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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535620/a-case-of-false-positive-troponin-i-in-a-patient-affected-by-cryoglobulinemic-vasculitis
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M Bellan, M Pirisi, G Bellomo, P P Sainaghi
Troponin I (TnI) false positive results have been reported in patients affected by immune disorders. We report the case of a 74-year-old woman affected by cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, admitted to the Emergency Room because of a lipotimic episode. A marked elevation of TnI plasma concentration was confirmed in multiple determinations, despite the absence of symptoms or electrocardiogram findings suggesting myocardial infarction. TnI plasma concentration was reported normal after re-testing with a different commercial kit...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535605/ultrasonography-of-the-ankle-joint
#2
Jung Won Park, Sun Joo Lee, Hye Jung Choo, Sung Kwan Kim, Heui-Chul Gwak, Sung-Moon Lee
Ankle disorders are a relatively common pathological condition, and ankle injuries account for Epub ahead of print approximately 14% of sports-related orthopedic emergency visits. Various imaging modalities can be used to make a diagnosis in cases of ankle pain; however, ultrasound (US) has several benefits for the evaluation of ankle pain, especially in the tendons, ligaments, and nerves of the ankle. The purpose of this article is to review the common causes of ankle pathology, with particular reference to US features...
April 5, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535585/good-laboratory-standards-for-clinical-next-generation-sequencing-cancer-panel-tests
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REVIEW
Jihun Kim, Woong-Yang Park, Nayoung K D Kim, Se Jin Jang, Sung-Min Chun, Chang-Ohk Sung, Jene Choi, Young-Hyeh Ko, Yoon-La Choi, Hyo Sup Shim, Jae-Kyung Won
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has recently emerged as an essential component of personalized cancer medicine due to its high throughput and low per-base cost. However, no sufficient guidelines for implementing NGS as a clinical molecular pathology test are established in Korea. To ensure clinical grade quality without inhibiting adoption of NGS, a taskforce team assembled by the Korean Society of Pathologists developed laboratory guidelines for NGS cancer panel testing procedures and requirements for clinical implementation of NGS...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535529/looking-into-the-graft-without-a-biopsy-biomarkers-of-acute-rejection-in-renal-transplantation
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Andrea Angeletti, Paolo Cravedi
Immunosuppression in kidney transplantation is still largely driven by center-specific protocols and adjusted according to the presence of graft dysfunction, drug toxicity or infection. Due to the current inability to titrate immunosuppression to the needs of every single patient, this approach is burdened by an increased risk of under or over-immunosuppression. To extend allograft survival, immunosuppression should be decided based on reliable biomarkers capable of quantifying the alloimmune response and/or noninvasively diagnosing acute rejection...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535479/adsorption-of-vocs-onto-engineered-carbon-materials-a-review
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REVIEW
Xueyang Zhang, Bin Gao, Anne Elise Creamer, Chengcheng Cao, Yuncong Li
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) severely threaten human health and the ecological environment because most of them are toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic. The persistent increase of VOCs together with the stringent regulations make the reduction of VOC emissions more imperative. Up to now, numerous VOC treatment technologies have emerged, such as incineration, condensation, biological degradation, absorption, adsorption, and catalysis oxidation et al. Among them, the adsorption technology has been recognized as an efficient and economical control strategy because it has the potential to recover and reuse both adsorbent and adsorbate...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535460/a-synchrotron-infrared-absorption-study-of-pressure-induced-polymerization-of-acrylamide
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Himal Bhatt, M N Deo
The hydrogen bonded dimeric structure of the model amide based molecular crystal acrylamide has been investigated under pressure using micro-spectroscopy, employing synchrotron infrared radiation up to 24GPa at room temperature. The high pressure spectra indicate systematic evolution of new features above 4GPa, which have been identified to be due to the emergence of a polymeric phase. The polymerization gets completed up to 16.8GPa and the observed changes are found to be irreversible upon the release of pressure...
May 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535428/a-regional-market-oriented-governance-for-disaster-management-a-new-planning-approach
#7
Erwin A Blackstone, Simon Hakim, Brian Meehan
This paper proposes a regional competitive governance and management of response and recovery from disasters. It presents problems experienced in major disasters, analyzes the failures, and suggests how a competitive system that relies on private and volunteer regional leaders, personnel, and capital can improve preparation, response and recovery efforts over the existing government system. A Public Choice approach is adopted to explain why government often fails, and how regional governance may be socially more efficient than the existing federal- state-local funded and managed disaster system...
May 13, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535426/new-role-of-pcsk9-in-atherosclerotic-inflammation-promotion-involving-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Zhi-Han Tang, Juan Peng, Zhong Ren, Jing Yang, Ting-Ting Li, Tao-Hua Li, Zuo Wang, Dang-Heng Wei, Lu-Shan Liu, Xi-Long Zheng, Zhi-Sheng Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a popular target in the development of new cholesterol-lowering drugs and therapeutic interventions for atherosclerosis. PCSK9 could accelerate atherosclerosis through mechanisms beyond the degradation of the hepatic low-density lipoprotein receptor. Several clinical studies suggested that PCSK9 is involved in atherosclerotic inflammation. Accordingly, this study aimed to explore the role of PCSK9 in vascular inflammation that promotes atherosclerotic progression...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535356/one-dimensional-carrier-confinement-in-giant-cds-cdse-excitonic-nanoshells
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Natalia Razgoniaeva, Pavel Moroz, Mingrui Yang, Darya S Budkina, Holly Eckard, Marissa Augspurger, Dmitriy Khon, Alexander N Tarnovsky, Mikhail Zamkov
The emerging generation of quantum dot optoelectronic devices offers an appealing prospect of a size-tunable band gap. The confinement-enabled control over electronic properties, however, requires nanoparticles to be sufficiently small, which leads to a large area of inter-particle boundaries in a film. Such interfaces lead to a high density of surface traps which ultimately increase the electrical resistance of a solid. To address this issue, we have developed an inverse energy-gradient core/shell architecture supporting the quantum confinement in nanoparticles larger than the exciton Bohr radius...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535349/solitary-oxygen-dopant-emission-from-carbon-nanotubes-modified-by-dielectric-metasurfaces
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Xuedan Ma, Anthony R James, Nicolai F Hartmann, Jon K Baldwin, Jason Dominguez, Michael B Sinclair, Ting S Luk, Omri Wolf, Sheng Liu, Stephen K Doorn, Han Htoon, Igal Brener
All-dielectric metasurfaces made from arrays of high index nanoresonators supporting strong magnetic dipole modes have emerged as a low-loss alternative to plasmonic metasurfaces. Here we use oxygen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as quantum emitters and couple them to silicon metasurfaces to study effects of the magnetic dipole modes of the constituent nanoresonators on the photoluminescence (PL) of individual SWCNTs. We find that when in resonance, the magnetic mode of the silicon nanoresonators can lead to a moderate average PL enhancement of 0...
May 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535340/optical-binding-of-nanowires
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Stephen H Simpson, Pavel Zemanek, Onofrio M Marago, Philip H Jones, Simon Hanna
Multiple scattering of light induces structured interactions, or optical binding forces, between collections of small particles. This has been extensively studied in the case of micro-spheres. However, binding forces are strongly shape dependent: here, we turn our attention to dielectric nanowires. Using a novel numerical model we uncover rich behaviour. The extreme geometry of the nanowires produces a sequence of stationary and dynamic states. In linearly polarized light, thermally stable ladder-like structures emerge...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535313/factors-associated-with-interest-in-pursuing-a-fourth-year-of-family-medicine-residency-training
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Patricia A Carney, M Patrice Eiff, Elaine Waller, Lars E Peterson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The optimal length of residency training in family medicine, as with emergency medicine, is an ongoing debate due to several factors, but perceptions of graduating residents are missing from this debate. METHODS: We used data from 3,054 family medicine residents who registered for the American Board of Family Medicine certification examination in 2014. A practice demographic questionnaire was a mandatory component of registration. The survey included the question, "If another year of training were available in your residency program, how likely would you be to pursue that?" We examined several factors potentially associated with interest in additional training...
May 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535306/examination-of-psychosocial-and-physiological-risk-for-bulimic-symptoms-in-youth-with-type-1-diabetes-transitioning-to-an-insulin-pump-a-pilot-study
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Claire M Peterson, Deborah Young-Hyman, Sarah Fischer, Jessica T Markowitz, Andrew B Muir, Lori M Laffel
This study tested hypotheses drawn from a risk model positing that psychosocial risk plus disease-related and treatment factors contribute to bulimic symptoms in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) transitioning to an insulin pump. The goal of this study was to examine whether disease-related factors, particularly disease- and treatment-based disruption in hunger and satiety, contribute to report of bulimic symptoms in youth with T1D after accounting for psychosocial risk factors. 43 youth (ages 10-17, 54% female) with established T1D were recruited before transition from multiple daily injections to insulin-pump therapy from three tertiary pediatric diabetes centers...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535298/ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-in-treatment-naive-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-3-infection-an-open-label-study
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Jordan J Feld, Alnoor Ramji, Stephen D Shafran, Bernard Willems, Paul Marotta, Emmanuelle Huchet, Marie-Louise Vachon, Evguenia S Svarovskaia, K C Huang, Robert H Hyland, Chohee Yun, Benedetta Massetto, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Edward Tam, Robert Bailey, Curtis Cooper, Eric M Yoshida, Susan Greenbloom, Magdy Elkhashab, Sergio Borgia, Mark G Swain
Background.: Patients chronically infected with genotype 3 hepatitis C virus (HCV) have faster disease progression and are less responsive to current direct-acting antiviral regimens than patients infected with other genotypes. We conducted an open-label trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir plus ribavirin in patients with genotype 3 HCV infection. Methods.: We enrolled treatment-naive patients with and without compensated cirrhosis at 15 sites in Canada...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535293/invited-commentary-a-landmark-study-launched-in-a-public-health-maelstrom
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Eric A Engels, Charles S Rabkin, James J Goedert
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic was first recognized in 1981, and it quickly became a public health emergency. In a 1987 paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Am J Epidemiol. 1987;126(2): 310-318), Richard Kaslow et al. described the launch of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), a cohort study of homosexual men in 4 US cities, the purpose of which was to better understand the natural history of AIDS and its determinants. The MACS enrolled participants through a range of community contacts...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535284/cumulative-effects-of-neighborhood-social-adversity-and-personal-crime-victimization-on-adolescent-psychotic-experiences
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Joanne Newbury, Louise Arseneault, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E Moffitt, Candice L Odgers, Helen L Fisher
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the impact of urbanicity, adverse neighborhood conditions and violent crime victimization on the emergence of adolescent psychotic experiences. METHODS: Participants were from the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, a nationally-representative cohort of 2232 British twins who were interviewed about adolescent psychotic experiences at age 18. Urbanicity, neighborhood characteristics, and personal victimization by violent crime were measured during childhood and adolescence via geocoded census data, surveys of over 5000 immediate neighbors of the E-Risk participants, and interviews with participants themselves...
May 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535246/designing-smartphone-mental-health-applications-for-emergency-service-workers
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M Deady, D Peters, H Lang, R Calvo, N Glozier, H Christensen, S B Harvey
Background: Emergency service workers are often exposed to trauma and have increased risk of a range of mental health (MH) conditions. Smartphone applications have the potential to provide this group with effective psychological interventions; however, little is known about the acceptability and preferences regarding such initiatives. Aims: To describe the preferences and opinions of emergency service workers regarding the use of smartphone MH applications and to examine the impact of age on these preferences...
May 23, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535235/effect-of-cephalexin-plus-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-vs-cephalexin-alone-on-clinical-cure-of-uncomplicated-cellulitis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Gregory J Moran, Anusha Krishnadasan, William R Mower, Fredrick M Abrahamian, Frank LoVecchio, Mark T Steele, Richard E Rothman, David J Karras, Rebecca Hoagland, Stephanie Pettibone, David A Talan
Importance: Emergency department visits for skin infections in the United States have increased with the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For cellulitis without purulent drainage, β-hemolytic streptococci are presumed to be the predominant pathogens. It is unknown if antimicrobial regimens possessing in vitro MRSA activity provide improved outcomes compared with treatments lacking MRSA activity. Objective: To determine whether cephalexin plus trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole yields a higher clinical cure rate of uncomplicated cellulitis than cephalexin alone...
May 23, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535197/feeding-and-development-of-emerald-ash-borer-coleoptera-buprestidae-on-cultivated-olive-olea-europaea
#19
Don Cipollini, Chad M Rigsby, Donnie L Peterson
We examined the suitability of cultivated olive, Olea europaea L., as a host for emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire. In a bioassay using cut stems from a field-grown olive tree (cv. 'Manzanilla') we found that 45% of larvae that had emerged from eggs used to inoculate stems, were recovered alive, many as larvae or prepupae, during periodic debarking of a subset of stems. Three intact stems that 19 larvae successfully entered were exposed to a simulated overwintering treatment. Four live adults emerged afterwards, and an additional pupa and several prepupae were discovered after debarking these stems...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535188/molecular-heterogeneity-at-the-network-level-high-dimensional-testing-clustering-and-a-tcga-case-study
#20
Nicolas Städler, Frank Dondelinger, Steven M Hill, Rehan Akbani, Yiling Lu, Gordon B Mills, Sach Mukherjee
Motivation: Molecular pathways and networks play a key role in basic and disease biology. An emerging notion is that networks encoding patterns of molecular interplay may themselves differ between contexts, such as cell type, tissue or disease (sub)type. However, while statistical testing of differences in mean expression levels has been extensively studied, testing of network differences remains challenging. Furthermore, since network differences could provide important and biologically interpretable information to identify molecular subgroups, there is a need to consider the unsupervised task of learning subgroups and networks that define them...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
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