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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820921/analysis-of-cone-mosaic-reflectance-properties-in-healthy-eyes-and-in-eyes-with-nonproliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-over-time
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Letizia Mariotti, Nicholas Devaney, Giuseppe Lombardo, Marco Lombardo
Purpose: We investigate the reflectance properties of the cone mosaic in adaptive optics (AO) images of healthy subjects and subjects with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) over time. Methods: We acquired images of the parafoveal cone mosaic over 5 years in 12 healthy subjects and in six patients with mild NPDR. We analyzed the parameters of the cone intensity histogram distribution (mean, SD, and skewness), two metrics of the cone mosaic texture (sharpness and entropy), and two novel metrics (cone/intercone intensity and slope of the variogram)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820745/impact-of-surgical-treatment-for-recurrence-after-2-stage-hepatectomy-for-colorectal-liver-metastases-on-patient-outcome
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Katsunori Imai, Carlos Castro Benitez, Marc-Antoine Allard, Eric Vibert, Antonio Sa Cunha, Daniel Cherqui, Denis Castaing, Henri Bismuth, Hideo Baba, René Adam
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of repeat surgery for recurrence on the long-term survival after 2-stage hepatectomy (TSH) for extensive colorectal liver metastases (CRLM). BACKGROUND: Although TSH is now deemed effective for selected patients with extensive bilobar CRLM, disease recurrence after TSH is very frequent because of the extensive tumor load. METHODS: Among a total cohort of 1235 patients who underwent hepatectomy for CRLM between 1992 and 2012, 139 with extensive bilobar CRLM were scheduled for TSH...
August 17, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820545/assessment-and-management-of-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Ehud Raanani, Ram Sharony, Ludmila Tzatskin, Eli Peleg, Alex Blatt, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: Acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is a serious medical condition. Whilst clear guidelines exist regarding the management of chronic MR, acute severe MR is usually treated on an individual basis. Currently, few data exist regarding acute MR in the era of primary coronary interventions (PCI). The present study included patients admitted to the Department of Cardiology during recent years with acute severe MR of different etiologies, and an analysis of these data in the light of previous investigations...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820458/electrochemical-biosensors-for-rapid-detection-of-foodborne-salmonella-a-critical-overview
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REVIEW
Stefano Cinti, Giulia Volpe, Silvia Piermarini, Elisabetta Delibato, Giuseppe Palleschi
Abstract:Salmonella has represented the most common and primary cause of food poisoning in many countries for at least over 100 years. Its detection is still primarily based on traditional microbiological culture methods which are labor-intensive, extremely time consuming, and not suitable for testing a large number of samples. Accordingly, great efforts to develop rapid, sensitive and specific methods, easy to use, and suitable for multi-sample analysis, have been made and continue. Biosensor-based technology has all the potentialities to meet these requirements...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820220/real-time-plasmon-spectroscopy-study-of-the-solid-state-oxidation-and-kirkendall-void-formation-in-copper-nanoparticles
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Mariano D Susman, Yishai Feldman, Tatyana A Bendikov, Alexander Vaskevich, Israel Rubinstein
Oxidation and corrosion reactions have a major effect on the application of non-noble metals. Kinetic information and simple theoretical models are often insufficient for describing such processes in metals at the nanoscale, particularly in cases involving formation of internal voids (nano Kirkendall effect, NKE) during oxidation. Here we study the kinetics of solid-state oxidation of chemically-grown copper nanoparticles (NPs) by in situ localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy during isothermal annealing in the range 110-170 °C...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820135/bioinformatic-analyses-of-whole-genome-sequence-data-in-a-public-health-laboratory
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Kelly F Oakeson, Jennifer Marie Wagner, Michelle Mendenhall, Andreas Rohrwasser, Robyn Atkinson-Dunn
The ability to generate high-quality sequence data in a public health laboratory enables the identification of pathogenic strains, the determination of relatedness among outbreak strains, and the analysis of genetic information regarding virulence and antimicrobial-resistance genes. However, the analysis of whole-genome sequence data depends on bioinformatic analysis tools and processes. Many public health laboratories do not have the bioinformatic capabilities to analyze the data generated from sequencing and therefore are unable to take full advantage of the power of whole-genome sequencing...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820064/flow-cytometric-analysis-of-protein-aggregates
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Abhijit Chakrabarti, Sushanta Debnath, Bikram Nath
Misfolding of proteins often leads to aggregation. Accumulation of diverse protein aggregates in various cells, tissue and organs is the hallmark of many diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. In this report, we present a novel method of characterization of protein aggregates, associated with differential toxicity with different size and composition in vitro using flow cytometry. Autofluorescence and scattering intensities could distinguish between amyloid and non-amyloid aggregates...
August 18, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820020/multiple-emulsions-as-effective-platforms-for-controlled-anti-cancer-drug-delivery
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Ewa Dluska, Agnieszka Markowska-Radomska, Agata Metera, Barbara Tudek, Konrad Kosicki
AIM: Developing pH-responsive multiple emulsion platforms for effective glioblastoma multiforme therapy with reduced toxicity, a drug release study and modeling. MATERIALS & METHODS: Cancer cell line: U87 MG, multiple emulsions with pH-responsive biopolymer and encapsulated doxorubicin (DOX); preparation of multiple emulsions in a Couette-Taylor flow biocontactor, in vitro release study of DOX (fluorescence intensity analysis), in vitro cytotoxicity study (alamarBlue cell viability assay) and numerical simulation of DOX release rates...
August 18, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819746/the-effects-of-resistance-exercise-training-on-anxiety-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Brett R Gordon, Cillian P McDowell, Mark Lyons, Matthew P Herring
BACKGROUND: The salutary effects of resistance exercise training (RET) are well established, including increased strength and function; however, less is known regarding the effects of RET on mental health outcomes. Aerobic exercise has well-documented positive effects on anxiety, but a quantitative synthesis of RET effects on anxiety is needed. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the population effect size for resistance exercise training (RET) effects on anxiety and to determine whether variables of logical, theoretical, and/or prior empirical relation to anxiety moderate the overall effect...
August 17, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819694/thoracic-corpectomy-for-neoplastic-vertebral-bodies-using-a-navigated-lateral-extracavitary-approach-a-single-center-consecutive-case-series-technique-and-analysis
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Sebastian Hartmann, Christoph Wipplinger, Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Alexander Örley, Pierre Pascal Girod, Claudius Thomé
Thoracic myelopathy is often caused by vertebral body fractures resulting from neoplastic conditions, traumatic events, or infectious diseases. One of the preferred procedures for treating it is the lateral extracavitary approach (LECA) with single-level or multilevel decompressive corpectomy and reconstruction. The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the thoracic lateral extracavitary approach with corpectomy using vertebral body replacement systems (VBR-S) and dorsal reconstruction. Twenty-four patients with metastatic or primary lesions of thoracic vertebrae T2-T12 underwent spinal decompression and ventral column reconstruction with correction of spinal deformity via a LECA...
August 17, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819677/direct-analysis-of-terpenes-from-biological-buffer-systems-using-sesi-and-ir-maldesi
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Milad Nazari, Alexandra A Malico, Måns Ekelöf, Sean Lund, Gavin J Williams, David C Muddiman
Terpenes are the largest class of natural products with a wide range of applications including use as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, flavorings, and agricultural products. Terpenes are biosynthesized by the condensation of a variable number of isoprene units resulting in linear polyisoprene diphosphate units, which can then be cyclized by terpene synthases into a range of complex structures. While these cyclic structures have immense diversity and potential in different applications, their direct analysis in biological buffer systems requires intensive sample preparation steps such as salt cleanup, extraction with organic solvents, and chromatographic separations...
August 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819430/importance-of-maintaining-body-weight-for-prevention-of-distant-metastasis-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-an-alternative-workflow-for-cancer-risk-assessment
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Wenna Zhang, Yupei Chen, Lei Chen, Xu Liu, Ying Sun, Yanming Li, Jun Ma
Purpose: To design an alternative workflow for cancer-risk assessment to predict distant metastasis (DM) of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Methods: We enrolled 234 patients with non-disseminated NPC and a family history of cancer who underwent intensity-modulated radiotherapy and concurrent chemo-radiotherapy with/without induction chemotherapy in our primary cohort. We conducted univariate and multivariate analyses of the associated prognostic factors, built a nomogram model for distant-metastasis-free survival (DMFS), and confirmed the prognostic value of weight-loss ratio (WTratio)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819399/outcomes-of-cancer-therapy-administered-to-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-lung-cancer-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Yen-Fu Chen, Jou-Wei Lin, Chao-Chi Ho, Ching-Yao Yang, Chia-Hao Chang, Tao-Min Huang, Chung-Yu Chen, Kuan-Yu Chen, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu
Objectives: Therapy outcomes for newly diagnosed, critically ill lung cancer patients have seldom been evaluated. This study evaluated therapy outcomes for treatment-naïve lung cancer patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Materials and Methods: Patients were excluded if they had previously received lung cancer treatment, such as systemic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, or surgical lung resection before ICU admission. The therapeutic strategies for the treatment-naïve patients were determined while they were in the ICU...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819228/convergent-and-divergent-genetic-changes-in-the-genome-of-chinese-and-european-pigs
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Jing Wang, Huiying Zou, Lei Chen, Xi Long, Jing Lan, Wenjie Liu, Li Ma, Chao Wang, Xinyu Xu, Liming Ren, Zhenglong Gu, Ning Li, Xiaoxiang Hu, Yaofeng Zhao, Yiqiang Zhao
Since 10,000 BC, continuous human selection has led to intense genetic and phenotypic changes in pig (Sus scrofa) domestication. Through whole genome analysis of 257 individuals, we demonstrated artificial unidirectional and bidirectional selection as the primary force to shape the convergent and divergent changes between Chinese domestic pigs (CHD) and European domestic pigs (EUD). We identified 31 genes in unidirectional selection regions that might be related to fundamental domestication requirements in pigs...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819085/histological-grading-of-hepatocellular-carcinomas-with-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-diffusion-weighted-imaging-inconsistent-results-depending-on-the-fitting-method
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Shintaro Ichikawa, Utaroh Motosugi, Diego Hernando, Hiroyuki Morisaka, Nobuyuki Enomoto, Masanori Matsuda, Hiroshi Onishi
PURPOSE: To compare the abilities of three intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging approximation methods to discriminate the histological grade of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs). METHODS: Fifty-eight patients (60 HCCs) underwent IVIM imaging with 11 b-values (0-1000 s/mm(2)). Slow (D) and fast diffusion coefficients (D(*)) and the perfusion fraction (f) were calculated for the HCCs using the mean signal intensities in regions of interest drawn by two radiologists...
August 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819068/rural-emergency-care-360%C3%A2-mobilising-healthcare-professionals-decision-makers-patients-and-citizens-to-improve-rural-emergency-care-in-the-province-of-quebec-canada-a-qualitative-study-protocol
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Richard Fleet, Gilles Dupuis, Jean-Paul Fortin, Jocelyn Gravel, Mathieu Ouimet, Julien Poitras, France Légaré
INTRODUCTION: Emergency departments (EDs) are an important safety net for rural populations. Results of our earlier studies suggest that rural Canadian hospitals have limited access to advanced imaging services and intensive care units and that patients are transferred over large distances. They also revealed significant geographical variations in rural services. In the absence of national standards, our studies raise questions about inequities in rural access to emergency services and the risks for citizens...
August 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818966/meta-analysis-using-individual-participant-data-from-randomised-trials-opportunities-and-limitations-created-by-access-to-raw-data
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Ewelina Rogozińska, Nadine Marlin, Shakila Thangaratinam, Khalid S Khan, Javier Zamora
Meta-analysis based on individual participant data (IPD), often described as the 'gold standard' for effectiveness evidence synthesis, is increasingly being deployed despite being more resource intensive than collating study-level results. Its professed virtues include the ability to incorporate unreported data and to standardise variables and their definitions across trials. In reality, the unreported data, although present in shared datasets, might still not be usable in the analysis. The characteristics of trial participants and their outcomes may be too diversely captured for harmonisation and too time and resource consuming to standardise...
August 17, 2017: Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818819/quantifying-human-movement-using-the-movn-smartphone-app-validation-and-field-study
#18
Ralph Maddison, Luke Gemming, Javier Monedero, Linda Bolger, Sarahjane Belton, Johann Issartel, Samantha Marsh, Artur Direito, Madeleine Solenhill, Jinfeng Zhao, Daniel John Exeter, Harshvardhan Vathsangam, Jonathan Charles Rawstorn
BACKGROUND: The use of embedded smartphone sensors offers opportunities to measure physical activity (PA) and human movement. Big data-which includes billions of digital traces-offers scientists a new lens to examine PA in fine-grained detail and allows us to track people's geocoded movement patterns to determine their interaction with the environment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the validity of the Movn smartphone app (Moving Analytics) for collecting PA and human movement data...
August 17, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818780/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-arterial-coupling-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
#19
Jing Yan, Xiaoyang Zhou, Bangchuan Hu, Shijin Gong, Yihua Yu, Guolong Cai, Li Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular-arterial coupling (VAC) for clinical prognosis of elderly patients with septic shock. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study of 63 elderly patients with septic shock treated between August 2014 and January 2016 at the 30-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of Zhejiang Hospital (China). Left VAC was evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). End-systolic elastance (Ees) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were measured; arterial elastance (Ea) was calculated...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818651/genomic-characterization-of-a-paediatric-mrsa-outbreak-by-next-generation-sequencing
#20
Elisabetta Ugolotti, Eddi Di Marco, Roberto Bandettini, Roberto Biassoni
INTRODUCTION: Twelve strains of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated during a suspected outbreak in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit were analyzed by Whole Genome Sequence (WGS). AIM: To define the clonality of MRSA strains to a high discriminative power and to evaluate the presence of genetic determinants responsible for antibiotic resistance and for virulence. RESULTS: Ten out of 12 strains belonged to the MLST ST2625, while the other two were ST8...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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