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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215047/pharyngeal-swallowing-pressures-in-the-base-of-tongue-and-hypopharynx-regions-identified-with-three-dimensional-manometry
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Sarah P Rosen, Corinne A Jones, Timothy M McCulloch
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to use three-dimensional (3D) high-resolution manometry to identify circumferential pressure patterns generated within the asymmetrical base-of-tongue and hypopharynx regions of the pharynx during deglutition. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. METHODS: Radial pressures in the regions of interest were evaluated during swallowing events in 12 healthy subjects using 3D high-resolution manometry. RESULTS: Repeated measures analysis of variance revealed asymmetrical pharyngeal clearance pressures in the base-of-tongue and hypopharynx regions during swallowing...
February 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214708/evaluating-the-role-of-smokeless-tobacco-use-indices-as-brief-measures-of-dependence
#2
Nasir Mushtaq, Laura A Beebe
INTRODUCTION: There is considerable interest in using brief measures of dependence for evaluation and treatment of tobacco dependence. The Heaviness of Smoking Index (HSI) is a validated measure of dependence among cigarette smokers. However, a similar index has not been studied among ST users. The aim of this study is to develop similar ST use indices and evaluate their utility as concise dependence measures. Time to first chew/dip of the day (TTFD), number of cans of ST used per week (CPW), and number of dips/chews per day (DPD) were used to create three ST use indices; heaviness of ST use index (HSTI), ST dependence index (STDI), and ST quantity frequency index (ST-QFI)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214630/ph-and-reduction-dual-responsive-dipeptide-cationic-lipids-with-%C3%AE-tocopherol-hydrophobic-tail-for-efficient-gene-delivery
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Qiang Liu, Rong-Chuan Su, Wen-Jing Yi, Li-Ting Zheng, Shan-Shan Lu, Zhi-Gang Zhao
A series of tocopherol-based cationic lipid 3a-3f bearing a pH-sensitive imidazole moiety in the dipeptide headgroup and a reduction-responsive disulfide linkage were designed and synthesized. Acid-base titration of these lipids showed good buffering capacities. The liposomes formed from 3 and co-lipid 1, 2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) could efficiently bind and condense DNA into nanoparticles. Gel binding and HPLC assays confirmed the encapsulated DNA could release from lipoplexes 3 upon addition of 10 mM glutathione (GSH)...
February 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214127/functionalized-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-provide-highly-efficient-iron-labeling-in-macrophages-for-magnetic-resonance-based-detection-in-vivo
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Jack Sharkey, Philip J Starkey Lewis, Michael Barrow, Salamah M Alwahsh, June Noble, Eilidh Livingstone, Ross J Lennen, Maurits A Jansen, Jaime Garcia Carrion, Neill Liptrott, Shareen Forbes, Dave J Adams, Amy E Chadwick, Stuart J Forbes, Patricia Murray, Matthew J Rosseinsky, Christopher E Goldring, B Kevin Park
BACKGROUND AIMS: Tracking cells during regenerative cytotherapy is crucial for monitoring their safety and efficacy. Macrophages are an emerging cell-based regenerative therapy for liver disease and can be readily labeled for medical imaging. A reliable, clinically applicable cell-tracking agent would be a powerful tool to study cell biodistribution. METHODS: Using a recently described chemical design, we set out to functionalize, optimize and characterize a new set of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) to efficiently label macrophages for magnetic resonance imaging-based cell tracking in vivo...
February 15, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214024/long-term-outcomes-of-endolymphatic-sac-shunting-with-local-steroids-for-meniere-s-disease
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Cameron C Wick, Nauman F Manzoor, Caileigh McKenna, Maroun T Semaan, Cliff A Megerian
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of endolymphatic sac shunt techniques with and without local steroid administration. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series and patient survey. SETTING: Tertiary university hospital. PATIENTS: Meniere's disease (MD) patients that failed medical therapy and subsequently underwent an endolymphatic sac shunt procedure. All patients had definitive or probable MD and at least 18-months of follow-up...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213191/microneurosurgical-management-of-posterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm-a-contemporary-series-from-helsinki
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Peeraphong Thiarawat, Behnam Rezai Jahromi, Danil A Kozyrev, Patcharin Intarakhao, Mario K Teo, Joham Choque-Velasquez, Juha Hernesniemi
OBJECTIVE: Our purposes are to analyze microsurgical techniques and to determine correlations between microsurgical techniques with the radiographic findings in the microneurosurgical treatment of the posterior communicating artery aneurysms (PCoAAs). METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed radiographic findings and videos of surgery in 64 patients with PCoAAs who underwent microsurgical clipping by the senior author from August 2010-2014. RESULTS: From 64 aneurysms, 30 (47%) had SAH that necessitated the lamina terminalis fenestration (odds ratio [OR], 67...
February 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213145/how-are-you-feeling-a-personalized-methodology-for-predicting-mental-states-from-temporally-observable-physical-and-behavioral-information
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Suppawong Tuarob, Conrad S Tucker, Soundar Kumara, C Lee Giles, Aaron L Pincus, David E Conroy, Nilam Ram
It is believed that anomalous mental states such as stress and anxiety not only cause suffering for the individuals, but also lead to tragedies in some extreme cases. The ability to predict the mental state of an individual at both current and future time periods could prove critical to healthcare practitioners. Currently, the practical way to predict an individual's mental state is through mental examinations that involve psychological experts performing the evaluations. However, such methods can be time and resource consuming, mitigating their broad applicability to a wide population...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212972/variation-in-health-technology-assessment-and-reimbursement-processes-in-europe
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Ronald L Akehurst, Eric Abadie, Noël Renaudin, François Sarkozy
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that differences in health technology assessment (HTA) processes among countries, particularly within Europe, have led to inequity in patient access to new medicines. OBJECTIVES: To provide an up-to-date snapshot analysis of the present status of HTA and reimbursement systems in select European countries, and to investigate the implications of these processes, especially with regard to delays in market and patient access. METHODS: HTA and reimbursement processes were assessed through a review of published and gray literature, and through a series of interviews with HTA experts...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212682/erratum-to-cause-effect-relations-between-55%C3%A2-kd-soluble-tnf-receptor-concentrations-and-specific-and-unspecific-symptoms-in-a-patient-with-mild-sle-disease-activity-an-exploratory-time-series-analysis-study
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Christian Schubert, Julia Haberkorn, Francisco M Ocaña-Peinado, Paul König, Norbert Sepp, Mirjam Schnapka-Köpf, Dietmar Fuchs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212436/antibody-deficiency-in-patients-with-frequent-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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Brian N McCullagh, Alejandro P Comellas, Zuhair K Ballas, John D Newell, M Bridget Zimmerman, Antoine E Azar
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the US, and is associated with periodic exacerbations, which account for the largest proportion of health care utilization, and lead to significant morbidity, mortality, and worsening lung function. A subset of patients with COPD have frequent exacerbations, occurring 2 or more times per year. Despite many interventions to reduce COPD exacerbations, there is a significant lack of knowledge in regards to their mechanisms and predisposing factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212113/age-and-gender-dependency-of-physiological-networks-in-sleep
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Dagmar Krefting, Christoph Jansen, Thomas Penzel, Fang Han, Jan Kantelhardt
Recently, time delay stability analysis of biosignals has been successfully applied as a multivariate time series analysis method to assess the human physiological network in young adults. The degree of connectivity between different network nodes is described by the so-called link strength. Based on polysomnographic recordings (PSGs), it could be shown that the network changes with the sleep stage. Here, we apply the method to a large set of healthy controls spanning six decades of age. As it is well known, that the overall sleep architecture is dependent both on age and on gender, we particularly address the question, if these changes are also found in the network dynamics...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212091/multistability-and-bifurcation-analysis-of-inhibitory-coupled-cyclic-genetic-regulatory-networks-with-delays
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Guang Ling, Zhi-Hong Guan, Bin Hu, Qiang Lai, Yonghong Wu
Many biological systems have the conspicuous property to present more than one stable state and diverse rhythmic behaviors. A closed relationship between these complex dynamic behaviors and cyclic genetic structures has been witnessed by pioneering works. In this paper, a typical structure of inhibitory coupled cyclic genetic networks is introduced to further enlighten this mechanism of stability and biological rhythms of living cells. The coupled networks consist two identical cyclic genetic subnetworks, which inhibit each other directly...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211179/what-do-patients-think-about-the-role-of-optometrists-in-providing-advice-about-smoking-and-nutrition
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Laura E Downie, Amanda Douglass, Daryl Guest, Peter R Keller
PURPOSE: Tobacco smoking and nutrition are key lifestyle factors with long-term effects on eye health. However, little is known about patients' perceptions and experiences in these areas in relation to the care received from optometrists. The main aim was to survey patients' perceptions and prior experience regarding the role of optometrists in enquiring and providing advice about tobacco smoking and nutrition. METHODS: An anonymous, paper-based survey was distributed to a convenience sample of 225 adults attending the University of Melbourne eye care clinic...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211161/psoriasis-and-psoriasiform-eruptions-in-pediatric-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-treated-with-anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-agents
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Joshua B Eickstaedt, Luke Killpack, Jeanne Tung, Dawn Davis, Jennifer L Hand, Megha M Tollefson
BACKGROUND: Anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) agents are used to treat a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis. Paradoxically, numerous reports have documented new-onset or exacerbation of psoriasis or psoriasiform skin lesions (PSO) in patients treated with these agents for conditions other than PSO-particularly in adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Not much is known regarding similar cases in children. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on children younger than 19 years of age with IBD seen at the Mayo Clinic between 2003 and 2015 who developed new-onset or recurrent PSO while undergoing anti-TNF-α therapy...
February 17, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211059/a-multipolar-approach-to-the-interatomic-covalent-interaction-energy
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Evelio Francisco, Daniel Menéndez Crespo, Aurora Costales, Ángel Martín Pendás
Interatomic exchange-correlation energies correspond to the covalent energetic contributions to an interatomic interaction in real space theories of the chemical bond, but their widespread use is severely limited due to their computationally intensive character. In the same way as the multipolar (mp) expansion is customary used in biomolecular modeling to approximate the classical Coulomb interaction between two charge densities ρA(r) and ρB(r), we examine in this work the mp approach to approximate the interatomic exchange-correlation (xc) energies of the Interacting Quantum Atoms method...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211056/targeted-mass-media-interventions-promoting-healthy-behaviours-to-reduce-risk-of-non-communicable-diseases-in-adult-ethnic-minorities
#16
REVIEW
Annhild Mosdøl, Ingeborg B Lidal, Gyri H Straumann, Gunn E Vist
BACKGROUND: Physical activity, a balanced diet, avoidance of tobacco exposure, and limited alcohol consumption may reduce morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mass media interventions are commonly used to encourage healthier behaviours in population groups. It is unclear whether targeted mass media interventions for ethnic minority groups are more or less effective in changing behaviours than those developed for the general population. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of mass media interventions targeting adult ethnic minorities with messages about physical activity, dietary patterns, tobacco use or alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of NCDs...
February 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211044/antibiotic-use-as-a-marker-of-acute-infection-and-risk-of-first-and-recurrent-venous-thrombosis
#17
Jasmijn F Timp, Suzanne C Cannegieter, Vladimir Tichelaar, Sigrid K Braekkan, Frits R Rosendaal, Saskia le Cessie, Willem M Lijfering
A role for transient infections in the aetiology of venous thrombosis (VT) has been suggested. This study aimed to determine whether individuals who receive antibiotic treatment (as a proxy for infections) have an increased risk of first and recurrent VT and whether infections should be seen as a provoking risk factor for VT. We used the self-controlled case series method to study the risk of first VT during antibiotic prescriptions. The risk of recurrent VT during antibiotic use was estimated by of time-dependent Cox-regression...
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210934/adarri-a-novel-method-to-detect-spurious-r-peaks-in-the-electrocardiogram-for-heart-rate-variability-analysis-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#18
Dennis J Rebergen, Sunil B Nagaraj, Eric S Rosenthal, Matt T Bianchi, Michel J A M van Putten, M Brandon Westover
We developed a simple and fully automated method for detecting artifacts in the R-R interval (RRI) time series of the ECG that is tailored to the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. From ECG recordings of 50 adult ICU-subjects we selected 60 epochs with valid R-peak detections and 60 epochs containing artifacts leading to missed or false positive R-peak detections. Next, we calculated the absolute value of the difference between two adjacent RRIs (adRRI), and obtained the empirical probability distributions of adRRI values for valid R-peaks and artifacts...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210788/surgical-management-of-degenerative-meniscus-lesions-the-2016-esska-meniscus-consensus
#19
Ph Beaufils, R Becker, S Kopf, M Englund, R Verdonk, M Ollivier, R Seil
PURPOSE: A degenerative meniscus lesion is a slowly developing process typically involving a horizontal cleavage in a middle-aged or older person. When the knee is symptomatic, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy has been practised for a long time with many case series reporting improved patient outcomes. Since 2002, several randomised clinical trials demonstrated no additional benefit of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy compared to non-operative treatment, sham surgery or sham arthroscopic partial meniscectomy...
February 16, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210452/ewing-sarcoma-of-the-oral-cavity-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Maria Margaix-Muñoz, José Bagán, Rafael Poveda-Roda
OBJECTIVES: A review is made of the clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and survival characteristics of Ewing sarcoma (ES) of the oral cavity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was carried out, with restrictions referred to time (1960-2014), language (English and Spanish) and type of study (case reports, letters, datasets, reviews). The following MeSH terms and boolean operators were used: Ewing AND Sarcoma AND [tongue, jaw, maxilla, cheek, condyle OR temporomandibular, floor AND mouth, gum OR gingiva, palate OR palatal, lip, uvula, head AND neck]...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
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