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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437782/detection-of-renal-hypoxia-in-lupus-nephritis-using-blood-oxygen-level-dependent-mr-imaging-a-multiple-correspondence-analysis
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Huilan Shi, Tiekun Yan, Dong Li, Junya Jia, Wenya Shang, Li Wei, Zhenfeng Zheng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nephrologists have pursued ideal, dynamic and noninvasive methods for assessing renal function and disease progression. Blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) imaging is a useful technique for assessing renal disease. This current study was performed to explore the correlation between the hypoxia iconographical index and renal pathological features in lupus nephritis. METHODS: Adult patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and healthy volunteers were recruited for this study...
April 5, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437278/pharmacodynamic-and-kinetic-behavior-of-low-intermediate-and-high-dose-landiolol-during-long-term-infusion-in-caucasians
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Günther Krumpl, Ivan Ulč, Michaela Trebs, Pavla Kadlecová, Juri Hodisch, Gabriele Maurer, Bernhard Husch
PK, PD, safety, and tolerability of long-term administration of landiolol, a fast-acting cardioselective β-blocker, were investigated for the first time in Caucasian subjects in a prospective clinical trial.Blood concentrations of landiolol and its metabolites, HR, BP and ECG parameters were studied in twelve healthy volunteers receiving continuous infusions of a new 12 mg/mL formulation of landiolol using a dose-escalation regimen (10 µg/kg BW/min for 2 hr, 20 µg/kg BW/min for 2 hr, 40 µg/kg BW/min for 20 hr, 6 hr follow-up)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436879/study-on-interaction-between-temporal-and-spatial-information-in-classification-of-emg-signals-in-myoelectric-prostheses
#3
Radhika Menon, Gaetano Di Caterina, Heba Lakany, Lykourgos Petropoulakis, Bernard Conway, John Soraghan
Advanced forearm prosthetic devices employ classifiers to recognize different electromyography (EMG) signal patterns, in order to identify the user's intended motion gesture. The classification accuracy is one of the main determinants of real-time controllability of a prosthetic limb and hence the necessity to achieve as high an accuracy as possible. In this paper, we study the effects of the temporal and spatial information provided to the classifier on its offline performance and analyze their inter-dependencies...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436855/real-time-implementation-of-calder%C3%A3-n-s-method-on-subject-specific-domains
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Peter Muller, Jennifer Mueller, Michelle Mellenthin
A real-time implementation of Calderón's method for the reconstruction of a 2-D conductivity from electrical impedance tomography (EIT) data is presented in which domainspecific modeling is taken into account. This is the first implementation of Calderón's method that accounts for correct modeling of non-symmetric domain boundaries in image reconstruction. The domain-specific Calderón's method is derived and reconstructions from experimental tank data are presented, quantifying the distortion when correct modeling is not included in the reconstruction algorithm...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436813/rf-heating-of-gold-cup-and-conductive-plastic-electrodes-during-simultaneous-eeg-and-mri
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Mukund Balasubramanian, William M Wells, John R Ives, Patrick Britz, Robert V Mulkern, Darren B Orbach
PURPOSE: To investigate the heating of EEG electrodes during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and to better understand the underlying physical mechanisms with a focus on the antenna effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gold cup and conductive plastic electrodes were placed on small watermelons with fiberoptic probes used to measure electrode temperature changes during a variety of 1.5T and 3T MRI scans. A subset of these experiments was repeated on a healthy human volunteer...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436746/penetration-time-profiles-for-two-class-3b-lasers-in-in-situ-human-achilles-at-rest-and-stretched
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Daniel Huseby Bordvik, Sturla Haslerud, Ingvill Fjell Naterstad, Rodrigo Alvaro Brandão Lopes-Martins, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal Junior, Jan Magnus Bjordal, Jon Joensen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The majority of studies investigating penetration of laser light are performed in vitro on skin flaps, with measures of immediate penetration depth and energy loss. The aim of this study was to investigate the penetration time profiles for two different lasers used in low-level laser therapy, during 150 sec of exposure both in stretched and relaxed human Achilles in situ. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four Achilles tendons from 17 healthy volunteers were irradiated by an 810 nm, 200 mW, continuous- and a 904 nm, 60 mW, super-pulsed laser...
April 21, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436602/accuracy-of-circulating-histones-in-predicting-persistent-organ-failure-and-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-pancreatitis
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T Liu, W Huang, P Szatmary, S T Abrams, Y Alhamdi, Z Lin, W Greenhalf, G Wang, R Sutton, C H Toh
BACKGROUND: Early prediction of acute pancreatitis severity remains a challenge. Circulating levels of histones are raised early in mouse models and correlate with disease severity. It was hypothesized that circulating histones predict persistent organ failure in patients with acute pancreatitis. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute pancreatitis fulfilling inclusion criteria admitted to Royal Liverpool University Hospital were enrolled prospectively between June 2010 and March 2014...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436592/diagnostic-value-of-virtual-touch-tissue-imaging-quantification-for-evaluating-median-nerve-stiffness-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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Chen Zhang, Miao Li, Jue Jiang, Qi Zhou, Li Xiang, Yajuan Huang, Wenrui Ban, Wei Peng
OBJECTIVES: To measure the shear wave velocity (SWV) of the median nerve by Virtual Touch tissue imaging quantification (VTIQ; Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany) through the beginning of the carpal tunnel and to determine whether VTIQ could be used to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: This study recruited 49 consecutive patients (72 wrists) with a definitive diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and 23 healthy volunteers (46 wrists). We measured the median nerve diameter and cross-sectional area by 2-dimensional sonography and the SWV by VTIQ...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436445/cortical-thickness-and-subcortical-gray-matter-volume-in-pediatric-anxiety-disorders
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Andrea L Gold, Elizabeth R Steuber, Lauren K White, Jennifer Pacheco, Jessica F Sachs, David Pagliaccio, Erin Berman, Ellen Leibenluft, Daniel S Pine
Perturbations in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus, and amygdala are implicated in the development of anxiety disorders. However, most structural neuroimaging studies of patients with anxiety disorders utilize adult samples, and the few studies in youths examine small samples, primarily with volume-based measures. This study tested the hypothesis that cortical thickness of PFC regions and gray matter volume of the hippocampus and amygdala differ between pediatric anxiety disorder patients and healthy volunteers (HVs)...
April 24, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436401/effects-of-amplitude-and-phase-duration-modification-on-electrically-induced-contraction-force-and-discomfort
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Shmuel Springer, Maxim Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is commonly used in rehabilitation. However, the optimal combination of phase-duration and amplitude for enhancing motor output is not yet resolved. OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of increasing phase-duration and amplitude on isometric knee extension force and discomfort, while controlling the effects of electrode-skin resistance and body mass index (BMI). METHODS: Twenty-one healthy volunteers participated in the study...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436204/disabled-graduate-entry-medical-student-experience
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Simon Tso
BACKGROUND: This study explored the experiences of graduate-entry medicine degree programme students who were disabled on the disclosure of their disability and the challenging disability issues they encountered during their degree programme. METHODS: Eight student volunteers with a disability from the University of Warwick graduate-entry medicine degree programme took part in this study. Audio recordings of their semi-structured interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436051/a-novel-mass-spectrometry-based-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-l-arginine-and-l-citrulline-optimized-for-lc-ms-tof-and-lc-ms-ms
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Jerzy Wiśniewski, Mariusz G Fleszar, Joanna Piechowicz, Małgorzata Krzystek-Korpacka, Angelika Chachaj, Andrzej Szuba, Katarzyna Lorenc-Kukula, Leszek Masłowski, Wojciech Witkiewicz, Andrzej Gamian
Nitric oxide (NO) is a regulatory molecule involved in many biological processes. NO is produced by nitric oxide synthase by conversion of L-arginine to L-citrulline. L-arginine methylated derivatives, asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA), regulate L-arginine availability and the activity of nitric oxide synthase. As such, they have been frequently investigated as potential biomarkers in pathologies associated with dysfunctions in NO synthesis. Here, we present a new multistep analytical methodology based on liquid chromatography combined with mass spectrometry for the accurate identification of L-arginine, L-citrulline, ADMA, and SDMA...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436017/attachment-styles-and-clinical-correlates-in-people-at-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Debra A Russo, Jan Stochl, Joanne Hodgekins, Maria Iglesias-González, Penelope Chipps, Michelle Painter, Peter B Jones, Jesus Perez
Evidence suggests that attachment styles may influence subclinical psychosis phenotypes (schizotypy) and affective disorders and may play a part in the association between psychosis and childhood adversity. However, the role of attachment in the initial stages of psychosis remains poorly understood. Our main aim was to describe and compare attachment styles in 60 individuals at ultra high risk for psychosis (UHR) and a matched sample of 60 healthy volunteers (HV). The HV had lower anxious and avoidant attachment scores than the UHR individuals (p < ...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435502/inferior-vena-cava-measurement-with-ultrasound-what-is-the-best-view-and-best-mode
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Nathan M Finnerty, Ashish R Panchal, Creagh Boulger, Amar Vira, Jason J Bischof, Christopher Amick, David P Way, David P Bahner
INTRODUCTION: Intravascular volume status is an important clinical consideration in the management of the critically ill. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has gained popularity as a non-invasive means of intravascular volume assessment via examination of the inferior vena cava (IVC). However, there are limited data comparing different acquisition techniques for IVC measurement by POCUS. The goal of this evaluation was to determine the reliability of three IVC acquisition techniques for volume assessment: sub-xiphoid transabdominal long axis (LA), transabdominal short axis (SA), and right lateral transabdominal coronal long axis (CLA) (aka "rescue view")...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435464/clinical-efficacy-of-omalizumab-in-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-is-associated-with-a-reduction-of-fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri-positive-cells-in-the-skin
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Martin Metz, Petra Staubach, Andrea Bauer, Randolf Brehler, Janine Gericke, Michael Kangas, Joanna Ashton-Chess, Philip Jarvis, Panayiotis Georgiou, Janice Canvin, Rainer Hillenbrand, Veit J Erpenbeck, Marcus Maurer
Background. Treatment with omalizumab, a humanized recombinant monoclonal anti-IgE antibody, results in clinical efficacy in patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU). The mechanism of action of omalizumab in CSU has not been elucidated in detail. Objectives. To determine the effects of omalizumab on levels of high affinity IgE receptor-positive (FcεRI(+)) and IgE-positive (IgE(+)) dermal cells and blood basophils. Treatment efficacy and safety were also assessed. Study design. In a double-blind study, CSU patients aged 18‑75 years were randomized to receive 300 mg omalizumab (n=20) or placebo (n=10) subcutaneously every 4 weeks for 12 weeks...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435307/comparison-of-cyp2c9-cyp2c19-cyp2d6-abcb1-and-slco1b1-gene-polymorphism-frequency-in-russian-and-nanai-populations
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Dmitrij Alekseevitch Sychev, Grigorij Nikolaevich Shuev, Salavat Shejhovich Suleymanov, Kristina Anatol'evna Ryzhikova, Karin Badavievich Mirzaev, Elena Anatol'evna Grishina, Natalia Evgenievna Snalina, Zhannet Alimovna Sozaeva, Anton Mikhailovich Grabuzdov, Irina Andreevna Matsneva
BACKGROUND: The efficiency and safety of drug therapy depends on the peculiarities of functioning of the P450 cytochrome group and transporting proteins. There are significant differences for single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) frequency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied the peculiarities of P450 cytochrome polymorphisms, SLCO1B1 transporting protein, and P-glycoprotein carriage in healthy volunteers in the Nanai ethnic group living in Russia, and compared them to the carriage of SNPs in the Russian population according to literature data...
2017: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435225/association-of-genetic-variations-with-pharmacokinetics-and-lipid-lowering-response-to-atorvastatin-in-healthy-korean-subjects
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Hye In Woo, Suk Ran Kim, Wooseong Huh, Jae-Wook Ko, Soo-Youn Lee
BACKGROUND: Statins are effective agents in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, but treatment response to statins varies among individuals. We analyzed multiple genetic polymorphisms and assessed pharmacokinetic and lipid-lowering responses after atorvastatin 80 mg treatment in healthy Korean individuals. METHODS: Atorvastatin 80 mg was given to 50 healthy Korean male volunteers. Blood samples were collected to measure plasma atorvastatin and lipid concentrations up to 48 hours after atorvastatin administration...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435045/current-direction-dependent-modulation-of-human-hand-motor-function-by-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-itbs
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Yuichiro Shirota, Suman Dhaka, Walter Paulus, Martin Sommer
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with different current directions can activate different sets of neurons. Current direction can also affect the results of repetitive TMS. OBJECTIVE: To test the influence of uni-directional intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) using different current directions, namely posteroanterior (PA) and anteroposterior (AP), on motor behaviour. METHODS: In a cross-over design, PA- and AP-iTBS was applied over the left primary motor cortex in 19 healthy, right-handed volunteers...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434954/coronal-multiplane-reconstructed-ct-image-determining-lateral-vertebral-notch-referred-pedicle-screw-entry-point-in-subaxial-cervical-spine-a-preclinical-study
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Chunyang Wu, Zhongren Huang, Zhimin Pan, Jiaquan Luo, Zhiyun Li, Junlong Zhong, Yiwei Chen, Zhimin Han, Kuniyoshi Abumi, Yoon Ha, Kai Cao
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the feasibility of coronal multiplane reconstruction images (CMRI) of CT scan to determine subaxial cervical pedicle screw (PS) entry point and guide lateral vertebral notch (LVN)-referred technique for subaxial cervical PS insertion. METHODS: Forty cervical CT scans from volunteers were performed. Entry point of PS was determined through quantitating the PS entry point related to LVN on CMRI. Pedicle mediolateral angle (α) and cephalocaudad angle (β) were also measured to guide trajactory of PS insertion...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434806/fibronectin-adherent-peripheral-blood-derived-mononuclear-cells-as-paclitaxel-carriers-for-glioblastoma-treatment-an-in-vitro-study
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Marco Paolo Schiariti, Francesco Restelli, Paolo Ferroli, Anna Benetti, Angiola Berenzi, Anna Ferri, Valentina Ceserani, Emilio Ciusani, Moris Cadei, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Augusto Pessina, Eugenio Parati, Roberto Pallini, Giulio Alessandri
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) represents the most aggressive malignant brain tumor in adults, with a risible median life expectancy despite gold standard treatment. Novel drug-delivery methods have been explored. Here we evaluated the possibility to use mononuclear cells (MCs) belonging to the monocytic-dendritic lineage as drug-carrier. METHODS: MCs were obtained from 10 patients harboring a GBM, and from healthy volunteers, considered as controls. GBM tissue was also obtained from patients...
April 20, 2017: Cytotherapy
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