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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535585/good-laboratory-standards-for-clinical-next-generation-sequencing-cancer-panel-tests
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Jihun Kim, Woong-Yang Park, Nayoung K D Kim, Se Jin Jang, Sung-Min Chun, Chang-Ohk Sung, Jene Choi, Young-Hyeh Ko, Yoon-La Choi, Hyo Sup Shim, Jae-Kyung Won
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has recently emerged as an essential component of personalized cancer medicine due to its high throughput and low per-base cost. However, no sufficient guidelines for implementing NGS as a clinical molecular pathology test are established in Korea. To ensure clinical grade quality without inhibiting adoption of NGS, a taskforce team assembled by the Korean Society of Pathologists developed laboratory guidelines for NGS cancer panel testing procedures and requirements for clinical implementation of NGS...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535545/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-methotrexate-in-rheumatic-diseases-2016-update
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Ana Catarina Duarte, Daniela Santos-Faria, Maria João Gonçalves, Alexandre Sepriano, Ana Filipa Mourão, Cátia Duarte, Joana Sousa Neves, Ana Filipa Águeda, Pedro Ávila Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Adriano Neto, Ana Cordeiro, Ana Rodrigues, Anabela Barcelos, Cândida Silva, Cristina Ponte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Filipa Teixeira, Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Filipe Araújo, Filipe Barcelos, Helena Canhão, Helena Santos, João Ramos, Joaquim Pereira, José Costa, José António Melo Gomes, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Lúcia Costa, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Cruz, Maria José Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Paula Oliveira, Pedro Abreu, Ricardo Figueira, Rita Barros, Sandra Falcão, Patrícia Pinto, Sofia Pimenta, Susana Capela, Vitor Teixeira, João Eurico Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-line drug in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the most commonly prescribed disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug. Moreover, it is also used as an adjuvant drug in patients under biologic therapies, enhancing the efficacy of biologic agents. OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and update the Portuguese recommendations for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases first published in 2009. METHODS: The first Portuguese guidelines for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases were published in 2009 and were integrated in the multinational 3E Initiative (Evidence Expertise Exchange) project...
May 9, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535544/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-2016-update
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Catia Duarte, Joana Sousa-Neves, Ana Águeda, Pedro Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Gisela Eugénio, Sofia Serra, Filipe Araújo, Anabela Barcelos, Barcelos Filipe, Miguel Bernardes, Helena Canhão, Marcos Cerqueira, Susana Capela, Ana Cordeiro, Flavio Costa, Lucia Costa, Margarida Cruz, Luis Cunha Miranda, Catarina Duarte, Sandra Falcão, Daniela Faria, Ricardo Figueira, João Pedro Freitas, Maria João Gonçalves, João Madruga Dias, José Melo Gomes, Ana Filipa Mourão, Adriano Neto, Filipa Oliveira Ramos, Sofia Pimenta, Patricia Pinto, Joaquim Polido Pereira, Cristina Ponte, João Ramos, Ana Rodrigues, Helena Santos, Maria José Santos, Alexandre Sepriano, Candida Silva, José Tavares Costa, Filipa Teixeira, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Valente, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Rita Barros, Pedro Abreu, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To update the recommendations for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biological therapies, endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology (SPR). METHODS: These treatment recommendations were formulated by Portuguese rheumatologists based on literature evidence and consensus opinion. At a national meeting the 10 recommendations were discussed and updated. The document resulting from this meeting circulated to all Portuguese rheumatologists, who anonymously voted online on the level of agreement with the recommendations...
May 4, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535496/the-diagnostic-challenge-of-low-grade-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ
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Tracy Onega, Donald L Weaver, Paul D Frederick, Kimberly H Allison, Anna N A Tosteson, Patricia A Carney, Berta M Geller, Gary M Longton, Heidi D Nelson, Natalia V Oster, Margaret S Pepe, Joann G Elmore
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic agreement among pathologists is 84% for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Studies of interpretive variation according to grade are limited. METHODS: A national sample of 115 pathologists interpreted 240 breast pathology test set cases in the Breast Pathology Study and their interpretations were compared to expert consensus interpretations. We assessed agreement of pathologists' interpretations with a consensus reference diagnosis of DCIS dichotomised into low- and high-grade lesions...
May 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535391/evolution-uprooting-the-dinosaur-family-tree
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Stephen L Brusatte
A provocative new study rearranges the base of the dinosaur evolutionary tree, upending 130 years of consensus. Does it hold up to scrutiny?
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535117/evaluation-of-a-chaplain-residency-program-and-its-partnership-with-an-in-patient-palliative-care-team
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Elizabeth Jackson-Jordan, Cynthia Stafford, Sara V Stratton, TeresaMarie T Vilagos, Angela Janssen Keenan, Greg Hathaway
In 2009 a Consensus Conference of experts in the field of spiritual care and palliative care recommended the inclusion of Board-certified professional chaplains with at least 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education as members of palliative care teams. This study evaluates a clinical pastoral education residency program's effectiveness in preparing persons to provide spiritual care for those with serious illness and in increasing the palliative care team members' understanding of the chaplain as part of the palliative care team...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535116/is-mannitol-the-treatment-of-choice-for-patients-with-ciguatera-fish-poisoning
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Michael E Mullins, Robert S Hoffman
CONTEXT: Ciguatera fish poisoning arises primarily from consumption of carnivorous reef fish caught in tropical and sub-tropical waters. Ciguatoxins, a class of tasteless, heat-stable, polycyclic toxins produced by dinoflagellates, accumulate through the food chain and concentrate in various carnivorous fish, such as groupers, barracudas, wrasses, amberjack, kingfishes, and eels. Characteristics of ciguatera fish poisoning include early nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in the first one to two days post ingestion, followed by the appearance of sensory disturbances...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535000/staging-performance-of-whole-body-dwi-pet-ct-and-pet-mri-in-invasive-ductal-carcinoma-of-the-breast
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Onofrio Antonio Catalano, Dania Daye, Alberto Signore, Carlo Iannace, Mark Vangel, Angelo Luongo, Marco Catalano, Mazzeo Filomena, Luigi Mansi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Niccolo Fuin, Ciprian Catana, Umar Mahmood, Bruce Robert Rosen
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of whole-body diffusion-weighted imaging (WB-DWI), whole-body positron emission tomography with computed tomography (WB-PET/CT), and whole-body positron emission tomography with magnetic resonance imaging (WB-PET/MRI) in staging patients with untreated invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. Fifty-one women with newly diagnosed invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast underwent WB-DWI, WB-PET/CT and WB-PET/MRI before treatment. A radiologist and a nuclear medicine physician reviewed in consensus the images from the three modalities and searched for occurrence, number and location of metastases...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534803/consensus-tracking-of-heterogeneous-discrete-time-networked-multiagent-systems-based-on-the-networked-predictive-control-scheme
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Yuxin Wei, Guo-Ping Liu
This paper studies the problem of consensus tracking for heterogeneous discrete-time networked multiagent systems (NMASs) with network-induced communication delay. By introducing the networked predictive control scheme, novel consensus tracking protocols are designed to ensure that states of the NMASs follow the external reference signal. One of the agents is defined as the leader agent, all the other agents are defined as the followers, and the external reference signal is always known by the leader agent, both cases where the external reference signal is available and unavailable to the follower agents are discussed in this paper...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534706/analyses-of-thrombi-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-consensus-statement-on-current-knowledge-and-future-directions
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Simon F De Meyer, Tommy Andersson, Blaise Baxter, Martin Bendszus, Patrick Brouwer, Waleed Brinjikji, Bruce Cv Campbell, Vincent Costalat, Antoni Dávalos, Andrew Demchuk, Diederik Dippel, Jens Fiehler, Urs Fischer, Michael Gilvarry, Matthew J Gounis, Jan Gralla, Olav Jansen, Tudor Jovin, David Kallmes, Pooja Khatri, Kennedy R Lees, Elena López-Cancio, Charles Majoie, Henk Marquering, Ana Paula Narata, Raul Nogueira, Peter Ringleb, Adnan Siddiqui, István Szikora, David Vale, Rüdiger von Kummer, Albert J Yoo, Werner Hacke, David S Liebeskind
Limited data exist on clot composition and detailed characteristics of arterial thrombi associated with large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke. Advances in endovascular thrombectomy and related imaging modalities have created a unique opportunity to analyze thrombi removed from cerebral arteries. Insights into thrombus composition, etiology, physical properties and neurovascular interactions may lead to future advancements in acute ischemic stroke treatment and improved clinical outcomes. Advances in imaging techniques may enhance clot characterization and inform therapeutic decision-making prior to treatment and reveal stroke etiology to guide secondary prevention...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534559/-gastric-volvulus-an-infrequent-cause-of-acute-abdominal-pain
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D Ruiz-Clavijo García, A Zuñiga Ripa, L Casanova Ortíz, I García de Eulate Martín-Moro, B González de la Higuera Carnicer, J Urman Fernández
Gastric volvulus (GV) is characterized by the abnormal rotation of a portion of the stomach around a horizontal or vertical axis that can cause obstruction, vascular disorder and even strangulation, and may evolve into necrosis or even perforation. It can be classified according to its aetiology into primary or secondary GV, according to its anatomy into axial organ or into axial mesenteric GV, and according to its presentation into chronic or acute GV. Both types of volvulus require treatment; however, in spite of the classic treatment being open surgery, there is no standard treatment, nor is there consensus on the alternative of choice at present...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534430/variability-in-axillary-lymph-node-delineation-for-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-in-presence-of-guidelines-on-a-multi-institutional-platform
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Delia Ciardo, Angela Argenone, Genoveva Ionela Boboc, Francesca Cucciarelli, Fiorenza De Rose, Maria Carmen De Santis, Alessandra Huscher, Edy Ippolito, Maria Rosa La Porta, Lorenza Marino, Ilaria Meaglia, Isabella Palumbo, Francesca Rossi, Paolo Alpi, Mario Bignardi, Alessio Bonanni, Domenico Cante, Tino Ceschia, Letizia Fabbietti, Marco Lupattelli, Elisa Donatella Mantero, Alessia Monaco, Patrizia Porcu, Vincenzo Ravo, Sonia Silipigni, Angelo Tozzi, Vincenza Umina, Dario Zerini, Luigi Bordonaro, Giorgia Capezzali, Elena Clerici, Sarah Pia Colangione, Michela Dispinzieri, Jessica Dognini, Laura Donadoni, Sara Falivene, Alessandra Fozza, Barbara Grilli, Roberta Guarnaccia, Eva Iannacone, Valentina Lancellotta, Agnese Prisco, Rosalinda Ricotti, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Maria Cristina Leonardi
AIM: To quantify the variability between radiation oncologists (ROs) when outlining axillary nodes in breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For each participating center, three ROs with different levels of expertise, i.e., junior (J), senior (S) and expert (E), contoured axillary nodal levels (L1, L2, L3 and L4) on the CT images of three different patients (P) of an increasing degree of anatomical complexity (from P1 to P2 to P3), according to contouring guidelines...
May 23, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534233/is-the-ao-guideline-for-postoperative-treatment-of-tibial-plateau-fractures-still-decisive-a-survey-among-orthopaedic-surgeons-and-trauma-surgeons-in-the-netherlands
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M van der Vusse, P H S Kalmet, C H G Bastiaenen, Y Y van Horn, P R G Brink, H A M Seelen
INTRODUCTION: The standard aftercare treatment (according to the AO guideline) for surgically treated trauma patients with fractures of the tibial plateau is non-weight bearing or partial weight bearing for 10-12 weeks. The purpose of this study was to investigate the current state of practice among orthopaedic surgeons and trauma surgeons in choosing the criteria and the time period of restricted weight bearing after surgically treated tibial plateau fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A web-based survey was distributed among members of the Dutch Trauma Society and Dutch Orthopaedic Society to identify the most commonly applied protocols in terms of the post-operative initiation and level of weight bearing in patients with tibial plateau fractures...
May 22, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534221/measuring-outcomes-in-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-a-systematic-review-to-identify-current-strengths-weaknesses-and-gaps-in-patient-reported-outcome-measures
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REVIEW
Sayf S A Faraj, Miranda L van Hooff, Roderick M Holewijn, David W Polly, Tsjitske M Haanstra, Marinus de Kleuver
PURPOSE: Adult spinal deformity (ASD) causes severe disability, reduces overall quality of life, and results in a substantial societal burden of disease. As healthcare is becoming more value based, and to facilitate global benchmarking, it is critical to identify and standardize patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). This study aims to identify the current strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in PROMs used for ASD. METHODS: Studies were included following a systematic search in multiple bibliographic databases between 2000 and 2015...
May 22, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534135/automated-algorithm-for-counting-microbleeds-in-patients-with-familial-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Xiaowei Zou, Blaine L Hart, Marc Mabray, Mary R Bartlett, Wei Bian, Jeffrey Nelson, Leslie A Morrison, Charles E McCulloch, Christopher P Hess, Janine M Lupo, Helen Kim
PURPOSE: Familial cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) patients present with multiple lesions that can grow both in number and size over time and are reliably detected on susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI). Manual counting of lesions is arduous and subject to high variability. We aimed to develop an automated algorithm for counting CCM microbleeds (lesions <5 mm in diameter) on SWI images. METHODS: Fifty-seven familial CCM type-1 patients were included in this institutional review board-approved study...
May 22, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534087/interspecies-differences-in-pth-mediated-pka-phosphorylation-of-the-epithelial-calcium-channel-trpv5
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Mark K van Goor, Sjoerd Verkaart, Teunis J van Dam, Martijn A Huynen, Jenny van der Wijst
The epithelial calcium (Ca(2+)) channel TRPV5 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 5) is expressed in the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney and facilitates active Ca(2+) reabsorption. This process is instrumental for the maintenance of Ca(2+) homeostasis. Therefore, all aspects of TRPV5 function are tightly regulated by the calciotropic parathyroid hormone (PTH). Rabbit (rb)TRPV5 channel activity was shown to be stimulated upon PTH-mediated protein kinase A (PKA) phosphorylation. Since there is incomplete conservation of the PKA consensus motif (RR/QxT) across species, the aim of this study was to extend these findings to humans and characterize the expression and function of human (h)TRPV5...
May 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533901/allergic-respiratory-disease-ard-setting-forth-the-basics-proposals-of-an-expert-consensus-report
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Ana M Navarro, Julio Delgado, Rosa M Muñoz-Cano, M Teresa Dordal, Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce
BACKGROUND: The variability of symptoms observed in patients with respiratory allergy often hampers classification based on the criteria proposed in guidelines on rhinitis and asthma. OBJECTIVES: We assessed specific aspects of allergic respiratory disease (ARD) that are not explicitly addressed in the guidelines in order to issue specific recommendations and thus optimize clinical practice. METHODS: Using the Delphi technique, 40 Spanish allergists were surveyed to reach consensus on 71 items related to ARD...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533842/-non-secreting-paraganglioma-retroperitoneal
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Yddoussalah Othmane, Jakhlal Nabil, Karmouni Tarik, Elkhader Khalid, Koutani Abdellatif, Ibn Attya Andaloussi Ahmed
Non-functional retroperitoneal paragangliomas are rare tumors. They are often asymptomatic and can reach very large sizes. We report the case of a 49-year old woman with retroperitoneal tumor detected during CT scan examination performed to find the cause of non-specific abdominal pain. Malignant forms, more frequent than benign forms, show locoregional invasion and are characterized by delayed-onset metastases. The treatment of these tumors is based on the most complete degree of surgical resection, since prognosis depends on it...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533729/anmco-gicr-iacpr-sici-gise-consensus-document-the-clinical-management-of-chronic-ischaemic-cardiomyopathy
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Carmine Riccio, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Furio Colivicchi, Andrea Di Lenarda, Giuseppe Musumeci, Pompilio Massimo Faggiano, Maurizio Giuseppe Abrignani, Roberta Rossini, Francesco Fattirolli, Serafina Valente, Gian Francesco Mureddu, Pier Luigi Temporelli, Zoran Olivari, Antonio Francesco Amico, Giancarlo Casolo, Claudio Fresco, Alberto Menozzi, Federico Nardi
Stable coronary artery disease (CAD) is a clinical entity of great epidemiological importance. It is becoming increasingly common due to the longer life expectancy, being strictly related to age and to advances in diagnostic techniques and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Stable CAD encompasses a variety of clinical and anatomic presentations, making the identification of its clinical and anatomical features challenging. Therapeutic interventions should be defined on an individual basis according to the patient's risk profile...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533690/accreditation-of-specialized-asthma-units-for-adults-in-spain-an-applicable-experience-for-the-management-of-difficult-to-control-asthma
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Carolina Cisneros, Rocío Magdalena Díaz-Campos, Núria Marina, Carlos Melero, Alicia Padilla, Silvia Pascual, Celia Pinedo, Andrea Trisán
This paper, developed by consensus of staff physicians of accredited asthma units for the management of severe asthma, presents information on the process and requirements for already-existing asthma units to achieve official accreditation by the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR). Three levels of specialized asthma care have been established based on available resources, which include specialized units for highly complex asthma, specialized asthma units, and basic asthma units. Regardless of the level of accreditation obtained, the distinction of "excellence" could be granted when more requirements in the areas of provision of care, technical and human resources, training in asthma, and teaching and research activities were met at each level...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
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