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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535547/the-effectiveness-of-manual-therapy-for-relieving-pain-stiffness-and-dysfunction-in-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Qinguang Xu, Bei Chen, Yueyi Wang, Xuezong Wang, Dapeng Han, Daofang Ding, Yuxin Zheng, Yuelong Cao, Hongsheng Zhan, Yao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is the most common form of arthritis, leading to pain disability in seniors and increased health care utilization. Manual therapy is one widely used physical treatment for KOA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and adverse events (AEs) of manual therapy compared to other treatments for relieving pain, stiffness, and physical dysfunction in patients with KOA. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis of manual therapy for KOA...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535357/effects-of-composites-containing-bioactive-glasses-on-demineralized-dentin
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A Tezvergil-Mutluay, R Seseogullari-Dirihan, V P Feitosa, G Cama, D S Brauer, S Sauro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the degradation of completely demineralized dentin specimens in contact with a filler-free or 2 ion-releasing resins containing micrometer-sized particles of Bioglass 45S5 (BAG) or fluoride-containing phosphate-rich bioactive glass (BAG-F). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were also used to evaluate the remineralization induced by the experimental ion-releasing resin-based materials. Dentin beams were totally demineralized in H3PO4 (10%) and placed in direct contact with a filler-free (RESIN) or 2 experimental ion-releasing resins (BAG or BAG-F) and immersed in artificial saliva (AS) up to 30 d...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535147/mechanics-of-post-fusion-exocytotic-vesicle
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Thomas Stephens, Zhanghan Wu, Jian Liu
Exocytosis is an important cellular process controlled by metabolic signaling. It involves vesicle fusion to the plasma membrane, followed by the opening of a fusion pore, and the subsequent release of the vesicular lumen content into the extracellular space. While most modeling efforts focus on the events leading to membrane fusion, how the vesicular membrane remodels after fusing to plasma membrane remains unclear. This latter event dictates the nature and the efficiency of exocytotic vesicular secretions, and is thus critical for exocytotic function...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535076/intraarticular-injection-of-a-cross-linked-sodium-hyaluronate-combined-with-triamcinolone-hexacetonide-cingal-to-provide-symptomatic-relief-of-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-multicenter-clinical-trial
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Laszlo Hangody, Robert Szody, Piotr Lukasik, Wojciech Zgadzaj, Endre Lénárt, Eva Dokoupilova, Daniela Bichovsk, Agnes Berta, Gabor Vasarhelyi, Andrea Ficzere, György Hangody, Gary Stevens, Miklos Szendroi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of an intraarticular injection of Cingal (Anika Therapeutics, Inc., Bedford, MA) compared with Monovisc (Anika Therapeutics, Inc., Bedford, MA) or saline for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN: This multicenter, double-blind, saline-controlled clinical trial randomized subjects with knee osteoarthritis (Kellgren-Lawrence grades I-III) to a single injection of Cingal (4 mL, 88 mg hyaluronic acid [HA] plus 18 mg triamcinolone hexacetonide [TH]), Monovisc (4 mL, 88 mg HA), or saline (4 mL, 0...
May 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535038/fabrication-of-a-biodegradable-implant-with-tunable-characteristics-for-bone-implant-applications
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Iman Manavitehrani, Ali Fathi, Yiwei Wang, Peter K Maitz, Farid Mirmohseni, Tegan L Cheng, Lauren Peacock, David G Little, Aaron Schindeler, Fariba Dehghani
Biodegradable polymers are appealing material for the manufacturing of surgical implants as such implants break down in vivo, negating the need for a subsequent operation for removal. Many biocompatible polymers produce acidic breakdown products that can lead to localized inflammation and osteolysis. This study assesses the feasibility of fabricating implants out of poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC)-starch that degrades into CO2 and water. The basic compression modulus of PPC-starch (1:1 w/w) is 34 MPa; however, the addition of glycerol (1% w/w) and water as plasticizers doubles this value and enhances the surface wettability...
May 23, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535026/tetanus-%C3%A2-n%C3%A3-stan-bortgl%C3%A3-md-men-allvarlig-sjukdom-%C3%A3-ldre-kvinnor-%C3%A3-r-en-riskgrupp-diagnosen-kan-vara-en-utmaning
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Bernhard Hozgraefe, Akad Koria, Victoria Sem, Joak Johansson
Tetanus, an almost forgotten but serious disease Tetanus is the systemic consequence of a local infection with Clostridium tetani, that produces toxin which spreads in the systemic circulation. In developed countries, it is extremely rare. Women born before 1950 are a group at risk due to lower prevalence of immunisation. This report describes a case of tetanus. The patient is a previously healthy 82-year-old woman. She presented to primary care with a complaint of stiffness in the neck and jaw. A physical exam and basic laboratory tests were normal apart from a slightly increased blood pressure...
May 22, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534817/the-soft-and-hard-heartedness-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-mechanotransduction-signaling-pathways-in-fibrosis-of-the-heart
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Kate M Herum, Ida G Lunde, Andrew D McCulloch, Geir Christensen
Cardiac fibrosis, the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM), remains an unresolved problem in most forms of heart disease. In order to be successful in preventing, attenuating or reversing cardiac fibrosis, it is essential to understand the processes leading to ECM production and accumulation. Cardiac fibroblasts are the main producers of cardiac ECM, and harbor great phenotypic plasticity. They are activated by the disease-associated changes in mechanical properties of the heart, including stretch and increased tissue stiffness...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534670/a-long-preoperative-duration-of-symptoms-is-associated-with-worse-functional-outcomes-after-1-stage-arthroscopic-treatment-of-rotator-cuff-tears-with-shoulder-stiffness
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Yuzhou Chen, Shiyi Chen, Yang Qiao, Yunshen Ge, Hong Li, Jiwu Chen, Yinghui Hua, Yunxia Li
BACKGROUND: Rotator cuff tears with shoulder stiffness remain a difficult issue. Despite the reported satisfactory results of 1-stage surgery, little information is available regarding the factors that affect clinical outcomes. Purpose/Hypothesis: To evaluate the 1-stage arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff tears with shoulder stiffness and to present the influence of duration of symptoms (DOS) on postoperative functional outcomes. The hypothesis was that a long preoperative DOS is related to worse functional outcomes...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534657/body-mass-index-is-inversely-associated-with-arterial-stiffness-in-chinese-adults-with-primary-hypertension-results-from-the-china-stroke-primary-prevention-trial-csppt
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Mohetaboer Momin, Jian-Ping Li, Yan Zhang, Fang-Fang Fan, Xi-Ping Xu, Xin Xu, Bin-Yan Wang, Wen-Bin Yang, Li-Ling Xie, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to elucidate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the presence of arterial stiffness in rural-dwelling Chinese adults with primary hypertension. METHODS: Primary hypertension patients (n = 19,375) receiving an average of 4.5 years of antihypertension therapy were selected from the Chinese Stroke Primary Prevention Trial (mean age: 64.7 ± 7.4 years, male: 37.8%). Anthropometric, demographic, hemodynamic, and biochemical data were obtained...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534649/a-meta-analytical-comparison-of-atenolol-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-on-arterial-stiffness-peripheral-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-hypertensive-patients
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Hong Xie, Gaoqing Luo, Yong Zheng, Feng Peng, Liangdi Xie
OBJECTIVES: This meta-analysis of randomized parallel controlled trials was designed to compare the efficacy of atenolol with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) in changing pulse wave velocity (PWV), peripheral blood pressure and heart rate (HR) among patients with essential hypertension. METHODS: This study was conducted according to the PRISMA guideline. Data collection was independently completed by two investigators. Statistical analyses were completed by Stata software (v12...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534623/young-s-modulus-of-wurtzite-and-zinc-blende-inp-nanowires
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Mikhail Dunaevskiy, Pavel Geydt, Erkki Lahderanta, Prokhor Anatolevich Alekseev, Tuomas August Erik Haggren, Joona-Pekko Petteri Kakko, Hua Jiang, Harri Lipsanen
The Young's modulus of thin conical InP nanowires with either wurtzite or mixed "zinc blende/wurtzite" structures was measured. It has been shown that the value of Young's modulus obtained for wurtzite InP nanowires (E[0001]=130 ± 30 GPa) was similar to the theoretically predicted value for the wurtzite InP material (E[0001]=120 ± 10 GPa). The Young's modulus of mixed "zinc blende/wurtzite" InP nanowires (E[111]=65 ± 10 GPa) appeared to be 40% less then theoretically predicted value for the zinc blende InP material (E[111]=110 GPa)...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534211/associations-between-yoga-practice-and-joint-problems-a-cross-sectional-survey-among-9151-australian-women
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Romy Lauche, Dania Schumann, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams, Holger Cramer
Yoga exercises have been associated with joint problems recently, indicating that yoga practice might be potentially dangerous for joint health. This study aimed to analyse whether regular yoga practice is associated with the frequency of joint problems in upper middle-aged Australian women. Women aged 62-67 years from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) were questioned in 2013 whether they experienced regular joint pain or problems in the past 12 months and whether they regularly practiced yoga...
May 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534075/comparison-between-different-disease-activity-scores-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-egyptian-multicenter-study
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M Eissa, A El Shafey, M Hammad
The aim of our work was to assess the performance of different Disease Activity Score (DAS) other than DAS-ESR in daily clinical practice in our Egyptian outpatient clinics and also to evaluate the accuracy of European League Against Rheumatism Classification (EULAR) proposed cutoffs for these scores to stratify Egyptian patients into different categories of disease activity. This study is a cross-sectional Egyptian multicenter study. It included 130 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who visited our Rheumatology and Rehabilitation outpatient and inpatient clinics; 80 patients from Cairo University Hospitals and 50 patients from Zagazig University Hospitals...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533924/interferon-free-treatments-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-genotype-1-4-infections-in-a-real-world-setting
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Huascar Ramos, Pedro Linares, Ester Badia, Isabel Martín, Judith Gómez, Carolina Almohalla, Francisco Jorquera, Sara Calvo, Isidro García, Pilar Conde, Begoña Álvarez, Guillermo Karpman, Sara Lorenzo, Visitación Gozalo, Mónica Vásquez, Diana Joao, Marina de Benito, Lourdes Ruiz, Felipe Jiménez, Federico Sáez-Royuela, Asociación Castellano Y Leonesa de Hepatología ACyLHE
AIM: To investigated the real-world effectiveness and safety of various regimens of interferon-free treatments in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: We performed an observational study to analyze different antiviral treatments administered to 462 HCV-infected patients, of which 56.7% had liver cirrhosis. HCV RNA after 4 wk of treatment and at 12 wk after treatment sustained virologic response (SVR) as well as serious adverse events (SAEs) was analyzed first for the whole cohort and then separately in patients who met or did not meet the inclusion criteria of a clinical trial (CT-met and CT-unmet, respectively)...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533694/the-improved-quality-of-postoperative-analgesia-after-intrathecal-morphine-does-not-result-in-improved-recovery-and-quality-of-life-in-the-first-6-months-after-orthopedic-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Nilufar Foadi, Matthias Karst, Anika Frese-Gaul, Niels Rahe-Meyer, Stefan Krömer, Christian Weilbach
OBJECTIVE: In orthopedic surgery, it is well known that the use of intrathecal morphine (ITM) leads to an improved quality of postoperative analgesia. Little is known how this improved analgesia affects the long-term course after surgery. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized, double-blind trial. SETTING: Academic medical center. SUBJECTS: Forty-nine patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement surgery in spinal anesthesia...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533673/cost-effectiveness-of-enhanced-liver-fibrosis-test-to-assess-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-and-alcoholic-liver-disease-patients
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Marcelo Soto, Laura Sampietro-Colom, Luis Lasalvia, Aurea Mira, Wladimiro Jiménez, Miquel Navasa
AIM: To assess liver fibrosis (LF) in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and alcoholic liver disease (ALD), estimate health outcomes and costs of new noninvasive testing strategies. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to simulate LF progression in HCV and ALD for a cohort of 40-year-old men with abnormal levels of transaminases. Three different testing alternatives were studied: a single liver biopsy; annual Enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF™) followed by liver stiffness measurement (LSM) imaging as a confirmation test if the ELF test is positive; and annual ELF test without LSM...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533009/comparison-of-implant-stability-measurement-devices-for-bone-anchored-hearing-aid-systems
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Lindsey Westover, Gary Faulkner, William Hodgetts, Don Raboud
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The success of implants for bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) relies on proper osseointegration at the bone-implant interface. Clinical evaluation of implant stability is important in prescribing loading, identifying the risk of failure, and monitoring the long-term health of the implant. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate 2 measurement systems for BAHA implant stability: the most commonly used, Osstell implant stability quotient (ISQ), and a newly developed advance system for implant stability testing (ASIST)...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532898/toughening-of-fibrous-scaffolds-by-mobile-mineral-deposits
#18
Justin Lipner, John J Boyle, Younan Xia, Victor Birman, Guy M Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
Partially mineralized fibrous tissue situated between tendon and bone is believed to be tougher than either tendon or bone, possibly serving as a compliant, energy absorptive, protective barrier between the two. This tissue does not reform following surgical repair (e.g., rotator cuff tendon-to-bone re-attachment) and might be a factor in the poor outcomes following such surgeries. Towards our long-term goal of tissue engineered solutions to functional tendon-to-bone re-attachment, we tested the hypotheses that partially mineralized fibrous matrices can derive toughness from mobility of mineral along their fibers, and that in such cases toughness is maximized at levels of mineralization sufficiently low to allow substantial mobility...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532884/the-role-of-scapular-kinematics-in-patients-with-different-shoulder-musculoskeletal-disorders-a-systematic-review-approach
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REVIEW
Roshanak Keshavarz, Siamak Bashardoust Tajali, Seyed Mohsen Mir, H Ashrafi
This study aimed to identify the role of the scapula in shoulder musculoskeletal disorders (SMDs) and provided a systematic review of available studies in the field of scapular three-dimensional kinematics. We systematically searched 5 international databases, including Scopus, EMBASE, PubMed, CINAHL, PEDro, and Cochrane Library from June to September 2015. Twenty studies met the inclusion criteria and were retrieved in full paper. The selected studies were critically appraised independently by two researchers...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532285/utility-of-transient-elastography-in-estimating-hepatic-iron-concentration-in-comparison-to-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-who-are-transfusion-dependent-a-canadian-center-experience
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George Ou, Hin Hin Ko, Pari Tiwari, Navdeep Sandhu, Cherry Galorport, Terry Lee, Hatoon Ezzat
Transfusion-dependent hereditary anemias such as β-thalassemia (β-thal), predispose patients to iron overload and its numerous clinical sequelae. Accurate assessment of overall iron status and prompt initiation of chelation therapy to prevent irreversible end-organ damage can be achieved using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure liver iron concentration (LIC) as a surrogate marker of total body iron; however, its access may be associated with long wait times and delay in treatment. We report an observational cohort study at a single tertiary care center assessing the theoretical role of transient elastography (TE), which measures liver stiffness, in estimating LIC compared to other established diagnostic measures...
January 2017: Hemoglobin
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