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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809836/nanosponge-tunability-in-size-and-crosslinking-density
#1
Laken L Kendrick-Williams, Eva Harth
We describe a protocol for the synthesis of linear polyesters containing pendant epoxide functionality and their incorporation into a nanosponge with controlled dimensions. This approach begins with synthesis of a functionalized lactone which is key to the pendant functionalization of the resulting polymer. Valerolactone (VL) and allyl-valerolactone (AVL) are then copolymerized using ring-opening polymerization. Post-polymerization modification is then used to install an epoxide moiety on some or all of the pendant allyl groups...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803927/clinical-implications-of-the-limited-relationship-of-voltage-criteria-for-electrocardiogram-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-to-cardiovascular-mortality
#2
Le Dung Ha, Ayman Elbadawi, Victor F Froelicher
BACKGROUND: Numerous methods have been proposed for diagnosing left ventricular hypertrophy using the electrocardiogram. They have limited sensitivity for recognizing pathological hypertrophy at least in part due to their inability to distinguish pathological from physiological hypertrophy. Our objective is to compare the major electrocardiogram - left ventricular hypertrophy criteria using cardiovascular mortality as a surrogate for pathological hypertrophy. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of 16,253 Veterans less than 56 years of age seen at a large Veteran's Affairs Medical Center from 1987 to 1999 and followed a median of 17...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801241/trends-in-radical-prostatectomy-risk-group-distribution-in-a-european-multicenter-analysis-of-28-572-patients-towards-tailored-treatment
#3
Roderick van den Bergh, Giorgio Gandaglia, Derya Tilki, Hendrik Borgmann, Piet Ost, Christian Surcel, Massimo Valerio, Prasanna Sooriakumaran, Alberto Briganti, Markus Graefen, Henk van der Poel, Alexandre de la Taille, Francesco Montorsi, Guillaume Ploussard
BACKGROUND: Active surveillance (AS) has been increasingly proposed as the preferential initial management strategy for low-risk prostate cancer (PC), while in high-risk PC the indication for surgery has widened. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the development of risk group distribution of patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective database review of combined RP databases (2000-2015) of four large European centers (Créteil, Paris; San Rafaele, Milan; Martini Klinik, Hamburg; NKI, AvL, Amsterdam)...
August 8, 2017: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719862/green-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-leaves-extract-of-artemisia-vulgaris-and-their-potential-biomedical-applications
#4
Tahir Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Chuanlong Li
Biosynthesis of nanoparticles from plant extracts is receiving enormous interest due to their abundant availability and a broad spectrum of bioactive reducing metabolites. In this study, the reducing potential of Artemisia vulgaris leaves extract (AVLE) was investigated for synthesizing silver nanoparticles without the addition of any external reducing or capping agent. The appearance of blackish brown color evidenced the complete synthesis of nanoparticles. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscope (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652952/fibromuscular-dysplasia-with-spontaneous-coronary-artery-disease-presenting-as-acute-myocardial-infarction
#5
Ali Farooq, Waseem Amjad, Ata Ur Rahim Bajwa, Hassaan Yasin, Rizwan Ali, Muhammad Pervaiz
A 40-year-old female presented to a rural hospital with crushing substernal chest pain. An initial electrocardiogram showed ST elevation in lead II and aVF with elevated troponin I. She was immediately transferred to a tertiary care hospital. An emergent coronary angiogram did not show any significant coronary artery disease. On the second day, the patient experienced recurrence of severe chest pain with ST elevations in leads I, aVL, V5-V6, ST depressions in V1-V3, T-wave inversion over V2-V5. The troponin I level increased to > 40 ng/ml (normal 0...
May 23, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634596/study-on-drive-system-of-hybrid-tree-harvester
#6
Shen Rong-Feng, Zhang Xiaozhen, Zhou Chengjun
Hybrid tree harvester with a 60 kW diesel engine combined with a battery pile could be a "green" forest harvesting and transportation system. With the new design, the diesel engine maintains a constant engine speed, keeping fuel consumption low while charging the batteries that drive the forwarder. As an additional energy saving method, the electric motors work as generators to charge the battery pile when the vehicle moves downhill. The vehicle is equipped with six large wheels providing high clearance over uneven terrain while reducing ground pressure...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614263/misdiagnosed-anomalous-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-as-endocardial-fibroelastosis-in-infancy-a-case-series
#7
Fan Ma, Kaiyu Zhou, Xiaoqing Shi, Xiaoqing Wang, Yi Zhang, Yifei Li, Yimin Hua, Chuan Wang
INTRODUCTION: Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare but severe congenital cardiac malformation. The prognosis mainly depends on the early and accurate diagnosis and treatment. However, without a typical and specific clinical manifestation in early stage, ALCAPA has a higher rate of false initial diagnosis. DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURE: Three infants with impaired left ventricle (LV) function, LV enlargement, mitral valve regurgitation (MR), and LV endocardium thickness were initially diagnosed as endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE)...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611879/pitfalls-in-electrocardiographic-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-low-risk-chest-pain
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REVIEW
Semhar Z Tewelde, Amal Mattu, William J Brady
Less than half of patients with a chest pain history indicative of acute coronary syndrome have a diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) on initial presentation to the emergency department. The physician must dissect the ECG for elusive, but perilous, characteristics that are often missed by machine analysis. ST depression is interpreted and often suggestive of ischemia; however, when exclusive to leads V1-V3 with concomitant tall R waves and upright T waves, a posterior infarction should first and foremost be suspected...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607615/diffuse-interstitial-fibrosis-assessed-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-dispersion-of-ventricular-repolarization-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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David Hurtado-de-Mendoza, Celia P Corona-Villalobos, Iraklis Pozios, Jorge Gonzales, Yalda Soleimanifard, Sanjay Sivalokanathan, Diego Montoya-Cerrillo, Styliani Vakrou, Ihab Kamel, Wilfredo Mormontoy-Laurel, Ketty Dolores-Cerna, Jacsel Suarez, Sergio Perez-Melo, David A Bluemke, Theodore P Abraham, Stefan L Zimmerman, M Roselle Abraham
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by myocyte hypertrophy, disarray, fibrosis, and increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias. Increased QT dispersion has been reported in patients with HCM, but the underlying mechanisms have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we examined the relationship between diffuse interstitial fibrosis, replacement fibrosis, QTc dispersion and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with HCM. We hypothesized that fibrosis would slow impulse propagation and increase dispersion of ventricular repolarization, resulting in increased QTc dispersion on surface electrocardiogram (ECG) and ventricular arrhythmias...
June 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576263/numerical-analysis-of-ammonia-homogenization-for-selective-catalytic-reduction-application
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Jakov Baleta, Matija Martinjak, Milan Vujanović, Klaus Pachler, Jin Wang, Neven Duić
Selective catalytic reduction based on urea water solution as ammonia precursor is a promising method for the NOx abatement form exhaust gasses of mobile diesel engine units. It consists of injecting the urea-water solution in the hot flue gas stream and reaction of its products with the NOx over the catalyst surface. During this process flue gas enthalpy is used for the urea-water droplet heating and for the evaporation of water content. After water evaporates, thermolysis of urea occurs, during which ammonia, a known NOx reductant, and isocyanic acid are generated...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545282/-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmia-originating-from-the-distal-great-cardiac-vein
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R L Zheng, D P Zhou, J X Lin, Y C Li, J Li, J Li, R P Yin, J F Lin
Objective: To explore the electrocardiographic characteristics of patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from different portions of distal great cardiac veins (DGCV). Methods: The study included 49 patients underwent successful RFCA of premature ventricular complex(PVCs)/ventricular tachycardia(VT) from different portions of the DGCV in our department from July 2009 to March 2016. The surface 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and intraventricular ablation mapping features were analyzed...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482065/use-of-bacillus-subtilis-pb6-as-a-potential-antibiotic-growth-promoter-replacement-in-improving-performance-of-broiler-birds
#12
Sathishkumar Jayaraman, Partha Pratim Das, Prakash Chandra Saini, Barun Roy, Paresh Nath Chatterjee
The intestinal gut health is one of the primary determinants of broiler growth and performance. Among the various enteric diseases, necrotic enteritis (NE) is an enterotoxemic disease caused by Clostridium perfringens, which can result in severe economic losses in poultry farming. Antibiotics like bacitracin methylene disalicylate (BMD) and avilamycin (AVL) are commonly used antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in poultry feed to control necrotic enteritis in birds. Bacillus subtilis PB6 was reported to prevent necrotic enteritis and improve performance in birds...
May 6, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452316/predictive-value-of-qt-dispersion-and-isolated-t-wave-inversion-in-lead-avl-for-early-detection-of-left-anterior-descending-coronary-artery-lesions
#13
Ramadan Ghaleb, Hossam Mansour
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436566/atrial-fibrillation-originating-from-superior-vena-cava-with-atrial-flutter-electrocardiogram-pattern
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Hung-Kai Huang, Shih-Lin Chang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Fa-Po Chung, Yen-Chang Huang, Chung-Hsing Lin, Chao-Shun Chan, Hung-Yu Chang, Chin-Yu Lin, Yao-Ting Chang, Ching-Hui Huang, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUNDS: Substrate property is related to the genesis and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of substrate property on the electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients with AF originating from the superior vena cava (SVC). METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-six patients with AF originating from SVC who underwent catheter ablation were included from 2004 to 2013. Of these patients, 16 had a presentation of atrial flutter (AFL)-pattern ECG during AF (group 1), and 60 patients did not (group 2)...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430947/electrocardiographic-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-predicts-cardiovascular-morbidity-and-mortality-in-hypertensive-patients-the-allhat-study
#15
Casper N Bang, Elsayed Z Soliman, Lara M Simpson, Barry R Davis, Richard B Devereux, Peter M Okin
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiographic (ECG) left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. However, the predictive value of ECG LVH in treated hypertensive patients remains unclear. METHODS: A total of 33,357 patients (aged ≥ 55 years) with hypertension and at least 1 other coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factor were randomized to chlorthalidone, amlodipine, or lisinopril. The outcome of the present study was all-cause mortality; and secondary endpoints were CHD, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, angina, heart failure (HF), and peripheral arterial disease...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423167/what-pre-columbian-mummies-could-teach-us-about-south-american-leishmaniases
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REVIEW
Denis Sereno, Mohammad Akhoundi, Franck Dorkeld, Bruno Oury, Hooman Momen, Pascale Perrin
A recent report on the taxonomic profile of the human gut microbiome in pre-Columbian mummies (Santiago-Rodriguez et al. 2016) gives for the first time evidence of the presence of Leishmania DNA (sequences similar to Leishmania donovani according to the authors) that can be reminiscent of visceral leishmaniasis during the pre-Columbian era. It is commonly assumed that Leishmania infantum, the etiological agent of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) was introduced into the New World by the Iberian conquest...
April 1, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414663/not-another-acs-rule-out
#17
S Preston, R Nelson, M Watts, D Smith, T Dewenter, D Spruill
CASE: A 50 year old African-American woman with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia presented with progressively worsening retro-sternal chest pain, exacerbated by activity and relieved by rest. She also endorsed a thirty-pound unintentional weight loss, and dysphagia. She was dysarthric with left-sided Bell's Palsy and a palpable left axillary lymph node. She had been evaluated at several hospitals in the previous months for similar typical chest pain. Her troponin values were normal, and an EKG showed T-wave inversions in leads I and aVL...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400921/validity-of-electrocardiographic-criteria-for-increased-left-ventricular-mass-in-young-patients-in-the-general-population
#18
Eduard Sklyar, Paul Ginelli, Aaron Barton, Richard Peralta, Jonathan N Bella
AIM: To investigate validity of electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in young adults. METHODS: Retrospectively, echocardiograms showing LVH and concomitant electrocardiograms were collected in patients 18 to 39 years old. A control group of patients without LVH was collected. Using echocardiogram as the gold standard, electrocardiograms were analyzed using common voltage criteria. RESULTS: Study included 100 subjects (52% male, mean age = 28 ± 6...
March 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344026/the-impact-of-various-scaffold-components-on-vascularized-bone-constructs
#19
Ahmad Eweida, Matthias Schulte, Oliver Frisch, Ulrich Kneser, Leila Harhaus
Bone tissue engineering is gaining more interest in the field of craniofacial surgery where continuous efforts are being made to improve the outcomes via modulation of the scaffold components. In an in vitro three dimensional (3D) culture, the effect of bone morphogenic protein 2 (BMP2, 60 μg/ml) and the effect of different cell seeding densities (0.25, 0.5, and 1 × 104) of rat mesenchymal stem cells seeded on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite in silica gel matrix (Nanobone(®)) on the cell viability and differentiation were studied...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343785/pericardial-mesothelioma-presenting-as-a-suspected-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#20
Ana Sofia Barroso, Sérgio Leite, Fernando Friões, Mariana Vasconcelos, Daniela Azevedo, Helena Baldaia, Mário Jorge Amorim, Paula Dias
Primary cardiac and pericardial tumors are rare entities with an autopsy frequency of 0.001-0.03%. Metastases to the heart and pericardium are much more common than primary tumors. Malignant pericardial mesotheliomas account for up to 50% of primary pericardial tumors. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with hypertension, dyslipidemia and atrial fibrillation who went to the emergency department due to nonspecific thoracic discomfort of over six hours duration associated with syncope. Physical examination revealed a low-amplitude arrhythmic pulse, no heart murmurs and no signs of pulmonary congestion...
April 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
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