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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899065/comparison-of-self-reported-and-performance-based-measures-of-functional-ability-in-elderly-patients-in-an-emergency-department-implications-for-selection-of-clinical-outcome-measures
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Louise M Nielsen, Hans Kirkegaard, Lisa G Østergaard, Karina Bovbjerg, Kasper Breinholt, Thomas Maribo
BACKGROUND: Assessment of functional ability in elderly patients is often based on self-reported rather than performance-based measures. This study aims to compare self-reported and performance-based measures of functional ability in a population of elderly patients at an emergency department (ED). METHODS: Participants were 61 patients aged 65 years and above admitted to an ED. The self-reported measure used was the Barthel-20; the performance-based measures were Timed Up and Go (TUG); 30s-Chair Stand Test (30s-CST) and Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) with the two scales; motor and process...
November 29, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888085/high-definition-fiber-tractography-in-evaluation-and-surgical-planning-of-thalamopeduncular-pilocytic-astrocytomas-in-pediatric-population-case-series-and-review-of-literature
#2
Emrah Celtikci, Pinar Celtikci, David Tiago Fernandes-Cabral, Murat Ucar, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, Alp Ozgun Borcek
OBJECTIVE: Thalamopeduncular tumors (TPTs) of the childhood present a challenge for neurosurgeons due to their eloquent location. Preoperative fiber tracking provides total or near-total resection, without additional neurological deficit. High-definition fiber tractography (HDFT) is an advanced white matter imaging technique derived from magnetic resonance imaging diffusion data, shown to overcome limitation of diffusion tensor imaging. We aimed to investigate alterations of corticospinal tract (CST) and medial lemniscus (ML) caused by TPTs and to demonstrate the application of HDFT in preoperative planning...
November 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887883/nanoprecipitated-catestatin-released-from-pharmacologically-active-microcarriers-pams-exerts-pro-survival-effects-on-msc
#3
C Angotti, M C Venier-Julienne, C Penna, S Femminò, L Sindji, C Paniagua, C N Montero-Menei, P Pagliaro
Catestatin (CST), a fragment of Chromogranin-A, exerts angiogenic, arteriogenic, vasculogenic and cardioprotective effects. CST is a very promising agent for revascularization purposes, in "NO-OPTION" patients. However, peptides have a very short half-life after administration and must be conveniently protected. Fibronectin-coated pharmacologically active microcarriers (FN-PAM), are biodegradable and biocompatible polymeric microspheres that can convey mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) and therapeutic proteins delivered in a prolonged manner...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876683/preferences-of-referring-physicians-regarding-the-role-of-radiologists-as-direct-communicators-of-test-results
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Nuri Erdoğan, Hakan İmamoğlu, Süreyya Burcu Görkem, Serap Doğan, Serkan Şenol, Ahmet Öztürk
PURPOSE: Currently, there is a growing need for patient-centered radiology in which radiologists communicate with patients directly. The aim of this study is to investigate the preferences of referring physicians (RPs) regarding direct communication between radiologists and patients. METHODS: This study was conducted in a single academic hospital using a survey form. The survey items investigated the preferences of RPs regarding: 1. who should be the communicator of test results when a patient with abnormal findings requests information (the options were the radiologist; another health professional with communication skills training (CST); and the RP with CST); and 2...
November 23, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875486/evaluation-of-corneal-deformation-parameters-provided-by-the-corvis-st-tonometer-after-trabeculectomy
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Yuan Zong, Na Wu, Zhixuan Fu, Xiangmei Kong
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to evaluate how the corneal deformation parameters provided by the Corvis ST tonometer (CST) were influenced by pressure-lowering ocular surgery, and to determine the correlations of intraocular pressure (IOP) and axial length (AL) with CST corneal deformation parameters. METHODS: This prospective 1-month study enrolled 22 subjects (22 eyes) who underwent trabeculectomy combined with mitomycin C. The corneal deformation parameters were measured using the CST...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863469/changes-in-intraocular-pressure-values-measured-with-noncontact-tonometer-nct-ocular-response-analyzer-ora-and-corvis-scheimpflug-technology-tonometer-cst-in-the-early-phase-after-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-smile
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Yang Shen, Xiangjian Su, Xiu Liu, Huamao Miao, Xuejun Fang, Xingtao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Corneal biomechanical properties are always compromised after corneal refractive surgeries thus leading to underestimated intraocular pressure (IOP) that complicates the management of IOP. We investigated the changes in postoperative baseline of IOP values measured with noncontact tonometer (NCT), ocular response analyzer (ORA) and corvis scheimpflug technology (CST) in the early phase after small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). METHODS: Twenty-two eyes (-6...
November 18, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861309/pilot-study-of-corneal-sensitivity-and-its-association-in-keratoconus
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Preeji S Mandathara, Fiona J Stapleton, Jim Kokkinakis, Mark D P Willcox
PURPOSE: To evaluate corneal sensitivity and its association with other clinical parameters in keratoconus. METHODS: Twenty-four subjects with keratoconus aged between 18 and 65 years were recruited in this cross-sectional study. Ocular symptoms, corneal topography, tear variables such as tear osmolarity, volume and lower tear meniscus height, ocular surface staining, central sensitivity threshold (CST), and corneal subepithelial nerve mapping were obtained. Association between central CST and other clinical variables was examined using the Spearman correlation coefficient...
November 16, 2016: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858937/intravitreal-dexamethasone-implant-for-recurrent-cystoid-macular-edema-due-to-irvine-gass-syndrome-a-prospective-case-series
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A Sudhalkar, J Chhablani, A Vasavada, D Bhojwani, V Vasavada, S Vasavada
PurposeTo determine the preliminary efficacy and safety of off-label dexamethasone implant for treatment of recurrent cystoid macular edema (CME) secondary to Irvine-Gass syndrome (IGS).Patients and methodsThis study was set in Raghudeep Eye Clinic, Ahmedabad and LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad (India). It is a Prospective Case Series. Prospective case series comprising of patients with uncomplicated pseudophakia and CME due to IGS who recurred after one course of topical steroids with NSAIDS and a sub-Tenon corticosteroid injection...
November 18, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857728/harnessing-neural-activity-to-promote-repair-of-the-damaged-corticospinal-system-after-spinal-cord-injury
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John H Martin
As most spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are incomplete, an important target for promoting neural repair and recovery of lost motor function is to promote the connections of spared descending spinal pathways with spinal motor circuits. Among the pathways, the corticospinal tract (CST) is most associated with skilled voluntary functions in humans and many animals. CST loss, whether at its origin in the motor cortex or in the white matter tracts subcortically and in the spinal cord, leads to movement impairments and paralysis...
September 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856938/does-corticospinal-tract-connectivity-influence-the-response-to-intensive-bimanual-therapy-in-children-with-unilateral-cerebral-palsy
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Ana R P Smorenburg, Andrew M Gordon, Hsing-Ching Kuo, Claudio L Ferre, Marina Brandao, Yannick Bleyenheuft, Jason B Carmel, Kathleen M Friel
Background Reorganization of the corticospinal tract (CST) can occur in unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). The affected hand can be controlled via (1) typical contralateral projections from the lesioned hemisphere, (2) ipsilateral projections from the nonlesioned hemisphere, and (3) a combination of contralateral and ipsilateral projections (ie, bilateral). Intensive bimanual therapy and constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) improve hand function of children with USCP. Earlier it was suggested that the CST connectivity pattern may influence the efficacy of CIMT...
November 17, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853964/brain-pathway-differences-between-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-and-without-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
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Mina Ansari, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mahsa Dolatshahi, Atefe Pooyan, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
PURPOSE: REM (rapid eye movement) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is characterized by increased muscle tone and violent limb movements and is a usual symptom of the early stages of Parkinson's disease (PD). PD patients with RBD represent faster motor and cognitive dysfunction progression. However, there are limited studies on possible structural brain changes underpinning this disorder. METHODS: Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (DMRI) was used to assess whether microstructural abnormalities in the brain of 23 RBD positive PD are detectable compared to 31 RBD negative PD...
November 16, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847626/correlation-of-biomarkers-thiobarbituric-acid-reactive-substance-nitric-oxide-and-central-subfield-and-cube-average-thickness-in-diabetic-retinopathy-a-cross-sectional-study
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Surabhi Ruia, Sandeep Saxena, S Prasad, Shashi R Sharma, Levent Akduman, Vinay K Khanna
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the role of thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) and nitric oxide (NO) as biochemical biomarkers and central subfield (CST) and cube average thickness (CAT) as biomarkers for medical imaging in diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: Forty consecutive cases of diabetic retinopathy and 20 healthy controls were included. Cases were divided into two groups: non proliferative diabetic retinopathy (n = 20) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (n = 20) according to ETDRS classification...
2016: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845741/cst-an-herbal-formula-exerts-anti-obesity-effects-through-brain-gut-adipose-tissue-axis-modulation-in-high-fat-diet-fed-mice
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AbuZar Ansari, Shambhunath Bose, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, Jing-Hua Wang, Yun-Kyung Song, Seong-Gyu Ko, Hojun Kim
The brain, gut, and adipose tissue interact to control metabolic pathways, and impairment in the brain-gut-adipose axis can lead to metabolic disorders, including obesity. Chowiseungcheng-tang (CST), a herbal formulation, is frequently used to treat metabolic disorders. Here, we investigated the anti-obesity effect of CST and its link with brain-gut-adipose axis using C57BL/6J mice as a model. The animals were provided with a normal research diet (NRD) or high-fat diet (HFD) in absence or presence of CST or orlistat (ORL) for 12 weeks...
November 11, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835648/mtv-an-ssdna-protecting-complex-essential-for-transposon-based-telomere-maintenance-in-drosophila
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Yi Zhang, Liang Zhang, Xiaona Tang, Shilpa R Bhardwaj, Jingyun Ji, Yikang S Rong
Multiple complexes protect telomeres. In telomerase-maintained organisms, Shelterin related complexes occupy the duplex region while the CST and Tpp1-Pot1 complexes bind the single stranded overhang of telomeres. Drosophila uses a transposon-based mechanism for end protection. We showed that the HOAP-HipHop complex occupies the duplex region. Whether an ssDNA-binding complex exists is not known. Here we discover a novel protein, Tea, that is specifically enriched at telomeres to prevent telomere fusion. We also identify a complex consisting of Tea and two known capping proteins, Ver and Moi...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833398/intersections-of-critical-systems-thinking-and-community-based-participatory-research-a-learning-organization-example-with-the-autistic-community
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Dora M Raymaker
Critical systems thinking (CST) and community based participatory research (CBPR) are distinct approaches to inquiry which share a primary commitment to holism and human emancipation, as well as common grounding in critical theory and emancipatory and pragmatic philosophy. This paper explores their intersections and complements on a historical, philosophical, and theoretical level, and then proposes a hybrid approach achieved by applying CBPR's principles and considerations for operationalizing emancipatory practice to traditional systems thinking frameworks and practices...
October 2016: Systemic Practice and Action Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832912/diffusion-restriction-in-the-corticospinal-tracts-and-the-corpus-callosum-in-neonates-after-cerebral-insult
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Monika Bekiesinska-Figatowska, Agnieszka Duczkowska, Sylwia Szkudlinska-Pawlak, Marek Duczkowski, Jaroslaw Madzik, Astra Cabaj, Katarzyna Krupa, Pawel Peczkowski, Hanna Bragoszewska
BACKGROUND: In neonatal brains diffusion restriction, which is not limited to the region of insult, but is also found in distant locations from it seems to be a frequent finding, called pre-Wallerian degeneration. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe these findings and to estimate the frequency of their occurrence with an attempt to determine their clinical significance. METHODS: 125 brain MRI examinations of neonates with confirmed brain damage performed or consulted in our Institute were retrospectively reviewed, focusing on the presence of restricted diffusion in corticospinal tracts (CST) and corpus callosum (CC)...
November 7, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826897/interactions-between-%C3%AE-adrenergic-vasodilation-and-cervical-sympathetic-nerves-are-mediated-by-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptors-in-the-rat-masseter-muscle
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Hisayoshi Ishii, Toshiya Sato
Neural and humoral autonomic mechanisms may be important in the maintenance of blood flow in the masseter muscle (MBF). However, their interactions remain unclear. In this study, we examined interactions between neural and humoral regulation of MBF and investigated the mechanisms mediating these interactions in urethane-anesthetized rats. Stimulation of the adrenal nerve (AN) projecting to the adrenal medulla increased MBF, and this increase was mediated by β-adrenoceptors. Sectioning of the superior cervical sympathetic trunk (CST) significantly inhibited increases in MBF induced by AN stimulation during high activity in the CST, but not during low activity...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826722/influence-analysis-for-the-behavior-of-dewaterability-of-excess-sludge-in-a-two-stage-vermifilter
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Meiyan Xing, Cenran Li, Jinzhou Jiang, Yin Wang, Jian Yang
To improve excess sludge dewaterability, a two-stage vermifilter was developed to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze sludge physico-chemical properties (fractal dimension, zeta potential, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), particle size distribution, etc.) and to correlate them with sludge dewatering characteristics (specific resistance to filtration (SRF) and capillary suction time (CST)). Results demonstrated that sludge dewatering performance was significantly improved after the primary vermifilter VF1 and the second-stage vermifilter VF2...
November 8, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818674/allele-specific-interactions-between-cast-away-and-nevershed-control-abscission-in-arabidopsis-flowers
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William D Groner, Megan E Christy, Catherine M Kreiner, Sarah J Liljegren
An advantage of analyzing abscission in genetically tractable model plants is the ability to make use of classic genetic tools such as suppression analysis. We have investigated the regulation of organ abscission by carrying out suppression analysis in Arabidopsis flowers. Plants carrying mutations in the NEVERSHED (NEV) gene, which encodes an ADP-ribosylation factor GTPase-activating protein, retain their outer floral organs after fertilization. Mutant alleles of CAST AWAY (CST), which encodes a receptor-like cytoplasmic kinase, were found to restore organ abscission in nev flowers in an allele-specific manner...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815840/application-of-the-co-culture-membrane-system-pointed-to-a-protective-role-of-catestatin-on-hippocampal-plus-hypothalamic-neurons-exposed-to-oxygen-and-glucose-deprivation
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Maria Mele, Sabrina Morelli, Gilda Fazzari, Ennio Avolio, Raffaella Alò, Antonella Piscioneri, Loredana De Bartolo, Rosa Maria Facciolo, Marcello Canonaco
Depletion of oxygen and glucose even for brief periods is sufficient to cause cerebral ischemia, which is a predominant worldwide cause of motor deficits with the reduction of life quality and subsequently death. Hence, more insights regarding protective measures against ischemic events are becoming a major research goal. Among the many neuronal factors, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), orexinergic neuroreceptors (ORXR), and sympatho-inhibitory neuropeptide catestatin (CST) are widely involved with ischemic episodes...
November 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
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