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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087113/video-assisted-thoracoscopic-diaphragm-plication-using-a-running-suture-technique-is-durable-and-effective
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David S Demos, Mark F Berry, Leah M Backhus, Joseph B Shrager
OBJECTIVE: Surgeons have hesitated to adopt minimally invasive diaphragm plication techniques because of technical limitations rendering the procedure cumbersome or leading to early failure or reduced efficacy. We sought to demonstrate efficacy and durability of our thoracoscopic plication technique using a single running suture. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent our technique for diaphragm plication since 2008. We used a single, buttressed, double-layered, to-and-fro running suture with additional plicating horizontal mattress sutures as needed...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086938/alpha-enolase-eno1-controls-alpha-v-beta-3-integrin-expression-and-regulates-pancreatic-cancer-adhesion-invasion-and-metastasis
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Moitza Principe, Simone Borgoni, Mariafrancesca Cascione, Michelle Samuel Chattaragada, Sammy Ferri-Borgogno, Michela Capello, Sara Bulfamante, Jennifer Chapelle, Francesca Di Modugno, Paola Defilippi, Paola Nisticò, Paola Cappello, Chiara Riganti, Stefano Leporatti, Francesco Novelli
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) cells, the glycolytic enzyme alpha-enolase (ENO1) also acts as a plasminogen receptor and promotes invasion and metastasis formation. Moreover, ENO1 silencing in PDA cells induces oxidative stress, senescence and profoundly modifies PDA cell metabolism. Although anti-ENO1 antibody inhibits PDA cell migration and invasion, little is known about the role of ENO1 in regulating cell-cell and cell-matrix contacts...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080293/proximal-contact-repair-of-complex-amalgam-restorations
#3
M N Zguri, J A Casey, J P Jessup, K S Vandewalle
The carving of a complex amalgam restoration may occasionally result in light proximal contact with the adjacent tooth. The purpose of this study was to investigate the strength of complex amalgam restorations repaired with a proximal slot amalgam preparation. Extracted human third molars of similar coronal size were sectioned 1 mm apical to the height of the contour using a saw and were randomly distributed into 9 groups of 10 teeth each. One pin was placed at each line angle of the flattened dentinal tooth surface...
January 12, 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080057/identification-of-binding-modes-for-amino-naphthalene-2-cyanoacrylate-anca-probes-to-amyloid-fibrils-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#4
Huan He, Juan Xu, Dan-Yang Cheng, Li Fu, Yu-Shu Ge, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yi Liu
Amino naphthalene 2-Cyanoacrylate (ANCA) probe is a kind of fluorescent amyloid binding probe that can report a different fluorescence emission when bound to different types of amyloid deposits in tissue, while their interactions with amyloid fibrils remain unclear due to the insoluble nature of amyloid fibrils. Here, all atom molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the interaction between ANCA probes with three different amyloid fibrils. Two common binding modes of ANCA probes on Aβ40 amyloid fibrils were identified by cluster analysis of multiple simulations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079380/extraordinarily-rapid-rise-of-tiny-bubbles-sliding-beneath-superhydrophobic-surfaces
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Cyuan-Jhang Wu, Cheng-Chung Chang, Yu-Jane Sheng, Heng-Kwong Tsao
Tiny bubbles readily stick onto substrates and remain static due to contact angle hysteresis (CAH). Nevertheless, tiny bubbles can slide slowly on a tilted surface with ultralow CAH since capillarity is overcome by buoyancy. It is surprising to observe experimentally that bubbles of 3~15 μl (diameter 1.79~3.06 mm) slide beneath a tilted superhydrophobic surface at a vertical ascent rate faster than freely rising ones of high Reynold numbers ~O(10(2)). As the tilted angle increases, the drag coefficient remains essentially the same as that of a freely rising bubble but the frontal area of the flat bubble rises monotonically...
January 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078337/a-solvable-model-of-axisymmetric-and-non-axisymmetric-droplet-bouncing
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Matthew Andrew, Julia M Yeomans, Dmitri O Pushkin
We introduce a solvable Lagrangian model for droplet bouncing. The model predicts that, for an axisymmetric drop, the contact time decreases to a constant value with increasing Weber number, in qualitative agreement with experiments, because the system is well approximated as a simple harmonic oscillator. We introduce asymmetries in the velocity, initial droplet shape, and contact line drag acting on the droplet and show that asymmetry can often lead to a reduced contact time and lift-off in an elongated shape...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077396/the-effects-of-kinematically-aligned-total-knee-arthroplasty-on-stress-at-the-medial-tibia-a-case-study-for-varus-knee
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S Nakamura, Y Tian, Y Tanaka, S Kuriyama, H Ito, M Furu, S Matsuda
OBJECTIVES: Little biomechanical information is available about kinematically aligned (KA) total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study was to simulate the kinematics and kinetics after KA TKA and mechanically aligned (MA) TKA with four different limb alignments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone models were constructed from one volunteer (normal) and three patients with three different knee deformities (slight, moderate and severe varus). A dynamic musculoskeletal modelling system was used to analyse the kinematics and the tibiofemoral contact force...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077395/the-effects-of-posterior-cruciate-ligament-deficiency-on-posterolateral-corner-structures-under-gait-and-squat-loading-conditions-a-computational-knee-model
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K-T Kang, Y-G Koh, M Jung, J-H Nam, J Son, Y H Lee, S-J Kim, S-H Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to analyse the effects of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) deficiency on forces of the posterolateral corner structure and on tibiofemoral (TF) and patellofemoral (PF) contact force under dynamic-loading conditions. METHODS: A subject-specific knee model was validated using a passive flexion experiment, electromyography data, muscle activation, and previous experimental studies. The simulation was performed on the musculoskeletal models with and without PCL deficiency using a novel force-dependent kinematics method under gait- and squat-loading conditions, followed by probabilistic analysis for material uncertain to be considered...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076431/knee-cartilage-thickness-t1%C3%AF-and-t2-relaxation-time-are-related-to-articular-cartilage-loading-in-healthy-adults
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Sam Van Rossom, Colin Robert Smith, Lianne Zevenbergen, Darryl Gerard Thelen, Benedicte Vanwanseele, Dieter Van Assche, Ilse Jonkers
Cartilage is responsive to the loading imposed during cyclic routine activities. However, the local relation between cartilage in terms of thickness distribution and biochemical composition and the local contact pressure during walking has not been established. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relation between cartilage thickness, proteoglycan and collagen concentration in the knee joint and knee loading in terms of contact forces and pressure during walking. 3D gait analysis and MRI (3D-FSE, T1ρ relaxation time and T2 relaxation time sequence) of fifteen healthy subjects were acquired...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072993/-effect-of-inserted-angle-on-the-stability-of-loaded-microscrews
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P Shao, Z R Xu, L X Zhao, Z H Zhao
Objective: To evaluate the effect of different insertion angles on the osseointegration of loaded microscrews in beagle jaws. Methods: Forty-eight microscrews were inserted at four different angles (30°, 50°, 70° and 90°) into the interradicular zones between the mandibular first molar and third premolar in twelve beagles and the microscrews had been loaded with a force of 2 N immediately for 8 weeks. After microscrew-bone specimens fixed, the maximum output value (Fmax) of pull-out test was recorded and the histomorphological changes of hard tissue were observed...
January 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069836/optimization-of-catheter-tissue-contact-during-pulmonary-vein-isolation-the-impact-of-atrial-rhythm
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Roberto De Ponti, Raffaella Marazzi, Lorenzo A Doni, Jacopo Marazzato, Claudia Baratto, Jorge A Salerno-Uriarte
AIMS: During pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), even if operators are aware of the contact force (CF), its values may greatly vary and the impact of cardiac rhythm has not been thoroughly investigated yet. This study aims at assessing the actual values of CF, the applications with suboptimal CF, and the impact of cardiac rhythm on CF during PVI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty patients undergoing point-by-point PVI with a CF-sensing catheter were considered. CF target was between 6 and 40 g...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069495/surface-modification-of-copolymerized-films-from-three-armed-biodegradable-macromers-an-analytical-platform-for-modified-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Benno M Müller, Rudi Loth, Peter-Georg Hoffmeister, Friederike Zühl, Liv Kalbitzer, Michael C Hacker, Michaela Schulz-Siegmund
: The concept of macromers allows for a broad adjustment of biomaterial properties by macromer chemistry or copolymerization. Copolymerization strategies can also be used to introduce reactive sites for subsequent surface modification. Control over surface features enables adjustment of cellular reactions with regard to site and object of implantation. We designed macromer-derived polymer films which function as non-implantable analytical substrates for the investigation of surface properties of equally composed scaffolds for bone tissue engineering...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068561/classifying-the-variability-in-impact-and-active-peak-vertical-ground-reaction-forces-during-running-using-dfa-and-arfima-models
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Samantha L Winter, John H Challis
The vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) during rear-foot striking running typically exhibits peaks referred to as the impact peak and the active peak; their timings and magnitudes have been implicated in injury. Identifying the structure of time-series can provide insight into associated control processes. The purpose here was to detect long-range correlations associated with the time from first contact to impact peak (TIP) and active peak (TAP); and the magnitudes of impact (IPM) and active peaks (APM) using a Detrended Fluctuation Analysis, and Auto-Regressive Fractionally Integrated Moving Average models...
January 6, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068527/calibrating-conservative-and-dissipative-response-of-electrically-driven-quartz-tuning-forks
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Lifeng Hao, Qi Wang, Ping Peng, Zhenxing Cao, Weicheng Jiao, Fan Yang, Wenbo Liu, Rongguo Wang, Xiaodong He
Determining sensor parameters is a prerequisite for quantitative force measurement. Here we report a direct, high-precision calibration method for quartz tuning fork (TF) sensors that are popular in the field of nanomechanical measurement. In the method, conservative and dissipative forces with controlled amplitudes are applied to one prong of TF directly to mimic the tip-sample interaction, and the responses of the sensor are measured at the same time to extract sensor parameters. The method, for the first time, allows force gradient and damping coefficient which correspond to the conservative and dissipative interactions to be measured simultaneously...
December 23, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068520/impact-loading-following-quadriceps-strength-training-in-individuals-with-medial-knee-osteoarthritis-and-varus-alignment
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Crystal O Kean, Rana S Hinman, Tim V Wrigley, Boon-Whatt Lim, Kim L Bennell
BACKGROUND: Greater impact loading at initial contact is postulated to play a role in the progression of osteoarthritis. Quadriceps weakness is common in individuals with knee osteoarthritis and may contribute to high impact loading. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of quadriceps strengthening on impact loading parameters. METHODS: Data from 97 individuals with knee osteoarthritis who participated in a randomized clinical trial examining effects of a 12-week quadriceps strengthening program was used to conduct this secondary exploratory analysis...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067943/gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-modulators-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
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REVIEW
Andrea Diana, Rita Pillai, Paolo Bongioanni, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Robert G Miller, Dan H Moore
BACKGROUND: Imbalance of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and related modulators has been implicated as an important factor in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as motor neuron disease (MND). In this context, the role and mechanism of action of gabapentin and baclofen have been extensively investigated, although with conflicting results. This is the first systematic review to assess clinical trials of GABA modulators for the treatment of ALS. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of gabapentin, baclofen, or other GABA modulators in delaying the progression of ALS, and to evaluate adverse effects of these interventions...
January 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065903/caspo-a-toolbox-for-automated-reasoning-on-the-response-of-logical-signaling-networks-families
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Santiago Videla, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Carito Guziolowski, Anne Siegel
: We introduce the caspo toolbox, a python package implementing a workflow for reasoning on logical networks families. Our software allows researchers to (i) LEARN: a family of logical networks derived from a given topology and explaining the experimental response to various perturbations; (ii) CLASSIFY: all logical networks in a given family by their input-output behaviors; (iii) PREDICT: the response of the system to every possible perturbation based on the ensemble of predictions; (iv) DESIGN: new experimental perturbations to discriminate among a family of logical networks; and (v) CONTROL: a family of logical networks by finding all interventions strategies forcing a set of targets into a desired steady state...
January 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064250/novel-method-for-electrode-tissue-contact-measurement-with-multi-electrode-catheters
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René van Es, John Hauck, Vincent Jhm van Driel, Kars Neven, Harry van Wessel, Pieter A Doevendans, Fred Hm Wittkampf
AIMS: With multi-electrode catheters, measuring contact force (CF) on each electrode is technically challenging. Present electrical methods, like the electrical coupling index (ECI) may yield false positive values in pulmonary veins. We developed a novel method that measures electrode-interface resistance (IR) by applying a very local electrical field between neighbouring catheter electrodes while measuring voltage between each catheter electrode and a skin patch. The aim of this study was to evaluate the new IR method to measure electrode-tissue contact...
January 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063422/nanoscale-pinning-effect-evaluated-from-deformed-nanobubbles
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Hideaki Teshima, Takashi Nishiyama, Koji Takahashi
Classical thermodynamics theory predicts that nanosized bubbles should disappear in a few hundred microseconds. The surprisingly long lifetime and stability of nanobubbles are therefore interesting research subjects. It has been proposed that the stability of nanobubbles arises through pinning of the three-phase contact line, which results from intrinsic nanoscale geometrical and chemical heterogeneities of the substrate. However, a definitive explanation of nanobubble stability is still lacking. In this work, we examined the stability mechanism by introducing a "pinning force...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063111/comparison-of-catheter-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-between-cryoballoon-and-radiofrequency-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Chao-Feng Chen, Xiao-Fei Gao, Xu Duan, Bin Chen, Xiao-Hua Liu, Yi-Zhou Xu
PURPOSE: The present systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to assess and compare the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) and cryoballoon (CB) ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). RF and CB ablation are two frequently used methods for pulmonary vein isolation in PAF, but which is a better choice for PAF remains uncertain. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted in Medline, PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library. All trials comparing RF and CB ablation were screened and included if the inclusion criteria were met...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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