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Junji Kawada, Masaya Nishino, Yohei Hosoda, Hiromitsu Hoshino, Miho Okano, Kenichi Nagai, Masaki Okuyama, Yongkook Kim, Toshimasa Tsujinaka
BACKGROUND: Pylorus-preserving gastrectomy(PPG)has long been used for the treatment of early gastric cancer, and its survival benefits, postoperative symptoms, and functional outcomes have already been reported in several studies. This study aimed to evaluate the short-term outcomes after LAPPG in our hospital. METHODS: Ten patients with early gastric cancer underwent LAPPG from 2013 to 2015 in our hospital. Their short-term outcomes after LAPPG were retrospectively analyzed...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Eriko Seo, Toshiyuki Sazi, Morio Togawa, Osamu Nagata, Masataka Murakami, Shigeaki Kojima, Yoshiteru Seo
Infrared photoplethysmogram (IR-PPG) and magnetic resonance image (MRI) of the Mytilus galloprovincialis heart were obtained simultaneously. Heart rate was varied by changing temperature, aerial exposure and hypoxia. Higher heart rates (35-20 beat min(-1)) were usually observed at 20°C under the aerobic condition, typical IR-PPG represented a single peak (peak v). The upward and downward slopes of the peak v corresponded to the filling and contraction of the ventricle, respectively. A double-peak IR-PPG was observed in a wide range of heart rates (35 to 5 beats min(-1)) under various conditions...
October 19, 2016: Biology Open
Jarkko Harju, Antti Vehkaoja, Ville Lindroos, Pekka Kumpulainen, Sasu Liuhanen, Arvi Yli-Hankala, Niku Oksala
Alterations in arterial blood oxygen saturation, heart rate (HR), and respiratory rate (RR) are strongly associated with intra-hospital cardiac arrests and resuscitations. A wireless, easy-to-use, and comfortable method for monitoring these important clinical signs would be highly useful. We investigated whether the Nellcor™ OxiMask MAX-FAST forehead sensor could provide data for vital sign measurements when located at the distal forearm instead of its intended location at the forehead to provide improved comfortability and easy placement...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Nikolai Blanik, Konrad Heimann, Carina Pereira, Michael Paul, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Steffen Leonhardt
Vital parameter monitoring of term and preterm infants during incubator care with self-adhesive electrodes or sensors directly positioned on the skin [e.g. photoplethysmography (PPG) for oxygen saturation or electrocardiography (ECG)] is an essential part of daily routine care in neonatal intensive care units. For various reasons, this kind of monitoring contains a lot of stress for the infants. Therefore, there is a need to measure vital parameters (for instance respiration, temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation) without mechanical or conductive contact...
October 15, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Mary Ann B Meador, Marika Agnello, Linda McCorkle, Stephanie L Vivod, Nathan Wilmoth
Polyimide aerogels made using anhydride-capped oligomers from 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA) and 3,3',4,4'-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA) cross-linked with 1,3,5-tri(aminophenoxy)benzene (TAB) have been reported with very good mechanical properties but poor resistance to moisture. Replacing 50 mol % of the ODA with poly(propylene glycol)bis(2-aminopropyl ether) (PPG) with an average molecular weight of 230 g/mol in the oligomer backbone gives aerogels with water contact angles of 80°. The aerogels also absorb very little moisture on soaking in water...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Marie K Holt, Stefan Trapp
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) within the brain is a potent regulator of food intake and most studies have investigated the anorexic effects of central GLP-1. A range of brain regions have now been found to be involved in GLP-1 mediated anorexia, including some which are not traditionally associated with appetite regulation. However, a change in food intake can be indicative of not only reduced energy demand, but also changes in the organism's motivation to eat following stressful stimuli. In fact, acute stress is well-known to reduce food intake...
December 31, 2016: Cogent Biology
Lei Zhang, Dian Guo, Yangxin Liu, Yilan Shao, Yufeng Wang, Yigang Xu, Yanping Jiang, Wen Cui, Yijing Li, Lijie Tang
PR39, a 4.7 kDa proline-rich antimicrobial peptide, acts as a cationic host defense peptide. In addition to killing bacteria, PR39 mediates inflammatory reactions, including cell proliferation, migration, wound healing, and angiogenesis. Here, we examined the antibacterial effects of this peptide. The synthetic gene fragment PR39 was inserted into the secretory expression vector plasmid pPG:612 of Lactobacillus casei, yielding the recombinant strain pPG:612-PR39/L. casei 393. In vitro antibacterial tests showed that expression of the PR39 peptide in recombinant L...
July 7, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Jae-Young Shin, Jun-Hwan Lee, Boncho Ku, Jang Han Bae, Min-Ho Un, Jaeuk U Kim, Tae-Hun Kim
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to investigate the effects of acupuncture stimulation on the radial artery's pressure pulse wave, along with various hemodynamic parameters, and to explore the possible underlying mechanism of pulse diagnosis in healthy participants in their twenties. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study is a prospective, single-arm, exploratory clinical study. A total of 25 healthy participants, without regard to gender, in their twenties will be recruited by physicians...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Kianoush Ansari-Gilani, Babak Seddigh Tonekaboni, Dean A Nakamoto, Jamak Modaresi Esfeh
OBJECTIVE: Portal pressure gradient (PPG) after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) <12 mmHg has been reported as the only factor predictive of increase in platelet count. As flow velocities measured on Doppler ultrasound are related to pressure gradient based on the Bernoulli equation, we used this parameter to predict increased platelet count after TIPS placement. METHODS: A total of 161 consecutive patients who underwent TIPS placement entered this retrospective study...
October 2, 2016: Gastroenterology Report
Jason Y Huang, Jason B Samarasena, Takeshi Tsujino, John Lee, Ke-Qin Hu, Christine E McLaren, Wen-Pin Chen, Kenneth J Chang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Portal hypertension (PH) is a serious adverse event of liver cirrhosis. The hepatic venous pressure gradient or portal pressure gradient (PPG) accurately reflects the degree of PH and is the single best prognostic indicator in liver disease. This is usually obtained by interventional radiology (IR) although it is not routinely performed. Recently, we developed a simple novel technique for EUS-guided PPG measurement (PPGM). Our animal studies showed excellent correlation between EUS-PPGM and IR-PPGM...
September 29, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
L Palmeri, G Gradwohl, M Nitzan, E Hoffman, Y Adar, Y Shapir, R Koppel
OBJECTIVE: Fetal echocardiography, physical examination and pulse oximetry detect only half of coarctation of aorta (CoA) cases. We aimed to quantify delayed arrival and diminished amplitude of lower extremity photoplethysmographic (PPG) pulses relative to the right hand in affected patients. STUDY DESIGN: We studied 8 CoA infants and 32 healthy controls. The pulse arrival time difference between foot and hand (f-hTD) and pulse amplitude ratio (F/H) were measured on PPG signal waveforms by digitally-determining maxima and minima of systolic decrease of light transmission...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Luca Iozzia, Luca Cerina, Luca Mainardi
In this paper, classical time- and frequency-domain variability indexes obtained by pulse rate variability (PRV) series extracted from video-photoplethysmography signals (vPPG) were compared with heart rate variability (HRV) parameters extracted from ECG signals. The study focuses on the analysis of the changes observed during a rest-to-stand manoeuvre (a mild sympathetic stimulus) performed on 60 young, normal subjects (age: [Formula: see text] years). The objective is to evaluate if video-derived PRV indexes may replace HRV in the assessment of autonomic responses to external stimulation...
September 28, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Masaki Aizawa, Michitaka Honda, Naoki Hiki, Takahiro Kinoshita, Hiroshi Yabusaki, Souya Nunobe, Hidehito Shibasaki, Atsushi Matsuki, Masahiro Watanabe, Takayuki Abe
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to clarify the oncological safety of pylorus-preserving gastrectomy (PPG) compared with conventional distal gastrectomy (DG). METHODS: From three institutions specializing in cancer, the medical records for a cohort of 2898 consecutive patients who had undergone DG (n = 2208) or PPG (n = 690) for clinical stage I gastric cancer between January 2006 and December 2012 were analyzed. A propensity score for each patient was estimated on the basis of 38 preoperative clinical and tumor-related factors...
September 26, 2016: Gastric Cancer
Bo Zhang, Jing Zhao, Wenying Yang
BACKGROUND: In some circumstances, the premixed insulin should be switched to alternative therapy. The effectiveness and safety of switching from premixed insulin to insulin glargine plus oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have not been clarified, and will be assessed in this study. METHODS: Chinese patients with T2DM (2,013 men and women aged 18 to 75 years) who had received premixed insulin ± OADs for ≥ 3 months with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≤ 10% were enrolled in a prospective, observational study conducted at 53 hospitals across China...
September 26, 2016: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Reddicherla Umapathi, Pannuru Venkatesu
Different biophysical techniques such as fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), viscosity (η) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy have been carried out to characterize the effect of imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) on the thermo-responsive triblock copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly-(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PPG-PEG). In addition, to demonstrate the distinct morphological changes of various self-assembled morphologies, we further employed field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Hodam Kim, Jeong-Youn Kim, Chang-Hwan Im
Respiratory rate (RR) is a useful vital sign that can not only provide auxiliary information on physiological changes within the human body, but also indicate early symptoms of various diseases. Recently, methods for the estimation of RR from photoplethysmography (PPG) have attracted increased interest, because PPG can be readily recorded using wearable sensors such as smart watches and smart bands. In the present study, we propose a new method for the fast and robust real-time estimation of RR using an adaptive infinite impulse response (IIR) notch filter, which has not yet been applied to the PPG-based estimation of RR...
2016: Sensors
Shan-Shan Meng, Rong Gao, Bing-di Yan, Jin Ren, Fei Wu, Peng Chen, Jie Zhang, Li-Fang Wang, Yuan-Ming Xiao, Jing Liu
BACKGROUND: Maternal allergic disease history and impaired regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are critical risk factors for allergy development in children. However, the mechanisms that underlie these risk factors remain poorly defined. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess whether maternal allergies affect the Tregs of offspring and lead to allergy development in childhood. METHODS: A total of 332 mothers of healthy newborns (234 from no allergic mothers, 98 from allergic mothers) were recruited to this study...
September 20, 2016: Respiratory Research
Bo Ahrén, James E Foley
We hypothesized that the relative contribution of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) versus postprandial plasma glucose (PPG) to glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) could be calculated using an algorithm developed by the A1c-Derived Average Glucose (ADAG) study group to make HbA1c values more clinically relevant to patients. The algorithm estimates average glucose (eAG) exposure, which can be used to calculate apparent PPG (aPPG) by subtracting FPG. The hypothesis was tested in a large dataset (comprising 17 studies) from the vildagliptin clinical trial programme...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Hau-Tieng Wu, Gregory F Lewis, Maria I Davila, Ingrid Daubechies, Stephen W Porges
BACKGROUND: With recent advances in sensor and computer technologies, the ability to monitor peripheral pulse activity is no longer limited to the laboratory and clinic. Now inexpensive sensors, which interface with smartphones or other computer-based devices, are expanding into the consumer market. When appropriate algorithms are applied, these new technologies enable ambulatory monitoring of dynamic physiological responses outside the clinic in a variety of applications including monitoring fatigue, health, workload, fitness, and rehabilitation...
October 17, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
Xue Li, Xiaxia Cai, Xiaotao Ma, Lulu Jing, Jiaojiao Gu, Lei Bao, Jun Li, Meihong Xu, Zhaofeng Zhang, Yong Li
Glycemic control and weight reduction are primary goals for the management of overweight and obese type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Effective management cannot be achieved without an appropriate diet. Our study aimed to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of oat intake and develop a reasonable dietary plan for overweight T2DM patients. A randomized control trial, registered under (Identification code: NCT01495052), was carried out among adult T2DM patients. A subgroup of 298 overweight subjects was selected and received a 30-day centralized intervention and 1-year free-living follow-up...
2016: Nutrients
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