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C C Pavani, D Sundfeld, T C Schott, Apm Bertoz, R Bigliazzi, R H Sundfeld
The present case study quantifies the clinical wearing time of an acetate tray/bleaching product during home dental bleaching. The patient was instructed to use a 10% carbamide peroxide gel for 6-8 hours each day for 20 days. The wearing time of the tray was measured by a microsensor from TheraMon microelectronic system (Sales Agency Gschladt, Hargelsberg, Austria) completely embedded in the tray so that the clinician would be informed as to the precise time the tray was placed in the mouth. Evaluation of the daily printout during dental bleaching demonstrated that the patient did not correctly follow the clinician's instructions as to the wearing time of the tray...
March 7, 2018: Operative Dentistry
Lei Cai, Theodoros Michelakos, Teppei Yamada, Song Fan, Xinhui Wang, Joseph H Schwab, Cristina R Ferrone, Soldano Ferrone
Malignant transformation of cells is frequently associated with defective HLA class I antigen processing machinery (APM) component expression. This abnormality may have functional relevance, since it may have a negative impact on tumor cell recognition by cognate T cells. Furthermore, HLA class I APM abnormalities appear to have clinical significance, since they are associated with poor prognosis in several malignant diseases and may play a role in the resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Georgi Tchernev, Ivan Pidakev, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Uwe Wollina, Torello Lotti, Georgi Konstantinov Maximov, Ilia Lozev
BACKGROUND: Pigmented lesions represent a broad spectrum of clinical conditions, both benign and malignant. The precise diagnosis is often a challenge, while the clinical diagnostic criteria could be misleading, as a result of the frequently atypical presentation of otherwise completely benign in nature lesions. The variety of therapeutic options for benign pigmented lesions including shave curettage, local laser destruction, electrocoagulation removal could sound enticingly both for the physician and patient, but they destroy the possibility for histological examination and provide a deceptively feeling of calm, that the problem is solved...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Shuai Zhang, Zhibin Fan, Ping Qiao, Yinsuo Zhao, Yanan Wang, Da Jiang, Xiangming Wang, Xiaojuan Zhu, Yu Zhang, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu, Xiaoxue Li
A deficit of GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) transmission will lead to epilepsy and other cognitive disorders. Recent evidence has shown that neuronal miRNAs affect various synapses, including GABAergic synapses. However, the miRNAs that control GABAergic synapses remain not fully understood. Here, we identified miR-51, a member of Caenorhabditis elegans miR-99/100 family, as a key regulator of GABAergic synapses. Loss of mir-51 increased PTZ (Pentylenetetrazole) and aldicarb hypersensitivities, and decreased the number of GABAergic synapses and abundance of GABAA receptors...
February 21, 2018: Developmental Biology
Andrew Hung, Jian Chen, Zhengping Che, Tanachat Nilanon, Anthony Jarc, Micha Titus, Paul Oh, Inderbir Singh Gill, Yan Liu
Purpose Surgical performance is critical for clinical outcomes. We present a novel machine learning (ML) method of processing automated performance metrics (APMs) to evaluate surgical performance and predict clinical outcomes after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP). Methods We trained three ML algorithms utilizing APMs directly from robot system data (training material) and hospital length of stay (LOS; training label) (≤2 days and >2days) from 78 RARP cases, and selected the algorithm with the best performance...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Endourology
Yosuke Fujii, Yuqi Ding, Taichi Umezawa, Takafumi Akimoto, Jiawei Xu, Takashi Uchida, Tatsuya Fujino
Food additives generally used in carbonated drinks, such as 4-methylimidazole (4MI), caffeine (Caf?), citric acid (CA), and aspartame (Apm), were measured by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) using nanometer-sized particles of iron oxide (Fe2O3 NPs). The quantification of 4MI in Coca Cola (C-cola) was carried out. In order to improve the reproducibility of the peak intensities, Fe2O3 NPs loaded on ZSM5 zeolite were used as the matrix for quantification. By using 2-ethylimidazole (2EI) as the internal standard, the amount of 4MI in C-cola was determined to range from 88 to 65 μg/355 mL...
2018: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Marco Stubbe, Jan Gimsa
The impedance of electrodes with adherent biological cells correlates with cell viability and proliferation. To model this correlation, we exploited the idea that the introduction of a highly conductive layer into the equatorial equipotential slice of a system with an oriented, freely suspended, single ellipsoidal cell may split the system into mirror-symmetrical halves without changing the field distribution. Each half possesses half of the system's impedance and contains a hemiellipsoidal cell attached to the conductive layer, which can be considered a bottom electrode...
May 15, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Chancellor F Gray, Cameron Smith, Yury Zasimovich, Patrick J Tighe
Acute pain medicine services influence many different aspects of postoperative recovery and function. Here, we discuss the various stakeholders of an acute pain medicine service, review the direct and indirect impact on said stakeholders, review the shared and competing interests between acute pain medicine programs and various payer systems, and discuss how APM services can help service lines align with the interests of the recent CMS Innovations Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.
December 2017: Techniques in Orthopaedics: TIO
Niklas Wahl, Philipp Hennig, Hans-Peter Wieser, Mark Bangerta
PURPOSE: We show that it is possible to explicitly incorporate fractionation effects into closed-form probabilistic treatment plan analysis and optimization for intensity-modulated proton therapy with analytical probabilistic modeling (APM). We study the impact of different fractionation schemes on the dosimetric uncertainty induced by random and systematic sources of range and setup uncertainty for treatment plans that were optimized with and without consideration of the number of treatment fractions...
February 2, 2018: Medical Physics
Paul W White, Brad Johnson, Jill Rathbun, Karen Woo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Sara I Pai, J Jack Lee, Thomas E Carey, William H Westra, Soldano Ferrone, Charles Moore, Marina B Mosunjac, Dong M Shin, Robert L Ferris
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals are at increased risk for developing several non-AIDS related malignancies and are often excluded from cancer immunotherapy regimens. To evaluate the immune competence of this cancer patient population, we evaluated HLA class I antigen presenting machinery (APM) component expression and PD-1:PD-L1 pathway upregulation in HIV(+) and HIV(-) head and neck cancers (HNCs). Sixty-two HIV(+) and 44 matched HIV(-) controls diagnosed with HNC between 1991 and 2011 from five tertiary care referral centers in the United States were identified...
February 2018: Oral Oncology
Theodore Vougiouklakis, Riyue Bao, Yusuke Nakamura, Vassiliki Saloura
A subset of patients with recurrent/metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) benefit from pembrolizumab and nivolumab, but the majority of patients do not probably due to lack of activated cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells in their tumor tissues. Herein, we aim to investigate whether specific protein methyltransferases (PMTs) and demethylases (PDMTs) could play any roles in the CD8+ T-cell exclusion process in HPV-negative SCCHN. RNA sequencing data from the TCGA database were interrogated for HPV-negative SCCHN patients using a 10-gene chemokine signature that classifies SCCHN tissues into CD8+ T-cell inflamed and non-CD8+ T-cell inflamed phenotypes...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
A Hauser, J L Verhey
The present work shows a method for stable simulations via the lattice Boltzmann (LB) model for electromagnetic waves (EM) transiting homogeneous media. LB models for such media were already presented in the literature, but they suffer from numerical instability when the media transitions are sharp. We use one of these models in the limit of pure vacuum derived from Liu and Yan [Appl. Math. MODEL: 38, 1710 (2014)AMMODL0307-904X10.1016/j.apm.2013.09.009] and apply an extension that treats the effects of polarization and magnetization separately...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Jeremy L Holzmacher, Cassandra Reynolds, Mayur Patel, Patrick Maluso, Seth Holland, Nathaniel Gamsky, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Acquista, Matthew Carrick, Richard Amdur, Heather Hancock, Michael Metzler, Julie Dunn, Babak Sarani
INTRODUCTION: Platelet dysfunction following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with worse outcomes. The efficacy of platelet transfusion to reverse antiplatelet medication (APM) remains unknown. Thrombelastography platelet mapping (TEG-PM) assesses platelet function. We hypothesize that platelet transfusion can reverse the effects of APM but does not improve outcomes following TBI. METHODS: An observational study at six US trauma centres was performed. Adult patients on APM with CT evident TBI after blunt injury were enrolled...
January 17, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Xiaoyan Chen, Jinguo Liu, Jian Zhou, Jian Wang, Cuicui Chen, Yuanlin Song, Jue Pan
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown that urban particulate matter (PM) increases the risk of respiratory infection. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. PM has been postulated to suppress the activation of airway epithelial innate defence in response to infection. METHODS: The effects of PM on antibacterial defence were studied using an in vitro infection model. The levels of antimicrobial peptides were measured using RT-PCR and ELISA...
January 8, 2018: Respiratory Research
Leslie J Bisson, Melissa A Kluczynski, William M Wind, Marc S Fineberg, Geoffrey A Bernas, Michael A Rauh, John M Marzo, Zehua Zhou, Jiwei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Chondral lesions are commonly encountered during arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM); however, it is unknown how these lesions affect postoperative outcomes. PURPOSE: The authors compared postoperative outcomes among patients with and without unstable chondral lesions 1 year after APM. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: The authors conducted a secondary analysis of data from the ChAMP (Chondral Lesions and Meniscus Procedures) randomized controlled trial...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Ziran Xu, Shoubing Wang, Yuanan Wang, Jie Zhang
Atmospheric particulate matter (APM), commonly seen and widely excited in environment, appears great enough to influence the biochemical processes in aquatic microorganisms and phytoplankton. Understanding the response of cyanobacteria to various factors is fundamental for eutrophication control. To clarify the response of cyanobacteria to APM, the effects of PM2.5, PM2.5-10, and PM>10 on Microcystis aeruginosa were researched. Variabilities in cell density, chlorophyll a, soluble protein, malondialdehyde, extracellular activity, and kinetic parameters of alkaline phosphatase were evaluated by lab-cultured experiments...
December 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Robert H Brophy, Bo Zhang, Lei Cai, Rick W Wright, Linda J Sandell, Muhammad Farooq Rai
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of osteoarthritis (OA) on the meniscus by comparing transcripts and biological processes in the meniscus between patients with and without OA. DESIGN: RNA microarrays were used to identify transcripts differentially expressed (DE) in meniscus obtained from 12 OA and 12 non-OA patients. The non-OA specimens were obtained at the time of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM). Real-time PCR was performed on selected transcripts. Biological processes and gene-networking was examined computationally...
December 16, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Francesco Mozzanica, Alessandro Selvaggio, Daniela Ginocchio, Nicole Pizzorni, Letizia Scarponi, Antonio Schindler
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the speech and language pathologists' (SLPs) voice production during a typical working day. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 28 SLPs, all females, were enrolled. According to the type of treated disease, the cohort of SLPs was divided into 4 groups (7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of dysphagic adult clients; 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of deaf children; 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of dysphonic adult clients; and 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of aphasic adult clients)...
December 12, 2017: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
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This final rule cancels the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment Model and rescinds the regulations governing these models. It also implements certain revisions to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, including: Giving certain hospitals selected for participation in the CJR model a one-time option to choose whether to continue their participation in the model; technical refinements and clarifications for certain payment, reconciliation and quality provisions; and a change to increase the pool of eligible clinicians that qualify as affiliated practitioners under the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) track...
December 1, 2017: Federal Register
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