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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540836/vocal-cord-paresis-following-single-session-high-intensity-focused-ablation-hifu-treatment-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-incidence-and-risk-factors
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Brian Hh Lang, Yu-Cho Woo, Keith Wan-Hang Chiu
BACKGROUND: Vocal cord paresis (VCP) may occur following high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) of thyroid nodules. We hypothesized its occurrence relates to the distance of the focus point (FP) of the HIFU beams from the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) and the thermal power that this point received. Their relationships were examined. METHODS: One hundred and three patients who underwent HIFU for symptomatic benign thyroid nodule from October 2015 to March 2017 were analyzed...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540182/mannose-binding-lectin-mbl-gene-polymorphisms-in-susceptibility-to-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-the-lur-population-of-lorestan-province-of-iran
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Ali Amiri, Toomaj Sabooteh, Farhad Shahsavar, Khatereh Anbari, Flora Pouremadi
OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Host genetic variability is an important determinant of the risk of developing TB in humans. Although the association between MBL polymorphisms and TB has been studied in various populations, the results are controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate mannose-binding lectin (MBL) gene polymorphisms with susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in a Lur population of Iran. METHODS: In this case-control study, four functional MBL gene polymorphisms (HL, XY, PQ and AB) were genotyped by using PCR Single Strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP) technique in a Lur population living in Lorestan Province, consisting of 100 patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) age and sex matched 100 healthy controls (HCs)...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536223/cardiac-compression-due-to-gastric-volvulus-an-unusual-cause-of-chest-pain
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Alex Brown, David Austin, Venkatesh Kanakala
A 42-year-old man was admitted to coronary care for assessment with severe retrosternal chest pain. Echocardiography showed significant external compression of the left atrium. A subsequent CT scan revealed him to have a large hiatus hernia, with most of his stomach herniating into his thorax causing left atrial compression and gastric volvulus. He subsequently underwent successful emergency decompression of the gastric volvulus and repair of his hiatus hernia.
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534071/cloning-of-helicobacter-suis-cholesterol-%C3%AE-glucosyltransferase-and-production-of-an-antibody-capable-of-detecting-it-in-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-gastric-tissue-sections
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Masatomo Kawakubo, Kazuki Horiuchi, Hitomi Komura, Yoshiko Sato, Masayoshi Kato, Meguru Ikeyama, Mana Fukushima, Shigenori Yamada, Satoshi Ishizone, Takehisa Matsumoto, Hiroyoshi Ota, Junji Sagara, Jun Nakayama
Helicobacter suis (H. suis), formerly called Helicobacter heilmannii type 1 (H. heilmannii), is a gram-negative bacterium of the Helicobacter species. This pathogen infects the stomach of humans and animals such as dogs, cats, pigs, and rodents, the latter giving rise to zoonotic infection. Here, we generated a H. suis-specific antibody useful for immunohistochemistry with formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections. To do so, we began by cloning the gene encoding H. suis cholesterol α-glucosyltransferase (αCgT)...
May 22, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533268/the-transcription-factor-gli3-promotes-b-cell-development-in-fetal-liver-through-repression-of-shh
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Anisha Solanki, Ching-In Lau, José Ignacio Saldaña, Susan Ross, Tessa Crompton
Before birth, B cells develop in the fetal liver (FL). In this study, we show that Gli3 activity in the FL stroma is required for B cell development. In the Gli3-deficient FL, B cell development was reduced at multiple stages, whereas the Sonic hedgehog (Hh [Shh])-deficient FL showed increased B cell development, and Gli3 functioned to repress Shh transcription. Use of a transgenic Hh-reporter mouse showed that Shh signals directly to developing B cells and that Hh pathway activation was increased in developing B cells from Gli3-deficient FLs...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527291/haplotypes-in-ccr5-ccr2-ccl3-and-ccl5-are-associated-with-natural-resistance-to-hiv-1-infection-in-a-colombian-cohort
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Jorge A Vega, Simón Villegas-Ospina, Wbeimar Aguilar-Jiménez, María T Rugeles, Gabriel Bedoya, Wildeman Zapata
INTRODUCTION: Variants in genes encoding for HIV-1 co-receptors and their natural ligands have been individually associated to natural resistance to HIV-1 infection. However, the simultaneous presence of these variants has been poorly studied. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of single and multilocus haplotypes in genes coding for the viral co-receptors CCR5 and CCR2, and their ligands CCL3 and CCL5, with resistance or susceptibility to HIV-1 infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine variants in CCR5-CCR2, two SNPs in CCL3 and two in CCL5 were genotyped by PCR-RFLP in 35 seropositive (cases) and 49 HIV-1-exposed seronegative Colombian individuals (controls)...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526312/identification-of-low-high-and-super-gelers-and-barriers-to-hand-hygiene-among-intensive-care-unit-nurses
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Sharon Lea Kurtz
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this article was to provide information identified during hand hygiene (HH) surveillance periods at 5 intensive care units (ICUs) (4 hospitals) in Texas. METHODS: Using room entry and room exit, overt observation periods were 8 consecutive hours for 3-5 days on 64 ICU nurses. RESULTS: A total of 3,620 HH opportunities were recorded during 18 days of observation (144 hours). The average hand hygiene compliance (HHC) rate was 64%, with 19% of the nurses participating in HH in the 60%-69% range...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526308/implementing-an-electronic-hand-hygiene-monitoring-system-lessons-learned-from-community-hospitals
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Catherine Edmisten, Charles Hall, Lorna Kernizan, Kimberly Korwek, Aaron Preston, Evan Rhoades, Shalin Shah, Lori Spight, Silvia Stradi, Sonia Wellman, Scott Zygadlo
BACKGROUND: Measuring and providing feedback about hand hygiene (HH) compliance is a complicated process. Electronic HH monitoring systems have been proposed as a possible solution; however, there is little information available about how to successfully implement and maintain these systems for maximum benefit in community hospitals. METHODS: An electronic HH monitoring system was implemented in 3 community hospitals by teams at each facility with support from the system vendor...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523363/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-laparoscopic-mesh-versus-suture-repair-of-hiatus-hernia-objective-and-subjective-outcomes
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Chao Zhang, Diangang Liu, Fei Li, David I Watson, Xiang Gao, Jan H Koetje, Tao Luo, Chao Yan, Xing Du, Zhonggao Wang
BACKGROUND: Hiatus hernia (HH) contributes to the pathophysiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Mesh-augmentation of surgical repair might be associated with a reduced risk of recurrence and GERD. However, recurrence rates, mesh-associated complications and quality of life (QOL) after mesh versus suture repair are debated. The aim of this meta-analysis was to determine HH recurrence following mesh-augmentation versus suture repair. Secondary aims were to compare complications, mortality, QOL and GERD symptoms following different repair techniques...
May 18, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523360/comparison-of-the-multichannel-intraluminal-impedance-ph-and-conventional-ph-for-measuring-esophageal-acid-exposure-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Masato Hoshino, Nobuo Omura, Fumiaki Yano, Kazuto Tsuboi, Se Ryung Yamamoto, Shunsuke Akimoto, Takahiro Masuda, Hideyuki Kashiwagi, Katsuhiko Yanaga
BACKGROUND: The modalities for evaluating acid reflux in medical care for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include conventional pH (C-pH), wireless pH (Bravo(®)) and multichannel intraluminal impedance pH (MII-pH), which have been reported to vary with respect to the duration of acid reflux. In this study, we examined the difference between the acid reflux in C-pH and MII-pH among patients with GERD. METHODS: Prior to initial laparoscopic fundoplication carried out on 297 cases from December 1994 to April 2016, an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and C-pH or MII-pH were conducted...
May 18, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523343/hh-signaling-in-regeneration-of-the-ischemic-heart
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REVIEW
Marina Dunaeva, Johannes Waltenberger
Myocardial infarction (MI) is caused by the occlusion of a coronary artery due to underlying atherosclerosis complicated by localized thrombosis. The blockage of blood flow leads to cardiomyocyte (CM) death in the infarcted area. Adult mammalian cardiomyocytes have little capacity to proliferate in response to injury; however, some pathways active during embryogenesis and silent during adult life are recruited in response to tissue injury. One such example is hedgehog (Hh) signaling. Hh is involved in the embryonic development of the heart and coronary vascular system...
May 18, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522767/individual-hemoglobin-mass-response-to-normobaric-and-hypobaric-live-high-train-low-a-one-year-crossover-study
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Anna Hauser, Severin Troesch, Jonas J Saugy, Laurent Schmitt, Roberto Cejuela-Anta, Raphael Faiss, Thomas Steiner, Neil Robinson, Grégoire P Millet, Jon Peter Wehrlin
PURPOSE: To compare individual hemoglobin mass (Hbmass) changes following a live high-train low (LHTL) altitude training camp under either normobaric hypoxia (NH) or hypobaric hypoxia (HH) conditions in endurance athletes. METHODS: In a crossover design with a one-year washout, 15 male triathletes randomly performed two 18-d LHTL training camps in either HH or NH. All athletes slept at 2250 m and trained at altitudes < 1200 m. Hbmass was measured in duplicate with the optimized carbon monoxide rebreathing method before (pre-) and immediately after (post-) each 18 d training camp...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522756/influence-of-sex-menstrual-cycle-and-oral-contraceptives-on-cerebrovascular-resistance-and-cardiorespiratory-function-during-valsalva-or-standing
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Syed Abidi, Misha Nili, Stephania Serna, Simon Kim, Christopher Hazlett, Heather Edgell
Women experience orthostatic intolerance more than men, and experience faintness more in the early follicular (i.e. low hormone (LH)) compared to the luteal (i.e. high hormone (HH)) phase of the menstrual cycle. Men (n=13, age: 25.8±1.8) and women in the LH (day 2-5; placebo) and HH) (day 18-24; high dose) phases of the menstrual cycle with (OC; n=14, age: 22.0±0.8) or without oral contraceptives (NOC; n=12, age: 21.8±0.5) underwent the Valsalva maneuver and a supine-sit-stand protocol. Blood pressure, normalized stroke volume (SVi), cardiac output index (Qi), heart rate (HR), end-tidal carbon dioxide (ET-CO2), and middle cerebral artery blood velocity (MCA) were measured...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521273/rapid-discovery-of-cyclopamine-analogs-from-fritillaria-and-veratrum-plants-using-lc-q-tof-ms-and-lc-qqq-ms
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Yuan Du, Zu-Guo Zheng, Yue Yu, Zi-Tian Wu, Dan Liang, Ping Li, Yan Jiang, Hui-Jun Li
Cyclopamine, an inhibitor of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, has been paid much attention in treating a wide variety of tumors. However, isolation and purification of cyclopamine analogs from medicinal plants remain challengeable. We herein proposed an efficient strategy using liquid chromatography quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-Q-TOF-MS) and liquid chromatography triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-QqQ-MS) for rapid screening and targeted isolation of cyclopamine analogs in Fritillaria and Veratrum plants...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513999/microparticles-of-healthy-origins-improve-endothelial-progenitor-cell-dysfunction-via-microrna-transfer-in-an-atherosclerotic-hamster-model
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Nicoleta Alexandru, Eugen Andrei, Loredan Niculescu, Emanuel Dragan, Violeta Ristoiu, Adriana Georgescu
AIM: In this study we aimed: (1) to obtain and functionally characterize the cultures of late endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from the animal blood; (2) to investigate the potential beneficial effects of circulating microparticles (MPs) of healthy origins on EPC dysfunctionality in atherosclerosis as well as involved mechanisms. METHODS: Late EPCs were obtained and expanded in culture from peripheral blood isolated from two animal groups: hypertensive-hyperlipidemic (HH) and control (C) hamsters...
May 17, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512850/in-situ-handheld-3d-bioprinting-for-cartilage-regeneration
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Claudia Di Bella, Serena Duchi, Cathal D O'Connell, Romane Blanchard, Cheryl Augustine, Zhilian Yue, Fletcher Thompson, Christopher Richards, Stephen Beirne, Carmine Onofrillo, Sebastien H Bauquier, Stewart D Ryan, Peter Pivonka, Gordon G Wallace, Peter F Choong
Articular cartilage injuries experienced at an early age can lead to the development of osteoarthritis later in life. In situ 3D printing is an exciting and innovative bio-fabrication technology that enables the surgeon to deliver tissue- engineering techniques at the time and location of need. We have created a hand- held 3D printing device (Biopen) that allows the simultaneous co-axial extrusion of bioscaffold and cultured cells directly into the cartilage defect in vivo in a single session surgery. This pilot study assesses the ability of the Biopen to repair a full thickness chondral defect and the early outcomes in cartilage regeneration, and compares these results to other treatments in a large animal model...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504984/melding-a-high-risk-patient-for-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-into-a-low-risk-patient
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Javier Amione-Guerra, Ana S Cruz-Solbes, Hilda Gonzalez Bonilla, Jerry D Estep, Ashrith Guha, Arvind Bhimaraj, Erik E Suarez, Brian A Bruckner, Guillermo Torre-Amione, Myung H Park, Barry H Trachtenberg
The model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) has been used as a predictor of mortality after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement. However, improvement or worsening of MELD and how those changes affect outcomes is unknown. We performed a retrospective analysis of 244 patients implanted with a continuous flow (CF) LVAD. Patients were dichotomized at admission into low- or high-risk categories using a cutoff of MELD ≥ 19, and they were reclassified at day of implant forming four groups: Group LL (remained low risk), LH (worsened to high risk), HH (remained high risk), and HL (improved to low risk)...
May 10, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502615/reduce-reuse-recycle-developmental-signals-in-spinal-cord-regeneration
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REVIEW
Marcos Julian Cardozo, Karolina S Mysiak, Thomas Becker, Catherina G Becker
Anamniotes, fishes and amphibians, have the capacity to regenerate spinal cord tissue after injury, generating new neurons that mature and integrate into the spinal circuitry. Elucidating the molecular signals that promote this regeneration is a fundamental question in regeneration research. Model systems, such as salamanders and larval and adult zebrafish are used to analyse successful regeneration. This shows that many developmental signals, such as Notch, Hedgehog (Hh), Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), Wnt, Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Retinoic Acid (RA) and neurotransmitters are redeployed during regeneration and activate resident spinal progenitor cells...
May 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502361/measuring-and-accounting-for-the-hawthorne-effect-during-a-direct-overt-observational-study-of-intensive-care-unit-nurses
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Sharon Lea Kurtz
BACKGROUND: Because suspecting nurses could alter hand hygiene (HH) behavior when observed, the goal of this article was to describe how the Hawthorne effect (HE) was measured and accounted for in a direct observational prospective study. METHODS: Observations were made 8 h/d for 3-5 days in 5 intensive care units (ICUs) (4 hospitals) on a convenience sample of 64 ICU nurses in Texas. The HE was measured so if hand hygiene adherence rates of the first 2 hours were 20% higher than the last 6 hours, the first 2 hours would be dropped and an additional 2 hours would be added at the end of the observation period...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501774/tuning-of-major-signaling-networks-tgf-%C3%AE-wnt-notch-and-hedgehog-by-mirnas-in-human-stem-cells-commitment-to-different-lineages-possible-clinical-application
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REVIEW
Sedigheh Fekri Aval, Hajie Lotfi, Roghayeh Sheervalilou, Nosratollah Zarghami
Two distinguishing characteristics of stem cells, their continuous division in the undifferentiated state and growth into any cell types, are orchestrated by a number of cell signaling pathways. These pathways act as a niche factor in controlling variety of stem cells. The core stem cell signaling pathways include Wingless-type (Wnt), Hedgehog (HH), and Notch. Additionally, they critically regulate the self-renewal and survival of cancer stem cells. Conversely, stem cells' main properties, lineage commitment and stemness, are tightly controlled by epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNA-mediated regulatory events...
May 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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