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Sergio Gianesini, Erica Menegatti, Francesco Sisini, Savino Occhionorelli, Federico Annoni, Byung-Boong Lee, Paolo Zamboni
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to assess more accurately the net flow of the lower limb perforating veins (PVs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was an observational prospective study. Two hundred and twenty one limbs with chronic venous disease (C1-6EpAs,pPr) of 193 patients underwent a duplex ultrasound (DUS). All identified PVs were scanned also by means of quality Doppler profile (QDP) multigate analysis in order to determine their net inward and outward flow direction...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Vidya Ramkumar, C S Vanaja, James W Hall, K Selvakumar, Roopa Nagarajan
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the validity of DPOAE screening conducted by village health workers (VHWs) in a rural community. Real-time click evoked tele-auditory brainstem response (tele-ABR) was used as the gold standard to establish validity. DESIGN: A cross-sectional design was utilised to compare the results of screening by VHWs to those obtained via tele-ABR. Study samples: One hundred and nineteen subjects (0 to 5 years) were selected randomly from a sample of 2880 infants and young children who received DPOAE screening by VHWs...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Ziyi Wang, Rongjun Zhang, Junpeng Guo
A metal-dielectric subwavelength grating structure was investigated for making single-peak narrow linewidth optical reflection filters in the near-infrared region. The subwavelength grating filter structure consists of a one-dimensional periodic array of metal (gold) and dielectric (Al2O3) elements on a dielectric substrate. Optimized reflection filters have a single reflection peak with ~10 nm linewidth in the infrared region over a wide spectral band. Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations and multipole analysis show that the narrow linewidth reflection is due to the coupling of the Rayleigh anomaly wave to the quadrupole plasmon resonance mode of the subwavelength metal-dielectric grating...
January 8, 2018: Optics Express
Chunyan Cai, Zhenzhong Guo, Yiping Cao, Weiying Zhang, Yong Chen
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), which includes DNA mutations, epigenetic alterations and other forms of tumor-specific abnormalities, is a promising "real-time" biomarker for noninvasive cancer assessment. Tumor DNA is of great value in the process of cancer treatment, including diagnostic and prognostic information before, during treatment and at progression. Here we introduce a peptide nucleic acids probe-gold nanoparticles (PNA-AuNPs) and lead phosphate apoferritin (LPA)-based dual biomarker detection platform, which could be used in a DNA biosensor to quantify ctDNA by detection of tumor-specific mutations and methylation of PIK3CA gene...
2018: Nanotheranostics
Vu Hoa Nguyen, Corinna Kaulen, Ulrich Simon, Uwe Schnakenberg
Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are well known for mass-sensitive sensor applications. In biosensing applications, chemical and biochemically evoked binding processes on surfaces are detected in liquid environments using delay line or resonator sensor configurations, preferably in combination with the appropriate microfluidic devices. All configurations share the common feature of analyzing the transmission characteristic of the propagating SAW. In this paper, a novel SAW-based impedance sensor type is introduced which uses only one interdigital transducer (IDT), simultaneously as the SAW generator and the sensor element...
December 17, 2017: Sensors
Jorge Rubio, José Ignacio Zarzosa, Antonio Pallarés
Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the cutting are, root canal anatomy preservation and non-instrumented areas of F360®, F6-SkyTaper®, Hyflex-EDM®, iRACE®, Neoniti®, O.Shape®, P.Next®, Reciproc®, Revo-S® and Wave-One-Gold® size 25 files. Materials and Methods: 300 teeth with a single straight root and a circular or elliptical root canal were divided into 10 groups (1-F360®, 2- F6-SkyTaper®, 3-Hyflex-EDM®, 4-iRACE®, 5-Neoniti®, 6-O.Shape®, 7-P...
September 2017: Acta Stomatologica Croatica
Monica Ecobici, Claudiu Stoicescu
Arterial hypertension is one of the traditional risk factors involved in the development of cardiovascular events, while arterial stiffness is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease in patients with hypertension. It seems that the risk factors involved in the pathology of uncontrolled hypertension are similar to those that contribute to the development of arterial stiffness. After evidence showed that arterial stiffness is an independent prognostic factor for the occurrence of cardiovascular events in patients with arterial hypertension, the importance of assessing arterial stiffness was recognized in a document drafted by the European Society of Hypertension in 2007...
September 2017: Mædica
Mohammad Hasanzadeh, Nasrin Razmi, Ahad Mokhtarzadeh, Nasrin Shadjou, Soltanali Mahboob
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), a protein biomarker, is directly involved in many cell transformation processes, such as tumor growth and progression. Elevation platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF-BB) concentration in plasma could indicate the accelerating growth of metastatic breast tumors and angiogenesis. The development of an apta-assay for detection of PDGF-BB in is presented in this work. A highly specific DNA-aptamer, selected to PDGF-BB was immobilized onto a gold nanoparticles supported α-cyclodextrin and electrochemical measurements were performed in a solution containing the phosphate buffer solution with physiological pH...
March 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
A L Gaskell, D F Hight, J Winders, G Tran, A Defresne, V Bonhomme, A Raz, J W Sleigh, R D Sanders
Background: The isolated forearm test (IFT) is the gold standard test of connected consciousness (awareness of the environment) during anaesthesia. The frontal alpha-delta EEG pattern (seen in slow wave sleep) is widely held to indicate anaesthetic-induced unconsciousness. A priori we proposed that one responder with the frontal alpha-delta EEG pattern would falsify this concept. Methods: Frontal EEG was recorded in a subset of patients from three centres participating in an international multicentre study of IFT responsiveness following tracheal intubation...
October 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Georgi Tchernev
For the first time, but again, we propose the idea of a one-step melanoma surgery as a "golden, unified standard" that should be at least discussed and, possibly accepted shortly as the "gold standard" for the treatment of patients with skin melanomas. Critical points or comments have been made to the current melanoma's treatment approach, which has been "transcendently followed" for years and which, according to some colleagues, is not logically justified. This approach needs serious changes, the only goal of which is to achieve a better outlook for the patients...
October 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Daniel Kasen, Brian Metzger, Jennifer Barnes, Eliot Quataert, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
The cosmic origin of elements heavier than iron has long been uncertain. Theoretical modelling shows that the matter that is expelled in the violent merger of two neutron stars can assemble into heavy elements such as gold and platinum in a process known as rapid neutron capture (r-process) nucleosynthesis. The radioactive decay of isotopes of the heavy elements is predicted to power a distinctive thermal glow (a 'kilonova'). The discovery of an electromagnetic counterpart to the gravitational-wave source GW170817 represents the first opportunity to detect and scrutinize a sample of freshly synthesized r-process elements...
November 2, 2017: Nature
Anna Petrova-Mayor, Sarah Knudsen
The induced polarization effects of metal-coated mirrors were studied in the configurations of one- and two-mirror lidar scanners as a function of azimuth and elevation angles. The theoretical results were verified experimentally for three types of mirrors (custom enhanced gold, off-the-shelf protected gold, and protected aluminum). A method was devised and tested to maintain a desired polarization state (linear or circular) of the transmit beam for all pointing directions by means of rotating wave plates in the transmit and detection paths...
May 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Annika Lüttjohann
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December 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
Yi Dong, Wen-Ping Wang, Yadan Xu, Jiaying Cao, Feng Mao, Cristoph F Dietrich
AIM: To investigate the value of ElastPQ measurement for differential diagnosis of benign and malignant focal liver lesions (FLLs) by using histologic results as a reference standard. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 154 patients were included. ElastPQ measurement was performed for each lesion in which the shear wave speed (SWS) was measured. The difference in SWS and SWS ratio of FLL to surrounding liver were evaluated, and the cut off value was investigated...
June 26, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
Nuria Ortigosa, Víctor Pérez-Roselló, Víctor Donoso, Joaquín Osca, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Carmen Fernández, Antonio Galbis
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an effective treatment for those patients with severe heart failure. Regrettably, there are about one third of CRT "non-responders", i.e. patients who have undergone this form of device therapy but do not respond to it, which adversely affects the utility and cost-effectiveness of CRT. In this paper, we assess the ability of a novel surface ECG marker to predict CRT response. We performed a retrospective exploratory study of the ECG previous to CRT implantation in 43 consecutive patients with ischemic (17) or non-ischemic (26) cardiomyopathy...
August 24, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Alok Ghanekar, Gang Xiao, Yi Zheng
We propose a theoretical concept of a far-field radiative thermal rectification device that uses a phase change material to achieve a high degree of asymmetry in radiative heat transfer. The proposed device has a multilayer structure on one side and a blackbody on other side. The multilayer structure consists of transparent thin film of KBr sandwiched between a thin film of VO2 and a reflecting layer of gold. When VO2 is in its insulating phase, the structure is highly reflective due to the two transparent layers on highly reflective gold...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Luana de Rezende Mikael, Anelise Machado Gomes de Paiva, Marco Mota Gomes, Ana Luiza Lima Sousa, Paulo César Brandão Veiga Jardim, Priscila Valverde de Oliveira Vitorino, Maicon Borges Euzébio, Wátila de Moura Sousa, Weimar Kunz Sebba Barroso
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) account annually for almost one third of all deaths worldwide. Among the CVD, systemic arterial hypertension (SAH) is related to more than half of those outcomes. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for SAH because it causes functional and structural damage to the arterial wall, leading to stiffness. Several studies have related oxidative stress, production of free radicals, and neuroendocrine and genetic changes to the physiopathogenesis of vascular aging. Indirect ways to analyze that aging process have been widely studied, pulse wave velocity (PWV) being considered gold standard to assess arterial stiffness, because there is large epidemiological evidence of its predictive value for cardiovascular events, and it requires little technical knowledge to be performed...
September 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Torsten Beyna, Horst Neuhaus, Christian Gerges
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The main treatment aim in chronic pancreatitis (CP) is symptom control and especially pain relief. Management of stone-predominant CP is challenging and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has emerged as the cornerstone of non-surgical treatment as a result of disappointing results of available endoscopic treatment options during the last decades. With new developments in the field of direct peroral pancreatoscopy (POP) and intracorporeal lithotripsy, direct intraluminal treatment of main pancreatic duct (MPD) stones returns to the spotlight...
January 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
Jaromira Gajdova, David Karasek, Dominika Goldmannova, Ondrej Krystynik, Jan Schovanek, Helena Vaverkova, Josef Zadrazil
Cardiovascular (CV) disease is the primary cause of death in diabetic patients and one of the explanations may be increased arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness assessment using pulse wave analysis, is a predictive factor of CV events. The aim of this paper is to review the current knowledge of relations between diabetes mellitus and pulse wave analysis. A MEDLINE search was performed to retrieve both original and review articles addressing the relations and influences on arterial stiffness in diabetics. Pulse wave analysis is considered as a gold standard in CV risk evaluation for patients at risk, especially diabetics...
September 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Li Wang, Xiu-Mei Wan, Ran Gao, Dan-Feng Lu, Zhi-Mei Qi
A wavelength-interrogated surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on a nanoporous gold (NPG) film has been fabricated for the sensitive detection of trace quantities of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) in water. The large-area uniform NPG film was prepared by a two-step process that includes sputtering deposition of a 60-nm-thick AuAg alloy film on a glass substrate and chemical dealloying of the alloy film in nitric acid. For SPR sensor applications, the NPG film plays the dual roles of analyte enrichment and supporting surface plasmon waves, which leads to sensitivity enhancement...
June 1, 2017: Sensors
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