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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431436/enhanced-tearing-by-electrical-stimulation-of-the-anterior-ethmoid-nerve
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Mark Brinton, Andrea L Kossler, Zara M Patel, James Loudin, Manfred Franke, Christopher N Ta, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Electrical neurostimulation enhances tear secretion, and can be applied to treatment of dry eye disease. Using a chronic implant, we evaluate the effects of stimulating the anterior ethmoid nerve on the aqueous, lipid, and protein content of secreted tears. Methods: Neurostimulators were implanted beneath the nasal mucosa in 13 New Zealand white rabbits. Stimulations (2.3-2.8 mA pulses of 75-875 μs in duration repeated at 30-100 Hz for 3 minutes) were performed daily, for 3 weeks to measure changes in tear volume (Schirmer test), osmolarity (TearLab osmometer), lipid (Oil-Red-O staining), and protein (BCA assay, mass spectrometry)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431408/the-effects-of-exercise-modality-during-additional-high-intensity-interval-training-upon-aerobic-fitness-and-strength-in-powerlifting-and-strongman-athletes
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Patroklos Androulakis-Korakakis, Louis Langdown, Adam Lewis, James Fisher, Paulo Gentil, Antonio Paoli, James Steele
Powerlifters and strongman athletes have a necessity for optimal levels of muscular strength whilst maintaining sufficient aerobic capacity to perform and recover between events. HIIT has been popularized for its efficacy in improving both aerobic fitness and strength but never assessed within the aforementioned population group. The present study looked to compare the effect of exercise modality, e.g. a traditional aerobic mode (AM), and strength mode, (SM), during HIIT upon aerobic fitness and strength. Sixteen well resistance trained male participants, currently competing in powerlifting and strongman events, completed 8 weeks of approximately effort- and volume-matched HIIT in 2 groups: AM (cycling, n=8) and SM (resistance training, n=8)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431378/development-of-novel-alternative-biodiesel-fuels-for-reducing-pm-emissions-and-pm-related-genotoxicity
#4
Po-Ming Yang, Chia-Chi Wang, Ying-Chi Lin, Syu-Ruei Jhang, Li-Jung Lin, Yuan-Chung Lin
This paper intend to investigate the effects of biodiesel fuel blends comprising of waste-cooking oil and butanol-diesel (B10W10-B10W40) under steady-state conditions. Both particulate organic carbon (OC) and PM including PM2.5 and PM10 significantly decreased with the increasing percentage of biodiesel fuel blends. The fuel blend of B10W40 also demonstrated the most effective function in reducing the emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 in the volume by 59.4% and 57.7%, respectively. Moreover, the emissions of nitrogen oxides decreased with the blending of B10W10-B10W40 (13...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431289/klotho-apoe%C3%AE%C2%B54-cognitive-ability-brain-size-atrophy-and-survival-a-study-in-the-aberdeen-birth-cohort-of-1936
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Clarisse F de Vries, Roger T Staff, Sarah E Harris, Dorota Chapko, Daniel S Williams, Polina Reichert, Trevor Ahearn, Christopher J McNeil, Lawrence J Whalley, Alison D Murray
A single copy of klotho allele KL-VS is associated with longevity, better health, increased cognition, and bigger regional brain volume. However, its longitudinal effects on cognition and brain volumes, both global and regional, in late life are unclear. In this study we show that, relative to noncarriers, KL-VS heterozygotes had (1) shorter survival; (2) smaller white matter volumes; (3) slower cognitive decline; and (4) greater right frontal lobe volumes. The KL-VS heterozygote survival and white matter volume disadvantages were unexpected...
March 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431288/longitudinal-whole-brain-atrophy-and-ventricular-enlargement-in-nondemented-parkinson-s-disease
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Elijah Mak, Li Su, Guy B Williams, Michael J Firbank, Rachael A Lawson, Alison J Yarnall, Gordon W Duncan, Brit Mollenhauer, Adrian M Owen, Tien K Khoo, David J Brooks, James B Rowe, Roger A Barker, David J Burn, John T O'Brien
We investigated whole-brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement over 18 months in nondemented Parkinson's disease (PD) and examined their associations with clinical measures and baseline CSF markers. PD subjects (n = 100) were classified at baseline into those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI; PD-MCI, n = 36) and no cognitive impairment (PD-NC, n = 64). Percentage of whole-brain volume change (PBVC) and ventricular expansion over 18 months were assessed with FSL-SIENA and ventricular enlargement (VIENA) respectively...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431287/age-and-gender-effects-of-11-c-itmm-binding-to-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-type-1-in-healthy-human-participants
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Muneyuki Sakata, Jun Toyohara, Kenji Ishibashi, Kei Wagatsuma, Kenji Ishii, Ming-Rong Zhang, Kiichi Ishiwata
We examined possible age- and gender-related changes in binding of the selective antagonist N-[4-[6-(isopropylamino)pyrimidin-4-yl]-1,3-thiazol-2-yl]-4-(11)C-methoxy-N-methylbenzamide ((11)C-ITMM) to metabotropic glutamate receptor type 1 in healthy human brains. Dynamic (11)C-ITMM positron emission tomography scans (90 min) with serial arterial blood sampling were performed in 15 young and 24 older healthy adult volunteers. The total distribution volume (VT) of several brain regions was estimated with 2-tissue compartment model analysis...
March 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431278/intranasal-oxytocin-does-not-modulate-jumping-to-conclusions-in-schizophrenia-potential-interactions-with-caudate-volume-and-baseline-social-functioning
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Fernando Caravaggio, Philip Gerretsen, Wanna Mar, Jun Ku Chung, Eric Plitman, Shinichiro Nakajima, Julia Kim, Yusuke Iwata, Raihaan Patel, M Mallar Chakravarty, Gary Remington, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Mahesh Menon
BACKGROUND: Patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) tend to sample less information when making a decision, jumping to conclusions (JTC) without sufficient evidence. This "JTC bias" may be a trait marker of the disease and may not improve with antipsychotic treatment. We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to test whether intranasal oxytocin could reduce JTC in stable, medicated patients with SCZ and healthy controls (HCs). We also explored whether striatal volume, clinical symptoms, and baseline social functioning (SF) was related to JTC performance...
March 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431275/learning-non-rigid-deformations-for-robust-constrained-point-based-registration-in-image-guided-mr-trus-prostate-intervention
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John A Onofrey, Lawrence H Staib, Saradwata Sarkar, Rajesh Venkataraman, Cayce B Nawaf, Preston C Sprenkle, Xenophon Papademetris
Accurate and robust non-rigid registration of pre-procedure magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to intra-procedure trans-rectal ultrasound (TRUS) is critical for image-guided biopsies of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. TRUS-guided biopsy is the current clinical standard for prostate cancer diagnosis and assessment. State-of-the-art, clinical MR-TRUS image fusion relies upon semi-automated segmentations of the prostate in both the MR and the TRUS images to perform non-rigid surface-based registration of the gland...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431243/cryo-em-structure-of-the-open-human-ether-%C3%A3-go-go-related-k-channel-herg
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Weiwei Wang, Roderick MacKinnon
The human ether-à-go-go-related potassium channel (hERG, Kv11.1) is a voltage-dependent channel known for its role in repolarizing the cardiac action potential. hERG alteration by mutation or pharmacological inhibition produces Long QT syndrome and the lethal cardiac arrhythmia torsade de pointes. We have determined the molecular structure of hERG to 3.8 Å using cryo-electron microscopy. In this structure, the voltage sensors adopt a depolarized conformation, and the pore is open. The central cavity has an atypically small central volume surrounded by four deep hydrophobic pockets, which may explain hERG's unusual sensitivity to many drugs...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431235/improving-surgeons-comfort-with-prismatic-glasses-during-cleft-palate-surgery-preliminary-findings
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Hai Kuang, Guosheng Chen, Qitao Wen, Shuai Li, Lei Che, Feixin Liang
PURPOSE: We aimed to observe the effect of prismatic glasses on improving surgeons' comfort during cleft palate surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A within-subjects design was used. We included 3 oral-maxillofacial surgeons and 6 patients with complete cleft palate in the study. One group of cleft palate patients (3 complete cleft palates) was allocated to each of the 3 surgeons not wearing prismatic glasses, and another similar group of cleft palate patients was allocated to the same 3 surgeons wearing prismatic glasses...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431203/donor-safety-in-living-donor-liver-transplantation-the-korean-organ-transplantation-registry-kotry-study
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Jae Geun Lee, Kwang-Woong Lee, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Chong Woo Chu, Bong-Wan Kim, Dong Lak Choi, Young Kyoung You, Dong-Sik Kim, Yang Won Nah, Koo Jeong Kang, In Soek Choi, Hee Chul Yu, Geun Hong, Ho-Seong Han, Shin Hwang, Myoung Soo Kim
Major concerns about donor safety cause controversy and limit the use of living donor liver transplantation to overcome organ shortages. The Korean Organ Transplantation Registry established a nationwide organ transplantation registration system in 2014. We reviewed the prospectively collected data of all 832 live liver donors who underwent procedures between April 2014 and December 2015. We allocated the donors to a left lobe group (n=59) and a right lobe group (n=773) and analyzed the relations between graft types and remaining liver volumes and complications (graded using the Clavien five-tier grading system)...
April 21, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431196/switch-to-abobotulinum-toxin-a-may-be-useful-in-the-treatment-of-neurogenic-detrusor-overactivity-when-intradetrusor-injections-of-onabotulinum-toxin-a-failed
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Florie Bottet, Benoit Peyronnet, Romain Boissier, Bénédicte Reiss, Jean G Previnaire, Andrea Manunta, Jacques Kerdraon, Alain Ruffion, Loïc Lenormand, Brigitte Perrouin Verbe, Sarah Gaillet, Xavier Gamé, Gilles Karsenty
AIMS: To assess the outcomes of switching to a different brand of botulinum toxin A (BTA, from Botox® to Dysport®) in case of failure of intradetrusor injections (IDI) of Botox® in the treatment of neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO). METHODS: The charts of all patients who underwent a switch to IDI of Dysport® after failure of an IDI of Botox® at six departments of neurourology were retrospectively reviewed. The main outcomes of interest were the bladder diary data and four urodynamic parameters: maximum cystometric capacity (MCC), maximum detrusor pressure (PDET max), and volume at first uninhibited detrusor contraction (UDC)...
April 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431137/trapp-webserver-predicting-protein-binding-site-flexibility-and-detecting-transient-binding-pockets
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Antonia Stank, Daria B Kokh, Max Horn, Elena Sizikova, Rebecca Neil, Joanna Panecka, Stefan Richter, Rebecca C Wade
The TRAnsient Pockets in Proteins (TRAPP) webserver provides an automated workflow that allows users to explore the dynamics of a protein binding site and to detect pockets or sub-pockets that may transiently open due to protein internal motion. These transient or cryptic sub-pockets may be of interest in the design and optimization of small molecular inhibitors for a protein target of interest. The TRAPP workflow consists of the following three modules: (i) TRAPP structure- generation of an ensemble of structures using one or more of four possible molecular simulation methods; (ii) TRAPP analysis-superposition and clustering of the binding site conformations either in an ensemble of structures generated in step (i) or in PDB structures or trajectories uploaded by the user; and (iii) TRAPP pocket-detection, analysis, and visualization of the binding pocket dynamics and characteristics, such as volume, solvent-exposed area or properties of surrounding residues...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
#15
Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431062/impact-of-basal-inferolateral-scar-burden-determined-by-automatic-analysis-of-99mtc-mibi-myocardial-perfusion-spect-on-the-long-term-prognosis-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#16
Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
Aims: Left-ventricular (LV) scarring may be associated with a poor response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The automatic analysis of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (MP-SPECT) may provide objective quantification of LV scarring. We investigated the impact of LV scarring determined by an automatic analysis of MP-SPECT on short-term LV volume response as well as long-term outcome. Methods and Results: We studied consecutive 51 patients who were eligible to undergo 99mTc-MIBI MP-SPECT both at baseline and 6 months after CRT (ischaemic cardiomyopathies 31%)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431024/radiosurgery-for-unruptured-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-an-international-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Dale Ding, Robert M Starke, Hideyuki Kano, John Y K Lee, David Mathieu, John Pierce, Paul Huang, Symeon Missios, Caleb Feliciano, Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, Luis Almodovar, Inga S Grills, Danilo Silva, Mahmoud Abbassy, Douglas Kondziolka, Gene H Barnett, L Dade Lunsford, Jason P Sheehan
BACKGROUND: The role of intervention in the management of unruptured brain arteriovenous malformations (AVM) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To analyze in a multicenter, retrospective cohort study, the outcomes following radiosurgery for unruptured AVMs and determine predictive factors. METHODS: We evaluated and pooled AVM radiosurgery data from 8 institutions participating in the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation. Patients with unruptured AVMs and ≥12 mo of follow-up were included in the study cohort...
April 20, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430992/identifying-practice-related-factors-for-high-volume-prescribers-of-antibiotics-in-danish-general-practice
#18
Rune Aabenhus, Volkert Siersma, Håkon Sandholdt, Rasmus Køster-Rasmussen, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Lars Bjerrum
Objectives: In Denmark, general practice is responsible for 75% of antibiotic prescribing in the primary care sector. We aimed to identify practice-related factors associated with high prescribers, including prescribers of critically important antibiotics as defined by WHO, after accounting for case mix by practice. Methods: We performed a nationwide register-based survey of antibiotic prescribing in Danish general practice from 2012 to 2013. The unit of analysis was the individual practice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430990/three-dimensional-dose-prediction-and-validation-with-the-radiobiological-gamma-index-based-on-a-relative-seriality-model-for-head-and-neck-imrt
#19
Noriaki Hamatani, Iori Sumida, Yutaka Takahashi, Michio Oda, Yuji Seo, Fumiaki Isohashi, Keisuke Tamari, Kazuhiko Ogawa
This study proposes a quality assurance (QA) method incorporating radiobiological factors based on the QUANTEC-determined tumor control probability and the normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) of head-and-neck intensity-modulated radiation therapy (HN-IMRT). Per-beam measurements were conducted for 20 cases using a 2D detector array. Three-dimensional predicted dose distributions within targets and organs at risk were reconstructed based on the per-beam QA results derived from differences between planned and measured doses...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430964/metalims-a-simple-open-source-laboratory-information-management-system-for-small-metagenomic-labs
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Cassie Elizabeth Heinle, Nicolas Paul Eugène Gaultier, Dana Miller, Rikky Wenang Purbojati, Federico M Lauro
BACKGROUND: As the cost of sequencing continues to fall, smaller groups increasingly initiate and manage larger sequencing projects and take on the complexity of data storage for high volumes of samples. This has created a need for low-cost laboratory information management systems (LIMS) that contain flexible fields to accommodate the unique nature of individual labs. Many labs do not have a dedicated IT position, so LIMS must also be easy to setup and maintain with minimal technical proficiency...
April 18, 2017: GigaScience
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