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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780836/defining-platelet-rich-plasma-usage-by-team-physicians-in-elite-athletes
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David E Kantrowitz, Ajay S Padaki, Christopher S Ahmad, T Sean Lynch
Background: The indications for the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are vaguely defined despite the frequency of its use as a treatment for athletes. While select studies have advocated for its efficacy, the majority of orthopaedic research conducted on the topic has been equivocal. Purpose: To define the use of PRP in elite athletes by team physicians from professional sports leagues. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: A survey assessing treatment timing, usage patterns, indications, and complications was generated by fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780582/the-convergent-epidemiology-of-tuberculosis-and-human-cytomegalovirus-infection
#2
Frank Cobelens, Nico Nagelkerke, Helen Fletcher
Although several factors are known to increase the risk of tuberculosis, the occurrence of tuberculosis disease in an infected individual is difficult to predict. We hypothesize that active human cytomegalovirus infection due to recent infection, reinfection or reactivation plays an epidemiologically relevant role in the aetiology of tuberculosis by precipitating the progression from latent tuberculosis infection to disease. The most compelling support for this hypothesis comes from the striking similarity in age-sex distribution between the two infections, important because the age-sex pattern of tuberculosis disease progression has not been convincingly explained...
2018: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778656/laxity-and-contact-forces-of-total-knee-designed-for-anatomic-motion-a-cadaveric-study
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Gaia Salvadore, Patrick A Meere, Matthias A Verstraete, Jan Victor, Peter S Walker
BACKGROUND: Total knee designs that attempt to reproduce more physiological knee kinematics are gaining attention given their possible improvement in functional outcomes. This study examined if a total knee designed for anatomic motion, where the soft tissue balancing was intended to replicate anatomical tibiofemoral contact forces, can more closely reproduce the laxity of the native knee. METHODS: In an ex-vivo setting, the laxity envelope of the knees from nine lower extremity specimens was measured using a rig that reproduced surgical conditions...
May 16, 2018: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778468/herd-level-associations-between-human-animal-relationship-management-fecal-cortisol-metabolites-and-udder-health-of-organic-dairy-cows
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S Ivemeyer, C Simantke, A Ebinghaus, P H Poulsen, J T Sorensen, T Rousing, R Palme, U Knierim
Impact patterns of human-animal relationship (HAR) and herd stress level on udder health were investigated in a cross-sectional study on 30 German and Danish organic dairy herds also taking into account influencing factors regarding housing and management. Cow behavior (avoidance distance, tolerance to tactile interaction, release behavior) was assessed in tests, milkers' behavior recorded during milking, and information about contacts with animals during routine work gathered by interview. Additionally, stockpersons' attitudes were recorded via questionnaires...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778236/challenges-in-implementation-of-institutional-protocols-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#5
REVIEW
Atman P Shah, Sandeep Nathan
The diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) encompasses ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation ACS (non-STEMI and unstable angina). In recent years, there have been improvements in the rates of death, cardiogenic shock, and recurrent myocardial infarction in patients with ACS, primarily due to the introduction of new pharmacological and interventional therapies, as well as the introduction of and adherence to new treatment guidelines. However, ACS still represents a considerable public health burden...
April 17, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775830/characterization-of-metals-in-indoor-dusts-from-electronic-workshops-cybercaf%C3%A3-s-and-offices-in-southern-nigeria-implications-for-on-site-human-exposure
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Chukwujindu M A Iwegbue, Grace Obi, Onoriode O Emoyan, Eze W Odali, Francis E Egobueze, Godswill O Tesi, Godwin E Nwajei, Bice S Martincigh
The levels of Cd, Pb, Cr, Ni, Cu, Co, Ba, Mn, Zn, Al and Fe were evaluated in indoor dusts from electronic workshops, cybercafés and offices in southern Nigeria. The study was aimed at providing information on the distribution patterns, and the associated risks that may arise from exposure of humans to these metals in indoor dusts from the three work environments. The dust samples were digested with aqua-regia and analyzed for the metal concentrations by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES)...
May 15, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773434/tinea-blepharo-ciliaris-in-a-13-year-old-girl-caused-by-trichophyton-benhamiae
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Fang-Ying Wang, Pei-Lun Sun
Tinea blepharo-ciliaris is a rare form of dermatophyte infection which involves eyelids and associated eyelashes. We report a 13-year-old girl with type I diabetes mellitus who had right eyelid swelling and eyelash loss for two weeks. The lesions were presented as erythematous patches with scales and tiny pustules on the right upper and lower eyelids with broken eyelashes. Two additional annular erythematous patches with scaly active borders were found on her right forearm and right thigh. Microscopic examination of broken eyelashes demonstrated many chains of arthroconidia and hyaline hyphae in an endothrix invasion pattern...
May 14, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771630/septins-regulate-junctional-integrity-of-endothelial-monolayers
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Joanna Kim, John A Cooper
Junctional integrity of endothelial monolayers is crucial to control movement of molecules and cells across the endothelium. Examining the structure and dynamics of cell junctions in endothelial monolayers, we discovered a role for septins. Contacts between adjacent endothelial cells were dynamic, with protrusions extending above or below neighboring cells. VE-cadherin was present at cell junctions, with a membrane-associated layer of F-actin. Septins localized at cell-junction membranes, in patterns distinct from VE-cadherin and F-actin...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769054/factors-associated-with-social-participation-amongst-elders-in-rural-sri-lanka-a-cross-sectional-mixed-methods-analysis
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Celeste Marsh, Paul A Agius, Gamini Jayakody, Roshan Shajehan, Chandima Abeywickrema, Kelly Durrant, Stanley Luchters, Wendy Holmes
BACKGROUND: Populations of low and middle-income countries are ageing rapidly; there is a need for policies that support an increase in the duration of old age lived in good health. There is growing evidence that social participation protects against morbidity and mortality, but few studies explore patterns of social participation. Analysis of baseline quantitative and qualitative data from a trial of the impact of Elders' Clubs on health and well-being in the hill country of Sri Lanka provided an opportunity to better understand the extent of, and influences on, social participation among elders...
May 16, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768188/micropatterned-biodegradable-polyesters-clicked-with-cqaasikvav-promote-cell-alignment-directional-migration-and-neurite-outgrowth
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Deteng Zhang, Sai Wu, Jianyong Feng, Yiyuan Duan, Dongming Xing, Changyou Gao
The interplay of microstructures and biological cues is critical to regulate the behaviors of Schwann cells (SCs) in terms of cellular spatial arrangement and directional migration as well as neurite orientation for bridging the proximal and distal stumps of the injured peripheral nervous system. In this study, stripe micropatterns having ridges/grooves of width 20/20 and 20/40 μm were fabricated on the surface of maleimide-functionalized biodegradable poly(ester carbonate) (P(LLA-MTMC)) films by the polydimethylsiloxane mold-pressing method, respectively...
May 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765941/nano-and-micro-patterned-s-h-and-x-pdms-for-cell-based-applications-comparison-of-wettability-roughness-and-cell-derived-parameters
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Marina Scharin-Mehlmann, Aaron Häring, Mathias Rommel, Tobias Dirnecker, Oliver Friedrich, Lothar Frey, Daniel F Gilbert
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a promising biomaterial for generating artificial extracellular matrix (ECM) like patterned topographies, yet its hydrophobic nature limits its applicability to cell-based approaches. Although plasma treatment can enhance the wettability of PDMS, the surface is known to recover its hydrophobicity within a few hours after exposure to air. To investigate the capability of a novel PDMS-type (X-PDMS) for in vitro based assessment of physiological cell properties, we designed and fabricated plane as well as nano- and micrometer-scaled pillar-patterned growth substrates using the elastomer types S-, H- and X-PDMS, which were fabricated from commercially available components...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765602/protein-crystal-lattices-are-dynamic-assemblies-the-role-of-conformational-entropy-in-the-protein-condensed-phase
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Margarita Dimova, Yancho D Devedjiev
Until recently, the occurrence of conformational entropy in protein crystal contacts was considered to be a very unlikely event. A study based on the most accurately refined protein structures demonstrated that side-chain conformational entropy and static disorder might be common in protein crystal lattices. The present investigation uses structures refined using ensemble refinement to show that although paradoxical, conformational entropy is likely to be the major factor in the emergence and integrity of the protein condensed phase...
March 1, 2018: IUCrJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762589/polymer-silica-hybrid-integration-add-drop-filter-based-on-grating-assisted-contradirectional-coupler
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Liang Tian, Fei Wang, Yuanda Wu, Yunji Yi, Xiaoqiang Sun, Daming Zhang
A polymer/silica hybrid integration add-drop filter based on a grating-assisted contradirectional coupler fabricated through simple and low-cost contact lithography is proposed. First, the structure pattern of the add-drop filter was formed in the lower silica cladding by contact lithography and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. Then an SU-8 film was fabricated on top of it by a spin-coating method, and an inverted-rib waveguide structure was formed. Next, the slab layer of the inverted-rib waveguide was removed by ICP etching...
May 15, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760898/difference-in-plasticity-of-resting-metabolic-rate-the-proximate-explanation-to-different-niche-breadth-in-sympatric-ficedula-flycatchers
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S Eryn McFarlane, Murielle Ålund, Päivi M Sirkiä, Anna Qvarnström
Variation in relative fitness of competing recently formed species across heterogeneous environments promotes coexistence. However, the physiological traits mediating such variation in relative fitness have rarely been identified. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is tightly associated with life history strategies, thermoregulation, diet use, and inhabited latitude and could therefore moderate differences in fitness responses to fluctuations in local environments, particularly when species have adapted to different climates in allopatry...
May 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760877/an-eaaci-task-force-report-recognising-the-potential-of-the-primary-care-physician-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-drug-hypersensitivity
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REVIEW
I Doña, J C Caubet, K Brockow, M Doyle, E Moreno, I Terreehorst, M J Torres
Adverse drug reactions include drug hypersensitivity reactions (DHRs), which can be immunologically mediated (allergy) or non-immunologically mediated. The high number of DHRs that are unconfirmed and often self-reported is a frequent problem in daily clinical practice, with considerable impact on future prescription choices and patient health. It is important to distinguish between hypersensitivity and non-hypersensitivity reactions by adopting a structured diagnostic approach to confirm or discard the suspected drug, not only to avoid life-threatening reactions, but also to reduce the frequent over-diagnosis of DHRs...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760657/purkinje-cell-signaling-deficits-in-animal-models-of-ataxia
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REVIEW
Eriola Hoxha, Ilaria Balbo, Maria Concetta Miniaci, Filippo Tempia
Purkinje cell (PC) dysfunction or degeneration is the most frequent finding in animal models with ataxic symptoms. Mutations affecting intrinsic membrane properties can lead to ataxia by altering the firing rate of PCs or their firing pattern. However, the relationship between specific firing alterations and motor symptoms is not yet clear, and in some cases PC dysfunction precedes the onset of ataxic signs. Moreover, a great variety of ionic and synaptic mechanisms can affect PC signaling, resulting in different features of motor dysfunction...
2018: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758646/contact-angle-hysteresis-on-doubly-periodic-smooth-rough-surfaces-in-wenzel-s-regime-the-role-of-the-contact-line-depinning-mechanism
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Stanimir Iliev, Nina Pesheva, Pavel Iliev
We report here on the contact angle hysteresis, appearing when a liquid meniscus is in contact with doubly sinusoidal wavelike patterned surfaces in Wenzel's wetting regime. Using the full capillary model we obtain numerically the contact angle hysteresis as a function of the surface roughness factor and the equilibrium contact angle for a block case and a kink case contact line depinning mechanism. We find that the dependencies of the contact angle hysteresis on the surface roughness factor are different for the different contact line depinning mechanisms...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756670/the-influence-of-post-system-design-and-material-on-the-biomechanical-behavior-of-teeth-with-little-remaining-coronal-structure
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Cristiano Lazzari Pinto, Claudia Lopes Brilhante Bhering, Gabriel Rodrigues de Oliveira, Angélica Maroli, Vagner Flávio Reginato, Ricardo Armini Caldas, Atais Bacchi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of different post systems on the biomechanical behavior of teeth with a severe loss of remaining coronal structure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty standardized bovine teeth (n = 10 per group) were restored with: cast post-and-core (CPC), prefabricated metallic post (PFM), parallel glass-fiber post (P-FP), conical glass-fiber post (C-FP), or composite core (no post, CC). The survival rate during thermomechanical challenging (TC), the fracture strength (FS), and failure patterns (FP) were evaluated...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754900/burst-firing-in-bee-gustatory-neurons-prevents-adaptation
#19
Ashwin Miriyala, Sébastien Kessler, F Claire Rind, Geraldine A Wright
Animals detect changes in the environment using modality-specific, peripheral sensory neurons. The insect gustatory system encodes tastant identity and concentration through the independent firing of gustatory receptor neurons (GRNs) that spike rapidly at stimulus onset and quickly adapt. Here, we show the first evidence that concentrated sugar evokes a temporally structured burst pattern of spiking involving two GRNs within the gustatory sensilla of bumblebees. Bursts of spikes resulted when a sucrose-activated GRN was inhibited by another GRN at a frequency of ∼22 Hz during the first 1 s of stimulation...
May 1, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752053/anterior-laxity-lateral-tibial-slope-and-in-situ-acl-force-differentiate-knees-exhibiting-distinct-patterns-of-motion-during-a-pivoting-event-a-human-cadaveric-study
#20
Robert N Kent, Mark J Amirtharaj, Brendan M Hardy, Andrew D Pearle, Thomas L Wickiewicz, Carl W Imhauser
Knee instability following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture compromises function and increases risk of injury to the cartilage and menisci. To understand the biomechanical function of the ACL, previous studies have primarily reported the net change in tibial position in response to multiplanar torques, which generate knee instability. In contrast, we retrospectively analyzed a cohort of 13 consecutively tested cadaveric knees and found distinct motion patterns, defined as the motion of the tibia as it translates and rotates from its unloaded, initial position to its loaded, final position...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
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