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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Understanding Life After Stroke

Hjelmblink, Finn January 2008 (has links)
<p>Stroke is an acute, neurological dysfunction of vascular origin with sudden occurrence and it influences physical, cognitive and psychological functions. Initial treatment aims at eliminating or reducing the brain damage. Soon, however, the influence of the stroke on the entire life of stroke survivors has to be considered.</p><p>This thesis explores the meaning of life after stroke to 19 elderly stroke survivors during the first year post stroke. Survivors were interviewed twice and the interviews were analysed through qualitative methods.</p><p>Study I was about four survivors who delayed hospital arrival far beyond time limits for trombolytic treatment. The survivors had a strong need for control of body, autonomy and integrity and they demanded to be encountered in consultations as a person by a person. To make them search for emergency evaluation in time might demand an emergency care treating them according to these needs.</p><p>In Study II the voice of an aphasic survivor was heard. Because of the damaged language his rehabilitation unilaterally focussed on language training and his need for comprehensive support and planning for the future was not observed. Implementation of a qualitative research method for text analysis adapted to practical use in dialogues with aphasic persons might ensure these survivors an adequate rehabilitation.</p><p>Study III showed how time models in narratives helped stroke survivors to overcome uncertainty and recreate narrative coherence in their lives. Professionals can support survivors through revealing and reinforcing the meaning of these models.</p><p>Study IV found that the meaning of rehabilitation to stroke survivors was social reintegration. Many probably did not socially reintegrate because their own strategies and subjectively experienced disabilities were unacknowledged in their rehabilitation. Through integrating illness-as-lived perspectives with biomedical perspectives, subjective dysfunctions and rehabilitation strategies of survivors could be acknowledged in stroke rehabilitation.</p>

MRI Contrast Enhancement and Cell Labeling using Gd2O3 Nanoparticles

Hedlund, Anna January 2011 (has links)
There is an increasing interest for nanomaterials in bio-medical applications and in this work, nanoparticles of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3 ) have been investigated as a novel contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Relaxation properties have been studied in aqueous solutions as well as in cell culture medium and the nanoparticles have been explored as cell labeling agents. The fluorescent properties of the particles were used to visualize the internalization in cells and doped particles were investigated as a multimodal agent that could work as a fluorescent marker for microscopy and as a contrast enhancer for MRI. Fluorescent studies show that the Gd2O3 nanoparticles doped with 5% terbium have interesting fluorescent properties and that these particles could work as such multimodal contrast agent. Relaxivity measurements show that in aqueous solutions, there is a twofold increase in relaxivity for Gd2O3 compared to commercial agent Gd-DTPA. In cell culture medium as well as in cells, there is a clear T1 effect and an increase in signal intensity in T1-mapped images. The cellular uptake of Gd2O3 nanoparticles were increased with the use of transfection agent protamine sulfate. This work shows that Gd2O3 nanoparticles possess good relaxation properties that are retained in different biological environments. Gd2O3 particles are suitable as a T1 contrast agent, but seem also be adequate for T2 enhancement in forinstance cell labeling experiments.

Developing Interprofessional Competence : Theoretical and Empirical Contributions

Wilhelmsson, Margaretha January 2011 (has links)
Background: Different professions meet and work together in teams every day in health and social care. In order to idenUiy and deliver the best quality of care for the patient, the teamworkers need to be both professionally and interprofessionally competent. How can higher education prepare teamworkers to be both professionillly and interprofcssionally competent? This thesis seeks to contribute theoretically and empirically to this issuc. A starting point for interprofessional education (WE) worldwide was when WHO presented a document entitled "Leaming Together to Work Together for Bdter Health". The basic idea in this strateg)' was that it is favourable for undergraduilte students and the development of their own professionill identity to experience other professions in health and sodal sectors as earlyas during their undcrgraduate studies. Inherent in this scheme is that the various professions will work together in practice. Thc overall winner in this new thinking about education and professionai prLlctice would be the patient. One of the Hrst systematic attempts to organize IPE academically was initiated in 1986 at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Linköping University in Sweden. The "Linköping Model" has now yielded 25 yeilrs of practical experience and development of IPE curricula. Aims: The overall aims of this thesis we.re to define, describe and measure effects and outcomes of interprofessional education/learning. Methods: In the research papers theoretical, aualitative and quantitative methods have been used. Results: The newly registered medical doctors educated at the FHS at Linköping University and exposed to WE and PBL reported more confidence (p &lt; 0.0001) that their lIndergraduate studies had given them interprofessional skilIs and abilities to collaborate with other professions than medical students from all other medical faculties in Sweden. Nurses who hild been exposed to interprofessional curricula during their undergraduate education ilt FHS reported to greater extent (p = 0.003) that they were prepared to work as a nurse. Furthermore, they also reported to a greater extent (p &lt; 0.0001) that their undergraduate education hild prepared them to work with other healt care professions. Other findings in this thesis wcre that female tudents in generill and nursing students had a more positive view of interprofessional learning and were more open-minded about collaboration with other professions. Only to a minor extent did exposure to a more extensive interprofessional curriculum promote a positive attitude towards teamwork. Conclusions: A major challenge to modern health care is the need for more interprofessional teamwork to improve the safety and quality of patient-centred care. This thesis indicates some directions for more successful interprofessional education.

On the importance of fat cell size, location and signaling in insulin resistance

Franck, Niclas January 2009 (has links)
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and is associated with insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. During the past decades, substantial evidence has demonstrated that not only the amount of adipose tissue constitutes a major determinant in the development of metabolic disorders, but also the distribution. The visceral adipose tissue has shown to be stronger correlated with insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease than the subcutaneous depot. When we measured the activity of the nuclear receptor PPARγ in visceral and subcutaneous adipocytes, we found considerably lower activity in fat cells obtained from the visceral portion. This finding provides additional evidence to the unfavorable consequences of visceral obesity. The common PPARγ polymorphism Pro12Ala was studied in type 2 diabetic patients. We found that men with the Ala isoform exhibited higher sagittal abdominal diameter, waist circumference and body weight compared with homozygotes for the Pro isoform. However, no differences in either gender with regard to blood pressure or markers of cardiovascular disease and organ damage could be observed. In addition to an excessive visceral adipose tissue mass, obese subjects with enlarged adipocytes display an increased risk for developing metabolic disorders compared with individuals exhibiting smaller fat cells but a similar degree of adiposity. The insulin responsiveness in small and large adipocytes obtained from the same subject was examined. Upon insulin stimulation, we found approximately a 2 fold increase of GLUT4 at the plasma membrane in small adipocytes, whereas the large fat cells were refractory to insulin induced GLUT4 translocation. This finding demonstrates a causal relationship between the accumulation of large fat cells in obese subjects and reduced insulin responsiveness. Caloric restriction in humans ameliorates insulin responsiveness in liver and muscle prior to any substantial weight loss. By combining gene expression profiles of adipose tissue and adipocytes from human subjects undergoing either caloric restriction or overfeeding, we identified genes regulated by changes in caloric intake independent of weight loss per se. We found several genes under the control of mTOR and SREBP1 as well as genes involved in β-oxidation, liberation of fatty acids and glyceroneogenesis to be regulated during the interventions. These genes may indicate pathways and mechanisms mediating the effects of nutrient deprivation and obesity on morbidity and mortality.

Cassava processing and dietary cyanide exposure in Tanzania

Mlingi, Nicholas L. V. January 1995 (has links)
No description available.

Modelling, Simulaltion, and Visualization of Deep Brain Stimulation

Åström, Mattias January 2011 (has links)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective surgical treatment for neurological diseases such as essential tremor, Parkinsonʹs disease (PD) and dystonia. DBS has so far been used in more than 70 000 patients with movement disorders, and is currently in trial for intractable Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, and epilepsy. DBS electrodes are implanted with stereotactic neurosurgical techniques in the deep regions of the brain. Chronic electrical stimulation is delivered to the electrodes from battery-operated pulse generators that are implanted below the clavicle. The clinical benefit of DBS is largely dependent on the spatial distribution of the electric field in relation to brain anatomy. To maximize therapeutic benefits while avoiding unwanted side-effects, knowledge of the distribution of the electric field in relation anatomy is essential. Due to difficulties in measuring electric fields in vivo, computerized analysis with finite element models have emerged as an alternative. The aim of the thesis was to investigate technical and clinical aspects of DBS by means of finite element models, simulations, and visualizations of the electric field and tissue anatomy. More specifically the effects of dilated perivascular spaces filled with cerebrospinal fluid on the electrical field generated by DBS was evaluated. A method for patient-specific finite element modelling and simulation of DBS was developed and used to investigate the anatomical distribution of the electric field in relation to clinical effects and side effects. Patient-specific models were later used to investigate the electric field in relation to effects on speech and movement during DBS in patients with PD (n=10). Patient-specific models and simulations were also used to evaluate the influence of heterogeneous isotropic and heterogeneous anisotropic tissue on the electric field during DBS. In addition, methods were developed for visualization of atlas-based and patient-specific anatomy in 3D for interpretation of anatomy, visualization of neural activation with the activating function, and visualization of tissue micro structure. 3D visualization of anatomy was used to assess electrode contact locations in relation to stimulation-induced side-effects (n=331) during DBS for patients with essential tremor (n=28). The modelling, simulation, and visualization of DBS provided detailed information about the distribution of the electric field and its connection to clinical effects and side-effects of stimulation. In conclusion, the results of this thesis provided insights that may help to improve DBS as a treatment for movement disorders as well as for other neurological diseases in the future.

Biologiska och Sensoriska effekter på människor och foster orsakade av magnetfält i en MR kamera : En systematisk litteraturstudie

Boberg, Christina January 2011 (has links)
No description available.

Specification of unique neuronal sub-types by integration of positional and temporal cues

Karlsson, Daniel January 2010 (has links)
The nervous system contains vast numbers of neuronal sub-types, generated at specific time points, in the proper location, and in proper numbers. One of the fundamental issues in neurobiology is to understand the molecular genetic mechanisms that underlie the generation of this daunting neuronal diversity. To help shed light upon these fundamental questions, my PhD project has addressed the generation and specification of a certain group of neurons, the Ap cluster. This group of four neurons is found only in thoracic segments within the Drosophila melanogaster central nervous system, and consists of three different cell types. Mapping of the neuroblast (stem cell) that generates the Ap cluster neurons, neuroblast 5-6, and the highly restricted appearance of this cluster allowed me to address the following questions: How does NB 5-6 change its temporal competence over time to generate the Ap cluster neurons late in the lineage, and how is temporal competence altered to ensure diversity among the Ap neurons? What are the mechanisms that allow these Ap cluster neurons to emerge only in the thoracic segments? My studies have helped identify a number of mechanisms acting to specify the Ap cluster neurons. One type of mechanism involves several of different feed-forward loops that play out during NB 5-6 lineage development. These are triggered within the stem cell, where the temporal gene castor activates a number of genes. These castor targets are subsequently involved in several regulatory feed-forward loops, that ultimately result in the unique combinatorial expression of cell fate determinants in the different Ap neurons, which in turn ultimately lead to the activation of unique terminal differentiation genes. In addition, I have identified three different mechanisms by which the NB 5-6 lineage is modulated along the neuroaxis. In the abdomen I find that an early cell cycle exit is initiated by the Bx-C gene members and Pbx/Meis cofactors, which result in the truncation of the NB 5-6 lineage, preventing the Ap cluster neurons from being generated. In thoracic segments Hox, Pbx/Meisand temporal genes act in concert to specify Ap cluster neurons, by integrating with the castor temporal gene. In anterior segments, improper Hox and temporal coding results in a failure to specify bona fide Ap cluster neurons, even though equivalents of Ap cluster neurons are generated. In summary, my thesis work has helped identify a number of mechanisms acting to specify this unique neuronal sub-type, including: feed-forward combinatorial coding, opposing feed-forward loops and integrated temporal/Hox mediated specification throughout different axial levels. I suggest that these mechanisms may be widely used within the animal kingdom, hence contributing to the great cellular diversity observed within the central nervous system of most animal species.

Activation of epithelial signal transduction pathways, cytokine production and airway inflammation following diesel exhaust exposure

Pourazar, Jamshid January 2006 (has links)
Adverse health effects of ambient air pollution are well recognised and include increased morbidity and mortality in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Diesel engines are major contributors to ambient particulate matter pollution and diesel particles have been shown to have strong toxicological and oxidative properties. Mechanistic aspects of diesel engine exhaust exposure have been investigated in bronchial mucosal biopsies sampled during bronchoscopy of human subjects exposed in a validated experimental exposure set-up. Two exposure series were performed. Two separate groups of 15 healthy subjects each were exposed to filtered air and diesel exhaust during 1 hour in random order. The first exposure series was performed with the engine at idling with a PM10 concentration of 300µg/m3 and the second was carried out during urban cycle (European Transient Cycle) running conditions with 270 µg particles/m3. Bronchoscopies with sampling of bronchial mucosal biopsies were performed 6 hours after exposure. Biopsies fixed in acetone were bedded in glycolmethacrylate (GMA) resin and were stained for immunohistochemistry. Readings were done with light microscopy as well as image analyser with digital stainings processing of. Diesel exhaust enhanced the expression of the cytokines IL-8 and GRO-α in the bronchial epithelium suggesting that the epithelium plays a major role in mediating the neutrophil-dominated airway mucosal inflammation. The bronchial expression of Th1 and Th2 cytokines was evaluated, addressing the hypothesis that diesel exhaust would induce a Th2 airway response. Diesel exhaust enhanced the expression of Th2 related cytokine IL-13 whereas the expression of Th1 cytokines was unaffected. The investigation of epithelial signal transduction pathways, by means of newly developed and validated cytoplasmic and nuclear stainings for key transcription factors and kinases, demonstrated that exposure to diesel exhaust increased the nuclear translocation of redox sensitive signal transduction components including phosphorylated (p)-p38-MAPK, p-JNK, p-c-jun (AP-1) and p65 (NFκB). These findings indicate novel mechanistic aspects to be involved in the airway response to particulate air pollution. The expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) as well as phosphorylated C-terminal Tyr 1173 increased significantly following DE exposure. The findings are consistent with the upregulation of p38 and JNK MAPkinases as well as increased NFκB expression. The MEK-ERK pathway was not affected and Src related phosphorylation was absent. Diesel exposure at urban European transient cycle running conditions resulted in upregulation of the vascular adhesion molecule expression in the bronchial mucosa as signs of an early inflammatory response, while infiltration of inflammatory cells had not yet occurred. Differences in organic composition and particle concentration in the exhaust compared to idling situation may have influenced the outcome. This thesis has added a mechanistic basis for the diesel exhaust induced airway inflammation in-vivo in humans. It is concluded that activation of epithelial signal transduction pathways, cytokine production and increased endothelial adhesion molecule expression play important roles in the airway inflammatory response to diesel exhaust.

Betydelsen av egentid för aktivitet, hälsa och stress hos personer med barn i förskoleåldern

Wegebrand, Maria, Åsberg, Marie January 2010 (has links)
<p>Validerat; 20101217 (root)</p>

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