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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351670/comparison-of-two-methods-for-determination-of-intestinal-villus-to-crypt-ratios-and-documentation-of-early-age-associated-ratio-changes-in-broiler-chickens
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F D Wilson, T S Cummings, T M Barbosa, C J Williams, P D Gerard, E D Peebles
The determination of intestinal villus to crypt ratios (VCR) is a common method utilized to evaluate effects of various diet regimens on gut microanatomy and for the histologic quantification of intestinal responses to disease processes. Two methods for the determination of small intestinal VCR were compared in early age chickens. A standard method for VCR determination based on 10 villus and crypt length measurements in the jejunal region of the small intestine was employed for the calculation of villus to crypt length ratio (VCLR)...
January 17, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351592/outcome-after-long-segment-tracheal-resection-study-of-52-cases
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Tarek Mohsen, Amany Abou Zeid, Ihab Abdelfattah, Mohammed Mosleh, Waleed Adel, Ashraf Helal
OBJECTIVES: Resection of long-segment trachea is challenging, and although 50% of adult trachea can be removed, anastomotic complications arise proportionally. Different release manoeuvres have been described to gain length and reduce tension at the suture line. The aim of the study was to evaluate the outcome when different release manoeuvres have been utilized during resection and reconstruction of the trachea. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2015, 52 patients with long segments of trachea ≥40 mm requiring resection and reconstruction were treated at our institute...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351559/characterisation-of-ictal-and-interictal-states-of-epilepsy-a-system-dynamic-approach-of-principal-dynamic-modes-analysis
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Zabit Hameed, Saqib Saleem, Jawad Mirza, Muhammad Salman Mustafa, Qamar-Ul-Islam
Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterised by the recurrent and unpredictable interruptions of normal brain function, called epileptic seizures. The present study attempts to derive new diagnostic indices which may delineate between ictal and interictal states of epilepsy. To achieve this, the nonlinear modeling approach of global principal dynamic modes (PDMs) is adopted to examine the functional connectivity of the temporal and frontal lobes with the occipital brain segment using an ensemble of paediatric EEGs having the presence of epileptic seizure...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349374/utilization-of-arterial-grafts-in-foot-replantation
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Selami S Sirvan, Daghan Dagdelen, Isil Akgun Demir, Mecd Atif Cezairlioglu, Hasan Basri Sezer, Semra Karsidag
Our subject is a 36-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with bilateral lower extremity amputation at the level of the distal third of the tibia after a car accident. Surgery was planned for below-knee amputation of the right lower extremity and replantation of the left foot. The arteries dissected from the iatrogenically amputated segment were used as grafts to repair vascular gaps during the replantation. The patient's follow-up had been problem free. We concluded that whenever possible, amputated parts unsuitable for replantation should be examined thoroughly and neurovascular structures that might be used as grafts should be preserved...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345979/machine-learning-enables-live-label-free-phenotypic-screening-in-three-dimensions
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Eoghan O'Duibhir, Jasmin Paris, Hannah Lawson, Catarina Sepulveda, Dahlia Doughty Shenton, Neil O Carragher, Kamil R Kranc
There is a large amount of information in brightfield images that was previously inaccessible by using traditional microscopy techniques. This information can now be exploited by using machine-learning approaches for both image segmentation and the classification of objects. We have combined these approaches with a label-free assay for growth and differentiation of leukemic colonies, to generate a novel platform for phenotypic drug discovery. Initially, a supervised machine-learning algorithm was used to identify in-focus colonies growing in a three-dimensional (3D) methylcellulose gel...
January 2018: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345244/in-vitro-physical-and-biological-characterization-of-biodegradable-elastic-polyurethane-containing-ferulic-acid-for-small-caliber-vascular-grafts
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Shiva Asadpour, Jafar Ai, Parivash Davoudi, Masoud Ghorbani, Marzieh Jalali, Hossein Ghanbari
Demand for small diameter vascular grafts is growing. Main limitations of these grafts include induced thrombotic events, lack of in-situ endothelialization, intimal hyperplasia and poor mechanical properties which impair the graft patency rate in long term applications. Most of the used antithrombotic modification methods usually conflict with formation of endothelial cell monolayer on the grafts. Here, we synthesized a novel biodegradable elastic poly (ester ether urethane urea) (PEEUU) using poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly (diethylene glycol adipate) (PDEGA) as soft segments...
January 18, 2018: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343534/effect-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-probability-on-diagnostic-and-prognostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin
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Patrick Badertscher, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Zaid Sabti, Christian Puelacher, Maria Rubini Giménez, Julian Pfäffli, Dayana Flores, Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, Òscar Miró, F Javier Martin-Sanchez, Beata Morawiec, Jens Lohrmann, Andreas Buser, Dagmar I Keller, Nicolas Geigy, Tobias Reichlin, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: There is concern that high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) may have low diagnostic accuracy in patients with low acute coronary syndrome (ACS) probability. METHODS: We prospectively stratified patients presenting with acute chest discomfort to the emergency department (ED) into 3 groups according to their probability for ACS as assessed by the treating ED physician using a visual analog scale-≤10%, 11% to 79%, and ≥80%-reviewing all information available at 90 min...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342192/white-matter-tract-specific-quantitative-analysis-in-multiple-sclerosis-comparison-of-optic-radiation-reconstruction-techniques
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Chenyu Wang, Alexander Klistorner, Linda Ly, Michael H Barnett
The posterior visual pathway is commonly affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology that results in measurable clinical and electrophysiological impairment. Due to its highly structured retinotopic mapping, the visual pathway represents an ideal substrate for investigating patho-mechanisms in MS. Therefore, a reliable and robust imaging segmentation method for in-vivo delineation of the optic radiations (OR) is needed. However, diffusion-based tractography approaches, which are typically used for OR segmentation are confounded by the presence of focal white matter lesions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336652/detection-of-stemi-using-prehospital-serial-12-lead-electrocardiograms
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Alain Tanguay, Johann Lebon, Lorraine Lau, Denise Hébert, François Bégin
OBJECTIVE: Repeated or serial 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) in the prehospital setting may improve management of patients with subtle ST-segment elevation (STE) or with a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) that evolves over time. However, there is a minimal amount of scientific evidence available to support the clinical utility of this method. Our objective was to evaluate the use of serial 12-lead ECGs to detect STEMI in patients during transport in a Canadian emergency medical services (EMS) jurisdiction...
January 16, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335281/high-throughput-identification-of-rna-nuclear-enrichment-sequences
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Chinmay J Shukla, Alexandra L McCorkindale, Chiara Gerhardinger, Keegan D Korthauer, Moran N Cabili, David M Shechner, Rafael A Irizarry, Philipp G Maass, John L Rinn
In the post-genomic era, thousands of putative noncoding regulatory regions have been identified, such as enhancers, promoters, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), and a cadre of small peptides. These ever-growing catalogs require high-throughput assays to test their functionality at scale. Massively parallel reporter assays have greatly enhanced the understanding of noncoding DNA elements en masse Here, we present a massively parallel RNA assay (MPRNA) that can assay 10,000 or more RNA segments for RNA-based functionality...
January 15, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331781/a-step-wise-self-assembly-approach-in-preparation-of-multi-responsive-poly-styrene-co-methyl-methacrylate-nanoparticles-containing-spiropyran
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Fahimeh Khakzad, Ali Reza Mahdavian, Hamid Salehi-Mobarakeh, Mohammad Hossain Sharifian
HYPOTHESIS: Surfactant-free emulsion polymerization has become favorable due to circumventing instability issues reasonably. Incorporation of an appropriate hydrophilic macroRAFT, could provide controlled in-situ self-assembly via copolymerization with hydrophobic monomers into polymer particles. So far, this approach has mostly been studied in dispersion systems and further studies are needed in emulsions. Beside the corresponding mechanistic studies, the prepared latex particles would potentially exhibit smart behaviors by choosing stimuli-responsive monomers...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331208/wrist-a-wrist-image-segmentation-toolkit-for-carpal-bone-delineation-from-mri
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Brent Foster, Anand A Joshi, Marissa Borgese, Yasser Abdelhafez, Robert D Boutin, Abhijit J Chaudhari
Segmentation of the carpal bones from 3D imaging modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is commonly performed for in vivo analysis of wrist morphology, kinematics, and biomechanics. This crucial task is typically carried out manually and is labor intensive, time consuming, subject to high inter- and intra-observer variability, and may result in topologically incorrect surfaces. We present a method, WRist Image Segmentation Toolkit (WRIST), for 3D semi-automated, rapid segmentation of the carpal bones of the wrist from MRI...
December 28, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326146/prior-authorization-requirements-for-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-inhibitors-across-us-private-and-public-payers
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Jalpa A Doshi, Justin T Puckett, Michael S Parmacek, Daniel J Rader
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9is) are an innovative treatment option for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require further lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. However, the high costs of these agents have spurred payers to implement utilization management policies to ensure appropriate use. We examined prior authorization (PA) requirements for PCSK9is across private and public US payers...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325333/-biomechanical-effects-on-adjacent-segments-of-different-growing-rod-fixation-in-early-onset-scoliosis
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Y Hai, A X Pan, Y G Li, L Zang, S Yuan
Objective: To analyse the biomechanical effects on adjacent segments of different growing-rod (GR) fixation in early onset scoliosis through a finite element analysis method. Methods: A severe early-onset scoliosis patient was selected and the pre-operation and post-GR-operation (Upper instrumented levels: T(4), T(5). Lower instrumented levels: L(3), L(4)) whole spine 3-dimentional CT scan data were collected to build the finite models. Based on the different models, biomechanical differences on adjacent segments were analysed...
December 26, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325186/qualitative-and-quantitative-radiological-measures-of-fracture-healing
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John R Field, Greg R Ruthenbeck
The formulation of appropriate postoperative strategies, following fracture repair, currently involves an understanding of radiological and clinical outcome measures. This study has evaluated several modalities used to assess the progression of bone healing in a sheep tibial segmental defect model. Measures of defect optical density and volumetric data including bone density (BD), bone volume (BV) and bone mass (BM) were compared with qualitative data involving visual appraisal of radiographs [% bridging callus and modified radiographic union score tibia (mRUST)] and a clinical outcome measure (locomotory function)...
January 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325133/the-efficacy-of-24-month-metformin-for-improving-menses-hormone-and-metabolic-profiles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Po-Kai Yang, Chih-Yuan Hsu, Mei-Jou Chen, Mei-Yu Lai, Zheng-Rong Li, Chen-Hsin Chen, Shee-Uan Chen, Hong-Nerng Ho
Context: The long-term effects of metformin in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are inadequately studied. Objective: The effects of metformin on women with PCOS over 24-month with respect to menses, hormones and metabolic profiles are assessed. Design: Prospective cohort. Setting: A reproductive endocrinology clinic in a university-affiliated medical center. Patients: 119 women with PCOS, defined by the Rotterdam criteria, were enrolled...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323923/dynamic-changes-of-intracellular-monomer-levels-regulate-block-sequence-of-polyhydroxyalkanoates-in-engineered-escherichia-coli
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Ken'ichiro Matsumoto, Chiaki Hori, Ryunosuke Fujii, Masahiro Takaya, Takashi Ooba, Toshihiko Ooi, Takuya Isono, Toshifumi Satoh, Seiichi Taguchi
Biological polymer synthetic systems, which utilize no template molecules, normally synthesize random copolymers. We report an exception, a synthesis of block polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in an engineered Escherichia coli. Using an engineered PHA synthase, block copolymers poly[(R)-2-hydroxybutyrate(2HB)-b-(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate(3HB)] were produced in E. coli. The covalent linkage between P(2HB) and P(3HB) segments was verified with solvent fractionation and microphase separation. Notably, the block sequence was generated under the simultaneous consumption of two monomer precursors, indicating the existence of a rapid monomer switching mechanism during polymerization...
January 11, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322165/visual-search-in-barn-owls-task-difficulty-and-saccadic-behavior
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Julius Orlowski, Ohad Ben-Shahar, Hermann Wagner
How do we find what we are looking for? A target can be in plain view, but it may be detected only after extensive search. During a search we make directed attentional deployments like saccades to segment the scene until we detect the target. Depending on difficulty, the search may be fast with few attentional deployments or slow with many, shorter deployments. Here we study visual search in barn owls by tracking their overt attentional deployments-that is, their head movements-with a camera. We conducted a low-contrast feature search, a high-contrast orientation conjunction search, and a low-contrast orientation conjunction search, each with set sizes varying from 16 to 64 items...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321951/utility-of-the-phenacyl-protecting-group-in-traceless-protein-semisynthesis-through-ligation-desulfurization-chemistry
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Maria Matveenko, Stefanie Hackl, Christian F W Becker
Semisynthesis of proteins via expressed protein ligation is a widely applicable method, even more so because of the possibility of ligation at non-cysteine sites using β-mercapto amino acids that can be converted to the corresponding native amino acids by desulfurization. A drawback of this ligation- desulfurization approach is the removal of any unprotected native cysteine residues within the ligated protein segments. Here, we show that the phenacyl (PAc) moiety can be successfully used to protect cysteines within recombinantly generated protein segments...
January 2018: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321142/differentiating-primary-genetic-and-secondary-fsgs-in-adults-a-clinicopathologic-approach
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An S De Vriese, Sanjeev Sethi, Karl A Nath, Richard J Glassock, Fernando C Fervenza
FSGS describes a renal histologic lesion with diverse causes and pathogenicities that are linked by podocyte injury and depletion. Subclasses of FSGS include primary, genetic, and secondary forms, the latter comprising maladaptive, viral, and drug-induced FSGS. Despite sharing certain clinical and histologic features, these subclasses differ noticeably in management and prognosis. Without an accepted nongenetic biomarker that discriminates among these FSGS types, classification of patients is often challenging...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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