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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333931/hyperspectral-imaging-of-tissue-perfusion-and-oxygenation-in-wounds-assessing-the-impact-of-a-micro-capillary-dressing
#1
Thomas Wild, Markus Becker, Jochen Winter, Nicole Schuhschenk, Georg Daeschlein, Frank Siemers
OBJECTIVE: Experimental tests of non-invasive multi- or hyperspectral imaging (HSI) systems reveal the high potential of support for medical diagnostic purposes and scientific biomedical analysis. Until now the use of HSI technologies for medical applications was limited by complex and overly sophisticated systems. We present a new and compact HSI-camera that could be used in normal clinical practice. METHOD: We assessed the use of the HSI system on the hands of 10 healthy volunteers, looking at control parameters, and those following venous occlusion, arterial occlusion and reperfusion, including tissue oxygenation, tissue haemoglobin index, perfusion in 4-6mm depth=near infrared spectroscopy (NIR), and tissue water index...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333727/the-relation-between-maximal-voluntary-force-in-m-palmaris-longus-and-the-temporal-and-spatial-summation-of-muscle-fiber-recruitment-in-human-subjects
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Cécyl G Claudel, Waqas Ahmed, Vibeke S Elbrønd, Adrian P Harrison, Else Marie Bartels
This study aimed at looking at the frequency (T-score) and the amplitude (S-score) of fiber use during contraction of a forearm muscle, m. palmaris longus, as measured by acoustic myography (AMG). An additional aim was to relate the T- and S-scores to the recorded force obtained from a hand dynamometer. The hypothesis being that temporal and spatial summation of muscle fiber contraction in a given muscle during a given movement, can together describe a given obtained force. Force measurements were carried out on 12 healthy human subjects aged 19-68 years (6 men & 6 women), while their m...
January 2018: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333058/acquisition-of-a-socially-learned-tool-use-sequence-in-chimpanzees-implications-for-cumulative-culture
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Gillian L Vale, Sarah J Davis, Susan P Lambeth, Steven J Schapiro, Andrew Whiten
Cumulative culture underpins humanity's enormous success as a species. Claims that other animals are incapable of cultural ratcheting are prevalent, but are founded on just a handful of empirical studies. Whether cumulative culture is unique to humans thus remains a controversial and understudied question that has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the evolution of this phenomenon. We investigated whether one of human's two closest living primate relatives, chimpanzees, are capable of a degree of cultural ratcheting by exposing captive populations to a novel juice extraction task...
September 2017: Evolution and Human Behavior: Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332930/bullosis-diabeticorum-a-rare-presentation-with-immunoglobulin-g-igg-deposition-related-vasculopathy-case-report-and-focused-review
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Hardik Sonani, Sohail Abdul Salim, Vishnu V Garla, Anna Wile, Venkataraman Palabindala
BACKGROUND Bullosis diabeticorum (BD) is a condition characterized by recurrent, spontaneous, and non-inflammatory blistering in patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. While etiopathogenesis remains unclear, roles of neuropathy, vasculopathy and UV light are hypothesized. Most literature reports negative direct and indirect immunofluorescence findings in diabetics with bullous eruptions. Porphyria cutanea tarda, bullous pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa, and pseudoporphyria are other differential diagnoses of bullous lesions, and they must be excluded...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332796/direct-olive-oil-analysis-by-mass-spectrometry-a-comparison-of-different-ambient-ionization-methods
#5
Felipe J Lara-Ortega, Miriam Beneito-Cambra, José Robles-Molina, Juan F García-Reyes, Bienvenida Gilbert-López, Antonio Molina-Díaz
Analytical methods based on ambient ionization mass spectrometry (AIMS) combine the classic outstanding performance of mass spectrometry in terms of sensitivity and selectivity along with convenient features related to the lack of sample workup required. In this work, the performance of different mass spectrometry-based methods has been assessed for the direct analyses of virgin olive oil for quality purposes. Two sets of experiments have been setup: (1) direct analysis of untreated olive oil using AIMS methods such as Low-Temperature Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LTP-MS) or paper spray mass spectrometry (PS-MS); or alternatively (2) the use of atmospheric pressure ionization (API) mass spectrometry by direct infusion of a diluted sample through either atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) or electrospray (ESI) ionization sources...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332077/stereotactic-radiofrequency-lesioning-for-movement-disorders
#6
Takaomi Taira, Shiro Horisawa, Nobuhiko Takeda, Prajakta Ghate
During the past 2 decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) took over the position of radiofrequency (RF) lesioning of thalamic or pallidal targets for control of movement disorders. Superiority of DBS over RF lesioning is widely accepted, and most neurosurgeons even regard RF lesioning to be old-fashioned and dangerous. Such concepts emerged from the data of old stereotactic operations with ventriculography and without computerized planning. Hardware-related complications are not negligible in long-term DBS therapy, and DBS only controls the symptoms...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332000/how-good-are-doctors-at-introducing-themselves-hellomynameis
#7
Peter Gillen, Sue Faye Sharifuddin, Muireann O'Sullivan, Alison Gordon, Eva M Doherty
BACKGROUND: This explorative study was triggered by the '#hellomynameis' campaign initiated by Dr Kate Granger in the UK. Our objectives were twofold: first, to measure rates of introduction in an Irish hospital setting by both consultant and non-consultant hospital doctors. Second to establish whether such practices were associated with patient perceptions of the doctor/patient interaction. METHOD: A patient 'exit' survey was undertaken following doctor-patient consultations in both acute (surgical and medical assessment units) and elective settings (outpatient clinics)...
January 13, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331928/being-in-control-a-thematic-content-analysis-of-14-in-depth-interviews-with-2-4-dinitrophenol-users
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Neha Prasad Ainsworth, Elisabeth Julie Vargo, Andrea Petróczi
BACKGROUND: 2,4-Dinitrophenol (2,4-DNP) is a compound with multiple industrial purposes. Currently unlicensed for human consumption, it is used by the gym-going population for drastic, short-term body fat loss. Nonetheless, physiological mechanisms can lead to potentially fatal hyperthermia. Reported fatal incidents have caused concern and highlighted the need for intervention. Understanding decision-making leading to 2,4-DNP use alongside the perceived outgroup attitudes is vital to forming effective harm minimisation policies targeting current and potential users...
January 11, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331138/role-of-non-equilibrium-conformations-on-driven-polymer-translocation
#9
H H Katkar, M Muthukumar
One of the major theoretical methods in understanding polymer translocation through a nanopore is the Fokker-Planck formalism based on the assumption of quasi-equilibrium of polymer conformations. The criterion for applicability of the quasi-equilibrium approximation for polymer translocation is that the average translocation time per Kuhn segment, ⟨τ⟩/NK, is longer than the relaxation time τ0 of the polymer. Toward an understanding of conditions that would satisfy this criterion, we have performed coarse-grained three dimensional Langevin dynamics and multi-particle collision dynamics simulations...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331131/combining-the-ensemble-and-franck-condon-approaches-for-calculating-spectral-shapes-of-molecules-in-solution
#10
T J Zuehlsdorff, C M Isborn
The correct treatment of vibronic effects is vital for the modeling of absorption spectra of many solvated dyes. Vibronic spectra for small dyes in solution can be easily computed within the Franck-Condon approximation using an implicit solvent model. However, implicit solvent models neglect specific solute-solvent interactions on the electronic excited state. On the other hand, a straightforward way to account for solute-solvent interactions and temperature-dependent broadening is by computing vertical excitation energies obtained from an ensemble of solute-solvent conformations...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331120/on-the-mechanical-stability-of-the-body-centered-cubic-phase-and-the-emergence-of-a-metastable-ci16-phase-in-classical-hard-sphere-solids
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Vadim B Warshavsky, David M Ford, Peter A Monson
The stability of the body-centered cubic (bcc) solid phase of classical hard spheres is of intrinsic interest and is also relevant to the development of perturbation theories for bcc solids of other model systems. Using canonical ensemble Monte Carlo, we simulated systems initialized in a perfect bcc lattice at various densities in the solid region. We observed that the systems rapidly evolved into one of four structures that then persisted for the duration of the simulation. Remarkably, one of these structures was identified as cI16, a cubic crystalline structure with 16 particles in the unit cell, which has recently been observed experimentally in lithium and sodium solids at high pressures...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330776/second-hand-exposure-of-staff-administering-vaporised-cannabinoid-products-to-patients-in-a-hospital-setting
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Nadia Solowij, Peter Galettis, Samantha J Broyd, Peter de Krey, Jennifer H Martin
BACKGROUND: In many health settings, administration of medicinal cannabis poses significant implementation barriers including drug storage and safety for administering staff and surrounding patients. Different modes of administration also provide different yet potentially significant issues. One route that has become of clinical interest owing to the rapid onset of action and patient control of the inhaled amount (via breath timing and depth) is that of vaporisation of cannabinoid products...
January 12, 2018: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330095/crosstalk-between-rac1-mediated-actin-regulation-and-ros-production
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REVIEW
Alejandro Acevedo, Christian González-Billault
The small RhoGTPase Rac1 is implicated in a variety of events related to actin cytoskeleton rearrangement. Remarkably, another event that is completely different from those related to actin regulation has the same relevance; the Rac1-mediated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) through NADPH oxidases (NOX). Each outcome involves different Rac1 downstream effectors; on one hand, events related to the actin cytoskeleton require Rac1 to bind to WAVEs proteins and PAKs that ultimately promote actin branching and turnover, on the other, NOX-derived ROS production demands active Rac1 to be bound to a cytosolic activator of NOX...
January 9, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329970/a-prospective-study-on-the-association-of-sleep-duration-with-grip-strength-among-middle-aged-and-older-chinese
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Tian Yu Wang, Yili Wu, Tong Wang, Yujie Li, Dongfeng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal studies on sleep duration and grip strength decline are limited. This study aimed to evaluate the associations of baseline sleep duration with follow-up grip strength and grip strength changeover time among a large sample of middle-aged and older Chinese. METHODS: Data from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, CHARLS (2011-2015), were analyzed. Hand grip strength was measured by dynamometers twice with 4 years interval. Baseline self-reported nighttime sleep duration was collected by questionnaire...
January 9, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328804/replacement-of-the-nose
#15
Harold Ellis
Today's reconstructive surgeons may not be aware that replacement of the nose was carried out successfully as long ago as the 16th century by the surgeon Gaspar Taliacozzo of Bologna, Italy, who published a detailed and illustrated account of his operation in 1597. This procedure comprised raising a flap of skin from the upper arm to reconstruct the nose. The arm was kept in place, with the hand resting on the patient's head, using elaborate splinting until adherence had taken place; the flap was then detached from the donor arm...
May 2017: Journal of Perioperative Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328006/parent-guardian-knowledge-regarding-implanted-shunt-type-setting-and-symptoms-of-malfunction-infection
#16
Laurie L Ackerman, Daniel H Fulkerson, Andrew Jea, Jodi L Smith
OBJECTIVE Patients with shunts often interact with providers distant from their primary hospital, making it important that the parent(s)/guardian(s) is well versed in the type of shunt implanted and symptoms of malfunction/infection. This is particularly important with magnetic-sensitive programmable valves, as the use of MRI becomes more prevalent. METHODS Over a 6-month period, primary caregivers of 148 consecutive patients who received shunts were prospectively administered questionnaires at clinic visits...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327979/the-general-motor-ability-hypothesis-an-old-idea-revisited
#17
Beth Hands, Fleur McIntyre, Helen Parker
While specific motor abilities have become a popular explanation for motor performance, the older, alternate notion of a general motor ability should be revisited. Current theories lack consensus, and most motor assessment tools continue to derive a single composite score to represent motor capacity. In addition, results from elegant statistical procedures such as higher order factor analyses, cluster analyses, and Item Response Theory support a more global motor ability. We propose a contemporary model of general motor ability as a unidimensional construct that is emergent and fluid over an individual's lifespan, influenced by both biological and environmental factors...
January 1, 2018: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327017/a-significant-role-of-non-thermal-equilibrated-electrons-in-the-formation-of-deleterious-complex-dna-damage
#18
Takeshi Kai, Akinari Yokoya, Masatoshi Ukai, Kentaro Fujii, Tomohiro Toigawa, Ritsuko Watanabe
Although most of the radiation damage to genomic DNA could be rendered harmless using repair enzymes in a living cell, a certain fraction of the damage is persistent resulting in serious genetic effects, such as mutation induction. In order to understand the mechanisms of the deleterious DNA damage formation in terms of its earliest physical stage at the radiation track end, dynamics of low energy electrons and their thermalization processes around DNA molecules were investigated using a dynamic Monte Carlo code...
January 12, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325865/emerging-discrepancies-in-conventional-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-methicillin-resistant-staph-aureus-isolated-from-bovine-milk
#19
Amjad Islam Aqib, Muhammad Ijaz, Shahid Hussain Farooqi, Rais Ahmed, Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Muddassir Ali, Khalid Mehmood, Hui Zhang
Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) is an emerging public health concern from dairy milk, and its diagnosis by phenotypic methodology is experiencing higher discrepancies. The present study was planned to estimate discrepancies in phenotypic identification of MRSA and MSSA (Methicillin sensitive Staph aureus) in relation to mecA, and prevalent risk factors from various localities. In-vitro oxacilline antibiotic disks were used for phenotypic identification of MRSA, whereas mecA gene was used as MRSA marker in Staph aureus by PCR...
January 8, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325569/the-relevance-of-clinical-ethnography-reflections-on-10%C3%A2-years-of-a-cultural-consultation-service
#20
Melissa Dominicé Dao, Sophie Inglin, Sarah Vilpert, Patricia Hudelson
BACKGROUND: Training health professionals in culturally sensitive medical interviewing has been widely promoted as a strategy for improving intercultural communication and for helping clinicians to consider patients' social and cultural contexts and improve patient outcomes. Clinical ethnography encourages clinicians to explore the patient's explanatory model of illness, recourse to traditional and alternative healing practices, healthcare expectations and social context, and to use this information to negotiate a mutually acceptable treatment plan...
January 11, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
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