissue and cells. The acoustic parameter space for BH has been investigated previously and an inverse dependence between the HIFU frequency and the dimensions of a BH lesion has been observed...
June 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641464/ultrasound-guided-hydrodissection-for-assisting-percutaneous-microwave-ablation-of-renal-cell-carcinomas-adjacent-to-intestinal-tracts-a-preliminary-clinical-study
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Zhigang Cheng, Xiaoling Yu, Zhiyu Han, Fangyi Liu, Jie Yu, Ping Liang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the clinical application of hydrodissection under ultrasound (US) guidance for assisting percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) for the treatment of renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) adjacent to the intestinal tract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From April 2014 to December 2016, clinical data from 24 patients with 25 RCCs were retrospectively analysed. Percutaneous MWA under the assistance of US-guided hydrodissection were performed to treat RCCs with a mean maximal diameter of 3...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641407/efficacy-of-ezetimibe-combined-with-atorvastatin-in-treatment-of-carotid-artery-plaque-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Jing Wang, Xiao-Bo Ai, Fei Wang, Yao-Wu Zou, Li Li, Xiao-Lei Yi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of ezetimibe combined with atorvastatin in treatment of carotid artery plaque in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: A total of 100 patients with carotid atherosclerosis (CAS) confirmed by ultrasound and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CHD were randomly assigned to atorvastatin group (atorvastatin 20 mg/d) or combined treatment group (ezetimibe 10 mg/d and atorvastatin 20 mg/d)...
June 21, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641153/lipoprotein-a-and-coronary-atheroma-progression-rates-during-long-term-high-intensity-statin-therapy-insights-from-saturn
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Rishi Puri, Christie M Ballantyne, Ron C Hoogeveen, Mingyuan Shao, Philip Barter, Peter Libby, M John Chapman, Raimund Erbel, Benoit J Arsenault, Joel S Raichlen, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-like particle that associates with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). We examined relationships between Lp(a) measurements and changes in coronary atheroma volume following long-term maximally-intensive statin therapy in coronary artery disease patients. METHODS: Study of coronary atheroma by intravascular ultrasound: Effect of Rosuvastatin Versus Atorvastatin (SATURN) used serial intravascular ultrasound measures of coronary atheroma volume in patients treated with rosuvastatin 40 mg or atorvastatin 80 mg for 24 months...
June 15, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640875/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-left-main-coronary-artery-disease-with-or-without-intravascular-ultrasound-a-meta-analysis
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Yicong Ye, Ming Yang, Shuyang Zhang, Yong Zeng
This meta-analysis compared IVUS-guided with angiography-guided PCI to determine the effect of IVUS on the mortality in patients with LM CAD. Current guidelines recommend intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with left main coronary artery disease (LM CAD; Class IIa, level of evidence B). A systematic search of the MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases was conducted to identify randomized or non-randomized studies comparing IVUS-guided PCI with angiography-guided PCI in LM CAD...
2017: PloS One
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