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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823029/experience-of-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-at-a-brazilian-reference-centre
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Bruno Guedes Baldi, Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Silvia Vidal Campos, Martina Rodrigues de Oliveira, José Eduardo Afonso Junior, Rafael Medeiros Carraro, Ricardo Henrique Oliveira Braga Teixeira, Isabela Pasqualini Minguini, Roni Burlina, Eduardo Zinoni Silva Pato, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, André Nathan Costa
INTRODUCTION: Lung transplantation (LT) is the standard of care for patients with advanced lung diseases, including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). LAM accounts for only 1% of all LTs performed in the international registry. As a result, the global experience, including the use of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors before and after LT in LAM, is still limited. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all LAM patients who underwent LT at our centre between 2003 and 2016...
August 19, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822956/a-novel-web-support-intervention-to-promote-recovery-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Pazit Levinger, Karen Hallam, Darren Fraser, Rebecca Pile, Clare Ardern, Brett Moreira, Simon Talbot
BACKGROUND: Self-efficacy is positively associated with adherence behaviours and rehabilitation outcomes following Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction. An internet resource can be an effective way to provide information, goal setting, patient monitoring and hence support overall self-management. PURPOSE: This study examined the feasibility of a three month 'internet-based intervention' (mobile-oriented site) to enhance recovery for patients following ACL reconstruction...
June 8, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822917/coexistence-of-aberrant-hematopoietic-and-stromal-elements-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Salar Abbas, Archana Kini, Vivi M Srivastava, Marie Therese M, Sukesh C Nair, Aby Abraham, Vikram Mathews, Biju George, Sanjay Kumar, Aparna Venkatraman, Alok Srivastava
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of clonal hematopoietic disorders related to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell dysfunction. Several studies have shown the role of the bone marrow microenvironment in regulating hematopoietic stem, and progenitor function and their individual abnormalities have been associated with disease pathogenesis. In this study, we simultaneously evaluated hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), hematopoietic stem progenitor cells (HSPCs) and different stromal elements in a cohort of patients with MDS-refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia (RCMD)...
August 9, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822813/reinforcement-learning-based-control-of-drug-dosing-for-cancer-chemotherapy-treatment
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Regina Padmanabhan, Nader Meskin, Wassim M Haddad
The increasing threat of cancer to human life and the improvement in survival rate of this disease due to effective treatment has promoted research in various related fields. This research has shaped clinical trials and emphasized the necessity to properly schedule cancer chemotherapy to ensure effective and safe treatment. Most of the control methodologies proposed for cancer chemotherapy scheduling treatment are model-based. In this paper, a reinforcement learning (RL)-based, model-free method is proposed for the closed-loop control of cancer chemotherapy drug dosing...
August 16, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822775/the-clandestine-organs-of-the-endocrine-system
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Natàlia Garcia-Reyero
This review analyzes what could be regarded as the "clandestine organs" of the endocrine system: the gut microbiome, the immune system, and the stress system. The immune system is very closely related to the endocrine system, with many intertwined processes and signals. Many researchers now consider the microbiome as an 'organ' that affects the organism at many different levels. While stress is certainly not an organ, it affects so many processes, including endocrine-related processes, that the stress response system deserved a special section in this review...
August 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822742/strategy-set-shifting-and-response-inhibition-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-an-environmental-polychlorinated-biphenyl-mixture-during-adolescence
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Supida Monaikul, Paul Eubig, Stan Floresco, Susan Schantz
Converging evidence from studies with animal models and humans suggests that early developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leads to deficits in cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. These processes are mediated to a large extent by the prefrontal cortex, thus we examined the effects of PCB exposure during adolescence-a period of robust prefrontal cortical development-on both processes. Specifically, we used operant set-shifting and differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) tasks to assess cognitive flexibility and response inhibition, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822621/chondrosarcoma-of-the-epiglottis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Jonathan Choi, Harish Dharmarajan, Andrew Victores, Ashley Wenaas, Julina Ongkasuwan
BACKGROUND: Laryngeal chondrosarcoma (LCS) is an exceedingly rare malignancy and least frequently reported in the epiglottis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report a case of a 71-year-old male smoker who presented with sore throat, dysphagia, and odynophagia for 3 months. Computed tomography scan revealed an inhomogeneously enhancing necrotic mass emanating from the right epiglottis and traveling along the aryepiglottic fold. The mass was removed via endoscopic en bloc laser resection...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822581/favorable-residual-stress-induction-by-resin-cementation-on-dental-porcelain
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Garry J P Fleming, Xu Cao, Dan L Romanyk, Owen Addison
OBJECTIVES: Despite developments in polycrystalline ceramics, glassy dental-ceramic materials provide the optimum cosmetic option in most clinical situations to mimic the natural dentition. The clinical success of glassy dental-ceramic materials is often attributed to resin-adhesive bonding techniques. In this study we explore whether shrinkage stresses generated on photo-polymerisation of the resin-cement are sufficient to induce ceramic surface defect stabilization, and we quantify the transient nature of the induced stresses...
August 16, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822105/peer-led-small-groups-are-we-on-the-right-track
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Fraser Moore
INTRODUCTION: Peer tutor-led small group sessions are a valuable learning strategy but students may lack confidence in the absence of a content expert. This study examined whether faculty reinforcement of peer tutor-led small group content was beneficial. METHODS: Two peer tutor-led small group sessions were compared with one faculty-led small group session using questionnaires sent to student participants and interviews with the peer tutors. One peer tutor-led session was followed by a lecture with revision of the small group content; after the second, students submitted a group report which was corrected and returned to them with comments...
August 18, 2017: Perspectives on Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821981/modifiable-factors-and-esophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-published-meta-analyses
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Clara Castro, Bárbara Peleteiro, Nuno Lunet
There are marked differences in the etiology of the major histological types of esophageal cancer (EC)-squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC) and adenocarcinomas (EAC). This study aimed to summarize the current scientific knowledge on modifiable risk factors for EC, by histological type, through a systematic review of meta-analyses referenced in PubMed and ISI Web of Knowledge. We identified 100 meta-analyses on risk factors for ESCC (n = 54), EAC (n = 43), or EC (n = 51). ESCC risk significantly increased with alcohol and maté drinking, smoking, red and processed meat consumption and human papillomavirus infection, while it was negatively associated with body mass index and consumption of fruit, vegetables, white meat, folate, and some carotenoids...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821768/real-time-monitoring-of-water-level-and-temperature-in-storage-fuel-pools-through-optical-fibre-sensors
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S Rizzolo, J Périsse, A Boukenter, Y Ouerdane, E Marin, J-R Macé, M Cannas, S Girard
We present an innovative architecture of a Rayleigh-based optical fibre sensor for the monitoring of water level and temperature inside storage nuclear fuel pools. This sensor, able to withstand the harsh constraints encountered under accidental conditions such as those pointed-out during the Fukushima-Daiichi event (temperature up to 100 °C and radiation dose level up to ~20 kGy), exploits the Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry technique to remotely monitor a radiation resistant silica-based optical fibre i...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821739/ultrafast-photonic-reinforcement-learning-based-on-laser-chaos
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Makoto Naruse, Yuta Terashima, Atsushi Uchida, Song-Ju Kim
Reinforcement learning involves decision making in dynamic and uncertain environments and constitutes an important element of artificial intelligence (AI). In this work, we experimentally demonstrate that the ultrafast chaotic oscillatory dynamics of lasers efficiently solve the multi-armed bandit problem (MAB), which requires decision making concerning a class of difficult trade-offs called the exploration-exploitation dilemma. To solve the MAB, a certain degree of randomness is required for exploration purposes...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821647/plasticity-beyond-v1-reinforcement-of-motion-perception-upon-binocular-central-retinal-lesions-in-adulthood
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Kalina Burnat, Tjing-Tjing Hu, Małgorzata Kossut, Ulf T Eysel, Lutgarde Arckens
Induction of a central retinal lesion in both eyes of adult mammals is a model for macular degeneration and leads to retinotopic map reorganization in the primary visual cortex (V1). Here we characterized the spatio-temporal dynamics of molecular activity levels in the central and peripheral representation of five higher order visual areas, V2/18, V3/19, V4/21a,V5/PMLS, area 7, and V1/17, in adult cats with central 10° retinal lesions (both sexes), by means of real-time PCR for the neuronal activity reporter gene zif268...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821096/characterization-of-carboxymethyl-cellulose-based-nanocomposite-films-reinforced-with-oxidized-nanocellulose-isolated-using-ammonium-persulfate-method
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Ahmed A Oun, Jong-Whan Rhim
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were isolated from cotton linter (CL) and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) using an ammonium persulfate (APS) method for a simultaneous isolation and oxidation of CNCs. The CNCs were in rod-like shape with a diameter of 10.3nm and 11.4nm, a length of 120-150nm and 103-337nm, a crystallinity index of 93.5% and 79.1% for the CNC(CL) and CNC(MCC), respectively. The suspensions of oxidized CNCs were transparent and stable with the zeta potential values of -50.6mV and -46.9mV. The CNCs were uniformly distributed within the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) polymer matrix...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821063/development-and-characterization-of-banana-flour-film-incorporated-with-montmorillonite-and-banana-starch-nanoparticles
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Aungkana Orsuwan, Rungsinee Sothornvit
Banana flour film is an alternative biopolymer material but still needs improvement of its mechanical properties and water vapor permeability. Banana starch nanoparticles (BSNs), prepared using miniemulsion cross-linking, make an interesting reinforcing agent. The properties of plasticized banana flour film (PBF) were characterized incorporated with 5% (w/w) of either montmorillonite; MMT-Na(+) (PBF-M) or BSN (PBF-B), including a mixture of nanoparticles at 1:1 for 5% (PBF-MB5) and 10% (PBF-MB10). PBF-MB5 provided better improvement in the film mechanical and water barrier properties compared with PBF-B...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821059/characterization-of-alkali-treated-and-untreated-new-cellulosic-fiber-from-saharan-aloe-vera-cactus-leaves
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Balaji A N, Nagarajan K J
The aim of this study is to examine the use of new natural fibers, which are extracted from the Saharan aloe vera cactus plant leaves as reinforcement in polymer composites. The physicochemical, mechanical and thermal properties of the Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus Leaves (SACL) fibers are investigated, through the effect of alkali treatment. The contents of α-cellulose, hemicellulose, wax and moisture present in SACL fibers were characterized by standard test methods The mechanical properties of SACL fibers were measured through single fiber tensile test...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821043/effect-of-moderate-electric-fields-in-the-properties-of-starch-and-chitosan-films-reinforced-with-microcrystalline-cellulose
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Caroline C S Coelho, Miguel A Cerqueira, Ricardo N Pereira, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Otniel Freitas-Silva, António A Vicente, Lourdes M C Cabral, José A Teixeira
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) can provide improved properties when the aim is the development of biodegradable packaging materials. In this work the physicochemical properties of polysaccharide-based films (chitosan and starch) with the incorporation of MCC and the application of moderate electric field (MEF) and ultrasonic bath (UB) as treatments, were evaluated. For each treatment, the thickness, moisture content, solubility, water vapor permeability, contact angle, mechanical properties, along with its color and opacity were determined...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821031/surface-deacetylated-chitin-nanofibers-reinforced-with-a-sulfobutyl-ether-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-gel-loaded-with-prednisolone-as-potential-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Ryo Tabuchi, Makoto Anraku, Daisuke Iohara, Takako Ishiguro, Shinsuke Ifuku, Tomone Nagae, Kaneto Uekama, Shoko Okazaki, Keizo Takeshita, Masaki Otagiri, Fumitoshi Hirayama
Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofibers (SDACNFs) reinforced with a sulfobutyl ether β-cyclodextrin (SBE-β-CD) (NFs-CDs) gel were developed to obtain a controlled release carrier of prednisolone (PD) for the treatment of colitis. PD was released slowly from the gel at both pH 1.2 and 6.8. The in vitro slow release of PD from the NFs-CDs gel was reflected in the in vivo absorption of the drug after oral administration to rats. These results suggest that a simple gel composed of a mixture of SDACNFs and SBE-β-CD has the potential for use in the controlled release of PD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820778/src-kinase-inhibition-attenuates-morphine-tolerance-without-affecting-reinforcement-or-psychomotor-stimulation
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Fiona A Bull, Daniel T Baptista-Hon, Claire Sneddon, Lisa Wright, Wendy Walwyn, Tim G Hales
BACKGROUND: Prolonged opioid administration leads to tolerance characterized by reduced analgesic potency. Pain management is additionally compromised by the hedonic effects of opioids, the cause of their misuse. The multifunctional protein β-arrestin2 regulates the hedonic effects of morphine and participates in tolerance. These actions might reflect µ opioid receptor up-regulation through reduced endocytosis. β-Arrestin2 also recruits kinases to µ receptors. We explored the role of Src kinase in morphine analgesic tolerance, locomotor stimulation, and reinforcement in C57BL/6 mice...
August 18, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820016/why-we-stay-with-our-social-partners-neural-mechanisms-of-stay-leave-decision-making
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Amber Heijne, Filippo Rossi, Alan G Sanfey
How do we decide to keep interacting (e.g., stay) with a social partner or to switch (e.g., leave) to another? This paper investigated the neural mechanisms of stay/leave decision-making. We hypothesized that these decisions fit within a framework of value-based decision-making, and explored four potential mechanisms underlying a hypothesized bias to stay. Twenty-six participants underwent functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) while completing social and nonsocial versions of a stay/leave decision-making task...
August 18, 2017: Social Neuroscience
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