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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776653/accuracy-of-phase-contrast-velocity-mapping-proximal-and-distal-to-stent-artifact-during-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Catherine M Avitabile, Matthew A Harris, Ravi S Doddasomayajula, Steven G Chopski, Matthew J Gillespie, Yoav Dori, Andrew C Glatz, Mark A Fogel, Kevin K Whitehead
Little data are available on the accuracy of phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (PC-MRI) velocity mapping in the vicinity of intravascular metal stents other than nitinol stents. Therefore, we sought to determine this accuracy using in vitro experiments. An in vitro flow phantom was used with 3 stent types: (1) 316L stainless steel, (2) nitinol self-expanding, and (3) platinum-iridium. Steady and pulsatile flow was delivered with a magnetic resonance imaging-compatible pump (CardioFlow 5000, Shelley Medical, London, Ontario, Canada)...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773700/implications-of-involving-pharmacy-technicians-in-obtaining-a-best-possible-medication-history-from-the-perspectives-of-pharmaceutical-medical-and-nursing-staff-a-qualitative-study
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Andrea Niederhauser, Chantal Zimmermann, Liat Fishman, David L B Schwappach
OBJECTIVES: In recent years, the involvement of pharmacy technicians in medication reconciliation has increasingly been investigated. The aim of this study was to assess the implications on professional roles and collaboration when a best possible medication history (BPMH) at admission is obtained by pharmacy technicians. DESIGN: Qualitative study with semistructured interviews. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach. SETTING: Internal medicine units in two mid-sized Swiss hospitals...
May 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769172/privacy-preserving-predictive-modeling-harmonization-of-contextual-embeddings-from-different-sources
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Yingxiang Huang, Junghye Lee, Shuang Wang, Jimeng Sun, Hongfang Liu, Xiaoqian Jiang
BACKGROUND: Data sharing has been a big challenge in biomedical informatics because of privacy concerns. Contextual embedding models have demonstrated a very strong representative capability to describe medical concepts (and their context), and they have shown promise as an alternative way to support deep-learning applications without the need to disclose original data. However, contextual embedding models acquired from individual hospitals cannot be directly combined because their embedding spaces are different, and naive pooling renders combined embeddings useless...
May 16, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754509/-new-and-traditional-directions-in-the-biology-and-management-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Bálint Egyed, Gábor Kovács, Nóra Kutszegi, Andrea Rzepiel, Judit Csányiné Sági, Dániel János Erdélyi, Judit Müller, Ágnes Félné Semsei
Owing to clinical trials and improvement over the past few decades, the majority of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survive by first-line chemotherapy and combat with the problems of returning to community. However, many patients may have severe acute or late therapeutic side effects, and the survival rate in some groups (e.g., patients with MLL rearrangements, hypodiploidy, IKZF1 mutation or early precursor T cell phenotype) is far behind the average. Innovative strategies in medical attendance provide better clinical outcomes for them: complete gene diagnostics, molecularly targeted anticancer treatment, immuno-oncology and immune cell therapy...
May 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719883/nursing-information-flow-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Quan Wei, Karen L Courtney
OBJECTIVE:  Long-term care (LTC), residential care requiring 24-hour nursing services, plays an important role in the health care service delivery system. The purpose of this study was to identify the needed clinical information and information flow to support LTC Registered Nurses (RNs) in care collaboration and clinical decision making. METHODS:  This descriptive qualitative study combines direct observations and semistructured interviews, conducted at Alberta's LTC facilities between May 2014 and August 2015...
April 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713288/3d-fluid-structure-interaction-simulation-of-aortic-valves-using-a-unified-continuum-ale-fem-model
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Jeannette H Spühler, Johan Jansson, Niclas Jansson, Johan Hoffman
Due to advances in medical imaging, computational fluid dynamics algorithms and high performance computing, computer simulation is developing into an important tool for understanding the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and intraventricular blood flow. The field of cardiac flow simulation is challenging and highly interdisciplinary. We apply a computational framework for automated solutions of partial differential equations using Finite Element Methods where any mathematical description directly can be translated to code...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29707891/dimension-based-design-of-melt-electrowritten-scaffolds
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Andrei Hrynevich, Bilge Ş Elçi, Jodie N Haigh, Rebecca McMaster, Almoatazbellah Youssef, Carina Blum, Torsten Blunk, Gernot Hochleitner, Jürgen Groll, Paul D Dalton
The electrohydrodynamic stabilization of direct-written fluid jets is explored to design and manufacture tissue engineering scaffolds based on their desired fiber dimensions. It is demonstrated that melt electrowriting can fabricate a full spectrum of various fibers with discrete diameters (2-50 µm) using a single nozzle. This change in fiber diameter is digitally controlled by combining the mass flow rate to the nozzle with collector speed variations without changing the applied voltage. The greatest spectrum of fiber diameters was achieved by the simultaneous alteration of those parameters during printing...
April 30, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705656/humanization-of-bone-and-bone-marrow-in-an-orthotopic-site-reveals-new-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-osteosarcoma
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Ferdinand Wagner, Boris M Holzapfel, Jacqui A McGovern, Abbas Shafiee, Jeremy G Baldwin, Laure C Martine, Christoph A Lahr, Felix M Wunner, Thor Friis, Onur Bas, Melanie Boxberg, Peter M Prodinger, Ali Shokoohmand, Davide Moi, Roberta Mazzieri, Daniela Loessner, Dietmar W Hutmacher
BACKGROUND: Existing preclinical murine models often fail to predict effects of anti-cancer drugs. In order to minimize interspecies-differences between murine hosts and human bone tumors of in vivo xenograft platforms, we tissue-engineered a novel orthotopic humanized bone model. METHODS: Orthotopic humanized tissue engineered bone constructs (ohTEBC) were fabricated by 3D printing of medical-grade polycaprolactone scaffolds, which were seeded with human osteoblasts and embedded within polyethylene glycol-based hydrogels containing human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
April 16, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693606/feasibility-of-optical-coherence-tomography-oct-for-intra-operative-detection-of-blood-flow-during-gastric-tube-reconstruction
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Sanne M Jansen, Mitra Almasian, Leah S Wilk, Daniel M de Bruin, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Simon D Strackee, Paul R Bloemen, Sybren L Meijer, Suzanne S Gisbertz, Ton G van Leeuwen
In this study; an OCT-based intra-operative imaging method for blood flow detection during esophagectomy with gastric tube reconstruction is investigated. Change in perfusion of the gastric tube tissue can lead to ischemia; with a high morbidity and mortality as a result. Anastomotic leakage (incidence 5⁻20%) is one of the most severe complications after esophagectomy with gastric tube reconstruction. Optical imaging techniques provide for minimal-invasive and real-time visualization tools that can be used in intraoperative settings...
April 25, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668855/the-negative-ultraslow-potential-electrophysiological-correlate-of-infarction-in-the-human-cortex
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Janos Lückl, Coline L Lemale, Vasilis Kola, Viktor Horst, Uldus Khojasteh, Ana I Oliveira-Ferreira, Sebastian Major, Maren K L Winkler, Eun-Jeung Kang, Karl Schoknecht, Peter Martus, Jed A Hartings, Johannes Woitzik, Jens P Dreier
Spreading depolarizations are characterized by abrupt, near-complete breakdown of the transmembrane ion gradients, neuronal oedema, mitochondrial depolarization, glutamate excitotoxicity and activity loss (depression). Spreading depolarization induces either transient hyperperfusion in normal tissue; or hypoperfusion (inverse coupling = spreading ischaemia) in tissue at risk for progressive injury. The concept of the spreading depolarization continuum is critical since many spreading depolarizations have intermediate characteristics, as opposed to the two extremes of spreading depolarization in either severely ischaemic or normal tissue...
April 16, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663478/superb-microvascular-imaging-of-the-median-nerve-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-an-electrodiagnostic-and-ultrasonographic-study
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Ali Yavuz Karahan, Serdar Arslan, Banu Ordahan, Suleyman Bakdik, Timur Ekiz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate intraneural blood flow of the median nerve using superb microvascular imaging (SMI) and power Doppler ultrasonography (PDUS), and to examine their correlation with electroneuromyography in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was used, and the study was conducted in the research unit of a training and research hospital. Patients diagnosed with CTS according to electroneuromyography studies were included in the study...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660052/side-to-side-and-end-to-side-double-anastomosis-using-the-parietal-branch-of-the-superficial-temporal-artery-a-novel-technique-for-extracranial-to-intracranial-bypass-surgery-3-dimensional-operative-video
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Gregory D Arnone, Ziad A Hage, Fady T Charbel
In this 3-dimensional video, we perform a side-to-side and end-to-side double anastomosis using the parietal-branch of the superficial temporal artery (STA) to provide flow augmentation in a symptomatic 59-yr-old male with bilateral internal carotid artery occlusion at the origin, and left M1 segment occlusion. The patient suffered multiple left hemispheric strokes despite maximal medical therapy and was found to have poor hemodynamic reserve in the left hemisphere during evaluation with regional and global blood oxygenation level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging with CO2-challenge as well as quantitative magnetic resonance angiography and noninvasive optimal vessel analysis pre- and post-acetazolamide challenge...
April 12, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643170/treatment-options-in-idiopathic-subglottic-stenosis-protocol-for-a-prospective-international-multicentre-pragmatic-trial
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Alexander Gelbard, Yu Shyr, Lynne Berry, Alexander T Hillel, Dale C Ekbom, Eric S Edell, Jan L Kasperbauer, David G Lott, Donald T Donovan, C Gaelyn Garrett, Guri Sandhu, James J Daniero, James L Netterville, Josh S Schindler, Marshall E Smith, Paul C Bryson, Robert R Lorenz, David O Francis
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic subglottic stenosis (iSGS) is an unexplained progressive obstruction of the upper airway that occurs almost exclusively in adult, Caucasian women. The disease is characterised by mucosal inflammation and localised fibrosis resulting in life-threatening blockage of the upper airway. Because of high recurrence rates, patients with iSGS will frequently require multiple procedures following their initial diagnosis. Both the disease and its therapies profoundly affect patients' ability to breathe, communicate and swallow...
April 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29576788/successful-treatment-of-a-catheter-induced-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-through-catheter-directed-thrombolysis-a-case-report
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Reza Ghanavati, Ali Amiri, Nafiseh Ansarinejad, Shokoufeh Hajsadeghi, Hasan Riahi Beni, Seyyed Hashem Sezavar
Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is a medical condition resulting from the obstruction of the blood flow through the large central veins. Recently, central venous catheters have been reported as the increasingly common cause of this syndrome. We describe a 56-year-old woman with previous history of metastatic colon cancer, who had recently undergone central venous catheter insertion for her second chemotherapy course. Eight days following port insertion, she presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of acute SVC syndrome, which was successfully managed with catheter-directed thrombolysis...
October 2017: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29555272/dynamic-behaviour-of-a-two-microbubble-system-under-ultrasonic-wave-excitation
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Xiao Huang, Qian-Xi Wang, A-Man Zhang, Jian Su
Acoustic bubbles have wide and important applications in ultrasonic cleaning, sonochemistry and medical ultrasonics. A two-microbubble system (TMS) under ultrasonic wave excitation is explored in the present study, by using the boundary element method (BEM) based on the potential flow theory. A parametric study of the behaviour of a TMS has been carried out in terms of the amplitude and direction of ultrasound as well as the sizes and separation distance of the two bubbles. Three regimes of the dynamic behaviour of the TMS have been identified in terms of the pressure amplitude of the ultrasonic wave...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29538048/lymphatic-dysfunction-in-critical-illness
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Edmund Burke, Sanjeev A Datar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The essential role of the lymphatic system in fluid homeostasis, nutrient transport, and immune trafficking is well recognized; however, there is limited understanding of the mechanisms that regulate lymphatic function, particularly in the setting of critical illness. The lymphatics likely affect disease severity and progression in every condition, from severe systemic inflammatory states to respiratory failure. Here, we review structural and functional disorders of the lymphatic system, both congenital and acquired, as they relate to care of the pediatric patient in the intensive care setting, including novel areas of research into medical and procedural therapeutic interventions...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29530653/implementation-of-a-clinical-bundle-to-reduce-out-of-hospital-peri-intubation-hypoxia
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Jeffrey L Jarvis, John Gonzales, Danny Johns, Lauren Sager
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Peri-intubation hypoxia is an important adverse event of out-of-hospital rapid sequence intubation. The aim of this project is to determine whether a clinical bundle encompassing positioning, apneic oxygenation, delayed sequence intubation, and goal-directed preoxygenation is associated with decreased peri-intubation hypoxia compared with standard out-of-hospital rapid sequence intubation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, before-after study using data from a suburban emergency medical services (EMS) system in central Texas...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29527388/enlargement-of-an-incidental-internal-carotid-artery-aneurysm-embedded-in-pituitary-adenoma-associated-with-medical-shrinkage-of-the-tumor-case-report
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Tigran Khachatryan, Marina Khachatryan, Ruben Fanarjyan, Mikayel Grigoryan, Arthur Grigorian
Background: Currently, transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) is the preferred method for surgical treatment of intrasellar pituitary adenomas. However, it carries some risk of intraoperative arterial injuries, which is mainly attributed to direct iatrogenic rupture of the internal carotid artery (ICA). There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that intracranial aneurysms are coincidentally found significantly more frequently in the setting of pituitary adenomas than when the incidence is compared to other intracranial neoplasms...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29521020/frequency-dependent-anisotropic-modeling-and-analysis-using-mfeit-a-computer-simulation-study
#19
Tingting Zhang, Rihui Li, Thomas Potter, Jin Keun Seo, Guanglin Li, Yingchun Zhang
Electrical properties of human tissues are usually linked with structure of thin insulating membranes and thereby reflect physiological function of the tissues or organs. It is clinically important to characterize electrical properties of tissues in vivo. Electrical impedance tomography is a recently developed medical imaging technique, which has been exploited to characterize electrical properties (conductivity and permittivity) of human tissues by injecting currents and measuring the resulting voltages at boundary electrodes...
March 8, 2018: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29511867/endovascular-treatment-of-congenital-arterioportal-fistulas
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Gulraiz Chaudry, Anna P Lillis, Raja Shaikh, Horacio M Padua, Rush H Chewning, Ahmad I Alomari
PURPOSE: To characterize anatomy of congenital arterioportal fistulas (CAPF) and correlate this with technique and outcomes of transcatheter embolization (TCE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review was conducted of children with CAPF that underwent TCE in a 10-year period. Medical records, imaging and procedure details were reviewed. TCE was performed via transarterial (n = 5), portal (n = 5) or patent ductus venosus (n = 1) approach. Embolic agents used were coils (n = 10), Onyx (n = 1) and Amplatzer septal occluder (n = 1)...
March 6, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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