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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651262/relationship-of-radiographic-osteoarthritis-severity-with%C3%A2-treatment-outcomes-after-imaging-guided-knee%C3%A2-injections-a-prospective-outcomes-study
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Ivan Miletic, Christoph Agten, Reto Sutter, Christian Pfirrmann, Cynthia Peterson
Introduction To be able to predict which patients are more likely to have a positive treatment outcome, the purpose of this study is 1: To compare outcomes after intra-articular corticosteroid knee injections with the Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) 5 and 3 grading systems for knee osteoarthritis, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) grading system and actual joint space measurements; and 2: To compare the reliability of these grading systems. Materials and Methods Knee radiographs of 117 patients who received intra-articular corticosteroid injections were independently evaluated by two radiologists blinded to the outcome...
June 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651173/development-validation-and-clinical-application-of-a-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-lamivudine-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-in-dried-blood-and-dried-breast-milk-spots-using-lc-ms-ms
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Catriona Waitt, Sujan Diliiy Penchala, Adeniyi Olagunju, Alieu Amara, Laura Else, Mohammed Lamorde, Saye Khoo
OBJECTIVES: To present the validation and clinical application of a LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of lamivudine (3TC), emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir (TFV) in dried blood spots (DBS) and dried breast milk spots (DBMS). METHODS: DBS and DBMS were prepared from 50 and 30μL of drug-spiked whole blood and human breast milk, respectively. Following extraction with acetonitrile and water, chromatographic separation utilised a Synergi polar column with a gradient mobile phase program consisting of 0...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651172/simultaneous-determination-of-cis-permethrin-and-trans-permethrin-in-rat-plasma-and-brain-tissue-using-gas-chromatography-negative-chemical-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Shirin Hooshfar, Darren R Gullick, Michael R Linzey, Tanzir Mortuza, Mona Hamdy Abdel Rahman, Clinton A Rogers, James V Bruckner, Catherine A White, Michael G Bartlett
A sensitive method for the simultaneous determination of cis-permethrin (cis-PERM) and trans-permethrin (trans-PERM) in small volumes (100μL) of rat plasma and brain homogenate was developed, using a liquid-liquid extraction for sample preparation and gas chromatography-negative chemical ionization mass spectrometry (GCNCI-MS) for detection. Quantitation of trace levels of the insecticide in small volumes of biological samples is essential to support toxicokinetic studies in small animals. There are currently no validated methods in the literature for determining cis-PERM and trans- PERM in volumes as low as 100μL of rat plasma or brain homogenate...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650963/a-new-mechanistic-approach-for-the-further-development-of-a-population-with-established-size-bimodality
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Lisa Heermann, Donald L DeAngelis, Jost Borcherding
Usually, the origin of a within-cohort bimodal size distribution is assumed to be caused by initial size differences or by one discrete period of accelerated growth for one part of the population. The aim of this study was to determine if more continuous pathways exist allowing shifts from the small to the large fraction within a bimodal age-cohort. Therefore, a Eurasian perch population, which had already developed a bimodal size-distribution and had differential resource use of the two size-cohorts, was examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650903/thigh-ultrasound-monitoring-identifies-decreases-in-quadriceps-femoris-thickness-as-a-frequent-observation-in-critically-ill-children
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Frederic V Valla, David K Young, Muriel Rabilloud, Uvaraj Periasami, Manoj John, Florent Baudin, Carole Vuillerot, Aurélie Portefaix, Deborah White, Jenna A Ridout, Rosan Meyer, Bénédicte Gaillard Le Roux, Etienne Javouhey, Nazima Pathan
OBJECTIVES: Significant muscle wasting develops in critically ill adults, with subsequent worse outcomes. In the pediatric setting, occurrence and effects of muscle wasting are undescribed; this is in part due to a lack of validated, objective methods for assessing muscle wasting. A single measurement of quadriceps femoris thickness has failed to show consistent reproducibility. We hypothesized that averaging repeated measurements could afford good reproducibility to allow for quadriceps femoris thickness decline detection and monitoring...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650831/new-precision-metrics-for-contrast-sensitivity-testing
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Michael Dorr, Tobias Elze, Wang Hui, Zhong-Lin Lu, Peter John Bex, Luis Andres Lesmes
Visual sensitivity is comprehensively described by the Contrast Sensitivity Function (CSF), but current routine clinical care does not include its assessment because of the time-consuming need to estimate thresholds for a large number of spatial frequencies. The quick CSF method, however, dramatically reduces testing times by using a Bayesian information maximization rule. We evaluate the test-retest variability of a tablet-based quick CSF implementation in a study with 100 subjects who repeatedly assessed their vision with and without optical correction...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650745/longer-duration-antimicrobial-therapy-does-not-prevent-treatment-failure-in-high-risk-patients-with-complicated-intra-abdominal-infections
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Taryn E Hassinger, Christopher A Guidry, Ori D Rotstein, Therese M Duane, Heather L Evans, Charles H Cook, Patrick J O'neill, John E Mazuski, Reza Askari, Lena M Napolitano, Nicholas Namias, Preston R Miller, E Patchen Dellinger, Raul Coimbra, Christine S Cocanour, Kaysie L Banton, Joseph Cuschieri, Kimberley Popovsky, Robert G Sawyer
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested the length of treatment of intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) can be shortened without detrimental effects on patient outcomes. However, data from high-risk patient populations are lacking. We hypothesized that patients at high risk for treatment failure will benefit from a longer course of antimicrobial therapy. METHODS: Patients enrolled in the Study to Optimize Peritoneal Infection Therapy (STOP-IT) trial were evaluated retrospectively to identify risk factors associated with treatment failure, which was defined as the composite outcome of recurrent IAI, surgical site infection, or death...
June 26, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650736/test-retest-reliability-of-jump-execution-variables-using-mechanography-a-comparison-of-jump-protocols
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John S Fitzgerald, LuAnn Johnson, Grant Tomkinson, Jesse Stein, James N Roemmich
Mechanography during the vertical jump may enhance screening and determining mechanistic causes underlying physical performance changes. Utility of jump mechanography for evaluation is limited by scant test-retest reliability data on force-time variables. This study examined the test-retest reliability of eight jump execution variables assessed from mechanography. Thirty-two women (mean±SD: age 20.8 ± 1.3 yr) and 16 men (age 22.1 ± 1.9 yr) attended a familiarization session and two testing sessions, all one week apart...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650718/subversion-of-rab5-regulated-autophagy-by-the-intracellular-pathogen-ehrlichia-chaffeensis
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Yasuko Rikihisa
Intracellular pathogens often exploit RAB functions to establish a safe haven in which to survive and proliferate. Ehrlichia chaffeensis, an obligatory intracellular bacterium, resides in specialized membrane-bound inclusions that have early endosome-like characteristics, e.g., resident RAB5 GTPase and RAB5 effectors, including VPS34 (the catalytic subunit of class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase), but the inclusions lack late endosomal or lysosomal markers. Within inclusions, Ehrlichia obtains host-derived nutrients by inducing RAB5-regulated autophagy using Ehrlichia translocated factor-1 deployed by its type IV secretion system...
June 26, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650603/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-czech-beck-depression-inventory-ii-in-a-sample-of-depressed-patients-and-healthy-controls
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OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to explore reliability and validity of the Czech revised Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and to identify the best cut-off for a correct identification of a potentially depressed individual. METHOD: Two groups of adult participants entered the study. The first group consisted of 177 patients with depression (F32x or F33x according to the ICD-10). Furthermore, there were 767 healthy controls. Each participant filled in BDI-II...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650590/intra-and-interobserver-reproducibility-of-bruch-s-membrane-opening-minimum-rim-width-measurements-with-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
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Alexandre S C Reis, Camila E S Zangalli, Ricardo Y Abe, André L Silva, Jayme R Vianna, José Paulo C Vasconcellos, Vital P Costa
PURPOSE: To investigate the reproducibility of Bruch's membrane opening minimum rim width (BMO-MRW) and retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFLT) measurements using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Additionally, to investigate the reproducibility of BMO area measurements and fovea to BMO centre (FoBMO) angle. METHODS: Participants were healthy subjects (n = 30) and patients with glaucoma (n = 26). One eye of each participant was scanned to obtain optic nerve head (24 radial B-scans) and peripapillary (one circular B-scan) images by three independent examiners...
June 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650453/regional-intra-arterial-steroid-treatment-in-120-patients-with-steroid-resistant-or-dependent-gvhd
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M Y Shapira, A Klimov, S Vipul, S Grisariu, B R Avni, R Or, A I Bloom
GvHD results in death in the majority of steroid-resistant patients. This report assesses the safety and efficacy of two regional intra-arterial steroid (IAS) treatment protocols in the largest published cohort of patients with resistant/dependent hepatic and/or gastrointestinal GvHD, as well as identification of predictors of response to IAS and survival. One hundred and twenty patients with hepatic, gastrointestinal GvHD or both were given IAS. Gastrointestinal initial response (IR) and complete response (CR) were documented in 67...
June 26, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650446/exosomes-from-plasmodium-infected-hosts-inhibit-tumor-angiogenesis-in-a-murine-lewis-lung-cancer-model
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Y Yang, Q Liu, J Lu, D Adah, S Yu, S Zhao, Y Yao, L Qin, L Qin, X Chen
Previous research to investigate the interaction between malaria infection and tumor progression has revealed that malaria infection can potentiate host immune response against tumor in tumor-bearing mice. Exosomes may play key roles in disseminating pathogenic host-derived molecules during infection because several studies have shown the involvement and roles of extracellular vesicles in cell-cell communication. However, the role of exosomes generated during Plasmodium infection in tumor growth, progression and angiogenesis has not been studied either in animals or in the clinics...
June 26, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650440/probing-dark-excitons-in-atomically-thin-semiconductors-via-near-field-coupling-to-surface-plasmon-polaritons
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You Zhou, Giovanni Scuri, Dominik S Wild, Alexander A High, Alan Dibos, Luis A Jauregui, Chi Shu, Kristiaan De Greve, Kateryna Pistunova, Andrew Y Joe, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Philip Kim, Mikhail D Lukin, Hongkun Park
Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with a direct bandgap feature tightly bound excitons, strong spin-orbit coupling and spin-valley degrees of freedom. Depending on the spin configuration of the electron-hole pairs, intra-valley excitons of TMD monolayers can be either optically bright or dark. Dark excitons involve nominally spin-forbidden optical transitions with a zero in-plane transition dipole moment, making their detection with conventional far-field optical techniques challenging. Here, we introduce a method for probing the optical properties of two-dimensional materials via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs)...
June 26, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649967/structural-perturbations-on-huntingtin-n17-domain-during-its-folding-on-2d-nanomaterials
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Leili Zhang, Mei Feng, Ruhong Zhou, Binquan Luan
A globular protein's folded structure in its physiological environment is largely determined by its amino acid sequence. Recently, newly discovered transformer proteins as well as intrinsically disordered proteins may adopt the folding-upon-binding mechanism where their secondary structures are highly dependent on their binding partners. Due to the various applications of nanomaterials in biological sensors and potential wearable devices, it is important to discover possible conformational changes of proteins on nanomaterials...
June 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649950/quantification-of-aortic-valve-calcification-on-contrast-enhanced-ct-of-patients-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Matthias Eberhar, Monika Mastalerz, Thomas Frauenfelder, Felix C Tanner, Francesco Maisano, Fabian Nietlispach, Burkhardt Seifert, Hatem Alkadhi, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim
AIMS: To develop a formula enabling the quantification of aortic valve calcification (AVC) on contrast-enhanced CT of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: 217 consecutive patients with severe aortic valve stenosis undergoing non-enhanced (NECT) and contrast-enhanced electrocardiography-gated CT angiography (CECT) prior to TAVI were subdivided into a training (n=145) and validation cohort (n=72). AVC was semi-automatically segmented on CECT (AVCCE)...
June 27, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649935/evidence-of-sub-optimal-sleep-in-adolescent-middle-eastern-academy-soccer-players-which-is-exacerbated-by-sleep-intermission-proximal-to-dawn
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Peter M Fowler, Darren J Paul, Gustavo Tomazoli, Abdulaziz Farooq, Richard Akenhead, Lee Taylor
The purpose was to assess sleep patterns, quantity and quality in adolescent (16.2 ± 1.2 yr) Middle Eastern academy soccer players (n = 20) and the influence of an intermission upon these characteristics. On a 17-day training camp (located one time zone west of home) including three discrete matches, sleep was assessed pre- (PRE) and post-match (POST) via wrist actigraphy. Retrospective actigraphy analysis identified sleep characteristics, including if players experienced a sleep intermission (YES) or not (NO) proximal to dawn, and bedtime (hh:mm), get-up time (hh:mm), time in bed (h), sleep duration (h) and sleep efficiency (%)...
June 25, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649870/lubricant-provides-poor-rectal-mucosal-hiv-coverage
#18
Eugenie C Shieh, Ethel D Weld, Edward J Fuchs, Hiwot Hiruy, Karen W Buckheit, Robert W Buckheit, Jennifer C Breakey, Craig W Hendrix
Given the rising HIV incidence in men who have sex with men (MSM) despite repeatedly proven effectiveness of oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, behaviorally-congruent periodic dosing strategies, such as dosing microbicides as lubricants, are now in demand. Rectal microbicide gel studies largely administer gels using vaginal applicators, which have not been well-received and do not mimic lubricant use. We compared rectal gel manually dosed as lubricant to applicator dosing in five healthy, HIV-negative MSM who received 10 or 3...
June 25, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649658/niche-localized-tumor-cells-are-protected-from-her2-targeted-therapy-via-upregulation-of-an-anti-apoptotic-program-in-vivo
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Jason J Zoeller, Roderick T Bronson, Laura M Selfors, Gordon B Mills, Joan S Brugge
Several lines of evidence suggest that components of the tumor microenvironment, specifically basement membrane and extracellular matrix proteins, influence drug sensitivities. We previously reported differential drug sensitivity of tumor cells localized adjacent to laminin-rich extracellular matrix in three-dimensional tumor spheroid cultures. To evaluate whether differential intra-tumor responses to targeted therapy occur in vivo, we examined the sensitivity of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive tumors to lapatinib using a previously described ductal carcinoma in situ-like model characterized by tumor cell confinement within ductal structures surrounded by an organized basement membrane...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649654/cell-state-plasticity-stem-cells-emt-and-the-generation-of-intra-tumoral-heterogeneity
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Geoffrey M Wahl, Benjamin T Spike
Cellular heterogeneity in cancer represents a significant challenge. In order to develop effective and lasting therapies, it is essential to understand the source of this heterogeneity, and its role in tumor progression and therapy resistance. Here, we consider not only genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, but also inflammation and cell state reprogramming in creating tumor heterogeneity. We discuss similarities between normal mammary epithelial developmental states and various breast cancer molecular sub-types, and the cells that are thought to propagate them...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
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