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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109132/echocardiographic-assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-horses-and-in-horses-with-heart-disease-using-pulsed-wave-tissue-doppler-imaging
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T R Koenig, K J Mitchell, C C Schwarzwald
BACKGROUND: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is not well established in horses with heart disease. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of pulsed-wave (PW) TDI for the assessment of LV function, establish reference intervals, investigate effects of mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), and primary myocardial disease (MD), and provide proof of concept for the use of PW TDI in Warmblood horses with heart disease...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105257/ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography-and-liver-fibrosis-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Joyce Anyona Sande, Suleman Verjee, Sudhir Vinayak, Farin Amersi, Munir Ghesani
AIM: To assess the accuracy of shear wave elastography (SWE) alone and in combination with aminotransferase platelet ratio index (APRI) score in the staging of liver fibrosis. METHODS: A multicenter prospective study was conducted to assess the accuracy of SWE (medians) and APRI to predict biopsy results. The analysis focused on distinguishing the different stages of liver disease, namely, F0 from F1-4, F0-1 from F2-4, F0-2 from F3-4 and F0-3 from F4; F0-F1 from F2-F4 being of primary interest...
January 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104105/effects-of-amlodipine-and-valsartan-on-blood-pressure-variability-and-pulse-wave-velocity-in-hypertensive-patients
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Rufeng Shi, Kai Liu, Di Shi, Qi Liu, Xiaoping Chen
OBJECTIVES: Antihypertensive therapy is effective to control blood pressure (BP) and to prevent cardiovascular events, but the further treatment strategies for patients who cannot achieve goal BP with low-dose monotherapy is still under dispute. Our study investigates the effects of high-dose amlodipine and valsartan and their low-dose combination on blood pressure variability (BPV) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) to provide references for clinical medication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a prospective, randomized, parallel, case-controlled trial performed in a medical center...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102901/risk-of-arrhythmic-death-in-ischemic-heart-disease-a-prospective-controlled-observer-blind-investigation-over-10-years
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Thomas Pezawas, André Diedrich, David Robertson, Robert Winker, Bernhard Richter, Li Wang, Herwig Schmidinger
BACKGROUND: Risk of arrhythmic death is considered highest in ischemic heart disease with severe left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) reduction. Non-invasive testing should improve decision-making of prophylactic defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 120 patients with ischemic heart disease and LVEF <50% and 30 control subjects without ischemic heart disease and normal LVEF. An initial assessment, a second assessment after 3 years, and a final follow-up comprised of: pharmacological baroreflex testing (BRS), short-term spectral (low frequency (LF) to high frequency (HF) ratio) and long-term time domain analysis of heart rate variability (SDNN), exercise Microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) and others...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102499/aortic-radial-pulse-wave-velocity-ratio-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-association-with-age-body-tissue-hydration-status-renal-failure-etiology-and-five-years-of-hemodialysis
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Daniel Bia, Rodolfo Valtuille, Cintia Galli, Sandra Wray, Ricardo Armentano, Yanina Zócalo, Edmundo Cabrera-Fischer
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and the hydration status may be involved in the arterial stiffening process observed in hemodialyzed patients. The ratio between carotid-femoral and carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV ratio) was recently proposed to characterize the patient-specific stiffening process. AIMS: to analyze: (1) the PWV-ratio in healthy and hemodialyzed subjects, analyzing potential changes associated to etiologies of the ESRD, (2) the PWV-ratio and hydration status using multiple-frequency bioimpedance and, (3) the effects of hemodialysis on PWV-ratio in a 5-year follow-up...
January 19, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102328/qualitative-and-quantitative-analysis-with-a-novel-shear-wave-speed-imaging-for-differential-diagnosis-of-breast-lesions
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Yu-Ping Yang, Xiao-Hong Xu, Le-Hang Guo, Ya-Ping He, Dan Wang, Bo-Ji Liu, Chong-Ke Zhao, Bao-Ding Chen, Hui-Xiong Xu
To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a new two-dimensional shear wave speed (SWS) imaging (i.e. Toshiba shear wave elastography, T-SWE) in differential diagnosis of breast lesions. 225 pathologically confirmed breast lesions in 218 patients were subject to conventional ultrasound and T-SWE examinations. The mean, standard deviation and ratio of SWS values (m/s) and elastic modulus (KPa) on T-SWE were computed. Besides, the 2D elastic images were classified into four color patterns. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (AUROC) curve analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of T-SWE in differentiation of breast lesions...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100427/the-possible-role-of-propofol-in-drug-induced-torsades-de-pointes-a-real-world-single-center-analysis
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Victor A Abrich, Harish Ramakrishna, Arjun Mehta, Farouk Mookadam, Komandoor Srivathsan
BACKGROUND: Torsades de pointes (TdP) is a polymorphic ventricular tachycardia associated with QT prolongation. Propofol is a sedative-anesthetic with proarrhythmic effects on cardiac myocytes. We performed a retrospective study to determine the incidence of TdP following propofol exposure at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) from 08/11/1998-11/20/2015. METHODS: We queried our database using key search terms to identify patients exposed to propofol who developed TdP perioperatively or during non-surgical sedation...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099511/extracellular-fluid-intracellular-fluid-volume-ratio-as-a-novel-risk-indicator-for-all-cause-mortality-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Eun-Jung Kim, Myung-Jin Choi, Jeoung-Hwan Lee, Ji-Eun Oh, Jang-Won Seo, Young-Ki Lee, Jong-Woo Yoon, Hyung-Jik Kim, Jung-Woo Noh, Ja-Ryong Koo
BACKGROUND: In hemodialysis patients, fluid overload and malnutrition are accompanied by extracellular fluid (ECF) expansion and intracellular fluid (ICF) depletion, respectively. We investigated the relationship between ECF/ICF ratio (as an integrated marker reflecting both fluid overload and malnutrition) and survival and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the context of malnutrition-inflammation-arteriosclerosis (MIA) complex. METHODS: Seventy-seven patients from a single hemodialysis unit were prospectively enrolled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099427/exposure-to-bisphenols-and-phthalates-and-association-with-oxidant-stress-insulinn-resistance-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-children
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Anglina Kataria, Dov Levine, Sara Wertenteil, Suzanne Vento, Jingchuan Xue, Karthikraj Rajendiran, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Joshua M Thurman, Debra Morrison, Rachel Brody, Elaine Urbina, Teresa Attina, Leonardo Trasande, Howard Trachtman
BACKGROUND: The health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) have been studied extensively in children. The impact of other chemicals in these two classes has not been investigated as fully. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional pilot study of 10-13 year old healthy children. We assessed descriptive, univariable and multivariable associations of urinary metabolites of bisphenols and phthalates with oxidant stress, insulin resistance, body mass, and endothelial dysfunction...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098236/wind-wave-behavior-in-fetch-and-depth-limited-estuaries
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Arash Karimpour, Qin Chen, Robert R Twilley
Wetland dominated estuaries serve as one of the most productive natural ecosystems through their ecological, economic and cultural services, such as nursery grounds for fisheries, nutrient sequestration, and ecotourism. The ongoing deterioration of wetland ecosystems in many shallow estuaries raises concerns about the contributing erosive processes and their roles in restraining coastal restoration efforts. Given the combination of wetlands and shallow bays as landscape components that determine the function of estuaries, successful restoration strategies require knowledge of wind wave behavior in fetch and depth limited water as a critical design feature...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095964/f-wave-duration-parameters-as-a-specific-and-sensitive-tool-for-diagnosis-of-restless-legs-syndrome
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Patrizia Congiu, Maria Livia Fantini, Giulia Milioli, Paolo Tacconi, Michela Figorilli, Gioia Gioi, Bruno Pereira, Francesco Marrosu, Liborio Parrino, Monica Puligheddu
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED), is a frequent condition, though its pathophysiology is not completely understood. The diagnosis of RLS/WED relies on clinical criteria, and the only instrumental tool, the suggested immobilization test, may lead to equivocal results. Recently, neurophysiological parameters related to F-wave duration have been proposed as a diagnostic aid. The aim of this study is to assess and compare the diagnostic values of these parameters in diagnosis of RLS/WED...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094555/loneliness-and-the-risk-of-dementia-among-older-chinese-adults-gender-differences
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Zi Zhou, Ping Wang, Ya Fang
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine whether loneliness was associated with the risk of developing dementia in Chinese older adults and whether the association was moderated by gender. METHOD: A 3-year cohort study was conducted using data from the 2008/2009 and 2011/2012 waves of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS). Multiple logistic regression was used to analyze the relationship between loneliness and dementia. The interaction between loneliness and gender was also evaluated...
January 17, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093432/adiposity-physical-activity-and-risk-of-diabetes-mellitus-prospective-data-from-the-population-based-hunt-study-norway
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Kirsti Vik Hjerkind, Jo S Stenehjem, Tom I L Nilsen
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may counteract the adverse effects of adiposity on cardiovascular mortality; however, the evidence of a similar effect on diabetes is sparse. This study examines whether physical activity may compensate for the adverse effect of adiposity on diabetes risk. METHODS: The study population consisted of 38 231 individuals aged 20 years or more who participated in two consecutive waves of the prospective longitudinal Nord-Trøndelag Health Study in Norway: in 1984-1986 and in 1995-1997...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092786/imaging-thiol-redox-status-in-murine-tumors-in-vivo-with-rapid-scan-electron-paramagnetic-resonance
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Boris Epel, Subramanian V Sundramoorthy, Martyna Krzykawska-Serda, Matthew C Maggio, Mark Tseytlin, Gareth R Eaton, Sandra S Eaton, Gerald M Rosen, Joseph P Y Kao, Howard J Halpern
Thiol redox status is an important physiologic parameter that affects the success or failure of cancer treatment. Rapid scan electron paramagnetic resonance (RS EPR) is a novel technique that has shown higher signal-to-noise ratio than conventional continuous-wave EPR in in vitro studies. Here we used RS EPR to acquire rapid three-dimensional images of the thiol redox status of tumors in living mice. This work presents, for the first time, in vivo RS EPR images of the kinetics of the reaction of (2)H,(15)N-substituted disulfide-linked dinitroxide (PxSSPx) spin probe with intracellular glutathione...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092462/adolescent-cardiovascular-functional-and-structural-outcomes-of-growth-trajectories-from-infancy-prospective-community-based-study
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Alanna N Hanvey, Fiona K Mensah, Susan A Clifford, Melissa Wake
BACKGROUND: Adult BMI trajectories outperform single BMI measurements as predictors of cardiovascular mortality; however, it is unknown whether this also holds in childhood. We aimed to identify BMI trajectory categories from birth to adolescence, and examine their associations with adolescent cardiovascular function and structure. METHODS: Adolescents from a community-based prospective birth cohort completed 11-16 BMI measurements between birth and adolescence...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092361/designed-cell-consortia-as-fragrance-programmable-analog-to-digital-converters
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Marius Müller, Simon Ausländer, Andrea Spinnler, David Ausländer, Julian Sikorski, Marc Folcher, Martin Fussenegger
Synthetic biology advances the rational engineering of mammalian cells to achieve cell-based therapy goals. Synthetic gene networks have nearly reached the complexity of digital electronic circuits and enable single cells to perform programmable arithmetic calculations or to provide dynamic remote control of transgenes through electromagnetic waves. We designed a synthetic multilayered gaseous-fragrance-programmable analog-to-digital converter (ADC) allowing for remote control of digital gene expression with 2-bit AND-, OR- and NOR-gate logic in synchronized cell consortia...
January 16, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090772/controlled-growth-of-1d-mose2-nanoribbons-with-spatially-modulated-edge-states
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Fang Cheng, Hai Xu, Wentao Xu, Pinjia Zhou, Jens Martin, Kian Ping Loh
Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) possess interesting one-dimensional (1D) properties at its edges and inversion domain boundaries, where properties markedly different from the 2D basal plane, such as 1D metallicity and charge density waves, can be observed. Although 2D TMDCs crystals are widely grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), the fabrication of 1D TMDCs ribbons is challenging due to the difficulty to confine growth in only one dimension. Here we report the controlled growth of MoSe2 nanoribbons with an aspect ratio >100 by using prepatterned Se reconstructions on Au(100)...
January 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088188/incidence-and-predictors-of-left-ventricular-remodeling-among-elderly-asian-women-a-community-based-cohort-study
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Jing Wu, Caiqin Wu, Wenjing Fan, Jie Zhou, Ling Xu
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) remodeling is closely linked to the progression of heart failure. There are limited data on the epidemiology of new onset LV remodeling among elderly women, which requires further investigation. METHOD: We examined data from a community-based cohort of women aged > 65 years, who had received > 2 echocardiography scans from 2009 to 2014. Exclusion criteria for patients included prior echocardiographic evidence of left ventricular enlargement (LVE) or hypertrophy (LVH)...
January 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087996/grating-lobes-suppression-by-adding-virtual-receiving-subaperture-in-synthetic-aperture-imaging
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Janusz Wojcik, Marcin Lewandowski, Norbert Żołek
A method of suppression of grating lobes is presented, analyzed, and verified. The method is based on creating a Virtual Receiving Subaperture (VRS) by adding virtual transducer elements not existing in the physical layout of the receiver. The VRS channels are filled with data based on signals from real channels. The analytical model of the synthetic aperture imaging system's impulse response is presented to describe the properties of the VRS. The model shows a reduction of the receiving grating lobes' amplitude (with a comparison to the main lobe's amplitude) by a magnitude equal to the number of receiving transducer elements...
December 21, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087677/incorporating-persistent-pain-in-phenotypic-frailty-measurement-and-prediction-of-adverse-health-outcomes
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Matthew C Lohman, Karen L Whiteman, Rebecca L Greenberg, Martha L Bruce
BACKGROUND: Frailty, a syndrome of physiological deficits, is prevalent among older adults and predicts elevated risk of adverse health outcomes. Although persistent pain predicts similar risk, it is seldom considered in frailty measurement. This article evaluated the construct and predictive validity of including persistent pain in phenotypic frailty measurement. METHODS: Frailty and persistent pain were operationalized using data from the Health and Retirement Study (2006-2012 waves)...
February 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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