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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346641/uncovering-behavioural-diversity-amongst-high-strength-pseudomonas-spp-surfactants-at-the-limit-of-liquid-surface-tension-reduction
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Kamaluddeen Kabir, Yusuf Y Deeni, Simona M Hapca, Luke Moore, Andrew J Spiers
Bacterial bio-surfactants have a wide range of biological functions and biotechnological applications. Previous analyses had suggested a limit to their reduction of aqueous liquid surface tensions (γMin), and here we confirm this in an analysis of 25 Pseudomonas spp. strains isolated from soil which produce high-strength surfactants that reduce surface tensions to 25.2 ± 0.1-26.5 ± 0.2 mN.m-1 (the surface tension of sterile growth medium and pure water was 52.9 ± 0.4 mN.m-1 and 72.1 ± 1.2 mN.m-1, respectively)...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346112/numerical-model-reduction-for-the-prediction-of-interface-pressure-applied-by-compression-bandages-on-the-lower-leg
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Fanette Chassagne, Jerome Molimard, Reynald Convert, Pascal Giraux, Pierre Badel
OBJECTIVE: To develop a new method for the prediction of interface pressure applied by medical compression bandages. METHODS: A finite element simulation of bandage application was designed, based on patient-specific leg geometries. For personalized interface pressure prediction, a model reduction approach was proposed, which included the parametrization of the leg geometry. Pressure values computed with this reduced model were then confronted to experimental pressure values...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344785/laparoscopic-intracorporeal-rectus-aponeuroplasty-lira-technique-a-step-forward-in-minimally-invasive-abdominal-wall-reconstruction-for-ventral-hernia-repair-lvhr
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Julio Gómez-Menchero, Juan Francisco Guadalajara Jurado, Juan Manuel Suárez Grau, Juan Antonio Bellido Luque, Joaquin Luis García Moreno, Isaías Alarcón Del Agua, Salvador Morales-Conde
BACKGROUND: Closing the defect (CD) during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair began to be performed in order to decrease seroma, to improve the functionality of the abdominal wall, and to decrease the bulging effect. However, tension at the incision after CD in large defects is related to an increased rate of pain and recurrence. We present the preliminary results of a new technique for medium midline hernias as an alternative to conventional CD. METHODS: A prospective controlled study was conducted from January 2015 to January 2017 to evaluate an elective new procedure (LIRA) performed on patients with midline ventral hernias (4-10 cm width)...
January 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344659/degree-of-endplate-chondrocyte-degeneration-in-different-tension-regions-during-mechanical-stimulation
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Yongming Xu, Shujuan Xu, Zhi Gao, Liang Xiao, Fei Xiao, Hongguang Xu, Xiaoling Zhang
The aim of this study was to explore the degree of degeneration of endplate chondrocytes in different tension regions induced by intermittent cyclic mechanical tension (ICMT) in vitro. Rat endplate chondrocytes were harvested and treated with 10% ICMT for 8 h/day with a frequency of 0.5 Hz. A cartilage degeneration model was induced using an FX‑5000T cell strain‑loading system. The experiment was divided into the central region and the peripheral region, according to the contact area between the loading post and the six‑well flexible silicone rubber BioFlex plates...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343897/contralateral-lumbo-umbilical-flap-a-versatile-technique-for-volar-finger-coverage
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Akram Hussain Bijli, Sheikh Adil Bashir, Altaf Rasool, Mir Yasir, Adil Hafeez Wani, Tanveer Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad
Background: While contemplating any difficult soft tissue reconstruction, patient comfort and compliance is of paramount importance. Reconstruction of the volar aspect of fingers and hand by the ipsilateral pedicled flaps (groin flap, abdominal flaps) is demanding as the flap inset is difficult for the surgeon and very uncomfortable for the patient. This often leads to flap complications. For the comfort of the patient, better compliance and ease of complete inset, we planned to manage soft tissue defects of the volar aspect of fingers and hand by a new contralateral pedicled lumbo-umbilical flap...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343782/protein-phosphatase-5-regulates-titin-phosphorylation-and-function-at-a-sarcomere-associated-mechanosensor-complex-in-cardiomyocytes
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Judith Krysiak, Andreas Unger, Lisa Beckendorf, Nazha Hamdani, Marion von Frieling-Salewsky, Margaret M Redfield, Cris G Dos Remedios, Farah Sheikh, Ulrich Gergs, Peter Boknik, Wolfgang A Linke
Serine/threonine protein phosphatase 5 (PP5) is ubiquitously expressed in eukaryotic cells; however, its function in cardiomyocytes is unknown. Under basal conditions, PP5 is autoinhibited, but enzymatic activity rises upon binding of specific factors, such as the chaperone Hsp90. Here we show that PP5 binds and dephosphorylates the elastic N2B-unique sequence (N2Bus) of titin in cardiomyocytes. Using various binding and phosphorylation tests, cell-culture manipulation, and transgenic mouse hearts, we demonstrate that PP5 associates with N2Bus in vitro and in sarcomeres and is antagonistic to several protein kinases, which phosphorylate N2Bus and lower titin-based passive tension...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343781/ocular-and-clinical-characteristics-associated-with-the-extent-of-posterior-lamina-cribrosa-curve-in-normal-tension-glaucoma
#7
Seung Hyen Lee, Tae-Woo Kim, Eun Ji Lee, Michaël J A Girard, Jean Martial Mari, Robert Ritch
Although normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) is pathogenetically heterogenous, there have been few attempts to subclassify NTG patients according to the mechanism and anatomy of optic nerve damage. This cross-sectional study was performed to investigate differences in the clinical and ocular characteristics between NTG patient groups stratified according to the degree of posterior lamina cribrosa (LC) curve which was assessed by calculating LC curvature index (LCCI). A total of 101 eyes of 101 treatment naïve NTG patients were included...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343259/influence-of-apocynin-on-cardiac-remodeling-in-rats-with-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-mellitus
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R Gimenes, C Gimenes, C M Rosa, N P Xavier, D H S Campos, A A H Fernandes, M D M Cezar, G N Guirado, L U Pagan, I D Chaer, D C Fernandes, F R Laurindo, A C Cicogna, M P Okoshi, K Okoshi
BACKGROUND: Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in diabetes mellitus (DM) is an important mechanism leading to diabetic cardiomyopathy. Apocynin, a drug isolated from the herb Picrorhiza kurroa, is considered an antioxidant agent by inhibiting NADPH oxidase activity and improving ROS scavenging. This study analyzed the influence of apocynin on cardiac remodeling in diabetic rats. METHODS: Six-month-old male Wistar rats were assigned into 4 groups: control (CTL, n = 15), control + apocynin (CTL + APO, n = 20), diabetes (DM, n = 20), and diabetes + apocynin (DM + APO, n = 20)...
January 17, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342901/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-time-dependently-reduce-cell-viability-and-oncogenic-microrna-21-expression-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-cells-mcf-7
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Lauren LeMay-Nedjelski, Julie K Mason-Ennis, Amel Taibi, Elena M Comelli, Lilian U Thompson
The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA), α-linolenic acid (ALA), and its metabolites, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), independently reduce the growth of breast cancer cells in vitro, but the mechanisms, which may involve microRNA (miRNA), are still unclear. The expression of the oncomiR, miR-21, is reduced by DHA treatment, but the effects of ALA on miR-21, alone or combined with EPA and DHA under physiologically relevant concentrations, have not been investigated. The effects of ALA alone and +/-EPA and DHA at the blood molar ratios seen in either humans (1...
January 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342462/reference-values-for-respiratory-muscle-strength-in-children-and-adolescents
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Erik Hulzebos, Tim Takken, Elja A Reijneveld, Mark M G Mulder, Bart C Bongers
BACKGROUND: Measurement of respiratory muscle function is important in the diagnosis of respiratory muscle disease, respiratory failure, to assess the impact of chronic diseases, and/or to evaluate respiratory muscle function after treatment. OBJECTIVES: To establish reference values for maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressure, and the tension-time index at rest in healthy children and adolescents aged 8-19 years, as well as to present sex- and age-related reference centiles normalized for demographic and anthropometric determinants...
January 17, 2018: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342023/physiatry-reviews-for-evidence-in-practice-second-order-peer-review-does-massage-therapy-have-value-in-the-treatment-for-tension-type-headache
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Lynn N Gerber, Dinesh Kumbhare
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341734/vapor-induced-motion-of-liquid-droplets-on-an-inert-substrate
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Xingkun Man, Masao Doi
Evaporating droplets are known to show complex motion that has conventionally been explained by the Marangoni effect (flow induced by the gradient of surface tension). Here, we show that the droplet motion can be induced even in the absence of the Marangoni effect due to the gradient of the evaporation rate. We derive an equation for the velocity of a droplet subject to the nonuniform evaporation rate and nonuniform surface tension placed on an inert substrate, where the wettability is uniform and unchanged...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341709/probing-primordial-black-hole-dark-matter-with-gravitational-waves
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Ely D Kovetz
Primordial black holes (PBHs) have long been suggested as a candidate for making up some or all of the dark matter in the Universe. Most of the theoretically possible mass range for PBH dark matter has been ruled out with various null observations of expected signatures of their interaction with standard astrophysical objects. However, current constraints are significantly less robust in the 20  M_{⊙}≲M_{PBH}≲100  M_{⊙} mass window, which has received much attention recently, following the detection of merging black holes with estimated masses of ∼30  M_{⊙} by LIGO and the suggestion that these could be black holes formed in the early Universe...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341644/scale-dependent-stiffness-and-internal-tension-of-a-model-brush-polymer
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John P Berezney, Amanda B Marciel, Charles M Schroeder, Omar A Saleh
Bottle-brush polymers exhibit closely grafted side chains that interact by steric repulsion, thereby causing stiffening of the main polymer chain. We use single-molecule elasticity measurements of model brush polymers to quantify this effect. We find that stiffening is only significant on long length scales, with the main chain retaining flexibility on short scales. From the elasticity data, we extract an estimate of the internal tension generated by side-chain repulsion; this estimate is consistent with the predictions of blob-based scaling theories...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341514/opportunity-costs-in-paediatric-training-the-specialist-registrars-experience
#15
M B O'Neill, T Nabialek, N Kandamany
In the training process, there is a tension between the work life and home life of trainees. This study explored both the personal impact and the opportunity costs of training from the Specialist Paediatric Registrar (SPR) perspective. The survey explored 1) career progression, 2) perceived functional effectiveness at work, 3) psychological impact of hospital based training, and 4) the personal and social cost of training. Fifty-three (71%) SPRs responded of whom 47 (89%)were married or in long term relationships...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340791/treatment-of-disabling-headache-with-greater-occipital-nerve-injections-in-a-large-population-of-childhood-and-adolescent-patients-a-service-evaluation
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Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby, Prab Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: Pediatric headache disorders can be extremely disabling, with marked reduction in the quality of life of children and their carers. Evidenced-based options for the treatment of primary headache disorders with preventive medication is limited and clinical outcomes are often unsatisfactory. Greater occipital nerve injections represent a rapid and well-tolerated therapeutic option, which is widely used in clinical practice in adults, and has previously shown a good outcome in a pediatric population...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340775/global-versus-local-mechanisms-of-temperature-sensing-in-ion-channels
#17
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Cristina Arrigoni, Daniel L Minor
Ion channels turn diverse types of inputs, ranging from neurotransmitters to physical forces, into electrical signals. Channel responses to ligands generally rely on binding to discrete sensor domains that are coupled to the portion of the channel responsible for ion permeation. By contrast, sensing physical cues such as voltage, pressure, and temperature arises from more varied mechanisms. Voltage is commonly sensed by a local, domain-based strategy, whereas the predominant paradigm for pressure sensing employs a global response in channel structure to membrane tension changes...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340731/sensitive-cardiac-troponins-could-they-be-new-biomarkers-in-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease
#18
Seyma Kayali, Ilker Ertugrul, Tamer Yoldas, Ozkan Kaya, Senem Ozgür, Utku A Orün, Selmin Karademir
To analyze the role of sensitive cardiac troponin I (scTnI) and high-sensitive troponin T (hscTnT) in the determination of myocardial injury caused by volume and pressure load due to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to investigate if these markers may be useful in the management of PH in childhood. Twenty-eight patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) with left to right shunt and PH, 29 patients with CHD with left to right shunt but without PH, and 18 healthy children, in total 75 individuals, were included in the study...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340640/in-vivo-three-dimensional-lamina-cribrosa-strains-in-healthy-ocular-hypertensive-and-glaucoma-eyes-following-acute-intraocular-pressure-elevation
#19
Meghna R Beotra, Xiaofei Wang, Tin A Tun, Liang Zhang, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Michaël J A Girard
Purpose: To compare in vivo lamina cribrosa (LC) strains (deformations) following acute IOP elevation in healthy, glaucoma, and ocular hypertensive subjects. Methods: There were 20 healthy, 20 high-tension primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), 16 primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG), and 20 ocular hypertensive (OHT; with normal visual fields) eyes studied. For each test eye, the optic nerve head was imaged three times (at baseline IOP, following an acute elevation of IOP to approximately 35 then 45 mm Hg using an ophthalmodynamomter) using optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340513/-family-networks-and-the-role-of-men-in-maternal-health-care-among-mexican-indigenous-women
#20
Lina Rosa Berrio Palomo
This article reflects on maternal mortality among indigenous women in Mexico and the changes that have occurred in care practices during pregnancy and childbirth. Through ethnographic qualitative research in the state of Guerrero between 2008 and 2012, which included over a year of fieldwork as well as in-depth interviews and surveys with indigenous women, the article analyzes the increasing medicalization of reproduction, the role of family networks in gestation, delivery and postpartum care, and the participation of men during childbirth, in dialogue with other anthropological research on maternal health in Mexico...
July 2017: Salud Colectiva
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