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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097689/investigating-magnetic-susceptibility-of-human-knee-joint-at-7-tesla
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Hongjiang Wei, Russell Dibb, Kyle Decker, Nian Wang, Yuyao Zhang, Xiaopeng Zong, Weili Lin, Daniel B Nissman, Chunlei Liu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the magnetic susceptibility properties of different anatomical structures within the knee joint using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). METHODS: A collagen tissue model was simulated and ex vivo animal cartilage experiments were conducted at 9.4 Tesla (T) to evaluate the B0 orientation-dependent magnetic susceptibility contrast observed in cartilage. Furthermore, nine volunteers (six healthy subjects without knee pain history and three patients with known knee injury, between 29 and 58 years old) were scanned using gradient-echo acquisitions on a high-field 7T MR scanner...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096708/evaluating-medical-students-proficiency-with-a-handheld-ophthalmoscope-a-pilot-study
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Gregory Gilmour, James McKivigan
INTRODUCTION: Historically, testing medical students' skills using a handheld ophthalmoscope has been difficult to do objectively. Many programs train students using plastic models of the eye which are a very limited fidelity simulator of a real human eye. This makes it difficult to be sure that actual proficiency is attained given the differences between the various models and actual patients. The purpose of this article is to introduce a method of testing where a medical student must match a patient with his/her fundus photo, ensuring objective evaluation as well as developing skills on real patients which are more likely to transfer into clinical practice directly...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095918/anti-staphylococcal-activity-resulting-from-epithelial-lining-fluid-elf-concentrations-of-amikacin-inhale-administered-via-the-pulmonary-drug-delivery-system
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Islam M Ghazi, Mordechai Grupper, David P Nicolau
BACKGROUND: Amikacin inhale (BAY41-6551), a unique drug-device combination of a specially formulated drug solution and a pulmonary drug delivery system device (AMK-I) is currently under phase III study as an adjunctive therapy to IV antibiotics for the treatment of Gram-negative pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients. While the epidemiology of nosocomial pneumonia is predominated by Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the Enterobacteriaceae, Staphylococcus aureus is increasingly recognized as a pathogen of concern for these pulmonary based infections...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092496/the-effect-of-contrast-material-on-radiation-dose-at-ct-part-i-incorporation-of-contrast-material-dynamics-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
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Pooyan Sahbaee, W Paul Segars, Daniele Marin, Rendon C Nelson, Ehsan Samei
Purpose To develop a method to incorporate the propagation of contrast material into computational anthropomorphic phantoms for estimation of organ dose at computed tomography (CT). Materials and Methods A patient-specific physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of the human cardiovascular system was incorporated into 58 extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) patient phantoms. The PBPK model comprised compartmental models of vessels and organs unique to each XCAT model. For typical injection protocols, the dynamics of the contrast material in the body were described according to a series of patient-specific iodine mass-balance differential equations, the solutions to which provided the contrast material concentration time curves for each compartment...
January 13, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091877/influence-of-enamel-dentin-thickness-on-the-toxic-and-esthetic-effects-of-experimental-in-office-bleaching-protocols
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C C de Oliveira Duque, D G Soares, F G Basso, J Hebling, C A de Souza Costa
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to assess the whitening effectiveness and toxicity of tooth-bleaching protocols applied to enamel/dentin disks simulating mandibular incisors (ICs) and premolars (PMs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 10% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) gel was applied for 3 × 15, 1 × 15, or 1 × 5 min to enamel/dentin disks simulating mandibular ICs and PMs, and the trans-enamel and trans-dentinal diffusion products were applied to human dental pulp cells (1 h)...
January 14, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089485/perceptual-error-analysis-of-human-and-synthesized-voices
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Marina Englert, Glaucya Madazio, Ingrid Gielow, Jorge Lucero, Mara Behlau
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To assess the quality of synthesized voices through listeners' skills in discriminating human and synthesized voices. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. METHODS: Eighteen human voices with different types and degrees of deviation (roughness, breathiness, and strain, with three degrees of deviation: mild, moderate, and severe) were selected by three voice specialists. Synthesized samples with the same deviations of human voices were produced by the VoiceSim system...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089362/clinical-pharmacokinetics-of-oral-levofloxacin-and-sitafloxacin-in%C3%A2-epididymal-tissue
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Takuya Sadahira, Koichiro Wada, Kazuro Ikawa, Norifumi Morikawa, Hiroaki Kurahashi, Takashi Yoshioka, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Motoo Araki, Ayano Ishii, Masami Watanabe, Shinya Uehara, Toyohiko Watanabe, Yasutomo Nasu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the penetration of fluoroquinolones into human epididymal tissue. METHODS: The penetration of levofloxacin (LVFX) 500 mg or sitafloxacin (STFX) 100 mg into epididymal tissue was examined. Patients with prostate cancer who were referred for orchiectomy were included. LVFX 500 mg (n = 9) or STFX 100 mg (n = 9) was administered orally 1 h before orchiectomy, and 0.5 g of epididymal tissue and blood samples were collected simultaneously during surgery...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087265/myocardial-relaxation-is-accelerated-by-fast-stretch-not-reduced-afterload
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Charles S Chung, Charles W Hoopes, Kenneth S Campbell
Fast relaxation of cross-bridge generated force in the myocardium facilitates efficient diastolic function. Recently published research studying mechanisms that modulate the relaxation rate has focused on molecular factors. Mechanical factors have received less attention since the 1980s when seminal work established the theory that reducing afterload accelerates the relaxation rate. Clinical trials using afterload reducing drugs, partially based on this theory, have thus far failed to improve outcomes for patients with diastolic dysfunction...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079584/the-development-and-implementation-of-cognitive-aids-for-critical-events-in-pediatric-anesthesia-the-society-for-pediatric-anesthesia-critical-events-checklists
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Anna Clebone, Barbara K Burian, Scott C Watkins, Jorge A Gálvez, Justin L Lockman, Eugenie S Heitmiller
Cognitive aids such as checklists are commonly used in modern operating rooms for routine processes, and the use of such aids may be even more important during critical events. The Quality and Safety Committee of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) has developed a set of critical-event checklists and cognitive aids designed for 3 purposes: (1) as a repository of the latest evidence-based and expert opinion-based information to guide response and management of critical events, (2) as a source of just-in-time information during critical events, and (3) as a method to facilitate a shared understanding of required actions among team members during a critical event...
January 10, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076867/identifying-host-genetic-variants-associated-with-microbiome-composition-by-testing-multiple-beta-diversity-matrices
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Xing Hua, James J Goedert, Maria Teresa Landi, Jianxin Shi
OBJECTIVES: Host genetics have been recently reported to affect human microbiome composition. We previously developed a statistical framework, microbiomeGWAS, to identify host genetic variants associated with microbiome composition by testing a distance matrix. However, statistical power depends on the choice of a microbiome distance matrix. To achieve more robust statistical power, we aim to extend microbiomeGWAS to test the association with many distance matrices, which are defined based on multilevel taxa abundances and phylogenetic information...
2016: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076303/implementation-and-application-of-moving-average-as-continuous-analytical-quality-control-instrument-demonstrated-for-24-routine-chemistry-assays
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Huub H van Rossum, Hans Kemperman
BACKGROUND: General application of a moving average (MA) as continuous analytical quality control (QC) for routine chemistry assays has failed due to lack of a simple method that allows optimization of MAs. A new method was applied to optimize the MA for routine chemistry and was evaluated in daily practice as continuous analytical QC instrument. METHODS: MA procedures were optimized using an MA bias detection simulation procedure. Optimization was graphically supported by bias detection curves...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075331/predictive-modeling-of-respiratory-tumor-motion-for-real-time-prediction-of-baseline-shifts
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Arvind Balasubramanian, Rittika Shamsuddin, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Amit Sawant
Baseline shifts in respiratory patterns can result in significant spatiotemporal changes in patient anatomy (compared to that captured during simulation), in turn, causing geometric and dosimetric errors in the administration of thoracic and abdominal radiotherapy. We propose predictive modeling of the tumor motion trajectories for predicting a baseline shift ahead of its occurrence. The key idea is to use the features of the tumor motion trajectory over a 1-minute window, and predict the occurrence of a baseline shift in the 5 seconds that immediately follow (lookahead window)...
January 11, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073408/-establishment-of-a-cell-co-culture-system-in-accordance-with-the-immunological-characteristics-of-chronic-hbv-infection
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H J Li, X Y Yang, F B Kang, F X Liu, D X Sun
Objective: To investigate whether the co-culture of Huh7.93 cells and peripheral blood mononucleated cells from chronic hepatitis B patients (cPBMCs) can simulate the replication features of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and immune function in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, and to provide an in vitro cell co-culture system for the research on immune clearance in chronic HBV infection. Methods: Huh7.93 cells were cultured alone or co-cultured with peripheral blood mononucleated cells from healthy people who underwent physical examination (nPBMCs) or cPBMCs for 7 days...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073368/advanced-knee-structure-analysis-aksa-a-comparison-of-bone-mineral-density-and-trabecular-texture-measurements-using-computed-tomography-and-high-resolution-peripheral-quantitative-computed-tomography-of-human-knee-cadavers
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Torsten Lowitz, Oleg Museyko, Valérie Bousson, Christine Chappard, Liess Laouisset, Jean-Denis Laredo, Klaus Engelke
BACKGROUND: A change of loading conditions in the knee causes changes in the subchondral bone and may be a cause of osteoarthritis (OA). However, quantification of trabecular architecture in vivo is difficult due to the limiting spatial resolution of the imaging equipment; one approach is the use of texture parameters. In previous studies, we have used digital models to simulate changes of subchondral bone architecture under OA progression. One major result was that, using computed tomography (CT) images, subchondral bone mineral density (BMD) in combination with anisotropy and global homogeneity could characterize this progression...
January 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072578/mathematical-modelling-of-scanner-specific-bowtie-filters-for-monte-carlo-ct-dosimetry
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R Kramer, V F Cassola, M E A Andrade, M W C de Araújo, D J Brenner, H J Khoury
The purpose of bowtie filters in CT scanners is to homogenize the x-ray intensity measured by the detectors in order to improve the image quality and at the same time to reduce the dose to the patient because of the preferential filtering near the periphery of the fan beam. For CT dosimetry, especially for Monte Carlo calculations of organ and tissue absorbed doses to patients, it is important to take the effect of bowtie filters into account. However, material composition and dimensions of these filters are proprietary...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070873/animal-models-of-ptsd-a-critical-review
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Elizabeth I Flandreau, Mate Toth
The goals of animal research in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include better understanding the neurophysiological etiology of PTSD, identifying potential targets for novel pharmacotherapies, and screening drugs for their potential use as PTSD treatment in humans. Diagnosis of PTSD relies on a patient interview and, as evidenced by changes to the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5, an adequate description of this disorder in humans is a moving target. Therefore, it may seem insurmountable to model the construct of PTSD in animals such as rodents...
January 10, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070866/finite-element-analysis-of-patient-specific-mitral-valve-with-mitral-regurgitation
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Thuy Pham, Fanwei Kong, Caitlin Martin, Qian Wang, Charles Primiano, Raymond McKay, John Elefteriades, Wei Sun
Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) is a significant complication of left ventricular dysfunction and strongly associated with a poor prognosis. In this study, we developed a patient-specific finite element (FE) model of the mitral apparatus in a FMR patient which included: both leaflets with thickness, annulus, chordae tendineae, and chordae insertions on the leaflets and origins on the papillary muscles. The FE model incorporated human age- and gender-matched anisotropic hyperelastic material properties, and MV closure at systole was simulated...
January 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068417/preserved-collateral-blood-flow-in-the-endovascular-m2cao-model-allows-for-clinically-relevant-profiling-of-injury-progression-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Philip Little, Ola Kvist, Rikard Grankvist, Stefan Jonsson, Peter Damberg, Michael Söderman, Fabian Arnberg, Staffan Holmin
Interventional treatment regimens have increased the demand for accurate understanding of the progression of injury in acute ischemic stroke. However, conventional animal models severely inhibit collateral blood flow and mimic the malignant infarction profile not suitable for treatment. The aim of this study was to provide a clinically relevant profile of the emergence and course of ischemic injury in cases suitable for acute intervention, and was achieved by employing a M2 occlusion model (M2CAO) that more accurately simulates middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067253/whole-organ-and-islet-of-langerhans-dosimetry-for-calculation-of-absorbed-doses-resulting-from-imaging-with-radiolabeled-exendin
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Inge van der Kroon, Wietske Woliner-van der Weg, Maarten Brom, Lieke Joosten, Cathelijne Frielink, Mark W Konijnenberg, Eric P Visser, Martin Gotthardt
Radiolabeled exendin is used for non-invasive quantification of beta cells in the islets of Langerhans in vivo. High accumulation of radiolabeled exendin in the islets raised concerns about possible radiation-induced damage to these islets in man. In this work, islet absorbed doses resulting from exendin-imaging were calculated by combining whole organ dosimetry with small scale dosimetry for the islets. Our model contains the tissues with high accumulation of radiolabeled exendin: kidneys, pancreas and islets...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062203/semi-mechanistic-computer-simulation-of-psychotic-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-with-a-model-of-a-humanized-cortico-striatal-thalamocortical-loop
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Athan Spiros, Patrick Roberts, Hugo Geerts
Despite new insights into the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and clinical trials with highly selective drugs, no new therapeutic breakthroughs have been identified. We present a semi-mechanistic Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) computer model of a biophysically realistic cortical-striatal-thalamo-cortical loop. The model incorporates the direct, indirect and hyperdirect pathway of the basal ganglia and CNS drug targets that modulate neuronal firing, based on preclinical data about their localization and coupling to voltage-gated ion channels...
January 3, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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