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Arash Momeni, Suhail K Kanchwala
BACKGROUND: Autologous breast reconstruction is associated with long-term patient satisfaction that is superior to implant-based approaches. Occasionally, however, patients who desire autologous reconstruction present with inadequate donor-site volume. A hybrid approach, combining free flap reconstruction with simultaneous implant placement, is a solution. We present our experience with the use of mesh for improved pocket control using this reconstructive modality. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of patients undergoing autologous breast reconstruction was performed...
October 22, 2016: Microsurgery
Abdulkadir Tunç, Belma Doğan Güngen, Ferhat Evliyaoğlu, Yeşim Güzey Aras, Aysel Kaya Tekeşin
The aim of this study was to investigate retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness, macular changes (central subfield thickness (CST), cube average thickness (CAT), cube volume (CV) in patients with migraine using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to assess if there was any correlation with white matter lesions (WML). In this prospective case-control study, RNFL, GCL thickness and macular changes of 19 migraine patients with aura (MA), 41 migraine without aura (MO) and 60 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects were measured using OCT device...
October 21, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Kemal Can Tertemiz, Aylin Ozgen Alpaydin, Volkan Karacam
INTRODUCTION: Many extrathoracic malignancies can metastasize to lungs and mediastinal lymph nodes. Whether mediastinal lesions are metastasis in these patients changes staging, prognosis, and treatment strategy. In this study, we aimed to find out the contribution of EBUS-TBNA to the diagnosis in cases with extrathoracic malignancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who had been previously diagnosed as extrapulmonary solid organ malignancy and in whom mediastinal or hilar lymphadenopathy developed during their follow-up and EBUS-TBNA was applied for diagnostic purposes were retrospectively included in this study...
October 21, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Richard A Armstrong, Ann C McKee, Victor E Alvarez, Nigel J Cairns
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disorder which may result from repetitive brain injury. A variety of tau-immunoreactive pathologies are present, including neurofibrillary tangles (NFT), neuropil threads (NT), dot-like grains (DLG), astrocytic tangles (AT), and occasional neuritic plaques (NP). In tauopathies, cellular inclusions in the cortex are clustered within specific laminae, the clusters being regularly distributed parallel to the pia mater. To determine whether a similar spatial pattern is present in CTE, clustering of the tau-immunoreactive pathology was studied in the cortex, hippocampus, and dentate gyrus in 11 cases of CTE and 7 cases of Alzheimer's disease neuropathologic change (ADNC) without CTE...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Akihisa Kangawa, Masayoshi Otake, Satoko Enya, Toshinori Yoshida, Masatoshi Shibata
Microminipigs are becoming increasingly attractive alternatives for various experimental applications, such as general toxicology studies, owing to their manageable size. However, there are limited studies on the male reproductive organs of microminipigs, particularly on the histological aspects of sexual maturity. To clarify the development of male reproductive organs, 35 male microminipigs, aged 0 to 12 months, were used in this study. Histological and histomorphological evaluation was performed based on spermatogenic development, measurement of tubular structure in testes and epididymides, and histological progress of accessory glands...
October 21, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
Jean-François Kaux, François Delvaux, Jean Schaus, Christophe Demoulin, Médéa Locquet, Fanny Buckinx, Charlotte Beaudart, Nadia Dardenne, Julien Van Beveren, Jean-Louis Croisier, Bénédicte Forthomme, Olivier Bruyère
STUDY DESIGN: Translation and validation of algo-functional questionnaire. INTRODUCTION: The lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common injury in tennis players and physical workers. The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) Questionnaire was specifically designed to measure pain and functional limitations in patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). First developed in English, this questionnaire has since been translated into several languages. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The aims of the study were to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PRTEE questionnaire into French and to evaluate the reliability and validity of this translated version of the questionnaire (PRTEE-F)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Christos Karagiannopoulos, Michael Sitler, Susan Michlovitz, Carole Tucker, Ryan Tierney
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. INTRODUCTION: The active wrist joint position sense (JPS) test has been determined to be a clinically useful test for assessing wrist sensorimotor (SM) status after distal radius fracture (DRF). Its responsiveness is yet to be determined. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Primary study aim was to determine the active wrist JPS test responsiveness to detect change in wrist SM status at 8 and 12 weeks after DRF treatment intervention...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Jahir Orozco, Elisa Villa, Carmem-Lara Manes, Linda K Medlin, Delphine Guillebault
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are becoming more frequent as climate changes, with tropical species moving northward. Monitoring programs detecting the presence of toxic algae before they bloom are of paramount importance to protect aquatic ecosystems, aquaculture, human health and local economies. Rapid and reliable species identification methods using molecular barcodes coupled to biosensor detection tools have received increasing attention over the past decade as an alternative to the impractical standard microscopic counting-based techniques...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Heikki Aisala, Jari Sinkkonen, Marika Kalpio, Mari Sandell, Hervé This, Anu Hopia
A direct quantitative proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy method was developed for the measurement of saccharides, organic acids and amino acids in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tuber filaments, a complex gel-like food matrix. The method requires minimal sample preparation. It is thus a faster alternative compared to liquid sample matrices, as well as an extension to methods analyzing only selected metabolites in the sample. The samples in this study were either raw or steamed potato strips that were either measured as D2O extracts or directly without extraction or derivatization steps (in situ technique)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Alexander Romagna, Marcus Unterrainer, Christine Schmid-Tannwald, Matthias Brendel, Jörg-Christian Tonn, Silke Birgit Nachbichler, Alexander Muacevic, Peter Bartenstein, Friedrich-Wilhelm Kreth, Nathalie Lisa Albert
BACKGROUND: After focused high dose radiotherapy of brain metastases, differentiation between tumor recurrence and radiation-induced lesions by conventional MRI is challenging. This study investigates the usefulness of dynamic O-(2-(18)F-Fluoroethyl)-L-Tyrosine positron emission tomography ((18)F-FET PET) in patients with MRI-based suspicion of tumor recurrence after focused high dose radiotherapy of brain metastases. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with 34 brain metastases (median age 61...
October 21, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Itsuko Tsukimura, Hideki Murakami, Makoto Sasaki, Hirooki Endo, Daisuke Yamabe, Ryosuke Oikawa, Minoru Doita
The safety of metallic spinal implants in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed using ultrahigh fields has not been established. Hence, we examined whether the displacement forces caused by a static magnetic field and the heating induced by radiofrequency radiation are substantial for spinal implants in a 7 T field. We investigated spinal rods of various lengths and materials, a screw, and a cross-linking bridge in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials guidelines. The displacement forces of the metallic implants in static 7 T and 3 T static magnetic fields were measured and compared...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Wohn-Jenn Leu, Sharada Prasanna Swain, She-Hung Chan, Jui-Ling Hsu, Shih-Ping Liu, Mei-Ling Chan, Chia-Chun Yu, Lih-Ching Hsu, Yen-Lin Chou, Wei-Ling Chang, Duen-Ren Hou, Jih-Hwa Guh
A series of triazole-based small molecules that mimic FTY720-mediated anticancer activity but minimize its immunosuppressive effect have been produced. SPS-7 is the most effective derivative displaying higher activity than FTY720 in anti-proliferation against human hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). It induced G1 arrest of cell cycle and subsequent apoptosis in thymidine block-mediated synchronization model. The data were supported by a decrease of cyclin D1 expression, a dramatic increase of p21 expression and an associated decrease in RB phosphorylation...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
P Adamson, F P An, I Anghel, A Aurisano, A B Balantekin, H R Band, G Barr, M Bishai, A Blake, S Blyth, G J Bock, D Bogert, D Cao, G F Cao, J Cao, S V Cao, T J Carroll, C M Castromonte, W R Cen, Y L Chan, J F Chang, L C Chang, Y Chang, H S Chen, Q Y Chen, R Chen, S M Chen, Y Chen, Y X Chen, J Cheng, J-H Cheng, Y P Cheng, Z K Cheng, J J Cherwinka, S Childress, M C Chu, A Chukanov, J A B Coelho, L Corwin, D Cronin-Hennessy, J P Cummings, J de Arcos, S De Rijck, Z Y Deng, A V Devan, N E Devenish, X F Ding, Y Y Ding, M V Diwan, M Dolgareva, J Dove, D A Dwyer, W R Edwards, C O Escobar, J J Evans, E Falk, G J Feldman, W Flanagan, M V Frohne, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, R Gill, R A Gomes, M Gonchar, G H Gong, H Gong, M C Goodman, P Gouffon, N Graf, R Gran, M Grassi, K Grzelak, W Q Gu, M Y Guan, L Guo, R P Guo, X H Guo, Z Guo, A Habig, R W Hackenburg, S R Hahn, R Han, S Hans, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, M He, K M Heeger, Y K Heng, A Higuera, A Holin, Y K Hor, Y B Hsiung, B Z Hu, T Hu, W Hu, E C Huang, H X Huang, J Huang, X T Huang, P Huber, W Huo, G Hussain, J Hylen, G M Irwin, Z Isvan, D E Jaffe, P Jaffke, C James, K L Jen, D Jensen, S Jetter, X L Ji, X P Ji, J B Jiao, R A Johnson, J K de Jong, J Joshi, T Kafka, L Kang, S M S Kasahara, S H Kettell, S Kohn, G Koizumi, M Kordosky, M Kramer, A Kreymer, K K Kwan, M W Kwok, T Kwok, K Lang, T J Langford, K Lau, L Lebanowski, J Lee, J H C Lee, R T Lei, R Leitner, J K C Leung, C Li, D J Li, F Li, G S Li, Q J Li, S Li, S C Li, W D Li, X N Li, Y F Li, Z B Li, H Liang, C J Lin, G L Lin, S Lin, S K Lin, Y-C Lin, J J Ling, J M Link, P J Litchfield, L Littenberg, B R Littlejohn, D W Liu, J C Liu, J L Liu, C W Loh, C Lu, H Q Lu, J S Lu, P Lucas, K B Luk, Z Lv, Q M Ma, X B Ma, X Y Ma, Y Q Ma, Y Malyshkin, W A Mann, M L Marshak, D A Martinez Caicedo, N Mayer, K T McDonald, C McGivern, R D McKeown, M M Medeiros, R Mehdiyev, J R Meier, M D Messier, W H Miller, S R Mishra, I Mitchell, M Mooney, C D Moore, L Mualem, J Musser, Y Nakajima, D Naples, J Napolitano, D Naumov, E Naumova, J K Nelson, H B Newman, H Y Ngai, R J Nichol, Z Ning, J A Nowak, J O'Connor, J P Ochoa-Ricoux, A Olshevskiy, M Orchanian, R B Pahlka, J Paley, H-R Pan, J Park, R B Patterson, S Patton, G Pawloski, V Pec, J C Peng, A Perch, M M Pfützner, D D Phan, S Phan-Budd, L Pinsky, R K Plunkett, N Poonthottathil, C S J Pun, F Z Qi, M Qi, X Qian, X Qiu, A Radovic, N Raper, B Rebel, J Ren, C Rosenfeld, R Rosero, B Roskovec, X C Ruan, H A Rubin, P Sail, M C Sanchez, J Schneps, A Schreckenberger, P Schreiner, R Sharma, S Moed Sher, A Sousa, H Steiner, G X Sun, J L Sun, N Tagg, R L Talaga, W Tang, D Taychenachev, J Thomas, M A Thomson, X Tian, A Timmons, J Todd, S C Tognini, R Toner, D Torretta, K Treskov, K V Tsang, C E Tull, G Tzanakos, J Urheim, P Vahle, N Viaux, B Viren, V Vorobel, C H Wang, M Wang, N Y Wang, R G Wang, W Wang, X Wang, Y F Wang, Z Wang, Z M Wang, R C Webb, A Weber, H Y Wei, L J Wen, K Whisnant, C White, L Whitehead, L H Whitehead, T Wise, S G Wojcicki, H L H Wong, S C F Wong, E Worcester, C-H Wu, Q Wu, W J Wu, D M Xia, J K Xia, Z Z Xing, J L Xu, J Y Xu, Y Xu, T Xue, C G Yang, H Yang, L Yang, M S Yang, M T Yang, M Ye, Z Ye, M Yeh, B L Young, Z Y Yu, S Zeng, L Zhan, C Zhang, H H Zhang, J W Zhang, Q M Zhang, X T Zhang, Y M Zhang, Y X Zhang, Z J Zhang, Z P Zhang, Z Y Zhang, J Zhao, Q W Zhao, Y B Zhao, W L Zhong, L Zhou, N Zhou, H L Zhuang, J H Zou
Searches for a light sterile neutrino have been performed independently by the MINOS and the Daya Bay experiments using the muon (anti)neutrino and electron antineutrino disappearance channels, respectively. In this Letter, results from both experiments are combined with those from the Bugey-3 reactor neutrino experiment to constrain oscillations into light sterile neutrinos. The three experiments are sensitive to complementary regions of parameter space, enabling the combined analysis to probe regions allowed by the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) and MiniBooNE experiments in a minimally extended four-neutrino flavor framework...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Hugo Larocque, Frédéric Bouchard, Vincenzo Grillo, Alicia Sit, Stefano Frabboni, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, Miles J Padgett, Robert W Boyd, Ebrahim Karimi
Free electrons with a helical phase front, referred to as "twisted" electrons, possess an orbital angular momentum (OAM) and, hence, a quantized magnetic dipole moment along their propagation direction. This intrinsic magnetic moment can be used to probe material properties. Twisted electrons thus have numerous potential applications in materials science. Measuring this quantity often relies on a series of projective measurements that subsequently change the OAM carried by the electrons. In this Letter, we propose a nondestructive way of measuring an electron beam's OAM through the interaction of this associated magnetic dipole with a conductive loop...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Alessandro Soranzo, Michelle Newberry
This paper discusses how the 'Uncatchable Smile' illusion in Leonardo da Vinci's La Bella Principessa portrait was discovered. Kemp and Cotte(1) described the expression of the Princess as ambiguous and "subtle to an inexpressible degree". A combination of three methods was used (inter-observation, structured interviews, and psychophysical experiments) to identify what may underlie this 'ambiguity'. The inter-observation and the structured interview methods were firstly applied to generate experimental hypotheses that were successively tested by a series of psychophysical experiments...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ryuya Hashimoto, Tetsuya Sugiyama, Makoto Ubuka, Takatoshi Maeno
PURPOSE: To investigate optic nerve head (ONH) blood flow changes resulting from intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation in subjects without systemic disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen eyes of 18 patients who underwent vitrectomy to treat an epiretinal membrane or macular hole at Toho University Sakura Medical Center were included. Following standard 25-gauge microincision vitreous surgery, mean blur rate (MBR) in tissue (MT), an index of ONH blood flow, was measured using laser speckle flowgraphy...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Rachel E Davis, Sonya Dal Cin, Suzanne M Cole, Ligia I Reyes, Shannon J McKenney-Shubert, Nancy L Fleischer, Lynna Chung Densen, Karen E Peterson
Additional research is needed to guide the design of narratives for use in practice-oriented, naturalistic settings to maximize health behavior change, particularly among populations affected by health disparities. This mixed-methods study explored the influence of cultural tailoring and emotional arousal on identification and message recall in narratives promoting childhood obesity prevention among 40 Mexican American mothers. Participants were also asked about narrative exposure, narrative preferences, and beliefs about the purpose of a story...
October 21, 2016: Health Communication
Jong Ho Park, Jung Jin Park, O Ok Park, Jung Hoon Yang
Capacity decay in vanadium redox flow batteries during charge-discharge cycling has become an important issue because it lowers the practical energy density of the battery. The battery capacity tends to drop rapidly within the first tens of cycles and then drops more gradually over subsequent cycles during long-term operation. This paper analyzes and discusses the reasons for this early capacity decay. The imbalanced crossover rate of vanadium species was found to remain high until the total difference in vanadium concentration between the positive and negative electrolytes reached almost 1 mol dm(-3) ...
October 21, 2016: ChemSusChem
Chen Luo, Lu-Ting Yu, Meng-Qi Yang, Xiang Li, Zhi-Yuan Zhang, Martin O Alfred, Jun-Li Liu, Min Wang
Regenerating genes (Reg) have been found during the search for factors involved in pancreatic islet regeneration. Our recent study discovered that pancreatic β-cell-specific overexpression of Reg3β protects against streptozotocin (Stz) -induced diabetes in mice. To investigate its potential roles in the treatment of diabetes, we produced a recombinant Reg3β protein and provided evidence that it is active in promoting islet β-cell survival against Stz- triggered cell death. Though ineffective in alleviating preexisting diabetes, pretreatment of recombinant Reg3β was capable of minimizing the Stz-induced hyperglycemia and weight loss, by preserving serum and pancreatic insulin levels, and islet β-cell mass...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kumi Shidara, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Daisuke Hoshi, Naoki Sugimoto, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Katsunori Ikari, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
OBJECTIVE: To validate the minimally important difference (MID) of physical function using the Japanese version of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (J-HAQ) in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Patients who participated in a cohort study in both October 2008 and April 2009 were analyzed. Patients self-rated their change in overall status over 6 months using a 5-point Likert scale ("much better", "somewhat better", "same", "somewhat worse", or "much worse")...
October 21, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
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