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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350838/function-and-failure-of-the-fetal-membrane-modelling-the-mechanics-of-the-chorion-and-amnion
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Stefaan W Verbruggen, Michelle L Oyen, Andrew T M Phillips, Niamh C Nowlan
The fetal membrane surrounds the fetus during pregnancy and is a thin tissue composed of two layers, the chorion and the amnion. While rupture of this membrane normally occurs at term, preterm rupture can result in increased risk of fetal mortality and morbidity, as well as danger of infection in the mother. Although structural changes have been observed in the membrane in such cases, the mechanical behaviour of the human fetal membrane in vivo remains poorly understood and is challenging to investigate experimentally...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346915/safety-and-efficacy-of-flexible-ureteroscopy-in-combination-with-holmium-laser-lithotripsy-for-the-treatment-of-bilateral-upper-urinary-tract-calculi
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Bing Yang, Hao Ning, Zheng Liu, Yi Zhang, Chengfan Yu, Xianghua Zhang, Dongliang Pan, Kejia Ding
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of flexible ureteroscopy (FURS) in combination with holmium laser lithotripsy for the treatment of bilateral upper urinary calculi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The stone-free status was defined as the absence of any stones or asymptomatic status, or the presence of clinically insignificant residual fragments <4 mm, and was assessed by plain kidney, ureter, and bladder X-ray. The operative time, stone-free rates (SFRs), serum creatinine (SCr), and complications were recorded...
March 28, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346524/rare-mutations-and-potentially-damaging-missense-variants-in-genes-encoding-fibrillar-collagens-and-proteins-involved-in-their-production-are-candidates-for-risk-for-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Hardik I Parikh, Piya Chaemsaithong, Nihar U Sheth, Timothy P York, Roberto Romero, Jerome F Strauss
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the leading identifiable cause of preterm birth with ~ 40% of preterm births being associated with PPROM and occurs in 1% - 2% of all pregnancies. We hypothesized that multiple rare variants in fetal genes involved in extracellular matrix synthesis would associate with PPROM, based on the assumption that impaired elaboration of matrix proteins would reduce fetal membrane tensile strength, predisposing to unscheduled rupture. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on neonatal DNA derived from pregnancies complicated by PPROM (49 cases) and healthy term deliveries (20 controls) to identify candidate mutations/variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345997/evaluation-of-a-new-method-to-determine-the-tibial-tuberosity-advancement-distance-required-to-reduce-the-patellar-tendon-tibial-plateau-angle-to-90%C3%A2-with-the-modified-maquet-technique-in-dogs
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Paul Pillard, Veronique Livet, Quentin Cabon, Camille Bismuth, Juliette Sonet, Denise Remy, Didier Fau, Claude Carozzo, Eric Viguier, Thibaut Cachon
OBJECTIVE To assess use of a new radiographic method to determine the distance by which the tibial tuberosity should be advanced to reduce the patellar tendon-tibial plateau angle (PTA) to 90° by means of the modified Maquet technique (MMT) in dogs. SAMPLE 24 pelvic limbs from 12 adult medium-sized to large-breed canine cadavers. PROCEDURES Radiographs of stifle joints at 135° extension in true lateral position were used to determine tibial tuberosity advancement distances for use in the MMT. A method was devised to incorporate the planned osteotomy axis; distal patellar translations of 0, 3, 5, or 10 mm; and advancement cage implant application level along the osteotomy site in advancement planning measurements...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345940/early-development-of-mechanisms-of-change-as-a-predictor-of-subsequent-change-and-treatment-outcome-the-case-of-working-alliance
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Sigal Zilcha-Mano, Paula Errázuriz
OBJECTIVE: Advanced statistical tools have created the opportunity to systematically examine the effect of early trajectories in predictors of therapeutic change, such as early alliance development patterns, on outcome. To date, however, these methods have been used almost exclusively to examine the effect of the development of early symptoms on later ones. Development patterns of alliance early in treatment, and their association with treatment outcome, have received much theoretical attention, but few systematic examinations have been conducted so far...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345881/silane-and-germane-molecular-electronics
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Timothy A Su, Haixing Li, Rebekka S Klausen, Nathaniel T Kim, Madhav Neupane, James L Leighton, Michael L Steigerwald, Latha Venkataraman, Colin Nuckolls
This Account provides an overview of our recent efforts to uncover the fundamental charge transport properties of Si-Si and Ge-Ge single bonds and introduce useful functions into group 14 molecular wires. We utilize the tools of chemical synthesis and a scanning tunneling microscopy-based break-junction technique to study the mechanism of charge transport in these molecular systems. We evaluated the fundamental ability of silicon, germanium, and carbon molecular wires to transport charge by comparing conductances within families of well-defined structures, the members of which differ only in the number of Si (or Ge or C) atoms in the wire...
March 27, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345767/nlrp3-inflammasome-its-regulation-and-involvement-in-atherosclerosis
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Zahra Hoseini, Fatemeh Sepahvand, Bahman Rashidi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Aria Masoudifar, Hamed Mirzaei
Inflammasomes are intracellular complexes involved in the innate immunity that convert proIL-1β and proIL-18 to mature forms and initiate pyroptosis via cleaving procaspase-1. The most well-known inflammasome is NLRP3. Several studies have indicated a decisive and important role of NLRP3 inflammasome, IL-1β, IL-18, and pyroptosis in atherosclerosis. Modern hypotheses introduce atherosclerosis as an inflammatory/lipid-based disease and NLRP3 inflammasome has been considered as a link between lipid metabolism and inflammation because crystalline cholesterol and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) (two abundant components in atherosclerotic plaques) activate NLRP3 inflammasome...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345597/post-traumatic-osteoarthritis-in-mice-following-mechanical-injury-to-the-synovial-joint
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Muhammad Farooq Rai, Xin Duan, James D Quirk, Nilsson Holguin, Eric J Schmidt, Nobuaki Chinzei, Matthew J Silva, Linda J Sandell
We investigated the spectrum of lesions characteristic of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) across the knee joint in response to mechanical injury. We hypothesized that alteration in knee joint stability in mice reproduces molecular and structural features of PTOA that would suggest potential therapeutic targets in humans. The right knees of eight-week old male mice from two recombinant inbred lines (LGXSM-6 and LGXSM-33) were subjected to axial tibial compression. Three separate loading magnitudes were applied: 6N, 9N, and 12N...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345540/epidemiological-features-of-nontraumatic-spontaneous-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-china-a-nationwide-hospital-based-multicenter-study
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Jian-Ping Song, Wei Ni, Yu-Xiang Gu, Wei Zhu, Liang Chen, Bin Xu, Bin Leng, Yan-Long Tian, Ying Mao
BACKGROUND: Nontraumatic spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with a high mortality. This study was conducted to investigate the epidemiological features of nontraumatic spontaneous SAH in China. METHODS: From January 2006 to December 2008, the clinical data of patients with nontraumatic SAH from 32 major neurosurgical centers of China were evaluated. Emergent digital subtraction angiography (DSA) was performed for the diagnosis of SAH sources in the acute stage of SAH (≤3 days)...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345355/coronary-spasm-secondary-to-cefuroxime-injection-complicated-with-cardiogenic-shock-a-manifestation-of-kounis-syndrome-case-report-and-literature-review
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Andreas Mitsis, Evi Christodoulou, Panayiota Georgiou
Kounis syndrome is defined as the coincidental occurrence of an acute coronary syndrome with hypersensitivity reactions following an allergic event. The three reported variants of Kounis syndrome are vasospastic allergic angina, allergic myocardial infarction and stent thrombosis with occluding thrombus. The syndrome is caused by various inflammatory mediators. The pathophysiological characteristics of Kounis syndrome involve coronary artery spasm and/or atheromatous plaque erosion or rupture during an allergic reaction...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345303/arterial-ageing-from-endothelial-dysfunction-to-vascular-calcification
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M Tesauro, A Mauriello, V Rovella, M Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, C Cardillo, G Melino, N Di Daniele
Complex structural and functional changes occur in the arterial system with advancing age. The aged artery is characterized by changes in microRNA expression patterns, autophagy, smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, and arterial calcification with progressively increased mechanical vessel rigidity and stiffness. With age the vascular smooth muscle cells modify their phenotype from contractile to 'synthetic' determining the development of intimal thickening as early as the second decade of life as an adaptive response to forces acting on the arterial wall...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345055/earthquake-rupture-below-the-brittle-ductile-transition-in-continental-lithospheric-mantle
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Germán A Prieto, Bérénice Froment, Chunquan Yu, Piero Poli, Rachel Abercrombie
Earthquakes deep in the continental lithosphere are rare and hard to interpret in our current understanding of temperature control on brittle failure. The recent lithospheric mantle earthquake with a moment magnitude of 4.8 at a depth of ~75 km in the Wyoming Craton was exceptionally well recorded and thus enabled us to probe the cause of these unusual earthquakes. On the basis of complete earthquake energy balance estimates using broadband waveforms and temperature estimates using surface heat flow and shear wave velocities, we argue that this earthquake occurred in response to ductile deformation at temperatures above 750°C...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344959/surgical-technique-for-single-port-laparoscopy-in-huge-ovarian-tumors-sw-kim-s-technique-and-comparison-to-laparotomy
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Jeong Sook Kim, In Ok Lee, Kyung Jin Eoh, Young Shin Chung, Inha Lee, Jung-Yun Lee, Eun Ji Nam, Sunghoon Kim, Young Tae Kim, Sang Wun Kim
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to introduce a method to remove huge ovarian tumors (≥15 cm) intact with single-port laparoscopic surgery (SPLS) using SW Kim's technique and to compare the surgical outcomes with those of laparotomy. METHODS: Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for patients who underwent either SPLS (n=21) with SW Kim's technique using a specially designed 30×30-cm(2)-sized 3XL LapBag or laparotomy (n=22) for a huge ovarian tumor from December 2008 to May 2016...
March 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344957/predicting-factors-for-success-of-vaginal-delivery-in-preterm-induction-with-prostaglandin-e2
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Yoo Min Kim, Ju Young Park, Ji-Hee Sung, Suk-Joo Choi, Soo-Young Oh, Cheong-Rae Roh, Jong-Hwa Kim
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of prostaglandin (PG) E2 for preterm labor induction and to investigate the predictive factors for the success of vaginal delivery. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed in women (n=155) at 24+0 to 36+6 weeks of gestation who underwent induction of labor using a PGE2 vaginal pessary (10 mg, Propess) from January 2009 to December 2015. Success rates of vaginal delivery according to gestational age at induction and incidence of intrapartum complications such as tachysystole and nonreassuring fetal heart rate were investigated...
March 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344761/acute-rectal-ischaemia-following-emergency-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-surgery
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Frances R Mosley, Sobia Akhtar, Rina George, Woolagasen R Pillay
We present a case of isolated rectal ischaemia, a rare complication after emergency surgery for a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. We discuss the possible aetiology of this condition and how this rare condition may be missed unless care is taken at the time of reoperation.
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344685/focal-biliary-system-obstruction-and-atypical-liver-mass-intrabiliary-ruptured-cyst-hydatid-case-report
#16
Esra Ummuhan Mermi, Nurdan Fidan, Muammer Murat
BACKGROUND: Hydatid disease can involve any part of the body, but the liver is the most frequently affected organ. Intrabiliary rupture is one of the most serious complications of a hepatic hydatid cyst. Radiological findings, especially magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRI/MRCP), are helpful in the diagnosis of hydatid disease. CASE REPORT: We present a 48-year-old female patient with complaints of abdominal pain and jaundice...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344561/fetal-growth-restriction-induces-heterogeneous-effects-on-vascular-biomechanical-and-functional-properties-in-guinea-pigs-cavia-porcellus
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Daniel Cañas, Emilio A Herrera, Claudio García-Herrera, Diego Celentano, Bernardo J Krause
Aim: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is associated with a variety of cardiometabolic diseases in adulthood which could involve remodeling processes of the vascular walls that could start in the fetal period. However, there is no consensus whether this remodeling affects in a similar way the whole vascular system. We aimed to determine the effects of FGR on the vasoactive and biomechanical properties of umbilical and systemic vessels in fetal guinea pigs. Methods: FGR was induced by implanting ameroid occluders at mid-gestation in uterine arteries of pregnant guinea pigs, whilst the control group was exposed to simulated surgery...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344397/comparative-study-of-obstructive-urolithiasis-and-its-sequelae-in-buffalo-calves
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Yasmin H Bayoumi, Noura E Attia
AIM: The present work was designed to study the incidence of obstructive urolithiasis and to apply comparative diagnosis to urine retention cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 78 non-castrated buffalo calves aging 3-11 months were included in this study, 68 calves were admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Zagazig University, Egypt, during the study period with a history of anuria, and they were classified into three groups; intact bladder group (19 calves), uroperitoneum group (45 calves), and ruptured urethra group (4 calves)...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344181/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-pediatric-high-grade-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-our-experience-and-review-of-literature
#19
Mohana Rao Patibandla, Dale Ding, Zhiyuan Xu, Jason P Sheehan
INTRODUCTION: Although high-grade AVMs pose a particularly high lifetime hemorrhage risk to pediatric patients (age <18 years), little is known about the treatment outcomes. Therefore, the aim of this retrospective cohort study was to evaluate the outcomes after single-session stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for pediatric high-grade AVMs. METHODS: we reviewed baseline and treatment outcomes data from pediatric patient's age less than 18 years with SM Grade IV AVMs treated with SRS in a single session at our institution...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343785/pericardial-mesothelioma-presenting-as-a-suspected-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Ana Sofia Barroso, Sérgio Leite, Fernando Friões, Mariana Vasconcelos, Daniela Azevedo, Helena Baldaia, Mário Jorge Amorim, Paula Dias
Primary cardiac and pericardial tumors are rare entities with an autopsy frequency of 0.001-0.03%. Metastases to the heart and pericardium are much more common than primary tumors. Malignant pericardial mesotheliomas account for up to 50% of primary pericardial tumors. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with hypertension, dyslipidemia and atrial fibrillation who went to the emergency department due to nonspecific thoracic discomfort of over six hours duration associated with syncope. Physical examination revealed a low-amplitude arrhythmic pulse, no heart murmurs and no signs of pulmonary congestion...
March 23, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
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