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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914090/measuring-antibody-orientation-at-the-bacterial-surface
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Oonagh Shannon, Pontus Nordenfelt
Many bacteria have the ability to interact with antibodies as a means to circumvent the immune response. This includes binding to the Fc portion of antibodies, effectively reversing the antibody orientation and thus decreasing the Fc-mediated immune signaling. Since antibody orientation at the bacterial surface has been shown to be important in human disease, it is valuable to be able to assess how antibodies are interacting with bacterial pathogens. Here, we describe a method to measure the proportion of human IgG that are bound via their Fc or Fabs to a bacterial surface...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913903/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-myasthenia-gravis-association-or-chance-occurrence
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Silvia de Pasqua, Francesco Cavallieri, Roberto D'Angelo, Fabrizio Salvi, Nicola Fini, Roberto D'Alessandro, Rita Rinaldi, Antonio Fasano, Jessica Mandrioli
Very few cases of patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) who later developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been described, although some studies showed that significantly more cases than expected have ALS associated with a prior diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. Our aim was to investigate whether the association of ALS and MG was higher than expected in a population-based study and to describe the clinical features characterizing these patients. In Emilia Romagna Region of Italy, a prospective registry has been collecting all incident ALS cases since 1...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913685/novel-biomarkers-in-kidney-disease-roles-for-cilia-wnt-signalling-and-atmin-in-polycystic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Paraskevi Goggolidou, Patricia D Wilson
Biomarkers, the measurable indicators of biological conditions, are fast becoming a popular approach in providing information to track disease processes that could lead to novel therapeutic interventions for chronic conditions. Inherited, chronic kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide and although pharmacological treatments exist for some conditions, there are still patients whose only option is kidney dialysis and kidney transplantation. In the past 10 years, certain chronic kidney diseases have been reclassified as ciliopathies...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913338/intracardiac-vortex-dynamics-by-high-frame-rate-doppler-vortography-i-in-vivo-i-comparison-with-vector-flow-mapping-and-4-d-flow-mri
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Julia Faurie, Mathilde Baudet, Kondo Claude Assi, Dominique Auger, Guillaume Gilbert, Francois Tournoux, Damien Garcia
Recent studies have suggested that intracardiac vortex flow imaging could be of clinical interest to early diagnose the diastolic heart function. Doppler vortography has been intro-duced as a simple color Doppler method to detect and quantify intraventricular vortices. This method is able to locate a vortex core based on the recognition of an antisymmetric pattern in the Doppler velocity field. Because the heart is a fast-moving organ, high frame rates are needed to decipher the whole blood vortex dynamics during diastole...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913322/automatic-detection-and-classification-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-depth-eeg-signals
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Nisrine Jrad, Amar Kachenoura, Isabelle Merlet, Fabrice Bartolomei, Anca Nica, Arnaud Biraben, Fabrice Wendling
GOAL: Interictal High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs [30-600 Hz]) have proven to be relevant biomarkers in epilepsy. In this paper, four categories of HFOs are considered: Gamma ([30- 80 Hz]), High-Gamma ([80-120 Hz]), Ripples ([120-250 Hz]) and Fast-Ripples ([250-600 Hz]). A universal detector of the four types of HFOs is proposed. It has the advantages of i) classifying HFOs, and thus being robust to inter- and intra-subject variability; ii) rejecting artefacts, thus being specific. METHODS: Gabor atoms are tuned to cover the physiological bands...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913294/sleep-mediated-memory-consolidation-depends-on-the-level-of-integration-at-encoding
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Lea Himmer, Elias Müller, Steffen Gais, Monika Schönauer
There is robust evidence that sleep facilitates declarative memory consolidation. Integration of newly acquired memories into existing neocortical knowledge networks has been proposed to underlie this effect. Here, we test whether sleep affects memory retention for word-picture associations differently when it was learned explicitly or using a fast mapping strategy. Fast mapping is an incidental form of learning that references new information to existing knowledge and possibly allows neocortical integration already during encoding...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913274/two-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-5-genes-exhibit-different-yet-conserved-functions-in-development-and-growth
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Guo-Dong Zheng, Chun-Xue Zhou, Si-Tong Lin, Jie Chen, Xia-Yun Jiang, Shu-Ming Zou
Insulin-like growth factor binding-protein 5 (igfbp5), the most conserved member of the IGFBP family in vertebrates, plays a critical role in controlling cell survival, growth, differentiation, and apoptosis. Here, we characterized the expression patterns of igfbp5a and igfbp5b in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), which are retained in many fish species, likely from the teleost-specific whole-genome duplication. Both igfbp5a and igfbp5b encode 268- and 263-aa peptides, respectively, which share a sequence identity of 71%...
November 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913263/experience-with-adapt-for-thrombectomy-in-distal-cerebral-artery-occlusions-causing-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Jan Vargas, Alex M Spiotta, Kyle Fargen, Raymond D Turner, Imran Chaudry, Aquilla Turk
BACKGROUND: Thromboembolic occlusion of distal branches in anterior and posterior circulation may produce severe clinical deficits. The ADAPT technique is a simple, fast method for achieving good angiographic and clinical outcomes using large bore catheters in large vessel occlusions. OBJECTIVE: We present our results using the ADAPT technique with distal cerebral artery occlusions. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with acute ischemic stroke with thrombus in the distal MCA, ACA, or PCA were treated with the ADAPT technique...
November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913043/evaluation-of-the-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-on-extrapulmonary-and-respiratory-samples-other-than%C3%A2-sputum-a-low-burden-country-experience
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Sushil Pandey, Jacob Congdon, Bradley McInnes, Alina Pop, Christopher Coulter
The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay on extrapulmonary (EP) and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples of patients suspected of having tuberculosis (TB) from Queensland, Australia. A total of 269 EP and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples collected from Qld patients who were suspected of having TB were subjected to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF analysis, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) culture and drug susceptibility testing. Phenotypic and genotypic data were compared...
November 29, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913006/noninvasive-prediction-of-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-vascular-resistance-by-using-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-indices
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Zhang Zhang, Meng Wang, Zhenwen Yang, Fan Yang, Dong Li, Tielian Yu, Ningnannan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has promise of being able to provide frequent cardiac morphology and function evaluations noninvasively for repeated follow-ups of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients after the initial right heart catheterization (RHC) diagnosis. By using the noninvasive CMR indices, the present study aimed to formulate and validate a prediction model of mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). METHODS: Both Derivation Cohort (N=25) and Validation Cohort (N=25) of PAH patients underwent CMR and RHC within one week...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912968/validation-of-a-thin-layer-chromatography-densitometry-method-for-the-characterization-of-invertase-activity
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Justine Ferey, David Da Silva, Sophie Bravo-Veyrat, Pierre Lafite, Richard Daniellou, Benoît Maunit
This paper presents a kinetic study of invertase, a specific fructofuranosidase cloned from the Leishmania major genome. The kinetic parameters of the β-d-fructofuranosidase from Leishmania major (BfrA) were determined using Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) and UV-densitometry (TLC@UV) specifically developed for the separation and detection of three carbohydrates namely sucrose, glucose and fructose. Separation was performed on TLC silica gel 60 F254 plates impregnated with sodium bisulphate and citrate and heated prior to development...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912741/impact-of-a-school-based-intervention-on-nutritional-education-and-physical-activity-in-primary-public-schools-in-chile-kind-programme-study-protocol-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Nelly Bustos, Sonia Olivares, Bárbara Leyton, Marcelo Cano, Cecilia Albala
BACKGROUND: Chile has suffered a fast increase in childhood obesity in the last 10 years. As a result, several school programmes have been implemented, however the effectiveness of these needs to be evaluated to identify and prioritize strategies to curve this trend. METHODS: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Twelve primary public schools chosen at random over three regions of the country will take part in this study. The sample size consisted of a total of 1,655 children...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912120/solvothermal-synthesis-of-ag-hybrid-bipo4-heterostructures-with-enhanced-photodegradation-activity-and-stability
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Chang-Wei Huang, Mei-Yao Wu, Yang-Wei Lin
In this study, Ag hybrid BiPO4 (Ag/BiPO4) heterostructures were synthesized using a solvothermal method. The morphologies and optical properties of the Ag/BiPO4 heterostructures were drastically different from those of BiPO4 and were highly dependent on the AgNO3:BiPO4 weight percent during the synthesis. The three formulated heterostructures were evaluated for their photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light illumination; the 0.5%Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure was observed to result in 99% degradation of MB within 60min, a remarkably higher level of photodegradation activity than the levels caused by TiO2 and BiPO4...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911922/nucleic-acid-amplification-testing-and-sequencing-combined-with-acid-fast-staining-in-needle-biopsy-lung-tissues-for-the-diagnosis-of-smear-negative-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Faming Jiang, Weiwei Huang, Ye Wang, Panwen Tian, Xuerong Chen, Zongan Liang
BACKGROUND: Smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is common and difficult to diagnose. In this study, we investigated the diagnostic value of nucleic acid amplification testing and sequencing combined with acid-fast bacteria (AFB) staining of needle biopsy lung tissues for patients with suspected smear-negative PTB. METHODS: Patients with suspected smear-negative PTB who underwent percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy between May 1, 2012, and June 30, 2015, were enrolled in this retrospective study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911824/high-thermoelectricpower-factor-in-graphene-hbn-devices
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Junxi Duan, Xiaoming Wang, Xinyuan Lai, Guohong Li, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Mona Zebarjadi, Eva Y Andrei
Fast and controllable cooling at nanoscales requires a combination of highly efficient passive cooling and active cooling. Although passive cooling in graphene-based devices is quite effective due to graphene's extraordinary heat conduction, active cooling has not been considered feasible due to graphene's low thermoelectric power factor. Here, we show that the thermoelectric performance of graphene can be significantly improved by using hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) substrates instead of SiO2 We find the room temperature efficiency of active cooling in the device, as gauged by the power factor times temperature, reaches values as high as 10...
November 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911814/distinct-cortical-and-striatal-actions-of-a-%C3%AE-arrestin-biased-dopamine-d2-receptor-ligand-reveal-unique-antipsychotic-like-properties
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Nikhil M Urs, Steven M Gee, Thomas F Pack, John D McCorvy, Tama Evron, Joshua C Snyder, Xiaobao Yang, Ramona M Rodriguiz, Emiliana Borrelli, William C Wetsel, Jian Jin, Bryan L Roth, Patricio O'Donnell, Marc G Caron
The current dopamine (DA) hypothesis of schizophrenia postulates striatal hyperdopaminergia and cortical hypodopaminergia. Although partial agonists at DA D2 receptors (D2Rs), like aripiprazole, were developed to simultaneously target both phenomena, they do not effectively improve cortical dysfunction. In this study, we investigate the potential for newly developed β-arrestin2 (βarr2)-biased D2R partial agonists to simultaneously target hyper- and hypodopaminergia. Using neuron-specific βarr2-KO mice, we show that the antipsychotic-like effects of a βarr2-biased D2R ligand are driven through both striatal antagonism and cortical agonism of D2R-βarr2 signaling...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911802/aerosol-indirect-effect-from-turbulence-induced-broadening-of-cloud-droplet-size-distributions
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Kamal Kant Chandrakar, Will Cantrell, Kelken Chang, David Ciochetto, Dennis Niedermeier, Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Raymond A Shaw, Fan Yang
The influence of aerosol concentration on the cloud-droplet size distribution is investigated in a laboratory chamber that enables turbulent cloud formation through moist convection. The experiments allow steady-state microphysics to be achieved, with aerosol input balanced by cloud-droplet growth and fallout. As aerosol concentration is increased, the cloud-droplet mean diameter decreases, as expected, but the width of the size distribution also decreases sharply. The aerosol input allows for cloud generation in the limiting regimes of fast microphysics ([Formula: see text]) for high aerosol concentration, and slow microphysics ([Formula: see text]) for low aerosol concentration; here, [Formula: see text] is the phase-relaxation time and [Formula: see text] is the turbulence-correlation time...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911553/arbitrary-dicke-state-control-of-symmetric-rydberg-ensembles
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Tyler Keating, Charles H Baldwin, Yuan-Yu Jau, Jongmin Lee, Grant W Biedermann, Ivan H Deutsch
We study the production of arbitrary superpositions of Dicke states via optimal control. We show that N atomic hyperfine qubits, interacting symmetrically via the Rydberg blockade, are well described by the Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian and fully controllable by phase-modulated microwaves driving Rydberg-dressed states. With currently feasible parameters, it is possible to generate states of ∼ten hyperfine qubits in ∼1  μs, assuming a fast microwave phase switching time. The same control can be achieved with a "dressed-ground control" scheme, which reduces the demands for fast phase switching at the expense of increased total control time...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911414/isolation-and-culture-of-primary-endothelial-cells-from-canine-arteries-and-veins
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Loes A Oosterhoff, Hedwig S Kruitwagen, Bart Spee, Frank G van Steenbeek
Cardiovascular disease is studied in both human and veterinary medicine. Endothelial cells have been used extensively as an in vitro model to study vasculogenesis, (tumor) angiogenesis, and atherosclerosis. The current standard for in vitro research on human endothelial cells (ECs) is the use of Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs) and Human Umbilical Artery Endothelial Cells (HUAECs). For canine endothelial research, only one cell line (CnAOEC) is available, which is derived from canine aortic endothelium...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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