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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647826/numerical-simulation-of-a-glucose-sensitive-composite-membrane-closed-loop-insulin-delivery-system
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Shashi Bajaj Mukherjee, Debabrata Datta, Soumyendu Raha, Debnath Pal
Closed-loop insulin delivery system works on pH modulation by gluconic acid production from glucose, which in turn allows regulation of insulin release across membrane. Typically, the concentration variation of gluconic acid can be numerically modeled by a set of non-linear, non-steady state reaction diffusion equations. Here, we report a simpler numerical approach to time and position dependent diffusivity of species using finite difference and differential quadrature (DQ) method. The results are comparable to that obtained by analytical method...
June 24, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647818/assessment-of-the-effect-of-systemic-delivery-of-sclerostin-antibodies-on-wnt-signaling-in-distraction-osteogenesis
#2
Mohammad M Alzahrani, Asim M Makhdom, Frank Rauch, Dominique Lauzier, Maria Kotsiopriftis, Saber Ghadakzadeh, Reggie C Hamdy
Sclerostin is a known inhibitor of the Wnt signaling pathway which is involved in osteogenesis and, when inactivated, stimulates bone formation. To our knowledge, this effect has not been studied in the context of distraction osteogenesis (DO). Tibial DO was conducted on a total of 24 wild-type mice, which were then divided into 2 groups-a saline injection group (control) and an anti-sclerostin (Scl-Ab) injection group (treatment). The mice in the treatment group received 100 mg/kg intravenous injections of the antibody weekly until killing...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647725/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-patients-and-cardiologists-experiences-of-the-informed-consent-process-in-northern-england-a-qualitative-study
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Joy Probyn, Joanne Greenhalgh, Janet Holt, Dwayne Conway, Felicity Astin
OBJECTIVE: Informed consent is central to ethical medical practice, but little is known about how the process takes place in clinical practice. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a common revascularisation procedure. Studies report that patients overestimate benefits, forget the risks and are unaware of alternative treatments. The aim of this study was to describe PCI patients' and cardiologists' experiences of the informed consent process in acute care settings. DESIGN/SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: A qualitative study with a maximum variation sample of elective and acute PCI patients and cardiologists taking their consent, recruited from a district general hospital and tertiary centre...
June 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647524/preparation-and-evaluation-of-bsa-based-hydrosol-nanoparticles-cross-linked-with-genipin-for-oral-administration-of-poorly-water-soluble-curcumin
#4
Narges Shahgholian, Ghadir Rajabzadeh, Bizhan Malaekeh-Nikouei
One of the most interesting functions of albumin is the ability to interact with bioactive compounds. This study describes preparation of protein-based nanoparticles (NPs) for the preparation of solid dispersion of curcumin (CN). Fabrication of hydrosol system of dispersed CN in bovine serum albumin (BSA) was approached, followed by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde (Gta). Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to investigate the influence of input factors (pH, CN content and organic phase ratio (r)), on the particle size and CN entrapment efficiency (EE)...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647446/social-and-geographic-determinants-of-hysterectomy-in-ontario-a-population-based-retrospective-cross-sectional-analysis
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Innie Chen, Michelle R Wise, Sheila Dunn, Geoffrey Anderson, Naushaba Degani, Guylaine Lefebvre, Arlene S Bierman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether social factors (neighbourhood education and income) and geographic factors (urban or rural dwelling and local service area) are associated with hysterectomy rates, proportion of hysterectomies performed minimally invasively, and hysterectomy complication and readmission rates in Ontario. METHODS: The Canadian Institute for Health Information Discharge Abstract Database was used to perform a population-based retrospective cross-sectional study on women who had an abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic hysterectomy in 2007 for benign gynaecologic conditions in hospitals in Ontario, Canada...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646647/successful-maintenance-of-key-physiological-parameters-in-preterm-lambs-treated-with-ex%C3%A2-vivo-uterine-environment-therapy-for-a-period-of-1-week
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Haruo Usuda, Shimpei Watanabe, Yuichiro Miura, Masatoshi Saito, Gabrielle C Musk, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Hideyuki Ikeda, Shinichi Sato, Takushi Hanita, Tadashi Matsuda, Alan H Jobe, John P Newnham, Sarah J Stock, Matthew W Kemp
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants born at the border of viability (22-24 weeks' gestation) have high rates of death and lasting disability. Ex vivo uterine environment therapy is an experimental neonatal intensive care strategy that provides gas exchange using parallel membranous oxygenators connected to the umbilical vessels, sparing the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to refine our ex vivo uterine environment therapy platform to eliminate fetal infection and inflammation, while simultaneously extending the duration of hemodynamically stable ex vivo uterine environment therapy to 1 week...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646642/universal-postpartum-mental-health-screening-for-parents-of-newborns-with-prenatally-diagnosed-birth-defects
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Joanna C M Cole, Michelle Olkkola, Haley Zarrin, Kelsey Berger, Julie S Moldenhauer
OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of a nurse-led project to screen parents for depression and traumatic stress in the postpartum period after visiting their newborns in the NICU. DESIGN: A standardized universal mental health postpartum screening and referral protocol was developed for parents of high-risk neonates. SETTING/LOCAL PROBLEM: The project occurred at the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the first high-risk obstetrics unit serving healthy women who give birth to newborns with prenatally diagnosed fetal anomalies...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646511/control-of-autoimmune-inflammation-using-liposomes-to-deliver-positive-allosteric-modulators-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors
#8
Joshua M Gammon, Arjun R Adapa, Christopher M Jewell
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where myelin is incorrectly recognized as foreign and attacked by the adaptive immune system. Dendritic cells (DCs) direct adaptive immunity by presenting antigens to T cells, therefore serving as a target for autoimmune therapies. N-Phenyl-7-(hydroxyimino)cyclopropa[b]chromen-1a-carboxamide (PHCCC), a positive allosteric modulator of metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGluR4), can promote regulatory T cells by altering cytokine secretion to bias T cell differentiation...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646492/prenatal-perinatal-and-neonatal-risk-factors-for-perinatal-arterial-ischaemic-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
C Li, J K Miao, Y Xu, Y Y Hua, Q Ma, L L Zhou, H J Liu, Q X Chen
The aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis of published data to determine the significance of clinical factors and exposures to the risk of perinatal arterial ischaemic stroke (PAIS) and provide guidance for clinical diagnosis and treatment. A comprehensive literature search of the PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE and Cochrane Library databases for relevant observational studies (cohort/case-control) from March 1984 to March 2016 was undertaken. Two review authors independently examined the full text records to determine which studies met the inclusion criteria and evaluated risk factors for PAIS...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646287/assessing-the-effects-of-price-regulation-and-freedom-of-choice-on-quality-evidence-from-the-physiotherapy-market
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Piia Pekola, Ismo Linnosmaa, Hennamari Mikkola
In health care, many aspects of the delivery of services are subject to regulation. Often the purpose of the regulated health care system is to encourage providers to keep costs down without skimping on quality. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the effect of price regulation and free choice on quality in physiotherapy organised by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland for the disabled individuals.We use the difference-in-differences method in our effort to isolate the effect of the regulation and for this task we have defined the regulated and non-regulated firms and their quality before and after the regulation...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646242/the-role-of-health-plans-in-supporting-behavioral-health-integration
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Maureen T Stewart, Constance M Horgan, Amity E Quinn, Deborah W Garnick, Sharon Reif, Timothy B Creedon, Elizabeth L Merrick
Health plan policies can influence delivery of integrated behavioral health and general medical care. This study provides national estimates for the prevalence of practices used by health plans that may support behavioral health integration. Results indicate that health plans employ financing and other policies likely to support integration. They also directly provide services that facilitate integration. Behavioral health contracting arrangements are associated with use of these policies. Delivery of integrated care requires systemic changes by both providers and payers thus health plans are key players in achieving this goal...
June 23, 2017: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646234/electroporation-as-a-vaccine-delivery-system-and-a-natural-adjuvant-to-intradermal-administration-of-plasmid-dna-in-macaques
#12
Biliana Todorova, Lucille Adam, Slobodan Culina, Raphaël Boisgard, Frédéric Martinon, Antonio Cosma, Mart Ustav, Thierry Kortulewski, Roger Le Grand, Catherine Chapon
In vivo electroporation (EP) is used to enhance the uptake of nucleic acids and its association with DNA vaccination greatly stimulates immune responses to vaccine antigens delivered through the skin. However, the effect of EP on cutaneous cell behavior, the dynamics of immune cell recruitment and local inflammatory factors, have not been fully described. Here, we show that intradermal DNA vaccination combined with EP extends antigen expression to the epidermis and the subcutaneous skin muscle in non-human primates...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645947/role-structure-and-effects-of-medical-tourism-in-africa-a-systematic-scoping-review-protocol
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John Jo Mogaka, Joyce M Tsoka-Gwegweni, Lucia M Mupara, Tivani Mashamba-Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Some patients travel out of, while others come into Africa for medical care through a growing global phenomenon referred to as medical tourism (MT): the travel in search of medical care that is either unavailable, unaffordable or proscribed at home healthcare systems. While some castigate MT as promoting healthcare inequity, others endorse it as a revenue generator, promising local healthcare system strengthening. Currently, however, the understanding of this component of healthcare in Africa is inadequate...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645693/male-mice-ultrasonic-vocalizations-enhance-female-sexual-approach-and-hypothalamic-kisspeptin-neuron-activity
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Akari Asaba, Takuya Osakada, Kazushige Touhara, Masahiro Kato, Kazutaka Mogi, Takefumi Kikusui
Vocal communication in animals is important for ensuring reproductive success. Male mice emit song-like "ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs)" when they encounter female mice, and females show approach to the USVs. However, it is unclear whether USVs of male mice trigger female behavioral and endocrine responses in reproduction. In this study, we first investigated the relationship between the number of deliveries in breeding pairs for 4months and USVs syllables emitted from those paired males during 3min of sexual encounter with unfamiliar female mice...
June 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645692/clinical-implementation-of-combined-modulated-electron-and-photon-beams-with-conventional-mlc-for-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation
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Carlos Míguez, Elisa Jiménez-Ortega, Bianey A Palma, Hector Miras, Ana Ureba, Rafael Arráns, Francisco Carrasco-Peña, Ana Illescas-Vacas, Antonio Leal
PURPOSE: To report the clinical implementation of a novel external beam radiotherapy technique for accelerated partial breast irradiation treatments based on combined electron and photon modulated beams radiotherapy (MERT+IMRT) with conventional MLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of patients was selected to test the viability of the technique. The prescribed dose was 38.5Gy, following a hypofractionated schema, and the structures were defined following the NSABP-B39/RTOG-0413 protocol...
June 20, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645630/evolution-of-cyclodextrin-nanosponges
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Fabrizio Caldera, Maria Tannous, Roberta Cavalli, Marco Zanetti, Francesco Trotta
Cyclodextrin-based nanosponges (CD-NSs) are insoluble, highly cross-linked 3D network polymers used in several scientific and technological fields, the main area of investigation concerns the pharmaceutical applications, in which CD-NSs have been mostly employed as drug delivery systems. CD-NSs can be generally grouped into four consecutive generations, taking into account their chemical composition and properties. The 1st generation of NSs are plain nanosponges, subdivided into four main types: urethane, carbonate, ester and ether NSs, depending on the chemical nature of the functional group connecting the CD to the cross-linker...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645602/clinical-application-of-insertion-force-sensor-system-for-coil-embolization-of-intracranial-aneurysms
#17
Noriaki Matsubara, Shigeru Miyachi, Takashi Izumi, Hiroyuki Yamada, Naoki Marui, Keisuke Ota, Hayato Tajima, Kazunori Shintai, Masashi Ito, Tasuku Imai, Masahiro Nishihori, Toshihiko Wakabayashi
INTRODUCTION: In endovascular embolization for intracranial aneurysms, it is important to properly control the coil insertion force. However, the force can only be subjectively detected by the subtle feedback experienced by the neurointerventionists at their fingertips. The authors envisioned a system that would objectively sense and quantify that force. In this article, coil insertion force was measured in cases of intracranial aneurysm using this sensor, and its actual clinical application was investigated...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645300/bacterial-ghosts-as-adjuvants-mechanisms-and-potential
#18
REVIEW
Irshad A Hajam, Pervaiz A Dar, Gayeon Won, John Hwa Lee
Bacterial ghosts (BG) are empty cell envelopes derived from Gram-negative bacteria. They contain many innate immunostimulatory agonists, and are potent activators of a broad range of cell types involved in innate and adaptive immunity. Several considerable studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of BG as adjuvants as well as their ability to induce proinflammatory cytokine production by a range of immune and non-immune cell types. These proinflammatory cytokines trigger a generalized recruitment of T and B lymphocytes to lymph nodes that maximize the chances of encounter with their cognate antigen, and subsequent elicitation of potent immune responses...
June 24, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645288/a-cohort-study-of-a-general-surgery-electronic-consultation-system-safety-implications-and-impact-on-surgical-yield
#19
Jesus G Ulloa, Marika D Russell, Alice Hm Chen, Delphine S Tuot
BACKGROUND: Electronic consultation (eConsult) systems have enhanced access to specialty expertise and enhanced care coordination among primary care and specialty care providers, while maintaining high primary care provider (PCP), specialist and patient satisfaction. Little is known about their impact on the efficiency of specialty care delivery, in particular surgical yield (percent of ambulatory visits resulting in a scheduled surgical case). METHODS: Retrospective cohort of a random selection of 150 electronic consults from PCPs to a safety-net general surgery clinic for the three most common general surgery procedures (herniorrhaphy, cholecystectomy, anorectal procedures) in 2014...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645219/pullulan-microbeads-si-hpmc-hydrogel-injectable-system-for-the-sustained-delivery-of-gdf-5-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-new-insight-into-intervertebral-disc-regenerative-medicine
#20
Nina Henry, Johann Clouet, Audrey Fragale, Louise Griveau, Claire Chédeville, Joëlle Véziers, Pierre Weiss, Jean Le Bideau, Jérôme Guicheux, Catherine Le Visage
Discogenic low back pain is considered a major health concern and no etiological treatments are today available to tackle this disease. To clinically address this issue at early stages, there is a rising interest in the stimulation of local cells by in situ injection of growth factors targeting intervertebral disc (IVD) degenerative process. Despite encouraging safety and tolerability results in clinic, growth factors efficacy may be further improved. To this end, the use of a delivery system allowing a sustained release, while protecting growth factors from degradation appears of particular interest...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
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