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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445803/jetvalve-rapid-manufacturing-of-biohybrid-scaffolds-for-biomimetic-heart-valve-replacement
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Andrew K Capulli, Maximillian Y Emmert, Francesco S Pasqualini, Debora Kehl, Etem Caliskan, Johan U Lind, Sean P Sheehy, Sung Jin Park, Seungkuk Ahn, Benedikt Weber, Josue A Goss, Simon P Hoerstrup, Kevin Kit Parker
Tissue engineered scaffolds have emerged as a promising solution for heart valve replacement because of their potential for regeneration. However, traditional heart valve tissue engineering has relied on resource-intensive, cell-based manufacturing, which increases cost and hinders clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, in situ tissue engineering approaches aim to develop scaffold materials and manufacturing processes that elicit endogenous tissue remodeling and repair. Yet despite recent advances in synthetic materials manufacturing, there remains a lack of cell-free, automated approaches for rapidly producing biomimetic heart valve scaffolds...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445744/nmrbox-a-resource-for-biomolecular-nmr-computation
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Mark W Maciejewski, Adam D Schuyler, Michael R Gryk, Ion I Moraru, Pedro R Romero, Eldon L Ulrich, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Miron Livny, Frank Delaglio, Jeffrey C Hoch
Advances in computation have been enabling many recent advances in biomolecular applications of NMR. Due to the wide diversity of applications of NMR, the number and variety of software packages for processing and analyzing NMR data is quite large, with labs relying on dozens, if not hundreds of software packages. Discovery, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all these packages is a burdensome task. Because the majority of software packages originate in academic labs, persistence of the software is compromised when developers graduate, funding ceases, or investigators turn to other projects...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444642/breast-self-exam-and-patient-interval-associate-with-advanced-breast-cancer-and-treatment-delay-in-mexican-women
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E Leon-Rodriguez, C Molina-Calzada, M M Rivera-Franco, A Campos-Castro
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to compare treatment intervals in breast cancer patients according to the detection method (breast self-exam vs screening). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis including 291 breast cancer patients at a Mexican tertiary referral hospital. RESULTS: Breast cancer detection method was mostly breast self-exam (60%). The median patient interval was 60.5 days, and was associated with marital status and socioeconomic level...
April 25, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444626/towards-new-human-rights-in-the-age-of-neuroscience-and-neurotechnology
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Marcello Ienca, Roberto Andorno
Rapid advancements in human neuroscience and neurotechnology open unprecedented possibilities for accessing, collecting, sharing and manipulating information from the human brain. Such applications raise important challenges to human rights principles that need to be addressed to prevent unintended consequences. This paper assesses the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework and suggests that existing human rights may not be sufficient to respond to these emerging issues...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443287/brachial-approach-as-an-alternative-technique-of-fibrin-sheath-removal-for-implanted-venous-access-devices
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Charalampos Sotiriadis, Steven David Hajdu, Francesco Doenz, Salah D Qanadli
Implanted venous access device (IVAD) late dysfunction is commonly caused by fibrin sheath formation. The standard method of endovascular fibrin sheath removal is performed via the femoral vein. However, it is not always technically feasible and sometimes contraindicated. Moreover, approximately 4-6 h of bed rest is necessary after the procedure. In this article, we describe an alternative method of fibrin sheath removal using the brachial vein approach in a young woman receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443278/saliva-liquid-biopsy-for-point-of-care-applications
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REVIEW
Katri Aro, Fang Wei, David T Wong, Michael Tu
Saliva is a non-invasive biofluid, which is easy to collect, transport, and store. Because of its accessibility and connection to systemic diseases, saliva is one of the best candidates for the advancement of point-of-care medicine, where individuals are able to easily monitor their health status by using portable convenient tools such as smartphones. There are a variety of scenarios with which saliva can be used: studies have been conducted on using saliva to measure stress hormones, enzyme levels, developmental disease biomarkers, and even cancer mutations...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442630/discovering-relationships-between-nuclear-receptor-signaling-pathways-genes-and-tissues-in-transcriptomine
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Lauren B Becnel, Scott A Ochsner, Yolanda F Darlington, Apollo McOwiti, Wasula H Kankanamge, Michael Dehart, Alexey Naumov, Neil J McKenna
We previously developed a web tool, Transcriptomine, to explore expression profiling data sets involving small-molecule or genetic manipulations of nuclear receptor signaling pathways. We describe advances in biocuration, query interface design, and data visualization that enhance the discovery of uncharacterized biology in these pathways using this tool. Transcriptomine currently contains about 45 million data points encompassing more than 2000 experiments in a reference library of nearly 550 data sets retrieved from public archives and systematically curated...
April 25, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441797/breast-cancer-awareness-among-women-in-western-amazon-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Marla Presa Raulino Schilling, Ilce Ferreira da Silva, Simone Perufo Opitz, Maria Fernanda de Sousa Oliveira Borges, Sergio Koifman, Koifman Rosalina Jorge
Background: A general lack of women`s awareness of breast cancer has been one of the barriers to screening and early presentation. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate levels of knowledge about risk factors, and early warning signs of breast cancer, and to determine factors associated with better levels of comprehension. Methods: A population-based cross-sectional study was carried out among 478 women over 40 years old, living in Rio Branco city, western Amazon. All were interviewed using the “Breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and practice scale”, developed by American Cancer Society...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441639/antecubital-fossa-venous-access-for-right-heart-catheterization
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Omar Waheed, Abhinav Sharma, Maninder Singh, Edo Kaluski
With the advance of radial access and ulnar access there has been an increased interest in performing right heart catheterization (RHC) and right-heart based procedures via antecubital venous access. Our purpose is to describe the venous anatomy of the upper extremities, technique, equipment, and cost for employing this approach. Reported also is the international experience based on publications assessing procedural success, complications, fluoroscopy time and radiation dose, access-site compression time, and time to ambulation...
May 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441481/best-practices-of-computer-aided-drug-discovery-cadd-lessons-learned-from-the-development-of-a-preclinical-candidate-for-prostate-cancer-with-a-new-mechanism-of-action
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Fuqiang Ban, Kush Dalal, Huifang Li, Eric LeBlanc, Paul S Rennie, Artem Cherkasov
Small-molecule drug design is a complex and iterative decision-making process relying on pre-existing knowledge and driven by experimental data. Low molecular weight chemicals represent an attractive therapeutic option as they are readily accessible to organic synthesis and can easily be characterized.1 Their potency, as well as pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties can be systematically and rationally investigated, and ultimately optimized via expert science behind medicinal chemistry and methods of computer-aided drug design (CADD)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440314/the-peripheral-blood-proteome-signature-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-distinct-from-normal-and-is-associated-with-novel-immunological-processes
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David N O'Dwyer, Katy C Norman, Meng Xia, Yong Huang, Stephen J Gurczynski, Shanna L Ashley, Eric S White, Kevin R Flaherty, Fernando J Martinez, Susan Murray, Imre Noth, Kelly B Arnold, Bethany B Moore
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal interstitial pneumonia. The disease pathophysiology is poorly understood and the etiology remains unclear. Recent advances have generated new therapies and improved knowledge of the natural history of IPF. These gains have been brokered by advances in technology and improved insight into the role of various genes in mediating disease, but gene expression and protein levels do not always correlate. Thus, in this paper we apply a novel large scale high throughput aptamer approach to identify more than 1100 proteins in the peripheral blood of well-characterized IPF patients and normal volunteers...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440019/cervical-cancer-risk-and-impact-of-pap-based-screening-in-hiv-positive-women-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-johannesburg-south-africa
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Eliane Rohner, Mazvita Sengayi, Bridgette Goeieman, Pamela Michelow, Cindy Firnhaber, Mhairi Maskew, Julia Bohlius
Data on invasive cervical cancer (ICC) incidence in HIV-positive women and the effect of cervical cancer screening in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. We estimated i) ICC incidence rates in women (≥18 years) who initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the Themba Lethu Clinic (TLC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 2004-2011; and ii) the effect of a Pap-based screening program. We included 10,640 women; median age at ART initiation: 35 years (interquartile range [IQR] 30-42), median CD4 count at ART initiation: 113 cells/µl (IQR 46-184)...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439182/perspective-potus-trump-s-executive-orders-implications-for-immigrants-and-health-care
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EDITORIAL
Efrain Talamantes, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
The United States, under new executive orders proposed by its 45th president, may quickly lose its greatness in serving Emma Lazarus' untimely portrait of immigrants and refugees as "the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free." After years of progress in improving health care access to underserved populations, new executive orders threaten our nation's advancements in health equity. Within this perspective, we offer examples on how these actions may result in damaging impacts on patients, families, communities and the health care workforce...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438704/folic-acid-decorated-polyamidoamine-dendrimer-exhibits-high-tumor-uptake-and-sustained-highly-localized-retention-in-solid-tumors-its-utility-for-local-sirna-delivery
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Leyuan Xu, W Andrew Yeudall, Hu Yang
The utility of folic acid (FA)-decorated polyamidoamine dendrimer G4 (G4-FA) as a vector was investigated for local delivery of siRNA. In a xenograft HN12 (or HN12-YFP) tumor mouse model of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), intratumorally (i.t.) injected G4-FA exhibited high tumor uptake and sustained highly localized retention in the tumors according to near infrared (NIR) imaging assessment. siRNA against vascular endothelial growth factor A (siVEGFA) was chosen as a therapeutic modality. Compared to the nontherapeutic treatment groups (PBS solution or dendrimer complexed with nontherapeutic green fluorescent protein siRNA [siGFP]), G4-FA/siVEGFA showed tumor inhibition effects in single-dose and two-dose regimen studies...
April 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438527/the-baf-brg1-brm-associated-factor-chromatin-remodeling-complex-exhibits-ethanol-sensitivity-in-fetal-neural-progenitor-cells-and-regulates-transcription-at-the-mir-9-2-encoding-gene-locus
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Sasha G Burrowes, Nihal A Salem, Alexander M Tseng, Sridevi Balaraman, Marisa R Pinson, Cadianna Garcia, Rajesh C Miranda
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a leading cause of intellectual disability worldwide. Previous studies have shown that developmental ethanol exposure results in loss of microRNAs (miRNAs), including miR-9, and loss of these miRNAs, in turn, mediates some of ethanol's teratogenic effects in the developing brain. We previously found that ethanol increased methylation at the miR-9-2 encoding gene locus in mouse fetal neural stem cells (NSC), advancing a mechanism for epigenetic silencing of this locus and consequently, miR-9 loss in NSCs...
April 7, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438503/expanding-role-of-certified-electronic-health-records-technology-in-radiology-the-macra-mandate
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Gregory N Nicola, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Ezequiel Silva, Keith J Dreyer, Michael P Recht
Radiology has historically been at the forefront of innovation and the advancement of technology for the benefit of patient care. However, challenges to early implementation prevented most radiologists from adopting and integrating certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) into their daily workflow despite the early and potential advantages it offered. This circumstance places radiology at a disadvantage in the two payment pathways of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436977/provision-of-long-term-monitoring-and-late-effects-services-following-adult-allogeneic-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-a-survey-of-uk-nhs-based-programmes
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A Hamblin, D M Greenfield, M Gilleece, N Salooja, M Kenyon, E Morris, N Glover, P Miller, H Braund, A Peniket, B E Shaw, J A Snowden
Despite international guidelines, optimal delivery models of late effects (LE) services for HSCT patients are unclear from the clinical, organizational and economic viewpoints. To scope current LE service delivery models within the UK NHS (National Health Service), in 2014, we surveyed the 27 adult allogeneic HSCT centres using a 30-question online tool, achieving a 100% response rate. Most LE services were led and delivered by senior physicians (>80% centres). Follow-up was usually provided in a dedicated allograft or LE clinic for the first year (>90% centres), but thereafter attrition meant that only ~50% of patients were followed after 5 years...
April 24, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436217/using-dopants-to-tune-oxygen-vacancy-formation-in-transition-metal-oxide-resistive-memory
#18
Hao Jiang, Derek A Stewart
Introducing dopants is an important way to tailor and improve electronic properties of transition metal oxides used as high-k dielectric thin films and resistance switching layers in leading memory technologies, such as dynamic and resistive random access memory (ReRAM). Ta2O5 has recently received increasing interest because Ta2O5-based ReRAM demonstrate high switching speed, long endurance, and low operation voltage. However, advances in optimizing device characteristics with dopants have been hindered by limited and contradictory experiments in this field...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435677/control-of-immune-cell-entry-through-the-tumour-vasculature-a-missing-link-in-optimising-melanoma-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Lih Yin Tan, Carmela Martini, Zvi G Fridlender, Claudine S Bonder, Michael P Brown, Lisa M Ebert
Metastatic melanoma remains a fatal disease to many worldwide, even after the breakthrough introduction of targeted therapies such as BRAF inhibitors and immune checkpoint blockade therapies such as CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibitors. With advances in our understanding of this disease, as well as the increasing data gathered from patient studies, the significance of the host immune response to cancer progression and response to treatment is becoming clear. More specifically, the presence of intratumoral CD8(+) cytotoxic T-cells correlates with better prognosis whereas the accumulation of monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils in the tumour is often associated with worse prognosis...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435672/tele-medicine-in-respiratory-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Nicolino Ambrosino, Dewi Nurul Makhabah, Yusup Subagio Sutanto
Information and Communication Technologies applied to health care and advances in sensor and data transmission technology allowed tele-medicine based programs of care also for patients with respiratory diseases. Different sensors, transmission devices and interventions are used in tele-medicine for some indications. Patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma, neuromuscular diseases, ventilator assisted individuals and those undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation programs may benefit from this approach...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
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