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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719787/in-vivo-performance-of-a-novel-anatomically-shaped-total-meniscal-prosthesis-made-of-polycarbonate-urethane-a-12-month-evaluation-in-goats
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Anne C T Vrancken, Gerjon Hannink, Wojciech Madej, Nico Verdonschot, Tony G van Tienen, Pieter Buma
BACKGROUND: Injury or loss of the meniscus generally leads to degenerative osteoarthritic changes in the knee joint. However, the treatment options for symptomatic patients with total meniscectomy are limited. Therefore, we developed a novel, anatomically shaped, total meniscal implant made of polycarbonate urethane. PURPOSE: To evaluate the in vivo performance of this novel total meniscal implant. The assessment particularly focused on the implant's response to long-term physiological loading in a goat model and its chondroprotective capacity in comparison to clinically relevant controls...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719766/energy-expenditure-of-standing-compared-to-sitting-while-conducting-office-tasks
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Jill Burns, Cuisle Forde, Sara Dockrell
Objectives This study aimed to investigate the energy expenditure of common office-based tasks. The objectives were to: (a) test the classification of tasks as sedentary or light-intensity physical activity and (b) compare the energy expenditure of tasks under two postural conditions (sitting and standing). Background The sedentary nature of office work has been highlighted as a health risk, and strategies to reduce sedentary behavior at work have been developed. However, there is limited evidence to guide the utilization of sit-stand workstations in the workplace for metabolic health benefits...
July 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719693/effect-of-high-dose-vs-standard-dose-wintertime-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-viral-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-young-healthy-children
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Mary Aglipay, Catherine S Birken, Patricia C Parkin, Mark B Loeb, Kevin Thorpe, Yang Chen, Andreas Laupacis, Muhammad Mamdani, Colin Macarthur, Jeffrey S Hoch, Tony Mazzulli, Jonathon L Maguire
Importance: Epidemiological studies support a link between low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and a higher risk of viral upper respiratory tract infections. However, whether winter supplementation of vitamin D reduces the risk among children is unknown. Objective: To determine whether high-dose vs standard-dose vitamin D supplementation reduces the incidence of wintertime upper respiratory tract infections in young children. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial was conducted during the winter months between September 13, 2011, and June 30, 2015, among children aged 1 through 5 years enrolled in TARGet Kids!, a multisite primary care practice-based research network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...
July 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719668/epidemiology-and-distribution-of-10-superantigens-among-invasive-streptococcus-pyogenes-disease-in-germany-from-2009-to-2014
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Matthias Imöhl, Christina Fitzner, Stephanie Perniciaro, Mark van der Linden
A nationwide laboratory-based surveillance study of invasive S. pyogenes infections was conducted in Germany. Invasive isolates (n = 719) were obtained between 2009 and 2014. Most isolates were obtained from blood (92.1%). The proportions of isolates from cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, synovial fluid and peritoneal fluid were 3.9%, 1.8%, 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The most common emm types were emm 1 (31.8%), emm 28 (15.4%) and emm 89 (14.5%). The most common superantigen genes (speA, speC, speG, speH, speI, speJ, speK, speL, speM, ssa) identified from S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719610/a-decade-of-hiv-care-in-rural-tanzania-trends-in-clinical-outcomes-and-impact-of-clinic-optimisation-in-an-open-prospective-cohort
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Fiona Vanobberghen, Emilio Letang, Anna Gamell, Dorcas K Mnzava, Diana Faini, Lameck B Luwanda, Herry Mapesi, Kim Mwamelo, George Sikalengo, Marcel Tanner, Christoph Hatz, Hansjakob Furrer, Manuel Battegay, Tracy R Glass
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to describe trends in enrolment and clinical outcomes in the open, prospective Kilombero and Ulanga Antiretroviral Cohort (KIULARCO) in the Morogoro region of southern Tanzania, and identify strengths and areas for improvement in the care of HIV-positive individuals in rural Tanzania. METHODS: We included adults (≥15 years) and children (<15 years) enrolled in the cohort in 2005-2014. The cohort underwent significant changes from autumn 2012 to optimise care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719510/evaluation-of-the-clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-of-previously-followed-up-thalassemia-intermedia-patients-to-provide-them-better-care-in-the-future
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Özlem Tüfekçi, Berna Atabay, Meral Türker, Şebnem Yilmaz Bengoa, Salih Gözmen, Tuba Karapinar, Hale Ören, Gülersu İrken
The increased awareness about the severity of complications in thalassemia intermedia patients led authorities to develop strategies for better management and follow-up of these patients. In this study, we aimed to define the clinical and laboratory characteristics in previously followed-up β-thalassemia intermedia patients and wanted to gain an insight about the follow-up of this patient population in a developing country to provide them better care in the future. The mean age at diagnosis was 4 years, and the mean hemoglobin was 7...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719315/analysis-of-clinical-and-laboratory-alterations-related-to-dengue-case-severity-comparison-between-serotypes-2-and-4-in-brazil
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Nieli Rodrigues da Costa Faria, Victor Edgar Fiestas Solorzano, Luiz José de Souza, Rita Maria Ribeiro Nogueira, Fernanda de Bruycker-Nogueira, Thaís Chouin-Carneiro, Jaqueline Bastos Santos Simões, Monique da Rocha Queiroz Lima, Luzia Maria de Oliveira Pinto, Claire Fernandes Kubelka, Manoela Heringer, Elzinandes Leal de Azeredo, Flavia Barreto Dos Santos
The increase in severe dengue (SD) cases has caused great impact on public health and has concerned authorities of countries where the disease is endemic and epidemics reach high proportions. The recognition of progression signs of this severe disease during the initial febrile phase can be difficult, since the symptoms are often indistinguishable from other febrile diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical manifestations and laboratory findings in patients from two dengue outbreaks and their association with the disease...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719293/case-report-clinical-features-of-a-case-of-suspected-borrelia-miyamotoi-disease-in-hokkaido-japan
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Kimiaki Yamano, Takuya Ito, Kaori Kiyanagi, Hirotaka Yamazaki, Mutsubu Sugawara, Takashige Saito, Norio Ohashi, Aya Zamoto-Niikura, Kozue Sato, Hiroki Kawabata
We herein report a case of suspected Borrelia miyamotoi disease in Hokkaido, Japan. The patient complained of lassitude, arthralgia, and high fever after a tick bite. Furthermore, at the time of consultation, the patient exhibited momentary loss of consciousness and low blood pressure. Laboratory tests revealed elevation of liver enzymes, thrombocytopenia, and increased C-reactive protein. Seroconversion to B. miyamotoi glycerophosphoryl diester phosphodiesterase antigen suggested the patient was infected with a relapsing fever group Borrelia species...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719290/performance-of-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-the-detection-of-20-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-clinical-samples-from-senegal
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Doudou Sow, Philippe Parola, Khadime Sylla, Magatte Ndiaye, Pascal Delaunay, Philippe Halfon, Sabine Camiade, Thérèse Dieng, Roger C K Tine, Babacar Faye, Jean Louis Ndiaye, Yémou Dieng, Oumar Gaye, Didier Raoult, Fadi Bittar
Gastrointestinal parasite infections represent one of the biggest public health problems in the world. Therefore, appropriate innovative tools are needed for assessing interventions to control these infections. This study aims to compare the performance of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to microscopic examination for detection of intestinal parasites. A direct microscopic examination and stool concentration was performed on 98 stool samples from patients attending Senegalese hospitals. Negative microscopic control samples were also collected in Nice and Marseille (France)...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719262/evaluation-of-a-mobile-phone-based-microscope-for-screening-of-schistosoma-haematobium-infection-in-rural-ghana
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Isaac I Bogoch, Hatice C Koydemir, Derek Tseng, Richard K D Ephraim, Evans Duah, Joseph Tee, Jason R Andrews, Aydogan Ozcan
AbstractSchistosomiasis affects over 170 million people in Africa. Here we compare a novel, low-cost mobile phone microscope to a conventional light microscope for the label-free diagnosis of Schistosoma haematobium infections in a rural Ghanaian school setting. We tested the performance of our handheld microscope using 60 slides that were randomly chosen from an ongoing epidemiologic study in school-aged children. The mobile phone microscope had a sensitivity of 72.1% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 56.1-84...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718873/clinical-features-of-drug-reaction-with-eosinophilia-and-systemic-symptoms-dress-syndrome-a-study-of-25-patients-in-korea
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Jin Y Lee, Suh-Young Lee, Ji E Hahm, Jae W Ha, Chul W Kim, Sang S Kim
BACKGROUND: Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) syndrome is a rare adverse drug reaction. This study aimed to evaluate the incidence of association with individual drugs, clinical manifestations, disease course, and outcomes of DRESS. METHODS: Using the criteria of the European Registry of Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions (RegiSCAR), the medical records of 25 patients diagnosed with DRESS between 2006 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718529/dna-fragmentation-in-spermatozoa-a-historical-review
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A S Rex, J Aagaard, J Fedder
Sperm DNA Fragmentation has been extensively studied for more than a decade. In the 1940s the uniqueness of the spermatozoa protein complex which stabilizes the DNA was discovered. In the fifties and sixties, the association between unstable chromatin structure and subfertility was investigated. In the seventies, the impact of induced DNA damage was investigated. In the 1980s the concept of sperm DNA fragmentation as related to infertility was introduced as well as the first DNA fragmentation test: the Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA)...
July 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718496/-introduction-of-rapid-syphilis-and-hiv-testing-in-prenatal-care-in-colombia-qualitative-analysis
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María Teresa Ochoa-Manjarrés, Hernando Guillermo Gaitán-Duarte, Sidia Caicedo, Berta Gómez, Freddy Pérez
Objective: Interpret perceptions of Colombian health professionals concerning factors that obstruct and facilitate the introduction of rapid syphilis and HIV testing in prenatal care services. Methods: A qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews was carried out. A convenience sample was selected with 37 participants, who included health professionals involved in prenatal care services, programs for pregnant women, clinical laboratories, and directors of health care units or centers, as well as representatives from regional departments and the Ministry of Health...
December 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718397/the-vitamin-d-standardization-program-vdsp-manual-for-retrospective-laboratory-standardization-of-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-data
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Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Lu Tian, Stephen Brooks, Kurtis Sarafin, Kevin Cashman, Mairead Kiely, Joyce Merkel, Gary Myers, Paul Coates, Christopher Sempos
Low concentrations of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], the principal biological measure of vitamin D status, have been associated with clinical and public health outcomes. The determination of levels under which there is an increase in the risk of disease, as well as comparisons across populations, have been difficult to establish due the large assay variability in measuring 25(OH)D. Accordingly, the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) includes the retrospective standardization of existing 25(OH)D values collected by epidemiological and clinical studies, as well as clinical trials, as one of its main objectives...
July 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718241/c-reactive-protein-an-aid-for-diagnosis-of-acute-appendicitis
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Nauman Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Delayed or wrong diagnosis of acute appendicitis in patients results in complications like perforation, gangrene, etc. which carries a significant amount of morbidity and mortality to the patients. Thus, timely diagnosis of acute appendicitis is crucial to prevent these complications. Recently, it was found that serum C-reactive protein (CRP) individually can be a useful marker, thus in resource limited settings (i.e., access to ultrasonography) simple laboratory investigation can be of extreme utility for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718098/massive-hemorrhage-and-transfusion-in-the-operating-room
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Brian Muirhead, Andrew D H Weiss
PURPOSE: In this Continuing Professional Development module, we review the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations associated with massive hemorrhage as well as laboratory investigations and appropriate therapeutic measures. In addition to reviewing the available blood/plasma products and adjunct therapy, we also explore the role of the anesthesiologist in a massive transfusion protocol scenario. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Massive hemorrhage can be either anticipated or unexpected...
July 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717776/a-retrospective-study-of-emergency-department-potassium-disturbances-severity-treatment-and-outcomes
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Adam J Singer, Henry C Thode, W Frank Peacock
OBJECTIVE: Disturbances in potassium (K) levels are relatively common and may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality; however, treatments vary. Our purpose was to determine the incidence, treatments, and outcomes associated with hyperkalemia and hypokalemia in emergency department (ED) patients. METHODS: We performed a structured, retrospective review of electronic medical records of consecutive adult ED patients with K measured while in the ED. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data as well as treatments, disposition, and in-hospital complications were collected...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717712/egfr-mutations-in-latinos-from-the-united-states-and-latin-america
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Ariel Lopez-Chavez, Anish Thomas, Moses O Evbuomwan, Liqiang Xi, Guinevere Chun, Tatiana Vidaurre, Oscar Arrieta, George Oblitas, Ana Belen Oton, Alejandro R Calvo, Arun Rajan, Mark Raffeld, Seth M Steinberg, Lorena Arze-Aimaretti, Giuseppe Giaccone
PURPOSE: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations confer sensitivity to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). There are limited and conflicting reports on the frequency of EGFR mutations in Latinos. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Samples from 642 patients with NSCLC from seven institutions in the United States and Latin America were assessed for EGFR mutations (exons 18 to 21) at Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified central laboratories...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717669/pitfalls-in-genetic-testing-a-case-of-a-snp-in-primer-annealing-region-leading-to-allele-dropout-in-brca1
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Felipe Carneiro Silva, Giovana Tardin Torrezan, Rafael Canfield Brianese, Raquel Stabellini, Dirce Maria Carraro
BACKGROUND: Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer is characterized by mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes and PCR-based screening techniques, such as capillary sequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS), are considered gold standard methods for detection of pathogenic mutations in these genes. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) constitute a vast source of variation in the human genome and represent a risk for misdiagnosis in genetic testing, since the presence of a SNP in primer-annealing sites may cause false negative results due to allele dropout...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717668/different-renal-phenotypes-in-related-adult-males-with-fabry-disease-with-the-same-classic-genotype
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Renzo Mignani, Mariarita Moschella, Giovanna Cenacchi, Ilaria Donati, Marta Flachi, Daniela Grimaldi, Davide Cerretani, Paola De Giovanni, Marcello Montevecchi, Angelo Rigotti, Alessandro Ravasio
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease related patients with classical mutation usually exhibit similar severe phenotype especially concerning renal manifestation. METHODS: A dry blood spot screening (DBS) and the DNA analysis has been performed in a 48-year-old man (Patient 1) because of paresthesia. RESULTS: The DBS revealed absent leukocyte α-Gal A enzyme activity while DNA analysis identified the I354K mutation. Serum creatinine and e-GFR were in normal range and also albuminuria and proteinuria were absent...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
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