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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537779/simulation-model-for-laparoscopic-foregut-surgery-the-university-of-north-carolina-foregut-model
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Francisco Schlottmann, Neal S Murty, Marco G Patti
BACKGROUND: A significant gap presently exists between box-lap and virtual-reality simulators and live surgery. Live animal and cadaver use has significant downsides. We have developed a high fidelity, real tissue simulator that allows training in laparoscopic foregut operations. METHODS: Our foregut surgery model is based on porcine tissue blocks that include lungs, heart, aorta, esophagus, diaphragm, stomach, duodenum, liver, and spleen. The tissue block is mounted in a human mannequin and perfused with artificial blood...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535178/successful-removal-of-giant-primary-osteosarcoma-in-the-anterior-mediastinum-invading-the-superior-vena-cava-and-right-lung-with-artificial-blood-vessel-reconstruction
#2
Han-Yu Deng, Chang-Long Qin, Xiao-Ming Qiu, Qinghua Zhou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528989/infections-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-epidemiology-risk-factors-pathogenesis-and-prevention
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REVIEW
Stefano Biffi, Stefano Di Bella, Vittorio Scaravilli, Anna Maria Peri, Giacomo Grasselli, Laura Alagna, Antonio Pesenti, Andrea Gori
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life support technique used in patients with respiratory and/or cardiac failure. The ECMO circuit consists of vascular cannulae, a pump and an artificial lung. Infections are among the most common complications associated with ECMO and have a significant impact on the mortality rate. Here we present a narrative literature review regarding the epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis and prevention of infectious complications during ECMO support. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infections during ECMO is 10-12% and their occurrence is likely to be more frequent compared with other critically ill patients...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523139/an-overview-of-the-use-of-artificial-neural-networks-in-lung-cancer-research
#4
EDITORIAL
Luca Bertolaccini, Piergiorgio Solli, Alessandro Pardolesi, Antonello Pasini
The artificial neural networks (ANNs) are statistical models where the mathematical structure reproduces the biological organisation of neural cells simulating the learning dynamics of the brain. Although definitions of the term ANN could vary, the term usually refers to a neural network used for non-linear statistical data modelling. The neural models applied today in various fields of medicine, such as oncology, do not aim to be biologically realistic in detail but just efficient models for nonlinear regression or classification...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522333/development-of-qsars-for-parameterizing-physiology-based-toxicokinetic-models
#5
Dimosthenis Α Sarigiannis, Krystalia Papadaki, Periklis Kontoroupis, Spyros P Karakitsios
A Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model was developed in order to predict physicochemical and biochemical properties of industrial chemicals of various groups. This model was based on the solvation equation, originally proposed by Abraham. In this work Abraham's solvation model got parameterized using artificial intelligence techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the prediction of partitioning into kidney, heart, adipose, liver, muscle, brain and lung for the estimation of the bodyweight-normalized maximal metabolic velocity (Vmax) and the Michaelis - Menten constant (Km)...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518116/the-wincf-model-an-inexpensive-and-tractable-microcosm-of-a-mucus-plugged-bronchiole-to-study-the-microbiology-of-lung-infections
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William J Comstock, Edwin Huh, Reiley Weekes, Connor Watson, Tianyang Xu, Pieter C Dorrestein, Robert A Quinn
Many chronic airway diseases result in mucus plugging of the airways. Lungs of an individual with cystic fibrosis are an exemplary case where their mucus-plugged bronchioles create a favorable habitat for microbial colonization. Various pathogens thrive in this environment interacting with each other and driving many of the symptoms associated with CF disease. Like any microbial community, the chemical conditions of their habitat have a significant impact on the community structure and dynamics. For example, different microorganisms thrive in differing levels of oxygen or other solute concentrations...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514715/impact-of-physician-education-and-availability-of-parameters-regarding-esophageal-pressure-and-transpulmonary-pressure-on-clinical-decisions-involving-ventilator-management
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Yasuhiro Norisue, Lonny Ashworth, Takaki Naito, Jun Kataoka, Muneyuki Takeuchi, Sunao Usami, Junko Takada, Shigeki Fujitani
PURPOSE: This study investigated the effects of physician education and the availability of Peso and PL data on physicians' decisions regarding ventilator management during specific simulated clinical conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was a prospective, before-after study using a case scenario-based questionnaire and a case simulator device comprising an Avea ventilator and an artificial lung and esophagus, which was connected to a Series 1101 Electronic Breathing Simulator...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484014/selective-targeting-of-point-mutated-kras-through-artificial-micrornas
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Mario Acunzo, Giulia Romano, Giovanni Nigita, Dario Veneziano, Luigi Fattore, Alessandro Laganà, Nicola Zanesi, Paolo Fadda, Matteo Fassan, Lara Rizzotto, Raleigh Kladney, Vincenzo Coppola, Carlo M Croce
Mutated protein-coding genes drive the molecular pathogenesis of many diseases, including cancer. Specifically, mutated KRAS is a documented driver for malignant transformation, occurring early during the pathogenesis of cancers such as lung and pancreatic adenocarcinomas. Therapeutically, the indiscriminate targeting of wild-type and point-mutated transcripts represents an important limitation. Here, we leveraged on the design of miRNA-like artificial molecules (amiRNAs) to specifically target point-mutated genes, such as KRAS, without affecting their wild-type counterparts...
May 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469778/the-protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-sevoflurane-on-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
#9
Qi-Feng Tang, Zhi-Yuan Fang, Cheng-Huan Shi
Acute lung injury (ALI) is a disturbance caused by infectious or non-infectious inflammation and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) could induce an artificial pathological ALI process. Sevoflurane has been demonstrated to be an inhaled anesthetic having anti-inflammatory and protective effects on inflammatory injury. To study the protective effects and mechanisms of sevoflurane on LPS-induced acute lung injury in mice. By assessing W/D ratio, sevofluranecan counteract the edema induced by LPS. The ELISA results showed that sevoflurane reduced IFN-γ production and increased IL-10 level...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451579/comparative-analysis-of-neural-network-training-methods-in-real-time-radiotherapy
#10
S Nouri, S M Hosseini Pooya, J Soltani Nabipour
BACKGROUND: The motions of body and tumor in some regions such as chest during radiotherapy treatments are one of the major concerns protecting normal tissues against high doses. By using real-time radiotherapy technique, it is possible to increase the accuracy of delivered dose to the tumor region by means of tracing markers on the body of patients. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the accuracy of some artificial intelligence methods including neural network and those of combination with genetic algorithm as well as particle swarm optimization (PSO) estimating tumor positions in real-time radiotherapy...
March 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447929/five-year-follow-up-on-transplanted-organs-from-donors-after-brain-death-after-acute-stroke
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Vera Spatenkova, Eva Pokorna, Petr Suchomel
OBJECTIVES: Efficient intensive care donor management can help alleviate the shortage of organs for transplant. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of management of donors after brain death from our neurointensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational 5-year follow-up on 29 transplanted organs from 14 brain-dead donors after acute stroke (7 subarachnoid and 4 intracerebral hemorrhages, 3 ischemic strokes)...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424884/principle-and-basic-property-of-the-sequential-flow-pump
#12
Shintaro Hara, Erina Maeno, Xinyang Li, Terumi Yurimoto, Takashi Isoyama, Itsuro Saito, Toshiya Ono, Yusuke Abe
In the emergency care field, early treatment of acute heart or respiratory failure has been a global concern. In severe cases, patients are frequently required to be on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) life support. To make the ECMO system more compact and portable, we proposed a sequential flow-type centrifugal pump named the sequential flow pump (SFP). In this study, principle and basic properties of this novel blood pump were examined by computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis and an experimental model...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419946/water-immiscible-bioinert-coatings-and-film-formation-from-aqueous-dispersions-of-poly-2-methoxyethyl-acrylate-microspheres
#13
Takuma Kureha, Seina Hiroshige, Shusuke Matsui, Daisuke Suzuki
Poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (pMEA) microspheres are prepared through facile free-radical polymerization in water without additives and impurities, such as surfactants, other polymers, and organic solvents, which are usually used to synthesize pMEA chains. Clean and pure (non-factionalized and non-cross-linking) pMEA microspheres exhibit plasma-protein adsorption resistances on their surface regardless of their charged state. They are characterized in terms of the adsorbed amounts of proteins at pH 7. In addition, these soft and deformable pMEA microspheres are suitable for forming substrates coated with pMEA microspheres and free-standing films by injecting pMEA dispersion and evaporating the aqueous medium through fusion between the pMEA chains at the surface without the precoating agent and cross-linker...
April 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401176/evaluation-of-a-projection-domain-lung-nodule-insertion-technique-in-thoracic-computed-tomography
#14
Chi Ma, Lifeng Yu, Baiyu Chen, Chi Wan Koo, Edwin A Takahashi, Joel G Fletcher, David L Levin, Ronald S Kuzo, Lyndsay D Viers, Stephanie A Vincent-Sheldon, Shuai Leng, Cynthia H McCollough
Task-based assessment of computed tomography (CT) image quality requires a large number of cases with ground truth. Prospective case acquisition can be time-consuming. Inserting lesions into existing cases to simulate positive cases is a promising alternative. The aim was to evaluate a recently developed projection-based lesion insertion technique in thoracic CT. In total, 32 lung nodules of various attenuations were segmented from 21 patient cases, forward projected, inserted into projections, and reconstructed...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388308/identification-of-type-iii-interferon-ifn-%C3%AE-in-chinese-goose-gene-structure-age-dependent-expression-profile-and-antiviral-immune-characteristics-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Qin Zhou, Wei Zhang, Shun Chen, Anqi Wang, Lipei Sun, Mingshu Wang, Renyong Jia, Dekang Zhu, Mafeng Liu, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xiaoyue Chen, Anchun Cheng
Type III interferons (IFN-λ1/λ2/λ3, also known as IL-29/28A/28B, and IFN-λ4) are a recently discovered interferon group. In this study, we first identified the Chinese goose IFN-λ (goIFN-λ). The full-length sequence of goIFN-λ was found to be 823 bp. There was only one open reading frame that contained 570 bp, and, encoded 189 amino acids. The predicted goIFN-λ protein showed 78%, 67%, and 40% amino acid identity with duIFN-λ, chIFN-λ, and hIFN-λ3, respectively. The tissue distribution of goIFN-λ existed as a parallel distribution with goIFNLR1 as its functional receptor, which was mainly expressed in epithelium-rich tissues, such as lung, gizzard, proventriculus, skin and pancreas, and immune tissues, such as harderian gland and thymus...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383772/aberrant-expression-of-mico1-and-mico1os-in-deceased-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-calves
#16
Guan-Nan Wang, Wen-Zhi Yang, Da Xu, Dong-Jie Li, Cui Zhang, Wei-Na Chen, Shi-Jie Li
Incomplete reprogramming of a donor nucleus following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) results in aberrant expression of developmentally important genes, and is the primary source of the phenotypic abnormalities observed in cloned animals. Expression of non-coding RNAs in the murine Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain was previously shown to correlate with the pluripotency of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells. In this study, we examined the transcription of the bovine orthologs from this locus, MICO1 (Maternal intergenic circadian oscillating 1) and MICO1OS (MICO1 opposite strand), in tissues from artificially inseminated and SCNT calves that died during the perinatal period...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373602/data-analysis-of-electronic-nose-technology-in-lung-cancer-generating-prediction-models-by-means-of-aethena
#17
Sharina Kort, Marjolein Brusse-Keizer, Jan-Willem Gerritsen, Job van der Palen
INTRODUCTION: Only 15% of lung cancer cases present with potentially curable disease. Therefore, there is large interest in a fast, non-invasive tool to detect lung cancer earlier. Exhaled breath analysis by electronic nose technology measures volatile organic compounds (VOC's) in exhaled breath which are associated with lung cancer. METHODS: The diagnostic accuracy of the Aeonose™ is currently being studied in a multi-centre, prospective study in 210 subjects suspected for lung cancer, where approximately half will have a confirmed diagnosis and the other half will have a rejected diagnosis of lung cancer...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363058/investigation-of-the-presence-of-atoxoplasma-spp-in-blue-crowned-laughingthrush-dryonastes-courtoisi-adults-and-neonates
#18
Florence Mohr, Martha Betson, Benoit Quintard
Between 1996 and 2013, 71 blue-crowned laughingthrush (Dryonastes courtoisi) chicks, a small passerine bird endemic to China, were born at Mulhouse Zoo in northeast France. None of them survived past 1 yr, and 82% died between 0 and 6 days old of an unidentified cause and despite an attempt to establish an artificial breeding protocol. Atoxoplasma spp., causing a disease known as systemic isosporosis, is a coccidian parasite that can infect several species of birds. Mulhouse's adult birds were suspected to be infected with Atoxoplasma spp...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359655/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-a-novel-integrated-wearable-artificial-lung
#19
Shalv P Madhani, Brian J Frankowski, Greg W Burgreen, Jim F Antaki, Robert Kormos, Jonathan D'Cunha, William J Federspiel
BACKGROUND: Conventional extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is cumbersome and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We are currently developing the Pittsburgh Ambulatory Assist Lung (PAAL), which is designed to allow for ambulation of lung failure patients during bridge to transplant or recovery. In this study, we investigated the in vitro and acute in vivo performance of the PAAL. METHODS: The PAAL features a 1.75-inch-diameter, cylindrical, hollow-fiber membrane (HFM) bundle of stacked sheets, with a surface area of 0...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359376/living-without-lungs-bilateral-pneumonectomy-and-dual-circulatory-support-a-step-forward-in-the-search-for-a-total-artificial-lung
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EDITORIAL
Christian A Bermudez, Maria M Crespo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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