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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641300/prenatal-diagnosis-of-dextrocardia-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-and-a-literature-review
#2
Lami Yeo, Suchaya Luewan, Dor Markush, Navleen Gill, Roberto Romero
Fetal dextrocardia is a type of cardiac malposition where the major axis from base to apex points to the right side. This condition is usually associated with a wide spectrum of complex cardiac defects. As a result, dextrocardia is conceptually difficult to understand and diagnose on prenatal ultrasound. The advantage of four-dimensional sonography with spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) is that this modality can facilitate fetal cardiac examination. A novel method known as fetal intelligent navigation echocardiography (FINE) allows automatic generation of nine standard fetal echocardiography views in normal hearts by applying intelligent navigation technology to STIC volume datasets...
June 23, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641286/effect-of-bexarotene-on-platelet-activation-and-apoptosis
#3
Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The retinoid X receptor (RXRs) stimulator Bexarotene ((4-[1-(3,5,5,8,8-pentamethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-2-naphthyl)ethynyl] benzoic acid) is used for the treatment of several malignancies. Bexarotene is at least in part effective by stimulation of apoptosis of tumor cells. Moreover, Bexarotene triggers eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Similar to erythrocytes, blood platelets lack nuclei but are nevertheless able to enter an apoptosis-like phenotype, characterized by caspase activation, cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phospha-tidylserine translocation to the cell surface...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641282/health-related-genetic-direct-to-consumer-tests-in-the-german-setting-the-available-offer-and-the-potential-implications-for-a-solidarily-financed-health-care-system
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Marika Plöthner, Mike Klora, Daniel Rudolph, Johann-Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg
BACKGROUND: The global genetic direct-to-consumer (DTC) market will reach a volume of USD 230 billion in 2018. The expenditures for this genetic analysis are borne by the customer, whereas consequential costs may arise for a solidarily financed system. In a first step, it is essential to gain an overview of the currently available offer in the German setting. METHODS: In April 2016, we conducted a systematic internet search in the Google search engine. In November 2016, we updated the information of the webpages in terms of country, language, types of health-related tests, additional offer of non-health-related DTC test, information about sensitivity and specificity, certification and accreditation, costs as well as reference to German Act on Genetic Testing...
June 23, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641257/fast-segmentation-from-blurred-data-in-3d-fluorescence-microscopy
#5
Martin Storath, Dennis Rickert, Michael Unser, Andreas Weinmann
We develop a fast algorithm for segmenting 3D images from linear measurements based on the Potts model (or piecewise constant Mumford-Shah model). To that end, we first derive suitable space discretizations of the 3D Potts model which are capable of dealing with 3D images defined on non-cubic grids. Our discretization allows us to utilize a specific splitting approach which results in decoupled subproblems of moderate size. The crucial point in the 3D setup is that the number of independent subproblems is so large that we can reasonably exploit the parallel processing capabilities of the graphics processing units (GPU)...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641204/towards-dosimetry-for-photodynamic-diagnosis-with-the-low-level-dose-of-photosensitizer
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Igor Buzalewicz, Iwona Hołowacz, Agnieszka Ulatowska-Jarża, Halina Podbielska
BACKGROUND: Contemporary medicine does not concern the issue of dosimetry in photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) but follows the photosensitizer (PS) producers recommendation. Most preclinical and clinical PDD studies indicate a considerable variation in the possibility of visualization and treatment, as e.g. in case of cervix lesions. Although some of these variations can be caused by the different histological subtypes or various tumor geometries, the issue of varying PS concentration in the tumor tissue volume is definitely an important factor...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641184/estimation-of-u-s-sewer-residence-time-distributions-for-national-scale-risk-assessment-of-down-the-drain-chemicals
#7
Katherine E Kapo, Michael Paschka, Raghu Vamshi, Megan Sebasky, Kathleen McDonough
Sewer residence time (the amount of time a given volume of wastewater resides in a sewer system prior to treatment) can have a significant influence on predictions of environmental fate and transport of wastewater constituents and corresponding risk assessment. In this study, a geographic information systems-based approach for estimating the distribution of sewer residence times for the U.S. was developed using road networks as a spatial proxy for sewer networks. The suitability of the approach was evaluated using case study municipalities, and the approach was subsequently extrapolated to 3422 wastewater treatment facilities of varying size across the U...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641179/quantitative-study-of-the-proportion-of-the-pore-volume-of-human-fluorotic-enamel-filled-by-resin-infiltrant
#8
Frederico Barbosa de Sousa, Isabel Maria Porto Lelis, Regina Célia Bressan Queiroz Figueiredo, Andressa Cavalcanti Pires, Raquel Fernanda Gerlach
AIM: Capillarity theory predicts that the pore volume infiltrated by a liquid in a body with tubular capillaries is directly proportional to the capillary radius. The expected volume available for infiltration is the loosely bound water volume, which can be related to the capillary radii. We tested the hypothesis that the proportion of the pore volume infiltrated by resin infiltrant (Vratio(resin)) is correlated and agrees with the proportion of the pore volume with loosely bound water ( [Formula: see text] )...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641153/lipoprotein-a-and-coronary-atheroma-progression-rates-during-long-term-high-intensity-statin-therapy-insights-from-saturn
#9
Rishi Puri, Christie M Ballantyne, Ron C Hoogeveen, Mingyuan Shao, Philip Barter, Peter Libby, M John Chapman, Raimund Erbel, Benoit J Arsenault, Joel S Raichlen, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-like particle that associates with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). We examined relationships between Lp(a) measurements and changes in coronary atheroma volume following long-term maximally-intensive statin therapy in coronary artery disease patients. METHODS: Study of coronary atheroma by intravascular ultrasound: Effect of Rosuvastatin Versus Atorvastatin (SATURN) used serial intravascular ultrasound measures of coronary atheroma volume in patients treated with rosuvastatin 40 mg or atorvastatin 80 mg for 24 months...
June 15, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641137/real-time-pcr-methods-for-the-detection-of-blown-pack-spoilage-causing-clostridium-species-c-estertheticum-c-gasigenes-and-c-ruminantium
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Rachael Reid, Catherine M Burgess, Evonne McCabe, Séamus Fanning, Paul Whyte, Joe Kerry, Declan Bolton
A set of real-time PCR methods for the detection of C. estertheticum, C. gasigenes and C. ruminantium, the causative agents of blown pack spoilage (BPS) in vacuum packaged beef, was developed. Robust validation of the sensitivity and specificity was carried out in the three matrices (beef meat drip, wet environmental swabs and dry environmental swabs) as encountered in our testing laboratory and against Clostridium strains (n=76) and non-Clostridium strains (n=36). It was possible to detect 4-5 spores per ml for C...
June 3, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641093/hematological-parameters-and-red-blood-cell-morphological-abnormality-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-co-inherited-with-thalassemia
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Jutharat Pengon, Saovaros Svasti, Sumalee Kamchonwongpaisan, Phantip Vattanaviboon
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency and thalassemia are genetically independent hemolytic disorders. Co-inheritance of both disorders may affect red blood cell pathology to a greater extent than normally seen in either disorder alone. This study determines the prevalence and evaluates hematological changes of G-6-PD deficiency and thalassemia co-inheritance. METHODS: G-6-PD deficiency was screened from 200 male thalassemia blood samples using a fluorescent spot test...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641011/exploiting-one-dimensional-exciton-phonon-coupling-for-tunable-and-efficient-single-photon-generation-with-a-carbon-nanotube
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Adrien Jeantet, Yannick Chassagneux, Théo Claude, Philippe Roussignol, Jean-Sébastien Lauret, Jakob Reichel, Christophe Voisin
Condensed-matter emitters offer enriched cavity quantum electrodynamical effects due to the coupling to external degrees of freedom. In the case of carbon nanotubes a very peculiar coupling between localized excitons and the one-dimensional acoustic phonon modes can be achieved, which gives rise to pronounced phonon wings in the luminescence spectrum. By coupling an individual nanotube to a tunable optical micro-cavity, we show that this peculiar exciton-phonon coupling is a valuable resource to enlarge the tuning range of the single-photon source while keeping an excellent exciton-photon coupling efficiency and spectral purity...
June 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640969/control-of-breathing-and-ventilatory-acclimatization-to-hypoxia-in-deer-mice-native-to-high-altitudes
#13
Catherine M Ivy, Graham R Scott
AIM: We compared the control of breathing and heart rate by hypoxia between high- and low-altitude populations of Peromyscus mice, to help elucidate the physiological specializations that help high-altitude natives cope with O2 limitation. METHODS: Deer mice (P. maniculatus) native to high altitude and congeneric mice native to low altitude (P. leucopus) were bred in captivity at sea level. The F1 progeny of each population were raised to adulthood and then acclimated to normoxia or hypobaric hypoxia (12 kPa, simulating hypoxia at ~4300 m) for 5 months...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640960/ferulic-acid-alleviates-symptoms-of-preeclampsia-in-rats-by-upregulating-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Weiyan Gong, Jipeng Wan, Qing Yuan, Quanzhan Man, Xiaojing Zhang
Preeclampsia is a complication affecting pregnant women worldwide, which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of ferulic acid (FA) on an N(ω) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) induced rat model of preeclampsia. L-NAME was administered to pregnant rats to induce preeclampsia. 48 rats were divided into three experimental groups (n=16 each): control group, preeclampsia group and preeclampsia with FA treatment (preeclampsia+FA). Physiological characteristics such as urine volume, total urine protein and blood pressure were assessed...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640895/the-interplay-of-climate-intervention-and-imported-cases-as-determinants-of-the-2014-dengue-outbreak-in-guangzhou
#15
Qu Cheng, Qinlong Jing, Robert C Spear, John M Marshall, Zhicong Yang, Peng Gong
Dengue is a fast spreading mosquito-borne disease that affects more than half of the population worldwide. An unprecedented outbreak happened in Guangzhou, China in 2014, which contributed 52 percent of all dengue cases that occurred in mainland China between 1990 and 2015. Our previous analysis, based on a deterministic model, concluded that the early timing of the first imported case that triggered local transmission and the excessive rainfall thereafter were the most important determinants of the large final epidemic size in 2014...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640873/healthy-aging-of-the-left-ventricle-in-relationship-to-cardiovascular-risk-factors-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#16
Chia-Ying Liu, Shenghan Lai, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Harjit Chahal, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Joao A C Lima, David A Bluemke
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationship of cardiovascular structure and function to age is confounded by the high prevalence of traditional risk factors in the United States. The purpose of the study is to compare left ventricular (LV) and aortic structural, and functional parameters in individuals with and without traditional risk factors in a population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: 3015 study participants (48% men, age 55-94, mean 69.01±9.17 years) in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging from 2010-2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640786/a-standardized-approach-for-transfusion-medicine-support-in-patients-with-morbidly-adherent-placenta
#17
Anil K Panigrahi, Amanda Yeaton-Massey, Sara Bakhtary, Jennifer Andrews, Deirdre J Lyell, Alexander J Butwick, Lawrence Tim Goodnough
BACKGROUND: The incidence of placenta accreta (PA) has increased from 0.8 to 3.0 in 1000 pregnancies, driven by increased rates of cesarean deliveries (32.2% in 2014) of births in the United States. The average blood loss for a delivery complicated by PA ranges from 2000 to 5000 mL, frequently requiring substantial transfusion medicine support. We report our own institutional multidisciplinary approach for managing such patients, along with transfusion medicine outcomes, in this setting over a 5-year period...
June 20, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640781/hydrogen-gas-inhalation-inhibits-progression-to-the-irreversible-stage-of-shock-after-severe-hemorrhage-in-rats
#18
Tadashi Matsuoka, Masaru Suzuki, Motoaki Sano, Kei Hayashida, Tomoyoshi Tamura, Koichiro Homma, Keiichi Fukuda, Junichi Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Mortality of hemorrhagic shock primarily depends on whether or not the patients can endure the loss of circulating volume until radical treatment is applied. We investigated whether hydrogen (H2) gas inhalation would influence the tolerance to hemorrhagic shock and improve survival. METHODS: Hemorrhagic shock was achieved by withdrawing blood until the mean arterial blood pressure reached 30-35 mmHg. After 60 minutes of shock, the rats were resuscitated with a volume of normal saline equal to four times the volume of shed blood...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640773/salivary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-is-associated-with-exercise-ventilatory-efficiency
#19
Yang Chen, Helene Z Hill, Gudrun Lange, Michael J Falvo
Chen, Y, Hill, HZ, Lange, G, and Falvo, MJ. Salivary mitochondrial DNA copy number is associated with exercise ventilatory efficiency. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2000-2004, 2017-Mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) is an index of mitochondrial content and is responsive to changes in exercise training volume. Therefore, assessment of mtDNAcn may help to optimize exercise prescription and aid in athlete monitoring. Although previous work has assessed mtDNAcn derived from skeletal muscle and blood using invasive approaches, no study has examined salivary mtDNAcn and its relationship with sport performance...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640772/the-effect-of-a-carbohydrate-mouth-rinse-on-upper-body-muscular-strength-and-endurance
#20
James E Dunkin, Shaun M Phillips
Dunkin, JE and Phillips, SM. The effect of a carbohydrate mouth rinse on upper-body muscular strength and endurance. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 1948-1953, 2017-Carbohydrate (CHO) mouth rinsing rapidly increases corticomotor output and maximal muscle force production, which could enhance muscular strength and endurance during resistance exercise. However, previous research has found no effect of CHO rinsing on muscular strength or endurance. The current study altered the CHO rinse composition and frequency and the muscular endurance test to further investigate the effects of a CHO mouth rinse on upper-body muscular strength and endurance...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
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