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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933290/validation-of-a-cochlear-implant-patient-specific-model-of-the-voltage-distribution-in-a-clinical-setting
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Waldo Nogueira, Daniel Schurzig, Andreas Büchner, Richard T Penninger, Waldemar Würfel
Cochlear Implants (CIs) are medical implantable devices that can restore the sense of hearing in people with profound hearing loss. Clinical trials assessing speech intelligibility in CI users have found large intersubject variability. One possibility to explain the variability is the individual differences in the interface created between electrodes of the CI and the auditory nerve. In order to understand the variability, models of the voltage distribution of the electrically stimulated cochlea may be useful...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927648/renin-angiotensin-system-transgenic-mouse-model-recapitulates-pathophysiology-similar-to-human-preeclampsia-with-renal-injury-that-may-be-mediated-through-vegf
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J Morgan Denney, Cynthia E Bird, Annette Gendron-Fitzpatrick, Emmanuel Sampene, Ian M Bird, Dinesh M Shah
Using a transgenic cross, we evaluated features of preeclampsia, renal injury and the sFlt1/VEGF changes. Transgenic hAGT and hREN, or wild type (WT) C57Bl/6 mice were cross-bred: ♀hAGT x ♂hREN for preeclampsia (PRE) model and ♀WT x ♂WT for pregnant controls (WTP). Samples were collected for plasma VEGF, sFlt1 and urine albumin. Blood pressures (BP) were monitored by telemetry. Vascular reactivity was investigated by wire myography. Kidneys and placenta were immunostained for sFlt1 and VEGF. Eleven PRE and 9 WTP mice were compared...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923809/role-of-autonomic-nervous-system-in-chronic-cns-mediated-antidiabetic-action-of-leptin
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Alexandre A da Silva, John E Hall, Sydney P Moak, Jackson Browning, Haley J Houghton, Giovana C Micheloni, Jussara M do Carmo
This study tested whether chronic ganglionic blockade or hepatic vagotomy attenuates the chronic CNS-mediated antidiabetic and cardiovascular effects of leptin. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were instrumented with telemetry probes and arterial and venous catheters for determination of blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), blood sampling and intravenous (IV) infusions. An intracerebroventricular (ICV) cannula was placed into the brain lateral ventricle for infusion of leptin or vehicle. After control measurements, streptozotocin (STZ) was injected IV (50 mg/kg) to induce diabetes and 5 days later leptin (n=6) or saline vehicle (n=5) was infused ICV for 12 days via osmotic pumps...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915009/exploring-gastrointestinal-variables-affecting-drug-and-formulation-behavior-methodologies-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Bart Hens, Maura Corsetti, Robin Spiller, Luca Marciani, Tim Vanuytsel, Jan Tack, Arjang Talattof, Gordon L Amidon, Mirko Koziolek, Werner Weitschies, Clive G Wilson, Roelof J Bennink, Joachim Brouwers, Patrick Augustijns
Various gastrointestinal (GI) factors affect drug and formulation behavior after oral administration, including GI transfer, motility, pH and GI fluid volume and composition. An in-depth understanding of these physiological and anatomical variables is critical for a continued progress in oral drug development. In this review, different methodologies (invasive versus non-invasive) to explore the impact of physiological variables on formulation behavior in the human GI tract are presented, revealing their strengths and limitations...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913272/the-northeast-regional-sps-meeting-update-safety-pharmacology-innovations-and-applications
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REVIEW
Malar Pannirselvam, Tiffini Brabham, Alfred W Botchway, Donald B Hodges, Martin Traebert, Michael K Pugsley
The Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) held a Northeast (NE) regional meeting in Boston, MA on May 13, 2016 at the Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated site. There were 103 attendees from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations (CROs), academia, and global regulatory agencies. An assortment of scientific topics were presented by 7 speakers that included broad topics in the cardiovascular (organ on chip, statistical power and translation of rat cardiovascular telemetry data and dual inhibition of IKr and IKs on QT interval prolongation) and central nervous system (in vitro platform for neurotoxicity, an integrated risk assessment of suicidal ideation and behavior, and EEG advances in safety pharmacology) and a novel topic discussing preclinical challenges faced in the development of a novel gene therapy...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910363/a-small-long-life-acoustic-transmitter-for-studying-the-behavior-of-aquatic-animals
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J Lu, Z D Deng, H Li, M J Myjak, J J Martinez, J Xiao, R S Brown, S S Cartmell
Acoustic telemetry is an important tool for studying the behavior of aquatic animals and assessing the environmental impact of structures such as hydropower facilities. However, the physical size, signal intensity, and service life of off-the-shelf transmitters are presently insufficient for monitoring certain species. In this study, we developed a small, long-life acoustic transmitter with an approximate length of 24.2 mm, diameter of 5.0 mm, and dry weight of 0.72 g. The transmitter generates a coded acoustic signal at 416...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907158/effects-of-exposure-to-blast-overpressure-on-intracranial-pressure-and-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-in-a-rat-model
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Usmah Kawoos, Ming Gu, Jason Lankasky, Richard M McCarron, Mikulas Chavko
Exposure to blast overpressure (BOP) activates a cascade of pathological processes including changes in intracranial pressure (ICP) and blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this study the effect of single and multiple exposures at two intensities of BOP on changes in ICP and BBB permeability in Sprague-Dawley rats was evaluated. Animals were exposed to a single or three repetitive (separated by 0.5 h) BOPs at 72 kPa or 110 kPa. ICP was monitored continuously via telemetry for 6 days after exposure to BOP...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897119/glaucoma-hot-topics-in-pharmacology
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Shiama I Balendra, Parth Arvind Shah, Mishank Jain, Andrzej Grzybowski, Francesca M Cordeiro
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma comprises a group of neurodegenerative diseases resulting in retinal ganglion cell death within the optic nerve head. It is projected to affect almost 80 million people worldwide by 2020. The condition's asymptomatic nature translates to over half of glaucoma sufferers being unaware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, irreversible blindness is likely to have occurred. Prime areas of glaucoma research therefore include identification and optimization of risk factors for the disease, accurate and early diagnostic tools and novel therapeutic methods...
November 29, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895190/caveolin-1-deletion-prevents-hypertensive-vascular-remodeling-induced-by-angiotensin-ii
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Steven J Forrester, Katherine J Elliott, Tatsuo Kawai, Takashi Obama, Michael J Boyer, Kyle J Preston, Zhen Yan, Satoru Eguchi, Victor Rizzo
It has been proposed that membrane microdomains, caveolae, in vascular cells are critical for signal transduction and downstream functions induced by angiotensin II (AngII). We have tested our hypothesis that caveolin-1 (Cav1), a major structural protein of vascular caveolae, plays a critical role in the development of vascular remodeling by AngII via regulation of epidermal growth factor receptor and vascular endothelial adhesion molecule-1. Cav1(-/-) and control Cav(+/+) mice were infused with AngII for 2 weeks to induce vascular remodeling and hypertension...
January 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893946/predicting-animal-home-range-structure-and-transitions-using-a-multistate-ornstein-uhlenbeck-biased-random-walk
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Greg A Breed, Emily A Golson, M Tim Tinker
The home-range concept is central in animal ecology and behavior, and numerous mechanistic models have been developed to understand home range formation and maintenance. These mechanistic models usually assume a single, contiguous home range. Here we describe and implement a simple home-range model that can accommodate multiple home-range centers, form complex shapes, allow discontinuities in use patterns, and infer how external and internal variables affect movement and use patterns. The model assumes individuals associate with two or more home-range centers and move among them with some estimable probability...
October 6, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886262/coastal-leatherback-turtles-reveal-conservation-hotspot
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Nathan J Robinson, Stephen J Morreale, Ronel Nel, Frank V Paladino
Previous studies have shown that the world's largest reptile - the leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea - conducts flexible foraging migrations that can cover thousands of kilometres between nesting sites and distant foraging areas. The vast distances that may be travelled by migrating leatherback turtles have greatly complicated conservation efforts for this species worldwide. However, we demonstrate, using a combination of satellite telemetry and stable isotope analysis, that approximately half of the nesting leatherbacks from an important rookery in South Africa do not migrate to distant foraging areas, but rather, forage in the coastal waters of the nearby Mozambique Channel...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885230/the-implantation-of-a-loop-recorder-to-detect-the-cause-of-pre-syncope-in-an-85-year-old-man
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Yasuhisa Iriki, Naoya Oketani, Mitsuru Ohishi
The patient was an-85-year-old man with hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The patient had a history of faintness on standing. He visited our hospital after experiencing chest oppression and pre-syncope in 2015. Brain magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography did not detect any structural brain or heart disease. Ischemic heart disease was suspected based on the myocardial scintigraphy findings, but coronary angiography revealed no unusual findings. Holter electrocardiography did not reveal the reason for his symptoms...
2016: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881896/dynamic-habitat-corridors-for-marine-predators-intensive-use-of-a-coastal-channel-by-harbour-seals-is-modulated-by-tidal-currents
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Gordon D Hastie, Deborah J F Russell, Steven Benjamins, Simon Moss, Ben Wilson, Dave Thompson
ABSTRACT: Previous studies have found that predators utilise habitat corridors to ambush prey moving through them. In the marine environment, coastal channels effectively act as habitat corridors for prey movements, and sightings of predators in such areas suggest that they may target these for foraging. Unlike terrestrial systems where the underlying habitat structure is generally static, corridors in marine systems are in episodic flux due to water movements created by tidal processes...
2016: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881803/inferring-animal-social-networks-and-leadership-applications-for-passive-monitoring-arrays
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David M P Jacoby, Yannis P Papastamatiou, Robin Freeman
Analyses of animal social networks have frequently benefited from techniques derived from other disciplines. Recently, machine learning algorithms have been adopted to infer social associations from time-series data gathered using remote, telemetry systems situated at provisioning sites. We adapt and modify existing inference methods to reveal the underlying social structure of wide-ranging marine predators moving through spatial arrays of passive acoustic receivers. From six months of tracking data for grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at Palmyra atoll in the Pacific Ocean, we demonstrate that some individuals emerge as leaders within the population and that this behavioural coordination is predicted by both sex and the duration of co-occurrences between conspecifics...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880786/effects-of-pile-driving-on-the-residency-and-movement-of-tagged-reef-fish
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Joseph D Iafrate, Stephanie L Watwood, Eric A Reyier, Douglas M Scheidt, Georges A Dossot, Steven E Crocker
The potential effects of pile driving on fish populations and commercial fisheries have received significant attention given the prevalence of pile driving occurring in coastal habitats throughout the world. Behavioral impacts of sound generated from these activities on fish typically have a greater area of influence than physical injury, and may therefore adversely affect a greater portion of the local population. This study used acoustic telemetry to assess the movement, residency, and survival of 15 sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) and 10 grey snapper (Lutjanus griseus) in Port Canaveral, Florida, USA, in response to 35 days of pile driving at a wharf complex...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878092/putting-the-behavior-into-animal-movement-modeling-improved-activity-budgets-from-use-of-ancillary-tag-information
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Sophie Bestley, Ian Jonsen, Robert G Harcourt, Mark A Hindell, Nicholas J Gales
Animal movement research relies on biotelemetry, and telemetry-based locations are increasingly augmented with ancillary information. This presents an underutilized opportunity to enhance movement process models. Given tags designed to record specific behaviors, efforts are increasing to update movement models beyond reliance solely upon horizontal movement information to improve inference of space use and activity budgets. We present two state-space models adapted to incorporate ancillary data to inform three discrete movement states: directed, resident, and an activity state...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876843/experienced-migratory-songbirds-do-not-display-goal-ward-orientation-after-release-following-a-cross-continental-displacement-an-automated-telemetry-study
#17
Dmitry Kishkinev, Dominik Heyers, Bradley K Woodworth, Greg W Mitchell, Keith A Hobson, D Ryan Norris
The ability to navigate implies that animals have the capability to compensate for geographical displacement and return to their initial goal or target. Although some species are capable of adjusting their direction after displacement, the environmental cues used to achieve this remain elusive. Two possible cues are geomagnetic parameters (magnetic map hypothesis) or atmospheric odour-forming gradients (olfactory map hypothesis). In this study, we examined both of these hypotheses by surgically deactivating either the magnetic or olfactory sensory systems in experienced white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) captured in southern Ontario, Canada, during spring migration...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867217/avoidance-of-wind-farms-by-harbour-seals-is-limited-to-pile-driving-activities
#18
Debbie J F Russell, Gordon D Hastie, David Thompson, Vincent M Janik, Philip S Hammond, Lindesay A S Scott-Hayward, Jason Matthiopoulos, Esther L Jones, Bernie J McConnell
As part of global efforts to reduce dependence on carbon-based energy sources there has been a rapid increase in the installation of renewable energy devices. The installation and operation of these devices can result in conflicts with wildlife. In the marine environment, mammals may avoid wind farms that are under construction or operating. Such avoidance may lead to more time spent travelling or displacement from key habitats. A paucity of data on at-sea movements of marine mammals around wind farms limits our understanding of the nature of their potential impacts...
December 2016: Journal of Applied Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862901/does-minimalist-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-produce-better-survival-in-patients-with-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Jose F Condado, Moosa N Haider, Stamatios Lerakis, Patricia Keegan, Hope Caughron, Vinod H Thourani, Chandan Devireddy, Bradley Leshnower, Kreton Mavromatis, Eric L Sarin, James Stewart, Robert Guyton, Jessica Forcillo, Ateet Patel, Amy Simone, Peter C Block, Vasilis Babaliaros
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes after minimalist and standard transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TF-TAVR) in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). BACKGROUND: TF-TAVR is increasingly performed with conscious sedation and transthoracic echocardiography guidance (minimalist). The safety/efficacy of this technique in patients with severe COPD is unknown. METHODS: We compared demographics, 30-day outcomes and 1-year survival of patients with severe COPD (FEV1% ≤50) who underwent minimalist vs...
November 12, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862860/incidence-and-predictors-of-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-following-treatment-with-the-repositionable-lotus%C3%A2-transcatheter-aortic-valve
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Sarah Zaman, Liam McCormick, Robert Gooley, Hashrul Rashid, Satish Ramkumar, Damon Jackson, Samuel Hui, Ian T Meredith
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and predictors of permanent pacemaker (PPM) requirement following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the mechanically expanded Lotus(TM) Valve System (Boston Scientific). BACKGROUND: Pacemaker implantation is the most common complication following TAVR. Predictors of pacing following TAVR with the Lotus valve have not been systematically assessed. METHODS: Consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis who underwent Lotus valve implantation were prospectively recruited at a single-centre...
November 12, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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