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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920803/assessment-of-a-lancet-and-swab-blood-sampling-technique-for-surveillance-of-elephant-endotheliotropic-herpesvirus-infection
#1
Javier Lopez, L do Vet M Sc, Jonathan Haycock, Andrew Mckenzie, Katharina Seilern-Moy, Akbar Dastjerdi
Lancing a finger elicits minimal pain in humans and is applied routinely to obtain small volumes of blood for clinical diagnostics. A modified lancet bleeding method and several blood sampling matrices were evaluated in this study for the purpose of routine elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) surveillance in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The procedure enabled weekly sampling from elephants as young as 9 mo of age. The blood sampling matrices were evaluated for their sensitivity measuring β-actin, tumor necrosis factor α, and/or EEHV-1 by quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846585/plutonium-bioassay-testing-of-united-states-atmospheric-nuclear-test-participants-and-occupation-forces-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-japan
#2
Dennis Michael Schaeffer, David R Case, Joanna T Ingraham, Paul K Blake
The pilot urine plutonium bioassay testing program engaged 100 atomic veterans and 58 persons representative of the United States general population using the fission track analysis technique, developed by Brookhaven National Laboratory. The methodology, collected data, scientific challenges, and test results are presented herein. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and its predecessor agencies conducted this program in the late 1990s to the mid-2000s to determine the feasibility of bioassay testing to supplement dose reconstruction to estimate atomic veterans' doses under the agency's Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program...
October 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841576/diagnostic-value-of-perinatal-autopsies-analysis-of-486-cases
#3
Nalan Neşe, Yeşim Bülbül
AIM: Autopsy is a beneficial procedure to determine the cause of death and the frequency of anomalies in perinatal losses. Even in the event of an autopsy not providing any additional information, completion of the procedure confirming the clinical diagnoses gives reassurance to both clinicians and parents. Here we present a 15-year archival study based on findings of perinatal autopsies. DESIGN AND METHODS: Four hundred and eighty-six cases from our archive were reviewed and according to the findings they were divided into three subcategories; (1) miscarriages (MCF); (2) fetuses terminated (FTA) for vital anomalies detected by prenatal ultrasonography; (3) premature or term newborns died within first month of life (neonates: NN)...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830272/bone-morphological-factors-influencing-cartilage-degeneration-in-the-knee
#4
Kenji Takahashi, Sanshiro Hashimoto, Shinji Kiuchi, Atsuya Watanabe, Hiroshi Nakamura, Futoshi Ikuta, Tomoyuki Okuaki, Tatsunori Kataoka, Tokifumi Majima, Shinro Takai
OBJECTIVES: Morphological features of the distal femur and proximal tibia associated with cartilage degeneration are unknown. This study aimed to elucidate local anatomical parameters of the knee which correlate with articular cartilage degeneration using MRI T1ρ mapping. METHODS: This study involved 200 subjects with knee pain (mean age, 48.7 years; range, 14-80 years) with no severe osteoarthritic changes on plain X-ray. T1ρ values were measured in the regions of interest on the surface layer of the cartilage on mid-coronal images of the femorotibial joint...
August 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827007/failure-modes-and-effects-analysis-for-ocular-brachytherapy
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Yongsook C Lee, Yongbok Kim, Jason Wei-Yeong Huynh, Russell J Hamilton
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to identify potential failure modes (FMs) having a high risk and to improve our current quality management (QM) program in Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS) ocular brachytherapy by undertaking a failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) and a fault tree analysis (FTA). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Process mapping and FMEA were performed for COMS ocular brachytherapy. For all FMs identified in FMEA, risk priority numbers (RPNs) were determined by assigning and multiplying occurrence, severity, and lack of detectability values, each ranging from 1 to 10...
August 18, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820347/association-between-eye-diagnosis-and-positive-syphilis-test-results-in-a-large-urban-sexually-transmitted-infection-primary-care-clinic-population
#6
Ann-Marie Lobo, Yan Gao, Laura Rusie, Magda Houlberg, Supriya D Mehta
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released clinical advisories on rising cases of ocular syphilis. We examined the association between eye disease and syphilis infection among primary care and sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic patients attending an urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) health center. We conducted a retrospective medical record review of all patients who underwent syphilis testing at Howard Brown Health between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2015...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812041/anthropometric-and-skeletal-parameters-predict-2-strand-semitendinosus-tendon-size-in-double-bundle-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Daisuke Chiba, Eiichi Tsuda, Shizuka Sasaki, Xizhe Liu, Yasuyuki Ishibashi
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined whether skeletal parameters predict hamstring graft size during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to examine whether preoperative anthropometric and radiographic skeletal parameters could predict hamstring graft size during ACLR. We hypothesized that both anthropometric and skeletal parameters can be used to predict graft size in our double-bundle procedure and that the use of skeletal parameters will improve the accuracy of graft size prediction...
August 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807922/are-standard-doses-of-piperacillin-in-piperacillin-tazobactam-regimens-adequate-for-the-management-of-febrile-neutropenia-answers-from-population-pharmacokinetic-modelling-and-monte-carlo-simulations
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Fekade Bruck Sime, Uwe Hahn, Morgyn S Warner, Ing Soo Tiong, Michael S Roberts, Jeffrey Lipman, Sandra L Peake, Jason A Roberts
Changes in the pharmacokinetics of piperacillin in febrile neutropenic patients have been reported to result in sub-optimal exposures. This study aimed to develop a population pharmacokinetic model for piperacillin and perform dosing simulation to describe optimal dosing regimens for haematological malignancy patients with febrile neutropenia. Concentration-time data were obtained from previous prospective observational pharmacokinetic and interventional therapeutic drug monitoring studies. Non-parametric population pharmacokinetic analysis and Monte Carlo dosing simulations were performed with Pmetrics® package for R...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799895/arginine-and-aerobic-training-prevent-endothelial-and-metabolic-alterations-in-rats-at-high-risk-for-the-development-of-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Renata F Medeiros, Thaiane G Gaique, Thais Bento-Bernardes, Raquel Kindlovits, Tamiris M B Gomes, Nadia Alice V Motta, Fernanda Carla Brito, Caroline Fernandes-Santos, Karen J Oliveira, Antonio Claudio L Nóbrega
Endothelial function is a key mechanism in the development of CVD. Arginine and exercise are important non-pharmacological strategies for mitigating the impact of metabolic changes in the metabolic syndrome, but the effect of their combined administration is unknown. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the isolated and combined effects of aerobic training and arginine supplementation on metabolic variables and vascular reactivity in rats at high risk for developing the metabolic syndrome. Wistar rats were divided into two groups: control and fructose (F - water with 10 % fructose)...
July 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769140/aortic-aneurysm-in-a-patient-with-syphilis-related-spinal-pain-and-paraplegia
#10
Daniel Brito de Araujo, Danise Senna Oliveira, Rodrigo Kraft Rovere, Umberto Lopes de Oliveira Filho
The tertiary stage of syphilis is nowadays extremely rare, showing predilection for the cardiovascular and nervous systems. A 57-year-old Caucasian man sought medical assistance due to back pain that evolved to paraplegia of the lower limbs. A thoracic CT scan demonstrated an important aneurysmatic lesion of the descending thoracic aorta causing erosion of the vertebral bodies and VDRL and FTA-abs positivity. Although rare, syphilitic aortitis, the hallmark of cardiovascular syphilis, should be considered in the differential diagnosis in patients with thoracic aneurysm when in the absence of classic risk factors for atherosclerosis, especially in cases that progress with erosion of vertebral bodies...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763729/an-evaluation-of-clinical-performance-of-fta-cards-for-hpv-16-18-detection-using-cobas-4800-hpv-test-compared-to-dry-swab-and-liquid-medium
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Li Dong, Chunqing Lin, Li Li, Margaret Wang, Jianfeng Cui, Ruimei Feng, Bin Liu, Zeni Wu, Jia Lian, Guangdong Liao, Wen Chen, Youlin Qiao
BACKGROUNDS: Effective dry storage and transport media as an alternative to conventional liquid-based medium would facilitate the accessibility of women in the low-resource settings to human papillomavirus (HPV)- based cervical cancer screening. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate analytical and clinical performance of indicating FTA™ Elute Cartridge (FTA card) for the detection of HPV16/18 and cervical precancerous lesions and cancer compared to dry swab and liquid medium...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714834/adjusting-patients-streaming-initiated-by-a-wait-time-threshold-in-emergency-department-for-minimizing-opportunity-cost
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Byungjoon B J Kim, Theodore R Delbridge, Dawn B Kendrick
Purpose Two different systems for streaming patients were considered to improve efficiency measures such as waiting times (WTs) and length of stay (LOS) for a current emergency department (ED). A typical fast track area (FTA) and a fast track with a wait time threshold (FTW) were designed and compared effectiveness measures from the perspective of total opportunity cost of all patients' WTs in the ED. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach This retrospective case study used computerized ED patient arrival to discharge time logs (between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010) to build computer simulation models for the FTA and fast track with wait time threshold systems...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702921/acl-return-to-sport-guidelines-and-criteria
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REVIEW
George J Davies, Eric McCarty, Matthew Provencher, Robert C Manske
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Because of the epidemiological incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, the high reinjury rates that occur when returning back to sports, the actual number of patients that return to the same premorbid level of competition, the high incidence of osteoarthritis at 5-10-year follow-ups, and the effects on the long-term health of the knee and the quality of life for the patient, individualizing the return to sports after ACL reconstruction (ACL-R) is critical...
July 12, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684566/first-complete-genomic-sequence-of-a-rabies-virus-from-the-republic-of-tajikistan-obtained-directly-from-a-flinders-technology-associates-card
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H Goharriz, D A Marston, F Sharifzoda, R J Ellis, D L Horton, T Khakimov, A Whatmore, K Khamroev, A N Makhmadshoev, M Bazarov, A R Fooks, A C Banyard
A brain homogenate derived from a rabid dog in the district of Tojikobod, Republic of Tajikistan, was applied to a Flinders Technology Associates (FTA) card. A full-genome sequence of rabies virus (RABV) was generated from the FTA card directly without extraction, demonstrating the utility of these cards for readily obtaining genetic data.
July 6, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684169/a-potential-non-invasive-glioblastoma-treatment-nose-to-brain-delivery-of-farnesylthiosalicylic-acid-incorporated-hybrid-nanoparticles
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Emine Sekerdag, Sevda Lüle, Sibel Bozdağ Pehlivan, Naile Öztürk, Aslı Kara, Abbas Kaffashi, Imran Vural, Ilkay Işıkay, Burҫin Yavuz, Kader Karlı Oguz, Figen Söylemezoğlu, Yasemin Gürsoy-Özdemir, Melike Mut
New drug delivery systems are highly needed in research and clinical area to effectively treat gliomas by reaching a high antineoplastic drug concentration at the target site without damaging healthy tissues. Intranasal (IN) administration, an alternative route for non-invasive drug delivery to the brain, bypasses the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) and eliminates systemic side effects. This study evaluated the antitumor efficacy of farnesylthiosalicylic acid (FTA) loaded (lipid-cationic) lipid-PEG-PLGA hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs) after IN application in rats...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665325/risk-analysis-of-a-fuel-storage-terminal-using-hazop-and-fta
#16
José Luis Fuentes-Bargues, Mª Carmen González-Cruz, Cristina González-Gaya, Mª Piedad Baixauli-Pérez
The size and complexity of industrial chemical plants, together with the nature of the products handled, means that an analysis and control of the risks involved is required. This paper presents a methodology for risk analysis in chemical and allied industries that is based on a combination of HAZard and OPerability analysis (HAZOP) and a quantitative analysis of the most relevant risks through the development of fault trees, fault tree analysis (FTA). Results from FTA allow prioritizing the preventive and corrective measures to minimize the probability of failure...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664247/association-between-leg-bowing-and-serum-alkaline-phosphatase-level-regardless-of-the-presence-of-a-radiographic-growth-plate-abnormality-in-pediatric-patients-with-genu-varum
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Yuko Sakamoto, Muneaki Ishijima, Mayuko Kinoshita, Lizu Liu, Mitsuyoshi Suzuki, Sung-Gon Kim, Koichi Kamata, Akifumi Tokita, Haruka Kaneko, Toshiaki Shimizu, Kazuo Kaneko, Masahiko Nozawa
When children around 2 years of age show leg bowing and diseases are ruled out based on radiographic findings without conducting blood tests, they are classified as "physiologic" genu varum. Since whether or not physiologic genu varum is associated with bone metabolism is unclear, this study was conducted to clarify the association between genu varum and bone metabolism in children. Thirty-five pediatric patients with genu varm who visited our out-patient clinic were enrolled. While two of the 35 children had nutritional rickets, showing abnormalities on both blood test (ALP, ≥1000 IU/L; iPTH, >65 pg/mL and 25(OH)D, ≤20 ng/mL) and radiographs (such as cupping, fraying or splaying), five of 35 children showed abnormalities on blood tests but not radiographs...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653418/syphilis-testing-practices-in-the-americas
#18
Thuy T Trinh, Mary L Kamb, Minh Luu, D Cal Ham, Freddy Perez
OBJECTIVE: To present the findings of the Pan American Health Organization's 2014 survey on syphilis testing policies and practices in the Americas. METHODS: Representatives of national/regional reference and large, lower-level laboratories from 35 member states were invited to participate. A semi-structured, electronically administered questionnaire collected data on syphilis tests, algorithms, equipment/commodities, challenges faced and basic quality assurance (QA) strategies employed (i...
September 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632664/outcome-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-lipus-for-opening-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy
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Ryusuke Saito, Tsuyoshi Nagase, Tomohiko Tateishi, Sadanori Shimizu, Takuya Kato, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Masamitsu Tsutiya
OBJECTIVE: Opening Wedge High Tibial Osteotomy (OWHTO) for knee osteoarthritis and for osteonecrosis has reported good results. Use of low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) after OWHTO had become an option for the treatment of OWHTO since April 2016. The purpose of this study was to examine whether LIPUS has an accelerating effect on synostosis after OWHTO. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The control subjects were 24 patients with a total of 26 knees (9 male with knees and 15 female with 17 knees treated) treated with OWHTO only...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609003/preanalytic-specimen-triage-smears-cell-blocks-cytospin-preparations-transport-media-and-cytobanking
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REVIEW
Gilda da Cunha Santos, Mauro A Saieg
With increasing requests for the evaluation of prognostic and predictive molecular biomarkers, great attention must be paid to the preanalytical issues regarding sample quality and DNA/RNA yield from all different types of cytological preparations. The objectives of this review were: 1) to provide an update regarding the importance of specimen triage as well as specimen handling and collection; 2) to discuss the different cell preparations that can be used for molecular testing, their advantages and limitations; and 3) to highlight the strategies for biobanking cytology samples...
June 2017: Cancer
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