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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454279/bonding-of-composite-cements-to-zirconia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-in-vitro-studies
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Putsadeeporn Thammajaruk, Masanao Inokoshi, Shanley Chong, Massimiliano Guazzato
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature and statistically analyze bond strength data to identify the influence that composite cements, type of test methodology, chemical and mechanical pre-treatments have on the bond strength of composite cements to zirconia in three different artificial aging conditions. METHODS: The literature was electronically searched in MEDLINE, PUBMED, EMBASE, and SCOPUS to select relevant articles that evaluated the bond strength between zirconia and composite cements...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454182/the-positive-effect-of-venlafaxine-on-central-motor-conduction
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Chunyong Li, Fuda Liu, Haiyan Peng, Yongjun Huang, Xuezhu Song, Qi Xie, Yingkai Li, Yan Liu
OBJECTIVES: Using the triple stimulation technique (TST) and conventional transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), this study was designed to investigate the effect of venlafaxine on central motor conduction in healthy adults. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this crossover, self-controlled trial, eight healthy adult volunteers were randomly divided into groups A and B. In group A, the volunteers were administered 1 venlafaxine capsule once daily for 7 consecutive days, followed by a 3-day break...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453491/does-hearing-aid-use-affect-audiovisual-integration-in-mild-hearing-impairment
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Anja Gieseler, Maike A S Tahden, Christiane M Thiel, Hans Colonius
There is converging evidence for altered audiovisual integration abilities in hearing-impaired individuals and those with profound hearing loss who are provided with cochlear implants, compared to normal-hearing adults. Still, little is known on the effects of hearing aid use on audiovisual integration in mild hearing loss, although this constitutes one of the most prevalent conditions in the elderly and, yet, often remains untreated in its early stages. This study investigated differences in the strength of audiovisual integration between elderly hearing aid users and those with the same degree of mild hearing loss who were not using hearing aids, the non-users, by measuring their susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453171/finger-strength-individuation-and-their-interaction-relationship-to-hand-function-and-corticospinal-tract-injury-after-stroke
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Eric T Wolbrecht, Justin B Rowe, Vicky Chan, Morgan L Ingemanson, Steven C Cramer, David J Reinkensmeyer
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine the relative contributions of finger weakness and reduced finger individuation to reduced hand function after stroke, and their association with corticospinal tract (CST) injury. METHODS: We measured individuated and synergistic maximum voluntary contractions (MVCs) of the index and middle fingers, in both flexion and extension, of 26 individuals with a chronic stroke using a robotic exoskeleton. We quantified finger strength and individuation, and defined a novel metric that combines them - "multifinger capacity"...
February 3, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453138/increased-coagulation-index-as-measured-by-thromboelastography-during-ovarian-stimulation-for-in-vitro-fertilization-influence-of-the-final-oocyte-maturation-triggering-agent
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Ronit Beck-Fruchter, Israel Gavish, Shira Baram, Yoel Geslevich, Amir Weiss
OBJECTIVE: Thromboelastography (TEG) is a viscoelastic test of hemostasis which allows measurement of the processes of clot initiation, propagation, stabilization, and dissolution in real time. In this study we aimed to evaluate the alterations in coagulation as measured by TEG during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) stimulation cycles and to investigate whether final oocyte maturation with recombinant hCG (rhCG) versus GnRH agonist results in a different coagulation state. STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study which included fifty-three normogonadotrophic women...
February 10, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452778/reproductive-history-and-physical-functioning-in-midlife-the-bogalusa-heart-study
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Emily W Harville, Wei Chen, Jack Guralnik, Lydia A Bazzano
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between reproductive history, pregnancy complications, and later physical function. STUDY DESIGN: The Bogalusa Heart Study is a long-running study of cardiovascular health in a semirural community. 761 women were interviewed about their pregnancy history and complications, and underwent tests of physical function. Logistic models for dichotomous outcomes and linear models for continuous outcomes were used, adjusted for covariates...
March 2018: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452734/calcar-screw-position-in-proximal-humerus-fracture-fixation-don-t-miss-high
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Samir Mehta, Matthew Chin, Jennifer Sanville, Surena Namdari, Michael W Hast
INTRODUCTION: In locked plate fixation of proximal humerus fractures, the calcar is an important anchor point for screws providing much-needed medial column support. Most locking plate implants utilize a fixed-trajectory locking screw to achieve this goal. Consequently, adjustments of plate location to account for patient-specific anatomy may result in a screw position outside of the calcar. To date, little is known about the consequences of "missing" the calcar during plate positioning...
February 11, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452445/suppressive-role-of-tissue-factor-pathway-inhibitor-%C3%AE-in-platelet-dependent-fibrin-formation-under-flow-is-restricted-to-low-procoagulant-strength
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Stella Thomassen, Tom G Mastenbroek, Frauke Swieringa, Kristien Winckers, Marion A H Feijge, Roy Schrijver, Judith M E M Cosemans, Susan A Maroney, Alan E Mast, Tilman M Hackeng, Johan W M Heemskerk
Tissue factor pathway inhibitor-alpha (TFPI-α) is a Kunitz-type serine protease inhibitor, which suppresses coagulation by inhibiting the tissue factor (TF)/factor VIIa complex as well as factor Xa. In static plasma-phospholipid systems, TFPI-α thus suppresses both factor Xa and thrombin generation. In this article, we used a microfluidics approach to investigate how TFPI-α regulates fibrin clot formation in platelet thrombi at low wall shear rate. We therefore hypothesized that the anticoagulant effect of TFPI-α in plasma is a function of the local procoagulant strength-defined as the magnitude of thrombin generation under flow, due to local activities of TF/factor VIIa and factor Xa...
February 16, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452288/repetitive-tlr-3-activation-in-the-lung-induces-skeletal-muscle-adaptations-and-cachexia
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Ted G Graber, Brandy L Rawls, Bing Tian, William J Durham, Camille R Brightwell, Allan R Brasier, Blake B Rasmussen, Christopher S Fry
Due to immunosenescence, older adults are particularly susceptible to lung-based viral infections, with increased severity of symptoms in those with underlying chronic lung disease. Repeated respiratory viral infections produce lung maladaptations, accelerating pulmonary dysfunction. Toll like 3 receptor (TLR3) is a membrane protein that senses exogenous double-stranded RNA to activate the innate immune response to a viral infection. Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)] mimics double stranded RNA and has been shown to activate TLR3...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452235/improved-strength-of-silk-fibers-in-bombyx-mori-trimolters-induced-by-an-anti-juvenile-hormone-compound
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Kaiyu Guo, Zhaoming Dong, Yan Zhang, Dandan Wang, Muya Tang, Xiaolu Zhang, Qingyou Xia, Ping Zhao
BACKGROUND: Bombyx mori silk fibers with thin diameters have advantages of lightness and crease-resistance. Many studies have used anti-juvenile hormones to induce trimolters in order to generate thin silk; however, there has been comparatively little analysis of the morphology, structure and mechanical properties of trimolter silk. METHODS: This study induced two kinds of trimolters by appling topically anti-juvenile hormones and obtained thin diameter silk. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), FTIR analysis, tensile mechanical testing, chitin staining were used to reveal that the morphology, conformation and mechanical property of the trimolter silk...
February 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451778/rapid-forming-and-self-healing-agarose-based-hydrogels-for-tissue-adhesives-and-potential-wound-dressings
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Zhuo Zhang, Xiaolin Wang, Yitong Wang, Jingcheng Hao
To meet the progressive requirements of advanced engineering materials with superior physicochemical performances, self-healing and injectable hydrogels (AD hydrogels) based on agarose with pH-response were prepared through dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages by simply mixing nontoxic agarose-ethylenediamine conjugate (AG-NH2) and dialdehyde-functionalized polyethylene glycol (DF-PEG) solutions. The self-healing and injectable capabilities of the hydrogels without any external stimulus are ascribed to dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages between the aldehyde groups of DF-PEG and amine groups on AG-NH2 backbone...
February 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451497/automated-skeletal-tissue-quantification-in-the-lower-leg-using-pqct
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Sokratis Makrogiannis, Fatima Boukari, Luigi Ferrucci
In this paper we introduce a methodology for hard and soft tissue quantification at proximal, intermediate and distal tibia sites using peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT) scans. Quantification of bone properties is crucial for estimating bone structure resistance to mechanical stress and adaptations to loading. Soft tissue variables can be computed to investigate muscle volume and density, muscle-bone relationship, and fat infiltration.
 Approach: We employed implicit active contour models and clustering techniques for automated segmentation and identification of bone, muscle and fat at 4%, 38%, and 66% tibia length...
February 15, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450477/cyclic-compression-of-tissue-engineered-intervertebral-disc-constructs-composed-of-electrospinning-polycaprolactone
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Andrea Fotticchia, Emrah Demirci, Cristina Lenardi, Y Liu
There is lack of investigation capturing the complex mechanical interaction of tissue engineered IVD (intervertebral disc) constructs in physiologically-relevant environmental conditions. In this study, mechanical characterisation of anisotropic eletrospinning (ES) substrates made of polycaprolactone (PCL) was carried out in wet and dry conditions and viability of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) seeded within double layers of ES PCL was also studied. Cyclic compression of IVD-like constructs composed of an agarose core confined by ES PCL double-layers was implemented using a bioreactor and the cellular response to the mechanical stimulation was evaluated...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449445/evaluation-of-penalized-likelihood-estimation-reconstruction-on-a-digital-time-of-flight-pet-ct-scanner-for-18-f-fdg-whole-body-examinations
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Elin Lindström, Anders Sundin, Carlos Trampal, Lars Lindsjö, Ezgi Ilan, Torsten Danfors, Gunnar Antoni, Jens Sörensen, Mark Lubberink
Resolution and quantitative accuracy of positron emission tomography (PET) are highly influenced by the reconstruction method. Penalized likelihood estimation algorithms allow for fully convergent iterative reconstruction, generating a higher image contrast while limiting noise compared to ordered subsets expectation maximization (OSEM). In this study, block-sequential regularized expectation maximization (BSREM) was compared to time-of-flight OSEM (TOF-OSEM). Various strengths of noise penalization factor β were tested along with scan durations and transaxial field of views (FOVs) with the aim to evaluate the performance and clinical use of BSREM for 18 F-FDG-PET-computed tomography (CT), both in quantitative terms and in a qualitative visual evaluation...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449193/phase-i-trial-of-intrathecal-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-neural-progenitors-in-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Violaine K Harris, James Stark, Tamara Vyshkina, Leslie Blackshear, Gloria Joo, Valentina Stefanova, Gabriel Sara, Saud A Sadiq
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated demyelinating disease of the central nervous system and is one of the leading causes of disability in young adults. Cell therapy is emerging as a therapeutic strategy to promote repair and regeneration in patients with disability associated with progressive MS. METHODS: We conducted a phase I open-label clinical trial investigating the safety and tolerability of autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell-derived neural progenitor (MSC-NP) treatment in 20 patients with progressive MS...
February 3, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449118/shot-by-a-gun-%C3%A2-missed-by-a-provider
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Eddie Garcia, Abdul H Zaid, Diane P Calello, Lisa McHugh, Grant Arzumanov, Najaf Asrar, Ari Sapin, Kristin G Fless
BACKGROUND: Botulism is a paralytic disease caused by the neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. The majority of cases are due to ingestion or injection drug use. Wound botulism from traumatic injury is exceedingly rare, with only one to two cases reported each year in the United States. CASE REPORT: A 27-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department with diplopia, dysphagia, and progressive weakness 10 days after sustaining a gunshot wound to his right lower leg...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448967/facial-nerve-stimulation-in-normal-pigs-and-healthy-human-volunteers-transitional-development-of-a-medical-device-for-the-emergency-treatment-of-ischemic-stroke
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Olivia Sanchez, Andrea García, Fernando Castro-Prado, Miriam Perez, Rafael Lara-Estrada, Martin Ramirez-Meza, Montserrat Godinez, Michael L Coco, Joaquín Azpiroz, Mark K Borsody, Emilio Sacristán
BACKGROUND: Magnetic stimulation of the facial nerve has been tested in preclinical studies as a new, non-invasive emergency treatment of ischemic stroke that acts by increasing cerebral blood flow (CBF). The objective of the studies reported herein was to identify minimal stimulation parameters that increase CBF in large animals and then test those stimulation parameters in healthy volunteers for safety, tolerability, and effectiveness at increasing CBF. This translational research is necessary preparation for clinical studies in ischemic stroke patients...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448794/short-time-dynamics-of-lysozyme-solutions-with-competing-short-range-attraction-and-long-range-repulsion-experiment-and-theory
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Jonas Riest, Gerhard Nägele, Yun Liu, Norman J Wagner, P Douglas Godfrin
Recently, atypical static features of microstructural ordering in low-salinity lysozyme protein solutions have been extensively explored experimentally and explained theoretically based on a short-range attractive plus long-range repulsive (SALR) interaction potential. However, the protein dynamics and the relationship to the atypical SALR structure remain to be demonstrated. Here, the applicability of semi-analytic theoretical methods predicting diffusion properties and viscosity in isotropic particle suspensions to low-salinity lysozyme protein solutions is tested...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448756/ductile-crack-initiation-criterion-with-mismatched-weld-joints-under-dynamic-loading-conditions
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Gyubaek An, Se-Min Jeong, Jeongung Park
Brittle failure of high toughness steel structures tends to occur after ductile crack initiation/propagation. Damages to steel structures were reported in the Hanshin Great Earthquake. Several brittle failures were observed in beam-to-column connection zones with geometrical discontinuity. It is widely known that triaxial stresses accelerate the ductile fracture of steels. The study examined the effects of geometrical heterogeneity and strength mismatches (both of which elevate plastic constraints due to heterogeneous plastic straining) and loading rate on critical conditions initiating ductile fracture...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448740/effect-of-intermetallic-compound-formation-in-friction-welded-al-alloy-rods
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Yong-Deok Im, Kwang-Suk Park, Kuk-Hyun Song
This study was carried out to evaluate the development of microstructures and mechanical properties on friction welded dissimilar materials with a light weight. For this work, Al6063 and Duralumin alloys with a shape of rod were selected as experimental materials, and friction welding was performed under conditions with a rotation speed of 2,000 RPM, a friction load of 12 kgf/cm2 and an upset force of 25 kgf/cm2, respectively. After welding, the microstructural analysis such as the grain boundary characteristic distributions and the formation of intermetallic compounds was analyzed by electron back-scattering diffraction method and transmission electron microscopy, respectively...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
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