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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914309/unique-approach-to-sensorimotor-training-with-a-new-device-combining-air-cushion-with-stochastic-translations-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Christian Mittermaier, Maximilian Schindler, Benjamin Loader, Thomas Waldhoer, Clemens Ambrozy, Richard Crevenna, Karin Pieber
Sensorimotor training with a wide variety of available devices represents an important component in rehabilitation and prevention of different sports injuries and chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a sensorimotor training with a newly developed device, which consists of an instable platform moving on an air cushion, providing dynamic balance training by tilting and unanticipated stochastic translations on postural control. Seventy-two healthy young subjects were included in this prospective, randomized, controlled, and observer-blinded study...
November 25, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
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Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911393/a-detailed-protocol-for-perspiration-monitoring-using-a-novel-small-wireless-device
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Kazuhiro Ogai, Masakazu Fukuoka, Kei-Ichiro Kitamura, Kiyoshi Uchide, Tetsu Nemoto
Perspiration monitoring can be utilized for the detection of certain diseases, such as thermoregulation and mental disorders, particularly when the patients are unaware of such disorders or are having difficulty expressing their symptoms. Until now, several devices for perspiration monitoring have been developed; however, such devices tend to have a relatively large exterior, considerable power consumption, and/or less sensitivity. Recently, we developed a small, wireless device for perspiration monitoring...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911382/a-simple-mechanical-procedure-to-create-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency-in-mouse
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Neda Afsharkhamseh, Elham Ghahari, Medi Eslani, Ali R Djalilian
Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) is a state of malfunction or loss of limbal epithelial stem cells, after which the corneal epithelium is replaced with conjunctiva. Patients suffer from recurrent corneal defects, pain, inflammation, and loss of vision. Previously, a murine model of LSCD was described and compared to two other models. The goal was to produce a consistent mouse model of LSCD that both mimics the phenotype in humans and lasts long enough to make it possible to study the disease pathophysiology and to evaluate new treatments...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909641/a-case-series-of-complex-recalcitrant-wounds-treated-with-epidermal-grafts-harvested-from-an-automated-device
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Stephen S Cai, Arvind U Gowda, Karan Chopra, Rachel Waldman, Ronald P Silverman, Yvonne M Rasko
INTRODUCTION: Epidermal grafting has several advantages over full-thickness or split-thickness grafts in the treatment of complex non-healing wounds. These include the low risk of donor site complications, minimal patient discomfort, and abstention from the operating room. Traditionally, the lack of reliable epidermal harvesting techniques has limited its clinical utilization. The development of an automated suction blister epidermal graft (SBEG) harvesting device may facilitate clinical utilization of this technique...
October 30, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909281/-transaortic-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-via-right-anterior-mini-thoracotomy-report-of-a-case
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Keitaro Okamoto, Tomoyuki Wada, Hirofumi Anai, Satoshi Takebayashi, Takashi Shuto, Takayuki Kawashima, Kazuki Mori, Norio Hongo, Noritaka Kamei, Hiromu Mori, Shinji Miyamoto
An 81-year-old man presented with ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm under stable condition. He had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic renal failure and rheumatoid arthritis. We performed hybrid thoracic endovascular aortic repair via right anterior mini-thoracotomy inserting a device through a conduit on the ascending aorta. The patient was discharged without aorta-related complications.
December 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908698/potential-role-of-endurance-training-in-altering-renal-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-ckd
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Erin J Howden, Justin S Lawley, Murray Esler, Benjamin D Levine
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), is characterized by a progressive loss of renal function and increase in cardiovascular risk. In this review paper, we discuss the pathophysiology of increased sympathetic nerve activity in CKD patients and raise the possibility of endurance exercise being an effective countermeasure to address this problem. We specifically focus on the potential role of endurance training in altering renal sympathetic nerve activity as increased renal sympathetic nerve activity negatively impacts kidney function as well indirectly effects multiple other systems and organs...
November 25, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908521/neoplastic-diseases-of-the-small-bowel
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REVIEW
Emanuele Rondonotti, Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Diana E Yung, Surekha N Reddy, Julius Georgiou, Marco Pennazio
The incidence of small bowel tumors is increasing over time. Until recently, their diagnosis was delayed and it was often reached only at the time of surgery. New diagnostic tools, such as capsule endoscopy, device-assisted enteroscopy, and dedicated small bowel cross-sectional imaging techniques, have been introduced recently in clinical practice. The combination of these tools allows medical practitioners to detect small bowel tumors at an early stage and to reach a definite diagnosis before surgery, thus enabling minimally invasive treatments...
January 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908184/irradiation-with-x-rays-of-the-energy-18-mv-induces-radioactivity-in-transfusion-blood-proposal-of-a-safe-method-using-6-mv
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Katharina Frentzel, Harun Badakhshi
PURPOSE: To prevent a fatal transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, it is recommended to irradiate transfusion blood and blood components with ionizing radiation. Using x-rays from a linear accelerator of the radiotherapy department is an accepted alternative to gamma irradiation devices of the blood bank and to the orthovoltage units that are replacing the gamma irradiators today. However, the use of high energy x-rays may carry a potential risk of induced radioactivity. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of two different energy levels, 6 and 18 MV, which are executed in routine clinical settings...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907873/excellent-storage-stability-and-sensitive-detection-of-neurotoxin-quinolinic-acid
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Ranjana Singh, Sunayana Kashyap, Suveen Kumar, Shiju Abraham, Tejendra K Gupta, Arvind M Kayastha, Bansi D Malhotra, Preeti Suman Saxena, Anchal Srivastava, Ranjan K Singh
Quinolinic acid (QA) is a metabolite of tryptophan degradation obtained through kynurenine pathway, produced naturally in the mammalian brain as well as in the human cerebrospinal fluid. The presence of QA ~10-40µM is a clear indicator of many neurological disorders as well as deficiency of vitamin B6 in human being. In the present work; rapid, sensitive and cost-effective bio-electrodes were prepared to detect the trace amount of endogenous neurotoxin (QA). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) studies were carried out to measure the electrochemical response of the fabricated bio-electrodes as a function of QA concentrations...
November 23, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906824/selection-of-patients-for-initial-clinical-trials-of-solid-organ-xenotransplantation
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David K C Cooper, Martin Wijkstrom, Sundaram Hariharan, Joshua L Chan, Avneesh Singh, Keith Horvath, Muhammad Mohiuddin, Arielle Cimeno, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina, Richard N Pierson
Several groups have reported extended survival of genetically-engineered pig organs in nonhuman primates, varying from almost 10 months for life-supporting kidney grafts and >2 years for nonlife-supporting heart grafts to less than 1 month for life-supporting liver and lung grafts. We have attempted to define groups of patients who may not have an option to wait for an allograft. These include kidney, heart, and lung candidates who are highly-allosensitized. In addition, some kidney candidates (who have previously lost at least 2 allografts from rapid recurrence of native kidney disease) have a high risk of further recurrence and will not be offered a repeat allotransplant...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905331/prevalent-practice-patterns-in-glaucoma-poll-of-indian-ophthalmologists-at-a-national-conference
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Nikhil Shreeram Choudhari, Vanita Pathak-Ray, Sushmita Kaushik, Prateep Vyas, Ronnie George
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to explore and compare the prevailing practice patterns in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma among subspecialists and general ophthalmologists in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is an interactive audience response system (ARS) based poll of ophthalmologists attending the annual conference of the Glaucoma Society of India in 2013. RESULTS: The information was obtained from 379 ophthalmologists (146 glaucoma specialists, 54 nonglaucoma subspecialists, and 179 general ophthalmologists)...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905161/the-impact-of-co-morbidity-burden-on-appropriate-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-therapy-and-all-cause-mortality-insight-from-danish-nationwide-clinical-registers
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Anne Christine Ruwald, Michael Vinther, Gunnar H Gislason, Jens Brock Johansen, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Helen Høgh Petersen, Sam Riahi, Christian Jons
AIMS: In a nationwide cohort of primary (PP-ICD) and secondary prevention (SP-ICD) implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients, we aimed to investigate the association between co-morbidity burden and risk of appropriate ICD therapy and mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified all patients >18 years, implanted with first-time PP-ICD (n = 1873) or SP-ICD (n = 2461) in Denmark from 2007 to 2012. Co-morbidity was identified in administrative registers of hospitalization and drug prescription from pharmacies...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904933/-metastatic-disease-in-long-bones-review-of-surgical-treatment-options
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Franz Liska, Philipp Schmitz, Norbert Harrasser, Peter Prodinger, Hans Rechl, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe
Surgery in metastatic bone disease is currently the most frequent type of surgery in orthopedic oncology. Improved survival rates and an increasing incidence of bone metastasis have led to an increase in complications caused by metastatic disease, such as pathological fractures or hardware failure after operative treatment. Although surgery of metastatic lesions remains a palliative therapy concept, because of sufficient therapy for the primary carcinomas, tumor-specific-oriented follow-up protocols and a variation in the prognosis for the individual entities, an individually adapted treatment strategy is necessary...
November 30, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904729/treatment-of-late-onset-legg-calve-perthes-disease-by-arthrodiastasis
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Sung Soo Kim, Chan Woo Lee, Hyeon Jun Kim, Hyun Ho Kim, Lih Wang
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of arthrodiastasis for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. METHODS: Arthrodiastasis was conducted using external fixator devices (Orthofix) in 7 patients at least 8 years of age with a diagnosis of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The average follow-up was 80 months (range, 32 to 149 months), and their average age was 9.1 years (range, 8 to 12 years). The results of treatment were evaluated by measuring the degree of hip pain and the range of motion of the hip at 6 months after the operation and comparing the values with preoperative measurements...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904203/daytime-changes-of-skin-biophysical-characteristics-a-study-of-hydration-transepidermal-water-loss-ph-sebum-elasticity-erythema-and-color-index-on-middle-eastern-skin
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Alireza Firooz, Hamed Zartab, Bardia Sadr, Leili Naraghi Bagherpour, Aidin Masoudi, Ferial Fanian, Yahya Dowlati, Amir Hooshang Ehsani, Aniseh Samadi
BACKGROUND: The exposure of skin to ultraviolet radiation and temperature differs significantly during the day. It is reasonable that biophysical parameters of human skin have periodic daily fluctuation. The objective of this study was to study the fluctuations of various biophysical characteristics of Middle Eastern skin in standardized experimental conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven biophysical parameters of skin including stratum corneum hydration, transepidermal water loss, pH, sebum, elasticity, skin color, and erythema index were measured at three time points (8 a...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903834/saliva-diagnostics-current-views-and-directions
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Karolina Elżbieta Kaczor-Urbanowicz, Carmen Martin Carreras-Presas, Katri Aro, Michael Tu, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, David Tw Wong
In this review, we provide an update on the current and future applications of saliva for diagnostic purposes. There are many advantages of using saliva as a biofluid. Its collection is fast, easy, inexpensive, and non-invasive. In addition, saliva, as a "mirror of the body," can reflect the physiological and pathological state of the body. Therefore, it serves as a diagnostic and monitoring tool in many fields of science such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacotherapy. Introduced in 2008, the term "Salivaomics" aimed to highlight the rapid development of knowledge about various "omics" constituents of saliva, including: proteome, transcriptome, micro-RNA, metabolome, and microbiome...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903208/early-experience-of-a-new-extracorporeal-carbon-dioxide-removal-device-for-acute-hypercapnic-respiratory-failure
#18
Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Hergen Buscher, James Winearls, Jeff Breeding, Debasish Ghosh, Shimonti Chaterjee, Gary Braun, Eldho Paul, John F Fraser, John Botha
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the technology of extracorporeal respiratory assist systems have led to a renewed interest in extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCOR). The Hemolung is a new, low-flow, venovenous, minimally invasive, partial ECCOR device that has recently been introduced to clinical practice to aid in avoiding invasive ventilation or to facilitate lung-protective ventilation. OBJECTIVE: We report our early experience on use, efficacy and safety of the Hemolung in three Australian intensive care units...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903028/-cardiovascular-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-kidney-disease
#19
Ivo Quack, Ralf Westenfeld
Patients with kidney disease have a significantly increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Especially diabetics have an increased risk to develop renal insufficiency and cardiovascular events. Two recent studies show that the SGLT2 inhibitor Empagliflozin and the GLP1 agonist Liraglutid are able to lower the cardiovascular risk of type2 diabetics with renal insufficiency. Recent observations suggest that bradycardia and asystole are main triggers for sudden cardiac death in patients with chronic kidney disease...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902930/modulating-micrornas-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-novel-therapeutic-opportunities
#20
REVIEW
Giovanni Biglino, Massimo Caputo, Cha Rajakaruna, Gianni Angelini, Eva van Rooij, Costanza Emanueli
This review focuses on microRNAs (miRs) in cardiac surgery, where they are emerging as potential targets for therapeutic intervention as well as novel clinical biomarkers. Identification of the up/down-regulation of specific miRs in defined groups of cardiac surgery patients can lead to the development of novel strategies for targeted treatment in order to maximise therapeutic results and minimise acute, delayed or chronic complications. MiRs could also be involved in determining the outcome independently of complications, for example in relation to myocardial perfusion and fibrosis...
November 27, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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