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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040777/efficient-imaging-examining-the-value-of-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-of-traumatic-adult-brachial-plexus-injuries-a-systematic-review
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Brian Chin, Maleka Ramji, Forough Farrokhyar, James R Bain
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brachial plexus injury (BPI) can result in debilitating sequelae of the upper extremity. Presently, therapeutic decisions are based on the mechanism of injury, serial physical examination, electromyography, nerve conduction, and imaging studies. While magnetic resonance imaging is the current imaging modality of choice for BPI, ultrasound is a promising newcomer that is inexpensive, accessible, and available at point of care. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in the assessment of traumatic adult BPI through a systematic review...
October 11, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040629/elongation-factor-1%C3%AE-accurately-reconstructs-relationships-amongst-psyllid-families-hemiptera-psylloidea-with-possible-diagnostic-implications
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Francesco Martoni, Simon R Bulman, Andrew Pitman, Karen F Armstrong
The superfamily Psylloidea (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha) lacks a robust multigene phylogeny. This impedes our understanding of the evolution of this group of insects and, consequently, an accurate identification of individuals, of their plant host associations, and their roles as vectors of economically important plant pathogens. The conserved nuclear gene elongation factor-1 alpha (EF-1α) has been valuable as a higher-level phylogenetic marker in insects and it has also been widely used to investigate the evolution of intron/exon structure...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040428/understanding-the-promises-and-hurdles-of-metagenomic-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-infectious-diseases
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Patricia J Simner, Steven Miller, Karen C Carroll
Agnostic metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) has emerged as a promising single, universal pathogen detection method for infectious diseases diagnostics. This methodology allows for identification and genomic characterization of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses without the need for a priori knowledge of a specific pathogen directly from clinical specimens. Although there are increasing reports of mNGS successes, several hurdles need to be addressed, such as differentiation of colonization from infection, extraneous sources of nucleic acid, method standardization, and data storage, protection, analysis, and interpretation...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039925/exosomes-secreted-by-hela-cells-shuttle-on-their-surface-the-plasma-membrane-associated-sialidase-neu3
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Lucia Paolini, Flavia Orizio, Sara Busatto, Annalisa Radeghieri, Roberto Bresciani, Paolo Bergese, Eugenio Monti
Sialidases are glycohydrolases that remove terminal sialic acid residues from oligosaccharides, glycolipids and glycoproteins. The plasma membrane-associated sialidase NEU3 is involved in the fine tuning of sialic acid containing glycans directly on the cell surface and plays relevant roles in important biological phenomena such as cell differentiation, molecular recognition and cancer transformation. Extracellular vesicles are membranous structures with a diameter of 0.03-1 m released by cells and detectable in blood, urine, as well as in culture media...
October 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036928/plasma-mir-155-mir-203-and-mir-205-are-biomarkers-for-monitoring-of-primary-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphomas
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Nina Dusílková, Petra Bašová, Jindřich Polívka, Ondřej Kodet, Vojtěch Kulvait, Michal Pešta, Marek Trněný, Tomáš Stopka
Primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL) affect the skin and tend to transform and spread. CTCL involves primarily the Mycosis fungoides (MF) and more aggressive Sezary syndrome (SS). Oncogenic microRNAs (miRs) are stable epigenetic inhibitors often deregulated in the tumour and detectable as biomarkers in non-cellular fractions of peripheral blood. The tumour-specific expression of miR-155, miR-203, and miR-205 was shown to correctly diagnose CTCL. We herein asked whether these microRNAs can be used as plasma biomarkers for clinical CTCL monitoring...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036827/validation-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-diagnostic-potential-of-a-heptapeptide-functionalized-imaging-probe-targeted-to-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-able-to-cross-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Séverine André, Emilie Ansciaux, Elamine Saidi, Lionel Larbanoix, Dimitri Stanicki, Denis Nonclercq, Luce Vander Elst, Sophie Laurent, Robert N Muller, Carmen Burtea
The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a critical step in the management of patients. We have developed a non-invasive diagnosis tool based on magnetic resonance molecular imaging (MRMI) of amyloid-β peptide using ultra-small particles of iron oxide (USPIO) functionalized with a disulfide constrained cyclic heptapeptide (PHO) identified by phage display (USPIO-PHO). After previously demonstrating the optimal pharmacologic properties of USPIO-PHO and its capacity to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the ability of USPIO-PHO to target amyloid plaques (AP) by MRMI has been validated in the present work on AD transgenic mice...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036585/ambulatory-ph-impedance-pressure-monitoring-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-reflux-cough-syndrome
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T V K Herregods, A Pauwels, J Jafari, D Sifrim, A J P M Smout, A J Bredenoord, J Tack
Gastroesophageal reflux is considered to be a significant contributing factor to chronic unexplained cough. Patients are often presumed to have reflux-induced cough and are exposed to high-dose and long-term empirical therapy with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) despite the limited treatment efficacy in this population. We aimed to assess the diagnostic value of 24-hour ambulatory pH-impedance-pressure monitoring for the diagnosis of reflux-induced chronic cough. In this multicenter study, we evaluated 192 patients with chronic cough using 24-hour pH-impedance-pressure monitoring off PPIs...
September 27, 2017: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036251/an-adhesive-patch-based-skin-biopsy-device-for-molecular-diagnostics-and-skin-microbiome-studies
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Zuxu Yao, Ronald Moy, Talisha Allen, Burkhard Jansen
INTRODUCTION: A number of diagnoses in clinical dermatology are currently histopathologically confirmed and this image recognition-based confirmation generally requires surgical biopsies. The increasing ability of molecular pathology to corroborate or correct a clinical diagnosis based on objective gene expression, mutation analysis, or molecular microbiome data is on the horizon and would be further supported by a tool or procedure to collect samples non-invasively. This study characterizes such a tool in form of a 'bladeless' adhesive patch-based skin biopsy device...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035320/personomics-the-missing-link-in-the-evolution-from-precision-medicine-to-personalized-medicine
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Roy C Ziegelstein
Clinical practice guidelines have been developed for many common conditions based on data from randomized controlled trials. When medicine is informed solely by clinical practice guidelines, however, the patient is not treated as an individual, but rather a member of a group. Precision medicine, as defined herein, characterizes unique biological characteristics of the individual or of specimens obtained from an individual to tailor diagnostics and therapeutics to a specific patient. These unique biological characteristics are defined by the tools of precision medicine: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, pharmacogenomics, and other "-omics...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034726/an-atypical-pseudoaneurysm-as-complication-of-prosthetic-aortic-valve-endocarditis
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Andrea I Guaricci, Rita L Musci, Delia De Santis, Donatella Argentiero, Luca Sgarra, Concetta Losito, Vito Marangelli, Frida Nacci, Domenico Zanna, Stefano Favale
Endocarditis of a prosthetic heart valve is a life-threatening condition that is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Perivalvular extension in infective endocarditis includes complications such as periannular or intramyocardial abscesses, pseudoaneurysms and fistulae. The incidence of perivalvular extension ranges from 10 to 30% in native valve endocarditis and 30 to 55% in prosthetic aortic-valve endocarditis. Herein, we describe a case of a 66-year-old man who presented endocarditis of a prosthetic aortic valve complicated by infective pseudoaneurysm with localization next to the right coronary sinus of Valsalva...
October 16, 2017: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034253/risk-factors-for-adverse-outcome-for-elderly-patients-undergoing-curative-oncological-resection-for-gastrointestinal-malignancies
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Yukai K Lim, Christopher Jackson, Emilia L Dauway, Konrad Klaus Richter
BACKGROUND: The incidence of gastrointestinal cancer increases with age, with approximately 20% of these cases in people over 80 years of age. Due to pre-existing comorbidities, this onco-geriatric population often presents diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. METHODS: A systematic review of articles on PubMed was performed to determine the predictive ability of screening tools and their components regarding the occurrence of adverse outcomes in elderly onco-surgical patients with gastrointestinal malignancies...
August 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033425/evaluation-by-mr-enterocolonography-of-lansoprazole-induced-collagenous-colitis-accompanied-with-protein-losing-enteropathy-a-case-report
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Akinori Mizoguchi, Masaaki Higashiyama, Keisuke Ikeyama, Shin Nishii, Hisato Terada, Hirotaka Furuhashi, Takeshi Takajo, Koji Maruta, Yuichi Yasutake, Kazuhiko Shirakabe, Chikako Watanabe, Kengo Tomita, Shunsuke Komoto, Shigeaki Nagao, Soichiro Miura, Ryota Hokari
We herein describe a 69-year-old man suffering from chronic diarrhea caused by lansoprazole (LPZ)-induced collagenous colitis (CC) accompanied with protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), diagnosed by increased fecal alpha-1 antitrypsin clearance and the findings of leakage from the descending colon to the sigmoid colon on scintigraphy. MR enterocolonography (MREC) was also performed for differentiating digestive diseases, and inflamed findings were observed around the same portion as those on scintigraphy, suggesting that this region was responsible for protein loss in this case...
October 16, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033288/the-therapeutic-antibody-lm609-selectively-inhibits-ligand-binding-to-human-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-via-steric-hindrance
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Andrew J Borst, Zachary M James, William N Zagotta, Mark Ginsberg, Felix A Rey, Frank DiMaio, Marija Backovic, David Veesler
The LM609 antibody specifically recognizes αVβ3 integrin and inhibits angiogenesis, bone resorption, and viral infections in an arginine-glycine-aspartate-independent manner. LM609 entered phase II clinical trials for the treatment of several cancers and was also used for αVβ3-targeted radioimmunotherapy. To elucidate the mechanisms of recognition and inhibition of αVβ3 integrin, we solved the structure of the LM609 antigen-binding fragment by X-ray crystallography and determined its binding affinity for αVβ3...
October 7, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033053/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-recessive-kcnq1-mutation-associated-with-romano-ward-long-qt-syndrome-in-two-iranian-families
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Zahra Zafari, Mohammad Dalili, Sirus Zeinali, Siamak Saber, Amir Farjam Fazeli Far, Mohammad Taghi Akbari
BACKGROUND: One of the foremost causes of sudden cardiac death in the young is an inherent cardiac arrhythmia known as Long-QT syndrome (LQTS). Whereas heterozygous mutations typically lead to the Romano-Ward type of LQTS, We have provided a further evidence for the recessive transmission of a novel KCNQ1 gene mutation in two consanguineous families for the first time in Iran. METHODS: Next generation sequencing, DNA Sanger sequencing and haplotype analysis were performed for genotype determination...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032974/prospective-comparative-evaluation-study-of-laser-doppler-imaging-and-thermal-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-burn-depth
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Christopher Wearn, Kwang Chear Lee, Joseph Hardwicke, Ammar Allouni, Amy Bamford, Peter Nightingale, Naiem Moiemen
INTRODUCTION: The accurate assessment of burn depth is challenging but crucial for surgical excision and tissue preservation. Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) has gained increasing acceptance as a tool to aid depth assessment but its adoption is hampered by high costs, long scan times and limited portability. Thermal imaging is touted as a suitable alternative however few comparison studies have been done. METHODS: Sixteen burn patients with 52 regions of interests were analysed...
October 9, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032767/metabonomics-uncovers-a-reversible-proatherogenic-lipid-profile-during-infliximab-therapy-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Jacob Tveiten Bjerrum, Casper Steenholdt, Mark Ainsworth, Ole Haagen Nielsen, Michelle Ac Reed, Karen Atkins, Ulrich Leonhard Günther, Fuhua Hao, Yulan Wang
BACKGROUND: One-third of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients show no response to infliximab (IFX) induction therapy, and approximately half of patients responding become unresponsive over time. Thus, identification of potential treatment response biomarkers are of great clinical significance. This study employs spectroscopy-based metabolic profiling of serum from patients with IBD treated with IFX and healthy subjects (1) to substantiate the use of spectroscopy as a semi-invasive diagnostic tool, (2) to identify potential biomarkers of treatment response and (3) to characterise the metabolic changes during management of patients with tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitors...
October 16, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032071/comparing-intestinal-versus-diffuse-gastric-cancer-using-a-peff-oriented-proteomic-pipeline
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Helisa Helena Wippel, Marlon Dias Mariano Santos, Milan Avila Clasen, Louise Ulrich Kurt, Fabio Cesar Sousa Nogueira, Carlos Eduardo Carvalho, Thaís Messias McCormick, Guilherme Pinto Bravo Neto, Lysangela Ronalte Alves, Maria da Gloria da Costa Carvalho, Paulo Costa Carvalho, Juliana de Saldanha da Gama Fischer
Gastric cancer is the fifth most common malignant neoplasia and the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Mac-Cormick et al. recently showed the importance of considering the anatomical region of the tumor in proteomic gastric cancer studies; more differences were found between distinct anatomical regions than when comparing healthy versus diseased tissue. Thus, failing to consider the anatomical region could lead to differential proteins that are not disease specific. With this as motivation, we compared the proteomic profiles of intestinal and diffuse adenocarcinoma from the same anatomical region, the corpus...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032066/standardization-of-laparoscopic-operative-reporting-improving-gynaecological-surgeon-communication
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Rachel J Pope, Ahmed Y Abdelbadee, Amy J Armstrong, Prakash R Ganesh, Mohamed A Bedaiwy, Kristine M Zanotti
OBJECTIVE: No standardization of quality of operative reporting currently exists, and this represents a missed opportunity for communication among health care providers. This study proposed a method to improve operative notes by structuring the findings by six anatomical zones of the pelvis. Objective I was to validate the method of documenting six zones of the pelvis by using intraoperative photography. Objective II was to compare this method with dictations from operative reports created before introducing this method...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032050/positive-predictive-value-estimates-for-cell-free-noninvasive-prenatal-screening-from-data-of-a-large-referral-genetic-diagnostic-laboratory
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Andrea K Petersen, Sau Wai Cheung, Janice L Smith, Weimin Bi, Patricia A Ward, Sandra Peacock, Alicia Braxton, Ignatia B van den Veyver, Amy M Breman
BACKGROUND: Since its debut in 2011, cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) screening has undergone rapid expansion with respect to both utilization and coverage. However, conclusive data regarding the clinical validity and utility of this screening tool, both for the originally included common autosomal and sex-chromosomal aneuploidies as well as the more recently added chromosomal microdeletion syndromes, has lagged behind. Thus, there is a continued need to educate clinicians and patients about the current benefits and limitations of this screening tool to inform pre and post-test counseling, pre/perinatal decision making and medical risk assessment/management...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031890/changing-perspectives-in-atopic-dermatitis
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REVIEW
E Serra-Baldrich, J O de Frutos, I Jáuregui, J C Armario-Hita, J F Silvestre, L Herraez, A Martín-Santiago, A Valero, J Sastre
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a multifaceted disease that involves a complex interplay between the skin and the immune system. The course of the disease depends strongly on the genetic background of the patient and on yet poorly-defined environmental factors. Changes in lifestyle could be behind the dramatic rise in the prevalence of AD across continents; including hygienic conditions, food, social habits, skin microbiome or exposure to a number of allergens. Although AD typically develops in childhood and disappears after a few years, in a relatively large number of patients it continues into adulthood...
October 11, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
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