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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231589/ultrasound-elastography-in-diffuse-and-focal-parotid-gland-lesions
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Naglaa Mansour, Benedikt Hofauer, Andreas Knopf
In Europe, ultrasound (US) is the diagnostic gold standard for the visualisation of parotid gland disorders. While high-resolution B-mode US reliably visualises focal lesions, its diagnostic capacity to distinguish tumour entities or to characterise diffuse lesions remains poor. Strain elastography (SE) and shear wave elastography (SWE) are novel imaging techniques that provide additional information about tissue elasticity. SE analyses the strain or displacement in response to force or compression and, therefore, shows the relative tissue elasticity within a selected region of interest (ROI)...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231571/luminex-liquichip-system-for-the-evaluation-of-cytokine-levels-in-patients-with-contact-dermatitis-to-potassium-dichromate
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Lehavit Akerman, Tirza Klein, Moshe Israeli, Abigail Fraser, Eti Sagy, Igor Snast, Daniel Mimouni, Michael David, Akiva Trattner
BACKGROUND: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is associated with increased production of cytokines. The patch test is the "gold-standard" diagnostic method, but it poses a risk of false results. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a novel laboratory technique, the Luminex LiquiChip, which simultaneously measures blood levels of multiple cytokines, as a diagnostic tool in patients with chrome-induced ACD. METHODS: The study group included 20 patients with ACD and relevant patch test results for potassium dichromate and 19 patients with ACD for nickel or fragrance as control...
February 24, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231512/the-impact-of-third-generation-genomic-technologies-on-plant-genome-assembly
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REVIEW
Wen-Biao Jiao, Korbinian Schneeberger
Since the introduction of next generation sequencing, plant genome assembly projects do not need to rely on dedicated research facilities or community-wide consortia anymore, even individual research groups can sequence and assemble the genomes they are interested in. However, such assemblies are typically not based on the entire breadth of genomic technologies including genetic and physical maps and their contiguities tend to be low compared to the full-length gold standard reference sequences. Recently emerging third generation genomic technologies like long-read sequencing or optical mapping promise to bridge this quality gap and enable simple and cost-effective solutions for chromosomal-level assemblies...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231390/intraoperative-assessment-of-laryngeal-pathologies-with-optical-coherence-tomography-integrated-into-a-surgical-microscope
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Anna S Englhard, Tom Betz, Veronika Volgger, Eva Lankenau, Georg J Ledderose, Herbert Stepp, Christian Homann, Christian S Betz
OBJECTIVE: Endoscopic examination followed by tissue biopsy is the gold standard in the evaluation of lesions of the upper aerodigestive tract. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between healthy mucosa, dysplasia, and invasive carcinoma. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive technique which acquires high-resolution, cross-sectional images of tissue in vivo. Integrated into a surgical microscope, it allows the intraoperative evaluation of lesions simultaneously with microscopic visualization...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231374/mechanical-venous-anastomosis-in-head-and-neck-microvascular-reconstruction-as-an-equivalent-to-the-gold-standard
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Eric Thorpe, Yash Patil
To define the most successful and efficient manner to perform venous microvascular anastomoses, the effectiveness of mechanical venous anastomosis in head and neck microvascular reconstruction is reviewed. Head and neck reconstruction with free flap techniques has become the norm and gold standard for large defects. This retrospective, multicenter case series of a single microvascular surgeon's experience with mechanical venous anastomoses specifically assessed the effectiveness of head and neck reconstruction and the complications associated with it...
February 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231253/community-analysis-of-pigment-patterns-from-37-microalgae-strains-reveals-new-carotenoids-and-porphyrins-characteristic-of-distinct-strains-and-taxonomic-groups
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Benoît Serive, Elodie Nicolau, Jean-Baptiste Bérard, Raymond Kaas, Virginie Pasquet, Laurent Picot, Jean-Paul Cadoret
Phytoplankton, with an estimated 30 000 to 1 000 000 species clustered in 12 phyla, presents a high taxonomic and ecophysiological diversity, reflected by the complex distribution of pigments among the different algal classes. High performance liquid chromatography is the gold standard method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of phytoplankton pigments in seawater and culture samples, but only a few pigments can be used as robust chemotaxonomic markers. A major challenge is thus to identify new ones, characteristic of a strain, species, class or taxon that cannot be currently identified on the basis of its pigment signature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230181/dezocine-exhibits-antihypersensitivity-activities-in-neuropathy-through-spinal-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-activation-and-norepinephrine-reuptake-inhibition
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Yong-Xiang Wang, Xiao-Fang Mao, Teng-Fei Li, Nian Gong, Ma-Zhong Zhang
Dezocine is the number one opioid painkiller prescribed and sold in China, occupying 44% of the nation's opioid analgesics market today and far ahead of the gold-standard morphine. We discovered the mechanisms underlying dezocine antihypersensitivity activity and assessed their implications to antihypersensitivity tolerance. Dezocine, given subcutaneously in spinal nerve-ligated neuropathic rats, time- and dose-dependently produced mechanical antiallodynia and thermal antihyperalgesia, significantly increased ipsilateral spinal norepinephrine and serotonin levels, and induced less antiallodynic tolerance than morphine...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229318/contribution-of-computed-tomographic-imaging-to-the-management-of-acute-abdominal-pain-after-gastric-bypass-correlation-between-radiological-and-surgical-findings
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Pascale Karila-Cohen, Francesco Cuccioli, Pasquale Tammaro, Anne-Laure Pelletier, Daniel Gero, Jean-Pierre Marmuse, Jean-Pierre Laissy, Konstantinos Arapis
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of first interpretations of computed tomographic (CT) images and blind interpretation using predefined CT signs in patients with previous Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) and acute abdominal pain. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients with RYGBP who underwent surgical exploration from January 2009 to December 2014 for acute abdominal pain in our university institution, excluding patients without CT scan and comparing initial CT imaging interpretation with surgical findings...
February 22, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229198/-catheter-ablation-of-ventricular-tachycardia-what-have-we-achieved
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T Konrad, B A Hoffmann, T Rostock
The role of catheter ablation in patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) has evolved over the last two decades into an established treatment option. In patients with idiopathic VT catheter ablation is the gold standard treatment option with high effectiveness and low risk of complications. Due to the high risk of side effects the use of antiarrhythmic drugs is only indicated in exceptional cases. In patients with structural heart diseases, such as ischemic and dilated cardiomyopathy, VT is the most frequent cause of death...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229114/the-trier-social-stress-test-principles-and-practice
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REVIEW
Andrew P Allen, Paul J Kennedy, Samantha Dockray, John F Cryan, Timothy G Dinan, Gerard Clarke
Researchers interested in the neurobiology of the acute stress response in humans require a valid and reliable acute stressor that can be used under experimental conditions. The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) provides such a testing platform. It induces stress by requiring participants to make an interview-style presentation, followed by a surprise mental arithmetic test, in front of an interview panel who do not provide feedback or encouragement. In this review, we outline the methodology of the TSST, and discuss key findings under conditions of health and stress-related disorder...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229100/diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-following-world-health-organization-recommended-criteria-in-severely-malnourished-children-presenting-with-pneumonia
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Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Abu S M S B Shahid, K M Shahunja, Sumon Kumar Das, Abu Syed Golam Faruque, Pradip Kumar Bardhan, Tahmeed Ahmed
Evidences on diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) following the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are lacking. We sought to evaluate the WHO criteria for the diagnosis of TB in such children. In this prospective study, we enrolled SAM children aged <5 with radiological pneumonia. We collected induced sputum and gastric lavage for smear microscopy, mycobacterial culture, and Xpert MTB/RIF. Using the last 2 methods as the gold standard, we determined sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of WHO criteria (n = 388)...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228337/minimizing-the-mandibular-advancement-in-an-oral-appliance-for-the-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Eduardo Anitua, Joaquín Durán-Cantolla, Gabriela Zamora Almeida, Mohammad Hamdan Alkhraisat
OBJECTIVE: In the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with an oral appliance (OA), there is no gold standard method to fine-tune the mandibular advancement. This study aimed to analyze the effect of gradual increment of mandibular advancement on the evolution of the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). METHODS: OSA patients were recruited from a sleep unit. All treatments started with an oral appliance without mandibular advancement. After two weeks, the AHI was assessed with respiratory polygraphy...
January 29, 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228226/-progress-of-pd-1-pd-l1-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Zhansheng Jiang, Zhanyu Pan, Xiubao Ren
Pembrolizumab, an inhibitor target programmed death 1 (PD-1), was approved into the first line therapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It was a milestone that immune checkpoints drugs have played an important role in the treatment system of NSCLC. The results of clinical trials revealed the superiority of PD-1/programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors compared with chemotherapy in first-line, second-line and multidrug resistance phase therapy. Objective response rate (ORR) was up to 80% with pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy, and progression-free survival (PFS) with single pembrolizumab in first line was nearly 1 year (10...
February 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227881/a-framework-for-informing-segmentation-of-in-vivo-mri-with-information-derived-from-ex-vivo-imaging-application-in-the-medial-temporal-lobe
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Paul A Yushkevich, Laura Wisse, Daniel Adler, Ranjit Ittyerah, John B Pluta, John L Robinson, Theresa Schuck, John Q Trojanowski, Murray Grossman, John A Detre, Mark A Elliott, Jon B Toledo, Weixia Liu, Stephen Pickup, Sandhitsu R Das, David A Wolk, Paul A Yushkevich, Laura Wisse, Daniel Adler, Ranjit Ittyerah, John B Pluta, John L Robinson, Theresa Schuck, John Q Trojanowski, Murray Grossman, John A Detre, Mark A Elliott, Jon B Toledo, Weixia Liu, Stephen Pickup, Sandhitsu R Das, David A Wolk, John L Robinson, Jon B Toledo, Stephen Pickup, Weixia Liu, Paul A Yushkevich, Daniel Adler, John Q Trojanowski, Theresa Schuck, David A Wolk, Laura Wisse, Mark A Elliott, Sandhitsu R Das, John A Detre, John B Pluta, Ranjit Ittyerah, Murray Grossman
Automatic segmentation of cortical and subcortical structures is commonplace in brain MRI literature and is frequently used as the first step towards quantitative analysis of structural and functional neuroimaging. Most approaches to brain structure segmentation are based on propagation of anatomical information from example MRI datasets, called atlases or templates, that are manually labeled by experts. The accuracy of automatic segmentation is usually validated against the "bronze" standard of manual segmentation of test MRI datasets...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227733/accuracy-evaluation-of-the-kinect-v2-sensor-during-dynamic-movements-in-a-rehabilitation-scenario
#15
M Capecci, M G Ceravolo, F Ferracuti, S Iarlori, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, F Verdini, M Capecci, M G Ceravolo, F Ferracuti, S Iarlori, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, F Verdini, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, S Iarlori, M Capecci, F Ferracuti, M G Ceravolo, F Verdini
In this paper, the accuracy evaluation of the Kinect v2 sensor is investigated in a rehabilitation scenario. The accuracy analysis is provided in terms of joint positions and angles during dynamic postures used in low-back pain rehabilitation. Although other studies have focused on the validation of the accuracy in terms of joint angles and positions, they present results only considering static postures whereas the rehabilitation exercise monitoring involves to consider dynamic movements with a wide range of motion and issues related to the joints tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227708/towards-detection-of-sleep-apnea-events-by-combining-different-non-contact-measurement-modalities
#16
Abdul Q Javaid, Carlo M Noble, Russell Rosenberg, Mary A Weitnauer, Abdul Q Javaid, Carlo M Noble, Russell Rosenberg, Mary A Weitnauer, Carlo M Noble, Abdul Q Javaid, Mary A Weitnauer, Russell Rosenberg
In this work, we extract features from an under-the-mattress impulse radio ultra-wide band (IR-UWB) radar and a microphone, placed on the side table of the bed, to classify epochs belonging to normal sleep and those that contain an apnea event in them. Sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep related breathing disorder in adults with an estimated prevalance of 5-15%. The common diagnostic process for sleep apnea, polysomnography (PSG), involves sleeping in well-equipped sleep clinics. The cost and discomfort associated with the process has spurred research towards the design of portable home-based monitoring devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227706/skin-mounted-accelerometer-system-for-measuring-knee-range-of-motion
#17
Ryan S McGinnis, Shyamal Patel, Ikaro Silva, Nikhil Mahadevan, Steve DiCristofaro, Elise Jortberg, Melissa Ceruolo, A J Aranyosi, Ryan S McGinnis, Shyamal Patel, Ikaro Silva, Nikhil Mahadevan, Steve DiCristofaro, Elise Jortberg, Melissa Ceruolo, A J Aranyosi, A J Aranyosi, Melissa Ceruolo, Ikaro Silva, Steve DiCristofaro, Elise Jortberg, Ryan S McGinnis, Shyamal Patel, Nikhil Mahadevan
Sufficient range of motion of the knee joint is necessary for performing many activities of daily living. Ambulatory monitoring of knee function can provide valuable information about progression of diseases like knee osteoarthritis and recovery after surgical interventions like total knee arthroplasty. In this paper, we describe a skin-mounted, conformal, accelerometer-based system for measuring knee angle and range of motion that does not require a skilled operator to apply devices. We establish the accuracy of this technique with respect to clinical gold standard goniometric measurements on a dataset collected from normative subjects during the performance of repeated bouts of knee flexion and extension tests...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227549/prediction-of-microsleeps-from-eeg-preliminary-results
#18
Reza Shoorangiz, Stephen J Weddell, Richard D Jones, Reza Shoorangiz, Stephen J Weddell, Richard D Jones, Stephen J Weddell, Reza Shoorangiz, Richard D Jones
Brief episodes of momentarily falling asleep - microsleeps - can have fatal consequences, especially in the transportation sector. In this study, the EEG data of eight subjects, while performing a 1-D tracking task, were used to predict imminent microsleeps. A novel algorithm was developed to improve the accuracy of microsleep identification from two independent measures: tracking performance and face-video. The uncertain labels of gold-standard were then pruned out. Additionally, the state of microsleep at 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227484/design-of-peripheral-edema-measurement-device-for-home-use
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Stephanie M George, Brandon D Langley, Elizabeth M B Weaver, Sonya R Hardin, Jianchu Yao, Stephanie M George, Brandon D Langley, Elizabeth M B Weaver, Sonya R Hardin, Jianchu Yao, Brandon D Langley, Elizabeth M B Weaver, Jianchu Yao, Sonya R Hardin, Stephanie M George
Due to improvements in cardiovascular care, more patients are living longer but ultimately developing heart failure. It is important for patients with chronic conditions, like heart failure, to self-manage and monitor their symptoms. One symptoms that can be indicative of worsening heart failure is peripheral edema. Therefore, we present a concept for a HeartSMART system capable of edema measurement in the home with remote connection to and feedback from providers. The goal of the system is to provide a tool for heart failure patients to manage their disease...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227386/image-classification-of-unlabeled-malaria-parasites-in-red-blood-cells
#20
Zheng Zhang, L L Sharon Ong, Kong Fang, Athul Matthew, Justin Dauwels, Ming Dao, Harry Asada, Zheng Zhang, L L Sharon Ong, Kong Fang, Athul Matthew, Justin Dauwels, Ming Dao, Harry Asada, Justin Dauwels, Zheng Zhang, Kong Fang, Ming Dao, Harry Asada
This paper presents a method to detect unlabeled malaria parasites in red blood cells. The current "gold standard" for malaria diagnosis is microscopic examination of thick blood smear, a time consuming process requiring extensive training. Our goal is to develop an automate process to identify malaria infected red blood cells. Major issues in automated analysis of microscopy images of unstained blood smears include overlapping cells and oddly shaped cells. Our approach creates robust templates to detect infected and uninfected red cells...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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