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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213720/feasibility-of-single-incision-thoracoscopic-surgery-using-a-modified-chest-wall-pulley-for-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Kenji Tsuboshima, Machiko Nagata, Teppei Wakahara, Yasumi Matoba, Yoshimasa Maniwa
PURPOSE: Recently, single-incision thoracoscopic surgery (SITS) has been recognized as a favorable treatment choice for primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) compared with conventional three-port video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). However, conventional SITS bullectomy often results in collisions with surgical devices. Therefore, we devised a method of SITS using a chest wall pulley for lung excision (PulLE) and modified PulLE (mPulLE) system, which substitutes threads to eliminate such collisions...
February 17, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212882/erratum-to-hemodynamic-effects-of-a-fully-magnetically-levitated-centrifugal-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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March 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212401/preload-based-starling-like-control-of-rotary-blood-pumps-an-in-vitro-evaluation
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Mahdi Mansouri, Shaun D Gregory, Robert F Salamonsen, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, Rini Akmeliawati, Einly Lim
Due to a shortage of donor hearts, rotary left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used to provide mechanical circulatory support. To address the preload insensitivity of the constant speed controller (CSC) used in conventional LVADs, we developed a preload-based Starling-like controller (SLC). The SLC emulates the Starling law of the heart to maintain mean pump flow ([Formula: see text]) with respect to mean left ventricular end diastolic pressure (PLVEDm) as the feedback signal. The SLC and CSC were compared using a mock circulation loop to assess their capacity to increase cardiac output during mild exercise while avoiding ventricular suction (marked by a negative PLVEDm) and maintaining circulatory stability during blood loss and severe reductions in left ventricular contractility (LVC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212152/an-update-on-small-bowel-endoscopy
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Hey-Long Ching, Mark E McAlindon, Reena Sidhu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The breakthrough success of capsule endoscopy and device-assisted enteroscopy has inspired researchers to test and push the boundary of these technologies. The authors herein summarize the latest and most significant studies with clinical impact. RECENT FINDINGS: Competing capsule endoscopy models have enriched the platform of this wireless device. The role of capsule endoscopy in Crohn's disease is expanding as we learn more of the significance of disease distribution and response to treatment...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212076/selecting-power-efficient-signal-features-for-a-low-power-fall-detector
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Changhong Wang, Stephen Redmond, Wei Lu, Michael Stevens, Stephen Lord, Nigel Lovell
Falls are a serious threat to the health of older people. A wearable fall detector can automatically detect the occurrence of a fall and alert a caregiver or an emergency response service so they may deliver immediate assistance, improving the chances of recovering from fall-related injuries. One constraint of such a wearable technology is its limited battery life. Thus, minimization of power consumption is an important design concern, all the while maintaining satisfactory accuracy of the fall detection algorithms implemented on the wearable device...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211839/use-of-speech-generating-devices-can-improve-perception-of-qualifications-for-skilled-verbal-and-interactive-jobs
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Steven E Stern, Chelsea M Chobany, Alexander A Beam, Brittany N Hoover, Thomas T Hull, Melissa Linsenbigler, Courtney Makdad-Light, Courtney N Rubright
BACKGROUND: We have previously demonstrated that when speech generating devices (SGD) are used as assistive technologies, they are preferred over the users' natural voices. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine whether using SGDs would affect listener's perceptions of hirability of people with complex communication needs. METHODS: In a series of three experiments, participants rated videotaped actors, one using SGD and the other using their natural, mildly dysarthric voice, on (a) a measurement of perceptions of speaker credibility, strength, and informedness and (b) measurements of hirability for jobs coded in terms of skill, verbal ability, and interactivity...
February 17, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210847/ethical-considerations-in-the-long-term-ventricular-assist-device-patient
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Amanda Cai, Howard J Eisen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the heart failure population continues to age, the need for definitive therapies such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) to extend life and alleviate suffering from end-stage disease directly increases. The goal of this article is to examine the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice within the context of long-term VAD patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Survival rates in VAD-implanted patients have improved in parallel with modernization of device design and surgical technique, reaching that of cardiac transplantation at 1 year post-procedure...
February 16, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210321/telemedicine-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Nicolino Ambrosino, Guido Vagheggini, Stefano Mazzoleni, Michele Vitacca
: Telemedicine is a medical application of advanced technology to disease management. This modality may provide benefits also to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Different devices and systems are used. The legal problems associated with telemedicine are still controversial. Economic advantages for healthcare systems, though potentially high, are still poorly investigated. A European Respiratory Society Task Force has defined indications, follow-up, equipment, facilities, legal and economic issues of tele-monitoring of COPD patients including those undergoing home mechanical ventilation...
December 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209402/chemokine-receptor-patterns-and-right-heart-failure-in-mechanical-circulatory-support
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Aditi Nayak, Colin Neill, Robert L Kormos, Luigi Lagazzi, Indrani Halder, Charles McTiernan, Jennifer Larsen, Ana Inashvili, Jeffrey Teuteberg, Timothy N Bachman, Karen Hanley-Yanez, Dennis M McNamara, Marc A Simon
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular failure (RVF) complicates 9% to 44% of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implants post-operatively. Current prediction scores perform only modestly in validation studies, and do not include immune markers. Chemokines are inflammatory signaling molecules with a fundamental role in cardiac physiology and stress adaptation. In this study we investigated chemokine receptor regulation in LVAD recipients who develop RVF. METHODS: Expression of chemokine receptor (CCR) genes 3 to 8 were examined in the peripheral blood of 111 LVAD patients, collected 24 hours before implant...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208117/percutaneous-transcatheter-therapies-for-the-management-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-complications
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Rohan J Kalathiya, Jonathan Grinstein, Nir Uriel, Atman P Shah
Heart failure is a growing epidemic in the United States and throughout the world. The utilization of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has greatly increased over the last decade. In addition, a limited supply of organ donors has led to a rise in the use, and duration, of LVADs for destination therapy. The increased use of LVAD therapy has led to the observation of mechanical complications such as device thrombosis, de novo aortic insufficiency, and outflow graft stenosis, all of which are associated with prolonged LVAD support...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207269/a-biocompatible-injectable-hydrogel-with-potent-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-properties
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Jiaul Hoque, Relekar G Prakash, Krishnamoorthy Paramanandham, Bibek R Shome, Jayanta Haldar
Two component injectable hydrogels that cross-link in-situ have been used as non-invasive wound-filling devices, i.e., sealants. These materials carry a variety of functions at the wound sites such as seal leaks, cease unwanted bleeding, bind tissues together, and assist in wound healing process. However, commonly used sealants typically lack antibacterial properties. Since bacterial infection at the wound site is very common, bioadhesive materials with intrinsic antibacterial properties are urgently required...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207230/multicolored-emission-and-lasing-in-dcm-adamantane-plasma-nanocomposite-optical-films
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María Alcaire, Luis Cerdán, Fernando Lahoz Zamarro, Francisco Javier Aparicio, Juan Carlos-Gonzalez, Francisco Javier Ferrer, Ana Borras, Juan Pedro Espinós, Angel Barranco
We present a low-temperature versatile protocol for the fabrication of plasma nanocomposite thin films to act as tunable emitters and optical gain media. The films are obtained by the remote plasma-assisted deposition of a DCM 4-(dicyano-methylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylamino-styryl)-4H-pyran (DCM) laser dye alongside adamantane. The experimental parameters that determine the concentration of the dye in the films and their optical properties, including light absorption, the refractive index and luminescence, are evaluated...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207010/advances-in-minimally-invasive-and-noninvasive-treatments-for-submental-fat
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Joanna Dong, Yasmin Amir, Gary Goldenberg
Submental fat (SMF) accumulation is a cosmetically distressing concern for which there have been recent advances in minimally invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. In this article, we review the newest treatments available for SMF, including laser-assisted lipolysis (LAL), radiofrequency (RF)-assisted lipolysis, deoxycholic acid (DCA), and noninvasive devices. These treatments provide additional options for patients seeking nonsurgical approaches to treatment of SMF.
January 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205038/clinical-trial-simulations-and-pharmacometric-analysis-in-pediatrics-application-to-inhaled-loxapine-in-children-and-adolescents
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Min Dong, Tsuyoshi Fukuda, Sally Selim, Mark A Smith, Laura Rabinovich-Guilatt, James V Cassella, Alexander A Vinks
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Loxapine for inhalation is a drug-device combination product approved in adults for the acute treatment of agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder. The primary objective of this study was to develop a clinical trial protocol to support a phase I pharmacokinetic study in children aged 10 years and older. In addition, this report details the results of the clinical study in relation to the predicted likelihood of achieving the target exposure associated with therapeutic effect in adults...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203425/false-positive-hepatitis-c-antibody-test-results-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-recipients-increased-risk-with-age-and-transfusions
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Grace Y Minamoto, Doreen Lee, Adriana Colovai, Dana Levy, Ljiljana Vasovic, Keith W Roach, Jonathan Shuter, Daniel Goldstein, David D'Alessandro, Ulrich P Jorde, Victoria A Muggia
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have been successfully used in patients with heart failure. However, LVADs may trigger immune activation, leading to higher frequencies of autoantibodies. We describe the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory characteristics of LVAD recipients with false positive hepatitis C (FPHC) serology among 39 consecutive adult LVAD recipients who bridged to heart transplantation from January 2007 to January 2013 at Montefiore Medical Center. FPHC patients were identified as those with post-LVAD positive hepatitis C ELISA antibody tests and negative confirmatory testing with hepatitis C RNA PCR and/or radioimmunoblot assay...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198852/influence-of-the-background-medium-on-imaging-performance-of-microsphere-assisted-super-resolution-microscopy
#16
Arash Darafsheh
We demonstrated the importance of the refractive index of the background medium containing the microsphere in microsphere-assisted super-resolution microscopy. We performed numerical simulation and showed that the photonic nanojet properties of a microlens can be optimized by adjusting the index of the background medium surrounding it. Our simulation results, in qualitative agreement with experimental observations, demonstrated that for the same refractive index contrast between the microsphere and its surrounding medium, a high-index microsphere embedded in a medium provides sharper focusing and better imaging quality compared with its low-index counterpart working in air...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198133/left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-in-advanced-heart-failure-patient-selection-and-outcomes
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REVIEW
Finn Gustafsson, Joseph G Rogers
Despite improvements in pharmacological therapy and pacing, prognosis in advanced heart failure (HF) remains poor, with a 1-year mortality of 25-50%. While heart transplantation provides excellent survival and quality of life for eligible patients, only a few can be offered this treatment due to shortage of donor organs. Implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) technology has improved considerably, and the currently used continuous flow devices may last >10 years in a patient. LVADs are being used increasingly both as bridge-to-transplantation and as destination therapy...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198093/extracorporeal-total-artificial-heart-as-bailout-surgery
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REVIEW
Stéphanie F Perrodin, Olivier Muller, Fabrizio Gronchi, Lucas Liaudet, Roger Hullin, Matthias Kirsch
We report the use of a total extracorporeal heart for uncontrolled bleeding following a proximal left anterior descending artery perforation, using two centrifugal ventricular assist devices after heart explantation. The literature describing similar techniques and patient outcomes for this "bailout" technique are reviewed.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196438/patient-factors-associated-with-higher-expectations-from-foot-and-ankle-surgery
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Elizabeth A Cody, Carol A Mancuso, Jayme C Burket, Anca Marinescu, Aoife MacMahon, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Few authors have investigated patients' expectations from foot and ankle surgery. In this study, we aimed to examine relationships between patients' preoperative expectations and their demographic and clinical characteristics. We hypothesized that patients with more disability and those with anxiety or depressive symptoms would have greater expectations. METHODS: All adult patients scheduled for elective foot or ankle surgery by 1 of 6 orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons were screened for inclusion over 8 months...
February 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196280/cuda-based-acceleration-and-bpn-assisted-automation-of-bilateral-filtering-for-brain-mr-image-restoration
#20
Herng-Hua Chang, Yu-Ning Chang
PURPOSE: Bilateral filters have been substantially exploited in numerous magnetic resonance (MR) image restoration applications for decades. Due to the deficiency of theoretical basis on the filter parameter setting, empirical manipulation with fixed values and noise variance related adjustments has generally been employed. The outcome of these strategies is usually sensitive to the variation of the brain structures and not all the three parameter values are optimal. This article is in an attempt to investigate the optimal setting of the bilateral filter, from which an accelerated and automated restoration framework is developed...
February 14, 2017: Medical Physics
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