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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107761/pre-emptive-endoscopic-vacuum-therapy-for-treatment-of-anastomotic-ischemia-after-esophageal-resections
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Philipp-Alexander Neumann, Rudolf Mennigen, Daniel Palmes, Norbert Senninger, Thorsten Vowinkel, Mike G Laukoetter
Background and study aims Endoscopic vacuum therapy (EVT) is a promising new approach for the treatment of anastomotic leakage in the gastrointestinal tract. Here, we present the first case series demonstrating successful use of EVT for the treatment of post-esophagectomy anastomotic ischemia prior to development of leakage. Patients and methods Between 2012 and 2015, intraluminal EVT was performed in eight patients with anastomotic ischemia following esophagectomy. The primary outcome measure was successful mucosal recovery...
January 20, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107729/recombinant-lh-supplementation-in-patients-with-a-relative-reduction-in-lh-levels-during-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Robert Lahoud, John Ryan, Peter Illingworth, Frank Quinn, Michael Costello
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the use of recombinant luteinizing hormone (rLH) supplementation in patients who experience a reduction in LH concentration during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for IVF/ICSI. METHODS: A multi-center prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was performed over three years. Two hundred and forty patients aged between 24 and 42 years undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment with a long down regulation (LDR) protocol were recruited...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107718/test-procedures-for-measuring-the-sub-chronic-effects-of-chemicals-on-the-freshwater-cyclopoid-eucyclops-serrulatus
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Marco Cifoni, Diana Maria Paola Galassi, Cecilia Faraloni, Tiziana Di Lorenzo
The purpose of this study has been to describe test procedures for measuring the (sub)chronic effects of chemicals on the freshwater cyclopoid Eucyclops serrulatus. To this end we have adapted the setting of the standard full life-cycle protocol of the marine harpacticoid A. tenuiremis to E. serrulatus. We have tested the effects of 4 different diets, two temperatures and two rearing volumes on the survival, development, reproduction and population growth rates of this species. Our results have highlighted that full life-cycle tests can be run using 2 mL-glass vials, a diet consisting of a mixture of living cells of Chlorella sorokiniana and Scenedesmus quadricauda, at either 25 °C (test duration: 42 days) or 18 °C (test duration: 51 days)...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107684/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-targeting-the-right-fusiform-gyrus-selectively-increases-working-memory-for-faces
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Tad T Brunyé, Joseph M Moran, Amanda Holmes, Caroline R Mahoney, Holly A Taylor
The human extrastriate cortex contains a region critically involved in face detection and memory, the right fusiform gyrus. The present study evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting this anatomical region would selectively influence memory for faces versus non-face objects (houses). Anodal tDCS targeted the right fusiform gyrus (Brodmann's Area 37), with the anode at electrode site PO10, and cathode at FP2. Two stimulation conditions were compared in a repeated-measures design: 0...
January 17, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107676/characterization-of-a-new-ultrasound-device-designed-for-measuring-cortical-porosity-at-the-human-tibia-a-phantom-study
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M Gräsel, C-C Glüer, R Barkmann
Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) measurements of trabecular bone are a useful tool for the assessment of osteoporotic fracture risk. However, cortical bone properties (e.g. porosity) have an impact on bone strength as well and thus current research is focused on QUS assessment of cortical bone properties. Simulation studies of ultrasound propagation through cortical bone indicate that anisotropy, calculated from the ratio of the velocities in axial and tangential directions, is correlated with porosity. However, this relationship is affected by error sources, specifically bone surface curvature and variability of probe positioning...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107658/validation-of-a-personalized-curved-muscle-model-of-the-lumbar-spine-during-complex-dynamic-exertions
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Jaejin Hwang, Gregory G Knapik, Jonathan S Dufour, Thomas M Best, Safdar N Khan, Ehud Mendel, William S Marras
Previous curved muscle models have typically examined their robustness only under simple, single-plane static exertions. In addition, the empirical validation of curved muscle models through an entire lumbar spine has not been fully realized. The objective of this study was to empirically validate a personalized biologically-assisted curved muscle model during complex dynamic exertions. Twelve subjects performed a variety of complex lifting tasks as a function of load weight, load origin, and load height. Both a personalized curved muscle model as well as a straight-line muscle model were used to evaluate the model's fidelity and prediction of three-dimensional spine tissue loads under different lifting conditions...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107653/re-assessing-acalculia-distinguishing-spatial-and-purely-arithmetical-deficits-in-right-hemisphere-damaged-patients
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S Benavides-Varela, D Piva, F Burgio, L Passarini, G Rolma, F Meneghello, C Semenza
Arithmetical deficits in right-hemisphere damaged patients have been traditionally considered secondary to visuo-spatial impairments, although the exact relationship between the two deficits has rarely been assessed. The present study implemented a voxelwise lesion analysis among 30 right-hemisphere damaged patients and a controlled, matched-sample, cross-sectional analysis with 35 cognitively normal controls regressing three composite cognitive measures on standardized numerical measures. The results showed that patients and controls significantly differ in Number comprehension, Transcoding, and Written operations, particularly subtractions and multiplications...
December 26, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107611/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-singing-voice-handicap-index-into-polish
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Ewelina M Sielska-Badurek, Maria Sobol, Anna Cioch, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Anna M Rzepakowska, Kazimierz Niemczyk
OBJECTIVE: To translate and adapt the original SVHI for the Polish population and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Polish SVHI version, such as internal consistency, reliability and construct validity in different groups of dysphonic singers. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. SETTING: Patients treated at a single institute. PARTICIPANTS: 60 singers with voice disorders and 57 healthy singers completed the Singing Voice Handicap Index (SVHI) and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI)...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107543/quantification-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-bleomycin-mouse-model-using-automated-histological-image-analysis
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Jean-Claude Gilhodes, Yvon Julé, Sebastian Kreuz, Birgit Stierstorfer, Detlef Stiller, Lutz Wollin
Current literature on pulmonary fibrosis induced in animal models highlights the need of an accurate, reliable and reproducible histological quantitative analysis. One of the major limits of histological scoring concerns the fact that it is observer-dependent and consequently subject to variability, which may preclude comparative studies between different laboratories. To achieve a reliable and observer-independent quantification of lung fibrosis we developed an automated software histological image analysis performed from digital image of entire lung sections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107539/towards-cost-effective-operational-monitoring-systems-for-complex-waters-analyzing-small-scale-coastal-processes-with-optical-transmissometry
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Marta Ramírez-Pérez, Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo, Sonja Wiegmann, Elena Torrecilla, Raul Bardaji, Rüdiger Röttgers, Astrid Bracher, Jaume Piera
The detection and prediction of changes in coastal ecosystems require a better understanding of the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions, which involves that observations should be performed continuously. For this reason, there is an increasing demand for small, simple and cost-effective in situ sensors to analyze complex coastal waters at a broad range of scales. In this context, this study seeks to explore the potential of beam attenuation spectra, c(λ), measured in situ with an advanced-technology optical transmissometer, for assessing temporal and spatial patterns in the complex estuarine waters of Alfacs Bay (NW Mediterranean) as a test site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107517/high-emigration-propensity-and-low-mortality-on-transfer-drives-female-biased-dispersal-of-pyriglena-leucoptera-in-fragmented-landscapes
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Marcelo Awade, Carlos Candia-Gallardo, Cintia Cornelius, Jean Paul Metzger
Dispersal is a biological process performed in three stages: emigration, transfer and immigration. Intra-specific variation on dispersal behavior, such as sex-bias, is very common in nature, particularly in birds and mammals. However, dispersal is difficult to measure in the field and many hypotheses concerning the causes of sex-biased dispersal remain without empirical confirmation. An important limitation of most empirical studies is that inferences about sex-biased dispersal are based only on emigration proneness or immigration success data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107509/development-of-combining-of-human-bronchial-mucosa-models-with-xposeali%C3%A2-for-exposure-of-air-pollution-nanoparticles
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Jie Ji, Anna Hedelin, Maria Malmlöf, Vadim Kessler, Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Per Gerde, Lena Palmberg
BACKGROUND: Exposure to agents via inhalation is of great concerns both in workplace environment and in the daily contact with particles in the ambient air. Reliable human airway exposure systems will most likely replace animal experiment in future toxicity assessment studies of inhaled agents. METHODS: In this study, we successfully established a combination of an exposure system (XposeALI) with 3D models mimicking both healthy and chronic bronchitis-like mucosa by co-culturing human primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBEC) and fibroblast at air-liquid interface (ALI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107458/neuropilin-1-involvement-in-choroidal-and-retinal-neovascularisation
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Patricia Fernández-Robredo, Senthil Selvam, Michael B Powner, Dawn A Sim, Marcus Fruttiger
PURPOSE: Inhibiting VEGF is the gold standard treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also effective in preventing retinal oedema and neovascularisation (NV) in diabetic retinopathy (DR) and retinal vein occlusions (RVO). Neuropilin 1 (Nrp1) is a co-receptor for VEGF and many other growth factors, and therefore a possible alternative drug target in intra ocular neovascular disease. Here we assessed choroidal and retinal NV in an inducible, endothelial specific knock out model for Nrp1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107389/effect-of-axial-eye-length-on-retinal-vessel-parameters-in-6-to-12-year-old-malay-girls
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Evelyn Li Min Tai, Ling-Jun Li, Wan Hitam Wan-Hazabbah, Tien-Yin Wong, Ismail Shatriah
PURPOSE: Retinal vessel analysis is affected by both systemic and ocular factors. Malays are the major ethnicity in South East Asia. Data on the retinal microvasculature in Malays is limited, especially among children. We aim to evaluate the influence of ocular biometry on retinal vessel parameters in young Malay girls. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study involving 86 Malay girls aged 6 to 12 years old in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2015-2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
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Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107365/parenclitic-network-analysis-of-methylation-data-for-cancer-identification
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Alexander Karsakov, Thomas Bartlett, Artem Ryblov, Iosif Meyerov, Mikhail Ivanchenko, Alexey Zaikin
We make use of ideas from the theory of complex networks to implement a machine learning classification of human DNA methylation data, that carry signatures of cancer development. The data were obtained from patients with various kinds of cancers and represented as parenclictic networks, wherein nodes correspond to genes, and edges are weighted according to pairwise variation from control group subjects. We demonstrate that for the 10 types of cancer under study, it is possible to obtain a high performance of binary classification between cancer-positive and negative samples based on network measures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107340/association-of-diabetes-related-complications-with-heart-rate-variability-among-a-diabetic-population-in-the-uae
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Ahsan H Khandoker, Haitham M Al-Angari, Kinda Khalaf, Sungmun Lee, Wael Almahmeed, Habiba S Al Safar, Herbert F Jelinek
Microvascular, macrovascular and neurological complications are the key causes of morbidity and mortality among type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the alterations of cardiac autonomic function of diabetic patients in relation to three types of diabetes-related complications. ECG recordings were collected and analyzed from 169 T2DM patients in supine position who were diagnosed with nephropathy (n = 55), peripheral neuropathy (n = 64) and retinopathy (n = 106) at two hospitals in the UAE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107323/multiple-myeloma-mentorship-bridging-communication-and-educational-gaps%C3%A2
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Beth Faiman, Sandra E Kurtin, Jocelyn Timko, Linda Gracie-King
BACKGROUND: The 2014 Multiple Myeloma (MM) Mentorship Program provided a focused, interactive, peer-to-peer educational experience, including updates in MM, for 10 mentees that led to advanced clinical educator status. 
. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the program was (a) to improve mentees' knowledge, competency, confidence, and level of performance in the management of MM and (b) to build speaking expertise.
. METHODS: From May 2014 to March 2015, 10 mentees were educated on MM with a structured serial learning curriculum...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107311/performance-of-international-classification-of-diseases-based-injury-severity-measures-used-to-predict-in-hospital-mortality-and-intensive-care-admission-among-traumatic-brain-injured-patients
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Mathieu Gagné, Lynne Moore, Marie-Josée Sirois, Marc Simard, Claudia Beaudoin, Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi
BACKGROUND: The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the main classification system used for population-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance activities but does not contain direct information on injury severity. International Classification of Diseases-based injury severity measures can be empirically derived or mapped to the Abbreviated Injury Scale, but no single approach has been formally recommended for TBI. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of different ICD-based injury severity measures for predicting in-hospital mortality and intensive care unit (ICU) admission in TBI patients...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107286/liver-stiffness-measured-by-shear-wave-elastography-for-evaluating-intra-hepatic-portal-hypertension-in-children
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Hee Mang Yoon, So Yeon Kim, Kyung Mo Kim, Seak Hee Oh, Gi-Young Ko, Yangsoon Park, Jin Seong Lee, Ah Young Jung, Young Ah Cho
OBJECTIVES: To correlate liver stiffness (LS) and hepatic venous-pressure gradient (HVPG) and to evaluate the diagnostic performance of shear-wave elastography (SWE) for predicting clinically significant portal hypertension in children with suspected liver diseases, in consideration of the reliability criteria. METHODS: We identified 33 SWEs from 32 children who underwent HVPG measurement within two weeks between June 2012 and October 2015. The correlation between LS and HVPG was assessed...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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