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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779301/updates-on-aaa-screening-and-surveillance
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Mayo Theivendran, Jason Chuen
BACKGROUND: Screening and diagnostic surveillance of latent conditions have a profound impact on public healthcare expenditure and clinical outcomes. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) remains one of the hallmark pathologies in vascular surgery and an area of intense research interest. OBJECTIVE: This article is the second of two that will outline current areas of controversy and research in AAA disease in order to support a more detailed understanding of issues in managing patients with this condition, and inform the development of Australasian clinical guidelines and health policy...
May 2018: Australian journal of general practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779238/the-role-of-transbronchial-cryobiopsy-in-lung-transplantation
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M Angeles Montero, Javier de Gracia, Mario Culebras, Jacqueline Mugnier, Antonio Álvarez, Cristina Berastegui, Cristian Ortiz-Villalón
INTRODUCTION: Lung transplant monitoring is usually assessed by forceps transbronchial biopsies. These types of biopsies show limited reliability and high degree of variability due to insufficient material and compression artefact, which lead to misinterpretation and eventually mistreatment of the transplanted patients. The following study was undertaken to assess the diagnostic yield, histological quality and safety of cryobiopsy in comparison with conventional forceps biopsy for sampling lung tissue in transplant recipients...
May 19, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779231/specialist-perioperative-allergy-clinic-services-in-the-uk-2018-results-from-the-royal-college-of-anaesthetists-sixth-national-audit-project-nap6-investigation-of-perioperative-anaphylaxis
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W Egner, T M Cook, T Garcez, S Marinho, H Kemp, D N Lucas, K Floss, S Farooque, H Torevell, M Thomas, K Ferguson, S Nasser, S Karanam, K-L Kong, N McGuire, M Bellamy, A Warner, J Hitchman, L Farmer, N J N Harper
BACKGROUND: The Royal College of Anaesthetists 6th National Audit Project examined Grade 3-5 perioperative anaphylaxis for one year in the UK. OBJECTIVE: To describe the causes and investigation of anaphylaxis in the NAP6 cohort, in relation to published guidance and previous baseline survey results. METHODS: We used a secure registry to gather details of Grade 3-5 perioperative anaphylaxis. Anonymous reports were aggregated for analysis and reviewed in detail...
May 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779139/insomnia-short-sleep-duration-and-high-blood-pressure-recent-evidence-and-future-directions-for-the-prevention-and-management-of-hypertension
#4
REVIEW
Christina J Bathgate, Julio Fernandez-Mendoza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize research from the past 2 years on the association between insomnia, short sleep duration, and hypertension and provide a critical analysis of the evidence and suggestions for future directions in this field. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence indicates that the association between insomnia and elevated blood pressure (BP) or stage 1 and 2 hypertension is stronger in those with chronic insomnia, as compared to those with isolated insomnia symptoms, and primarily found in those with the insomnia with objective short sleep duration phenotype...
May 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779124/confidenht%C3%A2-system-for-diagnostic-mapping-of-renal-nerves
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REVIEW
Costas Tsioufis, Kyriakos Dimitriadis, Panagiotis Tsioufis, Rafael Patras, Maria Papadoliopoulou, Zoi Petropoulou, Dimitris Konstantinidis, Dimitrios Tousoulis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize the evidence regarding the distribution of renal nerves and their patterns of anatomic variations in animal and human settings. Moreover, the methodology and results of studies regarding renal nerve stimulation (RNS) in both preclinical and clinical models are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: There are differences regarding the number and the size of renal fibers, as well as their distance from the lumen in the diverse parts of the main renal arteries and the branches...
May 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779083/identifying-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-advanced-fibrosis-in-the-veterans-health-administration
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Yuval A Patel, Elizabeth J Gifford, Lisa M Glass, Marsha J Turner, Byungjoo Han, Cynthia A Moylan, Steve Choi, Ayako Suzuki, Dawn Provenzale, Christine M Hunt
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease. Severe NAFLD with advanced fibrosis results in substantial morbidity and mortality. Associated with metabolic syndrome, NAFLD is often initially clinically silent, yet intensive lifestyle intervention with 7% or greater weight loss can improve or resolve NAFLD. Using a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) liver biopsy cohort, we evaluated simple noninvasive fibrosis scoring systems to identify NAFLD with advanced fibrosis (or severe disease) to assist providers...
May 19, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779045/clinical-utility-of-fdg-pet-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-atypical-parkinsonism-associated-with-dementia
#7
REVIEW
Zuzana Walker, Federica Gandolfo, Stefania Orini, Valentina Garibotto, Federica Agosta, Javier Arbizu, Femke Bouwman, Alexander Drzezga, Peter Nestor, Marina Boccardi, Daniele Altomare, Cristina Festari, Flavio Nobili
PURPOSE: There are no comprehensive guidelines for the use of FDG PET in the following three clinical scenarios: (1) diagnostic work-up of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) at risk of future cognitive decline, (2) discriminating idiopathic PD from progressive supranuclear palsy, and (3) identifying the underlying neuropathology in corticobasal syndrome. METHODS: We therefore performed three literature searches and evaluated the selected studies for quality of design, risk of bias, inconsistency, imprecision, indirectness and effect size...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778960/rapid-colorimetric-detection-of-p53-protein-function-using-dna-gold-nanoconjugates-with-applications-for-drug-discovery-and-cancer-diagnostics
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Enock Assah, Walter Goh, Xin Ting Zheng, Ting Xiang Lim, Jun Li, David Lane, Farid Ghadessy, Yen Nee Tan
The tumor suppressor protein p53 plays a central role in preventing cancer through interaction with DNA response elements (REs) to regulate target gene expression in cells. Due to its significance in cancer biology, relentless efforts have been directed toward understanding p53-DNA interactions for the development of cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. In this paper, we report a rapid, label-free and versatile colorimetric assay to detect wildtype p53 DNA-binding function in complex solutions. The assay design is based on a concept that alters interparticle-distances between RE-AuNPs from a crosslinking effect induced through tetramerization of wildtype p53 protein (p53-WT) upon binding to canonical DNA motifs modified on gold nanoparticles (RE-AuNPs)...
May 5, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778713/concluding-commentary-on-current-trends-to-enhance-the-clinical-safety-of-pediatric-transfusion-focusing-on-prevention-of-untoward-complications-of-hsc-transplantation-newer-strategies-for-improving-the-standards-of-safety-quality-of-stem-cells-expansion-for
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REVIEW
Irena Sniecinski, Jerard Seghatchian
Clinical practice and related diagnostic, development and research [DDR] strategies in pediatric transfusion and transplantation cover a broad range of multidisciplinary studies, performed by many professionals involved in this most challenging clinical field [1]. This commentary on the current position and future perspectives in pediatric transfusion field is aimed to highlight major unresolved transfusion complications in pediatric patients, namely red blood cell and platelet alloimmunisation, and new ones such as nosocomial infection, thrombosis and multi-organ failure...
May 16, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778660/sarcoidosis-diagnostic-score-sds-a-systematic-evaluation-to-enhance-the-diagnosis-of-sarcoidosis
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Alexandra N Bickett, Elyse E Lower, Robert P Baughman
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of sarcoidosis is made by the combination of clinical features and biopsy results. The clinical features of sarcoidosis can be quite variable. We developed a Sarcoidosis Diagnostic Score (SDS) to summarize the clinical features of possible sarcoidosis patients. METHODS: Biopsy confirmed sarcoidosis patients seen during a seven-month time period at the University of Cincinnati Sarcoidosis clinic were prospectively identified. Non-sarcoidosis patients seen at the same clinic were used as controls...
May 17, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778510/assessment-of-intestinal-failure-associated-liver-disease-according-to-different-diagnostic-criteria
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Anna Simona Sasdelli, Federica Agostini, Caterina Pazzeschi, Mariacristina Guidetti, Simon Lal, Loris Pironi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal failure associated liver disease (IFALD) has been defined using numerous criteria; however the clinical relevance of these criteria has never been compared. We therefore aimed to evaluate the prevalence, incidence, evolution of IFALD diagnosed by different criteria and to assess any clinical features that may be associated with its occurrence. METHODS: A cross sectional (CS) and retrospective study were carried out on adults on home parenteral nutrition (HPN) for chronic intestinal failure (CIF) managed at a single center...
May 8, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778490/the-molecular-allergology-of-subtropical-grass-pollen
#12
Thina Kailaivasan, Janet M Davies
Grass pollens are amongst the most important aeroallergen sources world-wide triggering allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma in sensitised patients. Much of what we know about the allergen components of grasses is informed by research on pollen of temperate (Pooideae) species that are abundant in the temperate climate zones. However, climate changes are altering the biogeographical distribution as well as timing and allergenicity of grass pollens. This provides an impetus for better understanding of the contribution of subtropical subfamilies of grasses to pollen allergy globally...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778474/a-longitudinal-observational-study-of-the-dynamics-of-mycoplasma-bovis-antibodies-in-naturally-exposed-and-diseased-dairy-cows
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Mette B Petersen, Jeanette Pedersen, Dinah L Holm, Matthew Denwood, Liza R Nielsen
Mycoplasma bovis is an important pathogen causing disease and substantial economic losses in cattle. However, knowledge of the dynamics of antibody responses in individual cows in the face of an outbreak is currently extremely limited. The use of commercial antibody tests to support clinical decision-making and for surveillance purposes is therefore challenging. Our objective was to describe the dynamics of M. bovis antibody responses in 4 Danish dairy herds experiencing an acute outbreak of M. bovis-associated disease, and to compare the antibody dynamics between dairy cows with different disease manifestations...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778458/noninvasive-diagnosis-of-endometriosis-review-of-current-peripheral-blood-and-endometrial-biomarkers
#14
REVIEW
Dorien F O, Idhaliz Flores, Etienne Waelkens, Thomas D'Hooghe
A noninvasive biomarker-based test could help shorten the diagnostic delay for endometriosis. The most investigated biomarker sources are peripheral blood and endometrium. Discovery of endometriosis biomarkers is often hypothesis-driven, i.e. when one or a few biomarkers are investigated based on their role in the disease pathogenesis. Alternatively, a hypothesis-generating approach has been followed using the "omics" technologies. A variety of biomarkers for endometriosis have been investigated, but no biomarker has been validated for clinical use...
April 13, 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778403/the-cf-sputum-induction-trial-cf-spit-to-assess-lower-airway-bacterial-sampling-in-young-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-prospective-internally-controlled-interventional-trial
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Katherine Ronchetti, Jo-Dee Tame, Christopher Paisey, Lena P Thia, Iolo Doull, Robin Howe, Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, Julian T Forton
BACKGROUND: Pathogen surveillance is challenging but crucial in children with cystic fibrosis-who are often non-productive of sputum even if actively coughing-because infection and lung disease begin early in life. The role of sputum induction as a diagnostic tool for infection has not previously been systematically addressed in young children with cystic fibrosis. We aimed to assess the pathogen yield from sputum induction compared with that from cough swab and single-lobe, two-lobe, and six-lobe bronchoalveolar lavage...
May 16, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778401/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-the-fundamentals-clinical-applications-and-research-trends
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I A Shehata Elhelf, H Albahar, U Shah, A Oto, E Cressman, M Almekkawy
Diagnostic ultrasound has been clinically used for decades. More recently, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been developed for therapeutic use as a non-invasive technique for tissue ablation. HIFU is also being investigated for advanced applications at the cellular level. Under guidance by magnetic resonance or ultrasound imaging, HIFU can achieve precise biological effects in tissue with a high safety profile. In this article, we discuss the basic principles, advantages and limitations of HIFU...
May 17, 2018: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778284/-clinical-and-epidemiological-profile-of-pediatric-uveitis-course-of-inflammatory-uveitis-treated-with-anti-tnf-alpha
#17
D Osswald, A C Rameau, C Speeg-Schatz, J Terzic, A Sauer
INTRODUCTION: Uveitis is the leading cause of acquired childhood blindness with a prevalence of 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There are multiple causes ; nevertheless, there is no standardized etiological assessment. The goal of our study is to define an epidemiological and clinical profile of uveitis diagnosed in a university hospital and their course when treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All cases of uveitis under 18 years old, from 1994 to 2016, were included...
May 16, 2018: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778231/clinical-germline-diagnostic-exome-sequencing-for-hereditary-cancer-findings-within-novel-candidate-genes-are-prevalent
#18
Zöe Powis, Carin R Espenschied, Holly LaDuca, Kelly D Hagman, Tripti Paudyal, Shuwei Li, Hiroto Inaba, Ann Mauer, Katherine L Nathanson, James Knost, Elizabeth C Chao, Sha Tang
Clinical diagnostic exome sequencing (DES) has been effective in diagnosing individuals with suspected genetic conditions; nevertheless little has been described regarding its clinical utility in individuals with a personal and family history of cancer. This study aimed to assess diagnostic yield and clinical characteristics of pediatric and adult patients undergoing germline DES for hereditary cancer. We retrospectively reviewed 2171 patients referred for DES; cases with a personal and/or family history of cancer were further studied...
August 2018: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778030/retrospective-genotype-phenotype-analysis-in-a-305-patient-cohort-referred-for-testing-of-a-targeted-epilepsy-panel
#19
Andrew N Hesse, Jennifer Bevilacqua, Kritika Shankar, Honey V Reddi
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is a diverse neurological condition with extreme genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity. The introduction of next-generation sequencing into the clinical laboratory has made it possible to investigate hundreds of associated genes simultaneously for a patient, even in the absence of a clearly defined syndrome. This has resulted in the detection of rare and novel mutations at a rate well beyond our ability to characterize their effects. This retrospective study reviews genotype data in the context of available phenotypic information on 305 patients spanning the epileptic spectrum to identify established and novel patterns of correlation...
May 16, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777849/non-invasive-diagnostic-methods-for-better-screening-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
#20
REVIEW
Neelamshobha Nirala, R Periyasamy, Awanish Kumar
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to extremities usually legs. It does not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain while walking which is known as claudication. It is a common manifestation of type II Diabetes, but the relationship between other vascular diseases and lower limb (LL)-PAD has been poorly understood and investigated. METHODS: When assessing a patient with clinically LLPAD, two questions are in order to establish a diagnosis: one is non-invasive testing and other is invasive...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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