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E A Gopalakrishnan, Yogita Sharma, Tony John, Partha Sharathi Dutta, R I Sujith
Dynamical systems can undergo critical transitions where the system suddenly shifts from one stable state to another at a critical threshold called the tipping point. The decrease in recovery rate to equilibrium (critical slowing down) as the system approaches the tipping point can be used to identify the proximity to a critical transition. Several measures have been adopted to provide early indications of critical transitions that happen in a variety of complex systems. In this study, we use early warning indicators to predict subcritical Hopf bifurcation occurring in a thermoacoustic system by analyzing the observables from experiments and from a theoretical model...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
J Mushanyu, F Nyabadza, G Muchatibaya, A G R Stewart
The abuse of drugs is now an epidemic globally whose control has been mainly through rehabilitation. The demand for drug abuse rehabilitation has not been matched with the available capacity resulting in limited placement of addicts into rehabilitation. In this paper, we model limited rehabilitation through the Hill function incorporated into a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Not every member of the community is equally likely to embark on drug use, risk structure is included to help differentiate those more likely (high risk) to abuse drugs and those less likely (low risk) to abuse drugs...
October 20, 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Robert M Van Haren, Lee J Goldstein, Omaida C Velazquez, Jagajan Karmacharya, Arash Bornak
OBJECTIVE: Aortobifemoral bypass has been the gold standard treatment for extensive aortoiliac occlusive disease. Endovascular therapy and stenting of aortic and iliac occlusive lesions has proven to be efficacious, especially when dealing with short segment lesions. Endovascular treatment of TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus II (TASC) D aortoiliac occlusive lesions remains a challenge, but a valuable treatment option in poor surgical candidates. We present our operative technique and midterm results in treating TASC D aortoiliac occlusive disease using unibody bifurcated endografts...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Bo Xu, Björn Redfors, Yuejin Yang, Shubin Qiao, Yongjian Wu, Jilin Chen, Haibo Liu, Jue Chen, Liang Xu, Yanyan Zhao, Changdong Guan, Runlin Gao, Philippe Généreux
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of operator experience on prognosis after left main coronary artery (LM) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: LM PCI can be technically challenging and potentially risky considering the amount of supplied myocardium. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent unprotected LM PCI at a single institution were included and compared according to whether the primary operator was an experienced, high-volume LM operator (defined as an operator who performed at least 15 LM PCIs per year for at least 3 consecutive years) or not...
October 24, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
J M Li, W B Xu, J W Zhong, H Y Wu, W C Dai
Objective: To assess the characteristics of facial nerve canal between normal anatomy and dysplasia of children in different ages. Methods: A total of 492 health ears were divided into six groups, neonatal group (<1 m , n=42), infancy group(1 m-1 y, n=106), toddler group(1-3 y, n=102), preschool group (3-6 y, n=100), school group(6-10 y, n=60)and adolescent group (10-14 y, n=82). The length and diameter of facial nerve canal and that angles of first and second genu were measured with CT in each group. Results: ①The lengths of facial nerve canal in neonatal and infancy group were shorter than other four groups, especially in the mastoid segments of facial nerve canal...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Insa Joost, Johannes Steinfurt, Philipp T Meyer, Winfried V Kern, Siegbert Rieg
BACKGROUND: Ustekinumab (Stelara®), a human monoclonal antibody targeting the p40-subunit of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23, is indicated for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In large multicenter, prospective trials assessing efficacy and safety of ustekinumab increased rates of severe infections have not been observed so far. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 64-year old woman presenting with chills, pain and swelling of her right foot with dark maculae at the sole, and elevated inflammatory markers...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Susanna Shin, Benjamin Starnes
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August 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
T S Liu, B T Chen, R Dong, Y Li, Y Zhao, K Hua
Objective: To discuss the clinical safety and efficacy about off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) in octogenarians. Methods: From June 2005 to July 2014, 252 patients (male 208, female 44, with a mean age of 81.7 years old) underwent OPCABG in Beijing Anzhen Hospital who were aged 80 years or older were enrolled. Results: Eight (3.2%) patients were diagnosed as single vessel coronary artery disease (CAD), 29 cases (11.5%) were diagnosed as bifurcation vessel CAD, and 215 cases (85.3%) were multivessel CAD...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Takayuki Warisawa, Toru Naganuma, Sunao Nakamura
We report a case of percutaneous coronary intervention in a bifurcation lesion involving left circumflex (LCx) artery and 2 major posterolateral (PL) arteries. The target LCx had diffuse long and severely calcified lesion with the acute takeoff angle from the left main. Despite adequate lesion preparation with rotational atherectomy and balloon angioplasty, the stent was not deliverable, even with deep intubation of 7Fr-guiding catheter. Conventional use of guiding extension catheter (GEC) would have required removal of a wire from at least one PL because of the device interference in the GEC...
October 18, 2016: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
Martin Vyska, Christopher Gilligan
We analyse the dynamical behaviour of a simple, widely used model that integrates epidemiological dynamics with disease control and economic constraint on the control resources. We consider both the deterministic model and its stochastic counterpart. Despite its simplicity, the model exhibits mathematically rich dynamics, including multiple stable fixed points and stable limit cycles arising from global bifurcations. We show that the existence of the limit cycles in the deterministic model has important consequences in modelling the range of potential effects the control can have...
October 18, 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Takao Sato, John Jose, Mohamed El-Mawardy, Dmitriy S Sulimov, Ralph Tölg, Gert Richardt, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
Heterogeneity of neointimal thickness is observed after drug-eluting stents implantation in bifurcation lesions (BL). We evaluated the vascular response of everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffold (BRS) struts deployed at BL using optical coherence tomography (OCT). 50 patients (64 scaffolds) underwent follow-up OCT after BRS implantation. Cross-sectional areas of each BL with a side branch more than 1.5 mm were analyzed using OCT every 200 µm. All images were divided into three regions according to shear stress: the 1/2 circumference of the vessel opposite to the ostium (OO), the vessel wall adjacent to the ostium (AO) and the side-branch ostium (SO)...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Tong Qiu, Yandong Zhao, Jianfang Song, Bo Fu, Yunpeng Xuan, Wenjie Jiao
BACKGROUND: Carina resection and reconstruction is a challenging procedure for thoracic surgeons. We describe a novel technique of thoracoscopic carina reconstruction using the natural bifurcation, following pulmonary resection of the lung neoplasm. To our knowledge, it is the first report of this kind. CASE PRESENTATION: A 71-year-old male diagnosed of squamous cell lung cancer received two-port approached video-assisted thoracoscopic right bilobectomy with carina resection after 2 cycles of neoadjuvant therapy...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Vahit Mutlu, Hayri Ogul
Carotid body tumors originate from paraganglionic tissue in the bifurcation of the common carotid artery. Magnetic resonance imaging is a frequently used diagnostic method in the preoperative diagnosis of these tumors and provides appropriate information for surgical planning. In this study, the authors emphasize magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography findings of the external carotid artery aneurysm associated with carotid body tumor. This highlights that the diagnosis of carotid artery aneurysms is essential to avoid accidental injury to the vessel during tumor surgery...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Casey O Diekman, Amitabha Bose
Circadian oscillators found across a variety of species are subject to periodic external light-dark forcing. Entrainment to light-dark cycles enables the circadian system to align biological functions with appropriate times of day or night. Phase response curves (PRCs) have been used for decades to gain valuable insights into entrainment; however, PRCs may not accurately describe entrainment to photoperiods with substantial amounts of both light and dark due to their reliance on a single limit cycle attractor...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Rhythms
Junichiro Hashimoto
The central aorta constitutes the main trunk of the systemic arterial tree. It dilates passively with cardiac ejection during systole and then constricts with its recoil function during diastole, thereby regulating blood pressure and blood flow. The central pulsatile hemodynamics affects local hemodynamics within as well as downstream of the aorta (e.g., end organs).The aorta progressively stiffens and dilates with advancing age, and such age-dependent change is accelerated by hypertension. According to the law of Laplace, wall stress depends on the diameter and pressure of the blood vessel...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jorge Aramburu, Raúl Antón, Alejandro Rivas, Juan Carlos Ramos, Bruno Sangro, José Ignacio Bilbao
Radioembolization, which consist of the implantation of radioactive microspheres via intra-arterially placed microcatheter, is a safe and effective treatment for liver cancer. Nevertheless, radioembolization-related complications and side effects may arise, which are an active area of ongoing research. The catheter design has been claimed as an option in reducing these complications. In this paper, the influence of catheter type and location are investigated. The study was undertaken by numerically simulating the particle-hemodynamics in a patient-specific hepatic artery during liver radioembolization...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
L Tyler Mix, Julia Kirpich, Masato Kumauchi, Jie Ren, Mikas Vengris, Wouter D Hoff, Delmar S Larsen
We explored the photoisomerization mechanisms in novel homologs of Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP) from Leptospira biflexa to identify conserved features and functional diversity in the primary photochemistry of this family of photoreceptors. In close agreement with the prototypical PYP from Halorhodospira halophila, we observe excited state absorbance near 375 nm and stimulated emission near 500 nm, with triphasic excited state decay. While the excited state decay for Lbif PYP is the slowest among known PYPs due to the redistribution of the amplitudes of the three decay components, the quantum yield for productive photocycle entry is very similar to that of Hhal PYP...
October 17, 2016: Biochemistry
Amy Yuan, Jie Wei, Carl P Gaebler, Hailiang Huang, Devin Olek, Guang Li
PURPOSE: To develop a physical, adaptive motion perturbation model to predict tumor motion using feedback from dynamic measurement of breathing conditions to compensate for breathing irregularities. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A novel respiratory motion perturbation (RMP) model was developed to predict tumor motion variations caused by breathing irregularities. This model contained 2 terms: the initial tumor motion trajectory, measured from 4-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) images, and motion perturbation, calculated from breathing variations in tidal volume (TV) and breathing pattern (BP)...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Erik Groot Jebbink, Varghese Mathai, Johannes T Boersen, Chao Sun, Cornelis H Slump, Peter C J M Goverde, Michel Versluis, Michel M P J Reijnen
BACKGROUND: Endovascular treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease entails the use of multiple stents to reconstruct the aortic bifurcation. Different configurations have been applied and geometric variations exist, as quantified in previous work. Other studies concluded that specific stent geometry seems to affect patency. These variations may affect local flow patterns, resulting in different wall shear stress (WSS) and oscillating shear index (OSI). The aim of this study was to compare the effect of different stent configurations on flow perturbations (recirculation and fluid stasis), WSS, and OSI in an in vitro setup...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Martijn L Dijkstra, Peter C J M Goverde, Andrew Holden, Clark J Zeebregts, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To show feasibility of the covered endovascular repair of the aortic bifurcation (CERAB) technique in conjunction with chimney grafts in aortic side branches for complex aortoiliac occlusive disease. METHODS: Two European centers and one facility located in New Zealand participated in a retrospective observational study that enrolled 14 consecutive patients (mean age 61.2±8.9 years; 11 men) treated with CERAB in conjunction with chimney graft(s) between December 2012 and May 2015...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
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