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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545267/-influence-of-postoperative-pelvic-floor-function-on-different-surgical-procedures-of-hysterectomy
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A L Tan, L Hong, Y Z Zhao, L Jiang
Objective: To compare the influence of postoperative pelvic floor function after different surgical procedures of hysterectomy. Methods: A total of 260 patients who underwent hysterectomy in Renmin hospital of Wuhan University from January 2012 to January 2014 were enrolled in the study, and divided into 5 groups by different surgical procedures, which were total abdominal hysterectomy (A-TH; 46 cases), total laparoscopic hysterectomy (L-TH; 59 cases), total vaginal hysterectomy (V-TH; 42 cases), abdominal intrafascial hysterectomy (A-CISH; 78 cases), laparoscopic intrafascial hysterectomy (L-CISH; 35 cases)...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
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Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545168/reliability-of-the-triple-timed-up-and-go-3tug-test
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Donald B Sanders, Jeffrey T Guptill, Kathy L Aleš, Lisa D Hobson-Webb, David P Jacobus, Riaz Mahmood, Janice M Massey, Melissa M Pittman, Kristi Prather, Shruti M Raja, Eric Yow, Vern C Juel
INTRODUCTION: We report the reliability of a new measure, the Triple Timed-Up-and-Go (3TUG) test, for assessing clinical function in patients with Lambert-Eaton myasthenia (LEM). METHODS: Intra-rater reproducibility and inter-rater agreement of the 3TUG were assessed in 25 control subjects, 24 patients with non-LEM neuromuscular disease and 12 LEM patients. The coverage probability (CP) method was the primary measure of reproducibility and agreement. The a priori acceptable range was <20% difference in 3TUG times and a CP ≥0...
May 25, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545138/sumo-4-a-novel-functional-candidate-in-the-human-placental-protein-sumoylation-machinery
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Dora Baczyk, Melanie C Audette, Sascha Drewlo, Khrystyna Levytska, John C Kingdom
BACKGROUND: Small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) conjugate to proteins post-translationally, thereby affecting target localization, activity and stability. Functional SUMO family members identified in the human placenta include SUMO-1 to SUMO-3, which are elevated in pre-eclampsia. Whether the fourth isoform, SUMO-4, plays a role in placental development and function remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that SUMO-4 is expressed in the human placenta and demonstrates altered SUMOylation in pre-eclamptic pregnancies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545037/an-instrument-to-measure-nurses-knowledge-in-palliative-care-validation-of-the-spanish-version-of-palliative-care-quiz-for-nurses
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Elena Chover-Sierra, Antonio Martínez-Sabater, Yolanda Raquel Lapeña-Moñux
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is nowadays essential in nursing care, due to the increasing number of patients who require attention in final stages of their life. Nurses need to acquire specific knowledge and abilities to provide quality palliative care. Palliative Care Quiz for Nurses is a questionnaire that evaluates their basic knowledge about palliative care. The Palliative Care Quiz for Nurses (PCQN) is useful to evaluate basic knowledge about palliative care, but its adaptation into the Spanish language and the analysis of its effectiveness and utility for Spanish culture is lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545015/motor-unit-number-index-munix-in-patients-with-anti-mag-neuropathy
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Farzad Fatehi, Emilien Delmont, Aude-Marie Grapperon, Emmanuelle Salort-Campana, Amandine Sévy, Annie Verschueren, José Boucraut, Shahram Attarian
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between Motor Unit Number Index (MUNIX) and functional scales in patients with anti-Myelin Associated Glycoprotein (MAG) neuropathy and to know if MUNIX is modify after rituximab (RTX) therapy. METHODS: 17 patients were enrolled, of whom 6 were prospectively evaluated during one year after RTX treatment. MUNIX technique was assessed in abductor digiti mini (ADM), abductor pollicis brevi (APB) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles...
May 9, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544998/chronic-toxicity-of-five-metals-to-the-polar-marine-microalga-cryothecomonas-armigera-application-of-a-new-bioassay
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Darren J Koppel, Francesca Gissi, Merrin S Adams, Catherine K King, Dianne F Jolley
The paucity of ecotoxicological data for Antarctic organisms is impeding the development of region-specific water quality guidelines. To address this limitation, toxicity testing protocols need to be developed to account for the unique physiology of polar organisms, in particular their slow growth rates. In this study, a toxicity test protocol was developed to investigate the toxicities of five metals to the polar marine microalga Cryothecomonas armigera. The concentrations which reduced population growth rate by 10% (EC10) after 24-d for Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd and Ni were 21...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544993/muscarinic-receptor-m4-positive-allosteric-modulators-attenuate-central-effects-of-cocaine
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Camilla Dall, Pia Weikop, Ditte Dencker, Anna C Molander, Gitta Wörtwein, P Jeffrey Conn, Anders Fink-Jensen, Morgane Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Cocaine addiction is a chronic brain disease affecting neurotransmission. Muscarinic cholinergic receptors modulate dopaminergic signaling in the reward system, and muscarinic receptor stimulation can block direct reinforcing effects of cocaine. Here, we tested the hypothesis that specific muscarinic M4 receptor stimulation can attenuate the discriminative stimulus effects and conditioned rewarding effects of cocaine, measures believed to predict the ability of cocaine and cocaine-associated cues to elicit relapse to drug taking...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544976/long-range-transport-of-xe-133-emissions-under-convective-and-non-convective-conditions
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J Kuśmierczyk-Michulec, M Krysta, M Kalinowski, E Hoffmann, J Baré
To investigate the transport of xenon emissions, the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) operates an Atmospheric Transport Modelling (ATM) system based on the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model FLEXPART. The air mass trajectory ideally provides a "link" between a radionuclide release and a detection confirmed by radionuclide measurements. This paper investigates the long-range transport of Xe-133 emissions under convective and non-convective conditions, with special emphasis on evaluating the changes in the simulated activity concentration values due to the inclusion of the convective transport in the ATM simulations...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544952/influence-of-both-cutaneous-input-from-the-foot-soles-and-visual-information-on-the-control-of-postural-stability-in-dyslexic-children
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Nathalie Goulème, Philippe Villeneuve, Christophe-Loïc Gérard, Maria Pia Bucci
Dyslexic children show impaired in postural stability. The aim of our study was to test the influence of foot soles and visual information on the postural control of dyslexic children, compared to non-dyslexic children. Postural stability was evaluated with TechnoConcept(®) platform in twenty-four dyslexic children (mean age: 9.3±0.29years) and in twenty-four non-dyslexic children, gender- and age-matched, in two postural conditions (with and without foam: a 4-mm foam was put under their feet or not) and in two visual conditions (eyes open and eyes closed)...
May 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544947/measuring-cortical-motor-hemodynamics-during-assisted-stepping-an-fnirs-feasibility-study-of-using-a-walker
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Andrea Cristina de Lima-Pardini, Guilherme A Zimeo Morais, Joana Bisol Balardin, Daniel Boari Coelho, Nametala Maia Azzi, Luis Augusto Teixeira, João Ricardo Sato
Walkers are commonly prescribed worldwide to individuals unable to walk independently. Walker usage leads to improved postural control and voluntary movement during step. In the present study, we aimed to provide a concept-proof on the feasibility of an event-related protocol integrating the analyses of biomechanical variables of step initiation and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure activation of the supplementary motor area (SMA) while using a walker. Healthy young participants were tested while stepping with versus without the use of the walker...
May 17, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544910/effect-of-off-resonance-on-t1-saturation-recovery-measurement-in-inhomogeneous-fields
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Chong Duan, Colm Ryan, Shin Utsuzawa, Yi-Qiao Song, Martin D Hürlimann
Saturation-recovery measurements with Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill sequences are commonly employed to measure the longitudinal relaxation time constant, T1, in grossly inhomogeneous fields. We show that in general the off-resonant effect generates unexpected extra signals in the T1 measurement. In the present study, we derive a modified T1 kernel that accounts for this off-resonance effect quantitatively. The new kernel has been tested with numerical simulations and experiments, and excellent agreement is found...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544900/kinetics-of-glucocorticoid-exposure-in-developing-zebrafish-a-tracer-study
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Peter Johannes Steenbergen, Nabila Bardine, Faiza Sharif
In the current study the dynamics of glucocorticoid uptake by zebrafish chorionated embryos from the surrounding medium were studied, using 2.5 μM cortisol or dexamethasone solutions complemented with their tritiated variant. We measured the uptake of radioactive cortisol by embryos during a 1 h submersion. Interestingly, the signal in chorionated embryos was 85% (exposure: 1-2 hpf) or 78% (exposure: 48-49 hpf) of the signal present in an equal volume medium. By comparing embryos measured without chorion, we found that 18-20% of the radioactivity present in chorionated embryos is actually bound to the chorion or located in the perivitelline space...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544896/exploring-mechanisms-of-change-in-cognitive-therapy-and-interpersonal-psychotherapy-for-adult-depression
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Lotte H J M Lemmens, Francisca Galindo-Garre, Arnoud Arntz, Frenk Peeters, Steven D Hollon, Robert J DeRubeis, Marcus J H Huibers
The present study explored the temporal relationships between change in five candidate causal mechanisms and change in depressive symptoms in a randomized comparison of individual Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for adult depression. Furthermore, hypotheses concerning the mediation of change in these treatments were tested. Patients were 151 depressed adult outpatients treated with either CT (n = 76) or IPT (n = 75). Depression severity was assessed with the BDI-II. Candidate mediators included both therapy-specific as well as common factors...
May 8, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544848/decomposition-of-phenolic-impregnated-carbon-ablator-pica-as-a-function-of-temperature-and-heating-rate
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Brody Bessire, Timothy K Minton
Material response models for phenolic-based thermal protection systems (TPSs) for atmospheric entry are limited by the lack of knowledge of the nonequilibrium processes that may govern the decomposition pathways of phenolic resin at heating rates up to tens of degrees Celsius per second. We have investigated the pyrolysis of phenolic impregnated carbon ablator (PICA) by measuring the molar yields of the volatile decomposition products as a function of temperature at four nominal heating rates of 3.1, 6.1, 12...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544835/leaflet-mechanical-properties-of-carpentier-edwards-perimount-magna-pericardial-aortic-bioprostheses
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Heide Kuang, Yue Xuan, Michelle Lu, Aart Mookhoek, Andrew D Wisneski, Julius M Guccione, Liang Ge, Elaine E Tseng
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has recently been shown to be equivalent to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in intermediate-risk patients. As TAVR expands towards the traditionally SAVR population, TAVR versus SAVR durability becomes increasingly important. While the durability of TAVR is unknown, valve design - particularly with regards to leaflet stress - impacts on valve durability. Although leaflet stress cannot be measured directly, it can be determined using finite element modeling, with such models requiring the mechanical properties of the leaflets...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544834/in-vitro-pulsatile-flow-measurement-in-prosthetic-heart-valves-an-inter-laboratory-comparison
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Stephen M Retta, Jeff Kepner, Salvador Marquez, Bruce A Herman, Mark C S Shu, Laurence W Grossman
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: One of the first steps in qualifying a new prosthetic valve for eventual clinical use is preclinical flow performance testing in vitro. Such testing is typically performed in an in-vitro test system that simulates the pumping mechanics of the left ventricle of the heart, generally referred to as a pulse duplicator or duplicator. Historically, test results in these systems have varied from duplicator to duplicator. This collaborative effort between heart valve manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to evaluate the variability of the pulse duplicator test technology for pulsatile flow performance measurement in an interlaboratory round robin...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544833/how-heart-valves-evolve-to-adapt-to-an-extreme-pressure-system-morphologic-and-biomechanical-properties-of-giraffe-heart-valves
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Jonas Amstrup Funder, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulrik Baandrup, Bo Martin Bibby, Ted Carl Andelius, Emil Toft Brøndum, Tobias Wang, J Michael Hasenkam
BACKGROUND: Heart valves which exist naturally in an extreme-pressure system must have evolved in a way to resist the stresses of high pressure. Giraffes are interesting as they naturally have a blood pressure twice that of humans. Thus, knowledge regarding giraffe heart valves may aid in developing techniques to design improved pressure-resistant biological heart valves. METHODS: Heart valves from 12 giraffes and 10 calves were explanted and subjected to either biomechanical or morphological examinations...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544807/effects-of-teriparatide-on-joint-erosions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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D H Solomon, J Kay, J Duryea, B Lu, M B Bolster, R A Yood, R Han, S Ball, C Coleman, E Lo, A Wohlfahrt, M Sury, M Yin, Z Yu, A Zak, E M Gravallese
BACKGROUND: Articular erosions correlate with disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Biologic treatments for RA reduce erosion progression, but erosion healing occurs infrequently. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the anabolic agent teriparatide on joint erosion volume in RA patients treated with a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi). METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial in 24 patients with erosive RA, osteopenia, and disease activity controlled on a TNFi for at least three months...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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