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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641238/water-soluble-fraction-of-petroleum-induces-genotoxicity-and-morphological-effects-in-fat-snook-centropomus-parallelus
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Laila Carine Campos Medeiros, Frederico Augusto Cariello Delunardo, Larissa Novaes Simões, Marcelo Gustavo Paulino, Thais Souza Vargas, Marisa Narciso Fernandes, Rodrigo Scherer, Adriana Regina Chippari-Gomes
Petroleum hydrocarbons are one of the primary organic chemicals found in water bodies, and the water-soluble fraction of petroleum (WSFP) may be responsible for much of the toxic effects. In the present study, genotoxicity assays and histopathological analysis of the gills were analyzed for two experimental protocols: 1) Juvenile Centropomus parallelus were exposed to different concentrations of WFSP (0%, 25%, 50% and 75%) for 96h; 2) A second fish group was exposed to 50% WFSP for 168h followed by a post-exposure period for 168h in clean water (recovery)...
June 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641216/psychoeducational-groups-for-adults-with-adhd-and-their-significant-others-pegasus-a-pragmatic-multicenter-and-randomized-controlled-trial
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T Hirvikoski, T Lindström, J Carlsson, E Waaler, J Jokinen, S Bölte
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness of PEGASUS, a group-based structured psychoeducation for adults with ADHD and their significant others. METHOD: A pragmatic parallel group add-on design multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted, comparing an 8-session treatment with PEGASUS (allocated n=97; 48 with ADHD and 49 with significant others) to treatment as usual (TAU, allocated n=82; 39 with ADHD and 43 significant others)...
May 9, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641204/towards-dosimetry-for-photodynamic-diagnosis-with-the-low-level-dose-of-photosensitizer
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Igor Buzalewicz, Iwona Hołowacz, Agnieszka Ulatowska-Jarża, Halina Podbielska
BACKGROUND: Contemporary medicine does not concern the issue of dosimetry in photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) but follows the photosensitizer (PS) producers recommendation. Most preclinical and clinical PDD studies indicate a considerable variation in the possibility of visualization and treatment, as e.g. in case of cervix lesions. Although some of these variations can be caused by the different histological subtypes or various tumor geometries, the issue of varying PS concentration in the tumor tissue volume is definitely an important factor...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641035/hypoglycemia-patients-and-transport-by-ems-in-alameda-county-2013-15
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Howard H Moffet, E Margaret Warton, Lee Siegel, Karl Sporer, Kasia J Lipska, Andrew J Karter
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the rate, characteristics, and dispositions of hypoglycemia events among persons who received care from Alameda County, California, Emergency Medical Services (EMS). METHODS: This study was based on data for 601,077 Alameda County EMS encounters during 2013-15. Subjects were defined as having hypoglycemia if EMS personnel recorded a primary impression of hypoglycemia or low blood glucose (<60 mg/dl or "unspecified low"). The outcome of interest was patient transport or non-transport to an emergency department or other care setting; we excluded 33,177 (6%) encounters which lacked clear disposition outcomes...
June 22, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641034/imaging-of-proximal-lacrimal-system-with-time-domain-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-in-asian-indian-population
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Swati Singh, Arnav Ghosh, Suryasnata Rath
This article reports proximal lacrimal system parameters using Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (ASOCT-Visante) in an apparently normal Asian Indian population with assessment of any correlation between tear meniscus height and punctal diameter. This was a prospectively designed observational study that included healthy adults, who volunteered for optical coherence tomography imaging (OCT) of their proximal lacrimal system. Time domain ASOCT (Visante) images of the punctum and proximal canaliculus were captured using the high resolution corneal scan protocol...
June 22, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641013/synthesis-of-2-3-benzodiazepines-via-rh-iii-catalyzed-c-h-functionalization-of-n-boc-hydrazones-with-diazoketoesters
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Jie Wang, Lili Wang, Shan Guo, Shanke Zha, Jin Zhu
An efficient Rh(III)-catalyzed C-H activation protocol has been developed for the synthesis of 2,3-benzodiazepines with use of N-Boc hydrazones and diazoketoesters as substrates. The reaction features retention of the C═N and N-N bonds and selective cleavage of the N-Boc moiety.
June 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640984/is-it-right-to-ignore-learning-curve-patients-laparoscopic-colorectal-trials
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Alan P Meagher, Shi Yang, Shuyuan Li
BACKGROUND: Increasingly complex, technically demanding surgical procedures utilizing emerging technologies have developed over recent decades and are recognized as having long 'learning curves'. This raises significant new issues. Ethically and scientifically, the outcome of a patient in the learning curve is as important as the outcome of a patient outside the learning curve. The aim of this study is to highlight just one aspect of our approach to learning-curve patients that should change...
June 22, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640954/the-ussing-chamber-assay-to-study-drug-metabolism-and-transport-in-the-human-intestine
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Beatrice Kisser, Eva Mangelsen, Caroline Wingolf, Lars Ivo Partecke, Claus-Dieter Heidecke, Christer Tannergren, Stefan Oswald, Markus Keiser
The Ussing chamber is an old but still powerful technique originally designed to study the vectorial transport of ions through frog skin. This technique is also used to investigate the transport of chemical agents through the intestinal barrier as well as drug metabolism in enterocytes, both of which are key determinants for the bioavailability of orally administered drugs. More contemporary model systems, such as Caco-2 cell monolayers or stably transfected cells, are more limited in their use compared to the Ussing chamber because of differences in expression rates of transporter proteins and/or metabolizing enzymes...
June 22, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640945/production-of-human-vitronectin-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-using-the-inpact-hyper-expression-platform
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Benjamin Dugdale, Maiko Kato, Pradeep Deo, Manuel Plan, Mark Harrison, Robyn Lloyd, Terry Walsh, Robert Harding, James Dale
Human vitronectin (hVN) is a glycoprotein that functions as a cell adhesion molecule and a regulator of coagulation in blood plasma and the extracellular matrix. In vitro, hVN is added to serum-free media in order to promote the adhesion of animal cells to tissue culture surfaces and the proliferation of undifferentiated stem cells. Here, we report the production of hVN in Nicotiana benthamiana using the inducible In Plant Activation (INPACT) hyper-expression platform. N. benthamiana plants were transformed with an INPACT expression cassette encoding hVN, and both the Tobacco yellow dwarf virus Rep/RepA activator and Tomato bushy stunt virus p19 gene under the transcriptional control of the ethanol-inducible AlcR:alcA gene switch...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640890/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-initial-management-of-pneumothorax-in-adults-intercostal-tube-drainage-versus-other-invasive-methods
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Min Joung Kim, Incheol Park, Joon Min Park, Kyung Hwan Kim, Junseok Park, Dong Wun Shin
OBJECTIVES: The ideal invasive management as initial approach for pneumothorax (PTX) is still under debate. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the evidence for the effectiveness of intercostal tube drainage and other various invasive methods as the initial approach to all subtypes of PTX in adults. METHODS: Three databases were searched from inception to May 29, 2016: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane CENTRAL. Randomised controlled trials that evaluated intercostal tube drainage as the control and various invasive methods as the intervention for the initial approach to PTX in adults were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640876/reliability-and-performance-of-commercial-rna-and-dna-extraction-kits-for-ffpe-tissue-cores
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Palak G Patel, Shamini Selvarajah, Karl-Philippe Guérard, John M S Bartlett, Jacques Lapointe, David M Berman, John B A Okello, Paul C Park
Cancer biomarker studies often require nucleic acid extraction from limited amounts of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues, such as histologic sections or needle cores. A major challenge is low quantity and quality of extracted nucleic acids, which can limit our ability to perform genetic analyses, and have a significant influence on overall study design. This study was aimed at identifying the most reliable and reproducible method of obtaining sufficient high-quality nucleic acids from FFPE tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640863/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-limbal-epithelial-cells-lipsc-as-a-cellular-alternative-for-in-vitro-ocular-toxicity-testing
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Edith Aberdam, Isabelle Petit, Linda Sangari, Daniel Aberdam
Induced pluripotent stem cells hold great potential to produce unlimited amount of differentiated cells as cellular source for regenerative medicine but also for in vitro drug screening and cytotoxicity tests. Ocular toxicity testing is mandatory to evaluate the risks of drugs and cosmetic products before their application to human patients by preventing eye irritation or insult. Since the global ban to use animals, many human-derived alternatives have been proposed, from ex-vivo enucleated postmortem cornea, primary corneal cell culture and immortalized corneal epithelial cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640812/challenges-in-preparing-and-implementing-a-clinical-trial-at-field-level-in-an-ebola-emergency-a-case-study-in-guinea-west-africa
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Sara Carazo Perez, Elin Folkesson, Xavier Anglaret, Abdoul-Habib Beavogui, Emmanuel Berbain, Alseny-Modet Camara, Evelyn Depoortere, Annabelle Lefevre, Piet Maes, Kristian Nødtvedt Malme, Jean-Marie Denis Malvy, Sien Ombelet, Geertrui Poelaert, Daouda Sissoko, Alexis Tounkara, Pierre Trbovic, Pascal Piguet, Annick Antierens
During the large Ebola outbreak that affected West Africa in 2014 and 2015, studies were launched to evaluate potential treatments for the disease. A clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the antiviral drug favipiravir was conducted in Guinea. This paper describes the main challenges of the implementation of the trial in the Ebola treatment center of Guéckédou. Following the principles of the Good Clinical Research Practices, we explored the aspects of the community's communication and engagement, ethical conduct, trial protocol compliance, informed consent of participants, ongoing benefit/risk assessment, record keeping, confidentiality of patients and study data, and roles and responsibilities of the actors involved...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640786/a-standardized-approach-for-transfusion-medicine-support-in-patients-with-morbidly-adherent-placenta
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Anil K Panigrahi, Amanda Yeaton-Massey, Sara Bakhtary, Jennifer Andrews, Deirdre J Lyell, Alexander J Butwick, Lawrence Tim Goodnough
BACKGROUND: The incidence of placenta accreta (PA) has increased from 0.8 to 3.0 in 1000 pregnancies, driven by increased rates of cesarean deliveries (32.2% in 2014) of births in the United States. The average blood loss for a delivery complicated by PA ranges from 2000 to 5000 mL, frequently requiring substantial transfusion medicine support. We report our own institutional multidisciplinary approach for managing such patients, along with transfusion medicine outcomes, in this setting over a 5-year period...
June 20, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640774/the-difference-between-countermovement-and-squat-jump-performances-a-review-of-underlying-mechanisms-with-practical-applications
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Bas Van Hooren, Julia Zolotarjova
Van Hooren, B and Zolotarjova, J. The difference between countermovement and squat jump performances: a review of underlying mechanisms with practical applications. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2011-2020, 2017-Two movements that are widely used to monitor athletic performance are the countermovement jump (CMJ) and squat jump (SJ). Countermovement jump performance is almost always better than SJ performance, and the difference in performance is thought to reflect an effective utilization of the stretch-shortening cycle...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640772/the-effect-of-a-carbohydrate-mouth-rinse-on-upper-body-muscular-strength-and-endurance
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James E Dunkin, Shaun M Phillips
Dunkin, JE and Phillips, SM. The effect of a carbohydrate mouth rinse on upper-body muscular strength and endurance. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 1948-1953, 2017-Carbohydrate (CHO) mouth rinsing rapidly increases corticomotor output and maximal muscle force production, which could enhance muscular strength and endurance during resistance exercise. However, previous research has found no effect of CHO rinsing on muscular strength or endurance. The current study altered the CHO rinse composition and frequency and the muscular endurance test to further investigate the effects of a CHO mouth rinse on upper-body muscular strength and endurance...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640758/consecutive-ultra-short-term-heart-rate-variability-to-track-dynamic-changes-in-autonomic-nervous-system-during-and-after-exercise
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Xiang Chen, Ruijie Yao, Gezhen Yin, Jin Li
OBJECTIVE: Quantitative measurement of the dynamic changes in autonomic nervous system (ANS) during and after exercise has great significance in clinical, sports training and other fields. A consecutive ultra-short-term (30 s, UST) heart rate variability (HRV) method was proposed to track the exercise-induced autonomic control of heart rate (HR). APPROACH: Twenty-three healthy young men participated in the study. The first four stages of the Modified Bruce Protocol (S0-S3) were performed...
June 22, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640707/response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-clinical-trials
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Patrick Y Wen, Susan M Chang, Martin J Van den Bent, Michael A Vogelbaum, David R Macdonald, Eudocia Q Lee
Development of novel therapies for CNS tumors requires reliable assessment of response and progression. This requirement has been particularly challenging in neuro-oncology for which contrast enhancement serves as an imperfect surrogate for tumor volume and is influenced by agents that affect vascular permeability, such as antiangiogenic therapies. In addition, most tumors have a nonenhancing component that can be difficult to accurately quantify. To improve the response assessment in neuro-oncology and to standardize the criteria that are used for different CNS tumors, the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group was established...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640670/rationale-and-design-of-the-lung-cancer-screening-implementation-evaluation-of-patient-centered-care-study
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Leah S Miranda, Santanu Datta, Anne C Melzer, Renda Soylemez Wiener, James M Davis, Betty C Tong, Sara E Golden, Christopher G Slatore
Screening for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been demonstrated to reduce lung cancer-related mortality and is being widely implemented. Further research in this area is needed to assess the impact of screening on patient-centered outcomes. Here we describe the design and rationale for a new study entitled Lung Cancer Screening Implementation: Evaluation of Patient-Centered Care. The protocol is composed of an interconnected series of studies evaluating patients and clinicians who are engaged in lung cancer screening in real-world settings...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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