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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823112/miniaturized-pulsed-laser-source-for-time-domain-diffuse-optics-routes-to-wearable-devices
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Laura Di Sieno, Jan Nissinen, Lauri Hallman, Edoardo Martinenghi, Davide Contini, Antonio Pifferi, Juha Kostamovaara, Alberto Dalla Mora
We validate a miniaturized pulsed laser source for use in time-domain (TD) diffuse optics, following rigorous and shared protocols for performance assessment of this class of devices. This compact source (12×6  mm2) has been previously developed for range finding applications and is able to provide short, high energy (∼100  ps, ∼0.5  nJ) optical pulses at up to 1 MHz repetition rate. Here, we start with a basic level laser characterization with an analysis of suitability of this laser for the diffuse optics application...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823109/comparison-of-two-home-sleep-testing-devices-with-different-strategies-for-diagnosis-of-osa
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Tyler Gumb, Akosua Twumasi, Shahnaz Alimokhtari, Alan Perez, Kathleen Black, David M Rapoport, Jag Sunderram, Indu Ayappa
PURPOSE: Home sleep testing devices are being widely used in diagnosis/screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We examined differences in OSA metrics obtained from two devices with divergent home monitoring strategies, the Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™, multiple signals plus forehead reflectance oximetry) and the Nonin WristOx2™ (single channel finger transmission pulse oximeter), compared to differences from night-night variability of OSA. METHODS: One hundred fifty-two male/26 female subjects (BMI = 30...
August 19, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823067/combined-classical-spindle-cell-pleomorphic-lipoma-spectrum-imaging-and-clinical-data
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Yara Younan, Anthony Martinez, Nickolas Reimer, Mark Edgar, Felix Gonzalez, Monica Umpierrez, Ty Subhawong, Adam D Singer
OBJECTIVES: Compile the largest study to date on the imaging and clinical features of the classic spindle cell/pleomorphic lipoma spectrum and suggest this diagnosis be included in the differential for benign and malignant macroscopic fat-containing soft tissue masses regardless of the mass location or patient demographics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An institutional search was performed to identify all available classic-type spindle cell/pleomorphic lipomas with available demographic and imaging data...
August 19, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823062/treatment-of-retinal-artery-occlusion-using-transluminal-nd-yag-laser-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Vitaly Man, Idan Hecht, Michal Talitman, Assaf Hilely, Mohamad Midlij, Zvia Burgansky-Eliash, Asaf Achiron
AIMS: To review clinical experience, efficacy, and safety of transluminal Nd:YAG laser embolectomy/embolysis (TYE) for retinal artery occlusion. METHODS:  Electronic databases were searched for all published clinical studies and case-reports reporting on TYE in central (CRAO) or branch (BRAO) retinal artery occlusion. Individual patient data was evaluated in a weighted pooled analysis. RESULTS: Sixty-one cases were reported, 47 with BRAO and 14 with CRAO...
August 19, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823021/control-by-low-levels-of-calcium-of-mammalian-cell-membrane-electropermeabilization
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Ciobanu Florin, Golzio Muriel, Kovacs Eugenia, Teissié Justin
Electric pulses, when applied to a cell suspension, induce a reversible permeabilization of the plasma membrane. This permeabilized state is a long-lived process (minutes). The biophysical molecular mechanisms supporting the membrane reorganization associated to its permeabilization remain poorly understood. Modeling the transmembrane structures as toroidal lipidic pores cannot explain why they are long-lived and why their resealing is under the control of the ATP level. Our results describe the effect of the level of free Calcium ions...
August 20, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822923/sequential-exposure-to-low-levels-of-pesticides-and-temperature-stress-increase-toxicological-sensitivity-of-crustaceans
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Renato Russo, Jeremias Martin Becker, Matthias Liess
Frequent pesticide-related impacts on ecosystems at concentrations considered environmentally safe indicate that the current risk assessment framework for registration of pesticides is not protective enough. Causes may include difficulties in assessing the effects of sequential pesticide pulses and their interaction with environmental stressors. By contrast to such realistic scenarios, risk assessment for registration of pesticides is typically based on tests of a single exposure period under benign laboratory conditions...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822848/tetracarboxy-phthalocyanines-from-excited-state-dynamics-to-photodynamic-inactivation-against-bovine-herpesvirus-type-1
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Leandro H Z Cocca, Taise M A Oliveira, Fernando Gotardo, Amanda V Teles, Ricardo Menegatti, Jonathas P Siqueira, Cleber R Mendonça, Luiz A M Bataus, Anderson O Ribeiro, Thalita F M Souza, Guilherme R L Souza, Pablo J Gonçalves, Leonardo De Boni
Herein we present the excited state dynamic of zinc and aluminum tetracarboxy-phthalocyanines (ZnPc and AlPc) and its application in the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of Bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) in vitro. The excited state dynamic provides valuable data to describe the excited state properties of potential optical limiters and/or photosensitizers (PSs), such as: the excited state cross-sections, fluorescence lifetime and triplet state quantum yield. The excited state characterization was performed using three different Z-scan techniques: Single Pulse, White Light Continuum and Pulse Train...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822828/targeted-lowering-of-central-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-hypertension-baseline-recruitment-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-low-cbp-study
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James E Sharman, Tony Stanton, Christopher M Reid, Anthony Keech, Philip Roberts-Thomson, Simon Stewart, Robert Greenough, Michael Stowasser, Walter P Abhayaratna
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (BP) is the most common modifiable cause of death from cardiovascular disease. Lowering BP with medication improves patient outcomes, but even in populations with normal upper arm (brachial) BP there remains considerable residual risk for cardiovascular disease and this may be due to persistently elevated central BP. There has never been a trial to determine the value of targeted central BP lowering among patients with hypertension, and this was the aim of this study...
August 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822771/pge2-pulsing-of-murine-bone-marrow-cells-reduces-migration-of-daughter-monocytes-macrophages-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Terence A McGonigle, Amy R Dwyer, Eloise L Greenland, Naomi M Scott, Kevin N Keane, Philip Newsholme, Helen S Goodridge, Leonard I Zon, Fiona J Pixley, Prue H Hart
Monocytes/macrophages differentiating from bone marrow cells pulsed for 2 hours at 37(o)C with a stabilised derivative of prostaglandin E2, 16,16-dimethyl PGE2 (dmPGE2), migrated less efficiently towards a chemoattractant than monocytes/macrophages differentiated from bone marrow cells pulsed with vehicle. To confirm that the effect on bone marrow cells was long-lasting and to replicate human bone marrow transplantation, chimeric mice were established with donor bone marrow cells pulsed for 2 hours with dmPGE2 before injection into marrow-ablated congenic recipient mice...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822516/comparison-of-yoga-and-walking-exercise-on-cardiac-time-intervals-as-a-measure-of-cardiac-function-in-elderly-with-increased-pulse-pressure
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Satish Gurunathrao Patil, Shankargouda S Patil, Manjunatha R Aithala, Kusal Kanti Das
OBJECTIVE: Arterial aging along with increased blood pressure(BP) has become the major cardiovascular(CV) risk in elderly. The aim of the study was to compare the effects of yoga program and walking-exercise on cardiac function in elderly with increased pulse pressure (PP). METHODS: An open label, parallel-group randomized controlled study design was adopted. Elderly individuals aged ≥60 years with PP≥60mmHg were recruited for the study. Yoga (study) group (n=30) was assigned for yoga training and walking (exercise) group (n=30) for walking with loosening practices for one hour in the morning for 6days in a week for 3 months...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822305/an-optimal-control-approach-to-design-entire-relaxation-dispersion-experiments
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Thoa T Nguyen, Steffen J Glaser
A general approach is introduced to optimize experiments for the analysis of spin systems in the presence of chemical exchange. Rather than optimizing individual pulse sequence elements, such as refocusing pulses, entire relaxation dispersion sequences are optimized in the form of a single shaped pulse. This is achieved by defining a performance index that is only based on the remaining signal after the relaxation dispersion sequence for a range of exchange, relaxation, offset, and rf inhomogeneity parameters...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822023/pulse-contour-derived-cardiac-output-measurements-in-morbid-obesity-influence-of-actual-ideal-and-adjusted-bodyweight
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Chantal A Boly, Pieter Schraverus, Floris van Raalten, Jan-Willem Coumou, Christa Boer, Simone van Kralingen
The non-invasive Nexfin cardiac output (CO) monitor shows a low level of agreement with the gold standard thermodilution method in morbidly obese patients. Here we investigate whether this disagreement is related to excessive bodyweight, and can be improved when bodyweight derivatives are used instead. We performed offline analyses of cardiac output recordings of patient data previously used and partly published in an earlier study by our group. In 30 morbidly obese patients (BMI > 35 kg/m(2)) undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass, cardiac output was simultaneously determined with PiCCO thermodilution and Nexfin pulse-contour method...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821986/comparative-analysis-of-the-effects-of-co2-fractional-laser-and-sonophoresis-on-human-skin-penetration-with-5-aminolevulinic-acid
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J H Choi, E J Shin, K H Jeong, M K Shin
Successful delivery of a photosensitizer into the skin is an important factor for effective photodynamic therapy (PDT). The effective method to increase drug penetration within short incubation time overcoming skin barrier have been investigated. This study was performed to analyze and compare the effectiveness of ablative fractional laser (FXL) pretreatment and/or sonophoresis for enhancing the penetration of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) into human skin in vivo. Twenty-four identical 1 × 1 cm(2) treatment areas were mapped on the backs of ten healthy male subjects...
August 19, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821744/exploring-the-sequence-based-prediction-of-folding-initiation-sites-in-proteins
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Daniele Raimondi, Gabriele Orlando, Rita Pancsa, Taushif Khan, Wim F Vranken
Protein folding is a complex process that can lead to disease when it fails. Especially poorly understood are the very early stages of protein folding, which are likely defined by intrinsic local interactions between amino acids close to each other in the protein sequence. We here present EFoldMine, a method that predicts, from the primary amino acid sequence of a protein, which amino acids are likely involved in early folding events. The method is based on early folding data from hydrogen deuterium exchange (HDX) data from NMR pulsed labelling experiments, and uses backbone and sidechain dynamics as well as secondary structure propensities as features...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821677/disruption-of-m1-activity-during-performance-plateau-impairs-consolidation-of-motor-memories
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Raphaël Hamel, Maxime Trempe, Pierre-Michel Bernier
Upon exposure to a new sensorimotor relationship, motor behaviors iteratively change early in adaptation, but eventually stabilize as adaptation proceeds. Behavioral work suggests that motor memory consolidation is initiated upon the attainment of asymptotic levels of performance. Separate lines of evidence point to a critical role of the primary motor cortex (M1) in consolidation. However, a causal relationship between M1 activity during asymptote and consolidation has yet to be demonstrated. The present study investigated this issue in male and female participants using single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to interfere with post-movement activity in M1 in two behavioral phases of a ramp-and-hold visuomotor adaptation paradigm...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821593/light-sheet-microscopy-imaging-of-light-absorption-and-photosynthesis-distribution-in-plant-tissue
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Mads Lichtenberg, Erik Christian Løvbjerg Trampe, Thomas Craig Vogelmann, Michael Kühl
In vivo variable-chlorophyll-fluorescence measurements of PSII quantum yields in optically dense systems are complicated by steep tissue light gradients due to scattering and absorption. Consequently, externally measured effective PSII quantum yields may be composed of signals derived from cells differentially exposed to actinic light, where cells located deeper inside tissues receive lower irradiance than cells closer to the surface, and can display distinct photophysiological status. We demonstrate how measured distributions of PSII quantum yields in plant tissue change under natural tissue light gradients as compared to conventionally measured quantum yields with even exposure to actinic light...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821558/defective-cyclin-b1-induction-in-trastuzumab-emtansine-t-dm1-acquired-resistance-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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MohammadA Sabbaghi, Gabriel Gil-Gómez, Cristina Guardia, Sonia Servitja, Oriol Arpi, Sara García-Alonso, Silvia Menéndez, Montserrat Arumi-Uria, Laia Serrano, Marta Salido, Aura Muntasell, Maria Martinez-Garcia, Sandra Zazo, Cristina Chamizo, Paula González-Alonso, Juan Madoz-Gúrpide, Pilar Eroles, Joaquin Arribas, Ignasi Tusquets, Ana Lluch, Atanasio Pandiella, Federico Rojo, Ana Rovira, Joan Albanell
Purpose: Trastuzumab-emtansine (T-DM1) is a standard treatment in advanced HER2 positive breast cancer. However, resistance inevitably occurs. We aimed to identify mechanisms of acquired T-DM1 resistance. <p>Experimental Design: HER2-positive breast cancer cells (HCC1954, HCC1419, SKBR3 and BT474) were treated in a pulse-fashion with T-DM1 to induce a resistant phenotype. Cellular and molecular effects of T-DM1 in parental versus resistant cells were compared. CDK1 kinase activity and cyclin B1 expression were assayed under various conditions...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820738/the-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-short-interval-intracortical-inhibition-and-intracortical-facilitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mana Biabani, Maryam Aminitehrani, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is increasingly being used to affect the neurological conditions with deficient intracortical synaptic activities (i.e. Parkinson's disease and epilepsy). In addition, it is suggested that the lasting effects of tDCS on corticospinal excitability (CSE) have intracortical origin. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to examine whether tDCS has any effect on intracortical circuits. Eleven electronic databases were searched for the studies investigating intracortical changes induced by anodal (a) and cathodal (c) tDCS, in healthy individuals, using two paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) paradigms: short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF)...
August 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820711/molecular-epidemiology-of-cholera-outbreaks-during-the-rainy-season-in-mandalay-myanmar
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Amonrattana Roobthaisong, Kazuhisa Okada, Nilar Htun, Wah Wah Aung, Warawan Wongboot, Watcharaporn Kamjumphol, Aye Aye Han, Yi Yi, Shigeyuki Hamada
Cholera, caused by Vibrio cholerae, remains a global threat to public health. In Myanmar, the availability of published information on the occurrence of the disease is scarce. We report here that cholera incidence in Mandalay generally exhibited a single annual peak, with an annual average of 312 patients with severe dehydration over the past 5 years (since 2011) and was closely associated with the rainy season. We analyzed cholera outbreaks, characterized 67 isolates of V. cholerae serogroup O1 in 2015 from patients from Mandalay, and compared them with 22 V...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820609/cardio-pulmonary-interactions-physiologic-basis-and-clinical-applications
#20
Michael R Pinsky
The hemodynamic effects of ventilation can be grouped into three concepts: 1) spontaneous ventilation is exercise; 2) changes in lung volume alter autonomic tone, pulmonary vascular resistance, and can compress the heart in the cardiac fossa; 3) spontaneous inspiratory efforts decrease intrathoracic pressure (ITP) increasing venous return and impeding left ventricular (LV) ejection; whereas positive pressure ventilation decreases venous return and unloads LV ejection. Spontaneous inspiratory efforts may induce acute LV failure and cardiogenic pulmonary edema...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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