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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346718/modulation-of-the-rat-micturition-reflex-with-transcutaneous-ultrasound
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Daniel P Casella, Anne G Dudley, Douglass B Clayton, John C Pope, Stacy T Tanaka, John Thomas, Mark C Adams, John W Brock, Charles F Caskey
INTRODUCTION: Low intensity focused ultrasound has recently been identified as a novel method of stimulating targeted neurons. We hypothesized that ultrasound stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve would inhibit bladder contractions in an established rat model of rhythmic bladder contractions. METHODS: Cyclical detrusor contractions were initiated by placing a transurethral catheter in female rats and infusing saline into the bladder. Transcutaneous ultrasound pulses were then delivered to the lower extremity of a rat (overlying the posterior tibial nerve) using a single element spherically focused 250 kHz transducer...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339886/optimal-method-of-measuring-the-t-peak-to-t-end-interval-for-risk-stratification-in-primary-prevention
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Todd M Rosenthal, Daniel Masvidal, Freddy M Abi Samra, Michael L Bernard, Sammy Khatib, Glenn M Polin, Paul A Rogers, Joel Q Xue, Daniel P Morin
Aims: Several published investigations demonstrated that a longer T-peak to T-end interval (Tpe) implies increased risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT/VF) and mortality. Tpe has been measured using diverse methods. We aimed to determine the optimal Tpe measurement method for screening purposes. Methods and results: We evaluated 305 patients with LVEF ≤ 35% and an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implanted for primary prevention. Tpe was measured using seven different methods described in the literature, including six manual methods and the automated algorithm '12SL', and was corrected for heart rate...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315570/tp-e-interval-and-tp-e-qtc-ratio-as-novel-surrogate-markers-for-prediction-of-ventricular-arrhythmic-events-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Mehmet Kadri Akboğa, Kevser Gülcihan Balcı, Samet Yılmaz, Selahattin Aydın, Çağrı Yayla, Ahmet Göktuğ Ertem, Sefa Ünal, Mustafa Mücahit Balcı, Yücel Balbay, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloğlu
OBJECTIVE: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) as a common genetic heart disease characterized by ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis is significantly associated with a higher risk of fatal ventricular arrhythmic events (VAEs). We aimed to assess the interval between the peak and the end of the electrocardiographic T wave (Tp-e) and Tp-e/corrected QT (QTc) ratio as candidate markers of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with HCM. METHODS: In this single-center, prospective study, a total of 66 patients with HCM and 88 controls were enrolled...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279534/winter-ecology-of-a-subalpine-grassland-effects-of-snow-removal-on-soil-respiration-microbial-structure-and-function
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Konstantin Gavazov, Johannes Ingrisch, Roland Hasibeder, Robert T E Mills, Alexandre Buttler, Gerd Gleixner, Jukka Pumpanen, Michael Bahn
Seasonal snow cover provides essential insulation for mountain ecosystems, but expected changes in precipitation patterns and snow cover duration due to global warming can influence the activity of soil microbial communities. In turn, these changes have the potential to create new dynamics of soil organic matter cycling. To assess the effects of experimental snow removal and advanced spring conditions on soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) dynamics, and on the biomass and structure of soil microbial communities, we performed an in situ study in a subalpine grassland in the Austrian Alps, in conjunction with soil incubations under controlled conditions...
March 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274540/the-effect-of-metilpheniydate-risperidone-and-combination-therapy-on-ecg-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Derya Karpuz, Olgu Hallioglu, Fevziye Toros, Bahar Tasdelen
INTRODUCTION: This study is to investigate ventricular repolarization on electrocardiogram (ECG) in a pediatric population receiving methylphenidate (MPH), risperidone (RIS) and combined therapy. METHODS: A total of 215 patients between 6 and 12years with ADHD/conduct disorder receiving methylphenidate, risperidone and combined therapy for minimum 3months and an untreated ADHD group (n=76) was consecutively included in the study. Twelve lead ECG parameters including mean QT, QTc, T-peak to T-end (TpTe) intervals, TpTe dispersion and TpTe/QT ratio were compared...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271153/low-iron-stores-in-otherwise-healthy-children-affect-electrocardiographic-markers-of-important-cardiac-events
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Cem Karadeniz, Rahmi Özdemir, Mustafa Demirol, Nagehan Katipoğlu, Yılmaz Yozgat, Timur Meşe, Nurettin Ünal
Both an excess of iron and iron deficiency (ID) may lead to significant cardiac problems. Parameters that represent ventricular repolarization heterogeneity, like QT dispersion (QTd), corrected QT dispersion (QTcd), the interval between the peak and the end of the T wave (Tp-e), and Tp-e dispersion, have not been evaluated in otherwise healthy children with low iron levels before. Here we assessed the effects of low iron storage on P wave dispersion (PWd), QTd, Tp-e intervals, and Tp-e dispersion in otherwise healthy children...
March 7, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270711/provider-decisions-and-patient-outcomes-after-premature-metformin-discontinuation
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Jessica N Bradley, Krystal L Edwards, Jennifer T Gunter, Rick A Weideman, Kevin C Kelly
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of alternative antihyperglycemic therapy after discontinuation of metformin due to documented declining renal function. This retrospective, single-site study evaluated patients who had metformin discontinued between 1 January 1999 and 30 September 2013. Medical records were evaluated for documented adverse events, subsequent glycemic control, and costs associated with the alternative therapy. Patients served as their own controls. A total of 179 patients met study entry criteria, and their peak A1C was significantly higher within the year after metformin discontinuation (P <0...
February 2017: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269114/application-of-a-new-robust-ecg-t-wave-delineation-algorithm-for-the-evaluation-of-the-autonomic-innervation-of-the-myocardium
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Matteo Cesari, Jesper Mehlsen, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen
T-wave amplitude (TWA) is a well know index of the autonomic innervation of the myocardium. However, until now it has been evaluated only manually or with simple and inefficient algorithms. In this paper, we developed a new robust single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) T-wave delineation algorithm that is able to detect the T-wave with a wavelet based method and automatically calculate the TWA. We evaluated the algorithm on the QT database, achieving a sensitivity of 99.92% for the T wave peak and 99.38% for the T wave end...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253327/osteoprotegerin-levels-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-temporal-profile-and-association-with-myocardial-injury-and-left-ventricular-function
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Christian Shetelig, Shanmuganathan Limalanathan, Jan Eritsland, Pavel Hoffmann, Ingebjørg Seljeflot, Jon Michael Gran, Pål Aukrust, Thor Ueland, Geir Øystein Andersen
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of osteoprotegerin (OPG) have been associated with adverse outcomes in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the role of OPG in myocardial injury and adverse remodeling in STEMI patients remains unclear. The aims of this observational cohort study were to evaluate: 1) the temporal profile of OPG during STEMI, 2) possible associations between OPG measured acutely and after 4 months, with infarct size, adverse left ventricular (LV) remodeling, microvascular obstruction (MVO) and myocardial salvage and 3) the effect of heparin administration on OPG levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252815/analysis-of-the-german-drg-data-for-livedoid-vasculopathy-and-calciphylaxis
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R Renner, J Dissemond, T Goerge, N Hoff, K Kröger, C Erfurt-Berge
BACKGROUND: Livedoid vasculopathy and calciphylaxis are rare skin disorders. Large cohorts of patients have been missing so far for detailed analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) of hospitalized cases of livedoid vasculopathy (ntotal =1357) and calciphylaxis (ntotal = 699) were analysed for the years 2008-2013 concerning sex, age and frequency of diagnosis. To avoid deviations to non-relevant secondary diagnosis and due to changes in ICD-10 indices, we selected the two most recent available years 2013 and 2014 for evaluation of the accompanying diagnoses for both, livedoid vasculopathy (n=519) and calciphylaxis (n=324)...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249483/thermal-management-and-prototype-testing-of-compton-scattering-x-ray-beam-position-monitor-for-the-advanced-photon-source-upgrade
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S H Lee, B X Yang, J T Collins, M Ramanathan
Accurate and stable x-ray beam position monitors (XBPMs) are key elements in obtaining the desired user beam stability in the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade. In the next-generation XBPMs for the canted-undulator front ends, where two undulator beams are separated by 1.0 mrad, the lower beam power (<10 kW) per undulator allows us to explore lower-cost solutions based on Compton scattering from a diamond placed edge-on to the x-ray beam. Because of the high peak power density of the x-ray beams, this diamond experiences high temperatures and has to be clamped to a water-cooled heat spreader using thermal interface materials (TIMs), which play a key role in reducing the temperature of the diamond...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247444/velocity-specific-and-time-dependent-adaptations-following-a-standardised-nordic-hamstring-exercise-training
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Tobias Alt, Yannick T Nodler, Jannik Severin, Axel J Knicker, Heiko K Strüder
The Nordic Hamstring Exercise (NHE) is effective for selective hamstring strengthening to improve muscle balance between knee flexors and extensors. The purpose of this study (within subject design of repeated measures) was to determine the effects of a standardised 4-week NHE training on thigh strength and balance with concomitant kinetic and kinematic monitoring. Sixteen male sprinters (22 years, 181 cm, 76 kg) performed a standardised 4-week NHE training consisting of three sessions per week (each 3 x 3 repetitions)...
March 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239799/the-consistency-of-myocardial-strain-derived-from-heart-deformation-analysis
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Eric J Keller, Shanna Fang, Kai Lin, Benjamin H Freed, Peter M Smith, Bruce S Spottiswoode, Rachel Davids, Maria Carr, Marie-Pierre Jolly, Michael Markl, James C Carr, Jeremy D Collins
The purpose of this study was to assess the consistency of semi-automated myocardial strain analysis by prototype software across field strengths, temporal resolutions, and examinations. 35 volunteers (48 ± 13 years; 20% women) and 25 patients (54 ± 12 years; 44% women) without significant cardiac dysfunction underwent cine cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) at 1.5 T with a temporal resolution of 39.2 msec. 34 subjects also underwent imaging at 3.0 T; 16 had repeat examinations within 14 days; and 9 underwent CMR with temporal resolutions of 12...
February 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227343/application-of-a-new-robust-ecg-t-wave-delineation-algorithm-for-the-evaluation-of-the-autonomic-innervation-of-the-myocardium
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Matteo Cesari, Jesper Mehlsen, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Matteo Cesari, Jesper Mehlsen, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Jesper Mehlsen, Helge Bjarup Dissing Sorensen, Matteo Cesari, Anne-Birgitte Mehlsen
T-wave amplitude (TWA) is a well know index of the autonomic innervation of the myocardium. However, until now it has been evaluated only manually or with simple and inefficient algorithms. In this paper, we developed a new robust single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) T-wave delineation algorithm that is able to detect the T-wave with a wavelet based method and automatically calculate the TWA. We evaluated the algorithm on the QT database, achieving a sensitivity of 99.92% for the T wave peak and 99.38% for the T wave end...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225309/anabolic-bone-window-with-weekly-teriparatide-therapy-in-post-menopausal-osteoporosis-a-pilot-study
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Vinaya Gopalaswamy, Deba Prasad Dhibar, Vipin Gupta, Ashutosh Kumar Arya, Niranjan Khandelwal, Anil Bhansali, Sudhir Kumar Garg, Neelam Agarwal, Sudhaker D Rao, Sanjay Kumar Bhadada
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is a major public health problem, which reduces bone strength and increases risk of fracture. Teriparatide is an established and the only currently available anabolic therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO) with recommended daily dose of 20 μg subcutaneously. However data regarding the long term effect of once-weekly teriparatide therapy on bone mineral density (BMD), bone turnover markers (BTMs) and anabolic bone window is limited. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, 26 patients with PMO were treated with weekly teriparatide therapy (60 μg) for 2 years...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224424/dynamic-characteristic-mechanism-of-atrial-septal-defect-using-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-and-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-functions
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Gao-Wa Sharen, Jun Zhang, Chuan Qin, Qing Lv
The dynamic characteristics of the area of the atrial septal defect (ASD) were evaluated using the technique of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT 3DE), the potential factors responsible for the dynamic characteristics of the area of ASD were observed, and the overall and local volume and functions of the patients with ASD were measured. RT 3DE was performed on the 27 normal controls and 28 patients with ASD. Based on the three-dimensional data workstations, the area of ASD was measured at P wave vertex, R wave vertex, T wave starting point, and T wave terminal point and in the T-P section...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223927/effects-of-stroke-on-ipsilesional-end-effector-kinematics-in-a-multi-step-activity-of-daily-living
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Philipp Gulde, Charmayne Mary Lee Hughes, Joachim Hermsdörfer
Background: Stroke frequently impairs activities of daily living (ADL) and deteriorates the function of the contra- as well as the ipsilesional limbs. In order to analyze alterations of higher motor control unaffected by paresis or sensory loss, the kinematics of ipsilesional upper limb movements in patients with stroke has previously been analyzed during prehensile movements and simple tool use actions. By contrast, motion recording of multi-step ADL is rare and patient-control comparisons for movement kinematics are largely lacking...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222749/the-impact-of-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-replacement-induced-left-bundle-branch-block-on-cardiac-reverse-remodeling
#18
Laura E Dobson, Tarique A Musa, Akhlaque Uddin, Timothy A Fairbairn, Owen J Bebb, Peter P Swoboda, Philip Haaf, James Foley, Pankaj Garg, Graham J Fent, Christopher J Malkin, Daniel J Blackman, Sven Plein, John P Greenwood
BACKGROUND: Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is common following trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and has been linked to increased mortality, although whether this is related to less favourable cardiac reverse remodeling is unclear. The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of TAVR induced LBBB on cardiac reverse remodeling. METHODS: 48 patients undergoing TAVR for severe aortic stenosis were evaluated. 24 patients with new LBBB (LBBB-T) following TAVR were matched with 24 patients with a narrow post-procedure QRS (nQRS)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222005/a-modular-low-complexity-ecg-delineation-algorithm-for-real-time-embedded-systems
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Jose Manuel Bote, Joaquin Recas, Francisco Rincon, David Atienza, Roman Hermida
This work presents a new modular and lowcomplexity algorithm for the delineation of the different ECG waves (QRS, P and T peaks, onsets and end). Involving a reduced number of operations per second and having a small memory footprint, this algorithm is intended to perform realtime delineation on resource-constrained embedded systems. The modular design allows the algorithm to automatically adjust the delineation quality in run time to a wide range of modes and sampling rates, from a Ultra-low power mode when no arrhythmia is detected, in which the ECG is sampled at low frequency, to a complete High-accuracy delineation mode in which the ECG is sampled at high frequency and all the ECG fiducial points are detected, in case of arrhythmia...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213374/diurnal-differences-in-risk-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-during-spontaneous-hypoglycemia-in-young-people-with-type-1-diabetes
#20
Peter Novodvorsky, Alan Bernjak, Elaine Chow, Ahmed Iqbal, Lianne Sellors, Scott Williams, Robert A Fawdry, Bhavin Parekh, Richard M Jacques, Jefferson L B Marques, Paul J Sheridan, Simon R Heller
OBJECTIVE: Hypoglycemia may exert proarrhythmogenic effects on the heart via sympathoadrenal stimulation and hypokalemia. Hypoglycemia-induced cardiac dysrhythmias are linked to the "dead-in-bed syndrome," a rare, but devastating, condition. We examined the effect of nocturnal and daytime clinical hypoglycemia on electrocardiogram (ECG) in young people with type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-seven individuals with type 1 diabetes underwent 96 h of simultaneous ambulatory ECG and blinded continuous interstitial glucose monitoring (CGM) while symptomatic hypoglycemia was recorded...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
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