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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926617/robotic-approaches-for-the-rehabilitation-of-upper-limb-recovery-after-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chao Zhang, Cecilia W P Li-Tsang, Ricky K C Au
This systematic review with a meta-analysis of studies was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of robotic training (RT) and conventional training (CT) in improving the motor recovery of paretic upper limbs in stroke patients. Numerous electronic databases were searched from January 2000 to May 2016. Finally, 13 randomized-controlled trials fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included in the three meta-analyses. The first meta-analysis carried out for those studies using RT for stroke patients indicated a significant improvement in the RT groups...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926560/using-modified-frailty-index-to-predict-safe-discharge-within-48-hours-of-ileostomy-closure
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Yuxiang Wen, Murad A Jabir, Eslam M G Dosokey, Dongjin Choi, Clayton C Petro, Justin T Brady, Scott R Steele, Conor P Delaney
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery pathways allow for safe discharge and optimal outcomes within 48 hours after ileostomy closure. Unfortunately, some patients undergoing ileostomy closure have prolonged hospital stays. We have shown previously that the Modified Frailty Index can help predict patients who will fail early discharge after laparoscopic colorectal surgery. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to use the Modified Frailty Index to identify patients who were safe for early discharge after ileostomy closure...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925633/shock-wave-enhances-angiogenesis-through-vegfr2-activation-and-recycling
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Tien-Hung Huang, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Yi-Ling Chen, Ching-Jen Wang, Tsung-Cheng Yin, Mel S Lee, Hon-Kan Yip
Although low-energy shock wave (SW) is adopted to treat ischemic diseases because of its pro-angiogenic properties, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. This study aimed at testing whether SW-induced angiogenesis may be through endothelial vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) signaling and trafficking. Phosphorylation of VEGFR2-Akt-eNOS axis and production of nitric oxide (NO) were determined in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) treated with SW. Carotid artery in ob/ob mice was treated with SW before evaluation with sprouting assay...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924982/upconversion-nanoparticle-as-elemental-tag-for-the-determination-of-alpha-fetoprotein-in-human-serum-by-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
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Zhengru Liu, Bin Yang, Beibei Chen, Man He, Bin Hu
Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have received increasing attention due to their unique optical properties. Recognizing that UCNPs are lanthanide-doped nanoparticles, we incorporated UCNPs into an immunoassay with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection for the determination of specific proteins, e.g., alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). The sensitivity of the assay was enhanced because of the ICP-MS detection of UCNPs that contained large numbers of lanthanide elemental tags. Conjugates of UCNPs and antibodies were prepared and the morphology of the conjugates was characterized by transmission electron microscopy...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924614/gdf11-treatment-attenuates-the-recovery-of-skeletal-muscle-function-after-injury-in-older-rats
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Yu Zhou, Neel Sharma, David Dukes, Maria B Myzithras, Priyanka Gupta, Ashraf Khalil, Julius Kahn, Jennifer S Ahlberg, David B Hayes, Michael Franti, Tracy Criswell
Loss of skeletal muscle mass and function results in loss of mobility for elderly patients. Novel therapies that can protect and/or restore muscle function during aging would have profound effects on the quality of life for this population. Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) has been proposed as a "youthful" circulating factor that can restore cardiac, neural, and skeletal muscle functions in aging animals. However, conflicting data has been recently published that casts doubt on these assertions. We used a complex rat model of skeletal muscle injury that physiologically mimics injuries seen in patients; to investigate the ability of GDF11 and to enhance skeletal muscle regeneration after injury in older rats...
December 6, 2016: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924360/perfusion-imaging-of-brain-gliomas-using-arterial-spin-labeling-correlation-with-histopathological-vascular-density-in-mri-guided-biopsies
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Di Ningning, Pang Haopeng, Dang Xuefei, Cheng Wenna, Ren Yan, Wu Jingsong, Yao Chengjun, Yao Zhenwei, Feng Xiaoyuan
INTRODUCTION: This study was designed to determine if cerebral blood flow (CBF) derived from arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging could be used to quantitatively evaluate the microvascular density (MVD) of brain gliomas on a "point-to-point" basis by matching CBF areas and surgical biopsy sites as accurate as possible. METHODS: The study enrolled 47 patients with treatment-naive brain gliomas who underwent preoperative ASL, 3D T1-weighted imaging with gadolinium contrast enhancement (3D T1C+), and T2 fluid acquisition of inversion recovery (T2FLAIR) sequences before stereotactic surgery...
December 6, 2016: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924202/randomized-trial-of-subfascial-infusion-of-ropivacaine-for-early-recovery-in-laparoscopic-colorectal-cancer-surgery
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Sang Hyun Lee, Woo-Seog Sim, Go Eun Kim, Hee Cheol Kim, Joo Hyun Jun, Jin Young Lee, Byung-Seop Shin, Heejin Yoo, Sin-Ho Jung, Joungyoun Kim, Seung Hyeon Lee, Deok Kyu Yo, Yu Ri Na
BACKGROUND: There is a need for investigating the analgesic method as part of early recovery after surgery tailored for laparoscopic colorectal cancer (LCRC) surgery. In this randomized trial, we aimed to investigate the analgesic efficacy of an inverse 'v' shaped bilateral, subfascial ropivacaine continuous infusion in LCRC surgery. METHODS: Forty two patients undergoing elective LCRC surgery were randomly allocated to one of two groups to receive either 0.5% ropivacaine continuous infusion at the subfascial plane (n = 20, R group) or fentanyl intravenous patient controlled analgesia (IV PCA) (n = 22, F group) for postoperative 72 hours...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924130/stable-plastid-transformation-in-scoparia-dulcis-l
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Narra Muralikrishna, Kota Srinivas, Kalva Bharath Kumar, Abbagani Sadanandam
In the present investigation we report stable plastid transformation in Scoparia dulcis L., a versatile medicinal herb via particle gun method. The vector KNTc, harbouring aadA as a selectable marker and egfp as a reporter gene which were under the control of synthetic promoter pNG1014a, targets inverted repeats, trnR/trnN of the plastid genome. By use of this heterologous vector, recovery of transplastomic lines with suitable selection protocol have been successfully established with overall efficiency of two transgenic lines for 25 bombarded leaf explants...
October 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923749/spinal-glomus-arteriovenous-malformation-presenting-with-a-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Pascal Jabbour, Badih Daou, Elias Atallah, Fadi Al-Saiegh, Kenan Alkhalili, Stavropoula Tjoumakaris
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare lesions that may cause serious neurologic morbidity. With the developments in endovascular technology and embolic materials, endovascular management of spinal AVMs has gained significant popularity. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old female presented with the worst headache of her life, associated with an acute onset of nausea and vomiting and was shown to have a grade 2 subarachnoid hemorrhage on CT scan...
December 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923743/displacement-front-behavior-of-near-miscible-co2-flooding-in-decane-saturated-synthetic-sandstone-cores-revealed-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Yu Liu, Ying Teng, Lanlan Jiang, Jiafei Zhao, Yi Zhang, Dayong Wang, Yongchen Song
It is of great importance to study the CO2-oil two-phase flow characteristic and displacement front behavior in porous media, for understanding the mechanisms of CO2 enhanced oil recovery. In this work, we carried out near miscible CO2 flooding experiments in decane saturated synthetic sandstone cores to investigate the displacement front characteristic by using magnetic resonance imaging technique. Experiments were done in three consolidated sandstone cores with the permeabilities ranging from 80 to 450mD...
December 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923484/implementation-of-a-novel-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-program-in-thoracoscopic-bilateral-bullectomy
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Zhihua Guo, Shuben Li, Weiqiang Yin, Jianxing He
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 12, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923448/fit-with-good-fat-the-role-of-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-on-exercise-performance
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Mariasole Da Boit, Angus M Hunter, Stuart R Gray
N-3 PUFA (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are a family of fatty acids mainly found in oily fish and fish oil supplements. The effects of n-3 PUFA on health are mainly derived from its anti-inflammatory proprieties and its influence on immune function. Lately an increased interest in n-3 PUFA supplementation has reached the world of sport nutrition, where the majority of athletes rely on nutrition strategies to improve their training and performance. A vast amount of attention is paid in increasing metabolic capacity, delaying the onset of fatigue, and improving muscle hypertrophy and neuromuscular function...
January 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922866/quality-and-safety-in-health-care-part-xix-variants-of-the-eras-program
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Jay A Harolds
The integrated recovery pathway is a variant of the enhanced recovery pathway after surgery program, which saw a further decrease in complications and mean length of stay after a change in culture was instituted with more accountability of the staff to following the pathway. This was accomplished using a team-based comprehensive unit-based safety program. It has also been found that another variant of the enhanced recovery pathway after surgery program had a further improvement of patient outcomes after instituting a "preventive surgical site infection bundle...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922695/effects-of-five-candidate-laxatives-derived-from-liriope-platyphylla-on-the-5-ht-receptor-signaling-pathway-in-three-cell-types-present-in-the-transverse-colon
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Ji Eun Kim, Eun Kyoung Koh, Sung Hwa Song, Ji Eun Sung, Hyun Ah Lee, Hong Gu Lee, Young Whan Choi, Dae Youn Hwang
The laxative effects of aqueous extract of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP) on loperamide (Lop)‑induced constipation have been reported; however, the key compounds and the mechanism underlying these effects remain unclear. Therefore, the laxative effects of five candidates derived from L. platyphylla: Diosgenin (DG), 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), adenosine (AD), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and uridine (UD) were investigated by examining the alteration of G protein α (Gα) expression, protein kinase C (PKC) phosphorylation and inositol triphosphate (IP3) concentration levels in the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5‑HT; serotonin) receptor signaling pathway...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922254/comparison-of-two-different-forms-of-sevoflurane-for-anaesthesia-maintenance-and-recovery
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Yonca Yanli, Mehtap Ozdemir, Nurten Bakan, Cafer T Yuruk, Ahmet Yildirim, Ali O Cetinkaya
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane is a commonly used inhalation agent. There are two forms of sevoflurane in Turkey. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of original versus generic sevoflurane products on hemodynamics, time to reach 1 MAC level, inspired and expired sevoflurane levels and postoperative recovery profile. METHODS: Seventy patients undergoing general anaesthesia were divided into two groups as Group Sevo or Group Sojo. After intravenous induction of anaesthesia (with the same drugs in both groups), inhalation anaesthetic was started...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922061/thermo-sensitive-hydrogels-combined-with-decellularised-matrix-deliver-bfgf-for-the-functional-recovery-of-rats-after-a-spinal-cord-injury
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He-Lin Xu, Fu-Rong Tian, Cui-Tao Lu, Jie Xu, Zi-Liang Fan, Jing-Jing Yang, Pian-Pian Chen, Ya-Dong Huang, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Because of the short half-life, either systemic or local administration of bFGF shows significant drawbacks to spinal injury. In this study, an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASC) was encapsulated in a thermo-sensitive hydrogel to overcome these limitations. The ASC was firstly prepared from the spinal cord of healthy rats and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy and immunohistochemical staining. bFGF could specifically complex with the ASC scaffold via electrostatic or receptor-mediated interactions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920716/acute-clinical-worsening-after-steroid-administration-in-cervical-myelitis-may-reveal-a-subdural-arteriovenous-fistula
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Silvia Rain, Jan Udding, Daniel Broere
Subdural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF) is a rare condition characterized by clinical manifestations ranging from mild bilateral sensory deficits to quadriplegia. The diagnosis is often delayed due to unspecific neurological symptoms, initially diagnosed as polyneuropathy or myelopathy. The diagnosis can be delayed for as long as 1-15 years. The following report describes a cervical SDAVF case initially misdiagnosed as myelitis transversa and treated with intravenous steroids. A 56-year-old male presented with sensory deficits and mild leg and right arm weakness...
September 2016: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919810/immobilization-of-indigenous-holocellulase-on-iron-oxide-fe2o3-nanoparticles-enhanced-hydrolysis-of-alkali-pretreated-paddy-straw
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Ajay Kumar, Surender Singh, Rameshwar Tiwari, Renu Goel, Lata Nain
The holocellulase from Aspergillus niger SH3 was characterized and found to contain 125 proteins including cellulases (26), hemicellulases (21), chitinases (10), esterases (6), amylases (4) and hypothetical protein (32). The crude enzyme was immobilized on five different nanoparticles (NPs) via physical adsorption and covalent coupling methods. The enzyme-nanoparticle complexes (ENC) were screened for protein binding, enzymatic activities and immobilization efficiency. Magnetic enzyme-nanoparticle complexes (MENC) formulation showed higher immobilization efficiency (60- 80%) for most of the enzymes...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919757/dietary-administration-of-bacillus-subtilis-hainup40-enhances-growth-digestive-enzyme-activities-innate-immune-responses-and-disease-resistance-of-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Haitian Liu, Shifeng Wang, Yan Cai, Xiaohui Guo, Zhenjie Cao, Yongzheng Zhang, Shubin Liu, Wei Yuan, Weiwei Zhu, Yu Zheng, Zhenyu Xie, Weiliang Guo, Yongcan Zhou
The probiotic properties of Bacillus subtilis HAINUP40 isolated from the aquatic environment, and the effects of dietary administration of B. subtilis HAINUP40 on the growth performance, intestinal probiotic recovery, digestive enzyme activities, innate immunity and disease resistance of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) were evaluated. The probiotic properties investigated include tolerance to simulated gastrointestinal stress, auto-aggregation, cell surface hydrophobicity and extracellular enzyme production...
December 2, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919750/mapping-the-functional-connectome-in-traumatic-brain-injury-what-can-graph-metrics-tell-us
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Karen Caeyenberghs, Helena Verhelst, Adam Clemente, Peter H Wilson
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with cognitive and motor deficits, and poses a significant personal, societal, and economic burden. One mechanism by which TBI is thought to affect cognition and behaviour is through changes in functional connectivity. Graph theory is a powerful framework for quantifying topological features of neuroimaging-derived functional networks. The objective of this paper is to review studies examining functional connectivity in TBI with an emphasis on graph theoretical analysis that is proving to be valuable in uncovering network abnormalities in this condition...
December 2, 2016: NeuroImage
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