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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342828/-resistance-training-for-muscle-weakness-in-multiple-sclerosis-direct-versus-contralateral-approach-in-individuals-with-ankle-dorsiflexors-disparity-in-strength
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Andrea Manca, Maria Paola Cabboi, Daniele Dragone, Francesca Ginatempo, Enzo Ortu, Edoardo Rosario De Natale, Beniamina Mercante, Giovanni Mureddu, Guido Bua, Franca Deriu
OBJECTIVE: To compare effects of contralateral strength training (CST) versus direct strength training (DST) of the more-affected ankle dorsiflexors on muscle performance and clinical-functional outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibiting inter-limb strength asymmetry. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with relapsing-remitting MS and mild-to-moderate disability (EDSS≤6) presenting with ankle dorsiflexors' strength disparity...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337412/differential-involvement-of-corticospinal-tract-cst-fibers-in-umn-predominant-als-patients-with-or-without-cst-hyperintensity-a-diffusion-tensor-tractography-study
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Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, Erik P Pioro
Diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) depends on clinical evidence of combined upper motor neuron (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration, although ALS patients can present with features predominantly of one or the other. Some UMN-predominant patients show hyperintense signal along the intracranial corticospinal tract (CST) on T2- and proton density (PD)-weighted images (ALS-CST +), and appear to have faster disease progression when compared to those without CST hyperintensity (ALS-CST -)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334750/ctc1-mediated-c-strand-fill-in-is-an-essential-step-in-telomere-length-maintenance
#3
Xuyang Feng, Shih-Jui Hsu, Christopher Kasbek, Mary Chaiken, Carolyn M Price
To prevent progressive telomere shortening as a result of conventional DNA replication, new telomeric DNA must be added onto the chromosome end. The de novo DNA synthesis involves elongation of the G-rich strand of the telomere by telomerase. In human cells, the CST complex (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) also functions in telomere replication. CST first aids in duplication of the telomeric dsDNA. Then after telomerase has extended the G-rich strand, CST facilitates fill-in synthesis of the complementary C-strand. Here, we analyze telomere structure after disruption of human CTC1 and demonstrate that functional CST is essential for telomere length maintenance due to its role in mediating C-strand fill-in...
February 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333879/intravitreal-aflibercept-injection-for-choroidal-neovascularization-due-to-presumed-ocular-histoplasmosis-syndrome-the-handle-study
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Brian W Toussaint, John W Kitchens, Dennis M Marcus, Daniel M Miller, Megan L Kingdon, Diana Holcomb, Ken Ivey
PURPOSE: To evaluate intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI) in patients with presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome and choroidal neovascularization. METHODS: Open-label randomized Phase I/II study of IAI in patients with presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome-related choroidal neovascularization. Thirty-nine eyes from 39 patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to 2 groups. The Sustained Group eyes (n = 19) underwent monthly IAI for 3 months, then mandatory IAI every 2 months for 12 months (with an option for monthly PRN dosing, if needed)...
March 22, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332876/evaluation-and-management-of-adrenal-insufficiency-in-critically-ill-patientsdisease-state-review
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Amir H Hamrahian, Maria Fleseriu
Definition of normal adrenal function in critically ill patients remains controversial, despite a large body of literature. Furthermore, evaluation of adrenal function in these patients is complex. A decrease in cortisol breakdown rather than an increase in cortisol production has been suggested as the main contributor to elevated cortisol levels in critically ill patients. The concept of relative adrenal insufficiency has multiple pathophysiological flaws and is not supported by current evidence. Patients with septic shock who are pressor-dependent or refractory to fluid resuscitation should receive a short course of hydrocortisone regardless of their serum cortisol levels or their response to a Cosyntropin stimulation test (CST)...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328713/the-effect-of-standard-strength-vs-contrast-strength-training-on-the-development-of-sprint-agility-repeated-change-of-direction-and-jump-in-junior-male-soccer-players
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Mehréz Hammami, Yassine Negra, Roy J Shephard, Mohamed Souhaiel Chelly
Hammami, M, Negra, Y, Shephard, RJ, and Chelly, MS. The effect of standard strength vs. contrast strength training on the development of sprint, agility, repeated change of direction, and jump in junior male soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 31(4): 901-912, 2017-The aim was to compare the impact of 2 differing strength training (ST) programs on the athletic performance of junior male soccer players at a critical phase during their competitive season. Participants aged 16.0 ± 0.5 years were randomly assigned between control (C, n = 12), standard ST (n = 16), and contrast strength training (CST, n = 16), each performed twice a week...
April 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327184/catestatin-vasostatin-cortisol-and-pain-assessments-in-dogs-suffering-from-traumatic-bone-fractures
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Thanikul Srithunyarat, Ragnvi Hagman, Odd V Höglund, Mats Stridsberg, Ulf Olsson, Jeanette Hanson, Chalermkwan Nonthakotr, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt, Ann Pettersson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic bone fractures cause moderate to severe pain, which needs to be minimized for optimal recovery and animal welfare, illustrating the need for reliable objective pain biomarkers for use in a clinical setting. The objectives of this study were to investigate catestatin (CST) and vasostatin (VS) concentrations as two new potential biomarkers, and cortisol concentrations, scores of the short form of the Glasgow composite measure pain scale (CMPS-SF), and visual analog scale (VAS) in dogs suffering from traumatic bone fractures before and after morphine administration in comparison with healthy dogs...
March 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323088/localization-of-the-corticospinal-tract-within-the-porcine-spinal-cord-implications-for-experimental-modeling-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Victoria Leonard, Joshua York Menendez, Betty Maki Pat, Mark N Hadley, Candace Lorraine Floyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers have predominately utilized rodents for SCI modeling and experimentation. Unfortunately, a large number of novel therapies developed in rodent models have failed to demonstrate efficacy in human clinical trials which suggests that improved animal models are an important translational tool. Recently, porcine models of SCI have been identified as a valuable intermediary model for preclinical evaluation of promising therapies to aid clinical translation. However, the localization of the major spinal tracts in pigs has not yet been described...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306736/identifying-predictive-motor-factors-for-falls-in-post-menopausal-breast-cancer-survivors
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Marek Zak, Malgorzata Biskup, Pawel Macek, Halina Krol, Szymon Krupnik, Anna Opuchlik
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer treatment, including radical surgery, is also pursued as late as the 7th - 8th decade of women's lives. Standard physical rehabilitation procedures offered to those women are predominantly focused on attenuating specific functional deficits of the upper limb and trunk. Seldom do they entail any regimens specifically aimed at recovering overall functionality, and reducing exposure to falls-risk. The study aimed to assess potential interrelationships between the self-reported falls, individual functional capabilities and appreciably reducing exposure to falls-risk in a group of post-menopausal, post-surgical breast cancer survivors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304290/the-efficacy-of-emotion-recognition-rehabilitation-for-people-with-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease
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J Antonio García-Casal, Miguel Goñi-Imizcoz, M Victoria Perea-Bartolomé, Felipe Soto-Pérez, Sarah Jane Smith, Sara Calvo-Simal, Manuel Franco-Martín
BACKGROUND: The ability to recognize emotional expression is essential for social interactions, adapting to the environment and quality of life. Emotion recognition is impaired in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD), thus rehabilitation of these skills has the potential to elicit significant benefits. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to establish whether emotion recognition capacity could be rehabilitated in people with AD. METHODS: Thirty-six participants with AD were assigned to one of three conditions: an experimental group (EG) that received 20 sessions of rehabilitation of emotion recognition and 20 sessions of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST), a control group (CG) that received 40 sessions of CST, and a treatment as usual group (TAU)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297035/short-term-effects-of-early-switching-to-ranibizumab-or-aflibercept-in-diabetic-macular-edema-cases-with-non-response-to-bevacizumab
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Mohammed Ashraf, Ahmed A R Souka, Hassan ElKayal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To study the effect of early switching to ranibizumab (Lucentis; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) or aflibercept (Eylea; Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY) in cases of diabetic macular edema (DME) that have shown no response to bevacizumab (Avastin; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study involving 59 eyes of 45 patients with DME previously treated with bevacizumab. Patients were switched either to ranibizumab or aflibercept...
March 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293701/diffusion-tensor-imaging-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-motor-recovery-and-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Josep Puig, Gerard Blasco, Gottfried Schlaug, Cathy M Stinear, Pepus Daunis-I-Estadella, Carles Biarnes, Jaume Figueras, Joaquín Serena, Maria Hernández-Pérez, Angel Alberich-Bayarri, Mar Castellanos, David S Liebeskind, Andrew M Demchuk, Bijoy K Menon, Götz Thomalla, Kambiz Nael, Max Wintermark, Salvador Pedraza
PURPOSE: Despite improved acute treatment and new tools to facilitate recovery, most patients have motor deficits after stroke, often causing disability. However, motor impairment varies considerably among patients, and recovery in the acute/subacute phase is difficult to predict using clinical measures alone, particularly in severely impaired patients. Accurate early prediction of recovery would help rationalize rehabilitation goals and improve the design of trials testing strategies to facilitate recovery...
March 14, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291592/white-matter-and-cortical-changes-in-atypical-parkinsonisms-a-multimodal-quantitative-mr-study
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Stefano Zanigni, Stefania Evangelisti, Claudia Testa, David N Manners, Giovanna Calandra-Buonaura, Maria Guarino, Anna Gabellini, Laura Ludovica Gramegna, Giulia Giannini, Luisa Sambati, Pietro Cortelli, Raffaele Lodi, Caterina Tonon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate white matter and cortical changes in patients with parkinsonisms and healthy controls (HC), applying both hypothesis-free and regions of interest (ROI)-based advanced brain MR analyses. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy - Richardson's Syndrome (PSP-RS), nine with cerebellar and nine with parkinsonian Multiple System Atrophy variants (MSA-C and MSA-P), forty-seven with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and twenty-seven HC underwent a 1...
March 6, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289648/diagnostic-challenge-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-a-patient-with-hemiplegia-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Hye Eun Shin, Hoon Chang Suh, Si Hyun Kang, Kyung Mook Seo, Don-Kyu Kim, Hae-Won Shin
A 51-year-old man showed hemiplegia on his right side after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). On initial brain computed tomography (CT) scan, an acute subdural hemorrhage in the right cerebral convexity and severe degrees of midline shifting and subfalcine herniation to the left side were evident. On follow-up brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), there were multiple microhemorrhages in the left parietal and occipital subcortical regions. To explain the occurrence of right hemiplegia after brain damage which dominantly on the right side of brain, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to reconstruct the corticospinal tract (CST), which showed nearly complete injury on the left CST...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288889/cardiac-stress-testing-during-workup-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-is-not-associated-with-improved-patient-outcomes
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Benjamin S Brooke, Mark R Sarfati, Yingying Zhang, Yue Zhang, Angela P Presson, Tom H Greene, Larry W Kraiss
BACKGROUND: Cardiac stress testing (CST) is commonly used to help determine whether patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are better candidates for open vs. endovascular repair, although it is unknown whether use of CST achieves its goal of optimizing patient selection and postoperative outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 3,635 patients in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) database (2010- 2012) with an AAA ≥ 5.0cm who were candidates for either open or endovascular AAA repair...
March 10, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287324/the-effect-of-a-home-delivery-meal-service-of-energy-and-protein-rich-meals-on-quality-of-life-in-malnourished-outpatients-suffering-from-lung-cancer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Eva Leedo, Josephine Gade, Sabrina Granov, Anders Mellemgaard, Tobias Wirenfeldt Klausen, Katrine Rask, Arne Astrup
Undernutrition is prevalent in cancer patients and associated with increased incidence of complications and mortality. We investigated the effects of a home delivery meal service, providing a selection of energy-dense, protein-rich meals, on quality of life (QoL) in malnourished lung cancer patients. Forty lung cancer patients with nutritional risk score ≥3 (NRS-2002) were randomized to control or intervention. The intervention group was offered energy- and protein-rich main meals and snacks, delivered 3 times per week...
April 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286241/prognostic-indicators-for-decrease-in-tinnitus-severity-after-cervical-physical-therapy-in-patients-with-cervicogenic-somatic-tinnitus
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S Michiels, P Van de Heyning, S Truijen, A Hallemans, W De Hertogh
BACKGROUND: Tinnitus can be related to many different aetiologies such as hearing loss or a noise trauma, but it can also be related to the somatosensory system of the cervical spine, called cervicogenic somatic tinnitus(CST). Recently, a positive effect of multi-modal cervical physical therapy on tinnitus severity in patients with CST was demonstrated. To date however, the outcome of the intervention cannot be predicted. OBJECTIVE: To identify prognostic indicators for decrease in tinnitus severity after cervical physical therapy in patients with CST...
March 6, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284603/efficacy-evaluation-of-the-c-strain-based-vaccines-against-the-subgenotype-2-1d-classical-swine-fever-virus-emerging-in-china
#18
Yuzi Luo, Shengwei Ji, Jian-Lin Lei, Guang-Tao Xiang, Yan Liu, Yao Gao, Xing-Yu Meng, Guanglai Zheng, En-Yu Zhang, Yimin Wang, Ming-Liang Du, Yongfeng Li, Su Li, Xi-Jun He, Yuan Sun, Hua-Ji Qiu
Classical swine fever (CSF) is a devastating infectious disease of pigs caused by classical swine fever virus (CSFV). The disease has been controlled following extensive vaccination with the lapinized attenuated vaccine C-strain for decades in China. However, frequent CSF outbreaks occurred recently in a large number of C-strain-vaccinated pig farms in China and a new subgenotype 2.1d of CSFV has been reported to be responsible for the outbreaks. Here we analyzed the molecular variations and antigenic differences among the C-strain-based commercial vaccines of different origins from different manufacturers in China, and reevaluated the vaccines against the emerging subgenotype 2...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275962/formation-of-surface-nanodroplets-of-viscous-liquids-by-solvent-exchange
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Brendan Dyett, Haitao Yu, Xuehua Zhang
Surface nanodroplets are essential units for many compartmentalised processes from catalysis, liquid-liquid reactions, crystallization, wetting and more. Current techniques for producing submicron droplets are mainly based on top-down approaches, which are increasingly limited as scale reduces. Herein, solvent exchange is demonstrated as a simple solution-based approach for the formation of surface nanodroplets with intermediate and extremely high viscosity (1 000 000 cSt). By solvent exchange, the viscous droplet liquid dissolves in a good solvent that is then displaced by a poor solvent to yield surface droplets for the oversaturaion pulse at the mixing front...
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274177/high-quality-fuel-from-food-waste-investigation-of-a-stepwise-process-from-the-perspective-of-technology-development
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Ke Yin, Ling Li, Apostolos Giannis, Piyarat Weerachanchai, Bernard J H Ng, Jing-Yuan Wang
A stepwise process (SP) was developed for sustainable energy production from food waste (FW). The process comprised of hydrothermal treatment followed by oil upgrading. Synthetic food waste was primarily used as feedstock in the hydrothermal reactor under subcritical water conditions. The produced hydrochars were analyzed for calorific value (17.0-33.7 MJ/kg) and elemental composition indicating high-quality fuel comparable to coal. Hydrothermal carbonization (e.g. 180°C) would be efficient for oil recovery (>90%) from FW, as compared to hydrothermal liquefaction (320°C) whereby lipid degradation may take place...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Technology
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