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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813234/cardiac-mr-strain-a-noninvasive-biomarker-of-fibrofatty-remodeling-of-the-left-atrial-myocardium
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Adrian T Huber, Jérôme Lamy, Amer Rahhal, Morgane Evin, Fabrice Atassi, Carine Defrance, Guillaume Lebreton, Karine Clément, Myriam Berthet, Richard Isnard, Pascal Leprince, Philippe Cluzel, Stéphane N Hatem, Nadjia Kachenoura, Alban Redheuil
Purpose To determine whether left atrial (LA) strain quantification with cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging feature tracking is associated with the severity of LA fibrofatty myocardial remodeling at histologic analysis. Materials and Methods This prospective case-control study was approved by the institutional review board. LA strain was evaluated with cardiac MR feature tracking between January 2014 and March 2015 in 13 consecutive patients (mean age, 61 years ± 19; nine male) with mitral regurgitation in the 24 hours before mitral valve surgery and 13 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects...
August 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808738/formaldehyde-passive-sampler-using-an-optical-chemical-sensor-how-to-limit-the-humidity-interference
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Jane Vignau-Laulhere, Pierre Mocho, Hervé Plaisance, Katarzyna Raulin-Woznica, Thu-Hoa Tran-Thi, Valérie Desauziers
The behaviour of a new formaldehyde diffusive sampler using an optical chemical sensor with respect to high humidity conditions is examined in controlled atmospheres. Five prototypes of the radial diffusion sampler having the same chemical sensor and different designs were tested. In addition, a set of experiments were performed on the chemical sensor to characterise its efficiency of trapping water vapour in the absence and in the presence of the reactants, Fluoral-P and formaldehyde. Differences in humidity interference between the five diffusive sampler prototypes were studied and discussed...
August 14, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807505/delayed-ejaculation-and-associated-complaints-relationship-to-ejaculation-times-and-serum-testosterone-levels
#3
Abraham Morgentaler, Paula Polzer, Stanley Althof, Alexander Bolyakov, Craig Donatucci, Xiao Ni, Ankur B Patel, Shehzad Basaria
BACKGROUND: Although delayed ejaculation (DE) is typically characterized as a persistently longer than anticipated or desired time to ejaculation (or orgasm) during sexual activity, a timing-based definition of DE and its association with serum testosterone has not been established in a large cohort. AIM: To examine in an observational study estimated intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) and masturbatory ejaculation latency time (MELT) in men self-reporting DE, assess the association of IELT and MELT with serum testosterone levels, and determine whether correlation with demographic and sexual parameters exist...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803816/midterm-adjusted-survival-comparing-the-best-performing-unicompartmental-and-total-knee-arthroplasties-in-a-registry
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Stefano A Bini, Guy Cafri, Monti Khatod
BACKGROUND: Recent literature suggests that the difference in revision risk between unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can be influenced by surgeon volume and other confounders. We hypothesized that implant selection might decrease the relative risk of revision in an adjusted model. METHODS: We selected the best performing (BP) primary UKAs and TKAs performed for osteoarthritis between January 2001 and December 2012 collected through a joint replacement registry...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802745/circumferential-bone-grafting-around-an-absorbable-gelatin-sponge-core-reduced-the-amount-of-grafted-bone-in-the-induced-membrane-technique-for-critical-size-defects-of-long-bones
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Jae-Woo Cho, Jinil Kim, Won-Tae Cho, Jin-Kak Kim, Jong Hoon Song, Hyung-Jin Kim, Alain C Masquelet, Jong-Keon Oh
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were to introduce a circumferential bone graft around an absorbable gelatin sponge core using an induced membrane technique, to assess its ability to reduce the required amount of graft and to maintain the bone graft, and to evaluate the clinical outcomes in the management of critical-size bone defects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Circumferential bone grafting using a staged induced membrane technique for managing critical-size bone defects was performed in 21 patients...
August 8, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801816/are-tkas-performed-in-high-volume-hospitals-less-likely-to-undergo-revision-than-tkas-performed-in-low-volume-hospitals
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Elke Jeschke, Mustafa Citak, Christian Günster, Andreas Matthias Halder, Karl-Dieter Heller, Jürgen Malzahn, Fritz Uwe Niethard, Peter Schräder, Josef Zacher, Thorsten Gehrke
BACKGROUND: High-volume hospitals have achieved better outcomes for THAs and unicompartmental knee arthroplasties (UKAs). However, few studies have analyzed implant survival after primary TKA in high-volume centers. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: Is the risk of revision surgery higher when receiving a TKA in a low-volume hospital than in a high-volume hospital? METHODS: Using nationwide billing data of the largest German healthcare insurer for inpatient hospital treatment, we identified 45,165 TKAs in 44,465 patients insured by Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse who had undergone knee replacement surgery between January 2012 and December 2012...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797414/lower-transaortic-flow-rate-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-in-aortic-valve%C3%A2-stenosis
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Sahrai Saeed, Roxy Senior, Navtej S Chahal, Mai Tone Lønnebakken, John B Chambers, Edda Bahlmann, Eva Gerdts
OBJECTIVES: The association of transaortic flow rate (FR) with outcomes was tested in 1,661 patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) in the SEAS (Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis) study. BACKGROUND: Low transaortic flow may complicate grading of AS. However, the association of lower transaortic FR with adverse outcomes has not been reported. METHODS: Transaortic FR was calculated from Doppler-derived stroke volume in milliliters divided by systolic ejection time in seconds and considered low if <200 ml/s...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795951/gelma-collagen-blends-enable-drop-on-demand-3d-printablility-and-promote-angiogenesis
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Henrike Stratesteffen, Marius Johannes Köpf, Franziska Kreimendahl, Andreas Blaeser, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Horst Fischer
Effective vascularization is crucial for three dimensional (3D) printed hydrogel-cell constructs to efficiently supply cells with oxygen and nutrients. Till date, several hydrogel blends have been developed that allow the in vitro formation of a capillary-like network within the gels but comparatively less effort has been made to improve the suitability of the materials for a 3D bioprinting process. Therefore, we hypothesize that tailored hydrogel blends of photo-crosslinkable gelatin and type I collagen exhibit favorable 3D drop-on-demand printing characteristics in terms of rheological and mechanical properties and that further capillary-like network formation can be induced by co-culturing human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) within the proposed blends...
August 10, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795027/the-ross-procedure-in-pediatric-patients-a-20-year-experience-of-ross-procedure-in-a-single-institution
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Dong Woog Yoon, Ji-Hyuk Yang, Tae-Gook Jun, Pyo Won Park
BACKGROUND: The Ross/Ross-Konno procedure is considered a good option for irreparable aortic valve disease in pediatric patients because of its hemodynamic performance and potential for growth of the pulmonary autograft. This study is a review of the long-term results of our 20-year experience with the Ross and Ross-Konno operations in a single institution. METHODS: Between June 1995 and January 2016, 16 consecutive patients (mean age, 6.0±5.9 years; range, 16 days to 17...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794844/a-case-series-on-simultaneous-liver-and-kidney-transplantation-do-we-need-intraoperative-renal-replacement-therapy
#10
Wongook Wi, Tae Soo Hahm, Gaab-Soo Kim
Since the implementation of the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scoring system in 2002, the liver transplantation (LT) society has observed a substantial increase in the number of recipients with renal dysfunction. Intraoperative renal replacement therapy (ioRRT) has emerged as one of the solutions available to manage high-MELD score recipients; however, its usefulness has not yet been proven. To date, we have experienced five cases of simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation (SLKT). Recipients of SLKT tend to have a lower pre-transplant kidney function and the longer operation time mandates a larger amount of fluid than LT alone...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794053/low-flow-severe-aortic-stenosis-evolving-role-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Matthew D Saybolt, Paul N Fiorilli, Zachary M Gertz, Howard C Herrmann
The definition of severe aortic stenosis has classically and retrospectively been based on the natural history of patients with medically managed aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular function in an era where surgical aortic valve replacement was the sole therapy. We now recognize that this disease is more heterogeneous and includes important subsets of patients with low stroke volume index (low flow) and low-gradient with reduced (classical) or preserved (paradoxical) ejection fraction. These patients pose diagnostic and treatment dilemmas, requiring a comprehensive assessment with integration of multimodality imaging, testing, and clinical assessment...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793193/accuracy-of-axisymmetric-drop-shape-analysis-in-determining-surface-and-interfacial-tensions
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Jinlong Yang, Kyle Yu, Yi Y Zuo
Axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA) has been used in a broad range of applications for determining surface tensions of the air-liquid surfaces and interfacial tensions of the liquid-liquid interfaces. However, it is well known that the accuracy of ADSA deteriorates upon the reduction of drop volume. Here, we systematically compared different criteria/parameters in evaluating the accuracy of ADSA upon reducing drop volume. By scrutinizing the dependence of ADSA accuracy on various parameters, including the capillary constant (c), the Bond number (Bo), the Worthington number (Wo), and the shape parameter (Ps), we concluded that the classical Bond number failed to predict the accuracy of drop shape analysis at very small drop volumes...
August 9, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792084/genetic-control-of-complex-traits-with-a-focus-on-reproduction-in-pigs
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REVIEW
Louisa J Zak, Ann Helen Gaustad, Alfonso Bolarin, Marleen Broekhuijse, Grant A Walling, Egbert F Knol
Reproductive traits are complex, and desirable reproductive phenotypes, such as litter size or semen quality, are true polygenetic traits determined by multiple pathways. Each individual gene contributes to the overall variation in these traits, so genetic improvements can be achieved using conventional selection methodology. In the past, a pedigree-based-relationship matrix was used; this is now replaced by a combination of pedigree-based- and genomic-relationship matrices. The heritability of reproductive traits is low to moderate, so large-scale data recording is required to identify specific, selectable attributes...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782077/a-retrospective-study-on-the-relationship-between-altered-native-acetabular-angle-and-vertical-implant-malpositioning
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Jorge Rojas, Maria Bautista, Guillermo Bonilla, Omar Amado, Elina Huerfano, Daniel Monsalvo, Adolfo Llinás, José Navas
PURPOSE: Acetabular cup positioning in extreme angles of vertical position affects both stability and long-term survivorship of total hip arthroplasty. The purpose of this study is to determine whether native Sharp's angle is associated with an increased abduction angle of the acetabular component. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent primary total hip replacement between February 2012 and August 2015 were included. Vertical positioning of acetabular implant in the antero-posterior post-operative radiographs were measured...
August 7, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780097/changes-in-animal-performance-and-profitability-of-holstein-dairy-operations-after-introduction-of-crossbreeding-with-montb%C3%A3-liarde-normande-and-scandinavian-red
#15
C Dezetter, N Bareille, D Billon, C Côrtes, C Lechartier, H Seegers
An individual-based mechanistic, stochastic, and dynamic simulation model was developed to assess economic effects resulting from changes in performance for milk yield and solid contents, reproduction, health, and replacement, induced by the introduction of crossbreeding in Holstein dairy operations. Three crossbreeding schemes, Holstein × Montbéliarde, Holstein × Montbéliarde × Normande, and Holstein × Montbéliarde × Scandinavian Red, were implemented in Holstein dairy operations and compared with Holstein pure breeding...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776088/impact-of-partial-volume-correction-in-oncological-pet-studies-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Matthijs C F Cysouw, Gerbrand M Kramer, Linda J Schoonmade, Ronald Boellaard, Henrica C W de Vet, Otto S Hoekstra
PURPOSE: Positron-emission tomography can be useful in oncology for diagnosis, (re)staging, determining prognosis, and response assessment. However, partial-volume effects hamper accurate quantification of lesions <2-3× the PET system's spatial resolution, and the clinical impact of this is not evident. This systematic review provides an up-to-date overview of studies investigating the impact of partial-volume correction (PVC) in oncological PET studies. METHODS: We searched in PubMed and Embase databases according to the PRISMA statement, including studies from inception till May 9, 2016...
August 4, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775218/predictive-factors-for-length-of-hospital-stay-following-primary-total-knee-replacement-in-a-total-joint-replacement-centre-in-hong-kong
#17
C K Lo, Q J Lee, Y C Wong
INTRODUCTION: The demand for total knee replacement in Hong Kong places tremendous economic burden on our health care system. Shortening hospital stay reduces the associated cost. The aim of this study was to identify perioperative predictors of length of hospital stay following primary total knee replacement performed at a high-volume centre in Hong Kong. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all primary total knee replacements performed at Yan Chai Hospital Total Joint Replacement Centre from October 2011 to October 2015...
August 4, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775070/elevated-airway-liquid-volumes-at-birth-a-potential-cause-of-transient-tachypnea-of-the-newborn
#18
Erin Victoria McGillick, Katie Lee, Shigeo Yamaoka, Arjan B Te Pas, Kelly J Crossley, Megan J Wallace, Marcus John Kitchen, Robert A Lewis, Lauren T Kerr, Philip DeKoninck, Janneke Dekker, Marta Thio, Annie McDougall, Stuart B Hooper
Excessive liquid in airways and/or in distal lung tissue may underpin the respiratory morbidity associated with transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN). However, its effects on lung aeration and respiratory function following birth are unknown. We investigated the effect of elevated airway liquid volumes on newborn respiratory function. Near term rabbit kittens (30 days gestation; term ~32 days) were delivered, had lung liquid drained and either had no liquid replaced (Control, n=7) or 30 mL/kg of liquid was re-added to the airways (liquid added; LA, n=7)...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773226/on-critical-states-rupture-states-and-interlocking-strength-of-granular-materials
#19
Chris M Szalwinski
The Mohr-Coulomb theory of strength identifies cohesion and internal friction as the two principal contributions to the shear strength of a granular material. The contribution of cohesion in over-compacted granular materials has been challenged and replacing cohesion with interlocking has been proposed. A theory of rupture strength that includes interlocking is derived herein. The physics-chemistry concept of critical state is elaborated to accommodate granular materials, based on empirical definitions established in the fields of soil mechanics and bulk solids' flow...
July 27, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772477/feasibility-of-reducing-the-fiber-content-in-ultra-high-performance-fiber-reinforced-concrete-under-flexure
#20
Jung-Jun Park, Doo-Yeol Yoo, Gi-Joon Park, Sung-Wook Kim
In this study, the flexural behavior of ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) is examined as a function of fiber length and volume fraction. Straight steel fiber with three different lengths (lf) of 13, 19.5, and 30 mm and four different volume fractions (vf) of 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5%, and 2.0% are considered. Test results show that post-cracking flexural properties of UHPFRC, such as flexural strength, deflection capacity, toughness, and cracking behavior, improve with increasing fiber length and volume fraction, while first-cracking properties are not significantly influenced by fiber length and volume fraction...
January 28, 2017: Materials
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