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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352394/scarce-evidence-of-ozone-effect-on-recent-health-and-productivity-of-alpine-forests-a-case-study-in-trentino-n-italy
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Marco Ferretti, Giovanni Bacaro, Giorgio Brunialti, Mauro Confalonieri, Fabiana Cristofolini, Antonella Cristofori, Luisa Frati, Angelo Finco, Giacomo Gerosa, Simona Maccherini, Elena Gottardini
We investigated the significance of tropospheric ozone as a factor explaining recent tree health (in terms of defoliation) and productivity (in terms of basal area increment, BAI) in 15 ICP Forests level I and one level II plots in alpine forests in Trentino (N. Italy). Mean daily ozone summer concentrations varied between 30 and 72 parts per billion (ppb) leading to large exceedance of concentration-based critical levels set to protect forest trees. Phytoxic ozone dose (POD0) estimated at the level II plot over the period 1996-2009 was 31-61 mmol m-2 projected leaf area (PLA)...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347998/radiation-exposure-in-transcatheter-patent-ductus-arteriosus-closure-time-to-tune
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Olivier Villemain, Sophie Malekzadeh-Milani, Fidelio Sitefane, Meriem Mostefa-Kara, Younes Boudjemline
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to describe radiation level at our institution during transcatheter patent ductus arteriosus occlusion and to evaluate the components contributing to radiation exposure. BACKGROUND: Transcatheter occlusion relying on X-ray imaging has become the treatment of choice for patients with patent ductus arteriosus. Interventionists now work hard to minimise radiation exposure in order to reduce risk of induced cancers. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all consecutive children who underwent transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus from January 2012 to January 2016...
January 19, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344710/radiation-doses-to-operators-in-hepatobiliary-interventional-procedures
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Sarah Degiorgio, Roberta Gerasia, Ferdinanda Liotta, Luigi Maruzzelli, Kelvin Cortis, Roberto Miraglia, Angelo Luca
PURPOSE: The primary aim of this study is to provide a summary of operators' radiation doses during hepatobiliary fluoroscopic guided procedures. In addition, patient dose in these procedures was also documented. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 283 transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) and 302 biliary procedures, including 52 percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC), 36 bilioplasty and 214 biliary catheter changes (BCC) performed over 14 months, were included...
January 17, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340779/dose-image-quality-and-spine-modeling-assessment-of-biplanar-eos-micro-dose-radiographs-for-the-follow-up-of-in-brace-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-patients
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Baptiste Morel, Sonia Moueddeb, Eleonore Blondiaux, Stephen Richard, Manon Bachy, Raphael Vialle, Hubert Ducou Le Pointe
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the radiation dose, image quality and 3D spine parameter measurements of EOS low-dose and micro-dose protocols for in-brace adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients. METHODS: We prospectively included 25 consecutive patients (20 females, 5 males) followed for AIS and undergoing brace treatment. The mean age was 12 years (SD 2 years, range 8-15 years). For each patient, in-brace biplanar EOS radiographs were acquired in a standing position using both the conventional low-dose and micro-dose protocols...
January 16, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340655/effect-of-dietary-synbiotic-supplement-on-behavioral-patterns-and-growth-performance-of-broiler-chickens-reared-under-heat-stress
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A A Mohammed, J A Jacobs, G R Murugesan, H W Cheng
This study examined the effects of a dietary synbiotic supplement on the behavioral patterns and growth performance of broiler chickens exposed to heat stress (HS). Three hundred sixty 1-day-old male Ross 708 broiler chicks were distributed among 24 floor pens (15 chicks per pen); each pen was randomly assigned to one of 3 dietary treatments containing a synbiotic at 0 (control), 0.5 (0.5X) and 1.0 (1.0X) g/kg. From d 15 to 42, birds were exposed to HS at 32°C daily from 08:00 to 17:00. Five broiler chickens were randomly marked in each pen for behavioral observation...
January 11, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329957/safety-and-tolerability-of-a-novel-polyclonal-human-anti-mers-coronavirus-antibody-produced-from-transchromosomic-cattle-a-phase-1-randomised-double-blind-single-dose-escalation-study
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329332/co-delivery-of-a-laminin-111-supplemented-hyaluronic-acid-based-hydrogel-with-minced-muscle-graft-in-the-treatment-of-volumetric-muscle-loss-injury
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Stephen M Goldman, Beth E P Henderson, Thomas J Walters, Benjamin T Corona
Minced muscle autografting mediates de novo myofiber regeneration and promotes partial recovery of neuromuscular strength after volumetric muscle loss injury (VML). A major limitation of this approach is the availability of sufficient donor tissue for the treatment of relatively large VMLs without inducing donor site morbidity. This study evaluated a laminin-111 supplemented hyaluronic acid based hydrogel (HA+LMN) as a putative myoconductive scaffolding to be co-delivered with minced muscle grafts. In a rat tibialis anterior muscle VML model, delivery of a reduced dose of minced muscle graft (50% of VML defect) within HA+LMN resulted in a 42% improvement of peak tetanic torque production over unrepaired VML affected limbs...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329196/is-the-skin-absorption-of-hydrocortisone-modified-by-the-variability-in-dosing-topical-products
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Daniel A Paterson, Jacqueline Hallier, Elizabeth Jenkins, Sarah F Cordery, M Begoña Delgado-Charro
Fingertip units have been proposed as a tool to standardize topical therapy with semisolid formulations. However, no studies to date have characterized the variability in dosing by patients using this concept and whether this variability ultimately affects the topical absorption of drugs. This work aimed to answer these two questions. A first study determined the dose measured, the area of spread and the area-normalized dose for a 1% hydrocortisone cream and ointment applied by members of the public using this dosing approach before and after brief counselling...
January 12, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327076/arms-down-cone-beam-ct-hepatic-angiography-performance-assessment-vascular-imaging-quality-and-imaging-artifacts
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Adrian J Gonzalez-Aguirre, Elena N Petre, Meier Hsu, Chaya S Moskowitz, Stephen B Solomon, Jeremy C Durack
INTRODUCTION: The practice of positioning patients' arms above the head during catheter-injected hepatic arterial phase cone beam CT (A-CBCT) imaging has been inherited from standard CT imaging due to image quality concerns, but interrupts workflow and extends procedure time. We sought to assess A-CBCT image quality and artifacts with arms extended above the head versus down by the side. METHODS: We performed an IRB approved retrospective evaluation of reformatted and 3D-volume rendered images from 91 consecutive A-CBCTs (43 arms up, 48 arms down) acquired during hepatic tumor arterial embolization procedures...
January 11, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324353/dietary-habits-during-the-2-months-following-the-chernobyl-accident-and-differentiated-thyroid-cancer-risk-in-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Constance Xhaard, Carole Rubino, Vincent Souchard, Stéphane Maillard, Yan Ren, Françoise Borson-Chazot, Geneviève Sassolas, Claire Schvartz, Marc Colonna, Brigitte Lacour, Anne Sophie Woronoff, Michel Velten, Emilie Marrer, Laurent Bailly, Eugènia Mariné Barjoan, Martin Schlumberger, Vladimir Drozdovitch, Andre Bouville, Jacques Orgiazzi, Elisabeth Adjadj, Florent de Vathaire
BACKGROUND: The Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident occurred in Ukraine on April 26th 1986. In France, the radioactive fallout and thyroid radiation doses were much lower than in highly contaminated areas. However, a number of risk projections have suggested that a small excess in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) might occur in eastern France due to this low-level fallout. In order to investigate this potential impact, a case-control study on DTC risk factors was started in 2005, focusing on cases who were less than 15 years old at the time of the Chernobyl accident...
January 8, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319336/operator-safety-during-the-acquisition-of-intraoral-images-with-a-handheld-and-portable-x-ray-device
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Dennis Rottke, Lisa Gohlke, Robert Schrödel, Stefan Hassfeld, Dirk Schulze
OBJECTIVES: The present study aims at investigating different radiation protection issues and dose values while acquiring intraoral images with a handheld X-ray device. METHODS: An Aribex NOMAD Pro 2TM, a RANDO® male head phantom, a consistency testing body (CTB), a PTW NOMEX® Multimeter, and a PTW Farmer® Ionization Chamber Type 30010 were used to investigate: (1) dose area products (DAP); (2) the expansion of the control area (CA); (3) the scattering pattern; and (4) the potential risk for operators of the X-ray device...
January 10, 2018: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318454/gl261-glioma-tumor-cells-respond-to-atp-with-an-intracellular-calcium-rise-and-glutamate-release
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Averey D Strong, M Caitlin Indart, Nolan R Hill, Richard L Daniels
Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive brain cancer with an average survival rate of 15 months. The composition of the GBM tumor microenvironment-its pH, the presence of growth and immune factors, neurotransmitters, and gliotransmitters-plays an important role in GBM pathophysiology and facilitates tumor survival and growth. In particular, GBM tumor cells produce glutamate, which is toxic to healthy tissue and is associated with increased tumor invasion into adjacent brain regions. The conditions that lead to this excitotoxic release of glutamate are not completely understood...
January 9, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317468/radiation-exposure-and-procedure-and-fluoroscopy-times-in-endovascular-treatment-of-intracranial-aneurysms-a-methodological-comparison
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Nicholas K Cheung, Michelle Boutchard, Michael W Carr, Jens J Froelich
BACKGROUND: Limited data are available for radiation exposure, and procedure and fluoroscopy times in neuroendovascular treatment (NET) strategies. OBJECTIVE: This study establishes and compares related parameters between coil embolization (COIL), balloon assisted coil embolization (BAC), stent assisted coil embolization (SAC), and flow diverting technology (FDT) in NET of intracranial aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2010 and 2017, 249 consecutive intracranial aneurysms underwent NET at a single center, all performed by the same operator...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306662/ciguatoxins-activate-the-calcineurin-signalling-pathway-in-yeasts-potential-for-development-of-an-alternative-detection-tool
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Hélène Martin-Yken, Camille Gironde, Sylvain Derick, Hélène Taiana Darius, Christophe Furger, Dominique Laurent, Mireille Chinain
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are lipid-soluble polyether compounds produced by dinoflagellates from the genus Gambierdiscus spp. typically found in tropical and subtropical zones. This endemic area is however rapidly expanding due to environmental perturbations, and both toxic Gambierdiscus spp. and ciguatoxic fishes have been recently identified in the North Atlantic Ocean (Madeira and Canary islands) and Mediterranean Sea. Ciguatoxins bind to Voltage Gated Sodium Channels on the membranes of sensory neurons, causing Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in humans, a disease characterized by a complex array of gastrointestinal, neurological, neuropsychological, and cardiovascular symptoms...
January 4, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304865/evaluation-of-a-method-to-measure-hhv-6b-infection-in%C3%A2-vitro-based-on-cell-size
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Aniuska Becerra-Artiles, Tessa Santoro, Lawrence J Stern
BACKGROUND: Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6A and HHV-6B) infection of cell cultures can be measured by different methods, including immunofluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, or quantification of virus DNA by qPCR. These methods are reliable and sensitive but require long processing times and can be costly. Another method used in the field relies on the identification of enlarged cells in the culture; this method requires little sample processing and is relatively fast. However, visual inspection of cell cultures can be subjective and it can be difficult to establish clear criteria to decide if a cell is enlarged...
January 5, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303439/value-of-whole-body-low-dose-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-ventriculoperitoneal-shunts-a-retrospective-study
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Andrej Pala, Fadi Awad, Michael Braun, Michal Hlavac, Arthur Wunderlich, Bernd Schmitz, Christian Rainer Wirtz, Jan Coburger
OBJECTIVE The gold standard for evaluation of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt position, dislocation, or disconnection is conventional radiography. Yet, assessment with this modality can be challenging because of low image quality and can result in repetitive radiation exposure with high fluctuation in the radiation dose. Recently, CT-based radiation doses have been significantly reduced by using low-dose protocols. Thus, whole-body low-dose CT (LDCT) has become applicable for routine use in VP shunt evaluation...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289621/high-dose-of-vitamin-d-supplement-is-associated-with-reduced-susceptibility-of-monocyte-derived-macrophages-to-dengue-virus-infection-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-production-an-exploratory-study
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Diana Marcela Giraldo, Andrés Cardona, Silvio Urcuqui Inchima
BACKGROUND: Dengue, one the most important public health problems in tropical and subtropical areas, is the most important mosquito-borne viral infection in humans. In the absence of effective treatment and vaccine against dengue, the active form of vitamin D could play a central role in protection against dengue virus (DENV), the causal agent of dengue. Recently we reported that monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) differentiated in the presence of vitamin D, in addition to expressing lower levels of mannose receptor, are less susceptible to DENV infection and produce low levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, compared to MDMs differentiated in the absence of vitamin D...
December 28, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289296/identification-of-differentially-expressed-genes-response-to-tcdd-in-rat-brain-after-long-term-low-dose-exposure
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Yangsheng Chen, Li Xu, Heidi Q H Xie, Tuan Xu, Hualing Fu, Songyan Zhang, Rui Sha, Yingjie Xia, Bin Zhao
Several cohort studies have reported that dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls might impair the nervous system and lead to neurological or neurodegenerative diseases in the elder people, but there is limited research on the involved mechanism. By using microarray analysis, we figured out the differentially expressed genes between brain samples from SD rats after low-dose (0.1μg/(kg▪bw)) dioxin exposure for six months and controls. To investigate the function changes in the course of dioxin exposure, Gene Ontology (GO) annotation and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis were performed on the differentially expressed genes...
December 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288733/ophthalmic-gels-past-present-and-future
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Ali A Al-Kinani, Ghada Zidan, Naba Elsaid, Ali Seyfoddin, Adam W G Alani, Raid G Alany
Aqueous gels formulated using hydrophilic polymers (hydrogels) along with those based on stimuli responsive polymers (in situ gelling or gel forming systems) continue to attract increasing interest for various eye health-related applications. They allow the incorporation of a variety of ophthalmic pharmaceuticals to achieve sustained and therapeutic levels of drugs and bioactives at target ocular sites. The integration of sophisticated drug delivery technologies such as nanotechnology-based, intelligent and environment responsive systems can extend current treatment duration to provide more clinically relevant time courses (weeks and months instead of hours and days) which will inevitably reduce dose frequency, increase patient compliance and improve clinical outcomes...
December 27, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287194/potential-role-of-propolis-in-wound-healing-biological-properties-and-therapeutic-activities
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REVIEW
Ahmad Oryan, Esmat Alemzadeh, Ali Moshiri
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from the tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. The chemical composition of propolis varies and depends on the geographical area, time of collection, seasonality, illumination, altitude, and food availability during propolis exploitation. The goal of this review is to discuss important concepts including mechanisms of action and therapeutic activities of propolis. The PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Cochrane Library databases were searched for the literature published from January the 1st 2000 to October the 1st 2017...
December 26, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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