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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/27912152/hearing-loss-and-disability-exit-measurement-issues-and-coping-strategies
#2
Vibeke Tornhøj Christensen, Nabanita Datta Gupta
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions related to aging, and previous descriptive evidence links it to early exit from the labor market. These studies are usually based on self-reported hearing difficulties, which are potentially endogenous to labor supply. We use unique representative data collected in the spring of 2005 through in-home interviews. The data contains self-reported functional and clinically-measured hearing ability for a representative sample of the Danish population aged 50-64. We estimate the causal effect of hearing loss on early retirement via disability benefits, taking into account the endogeneity of functional hearing...
November 25, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911417/plasma-assisted-molecular-beam-epitaxy-of-n-polar-inaln-barrier-high-electron-mobility-transistors
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Matthew T Hardy, David F Storm, D Scott Katzer, Brian P Downey, Neeraj Nepal, David J Meyer
Plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy is well suited for the epitaxial growth of III-nitride thin films and heterostructures with smooth, abrupt interfaces required for high-quality high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). A procedure is presented for the growth of N-polar InAlN HEMTs, including wafer preparation and growth of buffer layers, the InAlN barrier layer, AlN and GaN interlayers and the GaN channel. Critical issues at each step of the process are identified, such as avoiding Ga accumulation in the GaN buffer, the role of temperature on InAlN compositional homogeneity, and the use of Ga flux during the AlN interlayer and the interrupt prior to GaN channel growth...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910409/development-of-miniaturized-spectroscopically-assisted-penning-gauges-for-fractional-helium-and-hydrogen-neutral-pressure-measurements
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K Flesch, T Kremeyer, O Schmitz, V Soukhanovskii, U Wenzel
Direct measurements of the helium (He) fractional neutral pressure in the neutral gas around fusion devices is challenging because of the small mass difference between the abundant D2 molecules and the He ash which will be produced by deuterium-tritium fusion. To study He exhaust, an in situ Penning gauge system is being developed at UW-Madison that is optimized for good pressure and high spectroscopic sensitivity. Three different anode geometries have been studied regarding their vacuum electrostatic fields, light output, and ion current...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909839/biventricular-support-using-a-centrifugal-pump-in-a-6%C3%A2-year-old-with-fulminant-myocarditis
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Hiromu Kehara, Tamaki Takano, Takamitsu Terasaki, Kenji Okada
We experienced a case of ventricular assist with both a pulsatile-flow and a continuous-flow pump in a pediatric patient, and herein report the clinical course and characteristics of the pumps. A 6-year-old female was diagnosed with fulminant myocarditis and transferred to our hospital for mechanical support. After 12 days of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, we implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) using centrifugal Gyro pumps with a membrane oxygenator in a paracorporeal fashion...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909641/a-case-series-of-complex-recalcitrant-wounds-treated-with-epidermal-grafts-harvested-from-an-automated-device
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Stephen S Cai, Arvind U Gowda, Karan Chopra, Rachel Waldman, Ronald P Silverman, Yvonne M Rasko
INTRODUCTION: Epidermal grafting has several advantages over full-thickness or split-thickness grafts in the treatment of complex non-healing wounds. These include the low risk of donor site complications, minimal patient discomfort, and abstention from the operating room. Traditionally, the lack of reliable epidermal harvesting techniques has limited its clinical utilization. The development of an automated suction blister epidermal graft (SBEG) harvesting device may facilitate clinical utilization of this technique...
October 30, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909480/a-case-of-wide-complex-tachycardia-in-a-patient-with-a-biventricular-assist-device
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Abrams Mark P, Whang William, Iyer Vivek, Garan Hasan, Biviano Angelo
This case report highlights the variety of wide complex tachycardias, and the need for their prompt management, in the growing population of patients with circulatory support devices. We present a case that demonstrates how a wide complex supraventricular tachycardia in a patient with a biventricular assist device can be safely and effectively targeted for treatment using percutaneous radiofrequency catheter ablation, allowing for clinical improvement, weaning of RVAD treatment, and discharge home with LVAD alone...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909406/assessment-of-a-wearable-force-and-electromyography-device-and-comparison-of-the-related-signals-for-myocontrol
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Mathilde Connan, Eduardo Ruiz Ramírez, Bernhard Vodermayer, Claudio Castellini
In the frame of assistive robotics, multi-finger prosthetic hand/wrists have recently appeared, offering an increasing level of dexterity; however, in practice their control is limited to a few hand grips and still unreliable, with the effect that pattern recognition has not yet appeared in the clinical environment. According to the scientific community, one of the keys to improve the situation is multi-modal sensing, i.e., using diverse sensor modalities to interpret the subject's intent and improve the reliability and safety of the control system in daily life activities...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908813/coil-embolization-assisted-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-for-multiple-saccular-descending-aortic-aneurysms-with-insufficient-landing-zone
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Akito Imai, Tomomi Nakajima, Masataka Sato, Yasunori Watanabe, Shunichi Kondo, Motoo Osaka, Yuji Hiramatsu
We report a coil embolization -assisted thoracic endovascular aortic repair technique successfully applied to multiple saccular descending aortic aneurysms in a 74-year-old man. Due to the most distal aneurysm being located at the celiac trunk level and the distance between the superior mesenteric artery and the aneurysm being only 10mm, a coil embolization of the distal saccular aneurysm was performed prior to stent delivery to secure a sufficient landing zone. Postoperative computed tomography showed an appropriate positioning of the endovascular devices without endoleak...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908698/potential-role-of-endurance-training-in-altering-renal-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-ckd
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REVIEW
Erin J Howden, Justin S Lawley, Murray Esler, Benjamin D Levine
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), is characterized by a progressive loss of renal function and increase in cardiovascular risk. In this review paper, we discuss the pathophysiology of increased sympathetic nerve activity in CKD patients and raise the possibility of endurance exercise being an effective countermeasure to address this problem. We specifically focus on the potential role of endurance training in altering renal sympathetic nerve activity as increased renal sympathetic nerve activity negatively impacts kidney function as well indirectly effects multiple other systems and organs...
November 25, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908653/molecular-changes-in-children-with-heart-failure-undergoing-left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy
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Elizabeth Medina, Carmen C Sucharov, Penny Nelson, Shelley D Miyamoto, Brian L Stauffer
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether left ventricular assist device (LVAD) treatment in children with heart failure would result in the modification of molecular pathways involved in heart failure pathophysiology. STUDY DESIGN: Forty-seven explanted hearts from children were studied (16 nonfailing control, 20 failing, and 11 failing post-LVAD implantation [F-LVAD]). Protein expression and phosphorylation states were determined by receptor binding assays and Western blots...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908521/neoplastic-diseases-of-the-small-bowel
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REVIEW
Emanuele Rondonotti, Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Diana E Yung, Surekha N Reddy, Julius Georgiou, Marco Pennazio
The incidence of small bowel tumors is increasing over time. Until recently, their diagnosis was delayed and it was often reached only at the time of surgery. New diagnostic tools, such as capsule endoscopy, device-assisted enteroscopy, and dedicated small bowel cross-sectional imaging techniques, have been introduced recently in clinical practice. The combination of these tools allows medical practitioners to detect small bowel tumors at an early stage and to reach a definite diagnosis before surgery, thus enabling minimally invasive treatments...
January 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908512/single-balloon-enteroscopy
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REVIEW
Philipp Lenz, Dirk Domagk
Single-balloon enteroscopy is among 3 device-assisted enteroscopy systems on the market. Compared with double-balloon enteroscopy, no significant difference in diagnostic yield was found. Additionally, no significant difference was found in oral and anal insertion depth, adverse events, or procedure times. Some studies observed lower complete enteroscopy rates, which have evidently no diagnostic impact. With a learning curve of around 30 procedures, the single-balloon endoscope is a safe endoscopic tool, which seems equally suitable for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions...
January 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906824/selection-of-patients-for-initial-clinical-trials-of-solid-organ-xenotransplantation
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David K C Cooper, Martin Wijkstrom, Sundaram Hariharan, Joshua L Chan, Avneesh Singh, Keith Horvath, Muhammad Mohiuddin, Arielle Cimeno, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina, Richard N Pierson
Several groups have reported extended survival of genetically-engineered pig organs in nonhuman primates, varying from almost 10 months for life-supporting kidney grafts and >2 years for nonlife-supporting heart grafts to less than 1 month for life-supporting liver and lung grafts. We have attempted to define groups of patients who may not have an option to wait for an allograft. These include kidney, heart, and lung candidates who are highly-allosensitized. In addition, some kidney candidates (who have previously lost at least 2 allografts from rapid recurrence of native kidney disease) have a high risk of further recurrence and will not be offered a repeat allotransplant...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906406/crystallization-assisted-nano-lens-array-fabrication-for-highly-efficient-and-color-stable-organic-light-emitting-diodes
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Young-Sam Park, Kyung-Hoon Han, Jehan Kim, Doo-Hee Cho, Jonghee Lee, Yoonjay Han, Jong Tae Lim, Nam Sung Cho, Byounggon Yu, Jeong-Ik Lee, Jang-Joo Kim
To date, all deposition equipment has been developed to produce planar films. Thus lens arrays with a lens diameter of <1 mm have been manufactured by combining deposition with other technologies, such as masks, surface treatment, molding etc. Furthermore, a nano-lens array (NLA) with a sufficiently small lens diameter (<1 μm) is necessary to avoid image quality degradation in high resolution displays. In this study, an organic NLA made using a conventional deposition technique - without combining with other techniques - is reported...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905492/high-fidelity-computational-simulation-of-thrombus-formation-in-thoratec-heartmate-ii-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-device
#16
Wei-Tao Wu, Fang Yang, Jingchun Wu, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
Continuous flow ventricular assist devices (cfVADs) provide a life-saving therapy for severe heart failure. However, in recent years, the incidence of device-related thrombosis (resulting in stroke, device-exchange surgery or premature death) has been increasing dramatically, which has alarmed both the medical community and the FDA. The objective of this study was to gain improved understanding of the initiation and progression of thrombosis in one of the most commonly used cfVADs, the Thoratec HeartMate II...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905008/feasibility-and-accuracy-of-gated-blood-pool-spect-equilibrium-radionuclide-ventriculography-for-the-assessment-of-left-and-right-ventricular-volumes-and-function-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#17
Olivier Lairez, Clément Delmas, Pauline Fournier, Emmanuelle Cassol, Simon Méjean, Pierre Pascal, Antoine Petermann, Camille Dambrin, Vincent Minville, Didier Carrié, Hervé Rousseau, Michel Galinier, Jérôme Roncalli, Bertrand Marcheix, Isabelle Berry
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) require serial assessment of right and left ventricular (RV & LV) volumes and function. Because the RV is not assisted, its function is a critical determinant of the hemodynamic and contributes significantly to postoperative morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the feasibility and the accuracy of tomographic-equilibrium radionuclide ventriculography (t-ERV) for the assessment of patients with LVADs. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with LVAD underwent t-ERV...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904909/from-left-ventricular-assist-device-to-transplant-to-home-an-interdisciplinary-team-approach-to-treating-medically-complex-cardiac-patients-during-the-bridge-to-transplantation-a-case-report
#18
Keith J Foster, Angelica Cota, Stephanie Cleves
CASE REPORT: A 56-year-old man presented with advanced heart failure requiring implantation of a left ventricular assist device and was discharged home. after implantation He returned to the hospital with right posterior putamen stroke and after a comprehensive rehabilitation programme was discharged home with the ability to be independent. The patient later underwent heart transplantation and subsequently required readmission to inpatient rehabilitation. He again completed a comprehensive rehabilitation programme and returned home with the ability to be independent with use of a single-point cane for ambulation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903208/early-experience-of-a-new-extracorporeal-carbon-dioxide-removal-device-for-acute-hypercapnic-respiratory-failure
#19
Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Hergen Buscher, James Winearls, Jeff Breeding, Debasish Ghosh, Shimonti Chaterjee, Gary Braun, Eldho Paul, John F Fraser, John Botha
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the technology of extracorporeal respiratory assist systems have led to a renewed interest in extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCOR). The Hemolung is a new, low-flow, venovenous, minimally invasive, partial ECCOR device that has recently been introduced to clinical practice to aid in avoiding invasive ventilation or to facilitate lung-protective ventilation. OBJECTIVE: We report our early experience on use, efficacy and safety of the Hemolung in three Australian intensive care units...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903010/heartmate-ii-left-ventricular-assist-device-pump-exchange-a-single-institution-experience
#20
Asad F Shaikh, Susan M Joseph, Brian Lima, Shelley A Hall, Rajasekhar Malyala, Aldo E Rafael, Gonzalo V Gonzalez-Stawinski, Themistokles Chamogeorgakis
Background Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized the treatment of patients with end-stage heart failure. These devices are replaced when pump complications arise if heart transplant is not possible. We present our experience with HeartMate II (HMII (Thoratec, Plesanton, California, United States)) LVAD pump exchange. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed all cases that required pump exchange due to LVAD complication from November 2011 until June 2016 at a single high-volume institution...
November 30, 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
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