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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735424/a-novel-3d-anatomic-mapping-approach-using-multipoint-high-density-voltage-gradient-mapping-to-quickly-localize-and-terminate-typical-atrial-flutter
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William C Choe, Sri Sundaram, J Ryan Jordan, Nate Mullins, Charles Boorman, Austin Davies, Alex C Tiftickjian, Sunil Nath
PURPOSE: The purposes of the study were to evaluate and characterize the cavotricuspid isthmus using multipoint high density voltage gradient mapping (HD-VGM) to see if this would improve on current ablation techniques compared to standard cavotricuspid isthmus ablation techniques. METHODS: Group 1, 25 patients who underwent ablation using standard methods of 3D mapping and ablation, was compared to group 2, 33 patients undergoing ablation using HD-VGM and ablation...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735309/safety-evaluation-of-enterocin-producer-enterococcus-sp-strains-isolated-from-traditional-turkish-cheeses
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Mine Avcı, Banu Özden Tuncer
The purpose of this study was to determine the antimicrobial activity and occurrence of bacteriocin structural genes in Enterococcus spp. isolated from different cheeses and also investigate some of their virulence factors. Enterococcus strains were isolated from 33 different cheeses. Enterococcus faecium (6 strains) and Enterococcus faecalis (5 strains) enterocin-producing strains were identified by 16S rDNA analyses. Structural genes entA, entB, entP and entX were detected in some isolates. Multiple enterocin structural genes were found in 7 strains...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735259/observational-study-on-the-palatability-and-tolerability-of-oral-prednisolone-and-oral-dexamethasone-in-children-in-saudi-arabia-and-the-uk
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Fahad Aljebab, Mofadhi Alanazi, Imti Choonara, Sharon Conroy
BACKGROUND: Short-course oral corticosteroids are routinely used to treat acute asthma and croup. We evaluated their tolerability and palatability in Saudi Arabian (SA) and UK children. METHODS: Prospective observational/interview study (3 months in each country). Palatability was evaluated using a 5-point facial Hedonicscale and tolerability by direct questioning of patient/parents. RESULTS: In SA, of 122 patients (2-10 years) recruited, 52 received prednisolone base tablets, 37 prednisolone sodium phosphate syrup and 33 received dexamethasone elixir...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735211/runoff-initiation-soil-detachment-and-connectivity-are-enhanced-as-a-consequence-of-vineyards-plantations
#4
A Cerdà, S D Keesstra, J Rodrigo-Comino, A Novara, P Pereira, E Brevik, A Giménez-Morera, M Fernández-Raga, M Pulido, S di Prima, A Jordán
Rainfall-induced soil erosion is a major threat, especially in agricultural soils. In the Mediterranean belt, vineyards are affected by high soil loss rates, leading to land degradation. Plantation of new vines is carried out after deep ploughing, use of heavy machinery, wheel traffic, and trampling. Those works result in soil physical properties changes and contribute to enhanced runoff rates and increased soil erosion rates. The objective of this paper is to assess the impact of the plantation of vineyards on soil hydrological and erosional response under low frequency - high magnitude rainfall events, the ones that under the Mediterranean climatic conditions trigger extreme soil erosion rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735182/fluidized-bed-fenton-coupled-with-ceramic-membrane-separation-for-advanced-treatment-of-flax-wastewater
#5
Dong Fan, Lili Ding, Hui Huang, Mengtian Chen, Hongqiang Ren
Fluidized-bed Fenton coupled with ceramic membrane separation to treat the flax secondary effluent was investigated. The operating variables, including initial pH, dosage of H2O2 and Fe(0), air flow rate, TMP and pore size, were optimized. The distributions of DOMs in the treatment process were analyzed. Under the optimum condition (600mgL(-1)H2O2, 1.4gL(-1) Fe(0), pH=3, 300Lh(-1) air flow rate and 15psi TMP), the highest TOC and color removal efficiencies were 84% and 94% in the coupled reactor with 100nm ceramic membrane, reducing 39% of total iron with similar removal efficiency compared with Fluidized-bed Fenton...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735176/reduced-short-term-variation-following-antenatal-administration-of-betamethasone-is-reduced-fetal-size-a-predisposing-factor
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Tullio Ghi, Andrea Dall'Asta, Gabriele Saccone, Federica Bellussi, Tiziana Frusca, Pasquale Martinelli, Gianluigi Pilu, Nicola Rizzo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between fetal size and the incidence of reduced short-term variability (STV) following bethametasone administration for fetal lung maturity. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective, multicenter, cohort study conducted in two Tertiary University Units. Only uncomplicated singleton pregnancies admitted for threatened preterm labor between 26 and 34 weeks and submitted to betamethasone for fetal lung maturity were included. Delivery occurring within 72h from betamethasone administration represented criteria for exclusion...
July 10, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735165/development-of-selective-attention-in-preschool-age-children-from-lower-socioeconomic-status-backgrounds
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Amanda Hampton Wray, Courtney Stevens, Eric Pakulak, Elif Isbell, Theodore Bell, Helen Neville
Although differences in selective attention skills have been identified in children from lower compared to higher socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds, little is known about these differences in early childhood, a time of rapid attention development. The current study evaluated the development of neural systems for selective attention in children from lower SES backgrounds. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were acquired from 33 children from lower SES and 14 children from higher SES backgrounds during a dichotic listening task...
July 4, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735136/spinal-instability-predictive-scoring-system-for-subsequent-fractures-after-bone-cement-augmentation-in-patients-with-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures
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Heun Sung Kim, Chang Il Ju
OBJECTIVE: Bone cement augmentation procedures (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty) are the primary treatments for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). However, these procedures are associated with various problems resulting in subsequent fractures. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the spinal instability factors related to subsequent fractures after vertebral augmentation procedures. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent augmentation procedures for osteoporotic VCFs...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735106/color-doppler-signals-of-blood-flow-in-the-corpus-luteum-and-vascular-perfusion-index-for-ovarian-and-uterine-arteries-during-expansion-of-the-allantochorion-in-bos-taurus-heifers
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F L V Pinaffi, E R Araujo, L A Silva, O J Ginther
Hemodynamics of the CL and each main uterine artery during expansion of the allantochorion from the ipsilateral side (CL side) to the contralateral side were studied in heifers (n = 8 nonbred, 9 pregnant). Progesterone concentration, vascular perfusion index for each uterine artery (by spectral ultrasonography), extent of blood flow in the CL (percentage of CL tissue with color-Doppler signals of blood flow), and intrauterine location of the expanding allantochorion (by gray-scale ultrasonic imaging) were determined daily from Days 14-60 (Day 0 = ovulation)...
July 12, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735032/a-prospective-study-of-breastfeeding-intentions-of-healthy-weight-and-overweight-women-as-predictors-of-breastfeeding-outcomes
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Susan J de Jersey, Kimberley Mallan, Justine Forster, Lynne A Daniels
OBJECTIVE: Women with a higher BMI are at increased risk of breastfeeding for a shorter duration, however it is unclear if weight status itself or other factors such as feeding intentions are responsible for early breastfeeding cessation. The aim of this study was determine the influence of maternal pre-pregnancy weight status on infant feeding intentions during pregnancy using a validated scale and assess whether high intentions to exclusively breastfeed measured during pregnancy predicted feeding mode at discharge and at 4 months postpartum in both healthy weight (Hwt) (BMI< 25kg/m(2)) and overweight (Owt)(BMI > 25kg/m(2)) women...
July 5, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734969/integrated-analysis-of-mrna-seq-in-the-haemocytes-of-eriocheir-sinensis-in-response-to-spiroplasma-eriocheiris-infection
#11
Yinghui Wang, Yunji Xiu, Keran Bi, Jiangtao Ou, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qingguo Meng
The Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis is an important economic crustacean that has been exposed to various diseases. Spiroplasma eriocheiris, isolated from tremor-diseased E. sinensis, was first identified as a lethal pathogen of freshwater crustaceans. To understand the pathogenesis of S. eriocheiris to E. sinensis, the transcriptomic profiles of haemocytes in the experimental and control groups at 1 d and 7 d post-injection were obtained using Illumina HiSeq 2500. These results showed that 40,358,724, 44,462,112, 45,516,576 and 37,713,728 paired-end clean reads were obtained from the cDNA libraries of DZ1 (the control group at 1 d), DZ7 (the control group at 7 d), SY1 (the experimental group at 1 d) and SY7 (the experimental group at 7 d), respectively...
July 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734922/warfarin-use-is-associated-with-progressive-coronary-arterial-calcification-insights-from-serial-intravascular-ultrasound
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Jordan Andrews, Peter J Psaltis, Ozgur Bayturan, Mingyuan Shao, Brian Stegman, Mohamed Elshazly, Samir R Kapadia, E Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls, Rishi Puri
OBJECTIVES: This study compared serial changes in coronary percent atheroma volume (PAV) and calcium index (CaI) in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with and without warfarin. BACKGROUND: Warfarin blocks the synthesis and activity of matrix Gla protein, a vitamin K-dependent inhibitor of arterial calcification. The longitudinal impact of warfarin on serial coronary artery calcification in vivo in humans is unknown. METHODS: In a post hoc patient-level analysis of 8 prospective randomized trials using serial coronary intravascular ultrasound examinations, this study compared changes in PAV and CaI in matched arterial segments in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with (n = 171) and without (n = 4,129) warfarin during an 18- to 24-month period...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734818/preoperative-aqueous-cytokine-levels-are-associated-with-a-rapid-reduction-in-endothelial-cells-after-penetrating-keratoplasty
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Yukari Yagi-Yaguchi, Takefumi Yamaguchi, Kazunari Higa, Terumasa Suzuki, Hiroyuki Yazu, Naohiko Aketa, Yoshiyuki Satake, Kazuo Tsubota, Jun Shimazaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of preoperative inflammatory cytokine levels in the aqueous humor (AqH) on the endothelial cell density (ECD) after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). DESIGN: Prospective interventional, consecutive case series. METHODS: This study includes 70 consecutive patients (mean age 73.7 ± 10.6), who underwent PKP (37 eyes) or cataract surgery (controls, 33 eyes). A total of 70 AqH samples were collected at the beginning of each surgery...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734794/botulinum-toxin-a-is-effective-to-treat-tension-type-headache-caused-by-hemifacial-spasm
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Atsushi Mizuma, Eiichiro Nagata, Takashi Yasuda, Maiko Kouchi, Taira Nakayama, Kazunari Honma, Kentaro Tokuoka, Yasuhisa Kitagawa, Shigeru Nogawa, Shunya Takizawa
OBJECTIVE: We examined the relationship between hemifacial spasm (HFS; a form of cranio-cervical dystonia) and chronic primary headache, including tension-type headache (TTH). We also examined whether botulinum toxin A (BoNT/A) therapy for HFS ameliorates concomitant TTH. METHODS: Fifty-one HFS patients receiving BoNT/A therapy were recruited. Patients' characteristics (including age, gender, chronic headache history, exercise habits, stiff neck, cervical spondylolysis history), stress factors, worsening/new onset of headache associated with HFS, and dose of BoNT/A were examined...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734774/-does-chewing-gum-improve-postoperative-results-in-patients-undergoing-radical-cystectomy-a-systematic-review-of-literature-and-meta-analysis
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I Ziouziou, A Ammani, T Karmouni, K El Khader, A Koutani, A Iben Attya Andaloussi
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative ileus occurs in different degrees, in the majority of patients undergoing radical cystectomy, which may increase the length of hospital stay. The use of chewing gum has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing time-to-bowel function and the length of hospital stay in several surgical procedures. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefit of post-operative chewing gum use in patients undergoing radical cystectomy through a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis...
July 19, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734752/long-term-effect-of-oncoplastic-breast-conserving-surgery-using-latissimus-dorsi-miniflaps-on-mammographic-surveillance-and-the-detection-of-local-recurrence
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S Mele, D Wright, N Paramanathan, S Laws, L Peiris, R Rainsbury
INTRODUCTION: Latissimus dorsi miniflap is a breast-conserving volume replacement technique for the reconstruction of large breast defects. While mammographic features of miniflap reconstruction have been described, little is known about the incidence, mode of presentation and size of local recurrence after this procedure. This study aimed to investigate the impact of latissimus dorsi miniflap reconstruction on the frequency, presentation and detection of local recurrence. METHODS: Clinical, radiological and pathological data were reviewed in 261 patients...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734661/systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-experienced-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Alvin F Wells, Jeffrey R Curtis, Keith A Betts, Kevin Douglas, Ella Xiaoyan Du, Arijit Ganguli
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to compile all available evidence regarding the efficacy of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) inhibitors, non-TNF biologics, and tofacitinib for TNF-experienced patients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A systematic literature review of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and rheumatology conference abstracts was performed to identify observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) reporting American College of Rheumatology response rates (ACR 20/50/70) for adult patients with RA who switched from at least 1 TNF to another TNF or a non-TNF therapy...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734642/extreme-hypofractionation-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-dosimetric-correlations-with-rectal-bleeding
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Glenn Bauman, Jeff Chen, George Rodrigues, Melanie Davidson, Andrew Warner, Andrew Loblaw
PURPOSE: We explored the association of dosimetric parameters with late rectal bleeding among high-risk prostate cancer patients treated with hypofractionated simultaneous in-field boost (H-SIB) to prostate with nodal treatment. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Rectal toxicity results and dose-volume histogram (DVH) information from patients treated on FASTR and SATURN were combined. Patients in both trials received long-term androgen deprivation and H-SIB with prescription dose 40 Gy to the prostate and proximal seminal vesicles and 25 Gy to the lymph nodes delivered over 5 weekly fractions using image guidance with cone beam computed tomography...
June 9, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734601/influence-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-fermentation-products-smartcare-in-milk-replacer-and-original-xpc-in-calf-starter-on-the-performance-and-health-of-preweaned-holstein-calves-challenged-with-salmonella-enterica-serotype-typhimurium
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T L Harris, Y Liang, K P Sharon, M D Sellers, I Yoon, M F Scott, J A Carroll, M A Ballou
This study was designed to investigate the effects of supplementing SmartCare (SC; Diamond V, Cedar Rapids, IA) in milk replacer and Original XPC (XPC; Diamond V) in calf starter on performance and health of preweaned calves following an oral challenge with Salmonella enterica. The study was performed in two 35-d periods with 30 Holstein bull calves (2 ± 1 d of age) per period. In each period, calves were blocked by location in the barn and randomly assigned to treatments that included control, base milk replacer and calf starter with no added Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation products; SC, milk replacer with 1 g of SC/calf per day and base calf starter; and SC+XPC, milk replacer with 1 g of SC/calf per day and calf starter with 0...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734575/outcomes-associated-to-serum-phosphate-levels-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Hong Xu, Marie Evans, Alessandro Gasparini, Karolina Szummer, Jonas Spaak, Johan Ärnlöv, Bengt Lindholm, Tomas Jernberg, Juan Jesús Carrero
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between phosphate and the risk of adverse clinical outcomes in patients with manifest cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Observational study of patients hospitalized during 2006-2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, because of suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The exposure was serum phosphate during the hospitalization. We modeled the association between phosphate and in-hospital death or in-hospital events (composite of myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, resuscitated cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation, or atrioventricular block) as well as the one-year post-discharge risk of death or cardiovascular event (composite of myocardial re-infarction, heart failure and stroke)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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