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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926853/a-dynamical-threshold-for-cardiac-delayed-afterdepolarization-mediated-triggered-activity
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Michael B Liu, Christopher Y Ko, Zhen Song, Alan Garfinkel, James N Weiss, Zhilin Qu
Ventricular myocytes are excitable cells whose voltage threshold for action potential (AP) excitation is ∼-60 mV at which INa is activated to give rise to a fast upstroke. Therefore, for a short stimulus pulse to elicit an AP, a stronger stimulus is needed if the resting potential lies further away from the INa threshold, such as in hypokalemia. However, for an AP elicited by a long duration stimulus or a diastolic spontaneous calcium release, we observed that the stimulus needed was lower in hypokalemia than in normokalemia in both computer simulations and experiments of rabbit ventricular myocytes...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926615/coronary-artery-evaluation-by-screening-echocardiogram-in-intercollegiate-athletes
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Walter J Hoyt, Peter N Dean, Daniel S Schneider, Mark R Conaway, Christopher M Kramer, Robert W Battle
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery anomalies are the second most common congenital cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. Some centers have advocated for limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) protocols in the screening of college athletes, which may miss important causes of SCD. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of screening TTE to determine origin and proximal course of the coronary arteries in intercollegiate athletes...
December 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
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Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923568/noradrenaline-induces-cx3cl1-production-and-release-by-neurons
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José L M Madrigal, Javier R Caso, Borja García-Bueno, Irene L Gutiérrez, Juan C Leza
CX3CL1 is a chemokine for which neurons constitute its primary source within the brain. Besides acting as a chemokine, CX3CL1 regulates multiple processes and is known to inhibit microglial activation. Because of this, CX3CL1 is considered as a messenger used by neurons to communicate with microglia. Similarly, the neurotransmitter noradrenaline reduces microglial activation and production of neurotoxic agents. Based on this, the regulation of neuronal CX3CXL1 by noradrenaline was analyzed. In primary cortical neurons, noradrenaline induced the accumulation of CX3CL1 protein and mRNA...
December 3, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923490/surgical-strategies-for-anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-from-the-right-pulmonary-artery-with-an-intramural-aortic-course-a-report-of-10-cases
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Hui Zhang, Pei Cheng, Ge Jin, Ding Han, Yi Luo, Jia Li
OBJECTIVE: Few data are available regarding the surgical strategies for an anomalous origin of the left coronary artery (LCA) from the right pulmonary artery (RPA) with an intramural aortic course. We reviewed our experience in a case series of 10 children. METHODS: From 2007 to 2014, 10 patients (7 boys and 3 girls, aged 3 months to 11 years, median 21 months) underwent surgical repair. Before the operation, echocardiography showed the mean left ventricular ejection fraction 45% ± 10% and mean fractional shortening fraction 21% ± 7%...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922488/intraoperative-assessment-of-facial-nerve-trunk-width-in-early-childhood-with-cervicofacial-lymphatic-malformation
#6
Ara Kim, Jeong-Meen Seo, So Young Lim
BACKGROUND: Facial nerve damage during head and neck surgery has long been an important issue. However, few publications on the gross anatomy of the facial nerve are available in the young population. The aim of this study was to provide in vivo measurements of the facial nerve trunk during lymphatic malformation (LM) resection and to determine the association between the trunk width and patient- and disease-related variables. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 11 consecutive pediatric patients (11 facial nerve trunks) who underwent cervicofacial LM resection...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921138/the-apex-of-the-aortic-arch-backshifts-with-aging
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N d'ostrevy, F D Ardellier, L Cassagnes, L Ouchchane, K Azarnoush, L Camilleri, L Sakka
BACKGROUND: Only a few studies, involving small numbers of patients, have globally assessed the curvature of the thoracic aorta but without any details concerning the location of the supra-aortic trunks. OBJECTIVES: Using CT to describe normal aortic-arch morphology and its changes with age and sex. METHODS: 344 CT scans were studied. We measured the distances from the apex to the ascending and descending aorta, the curvilinear length of the entire arch, that of the segment, including bifurcations of supra-aortic vessels, and the angle, height, and shift of the arch...
December 5, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920207/vascular-angular-remodeling-by-kissing-y-stenting-in-wide-necked-intracranial-bifurcation-aneurysms
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Katharina Melber, Dan Meila, Philipp Draheim, Dominik Grieb, Björn Greling, Martin Schlunz-Hendann, Friedhelm Brassel
INTRODUCTION: Single stent deployment leads to a change in vascular geometry in wide necked bifurcation aneurysms. In some complex cases, the use of the single stent technique might not be sufficient or may not be feasible. The kissing-Y stenting technique appears to be an alternative endovascular treatment option. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the kissing-Y stenting technique on vascular angular remodeling. METHODS: 21 patients with wide necked intracranial bifurcation aneurysms at different sites (10 anterior communicating artery, 6 middle cerebral artery, 3 basilar artery, 1 vertebral artery/posterior inferior cerebellar artery, 1 internal carotid artery/posterior communicating artery) were treated with 44 closed cell stents (follow-up 2012-2016) using the kissing-Y stenting technique...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919607/a-novel-technique-for-bifurcated-bovine-plus-omniflow-aortic-graft-reconstruction
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P W Stather, A Q Howard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917520/sensitive-enhancement-of-vessel-wall-imaging-with-an-endoesophageal-wireless-amplified-nmr-detector-wand
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Xianchun Zeng, Mladen Barbic, Liangliang Chen, Chunqi Qian
PURPOSE: To improve the imaging quality of vessel walls with an endoesophageal Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND). METHODS: A cylindrically shaped double-frequency resonator has been constructed with a single metal wire that is self-connected by a pair of nonlinear capacitors. The double-frequency resonator can convert wirelessly provided pumping power into amplified MR signals. This compact design makes the detector easily insertable into a rodent esophagus...
December 4, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917138/neural-elements-for-predictive-coding
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REVIEW
Stewart Shipp
Predictive coding theories of sensory brain function interpret the hierarchical construction of the cerebral cortex as a Bayesian, generative model capable of predicting the sensory data consistent with any given percept. Predictions are fed backward in the hierarchy and reciprocated by prediction error in the forward direction, acting to modify the representation of the outside world at increasing levels of abstraction, and so to optimize the nature of perception over a series of iterations. This accounts for many 'illusory' instances of perception where what is seen (heard, etc...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916742/angiographic-and-clinical-outcomes-of-patients-treated-with-drug-coated-balloon-angioplasty-for-in-stent-restenosis-after-coronary-bifurcation-stenting-with-a-two-stent-technique
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Yukinori Harada, Roisin Colleran, Susanne Pinieck, Daniele Giacoppo, Jonathan Michel, Sebastian Kufner, Salvatore Cassese, Michael Joner, Tareq Ibrahim, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Adnan Kastrati, Robert A Byrne
AIMS: We conducted this study to evaluate the efficacy of drug-coated balloon therapy for in-stent restenosis after coronary bifurcation stenting. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients who underwent angioplasty with at least one paclitaxel-coated balloon for in-stent restenosis after bifurcation intervention using a two-stent approach were included. Two types of paclitaxel-coated balloon were used, with either iopromid (iopromide-PCB) or butyryltri-n-hexyl citrate excipient (BTHC-PCB)...
December 6, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914134/association-between-lumbar-bone-mineral-density-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-korean-adults-a-cross-sectional-study-of-healthy-twin-study
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Jinyoung Shin, Joo Hyun Park, Yun Mi Song, Kayoung Lee, Joohon Sung
Bone mineral density (BMD) has been suggested to be associated with atherosclerosis. In the present study, we evaluated the association between lumbar BMD and the segments of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Korean adults, with consideration of sex and menopause status. Among 1,679 Korean adults who enrolled in a Healthy Twin Study, 723 men, 690 premenopausal women, and 266 postmenopausal women measured the CIMT at the common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT), carotid bifurcation intima-media thickness (BIF-IMT), internal carotid artery intima-media thickness (ICA-IMT) using B-mode ultrasound and lumbar BMD using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913802/combined-use-of-a-pconus-and-a-solitaire-stent-report-of-two-cases
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Pervinder Bhogal, Marta Aguilar Pérez, Rosa Martinez Moreno, Marcin Miś, Maciej Miś, Hans Henkes
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report our initial experience of the use of the pCONus neck protection device in conjunction with the Solitaire AB stent to assist in the endovascular management of complex intracranial aneurysms with arteries arising from both the neck and the dome of the aneurysm. METHODS: Two patients with unruptured aneurysms underwent elective endovascular management of their aneurysms, one arising from the middle cerebral artery bifurcation and one from the anterior communicating artery...
December 2, 2016: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912849/the-othering-of-old-age-insights-from-postcolonial-studies
#15
Silke van Dyk
When it comes to old age, we are witnessing almost revolutionary changes at the present time. After decades of ignorance and lack of public interest, old age has fundamentally been re-negotiated. A diverse range of authors have diagnosed the growing bifurcation of old age into a rather independent and capable Third Age and a deep old Fourth Age that is characterized by sickness, frailty and dependency. Against this backdrop, many gerontologists claim that the so-called young-old are praised and valued for their (ongoing) "sameness" in terms of midlife-norms and capabilities, whereas the oldest old are increasingly excluded from humanity by radical "othering"...
December 2016: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911557/bifurcations-and-singularities-for-coupled-oscillators-with-inertia-and-frustration
#16
J Barré, D Métivier
We prove that any nonzero inertia, however small, is able to change the nature of the synchronization transition in Kuramoto-like models, either from continuous to discontinuous or from discontinuous to continuous. This result is obtained through an unstable manifold expansion in the spirit of Crawford, which features singularities in the vicinity of the bifurcation. Far from being unwanted artifacts, these singularities actually control the qualitative behavior of the system. Our numerical tests fully support this picture...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908804/custom-made-conical-endograft-in-the-treatment-of-saccular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-with-tight-and-calcified-distal-neck-thinking-out-of-the-box
#17
Efstratios Georgakarakos, Christos Argyriou, Nikolaos Schoretsanitis, George S Georgiadis
PURPOSE: to describe the use of the combination of a conical custom-made TREO® (TREO CM) stent-graft in the treatment of a saccular abdominal aortic endograft (AAA) with long but tight and calcified distal neck. TECHNIQUE: A 65-year female patient was treated for a saccular 5.2 cm AAA with a 3cm-long but calcified and tight (16mm) distal neck, precluding the safe use of a bifurcated endograft. Since the patient refused an open surgery, a conical TREO CM endograft was manufactured with 20% proximal oversizing, whereas the 3cm caudal sealing segment demonstrated a conical configuration comprised of a 2cm and 1cm nitinol-supported zones of 20% and 10% oversizing, respectively, in order to avoid excessive strain and incomplete expand at the most distal calcified area, leading ultimately to an insidious infolding and consequent type Ib endoleak...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908785/disco-interacting-protein-2-regulates-axonal-bifurcation-and-guidance-of-drosophila-mushroom-body-neurons
#18
Yohei Nitta, Daisuke Yamazaki, Atsushi Sugie, Makoto Hiroi, Tetsuya Tabata
Axonal branching is one of the key processes within the enormous complexity of the nervous system to enable a single neuron to send information to multiple targets. However, the molecular mechanisms that control branch formation are poorly understood. In particular, previous studies have rarely addressed the mechanisms underlying axonal bifurcation, in which axons form new branches via splitting of the growth cone. We demonstrate that DISCO Interacting Protein 2 (DIP2) is required for precise axonal bifurcation in Drosophila mushroom body (MB) neurons by suppressing ectopic bifurcation and regulating the guidance of sister axons...
November 28, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908017/symmetry-restoring-bifurcations-and-quasiperiodic-chaos-induced-by-a-new-intermittency-in-a-vibro-impact-system
#19
Yuan Yue, Pengcheng Miao, Jianhua Xie, Grebogi Celso
Quasiperiodic chaos (QC), which is a combination of quasiperiodic sets and a chaotic set, is uncovered in the six dimensional Poincaré map of a symmetric three-degree of freedom vibro-impact system. Accompanied by symmetry restoring bifurcation, this QC is the consequence of a novel intermittency that occurs between two conjugate quasiperiodic sets and a chaotic set. The six dimensional Poincaré map P is the 2-fold composition of another virtual implicit map Q, yielding the symmetry of the system. Map Q can capture two conjugate attractors, which is at the core of the dynamics of the vibro-impact system...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908015/dynamics-of-three-unidirectionally-coupled-autonomous-duffing-oscillators-and-application-to-inchworm-piezoelectric-motors-effects-of-the-coupling-coefficient-and-delay
#20
Murielle Vanessa Tchakui, Paul Woafo
This work deals with the dynamics of three unidirectionally coupled Duffing oscillators and that of three coupled piezoelectric actuators, considering the special case of inchworm motors. Two configurations of the network are studied: ring configuration and chain configuration. The effects of the coupling coefficient and the time delay are analyzed through different bifurcation diagrams and phase difference variation. It is shown that varying the coupling coefficient and the time delay leads to the appearance of different dynamical behaviors: steady states, periodic and quasiperiodic oscillations, chaos, and phase synchronization...
November 2016: Chaos
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