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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550721/clinical-performance-of-the-veris-hcv-assay-for-hepatitis-c-virus-rna-quantification
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Laure Izquierdo, Corinne Prégermain, Corinne Hottelet, Gwenaëlle Decombe, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and treatment monitoring rely on detection/quantification of HCV RNA and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques are expected to equivalently quantify the different HCV genotypes. OBJECTIVE: The clinical performance of the VERIS HCV assay for HCV RNA quantification was compared to that of the Abbott RealTime HCV assay. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative concordance and quantitative comparison were evaluated on a first panel of 286 clinical samples containing HCV genotypes 1-6...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550489/impedance-ph-monitoring-for-diagnosis-of-reflux-disease-new-perspectives
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Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Leonardo Frazzoni, Salvatore Tolone, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo Savarino
Heartburn is the most specific symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In clinical practice, heartburn relief by a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial does suffice to confirm GERD. However, an objective diagnosis of GERD is required before anti-reflux endoscopic or surgical interventions, independently from PPI response. Thus, since normal findings at upper endoscopy are detected in the majority of patients with heartburn, reflux monitoring is often required. When traditional catheter-based or wireless pH tests are used, reflux episodes are conventionally identified by pH drops below 4...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550482/efficacy-of-rasagiline-and-selegiline-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-head-to-head-3-year-retrospective-case-control-study
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Emanuele Cereda, Roberto Cilia, Margherita Canesi, Silvana Tesei, Claudio Bruno Mariani, Anna Lena Zecchinelli, Gianni Pezzoli
Monoamine oxidase type B (MAO-B) inhibitors, such as selegiline and rasagiline, can be used as monotherapy or adjuvant therapy to levodopa in Parkinson's disease (PD). Data on long-term efficacy of MAO-B inhibitors are limited with no head-to-head comparison available to date. The aim of this case-control retrospective study was to analyze data from patients with PD attending the Parkinson Institute (Milan, Italy) over a 6-year period (2009-2015) and compare the effects of selegiline and rasagiline on levodopa treatment outcomes...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550476/stroke-and-other-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-the-effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure
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Mirjam H Schipper, Korne Jellema, Bregje J W Thomassen, Diego Alvarez-Estevez, Johan Verbraecken, Roselyne M Rijsman
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a known-risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. There are indications that treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces the risk of new cardiovascular events. In this study, we analyzed the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients with OSA and compared for the impact of CPAP therapy. All polysomnographies performed in 2009 and 2010 were selected with an AHI ≥5 and patients older than 18 years. These 1110 patients were approached with a questionnaire about cardiovascular events and CPAP treatment...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550362/the-role-of-solifenacin-as-monotherapy-or-combination-with-tamsulosin-in-ureteral-stent-related-symptoms-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jue Wang, Xiaobei Zhang, Tiande Zhang, Jianjun Mu, Bing Bai, Yi Lei
PURPOSE: Ureteral stenting is associated with various morbidity and reduced quality of life. We systematically evaluated the efficacy and safety of solifenacin as monotherapy, or combined therapy with tamsulosin versus control or tamsulosin monotherapy in stent-related symptoms (SRSs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Randomized controlled trials evaluating solifenacin or its combination with tamsulosin for the treatment of SRSs were identified via a comprehensive search of Pubmed, Embase, Ovid, The Cochrane Library and relevant sources up to February 2017...
May 26, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550194/the-risk-of-severe-hypoglycemia-in-type-1-diabetes-over-30-years-of-follow-up-in-the-dcct-edic-study
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Rose A Gubitosi-Klug, Barbara H Braffett, Neil H White, Robert S Sherwin, F John Service, John M Lachin, William V Tamborlane
OBJECTIVE: During the DCCT, intensive diabetes therapy achieving a mean HbA1c of ∼7% was associated with a threefold increase in the rate of severe hypoglycemia (defined as requiring assistance) compared with conventional diabetes therapy with a mean HbA1c of 9% (61.2 vs. 18.7 per 100 patient-years). After ∼30 years of follow-up, we investigated the rates of severe hypoglycemia in the DCCT/EDIC cohort. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Rates of severe hypoglycemia were reported quarterly during DCCT and annually during EDIC (i...
May 26, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550098/contralesional-brain-computer-interface-control-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-motor-recovery-in-chronic-stroke-survivors
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David T Bundy, Lauren Souders, Kelly Baranyai, Laura Leonard, Gerwin Schalk, Robert Coker, Daniel W Moran, Thy Huskey, Eric C Leuthardt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are few effective therapies to achieve functional recovery from motor-related disabilities affecting the upper limb after stroke. This feasibility study tested whether a powered exoskeleton driven by a brain-computer interface (BCI), using neural activity from the unaffected cortical hemisphere, could affect motor recovery in chronic hemiparetic stroke survivors. This novel system was designed and configured for a home-based setting to test the feasibility of BCI-driven neurorehabilitation in outpatient environments...
May 26, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550004/an-mhealth-app-for-supporting-quitters-to-manage-cigarette-cravings-with-short-bouts-of-physical-activity-a-randomized-pilot-feasibility-and-acceptability-study
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Mary Hassandra, Taru Lintunen, Martin S Hagger, Risto Heikkinen, Mauno Vanhala, Tarja Kettunen
BACKGROUND: While gains in reducing smoking rates in Finland have been made, prevalence rates are still substantial. Relapse rates among smokers engaged in quit-smoking programs are high. Physical activity has been proposed as one means to help smokers manage cravings. Software and apps on mobile phone and handheld devices offer an opportunity to communicate messages on how to use physical activity to manage cravings as part of quit-smoking programs. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to test the feasibility, acceptability, usability, and preliminary efficacy of an mHealth mobile phone app, Physical activity over Smoking (PhoS), to assist smokers in quitting smoking in a randomized controlled trial...
May 26, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549996/the-effect-of-pr-interval-prolongation-on-long-term-outcomes-in-patients-with-left-bundle-branch-block-vs-non-left-bundle-branch-block-morphologies-undergoing-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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John Rickard, Mohammad Karim, Bryan Baranowski, Daniel Cantillon, David Spragg, Wh Wilson Tang, Mark Niebauer, Richard Grimm, Kevin Trulock, Bruce Wilkoff, Niraj Varma
BACKGROUND: While the influence of QRSd and/or bundle branch block morphology on outcomes to (CRT) have been well studied, the effect of PR interval remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the impact of PR prolongation(PRp) prior to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on long term outcomes, specifically taking into account bundle branch block morphology and QRS duration (QRSd). METHODS: We extracted clinical data on consecutive patients undergoing CRT...
May 23, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549794/intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-and-osteoradionecrosis-in-oropharyngeal-cancer
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Wencheng Zhang, Xiaodong Zhang, Pei Yang, Pierre Blanchard, Adam S Garden, Brandon Gunn, C David Fuller, Mark Chambers, Katherine A Hutcheson, Rong Ye, Stephen Y Lai, Mohamed Abdallah Sherif Radwan, X Ron Zhu, Steven J Frank
PURPOSE: We compared mandibular doses and osteoradionecrosis in patients with oropharyngeal cancer after intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) or intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We identified 584 patients who received definitive radiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer from January 2011 through June 2014 at MD Anderson Cancer Center (534 IMRT and 50 IMPT). The dosimetric variables and osteoradionecrosis were compared with Chi-square test or Fisher's exact test...
May 23, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549336/evaluation-of-a-new-random-access-hbv-dna-molecular-assay-the-veris-hbv-assay
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Slim Fourati, Dominique Challine, Jean-Dominique Poveda, Syria Laperche, Sandrine Rallier, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Stéphane Chevaliez
BACKGROUND: Detection and quantification of HBV DNA are essential to diagnose chronic HBV infection, monitor the virological response to treatment and the possible selection of resistant viruses in order to tailor therapy. The VERIS/MDx System HBV Assay is a random-access system that quantifies HBV DNA in clinical samples using unique single sample and reagent access during the workflow process without the need to reload other tests and delivers results within 1.2h following sampling...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549107/physical-functioning-among-older-adults-new-to-long-term-services-and-supports
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Jo-Ana D Chase, Karen B Hirschman, Alexandra L Hanlon, Liming Huang, Kathryn H Bowles, Mary D Naylor
Background and Objectives: To identify determinants of self-reported physical functioning (PF) among older adults new to long-term services and supports (LTSS). Research Design and Method: Using the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework, we conducted a secondary analysis of self-reported data on symptoms, basic/instrumental activities of daily living, quality of life, assistive devices, physical therapy needs, prior healthcare utilization, health status, and demographics from 470 older adults new to LTSS (Home/Community-Based n = 156; Assisted Living n = 156; Nursing Home n = 158)...
May 25, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549050/use-of-noncontact-low-frequency-ultrasound-in-deep-tissue-pressure-injury-a-retrospective-analysis
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Pamela Wagner-Cox, Heather M Duhame, Christina R Jamison, Robin R Jackson, Suzy T Fehr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of noncontact low-frequency ultrasound (NLFU) on deep tissue pressure injury (DTPI), both hospital-acquired and those present on admission (POA). DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive study. SAMPLE AND SETTING: Medical records from 44 adult patients with a DTPI treated with NLFU were reviewed; 22 had a hospital-acquired DTPI (HADTPI) and 22 had DTPI POA. Their mean age was 71.3 ± 16...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549045/effect-of-preoperative-molding-helmet-in-patients-with-sagittal-synostosis
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Asra Hashmi, Neena I Marupudi, Sandeep Sood, Arlene Rozzelle
BACKGROUND: In our practice, the authors found that molding helmet used for plagiocephaly preoperatively, in patients with sagittal synostosis, decreased bathrocephaly, forehead bossing, and improved posterior vertex, as well as Cephalic Index (CI). This prompted us to investigate the impact of preoperative molding helmet in patients with sagittal synostosis. METHODS: A prospective study was performed on patients undergoing surgical correction of sagittal synostosis, over a 5-year period...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548891/immunological-characteristics-of-colitis-associated-with-anti-ctla-4-antibody-therapy
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Giorgos Bamias, Ioanna Delladetsima, Marina Perdiki, Spyros I Siakavellas, Dimitrios Goukos, George V Papatheodoridis, George L Daikos, Helen Gogas
Anti-CTL4-A therapy is associated with development of colitis. We characterized ipilimumab-associated colitis in nine melanoma patients (6 male, mean age: 55.3-yrs). Median value for diarrhea grade was 2, number of ipilimumab doses 2, and interval since last administration 3-wks. Endoscopic characteristics resembled inflammatory bowel disease and histology revealed predominance of plasmacytes or CD4+ T-cells. We observed significant upregulation of Th1 and Th17 effector pathways (>10-fold increase for IFN-γmRNA, >5-fold for IL-17A, p < 0...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548024/a-randomized-double-blind-non-inferiority-trial-evaluating-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-omarigliptin-a-once-weekly-dpp-4-inhibitor-or-glimepiride-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-inadequately-controlled-on-metformin-monotherapy
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Yehuda Handelsman, Brett Lauring, Ira Gantz, Carol Iredale, Edward A O'Neill, Ziwen Wei, Shailaja Suryawanshi, Keith D Kaufman, Samuel S Engel, Eseng Lai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of adding the once-weekly DPP-4 inhibitor omarigliptin or the sulfonylurea glimepiride to the treatment regimen of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and inadequate glycemic control on metformin monotherapy. METHODS: Patients with T2DM and HbA1c ≥6.5% to ≤9.0% while on a stable dose of metformin (≥1500 mg/day) were randomized to omarigliptin 25 mg once-weekly (N = 376) or glimepiride up to 6 mg once-daily (N = 375) for 54 weeks...
May 26, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548010/initial-experience-with-the-6-f-and-8-f-indigo-thrombectomy-system-for-acute-renovisceral-occlusive-events
#17
Theodosios Bisdas, Konstantinos Stavroulakis, Efthymios Beropoulis, Arne Schwindt, Arne Stachmann, Martin Austermann, Giovanni Torsello
PURPOSE: To examine the safety and effectiveness of the new large-bore Indigo thrombectomy catheters to treat patients with acute renovisceral occlusion without the need of thrombolytic agents. METHODS: Between November 2015 and 2016, 7 consecutive patients (mean age 65±5 years; 5 men) with acute renovisceral artery occlusion were treated with the new large-bore (6-F and 8-F) vacuum-assisted thrombectomy catheters. The occluded vessels were 6 renal arteries and 3 superior mesenteric arteries (SMAs); 5 of the 9 thromboses were in bridging stent-grafts associated with branched endografts...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547982/clinicopathological-study-of-5-cases-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-t-6-11-p21-q12
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Naoto Kuroda, Kenji Yorita, Naomi Sasaki, Akira Ishihara, Keiko Matsuura, Tsutomu Daa, Shintaro Mori, Aya Sasaki, Shuji Mikami, Kazuto Shigematsu, Yoji Nagashima
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with t(6;11)(p21;q12) has been incorporated into the recent WHO classification. We performed a clinicopathological study of 5 cases with such a tumor. The patients consisted of 4 males and 1 female. The age of patients ranged from 17 to 57 years with a mean age of 38.6 years. Tumor sizes ranged from 2.8 to 11 cm with a mean value of 6.5 cm. Despite immunotherapy and molecular-targeted therapy, one patient died of the disease 28 months after the surgery. Grossly, the cut surface of this tumor showed grayish white color in at least the focal area of all tumors...
2017: Polish Journal of Pathology: Official Journal of the Polish Society of Pathologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547750/management-of-long-term-therapy-with-biological-drugs-in-psoriatic-patients-with-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-real-life-setting
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Andrea Conti, Stefano Piaserico, Paolo Gisondi, Giulia Odorici, Giovanna Galdo, Claudia Lasagni, Giovanni Pellacani
Psoriatic patients with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) need a prophylaxis before starting a treatment with biological drugs. The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of prophylaxis of LTBI in psoriatic patients receiving long-term biological drugs. The study included 56 patients (42 male and 14 female) affected by moderate-to-severe psoriasis (mean PASI: 12.8 ± 6.9 SD) treated with anti-TNF-α and/or anti IL 12, 23 and/or anti-CD11 drugs with a diagnosis of LTBI. LTBI diagnosis was based on tuberculin skin test and/or QuantiFERON TB Gold test positivity and chest X-ray suggestive, without clinical, or microbiological evidence of active disease...
May 26, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547678/immunosuppression-drug-therapy-in-lung-transplantation-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Pamela Burcham, Lisa Sarzynski, Sabrina Khalfoun, Kimberly J Novak, Julie C Miller, Dmitry Tumin, Don Hayes
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common indication for lung transplantation (LTx) in children and adults with severe and irreversible lung disease. In the setting of LTx in the CF population, immunosuppressive medications are used to prevent allograft rejection despite the majority of these patients being chronically infected with numerous, and often antibiotic-resistant, pathogens. There is limited evidence for the optimal post-LTx immunosuppression regimen in patients with CF, particularly in children. This article provides a review of immunosuppression regimens in the pediatric and adult CF post-LTx population, investigating drug dosing and monitoring, and medication combinations...
May 25, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
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