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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786776/a-framework-for-image-based-modeling-of-acute-myocardial-ischemia-using-intramurally-recorded-extracellular-potentials
#1
Brett M Burton, Kedar K Aras, Wilson W Good, Jess D Tate, Brian Zenger, Rob S MacLeod
The biophysical basis for electrocardiographic evaluation of myocardial ischemia stems from the notion that ischemic tissues develop, with relative uniformity, along the endocardial aspects of the heart. These injured regions of subendocardial tissue give rise to intramural currents that lead to ST segment deflections within electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. The concept of subendocardial ischemic regions is often used in clinical practice, providing a simple and intuitive description of ischemic injury; however, such a model grossly oversimplifies the presentation of ischemic disease-inadvertently leading to errors in ECG-based diagnoses...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786614/a-novel-optimization-framework-for-vmat-with-dynamic-gantry-couch-rotation
#2
Qihui Lyu, Victoria Y Yu, Dan Ruan, Ryan Neph, Daniel O'Connor, Ke Sheng
Existing Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) optimization using coplanar arcs is highly efficient but usually dosimetrically inferior to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with optimized non-coplanar beams. To achieve both dosimetric quality and delivery efficiency, we proposed in this study, a novel integrated optimization method for non-coplanar VMAT (4πVMAT). 4πVMAT with Direct Aperture Optimization (DAO) was achieved by utilizing a least square dose fidelity objective, along with an anisotropic total variation term for regularizing the fluence smoothness, a single segment term for imposing simple apertures, and a group sparsity term for selecting beam angles...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786605/hydrophobic-interaction-mediated-coating-of-pluronics-on-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-with-stimuli-responsiveness-for-cancer-therapy
#3
Luping Sha, Da Wang, Yuling Mao, Wei Shi, Tianbin Gao, Qinfu Zhao, Si-Ling Wang
In this research, a novel method was used to successfully make Pluronic P123 stably coated on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN). That P123 and MSN co-constructed a drug delivery system (DDS) had not been reported. In this DDS, the coating of P123 was realized through hydrophobic interaction with octadecyl chain modified MSN. Experiments found only Pluronic with an appropriate ratio of hydrophilic and lipophilic segment could keep the nanoassemblies stable.
 For comparison, nanoassemblies consisted of P123 and octadecyl chain modified MSN with or without disulfide bond were prepared, which were denoted as PSMSN and PMSN respectively...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786579/operative-treatment-of-corrosive-esophageal-strictures
#4
Volodymyr O Shaprynskyi, Yevhen V Shaprynskyi, Yaroslav V Karyi, Serhii A Lysenko, Oleg O Vorovskyi, Andrii I Semenenko
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Nowadays operative treatment of corrosive esophageal strictures remains one of the difficult and unsolved problems in surgery. The level of postoperative complications such as anastomotic leak (develops in 7-30% of cases), infections, pneumonia, pleural empyema, mediastinitis, peritonitis, postoperative corrosive strictures is still rather high. The aim of our work was to improve the results of surgical treatment of patients with corrosive esophageal strictures by analyzing and refining on conservative therapy options as well as differentiated approach to each operative treatment method...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786412/the-use-of-scoring-balloons-in-the-superficial-femoral-artery
#5
Simon Bays
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting is becoming increasingly the first line treatment for patients with both claudication and critical limb ischaemia instead of surgery, with the aim of returning the patient's quality of life in the former and preventing amputation. Drug eluting technologies have seen a large surge in popularity in recent years, and significant patient benefits have been seen with the use of drug eluting stents and balloons over the use of plain balloon angioplasty. Unfortunately in many patients with arterial disease there is significant vessel wall calcification - this can theoretically be a barrier to drug delivery, and can also be a contributing factor to flow limiting dissection and the subsequent need for bail out stenting...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786187/-steroid-resistant-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-treated-with-cascade-plasmafiltration-and-rituximab
#6
Paola Tatangelo, Francesco Londrino, Giorgio Di Vasta, Giuliana Guido, Alessia Centi, Sara Dominijanni, Eleonora Bernabei, Maria Stella Caramiello, Damiano Di Franco, Roberto Palumbo
A 39-year man with primary steroid resistant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) was treated with mycophenolate mofetil and ACE-inhibitors. After six months a different therapeutics approach was mandatory due to the worsening of renal function and the relapse of proteinuria at the nephrotic range. The combination of cascade plasmafiltration and single dose of rituximab (375 mg/m²) achieved clinical remission and improved renal function in six months follow up. Cascade plasmafiltration in association with rituximab can be considered as a salvage method for primary steroid-resistant FSGS...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786180/-bartter-syndrome-severe-rare-orphan-kidney-disease-a-step-towards-therapy-through-pharmacogenetic-and-epidemiological-studies
#7
EDITORIAL
Elena Conte, Paola Imbrici, Dalila Sahbani, Antonella Liantonio, Diana Conte
Bartter syndromes (BS) types 1-5 are rare salt-losing tubulopathies presenting with overlapping clinical phenotypes including marked salt wasting and hypokalemia leading to polyuria, polydipsia, volume contraction, muscle weakness and growth retardation. These diseases are due to an impairment of sodium, potassium, chloride reabsorption caused by mutations in genes encoding for ion channel or transporters expressed in specific nephron tubule segments. Particularly, BS type 3 is a clinically heterogeneous form caused by mutations in CLCNKB gene which encodes the ClC-Kb chloride channel involved in NaCl reabsorption in the renal tubule...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786165/comparative-study-of-1-year-clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-using-robot-assisted-pedicle-screw-fixation-and-freehand-technique-in-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
Ho-Joong Kim, Kyoung-Tak Kang, Heoung-Jae Chun, Ji Sup Hwang, Bong-Soon Chang, Choon-Ki Lee, Jin S Yeom
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of surgery using robot-assisted posterior interbody fusion with that using freehand posterior interbody fusion in patients with degenerative spinal disease. METHODS: 78 participants with degenerative spinal disease were randomly allocated (1:1) to the minimally invasive (MIS), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Robot-PLIF) or conventional, freehand, open-approach, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Freehand-PLIF)...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786080/atomic-structures-of-tdp-43-lcd-segments-and-insights-into-reversible-or-pathogenic-aggregation
#9
Elizabeth L Guenther, Qin Cao, Hamilton Trinh, Jiahui Lu, Michael R Sawaya, Duilio Cascio, David R Boyer, Jose A Rodriguez, Michael P Hughes, David S Eisenberg
The normally soluble TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) is found aggregated both in reversible stress granules and in irreversible pathogenic amyloid. In TDP-43, the low-complexity domain (LCD) is believed to be involved in both types of aggregation. To uncover the structural origins of these two modes of β-sheet-rich aggregation, we have determined ten structures of segments of the LCD of human TDP-43. Six of these segments form steric zippers characteristic of the spines of pathogenic amyloid fibrils; four others form LARKS, the labile amyloid-like interactions characteristic of protein hydrogels and proteins found in membraneless organelles, including stress granules...
May 21, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786039/role-of-soluble-st2-levels-and-beta-blockers-dosage-on-cardiovascular-events-of-patients-with-unselected-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#10
Wei-Ping Huang, Xuan Zheng, Lei He, Xi Su, Cheng-Wei Liu, Ming-Xiang Wu
Background: Serum soluble ST2 (sST2) levels are elevated early after acute myocardial infarction and are related to adverse left ventricular (LV) remodeling and cardiovascular outcomes in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Beta-blockers (BB) have been shown to improve LV remodeling and survival. However, the relationship between sST2, final therapeutic BB dose, and cardiovascular outcomes in STEMI patients remains unknown. Methods: A total of 186 STEMI patients were enrolled at the Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital between January 2015 and June 2015...
June 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786004/anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-of-intraocular-lens-opacification
#11
Saurabh Choudhry, Neha Goel, Aanchal Mehta, Nidhi Mahajan
Postoperative opacification of a hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lens (IOL) is an uncommon complication. A 57-year-old diabetic female who had undergone phacoemulsification with IOL implantation in her right eye 16 years back presented with diminution of vision in the same eye for 3 years. Significant IOL opacification was observed clinically and anterior segment optical coherence tomography clearly delineated the intraoptic deposits, sparing the haptics, and edges of the optic. IOL explant and exchange was performed leading to restoration of visual acuity to 6/9...
June 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785989/cerebral-visual-impairment-in-children-causes-and-associated-ophthalmological-problems
#12
Niranjan Pehere, Pratik Chougule, Gordon N Dutton
Purpose: The aim of this study is to identify common causes, associated ophthalmological abnormalities, and systemic comorbidities in children in Andhra Pradesh, India, with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). Methods: A retrospective review of case records of all children aged <16 years with diagnosis of CVI seen between January 2016 and December 2016 was carried out. Data were collected for their age, gender, cause of CVI, refraction, accommodation, anterior and posterior segment examination findings, and systemic problems...
June 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785933/a-comparison-of-peripheral-imaging-technologies-for-bone-and-muscle-quantification-a-review-of-segmentation-techniques
#13
REVIEW
Andy Kin On Wong, Sarah Lynn Manske
Musculoskeletal science has developed many overlapping branches, necessitating specialists from 1 area of focus to often require the expertise in others. In terms of imaging, this means obtaining a comprehensive illustration of bone, muscle, and fat tissues. There is currently a lack of a reliable resource for end users to learn about these tissues' imaging and quantification techniques together. An improved understanding of these tissues has been an important progression toward better prediction of disease outcomes and better elucidation of their interaction with frailty, aging, and metabolic disorders...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785834/development-of-a-robust-mri-fiducial-system-for-automated-fusion-of-mr-us-abdominal-images
#14
Christopher P Favazza, Krzysztof R Gorny, Matthew R Callstrom, Anil N Kurup, Michael Washburn, Pamela S Trester, Charles L Fowler, Nicholas J Hangiandreou
We present the development of a two-component magnetic resonance (MR) fiducial system, that is, a fiducial marker device combined with an auto-segmentation algorithm, designed to be paired with existing ultrasound probe tracking and image fusion technology to automatically fuse MR and ultrasound (US) images. The fiducial device consisted of four ~6.4 mL cylindrical wells filled with 1 g/L copper sulfate solution. The algorithm was designed to automatically segment the device in clinical abdominal MR images...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785624/longitudinal-neuroimaging-hippocampal-markers-for-diagnosing-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Carlos Platero, Lin Lin, M Carmen Tobar
Hippocampal atrophy measures from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are powerful tools for monitoring Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression. In this paper, we introduce a longitudinal image analysis framework based on robust registration and simultaneous hippocampal segmentation and longitudinal marker classification of brain MRI of an arbitrary number of time points. The framework comprises two innovative parts: a longitudinal segmentation and a longitudinal classification step. The results show that both steps of the longitudinal pipeline improved the reliability and the accuracy of the discrimination between clinical groups...
May 21, 2018: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785528/a-rare-case-of-ascending-colon-adenocarcinoma-incarcerated-in-an-inguinoscrotal-hernia-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Tien Yew Chern, Yeng Kwang Tay, Dayashan Shevantha Perera
BACKGROUND: Inguinal hernias and colorectal cancers are common conditions, but the presentation of a loop of bowel containing cancer within a hernia is rare. Principles of surgery include oncological resection of the involved colonic segment as well as lymphatic drainage. Based on case reports of the last several decades, there have been no reports of a case where the reduction of an inguinoscrotal hernia and oncological colectomy were performed completely laparoscopically. We present the first instance of a completely laparoscopically assisted resection and hernia repair on a patient with T4 ascending colon cancer...
May 21, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785489/trpc6-inactivation-confers-protection-in-a-model-of-severe-nephrosis-in-rats
#17
Eun Young Kim, Parisa Yazdizadeh Shotorbani, Stuart E Dryer
Mutations in canonical transient receptor potential-6 (TRPC6) channels give rise to rare familial forms of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Here we examined a possible role for TRPC6 in the progression of chronic puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) nephrosis in Sprague-Dawley rats, a classic model of acquired nephrotic syndromes. We used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to delete a 239-bp region within exon 2 of the Trpc6 gene (Trpc6del allele). Trpc6del/del rats expressed detectable Trpc6 transcripts missing exon 2, and TRPC6 proteins could be detected by immunoblot of renal cortex...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785347/a-new-species-of-pseudopaludicola-anura-leiuperinae-from-esp%C3%A3-rito-santo-brazil
#18
Dario E Cardozo, Diego Baldo, Nadya Pupin, João Luiz Gasparini, Célio F Baptista Haddad
We describe a new anuran species of the genus Pseudopaludicola that inhabits sandy areas in resting as associated to the Atlantic Forest biome in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The new species is characterized by: SVL 11.7-14.6 mm in males, 14.0-16.7 mm in females; body slender; fingertips knobbed, with a central groove; hindlimbs short; abdominal fold complete; arytenoid cartilages wide; prepollex with base and two segments; prehallux with base and one segment; frontoparietal fontanelle partially exposed; advertisement call with one note composed of two isolated pulses per call; call dominant frequency ranging 4,380-4,884 Hz; diploid chromosome number 22; and Ag-NORs on 8q subterminal...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785318/role-of-nanotechnology-in-cosmeceuticals-a-review-of-recent-advances
#19
REVIEW
Shreya Kaul, Neha Gulati, Deepali Verma, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Upendra Nagaich
Nanotechnology manifests the progression in the arena of research and development, by increasing the efficacy of the product through delivery of innovative solutions. To overcome certain drawbacks associated with the traditional products, application of nanotechnology is escalating in the area of cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are regarded as the fastest growing segment of the personal care industry and the use has risen drastically over the years. Nanocosmeceuticals used for skin, hair, nail, and lip care, for conditions like wrinkles, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, dandruff, and hair damage, have come into widespread use...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785297/determination-of-the-intersegmental-plane-using-the-slip-knot-method
#20
Makoto Endoh, Hiroyuki Oizumi, Hirohisa Kato, Jun Suzuki, Hikaru Watarai, Akira Hamada, Katsuyuki Suzuki, Kenta Nakahashi, Mitsuaki Sadahiro
Background: Visualization of intersegmental planes in the lung is desirable for precise anatomical lung segmentectomy. We developed the slip-knot method for creating inflation-deflation lines. This study aimed to assess relevant data for thoracoscopic segmentectomy performed using this method. Methods: In the slip-knot method, the objective segmental bronchus is looped with a monofilament thread. One end of the thread is then pulled during temporary bilateral ventilation, causing the knot to slip toward the bronchus...
April 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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