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Luis Manuel Rodriguez-Mendez, Jose de Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, Ruben Perez-Manzo, Jorge Luis Corona-Hernandez, Juan Luis Alcala-Zermeno, Sergio Sanchez-Enriquez
The incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries is rising every year. The autologous hamstring tendon graft, using semitendinosus tendon (SMT) and gracilis tendon (GR), is a common repair technique in the management of ACL injuries due to its multiple advantages. Using a final graft with a minimum diameter of 8 mm is necessary to avoid graft failure. The aim of this study was to find a correlation between preoperative ultrasound (USG) measurement of the SMT and GR tendon diameters (SMTd and GRd) and their actual diameters measured during the grafting procedure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Blanka Bucsella, Antoine Fornage, Catherine Le Denmat, Franka Kálmán
In biotechnological processes the intracellular level of nucleotides and nucleotide sugars have a direct impact on the post-translational modification (glycosylation) of the therapeutic protein products and on the exopolysaccharide pattern of the cells. Thus, they are precursors and also key components in the production of glycoproteins and glycolipids. All four nucleotides (at different phosphorylation stages) and their natural sugar derivatives coexist in biological samples. Their relative ratios depend on the actual conditions under which the cells are grown...
October 2016: Chimia
Barbara Farquharson, Marie Johnston, Karen Smith, Brian Williams, Shaun Treweek, Stephan U Dombrowski, Nadine Dougall, Purva Abhyankar
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of a behaviour change technique-based intervention and compare two possible modes of delivery (text+visual and text-only) with usual care. BACKGROUND: Patient delay prevents many people from achieving optimal benefit of time-dependent treatments for Acute Coronary Syndrome. Reducing delay would reduce mortality and morbidity, but interventions to change behaviour have had mixed results. Systematic inclusion of behaviour change techniques or a visual mode of delivery might improve the efficacy of interventions...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Wafa Skalli, Claudio Vergari, Eric Ebermeyer, Isabelle Courtois, Xavier Drevelle, Remi Kohler, Kariman Abelin-Genevois, Jean Dubousset
STUDY DESIGN: Early detection of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) was assessed based on 3D quantification of the deformity. OBJECTIVE: Based on 3D quantitative description of scoliosis curves, the aim is to assess a specific phenotype that could be an early detectable severity index for progressive AIS. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Early detection of progressive scoliosis is important for adapted treatment to limit progression...
October 24, 2016: Spine
Chad A Bousman, Daniel J Müller, Chee H Ng, Keith Byron, Michael Berk, Ajeet B Singh
BACKGROUND: Pharmacogenetic-based dosing support tools have been developed to personalize antidepressant-prescribing practice. However, the clinical validity of these tools has not been adequately tested, particularly for specific antidepressants. OBJECTIVE: To examine the concordance between the actual dose and a polygene pharmacogenetic predicted dose of desvenlafaxine needed to achieve symptom remission. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 10-week, open-label, prospective trial of desvenlafaxine among Caucasian adults with major depressive disorder (n=119) was conducted...
October 24, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
F R M Portrait, B van den Berg
How much are the Dutch prepared to pay for mental health care? Nearly every year the content of the basic health insurance package alters as a results of new insights and scientific and medical progress. Up till now, the government of the Netherlands has largely ignored the wishes of its people regarding which services should be included in or dropped from the basis health care package.<br/> AIM: To describe a method for measuring the Dutch population's willingness to pay (wtp) for the inclusion of mental health care in the basic health insurance package and, at the same time, to present the first empirical findings obtained by this method...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
M Blankers
One of the main reasons for treating patients using internet interventions is that this modality is considered highly efficient. However, little is known about the actual cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for alcohol use disorders (aud).<br/> AIM: To provide insight in the cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for the treatment of aud.<br/> METHOD: Review of the relevant literature in this area.<br/> RESULTS: A considerable amount of research has been performed on the effectiveness of internet interventions for aud, with mostly positive findings...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Xu-Xu Chen, Tao Wang, Jian Li, Hui Kang
BACKGROUND: After total hip arthroplasty (THA), there is a noteworthy inflammatory response. The inflammatory response is associated with postoperative recovery and complications. However, there had been few reports on the relationship between inflammatory response and postoperative complication rate. The aim of the present study was to investigate early inflammatory response in the first 3 days after THA, and to identify the relationship between inflammatory response and estimated complication rate after surgery...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
C Y Cheung, M L Pong, S F Au Yeung, K F Chau
INTRODUCTION: The number of actual donors per million population is the most commonly used metric to measure organ donation rates worldwide. It is deemed inadequate, however, because it does not take into account the potential donor pool. The aim of this study was to determine the true potential for solid organ donation from deceased brain-dead donors and the reasons for non-donation from potential donors in the Chinese community. METHODS: Medical records of all hospital deaths between 1 January and 31 December 2014 at a large regional hospital in Hong Kong were reviewed...
October 24, 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
R B Raffa, G Burdge, J Gambrah, H E Kinecki, F Lin, B Lu, J T Nguyen, V Phan, A Ruan, M A Sesay, T N Watkins
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Chronic pain presents a difficult clinical challenge because of the limited efficacy, the limiting adverse-effect profile or the abuse potential of current analgesic options. Cebranopadol is a novel new agent in clinical trials that combines dual agonist action at opioid and nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptors. It is the first truly unique, centrally acting analgesic in several years. We here review the basic and clinical pharmacology of cebranopadol...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Efrat Barel
Sex differences in object location memory have been widely studied, with mixed results. The role of attention in mediating the female advantage in object location memory has not been clearly understood yet. Two experiments, involving 181 participants and using an actual object array, were conducted in the present study to examine two learning conditions: incidental and intentional. In each experiment, participants were randomly assigned to divided versus full attention conditions. The study also examined memorizing location-maintained and location-exchanged objects...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
Hun-Jae Jang, Seonggu Yeo, Jack J Yoh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: For conventional needless injection, there still remain many unresolved issues such as the potential for cross-contamination, poor reliability of targeted delivery dose, and significantly painstaking procedures. As an alternative, the use of microjets generated with Er:YAG laser for delivering small doses with controlled penetration depths has been reported. In this study, a new system with two stages is evaluated for effective transdermal drug delivery. First, the skin is pre-ablated to eliminate the hard outer layer and second, laser-driven microjet penetrates the relatively weaker and freshly exposed epidermis...
October 25, 2016: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
Rachel B Spigler, Konstantinos Theodorou, Shu-Mei Chang
Inbreeding depression is a major driver of mating system evolution and has critical implications for population viability. Theoretical and empirical attention has been paid to predicting how inbreeding depression varies with population size. Lower inbreeding depression is predicted in small populations at equilibrium, primarily due to higher inbreeding rates facilitating purging and/or fixation of deleterious alleles (drift load), but predictions at demographic and genetic disequilibrium are less clear. In this study, we experimentally evaluate how lifetime inbreeding depression and drift load, estimated by heterosis, vary with census (Nc ) and effective (estimated as genetic diversity, He ) population size across six populations of the biennial Sabatia angularis as well as present novel models of inbreeding depression and heterosis under varying demographic scenarios at disequilibrium (fragmentation, bottlenecks, disturbances)...
October 25, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Inge A E W van Loosdregt, Sylvia Dekker, Patrick W Alford, Cees W J Oomens, Sandra Loerakker, Carlijn V C Bouten
Understanding cell contractility is of fundamental importance for cardiovascular tissue engineering, due to its major impact on the tissue's mechanical properties as well as the development of permanent dimensional changes, e.g., by contraction or dilatation of the tissue. Previous attempts to quantify contractile cellular stresses mostly used strongly aligned monolayers of cells, which might not represent the actual organization in engineered cardiovascular tissues such as heart valves. In the present study, therefore, we investigated whether differences in organization affect the magnitude of intrinsic stress generated by individual myofibroblasts, a frequently used cell source for in vitro engineered heart valves...
October 24, 2016: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
M Cárdenas, S de la Fuente, M C Castro-Villegas, M Romero-Gómez, D Ruiz-Vílchez, J Calvo-Gutiérrez, A Escudero-Contreras, J R Del Prado, E Collantes-Estévez, P Font
To analyse the cost-effectiveness, in daily clinical practice, of the strategy of treating to the target of clinical remission (CR) in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after 2 years of treatment with biological therapy. Adult patients with established RA were treated with biological therapy and followed up for 2 years by a multidisciplinary team responsible for their clinical management. Treatment effectiveness was evaluated by the DAS28 score. The direct costs incurred during this period were quantified from the perspective of the healthcare system...
October 24, 2016: Rheumatology International
Wolfgang Brezna, Kirsten Lux, Nikolaus Dragostinoff, Christian Krutzler, Nicole Plank, Rainer Tobisch, Agnes Boltz, Gerhard Garhöfer, Reinhard Told, Katarzyna Witkowska, Leopold Schmetterer
PURPOSE: The visual performance of monofocal, bifocal, and trifocal intraocular lenses was evaluated by human individuals using a vision simulator device. This allowed investigation of the visual impression after cataract surgery, without the need actually to implant the lenses. METHODS: The randomized, double-masked, three-way cross-over study was conducted on 60 healthy male and female subjects aged between 18 and 35 years. Visual acuity (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study; ETDRS) and contrast sensitivity tests (Pelli-Robson) under different lighting conditions (luminosities from 0...
October 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Rushad Shroff, Mathew Francis, Natasha Pahuja, Leio Veeboy, Rohit Shetty, Abhijit Sinha Roy
PURPOSE: To quantitatively evaluate microdistortions in Bowman's layer and change in corneal stiffness after small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). METHODS: This was a prospective, longitudinal, and interventional study. Thirty eyes of 30 patients were screened preoperatively and underwent SMILE for treatment of myopia with astigmatism. Visual acuity, refraction, optical coherence tomography (OCT; Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisville, NC) imaging of the layer and air-puff applanation (Corvis-ST, OCULUS Optikgeräte Gmbh, Germany) was performed before and after surgery (1 day, 1 week, and 1 month)...
October 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Yaara Aharon-Rotman, Ken Gosbell, Clive Minton, Marcel Klaassen
Trans-equatorial long-distance migrations of high-latitude breeding animals have been attributed to narrow ecological niche widths. We suggest an alternative hypothesis postulating that trans-equatorial migrations result from a possible increase in the rate at which body stores to fuel migration are deposited with absolute latitude; that is, longer, migrations away from the breeding grounds surpassing the equator may actually enhance fueling rates on the nonbreeding grounds and therewith the chance of a successful, speedy and timely migration back to the breeding grounds...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Elisabeth Zu Erbach-Schoenberg, Victor A Alegana, Alessandro Sorichetta, Catherine Linard, Christoper Lourenço, Nick W Ruktanonchai, Bonita Graupe, Tomas J Bird, Carla Pezzulo, Amy Wesolowski, Andrew J Tatem
BACKGROUND: Reliable health metrics are crucial for accurately assessing disease burden and planning interventions. Many health indicators are measured through passive surveillance systems and are reliant on accurate estimates of denominators to transform case counts into incidence measures. These denominator estimates generally come from national censuses and use large area growth rates to estimate annual changes. Typically, they do not account for any seasonal fluctuations and thus assume a static denominator population...
2016: Population Health Metrics
Erica E M Maurits, Anke J E de Veer, Peter P Groenewegen, Anneke L Francke
BACKGROUND: Professional misconduct in healthcare, a (generally) lasting situation in which patients are at risk or actually harmed, can jeopardise the health and well-being of patients and the quality of teamwork. Two types of professional misconduct can be distinguished: misconduct associated with incompetence and that associated with impairment. This study aimed to (1) quantify home-care nursing staff's experiences with actual or possible professional misconduct; (2) provide insight into the difficulty home-care nursing staff experience in reporting suspicions of professional misconduct within the organisation and whether this is related to the individual characteristics of nursing staff; and (3) show which aspects of professional practice home-care nursing staff consider important in preventing professional misconduct...
2016: BMC Nursing
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