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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092913/umbilical-venous-catheter-malposition-is-associated-with-necrotizing-enterocolitis-in-premature-infants
#1
Mustafa Sulemanji, Khashayar Vakili, David Zurakowski, Wayne Tworetzky, Steven J Fishman, Heung Bae Kim
OBJECTIVE: The etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) remains elusive despite known associations with several factors, including intestinal ischemia related to the effects of umbilical arterial catheterization on the mesenteric circulation. However, the role of the mesenteric venous circulation has yet to be studied as a potential cause of NEC. We examined the association between umbilical venous catheter (UVC) position and the development of NEC in premature infants. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study was performed to examine the effect of UVC on portosystemic shunting via the ductus venosus (DV) and its potential role in NEC...
January 17, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090298/in-situ-expression-of-bcl-2-in-pulmonary-artery-endothelial-cells-associates-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-relative-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Raymond L Benza, Gretchen Williams, Changgong Wu, Kelly J Shields, Amresh Raina, Srinivas Murali, Michael J Passineau
We have previously reported that pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) can be harvested from the tips of discarded Swan-Ganz catheters after right heart catheterization (RHC). In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the existence of an antiapoptotic phenotype in PAECs obtained during RHC is a distinctive feature of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH; World Health Organization group 1) and might be used to differentiate PAH from other etiologies of pulmonary hypertension. Specifically, we developed a flow cytometry-based measure of Bcl-2 activity, referred to as the normalized endothelial Bcl-2 index (NEBI)...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089885/variable-pulse-duration-from-a-new-ho-yag-laser-the-effect-on-stone-comminution-fiber-tip-degradation-and-retropulsion-in-a-dusting-model
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Daniel A Wollin, Anika Ackerman, Chen Yang, Tony Chen, Walter Neal Simmons, Glenn M Preminger, Michael E Lipkin
OBJECTIVE: To more clearly define the efficiency and potential benefits of variable pulse-width laser technology for ureteroscopic lithotripsy, we performed comparative in vitro evaluations assessing stone comminution, laser fiber tip degradation, and stone retropulsion. METHODS: All experiments were conducted using a Swiss LaserClast Ho: YAG laser (Electro Medical Systems, Nyon, Switzerland) with adjustable pulse duration (300 µs - 1500 µs). To assess comminution efficiency and fiber tip degradation, a "dusting" model was employed; the laser fiber tip was moved by a 3-dimensional positioning system in a spiral motion across a flat BegoStone surface submerged in water...
January 13, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089508/a-reply-to-douze-and-delagnes-s-the-pattern-of-emergence-of-a-middle-stone-age-tradition-at-gademotta-and-kulluletti-ethiopia-through-convergent-tool-and-point-technologies-j-hum-evol-91-2016-93-121
#4
Yonatan Sahle, David R Braun
Douze and Delagnes (2016) revisit Middle Stone Age (MSA) lithic assemblages from the Gademotta Formation (Fm.), Ethiopia. Their analysis of selected assemblages from three of the 1972 excavations expands the original typo-technological interpretations by Wendorf and Schild (1974). We particularly welcome their evaluation of our recent inferences about the function of pointed artifacts and technological patterns in the Gademotta Fm. (Sahle et al., 2013, 2014). However, we find several arguments and conclusions in Douze and Delagnes (2016) to be rather unconvincing and irreconcilable with results from analyses of whole assemblages (Wendorf and Schild, 1974; Sahle et al...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088808/shunt-surgery-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-aided-by-electromagnetic-navigation
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Elvis J Hermann, Manolis Polemikos, Hans E Heissler, Joachim K Krauss
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and normal or slit ventricles. Lumboperitoneal shunting had been favored by many investigators for CSF diversion in IIH for decades; however, it has been associated with various side effects. Because of the small ventricular size adequate positioning of a ventricular catheter is challenging. OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated the usefulness of electromagnetic (EM)-guided ventricular catheter placement for ventriculoperitoneal shunting in IIH...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086940/ultrasound-guided-percutaneous-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-for-analgesia-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-prospective-feasibility-study
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Brian M Ilfeld, Christopher A Gilmore, Stuart A Grant, Michael P Bolognesi, Daniel J Del Gaizo, Amorn Wongsarnpigoon, Joseph W Boggs
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve stimulation has been used for decades to treat chronic pain but has not been used for postoperative analgesia due to multiple limitations, beginning with invasive electrode placement. With the development of small-diameter/gauge leads enabling percutaneous insertion, ultrasound guidance for accurate introduction, and stimulators small enough to be adhered to the skin, neurostimulation may now be provided in a similar manner to continuous peripheral nerve blocks...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079382/single-molecule-transport-at-a-rectifying-gaas-contact
#7
Andrea Vezzoli, Richard James Brooke, Nicolo Ferri, Simon J Higgins, Walther Schwarzacher, Richard J Nichols
In most single- or few-molecule devices, the contact electrodes are simple ohmic resistors. Here we describe a new type of single-molecule device in which metal and semiconductor contact electrodes impart a function, namely current rectification, which is then modified by a molecule bridging the gap. We study junctions with the structure Au STM tip/X/n-GaAs substrate, where 'X' is either a simple alkanedithiol or a conjugated unit bearing thiol/methylthiol contacts, and we detect current jumps corresponding to the attachment and detachment of single molecules...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078717/a-whole-lamella-perspective-on-the-origin-of-the-epidermal-free-margin-of-anolis-reptilia-dactyloidae-toe-pads
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Anthony P Russell, Alyssa Eslinger
Anoline lamellae terminate in an epidermal free margin carrying the majority of its setae. How the free margin is extruded from the body of the scale is not well understood. Two hypotheses have been advanced to account for it, one advocating distal migration of the outer epidermal layers relative to the body of the lamella, and the other proposing regression of the dermal core. Available evidence provides partial support for both. We assembled a series of specimens of Anolis grahami representing all shedding cycle stages, and prepared histological sections of the toe pads to allow measurement of appropriate lamellar components through the shedding cycle...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078445/energy-dependent-expansion-of-177-caliber-hollow-point-air-gun-projectiles
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Ronald Werner, Benno Schultz, Britta Bockholdt, Axel Ekkernkamp, Matthias Frank
Amongst hundreds of different projectiles for air guns available on the market, hollow-point air gun pellets are of special interest. These pellets are characterized by a tip or a hollowed-out shape in their tip which, when fired, makes the projectiles expand to an increased diameter upon entering the target medium. This results in an increase in release of energy which, in turn, has the potential to cause more serious injuries than non-hollow-point projectiles. To the best of the authors' knowledge, reliable data on the terminal ballistic features of hollow-point air gun projectiles compared to standard diabolo pellets have not yet been published in the forensic literature...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078374/-anaesthesia-procedures-and-invasive-vascular-access-in-severely-injured-patients-at-trauma-room-admission-in-germany-an-online-survey
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M F Struck, P Hilbert-Carius, B Hossfeld, J Hinkelbein, M Bernhard, T Wurmb
BACKGROUND: The continuous monitoring of vital parameters and subsequent therapy belong to the core duties of anaesthetists during acute trauma resuscitation in the trauma room. Important procedures may include placement of arterial lines and central venous catheters (CVCs). Knowledge of indication, performance and localization of invasive catheterisation of trauma care in Germany is scarce. METHODS: After approval of the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine we conducted an online survey about arterial and central venous catheterisation of severely injured patients with consideration of common practice used by anaesthetists in German trauma rooms...
January 11, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077345/tips-and-traps-lessons-from-codesigning-a-clinician-e-monitoring-tool-for-computerized-cognitive-behavioral-therapy
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Frederick Sundram, Susan J Hawken, Karolina Stasiak, Mathijs Fg Lucassen, Theresa Fleming, Matthew Shepherd, Andrea Greenwood, Raechel Osborne, Sally N Merry
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT) is an acceptable and promising treatment modality for adolescents with mild-to-moderate depression. Many cCBT programs are standalone packages with no way for clinicians to monitor progress or outcomes. We sought to develop an electronic monitoring (e-monitoring) tool in consultation with clinicians and adolescents to allow clinicians to monitor mood, risk, and treatment adherence of adolescents completing a cCBT program called SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts)...
January 11, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074939/the-influence-of-tip-shape-on-bending-force-during-needle-insertion
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Nick J van de Berg, Tonke L de Jong, Dennis J van Gerwen, Jenny Dankelman, John J van den Dobbelsteen
Steering of needles involves the planning and timely modifying of instrument-tissue force interactions to allow for controlled deflections during the insertion in tissue. In this work, the effect of tip shape on these forces was studied using 10 mm diameter needle tips. Six different tips were selected, including beveled and conical versions, with or without pre-bend or pre-curve. A six-degree-of-freedom force/torque sensor measured the loads during indentations in tissue simulants. The increased insertion (axial) and bending (radial) forces with insertion depth - the force-displacement slopes - were analyzed...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073976/effects-of-carriers-emulsifiers-and-biopesticides-for-direct-silk-treatments-on-caterpillar-feeding-damage-and-ear-development-in-sweet-corn
#13
P J Westgate, B B Schultz, R V Hazzard
In the northeastern United States, control of Lepidopteran pests of sweet corn, particularly corn earworm [Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)], is difficult using organic methods. The direct application of corn oil and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to corn silk has been shown to reduce ear damage from corn earworm in past studies; these studies sought to optimize this method by evaluating additional carrier and biopesticide mixtures that comply with the United States Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and National Organic Standards...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072550/rotational-advancement-in-cleft-nose-rhinoplasty-buccal-mucosal-grafts-serve-as-a-powerful-tool
#14
Andreas Kehrer, Tim H J Nijhuis, Pál Pesthy, Sten Willemsen, René Poublon, Jacques J J N M van der Meulen
OBJECTIVE:   Our aim was to analyze our technique of a modified rotational advancement in conjunction with buccal mucosal grafts (BMGs) in a subgroup of severe cleft cases. DESIGN:   A retrospective clinical and photographic evaluation was conducted. Columella angle (CA) and tip projection (TPR) served as instruments in a photometric analysis. SETTING:   Academic university hospital and specialized craniofacial cleft center. PATIENTS:   At the time of the secondary rhinoplasty, 61 cleft patients were included, all 17 years or older...
January 10, 2017: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070228/design-fabrication-and-testing-of-a-needle-sized-wrist-for-surgical-instruments
#15
Philip J Swaney, Peter A York, Hunter B Gilbert, Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Robert J Webster
This paper presents a miniature wrist that can be integrated into needle-sized surgical instruments. The wrist consists of a nitinol tube with asymmetric cutouts that is actuated by a single tendon to provide high distal curvature. We derive and experimentally validate kinematic and static models for the wrist and describe several prototype wrists, illustrating the straightforward fabrication and scalability of the design. We experimentally investigate fatigue life, the concept of tip-first bending, and practical use of the wrist with a concentric tube robot in an endonasal surgical scenario...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067689/eight-years-of-growth-and-change-in-uk-molecular-radiotherapy-with-implications-for-the-future-internal-dosimetry-users-group-survey-results-from-2007-to-2015
#16
Bruno Rojas, Claire Hooker, Daniel R McGowan, Matthew J Guy, Jill Tipping
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065198/random-spatial-patterning-of-cone-bipolar-cell-mosaics-in-the-mouse-retina
#17
Patrick W Keeley, Jason J Kim, Sammy C S Lee, Silke Haverkamp, Benjamin E Reese
Retinal bipolar cells spread their dendritic arbors to tile the retinal surface, extending them to the tips of the dendritic fields of their homotypic neighbors, minimizing dendritic overlap. Such uniform nonredundant dendritic coverage of these populations would suggest a degree of spatial order in the properties of their somal distributions, yet few studies have examined the patterning in retinal bipolar cell mosaics. The present study examined the organization of two types of cone bipolar cells in the mouse retina, the Type 2 cells and the Type 4 cells, and compared their spatial statistical properties with those of the horizontal cells and the cholinergic amacrine cells, as well as to random simulations of cells matched in density and constrained by soma size...
January 2017: Visual Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062590/shared-characteristics-underpinning-c4-leaf-maturation-derived-from-analysis-of-multiple-c3-and-c4-species-of-flaveria
#18
Britta M C Kümpers, Steven J Burgess, Ivan Reyna-Llorens, Richard Smith-Unna, Chris Boursnell, Julian M Hibberd
Most terrestrial plants use C3 photosynthesis to fix carbon. In multiple plant lineages a modified system known as C4 photosynthesis has evolved. To better understand the molecular patterns associated with induction of C4 photosynthesis, the genus Flaveria that contains C3 and C4 species was used. A base to tip maturation gradient of leaf anatomy was defined, and RNA sequencing was undertaken along this gradient for two C3 and two C4 Flaveria species. Key C4 traits including vein density, mesophyll and bundle sheath cross-sectional area, chloroplast ultrastructure, and abundance of transcripts encoding proteins of C4 photosynthesis were quantified...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061884/treeman-an-r-package-for-efficient-and-intuitive-manipulation-of-phylogenetic-trees
#19
Dominic J Bennett, Mark D Sutton, Samuel T Turvey
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic trees are hierarchical structures used for representing the inter-relationships between biological entities. They are the most common tool for representing evolution and are essential to a range of fields across the life sciences. The manipulation of phylogenetic trees-in terms of adding or removing tips-is often performed by researchers not just for reasons of management but also for performing simulations in order to understand the processes of evolution. Despite this, the most common programming language among biologists, R, has few class structures well suited to these tasks...
January 7, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058594/an-algorithm-for-management-after-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-placement-according-to-clinical-manifestations
#20
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Seung Kwon Kim, Bryan G Belikoff, Carlos J Guevara, Seong Jin Park
We propose an algorithm for management after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement according to clinical manifestations. For patients with an initial good clinical response, surveillance Doppler ultrasound is recommended to detect stenosis or occlusion. A TIPS revision can be performed using basic or advanced techniques to treat stenosis or occlusion. In patients with an initial poor clinical response, a TIPS venogram with pressure measurements should be performed to assess shunt patency...
January 5, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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