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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332346/vaginal-packing-volume-impact-on-dose-parameters-during-radiography-and-computed-tomography-based-postoperative-brachytherapy-of-cervical-carcinoma
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Aleksandar Tomasevic, Vesna Plesinac-Karapandzic, Suzana Stojanovic-Rundic, Sandra Vuckovic, Jasmina Stevanovic, Dusica Gavrilovic, Mirjan Nadrljanski
PURPOSE: To investigate the influence of the vaginal packing volume on the registered dose parameters evaluated by radiography (2D) and computed tomography (CT) (3D) based brachytherapy planning in cervical cancer patients treated with postoperative radiotherapy. METHODS: The postoperative radiotherapy was performed in 40 cervical cancer patients with increased risk for disease relapse. Both, radiography and CT based brachytherapy planning were done in all patients...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332050/supplemental-retinal-carotenoids-enhance-memory-in-healthy-individuals-with-low-levels-of-macular-pigment-in-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Rebecca Power, Robert F Coen, Stephen Beatty, Riona Mulcahy, Rachel Moran, Jim Stack, Alan N Howard, John M Nolan
BACKGROUND: There is a biologically plausible rationale whereby the dietary carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ), which are collectively referred to as macular pigment (MP) in the central retina (macula), support the maintenance of cognition via their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of supplemental L, Z, and MZ on memory, executive function, and verbal fluency among healthy individuals with low MP levels...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332017/insulin-resistance-and-lung-function-in-obese-asthmatic-pre-pubertal-children
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Paola Di Filippo, Alessandra Scaparrotta, Daniele Rapino, Tommaso de Giorgis, Marianna Immacolata Petrosino, Marina Attanasi, Sabrina Di Pillo, Francesco Chiarelli, Angelika Mohn
BACKGROUND: Recent findings have supposed that the underlying association between the increased prevalence of both asthma and obesity may be insulin resistance (IR). METHODS: Insulin and glucose serum levels were analyzed to calculate the homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) for IR in 98 pre-pubertal children. Lung function and allergy status evaluation were performed. The study population was divided into four groups: (1) obese asthmatic children (ObA); (2) normal-weight asthmatic children (NwA); (3) normal-weight non-asthmatic children (Nw) and (4) obese non-asthmatic children (Ob)...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331894/pharmaceutical-concentration-variability-at-sewage-treatment-plant-outlets-dominated-by-hydrology-and-other-factors
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Andrea F Brunsch, Thomas L Ter Laak, Huub Rijnaarts, Ekkehard Christoffels
A study was conducted in which the effluent at four small to medium sized sewage treatment plants (STP) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was monitored for three pharmaceutical compounds (carbamazepine, diclofenac, metoprolol) over a period of four years. Grab sampling and auto sampling campaigns were accomplished with respect to various weather conditions in the catchment area. Flow volumes and hydraulic retention times (HRT) from various sampling dates which provide information on processes causing emission changes were additionally taken into account...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331360/fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys-from-noncontrast-computed-tomography-a-feasibility-study-and-preliminary-results
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Dario Turco, Maddalena Valinoti, Eva Maria Martin, Carlo Tagliaferri, Francesco Scolari, Cristiana Corsi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Total kidney volume is an important biomarker for the evaluation of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease progression. In this study, we present a novel approach for automated segmentation of polycystic kidneys from non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Non-contrast-enhanced CT images were acquired from 21 patients with a diagnosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Kidney volumes obtained from the fully automated method were compared to volumes obtained by manual segmentation and evaluated using linear regression and Bland-Altman analyses...
January 10, 2018: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331356/assessment-of-diastolic-function-using-ultrasound-elastography
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Maryam Vejdani-Jahromi, Jenna Freedman, Young-Joong Kim, Gregg E Trahey, Patrick D Wolf
Shear wave elasticity imaging (SWEI) is a novel ultrasound elastography technique for assessing tissue stiffness. In this study, we investigate the potential of SWEI for providing diastolic functional assessment. In 11 isolated rabbit hearts, pressure-volume (PV) measurements were recorded simultaneously with SWEI recordings from the left ventricle free wall before and after induction of global ischemia. PV-based end diastolic stiffness increased by 100% after ischemia (p <0.05), and SWEI stiffness showed an increase of 103% (p <0...
January 10, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331302/bone-matrix-microdamage-and-vascular-changes-characterize-bone-marrow-lesions-in-the-subchondral-bone-of-knee-osteoarthritis
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Dzenita Muratovic, David M Findlay, Flavia M Cicuttini, Anita E Wluka, Yea-Rin Lee, Julia S Kuliwaba
INTRODUCTION: Bone marrow lesions (BMLs) in the subchondral bone in osteoarthritis (OA) are suggested to be multifactorial, although the pathogenic mechanisms are unknown. Bone metabolism and cardiovascular risk factors associate with BML in epidemiologic studies. However, there are no studies at the tissue level investigating the relationship between these processes and BML. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between BMLs in the tibial plateau (TP) of knee OA and bone matrix microdamage, osteocyte density and vascular changes...
January 10, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331300/cigarette-smoking-and-hip-volumetric-bone-mineral-density-and-cortical-volume-loss-in-older-adults-the-ages-reykjavik-study
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Elisa A Marques, Martine Elbejjani, Vilmundur Gudnason, Gunnar Sigurdsson, Thomas Lang, Sigurdur Sigurdsson, Thor Aspelund, Kristin Siggeirsdottir, Lenore Launer, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Tamara B Harris
This study aimed to explore the relationships of several indicators of cigarette smoking habits (smoking status, pack-years, age at smoking initiation and smoking cessation) with quantitative computed tomographic (QCT)-derived proximal femur bone measures (trabecular vBMD, integral vBMD and the ratio of cortical to total tissue volume (cvol/ivol)) and with subsequent change in these measures over the next five years. A total of 2673 older adults (55.9% women), aged 66-92 years at baseline from the Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility (AGES)-Reykjavik Study, who had two QCT scans of the hip were studied...
January 10, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331221/mechanisms-of-changes-in-functional-mitral-regurgitation-by-preload-alterations
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Atsuko Furukawa, Yukio Abe, Kazato Ito, Shingo Hosogi, Katsuhito Yamamoto, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the mechanisms of acute changes in functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) by preload alterations. METHODS: Twenty-two consecutive patients with left ventricular ejection fraction <40% and at least mild FMR underwent transthoracic echocardiography. Passive leg lifting and sublingual administration of nitroglycerin were performed to alter preload. Mitral regurgitant volume (MRV) was assessed using the Doppler method. RESULTS: MRV changed in parallel with preload alterations...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331092/deep-grey-matter-volume-loss-drives-disability-worsening-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Arman Eshaghi, Ferran Prados, Wallace Brownlee, Daniel R Altmann, Carmen Tur, M Jorge Cardoso, Floriana De Angelis, Steven H van de Pavert, Niamh Cawley, Nicola De Stefano, M Laura Stromillo, Marco Battaglini, Serena Ruggieri, Claudio Gasperini, Massimo Filippi, Maria A Rocca, Alex Rovira, Jaume Sastre-Garriga, Hugo Vrenken, Cyra E Leurs, Joep Killestein, Lukas Pirpamer, Christian Enzinger, Sebastien Ourselin, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Declan Chard, Alan J Thompson, Daniel C Alexander, Frederik Barkhof, Olga Ciccarelli
OBJECTIVE: Grey matter (GM) atrophy occurs in all multiple sclerosis (MS) phenotypes. We investigated whether there is a spatiotemporal pattern of GM atrophy that is associated with faster disability accumulation in MS. METHODS: We analysed 3,604 brain high-resolution T1-weighted MRI scans from 1,417 participants: 1,214 MS patients (253 clinically-isolated syndrome[CIS], 708 relapsing-remitting[RRMS], 128 secondary-progressive[SPMS], 125 primary-progressive[PPMS]), over an average follow-up of 2...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331060/regional-hippocampal-vulnerability-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-dynamic-pathological-spreading-from-dentate-gyrus-to-ca1
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Vincent Planche, Ismail Koubiyr, José E Romero, José V Manjon, Pierrick Coupé, Mathilde Deloire, Vincent Dousset, Bruno Brochet, Aurélie Ruet, Thomas Tourdias
BACKGROUND: Whether hippocampal subfields are differentially vulnerable at the earliest stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) and how this impacts memory performance is a current topic of debate. METHOD: We prospectively included 56 persons with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of MS in a 1-year longitudinal study, together with 55 matched healthy controls at baseline. Participants were tested for memory performance and scanned with 3 T MRI to assess the volume of 5 distinct hippocampal subfields using automatic segmentation techniques...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331031/comparative-study-of-efficacy-and-safety-between-bladder-body-and-trigonal-intravesical-onabotulinumtoxina-injection-in-the-treatment-of-interstitial-cystitis-refractory-to-conventional-treatment-a-prospective-randomized-clinical-trial
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Yuan-Hong Jiang, Jia-Fong Jhang, Cheng-Ling Lee, Hann-Chorng Kuo
PURPOSE: Intravesical onabotulinumtoxinA (BoNT-A) injection can relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). However, the therapeutic efficacy of different injection sites is not well known. This study compared therapeutic efficacy and safety between bladder body and trigonal BoNT-A injection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were randomly treated with 100U of BoNT-A in 10 mL saline injected into 20 bladder body sites or 10 trigonal sites...
January 13, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330959/non-destructive-determination-of-muscle-architectural-variables-through-the-use-of-dicect
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Edwin Dickinson, Heiko Stark, Kornelius Kupczik
The fascicular architecture of skeletal muscle dictates functional parameters such as force production and contractile velocity. Muscle microarchitecture is typically determined by means of manual dissection, a technique that is inherently destructive to specimens. Furthermore, fascicle lengths and pennation angles are commonly assessed at only a limited number of sampling sites per muscle. We present the results of a digital technique to non-destructively assess muscle architectural variables for three jaw-adductor muscles within a specimen of the cercopithecine primate Macaca fascicularis (crab-eating macaque)...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330703/association-between-atrial-ventricular-and-vascular-morphofunctional-alterations-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Alessandro Maloberti, Marta Riva, Marijana Tadic, Carlo Valena, Paolo Villa, Ilenia Boggioni, Maria Rosa Pozzi, Guido Grassi
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) represents a risk of non-fatal and cardiovascular events. The aim of the present study was to evaluate simultaneously left and right atrial and ventricular function, as well as arterial stiffness, in RA patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 55 consecutive RA patients and 55 healthy age and gender-matched controls. Blood pressure and arterial stiffness were assessed in all participants, who also underwent a complete echocardiographic examination...
January 12, 2018: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330651/3d-computed-tomography-to-compare-the-dimensions-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-normal-sinus-rhythm-and-those-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Maiko Hozawa, Yoshihiro Morino, Yuki Matsumoto, Ryoichi Tanaka, Kyohei Nagata, Akiko Kumagai, Atsushi Tashiro, Akio Doi, Kunihiro Yoshioka
Although paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is an important cause of cardioembolic stroke, in contrast to chronic AF patients, the anatomical features of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in PAF patients remain unknown. Here, we investigated differences in LAA structures in patients with PAF and those with normal sinus rhythms (NSR) using 3D-computed tomography (3D-CT), which allows us to visualize complicated LAA structures at high spatial resolution. Study subjects were 30 consecutive PAF and 30 NSR patients with complete enhanced cardiac 3D-CT images available...
January 12, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330589/impact-of-valve-less-vs-standard-insufflation-on-pneumoperitoneum-volume-inflammation-and-peritoneal-physiology-in-a-laparoscopic-sigmoid-resection-experimental-model
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Michele Diana, Eric Noll, Andras Legnèr, Seong-Ho Kong, Yu-Yin Liu, Luigi Schiraldi, Francesco Marchegiani, Jordan Bano, Bernard Geny, Anne-Laure Charles, Bernard Dallemagne, Véronique Lindner, Didier Mutter, Pierre Diemunsch, Jacques Marescaux
BACKGROUND: Standard insufflators compensate for intra-abdominal pressure variations with pressure spikes. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of a stable, low-pressure pneumoperitoneum induced by a valve-less insufflator, on working space, hemodynamics, inflammation, and peritoneal physiology, in a model of laparoscopic sigmoid resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve pigs (47 ± 3.3 kg) were equipped for invasive hemodynamic monitoring and randomly assigned to Standard (n = 6) vs...
January 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329957/safety-and-tolerability-of-a-novel-polyclonal-human-anti-mers-coronavirus-antibody-produced-from-transchromosomic-cattle-a-phase-1-randomised-double-blind-single-dose-escalation-study
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329921/assessment-of-test-methods-for-evaluating-effectiveness-of-cleaning-flexible-endoscopes
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Rebecca E Washburn, Jennifer J Pietsch
BACKGROUND: Strict adherence to each step of reprocessing is imperative to removing potentially infectious agents. Multiple methods for verifying proper reprocessing exist; however, each presents challenges and limitations, and best practice within the industry has not been established. Our goal was to evaluate endoscope cleaning verification tests with particular interest in the evaluation of the manual cleaning step. The results of the cleaning verification tests were compared with microbial culturing to see if a positive cleaning verification test would be predictive of microbial growth...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329898/-prognostic-of-older-age-for-patients-with-invasive-muscle-bladder-cancer-and-treated-by-radical-cystectomy
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Y Dehayni, M Tetou, Y Khdach, A Janane, M Alami, A Ameur
INTRODUCTION: Bladder tumor is a disease of older persons, but can also occur in young adults, because certainly an influence of environmental factors and a change of lifestyle. The aim of our retrospective analysis is to assess and evaluate the extent of the prognostic impact of age on the carcinological prognosis of invasive-muscle-bladder cancer treated by total cystotomy. METHODS: To evaluate the association of patient age with pathological characteristics and recurrence-free and disease survival, we retrospectively reviewed 345 patients with invasive bladder cancer between January 2000 and January 2015...
January 9, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329896/open-prostatectomy-versus-180-w-xps-greenlight-laser-vaporization-long-term-functional-outcome-for-prostatic-adenomas-80%C3%A2-g
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C Lanchon, G Fiard, J-A Long, V Arnoux, D Carnicelli, Q Franquet, D Poncet, E Bey, J-B Lefrancq, S Grisard, N Peilleron, N Terrier, B Boillot, J-J Rambeaud, J-L Descotes, C Thuillier
INTRODUCTION: GreenLight photoselective vaporisation of the prostate (PVP) offers an endoscopic alternative to open prostatectomy (OP) for treatment of large adenomas. This study compares long-term functional outcome of both techniques in patients with Benign prostatic obstruction (BPO)>80g. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Data from patients who underwent surgical treatment for BPO>80g from January 2010 to February 2015 at our institution were retrospectively collected and compared according to surgical technique...
January 9, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
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