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Mehran Peyvasteh, Shahnam Askarpour, Nasrollah Ostadian, Mohammad-Reza Moghimi, Hazhir Javaherizadeh
Background: Hirschsprung's disease is the most common cause of pediatric intestinal obstruction. Contrast enema is used for evaluation of the patients with its diagnosis. Aim: To evaluate sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of radiologic findings for diagnosis of Hirschsprung in patients underwent barium enema. Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out in Imam Khomeini Hospital for one year starting from 2012, April...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Suneesh Kalliath, Rajesh Gopalan Nair, Haridasan Vellani
A 48-year-old man presented with chronic right sided heart failure. 2D echocardiography revealed the classical features of left ventricular endomyocardial fibrosis with a prominent right ventricular apical aneurysm. Right ventriculography further defined the aneurysm. Cardiac magnetic resonance images revealed a thin-walled, apical aneurysm of right ventricle with multiple septations and marked obliteration of left ventricular apex. A delayed-enhancement sequence after the infusion of contrast, demonstrated a hypersignal in the subendocardium, consistent with the right ventricular involvement of endomyocardial fibrosis...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Sean Ekins, John Liebler, Bruno J Neves, Warren G Lewis, Megan Coffee, Rachelle Bienstock, Christopher Southan, Carolina H Andrade
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae, which is similar to dengue virus, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Recent outbreaks in South America, Latin America, the Caribbean and in particular Brazil have led to concern for the spread of the disease and potential to cause Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly. Although ZIKV has been known of for over 60 years there is very little in the way of knowledge of the virus with few publications and no crystal structures. No antivirals have been tested against it either in vitro or in vivo...
2016: F1000Research
Lisa Falland-Cheung, J Neil Waddell, Milad Soltanipour Lazarjan, Mark C Jermy, Taylor Winter, Darryl Tong, Paul A Brunton
The suitability of agar/glycerol/water and agar/glycerol mixtures as brain simulants was investigated. Test specimens (n=15) (50x27×37mm) were fabricated for these different mixtures and conditioned to 12°C, 22°C, and 26°C prior to testing. For comparison, fresh deer brain specimens (n=20) were sourced and prepared to the same dimensions as the agar/glycerol(/water) mixtures and conditioned to 12°C and 37°C. High impact tests were carried out with a 0.22-caliber air rifle pellet and a high-speed camera was used to record the projectile as it passed through the specimens, allowing for energy loss and vertical displacement velocity calculation...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Avas Chandra Ray, Subhra Aditya, Pulak Kumar Jana, Apratim Chatterjee, Anup Sarkar, Jay Mehta, Jotideb Mukhopadhyay
A young male labourer developed pain at the site of blunt trauma over back of chest followed by fever, cough with expectoration, breathlessness and hemorrhagic pleural effusion in the side of injury. What could have been passed as a sequel of trauma turned out to be the consequences of an underlying rare and aggressive malignant tumor of the chest wall known as Askin tumor or Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET). CT thorax with guided FNAC, debulking operation, histopathological examination followed by immunohistochemistry of the tumor tissue led to the final diagnosis...
March 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Miquel Royo, Riccardo Rurali
We study thermal transport in isotopically disordered Si nanowires, discussing the feasibility of phonon engineering for thermoelectric applications within these systems. To this purpose, we carry out atomistic molecular dynamics and nonequilibrium Green's function calculations to characterize the dependence of the thermal conductance as a function of the isotope concentration, isotope radial distribution and temperature. We show that a reduction of the conductivity of up to 20% can be achieved with suitable isotope blends at room temperature and approximately 50% at low temperature...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sarman Singh
Toxoplasmosis is caused by a coccidian parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite is highly prevalent both in humans and in warm-blooded animals. Cat family animals are definitive host, and these animals excrete the infective oocysts in their feces. Humans, though not definitive host, get infection by consuming water or food contaminated with cat feces. Rarely, infection can also take place through transfusing the infected blood, through transplantation of infected organs, or transplacentally from infected mother to fetus...
July 2016: Tropical Parasitology
Grzegorz Doruchowski, Waldemar Świechowski, Sylwester Masny, Alicja Maciesiak, Małgorzata Tartanus, Hanna Bryk, Ryszard Hołownicki
The coarse spray air-induction nozzles have documented pesticide drift reducing potential and hence pose lower risk of environmental pollution than the standard fine spray hollow cone nozzles. However, it is questioned that use of the low-drift nozzles might not provide as effective crop protection as the standard nozzles. The objective of work was to assess the pest and disease control efficacy as affected by spray volume rate and nozzle type. The experiment was carried out in apple orchard, cv Jonagold/M26...
October 6, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Petr Tůma, Martin Jaček, Vladimíra Fejfarová, Jan Polák
An electrophoretic stacking method has been developed for monitoring the therapeutic level of the antibiotic ceftazidime in blood plasma and microdialysates taken from peripheral soft tissues of the lower limbs of patients with diabetic foot syndrome. The biological samples are treated by addition of acetonitrile in an amount of 75% v/v and injected into a capillary in a large volume; after turning on the separation voltage, the residual acetonitrile is forced out of the capillary by the application of hydrodynamic pressure...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Wolfgang Frenzel, Stefan Wietek, Tor-Einar Svae, Anette Debes, Daniel Svorc
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the tolerability and safety of Octagam® 5% and 10% across all indications, ages, and treatment regimens, using data from four non-interventional post-authorization safety studies (PASS); this analysis was performed following changes in the preparation of raw material used to manufacture Octagam. METHODS: All four studies included in- and out-patients prescribed Octagam for treatment of their medical condition. Physicians used case report forms to document baseline demographics, Octagam treatment details, and data on the efficacy of Octagam, and recorded all adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and other safety data...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Chao Zou, Yimin Wang, James A Moore, Masoud Sanayei
Transit-oriented development, such as metro depot and over-track building complexes, has expanded rapidly over the last 5years in China. Over-track building construction has the advantage of comprehensive utilization of land resources, ease of commuting to work, and provide funds for subway construction. But the high frequency of subway operations into and out of the depots can generate excessive vibrations that transmit into the over track buildings, radiate noise within the buildings, hamper the operation of vibration sensitive equipment, and adversely affect the living quality of the building occupants...
October 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Emil Meng-Lund, Jette Jacobsen, Anette Müllertz, Erling B Jørgensen, René Holm
Buccal delivery may be clinically beneficial for compounds with a high gastrointestinal and hepatic first pass metabolism or in situations where a fast systemic absorption is desired. The delivery of a crystalline low soluble compounds, e.g. diazepam, may be limited due to the low volume of saliva available to facilitate solvation in order to drive the permeation of drug through the buccal mucosa. Therefore, the present study investigated the potential benefits of administering diazepam either as an amorphous or as a crystalline form in mucoadhesive tablets to conscious Göttingen mini-pigs...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Kevin H Chu, Ibrahim Mahmoud, Anthony Ft Brown
Your department has had a good track record over many years for preparing trainees to successfully sit for the ACEM Fellowship exam. On average the pass rate for your trainees is over 80%. Then, to your dismay, suddenly only two of five of your trainees pass the latest Fellowship exam. Does this anomaly necessitate an urgent review of your department's training programme, or is it just a statistical quirk? Let us suppose you can prepare candidates so that they all have at least an 80% chance of passing. The probability that all five candidates would have passed is 32...
October 1, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Yasir Ahmad Lone, Ravi Prakash Kanojia, Ram Samujh, Kattaragadda Laxmi Narasimha Rao
Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a common problem among the pediatric population. On numerous occasions, the FB is left to pass out spontaneously without expecting any harm. There are instances when the FB is either to dangerous to be left alone, that is a button battery or a sharp object. There may be FB, which is either stuck in GIT or have migrated. The situation in these instances demand active intervention. The traditional option has been laparotomy and retrieval. We present here three cases where two needles and a belt buckle were removed by laparoscopy thus avoiding a laparotomy...
October 2016: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Yunsong Li, Kevin Leung, Yue Qi
A nanometer thick passivation layer will spontaneously form on Li-metal in battery applications due to electrolyte reduction reactions. This passivation layer in rechargeable batteries must have "selective" transport properties: blocking electrons from attacking the electrolytes, while allowing Li(+) ion to pass through so the electrochemical reactions can continue. The classical description of the electrochemical reaction, Li(+) + e → Li(0), occurring at the Li-metal|electrolyte interface is now complicated by the passivation layer and will reply on the coupling of electronic and ionic degrees of freedom in the layer...
October 18, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Benjamin D Rusk, Robert L Carver, John P Gibbons, Kenneth R Hogstrom
The purpose of this work was to evaluate differences in dose resulting from the use of copper aperture inserts compared to lead-alloy (Cerrobend) aperture inserts for electron beam therapy. Specifically, this study examines if copper aperture inserts can be used clinically with the same commissioning data measured using lead-alloy aperture inserts. The copper inserts were acquired from .decimal, LLC and matching lead-alloy, Cerrobend inserts were constructed in-house for 32 com-binations of nine square insert field sizes (2 × 2 to 20 × 20 cm2) and five applicator sizes (6 × 6 to 25 × 25 cm2)...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Fernando G Soley, Iria S Chacón, Mariano Soley-Guardia
We observed two capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) feeding on hermit crabs (Coenobita compressus) on the coast, and the tactics they used to extract this well-protected prey. The observations took place during the dry season at Playa Escondida beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The capuchins descended from trees at the back edge of the beach to capture passing hermit crabs. Both capuchins extracted the hermit crabs from their protective shells by holding the shell with one hand and pulling the crab out with the other...
September 28, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
Anuj Mehta, Mayuresh Naik, Sangeeta Abrol, Prerna Garg, Mukesh Joshi
PURPOSE: To review cases of granuloma formation after sling surgery with a view to find out possible aetiological factors and propose a further plan of management MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 120 eyes of 108 patients who underwent frontalis sling surgery with silicone rod from Jan 2008 to Dec 2015 was conducted. All patients with severe ptosis and poor levator function who underwent frontalis sling surgery with silicone rod were included in the study irrespective of the cause of ptosis and method of passing the sling...
September 27, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Andreas Nieder
Zero stands for emptiness, for nothing, and yet it is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of humankind. This review first recapitulates the discovery of the number zero in human history, then follows its progression in human development, traces its evolution in the animal kingdom, and finally elucidates how the brain transforms 'nothing' into an abstract zero category. It is argued that the emergence of zero passes through four corresponding representations in all of these interrelated realms: first, sensory 'nothing'; then categorical 'something'; then quantitative empty sets; and finally the number zero...
September 22, 2016: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Xueshan Cao, Katsuhiko Tabuchi
Neurexins and neuroligins are two distinct families of single-pass transmembrane proteins localized at pre- and postsynapses, respectively. They trans-synaptically interact with each other and induce synapse formation and maturation. Common variants and rare mutations, including copy number variations, short deletions, and single or small nucleotide changes in neurexin and neuroligin genes have been linked to the neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). In this review, we summarize the structure and basic synaptic function of neurexins and neuroligins, followed by behaviors and synaptic phenotypes of knock-in and knock-out mouse of these family genes...
September 21, 2016: Neuroscience Research
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