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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700634/differential-modulation-of-the-lactisole-sweet-water-taste-by-sweeteners
#1
Cynthia Alvarado, Danielle Nachtigal, Jay P Slack, Barry G Green
Pre-exposure to taste stimuli and certain chemicals can cause water to have a taste. Here we studied further the 'sweet water taste' (SWT) perceived after exposure to the sweet taste inhibitor lactisole. Experiment 1 investigated an incidental observation that presenting lactisole in mixture with sucrose reduced the intensity of the SWT. The results confirmed this observation and also showed that rinsing with sucrose after lactisole could completely eliminate the SWT. The generalizability of these findings was investigated in experiment 2 by presenting 5 additional sweeteners before, during, or after exposure to lactisole...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670161/left-ventricular-functional-parameters-and-geometric-patterns-in-korean-adults-on-coronary-ct-angiography-with-a-320-detector-row-ct-scanner
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Eun-Ju Kang, Ki-Nam Lee, Won Jin Choi, Young-Dae Kim, Kyung Min Shin, Jae-Kwang Lim, Jongmin Lee
OBJECTIVE: To assess the normal reference values of left ventricle (LV) functional parameters in Korean adults on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with a 320-detector-row CT scanner, and to analyze sex-related differences and correlations with various clinical characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study retrospectively enrolled 172 subjects (107 men and 65 women; age, 58 ± 10.9 years; body surface area [BSA], 1.75 ± 0.2 m(2)) who underwent CCTA without any prior history of cardiac disease...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556355/bias-and-inference-from-misspecified-mixed-effect-models-in-stepped-wedge-trial-analysis
#3
Jennifer A Thompson, Katherine L Fielding, Calum Davey, Alexander M Aiken, James R Hargreaves, Richard J Hayes
Many stepped wedge trials (SWTs) are analysed by using a mixed-effect model with a random intercept and fixed effects for the intervention and time periods (referred to here as the standard model). However, it is not known whether this model is robust to misspecification. We simulated SWTs with three groups of clusters and two time periods; one group received the intervention during the first period and two groups in the second period. We simulated period and intervention effects that were either common-to-all or varied-between clusters...
May 28, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514395/-impact-of-shock-wave-therapy-on-the-clinical-and-functional-status-of-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
#4
S T Matskeplishvili, B M Borbodoeva, E U Asymbekova, A Z Rakhimov, N K Akhmedyarova, K B Kataeva, Yu I Buziashvili
AIM: To study of the impact of shock-wave therapy (SWT) on the functional status of patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty-four CHD patients (including 33 men) with left ventricular (LV) asynergic segments, as evidenced by echocardiography (EchoCG), were examined. Their mean age was 60.1±1.76 years. All the patients received a SWT cycle according to the standard scheme. The patient examination protocol involved EchoCG, dobutamine EchoCG, treadmill exercise EchoCG, and tissue Doppler EchoCG, which were performed at baseline, immediately and one month after the end of a SWT cycle...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449487/performance-in-the-shuttle-walk-test-is-associated-with-cardiopulmonary-complications-after-lung-resections
#5
Joseph Fennelly, Lauren Potter, Cecilia Pompili, Alessandro Brunelli
BACKGROUND: The current functional guidelines recommend the shuttle walk test (SWT) as an initial screening tool to identify candidates for lung resection without requiring cardiopulmonary exercise testing. This study aims to: (I) assess the use of the SWT in predicting postoperative cardiopulmonary complications; and (II) determine whether the recommended 400 m cut-off is an appropriate distance. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 101 patients that had performed a SWT prior to surgery...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421305/the-utility-of-global-longitudinal-strain-in-the-identification-of-prior-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Graham J Fent, Pankaj Garg, James R J Foley, Laura E Dobson, Tarique A Musa, Bara Erhayiem, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein, Peter P Swoboda
Prior myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with increased mortality and is prevalent in certain high risk patient groups. Electrocardiogram may be used in diagnosis, however, sensitivity is limited, thus non-invasive imaging techniques may improve diagnosis. We investigated whether global longitudinal strain (GLS) and longitudinal strain parameters are reduced in patients with prior MI but preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The study included 40 clinical patients with prior MI occurring >3 months previously (defined as subendocardial hyperenhancement on late Gadolinium enhancement imaging) with LVEF ≥ 55% and 40 controls matched for age and LVEF...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391581/contribution-of-mitral-valve-leaflet-length-and-septal-wall-thickness-to-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#7
Kareem Morant, Yoko Mikami, Immaculate Nevis, David McCarty, John Stirrat, David Scholl, Martin Rajchl, Peter Giannoccaro, Louis Kolman, Bobby Heydari, Carmen Lydell, Andrew Howarth, Andrew Grant, James A White
We sought to examine whether elongation of the mitral valve leaflets in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is synergistic to septal wall thickness (SWT) in the development of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). HCM is a common genetic cardiac disease characterized by asymmetric septal hypertrophy and predisposition towards LVOTO. It has been reported that elongation of the mitral valve leaflets may be a primary phenotypic feature and contribute to LVOTO. However, the relative contribution of this finding versus SWT has not been studied...
August 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335476/inhibition-of-neoplastic-transformation-and-chemically-induced-skin-hyperplasia-in-mice-by-traditional-chinese-medicinal-formula-si-wu-tang
#8
Mandy M Liu, Kevin M Huang, Steven Yeung, Andy Chang, Suhui Zhang, Nan Mei, Cyrus Parsa, Robert Orlando, Ying Huang
Exploring traditional medicines may lead to the development of low-cost and non-toxic cancer preventive agents. Si-Wu-Tang (SWT), comprising the combination of four herbs, Rehmanniae, Angelica, Chuanxiong, and Paeoniae, is one of the most popular traditional Chinese medicines for women's diseases. In our previous studies, the antioxidant Nrf2 pathways were strongly induced by SWT in vitro and in vivo. Since Nrf2 activation has been associated with anticarcinogenic effects, the purpose of this study is to evaluate SWT's activity of cancer prevention...
March 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268456/emotion-classification-using-single-channel-scalp-eeg-recording
#9
Amir Jalilifard, Ednaldo Brigante Pizzolato, Md Kafiul Islam
Several studies have found evidence for corticolimbic Theta electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillation in the neural processing of visual stimuli perceived as fear or threatening scene. Recent studies showed that neural oscillations' patterns in Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma sub-bands play a main role in brain's emotional processing. The main goal of this study is to classify two different emotional states by means of EEG data recorded through a single-electrode EEG headset. Nineteen young subjects participated in an EEG experiment while watching a video clip that evoked three emotional states: neutral, relaxation and scary...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261267/a-novel-multilevel-svd-method-to-improve-multistep-ahead-forecasting-in-traffic-accidents-domain
#10
Lida Barba, Nibaldo Rodríguez
Here is proposed a novel method for decomposing a nonstationary time series in components of low and high frequency. The method is based on Multilevel Singular Value Decomposition (MSVD) of a Hankel matrix. The decomposition is used to improve the forecasting accuracy of Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) linear and nonlinear models. Three time series coming from traffic accidents domain are used. They represent the number of persons with injuries in traffic accidents of Santiago, Chile. The data were continuously collected by the Chilean Police and were weekly sampled from 2000:1 to 2014:12...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226629/emotion-classification-using-single-channel-scalp-eeg-recording
#11
Amir Jalilifard, Ednaldo Brigante Pizzolato, Md Kafiul Islam, Amir Jalilifard, Ednaldo Brigante Pizzolato, Md Kafiul Islam, Ednaldo Brigante Pizzolato, Amir Jalilifard, Md Kafiul Islam
Several studies have found evidence for corticolimbic Theta electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillation in the neural processing of visual stimuli perceived as fear or threatening scene. Recent studies showed that neural oscillations' patterns in Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma sub-bands play a main role in brain's emotional processing. The main goal of this study is to classify two different emotional states by means of EEG data recorded through a single-electrode EEG headset. Nineteen young subjects participated in an EEG experiment while watching a video clip that evoked three emotional states: neutral, relaxation and scary...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202362/effects-of-crude-extracts-of-a-saxitoxin-producer-strain-of-the-cyanobacterium-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii-on-the-swimming-behavior-of-wild-and-laboratory-reared-guppy-poecilia-vivipara
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Karina C Lopes, Aloysio da S Ferrão-Filho, Everton G N Dos Santos, Rodolfo A Cunha, Cláudia P Santos
The cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is an invasive species in water supply reservoirs worldwide, which can produces cylindrospermopsins and saxitoxins. In the wild, guppy (Poecilia vivipara) can be exposed to cyanotoxins, but those born and reared in laboratory are free of this contact. The aim of this paper was to comparatively measure the locomotor activity of 'wild' and 'lab' P. vivipara before and after exposure to crude extracts of two different cultures of C. raciborskii (CYRF-01), a saxitoxin-procucer strain...
February 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122010/impact-of-salt-and-nutrient-content-on-biofilm-formation-by-vibrio-fischeri
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Anne E Marsden, Kevin Grudzinski, Jakob M Ondrey, Cindy R DeLoney-Marino, Karen L Visick
Vibrio fischeri, a marine bacterium and symbiont of the Hawaiian bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes, depends on biofilm formation for successful colonization of the squid's symbiotic light organ. Here, we investigated if culture conditions, such as nutrient and salt availability, affect biofilm formation by V. fischeri by testing the formation of wrinkled colonies on solid media. We found that V. fischeri forms colonies with more substantial wrinkling when grown on the nutrient-dense LBS medium containing NaCl relative to those formed on the more nutrient-poor, seawater-salt containing SWT medium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104088/myocardial-wall-thinning-predicts-transmural-substrate-in-patients-with-scar-related-ventricular-tachycardia
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Seigo Yamashita, Frédéric Sacher, Darren A Hooks, Benjamin Berte, Jean-Marc Sellal, Antonio Frontera, Nora Al Jefairi, Yuki Komatsu, Sana Amraoui, Arnaud Denis, Nicolas Derval, Maxime Sermesant, François Laurent, Michel Montaudon, Mélèze Hocini, Michel Haïssaguerre, Pierre Jaïs, Hubert Cochet
BACKGROUND: Scar-related ventricular tachycardia (VT) arises from specific substrate according to etiology. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between wall thinning (WT) on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and local abnormal ventricular activity (LAVA) in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), postmyocarditis (PMC), and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). METHODS: Forty-two patients (40 male, age 58 ± 13 years, 22 ICM, 11 PMC, 9 DCM) underwent MDCT before a combined endo-/epicardial VT ablation procedure...
February 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995765/shockwaves-prevent-from-heart-failure-after-acute-myocardial-ischaemia-via-rna-protein-complexes
#15
Can Tepeköylü, Uwe Primessnig, Leo Pölzl, Michael Graber, Daniela Lobenwein, Felix Nägele, Elke Kirchmair, Elisabeth Pechriggl, Michael Grimm, Johannes Holfeld
Shock wave treatment (SWT) was shown to induce regeneration of ischaemic myocardium via Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3). The antimicrobial peptide LL37 gets released by mechanical stress and is known to form complexes with nucleic acids thus activating Toll-like receptors. We suggested that SWT in the acute setting prevents from the development of heart failure via RNA/protein release. Myocardial infarction in mice was induced followed by subsequent SWT. Heart function was assessed 4 weeks later via transthoracic echocardiography and pressure-volume measurements...
April 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781951/stationary-wavelet-transform-and-adaboost-with-svm-based-pathological-brain-detection-in-mri-scanning
#16
Deepak Ranjan Nayak, Ratnakar Dash, Banshidhar Majhi
This paper presents an automatic classification system for segregating pathological brain from normal brains in magnetic resonance imaging scanning. The proposed system employs contrast limited adaptive histogram equalization scheme to enhance the diseased region in brain MR images. Two-dimensional stationary wavelet transform is harnessed to extract features from the preprocessed images. The feature vector is constructed using the energy and entropy values, computed from the level-2 SWT coefficients. Then, the relevant and uncorrelated features are selected using symmetric uncertainty ranking filter...
October 24, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718548/isomeric-sc2o-c78-related-by-a-single-step-stone-wales-transformation-key-links-in-an-unprecedented-fullerene-formation-pathway
#17
Yajuan Hao, Qiangqiang Tang, Xiaohong Li, Meirong Zhang, Yingbo Wan, Lai Feng, Ning Chen, Zdeněk Slanina, Ludwik Adamowicz, Filip Uhlík
It has been proposed that the fullerene formation mechanism involves either a top-down or bottom-up pathway. Despite different starting points, both mechanisms approve that particular fullerenes or metallofullerenes are formed through a consecutive stepwise process involving Stone-Wales transformations (SWTs) and C2 losses or additions. However, the formation pathway has seldomly been defined at the atomic level due to the missing-link fullerenes. Herein, we present the isolation and crystallographic characterization of two isomeric clusterfullerenes Sc2O@C2v(3)-C78 and Sc2O@D3h(5)-C78, which are closely related via a single-step Stone-Wales (SW) transformation...
November 7, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705750/a-physiological-characterization-of-the-cafeteria-diet-model-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-the-rat
#18
Mariana Gomez-Smith, Sudhir Karthikeyan, Matthew S Jeffers, Rafal Janik, Lynsie A Thomason, Bojana Stefanovic, Dale Corbett
Many promising findings from pre-clinical research have failed to translate to the clinic due to their inability to incorporate human disease co-morbidity. A variety of rodent diets and feeding durations are currently used in models of human metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. One model, the Cafeteria (CAF) diet, makes use of grocery store-purchased food items that more closely approximate the human ultra-processed diet than commercial high-fat or high-sugar rodent diets. The present study describes the development of metabolic syndrome in rats fed a CAF diet as well as the recovery of metabolic syndrome following a healthy "lifestyle" change...
December 1, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689683/shock-wave-treatment-after-hindlimb-ischemia-results-in-increased-perfusion-and-m2-macrophage-presence
#19
Can Tepeköylü, Daniela Lobenwein, Anja Urbschat, Michael Graber, Elisabeth Judith Pechriggl, Helga Fritsch, Patrick Paulus, Michael Grimm, Johannes Holfeld
BACKGROUND: Shock wave therapy (SWT) has been shown to induce angiogenesis in ischemic muscle. However, the mechanism of action remains unknown. Macrophages are crucial for angiogenic responses after ischemic injury. The M2 macrophage subset enables tissue repair and induces angiogenesis. We hypothesized that the angiogenic effects of SWT are at least partly caused by enhanced macrophage recruitment. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were subjected to hind limb ischemia with subsequent SWT or sham treatment...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677604/to-unveil-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-qi-and-blood-through-systems-biology-based-investigation-into-si-jun-zi-tang-and-si-wu-tang-formulae
#20
Jing Sun, Li Zhang, Yujun He, Kun Zhang, Liping Wu, Yongsheng Fan, Zhijun Xie
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is increasingly getting clinical application worldwide. But its theory like QI-Blood is still abstract. Actually, Qi deficiency and blood deficiency, which were treated by Si-Jun-Zi-Tang (SJZT) and Si-Wu-Tang (SWT) respectively, have characteristic clinical manifestations. Here, we analyzed targets of the ingredients in SJZT and SWT to unveil potential biologic mechanisms between Qi deficiency and blood deficiency through biomedical approaches. First, ingredients in SWT and SJZT were retrieved from TCMID database...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
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