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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340484/engineering-of-layered-lipid-encapsulated-drug-nanoparticles-through-spray-drying
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Mahak Sapra, Y S Mayya, Chandra Venkataraman
Drug-containing nanoparticles have been synthesized through the spray-drying of submicron droplet aerosols by using matrix materials such as lipids and biopolymers. Understanding layer formation in composite nanoparticles is essential for the appropriate engineering of particle substructures. The present study developed a droplet-shrinkage model for predicting the solid-phase formation of two non-volatile solutes-stearic acid lipid and a set of drugs, by considering molecular volume and solubility. Nanoparticle formation was simulated to define the parameter space of material properties and process conditions for the formation of a layered structure with the preferential accumulation of the lipid in the outer layer...
March 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340375/repetitive-tms-in-right-sensorimotor-areas-affects-the-selection-and-completion-of-contralateral-movements
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Maria Gutierrez-Herrera, Styrmir Saevarsson, Thomas Huber, Joachim Hermsdörfer, Waltraud Stadler
Although the existence of directional motor deficits (DMD) associated with movement planning and/or execution seems to be widely recognized, neglect and single cell studies examining their neuroanatomical foundation have produced contradictory and inconclusive findings. The present study assessed the occurrence of DMD following the application of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over two regions, as commonly reported in the neglect literature, namely the right middle frontal gyrus (rMFG) and the right angular gyrus (rAG)...
February 24, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340349/structure-reveals-mechanisms-of-viral-suppressors-that-intercept-a-crispr-rna-guided-surveillance-complex
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Saikat Chowdhury, Joshua Carter, MaryClare F Rollins, Sarah M Golden, Ryan N Jackson, Connor Hoffmann, Lyn'Al Nosaka, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Karen L Maxwell, Alan R Davidson, Elizabeth R Fischer, Gabriel C Lander, Blake Wiedenheft
Genetic conflict between viruses and their hosts drives evolution and genetic innovation. Prokaryotes evolved CRISPR-mediated adaptive immune systems for protection from viral infection, and viruses have evolved diverse anti-CRISPR (Acr) proteins that subvert these immune systems. The adaptive immune system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (type I-F) relies on a 350 kDa CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-guided surveillance complex (Csy complex) to bind foreign DNA and recruit a trans-acting nuclease for target degradation. Here, we report the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the Csy complex bound to two different Acr proteins, AcrF1 and AcrF2, at an average resolution of 3...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340333/the-randomized-crm-an-approach-to-overcoming-the-long-memory-property-of-the-crm
#4
Joseph S Koopmeiners, Andrew Wey
The primary object of a Phase I clinical trial is to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD). Typically, the MTD is identified using a dose-escalation study, where initial subjects are treated at the lowest dose level and subsequent subjects are treated at progressively higher dose levels until the MTD is identified. The continual reassessment method (CRM) is a popular model-based dose-escalation design, which utilizes a formal model for the relationship between dose and toxicity to guide dose finding. Recently, it was shown that the CRM has a tendency to get "stuck" on a dose level, with little escalation or de-escalation in the late stages of the trial, due to the long-memory property of the CRM...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340328/the-role-of-auxin-response-factors-in-the-development-and-differential-growth-of-inflorescence-stems
#5
Nicholas S Carey, Naden T Krogan
Plants react to environmental cues by altering their growth and development, which can include organ tropic responses. These differential growth responses are triggered by the hormone auxin, and AUXIN RESPONSE FACTORs (ARFs) have been implicated in numerous organ tropisms in Arabidopsis thaliana. Surprisingly, despite being critical for light capture and overall plant morphology, inflorescence stem tropic responses remain relatively understudied, with presumed direct links to ARF function yet to be established...
March 24, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340218/user-centered-design-of-discharge-warnings-tool-for-colorectal-surgery-patients
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Aanand D Naik, Molly J Horstman, Linda T Li, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Bryan Campbell, Whitney L Mills, Levi I Herman, Daniel A Anaya, Barbara W Trautner, David H Berger
Objectives: Readmission following colorectal surgery, typically due to surgery-related complications, is common. Patient-centered discharge warnings may guide recognition of early complication signs after colorectal surgery. Materials and Methods: User-centered design of a discharge warnings tool consisted of iterative health literacy review and a heuristic evaluation with human factors and clinical experts as well as patient end users to establish content validity and usability...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340160/safety-of-fluoroscopy-guided-transseptal-approach-for-ablation-of-left-sided-arrhythmias
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Zviad Matoshvili, Hamid Bastani, Tara Bourke, Frieder Braunschweig, Nikola Drca, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Per Insulander, Anette Jemtrén, Göran Kennebäck, Ott Saluveer, Jonas Schwieler, Jari Tapanainen, Christer Wredlert, Mats Jensen-Urstad
Aims: The transseptal approach is used for left atrial access during the ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other left-sided arrhythmia substrates. Transseptal puncture (TP) is commonly performed with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring. In many centres, additional techniques [intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), radiofrequency needle] are used to facilitate TP but its use adds costs. In this retrospective study, we studied the safety and complication rate when TP was routinely done with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring using ICE or TEE only in selected cases...
March 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340121/atrioventricular-nodal-echoes-over-a-wide-echo-window-as-a-therapeutic-end-point-for-the-catheter-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentrant-tachycardia-a-prospective-study
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Mohammad Hossein Nikoo, Armin Attar, Mohammad Pourmontaseri, Mohammad Vahid Jorat, Mohammad Kafi
Aims: In previous retrospective studies, it was shown that the presence of residual single atrioventricular node (AVN) echoes with an echo zone longer than 30 ms may increase the rate of recurrence after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of slow pathway in patients with AVN reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). Based on that, some centres perform additional RFA in these patients. However, this opinion has never been tested prospectively and many centres do not perform re-ablation in these patients...
March 15, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340101/dietary-assessment-in-minority-ethnic-groups-a-systematic-review-of-instruments-for-portion-size-estimation-in-the-united-kingdom
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Eva Almiron-Roig, Amanda Aitken, Catherine Galloway, Basma Ellahi
Dietary assessment in minority ethnic groups is critical for surveillance programs and for implementing effective interventions. A major challenge is the accurate estimation of portion sizes for traditional foods and dishes. : The aim of this systematic review was to assess records published up to 2014 describing a portion-size estimation element (PSEE) applicable to the dietary assessment of UK-residing ethnic minorities. : Electronic databases, internet sites, and theses repositories were searched, generating 5683 titles, from which 57 eligible full-text records were reviewed...
March 14, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340018/air-embolism-ct-guided-lung-biopsy
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Hiroki Matsuura, Atsushi Takaishi, Nobuhiko Oonishi, Yukari Nakano, Kenzo Kagawa, Naoaki Matsuo, Tatsuya Yamaji, Yuichi Kato, Kazuna Hayashi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339998/executive-functioning-in-pediatric-chronic-pain-do-deficits-exist
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Karen E Weiss, Cynthia Harbeck-Weber, Michael J Zaccariello, Jacqueline N Kimondo, Tracy E Harrison, Barbara K Bruce
Objective. : Despite ample research documenting deficits in executive functioning for adults with chronic pain, the literature on pediatric patients with chronic pain is limited and provides mixed results. The current study sought to further investigate the nature of executive dysfunction in this population and also examine the relationships between pain intensity, duration, and catastrophizing with sustained attention, working memory, and self- and parent-report of executive functioning...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339989/pain-management-strategies-and-health-care-use-in-community-dwelling-individuals-living-with-chronic-pain
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Elizabeth G Mann, Ana Johnson, Ian Gilron, Elizabeth G VanDenKerkhof
Objective. : To describe factors associated with high clinic and emergency room (ER) use among individuals with chronic pain. Design. : This study is part of a larger cross-sectional survey on the epidemiology of chronic pain in Canada. The current analysis was guided by the Andersen-Newman Service Utilization Model. Methods. : Respondents (N = 702) were grouped into high (top 10%) and low (bottom 90%) users based on the number of visits made to clinics and ERs over the past year...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339975/the-pain-interprofessional-curriculum-design-model
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Judy Watt-Watson, Leila Lax, Robyn Davies, Sylvia Langlois, Jon Oskarsson, Lalitha Raman-Wilms
Objective.:  Although the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain has successfully implemented an Interfaculty Pain Curriculum since 2002, we have never formalized the process in a design model. Therefore, our primary aim was to develop a model that provided an overview of dynamic, interrelated elements that have been important in our experience. A secondary purpose was to use the model to frame an interactive workshop for attendees interested in developing their own pain curricula...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339971/intracardiac-echocardiography-catheter-guided-zero-fluoroscopy-transeptal-puncture-technique-for-ablation-of-left-sided-accessory-pathway-in-a-pregnant-woman
#14
Luca Rossi, Diego Penela, Giovanni Quinto Villani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339949/bone-biopsy-practice-patterns-across-europe-the-european-renal-osteodystrophy-initiative-a-position-paper
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Pieter Evenepoel, Patrick D'Haese, Justine Bacchetta, Jorge Cannata-Andia, Anibal Ferreira, Mathias Haarhaus, Sandro Mazzaferro, Marie-Helene Lafage Proust, Syazrah Salam, Goce Spasovski, Mario Cozzolino
Renal osteodystrophy (ROD) is a heterogeneous group of metabolic bone diseases complicating progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Bone biomarkers and bone imaging techniques may help to assess bone health and predict fractures in CKD but do have important inherent limitations. By informing on bone turnover and mineralization, a bone biopsy may help to guide prevention and treatment of ROD and its consequences. According to a recent survey conducted among European nephrologists, bone biopsies are performed rather exceptionally, both for clinical and research purposes...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339905/comment-on-perforator-guided-drug-injection-in-the-treatment-of-abdominal-wall-pain
#16
Veena Anand Kini, Saravanakumar Kanakarajan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339752/testing-shoulder-pain-mapping
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Levent Bayam, Rajendra Arumilli, Ian Horsley, Fatma Bayam, Lee Herrington, Lennard Funk
Objective. : A previous study on shoulder pain mapping showed specific pain patterns for common shoulder disorders. This study aimed to test those patterns for accuracy, modify shoulder pain mapping as needed, and observe their reliability and validity. Methods. : This prospective study used a two-step process and was undertaken to determine its potential utility in daily practice. New shoulder pain patients marked their pain, its character and severity, on a custom-made mapping form...
February 22, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339750/downstream-overdrive-pacing-and-intracardiac-concealed-fusion-to-guide-rapid-identification-of-atrial-tachycardia-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Chirag R Barbhaiya, Samuel H Baldinger, Saurabh Kumar, Jason S Chinitz, Alan D Enriquez, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
Aims: Atrial tachycardia (AT) related to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation frequently poses a diagnostic challenge. Downstream overdrive pacing (DOP) can be used to rapidly detect reentry and assess proximity of a pacing site to an AT circuit or focus. We hypothesized that systematic DOP using multielectrode catheters would facilitate AT mapping. Methods and results: DOP identified constant fusion when the post-pacing interval (PPI)-tachycardia cycle length (TCL) <40 ms and stimulus to adjacent upstream atrial electrogram interval >75% of TCL...
February 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339738/a-multi-biomarker-score-measuring-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-tapering-adalimumab-or-etanercept-predictive-value-for-clinical-and-radiographic-outcomes
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Chantal A M Bouman, Aatke van der Maas, Noortje van Herwaarden, Eric H Sasso, Frank H J van den Hoogen, Alfons A den Broeder
Objective.: The aim was to evaluate the predictive value of the baseline multi-biomarker disease activity (MBDA) score in long-standing RA patients with low disease activity tapering TNF inhibitors (TNFi) for successful tapering or discontinuation, occurrence of flare and major flare, and radiographic progression. Methods.: Dose REduction Strategies of Subcutaneous TNF inhibitors (Dutch Trial Register, NTR 3216) is an 18-month non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing tapering of TNFi until discontinuation or flaring with usual care (UC) in long-standing RA patients with stable low disease activity...
February 22, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339637/provider-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-psychosocial-risk-screening-in-pediatric-cancer
#20
Anne E Kazak, Lamia P Barakat, Martha A Askins, Maureen McCafferty, Alyssa Lattomus, Nicole Ruppe, Janet Deatrick
Objective:  Psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. This qualitative descriptive study identified how multidisciplinary pediatric oncology health-care providers perceive psychosocial risk screening to identify factors in uptake and implementation. Methods:  A script guided digitally recorded (transcribed) interviews regarding psychosocial screening and challenges to facilitators of screening. Participants were 15 multidisciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistant) at nine sites, three using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool© for research and six for clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
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