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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909471/contact-force-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Ullah W, Schilling Rj, Wong T
Catheters able to measure the force and vector of contact between the catheter tip and myocardium are now available. Pre-clinical work has established that the degree of contact between the radiofrequency ablation catheter and myocardium correlates with the size of the delivered lesion. Excess contact is associated with steam pops and perforation. Catheter contact varies within the left atrium secondary to factors including respiration, location, atrial rhythm and the trans-septal catheter delivery technology used...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908181/defining-and-assessing-an-anisotropic-delineation-margin-for-modern-radiotherapy
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L R Bell, E M Pogson, P E Metcalfe, L C Holloway
PURPOSE: Uncertainty in target volume delineation for modern radiotherapy impacts dosimetry and patient outcomes. Delineation uncertainty is generally overlooked in practice as a source of error, potentially since historically, other uncertainties have been the main focus. This work defined and assessed an anisotropic delineation margin in both polar and spherical coordinate systems in order to account for the spatially varying nature of this uncertainty using a whole breast radiotherapy cohort as a proof of concept...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906521/modeling-the-human-scarred-heart-in-vitro-toward-new-tissue-engineered-models
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Janine C Deddens, Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Jesper Hjortnaes, Linda W van Laake, Marc Buijsrogge, Pieter A Doevendans, Ali Khademhosseini, Joost P G Sluijter
Cardiac remodeling is critical for effective tissue healing, however, excessive production and deposition of extracellular matrix components contribute to scarring and failing of the heart. Despite the fact that novel therapies have emerged, there are still no lifelong solutions for this problem. An urgent need exists to improve the understanding of adverse cardiac remodeling in order to develop new therapeutic interventions that will prevent, reverse, or regenerate the fibrotic changes in the failing heart...
December 1, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906159/persistent-microbiome-alterations-modulate-the-rate-of-post-dieting-weight-regain
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Christoph A Thaiss, Shlomik Itav, Daphna Rothschild, Mariska Meijer, Maayan Levy, Claudia Moresi, Lenka Dohnalová, Sofia Braverman, Shachar Rozin, Sergey Malitsky, Mally Dori-Bachash, Yael Kuperman, Inbal Biton, Arieh Gertler, Alon Harmelin, Hagit Shapiro, Zamir Halpern, Asaph Aharoni, Eran Segal, Eran Elinav
In tackling the obesity pandemic, significant efforts are devoted to the development of effective weight reduction strategies, yet many dieting individuals fail to maintain a long-term weight reduction, and instead undergo excessive weight regain cycles. The mechanisms driving recurrent post-dieting obesity remain largely elusive. Here, we identify an intestinal microbiome signature that persists after successful dieting of obese mice, which contributes to faster weight regain and metabolic aberrations upon re-exposure to obesity-promoting conditions and transmits the accelerated weight regain phenotype upon inter-animal transfer...
November 24, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906124/one-health-in-china
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Jianyong Wu, Lanlan Liu, Guoling Wang, Jiahai Lu
As a result of rapid economic growth over the previous three decades, China has become the second largest economy worldwide since 2010. However, as a developing country with the largest population, this rapid economic growth primarily based on excessive consumption and waste of resources. Thus, China has been facing particularly severe ecological and environmental problems in speeding up industrialization and urbanization. The impact of the health risk factors is complex and difficult to accurately predict...
2016: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903892/methylation-sensitive-enrichment-of-minor-dna-alleles-using-a-double-strand-dna-specific-nuclease
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Yibin Liu, Chen Song, Ioannis Ladas, Mariana Fitarelli-Kiehl, G Mike Makrigiorgos
Aberrant methylation changes, often present in a minor allelic fraction in clinical samples such as plasma-circulating DNA (cfDNA), are potentially powerful prognostic and predictive biomarkers in human disease including cancer. We report on a novel, highly-multiplexed approach to facilitate analysis of clinically useful methylation changes in minor DNA populations. Methylation Specific Nuclease-assisted Minor-allele Enrichment (MS-NaME) employs a double-strand-specific DNA nuclease (DSN) to remove excess DNA with normal methylation patterns...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902743/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-spirulina-platensis-in-response-to-low-temperature-stress
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Qingye Li, Rong Chang, Yijun Sun, Bosheng Li
Low temperature (LT) is one of the most important abiotic stresses that can significantly reduce crop yield. To gain insight into how Spirulina responds to LT stress, comprehensive physiological and proteomic analyses were conducted in this study. Significant decreases in growth and pigment levels as well as excessive accumulation of compatible osmolytes were observed in response to LT stress. An isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ)-based quantitative proteomics approach was used to identify changes in protein abundance in Spirulina under LT...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900772/hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-people-with-%C3%A3-thalassaemia-major
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REVIEW
Vanitha A Jagannath, Zbys Fedorowicz, Amani Al Hajeri, Akshay Sharma
BACKGROUND: Thalassemia is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disorder, caused by mutations in globin genes or their regulatory regions. This results in a reduced rate of synthesis of one of the globin chains that make up haemoglobin. In ß-thalassaemia major there is an underproduction of ß-globin chains combined with excess of free α-globin chains. The excess free α-globin chains precipitate in red blood cells, leading to their destruction (haemolysis) and ineffective erythropoiesis...
November 30, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897283/identification-of-photofragmentation-patterns-in-trihalide-anions-by-global-analysis-of-vibrational-wavepacket-dynamics-in-broadband-transient-absorption-data
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Sebastian Schott, Lea Ress, Jan Hrušák, Patrick Nuernberger, Tobias Brixner
Trihalide anions are linear molecules that can be photodissociated with ultraviolet (UV) light. Whereas deep-UV excitation leads to three-body dissociation, for near-UV excitation just one molecular bond is cleaved, which notionally opens up the possibility for different fragmentation patterns. Here, we explore whether the dihalide fragment is formed as an anionic or neutral species and whether heteronuclear trihalides can lead to two different dihalides. The analysis is based on pronounced wavepacket dynamics induced by femtosecond UV pulses and associated both with the initial trihalide and the nascent dihalide species...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887888/evaluating-outer-segment-length-as-a-surrogate-measure-of-peak-foveal-cone-density
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Melissa A Wilk, Brandon M Wilk, Christopher S Langlo, Robert F Cooper, Joseph Carroll
Adaptive optics (AO) imaging tools enable direct visualization of the cone photoreceptor mosaic, which facilitates quantitative measurements such as cone density. However, in many individuals, low image quality or excessive eye movements precludes making such measures. As foveal cone specialization is associated with both increased density and outer segment (OS) elongation, we sought to examine whether OS length could be used as a surrogate measure of foveal cone density. The retinas of 43 subjects (23 normal and 20 albinism; aged 6-67 years) were examined...
November 22, 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886824/switching-p2y12-receptor-inhibiting-therapies
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REVIEW
Fabiana Rollini, Francesco Franchi, Dominick J Angiolillo
Antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor inhibitor is the cornerstone of treatment of patients with atherothrombotic disease manifestations. Switching between P2Y12 inhibitors occurs commonly in clinical practice for a variety of reasons, including safety, efficacy, adherence, and economic considerations. There are concerns about the optimal approach for switching because of potential drug interactions, which may lead to ineffective platelet inhibition and thrombotic complications, or potential overdosing due to overlap in drug therapy, which might cause excessive platelet inhibition and increased bleeding...
January 2017: Interventional cardiology clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886621/evaluation-of-two-nucleophilic-syntheses-routes-for-the-automated-synthesis-of-6-18-f-fluoro-l-dopa
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Marc Pretze, Dominic Franck, Falk Kunkel, Erich Foßhag, Carmen Wängler, Björn Wängler
Two different strategies for the nucleophilic radiosynthesis of [(18)F]F-DOPA were evaluated regarding their applicability for an automated routine production on an Ecker&Ziegler Modular-Lab Standard module. Initially, we evaluated a promising 5-step synthesis based on a chiral, cinchonidine-derived phase-transfer catalyst (cPTC) being described to give the product in high radiochemical yields (RCY), high specific activities (AS) and high enantiomeric excesses (ee). However, the radiosynthesis of [(18)F]F-DOPA based on this strategy showed to be highly complex, giving the intermediate products as well as the final product in insufficient yields for automatization...
October 27, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885664/haloperidol-plus-promethazine-for-psychosis-induced-aggression
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Gisele Huf, Jacob Alexander, Pinky Gandhi, Michael H Allen
BACKGROUND: Health services often manage agitated or violent people, and such behaviour is particularly prevalent in emergency psychiatric services (10%). The drugs used in such situations should ensure that the person becomes calm swiftly and safely. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether haloperidol plus promethazine is an effective treatment for psychosis-induced aggression. SEARCH METHODS: On 6 May 2015 we searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Register of Trials, which is compiled by systematic searches of major resources (including MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, BIOSIS, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PubMed, and registries of clinical trials) and their monthly updates, handsearches, grey literature, and conference proceedings...
November 25, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882999/activation-of-ventral-tegmental-area-5-ht2c-receptors-reduces-incentive-motivation
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Lourdes Valencia-Torres, Cristian M Olarte-Sánchez, David J Lyons, Teodora Georgescu, Megan Greenwald-Yarnell, Martin G Myers, Christopher M Bradshaw, Lora K Heisler
Obesity is primarily due to food intake in excess of the body's energetic requirements, intake that is not only associated with hunger but also the incentive value of food. The 5-hydroxytryptamine 2C receptor (5-HT2CR) is a target for the treatment of human obesity. Mechanistically, 5-HT2CRs are positioned to influence both homeostatic feeding circuits within the hypothalamus and reward circuits within the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Here we investigated the role of 5-HT2CRs in incentive motivation using a mathematical model of progressive ratio (PR) responding in mice...
November 24, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881067/emerging-nanocarriers-based-approaches-to-diagnose-and-reduce-vascular-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis
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Manuela Calin, Ileana Manduteanu
Exploitation of nanotechnology advances in the cardiovascular medicine has led to new approaches for diagnosis and therapy of vascular inflammation associated to cardiovascular diseases. Innovative nanoparticles targeted to the main players in the arterial wall inflammation in atherosclerosis (i.e. inflammatory molecules, immune or resident cells) have been already developed to diagnose and/or reduce excessive vascular inflammation and is eagerly awaited that promising preclinical and early clinical results to boost the approval of the first nanocarrier in this field...
November 22, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879395/a-computationally-identified-compound-antagonizes-excess-fgf-23-signaling-in-renal-tubules-and-a-mouse-model-of-hypophosphatemia
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Zhousheng Xiao, Demian Riccardi, Hector A Velazquez, Ai L Chin, Charles R Yates, Jesse D Carrick, Jeremy C Smith, Jerome Baudry, L Darryl Quarles
Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) interacts with a binary receptor complex composed of α-Klotho (α-KL) and FGF receptors (FGFRs) to regulate phosphate and vitamin D metabolism in the kidney. Excess FGF-23 production, which causes hypophosphatemia, is genetically inherited or occurs with chronic kidney disease. Among other symptoms, hypophosphatemia causes vitamin D deficiency and the bone-softening disorder rickets. Current therapeutics that target the receptor complex have limited utility clinically. Using a computationally driven, structure-based, ensemble docking and virtual high-throughput screening approach, we identified four novel compounds predicted to selectively inhibit FGF-23-induced activation of the FGFR/α-KL complex...
November 22, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875373/revisiting-erythroleukemia
#17
Daniel A Arber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The 2016 WHO classification of hematopoietic and lymphoid neoplasms alters the diagnostic criteria for erythroleukemia, including eliminating the erythroid/myeloid type of acute erythroleukemia, which was a prior subcategory of acute myeloid leukemia, not otherwise specified. Only pure erythroid leukemia remains in the WHO classification. This review will summarize the literature that contributed to that classification change as well as recent literature on the significance of the change...
November 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872491/solid-liquid-density-and-spin-crossovers-in-mg-fe-o-system-at-deep-mantle-conditions
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Dipta B Ghosh, Bijaya B Karki
The low/ultralow-velocity zones in the Earth's mantle can be explained by the presence of partial melting, critically depending on density contrast between the melt and surrounding solid mantle. Here, first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of (Mg, Fe) O ferropericlase in the solid and liquid states show that their densities increasingly approach each other as pressure increases. The isochemical density difference between them diminishes from 0.78 (±0.7) g/cm(3) at zero pressure (3000 K) to 0.16 (±0...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872082/evolving-use-of-natriuretic-peptides-as-part-of-strategies-for-heart-failure-prevention
#19
REVIEW
Ken McDonald, Mark Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) remains one of the major cardiovascular challenges to the Western world. Once established, HF is characterized by compromised life expectancy and quality of life with considerable dependence on hospital care for episodic clinical deterioration. Much is understood about the risk factors that predispose to the development of HF. With such a broad range of factors, it is clear that there is a large population at risk, potentially in excess of 25% of the adult population...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871561/perioperative-fluid-therapy-defining-a-clinical-algorithm-between-insufficient-and-excessive
#20
REVIEW
Mike S Strunden, Sascha Tank, Thoralf Kerner
In the perioperative scenario, adequate fluid and volume therapy is a challenging task. Despite improved knowledge on the physiology of the vascular barrier function and its respective pathophysiologic disturbances during the perioperative process, clear-cut therapeutic principles are difficult to implement. Neglecting the physiologic basis of the vascular barrier and the cardiovascular system, numerous studies proclaiming different approaches to fluid and volume therapy do not provide a rationale, as various surgical and patient risk groups, and different fluid regimens combined with varying hemodynamic measures and variable algorithms led to conflicting results...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
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