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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342951/microstructure-and-tensile-properties-of-ecaped-mg-9al-1si-1sic-composites-the-influence-of-initial-microstructures
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Shaoxiong Zhang, Ming Li, Hongxia Wang, Weili Cheng, Weiwei Lei, Yiming Liu, Wei Liang
Mg-9Al-1Si-1SiC composites with various initial microstructures prior to equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) were obtained by different pre-treatments (without and with homogenization treatment), and the resultant grain size, second phase and tensile properties of ECAPed composites were reported. The ECAPed composite with homogenization treatment (HT) exhibited finer grain size, higher fraction of dynamically recrystallized (DRXed) grains, weaker texture intensity, as well as the presence of dynamic precipitated Mg17Al12 phase compared to that without HT...
January 15, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342036/trends-in-intraoperative-testing-during-cochlear-implantation
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Joshua Cody Page, Matthew D Cox, Blake Hollowoa, Juliana Bonilla-Velez, Aaron Trinidade, John L Dornhoffer
OBJECTIVE: No consensus guidelines exist regarding intraoperative testing during cochlear implantation and wide variation in practice habits exists. The objective of this observational study was to survey otologists/neurotologists to understand practice habits and overall opinion of usefulness of intraoperative testing. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING: A web-based survey was sent to 194 practicing Otologists/Neurotologists. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Questions included practice setting and experience, habits with respect to electrodes used, intraoperative testing modalities used, overall opinion of intraoperative testing, and practice habits in various scenarios...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290009/the-ph-dependent-activation-mechanism-of-ser102-in-escherichia-coli-alkaline-phosphatase-a-theoretical-study
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Hao Zhang, Ling Yang, Wanjian Ding, Yingying Ma
The accepted catalytic mechanism of alkaline phosphatases was established on the hypothesis that Mg-coordinated water is a readily available hydroxide ion that functions as a general base and accepts a proton from the Ser102 hydroxyl group. The roles of the two distinctive residues Asp153 and Lys328 in Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase (ECAP), which distinguish it from the mammalian enzymes, are elusive. Based on the crystal structures of ECAP in the absence and presence of inorganic phosphate, we have investigated the activation of Ser102 for nucleophilic attack and the subsequent formation of a covalent phosphoseryl intermediate using hybrid density functional theory (DFT) with the B3LYP functional...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219858/the-precision-of-ecap-thresholds-derived-from-amplitude-growth-functions
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Jan Dirk Biesheuvel, Jeroen J Briaire, Johan H M Frijns
OBJECTIVE: An amplitude growth function (AGF) shows the amplitude of an electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP) as a function of the stimulation current. AGFs can be used to derive the eCAP threshold, which represents the minimum amount of current needed to elicit a measurable eCAP. eCAP thresholds have been widely used clinically to, for example, assist with sound processor programming. However, no eCAP precision has been included to date. The aim of this study was to investigate the precision of eCAP thresholds and determine whether they are precise enough for clinical use...
December 6, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210990/grain-refinement-kinetics-in-a-low-alloyed-cu-cr-zr-alloy-subjected-to-large-strain-deformation
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Anna Morozova, Elijah Borodin, Vladimir Bratov, Sergey Zherebtsov, Andrey Belyakov, Rustam Kaibyshev
This paper investigates the microstructural evolution and grain refinement kinetics of a solution-treated Cu-0.1Cr-0.06Zr alloy during equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at a temperature of 673 K via route BC. The microstructural change during plastic deformation was accompanied by the formation of the microband and an increase in the misorientations of strain-induced subboundaries. We argue that continuous dynamic recrystallization refined the initially coarse grains, and discuss the dynamic recrystallization kinetics in terms of grain/subgrain boundary triple junction evolution...
December 6, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209162/characterization-of-cochlear-vestibular-and-cochlear-vestibular-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potentials-in-patients-with-a-vestibulo-cochlear-implant
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T A K Nguyen, Samuel Cavuscens, Maurizio Ranieri, Konrad Schwarz, Nils Guinand, Raymond van de Berg, Thomas van den Boogert, Floor Lucieer, Marc van Hoof, Jean-Philippe Guyot, Herman Kingma, Silvestro Micera, Angelica Perez Fornos
The peripheral vestibular system is critical for the execution of activities of daily life as it provides movement and orientation information to motor and sensory systems. Patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction experience a significant decrease in quality of life and have currently no viable treatment option. Vestibular implants could eventually restore vestibular function. Most vestibular implant prototypes to date are modified cochlear implants to fast-track development. These use various objective measurements, such as the electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP), to supplement behavioral information...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161976/a-new-approach-for-the-determination-of-ecap-thresholds
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Sebastian Hoth, Philipp Spitzer, Mark Praetorius
BACKGROUND: Electrically evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) of the auditory nerve are routinely recorded for testing the cochlear implant integrity and its functional connection to the auditory system. The response thresholds derived from ECAP recordings are widely used as a helpful guide in the fitting of the dynamic range of electric stimulation, although they may not always predict the behavioral thresholds of individuals well. Conventionally, this threshold is based on the identification of a minimum N peak and maximum P peak and linear extrapolation of the resulting amplitude growth function (AGF)...
November 22, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159725/ecap-editorial
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EDITORIAL
Paul Ramchandani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 20, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135872/the-role-of-auditory-evoked-potentials-in-the-context-of-cochlear-implant-provision
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Sebastian Hoth, Oliver Christian Dziemba
: Auditory evoked potentials (AEP) are highly demanded during the whole process of equipping patients with cochlear implants (CI). They play an essential role in preoperative diagnostics, intraoperative testing, and postoperative monitoring of auditory performance and success. The versatility of AEP's is essentially enhanced by their property to be evokable by acoustic as well as electric stimuli. Thus, the electric responses of the auditory system following acoustic stimulation and recorded by the conventional surface technique as well as by transtympanic derivation from the promontory (Electrocochleography [ECochG]) are used for the quantitative determination of hearing loss and, additionally, electrically evoked compound actions potentials (ECAP) can be recorded with the intracochlear electrodes of the implant just adjacent to the stimulation electrode to check the functional integrity of the device and its coupling to the auditory system...
December 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098968/-self-referrals-at-emergency-care-access-points-and-triage-by-general-practitioner-cooperatives
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M Smits, M Rutten, L Schepers, P Giesen
OBJECTIVE: There is a trend for General Practitioner Cooperatives (GPCs) to co-locate with emergency departments (EDs) of hospitals at Emergency Care Access Points (ECAPs), where the GPCs generally conduct triage and treat a large part of self-referrals who would have gone to the ED by themselves in the past. We have examined patient and care characteristics of self-referrals at ECAPs where triage was conducted by GPCs, also to determine the percentage of self-referrals being referred to the ED...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029061/effects-of-access-to-radiology-in-out-of-hours-primary-care-in-the-netherlands-a-prospective-observational-study
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Martijn Hendrik Rutten, Marleen Smits, Yvonne Anthonia Sebastiana Peters, Willem Jan Jozef Assendelft, Gert Pieter Westert, Paul Hendrikus Josephus Giesen
Background: In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general-practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site with emergency departments (ED), forming Emergency-Care-Access-Points (ECAP). A more efficient and economical organization of out-of-hours primary emergency care could be realized by increased collaboration at an ECAP. In this study, we compared the effects of different models with respect to access to (hospital) radiology by the GPC...
September 28, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972468/effect-of-stimulus-polarity-on-physiological-spread-of-excitation-in-cochlear-implants
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Emily R Spitzer, Michelle L Hughes
BACKGROUND: Contemporary cochlear implants (CIs) use cathodic-leading, symmetrical, biphasic current pulses, despite a growing body of evidence that suggests anodic-leading pulses may be more effective at stimulating the auditory system. However, since much of this research on humans has used pseudomonophasic pulses or biphasic pulses with unusually long interphase gaps, the effects of stimulus polarity are unclear for clinically relevant (i.e., symmetric biphasic) stimuli. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of stimulus polarity on basic characteristics of physiological spread-of-excitation (SOE) measures obtained with the electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) in CI recipients using clinically relevant stimuli...
October 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947082/facilitation-and-refractoriness-of-the-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potential
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Matthias Hey, Joachim Müller-Deile, Horst Hessel, Matthijs Killian
In this study we aim to resolve the contributions of facilitation and refractoriness at very short pulse intervals. Measurements of the refractory properties of the electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) of the auditory nerve in cochlear implant (CI) users at inter pulse intervals below 300 μs are influenced by facilitation and recovery effects. ECAPs were recorded using masker pulses with a wide range of current levels relative to the probe pulse levels, for three suprathreshold probe levels and pulse intervals from 13 to 200 μs...
September 11, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945656/use-of-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potentials-for-cochlear-implant-fitting-a-systematic-review
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Johan J de Vos, Jan Dirk Biesheuvel, Jeroen J Briaire, Pieter S Boot, Margriet J van Gendt, Olaf M Dekkers, Marta Fiocco, Johan H M Frijns
OBJECTIVES: The electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP) is widely used in the clinic as an objective measure to assess cochlear implant functionality. During the past decade, there has been increasing interest in applying eCAPs for fitting of cochlear implants. Several studies have shown that eCAP-based fitting can potentially replace time-consuming behavioral fitting procedures, especially in young children. However, a closer look to all available literature revealed that there is no clear consensus on the validity of this fitting procedure...
September 22, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922517/effective-relief-of-pain-and-associated-symptoms-with-closed-loop-spinal-cord-stimulation-system-preliminary-results-of-the-avalon-study
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Marc Russo, Michael J Cousins, Charles Brooker, Nathan Taylor, Tillman Boesel, Richard Sullivan, Lawrence Poree, Nastaran Hesam Shariati, Erin Hanson, John Parker
OBJECTIVES: Conventional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) delivers a fixed-input of energy into the dorsal column. Physiologic effects such as heartbeat, respiration, spinal cord movement, and history of stimulation can cause both the perceived intensity and recruitment of stimulation to increase or decrease, with clinical consequences. A new SCS system controls stimulation dose by measuring the recruitment of fibers in the dorsal column and by using the amplitude of the evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) to maintain stimulation within an individualized therapeutic range...
September 18, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902802/audiological-outcomes-and-map-characteristics-in-children-with-perimodiolar-and-slim-straight-array-cochlear-implants-in-opposite-ears
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Lisa R Park, Holly F B Teagle, Kevin D Brown, Erika B Gagnon, Jennifer S Woodard, Craig A Buchman
OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in outcomes and map characteristics in pediatric bilateral cochlear implants with modiolar conforming and lateral wall arrays in opposite ears. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Tertiary care pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Fourteen children who received a perimodiolar array in one ear and a slim straight array in the opposite ear in sequential surgeries. INTERVENTIONS: None...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886043/haplotype-dependent-association-of-rs7927894-11q13-5-with-atopic-dermatitis-and-chronic-allergic-rhinitis-a-study-in-ecap-cohort
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Joanna Kinga Ponińska, Bolesław Samoliński, Aneta Tomaszewska, Filip Raciborski, Piotr Samel-Kowalik, Artur Walkiewicz, Agnieszka Lipiec, Barbara Piekarska, Edyta Krzych-Fałta, Andrzej Namysłowski, Grażyna Kostrzewa, Andrzej Pawlik, Monika Jasek, Andrzej Wiśniewski, Piotr Kuśnierczyk, Sławomir Majewski, Rafał Płoski
The T allele of rs7927894 (at 11q13.5) was associated with atopic dermatitis and other allergic diseases. Our purpose was to replicate the association with allergic phenotypes and explore the role of rs7927894 in predisposing to persistent allergic rhinitis and atopic asthma. We also wanted to explore if other SNPs at 11q13.5 contributed to effect of rs7927894. We studied patients with atopic dermatitis (N = 270), atopic asthma (N = 486), persistent allergic rhinitis (N = 589) and controls matched for age, sex and region (N = 540, N = 372 and N = 1178, respectively)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885234/assessing-the-relationship-between-the-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potential-and-speech-recognition-abilities-in-bilateral-cochlear-implant-recipients
#18
Kara C Schvartz-Leyzac, Bryan E Pfingst
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the present study was to examine the relationship between suprathreshold electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) measures and speech recognition abilities in bilateral cochlear implant listeners. We tested the hypothesis that the magnitude of ear differences in ECAP measures within a subject (right-left) could predict the difference in speech recognition performance abilities between that subject's ears (right-left). DESIGN: To better control for across-subject variables that contribute to speech understanding, the present study used a within-subject design...
September 6, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834942/using-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potentials-to-estimate-perceptive-levels-in-experienced-adult-cochlear-implant-users
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Charles-Alexandre Joly, Vincent Péan, Ruben Hermann, Fabien Seldran, Hung Thai-Van, Eric Truy
HYPOTHESIS: The cochlear implant (CI) fitting level prediction accuracy of electrically-evoked compound action potential (ECAP) should be enhanced by the addition of demographic data in models. INTRODUCTION: No accurate automated fitting of CI based on ECAP has yet been proposed. METHODS: We recorded ECAP in 45 adults who had been using MED-EL CIs for more than 11 months and collected the most comfortable loudness level (MCL) used for CI fitting (prog-MCL), perception thresholds (meas-THR), and MCL (meas-MCL) measured with the stimulation used for ECAP recording...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776202/neurotrophin-gene-therapy-in-deafened-ears-with-cochlear-implants-long-term-effects-on-nerve-survival-and-functional-measures
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Bryan E Pfingst, Deborah J Colesa, Donald L Swiderski, Aaron P Hughes, Stefan B Strahl, Moaz Sinan, Yehoash Raphael
Because cochlear implants function by stimulating the auditory nerve, it is assumed that the condition of the nerve plays an important role in the efficacy of the prosthesis. Thus, considerable research has been devoted to methods of preserving the nerve following deafness. Neurotrophins have been identified as a potential contributor to neural health, but most of the research to date has been done in young animals and for short periods (less than 3 to 6 months) after the onset of treatment. The first objective of the current experiment was to examine the effects of a neurotrophin gene therapy delivery method on spiral ganglion neuron (SGN) preservation and function in the long term (5 to 14 months) in mature guinea pigs with cochlear implants...
August 3, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
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