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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350541/computational-hybrid-anthropometric-paediatric-phantom-library-for-internal-radiation-dosimetry
#1
Tianwu Xie, Niels Kuster, Habib Zaidi
Hybrid computational phantoms combine voxel-based and simplified equation-based modelling approaches to provide unique advantages and more realism for the construction of anthropomorphic models. In this work, a methodology and C++ code are developed to generate hybrid computational phantoms covering statistical distributions of body morphometry in the paediatric population. The paediatric phantoms of the Virtual Population Series (IT'IS Foundation, Switzerland) were modified to match target anthropometric parameters, including body mass, body length, standing height and sitting height/stature ratio, determined from reference databases of the National Centre for Health Statistics and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345442/predicting-1-year-statin-adherence-among-prevalent-users-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#2
Alexis A Krumme, Jessica M Franklin, Danielle L Isaman, Olga S Matlin, Angela Y Tong, Claire M Spettell, Troyen A Brennan, William H Shrank, Niteesh K Choudhry
BACKGROUND: Attempts to predict who is at risk of future nonadherence have largely focused on predictions at the time of therapy initiation; however, these users are only a small proportion of all patients on therapy at any point in time. Methods to predict nonadherence for established medication users, which have not been previously described in the literature, would be helpful to guide efforts to enhance the use of evidence-based therapies. OBJECTIVE: To test approaches for adherence prediction among prevalent statin users, namely the use of short-term filling behavior, investigator-specified predictors from medical and pharmacy administrative claims, and the empirical selection of potential predictors using the high-dimensional propensity score variable selection algorithm...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344419/determinants-of-treatment-modification-in-hypercholesterolemic-patients
#3
Ko-Fan Wang, Cheng-Hsueh Wu, Chun-Chin Chang, Lung-Ching Chen, Kang-Ling Wang, Tse-Min Lu, Shing-Jong Lin, Chern-En Chiang
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of knowledge of those contemporary factors associated with modifying subtherapeutic treatments in hypercholesterolemic patients. The aim of this study was to assess determinants of treatment modification in patients not attaining their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goals. METHODS: The CEntralized Pan-Asian survey on tHE Under-treatment of hypercholeSterolemia enrolled patients taking stable lipid-lowering medications. The study physicians then determined existing patient treatments, which were to be continued or modified when treatments failed...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344417/circulating-adiponectin-levels-following-treatment-can-predict-late-clinical-outcomes-in-chronic-heart-failure
#4
Ho-Ping Yu, Hsu-Lung Jen, Wei-Hsian Yin, Jeng Wei
BACKGROUND: Circulating adiponectin concentration increases in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). We sought to explore the prognostic value of temporal changes in adiponectin concentration following treatment for chronic HF. METHODS: Serum adiponectin levels were measured at baseline and after a 3-month anti-failure treatment in 124 patients with symptomatic chronic systolic HF. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE) including death, heart transplantation, or hospitalization with worsening HF during a median follow-up period of 752 days were determined...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344366/mercury-in-feathers-and-blood-of-gulls-from-the-southern-baltic-coast-poland
#5
Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska, Lucyna Falkowska, Agnieszka Grajewska, Włodzimierz Meissner
Gulls were assessed as sentinels of contamination in the coastal zone of the Southern Baltic, research material being obtained from dead birds collected on Polish beaches and near fishing ports in 2009-2012. In feathers and blood of four gull species: herring gull (Larus argentatus), common gull (Larus canus), black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), and great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), concentration of total mercury (HgT) was assayed, taking into account the type of feathers, sex, and age. Stable isotopes (δ(15)N, δ(13)C) were used as tracers of trophic position in the food web...
2017: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343538/accelerated-hypofractionated-adjuvant-whole-breast-radiation-with-simultaneous-integrated-boost-using-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-early-breast-cancer-a-phase-i-ii-dosimetric-and-clinical-feasibility-study-from-a-tertiary-cancer-care-centre-of-india
#6
Dodul Mondal, Pramod Kumar Julka, Daya Nand Sharma, Manisha Jana, Macharla Anjaneyelu Laviraj, Suryanarayan Vs Deo, Soumyajit Roy, Randeep Guleria, Goura K Rath
BACKGROUND: Hypofractionation has become standard of care after Breast Conserving Therapy (BCT) in many European and few others western countries. Though still debatable, tumor cavity boost is routinely practised in our centre. Hypofractionation is not yet the current standard of practice in Asian countries. Employing hypofractionation and simultaneous integrated boost to lumpectomy cavity with conformal technique is not the current practice in this region. Hence the study was performed to see whether accelerated hypofractionation and simultaneous boost can be combined using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) in treating early breast cancer (EBC) patients...
March 2017: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342525/-cardiac-hydatid-cyst-which-imaging-modality-for-an-accurate-diagnosis
#7
A Ben Khalfallah, H Ben Slima
Cardiac echinococcosis is rare. Its spontaneous course is serious because of the risk of rupture. Its clinical manifestations are variable, often latent and misleading. The diagnosis is sometimes referred to by chest radiography. It is much facilitated by non-invasive imaging techniques in particular transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging. The latter through a morphological and topographical analysis accurate diagnosis of hydatid cyst and its relationship to cardiac muscle and surrounding tissue...
March 22, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341390/pulmonary-mr-angiography-and-perfusion-imaging-a-review-of-methods-and-applications
#8
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Christopher S Johns, Andrew J Swift, Paul J C Hughes, Yoshiharu Ohno, Mark Schiebler, Jim M Wild
The pulmonary vasculature and its role in perfusion and gas exchange is an important consideration in many conditions of the lung and heart. Currently the mainstay of imaging of the vasculature and perfusion of the lungs lies with CT and nuclear medicine perfusion scans, both of which require ionizing radiation exposure. Improvements in MRI techniques have increased the use of MRI in pulmonary vascular imaging. Here we review MRI methods for imaging the pulmonary vasculature and pulmonary perfusion, both using contrast enhanced and non-contrast enhanced methodology...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341372/evaluation-of-remote-dielectric-sensing-reds-technology-guided-therapy-for-decreasing-heart-failure-re-hospitalizations
#9
Offer Amir, Tuvia Ben-Gal, Jean Marc Weinstein, Jorge Schliamser, Daniel Burkhoff, Aharon Abbo, William T Abraham
OBJECTIVE: We tested whether remote dielectric sensing (ReDS)-directed fluid management reduces readmissions in patients recently hospitalized for heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND: Pulmonary congestion is the most common cause of worsening HF leading to hospitalization. Accurate remote monitoring of lung fluid volume may guide optimal treatment and prevent re-hospitalization. ReDS technology is a quantitative non-invasive method for measuring absolute lung fluid volume...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341221/a-systematic-review-of-obesity-disparities-research
#10
REVIEW
Charlotte A Pratt, Catherine M Loria, Sonia S Arteaga, Holly L Nicastro, Maria Lopez-Class, Janet M de Jesus, Pothur Srinivas, Christine Maric-Bilkan, Lisa Schwartz Longacre, Josephine E A Boyington, Abera Wouhib, Nara Gavini
CONTEXT: A review of interventions addressing obesity disparities could reveal gaps in the literature and provide guidance on future research, particularly for populations with a high prevalence of obesity and obesity-related cardiometabolic risk. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review of clinical trials in obesity disparities research that were published in 2011-2016 in PubMed/MEDLINE resulted in 328 peer-reviewed articles. Articles were excluded if they had no BMI, weight, or body composition measure as primary outcome or were foreign (n=201); were epidemiologic or secondary data analyses of clinical trials (n=12); design or protocol papers (n=54); systematic reviews (n=3); or retracted or duplicates (n=9)...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341058/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-stimulators-and-activators-a-review-of-the-preclinical-evidence
#11
Peter Sandner, Johannes Peter Stasch
It is now well established that the NO-sGC-cGMP signal transduction system mediates many different physiological functions in almost every conceivable organ system; this has been best characterized in the cardiovascular system where NO-driven cGMP production exerts a plethora of cytoprotective and anti-atherogenic effects, including dilatation, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle proliferation, blockade of leukocyte recruitment, and anti-platelet activity. Accordingly, dysfunctional NO-sGC-cGMP mediated signaling is perceived as the underlying pathophysiological cause of many cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases...
January 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340973/multilevel-interventions-targeting-obesity-research-recommendations-for-vulnerable-populations
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June Stevens, Charlotte Pratt, Josephine Boyington, Cheryl Nelson, Kimberly P Truesdale, Dianne S Ward, Leslie Lytle, Nancy E Sherwood, Thomas N Robinson, Shirley Moore, Shari Barkin, Ying Kuen Cheung, David M Murray
INTRODUCTION: The origins of obesity are complex and multifaceted. To be successful, an intervention aiming to prevent or treat obesity may need to address multiple layers of biological, social, and environmental influences. METHODS: NIH recognizes the importance of identifying effective strategies to combat obesity, particularly in high-risk and disadvantaged populations with heightened susceptibility to obesity and subsequent metabolic sequelae. To move this work forward, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in collaboration with the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research and NIH Office of Disease Prevention convened a working group to inform research on multilevel obesity interventions in vulnerable populations...
January 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340488/national-and-sub-national-age-sex-specific-and-cause-specific-mortality-and-disability-adjusted-life-years-dalys-attributable-to-household-air-pollution-from-solid-cookfuel-use-hap-in-iran-1990-2013
#13
Mehrnoosh Abtahi, Ali Koolivand, Sina Dobaradaran, Kamyar Yaghmaeian, Anoushiravan Mohseni-Bandpei, Shokooh Sadat Khaloo, Sahand Jorfi, Reza Saeedi
National and sub-national mortality, years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLLs), years lived with disability (YLDs) and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for household air pollution from solid cookfuel use (HAP) in Iran, 1990-2013 were estimated based on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013). The burden of disease attributable to HAP was quantified by the comparative risk assessment method using four inputs: (1) exposure to HAP, (2) the theoretical minimum risk exposure level (TMREL), (3) exposure-response relationships of related causes (4) disease burden of related causes...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339127/quantitative-ultrasound-texture-analysis-for-differentiating-preterm-from-term-fetal-lungs
#14
Sleiman R Ghorayeb, Luis A Bracero, Matthew J Blitz, Zara Rahman, Martin L Lesser
OBJECTIVES: To differentiate preterm (<37 weeks' gestation) from term (≥37 weeks' gestation) fetal lungs by using quantitative texture analysis of ultrasound images. METHODS: This study retrospectively evaluated singleton gestations with valid dating at 20 weeks' gestational age (GA) or later between January 2015 and December 2015. Images were obtained from Voluson E8 ultrasound systems (GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI). A region of interest was selected in each fetal lung image at the level of the 4 heart chambers from an area that appeared most representative of the overall lung tissue and had the least shadow...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339044/suppression-of-nuclear-factor-erythroid%C3%A2-2%C3%A2-related-factor-2%C3%A2-mediated-antioxidative-defense-in-the-lung-injury-induced-by-chronic-exposure-to-methamphetamine-in-rats
#15
Yang Bai, Yun Wang, Ming Liu, Yu-Han Gu, Bin Jiang, Xu Wu, Huai-Liang Wang
The imbalance between oxidative stress and antioxidant defense is important in the pathogenesis of lung diseases. Nuclear factor erythroid‑2‑related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a key transcriptional factor that regulates the antioxidant response. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether Nrf2‑mediated antioxidative defense is involved in methamphetamine (MA)‑induced lung injury in rats. Following establishment of chronic MA toxicity in rats, Doppler ultrasonic detection was used to measure the changes of physiological indexes, followed by hematoxylin and eosin staining, ELISA and western blot analysis...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338949/long-term-exposure-to-transportation-noise-and-air-pollution-in-relation-to-incident-diabetes-in-the-sapaldia-study
#16
Ikenna C Eze, Maria Foraster, Emmanuel Schaffner, Danielle Vienneau, Harris Héritier, Franziska Rudzik, Laurie Thiesse, Reto Pieren, Medea Imboden, Arnold von Eckardstein, Christian Schindler, Mark Brink, Christian Cajochen, Jean-Marc Wunderli, Martin Röösli, Nicole Probst-Hensch
Background: Epidemiological studies have inconsistently linked transportation noise and air pollution (AP) with diabetes risk. Most studies have considered single noise sources and/or AP, but none has investigated their mutually independent contributions to diabetes risk. Methods: We investigated 2631 participants of the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA), without diabetes in 2002 and without change of residence between 2002 and 2011...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338373/risk-of-major-cardiac-events-following-adjuvant-proton-versus-photon-radiation-therapy-for-patients-with-thymic-malignancies
#17
Jennifer Vogel, Liyong Lin, Charles B Simone, Abigail T Berman
BACKGROUND: While often managed with surgery alone, patients with thymic malignancies with high-risk features may benefit from adjuvant radiation therapy but are at risk for late toxicities. Previously, the risk of major cardiac events (MCEs) was reported to increase by 7% per one Gray (Gy) to the heart. In this study, we compare dose to organs at risk (OARs) with intensity-modulated (IMRT) versus proton beam therapy (PBT). We hypothesize a decrease risk of predicted MCEs with PBT. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients requiring adjuvant therapy for thymic malignancies were treated with double scattered proton beam therapy (DS-PBT)...
March 24, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338216/the-diversified-function-and-potential-therapy-of-ectopic-olfactory-receptors-in-non-olfactory-tissues
#18
REVIEW
Zhe Chen, Hong Zhao, Nian Fu, Linxi Chen
Olfactory receptors (ORs) are mainly distributed in olfactory neurons and play a key role in detecting volatile odorants, eventually resulting in the production of smell perception. Recently, it is also reported that ORs are expressed in non-olfactory tissues including heart, lung, sperm, skin and cancerous tissues. Interestingly, ectopic ORs are associated with the development of diseases in non-olfactory tissues. For instance, ectopic ORs initiate the hypoxic ventilatory responses and maintain the oxygen homeostasis of breathing in the carotid body when oxygen levels decline...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337860/clinical-features-and-long-term-outcomes-of-105-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-patients-a-single-center-experience-from-north-india
#19
Aman Sharma, Godasi S R S N K Naidu, Manish Rathi, Roshan Verma, Manish Modi, Benzeeta Pinto, Kusum Sharma, Varun Dhir, Manphool Singhal, Mahesh Prakash, Ritambhra Nada, Naresh K Panda, Ranjana W Minz
AIM: To describe the clinical features, treatment and long-term outcomes in north Indian patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). METHODS: Clinical details, Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS-v3), laboratory data, histopathology findings, treatment details and outcomes of all consecutive patients diagnosed as having GPA between April 2005 and April 2016 were retrieved. European Vasculitis Study Group definitions were used to classify patients into localized, early systemic, generalized, severe and refractory categories...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337699/lung-ultrasound-is-comparable-with-chest-roentgenogram-for-diagnosis-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-hospitalised-children
#20
Krishna Kumar Yadav, Shally Awasthi, Anit Parihar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) in comparison to chest roentgenogram (CXR) in hospitalised children with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: This study was a hospital based prospective observational study, conducted between January 2014 and December 2014. Hospitalised children aged 2 to 59 mo with community-acquired pneumonia were included in the study. The informed written consent was taken from parents (or legal guardian) before recruitment...
March 24, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
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