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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731403/safe-and-sustainable-the-extracranial-approach-toward-frontoethmoidal-meningoencephalocele-repair
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Paul I Heidekrueger, Myat Thu, Wolfgang Mühlbauer, Charlotte Holm-Mühlbauer, Philippe Schucht, Hans Anderl, Heinrich Schoeneich, Kyawzwa Aung, Mg Mg Ag, Ag Thu Soe Myint, Sabrina Juran, Thiha Aung, Denis Ehrl, Milomir Ninkovic, P Niclas Broer
OBJECTIVE Although rare, frontoethmoidal meningoencephaloceles continue to pose a challenge to neurosurgeons and plastic reconstructive surgeons. Especially when faced with limited infrastructure and resources, establishing reliable and safe surgical techniques is of paramount importance. The authors present a case series in order to evaluate a previously proposed concise approach for meningoencephalocele repair, with a focus on sustainability of internationally driven surgical efforts. METHODS Between 2001 and 2016, a total of 246 patients with frontoethmoidal meningoencephaloceles were treated using a 1-stage extracranial approach by a single surgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery of the Yangon General Hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, initially assisted by European surgeons...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727900/head-midline-position-for-preventing-the-occurrence-or-extension-of-germinal-matrix-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-preterm-infants
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Olga Romantsik, Maria Grazia Calevo, Matteo Bruschettini
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is known to constitute the major risk factor for development of germinal matrix-intraventricular hemorrhage (GM-IVH). Head position may affect cerebral hemodynamics and thus may be involved indirectly in development of GM-IVH. Turning the head toward one side may functionally occlude jugular venous drainage on the ipsilateral side while increasing intracranial pressure and cerebral blood volume. Thus, it has been suggested that cerebral venous pressure is reduced and hydrostatic brain drainage improved if the patient is in supine midline position with the bed tilted 30°...
July 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727580/increase-in-intracranial-pressure-by-application-of-a-rigid-cervical-collar-a-pilot-study-in-healthy-volunteers
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Iscander M Maissan, Rein Ketelaars, Boris Vlottes, Sanne E Hoeks, Dennis den Hartog, Robert J Stolker
OBJECTIVES: Rigid cervical collars are known to increase intracranial pressure (ICP) in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Cerebral blood flow might decrease according to the Kellie Monroe doctrine. For this reason, the use of the collar in patients with severe TBI has been abandoned from several trauma protocols in the Netherlands. There is no evidence on the effect of a rigid collar on ICP in patients with mild or moderate TBI or indeed patients with no TBI. As a first step we tested the effect in healthy volunteers with normal ICPs and intact autoregulation of the brain...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727246/recognition-and-extraction-of-cesium-hydroxide-and-carbonate-using-a-neutral-multitopic-ion-pair-receptor
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Qing He, Gretchen Marie Peters, Vincent M Lynch, Jonathan L Sessler
Current approaches to lowering the pH of basic media rely on the addition of a proton source. An alternative approach is described here that involves the liquid-liquid extraction-based removal of cesium salts, specifically CsOH and Cs2CO3, from highly basic media. A multitopic ion-pair receptor (2) is used that can recognize and extract the hydroxide and carbonate anions as their cesium salts, as confirmed by 1H NMR spectroscopic titrations, ICP-MS, single-crystal structural analyses and theoretical calculations...
July 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723097/decorating-of-ag-and-cuo-on-cu-nanoparticles-for-the-enhanced-high-catalytic-activity-to-the-degradation-of-organic-pollutants
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Yu Liang, Zhe Chen, Wen Yao, Pengyi Wang, Shujun Yu, Xiangke Wang
The metal/semiconductor composites are promising catalysts with superior catalytic activity. In this work, a Cu/CuO-Ag composite with structure that Ag and CuO nanoparticles (NPs) decorated on the surface of Cu were fabricated via a facile in-situ method. With the characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), the structure and structure and component of Cu/CuO-Ag composite were well-defined...
July 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717832/endoscopic-surgery-for-intraventricular-arachnoid-cysts-in-children-clinical-presentation-radiological-features-management-and-outcomes-over-a-12-year-period
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Phillip Copley, Matthew A Kirkman, Dominic Thompson, Greg James, Kristian Aquilina
PURPOSE: Less than 0.5% of arachnoid cysts are intraventricular in origin. We review our experience with endoscopic surgery for intraventricular arachnoid cysts in children. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of children with intraventricular arachnoid cysts who underwent surgery between 2005 and 2016. Clinical notes and imaging were reviewed. RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients with endoscopically treated intraventricular arachnoid cysts were identified (M/F = 17:12; median age = 1...
July 17, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717240/elemental-compositions-of-lichens-from-duolun-county-inner-mongolia-china-origin-road-effect-and-species-difference
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Hua-Jie Liu, Jing-Gong Wang, Yu Xia, Meng-Jie Yang, Si-Wa Liu, Liang-Cheng Zhao, Xiu-Ping Guo, Yun-Jun Jiang, Xin Li, Qing-Feng Wu, Shi-Bo Fang
To assess the response of lichen elemental compositions to road traffic and species difference in the context of high dust input and anthropogenic emissions, two foliose epiphytic lichens (Phaeophyscia hirtuosa, PHh; Candelaria fibrosa, CAf) were sampled near a road adjacent to Dolon Nor Town (Duolun County, Inner Mongolia, China). Twenty elements (Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Sb, Sr, Ti, V and Zn) in lichen and surface soil samples were analysed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715784/elemental-content-of-the-placenta-a-comparison-between-two-high-risk-obstetrical-populations-adult-women-carrying-multiples-and-adolescents-carrying-singletons
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Paolo de Angelis, Richard K Miller, Thomas H Darrah, Philip J Katzman, Eva K Pressman, Tera R Kent, Kimberly O O'Brien
BACKGROUND: The placenta is responsible for the exchange of nutrients and for preventing harmful compounds from entering the fetal circulation. With increasing industrialization, exposures to commercial and toxic metals become a concern for both pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy. The understanding of transport mechanisms and pharmacokinetics for most inorganic elements is incomplete and limited to normal term deliveries. OBJECTIVES: To obtain novel data on 46 inorganic elements in placentae from two high-risk obstetric populations, women carrying multiples and adolescents carrying singletons, evaluating differences, if present, and identifying predictors of placental content...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713431/an-unexpected-cause-of-bradycardia-in-a-patient-with-bacterial-meningitis
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Petros Ioannou, Magdalini Velegraki, Stella Soundoulounaki, Achilleas Gikas, Diamantis P Kofteridis
Sinus bradycardia which is a sinus rhythm with a resting heart rate of less than 60 bpm is caused by intrinsic cardiac disorders like sick sinus syndrome or inferior myocardial infarction, metabolic and environmental causes (such as hypothyroidism and electrolyte disorders), medications (such as beta-blockers and amiodarone), infection (such as myocarditis), increased intracranial pressure, and toxic exposure, while it can sometimes be a normal phenomenon, especially during sleep, in athletes, and during pregnancy...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710082/accuracy-and-precision-of-venous-pressure-measurements-of-endovascular-microcatheters-in-the-setting-of-dural-venous-sinus-stenosis
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Michael B Avery, Sheryl Sambrano, Javed Khader Eliyas, Muneer Eesa, Alim P Mitha
INTRODUCTION: Dural venous sinus stenosis (DVSS) may lead to increased intracranial pressure, sometimes requiring a stent if a high pressure gradient exists. Many neuroendovascular physicians use microcatheters to measure gradients, yet there are no studies comparing the accuracies and precisions of modern day microcatheters. We examined pressure recordings from five commonly used microcatheters in an experimental DVSS model. METHODS: Using a programmable pump, dynamic flow was established in a closed circuit mimicking the venous sinus waveform...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708187/strain-induced-insulator-to-conductor-transition-in-conducting-polymer-composites-from-the-auxetic-behaviour-of-hierarchical-microstructures
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Indu Chanchal Polpaya, C Lakshmana Rao, Susy Varughese
Above their 'percolation threshold', intrinsically conducting polymer (ICP) based composites exhibit an increase or decrease in conductivity with strain. However, in this study we report an increase in conductivity and an associated insulator-to-conductor transition observed in certain conducting polymer composites below their percolation threshold under uniaxial tensile strain, thereby shifting the percolation to lower volume fractions. The 'auxetic behaviour' possible in certain types of 'hierarchical' microstructures is shown to be responsible for such changes in the polyaniline (PANI) composites studied...
July 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706606/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-chlorella-vulgaris-and-evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-efficacy-against-staphylococcus-aureus
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Mohammad Soleimani, Maziar Habibi-Pirkoohi
BACKGROUND: It is well documented that Silver Nanoparticles (SNPs) are potent antimicrobial agents. However, little is known about antimicrobial effects of biologically synthesized SNPs at molecular level. In the present study, efficacy of the green microalgae Chlorella vulgaris in biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and inhibitory effect of the biosynthesized SNPs on growth and virulence of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were investigated. METHODS: Algal suspension was incubated in the presence of silver nitrate to induce formation of nanoparticles...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702563/remarkable-differences-in-the-biochemical-fate-of-cd-2-hg-2-ch3hg-and-thimerosal-in-red-blood-cell-lysate
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Matthew A Gibson, Sophia Sarpong-Kumankomah, Susan Nehzati, Graham N George, Jürgen Gailer
Humans are environmentally exposed to potentially toxic Cd and Hg species and to the Hg compound thimerosal (THI), an antibactericidal vaccine additive. Previous studies have revealed that Cd(2+), Hg(2+) and CH3Hg(+) are taken up by red blood cells (RBCs) and bind to cytosolic glutathione (GSH) and/or hemoglobin (Hb). Since interactions in the cytosol of RBCs may be linked to their hemolysis, a more comprehensive characterization of these interactions was sought. After the addition of each Cd and Hg species to RBC lysate, the mixtures were analyzed after 5 min, 2 h and 6 h by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) coupled on-line to an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES)...
July 12, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701994/the-role-of-substance-p-in-secondary-pathophysiology-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Robert Vink, Levon Gabrielian, Emma Thornton
It has recently been shown that substance P (SP) plays a major role in the secondary injury process following traumatic brain injury (TBI), particularly with respect to neuroinflammation, increased blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, and edema formation. Edema formation is associated with the development of increased intracranial pressure (ICP) that has been widely associated with increased mortality and morbidity after neurotrauma. However, a pharmacological intervention to specifically reduce ICP is yet to be developed, with current interventions limited to osmotic therapy rather than addressing the cause of increased ICP...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698978/concentration-of-12-metals-and-metalloids-in-the-blood-of-white-stork-ciconia-ciconia-basal-values-and-influence-of-age-and-gender
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Ana Raquel Maia, Francisco Soler-Rodriguez, Marcos Pérez-López
The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is being increasingly used in biomonitoring programmes of environmental contaminants due to its growing population in Europe; however, studies on inorganic elements are scarce. The blood of 70 white storks was collected and analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) to determine the presence of the following elements: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), arsenic (As), nickel (Ni), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), selenium (Se), manganese (Mn), chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co), and cadmium (Cd)...
July 11, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696835/urinary-cadmium-levels-in-active-and-retired-coal-miners
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Julia Isermann, Hans-Martin Prager, Rainer Ebbinghaus, Beata Janasik, Wojciech Wasowicz, Bertinus Dufaux, Hans-Friedrich Meyer, Agata Widera, Silvia Selinski, Jan G Hengstler, Klaus Golka
A meta-analysis, based upon 24 publications, showed a significantly elevated risk for urinary bladder cancer amongst miners. In European underground hard coal mining areas, an increased risk for urinary bladder cancer development was noted among hard coal miners, in particular in three investigations in the greater Dortmund area. However, the cause remains unclear. As cadmium (Cd), which was reported to be a bladder carcinogen in humans and is a constituent of coal, the aim of this study was to determine urinary Cd levels in active and retired hard coal miners and assess whether hard coal miners demonstrated elevated metal levels...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696671/simultaneous-delivery-of-multiple-antibacterial-agents-from-additively-manufactured-porous-biomaterials-to-fully-eradicate-planktonic-and-adherent-staphylococcus-aureus
#17
Sadra Bakhshandeh, Zahra Gorgin Karaji, Karel Lietaert, Ad C Fluit, C H Edwin Boel, Charles Vogely, Tina Vermonden, Wim E Hennink, Harrie Weinans, Amir Abbas Zadpoor, Saber Amin Yavari
Implant-associated infections are notoriously difficult to treat and may even result in amputation and death. The first few days after surgery is the most critical time to prevent those infections preferably through full eradication of the micro-organisms entering the body peri-operatively. That is particularly important for patients with a compromised immune system such as orthopaedic oncologic patients, as they are at higher risk for infection and complications. Full eradication of bacteria is, especially in a biofilm, extremely challenging due to the toxicity barrier that prevents us from delivering high doses of antibacterial agents...
July 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695222/ratiometric-in-vivo-auditioning-of-targeted-silver-nanoparticles
#18
Kadri Toome, Anne-Mari A Willmore, Päärn Paiste, Allan Tobi, Kazuki N Sugahara, Kalle Kirsimäe, Erkki Ruoslahti, Gary B Braun, Tambet Teesalu
Attaching affinity ligands to nanoparticles (NPs) increases selectivity for targeting cells and tissues, and can result in improved sensitivity and reduced off-target toxicity in diagnostic and therapeutic systems. The decision over key features - NP size, shape, coating strategies and targeting ligands for clinical translation is often hampered by a lack of quantitative in vivo NP homing assays. Sensitive, internally controlled assays are needed which allow for quantitative comparisons (auditions) among various formulations of targeted NPs...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693927/risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-overdrainage-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-cryptococcal-meningitis-after-the-ventriculoperitoneal-shunting-procedure
#19
Chih-Wei Hung, Wei-Che Lin, Wen-Neng Chang, Tsung-Ming Su, Chia-Te Kung, Nai-Wen Tsai, Hung-Chen Wang, Chih-Cheng Huang, Ben-Chung Cheng, Yu-Jih Su, Ya-Ting Chang, Chih-Min Su, Sheng-Yuan Hsiao, Cheng-Hsien Lu
PURPOSE: Shunt procedures used to treat cryptococcal meningitis complicated with hydrocephalus and/or increased intracranial pressure (IICP) could result in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) overdrainage, thereby presenting therapeutic challenges. METHODS: We analyzed the clinical features and neuroimaging findings after the ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt procedure in 51 HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)-negative patients with cryptococcal meningitis, to assess the risk factors associated with post-shunt CSF overdrainage...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693316/rapid-dissolution-of-zno-nanoparticles-induced-by-biological-buffers-significantly-impacts-cytotoxicity
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Josh Eixenberger, Catherine Anders, Rebecca Hermann, Raquel Brown, K M Reddy, Alex Punnoose, Denise Wingett
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO) are one of the most highly produced nanomaterials and are used in numerous applications including cosmetics and sunscreens despite reports demonstrating their cytotoxicity. Dissolution is viewed as one of the main sources of nanoparticle (NP) toxicity, however dissolution studies can be time-intensive to perform and complicated by issues such as particle separation from solution. Our work attempts to overcome some of these challenges by utilizing new methods using UV/vis and fluorescence spectroscopy to quantitatively assess nZnO dissolution in various biologically relevant solutions...
July 10, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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