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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454121/complications-of-impulse-generator-exchange-surgery-for-deep-brain-stimulation-a-single-centre-retrospective-study
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Ann-Kristin Helmers, Isabel Lübbing, Falk Birkenfeld, Karsten Witt, Michael Synowitz, Hubertus Maximilian Mehdorn, Daniela Falk
OBJECTIVE: Non-rechargeable deep brain stimulation (DBS) impulse generators (IG) with a low or empty battery status require surgical IG exchange several years after initial implantation. Complication rates in patients undergoing DBS surgery range from 7.6% to 25.3%. The aim of this study was to investigate the complication rates after IG exchange surgery and to identify risk factors for complications. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed complications following IG exchange surgery from 2008 to 2015 in a single-centre university hospital setting...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453970/proton-nmr-based-serum-metabolic-profile-correlates-with-the-neurological-recovery-in-treated-acute-spinal-cord-injury-asci-subjects-a-pilot-study
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Alka Singh, Rajeshwar Nath Srivastava, Ashok Agrahari, Suruchi Singh, Saloni Raj, Tanushri Chatterji, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Raja Roy
BACKGROUND: Acute Spinal Cord Injury (ASCI) is still having substantial morbidity and mortality despite of advanced therapeutics. Major obstacles are paucity of monitoring tools or biomarkers for severity determination, recovery and prognostication. A prospective case control pilot study with serum 1 H NMR spectroscopic metabolic profiling was carried out to evaluate metabolites perturbations and its relationship with recovery and to see role of stem cells in facilitating neurological recovery...
February 14, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453562/preparation-of-testicular-samples-for-histology-and-immunohistochemistry
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Barbara Bilinska, Anna Hejmej, Malgorzata Kotula-Balak
One approach to visualize internal structures of the testis is histological sectioning of the material. The use of testicular samples allows a detailed analysis of the structure of both seminiferous tubules and the interstitial space. It is worth noting that key role in the control of germ cell development is assigned to Sertoli cells. Thus, in this chapter the special reference is made on visualization of Sertoli cells in the seminiferous epithelium in which they create a specialized microenvironment to support the germ cell development through the formation of the blood-testis barrier (BTB)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453399/association-of-sleep-and-circadian-activity-rhythm-with-emotional-face-processing-among-12-month-old-infants
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Wanqi Sun, Shirley Xin Li, Guanghai Wang, Shumei Dong, Yanrui Jiang, Karen Spruyt, Jiefan Ling, Qi Zhu, Tatia Mei-Chun Lee, Fan Jiang
Sleep and circadian rhythmicity both play an important role in human's cognitive functioning, yet the way in which early development of sleep and circadian rhythm affects cognitive processes and social learning in infants remains less understood. We examined the association of sleep and circadian activity rhythm (CAR) with face and emotional information processing in 12-month old infants. Face processing was measured by eye tracking, whereby infants' scanning patterns and pupil dilations were calculated when they were presented with neutral, pleasant and unpleasant faces...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453274/select-and-resequence-reveals-relative-fitness-of-bacteria-in-symbiotic-and-free-living-environments
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Liana T Burghardt, Brendan Epstein, Joseph Guhlin, Matt S Nelson, Margaret R Taylor, Nevin D Young, Michael J Sadowsky, Peter Tiffin
Assays to accurately estimate relative fitness of bacteria growing in multistrain communities can advance our understanding of how selection shapes diversity within a lineage. Here, we present a variant of the "evolve and resequence" approach both to estimate relative fitness and to identify genetic variants responsible for fitness variation of symbiotic bacteria in free-living and host environments. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by characterizing selection by two plant hosts and in two free-living environments (sterilized soil and liquid media) acting on synthetic communities of the facultatively symbiotic bacterium Ensifer meliloti We find ( i ) selection that hosts exert on rhizobial communities depends on competition among strains, ( ii ) selection is stronger inside hosts than in either free-living environment, and ( iii ) a positive host-dependent relationship between relative strain fitness in multistrain communities and host benefits provided by strains in single-strain experiments...
February 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453027/effects-of-microstructure-transformation-on-mechanical-properties-corrosion-behaviors-of-mg-zn-mn-ca-alloys-in-simulated-body-fluid
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Yuan Zhang, Jianxing Li, Jingyuan Li
Magnesium and its alloys have unique advantages to act as resorbable bone fixation materials, due to their moderate mechanical properties and biocompatibility, which are similar to those of human tissue. However, early resorption and insufficient mechanical strength are the main problems that hinder their application. Herein, the effects of microstructure transformation on the mechanical properties and corrosion performance of Mg-Zn-Mn-Ca were investigated with electrochemical and immersion measurements at 37 °C in a simulated body fluid (SBF)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453021/towards-sustainable-feedstocks-a-guide-to-electron-donors-for-microbial-carbon-fixation
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REVIEW
Nico Joannes Claassens, Irene Sánchez-Andrea, Diana Zita Sousa, Arren Bar-Even
The replacement of fossil and agricultural feedstocks with sustainable alternatives for the production of chemicals and fuels is a societal and environmental necessity. This challenge can be tackled by using inorganic or one-carbon compounds as electron donors for microbial CO 2 fixation and bioproduction. Yet, considering the wide array of microbial electron donors, which are the best suited for bioindustry? Here, we propose criteria to evaluate these compounds, considering factors such as production methods, physicochemical properties, and microbial utilization...
February 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452850/evaluation-of-dot-blot-test-for-serological-diagnosis-of-bovine-brucellosis
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Carla Resende Bastos, Luis Antonio Mathias, Márcia Mariza Gomes Jusi, Renata Ferreira Dos Santos, Glaucenyra Cecília Pinheiro da Silva, Marcos Rogério André, Rosangela Zacarias Machado, Karina Paes Bürger
The objective of this study was to standardize and validate the dot-blot test for the serological diagnosis of bovine brucellosis, compare the results with those found in the 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME) and complement fixation test (CF), and estimate the relative sensitivity and specificity of the dot-blot compared to these tests. Fifty bovine blood serum samples were used for the test standardization, and 1315 samples were used for evaluation and comparison between the tests; the results were compared using the Kappa indicator...
February 13, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452810/interleukin-6-is-both-necessary-and-sufficient-to-produce-perioperative-neurocognitive-disorder-in-mice
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J Hu, X Feng, M Valdearcos, D Lutrin, Y Uchida, S K Koliwad, M Maze
BACKGROUND: Perioperative neurocognitive disorders (PND) result in long-term morbidity and mortality with no effective interventions available. Because interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pro-inflammatory cytokine, is consistently up-regulated by trauma, including after surgery, we determined whether IL-6 is a putative therapeutic target for PND in a mouse model. METHODS: Following institutional approval, adult (12-14 weeks) male C57/Bl6 mice were pretreated with the IL-6 receptor (IL6R) blocking antibody tocilizumab prior to open tibia fracture with internal fixation under isoflurane anaesthesia...
March 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452734/calcar-screw-position-in-proximal-humerus-fracture-fixation-don-t-miss-high
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Samir Mehta, Matthew Chin, Jennifer Sanville, Surena Namdari, Michael W Hast
INTRODUCTION: In locked plate fixation of proximal humerus fractures, the calcar is an important anchor point for screws providing much-needed medial column support. Most locking plate implants utilize a fixed-trajectory locking screw to achieve this goal. Consequently, adjustments of plate location to account for patient-specific anatomy may result in a screw position outside of the calcar. To date, little is known about the consequences of "missing" the calcar during plate positioning...
February 11, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452313/does-the-iliac-wing-influence-l5-pedicle-screw-fixation
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Hai-Ming Jin, Xue-Qin Bai, Xiang-Xiang Pan, Jianwei Wu, Cong-Cong Wu, Ying-Zhao Yan, Ke Wang, Ai-Ming Wu, Xiang-Yang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore whether the iliac wing influenced L5 PS fixation and to propose methods to reduce such influence. METHODS: A total of 100 computed tomography scans (from 50 males and 50 females) of the lower lumbar region and pelvis were obtained and three-dimensionally reconstructed. Cylinders with 6.5-mm diameters were drawn to simulate the different trajectories of L5 PSs. The maximum lengths and lateral angles of trajectories, and the vertical distances from the inner edge of the iliac wing to these trajectories, were measured...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452312/effects-of-higher-versus-lower-threat-contexts-on-pain-related-visual-attention-biases-an-eye-tracking-study-of-chronic-pain
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Todd Jackson, Lin Su, Yang Wang
In this research, we examined effects of higher versus lower threat contexts on attention biases in more and less pain-fearful chronic pain subgroups via eye-tracking methodology. Within a mixed chronic pain sample (69 women, 29 men), biases in orienting and maintenance of visual attention were assessed during the standardized image pair presentation phase (2000ms) of a modified visual dot probe task featuring painful-neutral (P-N) image pairs (lower threat context) and a parallel task in which these P-N pairs cued potential pain (higher threat context)...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452070/a-modified-peri-angular-approach-for-exposure-of-condylar-fractures
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Adarsh Kudva, Abhay T Kamath, Jyotsna Rajan, Charlene D'Souza
PURPOSE: To describe a modified peri-angular approach to address subcondylar and condylar neck fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A modified peri-angular incision is used to approach a fractured condyle through the anteroparotid transmasseteric approach. RESULTS: In the authors' experience, this method provides quick and clean exposure to the fractured condylar base and neck fractures for open reduction and internal fixation. CONCLUSION: Although the peri-angular approach has been discussed in the literature, the authors' modification lessens the chance of complications, such as marginal nerve injury and parotid fistula formation, because the nerve is visualized and kept isolated throughout...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451436/novel-posterior-artificial-atlanto-odontoid-joint-for-atlantoaxial-instability-a-biomechanical-study
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Kai Shen, Zhongliang Deng, Junsong Yang, Chao Liu, Ranxi Zhang
OBJECTIVE Atlantoaxial instability is usually corrected by anterior and/or posterior C1-2 fusion. However, fusion can lead to considerable loss of movement at the C1-2 level, which can adversely impact a patient's quality of life. In this study, the authors investigated the stability and function of a novel posterior artificial atlanto-odontoid joint (NPAAJ) by using cadaveric cervical spines. METHODS The Oc-C7 regions from 10 cadaveric spines were used for anteroposterior (AP) translation and range of motion (ROM) tests while intact and after destabilization, NPAAJ implantation, and double-rod fixation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451435/safe-insertion-of-s-2-alar-iliac-screws-radiological-comparison-between-2-insertion-points-using-computed-tomography-and-3d-analysis-software
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Kentaro Yamada, Yuichiro Abe, Shigenobu Satoh
OBJECTIVE S-2 alar iliac (S2AI) screws are commonly used as anchors for lumbosacral fixation. A serious potential complication of screw insertion is major vascular injury due to anterior or caudal screw deviation. To avoid screw deviation, the pelvic inlet view on intraoperative fluoroscopy images is recommended. However, there has been no detailed investigation of optimal fluoroscopic incline with the pelvic inlet view. The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety margins and to optimize fluoroscopic settings to avoid screw deviation with 2 reported insertion techniques using 3D analysis software and CT...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451057/comparison-between-modified-dunn-procedure-and-in-situ-fixation-for-severe-stable-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis
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Giovanni Trisolino, Stefano Stilli, Giovanni Gallone, Pedro Santos Leite, Giovanni Pignatti
Background and purpose - The best treatment option for severe slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is still controversial. We compared clinical and radiographic outcomes of modified Dunn procedure (D) and in situ fixation (S) in severe SCFE. Patients and methods - We retrospectively compared D and S, used for severe stable SCFE (posterior sloping angle (PSA) > 50°) in 29 patients (15 D; 14 S). Propensity analysis and inverse probability of treatment weights (IPTW) to adjust for baseline differences were performed...
February 16, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450807/an-eye-fixation-related-potential-study-in-two-reading-tasks-reading-to-memorize-and-reading-to-make-a-decision
#17
Aline Frey, Benoît Lemaire, Laurent Vercueil, Anne Guérin-Dugué
We investigated how two different reading tasks, namely reading to memorize [Read & Memorize (RM)] and reading to decide whether a text was relevant to a given topic [Read & Decide (RD)], modulated both eye movements (EM) and brain activity. To this end, we set up an ecological paradigm using the eye fixation-related potentials (EFRP) technique, in which participants freely moved their eyes to process short paragraphs, while their electroencephalography (EEG) activity was recorded in synchronization with their EM...
February 15, 2018: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450629/congenital-cervical-kyphosis-in-an-infant-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
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Andrew J Kobets, Daniel Komlos, John K Houten
BACKGROUND: Ehler-Danlos syndome (EDS) refers to a group of heritable connective tissue disorders; rare manifestations of which are cervical kyphosis and clinical myelopathy. Surgical treatment is described for the deformity in the thoracolumbar spine in adolescents but not for infantile cervical spine. Internal fixation for deformity correction in the infantile cervical spine is challenging due to the diminutive size of the bony anatomy and the lack of spinal instrumentation specifically designed for young children...
February 15, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450207/fixation-of-traumatic-chondral-only-fragments-of-the-knee-in-pediatric-and-adolescent-athletes-a-retrospective-multicenter-report
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Peter D Fabricant, Yi-Meng Yen, Dennis E Kramer, Mininder S Kocher, Lyle J Micheli, J Todd R Lawrence, Theodore J Ganley, Benton E Heyworth
Background: While traditional biological principles have suggested that fragments consisting of cartilage alone cannot be reaffixed to bone with expectable long-term healing, case reports of successful healing after fixation in younger patients indicate that this concept remains incompletely explored. Purpose: To evaluate the presenting features, techniques, healing rates, and clinical and radiological results in a cohort of pediatric and adolescent athletes who underwent fixation of traumatic chondral-only fragments in the knee...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449911/differences-for-traits-associated-with-early-n-acquisition-in-a-grain-legume-and-early-complementarity-in-grain-legume-triticale-mixtures
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Nicolas Carton, Christophe Naudin, Guillaume Piva, Rim Baccar, Guénaëlle Corre-Hellou
Early strategies of crop growth and N acquisition can be critical for determining competitive interactions between weeds and crops. Grain legumes and especially lupins are known to be poor competitors against weeds. Grain legumes are known to have low mineral soil N uptake abilities. However, inter- and intraspecific differences in N uptake ability in relation to below-ground traits have received little attention. Our objectives were (i) to measure differences among lupins for a set of traits associated with early growth and N acquisition; (ii) to examine how this variation compares to differences between lupin and a cereal, triticale, and (iii) to assess if mixing lupin with triticale provides a higher potential than does pure lupin regarding plant biomass and mineral soil N acquisition early in the crop cycle...
February 2018: AoB Plants
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