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Michael Ita, Kevin Koh, Abeeda Butt, Shaheed KaimKhani, Louise Kelly, Martin J O'Sullivan, Henry Paul Redmond, Mark A Corrigan
BACKGROUND: Cosmetic outcomes and scar lengths remain important considerations in breast cancer surgery. Suturing techniques should decrease scar tissue formation and provide good cosmetic results. The use of an accordion suturing technique may result in decreased surgical wound lengths and better cosmetic outcomes. We compared the outcomes of the accordion suturing technique with the standard suturing technique in breast cancer surgeries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female patients undergoing wide local excision of breast cancers were randomised to undergo closure of their surgical wound by either the accordion or the non-accordion (standard) suturing techniques between the months of May and October 2015...
March 21, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Saima Riaz, Humayun Bashir, Imran Khalid Niazi, Sumera Butt, Faisal Qamar
Mirels' scoring system quantifies the risk of sustaining a pathologic fracture in osseous metastases of weight bearing long bones. Conventional Mirels' scoring is based on radiographs. Our pilot study proposes Tc MDP bone SPECT-CT based modified Mirels' scoring system and its comparison with conventional Mirels' scoring. Cortical lysis was noted in 8(24%) by SPECT-CT versus 2 (6.3%) on X-rays. Additional SPECT-CT parameters were; circumferential involvement [1/4 (31%), 1/2 (3%), 3/4 (37.5%), 4/4 (28%)] and extra-osseous soft tissue [3%]...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Yaowen Xing, Mengdi Xu, Xiahui Gui, Yijun Cao, Bent Babel, Martin Rudolph, Stefan Weber, Michael Kappl, Hans-Jürgen Butt
During the past years, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has matured to an indispensable tool to characterize nanomaterials in colloid and interface science. For imaging, a sharp probe mounted near to the end of a cantilever scans over the sample surface providing a high resolution three-dimensional topographic image. In addition, the AFM tip can be used as a force sensor to detect local properties like adhesion, stiffness, charge etc. After the invention of the colloidal probe technique it has also become a major method to measure surface forces...
February 6, 2018: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Dongsheng Wang, Frank Schellenberger, Jonathan T Pham, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Si Wu
We used Azo/α-CD and ipAzo/γ-CD host-guest complexes to demonstrate that four independent stable states can be orthogonally photo-switched by UV (365 nm), blue (470 nm), green (530 nm) and red light (625 nm). A supramolecular patterned surface was fabricated and orthogonally photo-switched by light with different wavelengths.
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Carrie J Butts-Wilmsmeyer, Rita H Mumm, Kent Rausch, Gurshagan Kandhola, Nicole Yana, Mary Happ, Alexandra Ostezan, Matthew Wasmund, Martin O Bohn
The notion that many nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals in maize are lost due to food product processing is common, but this has not been studied in detail for the phenolic acids. Information regarding changes in phenolic acid content throughout processing is highly valuable because some phenolic acids are chemopreventive agents of aging-related diseases. It is unknown when and why these changes in phenolic acid content might occur during processing, whether some maize genotypes might be more resistant to processing induced changes in phenolic acid content than other genotypes, or if processing affects the bioavailability of phenolic acids in maize-based food products...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
M Waseem Akram, Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, M Atif, Alvina Rafique Butt, Ali Asghar, Yasir Jamil, K S Alimgeer, Zhiming M Wang
MgO is an attractive choice for carcinogenic cell destruction in photodynamic therapy, as confirmed by manifold analysis. The prime focus of the presented research is to investigate the toxicity caused by morphologically different MgO nanostructures obtained by annealing at various annealing temperatures. Smart (stimuli-responsive) MgO nanomaterials are a very promising class of nanomaterials, and their properties can be controlled by altering their size, morphology, or other relevant characteristics. The samples investigated here were grown by the co-precipitation technique...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Thomas R Butts, Chase A Samples, Lucas X Franca, Darrin M Dodds, Daniel B Reynolds, Jason W Adams, Richard K Zollinger, Kirk A Howatt, Bradley K Fritz, W Clint Hoffmann, Greg R Kruger
BACKGROUND: Pesticide applications using a specific droplet size and carrier volume could maximize herbicide efficacy while mitigating particle drift in a precise and efficient manner. The objectives were to investigate the influence of spray droplet size and carrier volume on dicamba and glufosinate efficacy, and to determine the plausibility of droplet size based site-specific weed management strategies. RESULTS: Generally, across herbicides and carrier volumes, as droplet size increased, weed control decreased...
March 13, 2018: Pest Management Science
Joshua A Beckman, Meredith S Duncan, Charles W Alcorn, Kaku So-Armah, Adeel A Butt, Matthew B Goetz, Hilary A Tindle, Jason Sico, Russel P Tracy, Amy C Justice, Matthew S Freiberg
Background -The effect of HIV on the development of peripheral artery disease (PAD) remains unclear. We investigated whether HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of PAD after adjustment for traditional atherosclerotic risk factors in a large cohort of HIV infected (HIV+) and demographically similar HIV uninfected veterans. Methods -We studied participants in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study from April 1, 2003 through December 31, 2014. We excluded participants with known prior PAD or prevalent cardiovascular disease (myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure) and analyzed the effect of HIV status on the risk of incident PAD events after adjusting for demographics, PAD risk factors, substance use, CD4 cell count, HIV-1 RNA, and antiretroviral therapy...
March 13, 2018: Circulation
Antonia Quinn, Teresa M Chan, Christopher Sampson, Catherine Grossman, Christine Butts, John Casey, Holly Caretta-Weyer, Michael Gottlieb
Traditionally, scholarship that was recognized for promotion and tenure consisted of clinical research, bench research, and grant funding. Recent trends have allowed for differing approaches to scholarship, including digital publication. As increasing numbers of trainees and faculty turn to online educational resources, it is imperative to critically evaluate these resources. This article summarizes five key papers that address the appraisal of digital scholarship and describes their relevance to junior clinician educators and faculty developers...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Martin Höhne, Christian K Frese, Florian Grahammer, Claudia Dafinger, Giuliano Ciarimboli, Linus Butt, Julia Binz, Matthias J Hackl, Mahdieh Rahmatollahi, Martin Kann, Simon Schneider, Mehmet M Altintas, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Reinheckel, Heike Göbel, Jochen Reiser, Tobias B Huber, Rafael Kramann, Tamina Seeger-Nukpezah, Max C Liebau, Bodo B Beck, Thomas Benzing, Andreas Beyer, Markus M Rinschen
In diseases of many parenchymatous organs, heterogeneous deterioration of individual functional units determines the clinical prognosis. However, the molecular characterization at the level of such individual subunits remains a technological challenge that needs to be addressed in order to better understand pathological mechanisms. Proteinuric glomerular kidney diseases are frequent and assorted diseases affecting a fraction of glomeruli and their draining tubules to variable extents, and for which no specific treatment exists...
March 9, 2018: Kidney International
Mohamed Elsherif, Mohammed Umair Hassan, Ali K Yetisen, Haider Butt
Phenylboronic acids have emerged as synthetic receptors that can reversibly bind to cis-diols of glucose molecules. The incorporation of phenylboronic acids in hydrogels offers exclusive attributes; for example, the binding process with glucose induces Donnan osmotic pressure resulting in volumetric changes in the matrix. However, their practical applications are hindered because of complex readout approaches and their time-consuming fabrication processes. Here, we demonstrate a microimprinting method to fabricate densely packed concavities in phenylboronic acid functionalized hydrogel films...
March 14, 2018: ACS Nano
Amna Subhan Butt, Fatima Sharif, Shahab Abid
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is the most common cause of HCC in many European countries, Japan and Pakistan. Introduction of the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs) has revolutionized the management of HCV worldwide, with high rates of sustained virologic response in patients who could not have tolerated the previous interferon based treatments. However, recently there have been reports raising caution about the long term effects of DAAs, particularly a possible increased risk of HCC...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Paras Ali, Sofia Butt, Nazli Hossain
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the practice of Eclampsia management at a tertiary care public sector hospital. PATIENTS & METHODS: We conducted criteria based audit of 93 Eclampsia patients admitted in Gynae unit III, Civil hospital and Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi, between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. Management practices were assessed using evidence-based criteria for care. A clinical criteria for standards of care were developed from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynecologist (RCOG/NICE) guidelines, World Health Organization (WHO) manual, twelve criteria were identified for the audit purpose...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Nan Jiang, Yunuen Montelongo, Haider Butt, Ali K Yetisen
Contact lens is a ubiquitous technology used for vision correction and cosmetics. Sensing in contact lenses has emerged as a potential platform for minimally invasive point-of-care diagnostics. Here, a microlithography method is developed to fabricate microconcavities and microchannels in a hydrogel-based contact lens via a combination of laser patterning and embedded templating. Optical microlithography parameters influencing the formation of microconcavities including ablation power (4.3 W) and beam speed (50 mm s-1 ) are optimized to control the microconcavity depth (100 µm) and diameter (1...
March 9, 2018: Small
Shaji C Menon, Ragheed Al-Dulaimi, Brian W McCrindle, David J Goldberg, Ritu Sachdeva, Bryan H Goldstein, Thomas Seery, Karen C Uzark, Anjali Chelliah, Ryan Butts, Heather Henderson, Tiffanie Johnson, Richard V Williams
INTRODUCTION: We sought to evaluate the prevalence of delayed puberty and abnormal anthropometry and its association with quality of life (QoL) in young Fontan survivors. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study at 11 Pediatric Heart Network centers. Demographic and clinical data, anthropomety, and Tanner stage were collected. Anthropometric measurements and pubertal stage were compared to US norms. QoL was assessed using Pediatric Quality of Life inventory (PedsQL)...
March 9, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Jerome Soquet, Roberto Chiletti, Stephen Horton, Igor E Konstantinov, Johann Brink, Christian P Brizard, Warwick Butt, Yves d'Udekem
BACKGROUND: In 2011 we reported unfavourable outcomes of second-run extracorporeal life support (ECLS) in children. We wanted to investigate whether this previous report affected our strategy and modified our long-term outcomes. METHODS: Between 1988 and 2015, 31 patients underwent a second-run ECLS. Median age at the time of first support was 9days (0-16 years). Median length of support for the first and second runs were 4.7days (0.1-10) and 3.6days (0.5-8.7) respectively, with an interval of 1...
February 13, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Habib Khan, Christopher Hadjittofi, Mohsin Uzzaman, Kareem Salhiyyah, Sheena Garg, Salman Butt, Haleema Aya, Sanjay Chaubey
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery is safe, effective and increasingly popular. It is performed worldwide with the use of either external aortic clamping or endoaortic balloon occlusion. METHODS: We conducted a literature search using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus and Web of Science. Primary outcomes included aortic dissection, conversion to sternotomy, mortality, stroke and cross-clamp time. Secondary outcomes included atrial fibrillation, acute kidney injury, reoperation for bleeding, cardiopulmonary bypass times, myocardial infarction, use of intra-aortic balloon pump and length of hospital stay...
February 28, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Adnan Hussain, Muhammad Muzzammil, Faisal Butt, Epaminondas Markos Valsamis, Amitabh J Dwyer
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated radiographic findings of sclerosis and cortical irregularity at the greater tuberosity can suggest a rotator cuff tear. Plain radiographs are the most easily attainable first-line investigations in evaluating shoulder injuries. This study determines the effectiveness in predicting degenerate rotator cuff tears by detecting radiographic changes on shoulder x-rays. METHODS: Retrospective cross-sectional study with a consecutive series of patients conducted in Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, United Kingdom from January 2015 to June 2017...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Syed Rafay Ali Sabzwari, Zoltan Varga, Khurram Butt, Nimra Khan
Vasospastic angina (VSA), also known as variant or Prinzmetal's angina, is a relatively uncommon cause of retrosternal chest pain with transient ST segment elevation, mainly due to vasospasm in the coronary arteries. This is a case of 37-year-old female who presented with chest pain and syncope. Her initial workup, including echocardiogram, was negative. Subsequently, she was sent home with an event monitor. During the next two weeks, she continued to have recurrent episodes of similar chest pains and presented to her cardiology appointment with a heart rate of 45 bpm and blood pressure of 100/60 mmHg and was taken to hospital emergency department...
December 16, 2017: Curēus
S Waqar H Shah, Arshad K Butt, K Malik, Altaf Alam, Adnan Shahzad, Anwaar A Khan
Triple A (Allgrove) syndrome, an autosomal recessive disease is characterized by achalasia, alacrimia and ACTH-resistant adrenal failure with progressive neurological syndrome including central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system impairment, and mild mental retardation. The triple A syndrome gene, designated AAAS, localized on chromosome 12q 13 encodes for a 546 amino acid protein called ALADIN (Alacrimia-Achlasia-Adrenal Insufficiency and Neurologic disorder). This report relates to two sisters, aged 8 and 12 years, who had vomiting, muscle weakness, alacrimia, excessive fatigue and dysphagia...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
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