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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337135/defining-bedaquiline-susceptibility-resistance-cross-resistance-and-associated-genetic-determinants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Nazir A Ismail, Shaheed V Omar, Lavania Joseph, Netricia Govender, Linsay Blows, Farzana Ismail, Hendrik Koornhof, Andries W Dreyer, Koné Kaniga, Norbert Ndjeka
BACKGROUND: Bedaquiline (BDQ) is a novel agent approved for use in combination treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). We sought to determine BDQ epidemiological cut-off values (ECVs), define and assess interpretive criteria against putative resistance associated variants (RAVs), microbiological outcomes and cross resistance with clofazimine (CFZ). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC) to BDQ were determined using 7H9 broth microdilution (BMD) and MGIT960...
January 9, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328539/early-detection-of-myocardial-involvement-by-t1-mapping-of-cardiac-mri-in-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathy
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Liuyu Yu, Jianhong Sun, Jiayu Sun, Jiangbo Li, Yang Dong, Xiaoyue Zhou, Andreas Greiser, Yuchi Han, Qing Zhang, Qibing Xie, Yucheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) are common types of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM), wherein patients are prone to adverse cardiovascular events. PURPOSE: To explore the value of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for detecting cardiac involvement in PM/DM patients using a T1 mapping technique. STUDY TYPE: Prospective observational study. POPULATION: In all, 25 PM/DM patients free of cardiovascular symptoms and preserved ventricular systolic function and 25 healthy volunteers matched for age and sex served as controls...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324756/associations-of-plasma-clusterin-and-alzheimer-s-disease-related-mri-markers-in-adults-at-mid-life-the-cardia-brain-mri-sub-study
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Thaddeus Haight, R Nick Bryan, Osorio Meirelles, Russell Tracy, Myriam Fornage, Melissa Richard, Ilya Nasrallah, Kristine Yaffe, David R Jacobs, Cora Lewis, Pamela Schreiner, Stephen Sidney, Christos Davatzikos, Lenore J Launer
BACKGROUND: Clinical and epidemiological studies of older persons have implicated clusterin in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. In the context of identifying early biomarkers of risk, we examined associations of plasma clusterin and characteristics of AD in middle-aged individuals from the community. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects were 639 cognitively normal individuals (mean age 50 ± 3.5) from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Brain MRI sub-study...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301529/increased-myocardial-extracellular-volume-assessed-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-t1-mapping-and-its-determinants-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-normal-myocardial-systolic-strain
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Yukun Cao, Wenjuan Zeng, Yue Cui, Xiangchuang Kong, Miao Wang, Jie Yu, Shan Zhang, Jing Song, Xu Yan, Andreas Greiser, Heshui Shi
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping and tissue-tracking strain analysis are useful quantitative techniques that can characterize myocardial tissue and mechanical alterations, respectively, in patients with early diabetic cardiomyopathy. The purpose of this study was to assess the left ventricular myocardial T1 value, extracellular volume fraction (ECV), and systolic strain in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and their underlying relationships with clinical parameters...
January 4, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298704/the-prognostic-value-of-t1-mapping-and-late-gadolinium-enhancement-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-with-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Lu Lin, Xiao Li, Jun Feng, Kai-Ni Shen, Zhuang Tian, Jian Sun, Yue-Ying Mao, Jian Cao, Zheng-Yu Jin, Jian Li, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Yi-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac impairment is associated with high morbidity and mortality in immunoglobulin light chain (AL) type amyloidosis, for which early identification and risk stratification is vital. For myocardial tissue characterization, late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) is a classic and most commonly performed cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) parameter. T1 mapping with native T1 and extracellular volume (ECV) are recently developed quantitative parameters. We aimed to investigate the prognostic value of native T1, ECV and LGE in patients with AL amyloidosis...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294971/examining-the-factor-structure-of-the-coping-with-community-violence-scale-for-urban-youth
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Suzanna So, Noni K Gaylord-Harden, Dexter R Voisin
Coping strategies may play an important role in how youth respond to exposure to community violence (ECV) and, in turn, influence the impact of violence exposure on their psychosocial functioning. Unfortunately, the research on coping with ECV has not revealed consistent results, suggesting that the uncontrollable and chronic nature of ECV in low-income, urban communities may require stressor-specific coping strategies. Recent qualitative research identified four types of coping that are specific to ECV for African American adolescents...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276311/benchmarking-of-essential-climate-variables-gamma-index-theory-and-results-for-surface-albedo-and-aerosol-optical-depth
#7
Fabrizio Cappucci, Nadine Gobron
This paper proposes a benchmarking method for assessing the level of spatio-temporal variability of Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products against a reference taking into account acceptance criteria in terms of intensity and physical distance tolerances. This is based on a modified version of the gamma index that could be suitable for fitness-for-purpose assessment given that one can choose various criteria depending on applications. The method is first presented and then applied to both land and atmospheric ECVs...
December 15, 2017: Remote Sensing of Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250219/use-of-acoustic-cardiography-immediately-following-electrical-cardioversion-to-predict-relapse-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Paul Erne, Therese J Resink, Andrea Mueller, Michael Coslovsky, Richard Kobza, David Conen, Peter Bauer, Patricia Arand
Predicting atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after successful electrical cardioversion (ECV) is difficult. The main aim of this study was to investigate whether acoustic cardiography (AUDICOR® 200) immediately post-ECV might provide indices for AF relapse following cardioversion. Acoustic cardiography parameters included Electromechanical Activation Time (EMAT), Left Ventricular Systolic Time (LVST), QRS duration, heart rate and third heart sound intensity (S3 Strength). We analysed data from 140 patients who underwent successful cardioversion and in whom AUDICOR results and echocardiographic measurements immediately after (baseline) ECV were available...
June 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248656/myocardial-fibrosis-in-competitive-triathletes-detected-by-contrast-enhanced-cmr-correlates-with%C3%A2-exercise-induced-hypertension-and%C3%A2-competition-history
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Enver Tahir, Jitka Starekova, Kai Muellerleile, Alexandra von Stritzky, Julia Münch, Maxim Avanesov, Julius M Weinrich, Christian Stehning, Sebastian Bohnen, Ulf K Radunski, Eric Freiwald, Stefan Blankenberg, Gerhard Adam, Axel Pressler, Monica Patten, Gunnar K Lund
OBJECTIVES: This study analyzed the presence of myocardial fibrosis detected by late gadolinium-enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in correlation with the performance of competitive triathletes objectified by an exercise test and individual competition history. BACKGROUND: Myocardial fibrosis detected by LGE CMR has been reported to occur in 0% to 50% of asymptomatic athletes. However, the cause and mechanisms of myocardial fibrosis are unclear. METHODS: Eighty-three asymptomatic triathletes undergoing >10 training h per week (43 ± 10 years of age; 65% male) and 36 sedentary controls were studied by using LGE and extracellular volume (ECV) CMR...
December 8, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228952/association-between-left-ventricular-mechanics-and-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-a-cross-sectional-study
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Christopher M Haggerty, Jonathan D Suever, Arichanah Pulenthiran, Abba Mejia-Spiegeler, Gregory J Wehner, Linyuan Jing, Richard J Charnigo, Brandon K Fornwalt, Mark A Fogel
BACKGROUND: Patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) have progressive, adverse biventricular remodeling, leading to abnormal contractile mechanics. Defining the mechanisms underlying this dysfunction, such as diffuse myocardial fibrosis, may provide insights into poor long-term outcomes. We hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) diffuse fibrosis is related to impaired LV mechanics. METHODS: Patients with TOF were evaluated with cardiac magnetic resonance in which modified Look-Locker (MOLLI) T1-mapping and spiral cine Displacement encoding (DENSE) sequences were acquired at three LV short-axis positions...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215036/proteomics-and-antivenomics-of-echis-carinatus-carinatus-venom-correlation-with-pharmacological-properties-and-pathophysiology-of-envenomation
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Aparup Patra, Bhargab Kalita, Abhishek Chanda, Ashis K Mukherjee
The proteome composition of Echis carinatus carinatus venom (ECV) from India was studied for the first time by tandem mass spectrometry analysis. A total of 90, 47, and 22 distinct enzymatic and non-enzymatic proteins belonging to 15, 10, and 6 snake venom protein families were identified in ECV by searching the ESI-LC-MS/MS data against non-redundant protein databases of Viperidae (taxid 8689), Echis (taxid 8699) and Echis carinatus (taxid 40353), respectively. However, analysis of MS/MS data against the Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly sequences (87 entries) of conger E...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206322/4d-flow-mri-cardiac-function-and-t1-mapping-association-of-valve-mediated-changes-in-aortic-hemodynamics-with-left-ventricular-remodeling
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Julia Geiger, Amir A Rahsepar, Kenichiro Suwa, Alex Powell, Ahmadreza Ghasemiesfe, Alex J Barker, Jeremy D Collins, James C Carr, Michael Markl
BACKGROUND: Patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) show altered hemodynamics in the ascending aorta that can be assessed by 4D flow MRI. PURPOSE: Comprehensive cardiac MRI was applied to test the hypothesis that BAV-mediated changes in aortic hemodynamics (wall shear stress [WSS] and velocity) are associated with parameters of left ventricular (LV) remodeling. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective data analysis. POPULATION: Forty-nine BAV patients (mean age = 50...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202365/development-of-reduction-scenarios-for-criteria-air-pollutants-emission-in-tehran-traffic-sector-iran
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Amir Mohammadiha, Hossein Malakooti, Vahid Esfahanian
Transport-related pollution as the main source of air pollution must be reduced in Tehran mega-city. The performance of various developed scenarios including BAU (Business As Usual) as baseline scenario, ECV (Elimination of carburetor equipped Vehicle), NEM (New Energy Motorcycles), HES (Higher Emission Standard), VCR (Vehicle Catalyst Replacement), FQE (Fuel Quality Enhancement), DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and TSA (Total Scenarios Aggregation) are evaluated by International Vehicle Model up to 2028. In the short term, the ECV, VCR, and FQE scenarios provided high performance in CO, VOCs and NOx emissions control...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202140/relation-of-the-polymorphism-of-cyp51a-sequence-and-the-susceptibility-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates-to-triazoles-determined-by-commercial-gradient-test-etest-and-by-reference-methods
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Urszula Nawrot, Beata Sulik-Tyszka, Ewelina Kurzyk, Martyna Mroczyńska, Katarzyna Włodarczyk, Marta Wróblewska, Grzegorz Władysław Basak, Anna Brillowska-Dąbrowska
The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of commercial gradient test (Etest) in the detection of triazole resistant Aspergillus fumigatus isolates using reference microdilution methods and the analysis of sequences of the cyp 51A gene. The study was performed on twenty clinical isolates which were identified as Aspergillus fumigatus based on the DNA sequences of the ITS1-2 fragment of ribosomal DNA and the β-tubulin gene, out of them seventeen isolates showed wild -type cyp51A sequence and three were positive for the mutation TR34/L98H...
November 30, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197107/developmental-stability-of-general-and-specific-factors-of-psychopathology-from-early-childhood-to-adolescence-dynamic-mutualism-or-p-differentiation
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Eoin McElroy, Jay Belsky, Natacha Carragher, Pasco Fearon, Praveetha Patalay
BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates that the best-fitting structural model of psychopathology includes a general factor capturing comorbidity (p) and several more specific, orthogonal factors. Little is known about the stability of these factors, although two opposing developmental processes have been proposed: dynamic mutualism suggests that symptom-level interaction and reinforcement may lead to a strengthening of comorbidity (p) over time, whereas p-differentiation suggests a general vulnerability to psychopathology that gives way to increasingly distinct patterns of symptoms over time...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184761/estimating-extraction-fraction-and-blood-flow-by-combining-first-pass-myocardial-perfusion-and-t1-mapping-results
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Devavrat Likhite, Promporn Suksaranjit, Ganesh Adluru, Brent Wilson, Edward DiBella
Background: Quantifying myocardial perfusion is complicated by the complexity of pharmacokinetic model being used and the reliability of perfusion parameter estimates. More complex modeling provides more information about the underlying physiology, but too many parameters in complex models introduce a new problem of reliable estimation. To overcome the problem of multiple parameters, we have developed a technique that combines knowledge from two different cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques: dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) and T1 mapping...
October 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181817/health-economic-evaluation-of-rivaroxaban-in-elective-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Maartje S Jacobs, Lisa A de Jong, Maarten J Postma, Robert G Tieleman, Marinus van Hulst
BACKGROUND: Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is a procedure in which a direct current electric shock is used to quickly and effectively restore the normal sinus rhythm. Appropriate anticoagulation reduces the risk of embolic events during and after ECV. The aim of this study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of rivaroxaban compared with vitamin K oral antagonists (VKAs) in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing elective ECV in the Netherlands. METHODS AND RESULTS: A static transmission model over a 1-year time horizon was developed to compare rivaroxaban with VKAs in terms of clinical outcomes, health effects (quality-adjusted life years; QALYs), and costs...
November 27, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166877/a-prospective-study-examining-the-role-of-myocardial-fibrosis-in-outcome-following-mitral-valve-repair-in-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-rationale-and-design-of-the-mitral-finder-study
#18
Boyang Liu, Nicola C Edwards, Desley A H Neal, Christopher Weston, Gerard Nash, Nicolas Nikolaidis, Thomas Barker, Ramesh Patel, Moninder Bhabra, Richard P Steeds
BACKGROUND: The optimal management of chronic severe primary degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) is to repair the valve but identification of the optimal timing of surgery remains challenging. Current guidelines suggest 'watchful waiting' until the onset of symptoms or left ventricular (LV) dysfunction but these have been challenged as promoting 'rescue surgery'. Better predictors are required to inform decision-making in relation to the necessity and timing of surgery. Chronic volume overload is a stimulus for adverse adaptive LV remodelling...
November 22, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165582/predictors-management-and-outcome-of-cardioversion-failure-early-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Micaela Ebert, Clara Stegmann, Jedrzej Kosiuk, Borislav Dinov, Sergio Richter, Arash Arya, Andreas Müssigbrodt, Philipp Sommer, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
Aims: Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is frequently required for early atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after catheter ablation. However, in some cases, ECV is unsuccessful, and factors associated with long-term rhythm outcomes after failed ECV are unknown. This study aimed to identify possible predictors of ECV failure early after AF ablation and to analyse management and long-term rhythm outcome of these patients. Methods and results: Between 2010 and 2012, 180 consecutive patients (mean age 63...
November 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159946/extracellular-volume-with-bolus-only-technique-in-amyloidosis-patients-diagnostic-accuracy-correlation-with-other-clinical-cardiac-measures-and-ability-to-track-changes-in-amyloid-load-over-time
#20
Giulia Zumbo, Sharon V Barton, Douglas Thompson, Min Sun, Amna Abdel-Gadir, Thomas A Treibel, Daniel Knight, Ana Martinez-Naharro, Lane Thirusha, Julian D Gillmore, James C Moon, Philip N Hawkins, Marianna Fontana
BACKGROUND: Extracellular volume (ECV) by T1 mapping requires the contrast agent distribution to be at equilibrium. This can be achieved either definitively with a primed contrast infusion (infusion ECV), or sufficiently with a delay postbolus (bolus-only ECV). For large ECV, the bolus-only approach measures higher than the infusion ECV, causing some uncertainty in diseases such as amyloidosis. PURPOSE: To characterize the relationship between the bolus-only and current gold-standard infusion ECV in patients with amyloidosis...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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