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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724042/hyperglycemia-in-critical-patients-determinants-of-insulin-dose-choice
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Aline Klitzke Paliosa, Cassiano Teixeira, Regis Goulart Rosa, Carine Raquel Blatt
Objective: To identify factors that can determine the choice of intermittent subcutaneous regular insulin dose in critically ill patients with hyperglycemia. Method: Cross-sectional study in a general adult ICU with 26 beds, data collected between September and October 2014. The variables analyzed were: sex, age, previous diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, use of corticosteroids, use of lactulose, sepsis, fasting, enteral nutrition, use of dextrose 5% in water, NPH insulin prescription and blood glucose level...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723877/human-spinal-bone-dust-as-a-potential-local-autograft-in-vitro-potent-anabolic-effect-on-human-osteoblasts
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Ryan Gao, Matthew Street, Mei Lin Tay, Karen E Callon, Dorit Naot, Alistair Lock, Jacob T Munro, Jillian Cornish, John Ferguson, David Musson
STUDY DESIGN: In Vitro Study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect that factors released from human posterior spinal bone dust have on primary human osteoblast growth and maturation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Bone dust, created during spinal fusion surgeries has the potential to be used as an autologous bone graft by providing a source of viable autologous osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells with osteogenic potential. To date, no information is available on whether bone dust also provides a source of anabolic factors with the potential to enhance osteoblast proliferation and maturation, which would enhance its therapeutic potential...
July 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723409/layering-of-different-materials-to-achieve-optimal-conditions-for-treatment-of-painful-wounds
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T Maver, L Gradišnik, M Kurečič, S Hribernik, D M Smrke, U Maver, K Stana Kleinschek
Despite a range of advanced wound dressings that can facilitate wound healing, there are still no clinically used dressings for effective local pain management. The latter was the main motivation of the present study. We designed a novel wound dressing with three layers. A macro-porous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh with incorporated lidocaine, a fast-acting local anesthetic, was chosen as the layer in direct contact with the skin. Fast release from this layer enables an immediate pain relieving effect, caused by dressing changes...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723119/fast-response-and-flexible-nanocrystal-based-humidity-sensor-for-monitoring-human-respiration-and-water-evaporation-on-skin
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Shinya Kano, Kwangsoo Kim, Minoru Fujii
We develop a fast-response and flexible nanocrystal-based humidity sensor for real-time monitoring of human activity: respiration and water evaporation on skin. A silicon-nanocrystal film is formed on a polyimide film by spin-coating the colloidal solution and is used as a flexible and humidity-sensitive material in a humidity sensor. The flexible nanocrystal-based humidity sensor shows a high sensitivity; current through the nanocrystal film changes by 5 orders of magnitude in the relative humidity range of 8-83%...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722356/hansen-solubility-parameters-for-assay-method-optimization-of-simvastatin-ramipril-atenolol-hydrochlorothiazide-and-aspirin-in-human-plasma-using-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Murali Mohan Reddy Devalapalli, Hanumanth Srikanth Cheruvu, Thejaswi Yertha, Vijaya Bhaskar Veeravalli, Sunitha Sampathi, Savithri Shivakumar
A simple, specific, sensitive validated method was developed using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization of human plasma for the simultaneous estimation of drugs (simvastatin, ramipril, atenolol, hydrochlorothiazide and aspirin) of Polycap(TM) capsule used in cardiovascular therapy. The interaction of these actives including internal standards between the stationary and mobile phase were investigated using Hansen solubility parameters. Chromatographic separation was performed on Phenomenex Synergi Polar-RP (30 × 2 mm, 4 μm) column with a gradient mobile phase composition of acetonitrile and 5 mM ammonium formate for positive mode and 0...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721354/diagnostic-outcomes-after-chest-radiograph-interpretation-in-patients-with-suspected-tuberculosis-and-negative-sputum-smears-in-a-high-burden-human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-tuberculosis-setting
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Patrick G T Cudahy, Rodney Dawson, Brian W Allwood, Gary Maartens, Douglas Wilson
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of patients with suspected tuberculosis and negative sputum smears for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) is challenging, especially in high human immunodeficiency virus coinfection settings where sputum smears have lower sensitivity for detecting AFB. METHODS: We examined the utility of chest radiographs for detecting smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis. Three hundred sixty sputum smear-negative patients who were referred from primary care clinics in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa were evaluated...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720150/metabotyping-and-its-application-in-targeted-nutrition-an-overview
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Anna Riedl, Christian Gieger, Hans Hauner, Hannelore Daniel, Jakob Linseisen
Metabolic diversity leads to differences in nutrient requirements and responses to diet and medication between individuals. Using the concept of metabotyping - that is, grouping metabolically similar individuals - tailored and more efficient recommendations may be achieved. The aim of this study was to review the current literature on metabotyping and to explore its potential for better targeted dietary intervention in subjects with and without metabolic diseases. A comprehensive literature search was performed in PubMed, Google and Google Scholar to find relevant articles on metabotyping in humans including healthy individuals, population-based samples and patients with chronic metabolic diseases...
July 19, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719002/eyeslam-real-time-simultaneous-localization-and-mapping-of-retinal-vessels-during-intraocular-microsurgery
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Daniel Braun, Sungwook Yang, Joseph N Martel, Cameron N Riviere, Brian C Becker
BACKGROUND: Fast and accurate mapping and localization of the retinal vasculature is critical to increasing the effectiveness and clinical utility of robot-assisted intraocular microsurgery such as laser photocoagulation and retinal vessel cannulation. METHODS: The proposed EyeSLAM algorithm delivers 30 Hz real-time simultaneous localization and mapping of the human retina and vasculature during intraocular surgery, combining fast vessel detection with 2D scan-matching techniques to build and localize a probabilistic map of the vasculature...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717897/development-of-a-fast-and-cost-effective-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-quantification-of-short-chain-and-medium-chain-fatty-acids-in-human-biofluids
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Cesare Lotti, Josep Rubert, Francesca Fava, Kieran Tuohy, Fulvio Mattivi, Urska Vrhovsek
The quantification of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids is becoming more and more relevant in fecal and plasma samples due to their biological impact, which has been associated with colon rectal cancer and fiber consumption. For these reasons, a fast, cost-effective, and reproducible analytical method is highly required. In this research, a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method based on full scan and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) acquisition modes were optimized and validated for the analysis of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids in three biological samples: human fecal water, fecal fermentation supernatants, and human plasma...
July 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717829/configured-groups-hypothesis-fast-comparison-of-exact-large-quantities-without-counting
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Sébastien Miravete, André Tricot, Slava Kalyuga, Franck Amadieu
Our innate number sense cannot distinguish between two large exact numbers of objects (e.g., 45 dots vs 46). Configured groups (e.g., 10 blocks, 20 frames) are traditionally used in schools to represent large numbers. Previous studies suggest that these external representations make it easier to use symbolic strategies such as counting ten by ten, enabling humans to differentiate exactly two large numbers. The main hypothesis of this work is that configured groups also allow for a differentiation of large exact numbers, even when symbolic strategies become ineffective...
July 17, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717111/usefulness-of-cardiotoxicity-assessment-using-calcium-transient-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Hitoshi Watanabe, Yayoi Honda, Jiro Deguchi, Toru Yamada, Kiyoko Bando
Monitoring dramatic changes in intracellular calcium ion levels during cardiac contraction and relaxation, known as calcium transient, in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) would be an attractive strategy for assessing compounds on cardiac contractility. In addition, as arrhythmogenic compounds are known to induce characteristic waveform changes in hiPSC-CMs, it is expected that calcium transient would allow evaluation of not only compound-induced effects on cardiac contractility, but also compound arrhythmogenic potential...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716746/controlled-release-and-anti-proliferative-effect-of-imatinib-mesylate-loaded-sporopollenin-microcapsules-extracted-from-pollens-of-betula-pendula
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Idris Sargin, Lalehan Akyuz, Murat Kaya, Gamze Tan, Talip Ceter, Kevser Yildirim, Seymanur Ertosun, Gozde Hatun Aydin, Muge Topal
Sporopollenin is a promising material for drug encapsulation due to its excellent properties; uniformity in size, non-toxicity, chemically and thermally resilient nature. Herein, morphologically intact sporopollenin microcapsules were extracted from Betula pendula pollens. Cancer therapeutic agent (imatinib mesylate) was loaded into the microcapsules. The encapsulation efficiency by passive loading technique was found to be 21.46%. Release behaviour of the drug from microcapsules was found to be biphasic, with an initial fast release followed by a slower rate of release...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716432/effect-of-frequency-and-focal-spacing-on-transcranial-histotripsy-clot-liquefaction-using-electronic-focal-steering
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Tyler Gerhardson, Jonathan R Sukovich, Aditya S Pandey, Timothy L Hall, Charles A Cain, Zhen Xu
This in vitro study investigated the effects of ultrasound frequency and focal spacing on blood clot liquefaction via transcranial histotripsy. Histotripsy pulses were delivered using two 256-element hemispherical transducers of different frequency (250 and 500 kHz) with 30-cm aperture diameters. A 4-cm diameter spherical volume of in vitro blood clot was treated through 3 excised human skullcaps by electronically steering the focus with frequency proportional focal spacing: λ/2, 2 λ/3 and λ with 50 pulses per location...
July 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716083/influence-of-simethicone-and-fasting-on-the-quality-of-abdominal-ultrasonography-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits
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Kassy Gomes da Silva, Carla de Andrade, Cristina Santos Sotomaior
Presence of significant quantities of gas in the intestines may hinder a proper conduction of abdominal ultrasonography. In humans, preparatory techniques are used to solve this, but measures to avoid ultrasonographic complications due to intestinal gas in rabbits have not been reported. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of fasting and simethicone administered orally on the quality of ultrasonographic images of the gallbladder, kidneys, and jejunum in adult New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits...
July 17, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715993/metabolic-effects-of-intermittent-fasting
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Ruth E Patterson, Dorothy D Sears
The objective of this review is to provide an overview of intermittent fasting regimens, summarize the evidence on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, and discuss physiological mechanisms by which intermittent fasting might lead to improved health outcomes. A MEDLINE search was performed using PubMed and the terms "intermittent fasting," "fasting," "time-restricted feeding," and "food timing." Modified fasting regimens appear to promote weight loss and may improve metabolic health. Several lines of evidence also support the hypothesis that eating patterns that reduce or eliminate nighttime eating and prolong nightly fasting intervals may result in sustained improvements in human health...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715992/the-hibernator-microbiome-host-bacterial-interactions-in-an-extreme-nutritional-symbiosis
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Hannah V Carey, Fariba M Assadi-Porter
Animals that undergo seasonal cycles of feeding and fasting have adaptations that maintain integrity of organ systems when dietary nutrients are lacking. Food deprivation also challenges the gut microbiota, which relies heavily on host diet for metabolic substrates and the gastrointestinal tract, which is influenced by enteral nutrients and microbial activity. Winter fasting in hibernators shifts the microbiota to favor taxa with the capacity to degrade and utilize host-derived substrates and disfavor taxa that prefer complex plant polysaccharides...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715662/preaged-remodeling-of-myofibrillar-cytoarchitecture-in-skeletal-muscle-expressing-r349p-mutant-desmin
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Stefanie Diermeier, Andreas Buttgereit, Sebastian Schürmann, Lilli Winter, Hongyang Xu, Robyn M Murphy, Christoph S Clemen, Rolf Schröder, Oliver Friedrich
The majority of hereditary and acquired myopathies are clinically characterized by progressive muscle weakness. We hypothesized that ongoing derangement of skeletal muscle cytoarchitecture at the single fiber level may precede and be responsible for the progressive muscle weakness. Here, we analyzed the effects of aging in wild-type (wt) and heterozygous (het) and homozygous (hom) R349P desmin knock-in mice. The latter harbor the ortholog of the most frequently encountered human R350P desmin missense mutation...
June 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715250/the-development-of-technology-for-effective-respiratory-gated-irradiation-using-an-image-guided-small-animal-irradiator
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M A Hill, J Thompson, A Kavanagh, I D C Tullis, R G Newman, J Prentice, J Beech, S Gilchrist, S Smart, E Fokas, B Vojnovic
The development of image-guided small animal irradiators represents a significant improvement over standard irradiators by enabling preclinical studies to mimic radiotherapy in humans. The ability to deliver tightly collimated targeted beams, in conjunction with gantry or animal couch rotation, has the potential to maximize tumor dose while sparing normal tissues. However, the current commercial platforms do not incorporate respiratory gating, which is required for accurate and precise targeting in organs subject to respiration related motions that may be up to the order of 5 mm in mice...
July 17, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715185/substrate-binding-primes-human-tryptophan-2-3-dioxygenase-for-ligand-binding
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Karin Nienhaus, Vincent Hahn, Manuel Hüpfel, Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus
The human heme enzyme tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (hTDO) catalyzes the insertion of dioxygen into its cognate substrate, L-tryptophan (L-Trp). Its active site structure is highly dynamic, and the mechanism of enzyme-substrate-ligand complex formation and the ensuing enzymatic reaction is not yet understood. Here we have studied complex formation in hTDO by using time-resolved optical and infrared spectroscopy with carbon monoxide (CO) as a ligand. We have observed that both substrate-free and substrate-bound hTDO co-exist in two discrete conformations with greatly different ligand binding rates...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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