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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915473/urine-proteomics-in-the-era-of-mass-spectrometry
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Ashley Beasley-Green
With the technological advances of mass spectrometry (MS)-based platforms, clinical proteomics is one of the most rapidly growing areas in biomedical research. Urine proteomics has become a popular subdiscipline of clinical proteomics because it is an ideal source for the discovery of noninvasive disease biomarkers. The urine proteome offers a comprehensive view of the local and systemic physiology since the proteome is primarily composed of proteins/peptides from the kidneys and plasma. The emergence of MS-based proteomic platforms as prominent bioanalytical tools in clinical applications has enhanced the identification of protein-based urinary biomarkers...
November 2016: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915405/long-term-functional-outcomes-and-knee-alignment-of-computer-assisted-navigated-total-knee-arthroplasty
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V Sardana, J M Burzynski, M Khan, N Stone, B S Weening, P K Zalzal
INTRODUCTION: This retrospective study examined the relationship between the mechanical axis throughout a functional arc of motion and functional outcome scores in patients undergoing computer-assisted navigation-based total knee arthroplasty (CAN-TKA) at 6-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Stryker eNact Precision Knee Navigation System was utilized to obtain pre- and postoperative alignment measurements throughout the functional arc of motion. Patients were contacted via telephone and asked to complete the Short Form-12 and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities, which have been demonstrated to be reliable, valid, and sensitive assessment tools in this patient population...
December 3, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915329/acute-kidney-injury-risk-assessment-and-the-nephrology-rapid-response-team
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Lilia Maria Rizo-Topete, Mitchell H Rosner, Claudio Ronco
Acute kidney Injury (AKI) is a serious medical condition affecting more than 10 million people around the world annually and resulting in poor outcomes. It has been suggested that late recognition of the syndrome may lead to delayed interventions with increased morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and timely therapeutic strategies may be the cornerstone of future improvement in outcomes. The purpose of this article is to provide a practical model to identify patients at high risk for AKI in different environments, with the goal to prevent AKI...
December 3, 2016: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915301/assessing-the-risk-of-false-positive-serum-galactomannan-among-patients-receiving-piperacillin-tazobactam-for-febrile-neutropenia
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Hayati Demiraslan, M Altay Atalay, Esma Eren, Koray Demir, Leylagul Kaynar, A Nedret Koc, Mehmet Doganay
Galactomannan (GM) assay is commonly used as an early diagnostic tool for invasive fungal infection (IFI) in high-risk hematology patients. False positivity is frequently observed in GM with the use of piperacillin/tazobactam. The usage of generic drugs over the original brand has a significant cost advantage. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of GM test among patients receiving original and generic piperacillin/tazobactam formulations. The study included 85 adult patients; 62.4% were male with hematological malignancy currently receiving piperacillin/tazobactam...
December 2, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915257/correlates-of-self-rated-health-in-southern-europe-evidences-from-national-representative-samples-in-italy-and-serbia
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Francesco Lietz, Giovanni Piumatti, Jelena Marinkovic, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic
BACKGROUND: Self-rated health (SRH) is a widely adopted tool to compare health across countries. Our aim was to examine SRH differences between Italy and Serbia and to observe the role of predictors of SRH referring to health behaviors within and between both countries. METHODS: We used cross-sectional population-based data from Italian and Serbian national health surveys carried out in 2013. Post hoc cross-standardization was undertaken to ensure that the information from both data sets was comparable...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915207/fixed-distance-walk-tests-at-comfortable-and-fast-speed-potential-tools-for-the-functional-assessment-of-coronary-patients
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Marie-Doriane Morard, Delphine Besson, Davy Laroche, Alexandre Naaïm, Vincent Gremeaux, Jean-Marie Casillas
OBJECTIVES: There is ambiguity concerning the walk tests available for functional assessment of coronary patients, particularly for the walking speed. This study explores the psychometric properties of two walking tests, based on fixed-distance tests, at comfortable and fast velocity, in stabilized patients at the end of a cardiac rehabilitation program. METHODS: At a three-day interval 58 coronary patients (mean age of 64.85±6.03 years, 50 men) performed three walk tests, the first two at a comfortable speed in a random order (6-minute walk test - 6MWT - and 400-metre comfortable walk test - 400mCWT) and the third at a brisk speed (200-metre fast walk test - 200mFWT)...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915004/economic-analysis-of-the-nairobi-cancer-registry-implications-for-expanding-and-enhancing-cancer-registration-in-kenya
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Anne Korir, Robai Gakunga, Sujha Subramanian, Nathan Okerosi, Gladys Chesumbai, Patrick Edwards, Florence Tangka, Rachael Joseph, Nathan Buziba, Victor Rono, Donald Maxwell Parkin, Mona Saraiya
INTRODUCTION: Cancer registration is an important activity for informing cancer control activities. Cancer registries in Sub-Saharan Africa have limited resources to effectively operate because of competing priorities. To date, there has not been an assessment of the resources and funding needed to perform all the activities essential for cancer registration in Kenya. Evidence will help registries to quantify and advocate for the funds needed to sustain, enhance, and expand high quality cancer registration in Kenya...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914860/microplastics-ingestion-by-a-common-tropical-freshwater-fishing-resource
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Jacqueline Santos Silva-Cavalcanti, José Diego B Silva, Elton José de França, Maria Christina Barbosa de Araújo, Felipe Gusmão
Microplastics pollution is widespread in marine ecosystems and a major threat to biodiversity. Nevertheless, our knowledge of the impacts of microplastics in freshwater environments and biota is still very limited. The interaction of microplastics with freshwater organisms and the risks associated with the human consumption of organisms that ingested microplastics remain major knowledge gaps. In this study, we assessed the ingestion of microplastics by Hoplosternum littorale, a common freshwater fish heavily consumed by humans in semi-arid regions of South America...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914723/evaluation-of-knee-cartilage-thickness-a-comparison-between-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-methods
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Randy J Schmitz, Hsin-Min Wang, Daniel R Polprasert, Robert A Kraft, Brian G Pietrosimone
BACKGROUND: Establishing clinically accessible measures of cartilage health is critical for assessing effectiveness of protocols to reduce risk of osteoarthritis (OA) development and progression. Cartilage thickness is one important measure in describing both OA development and progression. The objective was to determine the relationship between ultrasound and MRI measures of cartilage thickness in the medial femoral condyle. METHODS: Mean cartilage thicknesses of the left medial femoral cartilage were measured via T1 weighted MRI and ultrasound imaging from transverse, anterior, middle, and posterior medial femoral regions in 10 healthy females (Mean±Std Dev) (1...
November 30, 2016: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914632/the-us-food-and-drug-administration-s-risk-evaluation-and-mitigation-strategy-rems-program-current-status-and-future-direction
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Jasmanda Wu, Juhaeri Juhaeri
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2007 granted the FDA new authorities to enhance drug safety by requiring application holders to submit a proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). A REMS is a required risk management plan that uses tools beyond the package insert. REMS elements may include a medication guide and patient package insert for patients and a communication plan focused on health care professionals. Elements to assure safe use (ETASUs) are put in place to mitigate a specific known serious risk when other less restrictive elements of a REMS are not sufficient to mitigate such risk...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914493/patient-factors-associated-with-quality-of-life-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Tiffany C Randolph, DaJuanicia N Simon, Laine Thomas, Larry A Allen, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard J Gersh, Peter R Kowey, James A Reiffel, Gerald V Naccarelli, Paul S Chan, John A Spertus, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: As treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF) increase, more attention is focused on patients' experiences and quality of life (QoL). However, little is known about the factors associated with these outcomes. METHODS: The Atrial Fibrillation Effect on QualiTy-of-life (AFEQT) is a disease-specific QoL tool for AF, with domain and summary scores ranging from 0 (the worst QoL) to 100. Using multivariable linear regression, we evaluated factors associated with baseline AFEQT Summary and Subscale Scores in ORBIT AF, a large, community-based AF registry...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914356/can-podcasts-for-assessment-guidance-and-feedback-promote-self-efficacy-among-undergraduate-nursing-students-a-qualitative-study
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Linda C McSwiggan, Maureen Campbell
BACKGROUND: Improving assessment guidance and feedback for students has become an international priority within higher education. Podcasts have been proposed as a tool for enhancing teaching, learning and assessment. However, a stronger theory-based rationale for using podcasts, particularly as a means of facilitating assessment guidance and feedback, is required. OBJECTIVE: To explore students' experiences of using podcasts for assessment guidance and feedback...
November 27, 2016: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914352/searching-for-novel-modes-of-toxic-actions-of-oil-spill-using-e-%C3%A2-coli-live-cell-array-reporter-system-a-hebei-spirit-oil-spill-study
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Dawoon Jung, Miao Guan, Sangwoo Lee, Cheolmin Kim, Hyesoo Shin, Seongjin Hong, Un Hyuk Yim, Won Joon Shim, John P Giesy, Jong Seong Khim, Xiaowei Zhang, Kyungho Choi
Oil is a complex mixture of numerous compounds. Therefore, oil spills near shore can cause various adverse effects on coastal ecosystems. However, most toxicological assessments conducted on oil spill sites have focused on limited modes of toxic actions. In the present study, we utilized the Escherichia coli (E. coli) live cell array system (LCA) to identify novel modes of toxicities of the oil spill-affected sediments. For this purpose, sediment samples were collected from an area heavily polluted by Hebei Spirit oil spill (HSOS) incident of 2007...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914323/quantitative-farm-to-fork-human-norovirus-exposure-assessment-of-individually-quick-frozen-raspberries-and-raspberry-puree
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L Jacxsens, A Stals, A De Keuckelaere, B Deliens, A Rajkovic, M Uyttendaele
A quantitative human norovirus (NoV) exposure model describing transmission of NoV during pre-harvest, harvest and further processing of soft red fruits exemplified by raspberries is presented. The outcomes of the model demonstrate the presence of NoV in raspberry puree or individual quick frozen (IQF) raspberry fruits and were generated by Monte Carlo simulations by combining GoldSim® and @Risk® software. Input data were collected from scientific literature, observational studies and assumptions. NoV contamination of soft red fruits is assumed to take place at farms by application of contaminated water for pesticides dilution or by berries' pickers shedding NoV...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914275/inter-observer-agreement-of-the-general-movements-assessment-with-infants-following-surgery
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Cathryn Crowle, Claire Galea, Catherine Morgan, Iona Novak, Karen Walker, Nadia Badawi
BACKGROUND: The General Movements Assessment (GMA) is a validated and reliable method of identifying infants at risk of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes, however there is minimal data available on the use of the GMA with infants following surgery. AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the inter-observer agreement for the GMA with this infant population. STUDY DESIGN: Reliability and agreement study. SUBJECTS: This was a prospective cohort study of 190 infants (male n=112) born at term (mean 38weeks, SD 2weeks)...
November 30, 2016: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914206/is-ultrasound-a-valid-and-reliable-imaging-modality-for-airway-evaluation-an-observational-computed-tomographic-validation-study-using-submandibular-scanning-of-the-mouth-and-oropharynx
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Faraj W Abdallah, Eugene Yu, Phantila Cholvisudhi, Ahtsham U Niazi, Ki J Chin, Sherif Abbas, Vincent W Chan
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound (US) imaging of the airway may be useful in predicting difficulty of airway management (DAM); but its use is limited by lack of proof of its validity and reliability. We sought to validate US imaging of the airway by comparison to CT-scan, and to assess its inter- and intra-observer reliability. We used submandibular sonographic imaging of the mouth and oropharynx to examine how well the ratio of tongue thickness to oral cavity height correlates with the ratio of tongue volume to oral cavity volume, an established tomographic measure of DAM...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914078/computer-vision-based-image-analysis-of-bacteria
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Jonas Danielsen, Pontus Nordenfelt
Microscopy is an essential tool for studying bacteria, but is today mostly used in a qualitative or possibly semi-quantitative manner often involving time-consuming manual analysis. It also makes it difficult to assess the importance of individual bacterial phenotypes, especially when there are only subtle differences in features such as shape, size, or signal intensity, which is typically very difficult for the human eye to discern. With computer vision-based image analysis - where computer algorithms interpret image data - it is possible to achieve an objective and reproducible quantification of images in an automated fashion...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
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Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913837/hospitalizations-due-to-preventable-adverse-reactions-a-systematic-review
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Nidhi S Patel, Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel, Viren N Naik, C B Tripathi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to measure the percentage of preventable adverse drug reactions that lead to the hospitalization (PADRAd) and to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics. METHODS: Two investigators independently searched in electronic databases and related bibliography for prospective studies involving PADRAd. We excluded studies investigating medication errors and spontaneous and retrospective reporting...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913721/application-based-hearing-screening-in-the-elderly-population
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Leonid Livshitz, Reem Ghanayim, Carmi Kraus, Raymond Farah, Ella Even-Tov, Yaniv Avraham, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Peter Gilbey
OBJECTIVES: The effects of age-related hearing loss are severe. Early detection is essential for maximum benefit. However, most hearing-impaired adults delay obtaining treatment. Diagnostic hearing testing at an appropriate facility is impractical, and new methods for screening audiometry aim to provide easy access for patients and reliable outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine the accuracy of application-based hearing screening in an elderly population. METHODS: The uHear application was downloaded to an iPad...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
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