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Cecilie Utke Rank, Nina Toft, Ruta Tuckuviene, Kathrine Grell, Ove Juul Nielsen, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Hanne Vibeke Hansen Marquart, Birgitte Klug Albertsen, Ulf Tedgård, Helene Hallböök, Ellen Ruud, Kirsten Brunsvig Jarvis, Petter Quist-Paulsen, Pasi Huttunen, Ulla Wartiovaara-Kautto, Ólafur Gísli Jónsson, Sonata Saulyte Trakymiene, Laimonas Griškevičius, Kadri Saks, Mari Punab, Kjeld Schmiegelow
Thromboembolism frequently occurs during acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) therapy. We prospectively registered thromboembolic events during treatment of 1772 consecutive Nordic/Baltic ALL patients 1-45years treated according to the Nordic Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (NOPHO) ALL2008 protocol (7/2008-4/2017). The 2.5-year cumulative incidence of thromboembolism (N=137) was 7.9% (95% confidence interval (CI) 6.6-9.1); higher in patients ≥10years ( P <.0001). Adjusted hazard ratios (HRa) were associated with greater age (10...
April 16, 2018: Blood
Yuan Wang, Jing Wang, Juan Cheng, Xuan Liang, Xin Li, Wenli Lu
AIM: The Chinese Stroke Screening and Prevention Project (CSSPP) considers patients with 3 or more risk factors to be at high risk of stroke, and does not quantitatively assess the risk for stroke. However, to detect high-risk groups more efficiently, a health risk appraisal (HRA) model should be used to assess individual risk of stroke. METHODS: The odds ratios for the 8 risk factors for stroke were pooled and the data were used to develop an HRA model to predict individuals' risks of developing stroke in the next 5 years...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Lotte M Knapen, Rutger H T Koornstra, Johanna H M Driessen, Bas van Vlijmen, Sander Croes, Stein Schalkwijk, Angela Colbers, Winald R Gerritsen, David M Burger, Frank de Vries, Nielka P van Erp
BACKGROUND: The impact of dose and simultaneous use of acid-reducing agents (ARAs) on the effectiveness of vemurafenib is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between progression of metastatic BRAF V600 mutated melanoma and (1) dose reductions of vemurafenib and (2) simultaneous use of vemurafenib and ARAs. PATIENT AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 112 first-line vemurafenib users for melanoma was conducted (March 2012-March 2016), using electronic patient records and pharmacy dispensing records of a Dutch academic hospital...
April 11, 2018: Targeted Oncology
Sang-Woo Lee, Hyen Goo Cho, Soon-Oh Kim
This study was initiated to develop a model specialized to conduct human risk assessments (HRAs) of abandoned metal mine areas in Korea. The Korean guideline (KG) model used in study was formulated via modification of the original Korean guidelines on HRAs of soil contamination. In addition, the newly developed model was applied to the HRAs of two abandoned metal mines contaminated with arsenic (As) and heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn). The results of the KG model were compared with those of two internationally renowned models [Contaminated land exposure assessment (CLEA) and CSOIL models]...
April 6, 2018: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Bartłomiej Jacek Bińkowski, Marcin Makowski, Paweł Kubiński, Andrzej Lubiński
PURPOSE: Antazoline is a first-generation antihistaminic agent with additional anticholinergic properties and antiarrhythmic potential. Recent data shows its high effectiveness in sinus rhythm restoration among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The effect of antazoline on electrophysiological parameters of the heart in vivo has not yet been examined. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in electrophysiological parameters of the heart muscle and conduction system as a response to increasing doses of antazoline...
April 6, 2018: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Min Jung Lee, Wook Oh, Ja Soon Jang, Ju Young Lee
The effects of three horticulture-related activities (HRAs), including floral arranging, planting, and flower pressing were compared to see if they influenced changes on a stress scale and on salivary cortisol concentrations (SCC) in maladjusted elementary school children. Twenty maladjusted elementary school children were randomly assigned either to an experimental or control group. The control group carried out individual favorite indoor activities under the supervision of a teacher. Simultaneously, the ten children in the experimental group participated in a HRA program consisting of flower arrangement (FA), planting (P), and flower pressing (PF) activities, in which the other ten children in the control group did not take part...
April 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Melanie Ann Frank, Cecile Lahiri, Minh Ly Nguyen, C Christina Mehta, Marina Mosunjac, Lisa Flowers
The incidence of anal cancer is increased in HIV-infected patients compared to the general population. Risk factors associated with the anal cancer precursor, high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL), have not been extensively studied in an urban black population with late stage HIV disease. We performed a retrospective chart review of HIV infected men at the Grady Ponce de Leon Center HIV Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia referred for high resolution anoscopy (HRA), a procedure where anal tissue is examined under magnification and abnormal areas are biopsied...
April 1, 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
James W Connelly, Vincent P Galea, Sean J Matuszak, Rami Madanat, Orhun Muratoglu, Henrik Malchau
BACKGROUND: Currently, there are no universally accepted guidelines on when to obtain metal artifact reduction sequence magnetic resonance imaging (MARS-MRI) in metal-on-metal (MoM) hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA) patients. Our primary aims were to identify which patient and clinical factors are predictive of adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR) and create an algorithm for indicating MARS-MRI in patients with Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) HRA. The secondary aim was to compare our algorithm to existing guidelines on when to perform MARS-MRI in MoM HRA patients...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Wei Xu, Ming Li, Cuie Wen, Shaomin Lv, Chengcheng Liu, Xin Lu, Xuanhui Qu
A biocompatible Ti-28Nb-35.4Zr alloy used as bone implant was fabricated through the powder metallurgy process. The effects of mechanical milling and sintering temperatures on the microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated systematically, before in vitro biocompatibility of full dense Ti-28Nb-35.4Zr alloy was evaluated by cytotoxicity tests. The results show that the mechanical milling and sintering temperatures have significantly effects on the density and mechanical properties of the alloys...
March 30, 2018: Materials
Danko Coric, Axel Petzold, Bernard M J Uitdehaag, Lisanne J Balk
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a systematic difference in peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL) thickness measurements between subsequent updates of pRNFL segmentation software provided by Heidelberg Spectralis optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: In total, 838 pRNFL scans from 213 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and 61 healthy controls were analyzed. All scans were performed on the same OCT device followed by automated segmentation (HRA 5...
April 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Amit Meshi, Tiezhu Lin, Kunny Dans, Kevin C Chen, Manuel Amador, Kyle Hasenstab, Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Eric Nudleman, Daniel Chao, Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To compare retinal pathology visualization in multispectral scanning laser ophthalmoscope imaging between the Spectralis and Optos devices. METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study included 42 eyes from 30 patients with age-related macular degeneration (19 eyes), diabetic retinopathy (10 eyes), and epiretinal membrane (13 eyes). All patients underwent retinal imaging with a color fundus camera (broad-spectrum white light), the Spectralis HRA-2 system (3-color monochromatic lasers), and the Optos P200 system (2-color monochromatic lasers)...
March 16, 2018: Retina
Elena García-Payá, Marta Fernández, Sergio Padilla, José A García, Catalina Robledano, Victoria Ortiz DE LA Tabla, Félix Gutiérrez, Mar Masiá
OBJECTIVE: The protective effect of ART has not yet been definitively established in men who have sex with men (MSM). We aimed to characterize the factors associated with persistent HIV-1 RNA rectal shedding. METHODS: Prospective study including virologically-suppressed MSM from an HIV cohort. High-resolution anoscopy (HRA) was performed for screening of anal dysplasia, and rectal sampling for HIV-1 RNA quantification and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) investigation through multiplex PCR...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Joseph F Konopka, Robert L Buly, Bryan T Kelly, Edwin P Su, Alexander S McLawhorn
BACKGROUND: A significant number of patients who undergo hip arthroscopy will subsequently undergo total hip arthroplasty (THA) or hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA), although limited evidence exists regarding effects of prior hip arthroscopy on the outcomes of these procedures. METHODS: Of 5091 patients who underwent hip arthroscopy, we identified 69 patients who underwent subsequent THA (46) or HRA (23). Patients were matched to patients with no history of hip arthroscopy...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Mollye S MacNaughton, William S Whiteside, James R Rieck, Ronald L Thomas
The objectives of this work were to determine the effect of 3 levels of residual air and 2 different retort motions on the value of the average heating slope of the rate of heat penetration of 3 different viscosities of a food simulant in flexible retort pouches. Pouches were thermally processed in a water spray automated batch retort system using 2 different methods of motion: static and oscillating continuously at a speed of 10.5 rotations per min (RPM) with an angle of 15°. Nine residual air and viscosity combinations were processed during each experimental run: low viscosity with no residual air (LV-NRA), medium viscosity with no residual air (MV-NRA), high viscosity with no residual air (HV-NRA), low viscosity with medium residual air (LV-MRA), medium viscosity with medium residual air (MV-MRA), high viscosity with medium residual air (HV-MRA), low viscosity with high residual air (LV-HRA), medium viscosity with high residual air (MV-HRA), and high viscosity with high residual air (HV-HRA)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Victoire Bouveau, Thomas-Xavier Haen, Joel Poupon, Christophe Nich
BACKGROUND: Function after revision total hip arthroplasty (THA) in failed metal-on-metal (MoM) hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA) is variable, but post-operative complication rates are reportedly high. We hypothesized HRA conversion to THA using the direct anterior approach (DAA) would be associated with optimal outcome. METHODS: Seventeen MoM-HRAs in 15 patients (seven males, eight females) were revised through the DAA. The mean age was 45 years (28-59 yrs)...
March 8, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Yichao Li, Yikui Zhang, Sonia Chen, Gregory Vernon, Wai T Wong, Haohua Qian
Purpose: Using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to analyze the effects of light/dark adaptation in a mouse model of inherited photoreceptor degeneration (rd10), and to study dynamics of subretinal fluid during the progress of retinal degeneration. Methods: rd10 and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice were reared in cyclic light or darkness and imaged with Bioptigen UHR-OCT or Spectralis HRA+OCT after adaptation to either light or darkness. Results: OCT images from rd10 mice were analyzed at three progressive stages of degeneration...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Jennifer B Wagner, Rhiannon J Luyster, Hana Moustapha, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Charles A Nelson
A growing body of literature has begun to explore social attention in infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with hopes of identifying early differences that are associated with later ASD or other aspects of development. The present study used eye-tracking to familiar (mother) and unfamiliar (stranger) faces in two groups of 6-month-old infants: infants with no family history of ASD (low-risk controls; LRC), and infants at high risk for ASD (HRA), by virtue of having an older sibling with ASD...
2018: International Journal of Behavioral Development
Ran Tao, Fan Liu, Ya-Ke Liu, Yue Lu, Hua Xu, Yi Cao, Zhen-Yu Zhou, Wei Wang
INTRODUCTION: Both hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA) and large-diameter head metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty (LDH MoM THA) are generally used for young and active patients. A number of comparative studies of HRA and total hip arthroplasty have been published in the literature. However, studies that have compared HRA with LDH MoM THA are rare. The purpose of this study is to compare the mid-term results of HRA with those of LDH MoM THA in young patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2007 and 2011, 68 patients were enrolled in the study and randomized into two groups: HRA group (28 hips) and LDH MoM THA group (40 hips)...
February 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Tessa A Kouwenhoven-Pasmooij, Suzan Jw Robroek, Daan Nieboer, Pieter H Helmhout, Machteld F Wery, Myriam Hunink, Alex Burdorf
Objectives This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a "blended" workplace health-promotion intervention, alongside identification of key components beneficial for future implementation strategies. Methods Within a cluster randomized controlled trial, 491 employees at increased risk of cardiovascular disease were allocated to the limited (N=217; 9 clusters) or extensive (N=274; 8 clusters) intervention. The extensive intervention consisted of motivational interviewing (MI) within the framework of a web-based health risk assessment (HRA), a blended care approach...
February 13, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Julian Storim, Jens Verheyen, Eva Wolff, Jeremias Wohlschlaeger, Evelyn Heintschel von Heinegg, Dirk Schadendorf, Stefan Esser
OBJECTIVES: Rectal infections with Chlamydia trachomatis and/or Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) are common in men who have sex with men (MSM) and are linked to HIV transmission. However, rectal CT/NG infections are often asymptomatic and it is not known how they contribute to HIV transmission. We assessed clinical and cytological signs of inflammation as well as rectal HIV-RNA in HIV-infected MSM with and without CT/NG infection. METHODS: 112 HIV-positive MSM with or without rectal symptoms and with or without antiretroviral therapy who underwent high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) at the proctological outpatient centre of the University Hospital Essen, Germany, between November 2013 and February 2014 were included in this cross-sectional study...
February 3, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Infections
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