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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911452/rationally-encapsulated-gold-nanorods-improving-both-linear-and-nonlinear-photoacoustic-imaging-contrast-in-vivo
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Fei Gao, Linyi Bai, Siyu Liu, Ruochong Zhang, Jingtao Zhang, Xiaohua Feng, Yuanjin Zheng, Yanli Zhao
Photoacoustic tomography has emerged as a promising non-invasive imaging technique that integrates the merits of high optical contrast with high ultrasound resolution in deep scattering medium. Unfortunately, the blood background in vivo seriously impedes the quality of imaging due to its comparable optical absorption with contrast agents, especially in conventional linear photoacoustic imaging modality. In this study, we demonstrated that two hybrids consisting of gold nanorods (Au NRs) and zinc tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (ZnTPP) exhibited a synergetic effect in improving optical absorption, conversion efficiency from light to heat, and thermoelastic expansion, leading to a notable enhancement in both linear (four times greater) and nonlinear (more than six times) photoacoustic signals as compared with conventional Au NRs...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909876/sonochemical-effect-on-activity-and-conformation-of-commercial-lipases
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Shamraja S Nadar, Virendra K Rathod
The enzyme under lower-intensity ultrasonic irradiation leads to favourable conformational changes, thereby enhancing its activity. The augmentation of activity of ultrasound-treated enzyme is strongly dependent on ultrasound intensity, duty cycle and exposure time, which was investigated for commercial lipases. Thermomyces lanuginosus (TL) lipase showed a 1.3-fold enhanced activity after irradiating at 22 kHz and 11.38 W cm(-2) with 50 % duty cycle for 25-min ultrasonic treatment and 1.5-fold enhanced activity was observed for lipozyme (candida antarctica lipase B (CALB)) lipase, at 22 kHz and 15...
December 1, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909769/evaluation-of-131-i-scintigraphy-and-stimulated-thyroglobulin-levels-in-the-follow-up-of-patients-with-dtc-a-retrospective-analysis-of-1420-patients
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Jose Manuel Gonzalez Carvalho, Dennis Görlich, Otmar Schober, Christian Wenning, Burkhard Riemann, Frederik Anton Verburg, Alexis Vrachimis
AIM: To study the clinical yield of diagnostic whole body (131)I scintigraphy (DxWBS) in the follow-up of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) patients in relation to stimulated thyroglobulin (sTg) in the initial post-ablation setting, as well as in the setting of repeated monitoring in course of further DTC follow-up. METHODS: Data of 1420 thyroidectomized and radioiodine remnant-ablated DTC patients following a well-defined therapy and standardized follow-up protocol were evaluated...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908581/sonodynamic-inactivation-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria-using-a-rose-bengal-antimicrobial-peptide-conjugate
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David Costley, Heather Nesbitt, Nigel Ternan, James Dooley, Ying-Ying Huang, Michael R Hamblin, Anthony P McHale, John F Callan
Combating antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious public health challenges facing society today. The development of new antibiotics or alternative techniques that can help combat antimicrobial resistance is being prioritised by many governments and stakeholders across the globe. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy is one such technique that has received considerable attention but is limited by the inability of light to penetrate through human tissue, reducing its effectiveness when used to treat deep-seated infections...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908494/simultaneous-microextraction-of-inorganic-iodine-and-iodinated-amino-acids-by-miniaturized-matrix-solid-phase-dispersion-with-molecular-sieves-and-ionic-liquids
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Jun Cao, Li-Qing Peng, Jing-Jing Xu, Li-Jing Du, Qi-Dong Zhang
This study presents an effective method of using miniaturized matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the microextraction of inorganic iodine and iodinated amino acids from seaweed samples. Quantification of the target analytes was performed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. Molecular sieve (SBA-15) was chosen as the dispersing adsorbent with an ionic liquid (1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide) as the elution solvent. The experimental conditions for the MSPD, such as the type of sorbent, ratio of sorbent to sample, type and concentration of the elution solvent, and grinding time were evaluated and optimized...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908486/an-inverse-method-to-determine-arterial-stiffness-with-guided-axial-waves
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Guo-Yang Li, Qiong He, Lin Jia, Ping He, Jianwen Luo, Yanping Cao
Many cardiovascular diseases can alter arterial stiffness; therefore, measurement of arterial wall stiffness can provide valuable information for both diagnosis of such diseases in the clinic and evaluation of the effectiveness of relevant drugs. However, quantitative assessment of the in vivo elastic properties of arterial walls in a non-invasive manner remains a great challenge. In this study, we found that the elastic modulus of the arterial wall can be extracted from the dispersion curve of the guided axial wave (GAW) measured using the ultrasound elastography method...
November 28, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908210/the-sexuological-impact-of-hormonal-contraceptives-based-on-their-route-of-administration
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Maurizio Guida, Costantino Di Carlo, Jacopo Troisi, Alessandra Gallo, Francesca Cibarelli, Ellis Martini, Lara Tiranini, Rossella E Nappi
Evidence on the effects of hormonal contraceptives on female sexuality is conflicting. We enrolled 556 women, divided into six groups: two composed of subjects using a combined hormonal contraceptive (COC) containing 0.020 ("COC20") and 0.030 ("COC30") mg of ethynyl estradiol (EE), "natural", using COC containing 1.5 mg of estradiol (E2), "ring", using a vaginal ring releasing each day 0.015 mg of EE + 0.120 of etonogestrel, "subcutaneous", using a progestin only subcutaneous contraceptive implant releasing etonogestrel and "controls", using no hormonal contraceptive methods...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908189/thermoacoustic-imaging-of-rabbit-knee-joints
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Zihui Chi, Yuan Zhao, Lin Huang, Zhu Zheng, Huabei Jiang
PURPOSE: Knee joint is one of the largest and most complex joints of the body. Knee joint diseases are common, and current clinical imaging technologies such as x-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound imaging have limitations in the diagnosis of knee joint diseases. Emerging imaging technologies such as diffuse optical tomography and photoacoustic imaging (PAI) have been applied to the detection of osteoarthritis (OA). However, they are limited to small joints such as the finger and difficult to be used for large joints such as the knee...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908182/prostate-deformation-from-inflatable-rectal-probe-cover-and-dosimetric-effects-in-prostate-seed-implant-brachytherapy
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Jun Lian, Yeqin Shao, Larry D Potter, Ronald C Chen, Jordan A Holmes, Eleanor A Pryser, Jie Shen, Dinggang Shen, Andrew Z Wang
PURPOSE: Prostate brachytherapy is an important treatment technique for patients with localized prostate cancer. An inflatable rectal ultrasound probe cover is frequently utilized during the procedure to adjust for unfavorable prostate position relative to the implant grid. However, the inflated cover causes prostate deformation, which is not accounted for during dosimetric planning. Most of the therapeutic dose is delivered after the procedure when the prostate and surrounding organs-at-risk are less deformed...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908167/computer-aided-prognosis-for-cell-death-categorization-and-prediction-in-vivo-using-quantitative-ultrasound-and-machine-learning-techniques
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M J Gangeh, A Hashim, A Giles, L Sannachi, G J Czarnota
PURPOSE: At present, a one-size-fits-all approach is typically used for cancer therapy in patients. This is mainly because there is no current imaging-based clinical standard for the early assessment and monitoring of cancer treatment response. Here, the authors have developed, for the first time, a complete computer-aided-prognosis (CAP) system based on multiparametric quantitative ultrasound (QUS) spectroscopy methods in association with texture descriptors and advanced machine learning techniques...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908160/correspondence-optimization-in-2d-standardized-carotid-wall-thickness-map-by-description-length-minimization-a-tool-for-increasing-reproducibility-of-3d-ultrasound-based-measurements
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Yimin Chen, Bernard Chiu
PURPOSE: The previously described 2D standardized vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness (VWT) maps constructed from 3D ultrasound vessel wall measurements using an arc-length (AL) scaling approach adjusted the geometric variability of carotid arteries and has allowed for the comparisons of VWT distributions in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. However, this mapping technique did not optimize point correspondence of the carotid arteries investigated. The potential misalignment may lead to errors in point-wise VWT comparisons...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908076/experimental-observation-of-piezoelectric-effect-in-cancellous-bone-generated-by-ultrasound-irradiation
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A Hosokawa
In this study, piezoelectric cells (PE-cells) of cancellous bone were experimentally produced to receive an ultrasound wave. In the PE-cell, a bovine cancellous bone specimen, in which the pore spaces were saturated with air, was electrically shielded to prevent electromagnetic noise. As a result, the piezoelectric signal generated in the cancellous bone specimen by irradiating an ultrasound burst wave at 1.0 MHz could be clearly observed in water. The experimental results showed that the ultrasound sensitivity per unit area of cancellous bone was estimated to be below 1/100 and 1/100 000 of cortical bone and poly(vinylidene fluoride), respectively...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906937/transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-the-management-of-acute-postoperative-pain-syndrome-after-caesarean-section-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Pierfrancesco Fusco, Vincenza Cofini, Emiliano Petrucci, Paolo Scimia, Tullio Pozone, Giuseppe Paladini, Gaspare Carta, Stefano Necozione, Battista Borghi, Franco Marinangeli
BACKGROUND: The international literature is unclear regarding the analgesic efficacy of the transversus abdominis plane block (TAPB) after a Caesarean section (CS). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether a correctly performed ultrasound-guided TAPB (USG-TAPB) could provide better control of acute postoperative pain during the first 72 hours after CS and if it could provide a faster postoperative recovery. STUDY DESIGN: A double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial on pregnant women who underwent CS...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906919/the-scratch-test-for-identifying-the-lower-liver-edge-is-at-least-as-accurate-as-percussion-and-is-significantly-more-effective-for-young-trainees-a-randomised-comparative-trial
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Jesse Fischer, Justin Hegarty, Anna Ashcroft, Christopher Ma Frampton, Murray L Barclay
BACKGROUND: Clinical examination of the liver requires experience to achieve accuracy. The scratch test is a simple technique to identify the lower liver edge and enhance liver palpation, and may be easier for trainees. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of the scratch test compared to percussion at different levels of medical training. METHOD: Eight examiners, from trainee intern to consultant level, were randomised to scratch or percussion testing, followed by liver palpation, on 50 subjects...
December 2, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906709/looking-closer-at-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-the-role-of-advanced-imaging-techniques
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Giacomo Bellani, Jean-Jaques Rouby, Jean-Michel Constantin, Antonio Pesenti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advanced imaging techniques have provided invaluable insights in understanding of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and the effect of therapeutic strategies, thanks to the possibility of gaining regional information and moving from simple 'anatomical' information to in-vivo functional imaging. RECENT FINDINGS: Computed tomography (CT) led to the understanding of several ARDS mechanisms and interaction with mechanical ventilation. It is nowadays frequently part of routine diagnostic workup, often leading to treatment changes...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906261/impact-of-nonstationary-optical-illumination-on-image-reconstruction-in-optoacoustic-tomography
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Yang Lou, Kun Wang, Alexander A Oraevsky, Mark A Anastasio
Optoacoustic tomography (OAT), also known as photoacoustic tomography, is a rapidly emerging hybrid imaging technique that possesses great potential for a wide range of biomedical imaging applications. In OAT, a laser is employed to illuminate the tissue of interest and acoustic signals are produced via the photoacoustic effect. From these data, an estimate of the distribution of the absorbed optical energy density within the tissue is reconstructed, referred to as the object function. This quantity is defined, in part, by the distribution of light fluence within the tissue that is established by the laser source...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905968/monitoring-the-prevalence-of-thyroid-disorders-in-the-adult-population-of-northeast-germany
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Rehman Mehmood Khattak, Till Ittermann, Matthias Nauck, Harald Below, Henry Völzke
BACKGROUND: Only a few studies like ours have investigated the effect of long-term stable iodine supply on thyroid disorders in a historically iodine-deficient population, but not with a long follow-up time of 10 years. METHODS: Data were derived from two independent population-based cohorts of the Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP-0 [1997-2001] and SHIP-TREND [2008-2012]) comprising 4308 and 4420 subjects, respectively. Diagnosed thyroid disorders were assessed...
November 8, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905898/physical-activity-and-sedentary-behavior-can-modulate-the-effect-of-the-pnpla3-variant-on-childhood-nafld-a-case-control-study-in-a-chinese-population
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Shuo Wang, Jieyun Song, Xiaorui Shang, Nitesh Chawla, Yide Yang, Xiangrui Meng, Haijun Wang, Jun Ma
BACKGROUND: The patatin like phospholipase containing domain 3 gene (PNPLA3) rs738409 C > G polymorphism, one of the most important gene polymorphisms involved in hepatic steatosis, has been reported to interact with different nutrients and dietary patterns on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), but no studies have focused on its interaction with physical activity or sedentary behavior. Therefore, this study aims at determining whether physical activity or sedentary behavior could modulate the effect of the PNPLA3 variant on childhood NAFLD...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905858/seasonal-effects-on-body-composition-muscle-characteristics-and-performance-of-collegiate-swimmers-and-divers
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Erica J Roelofs, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Eric T Trexler, Katie R Hirsch
CONTEXT:  Previous researchers have indicated the importance of body composition and muscle quality in athletic performance. However, body composition and muscle-quality measures in swimmers and divers over a training season have yet to be evaluated. OBJECTIVE:  To identify changes in body composition and muscle characteristics over a competitive season and identify relationships between these variables and performance in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I swimmers and divers...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905299/lack-of-an-apparent-role-for-endothelin-1-in-the-prolonged-reduction-in-renal-perfusion-following-severe-unilateral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-the-mouse
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Erika I Boesen
Therapeutic approaches to block the progression from acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease are currently lacking. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a powerful vasoconstrictor, induced by hypoxia, and previously implicated in renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. This study tested the hypothesis that blunting the vascular influence of ET-1, either through endothelin ETA receptor blockade (ABT-627) or vascular endothelial cell deletion of ET-1 (VEET KO), would improve recovery of renal perfusion and repair of injury following a severe ischemic insult in mice (45 min unilateral renal ischemia)...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
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