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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088663/development-and-validation-of-a-sensitive-and-fast-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-seven-bioactive-compounds-in-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-of-guizhi-gancao-decoction
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Bin Ji, Limeng Zhuo, Bin Yang, Yang Wang, Lin Li, Miao Yu, Yunli Zhao, Zhiguo Yu
Rapid, sensitive, selective and accurate UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and fully validated for simultaneous determination of cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, 2-methoxy cinnamic acid, glycyrrhizic acid, glycyrrhetinic acid, liquiritigenin and isoliquiritin in rat plasma after oral administration of Guizhi-gancao decoction. Plasma samples were processed with a simple protein precipitation technique using acetonitrile, followed by chromatographic separation using a Thermo Hypersil GOLD C18 column. A 11.0min linear gradient elution was used at a flow rate of 0...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088111/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-generalized-anxiety-disorder-screener-gad-7-based-on-a-large-german-general-population-sample
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Andreas Hinz, Annette M Klein, Elmar Brähler, Heide Glaesmer, Tobias Luck, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Kerstin Wirkner, Anja Hilbert
BACKGROUND: The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scales GAD-7 and GAD-2 are instruments for the assessment of anxiety. The aims of this study are to test psychometric properties of these questionnaires, to provide normative values, and to investigate associations with sociodemographic factors, quality of life, psychological variables, and behavioral factors. METHODS: A German community sample (n=9721) with an age range of 18-80 years was surveyed using the GAD-7 and several other questionnaires...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087585/standard-based-comprehensive-detection-of-adverse-drug-reaction-signals-from-nursing-statements-and-laboratory-results-in-electronic-health-records
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Suehyun Lee, Jiyeob Choi, Hun-Sung Kim, Grace Juyun Kim, Kye Hwa Lee, Chan Hee Park, Jongsoo Han, Dukyong Yoon, Man Young Park, Rae Woong Park, Hye-Ryun Kang, Ju Han Kim
OBJECTIVE: We propose 2 Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities-enabled pharmacovigilance algorithms, MetaLAB and MetaNurse, powered by a per-year meta-analysis technique and improved subject sampling strategy. MATRIALS AND METHODS: This study developed 2 novel algorithms, MetaLAB for laboratory abnormalities and MetaNurse for standard nursing statements, as significantly improved versions of our previous electronic health record (EHR)-based pharmacovigilance method, called CLEAR...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087564/right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-is-incremental-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-for-the-prediction-of-future-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-systolic-dysfunction
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Yoko Mikami, Umjeet Jolly, Bobak Heydari, Mingkai Peng, Fahad Almehmadi, Mohammed Zahrani, Mahmoud Bokhari, John Stirrat, Carmen P Lydell, Andrew G Howarth, Raymond Yee, James A White
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction remains the primary risk stratification tool used in the selection of patients for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. However, this solitary marker fails to identify a substantial portion of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In this study, we examined the incremental value of considering right ventricular ejection fraction for the prediction of future arrhythmic events in patients with systolic dysfunction using the gold standard of cardiovascular magnetic resonance...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086977/people-living-with-hiv-on-art-have-accurate-perception-of-lipodystrophy-signs-a-cross-sectional-study
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Paulo R Alencastro, Nemora T Barcellos, Fernando H Wolff, Maria Letícia R Ikeda, Fabiana Schuelter-Trevisol, Ajácio B M Brandão, Sandra C Fuchs
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of lipodystrophy ranges from 31 to 65%, depending on the criteria adopted for diagnosis. The usual methods applied in the diagnosis vary from self-perception, medical examination, skinfolds measurements, or even imaging assessment for confirmation of fat distribution changes. Although several methods have been developed, there is no gold standard for characterization of LA and LH, or mixed forms. This study aimed to compare self-reported signs of lipodystrophy with objective measures by skinfolds and circumferences, and to evaluate the prevalence of lipoatrophy (LA) and lipohypertrophy (LH) among subjects living with HIV/AIDS on ART...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086902/exploiting-temporal-and-nonstationary-features-in-breathing-sound-analysis-for-multiple-obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-classification
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Jaepil Kim, Taehoon Kim, Donmoon Lee, Jeong-Whun Kim, Kyogu Lee
BACKGROUND: Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but it incurs high costs, requires inconvenient measurements, and is limited by a one-night test. Thus, a repetitive OSA screening test using affordable data would be effective both for patients interested in their own OSA risk and in-hospital PSG. The purpose of this research was to develop a four-OSA severity classification model using a patient's breathing sounds. METHODS: Breathing sounds were recorded from 83 subjects during a PSG test...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081522/adrenal-giant-cystic-pheochromocytoma-treated-by-posterior-retroperitoneoscopic-adrenalectomy
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Carlos E Costa Almeida, Marta Silva, Luis Carvalho, Carlos Manuel Costa Almeida
INTRODUCTION: Giant cystic pheochromocytoma (>10cm) is rare with only a few cases described in the literature. Preoperative diagnosis is very difficult because clinical, biochemical and radiologic finds are usually not consistent with a pheochromocytoma. Open surgery is traditionally the gold standard. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51 year-old male patient resorted to surgery department with an adrenal cystic incidentaloma. He was asymptomatic, mild hypertension easily controlled, with increased plasma fractionated metanephrines...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081227/diagnostic-accuracy-of-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-in-comparison-to-conventional-drug-susceptibility-testing-method-for-the-diagnosis-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Pratikshya Pandey, Narayan Dutt Pant, Komal Raj Rijal, Bhawana Shrestha, Sirita Kattel, Megha Raj Banjara, Bhagwan Maharjan, Rajendra Kc
Xpert MTB/RIF assay is regarded as a great achievement of modern medicine for the rapid diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The main purpose of this study was to determine the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF assay compared to conventional drug susceptibility testing (DST) method for the diagnosis of MDR-TB. A comparative cross sectional study was carried out at German-Nepal Tuberculosis Project, Kathmandu, Nepal, from April 2014 to September 2014. A total of 88 culture positive clinical samples (83 pulmonary and 5 extra-pulmonary) received during the study period were analyzed for detection of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by both GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay and conventional DST method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080106/validity-of-the-brief-symptom-inventory-18-bsi-18-for-identifying-depression-and-anxiety-in-young-adult-cancer-survivors-comparison-with-a-structured-clinical-diagnostic-interview
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Christopher J Recklitis, Jaime E Blackmon, Grace Chang
The Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI-18) is widely used to assess psychological symptoms in cancer survivors, but the validity of conventional BSI-18 cut-off scores in this population has been questioned. This study assessed the accuracy of the BSI-18 for identifying significant anxiety and depression in young adult cancer survivors (YACS), by comparing it with a "gold standard" diagnostic interview measure. Two hundred fifty YACS, age 18-40 completed the BSI-18 and the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV; SCID) interview assessing anxiety and depressive disorders...
January 12, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080048/wearable-sensors-for-personal-monitoring-and-estimation-of-inhaled-traffic-related-air-pollution-evaluation-of-methods
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Evi Dons, Michelle Laeremans, Juan Pablo Orjuela, Ione Avila-Palencia, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Tom Cole-Hunter, Esther Anaya-Boig, Arnout Standaert, Patrick De Boever, Tim S Nawrot, Thomas Götschi, Audrey de Nazelle, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Luc Int Panis
Physical activity and ventilation rates have an effect on an individual's dose and may be important to consider in exposure-response relationships; however, these factors are often ignored in environmental epidemiology studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate methods to estimate the inhaled dose of air pollution and understand variability, in the absence of a true gold standard metric. Five types of methods were identified: (1) methods using (physical) activity types; (2) methods based on energy expenditure, METs (metabolic equivalents of task) and oxygen consumption; (3) methods based on heart rate or (4) breathing rate; and (5) methods that combine heart and breathing rate...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079942/treatment-of-capillary-malformation-using-topical-timolol-combined-with-585-nm-pulsed-dye-laser-a-prospective-randomized-split-lesion-study
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Sang-Jin Cheon, Woo-Haing Shim, Gun-Wook Kim, Hoon-Soo Kim, Byung-Soo Kim, Moon-Bum Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko
Capillary malformation (CM) is a congenital vascular malformation characterized by the dilation of superficial dermal blood vessels.(1)  Currently, pulsed dye laser (PDL) is considered the gold standard for the treatment of CM.(1)  However, its use results in incomplete clearance despite multiple sessions and relapses during long-term follow-up.(1)  Alternative methods are needed to achieve improved therapeutic results. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079849/role-of-serial-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-scans-in-assessing-treatment-response-and-predicting-relapses-in-patients-with-symptomatic-sarcoidosis
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Venkata Nagarjuna Maturu, Sampanna Jung Rayamajhi, Ritesh Agarwal, Ashutosh Nath Aggarwal, Dheeraj Gupta, Bhagwant Rai Mittal
: ackground: Monitoring disease activity in sarcoidosis remains a clinical challenge as there is no gold standard. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is a novel tool to assess the metabolic activity. There is limited data on the role of serial PET scans in monitoring the disease activity. METHODS: This is a prospective study of 27 sarcoidosis patients treated with systemic corticosteroids. Patients underwent two serial PET/CT scans: one before initiating therapy and the follow up scan at end of therapy...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079743/normal-radiographic-parameters-in-paediatric-pelvic-radiographs-from-a-chinese-population
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Evelyn E Kuong, William T Gardner, Paul A Koljonen, Sudhir K Mahapatra, Wang Chow
: Paediatric pelvic and hip radiographs are a common investigation used when assessing a child for suspected developmental dysplasia of the hip. This report describes an attempt to establish normal values of medial joint space, acetabular index and centre edge angle according to specific age groups and sex in a Chinese population. Patients who had undergone a pelvic radiograph as part of their assessment, but were subsequently found to have normal hips were recruited retrospectively. These patients were grouped according to sex and age; medial joint space, acetabular index and centre edge angle were measured in all radiographs...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079710/electronic-health-record-data-versus-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-nhanes-a-comparison-of-overweight-and-obesity-rates
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Luke M Funk, Ying Shan, Corrine I Voils, John Kloke, Lawrence P Hanrahan
BACKGROUND: Estimating population-level obesity rates is important for informing policy and targeting treatment. The current gold standard for obesity measurement in the United States-the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)-samples <0.1% of the population and does not target state-level or health system-level measurement. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of using body mass index (BMI) data from the electronic health record (EHR) to assess rates of overweight and obesity and compare these rates to national NHANES estimates...
January 10, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079668/noninvasive-assessment-of-portal-hypertension-and-detection-of-esophageal-varices-in-cirrhosis-state-of-the-art
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Ana C de Oliveira
Portal hypertension (PHT) is a major consequence of any chronic liver disease and it is the main cause of complications in patients with cirrhosis. Measurement of hepatic vein pressure gradient is considered the gold standard for PHT assessment, together with its diagnosis and prognosis relevance. Even though hepatic vein pressure gradient measurement is a safe procedure, it is still considered an invasive technique and not widely available. There is thus a need for noninvasive methods that can predict the progression of PHT as well as the presence and the risk of complications related to esophageal varices...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079569/standing-vs-supine-does-it-matter-in-cough-stress-testing
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Radhika Patnam, Autumn L Edenfield, Steven E Swift
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity of cough stress test in the standing versus supine position in the evaluation of incontinent females. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study of women with the chief complaint of urinary incontinence (UI) undergoing a provocative cough stress test (CST). Subjects underwent both a standing and a supine CST. Testing order was randomized via block randomization. Cough stress test was performed in a standard method via backfill of 200 mL or until the subject described strong urge...
January 10, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079375/docking-of-macrocycles-comparing-rigid-and-flexible-docking-in-glide
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Hiba Alogheli, Gustav Olanders, Wesley Schaal, Peter Brandt, Anders Karlen
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in using macrocyclic compounds for drug discovery and development. To address docking of these commonly large and flexible compounds, a screening and a validation set were assembled from the PDB consisting of 16 and 31 macrocycle containing protein complexes, respectively. The macrocycles were docked in Glide by rigid docking of pre-generated conformational ensembles produced by the macrocycle conformational sampling method (MCS) in Schrödinger Release 2015-3 or by direct Glide Flexible Docking after performing ring-templating...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079244/preoperative-multidisciplinary-program-for-bariatric-surgery-a-proposal-for-the-brazilian-public-health-system
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Elinton Adami Chaim, José Carlos Pareja, Martinho Antonio Gestic, Murillo Pimentel Utrini, Everton Cazzo
BACKGROUND: - Bariatric surgery has become the gold standard treatment for morbid obesity, but access to surgery remains difficult and low compliance to postoperative follow-up is common. To improve outcomes, enable access and optimize follow-up, we developed a multidisciplinary preoperative approach for bariatric surgery. OBJECTIVE: - To determine the impact of this program in the outcomes of bariatric surgery in the Brazilian public health system. METHODS: - A prospective evaluation of the individuals who underwent a preoperative multidisciplinary program for bariatric surgery and comparison of their surgical outcomes with those observed in the prospectively collected historical database of the individuals who underwent surgery before the beginning of the program...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079232/predictive-features-for-histology-of-gastric-subepithelial-lesions
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Ricardo Teles Schulz, Lizandra Castilho Fabio, Matheus Cavalcante Franco, Sheila A Siqueira, Paulo Sakai, Fauze Maluf-Filho
BACKGROUND: - Gastric subepithelial lesion is a relatively common diagnosis after routine upper endoscopy. The diagnostic workup of an undetermined gastric subepithelial lesion should take into consideration clinical and endoscopic features. OBJECTIVE: - We aimed to investigate the association between patients' characteristics, endoscopic and echographic features with the histologic diagnosis of the gastric subepithelial lesions. METHODS: - This is a retrospective study with 55 patients, who were consecutively diagnosed with gastric subepithelial lesions, from October 2008 to August 2011...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078889/quantification-of-free-polyelectrolytes-present-in-colloidal-suspension-revealing-a-source-of-toxic-responses-for-polyelectrolyte-wrapped-gold-nanoparticles
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Tian A Qiu, Marco D Torelli, Ariane M Vartanian, Nathan B Rackstraw, Joseph T Buchman, Lisa M Jacob, Catherine J Murphy, Robert J Hamers, Christy L Haynes
Polyelectrolyte (PE) wrapping of colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) is a standard method to control NP surface chemistry and charge. Because excess polyelectrolytes are usually employed in the surface modification process, it is critical to evaluate different purification strategies to obtain a clean final product and thus avoid ambiguities in the source of effects on biological systems. In this work, 4 nm diameter gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were wrapped with 15 kDa poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), and three purification strategies were applied: (a) diafiltration or either (b) one round or (c) two rounds of centrifugation...
January 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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