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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346737/quantitative-and-qualitative-assessment-of-the-relative-arterial-contributions-to-the-calcaneus
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Johanna C E Donders, Craig E Klinger, Andre D Shaffer, Lionel E Lazaro, Ryan R Thacher, Jonathan P Dyke, David S Wellman, David L Helfet, Dean G Lorich
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to quantitatively and qualitatively assess relative arterial contributions to the calcaneus. METHOD: Fourteen cadaveric ankle pairs were used. In each specimen, the posterior tibial artery, peroneal artery, and anterior tibial artery were cannulated and used for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Quantitative MRI analysis of the pre- and postcontrast MRI scans facilitated assessment of relative arterial contributions...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346710/an-extensive-caseous-calcification-of-the-mitral-annulus-complicated-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation
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Alper Karakus, Hakan Tibilli, Ibrahim H Inanc, Hakan Tasolar, Serdar Turkmen, Erdal Akturk
Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is considered a rare variant of mitral annular calcification (MAC) due to caseous transformation of the inner material and prevalence of CCMA, about 0.63% of all MAC cases and 0.06%-0.07% of the population. The precise pathophysiology of CCMA is still unknown. It is a chronic degenerative disorder common in the elderly, particularly in women. Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is a soft peri-annular extensive calcification, resembling cardiac tumors, abscesses, vegetation, or calcified thrombus, which is composed of an admixture of calcium, fatty acids, and cholesterol with a toothpaste-like texture...
January 18, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346445/transcriptome-analysis-of-skin-fibroblasts-with-dominant-negative-col3a1-mutations-provides-molecular-insights-into-the-etiopathology-of-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
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Nicola Chiarelli, Giulia Carini, Nicoletta Zoppi, Marco Ritelli, Marina Colombi
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS) is a dominantly inherited connective tissue disorder caused by mutations in the COL3A1 gene that encodes type III collagen (COLLIII), which is the major expressed collagen in blood vessels and hollow organs. The majority of disease-causing variants in COL3A1 are glycine substitutions and in-frame splice mutations in the triple helix domain that through a dominant negative effect are associated with the severe clinical spectrum potentially lethal of vEDS, characterized by fragility of soft connective tissues with arterial and organ ruptures...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346433/vault-rnas-partially-induces-drug-resistance-of-human-tumor-cells-mcf-7-by-binding-to-the-rna-dna-binding-protein-psf-and-inducing-oncogene-gage6
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Jianjun Chen, Hui OuYang, Xuemei An, Shixi Liu
BACKGROUND: Vault is the largest nonicosahedral cytosolic nucleoprotein particle, which is widely involved in induction of chemoresistance and lead to failure in long-term chemotherapy. Vault contains three different major vault proteins (MVPs) and four vault RNAs paralogues (vtRNAs, vtRNA1-1, vtRNA1-2, vtRNA1-3 and vtRNA2-1). Disruption of the MVPs do not induce hypersensitivity while expression of vtRNAs contributes to cells' drug resistance, indicates that vtRNAs, but not MVPs play an important role in causing drug resistance...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346248/the-utility-of-ultrasound-to-diagnose-tunnel-tract-infection-related-to-indwelling-pleural-catheters
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Jose Cardenas-Garcia, Neal Fitzpatrick, George Z Cheng
Indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) infections lead to increased morbidity and treatment failure in patients with chronic recurrent pleural effusions. Ultrasonography is a readily available diagnostic tool used by pulmonologists on a daily basis. Ultrasonography has been used to identify the etiology of indwelling peritoneal catheter obstruction, including infection of the exit site and tunnel tract. The use of ultrasonography to identify tunnel-tract infection involving IPC has not been reported. We describe the ultrasonographic characteristics of 3 cases of confirmed tunnel-tract infection and compared them with noninfected chronic IPCs...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346242/prevalence-and-clinical-characteristics-of-pachydrusen-in-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-multimodal-image-study
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Junwon Lee, Suk Ho Byeon
PURPOSE: To investigate the prevalence of a newly defined drusen type, pachydrusen, soft drusen, and subretinal drusenoid deposits in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and fellow eyes and the relationship between each drusen type and the choroidal thickness, vascular morphology, and hyperpermeability. METHODS: The 169 eyes of 90 patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were retrospectively reviewed. The prevalence of each drusen type was evaluated using color fundus photography and optical coherence tomography...
January 16, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346182/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-of-the-cauda-equina-in-a-child-report-of-a-very-unusual-case
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James M Shiflett, Betty L Herrington, David A Joyner, Ali G Saad
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT) are highly aggressive malignant primitive neoplasms that commonly occur in children younger than 2 years of age. The prognosis is generally dismal with a median survival time of <1 year. The majority of AT/RT occur in the posterior fossa and less frequently the supratentorium. Primary pediatric spinal AT/RT are exceedingly rare and only 15 cases have been reported to date. Here we report a very unusual case of primary spinal AT/RT extensively involving the spinal cord from T11 down to the cauda equina...
January 16, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346119/the-role-of-tedizolid-in-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Emilio Bouza, Patricia Muñoz, Almudena Burillo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tedizolid is a second-generation oxazolidinone with activity against Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA isolates resistant to linezolid. Pivotal clinical trials showed that tedizolid at 200 mg once-daily for 6 days is not inferior to linezolid 600 mg twice daily for 10 days in patients with SSTI. The comparison of adverse events is favorable to tedizolid under the circumstances of the clinical trials. This is a review of recent literature on tedizolid, its use in special populations and potential adverse effects...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346043/analysis-of-margin-classification-systems-for-assessing-the-risk-of-local-recurrence-after-soft-tissue-sarcoma-resection
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Kenneth R Gundle, Lisa Kafchinski, Sanjay Gupta, Anthony M Griffin, Brendan C Dickson, Peter W Chung, Charles N Catton, Brian O'Sullivan, Jay S Wunder, Peter C Ferguson
Purpose To compare the ability of margin classification systems to determine local recurrence (LR) risk after soft tissue sarcoma (STS) resection. Methods Two thousand two hundred seventeen patients with nonmetastatic extremity and truncal STS treated with surgical resection and multidisciplinary consideration of perioperative radiotherapy were retrospectively reviewed. Margins were coded by residual tumor (R) classification (in which microscopic tumor at inked margin defines R1), the R+1mm classification (in which microscopic tumor within 1 mm of ink defines R1), and the Toronto Margin Context Classification (TMCC; in which positive margins are separated into planned close but positive at critical structures, positive after whoops re-excision, and inadvertent positive margins)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346020/sequential-ridge-augmentation-sra-protocol-for-hard-and-soft-tissue-grafting-in-alveolar-ridge-deficiencies-a-proposed-algorithm
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Neel Bhatavadekar, Amit Srikant Gharpure
The success of implant-based treatment is dependent on the correct restorative position of dental implants in the oral cavity. Often, the final prostheses require dental implants to be placed at sites with inadequate native hard and soft tissue. Bone augmentation procedures and materials have been extensively studied in the literature and various techniques have been developed over time to obtain adequate hard tissue at proposed implant sites. In the recent past, few publications have also studied soft tissue development at planned implant sites...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345714/from-discrete-to-continuous-description-of-spherical-surface-charge-distributions
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Anže Lošdorfer Božič
The importance of electrostatic interactions in soft matter and biological systems can often be traced to non-uniform charge effects, which are commonly described using a multipole expansion of the corresponding charge distribution. The standard approach when extracting the charge distribution of a given system is to treat the constituent charges as points. This can, however, lead to an overestimation of multipole moments of high order, such as dipole, quadrupole, and higher moments. Focusing on distributions of charges located on a spherical surface - characteristic of numerous biological macromolecules, such as globular proteins and viral capsids, as well as of inverse patchy colloids - we develop a novel way of representing spherical surface charge distributions based on the von Mises-Fisher distribution...
January 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345705/contact-mechanics-for-polydimethylsiloxane-from-liquid-to-solid
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L Dorogin, B N J Persson
Adhesion between a glass ball and a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) sample is dependent on the PDMS cross-link density, and the transformation of the material from the uncrosslinked liquid state to the fully crosslinked solid state is investigated in this study. The physical picture reflected a gradual transition from capillary forces driven contact mechanics to the classical Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR)-type contact mechanics. PDMS was produced by mixing the base fluid and a cross-linker at a ratio of 10 : 1 and allowed to slowly cross-link at room temperature with simultaneous measurement of the ball-PDMS interaction force...
January 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345507/ovarian-tissue-cryopreservation-in-young-females-through-the-oncofertility-consortium-s-national-physicians-cooperative
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Austin G Armstrong, Bruce F Kimler, Brigid M Smith, Teresa K Woodruff, Mary Ellen Pavone, Francesca E Duncan
AIM: To characterize the clinical indications of females (<15 years old) undergoing ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) through the Oncofertility Consortium's National Physicians Cooperative (OC-NPC). PATIENTS & METHODS: The clinical indications of 114 females who underwent OTC were classified, and their incidence was compared with childhood cancer databases. RESULTS: Leukemias/myeloproliferative diseases/myelodysplastic diseases and hemoglobinopathies were the most prevalent oncologic and nononcologic indications for OTC, respectively...
January 18, 2018: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345427/review-article-best-practice-management-of-common-shoulder-injuries-and-conditions-in-the-emergency-department-part-4-of-the-musculoskeletal-injuries-rapid-review-series
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Kirsten Strudwick, Megan McPhee, Anthony Bell, Melinda Martin-Khan, Trevor Russell
Shoulder injuries are a commonly presenting complaint to the ED. In the absence of an obvious deformity, they can be difficult to assess and definitively diagnose because of the multiple structures that cause shoulder pain, the acuity and severity of pain and the lack of range of motion in the ED setting. The quality of ED care provided to patients with musculoskeletal shoulder pain is crucial to ensure the best possible outcomes for the patient. This rapid review investigated best practice for the assessment and management of common shoulder injuries and conditions in the ED...
January 18, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345322/effect-of-substrate-stiffness-on-hepatocyte-migration-and-cellular-young-s-modulus
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Tingting Xia, Runze Zhao, Wanqian Liu, Qiping Huang, Peixing Chen, Yasinta Ningsih Waju, Mohanad Kh Al-Ani, Yonggang Lv, Li Yang
Hepatic fibrosis progress accompanied by an unbalanced extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and deposition leads to an increased tissue stiffness. Hepatocytes interplay with all intrahepatic cell populations inside the liver. However, how hepatocytes migration and cellular Young's modulus influenced by the substrate stiffness are not well understood. Here, we established a stiffness-controllable in vitro cell culture model by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel that mimicked the same physical stiffness as a fibrotic liver...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345244/in-vitro-physical-and-biological-characterization-of-biodegradable-elastic-polyurethane-containing-ferulic-acid-for-small-caliber-vascular-grafts
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Shiva Asadpour, Jafar Ai, Parivash Davoudi, Masoud Ghorbani, Marzieh Jalali, Hossein Ghanbari
Demand for small diameter vascular grafts is growing. Main limitations of these grafts include induced thrombotic events, lack of in-situ endothelialization, intimal hyperplasia and poor mechanical properties which impair the graft patency rate in long term applications. Most of the used antithrombotic modification methods usually conflict with formation of endothelial cell monolayer on the grafts. Here, we synthesized a novel biodegradable elastic poly (ester ether urethane urea) (PEEUU) using poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly (diethylene glycol adipate) (PDEGA) as soft segments...
January 18, 2018: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345242/joint-estimation-of-activity-and-attenuation-for-pet-using-pragmatic-mr-based-prior-application-to-clinical-tof-pet-mr-whole-body-data-for-fdg-and-non-fdg-tracers
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Sangtae Ahn, Lishui Cheng, Dattesh D Shanbhag, Hua Qian, Sandeep S Kaushik, Floris P Jansen, Florian Wiesinger
Accurate and robust attenuation correction remains challenging in hybrid PET/MR particularly for torsos because it is difficult to segment bones, lungs and internal air in MR images. Additionally, MR suffers from susceptibility artifacts when a metallic implant is present. Recently, joint estimation (JE) of activity and attenuation based on PET data, also known as maximum likelihood reconstruction of activity and attenuation (MLAA), has gained considerable interest because of (1) its promise to address the challenges in MR-based attenuation correction (MRAC), and (2) recent advances in time-of-flight (TOF) technology, which is known to be the key to the success of JE...
January 18, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344917/non-cardiac-uptake-of-technetium-99m-pyrophosphate-in-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Brett W Sperry, Matthew H Gonzalez, Richard Brunken, Manuel D Cerqueira, Mazen Hanna, Wael A Jaber
BACKGROUND: Technetium-based bone scintigraphy is rapidly becoming the most common non-invasive imaging tool in the diagnosis of Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR). Skeletal muscle uptake has been described with technetium-99m-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic acid (TcDPD), and may account for masking of bony uptake. We sought to investigate skeletal muscle uptake of technetium-99m-pyrophosphate (TcPYP) in patients with ATTR. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective analysis of 57 patients diagnosed with ATTR who underwent TcPYP scintigraphy...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344461/using-role-plays-as-an-empathy-education-tool-for-ophthalmology-postgraduate
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Kirti Singh, Mainak Bhattacharyya, Vikas Veerwal, Arshi Singh
Purpose: To assess the role of an "empathy sensitizing module" (ESM) in ophthalmology postgraduates in promoting effective empathetic communication. Methodology: Thirty-nine ophthalmology postgraduates were taught effective empathetic communication using specially designed module, comprising of five illustrative role-plays. We evaluated the impact of the training by (a) self-assessment of empathy quotient by residents using Jefferson Scale of Empathy (JSE scale) before and 6 weeks after ESM training and (b) nonparticipant observation (NPO) by trained faculty in real-life settings over the next 4 months...
December 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344459/module-for-interns-in-medical-ethics-a-developmental-diegesis
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Rajiv Mahajan, Parmod Kumar Goyal, Tanvir Kaur Sidhu, Upinder Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Vitull Gupta
Background: Media report is rife with incidences of doctor-patients' conflict, and this partly is due to communication gap and unethical practices being adopted by the doctors. Our regular curriculum fails to impart any training in ethical issues in patient care. Imparting training to students in these soft-skills is the need of the hour. Aim and Objectives: To develop a module for interns in medical ethics (MIME) in patient care, validate it and pilot run the module for standardization...
December 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
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