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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319698/the-combined-effect-of-reduced-fossil-fuel-consumption-and-increasing-biomass-combustion-on-athens-air-quality-as-inferred-from-long-term-co-measurements
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Myrto Gratsea, Eleni Liakakou, Nikos Mihalopoulos, Anastasios Adamopoulos, Eirini Tsilibari, Evangelos Gerasopoulos
To evaluate the role of biomass burning emissions, and in particular of residential wood heating, as a result of the economic recession in Greece, carbon monoxide (CO) atmospheric concentrations from five (5) stations of the National Air Pollution Monitoring Network in Athens, spanning the period 2000-2015, in conjunction with black carbon (BC) concentrations from the NOA (National Observatory of Athens) station at Thissio were analysed. The contribution of the different sources to the diurnal cycle of these two pollutants is clear, resulting to a morning peak, mainly due to traffic, and a late evening peak attributed both to fossil fuel (traffic plus central heating) and biomass combustion...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298022/magnetic-resonance-guided-focused-ultrasound-thalamotomy-for-tremor-a-report-of-30-parkinson-s-disease-and-essential-tremor-cases
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Menashe Zaaroor, Alon Sinai, Dorith Goldsher, Ayelet Eran, Maria Nassar, Ilana Schlesinger
OBJECTIVE Thalamotomy of the ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM) is effective in alleviating medication-resistant tremor in patients with essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson's disease (PD). MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is an innovative technology that enables noninvasive thalamotomy via thermal ablation. METHODS Patients with severe medication-resistant tremor underwent unilateral VIM thalamotomy using MRgFUS. Effects on tremor were evaluated using the Clinical Rating Scale for Tremor (CRST) in patients with ET and by the motor part of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) in patients with PD and ET-PD (defined as patients with ET who developed PD many years later)...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289680/synergy-repetition-training-versus-task-repetition-training-in-acquiring-new-skill
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Vrajeshri Patel, Jamie Craig, Michelle Schumacher, Martin K Burns, Ionut Florescu, Ramana Vinjamuri
Traditionally, repetitive practice of a task is used to learn a new skill, exhibiting as immediately improved performance. Research suggests, however, that a more experience-based rather than exposure-based training protocol may allow for better transference of the skill to related tasks. In synergy-based motor control theory, fundamental motor skills, such as hand grasping, are represented with a synergy subspace that captures essential motor patterns. In this study, we propose that motor-skill learning through synergy-based mechanisms may provide advantages over traditional task repetition learning...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272113/multidisciplinary-mentoring-programs-to-enhance-junior-faculty-research-grant-success
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Stephanie A Freel, Paige C Smith, Ebony N Burns, Joanna B Downer, Ann J Brown, Mark W Dewhirst
PROBLEM: Junior faculty face challenges in establishing independent research careers. Declining funding combined with a shift to multidisciplinary, collaborative science necessitates new mentorship models and enhanced institutional support. APPROACH: Two multidisciplinary mentorship programs to promote grant success for junior faculty were established at the Duke University School of Medicine beginning in 2011. These four-month programs-the Path to Independence Program (PtIP) for National Institutes of Health (NIH) R applicants and the K Club for NIH K applicants-use multiple senior faculty mentors and professional grant-writing staff to provide a 20-hour joint curriculum comprising a series of lectures, hands-on workshops, career development counseling, peer groups, and an internal study section...
March 7, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267319/designing-self-healing-superhydrophobic-surfaces-with-exceptional-mechanical-durability
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Kevin Golovin, Mathew Boban, Joseph M Mabry, Anish Tuteja
The past decade saw a drastic increase in the understanding and applications of superhydrophobic surfaces (SHSs). Water beads up and effortlessly rolls off a SHS due to its combination of low surface energy and texture. Whether being used for drag reduction, stain repellency, self-cleaning, fog harvesting, or heat transfer applications (to name a few), the durability of a SHS is critically important. Although a handful of purportedly durable SHSs have been reported, there are still no criteria available for systematically designing a durable SHS...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244920/evaluating-internal-fixation-skills-using-surgical-simulation
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Geoffrey T Burns, Brandon W King, James R Holmes, Todd A Irwin
BACKGROUND: Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is an essential skill for an orthopaedic surgeon, yet teaching its components to surgical residents poses challenges in both complexity and cost. Surgical simulation has demonstrated efficacy and is now a mandated component of residency programs, but the techniques and resources required for effective simulation vary greatly. We hypothesized that simulation of ORIF skills could be accomplished in a cost-effective, quantifiable, and reproducible manner and that this experience coupled with didactic learning would increase skill proficiency and enhance ORIF performance...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240466/liberal-transfusion-strategies-still-the-trend-in-burn-surgery
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N L Allorto, M D T Smith, D L Clarke
OBJECTIVE: Blood is a limited resource in middle-income countries such as South Africa. Transfusion is associated with complications and expense. We aimed to understand our transfusion practices in burn surgery as well as ascertain the opinion of a broader group of surgeons and anaesthetists regarding transfusion triggers in order to understand the rationale and bias that drives current transfusion practice in our setting. METHOD: Firstly, we investigated the current blood practices at our regional burn service through an audit of perioperative notes for all patients receiving packed cell transfusions in a 24-month period...
September 2016: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239605/low-dimensional-synergistic-representation-of-bilateral-reaching-movements
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Martin K Burns, Vrajeshri Patel, Ionut Florescu, Kishore V Pochiraju, Ramana Vinjamuri
Kinematic and neuromuscular synergies have been found in numerous aspects of human motion. This study aims to determine how effectively kinematic synergies in bilateral upper arm movements can be used to replicate complex activities of daily living (ADL) tasks using a sparse optimization algorithm. Ten right-handed subjects executed 18 rapid and 11 natural-paced ADL tasks requiring bimanual coordination while sitting at a table. A position tracking system was used to track the subjects' arms in space, and angular velocities over time for shoulder abduction, shoulder flexion, shoulder internal rotation, and elbow flexion for each arm were computed...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236563/a-clinical-trial-of-tension-and-compression-orthoses-for-dupuytren-contractures
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Annelien Brauns, Maarten Van Nuffel, Luc De Smet, Ilse Degreef
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial on 2 patient groups with Dupuytren's disease. INTRODUCTION: Despite an unpredictable outcome, surgery remains an important treatment for Dupuytren's disease. Orthotic devices are a controversial noninvasive treatment method to influence the myofibroblasts in the nodules. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To detect how much improvement 2 types of orthotic device (tension and compression) as only treatment intervention can provide on a Dupuytren's contracture...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225974/do-you-know-this-syndrome-hand-foot-syndrome
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Cintia Santos Braghiroli, Rodrigo Ieiri, Juliana Polizel Ocanha, Rafael Bispo Paschoalini, Hélio Amante Miot
Hand-foot syndrome is a common cutaneous adverse effect associated with certain systemic chemotherapy drugs. It is characterized by erythema, edema, and burning sensation, especially over palmoplantar surfaces. We report the case of an elderly patient undergoing chemotherapy after a breast cancer surgery who developed symptoms two months after the start of the regimen. There are no studies that explore specific therapies. Suggestive therapy include reducing agent dosage, increasing the interval between cycles, or even stopping chemotherapy...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220597/a-new-option-for-definitive-burn-wound-closure%C3%A2-%C3%A2-pair-matching-type-of-retrospective-case-control-study-of-hand-burns-in-the-hospitalised-patients-group-in-the-dr-stanislaw-sakiel-centre-for-burn-treatment-between-2009-and-2015
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Justyna Glik, Marek Kawecki, Diana Kitala, Agnieszka Klama-Baryła, Wojciech Łabuś, Marek Grabowski, Agata Durdzińska, Mariusz Nowak, Marcelina Misiuga, Aleksandra Kasperczyk
Nearly 80% of all burns include the hands of affected individuals. Skin grafting is the gold standard in burns treatment, but in the case of the burn wound bed, it may require the necessity of utilising skin substitutes to facilitate closure. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of a porcine-derived wound dressing (Oasis™) for application to hand burns compared to a synthetic dressing (Suprathel™). Comparative assessments were made, including the time to heal, quality of healing and pain intensity...
February 21, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218632/clinical-case-of-the-month-group-g-streptococcal-bacteremia-secondary-to-a-burn-wound-infection
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Paige Deichmann, Amol Sura, Charles Sanders, Nisha Aravindakshan-Patel, Fred Lopez
A 61-year-old man presented to the emergency department with second degree burns along his right arm and hand. He reported that his knees suddenly gave out while holding a pot of soup resulting in the scalding liquid spilling over his arm. His medical history is significant for alcohol abuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, chronic knee instability, and degenerative joint disease of the spine.
January 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181984/factors-that-affected-functional-outcome-after-a-delayed-excision-and-split-thickness-skin-graft-on-the-dorsal-side-of-burned-hands
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Ryuji Shichinohe, Yamamoto Yuhei, Kunihiro Kawashima, Chu Kimura, Kentaro Ono, Katsumi Horiuchi, Tetsunori Yoshida, Naoki Murao, Toshihiko Hayashi, Emi Funayama, Akihiko Oyama, Hiroshi Furukawa
Early excision and skin grafting is the principle treatment for a burned hand although there are occasions when it cannot be done such as severe general condition, delayed consultation, and the lack of a definitive assessment of burn depth. This study analyzes the factors that affected function after a delayed excision and skin graft for hands with a deep dermal burn. This study retrospectively evaluated 43 burned hands that required a delayed excision and split-thickness skin graft on the dorsal side. Cases were required to only have split-thickness skin grafting from the dorsum of the hand and fingers distally to at least the proximal interphalangeal joint at least 8 days after the injury...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156643/pilot-study-of-minocycline-for-the-prevention-of-paclitaxel-associated-neuropathy-accru-ru221408i
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Travis J Dockter, Patricia J Zekan, Briant Fruth, Kathryn Jean Ruddy, Lauren E Ta, Todor Dentchev, Nguyet Le-Lindqwister, William M Sikov, Charles L Loprinzi
220 Background: Paclitaxel is associated with both an acute pain syndrome (P-APS) and chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Preliminary animal data suggest that minocycline may be effective for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the efficacy of minocycline for the prevention of CIPN and P-APS. METHODS: Patients with breast cancer were enrolled prior to initiating neoadjuvant or adjuvant weekly paclitaxel for 12 weeks...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149255/treatment-of-an-acute-deep-hand-burn-in-a-lowincome-country-with-no-available-microsurgery-a-case-report
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K S Amouzou, A El Harti, T E Kouevi-Koko, A Abalo, A Dossim
Deep hand burns usually lead to joint and tendon exposure. A simple skin graft is insufficient to achieve healing. Soft tissue reconstruction represents a surgical challenge that ranges from the simplest to the most complex flaps. In some areas, microsurgery is not technically possible. Choice is then limited to pedicled distant flaps such as the abdominal wall flap-graft. We report a case of an acute burned hand with exposure of metacarpophalangeal joints from the second to the fourth radius as well as proximal inter phalangeal joints from the second to the fifth radius and extensor tendons, treated in the burns and wound care unit of the Sylvanus Olympio Teaching Hospital in Lomé...
September 30, 2016: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149228/exhaust-system-related-burns-affecting-children-a-uk-perspective-and-literature-review
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P V Vermaak, C E Deall, C McArdle, T Burge
Burns caused by exhaust systems in children may be associated with considerable morbidity. Current epidemiological data varies, but no data are available for the UK population. We aim to identify the pattern of exhaust-related burns affecting children who presented to a regional centre for paediatric burn care in the UK. Patients who sustained burns related to exhaust mechanisms between May 2005 and August 2012 were identified via the departmental database. Data collected included patient demographics, burn injury information, management and outcomes...
June 30, 2016: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144145/factor-structure-of-the-persian-version-of-general-social-and-negative-self-consciousness-of-appearance-domains-of-derriford-appearance-scale-59-an-application-in-the-field-of-burn-injuries
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Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani, Zahra Zare, Fatemeh Ranjbar
BACKGROUND: The Derriford Appearance Scale 59 (DAS59) is a widely used measure of the spectrum of psychological distress and dysfunction that is characteristic of disfigurement. Also, disfigurement due to burn injury leads to feeling guilty or less socially competent, avoiding social situations, suicide, poor self-esteem, sexual difficulties, and depression. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to translate and culturally adapt three subscales of DAS59 into Persian language and to investigate its factor structure for Iranian burned patients...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132692/a-recurrent-de-novo-variant-in-nacc1-causes-a-syndrome-characterized-by-infantile-epilepsy-cataracts-and-profound-developmental-delay
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Kelly Schoch, Linyan Meng, Szabolcs Szelinger, David R Bearden, Asbjorg Stray-Pedersen, Oyvind L Busk, Nicholas Stong, Eriskay Liston, Ronald D Cohn, Fernando Scaglia, Jill A Rosenfeld, Jennifer Tarpinian, Cara M Skraban, Matthew A Deardorff, Jeremy N Friedman, Zeynep Coban Akdemir, Nicole Walley, Mohamad A Mikati, Peter G Kranz, Joan Jasien, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Marie McDonald, Stephanie Burns Wechsler, Michael Freemark, Sujay Kansagra, Sharon Freedman, Deeksha Bali, Francisca Millan, Sherri Bale, Stanley F Nelson, Hane Lee, Naghmeh Dorrani, David B Goldstein, Rui Xiao, Yaping Yang, Jennifer E Posey, Julian A Martinez-Agosto, James R Lupski, Michael F Wangler, Vandana Shashi
Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has increasingly enabled new pathogenic gene variant identification for undiagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders and provided insights into both gene function and disease biology. Here, we describe seven children with a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by microcephaly, profound developmental delays and/or intellectual disability, cataracts, severe epilepsy including infantile spasms, irritability, failure to thrive, and stereotypic hand movements. Brain imaging in these individuals reveals delay in myelination and cerebral atrophy...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117814/a-model-of-free-tissue-transfer-the-rat-epigastric-free-flap
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Diogo Casal, Diogo Pais, Inês Iria, Eduarda Mota-Silva, Maria-Angélica Almeida, Sara Alves, Cláudia Pen, Ana Farinho, Luís Mascarenhas-Lemos, José Ferreira-Silva, Mário Ferraz-Oliveira, Valentina Vassilenko, Paula A Videira, João Gory O'Neill
Free tissue transfer has been increasingly used in clinical practice since the 1970s, allowing reconstruction of complex and otherwise untreatable defects resulting from tumor extirpation, trauma, infections, malformations or burns. Free flaps are particularly useful for reconstructing highly complex anatomical regions, like those of the head and neck, the hand, the foot and the perineum. Moreover, basic and translational research in the area of free tissue transfer is of great clinical potential. Notwithstanding, surgical trainees and researchers are frequently deterred from using microsurgical models of tissue transfer, due to lack of information regarding the technical aspects involved in the operative procedures...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103995/-advances-in-the-research-of-prevention-and-treatment-of-postburn-contractures-of-hand
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K A Wang, G S Wu, Y Sun, Z F Xia
Scar contracture deformity, which can lead to dysfunction of hand and low quality of life, is one of the common complication after hand burns. The prevention measures of scar contracture after hand burns include large skin grafting, prevention of infection, insistence on wearing pressure gloves, use of silicone sheets, wearing orthosis, accepting proper physical therapy, and early functional exercise. The primary treatments of postburn contractures of the hand are surgery, drugs, laser treatment, and rehabilitation therapy...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
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