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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345604/mind-wandering-and-alterations-to-default-mode-network-connectivity-when-listening-to-naturalistic-versus-artificial-sounds
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Cassandra D Gould van Praag, Sarah N Garfinkel, Oliver Sparasci, Alex Mees, Andrew O Philippides, Mark Ware, Cristina Ottaviani, Hugo D Critchley
Naturalistic environments have been demonstrated to promote relaxation and wellbeing. We assess opposing theoretical accounts for these effects through investigation of autonomic arousal and alterations of activation and functional connectivity within the default mode network (DMN) of the brain while participants listened to sounds from artificial and natural environments. We found no evidence for increased DMN activity in the naturalistic compared to artificial or control condition, however, seed based functional connectivity showed a shift from anterior to posterior midline functional coupling in the naturalistic condition...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334384/the-cancer-paradigms-of-mammalian-regeneration-can-mammals-regenerate-as-amphibians
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Rachel Sarig, Eldad Tzahor
Regeneration in mammals is restricted to distinct tissues and occurs mainly by expansion and maturation of resident stem cells. During regeneration, even subtle mutations in the proliferating cells may cause a detrimental effect by eliciting abnormal differentiation or malignant transformation. Indeed, cancer in mammals has been shown to arise through deregulation of stem cells maturation, which often leads to a differentiation block and cell transformation. In contrast, lower organisms such as amphibians retain a remarkable regenerative capacity in various organs, which occurs via de- and re-differentiation of mature cells...
March 15, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331172/an-anti-coagulation-conundrum-implantation-of-total-artificial-heart-in-a-patient-with-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia-type-ii
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Theodore J Cios, Yuliana Salamanca-Padilla, Dmitri Guvakov
BACKGROUND Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare but life-threatening complication of heparin administration. It can present a major clinical dilemma for physicians caring for patients requiring life-saving urgent or emergent cardiac surgery. Studies have been published examining the use of alternative anticoagulants for patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), however, evidence does not clearly support any particular approach. Presently, there are no large-scale, prospective randomized studies examining the impact of alternative anticoagulants on clinical outcomes for HIT-positive patients requiring cardiac surgery...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319520/infections-in-patients-with-a-total-artificial-heart-are-common-but-rarely-fatal
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Luis F Hidalgo, Keyur B Shah, Richard H Cooke, Daniel G Tang, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Howard A Cooper, Wilbert S Aronow
Patients who received a total artificial heart (TAH) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011 were identified from the VCU Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinical Database. Retrospective data extraction from the medical records was performed from the time of TAH implantation until heart transplantation or death. Infections were classified as confirmed or suspected. Twenty-seven men and 5 women, mean age 49.5 years (range 24 to 68 years) received a TAH. The mean duration of TAH support was 225 days (range 1 to 1334 days)...
March 17, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301285/wireless-power-transfer-for-a-pacemaker-application
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Vladimir Vulfin, Shai Sayfan-Altman, Reuven Ianconescu
An artificial pacemaker is a small medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The pacemaker is implanted under the skin, and uses for many years regular non-rechargeable batteries. However, the demand for rechargeable batteries in pacemakers increased, and the aim of this work is to design an efficient charging system for pacemakers.
March 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290973/total-artificial-heart-implantation-as-a-bridge-to-heart-transplantation-in-an-active-duty-service-member-with-amyloid-cardiomyopathy
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Michael S Scully, Dylan E Wessman, James M McKee, Gregory M Francisco, Keshav R Nayak, Jon A Kobashigawa
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac involvement by light-chain (AL) amyloid occurs in up to 50% of patients with primary AL amyloidosis. The prognosis of amyloid heart disease is poor with 1-year survival rates of 35 to 40%. Historically, heart transplantation was considered controversial for patients with AL amyloid cardiomyopathy (CM) given the systemic nature of the disease and poor survival. We present a case report of an active duty service member diagnosed with advanced cardiac amyloid who underwent total artificial heart transplant as a bridge to heart transplant and eventual autologous stem cell transplant...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281240/translational-challenges-in-cardiovascular-tissue-engineering
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Emanuela S Fioretta, Simon P Hoerstrup
Valvular heart disease and congenital heart defects represent a major cause of death around the globe. Although current therapy strategies have rapidly evolved over the decades and are nowadays safe, effective, and applicable to many affected patients, the currently used artificial prostheses are still suboptimal. They do not promote regeneration, physiological remodeling, or growth (particularly important aspects for children) as their native counterparts. This results in the continuous degeneration and subsequent failure of these prostheses which is often associated with an increased morbidity and mortality as well as the need for multiple re-interventions...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278587/functionality-of-albumin-derived-perfluorocarbon-based-artificial-oxygen-carriers-in-the-langendorff-heart-%C3%A2
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Anna Wrobeln, Klaus D Schlüter, Jürgen Linders, Manfred Zähres, Christian Mayer, Michael Kirsch, Katja B Ferenz
The aim of this study was to prove whether albumin-derived perfluorocarbon-based nanoparticles (capsules) can operate as a novel artificial oxygen carrier in a rat Langendorff-heart perfusion model. Hearts perfused with capsules showed increased left ventricular pressure and rate pressure product compared to hearts perfused with pure Krebs-Henseleit (KH)-buffer. The capsules prevented the myocardium from functional fail when in their absence a noxious ischemia was observed. Capsules did not change rheological properties of KH-buffer and could repeatedly reload with oxygen...
February 8, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278005/the-effect-of-artificial-smoke-compound-on-physiological-responses-cognitive-functions-and-work-performance-during-firefighting-activities-in-a-smoke-diving-room-an-intervention-study
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Rasoul Hemmatjo, Majid Motamedzade, Mohsen Aliabadi, Omid Kalatpour, Maryam Farhadian
This study investigated the combined effect of firefighting operations and exposure to smoke on physiological responses, cognitive and physical performance among firefighters. Each firefighter was engaged in two experimental conditions: (1) without artificial smoke; control (NS) and (2) with artificial smoke (WS). The results of data analysis revealed that heart rate (HR) and body temperature (BT) increased significantly after the firefighting activities in the two conditions relative to baseline. In addition, reaction time (RT) and correct response (CR) decreased after the activity relative to baseline and there was a significant difference in RT and CR between the NS and WS conditions...
February 25, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272368/use-of-wearable-sensors-and-biometric-variables-in-an-artificial-pancreas-system
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Kamuran Turksoy, Colleen Monforti, Minsun Park, Garett Griffith, Laurie Quinn, Ali Cinar
An artificial pancreas (AP) computes the optimal insulin dose to be infused through an insulin pump in people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) based on information received from a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor. It has been recognized that exercise is a major challenge in the development of an AP system. The use of biometric physiological variables in an AP system may be beneficial for prevention of exercise-induced challenges and better glucose regulation. The goal of the present study is to find a correlation between biometric variables such as heart rate (HR), heat flux (HF), skin temperature (ST), near-body temperature (NBT), galvanic skin response (GSR), and energy expenditure (EE), 2D acceleration-mean of absolute difference (MAD) and changes in glucose concentrations during exercise via partial least squares (PLS) regression and variable importance in projection (VIP) in order to determine which variables would be most useful to include in a future artificial pancreas...
March 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268010/first-experiences-with-heartmate-3-follow-up-and-adverse-events
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Jasmin S Hanke, Günes Dogan, Sebastian V Rojas, Amelie Zoch, Christina Feldmann, Ezin Deniz, Murat Avsar, Gregor Warnecke, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
BACKGROUND: The novel HeartMate 3 (HM3) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) received its CE mark in October 2015. It is a new compact LVAD featuring fully magnetically levitated pump, artificial pulse, large pump gaps, and a modular driveline. Here, we present outcomes and adverse events of a single-center cohort 6 months after HM3 implantation. METHODS: We retrospectively studied a patient cohort of 27 patients who were supported with the HM3 at a single institution...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267041/estimation-of-aortic-systolic-blood-pressure-from-radial-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressures-alone-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Hanguang Xiao, Ahmad Qasem, Mark Butlin, Alberto Avolio
BACKGROUND: Current aortic SBP estimation methods require recording of a peripheral pressure waveform, a step with no consensus on method. This study investigates the possibility of aortic SBP estimation from radial SBP and DBP using artificial neural networks (ANN) with [ANNSBP.DBP.heart rate (HR)] and without HR (ANNSBP.DBP). METHODS: Ten-fold cross validation was applied to invasive, simultaneously recorded aortic and radial pressure during rest and nitroglycerin infusion (n = 62 patients)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250605/airway-complications-of-total-artificial-heart
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Vikas Pathak, Colin Donovan, Rajiv Malhotra
The total artificial heart is the mechanical device which is used as a bridge to the heart transplant in patients with biventricular failure. Due to the mechanical nature of the device, patients receiving total artificial heart (TAH) require to be on anticoagulation therapy. Hemorrhage and coagulopathy are few of the known complications of TAH.
February 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242180/development-and-validation-of-an-improved-mechanical-thorax-for-simulating-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-with-adjustable-chest-stiffness-and-simulated-blood-flow
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Stefan Eichhorn, Johannes Spindler, Marcin Polski, Alejandro Mendoza, Ulrich Schreiber, Michael Heller, Marcus Andre Deutsch, Christian Braun, Rüdiger Lange, Markus Krane
Investigations of compressive frequency, duty cycle, or waveform during CPR are typically rooted in animal research or computer simulations. Our goal was to generate a mechanical model incorporating alternate stiffness settings and an integrated blood flow system, enabling defined, reproducible comparisons of CPR efficacy. Based on thoracic stiffness data measured in human cadavers, such a model was constructed using valve-controlled pneumatic pistons and an artificial heart. This model offers two realistic levels of chest elasticity, with a blood flow apparatus that reflects compressive depth and waveform changes...
February 24, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239201/immersogeometric-cardiovascular-fluid-structure-interaction-analysis-with-divergence-conforming-b-splines
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David Kamensky, Ming-Chen Hsu, Yue Yu, John A Evans, Michael S Sacks, Thomas J R Hughes
This paper uses a divergence-conforming B-spline fluid discretization to address the long-standing issue of poor mass conservation in immersed methods for computational fluid-structure interaction (FSI) that represent the influence of the structure as a forcing term in the fluid subproblem. We focus, in particular, on the immersogeometric method developed in our earlier work, analyze its convergence for linear model problems, then apply it to FSI analysis of heart valves, using divergence-conforming B-splines to discretize the fluid subproblem...
February 1, 2017: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238150/moderate-hypothermia-technique-for-chronic-implantation-of-a-total-artificial-heart-in-calves
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Jamshid H Karimov, Patrick Grady, Martin Sinkewich, Gengo Sunagawa, Raymond Dessoffy, Nicole Byram, Nader Moazami, Kiyotaka Fukamachi
The benefit of whole-body hypothermia in preventing ischemic injury during cardiac surgical operations is well documented. However, application of hypothermia during in vivo total artificial heart implantation has not become widespread because of limited understanding of the proper techniques and restrictions implied by constitutional and physiological characteristics specific to each animal model. Similarly, the literature on hypothermic set-up in total artificial heart implantation has also been limited. Herein we present our experience using hypothermia in bovine models implanted with the Cleveland Clinic continuous-flow total artificial heart...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230036/single-lumen-tracheal-ventilation-for-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-in-patients-with-esophageal-cancer
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Yu Bai, Yi Zhou, Xi Hua Lu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to observe the efficacy and safety of single-lumen tracheal ventilation for esophageal cancer surgery. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with esophageal carcinoma who prepared for minimally invasive esophagectomy were included in this study. All of the included 38 patients were received single-lumen tracheal ventilation. The arterial blood gas index was monitored through the operation procedure and recorded at four-time points: before induction (T0), at the end of chest operation (T1), at the end of the abdominal operation (T2), and 30 min after extubation (T3)...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224450/artificial-neural-network-based-model-enhances-risk-stratification-and-reduces-non-invasive-cardiac-stress-imaging-compared-to-diamond-forrester-and-morise-risk-assessment-models-a-prospective-study
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Hussain A Isma'eel, George E Sakr, Mustapha Serhan, Nader Lamaa, Ayman Hakim, Paul C Cremer, Wael A Jaber, Torkom Garabedian, Imad Elhajj, Antoine B Abchee
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounts for more than half of all cardiovascular events. Stress testing remains the cornerstone for non-invasive assessment of patients with possible or known CAD. Clinical utilization reviews show that most patients presenting for evaluation of stable CAD by stress testing are categorized as low risk prior to the test. Attempts to enhance risk stratification of individuals who are sent for stress testing seem to be more in need today. The present study compares artificial neural networks (ANN)-based prediction models to the other risk models being used in practice (the Diamond-Forrester and the Morise models)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217410/design-and-analysis-of-a-field-modulated-magnetic-screw-for-artificial-heart
#19
Zhijian Ling, Jinghua Ji, Fangqun Wang, Fangfang Bian
This paper proposes a new electromechanical energy conversion system, called Field Modulated Magnetic Screw (FMMS) as a high force density linear actuator for artificial heart. This device is based on the concept of magnetic screw and linear magnetic gear. The proposed FMMS consists of three parts with the outer and inner carrying the radially magnetized helically permanent-magnet (PM), and the intermediate having a set of helically ferromagnetic pole pieces, which modulate the magnetic fields produced by the PMs...
May 2017: AIP Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206765/ultrafast-electronic-energy-transfer-in-an-orthogonal-molecular-dyad
#20
Christian Wiebeler, Felix Plasser, Gordon J Hedley, Arvydas Ruseckas, Ifor D W Samuel, Stefan Schumacher
Understanding electronic energy transfer (EET) is an important ingredient in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems and photovoltaic technologies. Although EET is at the heart of these applications and crucially influences their light-harvesting efficiency, the nature of EET over short distances for covalently bound donor and acceptor units is often not well understood. Here we investigate EET in an orthogonal molecular dyad (BODT4), in which simple models fail to explain the very origin of EET...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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