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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817680/human-alpha-defensin-5-is-a-candidate-biomarker-to-delineate-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Amanda D Williams, Olga Y Korolkova, Amos M Sakwe, Timothy M Geiger, Samuel D James, Roberta L Muldoon, Alan J Herline, J Shawn Goodwin, Michael G Izban, Mary K Washington, Duane T Smoot, Billy R Ballard, Maria Gazouli, Amosy E M'Koma
Inability to distinguish Crohn's colitis from ulcerative colitis leads to the diagnosis of indeterminate colitis. This greatly effects medical and surgical care of the patient because treatments for the two diseases vary. Approximately 30 percent of inflammatory bowel disease patients cannot be accurately diagnosed, increasing their risk of inappropriate treatment. We sought to determine whether transcriptomic patterns could be used to develop diagnostic biomarker(s) to delineate inflammatory bowel disease more accurately...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817413/actn3-r577x-polymorphism-is-associated-with-the-incidence-and-severity-of-injuries-in-professional-football-players
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Massidda Myosotis, Voisin Sarah, Culigioni Claudia, Piras Francesco, Cugia Paolo, Yan Xu, Eynon Nir, Carla M Calò
OBJECTIVE: The ACTN3 R577X gene variant results in the absence of the α-actinin-3 protein in ∼18% of humans worldwide and has been associated with athletic performance and increased susceptibility to eccentric muscle damage. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between ACTN3 R577X variant and indirect muscle disorders/injuries in professional football players. DESIGN: A case-control, genotype-phenotype association study. INTERVENTION: Two hundred fifty-seven male professional Italian football players (from Serie A, Primavera, Allievi, and Giovanissimi; age = 21...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817381/advanced-radiation-dosimetry-phantom-ardos-a-versatile-breathing-phantom-for-4d-radiation-therapy-and-medical-imaging
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Natalia Kostiukhina, Dietmar Georg, Sofia Rollet, Peter Kuess, Andrej Sipaj, Piotr Andrzejewski, Hugo Furtado, Ivo Rausch, Wolfgang Lechner, Elisabeth Steiner, Hunor Kertesz, Barbara Knaeusl
A novel breathing phantom was designed for being used in conventional and ion-beam radiotherapy as well as for medical imaging. Accurate dose delivery and patient safety are aimed to be verified for four-dimensional (4D) treatment techniques compensating for breathing-induced tumor motion. The phantom includes anthropomorphic components representing an average human thorax. It consists of real tissue equivalent materials to fulfill the requirements for dosimetric experiments and imaging purposes. The different parts of the torso (lungs, chest wall, and ribs) and the tumor can move independently...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817242/improved-medical-student-perception-of-ultrasound-using-a-paired-anatomy-teaching-assistant-and-clinician-teaching-model
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Jacob P Smith, John L Kendall, Danielle F Royer
This study describes a new teaching model for ultrasound (US) training, and evaluates its effect on medical student attitudes toward US. First year medical students participated in hands-on US during human gross anatomy (2014 N = 183; 2015 N = 182). The sessions were facilitated by clinicians alone in 2014, and by anatomy teaching assistant (TA)-clinician pairs in 2015. Both cohorts completed course evaluations which included five US-related items on a four-point scale; cohort responses were compared using Mann-Whitney U tests with significance threshold set at 0...
August 17, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816200/institutional-ethics-committee-regulations-and-current-updates-in-india
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Amit V Mahuli, Simpy A Mahuli, Shankargouda Patil, Shilpa Bhandi
AIM: The aim of the review is to provide current updates on regulations for ethics committees and researchers in India. BACKGROUND: Ethical dilemmas in research since time immemorial have been a major concern for researchers worldwide. The question "what makes clinical research ethical" is significant and difficult to answer as multiple factors are involved. REVIEW RESULTS: The research involving human participants in clinical trials should follow the required rules, regulations, and guidelines in one's own country...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816175/-medical-evaluation-for-suspected-sexual-violence-against-girls
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Margret Edda Ornolfsdottir, Ebba Margret Magnusdottir, Jon R Kristinsson, Reynir Tomas Geirsson
INTRODUCTION: Sexual violence against children is a hidden problem. Medical examination and evaluation is needed to search for possible injuries, exclude infections, procure legal evidence and ensure the child´s welfare. We assessed medical evaluations done at Landspitali University Hospital and in the Reykjavik Children's House, a specialized clinic for childhood abuse cases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective descriptive analysis was performed on the standardized medical examinations...
July 2017: Læknablađiđ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816042/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase-by-a-hot-spots-amplification-strategy-based-on-well-controlled-assembly-on-single-nanoparticle
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Yi Zeng, Jia-Qiang Ren, Shaokai Wang, Jiaming Mai, Bing Qu, Yan Zhang, Ai-Guo Shen, Jiming Hu
The first appeal of clinical assay is always accurate and rapid. For alkaline phosphatase (ALP) monitoring in medical treatment, a rapid, reliable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) test kit is designed based on a "hot spots" amplification strategy. Consisting of alkyne-tagged Au nanoparticles (NPs), Ag+, and enzyme substrate, the packaged test kit can achieve one-step clinical assay of ALP in human serum within several minutes, while the operation is simple as it directly inputs the sample into the test kit...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816016/the-discovery-of-new-and-more-potent-chloropyramine-c4-analogues-for-the-potential-treatment-of-invasive-breast-cancer
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Sahar Kandil, Filippo Prencipe, Samuel Jones, Stephen Hiscox, Andrew D Westwell
Breast cancer (BC) is the second most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 25% of all female cancers. Although the survival rate has increased significantly in the past few decades, patients who develop secondary site metastasis as well as those diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) still represent a real unmet medical challenge. Previous studies have shown that chloropyramine (C4) inhibits FAK-VEGFR3 signaling. More recently, C4 is reported to have SASH1 inducing properties. However, C4 exerts its antitumour and antiangiogenic effects at high micromolar concentrations (>100 μM) that would not be compatible with further drug development against invasive breast cancer driven by FAK signaling...
August 16, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815982/bridge-the-gap-the-need-for-harmonized-regulatory-and-ethical-standards-for-postmarketing-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Hisashi Urushihara, Louise Parmenter, Shimon Tashiro, Kenji Matsui, Nancy Dreyer
Drug safety issues do not respect national borders. Hence, addressing a safety question may necessitate globally coordinated efforts between regulatory authorities and market authorization holders (MAHs) to draw reliable conclusions. Regulatory authorities have shared responsibility with MAHs sponsoring postmarketing nonintervention studies in determining study goals and design. Their shared accountabilities include what will be investigated and how the data will be retrieved to ensure appropriate study quality required for regulatory decision making...
August 16, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815837/cost-of-asthma-in-children-a-nationwide-population-based-cost-of-illness-study
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Manuel José Ferreira de Magalhães, Rita da Silva Amaral, Ana Margarida Pereira, Ana Isabel Alves de Sá E Sousa Santos, Maria Inês Águeda de Azevedo, Luís Filipe Ribeiro de Azevedo, João Almeida Lopes Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Childhood asthma is very prevalent and costs can be high, especially in severe disease. This study aimed to estimate the cost of asthma in Portuguese children and the variations by level of asthma control. METHODS: A nationwide, population- and prevalence-based cost-of-illness study with a societal perspective was conducted. We measured direct and indirect costs using a bottom-up approach and a human capital method, respectively, for 208 children (<18 years), from two national repositories...
August 17, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815779/short-term-teriparatide-and-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-for-regenerative-approach-to-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaws-a-preliminary-study
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Junho Jung, Hee-Young Yoo, Gyu-Tae Kim, Jung-Woo Lee, Yeon-Ah Lee, Deog-Yoon Kim, Yong-Dae Kwon
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether adjunct teriparatide administration and local application of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) is beneficial for the regeneration of jaw bone in patient with medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study enrolled 17 patients diagnosed with MRONJ. All patients received sequestrectomy under general or local anesthesia with suspension of bisphosphonate. The bone regeneration ratio was compared on cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, acquired immediately post-operation and after 3-months...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815690/treatment-of-individuals-who-cannot-receive-blood-products-for-religious-or-other-reasons
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REVIEW
Carlton D Scharman, Joseph J Shatzel, Edward Kim, Thomas G DeLoughery
By virtue of their religious principles, Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) generally object to receiving blood products, raising numerous ethical, legal, and medical challenges for providers who care for these patients, especially in the emergent setting. In this review, we discuss several areas relevant to the care of JWs, including the current literature on "bloodless" medical care in the setting of peri- and intra-operative management, acute blood loss, trauma, pregnancy, and malignancy. We have found that medical and administrative efforts in the form of bloodless medicine and surgery programs can be instrumental in helping to reduce risks of morbidity and mortality in these patients...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815147/triangulating-methodologies-from-software-medicine-and-human-factors-industries-to-measure-usability-and-clinical-efficacy-of-medication-data-visualization-in-an-electronic-health-record-system
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Bora Chang, Manoj Kanagaraj, Ben Neely, Noa Segall, Erich Huang
Within the last decade, use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems has become intimately integrated into healthcare practice in the United States. However, large gaps remain in the study of clinical usability and require rigorous and innovative approaches for testing usability principles. In this study, validated tools from the core functions that EHRs serve-software, medicine and human factors-were combined to holistically understand and objectively measure usability of medication data displays. The first phase of this study included 132 medical trainee participants who were randomized to one of two simulated EHR environments with either a medication list or a medication timeline visualization...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815132/precision-diagnosis-of-melanoma-and-other-skin-lesions-from-digital-images
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Abhishek Bhattacharya, Albert Young, Andrew Wong, Simone Stalling, Maria Wei, Dexter Hadley
Melanoma will affect an estimated 73,000 new cases this year and result in 9,000 deaths, yet precise diagnosis remains a serious problem. Without early detection and preventative care, melanoma can quickly spread to become fatal (Stage IV 5-year survival rate is 20-10%) from a once localized skin lesion (Stage IA 5- year survival rate is 97%). There is no biomarker for melanoma in clinical use, and the current diagnostic criteria for skin lesions remains subjective and imprecise. Accurate diagnosis of melanoma relies on a histopathologic gold standard; thus, aggressive excision of melanocytic skin lesions has been the mainstay of treatment...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815060/defective-expression-of-atg4d-abrogates-autophagy-and-promotes-growth-in-human-uterine-fibroids
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Abdeljabar El Andaloussi, Samar Habib, Gizem Soylemes, Archana Laknaur, Heba Elhusseini, Ayman Al-Hendy, Nahed Ismail
Uterine fibroids (UF) are the most common pelvic tumors in women of reproductive-age and they usually cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain and infertility. Autophagy is a collection of processes that enables the cells to digest and recycle their cytoplasmic contents, such as toxic protein aggregates, defunct or disused organelles and invading microorganisms. Dysregulation in autophagy process were described in neoplasms; however, the contribution of autophagy to the pathogenesis of UF remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that autophagy is deregulated in human UF as evidenced by significant accumulation of autophagosome in human UF cells compared to normal myometrium cells...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814606/their-loss-is-our-gain-regressive-evolution-in-vertebrates-provides-genomic-models-for-uncovering-human-disease-loci
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REVIEW
Christopher A Emerling, Andrew D Widjaja, Nancy N Nguyen, Mark S Springer
Throughout Earth's history, evolution's numerous natural 'experiments' have resulted in a diverse range of phenotypes. Though de novo phenotypes receive widespread attention, degeneration of traits inherited from an ancestor is a very common, yet frequently neglected, evolutionary path. The latter phenomenon, known as regressive evolution, often results in vertebrates with phenotypes that mimic inherited disease states in humans. Regressive evolution of anatomical and/or physiological traits is typically accompanied by inactivating mutations underlying these traits, which frequently occur at loci identical to those implicated in human diseases...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814513/escape-of-tick-borne-flavivirus-from-2-c-methylated-nucleoside-antivirals-is-mediated-by-a-single-conservative-mutation-in-ns5-that-has-a-dramatic-effect-on-viral-fitness
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Ludek Eyer, Hirofumi Kondo, Darina Zouharova, Minato Hirano, James J Valdés, Memi Muto, Tomas Kastl, Shintaro Kobayashi, Jan Haviernik, Manabu Igarashi, Hiroaki Kariwa, Marketa Vaculovicova, Jiri Cerny, Rene Kizek, Andrea Kröger, Stefan Lienenklaus, Milan Dejmek, Radim Nencka, Martin Palus, Jiri Salat, Erik De Clercq, Kentaro Yoshii, Daniel Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes a severe and potentially fatal neuroinfection in humans. Despite its high medical relevance, no specific antiviral therapy is currently available. Here we demonstrate that treatment with a nucleoside analog, 7-deaza-2' -C-methyladenosine (7-deaza-2' -CMA), substantially improved disease outcome, increased survival, and reduced signs of neuroinfection and viral titers in the brains of mice infected with a lethal dose of TBEV. To investigate the mechanism of action of 7-deaza-2' -CMA, two drug-resistant TBEV clones were generated and characterized...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814061/modular-one-to-many-clutchable-actuator-for-a-soft-elbow-exosuit
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M Canesi, M Xiloyannis, A Ajoudani, A Biechi, L Masia
Exoskeletons have been developed for a wide range of applications, from the military to the medical field, with the aim of augmenting human performance or compensating for neuromuscular deficiencies. However, to empower the high number of degrees of freedom of the human body, they often employ a high number of motors, increasing the size, weight and power consumption of the system. We hereby present an actuation strategy to empower our elbow exosuit that adopts a single motor to drive multiple, independently actuated, degrees of freedom...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813740/west-nile-review-15-years-of-human-disease-in-south-dakota-2002-2016
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Lon Kightlinger
During the past 15 years, 2002-2016, West Nile virus (WNV) has emerged in South Dakota resulting in 509 neuroinvasive disease (NID) cases, 745 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. Culex tarsalis is the state's primary mosquito vector. South Dakota's average annual incidence of WNV-NID and death rate are the highest of any state in the U.S. WNV cases have been reported from all counties in the state. All age groups have been infected with cases peaking in the 40-44 year age group, but deaths peaking in cases 70 years and older...
August 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813710/is-endoscopic-vasectomy-just-a-dream-an-ex-vivo-study-on-feasibility-and-reliability-of-endoluminal-occlusion-of-porcine-vas-deferens
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Daniel Schlager, Moritz Maas, Simon Hein, Fabian Adams, Martin Schoenthaler, Bjoern Spittau, Ulrich Wetterauer, Arkadiusz Miernik
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Surgical vasectomy remains the gold standard for fertility control in men. Endoluminal occlusion of the seminal ducts, thus avoiding an external incision, may become an appealing alternative to this approach. As our group has shown, nontraumatic endoscopic inspection of the seminal ducts is feasible in the human cadaver. We investigated the feasibility and reliability of occlusion using several commercially available medical sealing agents in the porcine vas deferens (VD)...
August 17, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
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