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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441850/-clinical-application-of-one-stage-operation-of-epicardial-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-and-cardiac-surgery
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C L Ren, S L Jiang, C S Xiao, R Wang, C Q Gao
Objective: To summarize the results and clinical application experience of one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. Methods: From November 2014 to July 2016, 15 patients (9 males and 6 females) with ages ranging from 50 to 73 (63.5±6.2) years requiring cardiac surgery with bradycardia underwent one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. All operations were performed under general anesthesia with chest median incision approach...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441849/-feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-percutaneous-ventricular-septal-defect-closure-under-solely-guidance-of-echocardiography
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Y Liu, G L Guo, W B Ouyang, M Z Li, X B Pan
Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of percutaneous ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure under solely guidance of echocardiography and fluoroscopy. Methods: The retrospective study was conducted at Fuwai Hospital, between February 2014 and February 2015. The patients were divided into two groups. VSD closure was conducted in 42 patients under solely guidance of echocardiography, and 100 patients who were treated with percutaneous catheter closure under fluoroscopy guidance were selected as a control group...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441848/-short-term-clinical-outcomes-and-risk-factors-associated-with-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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K Hua, J J Sheng, R Dong
Objective: To explore short-term clinical outcomes and risk factors associated with in-hospital mortality in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) and establish a prediction model for in-hospital mortality. Methods: The clinical data of patients undergoing OPCABG in Beijing Anzhen Hospital between January 2014 and January 2016 was retrospectively studied. Univariate analysis and logistic regression were applied to determine the potential risk factors, and then a prediction model for mortality was confirmed...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441826/-a-childhood-onset-rapid-onset-dystonia-parkinsonism-family-with-atp1a3-gene-mutation-and-literatures-review
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C L Zhang, F Yin, F He, N Gai, Z Q Shi, J Peng
Objective: To explore clinical characteristics, treatment, and prognosis of a family with childhood-onset rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism (RDP) caused by ATP1A3 gene mutation and review literatures. Method: The clinical data of a RDP child, his brother and mother had been analyzed retrospectively. This family was admitted to Xiangya Hospital in January 2016. DNA samples were analyzed by the next-generation sequencing and confirmed by Sanger sequencing. Related literature from PubMed, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), CNKI and Wanfang databases to date (up to October 2016) with"Rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism"RDP"DYT12" as key words was reviewed...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441822/-clinical-features-and-outcomes-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-in-children
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H Jiang, X M Li, Y Zhang, H J Liu, M T Li, H Y Ge
Objective: To explore the clinical features of atrial flutter (AFL) and evaluate the efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for AFL in children. Method: Data were collected and analyzed on 50 consecutive pediatric AFL patients (male 37/female 13) who underwent electrophysiology study and RFCA from February 2009 to November 2016 in a case observational study. The average age was (6.2±3.5) years and body weight was (23.7±13.5) kg. Heart structure was normal in 26 patients. Twenty-four patients had congenital heart disease (CHD) and among them 22 patients underwent repaired surgery before...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441768/probabilistic-fatigue-life-updating-for-railway-bridges-based-on-local-inspection-and-repair
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Young-Joo Lee, Robin E Kim, Wonho Suh, Kiwon Park
Railway bridges are exposed to repeated train loads, which may cause fatigue failure. As critical links in a transportation network, railway bridges are expected to survive for a target period of time, but sometimes they fail earlier than expected. To guarantee the target bridge life, bridge maintenance activities such as local inspection and repair should be undertaken properly. However, this is a challenging task because there are various sources of uncertainty associated with aging bridges, train loads, environmental conditions, and maintenance work...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441726/sodium-and-potassium-intake-in-healthy-adults-in-thessaloniki-greater-metropolitan-area-the-salt-intake-in-northern-greece-sing-study
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Eleni Vasara, Georgios Marakis, Joao Breda, Petros Skepastianos, Maria Hassapidou, Anthony Kafatos, Nikolaos Rodopaios, Alexandra A Koulouri, Francesco P Cappuccio
A reduction in population sodium (as salt) consumption is a global health priority, as well as one of the most cost-effective strategies to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. High potassium intake is also recommended to reduce cardiovascular disease. To establish effective policies for setting targets and monitoring effectiveness within each country, the current level of consumption should be known. Greece lacks data on actual sodium and potassium intake. The aim of the present study was therefore to assess dietary salt (using sodium as biomarker) and potassium intakes in a sample of healthy adults in northern Greece, and to determine whether adherence to a Mediterranean diet is related to different sodium intakes or sodium-to-potassium ratio...
April 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441692/physiological-role-of-endothelin-1-in-flow-mediated-vasodilatation-in-humans-and-impact-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Jérémy Bellien, Michèle Iacob, Christelle Monteil, Isabelle Rémy-Jouet, Clothilde Roche, Thomas Duflot, Cathy Vendeville, Laurence Gutierrez, Christian Thuillez, Vincent Richard, Robinson Joannidès
OBJECTIVES: The current study addressed the hypothesis that the local decrease in endothelin-1 (ET-1) bioavailability during sustained flow increases contributes to endothelium-dependent, flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of conduit arteries and is altered in presence of cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: In nine young healthy individuals, the decrease in local ET-1 plasma levels and radial artery FMD in response to hand skin heating (from 34 to 44 °C) was not affected by endothelin type A (ETA) receptor blockade, achieved using the brachial infusion of BQ-123 (100 nmol/min per l of forearm), as compared with physiological saline (0...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441679/the-drivers-of-discretionary-utilization-clinical-history-versus-physician-supply
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Gregory W Ruhnke, Willard G Manning, David T Rubin, David O Meltzer
PURPOSE: Because the effect of physician supply on utilization remains controversial, literature based on non-Medicare populations is sparse, and a physician supply expansion is under way, the potential for physician-induced demand across diverse populations is important to understand. A substantial proportion of gastrointestinal endoscopies may be inappropriate. The authors analyzed the impact of physician supply, practice patterns, and clinical history on esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD, defined as discretionary) among patients hospitalized with lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB)...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441664/protection-against-legionnaire-s-disease-recombinant-flagellin-a-of-legionella-pneumophila-can-induce-protective-immunity-against-bacteremia-in-a-balb-c-murine-model
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Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Nima Khoramabadi, Ali-Hatef Salmanian
To investigate the immunoprotective effects of the recombinant type A flagellin (FLA), the flaA gene of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strain Paris was cloned into pET28a(+). Recombinant FLA (rFLA) was overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified by Ni2+ exchange chromatography. Female BALB/c aged 6-8 weeks were immunized with 20 μg of rFLA. Nonimmunized mice along with mice inoculated with a sublethal dose of live L. pneumophila intravenously were considered as negative and positive controls, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441536/the-effect-of-forage-types-on-the-fatty-acid-profile-lipid-and-protein-oxidation-and-retail-colour-stability-of-muscles-from-white-dorper-lambs
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Gerlane F De Brito, Benjamin W B Holman, Shawn R McGrath, Michael A Friend, Remy van de Ven, David L Hopkins
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of different forage-types on lamb meat quality parameters. White Dorper lambs that had grazed five forage-types, were slaughtered commercially. At 24h post-mortem, the m. longissimus lumborum (LL) was removed from one side, sliced into three equal sub-samples, vacuum packaged and assigned to ageing periods (5, 12 or 40days); the other side of LL was aged for 5days. The m. adductor femoris was used for fatty acid analysis. Lambs fed chicory+arrowleaf clover had the highest concentration of health claimable omega-3 fatty acids and the lowest omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio...
April 4, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441527/proteostasis-or-aging-let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may
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Robyn Branicky, Siegfried Hekimi
The conserved E3 ubiquitin ligase CHIP/CHN-1 contributes to proteostasis by ubiquitylating HSP70 and HSP90-interacting proteins. In a recent issue of Cell,Tawo et al. (2017) show that CHIP/CHN-1 also directly ubiquitylates the insulin receptor INSR/DAF-2 to regulate its turnover. These findings suggest an unexpected interpretation of the effects of altered proteostasis on survival.
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441517/mild-cognitive-impairment-and-driving-does-in-vehicle-distraction-affect-driving-performance
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Ion N Beratis, Dimosthenis Pavlou, Eleonora Papadimitriou, Nikolaos Andronas, Dionysia Kontaxopoulou, Stella Fragkiadaki, George Yannis, Sokratis G Papageorgiou
OBJECTIVES: In-vehicle distraction is considered to be an important cause of road accidents. Drivers with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), because of their attenuated cognitive resources, may be vulnerable to the effects of distraction; however, previous relevant research is lacking. The main objective of the current study was to explore the effect of in-vehicle distraction on the driving performance of MCI patients, by assessing their reaction time at unexpected incidents and accident probability...
April 22, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441443/the-effect-of-parental-factors-in-children-with-large-cup-to-disc-ratios
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Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Min Ji Ha, Sun Young Shin
BACKGROUND: To investigate large cup-to-disc ratios (CDR) in children and to determine the relationship between parental CDR and clinical characteristics associated with glaucoma. METHODS: Two hundred thirty six children aged 6 to 12 years with CDR ≥ 0.6 were enrolled in this study. Subjects were classified into two groups based on parental CDR: disc suspect children with disc suspect (CDR ≥0.6) parents and disc suspect children without disc suspect parents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441442/the-effects-of-a-resistance-vs-an-aerobic-single-session-on-attention-and-executive-functioning-in-adults
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Ayelet Dunsky, Mona Abu-Rukun, Sharon Tsuk, Tzvi Dwolatzky, Rafi Carasso, Yael Netz
Evidence from recent studies showed that acute aerobic exercise results in improvements in different cognitive functions. The goal of this study was to assess the influence of acute bouts of aerobic versus resistance exercise on attention and executive function in adults. Thirty-nine physically active adults (age = 52±8 yr) served as participants. Each participant visited the laboratory four times: on the first visit participants performed a cognitive test (NeuroTrax) followed by an aerobic fitness assessment, as well as maximal strength test composed of six exercises...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441426/identification-of-genes-associated-with-dissociation-of-cognitive-performance-and-neuropathological-burden-multistep-analysis-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-data
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Charles C White, Hyun-Sik Yang, Lei Yu, Lori B Chibnik, Robert J Dawe, Jingyun Yang, Hans-Ulrich Klein, Daniel Felsky, Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Konstantinos Arfanakis, William G Honer, Reisa A Sperling, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager
INTRODUCTION: The molecular underpinnings of the dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden are poorly understood, and there are currently no known genetic or epigenetic determinants of the dissociation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: "Residual cognition" was quantified by regressing out the effects of cerebral pathologies and demographic characteristics on global cognitive performance proximate to death. To identify genes influencing residual cognition, we leveraged neuropathological, genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data available for deceased participants of the Religious Orders Study (n = 492) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (n = 487)...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441414/regional-early-and-progressive-loss-of-brain-pericytes-but-not-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-adult-mice-with-disrupted-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Angeliki Maria Nikolakopoulou, Zhen Zhao, Axel Montagne, Berislav V Zlokovic
Pericytes regulate key neurovascular functions of the brain. Studies in pericyte-deficient transgenic mice with aberrant signaling between endothelial-derived platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) in pericytes have contributed to better understanding of the role of pericytes in the brain. Here, we studied PdgfrβF7/F7 mice, which carry seven point mutations that disrupt PDGFRβ signaling causing loss of pericytes and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the developing brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
#18
Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441396/prognostic-significance-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-a-meta-analysis
#19
Jin Wang, Xu Zhou, Yu Liu, Zheng Li, Xiang Li
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been investigated as a prognostic marker in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL); however, the results remain controversial. This study aimed to explore the association between NLR and survival outcomes and clinicopathological factors in DLBCL. METHODS: Relevant studies were retrieved by searching PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases. The last search was updated on February 17, 2017...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441381/text-message-reminders-in-colorectal-cancer-screening-triccs-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Yasemin Hirst, Hanna Skrobanski, Robert S Kerrison, Lindsay C Kobayashi, Nicholas Counsell, Natasha Djedovic, Josephine Ruwende, Mark Stewart, Christian von Wagner
BACKGROUND: We investigated the effectiveness of a text-message reminder to improve uptake of the English Bowel Cancer Screening programme in London. METHODS: We performed a randomised controlled trial across 141 general practices in London. Eight thousand two hundred sixty-nine screening-eligible adults (aged 60-74 years) were randomised in a 1 : 1 ratio to receive either a text-message reminder (n=4134) or no text-message reminder (n=4135) if they had not returned their faecal occult blood test kit within 8 weeks of initial invitation...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
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