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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144428/resistance-of-magnesium-alloys-to-corrosion-fatigue-for-biodegradable-implant-applications-current-status-and-challenges
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R K Singh Raman, Shervin Eslami Harandi
Magnesium (Mg) alloys are attracting increasing interest as the most suitable metallic materials for construction of biodegradable and bio-absorbable temporary implants. However, Mg-alloys can suffer premature and catastrophic fracture under the synergy of cyclic loading and corrosion (i.e., corrosion fatigue (CF)). Though Mg alloys are reported to be susceptible to CF also in the corrosive human body fluid, there are very limited studies on this topic. Furthermore, the in vitro test parameters employed in these investigations have not properly simulated the actual conditions in the human body...
November 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142094/standardized-automated-training-of-rhesus-monkeys-for-neuroscience-research-in-their-housing-environment
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Michael Berger, Antonino Calapai, Valeska Stephan, Michael Niessing, Leonore Burchardt, Alexander Gail, Stefan Treue
Teaching non-human primates the complex cognitive behavioral tasks that are central to cognitive neuroscience research is an essential and challenging endeavor. It is crucial for the scientific success that the animals learn to interpret the often complex task rules, and reliably and enduringly act accordingly. To achieve consistent behavior and comparable learning histories across animals, it is desirable to standardize training protocols. Automatizing the training can significantly reduce the time invested by the person training the animal...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142077/syndromic-panel-based-testing-in-clinical-microbiology
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Poornima Ramanan, Alexandra L Bryson, Matthew J Binnicker, Bobbi S Pritt, Robin Patel
The recent development of commercial panel-based molecular diagnostics for the rapid detection of pathogens in positive blood culture bottles, respiratory specimens, stool, and cerebrospinal fluid has resulted in a paradigm shift in clinical microbiology and clinical practice. This review focuses on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved/cleared multiplex molecular panels with more than five targets designed to assist in the diagnosis of bloodstream, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal, or central nervous system infections...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141964/acute-decompensated-pulmonary-hypertension
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Laurent Savale, Jason Weatherald, Xavier Jaïs, Constance Vuillard, Athénaïs Boucly, Mitja Jevnikar, David Montani, Olaf Mercier, Gerald Simonneau, Elie Fadel, Olivier Sitbon, Marc Humbert
Acute right heart failure in chronic precapillary pulmonary hypertension is characterised by a rapidly progressive syndrome with systemic congestion resulting from impaired right ventricular filling and/or reduced right ventricular flow output. This clinical picture results from an imbalance between the afterload imposed on the right ventricle and its adaptation capacity. Acute decompensated pulmonary hypertension is associated with a very poor prognosis in the short term. Despite its major impact on survival, its optimal management remains very challenging for specialised centres, without specific recommendations...
December 31, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140131/effects-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-on-the-expression-of-tnf-family-molecules-in-murine-model-of-allergic-asthma
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Fei Shi, Yarui Zhang, Chen Qiu, Yi Xiong, Manhui Li, Aijun Shan, Ying Yang, Binbin Li
BACKGROUND: The tumor necrosis factor superfamily member LIGHT (the official gene symbol approved by NCBI Gene Database), an inflammatory factor secreted by T cells after allergen exposure, recently discovered to play crucial roles in asthmatic airway remodeling. However, it is unclear whether LIGHT could be controlled by inhaled corticosteroids, a key component of asthma management. This study was to investigate the effects and potential mechanisms of inhaled budesonide on the expressions of LIGHT and its receptors (LTβR and HVEM) of lung tissues in ovalbumin-sensitized mice...
October 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139075/investigation-of-the-effects-of-slow-release-fertilizer-and-struvite-in-biodegradation-in-filter-drains-and-potential-application-of-treated-water-in-irrigation-of-road-verges
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Stephen C Theophilus, Fredrick U Mbanaso, Ernest O Nnadi, Kingsley T Onyedeke
Filter drains are usually laid along the margins of highways. Highway runoffs are polluted with hydrocarbons and high levels of total dissolved solids. Therefore, effective pollution removal mechanism is necessary in order to avoid contamination of surrounding soils and groundwater. Biodegradation is amongst pollution removal mechanisms in filter drains, but it is a relatively slow process which is dependent on wide range of factors including the type of pollutant and availability of nutrients. This paper reports on a study conducted to investigate the impact of slow-release fertilizer and struvite in enhancement of biodegradation of hydrocarbon in filter drains...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138494/drying-in-a-microfluidic-chip-experiments-and-simulations
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Paolo Fantinel, Oshri Borgman, Ran Holtzman, Lucas Goehring
We present an experimental micro-model of drying porous media, based on microfluidic cells made of arrays of pillars on a regular grid, and complement these experiments with a matching two-dimensional pore-network model of drying. Disorder, or small-scale heterogeneity, was introduced into the cells by randomly varying the radii of the pillars. The microfluidic chips were filled with a volatile oil and then dried horizontally, such that gravitational effects were excluded. The experimental and simulated drying rates and patterns were then compared in detail, for various levels of disorder...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138083/adaptations-in-the-physiological-heterogeneity-and-viability-of-shigella-dysenteriae-shigella-flexneri-and-salmonella-typhimurium-after-exposure-to-simulated-gastric-acid-fluid
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Atheesha Singh, Tobias George Barnard
Stomach acidity is an important barrier of the human body to protect itself from microbial pathogens entering the small intestine and causing infection. This study examined the survival adaptations of non-acid adapted diarrheal Shigella and Salmonella strains in an environment mimicking the human stomach. The bacterial responses to the challenge of acidic simulated gastric fluid were studied using flow cytometry (physiological heterogeneity, membrane integrity and survival (culturability) respectively. Flow cytometry showed that bacterial cells, when exposed to gastric fluid, transformed distinctly, into physiologically heterogeneous sub-populations: intact, stressed and damaged cells, when stained with propidium iodide and thiazole orange...
November 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137682/cefepime-induced-neurotoxicity-a-systematic-review
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Lauren E Payne, David J Gagnon, Richard R Riker, David B Seder, Elizabeth K Glisic, Jane G Morris, Gilles L Fraser
BACKGROUND: Cefepime is a widely used antibiotic with neurotoxicity attributed to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and exhibit concentration-dependent ϒ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) antagonism. Neurotoxic symptoms include depressed consciousness, encephalopathy, aphasia, myoclonus, seizures, and coma. Data suggest that up to 15% of ICU patients treated with cefepime may experience these adverse effects. Risk factors include renal dysfunction, excessive dosing, preexisting brain injury, and elevated serum cefepime concentrations...
November 14, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137058/anemia-and-thrombocytopenia-as-initial-symptoms-of-occult-breast-cancer-with-bone-marrow-metastasis-a-case-report
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Lulu Liu, Jingjing Zhang, Mingtai Chen, Saisai Ren, Haihui Liu, Hao Zhang
RATIONALE: Occult breast cancer (OBC) is a rare type of breast cancer without any symptoms in the breast and is often presented with initial symptoms of axillary lymph node metastasis or other metastases. The low incidence rates of OBC make it a great challenge to diagnose and cure. PATIENT CONCERNS: Our case was a 58-year-old female affected by dizziness and fatigue for nearly a month. Blood tests revealed anemia and thrombocytopenia, and pathological results of a bone marrow biopsy confirmed the metastatic carcinoma...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135651/comparison-of-the-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-single-dose-tenofovir-vaginal-film-and-gel-formulation-fame-05
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Jennifer A Robinson, Mark A Marzinke, Edward J Fuchs, Rahul P Bakshi, Hans M L Spiegel, Jenell S Coleman, Lisa C Rohan, Craig W Hendrix
OBJECTIVE: While pre-exposure prophylaxis with oral tenofovir (TFV) disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine reduces HIV acquisition rates, poor adherence to and acceptability of daily vaginal gels has led to development of vaginal film formulations to improve adherence and, potentially, enable episodic use. STUDY DESIGN: In this two-arm, cross-over study of a fast-dissolving tenofovir film (40 mg) compared to a previously studied semisolid tenofovir 1% gel (40 mg), 10 healthy women received a single vaginal dose of each study product...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133853/dispersion-of-tio2-nanoparticles-improves-burn-wound-healing-and-tissue-regeneration-through-specific-interaction-with-blood-serum-proteins
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Gulaim A Seisenbaeva, Karin Fromell, Vasiliy V Vinogradov, Aleksey N Terekhov, Andrey V Pakhomov, Bo Nilsson, Kristina Nilsson Ekdahl, Vladimir V Vinogradov, Vadim G Kessler
Burn wounds are one of the most important causes of mortality and especially morbidity around the world. Burn wound healing and skin tissue regeneration remain thus one of the most important challenges facing the mankind. In the present study we have addressed this challenge, applying a solution-stabilized dispersion TiO2 nanoparticles, hypothesizing that their ability to adsorb proteins will render them a strong capacity in inducing body fluid coagulation and create a protective hybrid material coating. The in vitro study of interaction between human blood and titania resulted at enhanced TiO2 concentrations in formation of rather dense gel composite materials and even at lower content revealed specific adsorption pattern initiating the cascade response, promising to facilitate the regrowth of the skin...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133703/cns-small-vessel-vasculitis-distinct-mri-features-and-histopathological-correlation
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Kamble J Harsha, Sujit A Jagtap, Tirur R Kapilamoorthy, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas, Bejoy Thomas, Neelima Radhakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis is an uncommon disease, which is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for physicians. Large and medium vessel vasculitis is relatively easy to diagnose by angiogram compared to small vessel vasculitis, where angiograms are often normal; imaging features described till date are sensitive but not specific. PURPOSE: Here, we describe distinct magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features of CNS small vessel vasculitis...
November 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132859/lymphedema-diagnostic-workup-and-management
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REVIEW
Ayman A Grada, Tania J Phillips
Lymphedema is a localized form of tissue swelling resulting from excessive retention of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial compartment. It is caused by impaired lymphatic drainage. Lymphedema is a chronic progressive disease with serious physical and psychosocial implications. It can be challenging to diagnose, especially in obese patients and in those with coexisting venous disease. We performed PubMed and Google Scholar searches of the English-language literature (1966-2017) using the terms lymphedema, lymphedema management, and lymphatic complications...
December 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132779/reliability-assessment-of-bioreactor-landfills-using-monte-carlo-simulation-and-coupled-hydro-bio-mechanical-model
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Krishna R Reddy, Girish Kumar, Rajiv K Giri, B Munwar Basha
The performance of a bioreactor landfill is highly influenced by the simultaneous interactions of several coupled processes that occur within the landfill. In addition, the high uncertainty and spatial variability in the geotechnical properties of municipal solid waste (MSW) poses significant challenge in accurately predicting the performance of bioreactor landfills. In this study, a 2D coupled hydro-bio-mechanical (CHBM) model was employed to predict the behavior of MSW in bioreactor landfills. The numerical model integrated a two-phase flow hydraulic model, a plane-strain formulation of Mohr-Coulomb constitutive model, and a first order decay biodegradation model...
November 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132396/circulating-cell-free-dna-and-circulating-tumor-cells-the-liquid-biopsies-in-ovarian-cancer
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REVIEW
Xianliang Cheng, Lei Zhang, Yajuan Chen, Chen Qing
Limited understanding of ovarian cancer (OC) genome portrait has hindered the therapeutic advances. The serial monitoring of tumor genotypes is becoming increasingly attainable with circulating cell-free DNA (cf-DNA) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) emerging as "liquid biopsies". They represent non-invasive biomarkers and are viable, as they can be isolated from human plasma, serum and other body fluids. Molecular characterization of circulating tumor DNA (ct-DNA) and CTCs offer unique potentials to better understand the biology of metastasis and resistance to therapies...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129925/the-neural-basis-of-homeostatic-and-anticipatory-thirst
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REVIEW
Claire Gizowski, Charles W Bourque
Water intake is one of the most basic physiological responses and is essential to sustain life. The perception of thirst has a critical role in controlling body fluid homeostasis and if neglected or dysregulated can lead to life-threatening pathologies. Clear evidence suggests that the perception of thirst occurs in higher-order centres, such as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and insular cortex (IC), which receive information from midline thalamic relay nuclei. Multiple brain regions, notably circumventricular organs such as the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT) and subfornical organ (SFO), monitor changes in blood osmolality, solute load and hormone circulation and are thought to orchestrate appropriate responses to maintain extracellular fluid near ideal set points by engaging the medial thalamic-ACC/IC network...
November 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129646/extracellular-volume-depletion-and-resultant-hypotonic-hyponatremia-a-novel-translational-approach
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Philip J G M Voets, Roderick P P W M Maas
Although several methods currently exist to determine that a person is hypovolemic, it often remains very challenging to accurately estimate the effective circulating volume or amount of intravascular volume depletion in a non-controlled setting. This depletion of intravascular volume can have many causes and is frequently accompanied by hypotonic hyponatremia as a result of hypovolemia-induced release of arginine vasopressin (AVP) from the posterior pituitary gland. Here, we derive a novel, comprehensible equation that provides a theoretical insight into the complex interrelationship between the degree of isotonic volume depletion and the resultant change in plasma sodium concentration...
November 9, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128518/verification-of-genetic-loci-responsible-for-the-resistance-susceptibility-to-the-sendai-virus-infection-using-congenic-mice
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Raghda Mohamed Fathi Abbas, Daisuke Torigoe, Yayoi Kameda, Hassan T Tag-El-Din-Hassan, Nobuya Sasaki, Masami Morimatsu, Takashi Agui
Sendai virus (SeV) is one of the most important pathogens in the specific-pathogen free rodents. It is known that there are some inbred mouse strains susceptible or resistant to SeV infection. The C57BL/6 (B6) and DBA/2 (D2) mice are representative of the resistant and susceptible strains, respectively. Previous study with the quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis identified three QTLs responsible for resistance or susceptibility to SeV infection on different chromosomes and indicated that resistance or susceptibility to SeV infection was almost predicted by genotypes of these three QTLs...
November 8, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127067/understanding-the-structural-drivers-governing-glass-water-interactions-in-borosilicate-based-model-bioactive-glasses
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Nicholas Stone-Weiss, Eric M Pierce, Randall E Youngman, Ozgur Gulbiten, Nicholas J Smith, Jincheng Du, Ashutosh Goel
The past decade has witnessed a significant upsurge in the development of borate and borosilicate based resorbable bioactive glasses owing to their faster degradation rate in comparison to their silicate counterparts. However, due to our lack of understanding about the fundamental science governing the aqueous corrosion of these glasses, most of the borate/borosilicate based bioactive glasses reported in the literature have been designed by "trial-and-error" approach. With an ever-increasing demand for their application in treating a broad spectrum of non-skeletal health problems, it is becoming increasingly difficult to design advanced glass formulations using the same conventional approach...
November 7, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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