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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324999/surface-electromyography-based-muscle-fatigue-analysis-for-stroke-patients-at-different-brunnstrom-stages
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Yinjun Tu, Zhe Zhang, Xudong Gu, Qiang Fang
Muscle fatigue analysis has been an important topic in sport and rehabilitation medicine due to its role in muscle performance evaluation and pathology investigation. This paper proposes a surface electromyography (sEMG) based muscle fatigue analysis approach which was specifically designed for stroke rehabilitation applications. 14 stroke patients from 5 different Brunnstrom recovery stage groups were involved in the experiment and features including median frequency and mean power frequency were extracted from the collected sEMG samples for investigation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324935/photoplethysmography-towards-a-non-invasive-pressure-measurement-technique
#2
H Njoum, P A Kyriacou
There is a need for non-invasive and continuous blood pressure measurements. This study explored the relationship between Photoplethysmography (PPG) and Pressure-Volume (P-V) changes in an in vitro model. We proposed and compared methods for an estimation of the pulsatile volume, termed as Normalized Pulse Volume (NPV) and Adjusted Pulse Volume (APV). To validate the methods, pressure, Red (R) and InfraRed (IR) PPG signals were recorded continuously in an arterial model utilizing a pulsatile pump. Flow rates were controlled by varying pumping frequencies at low and high stroke volumes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324891/multicenter-prospective-evaluation-of-the-reliability-of-the-combined-use-of-two-models-to-predict-non-sentinel-lymph-node-status-in-breast-cancer-patients-with-metastatic-sentinel-lymph-nodes-the-mskcc-nomogram-and-the-tenon-score-results-of-the-notegs-study
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Roman Rouzier, Catherine Uzan, Alexandra Rousseau, Eugénie Guillot, Sonia Zilberman, Charles Meyer, Pablo Estevez, Pierre-Francois Dupre, David Kere, Virginie Doridot, Gauthier D'halluin, Xavier Fritel, Nicolas Pouget, Clémentine Jankowski, Chafika Mazouni, Tabassome Simon, Charles Coutant
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the combined use of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nomogram and Tenon score to select, in patients with metastatic sentinel lymph node (SN), those at low risk of metastatic non-SN for whom additional axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) could be avoided. METHODS: From January 2011 to July 2012, a prospective non-interventional nationwide study was conducted (NCT01509963). We sought to identify the false reassurance rate (FRR, a negative test result is false) in patients with both a ⩽10% probability of metastatic non-SN with the MSKCC nomogram and a Tenon score ⩽3...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324841/metal-mobilization-from-metallurgical-wastes-by-soil-organic-acids
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Anna Potysz, Malgorzata Grybos, Jakub Kierczak, Gilles Guibaud, Patrice Fondaneche, Piet N L Lens, Eric D van Hullebusch
Three types of Cu-slags differing in chemical and mineralogical composition (historical, shaft furnace, and granulated slags) and a matte from a lead recovery process were studied with respect to their susceptibility to release Cu, Zn and Pb upon exposure to organic acids commonly encountered in soil environments. Leaching experiments (24-960 h) were conducted with: i) humic acid (20 mg/L) at pH t0 = 4.4, ii) fulvic acid (20 mg/L) at pH t0 = 4.4, iii) an artificial root exudates (ARE) (17.4 g/L) solution at pH t0 = 4...
March 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324819/impact-of-different-feedstocks-derived-biochar-amendment-with-cadmium-low-uptake-affinity-cultivar-of-pak-choi-brassica-rapa-ssb-chinensis-l-on-phytoavoidation-of-cd-to-reduce-potential-dietary-toxicity
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Kiran Yasmin Khan, Barkat Ali, Xiaoqiang Cui, Ying Feng, Xiaoe Yang, Peter Joseph Stoffella
Biochar has become eco-friendly amendment used for phytoavoidation with low cadmium (Cd) accumulating cultivars of crops to ensure food safety in Cd contaminated soils. In this study, biochar with different waste feedstock material were evaluated for their effectiveness on essential trace metals mobility, Cd bioavailability and its accumulation in two contrasting Cd accumulating cultivars of pak choi (Brassica rapa ssp. chinensis L.) grown in Cd contaminated Mollisol soil. A greenhouse experiment was conducted with plants grown in Cd contaminated soil that had been amended with biochar derived from barley straw, tomato green waste, chicken manure, duck manure and swine manure at application rate of 0%, 2...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324817/developmental-toxicity-and-induction-of-vitellogenin-in-embryo-larval-stages-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-exposed-to-methyl-paraben
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Vrinda Yatin Dambal, Karthikeyan Ponnien Selvan, Christy Lite, S Barathi, Winkins Santosh
MethylParaben (MP), a methyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, is used as an anti-microbial preservative in foods, drugs and cosmetics for decades. It enters the aquatic environment, and can have toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Little is known on the developmental toxicity of MP exposure to zebrafish during early life stages. In this study, the developmental effects of MP were evaluated in embryo-larval zebrafish (at concentrations ranging from 100μM, 200μM, 400µM, 800μM and 1000μM for 96h post fertilization (hpf)...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324815/gender-and-race-ethnic-differences-in-the-persistence-of-alcohol-drug-and-poly-substance-use-disorders
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Elizabeth A Evans, Christine E Grella, Donna L Washington, Dawn M Upchurch
AIMS: To examine gender and racial/ethnic differences in the effect of substance use disorder (SUD) type on SUD persistence. METHODS: Data were provided by 1025 women and 1835 men from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) to examine whether gender and race/ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Black, Hispanic) moderate the effects of DSM-IV defined past-12 month SUD type (alcohol, drug, poly-substance) on SUD persistence at 3-year follow-up, controlling for covariates...
March 7, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324779/frontocingulate-cerebral-blood-flow-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-associated-with-antidepressant-response-in-late-life-depression
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Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, Brian D Boyd, Manus J Donahue, Kimberly Albert, Warren D Taylor
BACKGROUND: Vascular pathology is common in late-life depression (LLD) and may contribute to alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR). In turn, such hemodynamic deficits may adversely affect brain function and clinical course. The goal of this study was to examine whether altered cerebral hemodynamics in depressed elders predicted antidepressant response. METHODS: 21 depressed elders completed cranial 3T MRI, including a pseudo-continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pcASL) acquisition on both room air and during a hypercapnia challenge...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324747/optimal-dose-reduction-of-folfirinox-for-preserving-tumour-response-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-using-cumulative-relative-dose-intensity
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Jong-Chan Lee, Jin Won Kim, Soyeon Ahn, Hyoung Woo Kim, Jongchan Lee, Young Hoon Kim, Kyu-Hyun Paik, Jaihwan Kim, Jin-Hyeok Hwang
BACKGROUND: FOLFIRINOX has increased efficacy but also toxicity. Despite various modified FOLFIRINOX regimens, how much reduction is acceptable remains unclear. This study aimed to find the optimal relative dose intensity (RDI, %) of FOLFIRINOX that preserves tumour responses in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (PC). METHODS: We reviewed 201 patients with PC treated with first-line FOLFIRINOX during 2012-2015. We established a modified Hryniuk model (http://www...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324723/specific-light-up-pullulan-based-nanoparticles-with-reduction-triggered-emission-and-activatable-photoactivity-for-the-imaging-and-photodynamic-killing-of-cancer-cells
#10
Jing Xia, Liuwei Zhang, Ming Qian, Yongming Bao, Jingyun Wang, Yachen Li
Activatable photosensitizers that can be activated by cancer-associated stimuli have drawn increasing attention for simultaneous fluorescence imaging and photodynamic ablation of cancer cells. Here, we developed a cancer-cell specific photosensitizer nano-delivery system by synthesizing protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)-conjugated pullulan (P) with reducible disulfide bonds. The amphiphilic P-s-s-PpIX conjugate self-assembled in aqueous condition to form core-shell structured nanoparticles (P-s-s-PpIX NPs) with average size of 166nm, showing reduction-controllable stability...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324655/tracking-the-energy-flow-on-nanoscale-via-sample-transmitted-excitation-photoluminescence-spectroscopy
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Pavel Moroz, Natalia Razgoniaeva, Yufan He, Gregory Jensen, Holly Eckard, H Peter Lu, Mikhail Zamkov
Tracking the energy flow in nanoscale materials is an important yet challenging goal. Experimental methods for probing the intermolecular energy transfer (ET) are often burdened by the spectral crosstalk between donor and acceptor species, which complicates unraveling their individual contributions. This issue is particularly prominent in inorganic nanoparticles and biological macromolecules featuring broad absorbing profiles. Here, we demonstrate a general spectroscopic strategy for measuring the energy transfer efficiency between nanostructured or molecular dyes exhibiting a significant donor-acceptor spectral overlap...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324317/anxiety-and-depression-symptoms-and-migraine-a-symptom-based-approach-research
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Mario Fernando Prieto Peres, Juliane P P Mercante, Patricia R Tobo, Helder Kamei, Marcelo Eduardo Bigal
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and mood disorders have been shown to be the most relevant psychiatric comorbidities associated with migraine, influencing its clinical course, treatment response, and clinical outcomes. Limited information is available on how specific anxiety and depression symptoms are related to migraine. Symptoms-based approach, a current trend in mental health research, may improve our understanding in migraine comorbidity. The purpose of this study was to analyze how anxiety and depression aspects are related to migraine through a symptom-based approach...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324284/nonoperative-management-or-watch-and-wait-for-rectal-cancer-with-complete-clinical-response-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-a-critical-appraisal
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Tarik Sammour, Brandee A Price, Kate J Krause, George J Chang
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in nonoperative management (NOM) for rectal cancer with complete clinical response (cCR) after neoadjuvant chemoradiation (nCRT). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the available data on NOM, with the intention of formulating standardized protocols on which to base future investigations. METHODS: A systematic review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines was conducted...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324259/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-seeds-against-spermatocyte-chromosomal-aberrations-and-genotoxicity-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-mice
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Ashraf M Abdel-Moneim, Amina E Essawy, Sherifa S Hamed, Ashgan A Abou-Gabal, Aglal A Alzergy
Nigella sativa is a well-known dietary antioxidant and a valuable inhibitor of clastogenesis and carcinogenesis. The purpose of the present work was to investigate the effects of N. sativa seeds against chromosomal aberrations in primary spermatocytes and early embryonic lethality induced by CCl4 hepatotoxin in Swiss albino mice. One hundred male Swiss albino mice were randomly divided into five groups. Groups I, II, and III received only normal saline, olive oil, and aqueous suspension of N. sativa seeds (50 mg/kg b...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324247/fulvestrant-plus-targeted-agents-versus-fulvestrant-alone-for-treatment-of-hormone-receptor-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-progressed-on-previous-endocrine-therapy-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Wen-Zhao Lin, Qi-Ni Xu, Hong-Biao Wang, Xu-Yuan Li
To compare the addition of targeted agents to fulvestrant with fulvestrant alone in hormone-receptor positive advanced breast cancer progressed on previous endocrine therapy; a meta-analysis of all relevant randomized controlled trials was performed. The PubMed, Embase databases and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched for relevant publications reporting randomized controlled trials between January 2000 and June 2016. Progression-free survival (PFS), objective response rate (ORR), disease control rate (DCR), and toxicity were assessed...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324232/reducing-surgical-site-infections-following-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-an-israeli-experience
#17
R Finkelstein, O Eluk, T Mashiach, D Levin, B Peskin, G Nirenberg, S Karkabi, M Soudri
PURPOSE: To assess the changes observed in surgical site infection (SSI) rates following total joint arthroplasty (TJA) after the introduction of an infection control programme and evaluate the risk factors for the development of these infections. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Large tertiary medical centre in Israel. METHODS: Data about SSIs and potential prophylaxis-, patient-, and procedure-related risk factors were collected for all patients who underwent elective total hip and total knee arthroplasty during the study period...
March 21, 2017: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324158/the-influence-of-sex-and-diet-on-the-characteristics-of-hibernation-in-syrian-hamsters
#18
Marie Trefna, Maaike Goris, Cynthia M C Thissen, Vera A Reitsema, Jojanneke J Bruintjes, Edwin L de Vrij, Hjalmar R Bouma, Ate S Boerema, Robert H Henning
Research on deep hibernators almost exclusively uses species captured from the wild or from local breeding. An exception is Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus), the only standard laboratory animal showing deep hibernation. In deep hibernators, several factors influence hibernation quality, including body mass, sex and diet. We examined hibernation quality in commercially obtained Syrian hamsters in relation to body mass, sex and a diet enriched in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Animals (M/F:30/30, 12 weeks of age) were obtained from Harlan (IN, USA) and individually housed at 21 °C and L:D 14:10 until 20 weeks of age, followed by L:D 8:16 until 27 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324148/comparative-efficacy-and-tolerability-of-sarilumab-150-and-200%C3%A2-mg-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#19
S-C Bae, Y H Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the relative efficacy and tolerability of every other week (q2w) dosing of sarilumab 150 and 200 mg in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this network meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and tolerability of sarilumab in patients with active RA were included. A Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted to combine the direct and indirect evidence from the RCTs...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324119/the-impact-of-cognitive-training-in-substance-use-disorder-the-effect-of-working-memory-training-on-impulse-control-in-methamphetamine-users
#20
Samantha J Brooks, L Wiemerslage, K H Burch, S A Maiorana, E Cocolas, H B Schiöth, K Kamaloodien, D J Stein
OBJECTIVES: Impulsivity is a vulnerability trait for poor self-regulation in substance use disorder (SUD). Working memory (WM) training improves impulsivity and self-regulation in psychiatric disorders. Here we test WM training in methamphetamine use disorder (MUD). METHODS: There are 15 MUD patients receiving inpatient treatment as usual (TAU) and 20 who additionally completed WM cognitive training (CT) and 25 healthy controls (HC). MANCOVA repeated measures analyses examined changes in impulsivity and self-regulation at baseline and after 4 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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