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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434377/a-primary-extraskeletal-osteosarcoma-of-the-mesentery-a-case-report
#1
Nathalie E J van den Broek, Paul Willemsen, Caroline Mattelaer
Extraskeletal osteosarcoma is a rare and invasive malignancy, typically located in the soft tissue without attachment to the skeleton. The present study reports a case of a primary mesenteric extraskeletal osteosarcoma of a 71-year-old woman. The patient complained of an incomplete defecation. Colonoscopy showed an ulcer with impression of external compression of the sigmoid. An additional abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a large, almost completely calcified, mass in the left lower abdomen causing hydronephrosis of the left kidney...
April 24, 2017: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433482/variations-of-target-volume-definition-and-daily-target-volume-localization-in-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-under-abdominal-compression
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Chunhui Han, Sagus Sampath, Timothy E Schultheisss, Jeffrey Y C Wong
We aimed to compare gross tumor volumes (GTV) in 3-dimensional computed tomography (3DCT) simulation and daily cone beam CT (CBCT) with the internal target volume (ITV) in 4-dimensional CT (4DCT) simulation in stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) treatment of patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) under abdominal compression. We retrospectively selected 10 patients with NSCLC who received image-guided SBRT treatments under abdominal compression with daily CBCT imaging. GTVs were contoured as visible gross tumor on the planning 3DCT and daily CBCT, and ITVs were contoured using maximum intensity projection (MIP) images of the planning 4DCT...
April 19, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433024/perspective-dissipative-particle-dynamics
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Pep Español, Patrick B Warren
Dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) belongs to a class of models and computational algorithms developed to address mesoscale problems in complex fluids and soft matter in general. It is based on the notion of particles that represent coarse-grained portions of the system under study and allow, therefore, reaching time and length scales that would be otherwise unreachable from microscopic simulations. The method has been conceptually refined since its introduction almost twenty five years ago. This perspective surveys the major conceptual improvements in the original DPD model, along with its microscopic foundation, and discusses outstanding challenges in the field...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431708/extramedullary-plasmacytoma-arising-from-the-anterior-mediastinum
#4
Kiyoshi Sato, Satoshi Fumimoto, Takehisa Fukada, Yoshio Ichihashi, Kaoru Ochi, Hidetoshi Satomi, Takuya Morita, Nobuharu Hanaoka, Yoshikatsu Okada, Takahiro Katsumata
Plasmacytomas are a localized proliferation of plasma cells in the bone marrow and soft tissue. Extramedullary plasmacytomas are rare and typically solitary plasma cell neoplasms originating from extraosseous organs and tissues. A 31-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a rapidly growing abnormal shadow on a chest roentgenogram. Chest computed tomography showed that the lesion was located in the anterior mediastinum. She underwent surgery, and the tumor was diagnosed as an extramedullary plasmacytoma...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430540/demystifying-orbital-emergencies-a-pictorial-review
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Viet D Nguyen, Achint K Singh, Wilson B Altmeyer, Bundhit Tantiwongkosi
Imaging of the orbit plays an important role in the workup of orbital emergencies. Orbital imaging is particularly useful in the emergency department, where clinical history and physical examination may be limited or delayed until the exclusion or treatment of more life-threatening conditions. Cross-sectional orbital imaging with multidetector computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is commonly performed in addition to ultrasonography. In an emergent setting, CT is the preferred modality when evaluating for intraorbital foreign bodies, fractures, or calcifications within a mass lesion...
April 21, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429757/soft-electronics-enabled-ergonomic-human-computer-interaction-for-swallowing-training
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Yongkuk Lee, Benjamin Nicholls, Dong Sup Lee, Yanfei Chen, Youngjae Chun, Chee Siang Ang, Woon-Hong Yeo
We introduce a skin-friendly electronic system that enables human-computer interaction (HCI) for swallowing training in dysphagia rehabilitation. For an ergonomic HCI, we utilize a soft, highly compliant ("skin-like") electrode, which addresses critical issues of an existing rigid and planar electrode combined with a problematic conductive electrolyte and adhesive pad. The skin-like electrode offers a highly conformal, user-comfortable interaction with the skin for long-term wearable, high-fidelity recording of swallowing electromyograms on the chin...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429477/the-emerging-role-of-maxillofacial-radiology-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-complex-periodontitis
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REVIEW
William C Scarfe, Bruno Azevedo, Lucas R Pinheiro, Menik Priaminiarti, Marcelo A O Sales
Contemporary periodontal therapy has evolved to become more interdisciplinary and increasingly involves more complex treatments, including bone and soft-tissue regenerative procedures. Therapeutic options require an imaging modality or combination of techniques that are capable of providing a diagnostic osseous baseline and facilitating quantification of smaller increments of bony change, both loss and additive, which are comparable over time. Intra-oral and panoramic radiography are the modalities most commonly used to identify the location, quantify the amount and the pattern of alveolar bone loss and determine response to therapy...
June 2017: Periodontology 2000
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426206/resonance-energies-and-lifetimes-from-the-analytic-continuation-of-the-coupling-constant-method-robust-algorithms-and-a-critical-analysis
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Thomas Sommerfeld, Joshua B Melugin, Prakash Hamal, Masahiro Ehara
The energy of a metastable state can be computed by adding an artificial stabilizing potential to the Hamiltonian, increasing the stabilization until the metastable state is turned into a bound one, and then further increasing the stabilization until enough bound state data have been collected so that these can be extrapolated back to vanishing stabilization. The lifetime of the metastable state can be obtained from the same data, but only if the extrapolation is performed by analytic continuation. This extrapolation method is called analytic continuation of the coupling constant (ACCC)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425667/soft-multifunctional-composites-and-emulsions-with-liquid-metals
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REVIEW
Navid Kazem, Tess Hellebrekers, Carmel Majidi
Binary mixtures of liquid metal (LM) or low-melting-point alloy (LMPA) in an elastomeric or fluidic carrier medium can exhibit unique combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. This emerging class of soft multifunctional composites have potential applications in wearable computing, bio-inspired robotics, and shape-programmable architectures. The dispersion phase can range from dilute droplets to connected networks that support electrical conductivity. In contrast to deterministically patterned LM microfluidics, LMPA- and LM-embedded elastomer (LMEE) composites are statistically homogenous and exhibit effective bulk properties...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424736/a-case-of-xanthogranulomatous-pyelonephritis-associated-with-renoduodenal-fistula
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R Conor Holton-Burke, Mini Varughese
Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) is a rare form of pyelonephritis associated with repeated infection, chronic inflammation, and obstruction. Various fistulas, including those to the intestine, are a known association with XGP. Here, a 55-year-old woman with a history of multiple previous renal calculi presented with dysuria and back pain. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) revealed a soft tissue density in her renal pelvis and perirenal space consistent with XGP along with a tract connecting the upper pole of her right kidney to the second portion of the duodenum...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424527/unified-alignment-of-protein-protein-interaction-networks
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Noël Malod-Dognin, Kristina Ban, Nataša Pržulj
Paralleling the increasing availability of protein-protein interaction (PPI) network data, several network alignment methods have been proposed. Network alignments have been used to uncover functionally conserved network parts and to transfer annotations. However, due to the computational intractability of the network alignment problem, aligners are heuristics providing divergent solutions and no consensus exists on a gold standard, or which scoring scheme should be used to evaluate them. We comprehensively evaluate the alignment scoring schemes and global network aligners on large scale PPI data and observe that three methods, HUBALIGN, L-GRAAL and NATALIE, regularly produce the most topologically and biologically coherent alignments...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420248/creating-an-optimal-3d-printed-model-for-temporal-bone-dissection-training
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Kuniyuki Takahashi, Yuka Morita, Shinsuke Ohshima, Shuji Izumi, Yamato Kubota, Yutaka Yamamoto, Sugata Takahashi, Arata Horii
OBJECTIVE: Making a 3-dimensional (3D) temporal bone model is simple using a plaster powder bed and an inkjet printer. However, it is difficult to reproduce air-containing spaces and precise middle ear structures. The objective of this study was to overcome these problems and create a temporal bone model that would be useful both as a training tool and for preoperative simulation. METHODS: Drainage holes were made to remove excess materials from air-containing spaces, ossicle ligaments were manually changed to bony structures, and small and/or soft tissue structures were colored differently while designing the 3D models...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418199/evaluation-of-biological-activity-and-computer-aided-design-of-new-soft-glucocorticoids
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Vladimir Dobričić, Vesna Jaćević, Jelica Vučićević, Katarina Nikolic, Sote Vladimirov, Olivera Čudina
Soft glucocorticoids are compounds that are biotransformed to inactive and non-toxic metabolites and have fewer side effects than traditional glucocorticoids. A new class of 17β-carboxamide steroids has been recently introduced by our group. In this study, local anti-inflammatory activity of these derivatives was evaluated by use of the croton oil-induced ear edema test. Glucocorticoids with the highest maximal edema inhibition (MEI) were pointed out, and the systemic side effects of those with the lowest EC50 values were significantly lower in comparison to dexamethasone...
April 18, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417204/injuries-to-the-chopart-joint-complex-a-current-review
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REVIEW
Halah Kutaish, R Stern, L Drittenbass, M Assal
Chopart complex injuries (CCIs) are thought to be uncommon; however, recent literature states the rate of misdiagnosis to be between 20 and 41%. Chopart complex injuries are not ankle injuries, with which they are initially confused due to a similar mechanism of trauma in many cases. Injury to the Chopart complex commonly affects multiple structures. The key to optimal treatment is a high index of clinical suspicion combined with timely accurate imaging studies. Careful diagnostic workup with high-quality radiographs of the foot in neutral position should be obtained...
April 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414984/a-fully-synthetic-lung-model-for-wound-ballistic-experiments-first-results
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S A Bolliger, S A Poschmann, M J Thali, S Eggert
PURPOSE: Today, synthetic models have all but replaced animal and corpse models in examining damage to soft-tissues and skeletal structures by ballistic trauma. As, however, non-solid organs such as the lungs, have not been able to be replaced by a fully synthetic model we attempted to create such a model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 20% ordnance gelatine was frothed with a household mixer and cooled to stable foam. Several of these foam blocks were then stuck together with liquid gelatine and placed between 10% gelatine blocks...
April 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413736/targeted-intraspinal-radiofrequency-ablation-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Robert E Jacobson, Michelle Granville, Jesse Hatgis DO
INTRODUCTION: By using a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine, it is possible to distinguish between spinal stenosis caused by bone compression and specific soft tissue epidural intraspinal lesions that cause localized spinal canal stenosis and neural compression. Examples include facet cysts and yellow ligament hypertrophy. Many of these patients are elderly with medical comorbidities that make open surgery problematic. MATERIALS & METHODS: This is a study of patients with predominantly soft tissue stenosis being treated with targeted intraspinal radiofrequency (RF) heat ablation...
March 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413358/the-soft-computing-based-approach-to-investigate-allergic-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Gennaro Tartarisco, Alessandro Tonacci, Paola Lucia Minciullo, Lucia Billeci, Giovanni Pioggia, Cristoforo Incorvaia, Sebastiano Gangemi
BACKGROUND: Early recognition of inflammatory markers and their relation to asthma, adverse drug reactions, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other allergic diseases is an important goal in allergy. The vast majority of studies in the literature are based on classic statistical methods; however, developments in computational techniques such as soft computing-based approaches hold new promise in this field. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this manuscript is to systematically review the main soft computing-based techniques such as artificial neural networks, support vector machines, bayesian networks and fuzzy logic to investigate their performances in the field of allergic diseases...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410600/primary-adrenal-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Nanik Ram, Owais Rashid, Saad Farooq, Imran Ulhaq, Najmul Islam
BACKGROUND: Lymphomas are cancers that arise from the white blood cells and have been traditionally divided into two large subtypes: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. B-cell lymphoma is the most common subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma; almost 85% of patients with lymphoma have this variant. Lymphomas can potentially arise from any lymphoid tissue located in the body; however, primary adrenal non-Hodgkin lymphoma is extremely rare. We report the history, examination findings, and laboratory results of a 50-year-old man diagnosed with a primary left adrenal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410050/the-deterministic-information-bottleneck
#19
D J Strouse, David J Schwab
Lossy compression and clustering fundamentally involve a decision about which features are relevant and which are not. The information bottleneck method (IB) by Tishby, Pereira, and Bialek (1999) formalized this notion as an information-theoretic optimization problem and proposed an optimal trade-off between throwing away as many bits as possible and selectively keeping those that are most important. In the IB, compression is measured by mutual information. Here, we introduce an alternative formulation that replaces mutual information with entropy which, we call the deterministic information bottleneck (DIB) and we argue, better captures this notion of compression...
April 14, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407803/orchitis-reveals-an-extragonadal-primary-mediastinal-thymic-seminoma-a-coincidence-or-not
#20
Athanasios Tampakis, Ekaterini Christina Tampaki, Christos Damaskos, Themistoklis Feretis, Irene Thymara, Konstantinos Kontzoglou, Periklis Tomos, Gregory Kouraklis
BACKGROUND: Mediastinal thymic seminomas are rare male germ cell tumors with extragonadal origin that appear predominately with a cystic appearance. CASE PRESENTATION: A 22-year-old male was referred to our department for further investigation of a mediastinal mass discovered incidentally during routine chest X-ray. The patient has denied any symptoms including dyspnea, chest pain, cough, fever, dysphagia, hemoptysis, weight loss, and weakness. His past medical history was remarkable for orchitis, for which he had undergone a bilateral testicular biopsy, without the latter however, indicating the presence of a germ cell tumor or a premalignant lesion...
April 13, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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