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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778070/high-intensity-binge-drinking-is-associated-with-alterations-in-spontaneous-neural-oscillations-in-young-adults
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Rifqi O Affan, Siyuan Huang, Stephen M Cruz, Lee A Holcomb, Edward Nguyen, Ksenija Marinkovic
Heavy episodic alcohol consumption (also termed binge drinking) contributes to a wide range of health and cognitive deficits, but the associated brain-based indices are poorly understood. The current study used electroencephalography (EEG) to examine spontaneous neural oscillations in young adults as a function of quantity, frequency, and the pattern of their alcohol consumption. Sixty-one young adults (23.4 ± 3.4 years of age) were assigned to binge drinking (BD) and light drinking (LD) groups that were equated on gender, race/ethnic identity, age, educational background, and family history of alcoholism...
January 8, 2018: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777885/posttraumatic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-associated-with-an-upper-cervical-meningeal-diverticulum
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Noriya Enomoto, Hideo Mure, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Mai Azumi, Shinya Okita, Shinji Nagahiro, Yasushi Takagi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) has been increasingly recognized as a phenomenon caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; however, its pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we report two cases of SIH as a result of CSF leak from a meningeal diverticulum at the C2 nerve root sleeve. The first case is that of a 46-year-old man who had suffered from orthostatic headache after a bicycle accident at age 45. Computed tomography (CT) myelography revealed CSF leaks at the C1/2 level. He underwent epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy, but it was unsuccessful...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777812/exploring-the-intermolecular-interactions-and-contrasting-binding-of-flufenamic-acid-with-hemoglobin-and-lysozyme-a-biophysical-and-docking-insight
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Sameer Shakeel Ansari, Imtiyaz Yousuf, Farukh Arjmand, Mohammad Khursheed Siddiqi, Saeeda Naqvi
The intermolecular interaction of flufenamic acid (Hfluf) with two model proteins i.e., hemoglobin and lysozyme was explored using fluorescence, UV-vis, circular dichroism, DLS, and molecular docking techniques. The corroborative spectroscopic techniques suggested efficient binding of Hfluf to both the proteins. The S-V plot in Hb-Hfluf system showed positive deviation highlighting the presence of both static and dynamic quenching. Hence, ground state complex model and sphere of action quenching model were used for the study...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777700/transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-1-channels-are-involved-in-spontaneous-peptide-hormone-release-from-astrocytes
#4
Mai Takizawa, Kazuki Harada, Kazuaki Nakamura, Takashi Tsuboi
Astrocytes, a large population of glial cells, detect neurotransmitters and respond by increasing intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ) and releasing chemical molecules called gliotransmitters. Recently discovered Ca2+ influx through transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channels is reported to cause spontaneous [Ca2+ ]i increase in astrocytes. While several physiological functions of TRPA1-mediated spontaneous Ca2+ signal have been revealed, relation with gliotransmitter release, especially peptide hormone exocytosis is largely unknown...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777625/is-methotrexate-an-effective-and-safe-treatment-for-maintaining-hair-regrowth-in-people-with-alopecia-totalis-a-critically-appraised-topic
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R Browne, L Stewart, H C Williams
AIM: To assess the effects of methotrexate for maintaining hair regrowth in alopecia totalis. METHODS: We critically appraised the literature identified from searching PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid Embase and Cochrane Central (October 2017), using the search terms ("alopecia areata" OR "alopecia totalis" OR "alopecia universalis") AND (methotrexate). RESULTS: Two prospective studies and 11 retrospective case series were included comprising 226 patients with alopecia varying from 30% hair loss to alopecia universalis at baseline...
May 19, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777285/insufficient-left-ventricular-unloading-after-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-case-series-observational-study
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W Hu, J Zhou, L Chen, J Huang, W Hu, Y Zhu, T Yuan
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a method widely used to support circulation in patients with fulminant myocarditis (FM). However, a common complication associated with ECMO is left ventricular (LV) overload. METHODS: This case series observed the effects of intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) and beta-blockers for the treatment of LV overload after ECMO. The cases of eight patients with FM who underwent ECMO from September 2009 to July 2016 were reviewed...
May 18, 2018: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777040/obe022-an-oral-and-selective-prostaglandin-f2%C3%AE-receptor-antagonist-as-an-effective-and-safe-modality-for-the-treatment-of-preterm-labor
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Oliver Pohl, Andre Chollet, Sung Hye Kim, Lucia Riaposova, Francois Spezia, Frederic Gervais, Philippe Guillaume, Philippe Lluel, Murielle Meen, Frederique Lemaux, Vasso Terzidou, Phillip R Bennett, Jean-Pierre Gotteland
Preterm birth is the major challenge in obstetrics affecting ~10% of pregnancies. Pan-prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors (NSAID) prevent preterm labor and prolong pregnancy but raise concerns about fetal renal and cardiovascular safety. We conducted preclinical studies examining the tocolytic effect and fetal safety of the oral prodrug candidate OBE022 and its parent OBE002, both potent and highly selective antagonist of the contractile PGF2α prostaglandin receptor (FP). Efficacy of OBE022 and OBE002, alone and in combination with other tocolytics, was assessed in human tissues and pregnant animal models for inhibition of uterine contraction and delay of parturition...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776942/postpartum-pneumomediastinum-and-subcutaneous-emphysema
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Diaeddin Sagar, Trevor K Rogers, Aldrin Adeni
We present the case of a 22-year-old primigravida with symptoms of neck swelling and difficulty breathing 3 hours after uneventful vaginal delivery. On examination, there was surgical emphysema. A CT scan confirmed air in the subcutaneous tissues and also revealed pneumomediastinum. There was no evidence of pneumothorax and gastro-oesophageal endoscopy showed no signs of oesophageal rupture. The patient remained clinically stable throughout her admission and was discharged home after 48 hours of observation...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776928/enrichment-of-clinically-relevant-organisms-in-spontaneous-preterm-delivered-placenta-and-reagent-contamination-across-all-clinical-groups-in-a-large-uk-pregnancy-cohort
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Lydia J Leon, Ronan Doyle, Ernest Diez-Benavente, Taane G Clark, Nigel Klein, Philip Stanier, Gudrun E Moore
In this study differences in the placental microbiota of term and preterm deliveries from a large UK pregnancy cohort were studied using 16S targeted amplicon sequencing. The impact of contamination from DNA extraction, PCR reagents, as well as those from delivery itself were also examined. A total of 400 placental samples from 256 singleton pregnancies were analysed and differences investigated between spontaneous preterm, non-spontaneous preterm, and term delivered placenta. DNA from recently delivered placenta was extracted, and screening for bacterial DNA was carried out using targeted sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene on the Illumina MiSeq platform...
May 18, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776813/unicompartmental-knee-arthroplasty-for-spontaneous-osteonecrosis-of-the-medial-tibial-plateau
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Tomoyuki Kamenaga, Takafumi Hiranaka, Yuichi Hida, Takaaki Fujishiro, Koji Okamoto
BACKGROUND: There have been very few reports on isolated medial tibial plateau osteonecrosis, and the condition has not been clearly described. Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) may be an appropriate treatment method for this condition. The aims of this study were to report our experience of using mobile-bearing knee implants for osteonecrosis of the medial tibial plateau and to discuss the etiology and treatment of this type of osteonecrosis. METHODS: This study included six consecutive patients with isolated medial tibial plateau osteonecrosis treated with an Oxford mobile-bearing knee implant...
May 16, 2018: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776705/-pneumothorax-in-young-cannabis-smokers-a-propos-of-three-cases
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M-L Chardon, J-C Dalphin, B Degano
INTRODUCTION: Cannabis consumption is common among adolescents and young adults in France. In addition to its neurological effect, cannabis smoking can induce severe pulmonary emphysema, even in young patients. When a spontaneous pneumothorax occurs in a cannabis smoker, the possibility of a secondary spontaneous pneumothorax should be considered. This may be of importance as management of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax may differ from the well-codified handling of primary spontaneous pneumothorax...
May 15, 2018: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776438/uninterrupted-monitoring-of-drug-effects-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-with-bioluminescence-ca-2-microscopy
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Kazushi Suzuki, Takahito Onishi, Chieko Nakada, Shunsuke Takei, Matthew J Daniels, Masahiro Nakano, Tomoki Matsuda, Takeharu Nagai
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyocytes derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells are a powerful platform for high-throughput drug screening in vitro. However, current modalities for drug testing, such as electrophysiology and fluorescence imaging have inherent drawbacks. To circumvent these problems, we report the development of a bioluminescent Ca2+ indicator GmNL(Ca2+ ), and its application in a customized microscope for high-throughput drug screening. RESULTS: GmNL(Ca2+ ) gives a 140% signal change with Ca2+ , and can image drug-induced changes of Ca2+ dynamics in cultured cells...
May 18, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776396/delivery-of-the-second-twin-influence-of-presentation-on-neonatal-outcome-a-case-controlled-study
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Gerhard Bogner, Valentina Wallner, Claudius Fazelnia, Martina Strobl, Birgit Volgger, Thorsten Fischer, Volker R Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous vaginal twin delivery after 32nd week of gestation is safe when first twin presenting cephalic. Aim of this study is to identify obstetric factors influencing the condition of second twin and to verify whether non-cephalic presentation and vaginal breech delivery of the second twin is safe. METHODS: This is a retrospective case controlled cohort study of 717 uncomplicated twin deliveries ≥32 + 0 weeks of gestation from 2005 to 2014 in two tertiary perinatal centers...
May 18, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776317/author-accepted-manuscript-spatial-reorientation-with-non-visual-cues-failure-to-spontaneously-use-auditory-information
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Daniele Nardi, Brian Anzures, Josie Clark, Brittany Griffith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776184/engineering-single-polymer-micelle-shape-using-nonuniform-spontaneous-surface-curvature
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Brian Moths, T A Witten
Conventional micelles, composed of simple amphiphiles, exhibit only a few standard morphologies, each characterized by its mean surface curvature set by the amphiphiles. Here we demonstrate a rational design scheme to construct micelles of more general shape from polymeric amphiphiles. We replace the many amphiphiles of a conventional micelle by a single flexible, linear, block copolymer chain containing two incompatible species arranged in multiple alternating segments. With suitable segment lengths, the chain exhibits a condensed spherical configuration in solution, similar to conventional micelles...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776130/hydrodynamic-optical-soliton-tunneling
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P Sprenger, M A Hoefer, G A El
A notion of hydrodynamic optical soliton tunneling is introduced in which a dark soliton is incident upon an evolving, broad potential barrier that arises from an appropriate variation of the input signal. The barriers considered include smooth rarefaction waves and highly oscillatory dispersive shock waves. Both the soliton and the barrier satisfy the same one-dimensional defocusing nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation, which admits a convenient dispersive hydrodynamic interpretation. Under the scale separation assumption of nonlinear wave (Whitham) modulation theory, the highly nontrivial nonlinear interaction between the soliton and the evolving hydrodynamic barrier is described in terms of self-similar, simple wave solutions to an asymptotic reduction of the Whitham-NLS partial differential equations...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776124/attractor-hopping-between-polarization-dynamical-states-in-a-vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser-subject-to-parallel-optical-injection
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Florian Denis-le Coarer, Ana Quirce, Angel Valle, Luis Pesquera, Miguel A Rodríguez, Krassimir Panajotov, Marc Sciamanna
We present experimental and theoretical results of noise-induced attractor hopping between dynamical states found in a single transverse mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subject to parallel optical injection. These transitions involve dynamical states with different polarizations of the light emitted by the VCSEL. We report an experimental map identifying, in the injected power-frequency detuning plane, regions where attractor hopping between two, or even three, different states occur. The transition between these behaviors is characterized by using residence time distributions...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776104/interplay-between-cost-and-benefits-triggers-nontrivial-vaccination-uptake
#18
Benjamin Steinegger, Alessio Cardillo, Paolo De Los Rios, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes, Alex Arenas
The containment of epidemic spreading is a major challenge in science. Vaccination, whenever available, is the best way to prevent the spreading, because it eventually immunizes individuals. However, vaccines are not perfect, and total immunization is not guaranteed. Imperfect immunization has driven the emergence of antivaccine movements that totally alter the predictions about the epidemic incidence. Here, we propose a mathematically solvable mean-field vaccination model to mimic the spontaneous adoption of vaccines against influenzalike diseases and the expected epidemic incidence...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776091/modeling-persistence-of-motion-in-a-crowded-environment-the-diffusive-limit-of-excluding-velocity-jump-processes
#19
Enrico Gavagnin, Christian A Yates
Persistence of motion is the tendency of an object to maintain motion in a direction for short time scales without necessarily being biased in any direction in the long term. One of the most appropriate mathematical tools to study this behavior is an agent-based velocity-jump process. In the absence of agent-agent interaction, the mean-field continuum limit of the agent-based model (ABM) gives rise to the well known hyperbolic telegraph equation. When agent-agent interaction is included in the ABM, a strictly advective system of partial differential equations (PDEs) can be derived at the population level...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776015/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-potentiates-fear-memory-salience-through-functional-modulation-of-mesolimbic-dopaminergic-activity-states
#20
Aurelie Fitoussi, Jordan Zunder, Huibing Tan, Steven R Laviolette
Chronic or acute exposure to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, has been associated with numerous neuropsychiatric side-effects, including dysregulation of emotional processing and associative memory formation. Clinical and pre-clinical evidence suggests that the effects of THC are due to the ability to modulate mesolimbic dopamine (DA) activity states in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and ventral tegmental area (VTA). Nevertheless, the mechanisms by which THC modulates mesolimbic DA function and emotional processing are not well understood...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
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