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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742827/the-relationship-between-coronary-artery-distensibility-and-fractional-flow-reserve
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Andy S C Yong, Ashkan Javadzadegan, William F Fearon, Abouzar Moshfegh, Jerrett K Lau, Stephen Nicholls, Martin K C Ng, Leonard Kritharides
Discordance between angiography-based anatomical assessment of coronary stenosis severity and fractional flow reserve (FFR) has been attributed to several factors including lesion length and irregularity, and the myocardial territory supplied by the target vessel. We sought to examine if coronary arterial distensibility is an independent contributor to this discordance. There were two parts to this study. The first consisted of "in silico" models of 26 human coronary arteries. Computational fluid dynamics-derived FFR was calculated for fully rigid, partially distensible and fully distensible models of the 26 arteries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742517/type-1-rhizomelic-chondrodysplasia-punctata-with-a-homozygous-pex7-mutation
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Nursel Muratoğlu Şahin, Meliha Esra Bilici, Erdal Kurnaz, Melek Pala Akdoğan, Serdar Ceylaner, Zehra Aycan
INTRODUCTION: Rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata (RCDP) is a rare peroxisomal disease characterised by punctate calcifications of non-ossified cartilage epiphyseal centres. The main biochemical marker of all RCDP types is a decrease in the levels of plasmalogens. Additionally, the accumulation of phytanic acid can be used as a differential marker between types of RDCP. Due to the biochemical overlap between types 1 and 5 RCDP, a genetic analysis of these genes should be performed in patients to identify the type...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742094/epidemiology-clinical-features-and-risk-factors-for-human-rabies-and-animal-bites-during-an-outbreak-of-rabies-in-maputo-and-matola-cities-mozambique-2014-implications-for-public-health-interventions-for-rabies-control
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Cristolde Salomão, Amílcar Nacima, Lutero Cuamba, Lorna Gujral, Olga Amiel, Cynthia Baltazar, Julie Cliff, Eduardo Samo Gudo
BACKGROUND: In Mozambique, the majority of rabies outbreaks are unreported and data on the epidemiological features of human rabies and animal bites are scarce. An outbreak of human rabies in adjacent Maputo and Matola cities in 2014 prompted us to investigate the epidemiology, clinical features and risk factors of human rabies and animal bites in the two cities. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We reviewed cases of human rabies and animal bites from April to July 2014, and carried out a community investigation in July and August in the neighborhoods where cases of human rabies resided...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742007/galliscardovia-ingluviei-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-thermophilic-bacterium-of-the-family-bifidobacteriaceae-isolated-from-the-crop-of-a-laying-hen-gallus-gallus-f-domestica
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R Pechar, J Killer, R Švejstil, H Salmonová, M Geigerová, V Bunešová, V Rada, O Benada
Bacteria with potential probiotic applications are not yet sufficiently explored, even for animals with economic importance. Therefore, we decided to isolate and identify representatives of the family Bifidobacteriaceae, which inhabit the crop of laying hens. During the study, a fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase-positive strain, RP51T, with a regular/slightly irregular and sometimes an S-shaped slightly curved rod-like shape, was isolated from the crop of a 13 -month-old Hisex Brown hybrid laying hen. The best growth of the Gram-stain-positive bacterium, which was isolated using Bifidobacterium-selective mTPY agar, was found out to be under strictly anaerobic conditions, however an ability to grow under microaerophilic and aerobic conditions was also observed...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741342/hygiene-pests-as-vectors-for-parasitic-and-bacterial-diseases-in-humans
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Marcin Cholewiński, Monika Derda, Edward Hadaś
Diseases transmitted by hygiene pests remain a very serious problem in spite of fast developments in science and medicine. The present study focuses on pests carrying germs that pose a threat to human health and life. The quick pace of life, the need to satisfy human needs and mass production of food sometimes result in flagrant sanitary, hygienic and epidemiological deficiencies. These irregularities are conducive to hygiene pests, which, when not held in check by proper control measures, may act more efficiently and quickly...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741162/-scanning-electron-microscopic-investigations-of-cutting-edge-quality-in-lamellar-keratotomy-using-the-wavelight-femtosecond-laser-fs-200-what-influence-do-spot-distance-and-an-additional-tunnel-have
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T Hammer, T Höche, J Heichel
BACKGROUND: Femtosecond lasers (fs-lasers) are established cutting instruments for the creation of LASIK flaps. Previous studies often showed even rougher surfaces after application of fs-laser systems compared to lamellar keratotomy with mechanical microkeratomes. When cutting the cornea with fs-lasers, an intrastromal gas development occurs, which has a potentially negative influence on the cutting quality if the gas cannot be dissipated; therefore, manufacturers have chosen the way of gas assimilation in so-called pockets...
July 24, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738976/proposal-of-a-diagnostic-algorithm-for-intraductal-ultrasonography-to-distinguish-between-benign-and-malignant-biliary-strictures
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Yao-Sheng Wang, Chiao-Hsiung Chuang, Jhong-Han Wu, Chiung-Yu Chen
To reexamine the recognizability of intraductal ultrasonography (IDUS) findings from an imaging database and propose a novel algorithm for clinical application. IDUS images of 102 patients who had undergone IDUS examinations for indeterminate causes of common bile duct dilation were independently reviewed by two endoscopists. The strength of the inter-rater agreement between the endoscopists was analyzed using Cohen's kappa (κ). An algorithm was implemented by arranging the IDUS characteristics according to their recognizability...
July 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738693/the-accuracy-of-spacelabs-90207-in-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Eliza Miszkowska-Nagórna, Jolanta Neubauer-Geryk, Jacek Wolf, Melanie Wielicka, Grzegorz Raczak, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Leszek Bieniaszewski
PURPOSE: Irregular heart rhythm in the course of atrial fibrillation (AFib) results in lower blood pressure (BP) measurements reproducibility which is further limited by various BP-monitors used. Therefore the aim of our study was to estimate accuracy of oscillometric BP measurement (SpaceLabs 90207) with reference to mercury manometer-based readings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Study was performed in 47 hemodynamically stable patients aged 63 ± 12 yo with paroxysmal or persistent AFib, at baseline...
July 24, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738327/updated-concepts-on-treatment-outcomes-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#9
Victor Certal, Robson Capasso
Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly prevalent and poorly understood condition that not only leads to significant individual patient health damage, but carries a large societal cost secondary to excessive healthcare utilization, motor-vehicle accidents, and work absenteeism. While a significant fund of knowledge about its damaging effects on the cardiovascular system and neural pathways has been gathered over the past few decades, the translation to direct patient care still presents numerous challenges. With the exception of clear issues such as socially unacceptable snoring and breathing irregularities, the exact cause and effect relationship between airway narrowing, hypoxemia, and sleep fragmentation with subjective sleep-related complaints and neurocognitive symptoms is less clear...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737714/parametric-loop-division-for-3d-localization-in-wireless-sensor-networks
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Tanveer Ahmad, Xue Jun Li, Boon-Chong Seet
Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) has been an active topic for more than two decades. A variety of algorithms were proposed to improve the localization accuracy. However, they are either limited to two-dimensional (2D) space, or require specific sensor deployment for proper operations. In this paper, we proposed a three-dimensional (3D) localization scheme for WSNs based on the well-known parametric Loop division (PLD) algorithm. The proposed scheme localizes a sensor node in a region bounded by a network of anchor nodes...
July 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736755/risky-decision-making-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-an-exploratory-study
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Rachel K Jonas, EunJi Roh, Caroline A Montojo, Laura A Pacheco, Tena Rosser, Alcino J Silva, Carrie E Bearden
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a monogenic disorder affecting cognitive function. About one third of children with NF1 have attentional disorders, and the cognitive phenotype is characterized by impairment in prefrontally-mediated functions. Mouse models of NF1 show irregularities in GABA release and striatal dopamine metabolism. We hypothesized that youth with NF1 would show abnormal behavior and neural activity on a task of risk-taking reliant on prefrontal-striatal circuits...
March 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735784/cardiovascular-effects-of-alcohol-consumption
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Jürgen Rehm, Michael Roerecke PhD
Alcohol consumption has a major but complex impact on cardiovascular diseases. Both irregular and chronic heavy drinking occasions detrimentally impact on most major cardiovascular disease categories, whereas light to moderate drinking has been associated with beneficial effects on ischemic heart disease and ischemic stroke. Both detrimental and beneficial effects of alcohol consumption have been corroborated by biochemical pathways. The impact of alcohol consumption on cardiovascular disease should be evaluated within the context of other effects of alcohol on health...
June 10, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735663/histological-features-of-the-distal-third-metacarpal-bone-in-thoroughbred-racehorses-with-and-without-lateral-condylar-fractures
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M J Pinilla, C A Tranquille, A S Blunden, Y M Chang, T D H Parkin, R C Murray
A detailed histopathological study of the distal third metacarpal bone of Thoroughbred racehorses was undertaken to characterize lesions observed previously on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The bones were selected and grouped on the basis of MRI features. Representative sections in different planes were processed for histopathology. All lesions observed in the articular cartilage (AC) and subchondral bone (SCB) were recorded and graded with a scoring system, based partially on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International grading system...
July 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735142/bifurcation-location-and-growth-of-aneurysm-size-are-significantly-associated-with-an-irregular-shape-of-unruptured-intracranial-aneurysms
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Xin Feng, Baorui Zhang, Erkang Guo, Luyao Wang, Zenguhi Qian, Peng Liu, Xiaolong Wen, Wenjuan Xu, Chuhan Jiang, Youxiang Li, Zhongxue Wu, Aihua Liu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Previous studies firmly proved that an irregular aneurysmal shape was strongly associated with intracranial aneurysm (IA) rupture, but it is unclear how irregularly shaped intracranial aneurysms (IAs) form. We aimed to identify the factors related to irregular shape of IAs. METHOD: We retrospectively analyzed of consecutive patients evaluated or treated for IA at our institution from June 2015 to July 2016. According to the imaging morphology of aneurysm, the enrolled patients are divided into irregular and regular group...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735124/inherent-tumor-characteristics-that-limit-effective-and-safe-resection-of-giant-nonfunctioning-pituitary-adenomas
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Hiroshi Nishioka, Takayuki Hara, Yuichi Nagata, Noriaki Fukuhara, Mitsuo Yamaguchi-Okada, Shozo Yamada
BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment of giant pituitary adenomas is sometimes challenging. We present our surgical series of giant nonfunctioning adenomas to shed light on the limitations of effective and safe tumor resection. METHODS: The preoperative tumor characteristics, surgical approaches, outcome, and histology of giant nonfunctioning adenoma (>40 mm) in 128 consecutive surgical patients are reviewed. The follow-up period ranged from 19 to 113 (mean 62.2) months...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734811/treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-quiescent-choroidal-neovascularization-in-geographic-atrophy-secondary-to-non-exudative-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Vittorio Capuano, Alexandra Miere, Lea Querques, Riccardo Sacconi, Adriano Carnevali, Francesca Amoroso, Francesco Bandello, Eric H Souied, Giuseppe Querques
PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics and natural history of quiescent choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to non-exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) through multimodal imaging. DESIGN: Retrospective observational case series. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with quiescent CNV were analyzed in two high-volume referral centers. Imaging features obtained using fluorescein angiography (FA), indocyanine green angiography (ICGA), structural optical-coherence-tomography (OCT), and OCT-Angiography (OCT-A) were noted at first presentation and during the study period...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734711/-bifidobacterium-scardovii-isolated-from-2-consecutive-urine-samples
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Daiana Guevara Nuñez, Adriana N De Paulis, Eugenia Bertona, Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, Carlos A Vay, Juan P Suárez, Silvia C Predari
Bifidobacterium scardovii species consists of facultative anaerobic gram-positive rods whose growth is stimulated by CO2 and anaerobiosis. Exceptionally it has been associated with infections in humans. An elderly male patient with a urinary tract infection due to B. scardovii and Enterococcus faecalis is presented here; both microorganisms were isolated from two consecutive urine samples. The bacillus did not grow on standard media, but on chocolate agar incubated in CO2 and on supplemented Brucella agar in an anaerobic atmosphere, incubated for 72h at 35°C...
July 19, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734259/polishability-and-wear-resistance-of-splint-material-for-oral-appliances-produced-with-conventional-subtractive-and-additive-manufacturing
#18
Fabian Huettig, Achim Kustermann, Ebru Kuscu, Jürgen Geis-Gerstorfer, Sebastian Spintzyk
Occlusal splints to treat bruxism are commonly made from polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) in a manual workflow (powder-liquid technique). Today digitalization allows a machine-based manufacturing in subtractive (milling) and additive (printing) means using industrial-made PMMA or comparable resins. An in-vitro study should assess the surface finish and screen the wear resistance of conventional and industrial materials. Therefore, a total of 30 specimens made from conventionally PMMA (group C; powder-liquid, Palapress), polycarbonate ingots (group S; innoBlanc splint plus), and light-curing resin (group A; VarseoWax splint) were polished to examine the surface roughness (Ra) by profilometry and further analyzed by SEM...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733783/perianth-organs-in-nymphaeaceae-comparative-study-on-epidermal-and-structural-characters
#19
Lucía Melisa Zini, Beatriz Gloria Galati, María Silvia Ferrucci
The perianth organs of six species of Nymphaeaceae, representing Euryale, Nymphaea and Victoria, were studied on the basis of macroscopical, micromorphological, and anatomical characters. The aims were to determine whether perianth is differentiated among tepal whorls considering the presence of sepaloid and petaloid characters, and to evaluate the occurrence of both features in individual tepals. Selected perianth series were examined macroscopically, with light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733191/ethnomedicobotanical-study-of-indigenous-knowledge-on-medicinal-plants-used-for-the-treatment-of-reproductive-problems-in-nalbari-district-assam-india
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Simi Talukdar, Partha Pradip Adhikari, Ananta Borah
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Reproductive problems are evolving as most predominant health care problems in many countries, furthermore, WHO, 2012 exemplified maternal illnesses, birth asphyxia and post birth difficulties, are rising at an alarming rate.Not all abnormalities of the human reproductive system have the same origin; the effects on reproductive problems would likely be affected by both male and female. For easy accessibility and affordability medicinal plants play a key role in primary healthcare care services in India and their use is an integral part of the cultural heritage...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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