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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454401/safety-and-effectiveness-of-localized-lung-resection-combined-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-stage-i-ii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Bing Zhu, Jianru Yang, Pei Zhang, Lin Shen, Xiaolong Li, Jing Li
This study was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of localized lung resection combined with neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of stage I-II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A total of 88 patients, who were admitted to our hospital for first diagnosis and treatment, were selected. The patients were divided into control group (n=40 cases) and observation group (n=48 cases) according to the last digit of the admission number. The control group was treated with minimally invasive localized lung resection by thoracoscope...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454184/-register-of-difficult-surgical-situations
#2
Michael Korenkov, Henning Dralle, Ernst Klar, Stefan Saad, Norbert Senninger, Jens Standop, Albrecht Stier, Martin Strik, Alexis Ulrich, Rudolf Weiner
Every surgical problem that increases the likelihood of intraoperative and postoperative complications is considered to be a difficult surgical situation. Based on this definition, Korenkov et al. proposed to classify patients according to the following intraoperative difficulty levels (I to IV): (I) ideal situation (easy to operate, no problems), (II) fairly easy/manageable/simple (some minor difficulties may occur), (III) difficult/problematic (difficult to operate; some operative techniques are considerably more difficult than others), and (IV) very difficult (every operative step is difficult/challenging)...
April 28, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454177/thulium-fiber-pumped-tunable-ho-caf-sub-2-sub-laser
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Michal Němec, Jan Šulc, Michal Jelínek, Václav Kubeček, Helena Jelínková, Maxim E Doroshenko, Olimkhon K Alimov, Vasilii A Konyushkin, Andrei N Nakladov, Vyatcheslav V Osiko
The paper reports the first room-temperature operation of the in-band pumped Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> laser. A set of Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> crystals varying in holmium concentrations (from 0.1 up to 2.5 mol. % of HoF<sub>2</sub>), synthesized using the Bridgeman technique, was used for lasing and related spectroscopy investigation. A pulsed 1.94 μm thulium fiber laser system was used for Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> longitudinal pumping. For 1.5 mol. % of Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub>, the maximal wavelength tunability (from 2073 to 2114 nm) and output energy (1...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453974/influences-of-dissolved-oxygen-concentration-on-biocathodic-microbial-communities-in-microbial-fuel-cells
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Laura Rago, Pierangela Cristiani, Federica Villa, Sarah Zecchin, Alessandra Colombo, Lucia Cavalca, Andrea Schievano
Dissolved oxygen (DO) at cathodic interface is a critical factor influencing microbial fuel cells (MFC) performance. In this work, three MFCs were operated with cathode under different DO conditions: i) air-breathing (A-MFC); ii) water-submerged (W-MFC) and iii) assisted by photosynthetic microorganisms (P-MFC). A plateau of maximum current was reached at 1.06±0.03mA, 1.48±0.06mA and 1.66±0.04mA, increasing respectively for W-MFC, P-MFC and A-MFC. Electrochemical and microbiological tools (Illumina sequencing, confocal microscopy and biofilm cryosectioning) were used to explore anodic and cathodic biofilm in each MFC type...
April 7, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453958/the-novel-technique-of-post-hysterectomy-vaginal-vault-prolapse-repair-apical-sling-and-neocervix-formation
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Dmitry Shkarupa, Nikita Kubin, Ekaterina Shapovalova, Anastasiya Zaytseva, Alexey Pisarev, Olga Staroseltseva
OBJECTIVE: We primarily aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the novel technique: bilateral sacrospinous fixation by monofilament polypropylene apical sling combined with "neocervix" formation in surgical treatment of post - hysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse. The secondary objective was to estimate the impact of the surgery on voiding function and quality of life. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective study involved 61 women suffering from post-hysterectomy prolapse...
April 23, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453807/attrition-in-patients-with-single-ventricle-and-trisomy-21-outcomes-after-a-total-cavopulmonary-connection
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Anastasios C Polimenakos, Sujata Subramanian, Chawki ElZein, Michel N Ilbawi
OBJECTIVES: Data are limited regarding the management of children with trisomy 21 (T21) syndrome and a functional single ventricle (FSV). We evaluated patients with T21 and a FSV who had a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC). METHODS: From September 1999 to August 2012, 139 patients with a FSV underwent a TCPC. Sixty-five had unbalanced atrioventricular septal defect. Thirteen had T21. Three (of 13) had heterotaxy syndrome. The mean age at the Fontan operation was 27...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453758/training-programs-on-endoscopic-scoring-systems-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-lead-to-a-significant-increase-in-interobserver-agreement-among-community-gastroenterologists
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Marco Daperno, Michele Comberlato, Fabrizio Bossa, Alessandro Armuzzi, Livia Biancone, Andrea G Bonanomi, Rocco Cosintino, Giovanni Lombardi, Roberto Mangiarotti, Alfredo Papa, Roberta Pica, Luca Grassano, Guido Pagana, Renata D'Incà, Ambrogio Orlando, Fernando Rizzello
Background and Aims: Endoscopic outcomes are increasingly used in clinical trials and in routine practice for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] in order to reach more objective patient evaluations than possible using only clinical features. However, reproducibility of endoscopic scoring systems used to categorize endoscopic activity has been reported to be suboptimal. The aim of this study was to analyse the inter-rated agreement of non-dedicated gastroenterologists on IBD endoscopic scoring systems, and to explore the effects of a dedicated training programme on agreement...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453719/civil-war-contested-sovereignty-and-the-limits-of-global-health-partnerships-a-case-study-of-the-syrian-polio-outbreak-in-2013
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Jonathan Kennedy, Domna Michailidou
States and the World Health Organization (WHO), an international organization that is mandated to respect the sovereignty of its member states, are still the leading actors in global health. This paper explores how this discrepancy inhibits the ability of global health partnerships to implement programmes in conflict-affected areas that are under the de facto control of rebel organizations. We concentrate on a single crucial case, the polio outbreak in Syria in 2013, analysing a variety of qualitative data-twenty semi-structured interviews with key actors, official documents, and media reports-in order to investigate the events that preceded and followed this event...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453639/perioperative-morbidity-and-mortality-of-octogenarians-treated-by-radical-cystectomy-a-multi-institutional-retrospective-study-in-japan
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Takashige Abe, Norikata Takada, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Ryuji Matsumoto, Takahiro Osawa, Sachiyo Murai, Naoto Miyajima, Satoru Maruyama, Nobuo Shinohara
Objective: To determine the characteristics of 90-day morbidity and mortality after radical cystectomy in Japanese octogenarians. Methods: A retrospective multi-institutional study. We reviewed the records of 834 patients treated by open radical cystectomy between 1997 and 2010. All complications within 90 days after surgery were sorted into the 11 categories proposed by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and graded according to the modified Clavien-Dindo system...
April 27, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453548/self-feedbacks-determine-the-sustainability-of-human-interventions-in-eco-social-complex-systems-impacts-on-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-health
#10
Marco Ortiz, Richard Levins
Several administrative polices have been implemented in order to reduce the negative impacts of fishing on natural ecosystems. Four eco-social models with different levels of complexity were constructed, which represent the seaweed harvest in central-northern Chile under two different regimes, Management and Exploitation Areas for Benthic Resources (MAEBRs) and Open Access Areas (OAAs). The dynamics of both regimes were analyzed using the following theoretical frameworks: (1) Loop Analysis, which allows the local stability or sustainability of the models and scenarios to be assessed; and (2) Hessian´s optimization procedure of a global fishery function (GFF) that represents each dynamics of each harvest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453547/a-systematic-review-of-hybrid-brain-computer-interfaces-taxonomy-and-usability-perspectives
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Inchul Choi, Ilsun Rhiu, Yushin Lee, Myung Hwan Yun, Chang S Nam
A new Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technique, which is called a hybrid BCI, has recently been proposed to address the limitations of conventional single BCI system. Although some hybrid BCI studies have shown promising results, the field of hybrid BCI is still in its infancy and there is much to be done. Especially, since the hybrid BCI systems are so complicated and complex, it is difficult to understand the constituent and role of a hybrid BCI system at a glance. Also, the complicated and complex systems make it difficult to evaluate the usability of the systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453520/wdr23-regulates-nrf2-independently-of-keap1
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Jacqueline Y Lo, Brett N Spatola, Sean P Curran
Cellular adaptation to stress is essential to ensure organismal survival. NRF2/NFE2L2 is a key determinant of xenobiotic stress responses, and loss of negative regulation by the KEAP1-CUL3 proteasome system is implicated in several chemo- and radiation-resistant cancers. Advantageously using C. elegans alongside human cell culture models, we establish a new WDR23-DDB1-CUL4 regulatory axis for NRF2 activity that operates independently of the canonical KEAP1-CUL3 system. WDR23 binds the DIDLID sequence within the Neh2 domain of NRF2 to regulate its stability; this regulation is not dependent on the KEAP1-binding DLG or ETGE motifs...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453512/a-reproducible-semi-automatic-method-to-quantify-the-muscle-lipid-distribution-in-clinical-3d-ct-images-of-the-thigh
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Alexander Mühlberg, Oleg Museyko, Jean-Denis Laredo, Klaus Engelke
Many studies use threshold-based techniques to assess in vivo the muscle, bone and adipose tissue distribution of the legs using computed tomography (CT) imaging. More advanced techniques divide the legs into subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), anatomical muscle (muscle tissue and adipocytes within the muscle border) and intra- and perimuscular adipose tissue. In addition, a so-called muscle density directly derived from the CT-values is often measured. We introduce a new integrated approach to quantify the muscle-lipid system (MLS) using quantitative CT in patients with sarcopenia or osteoporosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449390/partial-tibial-nerve-transfer-to-tibialis-anterior-for-traumatic-peroneal-nerve-palsy
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Scott Ferris, Simon J Maciburko
BACKGROUND: Partial tibial nerve transfer to the motor branches of tibialis anterior is an emerging reconstructive technique for the treatment of traumatic common peroneal nerve (CPN) injury; however, few papers in the literature describe clinical outcomes. METHODS: A prospective single-surgeon series of nine consecutive patients who underwent partial tibial nerve transfers to the motor branches of tibialis anterior for traumatic CPN injuries between 2008 and 2014...
April 27, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449282/organotitania-based-nanostructures-as-a-suitable-platform-for-the-implementation-of-binary-ternary-and-fuzzy-logic-systems
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Andrzej Blachecki, Justyna Mech-Piskorz, Marta Gajewska, Krzysztof Mech, Kacper Pilarczyk, Konrad Szacilowski
Titanium dioxide nanocomposites were synthesized in hierarchical architectures with the use of 1,4-dihydroxyanthraquinone photosensitizer. In the first step, the dye was either incorporated into the TiO2 core or adsorbed on its surface. In the subsequent phase, both structures were covered with an outer layer of titanium dioxide. The structure, morphology, aggregation, spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of the synthesized TiO2-based materials are presented with a special emphasis on the photosensitization and the photocurrent switching phenomena which are also discussed within the context of the optical logic gates implementation and fuzzy logic systems operation...
April 27, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449211/operational-tolerance-in-kidney-transplantation-and-associated-biomarkers
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Annick Massart, Lidia Ghisdal, Marc Abramowicz, Daniel Abramowicz
In the 1960s, our predecessors won a historical battle against acute rejection and ensured that transplantation became a common life-saving treatment. In parallel to this success, or perhaps because of it, we lost the battle for long-lived transplants, being overwhelmed with chronic immune insults and the toxicities of immunosuppression. It is likely that current powerful treatments block acute rejection, but at the same time condemn the few circulating donor cells that would have been able to elicit immunoregulatory host responses towards the allograft...
April 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448892/role-of-procalcitonin-in-infected-diabetic-foot-ulcer
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Jung Ho Park, Dong Hun Suh, Hak Jun Kim, Yong In Lee, Il Hoon Kwak, Gi Won Choi
AIMS: Procalcitonin (PCT) has been recently accepted as a marker for diagnosing infection. The aim of the present study was to determine whether PCT levels are associated with infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers and whether PCT levels would be helpful to differentiate infected diabetic foot ulcer (IDFU) from IDFU associated with other infectious diseases (IDFU+O). METHODS: We prospectively included 123 diabetic patients hospitalized for IDFU. Infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers was graded according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America-International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot clinical classification of diabetic foot infection...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448862/the-first-case-report-of-failed-single-anastomosis-duodeno-ileal-bypass-converted-to-one-anastomosis-gastric-bypass-mini-gastric-bypass
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Sonja Chiappetta, Christine Stier, Oliver Scheffel, Sophia Theodoridou, Rudolf Weiner
INTRODUCTION: The established single-anastomosis-duodeno-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S) is based on a sleeve gastrectomy (SG) as the restrictive part of the procedure. Due to preserved pylorus, SG has the disadvantage of a high-pressure system with de novo or worsening of existing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). CASE PRESENTATION: A female patient presented herself due to protracted GERD and weight regain after multiple bariatric surgeries...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448836/breast-cancer-detection-in-automated-3d-breast-ultrasound-using-iso-contours-and-cascaded-rusboosts
#19
Ehsan Kozegar, Mohsen Soryani, Hamid Behnam, Masoumeh Salamati, Tao Tan
Automated 3D breast ultrasound (ABUS) is a new popular modality as an adjunct to mammography for detecting cancers in women with dense breasts. In this paper, a multi-stage computer aided detection system is proposed to detect cancers in ABUS images. In the first step, an efficient despeckling method called OBNLM is applied on the images to reduce speckle noise. Afterwards, a new algorithm based on isocontours is applied to detect initial candidates as the boundary of masses is hypo echoic. To reduce false generated isocontours, features such as hypoechoicity, roundness, area and contour strength are used...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448641/detecting-glaucoma-with-a-portable-brain-computer-interface-for-objective-assessment-of-visual-function-loss
#20
Masaki Nakanishi, Yu-Te Wang, Tzyy-Ping Jung, John K Zao, Yu-Yi Chien, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Fabio B Daga, Yuan-Pin Lin, Yijun Wang, Felipe A Medeiros
Importance: The current assessment of visual field loss in diseases such as glaucoma is affected by the subjectivity of patient responses and the lack of portability of standard perimeters. Objective: To describe the development and initial validation of a portable brain-computer interface (BCI) for objectively assessing visual function loss. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study involved 62 eyes of 33 patients with glaucoma and 30 eyes of 17 healthy participants...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
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