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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631129/optimizing-the-deep-brain-stimulation-care-pathway-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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N J Thomas, P Mertens, T Danaila, G Polo, H Klinger, E Broussolle, S Thobois
Management of Parkinson's disease (PD) using deep brain stimulation (DBS) requires complex care in specialized, multidisciplinary centers. A well-organized, efficient patient flow is crucial to ensure that eligible patients can quickly access DBS. Delays or inefficiencies in patient care may impact a center's ability to meet demand, creating a capacity bottleneck. Analysis of the current practices within a center may help identify areas for improvement. After external audit of the DBS workflow of the Lyon Neurological Hospital and comparison with other European centers, manageable steps were suggested to restructure the care pathway...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620766/phenotype-transformation-of-aortic-valve-interstitial-cells-due-to-applied-shear-stresses-within-a-microfluidic-chip
#2
Xinmei Wang, Joohyung Lee, Mir Ali, Jungkyu Kim, Carla M R Lacerda
Despite valvular heart diseases constituting a significant medical problem, the acquisition of information describing their pathophysiology remains difficult. Due to valvular size, role and location within the body, there is a need for in vitro systems that can recapitulate disease onset and progression. This study combines the development of an in vitro model and its application in the mechanical stimulation of valvular cell transformation. Specifically, porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells (PAVIC) were cultured on polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic devices with or without exposure to shear stresses...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617836/molecular-diversity-and-frequency-of-the-diarrheagenic-enteric-protozoan-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-a-hospital-setting-in-northern-spain
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José Manuel Azcona-Gutiérrez, Aida de Lucio, Marta Hernández-de-Mingo, Concepción García-García, Luis Miguel Soria-Blanco, Lucía Morales, María Aguilera, Isabel Fuentes, David Carmena
BACKGROUND: Human giardiosis and cryptosporidiosis are caused by the enteric protozoan parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. Both pathogens are major contributors to the global burden of diarrhoeal disease, affecting primarily children and immunodebilitated individuals in resource-poor settings. Giardiosis and cryptosporidiosis also represent an important, often underestimate, public health threat in developed countries. In Spain only limited information is currently available on the epidemiology of these infections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611519/sonographic-appearance-of-anal-cushions-of-hemorrhoids
#4
Adilijiang Aimaiti, Ma Mu Ti Jiang A Ba Bai Ke Re, Irshat Ibrahim, Hui Chen, Maimaitituerxun Tuerdi, Mayinuer
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic value of different sonographic methods in hemorrhoids. METHODS: Forty-two healthy volunteers and sixty-two patients with grades I-IV hemorrhoids received two different sonographic examinations from January 2013 to January 2016 at the First and Second Hospitals of Xinjiang Medical University in a prospective way. We analyzed the ultrasonographic findings of these participants and evaluated the outcomes. Resected grades III and IV hemorrhoid tissues were pathologically examined...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602888/study-of-plasma-chemical-no-containing-gas-flow-for-treatment-of-wounds-and-inflammatory-processes
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Alexander V Pekshev, Anatoly B Shekhter, Andrey B Vagapov, Nikolay A Sharapov, Anatoly F Vanin
This work is aimed at exhaustive and detailed study of chemical, physical and physico-chemical characteristics of NO-containing gas flow (NO-CGF) generated by a plasma-chemical generator of Plason device, which has been used in medical practice for more than 15 years for effectively healing wound and inflammatory conditions with exogenous nitric oxide (NO-therapy). Data was obtained on spatial structure of the gas flow, and values of its local parameters in axial and radial directions, such as nitric oxide content, velocity, temperature and mass flow density of nitric oxide, providing altogether the effectiveness of treatment by the exogenous NO-therapy method, were determined experimentally and by computations...
June 5, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602101/expert-panel-on-practice-patterns-in-the-management-of-cow-s-milk-protein-allergy-and-associated-economic-burden-of-disease-on-health-service-in-turkey
#6
Bulent Enis Sekerel, Oznur Seyhun
AIMS: To evaluate practice patterns in the management of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) and associated economic burden of disease on health service in Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was based on experts' views on the practice patterns in management of CMPA manifesting with either proctocolitis or eczema symptoms and thereby to estimate economic burden of CMPA. Practice patterns were determined via patient flow charts developed by experts using modified Delphi method for CMPA presented with proctocolitis and eczema...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593469/a-patient-specific-aortic-valve-model-based-on-moving-resistive-immersed-implicit-surfaces
#7
Marco Fedele, Elena Faggiano, Luca Dedè, Alfio Quarteroni
In this paper, we propose a full computational framework to simulate the hemodynamics in the aorta including the valve. Closed and open valve surfaces, as well as the lumen aorta, are reconstructed directly from medical images using new ad hoc algorithms, allowing a patient-specific simulation. The fluid dynamics problem that accounts from the movement of the valve is solved by a new 3D-0D fluid-structure interaction model in which the valve surface is implicitly represented through level set functions, yielding, in the Navier-Stokes equations, a resistive penalization term enforcing the blood to adhere to the valve leaflets...
June 7, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585034/myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-women-for-the-evaluation-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-state-of-the-evidence-and-clinical-recommendations
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Viviany R Taqueti, Sharmila Dorbala, David Wolinsky, Brian Abbott, Gary V Heller, Timothy M Bateman, Jennifer H Mieres, Lawrence M Phillips, Nanette K Wenger, Leslee J Shaw
This document from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology represents an updated consensus statement on the evidence base of stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), emphasizing new developments in single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) in the clinical evaluation of women presenting with symptoms of stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). The clinical evaluation of symptomatic women is challenging due to their varying clinical presentation, clinical risk factor burden, high degree of comorbidity, and increased risk of major ischemic heart disease events...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580485/modeling-soft-permeable-matter-with-the-proper-generalized-decomposition-pgd-approach-and-verification-by-means-of-nanoindentation
#9
Chady Ghnatios, Christian H Mathis, Rok Simic, Nicholas D Spencer, Francisco Chinesta
Understanding sliding and load-bearing mechanisms of biphasic soft matter is crucial for designing synthetic replacements of cartilage, contact-lens materials or coatings for medical instruments. Interstitial fluid pressurization is believed to be the intrinsic load-carrying phenomenon governing the frictional properties. In this study, we have characterized permeability and identified the fluid contribution to the support of load during Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) nanoindentation of soft polymer brushes in aqueous environments, by means of the Proper Generalized Decomposition (PGD) approach...
June 5, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569502/prevention-of-bacterial-colonization-on-catheters-by-a-one-step-coating-process-involving-an-antibiofouling-polymer-in-water
#10
Hyeongseop Keum, Jin Yong Kim, Byeongjun Yu, Seung Jung Yu, Jinjoo Kim, Hyungsu Jeon, Dong Yun Lee, Sung Gap Im, Sangyong Jon
As reports of multidrug resistant pathogens have increased, patients with implanted medical catheters increasingly need alternative solutions to antibiotic treatments. As most catheter-related infections are directly associated with biofilm formation on the catheter surface, which, once formed, is difficult to eliminate, a promising approach to biofilm prevention involves inhibiting the initial adhesion of bacteria to the surface. In this study, we report an amphiphilic, antifouling polymer, poly(DMA-mPEGMA-AA) that can facilely coat the surfaces of commercially available catheter materials in water and prevent bacterial adhesion to and subsequent colonization of the surface, giving rise to an antibiofilm surface...
June 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566556/estimation-of-clinical-parameters-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd-by-exhaled-breath-full-scan-mass-spectrometry-data-and-iterative-pca-with-intensity-screening-ips-algorithm
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Maggie Haitian Wang, Steven Y F Lau, Ka Chun Chong, Chloe Kwok, Maria Lai, Hau Yin Chung, Chung Shun Ho, Cheuk Chun Szeto, Benny Zee
Breath mass spectrometry is a useful tool for identifying important compounds associated with health. However, there have been few studies that explored human exhaled breath by full-scan mass spectrometry as a non-invasive method for medical diagnosis, which may be attributed to the difficulties resulting from multicollinearity and small sample sizes relative to a large number of product ions. In this study, breath samples from 54 chronic kidney disease patients were analyzed by selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) in the full-scan mode...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557874/partnerships-in-transitions-acute-care-to-skilled-nursing-facility
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Mae L Dizon, Ruth Zaltsmann, Cheryl Reinking
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: Older adults, in particular those discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), are at high risk for readmission. As part of a multifaceted approach to reduce readmissions, a community hospital initiated a 3-prong approach (Collaboration, Communication, and Competency) and partnered with regional SNFs. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTINGS: El Camino Hospital, an independent, locally owned, not-for-profit district, acute care hospital in Northern California, and 11 participating SNFs in the same region...
July 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549792/endocannabinoids-modulate-apoptosis-in-endometriosis-and-adenomyosis
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Elif Bilgic, Elif Guzel Meydanli, Sevil Kose, Makbule Cisel Aydin, Eda Karaismailoglu, Irem Akar, Alp Usubutun, Petek Korkusuz
Adenomyosis that is a form of endometriosis is the growth of ectopic endometrial tissue within the muscular wall of the uterus (myometrium), which may cause dysmenorrhea and infertility. Endocannabinoid mediated apoptotic mechanisms of endometriosis and adenomyosis are not known. We hypothesized that the down regulation of endocannabinoid receptors and/or alteration in their regulatory enzymes may have a direct role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis and adenomyosis through apoptosis. Endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, their synthesizing and catabolizing enzymes (FAAH, NAPE-PLD, DAGL, MAGL) and the apoptotic indexes were immunohistochemically assessed in endometriotic and adenomyotic tissues...
May 23, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543813/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-for-management-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-placement-and-cardiac-transplantation
#14
Leah A Sabato, David M Salerno, Jeremy D Moretz, Douglas L Jennings
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac transplant (CTX) or implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) is associated with significant post-operative morbidity and mortality. A variety of modalities have been used to treat post-operative RVF, including management of volume status, intravenous inotropes and vasodilators, and right-sided mechanical support. Inhaled vasodilator agents are a unique treatment option aimed at minimizing systemic absorption by delivering therapy directly to the pulmonary vasculature...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536932/thromboprophylaxis-in-extracorporeal-circuits-current-pharmacological-strategies-and-future-directions
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Gail M Annich, Oshri Zaulan, Megan Neufeld, Deborah Wagner, Melissa M Reynolds
The development of extracorporeal devices for organ support has been a part of medical history and progression since the late 1900s. These types of technology are primarily used and developed in the field of critical care medicine. Unfractionated heparin, discovered in 1916, has really been the only consistent form of thromboprophylaxis for attenuating or even preventing the blood-biomaterial reaction that occurs when such technologies are initiated. The advent of regional anticoagulation for procedures such as continuous renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis have certainly removed the risks of systemic heparinization and heparin effect, but the challenges of the blood-biomaterial reaction and downstream effects remain...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
#16
Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512447/low-dose-pulsatile-interleukin-6-as-a-treatment-option-for-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
#17
REVIEW
April Ann Cox, Yves Sagot, Gael Hedou, Christina Grek, Travis Wilkes, Aaron I Vinik, Gautam Ghatnekar
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) remains one of the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Currently, pharmacological agents are limited to treating the pain associated with DPN, and do not address the underlying pathological mechanisms driving nerve damage, thus leaving a significant unmet medical need. Interestingly, research conducted using exercise as a treatment for DPN has revealed interleukin-6 (IL-6) signaling to be associated with many positive benefits such as enhanced blood flow and lipid metabolism, decreased chronic inflammation, and peripheral nerve fiber regeneration...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509889/the-role-of-nitrates-in-the-management-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-a-review-of-the-current-evidence-and-guidelines
#18
Mehul A Pragani, Karan P Desai, Doralisa Morrone, Mandeep S Sidhu, William E Boden
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States and can result in significant morbidity. In particular, stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) is a condition that affects nearly 9 million individuals in the United States alone, with substantial annual health care costs related to recurrent medical visits and chronic disease management. Nitrates form a cornerstone of SIHD management by reducing myocardial oxygen consumption and increasing exercise capacity by several mechanisms, including increasing epicardial blood flow through vasodilation and decreased vascular resistance, blunting coronary steal, and reducing preload...
2017: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451810/human-thiel-embalmed-cadaveric-aortic-model-with-perfusion-for-endovascular-intervention-training-and-medical-device-evaluation
#19
Helen McLeod, Ben F Cox, James Robertson, Robyn Duncan, Shona Matthew, Raj Bhat, Avril Barclay, J Anwar, Tracey Wilkinson, Andreas Melzer, J Graeme Houston
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate human Thiel-embalmed cadavers with the addition of extracorporeal driven ante-grade pulsatile flow in the aorta as a model for simulation training in interventional techniques and endovascular device testing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three human cadavers embalmed according to the method of Thiel were selected. Extracorporeal pulsatile ante-grade flow of 2.5 L per min was delivered directly into the aorta of the cadavers via a surgically placed connection...
April 27, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434956/superficial-temporal-artery-middle-cerebral-artery-bypass-surgery-for-refractory-symptomatic-intracranial-atherosclerotic-stenosis
#20
Yan Ma, Fan Yang, Liqun Jiao, Meng Li, Yabing Wang, Yanfei Chen, Feng Ling
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate blood flow changes following bypass surgery for refractory symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis. METHODS: We examined a cohort of consecutive patients with symptomatic ICAS. STA-MCA bypass was performed in refractory patients with poor perfusion. Angiograms were graded systematically for antegrade, collateral, and bypass flow, and clinical variables were collected preoperatively, and at 7 days, and 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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