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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232794/-clinical-evaluation-of-diagnostic-and-treatment-protocol-of-idiopathic-retroperitoneal-fibrosis-incorporating-consideration-of-possible-igg4-related-disease
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Takaya Iyoki, Takeshi Maehana, Toshiaki Tanaka, Motohisa Yamamoto, Hiroki Takahashi, Naoya Masumori
About half of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis might be classified as a IgG4-related disease, a newly characterized disease that is especially known to be sensitive to steroid therapy. We developed a new protocol for diagnosis and treatment of retroperitoneal fibrosis, which included aggressive diagnosis of IgG4- related disease. We retrospectively reviewed 22 cases with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis that were diagnosed and treated according to our protocol. Of them, 10 patients (45.5%) had no evidence of IgG4- related disease (non-IgG4RD group), whereas 12 patients (54...
November 2017: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232769/antiparkinsonian-and-antidyskinetic-profiles-of-two-novel-potent-and-selective-nociceptin-orphanin-fq-receptor-agonists
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Ludovico Arcuri, Salvatore Novello, Martina Frassineti, Daniela Mercatelli, Clarissa Anna Pisanò, Ilaria Morella, Stefania Fasano, Blair V Journigan, Michael E Meyer, Willma E Polgar, Riccardo Brambilla, Nurulain T Zaveri, Michele Morari
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We previously showed that Nociceptin/orphanin FQ opioid peptide (NOP) receptor agonists attenuate the expression of levodopa-induced dyskinesia in animal models of Parkinson's disease. We now investigate the efficacy of two novel, potent and chemically distinct NOP receptor agonists, AT-390 and AT-403, to improve parkinsonian disabilities and attenuate dyskinesia development and expression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Binding affinity and functional efficacy of AT-390 and AT-403 at the opioid receptors were determined in radioligand displacement assays and in GTPγS binding assay respectively, conducted in Chinese hamster ovary cells...
December 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232767/a-comparative-immunohistochemical-study-of-anal-canal-epithelium-in-humans-and-swine-focusing-on-the-anal-transitional-zone-epithelium-and-the-anal-glands
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Futoshi Muranaka, Tomoyuki Nakajima, Mai Iwaya, Keiko Ishii, Kayoko Higuchi, Naoko Ogiwara, Shinichi Miyagawa, Hiroyoshi Ota
To better understand the cellular origins and differentiation of anal canal epithelial neoplasms, the immunohistochemical profiles of the anal canal epithelium in humans and swine were evaluated. Formalin-fixed tissue sections were immunostained for mucin (MUC: MUC2, MUC5AC, MUC5B), desmoglein 3 (DGS3), p63, CDX2, SOX2, and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). The anal transitional zone (ATZ) epithelium covered the anal sinus and consisted of a stratified epithelium with mucous cells interspersed within the surface lining...
December 12, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232765/influence-of-mouth-and-jaw-movements-on-dynamics-of-spontaneous-eye-blink-activity-assessed-during-slitlamp-biomicroscopy
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Michael J Doughty
BACKGROUND: To evaluate oculo-mandibular interactions during evaluation of spontaneous eye blink rate (SEBR) of normal young adult human subjects while seated at a slitlamp. METHODS: Repeat video recordings of five minutes duration were made on 76 young adult emmetropic subjects aged 18-25 years. The subjects were instructed to direct their gaze horizontally toward a distant target with the entire cornea of the left eye illuminated with a broad beam cobalt blue light...
December 12, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232758/-time-course-of-changes-in-visual-acuity-after-a-single-injection-of-aflibercept-or-ranibizumab-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-analysis-of-aggregated-real-life-data
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Robert G H Wilke, Robert Patrick Finger, Helmut G Sachs
Background Treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) under real life conditions may differ from controlled prospective trials with respect to the number of injections and long term preservation of visual acuity. In many instances, intervals for controls and re-injection cannot be maintained as frequently as required. This case series examines actual intervals for control and re-injection visits, in order to estimate how prolonged intervals have an impact on momentary visual acuity and how long term visual outcome is affected...
December 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232757/-real-life-data-on-the-treatment-of-diabetic-macular-oedema-in-germany
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Robert G H Wilke, Robert Patrick Finger, Helmut G Sachs
Background Controlled prospective clinical trials on the treatment of diabetic macular oedema (DME) using anti-VEGF compounds show very good results in visual acuity gain over several years. To date, only limited data are available from comparable studies under real-life settings in clinical routine. However, real-life data from other indications for anti-VEGF treatment suggest that, in clinical routine, gain in visual acuity is less pronounced and cannot be maintained over a longer period of time, which is related to the significantly lower number of injections administered in clinical routine...
December 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232756/-the-conundrum-of-relationships-in-the-multivariate-dataset-of-nvamd-treatment
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Robert G H Wilke, Robert Patrick Finger, Helmut G Sachs
Background The evaluation of relationships in clinical case series is complicated by statistical pitfalls, one of which is spurious correlation. In this case, one or more potential factors are actually not related to a target measure, yet it may be wrongly inferred that they are. This may be due to either coincidence or the presence of a one or more confounding unregarded factors. In randomised clinical trials, it is attempted to eliminate such confounding factors or to control them by randomisation. However, this approach is not applicable in retrospective case series, and other statistical methods must be applied, such as multivariate analyses, taking into account all known variables...
December 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232754/-measurement-of-the-strength-of-human-musculus-orbicularis-oculi-using-video-analysis
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Anita Koschmieder, Phillip Pisowocki, Carmen Zietz, Rainer Bader, Oliver Stachs, Anselm Jünemann
Introduction Current methods to measure the of strength of the musculus orbicularis oculi are limited by high proneness to examiner error or by their complex and impracticable set-ups. Our aim was to develop a simple and practicable method to measure eye lid power via video analysis. Methods 50 healthy subjects were included. A deformable single use lid speculum was used. Forced maximum lid closure was recorded via a video slit lamp. Analysis of the video data was performed with open source tracking software...
December 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232726/-subtalare-screw-arthroereisis-for-the-treatment-of-symptomatic-flexible-pes-planovalgus
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Dariusch Arbab, Daniel Frank, Bertil Bouillon, Christian Lüring, Carsten Wingenfeld, Mona Abbara-Czardybon
Background The purpose of this study was to determine the functional outcomes and radiographic results of the talus-stop screw method as minimally invasive subtalar arthroereisis in pediatric and juvenile flexible flatfoot. Material and Methods We retrospectively evaluated 73 feet from 41 children using the talus stop-screw method, for the period between 2002 and 2011. The age at time of surgery ranged between nine and 14 years. The radiological assessment included measuring the calcaneal pitch, talar declination, talo-first metatarsal angle (Meary) and calcaneal-first metatarsal angle (Costa-Bartani) in the lateral view...
December 12, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232725/value-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-quantification-criteria-for-identifying-patients-not-responding-to-bevacizumab-based-therapy-for-colorectal-liver-metastases
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François Tranquart, Paul-Armand Dujardin, Olivier Bouché, Claude Marcus, Christophe Borg, Philippe Manzoni, Jean-Yves Douillard, Catherine Labbe-Devilliers, Eric Terrebonne, Denis Smith, Herve Trillaud, Olivier Capitain, Cristophe Aubé, Jean-Philippe Spano, Olivier Lucidarme, Aurélie Ferru, Jean-Pierre Tasu, Sylvain Manfredi, Aurore Bleuzen, Julie Léger, Thierry Lecomte
Purpose To evaluate changes in tumor vascularization parameters based on contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) quantification criteria of at least one visible liver metastasis as an early predictor of non-response to chemotherapy, including bevacizumab for colorectal cancer (CRC) liver metastases. Materials and Methods This multicenter prospective study included patients who received first-line bevacizumab-based chemotherapy. Tumor enhancement measured using CEUS within one liver metastasis and in relation to the surrounding healthy liver was quantified within 8 days before the first infusion of bevacizumab (E0), 24 hours after the end of the first infusion of bevacizumab (E1), in the 24 hours before the 2nd and 3 rd infusion of bevacizumab on day 15 (E2) and day 30 (E3), respectively, and after 2 months of treatment (E4)...
December 12, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232724/inter-rater-reliability-of-air-saline-hycosy-hyfosy-and-hyfosy-combined-with-power-doppler-for-screening-tubal-patency
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Inga Ludwin, Artur Ludwin, Carolina O Nastri, Marcela A Coelho Neto, Jan Kottner, Wellington P Martins
Purpose To estimate the inter-observer reliability and agreement of offline analyses of three different ultrasound techniques for assessing tubal patency. Methods 100 tubes (n = 100) in 50 women were evaluated for tubal patency between November 2013 and July 2015 using ultrasound as index tests and laparoscopy as the reference standard. Three different ultrasound techniques were applied: two-dimensional grayscale ultrasound using air + saline as the contrast media (2D-HyCoSy); two- and three-dimensional grayscale ultrasound using foam as the contrast media (2 D/3D-HyFoSy); and the same technique but adding bi-directional power Doppler (2 D/3D-Doppler-HyFoSy)...
December 12, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232714/cytomegalovirus-cmv-immune-monitoring-with-elispot-and-quantiferon-cmv-assay-in-seropositive-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Hyeyoung Lee, Ki Hyun Park, Ji Hyeong Ryu, Ae-Ran Choi, Ji Hyun Yu, Jihyang Lim, Kyungja Han, Sang Il Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Byung Ha Chung, Eun-Jee Oh
Although cytomegalovirus (CMV) specific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) has been suggested as a predictive marker for CMV infection, proper CMI monitoring strategy in CMV-seropositive recipients and optimal method are not defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate two interferon gamma release assays during early post-transplant period as a predictor of the development of CMV infection in CMV-seropositive patients. A total of 124 CMV-seropositive recipients who received kidney transplantation from CMV-seropositive donor were prospectively examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232708/elimination-of-trachoma-as-a-public-health-problem-in-ghana-providing-evidence-through-a-pre-validation-survey
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Oscar Debrah, Ernest O Mensah, Laura Senyonjo, Dziedzom K de Souza, Tei E Hervie, David Agyemang, Didier Bakajika, Benjamin Marfo, Felix Ahorsu, Seth Wanye, Robin Bailey, Joseph B Koroma, Agatha Aboe, Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum
BACKGROUND: In order to achieve elimination of trachoma, a country needs to demonstrate that the elimination prevalence thresholds have been achieved and then sustained for at least a two-year period. Ghana achieved the thresholds in 2008, and since 2011 has been implementing its trachoma surveillance strategy, which includes community and school screening for signs of follicular trachoma and trichiasis, in trachoma-endemic districts. In 2015-2016, the country conducted a district level population-based survey to validate elimination of trachoma as a public health problem...
December 12, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232707/genetic-mapping-of-qtl-for-maize-leaf-width-combining-ril-and-if2-populations
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Ruixiang Liu, Qingchang Meng, Fei Zheng, Lingjie Kong, Jianhua Yuan, Thomas Lübberstedt
Leaf width is an important component of plant architecture that affects light capture during photosynthesis and wind circulation under dense planting conditions. To improve understanding of the genetic mechanisms involved in leaf width at different positions, a comprehensive evaluation using the RIL (Recombinant Inbred Line) and IF2 (Immortalized F2) populations and a subsequent meta-analysis were performed. Forty-seven QTL associated with leaf width at different positions below the tassel were detected. The individual effects of QTL explained 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232698/low-energy-extracorporeal-shockwave-therapy-eswt-improves-metaphyseal-fracture-healing-in-an-osteoporotic-rat-model
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Gina A Mackert, Matthias Schulte, Christoph Hirche, Dimitra Kotsougiani, Julian Vogelpohl, Bernd Hoener, Teresa Fiebig, Stefanie Kirschner, Marc A Brockmann, Marcus Lehnhardt, Ulrich Kneser, Leila Harhaus
PURPOSE: As result of the current demographic changes, osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures are becoming an increasing social and economic burden. In this experimental study, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), was evaluated as a treatment option for the improvement of osteoporotic fracture healing. METHODS: A well-established fracture model in the metaphyseal tibia in the osteoporotic rat was used. 132 animals were divided into 11 groups, with 12 animals each, consisting of one sham-operated group and 10 ovariectomized (osteoporotic) groups, of which 9 received ESWT treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232685/surgical-management-of-deep-brain-stimulator-scalp-erosion-without-hardware-removal
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Michael D Staudt, Navid Pourtaheri, Gregory E Lakin, Hooman T Soltanian, Jonathan P Miller
BACKGROUND: Scalp erosion in patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) hardware is an uncommon complication that lacks a clearly defined management strategy. Previous studies have described various therapies including conservative treatment with antibiotics and surgical debridement with or without hardware removal. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to review the efficacy of a hardware-sparing management strategy for the treatment of scalp erosion. METHODS: Five patients with previous DBS implantation presented with scalp erosion and visible hardware exposure at the calvarial burr hole site, and underwent tension-free, vascularized, rotational scalp flap, with preservation of the leads under the pericranium...
December 13, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232677/presence-of-initial-caries-lesions-as-a-risk-factor-for-caries-in-preschool-children-a-cohort-study
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Renata S Guedes, Chaiana Piovesan, Thiago M Ardenghi, Bruno Emmanuelli, Mariana M Braga, Fausto M Mendes
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of initial noncavitated caries lesions on cavitated caries increment in preschool children. A 2-year cohort study was designed to include the participants of a survey on dental caries performed in 2010. Preschool children (12-59 months old) were examined for dental caries and classified as children with no caries lesions, with only initial lesions, with at least 1 moderate caries lesion, and with extensive lesions. Socioeconomic data were also collected. After 2 years, 466 children were re-examined (follow-up rate of 72...
December 13, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232675/evaluation-of-novel-anticaries-adhesive-in-a-secondary-caries-animal-model
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Tianmu Wu, Bolei Li, Xuedong Zhou, Yao Hu, Huajin Zhang, Yingkang Huang, Hockin H K Xu, Qiang Guo, Mingyun Li, Mingye Feng, Xian Peng, Michael D Weir, Lei Cheng, Biao Ren
We investigated the anticaries properties of an adhesive containing dimethylaminododecyl methacrylate (DMADDM) in vivo via a secondary caries animal model. Cavities were prepared in the maxillary first molars of Wistar rats. DMADDM-containing adhesives were applied on one side and commercial adhesives on the opposite side as a control. After a 3-week feeding period to induce secondary caries, the molars were harvested for the evaluation of the secondary caries. Lesion depth (LD) and mineral loss (ML) were measured via a micro-CT method, and a modified Keyes scoring method yielded scores for the caries lesions...
December 13, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232674/speech-and-language-pathologists-voice-use-in-working-environments-a-field-study-using-ambulatory-phonation-monitoring
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Francesco Mozzanica, Alessandro Selvaggio, Daniela Ginocchio, Nicole Pizzorni, Letizia Scarponi, Antonio Schindler
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the speech and language pathologists' (SLPs) voice production during a typical working day. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 28 SLPs, all females, were enrolled. According to the type of treated disease, the cohort of SLPs was divided into 4 groups (7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of dysphagic adult clients; 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of deaf children; 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of dysphonic adult clients; and 7 SLPs focused on the rehabilitation of aphasic adult clients)...
December 12, 2017: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232667/correlation-between-subpubic-arch-angle-and-mode-of-delivery-in-large-for-gestational-age-fetuses
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Tullio Ghi, Andrea Dall'Asta, Alice Suprani, Elisa Aiello, Andrea Musarò, Costanza Bosi, Giuseppe Pedrazzi, Ariane Kiener, Domenico Arduini, Tiziana Frusca, Giuseppe Rizzo
OBJECTIVES: A narrow subpubic arch angle (SPA) has been associated with a higher risk of operative delivery and prolonged labor. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between SPA and labor outcome in a cohort of women delivering a large-for-gestational-age (LGA) fetus. METHODS: An observational study involving two Italian tertiary centers (Parma and Rome) was carried out. Nulliparous women referred to the antepartum clinic between 35 and 39 weeks due to an increased risk of having an LGA fetus at birth were prospectively selected for the study purpose...
December 13, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
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