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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343335/a-new-infant-hybrid-respiratory-simulator-preliminary-evaluation-based-on-clinical-data
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Barbara Stankiewicz, Krzysztof J Pałko, Marek Darowski, Krzysztof Zieliński, Maciej Kozarski
A new hybrid (numerical-physical) simulator of the respiratory system, designed to simulate spontaneous and artificial/assisted ventilation of preterm and full-term infants underwent preliminary evaluation. A numerical, seven-compartmental model of the respiratory system mechanics allows the operator to simulate global and peripheral obstruction and restriction of the lungs. The physical part of the simulator is a piston-based construction of impedance transformer. LabVIEW real-time software coordinates the work of both parts of the simulator and its interaction with a ventilator...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343186/-profile-of-adults-suffering-from-copd-in-poland
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Marcin Nowak, Mateusz Jankowski, Grzegorz M Brożek, Szymon Skoczyński, Patrycja Rzepka-Wrona, Ewa Pierzchała, Jan E Zejda, Władysław Pierzchała
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common chronic diseases in adults. It is estimated, that in Poland around two million people suffer from COPD. THE AIM: The aim of this study, was to characterize population of patients with COPD in Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study, established and coordinated by the Polish Respiratory Society, included a representative sample of 500 GPs where were asked to fill questionnaires on diagnosis and treatment of their COPD patients...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343115/patterns-of-drinking-and-driving-offenses-among-nightclub-patrons-in-brazil
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Gabriela A Wagner, Zila M Sanchez
BACKGROUND: Brazil has a strict drinking and driving law known as the Brazilian "Dry Law". The aim of the present study was to investigate characteristics associated with the breaking of the Brazilian traffic law, on drinking and driving, at nightclub exit among a representative sample of nightclub patrons in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: Portal survey realized with a two-stage cluster sampling survey design to collect data from 2422 patrons at the entrance and 1822 patrons at the exit of 31 nightclubs in the city of São Paulo, Brazil...
March 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342683/white-grape-juice-elicits-a-lower-breath-hydrogen-response-compared-with-apple-juice-in-healthy-human-subjects-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jennifer Erickson, Qi Wang, Joanne Slavin
BACKGROUND: Diets low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPS) are used to manage symptoms in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. Although effective at reducing symptoms, the diet can be complex and restrictive. In addition, there are still large gaps in the literature and many foods with unclear effects in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, like fruit juice. Although many fruits are allowable on a low-FODMAP diet, consumption of all fruit juice is generally cautioned due to the large fructose load contained in juice, regardless of the glucose concentration...
March 22, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340136/the-effect-of-a-class-smoke-free-pledge-on-breath-carbon-monoxide-in-arabic-male-adolescents
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Nihaya A Al-Sheyab, Yousef S Khader, Smita Shah, Jessica K Roydhouse, Robyn Gallagher
Introduction: Arabic male adolescents have a high smoking prevalence. Introduction of "Class smoke-free" pledges have been successful amongst European adolescents but have not been evaluated using objective valid measures. We tested the impact of adding a smoke free pledge strategy to a proven peer-led asthma and smoking prevention program on breath carbon monoxide level (BCO) in male high-school students in Jordan. Methods: We enrolled male students from four high-schools in Irbid, Jordan...
March 3, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339735/triage-quality-control-is-missing-tools-a-new-observation-technique-for-ed-quality-improvement
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Tomi Malmström, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Paulus Torkki, Salla Kumpulainen, Raija Malmström
Objective: Correct assessment of patient urgency is critical to ensuring patient safety in emergency departments (EDs). Although significant time and effort have been devoted to developing triage systems, less attention has been paid to the development of quality control. The aim of this study is to introduce and test observation technique, which enables identifying of patient groups at risk of erroneous assessment in triage. The introduced technique is aimed to be less laborious to use than existing triage quality control methods...
February 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339244/terahertz-field-induced-large-macroscopic-polarization-and-domain-wall-dynamics-in-an-organic-molecular-dielectric
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T Morimoto, T Miyamoto, H Yamakawa, T Terashige, T Ono, N Kida, H Okamoto
A rapid polarization control in paraelectric materials is important for an ultrafast optical switching useful in the future optical communication. In this study, we applied terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopies to the paraelectric neutral phase of an organic molecular dielectric, tetrathiafulvalene-p-chloranil and revealed that a terahertz pulse with the electric-field amplitude of ∼400  kV/cm produces in the subpicosecond time scale a large macroscopic polarization whose magnitude reaches ∼20% of that in the ferroelectric ionic phase...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338483/prevalence-and-impact-on-weaning-of-pleural-effusion-at-the-time-of-liberation-from-mechanical-ventilation-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Martin Dres, Damien Roux, Tài Pham, Alexandra Beurton, Jean-Damien Ricard, Muriel Fartoukh, Alexandre Demoule
BACKGROUND: Pleural effusion is frequent in intensive care unit patients, but its impact on the outcome of weaning remains unknown. METHODS: In a prospective study performed in three intensive care units, pleural ultrasound was performed at the first spontaneous breathing trial to detect and quantify pleural effusion (small, moderate, and large). Weaning failure was defined by a failed spontaneous breathing trial and/or extubation requiring any form of ventilatory support within 48 h...
March 24, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338470/reducing-scan-angle-using-adaptive-prior-knowledge-for-a-limited-angle-intrafraction-verification-live-system-for-conformal-arc-radiotherapy
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Yawei Zhang, Fang-Fang Yin, You Zhang, Lei Ren
PURPOSE: To develop an adaptive prior knowledge guided image estimation technique to reduce the scan angle needed in the Limited-Angle Intrafraction Verification (LIVE) system for 4D-CBCT reconstruction. METHOD: The LIVE system has been previously developed to reconstruct 4D volumetric images on-the-fly during arc treatment for intrafraction target verification and dose calculation. In this study, we developed an adaptive constrained free-form deformation reconstruction technique in LIVE to further reduce the scanning angle needed to reconstruct the 4D-CBCT images for faster intrafraction verification...
March 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338381/a-novel-method-to-compute-breathing-volumes-via-motion-capture-systems-design-and-experimental-trials
#10
Carlo Massaroni, Eugenio Cassetta, Sergio Silvestri
Respiratory assessment can be carried out by using motion capture systems. A geometrical model is mandatory in order to compute the breathing volume as a function of time from the markers trajectories. This study describes a novel model to compute volume changes and calculate respiratory parameters by using a motion capture system. The novel method, i.e. prism-based method, computes the volume enclosed within the chest by defining 82 prisms from the 89 markers attached to the subject chest. Volumes computed with this method are compared to spirometry volumes and to volumes computed by a conventional method based on the tetrahedrons decomposition of the chest wall and integrated in a commercial motion capture system...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338328/polysulfide-breathing-dual-conductive-heterolayered-battery-separator-membranes-based-on-0d-1d-mingled-nanomaterial-composite-mats
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Jeong-Hoon Kim, Gwan Yeong Jung, Yong-Hyeok Lee, Jung-Hwan Kim, Sun-Young Lee, Sang Kyu Kwak, Sang-Young Lee
Facile/sustainable utilization of sulfur active materials is an ultimate challenge in high-performance lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Here, as a membrane-driven approach to address this issue, we demonstrate a new class of polysulfide-breathing (capable of reversibly adsorbing and desorbing polysulfides)/dual (electron and ion)-conductive, heterolayered battery separator membranes (denoted as "MEC-AA separators") based on 0D (nanoparticles)/1D (nanofibers) composite mats. The MEC-AA separator is fabricated through an in-series, concurrent electrospraying/electrospinning process...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338298/tidal-airway-closure-in-asthma-and-copd
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Claudio Tantucci, Laura Pini
Functional closure of small airways can occur during tidal breathing above functional residual capacity (FRC) both in asthma and COPD patients, especially during exacerbations. Such event has several noxious consequences on gas exchange, airway hyperresponsiveness and mechanical stress and strain within lung tissue and airway wall, mostly due to increase in ventilation heterogeneity. The availability of simple functional tests based on sequential measurements of lung volumes (i.e.: FRC), by plethysmography and dilutional techniques may reveal and monitor easily tidal airway closure that can be and should be treated with the aim of abolishing or at least reducing this dangerous condition...
November 23, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338216/the-diversified-function-and-potential-therapy-of-ectopic-olfactory-receptors-in-non-olfactory-tissues
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Zhe Chen, Hong Zhao, Nian Fu, Linxi Chen
Olfactory receptors (ORs) are mainly distributed in olfactory neurons and play a key role in detecting volatile odorants, eventually resulting in the production of smell perception. Recently, it is also reported that ORs are expressed in non-olfactory tissues including heart, lung, sperm, skin and cancerous tissues. Interestingly, ectopic ORs are associated with the development of diseases in non-olfactory tissues. For instance, ectopic ORs initiate the hypoxic ventilatory responses and maintain the oxygen homeostasis of breathing in the carotid body when oxygen levels decline...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337902/helicobacter-pylori-in-periodontal-pockets-and-saliva-a-possible-role-in-gastric-infection-relapses
#14
L Azzi, F Carinci, S Gabaglio, F Cura, F Croveri, L Tettamanti, A Tagliabue, S Segato
It has been a long time since the scientific community started to speculate upon the presence of Helicobacter pylori (HP) in periodontal pockets as an extra-gastric reservoir responsible for gastric relapses after eradication therapy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the presence of oral HP in a group of patients who underwent examination for gastric infection. Sixty patients were enrolled in the current study, subdivided into two groups: 30 patients with a positive result for HP gastric infection with C-Breath Test Urea examination, and 30 patients with a negative result for HP gastric infection...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337897/exhaled-breath-temperature-measurement-influence-of-circadian-rhythm
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G E Carpagnano, D Lacedonia, M Malerba, D Martinelli, G Cotugno, M P Foschino-Barbaro
Exhaled breath temperature (EBT) is an expression of airway inflammation, an event that drives several lung diseases. The measurement of the exhaled breath temperature has recently been proposed as a popular tool in the diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory lung diseases due to the fact that it is a non-invasive method. The influence of external factors on EBT, its reproducibility, and its sensitivity to treatment have already been explored. However, to reach clinical practice, EBT requires a complete validation that is still lacking...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337782/three-dimensional-oxygen-enhanced-mri-of-the-human-lung-at-1-5t-with-ultra-fast-balanced-steady-state-free-precession
#16
Orso Pusterla, Grzegorz Bauman, Oliver Bieri
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of 3D oxygen-enhanced (OE) MRI of the lung at 1.5T using multi-volumetric ultra-fast balanced steady-state free precession (ufSSFP) acquisitions. METHODS: Isotropic imaging of the lung for OE-MRI was performed with an adapted 3D ufSSFP sequence using five breath-hold acquisitions ranging from functional residual capacity to tidal inspiration under both normoxic (room air) and hyperoxic (100% O2 ) gas conditions. For each O2 concentration, a sponge model (which captures the parenchymal signal intensity variation as a function of the lung volume) was fitted to the acquired multi-volumetric datasets after semiautomatic lung segmentation and deformable image registration...
March 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337217/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-helicobacter-pylori-diagnostic-methods-in-patients-with-atrophic-gastritis
#17
Fumio Omata, Takuro Shimbo, Sachiko Ohde, Gautam A Deshpande, Tsuguya Fukui
Background. There are several diagnostic methods for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. A cost-effective analysis is needed to decide on the optimal diagnostic method. The aim of this study was to determine a cost-effective diagnostic method in patients with atrophic gastritis (AG). Methods. A decision-analysis model including seven diagnostic methods was constructed for patients with AG diagnosed by esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Expected values of cost and effectiveness were calculated for each test...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337149/influence-of-inspiratory-muscle-training-on-ventilatory-efficiency-and-cycling-performance-in-normoxia-and-hypoxia
#18
Eduardo Salazar-Martínez, Hannes Gatterer, Martin Burtscher, José Naranjo Orellana, Alfredo Santalla
The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on ventilatory efficiency, in normoxia and hypoxia, and to investigate the relationship between ventilatory efficiency and cycling performance. Sixteen sport students (23.05 ± 4.7 years; 175.11 ± 7.1 cm; 67.0 ± 19.4 kg; 46.4 ± 8.7 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) were randomly assigned to an inspiratory muscle training group (IMTG) and a control group (CG). The IMTG performed two training sessions/day [30 inspiratory breaths, 50% peak inspiratory pressure (Pimax), 5 days/week, 6-weeks]...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336539/the-influence-of-gravity-on-regional-lung-blood-flow-in-humans-spect-in-the-upright-and-head-down-posture
#19
Malin Ax, Alejandro Sanchez-Crespo, Sten G E Lindahl, Margareta Mure, Johan Petersson
Previous studies in humans have shown that gravity has little influence on the distribution of lung blood flow while changing posture from supine to prone. This study aimed to evaluate the maximal influence of posture by comparison of regional lung blood flow in the upright and head-down posture in 8 healthy volunteers, using a tilt table. Regional lung blood flow was marked by i.v. injection of macroaggregates of human albumin labeled with (99m)Tc or (113m)In, in the upright and head-down posture respectively, during tidal breathing...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336535/the-effects-of-short-work-versus-longer-work-periods-within-intermittent-exercise-on-v%C3%AC-o2p-kinetics-muscle-deoxygenation-and-energy-system-contribution
#20
Michael Christopher McCrudden, Daniel A Keir, Glen R Belfry
We examined the effects of inserting 3 s recovery periods during high-intensity cycling exercise at 25 s and 10 s intervals on pulmonary oxygen uptake (V̇O2p), muscle deoxygenation (HHb), associated kinetics (τ), and energy system contributions. Eleven men (24±3 years) completed two trials of three cycling protocols: an 8 min continuous protocol (CONT) and two, 8 min intermittent exercise protocols with work-to-rest periods of 25 s-to-3 s (25INT) and 10 s-to-3 s (10INT). Each protocol began with a step-transition from a 20 W baseline to a power output (PO) of 60% between lactate threshold and maximal V̇O2p (Δ60)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
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