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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210535/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-a-neurofibromatosis-type-2-patient-with-a-novel-mri-compatible-auditory-brainstem-implant
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Matthew Shew, Judson Bertsch, Paul Camarata, Hinrich Staecker
Auditory brainstem implantation has become a key technique for the rehabilitation of hearing in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2. The nature of this devastating genetic disease requires ongoing MRI for the patient's lifespan. Today, most auditory brainstem implants require removal of the magnet that connects the internal device to the external speech processor to undergo imaging as their disease progresses. Patients have the option of having a short procedure to have the magnet taken out and replaced each time, or alternately using a headband to secure the processor over the receiver coil of the internal device...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210499/the-effectiveness-of-slow-stroke-back-massage-on-hospitalization-anxiety-and-physiological-parameters-in-school-age-children-a-randomized-clinical-trial-study
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Alia Jalalodini, Manijeh Nourian, Kiarash Saatchi, Amir Kavousi, Mahnaz Ghaljeh
BACKGROUND: The outcomes of hospitalization anxiety are mental health disorders. One of the methods of anxiety reduction is massage, which can cause reduction of pain and changes in physiological parameters. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the effects of slow-stroke back massage (SSBM) on hospitalization anxiety and physiological parameters in school-age children. METHODS: This clinical trial study included 80 school-aged children from Ali Ebne Abi Taleb hospital, located in Zahedan, who were selected using sequential sampling and randomly divided into two groups: a massage group (40) and a control group (40)...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207782/incorporating-interspecific-competition-into-species-distribution-mapping-by-upward-scaling-of-small-scale-model-projections-to-the-landscape
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Mark Baah-Acheamfour, Charles P-A Bourque, Fan-Rui Meng, D Edwin Swift
There are a number of overarching questions and debate in the scientific community concerning the importance of biotic interactions in species distribution models at large spatial scales. In this paper, we present a framework for revising the potential distribution of tree species native to the Western Ecoregion of Nova Scotia, Canada, by integrating the long-term effects of interspecific competition into an existing abiotic-factor-based definition of potential species distribution (PSD). The PSD model is developed by combining spatially explicit data of individualistic species' response to normalized incident photosynthetically active radiation, soil water content, and growing degree days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203023/-randomized-controlled-trial-to-superficial-femoral-artery-recanalization-for-lower-extremity-arteriosclerosis-obliterans
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J M Zhuang, X Li, T R Li, J Zhao, J Y Luan, C M Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of neglecting superficial femoral artery (SFA) recanalization for chronic lower extremity arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO). METHODS: Thirty-six cases treated for severe stenosis or occlusion of superficial femoral artery resulted from ASO were randomly divided into 2 groups. Twenty of them were treated by endovascular reconstruction of superficial femoral artery and the other 16 cases were not treated with their superficial femoral artery, but were only treated with the accompanied iliac and/or profunda femoral artery lesion...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202852/association-of-serum-uric-acid-levels-with-leg-ischemia-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-after-treatment
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Yoko Sotoda, Shigeki Hirooka, Hiroyuki Orita, Ichiro Wakabayashi
AIM: We investigated the relationships of serum uric acid levels with the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) after treatment. METHODS: Subjects were male patients diagnosed with PAD. Atherosclerosis at the common carotid artery was evaluated based on its intima-media thickness (IMT). Leg arterial flow was evaluated by measuring ankle-brachial index (ABI) and exercise-induced decrease in ABI. RESULTS: Among various risk factors including age, blood pressure, adiposity, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and blood lipid, blood glucose, uric acid, fibrinogen and C-reactive protein levels, only uric acid levels showed significant correlations with ABI [Pearson's correlation coefficient, -0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197971/abnormal-ankle-brachial-index-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-or-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Hai-Yan Chen, Fang Wei, Li-Hua Wang, Zhe Wang, Jia Meng, Hai-Bo Yu, Rui-Ning Zhang, Gui-Jiang Sun, Ai-Li Jiang, Lin Wang
Prognostic role of ankle-brachial index (ABI) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is controversial. We aimed to evaluate whether abnormal ABI was an independent predictor of cardiovascular or all-cause mortality in CKD patients with or without hemodialysis by conducting a meta-analysis. We systematically searched Pubmed and Embase databases for prospective observational studies that investigated baseline abnormal ABI and subsequent cardiovascular or all-cause mortality risk in CKD patients with or without hemodialysis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197286/pulse-pressure-and-upstroke-time-are-useful-parameters-for-the-diagnosis-of-peripheral-artery-disease-in-patients-with-normal-ankle-brachial-index
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Shunsuke Kiuchi, Shinji Hisatake, Ippei Watanabe, Mikihito Toda, Takayuki Kabuki, Takashi Oka, Shintaro Dobashi, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Some peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients have normal ankle brachial index (ABI) (0.9 - 1.4), although ABI is a useful parameter for the diagnosis of PAD. We investigated whether other parameters of ABI report sheet are useful to detect these patients. METHODS: We initially enrolled 3,912 patients (7,824 limbs) who underwent ABI for the first time. Subjects who have normal ABI were divided into the PAD group (n = 136) and the non-PAD group (n = 240) by lower extremity ultrasonography...
October 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194186/safety-and-effectiveness-of-bone-marrow-cell-concentrate-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-critical-limb-ischemia-utilizing-a-rapid-point-of-care-system
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Venkatesh Ponemone, Saniya Gupta, Dalip Sethi, Manish Suthar, Monika Sharma, Richard J Powell, Kenneth Lee Harris, Nungshi Jungla, Priyadarshini Arambam, Upendra Kaul, Ashok Seth, Suhail Bukhari
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the end stage of lower extremity peripheral vascular disease (PVD) in which severe obstruction of blood flow results in ischemic rest pain, ulcers and/or gangrene, and a significant risk of limb loss. This open-label, single-arm feasibility study evaluated the safety and therapeutic effectiveness of autologous bone marrow cell (aBMC) concentrate in revascularization of CLI patients utilizing a rapid point-of-care device. Seventeen (17) no-option CLI patients with ischemic rest pain were enrolled in the study...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193720/trainees-dissatisfied-with-tick-box-arcp-researchers-find
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Abi Rimmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193683/nhs-staff-are-key-to-meeting-productivity-challenges-says-former-health-secretary
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Abi Rimmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192183/measuring-kinetics-and-potency-of-herg-block-for-cipa
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Monique J Windley, Najah Abi-Gerges, Bernard Fermini, Jules C Hancox, Jamie I Vandenberg, Adam P Hill
INTRODUCTION: The Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmic Assay (CiPA) aims to update current cardiac safety testing to better evaluate arrhythmic risk. A central theme of CiPA is the use of in silico approaches to risk prediction incorporating models of drug binding to hERG. To parameterize these models, accurate in vitro measurement of potency and kinetics of block is required. The Ion Channel Working Group was tasked with: i) selecting a protocol that could measure kinetics of block and was easily implementable on automated platforms for future rollout in industry and ii) acquiring a reference dataset using the standardized protocol...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188878/towards-a-higher-level-ensifera-phylogeny-inferred-from-mitogenome-sequences
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Zhijun Zhou, Ling Zhao, Nian Liu, Huifang Guo, Bei Guan, Juanxia Di, Fuming Shi
Although mitogenomes are useful tools for inferring evolutionary history, only a few representative ones can be used for most Ensifera lineages. Thirty-two ensiferan mitogenomes were determined using ABI Sanger sequencing and standard primer walking of 2-3 overlapping Long-PCR fragments, or Illumina® HiSeq2000 for "shotgun" sequenced long-PCR-amplified mitochondrial or total genomic DNA. Six patterns of gene arrangements, including the novel trnR-trnS(AGN)-trnA-trnN-trnG-nad3 in Lipotactes tripyrga (Lipotactinae), were identified from 59 ensiferan mitogenomes...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186632/norwood-a-gene-expression-resource-for-evo-devo-studies-of-conifer-wood-development
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Soile Jokipii-Lukkari, David Sundell, Ove Nilsson, Torgeir R Hvidsten, Nathaniel R Street, Hannele Tuominen
The secondary xylem of conifers is composed mainly of tracheids that differ anatomically and chemically from angiosperm xylem cells. There is currently no high-spatial-resolution data available profiling gene expression during wood formation for any coniferous species, which limits insight into tracheid development. RNA-sequencing data from replicated, high-spatial-resolution section series throughout the cambial and woody tissues of Picea abies were used to generate the NorWood.conGenIE.org web resource, which facilitates exploration of the associated gene expression profiles and co-expression networks...
February 10, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186070/thought-spot-co-creating-mental-health-solutions-with-post-secondary-students
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David Wiljer, Andrew Johnson, Erica McDiarmid, Alexxa Abi-Jaoude, Genevieve Ferguson, Elisa Hollenberg, Nicole van Heerwaarden, Tim Tripp, Marcus Law
It is difficult for the nearly 20% of Canadian 15- to 24-year olds reporting symptoms to seek the help they need within the current mental health system. Web-based and mobile health interventions are promising tools for reaching this group; having the capacity to reduce access-to-service barriers and engage youth in promoting their mental well-being. A three-phased, iterative, co-creation developmental approach was used to develop Thought Spot, a platform to better enable post-secondary students to seek mental health support...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184232/bioinformatics-prediction-and-evolution-analysis-of-arabinogalactan-proteins-in-the-plant-kingdom
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Yuling Ma, Chenchao Yan, Huimin Li, Wentao Wu, Yaxue Liu, Yuqian Wang, Qin Chen, Haoli Ma
Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are a family of extracellular glycoproteins implicated in plant growth and development. With a rapid growth in the number of genomes sequenced in many plant species, the family members of AGPs can now be predicted to facilitate functional investigation. Building upon previous advances in identifying Arabidopsis AGPs, an integrated strategy of systematical AGP screening for "classical" and "chimeric" family members is proposed in this study. A Python script named Finding-AGP is compiled to find AGP-like sequences and filter AGP candidates under the given thresholds...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182711/pollen-based-reconstruction-of-vegetational-and-climatic-change-over-the-past-30-ka-at-shudu-lake-in-the-hengduan-mountains-of-yunnan-southwestern-china
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Yi-Feng Yao, Xiao-Yan Song, Alexandra H Wortley, Yu-Fei Wang, Stephen Blackmore, Cheng-Sen Li
The Hengduan Mountains, with a distinct altitudinal differentiation and strong vertical vegetation zonation, occupy an important position in southwestern China as a global hotspot of biodiversity. Pollen analysis of lake sediments sampled along an altitudinal gradient in this region helps us to understand how this vegetation zonation arose and how it has responded to climate change and human impacts through time. Here we present a ~30-ka pollen record and interpret it in terms of vegetational and climatic change from a 310 cm-long core from Shudu Lake, located in the Hengduan Mountains region...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179558/cell-specific-pkm-isoforms-contribute-to-the-maintenance-of-different-forms-of-persistent-long-term-synaptic-plasticity
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Jiangyuan Hu, Kerry Adler, Carole Abi Farah, Margaret H Hastings, Wayne S Sossin, Samuel Schacher
Multiple kinase activations contribute to long-term synaptic plasticity, a cellular mechanism mediating long-term memory. The sensorimotor synapse of Aplysia expresses different forms of long-term facilitation (LTF) - non-associative and associative LTF - that require the timely activation of kinases, including PKC. It is not known which PKC isoforms in the sensory neuron or motor neuron L7 are required to sustain each form of LTF. We show that different PKMs, the constitutively active isoforms of PKCs generated by calpain cleavage, in the sensory neuron and L7 are required to maintain each form of LTF...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179234/half-of-doctors-don-t-go-straight-into-specialty-training
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Abi Rimmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174646/agenesis-of-the-dorsal-pancreas-associated-with-mucinous-adenocarcinoma-and-cystic-teratoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Elias Saikaly, Antoine El Asmar, Fahim Abi Fadel, Mona Aoun, Ziad El Rassi
Dorsal agenesis of the pancreas is a rare congenital anomaly. Fifty-eight cases were reported from 1913 till 2015, nine of which were associated with tumors. We present the 10th case, the first to be associated with pancreatic mucinous adenocarcinoma and cystic teratoma, successfully managed by Whipple procedure and total pancreatectomy.
February 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174176/law-change-will-foster-doctors-honest-discussion-of-mistakes-says-hunt
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Abi Rimmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
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