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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926832/persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-a-case-control-study
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Manon Gijtenbeek, M C Haak, Derk Jan Ten Harkel, Arjan B Te Pas, Johanna M Middeldorp, Frans J C M Klumper, Nan van Geloven, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
BACKGROUND: Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is suggested to increase the risk of PPHN. OBJECTIVES: To describe the incidence of PPHN in TTTS twins and to identify risk factors in TTTS twins for the development of severe PPHN. METHODS: Cases with severe PPHN were extracted from our monochorionic twin database (2002-2016). Severe PPHN was defined as severe hypoxaemia requiring mechanical ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) treatment, confirmed by strict echocardiographic criteria...
September 20, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926258/matrix-isolation-studies-of-novel-intermediates-in-the-reaction-of-trimethylaluminum-with-ozone
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H Dushanee M Sriyarathne, Bruce S Ault
The thermal reaction of ozone with trimethyl aluminum has been explored using twin jet, concentric jet and merged jet deposition into cryogenic matrixes. Infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations have been employed to identify and characterize the products formed in each case. Together, these deposition techniques provide information over the essentially full course of the gas phase reaction. At short times with twin jet deposition, the primary product is the O atom insertion product (CH3)2AlOCH3...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925971/superplastic-deformation-mechanisms-of-superfine-nanocrystalline-duplex-pm-tial-based-alloy
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Xuebo Gong, Zhenxin Duan, Wen Pei, Hua Chen
In this paper, the equiaxed superfine/nanocrystalline duplex PM-TiAl-based alloy with (γ + α₂) microstructure, Ti-45Al-5Nb (at %), has been synthesized by high-energy ball milling and vacuum hot pressing sintering. Superplastic deformation behavior has been investigated at 1000 °C and 1050 °C with strain rates from 5 × 10(-5) s(-1) to 1 × 10(-3) s(-1). The effects of deformation on the microstructure and mechanical behaviors of high Nb containing TiAl alloy have been characterized and analyzed. The results showed that, the ultimate tensile strength of the alloy was 58...
September 19, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925589/recurrent-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-rttts-and-twin-anemia-polycythemia-sequence-taps-after-fetoscopic-laser-surgery-fls-size-of-the-cannula-does-matter
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Roopali Donepudi, Joost Akkermans, Lovepreet Mann, Frans J Klumper, Johanna M Middeldorp, Enrico Lopriore, Kenneth J Moise, Michael Bebbington, Anthony Johnson, Dick Oepkes, Ramesha Papanna
OBJECTIVES: Optimal outcomes after fetoscopic laser surgery (FLS) for twin-twin transfusion (TTTS) depend on the successful completion of ablation of all placental anastomoses. Our objective was to determine the incidence and risk factors for the occurrence of recurrent TTTS (rTTTS) or twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) after FLS, and focusing on the impact of different diameters of the cannula. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data of 666 consecutive patients undergoing laser surgery for TTTS from 2 centers was performed...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925288/twins-and-socioeconomic-factors-changes-in-the-last-20%C3%A2-years
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Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner, Konstantinos Voulgaris, Emmanouela Sdona, Christos Christou, Despina D Briana
Socioeconomic factors associated with twins/multiples have been sparsely studied. Analyzing data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, regarding twin out of total births from 1996 to 2015, we showed that twinning rate in Greece has increased from 1996 and onwards, in parallel with advanced maternal age and decline in total births. Higher twin rates are associated with higher maternal education, better paid parental occupations, and thus wealthier families, married maternal status, while immigrants present a lower twinning rate than Greeks...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924546/sirenomelia-associated-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-in-a-newborn
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H Turgut, R Ozdemir, I K Gokce, C Karakurt, A Karadag
Sirenomelia, also known as "mermaid malformation/syndrome," is a rare, serious congenital anomaly characterized by variable degrees of fusion of the lower limbs and associated with severe malformations of vertebral, genitourinary, cardiovascular system and single umbilical artery. The first pregnancy of a 25-year-old woman resulted in one twin born by Cesarian section at 32 weeks' gestation, who was referred to our hospital with cyanosis, a congenital anomaly and respiratory distress. On physical examination, there was no urogenital region and anal fissure and gender was indeterminate...
June 30, 2017: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924506/automated-classification-of-tropical-shrub-species-a-hybrid-of-leaf-shape-and-machine-learning-approach
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Miraemiliana Murat, Siow-Wee Chang, Arpah Abu, Hwa Jen Yap, Kien-Thai Yong
Plants play a crucial role in foodstuff, medicine, industry, and environmental protection. The skill of recognising plants is very important in some applications, including conservation of endangered species and rehabilitation of lands after mining activities. However, it is a difficult task to identify plant species because it requires specialized knowledge. Developing an automated classification system for plant species is necessary and valuable since it can help specialists as well as the public in identifying plant species easily...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923532/cognitive-trajectories-in-relation-to-hospitalization-among-older-swedish-adults
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Jenny Hallgren, Eleonor I Fransson, Chandra A Reynolds, Deborah Finkel, Nancy L Pedersen, Anna K Dahl Aslan
INTRODUCTION: Research indicate that cognitive impairment might be related to hospitalization, but little is known about these effects over time. OBJECTIVE: To assess cognitive change before and after hospitalization among older adults in a population-based longitudinal study with up to 25 years of follow-up. METHOD: A longitudinal study on 828 community living men and women aged 50-86 from the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Ageing (SATSA) were linked to The Swedish National Inpatient Register...
September 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922846/different-complicated-brain-pathologies-in-monozygotic-twins-with-gerstmann-str%C3%A3-ussler-scheinker-disease
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Hiroyuki Honda, Kensuke Sasaki, Hiroshi Takashima, Daisuke Mori, Sachiko Koyama, Satoshi O Suzuki, Toru Iwaki
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS) is an autosomal, dominantly inherited prion disease. In this study, we present different complicated brain pathologies determined postmortem of monozygotic GSS twin sisters. Case 1 showed cerebellar ataxia at the age of 58 years, and died at 66 years. Case 2 became symptomatic at the age of 75 years, and died at 79 years. There was a 17-year difference in the age of onset between the twins. Postmortem examination revealed numerous prion protein (PrP) plaques in the brains of both cases...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922598/proteolytic-unlocking-of-ultra-stable-twin-acylhydrazone-linkers-for-lysosomal-acid-triggered-release-of-anticancer-drugs
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Yiwu Zheng, Jing Ren, Yaqi Wu, Xiaoting Meng, Yibing Zhao, Chuanliu Wu
Targeted prodrugs exploiting cleavable linkers capable of responding to endogenous stimuli have increasingly been explored for cancer therapy. Successful application of these prodrug designs relies on the manipulation of both stability and responsiveness of the cleavable linkers, which, however, are difficult to be finely regulated, particularly for acid-responsive acylhydrazone bonds. Here we developed a new class of peptide-bridged twin-acylhydrazone linkers (PTA linkers) displaying both an ultrahigh stability and a rapid responsiveness-highly stable in neutral and acidic conditions due to effect of cooperativity between the two acylhydrazone bonds, easily cleavable in acidic conditions after enzymatically-triggered unlocking of the two bonds...
September 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921994/anisotropic-cracking-of-nanocrystal-superlattices
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Benjamin T Diroll, Xuedan Ma, Yaoting Wu, Christopher B Murray
The synthesis colloidal nanocrystals in non-polar organic solvents has led to exceptional size- and shape-control, enabling the formation of nanocrystal superlattices isostructural to atomic lattices built with nanocrystals rather than atoms. The long aliphatic ligands (e.g. oleic acid) used to achieve this control separate nanocrystals too far in the solid-state for most charge-transporting devices. Solid-state ligand exchange, which brings particles closer together and enhances conductivity, necessitates large changes in the total volume of the solid (compressive stress), which leads to film cracking...
September 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921187/moderation-of-genetic-influences-on-alcohol-involvement-by-rural-residency-among-adolescents-results-from-the-1962-national-merit-twin-study
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Christal N Davis, Shanaliz S Natta, Wendy S Slutske
Adolescents in rural and urban areas may experience different levels of environmental restrictions on alcohol use, with those in rural areas experiencing greater monitoring and less access to alcohol. Such restrictions may limit expression of genetic vulnerability for alcohol use, resulting in a gene-environment interaction (G × E). This phenomenon has previously been reported in Finnish and Minnesota adolescents. The current study used data from 839 same-sex twin pairs from the 1962 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to determine whether the G × E interaction would be evident in this earlier time period...
September 18, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920939/imaging-and-tuning-polarity-at-srtio3-domain%C3%A2-walls
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Yiftach Frenkel, Noam Haham, Yishai Shperber, Christopher Bell, Yanwu Xie, Zhuoyu Chen, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y Hwang, Ekhard K H Salje, Beena Kalisky
Electrostatic fields tune the ground state of interfaces between complex oxide materials. Electronic properties, such as conductivity and superconductivity, can be tuned and then used to create and control circuit elements and gate-defined devices. Here we show that naturally occurring twin boundaries, with properties that are different from their surrounding bulk, can tune the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface 2DEG at the nanoscale. In particular, SrTiO3 domain boundaries have the unusual distinction of remaining highly mobile down to low temperatures, and were recently suggested to be polar...
September 18, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920068/tetrabenazine-versus-deutetrabenazine-for-huntington-s-disease-twins-or-distant-cousins
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Filipe B Rodrigues, Gonçalo S Duarte, João Costa, Joaquim J Ferreira, Edward J Wild
BACKGROUND: Tetrabenazine is the only US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for Huntington's disease, and deutetrabenazine was recently tested against placebo. A switching-trial from tetrabenazine to deutetrabenazine is underway, but no head-to-head, blinded, randomized controlled trial is planned. Using meta-analytical methodology, the authors compared these molecules. METHODS: RCTs comparing tetrabenazine or deutetrabenazine with placebo in Huntington's disease were searched...
July 2017: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920028/type-i-jejunal-atresia-in-identical-twins-a-rare-occurrence
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Amrollah Salimi, Shervin Rashidi Nia, Seyed Shahin Eftekhari, Mahsa Besharati, Sara Shahmoradi
Jejunoileal atresia is of familial and non-familial in origins and classified into four different types. We herein report a rare occurrence of type I jejunal atresia in identical twins who were presented with neonatal intestinal obstruction. This report points towards common etiology of atresia in our cases and factors more than vascular accident appear to be involved.
July 2017: Journal of Neonatal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918426/aortic-isthmus-flow-recording-predicts-the-outcome-of-the-recipient-twin-after-laser-coagulation-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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France Leduc, Amélie Delabaere, Roxanne Gendron, Florent Fuchs, Sandrine Wavrant, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Jean-Claude Fouron, François Audibert
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to assess the prognostic value of the systolic flow through the aortic isthmus in monochorionic pregnancies complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by placental laser ablation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and outcome data of 105 cases of TTTS treated by laser photocoagulation of placental anastomoses were reviewed. Hemodynamic parameters were collected before and after treatment. The isthmic systolic index (ISI) was calculated as the peak systolic velocity/systolic nadir ratio...
September 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918370/a-metric-study-of-insole-foot-impressions-in-footwear-of-identical-twins
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Michael S Nirenberg, Kewal Krishan, Tanuj Kanchan
Foot impressions are of utmost importance in crime scene investigations. Foot impressions are available in the form of barefoot prints, sock-clad footprints, and as impressions within footwear. Sometimes suspects leave their footwear at the crime scene, and the insole of this footwear may contain the foot impression of the suspect which may be important evidence linking him or her to the crime. The task of identification based on the analysis of footprints can be challenging when the footprints belonging to one of the identical twin is available for examination...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915622/genomic-analysis-integrated-whole-exome-sequencing-of-neuroblastomas-identifies-genetic-mutations-in-axon-guidance-pathway
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Yuanyuan Li, Miki Ohira, Yong Zhou, Teng Xiong, Wen Luo, Chao Yang, Xiangchun Li, Zhibo Gao, Rui Zhou, Yohko Nakamura, Takehiko Kamijo, Yasuhiko Kaneko, Takeshi Taketani, Junichi Ueyama, Tatsuro Tajiri, Hongyan Zhang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Ye Yin, Akira Nakagawara
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a childhood solid malignant tumor originating from precursor cells of the peripheral nervous system. We have previously established a risk classification system based on DNA copy number profiles. To further explore the pathogenesis of NBs in distinct risk groups, we performed whole-exome sequencing analysis of 57 primary and 7 recurrent/metastatic tumors with unique chromosomal aberration profiles as categorized by our genomic sub-grouping system. Overall, a low frequency of somatic mutations was found...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915296/investigating-the-role-of-salivary-cortisol-on-vocal-symptoms
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Sofia Holmqvist, Ada Johansson, Pekka Santtila, Lars Westberg, Bettina von der Pahlen, Susanna Simberg
Purpose: We investigated whether participants who reported more often occurring vocal symptoms showed higher salivary cortisol levels and if such possible associations were different for men and women. Method: The participants (N = 170; men n = 49, women n = 121) consisted of a population-based sample of Finnish twins born between 1961 and 1989. The participants submitted saliva samples for hormone analysis and completed a web questionnaire including questions regarding the occurrence of 6 vocal symptoms during the past 12 months...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915120/ultrasound-study-of-fetal-movements-in-singleton-and-twin-pregnancies-at-12-19-weeks
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Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Kenji Kanenishi, Nobuhiro Mori, Junko Noguchi, Genzo Marumo, Toshiyuki Hata
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate fetal behavioral differences between singleton and twin fetuses before 20 weeks of gestation using four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound. METHODS: 4D ultrasound was used to examine fetal movements in 58 singleton and 48 twin normal fetuses at 12-19 weeks. The frequencies of eight fetal movements were assessed through 15-min recordings. The fetuses were divided into two gestational age groups (12-13 and 14-19 weeks) to evaluate the changes with advancing gestation in twin versus singleton fetuses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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