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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449481/procalcitonin-as-preoperative-marker-for-surgery-in-advanced-parapneumonic-empyema
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Claudio Caviezel, Philipp Schuetz, Stephan Gerdes, Franco Gambazzi
BACKGROUND: The optimal time point for surgical management of advanced parapneumonic empyema in need of open pleurectomy and decortication remains unclear. We hypothesized that surgical outcomes will be better when procalcitonin (PCT) levels have dropped to normal ranges as evidence for resolution of the underlying pneumonia. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed outcomes of 38 patients with advanced parapneumonic empyema who underwent open decortication and pleurectomy with available preoperative PCT (pPCT) values...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449312/the-effect-of-sclerotherapy-and-prolotherapy-on-chronic-painful-achilles-tendinopathy-a-systematic-review-including-meta-analysis
#2
REVIEW
Oliver Morath, Eva Johanna Kubosch, Jan Taeymans, Jörn Zwingmann, Lukas Konstantinidis, Norbert P Südkamp, Anja Hirschmüller
Chronic painful AT is a common disorder among athletes. Sclerotherapy (ST) and prolotherapy (AT) are two promising options among the numerous other conservative therapies. Since their efficacy and potential adverse effects (AE) are still unclear, we systematically searched, analysed, and synthesised the available literature on ST and PT for treatingAT. Electronic databases, GoogleScholar and articles' reference lists were searched according to PRISMA guidelines. Eligibility criteria were set up according to the PICOS-scheme including human and animal studies...
April 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449228/azathioprine-dose-reduction-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-on-combination-therapy-an-open-label-prospective-and-randomised-clinical-trial
#3
X Roblin, G Boschetti, N Williet, S Nancey, H Marotte, A Berger, J M Phelip, L Peyrin-Biroulet, J F Colombel, E Del Tedesco, S Paul, B Flourie
BACKGROUND: Infliximab (IFX) combined with azathioprine (AZA) is more effective than IFX monotherapy in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). AIM: To identify the AZA optimal dose that is required for efficacy when receiving combination therapy. METHODS: Patients with IBD in durable remission on combination therapy were enrolled in a 1-year, open-label, prospective trial after randomisation into three groups: AZA steady (2-2.5 mg/kg/day, n=28) vs AZA down (dose was halved 1-1...
April 27, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448930/determining-equilibrium-partition-coefficients-between-lipid-protein-and-polydimethylsiloxane-for-highly-hydrophobic-organic-contaminants-using-preloaded-disks
#4
Yuanyuan Pei, Huizhen Li, Jing You
Bioaccumulation of hydrophobic organic contaminants is of great concern and understanding their partitioning to biological phases is crucial for estimating their bioaccumulation potential. The estimation, however, was of large uncertainty for highly hydrophobic organic contaminants (HHOCs) with log KOW>9 due to the challenge of quantifying their water concentrations. In the present study, partition coefficients between polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and storage lipid (KSL,PDMS), membrane lipid (KML,PDMS) and protein (Kpro,PDMS) were measured for 21 polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 14 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), dechlorane plus (DP) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), covering log KOW from 5...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448919/mechanochemical-mechanism-of-integrin-clustering-modulated-by-nanoscale-ligand-spacing-and-rigidity-of-extracellular-substrates
#5
Jing Yu, Jianyong Huang, John A Jansen, Chunyang Xiong, X Frank Walboomers
Experimental findings indicate that cell function and behavior such as cell growth, division, migration and differentiation, are subtly regulated via integrin-dependent cell adhesion. Cell adhesion is influenced by nanoscale ligand spacing and rigidity of extracellular substrates, as cell adhesion drops greatly when the ligand spacing is larger than ~60nm, and cell adhesion is stronger on stiff than soft substrates. However, how nanoscale ligand spacing and substrate stiffness jointly affect integrin clustering and hence nascent cell adhesion remains to be elucidated...
April 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448855/glassy-carbon-electrode-modified-with-7-7-8-8-tetracyanoquinodimethane-and-graphene-oxide-triggered-a-synergistic-effect-low-potential-amperometric-detection-of-reduced-glutathione
#6
Baiqing Yuan, Chunying Xu, Renchun Zhang, Donghui Lv, Sujuan Li, Daojun Zhang, Lin Liu, Carlos Fernandez
A sensitive electrochemical sensor based on the synergistic effect of 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and graphene oxide (GO) for low-potential amperometric detection of reduced glutathione (GSH) in pH 7.2 phosphate buffer solution (PBS) has been reported. This is the first time that the combination of GO and TCNQ have been successfully employed to construct an electrochemical sensor for the detection of glutathione. The surface of the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified by a drop casting using TCNQ and GO...
April 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448835/continuous-production-of-polymer-nanoparticles-using-a-membrane-based-flow-cell
#7
Zhengnan Yang, Dona Foster, Ali Dhinojwala
We demonstrate the surfactant-free production of polymer nanoparticles using a continuous membrane-based tangential flow cell. Co-current streams of water and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/acetone/water solution were separated by a porous regenerated cellulose (RC) membrane. The water concentration in the PMMA solution was adjusted so that as additional water diffused through the RC membrane, the PMMA solution composition crossed the two phase boundary to precipitate PMMA nanoparticles. The size of these nanoparticles varied with the concentration of the PMMA feed and the amount of water diffusing across the membrane...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448383/the-groinpain-trial-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-injection-therapy-versus-neurectomy-for-postherniorraphy-inguinal-neuralgia
#8
Tim Verhagen, Maarten J A Loos, Marc R M Scheltinga, Rudi M H Roumen
OBJECTIVE: This study compares tender point infiltration (TPI) and a tailored neurectomy as the preferred treatment for chronic inguinodynia after inguinal herniorraphy. BACKGROUND: Some 11% of patients develop chronic discomfort after open inguinal herniorraphy. Both TPI and neurectomy have been suggested as treatment options, but evidence is conflicting. METHODS: Patients with chronic neuropathic pain after primary Lichtenstein repair and >50% pain reduction after a diagnostic TPI were randomized for repeated TPI (combined Lidocaine/corticosteroids /hyaluronic acid injection) or for a neurectomy...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448169/decolorization-and-mineralization-of-amaranth-dye-using-multiple-zoned-aerobic-and-anaerobic-baffled-constructed-wetland
#9
Harvinder Kaur Lehl, Soon-An Ong, Li-Ngee Ho, Yee-Shian Wong, Farah Naemah Mohd Saad, Yoong-Ling Oon, Yoong-Sin Oon, Wei-Eng Thung, Chin-Yii Yong
The objective of this study is to determine the reduction efficiency of COD as well as the removal of color and Amaranth dye metabolites by the Aerobic-anaerobic Baffled Constructed Wetland Reactor (ABCW). The ABCW reactor was planted with common reed (Phragmite australis) where the HRT was set to 1 day and was fed with synthetic wastewater with the addition of Amaranth dye. Supplementary aeration was supplied in designated compartments of the ABCW reactor to control the aerobic and anaerobic zones. After Amaranth dye addition the COD reduction efficiency dropped from 98% to 91% while the color removal efficiency was 100%...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447993/synthesis-of-1-2-azaborines-and-the-preparation-of-their-protein-complexes-with-t4-lysozyme-mutants
#10
Hyelee Lee, Shih-Yuan Liu
We describe a general synthesis of 1,2-azaborines using standard air-free techniques and protein complex preparation with T4 lysozyme mutants by vapor diffusion. Oxygen- and moisture-sensitive compounds are prepared and isolated under an inert atmosphere (N2) using either a vacuum gas manifold or a glove box. As an example of azaborine synthesis, we demonstrate the synthesis and purification of the volatile N-H-B-ethyl-1,2-azaborine by a five-step sequence involving distillation and column chromatography for the isolation of products...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447978/high-resolution-thermal-micro-imaging-using-europium-chelate-luminescent-coatings
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Timothy M Benseman, Yang Hao, Vitalii K Vlasko-Vlasov, Ulrich Welp, Alexei E Koshelev, Wai-Kwong Kwok, Ralu Divan, Courtney Keiser, Chiharu Watanabe, Kazuo Kadowaki
Micro-electronic devices often undergo significant self-heating when biased to their typical operating conditions. This paper describes a convenient optical micro-imaging technique which can be used to map and quantify such behavior. Europium thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (EuTFC) has a 612 nm luminescence line whose activation efficiency drops strongly with increasing temperature, due to T-dependent interactions between the Eu(3+) ion and the organic chelating compound. This material may be readily coated on to a sample surface by thermal sublimation in vacuum...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447798/spontaneous-droplet-motion-on-a-periodic-compliant-substrate
#12
Tianshu Liu, Nichole K Nadermann, Zhenping He, Steven H Strogatz, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Droplet motion arises in many natural phenomena, ranging from the familiar gravity-driven slip and arrest of raindrops on windows, to the directed transport of droplets for water harvesting by plants and animals under dry conditions. Delib-erate transportation and manipulation of droplets is also important in many technological applications, including drop-let-based microfluidic chemical reactors and for thermal management. Droplet motion usually requires gradients of sur-face energy or temperature, or external vibration to overcome contact angle hysteresis...
April 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447696/photocatalytic-photosystem-i-pedot-composite-films-prepared-by-vapor-phase-polymerization
#13
M T Robinson, C E Simons, D E Cliffel, G K Jennings
Photosystem I (PSI) achieves photo-induced charge separation with outstanding internal quantum efficiency and has been used to improve the performance of various photoelectrochemical systems. Herein, we describe a fast and versatile technique to assemble composite films containing PSI and a chosen intrinsically conductive polymer (ICP). A mixture of PSI and a Friedel-Crafts catalyst (FeCl3) is drop cast atop a substrate of choice. Contact with ICP monomer vapor at low temperature stimulates polymer growth throughout PSI films in minutes...
April 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447603/efficient-self-emulsification-via-cooling-heating-cycles
#14
Slavka Tcholakova, Zhulieta Valkova, Diana Cholakova, Zahari Vinarov, Ivan Lesov, Nikolai Denkov, Stoyan K Smoukov
In self-emulsification higher-energy micrometre and sub-micrometre oil droplets are spontaneously produced from larger ones and only a few such methods are known. They usually involve a one-time reduction in oil solubility in the continuous medium via changing temperature or solvents or a phase inversion in which the preferred curvature of the interfacial surfactant layer changes its sign. Here we harness narrow-range temperature cycling to cause repeated breakup of droplets to higher-energy states. We describe three drop breakup mechanisms that lead the drops to burst spontaneously into thousands of smaller droplets...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447574/optimized-longitudinal-monitoring-of-stem-cell-grafts-in-mouse-brain-using-a-novel-bioluminescent-near-infrared-fluorescent-fusion-reporter
#15
Laura Mezzanotte, Juvita Delancy Iljas, Ivo Que, Alan Chan, Eric Kaijzel, Rob Hoeben, Clemens Löwik
<p>Biodistribution and fate of transplanted stem cells via longitudinal monitoring has been successfully achievedin the last decade using optical imaging. However, sensitive longitudinal imaging of transplanted stem cells in deep tissue like the brain remains challenging not only due to low light penetration but because of other factors such as low or inferior expression levels of optical reporters in stem cells and stem cell death after transplantation. Here we describe an optimized imaging protocol for sensitive long term monitoring of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) expressing a novel bioluminescent/near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) fusion reporter transplanted in mouse brain cortex...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447363/tobacco-packaging-design-for-reducing-tobacco-use
#16
REVIEW
Ann McNeill, Shannon Gravely, Sara C Hitchman, Linda Bauld, David Hammond, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease worldwide. Standardised tobacco packaging is an intervention intended to reduce the promotional appeal of packs and can be defined as packaging with a uniform colour (and in some cases shape and size) with no logos or branding, apart from health warnings and other government-mandated information, and the brand name in a prescribed uniform font, colour and size. Australia was the first country to implement standardised tobacco packaging between October and December 2012, France implemented standardised tobacco packaging on 1 January 2017 and several other countries are implementing, or intending to implement, standardised tobacco packaging...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447006/what-is-the-role-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-radiation-and-adjuvant-treatment-in-resectable-esophageal-cancer
#17
Nasser Altorki, Sebron Harrison
The majority of patients with operable esophageal cancers present with locally advanced disease, for which surgical resection as a sole treatment modality has been historically associated with poor survival. Even following radical resection, most of these patients will eventually succumb to their disease due to distant metastasis. For this reason, there has been intense interest in the role of neoadjuvant therapy. Neoadjuvant therapy primarily consists of either chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the two...
March 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446936/predictors-of-postoperative-hemoglobin-drop-after-laparoscopic-myomectomy
#18
Rafał Watrowski, Christoph Jäger, Johannes Forster
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) can be associated with significant bleeding. AIM: To identify factors influencing the postoperative hemoglobin (Hb) drop after LM. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a retrospective, single-center study. We evaluated data of 150 consecutive patients undergoing LM due to intramural myomas between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: The median age of the patients was 37 (23-53) years. The mean diameter of the largest myoma was 5...
2017: Wideochirurgia i Inne Techniki Mało Inwazyjne, Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446763/hanging-drop-a-best-three-dimensional-3d-culture-method-for-primary-buffalo-and-sheep-hepatocytes
#19
Meena Shri, Himanshu Agrawal, Payal Rani, Dheer Singh, Suneel Kumar Onteru
Livestock, having close resemblance to humans, could be a better source of primary hepatocytes than rodents. Herein, we successfully developed three-dimensional (3D) culturing system for primary sheep and buffalo hepatocytes. The 3D-structures of sheep hepatocytes were formed on the fifth-day and maintained until the tenth-day on polyHEMA-coated plates and in hanging drops with William's E media (HDW). Between the cultured and fresh cells, we observed a similar expression of GAPDH, HNF4α, ALB, CYP1A1, CK8 and CK18...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446700/rapid-polygenic-response-to-secondary-contact-in-a-hybrid-species
#20
Glenn-Peter Sætre, Angélica Cuevas, Jo S Hermansen, Tore O Elgvin, Laura Piñeiro Fernández, Stein A Sæther, Camilla Lo Cascio Sætre, Fabrice Eroukhmanoff
Secondary contact between closely related species can have genetic consequences. Competition for essential resources may lead to divergence in heritable traits that reduces interspecific competition leading to increased rate of genetic divergence. Conversely, hybridization and backcrossing can lead to genetic convergence. Here, we study a population of a hybrid species, the Italian sparrow (Passer italiae), before and after it came into secondary contact with one of its parent species, the Spanish sparrow (P...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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