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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535597/variation-and-accumulation-patterns-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas-in-european-perch-perca-fluviatilis-across-a-gradient-of-pristine-swedish-lakes
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Staffan Åkerblom, Nesrin Negm, Pianpian Wu, Kevin Bishop, Lutz Ahrens
This study assessed variations in the concentrations of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in European perch (Perca fluviatilis) in Swedish lakes and the extent to which fish size, age and indicators of fish trophic ecology (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) correlate with the sum of individual PFAS concentrations (ΣPFAS). Fish muscle tissue samples (n=80) were taken from six lakes across Sweden and analysed using solid-liquid extraction followed by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS)...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534786/evolutionary-computing-enriched-computer-aided-diagnosis-system-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-survey
#2
Romany Mansour
The alterations caused due to diabetes mellitus results into significant micro-vasculature that eventually causes diabetic retinopathy (DR) that keeps on increasing as per time and eventually causes complete vision loss. Identifying subtle variations in morphological changes in retinal blood vessels, optic disk, exudates, micro-aneurysms, hemorrhage etc is complicate and requires robust computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system so as to enable earlier and efficient DR diagnosis practices. In majority of the existing CAD systems, the need of functional enhancement has been realized time by time to ensure accurate and time efficient DR...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533009/comparison-of-implant-stability-measurement-devices-for-bone-anchored-hearing-aid-systems
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Lindsey Westover, Gary Faulkner, William Hodgetts, Don Raboud
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The success of implants for bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) relies on proper osseointegration at the bone-implant interface. Clinical evaluation of implant stability is important in prescribing loading, identifying the risk of failure, and monitoring the long-term health of the implant. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate 2 measurement systems for BAHA implant stability: the most commonly used, Osstell implant stability quotient (ISQ), and a newly developed advance system for implant stability testing (ASIST)...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532830/transrectal-ultrasonography-for-measuring-of-combined-utero-placental-thickness-in-pregnant-mangalarga-marchador-mares
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Isabela S Campos, Guilherme N de Souza, Aline E Pinna, Ana M R Ferreira
This study aimed to measure the physiological changes in the combined utero-placental thickness (CUPT) during the course of normal pregnancy in Mangalarga Marchador mares. Transrectal B-mode ultrasonography was used to measure CUPT in 42 pregnant mares with a mean age, 8.7 (±3.5 years). CUPT was measured every month from 150 days of gestation until delivery. CUPT was expressed as an average of three measurements of the distance (mm) between the middle part of the uterine artery and the allantoic fluid. A General Linear Model was used to evaluate the major effects of the chronological age and stage of gestation on CUPT in mares...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531831/workflow-methodology-for-rat-brain-metabolome-exploration-using-nmr-lc-ms-and-gc-ms-analytical-platforms
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Binta Diémé, Antoine Lefèvre, Lydie Nadal-Desbarats, Laurent Galineau, Blandine Madji Hounoum, Frédéric Montigny, Hélène Blasco, Christian R Andres, Patrick Emond, Sylvie Mavel
We developed a multi-platform approach for the metabolome exploration of rat brain tissue, using liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The critical steps for metabolite exploration of cerebral tissues are tissue lysis and metabolites extraction. We first evaluated the impact of freeze-drying compared to wet tissue metabolites extraction using NMR and LC-MS with a reversed phase liquid chromatography...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531255/measurement-repeatability-of-central-and-peripheral-blood-pressures-the-aric-study
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Fran Yong, Gerardo Heiss, David Couper, Michelle L Meyer, Susan Cheng, Hirofumi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Central systolic and pulse pressures are markers of risk for small vessel disease in the brain and kidneys. The extent to which these markers are reproducible in the setting of population studies is less well established. We estimated short-term repeatability of central systolic and pulse pressures, and those of their peripheral measures for comparison. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and over (n = 79, 56% women) were drawn from the 2011-2013 examination of the ARIC cohort...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530507/the-reliability-and-sensitivity-of-performance-measures-in-a-novel-pace-bowling-test
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Simon A Feros, Warren B Young, Brendan J O'Brien
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the reliability and sensitivity of performance measures in a novel pace bowling test. METHODS: Thirteen male amateur club fast bowlers completed a novel pace bowling test on two separate occasions, 4-7 days apart. Participants delivered 48 balls (8 overs), at five targets on a suspended sheet, situated behind a 'live' batter who stood in a right-handed and left-handed stance for an equal amount of deliveries. Delivery instruction was frequently changed, with all deliveries executed in a pre-planned sequence...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530203/eit-based-pulsatile-impedance-monitoring-during-spontaneous-breathing-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Sabine Krueger-Ziolek, Benjamin Schullcke, Bo Gong, Ullrich Müller-Lisse, Knut Moeller
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating the lung function in patients with obstructive lung disease by electrical impedance tomography (EIT) usually requires breathing maneuvers containing deep inspirations and forced expirations. Since these maneuvers strongly depend on the patient's co-operation and health status, normal tidal breathing was investigated in an attempt to develop continuous maneuver-free measurements. APPROACH: Ventilation related and pulsatile impedance changes were systematically analyzed during normal tidal breathing in 12 cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and 12 lung-healthy controls (HL)...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528655/pulmonary-flow-as-an-improved-method-for-determining-cardiac-output-in-mice-after-myocardial-infarction
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Mathew J Platt, Jason S Huber, Keith R Brunt, Jeremy A Simpson
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is a valuable noninvasive technique to estimate cardiac output (CO) from the left ventricle (LV) not only in clinical practice but also in small-animal experiments. CO is used to grade cardiac function and is especially important when investigating cardiac injury (e.g., myocardial infarction [MI]). Critically, MI deforms the LV, invalidating the assumptions fundamental to calculating of cardiac volumes directly from the LV. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine if Doppler-derived blood flow through the pulmonary trunk (pulmonary flow [PF]) was an improved method over conventional LV-dependent echocardiography to accurately determine CO after MI...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528467/changes-in-deviation-of-absorbed-dose-to-water-among-users-by-chamber-calibration-shift
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Tetsurou Katayose, Hidetoshi Saitoh, Mitsunobu Igari, Weishan Chang, Shimpei Hashimoto, Mie Morioka
PURPOSE: The JSMP01 dosimetry protocol had adopted the provisional (60)Co calibration coefficient [Formula: see text], namely, the product of exposure calibration coefficient N C and conversion coefficient k D,X. After that, the absorbed dose to water D w standard was established, and the JSMP12 protocol adopted the [Formula: see text] calibration. In this study, the influence of the calibration shift on the measurement of D w among users was analyzed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The intercomparison of the D w using an ionization chamber was annually performed by visiting related hospitals...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527795/the-use-of-mid-infrared-spectrometry-to-estimate-the-ration-composition-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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M Klaffenböck, A Steinwidder, C Fasching, G Terler, L Gruber, G Mészáros, J Sölkner
The composition of cow milk is strongly affected by the feeding regimen. Because milk components are routinely determined using mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, MIR spectra could also be used to estimate an animal's ration composition. The objective of this study was to determine whether and how well amounts of dry matter intake and the proportions of concentrates, hay, grass silage, maize silage, and pasture in the total ration can be estimated using MIR spectra at an individual animal level. A total of 10,200 milk samples and sets of feed intake data were collected from 90 dairy cows at 2 experimental farms of the Agricultural Research and Education Centre in Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527350/bi-dimensional-variational-mode-decomposition-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-data-a-clinical-approach-to-critical-limb-ischemia
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Anne Humeau-Heurtier, Pierre Abraham, Samir Henni
The number of patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) is growing worldwide. PAOD corresponds to an impairment of perfusion in the distal portion of some arteries that can generate critical limb ischemia. For some patients, the pathology leads to the necessity of amputation. PAOD may be diagnosed and studied with transcutaneous oxygen (tcpO2) measurements. However, the tcpO2 technique is a contact technique: probes have to be positioned on the limb, which may be impossible in case of ulcers and can lead to infection risks...
May 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526430/combination-of-integrated-dynamic-shimming-and-readout-segmented-echo-planar-imaging-for-diffusion-weighted-mri-of-the-head-and-neck-region-at-3tesla
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Sven S Walter, Wei Liu, Alto Stemmer, Petros Martirosian, Konstantin Nikolaou, Mike Notohamiprodjo, Sergios Gatidis
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of combined integrated slice-by-slice shimming and readout-segmented EPI (irsEPI) for diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) of the neck at 3Tesla. METHODS: This study was approved by the local ethics committee. An anthropometric phantom of the head/neck region incorporating compartments with different diffusivities was constructed. In vivo measurements were performed in 10 healthy volunteers. DWI of the phantom and volunteers was performed on a 3Tesla MR scanner using single shot EPI (sEPI), a prototype single shot EPI with integrated slice-by-slice shimming (iEPI), readout segmented EPI (rsEPI) and a prototype readout segmented EPI with integrated shimming irsEPI...
May 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526045/standardization-of-platelet-releasate-products-for-clinical-applications-in-cell-therapy-a-mathematical-approach
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Francesco Agostini, Jerry Polesel, Monica Battiston, Elisabetta Lombardi, Stefania Zanolin, Alessandro Da Ponte, Giuseppe Astori, Cristina Durante, Mario Mazzucato
BACKGROUND: Standardized animal-free components are required for manufacturing cell-based medicinal products. Human platelet concentrates are sources of growth factors for cell expansion but such products are characterized by undesired variability. Pooling together single-donor products improves consistency, but the minimal pool sample size was never determined. METHODS: Supernatant rich in growth factors (SRGF) derived from n = 44 single-donor platelet-apheresis was obtained by CaCl2 addition...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525823/development-and-validation-of-a-reversed-phase-hplc-method-for-analysis-of-radiochemical-purity-in-123-i-ibzm
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Shiou-Shiow Farn, Yuen-Han Yeh, Chang-Chin Li, Ching-Shiuann Yang, Jenn-Tzong Chen, Chung-Shan Yu, Wuu-Jyh Lin
[(123)I]IBZM is used widely for in vivo imaging of D2 receptors in human brain and shows relatively fast kinetics and a greater susceptibility to synaptic dopamine release than other single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radioligands. A reliable and reversed-phase HPLC method using UV/VIS and radiometric detectors has been developed for qualitative analysis of BZM and IBZM and radiochemical purity in [(123)I]IBZM preparations. The method uses gradient elution on a Zorbax XDB C-18 column with a mobile phase that consists of 10mM 3,3-dimethylglutaric acid (DMGA), pH 7...
April 15, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524005/rivaroxaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interactions
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Tomas Kvasnicka, Ivana Malikova, Zuzana Zenahlikova, Karolína Kettnerova, Radka Brzezkova, Tomas Zima, Jan Ulrych, Jan Briza, Ivan Netuka, Jan Kvasnicka
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban represents a selective direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X (FXa) having peroral bioavailability and prompt onset of action. OBJECTIVE: The absorbtion of rivaroxaban is quick, reaching maximum plasma concentration 2-4 hours following its administration. Peroral bioavailability is high (80-100 %) and pharmacokinetic variability is considered to be moderate (coefficient of variation 30-40 %). This review discusses the properties, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics and clinical indications of rivaroxaban...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523822/development-of-a-novel-flow-cytometric-immunobead-array-to-quantify-vwf-ag-and-vwf-gpibr-and-its-application-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Bin Yan, Mengqiao Xu, Yunxiao Zhao, Haijun Guo, Lijun Xia, Changgeng Ruan, Yiming Zhao
OBJECTIVES: Both von Willebrand disease (VWD) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) involve quantitative and qualitative changes in von Willebrand factor (VWF). Our objective was to develop a rapid and precise flow cytometric immunobead array (FCIA) to quantify VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) and ristocetin-triggered platelet glycoprotein Ib binding (VWF:GPIbR), and apply it in a clinical setting. METHODS: Microbeads, coated with monoclonal antibodies for SZ29 or SZ151 IgG, were incubated with diluted plasma...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521793/height-inequalities-and-their-change-trends-in-china-during-1985-2010-results-from-6-cross-sectional-surveys-on-children-and-adolescents-aged-7-18%C3%A2-years
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Yong Xu, Lei Hang
BACKGROUND: Great health inequalities have been reported in China over the past few years. Height has been used as an important parameter of health and it may also be distributed unequally in different regions. By studying height data of Chinese children and adolescents aged 7 to 18 years, we analyze height inequalities and their change trends during 1985-2010. METHODS: On the base of data from 6 successive cross-sectional surveys of the Chinese National Survey on Student's Constitution and Health(CNSSCH) conducted in 1985,1991,1995,2000,2005 and 2010, we calculated difference of height for children and adolescents aged 7-18 years in different regions...
May 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521764/barrier-dysfunction-or-drainage-reduction-differentiating-causes-of-csf-protein-increase
#19
Mahdi Asgari, Diane A de Zélicourt, Vartan Kurtcuoglu
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protein analysis is an important element in the diagnostic chain for various central nervous system (CNS) pathologies. Among multiple existing approaches to interpreting measured protein levels, the Reiber diagram is particularly robust with respect to physiologic inter-individual variability, as it uses multiple subject-specific anchoring values. Beyond reliable identification of abnormal protein levels, the Reiber diagram has the potential to elucidate their pathophysiologic origin...
May 18, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521643/a-magnetic-nanoparticle-labeled-immunoassay-with-europium-and-samarium-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-serum-pepsinogen-i-and-ii
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J Fan, H Xiao, J Zhang, B Zhou, L Deng, Y Zhang, B Huang
OBJECTIVE: To develop a novel immunoassay for the simultaneous determination of serum pepsinogen I (PG I) and pepsinogen II (PG II) by combining established methods of time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA) and magnetic nanoparticles separation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This new immunoassay method was characterised by immobilising primary antibodies on the surface of magnetic particles and labelled with stable fluorescent chelates of europium and samarium. RESULTS: Using magnetic nanoparticles, the TRFIA immunoassay exhibited broad dynamic assay ranges for PG I with detection limit of 0...
May 19, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
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