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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809073/biocatalytic-stimuli-responsive-asymmetric-triblock-terpolymer-membranes-for-localized-permeability-gating
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Jennifer L Poole, Scott Donahue, David Wilson, Yuk Mun Li, Qi Zhang, Yibei Gu, Rachel Ferebee, Zhao Lu, Rachel Mika Dorin, Lawrence F Hancock, Larry Takiff, Ilhem F Hakem, Michael R Bockstaller, Ulrich Wiesner, Jeremy Walker
The functionalization with phosphotriesterase of poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine)-based nanoporous membranes fabricated by self-assembly and nonsolvent induced phase separation (SNIPS) is shown to enable dynamically responsive membranes capable of substrate-specific and localized gating response. Integration of the SNIPS process with macroporous nylon support layers yields mechanically robust textile-type films with high moisture vapor transport rates that display rapid and local order-of-magnitude modulation of permeability...
August 15, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774318/important-progress-towards-elimination-of-onchocerciasis-in-the-west-region-of-cameroon
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Guy-Roger Kamga, Fanny N Dissak-Delon, Hugues C Nana-Djeunga, Benjamin D Biholong, Stephen Mbigha Ghogomu, Jacob Souopgui, Joseph Kamgno, Annie Robert
BACKGROUND: After more than a decade of community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) in the West Region of Cameroon, epidemiological evaluation conducted in 2011 showed that onchocerciasis endemicity was still high in some communities. The conceptual framework for onchocerciasis elimination recommends in such case, to conduct additional phase 1A surveys at intervals of three to four years. Therefore, to assess the progress made towards the elimination of onchocerciasis in the West CDTI projects, we conducted a cross-sectional survey in May 2015 in 15 unevaluated communities where the highest baseline endemicity level were found in 1996...
August 3, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743265/the-predictive-value-of-respiratory-function-tests-for-non-invasive-ventilation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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T B M Tilanus, J T Groothuis, J M C TenBroek-Pastoor, T B Feuth, Y F Heijdra, J P L Slenders, J Doorduin, B G Van Engelen, M J Kampelmacher, J Raaphorst
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) improves survival and quality of life in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The timing of referral to a home ventilation service (HVS), which is in part based on respiratory function tests, has shown room for improvement. It is currently unknown which respiratory function test predicts an appropriate timing of the initiation of NIV. METHODS: We analysed, retrospectively, serial data of five respiratory function tests: forced vital capacity (FVC), peak cough flow (PCF), maximum inspiratory and expiratory pressure (MIP and MEP) and sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP) in patients with ALS...
July 25, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728441/ability-of-pulmonary-function-decline-to-predict-death-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
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Irina Enache, Cristina Pistea, Marie Fleury, Mickael Schaeffer, Monique Oswald-Mammosser, Andoni Echaniz-Laguna, Christine Tranchant, Nicolas Meyer, Anne Charloux
OBJECTIVES: Objectives were to evaluate the relative risk of death associated with lung function decline in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and to examine the ability of ALS patients to perform volitional pulmonary function tests (PFTs). METHODS: The PFTs of 256 consecutive patients referred to the Strasbourg University Hospital ALS Centre over an eight-year period were reviewed. Slow vital capacity (VC), maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures (MIP, MEP), sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP), and peak cough flow (PCF) were performed at diagnosis and then every four months...
July 20, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722619/evaluation-of-onchocerciasis-transmission-in-tanzania-preliminary-rapid-field-results-in-the-tukuyu-focus-2015
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Heather N Paulin, Andreas Nshala, Akili Kalinga, Upendo Mwingira, Ryan Wiegand, Vitaliano Cama, Paul T Cantey
To compare diagnostic tests for onchocerciasis in a setting that has suppressed transmission, a randomized, age-stratified study was implemented in an area in Tanzania that had received 15 rounds of annual mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin. Study participants (N = 948) from 11 villages underwent a questionnaire, skin examination, skin snips, and blood draw. The burden of symptomatic disease was low. Ov-16 antibody rapid diagnostic test (RDT) results were positive in 38 (5.5%) participants, with 1 (0...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670211/trend-analysis-of-journal-metrics-a-new-academic-library-service
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Peter Kokol
OBJECTIVE: Temporal trends in source normalized impact per paper (SNIP) values for the three top-ranking nursing journals were analyzed and compared to explore whether predicting future SNIP values based on trend analysis could be an innovative service provided by librarians. METHODS: The International Journal of Nursing Studies, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Journal of Advanced Nursing were the three top-ranked nursing journals according to 2015 SNIP values...
July 2017: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667981/full-area-covered-3d-profile-measurement-of-special-shaped-optics-based-on-a-new-prototype-non-contact-profiler
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Hui-Lin Du, Zhao-Zhong Zhou, Ze-Qing Sun, Bing-Feng Ju, Shaoning Xu, Anyu Sun
A new prototype non-contact profiler based on surface tracking has been specially developed. Surface tracking is carried out by a specially designed dual stage probe system with the aid of a four-Degree Of Freedom high-precision motion platform. The dual stage probe system keeps a short-range optical probe constantly tracking the surface by a self-developed voice coil motor servo, by which a wide measuring range of up to 10 mm is realized. The system performance evaluation including resolution, repeatability, and scanning speed proved the good capability of the new prototype non-contact profiler...
June 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662432/cathelicidin-augments-vdr-dependent-anti-leishmanial-immune-response-in-indian-post-kala-azar-dermal-leishmaniasis
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Sushmita Das, Abul Hasan Sardar, Kumar Abhishek, Ajay Kumar, Vidya Nand Rabidas, Pradeep Das
OBJECTIVES: Indian Post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is the cutaneous aftermath of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) caused by L. donovani. Vitamin D-regulated cationic antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin (hCAP-18/LL-37) has microbicidal and immunomodulatory role against cutaneous infections, but its role in PKDL remains elusive. METHODS: Skin snips and blood-derived monocytes of PKDL patients (n=46), before (BT) and after (AT) chemotherapy, were used for this study...
June 26, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641033/evaluation-of-planned-bicanalicular-nasolacrimal-tube-retention-in-treating-punctal-stenosis-or-occlusion-secondary-to-trachoma
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Rania A Ahmed, Ahmed M Kamal, Mohamed A Zayed
This article evaluates retaining bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal tube in patients susceptible to restenosis after punctoplasty. Sixty-nine eyes (38 patients) suffering from epiphora due to stenosis or occlusion of both punctae were included in this prospective study. All had 3 snip punctoplasty and bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal duct insertion. Cases associated with proximal canalicular stenosis or obstructions were excluded. Tolerance to tube presence until the time of loss or removal was evaluated using a score (0 to 2)...
August 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597339/the-clinical-behavior-of-sinonasal-inverted-papilloma-with-cellular-dysplasia-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Ahmad Safadi, Daniel Yafit, Sara Abu-Ghanem, Omer J Ungar, Anat Wengier, Avraham Abergel, Dan M Fliss, Ilan Koren
The prognosis and recurrence rate of inverted papilloma (IP) with concomitant cellular dysplasia are not well-delineated. Demographic, clinical and imaging data of all patients who were surgically treated for sinonasal inverted papilloma (SNIP) in our center between 1996 and 2013 were reviewed. Data regarding the coexistence of dysplastic changes or malignancy within the resected tissues were also retrieved. After the exclusion of malignant cases and patients who were lost for follow-up, 92 patients were included in the study...
June 8, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594857/noninvasive-assessment-of-respiratory-muscle-strength-and-activity-in-myotonic-dystrophy
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Morgana de Araújo Evangelista, Fernando Augusto Lavezzo Dias, Mário Emílio Teixeira Dourado Júnior, George Carlos do Nascimento, Antonio Sarmento, Lucien Peroni Gualdi, Andrea Aliverti, Vanessa Resqueti, Guilherme Augusto de Freitas Fregonezi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate sensitivity/specificity of the maximum relaxation rate (MRR) of inspiratory muscles, amplitude of electromyographic activity of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM), scalene (SCA), parasternal (2ndIS) and rectus abdominis (RA) muscles; lung function and respiratory muscle strength in subjects with Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) compared with healthy subjects. DESIGN AND METHODS: Quasi-experimental observational study with control group. MRR of inspiratory muscles, lung function and amplitude of the electromyographic activity of SCM, SCA, 2ndIS and RA muscles during maximum inspiratory pressure (PImax), maximum expiratory pressure (PEmax) and sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP) tests were assessed in eighteen DM1 subjects and eleven healthy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579708/field-based-evidence-of-single-and-few-doses-of-annual-ivermectin-treatment-efficacy-in-eliminating-skin-microfilaria-load-after-a-decade-of-intervention
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Hudu O Osue
BACKGROUND: Impact assessment of community-based ivermectin treatment control of onchocerciasis is required to determine its effectiveness. This study was conducted to evaluate geographic coverage and demographic ivermectin treatment compliance. METHODS: The number of village dosage were obtained from the community based distributors. Bioclinical data of participants comprising gender, age, number of treatment received from inception and dosage were obtained. Each participant was subjected to physical examination for palpable nodule and other skin clinical signs and symptoms of onchocerciasis...
March 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520769/optimal-method-for-assessment-of-respiratory-muscle-strength-in-neuromuscular-disorders-using-sniff-nasal-inspiratory-pressure-snip
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Marta Kaminska, Francine Noel, Basil J Petrof
BACKGROUND: The ability to accurately determine respiratory muscle strength is vitally important in patients with neuromuscular disorders (NMD). Sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP), a test of inspiratory muscle strength, is easier to perform for many NMD patients than the more commonly used determination of maximum inspiratory pressure measured at the mouth (MIP). However, due to an inconsistent approach in the literature, the optimal technique to perform the SNIP maneuver is unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508467/keratitis-due-to-microfilariae-in-dogs-a-newly-recognized-disease
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Adriana Morales, Eduardo Perlmann, Aline Nayara Vechiato Abelha, Carlos Emilio Levy, Ana Carolina Almeida de Goes, Angélica M V Safatle
Parasitic agents have been associated with keratitis, but a diagnosis of parasitic keratitis has not been commonly made in domestic animals. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical and histopathological findings in seven dogs with chronic keratitis caused by microfilariae diagnosed in Brazil. All dogs presented with superficial corneal opacities of varying degrees affecting the perilimbal and central regions of the cornea, with other opaque areas appearing as crystalline deposits and corneal vascularization...
May 15, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500413/impaired-pulmonary-function-is-an-additional-potential-mechanism-for-the-reduction-of-functional-capacity-in-clinically-stable-fontan-patients
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Aída L R Turquetto, Luiz F Canêo, Daniela R Agostinho, Patrícia A Oliveira, Maria Isabel C S Lopes, Patrícia F Trevizan, Frederico L A Fernandes, Maria A Binotto, Gabriela Liberato, Glaucia M P Tavares, Rodolfo A Neirotti, Marcelo B Jatene
Central factors negatively affect the functional capacity of Fontan patients (FP), but "non-cardiac" factors, such as pulmonary function, may contribute to their exercise intolerance. We studied the pulmonary function in asymptomatic FP and its correlations with their functional capacity. Pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise tests were performed in a prospective study of 27 FP and 27 healthy controls (HC). Cardiovascular magnetic resonance was used to evaluate the Fontan circulation. The mean age at tests, the mean age at surgery, and the median follow-up time of FP were 20(±6), 8(±3), and 11(8-17) years, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492048/a-review-of-the-safety-of-cosmetic-procedures-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
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REVIEW
M K Trivedi, G Kroumpouzos, J E Murase
The safety of cosmetic procedures in patients who are pregnant and/or lactating is a complex clinical question surrounded by uncertainty. Our objective is to consolidate data on the safety of commonly requested cosmetic procedures during pregnancy and lactation after a systematic review of the current literature to guide evidence-based care in the future. A systematic search of the PubMed database was conducted for articles on cosmetic procedures during pregnancy and lactation. Due to a lack of controlled trials, case reports and series were considered...
March 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467520/transdiagnostic-associations-between-functional-brain-network-integrity-and-cognition
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Julia M Sheffield, Sridhar Kandala, Carol A Tamminga, Godfrey D Pearlson, Matcheri S Keshavan, John A Sweeney, Brett A Clementz, Dov B Lerman-Sinkoff, S Kristian Hill, Deanna M Barch
Importance: Cognitive impairment occurs across the psychosis spectrum and is associated with functional outcome. However, it is unknown whether these shared manifestations of cognitive dysfunction across diagnostic categories also reflect shared neurobiological mechanisms or whether the source of impairment differs. Objective: To examine whether the general cognitive deficit observed across psychotic disorders is similarly associated with functional integrity of 2 brain networks widely implicated in supporting many cognitive domains...
June 1, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432463/malignant-transformation-of-sinonasal-inverted-papilloma-and-related-genetic-alterations-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
M Re, F M Gioacchini, A Bajraktari, M Tomasetti, S Kaleci, C Rubini, A Bertini, G Magliulo, E Pasquini
Schneiderian papillomas are uncommon tumors which may develop within the nasal cavity and comprise three well-defined histological types: sinonasal inverted papilloma (SNIP), exophytic papilloma, and oncocytic papilloma. It is well known the rate of Schneiderian papilloma may also present a malignant degeneration and SNIP represents the most important subgroup in consideration of its frequency and malignant propensity. Although HPV infection is always considered the first event favoring the development of SNIP, however, it is not established as an eventual connection between viral actions and malignant transformation...
August 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413139/evaluation-of-extensor-mechanism-in-revision-knee-arthroplasty
#19
Vadym Zhamilov, Vasfi Karatosun, Serpil Kalkan, Bayram Unver, Izge Gunal
BACKGROUND: The success of revision total knee arthroplasty depends on adequate exposure that does not produce complications. The purpose of this study was to compare the results of revision total knee arthroplasty between V-Y quadricepsplasty (QP) and quadriceps snip (QS) approaches. METHODS: In the study, 92 knees with follow-up of 12-108 months which were operated by using QP (55) and QS (37) were evaluated retrospectively. Measurements were taken by using universal transparent goniometer, also varus valgus deformities, knee flexion angles, instability, Hospital for Special Surgery and Lower Extremity Functional Scale scores, functional condition of the knee and activity levels of the patients were evaluated cross-sectionally...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390849/cognitive-burden-of-anticholinergic-medications-in-psychotic-disorders
#20
Seenae Eum, S Kristian Hill, Leah H Rubin, Ryan M Carnahan, James L Reilly, Elena I Ivleva, Sarah K Keedy, Carol A Tamminga, Godfrey D Pearlson, Brett A Clementz, Elliot S Gershon, Matcheri S Keshavan, Richard S E Keefe, John A Sweeney, Jeffrey R Bishop
BACKGROUND: Patients with psychotic disorders are often treated with numerous medications, many of which have anticholinergic activity. We assessed cognition in relation to the cumulative anticholinergic burden of multiple drugs included in treatment regimens of participants from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP) study. METHOD: Clinically stable participants with schizophrenia (n=206), schizoaffective disorder (n=131), and psychotic bipolar disorder (n=146) were examined...
April 5, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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