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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644868/electrophysiological-alterations-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-coxsackievirus-b3-myocarditis
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Sven Kaese, Robert Larbig, Matthias Rohrbeck, Gerrit Frommeyer, Dirk Dechering, Jan Olligs, Sabine Schönhofer-Merl, Rainer Wessely, Karin Klingel, Guiscard Seebohm, Lars Eckardt
INTRODUCTION: Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is known to induce acute and chronic myocarditis. Most infections are clinically unapparent but some patients suffer from ventricular arrhythmias (VA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Studies showed that acute CVB3 infection may cause impaired function of cardiac ion channels, creating a proarrhythmic substrate. However, it is unknown whether low level CVB3+ expression in myocytes may cause altered cardiac electrophysiology leading to VA. METHODS: Cellular electrophysiology was used to analyze cellular action potentials (APs) and occurrence of afterdepolarizations from isolated cardiomyocytes of wildtype (WT) and transgenic CVB3ΔVP0 (CVB3+) mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643799/appropriateness-of-quality-standards-for-meaningful-intercentre-comparisons-of-aflibercept-service-provision-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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J S Talks, P James, S Sivaprasad, R L Johnston, M McKibbin
PurposeReal-world data give different information on health-care delivery compared with randomised controlled trials. We aimed to evaluate the appropriateness of possible quality standards for intersite comparisons of outcomes of providing Aflibercept for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) in clinical practice.Patients and methodsRetrospective data analysis from an electronic medical record. A consecutive series of treatment-naive patients initiated on aflibercept for nAMD, in the UK from March 2013 to October 2015...
June 23, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643796/benchmarking-cataract-surgery-outcomes-in-an-ethnically-diverse-and-diabetic-population-final-post-operative-visual-acuity-and-rates-of-post-operative-cystoid-macular-oedema
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K Oyewole, F Tsogkas, M Westcott, S Patra
PurposeTo determine visual acuity and rates of post-operative cystoid macular oedema (CMO) in an ethnically diverse and predominantly diabetic population.MethodsThe study was undertaken over a one year period. Snellen visual acuity (VA) was measured pre and 4-8 weeks post-operatively and optical coherence topography (OCT) was performed at baseline and post-operatively. No eyes received prophylactic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) prior to or after surgery.ResultsOut of 262 eyes, 59% were in the Black, Asian and minority ethnic group (BAME), 57% had a history of diabetes mellitus and 34% had pre-existing diabetic retinopathy...
June 23, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643717/spectacles-use-in-a-rural-population-in-the-state-of-telangana-in-south-india
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Srinivas Marmamula, Rohit C Khanna, Eswararao Kunuku, Gullapalli N Rao
CONTEXT: Uncorrected refractive errors are the leading cause of visual impairment. AIMS: To assess the prevalence and patterns of spectacles use among those aged ≥40 years in the South Indian state of Telangana. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a population-based, cross-sectional study, in which 6150 people were enumerated from 123 clusters in the two districts of Telangana state (Adilabad and Mahbubnagar) using a two-stage cluster random sampling methodology...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643713/tissue-plasminogen-activator-assisted-vitrectomy-for-submacular-hemorrhage-due-to-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mustafa Gok, V Levent Karabaş, Mehmet S Aslan, Özgür Kara, Süleyman Karaman, Fatih Yenihayat
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the treatment efficacy of vitrectomy combined with subretinal recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-tPA) and factors affecting visual improvement in patients with submacular hemorrhage (SMH) due to neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 17 consecutive patients diagnosed with SMH secondary to nAMD were retrospectively reviewed. The initial surgical procedure involved a 23-gauge transconjunctival vitrectomy, subretinal r-tPA application through a self-sealing inferior retinotomy, and sulfur hexafluoride gas for tamponade in all patients...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643322/difficulties-in-funding-of-va-ecmo-therapy-for-patients-with-severe-accidental-hypothermia
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Sylweriusz Kosiński, Tomasz Darocha, Anna Jarosz, Aleksandra Czerw, Paweł Podsiadło, Tomasz Sanak, Robert Gałązkowski, Jacek Piątek, Janusz Konstanty-Kalandyk, Mirosław Ziętkiewicz, Krzysztof Kusza, Łukasz J Krzych, Rafał Drwiła
BACKGROUND: Severe accidental hypothermia is defined as a core temperature below 28 Celsius degrees. Within the last years, the issue of accidental hypothermia and accompanying cardiac arrest has been broadly discussed and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines underline the importance of Extracorporeal Rewarming (ECR) in treatment of severely hypothermic victims. The study aimed to evaluate the actual costs of ECR with VA-ECMO and of further management in the Intensive Care Unit of patients admitted to the Severe Accidental Hypothermia Centre in Cracow, Poland...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642325/impact-of-va-research-on-health-care-for-all-contributions-over-nine-decades-and-counting
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Louis J Dell'Italia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641862/perioperative-beta-blockers-and-statins-for-noncardiac-surgery-patients-with-coronary-stents
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Joshua S Richman, Laura A Graham, Aerin DeRussy, Thomas M Maddox, Kamal M F Itani, Mary T Hawn
IMPORTANCE: Recent publications report that perioperative initiation of statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes particularly among patients with increased cardiac risk. However, findings on associations with beta blocker (BB) initiation are mixed. OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between perioperative statin and BB use in a national sample of patients with cardiac stents. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: VA Medical Centers nationwide...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641586/access-education-and-policy-awareness-predictors-of-influenza-vaccine-acceptance-among-vha-healthcare-workers
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Jennifer Lipkowitz Eaton, David C Mohr, Kathleen M McPhaul, Richard A Kaslow, Richard A Martinello
OBJECTIVE To identify predictors of influenza vaccine acceptance among VHA healthcare workers (HCWs), with emphasis on modifiable factors related to promotion campaigns. DESIGN Survey. SETTING National single-payer healthcare system with 140 hospitals and 321,000 HCWs. PARTICIPANTS National voluntary sample of HCWs in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system. METHODS We invited a random sample of 5% of all VHA HCWs to participate. An 18-item intranet-based survey inquired about occupation, vaccination status, employer policy, and local campaign efforts...
June 23, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641405/biotransformation-of-ferulic-acid-to-protocatechuic-acid-by-corynebacterium-glutamicum-atcc-21420-engineered-to-express-vanillate-o-demethylase
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Naoko Okai, Takaya Masuda, Yasunobu Takeshima, Kosei Tanaka, Ken-Ichi Yoshida, Masanori Miyamoto, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Ferulic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid, FA) is a lignin-derived phenolic compound abundant in plant biomass. The utilization of FA and its conversion to valuable compounds is desired. Protocatechuic acid (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, PCA) is a precursor of polymers and plastics and a constituent of food. A microbial conversion system to produce PCA from FA was developed in this study using a PCA-producing strain of Corynebacterium glutamicum F (ATCC 21420). C. glutamicum strain F grown at 30 °C for 48 h utilized 2 mM each of FA and vanillic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, VA) to produce PCA, which was secreted into the medium...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641378/staff-perceptions-of-key-factors-guiding-nursing-home-search-and-selection-within-the-veterans-health-administration
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Edward Alan Miller, Stefanie Gidmark, Emily Gadbois, James L Rudolph, Orna Intrator
Background and Objectives: Veterans enter nursing homes (NHs) for short-term postacute, rehabilitation, respite, or end-of-life care. They also enter NHs on a long-term basis due to frailty, disability, functional deficits, and cognitive impairment. Little is known about how a particular NH is chosen once the decision to enter a NH has been made. This study identified VA staff perceptions of the key factors influencing the search and selection of NHs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)...
June 21, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639465/an-innovative-approach-to-addressing-the-hiv-care-continuum-implementation-of-a-clinical-pharmacy-resident-in-a-veterans-affairs-hiv-specialty-clinic
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Autumn Bagwell, M Shawn McFarland, Todd Hulgan
PURPOSE: Engagement of patients in the HIV care continuum and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) continue to limit successful viral suppression. Innovative practices to improve this continuum and ameliorate potential physician shortages are needed. The objective of this evaluation was to determine the clinical benefits of incorporating pharmacy resident involvement on a multidisciplinary team in caring for patients with HIV. METHODS: A single-center pre-post cohort pilot evaluation was conducted at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems VA Medical Center...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639415/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-for-diabetic-macular-oedema-a-network-meta-analysis
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Gianni Virgili, Mariacristina Parravano, Jennifer R Evans, Iris Gordon, Ersilia Lucenteforte
BACKGROUND: Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy. Antiangiogenic therapy with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) modalities can reduce oedema and thereby improve vision and prevent further visual loss. These drugs have replaced laser photocoagulation as the standard of care for people with DMO. OBJECTIVES: The 2014 update of this review found high-quality evidence of benefit with antiangiogenic therapy with anti-VEGF modalities, compared to laser photocoagulation, for the treatment of DMO...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639134/kifc1-and-myosin-va-two-motors-for-acrosomal-biogenesis-and-nuclear-shaping-during-spermiogenesis-of-portunus-trituberculatus
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Dan-Dan Ma, Meng-Ying Pan, Cong-Cong Hou, Fu-Qing Tan, Wan-Xi Yang
To investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the spermiogenesis of the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus, full lengths of motor proteins KIFC1 and myosin Va were cloned by rapid-amplification of cDNA ends from P. trituberculatus testes cDNA, and their respective probes and specific antibodies were used to track their localization during sperm maturation. Antisense probes were designed from the gene sequences and used to detect the mRNA levels of each gene. According to the results of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), the transcription of kifc1 and myosin Va began at the mid-stage of spermatids, with the kifc1 mRNA being most active at the location where the acrosome cap was formed and the myosin Va was more concentrated in the acrosome complex...
June 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639088/comparison-of-visual-acuity-measurements-via-three-different-methods-in-preschool-children-lea-symbols-crowded-lea-symbols-snellen-e-chart
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Asli Inal, Osman Bulut Ocak, Ebru Demet Aygit, Ihsan Yilmaz, Berkay Inal, Muhittin Taskapili, Birsen Gokyigit
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare three different methods to measure visual acuity (VA) in healthy and amblyopic preschool children: a Snellen E chart (SE), a single Lea symbols (SLS), and a crowded Lea symbols (CLS). METHODS: Seventy-eight eyes of 54 patients (28 females, 26 males) were included in this cross-sectional, comparative study. The control group consisted of 30 healthy cases, and the amblyopic group consisted of 24 patients with amblyopia...
June 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638864/protective-effect-of-vanillic-acid-on-ovariectomy-induced-osteoporosis-in-rats
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Yong Gui Wang, Liang Bo Jiang, Bo Gou
BACKGROUND: The need for an anti-osteoporotic agent is in high demand since osteoporosis contributes to high rates of disability or impairment (high osteoporotic fracture), morbidity and mortality. Hence, the present study is designed to evaluate the protective effects of vanillic acid (VA) against bilateral ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis in female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty healthy female adult SD rats were separated in to four groups with sham-operated control with bilateral laprotomy (Sham; n = 10), bilateral overiectomy (OVX; n = 10) group, OVX rats were orallay administrated with 50 mg/kg b...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637497/influence-of-low-flow-time-on-survival-after-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-ecpr
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Tobias Wengenmayer, Stephan Rombach, Florian Ramshorn, Paul Biever, Christoph Bode, Daniel Duerschmied, Dawid L Staudacher
BACKGROUND: Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support under extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) is the last option and may be offered to selected patients. Several factors predict outcome in these patients, including initial heart rhythm, comorbidities, and bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We evaluated outcomes of all VA-ECMO patients treated within the last 5 years at our center in respect to low-flow duration during CPR. METHODS: We report retrospective registry data on all patients with eCPR treated at a university hospital between October 2010 and May 2016...
June 22, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636408/pattern-visual-evoked-potential-pattern-electroretinogram-and-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-in-patients-with-migraine-during-and-after-aura
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Amany Abd El-Fattah El-Shazly, Yousra Ahmed Farweez, Momen Mahmoud Hamdi, Noha Ezzat El-Sherbiny
PURPOSE: To study pattern visual evoked potential (PVEP), pattern electroretinogram (PERG), and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness in patients with migraine during and after aura. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 60 eyes of 60 patients with migraine (Group 1) and 30 healthy volunteers (30 eyes) as controls (Group 2). Group 1 was studied twice, during a visual aura (1-a) and in between attacks (1-b). All participants underwent full ophthalmological examination, PVEP, PERG, and optical coherence tomographyOCT imaging of the RNFL thickness for each patient...
June 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636270/c-reactive-protein-and-progression-of-vision-loss-in-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Yusuke Murakami, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Shunji Nakatake, Kohta Fujiwara, Takashi Tachibana, Noriko Yoshida, Shoji Notomi, Toshio Hisatomi, Shigeo Yoshida, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Koh-Hei Sonoda
PURPOSE: Chronic inflammation is involved in retinitis pigmentosa (RP). We demonstrated previously that intraocular inflammatory levels, as measured by slit-lamp ophthalmoscopy or laser flare photometry, are inversely correlated with central visual function in patients with RP. Here, we investigated the relationship between serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and visual parameters in RP. METHODS: We studied 58 consecutive typical patients with RP <40 years old and 29 age- and gender-matched controls...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635123/measuring-fitness-heritability-life-history-traits-versus-morphological-traits-in-humans
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Alina Gavrus-Ion, Torstein Sjøvold, Miguel Hernández, Rolando González-José, María Esther Esteban Torné, Neus Martínez-Abadías, Mireia Esparza
OBJECTIVES: Traditional interpretation of Fisher's Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection is that life history traits (LHT), which are closely related with fitness, show lower heritabilities, whereas morphological traits (MT) are less related with fitness and they are expected to show higher heritabilities. In humans, although few studies have examined the heritability of LHT and MT, none of them have analyzed the same sample for comparative purposes. Here we assessed, for the first time, the heritability, additive genetic variance (VA ), residual variance (VR ) and coefficient of genetic additive variation (CVA ) values of LHT and MT in a singular collection of identified skulls with associated demographic records from Hallstatt (Austria)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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