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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651424/estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-renal-scan-and-volumetric-assessment-of-the-kidney-before-and-after-partial-nephrectomy-a-review-of-the-current-literature
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Riccardo G Bertolo, Homayoun Zargar, Riccardo Autorino, Cristian Fiori, Jihad H Kaouk, Paul Russo, Robert H Thompson, Francesco Porpiglia
INTRODUCTION: The best method for assessing renal function after partial nephrectomy (PN) continues to be a matter of debate. Early studies evaluated kidney function by measuring serum creatinine (sCr) and/or the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), potentially underestimating the contribution of the contralateral kidney in masking alterations in renal function. Since then, researchers have studied the operated renal unit with the aid of nuclear renal scans (RS). However, taking into consideration the importance of the amount of renal parenchyma spared or sacrificed during PN, many novel methods have been proposed for determining kidney volume before and after PN...
June 23, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651276/white-paper-interventional-mri-current-status-and-potential-for-development-considering-economic-perspectives-part-1-general-application
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Jörg Barkhausen, Thomas Kahn, Gabriele A Krombach, Christiane K Kuhl, Joachim Lotz, David Maintz, Jens Ricke, Stefan O Schönberg, Thomas J Vogl, Frank K Wacker
Background MRI is attractive for the guiding and monitoring of interventional procedures due to its high intrinsic soft tissue contrast and the possibility to measure physiologic parameters like flow and cardiac function. Method The current status of interventional MRI for the clinical routine was analyzed. Results The effort needed for the development of MR-safe monitoring systems and instruments initially resulted in the application of interventional MRI only for procedures that could not be performed by other means...
July 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651069/automatic-mpst-cut-for-segmentation-of-carpal-bones-from-mr-volumes
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Laura Gemme, Sonia Nardotto, Silvana G Dellepiane
In the context of rheumatic diseases, several studies suggest that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows the detection of the three main signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) at higher sensitivities than available through conventional radiology. The rapid, accurate segmentation of bones is an essential preliminary step for quantitative diagnosis, erosion evaluation, and multi-temporal data fusion. In the present paper, a new, semi-automatic, 3D graph-based segmentation method to extract carpal bone data is proposed...
June 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650995/septins-restrict-inflammation-and-protect-zebrafish-larvae-from-shigella-infection
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Maria J Mazon-Moya, Alexandra R Willis, Vincenzo Torraca, Laurent Boucontet, Avinash R Shenoy, Emma Colucci-Guyon, Serge Mostowy
Shigella flexneri, a Gram-negative enteroinvasive pathogen, causes inflammatory destruction of the human colonic epithelium. Infection by S. flexneri has been well-studied in vitro and is a paradigm for bacterial interactions with the host immune system. Recent work has revealed that components of the cytoskeleton have important functions in innate immunity and inflammation control. Septins, highly conserved cytoskeletal proteins, have emerged as key players in innate immunity to bacterial infection, yet septin function in vivo is poorly understood...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650994/abnormal-global-functional-network-connectivity-and-its-relationship-to-medial-temporal-atrophy-in-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Can Sheng, Mingrui Xia, Haikuo Yu, Yue Huang, Yan Lu, Fang Liu, Yong He, Ying Han
BACKGROUND: Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), which is recently considered as a high risk status for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), manifests with gray matter atrophy and increased focal functional activity in the medial temporal lobe (MTL). However, the abnormalities of whole-brain functional network connectivity in aMCI and its relationship to medial temporal atrophy (MTA) remain unknown. METHODS: In this study, thirty-six aMCI patients and thirty-five healthy controls (HCs) were recruited...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650971/a-lab-on-phone-instrument-with-varifocal-microscope-via-a-liquid-actuated-aspheric-lens-lal
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Yiin-Kuen Fuh, Zheng-Hong Lai, Li-Han Kau, Hung-Jui Huang
In this paper, we introduce a novel concept of liquid-actuated aspheric lens (LAL) with a built-in aspheric polydimethylsiloxane lens (APL) to enable the design of compact optical systems with varifocal microscopic imaging. The varifocal lens module consists of a sandwiched structures such as 3d printed syringe pump functionally serves as liquid controller. Other key components include two acrylic cylinders, a rigid separator, a APL/membrane composite (APLMC) embedded PDMS membrane. In functional operation, the fluidic controller was driven to control the pressure difference and ALPMC deformation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650950/neurobiologic-correlates-of-attention-and-memory-deficits-following-critical-illness-in-early-life
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Raisa M Schiller, Hanneke IJsselstijn, Marlous J Madderom, André B Rietman, Marion Smits, Arno F J van Heijst, Dick Tibboel, Tonya White, Ryan L Muetzel
OBJECTIVES: Survivors of critical illness in early life are at risk of long-term-memory and attention impairments. However, their neurobiologic substrates remain largely unknown. DESIGN: A prospective follow-up study. SETTING: Erasmus MC-Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PATIENTS: Thirty-eight school-age (8-12 yr) survivors of neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and/or congenital diaphragmatic hernia with an intelligence quotient greater than or equal to 80 and a below average score (z score ≤ -1...
June 23, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650891/pretreatment-primary-tumor-suvmax-on-18f-fdg-pet-ct-images-predicts-outcomes-in-patients-with-salivary-gland-carcinoma-treated-with-definitive-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy
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Cheng-En Hsieh, Kung-Chu Ho, Chia-Hsun Hsieh, Tzu-Chen Yen, Chun-Ta Liao, Hung-Ming Wang, Chien-Yu Lin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of F-FDG uptake in salivary gland carcinoma (SGC) patients treated with definitive intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). METHODS: We retrospectively examined 46 SGC patients who received pretreatment F-FDG PET/CT and definitive IMRT between 2007 and 2014. Most tumors were located in the minor salivary glands (n = 35 [76%]). Forty-six percent (n = 21) of the participants had unresectable disease...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650887/a-pediatric-case-of-well-functioning-supernumerary-kidney-relative-renal-function-assessment-using-radionuclide-imaging
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Milena Pizzoferro, Cristina Lo Zupone, Mario De Gennaro, Maria Felicia Villani, Maria Carmen Garganese
We present an interesting image of a well-functioning supernumerary kidney evaluated with DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) renal scintigraphy in a 14-year-old girl. At 2 years of age, the patient had a diagnosis of supernumerary kidney. She remained asymptomatic up to childhood age, and then a DMSA study was required to guide the following adequate surveillance strategy. DMSA study provided a clear imaging of supernumerary kidney in the left side of the abdomen showing a regular uptake and a normal function in relation to its own size...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650834/angle-2dpca-a-new-formulation-for-2dpca
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Quanxue Gao, Lan Ma, Yang Liu, Xinbo Gao, Feiping Nie
2-D principal component analysis (2DPCA), which employs squared F-norm as the distance metric, has been widely used in dimensionality reduction for data representation and classification. It, however, is commonly known that squared F-norm is very sensitivity to outliers. To handle this problem, we present a novel formulation for 2DPCA, namely Angle-2DPCA. It employs F-norm as the distance metric and takes into consideration the relationship between reconstruction error and variance in the objective function...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650801/300-fps-salient-object-detection-via-minimum-directional-contrast
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Xiaoming Huang, Yu-Jin Zhang
Global contrast considers the color difference between a target region or pixel and the rest of the image. It is frequently used to measure the saliency of the region or pixel. In previous global contrast-based methods, saliency is usually measured by the sum of contrast from the entire image. We find that the spatial distribution of contrast is one important cue of saliency that is neglected by previous works. Foreground pixel usually has high contrast from all directions, since it is surrounded by the background...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650621/novel-cdta-based-bifunctional-chelators-for-stable-and-inert-mn-ii-complexation-synthesis-and-physicochemical-characterization
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Christian Vanasschen, Enikő Molnár, Gyula Tircsó, Ferenc K Kálmán, Éva Tóth, Marie Brandt, Heinz H Coenen, Bernd Neumaier
In the search for Mn(II) MR and PET/MR imaging agents with optimal balance between thermodynamic stability, kinetic inertness, and relaxivity, two novel bifunctional Mn(II) chelators (BFMnCs) based on CDTA (trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid) were synthesized. A six-step synthesis, involving the buildup of a functionalized trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane core, provided CuAAC-reactive 6a and 6b bearing an alkyne or azide substituent on the cyclohexane ring, respectively (CuAAC = Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition)...
June 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650517/adaptive-change-in-chewing-related-brain-activity-while-wearing-a-palatal-plate-an-fmri-study
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Yuka Inamochi, Kenji Fueki, Nobuo Usui, Masato Taira, Noriyuki Wakabayashi
Prosthodontic treatment success depends on patients' ability to adapt to an altered oral environment containing removable prostheses. We investigated adaptive chewing-related brain activity changes in response to a new oral environment. Twenty-eight fully dentate subjects (mean age: 28.6 years) wore experimental denture-base palatal plates (3-mm thick), for 7 days. We measured food mixing ability and cycle time, and assessed brain activity by functional magnetic resonance imaging during chewing at pre-insertion (Day 0), and immediately (Day 1), 3 days (Day 3), and 7 days (Day 7) after insertion...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650486/advanced-carbon-dots-via-plasma-induced-surface-functionalization-for-fluorescent-and-bio-medical-applications
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So Young Park, Che Yoon Lee, Ha-Rim An, Hyeran Kim, Young-Chul Lee, Edmond Changkyun Park, Hang-Suk Chun, Hee Young Yang, Sae-Hae Choi, Hee Sik Kim, Kyoung Suk Kang, Hyun Gyu Park, Jong-Pil Kim, Yunju Choi, Jouhahn Lee, Hyun Uk Lee
Multifunctional carbon-based nanodots (C-dots) are synthesized using atmospheric plasma treatments involving reactive gases (oxygen and nitrogen). Surface design was achieved through one-step plasma treatment of C-dots (AC-paints) from polyethylene glycol used as a precursor. These AC-paints show high fluorescence, low cytotoxicity and excellent cellular imaging capability. They exhibit bright fluorescence with a quantum yield twice of traditional C-dots. The cytotoxicity of AC-paints was tested on BEAS2B, THLE2, A549 and hep3B cell lines...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650461/a-light-and-calcium-gated-transcription-factor-for-imaging-and-manipulating-activated-neurons
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Wenjing Wang, Craig P Wildes, Tanyaporn Pattarabanjird, Mateo I Sanchez, Gordon F Glober, Gillian A Matthews, Kay M Tye, Alice Y Ting
Activity remodels neurons, altering their molecular, structural, and electrical characteristics. To enable the selective characterization and manipulation of these neurons, we present FLARE, an engineered transcription factor that drives expression of fluorescent proteins, opsins, and other genetically encoded tools only in the subset of neurons that experienced activity during a user-defined time window. FLARE senses the coincidence of elevated cytosolic calcium and externally applied blue light, which together produce translocation of a membrane-anchored transcription factor to the nucleus to drive expression of any transgene...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650102/endocrine-influence-on-neuroinflammation-the-use-of-reporter-systems
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Nicoletta Rizzi, Alessandro Villa, Valeria Benedusi, Electra Brunialti, Nicoletta Cesari, Paolo Ciana, Adriana Maggi
Most of the ageing-associated pathologies are coupled with a strong inflammatory component that accelerates the progress of the physio-pathological functional decline related to ageing. The currently available pharmacological tools for the control of neuroinflammation present several side effects which restrict their application, particularly in chronic disorders. The discovery of the potential anti-inflammatory action exerted by endogenous estrogens and that activation of ERα results in a significant decrease of inflammation at the cellular level and in models of inflammatory diseases, prompted us to embark in a series of studies aimed at the generation of reporter systems allowing to i...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649941/treatment-effects-of-olanzapine-on-homotopic-connectivity-in-drug-free-schizophrenia-at-rest
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Wenbin Guo, Feng Liu, Jindong Chen, Renrong Wu, Lehua Li, Zhikun Zhang, Huafu Chen, Jingping Zhao
OBJECTIVES: Deficits in homotopic connectivity have been implicated in schizophrenia. However, alterations in homotopic connectivity associated with antipsychotic treatments in schizophrenia remain unclear due to lack of longitudinal studies. METHODS: Seventeen drug-free patients with recurrent schizophrenia and twenty-four healthy controls underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans. The patients were scanned at three time points (baseline, 6 weeks of treatment, and 6 months of treatment)...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649677/outcome-prediction-for-patient-with-high-grade-gliomas-from-brain-functional-and-structural-networks
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Luyan Liu, Han Zhang, Islem Rekik, Xiaobo Chen, Qian Wang, Dinggang Shen
High-grade glioma (HGG) is a lethal cancer, which is characterized by very poor prognosis. To help optimize treatment strategy, accurate preoperative prediction of HGG patient's outcome (i.e., survival time) is of great clinical value. However, there are huge individual variability of HGG, which produces a large variation in survival time, thus making prognostic prediction more challenging. Previous brain imaging-based outcome prediction studies relied only on the imaging intensity inside or slightly around the tumor, while ignoring any information that is located far away from the lesion (i...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649624/spaceflight-induced-neuroplasticity-in-humans-as-measured-by-mri-what-do-we-know-so-far
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Angelique Van Ombergen, Steven Laureys, Stefan Sunaert, Elena Tomilovskaya, Paul M Parizel, Floris L Wuyts
Space travel poses an enormous challenge on the human body; microgravity, ionizing radiation, absence of circadian rhythm, confinement and isolation are just some of the features associated with it. Obviously, all of the latter can have an impact on human physiology and even induce detrimental changes. Some organ systems have been studied thoroughly under space conditions, however, not much is known on the functional and morphological effects of spaceflight on the human central nervous system. Previous studies have already shown that central nervous system changes occur during and after spaceflight in the form of neurovestibular problems, alterations in cognitive function and sensory perception, cephalic fluid shifts and psychological disturbances...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649615/imaging-parkinson-s-disease-below-the-neck
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Per Borghammer, Karoline Knudsen, Tatyana D Fedorova, David J Brooks
Parkinson's disease is a systemic disorder with widespread and early α-synuclein pathology in the autonomic and enteric nervous systems, which is present throughout the gastrointestinal canal prior to diagnosis. Gastrointestinal and genitourinary autonomic symptoms often predate clinical diagnosis by several years. It has been hypothesized that progressive α-synuclein aggregation is initiated in hyperbranched, non-myelinated neuron terminals, and may subsequently spread via retrograde axonal transport. This would explain why autonomic nerves are so prone to formation of α-synuclein pathology...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
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