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Plant-Animal Research Competition

Four Awards ($1,500 each) + publication expenses

We are announcing a competition for external investigator reports dealing with plant-animal communications, which influence animal/human tissues. Eligible studies can vary in their methodology, but state-of-the-art research submissions are encouraged.

Awards Guidelines and Program:
  1. Four Awards granted ($1,500 each) + reimbursement of publication expenses
  2. All reports prepared according to... read more


Published: 2014-10-22

Relationship of Left Atrial Global Peak Systolic Strain with Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Brain Natriuretic Peptide Level in Patients Presenting with Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Hüsnü Değirmenci, Eftal Murat Bakırcı, Levent Demirtaş, Hakan Duman, Hikmet Hamur, Gökhan Ceyhun, Ergün Topal

(Department of Cardiology, Mengücek Gazi Education and Research Hospital, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey)

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2013-2019

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890951


Background: In patients presenting with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, we investigated the relationship of left atrial deformational parameters evaluated by 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) with conventional echocardiographic diastolic dysfunction parameters and brain natriuretic peptide level.
Material and Methods: We enrolled 74 non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients who were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention and 58 healthy control subjects. Non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients had echocardiographic examination 48 h after the percutaneous coronary intervention procedure and venous blood samples were drawn simultaneously. In addition to conventional echocardiographic parameters, left atrial strain curves were obtained for each patient. Average peak left atrial strain values during left ventricular systole were measured.
Results: BNP values were higher in non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients compared to controls. Mean left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain in Group 2 (the control group) was higher than in the non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction group. Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain was significantly correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction. There was a significant inverse correlation between left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain and brain natriuretic peptide level, left atrium volume maximum, and left atrium volume minimum.
Conclusions: Our study shows that Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain values decreased consistently with deteriorating sy... read more

Keywords: Echocardiography, Myocardial Infarction, Natriuretic Peptide, Brain




Published: 2014-10-21

Experiences of Slovene ICU Physicians with End-of-Life Decision Making: A Nation-Wide Survey


Urh Groselj, Miha Orazem, Maja Kanic, Gaj Vidmar, Stefan Grosek

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2007-2012

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891029

Published: 2014-10-20

Disrupting the Balance between Tumor Epithelia and Stroma is a Possible Therapeutic Approach for Pancreat...


Zheng Wang, Jiahui Li, Xin Chen, Wanxing Duan, Qingyong Ma, Xuqi Li

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2002-2006

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.892523