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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911406/ultrasound-guided-botulinum-toxin-a-injections-a-method-of-treating-sialorrhea
#1
Pierangelo Barbero, Marco Busso, Carlo Alberto Artusi, Stefania De Mercanti, Marco Tinivella, Andrea Veltri, Luca Durelli, Marinella Clerico
Neurological diseases can be complicated by sialorrhea, an excessive flow of saliva. Patients suffering from moderate to severe sialorrhea have an impaired quality of life, often worsened by correlated complications such as aspiration pneumonia, oral infections, dental caries, and maceration of the skin. Diverse therapeutic approaches have been proposed for the treatment of sialorrhea, including surgery and the use of anticholinergic agents, with limited results and the possible occurrence of serious adverse events...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910889/direct-imaging-of-defect-formation-in-strained-organic-flexible-electronics-by-scanning-kelvin-probe-microscopy
#2
Tobias Cramer, Lorenzo Travaglini, Stefano Lai, Luca Patruno, Stefano de Miranda, Annalisa Bonfiglio, Piero Cosseddu, Beatrice Fraboni
The development of new materials and devices for flexible electronics depends crucially on the understanding of how strain affects electronic material properties at the nano-scale. Scanning Kelvin-Probe Microscopy (SKPM) is a unique technique for nanoelectronic investigations as it combines non-invasive measurement of surface topography and surface electrical potential. Here we show that SKPM in non-contact mode is feasible on deformed flexible samples and allows to identify strain induced electronic defects...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910827/an-improved-asymmetric-gradient-coil-design-for-high-resolution-mri-head-imaging
#3
Fangfang Tang, Feng Liu, Fabio Freschi, Yu Li, Maurizio Repetto, Luca Giaccone, Yaohui Wang, Stuart Crozier
For head magnetic resonance imaging, local gradient coils are often used to achieve high solution images. To accommodate the human head and shoulder, the head gradient coils are usually designed in an asymmetric configuration, allowing the region-of-uniformity (ROU) close to the coil's patient end. However, the asymmetric configuration leads to technical difficulties in maintaining a high gradient performance for the insertable head coil with very limited space. In this work, we present a practical design configuration of an asymmetric insertable gradient head coil offering an improved performance...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910768/pharmacological-properties-of-biocompounds-from-spores-of-the-lingzhi-or-reishi-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-lucidum-agaricomycetes-a-review
#4
Carlos Ricardo Soccol, Lucas Yamasaki Bissoqui, Cristine Rodrigues, Rosalia Rubel, Sandra R B R Sella, Fan Leifa, Luciana Porto de Souza Vandenberghe, Vanete Thomaz Soccol
Ganoderma lucidum is a well-known representative of mushrooms that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. New discoveries related to this medicinal mushroom and its biological properties are frequently reported. However, only recently have scientists started to pay special attention to G. lucidum spores. This is in part because of the recent development of methods for breaking the spore wall and extracting biocompounds from the spore. Although some research groups are working with G. lucidum spores, data in the literature are still limited, and the methods used have not been systematized...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910188/comparing-rewarding-and-reinforcing-properties-between-bath-salt-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-mdpv-and-cocaine-using-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-rats
#5
Steven J Simmons, Ryan A Gregg, Fionya H Tran, Lili Mo, Eva von Weltin, David J Barker, Taylor A Gentile, Lucas R Watterson, Scott M Rawls, John W Muschamp
Abuse of synthetic psychostimulants like synthetic cathinones has risen in recent years. 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is one such synthetic cathinone that demonstrates a mechanism of action similar to cocaine. Compared to cocaine, MDPV is more potent at blocking dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake and is readily self-administered by rodents. The present study compared the rewarding and reinforcing properties of MDPV and cocaine using systemic injection dose-response and self-administration models...
December 1, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910141/photocatalytic-hydrogen-evolution-driven-by-fefe-hydrogenase-models-tethered-to-fluorene-and-silafluorene-sensitizers
#6
Roman Goy, Luca Bertini, Tobias Rudolph, Shu Lin, Martin Schulz, Giuseppe Zampella, Benjamin Dietzek, Felix H Schacher, Luca De Gioia, Ken Sakai, Wolfgang Weigand
It is successfully shown that photocatalytic proton reduction to dihydrogen in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor, such as trimethylamine (TEA) and ascorbate, can be driven by compact sensitizer-catalyst dyads, that is, dithiolate-bridged [FeFe] hydrogenase models tethered to organic sensitizers, such as fluorenes and silafluorenes (1 a-4 a). The sensitizer-catalyst dyads 1 a-4 a show remarkable and promising catalytic activities as well as enhanced stabilities during photocatalysis performed under UV-light irradiation...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910112/analytical-gradients-for-subsystem-density-functional-theory-within-the-slater-function-based-amsterdam-density-functional-program
#7
Danny Schlüns, Mirko Franchini, Andreas W Götz, Johannes Neugebauer, Christoph R Jacob, Lucas Visscher
We present a new implementation of analytical gradients for subsystem density-functional theory (sDFT) and frozen-density embedding (FDE) into the Amsterdam Density Functional program (ADF). The underlying theory and necessary expressions for the implementation are derived and discussed in detail for various FDE and sDFT setups. The parallel implementation is numerically verified and geometry optimizations with different functional combinations (LDA/TF and PW91/PW91K) are conducted and compared to reference data...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909939/a-novel-fuzzy-approach-for-automatic-brunnstrom-stage-classification-using-surface-electromyography
#8
Luca Liparulo, Zhe Zhang, Massimo Panella, Xudong Gu, Qiang Fang
Clinical assessment plays a major role in post-stroke rehabilitation programs for evaluating impairment level and tracking recovery progress. Conventionally, this process is manually performed by clinicians using chart-based ordinal scales which can be both subjective and inefficient. In this paper, a novel approach based on fuzzy logic is proposed which automatically evaluates stroke patients' impairment level using single-channel surface electromyography (sEMG) signals and generates objective classification results based on the widely used Brunnstrom stages of recovery...
December 1, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909670/treating-rotator-cuff-tears-through-a-coracoacromial-mini-open-approach
#9
Wolfram Thomas, Tom Sascha Thomas, Luca Tafuro, Sebastian Walter
The purpose of this study is to present a "smart," open, minimally invasive surgical technique for rotator cuff repair of the shoulder. On the basis of an anatomic study by Tichy, we use a coracoacromial mobile window: We split-not detach-the deltoid muscle by respecting its fibers' orientation and resect the coracoacromial ligament before repairing the torn rotator cuff tendons with anchors. The described approach is fast, is technically uncomplicated, and can be carried out with a standard set of instruments...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909532/ajmaline-challenge-to-unmask-infrahisian-disease-in-patients-with-recurrent-and-unexplained-syncope-preserved-ejection-fraction-with-or-without-conduction-abnormalities-on-surface-ecg
#10
Francesco Pentimalli, Luca Bacino, Matteo Ghione, Giambattista Siri, Massimo Gazzarata, Paolo Bellotti
Background: Pharmacological challenge with class I antiarrhythmic drug is a recommended diagnostic test in patients with unexplained syncope only in the presence of bundle branch block, when non-invasive tests have failed to make the diagnosis. Its role in patients with minor or no conduction disturbances on 12-leads ECG has not been evaluated yet. It is also not clear which are the values of His-Ventricular interval to be considered diagnostic. We sought to evaluate the role of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the presence of an infrahisian disease in patients with recurrent and unexplained syncope, regardless of the existence of conduction disturbances on surface ECG...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909522/safety-and-necessity-of-thermal-esophageal-probes-during-radiofrequency-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Antonio Fasano, Prof Emeritus, Luca Anfuso Md, Stefano Bozzi Md, Claudio Pandozi Prof
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation is extensively used to achieve pulmonary veins isolation for the cure of atrial fibrillation. Luminal esophageal temperature can be monitored by means of suitable probes to prevent the onset of lesions. OBJECTIVE: To compute the thermal field generated by the ablation, to investigate the interaction between the electromagnetic field and the probe sensors, and to provide a safe interpretation of the temperature detected by the probe, supported by clinical data...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909519/clinical-use-and-limitations-of-non-invasive-electrophysiological-tests-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#12
REVIEW
Valentina D A Corino, Luca T Mainardi, Frida Sandberg, Leif Sörnmo, Pyotr G Platonov
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex arrhythmia, that has been studied non-invasively assessing atrial refractory period, atrioventricular node (AV) node refractory period, and ventricular response. The AV node plays a fundamental role as it filters many of the numerous irregular atrial impulses bombarding the node. Despite its importance, the electrophysiological (EP) characteristics of the AV node are not routinely evaluated since conventional EP techniques for assessment of refractory period or conduction velocity of the AV node are not applicable in AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909472/a-patient-with-asymptomatic-cerebral-lesions-during-af-ablation-how-much-should-we-worry
#13
REVIEW
Giovanni B Forleo Md PhD, Domenico G Della Rocca Md, Carlo Lavalle Md, Massimo Mantica Md, Lida P Papavasileiou Md, Valentina Ribatti Md, Germana Panattoni Md, Luca Santini Md PhD, Andrea Natale Md PhD, Luigi Di Biase Md PhD
Silent brain lesions due to thrombogenicity of the procedure represent recognized side effects of atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation. Embolic risk is higher if anticoagulation is inadequate and recent studies suggest that uninterrupted anticoagulation, ACT levels above 300 seconds and administration of a pre-transeptal bolus of heparin might significantly reduce the incidence of silent cerebral ischemia (SCI) to 2%. Asymptomatic new lesions during AF ablation should suggest worse neuropsychological outcome as a result of the association between silent cerebral infarcts and increased long-term risk of dementia in non-ablated AF patients...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909244/cd4-down-regulation-by-hiv-1-nef-reveals-distinct-roles-for-%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-2-subunits-of-ap-1-complex-in-protein-trafficking
#14
Lucas A Tavares, Eulália M L da Silva, Mara E da Silva-Januário, Yunan C Januário, Julianne V de Cavalho, Érika S Czernisz, Gonzalo A Mardones, Luis L P daSilva
The HIV accessory protein Nef is a major determinant of viral pathogenesis that facilitates viral particle release, prevents viral antigen presentation and increases infectivity of new virus particles. These functions of Nef involve its ability to remove specific host proteins from the surface of infected cells, including the CD4 receptor. Nef binds to the adaptor protein 2 (AP-2) and CD4 in clathrin-coated pits, forcing CD4 internalization and subsequent target to lysosomes. Herein, we report that this lysosomal targeting requires a variant of the AP-1 comprising the isoform 2 of γ-adaptin...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909015/diabetic-human-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-fail-to-differentiate-in-functional-adipocytes
#15
Ignazio Barbagallo, Giovanni Li Volti, Fabio Galvano, Guido Tettamanti, Francesca R Pluchinotta, Sonia Bergante, Luca Vanella
Adipose tissue dysfunction represents a hallmark of diabetic patients and is a consequence of the altered homeostasis of this tissue. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and their differentiation into adipocytes contribute significantly in maintaining the mass and function of adult adipose tissue. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differentiation of MSCs from patients suffering type 2 diabetes (dASC) and how such process results in hyperplasia or rather a stop of adipocyte turnover resulting in hypertrophy of mature adipocytes...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908993/whole-genome-sequence-of-a-suid-herpesvirus-1-strain-isolated-from-the-brain-of-a-hunting-dog-in-italy
#16
Federica Pizzurro, Iolanda Mangone, Guendalina Zaccaria, Eliana De Luca, Daniela Malatesta, Marco Innocenti, Irene Carmine, Francesca Cito, Maurilia Marcacci, Daria Di Sabatino, Alessio Lorusso
Suid herpesvirus-1 (SHV-1), a DNA virus of the family Herpesviridae, causes a severe and fatal disease in a wide range of mammals. Here, we report the whole-genome sequence of an SHV-1 isolated in Italy in 2014 from the brain of a hunting dog that suffered from an acute and severe disease.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908820/true-aneurysm-of-the-inferior-thyroid-artery-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
Luigi Venturini, Paolo Sapienza, Raffaele Grande, Valerio Scarano Catanzaro, Fabrizio Fanelli, Luca di Marzo
Aneurysms of the inferior thyroid artery (ITA) are extremely rare and potentially determine severe sequelae. We report a case of true ITA aneurysm in a 45-year old Caucasian woman treated with endovascular embolization; postoperative course was uneventful and, at 6-month follow-up, the aneurysm is completely thrombized. A systematic review of the literature has been also performed to identify the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics and diagnostic and operative options of this disease. Size alone is not able to predict the fate of the aneurysm and an aggressive treatment seems to be justified because of the high risk of complications in case of rupture...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908667/concentrations-of-polychlorinated-dibenzodioxins-polychlorodibenzofurans-and-polychlorobiphenyls-in-women-of-reproductive-age-in-italy-a-human-biomonitoring-study
#18
Anna Maria Ingelido, Vittorio Abate, Annalisa Abballe, Fulvia Lucia Albano, Tatiana Battista, Valter Carraro, Michele Conversano, Rosa Corvetti, Silvia De Luca, Silva Franchini, Anna Rita Fulgenzi, Laura Giambanco, Nicola Iacovella, Anna Laura Iamiceli, Antonio Maiorana, Francesco Maneschi, Valentina Marra, Flavia Pirola, Maria Grazia Porpora, Enrico Procopio, Nicola Suma, Silvia Valentini, Luisa Valsenti, Valerio Vecchiè, Elena De Felip
BACKGROUND: Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), polychlorodibenzofurans (PCDFs), and polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants that represent a major concern for women of reproductive age because of the neurodevelopmental effects associated to perinatal exposure. OBJECTIVES: This study was aimed at characterizing exposure of women of reproductive age to PCDDs, PCDFs, and PCBs as a function of residence in different Italian Regions, in areas at presumable different environmental contamination and human exposure to these pollutants...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908530/does-para-aortic-irradiation-reduce-the-risk-of-distant-metastasis-in-advanced-cervical-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
#19
Lucas Gomes Sapienza, Maria José Leite Gomes, Vinicius Fernando Calsavara, Mario M Leitao, Glauco Baiocchi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the impact of the extension of the radiotherapy field cranially toward para-aortic lymph nodes (EF-RT) in advanced cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search of databases (PubMed, CENTRAL, Clinical Trials) was performed and included studies that were published between 1960 and November 2015 without language restrictions. All randomized clinical trials (RCTs) were analyzed further. All patients must have undergone pelvic radiotherapy and the same systemic therapy in both arms...
November 28, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908343/a%C3%AE-amyloid-pathology-affects-the-hearts-of-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-mind%C3%A2-the-heart
#20
Luca Troncone, Marco Luciani, Matthew Coggins, Elissa H Wilker, Cheng-Ying Ho, Kari Elise Codispoti, Matthew P Frosch, Rakez Kayed, Federica Del Monte
BACKGROUND: Individually, heart failure (HF) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are severe threats to population health, and their potential coexistence is an alarming prospect. In addition to sharing analogous epidemiological and genetic profiles, biochemical characteristics, and common triggers, the authors recently recognized common molecular and pathological features between the 2 conditions. Whereas cognitive impairment has been linked to HF through perfusion defects, angiopathy, and inflammation, whether patients with AD present with myocardial dysfunction, and if the 2 conditions bear a common pathogenesis as neglected siblings are unknown...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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