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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815994/imrt-qa-using-machine-learning-a-multi-institutional-validation
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Gilmer Valdes, Maria F Chan, Seng Boh Lim, Ryan Scheuermann, Joseph O Deasy, Timothy D Solberg
PURPOSE: To validate a machine learning approach to Virtual intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA) for accurately predicting gamma passing rates using different measurement approaches at different institutions. METHODS: A Virtual IMRT QA framework was previously developed using a machine learning algorithm based on 498 IMRT plans, in which QA measurements were performed using diode-array detectors and a 3%local/3 mm with 10% threshold at Institution 1...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806908/changing-the-default-for-tobacco-cessation-treatment-in-an-inpatient-setting-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Babalola Faseru, Edward F Ellerbeck, Delwyn Catley, Byron J Gajewski, Taneisha S Scheuermann, Theresa I Shireman, Laura M Mussulman, Niaman Nazir, Terry Bush, Kimber P Richter
BACKGROUND: Most health care providers do not treat tobacco dependence routinely. This may in part be due to the treatment "default." Current treatment guidelines recommend that providers (1) ask patients if they are willing to quit and (2) provide cessation-focused medications and counseling only to smokers who state that they are willing to quit. The default is that patients have to "opt in" to receive cessation assistance: providers ask smokers if they are willing to quit, and only offer medications and cessation support to those who say "yes...
August 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798746/automated-analysis-of-flow-cytometry-data-to-reduce-inter-lab-variation-in-the-detection-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-multimer-binding-t-cells
#3
Natasja Wulff Pedersen, P Anoop Chandran, Yu Qian, Jonathan Rebhahn, Nadia Viborg Petersen, Mathilde Dalsgaard Hoff, Scott White, Alexandra J Lee, Rick Stanton, Charlotte Halgreen, Kivin Jakobsen, Tim Mosmann, Cécile Gouttefangeas, Cliburn Chan, Richard H Scheuermann, Sine Reker Hadrup
Manual analysis of flow cytometry data and subjective gate-border decisions taken by individuals continue to be a source of variation in the assessment of antigen-specific T cells when comparing data across laboratories, and also over time in individual labs. Therefore, strategies to provide automated analysis of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) multimer-binding T cells represent an attractive solution to decrease subjectivity and technical variation. The challenge of using an automated analysis approach is that MHC multimer-binding T cell populations are often rare and therefore difficult to detect...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780647/cardiovascular-responses-to-skeletal-muscle-stretching-stretching-the-truth-or-a-new-exercise-paradigm-for-cardiovascular-medicine
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REVIEW
Nicholas T Kruse, Barry W Scheuermann
Stretching is commonly prescribed with the intended purpose of increasing range of motion, enhancing muscular coordination, and preventing prolonged immobilization induced by aging or a sedentary lifestyle. Emerging evidence suggests that acute or long-term stretching exercise may modulate a variety of cardiovascular responses. Specifically, at the onset of stretch, the mechanical deformation of the vascular bed coupled with stimulation of group III muscle afferent fibers initiates a cascade of events resulting in both peripheral vasodilation and a heart rate-driven increase in cardiac output, blood pressure, and muscle blood flow...
August 5, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746130/can-mri-predict-flexibility-in-scheuermann-kyphosis-patients
#5
Radek Kaiser, Eyal Behrbalk, Michael Walsh, Petr Waldauf, Ana B Perez Romera, Hossein Mehdian
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, blinded analysis of imaging studies. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is compare the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to lateral radiograph using bolster in the evaluation of Scheuermann kyphosis (SK) curve flexibility measurement. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA: The flexibility of the thoracic curve [thoracic kyphosis (TK)] in SK is of primary importance in its preoperative planning. Several methods have been described for SK curve flexibility measurement...
August 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694598/successful-brace-treatment-of-scheuermann-s-kyphosis-with-different-angles
#6
Mohammad Reza Etemadifar, Mohammad Hossein Jamalaldini, Rasoul Layeghi
BACKGROUND: Scheuermann's disease is regarded as the most common cause of structural hyperkyphosis within adolescents without any proper treatment. It may lead to progressive deformity and back pain which influences patient's quality of life during adolescence and adulthood. Treatment approach to Scheuermann's kyphosis has not been clearly defined due to its different definitions and obscure natural history. The goal of treatment is not only to prevent progression but also to obtain permanent correction...
April 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674023/fast-and-accurate-hla-typing-from-short-read-next-generation-sequence-data-with-xhla
#7
Chao Xie, Zhen Xuan Yeo, Marie Wong, Jason Piper, Tao Long, Ewen F Kirkness, William H Biggs, Ken Bloom, Stephen Spellman, Cynthia Vierra-Green, Colleen Brady, Richard H Scheuermann, Amalio Telenti, Sally Howard, Suzanne Brewerton, Yaron Turpaz, J Craig Venter
The HLA gene complex on human chromosome 6 is one of the most polymorphic regions in the human genome and contributes in large part to the diversity of the immune system. Accurate typing of HLA genes with short-read sequencing data has historically been difficult due to the sequence similarity between the polymorphic alleles. Here, we introduce an algorithm, xHLA, that iteratively refines the mapping results at the amino acid level to achieve 99-100% four-digit typing accuracy for both class I and II HLA genes, taking only [Formula: see text]3 min to process a 30× whole-genome BAM file on a desktop computer...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660108/distal-fusion-level-selection-in-scheuermann-s-kyphosis-a-comparison-of-lordotic-disc-segment-versus-the-sagittal-stable-vertebrae
#8
Han Jo Kim, Venu Nemani, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Matthew E Cunningham, Justin A Iorio, Kevin O'Neill, Brian J Neuman, Lawrence G Lenke
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare 2 methods of selecting the lowest instrumented vertebra (LIV) on the rates of revision surgery for distal junctional kyphosis (DJK) following treatment for Scheuermann's kyphosis (SK). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who have undergone surgical treatment for SK was performed. Forty-four patients were divided into 2 groups based on intervention: Group 1 (n = 26) included patients who had an LIV distal to or at the sagittal stable vertebrae (SSV), and Group 2 (n = 18) included patients who had an LIV proximal to the SSV...
May 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643098/-importance-of-wound-irrigation-solutions-and-fluids-with-antiseptic-effects-in-therapy-and-prophylaxis-update-2017
#9
REVIEW
Christian Willy, Catharina Scheuermann-Poley, Marcus Stichling, Thomas von Stein, Axel Kramer
INTRODUCTION: Despite the use of modern antibiotics as well as complex perioperative, intraoperative and postoperative prophylactic measures, the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) could not be significantly reduced. The introduction of biocompatible antiseptic drugs with a high microbiocidal effect provided a successful alternative for infection prevention and therapy, particularly in a time of increasing occurrence of multi-drug resistant pathogens. Hence, questions about the risk-benefit ratio of antiseptic wound irrigation solutions, the prophylactic use of wound irrigation solutions for the reduction of SSI and the effect of negative pressure wound therapy combined with instillation (NPWTi) need to be answered...
July 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640085/familial-lumbar-scheuermann-disease-with-idiopathic-scoliosis-in-china-first-case-report
#10
Yuliang Dai, Yawei Li, Pengzhi Li, Lei Li, Zhiming Tu, Bing Wang
RATIONALE: Given that Scheuermann disease rarely occurs in the lumbar region and that the co-occurrence of Scheuermann disease and idiopathic scoliosis (IS) has not been reported-the etiology of Scheuermann disease and IS is not clear. In this case report, we present familaiar lumbar Scheuermann disease with IS, in a Chinese proband, who was successfully treated with surgery. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 16-year-old boy presented at the Second XiangYa Hospital of Central South University with a chief complaint of kyphotic deformity in the lower back for 4 years and obvious lower back pain...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625916/er-stress-disturbs-sr-er-mitochondria-ca-2-transfer-implications-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#11
Marion Pauly, Claire Angebault-Prouteau, Haikel Dridi, Cécile Notarnicola, Valérie Scheuermann, Alain Lacampagne, Stefan Matecki, Jérémy Fauconnier
Besides its role in calcium (Ca(2+)) homeostasis, the sarco-endoplamic reticulum (SR/ER) controls protein folding and is tethered to mitochondria. Under pathophysiological conditions the unfolded protein response (UPR) is associated with disturbance in SR/ER-mitochondria crosstalk. Here, we investigated whether ER stress altered SR/ER-mitochondria links, Ca(2+) handling and muscle damage in WT (Wild Type) and mdx mice, the murine model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). In WT mice, the SR/ER-mitochondria links were decreased in isolated FDB muscle fibers after injection of ER stress activator tunicamycin (TM)...
June 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562637/identification-of-diagnostic-peptide-regions-that-distinguish-zika-virus-from-related-mosquito-borne-flaviviruses
#12
Alexandra J Lee, Roshni Bhattacharya, Richard H Scheuermann, Brett E Pickett
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flavivirus genus of positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses, which includes Dengue, West Nile, Yellow Fever, and other mosquito-borne arboviruses. Infection by ZIKV can be difficult to distinguish from infection by other mosquito-borne Flaviviruses due to high sequence similarity, serum antibody cross-reactivity, and virus co-circulation in endemic areas. Indeed, existing serological methods are not able to consistently differentiate ZIKV from other Flaviviruses, which makes it extremely difficult to accurately calculate the incidence rate of Zika-associated Guillain-Barre in adults, microcephaly in newborns, or asymptomatic infections within a geographical area...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542631/concordance-of-bioactive-vs-total-immunoreactive-serum-leptin-levels-in-children-with-severe-early-onset-obesity
#13
Juraj Stanik, Jürgen Kratzsch, Kathrin Landgraf, Kathrin Scheuermann, Ulrike Spielau, Ruth Gausche, Daniela Gasperikova, Wieland Kiess, Antje Körner
CONTEXT: Leptin secreted from adipose tissue signals peripheral energy status to the brain. Monogenic leptin deficiency results in severe early onset obesity with hyperphagia. Recently, a similar phenotype of inactivating leptin mutations but with preserved immunoreactivity and hence normal circulating immunoreactive leptin has been reported. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the proportion of bioactive leptin serum levels (compared to immunoreactive leptin) as a biomarker for the screening of leptin gene mutations causing monogenic obesity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540567/-the-significance-of-biofilm-for-the-treatment-of-infections-in-orthopedic-surgery-2017-update
#14
REVIEW
C Scheuermann-Poley, C Wagner, J Hoffmann, A Moter, C Willy
BACKGROUND: The increase in endoprosthetic and osteosynthetic surgical treatment is associated with a simultaneous increase in implant-associated infections (surgical site infections, SSI). Biofilms appear to play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of these infections and heavily contaminated wounds. This article aims to provide a current overview of biofilm and its relevance in orthopedic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer-assisted literature search of MedLine (PubMed) was performed using key word combinations with "biofilm" (as of March 2017)...
June 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529002/isyqol-a-rasch-consistent-questionnaire-for-measuring-health-related-quality-of-life-in-adolescents-with-spinal-deformities
#15
Antonio Caronni, Luciana Sciumè, Sabrina Donzelli, Fabio Zaina, Stefano Negrini
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spinal deformities are commonly associated with poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Several questionnaires (eg, Scoliosis Research Society-24 [SRS-24] and Scoliosis Research Society-22 [SRS-22]) have been developed to evaluate HRQOL in these conditions. In adults as well as during growth, the HRQOL is considered one of the most relevant outcomes of both conservative and surgical treatments. Rasch analysis is a powerful statistical technique for developing high-quality and valid questionnaires...
May 18, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506846/allergen-specific-immunotherapy-modulates-the-balance-of-circulating-tfh-and-tfr-cells
#16
Veronique Schulten, Victoria Tripple, Grégory Seumois, Yu Qian, Richard H Scheuermann, Zheng Fu, Michela Locci, Sandy Rosales, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Alessandro Sette, Rafeul Alam, Shane Crotty, Bjoern Peters
Follicular helper T cells (Tfh cells) are a CD4 T cell subset essential for germinal center formation and B cell responses, although their role in allergy and allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) is unclear. Here, we show that AIT-treated patients have a higher ratio of regulatory Tfh cells (Tfr) to follicular T cells (Tfh) and hypothesize an IL-2 dependent mechanism.
May 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490321/transabdominal-preperitoneal-tapp-versus-lichtenstein-operation-for-primary-inguinal-hernia-repair-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#17
Uwe Scheuermann, Stefan Niebisch, Orestis Lyros, Boris Jansen-Winkeln, Ines Gockel
BACKGROUND: Transabdominal Preperitoneal (TAPP) and Lichtenstein operation are established methods for inguinal hernia repair in clinical practice. Meta-analyses of randomized controlled studies, comparing those two methods for repair of primary inguinal hernia, are still missing. In this study, a systematic review and meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials was performed to compare early and long term outcomes of the two methods. METHODS: A literature search was carried out to identify randomized controlled trials, which compared TAPP and Lichtenstein repair for primary inguinal hernia...
May 10, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485044/a-specific-and-covalent-jnk-1-ligand-selected-from-an-encoded-self-assembling-chemical-library
#18
Gunther Zimmermann, Ulrike Rieder, Davor Bajic, Sara Vanetti, Apirat Chaikuad, Stefan Knapp, Jörg Scheuermann, Martin Mattarella, Dario Neri
We describe the construction of a DNA-encoded chemical library comprising 148 135 members, generated through the self-assembly of two sub-libraries, containing 265 and 559 members, respectively. The library was designed to contain building blocks potentially capable of forming covalent interactions with target proteins. Selections performed with JNK1, a kinase containing a conserved cysteine residue close to the ATP binding site, revealed the preferential enrichment of a 2-phenoxynicotinic acid moiety (building block A82) and a 4-(3,4-difluorophenyl)-4-oxobut-2-enoic acid moiety (building block B272)...
June 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457810/chronic-stress-suppresses-anti-tumor-tcd8-responses-and-tumor-regression-following-cancer-immunotherapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-melanoma
#19
Annette Sommershof, Lisa Scheuermann, Julia Koerner, Marcus Groettrup
Animal tumor models and human cancer studies have provided convergent evidence that chronic psychological stress plays a decisive role in modulating anti-tumor T cell immunity. However, whether chronic stress also affects anti-cancer vaccine strategies that rely on the induction of functional tumor-specific TCD8+ cells has not been investigated yet. In this study we provide direct evidence that chronic stress suppresses the therapeutic efficacy of a biodegradable poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) microsphere (PLGA-MS) based cancer vaccine in a murine melanoma model...
April 27, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434256/a-bioinformatics-roadmap-for-the-human-vaccines-project
#20
Richard H Scheuermann, Robert S Sinkovits, Theodore Schenkelberg, Wayne C Koff
Biomedical research has become a data intensive science in which high throughput experimentation is producing comprehensive data about biological systems at an ever-increasing pace. The Human Vaccines Project is a new public-private partnership, with the goal of accelerating development of improved vaccines and immunotherapies for global infectious diseases and cancers by decoding the human immune system. To achieve its mission, the Project is developing a Bioinformatics Hub as an open-source, multidisciplinary effort with the overarching goal of providing an enabling infrastructure to support the data processing, analysis and knowledge extraction procedures required to translate high throughput, high complexity human immunology research data into biomedical knowledge, to determine the core principles driving specific and durable protective immune responses...
May 9, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
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