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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934837/bromocriptine-for-the-treatment-of-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-a-multicentre-randomized-study
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Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Arash Haghikia, Dominik Berliner, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Annegret Franke, Marziel Schwarzkopf, Philipp Ehlermann, Roman Pfister, Guido Michels, Ralf Westenfeld, Verena Stangl, Ingrid Kindermann, Uwe Kühl, Christiane E Angermann, Axel Schlitt, Dieter Fischer, Edith Podewski, Michael Böhm, Karen Sliwa, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: An anti-angiogenic cleaved prolactin fragment is considered causal for peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Experimental and first clinical observations suggested beneficial effects of the prolactin release inhibitor bromocriptine in PPCM. Methods and results: In this multicentre trial, 63 PPCM patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% were randomly assigned to short-term (1W: bromocriptine, 2.5 mg, 7 days) or long-term bromocriptine treatment (8W: 5 mg for 2 weeks followed by 2...
September 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934833/hemodynamic-analysis-of-radiation-induced-damage-in-common-carotid-arteries-by-using-color-doppler-ultrasonography
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Alireza Mohammadkarim, Manijhe Mokhtari-Dizaji, Ali Kazemian, Hazhir Saberi
Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess vascular changes and blood flow abnormalities in the common carotid arteries of patients with head and neck cancers after external radiotherapy, using color Doppler ultrasonography. Methods: We studied 24 patients treated with external radiotherapy for various head and neck cancers. In order to study the acute effects of irradiation on common carotid blood flow and arterial diameter changes, color Doppler ultrasonography parameters such as peak systolic velocity, end diastolic velocity, mean velocity, systolic-to-diastolic velocity (S/D) ratio, pulsatility index (PI), resistive index (RI), and instantaneous diameter changes were evaluated before and after external radiotherapy...
April 14, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934801/increasing-rates-of-imaging-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-patients-implications-for-spinal-cord-stimulation
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S Harrison Farber, Jing L Han, Frank W Petraglia Iii, Robert Gramer, Siyun Yang, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Jeffrey R Petrella, Shivanand P Lad
BACKGROUND: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) has a high incidence following spinal surgery, is notoriously refractory to treatment, and results in high health care utilization. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a well-accepted modality for pain relief in this population; however, until recently magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was prohibited due to risk of heat conduction through the device. OBJECTIVES: We examined trends in imaging use over the past decade in patients with FBSS to determine its impact on health care utilization and implications for patients receiving SCS...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934798/clinical-course-of-cervical-percutaneous-epidural-neuroplasty-in-single-level-cervical-disc-disease-with-12-month-follow-up
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Chang Hyun Oh, Gyu Yeul Ji, Dong Ah Shin, Pyung Goo Cho, Seung Hwan Yoon
BACKGROUND: Cervical disc disease is a common and occasionally disabling condition, occurring as a natural consequence of aging in the vast majority of the adult population. Percutaneous epidural neuroplasty (PEN) has been used to deliver highly concentrated drugs for chronic neck pain and to prevent scarring in cases refractory to conventional epidural blocks. However, the clinical course after PEN in cervical disc disease is not well-documented. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of cervical PEN for single-level cervical disc disease...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934796/decompressive-l5-transverse-processectomy-for-bertolotti-s-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
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Chang Il Ju, Seok Won Kim, Jong Gyue Kim, Seung Myung Lee, Ho Shin, Hyeun Young Lee
BACKGROUND: Bertolotti's syndrome is a spinal disorder characterized by abnormal enlargement of the transverse process of the most caudal lumbar vertebra. The L5 transverse process may be enlarged either unilaterally or bilaterally and may articulate or fuse with the sacrum or ilium. Pseudoarticulation between the transverse process of the L5 and the alar of the sacrum can cause buttock pain and leg pain. In addition, the L4 exiting nerve root could be compressed by an enlarged L5 transverse process...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934761/comparison-between-mri-and-pathology-in-the-assessment-of-tumour-regression-grade-in-rectal-cancer
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Francesco Sclafani, Gina Brown, David Cunningham, Andrew Wotherspoon, Larissa Sena Teixeira Mendes, Svetlana Balyasnikova, Jessica Evans, Clare Peckitt, Ruwaida Begum, Diana Tait, Josep Tabernero, Bengt Glimelius, Susana Roselló, Janet Thomas, Jacqui Oates, Ian Chau
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist regarding the correlation between MRI tumour regression grade (mrTRG) and pathological TRG (pTRG) in rectal cancer. METHODS: mrTRG and pTRG were compared in rectal cancer patients from two phase II trials (EXPERT and EXPERT-C). The agreement between radiologist and pathologist was assessed with the weighted κ test while the Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate survival outcomes. RESULTS: One hundred ninety-one patients were included...
September 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934743/early-electroencephalography-suppression-and-postnatal-morbidities-correlate-with-cerebral-volume-at-term-equivalent-age-in-very-preterm-infants
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Sverre Wikström, Holger Hövel, Ingrid Hansen Pupp, Vineta Fellman, Petra S Hüppi, David Ley, Lena Hellström-Westas
BACKGROUND: Early brain activity is associated with long-term outcome. Establishing a relation also with postnatal brain growth may increase our understanding of early life influences on preterm brain development. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether early electroencephalography (EEG) activity in infants born very preterm is associated with brain volumes at term, and whether postnatal morbidity affects this association. METHODS: Very preterm infants (n = 38) with a median gestational age (GA) of 25...
September 22, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934716/automatic-detection-of-micronuclei-by-cell-microscopic-image-processing
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Mohammad Taghi Bahreyni Toossi, Hosein Azimian, Omid Sarrafzadeh, Shokoufeh Mohebbi, Shokouhozaman Soleymanifard
With the development and applications of ionizing radiation in medicine, the radiation effects on human health get more and more attention. Ionizing radiation can lead to various forms of cytogenetic damage, including increased frequencies of micronuclei (MNi) and chromosome abnormalities. The cytokinesis block micronucleus (CBMN) assay is widely used method for measuring MNi to determine chromosome mutations or genome instability in cultured human lymphocytes. The visual scoring of MNi is time-consuming and scorer fatigue can lead to inconsistency...
August 12, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934706/untreated-hypertension-as-predictor-of-in-hospital-mortality-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-a-multi-center-study
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Mario Hevesi, Eric M Bershad, Mostafa Jafari, Stephan A Mayer, Magdy Selim, Jose I Suarez, Afshin A Divani
PURPOSE: Hypertension is a significant risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The importance of managing blood pressure to reduce the risk of ICH has been recognized. However, few studies have focused on ICH outcomes due to untreated hypertension. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a 5-year, retrospective, multicenter study of 490 consecutive ICH patients with histories of untreated-hypertension (n=56), treated-hypertension (n=314), and normotension (n=120)...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934631/picometer-scale-atom-position-analysis-in-annular-bright-field-stem-imaging
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Peng Gao, Akihito Kumamoto, Ryo Ishikawa, Nathan Lugg, Naoya Shibata, Yuichi Ikuhara
We study the effects of specimen mistilt on the picometer-scale measurement of local structure by combing experiment and simulation in annular bright-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (ABF-STEM). A relative distance measurement method is proposed to separate the tilt effects from the scan noise and sample drift induced image distortion. We find that under a typical experimental condition a small specimen tilt (∼6 mrad) in 25 nm thick SrTiO3 along [001] causes 11.9 pm artificial displacement between O and Sr/TiO columns in ABF image, which is more than 3 times of scan noise and sample drift induced image distortion ∼3...
September 11, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934538/predictability-of-early-postoperative-ultrasonography-after-arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair
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Joo Han Oh, Joon Yub Kim, Sae Hoon Kim, Nam Yun Chung
The predictability of early postoperative ultrasonography (USG) for evaluating the structural integrity of repaired rotator cuffs is still unclear. The aim of this study was to compare the predictability of early USG performed 3 and 6 months postoperatively with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed 1 year after arthroscopic cuff repair for structural failure. Among 213 patients who had arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery in 2013, one hundred thirty-eight patients who underwent USG between 3 and 6 months postoperatively and MRI at 1 year postoperatively were enrolled; the postoperative MRI findings were the reference standard used for the comparison...
September 21, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934535/quantification-of-imaging-error-in-the-measurement-of-cup-position-a-cadaveric-comparison-of-radiographic-and-computed-tomography-imaging
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Ran Schwarzkopf, Jonathan M Vigdorchik, Theodore T Miller, Eric A Bogner, Jeffrey M Muir, Michael B Cross
Postoperative radiographs remain the standard for assessment of component placement following total hip arthroplasty (THA), despite the known limitations of radiographs. Computed tomography (CT) scanning offers improved accuracy, but its costs and radiation exposure are prohibitive. The authors performed a cadaver study to compare the error associated with radiographs with that of CT scans following THA. The authors also compared imaging with a novel mini-navigation system. Three board-certified orthopedic surgeons each performed 4 THA procedures (6 cadavers, 12 hips) via the posterior approach using a mini-navigation tool to assist with component placement...
September 21, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934529/traveling-slow-oscillations-during-sleep-a-marker-of-brain-connectivity-in-childhood
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Salome Kurth, Brady A Riedner, Douglas C Dean, Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, Reto Huber, Oskar G Jenni, Sean C L Deoni, Monique K LeBourgeois
Slow oscillations, a defining characteristic of the nonrapid eye movement sleep electroencephalogram (EEG), proliferate across the scalp in highly reproducible patterns. In adults, the propagation of slow oscillations is a recognized fingerprint of brain connectivity and excitability. In this study, we (1) describe for the first time maturational features of sleep slow oscillation propagation in children (n = 23; 2-13 years) using high-density (hd) EEG and (2) examine associations between sleep slow oscillatory propagation characteristics (ie, distance, traveling speed, cortical involvement) and white matter myelin microstructure as measured with multicomponent Driven Equilibrium Single Pulse Observation of T1 and T2-magnetic resonance imaging (mcDESPOT-MRI)...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934527/proton-mr-spectroscopy-in-patients-with-sleep-related-hypermotor-epilepsy-she-evidence-of-altered-cingulate-cortex-metabolism
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Ilaria Naldi, Francesca Bisulli, Claudia Testa, Giovanni Rizzo, Lorenzo Ferri, Laura L Gramegna, Laura Licchetta, Raffaele Lodi, Caterina Tonon, Paolo Tinuper
Study Objectives: To identify structural and/or metabolic alterations in patients with sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and proton MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS). Methods: Nineteen SHE patients (seven males; 34.7 ± 9.7 years, mean age ± standard deviation) and 17 matched healthy volunteers (seven males; 34.0 ± 8.9 years) were included in the study. In all patients, the diagnosis of SHE was confirmed by video-polysomnographic recording of seizures...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934374/the-effect-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-on-statistical-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-cognitively-healthy-elderly-and-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease
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Daniel Svärd, Markus Nilsson, Björn Lampinen, Jimmy Lätt, Pia C Sundgren, Erik Stomrud, Lennart Minthon, Oskar Hansson, Danielle van Westen
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been used to study microstructural white matter alterations in a variety of conditions including normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are common in cognitively healthy elderly as well as in AD and exhibit elevated mean diffusivity (MD) and reduced fractional anisotropy (FA). However, the effect of WMH on statistical analysis of DTI estimates has not been thoroughly studied. In the present study we address this in two ways. First, we investigate the effect of WMH on MD and FA in the dorsal and ventral cingulum, the superior longitudinal fasciculus, and the corticospinal tract, by comparing two matched groups of cognitively healthy elderly (n = 21 + 21) with unequal WMH load...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934338/effect-of-localized-hypoxia-on-drosophila-embryo-development
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Zhinan Wang, Shawn C Oppegard, David T Eddington, Jun Cheng
Environmental stress, such as oxygen deprivation, affects various cellular activities and developmental processes. In this study, we directly investigated Drosophila embryo development in vivo while cultured on a microfluidic device, which imposed an oxygen gradient on the developing embryos. The designed microfluidic device enabled both temporal and spatial control of the local oxygen gradient applied to the live embryos. Time-lapse live cell imaging was used to monitor the morphology and cellular migration patterns as embryos were placed in various geometries relative to the oxygen gradient...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934330/an-analysis-of-beak-shape-variation-in-two-ages-of-domestic-turkeys-meleagris-gallopavo-using-landmark-based-geometric-morphometrics
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Hillary A Dalton, Benjamin J Wood, Tina M Widowski, Michele T Guerin, Stephanie Torrey
The objective of this study was to assess beak shape variation in domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) and determine the effects of age, sex, and beak size on beak shape variation using geometric morphometrics. Dorsal and right lateral images were taken of 2442 turkeys at 6 and 18.5 weeks of age. Landmarks were digitized in tpsDig in three analyses of the dorsal upper mandible, lateral upper mandible, and lateral lower mandible shape of each turkey at both ages. The coordinate data were then subjected to a principal components analysis (PCA), multivariate regression, and a canonical variates analysis (CVA) with a Procrustes ANOVA in MorphoJ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934317/photosynthetic-epibionts-and-endobionts-of-pacific-oyster-shells-from-oyster-reefs-in-rocky-versus-mudflat-shores
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Laurent Barillé, Anthony Le Bris, Vona Méléder, Patrick Launeau, Marc Robin, Ioanna Louvrou, Lourenço Ribeiro
The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg), is the main bivalve species cultivated in the world. With global warming enabling its reproduction and larval survival at higher latitudes, this species is now recognized as invasive and creates wild oyster reefs globally. In this study, the spatial distribution of photosynthetic assemblages colonizing the shells of wild C. gigas was investigated on both a large scale (two contrasting types of reefs found in mudflats and rocky areas) and a small scale (within individual shells) using a hyperspectral imager...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934281/smart-thermosensitive-liposomes-for-effective-solid-tumor-therapy-and-in-vivo-imaging
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Kevin Affram, Ofonime Udofot, Mandip Singh, Sunil Krishnan, Renee Reams, Jens Rosenberg, Edward Agyare
In numerous studies, liposomes have been used to deliver anticancer drugs such as doxorubicin to local heat-triggered tumor. Here, we investigate: (i) the ability of thermosensitive liposomal nanoparticle (TSLnp) as a delivery system to deliver poorly membrane-permeable anticancer drug, gemcitabine (Gem) to solid pancreatic tumor with the aid of local mild hyperthermia and, (ii) the possibility of using gadolinium (Magnevist®) loaded-TSLnps (Gd-TSLnps) to increase magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast in solid tumor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934279/spontaneous-non-canonical-assembly-of-ccmk-hexameric-components-from-%C3%AE-carboxysome-shells-of-cyanobacteria
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Luis F Garcia-Alles, Eric Lesniewska, Katharina Root, Nathalie Aubry, Nicolas Pocholle, Carlos I Mendoza, Eric Bourillot, Konstantin Barylyuk, Denis Pompon, Renato Zenobi, David Reguera, Gilles Truan
CcmK proteins are major constituents of icosahedral shells of β-carboxysomes, a bacterial microcompartment that plays a key role for CO2 fixation in nature. Supported by the characterization of bidimensional (2D) layers of packed CcmK hexamers in crystal and electron microscopy structures, CcmK are assumed to be the major components of icosahedral flat facets. Here, we reassessed the validity of this model by studying CcmK isoforms from Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. Native mass spectrometry studies confirmed that CcmK are hexamers in solution...
2017: PloS One
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