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Prognostic study of cardiac events in Japanese patients with chronic kidney disease using ECG-gated myocardial Perfusion imaging: Final 3-year report of the J-ACCESS 3 study

Background Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is considered useful for risk stratification among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), without renal deterioration by contrast media. Methods and Results The Japanese Assessment of Cardiac Events and Survival Study by Quantitative Gated SPECT (J-ACCESS 3) is a multicenter, prospective cohort study investigating the ability of ...

Three-dimensional virtual planning of corrective osteotomies of distal radius malunions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The purpose of this study was to summarize and evaluate results of three-dimensional (3D-) planned corrective osteotomies of malunited distal radius fractures. 3D-planning techniques provide the possibility to address 3D-deformity that conventional planning methods might not address. We systematically searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane library for studies that performed a ...

Gamma-Ray Bursts and Fast Transients

The current status of observations and theoretical models of gamma-ray bursts and some other related transients, including ultra-long bursts and tidal disruption events, is reviewed. We consider the impact of multi-wavelength data on the formulation and development of theoretical models for the prompt and afterglow emission including the standard fireball model utilizing internal ...

Can experienced surgeons predict the additional value of a CT scan in patients with displaced intra-articular distal radius fractures?

There are no clear guidelines when an additional CT scan should be obtained for the treatment of displaced intra-articular distal radius fractures (DRF). This study aimed to investigate whether surgeons can predict the usefulness of CT scans to facilitate choice of treatment plan and/or pre-operative planning for DRF. Four surgeons evaluated 51 patients with displaced DRF. The ...

Morrey Spaces on Domains: Different Approaches and Growth Envelopes

We deal with Morrey spaces on bounded domains \(\Omega \) obtained by different approaches. In particular, we consider three settings \(\mathcal {M}_{u,p}(\Omega )\), \(\mathbb {M}_{u,p}(\Omega )\) and \(\mathfrak {M}_{u,p}(\Omega )\), where \(0<p\le u<\infty \), commonly used in the literature, and study their connections and diversities. Moreover, we determine the growth ...

Lengthening of the humerus with intramedullary lengthening nails—preliminary report

Distraction osteogenesis of the humerus with fully implantable lengthening is now possible since the diameter of the available nails was reduced to 10 mm and below. We report on the first intramedullary lengthening cases of the humerus with two different lengthening devices (FITBONE and PRECICE). Two different approaches and implantation techniques were used. We retrospectively ...

An Investigation into the Nature of the Oxide Layer Formed on Kovar (Fe–29Ni–17Co) Wires Following Oxidation in Air at 700 and 800 °C

This work provides new insight and evidence that challenges and extends the accepted view of the oxidation behaviour of Kovar (ASTM-15). Specimens of 2 mm diameter Kovar wire were oxidised in air at 700 or 800 °C for 10 min. The resulting oxide layers were analysed by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray ...

Epistemic Virtues Versus Ethical Values in the Financial Services Sector

In his important recent book, Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis: Why Incompetence is Worse than Greed (2015), Boudewijn de Bruin argues that a key element of the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 was a failure of epistemic (i.e. knowledge-based) virtue. To improve matters, then, de Bruin argues we need to focus on the acquisition and exercise of epistemic virtues, rather ...

Comparative evaluation of the algorithms for parametric mapping of the novel myocardial PET imaging agent 18F-FPTP

Objective (18F-fluoropentyl)triphenylphosphonium salt (18F-FPTP) is a new promising myocardial PET imaging tracer. It shows high accumulation in cardiomyocytes and rapid clearance from liver. We performed compartmental analysis of 18F-FPTP PET images in rat and evaluated two linear analyses: linear least-squares (LLS) and a basis function method (BFM) for generating parametric ...

Genome-wide population genetic analysis identifies evolutionary forces establishing continuous population divergence

Elucidating the mechanism shaping the spatial variations of traits has long been a central concern of evolutionary biologists. Geographic clines of allele/morph frequencies along environmental gradients are suggested to be established and maintained by the balancing of two opposing evolutionary forces, namely selection that generates spatial differentiation in morph frequencies, ...

On the Role of Faith in Sustainability Management: A Conceptual Model and Research Agenda

The objective of this article is to develop a faith development perspective on corporate sustainability. A firm’s management of sustainability is arguably determined by the way decision-makers relate to the other and the natural environment, and this relationship is fundamentally shaped by faith. This study advances theoretical understanding of the approach managers take on ...

Practical calculation method to estimate the absolute boron concentration in tissues using 18F-FBPA PET

Purpose The purpose of this study was to establish a practical method to estimate the absolute boron concentrations in the tissues based on the standardized uptake values (SUVs) after administration of 4-borono-phenylalanine (BPA) using 4-borono-2-18F-fluoro-phenylalanine (18F-FBPA) PET. Methods Rat xenograft models of C6 glioma (n = 7, body weight 241 ± 28.0 g) were used for the ...

The $74 billion problem: US–Egyptian relations after the ‘Arab Awakening’

Adopting an epistemic communities approach, this article outlines how US foreign policy elites have constructed their response to Egypt’s 2011 revolution. It argues that through the discursive deployment of elite power a neoliberal-security policy paradigm has been constructed and institutionalised. This policy seeks to promote a democratic transition in the long term whilst also ...

Quantitative anatomy of the primary ossification center of the femoral shaft in human fetuses

Purpose Early clinical distinction of congenital defects in the femur is extremely important, as it determines the prognosis of the development of the lower limb. This study was performed to quantitatively examine the primary center of ossification in the femoral shaft with respect to its linear, planar, and volumetric parameters. Materials and methods Using methods of CT, ...

Boundaries of the thoracic paravertebral space: potential risks and benefits of the thoracic paravertebral block from an anatomical perspective

Purpose Thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB) may be an alternative to thoracic epidural analgesia. A detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the TPV-space (TPVS), content and adnexa is essential in understanding the clinical consequences of TPVB. The exploration of the posterior TPVS accessibility in this study allows (1) determination of the anatomical boundaries, content and adnexa, ...

A place of many names: how three generations of Bedouin women express the meaning of home

This article examines how three generations of Bedouin women in southern Israel express what home means to them through the names they give it: bayt, maskan, and dar. Home has always been significant in the lives of Bedouin women, but Bedouin society is undergoing major changes—culturally, socially, and in the form of settlement. The external form of the Bedouin home has changed, ...

The role of gender and labour status in immunosenescence of 65+ Polish population

Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile ...

The Provision of Spiritual Care in Hospices: A Study in Four Hospices in North Rhine-Westphalia

This article considers the role and the practices of spiritual care in hospices. While spiritual care was firmly established as one of the four pillars of practical hospice care alongside medical, psychological and social care by Cicely Saunders, the importance and functions of spiritual care in daily practice remain arguable. When speaking about spirituality, what are we actually ...

Exaggerated Sexual Swellings and the Probability of Conception in Wild Sanje Mangabeys (Cercocebus sanjei)

Females of several catarrhine primate species exhibit exaggerated sexual swellings that change in size and coloration during the menstrual cycle and, in some species, gestation. Although their function remains under debate, studies indicate that swellings may contain information males could use to discern ovulation and the probability that a cycle will be conceptive. Here we ...

Disentangling antecedents and performance effects of family SME innovation: A knowledge-based perspective

Understanding how family small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seize opportunities for innovation and thus achieve superior performance is of substantial interest to family firm managers and academia. This paper develops a conceptual framework of antecedents that include resources internal and external to the firm in the two major dimensions of technological innovation (TI) and ...

Rank One Non-Hermitian Perturbations of Hermitian \(\beta \) -Ensembles of Random Matrices

We provide a tridiagonal matrix model and compute the joint eigenvalue density of a rank one non-Hermitian perturbation of a random matrix from the Gaussian or Laguerre \(\beta \)-ensemble.