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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534761/to-see-anew-new-technologies-are-moving-rapidly-toward-restoring-or-enabling-vision-in-the-blind
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Kristina Grifantini
Humans have been using technology to improve their vision for many decades. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and, more recently, laser-based surgeries are commonly employed to remedy vision problems, both minor and major. But options are far fewer for those who have not seen since birth or who have reached stages of blindness in later life.
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532013/exercise-enhance-the-ectopic-bone-formation-of-calcium-phosphate-biomaterials-in-muscles-of-mice
#2
Lijia Cheng, Shuo Yan, Jiang Zhu, Peiling Cai, Ting Wang, Zheng Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether exercise can enhance ectopic bone formation of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) biomaterials in muscles of mice. METHODS: Firstly, ten transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TRPV1) knockout mice (group KO) and ten C57BL/6 mice (group WT) were randomly chosen, 10μg Ca-P biomaterials were implanted into the thigh muscle pouch of each mouse which was far away from femur; after that, all animals were kept in open field for free exploration 5min, and the movement time and distance were automatically analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531768/rosa-damascena-oil-improved-sexual-function-and-testosterone-in-male-patients-with-opium-use-disorder-under-methadone-maintenance-therapy-results-from-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#3
Vahid Farnia, Faeze Tatari, Mostafa Alikhani, Jalal Shakeri, Moshen Taghizadeh, Hassan Karbasizadeh, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
BACKGROUND: Some patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are treated with methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). However, as with opioids, methadone has major side-effects; sexual dysfunction is a particularly distressing such effect. Rosa Damascena oil has been shown to reduce subjective sexual dysfunction in patients with major depressive disorders, but its influence on testosterone has not so far been tested. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of Rosa Damascena oil on sexual dysfunction and testosterone levels among male patients with OUD and undergoing MMT...
April 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529659/prognostic-factors-for-long-term-outcome-of-chronic-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis-treated-with-fixation-in-situ
#4
T Terjesen, A Wensaas
PURPOSE: Predictive factors for long-term outcome after in situ fixation for chronic slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) have so far not been systematically analysed. The aims of this study were to define predictors for long-term outcome and to assess the association between initial grade of slipping and post-slip deformities. METHODS: We studied 51 patients (60 hips) with chronic SCFE treated with in situ fixation. There were 31 males and 20 females with a mean age of 12...
April 2017: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528079/the-lateral-habenula-and-the-serotonergic-system
#5
REVIEW
Martin Metzger, Debora Bueno, Leandro B Lima
The habenula (Hb) is an epithalamic structure differentiated into two nuclear complexes, medial (MHb) and lateral habenula (LHb). After decades of relative neglect, interest in the Hb resurged when it was demonstrated that LHb neurons play a key role in encoding disappointments and expectation of punishments. Consistent with such a role, the LHb has been implicated in a broad array of functions and pathologic conditions, notably in mechanisms of stress and pain, as well as in the pathophysiology of mood disorders...
May 17, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526541/prevalence-of-early-repolarisation-pattern-in-children
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Philippe Maury, Céline Authenac, Anne Rollin, Yves Dulac, Pierre Mondoly, Christelle Cardin, Benjamin Monteil, Amin Bennadji, Rémi Gendre, Michel Galinier, Didier Carrié, Philippe Acar, Vanina Bongard, Sebastien Hascoet
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of early repolarisation ECG pattern (ER) has been repetitively determined in adults, but has not been reported in large unselected children populations so far. METHODS: ECG from 1000 successive healthy children from birth to 17years old were prospectively recorded and analyzed. ER was defined by ≥0.1mV J point elevation in at least two contiguous inferior or lateral ECG leads. Correlations with age, gender, ethnic origin, physical activity, Sokolow index and heart rate were performed...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526291/direct-radiocarbon-dating-and-dna-analysis-of-the-darra-i-kur-afghanistan-human-temporal-bone
#7
Katerina Douka, Viviane Slon, Chris Stringer, Richard Potts, Alexander Hübner, Matthias Meyer, Fred Spoor, Svante Pääbo, Tom Higham
The temporal bone discovered in the 1960s from the Darra-i-Kur cave in Afghanistan is often cited as one of the very few Pleistocene human fossils from Central Asia. Here we report the first direct radiocarbon date for the specimen and the genetic analyses of DNA extracted and sequenced from two areas of the bone. The new radiocarbon determination places the find to ∼4500 cal BP (∼2500 BCE) contradicting an assumed Palaeolithic age of ∼30,000 years, as originally suggested. The DNA retrieved from the specimen originates from a male individual who carried mitochondrial DNA of the modern human type...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525376/exploiting-ros-and-metabolic-differences-to-kill-cisplatin-resistant-lung-cancer
#8
Medhi Wangpaichitr, Chunjing Wu, Ying Ying Li, Dan J M Nguyen, Hande Kandemir, Sumedh Shah, Shumei Chen, Lynn G Feun, Jeffrey S Prince, Macus T Kuo, Niramol Savaraj
Cisplatin resistance remains a major problem in the treatment of lung cancer. We have discovered that cisplatin resistant (CR) lung cancer cells, regardless of the signaling pathway status, share the common parameter which is an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and undergo metabolic reprogramming. CR cells were no longer addicted to the glycolytic pathway, but rather relied on oxidative metabolism. They took up twice as much glutamine and were highly sensitive to glutamine deprivation. Glutamine is hydrolyzed to glutamate for glutathione synthesis, an essential factor to abrogate high ROS via xCT antiporter...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522843/doubling-of-coastal-flooding-frequency-within-decades-due-to-sea-level-rise
#9
Sean Vitousek, Patrick L Barnard, Charles H Fletcher, Neil Frazer, Li Erikson, Curt D Storlazzi
Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding. In most coastal regions, the amount of sea-level rise occurring over years to decades is significantly smaller than normal ocean-level fluctuations caused by tides, waves, and storm surge. However, even gradual sea-level rise can rapidly increase the frequency and severity of coastal flooding. So far, global-scale estimates of increased coastal flooding due to sea-level rise have not considered elevated water levels due to waves, and thus underestimate the potential impact...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521360/exposure-of-the-external-carotid-artery-through-the-posterior-triangle-of-the-neck-a-novel-approach-to-facilitate-bypass-procedures-to-the-posterior-cerebral-circulation
#10
Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Michael T Lawton, Pooneh Mokhtari, Olivia Kola, Ivan H El-Sayed, Arnau Benet
BACKGROUND: The external carotid artery (ECA) is the main high-flow donor for extracranial-intracranial revascularization procedures. However, anatomic restraints limit the availability of ECA in posterior exposures of the craniocervical junction aimed for bypass to distal vertebral artery segments. OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility and safety of exposure of the ECA through the posterior triangle of the neck. METHODS: A preliminary feasibility study on the posterior neck exposure of the ECA was performed in 1 cadaveric head (2 sides) followed by a morphometric study on 9 cadaveric heads (18 sides)...
June 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521347/sequential-extradural-release-of-the-v3-vertebral-artery-to-facilitate-intradural-v4-vertebral-artery-reanastomosis-feasibility-of-a-novel-revascularization-technique
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Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Michael T Lawton, Arnau Benet
BACKGROUND: Revascularization of the intradural vertebral artery (VA) usually involves V3-V4 bypass using an interposition graft. The interposition of a graft increases surgical time, adds risks, and requires 2 suture lines. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of an excision-reanastomosis of V4 by sequentially releasing V3. METHODS: Twenty specimens were prepared for surgical simulation of a far-lateral approach. The third and fourth segments of the VA were exposed through the far-lateral approach bilaterally...
June 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520929/laughing-off-the-stereotypes-age-and-aging-in-seniors-online-sex-related-humor
#12
Galit Nimrod, Liza Berdychevsky
Background and Objectives: Focusing on sex, the most salient topic featured in ageist jokes, this study aims at exploring the extent to which seniors' own humor reflects common ageist stereotypes or rather echoes contemporary consumer society representations of seniors' sexuality. Research Design and Methods: The study was based on a quantitative content analysis of 300 humorous sex-related messages posted during one full year by members of 14 leading online communities for seniors...
May 17, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516212/anatomical-visualization-of-neural-course-and-distribution-of-anterior-ascending-aortic-plexus
#13
Tomokazu Kawashima, Fumi Sato
The aim of this study was to document the detailed anatomy of neural course and distribution on the anterior ascending aorta, to identify the high and low density areas of the anterior ascending aortic plexus for further understandings in cardiovascular surgery. The embalmed hearts of 42 elderly individuals were submacroscopically and microscopically examined, after excluding any that were macroscopically abnormal. With its origins in the anterior ascending aortic plexus, the right coronary plexus substantially innervated the right coronary artery, the right atrium and ventricle, and the sinus node...
May 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512043/endoscopic-assisted-supraorbital-keyhole-approach-or-endoscopic-endonasal-approach-in-case-of-tuberculum-sellae-meningioma-which-surgical-route-should-be-favoured
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Stefan Linsler, Gerrit Fischer, Volodymyr Skliarenko, Axel Stadie, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: Keyhole approaches are currently under investigation for skull base tumor surgery. They are expected to have a low complication rate with the same successful resection rate compared to endoscopic endonasal procedures. In this study, the authors compare their current series of tuberculum sellae meningiomas resected via an endoscopic endonasal or microsurgical supraorbital keyhole approach. METHODS: Between 2011 and 2016, 16 patients were treated using the supraorbital keyhole procedure and 6 patients received an endoscopic endonasal procedure...
May 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509838/long-term-effect-of-a-stigma-reduction-educational-intervention-for-physician-assistants
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Kathleen Crapanzano, Richard J Vath
PURPOSE: Stigma towards people with substance use disorders is a common phenomenon with far reaching effects. This study evaluated the long-term effect of using an educational intervention on the attitudes of physician assistant students. METHODS: Physician assistant students received a one-week educational intervention focused on substance abuse. Changes in student attitudes were measured one year later using the Attitude to Mental Health Questionnaire (AMIQ). RESULTS: Significant and sustained improvement was noted in attitudes in the AMIQ score for the opiate use disorder vignette; no significant change was noted in the alcohol use disorder vignette...
June 2017: Journal of Physician Assistant Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508158/how-i-do-it-surgical-ligation-of-craniocervical-junction-dural-av-fistulas
#16
Thomas J Sorenson, Biagia La Pira, Joshua Hughes, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND: Dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) of the craniocervical junction are uncommon vascular lesions, which often require surgical treatment even in the endovascular era. METHODS: Most commonly, the fistula is placed laterally, and surgical ligation is performed through a lateral suboccipital craniotomy. After dural opening, the area is inspected, and the arterialized vein is identified emerging from the dura, often adjacent to the entry point of the vertebral artery, and ligated...
May 15, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502790/crystallographic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-dimeric-architecture-of-site-2-protease
#17
Magdalena Schacherl, Monika Gompert, Els Pardon, Tobias Lamkemeyer, Jan Steyaert, Ulrich Baumann
Regulated intramembrane proteolysis by members of the site-2 protease family (S2P) is an essential signal transduction mechanism conserved from bacteria to humans. There is some evidence that extra-membranous domains, like PDZ and CBS domains, regulate the proteolytic activity of S2Ps and that some members act as dimers. Here we report the crystal structure of the regulatory CBS domain pair of S2P from Archaeoglobus fulgidus, AfS2P, in the apo and nucleotide-bound form in complex with a specific Nanobody from llama...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502655/earliest-mysticete-from-the-late-eocene-of-peru-sheds-new-light-on-the-origin-of-baleen-whales
#18
Olivier Lambert, Manuel Martínez-Cáceres, Giovanni Bianucci, Claudio Di Celma, Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi, Etienne Steurbaut, Mario Urbina, Christian de Muizon
Although combined molecular and morphological analyses point to a late middle Eocene (38-39 million years ago) origin for the clade Neoceti (Odontoceti, echolocating toothed whales plus Mysticeti, baleen whales, and relatives), the oldest known mysticete fossil dates from the latest Eocene (about 34 million years ago) of Antarctica [1, 2]. Considering that the latter is not the most stemward mysticete in recent phylogenies and that Oligocene toothed mysticetes display a broad morphological disparity most likely corresponding to contrasted ecological niches, the origin of mysticetes from a basilosaurid ancestor and its drivers are currently poorly understood [1, 3-8]...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499411/paraneoplastic-acral-vascular-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-melanoma-under-immune-checkpoint-blockade
#19
Thilo Gambichler, Stefanie Strutzmann, Andrea Tannapfel, Laura Susok
BACKGROUND: Paraneoplastic acral vascular syndrome (PAVS) is a rare phenomenon which is observed in patients with adenocarcinomas and other malignancies. Various potential pathogenic mechanisms such as tumour invasion of sympathetic nerves, hyperviscosity, hypercoagulability, vasoactive tumour-secreted substances, and immunological mechanisms have been suggested. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 60-year-old Caucasian male attended our hospital with a bulky lymph node mass in the right axilla...
May 12, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485294/medialization-thyroplasty-in-glottis-insufficiency-due-to-unilateral-vocal-fold-paralysis-and-after-laser-cordectomies-preliminary-report
#20
Anna Rzepakowska, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Ewelina Sielska-Badurek, Kazimierz Niemczyk
Medialization thyroplasty (type I) is surgical procedure performed on the thyroid cartilage. The major indication for this surgery is significant glottis insufficiency due to unilateral vocal fold paresis. However the proce¬dure is also performed after vocal fold resections during cordectomy. THE AIM: The evaluation of voice results in patients after medialisation throplasty. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In Otolaryngology Department of Medical University of Warsaw there were performed so far 8 thyroplasty procedures under local anaesthesia with implantation of medical silicon protesis...
February 28, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
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