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Paul Klimo, Patrick Ryan Lingo, Lissa C Baird, David F Bauer, Alexandra Beier, Susan Durham, Alexander Y Lin, Catherine McClung-Smith, Laura Mitchell, Dimitrios Nikas, Mandeep S Tamber, Rachana Tyagi, Catherine Mazzola, Ann Marie Flannery
BACKGROUND: Plagiocephaly, involving positional deformity of the calvarium in infants, is one of the most common reasons for pediatric neurosurgical consultation. OBJECTIVE: To answer the question: "what is the evidence for the effectiveness of repositioning for positional plagiocephaly?" Treatment recommendations are provided based on the available evidence. METHODS: The National Library of Medicine MEDLINE database and the Cochrane Library were queried using MeSH headings and key words relevant to repositioning as a means to treat plagiocephaly and brachycephaly...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Agnieszka Jedrzejowska, Kia L Ngai, Marian Paluch
By systematic modifications of the canonical propylene carbonate, a family of van der Waals glass-formers with similar chemical structures are generated for dielectric studies of the dynamics of the structural α-relaxation with the purpose of critically testing the correlation of dynamic properties with the dipole-dipole interaction contribution to the intermolecular potential. With the dielectric strengths at Tg varying over a vast range from 4.2 to 182, the modified propylene carbonates provide strong support of the correlation by themselves and in conjunction with eighty eight van der Waals glassformers previously considered [M...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Joachim D Pleil
Biomarker datasets often include entries 'below the level of quantitation' (LoQ) wherein the instrumentation is no longer able to provide values that meet required analytical quality standards, a phenomenon referred to as 'left-censored' data. Generally, some form of imputation for missing values is required to allow calculating distributions and summary statistics for comparing datasets to each other. This article discusses the available options for imputing (modeling) left-censored data, presents the methods for implementing different procedures, and provides examples and guidelines using realistic data to assess relative performance...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Breath Research
Marika Rai, David Spratt, Paola R Gomez-Pereira, Jay Patel, Sean P Nair
Oral malodour is a common condition which affects a large proportion of the population, resulting in social, emotional and psychological stress. Certain oral bacteria form a coating called a biofilm on the tongue dorsum and degrade organic compounds releasing volatile sulfur compounds that are malodourous. Current chemical treatments for oral malodour such as mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine or essential oils, are not sufficiently effective at reducing the bacterial load on the tongue. One potential alternative to current chemical treatments for oral malodour is the use of light activated antimicrobial agents (LAAAs), which display no toxicity or antimicrobial activity in the dark, but when exposed to light of a specific wavelength produce reactive oxygen species which induce damage to target cells in a process known as photodynamic inactivation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Breath Research
Bernd Hohenstein
As a major event in the field of therapeutic apheresis, lipidology and immune-modulating extracorporeal treatments, Dresden hosted the 4(th) International Symposium on Therapeutic Apheresis 17-19 March 2016. In conjunction with the newly founded European Group - International Society for Apheresis, this meeting attracted more than 300 clinicians and scientists from more than a dozen European countries and further developed into an important event for participants, industry and nursing staff. Due to the relevant role of lipoprotein apheresis in Germany and the recent launch of PCSK9 inhibitors corresponding sessions, the symposium reflected all aspects of this new lipidological therapy in a number of sessions...
October 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
Tony Ht Sung, Annie Cw Tam, Jennifer Ls Khoo
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) is a rare malignant soft-tissue neoplasm which is often misdiagnosed due to its indolent clinical course and non-specific radiological appearances. An observation case series was conducted with retrospective review of clinical and radiological data of DFSP patients presenting to a major tertiary hospital in Hong Kong for radiological assessment between November 2006 and February 2016. Seven patients with confirmed histological diagnosis of DFSP were included. Tumour sizes at presentation ranged from 1 to 5 cm, most commonly (n = 6) occurred over chest wall and abdominal wall...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Teng-Fei Lu, Wei Li, Jie Chen, Fu-Quan Bai, Jian Wang, Ling-Jun He, Hong-Xing Zhang
In this work, we designed three dyes (Ru1, Ru2, and Ru3) by modifying the square-planar quadridentate ligand of the experimental Ru(ii) complex K1, [RuL(trans-NCS)2] with L = dimethyl-6,60-bis(methyl-2-pyridylamino)-2,20-bipyridine-4,40-dicarboxylate, from a theoretical viewpoint. As is known, K1 shows obvious advantages over the famous dye N749 in light absorption ability because of its highly conjugated ancillary ligands. Density functional theory and time-dependent density functional theory methods were used to determine the geometrical structures, electronic structures and absorption spectra of the dye complexes...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Nikola Dobrilovic, Peter Soukas, Immad Sadiq, Lisa Goldstein, Jaishankar Raman
BACKGROUND: The CorMatrix (CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Roswell, Ga) biologic extracellular patch derived from porcine small intestinal mucosa provides a biologic scaffold for cellular ingrowth and eventual tissue regeneration. It has been used in a variety of applications, including cardiac and vascular repair procedures. METHODS: CorMatrix was used as a patch arterioplasty for femoral artery repair in conjunction with endarterectomy for seven separate procedures in six patients (one patient underwent staged, bilateral femoral procedures)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Boriphat Methachan, Kamolrat Thanapprapasr
The emergence of theranostics with ultrasound technology is a promising development, as it opens pathways to providing more effective treatments for cancer. Advancements in ultrasound imaging would give a more detailed and accurate image for better diagnosis and treatment planning. Polymeric ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are appealing because they are stable and easily modified for active targeting. In addition, a better therapy could be achieved in conjunction with advancements in UCAs. The active targeting not only makes the precise imaging possible, but also leads to targeted delivery of active components to specific local treatment sites...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Huan Xu, Guohua Deng, Chunhui Jiang, Xiangmei Kong, Jian Yu, Xinghuai Sun
Purpose: To evaluate the hyperoxia response of the retinal vascular system in different parts of the fundus using optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography. Methods: Using an OCT angiography system and a split-spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm, perfused vessel density at the macular and peripapillary regions was measured before and after breathing 80% oxygen in 10 healthy Chinese subjects. The repeatability of the hyperoxia response was also tested...
August 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ahmer M Hameed, Henry C Pleass, Germaine Wong, Wayne J Hawthorne
BACKGROUND: The two main options for renal allograft preservation are static cold storage (CS) and machine perfusion (MP). There has been considerably increased interest in MP preservation of kidneys, however conflicting evidence regarding its efficacy and associated costs have impacted its scale of clinical uptake. Additionally, there is no clear consensus regarding oxygenation, and hypo- or normothermia, in conjunction with MP, and its mechanisms of action are also debated. The primary aims of this article were to elucidate the benefits of MP preservation with and without oxygenation, and/or under normothermic conditions, when compared with CS prior to deceased donor kidney transplantation...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Philbert Y Van, Martin A Schreiber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The traumatically injured patient is at high risk for developing venous thromboembolism. Clinical practice guidelines developed by the American College of Chest Physicians and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma recognize the importance of initiating thromboprophylaxis, but the guidelines lack specific recommendations regarding the timing and dose of pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis. We review the literature regarding initiation of thromboprophylaxis in different injuries, the use of inferior vena cava filters, laboratory monitoring, dosing regimens, and the use of antiplatelet therapy...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Michael J Houghton, David B Collum
Enolization of O-methyl hydroxamic acids (Weinreb amides) in tetrahydrofuran solution with lithium diisopropylamide affords predominantly tetrameric enolates. Aryl substituents on the enolates promote deaggregation. The aggregation states are assigned by using the method of continuous variation in conjunction with (6)Li NMR spectroscopy. Decoalescence of the tetramer resonance below -100 °C shows considerable spectral complexity attributed to isomerism of the methoxy-based chelates. Density functional theory calculations were used to examine the consequences of the bite angle of five-membered chelates in cubic tetramers and resulting solvation numbers that were higher than anticipated...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Qian Jiao, Li Wang, Zhichao Zhang, Yuanyuan Wang, Hanqi Yan, Wen Ma, Weilin Jin, Haixia Lu, Yong Liu
Different SLIT-ROBO Rho GTPase-activating proteins (srGAPs) have different levels of expression and diverse functions during neural development. Although srGAP2 is expressed in developmental brain tissue, little is known about its influence on cellular development of the nervous system. In the current study, dynamic expression of endogenous srGAP2 during neural stem cell/progenitor cell (NSC/NPC) differentiation in vitro was investigated in order to elucidate the association between the dynamic expression of srGAP2 and neural development...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Anton H Schwabegger
Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) or similar procedures for pectus excavatum (PE) repair, nowadays no longer performed by one single speciality, may not always achieve sufficient aesthetic results, particularly in the infrapectoral or infraxiphoidal region. Reasons for this include the diaphragm inhibiting correct positioning of the bars, as well as asymmetric deformities which may still be present after remodelling attempts. Furthermore, some cases develop a mild recurrence or partial concavity once the correction bar is removed...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Isabelle Villeneuve, Mohammed S Lamhamedi, Lahcen Benomar, André Rainville, Josianne DeBlois, Jean Beaulieu, Jean Bousquet, Marie-Claude Lambert, Hank Margolis
Because of changes in climatic conditions, tree seeds originating from breeding programs may no longer be suited to sites where they are currently sent. As a consequence, new seed zones may have to be delineated. Assisted migration consists of transferring seed sources that match the future climatic conditions to which they are currently adapted. It represents a strategy that could be used to mitigate the potential negative consequences of climate change on forest productivity. Decisions with regard to the choice of the most appropriate seed sources have to rely on appropriate knowledge of morpho-physiological responses of trees...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Arvind Kumar, Ritesh Kumar, Vinod Kumar Verma, Chandrakant Prasad, Rajesh Kumar, Shashi Kant, Gunjan Kumar, Neha Singh, Rupam Kumari
INTRODUCTION: Opioids are widely used in conjunction with local anesthetics as they permit the use of lower dose of local anesthetics while providing adequate anesthesia and analgesia. It both provides adequate anesthesia as well as lower drug toxicity neuraxial administration of opioids in conjunction with local anesthetics improves the quality of intraoperative analgesia and prolongs the duration of postoperative analgesia. Bupivacaine is the most commonly used drug for subarachnoid block due to its lesser side effects...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Elisabeth Mansfield, Ian H Bell, Stephanie L Outcalt
To develop comprehensive models for multicomponent natural gas mixtures, it is necessary to have binary interaction parameters for each of the pairs of constituent fluids that form the mixture. The determination of accurate mixture interaction parameters depends on reliably collected experimental data. In this work, we have carried out an experimental campaign to measure the bubble-point pressures of mixtures of n-propane and n-decane, a mixture that has been thus far poorly studied with only four existing data sets...
July 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
Jeffrey C Posnick, Elbert Choi, Anish Chavda
PURPOSE: Frequency estimates of surgical site infection (SSI) after orthognathic surgery vary considerably. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence and site of SSIs and associated risk factors after bimaxillary orthognathic, osseous genioplasty, and intranasal surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors executed a retrospective cohort study of patients with a bimaxillary developmental dentofacial deformity (DFD) and symptomatic chronic obstructive nasal breathing...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Michael W Cho, Lars J Grimm, Karen S Johnson
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the utility of directed ultrasound and digital mammogram for evaluating focal breast pain in women with different mammographic breast densities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This institutional review board-approved and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant retrospective study included 413 cases of focal breast pain in 369 women (mean age 53 years). All cases were evaluated with both mammogram and ultrasound and had at least 2 years of imaging follow-up...
October 13, 2016: Academic Radiology
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