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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343061/automated-diabetic-macular-edema-dme-grading-system-using-dwt-dct-features-and-maculopathy-index
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U Rajendra Acharya, Muthu Rama Krishnan Mookiah, Joel E W Koh, Jen Hong Tan, Sulatha V Bhandary, A Krishna Rao, Yuki Hagiwara, Chua Kuang Chua, Augustinus Laude
The cause of diabetic macular edema (DME) is due to prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (DM) which affects the vision of diabetic subjects. DME is graded based on the exudate location from the macula. It is clinically diagnosed using fundus images which is tedious and time-consuming. Regular eye screening and subsequent treatment may prevent the vision loss. Hence, in this work, a hybrid system based on Radon transform (RT), discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and discrete cosine transform (DCT) are proposed for an automated detection of DME...
March 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342892/comparison-of-three-cell-based-drug-screening-platforms-for-hsv-1-infection
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Leonardo D'Aiuto, Kelly Williamson, Peter Dimitrion, James McNulty, Carla E Brown, Chanti Babu Dokuburra, Alexander J Nielsen, Wen Jing Lin, Paolo Piazza, Mark E Schurdak, Joel Wood, Robert H Yolken, Paul R Kinchington, David C Bloom, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
Acyclovir (ACV) and its derivatives have been highly effective for treating recurrent, lytic infections with Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 (HSV-1), but searches for additional antiviral drugs are motivated by recent reports of resistance to ACV, particularly among immunocompromised patients. In addition, the relative neurotoxicity of ACV and its inability to prevent neurological sequelae among HSV-1 encephalitis survivors compel searches for new drugs to treat HSV-1 infections of the central nervous system (CNS)...
March 22, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342677/prevalence-of-voice-disorders-in-singers-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Pedro Melo Pestana, Susana Vaz-Freitas, Maria Conceição Manso
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to review the prevalence of self-reported voice disorders in singers. STUDY DESIGN: The study is a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic review of five major scientific databases was conducted. An extensive search strategy was used considering the rules of each database. Original articles were included only if they had data related to self-perception of dysphonia in the past. Furthermore, heterogeneity and its relative significance were assessed...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340215/development-of-enzyme-immunoassays-elisa-and-western-blot-for-the-serological-diagnosis-of-dermatophytosis-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-cats
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Aline Elisa Santana, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Julia So Severo, Glauce Mary Gomes Rittner, Julian Esteban Muñoz, Carlos Eduardo Larsson, Carlos Eduardo Larsson
Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection in cats worldwide and plays an important role in both animal and human health due to their high zoonotic potential. Effective screening is a strong preventive measure and the fungal culture is quite useful but requires full laboratorial experience and it takes a long time to obtain the result. A rapid and accurate screening test for dermatophytosis in cats is crucial for the effective control of disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of enzyme immunoassays (ELISA and Western blot [WB]) for the rapid and precise diagnosis of dermatophytosis in cats...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340031/one-year-clinical-correlates-of-etg-positive-urine-screening-in-alcohol-dependent-patients-a-survival-analysis
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Pablo Barrio, Silvia Mondon, Lídia Teixidor, Lluisa Ortega, Eduard Vieta, Antoni Gual
Aims: Little evidence exists supporting the efficacy of regular alcohol urine screening (RAUS) in the management of alcohol dependence, despite recent improvements in urine biomarkers. In this study, we aimed at investigating 1 year, differential clinical correlates between a positive and a negative baseline urine ethyl glucuronide (EtG) screening. Methods: Alcohol-dependent outpatients participating in a previous cross-sectional study where EtG and ethanol diagnostic performances were compared in a double blind design were included...
March 10, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339886/optimal-method-of-measuring-the-t-peak-to-t-end-interval-for-risk-stratification-in-primary-prevention
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Todd M Rosenthal, Daniel Masvidal, Freddy M Abi Samra, Michael L Bernard, Sammy Khatib, Glenn M Polin, Paul A Rogers, Joel Q Xue, Daniel P Morin
Aims: Several published investigations demonstrated that a longer T-peak to T-end interval (Tpe) implies increased risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT/VF) and mortality. Tpe has been measured using diverse methods. We aimed to determine the optimal Tpe measurement method for screening purposes. Methods and results: We evaluated 305 patients with LVEF ≤ 35% and an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implanted for primary prevention. Tpe was measured using seven different methods described in the literature, including six manual methods and the automated algorithm '12SL', and was corrected for heart rate...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339852/relationship-between-back-pain-and-urinary-incontinence-in-the-canadian-population
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Tanner Cassidy, Amanda Fortin, Stephanie Kaczmer, Jessica T L Shumaker, Jessica Szeto, Stéphanie J Madill
Background: Back problems and urinary incontinence (UI) have been found to co-occur more frequently than would be predicted by chance. Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate the associations between UI and back problems in the Canadian men and women. Design: This was an observational, cross-sectional study. Methods: The 2011-2012 Statistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) provided the data. The CCHS surveyed 125,645 adults providing a representative sample of the Canadian population...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339675/high-reported-rates-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-indian-neonatal-and-pediatric-blood-stream-infections
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Dhanya Dharmapalan, Anita Shet, Vijay Yewale, Mike Sharland
Background.: There is real shortage of national data on antimicrobial resistance rates in Indian neonates and children. A descriptive review was conducted to determine the patterns of antimicrobial resistance in isolates of blood stream infection among hospitalized children in India. Methods.: Published and gray literature on antibiotic resistance in children was searched using "Google Scholar", "Scopus", and "PubMed" databases between January 2000 and July 2015...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338647/is-primary-prevention-with-antiepileptic-drugs-effective-in-brain-tumors-or-brain-metastases
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Diego Lobos-Urbina, Lucas Kittsteiner-Manubens, José Peña
Patients with brain tumors –primary or metastatic- have an increased risk of presenting seizures during the course of their disease. So, prophylactic antiepileptic drugs have been proposed. However, the effects of this intervention are not yet clear. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases. We identified 12 systematic reviews including 80 studies overall. Twelve corresponded to randomized trials, but only two answered the question of interest...
March 21, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337867/psychological-stress-activates-mast-cell-inflammation-role-of-il-1-and-its-inhibitor
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C Conti, Al Caraffa, S K Kritas, G Ronconi, M Fulcheri
The major aim of this study is to provide a review of the research studies regarding the clinical link between alexithymia and interleukins (IL). We performed a search for the relevant literature in PubMed, Scopus, ScienceDirect, and Google Scholar by using search terms as "alexithymia" combined with "interleukin or IL". A total of 9 original research studies were identified and included. Alexithymia was found to be prevalent in inflammatory response and associated with inflammatory cytokines. Our review emphasized for the first time the relationships of alexithymia with inflammatory response mediated by IL-1 family members...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337722/advancing-understanding-of-the-sustainability-of-lay-health-advisor-lha-programs-for-african-american-women-in-community-settings
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Rachel C Shelton, Thana-Ashley Charles, Sheba King Dunston, Lina Jandorf, Deborah O Erwin
Lay health advisor (LHA) programs have made strong contributions towards the elimination of health disparities and are increasingly being implemented to promote health and prevent disease. Developed in collaboration with African-American survivors, the National Witness Project (NWP) is an evidence-based, community-led LHA program that improves cancer screening among African-American women. NWP has been successfully disseminated, replicated, and implemented nationally in over 40 sites in 22 states in diverse community settings, reaching over 15,000 women annually...
March 23, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337474/cervical-cancer-prevention-in-el-salvador-cape-an-hpv-testing-based-demonstration-project-changing-the-secondary-prevention-paradigm-in-a-lower-middle-income-country
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Mauricio Maza, Karla Alfaro, Jillian Garai, Mario Morales Velado, Julia C Gage, Philip E Castle, Juan Felix, Silvana Luciani, Nicole Campos, Jane Kim, Rachel Masch, Miriam Cremer
•CareHPV tests were used to compare screen-and-treat and colposcopy management.•Screen-and-treat strategy with HPV testing was found to be very cost-effective.•CAPE has screened > 25,000 women in the Paracentral region.•Over 70% of screen-positive women received recommended treatment within six months.•CAPE is an example of public-private partnership resulting in paradigm change.
May 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337457/screening-for-tuberculosis-in-health-care-workers-experience-in-an-italian-teaching-hospital
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Christian Napoli, Filippo Ferretti, Filippo Di Ninno, Riccardo Orioli, Alessandra Marani, Maria Giuditta Sarlo, Claudio Prestigiacomo, Assunta De Luca, Giovanni Battista Orsi
Health care workers (HCW) are particularly at risk of acquiring tuberculosis (TB), even in countries with low TB incidence. Therefore, TB screening in HCW is a useful prevention strategy in countries with both low and high TB incidence. Tuberculin skin test (TST) is widely used although it suffers of low specificity; on the contrary, the in vitro enzyme immunoassay tests (IGRA) show superior specificity and sensitivity but are more expensive. The present study reports the results of a three-year TB surveillance among HCW in a large teaching hospital in Rome, using TST (by standard Mantoux technique) and IGRA (by QuantiFERON-TB) as first- and second-level screening tests, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337055/diabetic-retinopathy-knowledge-awareness-and-practices-of-physicians-in-primary-care-centers-in-riyadh-saudi-arabia
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Raghad Al Rasheed, Fadwa Al Adel
PURPOSE: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious cause of irreversible blindness and is the most common complication of diabetes. Annual fundus examination for diabetics aids in the prevention of blindness and allows intervening at a timely manner. As primary care physicians (PCP) are the main providers for diabetic care in Saudi Arabia, we aim to evaluate the current knowledge and awareness, and to assess practices among PCP regarding DR. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study covering 46 randomly selected primary-care centers in Riyadh during October 2015...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337019/apigenin-induced-lysosomal-degradation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-in-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#15
Chung-Ming Lin, Hsin-Han Chen, Chun-An Lin, Hui-Chung Wu, Jim Jinn-Chyuan Sheu, Hui-Jye Chen
The bioflavonoid apigenin has been shown to possess cancer-preventive and anti-cancer activities. In a drug screening, we found that apigenin can inhibit Wnt/β-catenin signaling, a pathway that participates in pivotal biological functions, which dis-regulation results in various human diseases including cancers. However, the underlying mechanism of apigenin in this pathway and its link to anti-cancer activities remain largely unknown. Here we showed that apigenin reduced the amount of total, cytoplasmic, and nuclear β-catenin, leading to the suppression in the β-catenin/TCF-mediated transcriptional activity, the expression of Wnt target genes, and cell proliferation of Wnt-stimulated P19 cells and Wnt-driven colorectal cancer cells...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336719/colon-cancer-screening-among-patients-receiving-dialysis-in-the-united-states-are-we-choosing-wisely
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Christopher A Carlos, Charles E McCulloch, Chi-Yuan Hsu, Barbara Grimes, Meda E Pavkov, Nilka R Burrows, Vahakn B Shahinian, Rajiv Saran, Neil R Powe, Kirsten L Johansen
The American Society of Nephrology recommends against routine cancer screening among asymptomatic patients receiving maintenance dialysis on the basis of limited survival benefit. To determine the frequency of colorectal cancer screening among patients on dialysis and the extent to which screening tests were targeted toward patients at lower risk of death and higher likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant, we performed a cohort study of 469,574 Medicare beneficiaries ages ≥50 years old who received dialysis between January 1, 2007 and September 30, 2012...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336485/low-dose-computed-tomography-for-lung-cancer-screening-clinical-and-coding-considerations
#17
REVIEW
Yiwey Shieh, Martin Bohnenkamp
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) was shown to reduce lung cancer mortality in the National Lung Screening Trial, a large randomized-controlled trial of high-risk current and former smokers. Despite ongoing uncertainty over the effectiveness of LDCT in the real-world setting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to cover LDCT as a preventive service. As part of its national coverage determination, CMS set forth a series of requirements for reimbursement of LDCT, including a counseling and shared decision-making visit prior to a LDCT being ordered...
March 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336465/smoking-and-the-risk-of-type-2-diabetes
#18
REVIEW
Judith Maddatu, Emily Anderson-Baucum, Carmella Evans-Molina
Despite accumulating evidence demonstrating strong epidemiologic and mechanistic associations between cigarette smoking, hyperglycemia, and the development of type 2 diabetes, tobacco abuse has not been uniformly recognized as a modifiable risk factor in diabetes prevention or screening strategies. In this review, we highlight population-based studies that have linked cigarette smoking with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and summarize clinical and preclinical studies offering insight into mechanisms through which cigarette smoking and nicotine exposure impact body composition, insulin sensitivity, and pancreatic β cell function...
March 6, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336435/in%C3%A2-vitro-model-of-cerebral-ischemia-by-using-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yasuhiro Kokubu, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kenji Kawabata
Brain-derived microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs), which play a central role in blood brain barrier (BBB), can be used for the evaluation of drug transport into the brain. Although human BMEC cell lines have already been reported, they lack original properties such as barrier integrity. Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) can be used for various applications such as regenerative therapy, drug screening, and pathological study. In the recent study, an induction method of BMECs from PSCs has been established, making it possible to more precisely study the in vitro human BBB function...
March 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336382/migration-and-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Francesco Castelli, Giorgia Sulis
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases still represent an important cause of morbidity and mortality among foreign-born individuals. The rising migration flows towards Europe throughout the last few years are raising renewed concerns about management issues and the potential associated risk for the native population. AIMS: To discuss the health implications and challenges related to the four phases of migration, from first arrival to stable resettlement. SOURCES: Scientific literature and relevant statistical reports...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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