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Y H Kou, B G Jiang
Peripheral nerve defects are still a major challenge in clinical practice, and the most commonly used method of treatment for peripheral nerve defects is nerve transplantation, which has certain limitations and shortcomings, so new repair methods and techniques are needed. The peripheral nerve is elongated in limb lengthening surgery without injury, from which we got inspirations and proposed a new method to repair peripheral nerve defects: peripheral nerve elongation. The peripheral nerve could beelongated by a certain percent, but the physiological change and the maximum elongation range were still unknown...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Adam J Chong, James Sneed German
This paper reports on a speech production experiment that explores whether the accentual phrase (AP) represents an abstract level of prosodic phrasing in Singapore English. Specifically, it tests whether the right edge of the AP is associated with phrase-final lengthening, the degree of which can be distinguished from lengthening associated with the intonational phrase (IP). Target words were produced in matched sentence contexts in 3 phrasal positions: AP-medial (wordfinal), AP-final, and IP-final. As predicted, target words in AP-final position were longer than those in AP-medial position and shorter than those in IP-final position...
October 17, 2016: Phonetica
Hamlet A Peterson, William J Shaughnessy, Anthony A Stans
Premature partial physeal arrest without the formation of an osseous bar - physeal bar equivalent (PBE) - is uncommon. Four children with a PBE had an infection near the distal femoral physis before the age of 11 months. Some growth was achieved after resection of the PBE in each case. Of two cases diagnosed and treated early, one required only contralateral physeal arrests to achieve limb-length equality at maturity. The other, currently 8 years and 4 months old, has a 1.1-cm limb-length discrepancy 6 years after PBE resection and will require observation until maturity...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Zi-Xiang Kuai, Wan-Yu Liu, Yan-Li Zhang, Yue-Min Zhu
PURPOSE: A generalized intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model, called the GIVIM, was proposed to better account for complex perfusion present in the tissues having various vessels and flow regimes, such as the liver. THEORY AND METHODS: The notions of continuous pseudodiffusion variable as well as perfusion fraction density function were introduced to describe the presence of multiple perfusion components in a voxel. The mean and standard deviation of Gaussian perfusion fraction density function were then used to define two new parameters, the mean pseudodiffusivity ( D¯) and pseudodiffusion dispersion (σ)...
November 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Weifeng Luo, Christy M Guth, Olukemi Jolayemi, Craig L Duvall, Colleen Marie Brophy, Joyce Cheung-Flynn
Vascular stretch injury is associated with blunt trauma, vascular surgical procedures, and harvest of human saphenous vein for use in vascular bypass grafting. A model of subfailure overstretch in rat abdominal aorta was developed to characterize surgical vascular stretch injury. Longitudinal stretch of rat aorta was characterized ex vivo. Stretch to the haptic endpoint, where the tissues would no longer lengthen, occurred at twice the resting length. The stress produced at this length was greater than physiologic mechanical forces but well below the level of mechanical disruption...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
L H Dünnweber, R Rödl, G Gosheger, F M Schiedel
Although clear advances have been made during the last 5 years, practical difficulties persist for patients and surgeons in procedures for intramedullary lengthening of long bones. In particular, precise adjustment of the desired amount of lengthening and technically reliable checking of the length actually achieved are problematic. An intramedullary nail with a new type of drive that exploits the shape memory effect has been constructed. The drive technology and the behavior of the intramedullary nail in situ were evaluated in a cadaver experiment...
October 10, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Francisco Schlottmann, Romina Reino, Emmanuel E Sadava, Ana Campos Arbulú, Nicolás A Rotholtz
INTRODUCTION: Complicated appendicitis (CA) may be a risk factor for postoperative intra-abdominal abscess formation (IAA). In addition, several publications have shown an increased risk of postoperative collection after laparoscopic appendectomy. Most surgeons prefer to place a drain to collect contaminated abdominal fluid to prevent consequent abscess formation. We aimed to evaluate the utility of placing an intra-abdominal drain in laparoscopic appendectomy for complicated acute appendicitis...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Eric Hermand, François J Lhuissier, Nicolas Voituron, Jean-Paul Richalet
We evaluated the mechanisms responsible for the instability of ventilation control system under simultaneous metabolic (exercise) and environmental (hypoxia) stresses, promoting the genesis of periodic breathing. A model following the main concepts of ventilatory control has been tested, including cardiovascular and respiratory parameters, characteristics of peripheral and central chemoreceptors, at mild exercise in hypoxia (FIO2=0.145). Interaction between O2 and CO2 sensing was introduced following three different modalities...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Rima Matsuyama, Noriko Yamano, Namiko Kawamura, Takeshi Omasa
The establishment process of high-producing Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells for therapeutic protein production is usually laborious and time consuming because of the low probability of obtaining stable, high-producing clones over a long term. Thus, development of an efficient approach is required to establish stable, high-producing cells. This study presents a novel method that can efficiently establish sustainably high-producing cell lines by acceleration of transgene amplification and suppression of transgene silencing...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
C Belvedere, A Ensini, M d'Amato, P Barbadoro, A Leardini
PURPOSE: Physiological elongation and orientation of patellar tendon fibres are among the scopes of total knee arthroplasty, but little is known in the three dimensions. The study aims to assess in vitro these variations at the intact and replaced knee, with and without patellar resurfacing. It was hypothesised that fibre patterns differ before and after prosthesis implantation, and between specific prosthesis designs. It was also expected that patellar resurfacing would affect relevant results...
October 13, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Katherine S White, Kyle E Chambers, Zachary Miller, Vibhuti Jethava
Language learners are sensitive to phonotactic patterns from an early age, and can acquire both simple and 2(nd)-order positional restrictions contingent on segment identity (e.g., /f/ is an onset with /æ/ but a coda with /ɪ/). The present study explored the learning of phonototactic patterns conditioned on a suprasegmental cue: lexical stress. Adults listened to non-words in which trochaic and iambic items had different consonant restrictions. In addition, across subjects, the consonants constrained to a given position were either unrelated or from the same natural class...
October 13, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Sean McIntire, Lee Boujie, John Leasiolagi
Injuries involving rupture of the pectoralis major are relatively rare. When they do occur, it is mostly frequently in a young, athletic man. The most common cause is weight lifting that results in eccentric muscle contraction (muscle contraction against an overbearing force, leading to muscle lengthening)-specifically, the bench press. Other mechanisms for this injury include forceful abduction and external rotation of the arm. Injury can occur anywhere along the pectoralis major from its medial origin on the sternum and clavicle to its lateral tendinous insertion on the humerus...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Alexandre Hardy, Philippe Loriaut, Benjamin Granger, Ahmed Neffati, Audrey Massein, Laurent Casabianca, Hugues Pascal-Moussellard, Antoine Gerometta
PURPOSE: The arthroscopic Latarjet procedure has provided reliable results in the treatment of anterior shoulder instability. However, this procedure remains technically challenging and is related to several complications. The morphology of the coracoid and the glenoid are inconsistent. Inadequate coracoid and glenoid preparing may lead to mismatching between their surfaces. Inadequate screws lengthening and orientation are a major concern. Too long screws can lead to suprascapular nerve injuries or hardware irritation, whereas too short screws can lead to nonunions, fibrous unions or migration of the bone block...
October 12, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Deivid C Rodrigues, Dae-Sung Kim, Guang Yang, Kirill Zaslavsky, Kevin C H Ha, Rebecca S F Mok, P Joel Ross, Melody Zhao, Alina Piekna, Wei Wei, Benjamin J Blencowe, Quaid Morris, James Ellis
A progressive increase in MECP2 protein levels is a crucial and precisely regulated event during neurodevelopment, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. We report that MECP2 is regulated post-transcriptionally during in vitro differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) into cortical neurons. Using reporters to identify functional RNA sequences in the MECP2 3' UTR and genetic manipulations to explore the role of interacting factors on endogenous MECP2, we discover combinatorial mechanisms that regulate RNA stability and translation...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Luisa Schertel Cassiano, Mauricio Barriviera, Sandra Suzuki, Gustavo Giacomelli Nascimento, Alessandro Lourenço Januario, Leandro Augusto Hilgert, Wagner Rodrigues Duarte
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure the clinical crown, anatomical crown, and amount of gingiva covering the enamel of anterior maxillary teeth with soft tissue cone beam computed tomography (ST-CBCT) and thus propose a protocol for the application of this noninvasive method for the planning of esthetic crown lengthening procedures to prevent undesired root exposure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten young patients (mean age 22.8 years) requiring esthetic crown lengthening surgeries but not restorative procedures were included in this study...
2016: International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
Xuan Wen, Xiaogang Li, Yubing Tang, Junzhou Tang, Siru Zhou, Yangli Xie, Jingyuan Guo, Jing Yang, Xiaolan Du, Nan Su, Lin Chen
Chondrogenesis can regulate bone formation. Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3, highly expressed in chondrocytes, is a negative regulator of bone growth. To investigate whether chondrocyte FGFR3 regulates osteogenesis, thereby contributing to postnatal bone formation and bone remodeling, mice with conditional knockout of Fgfr3 in chondrocytes (mutant, MUT) were generated. MUT mice displayed overgrowth of bone with lengthened growth plates. Bone mass of MUT mice was significantly increased at both 1 and 4 months of age...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Theresa L B Edelman, Katherine A McCulloch, Angela Barr, Christian Frøkjær-Jensen, Erik M Jorgensen, Ann E Rougvie
The Caenorhabditis elegans heterochronic gene pathway regulates the relative timing of events during post-embryonic development. lin-42, the worm homolog of the circadian clock gene period, is a critical element of this pathway. lin-42 function has been defined by a set of hypomorphic alleles that cause precocious phenotypes, in which later developmental events, such as the terminal differentiation of hypodermal cells, occur too early. A subset of alleles also reveals a significant role for lin-42 in molting; larval stages are lengthened and ecdysis often fails in these mutant animals...
October 14, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Grace McCutchan, Fiona Wood, Stephanie Smits, Adrian Edwards, Kate Brain
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic inequalities in cancer survival can in part be explained by long patient intervals among people from deprived groups; however, the reasons for this are unclear. This qualitative study explores the actual and anticipated barriers to cancer symptom presentation in the context of socioeconomic deprivation. METHODS: Thirty participants were recruited through the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership Welsh database (n = 20), snowball sampling (n = 8) and community partners (n = 2)...
October 5, 2016: BMC Public Health
D K Dias, P D Fernando, R D Dissanayake
INTRODUCTION: Oro-facial clefts involving the palate is the commonest structural defect causing velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and poor intelli gibility of speech. Proper repair of the soft palateis a surgical challenge. Posterior-based buccinator myomucosal flap (BMF) is used to lengthen the soft palate of patients who undergo primary palatoplasty at Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya (THK). BMF is a good choice for the repair of medium sized mucosal defects in the oral cavity since it has appropriate thickness, contains mucous membrane with mucous glands and has a rich blood supply...
2016: Ceylon Medical Journal
Melissa Reyes-Fox, Heidi Steltzer, Daniel R LeCain, Gregory S McMaster
Atmospheric CO2 concentrations have been steadily increasing since the Industrial Era and contribute to concurrent increases in global temperatures. Many observational studies suggest climate warming alone contributes to a longer growing season. To determine the relative effect of warming on plant phenology, we investigated the individual and joint effects of warming and CO2 enrichment on a mixed-grass prairie plant community by following the development of six common grassland species and recording four major life history events...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Data
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