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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727649/variables-affecting-intra-abdominal-pressure-during-lifting-in-the-early-postpartum-period
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Yvonne Hsu, Robert Hitchcock, Stefan Niederauer, Ingrid E Nygaard, Janet M Shaw, Xiaoming Sheng
OBJECTIVES: Intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) may contribute to pelvic floor health, although the direction and magnitude of such an effect, if any, are not yet known. Identifying individual characteristics, and in particular modifiable factors, associated with higher IAP during recovery from vaginal childbirth might serve to mitigate early pelvic floor dysfunction. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics associated with maximal IAP during lifting in postpartum primiparous women who delivered vaginally...
July 20, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721782/review-body-reaction
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Karen Chilver
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to listen to what the pay review body (RB) has to say about the pay cap for nurses. That's all very well, but it is worth remembering that he voted against scrapping the cap in a Commons vote in June. So we won't be holding our breaths for a change of heart.
July 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721321/correlation-of-ventilation-perfusion-v-q-scan-results-as-compared-with-clinical-probability-of-pulmonary-embolism-in-african-american-population
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Fasil Tiruneh, Ahmad Awan, Nicole Hunt, Nahom Tegegn, Daniel Larbi
Introduction Current guidelines suggest the use of the more specific Wells' score could safely reduce the number of unnecessary scans. There is a lack of research to support whether these guidelines apply to the African American population. This study aims to evaluate the correlation of clinical pretest probability of pulmonary embolism (PE) with ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scan results in a predominantly African American population and to test whether current guidelines based on studies conducted in other populations hold true in this group...
June 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721046/brain-metabolite-values-in-children-with-breath-holding-spells
#4
Mustafa Calik, Dilek Sen Dokumaci, Suna Sarikaya, Mahmut Demir, Ilhan Isik, Halil Kazanasmaz, Cemil Kaya, Hasan Kandemir
Breath-holding spells are benign, paroxysmal events with apnea and postural tone changes after a crying episode in infants. The objective of this study was to investigate the pathologies in brain metabolite values in the absence of seizure in children with breath-holding spells by using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Brain MRS examination was performed on 18 children with breath-holding spells and 13 neurologically normal children who were included as the control group. There was no significant difference in terms of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), choline (Cho), creatine (Cr), and myoinositol (mI) levels and also in terms of NAA/Cr, Cho/Cr, and mI/Cr ratios between the patients and the control group (all P>0...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720085/my-child-cannot-breathe-while-sleeping-a-report-of-three-cases-and-review
#5
Won Hee Seo, Minkyu Park, So-Hee Eun, Seonkyeong Rhie, Dae Jin Song, Kyu-Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Sudden breath-holding episodes during sleep in young children are potentially related to sudden infant death syndrome and other life-threatening events. Additionally, these episodes can negatively affect child's growth and development. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we present 3 cases of preschool children with similar paroxysmal nocturnal waking events associated with choking that had different etiologies (nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease, and parasomnia, respectively)...
July 18, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718049/good-things-in-small-packages-an-innovative-delivery-approach-for-inhaled-insulin
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James B Fink, Lisa Molloy, John S Patton, Valdecir Castor Galindo-Filho, Jacqueline de Melo Barcelar, Luciana Alcoforado, Simone Cristina Soares Brandão, Armèle Dornelas de Andrade
PURPOSE: The design development of a small, hand held, battery operated, breath actuated inhaler as a drug/device platform for inhaled insulin posed a number of technical challenges. Our goal was to optimize lung deposition and distribution with aerosol generators producing 3-6 μm particle size distribution. METHODS: In silico modeling with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and in vitro testing of device components were assessed using an Alberta idealized adult airway (Copley, UK) to optimize mouthpiece and aerosol path design for dose delivered distal to the trachea...
July 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712815/asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-is-associated-with-cognitive%C3%A2-impairment
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Brajesh K Lal, Moira C Dux, Siddhartha Sikdar, Carly Goldstein, Amir A Khan, John Yokemick, Limin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular risk factors (eg, hypertension, coronary artery disease) and stroke can lead to vascular cognitive impairment. The Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Cognitive Function study evaluated the isolated impact of asymptomatic carotid stenosis (no prior ipsilateral or contralateral stroke or transient ischemic attack) on cognitive function. Cerebrovascular hemodynamic and carotid plaque characteristics were analyzed to elucidate potential mechanisms affecting cognition...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712715/split-vmat-technique-to-control-the-expiratory-breath-hold-time-in-liver-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
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Yen Hwa Lin, Shuichi Ozawa, Hideharu Miura, Katsunori Yogo, Takeo Nakashima, Kentaro Miki, Shintaro Tsuda, Yusuke Ochi, Daisuke Kawahara, Tomoki Kimura, Akito Saito, Yasushi Nagata
PURPOSE: In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of using split-arcs in volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), tailored for expiratory breath-hold in stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for liver tumors. We compare it with three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) and continuous-VMAT, for ten randomly selected hepatocellular carcinoma cases. METHODS: Four coplanar and four non-coplanar beams were used for the 3D-CRT plans. A pair of partial arcs, chosen using a back-and-forth rotating motion, were used for the continuous-VMAT plans...
July 13, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708735/evaluation-and-minimization-of-the-pseudohepatic-anisotropy-artifact-in-liver-intravoxel-incoherent-motion
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Oi Lei Wong, Gladys Goh Lo, Jing Yuan, Wai Kit Chung, Wing Hung Benny Ho, Michael D Noseworthy
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the pseudohepatic anisotropy artifact on liver intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) metrics and whether the use of multiple gradient directions in the IVIM acquisition minimizes the artifact. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multiple breath-holding and forced shallow free-breathing IVIM scans were performed on 8 healthy volunteers using 1 and 6 gradient directions. Cluster analysis was carried out to separate motion-contaminated parenchyma from liver parenchyma and vessels...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706921/computer-tomography-guided-lung-biopsy-using-interactive-breath-hold-control-a-randomized-study
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Haseem Ashraf, Shella Krag-Andersen, Matiullah Naqibullah, Valentina Minddal, Annette Nørgaard, Therese Maria Henriette Naur, Peter Sand Myschetzky, Paul Frost Clementsen
BACKGROUND: Interactive breath-hold control (IBC) may improve the accuracy and decrease the complication rate of computed tomography (CT)-guided lung biopsy, but this presumption has not been proven in a randomized study. METHODS: Patients admitted for CT-guided lung biopsy were randomized to biopsy either with (N=201) or without (N=206) IBC. Biopsy accuracy, procedure time, radiation, and complications were compared in the two groups. Predictors for pneumothorax were analyzed...
June 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705925/management-of-hiccups-in-palliative-care-patients
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Yong Suk Jeon, Alison Mary Kearney, Peter Graham Baker
Persistent hiccups are a frustrating experience for palliative care patients, and can have a profound impact on their quality of life. This article provides an evidence-based approach overview of the causes and treatment of this not infrequently debilitating condition for such patients, with a management algorithm. In situations where no readily reversible cause is identified, or where simple physical manoeuvres, such as breath holding have failed, a systematic approach is required. Hiccups can be broadly divided into central and peripheral types...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701900/selection-of-patients-with-left-breast-cancer-for-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-radiotherapy-technique-results-of-a-prospective-study
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Beata Czeremszyńska, Stanisław Drozda, Michał Górzyński, Lucyna Kępka
AIM: To assess prospectively which patients with left breast cancer have the dosimetric benefit from the use of deep-inspiration breath-hold radiotherapy (DIBH-RT). BACKGROUND: Improvement in selection of patients for DIBH-RT would spare time of radiotherapy staff by removing the need for preparation of two comparative treatment plans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one patients qualified for whole left breast irradiation underwent breath-hold training and their free-breathing (FB) and DIBH planning-CT were included in the analysis of dosimetric outcome...
September 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695398/variable-slice-thickness-vast-epi-for-the-reduction-of-susceptibility-artifacts-in-whole-brain-ge-epi-at-7-tesla
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Sascha Brunheim, Sören Johst, Viktor Pfaffenrot, Stefan Maderwald, Harald H Quick, Benedikt A Poser
OBJECTIVE: A new technique for 2D gradient-recalled echo echo-planar imaging (GE-EPI) termed 'variable slice thickness' (VAST) is proposed, which reduces signal losses caused by through-slice susceptibility artifacts, while keeping the volume repetition time (TR) manageable. The slice thickness is varied across the brain, with thinner slices being used in the inferior brain regions where signal voids are most severe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Various axial slice thickness schemes with identical whole-brain coverage were compared to regular EPI, which may either suffer from unfeasibly long TR if appropriately thin slices are used throughout, or signal loss if no counter-measures are taken...
July 10, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689221/variable-refocusing-flip-angle-single-shot-fast-spin-echo-imaging-of-liver-lesions-increased-speed-and-lesion-contrast
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Robert M Hicks, Andreas M Loening, Michael A Ohliger, Shreyas S Vasanawala, Thomas A Hope
PURPOSE: To evaluate acquisition time and clinical image quality of a variable refocusing flip angle (vrf) single-shot fast spin echo (SSFSE) sequence in comparison with a conventional SSFSE sequence for imaging of liver lesions in patients undergoing whole-body PET/MRI for oncologic staging. METHODS: A vrfSSFSE sequence was acquired in 43 patients with known pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors undergoing (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET on a simultaneous time-of-flight 3.0T PET/MRI...
July 8, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688951/non-contrast-enhanced-3d-mr-portography-within-a-breath-hold-using-compressed-sensing-acceleration-a-prospective-noninferiority-study
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Ayako Ono, Shigeki Arizono, Koji Fujimoto, Thai Akasaka, Rikiya Yamashita, Akihiro Furuta, Hiroyoshi Isoda, Kaori Togashi
PURPOSE: To evaluate images of non-contrast-enhanced 3D MR portography within a breath-hold (BH) using compressed sensing (CS) compared to standard respiratory-triggered (RT) sequences. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine healthy volunteers underwent MR portography using two sequences of balanced steady-state free-precession (bSSFP) with time-spatial labeling inversion pulses (Time-SLIP): BH bSSFP-CS and RT bSSFP. Two radiologists independently scored the diagnostic acceptability to delineate the portal branches (MPV: main portal vein; RPV: right portal vein; LPV: left portal vein; RPPV: right posterior portal vein; and P4 and P8: portal branch of segment 4 and segment 8, respectively) and the overall image quality on a four-point scale...
July 5, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684363/investigation-of-multiphase-multicomponent-aerosol-flow-dictating-pmdi-spacer-interactions
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Saurabh Sarkar, S Prasad Peri, Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri
The use of Pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) for the treatment of asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases is frequently associated with breath-actuation synchronization problems and poor pulmonary delivery, particularly amongst the pediatric and geriatric population groups. Spacers, or Valved Holding Chambers (VHCs), are frequently used to address these problems. However, the performance of spacers with different pMDIs is also highly variable and needs to be investigated. The purpose of the current study is to develop a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model which can characterize multiphase multicomponent aerosol flow issuing from a commercial suspension-based pMDI into a spacer...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679324/breath-hold-black-blood-t1rho-mapping-improves-liver-t1rho-quantification-in-healthy-volunteers
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Yì Xiáng J Wáng, Min Deng, Gladys G Lo, Dong Liang, Jing Yuan, Weitian Chen
Background Recent researches suggest that T1rho may be a non-invasive and quantitative technique for detecting and grading liver fibrosis. Purpose To compare a multi-breath-hold bright-blood fast gradient echo (GRE) imaging and a single breath-hold single-shot fast spin echo (FSE) imaging with black-blood effect for liver parenchyma T1rho measurement and to study liver physiological T1rho value in healthy volunteers. Material and Methods The institutional Ethics Committee approved this study. 28 healthy participants (18 men, 10 women; age = 29...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678353/feedback-field-control-improves-the-precision-of-t2-quantification-at-7%C3%A2-t
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Michael Wyss, Yolanda Duerst, Daniel Nanz, Lars Kasper, Bertram Jakob Wilm, Benjamin Emmanuel Dietrich, Simon Gross, Thomas Schmid, David Otto Brunner, Klaas Paul Pruessmann
T2 * mapping offers access to a number of important structural and physiological tissue parameters. It is robust against RF field variations and overall signal scaling. However, T2 * measurement is highly sensitive to magnetic field errors, including perturbations caused by breathing motion at high baseline field. The goal of this work is to assess this issue in T2 * mapping of the brain and to study the benefit of field stabilization by feedback field control. T2 * quantification in the brain was investigated by phantom and in vivo measurements at 7 T...
July 5, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664753/atypical-cyanotic-breath-holding-spells-in-an-infant-with-16p11-2-microdeletion-syndrome
#19
Jayalakshmi Bhat, Jose Martinez, Paul Maertens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662717/nonenhanced-mr-angiography-of-the-pulmonary-arteries-using-single-shot-radial-quiescent-interval-slice-selective-qiss-a-technical-feasibility-study
#20
Robert R Edelman, Robert I Silvers, Kiran H Thakrar, Mark D Metzl, Jose Nazari, Shivraman Giri, Ioannis Koktzoglou
BACKGROUND: For evaluation of the pulmonary arteries in patients suspected of pulmonary embolism, CT angiography (CTA) is the first-line imaging test with contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CEMRA) a potential alternative. Disadvantages of CTA include exposure to ionizing radiation and an iodinated contrast agent, while CEMRA is sensitive to respiratory motion and requires a gadolinium-based contrast agent. The primary goal of our technical feasibility study was to evaluate pulmonary arterial conspicuity using breath-hold and free-breathing implementations of a recently-developed nonenhanced approach, single-shot radial quiescent-interval slice-selective (QISS) MRA...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
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