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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530447/middle-ear-function-and-pathophysiology-in-andean-children-living-at-high-altitudes
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S Allen Counter, Leo H Buchanan, Fernando Ortega, Anthony B Jacobs, Göran Laurell
Counter, S. Allen, Leo H. Buchanan, Fernando Ortega, Anthony B. Jacobs, and Göran Laurell. Middle ear function and pathophysiology in Andean children living at high altitudes. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-The extent of altitude-related middle ear disorders in children native to high altitudes is unclear. This study examined middle ear pathophysiology in two groups of children living in high-altitude Ecuadorian Andean communities by investigating middle ear pressure (MEP), tympanic membrane compliance (TMC), and ear canal volume (ECV) using tympanometry, and by otological examination...
May 22, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530202/effect-of-age-and-blood-pressure-on-determination-of-normal-fluid-status-in-a-general-population-using-whole-body-and-calf-bioimpedance-techniques
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Fansan Zhu, Samer R Abbas, Peter Kotanko, Nathan W Levin
Normal fluid status (dry weight) can be identified by hydration markers established in the healthy population. The general population average could be influenced by age with its accompanying physiological changes and/or illness. The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the effect of age and systolic blood pressure (SBP) on these markers; (2) to compare mean values of hydration markers as assessed by different bioimpedance techniques. Subjects from the general population (n  =  212, males 105, 57...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526707/s-nitrosylation-of-vasp-at-cysteine-64-mediates-inflammation-stimulated-increase-in-microvascular-permeability
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Patricia Zamorano, Natalie Marin, Francisco Córdova, Alejandra Aguilar, Cynthia J Meininger, Mauricio P Boric, Nikola Golenhofen, Jorge Contreras, José Sarmiento, Walter N Duran, Fabiola A Sánchez
We tested the hypothesis that platelet-activating factor (PAF) induces S-nitrosylation of vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) as a mechanism to reduce microvascular endothelial barrier integrity and stimulate hyperpermeability. PAF elevated S-nitrosylation of VASP above baseline levels in different endothelial cells and caused hyperpermeability. To ascertain the importance of eNOS subcellular location in this process, we used ECV-304 cells transfected with cytosolic eNOS (GFPeNOSG2A) and plasma membrane eNOS (GFPeNOSCAAX)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522755/increased-left-ventricular-extracellular-volume-and-enhanced-twist-function-in-type-1-diabetic-individuals
#4
Zainisha Vasanji, Ronald J Sigal, Neil Derek Eves, Debra L Isaac, Matthias G Friedrich, Kelvin Chow, Richard B Thompson
Individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) characteristically have high glycemic levels that over time can result in reactive fibrosis and abnormalities in myocardial function. T1 mapping with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can estimate the extent of reactive fibrosis by measurement of the extracellular volume fraction (ECV). The extent of alterations in the ECV and associated changes in left ventricular (LV) function and morphology in individuals with T1D is unknown. Fourteen individuals with long-term T1D and fourteen sex-, age-, and body mass index-matched controls without diabetes underwent MRI measurement of myocardial T1 and ECV values as well as LV function and morphology...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512470/predictors-of-cephalic-vaginal-delivery-following-external-cephalic-version-an-eight-year-single-centre-study-of-447-cases
#5
Natalie Kew, Jacobus DuPlessis, Domenic La Paglia, Katherine Williams
Introduction. Our study aims to investigate and evaluate (1) rates of success of ECV for breech presentation at term at the Royal Women's Hospital in comparison to international standards; (2) mode of delivery following ECV; (3) factors influencing success rates of ECV at the Royal Women's Hospital. Methods. An audit of all women who underwent ECV between the years 2007 and 2014 at the Royal Women's Hospital as public patients was completed. Data parameters were collected from paper and electronic patient files at the Women's Hospital...
2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507082/association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-sickle-cell-anemia
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Omar Niss, Robert Fleck, Fowe Makue, Tarek Alsaied, Payal Desai, Jeffrey A Towbin, Punam Malik, Michael D Taylor, Charles T Quinn
Sickle cell anemia (SCA)-related cardiomyopathy is characterized by diastolic dysfunction and hyperdynamic features. Diastolic dysfunction portends early mortality in SCA. Diastolic dysfunction is associated with microscopic myocardial fibrosis in SCA mice, but the cause of diastolic dysfunction in humans with SCA is unknown. We used cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) measurements of extracellular volume fraction (ECV) to discover and quantify diffuse myocardial fibrosis in 25 individuals with SCA (mean age 23±13 years), and determine the association between diffuse myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
May 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500368/advanced-myocardial-tissue-characterisation-by-a-multi-component-cmr-protocol-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Simon Greulich, Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Francesco Romeo, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at increased risk of suffering from adverse cardiovascular events. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) mapping techniques might be appropriate tools to complement late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) for the assessment of myocardial involvement. This study aimed to perform advanced myocardial tissue characterisation in RA patients by a multicomponent CMR protocol. METHODS: 22 RA patients were prospectively enrolled and underwent CMR, including LGE and T1/T2 mapping sequences; 20 volunteers served as controls...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499551/lessons-learned-from-a-single-institution-s-retrospective-analysis-of-emergent-cesarean-delivery-following-external-cephalic-version-with-and-without-neuraxial-anesthesia
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A Ainsworth, H P Sviggum, M C Tolcher, A L Weaver, M A Holman, K W Arendt
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the risk of emergent cesarean delivery with the use of neuraxial anesthesia for external cephalic version in a single practice. BACKGROUND: Randomized trials have shown increased external cephalic version success when neuraxial anesthesia is used, without additional risk. We hypothesized that in our actual clinical practice, outside the confines of randomized trials, neuraxial anesthesia could be associated with an increased risk of emergent cesarean delivery...
April 2, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479005/-risk-of-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-in-patients-subjected-to-the-external-cephalic-version
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Nerea Sarmiento Carrera, Eva González Colmenero, José Luis Vázquez Castelo, Ana Concheiro Guisán, Emilio Couceiro Naveira, José Ramón Fernández Lorenzo
INTRODUCTION: Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) refers to the spectrum of abnormalities of maturation and development of the hip. Breech presentation is associated with DDH. This risk factor can be modified by external cephalic version (ECV). The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence of DDH in patients who successfully underwent ECV, as well as to evaluate need for these children (breech for a period during gestation) to be included in the DDH screening protocol. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in the Hospital Universitario de Vigo from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015...
May 3, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471019/type-and-rate-of-atrial-fibrillation-termination-due-to-rotational-activity-ablation-combined-with-pulmonary-vein-isolation
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Zsuzsanna Kis, Dominic A Theuns, Rohit Bhagwandien, Sip Wijchers, Sing-Chien Yap, Tamas Szili-Torok
BACKGROUND: There remains controversy about the optimal ablation technique and termination rate of atrial fibrillation (AF) during catheter ablation in patients with persistent AF. The aim of this study was to determine the rate and timing of AF termination during combined pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM)-guided ablation of rotational activity (RoAc). METHODS: This single-center, prospective cohort study enrolled 38 consecutive patients (63% male, mean age 63 ± 11 years) with persistent AF (mean left atrial size: 46 ± 7 mm), who underwent FIRM mapping and ablation of the identified RoAcs followed by PVI...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461021/pediatric-fontan-patients-are-at-risk-for-myocardial-fibrotic-remodeling-and-dysfunction
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Atsuko Kato, Eugénie Riesenkampff, Deane Yim, Shi-Joon Yoo, Mike Seed, Lars Grosse-Wortmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with single ventricle (SV) circulations are at risk for ventricular dysfunction. This study investigates whether there is evidence of increased myocardial fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction in children after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Consecutive children after the Fontan operation who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 relaxometry with a modified look-locker inversion recovery approach were included in this retrospective study...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451089/the-significance-of-the-left-atrial-volume-index-in-prediction-of-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-electrical-cardioversion
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Mehrnoush Toufan, Babak Kazemi, Negin Molazadeh
Introduction: Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is a safe method for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. It seems that left atrial volume index (LAVI) could be a good marker in predicting the success of ECV. The purpose of this study is to assess of the significance of LAVI measurement before ECV in predicting the recurrence of the AF. Methods: Fifty-one patients with AF, selected for ECV were studied in the cardiology department of Tabriz University of medical sciences. The clinical and demographic data of all the patients were obtained...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449212/predictors-of-success-of-external-cephalic-version-and-cephalic-presentation-at-birth-among-1-253-women-with-non-cephalic-presentation-using-logistic-regression-and-classification-tree-analyses
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Eileen K Hutton, Julia C Simioni, Lehana Thabane
INTRODUCTION: Among women with a fetus in non-cephalic presentation, external cephalic version (ECV) has been shown to reduce the rate of breech presentation at birth and cesarean birth. Compared to ECV at term, beginning ECV prior to 37 weeks gestation decreases the number of infants in a non-cephalic presentation at birth. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to investigate factors associated with a successful ECV procedure and to present this in a clinically useful format. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were collected as part of the Early ECV Pilot and Early ECV2 Trials, which randomised 1,776 women with a fetus in breech presentation to either early ECV (34 to 36 weeks gestation) or delayed ECV (at or after 37 weeks)...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443986/minimal-inhibitory-concentration-distributions-and-epidemiological-cutoff-values-of-five-antifungal-agents-against-sporothrix-brasiliensis
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Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Fábio Brito-Santos, Maria Helena Galdino Figueiredo-Carvalho, Ana Caroline Sá Machado, Manoel Marques Evangelista Oliveira, Sandro Antonio Pereira, Maria Clara Gutierrez-Galhardo, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Sporothrix brasiliensis is the most virulent sporotrichosis agent. This species usually responds to antifungal drugs, but therapeutic failure can occur in some patients. Antifungal susceptibility tests have been performed on this species, but no clinical breakpoints (CBPs) are available. In this situation, minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) distributions and epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) support the detection of identification of resistant strains. OBJECTIVES: To study the MIC distributions of five antifungal drugs against S...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439652/myocardial-extracellular-volume-fraction-quantified-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-is-increased-in-hypertension-and-associated-with-left-ventricular-remodeling
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Shuli Wang, Hongjie Hu, Minjie Lu, Arlene Sirajuddin, Jinghui Li, Jing An, Xiuyu Chen, Gang Yin, Tian Lan, Linlin Dai, Yan Zhang, Xiaorong Yin, Lei Song, Aimin Dang, Peter Kellman, Andrew E Arai, Shihua Zhao
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether extracellular volume fraction (ECV) quantification by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) can demonstrate left ventricle (LV) abnormalities and relationship between ECV and LV remodeling in hypertension (HTN) patients METHODS: ECV quantification was prospectively performed in 134 consecutive HTN patients and 97 healthy subjects. Individual and regional ECV were compared to the regions on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images. Statistical analysis of the relationship between LV global functional parameters and ECV was carried out using Pearson's correlation, Student's t test and multiple regressions...
April 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439651/contrast-enhanced-t1-mapping-based-extracellular-volume-fraction-independently-predicts-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-non-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study
#16
Jong-Chan Youn, Yoo Jin Hong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Kyunghwa Han, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, Young Joo Suh, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Byoung Wook Choi, Seok-Min Kang
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the prognostic role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR)-based extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) and compare it with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) parameters. METHODS: This was a single-center, prospective, cohort study of 117 NIDCM patients (71 men, 51.9 ± 16.7 years) who underwent clinical 3.0-T CMR. Myocardial ECV and LGE were quantified on the left ventricular myocardium...
April 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433823/simultaneous-monitoring-of-intra-and-extracellular-nitric-oxide-in-living-cells-by-means-of-dual-color-fluorescence-imaging
#17
Hui-Wen Yao, Jian-Bo Chen, Xiao-Feng Guo, Hong Wang
A dual-color fluorescence imaging method for simultaneous monitoring of intra- and extracellular nitric oxide (NO) was developed. Assisted by confocal laser scanning microscope, the intra- and extracellular NO can be successfully visualized by using two selected probes, 4,4-difluoro-8-(3,4-diaminophenyl)-3,5-bis(4-methoxyphenyl)-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (p-MOPB) and disodium 2,6-disulfonate-1,3-dimethyl-5-hexadecyl-8-(3,4-diaminophenyl)-4,4'-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (DSDMHDAB), which display distinct membrane permeability and show different colors of fluorescence after reaction with NO...
April 20, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416538/susceptibility-testing-of-common-and-uncommon-aspergillus-species-against-posaconazole-and-other-mold-active-antifungal-azoles-using-the-sensititre-method
#18
Enrica Mello, Brunella Posteraro, Antonietta Vella, Elena De Carolis, Riccardo Torelli, Tiziana D'Inzeo, Paul E Verweij, Maurizio Sanguinetti
We tested 59 common and 27 uncommon Aspergillus species isolates for the susceptibility to the mold-active azole antifungal agents, itraconazole, voriconazole, and posaconazole, using the Sensititre method. The overall essential agreement with the CLSI reference method was 96.5% for itraconazole and posaconazole, and 100% for voriconazole. By Sensititre, as well as CLSI, all of 10 A. fumigatus isolates with a cyp51 mutant genotype were classified as being non-wild-type (MIC > ECV) to triazoles.
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414857/association-of-external-cephalic-version-before-term-with-late-preterm-birth
#19
Kristie L Poole, Sarah D McDonald, Lauren E Griffith, Eileen K Hutton
While evidence suggests that beginning an external cephalic version (ECV) before term (34(0/7) to 36(6/7) ) compared to after term may be associated with an increase in late preterm birth (34(0/7) to 36(6/7) weeks), it remains unknown what might account for this risk. The objective of the present study is to further investigate the association between ECV before term and late preterm birth MATERIAL AND METHODS: Secondary analysis of data collected from the international, multicenter Early ECV trials. We evaluated the relation between ECV exposure and late preterm birth (34(0/7) to 36(6/7) weeks), as well as if additional risk factors for preterm birth (e...
April 17, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412435/cmr-derived-extracellular-volume-fraction-as-a-marker%C3%A2-for-myocardial-fibrosis-the-importance-of-coexisting-myocardial-inflammation
#20
Julia Anna Lurz, Christian Luecke, David Lang, Christian Besler, Karl-Philipp Rommel, Karin Klingel, Reinhard Kandolf, Volker Adams, Katharina Schöne, Gerhard Hindricks, Gerhard Schuler, Axel Linke, Holger Thiele, Matthias Gutberlet, Philipp Lurz
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether extracellular volume fraction (ECV) can reliably inform on the extent of diffuse fibrosis in the simultaneous presence of myocardial inflammation, which has not been verified to date. BACKGROUND: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is associated with unfavorable outcome in patients with cardiomyopathy, and is of prognostic relevance. Assessment of ECV bears promise for being a noninvasive surrogate parameter, but it may be altered by other pathologies...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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