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Leszek Kubin
Upper airway muscles subserve many essential for survival orofacial behaviors, including their important role as accessory respiratory muscles. In the face of certain predisposition of craniofacial anatomy, both tonic and phasic inspiratory activation of upper airway muscles is necessary to protect the upper airway against collapse. This protective action is adequate during wakefulness, but fails during sleep which results in recurrent episodes of hypopneas and apneas, a condition known as the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA)...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
C R Campos Herrera, G C Beltramini, W M Avelar, F O Lima, L M Li
Differently from previous studies that used Transcranial Doppler (TCD) and functional MRI (fMRI) for cerebral vasomotor reactivity (CVR) assessment in patients with carotid stenosis (CS), we assessed CVR using an identical stimulus, the Breath-Holding Test (BHT). We included 15 patients with CS and 7 age-matched controls to verify whether fMRI responded differently to BHT between groups and to calculate the agreement rate between tests. For TCD, impaired CVR was defined when the mean percentage increase on middle cerebral artery velocities was ≤31% on 3 consecutive 30-s apnea intercalated by 4-min normal breathing intervals...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Vincent Souday, Nick J Koning, Bruno Perez, Fabien Grelon, Alain Mercat, Christa Boer, Valérie Seegers, Peter Radermacher, Pierre Asfar
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154761.].
2016: PloS One
Fernando J Martinez, David Mannino, Nancy Kline Leidy, Karen G Malley, Elizabeth D Bacci, R Graham Barr, Russ P Bowler, MeiLan K Han, Julia F Houfek, Barry Make, Catherine A Meldrum, Stephen Rennard, Byron Thomashow, John Walsh, Barbara P Yawn
OBJECTIVE: Develop a method for identifying undiagnosed COPD requiring treatment with currently available therapies (FEV1 <60% predicted and/or exacerbation risk). METHODS: Multi-site, cross-sectional, case-control study in U.S. pulmonary and primary care clinics that recruited subjects from primary care settings. CASES: COPD and ≥ 1 exacerbation past year or FEV1 <60% predicted without exacerbation past year. CONTROLS: No COPD or mild COPD (FEV1 ≥ 60% predicted, no exacerbation past year)...
October 26, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Marlon E F Wilsterman, Pauline de Jager, Robert Blokpoel, Inez Frerichs, Sandra K Dijkstra, Marcel J I J Albers, Johannes G M Burgerhof, Dick G Markhorst, Martin C J Kneyber
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular blockade (NMB) has been shown to improve outcome in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in adults, challenging maintaining spontaneous breathing when there is severe lung injury. We tested in a prospective physiological study the hypothesis that continuous administration of NMB agents in mechanically ventilated children with severe acute hypoxemic respiratory failure (AHRF) improves the oxygenation index without a redistribution of tidal volume V T toward non-dependent lung zones...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Elena Lopez-Rodriguez, Gemma Gay-Jordi, Adele Mucci, Nico Lachmann, Anna Serrano-Mollar
Lung surfactant is a complex mixture of lipids and proteins lining the alveolar epithelium. At the air-liquid interface, surfactant lowers surface tension, avoiding alveolar collapse and reducing the work of breathing. The essential role of lung surfactant in breathing and therefore in life, is highlighted by surfactant deficiency in premature neonates, which causes neonatal respiratory distress syndrome and results in early death after birth. In addition, defects in surfactant metabolism alter lung homeostasis and lead to disease...
October 25, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Changsheng Zhang, Massimiliano Pirrone, David A E Imber, Jeanne B Ackman, Jacopo Fumagalli, Robert M Kacmarek, Lorenzo Berra
Morbidly obese, critically ill patients are prone to develop hypoxemic respiratory failure and ventilator dependency. The best method for recruiting the lungs of these patients and keeping alveoli open without causing injury remains unclear. We present the case of a 31-year-old patient with severe refractory hypoxemia reversed by lung recruitment maneuvers and subsequent application of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) at a level determined by a decremental PEEP trial. The patient was extubated at a high PEEP level of 22 cm H2O followed by noninvasive ventilatory support after extubation...
October 24, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Elizabeth Gathoni Kibaru, Amos Magembe Otara
BACKGROUND: Neonatal mortality has remained high in Kenya despite various efforts being applied to reduce this negative trend. Early detection of neonatal illness is an important step towards improving new born survival. Toward this end there is need for the mothers to be able to identify signs in neonates that signifies severe neonatal illnesses. The objective of the study was to determine the level of knowledge of mothers attending well baby clinics on postnatal neonatal danger signs and determine the associated factors...
October 25, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Markus Oechsner, Barbara Chizzali, Michal Devecka, Stephanie Elisabeth Combs, Jan Jakob Wilkens, Marciana Nona Duma
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze differences in couch shifts (setup errors) resulting from image registration of different CT datasets with free breathing cone beam CTs (FB-CBCT). As well automatic as manual image registrations were performed and registration results were correlated to tumor characteristics. METHODS: FB-CBCT image registration was performed for 49 patients with lung lesions using slow planning CT (PCT), average intensity projection (AIP), maximum intensity projection (MIP) and mid-ventilation CTs (MidV) as reference images...
October 26, 2016: Radiation Oncology
L Battista
Home mechanical ventilation is the treatment of patients with respiratory failure or insufficiency by means of a mechanical ventilator at a patient's home. In order to allow remote patient monitoring, several tele-monitoring systems have been introduced in the last few years. However, most of them usually do not allow real-time services, as they have their own proprietary communication protocol implemented and some ventilation parameters are not always measured. Moreover, they monitor only some breaths during the whole day, despite the fact that a patient's respiratory state may change continuously during the day...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Amit Raj Singh, Rony Granek
We study DNA denaturation by integrating elasticity - as described by the Gaussian network model - with bond binding energies, distinguishing between different base pairs and stacking energies. We use exact calculation, within the model, of the Helmholtz free-energy of any partial denaturation state, which implies that the entropy of all formed "bubbles" ("loops") is accounted for. Considering base pair bond removal single events, the bond designated for opening is chosen by minimizing the free-energy difference for the process, over all remaining base pair bonds...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Felix P Kemeth, Sindre W Haugland, Lennart Schmidt, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Katharina Krischer
We present a universal characterization scheme for chimera states applicable to both numerical and experimental data sets. The scheme is based on two correlation measures that enable a meaningful definition of chimera states as well as their classification into three categories: stationary, turbulent, and breathing. In addition, these categories can be further subdivided according to the time-stationarity of these two measures. We demonstrate that this approach is both consistent with previously recognized chimera states and enables us to classify states as chimeras which have not been categorized as such before...
September 2016: Chaos
Igor V Belykh, Barrett N Brister, Vladimir N Belykh
We study the co-existence of stable patterns of synchrony in two coupled populations of identical Kuramoto oscillators with inertia. The two populations have different sizes and can split into two clusters where the oscillators synchronize within a cluster while there is a phase shift between the dynamics of the two clusters. Due to the presence of inertia, which increases the dimensionality of the oscillator dynamics, this phase shift can oscillate, inducing a breathing cluster pattern. We derive analytical conditions for the co-existence of stable two-cluster patterns with constant and oscillating phase shifts...
September 2016: Chaos
José Javier Jareño-Esteban, M Ángeles Muñoz-Lucas, Óscar Gómez-Martín, Sergio Utrilla-Trigo, Carlos Gutiérrez-Ortega, Antonio Aguilar-Ros, Luis Collado-Yurrita, Luis Miguel Callol-Sánchez
INTRODUCTION: A major risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is tobacco smoke, which generates oxidative stress in airways, resulting in the production of volatile organic compounds (VOC). The purpose of this study was to identify VOCs in exhaled breath and to determine their possible use as disease biomarkers. METHOD: Exhaled breath from 100 healthy volunteers, divided into 3groups (never smokers, former smokers and active smokers) and exhaled breath from 57 COPD patients were analyzed...
October 22, 2016: Archivos de Bronconeumología
Benjamin W Mooneyham, Michael D Mrazek, Alissa J Mrazek, Kaita L Mrazek, Dawa T Phillips, Jonathan W Schooler
During tasks that require continuous engagement, the mind alternates between mental states of focused attention and mind-wandering. Existing research has assessed the functional connectivity of intrinsic brain networks underlying the experience and training of these mental states using "static" approaches that assess connectivity across an entire task. To disentangle the functional connectivity between brain regions as the mind fluctuates between discrete brain states, we employed a dynamic functional connectivity approach that characterized brain activity using a sliding window...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Paula Ferrada, Rao R Ivatury, David A Spain, Kimberly A Davis, Michel Aboutanos, John J Fildes, Thomas M Scalea
INTRODUCTION: Acute Care Surgery (ACS), Trauma and Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowships graduate fellows deemed qualified to perform complex cases immediately upon graduation. We hypothesize international fellow rotations (IFR) can be a resource to supplement operative case exposure METHODS: A survey was sent to all program directors of ACS and SCC fellowships via email. Data was captured and analyzed using the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) tool. RESULTS: The survey was sent to 113 program directors (PDs) with a response rate of 42%...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Bijan S Kheirabadi, Nahir Miranda, Irasema B Terrazas, Mary D Gonzales, Rose C Grimm, Michael A Dubick
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital, small-volume resuscitation of combat casualties with a synthetic colloid [6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 670/0.75] has been recommended when blood or blood components are unavailable. We studied hemostatic effects of a newer synthetic colloid (6% HES 130/0.4,) compared to either a natural colloid (albumin) or to crystalloids in an uncontrolled hemorrhage model. METHODS: Spontaneously breathing NZW rabbits (3.4±0.1 kg) were anesthetized, instrumented and subjected to a splenic injury with uncontrolled bleeding...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
V MacBean, C Hughes, G Nicol, C C Reilly, G F Rafferty
Neural respiratory drive, quantified by the parasternal intercostal muscle electromyogram (EMGpara), provides a sensitive measure of respiratory system load-capacity balance. Reference values for EMGpara-based measures are lacking and the influence of individual anthropometric characteristics is not known. EMGpara is conventionally expressed as a percentage of that obtained during a maximal inspiratory effort (EMGpara%max), leading to difficulty in applying the technique in subjects unable to reliably perform such manoeuvres...
October 25, 2016: Physiological Measurement
S Ipsen, O Blanck, N J Lowther, G P Liney, R Rai, F Bode, J Dunst, A Schweikard, P J Keall
Radiosurgery to the pulmonary vein antrum in the left atrium (LA) has recently been proposed for non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Precise real-time target localization during treatment is necessary due to complex respiratory and cardiac motion and high radiation doses. To determine the 3D position of the LA for motion compensation during radiosurgery, a tracking method based on orthogonal real-time MRI planes was developed for AF treatments with an MRI-guided radiotherapy system. Four healthy volunteers underwent cardiac MRI of the LA...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Carina Barbosa Pereira, Xinchi Yu, Michael Czaplik, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Steffen Leonhardt
Diverse studies have demonstrated the importance of monitoring breathing rate (BR). Commonly, changes in BR are one of the earliest and major markers of serious complications/illness. However, it is frequently neglected due to limitations of clinically established measurement techniques, which require attachment of sensors. The employment of adhesive pads or thoracic belts in preterm infants as well as in traumatized or burned patients is an additional paramount issue. The present paper proposes a new robust approach, based on data fusion, to remotely monitor BR using infrared thermography (IRT)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
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