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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731422/frailty-in-men-living-with-hiv-a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-three-frailty-instruments
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Hui-Ling Yeoh, Allen Cheng, Clovis Palmer, Suzanne M Crowe, Jennifer F Hoy
BACKGROUND: Potent antiretroviral treatment has resulted in near normal life expectancy for people living with HIV. Consequently, there is an increased focus on comorbidities, frailty and quality of life. METHODS: We assessed and compared the prevalence of frailty, associated factors and relationship with quality of life in older Australian men living with HIV in a cross-sectional study using three frailty measurements. The Frailty Phenotype, Frailty Index, and Edmonton Frail Scale were applied to 93 HIV-infected men aged over 50 years, on antiretroviral therapy...
July 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730686/high-resolution-manometry-assessment-of-the-lower-esophageal-sphincter-after-contraction-normative-values-and-clinical-correlation
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D A Carlson, P J Kahrilas, M Tye, Z Listernick, K Ritter, I Wong, Y Xiao, V Bul, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: The Chicago Classification v3.0 proposed extending the distal contractile integral (DCI) measurement domain to include the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to enhance the detection of esophageal hypercontractility. However, normative and clinical data for this approach are unreported. We aimed to describe the application of an extended DCI measurement in asymptomatic controls and patients. METHODS: High-resolution manometry (HRM) of 65 asymptomatic controls and 72 patients with normal motility were evaluated retrospectively...
July 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729948/algorithms-for-the-automated-analysis-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-biomarkers-on-optical-coherence-tomography-a-systematic-review
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Maximilian W M Wintergerst, Thomas Schultz, Johannes Birtel, Alexander K Schuster, Norbert Pfeiffer, Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg, Frank G Holz, Robert P Finger
PURPOSE: To assess the quality of optical coherence tomography (OCT) grading algorithms for retinal biomarkers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Following a systematic review of the literature data on detection and quantification of AMD retinal biomarkers by available algorithms were extracted and descriptively synthesized. Algorithm quality was assessed using a modified version of the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies 2 checklist with a focus on accuracy against established reference standards and risk of bias...
July 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728240/-the-implantation-of-bonebridge-in-bilateral-congenital-malformation-of-external-and-middle-ear
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S Q Zhao, R Ren, D M Han, Y Li, X B Ma, D N Wang, Y L Li
Objective: To evaluate the auditory efficacy of Bonebridge implantation in patients with bilateral congenital malformation of external and middle ear. Methods: Eleven cases (6 males and 5 females) had unilateral Bonebridge implantation. The age ranged from 8 to 26 and the average age was 16.9. Seven to ten days after operation, the first fitting was undergone. In acoustic sound field, the average auditory thresholds were respectively measured for unaided ears and Bonebridge implanted ears by pure tone auditory (PTA, 0...
July 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728064/ldl-subfractions-are-associated-with-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-malm%C3%A3-prevention-project-study
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Dov Shiffman, Judy Z Louie, Michael P Caulfield, Peter M Nilsson, James J Devlin, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: After assessing the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on traditional risk factors, decisions concerning lipid lowering therapy might remain uncertain. To investigate whether lipoprotein subfraction levels could aid these decisions, we assessed the association between lipoprotein subfractions and CVD, after adjustment for traditional risk factors including standard lipids. METHODS: Using a case-cohort design, participants were randomly drawn from the Malmö Prevention Project (MPP), a population-based prospective study of 18,240 participants, and supplemented with additional incident CVD events (5764 participants, 1784 CVD events)...
July 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726544/evaluating-wais-iv-structure-through-a-different-psychometric-lens-structural-causal-model-discovery-as-an-alternative-to-confirmatory-factor-analysis
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Marjolein J A M van Dijk, Tom Claassen, Christiany Suwartono, William M van der Veld, Paul T van der Heijden, Marc P H Hendriks
OBJECTIVE: Since the publication of the WAIS-IV in the U.S. in 2008, efforts have been made to explore the structural validity by applying factor analysis to various samples. This study aims to achieve a more fine-grained understanding of the structure of the Dutch language version of the WAIS-IV (WAIS-IV-NL) by applying an alternative analysis based on causal modeling in addition to confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The Bayesian Constraint-based Causal Discovery (BCCD) algorithm learns underlying network structures directly from data and assesses more complex structures than is possible with factor analysis...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726262/double-aortic-arch-anomalies-in-children-a-systematic-20-year-single-center-study
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M Kaldararova, I Simkova, I Varga, P Tittel, M Kardos, M Ondriska, V Vrsanska, J Masura
INTRODUCTION: Aortic arch anomalies underlie numerous congenital disorders. Effectively diagnosing and treating them requires close understanding of cardiovascular embryology. As our Center serves the entire pediatric population of our country, we performed a comprehensive retrospective analysis of all aortic arch anomalies diagnosed at our Center over the past 20 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 40 children with aortic arch anomalies, distinguishing two defect types: Group 1 displayed ring-forming anomalies, and Group 2 other types of aortic arch anomalies that did not form a vascular ring...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724752/the-fluid-mechanics-of-transcatheter-heart-valve-leaflet-thrombosis-in-the-neo-sinus
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Prem A Midha, Vrishank Raghav, Rahul Sharma, Jose F Condado, Ikechukwu U Okafor, Tanya Rami, Gautam Kumar, Vinod H Thourani, Hasan Jilaihawi, Vasilis Babaliaros, Raj R Makkar, Ajit P Yoganathan
Background -Transcatheter heart valve (THV) thrombosis has been increasingly reported. In these studies, thrombus quantification has been based on 2D assessment of a 3D phenomenon. Methods -Post-procedural four-dimensional, volume-rendered CT (4DCT) data of CoreValve, Evolut R, and SAPIEN 3 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients enrolled in the RESOLVE trial were included in this analysis. Patients on anticoagulation were excluded. SAPIEN 3 and CoreValve/Evolut R patients with and without hypo-attenuated leaflet thickening (HALT) were included in order to study differences between groups...
July 19, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720339/in%C3%A2-vitro-fit-of-cad-cam-complete-arch-screw-retained-titanium-and-zirconia-implant-prostheses-fabricated-on-4-implants
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Hadi Al-Meraikhi, Burak Yilmaz, Edwin McGlumphy, William Brantley, William M Johnston
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Computer-aided designed and computer-aided manufactured (CAD-CAM) titanium and zirconia implant-supported fixed implant prostheses on 4 implants have become popular. The precision and accuracy of their interface fit has not been widely researched. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the marginal fit of zirconia and titanium implant-supported screw-retained CAD-CAM complete fixed dental prostheses (CFDP) fit with a standardized cast simulating the all-on-4 implant distribution...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719981/the-mental-representation-of-the-human-gait-in-patients-with-severe-knee-osteoarthrosis-a-clinical-study-to-aid-understanding-of-impairment-and-disability
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Robert Jacksteit, Anett Mau-Moeller, Martin Behrens, Rainer Bader, Wolfram Mittelmeier, Ralf Skripitz, Tino Stöckel
OBJECTIVE: Objectives were (1) to explore differences in gait-specific long-term memory structures and gait performance between knee osteoarthrosis patients and healthy subjects and (2) to identify the extent to which the gait-specific mental representation is associated with gait performance. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: In total, 18 knee osteoarthrosis patients and 18 control subjects. METHODS: Spatio-temporal (gait speed, step length) and temporophasic (stance time, swing time, single support time, total double support time) gait parameters and gait variability were measured with an electronic walkway (OptoGait)...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717744/influence-of-hiv-aids-on-cervical-cancer-a-retrospective-study-from-tanzania
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Ramadhani S Chambuso, Stephen Shadrack, Salum J Lidenge, Ntoli Mwakibete, Rui M Medeiros
PURPOSE: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality in women in Tanzania. Any impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on cervical precancerous lesions and invasive cervical cancer has a significant implication, as for any public health concern, especially in an area such as the Morogoro region in Tanzania, which has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. METHODS: A comparative retrospective study was performed of 536 women screened for cervical cancer by visual inspection methods at the Morogoro Regional Referral Hospital over a period of 3 years; the women were grouped according to their HIV status...
February 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716896/poor-prognosis-indicated-by-venous-circulating-tumor-cell-clusters-in-early-stage-lung-cancers
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Vasudha Murlidhar, Rishindra M Reddy, Shamileh Fouladdel, Lili Zhao, Martin K Ishikawa, Svetlana Grabauskiene, Zhuo Zhang, Jules Lin, Andrew C Chang, Philip W Carrott, William R Lynch, Mark B Orringer, Chandan Kumar-Sinha, Nallasivam Palanisamy, David G Beer, Max S Wicha, Nithya Ramnath, Ebrahim Azizi, Sunitha Nagrath
Early detection of metastasis can be aided by circulating tumor cells (CTCs), which also show potential to predict early relapse. Due to the limited CTC numbers in peripheral blood in early stages, we investigated CTCs in pulmonary vein blood accessed during surgical resection of tumors. Pulmonary vein (PV) and peripheral vein (Pe) blood specimens from patients with lung cancer were drawn during the perioperative period and assessed for CTC burden using a microfluidic device. From 108 blood samples analyzed from 36 patients, PV had significantly higher number of CTCs compared to pre-operative Pe (p<0...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716717/big-gaba-edited-mr-spectroscopy-at-24-research-sites
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Mark Mikkelsen, Peter B Barker, Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Maiken K Brix, Pieter F Buur, Kim M Cecil, Kimberly L Chan, David Y-T Chen, Alexander R Craven, Koen Cuypers, Michael Dacko, Niall W Duncan, Ulrike Dydak, David A Edmondson, Gabriele Ende, Lars Ersland, Fei Gao, Ian Greenhouse, Ashley D Harris, Naying He, Stefanie Heba, Nigel Hoggard, Tun-Wei Hsu, Jacobus F A Jansen, Alayar Kangarlu, Thomas Lange, R Marc Lebel, Yan Li, Chien-Yuan E Lin, Jy-Kang Liou, Jiing-Feng Lirng, Feng Liu, Ruoyun Ma, Celine Maes, Marta Moreno-Ortega, Scott O Murray, Sean Noah, Ralph Noeske, Michael D Noseworthy, Georg Oeltzschner, James J Prisciandaro, Nicolaas A J Puts, Timothy P L Roberts, Markus Sack, Napapon Sailasuta, Muhammad G Saleh, Michael-Paul Schallmo, Nicholas Simard, Stephan P Swinnen, Martin Tegenthoff, Peter Truong, Guangbin Wang, Iain D Wilkinson, Hans-Jörg Wittsack, Hongmin Xu, Fuhua Yan, Chencheng Zhang, Vadim Zipunnikov, Helge J Zöllner, Richard A E Edden
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is the only biomedical imaging method that can noninvasively detect endogenous signals from the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the human brain. Its increasing popularity has been aided by improvements in scanner hardware and acquisition methodology, as well as by broader access to pulse sequences that can selectively detect GABA, in particular J-difference spectral editing sequences. Nevertheless, implementations of GABA-edited MRS remain diverse across research sites, making comparisons between studies challenging...
July 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716636/a-simplified-clinical-prediction-rule-for-prognosticating-independent-walking-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-study-from-a-canadian-multicenter-spinal-cord-injury-registry
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Katharine E Hicks, Yichen Zhao, Nader Fallah, Carly Rivers, Vanessa Noonan, Tova Plashkes, Eugene K Wai, Darren M Roffey, Eve Tsai, Jerome Paquet, Najmedden Attabib, Travis Marion, Henry Ahn, Philippe Phan
BACKGROUND: Context: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition with limited treatment options for neurological or functional recovery. The ability to predict the prognosis of walking post-injury with emerging prediction models could aid in rehabilitation strategies and reintegration into the community. PURPOSE: To re-validate an existing clinical prediction model for independent ambulation (van Middendorp et al. 2011) utilising acute and long-term post-injury follow-up data, and to investigate the accuracy of a simplified model using prospectively collected data from a Canadian multicenter SCI database, the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR)...
July 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712689/enhancing-medical-curricula-the-role-of-a-1-day-plastic-surgery-course-as-an-educational-adjunct-for-medical-students
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Harry V M Spiers, Alexander Zargaran, Aasim Nisar Murtaza, Amal Thomas, Mohammed Adil A Turki, Farida Ali
INTRODUCTION: Plastic surgery is underrepresented in medical school curricula. The St George׳s Surgical Society hosted a 1-day undergraduate course in plastic surgery. Our aim was to introduce students to plastic surgery and teach basic plastic surgical skills. METHODOLOGY: The skills day consisted of lectures from consultants and a core trainee followed by registrar-taught workshops in suturing, tendon repair, and local flap design. Precourse and postcourse questionnaires assessed perceptions of plastic surgery, confidence in performing basic plastic surgical skills, and usefulness of course components...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712425/telomere-length-is-inversely-correlated-with-urinary-stress-hormone-levels-in-healthy-controls-but-not-in-un-medicated-depressed-individuals-preliminary-findings
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Brittany Fair, Synthia H Mellon, Elissa S Epel, Jue Lin, Dóra Révész, Josine E Verhoeven, Brenda W Penninx, Victor I Reus, Rebecca Rosser, Christina M Hough, Laura Mahan, Heather M Burke, Elizabeth H Blackburn, Owen M Wolkowitz
OBJECTIVE: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a biomarker of cellular aging affected by chronic stress. The relationship of LTL to the stress hormones, cortisol and catecholamines, is unclear, as are possible differences between healthy controls (HC) and individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This small pilot study is the first to examine the relationship between cortisol, catecholamines and LTL specifically in un-medicated MDD in comparison with HC. METHODS: Participants included 16 un-medicated MDD subjects and 15 HC for assay of LTL, 12-hour overnight urinary free cortisol and catecholamine levels...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709782/contextualizing-oncologic-imaging-utilization-through-end-of-life-spending%C3%A2-patterns
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Timothy P Copeland, John M Hillman, Benjamin L Franc
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of spending patterns during the final year of life on high-cost imaging utilization in the final 3 months of life. METHODS: An academic comprehensive cancer center's radiology, cancer registry, and claims records were matched to identify decedents with dates of death from April 2013 through June 2014. Spending patterns in the final year of life were identified using group-based trajectory modeling. Descriptive analysis of CT, MRI, and PET utilization across trajectories was conducted...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709674/accuracy-of-cad-cam-fabricated-removable-partial-dentures
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Christin Arnold, Jeremias Hey, Ramona Schweyen, Jürgen M Setz
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The conventional fabrication of removable partial dentures (RPDs) is a complex, error-prone, time-consuming, and expensive process. The use of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) techniques, especially rapid prototyping, promises a more effective method for fabricating RPD frameworks. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the fit of RPD clasps fabricated by means of 4 different CAD-CAM-systems and to compare those fittings with that of the conventional lost-wax casting technique (LWT)...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709399/draft-sequencing-and-assembly-of-the-genome-of-the-world-s-largest-fish-the-whale-shark-rhincodon-typus-smith-1828
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Timothy D Read, Robert A Petit, Sandeep J Joseph, Md Tauqeer Alam, M Ryan Weil, Maida Ahmad, Ravila Bhimani, Jocelyn S Vuong, Chad P Haase, D Harry Webb, Milton Tan, Alistair D M Dove
BACKGROUND: The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) has by far the largest body size of any elasmobranch (shark or ray) species. Therefore, it is also the largest extant species of the paraphyletic assemblage commonly referred to as fishes. As both a phenotypic extreme and a member of the group Chondrichthyes - the sister group to the remaining gnathostomes, which includes all tetrapods and therefore also humans - its genome is of substantial comparative interest. Whale sharks are also listed as an endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species and are of growing popularity as both a target of ecotourism and as a charismatic conservation ambassador for the pelagic ecosystem...
July 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709161/roles-of-medication-responsibility-executive-and-adaptive-functioning-in-adherence-for-children-and-adolescents-with-perinatally-acquired-hiv
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Patricia A Garvie, Sean S Brummel, Susannah M Allison, Kathleen M Malee, Claude A Mellins, Megan L Wilkins, Lynnette L Harris, E Doyle Patton, Miriam C Chernoff, Richard M Rutstein, Mary E Paul, Sharon L Nichols
BACKGROUND: Medication adherence is a critical but challenging developmental task for children and adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV (PHIV). Understanding how medication responsibility, executive functions (EFs) and adaptive functioning (AF) influence adherence may help prepare adolescents for transition to adulthood. METHODS: Participants included PHIV children and adolescents 7-16 years of age enrolled in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study Adolescent Master Protocol, who were prescribed antiretroviral medications...
August 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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