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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079801/acute-necrotizing-retinal-vasculitis-as-onset-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Simeon Monov, Ruska Hristova, Rositza Dacheva, Reni Toncheva, Russka Shumnalieva, Viara Shoumnalieva-Ivanova, Daniela Monova
RATIONALE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation, and deposition of immune complexes in tissues and organs. SLE can involve any region of the visual system. Although ocular manifestations are not part of the classification criteria for SLE, they can be observed in up to one-third of the patients with SLE. They are rarely reported at the time of disease onset. Retinal vasculitis is usually associated with active generalized disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074369/mitigating-cadmium-accumulation-in-greenhouse-lettuce-production-using-biochar
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Ruilun Zheng, Guoxin Sun, Cui Li, Brian J Reid, Zubin Xie, Bo Zhang, Qinghai Wang
Greenhouse experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of rice straw biochar (RSB) on soil cadmium (Cd) availability and accumulation in lettuce. The RSB was applied either in bands or broadcast in the test site of four greenhouses with soil Cd concentrations ranging from 1.70-3.14 μg g(-1). Biochar doses applied in bands were half of those broadcast. The Cd levels in the shoots of lettuce were observed to be reduced by up to 57% with increasing RSB application rate (0, 6, 12, 18 t ha(-1))...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048811/su-g-tep4-15-the-roucoulette-a-set-of-quality-control-tests-for-dynamic-trajectory-4pi-treatment-delivery-techniques
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T Teke
PURPOSE: To present and validate a set of quality control tests for trajectory treatment delivery using synchronized dynamic couch (translation and rotation), MLC and collimator motion. METHODS: The quality control tests are based on the Picket fence test, which consist of 5 narrow band 2mm width spaced at 2.5cm intervals, and adds progressively synchronized dynamic motions. The tests were exposed on GafChromic EBT3 films. The first test is a regular (no motion and MLC static while beam is on) Picket Fence test used as baseline...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048463/th-c-brc-02-a-review-of-emerging-technologies-in-robotic-srs-sbrt-delivery
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L Wang
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047808/th-c-brc-03-emerging-linac-based-srs-sbrt-technologies-with-modulated-arc-delivery
#5
L Ren
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047577/th-cd-201-08-flexible-dosimeter-bands-for-whole-body-dosimetry
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T Kim, B Fahimian, G Pratx
PURPOSE: The two commonly used radiotherapy techniques are total body irradiation (TBI) and the total skin irradiation (TSI). In order to ensure the accuracy of the prescription beams, the dose received throughout the entire body must be checked using dosimetry. However, the available number of data points is limited as the dosimeters are manually placed on the patient. We developed a flexible and wearable dosimeter that can collect 1D continuous dose information around the peripheral of the patients' body, including areas obscured from the beam path...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047389/mo-fg-campus-tep3-04-deliverable-robust-optimization-in-impt-using-quadratic-objective-function
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J Shan, W Liu, M Bues, S Schild
PURPOSE: To find and evaluate the way of applying deliverable MU constraints into robust spot intensity optimization in Intensity-Modulated- Proton-Therapy (IMPT) to prevent plan quality and robustness from degrading due to machine deliverable MU-constraints. METHODS: Currently, the influence of the deliverable MU-constraints is retrospectively evaluated by post-processing immediately following optimization. In this study, we propose a new method based on the quasi-Newton-like L-BFGS-B algorithm with which we turn deliverable MU-constraints on and off alternatively during optimization...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047049/th-c-brc-00-emerging-technologies-in-srs-sbrt-delivery
#8
Lei Ren
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046697/su-f-j-203-retrospective-assessment-of-delivered-proton-dose-in-prostate-cancer-patients-based-on-daily-in-room-ct-imaging
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K Stuetzer, T Paessler, C Valentini, F Exner, J Thiele, T Hoelscher, M Krause, C Richter
PURPOSE: Retrospective calculation of the delivered proton dose in prostate cancer patients based on a unique dataset of daily CT images. METHODS: Inter-fractional motion in prostate cancer patients treated at our proton facility is counteracted by water-filled endorectal ballon and bladder filling protocol. Typical plans (XiO, Elekta Instruments AB, Stockholm) for 74 Gy(RBE) sequential boost treatment in 37 fractions include two series of opposing lateral double-scattered proton beams covering the respective iCTV...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046451/th-cd-209-04-fuzzy-robust-optimization-in-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-planning-to-account-for-range-and-patient-setup-uncertainties
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Y An, M Bues, S Schild, W Liu
PURPOSE: We propose to apply a robust optimization model based on fuzzy-logic constraints in the intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) planning subject to range and patient setup uncertainties. The purpose is to ensure the plan robustness under uncertainty and obtain the best trade-off between tumor dose coverage and organ-at-risk(OAR) sparing. METHODS: Two IMPT plans were generated for 3 head-and-neck cancer patients: one used the planning target volume(PTV) method; the other used the fuzzy robust optimization method...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046405/we-de-201-10-pitfalls-when-using-ruby-as-an-inorganic-scintillator-detector-for-ir-192-brachytherapy-dosimetry
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G Kertzscher, S Beddar
PURPOSE: To study the promising potential of inorganic scintillator detectors (ISDs) and investigate various unwanted luminescence properties which may compromise their accuracy. METHODS: The ISDs were comprised of a ruby crystal coupled to a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) fiber-optic cable and a charged coupled device camera. A new type of ISD was manufactured and included a long-pass filter that was sandwiched between the crystal and the fiber-optic cable. The purpose of the filter was to suppress the Cerenkov and fluorescence background light induced in the PMMA (the stem signal) from striking the ruby crystal, generating unwanted ruby excitation...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046393/th-c-brc-01-an-overview-of-emerging-technologies-in-srs-sbrt-delivery
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L Ma
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044325/robust-treatment-planning-with-conditional-value-at-risk-chance-constraints-in-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy
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Yu An, Steven E Schild, Martin Bues, Wei Liu, Jianming Liang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) is highly sensitive to range uncertainties and uncertainties caused by setup variation. The conventional inverse treatment planning of IMPT based on the planning target volume (PTV) is not often sufficient to ensure robustness of treatment plans. We applied a probabilistic framework (chance-constrained optimization) in IMPT planning to hedge against the influence of uncertainties. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively selected one patient with lung cancer, one patient with head and neck (H&N) cancer, and one with prostate cancer for this analysis...
November 19, 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038972/personal-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-field-exposure-measurements-in-swiss-adolescents
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Katharina Roser, Anna Schoeni, Benjamin Struchen, Marco Zahner, Marloes Eeftens, Jürg Fröhlich, Martin Röösli
BACKGROUND: Adolescents belong to the heaviest users of wireless communication devices, but little is known about their personal exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to describe personal RF-EMF exposure of Swiss adolescents and evaluate exposure relevant factors. Furthermore, personal measurements were used to estimate average contributions of various sources to the total absorbed RF-EMF dose of the brain and the whole body...
December 27, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032008/effects-of-isoflurane-anesthesia-on-resting-state-fmri-signals-and-functional-connectivity-within-primary-somatosensory-cortex-of-monkeys
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Tung-Lin Wu, Arabinda Mishra, Feng Wang, Pai-Feng Yang, John C Gore, Li Min Chen
INTRODUCTION: Correlated low-frequency fluctuations of resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) signals have been widely used for inferring intrinsic brain functional connectivity (FC). In animal studies, accurate estimate of anesthetic effects on rsfMRI signals is demanded for reliable interpretations of FC changes. We have previously shown that inter-regional FC can reliably delineate local millimeter-scale circuits within digit representations of primary somatosensory cortex (S1) subregions (areas 3a, 3b, and 1) in monkeys under isoflurane anesthesia...
December 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027549/damage-of-chromosoms-under-irradiation-of-human-blood-lymphocytes-and-development-of-bystander-effect
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O V Shemetun
OBJECTIVE: the research the distribution of radiation induced damages among chromosomes and their bands in irra diated in vitro human blood lymphocytes and in unirradiated bystander cells.Material and methods of research: cultivation of human peripheral blood lymphocytes by semi micromethod D.A. Hungerford, modeling of radiation induced bystander effect in mixed cultures consisting of irradiated in vitro and non irradiated blood lymphocytes from persons of different gender, GTG staining of metaphase chromosomes and their cytogenetic analysis...
December 2016: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027455/analysis-of-pulmonary-surfactant-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-after-exposure-to-sevoflurane-and-isoflurane
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Vilena Vrbanović Mijatović, Ljiljana Šerman, Ozren Gamulin
Pulmonary surfactant, consisting primarily of phospholipids and four surfactant-specific proteins, is among the first structures that is exposed to inhalation anesthetics. Consequently, changes of pulmonary surfactant due to this exposure could cause respiratory complications after long anesthetic procedures. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to explore the effects of two inhalation anesthetics, sevoflurane and isoflurane, on a commercially available pulmonary surfactant. The research was primarily focused on the effect of anesthetics on the lipid component of the surfactant...
December 21, 2016: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011615/impact-and-cost-effectiveness-of-selective-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-of-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Allen Lin, Koh J Ong, Peter Hobbelen, Eleanor King, David Mesher, W John Edmunds, Pam Sonnenberg, Richard Gilson, Irenjeet Bains, Yoon H Choi, Clare Tanton, Kate Soldan, Mark Jit
BACKGROUND: Men who have sex with men (MSM) have a high lifetime risk of anogenital warts and cancers related to infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). They also benefit less from herd protection than heterosexual males in settings with female-only HPV vaccination. METHODS: We evaluated the potential health impact and cost-effectiveness of offering vaccination to MSM who visit genito-urinary medicine clinics. We used a mathematical model of HPV 6/11/16/18 sexual transmission within an MSM population in England, parameterised with sexual behaviour, GUM attendance, HPV prevalence, HIV prevalence, warts and cancer incidence data...
December 23, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995932/intranasal-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-modulate-divergent-brainwide-functional-substrates
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Alberto Galbusera, Alessia De Felice, Girardi Stefano, Giacomo Bassetto, Marta Maschietto, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Bice Chini, Francesco Papaleo, Stefano Vassanelli, Alessandro Gozzi
The neuropeptides oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) have been identified as modulators of emotional social behaviours, and associated with neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by social dysfunction. Experimental and therapeutic use of OXT and AVP via the intranasal route is the subject of extensive clinical research. However, the large-scale functional substrates directly engaged by these peptides and their functional dynamics remain elusive. By using cerebral blood volume (CBV) weighted fMRI in the mouse we show that intranasal administration of OXT rapidly elicits the transient activation of cortical regions, and a sustained activation of hippocampal and forebrain areas characterised by high oxytocin receptor density...
December 20, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993635/the-potential-of-aqueous-extracts-of-bellucia-dichotoma-cogn-melastomataceae-to-inhibit-the-biological-activities-of-bothrops-atrox-venom-a-comparison-of-specimens-collected-in-the-states-of-par%C3%A3-and-amazonas-brazil
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Valéria Mourão de Moura, Luana Yamille Andrade de Souza, Noranathan da Costa Guimarães, Ilia Gilmara Carvalho Dos Santos, Patrícia Danielle Oliveira de Almeida, Ricardo Bezerra de Oliveira, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão, Maria Cristina Dos-Santos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE: The effectiveness of aqueous extract of Bellucia dichotoma Cogn. (Melastomataceae) specimems collected in Santarém, PA, against some biological activities of Bothrops atrox venom (BaV) has been scientifically proven. Here, we analyzed the components and assessed the anti-snakebite potential of aqueous extracts of bark of B. dichotoma collected in Manaus, AM, (AEBd-MAO) and Santarém, PA, (AEBd-STM), both in Brazil. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The phytochemical profiles of the aqueous extracts were identified using thin layer chromatography (TLC), and the concentrations of phenolics were determined by colorimetric assay...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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