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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
#1
Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436586/transesophageal-and-invasive-electrophysiologic-evaluation-in-children-with-wolff-parkinson-white-pattern
#2
Serhat Koca, Feyza Aysenur Pac, Ahmet Vedat Kavurt, Serkan Cay, Ajda Mihcioglu, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloglu
BACKGROUND: Risk stratification for Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) pattern either by non-invasive or invasive tests is important to determine whether an ablation is necessary or not. The aim was to compare non-invasive tests and invasive studies in a pediatric WPW population. METHODS: A total of 71 WPW patients [median age 14 years (IQR 11 - 16 years); 43 male] underwent Holter monitoring, exercise stress test (EST), and transesophageal electrophysiological study (TEEPS)...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436408/design-of-a-smart-ecg-garment-based-on-conductive-textile-electrode-and-flexible-printed-circuit-board
#3
Zhipeng Cai, Kan Luo, Chengyu Liu, Jianqing Li
A smart electrocardiogram (ECG) garment system was designed for continuous, non-invasive and comfortable ECG monitoring, which mainly consists of four components: Conductive textile electrode, garment, flexible printed circuit board (FPCB)-based ECG processing module and android application program. Conductive textile electrode and FPCB-based ECG processing module (6.8 g, 55 mm × 53 mm × 5 mm) are identified as two key techniques to improve the system's comfort and flexibility. Preliminary experimental results verified that the textile electrodes with circle shape, 40 mm size in diameter, and 5 mm thickness sponge are best suited for the long-term ECG monitoring application...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435447/a-unique-recombinant-fluoroprobe-targeting-activated-platelets-allows-in-vivo-detection-of-arterial-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-using-a-novel-three-dimensional-fluorescence-emission-computed-tomography-flect-technology
#4
Bock Lim, Yu Yao, Alex Lin-I Huang, May Lin Yap, Ulrike Flierl, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Maria T K Zaldivia, Xiaowei Wang, Karlheinz Peter
Progress in pharmaceutical development is highly-dependent on preclinical in vivo animal studies. Small animal imaging is invaluable for the identification of new disease markers and the evaluation of drug efficacy. Here, we report for the first time the use of a three-dimensional fluorescence bioimager called FLuorescence Emission Computed Tomography (FLECT) for the detection of a novel recombinant fluoroprobe that is safe, easily prepared on a large scale and stably stored prior to scan. This novel fluoroprobe (Targ-Cy7) comprises a single-chain antibody-fragment (scFvTarg), which binds exclusively to activated-platelets, conjugated to a near-infrared (NIR) dye, Cy7, for detection...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433436/subharmonic-aided-pressure-estimation-for-monitoring-interstitial-fluid-pressure-in-tumors-calibration-and-treatment-with-paclitaxel-in-breast-cancer-xenografts
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Valgerdur G Halldorsdottir, Jaydev K Dave, Andrew Marshall, Anya I Forsberg, Traci B Fox, John R Eisenbrey, Priscilla Machado, Ji-Bin Liu, Daniel A Merton, Flemming Forsberg
Interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) in rats with breast cancer xenografts was non-invasively estimated using subharmonic-aided pressure estimation (SHAPE) versus an invasive pressure monitor. Moreover, monitoring of IFP changes after chemotherapy was assessed. Eighty-nine rats (calibration n = 25, treatment n = 64) were injected with 5 × 10(6) breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231). Radiofrequency signals were acquired (39 rats successfully imaged) with a Sonix RP scanner (BK Ultrasound, Richmond, BC, Canada) using a linear array (L9-4, transmit/receive: 8/4 MHz) after administration of Definity (Lantheus Medical Imaging, North Billerica, MA, USA; 180 μL/kg) and compared with readings from an invasive pressure monitor (Stryker, Berkshire, UK)...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431821/near-infrared-spectroscopy-as-a-predictor-for-shunt-requirement-during-carotid-endarterectomy
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M Jonsson, D Lindström, A Wanhainen, K Djavani Gidlund, P Gillgren
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) continuously monitors regional cerebral oxygenation (rSO2) in the frontal lobes. This method may be used in patients during carotid endarterectomy to indicate the need for shunting. The aim of the study was to evaluate the value of NIRS in determining the need for selective shunting during CEA. A secondary aim was to compare NIRS with stump pressure. METHODS: Between January 2013 and October 2016, 185 patients from two vascular units, undergoing CEA under local anaesthesia were prospectively included...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431817/pneumococcal-carriage-among-children-after-four-years-of-routine-10-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-use-in-brazil-the-emergence-of-multidrug-resistant-serotype-6c
#7
Felipe P G Neves, Nayara T Cardoso, Robert E Snyder, Mariel A Marlow, Claudete A A Cardoso, Lúcia M Teixeira, Lee W Riley
BACKGROUND: In 2010, the 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV10) was introduced free of charge in Brazil as part of the public immunization program. Here we investigated the carriage prevalence, colonization risk factors, capsular types, and antimicrobial resistance among pneumococcal isolates obtained from children in Brazil four years after routine PCV10 use. METHODS: Between September and December 2014, we conducted a cross-sectional study among children<6years old who attended one public and two private clinics in Niterói, RJ, Brazil to evaluate pneumococcal nasopharyngeal carriage...
April 18, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430784/non-invasive-quantification-of-collagen-turnover-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Elisabeth G D Stribos, Signe Holm Nielsen, Susanne Brix, Morten Asser Karsdal, Marc A Seelen, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Peter Olinga, Henricus A M Mutsaers, Federica Genovese
Kidney allograft failure due to chronic injury/rejection remains the main cause of graft loss in renal transplant recipients (RTR). Here, we investigated whether specific biomarkers of extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover are associated with allograft function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage in RTR. Seventy-eight patients who attended the University Medical Center Groningen for a routine check-up after kidney transplantation were enrolled in the study. Plasma and/or 24h-urine samples were collected and specific matrix-metalloproteinase-generated neo-epitope fragments of collagens were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429854/application-of-3c-insulin-pump-system-in-combination-with-non-invasive-ventilation-in-the-treatment-of-a-patient-with-type-2-diabetes-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome
#9
Peng Dong, Jing Xu, Junhong Wang, Chunhong Zhang
We observed the curative effect of 3C insulin system in combination with non-invasive ventilation in a patient with type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). 3C insulin pump is a system of devices that closely monitors and effectively regulates blood glucose levels. Non-invasive ventilation has been shown to be an effective treatment for OSAS. A type 2 diabetic patient with concomitant OSAS was treated with a 3C insulin pump system for real-time continuous glucose monitoring and nocturnal non-invasive ventilation for OSAS...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429554/is-there-a-practical-role-for-bone-biopsy-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#10
Terrence Diamond, Grahame J Elder
Bone biopsy is currently the only means to accurately assess renal osteodystrophy and responses to therapeutic interventions. With sedation, the technique is relatively painless, and complications are uncommon. Bone biopsy should be considered when the aetiology of symptoms or biochemical abnormalities is in question, and results may lead to changes in therapy. Although it remains prudent to use antiresorptive drugs cautiously in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3a-4 and low bone mineral density, bone biopsy may not be warranted before commencing therapy in these patients...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429546/should-nephrologists-consider-vascular-calcification-screening
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Rathika Krishnasamy, Eugenie Pedagogos
Vascular calcification (VC) has been widely discussed over the last few decades and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease. Importantly, these patients have premature and rapidly progressive calcification when compared with the general population. VC is an active and complex process that is closely regulated by a growing list of inducers and inhibitors. VC can be detected using several non-invasive modalities including plain radiography, echocardiogram and computed tomography scans...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428038/non-invasive-tracking-of-hydrogel-degradation-using-upconversion-nanoparticles
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Yuqing Dong, Guorui Jin, Changchun Ji, Rongyan He, Min Lin, Xin Zhao, Ang Li, Tian Jian Lu, Feng Xu
Tracking the distribution and degradation of hydrogels in vivo is important for various applications including tissue engineering and drug delivery. Among various imaging modalities, fluorescence imaging has attracted intensive attention due to their high sensitivity, low cost and easy operation. Particularly, upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) that emit visible lights upon near-infrared (NIR) light excitation as tracking probes are promising in deciphering the fate of hydrogels after transplantation. Herein, we reported a facile and non-invasive in vivo hydrogel tracking method using UCNPs, where the degradation of hydrogels was determined using the decrease in fluorescence intensity from the UCNPs encapsulated in the hydrogels...
April 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426437/supersonic-transient-magnetic-resonance-elastography-for-quantitative-assessment-of-tissue-elasticity
#13
Yu Liu, Jingfei Liu, Brett Z Fite, Josquin Foiret, Asaf Ilovitsh, J Kent Leach, Erik Dumont, Charles F Caskey, Katherine W Ferrara
Non-invasive, quantitative methods to assess the properties of biological tissues are needed for many therapeutic and tissue engineering applications. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has historically relied on external vibration to generate periodic shear waves. In order to focally assess a biomaterial or to monitor the response to ablative therapy, the interrogation of a specific region of interest by a focused beam is desirable and transient MRE (t-MRE) techniques have previously been developed to accomplish this goal...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425467/hyperpolarized-13-c-spectroscopic-evaluation-of-oxidative-stress-in-a-rodent-model-of-steatohepatitis
#14
David M Wilson, Valentina Di Gialleonardo, Zhen J Wang, Valerie Carroll, Cornelius Von Morze, Andrew Taylor, Victor Sai, Mark VanCriekinge, Robert Bok, Michael A Ohliger, Kayvan R Keshari
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become highly prevalent, now considered the most common liver disease in the western world. Approximately one-third of patients with NASH develop non-alchoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), histologically defined by lobular and portal inflammation, and accompanied by marked oxidative stress. Patients with NASH are at increased risk for cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and diagnosis currently requires invasive biopsy. In animal models of NASH, particularly the methionine-choline deficient (MCD) model, profound changes are seen in redox enzymes and key intracellular antioxidants...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425388/lower-bound-on-estimation-variance-of-the-ultrasonic-attenuation-coefficient-using-the-spectral-difference-reference-phantom-method
#15
Kayvan Samimi, Tomy Varghese
Ultrasonic attenuation is one of the primary parameters of interest in Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS). Non-invasive monitoring of tissue attenuation can provide valuable diagnostic and prognostic information to the physician. The Reference Phantom Method (RPM) was introduced as a way of mitigating some of the system-related effects and biases to facilitate clinical QUS applications. In this paper, under the assumption of diffuse scattering, a probabilistic model of the backscattered signal spectrum is used to derive a theoretical lower bound on the estimation variance of the attenuation coefficient using the Spectral-Difference RPM...
May 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424827/fluorescence-spectroscopy-for-the-monitoring-of-food-processes
#16
Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad, Amna Sahar, Bernd Hitzmann
Different analytical techniques have been used to examine the complexity of food samples. Among them, fluorescence spectroscopy cannot be ignored in developing rapid and non-invasive analytical methodologies. It is one of the most sensitive spectroscopic approaches employed in identification, classification, authentication, quantification, and optimization of different parameters during food handling, processing, and storage and uses different chemometric tools. Chemometrics helps to retrieve useful information from spectral data utilized in the characterization of food samples...
April 20, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423634/early-assessment-of-tumor-response-to-photodynamic-therapy-using-combined-diffuse-optical-and-diffuse-correlation-spectroscopy-to-predict-treatment-outcome
#17
Patricia Thong, Kijoon Lee, Hui-Jin Toh, Jing Dong, Chuan-Sia Tee, Kar-Perng Low, Pui-Haan Chang, Ramaswamy Bhuvaneswari, Ngian-Chye Tan, Khee-Chee Soo
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer involves the use of a photosensitizer that can be light-activated to eradicate tumors via direct cytotoxicity, damage to tumor vasculature and stimulating the body's immune system. Treatment outcome may vary between individuals even under the same regime; therefore a non-invasive tumor response monitoring system will be useful for personalization of the treatment protocol. We present the combined use of diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) to provide early assessment of tumor response...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422729/the-relevance-of-a-low-jak2v617f-allele-burden-in-clinical-practice-a-monocentric-study
#18
Margherita Perricone, Nicola Polverelli, Giovanni Martinelli, Lucia Catani, Emanuela Ottaviani, Elisa Zuffa, Eugenia Franchini, Arbana Dizdari, Dorian Forte, Elena Sabattini, Michele Cavo, Nicola Vianelli, Francesca Palandri
Since low JAK2V617F allele burden (AB) has been detected also in healthy subjects, its clinical interpretation may be challenging in patients with chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). We tested 1087 subjects for JAK2V617F mutation on suspicion of hematological malignancy. Only 497 (45.7%) patients were positive. Here we present clinical and laboratory parameters of a cohort of 35/497 patients with an AB ≤ 3%.Overall, 22/35 (62.9%) received a WHO-defined diagnosis of MPN and in 14/35 cases (40%) diagnosis was supported by bone marrow (BM) histology (''Histology-based'' diagnosis)...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421597/analysis-of-an-electrical-impedance-spectroscopy-system-in-short-term-digital-dermoscopy-imaging-of-melanocytic-lesions
#19
L Rocha, S W Menzies, S Lo, M Avramidis, R Khoury, L Jackett, P Guitera
BACKGROUND: Electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that measures tissue impedance. OBJECTIVES: This prospective study, conducted at 2 centres in Australia, aimed to evaluate the effect of adding an EIS measurement at baseline to suspicious melanocytic lesions undergoing routine short-term sequential digital dermoscopy imaging (SDDI) METHODS: Patients presented with suspicious melanocytic lesions that were eligible for short-term SDDI (with no clear feature of melanoma on dermoscopy)...
April 19, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420900/intracranial-pressure-monitoring-for-pediatric-acute-encephalopathy
#20
Nobuyuki Nosaka, Kohei Tsukahara, Emily Knaup, Toshihiko Yabuuchi, Tomonobu Kikkawa, Yosuke Fujii, Masato Yashiro, Takao Yasuhara, Ayumi Okada, Toyomu Ugawa, Atsunori Nakao, Hirokazu Tsukahara, Isao Date
Newly published clinical practice guidelines recommend intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring in critical care for the management of pediatric acute encephalopathy (pAE), but the utility of ICP monitoring for pAE has been poorly studied. We recently performed direct ICP monitoring for two patients. We observed that although the direct ICP monitoring had clinical benefits with less body weight gain and no vasopressor use in both cases, this monitoring technique is still invasive. Future studies should determine the utility of non-invasive ICP monitoring systems in pAE to further improve the quality of intensive-care management...
April 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
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