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Daigo Kojima, Nobukazu Komoribayashi, Shinichi Omama, Kohki Oikawa, Shunrou Fujiwara, Masakazu Kobayashi, Yoshitaka Kubo, Kazunori Terasaki, Kuniaki Ogasawara
PURPOSE: Whereas SPECT images obtained 180 minutes after administration of I-iomazenil (IMZ) (late images) are proportional to the distribution of central benzodiazepine receptor-binding potential, SPECT images obtained within 30 minutes after I-IMZ administration (early images) correlate with regional brain perfusion. The aim of the present study was to determine whether crossed cerebellar tracer uptake on acute-stage I-IMZ SPECT imaging predicts 3-month functional outcome in patients with nonfatal hypertensive putaminal or thalamic hemorrhage...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Serpil Sancar, Esra Özçakır, Mete Kaya
Objective: Persistent Müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare congenital disease characterized by the presence of rudimentary Müllerian structures within an intra-abdominal or hernial sac in a virilized male, often presenting as undescended testes. In this study, we aim to present a series of the PMDS patients who were managed by orchiopexy without removal of Müllerian remnants (MR). Material and methods: Between May 2010 and June 2017, we treated six cases diagnosed as PMDS in our department...
March 2018: Turkish Journal of Urology
Avanish Bhardwaj, Hemant Bhagat, Vinod Kumar Grover, Nidhi Bidyut Panda, Kiran Jangra, Seelora Sahu, Navneet Singla
PURPOSE: Surgery for aneurysmal clipping after subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) poses a unique anaesthetic challenge. However, data on the influence of anaesthetic agents in these patients are lacking. The study aims to evaluate the superiority of propofol over desflurane for postanaesthetic morbidity in patients undergoing surgery following aneurysmal SAH. METHODS: Seventy World Federation of Neurosurgeons Grade I and II patients were randomized into propofol (n = 35) and desflurane groups (n = 35)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
R A Khanam, A Rubaiat, A S Azam
Uterine sling is a operation, done with own rectus sleeve to correct the uterine descend. If necessary correction of cystocele and/or rectocele and or perineal tear done on the same sitting. After 5 years of such operation abdomen of Mrs. X was opened due to ovarian cyst in Nirapad Hospital, Shantinagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 2016. Uterus was found in normal position and size. Rectus sleeves were found attached with the uterus where it was anchored. Omentum was attached over the rectus sleeves and sealed the weak points at both lateral ends of the rectus sleeves through which the sleeves were taken to the abdominal cavity...
January 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
James W Murrough, Kathryn M Huryk, Xiangling Mao, Brian Iacoviello, Katherine Collins, Andrew A Nierenberg, Guoxin Kang, Dikoma C Shungu, Dan V Iosifescu
BACKGROUND: The antibiotic minocycline appears to promote neuroprotection through antioxidant and other mechanisms that may be relevant to the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder. The present study assessed the efficacy of minocycline in bipolar depression and examined the association between minocycline treatment and brain glutathione (GSH), an essential regulator of oxidative stress. METHOD: Twenty patients with bipolar disorder experiencing acute depressive symptoms enrolled in an 8-week, open-label trial of adjuvant minocycline...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Julien Valette, Clémence Ligneul, Charlotte Marchadour, Chloé Najac, Marco Palombo
In vivo diffusion-weighted MR spectroscopy (DW-MRS) allows measuring diffusion properties of brain metabolites. Unlike water, most metabolites are confined within cells. Hence, their diffusion is expected to purely reflect intracellular properties, opening unique possibilities to use metabolites as specific probes to explore cellular organization and structure. However, interpretation and modeling of DW-MRS, and more generally of intracellular diffusion, remains difficult. In this perspective paper, we will focus on the study of the time-dependency of brain metabolite apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC)...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Shiho Tokonami, Emi Shimizu, Mamoru Tamura, Takuya Iida
Molecular imprinting technique enables the selective binding of nanoscale target molecules to a polymer film, within which their chemical structure is transcribed. Here, we report the successful production of mixed bacterial imprinted film (BIF) from several food poisoning bacteria by the simultaneous imprinting of their nanoscale surface chemical structures (SCS), and provide highly selective trapping of original micron-scale bacteria used in the production process of mixed BIF even for multiple kinds of bacteria in real samples...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ningzhi Li, Shizhe Li, Jun Shen
In vivo 13 C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a unique and effective tool for studying dynamic human brain metabolism and the cycling of neurotransmitters. One of the major technical challenges for in vivo 13 C-MRS is the high radio frequency (RF) power necessary for heteronuclear decoupling. In the common practice of in vivo 13 C-MRS, alkanyl carbons are detected in the spectra range of 10-65 ppm. The amplitude of decoupling pulses has to be significantly greater than the large one-bond1 H-13 C scalar coupling (1 JCH = 125-145 Hz)...
2017: Frontiers in Physics
F S Al-Ajlan, A S Al Sultan, P Minhas, Z Assis, M A de Miquel, M Millán, L San Román, A Tomassello, A M Demchuk, T G Jovin, P Cuadras, A Dávalos, M Goyal, B K Menon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endovascular therapy has become the standard of care for patients with disabling anterior circulation ischemic stroke due to proximal intracranial thrombi. Our aim was to determine whether the beneficial effect of endovascular treatment on functional outcome could be explained by a reduction in posttreatment infarct volume in the Endovascular Revascularization With Solitaire Device Versus Best Medical Therapy in Anterior Circulation Stroke Within 8 Hours (REVASCAT) trial...
January 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Lisa D Coles, Paul J Tuite, Gülin Öz, Usha R Mishra, Reena V Kartha, Kathleen M Sullivan, James C Cloyd, Melissa Terpstra
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with oxidative stress and decreased nigral glutathione (GSH), suggesting that therapies that boost GSH may have a disease-modifying effect. Intravenous administration of a high dose of N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a well-known antioxidant and GSH precursor, increases blood and brain GSH in individuals with PD and with Gaucher disease and in healthy controls. To characterize the pharmacokinetics of repeated high oral doses of NAC and their effect on brain and blood oxidative stress measures, we conducted a 4-week open-label prospective study of oral NAC in individuals with PD (n = 5) and in healthy controls (n = 3)...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Yun Qu, Huilong Zhang, Haiyong Li, Limei Yu, Ying Sun, Yuguo Chen
BACKGROUND Acute cerebral infarction is a major clinical subtype of ischemic stroke that has become a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is an important oxidative enzyme in alcohol metabolism. The polymorphism of ALDH2 Glu504Lys polymorphism modifies the activity of this enzyme. However, the potential association between the allelic variation of ALDH2 Glu504Lys with collateral circulation and short-term prognosis of acute cerebral infarction remains unclear. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 394 patients with acute cerebral infarction were recruited for ALDH2 genotyping using direct sequencing...
September 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Theresa Human, Michael N Diringer, Michelle Allen, Gregory J Zipfel, Michael Chicoine, Ralph Dacey, Rajat Dhar
BACKGROUND: Seizures occur in 10-20% of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), predominantly in the acute phase. However, anticonvulsant prophylaxis remains controversial, with studies suggesting a brief course may be adequate and longer exposure may be associated with worse outcomes. Nonetheless, in the absence of controlled trials to inform practice, patients continue to receive variable chemoprophylaxis. The objective of this study was to compare brief versus extended seizure prophylaxis after aneurysmal SAH...
August 22, 2017: Neurocritical Care
Arun K Gosain
Mrs. Elizabeth Croll was selected as an American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Patient of Courage in 2016. During a boating accident that occurred within 1 month after graduating from Harvard Business School, she was struck by an oncoming boat and suffered severe facial trauma, resulting in an open skull injury with loss of her right eye. She has since undergone multiple reconstructive surgical procedures beginning in 1997 and continuing up to the month before she was awarded the ASPS Patient of Courage...
July 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
K Schmidt-Mende, M Andersen, B Wettermark, J Hasselström
PURPOSE: Potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs) may cause 10% of unplanned admissions in elderly people. We performed an educational intervention in primary care to reduce acute health care consumption and PIMs through the promotion of medication reviews (MRs) in elderly patients. METHODS: This cluster-randomized controlled trial was conducted in the context of an official campaign promoting rational drug use in elderly people. Sixty-nine primary health care practices with 119,910 patients aged older than or equal to 65 were randomized, with 1 dropout in the intervention group...
August 11, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Nicola Logallo, Vojtech Novotny, Jörg Assmus, Christopher E Kvistad, Lars Alteheld, Ole Morten Rønning, Bente Thommessen, Karl-Friedrich Amthor, Hege Ihle-Hansen, Martin Kurz, Håkon Tobro, Kamaljit Kaur, Magdalena Stankiewicz, Maria Carlsson, Åse Morsund, Titto Idicula, Anne Hege Aamodt, Christian Lund, Halvor Næss, Ulrike Waje-Andreassen, Lars Thomassen
BACKGROUND: Tenecteplase is a newer thrombolytic agent with some pharmacological advantages over alteplase. Previous phase 2 trials of tenecteplase in acute ischaemic stroke have shown promising results. We aimed to investigate the safety and efficacy of tenecteplase versus alteplase in patients with acute stroke who were eligible for intravenous thrombolysis. METHODS: This phase 3, randomised, open-label, blinded endpoint, superiority trial was done in 13 stroke units in Norway...
October 2017: Lancet Neurology
Bertrand Lapergue, Raphael Blanc, Benjamin Gory, Julien Labreuche, Alain Duhamel, Gautier Marnat, Suzana Saleme, Vincent Costalat, Serge Bracard, Hubert Desal, Mikael Mazighi, Arturo Consoli, Michel Piotin
Importance: The benefits of endovascular revascularization using the contact aspiration technique vs the stent retriever technique in patients with acute ischemic stroke remain uncertain because of lack of evidence from randomized trials. Objective: To compare efficacy and adverse events using the contact aspiration technique vs the standard stent retriever technique as a first-line endovascular treatment for successful revascularization among patients with acute ischemic stroke and large vessel occlusion...
August 1, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Salwa El-Tawil, Joanna Wardlaw, Ian Ford, Grant Mair, Tom Robinson, Lalit Kalra, Keith W Muir
Rationale Multimodal imaging, including computed tomography angiography and computed tomography perfusion imaging, yields additional information on intracranial vessels and brain perfusion and can differentiate between ischemic core and penumbra which may affect patient selection for intravenous thrombolysis. Hypothesis The use of multimodal imaging will increase the number of patients receiving intravenous thrombolysis and lead to better treatment outcomes. Sample size 400 patients. Methods and design PRACTISE is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial in which patients presenting within 4...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Ana B Flórez, Lucía Vázquez, Baltasar Mayo
Metagenomic techniques have been successfully used to monitor antibiotic resistance genes in environmental, animal and human ecosystems. However, despite the claim that the food chain plays a key role in the spread of antibiotic resistance, metagenomic analysis has scarcely been used to investigate food systems. The present work reports a functional metagenomic analysis of the prevalence and evolution of tetracycline resistance determinants in a raw-milk, blue-veined cheese during manufacturing and ripening...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Frederic Sampedro, Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Marta Valle, Natalia Roberto, Elisabet Domínguez-Clavé, Matilde Elices, Luís Eduardo Luna, José Alexandre S Crippa, Jaime E C Hallak, Draulio B de Araujo, Pablo Friedlander, Steven A Barker, Enrique Álvarez, Joaquim Soler, Juan C Pascual, Amanda Feilding, Jordi Riba
Background: Ayahuasca is a plant tea containing the psychedelic 5-HT2A agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine and harmala monoamine-oxidase inhibitors. Acute administration leads to neurophysiological modifications in brain regions of the default mode network, purportedly through a glutamatergic mechanism. Post-acutely, ayahuasca potentiates mindfulness capacities in volunteers and induces rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in treatment-resistant patients. However, the mechanisms underlying these fast and maintained effects are poorly understood...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Chaitanya Godbole, Sanjay Behari, Kamlesh K Bhaisora, Jayesh Sardhara, Arun Srivastava, Anant Mehrotra, Kuntal Kanti Das, Raj Kumar, Awadhesh K Jaiswal
BACKGROUND: Superior hypophyseal artery (SHA) aneurysms form a unique subgroup of paraclinoid aneurysms having a propensity to grow to a large size in the suprasellar region resulting in compression of the optic nerve, chiasma, and/or tract. AIM: A new classification of SHA aneurysms is proposed that helps in identifying the surgical issues encountered during surgical clipping of these medially directed aneurysms located at different segments of the medial surface of the internal carotid artery (ICA)...
May 2017: Neurology India
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