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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535642/-clinical-effects-of-dynesys-system-and-transfacet-decompression-through-wiltse-approach-in-the-treatment-of-lumbar-degenerative-diseases
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K Shang, M J Chen, D G Wang
Objective: To investigate the early clinical effects of Dynesys system and transfacet decompression by Wiltse approach in the treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases. Methods: From January 2010 to December 2013, 48 patients suffering from lumbar degenerative diseases were treated with Dynesys system in addition to transfacet decompression through Wiltse approach.There were 28 males and 20 females with age of (51.8±6.8). The preoperative diagnosis included lumbar spinal stenosis(10 cases); lumber intervertebral disc herniation (38 cases)...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535563/the-effectiveness-and-safety-of-selective-lumbar-decompression-in-diagnostic-doubt-patients-a-retrospective-control-study
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Li Xiaochuan, Cheng-Fan Zhong, Jian-Hua Tang, Rong-Wei Liang, Shao-Jian Luo, Chun-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: Our previous study demonstrated that selective nerve root block (SNRB) can influence decision-making in lumbar surgery by guiding the selection of nerve roots targeted for decompression in diagnostic doubt patients (DDPs). However, further studies were needed to determine whether this selective decompression (SD) procedure would result in similar clinical outcomes and reduce the perioperative parameters and postoperative complications as compared to the non-selective decompression (NSD) procedure...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535555/paresthesia-independence-an-assessment-of-technical-factors-related-to-10-khz-paresthesia-free-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Lara Tollapi, Matthew W Doust, Abram H Burgher, Cong Yu, Thomas Yang, Donna M Morgan, Kasra Amirdelfan, Leonardo Kapural, B Todd Sitzman, Richard Bundschu, Ricardo Vallejo, Ramsin M Benyamin, Thomas L Yearwood, Bradford E Gliner, Ashley A Powell, Kerry Bradley
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been successfully used to treat chronic intractable pain for over 40 years. Successful clinical application of SCS is presumed to be generally dependent on maximizing paresthesia-pain overlap; critical to achieving this is positioning of the stimulation field at the physiologic midline. Recently, the necessity of paresthesia for achieving effective relief in SCS has been challenged by the introduction of 10 kHz paresthesia-free stimulation...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535536/losartan-preserves-erectile-function-by-suppression-of-apoptosis-and-fibrosis-of-corpus-cavernosum-and-corporal-veno-occlusive-dysfunction-in-diabetic-rats
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Wen Ji Li, Mingxi Xu, Meng Gu, Da-Chao Zheng, Jianhua Guo, Zhikang Cai, Zhong Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) plays important roles in penile corporal fibrosis and veno-occlusive dysfunction (CVOD). Angiotensin II (Ang II) is critically involved in erectile dysfunction, and blocking of Ang II is more important than inhibition of TGF-β in non-penile tissue fibrosis. However, the role of Ang II in corporal fbrosis and CVOD in a diabetic condition has not been investigated. METHODS: Diabetic rats were treated with sildenafil or losartan (an Ang II antagonist) alone or in combination...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535501/is-the-morning-sputum-sample-superior-to-the-fresh-sputum-sample-for-the-detection-of-malignant-cells
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Maya S Uke, Saleem Pathuthara, Abida Shaikh, Rajiv Kumar, Shubhada Kane
INTRODUCTION: Sputum cytology is a well-established technique for the detection of lung malignancies. Generally, random or morning samples are used. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic yield of morning sputum and compare it with that of fresh samples. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were instructed to bring a morning sputum sample to the laboratory in a clean plastic container, without any fixative and within 2-3 h of collection. Fresh sputum was then collected in the laboratory from these same patients...
May 24, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535491/efficient-bioconversion-of-high-content-volatile-fatty-acids-into-microbial-lipids-by-cryptococcus-curvatus-atcc-20509
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Jia'nan Liu, Xiangfeng Huang, Rui Chen, Ming Yuan, Jia Liu
The lower utilization ratios of high-content VFAs resulted in less lipid yield by the oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus curvatus ATCC 20509. In this work, increasing the inoculation concentration to OD600=5.1 improved the acetic acid utilization ratio (99.8%) and lipids production (4.63g/L) in mediums with 30g/L of acetic acid. For the higher acetic acid concentration (40g/L), increasing the nitrogen to carbon ratio (0.033) and raising the initial pH (pH=8) was superior over improvement in the inoculate, with the lipid production increased from 1...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535437/comparative-evaluation-of-three-fda-approved-hiv-ag-ab-combination-tests-using-a-genetically-diverse-hiv-panel-and-diagnostic-specimens
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Xiaoxing Qiu, Lori Sokoll, Paul Yip, Debra J Elliott, Renu Dua, Phaedre Mohr, Xiao Yan Wang, Megan Spencer, Priscilla Swanson, George J Dawson, John Hackett
BACKGROUND: HIV Ag/Ab combination assays are recommended by CDC for routine screening and several HIV Ag/Ab combination tests are now FDA-approved. Maintaining high specificity and consistent sensitivity across diverse HIV strains is critical for these assays to accurately detect HIV infection and expedite delivery of patient results. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate performance of three FDA-approved HIV tests: ARCHITECT HIV Combo (Abbott), ADVIA Centaur HIV Combo (Siemens) and BioPlex HIV Ag-Ab (Bio-Rad)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535411/the-effectiveness-of-the-computerized-visual-perceptual-training-program-on-individuals-with-down-syndrome-an-fmri-study
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Yi-Ting Wan, Ching-Sui Chiang, Sharon Chia-Ju Chen, Yee-Pay Wuang
This study investigated the effectiveness of the Computerized Visual Perception Training (CVPT) program on individuals with Down syndrome (DS, mean age=13.17±4.35years, age range: 6.54-20.75 years). All participants have mild intellectual disability classified by the standard IQ measures (mean=61.2, ranges from 55 to 68). Both the Test of Visual Perceptual Skill- Third Edition (TVPS-3) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) were used to evaluate the training outcomes. Results of TVPS-3 and fMRI showed that DS group had visual perceptual deficits and abnormal neural networks related to visual organization...
May 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535344/clarifying-the-controversial-catalytic-performance-of-co-oh-2-and-co3o4-for-oxygen-reduction-evolution-reactions-toward-efficient-zn-air-batteries
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Zhishuang Song, Xiaopeng Han, Yida Deng, Naiqin Zhao, Wenbin Hu, Cheng Zhong
Cobalt-based nanomaterials have been widely studied as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) due to their remarkable bifunctional catalytic activity, low cost and easy available. However, controversial results concerning OER/ORR performance exist between different types of cobalt-based catalysts, especially for Co(OH)2 and Co3O4. To address this issue, we develop a facile electrochemical deposition method to grow Co(OH)2 directly on the skeleton of carbon cloth, and further Co3O4 was obtained by post thermal treatment...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535341/fully-stretchable-optoelectronic-sensors-based-on-colloidal-quantum-dots-for-sensing-photoplethysmographic-signals
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Tae-Ho Kim, Chang-Seok Lee, Sangwon Kim, Jaehyun Hur, Sangmin Lee, Keun Wook Shin, Young-Zoon Yoon, Moon Kee Choi, Jiwoong Yang, Dae-Hyeong Kim, Taeghwan Hyeon, Seongjun Park, Sungwoo Hwang
Flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices can be potentially applied in displays, biosensors, biomedicine, robotics, and energy generation. The use of nanomaterials with superior optical properties such as quantum dots (QDs) is important in the realization of wearable displays and biomedical devices, but specific structural design as well as selection of materials should preferentially accompany this technology to realize stretchable forms of these devices. Here, we report stretchable optoelectronic sensors manufactured using colloidal QDs and integrated with elastomeric substrates, whose optoelectronic properties are stable under various deformations...
May 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535338/a-flexible-lithium-ion-fiber-battery-by-regularly-stacking-two-dimensional-titanium-oxide-nanosheets-hybridized-with-reduced-graphene-oxide
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Tatsumasa Hoshide, Yuanchuan Zheng, Junyu Hou, Zhiqiang Wang, Qingwen Li, Zhigang Zhao, Renzhi Ma, Takayoshi Sasaki, Fengxia Geng
Increasing interest has recently been devoted to developing small, rapid, and portable electronic devices; thus, it is becoming critically important to provide matching light and flexible energy-storage systems to power them. To this end, compared with the inevitable drawbacks of being bulky, heavy, and rigid for traditional planar sandwiched structures, linear fiber-shaped lithium-ion batteries (LIB) have become increasingly important owing to their combined superiorities of miniaturization, adaptability, and weavability, the progress of which is heavily dependent on developing new fiber-shaped electrodes...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535235/effect-of-cephalexin-plus-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-vs-cephalexin-alone-on-clinical-cure-of-uncomplicated-cellulitis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Gregory J Moran, Anusha Krishnadasan, William R Mower, Fredrick M Abrahamian, Frank LoVecchio, Mark T Steele, Richard E Rothman, David J Karras, Rebecca Hoagland, Stephanie Pettibone, David A Talan
Importance: Emergency department visits for skin infections in the United States have increased with the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For cellulitis without purulent drainage, β-hemolytic streptococci are presumed to be the predominant pathogens. It is unknown if antimicrobial regimens possessing in vitro MRSA activity provide improved outcomes compared with treatments lacking MRSA activity. Objective: To determine whether cephalexin plus trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole yields a higher clinical cure rate of uncomplicated cellulitis than cephalexin alone...
May 23, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535178/successful-removal-of-giant-primary-osteosarcoma-in-the-anterior-mediastinum-invading-the-superior-vena-cava-and-right-lung-with-artificial-blood-vessel-reconstruction
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Han-Yu Deng, Chang-Long Qin, Xiao-Ming Qiu, Qinghua Zhou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535120/differentiation-of-recurrent-glioblastoma-from-delayed-radiation-necrosis-by-using-voxel-based-multiparametric-analysis-of-mr-imaging-data
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Ra Gyoung Yoon, Ho Sung Kim, Myeong Ju Koh, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Sang Joon Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim
Purpose To assess a volume-weighted voxel-based multiparametric (MP) clustering method as an imaging biomarker to differentiate recurrent glioblastoma from delayed radiation necrosis. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived the informed consent requirement. Seventy-five patients with pathologic analysis-confirmed recurrent glioblastoma (n = 42) or radiation necrosis (n = 33) who presented with enlarged contrast material-enhanced lesions at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging after they completed concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy were enrolled...
May 23, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535116/is-mannitol-the-treatment-of-choice-for-patients-with-ciguatera-fish-poisoning
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Michael E Mullins, Robert S Hoffman
CONTEXT: Ciguatera fish poisoning arises primarily from consumption of carnivorous reef fish caught in tropical and sub-tropical waters. Ciguatoxins, a class of tasteless, heat-stable, polycyclic toxins produced by dinoflagellates, accumulate through the food chain and concentrate in various carnivorous fish, such as groupers, barracudas, wrasses, amberjack, kingfishes, and eels. Characteristics of ciguatera fish poisoning include early nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in the first one to two days post ingestion, followed by the appearance of sensory disturbances...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535082/evaluating-early-interim-fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-with-the-suvmax-liver-based-interpretation-for-predicting-the-outcome-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Yang Fan, Yuewei Zhang, Zhi Yang, Zhitao Ying, Nina Zhou, Chen Liu, Yuqin Song, Jun Zhu, Xuejuan Wang
Interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT is an effective predictor in patients with DLBCL, but the standard evaluating criteria were controversial. In this study, investigators tried to investigate whether the liver SUVmax (SUVmax-liver)-based interpretation could improve the accuracy of predicting the outcomes, comparing with the Deauville five-point scale (5-PS) and the reduction rate of the maximum standardized uptake value (ΔSUVmax) criteria. In 119 patients, PET/CT after two chemotherapy cycles (PET2) were evaluated with the SUVmax-liver-based interpretation, 5-PS, and ΔSUVmax criteria...
May 23, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535069/monolithic-ingaas-nanowire-array-lasers-on-silicon-on-insulator-operating-at-room-temperature
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Hyunseok Kim, Wook-Jae Lee, Alan Cervantes Farrell, Juan S D Morales, Pradeep Nuwan Senanayake, Sergey V Prikhodko, Tomasz Ochalski, Diana L Huffaker
Chip-scale integrated light sources are a crucial component in a broad range of photonics applications. III-V semiconductor nanowire emitters have gained attention as a fascinating approach due to their superior material properties, extremely compact size, and the capability to grow directly on lattice-mismatched silicon substrates. Although there have been remarkable advances in nanowire-based emitters, their practical applications are still in the early stages due to the difficulties in integrating nanowire emitters with photonic integrated circuits...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535047/electronic-and-morphological-dual-modulation-of-cobalt-carbonate-hydroxides-by-mn-doping-towards-highly-efficient-and-stable-bifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting
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Tang Tang, Wen-Jie Jiang, Shuai Niu, Ning Liu, Hao Luo, Yu-Yun Chen, Shi-Feng Jin, Feng Gao, Li-Jun Wan, Jin-Song Hu
Developing bifunctional non-noble electrocatalysts for efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly desirable and challenging for overall water splitting. Herein, Co-Mn carbonate hydroxide (CoMnCH) nanosheet arrays with controllable morphology and composition were developed on nickel foam (NF) as such bifunctional electrocatalysts. It was discovered that Mn doping in CoCH can simultaneously modulate the nanosheet morphology to significantly increase the electrochemical active surface area for exposing more accessible active sites and tune the electronic structure of Co center to effectively boost its intrinsic activity...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535032/applying-thienyl-side-chains-and-different-%C3%AF-bridge-to-aromatic-side-chain-substituted-indacenodithiophene-based-small-molecule-donors-for-high-performance-organic-solar-cells
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Jin-Liang Wang, Kai-Kai Liu, Sha Liu, Feng Liu, Hongbin Wu, Yong Cao, Thomas P Russell
A pair of linear tetrafluorinated small molecular donors, named as ThIDTTh4F and ThIDTSe4F, which are with tetrathienyl-substituted IDT as electron-rich central core, electron-deficient difluorobenzothiadiazole as acceptor units, and donor end-capping groups, but having differences in the π-bridge (thiophene and selenophene), were successfully synthesized and evaluated as donor materials in organic solar cells. Such π-bridge and core units in these small molecules play a decisive role in the formation of the nanoscale separation of the blend films, which were systematically investigated through absorption spectra, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy images, resonant soft X-ray scattering profiles, and charge mobility measurement...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535012/neokestose-suppresses-the-growth-of-human-melanoma-a2058-cells-via-inhibition-of-the-nuclear-factor%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Jiann-Shing Wu, Jan-Yi Chang, C Will Chen, Ming-Tse Lin, Dey-Chyi Sheu, Shun-Mei Lee
Neokestose has superior prebiotic effects compared with the commercial fructooligosaccharides (FOS). In addition, the branched structure of neokestose, a type of neo‑FOS, confers improved chemical stability compared with conventional FOS; therefore, the investigation of the branched structure by the present study may be of high biomedical value. The present study aimed to determine whether neokestose may suppress growth of the A2058 melanoma cell line. The cells were initially treated with neokestose; subsequently, in vitro cytotoxicity was assessed using MTT, and cell cycle progression and apoptosis were detected using flow cytometry...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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