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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914175/dynamic-changes-in-liver-stiffness-measured-by-transient-elastography-predict-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Jianyong Zeng, Shaohang Cai, Jiajun Liu, Xiulan Xue, Xiaolu Wu, Caixia Zheng
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the validity of transient elastography in monitoring the antiviral outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis B. METHODS: This study included 108 patients treated with nucleos(t)ide analogues and 67 patients treated with interferon (IFN). Liver biopsies were evaluated by the METAVIR score. Transient elastography was performed initially at baseline, 48 weeks, and 96 weeks. Liver tissue was obtained before and after 96 weeks of treatment...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914133/lobeglitazone-a-novel-thiazolidinedione-improves-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-type-2-diabetes-its-efficacy-and-predictive-factors-related-to-responsiveness
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Yong Ho Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim, So Ra Kim, Heung Yong Jin, Eun Jung Rhee, Young Min Cho, Byung Wan Lee
Despite the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in type 2 diabetes (T2D), few treatment modalities are currently available. We investigated the hepatic effects of the novel thiazolidinedione (TZDs), lobeglitazone (Duvie) in T2D patients with NAFLD. We recruited drug-naïve or metformin-treated T2D patients with NAFLD to conduct a multicenter, prospective, open-label, exploratory clinical trial. Transient liver elastography (Fibroscan®; Echosens, Paris, France) with controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) was used to non-invasively quantify hepatic fat contents...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913925/changes-in-stiffness-of-the-dorsal-scapular-muscles-before-and-after-computer-work-a-comparison-between-individuals-with-and-without-neck-and-shoulder-complaints
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Hiroaki Ishikawa, Takayuki Muraki, Shuhei Morise, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Eiji Itoi, Shin-Ichi Izumi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the stiffness of the dorsal scapular muscles before and after computer work between individuals with and without neck and shoulder complaints. METHODS: Thirty subjects were divided into patient (n = 18) and control (n = 12) groups. The stiffness of the upper trapezius, levator scapulae, and rhomboid major was measured using ultrasound elastography before and after a 30-min typing task. The strain ratio of the muscle to an acoustic coupler was calculated (a lower strain ratio value indicates greater muscle stiffness)...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913924/shear-wave-elastography-reveals-different-degrees-of-passive-and-active-stiffness-of-the-neck-extensor-muscles
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Angela V Dieterich, Ricardo J Andrade, Guillaume Le Sant, Deborah Falla, Frank Petzke, François Hug, Antoine Nordez
PURPOSE: The neck extensor muscles contribute to spinal support and posture while performing head and neck motion. Muscle stiffness relates to passive elasticity (support) and active tensioning (posture and movement) of muscle. It was hypothesized that support and motion requirements are reflected in the distribution of stiffness between superficial and deep neck extensor muscles. METHODS: In ten healthy participants, shear modulus (stiffness) of five neck extensor muscles was determined in prone at rest and during isometric head lift at three intensities using shear wave elastography...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913823/mathematical-models-suggest-facilitated-fatty-acids-crossing-of-the-luminal-membrane-in-the-cardiac-muscle
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Efrath Barta
Long-chain fatty acids cross a few membranes on their way from the capillary blood to the cardiomyocyte cytosol, where they are utilized as an essential source of energy. Details of the transport mechanism across those membranes remained elusive despite decades of laboratory and theoretical work. Here we inspect several optional scenarios for the crossing of the luminal membrane of the endothelial cell, the first barrier that should be crossed: a passive diffusion, facilitation by receptors for albumin and facilitation by fatty acids transporters...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913354/a-novel-elastic-force-field-to-influence-mediolateral-foot-placement-during-walking
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Elizabeth Nyberg, Jordan Broadway, Christian Finetto, Jesse Dean
Bipedal gait can be stabilized through mechanically-appropriate mediolateral foot placement, although this strategy is disrupted in a subset of neurologically injured individuals with balance deficits. The goal of the present work was to develop a device to influence mediolateral foot placement during treadmill walking. We created a novel force-field using a combination of passive elasticity and active control; wires in series with extension springs run parallel to the treadmill belts and can be rapidly repositioned to exert mediolateral forces on the legs of users...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913340/efficient-3d-reconstruction-in-ultrasound-elastography-via-a-sparse-iteration-based-on-markov-random-fields
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Atul Ingle, Tomy Varghese, William Sethares
Percutaneous needle-based liver ablation procedures are becoming increasingly common for treatment of small isolated tumors in hepatocellular carcinoma patients who are not candidates for surgery. Rapid three dimensional visualization of liver ablations has potential clinical value because it can enable interventional radiologists to plan and execute needle-based ablation procedures with real time feedback. Ensuring the right volume of tissue is ablated is desirable to avoid recurrence of tumors from residual untreated cancerous cells...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912940/panax-ginseng-and-salvia-miltiorrhiza-supplementation-during-eccentric-resistance-training-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults-a-double-blind-randomized-control-trial
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Hsin-Fu Lin, Chun-Chung Chou, Hsiao-Han Chao, Hirofumi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Muscle damage induced by an acute bout of eccentric exercise results in transient arterial stiffening. In this study, we sought to determine the effects of progressive eccentric resistance exercise training on vascular functions, and whether herb supplementation would enhance training adaptation by ameliorating the arterial stiffening effects. METHODS: By using a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled design, older adults were randomly assigned to either the Panax ginseng and Salvia miltiorrhiza supplementation group (N=12) or the placebo group (N=11)...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912210/relative-contributions-of-arterial-stiffness-and-hypertension-to-cardiovascular-disease-the-framingham-heart-study
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Teemu J Niiranen, Bindu Kalesan, Naomi M Hamburg, Emelia J Benjamin, Gary F Mitchell, Ramachandran S Vasan
BACKGROUND: The presence and implications of abnormal arterial stiffness, a potential independent predictor of outcomes, in community-dwelling treated hypertensives is unknown. Furthermore, limited data exist regarding the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with arterial stiffness across the entire range of blood pressure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and classical CVD risk factors in 2127 community-dwelling participants (mean age 60 years, 57% women) of The Framingham Offspring Cohort...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911364/an-intramedullary-locking-nail-for-standardized-fixation-of-femur-osteotomies-to-analyze-normal-and-defective-bone-healing-in-mice
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Tina Histing, Michael D Menger, Tim Pohlemann, Romano Matthys, Tobias Fritz, Patric Garcia, Moritz Klein
Bone healing models are essential to the development of new therapeutic strategies for clinical fracture treatment. Furthermore, mouse models are becoming more commonly used in trauma research. They offer a large number of mutant strains and antibodies for the analysis of the molecular mechanisms behind the highly differentiated process of bone healing. To control the biomechanical environment, standardized and well-characterized osteosynthesis techniques are mandatory in mice. Here, we report on the design and use of an intramedullary nail to stabilize open femur osteotomies in mice...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911349/quantification-of-vascular-function-changes-under-different-emotion-states-a-pilot-study
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Yirong Xia, Licai Yang, Xueqin Mao, Dingchang Zheng, Chengyu Liu
Recent studies have indicated that physiological parameters change with different emotion states. This study aimed to quantify the changes of vascular function at different emotion and sub-emotion states. Twenty young subjects were studied with their finger photoplethysmographic (PPG) pulses recorded at three distinct emotion states: natural (1 minute), happiness and sadness (10 minutes for each). Within the period of happiness and sadness emotion states, two sub-emotion states (calmness and outburst) were identified with the synchronously recorded videos...
November 25, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910972/a-liver-microphysiological-system-of-tumor-cell-dormancy-and-inflammatory-responsiveness-is-affected-by-scaffold-properties
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A M Clark, S E Wheeler, C L Young, L Stockdale, J Shepard Neiman, W Zhao, D B Stolz, R Venkataramanan, D Lauffenburger, L Griffith, A Wells
Distant metastasis is the major cause of breast cancer-related mortality, commonly emerging clinically after 5 or more years of seeming 'cure' of the primary tumor, indicating a quiescent dormancy. The lack of relevant accessible model systems for metastasis that recreate this latent stage has hindered our understanding of the molecular basis and the development of therapies against these lethal outgrowths. We previously reported on the development of an all-human 3D ex vivo hepatic microphysiological system that reproduces several features of liver physiology and enables spontaneous dormancy in a subpopulation of breast cancer cells...
December 2, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910875/an-integrated-modelling-framework-from-cells-to-organism-based-on-a-cohort-of-digital-embryos
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Paul Villoutreix, Julien Delile, Barbara Rizzi, Louise Duloquin, Thierry Savy, Paul Bourgine, René Doursat, Nadine Peyriéras
We conducted a quantitative comparison of developing sea urchin embryos based on the analysis of five digital specimens obtained by automatic processing of in toto 3D+ time image data. These measurements served the reconstruction of a prototypical cell lineage tree able to predict the spatiotemporal cellular organisation of a normal sea urchin blastula. The reconstruction was achieved by designing and tuning a multi-level probabilistic model that reproduced embryo-level dynamics from a small number of statistical parameters characterising cell proliferation, cell surface area and cell volume evolution along the cell lineage...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910154/interferon-free-regimens-improve-portal-hypertension-and-histological-necroinflammation-in-hiv-hcv-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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P Schwabl, M Mandorfer, S Steiner, B Scheiner, D Chromy, M Herac, T Bucsics, H Hayden, K Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, A Ferlitsch, G Oberhuber, M Trauner, M Peck-Radosavljevic, T Reiberger
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV co-infected patients show accelerated fibrosis progression and higher risk for complications of portal hypertension (PHT). AIM: To assess the effects of interferon-free therapy on portal pressure, liver histology and plasma biomarkers in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with PHT. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with paired hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurements prior and after successful treatment (SVR) with interferon-free regimens were included...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909833/verification-of-a-virtual-fields-method-to-extract-the-mechanical-properties-of-human-optic-nerve-head-tissues-in-vivo
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Liang Zhang, Sri Gowtham Thakku, Meghna R Beotra, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, James C H Goh, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Michael J A Girard
We aimed to verify a custom virtual fields method (VFM) to estimate the patient-specific biomechanical properties of human optic nerve head (ONH) tissues, given their full-field deformations induced by intraocular pressure (IOP). To verify the accuracy of VFM, we first generated 'artificial' ONH displacements from predetermined (known) ONH tissue biomechanical properties using finite element analysis. Using such deformations, if we are able to match back the known biomechanical properties, it would indicate that our VFM technique is accurate...
December 1, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909498/shock-lead-dislodgement-related-to-its-small-hair-pin-curve-in-a-pocket-a-case-of-ratchet-syndrome
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Yuka Taguchi, Kohei Matsushita, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Yutaka Ogino, Hirooki Matsushita, Junya Hosoda, Katsumi Matsumoto, Satoshi Umemura
There have been few reports about ratchet syndrome. We report a case of ratchet syndrome caused by small hair-pin curve of lead that triggered the lead retract itself. A 69-year-old man with a past history of inferior wall myocardial infarction, presented with progressive congestive heart failure. He underwent implantation of cardiac resynchronization therapy with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (CRTD) at our hospital. At 33 days after implantation, shock lead dislodgement was revealed. X-ray showed that the lead tip was in left subclavian vein, leaving its screw out, and a large part of the proximal portion of the lead was retracted into the pocket, while the other two leads remained in appropriate positions and the device had not rotated...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909124/predicting-dissatisfaction-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-patients-under-55-years-of-age
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C E H Scott, W M Oliver, D MacDonald, F A Wade, M Moran, S J Breusch
AIMS: Risk of revision following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is higher in patients under 55 years, but little data are reported regarding non-revision outcomes. This study aims to identify predictors of dissatisfaction in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively assessed 177 TKAs (157 consecutive patients, 99 women, mean age 50 years; 17 to 54) from 2008 to 2013. Age, gender, implant, indication, body mass index (BMI), social deprivation, range of movement, Kellgren-Lawrence (KL) grade of osteoarthritis (OA) and prior knee surgery were recorded...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908892/resting-heart-rate-trajectory-pattern-predicts-arterial-stiffness-in-a-community-based-chinese-cohort
#18
Shuhua Chen, Weijuan Li, Cheng Jin, Anand Vaidya, Jingli Gao, Hui Yang, Shouling Wu, Xiang Gao
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether the long-term resting heart rate (RHR) pattern can predict the risk of having arterial stiffness in a large ongoing cohort study. APPROACH AND RESULTS: This community-based cohort included 12 554 participants in the Kailun study, who were free of myocardial infarction, stroke, arrhythmia, and cancer. We used latent mixture modeling to identify RHR trajectories in 2006, 2008, and 2010. We used multivariate linear regression model to examine the association between RHR trajectory patterns and the risk of having arterial stiffness, which was assessed by brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity in 2010 to 2016...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908486/an-inverse-method-to-determine-arterial-stiffness-with-guided-axial-waves
#19
Guo-Yang Li, Qiong He, Lin Jia, Ping He, Jianwen Luo, Yanping Cao
Many cardiovascular diseases can alter arterial stiffness; therefore, measurement of arterial wall stiffness can provide valuable information for both diagnosis of such diseases in the clinic and evaluation of the effectiveness of relevant drugs. However, quantitative assessment of the in vivo elastic properties of arterial walls in a non-invasive manner remains a great challenge. In this study, we found that the elastic modulus of the arterial wall can be extracted from the dispersion curve of the guided axial wave (GAW) measured using the ultrasound elastography method...
November 28, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908056/reconstruction-of-piano-hammer-force-from-string-velocity
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Antoine Chaigne
A method is presented for reconstructing piano hammer forces through appropriate filtering of the measured string velocity. The filter design is based on the analysis of the pulses generated by the hammer blow and propagating along the string. In the five lowest octaves, the hammer force is reconstructed by considering two waves only: the incoming wave from the hammer and its first reflection at the front end. For the higher notes, four- or eight-wave schemes must be considered. The theory is validated on simulated string velocities by comparing imposed and reconstructed forces...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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