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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807458/caveolin-3-deficiency-myopathy-associated-with-dyslipidemia-treatment-challenges-and-possible-pathophysiological-association
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Daiana Ibarretxe, Joan Pellejà, Nicolau Ortiz, Luis Masana
We report the case of a patient treated at the lipid clinic because of high cholesterol levels with consistently elevated creatine kinase concentrations that precluded statin treatment. Electromyography showed a rippling muscle disease pattern. A muscle biopsy confirmed caveolin 3 deficiency, and a missense mutation in the CAV3 gene was identified. The patient could be properly managed with ezetimibe and cholestyramine, which reduced the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 30%. He remains asymptomatic after 10 years of follow-up...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803073/leadership-development-initiative-growing-global-leaders%C3%A2-advancing-palliative-care
#2
Frank D Ferris, Shannon Y Moore, Mary V Callaway, Kathleen M Foley
The International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a model demonstration project that aimed to expand the global network of palliative care leaders in low and moderate-resource countries who are well positioned to apply their new leadership skills. Thirty-nine palliative medicine physicians from 25 countries successfully completed the 2-year curriculum that included three thematic residential courses, mentorship and site visits by senior global palliative care leaders, and personal projects to apply their new leadership skills...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799690/fluid-driven-interfacial-instabilities-and-turbulence-in-bacterial-biofilms
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Stefania Fabbri, Jian Li, Robert P Howlin, Amir Rmaile, Bart Gottenbos, Marko De Jager, E Michelle Starke, Marcelo Aspiras, Marilyn T Ward, Nick G Cogan, Paul Stoodley
Biofilms are thin layers of bacteria embedded within a slime matrix that live on surfaces. They are ubiquitous in nature and responsible for many medical and dental infections, industrial fouling and are also evident in ancient fossils. A biofilm structure is shaped by growth, detachment and response to mechanical forces acting on them. The main contribution to biofilm versatility in response to physical forces is the matrix that provides a platform for the bacteria to grow. The interaction between biofilm structure and hydrodynamics remains a fundamental question concerning biofilm dynamics...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792070/the-developmental-stability-of-inhibition-from-2-to-5%C3%A2-years
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Daniela Kloo, Beate Sodian
Executive functions or cognitive self-regulatory control processes are critical for children's ability to successfully navigate their academic and social environment. In this study, we focused on the development of one critical executive function skill, that of inhibitory control. In a longitudinal study, we tested 96 children at 24, 30, 36, 50, and 60 months of age with age-appropriate measures of inhibition. We found evidence for the developmental stability of inhibitory abilities. Inhibitory control at 30 months of age was strongly related to inhibitory control at 60 months of age even when verbal IQ was partialled out...
August 9, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791136/range-contractions-of-the-world-s-large-carnivores
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Christopher Wolf, William J Ripple
The majority of the world's terrestrial large carnivores have undergone substantial range contractions and many of these species are currently threatened with extinction. However, there has been little effort to fully quantify the extent of large carnivore range contractions, which hinders our ability to understand the roles and relative drivers of such trends. Here we present and analyse a newly constructed and comprehensive set of large carnivore range contraction maps. We reveal the extent to which ranges have contracted since historical times and identify regions and biomes where range contractions have been particularly large...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776822/ripple-mapping-initial-multicenter-experience-of-an-intuitive-approach-to-overcoming-the-limitations-of-3d-activation-mapping
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Vishal Luther, Nuno Cortez-Dias, Luis Carpinteiro, João de Sousa, Richard Navaratnum Balasubramaniam, Sharad C Agarwal, David Farwell, Solomon Mark Sopher, Girish Babu, Richard Till, Nikki Jones, Stuart Tan, Anthony Chow, Martin Lowe, Jem Lane, Naveen Pappachan, Nick Wf Linton, Prapa Kanagaratnam
BACKGROUND: Ripple Mapping (RM) displays electrograms as moving bars over a 3D surface displaying bipolar voltage, and has shown in a single-center series to be effective for atrial tachycardia (AT) mapping without annotation of local activation time or window-of-interest assignment. We tested the reproducibility of these findings in operators naive to RM, using it for the first time in post ablation AT. METHODS: Maps were collected with multielectrode catheters and CARTO ConfiDENSE...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771653/impact-of-polypharmacy-on-seniors-self-perceived-health-status
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Rafia Rasu, Walter Agbor-Bawa, Nahid Rianon
OBJECTIVES: Polypharmacy is common among older patients and is linked to increased risk of adverse health outcomes. This study aimed to explore the association of polypharmacy and self-perceived health status (SPHS) among geriatric patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis of longitudinal observational research used national survey data from 2005-2008. Multivariate logistic regressions examined the likelihood of having a good/poor SPHS and polypharmacy. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data provided by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality were used in this study...
August 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762335/helium-ions-at-the-heidelberg-ion-beam-therapy-center-comparisons-between-fluka-monte-carlo-code-predictions-and-dosimetric-measurements
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T Tessonnier, A Mairani, S Brons, P Sala, F Cerutti, A Ferrari, T Haberer, J Debus, K Parodi
In the field of particle therapy helium ion beams could offer an alternative for radiotherapy treatments, owing to their interesting physical and biological properties intermediate between protons and carbon ions. We present in this work the comparisons and validations of the Monte Carlo FLUKA code against in-depth dosimetric measurements acquired at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT). Depth dose distributions in water with and without ripple filter, lateral profiles at different depths in water and a spread-out Bragg peak were investigated...
August 1, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758690/rearing-environment-dependent-hippocampal-local-field-potential-differences-in-wildtype-and-inositol-trisphosphate-receptor-type-2-knockout-mice
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Mika Tanaka, Xiaowen Wang, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Hajime Hirase, Yoshiaki Shinohara
Rearing in an enriched environment (ENR) is known to enhance cognitive and memory abilities in rodents, whereas social isolation (ISO) induces depression-like behaviour. The hippocampus has been documented to undergo morphological and functional changes depending on these rearing environments. For instance, rearing condition during juvenility alters CA1 stratum radiatum gamma oscillation power in rats. In this study, hippocampal CA1 local field potentials (LFP) were recorded from bilateral CA1 in urethane-anesthetized mice that were reared in either ENR or ISO condition...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758016/norgestimate-inhibits-staphylococcal-biofilm-formation-and-resensitizes-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-to-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics
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Yutaka Yoshii, Ken-Ichi Okuda, Satomi Yamada, Mari Nagakura, Shinya Sugimoto, Tetsuo Nagano, Takayoshi Okabe, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takeo Iwamoto, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Yoshimitsu Mizunoe
Formation of bacterial biofilms on medical devices can cause severe or fatal infectious diseases. In particular, biofilm-associated infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are difficult to eradicate because the biofilm is strongly resistant to antibiotics and the host immune response. There is no effective treatment for biofilm-associated infectionss, except for surgical removal of contaminated medical devices followed by antibiotic therapy. Here we show that norgestimate, an acetylated progestin, effectively inhibits biofilm formation by staphylococcal strains, including methicillin-resistant S...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755546/temporal-spatial-characteristics-of-phase-amplitude-coupling-in-electrocorticogram-for-human-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Ruihua Zhang, Ye Ren, Chunyan Liu, Na Xu, Xiaoli Li, Fengyu Cong, Tapani Ristaniemi, YuPing Wang
OBJECTIVE: Neural activity of the epileptic human brain contains low- and high-frequency oscillations in different frequency bands, some of which have been used as reliable biomarkers of the epileptogenic brain areas. However, the relationship between the low- and high-frequency oscillations in different cortical areas during the period from pre-seizure to post-seizure has not been completely clarified. METHODS: We recorded electrocorticogram data from the temporal lobe and hippocampus of seven patients with temporal lobe epilepsy...
June 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750290/high-frequency-activity-overriding-cortico-cortical-evoked-potentials-reflects-altered-excitability-in-the-human-epileptic-focus
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Katsuya Kobayashi, Riki Matsumoto, Masao Matsuhashi, Kiyohide Usami, Akihiro Shimotake, Takeharu Kunieda, Takayuki Kikuchi, Kazumichi Yoshida, Nobuhiro Mikuni, Susumu Miyamoto, Hidenao Fukuyama, Ryosuke Takahashi, Akio Ikeda
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to clarify that high frequency activity (HFA) of cortico-cortical evoked potentials (CCEPs), elicited by single pulse electrical stimulation (SPES), reflects cortical excitability. METHODS: We recruited 16 patients with refractory partial epilepsy who had chronic subdural electrode implantation for presurgical evaluation. A repetitive SPES was given to (1) the seizure onset zone (SOZ) and (2) the control cortices (non-seizure onset zone: nSOZ)...
July 8, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748408/a-simple-statistical-method-for-the-automatic-detection-of-ripples-in-human-intracranial-eeg
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K Charupanit, B A Lopour
High frequency oscillations (HFOs) are a promising biomarker of epileptic tissue, but detection of these electrographic events remains a challenge. Automatic detectors show encouraging results, but they typically require optimization of multiple parameters, which is a barrier to good performance and broad applicability. We therefore propose a new automatic HFO detection algorithm, focusing on simplicity and ease of implementation. It requires tuning of only an amplitude threshold, which can be determined by an iterative process or directly calculated from statistics of the rectified filtered data (i...
July 26, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736043/infectious-agents-trigger-trophic-cascades
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Julia C Buck, William J Ripple
Most demonstrated trophic cascades originate with predators, but infectious agents can also cause top-down indirect effects in ecosystems. Here we synthesize the literature on trophic cascades initiated by infectious agents including parasitoids, pathogens, parasitic castrators, macroparasites, and trophically transmitted parasites. Like predators, infectious agents can cause density-mediated and trait-mediated indirect effects through their direct consumptive and nonconsumptive effects respectively. Unlike most predators, however, infectious agents are not fully and immediately lethal to their victims, so their consumptive effects can also trigger trait-mediated indirect effects...
July 18, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728081/brain-state-dependent-recruitment-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-the-human-hippocampus
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Pablo Billeke, Tomas Ossandon, Marcelo Stockle, Marcela Perrone-Bertolotti, Philippe Kahane, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Pablo Fuentealba
Ripples are high-frequency bouts of coordinated hippocampal activity believed to be crucial for information transfer and memory formation. We used intracortical macroelectrodes to record neural activity in the human hippocampus of awake subjects undergoing surgical treatment for refractory epilepsy and distinguished two populations of ripple episodes based on their frequency spectrum. The phase-coupling of one population, slow ripples (90-110 Hz), to cortical delta oscillations was differentially modulated by cognitive task; whereas the second population, fast ripples (130-170 Hz), was not seemingly correlated to local neural activity...
June 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723892/global-forest-loss-disproportionately-erodes-biodiversity-in-intact-landscapes
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Matthew G Betts, Christopher Wolf, William J Ripple, Ben Phalan, Kimberley A Millers, Adam Duarte, Stuart H M Butchart, Taal Levi
Global biodiversity loss is a critical environmental crisis, yet the lack of spatial data on biodiversity threats has hindered conservation strategies. Theory predicts that abrupt biodiversity declines are most likely to occur when habitat availability is reduced to very low levels in the landscape (10-30%). Alternatively, recent evidence indicates that biodiversity is best conserved by minimizing human intrusion into intact and relatively unfragmented landscapes. Here we use recently available forest loss data to test deforestation effects on International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List categories of extinction risk for 19,432 vertebrate species worldwide...
July 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714153/ripples-of-influence-professor-sylvia-rodger-s-contribution-to-the-body-of-knowledge-on-developmental-coordination-disorder
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Ann Kennedy-Behr
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709992/time-dependent-evolution-of-seizures-in-a-model-of-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#18
Charles Behr, Maxime Lévesque, Thomas Stroh, Massimo Avoli
Low-voltage fast (LVF) and hypersynchronous (HYP) - onset seizures occur in the EEG obtained with depth electrodes from mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) patients and animal models. In epileptic rats analyzed up to approximately two weeks after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE), these patterns are associated with specific high-frequency oscillation (HFO) content: ripples (80-200Hz) or fast-ripples (250-500Hz) predominate in LVF or HYP seizures, respectively. To establish whether these features change over the course of the disease, we recorded the EEG from the hippocampal CA3 subfield, subiculum, entorhinal cortex and dentate gyrus in two groups of pilocarpine-treated rats: the "early stage group" (n=8) was analyzed from day 3 to 20 post-SE while the "late stage group" (n=7) was studied from day 27 to 53 post-SE...
July 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708150/effects-of-ambient-air-pressure-on-surface-structures-produced-by-ultrashort-laser-pulse-irradiation
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J Jj Nivas, F Gesuele, E Allahyari, S L Oscurato, R Fittipaldi, A Vecchione, R Bruzzese, S Amoruso
We report an experimental analysis addressing striking effects of residual air ambient pressure, from atmospheric conditions (10<sup>3</sup>  mbar) to high vacuum (10<sup>-4</sup>  mbar), on the surface structures induced on a silicon target by direct femtosecond laser irradiation. We observe an interesting direct impact of the ambient pressure on the period and depth of the generated ripples as well as on the formation of microgrooves. Moreover, a significant correlation is observed between the ripples' period and depth...
July 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702730/compressive-nonlinearity-of-human-hearing-in-sound-spectra-discrimination
#20
O N Milekhina, D I Nechaev, A Ya Supin
In the psychophysical experiments reported here, cochlear compression function was derived by comparing on-frequency and off-frequency masking. The signal was rippled spectrum noise. The ripple density discrimination threshold was measured in the ripple phase reversion test. An increase in masker intensity led to a decrease in a resolvable ripple density threshold. The on-frequency masker level at threshold increased proportionally to the signal intensity. The off-frequency masker level at threshold also increased proportionally to the signal at signal intensity levels below 50 dB, whereas at signal levels above 60 dB SPL, the ratio of the masker level at threshold gradient to signal level gradient was 1 : 5 dB/dB, revealing cochlear compression...
May 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
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