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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102485/-18-f-fet-pet-prior-to-recurrent-high-grade-glioma-re-irradiation-additional-prognostic-value-of-dynamic-time-to-peak-analysis-and-early-static-summation-images
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Daniel F Fleischmann, Marcus Unterrainer, Peter Bartenstein, Claus Belka, Nathalie L Albert, Maximilian Niyazi
Most high-grade gliomas (HGG) recur after initial multimodal therapy and re-irradiation (Re-RT) has been shown to be a valuable re-treatment option in selected patients. We evaluated the prognostic value of dynamic time-to-peak analysis and early static summation images in O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-l-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) PET for patients treated with Re-RT ± concomitant bevacizumab. We retrospectively analyzed 72 patients suffering from recurrent HGG with (18)F-FET PET prior to Re-RT. PET analysis revealed the maximal tumor-to-background-ratio (TBRmax), the biological tumor volume, the number of PET-foci and pattern of time-activity-curves (TACs; increasing vs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102014/phonetic-analysis-during-treatment-with-rapid-maxillary-expander
#2
E Biondi, A Bandini, L Lombardo, S Orlandi, G Siciliani, C Manfredi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate possible changes and/or device-related impairments in phonetic habits produced by rapid maxillary expansion (RME). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five patients scheduled for RME were divided into two groups: Group A (banded two-arm Hyrax) and Group B (banded four-arm Hyrax). Speech samples were collected at six time points, before, during and after RME removal. Acoustical analysis was performed using PRAAT and BioVoice analysis tools. Ten volunteers completed a questionnaire on the acceptability of patient's speech...
February 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101732/the-analysis-of-knee-joint-loading-during-drop-landing-from-different-heights-and-under-different-instruction-sets-in-healthy-males
#3
Dmitry Verniba, Jason D Vescovi, David A Hood, William H Gage
BACKGROUND: Mechanical loading during exercise has been shown to promote tissue remodeling. Safe and accessible exercise may be beneficial to populations at risk of diminished bone and joint health. We examined the effect of drop height and instruction on knee loading during a drop-landing task and proposed a task that makes use of drop heights that may be appropriate for rehabilitation purposes and functional in daily life to examine transient knee joint loads. METHODS: Twenty males (22...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101624/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiac-contractility-modulation-in-heart-failure-a%C3%A2-meta-analysis-of-clinical-trials
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X Liu, H J Yang, H Q Ping, S Qiu, S Shi, B Yang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) has developed as a promising treatment device for heart failure (HF). This meta-analysis aimed at systematically reviewing the latest available published trials to provide evidence on the safety and efficacy of CCM in patients with HF. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Resister of Controlled Trials, PubMed, and EMBASE in May 2016 to identify eligible clinical trials comparing CCM with sham treatment or with usual care...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101424/detection-and-classification-of-three-class-initial-dips-from-prefrontal-cortex
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Amad Zafar, Keum-Shik Hong
In this paper, the use of initial dips using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for brain-computer interface (BCI) is investigated. Features and window sizes for detecting initial dips are also discussed. Three mental tasks including mental arithmetic, mental counting, and puzzle solving are performed in obtaining fNIRS signals from the prefrontal cortex. Vector-based phase analysis method combined with a threshold circle, as a decision criterion, are used to detect the initial dips. Eight healthy subjects participate in experiment...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101128/simultaneous-determination-of-newly-developed-antiviral-agents-in-pharmaceutical-formulations-by-hplc-dad
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Nourah Zoman Al-Zoman, Hadir Mohamed Maher, Amal Al-Subaie
BACKGROUND: Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (Viekira Pak(®)) are the newest medicines approved for use in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and are available in tablet form as an oral combination. Specifically, these agents are indicated in the treatment of HCV in patients with genotype 1 infection. Due to the therapeutic importance and increased use of Viekira Pak, proper methods for its determination in bulk and pharmaceutical formulations must be developed. RESULTS: The present study describes the development and validation of a simple, rapid, selective and economical reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detection (HPLC-DAD) method for the simultaneous determination of paritaprevir (PAR), ombitasvir (OMB), dasabuvir(DAS) and ritonavir (RIT) in bulk and pharmaceutical preparations...
2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100652/correlation-between-discharge-timings-of-pairs-of-motor-units-reveals-the-presence-but-not-the-proportion-of-common-synaptic-input-to-motor-neurons
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Javier Rodriguez-Falces, Francesco Negro, Dario Farina
We investigated whether correlation measures derived from pairs of motor unit (MU) spike trains are reliable indicators of the degree of common synaptic input to motor neurons. Several 50-s isometric contractions of the biceps brachii muscle were performed at different target forces ranging from 10 to 30% of the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) relying on force feedback. 48 pairs of MUs were examined at various force levels. Motor unit synchrony was assessed by cross-correlation analysis using three indices: the output correlation as the peak of the cross-histogram (ρ), the number of synchronous spikes per second (CIS), and per trigger (E)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100512/postexercise-repletion-of-muscle-energy-stores-with-fructose-or-glucose-in-mixed-meals
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Robin Rosset, Virgile Lecoultre, Léonie Egli, Jérémy Cros, Ayse Sila Dokumaci, Karin Zwygart, Chris Boesch, Roland Kreis, Philippe Schneiter, Luc Tappy
BACKGROUND: Postexercise nutrition is paramount to the restoration of muscle energy stores by providing carbohydrate and fat as precursors of glycogen and intramyocellular lipid (IMCL) synthesis. Compared with glucose, fructose ingestion results in lower postprandial glucose and higher lactate and triglyceride concentrations. We hypothesized that these differences in substrate concentration would be associated with a different partition of energy stored as IMCLs or glycogen postexercise...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100427/the-possible-role-of-propofol-in-drug-induced-torsades-de-pointes-a-real-world-single-center-analysis
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Victor A Abrich, Harish Ramakrishna, Arjun Mehta, Farouk Mookadam, Komandoor Srivathsan
BACKGROUND: Torsades de pointes (TdP) is a polymorphic ventricular tachycardia associated with QT prolongation. Propofol is a sedative-anesthetic with proarrhythmic effects on cardiac myocytes. We performed a retrospective study to determine the incidence of TdP following propofol exposure at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) from 08/11/1998-11/20/2015. METHODS: We queried our database using key search terms to identify patients exposed to propofol who developed TdP perioperatively or during non-surgical sedation...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099345/trigeminal-somatosensory-evoked-potential-a-neurophysiological-tool-to-monitor-the-extent-of-lesion-of-ganglion-radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-in-idiopathic-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-case-control-study
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Yan-Xing Zhao, Su-Hua Miao, Yuan-Zhang Tang, Liang-Liang He, Li-Qiang Yang, Yu Ma, Jia-Xiang Ni
To reflect the extent of thermolesion of ganglion by testing the change of trigeminal somatosensory-evoked potential (TSEP) before and after ganglion radiofrequency thermocoagulation surgery (GRT), and evaluate long-term clinic effect by follow-up visiting of 1 year.Patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (TN) in the second division were enrolled between October 2014 and October 2015. They were treated with computed tomography-guided GRT and a follow-up visiting of 1 year. Bilateral TSEP measurements were performed 1 day before and 2 days after the GRT surgery...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098940/characterization-of-date-deglet-nour-seed-free-and-bound-polyphenols-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Sameera Sirisena, Dimitrios Zabaras, Ken Ng, Said Ajlouni
Date (Pheonix dactylifera L.) seeds are a valuable and abundant by-product with various potential food applications. Free polyphenols (FPPs) and bound polyphenols (BPPs) of date seeds from Deglet Nour variety grown in Australia were investigated using high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The FPP fraction contained the following main phenolic compounds per gram of date seed powder; procyanidin B1 (499.8 ± 7.8 μg), procyanidin B2 (288.6 ± 6.1 μg), catechin (167.6 ± 2.1 μg), epicatechin (39...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098443/fe-cluster-pushing-electrons-to-n-doped-graphitic-layers-with-fe3c-fe-hybrid-nanostructure-to-enhance-o2-reduction-catalysis-of-zn-air-batteries
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Jie Yang, Jiangtao Hu, Mouyi Weng, Rui Tan, Lei-Lei Tian, Jinlong Yang, Joseph Amine, Jia-Xin Zheng, Haibiao Chen, Feng Pan
Non-noble metal catalysts with oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance comparable or even superior to that of Pt are extremely important for metal-air batteries and fuel cells. Here we report a simple and controllable strategy to synthesize Fe-cluster embedded in Fe3C nanoparticles (designated as Fe3C(Fe)) encased in nitrogen-doped Graphitic Layers (NDGL) with graphitic shells as a novel hybrid nanostructure as an effective ORR catalyst by directly pyrolyzing a mixture of Prussian blue (PB) and glucose...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097210/preclinical-positron-emission-tomography-scanner-based-on-a-monolithic-annulus-of-scintillator-initial-design-study
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Alexander V Stolin, Peter F Martone, Gangadhar Jaliparthi, Raymond R Raylman
Positron emission tomography (PET) scanners designed for imaging of small animals have transformed translational research by reducing the necessity to invasively monitor physiology and disease progression. Virtually all of these scanners are based on the use of pixelated detector modules arranged in rings. This design, while generally successful, has some limitations. Specifically, use of discrete detector modules to construct PET scanners reduces detection sensitivity and can introduce artifacts in reconstructed images, requiring the use of correction methods...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096269/differentiation-between-radiation-necrosis-and-tumor-progression-using-chemical-exchange-saturation-transfer
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Hatef Mehrabian, Kimberly L Desmond, Hany Soliman, Arjun Sahgal, Gregory J Stanisz
PURPOSE: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a common treatment used in patients with brain metastases and is associated with high rates of local control, however, at the risk of radiation necrosis. It is difficult to differentiate radiation necrosis from tumor progression using conventional MRI making it a major diagnostic dilemma for practitioners. This prospective study investigated whether chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) was able to differentiate these two conditions. MATERIALS & METHODS: Fifteen patients with brain metastases who had been previously treated with SRS were included...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095926/epidemiology-of-parainfluenza-infection-in-england-and-wales-1998-2013-any-evidence-of-change
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H Zhao, R J Harris, J Ellis, M Donati, R G Pebody
Human parainfluenza virus (HPIV) infections are one of the commonest causes of upper and lower respiratory tract infections. In order to determine if there have been any recent changes in HPIV epidemiology in England and Wales, laboratory surveillance data between 1998 and 2013 were analysed. The UK national laboratory surveillance database, LabBase, and the newly established laboratory-based virological surveillance system, the Respiratory DataMart System (RDMS), were used. Descriptive analysis was performed to examine the distribution of cases by year, age, sex and serotype, and to examine the overall temporal trend using the χ 2 test...
January 18, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095866/improvement-of-displacement-estimation-of-breast-tissue-in-ultrasound-elastography-using-the-monogenic-signal
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Taher Slimi, Ines Marzouk Moussa, Tarek Kraiem, Halima Mahjoubi
BACKGROUND: In breast ultrasound elastography, tissues displacements estimation is obtained through a technique that follows the evolution of tissues under stress. However, during the acquisition of B-mode images, tissue displacements are often contaminated with multiplicative noise caused by changes in the speckle pattern in the tissue. Thus, the application of monogenic signal technique on the B-mode image in order to estimate displacement tissue, result in a presence of amplified noise in the deformation tissue image, which severely obscures the useful information...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095640/irradiation-before-and-donor-splenocyte-infusion-immediately-after-transplantation-induce-tolerance-to-lung-but-not-heart-allografts-in-miniature-swine
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Wiebke Sommer, Gwen Buechler, Katharina Jansson, Murat Avsar, Ann-Kathrin Knöfel, Jawad Salman, Klaus Hoeffler, Thierry Siemeni, Jens Gottlieb, Johann H Karstens, Danny Jonigk, Ansgar Reising, Axel Haverich, Martin Strüber, Gregor Warnecke
Solid organs may differ in their potential to induce and maintain a state of donor-specific tolerance. Previously, we induced stable immunological tolerance in a lung transplantation model in miniature swine. Here, we wished to transfer this established protocol into a heart transplantation model in miniature swine. Heterotopic heart transplantation (HTX) was performed in four, and left-sided lung transplantation (LTX) in seven minipigs from gender and SLA mismatched donors. All recipients received non-myeloablative irradiation, donor splenocyte infusion and intravenous pharmacologic immunosuppression for 28 postoperative days...
January 17, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095514/influence-of-stepped-osteotomy-on-primary-stability-of-implants-inserted-in-low-density-bone-sites-an-in-vitro-study
#18
Marco Degidi, Giuseppe Daprile, Adriano Piattelli
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to evaluate the ability of a stepped osteotomy to improve dental implant primary stability in low-density bone sites and to investigate possible correlations between primary stability parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed on fresh humid bovine bone classified as type III. The test group consisted of 30 Astra Tech EV implants inserted following the protocol provided by the manufacturer. The first control group consisted of 30 Astra Tech EV implants inserted in sites without the underpreparation of the apical portion...
January 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095492/growth-hormone-deficiency-is-associated-with-worse-cardiac-function-physical-performance-and-outcome-in-chronic-heart-failure-insights-from-the-t-o-s-ca-ghd-study
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Michele Arcopinto, Andrea Salzano, Francesco Giallauria, Eduardo Bossone, Jörgen Isgaard, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Olga Vriz, David N Åberg, Daniele Masarone, Amato De Paulis, Lavinia Saldamarco, Carlo Vigorito, Pietro Formisano, Massimo Niola, Francesco Perticone, Domenico Bonaduce, Luigi Saccà, Annamaria Colao, Antonio Cittadini
BACKGROUND: Although mounting evidence supports the concept that growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) affects cardiovascular function, no study has systematically investigated its prevalence and role in a large cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GHD in mild-to-moderate CHF and to explore clinical and functional correlates of GHD. METHODS: One-hundred thirty CHF patients underwent GH provocative test with GHRH+arginine and accordingly categorized into GH-deficiency (GHD, n = 88, age = 61...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095098/reduced-penetrance-in-a-large-caucasian-pedigree-with-stickler-syndrome
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Stuart W Tompson, Charles Johnson, Diana Abbott, Benjamin Bakall, Vincent Soler, Tammy L Yanovitch, Kristina N Whisenhunt, Thomas Klemm, Steve Rozen, Edwin M Stone, Max Johnson, Terri L Young
BACKGROUND: In a four-generation Caucasian family variably diagnosed with autosomal dominant (AD) Stickler or Wagner disease, commercial gene screening failed to identify a mutation in COL2A1 or VCAN. We utilized linkage mapping and exome sequencing to identify the causal variant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA samples collected from 40 family members were analyzed. A whole-genome linkage scan was performed using Illumina HumanLinkage-24 BeadChip followed by two-point and multipoint linkage analyses using FASTLINK and MERLIN...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
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