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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647172/infection-related-microcephaly-after-the-2015-and-2016-zika-virus-outbreaks-in-brazil-a-surveillance-based-analysis
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Wanderson Kleber de Oliveira, Giovanny Vinícius Araújo de França, Eduardo Hage Carmo, Bruce Bartholow Duncan, Ricardo de Souza Kuchenbecker, Maria Inês Schmidt
BACKGROUND: On Nov 11, 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health declared a Public Health Emergency of National Concern in response to an increased number of microcephaly cases, possibly related to previous Zika virus outbreaks. We describe the course of the dual epidemics of the Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in Brazil up to Nov 12, 2016, the first anniversary of this declaration. METHODS: We used secondary data for Zika virus and microcephaly cases obtained through the Brazilian Ministry of Health's surveillance systems from Jan 1, 2015, to Nov 12, 2016...
June 21, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643107/-microscopic-hematuria-reasonable-and-risk-adapted-diagnostic-evaluation
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REVIEW
N Löbig, F Wezel, T Martini, B Schröppel, C Bolenz
BACKGROUND: Microscopic hematuria that is not explained by an obvious underlying condition is a frequent and often an incidental finding that commonly triggers urological or nephrological evaluation. Potential underlying conditions range from benign to severe malignant diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A nonsystematic literature search was performed, focusing on potential urological and nephrological causes of hematuria. National and international guidelines were considered and diagnostic as well as follow-up strategies are discussed...
June 22, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643099/-beyond-antibiotic-therapy-future-antiinfective-strategies-update-2017
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REVIEW
D Vogt, S Sperling, T Tkhilaishvili, A Trampuz, J-P Pirnay, C Willy
BACKGROUND: The key elements in the therapy of surgical site infections (SSI) are surgical debridement and local and systemic antibiotic therapy; however, due to increasing antibiotic resistance, the development of additional therapeutic measures is of great interest for future trauma and orthopedic surgery. METHOD: Against the background of our own experimental and clinical experiences and on the basis of the current literature, possible future anti-infective strategies were elaborated...
June 22, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642127/exploiting-sequence-and-stability-information-for-directing-nanobody-stability-engineering
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Patrick Kunz, Tilman Flock, Nicolas Soler, Moritz Zaiss, Cécile Vincke, Yann Sterckx, Damjana Kastelic, Serge Muyldermans, Jörg D Hoheisel
BACKGROUND: Variable domains of camelid heavy-chain antibodies, commonly named nanobodies, have high biotechnological potential. In view of their broad range of applications in research, diagnostics and therapy, engineering their stability is of particular interest. One important aspect is the improvement of thermostability, because it can have immediate effects on conformational stability, protease resistance and aggregation propensity of the protein. METHODS: We analyzed the sequences and thermostabilities of 78 purified nanobody binders...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639186/computerized-prediction-of-radiological-observations-based-on-quantitative-feature-analysis-initial-experience-in-liver-lesions
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Imon Banerjee, Christopher F Beaulieu, Daniel L Rubin
We propose a computerized framework that, given a region of interest (ROI) circumscribing a lesion, not only predicts radiological observations related to the lesion characteristics with 83.2% average prediction accuracy but also derives explicit association between low-level imaging features and high-level semantic terms by exploiting their statistical correlation. Such direct association between semantic concepts and low-level imaging features can be leveraged to build a powerful annotation system for radiological images that not only allows the computer to infer the semantics from diverse medical images and run automatic reasoning for making diagnostic decision but also provides "human-interpretable explanation" of the system output to facilitate better end user understanding of computer-based diagnostic decisions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637667/thrombocytopenia-in-pregnancy
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Douglas B Cines, Lisa D Levine
Thrombocytopenia develops in 5-10% of women during pregnancy or in the immediate post-partum period. A low platelet count is often an incidental feature, but it can also provide a biomarker of a coexisting systemic or gestational disorder and a potential reason for a maternal intervention or treatment that might pose harm to the fetus. This chapter reflects our approach to these issues with an emphasis on advances in understanding and managing the more common causes of thrombocytopenia in pregnancy made over the past 5-10 years...
June 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635990/neuroendocrine-neoplasms-of-the-head-and-neck-and-olfactory-neuroblastoma-diagnosis-and-classification
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S Uccella, G Ottini, C Facco, R Maragliano, S Asioli, F Sessa, S La Rosa
Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) of the head and neck are a rare group of heterogeneous epithelial neoplastic proliferations arising in virtually all of the different organs of this region, particularly in the nasal cavity, the paranasal sinuses, the nasopharynx, the larynx, the salivary glands, and the middle ear. They encompass a wide spectrum of entities ranging from very indolent neuroendocrine tumors to highly aggressive neuroendocrine carcinomas. They may represent a challenge for radiologists, oncologists, and pathologists and a correct diagnosis is crucial for the management of patients...
March 2017: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635205/recurrence-of-right-lower-lobe-pneumonia-3-years-after-the-first-episode-in-an-otherwise-healthy-13-year-old-girl
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Antonino Capizzi, Oliviero Sacco, Giovanni A Rossi, Michela Silvestri
Recurrent pneumonia is one of the most frequent reasons for referral to paediatric chest physicians. The diagnostic work-up is dependent on whether infection repeatedly occurs in the same lung lobe, or affects multiple lobes and/or different areas in different episodes. A 13-year-old girl was admitted with a second episode of right lower lobe pneumonia. The chest x-ray demonstrated an inhomogeneous opacity, without a clearly recognizable segmental distribution. A contrast-enhanced CT scan, was therefore performed that showed a polycyclic consolidation with blood supply from a systemic artery, originated from the thoracic aorta...
May 25, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634595/role-of-repeat-muscle-compartment-pressure-measurements-in-chronic-exertional-compartment-syndrome-of-the-lower-leg
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Aniek P M van Zantvoort, Johan A de Bruijn, Michiel B Winkes, Adwin R Hoogeveen, Joep A W Teijink, Marc R Scheltinga
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic gold standard for diagnosing chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is a dynamic intracompartmental pressure (ICP) measurement of the muscle. The potential role of a repeat ICP (re-ICP) measurement in patients with persistent lower leg symptoms after surgical decompression or with ongoing symptoms after an earlier normal ICP is unknown. PURPOSE: To study whether re-ICP measurements in patients with persistent CECS-like symptoms of the lower leg may contribute to the diagnosis of CECS after both surgical decompression and a previously normal ICP measurement...
June 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634285/frequency-of-chest-pain-in-primary-care-diagnostic-tests-performed-and-final-diagnoses
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Beatrijs Bn Hoorweg, Robert Ta Willemsen, Lotte E Cleef, Tom Boogaerts, Frank Buntinx, Jan Fc Glatz, Geert Jan Dinant
OBJECTIVE: Observational study of patients with chest pain in primary care: determination of incidence, referral rate, diagnostic tests and (agreement between) working and final diagnoses. METHODS: 118 general practitioners (GPs) in the Netherlands and Belgium recorded all patient contacts during  2weeks. Furthermore, patients presenting with chest pain were registered extensively. A follow-up form was filled in after 30 days. RESULTS: 22 294 patient contacts were registered...
June 20, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633460/guidelines-for-composing-and-assessing-a-paper-on-treatment-of-pain
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Nikolai Bogduk, David J Kennedy, Yakov Vorobeychik, Andrew Engel
Authors, readers, and editors share a common focus. Authors want to publish their work. Readers want to see high-quality, new information. Referees and editors serve to ensure that authors provide valid conclusions based on the quality of information that readers want. Common to each of these roles are instructions to authors. However, these are typically written in an uninspiring, legalistic style, as if they are a set of rules that authors must obey if they expect to get published. This renders the instructions boring and oppressive, if not forbidding...
June 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633302/mumps-clinical-diagnostic-uncertainty
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Fabio Magurano, Melissa Baggieri, Antonella Marchi, Paola Bucci, Giovanni Rezza, Loredana Nicoletti
During recent years, various mumps outbreaks have occurred among populations vaccinated for mumps worldwide. In Italy, improving routine coverage with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is one of the key strategies to eliminate measles and rubella. To monitor the effect of the vaccination programme on the population, the surveillance of these vaccine-preventable diseases has been implemented. This provided the opportunity to evaluate the accuracy of the clinical diagnosis of those diseases, including mumps...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633184/peritoneal-dialysis-catheter-position-evaluated-by-ultrasound-can-it-replace-abdomen-x-ray-in-patients-presenting-catheter-misplacement
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Matthias Zeiler, Luca Zanoli, Rosalia Viviana Scarfia, Stefano Santarelli, Antonio Granata
Background Malfunction of the peritoneal dialysis catheter is frequently caused by dislocation. The diagnostic approach is classically based on abdomen X-ray together with detailed case history and physical examination. Despite being rarely applied in clinical practice to evaluate catheter misplacement, ultrasound is a noninvasive, radiation-free technique that is potentially useful also to explore reasons for catheter malfunction. Consequently, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound to identify peritoneal catheter misplacement...
June 20, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632786/diagnostic-accuracy-of-magnetic-resonance-computed-tomography-and-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-in-radiological-multimodality-assessment-of-peribiliary-liver-metastases
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Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Orlando Catalano, Antonio Avallone, Raffaele Palaia, Gerardo Botti, Fabiana Tatangelo, Francesco Granata, Marco Cascella, Francesco Izzo, Antonella Petrillo
PURPOSE: We compared diagnostic performance of Magnetic Resonance (MR), Computed Tomography (CT) and Ultrasound (US) with (CEUS) and without contrast medium to identify peribiliary metastasis. METHODS: We identified 35 subjects with histological proven peribiliary metastases who underwent CEUS, CT and MR study. Four radiologists evaluated the presence of peribiliary lesions, using a 4-point confidence scale. Echogenicity, density and T1-Weigthed (T1-W), T2-W and Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) signal intensity as well as the enhancement pattern during contrast studies on CEUS, CT and MR so as hepatobiliary-phase on MRI was assessed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631974/personality-disorders-are-not-as-we-thought-hierarchical-factor-structure-at-the-criterion-level
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Ana Muñoz-Champel, Fernando Gutiérrez, Josep M Peri, Rafael Torrubia
The use of personality disorder (PD) categories persists, despite the evidence against them. An often overlooked reason for this is the fact that the true structure underlying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) taxonomy is still unknown: We cannot be certain which disorders are valid, and which ones are arbitrary mixtures of heterogeneous traits. To address this gap, we factor analyzed the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire (PDQ-4+; Hyler, 1994 ) at the criterion level in a mixed clinical and nonclinical sample of 2,519 individuals...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631967/reasons-for-referral-and-findings-of-clinical-neuropsychological-assessment-in-youth-with-mental-illness-a-clinical-file-audit
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Tina-Marie Proffitt, Warrick J Brewer, Emma M Parrish, Patrick D McGorry, Kelly A Allott
Study aims were to 1) determine the characteristics and reasons for referral for Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment (CNA) and 2) characterize the findings and recommendations contained in the CNA reports, of clients attending a youth mental health service. File audit of all CNA reports (N = 140) of youth attending a mental health service. Cognitive performances on neuropsychological tests that were administered to >50% of clients were examined. Referral reasons, findings, and recommendations for future treatment were coded and described from neuropsychological files...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630846/chronic-recurrent-multifocal-osteomyelitis-a-case-report-with-atypical-presentation
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Miguel Pádua Figueiredo, Marco Pato, Fernando Amaral
INTRODUCTION: Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) is a rare autoinflammatory condition. The clinical picture consists of sterile osteomyelitis, typically with multiple-site lesions in the metaphysis of long bones and not uncommonly, symmetrical bone involvement. It is a poorly understood entity, whose prognosis, etiology and ideal treatment are still controversial. The authors report a case of unifocal presentation with an atypical location. CASE REPORT: A previously healthy 12-year-old Caucasian girl came to our institution due to progressive pain on her left thigh for the previous 3 months...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626863/prolactin-correction-for-adequacy-of-petrosal-sinus-cannulation-may-diminish-diagnostic-accuracy-in-cushing-s-disease
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Sunita Mc De Sousa, Ann I McCormack, Shaun McGrath, David J Torpy
OBJECTIVE: Petrosal venous prolactin concentrations have been promoted to improve the diagnostic accuracy of inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS), beyond that achieved with ACTH measurement alone, in diagnosing a pituitary ACTH source, and determining corticotrophinoma side (L/R). Our objective was to assess the effect of using prolactin to confirm adequacy of petrosal cannulation in a cohort of patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625374/change-the-management-of-patients-with-heart-failure-rationale-and-design-of-the-champ-hf-registry
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Adam D DeVore, Laine Thomas, Nancy M Albert, Javed Butler, Adrian F Hernandez, J Herbert Patterson, John A Spertus, Fredonia B Williams, Stuart J Turner, Wing W Chan, Carol I Duffy, Kevin McCague, Xiaojuan Mi, Gregg C Fonarow
Heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is a common and costly condition that diminishes patients' health status and confers a poor prognosis. Despite the availability of multiple guideline-recommended pharmacologic and cardiac device therapies for patients with chronic HFrEF, outcomes remain suboptimal. Currently, there is limited insight into the rationale underlying clinical decisions by health care providers and patient factors that guide the use and intensity of outpatient HF treatments...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624000/aneurysms-of-the-azygos-vein
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REVIEW
Maximilian Kreibich, Matthias Siepe, Jochen Grohmann, Gregor Pache, Friedhelm Beyersdorf
OBJECTIVE: Azygos vein aneurysms (AVAs) are uncommon and infrequently diagnosed. When confronted with a patient presenting with an AVA, physicians can rely on only a few case reports after an extensive literature search. To date, no guideline, no rule, and no review on the optimal treatment strategy for these patients exist. METHODS: A PubMed and MEDLINE database search for papers and case reports describing AVA was performed. Cases from our own institutions were also reviewed...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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