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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535525/expanded-hemodialysis-a-new-therapy-for-a-new-class-of-membranes
#1
Claudio Ronco, Gaetano La Manna
A wide spectrum of molecules is retained in end-stage kidney disease, normally defined as uremic toxins. These solutes have different molecular weights and radii. Current dialysis membranes and techniques only remove solutes in the range of 50-15,000 Da, with limited or no capability to remove solutes in the middle to high molecular weight range (up to 50,000 Da). Improved removal has been obtained with high cut-off (HCO) membranes, with albumin loss representing a limitation to their practical application...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535462/pharmaceutical-substances-in-ambient-particulates-a-preliminary-assessment
#2
Angelo Cecinato, Paola Romagnoli, Mattia Perilli, Catia Balducci
Till now, no attention has been paid to pharmaceuticals (PCs) in the air, though they are known to affect waters, soils, foods and biota. This paper describes the first attempt to characterize the PC occurrence in the air. Airborne particulates (PM10 or PM2.5 fractions, from Amsterdam, Netherland, Rome and Rende, Italy) were sampled on quartz fiber filter by means of pumping systems operating at medium-volume conditions (16 or 38.5 L min(-1)). The samples were solvent extracted through sonication with a dichloromethane:acetone:methanol mixture and reduced close to dryness; three fractions of the residue were separated through column chromatography; they comprised non polar, low polar and very polar organic compounds, respectively, and PCs were in the third one...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535416/the-role-of-timing-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury
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Amene Saghazadeh, Nima Rezaei
Regeneration failure after primary spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to diverse clinical complications in a severity- and level of SCI-dependent manner. The cost of treating both of them (initial regeneration failure and following complications) would be prohibitive, particularly in less developed nations. The well-recognized circumstances arose from primary SCI include excitotoxicity and inflammation. SCI increases concentrations of extracellular amino acids (EAAs) in the severity-dependent manner and the maximum level of EAAs at the injury site will be reduced by distance from the injury site...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535363/elite-status-maintained-a-12-year-physiological-and-performance-follow-up-of-two-olympic-champion-rowers
#4
Pavle Mikulic, Nikola Bralic
This case study reports the results of a 12-year (2005-2016) follow-up study of two Olympic champion rowers. The rowers were prospective athletes at the junior level when the study began, and we monitored their relevant physiological and performance data annually. Our findings indicated that their V̇O2max gradually increased up to about 22 years of age and leveled off at a value of approximately 7 l·min(-1) with minimal fluctuations thereafter. However, the variables that directly influence the V̇O2max changed...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533807/malignant-soft-tissue-sarcoma-of-the-shoulder-treated-by-surface-mould-brachytherapy-boost-in-an-adjuvant-setting
#5
Ashutosh Mukherji, Mourougan Sinnatamby
PURPOSE: Soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities account for half of all soft tissue sarcomas. Radiotherapy and surgery have been the standard modalities in the treatment of this type of cancer. Brachytherapy can be used as the sole therapy, if the target volume is localized and easily accessible. This work reports three cases of shoulder soft tissue sarcomas with positive deep resected margins, treated with a combination of external beam radiotherapy and surface mould brachytherapy boost technique...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532772/echocardiographic-predictors-for-worsening-of-six-minute-walk-distances-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-scleroderma
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Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Susumu Nishio, Yukina Hirata, Hiromitsu Seno, Yoshihito Saijo, Takayuki Ise, Takeshi Tobiume, Koji Yamaguchi, Shusuke Yagi, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki, Masataka Sata
Change in 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) has been used as a clinical marker in pulmonary hypertension. Determinants and worsening of 6MWD remain a matter of debate because nonpulmonary factors have an impact on the 6MWD. We hypothesized that future reduction of 6MWD in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) was more closely associated with cardiac dysfunction. We prospectively performed standard clinical and echocardiographic evaluations in SSc patients with the 6-minute walk test at enrollment. Features associated with the 6MWD were sought in a multiple linear regression analysis and compared using standardized β...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530394/electrogeneration-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-porous-carbon-paper-based-electrodes-and-application-to-inorganic-arsenic-analysis-in-white-wines-by-chronoamperometric-stripping
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Estefanía Nunez-Bajo, Maria Carmen Blanco-López, Agustin Costa-García, M Teresa Fernández-Abedul
This paper describes the development of simple, sustainable and low-cost strategies of signal enhancement on paper-based carbon platforms through gold nanoparticles electrogenerated from small volumes of tetrachloroauric acid solutions. Carbon ink is deposited in a hydrophilic working area of the paper delimited with hydrophobic wax. This maskless procedure is fast and cuts down ink waste. The connection of this working electrode to the potentiostat is ensured with the use of screen-printed electrodes (SPEs)...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529413/autologous-platelet-rich-fibrin-matrix-in-non-healing-trophic-ulcers-in-patients-with-hansen-s-disease
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Umashankar Nagaraju, Priya K Sundar, Priyanka Agarwal, Belliappa P Raju, Mahesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Non-healing trophic ulcers in Hansen's disease patients is one of the major causes for disability. It has been shown that autologous platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) is effective in healing chronic non-healing leg ulcers. AIM: The objective of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy of autologous platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) in non-healing trophic ulcers in patients treated for Hansen's disease. DESIGN: A prospective study...
January 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528537/intraoperative-mechanical-ventilation-state-of-the-art
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Lorenzo Ball, Federico Costantino, Giulia Orefice, Karthikka Chandrapatham, Paolo Pelosi
Mechanical ventilation is a cornerstone of the intraoperative management of the surgical patient and is still mandatory in several surgical procedures. In the last decades, research focused on preventing postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs), both improving risk stratification through the use of predictive scores and protecting the lung adopting so-called protective ventilation strategies. The aim of this review is to give an up-to-date overview of the currently suggested intraoperative ventilation strategies, along with their pathophysiologic rationale, with a focus on challenging conditions, such as obesity, one-lung ventilation and cardiopulmonary bypass...
May 19, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528295/a-machine-learning-graph-based-approach-for-3d-segmentation-of-bruch-s-membrane-opening-from-glaucomatous-sd-oct-volumes
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Mohammad Saleh Miri, Michael D Abràmoff, Young H Kwon, Milan Sonka, Mona K Garvin
Bruch's membrane opening-minimum rim width (BMO-MRW) is a recently proposed structural parameter which estimates the remaining nerve fiber bundles in the retina and is superior to other conventional structural parameters for diagnosing glaucoma. Measuring this structural parameter requires identification of BMO locations within spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes. While most automated approaches for segmentation of the BMO either segment the 2D projection of BMO points or identify BMO points in individual B-scans, in this work, we propose a machine-learning graph-based approach for true 3D segmentation of BMO from glaucomatous SD-OCT volumes...
May 6, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527867/association-of-neck-circumference-and-pulmonary-function-in-children
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Onur Akın, Mutluay Arslan, Cem Haymana, Erdem Karabulut, Bulent Hacihamdioglu, Suleyman Tolga Yavuz
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity leads to many complications including impaired respiratory function. There are various anthropometric parameters related to obesity. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between anthropometric indices and pulmonary function test results in children without asthma. METHODS: Children without any respiratory disorders were enrolled in this study. Anthropometric measurements, such as height, weight, neck circumference (NC), and waist circumference, were obtained from the enrollees and body mass index was calculated...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527449/correlated-matrix-fluctuation-mediated-activated-transport-of-dilute-penetrants-in-glass-forming-liquids-and-suspensions
#12
Rui Zhang, Kenneth S Schweizer
We formulate a microscopic, force-level statistical mechanical theory for the activated diffusion of dilute penetrants in dense liquids, colloidal suspensions, and glasses. The approach explicitly and self-consistently accounts for coupling between penetrant hopping and matrix dynamic displacements that actively facilitate the hopping event. The key new ideas involve two mechanistically (at a stochastic trajectory level) coupled dynamic free energy functions for the matrix and spherical penetrant particles...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526686/amazon-river-dolphins-inia-geoffrensis-modify-biosonar-output-level-and-directivity-during-prey-interception-in-the-wild
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Michael Ladegaard, Frants Havmand Jensen, Kristian Beedholm, Vera Maria Ferreira da Silva, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Toothed whales have evolved to live in extremely different habitats and yet they all rely strongly on echolocation for finding and catching prey. Such biosonar based foraging involves distinct phases of searching for, approaching, and capturing prey, where echolocating animals gradually adjust sonar output to actively shape the flow of sensory information. Measuring those outputs in absolute levels requires hydrophone arrays centred on the biosonar beam axis, but this has never been done for wild toothed whales approaching and capturing prey...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524881/sub-nanometre-control-of-the-coherent-interaction-between-a-single-molecule-and-a-plasmonic-nanocavity
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Yao Zhang, Qiu-Shi Meng, Li Zhang, Yang Luo, Yun-Jie Yu, Ben Yang, Yang Zhang, Ruben Esteban, Javier Aizpurua, Yi Luo, Jin-Long Yang, Zhen-Chao Dong, J G Hou
The coherent interaction between quantum emitters and photonic modes in cavities underlies many of the current strategies aiming at generating and controlling photonic quantum states. A plasmonic nanocavity provides a powerful solution for reducing the effective mode volumes down to nanometre scale, but spatial control at the atomic scale of the coupling with a single molecular emitter is challenging. Here we demonstrate sub-nanometre spatial control over the coherent coupling between a single molecule and a plasmonic nanocavity in close proximity by monitoring the evolution of Fano lineshapes and photonic Lamb shifts in tunnelling electron-induced luminescence spectra...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523154/survival-rate-and-prognostic-factors-of-surgically-resected-clinically-synchronous-multiple-primary-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-further-differentiation-from-intrapulmonary-metastasis
#15
Fei Xiao, Deruo Liu, Yongqing Guo, Bin Shi, Zhiyi Song, Yanchu Tian, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis, staging, and therapeutic strategy for synchronous multiple primary non-small cell lung cancer (SMP-NSCLC) remain unclear. Distinguishing SMP-NSCLC from intrapulmonary metastasis is difficult but of great importance for selecting the surgical procedure and prognoses. METHODS: Fifty-two patients diagnosed with SMP-NSCLC according to the modified Martini-Melamed criteria in the thoracic surgery department of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital from November 2004 to December 2015 were enrolled in this retrospective study...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520976/pattern-formation-in-multiphase-models-of-chemotactic-cell-aggregation
#16
J E F Green, J P Whiteley, J M Oliver, H M Byrne, S L Waters
We develop a continuum model for the aggregation of cells cultured in a nutrient-rich medium in a culture well. We consider a 2D geometry, representing a vertical slice through the culture well, and assume that the cell layer depth is small compared with the typical lengthscale of the culture well. We adopt a continuum mechanics approach, treating the cells and culture medium as a two-phase mixture. Specifically, the cells and culture medium are treated as fluids. Additionally, the cell phase can generate forces in response to environmental cues, which include the concentration of a chemoattractant that is produced by the cells within the culture medium...
May 16, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520633/insular-cortex-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-epilepsy
#17
Marec von Lehe, Yaroslav Parpaley
Focal epilepsy originating from the insular cortex is rare. One reason is the small amount of cortical tissue compared with other lobes of the brain. However, the incidence of insular epilepsy might be underestimated because of diagnostic difficulties. The semiology and the surface EEG are often not meaningful or even misleading, and elaborated imaging might be necessary. The close connections of the insular cortex with other potentially epileptogenic areas, such as the temporal lobe or frontal/central cortex, is increasingly recognized as possible reason for failure of epilepsy surgery for temporal or extratemporal seizures...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514899/clinical-positioning-accuracy-for-multisession-stereotactic-radiotherapy-with-the-gamma-knife-perfexion
#18
Wade P Smith, Lori A Young, Mark H Phillips, Michael Cheung, Lia M Halasz, Jason K Rockhill
Multisession stereotactic radiation therapy is increasingly being seen as a preferred option for intracranial diseases in close proximity to critical structures and for larger target volumes. The objective of this study is to investigate the reproducibility of the Extend system from Elekta. A retrospective review was conducted for all patients treated with multisession Gamma Knife between July 2010 and June 2015, including both malignant and benign lesions. Eighty-four patients were treated in this 5-year span...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514645/oleanolic-acid-modulates-the-renin-angiotensin-system-and-cardiac-natriuretic-hormone-concomitantly-with-volume-and-pressure-balance-in-rats
#19
You Mee Ahn, Yoon Hee Choi, Jung Joo Yoon, Yun Jung Lee, Kyung Woo Cho, Dae Gill Kang, Ho Sub Lee
Oleanolic acid is known to possess beneficial effects on the regulation of the cardiovascular homeostasis. However, the exact nature of the role of oleanolic acid on the regulation of body fluid balance and blood pressure homeostasis and its mechanisms involved are not well defined. Experiments were performed to identify the effects of oleanolic acid on the renin-angiotensin system and cardiac natriuretic hormone (ANP) system, and also renal function and blood pressure in normotensive and renovascular hypertensive rats...
May 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513854/verification-of-dose-profiles-generated-by-the-convolution-algorithm-of-the-gamma-knife-%C3%A2-radiosurgery-planning-system
#20
Hyun-Tai Chung, Jeong-Hoon Park, Kook Jin Chun
PURPOSE: A convolution algorithm that takes into account electron-density inhomogeneity was recently introduced to calculate dose distributions for the Gamma Knife (GK) Perfexion(™) treatment planning program. The accuracies of the dose distributions computed using the convolution method were assessed using an anthropomorphic phantom and film dosimetry. METHODS: Absorbed-dose distributions inside a phantom (CIRS Radiosurgery Head Phantom, Model 605) were calculated using the convolution method of the GK treatment-planning software (Leksell Gamma Plan(®) version 10...
May 17, 2017: Medical Physics
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