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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109729/comparison-of-the-effects-of-nasal-steroids-and-montelukast-on-olfactory-functions-in-patients-with-allergic-rhinitis
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A Dalgic, M E Dinc, S Ulusoy, D Dizdar, A Is, M Topak
OBJECTIVE: Olfactory dysfunction is one of the comorbidities associated with allergic rhinitis (AR) and AR is one of the common causes of olfactory problems. We aimed to evaluate by the Sniffin' Sticks test the effects on olfactory functions of nasal steroids and leukotriene antagonists used for allergic rhinitis. METHODS: Thirty patients with seasonal rhinitis were included in this study. Patients were randomly divided into three groups of 10 patients; group 1 received montelukast sodium and mometasone furoate (MF) therapy, group 2 received only montelukast, and group 3 only MF...
January 18, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109132/echocardiographic-assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-horses-and-in-horses-with-heart-disease-using-pulsed-wave-tissue-doppler-imaging
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T R Koenig, K J Mitchell, C C Schwarzwald
BACKGROUND: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is not well established in horses with heart disease. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of pulsed-wave (PW) TDI for the assessment of LV function, establish reference intervals, investigate effects of mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), and primary myocardial disease (MD), and provide proof of concept for the use of PW TDI in Warmblood horses with heart disease...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108041/strain-elastography-as-a-new-method-for-assessing-pelvic-floor-biomechanics
#3
Jana Marie Kreutzkamp, Sebastian Daniel Schäfer, Susanne Amler, Felix Strube, Ludwig Kiesel, Ralf Schmitz
Strain elastography (SE) is a new technique of parametric imaging that allows quantification of the elasticity of tissue. The aim of our study was to determine if the elasticity of para-urethral tissue correlates with urethral mobility and urinary incontinence (UI). Ninety-nine unselected women were investigated with SE. They were given a standardized interview about UI, and SE raw data for the para-urethral tissue were acquired in a sagittal standard urethra-symphysis view while being stimulated by a coughing fit...
January 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107525/longitudinal-testing-of-olfactory-and-gustatory-function-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Florian Cornelius Uecker, Heidi Olze, Hagen Kunte, Christian Gerz, Önder Göktas, Lutz Harms, Felix Alexander Schmidt
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate changes of the olfactory and gustatory capacity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODOLOGY: 20 MS patients were tested longitudinally for 3 years after initial testing. The Threshold Discrimination Identification test (TDI) was used for subjective olfactometry. Objective olfactometry was performed by registering olfactory evoked potentials (OEP) by EEG. The Taste Strip Test (TST) was used for gustatory testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090255/clinical-utility-of-echocardiography-for-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-in-children-with-bronchopulmonary-dsyplasia
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Young Earl Choi, Hwa Jin Cho, Eun Song Song, In Seok Jeong, Namsik Yoon, Young Youn Choi, Jae Sook Ma, Young Kuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) may result in chronic pulmonary artery hypertension and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Various echocardiographic assessments of RV dysfunction have been used to determine whether echocardiographic measurements of premature infants with BPD could provide sensitive measures of RV function that correlates with BPD severity. METHODS: Twenty-eight control subjects without BPD (non BPD group), 28 patients with mild BPD, 11 patients with moderate BPD, and six patients with severe BPD underwent echocardiograms with standard measurement such as ejection fraction by M-mode, tricuspid regurgitation pressure gradient, myocardial performance index (MPI) derived from pulse Doppler, and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) measurements...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073954/gene-obesogenic-environment-interactions-in-the-uk-biobank-study
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Jessica Tyrrell, Andrew R Wood, Ryan M Ames, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Robin N Beaumont, Samuel E Jones, Marcus A Tuke, Katherine S Ruth, Rachel M Freathy, George Davey Smith, Stéphane Joost, Idris Guessous, Anna Murray, David P Strachan, Zoltán Kutalik, Michael N Weedon, Timothy M Frayling
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that modern obesogenic environments accentuate the genetic risk of obesity. However, these studies have proven controversial as to which, if any, measures of the environment accentuate genetic susceptibility to high body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We used up to 120 000 adults from the UK Biobank study to test the hypothesis that high-risk obesogenic environments and behaviours accentuate genetic susceptibility to obesity...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072383/reconstructing-contralateral-fiber-tracts-methodological-aspects-of-cerebello-thalamocortical-pathway-reconstruction
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Fulvia Palesi, Jacques-Donald Tournier, F Calamante, Nils Muhlert, Gloria Castellazzi, Declan Chard, E D'Angelo, Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott
The identification of pathways connecting the cerebral cortex with subcortical structures is critical to understanding how large-scale brain networks operate. The cerebellum, for example, is known to project numerous axonal bundles to thecerebral cortex passing through the thalamus. This paper focuses on the technical details of cerebello-thalamo-cortical pathway reconstruction using advanced diffusion MRI techniques in humans in vivo. Pathways reconstructed using seed/target placement on super-resolution maps, created with track density imaging (TDI), were compared with those reconstructed by defining regions of interest (ROIs) on non-diffusion weighted images (b0)...
October 2016: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046050/postsystolic-shortening-is-associated-with-altered-right-ventricular-function-in-children-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-surgical-repair
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Radosław Pietrzak, Bożena Werner
: The aim of the study was to determine whether segmental interactions, as expressed by postsystolic shortening (PSS), affects RV mechanics and are connected with impaired systolic and diastolic function in rTOF children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 55 rTOF adolescent (study group), and 34 healthy volunteers (control group) were examined using classical Doppler flow (Doppler), Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE). PSS was found to occur when time to peak (TTP) was longer than pulmonary valve closure time (PVCT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045338/systolic-mitral-annulus-velocity-is-a-sensitive-index-for-changes-in-left-ventricular-systolic-function-during-inotropic-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Trygve Husebye, Jan Eritsland, Reidar Bjørnerheim, Geir Ø Andersen
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is recommended for assessment of left ventricular systolic function in patients with acute heart failure but few randomised trials have validated techniques like tissue Doppler (TDI) and speckle tracking (STE) in patients with acute heart failure following ST-elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS: This was a substudy from the LEAF (LEvosimendan in Acute heart Failure following myocardial infarction) trial (NCT00324766 ), which randomised 61 patients developing acute heart failure, including cardiogenic shock, within 48 hours after ST-elevation myocardial infarction, double-blind to a 25-hour infusion of levosimendan or placebo...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040824/effects-of-olfactory-training-a-meta-analysis
#10
A Sorokowska, E Drechsler, M Karwowski, T Hummel
The neural plasticity of the olfactory system offers possibilities of treatment in terms of stimulation of the sense of smell, and different studies have suggested effectiveness of smell training, i.e., daily exposition to certain odors. To obtain reliable and precise estimates of overall treatment benefit on the olfactory function, we meta-analyzed the effects of smell training reported in 13 previous studies. We analyzed the smell training effectiveness across three different olfactory abilities, smell identification, discrimination and threshold for odor detection...
January 1, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039210/relationship-between-tissue-doppler-measurements-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-and-silent-brain-infarction-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Sera Ishikawa, Kenichi Sugioka, Shinichi Sakamoto, Suwako Fujita, Asahiro Ito, Naoki Norioka, Shinichi Iwata, Masashi Nakagawa, Masahiko Takagi, Yukio Miki, Makiko Ueda, Minoru Yoshiyama
AIMS: Left ventricular (LV) diastolic function assessed by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is reported to be associated with left atrial (LA) blood stasis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to evaluate the relationship of diastolic TDI parameters with silent brain infarction (SBI) on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and in turn the risks of subsequent stroke or dementia, in non-valvular AF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study population consisted of 171 neurologically asymptomatic patients with non-valvular AF who underwent transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) (128 men; mean age, 63 ± 11 years)...
December 29, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035981/potential-inhibitory-influence-of-mirna-210-on-regulatory-t-cells-during-epicutaneous-chemical-sensitization
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Carrie Mae Long, Ewa Lukomska, Nikki B Marshall, Ajay Nayak, Stacey E Anderson
Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) is a potent low molecular weight chemical sensitizer and a leading cause of chemical-induced occupational asthma. The regulatory potential of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been recognized in a variety of disease states, including allergic disease; however, the roles of miRNAs in chemical sensitization are largely unknown. In a previous work, increased expression of multiple miRNAs during TDI sensitization was observed and several putative mRNA targets identified for these miRNAs were directly related to regulatory T-cell (Treg) differentiation and function including Foxp3 and Runx3...
December 27, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008244/indacaterol-glycopyrronium-in-symptomatic-patients-with-copd-gold-b-and-gold-d-versus-salmeterol-fluticasone-illuminate-lantern-pooled-analysis
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Claus Vogelmeier, Nanshan Zhong, Michael J Humphries, Karen Mezzi, Robert Fogel, Giovanni Bader, Francesco Patalano, Donald Banerji
BACKGROUND: Indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) is approved for maintenance treatment of adult patients with COPD. This post hoc analysis explored the efficacy and safety of IND/GLY versus salmeterol/fluticasone (SFC) in symptomatic (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease [GOLD] B and GOLD D) patients with moderate-to-severe COPD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from LANTERN and ILLUMINATE studies were pooled and analyzed. In both studies, symptomatic COPD patients were randomized to once-daily IND/GLY 110 μg/50 μg or twice-daily SFC 50 μg/500 μg...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004533/new-olfactometric-findings-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Giulio Cesare Passali, Francesco Bove, Lucrezia Vargiu, Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Roberta Anzivino, Eugenio De Corso, Jacopo Galli, Mario Rigante, Manlio Pandolfini, Bruno Sergi, Monica Giuliani, Francesca Cianfrone, Gaetano Paludetti, Alfonso Fasano
OBJECTIVES: to investigate in Parkinson's Disease affected patients a correlation between hyposmia and gastrointestinal dysfunction and their possible identical etiopathogenesis. DESIGN: retrospective cohort study. SETTING: ENT and Neurology departments (Gemelli Hospital, Rome, Italy). PARTICIPANTS: 78 patients with diagnosis of PD according to the UK Brain Bank criteria. INCLUSION CRITERIA: informed consent; olfactory testing executed; exclusion criteria: signs of dementia according to the DSM-IV criteria; Mini Mental State Examination score ≤ 26; head trauma; central neurological disorders, nasal or systemic diseases potentially affecting olfactory function...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000070/accumulation-of-trace-elements-in-edible-crops-and-poplar-grown-on-a-titanium-ore-landfill
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Mohamad Assad, Fabienne Tatin-Froux, Damien Blaudez, Michel Chalot, Julien Parelle
Urban gardening has recently experienced rapid development; however, the risk of the transfer of toxic elements from neighboring industry needs to be evaluated. We performed a multi-elemental analysis with several common edible crops (cucumber, pepper, cabbage, and lettuce) and poplar grown directly on a titanium ore landfill as a maximized scenario of exposure. Despite elevated concentrations of soil Ca, Fe, Mn, and Ti resulting from the industrial process, we did not register higher accumulation of these elements in the edible parts of crops or in poplar leaves grown on red gypsum compared with the control soil...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995291/assessing-myocardial-function-in-infants-with-pulmonary-hypertension-the-role-of-tissue-doppler-imaging-and-tricuspid-annular-plane-systolic-excursion
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Chalese Richardson, Cynthia Amirtharaj, Dorota Gruber, Denise A Hayes
Transthoracic echocardiography is the most common noninvasive method of evaluating pulmonary hypertension (PH) in infants. Identification of reliable, quantitative indices of myocardial function may enhance the diagnostic value of echocardiography in this population. We hypothesized that pulsed wave tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) would be reproducible measurements and would suggest decreased ventricular function, in infants with PH. This retrospective case-control study involved subjects diagnosed clinically and echocardiographically with PH at <12 months of age, matched with controls by age and gestational age (GA)...
December 19, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988196/the-effect-of-non-diabetic-chronic-renal-failure-on-olfactory-function
#17
S Koseoglu, S Derin, B Huddam, M Sahan
OBJECTIVES: In chronic renal failure (CRF), deterioration of glomerular filtration results in accumulation of metabolites in the body which affect all organs. This study was performed to investigate the olfactory functions, and determine if hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis improves olfactory function in non-diabetic CRF patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The olfactory functions were analyzed in CRF patients not on a dialysis program and had a creatinine level≥2mg/dL, in CRF patients on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, and in healthy controls...
December 14, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979682/evaluating-spatial-distribution-and-seasonal-variation-of-phthalates-using-passive-air-sampling-in-southern-india
#18
Srimurali Sampath, Krishna Kumar Selvaraj, Govindaraj Shanmugam, Vimalkumar Krishnamoorthy, Paromita Chakraborty, Babu Rajendran Ramaswamy
Usage of phthalates as plasticizers has resulted in worldwide occurrence and is becoming a serious concern to human health and environment. However, studies on phthalates in Indian atmosphere are lacking. Therefore, we studied the spatio-temporal trends of six major phthalates in Tamil Nadu, southern India, using passive air samplers. Phthalates were ubiquitously detected in all the samples and the average total phthalates found in decreasing order is pre-monsoon (61 ng m(-3)) > summer (52 ng m(-3)) > monsoon (17 ng m(-3))...
February 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977196/direct-observation-of-a-charge-transfer-state-preceding-high-yield-singlet-fission-in-terrylenediimide-thin-films
#19
Eric A Margulies, Jenna L Logsdon, Claire E Miller, Lin Ma, Ethan Simonoff, Ryan M Young, George C Schatz, Michael R Wasielewski
Singlet exciton fission (SF) in organic chromophore assemblies results in the conversion of one singlet exciton (S1) into two triplet excitons (T1), provided that the overall process is exoergic, i.e., E(S1) > 2E(T1). We report on SF in thin polycrystalline films of two terrylene-3,4:11,12-bis(dicarboximide) (TDI) derivatives 1 and 2, which crystallize into two distinct π-stacked structures. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (fsTA) reveals a charge-transfer state preceding a 190% T1 yield in films of 1, where the π-stacked TDI molecules are rotated by 23° along an axis perpendicular to their π systems...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965511/assessment-of-atrial-conduction-times-in-prediabetic-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#20
Mahdokht Rezaei, Ali Hosseinsabet
OBJECTIVE: Prediabetes is a dysglycemic state and is associated with subtle myocardial injury and dysfunction. We evaluated atrial conduction times (ACTs) and atrial electromechanical delays (EMDs) in prediabetic patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: In the present study, we recruited 128 consecutive patient candidates (40 euglycemic, 48 prediabetic, and 40 diabetic patients) for coronary artery bypass grafting. ACTs were measured using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)...
December 1, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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