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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352618/point-shear-wave-elastography-of-the-spleen-its-role-in-patients-with-portal-hypertension
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Natalie Lucchina, Chiara Recaldini, Monica Macchi, Valeria Molinelli, Mario Montanari, Sergio Segato, Raffaele Novario, Carlo Fugazzola
The goals of the study described here were to evaluate the feasibility and reproducibility of measuring spleen stiffness (SS) using point shear wave elastography in a series of cirrhotic patients and to investigate whether SS, liver stiffness (LS) and other non-invasive parameters are correlated with the presence of esophagogastric varices (EVs). Fifty-four cirrhotic patients with low-grade EVs or without EVs at esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy were enrolled. They underwent abdominal ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound of hepatic vessels simultaneously with p-SWE of the liver and spleen...
January 15, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352239/elucidating-the-mechanism-of-the-considerable-mechanical-stiffening-of-dna-induced-by-the-couple-zn2-calix-4-arene-1-3-o-diphosphorous-acid
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Yannick Tauran, Mehmet C Tarhan, Laurent Mollet, Jean Baptiste Gerves, Momoko Kumemura, Laurent Jalabert, Nicolas Lafitte, Ikjoo Byun, Beomjoon Kim, Hiroyuki Fujita, Dominique Collard, Florent Perret, Mickael Desbrosses, Didier Leonard, Christelle Goutaudier, Anthony W Coleman
The couple Calix[4]arene-1,3-O-diphosphorous acid (C4diP) and zinc ions (Zn2+) acts as a synergistic DNA binder. Silicon NanoTweezer (SNT) measurements show an increase in the mechanical stiffness of DNA bundles by a factor of >150, at Zn2+ to C4diP ratios above 8, as compared to Zinc alone whereas C4diP alone decreases the stiffness of DNA. Electroanalytical measurements using 3D printed devices demonstrate a progression of events in the assembly of C4diP on DNA promoted by zinc ions. A mechanism at the molecular level can be deduced in which C4diP initially coordinates to DNA by phosphate-phosphate hydrogen bonds or in the presence of Zn2+ by Zn2+ bridging coordination of the phosphate groups...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352073/right-ventricular-myofilament-functional-differences-in-humans-with-systemic-sclerosis-associated-versus-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Steven Hsu, Kristen M Kokkonen-Simon, Jonathan A Kirk, Todd M Kolb, Rachel L Damico, Stephen C Mathai, Monica Mukherjee, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Kenneth B Margulies, Paul M Hassoun, Marc K Halushka, Ryan J Tedford, David A Kass
Background -Patients with systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) have a far worse prognosis than those with idiopathic PAH (IPAH). In the intact heart, SSc-PAH exhibits depressed rest and reserve right ventricular (RV) contractility as compared to IPAH. We tested whether this disparity involves underlying differences in myofilament function. Methods -Cardiac myocytes were isolated from RV septal endomyocardial biopsies from patients with SSc-PAH, IPAH, or SSc with exertional dyspnea but no resting PAH (SSc-d); control RV septal tissue was obtained from non-diseased donor hearts (6-7/group)...
January 19, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351870/de-novo-generation-in-an-in-vivo-rat-model-and-biomechanical-characterization-of-autologous-transplants-for-ligament-and-tendon-reconstruction
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Marc Soubeyrand, Elisabeth Laemmel, Nathalie Maurel, Amadou Diop, Thierry Lazure, Jacques Duranteau, Eric Vicaut
BACKGROUND: Surgical reconstruction of ligaments and tendons is frequently required in clinical practice. The commonly used autografts, allografts, or synthetic transplants present limitations in terms of availability, biocompatibility, cost, and mechanical properties that tissue bioengineering aims to overcome. It classically combines an exogenous extracellular matrix with cells, but this approach remains complex and expensive. Using a rat model, we tested a new bioengineering strategy for the in vivo and de novo generation of autologous grafts without the addition of extracellular matrix or cells, and analyzed their biomechanical and structural properties...
December 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351822/influence-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-the-functional-aspects-of-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Andressa Silva, Marco Túlio Mello, Paula Regina Serrão, Roberta Pitta Luz, Franciele Ruiz, Lia Rita Bittencourt, Sergio Tufik, Stela Márcia Mattiello
STUDY OBJECTIVES: It has been demonstrated in recent studies that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most prevalent sleep disorder in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), and thus the current study aimed to investigate the influence of OSA on knee extensor torque, pain, stiffness, and physical function in men with low-grade knee OA. METHODS: The study included 60 male volunteers, aged 40 to 70 years, allocated into four groups: Group 1 (G1) Control (n = 15): without OA and without OSA; Group 2 (G2) (n = 15): with OA and without OSA; Group 3 (G3) (n = 15): without OA and with OSA; and Group 4 (G4) (n = 15) with OA and with OSA...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351482/suppression-of-gut-dysbiosis-reverses-western-diet-induced-vascular-dysfunction
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Micah L Battson, Dustin M Lee, Dillon K Jarrell, Shuofei Hou, Kayl E Ecton, Tiffany L Weir, Christopher L Gentile
OBJECTIVE: Vascular dysfunction represents a critical pre-clinical step in the development of cardiovascular disease. We examined the role of the gut microbiota in the development of obesity-related vascular dysfunction. Approach and Results. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed either a standard diet (SD) (n=12) or western diet (WD) (n=24) for 5m, after which time, WD mice were randomized to receive either un-supplemented drinking water or water containing a broad-spectrum antibiotic cocktail (WD+Abx) (n=12/group) for 2m...
December 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351429/removal-of-interscapular-brown-adipose-tissue-increases-aortic-stiffness-despite-normal-systemic-glucose-metabolism-in-mice
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Zachary Ian Grunewald, Nathan C Winn, Michelle L Gastecki, Makenzie L Woodford, James R Ball, Sarah A Hansen, Harold S Sacks, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, Jaume Padilla
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is considered protective against obesity and related cardiometabolic dysfunction. Indeed, activation of BAT improves glucose homeostasis and attenuates cardiovascular disease development. However, whether a reduction in BAT mass perturbs metabolic function and increases risk for cardiovascular disease remains largely unknown. To address this question, C57BL/6J male mice underwent sham or surgical bilateral excision of interscapular BAT (iBATx) and were fed a normal chow or Western diet (WD) for 18 weeks, creating four groups (n=10/group)...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351426/the-effects-of-heat-and-cold-on-health-with-special-reference-to-finnish-sauna-bathing
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Ilkka Heinonen, Jari A Laukkanen
Environmental stress such as extremely warm or cold temperature is often considered a challenge to human health and body homeostasis. However, human body can adapt relatively well to heat and cold environments and recent studies have also elucidated that particularly heat stress might be even highly beneficial for human health. Consequently, the aim of the present brief review is first to discuss general cardiovascular and other responses to acute heat stress, followed by a review of beneficial effects of Finnish sauna bathing on general and cardiovascular health and mortality as well as dementia and Alzheimer's disease risk...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351240/machine-learning-and-infrared-thermography-for-fiber-orientation-assessment-on-randomly-oriented-strands-parts
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Henrique Fernandes, Hai Zhang, Alisson Figueiredo, Fernando Malheiros, Luis Henrique Ignacio, Stefano Sfarra, Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Gilmar Guimaraes, Xavier Maldague
The use of fiber reinforced materials such as randomly-oriented strands has grown in recent years, especially for manufacturing of aerospace composite structures. This growth is mainly due to their advantageous properties: they are lighter and more resistant to corrosion when compared to metals and are more easily shaped than continuous fiber composites. The resistance and stiffness of these materials are directly related to their fiber orientation. Thus, efficient approaches to assess their fiber orientation are in demand...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351058/development-and-characterization-of-an-in-vitro-model-for-radiation-induced-fibrosis
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Dhruv Kumar, Sreeya Yalamanchali, Jacob New, Sean Parsel, Natalie New, Andrew Holcomb, Sumedha Gunewardena, Ossama Tawfik, Chris Lominska, Bruce F Kimler, Shrikant Anant, Kiran Kakarala, Terance Tsue, Yelizaveta Shnayder, Kevin Sykes, Subhash Padhye, Sufi Mary Thomas
Radiation-induced fibrosis (RIF) is a major side effect of radiotherapy in cancer patients with no effective therapeutic options. RIF involves excess deposition and aberrant remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) leading to stiffness in tissues and organ failure. Development of preclinical models of RIF is crucial to elucidate the molecular mechanisms regulating fibrosis and to develop therapeutic approaches. In addition to radiation, the main molecular perpetrators of fibrotic reactions are cytokines, including transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)...
January 19, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350332/sleep-in-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-non-radiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis-associations-with-disease-activity-gender-and-mood
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Alison Wadeley, Emily Clarke, Shaaron Leverment, Raj Sengupta
The study aims were to assess the prevalence of good or poor sleep in a cohort of axial spondyloarthritis patients and to investigate its correlation with a range of objectively and subjectively measured variables in order to develop a model for distinguishing good from poor sleepers. Five hundred ninety-eight patients with ankylosing spondylitis and 61 with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis completed the Jenkins Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire. Measures of disease activity, mobility, function, mood, fatigue, quality of life, work productivity, night-time pain and general health were gathered...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350311/shear-wave-elastography-and-afirma%C3%A2-gene-expression-classifier-in-thyroid-nodules-with-indeterminate-cytology-a-comparison-study
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Ghobad Azizi, James M Keller, Michelle L Mayo, Kelé Piper, David Puett, Karly M Earp, Carl D Malchoff
PURPOSE: To compare shear wave elastography (SWE) and Afirma™ gene expression classifier (GEC) for diagnosis of malignancy in thyroid nodules (TNs) with Bethesda Classification (BC) III or IV indeterminate cytology. METHODS: This preliminary single-center prospective study was approved by the Institutional Review Board. We evaluated 151 consented patients with 151 indeterminate TNs (123 BC III, 28 BC IV) on fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB). B-mode ultrasound, vascularity, and SWE were performed prior to FNAB...
January 19, 2018: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350286/changes-of-fibroscan-apri-and-fib-4-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-with-significant-liver-histological-changes-receiving-3-year-entecavir-therapy
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Qiang Li, Liang Chen, Yu Zhou
Noninvasive fibrosis tests have been used widely for evaluation of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). We aimed to investigate the influence of antiviral treatment on FibroScan, APRI, and FIB-4 in CHB patients with significant liver histological changes (SLHC) defined as inflammatory grade ≥ A2 and/or fibrosis stage ≥ F2. A total of 104 CHB patients with SLHC at the baseline were included. FibroScan, APRI, and FIB-4 values were compared before and after 3-year entecavir (ETV) treatment...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350093/thiobarbituric-acid-reactive-substances-relate-to-arterial-stiffness-and-blood-pressure-in-6-to-8-year-old-boys-stratified-by-maternal-risk
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Ashleigh Craig, Catharina M C Mels, Ruan Kruger
Early cardiovascular disease (CVD) onset can be inflicted by familial cardiovascular and lifestyle risk factors. We aimed to compare phenotypic characteristics and explore associations between oxidative stress and vascular function in boys stratified by maternal cardiovascular and lifestyle risk. We included 40 Black and 41 White boys (ages 6-8 years), along with the biological mother of each child. The study population was divided into two groups (nonmaternal risk vs. maternal risk) according to maternal risk predetermined by their selfreported cardiovascular and lifestyle risk factors...
January 19, 2018: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349993/-accurate-osteotomy-assisted-by-individualized-navigation-templates-for-the-treatment-of-children-cubitus-varus
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Peng-Fei Zheng, Jie Chen, Xu Peng Xux, Bo Jiang, Qing-Qiang Yao, Li-Ming Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility and accuracy of a new navigation template for osteotomy in cubitus varus based on computer assistant design and 3D printing technology. METHODS: The preoperative CT images of 15 children with cubitus varus from June 2015 to June 2016 were collected. According to the above data, the individual osteotomy navigate template match the distal humerus was designed by the software and printed by the 3D printer. Accurate osteotomy was performed with the assistant of the navigate template in the operation...
April 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349831/aortic-dysfunction-in-metabolic-syndrome-mediated-by-perivascular-adipose-tissue-tnf%C3%AE-and-nox2-dependent-pathway
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Evan DeVallance, Kayla W Branyan, Kent Lemaster, I Mark Olfert, David M Smith, Emidio E Pistilli, Jefferson C Frisbee, Paul D Chantler
AIMS: Perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) is recognized for its vaso-active effects, however it's unclear how Metabolic Syndrome impact thoracic-aorta (t)PVAT and the subsequent effect on functional and structural aortic stiffness. METHODS & RESULTS: Thoracic aorta and tPVAT were removed from 16-17 week old lean (LZR, n = 16) and obese Zucker (OZR, n = 16) rats. OZR presented with aortic endothelial dysfunction, assessed by wire-myography, and increased aortic stiffness, assessed by elastic modulus...
January 18, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349703/matrix-stiffness-the-conductor-of-organ-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Alba Santos, David Lagares
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Organ fibrosis is a lethal component of scleroderma. The hallmark of scleroderma fibrosis is extensive extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition by activated myofibroblasts, specialized hyper-contractile cells that promote ECM remodeling and matrix stiffening. The purpose of this review is to discuss novel mechanistic insight into myofibroblast activation in scleroderma. RECENT FINDINGS: Matrix stiffness, traditionally viewed as an end point of organ fibrosis, is now recognized as a critical regulator of tissue fibrogenesis that hijacks the normal physiologic wound-healing program to promote organ fibrosis...
January 19, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349679/autoimmune-encephalitis-associated-with-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies-a-case-series
#18
Faruk Incecik, Ozlem M Herguner, Seyda Besen, Mustafa Yılmaz
Antibodies against glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) are associated with various neurologic conditions described in patients including stiff person syndrome, cerebellar ataxia, refractory epilepsy, limbic and extralimbic encephalitis. GAD antibodies-related limbic encephalitis cases are well described; reports of extralimbic involvement are limited. We describe four cases of GAD antibody-related autoimmune encephalitis. Three of them had extralimbic involvement and only one had limbic encephalitis.
January 18, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349582/can-we-evaluate-the-levator-ani-after-kegel-exercise-in-women-with-pelvic-organ-prolapse-by-transperineal-elastography-a-preliminary-study
#19
Meng Xie, Xuyin Zhang, Xiaodan Zhang, Wenping Wang, Keqin Hua
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the stiffness variation of the levator ani in patients with stage I/II pelvic organ prolapse (POP) before and after Kegel exercises by transperineal elastography. METHODS: A total of 20 patients who were diagnosed with staged I/II POP underwent conventional transperineal ultrasound and elastography. For each patient, the levator ani was located and evaluated in the state of Valsalva. After Kegel exercises for 12 weeks, transperineal ultrasound and elastography were repeated...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349502/a-biomechanical-comparison-of-different-fixation-techniques-for-fractures-of-the-acetabular-posterior-wall
#20
Xinbao Wu
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the biomechanical stability of different fixation techniques for fractures of the acetabular posterior wall. The hypothesis was that a reconstruction plate, combined with compression screw fixation and a plate placed lateral to the screws, would achieve a higher peak load to failure and stiffness and reduced gapping during cycle loading than other fixation techniques. METHODS: A total of 24 Sawbone pelvis models were created with simulated fractures at the posterior wall of the acetabulum...
January 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
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