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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935328/valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-novel-approach-to-treat-paravalvular-leak
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Pranav Loyalka, Kelsey B Montgomery, Tom C Nguyen, Richard W Smalling, Melissa Howe, Keshava Rajagopal
Enlarging or "cracking" a surgical stented bioprosthetic valve during valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) increases orifice area, reducing transvalvular energy losses. We demonstrate that TAVI with valve cracking can be used to treat paravalvular leak (PVL) while providing optimal aortic valve physiology. A 61-year-old woman with a history of aortic valve replacement with a stented bioprosthesis presented with heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed severe prosthetic aortic valve stenosis with PVL and severe regurgitation...
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934859/antibacterial-and-anticancer-activity-of-the-purified-cashew-nut-shell-liquid-implications-in-cancer-chemotherapy-and-wound-healing
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Shabeeba M Ashraf, Krishnan Rathinasamy
The cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) from the cashew nut shell of Anacardium occidentale L. has been used to treat skin infections, cracks on soles of feet and cancerous ulcers. In this study, we have purified the technical CNSL, systematically evaluated its anticancer, antibacterial and wound healing activity. The LC-MS data revealed that the purified CNSL contains the compounds, cardanol, anacardic acid and methylcardol. It inhibited the proliferation of HeLa cells with an IC50 of 0.004%(v/v) and caused moderate mitotic block with spindle abnormality...
September 21, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933975/foot-problems-in-older-women
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F Guidozzi
Between 20 and 45% of women aged over 65 years of age will develop one or more foot problems, which, although not specific to older women, are more common in that age group than in younger women. These include structural defects of the toes including hallux valgus, hammer, mallet or claw toes, skin disorders, fungal infection of the toes and toe nails, thickened toe nails, ulcers, fissures or cracks between the toes, corns and calluses, flat or high-arched feet. Foot pain is common and may be associated with other co-morbid diseases of the foot...
September 21, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933439/3d-printing-of-high-strength-aluminium-alloys
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John H Martin, Brennan D Yahata, Jacob M Hundley, Justin A Mayer, Tobias A Schaedler, Tresa M Pollock
Metal-based additive manufacturing, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a potentially disruptive technology across multiple industries, including the aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. Building up metal components layer by layer increases design freedom and manufacturing flexibility, thereby enabling complex geometries, increased product customization and shorter time to market, while eliminating traditional economy-of-scale constraints. However, currently only a few alloys, the most relevant being AlSi10Mg, TiAl6V4, CoCr and Inconel 718, can be reliably printed; the vast majority of the more than 5,500 alloys in use today cannot be additively manufactured because the melting and solidification dynamics during the printing process lead to intolerable microstructures with large columnar grains and periodic cracks...
September 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929966/-a-case-with-scalp-pruritus-caused-by-dermanysus-gallinae-order-mesostigmata
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Mustafa Şengül, Nida Kaçar, Mehmet Karaca, Sedef Zeliha Öner, Çağrı Ergin
Dermanyssus gallinae is one of the important hematophagous ectoparasite species of poultry like chicken, pigeon and wild bird species. These ectoparasites in the form of nymphs or adults who can not find their hosts are also seen in mammals and even in humans. For this reason, they are considered as important for public health. The ectoparasite causes a clinical condition named gamasoidosis among pet owners and people who live or work close to animal shelters, barns and chicken farms. Pruritus dermatitis is also caused by D...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928717/egg-quality-during-the-pubertal-transition-is-youth-all-it-s-cracked-up-to-be
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Francesca E Duncan
Although it is well accepted that egg quality decreases with advanced maternal age, we do not know how it is affected at the earliest ages during the pubertal transition-likely because this young population is not typically reproducing. However, in the setting of fertility preservation, more childhood cancer patients are surviving their diagnosis due to medical advances, forcing patients and their families to consider their future fertility at a very young age. Ex vivo in vitro maturation, in which cumulus oocyte complexes harvested from ovarian tissue are cultured to obtain mature gametes, is gaining traction as a fertility preservation method that is coupled to ovarian tissue cryopreservation...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928290/enhancing-patient-safety-through-the-use-of-a-pharmaceutical-glass-designed-to-prevent-cracked-containers
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Robert A Schaut, Kyle C Hoff, Steven E DeMartino, William K Denson, Ronald L Verkleeren
An essential role of packaging material for the storage and delivery of drug products is to provide adequate protection against contamination and loss of sterility. This is especially important for parenteral containers, as lack of sterility or contamination can result in serious adverse events including death. Nonetheless, cracked parenteral containers are an important source of container integrity failures for injectable drugs and pose a serious risk for patients. Despite significant investments in inspection technology, each year many injectable drugs are investigated and recalled for sterility risks associated with cracked borosilicate containers...
September 19, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926941/why-ubiquitin-has-not-evolved
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Douglas C Allan, James C Phillips
Ubiquitin, discovered less than 50 years ago, tags thousands of diseased proteins for destruction. It is small (only 76 amino acids), and is found unchanged in mammals, birds, fish, and even worms, indicating that ubiquitin is perfect. Key features of its functionality are identified here using critical point thermodynamic scaling theory. These include synchronized pivots and hinges, a stabilizing central pivot, and Fano interference between first- and second-order elements of correlated long-range (allosteric) globular surface shape transitions...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926806/simultaneous-removal-of-sulfides-and-benzene-in-fcc-gasoline-by-in-situ-hydrogenation-over-nilain-zro2-r-al2o3
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Lei Wang, Qian Liu, Chunyu Jing, Jiajia Yin, Nchare Mominou, Shuzhen Li
The ZrO2-r-Al2O3 composite was developed and co-modified with nickel, lanthanum and indium species by the impregnation method. A fixed-bed reactor was utilized to investigate the activity of the resulting catalysts in the removal of sulfides and benzene in fluid catalytic cracking gasoline. The resultant samples were characterized using XRD, TEM, XPS, TGA, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD and N2 adsorption/desorption techniques. XRD analysis indicated no agglomeration of Ni and La species, in good agreement with the TEM image...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923547/how-oral-environment-simulation-affects-ceramic-failure-behavior
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Ediléia Lodi, Kátia R Weber, Paula Benetti, Pedro H Corazza, Álvaro Della Bona, Márcia Borba
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Investigating the mechanical behavior of ceramics in a clinically simulated scenario contributes to the development of new and tougher materials, improving the clinical performance of restorations. The optimal in vitro environment for testing is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the failure behavior of a leucite-reinforced glass-ceramic under compression loading and fatigue in different simulated oral environment conditions...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923319/mechanics-of-pharmaceutical-pellets-constitutive-properties-deformation-and-breakage-behavior-%C3%A2
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Alexander Russell, Rok Šibanc, Rok Dreu, Peter Müller
To ensure robust manufacturing of unit-based oral solid dosage forms with minimal structural imperfections and high mechanical reliability across subsequent processing unit operations (for e.g. withstanding mechanical stresses during coating, optional axial compression, handling, packaging, storage and transport conditions), process design should include consideration of precise limits of accurate micro, macro and bulk properties of the constituent pellets. This communication presents a comprehensive intricate database of micro-mechanical properties' and breakage probability distribution functions of pellets, illustrating the stiffening and strengthening effects of coatings and the softening and weakening effects of structural moisture...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921994/anisotropic-cracking-of-nanocrystal-superlattices
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Benjamin T Diroll, Xuedan Ma, Yaoting Wu, Christopher B Murray
The synthesis colloidal nanocrystals in non-polar organic solvents has led to exceptional size- and shape-control, enabling the formation of nanocrystal superlattices isostructural to atomic lattices built with nanocrystals rather than atoms. The long aliphatic ligands (e.g. oleic acid) used to achieve this control separate nanocrystals too far in the solid-state for most charge-transporting devices. Solid-state ligand exchange, which brings particles closer together and enhances conductivity, necessitates large changes in the total volume of the solid (compressive stress), which leads to film cracking...
September 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921632/elevated-solute-transport-at-sites-of-diffuse-matrix-damage-in-cortical-bone-implications-on-bone-repair
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Bin Wang, Xuanhao Sun, Ozan Akkus, Liyun Wang
Diffuse matrix damage in rat cortical bone has been observed to self-repair efficiently in two weeks without activating bone remodeling, and unlike the case with linear cracks, the local osteocytes at the sites of diffuse damage remain healthy. However, the reason(s) for such high efficiency of matrix repair remains unclear. We hypothesized that transport of minerals and other compounds essential for damage repair is enhanced at the damaged sites and further increased by the application of tensile loading. To test our hypothesis, diffuse damage was introduced in notched bovine wafers under cyclic tensile loading and unloading...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920811/salt-bath-as-a-treatment-for-idiopathic-dermatitis-in-captive-nile-hippopotamus-hippopotamus-amphibius
#14
Kelly E Helmick
Ulcerative skin lesions were observed in two captive adult female hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) from a zoological collection. Lesions appeared as cracking, peeling, or vesicles of the skin affecting the lateral and ventral aspects of the neck, limbs, thorax, and abdomen, dorsum, toes, and perineal region. Some lesions drained blood, serum, or purulent material. Histologic evaluation of sloughed skin consisted of deep dermal collagen with bacterial cellulitis and vasculitis and superficial fungal colonization...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920780/use-of-composite-materials-as-a-component-of-tusk-fracture-management-in-an-asian-elephant-elephas-maximus-and-an-african-elephant-loxodonta-africana
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Richard R Sim, Elizabeth Stringer, Dennis Donovan, Rachael Chappell, Pat Flora, Jon Hall, Selvum Pillay, Benjamin G Willis, Stephanie McCain
Tusk fractures in Asian (Elephas maximus) and African elephants (Loxodonta africana) can result in damage to the distal end or to longitudinal cracks, potentially progressing to pulpitis. With pulp exposure, endodontic therapy is the treatment of choice, but conservative therapy has sufficed for some elephants. This manuscript describes the use of composite materials as a component of tusk fracture management. A 7-yr-old male Asian elephant fractured the distal end of both tusks with pulp exposure in one. Capping of each tusk with a Kevlar/fiberglass composite prevented further damage, and a modification allowed care of the exposed pulp tissue...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920620/observation-of-chemically-protected-polydimethylsiloxane-towards-crack-free-pdms
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N Y Adly, H Hassani, A Q Tran, M Balski, A Yakushenko, A Offenhäusser, D Mayer, B Wolfrum
The current modification of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates via oxygen plasma treatment causes surface cracks. Here, we demonstrate a method to prevent crack formation by chemical treatment. Chemical modification renders the surface hydrophilic for several days and is effective in preserving the elasticity of the PDMS surface at the nanoscale level.
September 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917885/magnetic-cellulose-nanocrystal-nanocomposites-for-the-development-of-green-functional-materials
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E Lizundia, A Maceiras, J L Vilas, P Martins, S Lanceros-Mendez
A magnetic cellulosic material composed of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles was developed through evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA). Nanoparticles demonstrated good dispersibility within the cellulose nanocrystal template. The addition of glucose to CNC network allows the development of homogeneous crack-free CNC-based films and does no modify neither the morphology nor the optical properties. In contrast, the introduction of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles produces a marked decrease in the amount of the transmitted light...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917343/long-term-outcomes-for-cryotherapy-in-barrett-s-esophagus-with-high-grade-dysplasia-just-cracking-the-ice
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Koushik K Das, Gary W Falk
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October 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916898/a-strengths-based-case-management-intervention-to-reduce-hiv-viral-load-among-people-who-use-drugs
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Alex H Kral, Barrot H Lambdin, Megan Comfort, Christina Powers, Helen Cheng, Andrea M Lopez, Robert O Murdoch, Torsten B Neilands, Jennifer Lorvick
Engaging highly marginalized HIV positive people in sustained medical care is vital for optimized health and prevention efforts. Prior studies have found that strengths-based case management helps link people who use drugs to HIV care. We conducted a pilot to assess whether a strengths-based case management intervention may help people who use injection drugs (PWID) or smoke crack cocaine (PWSC) achieve undetectable HIV viral load. PWID and PWSC were recruited in Oakland, California using targeted sampling methods and referral from jails and were tested for HIV...
September 15, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916163/effects-of-small-grit-grinding-and-glazing-on-mechanical-behaviors-and-ageing-resistance-of-a-super-translucent-dental-zirconia
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Xuan Lai, Wenjie Si, Danyu Jiang, Ting Sun, Longquan Shao, Bin Deng
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to elucidate the effects of small-grit grinding on the mechanical behaviors and ageing resistance of a super-translucent dental zirconia and to investigate the necessity of glazing for the small-grit ground zirconia. METHODS: Small-grit grinding was performed using two kinds of silicon carbide abrasive papers. The control group received no grinding. The unground surfaces and the ground surfaces were glazed by an experienced dental technician...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
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