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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212873/temperament-and-character-personality-dimensions-in-nitrate-tilt-induced-vasovagal-syncope-patients
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Vincenzo Russo, Ahmed AlTurki, Anna Rago, Riccardo Proietti, Guillaume Chaussé, Alessio Maria Monteleone, Pasquale Scognamiglio, Palmiero Monteleone, Gerardo Nigro
INTRODUCTION: Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is a clinical syndrome characterized by transient loss of consciousness and postural tone that is due to a temporary and spontaneously self-terminating global cerebral hypoperfusion. It is known that personality modulates the individual's sensitivity to stressors, and emotional arousal and psychologic uncertainty are conditions contributing to vasodepressor syncope. Therefore it is postulated that personality characteristics of VVS patients could have a role in the pathophysiology of VVS...
February 14, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196278/carbon-fiber-vs-metal-framework-in-full-arch-immediate-loading-rehabilitations-of-the-maxilla-a-cohort-clinical-study
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Francesco Pera, Paolo Pesce, Francesco Solimano, Tiziano Tealdo, Paolo Pera, Maria Menini
BACKGROUND: Frameworks made of carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRC) seem to be a viable alternative to traditional metal frameworks in implant prosthodontics. CFRC provide stiffness, rigidity and optimal biocompatibility. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present prospective study was to compare carbon fiber frameworks versus metal frameworks used to rigidly splint implants in full-arch immediate loading rehabilitations. METHODS: 42 patients (test group) were rehabilitated with full-arch immediate loading rehabilitations of the upper jaw (total: 170 implants) following the Columbus Bridge Protocol with 4 to 6 implants with distal tilted implants...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194507/using-a-motion-sensor-equipped-smartphone-to-facilitate-ct-guided-puncture
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Masaaki Hirata, Ryouhei Watanabe, Yasuhiro Koyano, Shigenori Sugata, Yukie Takeda, Seiji Nakamura, Akihisa Akamune, Takaharu Tsuda, Teruhito Mochizuki
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the use of "Smart Puncture," a smartphone application to assist conventional CT-guided puncture without CT fluoroscopy, and to describe the advantages of this application. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A puncture guideline is displayed by entering the angle into the application. Regardless of the angle at which the device is being held, the motion sensor ensures that the guideline is displayed at the appropriate angle with respect to gravity. The angle of the smartphone's liquid crystal display (LCD) is also detected, preventing needle deflection from the CT slice image...
February 13, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193137/risk-factors-for-adjacent-segment-degeneration-after-iliac-screw-fixation-in-lumbar-degenerative-kyphoscoliosis
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Sang-Il Kim, Kee-Yong Ha, Dong-Whan Suh, In-Soo Oh
PURPOSE: To analyze pre- and postoperative spinopelvic parameters and sagittal profiles in lumbar degenerative kyphoscoliosis (LDK) patients who underwent surgery using iliac screw (IS) and the incidence and risk factor of radiological adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). METHODS: A total of 32 patients, who had undergone surgical correction and lumbar/thoracolumbar fusion with pedicle screws and IS instrumentation for LDK with a minimum 2-year follow-up, were included...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188470/modeling-the-effect-of-tilting-passive-leg-exercise-and-functional-electrical-stimulation-on-the-human-cardiovascular-system
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Amirehsan Sarabadani Tafreshi, Jan Okle, Verena Klamroth-Marganska, Robert Riener
Long periods of bed rest negatively affect the human body organs, notably the cardiovascular system. To avert these negative effects and promote functional recovery in patients dealing with prolonged bed rest, the goal is to mobilize them as early as possible while controlling and stabilizing their cardiovascular system. A robotic tilt table allows early mobilization by modulating body inclination, automated passive leg exercise, and the intensity of functional electrical stimulation applied to leg muscles (inputs)...
February 10, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188328/neurons-in-the-pontomedullary-reticular-formation-receive-converging-inputs-from-the-hindlimb-and-labyrinth
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Derek M Miller, William M DeMayo, George H Bourdages, Samuel R Wittman, Bill J Yates, Andrew A McCall
The integration of inputs from vestibular and proprioceptive sensors within the central nervous system is critical to postural regulation. We recently demonstrated in both decerebrate and conscious cats that labyrinthine and hindlimb inputs converge onto vestibular nucleus neurons. The pontomedullary reticular formation (pmRF) also plays a key role in postural control, and additionally participates in regulating locomotion. Thus, we hypothesized that like vestibular nucleus neurons, pmRF neurons integrate inputs from the limb and labyrinth...
February 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182163/which-is-preferable-for-orthostatic-hypotension-diagnosis-in-older-adults-active-standing-test-or-head-up-tilt-table-test
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Ali Ekrem Aydin, Pinar Soysal, Ahmet Turan Isik
BACKGROUND: Correct evaluation of orthostatic hypotension (OH) is crucial in geriatric practice, since OH is associated with mortality and morbidity. The study aimed to determine the most appropriate method for measuring blood pressure in transition from supine to upright position in order to diagnose OH in older adults. METHODS: Active standing test (AST) and head-up tilt table (HUT) test as well as comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), including mini-mental state examination or the cognitive state test, mini-nutritional assessment, basic and instrumental activities of daily living, and Tinetti performance-oriented mobility assessment indexes, were performed in 290 geriatric patients...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160388/cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-in-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-hypermobile-type
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Alan Hakim, Chris O'Callaghan, Inge De Wandele, Lauren Stiles, Alan Pocinki, Peter Rowe
Autonomic dysfunction contributes to health-related impairment of quality of life in the hypermobile type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS). Typical signs and symptoms include tachycardia, hypotension, gastrointestinal dysmotility, and disturbed bladder function and sweating regulation. Cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction may present as Orthostatic Intolerance, Orthostatic Hypotension, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or Neurally Mediated Hypotension. The incidence, prevalence, and natural history of these conditions remain unquantified, but observations from specialist clinics suggest they are frequently seen in hEDS...
February 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158034/fabrication-of-chirped-and-tilted-fiber-bragg-gratings-and-suppression-of-stimulated-raman-scattering-in-fiber-amplifiers
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Meng Wang, Yujing Zhang, Zefeng Wang, Junjie Sun, Jianqiu Cao, Jinyong Leng, Xijia Gu, Xiaojun Xu
Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) is one of the main limits for fiber lasers further power scaling. We report on the suppression of the stimulated Raman scattering in fiber laser amplifier using chirped and tilted fiber Bragg gratings (CTFBGs) for the first time. In this paper, we design and fabricate a CTFBG used to suppress the SRS in 1090 nm fiber laser output, and establish a system to test the effect of suppression. A maximum suppression ratio nearly 25 dB is achieved. Experimental results demonstrate that CTFBGs can increase the Raman threshold and promote the slope efficiency of the whole system, which is significant for further power scaling in high power oscillators and amplifiers...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154745/transverse-expansion-and-stability-after-segmental-le-fort-i-osteotomy-versus-surgically-assisted-rapid-maxillary-expansion-a-systematic-review
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Thomas Starch-Jensen, Tue Lindberg Blæhr
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the present systematic review was to test the hypothesis of no difference in transverse skeletal and dental arch expansion and relapse after segmental Le Fort I osteotomy versus surgically assisted rapid maxillary expansion. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A MEDLINE (PubMed), Embase and Cochrane library search in combination with a hand-search of relevant journals was conducted by including human studies published in English from January 1, 2000 to June 1, 2016...
October 2016: Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147651/rotatable-offner-imaging-system-for-ellipsometric-measurement
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L Jin, T Tanaka, E Kondoh, B Gelloz, K Sano, I Fujio, Y Kajiyama, M Uehara
To realize high spatial resolution imaging ellipsometric measurement with large field of view, we developed a rotatable Offner system with unit magnification. When the conventional Offner imaging system is tilted relative to the sample plane for the ellipsometric measurement, only a small region of plane is in focus. The rotatable Offner system developed here renders the entire object in focus through all rotations. The performance of the prototype of the Offner system and imaging ellipsometer is tested by generating maps of the ellipsometric parameters Δ and Ψ for samples such as a silicon wafer and a resolution target made of chromium film evaporated on a glass substrate...
January 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143709/arterial-hypertension-in-migraine-role-of-familial-history-and-cardiovascular-phenotype
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Laura Babayan, Oleg V Mamontov, Alexander V Amelin, Mikhail Bogachev, Alexei A Kamshilin
Recent studies indicate that migraine is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, links between autonomic cardiovascular regulation, arterial hypertension (AH) and migraine are still little explored. In this study, we evaluated autonomic regulation in migraine patients with and without hypertension. We studied 104 patients with migraine, aged 34±10 y, including 28 with and 76 without hypertension (M+AH and M-AH groups, respectively). The control group consisted of 88 healthy volunteers matched by age and sex...
January 25, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133664/thermal-source-fourier-transform-infrared-microtomography-applied-to-arctic-sea-ice-diatoms
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Catherine Findlay, Jason Morrison, C J Mundy, Julia Sedlmair, Carol J Hirschmugl, Kathleen M Gough
We have used thermal source Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) microtomographic imaging to compare sea ice diatoms growing under different light conditions. A prototype tomography accessory was designed to have sufficient degrees of freedom to align any tilted cylindrical sample relative to the axis of rotation, minimizing the off-axis path traced during rotation. The lightweight device rests on the motorized stage to position the sample in the field-of-view and enable mosaic imaging. Reconstruction routines were tested with simulated and real phantoms, to assess limitations in the Radon back-projection method employed...
January 30, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125445/self-adjustment-of-upper-electrical-stimulation-levels-in-ci-programming-and-the-effect-on-auditory-functioning
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Jantien L Vroegop, J Gertjan Dingemanse, Marc P van der Schroeff, R Mick Metselaar, André Goedegebure
OBJECTIVES: With current cochlear implants (CIs), CI recipients achieve good speech perception in quiet surroundings. However, in acoustically complex, real-life environments, speech comprehension remains difficult and sound quality often remains poor. It is, therefore, a challenge to program CIs for such environments in a clinic. The CI manufacturer Cochlear Ltd. recently introduced a remote control that enables CI recipients to alter the upper stimulation levels of their user programs themselves...
January 17, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119879/influence-of-the-proprioceptive-neuromuscular-facilitation-exercise-programs-on-idiopathic-scoliosis-patient-in-the-early-20s-in-terms-of-curves-and-balancing-abilities-single-case-study
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Byung-Ki Lee
The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercise programs for idiopathic scoliosis with a female patient in the early 20s in terms of her spinal curve and balancing abilities. The study subject was selected among 21-year-old female college students. There were no particular activities that the subject could not perform, but patient complained of difficulty in maintaining the standing position for a prolonged time. Patient chest X-ray results showed S-shaped curves tilted towards the left or right in the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and cervical spine areas...
December 2016: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114062/delay-and-standard-deviation-beamforming-to-enhance-specular-reflections-in-ultrasound-imaging
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Raja Sekhar Bandaru, Anders Sornes, Jeroen Hermans, Eigil Samset, Jan D'hooge
Although interventional devices such as needles, guide wires and catheters are best visualized by X-ray, real-time volumetric echography could offer an attractive alternative as it avoids ionizing radiation; it provides good soft tissue contrast and it is mobile and relatively cheap. Unfortunately, as echography is traditionally used to image soft tissue and blood flow, the appearance of interventional devices in conventional ultrasound images remains relatively poor which is a major obstacle towards ultrasound-guided interventions...
September 27, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113228/variability-of-ventricular-repolarization-dispersion-quantified-by-time-warping-the-morphology-of-the-t-waves
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Julia Ramirez, Michele Orini, Derek Tucker, Esther Pueyo, Pablo Laguna
: We propose two electrocardiogram (ECG)-derived markers of T-wave morphological variability in the temporal, dw , and amplitude, da , domains. Two additional markers, d(NL)w and d(NL)a , restricted to measure the non-linear information present within dw and da are also proposed. METHODS: We evaluated the accuracy of the proposed markers in capturing T-wave time and amplitude variations in 3 situations: (1) In a simulated set up with presence of additive Laplacian noise, (2) when modifying the spatio-temporal distribution of electrical repolarization with an electro-physiological cardiac model and (3) in ECG records from healthy subjects undergoing a tilt table test...
October 4, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110243/a-biomechanical-testing-system-to-determine-micromotion-between-hip-implant-and-femur-accounting-for-deformation-of-the-hip-implant-assessment-of-the-influence-of-rigid-body-assumptions-on-micromotions-measurements
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Steven Leuridan, Quentin Goossens, Jorg Roosen, Leonard Pastrav, Kathleen Denis, Michiel Mulier, Wim Desmet, Jos Vander Sloten
BACKGROUND: Accurate pre-clinical evaluation of the initial stability of new cementless hip stems using in vitro micromotion measurements is an important step in the design process to assess the new stem's potential. Several measuring systems, linear variable displacement transducer-based and other, require assuming bone or implant to be rigid to obtain micromotion values or to calculate derived quantities such as relative implant tilting. METHODS: An alternative linear variable displacement transducer-based measuring system not requiring a rigid body assumption was developed in this study...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107018/structure-wettability-and-thermal-stability-of-organic-thin-films-on-gold-generated-from-the-molecular-self-assembly-of-unsymmetrical-oligo-ethylene-glycol-spiroalkanedithiols
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Pawilai Chinwangso, Han Ju Lee, Andrew C Jamison, Maria D Marquez, Chul Soon Park, T Randall Lee
Organic thin-films on gold were prepared from a set of new, custom-designed bidentate alkanethiols possessing a mixture of normal alkane and methoxy-terminated tri(ethylene glycol) chains. The new unsymmetrical spiroalkanedithiol adsorbates were of the form [CH3O(CH2CH2O)3(CH2)5]-[CH3(CH2)n+1]C[CH2SH]2 where n = 3 and 14; designated EG3C7-C7 and EG3C7-C18, respectively. Their corresponding self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold were characterized and compared with monothiol SAMs derived from an analogous normal alkanethiol (C18SH) and an alkanethiol terminated with an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moiety (i...
February 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106763/development-of-a-gnss-buoy-for-monitoring-water-surface-elevations-in-estuaries-and-coastal-areas
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Yen-Pin Lin, Ching-Jer Huang, Sheng-Hsueh Chen, Dong-Jiing Doong, Chia Chuen Kao
In this work, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) buoy that utilizes a Virtual Base Station (VBS) combined with the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning technology was developed to monitor water surface elevations in estuaries and coastal areas. The GNSS buoy includes a buoy hull, a RTK GNSS receiver, data-transmission devices, a data logger, and General Purpose Radio Service (GPRS) modems for transmitting data to the desired land locations. Laboratory and field tests were conducted to test the capability of the buoy and verify the accuracy of the monitored water surface elevations...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
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