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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219889/rapid-and-rigorous-il-17a-production-by-a-distinct-subpopulation-of-effector-memory-t-lymphocytes-constitutes-a-novel-mechanism-of-toxic-shock-syndrome-immunopathology
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Peter A Szabo, Ankur Goswami, Delfina M Mazzuca, Kyoungok Kim, David B O'Gorman, David A Hess, Ian D Welch, Howard A Young, Bhagirath Singh, John K McCormick, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is caused by staphylococcal and streptococcal superantigens (SAgs) that provoke a swift hyperinflammatory response typified by a cytokine storm. The precipitous decline in the host's clinical status and the lack of targeted therapies for TSS emphasize the need to identify key players of the storm's initial wave. Using a humanized mouse model of TSS and human cells, we herein demonstrate that SAgs elicit in vitro and in vivo IL-17A responses within hours. SAg-triggered human IL-17A production was characterized by remarkably high mRNA stability for this cytokine...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213932/correlations-between-electrocardiogram-and-biomarkers-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism-analysis-of-zatpol-2-registry
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Piotr Kukla, Dariusz A Kosior, Andrzej Tomaszewski, Katarzyna Ptaszyńska-Kopczyńska, Katarzyna Widejko, Robert Długopolski, Andrzej Skrzyński, Piotr Błaszczak, Kamil Fijorek, Marcin Kurzyna
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiography (ECG) is still one of the first tests performed at admission, mostly in patients (pts) with chest pain or dyspnea. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac biomarkers as well as echocardiographic parameter in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 614 pts. (F/M 334/280; mean age of 67.9 ± 16.6 years) with confirmed acute pulmonary embolism (APE) who were enrolled to the ZATPOL-2 Registry between 2012 and 2014...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183339/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-resting-electrocardiogram-abnormalities-among-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-without-cardiovascular-disease
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Hanan Al Rayes, Paula J Harvey, Dafna D Gladman, Jiandong Su, Arthy Sabapathy, Murray B Urowitz, Zahi Touma
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) cardiovascular disease (CVD) abnormalities (ECG-CVD) are predictive of subsequent CVD events in the general population. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are vulnerable to CVD. We aimed to determine the prevalence of ECG-CVD in SLE patients and to examine the risk factors associated with ECG-CVD. METHODS: A 12-lead resting supine ECG was performed on consecutive adult patients attending the clinic. One cardiologist interpreted the ECGs...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147564/demisting-using-an-ultrasonic-standing-wave-field
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T M Merrell, J R Saylor
Removing drops from an air flow can be challenging, particularly, for small drops. Herein a method for demisting is presented that employs ultrasonics to force small drops to combine. Specifically, a cylindrical ultrasonic standing wave field is established in a tube, forming pressure nodes that take the form of cylinders located within the tube and having the same axis as the tube. Droplets are driven toward these pressure nodes by the acoustic radiation force, forcing smaller drops to combine to form larger drops, which eventually fall due to gravity, thereby demisting the flow...
January 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144025/case-report-of-s1q3t3-electrocardiographic-abnormality-in-a-pregnant-asthmatic-patient-during-acute-bronchospasm
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Hafiza Arshad, Rana Rahel Khan, Misbahuddin Khaja
BACKGROUND Asthma is the most common chronic pulmonary disease during pregnancy. Several previous reports have documented reversible electrocardiographic changes during severe acute asthma attacks, including tachycardia, P pulmonale, right bundle branch block, right axis deviation, and ST segment and T wave abnormalities. CASE REPORT We present the case of a pregnant patient with asthma exacerbation in which acute bronchospasm caused S1Q3T3 abnormality on an electrocardiogram (ECG). The complete workup of ECG findings of S1Q3T3 was negative and correlated with bronchospasm...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110851/is-an-abnormal-ecg-just-the-tip-of-the-ice-berg-examining-the-utility-of-electrocardiography-in-detecting-methamphetamine-induced-cardiac-pathology
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Elizabeth D Paratz, Jessie Zhao, Amanda K Sherwen, Rose-Marie Scarlato, Andrew I MacIsaac
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine use is escalating in Australia and New Zealand, with increasing emergency department attendance and mortality. Cardiac complications play a large role in methamphetamine-related mortality, and it would be informative to assess the frequency of abnormal electrocardiograms (ECGs) amongst methamphetamine users. OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency and severity of ECG abnormalities amongst methamphetamine users compared to a control group...
December 9, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107368/multi-channel-optical-coherence-elastography-using-relative-and-absolute-shear-wave-time-of-flight
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Eli Elyas, Alex Grimwood, Janine T Erler, Simon P Robinson, Thomas R Cox, Daniel Woods, Peter Clowes, Ramona De Luca, Franco Marinozzi, Jérémie Fromageau, Jeffrey C Bamber
Elastography, the imaging of elastic properties of soft tissues, is well developed for macroscopic clinical imaging of soft tissues and can provide useful information about various pathological processes which is complementary to that provided by the original modality. Scaling down of this technique should ply the field of cellular biology with valuable information with regard to elastic properties of cells and their environment. This paper evaluates the potential to develop such a tool by modifying a commercial optical coherence tomography (OCT) device to measure the speed of shear waves propagating in a three-dimensional (3D) medium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107074/analysis-of-the-normal-electrocardiogram-in-wild-rooks-corvus-frugilegus
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Hossein Hassanpour, Hossein Abbasi Dehkordi, Mehdi Khosravi, Saeid Soltani, Leila Nasiri
To describe the normal electrocardiographic (ECG) patterns and values in unanesthetized rooks ( Corvus frugilegus ), standard bipolar (I, II, and III) and augmented unipolar limb (aVR, aVL, and aVF) lead ECGs were recorded from 10 clinically healthy wild rooks. Wave forms were analyzed in all leads at 50 mm/s and at 10 mm = 1 mV to determine PR, QRS, ST, and QT durations; the net QRS complex; and P and T amplitudes. The polarity of each waveform was tabulated in all leads. The mean electrical axis (MEA) for the frontal plane was counted by using leads II and III...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088152/theoretical-description-of-circular-dichroism-in-photoelectron-angular-distributions-of-randomly-oriented-chiral-molecules-after-multi-photon-photoionization
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R E Goetz, T A Isaev, B Nikoobakht, R Berger, C P Koch
Photoelectron circular dichroism refers to the forward/backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution with respect to the propagation axis of circularly polarized light. It has recently been demonstrated in femtosecond multi-photon photoionization experiments with randomly oriented camphor and fenchone molecules [C. Lux et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 51, 4755 (2012) and C. S. Lehmann et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 234307 (2013)]. A theoretical framework describing this process as (2+1) resonantly enhanced multi-photon ionization is constructed, which consists of two-photon photoselection from randomly oriented molecules and successive one-photon ionization of the photoselected molecules...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069573/relations-between-aortic-stiffness-and-left-ventricular-mechanical-function-in-the-community
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Vanessa Bell, Elizabeth L McCabe, Martin G Larson, Jian Rong, Allison A Merz, Ewa Osypiuk, Birgitta T Lehman, Plamen Stantchev, Jayashri Aragam, Emelia J Benjamin, Naomi M Hamburg, Ramachandran S Vasan, Gary F Mitchell, Susan Cheng
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness impairs optimal ventricular-vascular coupling and left ventricular systolic function, particularly in the long axis. Left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) has recently emerged as a sensitive measure of early cardiac dysfunction. In this study, we investigated the relation between aortic stiffness and GLS in a large community-based sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2495 participants (age 39-90 years, 57% women) of the Framingham Offspring and Omni cohorts, free of cardiovascular disease, we performed tonometry to measure arterial hemodynamics and echocardiography to assess cardiac function...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048747/su-f-t-230-a-simple-method-to-assess-accuracy-of-dynamic-wave-arc-irradiation-using-an-electronic-portal-imaging-device-and-log-files
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H Hirashima, Y Miyabe, K Yokota, M Nakamura, N Mukumoto, T Mizowaki, M Hiraoka
PURPOSE: The Dynamic Wave Arc (DWA) technique, where the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) and gantry/ring move simultaneously in a predefined non-coplanar trajectory, has been developed on the Vero4DRT. The aim of this study is to develop a simple method for quality assurance of DWA delivery using an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) measurements and log files analysis. METHODS: The Vero4DRT has an EPID on the beam axis, the resolution of which is 0.18 mm/pixel at the isocenter plane...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043038/intra-individual-cortisol-variability-and-low-grade-inflammation-over-10-years-in-older-adults
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Heather Herriot, Carsten Wrosch, Jean-Philippe Gouin, Gregory E Miller
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the associations between intra-individual variability in, and inter-individual levels of, diurnal cortisol secretion with a marker of low-grade inflammation (i.e., C-Reactive Protein; CRP). Reasoning that greater day-to-day cortisol variability could reflect a dysregulation of the HPA axis, we hypothesized that it would predict higher levels of CRP, above and beyond inter-individual differences in cortisol levels. METHODS: A 10-year longitudinal study of 130 older adults examined diurnal cortisol secretion on three different days across each of the 6 waves of data collection and levels of CRP during the last 3 waves...
December 21, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011834/impact-of-mechanical-deformation-on-pseudo-ecg-a-simulation-study
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Marco Favino, Sonia Pozzi, Simone Pezzuto, Frits W Prinzen, Angelo Auricchio, Rolf Krause
AIMS: Electrophysiological simulations may help to investigate causes and possible treatments of ventricular conduction disturbances. Most electrophysiological models do not take into account that the heart moves during the cardiac cycle. We used an electro-mechanical model to study the effect of mechanical deformation on the results of electrophysiological simulations. METHODS AND RESULTS: Pseudo-electrocardiogram (ECG) were generated from the propagation of electrical signals in tissue slabs undergoing active mechanical deformation...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834978/light-scattering-study-of-the-pseudo-layer-compression-elastic-constant-in-a-twist-bend-nematic-liquid-crystal
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Z Parsouzi, Shokir A Pardaev, C Welch, Z Ahmed, G H Mehl, A R Baldwin, J T Gleeson, O D Lavrentovich, D W Allender, J V Selinger, A Jakli, S Sprunt
The nematic twist-bend (TB) phase, exhibited by certain achiral thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) dimers, features a nanometer-scale, heliconical rotation of the average molecular long axis (director) with equally probable left- and right-handed domains. On meso to macroscopic scales, the TB phase may be considered as a stack of equivalent slabs or "pseudo-layers", each one helical pitch in thickness. The long wavelength fluctuation modes should then be analogous to those of a smectic-A phase, and in particular the hydrodynamic mode combining "layer" compression and bending ought to be characterized by an effective layer compression elastic constant Beff and average director splay constant K...
November 11, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795576/squirmers-with-swirl-a-model-for-volvox-swimming
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T J Pedley, D R Brumley, R E Goldstein
Colonies of the green alga Volvox are spheres that swim through the beating of pairs of flagella on their surface somatic cells. The somatic cells themselves are mounted rigidly in a polymeric extracellular matrix, fixing the orientation of the flagella so that they beat approximately in a meridional plane, with axis of symmetry in the swimming direction, but with a roughly [Formula: see text] azimuthal offset which results in the eponymous rotation of the colonies about a body-fixed axis. Experiments on colonies of Volvox carteri held stationary on a micropipette show that the beating pattern takes the form of a symplectic metachronal wave (Brumley et al...
July 10, 2016: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772664/follow-up-of-electrocardiographic-findings-and-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-anomalously-arising-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-trunk
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Judson A Moore, Antonio G Cabrera, Jeffrey J Kim, Santiago O Valdés, Caridad de la Uz, Christina Y Miyake
Follow-up data and correlation of arrhythmias, electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, and cardiac function in anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery have not been previously studied. This is a retrospective single-center review of 44 anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery patients diagnosed between 1992 and 2014, at a median age of 3 months (3 days to 13 years). Clinical history, ECG, Holter, and echocardiogram data were reviewed. ECGs were reviewed for contiguous Q-or T-wave inversions, hypertrophy, bundle branch block, and axis deviation...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718376/helical-comb-magnetostrictive-patch-transducers-for-inspecting-spiral-welded-pipes-using-flexural-guided-waves
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Xiaowei Zhang, Zhifeng Tang, Fuzai Lv, Xiaohong Pan
A wavefront analysis indicates that a flexural wave propagates at a helix angle with respect to the pipe axis. The expression for calculation of the helix angle for each flexural mode is given, and the helix angle dispersion curves for flexural modes are calculated. According to the new understanding of flexural guided waves, a helical comb magnetostrictive patch transducer (HCMPT) is proposed for selectively exciting a single predominant flexural torsional guided wave in a pipe and inspecting spiral welded pipes using flexural waves...
February 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670068/canine-pulmonary-vein-to-pulmonary-artery-ratio-echocardiographic-technique-and-reference-intervals
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F Birettoni, D Caivano, V Patata, N S Moïse, C Guglielmini, M Rishniw, F Porciello
OBJECTIVES: The size of the pulmonary veins (PVs) and pulmonary arteries (PAs) changes in response to hemodynamic alterations caused by physiological events and disease. We sought to create standardized echocardiographic methods for imaging the right ostium of the pulmonary veins (RPVs) and the right pulmonary artery (RPA) using specific landmarks and timing to quantify vessel diameters and phasic changes during the cardiac cycle. ANIMALS: Fifty client-owned healthy dogs prospectively recruited...
December 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661886/high-gain-87-cm-sup-1-sup-raman-line-of-kyw-and-its-impact-on-continuous-wave-raman-laser-operation
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Soumya Sarang, Robert J Williams, Oliver Lux, Ondrej Kitzler, Aaron McKay, Hadiya Jasbeer, Richard P Mildren
We report a quasi-continuous-wave external cavity Raman laser based on potassium yttrium tungstate (KYW). Laser output efficiency and spectrum are severely affected by the presence of high gain Raman modes of low frequency (< 250 cm<sup>-1</sup>) that are characteristic of this crystal class. Output spectra contained frequency combs spaced by the low frequency modes but with the overall pump-to-Stokes conversion efficiency at least an order of magnitude lower than that typically obtained in other crystal Raman lasers...
September 19, 2016: Optics Express
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