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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934711/alterations-of-larval-photo-dependent-swimming-responses-pdr-new-endpoints-for-rapid-and-diagnostic-screening-of-aquatic-contamination
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Luis Colón-Cruz, Lauren Kristofco, Jonathan Crooke-Rosado, Agnes Acevedo, Aranza Torrado, Bryan W Brooks, María A Sosa, Martine Behra
Detection and toxicity assessment of waterborne contaminants are crucial for protecting human health and the environment. Development of easy-to-implement, rapid and cost-effective tools to measure anthropogenic effects on watersheds are critical for responsible management, particularly in times of increasing development and urbanization. Traditionally, environmental toxicology has focused on limited endpoints, such as lethality and fertility, which are directly affecting population levels. However, more sensitive readings are needed to assess sub-lethal effects...
September 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934605/individual-differences-in-switching-and-inhibition-predict-perspective-taking-across-the-lifespan
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Madeleine R Long, William S Horton, Hannah Rohde, Antonella Sorace
Studies exploring the influence of executive functions (EF) on perspective-taking have focused on inhibition and working memory in young adults or clinical populations. Less consideration has been given to more complex capacities that also involve switching attention between perspectives, or to changes in EF and concomitant effects on perspective-taking across the lifespan. To address this, we assessed whether individual differences in inhibition and attentional switching in healthy adults (ages 17-84) predict performance on a task in which speakers identified targets for a listener with size-contrasting competitors in common or privileged ground...
September 18, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933874/wisdom-bias-and-balance-toward-a-process-sensitive-measurement-of-wisdom-related-cognition
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Justin P Brienza, Franki Y H Kung, Henri C Santos, D Ramona Bobocel, Igor Grossmann
Philosophers and behavioral scientists refer to wisdom as unbiased reasoning that guides one toward a balance of interests and promotes a good life. However, major instruments developed to test wisdom appear biased, and it is unclear whether they capture balance-related tendencies. We examined whether shifting from global, de-contextualized reports to state-level reports about concrete situations provides a less biased method to assess wise reasoning (e.g., intellectual humility, recognition of uncertainty and change, consideration of the broader context at hand and perspectives of others, integration of these perspectives or compromise), which may be aligned with the notion of balancing interests...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933797/perivascular-perfusion-on-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-ceus-is-associated-with-inflammation-in-patients-with-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Mathias Kaspar, Stephan Imfeld, Sasan Partovi, Markus Aschwanden, Thomas Baldi, Alexander Dikkes, Deborah R Vogt, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Daniel Staub
Background Inflammatory processes of the venous wall in acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) play a role in thrombus formation and resolution. However, direct evaluation of the perivascular inflammation is currently not feasible. Objective To assess perivascular perfusion in acute proximal DVT using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) reflecting perivenous inflammation and its association with systemic inflammatory markers in a single-centre, prospective observational study. Patients/Methods Twenty patients with proximal DVT underwent CEUS imaging in the thrombosed and contralateral popliteal vein at baseline and after 2 weeks and 3 months...
September 21, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933736/pulsed-polarization-based-nox-sensors-of-ysz-films-produced-by-the-aerosol-deposition-method-and-by-screen-printing
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Jörg Exner, Gaby Albrecht, Daniela Schönauer-Kamin, Jaroslaw Kita, Ralf Moos
The pulsed polarization technique on solid electrolytes is based on alternating potential pulses interrupted by self-discharge pauses. Since even small concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the ppm range significantly change the polarization and discharge behavior, pulsed polarization sensors are well suited to measure low amounts of NOx. In contrast to all previous investigations, planar pulsed polarization sensors were built using an electrolyte thick film and platinum interdigital electrodes on alumina substrates...
July 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933183/an-update-on-nanoparticle-based-contrast-agents-in-medical-imaging
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Neda Naseri, Elham Ajorlou, Fatemeh Asghari, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi
Despite the great value of current exogenous contrast agents for providing main diagnostic information, they still have certain drawbacks such as short blood half life, nonspecific biodistribution, fast clearance, slight renal toxicity and poor contrast in fat patients. Nanoparticles (NPs) are used as novel contrast agents that represent a promising strategy for the non invasive diagnosis. As a platform, nanoparticulates are compatible for developing targeted contrast agents. Advances in nanotechnology will provide enhanced sensitivity and specificity for tumor imaging enabling earlier detection of metastases...
September 21, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932684/value-of-combining-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-and-optoacoustic-tomography-for-hypoxia-imaging
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Anant Shah, Nigel Bush, Gary Box, Suzanne Eccles, Jeffrey Bamber
Optoacoustic imaging (OAI) can detect haemoglobin and assess its oxygenation. However, the lack of a haemoglobin signal need not indicate a lack of perfusion. This study uses a novel method to assist the co-registration of optoacoustic images with dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound (DCE-US) images to demonstrate, in preclinical tumour models, the value of combining haemoglobin imaging with a perfusion imaging method, showing that a lack of a haemoglobin signal does not necessarily indicate an absence of perfusion...
December 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932544/the-detectability-of-the-pretreatment-egfr-t790m-mutations-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-using-cast-pcr-and-digital-pcr
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Tsutomu Tatematsu, Katsuhiro Okuda, Ayumi Suzuki, Risa Oda, Tadashi Sakane, Osamu Kawano, Hiroshi Haneda, Satoru Moriyama, Hidefumi Sasaki, Ryoichi Nakanishi
BACKGROUND: A gatekeeper T790M mutation is thought to cause resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) treatment. The detection of a 2nd mutation is important for planning the next therapy when patients acquire resistance to the first line EGFR-TKI. METHODS: We used a competitive allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (CAST-PCR) to analyze the incidence and clinical significance of T790M mutations in 153 lung adenocarcinomas with EGFR-activating mutations...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931770/comparison-of-arterial-spin-labeling-perfusion-images-at-different-spatial-normalization-methods-based-on-voxel-based-statistical-analysis
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Kazuki Tani, Motohira Mio, Tatsuo Toyofuku, Shinichi Kato, Tomoya Masumoto, Tetsuya Ijichi, Masatoshi Matsushima, Shoichi Morimoto, Takumi Hirata
PURPOSE: Spatial normalization is a significant image pre-processing operation in statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis. The purpose of this study was to clarify the optimal method of spatial normalization for improving diagnostic accuracy in SPM analysis of arterial spin-labeling (ASL) perfusion images. METHODS: We evaluated the SPM results of five spatial normalization methods obtained by comparing patients with Alzheimer's disease or normal pressure hydrocephalus complicated with dementia and cognitively healthy subjects...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931604/sublethal-total-body-irradiation-causes-long-term-deficits-in-thymus-function-by-reducing-lymphoid-progenitors
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Shiyun Xiao, Ivo D Shterev, Wen Zhang, Lauren Young, Jae-Hung Shieh, Malcolm Moore, Marcel van den Brink, Gregory D Sempowski, Nancy R Manley
Total body irradiation (TBI) damages hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow and thymus; however, the long-term effects of irradiation with aging remain unclear. In this study, we found that the impact of radiation on thymopoiesis in mice varied by sex and dose but, overall, thymopoiesis remained suppressed for ≥12 mo after a single exposure. Male and female mice showed a long-term dose-dependent reduction in thymic cKit(+) lymphoid progenitors that was maintained throughout life. Damage to hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow was dose dependent, with as little as 0...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930993/confocal-imaging-of-neuropeptide-y-phluorin-a-technique-to-visualize-insulin-granule-exocytosis-in-intact-murine-and-human-islets
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Madina Makhmutova, Tao Liang, Herbert Gaisano, Alejandro Caicedo, Joana Almaça
Insulin secretion plays a central role in glucose homeostasis under normal physiological conditions as well as in disease. Current approaches to study insulin granule exocytosis either use electrophysiology or microscopy coupled to the expression of fluorescent reporters. However most of these techniques have been optimized for clonal cell lines or require dissociating pancreatic islets. In contrast, the method presented here allows for real time visualization of insulin granule exocytosis in intact pancreatic islets...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930805/the-value-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-combination-with-conventional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-improving-tumor-detection-for-early-cervical-carcinoma-treated-with-fertility-sparing-surgery
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Xiulei Li, Ling Wang, Yong Li, Peiji Song
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in combination with conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for improving tumor detection in young patients treated with fertility-sparing surgery because of early cervical carcinoma. METHODS: Fifty-four patients with stage Ia or Ib1 cervical carcinoma were enrolled into this study. Magnetic resonance examinations were performed for these patients using conventional MRI (including T1-weighted imaging, T2-weighted imaging, and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI) and DWI...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930248/the-effect-of-acupuncture-on-visual-function-in-patients-with-congenital-and-acquired-nystagmus
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Tilo Blechschmidt, Maike Krumsiek, Margarita G Todorova
Background: The aim of this study is to examine the short-term effect of visual function following acupuncture treatment in patients with congenital idiopathic nystagmus and acquired nystagmus (CIN and AN). Methods: An observational pilot study on six patients with confirmed diagnosis of nystagmus (three CIN and three AN patients (2♀, 4♂; mean age 42.67; SD ± 20.57 y)), was performed. Acupuncture treatment was done following a standardized protocol applying needle-acupuncture on the body and the ears. The treatment was scheduled with 10 sessions of 30 min duration over five weeks...
May 23, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929915/is-synovitis-detected-on-non-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-associated-with-serum-biomarkers-and-clinical-signs-of-effusion-data-from-the-osteoarthritis-initiative
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L A Deveza, V B Kraus, J E Collins, A Guermazi, F W Roemer, M C Nevitt, D J Hunter
OBJECTIVES: To determine the relationship between synovitis detected on non-contrast-enhanced (non-CE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), biochemical markers of inflammation, and clinical assessment of effusion in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHOD: We examined data from the OA Biomarkers Consortium within the Osteoarthritis Initiative (n = 600). Non-CE MRIs were semi-quantitatively scored (grades 0-3) for severity of Hoffa synovitis and effusion synovitis...
September 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929836/the-relationship-between-blood-flow-impairment-and-oxygen-depletion-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-imaged-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Alexander Seiler, Nicholas P Blockley, Ralf Deichmann, Ulrike Nöth, Oliver C Singer, Michael A Chappell, Johannes C Klein, Marlies Wagner
Oxygenation-sensitive spin relaxation time T2' and relaxation rate R2' (1/T2') are presumed to be markers of the cerebral oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) in acute ischemic stroke. In this study, we investigate the relationship of T2'/R2' with dynamic susceptibility contrast-based relative cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in acute ischemic stroke to assess their plausibility as surrogate markers of the ischemic penumbra. Twenty-one consecutive patients with internal carotid artery and/or middle cerebral artery occlusion were studied at 3...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929570/impacts-of-human-induced-environmental-change-in-wetlands-on-aquatic-animals
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Michael Sievers, Robin Hale, Kirsten M Parris, Stephen E Swearer
Many wetlands harbour highly diverse biological communities and provide extensive ecosystem services; however, these important ecological features are being altered, degraded and destroyed around the world. Despite a wealth of research on how animals respond to anthropogenic changes to natural wetlands and how they use created wetlands, we lack a broad synthesis of these data. While some altered wetlands may provide vital habitat, others could pose a considerable risk to wildlife. This risk will be heightened if such wetlands are ecological traps - preferred habitats that confer lower fitness than another available habitat...
September 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929535/extracellular-acidosis-selectively-inhibits-pharmacomechanical-coupling-induced-by-carbachol-in-strips-of-rat-gastric-fundus
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Daniel Maia Nogueira de Oliveira, Francisco José Batista-Lima, Emanuella Carvalho Feitosa, Alexandre Havt, Moisés Tolentino Bento da Silva, Armênio Aguiar Dos Santos, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães
Acute acidosis that results from short-term exercise delays gastric emptying in rats and decreases the responsiveness to carbachol in gastric fundus strips. The regulation of cytosolic Ca(2+) levels appears to be a mechanism of action of acidosis. The present study investigated the way in which acidosis interferes with gastric smooth muscle contractions. Rat gastric fundus isolated strips at pH 6.0 presented a lower magnitude of carbachol-induced contractions compared with preparations at pH 7.4. This lower magnitude was absent in carbachol-stimulated duodenum and KCl-stimulated gastric fundus strips...
September 19, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929350/optimal-mri-sequences-for-68-ga-psma-11-pet-mri-in-evaluation-of-biochemically-recurrent-prostate-cancer
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Spencer T Lake, Kirsten L Greene, Antonio C Westphalen, Spencer C Behr, Ronald Zagoria, Eric J Small, Peter R Carroll, Thomas A Hope
BACKGROUND: PET/MRI can be used for the detection of disease in biochemical recurrence (BCR) patients imaged with (68)Ga-PSMA-11 PET. This study was designed to determine the optimal MRI sequences to localize positive findings on (68)Ga-PSMA-11 PET of patients with BCR after definitive therapy. Fifty-five consecutive prostate cancer patients with BCR imaged with (68)Ga-PSMA-11 3.0T PET/MRI were retrospectively analyzed. Mean PSA was 7.9 ± 12.9 ng/ml, and mean PSA doubling time was 7...
September 19, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929348/-comparative-analysis-of-light-sensitivity-depth-and-motion-perception-in-animals-and-humans
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REVIEW
F Schaeffel
BACKGROUND: This study examined how humans perform regarding light sensitivity, depth perception and motion vision in comparison to various animals. OBJECTIVE: The parameters that limit the performance of the visual system for these different functions were examined. METHODS: This study was based on literature studies (search in PubMed) and own results. RESULTS: Light sensitivity is limited by the brightness of the retinal image, which in turn is determined by the f‑number of the eye...
September 19, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929277/fluorescence-guided-surgery-in-the-combined-treatment-of-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-from-colorectal-cancer-preliminary-results-and-considerations
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Eva Lieto, Annamaria Auricchio, Francesca Cardella, Andrea Mabilia, Nicoletta Basile, Paolo Castellano, Michele Orditura, Gennaro Galizia
BACKGROUND: Indocyanine green (ICG) is a near-infrared fluorescent contrast agent, which preferentially accumulates in cancer tissue. The aim of our study was to investigate the role of fluorescence imaging (FI) with ICG (ICG-FI) for detecting peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) from colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Four CRC patients with PC scheduled for cytoreductive surgery + hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy were enrolled in this prospective study. At a median time of 50 min after 0...
September 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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