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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449466/higher-coronary-artery-calcification-score-is-associated-with-adverse-prognosis-in-patients-with-stable-angina-pectoris
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Renrong Wang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Chunxia Wang, Xinhe Ye, Xin Xu, Chengjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) indicates the presence of atherosclerotic lesions and serves as a marker of prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This study evaluated the value of the CAC score for determining the prognosis of patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP). METHODS: A total of 106 consecutive patients with SAP were enrolled in this study from January 2011 to June 2014; from these patients, 640 multi-slice computer tomography (MSCT) samples were used to obtain CAC scores...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449429/pancreatic-lymphoepithelial-cysts-diagnosed-with-endosonography-guided-fine-needle-aspiration
#2
Youngmin Oh, Yonghyeok Choi, Seung Myoung Son, Jisun Lee, Yook Kim, Joung Ho Han, Seon Mee Park
Although lymphoepithelial cysts (LECs) of the pancreas are benign lesions, most of them have been treated with surgical resection due to diagnostic difficulty. We report a 66-year-old woman diagnosed with pancreatic LECs. Abdominal ultrasound revealed two masses in the pancreas, which were not visible on the abdominal computed tomography. In an abdominal magnetic resonance imaging, pancreas lesions showed solid tumors, which revealed a low signal intensity on T1-, moderate high signal intensity on T2 weighted images, and homogeneous delayed enhancement in the portal venous phase...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449405/the-impact-of-lesion-location-on-dysphagia-incidence-pattern-and-complications-in-acute-stroke-part-2-oropharyngeal-residue-swallow-and-cough-response-and-pneumonia
#3
S Suntrup-Krueger, A Kemmling, T Warnecke, C Hamacher, S Oelenberg, T Niederstadt, W Heindel, H Wiendl, R Dziewas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Dysphagia is a well-known complication of acute stroke. Given the complexity of cerebral swallowing control it is still difficult to predict which patients are likely to develop swallowing dysfunction based on their neuroimaging. In Part 2 of a comprehensive voxel-based imaging study, whether the location of a stroke lesion can be correlated with further dysfunctional swallowing patterns, pulmonary protective reflexes and pneumonia was evaluated. METHODS: In all, 200 acute stroke cases were investigated applying flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing within 96 h from admission...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449381/predicting-solubility-of-sulfur-a-cosmo-rs-based-approach-to-investigate-electrolytes-for-li-s-batteries
#4
Steffen Jeschke, Patrik Johansson
Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are in theory, from their basic reactions, very promising from a specific energy density point-of-view, but have bad power rate capabilities. The dissolution of sulfur from the C/S cathodes into the electrolyte is a rate determining and crucial step for the functionality. So far, time-consuming experimental methods, such as HPLC/UV, have been used to quantify the corresponding solubilities. Here, we use a computational fluid phase thermodynamics approach, the conductor-like screening model for real solvents (COSMO-RS), to compute the solubility of sulfur in different binary and ternary electrolytes...
April 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449315/panelcn-mops-copy-number-detection-in-targeted-ngs-panel-data-for-clinical-diagnostics
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Gundula Povysil, Antigoni Tzika, Julia Vogt, Verena Haunschmid, Ludwine Messiaen, Johannes Zschocke, Günter Klambauer, Sepp Hochreiter, Katharina Wimmer
Targeted next-generation-sequencing (NGS) panels have largely replaced Sanger sequencing in clinical diagnostics. They allow for the detection of copy number variations (CNVs) in addition to single-nucleotide-variants and small insertions/deletions. However, existing computational CNV detection methods have shortcomings regarding accuracy, quality control, incidental findings, and user-friendliness. We developed panelcn.MOPS, a novel pipeline for detecting CNVs in targeted NGS panel data. Using data from 180 samples, we compared panelcn...
April 27, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449263/multi-dice-r-package-for-comparative-population-genomic-inference-under-hierarchical-co-demographic-models-of-independent-single-population-size-changes
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Alexander T Xue, Michael J Hickerson
Population genetic data from multiple taxa can address comparative phylogeographic questions about community-scale response to environmental shifts, and a useful strategy to this end is to employ hierarchical co-demographic models that directly test multi-taxa hypotheses within a single, unified analysis while benefiting in statistical power from aggregating datasets. This approach has been applied to classical phylogeographic datasets such as mitochondrial barcodes as well as reduced-genome polymorphism datasets that can yield 10,000s of SNPs, produced by emergent technologies such as RAD-seq and GBS...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449262/predictive-mechanisms-linking-brain-opioids-to-chronic-pain-vulnerability-and-resilience
#7
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Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones, Christopher Andrew Brown
Chronic pain is a major global healthcare problem that is currently inadequately treated. In addition, the current use of opioids for treatment has reached far beyond the paucity of evidence for long-term benefits relative to risks. Benefit-risk models for opioid and non-opioid treatments would benefit from a rational, mechanism-based understanding of neuroplastic and neurochemical contributions to chronic pain. Here we evaluate the findings and limitations of representative research investigating brain neuroplasticity and neurochemistry in chronic pain...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449226/an-integrated-network-analysis-identifies-how-arcab-enables-metabolic-oscillations-in-the-nitric-oxide-detoxification-network-of-escherichia-coli
#8
Sarah A Sacco, Kristin J Adolfsen, Mark P Brynildsen
The virulences of many pathogens depend on their abilities to detoxify the immune antimicrobial nitric oxide (NO•). The functions of bacterial NO• detoxification machinery depend on oxygen (O2 ), with O2 inhibiting some enzymes, whereas others use it as a substrate. Previously, Escherichia coli NO• detoxification was found to be highly attenuated under microaerobic conditions and metabolic oscillations were observed. The oscillations in [NO•] and [O2 ] were found to result from the inhibitory action of NO• on aerobic respiration, the catalytic inactivation of NO• by Hmp (an NO• dioxygenase), and an imbalanced competition for O2 between Hmp and cytochrome terminal oxidase activity...
April 27, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449202/barn-owls-maximize-head-rotations-by-a-combination-of-yawing-and-rolling-in-functionally-diverse-regions-of-the-neck
#9
Markus Krings, John A Nyakatura, Mark L L M Boumans, Martin S Fischer, Hermann Wagner
Owls are known for their outstanding neck mobility: these birds can rotate their heads more than 270°. The anatomical basis of this extraordinary neck rotation ability is not well understood. We used X-ray fluoroscopy of living owls as well as forced neck rotations in dead specimens and computer tomographic (CT) reconstructions to study how the individual cervical joints contribute to head rotation in barn owls (Tyto furcata pratincola). The X-ray data showed the natural posture of the neck, and the reconstructions of the CT-scans provided the shapes of the individual vertebrae...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449044/vernakalant-does-not-alter-early-repolarization-or-contractility-in-normal-and-electrically-remodelled-atria
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Arne van Hunnik, Hussein Nasrallah, Dennis H Lau, Marion Kuiper, Sander Verheule, Ulrich Schotten
Aims: Besides the inhibition of the sodium inward current, vernakalant also inhibits the ultra rapid rectifier (IKur) and transient outward current (Ito). Inhibition of these currents increases contractility in canine atrial myocytes and goat atria. We investigated the effect of vernakalant on early repolarization and contractility in normal and electrically remodelled atria. Methods and results: Goats were implanted a pressure catheter, piezoelectric crystals, and electrodes to obtain atrial contractility and effective refractory period (ERP)...
April 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449025/reltime-rates-collapses-to-a-strict-clock-when-estimating-the-timeline-of-animal-diversification
#11
Jesus Lozano-Fernandez, Mario Dos Reis, Philip C J Donoghue, Davide Pisani
Establishing an accurate timescale for the history of life is crucial to understand evolutionary processes. To this scope, relaxed molecular clock models implemented in a Bayesian MCMC framework are generally used. However, these methods are time consuming. RelTime, a non-Bayesian method implementing a fast, ad hoc, algorithm for relative dating, was developed to overcome the computational inefficiencies of Bayesian software. RelTime was recently used to investigate the origin of animals, and found results consistent with outdated studies from the 1980es and 1990es that recovered metazoans to have a Mesoproterozoic origin (originating approximately 1...
April 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448922/affine-and-non-affine-deformations-quantified-in-cytoskeletal-networks-through-three-dimensional-form-finding-model
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Yifan Wang, Jinghai Gong, Denis Wirtz, Benjamin W Schafer
Actin filaments and cross-linkers are main components of cytoskeletal networks in eukaryotic cells, and they support bending moments and axial forces respectively. A three-dimensional form-finding model is proposed in this work to investigate affine and non-affine deformations in cytoskeletal networks. In recent studies, modeling of cytoskeletal networks turns out to be a key piece in the cell mechanics puzzle. We used form-finding analysis to compute and analyze cytoskeletal models. A three-dimensional model is much more flexible and contains more elements than a two-dimensional model, and non-linear finite element analysis is difficult to converge...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448920/the-effect-of-equiaxial-stretching-on-the-osteogenic-differentiation-and-mechanical-properties-of-human-adipose-stem-cells
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Sanni Virjula, Feihu Zhao, Joni Leivo, Sari Vanhatupa, Joose Kreutzer, Ted J Vaughan, Anna-Maija Honkala, Marlitt Viehrig, Conleth A Mullen, Pasi Kallio, Laoise M McNamara, Susanna Miettinen
Although mechanical cues are known to affect stem cell fate and mechanobiology, the significance of such stimuli on the osteogenic differentiation of human adipose stem cells (hASCs) remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effect of long-term mechanical stimulation on the attachment, osteogenic differentiation and mechanical properties of hASCs. Tailor-made, pneumatic cell stretching devices were used to expose hASCs to cyclic equiaxial stretching in osteogenic medium. Cell attachment and focal adhesions were visualised using immunocytochemical vinculin staining on days 3 and 6, and the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity, as a sign of early osteogenic differentiation, were analysed on days 0, 6 and 10...
April 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448916/on-the-necessity-of-improving-the-environmental-impacts-of-furniture-and-appliances-in-net-zero-energy-buildings
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Endrit Hoxha, Thomas Jusselme
There is now clear evidence regarding the extensive use of furniture and appliances in daily human life, but there is less evidence of their impact on the environment. Responding to this gap in knowledge, this study focuses on an assessment of the environmental impacts of furniture and appliances as used in highly energy efficient buildings. Their primary energy, non-renewable energy and global warming potential indicators have been assessed by extending the boundaries of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study beyond the building itself...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448891/plasma-ferritin-c-reactive-protein-and-risk-of-incident-type-2-diabetes-in-singapore-chinese-men-and-women
#15
Ye-Li Wang, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, An Pan
AIMS: Ferritin is postulated to be involved in diabetogenesis as a marker of iron stores. We prospectively examined the association between ferritin levels and type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk in a Chinese population. METHODS: Plasma ferritin concentrations were assayed among 485 diabetes cases and 485 controls nested within the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Cases and controls were matched on age, gender, date of blood collection, and dialect group. Participants were free of diagnosed diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at blood collection (1999-2004)...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448856/impact-of-a-risk-based-follow-up-in-patients-affected-by-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumour
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Lorenzo D'Ambrosio, Erica Palesandro, Paola Boccone, Francesco Tolomeo, Sara Miano, Danilo Galizia, Antonio Manca, Gabriele Chiara, Ilaria Bertotto, Filippo Russo, Delia Campanella, Tiziana Venesio, Dario Sangiolo, Ymera Pignochino, Dimitrios Siatis, Michele De Simone, Alessandro Ferrero, Alberto Pisacane, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Sandra Aliberti, Massimo Aglietta, Giovanni Grignani
BACKGROUND: Follow-up aims to precociously identify recurrences, metastases or treatment-related adverse events so as to undertake the appropriate therapy. Guidelines admit lack of knowledge on optimal surveillance schedule, but suggest follow-up based on experts' opinion and risk stratification. To identify the impact, if any, of regular follow-up, we interrogated our prospectively collected database whether early detection of recurrences affected both clinical management and, likely, the outcome...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448851/accurate-3d-reconstruction-of-bony-surfaces-using-ultrasonic-synthetic-aperture-techniques-for-robotic-knee-arthroplasty
#17
William Kerr, Philip Rowe, Stephen Gareth Pierce
Robotically guided knee arthroplasty systems generally require an individualized, preoperative 3D model of the knee joint. This is typically measured using Computed Tomography (CT) which provides the required accuracy for preoperative surgical intervention planning. Ultrasound imaging presents an attractive alternative to CT, allowing for reductions in cost and the elimination of doses of ionizing radiation, whilst maintaining the accuracy of the 3D model reconstruction of the joint. Traditional phased array ultrasound imaging methods, however, are susceptible to poor resolution and signal to noise ratios (SNR)...
April 19, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448836/breast-cancer-detection-in-automated-3d-breast-ultrasound-using-iso-contours-and-cascaded-rusboosts
#18
Ehsan Kozegar, Mohsen Soryani, Hamid Behnam, Masoumeh Salamati, Tao Tan
Automated 3D breast ultrasound (ABUS) is a new popular modality as an adjunct to mammography for detecting cancers in women with dense breasts. In this paper, a multi-stage computer aided detection system is proposed to detect cancers in ABUS images. In the first step, an efficient despeckling method called OBNLM is applied on the images to reduce speckle noise. Afterwards, a new algorithm based on isocontours is applied to detect initial candidates as the boundary of masses is hypo echoic. To reduce false generated isocontours, features such as hypoechoicity, roundness, area and contour strength are used...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448831/computer-simulations-analysis-for-determining-the-polarity-of-charge-generated-by-high-energy-electron-irradiation-of-a-thin-film
#19
Marek Malac, Simon Hettler, Misa Hayashida, Masahiro Kawasaki, Yuji Konyuba, Yoshi Okura, Hirofumi Iijima, Isamu Ishikawa, Marco Beleggia
Detailed simulations are necessary to correctly interpret the charge polarity of electron beam irradiated thin film patch. Relying on systematic simulations we provide guidelines and movies to interpret experimentally the polarity of the charged area, to be understood as the sign of the electrostatic potential developed under the beam with reference to a ground electrode. We discuss the two methods most frequently used to assess charge polarity: Fresnel imaging of the irradiated area and Thon rings analysis...
April 3, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448683/magnetic-resonance-imaging-connectivity-for-the-prediction-of-seizure-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#20
Victoria L Morgan, Dario J Englot, Baxter P Rogers, Bennett A Landman, Ahmet Cakir, Bassel W Abou-Khalil, Adam W Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Currently, approximately 60-70% of patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remain seizure-free 3 years after surgery. The goal of this work was to develop a presurgical connectivity-based biomarker to identify those patients who will have an unfavorable seizure outcome 1-year postsurgery. METHODS: Resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was acquired from 22 unilateral (15 right, 7 left) patients with TLE and 35 healthy controls...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
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