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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621510/laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-for-acute-cholecystitis-an-analysis-of-early-versus-delayed-cholecystectomy-and-predictive-factors-for-conversion
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Joel C Goh, Jarrod K Tan, Janice W Lim, Iyer G Shridhar, Krishnakumar Madhavan, Alfred W Kow
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing preference for early laparoscopic cholecystectomy (ELC) as compared to delayed LC (DLC) in the management of acute cholecystitis (AC). Conversion to open cholecystectomy (LOC) remains an important outcome. We aim to compare ELC and DLC outcomes and identify LOC predictors. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 466 patients who underwent LC for AC from June 2010 - June 2015 was performed. Patients were divided into ELC and DLC groups, defined as LC performed within 7 days and between 4 to 24 weeks of symptom onset respectively...
June 16, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608647/specifying-the-brain-anatomy-underlying-temporo-parietal-junction-activations-for-theory-of-mind-a-review-using-probabilistic-atlases-from-different-imaging-modalities
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REVIEW
Matthias Schurz, Matthias G Tholen, Josef Perner, Rogier B Mars, Jerome Sallet
In this quantitative review, we specified the anatomical basis of brain activity reported in the Temporo-Parietal Junction (TPJ) in Theory of Mind (ToM) research. Using probabilistic brain atlases, we labeled TPJ peak coordinates reported in the literature. This was carried out for four different atlas modalities: (i) gyral-parcellation, (ii) sulco-gyral parcellation, (iii) cytoarchitectonic parcellation and (iv) connectivity-based parcellation. In addition, our review distinguished between two ToM task types (false belief and social animations) and a nonsocial task (attention reorienting)...
June 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601678/an-investigation-of-two-dimensions-of-impulsivity-as-predictors-of-loss-of-control-eating-severity-and-frequency
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Hallie M Espel, Alexandra F Muratore, Michael R Lowe
Loss-of-control (LOC) eating episodes represent one form of dysregulated eating common to full- and sub-threshold eating disorders. Extensive evidence suggests that impulsivity, particularly in the context of negative affect and/or depression, may play an important etiological role in the development and maintenance of LOC eating. However, most prior studies have considered LOC eating as a dichotomous rather than dimensional construct, and few studies have considered the interaction of multiple dimensions of impulsivity while also accounting for the role of depressive symptoms...
June 7, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599883/uterine-sparing-laparoscopic-resection-of-accessory-cavitated-uterine-masses
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Ann Peters, Noah B Rindos, Richard S Guido, Nicole M Donnellan
To demonstrate surgical techniques utilized during uterine-sparing laparoscopic resections of accessory cavitated uterine masses (ACUM) BACKGROUND: ACUM represent a rare uterine entity observed in premenopausal women suffering from dysmenorrhea and recurrent pelvic pain. The diagnosis is made when an isolated extra-cavitated uterine mass is resected from an otherwise normal appearing uterus with unremarkable endometrial lumen and adnexal structures. Pathologic confirmation requires an accessory cavity lined with endometrial epithelium (and corresponding glands and stroma) filled with chocolate-brown fluid...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592703/real-time-transferrin-based-pet%C3%A2-detects-myc-positive-prostate-cancer
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Rahul Aggarwal, Spencer Behr, Pamela L Paris, Charles Truillet, Matthew F L Parker, Loc T Huynh, Junnian Wei, Byron Hann, Jack Youngren, Gayatri Premasekharan, Jiaoti Huang, Nimna Ranatunga, Emily Chang, Kenneth T Gao, Charles J Ryan, Eric J Small, Michael J Evans
Non-invasive biomarkers that detect the activity of important oncogenic drivers could significantly improve cancer diagnosis and management of treatment. The goal of this study was to determine if 68Ga-citrate (which avidly binds to circulating transferrin) labeled transferrin (Tf) can detect MYC-positive prostate cancer tumors, since the transferrin receptor is a direct MYC target gene. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging paired with 68Ga-citrate and molecular analysis of preclinical models, human cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and clinical biopsies were conducted to determine whether 68Ga-citrate can detect MYC-positive prostate cancer...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589142/specific-locus-amplified-fragment-sequencing-reveals-spontaneous-single-nucleotide-mutations-in-rice-osmsh6-mutants
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Hairui Cui, Qiongyu Wu, Bin Zhu
Genomic stability depends in part on an efficient DNA lesion recognition and correction by the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) system. We investigated mutations arising spontaneously in rice OsMsh6 mutants by specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing. Totally 994 single-nucleotide mutations were identified in three mutants and on average the mutation density is about 1/136.72 Kb per mutant line. These mutations were relatively randomly distributed in genome and might be accumulated in generation-dependent manner...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586896/cortical-sources-of-vernier-acuity-in-the-human-visual-system-an-eeg-source-imaging-study
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Chuan Hou, Yee-Joon Kim, Preeti Verghese
Vernier acuity determines the relative position of visual features with a precision better than the sampling resolution of cone receptors in the retina. Because Vernier displacement is thought to be mediated by orientation-tuned mechanisms, Vernier acuity is presumed to be processed in striate visual cortex (V1). However, there is considerable evidence suggesting that Vernier acuity is dependent not only on structures in V1 but also on processing in extrastriate cortical regions. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging-informed electroencephalogram source imaging to localize the cortical sources of Vernier acuity in observers with normal vision...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585953/a-facile-strategy-for-fine-tuning-the-stability-and-drug-release-of-stimuli-responsive-cross-linked-micellar-nanoparticles-towards-precision-drug-delivery
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Kai Xiao, Tzu-Yin Lin, Kit S Lam, Yuanpei Li
Precision drug delivery has a great impact on the application of precision oncology for better patient care. Here we report a facile strategy for fine-tuning the stability, drug release and responsiveness of stimuli-responsive cross-linked nanoparticles towards precision drug delivery. A series of micellar nanoparticles with different levels of intramicellar disulfide crosslinkages could be conveniently produced with a mixed micelle approach. These micellar nanoparticles were all within a size range of 25-40 nm so that they could take full advantage of the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect for tumor-targeted drug delivery...
June 6, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576403/-phacoemulsification-versus-manual-small-incision-cataract-surgery-anatomic-and-functional-results
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I Ammous, E Bouayed, S Mabrouk, M Boukari, K Erraies, R Zhioua
PURPOSE: Prospective randomised study to compare the impact of phacoemusification (PHACO) and small incision cataract surgery (SICS) on endothelial structure (cell density and morphology) and refractive results (visual acuity, induced astigmatism). METHODS: Prospective study of 57 patients (63 eyes) over 20 months (May 2012-January 2014) undergoing surgery by 2 experienced surgeons. We included patients with senile or presenile cataracts, LOCS III class 2, 3 and 4...
May 30, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575961/strontium-and-strontium-ranelate-historical-review-of-some-of-their-functions
#10
REVIEW
M Pilmane, K Salma-Ancane, D Loca, J Locs, L Berzina-Cimdina
The review covers historical and last decade's scientific literature on the biological and clinical role of strontium (Sr) and strontium ranelate (Sr RAN). It enrols the description of the main effects of Sr on supportive tissue, its proven and possible morphopathogenetical mechanisms and the interaction with the bone, and especially focuses on the Sr ability to inhibit osteoclasts and affect the programmed cell death. The main experimental and clinical experience regarding the Sr RAN influence in the treatment of osteoporosis and the search for correct doses is also highlighted...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572061/functional-organization-of-the-face-sensitive-areas-in-human-occipital-temporal-cortex
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Hanyu Shao, Xuchu Weng, Sheng He
Human occipital-temporal cortex features several areas sensitive to faces, presumably forming the biological substrate for face perception. To date, there are piecemeal insights regarding the functional organization of these regions. They have come, however, from studies that are far from homogeneous with regard to the regions involved, the experimental design, and the data analysis approach. In order to provide an overall view of the functional organization of the face-sensitive areas, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive study that taps into the pivotal functional properties of all the face-sensitive areas, within the context of the same experimental design, and uses multiple data analysis approaches...
May 29, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28563995/can-we-improve-the-efficacy-of-modern-cataract-surgery-by-using-different-tip-designs-a-comparison-of-balanced-and-tapered-tip-in-flacs-and-manual-phacoemulsification
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Milena Pahlitzsch, Marie-Luise Pahlitzsch, Uly Sumarni, Thomas Pahlitzsch
IMPORTANCE: Different tip designs in modern cataract surgery have not been studied between the reported systems. BACKGROUND: Aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of two tip designs, Intrepid® balanced tip (BT) and Kelman tapered tip (TT), in femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) and the microcoaxial torsional phacoemulsification. DESIGN: Prospective randomized unmasked cohort outcome study (hospital setting). PARTICIPANTS: 343 eyes of 343 patients underwent cataract surgery...
May 31, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
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Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544974/cetuximab-modified-collagen-scaffold-directs-neurogenesis-of-injury-activated-endogenous-neural-stem-cells-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-repair
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Xing Li, Yannan Zhao, Shixiang Cheng, Sufang Han, Muya Shu, Bing Chen, Xuyi Chen, Fengwu Tang, Nuo Wang, Yue Tu, Bin Wang, Zhifeng Xiao, Sai Zhang, Jianwu Dai
Studies have shown that endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs) activated by spinal cord injury (SCI) primarily generate astrocytes to form glial scar. The NSCs do not differentiate into neurons because of the adverse microenvironment. In this study, we defined the activation timeline of endogenous NSCs in rats with severe SCI. These injury-activated NSCs then migrated into the lesion site. Cetuximab, an EGFR signaling antagonist, significantly increased neurogenesis in the lesion site. Meanwhile, implanting cetuximab modified linear ordered collagen scaffolds (LOCS) into SCI lesion sites in dogs resulted in neuronal regeneration, including neuronal differentiation, maturation, myelination, and synapse formation...
May 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540056/spontaneous-levitation-of-dropped-nucleus-on-first-post-operative-day
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Mayuresh P Naik, Harindersingh Sethi, Anuj Mehta, Abhinav Bhalla, Komal Saluja
A 60-year-old male patient presenting with gradual painless progressive diminution of vision was diagnosed with nuclear sclerosis grade III (LOCS). Intra-operatively, there was a nuclear drop into the vitreous cavity. The patient was left aphakic and was deferred for further vitreoretinal procedure the next day. On first post-op day, the nucleus fragment (of roughly the same size that had dropped into the vitreous) was seen in the anterior chamber. A gentle ultrasonography B-Scan done for posterior segment evaluation was anechoic...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539143/incidence-of-g-induced-loss-of-consciousness-and-almost-loss-of-consciousness-in-the-royal-air-force
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Ellen Slungaard, Judith McLeod, Nicholas D C Green, Amit Kiran, Di J Newham, Stephen D R Harridge
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to sustained +Gz acceleration with inadequate G protection can result in G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) or almost loss of consciousness (A-LOC). The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) last conducted a survey of G-LOC within their military aircrew in 2005 with interventions subsequently introduced. The aim of this study was to repeat the 2005 survey in order to evaluate the impact of those interventions. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire requesting details of G-LOC and A-LOC events was mailed to all RAF pilots (N = 1878) and weapons systems operators (WSOs) (N = 473), irrespective of aircraft currently flown...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534702/factors-affecting-recovery-from-anaesthesia-with-propofol-remifentanil-target-controlled-infusion-in-laparoscopic-surgery
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Shao-Hua Liu, Ming Tian
Objective This study was performed to analyse factors influencing the effect-site concentration (Ce) of propofol at return of consciousness (ROC) with target-controlled infusion of propofol-remifentanil after laparoscopic surgery. Methods In total, 112 patients who underwent laparoscopic surgery under general anaesthesia were given propofol at the target concentration of 3.5 µg/ml. Remifentanil (Ce: 4.0 ng/ml) and 0.9 mg/kg of rocuronium were administered when the Observer's Assessment of Alertness/Sedation score reached 1...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532679/the-functional-interaction-between-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-ly-6-neurotoxin-proteins-in-locusta-migratoria
#18
Haibo Bao, Yixi Zhang, Yang Liu, Na Yu, Zewen Liu
Failures in expressing insect nAChRs (nicotinic acetylcholine receptors) limit the understanding of their functional properties, although insect nAChRs have been developed as insecticide targets for decades. Some accessory proteins can modulate nAChRs, but only a few have been identified in insects, including lynx from Ly-6/neurotoxin superfamily. Until now, only one to three lynx were identified in one insect species. Here, 11 lynx were identified in Locusta migratoria with common features of Ly-6/neurotoxin members...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532096/preparation-of-nanocrystalline-forsterite-by-combustion-of-different-fuels-and-their-comparative-in-vitro-bioactivity-dissolution-behaviour-and-antibacterial-studies
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Rajan Choudhary, Prasanth Manohar, Jana Vecstaudza, Maria Josefa Yáñez-Gascón, Horacio Pérez Sánchez, Ramesh Nachimuthu, Janis Locs, Sasikumar Swamiappan
This study presents different fuels (Glycine and Urea) that can be used to synthesize nanocrystalline forsterite by the sol-gel combustion method. The weight change of precursor during thermal treatment was studied by thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). Pure forsterite was characterized by heating microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The HAP (hydroxyapatite) deposition ability, degradation and dissolution behaviour of forsterite was examined in simulated body fluid (SBF)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527111/human-placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-loaded-on-linear-ordered-collagen-scaffold-improves-functional-recovery-after-completely-transected-spinal-cord-injury-in-canine
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Sufang Han, Zhifeng Xiao, Xing Li, Huan Zhao, Bin Wang, Zhixue Qiu, Zhi Li, Xin Mei, Bai Xu, Caixia Fan, Bing Chen, Jin Han, Yanzheng Gu, Huilin Yang, Qin Shi, Jianwu Dai
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a major challenge in the clinic. In this study, we sought to examine the synergistic effects of linear ordered collagen scaffold (LOCS) and human placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hPMSCs) when transplanted into completely transected beagle dogs. After 36 weeks observation, we found that LOCS+hPMSCs implants promoted better hindlimb locomotor recovery than was observed in the non-treatment (control) group and LOCS group. Histological analysis showed that the regenerated tissue after treatment was well integrated with the host tissue, and dramatically reduced the volume of cystic and chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) expression...
May 16, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
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