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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651341/plasma-concentrations-of-atovaquone-given-to-immunocompromised-patients-to-prevent-pneumocystis-jirovecii
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Christine Robin, Minh Patrick Lê, Giovanna Melica, Laurent Massias, Rabah Redjoul, Nihel Khoudour, Mathieu Leclerc, Florence Beckerich, Sébastien Maury, Anne Hulin, Catherine Cordonnier
Objectives: Atovaquone is one of the alternatives to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for prophylaxis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients. In volunteers, there was wide inter-individual variability in atovaquone bioavailability. The aim of this study was to assess the plasma concentrations of atovaquone in immunocompromised patients under PCP prophylaxis. Methods: Adult haematology or HIV-positive patients receiving atovaquone (750 mg oral suspension twice a day) for PCP prophylaxis were included...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651226/insight-in-body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd-relative-to-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-and-psychotic-disorders-revisiting-this-issue-in-light-of-dsm-5
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Wei Lin Toh, David J Castle, Rachel L Mountjoy, Ben Buchanan, John Farhall, Susan L Rossell
INTRODUCTION: In DSM-5, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) was reclassified under the obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs), but little is known about the nature of BDD beliefs. This study aimed to compare level of insight in BDD and consider related implications for DSM-5 classification. METHOD: Participants were 27 BDD, 19 obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and 20 psychosis (SZ) participants as well as 42 non-clinical controls (NC), who completed the Brown Assessment of Beliefs Scale (BABS) and Peters Delusions Inventory (PDI)...
June 8, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650924/comparison-of-approaches-for-notification-and-authorization-in-pragmatic-clinical-research-evaluating-commonly-used-medical-practices
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Kevin P Weinfurt, Juli M Bollinger, Kathleen M Brelsford, Martina Bresciani, Zachary Lampron, Li Lin, Rachel J Topazian, Jeremy Sugarman
BACKGROUND: For pragmatic clinical research comparing commonly used treatments, questions exist about if and how to notify participants about it and secure their authorization for participation. OBJECTIVE: To determine how patients react when they seek clinical care and encounter one of several different pragmatic clinical research studies. RESEARCH DESIGN: In an online survey using a between-subjects experimental design, respondents read and responded to 1 of 24 hypothetical research scenarios reflecting different types of studies and approaches to notification and authorization (eg, general notification, oral consent, written consent)...
June 23, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650795/quantitation-of-mandibular-symphysis-bone-as-source-of-bone-grafting-description-in-class-i-and-class-iii-skeletal-conditions
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Humberto Velásquez, Sergio Olate, César Díaz, Pablo Navarro, Eduardo Borie, Márcio de Moraes
The aim of this study was to quantify the cortical and cancellous bone in the mandibular symphysis and relate it to the teeth and to the skeletal class. A descriptive study was conducted using cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT). Class I and class III subjects were included, defined according to dental occlusion and cephalogram results. Linear measurements were taken on the CBCT of the mandibular canines, lateral incisors, and central incisors, where the analysis was related to the axial and apical axes considering the bone in relation to the dental area...
June 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650738/recommendations-for-measuring-pulmonary-nodules-at-ct-a-statement-from-the-fleischner-society
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Alexander A Bankier, Heber MacMahon, Jin Mo Goo, Geoffrey D Rubin, Cornelia M Schaefer-Prokop, David P Naidich
These recommendations for measuring pulmonary nodules at computed tomography (CT) are a statement from the Fleischner Society and, as such, incorporate the opinions of a multidisciplinary international group of thoracic radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, pathologists, and other specialists. The recommendations address nodule size measurements at CT, which is a topic of importance, given that all available guidelines for nodule management are essentially based on nodule size or changes thereof. The recommendations are organized according to practical questions that commonly arise when nodules are measured in routine clinical practice and are, together with their answers, summarized in a table...
June 26, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650599/anti-mullerian-hormone-a-marker-of-upcoming-menopause-or-a-questionable-guesswork
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Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a protein produced by pre-antral and small antral ovarian follicles. It is an acknowledged marker of ovarian reserve and remaining reproductive capacity, commonly used in reproductive medicine. From the third decade of life, AMH serum levels decrease consecutively up to menopause. Since the standardization of commercial assays, novel contributions of that parameter are being observed. Up to date, there is no screening tool for predicting the age of natural menopause (ANM). The following literature review evaluates the utility of AMH measurement in predicting ANM...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650420/first-detection-of-chikungunya-virus-in-breast-milk
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Gubio Soares Campos, Antonio Carlos Albuquerque Bandeira, Verônica França Diniz Rocha, Juarez Pereira Dias, Rejane Hughes Carvalho, Silvia Ines Sardi
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has never been detected in human breast milk. This is a brief report of CHIKV infection in a breastfeeding woman of a 3 month old baby. The mother´s CHIKV-RT PCR was positive in serum, urine and milk. The baby´s CHIKV serology and RT-PCR were negative. The detection of CHIKV in milk raises clinical and epidemiologic questions.
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650240/development-of-a-clinical-spasticity-scale-for-evaluation-of-dogs-with-chronic-thoracolumbar-spinal-cord-injury
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Melissa J Lewis, Natasha J Olby
OBJECTIVE To develop a spasticity scale for dogs with chronic deficits following severe spinal cord injury (SCI) for use in clinical assessment and outcome measurement in clinical trials. ANIMALS 20 chronically paralyzed dogs with a persistent lack of hind limb pain perception caused by an acute SCI at least 3 months previously. PROCEDURES Spasticity was assessed in both hind limbs via tests of muscle tone, clonus, and flexor and extensor spasms adapted from human scales. Measurement of patellar clonus duration and flexor spasm duration and degree was feasible...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650213/visualisation-of-upper-limb-activity-using-spirals-a-new-approach-to-the-assessment-of-daily-prosthesis-usage
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Alix Chadwell, Laurence Kenney, Malcolm Granat, Sibylle Thies, John S Head, Adam Galpin
BACKGROUND: Current outcome measures used in upper limb myoelectric prosthesis studies include clinical tests of function and self-report questionnaires on real-world prosthesis use. Research in other cohorts has questioned both the validity of self-report as an activity assessment tool and the relationship between clinical functionality and real-world upper limb activity. Previously,(1) we reported the first results of monitoring upper limb prosthesis use. However, the data visualisation technique used was limited in scope...
June 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649672/oxytocin-and-stress-related-disorders-neurobiological-mechanisms-and-treatment-opportunities
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Lauren M Sippel, Casey E Allington, Robert H Pietrzak, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Linda C Mayes, Miranda Olff
Novel pharmacotherapies that improve outcomes for individuals with stress-related psychiatric disorders are needed. The neurohormone oxytocin (OT) is a promising candidate given its influence on the social-emotional brain. In this review, we present an overview of evidence supporting OT's utility for treating major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. We first discuss endogenous OT, which research suggests is not yet a reliable biomarker of stress-related disorders. Second, we review effects of intranasal (IN) OT on processes relevant to stress-related disorders in healthy populations (anhedonia, reward processing, psychosocial stress reactivity, fear/anxiety, and social behavior) and their neurobiological mechanisms (e...
February 2017: Chronic stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649379/is-transoral-robotic-surgery-a-safe-and-effective-multilevel-treatment-for-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-in-obese-patients-following-failure-of-conventional-treatment-s
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George Garas, Anthousa Kythreotou, Christos Georgalas, Asit Arora, Bhik Kotecha, Floyd C Holsinger, David G Grant, Neil Tolley
A best evidence topic was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is a safe and effective multilevel treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in obese patients following failure of conventional treatment(s). A total of 39 papers were identified using the reported searches of which 5 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, date, journal, study type, population, main outcome measures and results are tabulated...
July 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648605/a-semi-supervised-approach-using-label-propagation-to-support-citation-screening
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Georgios Kontonatsios, Austin J Brockmeier, Piotr Przybyła, John McNaught, Tingting Mu, John Y Goulermas, Sophia Ananiadou
Citation screening, an integral process within systematic reviews that identifies citations relevant to the underlying research question, is a time-consuming and resource-intensive task. During the screening task, analysts manually assign a label to each citation, to designate whether a citation is eligible for inclusion in the review. Recently, several studies have explored the use of active learning in text classification to reduce the human workload involved in the screening task. However, existing approaches require a significant amount of manually labelled citations for the text classification to achieve a robust performance...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648318/translation-revision-and-validation-of-the-diabetes-distress-scale-for-indonesian-type-2-diabetic-outpatients-with-various-types-of-complications
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Bustanul Arifin S Farm, Dyah Aryani Perwitasari, Jarir At Thobari, Qi Cao, Paul F M Krabbe, Maarten J Postma
OBJECTIVES: To translate, revise, and validate the Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS) instrument for Indonesian type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) outpatients with various complications. METHODS: Participants were recruited from four hospitals and two primary health care centers. The study was performed with forward and backward translations, an adaptation testing with a small subset of participants, and validation analysis. Factor analysis with maximum likelihood estimation and promax rotation was then used to investigate the instrument structure...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648127/specialist-palliative-care-nurses-management-of-the-needs-of-patients-with-depression
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Jessica Elizabeth Hayes, Bethne Hart, Jane Phillips
BACKGROUND: Depression is an important condition to consider if we are to optimise the care outcomes for patients with palliative care needs. Depression has a high incidence in palliative patients, with up to 15% diagnosed with major depression and 37% expressing some form of depressive symptoms ( O'Connor et al, 2010 ). The challenge is to ensure that palliative care patients with depression are identified in a timely manner and that their depression is effectively managed. AIM: To examine how Australian specialist inpatient palliative care nurses perceive, assess and respond to depression in a patient case study...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647957/-long-term-effectiveness-of-transvaginal-high-uterosacral-ligament-suspension
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L Duan, Y X Lu, W J Shen, X Liu, J X Liu, Y H Zhang, J Ge, Y Zhao, K Niu, W Y Wang
Objective: To assess the long-term effectiveness of the transvaginal high uterosacral ligament suspension (HUS) in women suffering from advanced pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Methods: A retrospective review of records identified 118 women who underwent transvaginal HUS with or without additional concomitant anterior and (or) posterior repairs from June 2003 to August 2009 in the First Affiliated Hospital, General Hospital of People's Liberation Army. Of 118 women, 104 women completed the follow-up during study period; these 104 women were analysed...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647851/a-questionnaire-survey-of-radiological-diagnosis-and-management-of-renal-dysplasia-in-children
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Giovanni Montini, Marco Busutti, Fatos Yalcinkaya, Adrian S Woolf, Stefanie Weber
BACKGROUND: The condition called renal dysplasia is considered to be a frequent cause of chronic kidney disease in children. Formally, it is defined by histological parameters. In current nephrology practice, however, the appearance of the kidneys on ultrasound scanning is often used as a basis for the diagnosis. METHODS: The European Society for Pediatric Nephrology Working Group on Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract hypothesized that the current diagnostic approach with regard to renal dysplasia was not homogeneous...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647837/targeting-metabolic-reprogramming-in-kras-driven-cancers
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REVIEW
Kenji Kawada, Kosuke Toda, Yoshiharu Sakai
Mutations of KRAS are found in a variety of human malignancies, including in pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer at high frequency. To date, no effective treatments that target mutant variants of KRAS have been introduced into clinical practice. In recent years, a number of studies have shown that the oncogene KRAS plays a critical role in controlling cancer metabolism by orchestrating multiple metabolic changes. One of the metabolic hallmarks of malignant tumor cells is their dependency on aerobic glycolysis, known as the Warburg effect...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647823/high-risk-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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F Zingone, P Iovino, A Santonicola, S Gallotta, C Ciacci
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and the risk of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (including each subtype: constipation, diarrhea, and mixed) compared to women in the general population. METHODS: Between January 2014 and December 2015, consecutive adult female patients diagnosed with IBS at the outpatient clinic of the University of Salerno and healthy women with regular bowel habits were enrolled in the study...
June 24, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647389/improving-abnormality-detection-on-chest-radiography-using-game-like-reinforcement-mechanics
#19
Po-Hao Chen, Howard Roth, Maya Galperin-Aizenberg, Alexander T Ruutiainen, Warren Gefter, Tessa S Cook
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Despite their increasing prevalence, online textbooks, question banks, and digital references focus primarily on explicit knowledge. Implicit skills such as abnormality detection require repeated practice on clinical service and have few digital substitutes. Using mechanics traditionally deployed in video games such as clearly defined goals, rapid-fire levels, and narrow time constraints may be an effective way to teach implicit skills. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We created a freely available, online module to evaluate the ability of individuals to differentiate between normal and abnormal chest radiographs by implementing mechanics, including instantaneous feedback, rapid-fire cases, and 15-second timers...
June 21, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647227/in-vivo-cellular-reactions-to-different-biomaterials-physiological-and-pathological-aspects-and-their-consequences
#20
REVIEW
Sarah Al-Maawi, Anna Orlowska, Robert Sader, C James Kirkpatrick, Shahram Ghanaati
Biomaterials are widely used in guided bone regeneration (GBR) and guided tissue regeneration (GTR). After application, there is an interaction between the host immune system and the implanted biomaterial, leading to a biomaterial-specific cellular reaction. The present review focuses on cellular reactions to numerous biomaterials in vivo with consideration of different implantation models and microenvironments in different species, such as subcutaneous implantation in mice and rats, a muscle model in goats and a femur model in rabbits...
June 21, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
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