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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324865/biomaterials-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration-and-repair
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REVIEW
Robert D Bowles, Lori A Setton
The intervertebral disc contributes to motion, weight bearing, and flexibility of the spine, but is susceptible to damage and morphological changes that contribute to pathology with age and injury. Engineering strategies that rely upon synthetic materials or composite implants that do not interface with the biological components of the disc have not met with widespread use or desirable outcomes in the treatment of intervertebral disc pathology. Here we review bioengineering advances to treat disc disorders, using cell-supplemented materials, or acellular, biologically based materials, that provide opportunity for cell-material interactions and remodeling in the treatment of intervertebral disc disorders...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324327/lumbar-disc-replacement-surgery-successes-and-obstacles-to-widespread-adoption
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REVIEW
Stephan N Salzmann, Nicolas Plais, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar disc replacement has been a surgical alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) for many years. Despite enthusiasm after the approval of the first devices, implantation rates have remained low, especially in the USA. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of lumbar disc replacement in order to comprehend the successes and obstacles to widespread adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: Although a large amount of evidence-based data including satisfactory long-term results is available, implantation rates in the USA have not increased in the last decade...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324165/lipid-phenol-and-carotenoid-changes-in-bianca-grapevine-leaves-after-mechanical-wounding-a-case-study
#3
Giulia Chitarrini, Luca Zulini, Domenico Masuero, Urska Vrhovsek
Metabolic changes can occur in plants in response to abiotic stress. Extensive use of leaf discs (mechanical wounding) in studies regarding the effect on the biochemical response of the grapevine to different types of biotic stress makes it necessary to understand metabolic perturbation after injury. In this study, we investigate how mechanical wounding can affect the metabolism of grapevine leaf tissue using Bianca variety as case study. Two sizes of leaf discs (1.1 and 2.8 cm in diameter) were excised from leaves, and phenol, lipid and carotenoid perturbation were investigated 0, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 and 120 h post cutting...
March 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323693/assessment-of-vertebral-curves-using-the-manual-post-it-technique
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Brian P Gladnick, Joseph J Schreiber, Chad R Ishmael, Benjamin T Bjerke-Kroll, Matthew E Cunningham
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of a new technique. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report a manual technique for measuring vertebral curves on digital spine radiographs, and to assess the agreement of this technique with that of digital software for measuring vertebral curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) typically include software for evaluating radiographic measurements...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319525/crowdsourcing-to-evaluate-fundus-photographs-for-the-presence-of-glaucoma
#5
Xueyang Wang, Lucy I Mudie, Mani Baskaran, Ching-Yu Cheng, Wallace L Alward, David S Friedman, Christopher J Brady
PURPOSE: To assess the accuracy of crowdsourcing for grading optic nerve images for glaucoma using Amazon Mechanical Turk before and after training modules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Images (n=60) from 2 large population studies were graded for glaucoma status and vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR). In the baseline trial, users on Amazon Mechanical Turk (Turkers) graded fundus photos for glaucoma and VCDR after reviewing annotated example images. In 2 additional trials, Turkers viewed a 26-slide PowerPoint training or a 10-minute video training and passed a quiz before being permitted to grade the same 60 images...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319468/the-impact-of-cage-dimensions-positioning-and-side-of-approach-in-extreme-lateral-interbody-fusion
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Marjan Alimi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Moritz Perrech, Connor Berlin, Christoph P Hofstetter, Yu Moriguchi, Eric Elowitz, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective single-center study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cage characteristics and position toward clinical and radiographic outcome measures in patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion (ELIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ELIF is utilized for indirect decompression and minimally invasive surgical treatment for various degenerative spinal disorders. However, evidence regarding the influence of cage characteristics in patient outcome is minimal...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318724/-preliminary-study-of-the-quality-of-life-of-glaucoma-patients-in-the-district-of-sousse-tunisia-sociodemographic-and-clinical-associations
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L Knani, F Gatfaoui, A Mahjoub, M Ghorbel, H Mahjoub, F Ben Hadj Hamida
PURPOSE: To assess the vision-specific quality-of-life (VS-QoL) of glaucoma patients followed at Farhat Hached university hospital, Sousse-Tunisia, and identify clinical and sociodemographic factors potentially affecting it. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study enrolling one-hundred twenty patients followed for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). All the patients successfully responded to the Arabic version of the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire 25 (NEI-VFQ 25)...
March 16, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316989/quality-of-spine-surgery-research-from-the-arab-countries-a-systematic-review-and-bibliometric-analysis
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REVIEW
Saleh S Baeesa, Yazid Maghrabi, Abdul Karim Msaddi, Richard Assaker
Purpose. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the level of evidence (LOE) of spine surgery publications in the Arab countries and compare it with standard international literature in spine surgery and to determine the stand of the Arab nations academic production with that of the global one. Methods. An online search using "PubMed" and "Google Scholar" was carried out, using search terms related to spine surgery such as "Spine surgery," "Scoliosis," "Herniated disc." Each article was reviewed and graded by two reviewers using Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (OCEBM) Levels of Evidence scale...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316339/uv-mediated-thiol-ene-click-reactions-for-the-synthesis-of-drug-loadable-and-degradable-gels-based-on-copoly-2-oxazoline-s
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Klaus P Luef, Charlotte Petit, Bettina Ottersböck, Gernot Oreski, Francis Ehrenfeld, Bruno Grassl, Stéphanie Reynaud, Frank Wiesbrock
An 80-membered library of gels composed of monofunctional 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline and 2-nonyl-2-oxazoline and one of four selected difunctional 2-oxazolines (containing either ether or ester bonds) were synthesized by microwave-assisted ring-opening polymerizations. The difunctional 2-oxazolines were prepared from the thiol-ene reaction of glycol dimercaptoacetate or 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)diethanethiol and 2-but-3'-enyl-2-oxazoline or 2-dec-9'-enyl-2-oxazoline. 53 of the gels exhibited glass-transition temperatures, which ranged from -5...
April 2017: European Polymer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315905/breast-specific-gamma-camera-imaging-with-99m-tc-mibi-has-better-diagnostic-performance-than-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-breast-cancer-patients-a-meta-analysis
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Aimi Zhang, Panli Li, Qiufang Liu, Shaoli Song
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic role of breast-specific gamma camera imaging (BSGI) with technetium-99m-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile ((99m)Tc-MIBI) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with breast cancer through a meta-analysis. METHODS: Three reviewers searched articles published in medical journals before June 2016 in MEDLINE, EMBASE and Springer Databases; the references listed in original articles were also retrieved. We used the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies (QUADAS) tool to assess the quality of the included studies...
March 20, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315837/a-search-for-genes-mediating-the-growth-promoting-function-of-tgf%C3%AE-in-the-drosophila-melanogaster-wing-disc
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Covadonga F Hevia, Ana López-Varea, Nuria Esteban, Jose F de Celis
TGFβ signalling has a complex influence in cell proliferation, acting to stop cell division in differentiating cells, but also promoting cell division in immature cells. The activity of the pathway in Drosophila is mostly required to stimulate the proliferation of neural and epithelial tissues. Most interestingly, this function is not absolutely required for cell division, but it is needed for these tissues to reach their correct size. It is not known how TGFβ signalling promotes cell division in imaginal discs, or what are the interactions between TGFβ activity and other signalling pathways regulating cell proliferation...
March 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315514/optic-nerve-head-in-central-retinal-vein-occlusion-by-spectral-domain-oct
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Antonio Longo, Teresio Avitabile, Maurizio G Uva, Vincenza Bonfiglio, Andrea Russo, Mario D Toro, Caterina Gagliano, Matteo Fallico, Michele Reibaldi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the morphology of optic nerve head by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in patients with unilateral central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). METHODS: In 39 consecutive patients with unilateral CRVO and 39 healthy controls, morphologic parameters of optic nerve head were assessed in both eyes by Spectralis SD-OCT using a custom radial B-scan pattern. The length of Bruch membrane opening (BMO) was measured in OCT scans, and optic disc diameters (DD) were assessed in infrared fundus photographs...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315161/the-effect-of-live-feeds-bathed-with-the-red-seaweed-asparagopsis-armata-on-the-survival-growth-and-physiology-status-of-sparus-aurata-larvae
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S Castanho, G Califano, F Soares, R Costa, L Mata, P Pousão-Ferreira, L Ribeiro
Larval rearing is affected by a wide range of microorganisms that thrive in larviculture systems. Some seaweed species have metabolites capable of reducing the bacterial load. However, no studies have yet tested whether including seaweed metabolites on larval rearing systems has any effects on the larvae development. This work assessed the development of Sparus aurata larvae fed preys treated with an Asparagopsis armata product. Live prey, Brachionus spp. and Artemia sp., were immersed in a solution containing 0...
March 17, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314997/clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-in-haematogenous-spondylodiscitis-treated-conservatively
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Tiziana Ascione, Giovanni Balato, Sigismondo Luca Di Donato, Pasquale Pagliano, Francesco Granata, Gianluca Colella, Carlo Ruosi
INTRODUCTION: Spondylodiscitis refers to infections of the intervertebral disc and the adjacent vertebral body. Although it is still considered a rare condition, its rate is projected to increase. Mortality rate is considered to be low, but an estimated one third of the survivors experience residual disabilities. Literature shows that uncomplicated spondylodiscitis can be adequately treated by early antibiotic therapy and immobilization. The aim of the study is to evaluate the outcome of conservative treatment in patients with haematogenous spondylodiscitis...
March 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314831/childhood-onset-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy
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Anna Majander, Richard Bowman, Joanna Poulton, Richard J Antcliff, M Ashwin Reddy, Michel Michaelides, Andrew R Webster, Patrick F Chinnery, Marcela Votruba, Anthony T Moore, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
BACKGROUND: The onset of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is relatively rare in childhood. This study describes the clinical and molecular genetic features observed in this specific LHON subgroup. METHODS: Our retrospective study consisted of a UK paediatric LHON cohort of 27 patients and 69 additional cases identified from a systematic review of the literature. Patients were included if visual loss occurred at the age of 12 years or younger with a confirmed pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutation: m...
March 17, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306638/the-proinflammatory-cytokines-il-1%C3%A3-and-tnf-%C3%AE-influence-human-annulus-cell-signaling-cues-for-neurite-growth-in-vitro-co-culture-studies
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Helen E Gruber, Brittany Jones, Emilio Marrero, Edward N Hanley
STUDY DESIGN: IRB-approved research using human annulus cells co-cultured with F11 nerve cells. OBJECTIVE: To perform functional, kinetic assays of neurite dynamics and media neurotrophin measurement to test whether proinflammatory cytokines influence annulus cells' signaling cues for neurite growth/repulsion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Nerves grow in response to signaling molecules called neurotrophins which disc cells produce (e.g. brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neurotrophin 3 (NT3)) and which influence neuron survival, differentiation and migration...
March 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306361/visual-field-progression-is-associated-with-systemic-concentration-of-macrophage-chemoattractant-protein-1-in-normal-tension-glaucoma
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Na Young Lee, Min Hee Kim, Chan Kee Park
PURPOSE: To investigate the associations between endothelin-1 (ET-1) and macrophage chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) levels and visual field (VF) progression in normal-tension glaucoma (NTG). METHODS: We conducted a prospective, longitudinal study in 71 patients with NTG. Blood samples from all subjects were assayed for ET-1 and MCP-1 concentrations, and baseline ophthalmic examinations, including the VF, were performed. Baseline data were compared with follow-up data over 3 years...
March 17, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306206/phytochemical-profile-and-biological-activities-of-helianthemum-canum-from-turkey
#18
Ayşe Baldemir, Neslihan Gökşen, Nilay Ildız, Gökçe Şeker Karatoprak, Müberra Koşar
In the current study, antioxidant, antibacterial activities, and the phenolic compositions of extracts from Helianthemum canum L. Baumg (Apiaceae) aerial parts were investigated for the first time. The H. canum was extracted with 70% methanol (HCMeOH) and water (HCW). Both extracts were determined by total phenolic contents (3 mg/mL), flavonoids (1.5 mg/mL), flavonols (1.5 mg/mL), qualitative-quantitative compositions, iron (II) chelation activities (0.1-5 mg/mL), free radical scavenging activities (DPPH(●) : 0...
March 17, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304237/cervical-disc-arthroplasty-with-the-prestige-lp-disc-versus-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-at-2-levels-results-of-a-prospective-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-at-24-months
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Matthew F Gornet, Todd H Lanman, J Kenneth Burkus, Scott D Hodges, Jeffrey R McConnell, Randall F Dryer, Anne G Copay, Hui Nian, Frank E Harrell
OBJECTIVE The authors compared the efficacy and safety of arthroplasty using the Prestige LP cervical disc with those of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at 2 adjacent levels. METHODS Patients from 30 investigational sites were randomized to 1 of 2 groups: investigational patients (209) underwent arthroplasty using a Prestige LP artificial disc, and control patients (188) underwent ACDF with a cortical ring allograft and anterior cervical plate...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303831/strengths-and-limitations-of-various-screening-methods-for-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-including-new-method-recommended-by-clinical-and-laboratory-standards-institute-2017-a-tertiary-care-experience
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Agila Kumari Pragasam, Balaji Veeraraghavan, Yamuna Devi Bakthavatchalam, Radha Gopi, Raziya Fathima Aslam
Carbapenemase-mediated carbapenem resistance is a major concern across the world. Rapid detection of carbapenemase-producing organisms is of great importance in clinical settings. However, it is essential to have a test with good sensitivity and specificity. The aim of the study was to compare the performance of RAPIDEC® CARBA NP and modified carbapenem inactivation method (mCIM) recommended by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guideline 2017. A total of ninety carbapenem resistant Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae have been tested...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
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