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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102978/pretreatment-cardiometabolic-status-in-youth-with-early-onset-psychosis-baseline-results-from-the-tea-trial
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Karsten G Jensen, Christoph U Correll, Ditte Rudå, Dea G Klauber, Marie Stentebjerg-Olesen, Birgitte Fagerlund, Jens Richardt Møllegaard Jepsen, Anders Fink-Jensen, Anne Katrine Pagsberg
OBJECTIVE: To describe pretreatment cardiometabolic constitution in children and adolescents with first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: Baseline cardiometabolic assessment was performed in youths aged 12-17 years with FEP entering the Tolerability and Efficacy of Antipsychotics (TEA) trial and matched healthy controls. Patients were included between June 10, 2010, and January 29, 2014. ICD-10 was used as the diagnostic classification system. Cardiometabolic risk markers were compared between patients versus controls and antipsychotic-naive versus antipsychotic-exposed patients...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102928/reduction-in-colposcopy-workload-and-associated-clinical-activity-following-hpv-catch-up-vaccination-programme-in-scotland-an-ecological-study
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M E Cruickshank, J Pan, S C Cotton, K Kavanagh, C Robertson, K Cuschieri, H Cubie, T Palmer, K G Pollock
OBJECTIVE: To measure patterns of clinical activity at colposcopy before and after vaccinated women entered the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (SCSP). DESIGN: Population-based observational study using nationally collected data. SETTING: Scottish colposcopy clinics. SAMPLE: All women with a date of birth on or after 1 January 1985 who attended colposcopy in Scotland between 2008-2014. METHODS: Routinely collected data from the Scottish National Colposcopy Clinical Information Audit System (NCCIAS) was extracted, including: referral criteria, referral cervical cytology, colposcopic findings, clinical procedures and histology results...
January 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102861/clinical-utility-of-next-generation-sequencing-for-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-syndromes
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Hideki Muramatsu, Yusuke Okuno, Kenichi Yoshida, Yuichi Shiraishi, Sayoko Doisaki, Atsushi Narita, Hirotoshi Sakaguchi, Nozomu Kawashima, Xinan Wang, Yinyan Xu, Kenichi Chiba, Hiroko Tanaka, Asahito Hama, Masashi Sanada, Yoshiyuki Takahashi, Hitoshi Kanno, Hiroki Yamaguchi, Shouichi Ohga, Atsushi Manabe, Hideo Harigae, Shinji Kunishima, Eiichi Ishii, Masao Kobayashi, Kenichi Koike, Kenichiro Watanabe, Etsuro Ito, Minoru Takata, Miharu Yabe, Seishi Ogawa, Satoru Miyano, Seiji Kojima
PURPOSE: Precise genetic diagnosis of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS), a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders, is challenging but essential for precise clinical decision making. METHODS: We analyzed 121 IBMFS patients using a targeted sequencing covering 184 associated genes and 250 IBMFS patients using whole-exome sequencing (WES). RESULTS: We achieved successful genetic diagnoses for 53 of 121 patients (44%) using targeted sequencing and for 68 of 250 patients (27%) using WES...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102752/the-importance-of-conditional-probability-in-diagnostic-reasoning-and-clinical-decision-making-a-primer-for-the-eye-care-practitioner
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Paul G Sanfilippo, Alex W Hewitt, David A Mackey
PURPOSE: To outline and detail the importance of conditional probability in clinical decision making and discuss the various diagnostic measures eye care practitioners should be aware of in order to improve the scope of their clinical practice. METHODS: We conducted a review of the importance of conditional probability in diagnostic testing for the eye care practitioner. RESULTS: Eye care practitioners use diagnostic tests on a daily basis to assist in clinical decision making and optimizing patient care and management...
January 19, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102735/bulk-immunoassays-for-analysis-of-extracellular-vesicles
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Frank A W Coumans, Elmar L Gool, Rienk Nieuwland
There is increasing clinical interest in extracellular vesicles (EV) for diagnostic and treatment purposes. This review provides an overview of bulk immunoassays to analyse EV. Western blot and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay are still the two predominant bulk immunoassays. Recently, new assays have become available that can detect exposure to EV concentrations that are up to 10,000-fold lower. This is advantageous for applications that detect rare EV. Other important parameters are the detectable concentration range, the required sample volume, whether simultaneous presence of different antigens on a single EV can be detected, size selectivity of each assay and practical considerations...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102705/the-acetyl-code-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-other-rheumatic-diseases
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Chiara Angiolilli, Dominique L Baeten, Timothy R Radstake, Kris A Reedquist
Growing evidence supports the idea that aberrancies in epigenetic processes contribute to the onset and progression of human immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Epigenetic regulators of histone tail modifications play a role in chromatin accessibility and transcriptional responses to inflammatory stimuli. Among these, histone deacetylases (HDACs) regulate the acetylation status of histones and nonhistone proteins, essential for immune responses. Broad-spectrum HDAC inhibitors are well-known anti-inflammatory agents and reduce disease severity in animal models of arthritis; however, selective HDAC inhibitors remain poorly studied...
January 19, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102641/evidence-of-a-reduction-over-time-in-the-behavioral-severity-of-autistic-disorder-diagnoses
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Andrew J O Whitehouse, Matthew N Cooper, Keely Bebbington, Gail Alvares, Ashleigh Lin, John Wray, Emma J Glasson
The increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may in part be due to a shift in the diagnostic threshold that has led to individuals with a less severe behavioral phenotype receiving a clinical diagnosis. This study examined whether there were changes over time in the qualitative and quantitative phenotype of individuals who received the diagnosis of Autistic Disorder. Data were from a prospective register of new diagnoses in Western Australia (n = 1252). From 2000 to 2006, we examined differences in both the percentage of newly diagnosed cases that met each criterion as well as severity ratings of the behaviors observed (not met, partially met, mild/moderate and extreme)...
January 19, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102507/-44-sc-psma-617-for-radiotheragnostics-in-tandem-with-177-lu-psma-617-preclinical-investigations-in-comparison-with-68-ga-psma-11-and-68-ga-psma-617
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Christoph A Umbricht, Martina Benešová, Raffaella M Schmid, Andreas Türler, Roger Schibli, Nicholas P van der Meulen, Cristina Müller
BACKGROUND: The targeting of the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is of particular interest for radiotheragnostic purposes of prostate cancer. Radiolabeled PSMA-617, a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N',N'',N'''-tetraacetic acid (DOTA)-functionalized PSMA ligand, revealed favorable kinetics with high tumor uptake, enabling its successful application for PET imaging ((68)Ga) and radionuclide therapy ((177)Lu) in the clinics. In this study, PSMA-617 was labeled with cyclotron-produced (44)Sc (T 1/2 = 4...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102088/hyperandrogenism-in-a-postmenopausal-woman-a-rare-case-of-ectopic-adrenal-cortical-gland
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Antonella Guarino, Luisa Di Benedetto, Valentina Giovanale, Gian Luca Rampioni Vinciguerra, Antonella Stoppacciaro, Filippo Bellati, Donatella Caserta
Most frequent causes of androgenic manifestation are Cushing's syndrome, PCO, benign and malignant androgen-secreting non adrenal tumors and iatrogenic hirsutism. Hyperplasia or neoplasms of ectopic adrenocortical gland are rare. We report a case of a 63-year old female with hirsutism and alopecia. Laboratory data highlighted increased levels of androgens. Diagnostic imaging revealed normal morphology of adrenocortical gland and ovaries. In view of the clinical picture and suspected diagnosis of extra-adrenal cause, she underwent bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy...
January 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101826/sagittal-band-boutonniere-and-pulley-injuries-in-the-athlete
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REVIEW
Louis Christopher Grandizio, Joel Christian Klena
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: While hand injuries occur frequently in the athletic population, sagittal band ruptures, boutonniere deformities, and pulley ruptures are infrequently encountered. These injuries represent diagnostic challenges and can result in significant impairment. Early recognition with appropriate treatment is necessary to maximize recovery and minimize return to athletic competition. This review will focus on the underlying mechanism, pathophysiology of injury, diagnosis, and treatment of each of these injuries...
January 18, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101825/neurosarcoidosis-clinical-presentations-and-changing-treatment-patterns-in-an-irish-caucasian-population
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K O'Connell, L Williams, J Jones, D J H McCabe, D Murphy, R Killeen, N Tubridy, S O'Riordan, C McGuigan
BACKGROUND: The clinical manifestations of neurosarcoidosis are highly variable and it should be considered as a potential differential diagnosis in any neurological presentation. AIM: This study was designed to describe the clinical, diagnostic, and treatment patterns and functional outcome in a Caucasian neurosarcoidosis population. DESIGN: A retrospective analysis was performed on prospectively recorded data in patients attending our neurology clinic between 2008 and 2014 with a diagnosis of definite or probable neurosarcoidosis according to Zajiek criteria...
January 18, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101773/what-is-the-appropriate-strategy-for-diagnosing-nafld-using-ultrasonography-in-obese-children
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Jee Hyun Lee, Su Jin Jeong
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to identify obese children who are candidates for a potential diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: We enrolled 242 obese children (122 boys and 120 girls) aged 7-16 years who were examined with abdominal ultrasonography in our pediatric obesity clinic. We compared patients in the normal group with those in the NAFLD group (mild disease, moderate to severe disease) and identified the optimal anthropometric parameters among height, weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, hip circumference, waist to height ratio (WHtR), and waist to hip ratio to predict NAFLD using a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101755/does-n-terminal-pro-brain-type-natriuretic-peptide-predict-cardiac-complications-after-hip-fracture-surgery
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Hiroki Ushirozako, Tsuyoshi Ohishi, Tomotada Fujita, Daisuke Suzuki, Kazufumi Yamamoto, Tomohiro Banno, Hiroyuki Takase, Yukihiro Matsuyama
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients with hip fracture are at risk for cardiac complications. N-terminal pro-brain type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been shown to predict cardiac complications in surgical patients; however, to our knowledge, only two studies have evaluated the utility of this test in patients with hip fracture. We believe it is important to assess a more accurate cutoff value of NT-proBNP with exclusion of patients with renal failure. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: To assess the association between preoperative NT-proBNP and cardiac complications after hip fracture surgery...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101650/speech-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-early-diagnostics-and-effects-of-medication-and-brain-stimulation
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REVIEW
L Brabenec, J Mekyska, Z Galaz, Irena Rektorova
Hypokinetic dysarthria (HD) occurs in 90% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. It manifests specifically in the areas of articulation, phonation, prosody, speech fluency, and faciokinesis. We aimed to systematically review papers on HD in PD with a special focus on (1) early PD diagnosis and monitoring of the disease progression using acoustic voice and speech analysis, and (2) functional imaging studies exploring neural correlates of HD in PD, and (3) clinical studies using acoustic analysis to evaluate effects of dopaminergic medication and brain stimulation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101623/-102-patients-with-suspected-myocarditis-clinical-presentation-diagnostics-therapy-and-prognosis
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S Streuber, F Noack, D Stoevesandt, A Schlitt
INTRODUCTION: Myocarditis is a disease which is difficult to diagnose and which includes a risk of the development of dilated cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death. METHODS AND PATIENTS: In this study 102 patients were included from the time period 2003-2013 after diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of myocarditis in the department of internal medicine at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). RESULTS: Of the study participants 77.5% were male and the average age was 35...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101593/diffuse-phalangeal-signal-abnormality-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-phalangeal-microgeodic-disease
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Rupa Radhakrishnan, Kathleen H Emery, Arnold C Merrow
BACKGROUND: Phalangeal microgeodic disease is a rare and benign self-limited condition involving the phalanges, often in the setting of cold exposure, with characteristic MR imaging abnormalities. Radiographic case descriptions are predominantly from Asia and Europe, with only seven cases using MR to characterize phalangeal microgeodic disease. OBJECTIVE: In this study we describe the MR imaging appearance of unusual and striking phalangeal signal abnormality compatible with phalangeal microgeodic disease at our institution in North America...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101431/non-invasive-terahertz-imaging-of-tissue-water-content-for-flap-viability-assessment
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Neha Bajwa, Joshua Au, Reza Jarrahy, Shijun Sung, Michael C Fishbein, David Riopelle, Daniel B Ennis, Tara Aghaloo, Maie A St John, Warren S Grundfest, Zachary D Taylor
Accurate and early prediction of tissue viability is the most significant determinant of tissue flap survival in reconstructive surgery. Perturbation in tissue water content (TWC) is a generic component of the tissue response to such surgeries, and, therefore, may be an important diagnostic target for assessing the extent of flap viability in vivo. We have previously shown that reflective terahertz (THz) imaging, a non-ionizing technique, can generate spatially resolved maps of TWC in superficial soft tissues, such as cornea and wounds, on the order of minutes...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101348/evans-blue-mediated-white-light-detection-of-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-a-preclinical-feasibility-and-safety-study-using-a-rat-bladder-urothelial-cell-carcinoma-model
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Sanne Elsen, Evelyne Lerut, Frank Van Der Aa, Ben Van Cleynenbreugel, Hendrik Van Poppel, Peter De Witte
Photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) improves the detection of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). However, white-light (WL) cystoscopy remains the technique routinely used in urological clinics. A more cost-effective but equally performant alternative to PDD may encompass the use of an intense tumoritropic dye in combination with WL cystoscopy. Using a preclinical setting, we investigated the practical aspects of the use of Evans blue (EB) dye for the possible future detection of NMIBC using WL cystoscopy...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101347/clinical-presentation-and-management-of-uveal-melanoma
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Abelardo Rodríguez, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Sarai Delgado-Pelayo
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults. The majority of the patients are Caucasian (97.8%) and aged 50-80 years. Choroidal melanoma is the predominant type (86.3%). The clinical presentation may range from no symptoms over various types of visual disturbances to visual loss. Examination includes slit-lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy and diagnostic testing, such as B-scan ultrasonography. A number of patients with posterior UM are treated with plaque radiation therapy or enucleation...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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