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Cristina Baglivo, Paolo Maria Congedo
Data are related to the multi-objective optimization process applied to the building materials to obtain high energy-efficient precast walls for cold climate. The methodology has been explained on the paper entitled "High performance precast external walls for cold climate by a multi criteria methodology" (Baglivo and Congedo, 2016) [1]. The modeFRONTIER rel.4.3 optimization tool has been used to evaluate the dynamic behaviour of the building components in accordance with the UNI EN ISO 13786:2008 and to obtain a multitude of high efficiency configurations...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Lina Huang, Xiaofang Liu, Dan Chuai, Yaxin Chen, Ronghai Yu
Flaky FeSiAl alloy/multi-wall carbon nanotube (FeSiAl/MWCNT) composite was fabricated by facile and scalable ball milling method. The morphology and electromagnetic properties of the FeSiAl alloy can be well tuned by controlling the milling time. It is found that the magnetic loss of the FeSiAl alloy is improved by optimizing the milling time due to the increased anisotropy field. Meanwhile the addition of MWCNTs enhances the dielectric loss of the composite by increasing the interfacial polarizations, dipolar polarizations and conductive paths...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Homero Rivas, Ignacio Robles, Francisco Riquelme, Marcelo Vivanco, Julio Jiménez, Boris Marinkovic, Mario Uribe
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a new magnetic surgical system during reduced-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a prospective, multicenter clinical trial. BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic instrumentation coupled by magnetic fields may enhance surgeon performance by allowing for shaft-less retraction and mobilization. The movements can be performed under direct visualization, generating different angles of traction and reducing the number of trocars to perform the procedure. This may reduce well-known associated complications of trocars, including incisional pain, scarring, infection, bowel, and vascular injuries, among others...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Hyunjung Kim, Jinyoung Kim
Prone position radiotherapy for a small (< 750 cm3) breast is controversial because of the variable benefits for the irradiated heart volume. The objective anatomical parameters related with chest wall shape that can determine the heart dose sparing patients in the prone position.Twenty-one patients underwent CT-simulation in supine and prone position. Dose volume parameters were compared and the objective indexes such as the Haller index, anthropometric index, mid-sternum thickness, and central lung distance (CLD) were evaluated the relationship between the shape of the chest wall and irradiated normal tissue volume in prone position...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Dhika Amanda, Monika Susanne Doblin, Roberta Galletti, Antony Bacic, Gwyneth C Ingram, Kim L Johnson
The plant epidermis is crucial to survival, regulating interactions with the environment and controlling plant growth. The phytocalpain DEFECTIVE KERNEL1 (DEK1) is a master regulator of epidermal differentiation and maintenance, acting upstream of epidermal-specific transcription factors, and is required for correct cell adhesion. It is currently unclear how changes in DEK1 lead to cellular defects in the epidermis and the pathways through which DEK1 acts. We have combined growth kinematic studies, cell wall analysis and transcriptional analysis of genes downstream of DEK1 to determine the cause of phenotypic changes observed in DEK1-modulated lines...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology
Yuichi Takashi, Yuka Kinoshita, Michiko Hori, Nobuaki Ito, Manabu Taguchi, Seiji Fukumoto
PURPOSE: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is a hormone regulating phosphate metabolism. Excessive actions of FGF23 cause several types of FGF23-related hypophosphatemic rickets/osteomalacia. Recently, it was reported that FGF23 levels were independently correlated with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In addition, FGF23 was also shown to cause cardiac hypertrophy directly acting on cardiomyocytes. However, there is no study indicating the correlation between FGF23 and LVH in adult patients with FGF23-related hypophosphatemic rickets/osteomalacia...
October 18, 2016: Endocrine Research
Tingyan Xu, Jingping Sun, Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Yan Yang, Xingsheng Yang, Yan Li, Cheuk-Man Yu, Jiguang Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension (HTN) leads to left ventricular (LV) remodeling, which results in diastolic dysfunction in the presence of preserved ejection fraction (EF). The goal of this study was to explore the subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction and mechanism of preserved EF using layer-specific quantification of myocardial deformation in patients with HTN. DESIGN AND METHOD: The routine 2D (frame rate >50 Hz) data sets were acquired using GE E9 system in 120 hypertensive patients (73 male, 54 ± 13years, blood pressure = 165 ± 20/ 96 ± 117 mmHg) and 120 age and gender matched normal subjects (124 ± 9/80 ± 8mmHg)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yen-Hung Lin, Chi-Sheng Hung, Chia-Hung Chou, Vin-Cent Wu, Che-Wei Liao, Yi-Yao Chang, Xue-Ming Wu, Kwan-Dun Wu
OBJECTIVE: High dietary salt and high aldosterone levels may be deleterious to cardiac structure in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) in samll studies. However the relation among them still unclear. We investigated the association among dietary sodium intake, aldosterone levela and cardiac structure in patients with PA and essential hypertension (EH). DESIGN AND METHOD: This cross-sectional study enrolled 158 patients with confirmed PA and 158 patients with EH...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Unna Triam-Anuruck, Prin Vathesatogkit, Teerapat Yingchoncharoen, Wisuit Katekao, Oraporn See, Sukit Yamwong, Piyamitr Sritara
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension (HTN) inarguably causes remodeling of left ventricle (LV). However, the effect of awareness, treatment and control of hypertension on LV geometry has not been established. We sought to identify the relationship between the classification of LV geometry and awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in a large Thai elderly population. DESIGN AND METHOD: Participants with complete echocardiographic data were enrolled in 2012. Detailed hypertension data was retrieved from the survey in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nina Repina, Tatiana Brodskaya, Vera Nevzorova, Margarita Моkshinа, Evgeniy Аbramov
OBJECTIVE: In conditions of existing immigration flows, the special relevance has researches concerning cardiovascular risk stratification among of different ethnic origin patients living outside the traditional habitats. DESIGN AND METHOD: 180 residents of Sakhalin region with arterial hypertension (AG) I-III degree, I-II stage, 88 Korean ethnicity patients, migrants of 2-3-rd generation, 92 Slavic ethnicity patients (58,2 ± 0,93 years old) were examined. The common risk factors and left ventricle (LV) structural-functional characteristics (Echocardiograph Aсuson X-300 HP, USA) were analyzed...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Paolo Pauletto, Massimo Puato, Marcello Rattazzi, Roberta Buso, Giovanni Boschetti, Marta Zanon, Claudio Fania, Paolo Palatini
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of well controlled blood pressure (BP) levels on structural and functional properties of arteries in essential hypertensives. DESIGN AND METHOD: We studied 80 young hypertensives (mean age 49 yo) allocated either to pharmacological treatment (55 of 80) or to lifestyle modifications (25 of 80) for at least 12 months (mean 38 months) to maintain target BP. Follow-up visits were scheduled every 6 months. Office BP was taken three times by the same doctor at the time of the study...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julie Demeulemeester, Jean-Luc Bigras, Mariane Bertagnolli, Li Feng Xie, Katryn Paquette, Rong Wu, Anik Cloutier, Thuy Mai Luu, Anne-Monique Nuyt
OBJECTIVE: Studies support a direct causal association between preterm birth and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Increased left and right ventricular mass, and impaired systolic and diastolic function were observed in young adults born preterm. Deleterious neonatal conditions, as in preterm birth, could significantly impact on myocardial tissue. We investigated how left ventricle (LV) echocardiographic parameters in young adults born preterm correlated with neonatal health parameters and interventions data...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Asbjørn Støylen, Harald E Mølmen, Håvard Dalen
BACKGROUND: We aimed to study left ventricular (LV) geometry assessed by length (LVWL), external diameter (LVEDD) and relative wall thickness (RWT) in relation to age, body size and gender in healthy individuals. METHODS: 1266 individuals underwent echocardiography in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT3), Norway. Septum thickness (IVS), posterior wall thickness (LVPWd) and end-diastolic internal diameter (LVIDD) were measured in M-mode, and LVEDD was calculated as the sum...
2016: Open Heart
Patricia Reant, Alexandre Metras, Dominique Detaille, Annabel Reynaud, Philippe Diolez, Beatrice Jaspard-Vinassa, Raymond Roudaut, Alexandre Ouattara, Laurent Barandon, Pierre Dos Santos, Stephane Lafitte
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) afterload could be associated with reduced myocardial contractility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relative impact of increased afterload on LV myocardial deformation indices in chronic aortic constriction, with regard to hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis, and mitochondrial function, and to differentiate acute versus chronic afterload effect. METHODS: Young pigs underwent aortic banding (n = 11) or sham (n = 7) operations...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Cori R Atlin, Christoph Haller, Osami Honjo, Anusha Jegatheeswaran, Glen S Van Arsdell
BACKGROUND: Size mismatch between body and a systemic-to-pulmonary shunt can result in excessive pulmonary blood flow, compromising systemic oxygen delivery. Previously reported techniques to mechanically restrict shunt flow lack precision and reproducibility. We developed a formula for shunt banding and assessed its efficacy and reproducibility by in vitro and clinical measurements. METHODS: Formulas to determine diameter reduction, length of banding, and effect on the ratio of pulmonary blood flow (Qp) to systemic blood flow (Qs) were established...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
E D'Elia, P Ferrero, C Vittori, A Calabrese, V Duino, S Perlini, M Senni
Athletes may have electrocardiogram (ECG) repolarization abnormalities during stress test suggestive for ischemia in the absence of ischemic coronary artery disease, often in a setting of myocardial septum hypertrophy. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) might be altered in these athletes compared to hypertensive patients with the same degree of septal thickness. About 735 consecutive athletes were screened for mandatory assessment of fitness to participate in competitive sports. At the stress test, 23 (19 M, 4 F) were found to have ECG repolarization abnormalities suggestive for ischemia in the presence of normal coronary vessels...
October 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Johannes T Kowallick, Miguel Silva Vieira, Shelby Kutty, Joachim Lotz, Gerd Hasenfu, Amedeo Chiribiri, Andreas Schuster
OBJECTIVES: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with left atrial (LA) functional abnormalities. The determinants and the degree of LA dysfunction in the course of HCM are not fully understood. We aimed to characterize LA mechanics in HCM, according to the extent of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and fibrosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-three HCM patients and 23 age- and sex-matched controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging including late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
October 12, 2016: Investigative Radiology
Eitan Halper-Stromberg, Michael H Cho, Carla Wilson, Dipti Nevrekar, James D Crapo, George Washko, Raúl San José Estépar, David A Lynch, Edwin K Silverman, Sonia Leach, Peter J Castaldi
RATIONALE: Automated analysis of computed tomographic (CT) lung images for epidemiologic nand genetic association studies is increasingly common, but little is known about the utility of visual versus semi-automated emphysema and airway assessments for genetic association studies. OBJECTIVES: Assess the relative utility of visual versus semi-automated emphysema and airway assessments for genetic association studies. METHODS: A standardized inspection protocol was used to visually assess chest CTs for 1540 non-Hispanic white subjects within the COPDGene Study for the presence and severity of radiographic features representing airway wall thickness and emphysema...
October 14, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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