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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637244/elevated-homocysteine-increases-the-risk-of-left-atrial-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-low-cha2ds2-vasc-score
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Yan Yao, Mei-Sheng Shang, Li-Jian Gao, Jing-Hua Zhao, Xiao-Hui Yang, Tong Liu, Ri-Bo Tang, Chen-Xi Jiang, De-Yong Long, Man Ning, Hui Zhu, Qiang Lv, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Jian-Zeng Dong
Aims: To assess the association and the predictive value of plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels with LA/LAA thrombus in non-valvular Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with low CHA2DS2-VASc score. Methods and results: Eight hundred and eighty-eight consecutive patients in non-valvular AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 and 1 were enrolled. All patients routinely underwent transthoracic echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography. A total of thirty-two patients had LA/LAA thrombus...
June 16, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633397/impact-of-a-refined-advanced-design-for-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion
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Gengo Sunagawa, Jamshid H Karimov, May Breitbach, Nicholas A Robinson, Kiyotaka Fukamachi
OBJECTIVES: Exclusion of the left atrial appendage has been proposed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the AtriClip PRO·V device (AOD2), now in development, for left atrial appendage exclusion in a canine model. METHODS: The newest AtriClip design comprises a dual-spring mechanism that allows the clip to open into a 'V' shape while still providing equivalent force along the length of the beam...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631909/-characterization-of-microbial-flora-in-patients-suspected-of-having-urogenital-tuberculosis
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A G Cherednichenko, E V Kulchavenya
INTRODUCTION: In the structure of tuberculosis morbidity, urogenital tuberculosis (UGT) ranks second or third only to pulmonary tuberculosis. Every fourth patient has the stage of cavern formation at first presentation. Seventy five percent of nephrotuberculosis cases co-occur with nonspecific pyelonephritis, which excludes "sterile pyuria". We aimed to determine the microbial spectrum of urine and gonadal appendages in patients with suspected UGT and to investigate the susceptibility of the isolated microorganisms to the main antibacterial drugs...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629739/twisting-cracks-in-bouligand-structures
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Nobphadon Suksangpanya, Nicholas A Yaraghi, David Kisailus, Pablo Zavattieri
The Bouligand structure, which is found in many biological materials, is a hierarchical architecture that features uniaxial fiber layers assembled periodically into a helicoidal pattern. Many studies have highlighted the high damage-resistant performance of natural and biomimetic Bouligand structures. One particular species that utilizes the Bouligand structure to achieve outstanding mechanical performance is the smashing Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus Scyllarus (or stomatopod). The mantis shrimp generates high speed, high acceleration blows using its raptorial appendage to defeat highly armored preys...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629626/left-atrial-accessory-appendages-diverticula-and-left-sided-septal-pouch-in-multi-slice-computed-tomography-association-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-cerebrovascular-accidents
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Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Karolina Wszołek, Wiesław Pawlik, Agata Krawczyk-Ożóg, Danuta Sorysz, Piotr Łoboda, Katarzyna Kuźma, Marcin Kuniewicz, Jacek Lelakowski, Dariusz Dudek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to provide a morphometric description of the left-sided septal pouch (LSSP), left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula using cardiac multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) and to compare results between patient subgroups. METHODS: Two hundred and ninety four patients (42.9% females) with a mean of 69.4±13.1years of age were investigated using MSCT. The presence of the LSSP, left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula was evaluated...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628172/trichomes-as-a-natural-biophysical-barrier-for-plants-and-their-bioinspired-applications
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Han Liu, Shaobao Liu, Jiaojiao Jiao, Tian Jian Lu, Feng Xu
Nature has inspired mankind to create novel inventions with biomimetic structures and materials, where plants provide a significant source of inspiration. Plants have evolved a range of effective appendages, among which trichomes have attracted extensive research interest due to their enormous functions. It is important to understand trichome functions and corresponding mechanisms for their bioinspired applications. In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse functions of trichomes, with emphasis placed upon their roles as biophysical barriers that can create a complex three-dimensional (3D) network to help the plant adapt to severe environments...
June 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626989/electrical-isolation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-maze-like-catheter-substrate-modification-a-reproducible-strategy-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-non-responders
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Stefano Bordignon, Laura Perrotta, Daniela Dugo, Fabrizio Bologna, Takahiko Nagase, Alexander Fuernkranz, Kr Julian Chun, Boris Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: The ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) despite pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is controversial. Left atrial appendage isolation (LAAI) may contribute to improve outcome. We describe an ablation approach ("Maze-like"-LAAI) that (1) modifies the underlying LA substrate by linear ablation (2) eliminates the LAA as a putative AF trigger site and (3) incorporates an unambiguous procedural endpoint. The role of LAA closure (LAAC) after LAAI was investigated. METHODS: Patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias non-responsive to PVI underwent a LAAI ablation procedure...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625383/the-assessment-of-the-watchman-device-in-patients-unsuitable-for-oral-anticoagulation-asap-too-trial
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David R Holmes, Vivek Y Reddy, Maurice Buchbinder, Kenneth Stein, Myriah Elletson, Martin W Bergmann, Boris Schmidt, Jacqueline Saw
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulants (OACs) reduce stroke risks with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF); however, they are underused because of absolute or relative contraindications due to real or perceived risk of bleeding. Although left atrial appendage closure is increasingly performed in OAC-ineligible patients, this has not been studied in a randomized controlled trial. STUDY OBJECTIVES: The ASAP-TOO study is designed to establish the safety and effectiveness of the Watchman left atrial appendage closure device in patients with nonvalvular AF who are deemed ineligible for OAC...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624874/reliable-molecular-differentiation-of-trichuris-ovis-and-trichuris-discolor-from-sheep-ovis-orientalis-aries-and-roe-deer-capreolus-capreolus-and-morphological-characterisation-of-their-females-morphology-does-not-work-sufficiently
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Pavel Vejl, Stanislava Nechybová, Pavla Peřinková, Martina Melounová, Vladimíra Sedláková, Jakub Vašek, Daniela Čílová, Kateřina Rylková, Ivana Jankovská, Jaroslav Vadlejch, Iva Langrová
The main aim of the study was to evaluate associations between morphological variability of Trichuris females from sheep and roe deer and their rDNA polymorphism in whipworm populations from the Czech Republic. The results introduced the use of new molecular markers based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS)1-5.8S RNA-ITS2 region polymorphisms, as useful tools for the unambiguous differentiation of congeners Trichuris ovis and Trichuris discolor. These markers revealed both parasites in roe deer and in sheep; however, T...
June 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623797/phenotypic-defects-in-newborn-gammarus-fossarum-amphipoda-following-embryonic-exposure-to-fenoxycarb
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Hélène Arambourou, Arnaud Chaumot, Emmanuelle Vulliet, Gaëlle Daniele, Nicolas Delorme, Khédidja Abbaci, Vincent Debat
During morphogenesis numerous morphogenetic factors ensure the production of a target phenotype. By disrupting these processes, a toxic exposure during this period could cause an increase of phenotypic defects. In the present study, embryos of the freshwater amphipod Gammarus fossarum were exposed throughout the embryogenesis to increasing concentrations of fenoxycarb (0, 0.5µgL(-1), 5µgL(-1) and 50µgL(-1)), a growth regulator insecticide analog of the insect juvenile hormone. In addition, to identify morphogenesis' sensitive period, embryos were exposed during either early or late embryonic development to 5µgL(-1) of fenoxycarb...
June 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616561/left-atrial-appendage-function-assessment-and-thrombus-identification
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Jacek Kurzawski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Marcin Sadowski
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of thrombus in the left atrium in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and may be inconsistent because of variability in thrombus morphology. In some cases it is challenging and requires unusual approach. New Doppler-derived methods might be helpful to identify such thrombi. We evaluated quantitative differences in mechanical function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) basal segments using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with non-valvular AF with and without LAA thrombus and compared them with SR patients...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614214/a-rare-case-of-multiple-thrombi-in-a-giant-left-atrium
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Alfredo Intorcia, Marco A Perrone, Riccardo Morgagni, Domenico Sergi, Massimo Marchei, Mauro Borzi, Francesco Romeo
: Giant left atrium is frequently associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. The incidence of left atrial thrombus among patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation varies from 7 to 38%. Anticoagulation therapy achieves a high rate of resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrial cavity thrombi, but in selected patients surgical therapy must be considered. An 81-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with repeated episodes of transient ischemic attack. She had a history of carotid artery stenosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatic heart disease, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612910/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Magdalena Szymała, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Tomasz Podolecki, Grzegorz Mencel, Tomasz Kukulski, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. The percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be considered for the stroke prophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF), especially in contraindications for oral anticoagulants (OAC) or high risk of bleeding. The data about implantation, safety, efficacy and follow-up are limited. Moreover, there are no studies on patients with NVAF and heart failure with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction - LVEF ≤ 35%)...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612903/the-value-of-left-atrial-strain-and-strain-rate-in-predicting-left-atrial-appendage-stasis-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Mengruo Zhu, Man Wang, Xinxin Ma, Dongyan Zheng, Yueli Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the value of left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate (S/SR) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in predicting left atrial appendage (LAA) stasis, in order to find a way for LAA stasis screening which is easily performed in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: One hundred and thirty NVAF patients prepared for AF ablation were enrolled. TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed in all patients...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610365/one-new-species-and-two-redescriptions-of-marphysa-eunicidae-annelida-species-of-the-aenea-group-from-australia
#16
Joana Zanol, Thauane Dos S C DA Silva, Pat Hutchings
Species of Marphysa belonging to the Aenea-group have compound falcigers as the subacicular chaetae along the entire body. Around 30 species belong to this group, among these, two have originally been described based on Australian specimens, M. bifurcata and M. sessilobranchiata. Here, we redescribe both species based on type and non-type material and describe a species new to science, M. pseudosessiloa n. sp., including intraspecific variation. Informative features for the identification of these species are relative length of prostomial appendages in relation to prostomium, shape of notopodial cirri, left MxIV plate, left and right MxIV attachment lamellae and placement of branchial stem...
May 17, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610140/three-new-i-batillipes-i-species-arthrotardigrada-batillipedidae-from-the-brazilian-coast
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Erika Santos, Clélia M C DA Rocha, Edivaldo Jr Gomes, Paulo Fontoura
Three new tardigrade species, Batillipes brasiliensis sp. nov., Batillipes dandarae sp. nov. and Batillipes potiguarensis sp. nov., are described from shallow subtidal sediments of the Brazilian coast. B. brasiliensis sp. nov. and B. dandarae sp. nov. have toes 3 and 4 on leg IV different in length, so they can be included in the D group of species, while B. potiguarensis sp. nov., with toes 3 and 4 on leg IV equal in length belong to the A group. Batillipes brasiliensis sp. nov. is characterized by having an ala-like caudal expansion; cuticular projections on the coxal region of legs I-III, and lateral projections...
March 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610131/-i-indolestes-i-i-lafaeci-i-sp-nov-odonata-lestidae-from-timor-with-comparisons-to-related-species
#18
Malte Seehausen
Indolestes lafaeci sp. nov. is described and illustrated (holotype male: vi.1929, Soe, South Central Timor Regency, West Timor, Indonesia, ex.-Coll. Le Moult; deposited at the Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium). Indolestes insularis comb. nov. is proposed. For comparison, illustrations of the head, synthorax, male anal appendages and genital ligula as well as of the ovipositor of I. bellax, I. gracilis and I. insularis are given.
March 17, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610108/-i-capricornella-i-i-bicornuta-i-a-new-genus-and-species-of-mite-from-eastern-australia-acari-uropodina
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Jerzy Błoszyk, Bruce Halliday, Zbigniew Adamski, Zofia Książkiewicz-Parulska
We describe a new genus and species of mite from eastern Australia, Capricornella bicornuta. The new genus is characterised by the presence of two long appendages on the anterior margin of the epigynal shield of the female.
March 20, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610030/two-new-troglobiont-i-pygmarrhopalites-i-species-of-the-i-principalis-i-group-collembola-arrhopalitidae-from-the-west-caucasus
#20
Robert S Vargovitsh
Springtails of the principalis-group of the genus Pygmarrhopalites from the W Caucasian caves in Abkhazia are described: Pygmarrhopalites dbari sp. nov. from Psyrtskha Cave in Novy Afon and Pygmarrhopalites kovali sp. nov. from caves of Tsebelda Karst Massif. They differ from epigean relatives mainly by troglomorphies: reduced pigmentation, elongated appendages and modified foot complex. These new species as well as a great portion of endemic Caucasian speleofauna have highly restricted distribution and require protection...
April 3, 2017: Zootaxa
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