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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102960/nine-degrees-of-freedom-flexmap-for-a-cone-beam-computed-tomography-imaging-device-with-independently-movable-source-and-detector
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Peter Keuschnigg, Daniel Kellner, Karl Fritscher, Andrea Zechner, Ulrich Mayer, Philipp Huber, Felix Sedlmayer, Heinz Deutschmann, Philipp Steininger
PURPOSE: Couch-mounted cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging devices with independently rotatable x-ray source and flat-panel detector arms for acquisitions of arbitrary regions of interest (ROI) have recently been introduced in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This work analyzes mechanical limitations and gravity-induced effects influencing the geometric accuracy of images acquired with arbitrary angular constellations of source and detector in nonisocentric trajectories, which is considered essential for IGRT...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102901/risk-of-arrhythmic-death-in-ischemic-heart-disease-a-prospective-controlled-observer-blind-investigation-over-10-years
#2
Thomas Pezawas, André Diedrich, David Robertson, Robert Winker, Bernhard Richter, Li Wang, Herwig Schmidinger
BACKGROUND: Risk of arrhythmic death is considered highest in ischemic heart disease with severe left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) reduction. Non-invasive testing should improve decision-making of prophylactic defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 120 patients with ischemic heart disease and LVEF <50% and 30 control subjects without ischemic heart disease and normal LVEF. An initial assessment, a second assessment after 3 years, and a final follow-up comprised of: pharmacological baroreflex testing (BRS), short-term spectral (low frequency (LF) to high frequency (HF) ratio) and long-term time domain analysis of heart rate variability (SDNN), exercise Microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) and others...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102777/comparison-of-early-vascular-morphological-changes-between-bioresorbable-poly-l-lactic-acid-scaffolds-and-metallic-stents-in-porcine-iliac-arteries
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Yasuhito Sekimoto, Hideaki Obara, Kentaro Matsubara, Naoki Fujimura, Hirohisa Harada, Yuko Kitagawa
Bioresorbable scaffolds have the potential to overcome several problems associated with metallic stents. Bioresorbable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) scaffold implantation for the treatment of peripheral artery disease has already been reported in animal models and clinical trials; however, no studies comparing PLLA scaffolds and bare metal stents (BMSs) with regard to early vascular morphological changes, identified using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) analysis, have been reported. In this study, PLLA scaffolds and BMSs were implanted bilaterally in iliac arteries of five miniature pigs...
January 19, 2017: Organogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102636/thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-for-refractory-tourette-syndrome-clinical-evidence-for-increasing-disbalance-of-therapeutic-effects-and-side-effects-at-long-term-follow-up
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Anouk Y J M Smeets, Annelien A Duits, Albert F G Leentjens, Koen Schruers, Vivianne van Kranen-Mastenbroek, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Yasin Temel, Linda Ackermans
OBJECTIVE: Thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective in reducing tics in patients with refractory Tourette syndrome at the short-term. Here, we report on the long-term outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients underwent bilateral DBS between 2001 and 2008. The target was the centromedian nucleus, substantia periventricularis and nucleus ventro-oralis internus cross point of the thalamus. The effect on tics and side effects were evaluated with a variable follow-up duration of 12 to 78 months...
January 19, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102482/the-role-of-text-messaging-in-cardiovascular-risk-factor-optimization
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REVIEW
Harry Klimis, Mohammad Ehsan Khan, Cindy Kok, Clara K Chow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many cases of CVD may be avoidable through lowering behavioural risk factors such as smoking and physical inactivity. Mobile health (mHealth) provides a novel opportunity to deliver cardiovascular prevention programs in a format that is potentially scalable. Here, we provide an overview of text messaging-based mHealth interventions in cardiovascular prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Text messaging-based interventions appear effective on a range of behavioural risk factors and can effect change on multiple risk factors-e...
January 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102361/effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-different-recommended-doses-of-ppis-and-h2ras-in-gerd-network-meta-analysis-and-grade-system
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Chao Zhang, Joey S W Kwong, Rui-Xia Yuan, Hao Chen, Chang Xu, Yi-Pin Wang, Gong-Li Yang, Jin-Zhu Yan, Le Peng, Xian-Tao Zeng, Hong Weng, Jie Luo, Yu-Ming Niu
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs) are used for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD); however, the clinical evidence for treatment is poor. We evaluated the effectiveness and tolerability of different doses of PPIs, H2RAs and placebo in adults with GERD. Six online databases were searched through September 1, 2016. All related articles were included and combined with a Bayesian network meta-analysis from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The GRADE systems were employed to assess the main outcome...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102354/a-signature-of-renal-stress-resistance-induced-by-short-term-dietary-restriction-fasting-and-protein-restriction
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F Jongbloed, T C Saat, M Verweij, C Payan-Gomez, J H J Hoeijmakers, S van den Engel, C T van Oostrom, G Ambagtsheer, S Imholz, J L A Pennings, H van Steeg, J N M IJzermans, M E T Dollé, R W F de Bruin
During kidney transplantation, ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) induces oxidative stress. Short-term preoperative 30% dietary restriction (DR) and 3-day fasting protect against renal IRI. We investigated the contribution of macronutrients to this protection on both phenotypical and transcriptional levels. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed control food ad libitum, underwent two weeks of 30%DR, 3-day fasting, or received a protein-, carbohydrate- or fat-free diet for various periods of time. After completion of each diet, renal gene expression was investigated using microarrays...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101946/repeat-hepatectomy-is-independently-associated-with-favorable-long-term-outcome-in-patients-with-colorectal-liver-metastases
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Christopher P Neal, Gael R Nana, Michael Jones, Vaux Cairns, Wee Ngu, John Isherwood, Ashley R Dennison, Giuseppe Garcea
Up to three-quarters of patients undergoing liver resection for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) develop intrahepatic recurrence. Repeat hepatic resection appears to provide the optimal chance of cure for these patients. The aim of this study was to analyze short- and long-term outcomes following index and repeat hepatectomy for CRLM. Clinicopathological data were obtained from a prospectively maintained database. Perioperative variables and outcomes were compared using the Chi-squared test. Variables associated with long-term survival following index and second hepatectomy were identified by Cox regression analyses...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101838/renal-consequences-of-preterm-birth
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REVIEW
Amelie Stritzke, Sumesh Thomas, Harish Amin, Christoph Fusch, Abhay Lodha
BACKGROUND: The developmental origin of health and disease concept identifies the brain, cardiovascular, liver, and kidney systems as targets of fetal adverse programming with adult consequences. As the limits of viability in premature infants have been pushed to lower gestational ages, the long-term impact of prematurity on kidneys still remains a significant burden during hospital stay and beyond. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to summarize available evidence, mechanisms, and short- and long-term renal consequences of prematurity and identify nephroprotective strategies and areas of uncertainty...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101814/arbutus-andrachne-l-reverses-sleep-deprivation-induced-memory-impairments-in-rats
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Karem H Alzoubi, Bayan S Malkawi, Omar F Khabour, Tamam El-Elimat, Feras Q Alali
Sleep deprivation (SD) is associated with cognitive deficits. It was found to affect the hippocampus region of the brain by impairing memory formation. This impairment is suggested to be caused by elevation in oxidative stress in the body, including the brain during SD. It was hypothesized that the methanolic extract of the fruits of Arbutus andrachne L. (Ericaceae) will prevent chronic SD-induced impairment of hippocampal memory via its antioxidative properties. The methanolic extract of the fruits of A. andrachne was evaluated for its beneficial properties to reverse SD-induced cognitive impairment in rats...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101721/quantitative-assessment-of-visceral-obesity-and-postoperative-colon-cancer-outcomes
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Oluwatobi O Ozoya, Erin M Siegel, Thejal Srikumar, Amanda M Bloomer, Amanda DeRenzis, David Shibata
BACKGROUND: Quantitative computed tomography (CT) assessment of visceral adiposity may be superior to body mass index (BMI) as a predictor of surgical morbidity. We sought to examine the association of CT measures of obesity and BMI with short-term postoperative outcomes in colon cancer patients. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 110 patients treated with colectomy for stage I-III colon cancer were classified as obese or non-obese by preoperative CT-based measures of adiposity or BMI [obese: BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2), visceral fat area (VFA) to subcutaneous fat area ratio (V/S) ≥0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101712/herbicides-and-trace-metals-in-urban-waters-in-melbourne-australia-2011-12-concentrations-and-potential-impact
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Mayumi Allinson, Pei Zhang, AnhDuyen Bui, Jackie H Myers, Vincent Pettigrove, Gavin Rose, Scott A Salzman, Robert Walters, Graeme Allinson
Urban stormwater samples were collected from five aquatic systems in Melbourne, Australia, on six occasions between October 2011 and March 2012 and tested for 30 herbicides and 14 trace metals. Nineteen different herbicides were observed in one or more water samples from the five sites; chemicals observed at more than 40% of sites were simazine (100%), MCPA (83%), diuron (63%) and atrazine (53%). Using the toxicity unit (TU) concept to assess potential risk to aquatic ecosystems, none of the detected herbicides were considered to pose an individual, group or collective short-term risk to fish or zooplankton in the waters studied...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101669/outcomes-and-trends-of-peripartum-maternal-admission-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Alex Farr, Agnes Lenz-Gebhart, Sabrina Einig, Clemens Ortner, Iris Holzer, Marie Elhenicky, Peter W Husslein, Rainer Lehner
BACKGROUND: The number of pregnant women with severe comorbidities is increasing. The aim of the present study was to analyze outcomes and determine trends in women who required peripartum admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: In this retrospective study, we identified all women who were admitted to the ICU between the second trimester of pregnancy and 6 weeks postpartum. Women with ICU admission between 2011 and 2014 were assigned to the study group, whereas those admitted between 1996 and 2003 were assigned to the historical group...
January 18, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101614/-dermatological-topical-and-systemic-therapy-during-pregnancy
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REVIEW
S Grunewald, P Staubach
During pregnancy, a successful and safe therapeutic management of patients is possible to lower the burden of disease. Often topical therapy in combination with intensive basic skin care is sufficient. Drug therapies may also be used, most often for systemic diseases such as autoimmune diseases or psoriasis. An early change in therapy is also key during planned pregnancies so that treatments can be switched, adjusted, reduced or closely monitored. Another point to consider is to keep drug dosing as low as possible (without occlusion in local therapy) or short termed (with the exception of autoimmune or malignant diseases)...
January 18, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101446/hypertonicity-clinical-entities-manifestations-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Helbert Rondon-Berrios, Christos Argyropoulos, Todd S Ing, Dominic S Raj, Deepak Malhotra, Emmanuel I Agaba, Mark Rohrscheib, Zeid J Khitan, Glen H Murata, Joseph I Shapiro, Antonios H Tzamaloukas
Hypertonicity causes severe clinical manifestations and is associated with mortality and severe short-term and long-term neurological sequelae. The main clinical syndromes of hypertonicity are hypernatremia and hyperglycemia. Hypernatremia results from relative excess of body sodium over body water. Loss of water in excess of intake, gain of sodium salts in excess of losses or a combination of the two are the main mechanisms of hypernatremia. Hypernatremia can be hypervolemic, euvolemic or hypovolemic. The management of hypernatremia addresses both a quantitative replacement of water and, if present, sodium deficit, and correction of the underlying pathophysiologic process that led to hypernatremia...
January 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101409/assessment-of-corneal-properties-based-on-statistical-modeling-of-oct-speckle
#16
Danilo A Jesus, D Robert Iskander
A new approach to assess the properties of the corneal micro-structure in vivo based on the statistical modeling of speckle obtained from Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is presented. A number of statistical models were proposed to fit the corneal speckle data obtained from OCT raw image. Short-term changes in corneal properties were studied by inducing corneal swelling whereas age-related changes were observed analyzing data of sixty-five subjects aged between twenty-four and seventy-three years. Generalized Gamma distribution has shown to be the best model, in terms of the Akaike's Information Criterion, to fit the OCT corneal speckle...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101324/oxytocin-for-frontotemporal-dementia-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Rajesh R Tampi, Michael Maksimowski, Mohsina Ahmed, Deena J Tampi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review is to identify published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the use of oxytocin in individuals with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). METHODS: A literature search was conducted of PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO and Cochrane collaboration databases for RCTs in any language that evaluated the use of oxytocin in individuals with FTD. Bibliographic databases of published articles were also searched for additional studies...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101302/robot-assisted-laparoscopic-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Stefano Caruso, Franco Franceschini, Alberto Patriti, Franco Roviello, Mario Annecchiarico, Graziano Ceccarelli, Andrea Coratti
Phase III evidence in the shape of a series of randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses has shown that laparoscopic gastrectomy is safe and gives better short-term results with respect to the traditional open technique for early-stage gastric cancer. In fact, in the East laparoscopic gastrectomy has become routine for early-stage gastric cancer. In contrast, the treatment of advanced gastric cancer through a minimally invasive way is still a debated issue, mostly due to worries about its oncological efficacy and the difficulty of carrying out an extended lymphadenectomy and intestinal reconstruction after total gastrectomy laparoscopically...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101203/short-term-effect-analysis-of-radiofrequency-ablation-combined-chemotherapy-on-middle-and-late-period-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
Shuo Yu, Zhen Zhou Wu, Hong Tao Si, Sai Yang, Guang Mao Liu, Xiao Dong Zhao
In this study, we investigated the effect of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined chemotherapy on middle and late period non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In total, 85 cases of middle and late period NSCLC patients were selected, and were randomly divided into the RFA combined chemotherapy group, RFA treatment group and chemotherapy group. After treatment, the three groups were followed up for computed tomography (CT) scan, and were analyzed for the effect of RFA combined chemotherapy on middle and late period NSCLC...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100820/support-for-the-reproductive-ground-plan-hypothesis-in-a-solitary-bee-links-between-sucrose-response-and-reproductive-status
#20
Karen M Kapheim, Makenna M Johnson
In social bees, foraging behaviour is correlated with reproductive status and sucrose sensitivity via endocrine pathways. This association led to the hypothesis that division of labour in social insect societies is derived from an ancestral ground plan that functions to synchronize dietary preferences with reproductive needs in solitary insects. However, the relationship between these traits is unknown for solitary bees, which represent the ancestral state of social bees. We used the proboscis extension response assay to measure sucrose response among reproductive females of the solitary alkali bee (Nomia melanderi) as a function of acute juvenile hormone (JH) treatments and reproductive physiology...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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