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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633348/lifelong-arrhythmic-risk-stratification-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-distribution-of-events-and-impact-of-periodical-reassessment
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Chiara Cappelletto, Davide Stolfo, Antonio De Luca, Bruno Pinamonti, Giulia Barbati, Alberto Pivetta, Marco Gobbo, Francesca Brun, Marco Merlo, Gianfranco Sinagra
Aims: The arrhythmic risk stratification of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) remains controversial. We evaluated the long-term distribution of life-threatening arrhythmic events assessing the impact of periodical risk reassessment. Methods and results: Ninety-eight ARVC patients with no previous major ventricular arrhythmias were retrospectively analysed. Patients were assessed at baseline, at 22 [inter-quartile range (IQR) 16-26], 49 (IQR 41-55) and 97 months (IQR 90-108)...
June 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629971/survey-of-pathogens-in-threatened-wild-red-tailed-amazon-parrot-amazona-brasiliensis-nestlings-in-rasa-island-brazil
#2
Frederico Fontanelli Vaz, Patrícia Pereira Serafini, Rosangela Locatelli-Dittrich, Rafael Meurer, Edison Luiz Durigon, Jansen de Araújo, Luciano Matsumiya Thomazelli, Tatiana Ometto, Elenise Angelotti Bastos Sipinski, Rafael Meirelles Sezerban, Maria Cecília Abbud, Tânia Freitas Raso
The red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) is a threatened species of psittacine bird that inhabit coastal regions of Brazil. In view of the threat of this species, the aim of this study was to perform a health evaluation in wild nestlings in Rasa Island, determining the prevalence of enterobacteria and infectious agents according to type of nest. Blood samples were collected from 64 birds and evaluated for antibodies of Chlamydia psittaci by commercial dot-blot ELISA. Cloacal and oropharyngeal swabs samples were collected from 23 birds from artificial wooden nests, 15 birds from PVC nests and 2 birds from natural nests for microbiological analysis...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629192/effects-of-sulfate-chloride-and-bicarbonate-on-iron-stability-in-a-pvc-u-drinking-pipe
#3
Jiaying Wang, Tao Tao, Hexiang Yan
In order to describe iron stability in plastic pipes and to ensure the drinking water security, the influence factors and rules for iron adsorption and release were studied, dependent on the Unplasticized poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC-U) drinking pipes employed in this research. In this paper, sulfate, chloride, and bicarbonate, as well as synthesized models, were chosen to investigate the iron stability on the inner wall of PVC-U drinking pipes. The existence of the three kinds of anions could significantly affect the process of iron adsorption, and a positive association was found between the level of anion concentration and the adsorption rate...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629051/novel-biomimetic-composite-material-for-potentiometric-screening-of-acetylcholine-a-neurotransmitter-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Ana S Sacramento, Felismina T C Moreira, Joana L Guerreiro, Ana P Tavares, M Goreti F Sales
This work describes a novel approach to produce an antibody-like biomimetic material. It includes preparing composite imprinted material never presented before, with highly conductive support nanostructures and assembling a high conductivity polymeric layer at low temperature. Overall, such highly conductive material may enhance the final features of electrically-based devices. Acetylcholine (ACh) was selected as target analyte, a neurotransmitter of importance in Alzheimer's disease. Potentiometric transduction was preferred, allowing quick responses and future adaptation to point-of-care requirements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624658/optimisation-of-hpmc-ophthalmic-inserts-with-sustained-release-properties-as-a-carrier-for-thermolabile-therapeutics
#5
Arnout Everaert, Yannick Wouters, Eline Melsbach, Nadia Zakaria, Annick Ludwig, Filip Kiekens, Wim Weyenberg
A methodology was developed and optimised for the preparation of a new drug delivery system (DDS) with sustained release properties to allow ocular protein delivery and to limit destructive production steps during manufacturing. Elevated temperatures, shear forces and an oxidative environment should be avoided in order to prevent denaturation or oxidation of proteins. An aqueous HPMC solution was prepared using heat and casted into small semi-rod-shaped PVC blisters. The polymer solution was allowed to cool down and was partially dehydrated at room temperature...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623882/peripheral-venous-catheter-related-bloodstream-infection-is-associated-with-severe-complications-and-potential-death-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Akihiro Sato, Itaru Nakamura, Hiroaki Fujita, Ayaka Tsukimori, Takehito Kobayashi, Shinji Fukushima, Takeshi Fujii, Tetsuya Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics and outcomes of peripheral vascular catheter-related bloodstream infections (PVC-BSIs) and determine the risk of severe complications or death. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study from June 2010 to April 2015 at two regional university-affiliated hospitals in Tokyo. We studied the clinical manifestations, underlying diseases, laboratory results, treatment methods, recurrence rates, and complications in 62 hospitalized patients diagnosed with PVC-BSIs by positive blood cultures...
June 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614916/gestational-diabetes-affects-the-growth-and-functions-of-perivascular-stem-cells
#7
Borim An, Eunbi Kim, Haengseok Song, Kwon-Soo Ha, Eun-Taek Han, Won Sun Park, Tae Gyu Ahn, Se-Ran Yang, Sunghun Na, Seok-Ho Hong
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), one of the common metabolic disorders of pregnancy, leads to functional alterations in various cells including stem cells as well as some abnormalities in fetal development. Perivascular stem cells (PVCs) have gained more attention in recent years, for the treatment of various diseases. However, the effect of GDM on PVC function has not been investigated. In our study, we isolated PVCs from umbilical cord of normal pregnant women and GDM patients and compared their phenotypes and function...
June 13, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612648/recovery-of-phosphorous-from-industrial-waste-water-by-oxidation-and-precipitation
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Rikard Ylmén, Anna M K Gustafsson, Caterina Camerani-Pinzani, Britt-Marie Steenari
This paper describes the development of a method for recovery of phosphorous from one of the waste waters at an Akzo Nobel chemical plant in Ale close to Göteborg. It was found that it is possible to transform the phosphorous in the waste water to a saleable product, i.e. a slowly dissolving fertiliser. The developed process includes oxidation of phosphite to phosphate with hydrogen peroxide and heat. The phosphate is then precipitated as crystalline struvite (ammonium magnesium phosphate) by addition of magnesium chloride...
June 14, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602304/an-umeclidinium-membrane-sensor-two-step-optimization-strategy-for-improved-responses
#9
Ali M Yehia, Hany H Monir
In the scientific context of membrane sensors and improved experimentation, we devised an experimentally designed protocol for sensor optimization. Two-step strategy was implemented for Umeclidinium bromide (UMEC) analysis which is a novel quinuclidine-based muscarinic antagonist used for maintenance treatment of symptoms accompanied with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In the first place, membrane components were screened for ideal ion exchanger, ionophore and plasticizer using three categorical factors at three levels in Taguchi design...
September 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597763/open-label-study-of-ambrisentan-in-patients-with-exercise-pulmonary-hypertension
#10
Sergio A Segrera, Laurie Lawler, Alexander R Opotowsky, David Systrom, Aaron B Waxman
A growing body of evidence suggests that exercise pulmonary hypertension (ePH) is an early form of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Identifying the disease at an early, potentially more responsive phase, and initiating treatment may improve functional status and prevent progression to severe forms of PAH. This was a single-center, open-label six-month treatment trial to evaluate the effect of ambrisentan on pulmonary hemodynamics and exercise capacity in ePH utilizing invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing (iCPET)...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590042/changes-in-arrhythmogenic-properties-and-five-year-prognosis-after-carbon-ion-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-mediastinum-cancer
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Mari Amino, Koichiro Yoshioka, Makiyoshi Shima, Tohru Okada, Mio Nakajima, Yoshiya Furusawa, Shigetaka Kanda, Sadaki Inokuchi, Teruhisa Tanabe, Yuji Ikari, Tadashi Kamada
INTRODUCTION: Carbon-ion irradiation of rabbit hearts has improved left ventricular conduction abnormalities through upregulation of gap junctions. However, to date, there has been no investigation on the effect of carbon-ion irradiation on electrophysiological properties in human. We investigated this effect in patients with mediastinum extra-cardiac cancer treated with carbon-ion radiotherapy that included irradiating the heart. METHODS AND RESULTS: In April-December 2009, eight patients were prospectively enrolled (including two male, aged 72...
June 7, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589787/conditioned-medium-from-the-three-dimensional-culture-of-human-umbilical-cord-perivascular-cells-accelerate-the-migration-and-proliferation-of-human-keratinocyte-and-fibroblast
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Min Ho Kim, Wen Hao Wu, Jee Hyun Choi, Ji Hyun Kim, Seok-Ho Hong, Jin Hyun Jun, Yong Ko, Jong Hun Lee
Previous studies have reported that the conditioned medium (CM) of bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) stimulate the migration and proliferation of cell types involved in the wound healing process. However, these studies only show MSC-CM effects that were obtained using a two-dimensional (2D) culture. Recently, a three-dimensional (3D) culture has been considered to be a more physiologically appropriate system than the 2D culture. In addition, it has been shown that the procurement of BM-MSC is invasive, and other sources of MSC are thus being explored...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587792/breaking-fat-how-mycobacteria-and-other-intracellular-pathogens-manipulate-host-lipid-droplets
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REVIEW
Caroline Barisch, Thierry Soldati
Tuberculosis (Tb) is a lung infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). With one third of the world population latently infected, it represents the most prevalent bacterial infectious diseases worldwide. Typically, persistence is linked to so-called "dormant" slow-growing bacteria, which have a low metabolic rate and a reduced response to antibiotic treatments. However, dormant bacteria regain growth and virulence when the immune system is weakened, leading again to the active form of the disease...
June 3, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587152/long-term-physiologic-and-behavioural-effects-of-housing-density-and-environmental-resource-provision-for-adult-male-and-female-sprague-dawley-rats
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Christopher J Pinelli, Francesco Leri, Patricia V Turner
There is considerable interest in refining laboratory rodent environments to promote animal well-being, as well as research reproducibility. Few studies have evaluated the long term impact of enhancing rodent environments with resources and additional cagemates. To that end, male and female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were housed singly (n = 8/sex), in pairs (n = 16/sex), or in groups of four (n = 16/sex) for five months. Single and paired rats were housed in standard cages with a nylon chew toy, while group-housed rats were kept in double-wide cages with two PVC shelters and a nylon chew toy and were provided with food enrichment three times weekly...
June 1, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578857/surface-treatment-with-fenton-for-separation-of-acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene-and-polyvinylchloride-waste-plastics-by-flotation
#15
Jian-Chao Wang, Hui Wang, Luo-Luo Huang, Chong-Qing Wang
Surface treatment with Fenton was applied to flotation separation of acrylonitrile-butadienestyrene (ABS) and polyvinylchloride (PVC). After treatment, the floatability of ABS has a dramatic decrease, while the floatability of PVC is not affected. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra were recorded to ascertain the mechanism of Fenton treatment. FT-IR and XPS analysis confirms that the introduction of oxygen-containing group occurs on the surface of ABS...
June 1, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572922/migration-of-nonylphenol-and-plasticizers-from-polyvinyl-chloride-stretch-film-into-food-simulants-rapeseed-oil-and-foods
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Yoko Kawamura, Yuko Ogawa, Motoh Mutsuga
Nonylphenol (NP) has been suspected as an endocrine-disrupting chemical. Japanese polyvinyl chloride (PVC) stretch films contained 0.5-3.3 mg/g of NP and 100-400 mg/g of plasticizers such as diisononyl adipate (DINA), di-n-alkyl adipate (DAA), and diacetyllauroyl glycerol (DALG). Migration of NP and plasticizers from PVC stretch films into food simulants (water; 4% acetic acid; 20%, 50%, and 95% ethanol; and heptane), rapeseed oil, and foods was investigated. Plasticizers migrated only in small amounts into aqueous simulants and foods, although they migrated at much higher levels into 50% and 95% ethanol, heptane, rapeseed oil, and fatty foods, whereas NP more easily migrated into aqueous simulants and foods...
May 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569617/multimodal-partial-volume-correction-application-to-11-c-pib-pet-mri-myelin-imaging-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Elisabetta Grecchi, Mattia Veronese, Benedetta Bodini, Daniel García-Lorenzo, Marco Battaglini, Bruno Stankoff, Federico E Turkheimer
The [(11)C]PIB PET tracer, originally developed for amyloid imaging, has been recently repurposed to quantify demyelination and remyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS). Myelin PET imaging, however, is limited by its low resolution that deteriorates the quantification accuracy of white matter (WM) lesions. Here, we introduce a novel partial volume correction (PVC) method called Multiresolution-Multimodal Resolution-Recovery (MM-RR), which uses the wavelet transform and a synergistic statistical model to exploit MRI structural images to improve the resolution of [(11)C]PIB PET myelin imaging...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568013/a-multicenter-review-of-ablation-in-the-aortic-cusps-in-young-people
#18
Minh B Nguyen, Scott R Ceresnak, Christopher M Janson, Steven B Fishberger, Barry A Love, Andrew D Blaufox, Kara S Motonaga, Anne M Dubin, Lynn Nappo, Robert H Pass
BACKGROUND: Ablation within the aortic cusp is safe and effective in adults. There are little data on aortic cusp ablation in the pediatric literature. We investigated the safety and efficacy of aortic cusp ablation in young patients. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive study of aortic cusp ablation in 5 pediatric EP centers from 2008-2014 was performed. All patients < 21 years of age who underwent ablation in the aortic cusps were included. Factors analyzed included patient demographics, procedural details, outcomes and complications...
June 1, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567914/bedside-identification-of-patients-at-risk-for-pvc-induced-cardiomyopathy-is-ecg-useful
#19
Noelle C Garster, Charles A Henrikson
BACKGROUND: Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) are an under-recognized cause of cardiomyopathy. Standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has potential to direct attention towards at-risk patients. METHODS: We performed a single center, retrospective chart review of 1,240 patients that completed ECG and Holter monitoring at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital between 01/01/2011 and 12/31/2013 to investigate the relationship of PVC frequency on ECG with burden on Holter...
June 1, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558982/decrease-in-the-incidence-and-in-hospital-mortality-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-among-children-in-spain-2001-2014
#20
Isabel Jimenez Trujillo, Ana Lopez de Andres, Valentin Hernandez-Barrera, Maria A Martinez-Huedo, Javier de Miguel-Diez, Rodrigo Jimenez-Garcia
OBJECTIVES: To describe trends in the incidence and outcomes of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) hospitalizations among Spanish children from 2001 to 2014 and to assess the effect of the pneumococcal vaccination (PCV) coverage in this period. METHODS: This study was conducted using the Spanish National Hospital Database from 2001 to 2014 including subjects <18years. We selected discharges with a primary diagnosis of CAP. Study variable included age, sex, comorbid conditions, procedures, isolated pathogens and hospital outcome variables...
May 27, 2017: Vaccine
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