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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098735/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-of-the-fovea-in-children-born-preterm
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Khalil Ghasemi Falavarjani, Nicholas A Iafe, Federico G Velez, Steven D Schwartz, Srinivas R Sadda, David Sarraf, Irena Tsui
PURPOSE: To compare the foveal avascular zone (FAZ) area measured by optical coherence tomography angiography in children who had been born preterm with age-matched controls. METHODS: In this cross-sectional observational comparative case series, 43 eyes of 26 children (28 eyes of 15 former preterm infants and 15 eyes of 11 former term infants) between the ages of 4 and 12 years old were included. Optical coherence tomography angiography with a scan size of 3 × 3 was performed for all eyes...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098332/revisiting-the-optimized-doping-ratio-in-core-shell-nanostructured-upconversion-particles
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Bin Shen, Shengming Cheng, Yuyang Gu, Danrui Ni, Yilin Gao, Qianqian Su, Wei Feng, Fuyou Li
The development of rare-earth doped upconversion nanoparticles (RE-UCNPs) in various applications is fuelling the demand for nanoparticles with highly enhanced upconversion luminescence (UCL). Although the core/shell structure is proved to enhance the UCL effectively, there is still plenty of room to further improve the UCL by optimizing the doping ratio of the materials. In this article, a general strategy is demonstrated to achieve highly-enhanced visible UCL in core/shell nanostructured NaREF4 by increasing the doping ratio of Yb(3+) in the core region...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096573/prolonged-patient-emergence-time-among-clinical-anesthesia-resident-trainees
#3
L McLean House, Nathan H Calloway, Warren S Sandberg, Jesse M Ehrenfeld
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Emergence time, or the duration between incision closure and extubation, is costly nonoperative time. Efforts to improve operating room efficiency and identify trainee progress make such time intervals of interest. We sought to calculate the incidence of prolonged emergence (i.e., >15 min) for patients under the care of clinical anesthesia (CA) residents. We also sought to identify factors from resident training, medical history, anesthetic use, and anesthesia staffing, which affect emergence...
October 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091427/evaluation-of-surface-characteristics-of-rotary-nickel-titanium-instruments-produced-by-different-manufacturing-methods
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U Inan, M Gurel
BACKGROUND: Instrument fracture is a serious concern in endodontic practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the surface quality of new and used rotary nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments manufactured by the traditional grinding process and twisting methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Total 16 instruments of two rotary NiTi systems were used in this study. Eight Twisted Files (TF) (SybronEndo, Orange, CA, USA) and 8 Mtwo (VDW, Munich, Germany) instruments were evaluated...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089100/community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-at-a-tertiary-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan-2007-2015
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Chin-Shiang Tsai, Yuan-Pin Hung, Jen-Chieh Lee, Nan-Yao Lee, Po-Lin Chen, Ling-Shan Syue, Ming-Chi Li, Chia-Wen Li, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is well-known as the major cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients. Community-onset CDI (CO-CDI) is an emerging threat. However, clinical information of CO-CDI in Taiwan remains scarce. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted at a medical center in southern Taiwan. Symptomatic patients between 2007 and 2015 with C. difficile toxin or tcdB detected in stool were identified as CDI, and were classified as CO-CDI [including community-associated CDI (CA-CDI) and community-onset health care facility-associated CDI (CO-HCFA-CDI)] and health care facility-onset CDI (HCFO-CDI)...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087170/clostridium-difficile-rates-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-hospitalized-patients-using-nucleic-acid-testing
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Cynthia Truong, Lee F Schroeder, Rajiv Gaur, Victoria Emma Anikst, Ikuko Komo, Colleen Watters, Erin McCalley, Carole Kulik, David Pickham, Nancy J Lee, Niaz Banaei
BACKGROUND: The Clostridium difficile rate in symptomatic patients represents both those with C. difficile infection (CDI) and those with colonization. To predict the extent of CDI overdiagnosis, we compared the asymptomatic colonization rate to the symptomatic positivity rate in hospitalized patients using nucleic acid testing. METHODS: Between July 2014 and April 2015, formed stool samples were collected from asymptomatic patients after admission to 3 hospital wards at the Stanford Hospital...
January 3, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071021/the-effect-of-alcohol-consumption-on-maternal-and-cord-blood-electrolyte-and-trace-element-levels
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Anatoly V Skalny, Elena S Berezkina, Elena V Kiyaeva, Inara E Alidzhanova, Andrew R Grabeklis, Alexey A Tinkov
BACKGROUND: Earlier studies demonstrated that alcoholism significantly alters electrolyte and trace element homeostasis. However, the existing data on the interplay between maternal alcohol consumption and fetal trace element status are contradictory. Therefore, the primary objective of the present study was to assess the influence of alcohol consumption on maternal and cord blood trace elements. METHODS: A total of 30 pregnant women (15 women consuming alcohol and 15 controls) were examined...
October 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068571/photocatalytic-degradation-of-clofibric-acid-by-g-c3n4-p25-composites-under-simulated-sunlight-irradiation-the-significant-effects-of-reactive-species
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Ping Chen, Fengliang Wang, Qianxin Zhang, Yuehan Su, Lingzhi Shen, Kun Yao, Zhi-Feng Chen, Yang Liu, Zongwei Cai, Wenying Lv, Guoguang Liu
Pharmaceutically emerging micropollutants have become an environmental concern in recent years. In the present paper, the reactive species (RSs)-induced degradation mechanism of clofibric acid (CA) was investigated using a newly sunlight-driven g-C3N4/P25 photocatalyst. A very low g-C3N4 content of 8.0 weight percent resulted in a 3.36 and a 2.29 times faster reaction rate for CA photodegradation than for pristine g-C3N4 and P25, respectively. Electron spin resonance and quenching experiments demonstrated the participation of HO, h(+), e(-), (1)O2 and O2(·-) in the photocatalytic system, and the contribution rates were calculated to 73...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065478/a-comparison-of-the-open-reduction-internal-fixation-and-resection-arthroplasty-techniques-in-treatment-of-mason-type-3-radial-head-fractures
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Yunus Emre Akman, Erhan Sukur, Esra Circi, Osman Nuri Ozyalvac, Fatih Ozyer, Yusuf Ozturkmen
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to retrospectively compare a series of patients surgically treated with ORIF or early resection arthroplasty due to isolated comminuted radial head fractures. METHODS: Between the years 2009 and 2013, 34 patients with isolated comminuted fractures of the radial head (Mason Type 3) had been operated (ORIF in 19 patients, resection arthroplasty in 15 patients). The mean age of the patients in the ORIF group was 38.5 years and 54 years in the resection group...
January 5, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062368/epothilone-b-based-3-in-1-polymeric-micelle-for-anticancer-drug-therapy
#10
Dae Hwan Shin, Glen S Kwon
Epothilones are microtubule inhibitors that are promising alternatives to paclitaxel due to enhanced anticancer efficacy. While epothilones are slightly more water soluble than paclitaxel and more active against paclitaxel-resistant cells, they still require formulation with Cremophor EL and/or cosolvents and drug resistance still limits therapeutic efficacy. In this report, we showed that the combinational treatment of epothilone B (EpoB), 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG, Hsp90 inhibitor), and rapamycin (mTOR inhibitor) displays strong anticancer activity in vitro and in vivo...
January 3, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062317/role-of-inoculum-and-mutant-frequency-on-fosfomycin-mic-discrepancies-by-agar-dilution-and-broth-microdilution-methods-in-enterobacteriaceae
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M Ballestero-Téllez, F Docobo-Pérez, J M Rodríguez-Martínez, M C Conejo, M S Ramos-Guelfo, J Blázquez, J Rodríguez-Baño, A Pascual
OBJECTIVES: Fosfomycin is re-evaluated as treatment of multidrug resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections. However, MIC differences have been described among the different susceptibility testing. The aim was to study the role of the different inoculum size used in agar dilution with respect broth microdilution, according to CLSI, in the fosfomycin MIC discrepancies. METHODS: Fosfomycin MICs were determined using agar dilution (reference) and broth microdilution in 220 Escherichia coli (81) and Klebsiella pneumoniae (139) clinical isolates...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048278/we-fg-206-03-an-adaptive-model-for-pharmacokinetic-nested-model-selection-in-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-data-analysis
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H Bagher-Ebadian, M Mohammadian Behbahani, J Ewing
PURPOSE: This study introduces an adaptive Model Selection (MS) technique to perform Pharmacokinetic nested MS from the time trace of longitudinal relaxation rate change, ΔR1 (R1 = 1/T1) in Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) MRI studies. METHODS: Three physiologically nested models derived from the standard Tofts model along with an averaged (over 30 patients) arterial input function were used to simulate a set of ΔR1 profiles to describe possible physiological conditions of underlying tissue pathology: Model-1: the vascular compartment is filled with contrast agent (CA) with no outward leakage...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047428/su-f-t-48-clinical-implementation-of-brachytherapy-planning-system-for-coms-eye-plaques
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C Ferreira, M Islam, S Ahmad, T De La Fuente Herman
PURPOSE: To commission the Brachytherapy Planning (BP) system (Varian, Palo Alto, CA) for the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS) eye plaques by evaluating dose differences against original plans from Nucletron Planning System (NPS). METHODS: NPS system is the primary planning software for COMS-plaques at our facility; however, Brachytherapy Planning 11.0.47 (Varian Medical Systems) is used for secondary check and for seed placement configurations not originally commissioned...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047376/su-f-i-75-half-value-layer-thicknesses-and-homogeneity-coefficients-for-fluoroscopic-x-ray-beam-spectra-incorporating-spectral-filtration
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K Wunderle, A Godley, Z Shen, J Rakowski, F Dong
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation is to quantify various first half-value-layers (HVLs), second HVLs and homogeneity coefficients (HCs) for a state-of-the-art fluoroscope utilizing spectral (copper) filtration. METHODS: A Radcal (Monrovia, Ca) AccuPro dosimeter with a 10×6-6 calibrated ionization chamber was used to measure air kerma for radiographic x-ray exposures made on a Siemens (Erlangen, Germany) Artis ZeeGo fluoroscope operated in the service mode...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046591/tu-ab-brc-06-dose-calculation-in-curved-space
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J Kieselmann, S Bartzsch, U Oelfke
PURPOSE: Microbeam Radiation Therapy is a preclinical method in radiation oncology that modulates radiation fields on a micrometre scale. Dose calculation is challenging due to arising dose gradients and therapeutically important dose ranges. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, often used as gold standard, are computationally expensive and hence too slow for the optimisation of treatment parameters in future clinical applications. On the other hand, conventional kernel based dose calculation leads to inaccurate results close to material interfaces...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046466/su-f-t-395-evaluation-of-best-dosimetry-achievable-with-vmat-and-imrt-treatment-techniques-targeting-borderline-resectable-pancreatic-cancer
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K Harpool, E Schnell, T Herman, S Ahmad, T De La Fuente Herman
PURPOSE: To determine from retrospective study the most appropriate technique for targeting small borderline operable pancreatic cancer surrounding blood vessels by evaluating the dosimetry and normal tissue sparing achievable using Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). METHODS: Treatment plans from ten patients who have undergone treatment with a prescribed dose of 4950 cGy, at 275 cGy per fraction, were analyzed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046160/requirement-for-digestible-calcium-by-25-to-50-kg-pigs-at-different-dietary-concentrations-of-phosphorus-as-indicated-by-growth-performance-bone-ash-concentration-and-calcium-and-phosphorus-balances
#17
J C González-Vega, C L Walk, M R Murphy, H H Stein
Two experiments were conducted to determine the requirement for standardized total tract digestible (STTD) Ca by 25 to 50 kg pigs at different concentrations of STTD P. Twenty corn-soybean meal based diets were formulated with diets containing 4 concentrations of STTD P (0.15, 0.31, 0.39, or 0.47%) and 5 concentrations of STTD Ca (0.13, 0.27, 0.42, 0.57, or 0.72%). Diets were mixed in 1 batch and were used in both experiments. In Exp. 1, 240 pigs (initial average BW: 24.70 ± 1.27 kg) were randomly allotted to the 20 diets in 6 blocks with 1 pen per diet in each block using a 4 × 5 factorial design...
December 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043847/nanoscale-chemical-surface-characterization-of-four-different-types-of-dental-pulp-capping-materials
#18
Victor Gong, Rodrigo França
OBJECTIVES: The surface of any dental pulp-capping material has important implications for its clinical success because it is in direct contact with dental tissue, which influences its cytotoxicity. The aim was to determine the chemical composition of the first atomic layers of four pulp-protection agents because these atoms can initiate the pulp healing process. METHODS: Biodentine (Septodont), ProRoot MTA (Dentsply), Dycal (Caulk) and TheraCal (Bisco) were prepared (n=5) according to manufacturer recommendations...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032019/lewis-acid-assisted-hydrogen-atom-transfer-to-manganese-v-oxo-corrole-through-valence-tautomerization
#19
Curt J Bougher, Mahdi M Abu-Omar
The kinetics of formation of the valence tautomers (tpfc(⋅))Mn(IV)(O-LA)] (n+) [where LA=Zn(II), Ca(II), Sc(III), Yb(III), B(C6F5)3, and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA); tpfc=5,10,15-tris(pentafluorophenyl) corrole] from (tpfc)Mn(V)(O) were followed by UV/Vis spectroscopy, giving second-order rate constants ranging over five orders of magnitude from 10(-2) for Ca to 10(3)  m (-1) s(-1) for Sc. Hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) rates from 2,4-di-tert-butyl phenol (2,4-DTBP) to the various Lewis acid valence tautomers of manganese oxo corrole complexes were evaluated and compared...
December 2016: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026020/low-pho-boosts-burst-firing-and-catecholamine-release-by-blocking-task-1-and-bk-channels-while-preserving-cav1-channels-in-mouse-chromaffin-cells
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Laura Guarina, David H F Vandael, Valentina Carabelli, Emilio Carbone
Mouse chromaffin cells (MCCs) generate action potential (AP) firing that regulates the Ca(2+) -dependent release of catecholamines (CAs). Recent findings indicate that MCCs possess a variety of spontaneous firing modes that span from the common "tonic-irregular" to the less frequent "burst" firing. This latter is evident in a small fraction of MCCs but occurs regularly when Nav1.3/1.7 channels are made less available or when the Slo1β2-subunit responsible for BK channel inactivation is deleted. Burst firing causes massive increases of Ca(2+) -entry and potentiates CA release ∼3...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Physiology
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