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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092825/non-invasive-techniques-for-revealing-the-palette-of-the-romantic-painter-francesco-hayez
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Laura Rampazzi, Valentina Brunello, Cristina Corti, Elena Lissoni
This paper describes the first systematic analysis of the palette of Francesco Hayez, one of the most outstanding artists of European Romanticism, whose painting technique has never been extensively investigated despite the plethora of artistic studies. He lived in a particular moment in the history of painting, as in the first half of the 19th century many synthetic pigments were available, also in tin tubes, but traditional materials were still used. Sixteen paintings on canvas and on panels, created between 1823 and 1868, were analyzed in situ through non-invasive techniques (infrared reflectography and infrared reflection spectroscopy)...
January 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092676/intracellular-il-37b-interacts-with-smad3-to-suppress-multiple-signaling-pathways-and-the-metastatic-phenotype-of-tumor-cells
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C Luo, Y Shu, J Luo, D Liu, D-S Huang, Y Han, C Chen, Y-C Li, J-M Zou, J Qin, Y Wang, D Li, S-S Wang, G-M Zhang, J Chen, Z-H Feng
Multiple signaling pathways that promote tumor cell metastasis are differentially activated in low/non-metastatic and metastatic tumor cells, resulting in the differential expression of metastasis-related genes. The underlying mechanism may involve the alterations of the intrinsic negative regulation in tumor cells. Here we report that the differential expression of interleukin-37b (IL-37b) in tumor cells alters the intrinsic negative regulation of signaling pathways, resulting in the difference of metastatic capacity...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092670/neuropilin-1-is-upregulated-in-the-adaptive-response-of-prostate-tumors-to-androgen-targeted-therapies-and-is-prognostic-of-metastatic-progression-and-patient-mortality
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B W C Tse, M Volpert, E Ratther, N Stylianou, M Nouri, K McGowan, M L Lehman, S J McPherson, M Roshan-Moniri, M S Butler, J Caradec, C Y Gregory-Evans, J McGovern, R Das, M Takhar, N Erho, M Alshalafa, E Davicioni, E M Schaeffer, R B Jenkins, A E Ross, R J Karnes, R B Den, L Fazli, P A Gregory, M E Gleave, E D Williams, P S Rennie, R Buttyan, J H Gunter, L A Selth, P J Russell, C C Nelson, B G Hollier
Recent evidence has implicated the transmembrane co-receptor neuropilin-1 (NRP1) in cancer progression. Primarily known as a regulator of neuronal guidance and angiogenesis, NRP1 is also expressed in multiple human malignancies, where it promotes tumor angiogenesis. However, non-angiogenic roles of NRP1 in tumor progression remain poorly characterized. In this study, we define NRP1 as an androgen-repressed gene whose expression is elevated during the adaptation of prostate tumors to androgen-targeted therapies (ATTs), and subsequent progression to metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092637/non-invasive-classification-of-breast-microcalcifications-using-x-ray-coherent-scatter-computed-tomography
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Bahaa Ghammraoui, Lucretiu M Popescu
We investigate the use of energy dispersive x-ray coherent scatter computed tomography (ED-CSCT) as a non-invasive diagnostic method to differentiate between type I and type II breast calcifications. This approach is sensitive to the differences of composition and internal crystal structure of different types of microcalcifications. The study is carried out by simulating a CSCT system with a scanning pencil beam, considering a polychromatic x-ray source and an energy-resolving photon counting detector. In a first step, the multidimensional angle and energy distributed CSCT data is reduced to the projection-space distributions of only a few components, corresponding to the expected target composition: adipose, glandular tissue, weddellite (calcium oxalate) for type I calcifications, and hydroxyapatite for type II calcifications...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092636/an-analysis-of-intrinsic-variations-of-low-frequency-shear-wave-speed-in-a-stochastic-tissue-model-the-first-application-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
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Yu Wang, Min Wang, Jingfeng Jiang
Shear wave elastography is increasingly being used to non-invasively stage liver fibrosis by measuring shear wave speed (SWS). This study quantitatively investigates intrinsic variations among SWS measurements obtained from heterogeneous media such as fibrotic livers. More specifically, it aims to demonstrate that intrinsic variations in SWS measurements, in general, follow a non-Gaussian distribution and are related to the heterogeneous nature of the medium being measured. Using the principle of maximum entropy (ME), our primary objective is to derive a probability density function (PDF) of the SWS distribution in conjunction with a lossless stochastic tissue model...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092622/electroencephalographic-changes-associated-with-non-invasive-nociceptive-stimulus-in-minimally-anaesthetised-dogs
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U Kaka, Y M Goh, L W Chean, H C Chen
Electroencephalography (EEG) has been reported as an objective, non-invasive and stress free technique for nociceptive studies. Electrical stimuli can be used to evaluate the efficacy of centrally acting agents. Peripheral nerve stimulator can be a good and cheap source of electric stimulus for studies of nociception, and studies evaluating analgesic effect of drugs under EEG. In this study suitability of peripheral nerve stimulator, and milliamperage for nociceptive studies under electroencephalography were evaluated...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092600/influence-of-horse-breed-on-transepidermal-water-loss
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M P Szczepanik, P M Wilkołek, Ł R Adamek, M Pluta, M Gołyński, W Sitkowski, G Kalisz, I Taszkun, Z J H Pomorski
Non-invasive methods of skin condition assessment include, among others, the evaluation of transepidermal water loss (TEWL). The aim of the study was to examine whether TEWL values depend on horse breed. The study was conducted on four breeds: "Felin" ponies (FP) (n=16), Polish koniks (PK) (n=15), Polish cold-blooded horses (PcbH) (n=11) and Wielkopolska horses (WH) (n=12). It was found that horse breed influences TEWL values. In the neck region, statistically significant differences were found between PK and FP (p=0...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092564/static-vs-dynamic-decoding-algorithms-in-a-non-invasive-body-machine-interface
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Ismael Seanez-Gonzalez, Camilla Pierella, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Elias Barry Thorp, Farnaz Abdollahi, Jessica P Pedersen, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi
In this study, we consider a non-invasive bodymachine interface that captures body motions still available to people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and maps them into a set of signals for controlling a computer user interface while engaging in a sustained level of mobility and exercise. We compare the effectiveness of two decoding algorithms that transform a highdimensional body-signal vector into a lower dimensional control vector on 6 subjects with high-level SCI and 8 controls. One algorithm is based on a static map from current body signals to the current value of the control vector set through principal component analysis (PCA), the other on dynamic mapping a segment of body signals to the value and the temporal derivatives of the control vector set through a Kalman filter...
December 15, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092251/-acute-appendicitis-surgical-and-non-surgical-treatment
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Luis Manuel Souza-Gallardo, José Luis Martínez-Ordaz
Appendicitis represents a common disease for the surgeon with a relative risk between 7-8%. It was thought that if more time passed between diagnosis and treatment, the risk for complications, such as perforation or abscess formation, was higher; nevertheless; the evolution is variable, making necessary the development of different strategies such as antibiotic use only, interval surgery or endoscopic treatment. The purpose of this study is to make a revision in the management of appendicitis comparing conservative and surgical treatment...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092235/hospital-cost-and-length-of-stay-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Joshua J Mooney, Karina Raimundo, Eunice Chang, Michael S Broder
OBJECTIVE: To provide a detailed picture of the economic impact of hospitalization in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and to identify factors associated with cost and length of stay (LOS). METHODS: In this retrospective cross-sectional study using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), we included hospitalizations for IPF (ICD-9-CM 516.3) with a principal diagnosis of respiratory disease (ICD-9-CM 460-519) from 2009-2011; lung transplant admissions were excluded...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092115/fecal-calprotectin-level-in-healthy-children-aged-less-than-4%C3%A2-years-in-south-korea
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Joo Young Song, Yoo Mi Lee, You Jin Choi, Su Jin Jeong
BACKGROUND: Fecal calprotectin (FC) is non-invasive inflammatory marker indicating various bowel diseases. However, the median-specific cut-off values and the standard deviations (SD) of the FC levels in each age group <4 years were not elucidated. METHODS: Healthy volunteers were enrolled from four kindergartens. A questionnaire was used to confirm that the children met the inclusion criteria, and several demographics and history of bowel symptoms were collected...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091979/blood-perfusion-in-osteomyelitis-studied-with-15-o-water-pet-in-a-juvenile-porcine-model
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Lars Jødal, Ole L Nielsen, Pia Afzelius, Aage K O Alstrup, Søren B Hansen
BACKGROUND: Osteomyelitis is a serious disease which can be difficult to treat despite properly instituted antibiotic therapy. This appears to be related at least partly to degraded vascularisation in the osteomyelitic (OM) lesions. Studies of perfusion in OM bones are, however, few and not quantitative. Quantitative assessment of perfusion could aid in the selection of therapy. A non-invasive, quantitative way to study perfusion is dynamic [(15)O]water positron emission tomography (PET)...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091604/polyglucose-nanoparticles-with-renal-elimination-and-macrophage-avidity-facilitate-pet-imaging-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Edmund J Keliher, Yu-Xiang Ye, Gregory R Wojtkiewicz, Aaron D Aguirre, Benoit Tricot, Max L Senders, Hannah Groenen, Francois Fay, Carlos Perez-Medina, Claudia Calcagno, Giuseppe Carlucci, Thomas Reiner, Yuan Sun, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Hye-Yeong Kim, Cuihua Wang, John W Chen, Filip K Swirski, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Jacob Hooker, Zahi A Fayad, Willem J M Mulder, Ralph Weissleder, Matthias Nahrendorf
Tissue macrophage numbers vary during health versus disease. Abundant inflammatory macrophages destruct tissues, leading to atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Emerging therapeutic options create interest in monitoring macrophages in patients. Here we describe positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with (18)F-Macroflor, a modified polyglucose nanoparticle with high avidity for macrophages. Due to its small size, Macroflor is excreted renally, a prerequisite for imaging with the isotope flourine-18...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091596/non-invasive-optical-estimate-of-tissue-composition-to-differentiate-malignant-from-benign-breast-lesions-a-pilot-study
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Paola Taroni, Anna Maria Paganoni, Francesca Ieva, Antonio Pifferi, Giovanna Quarto, Francesca Abbate, Enrico Cassano, Rinaldo Cubeddu
Several techniques are being investigated as a complement to screening mammography, to reduce its false-positive rate, but results are still insufficient to draw conclusions. This initial study explores time domain diffuse optical imaging as an adjunct method to classify non-invasively malignant vs benign breast lesions. We estimated differences in tissue composition (oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin, lipid, water, collagen) and absorption properties between lesion and average healthy tissue in the same breast applying a perturbative approach to optical images collected at 7 red-near infrared wavelengths (635-1060 nm) from subjects bearing breast lesions...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091578/temporal-dynamics-of-cerebellar-and-motor-cortex-physiological-processes-during-motor-skill-learning
#15
D Spampinato, P Celnik
Learning motor tasks involves distinct physiological processes in the cerebellum (CB) and primary motor cortex (M1). Previous studies have shown that motor learning results in at least two important neurophysiological changes: modulation of cerebellar output mediated in-part by long-term depression of parallel fiber-Purkinje cell synapse and induction of long-term plasticity (LTP) in M1, leading to transient occlusion of additional LTP-like plasticity. However, little is known about the temporal dynamics of these two physiological mechanisms during motor skill learning...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091280/rotation-elastogram-estimation-using-synthetic-transmit-aperture-technique
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Lokesh B, Bhaskara Rao Chintada, Arun Kumar Thittai
It is well-documented in literature that benign breast lesions, such as fibroadenomas, are loosely bonded to their surrounding tissue and tend to slip under a small quasi-static compression, whereas malignant lesions being firmly bonded to their surrounding tissue do not slip. Recent developments in quasi-static ultrasound elastography have shown that an image of the axial-shear strain distribution can provide information about the bonding condition at the lesion-surrounding tissue boundary. Further studies analyzing the axial-shear strain elastograms revealed that nonzero axial-shear strain values appear inside the lesion, referred to as fill-in, only when a lesion is loosely bonded and asymmetrically oriented to the axis of compression...
January 1, 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090641/in-vivo-quantitative-assessment-of-the-therapeutic-response-in-a-mouse-model-of-collagen-induced-arthritis-using-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography
#17
Anupam Mitra, Smriti Kundu-Raychaudhuri, Christine Abria, Angelica Rona, Abhijit J Chaudhari, Siba P Raychaudhuri
BACKGROUND: Mouse collagen induced arthritis (CIA) is the most commonly used animal model to investigate underlying pathogenesis of autoimmune arthritis and to demonstrate therapeutic efficacy of novel drugs in autoimmune arthritis. The conventional read out of CIA are clinical score and histopathology, which have several limitations including (i) subjected to observer bias; (ii) longitudinal therapeutic efficacy of a new drug cannot be determined. Thus a robust, non-invasive, in vivo drug screening tool is currently an unmet need...
January 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090449/ultrashort-time-to-echo-magnetic-resonance-techniques-for-the-musculoskeletal-system
#18
REVIEW
Palanan Siriwanarangsun, Sheronda Statum, Reni Biswas, Won C Bae, Christine B Chung
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been widely implemented as a non-invasive modality to investigate musculoskeletal (MSK) tissue disease, injury, and pathology. Advancements in MR sequences provide not only enhanced morphologic contrast for soft tissues, but also quantitative biochemical evaluation. Ultrashort time to echo (UTE) sequence, in particular, enables novel morphologic and quantitative evaluation of previously unseen MSK tissues. By using short minimum echo times (TE) below 1 msec, the UTE sequence can unveil short T2 properties of tissues including the deepest layers of the articular cartilage, cartilaginous endplate at the discovertebral junction, the meniscus, and the cortical bone...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090447/quantitative-sodium-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-cartilage-muscle-and-tendon
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REVIEW
Neal K Bangerter, Grayson J Tarbox, Meredith D Taylor, Joshua D Kaggie
Sodium magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or imaging of the 23Na nucleus, has been under exploration for several decades, and holds promise for potentially revealing additional biochemical information about the health of tissues that cannot currently be obtained from conventional hydrogen (or proton) MRI. This additional information could serve as an important complement to conventional MRI for many applications. However, despite these exciting possibilities, sodium MRI is not yet used routinely in clinical practice, and will likely remain strictly in the domain of exploratory research for the coming decade...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089799/positive-airway-pressure-therapies-and-hospitalization-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#20
Monica M Vasquez, Leslie A McClure, Duane L Sherrill, Sanjay R Patel, Jerry Krishnan, Stefano Guerra, Sairam Parthasarathy
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) places a huge healthcare burden. Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is sometimes used in COPD patients, but the possible impact on hospitalization risk remains controversial. We studied the hospitalization risk of COPD patients before and after initiation of various PAP therapies in a "real-world" bioinformatics study. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of administrative claims data of hospitalizations in patients with COPD who received or did not receive PAP therapy - continuous PAP, bilevel PAP, and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation using a home ventilator (NIPPV)...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
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