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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431419/creation-and-validation-of-an-automated-algorithm-to-determine-postoperative-ventilator-requirements-after-cardiac-surgery
#1
Eilon Gabel, Ira S Hofer, Nancy Satou, Tristan Grogan, Richard Shemin, Aman Mahajan, Maxime Cannesson
BACKGROUND: In medical practice today, clinical data registries have become a powerful tool for measuring and driving quality improvement, especially among multicenter projects. Registries face the known problem of trying to create dependable and clear metrics from electronic medical records data, which are typically scattered and often based on unreliable data sources. The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) is one such example, and it supports manually collected data by trained clinical staff in an effort to obtain the highest-fidelity data possible...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431389/prediction-of-size-fractionated-airborne-particle-bound-metals-using-mlr-bp-ann-and-svm-analyses
#2
Xiang'zi Leng, Jinhua Wang, Haibo Ji, Qin'geng Wang, Huiming Li, Xin Qian, Fengying Li, Meng Yang
Size-fractionated heavy metal concentrations were observed in airborne particulate matter (PM) samples collected from 2014 to 2015 (spanning all four seasons) from suburban (Xianlin) and industrial (Pukou) areas in Nanjing, a megacity of southeast China. Rapid prediction models of size-fractionated metals were established based on multiple linear regression (MLR), back propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) and support vector machine (SVM) by using meteorological factors and PM concentrations as input parameters...
April 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431372/down-flow-fixed-structured-bed-reactor-an-innovative-reactor-configuration-applied-to-acid-mine-drainage-treatment-and-metal-recovery
#3
Leandro Augusto Gouvêa de Godoi, Eugenio Foresti, Márcia Helena Rissato Zamariolli Damianovic
A down-flow fixed-structured bed reactor (DFSBR) was operated for 277 days treating a mixture of synthetic substrates simulating an iron-rich acid mine drainage (AMD) and the soluble fraction of a sugarcane vinasse. The synthetic sugarcane vinasse was used as electron donor for biological sulfate-reduction, resulting in influent chemical oxygen demand (COD) close to 4000 mg L(-1) and volumetric organic loading rate of 4.8 g L(-1)d(-1). The influent sulfate concentration was kept close to 2000 mg L(-1) (volumetric sulfate loading rate of 2...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431360/contrasting-dual-c-cl-isotope-fractionation-offers-potential-to-distinguish-reductive-chloroethene-transformation-from-breakdown-by-permanganate
#4
Eylem Doğan-Subaşı, Martin Elsner, Shiran Qiu, Stefan Cretnik, Siavash Atashgahi, Orfan Shouakar-Stash, Nico Boon, Winnie Dejonghe, Leen Bastiaens
cis-1,2-Dichloroethene (cis-DCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) are persistent, toxic and mobile pollutants in groundwater systems. They are both conducive to reductive dehalogenation and to oxidation by permanganate. In this study, the potential of dual element (C, Cl) compound specific isotope analyses (CSIA) for distinguishing between chemical oxidation and anaerobic reductive dechlorination of cis-DCE and TCE was investigated. Well-controlled cis-DCE degradation batch tests gave similar carbon isotope enrichment factors εC (‰), but starkly contrasting dual element isotope slopes Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl for permanganate oxidation (εC=-26‰±6‰, Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl≈-125±47) compared to reductive dechlorination (εC=-18‰±4‰, Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl≈4...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431357/soil-organic-carbon-and-nitrogen-pools-drive-soil-c-co2-emissions-from-selected-soils-in-maritime-antarctica
#5
C V Pires, C E R G Schaefer, A K Hashigushi, A Thomazini, E I F Filho, E S Mendonça
The ongoing trend of increasing air temperatures will potentially affect soil organic matter (SOM) turnover and soil C-CO2 emissions in terrestrial ecosystems of Maritime Antarctica. The effects of SOM quality on this process remain little explored. We evaluated (i) the quantity and quality of soil organic matter and (ii) the potential of C release through CO2 emissions in lab conditions in different soil types from Maritime Antarctica. Soil samples (0-10 and 10-20cm) were collected in Keller Peninsula and the vicinity of Arctowski station, to determine the quantity and quality of organic matter and the potential to emit CO2 under different temperature scenarios (2, 5, 8 and 11°C) in lab...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431351/role-of-membrane-fouling-substances-on-the-rejection-of-n-nitrosamines-by-reverse-osmosis
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Takahiro Fujioka, Hitoshi Kodamatani, Hidenobu Aizawa, Stephen Gray, Kenneth P Ishida, Long D Nghiem
The impact of fouling substances on the rejection of four N-nitrosamines by a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane was evaluated by characterizing individual organic fractions in a secondary wastewater effluent and deploying a novel high-performance liquid chromatography-photochemical reaction-chemiluminescence (HPLC-PR-CL) analytical technique. The HPLC-PR-CL analytical technique allowed for a systematic examination of the correlation between the fouling level and the permeation of N-nitrosamines in the secondary wastewater effluent and synthetic wastewaters through an RO membrane...
April 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431350/characteristics-and-components-of-poly-aluminum-chloride-coagulants-that-enhance-arsenate-removal-by-coagulation-detailed-analysis-of-aluminum-species
#7
Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Takuro Yamaguchi, Kenta Kondo, Kaori Machida, Taiga Fukuura, Taku Matsushita
We evaluated 51 poly-aluminum chloride (PACl) coagulants to determine the coagulant characteristics that were responsible for effective arsenate removal from contaminated river water by means of experiments involving coagulation, settling, and microfiltration. Some of the high-basicity PACls exhibited high arsenate removal percentages, particularly under alkaline conditions, and we investigated various relevant properties and characteristics of these high-basicity PACls. Effective arsenate removal was correlated with the content of polymeric and colloidal aluminum species (Alb and Alc) in the PACls but was not well correlated with colloid charge or zeta potential...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431313/raman-spectroscopy-for-the-characterization-of-different-fractions-of-hemp-essential-oil-extracted-at-130%C3%A2-c-using-steam-distillation-method
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Muhammad Asif Hanif, Haq Nawaz, Saima Naz, Rubina Mukhtar, Nosheen Rashid, Ijaz Ahmad Bhatti, Muhammad Saleem
In this study, Raman spectroscopy along with Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is used for the characterization of pure essential oil (pure EO) isolated from the leaves of the Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.,) as well as its different fractions obtained by fractional distillation process. Raman spectra of pure Hemp essential oil and its different fractions show characteristic key bands of main volatile terpenes and terpenoids, which significantly differentiate them from each other. These bands provide information about the chemical composition of sample under investigation and hence can be used as Raman spectral markers for the qualitative monitoring of the pure EO and different fractions containing different active compounds...
April 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431171/heritability-of-heart-rate-response-to-arousals-in-twins
#9
Xiaoling Gao, Ali Azarbarzin, Brendan T Keenan, Michele Ostrowski, Frances M Pack, Bethany Staley, Greg Maislin, Allan I Pack, Magdy Younes, Samuel T Kuna
Objectives: To determine if the large and highly reproducible inter-individual differences in arousal intensity and heart rate response to arousal (ΔHR) during non-REM sleep are heritable. Methods: Polysomnograms of 55 monozygotic (14 male and 41 female pairs) and 36 dizygotic (15 male and 21 female pairs) same-sex twin pairs were analyzed. Arousals were scored using the 2012 American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria. Arousal intensity was scaled (between 0 and 9) using an automatic algorithm based on the change in EEG time and frequency characteristics...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431133/prediction-of-sudden-and-non-sudden-cardiac-death-in-post-infarction-patients-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-by-periodic-repolarization-dynamics-madit-ii-substudy
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Konstantinos D Rizas, Scott McNitt, Wolfgang Hamm, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Wojciech Zareba, Jean-Philippe Couderc, Axel Bauer
Aims: To test the value of Periodic Repolarization Dynamics (PRD), a recently validated electrocardiographic marker of sympathetic activity, as a novel approach to predict sudden cardiac death (SCD) and non-sudden cardiac death (N-SCD) and to improve identification of patients that profit from ICD-implantation. Methods and results: We included 856 post-infarction patients with left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤30% of the MADIT-II trial in sinus rhythm...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
#11
Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431064/is-mortality-a-useful-parameter-for-public-reporting-in-pacemaker-implantation-results-of-an-obligatory-external-quality-control-programme
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Bernd Nowak, Björn Misselwitz, Oliver Przibille, Rajendra H Mehta
Aims: To evaluate if public reporting of pacemaker implantation-associated mortality is meaningful in a large contemporary patient cohort. Methods and Results: The database of the obligatory external quality control programme in the Federal State of Hessen, Germany, of patients undergoing permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation was evaluated retrospectively. We compared the baseline features of patients who died compared with those who did not during hospitalization after PPM...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431063/left-ventricular-dysfunction-is-associated-with-frequent-premature-ventricular-complexes-and-asymptomatic-ventricular-tachycardia-in-children
#13
R A Bertels, L M Harteveld, L H Filippini, S A Clur, N A Blom
Aims: To assess the risk factors for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in a paediatric population with idiopathic frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and asymptomatic ventricular tachycardias (VTs). Methods and Results: Paediatric patients with the diagnosis of idiopathic frequent PVCs and asymptomatic VTs were retrospectively evaluated. Frequent PVCs were defined as ≥5% on 24 h Holter recording. Left ventricular dysfunction was defined as a shortening fraction of ≤28%...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431059/cardiac-structural-and-functional-profile-of-patients-with-delayed-qrs-transition-zone-and-sudden-cardiac-death
#14
Aapo L Aro, Derek Phan, Carmen Teodorescu, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Kyndaron Reinier, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Heikki V Huikuri, Sumeet S Chugh
Aims: Delayed QRS transition zone in the precordial leads of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has been recently associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We correlated echocardiographic findings with ECG and clinical characteristics to investigate how alterations in cardiac structure and function contribute to this risk marker. Methods and Results: From the ongoing population-based Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (catchment population ∼1 million), SCD cases with prior ECG available (n = 627) were compared with controls (n = 801)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431057/quantitative-analysis-of-pkp2-and-neighbouring-genes-in-a-patient-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-heterozygous-pkp2-deletion
#15
Keiko Sonoda, Seiko Ohno, Sou Otuki, Koichi Kato, Nobue Yagihara, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takeru Makiyama, Tohru Minamino, Minoru Horie
Aims: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a disease mainly caused by desmosome gene mutations. The genetic culprit, however, remains elusive in ∼50% of ARVC patients. One of the reasons for missing genetic abnormalities is the difficulty in detecting large deletions/duplications, which are called as copy number variation (CNV) by the Sanger sequencing method. This study aimed to identify CNVs in PKP2 and a part of other desmosome genes in ARVC patients. Methods and Results: The study cohort consisted of 71 ARVC probands who were diagnosed as definite or borderline cases based on 2010 Task Force Criteria...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431020/is-it-time-to-recognize-a-new-phenotype-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-with-pulmonary-vascular-disease
#16
Barry A Borlaug, Masaru Obokata
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431003/intracoronary-autologous-bone-marrow-cell-transfer-after-myocardial-infarction-the-boost-2-randomised-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#17
Kai C Wollert, Gerd P Meyer, Jochen Müller-Ehmsen, Carsten Tschöpe, Vernon Bonarjee, Alf Inge Larsen, Andreas E May, Klaus Empen, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Ulrich Tebbe, Johannes Waltenberger, Heiko Mahrholdt, Benedikta Ritter, Jens Pirr, Dieter Fischer, Mortimer Korf-Klingebiel, Lubomir Arseniev, Hans-Gert Heuft, Jan E Brinchmann, Diethelm Messinger, Bernd Hertenstein, Arnold Ganser, Hugo A Katus, Stephan B Felix, Meinrad P Gawaz, Kenneth Dickstein, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Dennis Ladage, Simon Greulich, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: Intracoronary infusion of autologous nucleated bone marrow cells (BMCs) enhanced the recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the randomised-controlled, open-label BOOST trial. We reassessed the therapeutic potential of nucleated BMCs in the randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind BOOST-2 trial conducted in 10 centres in Germany and Norway. Methods and results: Using a multiple arm design, we investigated the dose-response relationship and explored whether γ-irradiation which eliminates the clonogenic potential of stem and progenitor cells has an impact on BMC efficacy...
April 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430989/gene-fractionation-and-function-in-the-ancient-subgenomes-of-maize
#18
Simon Renny-Byfield, Eli Rodgers-Melnick, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
The maize genome experienced an ancient whole genome duplication approximately 10 million years ago and the duplicate subgenomes have since experienced reciprocal gene loss (fractionation) such that many genes have returned to single-copy status. This process has not affected the subgenomes equally; reduced gene expression in one of the subgenomes mitigates the consequences of mutations and gene deletions and is thought to drive higher rates of fractionation. Here we take advantage of published genome-wide SNP and phenotype association data to show that, in accordance with predictions of this model, paralogs with greater expression contribute more to phenotypic variation compared to their lowly expressed counterparts...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430960/triple-site-pacing-for-cardiac-resynchronization-in-permanent-atrial-fibrillation-follow-up-results-from-a-prospective-observational-study
#19
Pedro Marques, Miguel Nobre Menezes, Gustavo Lima da Silva, Tatiana Guimarães, Ana Bernardes, Nuno Cortez-Dias, Luis Carpinteiro, João de Sousa, Fausto J Pinto
Aims: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) is associated with a particularly high non-response rate in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to assess the effectiveness of triple-site (Tri-V) pacing CRT in this population. Methods and results: Prospective observational study of patients with permanent AF who underwent CRT implantation with an additional right ventricle lead in the outflow tract septal wall. After implantation, programming mode (Tri-V or biventricular pacing) was selected based on cardiac output determination...
April 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430951/evidence-for-a-strong-correlation-between-transcription-factor-protein-disorder-and-organismic-complexity
#20
Inmaculada Yruela, Christopher J Oldfield, Karl J Niklas, A Keith Dunker
Studies of diverse phylogenetic lineages reveal that protein disorder increases in concert with organismic complexity but that differences nevertheless exist among lineages. To gain insight into this phenomenology, we analyzed all of the transcription factor (TF) families for which sequences are known for 17 species spanning bacteria, yeast, algae, land plants, and animals and for which the number of different cell types has been reported in the primary literature. Although the fraction of disordered residues in TF sequences is often moderately or poorly correlated with organismic complexity as gauged by cell type number (r2 < 0...
April 18, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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