Minimally ‐invasive parasternal aortic valve replacement–A slow learning curve towards improved outcomes

ConclusionsParasternal minimally ‐invasive aortic valve replacement is a feasible technique associated with a slow learning curve but the potential to achieve improved outcomes. Considering the transcatheter alternatives, the relative risk reduction may be worth investigating in future trials.
Source: Journal of Cardiac Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

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In this study, we collected raw water from different elements of a local full-scale plant to investigate the fouling characteristics along a two-stage-module NF process. The fouled membranes at different flux decline ratios were autopsied according to scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), adenosine triphosphate (ATP), contact angle and zeta potential measurements to track the dynamic evolution of organic, inorganic and biological fouling. Statistical approaches, including principal component analysis (PCA), ...
Source: Journal of Membrane Science - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Authors: Maruta M, Miyoshi T, Matsuo N, Yamashina T, Irie K, Tsuruta M, Tsukada H, Tsuruyama M, Nagano M, Hiraki Y Abstract We administered FOLFOX (oxaliplatin (L-OHP) plus infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin) to an hemodialysis (HD) patient with advanced gastric cancer (AGC), and investigated pharmacokinetics (PKs) and dialyzability of L-OHP. The patient was a 54-year-old Japanese man with a diagnosis of inoperable AGC. FOLFOX was instituted 3 h prior to the start of a 4 h HD period with the L-OHP and 5-FU doses reduced by 50% for the first cycle, and 30% reduced dose was administered for...
Source: Journal of Chemotherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Chemother Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn experienced centers, Ross procedure is a reliable alternative to prosthetic or homograft valve replacement in young adults suffering from active aortic valve endocarditis, with a low operative risk and good long-term results.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study supports the psychometric properties of the Norwegian Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Use of Self questionnaire in assessing self-efficacy in therapeutic encounters. Further research is needed to address the misfit items and the rating scale issue.Significance: Rasch analysis showed that the Norwegian Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Use of Self questionnaire is promising to be used as a reliable and valid tool. PMID: 32065554 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
Conclusion: People who are overweight or obese are motivated to lose weight because of health issues and feeling more comfortable with their body. The opportunities for weight loss lie in creating habits, routines and structuring everyday life activities to facilitate a healthier lifestyle.Significance: The findings indicate that an occupational therapist should be part of weight-loss interventions. PMID: 32065553 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
Publication date: March 2020Source: Results in Physics, Volume 16Author(s): Sheng Zou, Hanbin Xiao, Fangping Ye, Zongchen Li, Wenzhi Tang, Feng Zhu, Chentong Chen, Chao ZhuAbstractThe inevitably formed residual stress in the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process leads to distortion, crack and even delamination of the workpiece. Single laser is commonly applied during SLM processing. However, its productivity is much lower than multiple lasers. In addition, the research of residual stress with multi-laser condition currently is limited in the open documents. In this paper, a three-dimensional (3D) thermo-mechanical model, w...
Source: Results in Physics - Category: Physics Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Elevated levels of sdLDL-C were associated with a higher prevalence of AIS, especially in non-cardioembolic stroke subtypes. After adjustment for other risk factors, sdLDL-C was found to be an independent risk factor for AIS. Also, sdLDL-C level was strongly associated with AIS severity and poor functional outcomes. Logistic regression models for AIS risk and prognosis prediction were established to help clinicians provide better prevention for high-risk subjects and monitor their prognosis. PMID: 32062644 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Atheroscler Thromb Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: We found that the outcomes of MT for patients with PCO were poorer than with ACO. On the other hand, MT appears to have lower rates of sICH and to increase successful recanalization. Given the high recanalization rate, MT may serve as an adjunct to standard treatment. The key point to improve outcomes is recognizing reliable factors associated with futile recanalization and optimizing the results of MT. But in view of the different characteristics of posterior circulation stroke and anterior circulation stroke, the results are far from robust. PMID: 32062629 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Atheroscler Thromb Source Type: research
Authors: Jiang Q, Wang Z, Guo J, Yu T, Zhang X, Hu S Abstract Objectives: We investigated whether the totally video-assisted thoracoscopic mitral valve surgery provides superior clinical outcomes and less inflammatory injury reaction compared with conventional sternotomy.Methods: A total of 504 consecutive patients admitted for mitral valve surgery from May 2014 through May 2019 in a single center were retrospectively analyzed according to two distinct procedure approach: the totally video-assisted thoracoscopic approach (group A, n = 127) and standard median sternotomy (group B, n = 377...
Source: Journal of Investigative Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: J Invest Surg Source Type: research
The objective of the study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography in detecting nodular lesions in patients with subacute thyroiditis. We conducted a longitudinal study involving 710 patients with subacute thyroiditis who underwent ultrasonographic examinations in a single center between 2008 and 2018. These examinations were performed at initial diagnosis and during follow-up, with subsequent evaluation of nodules using fine needle aspiration cytology. Ultrasonographic examination used for the initial screening of thyroid nodules in patients with subacute thyroiditis showed a sensitivity of 72.4%, specifi...
Source: Endocrine Journal - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr J Source Type: research
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