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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810287/seeding-density-is-a-crucial-determinant-for-the-in-vivo-vascularisation-capacity-of-adipose-tissue-derived-microvascular-fragments
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T Später, C Körbel, F S Frueh, R M Nickels, M D Menger, M W Laschke
Adipose tissue-derived microvascular fragments (ad-MVF) represent effective vascularisation units for the seeding of dermal substitutes. However, particularly in case of extensive skin defects, the required amounts of donor fat tissue for the harvesting of ad-MVF may not always be available. Therefore, we herein determined the lowest ad-MVF density needed to induce a sufficient vascularisation and incorporation of seeded implants. Collagen-glycosaminoglycan matrices (Integra®; diameter: 4 mm) were seeded with 15,000 (HD), 10,000 (MD) and 5,000 (LD) ad-MVF and implanted into full-thickness skin defects within mouse dorsal skinfold chambers, to analyse their in vivo vascularisation and incorporation...
August 15, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797885/mitophagy-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Carlo Rodolfo, Silvia Campello, Francesco Cecconi
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD), and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), are a complex "family" of pathologies, characterised by the progressive loss of neurons and/or neuronal functions, leading to severe physical and cognitive inabilities in affected patients. These syndromes, despite differences in the causative events, the onset, and the progression of the disease, share as common features the presence of aggregate-prone neuro-toxic proteins, in the form of aggresomes and/or inclusion bodies, perturbing cellular homeostasis and neuronal function (Popovic et al...
August 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796408/use-of-the-anion-gap-and-intermittent-hemodialysis-following-continuous-hemodiafiltration-in-extremely-high-dose-acute-on-chronic-lithium-poisoning-a-case-report
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Yohei Komaru, Ryota Inokuchi, Yoshihiro Ueda, Masaomi Nangaku, Kent Doi
A 35-year-old woman intentionally took 40,000 mg of lithium carbonate, and she was transferred to our hospital with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. She was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder 10 years ago and was receiving oral lithium therapy. Blood test results on arrival were remarkable for a negative anion gap of -2.1 and later, the serum lithium level turned out to be as high as 15.4 mEq/L. Intubation was required because of disrupted consciousness, and continuous hemodiafiltration (CHDF) was immediately started in the intensive care unit to obtain constant removal of lithium...
August 10, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783094/ability-to-work-among-patients-with-eskd-relevance-of-quality-care-metrics
#4
Nancy G Kutner, Rebecca Zhang
Enabling patient ability to work was a key rationale for enacting the United States (US) Medicare program that provides financial entitlement to renal replacement therapy for persons with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). However, fewer than half of working-age individuals in the US report the ability to work after starting maintenance hemodialysis (HD). Quality improvement is a well-established objective in oversight of the dialysis program, but a more patient-centered quality assessment approach is increasingly advocated...
August 7, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773021/nanoscaled-mechanical-properties-of-cement-composites-reinforced-with-carbon-nanofibers
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Salim Barbhuiya, PengLoy Chow
This paper reports the effects of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on nanoscaled mechanical properties of cement composites. CNFs were added to cement composites at the filler loading of 0.2 wt % (by wt. of cement). Micrographs based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) show that CNFs are capable of forming strong interfacial bonding with cement matrices. Experimental results using nanoindentation reveal that the addition of CNFs in cement composites increases the proportions of high-density calcium-silicate-hydrate gel (HD-CSH) compared to low-density CSH gel...
June 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771674/a-c-index-for-recurrent-event-data-application-to-hospitalizations-among-dialysis-patients
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Sehee Kim, Douglas E Schaubel, Keith P McCullough
We propose a C-index (index of concordance) applicable to recurrent event data. The present work addresses the dearth of measures for quantifying a regression model's ability to discriminate with respect to recurrent event risk. The data which motivated the methods arise from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS), a long-running prospective international study of end-stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis. We derive the theoretical properties of the measure under the proportional rates model (Lin et al...
August 3, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767723/improving-rice-population-productivity-by-reducing-nitrogen-rate-and-increasing-plant-density
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Guangli Tian, Limin Gao, Yali Kong, Xiangyu Hu, Kailiu Xie, Ruiqing Zhang, Ning Ling, Qirong Shen, Shiwei Guo
In terms of tillering potential, the aboveground portions of rice are significantly influenced by the nitrogen level (NL) and transplant density (TD). To obtain a suitable combination of NL and TD, five NLs (0, 90, 180, 270 and 360 kg ha-1) and two TDs [high density (HD), 32.5×104 hills ha-1; low density (LD), 25.5×104 hills ha-1] were used in the rice experiments during 2012 to 2014, in Jiangsu, China. The results showed the highest grain yield of rice obtained at HD and LD when N supply was 180 and 270 kg ha-1, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761091/a-novel-pharmacodynamic-assay-to-evaluate-the-effects-of-crystallization-inhibitors-on-calcium-phosphate-crystallization-in-human-plasma
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M D Ferrer, M M Pérez, M M Cànaves, J M Buades, C Salcedo, J Perelló
Cardiovascular calcification (CVC) is a progressive complication of chronic kidney disease and a predictor of CV events and mortality. The use of biomarkers to predict CV risk and activities of potential or current treatment drugs in these patients could have a crucial impact on therapeutic approaches. Our aim was to develop a novel assay for measurement of the rate of calcium phosphate crystallization in human plasma and provide a tool to evaluate the effects of crystallization inhibitors. The efficacy of inhibitors was determined by adding inhibitory compounds (polyphosphates, fetuin-A, sodium thiosulfate or citrate) to control samples...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750890/cost-analysis-of-substitutive-renal-therapies-in-children
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Maria Fernanda Carvalho de Camargo, Klenio de Souza Barbosa, Seiji Kumon Fetter, Ana Bastos, Luciana de Santis Feltran, Paulo Cesar Koch-Nogueira
OBJECTIVE: End-stage renal disease is a health problem that consumes public and private resources. This study aimed to identify the cost of hemodialysis (either daily or conventional hemodialysis) and transplantation in children and adolescents. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort of pediatric patients with End-stage renal disease who underwent hemodialysis followed by kidney transplant. All costs incurred in the treatment were collected and the monthly total cost was calculated per patient and for each renal therapy...
July 24, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750723/intra-individual-cognitive-imbalance-in-asd-between-perceptual-reasoning-and-ambiguity-solving-related-to-tool-use-comparison-among-children-exhibiting-asd-ad-hd-and-typical-development
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Keisuke Wakusawa, Chieko Nara, Yuki Kubota, Yayoi Tomizawa, Yasuyuki Taki, Yuko Sassa, Satoru Kobayashi, Sato Suzuki-Muromoto, Mieko Hirose, Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Takahiro Nara, Shigeo Kure, Norio Mori, Noriyoshi Takei, Ryuta Kawashima
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have suggested that objective deficits in the processing of abstract information in conjunction with an enhanced ability to process concrete information is a definitive characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, this cognitive imbalance is not necessarily clear in high-functioning autistic individuals who do not display absolute differences relative to typically developing (TD) populations. Thus, the purpose of this study was to identify this cognitive tendency in high-functioning autistic individuals using intra-individual cognitive comparisons...
July 24, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743576/a-review-on-protein-misfolding-aggregation-and-strategies-to-prevent-related-ailments
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REVIEW
Tooba Naz Shamsi, Teeba Athar, Romana Parveen, Sadaf Fatima
This review aims to highlight the fundamental mechanism of protein misfolding leading to protein aggregation and associated diseases. It also aims to anticipate novel therapeutic strategies with which to prevent or treat these highly debilitating conditions linked to these pathologies. The failure of a protein to correctly fold de novo or to remain correctly folded can have profound consequences on a living system especially when the cellular quality control processes fail to eliminate the rogue proteins. The core cause of over 20 different human diseases which have now been designated as 'conformational diseases' including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) etc...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736048/long-chain-branching-as-an-innovative-up-cycling-process-of-polypropylene-post-consumer-waste-possibilities-and-limitations
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Florian Kamleitner, Bernadette Duscher, Thomas Koch, Simone Knaus, Vasiliki-Maria Archodoulaki
Long chain branching (LCB) was used the first time as an innovative tool for value adding to PP from household post-consumer waste. Due to the highly improved melt properties, the possible application profile is extended and not only a "re-cycling" process, even a real "up-cycling" is presented. The used PP was collected from commingled household polyolefin waste, which contained different types of PP and macromolecular impurities such as 10% of polyethylene with high density (PE-HD). In addition, a single PP waste fraction from cleaned beverage and yoghurt cups was manually sorted...
July 20, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734758/atypical-interference-control-in-children-with-ad-hd-with-elevated-theta-beta-ratio
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Da-Wei Zhang, Steven Roodenrys, Hui Li, Robert J Barry, Adam R Clarke, Zhanliang Wu, Qihua Zhao, Yan Song, Lu Liu, Qiujin Qian, Yufeng Wang, Stuart J Johnstone, Li Sun
The theta/beta ratio (TBR) is a major area of interest within electroencephalogram (EEG) research in AD/HD. While researchers suggest a prognostic role for TBR in AD/HD, its relationship to behavior remains uncertain. Recent evidence suggests that elevated TBR in AD/HD may be related to atypical inhibition, particularly at an attentional level. This study aimed to examine the performance on three inhibitory tasks of children with AD/HD. Fifty-eight children with AD/HD participated, divided into an elevated TBR (ET) group and a control group (CT)...
July 20, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731382/external-validation-and-clinical-utility-of-a-prediction-model-for-6-month-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-for-end-stage-kidney-disease
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Brian Forzley, Lee Er, Helen Hl Chiu, Ognjenka Djurdjev, Dan Martinusen, Rachel C Carson, Gaylene Hargrove, Adeera Levin, Mohamud Karim
BACKGROUND: End-stage kidney disease is associated with poor prognosis. Health care professionals must be prepared to address end-of-life issues and identify those at high risk for dying. A 6-month mortality prediction model for patients on dialysis derived in the United States is used but has not been externally validated. AIM: We aimed to assess the external validity and clinical utility in an independent cohort in Canada. DESIGN: We examined the performance of the published 6-month mortality prediction model, using discrimination, calibration, and decision curve analyses...
July 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728834/calcium-signaling-and-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Ekaterina Pchitskaya, Elena Popugaeva, Ilya Bezprozvanny
Calcium (Ca(2+)) is a ubiquitous second messenger that regulates various activities in eukaryotic cells. Especially important role calcium plays in excitable cells. Neurons require extremely precise spatial-temporal control of calcium-dependent processes because they regulate such vital functions as synaptic plasticity. Recent evidence indicates that neuronal calcium signaling is abnormal in many of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD)...
June 30, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721515/prolonged-intermittent-renal-replacement-therapy-in-children
#16
REVIEW
Rajiv Sinha, Sidharth Kumar Sethi, Timothy Bunchman, Valentine Lobo, Rupesh Raina
Wide ranges of age and weight in pediatric patients makes renal replacement therapy (RRT) in acute kidney injury (AKI) challenging, particularly in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), wherein children are often hemodynamically unstable. Standard hemodialysis (HD) is difficult in this group of children and continuous veno-venous hemofiltration/dialysis (CVVH/D) has been the accepted modality in the developed world. Unfortunately, due to cost constraints, CVVH/D is often not available and peritoneal dialysis (PD) remains the common mode of RRT in resource-poor facilities...
July 18, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716886/clinical-neurology-and-epidemiology-of-the-major-neurodegenerative-diseases
#17
Michael G Erkkinen, Mee-Ohk Kim, Michael D Geschwind
Neurodegenerative diseases are a common cause of morbidity and cognitive impairment in older adults. Most clinicians who care for the elderly are not trained to diagnose these conditions, perhaps other than typical Alzheimer's disease (AD). Each of these disorders has varied epidemiology, clinical symptomatology, laboratory and neuroimaging features, neuropathology, and management. Thus, it is important that clinicians be able to differentiate and diagnose these conditions accurately. This review summarizes and highlights clinical aspects of several of the most commonly encountered neurodegenerative diseases, including AD, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and its variants, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and Huntington's disease (HD)...
July 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701963/hoarding-disorder-a-case-report
#18
Daniela Vilaverde, Jorge Gonçalves, Pedro Morgado
Hoarding disorder is characterized by a persistent difficulty discarding items, the desire to save items to avoid negative feelings associated with discarding them, significant accumulation of possessions that clutter active living areas and significant distress or impairment in areas of functioning. We present a case of a 52-year-old married man who was referred to the psychiatry department for collecting various objects that were deposited unorganized in the patient's house. He reported to get anxious when someone else discarded some of these items...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689463/electroencephalogram-theta-beta-ratio-and-spectral-power-correlates-of-executive-functions-in-children-and-adolescents-with-ad-hd
#19
Da-Wei Zhang, Hui Li, Zhanliang Wu, Qihua Zhao, Yan Song, Lu Liu, Qiujin Qian, Yufeng Wang, Steven Roodenrys, Stuart J Johnstone, Frances M De Blasio, Li Sun
OBJECTIVE: The electroencephalogram (EEG) has been widely used in AD/HD research. The current study firstly aimed to replicate a recent trend related to EEG theta/beta ratio (TBR) in children and adolescents. Also, the study aimed to examine the value of resting EEG activity as biomarkers for executive function (EF) in participants with AD/HD. METHOD: Fifty-three participants with AD/HD and 37 healthy controls were recruited. Resting EEG was recorded with eyes closed...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Attention Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688921/plasma-retinol-concentration-is-mainly-driven-by-transthyretin-in-hemodialysis-patients
#20
Stanislas Bataille, Jean-François Landrier, Julien Astier, Sylvie Cado, Jérôme Sallette, Marianne Serveaux, Stéphane Burtey, Julien Cohen, Charlène Tournier, Franck Tourniaire, Patrice Darmon
OBJECTIVE: Micronutrients deficiencies in hemodialysis patients are due to low dietary intakes and intradialytic losses for hydrophilic micronutrients. Conversely, lipophilic nondialyzable compounds might accumulate because of a lack of elimination through renal metabolism or dialysis. Other compounds have complex metabolism: their concentration is not explained by these phenomenons. The aim of this study was to report plasma concentrations of lipophilic micronutrients in hemodialysis patients and to analyze if these concentrations were predictive of mortality...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
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