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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914174/mathematical-detection-of-aortic-valve-opening-b-point-in-impedance-cardiography-a-comparison-of-three-popular-algorithms
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Javier Rodríguez Árbol, Pandelis Perakakis, Alba Garrido, José Luis Mata, M Carmen Fernández-Santaella, Jaime Vila
The preejection period (PEP) is an index of left ventricle contractility widely used in psychophysiological research. Its computation requires detecting the moment when the aortic valve opens, which coincides with the B point in the first derivative of impedance cardiogram (ICG). Although this operation has been traditionally made via visual inspection, several algorithms based on derivative calculations have been developed to enable an automatic performance of the task. However, despite their popularity, data about their empirical validation are not always available...
December 3, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914133/lobeglitazone-a-novel-thiazolidinedione-improves-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-type-2-diabetes-its-efficacy-and-predictive-factors-related-to-responsiveness
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Yong Ho Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim, So Ra Kim, Heung Yong Jin, Eun Jung Rhee, Young Min Cho, Byung Wan Lee
Despite the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in type 2 diabetes (T2D), few treatment modalities are currently available. We investigated the hepatic effects of the novel thiazolidinedione (TZDs), lobeglitazone (Duvie) in T2D patients with NAFLD. We recruited drug-naïve or metformin-treated T2D patients with NAFLD to conduct a multicenter, prospective, open-label, exploratory clinical trial. Transient liver elastography (Fibroscan®; Echosens, Paris, France) with controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) was used to non-invasively quantify hepatic fat contents...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914018/encapsulation-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-in-polyurethane-by-sol-gel-electrospinning
#3
Musarat Amina, Touseef Amna, Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sami A Zabin, M Shamshi Hassan, Myung-Seob Khil
Pristine β-sitosterol or in combination with other phytosterols is utilized in an array of enriched commercial foods. Considering the presence of β-sitosterol in different functional foods and its potential role in prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases, the aims of our investigation were to encapsulate β-sitosterol in nanofibers and to estimate influence of β-sitosterol on proliferation of fibroblasts. Electrospun nanofibers have widely been used as scaffolds to mimic natural extracellular matrix...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914007/evaluation-of-68-ga-labeled-peptide-tracer-for-detection-of-gelatinase-expression-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rat
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Max Kiugel, Ville Kytö, Tiina Saanijoki, Heidi Liljenbäck, Olli Metsälä, Mia Ståhle, Johanna Tuomela, Xiang-Guo Li, Pekka Saukko, Juhani Knuuti, Anne Roivainen, Antti Saraste
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 (MMP-2/9) play a role in extracellular matrix remodeling after an ischemic myocardial injury. We evaluated (68)Ga-DOTA-peptide targeting MMP-2/9 for the detection of gelatinase expression after myocardial infarction (MI) in rat. METHODS: Rats were injected with 43 ± 7.7 MBq of (68)Ga-DOTA-peptide targeting MMP-2/9 at 7 days (n = 7) or 4 weeks (n = 8) after permanent coronary ligation or sham operation (n = 5 at both time points) followed by positron emission tomography (PET)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913993/antifreeze-glycopeptides-from-structure-and-activity-studies-to-current-approaches-in-chemical-synthesis
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REVIEW
Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Jerzy Góra, Rafał Latajka, Norbert Sewald
Antifreeze glycopeptides (AFGPs) are a class of biological antifreeze agents found predominantly in Arctic and Antarctic species of fish. They possess the ability to regulate ice nucleation and ice crystal growth, thus creating viable life conditions at temperatures below the freezing point of body fluids. AFGPs usually consist of 4-55 repetitions of the tripeptide unit Ala-Ala-Thr that is O-glycosylated at the threonine side chains with β-D-galactosyl-(1 → 3)-α-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Due to their interesting properties and high antifreeze activity, they have many potential applications, e...
December 2, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913991/24-hour-efficacy-and-ocular-surface-health-with-preservative-free-tafluprost-alone-and-in-conjunction-with-preservative-free-dorzolamide-timolol-fixed-combination-in-open-angle-glaucoma-patients-insufficiently-controlled-with-preserved-latanoprost-monotherapy
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Anastasios-Georgios Konstas, Konstadinos G Boboridis, Paraskevas Kapis, Konstantinos Marinopoulos, Irini C Voudouragkaki, Dimitrios Panayiotou, Dimitrios G Mikropoulos, Eirini Pagkalidou, Anna-Bettina Haidich, Andreas Katsanos, Luciano Quaranta
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the 24-h efficacy, tolerability, and ocular surface health with preservative-free (PF) tafluprost and a PF triple drug regimen comprising tafluprost and dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination (DTFC) in open-angle glaucoma patients who were insufficiently controlled with preserved branded or generic latanoprost monotherapy and who exhibited signs or symptoms of ocular surface disease (OSD). METHODS: Prospective, observer-masked, crossover, comparison...
December 2, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913986/establishing-clinical-meaning-and-defining-important-differences-for-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-promis-%C3%A2-measures-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-using-standard-setting-with-patients-parents-and-providers
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Esi M Morgan, Constance A Mara, Bin Huang, Kimberly Barnett, Adam C Carle, Jennifer E Farrell, Karon F Cook
BACKGROUND: Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) measures are used increasingly in clinical care. However, for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), scores lack a framework for interpretation of clinical severity, and minimally important differences (MID) have not been established, which are necessary to evaluate the importance of change. METHODS: We identified clinical severity thresholds for pediatric PROMIS measures of mobility, upper extremity function (UE), fatigue, and pain interference working with adolescents with JIA, parents of JIA patients, and clinicians, using a standard setting methodology modified from educational testing...
December 2, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913970/radiological-and-biochemical-effects-ctx-ii-mmp-3-8-and-13-of-low-level-laser-therapy-lllt-in-chronic-osteoarthritis-in-al-kharj-saudi-arabia
#8
Gopal Nambi S, Walid Kamal, Julie George, Elbagir Manssor
Inflammation of synovial membrane and degeneration of articular cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA) lead to major changes in joint space width (JSW) and biochemical components such as collagen-II telopeptide (CTX-II) and matrix metallo protineases (MMP-3, 8, and 13). Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is thought to have an analgesic effect as well as biomodulatory effect on microcirculation and cartilage regeneration in animal studies. The objective of this study was to examine the analgesic and biochemical effect of LLLT in patients with knee osteoarthritis...
December 3, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913953/neuroinflammation-induced-downregulation-of-hippocampacal-neuregulin-1-erbb4-signaling-in-the-parvalbumin-interneurons-might-contribute-to-cognitive-impairment-in-a-mouse-model-of-sepsis-associated-encephalopathy
#9
Rong Gao, Mu-Huo Ji, Da-Peng Gao, Run-Hua Yang, Shao-Gang Zhang, Jian-Jun Yang, Jin-Chun Shen
Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) is a common complication associated with poor prognosis in septic patients, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We hypothesized that disturbed neuregulin 1 (NRG1)-ErbB4 signaling in the parvalbumin interneurons was involved in sepsis-induced cognitive impairment in a mouse model of SAE. The SAE model was induced by cecal ligation/perforation (CLP). Animals were randomly divided into the following six groups: sham + vehicle group, sham + NRG1 group, CLP + vehicle group, CLP + NRG1 group, CLP + NRG1 + AG1478 (ErbB4 inhibitor) group, and CLP + minocycline group...
December 2, 2016: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913946/diagnostic-reproducibility-what-happens-when-the-same-pathologist-interprets-the-same-breast-biopsy-specimen-at-two-points-in-time
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Sara L Jackson, Paul D Frederick, Margaret S Pepe, Heidi D Nelson, Donald L Weaver, Kimberly H Allison, Patricia A Carney, Berta M Geller, Anna N A Tosteson, Tracy Onega, Joann G Elmore
BACKGROUND: Surgeons may receive a different diagnosis when a breast biopsy is interpreted by a second pathologist. The extent to which diagnostic agreement by the same pathologist varies at two time points is unknown. METHODS: Pathologists from eight U.S. states independently interpreted 60 breast specimens, one glass slide per case, on two occasions separated by ≥9 months. Reproducibility was assessed by comparing interpretations between the two time points; associations between reproducibility (intraobserver agreement rates); and characteristics of pathologists and cases were determined and also compared with interobserver agreement of baseline interpretations...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913933/fatigue-reduction-diet-in-breast-cancer-survivors-a-pilot-randomized-clinical-trial
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Suzanna Maria Zick, Justin Colacino, Maria Cornellier, Tohfa Khabir, Katie Surnow, Zora Djuric
PURPOSE: Fatigue is a prevalent and burdensome effect of breast cancer. Fatigue has been linked to chronic inflammation, and diets high in antioxidant nutrients have been associated with lesser prevalence and severity of fatigue. Studies are needed, however, to test if antioxidant-rich diets could improve fatigue. METHODS: Pilot, randomized, trial conducted between January 2014 and April 2015, to investigate if a 3-month diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods, named the fatigue reduction diet (FRD), improved fatigue and sleep compared to an attention control, named the general health curriculum (GHC)...
December 2, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913929/-inpatient-multimodal-pain-therapy-additive-value-of-neuromuscular-core-stability-exercises-for-chronic-back-pain
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F Giesche, H Streicher, M Maiwald, P Wagner
INTRODUCTION: The medical and healthcare economic burden caused by chronic lumbar back pain (CLBP) requires the use of interdisciplinary treatment approaches. The present study aimed to evaluate whether the effectiveness of inpatient multimodal pain therapy (MPT, operations and procedures (OPS) coding 8-918.02), can be increased by implementing additional neuromuscular core stability exercises (NCSE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: As part of a prospective controlled study, subjects with CLBP (n = 48, 17 males, 58...
December 2, 2016: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913918/new-technique-to-prevent-prolonged-air-leak-use-of-tachosuture-technique
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Tatsuya Nishida, Iwao Mikami, Yoshitaka Fujii
Prolonged air leak (defined as air leak >7 days), caused by pulmonary resection or alveolar-pleural fistula, increases postoperative morbidity, prolongs hospital stay and increases healthcare costs. We describe a new technique ('Tachosuture' technique) to prevent prolonged air leak. The key point of this new technique is that air leak is classified into three types and an absorbable suture is added to a TachoSil(®) patch in each type to prevent detachment from the lung parenchyma. Between August 2013 and March 2016, 40 patients underwent thoracoscopic surgery using 'Tachosuture' technique...
December 2, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913915/age-related-differences-in-clinical-characteristics-and-esophageal-motility-in-patients-with-dysphagia
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Rui Nakato, Noriaki Manabe, Tomoari Kamada, Hideo Matsumoto, Akiko Shiotani, Jiro Hata, Ken Haruma
Dysphagia in elderly patients has a major effect on nutrition and quality of life (QOL). Although several studies have shown that aging itself is associated with changes in esophageal motility, the impact of these changes on dysphagia symptoms and QOL is unknown. This study assessed the manometric diagnoses of elderly patients with dysphagia compared with diagnoses in younger counterparts. Participants included 116 consecutive patients examined for dysphagia from 2007 to 2014. We divided patients into three groups by age: Group A, 66 years and older (24 men, 23 women); Group B, 45-65 years (18 men, 24 women); and Group C, 44 years and younger (15 men, 12 women)...
December 2, 2016: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913913/improved-image-quality-in-abdominal-ct-in-patients-who-underwent-treatment-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-small-metal-implants-using-a-raw-data-based-metal-artifact-reduction-algorithm
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Keitaro Sofue, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Yoshiharu Ohno, Noriyuki Negi, Hiroyasu Inokawa, Naoki Sugihara, Kazuro Sugimura
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of a raw data-based metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) algorithm for image quality improvement in abdominal CT for patients with small metal implants. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with small metal implants (3-15 mm in size) who underwent treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma were imaged with CT. CT data were reconstructed by filtered back projection with and without SEMAR algorithm in axial and coronal planes. To evaluate metal artefact reduction, mean CT number (HU and SD) and artefact index (AI) values within the liver were calculated...
December 2, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913911/assessing-the-food-safety-attitudes-and-awareness-of-managers-of-school-feeding-programmes-in-mpumalanga-south-africa
#16
J J Sibanyoni, F T Tabit
The managers of school feeding programmes are responsible for ensuring the safety of the food which is provided to schoolchildren, but very few studies have been conducted on the food safety knowledge and awareness of these managers. The objective of this study is to evaluate the food safety attitudes and awareness of managers of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in schools in Mpumalanga, a province of South Africa. A cross-sectional survey study was conducted in which questionnaires were used to collect data from 300 NSNP food service managers...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913907/development-of-a-culturally-informed-child-safety-curriculum-for-american-indian-families
#17
Ryan M Berns, Emily J Tomayko, Kate A Cronin, Ronald J Prince, Tassy Parker, Alexandra K Adams
American Indian (AI) children are disproportionately affected by unintentional injuries, with injury mortality rates approximately 2.3 times higher than the combined rates for all children in the United States. Although multiple risk factors are known to contribute to these increased rates, a comprehensive, culturally informed curriculum that emphasizes child safety is lacking for this population. In response to this need, academic and tribal researchers, tribal community members, tribal wellness staff, and national child safety experts collaborated to develop a novel child safety curriculum...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Primary Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913885/effect-of-sensor-location-on-regional-cerebral-oxygen-saturation-measured-by-invos-5100-in-on-pump-cardiac-surgery
#18
Ah-Reum Cho, Jae-Young Kwon, Choongrak Kim, Jung-Min Hong, Christine Kang
PURPOSE: Near-infrared spectroscopy sensors often cannot be attached at the commercially recommended locations because combined use of neurological monitoring systems is common during on-pump cardiac surgery. The primary purpose of this study was to compare the incidence of regional cerebral oxygen desaturation and regional cerebral oxygen saturation values detected using near-infrared spectroscopy between the upper and lower forehead during on-pump cardiac surgery. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted with 25 adult patients scheduled for elective on-pump cardiac surgery...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913822/more-than-just-scanning-the-importance-of-cap-independent-mrna-translation-initiation-for-cellular-stress-response-and-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Rafaela Lacerda, Juliane Menezes, Luísa Romão
The scanning model for eukaryotic mRNA translation initiation states that the small ribosomal subunit, along with initiation factors, binds at the cap structure at the 5' end of the mRNA and scans the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) until an initiation codon is found. However, under conditions that impair canonical cap-dependent translation, the synthesis of some proteins is kept by alternative mechanisms that are required for cell survival and stress recovery. Alternative modes of translation initiation include cap- and/or scanning-independent mechanisms of ribosomal recruitment...
December 2, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913800/the-transvenous-pressure-cooker-technique-a-treatment-for-brain-arteriovenous-malformations
#20
Guang Zhang, Shiyi Zhu, Pei Wu, Shancai Xu, Huaizhang Shi
The treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) remains a significant challenge, especially hemorrhagic AVMs which are unsuitable for microsurgery or radiosurgery. We demonstrate an AVM located in the left basal ganglia area, supplied by slender arteries, and treated by the transvenous pressure cooker technique. Herein, we describe the procedure and outline the crucial points and indications for this technique.
December 2, 2016: Interventional Neuroradiology
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