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Sarah M Hatcher, Sarah M Rhodes, Jill R Stewart, Ellen Silbergeld, Nora Pisanic, Jesper Larsen, Sharon Jiang, Amanda Krosche, Devon Hall, Karen C Carroll, Christopher D Heaney
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic use in industrial hog operations (IHOs) can support the emergence of antibiotic-resistant (ABR) Staphylococcus aureus. The extent of ABR S. aureus exposure in IHO workers and children living in their households remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate ABR S. aureus nasal carriage prevalence among adults with versus without occupational exposure to IHOs and among children living in their households. METHODS: In total, 198 IHO worker-child household pairs and 202 community referent (CR) adult-child household pairs completed a questionnaire and provided a nasal swab which was analyzed for S...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Constantin von Kirschbaum, Robert Gürkov
Introduction. Vestibular schwannomas (VS) are benign tumours of the vestibular nerve and can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, facial palsy, and brainstem compression. Audiovestibular diagnostic tests are essential for detection and treatment planning. Methods. Medline was used to perform a systematic literature review with regard to how audiovestibular test parameters correlate with symptoms, tumour size, and tumour location. Results. The auditory brainstem response can be used to diagnose retrocochlear lesions caused by VS...
2016: BioMed Research International
Naser Amini, Nasim Vousooghi, Mansoureh Soleimani, Ali Samadikuchaksaraei, Mehdi Akbari, Hosein Safakheil, Pezhman Atafimanesh, Ali Shahbazi, Peiman Brouki Milan, Sara Ramezani, Masoud Mozafari, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei
INTRODUCTION: Hemolytic kernicterus, an indirect bilirubin-induced brain dysfunction, is associated with hyper-bilirubinemia in mammalian neonates. In this study, a new model of kernicterus has been developed using intra-peritoneal injections of phenyl hydrazine and subcutaneous injections of sulfisoxazole. These drugs can potentially induce kernicterus in neonatal through changes in hemolysis and hypo-albumin. METHODS: For this purpose, 7-day-old male Wistar rats (n=72; mean weight 11±1 g) were used...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Cameron C Wick, Sharon J Lin, Heping Yu, Cliff A Megerian, Qing Yin Zheng
HYPOTHESIS: Phosphorus and vitamin D (calcitriol) supplementation in the Phex mouse, a murine model for endolymphatic hydrops (ELH), will improve otic capsule mineralization and secondarily ameliorate the postnatal development of ELH and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). BACKGROUND: Male Phex mice have X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets (XLH), which includes osteomalacia of the otic capsule. The treatment for XLH is supplementation with phosphorus and calcitriol...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Qin Shi, Dan Zhang, Zhen Huang, Peng Sun, Haiping Huang, Yunmei Zhang, Jianwu Dai, Jisheng Liu
Traumatic tympanic membrane (TM) perforation is very common in clinical practice. Several biomaterials have been reported to play a role in TM reparation, whereas their functional recovery is limited when used alone. Meanwhile, the administration of bio-factors could promote functional recovery, but rapid distribution and short half-time obstruct their application. In order to study the effect on of traumatic TM regeneration, we prepared collagen membrane (CM) integrated with collagen-binding basic fibroblast growth factor (CBD-bFGF) and implanted into the injury site of perforated TM in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats...
October 12, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Milaine Dominici Sanfins, Leticia Reis Borges, Thalita Ubiali, Caroline Donadon, Thais Antonelli Diniz Hein, Stavros Hatzopoulos, Maria Francisca Colella-Santos
This study aimed to analyze the coding responses of speech sounds (syllable/da/) in children and adolescent speakers of Brazilian Portuguese with typical development and normal hearing, aged between 8 and 16 years, in order to establish normative data of speech ABR response. This normative data can be used as a reference for speech ABR responses and also to enable the diagnosis in individuals with different pathologies. The analyze for absolute latency of speech sounds, more specifically the syllable/da/, for speech-ABR in children and adolescent speakers of Brazilian Portuguese with typical development were: right ear - wave V (6,43-6,57), wave A (7,35-7,57), wave C (18,19-18,46), wave D (21,99-22,42), wave E (30,73-31,05), wave F (39,19-39,55) and wave O (47,75-48,24) and left ear - wave V (6,44-6,57), wave A (7,36-7,59), wave C (18,26-18,55), wave D (22,22 -22,50), wave E (30,58-30,97), wave F (39,05-39,35) and wave O (47,78-48,13)...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
G P Senadheera, S Sri Ranganathan, G Patabendige, G H Fernando, D Gamage, R M Maneke, B M Fernandopulle
OBJECTIVES: Antibacterial resistance (ABR) is a public threat. Sri Lanka is a country with limited surveillance of ABR in the community. The WHO methodology was adapted to identify ABR in outpatient settings (nonhospitalised patients) and its link to consumption of antibiotics. METHODS: It was a cross-sectional descriptive community based study to collect ABR data from Out Patient Department (OPD) of two leading Teaching Hospitals in Colombo district. The indicator organism Escherichia coli (E...
2016: Ceylon Medical Journal
Franck Michel, Kristoffer Foldager Jørgensen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to compare air-conduction thresholds obtained with ASSR evoked by narrow band (NB) CE-chirps and ABR evoked by tone pips (tpABR) in infants with various degrees of hearing loss. DESIGN: Thresholds were measured at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz. Data on each participant were collected at the same day. STUDY SAMPLE: Sixty-seven infants aged 4 d to 22 months (median age = 96 days), resulting in 57, 52, 87 and 56 ears for 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz, respectively...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
En Shi, Jianzheng Li, Shao-Yuan Leu, Philip Antwi
To predict the dynamic profiles in volatile fatty acids (VFAs) with pH and hydraulic retention time (HRT) during the startup of a 4-compartment ABR, a mathematical model was constructed by introducing pH and thermodynamic inhibition functions into the biochemical processes derived from the ADM1. The calibration of inhibition parameter for propionate uptake effectively improved the prediction accuracy of VFAs. The developed model could simulate the VFAs profiles very well no matter the observable change of pH or/and HRT...
September 20, 2016: Bioresource Technology
William R Holmes, Adriana E Golding, William M Bement, Leah Edelstein-Keshet
Rho GTPases are regulatory proteins whose patterns on the surface of a cell affect cell polarization, cell motility and repair of single-cell wounds. The stereotypical patterns formed by two such proteins, Rho and Cdc42, around laser-injured frog oocytes permit experimental analysis of GTPase activation, inactivation, segregation and crosstalk. Here, we review the development and analysis of a spatial model of GTPase dynamics that describe the formation of concentric zones of Rho and Cdc42 activity around wounds, and describe how this model has provided insights into the roles of the GTPase effector molecules protein kinase C (PKCβ and PKCη) and guanosine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor (GDI) in the wound response...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Pratima Chowdary, Emma Fosbury, Anne Riddell, Mary Mathias
rFVIIIFc (efraloctocog alfa, Eloctate(®)) is an extended half-life (EHL) factor VIII licensed for use in patients with hemophilia A for prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding and surgical episodes. Pharmacokinetic studies in adults have shown a mean 1.5-fold increase in half-life compared to full-length factor VIII. When compared to adults, the half-life is decreased by 8% in adolescents between 12 and 17 years, by 18% in children 6 to <12 years, and by 33% in children between the ages of 2 and <6 years...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Erika Skoe, Lisa Brody, Rachel M Theodore
Research with developmental populations suggests that the maturational state of auditory brainstem encoding is linked to reading ability. Specifically, children with poor reading skills resemble biologically younger children with respect to their auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) to speech stimulation. Because ABR development continues into adolescence, it is possible that the link between ABRs and reading ability changes or resolves as the brainstem matures. To examine these possibilities, ABRs were recorded at varying presentation rates in adults with diverse, yet unimpaired reading levels...
September 29, 2016: Brain and Language
Rensa Chen, Martin Schwander, Mary F Barbe, Marion M Chan
Globally, a body of comparative case-control studies suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are more prone to developing hearing loss (HL). However, experimental evidence that supports this hypothesis is still lacking because the human auditory organ is not readily accessible. The aim of this study was to determine the association between bone damage to the ossicles of the middle ear and HL, using a widely accepted murine model of collagen-induced arthritis (RA mice). Diarthrodial joints in the middle ear were examined with microcomputer tomography (microCT), and hearing function was assessed by auditory brainstem response (ABR)...
2016: PloS One
Jyung Hyun Lee, Hyo Soon Park, Qun Wei, Myoung Nam Kim, Jin-Ho Cho
ABSTACT To ensure the safety and efficacy of implantable hearing aids, animal experiments are an essential developmental procedure, in particular, auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) can be used to verify the objective effectiveness of implantable hearing aids. This study measured and compared the ABRs generated when applying the same vibration stimuli to an oval window and round window. The ABRs were measured using a TDT system 3 (TDT, USA), while the vibration stimuli were applied to a round window and oval window in 4 guinea pigs using a piezo-electric transducer with a proper contact tip...
September 30, 2016: Bioengineered
Paul E Wallner, Anthony Gerdeman, Jennifer M Willis, Anthony L Zietman
Based on data obtained from clinical practice analysis (CPA) surveys performed in 2010 and 2013, and with input from its maintenance of certification (MOC) advisory committee, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) recognized that the changing nature of radiation oncology practice patterns warranted revisions of its MOC Part III cognitive examination. One significant revision was the introduction of a modular examination that allowed diplomates to select specific areas of clinical interest. The module-based items represented 30% (60 of 200) of total examination content...
May 7, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Richard A Altschuler, Noel Wys, Diane Prieskorn, Cathy Martin, Susan DeRemer, Sanford Bledsoe, Josef M Miller
Noise overstimulation can induce loss of synaptic ribbons associated with loss of Inner Hair Cell - Auditory Nerve synaptic connections. This study examined if systemic administration of Piribedil, a dopamine agonist that reduces the sound evoked auditory nerve compound action potential and/or Memantine, an NMDA receptor open channel blocker, would reduce noise-induced loss of Inner Hair Cell ribbons. Rats received systemic Memantine and/or Piribedil for 3 days before and 3 days after a 3 hour 4 kHz octave band noise at 117 dB (SPL)...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Magdalena Lachowska, Jorge Bohórquez, Özcan Özdamar, Kazimierz Niemczyk
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the accuracy with which the innovative QASSR method predicts behavioral thresholds in adult patients with sensorineural hearing loss. DESIGN: Subjects were tested at four carrier frequencies (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz).The resulting QASSR recordings were analyzed for thresholds and magnitude/phase characteristics. Tone-burst ABR was recovered from QASSR signal using CLAD method and analyzed in the time domain. The electrophysiological estimates were compared to hearing thresholds determined behaviorally...
December 2016: International Journal of Audiology
Matthew C DeLorenzo, Dee H Wu, Kai Yang, Isaac B Rutel
The purpose of this study was to introduce and describe the development of RadShield, a Java-based graphical user interface (GUI), which provides a base design that uniquely performs thorough, spatially distributed calculations at many points and reports the maximum air-kerma rate and barrier thickness for each barrier pursuant to NCRP Report 147 methodology. Semiautomated shielding design calculations are validated by two approaches: a geometry-based approach and a manual approach. A series of geometry-based equations were derived giv-ing the maximum air-kerma rate magnitude and location through a first derivative root finding approach...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Min Young Lee, Seung-Hyun Bae, So-Young Chang, Jae-Hun Lee, Se-Hyung Kim, Jin-Chul Ahn, Phil-Sang Chung, Wesley Moy, Jae Yun Jung
Auditory neuropathy is a hearing disorder caused by impaired auditory nerve function. The lack of information about the pathophysiology of this disease limits early diagnosis and further treatment. Laser therapy is a novel approach to enhance nerve growth or induce axonal regeneration. We induced auditory neural degeneration sparing the sensory epithelium with local ouabain application in an animal model and observed the rescue effect of photobiomodulation (PBM), showing recovered auditory function and favorable histologic outcome...
September 22, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Brad S Oriel, Qi Chen, Kevin Wong, Kamal M F Itani
BACKGROUND: Selection of a pre-operative hand antisepsis agent has not been studied in relation to surgical site infection (SSI) culture data. In our hospital, we introduced an alcohol-based hand rub (ABR) in 2012 as an alternative to traditional aqueous surgical scrubs (TSS). It was the goal of this study to review any effect of this implementation on SSI pathogen characteristics. In addition, we sought to compare our SSI culture data with available National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data...
September 23, 2016: Surgical Infections
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