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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352668/the-effect-of-single-and-repeated-prefrontal-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-on-cortical-reactivity-and-working-memory
#1
Sung Wook Chung, Nigel C Rogasch, Kate E Hoy, Paul B Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: With an increasing interest in the use of theta burst stimulation (TBS) as a cognitive enhancer and a potential therapeutic tool for psychiatric disorders, there is a need to identify optimal parameters of TBS in the prefrontal cortex. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study examined the effect of two blocks of prefrontal intermittent TBS (iTBS) on cortical reactivity and working memory performance, compared to one block of iTBS and sham stimulation. We hypothesized that greater cortical effects would be obtained with two blocks of iTBS...
January 8, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352441/utility-of-tumor-burden-score-to-stratify-prognosis-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-cancer-results-of-4759-cases-from-ita-li-ca-study-group
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Alessandro Vitale, Quirino Lai, Fabio Farinati, Laura Bucci, Edoardo G Giannini, Lucia Napoli, Francesca Ciccarese, Gian Lodovico Rapaccini, Maria Di Marco, Eugenio Caturelli, Marco Zoli, Franco Borzio, Rodolfo Sacco, Giuseppe Cabibbo, Roberto Virdone, Fabio Marra, Martina Felder, Filomena Morisco, Luisa Benvegnù, Antonio Gasbarrini, Gianluca Svegliati-Baroni, Francesco Giuseppe Foschi, Gabriele Missale, Alberto Masotto, Gerardo Nardone, Antonio Colecchia, Mauro Bernardi, Franco Trevisani, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: Dichotomous models like Milan Criteria represent the routinely used tools for predicting the outcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, a paradigm shift from a dichotomous to continuous prognostic stratification should represent a good strategy for improving the prediction process. Recently, the tumor burden score (TBS) has been proposed for selecting patients with colorectal liver metastases. To date, TBS has not been validated in a large HCC population...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339640/application-of-immunocytochemistry-on-cell-block-sections-for-the-investigation-of-thyroid-lesions
#3
Niki Margari, Ilias Giovannopoulos, Abraham Pouliakis, Emmanouil Mastorakis, Alina Roxani Gouloumi, Ioannis G Panayiotides, Petros Karakitsos
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of Classification and Regression Trees (CARTs) for the diagnosis of thyroid lesions based on cell block immunocytochemistry and cytological outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 956 histologically confirmed cases (673 benign and 283 malignant) from patients with thyroid nodules were prepared via liquid-based cytology and evaluated; 4 additional slides were stained for cytokeratin 19 (CK-19), galectin 3 (Gal-3), Hector Battifora mesothelial cell 1 (HBME-1), and thyroglobulin...
January 16, 2018: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335346/severity-of-sacroiliitis-and-erythrocyte-sedimentation-rate-are-associated-with-a-low-trabecular-bone-score-in-young-male-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#4
Kwi Young Kang, Min Kyung Chung, Ha Neul Kim, Yeon Sik Hong, Ji Hyeon Ju, Sung-Hwan Park
OBJECTIVE: To examine factors related to a low trabecular bone score (TBS) and the association between TBS and vertebral fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: One hundred patients (all male, aged < 50 yrs) who fulfilled the modified New York criteria for the classification of AS were enrolled. The TBS and bone mineral density (BMD) were assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Clinical variables, inflammatory markers, and the presence of vertebral fractures were also assessed...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335181/enhancing-the-photovoltaic-performance-of-bulk-heterojunction-polymer-solar-cells-by-adding-rhodamine-b-laser-dye-as-co-sensitizer
#5
Sholeh Kazemifard, Leila Naji, Faramarz Afshar Taromi
Ternary blend (TB) strategy has been considered as an effective method to enhance the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). Here, we report on TB-based PSCs containing two donor materials; poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and Rhodamine B (RhB) laser organic dye, and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as an acceptor. The influence of RhB weight percentage and injection volume was extensively studied. To gain insight into the influences of RhB on the photovoltaic performance of PSCs, physicochemical and optical properties of TBs were compared with those of BHJ binary blend as a standard...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329765/usefulness-of-the-trabecular-bone-score-for-assessing-the-risk-of-osteoporotic-fracture
#6
L Redondo, E Puigoriol, J R Rodríguez, P Peris, E Kanterewicz
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The trabecular bone score (TBS) is an imaging technique that assesses the condition of the trabecular microarchitecture. Preliminary results suggest that TBS, along with the bone mineral density assessment, could improve the calculation of the osteoporotic fracture risk. The aim of this study was to analyse TBS values and their relationship with the clinical characteristics, bone mineral density and history of fractures of a cohort of posmenopausal women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We analysed 2,257 posmenopausal women from the FRODOS cohort, which was created to determine the risk factors for osteoporotic fracture through a clinical survey and bone densitometry with vertebral morphometry...
January 9, 2018: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325855/gating-of-long-term-potentiation-ltp-in-the-thalamocortical-auditory-system-of-rats-by-serotonergic-5-ht-receptors
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Karen K Y Lee, Chloe N Soutar, Hans C Dringenberg
The neuromodulator serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) plays an important role in controlling the induction threshold and maintenance of long-term potentiation (LTP) in the visual cortex and hippocampus of rodents. Serotonergic fibers also innervate the rodent primary auditory cortex (A1), but the regulation of A1 plasticity by 5-HT receptors (5-HTRs) is largely uncharted. Thus, we examined the role of several, predominant 5-HT receptor classes (5-HT1ARs, 5-HT2Rs, and 5-HT3Rs) in gating in vivo LTP induction at A1 synapses of adult, urethane-anesthetized rats...
January 8, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322222/urinary-pentosidine-levels-negatively-associates-with-trabecular-bone-scores-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#8
Y J Choi, S Y Ock, Y Jin, J S Lee, S H Kim, Y -S Chung
Pentosidine levels were higher in diabetic patients with vertebral fractures. Trabecular bone scores were negatively associated with pentosidine levels in diabetic patients only. Our results provide further evidence that AGEs are associated with the pathogenesis of bone fragility in patients with T2DM. INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with fracture risk. Pentosidine, an advanced glycation end product (AGE), is associated with prevalent vertebral fractures (VFs) in patients with T2DM...
January 10, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314454/neurophysiological-comparison-among-tonic-high-frequency-and-burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-novel-insights-into-spinal-and-brain-mechanisms-of-action
#9
Tommaso Bocci, Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Davide Barloscio, Laura Parenti, Lara Tollapi, Massimiliano Valeriani, Ferdinando Sartucci
RATIONALE: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective option for neuropathic pain treatment. New technological developments, as high-frequency (HF) and theta burst stimulation (TBS), have shown promising results, although putative mechanisms of action still remain debated. METHODS: thirty patients with lower back pain were enrolled and underwent LF, HF, and TBS. Laser evoked potentials (LEPs) were recorded by using a Nd:YAG laser. Amplitudes and latencies of the main two components (N1, N2/P2) were compared among different experimental sessions...
January 4, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313131/close-contacts-involving-germanium-and-tin-in-crystal-structures-experimental-evidence-of-tetrel-bonds
#10
Patrick Scilabra, Vijith Kumar, Maurizio Ursini, Giuseppe Resnati
Modeling indicates the presence of a region of low electronic density (a "σ-hole") on group 14 elements, and this offers an explanation for the ability of these elements to act as electrophilic sites and to form attractive interactions with nucleophiles. While many papers have described theoretical investigations of interactions involving carbon and silicon, such investigations of the heavier group 14 elements are relatively scarce. The purpose of this review is to rectify, to some extent, the current lack of experimental data on interactions formed by germanium and tin with nucleophiles...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306148/quantifying-human-decomposition-in-an-indoor-setting-and-implications-for-postmortem-interval-estimation
#11
Ann-Sofie Ceciliason, M Gunnar Andersson, Anders Lindström, Håkan Sandler
This study's objective is to obtain accuracy and precision in estimating the postmortem interval (PMI) for decomposing human remains discovered in indoor settings. Data were collected prospectively from 140 forensic cases with a known date of death, scored according to the Total Body Score (TBS) scale at the post-mortem examination. In our model setting, it is estimated that, in cases with or without the presence of blowfly larvae, approximately 45% or 66% respectively, of the variance in TBS can be derived from Accumulated Degree-Days (ADD)...
December 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304065/bilateral-theta-burst-magnetic-stimulation-influence-on-event-related-brain-potentials
#12
Nuno Pinto, Marta Duarte, Helena Gonçalves, Ricardo Silva, Jorge Gama, Maria Vaz Pato
Theta-burst stimulation (TBS) can be a non-invasive technique to modulate cognitive functions, with promising therapeutic potential, but with some contradictory results. Event related potentials are used as a marker of brain deterioration and can be used to evaluate TBS-related cognitive performance, but its use remains scant. This study aimed to study bilateral inhibitory and excitatory TBS effects upon neurocognitive performance of young healthy volunteers, using the auditory P300' results. Using a double-blind sham-controlled study, 51 healthy volunteers were randomly assigned to five different groups, two submitted to either excitatory (iTBS) or inhibitory (cTBS) stimulation over the left dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex (DLPFC), two other actively stimulated the right DLPFC and finally a sham stimulation group...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290026/trabecular-bone-quality-is-lower-in-adults-with-type-1-diabetes-and-is-negatively-associated-with-insulin-resistance
#13
V N Shah, R Sippl, P Joshee, L Pyle, W M Kohrt, I E Schauer, J K Snell-Bergeon
We evaluated trabecular bone score (TBS) and factors affecting TBS in adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) compared to age-, sex-, and body mass index (BMI)-matched adults without diabetes. Adults with T1D had lower TBS compared to controls. Abdominal obesity and insulin resistance are associated with lower TBS. INTRODUCTION: We evaluated TBS, a non-invasive method to evaluate trabecular bone quality at the lumbar spine, in adults with T1D compared to age-, sex-, and BMI-matched adults without diabetes...
December 30, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284073/testing-the-use-of-pigs-as-human-proxies-in-decomposition-studies
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Melissa Connor, Christiane Baigent, Eriek S Hansen
Pigs are a common human analogue in taphonomic study, yet data comparing the trajectory of decomposition between the two groups are lacking. This study compared decomposition rate and gross tissue change in 17 pigs and 22 human remains placed in the Forensic Investigation Research Station in western Colorado between 2012 and 2015. Accumulated degree days (ADD) were used to assess the number of thermal units required to reach a given total body score (TBS) (1) which was used as the measure of decomposition. A comparison of slopes in linear mixed effects model indicated that decomposition rates significantly differed between human donors and pig remains χ2(1) = 5...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260650/impact-of-sickle-cell-trait-and-naturally-acquired-immunity-on-uncomplicated-malaria-after-controlled-human-malaria-infection-in-adults-in-gabon
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Bertrand Lell, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jean-Claude Dejon Agobe, Josiane Honkpehedji, Jeannot Zinsou, Juliana Boex Mengue, Marguerite Massinga Loembe, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Jana Held, Albert Lalremruata, The Trong Nguyen, Meral Esen, Natasha Kc, Adam J Ruben, Sumana Chakravarty, B Kim Lee Sim, Peter Billingsley, Eric James, Thomas L Richie, Stephen L Hoffman, Peter G Kremsner
Controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) by direct venous inoculation (DVI) with 3,200 cryopreserved Plasmodium falciparum sporozoites (PfSPZ) consistently leads to parasitemia and malaria symptoms in malaria-naive adults. We used CHMI by DVI to investigate infection rates, parasite kinetics, and malaria symptoms in lifelong malaria-exposed (semi-immune) Gabonese adults with and without sickle cell trait. Eleven semi-immune Gabonese with normal hemoglobin (IA), nine with sickle cell trait (IS), and five nonimmune European controls with normal hemoglobin (NI) received 3,200 PfSPZ by DVI and were followed 28 days for parasitemia by thick blood smear (TBS) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and for malaria symptoms...
December 18, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250304/trauma-related-memories-in-ptsd-after-interpersonal-violence-an-ambulatory-assessment-study
#16
Nikolaus Kleindienst, Kathlen Priebe, Mirja Petri, Amélie Hecht, Philip Santangelo, Martin Bohus, Olaf Schulte-Herbrüggen
Background: Ambulatory assessment (AA) is increasingly recommended for assessing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Previous AA studies provided new insights into the phenomenology of trauma-related memories, but also divergent findings. Notably, the range of trauma-related memories (a major target of psychotherapeutic interventions) reported in AA studies was as wide as 7.3 to 74.5 per week which might result from different methods used in these studies. Objective: We aimed at assessing the frequency of trauma-related memories in PTSD related to interpersonal violence and investigated whether this frequency is dependent upon the method...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247796/theta-burst-modulation-of-mid-ventrolateral-prefrontal-cortex-affects-salience-coding-in-the-human-ventral-tegmental-area
#17
Martin Ulrich, Sabrina Lorenz, Markus W Spitzer, Leon Steigleder, Thomas Kammer, Georg Grön
In the context of hedonic (over-)eating the ventral tegmental area (VTA) as a core part of the dopaminergic reward system plays a central role in coding incentive salience of high-caloric food. In the present study, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate whether transcranial magnetic theta-burst stimulation (TBS) over the right mid-ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (mid-VLPFC) can induce modulation of calorie-sensitive brain activation in the VTA. The prefrontal location for TBS had been predetermined by seed-based resting-state fMRI with a functionally defined portion of the VTA serving as seed region obtained from an independent second fMRI experiment...
December 13, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236921/intermittent-theta-burst-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-an-open-label-pilot-study
#18
Caio Abujadi, Paul E Croarkin, Bianca B Bellini, Helena Brentani, Marco A Marcolin
OBJECTIVE: Theta-burst stimulation (TBS) modulates synaptic plasticity more efficiently than standard repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation delivery and may be a promising modality for neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At present there are few effective interventions for prefrontal cortex dysfunction in ASD. We report on an open-label, pilot study of intermittent TBS (iTBS) to target executive function deficits and restricted, repetitive behaviors in male children and adolescents with ASD...
December 11, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233187/graphene-based-dental-adhesive-with-anti-biofilm-activity
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Agnese Bregnocchi, Elena Zanni, Daniela Uccelletti, Fabrizio Marra, Domenico Cavallini, Francesca De Angelis, Giovanni De Bellis, Maurizio Bossù, Gaetano Ierardo, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto
BACKGROUND: Secondary caries are considered the main cause of dental restoration failure. In this context, anti-biofilm and bactericidal properties are desired in dental materials against pathogens such as Streptococcus mutans. To this purpose, graphene based materials can be used as fillers of polymer dental adhesives. In this work, we investigated the possibility to use as filler of dental adhesives, graphene nanoplatelets (GNP), a non toxic hydrophobic nanomaterial with antimicrobial and anti-biofilm properties...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229309/interaction-of-margin-status-and-tumour-burden-determines-survival-after-resection-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Rui Mao, Jian-Jun Zhao, Xin-Yu Bi, Ye-Fan Zhang, Zhi-Yu Li, Jian-Guo Zhou, Hong Zhao, Jian-Qiang Cai
PURPOSE: We sought to determine the impact of surgical margin status on overall survival (OS) and recurrence pattern stratified by tumor burden. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected from patients undergoing resection for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM). Tumor burden was calculated according to a newly proposed Tumor Burden Score (TBS) system, defined as the distance from the origin on a Cartesian plane that incorporated maximum tumor size and number of liver lesions...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
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