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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103204/transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-immunocompromised-patient-a-pilot-project-that-introduces-transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-follow-up-of-hematological-patients-in-romania
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Ioana Frinc, Petru Ilies, Florin Zaharie, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ljubomir Petrov, Alexandru Irimie, Cristian Berce, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Anca Bojan
In the last decade, there is significant progress in clinical hematology with the discovery of targeted molecules and thus the achievement of both hematologic and molecular responses. Nevertheless, chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many types of hematological malignancies. Aggressive chemotherapy leads to immunosuppression, accompanied by a high rate of infections and an increased rate of treatment-related mortality. Invasive fungal infections, as well as more common bacterial and viral infections are frequent in immunocompromised patients as they are difficult to diagnose and treat...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103052/adjunctive-treatment-of-psychotic-disorders-with-micronutrients
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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) on adult psychosis when added to conventional medications by using a placebo-controlled randomized design with a 1-month open-label run-in. DESIGN: Longitudinal comparison study following a randomized, controlled trial that had failed because participants declined to undergo randomization. Setting/Locations: Rural primary care and psychiatry clinic in northern New England (town of 16,000 people)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102863/a-taxonomy-of-medical-uncertainties-in-clinical-genome-sequencing
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Paul K J Han, Kendall L Umstead, Barbara A Bernhardt, Robert C Green, Steven Joffe, Barbara Koenig, Ian Krantz, Leo B Waterston, Leslie G Biesecker, Barbara B Biesecker
PURPOSE: Clinical next-generation sequencing (CNGS) is introducing new opportunities and challenges into the practice of medicine. Simultaneously, these technologies are generating uncertainties of an unprecedented scale that laboratories, clinicians, and patients are required to address and manage. We describe in this report the conceptual design of a new taxonomy of uncertainties around the use of CNGS in health care. METHODS: Interviews to delineate the dimensions of uncertainty in CNGS were conducted with genomics experts and themes were extracted in order to expand on a previously published three-dimensional taxonomy of medical uncertainty...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102061/clinical-diversity-of-atopic-dermatitis-a-review-of-5-000-patients-at-a-single-institute
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Howard Chu, Jung U Shin, Chang Ook Park, Hemin Lee, Jungsoo Lee, Kwang Hoon Lee
PURPOSE: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic eczematous dermatitis that has a high prevalence and diverse clinical features. Although several hypotheses about its multifactorial pathogenesis have been suggested, the cause is not yet fully understood. A better understanding of the clinical features may helpful inelucidating the pathogenesis of AD. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed the questionnaires, medical charts, and laboratory examination results of 5,000 patients diagnosed with AD at a single tertiary hospital in Korea...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101180/acute-renal-injury-induced-by-valacyclovir-hydrochloride-a-case-report
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Yanning Zhang, Yuxi Cong, Yan Teng
Acyclovir has been a frequently used antiviral agent in the clinical treatment of leukemia, acute encephalitis, malignant tumor and herpes simplex. The adverse effects of this drug have been widely described in clinical practice. In the present study, a case of a 35-year-old female patient diagnosed with herpes simplex, who developed acute renal injury following treatment with valacyclovir hydrochloride, is described. Kidney biopsy, light microscopy and laboratory examination were performed, and all findings revealed the signs of evident vacuolar degeneration of capillary endothelial and renal tubular epithelial cells, erythrocyte aggregation in partial renal tubule and microvilli exfoliation from epithelial cells...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100990/drug-induced-liver-injury-associated-with-complementary-and-alternative-medicines
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Koji Takahashi, Tatsuo Kanda, Shin Yasui, Yuki Haga, Junichiro Kumagai, Reina Sasaki, Shuang Wu, Shingo Nakamoto, Masato Nakamura, Makoto Arai, Osamu Yokosuka
A 24-year-old man was admitted due to acute hepatitis with unknown etiology. After his condition and laboratory data gradually improved with conservative therapy, he was discharged 1 month later. Two months after his discharge, however, liver dysfunction reappeared. After his mother accidentally revealed that he took complementary and alternative medicine, discontinuation of the therapy caused his condition to improve. Finally, he was diagnosed with a recurrent drug-induced liver injury associated with Japanese complementary and alternative medicine...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100898/new-oral-anticoagulants-turkey-noac-turk-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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Servet Altay, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Hüseyin Altuğ Çakmak, Lütfü Aşkın, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Feyzullah Beşli, Ömer Gedikli, Özge Özden Tok
OBJECTIVE: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used both for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the current patterns of NOACs treatment in Turkey. Moreover, demographic and clinical parameters and bleeding and/or embolic events under NOACs treatment were analyzed. METHODS: The New Oral Anticoagulants-TURKey (NOAC-TURK) study was designed as a multicenter cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100314/matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-for-rapid-identification-of-fungal-rhinosinusitis-pathogens
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Xinxin Lu, Yanfei Huang, Mingxin Zhang, Min Zhu, Mei Wang, Yufeng Sun, Haitong Gu, Jingjing Cao, Xue Li, Shaoya Zhang, Jinglin Wang
BACKGROUND: filamentous fungi are the most important pathogens causing fungal rhinosinusitis (FRS). Current laboratory diagnosis of FRS pathogens mainly relies on phenotypic identification by culture and microscopic examination, which is time-consuming and expertise-dependent. Although matrix -assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been employed to identify various fungi, its performance for the identification of FRS fungi is less clear...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
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Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100251/consensus-guideline-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-aromatic-l-amino-acid-decarboxylase-aadc-deficiency
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Tessa Wassenberg, Marta Molero-Luis, Kathrin Jeltsch, Georg F Hoffmann, Birgit Assmann, Nenad Blau, Angeles Garcia-Cazorla, Rafael Artuch, Roser Pons, Toni S Pearson, Vincenco Leuzzi, Mario Mastrangelo, Phillip L Pearl, Wang Tso Lee, Manju A Kurian, Simon Heales, Lisa Flint, Marcel Verbeek, Michèl Willemsen, Thomas Opladen
Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency (AADCD) is a rare, autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder that leads to a severe combined deficiency of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Onset is early in life, and key clinical symptoms are hypotonia, movement disorders (oculogyric crisis, dystonia, and hypokinesia), developmental delay, and autonomic symptoms.In this consensus guideline, representatives of the International Working Group on Neurotransmitter Related Disorders (iNTD) and patient representatives evaluated all available evidence for diagnosis and treatment of AADCD and made recommendations using SIGN and GRADE methodology...
January 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099724/costs-of-integrating-cervical-cancer-screening-at-an-hiv-clinic-in-kenya
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Elisabeth L Vodicka, Joseph B Babigumira, Marita R Mann, Rose J Kosgei, Fan Lee, Nelly R Mugo, Timothy C Okech, Samah R Sakr, Louis P Garrison, Michael H Chung
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the societal-level costs of integrating cervical cancer screening into HIV clinics in Nairobi, Kenya. METHODS: A cross-sectional micro-costing study was performed at Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases and Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya, between July 1 and October 31, 2014. To estimate direct medical, non-medical, and indirect costs associated with screening, a time-and-motion study was performed, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with women aged at least 18 years attending the clinic for screening during the study period and with clinic staff who had experience relevant to cervical cancer screening...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099538/psoriasis-treatment-considerations-in-military-patients-unique-patients-unique-drugs
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Thomas Evans, Nathan Davidson, Nicholas Logemann
Psoriasis is a common dermatologic problem with a chronic and sometimes debilitating course. Psoriasis can impair a service member's ability to perform job-related activities and should certainly be treated; however, use of immunosuppressive treatments can prevent deployment to strategic locations around the world for numerous reasons, such as the need for laboratory monitoring, minimal access to climate-controlled storage, and potential increased risk of exposure to virulent pathogens while on these medications...
December 2016: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099530/nationwide-seropositivity-of-hepatitis-a-in-republic-of-korea-from-2005-to-2014-before-and-after-the-outbreak-peak-in-2009
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Kyung-Ah Kim, Anna Lee, Moran Ki, Sook-Hyang Jeong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The epidemiologic shift of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in the South Korean population resulted in a peak outbreak of hepatitis in 2009. The aim of this study was to clarify the seropositivity of anti-HAV antibody (anti-HAV) and its demographic characteristics before and after the peak outbreak from 2005 to 2014. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed the anti-HAV data of all individuals from 1,795 medical institutions referred to a major central laboratory from January 2005 through December 2014, as a sentineal tool for monitoring annual variation of anti-HAV positivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099284/the-presence-of-conjunctivochalasis-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-patients
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Mutlu Acar, Hikmet Firat, Melike Yüceege, Aysun Şanal Doğan, Sinan Çalişkan, Canan Gürdal
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to detect the presence of conjunctivochalasis (CCh) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. METHODS: We included 54 subjects (41 OSA patients and 14 control subjects) in the study. All the patients were assessed regarding the presence and stage of CCh. RESULTS: The patients were grouped according to their apnea-hypopnea index as determined during nocturnal polysomnography in our laboratory as mild (12 patients), moderate (16 patients), and severe (13 patients) OSA...
January 17, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098539/incidence-of-norovirus-associated-diarrhea-shanghai-china-2012-2013
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Jianxing Yu, Chuchu Ye, Shengjie Lai, Weiping Zhu, Zike Zhang, Qibin Geng, Caoyi Xue, Weizhong Yang, Shuyu Wu, Aron J Hall, Qiao Sun, Zhongjie Li
We conducted sentinel-based surveillance for norovirus in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China, during 2012-2013, by analyzing 5,324 community surveys, 408,024 medical records, and 771 laboratory-confirmed norovirus infections among 3,877 diarrhea cases. Our analysis indicated an outpatient incidence of 1.5/100 person-years and a community incidence of 8.9/100 person-years for norovirus-associated diarrhea.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098429/natural-history-of-nonimmune-mediated-thrombocytopenia-and-acute-kidney-injury-in-pediatric-open-heart-surgery
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Shannon Tew, Manuel L Fontes, Nathaniel H Greene, Miklos D Kertai, George Ofori-Amanfo, Robert D B Jaquiss, Andrew J Lodge, Warwick A Ames, Hercilia Mayumi Homi, Kelly A Machovec, Edmund H Jooste
OBJECTIVE: Thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury (AKI) are common following pediatric cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, the relationship between postoperative nadir platelet counts and AKI has not been investigated in the pediatric population. Our objective was to investigate this relationship and examine independent predictors of AKI. DESIGN: After IRB approval, we performed a retrospective review of the institution's medical records and database...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098040/-hypocortisolism-associated-with-nephrotic-syndrome
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R H Westerdijk, B H R Wolffenbuttel, I P Kema, R S M E Wouters
BACKGROUND: With nephrotic syndrome, cortisol levels may be falsely lowered by loss of cortisol-binding globulin (CBG) in the urine. An incorrect diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency could therefore be made. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe the case of a 52-year-old female with nephrotic syndrome that did not sufficiently respond to medication. Treatment management was complicated by symptomatic hypotension, which was thought to be caused by adrenal insufficiency. The cortisol levels in the blood were low and a clinical cause could not be identified...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096849/assessment-of-the-effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-toxoplasma-gondii
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Sercin Ozlem-Caliskan, Hatice Ertabaklar, Mehmet Dincer Bilgin, Sema Ertug
BACKGROUND: The effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) on Toxoplasma gondii have not been explained yet. The aim of this study was to assess the possible effects of ELF-EMF on growth, survival time and viability of Toxoplasma gondii. In addition, the life span of Toxoplasma infected animals was investigated. METHODS: Sixty adult male BALB/c mice were used for in vivo and in vivo experiments in Laboratory of Biopyhsics and Parasitology of Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey, in 2010...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093683/simple-clinical-score-to-predict-24-week-survival-times-in-patients-with-inoperable-malignant-distal-biliary-obstruction-as-a-tool-for-selecting-palliative-metallic-or-plastic-stents
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Pimsiri Sripongpun, Siriboon Attasaranya, Naichaya Chamroonkul, Theerapong Sookpaisal, Uthai Khow-Ean, Aroon Siripun, Chanon Kongkamol, Teerha Piratvisuth, Bancha Ovartlarnporn
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Endoscopic biliary drainage (EBD) is the mainstay treatment for inoperable malignant distal biliary obstruction (MDBO). Some authorities suggest that metallic stents are more cost-effective than plastic stents in patients with expected survival of at least 6 months. However, studies attempting to define the predictive factors for such survival times are limited. This study aims to develop a scoring system for predicting a survival time of <24 weeks in these patients...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
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