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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458195/human-dorsal-root-ganglion-pulsed-radiofrequency-treatment-modulates-cerebrospinal-fluid-lymphocytes-and-neuroinflammatory-markers-in-chronic-radicular-pain
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Basabjit Das, Melissa Conroy, David Moore, Joanne Lysaght, Connail McCrory
Radicular pain is a common cause of disability. Traditionally treatment has been either epidural steroid injection providing short-term relief or surgery with associated complications. Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) applied to the Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) is a minimally invasive day-care treatment, which is gaining significant clinical acceptance in a selective group of patients with pure radicular pain. Greater insights into the immunomodulatory effects of this procedure may help to further optimise its application and find alternative treatment options...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457945/factors-that-influence-nurses-assessment-of-patient-acuity-and-response-to-acute-deterioration
#2
Mark Dalton, John Harrison, Anitra Malin, Conan Leavey
BACKGROUND: nurses play a crucial role in the early recognition and management of the deteriorating patient. They are responsible for the care they provide to their patients, part of which is the monitoring of vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and temperature), which are fundamental in the surveillance of deterioration. The aim of this study was to discover what factors influence how nurses assess patient acuity and their response to acute deterioration. METHODS: a generic qualitative approach was used...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457859/post-infectious-acute-glomerulonephritis-with-podocytopathy-induced-by-parvovirus-b19-infection
#3
Satoshi Hara, Masayoshi Hirata, Kiyoaki Ito, Ichiro Mizushima, Hiroshi Fujii, Kazunori Yamada, Michio Nagata, Mitsuhiro Kawano
Human parvovirus B19 infection causes a variety of glomerular diseases such as post-infectious acute glomerulonephritis and collapsing glomerulopathy. Although each of these appears independently, it has not been fully determined why parvovirus B19 provokes such a variety of different glomerular phenotypes. Here, we report a 68-year-old Japanese man who showed endocapillary proliferative glomerulonephritis admixed with podocytopathy in association with parvovirus B19 infection. The patient showed acute onset of heavy proteinuria, microscopic hematuria and kidney dysfunction with arthralgia and oliguria after close contact with a person suffering from erythema infectiosum...
February 19, 2018: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457722/spatially-and-temporally-resolved-detection-of-arsenic-in-a-capillary-dbd-by-hydride-generation-high-resolved-optical-emission-spectrometry
#4
Sebastian Burhenn, Jan Kratzer, Milan Svoboda, Felix David Klute, Antje Michels, Damir Veza, Joachim Franzke
A new method for arsenic detection by optical emission spectrometry (OES) is presented. Arsine (AsH3) is generated from liquid solutions by means of hydride generation (HG) and introduced into a capillary dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) where it is atomized and excited. A great challenge in OES is the reduction of the recorded background signal because it negatively affects the limit of detection (LOD). In conventional DBD-OES methods the signal intensity of the line of interest, in this case arsenic, is integrated over a long timescale...
February 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457587/power-cavitation-guided-blood-brain-barrier-opening-with-focused-ultrasound-and-microbubbles
#5
Mark T Burgess, Iason Zacharias Apostolakis, Elisa E Konofagou
Image-guided monitoring of microbubble-based focused ultrasound (FUS) therapies relies on the accurate localization of FUS-stimulated microbubble activity (i.e. acoustic cavitation). Passive cavitation imaging with ultrasound arrays can achieve this, but with insufficient spatial resolution. In this study, we address this limitation and perform high-resolution monitoring of acoustic cavitation-mediated blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening with a new technique called power cavitation imaging. By synchronizing the FUS transmit and passive receive acquisition, high-resolution passive cavitation imaging was achieved by using delay and sum (DAS) beamforming with absolute time delays...
February 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457451/boosted-electrochemical-immunosensing-gm-crops-markers-using-nanobody-and-mesoporous-carbon
#6
Mingming Zhang, Guanghui Li, Qing Zhou, Deng Pan, Min Zhu, Runyu Xiao, Yuanjian Zhang, Guoqiu Wu, Yakun Wan, Yanfei Shen
The problems of environmental security and the potential risks of human health caused by transgenic crops have aroused numerous attention. Recent studies reveal 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) from Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4 protein (CP4-EPSPS), which shows very high resistance to herbicide glyphosate, is a typical biomarker of genetically modified (GM) crops. For this reason, it is highly anticipated to devise a sensitive and convenient strategy to detect CP4-EPSPS protein in crops. Herein, we reported a simple electrochemical immunosensor by coupling nanobody, ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC), and thionine (Th)...
February 19, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457265/the-role-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-on-hypertensive-related-aortic-stiffness
#7
Edoardo Sciatti, Enrico Vizzardi, Assunta Castiello, Francesca Valentini, Ivano Bonadei, Sandro Gelsomino, Roberto Lorusso, Marco Metra
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is strongly related to arterial stiffness in a cause-effect fashion. Diabetes mellitus is also thought to determine vascular damage, mostly by means of advanced glycosylation end-products (AGEs). Aim of our study was to study the role of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) as regard ascending aortic elastic properties in hypertensive patients. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled outpatients with hypertension (n = 99) and type 2 diabetes mellitus plus hypertension (n = 42) without cardiovascular events...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457135/oceanic-crustal-carbon-cycle-drives-26-million-year-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-periodicities
#8
R Dietmar Müller, Adriana Dutkiewicz
Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 ) data for the last 420 million years (My) show long-term fluctuations related to supercontinent cycles as well as shorter cycles at 26 to 32 My whose origin is unknown. Periodicities of 26 to 30 My occur in diverse geological phenomena including mass extinctions, flood basalt volcanism, ocean anoxic events, deposition of massive evaporites, sequence boundaries, and orogenic events and have previously been linked to an extraterrestrial mechanism. The vast oceanic crustal carbon reservoir is an alternative potential driving force of climate fluctuations at these time scales, with hydrothermal crustal carbon uptake occurring mostly in young crust with a strong dependence on ocean bottom water temperature...
February 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457021/difficult-renal-pathological-classification-in-a-case-of-pediatric-nephrotic-syndrome
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Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Atsutoshi Shiratori, Taku Nakagawa, Kyoko Kanda, Shigeo Hara, Norishige Yoshikawa, Ryojiro Tanaka
The underlying histopathology is very important in determining patient management, as the histopathology usually has direct repercussions on the treatment response and clinical course. However, the impact of the method used to assess renal biopsies, i.e., light microscopy (LM), immunofluorescence (IF), and electron microscopy (EM), on the occurrence of a difficult biopsy classification in the native kidneys of pediatric nephrotic patients is unknown. A 12-month-old Japanese boy was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome (NS); he was administered prednisolone (60 mg/m2 /day), and a continuous albumin infusion was started...
September 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456474/electrochemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-discussion-of-the-method-and-literature-review
#10
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Mateusz Wichtowski, Dawid Murawa, Katarzyna Kulcenty, Karolina Zaleska
Breast cancer is the most common cause of skin metastases in women. The probability of their occurrence ranges from about 5% in the entire population to as much as 30% in the late stages of the disease. Although rarely life-threatening, they have a major impact on the quality of life of patients with this diagnosis, being the cause of pain, effusion, ulceration, infection, and psychological discomfort. Available methods of treatment, both local and systemic, often fail to provide adequate control of the disease...
December 2017: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456408/inhibitory-effects-of-patchouli-alcohol-on-stress-induced-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#11
Tian-Ran Zhou, Jing-Jing Huang, Zi-Tong Huang, Hong-Ying Cao, Bo Tan
AIM: To elucidate the mechanism of patchouli alcohol (PA) in treatment of rat models of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). METHODS: We studied the effects of PA on colonic spontaneous motility using its cumulative log concentration (3 × 10-7 mol/L to 1 × 10-4 mol/L). We then determined the responses of the proximal and distal colon segments of rats to the following stimuli: (1) carbachol (1 × 10-9 mol/L to 1 × 10-5 mol/L); (2) neurotransmitter antagonists including Nω -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (10 μmol/L) and (1R*, 2S*)-4-[2-Iodo-6-(methylamino)-9H-purin-9-yl]-2-(phosphonooxy)bicyclo[3...
February 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456338/study-of-knowledge-attitude-and-practice-in-participants-with-regular-intake-of-lathyrus-but-no-spastic-paraparesis
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Rameshwar Nath Chaurasia, Abhishek Pathak, Smriti Singh, Deepika Joshi, Vijay Nath Mishra
Background and Purpose: Neurolathyrism is now a disease of the past and also the causative agent, Lathyrus sativus (Khesari Pulse or keerai in Local Hindi and Bhojpuri language) has now been proven to be harmless and has become part of the usual diet. Materials and Methods: The population at risk was screened and studied for demography, economic status, knowledge about Khesari pulse, awareness about so-called harmful effects of Khesari pulse intake in humans, and the effects of ban of Khesari pulse on the population which is using Lathyrus (Khesari) as a major source of pulse since the past 4 years through a questionnaire of three pages...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456213/association-of-serum-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-with-doppler-pulse-wave-velocity-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Walaa H Ibrahim, Ahmad B Ahmad, Noha G Sayed
We aimed to study the association of fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) as a novel cardiovascular risk factor with Doppler pulse wave velocity (PWV) as an arterial stiffness measuring tool in hemodialysis (HD) patients. We conducted a cross-sectional study in which blood samples from 86 HD patients were obtained to estimate FGF 23 and other parameters. Flow waveforms were obtained at two locations within right common carotid artery, and right femoral artery by Doppler ultrasound with ECG recorded in addition...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456172/effect-of-pediatric-growth-on-cervical-spine-kinematics-and-deformations-in-automotive-crashes
#14
Victor S Alvarez, Svein Kleiven
Finite element (FE) models are a powerful tool that can be used to understand injury mechanisms and develop better safety systems. This study aims to extend the understanding of pediatric spine biomechanics, where there is a paucity of studies available. A newly developed and continuously scalable FE model was validated and scaled to 1.5-, 3-, 6-, 10-, 14- and 18-year-old using a non-linear scaling technique, accounting for local topological changes. The oldest and youngest ages were also scaled using homogeneous geometric scaling...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456127/neurocognitive-disorder-in-hypertensive-patients-heart-brain-study
#15
A Vicario, G H Cerezo, M Del Sueldo, J Zilberman, S M Pawluk, N Lódolo, A E De Cerchio, R M Ruffa, R Plunkett, M E Giuliano, P Forcada, S Hauad, R Flores
The relation between hypertension and cognitive impairment is an undisputable fact. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in hypertensive patients, to identify the most affected cognitive domain, and to observe the association with different parameters of hypertension and other vascular risk factors. A multicentre study was carried out, and 1281 hypertensive patients of both genders and ≥21 years of age were included. Data on the following parameters were obtained: cognitive status (Minimal Cognitive Examination), behavioural status (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), blood pressure, anthropometry, and biochemical profile...
February 15, 2018: Hipertensión y Riesgo Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456025/effectiveness-of-user-and-expert-driven-web-based-hypertension-programs-an-rct
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Sam Liu, Dina Brooks, Scott G Thomas, Gunther Eysenbach, Robert P Nolan
INTRODUCTION: The effectiveness of self-guided Internet-based lifestyle counseling (e-counseling) varies, depending on treatment protocol. Two dominant procedures in e-counseling are expert- and user-driven. The influence of these procedures on hypertension management remains unclear. The objective was to assess whether blood pressure improved with expert-driven or user-driven e-counseling over control intervention in patients with hypertension over a 4-month period. STUDY DESIGN: This study used a three-parallel group, double-blind randomized controlled design...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455890/passivity-analysis-of-memristor-based-impulsive-inertial-neural-networks-with-time-varying-delays
#17
Peng Wan, Jigui Jian
This paper focuses on delay-dependent passivity analysis for a class of memristive impulsive inertial neural networks with time-varying delays. By choosing proper variable transformation, the memristive inertial neural networks can be rewritten as first-order differential equations. The memristive model presented here is regarded as a switching system rather than employing the theory of differential inclusion and set-value map. Based on matrix inequality and Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional method, several delay-dependent passivity conditions are obtained to ascertain the passivity of the addressed networks...
February 15, 2018: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455794/effect-of-ventricular-function-and-volumes-on-exercise-capacity-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#18
Natalia Dłużniewska, Piotr Podolec, Tomasz Miszalski-Jamka, Maciej Krupiński, Paweł Banyś, Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Bogdan Suder, Grzegorz Kopeć, Maria Olszowska, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pająk
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the effects of left and right ventricular function and severity of pulmonary valve regurgitation, quantified by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), on exercise tolerance in adult patients who underwent ToF repair at a young age. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 52 patients after ToF surgery and 33 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. CMR and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were performed on all patients; CPET was performed on control subjects...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455565/pulsed-dye-laser-versus-intense-pulsed-light-in-melasma-a-split-face-comparative-study
#19
Arwa M Hassan, Nashwa N Elfar, Omnia M Rizk, Nahed Y Eissa
BACKGROUND: Recent reports suggest that melasma may have a vascular component. Vascular targeting lasers and light treatment can be a therapeutic option that will provide benefits to the patients. OBJECTIVES: To compare between the efficacy and tolerability of pulsed dye laser and intense pulsed light in treatment of melasma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 28 Egyptian female patients with melasma were treated with pulsed dye laser on the right hemiface (Group A) and with intense pulsed light on the left hemiface (Group B)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455431/menstrual-phase-and-the-vascular-response-to-acute-resistance-exercise
#20
Jacqueline A Augustine, Kayla N Nunemacher, Kevin S Heffernan
INTRODUCTION: Aerobic exercise has a favorable effect on systemic vascular function, reducing both central (large elastic artery) and peripheral (smaller muscular artery) stiffness. The effects of resistance exercise (RE) on arterial stiffness are more complex. Acute RE increases central artery stiffness while decreasing peripheral stiffness. To date, the majority of studies have been performed in predominantly male participants. PURPOSE: To examine the effect of acute RE on central and peripheral arterial stiffnesses in women, a secondary purpose was to explore the influence of cyclic changes in estrogen status across the menstrual cycle on the arterial response to acute RE...
February 17, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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