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Ruža Grizelj, Katarina Bojanić, Jurica Vuković, Milivoj Novak, Toby N Weingarten, Darrell R Schroeder, Juraj Sprung
Objective The objective of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of a hernia sac in isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) with intrathoracic liver herniation ("liver-up"). Study Design A retrospective study from the single tertiary center. Isolated "liver-up" CDH neonates referred to our institution between 2000 and 2015 were reviewed for the presence or absence of a hernia sac. Association between the presence of a hernia sac and survival was assessed. Results Over the study period, there were 29 isolated CDH patients with "liver-up" who were treated, 7 (24%) had a sac, and 22 (76%) did not...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Jason Echavez Abello, Julita Gil Cuesta, Boyd Roderick Cerro, Debarati Guha-Sapir
In cases of Dengue fever, late hospital admission can lead to treatment delay and even death. In order to improve early disease notification and management, it is essential to investigate the factors affecting the time of admission of Dengue cases. This study determined the factors associated with the time of admission among notified Dengue cases. The study covered the period between 2008 and 2014 in Region VIII, Philippines. The factors assessed were age, sex, hospital sector, hospital level, disease severity based on the 1997 WHO Dengue classification, and period of admission (distinguishing between the 2010 Dengue epidemic and non-epidemic time)...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Sten Grillner, Brita Robertson
The lamprey belongs to the phylogenetically oldest group of vertebrates that diverged from the mammalian evolutionary line 560 million years ago. A comparison between the lamprey and mammalian basal ganglia establishes a detailed similarity regarding its input from cortex/pallium and thalamus, as well as its intrinsic organisation and projections of the output nuclei. This means that the basal ganglia circuits now present in rodents and primates most likely had evolved already at the dawn of vertebrate evolution...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Chuchu Huang, Qing Li, Jiamei Mo, Zheng Wang
We herein describe a novel method of hydride generation (HG) coupled to a newly designed atmospheric pressure solution-cathode glow discharge (SCGD) spectrometric technique for the ultratrace determination of tin, germanium, and selenium. In this novel SCGD process, gas introduction was permitted using a hollow titanium tube as both the anode and sampling port. In these experiments, the analytes were converted into volatile hydrides upon passing through the hydride generator, and were introduced into the near-anode region of the SCGD system, where they were detected directly by atomic emission spectrometry (AES)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Angelika Drynda, Bożena Obmińska-Mrukowicz, Ewa Zaczyńska, Michał Zimecki, Iwona Kochanowska, Stanisław Ryng, Marcin Mączyński
Isoxazoles are an important class of compounds of potential therapeutic value. The aim of this study was to determine immunotropic effects of 5-amino-3-methyl-4-isoxazolecarboxylic acid hydrazide derivatives on spontaneous and mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation in young and old mice, cytokine production by peritoneal cells as well as possible mechanism of action in a model of Jurkat cells. Three month and thirteen month old BALB/c mice were used as donors of the cells from a thymus, a spleen, mesenteric lymph nodes and a peritoneal cavity...
October 25, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Jaroslav Meluzin, Zdenek Starek, Tomas Kulik, Jiri Jez, Frantisek Lehar, Josef Tomandl, Ladislav Dusek, Jiri Wolf, Pavel Leinveber, Miroslav Novak
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive diagnosis of exercise-induced elevation of left ventricular filling pressure is difficult and remains unsatisfactory. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the ratio of early diastolic transmitral (E) to mitral annular (e') velocity and to determine new parameters or parameter combinations with the ability to predict exercise-induced left atrial pressure (LAP) elevation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) referred for catheter AF ablation underwent simultaneous exercise echocardiography and direct invasive LAP measurements, as well as a resting and postexercise biomarker analysis...
October 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Koichi Nagata, Shungo Endo, Tetsuro Honda, Takaaki Yasuda, Michiaki Hirayama, Sho Takahashi, Takashi Kato, Shoichi Horita, Ken Furuya, Kenji Kasai, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yoshiki Kimura, Kenichi Utano, Hideharu Sugimoto, Hiroyuki Kato, Rieko Yamada, Junta Yamamichi, Takeshi Shimamoto, Yasuji Ryu, Osamu Matsui, Hitoshi Kondo, Ayako Doi, Taro Abe, Hiro-O Yamano, Ken Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Hanai, Yukihisa Saida, Katsuyuki Fukuda, Janne Näppi, Hiroyuki Yoshida
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess prospectively the diagnostic accuracy of computer-assisted computed tomographic colonography (CTC) in the detection of polypoid (pedunculated or sessile) and nonpolypoid neoplasms and compare the accuracy between gastroenterologists and radiologists. METHODS: This nationwide multicenter prospective controlled trial recruited 1,257 participants with average or high risk of colorectal cancer at 14 Japanese institutions...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
V MacBean, C Hughes, G Nicol, C C Reilly, G F Rafferty
Neural respiratory drive, quantified by the parasternal intercostal muscle electromyogram (EMGpara), provides a sensitive measure of respiratory system load-capacity balance. Reference values for EMGpara-based measures are lacking and the influence of individual anthropometric characteristics is not known. EMGpara is conventionally expressed as a percentage of that obtained during a maximal inspiratory effort (EMGpara%max), leading to difficulty in applying the technique in subjects unable to reliably perform such manoeuvres...
October 25, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Edward Taylor, Ivan Yeung, Harald Keller, Bradley G Wouters, Michael Milosevic, David W Hedley, David A Jaffray
Compared to FDG, the signal of (18)F-labelled hypoxia-sensitive tracers in tumours is low. This means that in addition to the presence of hypoxic cells, transport properties contribute significantly to the uptake signal in static PET images. This sensitivity to transport must be minimized in order for static PET to provide a reliable standard for hypoxia quantification. A dynamic compartmental model based on a reaction-diffusion formalism was developed to interpret tracer pharmacokinetics and applied to static images of FAZA in twenty patients with pancreatic cancer...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Aleksandar Ž Kostić, Lazar M Kaluđerović, Biljana P Dojčinović, Miroljub B Barać, Vojka B Babić, Marina P Mačukanović-Jocić
BACKGROUND: Bee pollen has already proved to be a good supplement rich in content of iron and zinc. Studies about application of flower pollen in food industry and medicine have been started. Bearing in mind prevalence of maize as crop culture its pollen will be easily available. The mineral composition of pollen of seven Serbian maize hybrids was analyzed in order to establish its nutritional value and benefits of its implementation in the human diet using ICP method. RESULTS: Presence of twenty four different macro- (nine) and micronutrients (fifteen) was detected...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Masato Matsushita, Akihiro Shirakabe, Noritake Hata, Takuro Shinada, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Kazunori Tomita, Masafumi Tsurumi, Hirotake Okazaki, Yoshiya Yamamoto, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
Obesity is known to be associated with the development of heart failure (HF). However, the relationship between the body mass index (BMI) and acute HF (AHF) remains to be elucidated. Eight hundred and eight AHF patients were enrolled in this study. The patients were assigned to four groups according to their BMI values: severely thin (n = 11, BMI <16), normal/underweight (n = 579, 16 ≤ BMI <25), overweight (n = 178, 25 ≤ BMI <30) and obese (n = 40, BMI ≥30). The patients in the severely thin group were more likely to be female, have systolic blood pressure (SBP) <100 mmHg and have valvular disease than normal/underweight patients...
October 24, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Diana Golden, Antonina Kolmakova, Sunitha Sura, Anthony T Vella, Ani Manichaikul, Xin-Qun Wang, Suzette J Bielinski, Kent D Taylor, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Stephen S Rich, Annabelle Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: The lipoprotein scavenger receptor BI (SCARB1) rs10846744 noncoding variant is significantly associated with atherosclerotic disease independently of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. We identified a potentially novel connection between rs10846744, the immune checkpoint inhibitor lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG3), and atherosclerosis. METHODS: In vitro approaches included flow cytometry, lipid raft isolation, phosphosignaling, cytokine measurements, and overexpressing and silencing LAG3 protein...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Raphael Rabinowitz, Jeanne Farnan, Oliver Hulland, Lisa Kearns, Michele Long, Bradley Monash, Priti Bhansali, H Barrett Fromme
BACKGROUND : Attending rounds is a key component of patient care and education at teaching hospitals, yet there is an absence of studies addressing trainees' perceptions of rounds. OBJECTIVE : To determine perceptions of pediatrics and internal medicine residents about the current and ideal purposes of inpatient rounds on hospitalist services. METHODS : In this multi-institutional qualitative study, the authors conducted focus groups with a purposive sample of internal medicine and pediatrics residents at 4 teaching hospitals...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Chien-Yuan Lin, Joseph E Jakes, Bryon S Donohoe, Peter N Ciesielski, Haibing Yang, Sophie-Charlotte Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Shi-You Ding, Wendy A Peer, Angus S Murphy, Maureen C McCann, Michael E Himmel, Melvin P Tucker, Hui Wei
BACKGROUND: Plant lignocellulosic biomass is an abundant, renewable feedstock for the production of biobased fuels and chemicals. Previously, we showed that iron can act as a co-catalyst to improve the deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass. However, directly adding iron catalysts into biomass prior to pretreatment is diffusion limited, and increases the cost of biorefinery operations. Recently, we developed a new strategy for expressing iron-storage protein ferritin intracellularly to accumulate iron as a catalyst for the downstream deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
David W Templeton, Justin B Sluiter, Amie Sluiter, Courtney Payne, David P Crocker, Ling Tao, Ed Wolfrum
BACKGROUND: In an effort to find economical, carbon-neutral transportation fuels, biomass feedstock compositional analysis methods are used to monitor, compare, and improve biofuel conversion processes. These methods are empirical, and the analytical variability seen in the feedstock compositional data propagates into variability in the conversion yields, component balances, mass balances, and ultimately the minimum ethanol selling price (MESP). We report the average composition and standard deviations of 119 individually extracted National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) bagasse [Reference Material (RM) 8491] run by seven analysts over 7 years...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Gurusankar Saravanabhavan, Kate Werry, Mike Walker, Douglas Haines, Morie Malowany, Cheryl Khoury
Human biomonitoring reference values are statistical estimates that indicate the upper margin of background exposure to a given chemical at a given time. Nationally representative human biomonitoring data on 176 chemicals, including several metals and trace elements, are available in Canada from 2007 to 2013 through the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). In this work, we used a systematic approach based on the reference interval concept proposed by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry to derive reference values (RV95s) for metals and trace elements...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Nicholas M McCrory, Mathew J Edick, Ayesha Ahmad, Susan Lipinski, Jessica A Scott Schwoerer, Shaohui Zhai, Kaitlin Justice, Cynthia A Cameron, Susan A Berry, Loren D M Pena
OBJECTIVES: To compare time to evaluation and symptoms at diagnosis of propionic acidemia (PA) by method of ascertainment, and to explore correlations between genotype and biochemical variables. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical symptoms, genotype, and biochemical findings were analyzed retrospectively in 58 individuals with PA enrolled in the Inborn Errors of Metabolism Information System (IBEM-IS) based on the type of initial ascertainment: abnormal newborn screening (NBS), clinical presentation (symptomatic), or family history...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Y-L Wang, X-H Duan, X-W Han, X-L Zhao, Z-M Chen, Q-J Chu
AIM: To evaluate the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosis and therapeutic planning in patients with abnormal placentation (AP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Overall, 168 consecutive patients with suspected placenta previa and AP were referred for MRI before caesarean section (CS). The ability of MRI to properly detect and assess abnormal placentation was correlated with findings at CS, which were considered the reference standard diagnostic tool. For each patient, MRI was used to determine whether the AP was suitable for complete/incomplete delivery, hysterectomy, or conservative treatment...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Radiology
Chuan Peng, Long-Zhong Liu, Wei Zheng, Yan-Jun Xie, Yong-Hong Xiong, An-Hua Li, Xiao-Qing Pei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of quantitative contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) for predicting and assessing cervical tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT). METHODS: Thirty-eight cases with stage IB2 or IIA cervical cancer were studied using CEUS before and after one cycle of NACT. The quantitative CEUS parameters maximum intensity (IMAX), rise time (RT), time to peak (TTP), and mean transit time (MTT) were compared between cervical tumors and myometrium (reference zone) using Sonoliver software...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
X Wang, T Henzler, J Gawlitza, S Diehl, T Wilhelm, S O Schoenberg, Z Y Jin, H D Xue, A Smakic
PURPOSE: Dynamic volume perfusion CT (dVPCT) provides valuable information on tissue perfusion in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic cancer. However, currently dVPCT is often performed in addition to conventional CT acquisitions due to the limited morphologic image quality of dose optimized dVPCT protocols. The aim of this study was to prospectively compare objective and subjective image quality, lesion detectability and radiation dose between mean temporal arterial (mTA) and mean temporal portal venous (mTPV) images calculated from low dose dynamic volume perfusion CT (dVPCT) datasets with linearly blended 120-kVp arterial and portal venous datasets in patients with HCC and pancreatic cancer...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
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