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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245172/comment-on-how-fetal-growth-restriction-and-preterm-birth-affects-cardiac-morphology-and-function-during-infancy
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P P Bassareo, G Mercuro
We read with great interest the recent paper by Cohen et al regarding the early morphological and functional changes induced by intrauterine growth restriction on the heart and detected during echocardiography(1). In particular, the authors found increases in left ventricular sphericity and posterior and relative wall thicknesses. They also noted that the diastolic function, measured with tissue Doppler imaging, dropped. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 15, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245156/selection-and-targeting-of-epcam-protein-by-ssdna-aptamer
#2
Walhan Alshaer, Nida Ababneh, Mamon Hatmal, Heba Izmirli, Moujab Choukeife, Alaa Shraim, Nour Sharar, Aya Abu-Shiekah, Fadwa Odeh, Abeer Al Bawab, Abdalla Awidi, Said Ismail
Aptamers are molecules that reveal highly complex and refined molecular recognition properties. These molecules are capable of binding with high affinity and selectivity to targets, ranging from small molecules to whole living cells. Several aptamers have been selected for targeting cellular proteins and they have also used in developing therapeutics and diagnostic strategies. Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is considered as a cancer stem cell (CSC) biomarker and one of the most promising targets for aptamer selection against CSCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245119/dceus-based-focal-parametric-perfusion-imaging-of-microvessel-with-single-pixel-resolution-and-high-contrast
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Diya Wang, Mengnan Xiao, Hong Hu, Yu Zhang, Zhe Su, Shanshan Xu, Yujin Zong, Mingxi Wan
This study aimed to develop a focal microvascular contrast-enhanced ultrasonic parametric perfusion imaging (PPI) scheme to overcome the tradeoff between the resolution, contrast, and accuracy of focal PPI in the tumor. Its resolution was limited by the low signal-to-clutter ratio (SCR) of time-intensity-curves (TICs) induced by multiple limitations, which deteriorated the accuracy and contrast of focal PPI. The scheme was verified by the in-vivo perfusion experiments. Single-pixel TICs were first extracted to ensure PPI with the highest resolution...
December 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245113/the-temporal-relationship-between-activity-of-the-pelvic-floor-muscles-and-motion-of-selected-urogenital-landmarks-in-healthy-nulliparous-women
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Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon, Cindy Auchincloss, Ryan Graham, Linda McLean
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pelvic floor muscle (PFM) electromyographic (EMG) activation and urogenital landmark motion measured using 2D transperineal ultrasound (US) imaging. METHODS: Eight healthy, nulliparous women performed maximum voluntary PFM contractions while EMG and transperineal US images were acquired simultaneously. Changes in the levator plate length (LPL), bladder neck (BN) position and urethral position were determined by visual inspection...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245096/pre-and-post-operative-evaluation-of-pincer-type-femoroacetabular-impingement-during-squat-using-image-matching-techniques-a-case-report
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Kensei Yoshimoto, Satoshi Hamai, Hidehiko Higaki, Hirotaka Gondo, Satoru Ikebe, Yasuharu Nakashima
INTRODUCTION: Although combined evaluation of hip joint kinematics and bone morphology is necessary for accurate assessment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), there are no report which evaluated hip kinematics of pincer-type FAI. PRESENTATION OF CASE: The pre- and postoperative hip kinematics of a 46-year-old man, with a pincer-type FAI during squat were evaluated using image-matching techniques and the rim-neck distance was measured. Preoperative simulation of squatting was also performed using patient's bone models and healthy subject's kinematics data to detect the overlapping lesion between the acetabulum and the femur...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245083/concordance-between-the-wada-test-and-neuroimaging-lateralization-influence-of-imaging-modality-fmri-and-meg-and-patient-experience
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Steven Kemp, Garreth Prendergast, Theodoros Karapanagiotidis, Gus Baker, Thomas P Kelly, Tufail Patankar, Simon S Keller
The Wada test remains the traditional test for lateralizing language and memory function prior to epilepsy surgery. Functional imaging, particularly functional MRI (fMRI), has made progress in the language domain, but less so in the memory domain. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) has received less research attention, but shows promise, particularly for language lateralization. We recruited a consecutive sample of 19 patients with epilepsy who had completed presurgical work-up, including the Wada test, and compared fMRI (memory) and MEG (language and memory) with Wada test results...
December 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245057/a-new-randomized-kaczmarz-based-kernel-canonical-correlation-analysis-algorithm-with-applications-to-information-retrieval
#7
Jia Cai, Yi Tang
Canonical correlation analysis (CCA) is a powerful statistical tool for detecting the linear relationship between two sets of multivariate variables. Kernel generalization of it, namely, kernel CCA is proposed to describe nonlinear relationship between two variables. Although kernel CCA can achieve dimensionality reduction results for high-dimensional data feature selection problem, it also yields the so called over-fitting phenomenon. In this paper, we consider a new kernel CCA algorithm via randomized Kaczmarz method...
December 2, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245052/optical-molecular-imaging-for-tumor-detection-and-image-guided-surgery
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Chensu Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Tian Zhao, Yang Li, Gang Huang, Baran D Sumer, Jinming Gao
We have witnessed rapid development of fluorescence molecular imaging of solid tumors for cancer diagnosis and image-guided surgery in the past decade. Many biomarkers unique to cancer cells or tumor microenvironment, such as cell surface receptors, hypoxia, secreted proteases and extracellular acidosis have been characterized, and can be used to distinguish cancer from normal tissue. A variety of optical imaging probes have been developed to target these biomarkers to improve tumor contrast over the background tissue...
December 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245040/characterising-the-online-weapons-trafficking-on-cryptomarkets
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Damien Rhumorbarbe, Denis Werner, Quentin Gilliéron, Ludovic Staehli, Julian Broséus, Quentin Rossy
Weapons related webpages from nine cryptomarkets were manually duplicated in February 2016. Information about the listings (i.e. sales proposals) and vendors' profiles were extracted to draw an overview of the actual online trafficking of weapons. Relationships between vendors were also inferred through the analysis of online digital traces and content similarities. Weapons trafficking is mainly concentrated on two major cryptomarkets. Besides, it accounts for a very small proportion of the illicit trafficking on cryptomarkets compared to the illicit drugs trafficking...
December 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245032/atomic-force-microscopy-capable-of-vibration-isolation-with-low-stiffness-z-axis-actuation
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Shingo Ito, Georg Schitter
For high-resolution imaging without bulky external vibration isolation, this paper presents an atomic force microscope (AFM) capable of vibration isolation with its internal Z-axis (vertical) actuators moving the AFM probe. Lorentz actuators (voice coil actuators) are used for the Z-axis actuation, and flexures guiding the motion are designed to have a low stiffness between the mover and the base. The low stiffness enables a large Z-axis actuation of more than 700 µm and mechanically isolates the probe from floor vibrations at high frequencies...
December 5, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244994/do-perceived-needs-affect-willingness-to-use-traditional-chinese-medicine-for-survivorship-care-among-chinese-cancer-survivors-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Lingyun Sun, Yufei Yang, Emily Vertosick, SungHwa Jo, Guilan Sun, Jun J Mao
Purpose We aimed to quantify Chinese cancer survivors' perceived needs for survivorship care and to evaluate whether these needs could impact their willingness to use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Methods We conducted a cross-sectional survey with members of the Beijing Anti-Cancer Association in China. We measured perceived needs with the seven-item Brief Chinese Cancer Survivorship Needs Scale that assesses psychological, functional, nutritional, social, body image, pain, and symptom needs. The outcome variable was willingness to use TCM for survivorship care...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244972/evaluating-an-ipad-app-in-measuring-wound-dimension-a-pilot-study
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P C B Khong, M S W Yeo, C C Goh
OBJECTIVE: This pilot study tested the reliability, validity and sensitivity of an innovative prototype iPad app, WoundAide, developed to measure wound dimension (length, width and surface area) using image analysis. METHOD: A prospective evaluation was conducted comparing WoundAide (WA) with two gold standard instruments, Wound Zoom (WZ) and Visitrak (VT). The study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Patients were recruited after obtaining local ethics approval...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244902/feasibility-of-predicting-tumor-motion-using-online-data-acquired-during-treatment-and-a-generalized-neural-network-optimized-with-offline-patient-tumor-trajectories
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Troy Teo, Syed Bilal Ahmed, Nadia Alayoubi, Neil Bruce, Ethan Lyn, Stephen Pistorius
PURPOSE: The accurate prediction of intra-fraction lung tumor motion is required to compensate for system latency in image-guided adaptive radiotherapy systems. The goal of this study was to identify an optimal prediction model that has a short learning period so that prediction and adaptation can commence soon after treatment begins, and requires minimal re-optimization for individual patients. Specifically, the feasibility of predicting tumor position using a combination of a generalized (i...
December 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244882/%C3%AE-ii-spectrin-in-t-cells-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-cell-cell-contact-leading-to-immunological-synapse-formation
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Justyna M Meissner, Aleksander F Sikorski, Tomasz Nawara, Jakub Grzesiak, Krzysztof Marycz, Dżamila M Bogusławska, Izabela Michalczyk, Marie-Christine Lecomte, Beata Machnicka
T-lymphocyte activation after antigen presentation to the T-Cell Receptor (TCR) is a critical step in the development of proper immune responses to infection and inflammation. This dynamic process involves reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and signaling molecules at the cell membrane, leading to the formation of the Immunological Synapse (IS). The mechanisms regulating the formation of the IS are not completely understood. Nonerythroid spectrin is a membrane skeletal protein involved in the regulation of many cellular processes, including cell adhesion, signaling and actin cytoskeleton remodeling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244869/lspr-mediated-high-axial-resolution-fluorescence-imaging-on-a-silver-nanoparticle-sheet
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Eiji Usukura, Yuhki Yanase, Ayumi Ishijima, Thasaneeya Kuboki, Satoru Kidoaki, Koichi Okamoto, Kaoru Tamada
This paper reports our original technique for visualizing cell-attached nanointerfaces with extremely high axial resolution using homogeneously excited localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) on self-assembled silver nanoparticle sheets. The LSPR sheet can confine and enhance the fluorescence at the nanointerface, which provides high signal-to-noise ratio images of focal adhesion at the cell-attached interface. The advantage of this LSPR-assisted technique is its usability, which provides comparable or higher-quality nanointerfacial images than TIRF microscopy, even under epifluorescence microscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244853/limited-detection-of-small-%C3%A2-10-mm-colorectal-liver-metastasis-at-preoperative-ct-in-patients-undergoing-liver-resection
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Yousun Ko, Jihang Kim, Joseph Kyu-Hyung Park, Haeryoung Kim, Jai Young Cho, Sung-Bum Kang, Soyeon Ahn, Kyong Joon Lee, Kyoung Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively determine the sensitivity of preoperative CT in the detection of small (≤ 10 mm) colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) nodules in patients undergoing liver resection. METHODS: The institutional review board approved the study and waived informed consent. We included 461 pathologically confirmed CRLM nodules in 211 patients (including 71 women; mean age, 66.4 years) who underwent 229 liver resections following abdominal CT. Prior to 163 resections, gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver MR imaging was also performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244777/sparse-adaptive-iteratively-weighted-thresholding-algorithm-saita-for-lp-regularization-using-the-multiple-sub-dictionary-representation
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Yunyi Li, Jie Zhang, Shangang Fan, Jie Yang, Jian Xiong, Xiefeng Cheng, Hikmet Sari, Fumiyuki Adachi, Guan Gui
Both L1/2 and L2/3 are two typical non-convex regularizations of Lp (0<p<1), which can be employed to obtain a sparser solution than the L₁ regularization. Recently, the multiple-state sparse transformation strategy has been developed to exploit the sparsity in L₁ regularization for sparse signal recovery, which combines the iterative reweighted algorithms. To further exploit the sparse structure of signal and image, this paper adopts multiple dictionary sparse transform strategies for the two typical cases p∈{1/2, 2/3} based on an iterative Lp thresholding algorithm and then proposes a sparse adaptive iterative-weighted Lp thresholding algorithm (SAITA)...
December 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244749/serum-levels-of-s100b-and-nse-proteins-in-patients-with-non-transfusion-dependent-thalassemia-as-biomarkers-of-brain-ischemia-and-cerebral-vasculopathy
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Aikaterini Kanavaki, Konstantinos Spengos, Maria Moraki, Polyxeni Delaporta, Catherine Kariyannis, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Antonis Kattamis
Patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia (NTDT) are at risk of developing brain ischemia. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) has been established as a useful screening tool of cerebrovascular disease in patients with sickle cell disease. Proteins neuron specific enolase (NSE) and S100B are biomarkers that reflect CNS injury. The purpose of this study is to evaluate cerebral vessel vasculopathy and brain damage in NTDT patients using non-invasive methods as TCD and measurement serum levels of NSE and S100B...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244720/functional-imaging-with-18f-fdg-pet-ct-and-diffusion-weighted-imaging-dwi-in-early-response-evaluation-of-combination-therapy-of-elotuzumab-lenalidomide-and-dexamethasone-in-a-relapsed-multiple-myeloma-patient
#19
Christos Sachpekidis, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Stefan Delorme, Hartmut Goldschmidt
Elotuzumab is the first monoclonal antibody approved for the treatment of relapsed-refractory multiple myeloma (MM) in combination with lenalidomide, an immunodulatory drug, and dexamethasone. We report on a multiply pre-treated MM patient with disease progression due to appearance of new focal lesions on imaging modalities, who was started on a combination treatment of elotuzumab, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone. After completion of three cycles of the new therapy the patient responded very well with a major decline of serological myeloma activity parameters serum monoclonal protein, kappa light chains, free light chains (FLC) ratio...
December 15, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244699/acute-and-rapid-development-of-spontaneous-spinal-epidural-hematoma-associated-with-combined-aspirin-dipyridamole-therapy-a-case-report
#20
Kent Yamaguchi, Justin Mathew, James M Lhi, Don Young Park
CASE: Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is a known, although rare, clinical entity that may be challenging to diagnose. This case report describes the rapid development of a large SSEH in an elderly patient on aspirin-dipyridamole combination therapy after she shifted her position in bed. Magnetic resonance imaging obtained 4 hours after the onset of symptoms demonstrated a large spinal epidural hematoma that extended from T4 to L1. CONCLUSION: With early diagnosis, the patient was successfully treated with a laminectomy and evacuation of the hematoma, and there was full neurological recovery...
January 2017: JBJS Case Connector
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