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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632743/in-silico-assessment-of-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-1-in-the-human-ventricles
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Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
AIMS: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited disorder associated with abnormally abbreviated QT intervals and an increased incidence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. SQT1 variant (linked to the rapid delayed rectifier potassium channel current, IKr) of SQTS, results from an inactivation-attenuated, gain-of-function mutation (N588K) in the KCNH2-encoded potassium channels. Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQT1 have been well characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological antiarrhythmic treatment of SQT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621839/evaluation-of-hemodynamic-performance-of-a-combined-ecls-and-crrt-circuit-in-seven-positions-with-a-simulated-neonatal-patient
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Elizabeth Profeta, Kaitlyn Shank, Shigang Wang, Christian O'Connor, Allen R Kunselman, Karl Woitas, John L Myers, Akif Ündar
As it is common for patients treated with extracorporeal life support (ECLS) to subsequently require continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), and neonatal patients encounter limitations due to lack of access points, inclusion of CRRT in the ECLS circuit could provide advanced treatment for this population. The objective of this study was to evaluate an alternative neonatal ECLS circuit containing either a Maquet RotaFlow centrifugal pump or Maquet HL20 roller pump with one of seven configurations of CRRT using the Prismaflex 2000 System...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619858/ptsd-acute-stress-performance-and-decision-making-in-emergency-service-workers
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Cheryl Regehr, Vicki R LeBlanc
Despite research identifying high levels of stress and traumatic stress symptoms among those in the emergency services, the impact of these symptoms on performance and hence public safety remains uncertain. This review paper discusses a program of research that has examined the effects of prior critical incident exposure, acute stress, and current post-traumatic symptoms on the performance and decision-making during an acutely stressful event among police officers, police communicators, paramedics and child protection workers...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619268/ankle-hindfoot-after-calcaneal-fractures-a-biomechanical-study
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Xu Can, Li Mingqing, Wang Chenggong, Li Kanghua, Liu Hua
INTRODUCTION: Both the overall shape of the calcaneus and anatomical reduction of joint congruity are important prognostic factors. However, there is a significant lack of biomechanical data supporting the clinical importance of calcaneus height, length and heel width. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of abnormal calcaneus morphology on ankle-hindfoot biomechanics. HYPOTHESIS: The normal biomechanics of the ankle-hindfoot would be severely disrupted by the abnormal calcaneus morphology...
June 12, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609480/an-automated-and-reliable-method-for-breath-detection-during-variable-mask-pressures-in-awake-and-sleeping-humans
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Chinh D Nguyen, Jason Amatoury, Jayne C Carberry, Danny J Eckert
Accurate breath detection is crucial in sleep and respiratory physiology research and in several clinical settings. However, this process is technically challenging due to measurement and physiological artifacts and other factors such as variable leaks in the breathing circuit. Recently developed techniques to quantify the multiple causes of obstructive sleep apnea, require intermittent changes in airway pressure applied to a breathing mask. This presents an additional unique challenge for breath detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607763/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-a-new-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-for-dose-reduction-in-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Tobias Gassenmaier, Thomas Allmendinger, Andreas S Kunz, Maike Veyhl-Wichmann, Süleyman Ergün, Thorsten A Bley, Bernhard Petritsch
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring is a widespread tool for cardiac risk assessment in asymptomatic patients and accompanying possible adverse effects, i.e. radiation exposure, should be as low as reasonably achievable. PURPOSE: To evaluate a new iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithm for dose reduction of in vitro coronary artery calcium scoring at different tube currents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An anthropomorphic calcium scoring phantom was scanned in different configurations simulating slim, average-sized, and large patients...
May 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603907/a-randomised-controlled-trial-evaluating-a-low-cost-3d-printed-bronchoscopy-simulator
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T H Pedersen, J Gysin, A Wegmann, M Osswald, S R Ott, L Theiler, R Greif
Low-fidelity, simulation-based psychomotor skills training is a valuable first step in the educational approach to mastering complex procedural skills. We developed a cost-effective bronchial tree simulator based on a human thorax computed tomography scan using rapid-prototyping (3D-print) technology. This randomised, single-blind study evaluated how realistic our 3D-printed simulator would mimic human anatomy compared with commercially available bronchial tree simulators (Laerdal(®) Airway Management Trainer with Bronchial Tree and AirSim Advance Bronchi, Stavanger, Norway)...
June 12, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599039/manikin-human-patient-simulator-training
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Gregory T Horn
BACKGROUND: Human-patient simulators (HPSs) may help enhance medical education. Manikin HPS devices respond to common field medical interventions, such as cricothyroidotomy, and have realistic feedback features, such as respirations and pulses. This study surveys Special Operations Medics for evaluations of HPS features. METHODS: Of 518 subjects, 376 completed testing and surveys with valid responses. A total of 102 variables were divided into three categories-general characteristics, procedures, and injuries-and assessed on a fivepoint Likert scale...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598966/joint-modeling-of-genetically-correlated-diseases-and-functional-annotations-increases-accuracy-of-polygenic-risk-prediction
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Yiming Hu, Qiongshi Lu, Wei Liu, Yuhua Zhang, Mo Li, Hongyu Zhao
Accurate prediction of disease risk based on genetic factors is an important goal in human genetics research and precision medicine. Advanced prediction models will lead to more effective disease prevention and treatment strategies. Despite the identification of thousands of disease-associated genetic variants through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in the past decade, accuracy of genetic risk prediction remains moderate for most diseases, which is largely due to the challenges in both identifying all the functionally relevant variants and accurately estimating their effect sizes...
June 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596836/characterizing-qt-interval-prolongation-in-early-clinical-development-a-case-study-with-methadone
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Vincent F S Dubois, Meindert Danhof, Oscar Della Pasqua
Recently, we have shown how pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modeling can be used to assess the probability of QT interval prolongation both in dogs and humans. A correlation between species has been identified for a drug-specific parameter, making it possible to prospectively evaluate nonclinical signals. Here, we illustrate how nonclinical data on methadone can be used to support the evaluation of dromotropic drug effects in humans. ECG and drug concentration data from a safety pharmacology study in dogs were analyzed using nonlinear mixed effects modeling...
February 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592292/effects-of-amiodarone-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-3-in-human-ventricles-a-simulation-study
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Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is a newly identified clinical disorder associated with atrial and/or ventricular arrhythmias and increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The SQTS variant 3 is linked to D172N mutation to the KCNJ2 gene that causes a gain-of-function to the inward rectifier potassium channel current (I K1), which shortens the ventricular action potential duration (APD) and effective refractory period (ERP). Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQTS have been characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological treatment of SQTS...
June 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591747/identification-and-causes-of-metabonomic-difference-between-orthotopic-and-subcutaneous-xenograft-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Bohan Zhan, Shi Wen, Jie Lu, Guiping Shen, Xianchao Lin, Jianghua Feng, Heguang Huang
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal tumors. However, the methodological differences between orthotopic and subcutaneous xenograft (OX and SX) models will cause confusion in understanding its pathological mechanism and clinical relevance. In this study, SX and OX models were established by implanting Panc-1 and BxPC-3 cell strains under skin and on the pancreas of mice, respectively. The tumor tissue and serum samples were collected for1H NMR spectroscopy followed by univariate and multivariate statistical analyses...
May 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585984/faculty-attitudes-and-adoption-of-simulation-pilot-testing-of-a-new-instrument
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Haeyoung Min, Jenny O'Rourke
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the reliability and validity of a new instrument, the Faculty Attitudes and Adoption of Simulation (FAAS). The FAAS was designed to identify faculty attitudes toward and levels of perceived knowledge and adoption of simulation. The instrument was developed based on a comprehensive literature review. METHOD: A convenience sample of 47 faculty members was used. Content validity, internal consistency reliability, and convergent construct validity were evaluated...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Nursing Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584973/from-single-muscle-fiber-to-whole-muscle-mechanics-a-finite-element-model-of-a-muscle-bundle-with-fast-and-slow-fibers
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Lorenzo Marcucci, Carlo Reggiani, Arturo N Natali, Piero G Pavan
Muscles exhibit highly complex, multi-scale architecture with thousands of muscle fibers, each with different properties, interacting with each other and surrounding connective structures. Consequently, the results of single-fiber experiments are scarcely linked to the macroscopic or whole muscle behavior. This is especially true for human muscles where it would be important to understand of how skeletal muscles disorders affect patients' life. In this work, we developed a mathematical model to study how fast and slow muscle fibers, well characterized in single-fiber experiments, work and generate together force and displacement in muscle bundles...
June 5, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584143/linezolid-dose-that-maximizes-sterilizing-effect-while-minimizing-toxicity-and-resistance-emergence-for-tuberculosis
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Shashikant Srivastava, Gesham Magombedze, Thearith Koeuth, Carleton Sherman, Jotam G Pasipanodya, Prithvi Raj, Edward Wakeland, Devyani Deshpande, Tawanda Gumbo
Linezolid has excellent sterilizing effect in tuberculosis patients, but high adverse event rates. The dose that would maximize efficacy and minimize toxicity is unknown. We performed linezolid dose-effect and dose-scheduling studies in the hollow fiber system model of tuberculosis (HFS-TB) for sterilizing effect. HFS-TB units were treated with several doses to mimic human-like linezolid intrapulmonary pharmacokinetics, and repetitively sampled for drug concentration, total bacterial burden, linezolid-resistant subpopulations, and RNA sequencing over 2 months...
June 5, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583429/towards-the-virtual-human-patient-quantitative-systems-pharmacology-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Hugo Geerts, Athan Spiros, Patrick Roberts, Robert Carr
Development of successful therapeutic interventions in Central Nervous Systems (CNS) disorders is a daunting challenge with a low success rate. Probable reasons include the lack of translation from preclinical animal models, the individual variability of many pathological processes converging upon the same clinical phenotype, the pharmacodynamical interaction of various comedications and last but not least the complexity of the human brain. This paper argues for a re-engineering of the pharmaceutical CNS Research & Development strategy using ideas focused on advanced computer modeling and simulation from adjacent engineering-based industries...
June 2, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581503/between-region-genetic-divergence-reflects-the-mode-and-tempo-of-tumor-evolution
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Ruping Sun, Zheng Hu, Andrea Sottoriva, Trevor A Graham, Arbel Harpak, Zhicheng Ma, Jared M Fischer, Darryl Shibata, Christina Curtis
Given the implications of tumor dynamics for precision medicine, there is a need to systematically characterize the mode of evolution across diverse solid tumor types. In particular, methods to infer the role of natural selection within established human tumors are lacking. By simulating spatial tumor growth under different evolutionary modes and examining patterns of between-region subclonal genetic divergence from multiregion sequencing (MRS) data, we demonstrate that it is feasible to distinguish tumors driven by strong positive subclonal selection from those evolving neutrally or under weak selection, as the latter fail to dramatically alter subclonal composition...
June 5, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575140/optimizing-drug-development-in-oncology-by-clinical-trial-simulation-why-and-how
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Jocelyn Gal, Gérard Milano, Jean-Marc Ferrero, Esma Saâda-Bouzid, Julien Viotti, Sylvie Chabaud, Paul Gougis, Christophe Le Tourneau, Renaud Schiappa, Agnes Paquet, Emmanuel Chamorey
In therapeutic research, the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products are necessarily tested on humans via clinical trials after an extensive and expensive preclinical development period. Methodologies such as computer modeling and clinical trial simulation (CTS) might represent a valuable option to reduce animal and human assays. The relevance of these methods is well recognized in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics from the preclinical phase to postmarketing. However, they are barely used and are poorly regarded for drug approval, despite Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency recommendations...
May 29, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574856/camera-based-measurement-of-respiratory-rates-is-reliable
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Christoph Becker, Stefan Achermann, Mukul Rocque, Ihor Kirenko, Andreas Schlack, Thomas Dreher-Hummel, Thomas Zumbrunn, Roland Bingisser, Christian H Nickel
OBJECTIVES: Respiratory rate (RR) is one of the most important vital signs used to detect whether a patient is in critical condition. It is part of many risk scores and its measurement is essential for triage of patients in emergency departments. It is often not recorded as measurement is cumbersome and time-consuming. We intended to evaluate the accuracy of camera-based measurements as an alternative measurement to the current practice of manual counting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We monitored the RR of healthy male volunteers with a camera-based prototype application and simultaneously by manual counting and by capnography, which was considered the gold standard...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574363/analysis-of-the-genome-sequence-and-prediction-of-b-cell-epitopes-of-the-envelope-protein-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus
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Qian Xie, Xiaoyan He, Fangji Yang, Xuling Liu, Ying Li, Yujing Liu, ZhengMeng Yang, Jianhai Yu, Bao Zhang, Wei Zhao
The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea in April 2015 led to 186 infections and 37 deaths by the end of October 2015. MERS-CoV was isolated from the imported patient in China. The envelope (E) protein, a small structural protein of MERS-CoV, plays an important role in host recognition and infection. To identify the conserved epitopes of the E protein, sequence analysis was performed by comparing the E proteins from 42 MERS-CoV strains that triggered severe pandemics and infected humans in the past...
May 29, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
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