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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332446/scaling-effects-in-spiral-capsule-robots
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Liang Liang, Rong Hu, Bai Chen, Yong Tang, Yan Xu
Spiral capsule robots can be applied to human gastrointestinal tracts and blood vessels. Because of significant variations in the sizes of the inner diameters of the intestines as well as blood vessels, this research has been unable to meet the requirements for medical applications. By applying the fluid dynamic equations, using the computational fluid dynamics method, to a robot axial length ranging from 10(-5) to 10(-2) m, the operational performance indicators (axial driving force, load torque, and maximum fluid pressure on the pipe wall) of the spiral capsule robot and the fluid turbulent intensity around the robot spiral surfaces was numerically calculated in a straight rigid pipe filled with fluid...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329253/a-modified-healthy-aging-index-and-its-association-with-mortality-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-1999-2002
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Chenkai Wu, Ellen Smit, Jason L Sanders, Anne B Newman, Michelle C Odden
Background: Comorbidity indices that are based on clinically recognized disease do not capture the full spectrum of health. The Healthy Aging Index (HAI) was recently developed to describe a wider range of health and disease across multiple organ systems. We characterized the distribution of a modified HAI (mHAI) by sociodemographics in a representative sample of the U.S. population. We also examined the association of the mHAI with mortality across individuals with different levels of clinically recognizable comorbidities...
January 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325902/visit-to-visit-variability-of-blood-pressure-and-risk-of-stroke-results-of-the-kailuan-cohort-study
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Haijiang Dai, Yao Lu, Lu Song, Xiaohong Tang, Ying Li, Ruifang Chen, Aijing Luo, Hong Yuan, Shouling Wu
Uncertainty persists regarding the need to address blood pressure (BP) variability in the general population to reduce the heavy burden of stroke. In this cohort study, we prospectively recruited 57,927 participants from southeast of Beijing, who have completed all 3 health examinations between 2006 and 2010. BP variability was defined as the coefficient of variation (CV) across these 3 visits. Over a median follow-up of 3.0 years, we identified 582 first stroke cases. Of these, 489 (84.0%) were ischemic strokes and 94 (16...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325005/dynamic-modeling-of-apnea-induced-concurrent-variations-in-arterial-blood-pressure-and-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity
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Raichel Alex, Rong Zhang, Donald E Watenpaugh, Khosrow Behbehani
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by partial (hypopnea) or complete cessation (apnea) of airflow to the lungs during sleep. It has been previously reported that apnea episodes lead to significant rise in instantaneous blood pressure concomitant with a rise in cerebral blood flow velocity, indicating loss of cerebral autoregulation during the episodes. In this study, we have used Auto Regressive Moving Average model (ARMA (na, nb, nk)) to quantify OSA induced dynamic changes in cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) with beat to beat blood pressure (BP) as an input...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324975/quantification-of-peripheral-and-central-blood-pressure-variability-using-a-time-frequency-method
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Z Kouchaki, M Butlin, A Qasem, A P Avolio
Systolic blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular events. As the beat-to-beat variation of blood pressure is due to interaction of several cardiovascular control systems operating with different response times, assessment of BPV by spectral analysis using the continuous measurement of arterial pressure in the finger is used to differentiate the contribution of these systems in regulating blood pressure. However, as baroreceptors are centrally located, this study considered applying a continuous aortic pressure signal estimated noninvasively from finger pressure for assessment of systolic BPV by a time-frequency method using Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320323/changes-in-duration-of-action-of-rocuronium-following-decrease-in-hepatic-blood-flow-during-pneumoperitoneum-for-laparoscopic-gynaecological-surgery
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Yang Liu, Wen Cao, Yu Liu, Yun Wang, Ren Lang, Yun Yue, An-Shi Wu
BACKGROUND: A moderate insufflation pressure and deep neuromuscular blockade (NMB) have been recommended in laparoscopic surgery in consideration of the possible reduction in splanchnic perfusion due to the CO2-pneumoperitoneum. Since the liver is the major organ for rocuronium metabolism, the question of whether NMB of rocuronium would change with the variation of liver perfusion during pneumoperitoneum during laparoscopic surgery merits investigation. METHODS: In this prospective study, a total of sixty female patients scheduled for either selective laparoscopic gynaecological surgery (group laparoscopy) or laparotomy for gynaecological surgery (group control) were analyzed...
March 20, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320152/electrographic-patterns-in-patients-with-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-and-seizures
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Carlos Kamiya-Matsuoka, Sudhakar Tummala
INTRODUCTION: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a neurotoxic encephalopathic state associated with reversible cerebral vasogenic edema. Seizures are a common clinical presentation in PRES, however its electroencephalographic and radiologic pattern correlation is limited in this subset of patients. The aim of this study is to analyze the origin of electrographic dysfunction according to the radiologic pattern in patients with PRES and seizures. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 46 cancer patients who developed PRES and seizures at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center between January 2006 and June 2012...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303275/modeling-pathological-hemodynamic-responses-to-the-valsalva-maneuver
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Leszek Pstras, Karl Thomaseth, Jacek Waniewski, Italo Balzani, Federico Bellavere
The Valsalva maneuver consisting in a forced expiration against closed airways is one of the most popular clinical tests of the autonomic nervous system function. When properly performed by a healthy subject, it features four characteristic phases of arterial blood pressure and heart rate variations, based on the magnitude of which the autonomic function may be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively. In patients with some disorders or in healthy patients subject to specific conditions, the pattern of blood pressure and heart rate changes during the execution of the Valsalva maneuver may, however, differ from the typical sinusoidal-like pattern...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296183/high-stroke-volume-variation-is-an-independent-predictor-for-decreased-blood-pressure-during-hemodialysis
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Fumiki Yoshihara, Masatsugu Kishida, Koji Ogawa, Takayuki Nishigaki, Hironori Nakasaki, Azusa Ishizuka, Ryo Koezuka, Miki Matsuo, Teruyuki Hayashi, Satoko Nakamura
It currently remains unclear whether stroke volume variation (SVV) before hemodialysis (HD) is an independent predictor of decreased blood pressure (BP) during HD. Fifty-two patients were divided into two groups (Decreased BP during HD group: N = 10, Non-decreased BP group: N = 42). Fractional shortening was lower, and mean arterial pressure (MAP) and SVV were higher in the Decreased BP during HD group. A multiple logistic regression analysis identified low fractional shortening, high MAP, and high SVV as independent predictors of decreased BP during HD...
March 10, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295959/the-albuminuria-lowering-response-to-dapagliflozin-is-variable-and-reproducible-between-individual-patients
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Sergei I Petrykiv, Gozewijn D Laverman, Dick de Zeeuw, Hiddo J L Heerspink
AIMS: Albuminuria reduction is essential for renal and cardiovascular protection. We characterized the efficacy of dapagliflozin, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor, on albuminuria. Secondly, we assessed whether the albuminuria lowering effect varies between patients, and whether this variability in response is reproducible. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled crossover trial was conducted. Patients with type 2 diabetes and albumin:creatinine ratio >100 mg/g on a stable dose of an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) were enrolled...
March 14, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295425/prophylactic-atropine-administration-prevents-vasovagal-response-induced-by-cryoballoon-ablation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Liping Sun, Jian-Zeng Dong, Xin DU, Rong Bai, Songnan Li, Mohamed Salim, Chang-Sheng Ma
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation of pulmonary vein (PV) ostia often induces a vagal response.This prospective study was designed to assess the effectiveness of prophylactic intravenous administration of atropine on hemodynamic impairment induced by cryoballoon ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing cryoballoon ablation were prospectively enrolled and assigned to one of two groups...
March 11, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292577/corrigendum-to-assessment-of-human-tribbles-homolog-3-genetic-variation-rs2295490-effects-on-type-2-diabetes-patients-with-glucose-control-and-blood-pressure-lowering-treatment-ebiomedicine-13-2016-181-189
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292576/association-of-polymorphisms-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptors-in-early-and-late-onset-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Resal Raj, Jasvinder Singh Bhatti, Sanjay Kumar Bhadada, Pramod W Ramteke
OBJECTIVE: Genetic variation of disease susceptible genes is different in different ethnic groups and there is an evidence of association of polymorphisms of Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors (PPARs) in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). This research analyses the association of PPARs in early and late onset of T2DM in North Indian Population (NIP). METHODS: Total of 703 subjects were recruited from north of India and subjects were further divided into subjects of early onset (less than 25 years of onset, 26 T2DM and 26 controls) and late onset (more than 25 years of onset, 326 T2DM and 325 controls)...
March 6, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288974/china-stroke-primary-prevention-trial-visit-to-visit-systolic-blood-pressure-variability-is-an-independent-predictor-of-primary-stroke-in-hypertensive-patients
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Xi Men, Wei Sun, Fangfang Fan, Min Zhao, Xiao Huang, Yu Wang, Lishun Liu, Ran Liu, Weiping Sun, Qing Peng, Xianhui Qin, Genfu Tang, Jianping Li, Yan Zhang, Yefeng Cai, Fan Fan Hou, Binyan Wang, Xiping Xu, Xiaoshu Cheng, Ningling Sun, Yining Huang, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND: The optimal range of blood pressure variability remains unclear. We aimed to stratify the degree of risk of stroke based on visit-to-visit systolic blood pressure (SBP) variability in a large Chinese hypertensive population in 32 communities. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 20 702 hypertensive patients from the China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial. The participants were randomized into 2 treatment groups to receive either enalapril or enalapril plus folic acid...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288632/unexpected-selections-of-plasmodium-falciparum-polymorphisms-in-previously-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-areas-after-monthly-presumptive-administration-of-three-different-anti-malarial-drugs-in-liberia-1976-78
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Irina T Jovel, Anders Björkman, Cally Roper, Andreas Mårtensson, Johan Ursing
BACKGROUND: To assess the effect on malaria prevalence, village specific monthly administrations of pyrimethamine, chlorproguanil, chloroquine or placebo were given to children in four previously treatment-naïve Liberian villages, 1976-78. Plasmodium falciparum in vivo resistance developed to pyrimethamine only. Selection of molecular markers of P. falciparum resistance after 2 years of treatment are reported. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 191 study children in a survey in 1978...
March 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287428/an-experimental-study-of-the-effects-of-external-physiological-parameters-on-the-photoplethysmography-signals-in-the-context-of-local-blood-pressure-hydrostatic-pressure-changes
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Hongwei Yuan, Sven Poeggel, Thomas Newe, Elfed Lewis, Charusluk Viphavakit, Gabriel Leen
A comprehensive study of the effect of a wide range of controlled human subject motion on Photoplethysmographic signals is reported. The investigation includes testing of two separate groups of 5 and 18 subjects who were asked to undertake set exercises whilst simultaneously monitoring a wide range of physiological parameters including Breathing Rate, Heart Rate and Localised Blood Pressure using commercial clinical sensing systems. The unique finger mounted PPG probe equipped with miniature three axis accelerometers for undertaking this investigation was a purpose built in-house version which is designed to facilitate reproducible application to a wide range of human subjects and the study of motion...
March 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286482/restoration-of-epithelial-sodium-channel-function-by-synthetic-peptides-in-pseudohypoaldosteronism-type-1b-mutants
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Anita Willam, Mohammed Aufy, Susan Tzotzos, Heinrich Evanzin, Sabine Chytracek, Sabrina Geppert, Bernhard Fischer, Hendrik Fischer, Helmut Pietschmann, Istvan Czikora, Rudolf Lucas, Rosa Lemmens-Gruber, Waheed Shabbir
The synthetically produced cyclic peptides solnatide (a.k.a. TIP or AP301) and its congener AP318, whose molecular structures mimic the lectin-like domain of human tumor necrosis factor (TNF), have been shown to activate the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in various cell- and animal-based studies. Loss-of-ENaC-function leads to a rare, life-threatening, salt-wasting syndrome, pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1B (PHA1B), which presents with failure to thrive, dehydration, low blood pressure, anorexia and vomiting; hyperkalemia, hyponatremia and metabolic acidosis suggest hypoaldosteronism, but plasma aldosterone and renin activity are high...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284909/discordance-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-abdominal-obesity-prevalence-according-to-different-criteria-in-andean-highlanders-a-community-based-study
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Karela Herrera-Enriquez, Offdan Narvaez-Guerra
AIMS: There is no consensus as to which Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) definition to use for South-American populations. The aim of this study is to compare the prevalence of MetS and abdominal obesity using different criteria in Andean adults aged 40 and older living permanently at high altitude. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study in Chivay (Andean highlands). 237 participants were included. Anthropometric measurements, glucose and lipid assessments were done in all subjects...
March 6, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284189/changes-in-intraocular-pressure-and-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-in-patients-undergoing-robotic-assisted-laparoscopic-prostatectomy-in-steep-45%C3%A2-trendelenburg-position
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Sebastian Blecha, Marion Harth, Felix Schlachetzki, Florian Zeman, Christiane Blecha, Pierre Flora, Maximilian Burger, Stefan Denzinger, Bernhard M Graf, Horst Helbig, Michael T Pawlik
BACKGROUND: To evaluate changes in intraocular pressure (IOP) and intracerebral pressure (ICP) reflected by the optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) in patients undergoing robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) in permanent 45° steep Trendelenburg position (STP). METHODS: Fifty-one patients undergoing RALP under a standardised anaesthesia. IOP was perioperatively measured in awake patients (T0) and IOP and ONSD 20 min after induction of anaesthesia (T1), after insufflation of the abdomen in supine position (T2), after 30 min in STP (T3), when controlling Santorini's plexus in STP (T4) and before awakening while supine (T5)...
March 11, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
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