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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352753/factors-predicting-length-of-stay-following-bariatric-surgery-retrospective-review-of-a-single-uk-tertiary-centre-experience
#1
Fahad Mahmood, Alistair J Sharples, Adriana Rotundo, Nagammapudur Balaji, Vittal S R Rao
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic Roux Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) are the most commonly performed bariatric procedures. Improvement in techniques and perioperative management of patients have resulted in shorter hospital stay and reduced overall costs. Many post-operative protocols aspire to post-operative day 1 discharge with studies showing reduction in length of stay without increasing complications. In this study, we investigate the factors predictive of early discharge at our high-volume bariatric centre...
January 19, 2018: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352674/the-effect-of-vertical-split-flow-patient-management-on-emergency-department-throughput-and-efficiency
#2
John S Garrett, Colyn Berry, Hao Wong, Huanying Qin, Jeffery A Kline
BACKGROUND: To address emergency department overcrowding operational research seeks to identify efficient processes to optimize flow of patients through the emergency department. Vertical flow refers to the concept of utilizing and assigning patients virtual beds rather than to an actual physical space within the emergency department to care of low acuity patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of vertical flow upon emergency department efficiency and patient satisfaction...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352662/distinct-progression-patterns-of-brain-disease-in-infantile-and-juvenile-gangliosidoses-volumetric-quantitative-mri-study
#3
Igor Nestrasil, Alia Ahmed, Josephine M Utz, Kyle Rudser, Chester B Whitley, Jeanine R Jarnes-Utz
BACKGROUND: GM1-gangliosidosis and GM2-gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs disease and Sandhoff disease) are unrelenting heritable neurodegenerative conditions of lysosomal ganglioside accumulation. Although progressive brain atrophy is characteristic, longitudinal quantification of specific brain structures has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this longitudinal study has been to quantify and track brain MRI volume changes, including specific structure volume changes, at different times in disease progression of childhood gangliosidoses, and to explore quantitative brain MRI volumetry (qMRI) as a non-invasive marker of disease progression for future treatment trials...
December 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352651/catheter-injected-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-efficacious-occlusion-of-arteriovenous-nidus-in-a-swine-model
#4
Joseph Touma, Jianping Dai, Andre Gaston, Marianne Gervais, Eric Allaire
OBJECTIVES: Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are complex vascular lesions. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, but is often not achievable. Embolo-sclerotherapy alone is associated with high recurrence rates. This study tested the hypothesis that seeding hydrogel conditioned bone marrow derived mesenchymatous stem cells (BM-MSCs) in an AVM nidus model induces solid microvascular occlusion through endoluminal tissue growth. METHODS: AVMs were modelled as arteriovenous microvascular nidus, using swine rete mirabile, a plexiform intracranial structure composed of arterial microvessels that extensively anastomose...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352634/factors-influencing-the-recycling-rate-under-the-volume-based-waste-fee-system-in-south-korea
#5
Seejeen Park
Since the early 2000s, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has maintained its top-rank status for its municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling rate among OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) member countries. The volume-based waste fee system (VWF) has been considered to be the major factor contributing to the high recycling performance, and extant research has verified the positive relationship between VWF adoption and the MSW recycling rate. Nevertheless, there exists a gap in the literature, as past research has focused more on testing the positive effects of VWF rather than on investigating the determinants of recycling rates after the adoption of VWF...
January 15, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352629/an-in-silico-comparative-dosimetric-study-of-postmastectomy-locoregional-irradiation-using-intensity-modulated-vs-3-dimensional-conventional-radiotherapy
#6
Pooja Khullar, Charu Garg, Sujit Nath Sinha, Inderjit Kaur, Niloy Ranjan Datta
An in silico dosimetric evaluation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) vs 3-dimensional conventional radiation therapy (3D-CRT) treatment plans in postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) to the chest wall and regional lymphatics was conducted. Twenty-five consecutive patients with breast cancer referred for locoregional PMRT, stages T2-4 with N1-3, were planned to receive 50 Gy in 25 fractions with IMRT. Additionally, a 3D-CRT plan was generated using identical contours for the clinical target volumes (CTV), planning target volumes (PTV), and organs at risk (OAR)...
January 15, 2018: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352626/differences-between-sexes-in-the-standard-and-advanced-dimensioning-of-lateral-meniscal-allografts
#7
Patrycja Mickiewicz, Michał Walczak, Michał Łaszczyca, Damian Kusz, Zygmunt Wróbel
BACKGROUND: There are many different methods of meniscal allograft measurements, which depend on individual tissue bank procedures. Due to the lack of a standardised method of dimensioning, measurement results may vary between individual cases. Consequently, allograft may be mismatched to the patient's knee anatomy. The purpose of this study was to measure four meniscal dimensions - two standard and two specific - and then compare them between sexes. METHODS: Fourteen cadaveric lateral menisci (seven male and seven female) were scanned using a microtomography scanner...
January 15, 2018: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352616/assessing-advanced-airway-management-performance-in-a-national-cohort-of-emergency-medical-services-agencies
#8
Henry E Wang, John P Donnelly, Dustin Barton, Jeffrey L Jarvis
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Although often the focus of quality improvement efforts, emergency medical services (EMS) advanced airway management performance has few national comparisons, nor are there many assessments with benchmarks accounting for differences in agency volume or patient mix. We seek to assess variations in advanced airway management and conventional intubation performance in a national cohort of EMS agencies. METHODS: We used EMS data from ESO Solutions, a national EMS electronic health record system...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352582/a-microfluidic-distributor-combining-minimal-volume-minimal-dispersion-and-minimal-sensitivity-to-clogging
#9
Sander Jespers, Sander Deridder, Gert Desmet
A new type of microfluidic flow distributor (referred to as the mixed mode or MM-distributor) is proposed. Its performance characteristics are determined using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), both in the absence and the presence of clogging, which is an important problem in microfluidic systems. A comparison is made with two existing, well-performing distributor types: the bifurcating (BF) distributor and an optimized diverging distributor, the so-called radially interconnected (RI) distributor. It was found that, in the absence of clogging, the MM-distributor produces only a little more dispersion than the bifurcating (BF) distributor, but much less than the radially interconnected (RI) distributor...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352392/impact-of-dexamethasone-concentration-on-cartilage-tissue-formation-from-human-synovial-derived-stem-cells-in-vitro
#10
Ryota Chijimatsu, Masato Kobayashi, Kosuke Ebina, Toru Iwahashi, Yosuke Okuno, Makoto Hirao, Atsunori Fukuhara, Norimasa Nakamura, Hideki Yoshikawa
Human synovial mesenchymal stem cells (hSMSCs) are a promising cell source for cartilage regeneration because of their superior chondrogenic potential in vitro. This study aimed to further optimize the conditions for inducing chondrogenesis of hSMSCs, focusing on the dose of dexamethasone in combination with transforming growth factor-β3 (TGFβ3) and/or bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP2). When hSMSCs-derived aggregates were cultured with TGFβ3, dexamethasone up to 10 nM promoted chondrogenesis, but attenuated it with heterogeneous tissue formation when used at concentrations over than 100 nM...
January 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352391/functional-recovery-by-application-of-human-dedifferentiated-fat-cells-on-cerebral-infarction-mice-model
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Tomoki Kakudo, Naotaka Kishimoto, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Yoshihiro Momota
Elderly people whose daily activities have declined due to a cerebrovascular disorder may suffer from dysphagia and may find oral hygiene difficult. Therefore, it is important to establish an effective therapy for the underlying cerebrovascular disorder. Dedifferentiated fat cells (DFAT) were obtained from mature adipocytes isolated from human buccal adipose pads in a ceiling culture. DFAT expressed the neural markers Nestin and SOX2. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that the cells had properties similar to mesenchymal stem cells...
January 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352380/integrated-prediction-of-lesion-specific-ischaemia-from-quantitative-coronary-ct-angiography-using-machine-learning-a-multicentre-study
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Damini Dey, Sara Gaur, Kristian A Ovrehus, Piotr J Slomka, Julian Betancur, Markus Goeller, Michaela M Hell, Heidi Gransar, Daniel S Berman, Stephan Achenbach, Hans Erik Botker, Jesper Moller Jensen, Jens Flensted Lassen, Bjarne Linde Norgaard
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate if lesion-specific ischaemia by invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) can be predicted by an integrated machine learning (ML) ischaemia risk score from quantitative plaque measures from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: In a multicentre trial of 254 patients, CTA and invasive coronary angiography were performed, with FFR in 484 vessels. CTA data sets were analysed by semi-automated software to quantify stenosis and non-calcified (NCP), low-density NCP (LD-NCP, < 30 HU), calcified and total plaque volumes, contrast density difference (CDD, maximum difference in luminal attenuation per unit area) and plaque length...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352332/effects-of-continuous-or-intermittent-low-magnitude-high-frequency-vibration-on-fracture-healing-in-sheep
#13
Yanhui Li, Guozhao Liu, Jing Yu, Chen Li, Lei Tan, Baohui Hao, Chao Liu, Junhao Lin, Dong Zhu, Xizheng Zhang
PURPOSE: Vibration therapy has been shown to improve fracture healing. In this study, we investigated the effects of continuous or different intermittent vibration regimens on fracture healing in sheep models on the basis of radiographs, mechanical, and biochemical testing. METHODS: The 63 right-hind metatarsals from 63 sheep (12-month-old) were osteotomized; followed by surgical fixation with a steel plate. Two weeks after the surgery, the sheep with right-hind metatarsal fractures were randomly divided into seven groups (n=9/group): control (no vibration treated), continuous vibration (CV), one, three, five, seven and 14-day intermittent vibration (named IV-1, -3, -5, -7, and -14, respectively) groups, which represented a cycle of the successive n-day vibration and successive n-day break...
January 19, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352330/relationship-between-power-duration-parameters-and-mechanical-and-anthropometric-properties-of-the-thigh-in-elite-cyclists
#14
Mehdi Kordi, Campbell Menzies, Len Parker Simpson
PURPOSE: The curvature constant (W') and asymptote (critical power; CP) of the power-duration relationship are important parameters for explaining cycling performance. Short-duration endurance cycling events rely more heavily on the W'; however, the full mechanistic underpinning of this parameter is yet to be determined. Evidence suggests both muscle volume and muscle strength may contribute to the magnitude of W'. Therefore, the present study investigated the relationship between power-duration parameters (CP and W') and (1) anthropometric and (2) mechanical properties of thigh muscles in a sample of elite cyclists...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352329/the-advantages-of-bilateral-osteotomy-over-unilateral-osteotomy-for-osteoporotic-bone-healing
#15
M Komrakova, J Fiebig, D B Hoffmann, C Krischek, W Lehmann, K M Stuermer, S Sehmisch
Most models of osteoporotic bone fractures are performed unilaterally (UL). We investigated healing of tibia osteotomy performed either UL or bilaterally (BL) in ovariectomized rats. Behavior of animals and muscle structure were assessed. Three-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were ovariectomized (n = 32). After 10 weeks, half the rats underwent UL osteotomy of tibia metaphysis (right limb) with plate osteosynthesis. The other rats were osteotomized BL. Half of the rats in each group received either standard pain treatment with carprofen (5 mg/kg body weight (BW), 1x/day for 2 days) or carprofen and buprenorphine (5 mg/kg BW, 1x/day and 0...
January 19, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352307/aerial-ulv-control-of-aedes-aegypti-with-naled-dibrom-inside-simulated-rural-village-and-urban-cryptic-habitats
#16
Seth C Britch, Kenneth J Linthicum, Robert L Aldridge, Mark S Breidenbaugh, Mark D Latham, Peter H Connelly, Mattie J E Rush, Jennifer L Remmers, Jerry D Kerce, Charles A Silcox
We conducted aerial fixed wing ultra low volume (ULV) spray trials with naled to investigate penetration of exposed and simulated cryptic habitat within opened buildings, partially sealed buildings, and outdoor locations targeting sentinel adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in north central Florida. Mortality was observed in open and closed buildings and outdoors, even in mosquitoes placed in cryptic habitats. Observations on the impact of building type, mosquito exposure method such as placement in cryptic habitat, and spray nozzle size on mosquito mortality are described and analyzed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352276/arrhythmogenic-drugs-can-amplify-spatial-heterogeneities-in-the-electrical-restitution-in-perfused-guinea-pig-heart-an-evidence-from-assessments-of-monophasic-action-potential-durations-and-jt-intervals
#17
Oleg E Osadchii
Non-uniform shortening of the action potential duration (APD90) in different myocardial regions upon heart rate acceleration can set abnormal repolarization gradients and promote arrhythmia. This study examined whether spatial heterogeneities in APD90 restitution can be amplified by drugs with clinically proved proarrhythmic potential (dofetilide, quinidine, procainamide, and flecainide) and, if so, whether these effects can translate to the appropriate changes of the ECG metrics of ventricular repolarization, such as JT intervals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352237/wearable-sweat-rate-sensors-for-human-thermal-comfort-monitoring
#18
Jai Kyoung Sim, Sunghyun Yoon, Young-Ho Cho
We propose watch-type sweat rate sensors capable of automatic natural ventilation by integrating miniaturized thermo-pneumatic actuators, and experimentally verify their performances and applicability. Previous sensors using natural ventilation require manual ventilation process or high-power bulky thermo-pneumatic actuators to lift sweat rate detection chambers above skin for continuous measurement. The proposed watch-type sweat rate sensors reduce operation power by minimizing expansion fluid volume to 0...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352231/the-direction-of-tumour-growth-in-glioblastoma-patients
#19
Morteza Esmaeili, Anne Line Stensjøen, Erik Magnus Berntsen, Ole Solheim, Ingerid Reinertsen
Generating MR-derived growth pattern models for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has been an attractive approach in neuro-oncology, suggesting a distinct pattern of lesion spread with a tendency in growing along the white matter (WM) fibre direction for the invasive component. However, the direction of growth is not much studied in vivo. In this study, we sought to study the dominant directions of tumour expansion/shrinkage pre-treatment. We examined fifty-six GBMs at two time-points: at radiological diagnosis and as part of the pre-operative planning, both with contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MRIs...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352222/artificial-chameleon-skin-that-controls-spectral-radiation-development-of-chameleon-cool-coating-c3
#20
Hiroki Gonome, Masashi Nakamura, Junnosuke Okajima, Shigenao Maruyama
Chameleons have a diagnostic thermal protection that enables them to live under various conditions. Our developed special radiative control therefore is inspired by the chameleon thermal protection ability by imitating its two superposed layers as two pigment particles in one coating layer. One particle imitates a chameleon superficial surface for color control (visible light), and another particle imitates a deep surface to reflect solar irradiation, especially in the near-infrared region. Optical modeling allows us to optimally design the particle size and volume fraction...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
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