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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334670/genetic-ablation-of-trpv1-exacerbates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
#1
Beihua Zhong, Jack Rubinstein, Shuangtao Ma, Donna H Wang
Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels expressed in sensory nerves may regulate vascular tone and cardiovascular function via their anti-inflammatory effects by releasing neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). Inflammation plays a role in the progression of cardiac hypertrophy and TRPV1 activation may be key to cardiac inflammatory processes. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that TRPV1 modulates inflammatory processes to protect the heart from pressure overload-induced hypertrophy and inflammatory responses...
January 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334639/vestibular-schwannoma-and-hearing-preservation-usefulness-of-level-specific-ce-chirp-abr-monitoring-a-retrospective-study-on-25-cases-with-preoperative-socially-useful-hearing
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Luciano Mastronardi, Ettore Di Scipio, Guglielmo Cacciotti, Raffaelino Roperto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Decision-making regarding the therapy of vestibular schwannoma (VS) changed over the last decades, during which curative microsurgery has been promoted. Goals of VS microsurgery are: extensive resection, facial nerve (FN) preservation and, in selected cases, hearing preservation (HP). The aim of this study is to evaluate postoperative HP with reference to tumor size in patients operated on with Level Specific (LS)-CE-Chirp® ABR monitoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twentyfive consecutive patients with socially useful hearing (SUH) underwent VS microneurosurgery by retrosigmoid (RS) approach...
January 10, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334623/an-alternative-carrier-solvent-for-fingermark-enhancement-reagents
#3
Izabela Olszowska, Paul Deacon, Maurice Lindsay, Adam Leśniewski, Joanna Niedziółka-Jönsson, Kevin Farrugia
Solstice® Performance Fluid (PF), trans-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene, is presented as an alternative to HFE7100, methoxy-nonafluorobutane, as a carrier solvent in a number of chemical formulations used for the visualisation of latent fingermarks. The supply of HFE7100 may be at risk due to a recent European Union regulation to control global warming. Laboratory trials using split depletions and a pseudo-operational trial of 1000 porous samples have shown that Solstice® PF is a viable alternative to HFE7100 for the chemical formulations of ninhydrin and 1,2-indanedione...
December 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332068/the-role-of-preoperative-steroids-for-hearing-preservation-cochlear-implantation-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jafri Kuthubutheen, Samidha Joglekar, Leah Smith, Lendra Friesen, Kari Smilsky, Tara Millman, Amy Ng, David Shipp, Harvey Coates, Christoph Arnoldner, Julian Nedzelski, Joseph Chen, Vincent Lin
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether preoperative steroids can improve hearing outcomes in cochlear implantation (CI). METHODS: This is a randomized controlled trial involving 30 postlingual deaf CI patients. Subjects had preoperative thresholds of better than or equal to 80 dB at 125 and 250 Hz, and better than or equal to 90 dB at 500 and 1,000 Hz. The subjects were randomized to a control group, an oral steroid group (receiving 1 mg/kg/day of prednisolone for 6 days prior to surgery), or a transtympanic steroid group (receiving a single dose of 0...
January 13, 2018: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330659/coffee-with-a-high-content-of-chlorogenic-acids-and-low-content-of-hydroxyhydroquinone-improves-postprandial-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-borderline-and-stage-1-hypertension
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Masato Kajikawa, Tatsuya Maruhashi, Takayuki Hidaka, Yukiko Nakano, Satoshi Kurisu, Takeshi Matsumoto, Yumiko Iwamoto, Shinji Kishimoto, Shogo Matsui, Yoshiki Aibara, Farina Mohamad Yusoff, Yasuki Kihara, Kazuaki Chayama, Chikara Goto, Kensuke Noma, Ayumu Nakashima, Takuya Watanabe, Hiroshi Tone, Masanobu Hibi, Noriko Osaki, Yoshihisa Katsuragi, Yukihito Higashi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate acute effects of coffee with a high content of chlorogenic acids and different hydroxyhydroquinone contents on postprandial endothelial dysfunction. METHODS: This was a single-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover-within-subject clinical trial. A total of 37 patients with borderline or stage 1 hypertension were randomized to two study groups. The participants consumed a test meal with a single intake of the test coffee...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330597/inpatient-treatment-of-patients-with-idiopathic-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-population-based-healthcare-research-study
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Anne Heuschkel, Katharina Geißler, Daniel Boeger, Jens Buentzel, Dirk Esser, Kerstin Hoffmann, Peter Jecker, Andreas Mueller, Gerald Radtke, Orlando Guntinas-Lichius
PURPOSE: The aim was to determine inpatient treatment rates of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) with focus on diagnostics, treatment, and outcome. METHODS: A retrospective population-based study in the federal state Thuringia in 2011 and 2012 was performed on all 490 inpatients (51% females, median age: 60 years) treated for ISSNHL (Median duration: 7 days). The association between analyzed parameters and the probability of recovery was tested using univariable and multivariable statistics...
January 12, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330066/regulation-of-vascular-tone-homeostasis-by-no-and-h2s-implications-in-hypertension
#7
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Sevda Gheibi, Sajad Jeddi, Khosrow Kashfi, Asghar Ghasemi
Nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are two gasotransmitters that are produced in the vasculature and contribute to the regulation of vascular tone. NO and H2S are synthesized in both vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells; NO functions primarily through the sGC/cGMP pathway, and H2S mainly through activation of the ATP-dependent potassium channels; both leading to relaxation of vascular smooth muscle cells. A deficit in the NO/H2S homeostasis is involved in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330035/harmine-enhances-gabaergic-transmission-onto-basoamygdala-projection-neurons-in-mice
#8
Wei-Zhu Liu, Bo-Wei Huang, Wen-Jie You, Ping Hu, Xue-Hui Wang, Jun-Yu Zhang, Xiao-Bin Xu, Zong-Yong Zhang, Bing-Xing Pan, Wen-Hua Zhang
Emerging evidence indicates that loss of inhibitory tone in amygdala with its subsequent overactivation contributes to the development of multiple mental disorders such as anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Harmine is a member of natural β-carboline alkaloids which can readily cross the blood brain barrier and displays significant antidepressant and anxiolytic effects in rodents. However, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, by using whole-cell patch clamp recordings in in vitro amygdala slices, we examined the effect of harmine on glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission onto basal amygdala (BA) projection neurons (PNs)...
January 9, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325681/is-hypothyroidism-in-idiopathic-pleuroparenchymal-fibroelastosis-a-novel-lung-thyroid-syndrome
#9
Nobuyasu Awano, Takehiro Izumo, Kensuke Fukuda, Mari Tone, Daisuke Yamada, Tamiko Takemura, Soichiro Ikushima, Toshio Kumasaka
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (IPPFE) is a rare type of interstitial pneumonia characterized by fibroelastosis. Patients with IPPFE as well as idiopathic interstitial pneumonia often have autoimmune diseases, which sometimes coincide with hypothyroidism (HypoT). However, there have been no reports on the association between IPPFE and HypoT. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between IPPFE and HypoT. We also examined the pathological features of the thyroid glands from autopsied cases...
January 2018: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325034/ghrelin-preserves-ischemia-induced-vasodilation-of-male-rat-coronary-vessels-following-beta-adrenergic-receptor-blockade
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James T Pearson, Nicola Collie, Regis R Lamberts, Tadakatsu Inagaki, Misa Yoshimoto, Keiji Umetani, Philip Davis, Gerard Wilkins, Pete P Jones, Mikiyasu Shirai, Daryl O Schwenke
Acute myocardial infarction (MI) triggers an adverse increase in cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (SNA). While β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR)-blockers are routinely used for the management of MI, they may also counter β-AR-mediated vasodilation of coronary vessels. We have reported that ghrelin prevents sympathetic activation following MI. Whether ghrelin modulates coronary vascular tone following MI, either through the modulation of SNA, or directly as a vasoactive mediator, has never been addressed.We utilized synchrotron microangiography to image coronary perfusion and vessel internal diameter (ID) in anesthetized Sprague Dawley rats before, and then again 30 mins after induction of an MI (left coronary artery ligation)...
January 9, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324626/vascular-effects-of-adrenomedullin-and-the-anti-adrenomedullin-antibody-adrecizumab-in-sepsis
#11
Christopher Geven, Andreas Bergmann, Matthijs Kox, Peter Pickkers
Sepsis remains a major scientific and medical challenge, for which, apart from significant refinements in supportive therapy, treatment has barely changed over the last few decades. During sepsis, both vascular tone and vascular integrity are compromised, and contribute to the development of shock. The free circulating peptide adrenomedullin (ADM) is involved in regulation of the endothelial barrier function and tone of blood vessels. Several animal studies have shown that ADM administration improves outcome of sepsis...
January 10, 2018: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324409/assessment-of-spasticity-by-a-pendulum-test-in-sci-patients-who-exercise-fes-cycling-or-receive-only-conventional-therapy
#12
Lana Popovic-Maneski, Antonina Aleksic, Amine Metani, Vance Bergeron, Radoje Cobeljic, Dejan B Popovic
Increased muscle tone and exaggerated tendon reflexes characterize most of the individuals after a spinal cord injury (SCI). We estimated seven parameters from the pendulum test and used them to compare with the Ashworth modified scale of spasticity grades in three populations (retrospective study) to assess their spasticity. Three ASIA B SCI patients who exercised on a stationary FES bicycle formed group F, six ASIA B SCI patients who received only conventional therapy were in the group C, and six healthy individuals constituted the group H...
January 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323938/rural-nurse-managers-perspectives-into-better-communication-practices
#13
Sheila Q Hartung, Mindi Miller
The aim of this qualitative study was to describe the communication perceptions of nurse managers in rural areas. Prior research in tertiary settings was the impetus for studying viewpoints in other settings. Grounded theory methods were used to collect and analyze interview data with nine managers from regional, critical access hospitals, and home health settings in central Pennsylvania. Nurse Managers associated successful communication with job satisfaction, work efficiency, and employee retention. Circumstances influencing communication involved discussion tones, techniques, resources, and environmental factors...
January 2018: Journal of Community Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322316/intentional-binding-of-visual-effects
#14
Miriam Ruess, Roland Thomaschke, Andrea Kiesel
When an action produces an effect, the effect is perceived earlier in time compared to a stimulus without preceding action. This temporal bias is called intentional binding (IB) and serves as an implicit measure of sense of agency. Typically, IB is investigated by presenting a rotating clock hand while participants execute an action and perceive a resulting tone. Participants are asked to estimate the time point of tone onset by referring to the clock hand position. This time point estimate is compared to a time point estimate of a tone in a condition in which the tone occurs without preceding action...
January 10, 2018: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322239/the-lateralized-arcuate-fasciculus-in-developmental-pitch-disorders-among-mandarin-amusics-left-for-speech-and-right-for-music
#15
Xizhuo Chen, Yanxin Zhao, Suyu Zhong, Zaixu Cui, Jiaqi Li, Gaolang Gong, Qi Dong, Yun Nan
The arcuate fasciculus (AF) is a neural fiber tract that is critical to speech and music development. Although the predominant role of the left AF in speech development is relatively clear, how the AF engages in music development is not understood. Congenital amusia is a special neurodevelopmental condition, which not only affects musical pitch but also speech tone processing. Using diffusion tensor tractography, we aimed at understanding the role of AF in music and speech processing by examining the neural connectivity characteristics of the bilateral AF among thirty Mandarin amusics...
January 10, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321651/auditory-neural-activity-in-congenitally-deaf-mice-induced-by-infrared-neural-stimulation
#16
Xiaodong Tan, Israt Jahan, Yingyue Xu, Stuart Stock, Changyow Claire Kwan, Carmen Soriano, Xianghui Xiao, Jaime García-Añoveros, Bernd Fritzsch, Claus-Peter Richter
To determine whether responses during infrared neural stimulation (INS) result from the direct interaction with spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), we tested three genetically modified deaf mouse models: Atoh1-cre; Atoh1 f/f (Atoh1 conditional knockout, CKO), Atoh1-cre; Atoh1 f/kiNeurog1 (Neurog1 knockin, KI), and the Vglut3 knockout (Vglut3 -/-) mice. All animals were exposed to tone bursts and clicks up to 107 dB (re 20 µPa) and to INS, delivered with a 200 µm optical fiber. The wavelength (λ) was 1860 nm, the radiant energy (Q) 0-800 µJ/pulse, and the pulse width (PW) 100-500 µs...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321124/hearing-tests-based-on-biologically-calibrated-mobile-devices-comparison-with-pure-tone-audiometry
#17
Marcin Masalski, Tomasz Grysiński, Tomasz Kręcicki
BACKGROUND: Hearing screening tests based on pure-tone audiometry may be conducted on mobile devices, provided that the devices are specially calibrated for the purpose. Calibration consists of determining the reference sound level and can be performed in relation to the hearing threshold of normal-hearing persons. In the case of devices provided by the manufacturer, together with bundled headphones, the reference sound level can be calculated once for all devices of the same model. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the hearing threshold measured by a mobile device that was calibrated using a model-specific, biologically determined reference sound level with the hearing threshold obtained in pure-tone audiometry...
January 10, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320537/correlation-of-a-new-index-reflecting-the-fluctuation-of-parasympathetic-tone-and-fetal-acidosis-in-an-experimental-study-in-a-sheep-model
#18
C Garabedian, Y Clermont-Hama, D Sharma, E Aubry, L Butruille, P Deruelle, L Storme, J De Jonckheere, V Houfflin-Debarge
The autonomic nervous system plays a leading role in the control of fetal homeostasis. Fetal heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a reflection of its activity. We developed a new index (the Fetal Stress Index, FSI) reflecting parasympathetic tone. The objective of this study was to evaluate this index as a predictor of fetal acid-base status. This was an experimental study on chronically instrumented fetal lambs (n = 11, surgery at 128 +/- 2 days gestational age, term = 145 days). The model was based on 75% occlusion of the umbilical cord for a maximum of 120 minutes or until an arterial pH ≤ 7...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319012/using-auditory-steady-state-responses-for-measuring-hearing-protector-occlusion-effect
#19
Olivier Valentin, Frédéric Laville
INTRODUCTION: The currently available methods for measuring the occlusion effect (OE) of hearing protection devices (HPDs) have limitations. Objective microphonic measurements do not assess bone-conducted sounds directly transmitted to the cochlea. Psychophysical measurements at threshold are biased due to the low-frequency masking effects from test participants' physiological noise and the variability of measurements based on subjective responses. An auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) procedure is used as a technique that might overcome these limitations...
November 2017: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317726/revisiting-the-link-between-body-and-agency-visual-movement-congruency-enhances-intentional-binding-but-is-not-body-specific
#20
Regine Zopf, Vince Polito, James Moore
Embodiment and agency are key aspects of how we perceive ourselves that have typically been associated with independent mechanisms. Recent work, however, has suggested that these mechanisms are related. The sense of agency arises from recognising a causal influence on the external world. This influence is typically realised through bodily movements and thus the perception of the bodily self could also be crucial for agency. We investigated whether a key index of agency - intentional binding - was modulated by body-specific information...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
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