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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078558/respiratory-syncytial-virus-associated-hospitalizations-in-preterm-infants-of-29-to-32%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age-using-a-risk-score-tool-for-palivizumab-prophylaxis
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B Resch, V S Bramreiter, S Kurath-Koller, T Freidl, B Urlesberger
To evaluate the efficacy of palivizumab in infants of 29 to 32 weeks of gestational age (GA) based on a risk score tool developed for Austria. Retrospective single-center cohort study including all preterm infants of 29 (+0) to 32 (+6) weeks of GA born between 2004 and 2012 at a tertiary care university hospital. Data on RSV-related hospitalizations over the first 2 years of life were analyzed and compared between those having received palivizumab and those without. The study population was comprised of 789 of 816 screened infants, of whom 262 (33%) had received palivizumab and 527 (67%) had not...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078350/efficacy-and-safety-of-extended-thromboprophylaxis-for-medically-ill-patients-a-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Francesco Dentali, Nicola Mumoli, Domenico Prisco, Andrea Fontanella, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno
Compelling evidence suggests that the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) persists after hospital discharge in acutely-ill medical patients. However, no studies consistently supported the routine use of extended-duration thromboprophylaxis (ET) in this setting. We performed a meta-analysis to assess efficacy and safety of ET in acutely-ill medical patients. Efficacy outcome was defined by the prevention of symptomatic DVT, PE, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and VTE-related mortality...
January 12, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077751/performance-of-health-workers-using-an-electronic-algorithm-for-the-management-of-childhood-illness-in-tanzania-a-pilot-implementation-study
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Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus, Amani Shao, Josephine Samaka, Ndeniria Swai, Seneca Perri, Judith Kahama-Maro, Marc Mitchell, Valérie D'Acremont, Blaise Genton
In low-resource settings, where qualified health workers (HWs) are scarce and childhood mortality high, rational antimicrobial prescription for childhood illnesses is a challenge. To assess whether smartphones running guidelines, as compared with paper support, improve consultation process and rational use of medicines for children, a pilot cluster-randomized controlled study was conducted in Tanzania. Nine primary health-care facilities (HFs) were randomized into three arms: 1) paper algorithm, 2) electronic algorithm on a smartphone, and 3) control...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077530/impact-of-balanced-tetrastarch-raw-material-on-perioperative-blood-loss-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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A Joosten, R Tircoveanu, S Arend, P Wauthy, P Gottignies, P Van der Linden
BACKGROUND: As 6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.40 or 130/0.42 can originate from different vegetable sources, they might have different clinical effects. The purpose of this prospective, randomized, double-blind controlled trial was to compare two balanced tetrastarch solutions, one maize-derived and one potato-derived, on perioperative blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS: We randomly assigned 118 patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery into two groups, to receive either a maize- or a potato-derived HES solution...
October 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072551/assessment-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-changes-in-essential-hypertensive-patients-with-hyperuricemia-a-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Xiaoyan Fang, Cuizhen Pan, Yongle Chen, Minmin Sun, Zhuojun Zhang, Lindi Jiang, Xiaolin Wang, Xianhong Shu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of hyperuricemia (HU) on subclinical changes of left ventricle (LV) function and structure in patients with hypertension (HT) using three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) and to explore the relationships between serum uric acid (SUA) levels and three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) parameters in hypertensive and nonhypertensive patients with HU. METHODS: Four age- and sex-matched groups were studied: I: healthy controls, HT- HU- (n = 40); II: HT- HU+ (n = 40); III: HT+ HU- (n = 40); IV: HT+ HU+ (n = 44)...
January 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072501/nasopharyngeal-carriage-of-respiratory-pathogens-in-warao-amerindians-significant-relationship-with-stunting
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Lilly M Verhagen, Meyke Hermsen, Ismar A Rivera-Olivero, María Carolina Sisco, Marien I de Jonge, Peter W M Hermans, Jacobus H de Waard
OBJECTIVE: To assess risk factors for nasopharyngeal carriage of pathogens in geographically isolated Warao Amerindians in Venezuela. METHODS: In this point prevalence survey, nasopharyngeal swabs were obtained from 1064 Warao Amerindians: 504 children aged 0 - 4 years, 227 children aged 5 - 10 years, and 333 caregivers. Written questionnaires were completed to obtain information on demographics and environmental risk factors. Anthropometric measurements were performed in children aged 0 - 4 years...
January 10, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069720/pregnancy-increases-the-renal-secretion-of-n1-methylnicotinamide-an-endogenous-probe-for-renal-cation-transporters-in-patients-prescribed-metformin
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Mackenzie C Bergagnini-Kolev, Mary F Hebert, Thomas R Easterling, Yvonne S Lin
N1-methylnicotinamide (1-NMN) has been investigated as an endogenous probe for the renal transporter activity of organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) and multidrug and toxin extrusion proteins 1 and 2-K (MATE1 and MATE2-K). As pregnancy increased the renal secretion of metformin, a substrate for OCT2, MATE1 and MATE2-K, we hypothesized that the renal secretion of 1-NMN would be similarly affected. Blood and urine samples collected from women prescribed metformin for type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) during early-, mid-, and late-pregnancy (n = 34 visits) and postpartum (n=14 visits) were analyzed for 1-NMN using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry...
January 9, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068916/inferring-condition-specific-targets-of-human-tf-tf-complexes-using-chip-seq-data
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Chia-Chun Yang, Min-Hsuan Chen, Sheng-Yi Lin, Erik H Andrews, Chao Cheng, Chun-Chi Liu, Jeremy J W Chen
BACKGROUND: Transcription factors (TFs) often interact with one another to form TF complexes that bind DNA and regulate gene expression. Many databases are created to describe known TF complexes identified by either mammalian two-hybrid experiments or data mining. Lately, a wealth of ChIP-seq data on human TFs under different experiment conditions are available, making it possible to investigate condition-specific (cell type and/or physiologic state) TF complexes and their target genes...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067123/the-effect-of-a-supervised-community-based-exercise-program-on-balance-balance-confidence-and-gait-in-individuals-with-lower-limb-amputation
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Carol A Miller, Jennifer E Williams, Katey L Durham, Selena C Hom, Julie L Smith
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with lower limb loss report concern with walking ability after completing structured traditional rehabilitation. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of a supervised community-based exercise program on balance, balance confidence, and gait in individuals with lower limb amputation. STUDY DESIGN: Repeated measures. METHODS: The supervised exercise program was offered biweekly for 6 weeks...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064066/plasma-pcsk9-measurement-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-comparison-with-conventional-elisa
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Mikaël Croyal, Fanta Fall, Michel Krempf, Aurélie Thédrez, Khadija Ouguerram, Véronique Ferchaud-Roucher, Audrey Aguesse, Stéphanie Billon-Crossouard, Pedro Mata, Rodrigo Alonso, Gilles Lambert, Estelle Nobécourt
The combination of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and trypsin proteolysis is an effective tool for accurate quantitation of multiple proteins in a single run. However, expensive samples pre-treatment as immunoenrichment are often required to analyze low abundant proteins. Plasma proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), a circulating regulator of low-density lipoprotein metabolism, was studied as an example of a low abundant plasma protein. We investigated post-proteolysis solid-phase extraction (SPE) as an alternative strategy to improve its detection...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060204/late-functional-changes-post-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-are-related-to-community-reentry-support-results-from-the-paris-tbi-cohort
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Claire Jourdan, E Bayen, C Vallat-Azouvi, I Ghout, E Darnoux, S Azerad, J Charanton, P Aegerter, P Pradat-Diehl, A Ruet, P Azouvi
OBJECTIVES: To explore late functional changes after a traumatic brain injury and their relation to patients' characteristics and reentry support. DESIGN: Prospective follow-up of an inception cohort of adults with severe traumatic brain injury recruited in 2005-2007 in the Parisian area, France. One and 4-year assessments were performed by trained neuropsychologists. One-to-4-year change in the Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended defined 3 groups: "improvement," "stability," and "worsening...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057367/increased-pre-procedural-urinary-microalbumin-is-associated-with-a-risk-for-renal-functional-deterioration-after-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Satoshi Isobe, Miyuki Yuba, Hiroaki Mori, Susumu Suzuki, Kimihide Sato, Hideki Ishii, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Urinary microalbumin is a marker for preclinical nephropathy. A percentage change in cystatin C (%CyC) of ≥10% for 24h after tests with contrast media is reportedly an independent predictor for developing contrast-induced nephropathy. We investigated the relationship between the presence of urinary microalbumin and changes in CyC after coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). METHODS: Three hundred and thirty-three patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who scheduled for CCTA using a 70mL of Iopamidol were enrolled...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057053/a-pig-model-of-acute-right-ventricular-afterload-increase-by-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
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Kathrine Knai, Nils Kristian Skjaervold
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to construct a non-invasive model for acute right ventricular afterload increase by hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. Intact animal models are vital to improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of acute right ventricular failure. Acute right ventricular failure is caused by increased afterload of the right ventricle by chronic or acute pulmonary hypertension combined with regionally or globally reduced right ventricular contractile capacity...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056026/integration-of-microrna-mrna-and-protein-expression-data-for-the-identification-of-cancer-related-micrornas
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Jiyoun Seo, Daeyong Jin, Chan-Hun Choi, Hyunju Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are responsible for the regulation of target genes involved in various biological processes, and may play oncogenic or tumor suppressive roles. Many studies have investigated the relationships between miRNAs and their target genes, using mRNA and miRNA expression data. However, mRNA expression levels do not necessarily represent the exact gene expression profiles, since protein translation may be regulated in several different ways. Despite this, large-scale protein expression data have been integrated rarely when predicting gene-miRNA relationships...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050502/antibacterial-effect-of-aloe-vera-gel-against-oral-pathogens-an-in-vitro-study
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Supreet Jain, Nirav Rathod, Ravleen Nagi, Jaideep Sur, Afshan Laheji, Naveen Gupta, Priyanka Agrawal, Swati Prasad
INTRODUCTION: Natural herbal remedies have shown promising anti-microbial property and fewer side effects compared to synthetic anti-microbial therapy. Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant used for management of various infections since ancient times as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and immune-boosting properties. AIM: The aim of the present study was to determine the anti-microbial and inhibitory activities of various concentration of Aloe Vera Gel (AVG) against oral pathogenic bacteria...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049641/risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-pregnant-women-with-essential-thrombocythemia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Leslie Skeith, Marc Carrier, Susan Robinson, Samah Alimam, Marc A Rodger
We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnant women with essential thrombocythemia (ET). Twenty-one trials with 504 patients and 756 pregnancies met our inclusion criteria. Among 756 pregnancies, the antepartum VTE risk was 1.3% (95% CI, 0.6-2.2) in all pregnancies. Of the 18 studies that reported VTE outcomes and antepartum LMWH use, there were 8 antepartum VTE events among 407 pregnancies without LMWH use (2.5%, 95% CI, 1.3-4.3). Among all 575 pregnancies with postpartum follow-up (excluding first trimester losses), the postpartum VTE risk was 1...
January 3, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049624/using-web-2-0-applications-to-promote-health-related-physical-activity-findings-from-the-walk-2-0-randomised-controlled-trial
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Gregory S Kolt, Richard R Rosenkranz, Corneel Vandelanotte, Cristina M Caperchione, Anthony J Maeder, Rhys Tague, Trevor N Savage, Anetta Van Itallie, W Kerry Mummery, Christopher Oldmeadow, Mitch J Duncan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Web 2.0 internet technology has great potential in promoting physical activity. This trial investigated the effectiveness of a Web 2.0-based intervention on physical activity behaviour, and the impact on website usage and engagement. METHODS: 504 (328 women, 126 men) insufficiently active adult participants were randomly allocated to one of two web-based interventions or a paper-based Logbook group. The Web 1.0 group participated in the existing 10 000 Steps programme, while the Web 2...
January 3, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049458/factors-associated-with-male-involvement-in-reproductive-care-in-bangladesh
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Ghose Bishwajit, Shangfeng Tang, Sanni Yaya, Seydou Ide, Hang Fu, Manli Wang, Zhifei He, Feng Da, Zhanchun Feng
BACKGROUND: Men's active involvement in reproductive healthcare has shown to be positively associated with maternal and child health outcomes. Bangladesh has made appreciable progress in its pursuance of maternal mortality related goals in the framework of the MDGs. However, there remains a lot to be accomplished to realise the long-term goals for which active participation of male counterparts in reproductive care is crucial. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to investigate factors associated with male involvement in reproductive health among Bangladeshi men...
January 3, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048096/su-f-j-205-effect-of-cone-beam-factor-on-cone-beam-ct-number-accuracy
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W Yao, C Hua, J Farr, S Brady, T Merchant
PURPOSE: To examine the suitability of a Catphan™ 700 phantom for image quality QA of a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system deployed for proton therapy. METHODS: Catphan phantoms, particularly Catphan™ 504, are commonly used in image quality QA for CBCT. As a newer product, Catphan™ 700 offers more tissue equivalent inserts which may be useful for generating the electron density - CT number curve for CBCT based treatment planning. The sensitometry-and-geometry module used in Catphan™ 700 is located at the end of the phantom and after the resolution line pair module...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047921/su-f-t-504-non-divergent-planning-method-for-craniospinal-irradiation
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N Sperling, J Bogue, E Parsai
PURPOSE: Traditional Craniospinal Irradiation (CSI) planning techniques require careful field placement to allow optimal divergence and field overlap at depth, and measurement of skin gap. The result of this is a necessary field overlap resulting in dose heterogeneity in the spinal canal. A novel, nondivergent field matching method has been developed to allow simple treatment planning and delivery without the need to measure skin gap. METHODS: The CSI patient was simulated in the prone, and a plan was developed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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