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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827165/reproducibility-of-task-activation-using-the-addenbrooke-s-cognitive-examination-in-healthy-controls-a-functional-transcranial-doppler-ultrasonography-study
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L Beishon, C A L Williams, R B Panerai, T G Robinson, V J Haunton
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFv) changes occurring with cognitive stimulation can be measured by Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD). The aim of this study was to assess the reproducibility of CBFv changes to the Addenbrooke's cognitive examination (ACE-III). NEW METHOD: 13 volunteers underwent bilateral TCD (middle cerebral artery), continuous heart rate (HR, 3-lead ECG, Finometer), beat-to-beat mean arterial pressure (MAP, Finometer), and end-tidal CO2 (ETCO2, capnography)...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817146/controlled-deposition-of-palladium-nanodendrites-on-the-tips-of-gold-nanorods-and-their-enhanced-catalytic-activity
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Gaoxing Su, Huaqiao Jiang, Hongyan Zhu, Jing-Jing Lv, Guohai Yang, Bing Yan, Jun-Jie Zhu
Plasmonic Au-Pd nanostructures have drawn significant attention for use in heterogeneous catalysis. In this study, palladium nanodendrite-tipped gold nanorods (PdND-T-AuNRs) were subjected to a facile fabrication under mild reaction conditions. The palladium amounts on the two tips were tunable. In the preparation of PdND-T-AuNRs, dense capped AuNRs, a low reaction temperature, and suitable stabilizing agents were identified as critical reaction parameters for controlling palladium nanodendrites deposited on both ends of AuNRs...
August 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814812/transurethral-resection-of-the-prostate-turp-vs-greenlight-photoselective-vaporization-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-analysis-of-bph6-outcomes-after-1-year-of-follow-up
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S Cimino, S Voce, F Palmieri, V Favilla, T Castelli, S Privitera, R Giardina, G Reale, G I Russo, G Morgia
The surgical treatment of benign prostatic obstruction is changing over the time, thanks the increase evidence about the successful role of laser techniques in this surgery. We aimed to compare prostatic GreenLight photovaporization (PVP) to bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) with regard to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) improvement through the evaluation of BPH6. We enrolled 220 consecutive subjects affected by LUTS. We performed a propensity score matching using prostate volume, peak flow and International Prostate Symptoms Score (IPSS)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813234/cardiac-mr-strain-a-noninvasive-biomarker-of-fibrofatty-remodeling-of-the-left-atrial-myocardium
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Adrian T Huber, Jérôme Lamy, Amer Rahhal, Morgane Evin, Fabrice Atassi, Carine Defrance, Guillaume Lebreton, Karine Clément, Myriam Berthet, Richard Isnard, Pascal Leprince, Philippe Cluzel, Stéphane N Hatem, Nadjia Kachenoura, Alban Redheuil
Purpose To determine whether left atrial (LA) strain quantification with cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging feature tracking is associated with the severity of LA fibrofatty myocardial remodeling at histologic analysis. Materials and Methods This prospective case-control study was approved by the institutional review board. LA strain was evaluated with cardiac MR feature tracking between January 2014 and March 2015 in 13 consecutive patients (mean age, 61 years ± 19; nine male) with mitral regurgitation in the 24 hours before mitral valve surgery and 13 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects...
August 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805258/impact-of-beta-blockers-on-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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M P Wallen, A Hall, K A Dias, J S Ramos, S E Keating, A J Woodward, T L Skinner, G A Macdonald, R Arena, J S Coombes
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced liver disease may develop portal hypertension that can result in variceal haemorrhage. Beta-blockers reduce portal pressure and minimise haemorrhage risk. These medications may attenuate measures of cardiopulmonary performance, such as the ventilatory threshold and peak oxygen uptake measured via cardiopulmonary exercise testing. AIM: To determine the effect of beta-blockers on cardiopulmonary exercise testing variables in patients with advanced liver disease...
August 14, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805061/triple-helix-molecular-switch-electrochemical-ratiometric-biosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-nucleic-acids
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Erhu Xiong, Zhenzhen Li, Xiaohua Zhang, Jiawan Zhou, Xiaoxia Yan, Yunqing Liu, Jinhua Chen
Biomolecular receptors such as nucleic acids that switch between two or more conformations upon binding to a specific target can be used to build specific and sensitive biosensors. In this work, based on the electrochemical dual-signaling ratiometric strategy and triple-helix molecular switch, we developed a selective, reusable, and simple electrochemical DNA (E-DNA) biosensor for target DNA (T-DNA) detection. A hairpin DNA capture probe labeled with methylene blue (MB-DNA) self-assembles on the surface of a gold electrode (GE) through Au-S bond, and then a single-strand DNA modified with two ferrocenes (Fc-DNA) on each end to enhance the oxidation signal hybridizes with the MB-DNA to form a triple-helix conformation...
August 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802991/volcanogenic-so2-a-natural-pollutant-measurements-modeling-and-hazard-assessment-at-vulcano-island-aeolian-archipelago-italy
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Domenico Granieri, Fabio Vita, Salvatore Inguaggiato
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a major component of magmatic gas discharges. Once emitted in the atmosphere it can affect the air and land environment at different spatial and temporal scales, with harmful effects on human health and plant communities. We used a dense dataset of continuous SO2 flux and meteorological measurements collected at Vulcano over an 8-year period spanning from May 2008 to February 2016 to model air SO2 concentrations over the island. To this end, we adopted the DISGAS (DISpersion of GAS) numerical code coupled with the Diagnostic Wind Model (DWM)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802509/value-of-strain-imaging-and-maximal-oxygen-consumption-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Kegan J Moneghetti, Davide Stolfo, Jeffrey W Christle, Yukari Kobayashi, Gherardo Finocchiaro, Gianfranco Sinagra, Jonathan Myers, Euan A Ashley, Francois Haddad, Matthew T Wheeler
Longitudinal strain (LS) has been shown to be predictive of outcome in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). Percent predicted peak oxygen uptake (ppVO2), among other cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) metrics, is a strong predictor of prognosis in HC. However, there has been limited investigation into the combination of LS and CPX metrics. This study sought to determine how LS and parameters of exercise performance contribute to prognosis in HC. One hundred and thirty-one consecutive patients with HC who underwent CPX and stress echocardiography were included...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800206/relative-bioavailability-of-fixed-dose-combinations-of-tamsulosin-and-dutasteride-results-from-2-randomized-trials-in-healthy-male-volunteers
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Olivia Burns, John Zhu, Michael J Manyak, Ramiya Ravindranath, Fariba Koosha, Nazneen Haque, Sally Chung
The relative bioavailabilities of dutasteride/tamsulosin hydrochloride 0.5 mg/0.2 mg fixed-dose combination (FDC) capsules compared with coadministered reference products (1 dutasteride 0.5-mg capsule [Avodart(®) ] + 1 tamsulosin hydrochloride 0.2-mg orally disintegrating tablet [Harnal D(®) ]) were investigated in 2 clinical trials under fasted and fed conditions (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02184585 and NCT02509104). Both trials were open-label, randomized, single-dose, crossover studies in healthy male adults aged 18-65 years...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782308/a-prospective-observational-study-to-determine-the-prevalence-and-clinical-profile-of-patients-of-hypertensive-crisis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Santosh B Salagre, Shobha M Itolikar, Kapil Gedam
BACKGROUND: Hypertension can present in crisis form as 'hypertensive urgency'(HU) or as 'hypertensive emergency' (HE). Both the conditions are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. AIM: To evaluate the clinical characteristics, course of illness, end-organ damage and survival outcome in patients with hypertensive crisis. METHODOLOGY: This prospective observational year-long study was conducted after due ethical considerations on 120 adult non-pregnant patients who presented with blood pressure of >180/120 mm Hg in the emergency medical services of a tertiary care hospital...
June 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778055/the-effect-of-the-ketogenic-diet-on-the-developing-skeleton
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Peter J Simm, Jillian Bicknell-Royle, Jock Lawrie, Judy Nation, Kellie Draffin, Karen G Stewart, Fergus J Cameron, Ingrid E Scheffer, Mark T Mackay
The ketogenic diet (KD) is a medically supervised, high fat, low carbohydrate and restricted protein diet which has been used successfully in patients with refractory epilepsy. Only one published report has explored its effect on the skeleton. We postulated that the KD impairs skeletal health parameters in patients on the KD. Patients commenced on the KD were enrolled in a prospective, longitudinal study, with monitoring of Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) derived bone parameters including bone mineral content and density (BMD)...
July 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775070/elevated-airway-liquid-volumes-at-birth-a-potential-cause-of-transient-tachypnea-of-the-newborn
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Erin Victoria McGillick, Katie Lee, Shigeo Yamaoka, Arjan B Te Pas, Kelly J Crossley, Megan J Wallace, Marcus John Kitchen, Robert A Lewis, Lauren T Kerr, Philip DeKoninck, Janneke Dekker, Marta Thio, Annie McDougall, Stuart B Hooper
Excessive liquid in airways and/or in distal lung tissue may underpin the respiratory morbidity associated with transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN). However, its effects on lung aeration and respiratory function following birth are unknown. We investigated the effect of elevated airway liquid volumes on newborn respiratory function. Near term rabbit kittens (30 days gestation; term ~32 days) were delivered, had lung liquid drained and either had no liquid replaced (Control, n=7) or 30 mL/kg of liquid was re-added to the airways (liquid added; LA, n=7)...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772005/the-effects-of-antioxidants-on-ocular-blood-flow-in-patients-with-glaucoma
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Alon Harris, Josh Gross, Nicholas Moore, Thai Do, Amelia Huang, Willy Gama, Brent Siesky
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of an antioxidant dietary supplement that includes Ginkgo biloba, on retinal and retrobulbar blood flow in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG). METHODS: Forty-five patients with confirmed OAG were enroled in a randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled cross-over study. Baseline and postadministration measurements of intraocular pressure (IOP), ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), retrobulbar blood flow, and retinal capillary blood flow were non-invasively measured (ultrasound and laser Doppler modalities, respectively) before and one month after antioxidant nutraceuticals and placebo administration...
August 3, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766919/turbulent-kinetic-energy-in-the-right-ventricle-potential-mr-marker-for-risk-stratification-of-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Alexandru Fredriksson, Aleksandra Trzebiatowska-Krzynska, Petter Dyverfeldt, Jan Engvall, Tino Ebbers, Carl-Johan Carlhäll
PURPOSE: To assess right ventricular (RV) turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot (rToF) and a spectrum of pulmonary regurgitation (PR), as well as to investigate the relationship between these 4D flow markers and RV remodeling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients with rToF and 10 healthy controls were included in the study. Patients were divided into two groups based on PR fraction: one lower PR fraction group (≤11%) and one higher PR fraction group (>11%)...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759651/rare-hiv-1-transmitted-founder-lineages-identified-by-deep-viral-sequencing-contribute-to-rapid-shifts-in-dominant-quasispecies-during-acute-and-early-infection
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Gustavo H Kijak, Eric Sanders-Buell, Agnes-Laurence Chenine, Michael A Eller, Nilu Goonetilleke, Rasmi Thomas, Sivan Leviyang, Elizabeth A Harbolick, Meera Bose, Phuc Pham, Celina Oropeza, Kultida Poltavee, Anne Marie O'Sullivan, Erik Billings, Melanie Merbah, Margaret C Costanzo, Joanna A Warren, Bonnie Slike, Hui Li, Kristina K Peachman, Will Fischer, Feng Gao, Claudia Cicala, James Arthos, Leigh A Eller, Robert J O'Connell, Samuel Sinei, Lucas Maganga, Hannah Kibuuka, Sorachai Nitayaphan, Mangala Rao, Mary A Marovich, Shelly J Krebs, Morgane Rolland, Bette T Korber, George M Shaw, Nelson L Michael, Merlin L Robb, Sodsai Tovanabutra, Jerome H Kim
In order to inform the rational design of HIV-1 preventive and cure interventions it is critical to understand the events occurring during acute HIV-1 infection (AHI). Using viral deep sequencing on six participants from the early capture acute infection RV217 cohort, we have studied HIV-1 evolution in plasma collected twice weekly during the first weeks following the advent of viremia. The analysis of infections established by multiple transmitted/founder (T/F) viruses revealed novel viral profiles that included: a) the low-level persistence of minor T/F variants, b) the rapid replacement of the major T/F by a minor T/F, and c) an initial expansion of the minor T/F followed by a quick collapse of the same minor T/F to low frequency...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759086/assessment-of-myocardial-repolarisation-parameters-in-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever
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Kayihan Karaman, Metin Karayakali, Ertuğrul Erken, Ahmet Demirtaş, Mustafa Öztürk, Fatih Altunkaş, Arif Arisoy, Oğuzhan Ekrem Turan, Köksal Ceyhan, Ataç Çelik
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a chronic, recurrent auto-inflammatory disease characterised by self-terminating attacks of fever and sterile polyserositis. The main cause of death in auto-inflammatory diseases is cardiovascular events. Additionally, auto-inflammatory diseases have potential effects on the myocardial repolarisation parameters, including the T-wave peak-to-end (Tp-Te) interval, cTp-Te interval (corrected Tp-Te) and the cTp-Te/QT ratio. The aim of this study was to analyse the efficacy of myocardial repolarisation alterations in anticipation of cardiovascular risks in patients with FMF...
May 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753169/absolute-postoperative-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-concentrations-but-not-their-general-trend-are-associated-with-12-month-all-cause-mortality-after-on-pump-cardiac-surgery
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Eckhard Mauermann, Daniel Bolliger, Jens Fassl, Martin Grapow, Esther E Seeberger, Manfred D Seeberger, Miodrag Filipovic, Giovanna A L Lurati Buse
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a predictor of mortality after on-pump cardiac surgery. However, previous limited and heterogeneous studies have focused on peak concentrations at 3 to 5 days after surgery and may not offer clinicians much help in early decision-making. After confirming the predictive value of first-postoperative-day BNP in a preliminary analysis, we explored the association between isolated second-postoperative-day BNP concentrations, second-day BNP concentrations in conjunction with first-day BNP concentrations, and the change in BNP (ie, ΔBNP) from the first to the second postoperative day and 12-month, all-cause mortality...
September 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736528/linking-ventilator-injury-induced-leak-across-the-blood-gas-barrier-to-derangements-in-murine-lung-function
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Bradford J Smith, Elizabeth Bartolak-Suki, Bela Suki, Gregory S Roy, Katharine L Hamlington, Chantel M Charlebois, Jason H T Bates
Mechanical ventilation is vital to the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome, but it frequently leads to ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Understanding the pathophysiological processes involved in the development of VILI is an essential prerequisite for improving lung-protective ventilation strategies. The goal of this study was to relate the amount and nature of material accumulated in the airspaces to biomarkers of injury and the derecruitment behavior of the lung in VILI. Forty-nine BALB/c mice were mechanically ventilated with combinations of tidal volume and end-expiratory pressures to produce varying degrees of overdistension and atelectasis while lung function was periodically assessed...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730834/resveratrol-alleviates-ethanol-induced-hormonal-and-metabolic-disturbances-in-the-rat
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J Popelář, M Díaz Gómez, J Lindovský, N Rybalko, J Burianová, T Oohashi, J Syka
Brain-specific link protein Bral2 represents a substantial component of perineuronal nets (PNNs) enwrapping neurons in the central nervous system. To elucidate the role of Bral2 in auditory signal processing, the hearing function in knockout Bral2(-/-) (KO) mice was investigated using behavioral and electrophysiological methods and compared with wild type Bral2(+/+) (WT) mice. The amplitudes of the acoustic startle reflex (ASR) and the efficiency of the prepulse inhibition of ASR (PPI of ASR), produced by prepulse noise stimulus or gap in continuous noise, was similar in 2-week-old WT and KO mice...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729687/canopy-physiology-vine-performance-and-host-pathogen-interaction-in-a-fungi-resistant-cv-sangiovese-x-bianca-accession-vs-a-susceptible-clone
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S Poni, G Chiari, T Caffi, F Bove, S Tombesi, A Moncalvo, M Gatti
The present study compares the physiological and cropping response of the new fungi-resistant grapevine Accession 72-096 ('Sangiovese' x 'Bianca' hybrid) against a susceptible 'Sangiovese' clone which was either fully (FS-SG) or partially sprayed (PS-SG). Data logged on Accession 72-096 indicate that while two early season sprays were enough to avoid major downy mildew (DM) and powdery mildew (PM) outbreaks, Accession 72-096 also showed concurrent desirable features such as moderate cropping, loose clusters, fast sugar accumulation coupled with sufficient acidity even at peak total soluble solids (TSS) concentration (around 24 °Brix), good color and higher flavonols prompting co-pigmentation...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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