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Arash Momeni, Suhail K Kanchwala
BACKGROUND: Autologous breast reconstruction is associated with long-term patient satisfaction that is superior to implant-based approaches. Occasionally, however, patients who desire autologous reconstruction present with inadequate donor-site volume. A hybrid approach, combining free flap reconstruction with simultaneous implant placement, is a solution. We present our experience with the use of mesh for improved pocket control using this reconstructive modality. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of patients undergoing autologous breast reconstruction was performed...
October 22, 2016: Microsurgery
Mario Bonato, Matteo Lisi, Sara Pegoraro, Gilles Pourtois
Voluntary orienting of spatial attention is typically investigated by visually presented directional cues, which are called predictive when they indicate where the target is more likely to appear. In this study, we investigated the nature of the potential link between cue predictivity (the proportion of valid trials) and the strength of the resulting covert orienting of attention. Participants judged the orientation of a unilateral Gabor grating preceded by a centrally presented, non-directional, color cue, arbitrarily prompting a leftwards or rightwards shift of attention...
October 21, 2016: Psychological Research
J E Slotta, U Kopsch, M Ghadimi, O Kollmar
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis is a common disease which requires immediate surgical treatment of the focus of inflammation. So far there are no reliable data on how much time can pass between hospitalization, indications for surgery and initiating surgery without an increased risk of morbidity and mortality for the patient. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate how much time can lapse between admission and initiation of surgery for acute appendicitis while still providing patient safety and no increase in complication rates...
October 21, 2016: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
N A Nik Muhamad, R Hawari, H Shafie
Aluminium phosphide (ALP) is highly toxic and poisoning can result in high mortality rates. A 26-year-old female who allegedly ingested a toxic dose of ALP presented with vomiting and diarrhoea. She developed cardiac arrest with refractory pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Despite aggressive resuscitation, she succumbed to death seven hours following ingestion. In cases like this, a better outcome can be achieved with early arrival, prompt diagnosis, aggressive resuscitation and intensive monitoring.
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
P X Kuan, P W Tan, A T Jobli, A R Norsila
INTRODUCTION: Differences in systolic blood pressure reading between arms are common but could signal trouble if the discrepancy is significant. Early detection of aortic dissection could invariably determine patient's survivability. Hence, a high index of suspicion with prompt diagnostic imaging is vital for accurate diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 35-year-old lady was referred from district hospital for hypertensive cardiomyopathy complicated by acute pulmonary oedema...
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Akil Patel, Timothy R Miller, Ravi Shivashankar, Gaurav Jindal, Dheeraj Gandhi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Acute thrombus formation following aneurysm treatment with the Pipeline embolization device (PED) is a potentially devastating complication that may result in significant thromboembolic sequelae if not promptly treated. We therefore evaluated PED cases complicated by acute thrombus formation at our institution, with an emphasis on identifying early angiographic signs that may portend this event. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified cases of acute thrombosis following PED placement in 100 consecutive procedures performed at our institution from a prospectively maintained clinical database...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Dennis Toddenroth, Janakan Sivagnanasundaram, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Thomas Ganslandt
BACKGROUND: The difficulty of managing patient recruitment and documentation for clinical trials prompts a demand for instruments for closely monitoring these critical but unpredictable processes. Increasingly adopted Electronic Data Capture (EDC) applications provide novel opportunities to reutilize stored information for an efficient management of traceable trial workflows. In related clinical and administrative settings, so-called digital dashboards that continuously visualize time-dependent parameters have recently met a growing acceptance...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Lily Marsden, Lawrence J Jennings, Samantha Gadd, Min Yu, Elizabeth J Perlman, Mariana M Cajaiba
Metanephric stromal tumors are rare renal stromal tumors that predominantly affect children. They belong to the metanephric family of tumors along with metanephric adenofibroma and metanephric adenoma. The previous documentation of BRAF exon 15 mutations in 88% of metanephric adenomas and in isolated cases of metanephric adenofibroma prompted us to investigate the prevalence of these mutations in metanephric stromal tumors and in other pediatric renal stromal tumors. In this study, 17 metanephric stromal tumors, 22 congenital mesoblastic nephromas and 6 ossifying renal tumors of infancy were selected for BRAF exon 15 testing...
October 18, 2016: Human Pathology
Marion Rouzaire, Aurélie Comptour, Corinne Belville, Damien Bouvier, Gaël Clairefond, Flora Ponelle, Vincent Sapin, Denis Gallot, Loïc Blanchon
Thirty percent of preterm births directly result from preterm premature rupture of fetal membranes (PPROM). Clinical management currently proposes using a collagen plug to mechanically stop loss of amniotic fluid. Vitamin A and its active metabolite (retinoic acid) have well-known pro-healing properties and could thus make good candidates as a proposable adjuvant to this mechanical approach. Here we investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the pro-healing properties of all-trans retinoic acid (atRA) in fetal membranes via an approach using an in vitro primary amniocyte wound model and transcriptomics...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Shawn I Walsh, Arryn Craney, Floyd E Romesberg
The looming antibiotic crisis has prompted the development of new strategies towards fighting infection. Traditional antibiotics target bacterial processes essential for viability, whereas proposed antivirulence approaches rely on the inhibition of factors that are required only for the initiation and propagation of infection within a host. Although antivirulence compounds have yet to prove their efficacy in the clinic, bacterial signal peptidase I (SPase) represents an attractive target in that SPase inhibitors exhibit broad-spectrum antibiotic activity, but even at sub-MIC doses also impair the secretion of essential virulence factors...
September 21, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
A Aguirre-Quiñonero, L Martínez-Martínez
Infections caused by carbapenemase-producing bacteria are becoming a major clinical and public health concern. Detection of carbapenemase producing strains is often challenging, since susceptibility to carbapenems may vary significantly among carbapenemase producers. Some carbapenemases have shown to exhibit weak activity against carbapenems leading to minimum inhibitory concentrations of carbapenems below the breakpoint for defining clinical resistance and even below the proposed screening breakpoint. Thus, reliable and rapid detection of carbapenemase-activity is needed for an appropriate patient management and a rapid implementation of infection prevention and control measures...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Darwin J Prockop
From the outset, it was apparent that developing new therapies with mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) was not a simple or easy task. Among the earliest experiments was administration of MSCs from normal mice to transgenic mice that developed brittle bones because they expressed a mutated gene for type 1 collagen isolated from a patient with osteogenesis imperfecta. The results prompted a clinical trial of MSCs in patients with severe osteogenesis imperfecta. Subsequent work by large numbers of scientists and clinicians has established that, with minor exceptions, MSCs do not engraft or differentiate to a large extent in vivo...
October 18, 2016: Cytotherapy
Sarah A Moore, Ruth Da Silva, Madelaine Balaam, Lianne Brkic, Dan Jackson, Dan Jamieson, Thomas Ploetz, Helen Rodgers, Lisa Shaw, Frederike van Wijck, Christopher Price
BACKGROUND: Loss of upper limb function affects up to 85 % of acute stroke patients. Recovery of upper limb function requires regular intensive practise of specific upper limb tasks. To enhance intensity of practice interventions are being developed to encourage patients to undertake self-directed exercise practice. Most interventions do not translate well into everyday activities and stroke patients continue to find it difficult remembering integration of upper limb movements into daily activities...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Jeremiah Seni, Enock Sweya, Amri Mabewa, Stephen E Mshana, Japhet M Gilyoma
BACKGROUND: Secondary peritonitis is a common surgical emergence with deadly outcomes when not timely and promptly intervened. The emergence of Extended spectrum beta lactamase producing bacteria (ESBL) poses treatment challenge at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC); hence a need to evaluate the magnitude of ESBL so as to guide specific therapy. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at BMC from May 2014 to April 2015 involving patients with secondary peritonitis...
October 21, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
Yuxin Liu, Ge Zhang, Quanwei Guo, Liyi Ma, Qi Jia, Lidong Liu, Jing Zhou
Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy have recently prompted widespread concern. To avoid nanotoxicity, the development of novel degradable functional materials must be our main focus. In this study, we firstly developed ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid calcium disodium salt (EDTA)- and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-capped Mn3O4 nanoparticles (MONPs-BSA-EDTA) as a novel inorganic nanomaterials for multifunctional imaging-guided photothermal therapy, which can be degraded in a progress-controlled way by artificially introduced ascorbic acid...
October 17, 2016: Biomaterials
Shobini Jayaraman, Jose Luis Sánchez-Quesada, Olga Gursky
Lipids in the body are transported via lipoproteins that are nanoparticles comprised of lipids and amphipathic proteins termed apolipoproteins. This family of lipid surface-binding proteins is over-represented in human amyloid diseases. In particular, all major proteins of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), including apoA-I, apoA-II and serum amyloid A, can cause systemic amyloidoses in humans upon protein mutations, post-translational modifications or overproduction. Here, we begin to explore how the HDL lipid composition influences amyloid deposition by apoA-I and related proteins...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vincenzo Vindigni, Carlotta Scarpa, Erica Dalla Venezia, Franco Bassetto
INTRODUCTION: Fournier's gangrene is a rare disease that affects the genital, abdominal, and perineal regions and leads to death if not treated promptly. CASE REPORT: A 42-year-old, obese woman presented to the authors' department affected by Fournier's gangrene. In order to treat her abdominal and genital regions, the authors performed a surgical debridement followed by combined therapy with antibiotics and topical negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with instillation plus saline solution...
October 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Marcio Jose Dos Santos, Renato Claudino, Giovana Zarpellon Mazzo
The goal of this study was to investigate the timing of compensatory postural adjustments (CPAs) in older adults during body perturbations in the mediolateral direction, circumstances that increase their risk of falls. The latencies of leg and trunk muscle activation to body perturbations at the shoulder level and variables of center of pressure (COP) excursion, which characterize postural stability, were analyzed in 40 older adults (non-fallers and fallers evenly split) and in 20 young participants. The older adults exhibited longer latencies of muscular activation in 8 out of 15 postural muscles as compared to young participants; for three muscles, the latencies were longer for the older fallers than non-fallers...
October 21, 2016: Motor Control
Hung-Wei Yang, Rung-Ywan Tsai, Jung-Po Chen, Shin-Pon Ju, Jing-Fong Liao, KuoChen Wei, Wei-Lun Zou, Mu-Yi Hua
A simple and accurate device for early detection of malignancies is paramount for prompt treatment and prevention of metastases. In this study, we describe a novel fabrication method for producing an ordered nano-gold-dot array with strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and narrow bandwidth. The array was used as an optical bio-sensing chip for the detection of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in human serum. The biochip was constructed by conjugating an anti-VEGF antibody, a specific bio-recognition element for VEGF, onto the array via the fragment crystallizable (Fc) region of the antibody, ultimately increasing the efficiency of VEGF detection...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Peter G Alexander, Karen L Clark, Rocky S Tuan
Limb congenital defects afflict approximately 0.6:1000 live births. In addition to genetic factors, prenatal exposure to drugs and environmental toxicants, represents a major contributing factor to limb defects. Examples of well-recognized limb teratogenic agents include thalidomide, warfarin, valproic acid, misoprostol, and phenytoin. While the mechanism by which these agents cause dymorphogenesis is increasingly clear, prediction of the limb teratogenicity of many thousands of as yet uncharacterized environmental factors (pollutants) remains inexact...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
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