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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527424/influence-of-chronic-stretching-on-muscle-performance-systematic-review
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D M Medeiros, C S Lima
The aim of the current study was to investigate the influence of chronic stretching on muscle performance (MP) by a systematic review. The search strategy included MEDLINE, PEDro, Cochrane CENTRAL, LILACS, and manual search from inception to June 2016. Randomized and controlled clinical trials, non-randomized, and single group studies that have analyzed the influence of flexibility training (FT) (using any stretching technique) on MP were included. Differently, studies with special populations (children, elderly, and people with any dysfunction/disease), and articles that have used FT protocols shorter than three weeks or 12 sessions were excluded...
May 17, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527110/a-review-of-the-hemodynamic-factors-believed-to-contribute-to-vascular-access-dysfunction
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Connor V Cunnane, Eoghan M Cunnane, Michael T Walsh
A vascular access (VA) is used to facilitate hemodialysis in patients that suffer from end-stage renal disease. However, they suffer from high failure rates due to non-maturation and venous stenosis, with intimal hyperplasia (IH) the underlying cause of both conditions. Abnormal hemodynamic profiles, which arise following VA creation, are believed to lead to the development of IH. However, the exact physiological response that initiates this process is unknown. This review evaluates the different hemodynamic parameters that are hypothesised to correlate with the development of IH...
May 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526870/time-course-responses-of-circulating-micrornas-to-three-resistance-training-protocols-in-healthy-young-men
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Shufang Cui, Biao Sun, Xin Yin, Xia Guo, Dingming Chao, Chunni Zhang, Chen-Yu Zhang, Xi Chen, Jizheng Ma
Circulating microRNAs (c-miRNAs) in human plasma have been described as a potential marker of exercise. The present study investigated the effects of three acute resistance training (RT) protocols on the time-course changes of the c-miRNAs profiles in young males. The subjects (n = 45) were randomly divided into three groups: muscular strength endurance (SE), muscular hypertrophy (MH) and maximum strength (MS). Venous blood samples were obtained before exercise and immediately, 1 h and 24 h after each RT protocol to assess the following biological parameters: c-miRNAs, anabolic and catabolic hormones, inflammatory cytokines and muscle damage markers...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526859/evaluation-of-arteriolar-smooth-muscle-cell-function-in-an-ex-vivo-microvascular-network-model
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Jessica M Motherwell, Mohammad S Azimi, Kristine Spicer, Natascha G Alves, Nicholas A Hodges, Jerome W Breslin, Prasad V G Katakam, Walter L Murfee
An emerging challenge in tissue engineering biomimetic models is recapitulating the physiological complexity associated with real tissues. Recently, our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as an ex vivo experimental platform for investigating the multi-cellular dynamics involved in angiogenesis within an intact microvascular network using time-lapse imaging. A critical question remains whether the vessels maintain their functionality. The objective of this study was to determine whether vascular smooth muscle cells in cultured microvascular networks maintain the ability to constrict...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526536/trastuzumab-emtansine-versus-capecitabine-plus-lapatinib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-her2-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-emilia-a-descriptive-analysis-of-final-overall-survival-results-from-a-randomised-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Véronique Diéras, David Miles, Sunil Verma, Mark Pegram, Manfred Welslau, José Baselga, Ian E Krop, Kim Blackwell, Silke Hoersch, Jin Xu, Marjorie Green, Luca Gianni
BACKGROUND: The antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine is indicated for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane. Approval of this drug was based on progression-free survival and interim overall survival data from the phase 3 EMILIA study. In this report, we present a descriptive analysis of the final overall survival data from that trial. METHODS: EMILIA was a randomised, international, open-label, phase 3 study of men and women aged 18 years or older with HER2-positive unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane...
May 16, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525871/different-binding-mechanisms-of-neutral-and-anionic-poly-perfluorinated-chemicals-to-human-transthyretin-revealed-by-in-silico-models
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Xianhai Yang, Felichesmi Lyakurwa, Hongbin Xie, Jingwen Chen, Xuehua Li, Xianliang Qiao, Xiyun Cai
Chemical forms-dependent binding interactions between phenolic compounds and human transthyretin (hTTR) have been elaborated previously. However, it is not known whether the binding interactions between ionizable halogenated alphatic compounds and hTTR also have the same manner. In this study, poly-/perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were selected as model compounds and molecular dynamic simulation was performed to investigate the binding mechanisms between PFCs and hTTR. Results show the binding interactions between the halogenated aliphatic compounds and hTTR are related to the chemical forms...
May 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525836/arterial-spin-labelling-shows-functional-depression-of-non-lesion-tissue-in-chronic-wernicke-s-aphasia
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Holly Robson, Karsten Specht, Helen Beaumont, Laura M Parkes, Karen Sage, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Roland Zahn
Behavioural impairment post-stroke is a consequence of structural damage and altered functional network dynamics. Hypoperfusion of intact neural tissue is frequently observed in acute stroke, indicating reduced functional capacity of regions outside the lesion. However, cerebral blood flow (CBF) is rarely investigated in chronic stroke. This study investigated CBF in individuals with chronic Wernicke's aphasia (WA) and examined the relationship between lesion, CBF and neuropsychological impairment. Arterial spin labelling CBF imaging and structural MRIs were collected in 12 individuals with chronic WA and 13 age-matched control participants...
November 10, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525488/artificial-disk-replacement-combined-with-fusion-versus-2-level-fusion-in-cervical-2-level-disk-disease-with-a-5-year-follow-up
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Gyu Yeul Ji, Chang Hyun Oh, Dong Ah Shin, Yoon Ha, Seong Yi, Keung Nyun Kim, Hyun Cheol Shin, Do Heum Yoon
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the long-term clinical and radiologic outcomes of hybrid surgery (HS) and 2-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (2-ACDF) in patients with 2-level cervical disk disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In a previous study with a 2-year follow-up, HS was shown to be superior to 2-ACDF, with a better Neck Disability Index (NDI) score, less postoperative neck pain, faster C2-C7 range of motion (ROM) recovery, and less adjacent ROM increase...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524916/facile-fabrication-of-highly-controllable-gating-systems-based-on-the-combination-of-inverse-opal-structure-and-dynamic-covalent-chemistry
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Chen Wang, Haowei Yang, Li Tian, Shiqiang Wang, Ning Gao, Wanlin Zhang, Peng Wang, Xianpeng Yin, Guangtao Li
A three-dimensional (3D) inverse opal with periodic and porous structures has shown great potential for applications not only in optics and optoelectronics, but also in functional membranes. In this work, the benzaldehyde group was initially introduced into a 3D nanoporous inverse opal, serving as a platform for fabricating functional membranes. By employing the dynamic covalent approach, a highly controllable gating system was facilely fabricated to achieve modulable and reversible transport features. It was found that the physical/chemical properties and pore size of the gating system could easily be regulated through post-modification with amines...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524691/scheme-to-measure-the-topological-number-of-a-chern-insulator-from-quench-dynamics
#10
Ce Wang, Pengfei Zhang, Xin Chen, Jinlong Yu, Hui Zhai
We show how the topological number of a static Hamiltonian can be measured from a dynamical quench process. We focus on a two-band Chern insulator in two dimension, for instance, the Haldane model, whose dynamical process can be described by a mapping from the [k_{x},k_{y},t] space to the Bloch sphere, characterized by the Hopf invariant. Such a mapping has been constructed experimentally by measurements in cold atom systems. We show that, taking any two constant vectors on the Bloch sphere, their inverse images of this mapping are two trajectories in the [k_{x},k_{y},t] space, and the linking number of these two trajectories exactly equals the Chern number of the static Hamiltonian...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524140/-influence-of-endothelial-graft-thickness-on-postoperative-visual-acuity
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S V Trufanov, S A Malozhen, V I Siplivyy, E P Salovarova
AIM: to assess the influence of the endothelial graft thickness on postoperative visual acuity following modified endothelial keratoplasty (UTDSAEK). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 49 patients with pseudophakic bullous keratopathy and no concomitant disorders of either the retina or optic nerve. Ultrathin Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (UTDSAEK) was performed in all cases. Corneal graft thickness was measured 1 year after UTDSAEK by means of optical coherence tomography...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524135/-selective-symptomatic-therapy-of-macular-edema-due-to-occlusive-processes-in-retinal-venous-system
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M M Bikbov, R R Fayzrakhmanov, T R Gil'manshin
AIM: to evaluate the effect of dexamethasone intravitreal implant on the functional state of the eye in macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included two groups of patients: group 1 (control group) - 8 patients (16 eyes) without ocular pathology and group 2 (study group) - 8 patients (8 eyes) with macular edema on the background of newly diagnosed thrombosis of the central retinal vein. All the patients from the study group underwent insertion of an intravitreal dexamethasone implant - Ozurdex...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524123/-a-clinical-and-neuropsychological-study-of-patients-before-and-after-resection-of-third-ventricle-colloid-cysts
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S B Buklina, A N Konovalov, D I Pitskhelauri, M A Shkarubo, A A Poddubskaya, M V Kolycheva
The literature lacks studies of cognitive impairments in large groups of patients after resection of third ventricle colloid cysts. AIM: To evaluate cognitive impairments in patients before and after resection of third ventricle colloid cysts. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a clinical and neuropsychological study of 52 patients with third ventricle colloid cysts using the Luria method (1962). Forty three patients were examined before and after cyst resection in the early postoperative period (three patients in this group were also examined in a long-term period of 3-7 months after surgery)...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524120/proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-%C3%A2-h-mrs-study-of-early-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rabbits
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Yong Xiao, Yigang Fu, Yi Zhou, Jianguo Xia, Lina Wang, Chunhong Hu
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between dynamic changes of cerebral metabolism and degree of trauma in rabbit models of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (¹H-MRS). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-five Chinese rabbits were randomly divided into control, mild, moderate, and severe TBI groups. ¹H-MRS was performed 1, 6, and 24 h after trauma. The concentrations of NAA, Cr, Cho, and Lac, and NAA/Cr and Cho/Cr ratios in each group, were estimated...
May 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524028/-efficacy-of-20-albumin-infusion-on-coagulation-and-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-rabbits-with-ards
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Ling Yao, Bo Liu, Feng Shen
OBJECTIVE: To observe the efficacy of 20% albumin infusion on coagulation and pulmonary fibrosis in rabbits with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) induced by two-hit of intravenous infusion of oleid acid (OA) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Forty healthy adult male rabbits were randomly divided into five groups, namely sham group, model group, albumin group (20% albumin), saline group (0.9% sodium chloride injection) and Ringer group (lactate Ringer solution), with 8 rabbits in each group...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522978/change-during-psychotherapy-through-sand-play-tray-in-children-that-have-been-sexually-abused
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María D L Angeles Tornero, Claudia Capella
This paper presents the results of a qualitative study on the use of sandplay, or sand tray therapy, in the psychotherapeutic process of children who have been sexually abused. A longitudinal study was carried out with seven participants between the ages of 7 and 10 years old. Data was produced during observation of the therapeutic activity over the course of three different phases of treatment, using a rubric created especially for this observation. Three sandplay sessions were recorded: one at the start of therapy, one at the 3-month mark, and the third and final session after 6 months of treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522910/comparison-of-the-analgesic-effects-between-electro-acupuncture-and-moxibustion-with-visceral-hypersensitivity-rats-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Ji-Meng Zhao, Liang Li, Liu Chen, Yin Shi, Yu-Wei Li, Hai-Xia Shang, Lu-Yi Wu, Zhi-Jun Weng, Chun-Hui Bao, Huan-Gan Wu
AIM: To observe whether there are differences in the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (Mox) in rats with visceral hypersensitivity. METHODS: EA at 1 mA and 3 mA and Mox at 43 °C and 46 °C were applied to the Shangjuxu (ST37, bilateral) acupoints in model rats with visceral hypersensitivity. Responses of wide dynamic range neurons in dorsal horns of the spinal cord were observed through the extracellular recordings. Mast cells (MC) activity in the colons of rats were assessed, and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 5-hydroxytryptamine 3 receptor (5-HT3R) and 5-HT4R expressions in the colons were measured...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522839/fast-diffusion-of-domesticated-maize-to-temperate-zones
#18
Xiaolong Li, Yinqiao Jian, Chuanxiao Xie, Jun Wu, Yunbi Xu, Cheng Zou
Adaptation to a temperate climate was a prerequisite for the spread of maize across a broad geographical range. To explicitly explore the demographic process underlying maize adaptation, we used a diffusion-based method to model the differentiation between temperate and tropical populations using the Non-Stiff Stalk group as a proxy for temperate maize. Based on multiple sequential Markovian coalescent approaches, we estimate that tropical and temperate maize diverged approximately 3'000 to 5'000 years ago and the population size shrank after the split...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522426/polymer-coated-mucoadhesive-liposomes-intended-for-the-management-of-xerostomia
#19
Małgorzata I Adamczak, Ørjan G Martinsen, Gro Smistad, Marianne Hiorth
The aim of this work was to prepare and test different pharmaceutical formulations in respect of their potential in relieving dry mouth symptom. Since many of the products available on the market provide only temporary relief to the patients, there is need for new formulations able to retain on the oral mucosa. The prolonged moisture protection could be achieved by combining mucoadhesive materials, such as polymers containing hydrogen bonding groups, with vesicles capable of releasing hydration medium from the inner compartment...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522358/self-tolerance-and-autoimmunity-in-a-minimal-model-of-the-idiotypic-network
#20
Stefan Landmann, Nicolas Preuss, Ulrich Behn
We consider self-tolerance and its failure -autoimmunity- in a minimal mathematical model of the idiotypic network. A node in the network represents a clone of B-lymphocytes and its antibodies of the same idiotype which is encoded by a bitstring. The links between nodes represent possible interactions between clones of almost complementary idiotype. A clone survives only if the number of populated neighbored nodes is neither too small nor too large. The dynamics is driven by the influx of lymphocytes with randomly generated idiotype from the bone marrow...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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