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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923250/clinical-evaluation-of-the-first-automated-assay-for-the-detection-of-stimulating-tsh-receptor-autoantibodies
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S Allelein, M Ehlers, S Goretzki, D Hermsen, J Feldkamp, M Haase, T Dringenberg, C Schmid, H Hautzel, M Schott
Until recently, stimulating TSH receptor autoantibodies (sTRAbs) could only be measured by bioassays. A new assay system, which directly detects sTRAb in sera by applying bridge technology, has been established and is now available as automated chemiluminescence (bridge) immunoassay. We evaluated the automated bridge assay in clinical routine and compared it with a conventional automated TRAb assay (competition assay). Altogether, 226 Graves' disease (GD), 57 autoimmune thyroiditis, 74 non-autoimmune nodular goiter and 49 thyroid cancer patients, as well as 41 healthy controls were retrospectively evaluated...
December 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923240/-a-screening-tool-for-three-dimensions-of-work-related-behavior-and-experience-patterns-in-the-psychosomatic-rehabilitation-a-proposal-for-a-short-form-of-the-occupational-stress-and-coping-inventory-avem-3d
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V Beierlein, V Köllner, R Neu, H Schulz
Objectives: The assessment of work pressures is of particular importance in psychosomatic rehabilitation. An established questionnaire is the Occupational Stress and Coping Inventory (German abbr. AVEM), but it is quite long and with regard to scoring time-consuming in routine clinical care. It should therefore be tested, whether a shortened version of the AVEM can be developed, which is able to assess the formerly described three second-order factors of the AVEM, namely Working Commitment, Resilience, and Emotions, sufficiently reliable and valid, and which also may be used for screening of patients with prominent work-related behavior and experience patterns...
December 2016: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923169/primary-stability-of-unicompartmental-knee-arthroplasty-under-dynamic-flexion-movement-in-human-femora
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Thomas M Grupp, Melanie Holderied, Matthias F Pietschmann, Christian Schröder, Angélica P Islas Padilla, Christoph Schilling, Volkmar Jansson, Peter E Müller
BACKGROUND: The objective of our study was to evaluate the impact of a trabecular stem fixation versus a cortical teeth fixation technique on the primary stability of cemented unicompartmental femoral components under dynamic flexion movement loading conditions in human femora. METHODS: Ten fresh-frozen human knees of a mean donor age of 73.9years were used to perform medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty under a less invasive parapatellar surgical approach...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923118/cutting-out-the-middle-man-in-light-hormone-interactions
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Anna N Stepanova, Jose M Alonso
In this issue of Developmental Cell, Shi et al. (2016a) show that red-light-activated phytochrome B interacts with transcriptional regulators of ethylene signaling, EIN3/EIL1, triggering their degradation by bringing the F-box proteins EBF1 and 2 to the complex. These findings provide a paradigm for crosstalk between light and hormone signaling pathways.
December 5, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922979/a-comparison-of-thermal-plasma-energy-versus-argon-beam-coagulator-induced-intestinal-injury-after-vaporization-in-a-porcine-model
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Edward J Tanner, Erica Dun, Yukio Sonoda, Alexander B Olawaiye, Dennis S Chi
OBJECTIVES: Complete cytoreduction of ovarian cancer often requires excision or ablation of bowel serosa implants. Both argon beam coagulator (ABC) and thermal plasma energy (TPE) (PlasmaJet; PlasmaSurgical, Roswell, Ga) have been used to ablate bowel serosa implants. Our objective was to identify comparable power settings as well as determine the rate of bowel perforation, depth of thermal injury, and extent of inflammatory response with ABC versus TPE in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine pigs underwent vaporization of small bowel and colon serosa according to assigned treatment group (TPE vs ABC) and settings (ABC: 30, 50, and 70 W; TPE: Cut 10U, 20U, and 30U and Coagulation 10U, 20U, and 30U)...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922880/investigation-of-key-circuit-constituents-affecting-drug-sequestration-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-treatment
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Jiheum Park, Dong Ah Shin, Saram Lee, Young-Jae Cho, Sanghoon Jheon, Jung Chan Lee, Hee Chan Kim
We quantified the influence of the elements of the extracorporeal oxygenation (ECMO) circuit on drug sequestration by focusing on the interactions between materials and drugs. Tubing of three different brands (Tygon/Maquet/Terumo) and oxygenators of two different brands (Maquet/Terumo) were used. Drugs included dexmedetomidine, meropenem, and heparin which were dissolved in deionized water. Tubing was cut into ~7 cm sections and allowed drug solutions enclosed inside by clamping both ends. The oxygenator housing, gas membrane, and heat exchanger were dissected into ~1 g pieces and submerged into drug solutions...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922522/chronic-kidney-disease-predicts-coronary-plaque-vulnerability-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Jiannan Dai, Lei Xing, Jingbo Hou, Haibo Jia, Sining Hu, Jinwei Tian, Lin Lin, Lulu Li, Yinchun Zhu, Gonghui Zheng, Shaosong Zhang, Bo Yu, Ik-Kyung Jang
OBJECTIVE: The addition of cystatin C to creatinine in calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is known to improve the risk prediction for cardiovascular events. We sought to investigate the associations between eGFRs calculated by three Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equations and coronary plaque phenotype by optical coherence tomography. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed 181 nonculprit plaques from 116 coronary artery disease patients...
December 2, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922431/a-multicentre-study-of-the-precision-and-accuracy-of-the-truslice-and-truslice-digital-histological-dissection-devices
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G E Orchard, M Shams, T Nwokie, P Fernando, C Bulut, C J Quaye, J Gabriel, Z Ramji, A Georgaki, M Watt, Z Cole, K Stewart, V McTaggart, S Padayachy, A M Long, A Ogden, C Andrews, A Birchall, F Shams, H Neesam, N Haine
BACKGROUND: Five key factors enabling a good surgical grossing technique include a flat uniformly perpendicular specimen cutting face, appropriate immobilisation of the tissue specimen during grossing, good visualisation of the cutting tissue face, sharp cutting knives and the grossing knife action. TruSlice and TruSlice Digital are new innovative tools based on a guillotine configuration. The TruSlice has plastic inserts whilst the TruSlice Digital has an electronic micrometre attached: both features enable these dissection factors to be controlled...
October 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921193/an-isoperistaltic-jejunum-later-cut-overlap-method-for-esophagojejunostomy-anastomosis-after-totally-laparoscopic-total-gastrectomy-a-safe-and-feasible-technique
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Chang-Ming Huang, Ze-Ning Huang, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jian-Xian Lin, Jun Lu, Qi-Yue Chen, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu
BACKGROUND: Intracorporeal anastomosis after totally laparoscopic total gastrectomy (TLTG) has been increasingly applied. (1-7) We assessed the intracorporeal isoperistaltic jejunum-later-cut overlap method (IJOM) for esophagojejunostomy anastomosis (EA). METHODS: From January to June 2014, a total of 19 patients with resectable gastric cancer (cT1-T4aNOM0) underwent TLTG. IJOM was performed by creating side-to-side stapled anastomosis through enterotomies proximal to the left esophageal resection margin and on the antimesenteric jejunal border, 30 cm distal to the Trietz ligament...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920649/hepatoid-carcinoma-of-the-pancreas-case-report-next-generation-tumor-profiling-and-literature-review
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James M Chang, Nitin N Katariya, Dora M Lam-Himlin, Danielle J Haakinson, Ramesh K Ramanathan, Thorvardur R Halfdanarson, Mitesh J Borad, Rahul Pannala, Douglas Faigel, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
Fewer than 25 cases of hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas have been reported in the literature. We present a case in a 61-year-old male with a remote history of Hodgkin's lymphoma and gastric neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia. On surveillance endoscopic ultrasound, an 8 × 5 mm cystic lesion was seen in the tail of the pancreas. MRI showed a focal pancreatic duct cut-off with mild ductal dilation. Fine needle aspiration was performed, which was concerning for acinar cell carcinoma. The patient underwent distal pancreatectomy and recovered uneventfully...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920624/neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-with-docetaxel-carboplatin-and-weekly-trastuzumab-is-active-in-her2-positive-early-breast-cancer-results-after-a-median-follow-up-of-over-4-years
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Hans-Christian Kolberg, Leyla Akpolat-Basci, Miltiades Stephanou, Bahriye Aktas, Carla Verena Hannig, Cornelia Liedtke
INTRODUCTION: Most patients with HER2-positive breast cancer receive chemotherapy and trastuzumab. Data from adjuvant trials have shown that the combination of docetaxel, carboplatin and weekly trastuzumab (TCH) is well tolerated and as effective as anthracycline-containing regimes. Previous investigations on neoadjuvant treatment with taxanes, platinum salts and trastuzumab showed pathological complete remission (pCR) rates between 43.3 and 76%. To date, the longest published follow-up in this indication is 3 years...
October 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920430/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
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Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919964/implementing-the-risk-of-ovarian-malignancy-algorithm-adding-obesity-as-a-predictive-factor
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Emanuela Anastasi, Danila Capoccia, Teresa Granato, Gianfranco Silecchia, Mario Rizzello, Maria Grazia Porpora, Luigi Frati, Antonio Angeloni, Frida Leonetti
AIM: To evaluate whether obesity represents a risk factor for the onset of ovarian cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and sixty-three patients with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m(2) (group 1) and 130 women with a BMI of <25 kg/m(2) (group 2) were included in the study. RESULTS: A Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm (ROMA) index above the cut-off (>13%) was found in 24.5% of group 1 patients, whereas a high ROMA score was identified in 5...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919946/in-vivo-selection-of-intermediately-and-highly-malignant-variants-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-orthotopic-nude-mouse-models
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Shuya Yano, Kiyoto Takehara, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Hiroshi Tazawa, Yasuo Urata, Shunsuke Kagawa, Michael Bouvet, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Robert M Hoffman
AIM: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), defined by the absence of receptors for estrogen, progesterone and human epithelial receptor 2 (HER2), is a recalcitrant disease in need of effective therapy. We previously isolated very-highly metastatic variants of the TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231 using serial orthotopic implantation of MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells in nude mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MDA-MB-231 cells expressing red fluorescent protein (MDA-MB-231-RFP) (1×10(7) cells/site) were initially injected subcutaneously in the flank of nude mice...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919937/primary-care-referral-for-echocardiogram-refer-in-heart-failure-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Clare J Taylor, Andrea K Roalfe, Rachel Iles, Fd Richard Hobbs, Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton, Lynda Tait
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, and ankle swelling are common in general practice but deciding which patients are likely to have heart failure is challenging. AIM: To evaluate the performance of a clinical decision rule (CDR), with or without N-Terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) assay, for identifying heart failure. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, observational, diagnostic validation study of patients aged >55 years, presenting with shortness of breath, lethargy, or ankle oedema, from 28 general practices in England...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919850/detection-and-differentiation-of-early-hepatocellular-carcinoma-from-cirrhosis-using-ct-perfusion-in-a-rat-liver-model
#16
Jin-Ping Li, Guang-Long Feng, Da-Qing Li, Hai-Bo Wang, De-Li Zhao, Yong Wan, Hui-Jie Jiang
BACKGROUND: Functional imaging such as CT perfusion can detect morphological and hemodynamic changes in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Pre-carcinoma and early HCC nodules are difficult to differentiate by observing only their hemodynamics changes. The present study aimed to investigate hemodynamic parameters and evaluate their differential diagnostic cut-off between pre-carcinoma and early HCC nodules using CT perfusion and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control (n=20) and experimental (n=70) groups...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919798/femtosecond-laser-assisted-conjunctival-autograft-preparation-for-pterygium-surgery
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Matthias Fuest, Yu-Chi Liu, Gary Hin-Fai Yam, Ericia Pei Wen Teo, Hla Myint Htoon, Minas T Coroneo, Jodhbir S Mehta
PURPOSE: Pterygium is a common ocular surface disorder. Conjunctival autografting (CAG) following pterygium resection is the gold standard treatment. CAGs without Tenon's tissue provide better results but are more technically difficult to achieve. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility and reproducibility of femtosecond laser (FSL)-assisted CAG preparation. METHODS: Fifteen porcine globes were fixed in a suction holder and CAGs of different diameters were created by 1) an experienced consultant and 2) a less experienced fellow using the Ziemer LDV Z8...
December 2, 2016: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919767/internal-fixation-of-intra-capsular-proximal-femoral-fractures-in-patients-older-than-80-years-still-relevant-multivariate-analysis-of-a-prospective-multicentre-cohort
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Nicolas Reina, Paul Bonnevialle, Brice Rubens Duval, Philippe Adam, François Loubignac, Thierry Favier, Philippe Massin
BACKGROUND: Arthroplasty is now widely used to treat intra-capsular proximal femoral fractures (PFFs) in older patients, even when there is little or no displacement. However, whether arthroplasty is associated with lower mortality and complication rates in non-displaced or mildly displaced PFFs is unknown. The objectives of this prospective study were: 1) to evaluate early mortality rates with the two treatment methods, 2) to identify risk factors for complications, 3) and to identify predictors of functional decline...
December 2, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919593/stimulation-of-the-gasserian-ganglion-in-the-treatment-of-refractory-trigeminal-neuropathy
#19
Lise Kustermans, Jean-Pierre Van Buyten, Iris Smet, Wim Coucke, Constantinus Politis
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the effectiveness of a custom-made neurostimulator with which to treat patients for refractory trigeminal neuropathic pain (TNP) at the level of the Gasserian ganglion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 22 patients referred to our pain clinic, AZ Sint-Nikolaas, between 2010 and 2015, was conducted using the McGill Pain and EuroQoL questionnaire before, two weeks after, and at the final follow-up after neurostimulator treatment...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919310/indicators-of-fetal-growth-and-adult-liver-enzymes-the-bogalusa-heart-study-and-the-cardiovascular-risk-in-young-finns-study
#20
E W Harville, W Chen, L Bazzano, M Oikonen, N Hutri-Kähönen, O Raitakari
Despite the interest in the relationship of fetal exposures to adult cardiovascular disease, few studies have examined indicators of adult fatty liver disease as an outcome. Previous results are inconsistent, and indicate possible variation by sex. Adult liver enzymes [γ-glutamyl transferase (GGT), alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartase transaminase (AST)] were measured in two cohort studies: the Bogalusa Heart Study (BHS; n=1803) and the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns (YF; n=3571) study, which also had ultrasound measures of liver fat (n=2546)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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