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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816972/low-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-in-dupuytren-disease
#1
Takuya Yokoi, Takuya Uemura, Kenichi Kazuki, Ema Onode, Kosuke Shintani, Mitsuhiro Okada, Hiroaki Nakamura
The ratio of the lengths of the second and fourth digits (2D:4D) has been described as reflecting endogenous prenatal androgen exposure. In general, 2D:4D is lower in men than in women and has potential as a biomarker or predictor for various diseases, athletic ability, and academic performance. Dupuytren disease has digital flexion contractures and is known to predominate in men, but the pathogenesis of the disease remains unclear. To clarify the relationships between Dupuytren disease and endogenous androgens, we performed a retrospective analysis of hand radiographs to investigate 2D:4D in Dupuytren disease...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805922/use-of-a-complete-starter-feed-in-grain-adaptation-programs-for-feedlot-cattle
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C J Schneider, B L Nuttelman, A L Shreck, D B Burken, W A Griffin, J L Gramkow, R A Stock, T J Klopfenstein, G E Erickson
Four experiments evaluated the use of a complete starter feed (RAMP; Cargill Corn Milling, Blair, NE) for grain adaptation. In Exp. 1, 229 yearling steers (397 ± 28.4 kg BW) were used to compare a traditional adaptation program (CON) with adapting cattle with RAMP in either a 1- (RAMP-1RS) or 2- (RAMP-2RS) ration system. From d 23 to slaughter, cattle were fed a common finishing diet. In Exp. 2, 390 yearling steers (341 ± 14 kg BW) were used to compare accelerated grain adaptation programs with RAMP with 2 control treatments where RAMP was blended with a finishing diet containing either 25 (CON25) or 47...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804650/the-2d%C3%A2-%C3%A2-4d-digit-ratio-as-a-biomarker-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
#3
M Mackus, D de Kruijff, L S Otten, A D Kraneveld, J Garssen, J C Verster
It has been suggested that the second (2D, index finger) to fourth (4D, ring finger) digit ratio, 2D : 4D, may be a biomarker for the risk of developing autism. The aim of the current study was to determine the usefulness of the 2D : 4D digit ratio as biomarker for autistic traits. N = 401 healthy young volunteers participated in the study. For both hands, digit lengths were measured using digital Vernier calipers. In addition to demographics, the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaire was completed, comprised of five subscales, assessing "social insights and behavior," "attention switching," "communication," "imagination," and "attention to detail...
2017: Autism Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803252/two-dimensional-echocardiography-estimates-of-fetal-ventricular-mass-throughout-gestation
#4
Christina Y L Aye, Adam James Lewandowski, Eric O Ohuma, Ross Upton, Alice Packham, Yvonne Kenworthy, Fenella Roseman, Tess Norris, Malid Molloholli, Sikolia Wanyonyi, Aris T Papageorghiou, Paul Leeson
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound quality has improved in recent years. Quantification of cardiac dimensions is important to screen and monitor certain fetal conditions. We assessed the feasibility and reproducibility of fetal ventricular measures using 2D echocardiography, reported normal ranges in our cohort, and compared estimates to other modalities. METHODS: Mass and end-diastolic volume were estimated by manual contouring in the four-chamber view using TomTec Image Arena 4...
August 12, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783931/low-retinal-dehydrogenase-1-raldh1-level-in-prepubertal-boys-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-possible-link-to-dopamine-dysfunction
#5
Denis Pavăl, Florina Rad, Răzvan Rusu, Alexandru-Ştefan Niculae, Horaţiu Alexandru Colosi, Iuliana Dobrescu, Eleonora Dronca
Objective: Retinal dehydrogenase 1 (RALDH1) is a cytosolic enzyme which acts both as a source of retinoic acid (RA) and as a detoxification enzyme. RALDH1 has key functions in the midbrain dopaminergic system, which influences motivation, cognition, and social behavior. Since dopamine has been increasingly linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we asked whether RALDH1 could contribute to the autistic phenotype. Therefore, we investigated for the first time the levels of RALDH1 in autistic patients...
August 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783315/localized-charge-transfer-in-two-dimensional-molybdenum-trioxide
#6
Vipin Kumar, Liang Liu, Viet Cuong Nguyen, Venkateswarlu Bhavanasi, Kaushik Parida, Daniel Mandler, Pooi See Lee
Molybdenum trioxide is an interesting inorganic system in which the empty 4d states have potential to hold extra electrons and therefore can change states from insulating opaque (MoO3) to colored semimetallic (HxMoO3). Here, we characterize the local electrogeneration and charge transfer of the synthetic layered two-dimensional 2D MoO3-II (a polymorph of MoO3 and analogous to α-MoO3) in response to two different redox couples, i.e., [Ru(NH3)6](3+) and [Fe(CN)6](3-) by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768472/phenotypic-integration-mediated-by-hormones-associations-among-digit-ratios-body-size-and-testosterone-during-tadpole-development
#7
Leandro Lofeu, Renata Brandt, Tiana Kohlsdorf
BACKGROUND: Developmental associations often explain phenotypic integration. The intersected hormonal regulation of ontogenetic processes fosters predictions of steroid-mediated phenotypic integration among sexually dimorphic traits, a statement defied by associations between classical dimorphism predictors (e.g. body size) and traits that apparently lack sex-specific functions (e.g. ratios between the lengths of Digits II and IV - 2D:4D). Developmental bases of female-biased 2D:4D have been identified, but these remain unclear for taxa presenting male-biased 2D:4D (e...
August 2, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766919/turbulent-kinetic-energy-in-the-right-ventricle-potential-mr-marker-for-risk-stratification-of-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#8
Alexandru Fredriksson, Aleksandra Trzebiatowska-Krzynska, Petter Dyverfeldt, Jan Engvall, Tino Ebbers, Carl-Johan Carlhäll
PURPOSE: To assess right ventricular (RV) turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot (rToF) and a spectrum of pulmonary regurgitation (PR), as well as to investigate the relationship between these 4D flow markers and RV remodeling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients with rToF and 10 healthy controls were included in the study. Patients were divided into two groups based on PR fraction: one lower PR fraction group (≤11%) and one higher PR fraction group (>11%)...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762742/probing-transient-release-of-membrane-sequestered-tyrosine-based-signaling-motif-by-solution-nmr-spectroscopy
#9
Hui Wang, Shengli Wang, Changting Li, Hua Li, Yunyun Mao, Wanli Liu, Chenqi Xu, Dong Long
Membrane sequestration of tyrosine-based signaling motifs of antigen receptors effectively restricts the signaling activities in resting lymphocytes. However, low level of basal signaling in resting cells is required for lymphocyte survival and antigen responsiveness, of which the molecular mechanism remains obscure. Here we probe the transient release of the cytoplasmic domain of the membrane-bound IgG heavy chain (mIgG-tail) by hydrogen exchange NMR spectroscopy, illustrating a dynamic molecular basis for its basal signaling activity...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759132/is-early-postnatal-growth-velocity-a-proxy-of-minipubertal-androgen-action-related-to-adult-second-to-fourth-digit-2d-4d-ratios-in-men-a-test-in-cebu-philippines
#10
Alexander V Georgiev, Calen P Ryan, Judith B Borja, Christopher W Kuzawa
OBJECTIVES: The ratio of the length of the second to the fourth digit (2D:4D) of the hand is often used as an index of prenatal androgen exposure but it might also be affected by androgens during "minipuberty," a period of temporarily high testosterone (T) production in the first few months of life. To examine this, we tested the prediction that men with lower 2D:4D ratios had greater weight growth velocities during the first months of life-a metric recently shown to correlate with concurrent T levels...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749375/towards-fast-online-intrafraction-replanning-for-free-breathing-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-with-the-mr-linac
#11
Charis Kontaxis, Gijsbert H Bol, Bjorn Stemkens, Markus Glitzner, Fieke M Prins, Linda G W Kerkmeijer, Jan J W Lagendijk, Bas W Raaymakers
The hybrid MRI-radiotherapy machines, like the MR-linac (Elekta AB, Stockholm, Sweden) installed at the UMC Utrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands), will be able to provide real-time patient imaging during treatment. In order to take advantage of the system's capabilities and enable online adaptive treatments, a new generation of software should be developed, ranging from motion estimation to treatment plan adaptation. In this work we present a proof of principle adaptive pipeline designed for high precision Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) suitable for sites affected by respiratory motion, like Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)...
July 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742031/patient-specific-left-ventricular-flow-simulations-from-transthoracic-echocardiography-robustness-evaluation-and-validation-against-ultrasound-doppler-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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David Larsson, Jeannette H Spuhler, Sven Petersson, Tim Nordenfur, Massimiliano Colarieti-Tosti, Johan Hoffman, Reidar Winter, Matilda Larsson
The combination of medical imaging with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has enabled the study of 3D blood flow on a patient-specific level. However, with models based on gated high-resolution data, the study of transient flows, and any model implementation into routine cardiac care, is challenging. The present paper presents a novel pathway for patient-specific CFD modelling of the left ventricle (LV), using 4D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) as input modality. To evaluate the clinical usability, two sub-studies were performed...
July 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727128/transvaginal-six-arm-mesh-opur-in-women-with-apical-pelvic-organ-prolapse-analysis-of-short-term-results-pelvic-floor-ultrasound-evaluation
#13
Tomasz Kluz, Edyta Wlaźlak, Grzegorz Surkont
OBJECTIVES: Analysis of feasibility, efficacy and short-term results after six-arm transvaginal mesh OPUR implantation in women with apical prolapse. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The same surgeon operated all of 39 women using mesh OPUR. Preoperatively patients had a standardized interview and clinical examination. Intraoperative and postoperative complications were analyzed. Postoperative evaluation included standardized interview, clinical examination and standardized pelvic floor ultrasound performed with 2D transvaginal probe and 4D abdominal probe...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723825/feasibility-of-conducting-autism-biomarker-research-in-the-clinical-setting
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Laura Sices, Katherine Pawlowski, Laura Farfel, Deirdre Phillips, Yamini Howe, David M Cochran, Roula Choueiri, Peter W Forbes, Stephanie J Brewster, Jean A Frazier, Ann Neumeyer, Carolyn Bridgemohan
OBJECTIVE: Recruitment and completion of research activities during regular clinical care has the potential to increase research participation in complex neurodevelopmental disorders. We evaluated the feasibility, and effect on clinical care, of conducting biomarker research within a subspecialty clinical visit for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Children, aged 5 to 10 years, were recruited by providers in ASD clinics at 5 institutions. Biomarkers collected were growth measurements, head circumference, neurologic and dysmorphology examinations, digit ratio (2D:4D) measurement, and platelet serotonin and urinary melatonin sulfate excretion levels...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715806/real-time-volume-contrast-imaging-in-the-a-plane-with-a-four-dimensional-electronic-probe-facilitates-the-evaluation-of-fetal-extremities-in-midtrimester-sonograms
#15
Federica Bellussi, Giuliana Simonazzi, Ginevra Salsi, Francesca Guasina, Gianluigi Pilu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of real-time volume contrast imaging in the A plane (VCI-A) of fetal extremities, compared with conventional two-dimensional ultrasound (2D). METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial of 100 patients undergoing midtrimester sonography. The fetal limbs were imaged with either 2D or VCI-A with a four-dimensional (4D) electronic probe. Time required for the examination, number of images stored, and quality of the documentation were compared...
July 18, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714282/variability-of-4d-flow-parameters-when-subjected-to-changes-in-mri-acquisition-parameters-using-a-realistic-thoracic-aortic-phantom
#16
Cristian Montalba, Jesus Urbina, Julio Sotelo, Marcelo E Andia, Cristian Tejos, Pablo Irarrazaval, Daniel E Hurtado, Israel Valverde, Sergio Uribe
PURPOSE: To assess the variability of peak flow, mean velocity, stroke volume, and wall shear stress measurements derived from 3D cine phase contrast (4D flow) sequences under different conditions of spatial and temporal resolutions. METHODS: We performed controlled experiments using a thoracic aortic phantom. The phantom was connected to a pulsatile flow pump, which simulated nine physiological conditions. For each condition, 4D flow data were acquired with different spatial and temporal resolutions...
July 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701750/prognostic-significance-of-the-digit-ratio-after-hormone-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-a-prospective-multicenter-study
#17
Guanjian Li, Ke Sun, Jie Guo, Shixing Li, Bo Li, Jing Cao, Pengfei Lu, Jiajia Yang, Ying Zhang, Xin Yang, Le Gao, Yi He, Tao Cui, Bin Ma
The digit ratio has been used as a retrospective noninvasive biomarker to investigate the putative effects of prenatal exposure to androgens. In recent years, many scholars have paid attention to the association between 2D:4D (the second and fourth digits) and prostatic cancer. This study explored the prognostic significance of digit ratio in prostate cancer patients. We reviewed the progressive status and survival of 382 prostate cancer patients who had received hormone therapy at our institutions. Survival of clinicopathological variables analyzed as categorical variables were determined by the log-rank test...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697407/digit-ratio-2d-4d-and-muscular-strength-in-adolescent-boys
#18
Jordan M Tomkinson, Grant R Tomkinson
Using a cross-sectional design, this study quantified the relationship between the digit ratio (2D:4D) and muscular strength in 57 adolescent boys. 2D:4D was very likely a moderate negative correlate of handgrip strength, even after adjustment for age and body size. This result may reflect the organizational benefits of prenatal testosterone.
July 8, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690355/evaluation-of-lung-tumor-motion-management-in-radiation-therapy-with-dynamic-mri
#19
Seyoun Park, Rana Farah, Steven M Shea, Erik Tryggestad, Russell Hales, Junghoon Lee
Surrogate-based tumor motion estimation and tracing methods are commonly used in radiotherapy despite the lack of continuous real time 3D tumor and surrogate data. In this study, we propose a method to simultaneously track the tumor and external surrogates with dynamic MRI, which allows us to evaluate their reproducible correlation. Four MRI-compatible fiducials are placed on the patient's chest and upper abdomen, and multi-slice 2D cine MRIs are acquired to capture the lung and whole tumor, followed by two-slice 2D cine MRIs to simultaneously track the tumor and fiducials, all in sagittal orientation...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685315/clinical-feasibility-and-validation-of-3d-principal-strain-analysis-from-cine-mri-comparison-to-2d-strain-by-mri-and-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#20
Alessandro Satriano, Bobak Heydari, Mariam Narous, Derek V Exner, Yoko Mikami, Monica M Attwood, John V Tyberg, Carmen P Lydell, Andrew G Howarth, Nowell M Fine, James A White
Two-dimensional (2D) strain analysis is constrained by geometry-dependent reference directions of deformation (i.e. radial, circumferential, and longitudinal) following the assumption of cylindrical chamber architecture. Three-dimensional (3D) principal strain analysis may overcome such limitations by referencing intrinsic (i.e. principal) directions of deformation. This study aimed to demonstrate clinical feasibility of 3D principal strain analysis from routine 2D cine MRI with validation to strain from 2D tagged cine analysis and 3D speckle tracking echocardiography...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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