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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441815/-the-interpretation-of-2015-american-thyroid-association-management-guidelines-for-adult-patients-with-thyroid-nodules-and-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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X Y Li, B Zhang, Y S Lin
The prevalence of thyroid nodules, especially differentiated thyroid cancer, has increased during the past decades. With the consideration of increasing prevalence of the diseases, American Thyroid Association (ATA) updated the guidelines for adult patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) in 2015. The aim of the new guidelines was to minimize potential harm from overtreatment in majority of patients at low risk for diseasespecific mortality and morbidity while appropriately treat and monitor those patients at higher risk...
April 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441751/implementation-issues-of-adaptive-energy-detection-in-heterogeneous-wireless-networks
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Iker Sobron, Iñaki Eizmendi, Wallace A Martins, Paulo S R Diniz, Juan Luis Ordiales, Manuel Velez
Spectrum sensing (SS) enables the coexistence of non-coordinated heterogeneous wireless systems operating in the same band. Due to its computational simplicity, energy detection (ED) technique has been widespread employed in SS applications; nonetheless, the conventional ED may be unreliable under environmental impairments, justifying the use of ED-based variants. Assessing ED algorithms from theoretical and simulation viewpoints relies on several assumptions and simplifications which, eventually, lead to conclusions that do not necessarily meet the requirements imposed by real propagation environments...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441689/coeliac-disease-further-evidence-that-biopsy-is-not-always-necessary-for-diagnosis
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Geoffrey K T Holmes, Julia M Forsyth, Sarah Knowles, Helen Seddon, Peter G Hill, Andrew S Austin
OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence supports the view that the diagnosis of coeliac disease (CD) can be made by serological tests alone, although this approach is still not widely accepted. We previously showed in retrospective and prospective studies that in adults an IgA-tissue transglutaminase antibody cut-off can be defined above which the positive predictive value for CD is 100%. Following a change in the analytical method for measuring the antibody, our objectives were to re-examine this finding in a larger series of adults to ascertain whether a diagnosis of CD can be reliably made in a proportion of patients without the need for small bowel biopsy and to re-evaluate the diagnostic guidelines used in our centre...
June 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441685/stagnant-physical-therapy-referral-rates-alongside-rising-opioid-prescription-rates-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-in-the-united-states-1997-2010
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Patricia Zheng, Ming-Chih Kao, Nicholas V Karayannis, Matthew Smuck
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional observational study utilizing the National Ambulatory and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys between 1997 and 2010. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to characterize national physical therapy (PT) referral trends during primary care provider (PCP) visits in the United States. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Despite guidelines recommending PT for the initial management of low back pain (LBP), national PT referral rates remain low...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441684/development-of-consensus-based-best-practice-guidelines-for-postoperative-care-following-posterior-spinal-fusion-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Nicholas D Fletcher, Michael P Glotzbecker, Michelle Marks, Peter O Newton
STUDY DESIGN: Delphi process with multiple iterative rounds using a nominal group technique. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to use expert opinion to achieve consensus on various aspects of postoperative care following posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Significant variability exists in postoperative care following PSF for AIS, despite a relatively healthy patient population and continuously improving operative techniques...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441671/swimming-upstream-creating-a-culture-of-high-value-care
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Reshma Gupta, Christopher Moriates
As health system leaders strategize the best ways to encourage the transition toward value-based health care, the underlying culture-defined as a system of shared assumptions, values, beliefs, and norms existing within an environment-continues to shape clinician practice patterns. The current prevailing medical culture contributes to overtesting, overtreatment, and health care waste. Choosing Wisely lists, appropriateness criteria, and guidelines codify best practices, but academic medicine as a whole must recognize that faculty and trainees are all largely still operating within the same cultural climate...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441669/keep-them-breathing-cystic-fibrosis-pathophysiology-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Sheena D Brown, Rachel White, Phil Tobin
Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects more than 30,000 people in the United States and 80,000 people worldwide. This life-threatening genetic disorder causes a buildup of thick, viscous mucus secretions in various organ systems, most commonly the gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and genitourinary systems. This article reviews the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and monitoring of patients with CF as well as guidelines for management and emerging pharmacologic treatments.
May 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441635/validation-of-smartrank-a-likelihood-ratio-software-for-searching-national-dna-databases-with-complex-dna-profiles
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Corina C G Benschop, Linda van de Merwe, Jeroen de Jong, Vanessa Vanvooren, Morgane Kempenaers, C P Kees van der Beek, Filippo Barni, Eusebio López Reyes, Léa Moulin, Laurent Pene, Hinda Haned, Titia Sijen
Searching a national DNA database with complex and incomplete profiles usually yields very large numbers of possible matches that can present many candidate suspects to be further investigated by the forensic scientist and/or police. Current practice in most forensic laboratories consists of ordering these 'hits' based on the number of matching alleles with the searched profile. Thus, candidate profiles that share the same number of matching alleles are not differentiated and due to the lack of other ranking criteria for the candidate list it may be difficult to discern a true match from the false positives or notice that all candidates are in fact false positives...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441602/fluoride-and-iodine-enrichment-in-groundwater-of-north-china-plain-evidences-from-speciation-analysis-and-geochemical-modeling
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Junxia Li, Hailing Zhou, Kun Qian, Xianjun Xie, Xiaobin Xue, Yijun Yang, Yanxin Wang
To better understand the enrichment of fluoride and iodine in groundwater at North China Plain (NCP), speciation analysis and geochemical modeling were conducted to identify the key hydrochemical processes controlling their mobilization in groundwater system. Groundwater fluoride and iodine concentrations ranged from 0.18 to 5.59mg/L and from 1.51 to 1106μg/L, respectively, and approximately 63% and 32.3% of groundwater fluoride and iodine were higher than the guidelines for drinking water (1.5mg/L and 150μg/L)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441595/modelling-drivers-and-distribution-of-lead-and-zinc-concentrations-in-soils-of-an-urban-catchment-sydney-estuary-australia
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L E Johnson, T F A Bishop, G F Birch
The human population is increasing globally and land use is changing to accommodate for this growth. Soils within urban areas require closer attention as the higher population density increases the chance of human exposure to urban contaminants. One such example of an urban area undergoing an increase in population density is Sydney, Australia. The city also possesses a notable history of intense industrial activity. By integrating multiple soil surveys and covariates into a linear mixed model, it was possible to determine the main drivers and map the distribution of lead and zinc concentrations within the Sydney estuary catchment...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441574/surface-sediment-quality-relative-to-port-activities-a-contaminant-spectrum-assessment
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Shen Yu, Bing Hong, Jun Ma, Yongshan Chen, Xiuping Xi, Jingbo Gao, Xiuqin Hu, Xiangrong Xu, Yuxin Sun
Ports are facing increasing environmental concerns with their importance to the global economy. Numerous studies indicated sediment quality deterioration in ports; however, the deterioration is not discriminated for each port activity. This study investigated a spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) in surface sediments at 20 sampling points in Port Ningbo, China, one of the top five world ports by volume. The spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) was quantified following marine sediment quality guidelines of China and USA and surface sediment quality was assessed according to thresholds of the two guidelines...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441473/assembly-of-macrocycle-dye-derivatives-into-particles-for-fluorescence-and-photoacoustic-applications
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Hoang Dung Lu, Tristan L Lim, Shoshana Javitt, Andrew Heinmiller, Robert K Prud'homme
Optical imaging is a rapidly progressing medical technique that can benefit from the development of new and improved optical imaging agents suitable for use in vivo. However, the molecular rules detailing what optical agents can be processed and encapsulated into in vivo presentable forms are not known. We here present the screening of series of highly hydrophobic porphyrin, phthalocyanine, and naphthalocyanine dye macrocycles through a self-assembling Flash NanoPrecipitation process to form a series of water dispersible dye nanoparticles (NPs)...
April 25, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441439/hemodynamics-and-gas-exchange-during-chest-compressions-in-neonatal-resuscitation
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Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
PURPOSE: Current knowledge about pulmonary/systemic hemodynamics and gas exchange during neonatal resuscitation in a model of transitioning fetal circulation with fetal shunts and fluid-filled alveoli is limited. Using a fetal lamb asphyxia model, we sought to determine whether hemodynamic or gas-exchange parameters predicted successful return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). METHODS: The umbilical cord was occluded in 22 lambs to induce asphyxial cardiac arrest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441376/nut-midline-carcinoma-a-rare-malignancy
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Sameer Al Diffalha, Nidal Al Aukla, Saleh Hasan, Shohreh Dickinson, Farah Khalil
Nuclear protein of the testis (NUT) midline carcinoma can present in the head, neck, and mediastinum. In general, it presents in young adult men and has a poor prognosis. We report on a case of NUT midline carcinoma of the mediastinum in a man 27 years of age without any prior malignancy. Due to the location of the tumor, mediastinal lymphoma and germ cell tumor were initially considered; however, immunohistochemistry was performed using NUT antibody that revealed it to be NUT midline carcinoma. Although guidelines exist for squamous cell carcinoma of the head, neck, and mediastinum, no such specific guidelines are available for NUT midline carcinoma, which looks morphologically similar to squamous cell carcinoma but behaves more aggressively and carries a poor prognosis...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441373/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-interventions-to-reduce-risk-of-aspiration-in-elderly-cancer-survivors-residing-in-skilled-nursing-facilities
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S Mantravadi
BACKGROUND: Aspiration can occur in patients of any age group, but it can be prevented. The primary population at risk is made up of survivors of cancer because of their increased risk of mucositis, mucosal atrophy, and dysphagia associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and the disease process itself. The rate of incidence of aspiration cannot be quantified, because minor cases of aspiration often go unreported. Sequelae ensuing from aspirations can include pneumonia, end-stage kidney disease, dialysis, and death...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441371/multimodal-imaging-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Kenneth L Gage, Kerry Thomas, Daniel Jeong, Dexter G Stallworth, John A Arrington
BACKGROUND: The role of imaging in the staging, treatment planning, and ongoing surveillance of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) continues to evolve. Changes in patient demographics, treatment paradigms, and technology present opportunities and challenges for the management of HNSCC. METHODS: The general indications and usage of standard and multimodal cross-sectional imaging in the evaluation and management of HNSCC are reviewed, with an emphasis on incorporating them into treatment pathways...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441345/levels-and-distribution-of-pollutants-in-the-waters-of-an-aquatic-ecosystem-in-northern-mexico
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Jesús Manuel Ochoa-Rivero, Ana Victoria Reyes-Fierro, Ma Del Rosario Peralta-Pérez, Francisco Javier Zavala-Díaz de la Serna, Lourdes Ballinas-Casarrubias, Ivan Salmerón, Héctor Rubio-Arias, Beatriz A Rocha-Gutiérrez
The availability of good quality water resources is essential to ensure healthy crops and livestock. The objective of this study was to evaluate the level of pollution in Bustillos Lagoon in northern Mexico. Physical-chemical parameters like sodium, chloride, sulfate, electrical conductivity, nitrates, and the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) were analyzed to determine the water quality available in the lagoon. Although DDT has been banned in several countries, it is still used for agricultural purposes in Mexico and its presence in this area had not been analyzed previously...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441282/magnetic-field-reference-levels-for-arbitrary-periodic-waveforms-for-prevention-of-peripheral-nerve-stimulation
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Gregory B Gajda, Stephen H Bly
Guidelines for prevention of peripheral nerve stimulation from exposure to low frequency magnetic fields have been developed by standard-setting bodies. Exposure limits or reference levels (RLs) are typically set in terms of the maximum root-mean-square amplitude of a sinusoidal waveform; however, environmental flux densities are often periodic, non-sinusoidal waveforms. This work presents a procedure for deriving RLs for any generalized periodic waveform using the empirical nerve-stimulation threshold data obtained from human volunteer MRI experiments...
June 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441276/augs-consensus-statement-association-of-anticholinergic-medication-use-and-cognition-in-women-with-overactive-bladder
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Overactive bladder affects a significant portion of the overall population and has substantial impact on daily activities and quality-of-life. When considering treatment, behavioral therapies should be instituted first, followed by medical therapies. Anticholinergic medications and beta-3 agonists are often used as initial pharmacologic therapy, but caution should be taken in prescribing anticholinergic medications in frail or cognitively impaired patients. Recently, concerns have developed regarding anticholinergic medications and the associated risk of cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer disease in the general population...
May 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441255/european-society-of-gynaecological-oncology-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-vulvar-cancer
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Maaike H M Oonk, François Planchamp, Peter Baldwin, Mariusz Bidzinski, Mats Brännström, Fabio Landoni, Sven Mahner, Umesh Mahantshetty, Mansoor Mirza, Cordula Petersen, Denis Querleu, Sigrid Regauer, Lukas Rob, Roman Rouzier, Elena Ulrikh, Jacobus van der Velden, Ignace Vergote, Linn Woelber, Ate G J van der Zee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop clinically relevant and evidence-based guidelines as part of European Society of Gynaecological Oncology's mission to improve the quality of care for women with gynecologic cancers across Europe. METHODS: The European Society of Gynaecological Oncology Council nominated an international development group made of practicing clinicians who provide care to patients with vulvar cancer and have demonstrated leadership and interest in the management of patients with vulvar cancer (18 experts across Europe)...
May 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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