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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324928/design-of-a-dual-slot-antenna-for-small-animal-microwave-ablation-studies
#1
Tyler J Moon, Christopher L Brace
This study presents the development of a dual-slot antenna for small animal tumor ablation. By using a dual-slot design at 8 GHz, it was hypothesized that smaller and more spherical ablations can be produced. After computer-aided design optimization, antennas were fabricated and ablations performed at 5-20 W for 15-120 s with the objective of creating ablations with a diameter/length aspect ratio of at least 0.9. The new dual-slot design at 8 GHz created significantly more spherical ablations than a commercial antenna at 2...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#2
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324924/automatic-tissue-characterization-of-air-trapping-in-chest-radiographs-using-deep-neural-networks
#3
Awais Mansoor, Geovanny Perez, Gustavo Nino, Marius George Linguraru
Significant progress has been made in recent years for computer-aided diagnosis of abnormal pulmonary textures from computed tomography (CT) images. Similar initiatives in chest radiographs (CXR), the common modality for pulmonary diagnosis, are much less developed. CXR are fast, cost effective and low-radiation solution to diagnosis over CT. However, the subtlety of textures in CXR makes them hard to discern even by trained eye. We explore the performance of deep learning abnormal tissue characterization from CXR...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324880/fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-of-diffuse-type-tenosynovial-giant-cell-tumors
#4
Zimin Zhao, Cherie Paquette, Akeesha A Shah, Kristen A Atkins, Henry F Frierson
BACKGROUND: Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TSGCT), also known as giant cell tumor of tendon sheath or pigmented villonodular synovitis, is the most common benign tumor of the tendon and synovium. The intra-articular diffuse type can present as a large infiltrative mass involving adjacent soft tissue and sometimes causes secondary destruction of bone, which leads to radiographic and clinical concern for malignancy. The tumor may also be purely extra-articular. CASE: Here, we report the fine needle aspiration cytology findings of 2 cases of diffuse-type TSGCT with large mononuclear cells with eccentric nuclei, finely granular cytoplasm, and a peripheral well-defined cytoplasmic rim of hemosiderin ("ladybird cells")...
March 22, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324808/midwives-perceptions-of-partner-presence-in-childbirth-pain-alleviation-in-nigeria-hospitals
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Abigail Uchenna Emelonye, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Taina Pitkäaho, Alex Aregbesola
OBJECTIVE: partner presence in the labour room can influence childbirth pain outcomes and maternal well-being. We examined midwives' perception of the use of partner presence in the management of childbirth pain in Nigerian hospitals. DESIGN: a descriptive cross-sectional quantitative study. SETTING: maternity units of four hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria, Jun.-Dec., 2014. PARTICIPANTS: 100 midwives selected through convenience sampling...
March 8, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324789/evaluation-of-the-abbott-realtime-hcv-genotype-ii-plus-ruo-plus-assay-with-reference-to-core-and-ns5b-sequencing
#6
Melanie A Mallory, Danijela Lucic, Mark T W Ebbert, Gavin A Cloherty, Dan Toolsie, David R Hillyard
BACKGROUND: HCV genotyping remains a critical tool for guiding initiation of therapy and selecting the most appropriate treatment regimen. Current commercial genotyping assays may have difficulty identifying 1a, 1b and genotype 6. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the concordance for identifying 1a, 1b, and genotype 6 between two methods: the PLUS assay and core/NS5B sequencing. STUDY DESIGN: This study included 236 plasma and serum samples previously genotyped by core/NS5B sequencing...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324673/a-framework-to-guide-the-assessment-of-human-machine-systems
#7
Kimberly Stowers, James Oglesby, Shirley Sonesh, Kevin Leyva, Chelsea Iwig, Eduardo Salas
OBJECTIVE: We have developed a framework for guiding measurement in human-machine systems. BACKGROUND: The assessment of safety and performance in human-machine systems often relies on direct measurement, such as tracking reaction time and accidents. However, safety and performance emerge from the combination of several variables. The assessment of precursors to safety and performance are thus an important part of predicting and improving outcomes in human-machine systems...
March 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324642/cinnamon-reduces-inflammatory-response-in-intestinal-fibroblasts-in-vitro-and-in-colitis-in-vivo-leading-to-decreased-fibrosis
#8
Yvonne Hagenlocher, Sabrina Satzinger, Mehtap Civelek, Katharina Feilhauer, Jörg Köninger, Stephan C Bischoff, Axel Lorentz
Intestinal fibrosis, a complication of inflammatory bowel disease, is currently being addressed by surgery alone, with no adequate alternative therapy available for patients. We propose that anti-inflammatory plant substances like cinnamon extract (CE) or its main compound cinnamaldeyde (CA) could aid in therapy. We recently found CE reducing inflammation in murine colitis. Here, we analysed effects of CE on fibrosis in IL-10(-/-) colitis METHODS AND RESULTS: IL-10(-/-) and wild type (wt) mice were orally treated with/without vehicle or CE...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324583/revisiting-cdk-inhibitors-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
#9
REVIEW
Dorota Lubanska, Lisa Porter
Despite extensive efforts and continual progress in research and medicine, outcomes for patients with high-grade glioma remain exceptionally poor. Over the past decade, research has revealed a great deal about the complex biology behind glioma development, and has brought to light some of the major barriers preventing successful treatment. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) (stage 4 astrocytoma) is a highly dynamic tumour and one of the most extreme examples of intratumoural heterogeneity, making targeting with specific therapeutics an inefficient and highly unpredictable goal...
March 21, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324183/multimodality-management-and-outcomes-of-brain-arterio-venous-malformations-avms-in-children-personal-experience-and-review-of-the-literature-with-specific-emphasis-on-age-at-first-avm-bleed
#10
REVIEW
Anan Shtaya, John Millar, Owen Sparrow
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to study the presentation and analyse the results of multimodality treatment of brain arterio-venous malformations (AVMs) in children at our centre and review age at first AVM rupture in the literature. METHODS: Of 52 patients aged <18 years, 47 with brain AVMs (27 males and 20 females) aged 4-17 years (mean 12.2) were retrospectively reviewed. PubMed search revealed five additional studies including 267 patients where the prevalence of age-related AVMs rupture was analysed...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324144/participatory-planning-monitoring-and-evaluation-of-multi-stakeholder-platforms-in-integrated-landscape-initiatives
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Koen Kusters, Louise Buck, Maartje de Graaf, Peter Minang, Cora van Oosten, Roderick Zagt
Integrated landscape initiatives typically aim to strengthen landscape governance by developing and facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms. These are institutional coordination mechanisms that enable discussions, negotiations, and joint planning between stak4eholders from various sectors in a given landscape. Multi-stakeholder platforms tend to involve complex processes with diverse actors, whose objectives and focus may be subjected to periodic re-evaluation, revision or reform. In this article we propose a participatory method to aid planning, monitoring, and evaluation of such platforms, and we report on experiences from piloting the method in Ghana and Indonesia...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323997/degradation-paradigm-of-the-gut-hormone-pancreatic-polypeptide-by-hepatic-and-renal-peptidases
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Joyceline Cuenco, James Minnion, Tricia Tan, Rebecca Scott, Natacha Germain, Yiin Ling, Rong Chen, Mohammad Ghatei, Stephen Bloom
Pancreatic polypeptide (PP) is a gut hormone that acts on Y4 receptors to reduce appetite. Obese humans display a reduced postprandial rise in PP and remain fully sensitive to the anorectic effects of exogenous PP. The utility of PP as an antiobesity treatment is limited by its short circulating half-life. Insight into the mechanisms by which PP is degraded may aid design of long-acting PP analogues.We aimed to investigate the role of peptidases in PP degradation with a view to determining whether inhibition of these enzymes enhanced PP plasma levels and bioactivity in vivo...
March 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323905/elevated-plasma-levels-of-cardiac-troponin-i-predict-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-a-multicentre-cohort-follow-up-study
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Mark J Hamilton, Yvonne Robb, Sarah Cumming, Helen Gregory, Alexis Duncan, Monika Rahman, Anne McKeown, Catherine McWilliam, John Dean, Alison Wilcox, Maria E Farrugia, Anneli Cooper, Josephine McGhie, Berit Adam, Richard Petty, Cheryl Longman, Iain Findlay, Alan Japp, Darren G Monckton, Martin A Denvir
OBJECTIVE: High sensitivity plasma cardiac troponin-I (cTnI) is emerging as a strong predictor of cardiac events in a variety of settings. We have explored its utility in patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). METHODS: 117 patients with DM1 were recruited from routine outpatient clinics across three health boards. A single measurement of cTnI was made using the ARCHITECT STAT Troponin I assay. Demographic, ECG, echocardiographic and other clinical data were obtained from electronic medical records...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323751/long-term-nitrite-inhalant-exposure-and-cancer-risk-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Anupriya Dutta, Hajime Uno, Alex Holman, David R Lorenz, Steven M Wolinsky, Dana Gabuzda
OBJECTIVES: Nitrite inhalants (poppers) are commonly used recreational drugs among men who have sex with men (MSM) and were previously associated with elevated rates of high-risk sexual behavior, HIV and HHV-8 seroconversion, and transient immunosuppressive effects in experimental models. Whether long-term popper use is associated with cancer risk among MSM in the HAART era is unclear. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of cancer risk in 3223 HIV-infected and -uninfected MSM in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study from 1996-2010...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323673/clinical-pearls-of-maternal-critical-care-part-2-sickle-cell-disease-in-pregnancy
#15
Vinod Patil, Gamunu Ratnayake, Galina Fastovets
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review outlines the challenges in managing pregnant women with sickle-cell anemia, who are at risk of becoming critically ill during pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Sickle obstetric patients pose unique challenges to the anesthetist and intensivist. We discuss the role of prophylactic transfusions for specific indications like acute anemia and twin pregnancies. The management and prevention of vaso-occlusive crises and chest crisis are also outlined...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323611/the-role-of-universal-health-literacy-precautions-in-minimizing-medspeak-and-promoting-shared-decision-making
#16
Lara Killian, Margo Coletti
Shared decision making (SDM), a collaborative process whereby patients and professionals make health care decisions together, is a cornerstone of ethical patient care. The patient-clinician communication necessary to achieve SDM depends on many factors, not the least of which is a shared language (sometimes with the aid of a medical interpreter). However, even when a patient and clinician are speaking the same mother tongue, the use of medical jargon can pose a large and unnecessary barrier. This article discusses how health care professionals can use "universal health literacy precautions" as a legal, practical, and ethical means to enhance SDM and improve health care outcomes...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323604/why-it-s-unjust-to-expect-location-specific-language-specific-or-population-specific-service-from-students-with-underrepresented-minority-or-low-income-backgrounds
#17
Barret Michalec, Maria Athina Tina Martimianakis, Jon C Tilburt, Frederic W Hafferty
In this case we meet Amanda, a medical student of Native and Latin American ethnicity who receives financial aid. Her friends are surprised by her interest in an elite residency program. They suggest, rather, that with her language skills, ethnic background, and interest in social justice, she has a responsibility to work with underserved patient populations. In our commentary, we consider issues raised by the case and explore Amanda's friends' underlying expectations and assumptions that perpetuate the very inequities that the resolution of the case purports to address...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323489/incidence-rates-and-risk-factors-for-vision-loss-among-aids-related-cytomegalovirus-retinitis-patients-in-southern-thailand
#18
Wantanee Sittivarakul, Usanee Seepongphun
PURPOSE: To describe the incidence of and risk factors for visual acuity (VA) loss in patients with AIDS and cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. METHODS: A total of 132 patients were included. The main outcome measurements were the incidences of VA loss to ≤20/50 and ≤20/200. RESULTS: The incidences of VA loss to ≤20/50 and ≤20/200 were 0.22/eye-year (EY) and 0.12/EY, respectively. Risk factors for the incidence of VA loss to ≤20/50 were low nadir CD4(+) T-cell count (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 3...
March 21, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323474/jail-booking-as-an-occasion-for-hiv-care-reengagement-a-surveillance-based-study
#19
McKenna C Eastment, Katelynne Gardner Toren, Lara Strick, Susan E Buskin, Matthew R Golden, Julia C Dombrowski
OBJECTIVES: To examine population and HIV care outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at their first incarceration of 2014 in 2 county jails in King County, Washington. METHODS: Using HIV surveillance data linked with jail booking data, we examined demographic information, viral loads, CD4 counts, and incarceration details for the period prior to jail booking, during incarceration, and year following jail release. RESULTS: In 2014, 202 PLWHA were incarcerated, 51% of whom were virally nonsuppressed at booking...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323412/temporary-single-cell-coating-for-bioprocessing-via-a-cationic-polymer
#20
Ricardo Da Conceicao Ribeiro, Deepali Pal, David Jamieson, Kenneth Samora Rankin, Matthew Benning, Kenneth W Dalgarno, Ana Marina Ferreira
Temporary single cell coating is a useful tool for cell processing, allowing manipulation of cells to prevent cell attachment and agglomeration, before re-establishing normal cell function. In this paper, a speckled coating method using a known polycation (poly-L-lysine, PLL) is described to induce cell surface electrostatic charges on three different cell types - two bone cancer cell lines and fibroblasts. The morphology of the PLL speckled coating on the cell surface, internalization and metabolization of the polymer, and prevention of cellular aggregations are reported...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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