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Gunnar Glauco de Cunto Taets, Nébia Maria Almeida de Figueiredo
Objective: to verify whether comatose patients feel pain during the bed bath nursing procedure. Method: nineteen patients aged 61 ± 17.39 years participated in the study. A quantitative analysis was conducted on the P substance (PS) in the saliva collected before and during a bed bath, using the ELISA method. Program Graph Pad Prisma 6 was used to analyze the data. The verification of normality was made through the Shapiro Wilk test, which determined the choice for the Wilcoxon nonparametric test...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Zhijun Li, Matthew D Muller, Jianli Wang, Christopher T Sica, Prasanna Karunanayaka, Lawrence I Sinoway, Qing X Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the dynamic characteristics of T2* -weighted signal change in exercising skeletal muscle of healthy subjects and peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients under a low-intensity exercise paradigm. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine PAD patients and nine age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers underwent a low-intensity exercise paradigm while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) was obtained. T2*-weighted signal time-courses in lateral gastrocnemius, medial gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior were acquired and analyzed...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Simran Chahal, Kanchan Vohra, Ashit Syngle
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and lower extremity amputation in patients with diabetes. Autonomic neuropathy is a risk factor for cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality. Sudomotor dysfunction is well established in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and reflects small fibre neuropathy, cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy and peripheral sympathetic autonomic neuropathy. However, the relationship between sudomotor dysfunction and PAD remains unexplored...
October 25, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Ashley D Slattery, Cameron J Shearer, Christopher T Gibson, Joseph G Shapter, David A Lewis, Andrew J Stapleton
Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) is used to characterise the nanoscale electrical properties of many conducting and semiconducting materials. We investigate the effect of single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) modification of commercial Pt/Ir cantilevers on the sensitivity and image stability during C-AFM imaging. Pt/Ir cantilevers were modified with small bundles of SWCNTs via a manual attachment procedure and secured with a conductive platinum pad. AFM images of topography and current were collected from heterogeneous polymer and nanomaterial samples using both standard and SWCNT modified cantilevers...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
T Lattré, S Brammer, S Parmentier, C Van Holder
One year follow-up results after hypothenar fat pad flap surgery for recurrent and end stage carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are reported. Before surgery, the patients' complaints with a recurrent CTS were mainly pain and return of pathological symptoms (tingling, nocturnal pain, etc.) whereas the patients with end stage CTS reported problems of loss of sensation. Both groups (8 patients in each group) reported a limited functional status for activity of daily living (ADL) prior to surgery. Evaluations of sensibility, strength, pain and Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire were made preoperatively and postoperatively at 3, 6 and 12 months...
October 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Angelika Drynda, Bożena Obmińska-Mrukowicz, Ewa Zaczyńska, Michał Zimecki, Stanisław Ryng, Marcin Mączyński
OBJECTIVES: Immunoregulatory properties of 06K derivative (4-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(5-amino-3-methylisoxazole-4-carbonyl)-thiosemicarbazide) in mouse in vivo models were investigated. METHODS: Several in vivo models were used: humoral and cellular immune response, carrageenan inflammatory reaction and determination of lymphocyte subsets in non-immunized mice. KEY FINDINGS: The compound administered before or after immunization with sheep erythrocytes (sheep red blood cell (SRBC)) elevated the number of plaque-forming cells (PFC), and this effect was stronger at lower doses...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Michael James Hutton, Robert A McGuire, Robert Dunn, Richard Williams, Peter Robertson, Bruce Twaddle, Patrick Kiely, Andrew Clarke, Keyvan Mazda, Paul Davies, Krystle T Pagarigan, Joseph R Dettori
Study Design Systematic review. Objectives To determine the incidence of catastrophic cervical spine injuries (CCSIs) among elite athletes participating in contact team sports and whether the incidence varies depending on the use of protective gear or by player position. Methods Electronic databases and reference lists of key articles published from January 1, 2000, to January 29, 2016, were searched. Results Fourteen studies were included that reported CCSI in rugby (n = 10), American football (n = 3), and Irish hurling (n = 1)...
November 2016: Global Spine Journal
John Garcia, Claire Mennan, Helen S McCarthy, Sally Roberts, James B Richardson, Karina T Wright
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is a cell-based therapy that has been used clinically for over 20 years to treat cartilage injuries more efficiently in order to negate or delay the need for joint replacement surgery. In this time, very little has changed in the ACI procedure, but now many centres are considering or using alternative cell sources for cartilage repair, in particular mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this study, we have tested the chondrogenic potential of donor-matched MSCs derived from bone marrow (BM), infrapatellar fat pad (FP), and subcutaneous fat (SCF), compared to chondrocytes...
2016: Stem Cells International
Xiaoke Zeng, Aaron M Kociolek, Muhammad Idrees Khan, Stephan Milosavljevic, Brenna Bath, Catherine Trask
Whole body vibration is a significant physical risk factor associated with low back pain. This study assessed farmers' exposure to whole body vibration on the Canadian Prairies according to ISO 2631-1. Eighty-seven vibration measurements were collected with a triaxial accelerometer embedded in a rubber seat pad at the operator-seat interface of agricultural machinery, including tractors, combines, pickup trucks, grain trucks, sprayers, swathers, all-terrain vehicles, and skid steers. Whole body vibration was highest in the vertical axis, with a mean (range) frequency-weighted root mean squared acceleration of 0...
October 26, 2016: Ergonomics
Nagy A Mekhail, Emad Estemalik, Gerges Azer, Kristina Davis, Stuart J Tepper
BACKGROUND: A recent multicenter study presented 52-week safety and efficacy results from an open-label extension of a randomized, sham-controlled trial for patients with chronic migraine (CM) undergoing peripheral nerve stimulation of the occipital nerves. We present the data from a single center of 20 patients enrolled at the Cleveland Clinic's Pain Management Department. METHODS: In this single center, 20 patients were implanted with a neurostimulation system, randomized to an active or control group for 12 weeks, and received open-label treatment for an additional 40 weeks...
October 25, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Carina Barbosa Pereira, Xinchi Yu, Michael Czaplik, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Steffen Leonhardt
Diverse studies have demonstrated the importance of monitoring breathing rate (BR). Commonly, changes in BR are one of the earliest and major markers of serious complications/illness. However, it is frequently neglected due to limitations of clinically established measurement techniques, which require attachment of sensors. The employment of adhesive pads or thoracic belts in preterm infants as well as in traumatized or burned patients is an additional paramount issue. The present paper proposes a new robust approach, based on data fusion, to remotely monitor BR using infrared thermography (IRT)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Hui-Hsin Chang, Guang-Yaw Liu, Nishant Dwivedi, Bo Sun, Yuko Okamoto, Jennifer D Kinslow, Kevin D Deane, M Kristen Demoruelle, Jill M Norris, Paul R Thompson, Jeffrey A Sparks, Deepak A Rao, Elizabeth W Karlson, Hui-Chih Hung, V Michael Holers, I-Cheng Ho
A unique feature of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the presence of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). Several risk factors for RA are known to increase the expression or activity of peptidyl arginine deiminases (PADs), which catalyze citrullination and, when dysregulated, can result in hypercitrullination. However, the consequence of hypercitrullination is unknown and the function of each PAD has yet to be defined. Th cells of RA patients are hypoglycolytic and hyperproliferative due to impaired expression of PFKFB3 and ATM, respectively...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Volkan Tugcu, Nevzat Can Sener, Selcuk Sahin, Cuneyd Sevinc, Mithat Eksi, Abdullah Hizir Yavuzsan, Ali Ihsan Tasci
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) is said to provide excellent long-term continence. In this study, we compared the early incontinence outcomes of our patients, who had undergone no reconstruction, posterior reconstruction only, or total anatomic restoration and posterior reconstruction. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the patients who underwent RALRP for localized prostate cancer by a single surgeon in our clinic from January 1, 2009-February 1, 2016...
October 2016: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Shane Virani, Colin Russell, Megan L Bruschetta, Kevin Ngoc Hua, Brigitte M Potvin, David Cox, Stephen N Robinovitch
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder-to-head contact is the most common cause of concussions in ice hockey, accounting for 42% of cases in the National Hockey League (NHL). The goal of this project was to determine how shoulder pad stiffness, modified by adding foam padding over the shoulder cap of existing shoulder pads, affected head impact severity when participants delivered checks to an instrumented dummy. METHODS: Fifteen participants administered "the hardest shoulder checks they were comfortable delivering" to the head of a dummy equipped with tri-axial accelerometers and gyros mounted in its helmet...
October 21, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
F Biscetti, G Straface, D Pitocco, F Angelini, G Tinelli, R Landolfi, A Flex
OBJECTIVE: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) was demonstrated to be involved in the occurrence and development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of FGF23 on presence and severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in type 2 diabetic patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this study, we analyzed FGF23 serum levels in 413 type 2 diabetic patients with PAD and in 598 diabetic controls without lower limbs atherosclerosis...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Rong Li, Xiaoxia Yang, Yan Yu, Meilan Zhou, Xiujuan Tian, Shidong Feng, Hanmin Wang
Objective To explore the role of the anti-inflammatory cytokine C1q/tumor necrosis factor related protein 6 (CTRP6) in gentamicin-induced acute kidney injury in rats. Methods SD rats were divided into 5 groups including control group, model group and the other 3 experimental groups. The rats in model group and experimental groups were subcutaneously injected with gentamicin at the dose of 400 mg/(kg.d) for consecutive 2 days to induce acute renal injury. Two days before gentamicin injection, the rats in the 3 experimental groups were given pAd-CTRP6 at the doses of 0...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Soyoung Lee, Han Wool Kim, Kyung-Hyo Kim
BACKGROUND: Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG) replacement therapy is used to prevent invasive infections in patients with primary antibody deficiency (PAD). However, few studies have functionally evaluated specific antibodies against encapsulated bacteria that cause invasive infection in patients with PAD. In this study, functional antibodies against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococci), and Neisseria meningitidis (meningococci) in IVIG therapy were evaluated...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Matthew S Yorek, Lawrence J Coppey, Hanna Shevalye, Alexander Obrosov, Randy H Kardon, Mark A Yorek
Aims. In this study a streptozotocin induced type 1 diabetes mouse model was used to assess the effectiveness of salsalate, menhaden oil, the combination of salsalate and menhaden oil, or resolvin D1 on neuropathic endpoints. Materials and Methods. Changes in body weight, blood glucose, serum markers for triglycerides, free fatty acids, cholesterol, and resolvin D1, motor and sensory nerve conduction velocities and thermal sensitivity were assessed, as well as performing in vivo confocal microscopy of subepithelial corneal nerves and immunohistochemistry of nerves in the cornea and foot pad...
2016: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Cornelis R C Hogewoning, Louise A M Meij, Rob C M Pelger, Hein Putter, Esmée M Krouwel, Henk W Elzevier
OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of literature regarding the role of male slings in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) following a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and to evaluate the effects of the Virtue male sling in patients suffering from post TURP SUI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review of literature was performed to identify all papers on the use of male slings in patients suffering from post TURP SUI. Secondly a prospective cohort study was conducted on 8 patients that received the Virtue as surgical treatment of post TURP SUI...
October 20, 2016: Urology
Aijaz Ahmed Babar, Mazhar Hussain Peerzada, Abdul Khalique Jhatial, Noor-Ul-Ain Bughio
Conventionally, cellulosic fabric dyed with reactive dyes requires significant amount of salt. However, the dyeing of a solvent spun regenerated cellulosic fiber is a critical process. This paper presents the dyeing results of lyocell fabrics dyed with conventional pad batch (CPB) and pad ultrasonic batch (PUB) processes. The dyeing of lyocell fabrics was carried out with two commercial dyes namely Drimarine Blue CL-BR and Ramazol Blue RGB. Dyeing parameters including concentration of sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate and dwell time were compared for the two processes...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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