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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434192/modified-ipswich-procedure-patient-perceived-benefit-and-surgical-outcomes-in-a-series-of-ten-patients
#1
Blazej Staniszewski, Richard Green, Graeme Sharpe, Paul White
Acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLO) causes symptoms of epiphora which can be associated with stickiness, dacryocystitis and interference with tear film causing visual blurring [1]. The annual incidence rate of NLO is 20 per 100,000, with the majority of patients being females above the age of 66 years [2]. While the aetiology is usually unknown, the site of obstruction is more commonly distal and invariably amenable to treatment by DCR surgery [3-4]. Proximal NLO at the level of the cancaliculi is less common but may still be treatable by extended DCR techniques including canalulostomy...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434111/idh-mutation-and-1p19q-codeletion-distinguish-two-radiological-patterns-of-diffuse-low-grade-gliomas
#2
Amélie Darlix, Jérémy Deverdun, Nicolas Menjot de Champfleur, Florence Castan, Sonia Zouaoui, Valérie Rigau, Michel Fabbro, Yordanka Yordanova, Emmanuelle Le Bars, Luc Bauchet, Catherine Gozé, Hugues Duffau
Diffuse low-grade gliomas (DLGG) prognosis is variable, depending on several factors, including the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutation and the 1p19q codeletion. A few studies suggested associations between these parameters and tumor radiological characteristics including topography. Our aim was analyzing the correlations between the IDH and 1p19q statuses and the tumor intracerebral distribution (at the lobar and voxel levels), volume, and borders. We conducted a retrospective, monocentric study on a consecutive series of 198 DLGG patients...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433786/mucoadhesive-tetrahydrocannabinol-loaded-nlc-formulation-optimization-and-long-term-physicochemical-stability
#3
Ghaith Hommoss, Sung Min Pyo, Rainer H Müller
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is used to treat pain in cancer patients. On the market there are mainly oral formulations. Especially to treat the problematic breakthrough pain in cancer, an easy applicable formulation with fast onset is desired. This formulation was developed as an aqueous nasal spray using nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC). The NLC were prepared with cetyl palmitate, having good miscibility with the oily THC and yielding particles with 1 year physical long-term stability. To make the particles mucoadhesive, small particles with diameters of about 200 nm were produced and additionally their surface positively charged using a cationic stabilizer...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432762/microvascular-replantation-of-head-and-neck-amputated-parts-a-systematic-review
#4
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Johnny I Efanov, Ixchel J Montoya, Ke N Huang, Charles Guertin, Patrick G Harris, Joseph Bou-Merhi, Alain M Danino
BACKGROUND: As opposed to upper and lower extremity amputations representing a considerable volume of admissions, the prowess of microsurgeons is seldom solicited in complex cases of head and neck replantation. Our aim was to determine the rate of successful replantation of craniofacial parts in a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of English literature using PubMed/MEDLINE for every replantation of a head and neck parts...
April 22, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431517/sharp-bounds-on-sufficient-cause-interactions-under-the-assumption-of-no-redundancy
#5
Wen-Chung Lee
BACKGROUND: Sufficient-cause interaction is a type of interaction that has received much attention recently. The sufficient component cause model on which the sufficient-cause interaction is based is however a non-identifiable model. Estimating the interaction parameters from the model is mathematically impossible. METHODS: In this paper, I derive bounding formulae for sufficient-cause interactions under the assumption of no redundancy. RESULTS: Two real data sets are used to demonstrate the method (R codes provided)...
April 21, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431486/evaluating-the-operational-risks-of-biomedical-waste-using-failure-mode-and-effects-analysis
#6
Ying-Chu Chen, Pei-Yi Tsai
The potential problems and risks of biomedical waste generation have become increasingly apparent in recent years. This study applied a failure mode and effects analysis to evaluate the operational problems and risks of biomedical waste. The microbiological contamination of biomedical waste seldom receives the attention of researchers. In this study, the biomedical waste lifecycle was divided into seven processes: Production, classification, packaging, sterilisation, weighing, storage, and transportation. Twenty main failure modes were identified in these phases and risks were assessed based on their risk priority numbers...
April 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431164/low-activity-microstates-during-sleep
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Hiroyuki Miyawaki, Yazan N Billeh, Kamran Diba
Study Objectives: To better understand the distinct activity patterns of the brain during sleep, we observed and investigated periods of diminished oscillatory and population spiking activity lasting for seconds during non-REM sleep, which we call "LOW" activity sleep. Methods: We analyzed spiking and local field potential (LFP) activity of hippocampal CA1 region alongside neocortical electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG) in 19 sessions from four male Long-Evans rats (262-363g) during natural wake/sleep across the 24-hr cycle, as well as data from other brain regions obtained from http://crcns...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431141/grade-and-location-of-power-doppler-are-predictive-of-damage-progression-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-in-clinical-remission-by-anti-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE
#8
Bernd Raffeiner, Enrico Grisan, Costantino Botsios, Roberto Stramare, Gaia Rizzo, Livio Bernardi, Leonardo Punzi, Francesca Ometto, Andrea Doria
Objectives.: To investigate power Doppler (PD) signal, grade and location and their association with radiographic progression in RA patients in remission. Methods: . A prospective observational study was conducted in 125 consecutive RA patients in stable 28-joint DAS (DAS28) remission (⩾6 months) achieved on anti-TNF-α. At baseline, patients in stable remission underwent radiographic and US examination of the wrists and MCP, PIP and MTP joints. Semi-quantitative PD scoring (0-3) was recorded...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430716/simultaneous-multislice-accelerated-turbo-spin-echo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-and-combination-with-in-plane-parallel-imaging-acceleration-for-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee
#9
Jan Fritz, Benjamin Fritz, Jialu Zhang, Gaurav K Thawait, Dharmdev H Joshi, Li Pan, Dingxin Wang
PURPOSE: We prospectively quantified the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of integrated parallel acquisition technique (PAT) and simultaneous multislice (SMS) acceleration and various combinations thereof, and we further compared two 4-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS2) high-resolution turbo spin echo (TSE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols of the knee against a clinical 2-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS1) TSE standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained, and all subjects gave informed consent...
April 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430561/association-of-gii-p16-gii-2-recombinant-norovirus-strain-with-increased-norovirus-outbreaks-guangdong-china-2016
#10
Jing Lu, Ling Fang, Limei Sun, Hanri Zeng, Yanling Li, Huanying Zheng, Siwei Wu, Feng Yang, Tie Song, Jinyan Lin, Changwen Ke, Yonghui Zhang, Jan Vinjé, Hui Li
An unusual prevalence of recombinant GII.2 noroviruses (GII.P16-GII.2) in Guangdong, China, at the end of 2016 caused a sharp increase in outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis. This event was another non-GII.4 epidemic that emerged after the GII.17 viruses in 2014 and 2015 and warrants global surveillance.
July 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430275/concave-gold-bipyramids-bound-with-multiple-high-index-facets-improved-raman-and-catalytic-activities
#11
Xiaolin Kang, Qifeng Ruan, Han Zhang, Feng Bao, Jun Guo, Minghua Tang, Si Cheng, Jianfang Wang
Concave nanocrystals usually exhibit a large electromagnetic-field enhancement and superior catalytic performance due to their sharp corners, negative curvature and high-index facets. Conventional gold bipyramids (AuBPs) possess intriguing plasmonic properties which are attractive for various applications while the surface curvature of the reported bipyramids has not been fine-tuned to concave or convex structures to date. Additionally, the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelengths of conventional AuBPs are mostly located in the range of 650-1350 nm and the sizes of these nanoparticles are usually not beyond 350 nm, which are not facilitated to some nano-focusing and nanophotonic applications...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430268/controlling-the-self-folding-of-a-polymer-sheet-using-a-local-heater-the-effect-of-the-polymer-heater-interface
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Jianxun Cui, Shanshan Yao, Qijin Huang, John G M Adams, Yong Zhu
Self-folding of a pre-strained shape memory polymer (SMP) sheet was demonstrated using local joule heating. Folding is caused by shrinkage variation across the thickness of the SMP sheet. The folding direction can be controlled by the interfacial interaction between the heater and the SMP sheet. When the heater is placed on the SMP sheet with no constraint (weak interface), the SMP sheet folds toward the heater. Temperature gradient across the SMP thickness gives rise to the shrinkage variation. By contrast, when the heater is fixed to the SMP sheet (strong interface), the SMP sheet can fold away from the heater...
April 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430238/microsensors-based-on-a-whispering-gallery-mode-in-algan-microdisks-undercut-by-hydrogen-environment-thermal-etching
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Tetsuya Kouno, Masaru Sakai, Hoshi Takeshima, Sho Suzuki, Akihiko Kikuchi, Katsumi Kishino, Kazuhiko Hara
AlGaN microdisks were fabricated via a top-down process using electron-beam lithography, inductively coupled plasma reactive-ion etching, and hydrogen-environment thermal etching from commercial epitaxial wafers with a 100-300 nm thick AlGaN layer grown on a c-plane GaN layer by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The hydrogen-environment thermal etching performed well in undercutting the AlGaN microdisks owing to the selective etching for the GaN layer. The AlGaN microdisks acted as the whispering gallery mode (WGM) optical microresonators, exhibiting sharp resonant peaks in room temperature photoluminescence spectra...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430071/genetic-fingerprints-and-national-security
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Beau P Sperry, Megan Allyse, Richard R Sharp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429817/investigation-of-bacterial-viability-from-incubated-saliva-by-application-of-flow-cytometry-and-hyphenated-separation-techniques
#15
Bogusław Buszewski, Maciej Milanowski, Tomasz Ligor, Paweł Pomastowski
The aim of the study was determination of bacterial viability in saliva samples and finding a correlation between microbiological and volatile profiles of saliva depending on incubation time. Bacteria colonizing healthy oral cavities were also identified. Twelve healthy adults donated unstimulated saliva samples. Flow cytometry, optical density measurements and colony-forming unit (CFU) counting method were employed for analyses of native and inoculated saliva after 0, 1, 2, 24 and 48 h of incubation. Volatile profiles were acquired using headspace-solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC/MS)...
April 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429710/life-cycle-assessment-needs-predictive-spatial-modelling-for-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services
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Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Sarah Sim, Perrine Hamel, Benjamin Bryant, Ryan Noe, Carina Mueller, Giles Rigarlsford, Michal Kulak, Virginia Kowal, Richard Sharp, Julie Clavreul, Edward Price, Stephen Polasky, Mary Ruckelshaus, Gretchen Daily
International corporations in an increasingly globalized economy exert a major influence on the planet's land use and resources through their product design and material sourcing decisions. Many companies use life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate their sustainability, yet commonly-used LCA methodologies lack the spatial resolution and predictive ecological information to reveal key impacts on climate, water and biodiversity. We present advances for LCA that integrate spatially explicit modelling of land change and ecosystem services in a Land-Use Change Improved (LUCI)-LCA...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429345/a-peculiar-case-of-diffuse-hemangiomatosis-of-the-left-hepatic-lobe-in-an-asymptomatic-adult-patient-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
A Guerra, A Infante, E Rinninella, I Spinelli, M A Mazziotti, A M De Gaetano, M Pompili, L Bonomo
We report a rare case of diffuse hepatic hemangiomatosis (DHH) of the left hepatic lobe coexistent with giant hepatic hemangioma and without extra-hepatic involvement in an asymptomatic adult patient. Liver hemangiomas are the most common benign liver tumors. However, DHH without extra-hepatic involvement has rarely been reported in adults. Furthermore, giant hepatic hemangioma coexistent with DHH is even uncommon, although an association between hemangiomatosis and giant hepatic hemangiomas may be supposed...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428786/challenge-of-humans-with-wild-type-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-elicits-changes-in-the-activation-and-homing-characteristics-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells
#18
Rosângela Salerno-Goncalves, David Luo, Stephanie Fresnay, Laurence Magder, Thomas C Darton, Claire Jones, Claire S Waddington, Christoph J Blohmke, Brian Angus, Myron M Levine, Andrew J Pollard, Marcelo B Sztein
Gastrointestinal infections by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) are rare in industrialized countries. However, they remain a major public health problem in the developing world with an estimated 26.9 million new cases annually and significant mortality when untreated. Recently, we provided the first direct evidence that CD8(+) MAIT cells are activated and have the potential to kill cells exposed to S. Typhi, and that these responses are dependent on bacterial load. However, MAIT cell kinetics and function during bacterial infections in humans remain largely unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428546/influence-of-intermixing-at-the-ta-cofeb-interface-on-spin-hall-angle-in-ta-cofeb-mgo-heterostructures
#19
Monika Cecot, Łukasz Karwacki, Witold Skowroński, Jarosław Kanak, Jerzy Wrona, Antoni Żywczak, Lide Yao, Sebastiaan Dijken, Józef Barnaś, Tomasz Stobiecki
When a current is passed through a non-magnetic metal with strong spin-orbit coupling, an orthogonal spin current is generated. This spin current can be used to switch the magnetization of an adjacent ferromagnetic layer or drive its magnetization into continuous precession. The interface, which is not necessarily sharp, and the crystallographic structure of the nonmagnetic metal can both affect the strength of current-induced spin-orbit torques. Here, we investigate the effects of interface intermixing and film microstructure on spin-orbit torques in perpendicularly magnetized Ta/Co40Fe40B20/MgO trilayers with different Ta layer thickness (5 nm, 10 nm, 15 nm), greater than the spin diffusion length...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428212/a-novel-mri-biomarker-of-spinal-cord-white-matter-injury-t2-weighted-white-matter-to-gray-matter-signal-intensity-ratio
#20
A R Martin, B De Leener, J Cohen-Adad, D W Cadotte, S Kalsi-Ryan, S F Lange, L Tetreault, A Nouri, A Crawley, D J Mikulis, H Ginsberg, M G Fehlings
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: T2*-weighted imaging provides sharp contrast between spinal cord GM and WM, allowing their segmentation and cross-sectional area measurement. Injured WM demonstrates T2*WI hyperintensity but requires normalization for quantitative use. We introduce T2*WI WM/GM signal-intensity ratio and compare it against cross-sectional area, the DTI metric fractional anisotropy, and magnetization transfer ratio in degenerative cervical myelopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy and 40 healthy subjects underwent 3T MR imaging, covering C1-C7...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
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