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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437285/monitoring-protein-unbound-valproic-acid-serum-concentrations-in-clinical-practice
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Eveline Wallenburg, Bas Klok, Karin de Jong, Monique de Maat, Nielka van Erp, Sonja Stalpers-Konijnenburg, Guus Essink, Matthijs van Luin
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is an effective anti-epileptic drug and mood stabilizer. A key characteristic of VPA is its high and saturable protein binding at higher concentrations. While the unbound concentration of VPA is responsible for its pharmacological activity, total drug concentrations are monitored in routine clinical practice. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of unbound VPA is recommended for specific clinical situations. The goal of this study was to evaluate TDM requests for unbound VPA in clinical practice...
April 6, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436549/atrial-undersensing-secondary-to-quiet-timer-blanking-in-pediatric-and-congenital-heart-disease-patients
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Johannes C von Alvensleben, Michael Schaffer, Caitlin Brateng, Kathryn K Collins
BACKGROUND: Atrial undersensing despite normal atrial lead parameters and high amplitude electrograms has been described in adult patients as a consequence of atrial amplifier saturation. Repetitive inputs cause amplifier ringing and undersensing occurs as consequence of quiet timer blanking. High amplitude ventricular electrograms can also result in atrial blanking secondary to cross chamber effect. This has not been described in pediatric patients or epicardial pacing systems and specific risk factors are not known...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434722/prediction-of-milk-fatty-acid-content-with-mid-infrared-spectroscopy-in-canadian-dairy-cattle-using-differently-distributed-model-development-sets
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A Fleming, F S Schenkel, J Chen, F Malchiodi, V Bonfatti, R A Ali, B Mallard, M Corredig, F Miglior
The fatty acid profile of milk is a prevailing issue due to the potential negative or positive effects of different fatty acids to human health and nutrition. Mid-infrared spectroscopy can be used to obtain predictions of otherwise costly fatty acid phenotypes in a widespread and rapid manner. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prediction of fatty acid content for the Canadian dairy cattle population from mid-infrared spectral data and to compare the results produced by altering the partial least squares (PLS) model development set used...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431821/near-infrared-spectroscopy-as-a-predictor-for-shunt-requirement-during-carotid-endarterectomy
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M Jonsson, D Lindström, A Wanhainen, K Djavani Gidlund, P Gillgren
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) continuously monitors regional cerebral oxygenation (rSO2) in the frontal lobes. This method may be used in patients during carotid endarterectomy to indicate the need for shunting. The aim of the study was to evaluate the value of NIRS in determining the need for selective shunting during CEA. A secondary aim was to compare NIRS with stump pressure. METHODS: Between January 2013 and October 2016, 185 patients from two vascular units, undergoing CEA under local anaesthesia were prospectively included...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427505/toxicity-of-iron-overload-and-iron-overload-reduction-in-the-setting-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-hematologic-malignancies
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Heather A Leitch, Eitan Fibach, Eliezer Rachmilewitz
Iron is an essential element for key cellular metabolic processes. However, transfusional iron overload (IOL) may result in significant cellular toxicity. IOL occurs in transfusion dependent hematologic malignancies (HM), may lead to pathological clinical outcomes, and IOL reduction may improve outcomes. In hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for HM, IOL may have clinical importance; endpoints examined regarding an impact of IOL and IOL reduction include transplant-related mortality, organ function, infection, relapse risk, and survival...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427056/blood-pressure-during-the-immediate-neonatal-transition-is-the-mean-arterial-blood-pressure-relevant-for-the-cerebral-regional-oxygenation
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Nariae Baik, Berndt Urlesberger, Bernhard Schwaberger, Alexander Avian, Lukas Mileder, Georg M Schmölzer, Gerhard Pichler
BACKGROUND: Measurement of mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) is feasible during neonatal transition. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate a potential influence of MABP on the cerebral regional oxygen saturation (crSO2) in preterm and term infants during the immediate neonatal transition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preterm and term infants were included in this observational study. The crSO2 was measured by near-infrared spectroscopy with the INVOS 5100C (Somanetics Corp...
April 21, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423634/early-assessment-of-tumor-response-to-photodynamic-therapy-using-combined-diffuse-optical-and-diffuse-correlation-spectroscopy-to-predict-treatment-outcome
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Patricia Thong, Kijoon Lee, Hui-Jin Toh, Jing Dong, Chuan-Sia Tee, Kar-Perng Low, Pui-Haan Chang, Ramaswamy Bhuvaneswari, Ngian-Chye Tan, Khee-Chee Soo
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer involves the use of a photosensitizer that can be light-activated to eradicate tumors via direct cytotoxicity, damage to tumor vasculature and stimulating the body's immune system. Treatment outcome may vary between individuals even under the same regime; therefore a non-invasive tumor response monitoring system will be useful for personalization of the treatment protocol. We present the combined use of diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) to provide early assessment of tumor response...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422846/application-of-remifentanil-for-conscious-sedation-and-analgesia-in-short-term-ercp-and-est-surgery
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Guo-Qiang Sun, Bao-Feng Gao, Guan-Jun Li, Yun-Long Lei, Jie Li
This study aims to observe and evaluate the use of remifentanil in conscious sedation and analgesia for the safety and comfort of patients undergoing short-term endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST).Sixty-eight patients who underwent ERCP and EST were randomly divided into two groups: research group and control group. Patients in the research group were intravenously injected with remifentanil (80-2/3* age) for 1 to 2 minutes, combined with the intravenous injection of propofol (20-30 mg) during the course of treatment...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421792/micronutrient-supplementation-in-gastric-bypass-surgery-prospective-study-on-in%C3%AF-ammation-and-iron-metabolism-in-premenopausal-women
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Flávia Andréia Marin, Rozangela Verlengia, Alex Harley Crisp, Patrícia Fátima Sousa Novais, Irineu Rasera-Junior, Maria Rita Marques De Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Low-grade chronic inflammation in morbid obesity is associated with impaired iron metabolism. Bariatric surgery is effective in weight loss; however, it can induce specific nutritional deficiencies, such as iron, especially in premenopausal women. Alternatively, after surgery, there is an improvement in systemic inflammation, raising questions concerning the dosages of micronutrient supplementation. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the effect of two micronutrient supplementation schemes before and 6 months after a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery on inflammation and iron metabolism in premenopausal women...
March 30, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418725/medex-2015-heart-rate-variability-predicts-development-of-acute-mountain-sickness
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Angus Sutherland, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, Jamie Hugo Macdonald
Sutherland, Angus, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, and Jamie Hugo Macdonald. MEDEX 2015: Heart rate variability predicts development of acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) develops when the body fails to acclimatize to atmospheric changes at altitude. Preascent prediction of susceptibility to AMS would be a useful tool to prevent subsequent harm. Changes to peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) on hypoxic exposure have previously been shown to be of poor predictive value...
April 18, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418067/a-case-series-of-vital-signs-controlled-patient-assisted-intravenous-analgesia-vpia-using-remifentanil-for-labour-and-delivery
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W L Leong, B L Sng, Q Zhang, N L R Han, R Sultana, A T H Sia
Intravenous remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia can be used during labour as an alternative to epidural analgesia. Adverse effects of opioids, including hypoxia and bradycardia, may lead to maternal morbidity and mortality. We devised an interactive feedback system based on a clinical proportional algorithm, to continuously monitor for adverse effects to enhance safety and better titrate analgesia. This vital signs-controlled, patient-assisted intravenous analgesia with remifentanil used a prototype delivery system linked to a pulse oximeter that evaluated maternal oxygen saturation and heart rate continuously...
April 18, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410579/assessing-the-usability-by-clinicians-of-vision-a-hierarchical-display-of-patient-collected-physiological-information-to-clinicians
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Cubby L Gardner, Fang Liu, Paul Fontelo, Michael C Flanagan, Albert Hoang, Harry B Burke
BACKGROUND: The inability of patients to accurately and completely recount their clinical status between clinic visits reduces the clinician's ability to properly manage their patients. One way to improve this situation is to collect objective patient information while the patients are at home and display the collected multi-day clinical information in parallel on a single screen, highlighting threshold violations for each channel, and allowing the viewer to drill down to any analog signal on the same screen, while maintaining the overall physiological context of the patient...
April 14, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408467/isolated-mild-sleep-associated-hypoventilation-in-children-with-down-syndrome
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Wai Wong, Dennis Rosen
INTRODUCTION: Children with Down syndrome (DS) have a high incidence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that is often associated with hypoventilation. Little is known, however, about the prevalence of sleep-associated hypoventilation independent of OSA in these children. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of all children with DS under 18 years of age undergoing polysomnography at a tertiary care paediatric hospital during a 2-year period. Exclusion criteria were as follow: those requiring oxygen or positive-pressure ventilation; with tracheostomy, baseline hypoxia, unrepaired cyanotic heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and cerebral palsy; or OSA with >5 obstructions/hour...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408006/a-novel-patient-derived-conceptual-model-of-the-impact-of-celiac-disease-in-adults-implications-for-patient-reported-outcome-and-health-related-quality-of-life-instrument-development
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Daniel A Leffler, Sarah Acaster, Katy Gallop, Melinda Dennis, Ciarán P Kelly, Daniel C Adelman
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory condition with wide ranging effects on individual's lives caused by a combination of symptoms and the burden of adhering to a gluten-free diet (GFD). OBJECTIVES: To further understand patients' experience of celiac disease, the impact it has on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and to develop a conceptual model describing this impact. METHODS: Adults with celiac disease on a GFD reporting symptoms within the previous 3 months were included; patients with refractory celiac disease and confounding medical conditions were excluded...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403400/association-of-intraoperative-cerebral-and-muscular-tissue-oxygen-saturation-with-postoperative-complications-and-length-of-hospital-stay-after-major-spine-surgery-an-observational-study
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L Meng, J Xiao, K Gudelunas, Z Yu, Z Zhong, X Hu
Background.: Compromised tissue oxygenation is one of the root causes of dysfunction of various organs and postoperative complications. Oxygenation of different tissue beds may follow different patterns of change during physiological derangement. Methods.: Patients undergoing elective major posterior spine surgery participated in this prospective observational study. Cerebral tissue oxygen saturation (SctO 2 ) was monitored on the upper forehead and muscular tissue oxygen saturation (SmtO 2 ) on the lower leg...
April 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403127/a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-comparing-belatacept-with-tacrolimus-after-de-novo-kidney-transplantation
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Gretchen de Graav, Carla C Baan, Marian C Clahsen-van Groningen, Rens Kraaijeveld, Marjolein Dieterich, Wenda Verschoor, Jan H von der Thusen, Dave L Roelen, Monique Cadogan, Jacqueline van de Wetering, Joost van Rosmalen, Wilem Weimar, Dennis A Hesselink
BACKGROUND: Belatacept, an inhibitor of the CD28-CD80/86 co-stimulatory pathway, allows for calcineurin-inhibitor free immunosuppressive therapy in kidney transplantation but is associated with a higher acute rejection risk than ciclosporin. Thus, no biomarker for belatacept-resistant rejection has been validated. In this randomized controlled trial, acute rejection-rate was compared between belatacept- and tacrolimus-treated patients and immunological biomarkers for acute rejection were investigated...
April 11, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402286/longitudinal-optical-monitoring-of-blood-flow-in-breast-tumors-during-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Jeffrey Martin Cochran, So Chung, Anaïs Leproux, Wesley Baker, David Busch, Angela DeMichele, Julia Tchou, Bruce Tromberg, Arjun Yodh
We measure tissue blood flow markers in breast tumors during neoadjuvant chemotherapy and investigate their correlation to pathologic complete response in a pilot longitudinal patient study (n=4). Tumor blood flow is quantified optically by diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and tissue optical properties, blood oxygen saturation, and total hemoglobin concentration are derived from concurrent diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging (DOSI). The study represents the first longitudinal DCS measurement of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in humans over the entire course of treatment; it therefore offers a first correlation between DCS flow indices and pathologic complete response...
April 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393597/-hungarian-diet-and-nutritional-status-survey-ot%C3%A3-p2014-ii-energy-and-macronutrient-intake-of-the-hungarian-population
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Eszter Sarkadi Nagy, Márta Bakacs, Éva Illés, Barbara Nagy, Anita Varga, Orsolya Kis, Erzsébet Schreiberné Molnár, Éva Martos
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: The aim of the study was to assess and monitor the dietary habits and nutrient intake of Hungarian adults. METHOD: Three-day dietary records were used for dietary assessment, the sample was representative for the Hungarian population aged ≥18ys by gender and age. RESULTS: The mean proportion of energy from fat was higher (men: 38 energy%, women: 37 energy%), that from carbohydrates was lower (men: 45 energy%, women: 47 energy%) than recommended, the protein intake is adequate...
April 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393017/photoacoustic-signal-characterization-of-cancer-treatment-response-correlation-with-changes-in-tumor-oxygenation
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Eno Hysi, Lauren A Wirtzfeld, Jonathan P May, Elijus Undzys, Shyh-Dar Li, Michael C Kolios
Frequency analysis of the photoacoustic radiofrequency signals and oxygen saturation estimates were used to monitor the in-vivo response of a novel, thermosensitive liposome treatment. The liposome encapsulated doxorubicin (HaT-DOX) releasing it rapidly (<20 s) when the tumor was exposed to mild hyperthermia (43 °C). Photoacoustic imaging (VevoLAZR, 750/850 nm, 40 MHz) of EMT-6 breast cancer tumors was performed 30 min pre- and post-treatment and up to 7 days post-treatment (at 2/5/24 h timepoints)...
March 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389413/influence-of-cell-confluence-on-the-camp-signalling-pathway-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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M Belacel-Ouari, L Zhang, F Hubert, R Assaly, R Gerbier, R Jockers, F Dauphin, P Lechêne, R Fischmeister, B Manoury, V Leblais
The influence of cell confluence on the β-adrenoceptor (β-AR)/cAMP/phosphodiesterase (PDE) pathway was investigated in cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells (RASMCs). Cells were plated either at low density (LD: 3·10(3)cells/cm(2)) or high density (HD: 3·10(4)cells/cm(2)) corresponding to non-confluent or confluent cells, respectively, on the day of experiment. β-AR-stimulated cAMP was monitored in real-time using the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based cAMP sensor, Epac2-camps. A brief application (15s) of the β-AR agonist isoprenaline (Iso) induced a typical transient FRET signal, reflecting cAMP production followed by its rapid degradation...
April 4, 2017: Cellular Signalling
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