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Differentiation of Brain Tumor Microvasculature From Normal Vessels Using Optical Coherence Angiography.

Lasers Surg Med 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas, 78712, USA.

Background And Objectives: Despite rapid advances and discoveries in medical imaging, monitoring therapeutic efficacy for malignant gliomas and monitoring tumor vasculature remains problematic. The purpose of this study is to utilize optical coherence angiography for vasculature characterization inside and surrounding brain tumors in a murine xenograft brain tumor model. Features included in our analysis include fractional blood volume, vessel tortuosity, diameter, orientation, and directionality. Read More

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Cue-Based Feeding as Intervention to Achieve Full Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants Primarily Managed with Bubble CPAP.

Am J Perinatol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Rehabilitation, the George Washington University Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia.

Objective:  Cue-based feeding aims at matching introduction of per oral (PO) feeding with physiological readiness of preterm infants to facilitate PO intake and avoid oral aversion. It was claimed that cue-based feeding may lead to delay in the initiation or achieving full PO feeding in clinical setting primarily using bubble nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The study aimed to examine the association of cue-based feeding with time of introduction and completing oral feeding in infants primarily managed with bubble CPAP. Read More

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Early Goal-Directed Renal Replacement Therapy in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Patients with Cardiorenal Syndrome.

Blood Purif 2021 Jun 15:1-9. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Division of Nephrology, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Introduction: The aim of this study was to clarify the efficacy of early goal-directed renal replacement therapy (GDRRT) for treatment of cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) patients after acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF).

Methods: In the retrospective, observational study, we enrolled 54 patients in the early GDRRT group and 63 patients in the late GDRRT group. Baseline characteristics, clinical data at initiation renal replacement therapy time, and the clinical outcome were collected and several parameters were compared and analyzed between 2 groups. Read More

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Impairment of vestibulo-collic reflex and linear vestibulo-ocular reflex in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis patients.

Clin Neurophysiol 2021 May 24;132(8):1813-1819. Epub 2021 May 24.

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Ankara, Turkey.

Objectives: This study aimed to examine the vestibulo-collic reflex (VCR) and linear vestibulo-ocular reflex (lVOR) and their correlation with brain lesions in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (POMS).

Methods: The study group consisted of 17 patients (34 ears) with POMS (mean age 18.73 ± 2. Read More

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Volume of the whale shark and their mechanism of vertical feeding.

Zoology (Jena) 2021 May 3;147:125932. Epub 2021 May 3.

Okinawa Churashima Research Center, Okinawa Churashima Foundation, 888, Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0206, Japan; Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, 424, Motobu-cho, Okinawa, 905-0206, Japan.

The present study provides a noninvasive method to estimate the body volume of sharks (Elasmobranchii, Selachii) using a computational geometric model. This method allows the volume of sharks to be estimated from lateral and ventral photographs assuming an elliptical body cross-sectional geometry. A comparison of the estimated and actual body volumes of several shark species showed that the estimation error was < 0. Read More

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A rise in Proteobacteria is an indicator of gut-liver axis-mediated nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in high-fructose-fed adult mice.

Nutr Res 2021 May 21;91:26-35. Epub 2021 May 21.

Laboratory of Morphometry, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, Biomedical Center, Institute of Biology, Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Electronic address:

Current evidence suggests that high fructose intake results in gut dysbiosis, leading to endotoxemia and NAFLD onset. Thus, the hypothesis of the study was that an enhanced Proteobacteria proportion in the cecal microbiota could be the most prominent trigger of NAFLD through enhanced endotoxin (LPS) in adult high-fructose-fed C57BL/6 mice. Male C57BL/6 mice received a control diet (n = 10, C: 76% of energy as carbohydrates, 0% as fructose) or high-fructose diet (n = 10, HFRU: 76% of energy as carbohydrate, 50% as fructose) for 12 weeks. Read More

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Neural correlates of irritability in a community sample of children.

J Affect Disord 2021 Jun 5;292:223-226. Epub 2021 Jun 5.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

Irritability has been associated with aberrant patterns of neural activation, yet little is known about structural brain correlates of irritability. As such, we aimed to investigate associations between irritability and gray matter volume (GMV) in a community sample of children enriched for irritability. The sample comprised children (n=162) aged 9-11 years with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), participating in a cohort study with magnetic resonance imaging data available. Read More

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Modification of ordered mesoporous carbon for removal of environmental contaminants from aqueous phase: A review.

J Hazard Mater 2021 May 30;418:126266. Epub 2021 May 30.

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127, China; Joint International Research Laboratory of Agriculture and Agri-Product Safety of Ministry of Education of China, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127, Jiangsu, China; Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Solid Organic Waste Resource Utilization, China. Electronic address:

Contamination of water bodies by potentially toxic elements and organic pollutants has aroused extensive concerns worldwide. Thus it is significant to develop effective adsorbents for removing these contaminants. As a new member of carbonaceous material families (activated carbon, biochar, and graphene), ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) with larger specific surface area, ordered pore structure, and higher pore volume are being evaluated for their use in contaminant removal. Read More

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Cerebrovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and clinical phenotype in dementia with Lewy bodies.

Neurobiol Aging 2021 May 14;105:252-261. Epub 2021 May 14.

Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. Electronic address:

We investigated whether cerebrovascular disease contributes to neurodegeneration and clinical phenotype in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Regional cortical thickness and subcortical gray matter volumes were estimated from structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 165 DLB patients. Cortical and subcortical infarcts were recorded and white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) were assessed. Read More

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Facile and rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibody based on a noncompetitive fluorescence polarization immunoassay in human serum samples.

Biosens Bioelectron 2021 Jun 5;190:113414. Epub 2021 Jun 5.

Division of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-8628, Japan; Innovative Research Centre for Preventive Medical Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan; Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan. Electronic address:

Antibody detection methods for viral infections have received broad attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there remains an ever-increasing need to quantitatively evaluate the immune response to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Here, we report an analytical method for the rapid and quantitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibody in human serum by fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA). Read More

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A continuum model and simulations for large deformation of anisotropic fiber-matrix composites for cardiac tissue engineering.

J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 2021 Jun 7;121:104627. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States; Center for Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States. Electronic address:

Cardiac patch therapies promise to restore heart function and lower the risk of heart failure after heart attack. Fiber-matrix engineered tissue scaffolds have gained significant attention due to their tunable micro-structures, providing nonlinear mechanical properties similar to native anisotropic heart tissues. Mechanical properties of engineered scaffolds directly affect the stress fields generated inside and around the tissue scaffolds and have significant impact on the tissue functionality. Read More

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Morphometric properties of immature reticulocytes in health and during acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid leukemia.

Tissue Cell 2021 Jun 10;71:101578. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

Department of Biology, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Belgorod State University, 85 Pobeda St., Belgorod, 308015, Russia. Electronic address:

Despite significant advances, many changes occurring in the tumor microenvironment during acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain unclear. The surface of immature reticulocytes was examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) to determine specific changes during the development of ALL and AML. In patients with ALL the surface area of reticulocytes increased by 18. Read More

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Frequency and factors associated with post-stroke seizures in a large multicenter study in West Africa.

J Neurol Sci 2021 Jun 9;427:117535. Epub 2021 Jun 9.

Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Nigeria; Center for Genomic and Precision Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Background: Post-stroke seizures (PSS) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality across the globe. There is a paucity of data on PSS in Africa.

Purpose: To assess the frequency and factors associated with PSS by stroke types across 15 hospitals in Nigeria and Ghana. Read More

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Echocardiographic predictors of cardioembolic stroke due to underlying atrial fibrillation: Reliable left atrial remodeling signs in acute stroke.

J Neurol Sci 2021 Jun 1;427:117514. Epub 2021 Jun 1.

Department of Neurology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Japan.

Introduction: Atrial remodeling due to high-burden atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with cardioembolic stroke (CES). As not all CESs is caused by AF, we analyzed the diagnostic values of each echocardiographic parameter to distinguish likely AF-related CES in acute stroke patients while in non-AF rhythm.

Methods: The data of consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke in sinus rhythm between 2012 and 2015 were obtained. Read More

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Influencing factors of observed speed and rule compliance of speed-pedelec riders in high volume cycling areas: Implications for safety and legislation.

Accid Anal Prev 2021 Jun 12;159:106239. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

CARRS -Q, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Speed pedelecs (s-pedelecs) are electric bicycles offering pedal assistance up to 45 km/h. S-pedelecs may contribute to a more efficient and green traffic system. However, their potential to reach high speeds has raised road safety concerns. Read More

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Speeding through the pandemic: Perceptual and psychological factors associated with speeding during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period.

Authors:
A Tucker K L Marsh

Accid Anal Prev 2021 Jun 12;159:106225. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

University of Connecticut Psychological Sciences Department, USA.

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home period there were observed increases in both the percentage of cars engaged in extreme speeding, and the percentage of cars traveling below the speed limit. These changes have been attributed to unusually low traffic volume during the stay-at-home period. We develop a novel theoretical account, based on existing empirical research, of perceptual and psychological processes that may account for changes in speeding behavior under low traffic volume conditions. Read More

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The role of systemic inflammation in the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Clin Nutr 2021 Apr 27;40(6):3661-3667. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Department of Blood Transfusion, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China. Electronic address:

Background & Aims: The association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains inconclusive. Moreover, whether inflammatory biomarkers are involved in this association has not been explored. This study aims to investigate serum 25(OH)D in relation to T2DM in a Chinese population and provide clues for the inflammatory mechanism whereby serum 25(OH)D deficiency increases T2DM risk. Read More

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A stochastic micro to macro mechanical model for the evolution of bone-implant interface stiffness.

Acta Biomater 2021 Jun 12. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Department of Biomaterials, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden.

Upon placement of an implant into living bone, an interface is formed through which various biochemical, biological, physical and mechanical processes and interactions take place. This interface evolves over time as the mechanical properties of peri-implant bone increase. Owing to the multifactorial nature of interfacial processes, it is challenging to devise a comprehensive model for predicting the mechanical behavior of the bone-implant interface. Read More

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Vascularized Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque Models for the Validation of Novel Methods of Quantifying Intra-Plaque Neovascularization.

J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2021 Jun 12. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada;; Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Imaging Network at Queen's (CINQ), Queen's University, Canada. Electronic address:

Background: Intraplaque neovascularization (IPN) in advanced lesions of the carotid artery has been linked to plaque progression and risk of rupture. Quantitative measurement of IPN may provide a more powerful tool for the detection of such "vulnerable" plaque than the current visual scoring grading method. The aim of this study was to develop a phantom platform of a neovascularized atherosclerotic plaque within a carotid artery to assess new methods of quantifying IPN. Read More

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Transcriptional profiling of primary prostate tumor in metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer and association with clinical outcomes: correlative analysis of the E3805 CHAARTED study.

Ann Oncol 2021 Jun 12. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address:

Background: The phase III CHAARTED trial established upfront androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) plus docetaxel (D) as a standard for metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) based on meaningful improvement in overall survival (OS). Biological prognostic markers of outcomes and predictors of chemotherapy benefit are undefined.

Patients And Methods: Whole transcriptomic profiling was performed on primary prostate cancer (PC) tissue obtained from patients enrolled in CHAARTED prior to systemic therapy. Read More

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Efficient and effective single-step screening of individual samples for SARS-CoV-2 RNA using multi-dimensional pooling and Bayesian inference.

J R Soc Interface 2021 Jun 16;18(179):20210155. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Rapid and widespread implementation of infectious disease surveillance is a critical component in the response to novel health threats. Molecular assays are the preferred method to detect a broad range of viral pathogens with high sensitivity and specificity. The implementation of molecular assay testing in a rapidly evolving public health emergency, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can be hindered by resource availability or technical constraints. Read More

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Nonsurgical reshaping of the nose, chin and jawline: A retrospective analysis using experience-based eligibility criteria.

J Cosmet Dermatol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

InFormaMedica Day Clinic, Palermo, Italy.

Background: Nonsurgical reshaping of the nose, chin and jawline with hyaluronic acid fillers is becoming increasingly popular. Appropriate patient selection is essential.

Objectives: To assess the safety and efficacy of nonsurgical treatment of these facial areas using experience-based eligibility criteria and injection of the high G' filler, VYC-25L. Read More

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Evaluation of aging changes in the superficial fat compartments of the midface: a computed tomography study.

J Cosmet Dermatol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Dr. Sadiye Kus Dermatology Clinic, Istanbul.

Background: Previous studies on alterations in superficial fat compartments with age yielded contradictory results; the superficial fat tissue volume or thickness was reported to increase, decrease, or remain unchanged.

Aims: To investigate volumetric and dimensional changes in superficial midfacial fat tissue retrospectively in patients who underwent a repeated computed tomography (CT).

Methods: A total of 262 patients (mean age, 46 years; median elapsed time between two CT imagings, 56 months) were included. Read More

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Effects of Macrophage Regulation on Fat Grafting Survival: Improvement, Mechanisms, and Potential Application A Review.

J Cosmet Dermatol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases, National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

Background: Autologous fat grafting has become a popular tool in plastic surgery to solve soft tissue defects and achieve skin rejuvenation, but the volume loss after transplantation remains a disturbing problem. In recent years, some new strategies have improved the outcome to some extent, but the fat graft retention is still far from ideal, so there remains a wide development prospect in this field. Macrophages are closely related to the local microenvironment and tissue regeneration, and their role in fat grafting has been increasingly highlighted. Read More

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Three-dimensional assessment of the spheno-occipital synchondrosis and clivus after tooth-borne and bone-borne rapid maxillary expansion.

Angle Orthod 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Objectives: To assess changes in spheno-occipital synchondrosis after rapid maxillary expansion (RME) performed with conventional tooth-borne (TB) and bone-borne (BB) appliances.

Materials And Methods: This study included 40 subjects with transverse maxillary deficiency who received TB RME or BB RME. Cone-beam computed tomography images (CBCT) were taken before treatment (T0), and after a 6-month retention period (T1). Read More

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Hydraulic performance prediction and optimization of an engine cooling water pump using computational fluid dynamic analysis.

PLoS One 2021 15;16(6):e0253309. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.

In current research, the hydraulic performance prediction and optimization of an engine cooling water pump was conducted by computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis. Through CFD simulation, the pump head, shaft power and efficiency for the original pump at volume flow rate 25 L/min and impeller rotating speed 4231 r/min were 3.87 m, 66. Read More

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Disability, pain, and wound-specific concerns self-reported by adults at risk of limb loss: A cross-sectional study using the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0.

PLoS One 2021 15;16(6):e0253288. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Introduction: There has been limited study of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in patients at risk of limb loss. Our primary objective was to estimate the prevalence of disability in this patient population using the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2. Read More

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Common-path angular-multiplexing holographic data storage based on computer-generated holography.

Opt Lett 2021 Jun;46(12):2920-2923

An unconventional angular-multiplexed recording technique is proposed for holographic data storage based on a computer-generated hologram (CGH) technique. While general angular-multiplexed recording techniques require a Mach-Zehnder interferometer to record data pages as volume holograms, the proposed method records ones with a common-path configuration with the help of a CGH technique, which prevents the optical setup from being bulky. In the proposed method, the CGH reconstructs signal and reference beams simultaneously, and these beams interfere in a recording medium. Read More

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Single-objective selective-volume illumination microscopy enables high-contrast light-field imaging.

Opt Lett 2021 Jun;46(12):2860-2863

The performance of light-field microscopy is improved by selectively illuminating the relevant subvolume of the specimen with a second objective lens. Here we advance this approach to a single-objective geometry, using an oblique one-photon illumination path or two-photon illumination to accomplish selective-volume excitation. The elimination of the second orthogonally oriented objective to selectively excite the volume of interest simplifies specimen mounting; yet, this single-objective approach still reduces the out-of-volume background, resulting in improvements in image contrast, effective resolution, and volume reconstruction quality. Read More

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CleftNet: Augmented Deep Learning for Synaptic Cleft Detection from Brain Electron Microscopy.

Authors:
Yi Liu Shuiwang Ji

IEEE Trans Med Imaging 2021 Jun 15;PP. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Detecting synaptic clefts is a crucial step to investigate the biological function of synapses. The volume electron microscopy (EM) allows the identification of synaptic clefts by photoing EM images with high resolution and fine details. Machine learning approaches have been employed to automatically predict synaptic clefts from EM images. Read More

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