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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914290/the-interaction-of-surfactants-with-plastic-and-copper-plumbing-materials-during-decontamination
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Karen S Casteloes, Gamini P Mendis, Holly K Avins, John A Howarter, Andrew J Whelton
The study goal was to examine the effectiveness of surfactants to decontaminate plastic and copper potable water plumbing components. Several common potable water pipe and gasket plastics were examined as well as Alconox(®) detergent, Dawn(®) soap, and MAGIT-DG 100 surfactants. Results showed that the MAGIT-DG 100 solutions permeated all plastics within 3days, effectively compromising tensile strength (-82%), physical dimension (+43% volume, +45% weight), and oxidative resistance (-15%). A variety of MAGIT-DG 100 solution compounds permeated plastic samples, not just the declared major ingredient...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896888/response-of-narrow-qrs-tachycardia-to-late-coupled-pvc-what-is-the-mechanism
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Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Narayanan Namboodiri, Gurbhej Singh, Suji Karunakaran, Bharatraj Banavalikar, S P Abhilash, Anees Thajudeen, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886760/practical-limitations-of-single-particle-icp-ms-in-the-determination-of-nanoparticle-size-distributions-and-dissolution-case-of-rare-earth-oxides
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Laurie Fréchette-Viens, Madjid Hadioui, Kevin J Wilkinson
The applicability of single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) for the analysis of nanoparticle size distributions and the determination of particle numbers was evaluated using the rare earth oxide, La2O3, as a model particle. The composition of the storage containers, as well as the ICP-MS sample introduction system were found to significantly impact SP-ICP-MS analysis. While La2O3 nanoparticles (La2O3 NP) did not appear to interact strongly with sample containers, adsorptive losses of La(3+)(over 24h) were substantial (>72%) for fluorinated ethylene propylene bottles as opposed to polypropylene (<10%)...
January 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884152/use-of-self-gated-radial-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-to-detect-and-classify-arrhythmias-atrial-fibrillation-and-premature-ventricular-contraction
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Eve Piekarski, Teodora Chitiboi, Rebecca Ramb, Li Feng, Leon Axel
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmia can significantly alter the image quality of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR); automatic detection and sorting of the most frequent types of arrhythmias during the CMR acquisition could potentially improve image quality. New CMR techniques, such as non-Cartesian CMR, can allow self-gating: from cardiac motion-related signal changes, we can detect cardiac cycles without an electrocardiogram. We can further use this data to obtain a surrogate for RR intervals (valley intervals: VV)...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879379/performance-of-the-pneux-system-a-bench-study-comparison-with-4-other-endotracheal-tube-cuffs
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Christopher T Chenelle, Taiga Itagaki, Daniel F Fisher, Lorenzo Berra, Robert M Kacmarek
BACKGROUND: Cuff design affects microaspiration, a risk factor for pneumonia. We questioned whether the PneuX low-volume fold-free cuff design would prevent cuff leakage and maintain the same tracheal wall pressure as high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) cuffs. METHODS: We evaluated 4 HVLP-cuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs), Hi-Lo (polyvinyl chloride [PVC]), Microcuff (polyurethane [PU]), SealGuard (PU+tapered), and TaperGuard (PVC+tapered), and the PneuX with its dedicated tracheal seal monitor...
November 22, 2016: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876559/non-dominant-hand-quicker-to-insert-peripheral-venous-catheters-under-echographic-guidance-a-randomized-trial
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Lucas Durand-Bailloud, Ludwig-Serge Aho, Georges Savoldelli, Fiona Ecarnot, Claude Girard, Mehdi Benkhadra
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound guidance for venous catheter placement requires the use of both hands. An accurate and stable ultrasound image is fundamental for obtaining good quality images, consequently permitting accurate needle placement. We hypothesized that the dominant hand could be used to perform echography, leaving the non-dominant hand available for peripheral venous catheter (PVC) insertion. METHODS: Prospective, open-label, randomized, crossover study. Group 1 inserted the PVC with the dominant hand, and held the probe with the non-dominant hand in a first series of 20 insertions, and vice-versa in a second series of 20 insertions performed 11 days later...
November 19, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875987/biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-injury-and-stress-are-associated-with-increased-frequency-of-ventricular-ectopy-a-population-based-study
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Julia Brox Skranes, Gunnar Einvik, Silje Kjeka Namtvedt, Anna Randby, Harald Hrubos-Strøm, Jon Brynildsen, Tor-Arne Hagve, Virend K Somers, Helge Røsjø, Torbjørn Omland
BACKGROUND: Asymptomatic ventricular arrhythmias are common and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. Cardiac troponins, natriuretic peptides and C-reactive protein (CRP) are also predictive of adverse cardiovascular events in the general population, but limited information is available on the relationship between these biomarkers and ventricular ectopy in a community-based population. The objectives were to evaluate the associations between ventricular ectopic activity and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high sensitivity-troponin I (hs-TnI) and hs-CRP in a community-based setting...
November 22, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875131/non-invasive-personalisation-of-a-cardiac-electrophysiology-model-from-body-surface-potential-mapping
#8
Sophie Giffard-Roisin, Thomas Jackson, Lauren Fovargue, Jack Lee, Herve Delingette, Reza Razavi, Nicholas Ayache, Maxime Sermesant
Modelling cardiac electrophysiology (EP) can help understand pathologies and predict the response to therapies. Moreover, estimating patient-specific parameters of the EP model is crucial to obtain personalised information. The novelty of this paper is to use non-invasive data (body surface potential mapping, BSPM) in order to personalise the main parameters of a cardiac EP model for predicting different pacing conditions. First, an efficient forward model is proposed, coupling the Mitchell- Schaeffer transmembrane potential model with a current dipole formulation...
November 16, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867290/ranolazine-is-an-effective-and-safe-treatment-of-adults-with-symptomatic-premature-ventricular-contractions-due-to-triggered-ectopy
#9
Gary L Murray
Early and delayed afterdepolarizations (EAD/DAD) cause triggered ventricular ectopy. Because ranolazine (RAN) suppresses EAD/DAD, we postulated that RAN might be effective in reducing premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). To assess the effect of RAN in patients with symptomatic PVCs due to triggered ectopy and its safety and tolerability. A total of 59 patients with symptomatic PVCs were identified from full-disclosure Holters. Doses of 500 and 1,000 mg offlabel RAN, daily, were given to 34 and 66% patients, respectively, and repeat Holters were performed prospectively during mean followup of 3...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867278/effect-of-methanolic-leaf-extract-of-talinum-triangulare-jacq-willd-on-biochemical-parameters-in-diet-induced-dyslipidemia-wistar-rats
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Olubukola Sinbad Olorunnisola, Adewale Adetutu, Anthony Jide Afolayan, Abiodun Olusoji Owoade
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of methanolic leaf extract of Talinum triangulare on hematological parameters, enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant status, and serum lipid in Wistar rats fed standard laboratory, or 2% cholesterol-enrich diet. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Wistar rats (180-210g) divided into six groups of six animals (males) each were fed 2% cholesterol-enriched diet and orally treated with 0.9% saline or extract of Talinum triangulare (250, 500, and 1000 mg/kg per body weight) daily for eight weeks...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865648/-related-factors-with-extravasation-of-non-cytostatic-agents-in-peripheral-vein-catheters
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Cristina Fernández-García, Esther Mata-Peón, Sara Avanzas-Fernández
OBJECTIVE: To know the independent variables related to the occurrence of extravasation in patients with peripheral vein catheters (PVC). MATERIAL AND METHOD: Retrospective study carried out in 6 longitudinal cuts between July 2013 an January 2014. A total of 1,442 PVC were reviewed, of which 730 met the inclusion criteria, and were divided into 2 groups: extravasation and not extravasation, with 365 cases each. The variables of age, gender, admission unit, catheter gauge, insertion site, previous insertion into the same limb, hospital unit where the insertion took place, communication difficulties, personal health history and analyzed parenterally drug administered were considered...
November 16, 2016: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862484/%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptor-autoantibodies-increase-the-susceptibility-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-involving-abnormal-repolarization-in-guinea-pigs
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Yu-Hui Zhao, Hai-Xia Huang, Ping Liu, Yun-Hui Du, Peng Wang, Wen Wang, Ye Wu, Li Wang, Chang-Sheng Ma, Hui-Rong Liu
High titers of autoantibodies against the second extracellular loop of β1 -adrenergic receptors (β1 -AA) can be detected in the sera from patients with ventricular arrhythmias, but a causal relationship between β1 -AAs and ventricular arrhythmias has not been established. In this work, electrocardiograms of guinea pigs and isolated guinea pig hearts were recorded. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF) were evoked by programmed electrical stimulation of the left ventricular epicardium of isolated guinea pig hearts...
November 11, 2016: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847109/modified-zeolitic-imidazolate-framework-8-as-solid-phase-microextraction-arrow-coating-for-sampling-of-amines-in-wastewater-and-food-samples-followed-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Hangzhen Lan, Tuukka Rönkkö, Jevgeni Parshintsev, Kari Hartonen, Ning Gan, Motolani Sakeye, Jawad Sarfraz, Marja-Liisa Riekkola
In this study, a novel solid phase microextration (SPME) Arrow was prepared for the sampling of volatile low molecular weight alkylamines (trimethylamine (TMA) and triethylamine (TEA)) in wastewater, salmon and mushroom samples before gas chromatographic separation with mass spectrometer as detector. Acidified zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (A-ZIF-8) was utilized as adsorbent and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) as the adhesive. The custom SPME Arrow was fabricated via a physical adhesion: (1) ZIF-8 particles were suspended in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and PVC to form a homogeneous suspension, (2) a non-coated stainless steel SPME Arrow was dipped in the ZIF-8/PVC suspension for several times to obtain a uniform and thick coating, (3) the pore size of ZIF-8 was modified by headspace exposure to hydrochloric acid in order to increase the extraction efficiency for amines...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845335/an-iron-detection-system-determines-bacterial-swarming-initiation-and-biofilm-formation
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Chuan-Sheng Lin, Yu-Huan Tsai, Chih-Jung Chang, Shun-Fu Tseng, Tsung-Ru Wu, Chia-Chen Lu, Ting-Shu Wu, Jang-Jih Lu, Jim-Tong Horng, Jan Martel, David M Ojcius, Hsin-Chih Lai, John D Young
Iron availability affects swarming and biofilm formation in various bacterial species. However, how bacteria sense iron and coordinate swarming and biofilm formation remains unclear. Using Serratia marcescens as a model organism, we identify here a stage-specific iron-regulatory machinery comprising a two-component system (TCS) and the TCS-regulated iron chelator 2-isocyano-6,7-dihydroxycoumarin (ICDH-Coumarin) that directly senses and modulates environmental ferric iron (Fe(3+)) availability to determine swarming initiation and biofilm formation...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836345/a-high-performance-protocol-for-extraction-of-microplastics-in-fish
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Ali Karami, Abolfazl Golieskardi, Cheng Keong Choo, Nicholas Romano, Yu Bin Ho, Babak Salamatinia
So far, several classes of digesting solutions have been employed to extract microplastics (MPs) from biological matrices. However, the performance of digesting solutions across different temperatures has never been systematically investigated. In the first phase of the present study, we measured the efficiency of different oxidative agents (NaClO or H2O2), bases (NaOH or KOH), and acids [HCl or HNO3; concentrated and diluted (5%)] in digesting fish tissues at room temperature (RT, 25°C), 40, 50, or 60°C...
November 8, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822646/identification-and-quantification-by-1-h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-seven-plasticizers-in-pvc-medical-devices
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Stéphanie Genay, Frédéric Feutry, Morgane Masse, Christine Barthélémy, Valérie Sautou, Pascal Odou, Bertrand Décaudin, Nathalie Azaroual
Medical devices are generally made of polyvinyl chloride plasticized by six authorized plasticizers as alternatives to di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (DEHP) classified as reprotoxic class 1b. These are acetyl tri-n-butyl citrate (ATBC), di-(2-ethylhexy) adipate (DEHA), di-(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DEHT), di-isononyl cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate (DINCH), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), and tri-octyl trimellitate (TOTM). The main objective of this study was to propose a new method using (1)H NMR spectroscopy to determine and quantify these seven plasticizers in PVC sheets, standard infusion tubings, and commercially available medical devices...
November 7, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815558/in-vitro-effects-of-an-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-circuit-on-the-sequestration-of-%C3%AF%C2%B5-aminocaproic-acid
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Deborah Wagner, Miguel Caraballo, John Waldvogel, Yuki Peterson, Duxin Sun
OBJECTIVE: To assess the in vitro effects of drug sequestration in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) on ϵ-aminocaproic acid (EACA) concentrations. METHODS AND DESIGN: This in vitro study will determine changes in EACA concentration over time in ECMO circuits. A pediatric dose of 2,500 mg was administered to whole expired blood in the simulated pediatric ECMO circuit. Blood samples were collected at 0, 30, 60, 360 and 1440-minute intervals after initial administration equilibration from three different sites of the circuit: pre-oxygenator (PRE), post-oxygenator (POST) and PVC tubing (PVC) to determine the predominant site of drug loss...
November 3, 2016: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799571/evaluation-of-sacroiliac-joint-mri-for-pelvic-venous-congestion-signs-in-women-clinically-suspected-of-sacroiliitis
#18
Canan Cimsit, Tevfik Yoldemir, Derya Tureli, Mustafa Erkin Aribal
BACKGROUND: Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a commonly overlooked condition which is a potential cause of chronic pelvic pain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) may demonstrate unexpected conditions that can mimic sacroiliitis (SI). Awareness of MRI-defined pelvic venous congestion (PVC) may help in identifying PCS, where vascular abnormality may be the sole manifestation of SIJ pain. PURPOSE: To detect incidental MRI-defined PVC in patients who underwent SIJ-MRI for presumed SI and define the variance of its incidence...
October 31, 2016: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798051/risk-factors-for-premature-ventricular-contractions-in-young-and-healthy-adults
#19
Mirco von Rotz, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Matthias Bossard, Tobias Schoen, Steffen Blum, Susanna Schneider, Joel Estis, John Todd, Martin Risch, Lorenz Risch, David Conen
BACKGROUND: Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it was aimed to assess risk factors for the frequency of PVCs in young and healthy adults. METHODS: Our population-based study included 2048 healthy adults from the general population aged 25-41 years. PVC frequency was determined by 24-hour Holter ECG. We performed multivariable regression analysis using stepwise backward selection to identify factors independently associated with PVC frequency...
October 21, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794597/enhanced-p3ht-zno-nanowire-array-solar-cells-by-pyro-phototronic-effect
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Kewei Zhang, Zhong Lin Wang, Ya Yang
The pyro-phototronic effect is based on the coupling among photoexcitation, pyroelectricity, and semiconductor charge transport in pyroelectric materials, which can be utilized to modulate photoexcited carriers to enhance the output performance of solar cells. Herein, we have demonstrated the largely enhanced output performance of a P3HT/ZnO nanowire array photovoltaic cell (PVC) by using the pyro-phototronic effect under weak light illuminations. By applying an external cooling temperature variation, the output current and voltage of the PVC can be dramatically enhanced by 18% and 152% under indoor light illumination, respectively...
November 1, 2016: ACS Nano
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