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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
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Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913677/phlpping-through-history-a-decade-in-the-life-of-phlpp-phosphatases
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REVIEW
Agnieszka T Grzechnik, Alexandra C Newton
In the decade since their discovery, the PH domain leucine-rich repeat protein phosphatases (PHLPP) have emerged as critical regulators of cellular homeostasis, and their dysregulation is associated with various pathophysiologies, ranging from cancer to degenerative diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The two PHLPP isozymes, PHLPP1 and PHLPP2, were identified in a search for phosphatases that dephosphorylate Akt, and thus suppress growth factor signaling. However, given that there are over 200 000 phosphorylated residues in a single cell, and fewer than 50 Ser/Thr protein phosphatases, it is not surprising that PHLPP has many other cellular functions yet to be discovered, including a recently identified role in regulating the epigenome...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913673/structural-insights-into-functional-amyloid-inhibition-in-gram-ve-bacteria
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REVIEW
William Hawthorne, Sarah Rouse, Lee Sewell, Stephen J Matthews
Amyloids are proteinaceous aggregates known for their role in debilitating degenerative diseases involving protein dysfunction. Many forms of functional amyloid are also produced in nature and often these systems require careful control of their assembly to avoid the potentially toxic effects. The best-characterised functional amyloid system is the bacterial curli system. Three natural inhibitors of bacterial curli amyloid have been identified and recently characterised structurally. Here, we compare common structural features of CsgC, CsgE and CsgH and discuss the potential implications for general inhibition of amyloid...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913260/patients-preference-of-the-timed-up-and-go-tug-test-or-patient-reported-outcome-measures-proms-before-and-after-surgery-for-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
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Holger Joswig, Martin N Stienen, Nicolas R Smoll, Marco V Corniola, Ivan Chau, Karl Schaller, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
BACKGROUND: The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, as a measure of objective functional impairment in lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD), complements patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) of subjective functional impairment. METHODS: Prospective two-center study on consecutive patients scheduled for surgical treatment for lumbar DDD who underwent an objective (TUG test) and subjective (PROMs) functional assessment before, as well as one and three days after surgery...
November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911547/parametric-symmetry-breaking-in-a-nonlinear-resonator
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Anina Leuch, Luca Papariello, Oded Zilberberg, Christian L Degen, R Chitra, Alexander Eichler
Much of the physical world around us can be described in terms of harmonic oscillators in thermodynamic equilibrium. At the same time, the far-from-equilibrium behavior of oscillators is important in many aspects of modern physics. Here, we investigate a resonating system subject to a fundamental interplay between intrinsic nonlinearities and a combination of several driving forces. We have constructed a controllable and robust realization of such a system using a macroscopic doubly clamped string. We experimentally observe a hitherto unseen double hysteresis in both the amplitude and the phase of the resonator's response function and present a theoretical model that is in excellent agreement with the experiment...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911285/the-relation-between-chondromalacia-patella-and-meniscal-tear-and-the-sulcus-angle-trochlear-depth-ratio-as-a-powerful-predictor
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Hatice Resorlu, Coskun Zateri, Gurdal Nusran, Ferdi Goksel, Nilufer Aylanc
PURPOSE: To investigate the relation between chondromalacia patella and the sulcus angle/trochlear depth ratio as a marker of trochlear morphology. In addition, we also planned to show the relationship between meniscus damage, subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness as a marker of obesity, patellar tilt angle and chondromalacia patella. METHODS: Patients with trauma, rheumatologic disease, a history of knee surgery and patellar variations such as patella alba and patella baja were excluded...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910738/cartilage-repair-in-the-degenerative-ageing-knee
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Mats Brittberg, Andreas H Gomoll, José A Canseco, Jack Far, Martin Lind, James Hui
Background and purpose - Cartilage damage can develop due to trauma, resulting in focal chondral or osteochondral defects, or as more diffuse loss of cartilage in a generalized organ disease such as osteoarthritis. A loss of cartilage function and quality is also seen with increasing age. There is a spectrum of diseases ranging from focal cartilage defects with healthy surrounding cartilage to focal lesions in degenerative cartilage, to multiple and diffuse lesions in osteoarthritic cartilage. At the recent Aarhus Regenerative Orthopaedics Symposium (AROS) 2015, regenerative challenges in an ageing population were discussed by clinicians and basic scientists...
December 2, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909868/dental-age-estimation-in-the-living-after-completion-of-third-molar-mineralization-new-data-for-gustafson-s-criteria
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M Timme, W H Timme, A Olze, C Ottow, S Ribbecke, H Pfeiffer, R Dettmeyer, A Schmeling
There is a need for dental age estimation methods after completion of the third molar mineralization. Degenerative dental characteristics appear to be suitable for forensic age diagnostics beyond the 18th year of life. In 2012, Olze et al. investigated the criteria studied by Gustafson using orthopantomograms. The objective of this study was to prove the applicability and reliability of this method with a large cohort and a wide age range, including older individuals. For this purpose, 2346 orthopantomograms of 1167 female and 1179 male Germans aged 15 to 70 years were reviewed...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909658/minimally-invasive-surgery-for-lumbar-synovial-cysts-with-coexisting-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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Daniel R Denis, Daniel Hirt, Saumya Shah, Daniel C Lu, Langston T Holly
BACKGROUND: About one third of lumbar synovial cysts are associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Segmental instability is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis and recurrence of synovial cysts and lumbar fusion has been advocated as a treatment of choice in the presence of spondylolisthesis. In patients with spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive resection of lumbar synovial cysts, without fusion, could minimize surgically induced segmental instability while providing good pain relief...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909653/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-cervical-spine-under-represents-sagittal-plane-deformity-in-degenerative-myelopathy-patients
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Douglas S Weinberg, Arunit J Chugh, Jeremy J Gebhart, Jason D Eubanks
BACKGROUND: In treating patients with cervical myelopathy, surgical approach may be dictated by sagittal balance, highlighting the need for accurate pre-operative assessment. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is widely-recognized for its utility in the diagnosis and surgical planning of cervical myelopathy. Plain radiographs (X-rays) are a reliable tool to assess bony alignment. However, they may not always be included in standard pre-operative evaluation, especially in an era of restricted payer-environments...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909651/hybrid-decompression-and-fixation-technique-for-the-treatment-of-multisegmental-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Barón Zárate-Kalfopulos, Walter Araos-Silva, Alejandro Reyes-Sánchez, Luis Miguel Rosales-Olivarez, Armando Alpizar-Aguirre, Francisco Lopez Melendez
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondilotic myelopathy (CSM) is defined as the compromise of the spinal cord due to degenerative changes of the cervical spine. It is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in patients over 55 years. An early surgical management it is paramount to achieve better neurological outcome. There is still controversy regarding the appropriate surgical treatment for multisegmental CSM involving three or more levels. The hybrid decompression and fixation technique combines one or two level corpectomy and a single level discectomy in order to obtain optimum decompression and fixation in patients with multilevel cervical myelopathy...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909638/four-rod-instrumentation-for-treatment-of-charcot-spinal-arthropathy-causing-autonomic-dysreflexia-case-report-and-literature-review
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Stephanie Zyck, Gentian Toshkezi, John Pizzuti, Satya Marawar
Late complications of spinal cord injury can include Charcot arthropathy, in which spinal instability occurs as a result of repetitive trauma in the insensate spine. In rare cases, this can present as autonomic dysreflexia. We present the case of a 60-year-old man with longstanding C6 quadriplegia who presented with six months of hypertension, diaphoresis and dizziness. After an extensive workup, the patient's symptoms were attributed to autonomic dysreflexia in the setting of spinal instability from Charcot spinal arthropathy...
October 27, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908608/a-hospital-based-survey-of-patients-with-severe-valvular-heart-disease-in-china
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Po Hu, Xian-Bao Liu, Jie Liang, Qi-Feng Zhu, Chao-Xia Pu, Meng-Yao Tang, Jian-An Wang
OBJECTIVES: Due to increasing aging, the epidemiology of VHD may have changed in China. This study aimed to provide contemporary information on the prevalence, distribution patterns, and etiology of severe VHD in China. METHODS: This was a retrospective survey at Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, which included all consecutive patients between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: In all, 139,496 patients were enrolled. Among severe valve diseases, MR was the most frequent (n=946, 0...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908573/does-the-age-of-a-patient-affect-the-outcome-of-temporomandibular-joint-arthroscopic-surgery
#14
Jungsuk Cho, Howard Israel
PURPOSE: Although temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders encompass all age groups, it is generally considered to affect young to middle-age adults. The aim of this investigation was to study patients who met the criteria for TMJ arthroscopy and to determine whether there was a difference in outcomes between younger and older patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of patients who underwent TMJ operative arthroscopy. The primary variable studied was patient age...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908218/risk-factors-for-dural-tears-a-study-of-elective-spine-surgery
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Meghan E Murphy, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Brandon A McCutcheon, Patrick R Maloney, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Daniel Shepherd, Daniel S Ubl, William E Krauss, Elizabeth B Habermann, Mohamad Bydon
OBJECTIVE: This study moves beyond previous cohort studies and benchmark data by studying a population of elective spine surgery from a multicenter registry in an effort to validate, disprove, and/or identify novel risk factors for dural tears. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis queried a multicenter registry for patients with degenerative spinal diagnoses undergoing elective spinal surgery from 2010-2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis interrogated for independent risk factors of dural tears...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907828/surgical-apgar-score-in-patients-undergoing-lumbar-fusion-for-degenerative-spine-diseases
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Chien-Yu Ou, Shih-Yuan Hsu, Jian-Hao Huang, Yu-Hua Huang
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar fusion is a procedure broadly performed for degenerative diseases of spines, but it is not without significant morbidities. Surgical Apgar Score (SAS), based on intraoperative blood loss, blood pressure, and heart rate, was developed for prognostic prediction in general and vascular operations. We aimed to examine whether the application of SAS in patients undergoing fusion procedures for degeneration of lumbar spines predicts in-hospital major complications. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-nine patients that underwent lumbar fusion operation for spine degeneration were enrolled in this retrospective study...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906743/vertebral-body-hounsfield-units-are-associated-with-cage-subsidence-after-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-with-unilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation
#17
Jie Mi, Kang Li, Xin Zhao, Chang-Qing Zhao, Hua Li, Jie Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between Hounsfield units (HU) measurement and cage subsidence after lumbar interbody fusion. BACKGROUND: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) with unilateral fixation becomes a popular treatment modality for lumbar degenerative disease. Cage subsidence is a potentially devastating complication after lumbar interbody fusion with unilateral fixation. Recently, a new technique for assessing bone mineral density using HU values from computed tomography has been proposed...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906462/histopathological-evaluation-of-skeletal-muscle-with-specific-reference-to-mouse-models-of-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Rebecca L Terry, Dominic J Wells
The muscular dystrophies are a diverse group of degenerative diseases for which many mouse models are available. These models are frequently used to assess potential therapeutic interventions and histological evaluation of multiple muscles is an important part of this assessment. Histological evaluation is especially useful when combined with tests of muscle function. This unit describes a protocol for necropsy, processing, cryosectioning, and histopathological evaluation of murine skeletal muscles, which is applicable to both models of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905353/-twenty-five-years-of-the-amyloid-hypothesis-of-alzheimer-disease-advances-failures-and-new-perspectives
#19
O S Levin, E E Vasenina
Amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been long the primary one. During the 25-year history the concept has been dramatically changed. Accumulation of β-amyloid is associated not only with the disruption of its synthesis (as it seemed after the discovery of genetic mechanisms of some familial cases of AD) but rather with the disruption of its clearance and elimination from the brain tissue via the microcirculatory system. It has been recognized that soluble oligomers of β-amyloid, but not senile plaques that consisted of insoluble conjugates described by A...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904719/does-cruciate-retaining-total-knee-arthroplasty-show-better-quadriceps-recovery-than-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty-objective-measurement-with-a-dynamometer-in-102-knees
#20
Kye-Youl Cho, Kang-Il Kim, Sang-Jun Song, Dae-Kyung Bae
BACKGROUND: Cruciate-retaining (CR) prostheses have been considered to produce more physiologic femoral rollback, provide better proprioception, and result in better quadriceps recovery than posterior-stabilized (PS) prostheses after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, there are very few studies demonstrating these benefits in an objective manner. We investigated whether CR-TKA could result in (1) better quadriceps recovery; (2) a greater proportion of patients with beyond the preoperative level of recovery; and (3) better clinical outcomes than PS-TKA...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
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