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Lucy Kerns
In risk assessment, it is often desired to make inferences on the risk at certain low doses or on the dose(s) at which a specific benchmark risk (BMR) is attained. At times, [Formula: see text] dose levels or BMRs are of interest, and some form of multiplicity adjustment is necessary to ensure a valid [Formula: see text] simultaneous inference. Bonferroni correction is often employed in practice for such purposes. Though relative simple to implement, the Bonferroni strategy can suffer from extreme conservatism (Nitcheva et al...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
Jared W Skinner, Dana M Otzel, Andrew Bowser, Daniel Nargi, Sanjay Agarwal, Mark D Peterson, Baiming Zou, Stephen E Borst, Joshua F Yarrow
BACKGROUND: Inconsistent fat-free mass (FFM) and muscle strength responses have been reported in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) administering testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to middle-aged and older men. Our objective was to conduct a meta-analysis to determine whether TRT improves FFM and muscle strength in middle-aged and older men and whether the muscular responses vary by TRT administration route. METHODS: Systematic literature searches of MEDLINE/PubMed and the Cochrane Library were conducted from inception through 31 March 2017 to identify double-blind RCTs that compared intramuscular or transdermal TRT vs...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
James C Barton, Jackson Clayborn Barton, Luigi F Bertoli
BACKGROUND: We sought to learn more about the utility and safety of implanted ports for monthly immunoglobulin G infusions in adults with primary immune deficiency. METHODS: We reviewed charts of adults who were referred to a single practice during the interval 2006-2016 for evaluation and management of frequent or severe upper and lower respiratory tract and other infections, subnormal total immunoglobulin G or immunoglobulin G subclasses, and suboptimal responses to polyvalent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccinations; were diagnosed to have primary immune deficiency; and were advised to undergo immunoglobulin G therapy...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Veronica T Rowe, Marsha Neville
Task-oriented training is a contemporary intervention based on behavioral neuroscience and recent models of motor learning. It can logically be guided by the theory of occupational adaptation. This report presents the perceptions of four participants who underwent task-oriented training at home (TOTE Home) for upper extremity hemiparesis following a stroke. Guided by principles of motor learning and the theory of occupational adaptation, a directed content analysis was used with field notes recorded during the TOTE Home...
March 1, 2018: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
Afsha Aurshina, Anil Hingorani, Ahmad Alsheekh, Pavel Kibrik, Natalie Marks, Enrico Ascher
OBJECTIVE: It has been a widely accepted practice that a previous placed pacemaker, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or central line can be a contraindication to placing a hemodialysis catheter in the ipsilateral jugular vein. Fear of dislodging pacing wires, tunneling close to the battery site or causing venous obstruction has been a concern for surgeons and interventionalists alike. We suggest that this phobia may be unfounded. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of patients in whom hemodialysis catheters were placed over a period of 10 years...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Armin H Paravlic, Maamer Slimani, David Tod, Uros Marusic, Zoran Milanovic, Rado Pisot
BACKGROUND: Motor imagery (MI), a mental simulation of a movement without overt muscle contraction, has been largely used to improve general motor tasks. However, the effects of MI practice on maximal voluntary strength (MVS) remain equivocal. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this meta-analysis were to (1) estimate whether MI practice intervention can meaningfully improve MVS in healthy adults; (2) compare the effects of MI practice on MVS with its combination with physical practice (MI-C), and with physical practice (PP) training alone; and (3) investigate the dose-response relationships of MI practice...
March 14, 2018: Sports Medicine
Swati M Surkar, Rashelle M Hoffman, Regina Harbourne, Max J Kurz
The primary aim of the study was to explore the prefrontal cortical (PFC) activation while performing a shape-matching motor task in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) as compared with typically developing (TD) children. Fifteen TD children ([Formula: see text]) and 12 children with HCP ([Formula: see text]) were included. We assessed the PFC activation while performing an ecologically valid upper extremity shape-matching task of different complexities by measuring the concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin (HbO) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
Kamil Pohlodek, Peter Jáni, Iveta Mečiarová
A granular cell tumor (GCT), is a rare soft tissue tumor which may occur throughout the body, usually in the head and neck, skin or subcutaneous tissues of the trunk and upper extremities, and female genital region. A total of 5-8% of all cases of GCTs occur in the breast. GCT of the breast may mimic breast cancer both clinically and radiologically. GCTs are usually benign and solitary; however, approximately 2% occur as malignant tumors. Benign GCTs are treated with wide local excision and are associated with a good prognosis...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Muharrem Yunce, Ashwyn Sharma, Evan Braunstein, Michael B Streiff, Ying Wei Lum
RATIONALE: Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a rare cause of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis (UEDVT). The treatment usually involves catheter directed thrombolysis followed by systemic anticoagulation. Surgical decompression is frequently recommended after anticoagulation for definitive therapy. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report two cases of UEDVT secondary to venous TOS with important clinical presentations. DIAGNOSES: Venous TOS. INTERVENTIONS: One patient was initially treated conservatively but had a recurrent UEDVT...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Judah Cohen, Karl Pfeiffer, Jennifer A Francis
Recent boreal winters have exhibited a large-scale seesaw temperature pattern characterized by an unusually warm Arctic and cold continents. Whether there is any physical link between Arctic variability and Northern Hemisphere (NH) extreme weather is an active area of research. Using a recently developed index of severe winter weather, we show that the occurrence of severe winter weather in the United States is significantly related to anomalies in pan-Arctic geopotential heights and temperatures. As the Arctic transitions from a relatively cold state to a warmer one, the frequency of severe winter weather in mid-latitudes increases through the transition...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Zona Batacchi, Nicole K Andeen, Subbulaxmi Trikudanathan
A 62-year-old woman presented with an 11-month history of worsening nasal symptoms of rhinorrhoea, anosmia, nasal congestion and intermittent epistaxis. MRI revealed a large mass in the upper nasal vault. Biopsy of the mass revealed an olfactory neuroblastoma. While waiting resection, she acutely developed severe proximal muscle weakness, lethargy and lower extremity oedema. Blood glucose was elevated, and hypokalaemic metabolic alkalosis was noted. Elevated serum cortisol level of 95.7 µg/dL (8.7-22.4 µg/dL) and markedly elevated 24-hour urinary cortisol level of 6962...
March 13, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Karan Lal, Travis J Morrell, Michael Cunningham, Patrick OʼDonnell, Nikki A Levin, Kristine M Cornejo
Cutaneous mixed tumor (chondroid syringoma) is the cutaneous counterpart of pleomorphic adenoma of salivary glands, comprised of both epithelial and mesenchymal components. Malignant transformation is exceptionally rare, with only a few cases reported. We report a case of a malignant cutaneous mixed tumor in an 86-year-old white man who presented with a pink indurated plaque on his left scapula. He had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancers, a stage IB malignant melanoma of a lower extremity and Gleason 4 + 3 prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy, external beam irradiation, and bicalutamide...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Yue Pan, Xi-Xun Wang, Ji-Chao Hu, Cheng Jin, Yong Wei, Jun Lei, Guo-Qing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effect of repairing soft tissue defect after hand wound using reverse island skin flap of upper carpal cutaneous branches of ulnar artery. METHODS: From June 2010 to November 2016, 12 patients with hand soft tissue defects were repaired by reverse island skin flap of upper carpal cutaneous branches of ulnar artery, including 9 males and 3 females with an average age of (35.2±9.4) years old ranging from 22 to 58 years. The defect area varied from 7...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Melita Kukuljan, Zlatko Kolić, Duje Vukas, David Bonifačić, Kristina Vrbanec
Transthoracic computed tomography-guided core needle biopsy (TTNB) is a well-established method for diagnosing focal pulmonary lesions. However, the dangers associated with this method as well as the significant number of complications caused by it cannot be ignored. Systemic air embolism is a rare but potentially fatal complication that can accompany transthoracic needle biopsies of pulmonary lesions. In this study, we report nonfatal systemic air embolism as a complication of a transthoracic needle core biopsy of a subpleural nodule in the right upper pulmonary lobe of a patient with hemoptysis...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Ahmed Alshahethi, Abdulwahed Al Serouri, Yousef S Khader
BACKGROUND: The burden and pattern of unintentional child injuries in Yemen are not yet studied. This study aimed to determine the rate of unintentional injuries and their associated factors and describe the pattern of these injuries among schoolchildren in Sana'a city, Yemen. METHODS: A cross-sectional school-based study was conducted among students in grades 9-12 in Sana'a Capital City. A total of 10 schools were selected using multistage sampling technique. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Injury & Violence Research
Min Jae Kang, Soo Min Ahn, Il Tae Hwang
Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a developmental disorder which is characterized by typical facial features, upper extremity malformations, and growth and cognitive delays. The genes involved in CdLS encode the cohesin complex and its associated proteins; and NIPBL mutations, which account for half of the cases, result in severe CdLS phenotypes. We describe a girl with CdLS, presenting with typical facial dysmorphism, cleft palate, hypertrichosis, upper limb hypertonicity, flexion contracture of elbows, micromelia, bilateral hearing loss, gastroesophageal reflux, and severe pyloric stenosis...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Toru Oshima, Maki Ohtani, Sohtaro Mimasaka
In recent years, the number of bear attacks has risen in Akita prefecture, Japan. Here, we present the injury patterns of seven fatal bear attacks, and discuss the implication of these findings. We included five cases of Asiatic black bear attacks and two cases of Ezo brown bear attacks. In all cases, the injuries, 2-5 parallel linear lacerations with severe hemorrhaging and decollement, were mainly located on the upper body. These injuries were thought to be fatal as, upon a first encounter, bears often stand and first attack the victim's head and face using their claws...
February 27, 2018: Forensic Science International
M-M Farhat, A Le Guern, C Peugniez, F Dabouz, J-F Quinchon, P Modiano
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphoedema is classically complicated by recurring episodes of cellulitis. Degeneration to the angiosarcoma form (Stewart-Treves syndrome) is much less common. It occurs mainly in the upper limbs following surgery or radiotherapy for mammary neoplasia. Herein we report a rare case of Stewart-Treves syndrome (STS) of the lower limb as a complication of congenital lymphoedema. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 69-year-old woman treated for bilateral lower-limb oedema present for 30years developed painful necrotic lesions in her left lower limb...
March 9, 2018: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Elif Turgut, Volga Bayrakci Tunay
OBJECTIVE: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Shoulder and Elbow Score (KJOC-SES) is a subjective assessment tool to measure functional status of the upper extremities in overhead athletes. The aim was to translate and culturally adapt the KJOC-SES and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Turkish version (KJOC-SES-Tr) in overhead athletes. METHODS: The forward and back-translation method was followed. One hundred and twenty-three overhead athletes completed the KJOC-SES-Tr, the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH), and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Evaluation Form (ASES)...
March 9, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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