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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932552/microfluidic-analysis-of-oocyte-and-embryo-biomechanical-properties-to-improve-outcomes-in-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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REVIEW
Livia Z Yanez, David B Camarillo
Measurement of oocyte and embryo biomechanical properties has recently emerged as an exciting new approach to obtain a quantitative, objective estimate of developmental potential. However, many traditional methods for probing cell mechanical properties are time consuming, labor intensive and require expensive equipment. Microfluidic technology is currently making its way into many aspects of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), and is particularly well suited to measure embryo biomechanics due to the potential for robust, automated single-cell analysis at a low cost...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932533/preoperative-proteinuria-and-reduced-glomerular-filtration-rate-predicts-renal-replacement-therapy-in-patients-supported-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Veli K Topkara, Ellie J Coromilas, Arthur Reshad Garan, Randall C Li, Francesco Castagna, Douglas L Jennings, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Koji Takeda, Hiroo Takayama, Robert N Sladen, Donna M Mancini, Yoshifumi Naka, Jai Radhakrishnan, Paolo C Colombo
BACKGROUND: Renal failure requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) has detrimental effects on quality of life and survival of patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs). Current guidelines do not offer a decision-making algorithm for CF-LVAD candidates with poor baseline renal function. Objective of this study was to identify risk factors associated with RRT after CF-LVAD implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three hundred and eighty-nine consecutive patients underwent contemporary CF-LVAD implantation at the Columbia University Medical Center between January 2004 and August 2015...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932426/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-hemodynamic-support-of-ventricular-tachycardia-ablation
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Francesca Baratto, Federico Pappalardo, Teresa Oloriz, Caterina Bisceglia, Pasquale Vergara, John Silberbauer, Nicolò Albanese, Manuela Cireddu, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Ambra Licia Di Prima, Fabrizio Monaco, Gabriele Paglino, Andrea Radinovic, Damiano Regazzoli, Simona Silvetti, Nicola Trevisi, Alberto Zangrillo, Paolo Della Bella
BACKGROUND: We report the experience in a cohort of consecutive patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation during catheter ablation of unstable ventricular tachycardia (VT) at our center. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2010 to 2015, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was initiated in 64 patients (average age: 63±15 years; left ventricular ejection fraction in 27±9%; cardiogenic shock in 23%, and electrical storm in 62% of patients) undergoing 74 unstable VT catheter ablation procedures...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932271/deactivation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-differing-perspectives-of-cardiology-and-hospice-palliative-medicine-clinicians
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Colleen K McIlvennan, Sara E Wordingham, Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Jacqueline Jones, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Beliefs around deactivation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) vary substantially between clinicians, institutions, and patients. Therefore, we sought to understand perspectives regarding LVAD deactivation among cardiology and hospice/palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a 41-item survey via electronic mail to members of 3 cardiology and 1 HPM professional societies. A convergent parallel mixed methods design was used...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931078/advanced-refractory-heart-failure-conservative-or-interventional-approach
#5
Fabio Rigamonti, Fabrizio Montecucco, Luca Liberale
The 2017 ESCI Award for the Best Clinical Research Article goes to the study by Christopher Adlbrecht and co-workers, entitled "Outcome of conservative management vs. assist device implantation in patients with advanced refractory heart failure" [1]. This article was selected among seven finalist articles of outstanding quality and scientific impact [2-7]. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931004/increasing-trend-of-wearables-and-multimodal-interface-for-human-activity-monitoring-a-review
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REVIEW
Preeti Kumari, Lini Mathew, Poonal Syal
Activity recognition technology is one of the most important technologies for life-logging and for the care of elderly persons. Elderly people prefer to live in their own houses, within their own locality. If, they are capable to do so, several benefits can follow in terms of society and economy. However, living alone may have high risks. Wearable sensors have been developed to overcome these risks and these sensors are supposed to be ready for medical uses. It can help in monitoring the wellness of elderly persons living alone by unobtrusively monitoring their daily activities...
December 2, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926617/robotic-approaches-for-the-rehabilitation-of-upper-limb-recovery-after-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chao Zhang, Cecilia W P Li-Tsang, Ricky K C Au
This systematic review with a meta-analysis of studies was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of robotic training (RT) and conventional training (CT) in improving the motor recovery of paretic upper limbs in stroke patients. Numerous electronic databases were searched from January 2000 to May 2016. Finally, 13 randomized-controlled trials fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included in the three meta-analyses. The first meta-analysis carried out for those studies using RT for stroke patients indicated a significant improvement in the RT groups...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925591/kinesthetic-feedback-during-2dof-wrist-movements-via-a-novel-mr-compatible-robot
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Andrew Erwin, Marcia O'Malley, David Ress, Fabrizio Sergi
We demonstrate the interaction control capabilities of the MR-SoftWrist, a novel MR-compatible robot capable of applying accurate kinesthetic feedback to wrist pointing movements executed during fMRI. The MR-SoftWrist, based on a novel design that combines parallel piezoelectric actuation with compliant force feedback, is capable of delivering 1.5 N·m of torque to the wrist of an interacting subject about the flexion/extension and radial/ulnar axes. The robot workspace, defined by admissible wrist rotation angles, fully includes a circle with a 20 deg radius...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925340/evaluation-of-epididymis-storage-temperature-and-cryopreservation-conditions-for-improved-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-membrane-integrity-sperm-motility-and-in-vitro-fertilization-in-bovine-epididymal-sperm
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M Nichi, T Rijsselaere, Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, Gkv Kawai, Igf Goovaerts, A Van Soom, V H Barnabe, Jbp De Clercq, Pej Bols
The maintaining of the epididymis at lower temperatures during storage and transport improves sperm quality. Our study aimed to test whether epididymis storage temperature (post-mortem) and sperm cryopreservation affect sperm kinetics, membrane integrity, mitochondrial potential and fertility capacity. Thirty-six epididymides were collected from 18 bulls after slaughter and divided into two groups: at 4 or 34°C for 2-3 hr. The sperm was collected from the epididymis cauda. The evaluation consisted of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), SYBR14/PI/JC1 to evaluate membrane integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and measurement of lipid peroxidation (TBARS)...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925225/preclinical-study-of-anticoagulation-regimens-in-sheep-after-implantation-of-ch-vad-blood-pump
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Chuangye Xu, Guanghui Wu, Xiujian Liu, Yuna He, Xiaotong Hou, Haiyang Li, Chen Chen, Peng Yang, Changyan Lin
Effective anticoagulation regimens are needed to reduce risks of thrombosis and bleeding in animal models of ventricular assist device to verify its hemocompatibility, biologic safety and reliability. This study is to develop a validated anticoagulation procedure for a sheep model to test the newly developed CH-VAD. CH-VAD models were established in six healthy sheep by constructing blood bypass of left ventricle → ventricular assist device → descending aorta. Heparin infusion was used during operation and in the prior 4 days to maintain activated clotting time 1...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924263/determination-of-locked-interfaces-in-biomolecular-complexes-using-haptimol_rd
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Georgios Iakovou, Stephen Laycock, Steven Hayward
Interactive haptics-assisted docking provides a virtual environment for the study of molecular complex formation. It enables the user to interact with the virtual molecules, experience the interaction forces via their sense of touch, and gain insights about the docking process itself. Here we use a recently developed haptics software tool, Haptimol_RD, for the rigid docking of protein subunits to form complexes. Dimers, both homo and hetero, are loaded into the software with their subunits separated in space for the purpose of assessing whether they can be brought back into the correct docking pose via rigid-body movements...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923944/membrane-oxygenator-use-with-biventricular-assist-device-facilitation-of-support-and-lung-recovery
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Kristen Nelson-McMillan, William J Ravekes, William R Thompson, Kristen M Brown, Larry Wolff, Rajeev S Wadia, LeAnn M McNamara, Donald H Shaffner, Ivor D Berkowitz, Marshall L Jacobs, Luca A Vricella
We present the use of a low-resistance membrane oxygenator (Quadrox D, Maquet) in series with a pulsatile right ventricular assist device (Berlin Heart EXCOR, Berlin Heart) in a patient with biventricular support who required high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV), due to refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with Cytomegalovirus pneumonia. The high mean airway pressure associated with the use of HFOV resulted in a significant negative impact on left ventricular assist device (LVAD) filling that led to a combined respiratory and metabolic acidosis and the need for vasopressor support...
December 6, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922890/tolerability-and-biological-effects-of-long-acting-octreotide-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Rajiv Malhotra, Keyur B Shah, Raveen Chawla, Sammy Pedram, Melissa C Smallfield, Anna G Priday, Christine T DeWilde, Donald F Brophy
Patients with implanted continuous, non-pulsatile, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have increased occurrence of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). While the pathophysiology is multifactorial, there are few treatments beyond supportive care. Octreotide acetate is a somatostatin analog that reduces GIB in various patient populations. However, there are sparse case-series that suggest octreotide acetate may reduce GIB in LVAD patients. This 10 patient, 28-week Phase I study evaluated the safety and tolerability of octreotide acetate long-acting release (LAR) 20 mg depot injection every four weeks until week 16 following LVAD placement...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922889/pump-speed-optimization-in-stable-patients-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Lotte E Couperus, Victoria Delgado, Mand J H Khidir, Marijke P M Vester, Meindert Palmen, Marta Fiocco, Eduard R Holman, Laurens F Tops, Robert J M Klautz, Harriëtte F Verwey, Martin J Schalij, Saskia L M A Beeres
Optimal left ventricular assist device (LVAD) functioning and preservation of right ventricular (RV) function are major survival determinants in destination therapy (DT)-LVAD recipients. Currently, the indication for routine pump speed optimization in stable patients and its effect on RV function at follow-up remain underexplored. Hemodynamically stable patients (N=17, age 61 [interquartile range {IQR} 51-66]years; 13 [77%] male) underwent a routine speed ramp test. Echocardiographic images were obtained at incremental speed settings to determine optimal pump speed...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922885/ventricular-assist-device-implantation-configurations-impact-overall-mechanical-circulatory-support-system-thrombogenic-potential
#15
Wei-Che Chiu, Yared Alemu, Allison J McLarty, Shmuel Einav, Marvin J Slepian, Danny Bluestein
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) became in recent years the standard of care therapy for advanced heart failure with hemodynamic compromise. With the steadily growing population of device recipients, various post-implant complications have been reported, mostly associated with the hyper-shear generated by VADs that enhance their thrombogenicity by activating platelets. While VAD design optimization can significantly improve its thromboresistance, the implanted VAD need to be evaluated as part of a system. Several clinical studies indicated that variability in implantation configurations may contribute to the overall system thrombogenicity...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922883/infection-oxidative-stress-and-changes-in-circulating-regulatory-t-cells-of-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices
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Nandan K Mondal, Michael A Sobieski, Si M Pham, Bartley P Griffith, Steven C Koenig, Mark S Slaughter, Zhongjun J Wu
The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in oxidative stress (OS) and circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs) of the immune system in CF-VAD patients with or without infection. We recruited 16 CF-VAD patients (5 with infection and 11 without infection) and 7 healthy volunteers. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from lymphocytes, superoxide dismutase (SOD) in erythrocyte, total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) in plasma were measured. Circulating Tregs were evaluated by flow cytometry...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922882/exercise-hemodynamics-as-a-predictor-of-myocardial-recovery-in-lvad-patients
#17
Louise Segan, Shane Nanayakkara, Angeline Leet, Donna Vizi, David M Kaye
Mechanical circulatory support using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been demonstrated to improve survival in patients with advanced heart failure. LVAD therapy also promotes reverse ventricular remodeling, which in some cases has led to sufficient myocardial recovery to allow LVAD removal. Identification of suitable patients for LVAD removal however remains challenging. We investigated the hypothesis that invasive assessment of exercise hemodynamics may provide additional information in relation to the assessment of contractile reserve in potential candidates for LVAD explant...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922771/giant-cell-myocarditis-a-brief-review
#18
Jin Xu, Erin G Brooks
Giant cell myocarditis (GCM) is a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal disease that mainly affects young to middle-aged previously healthy individuals. Early diagnosis is critical, as recent studies have shown that rapidly instituted cyclosporine-based immunosuppression can reduce inflammation and improve transplant-free survival. Before the 1980s, GCM was mainly a diagnosis made at autopsy. Owing to advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic options, it is now increasingly diagnosed on the basis of endomyocardial biopsies, explanted hearts, or apical wedge sections removed at the time of ventricular assist device placement...
December 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922703/robotkirurgi-p%C3%A3-bred-front-%C3%A2-utan-evidensbaserad-grund-tekniken-anv%C3%A3-nds-allt-mer-trots-att-den-%C3%A3-r-dyr-och-att-vetenskapliga-bevis-f%C3%A3-r-patientnytta-saknas
#19
Henrik Sjövall, Josefine Persson
Robot-assisted surgery on a broad front - without evidence for being cost-effective Robot-assisted surgery is currently heavily marketed. The HTA centre in Region Västra Götaland has produced five HTA reports regarding use of robot-assisted surgery in different clinical situations (prostatic cancer, benign gynaecological surgery, pediatric pyeloplasty and fundoplication, and rectal cancer), finding weak evidence for a patient value. The current report by Per Carlsson et al confirms that robot-assisted surgery indeed leads to increased costs that are not balanced by augmented patient value, i...
November 29, 2016: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922660/combined-vision-and-wearable-sensors-based-system-for-movement-analysis-in-rehabilitation
#20
Sofija Spasojević, Tihomir V Ilić, Slađan Milanović, Veljko Potkonjak, Aleksandar Rodić, José Santos-Victor
BACKGROUND: Traditional rehabilitation sessions are often a slow, tedious, disempowering and non-motivational process, supported by clinical assessment tools, i.e. evaluation scales that are prone to subjective rating and imprecise interpretation of patient's performance. Poor patient motivation and insufficient accuracy are thus critical factors that can be improved by new sensing / processing technologies. OBJECTIVES: We aim to develop a portable and affordable system, suitable for home rehabilitation, which combines vision-based and wearable sensors...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
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