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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102986/medical-qualification-determinations-final-rule
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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to revise its regulations for medical qualification determinations. The revised regulations update references and language; add and modify definitions; clarify coverage and applicability; address the need for medical documentation and medical examination and/or testing for an applicant or employee whose position may or may not have medical standards and/or physical requirements; and recommend the establishment of agency medical review boards...
18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102948/use-of-parallel-plate-ionization-chambers-in-reference-dosimetry-of-novac-and-liac-%C3%A2-mobile-electron-linear-accelerators-for-intraoperative-radiotherapy-a-multi-center-survey
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Paolo Scalchi, Alessia Ciccotelli, Giuseppe Felici, Assunta Petrucci, Raffaella Massafra, Valeria Piazzi, Paola D'Avenia, Francesca Cavagnetto, Federica Cattani, Raffaella Romagnoli, Antonella Soriani
PURPOSE: LIAC(®) and NOVAC are two mobile linear accelerators dedicated to intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), generating electron beams in the energy range of 3-12 MeV. Due to high dose-per-pulse (up to 70 mGy per pulse), in 2003 the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) stated that "for the measure of dose to water in reference conditions, ionization chambers cannot be employed and no published dosimetry protocol can be used". As a consequence, ferrous sulphate (or, alternatively alanine) dosimetry was recommended...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102862/mutation-spectrum-in-the-abcc6-gene-and-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-a-french-cohort-with-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
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Anne Legrand, Laurence Cornez, Wafa Samkari, Jean-Michael Mazzella, Annabelle Venisse, Valérie Boccio, Karine Auribault, Boris Keren, Karelle Benistan, Dominique P Germain, Michael Frank, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Juliette Albuisson
PURPOSE: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by variants in the ABCC6 gene. Ectopic mineralization of connective tissues leads to skin, eye, and cardiovascular manifestations with considerable phenotypic variability of unknown cause. We aimed to identify genotype-phenotype correlations in PXE. METHODS: A molecular analysis was performed on 458 French PXE probands clinically evaluated using the Phenodex score (PS). Variant topographic analysis and genotype-phenotype correlation analysis were performed according to the number and type of identified variants...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
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Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102657/the-optimal-strategy-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-multivessel-disease-an-updated-meta-analysis-of-9-randomized-controlled-trials
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Zhong G Fan, Xiao F Gao, Xiao B Li, Wen X Mao, Li W Chen, Nai L Tian
INTRODUCTION: The optimal strategy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and multivessel disease (MVD) still remains controversial. This study sought to explore the optimal PCI strategy for those patients. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Medline, EMBASE and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry were searched for relevant studies. We analyzed the comparison of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) as the primary end point between the preventive PCI strategy and the culprit only PCI strategy (CV-PCI)...
April 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102532/time-to-epinephrine-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-retrospective-analysis-of-intraosseous-versus-intravenous-access
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Elliot M Ross, Julian Mapp, Chetan Kharod, David A Wampler, Christopher Velasquez, David A Miramontes
INTRODUCTION: The 2015 advanced cardiac life support update continues to advocate administering epinephrine during cardiac arrest. The goal of our study is to determine if prehospital intraosseous (IO) access results in shorter time to epinephrine than prehospital peripheral intravenous (PIV) access. METHODS: The out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) database of a large, urban, fire-based emergency medical services system was searched for consecutive cases of OHCA between January 2013 and December 2015...
April 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102515/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-and-obesity-update-2016
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Samuele Cortese, Luca Tessari
While psychiatric comorbidities of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been extensively explored, less attention has been paid to somatic conditions possibly associated with this disorder. However, mounting evidence in the last decade pointed to a possible significant association between ADHD and certain somatic conditions, including obesity. This papers provides an update of a previous systematic review on the relationship between obesity and ADHD (Cortese and Vincenzi, Curr Top Behav Neurosci 9:199-218, 2012), focusing on pertinent peer-reviewed empirical papers published since 2012...
January 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102461/rnahelix-computational-modeling-of-nucleic-acid-structures-with-watson-crick-and-non-canonical-base-pairs
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Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102443/-new-options-for-the-practice-update-s1-s2-guidelines-on-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
M Schneider
Guidelines are important tools for evidence-based pharmacological treatment of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Recommendations assist physicians in identifying the best form of treatment but ultimately, the final decision is based on joint participation by the patient and physician. Nowadays, general concepts, such as treat to target seem to be more important in rheumatoid arthritis than differencies between various drugs or drug classes. The universal recommendation to use methotrexate as the initial disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) is driven more by economic reasons than by scientific data, which is not completely wrong but should be disclosed...
January 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102073/estimates-of-health-impacts-and-radiative-forcing-in-winter-haze-in-eastern-china-through-constraints-of-surface-pm2-5-predictions
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Meng Gao, Pablo E Saide, Jinyuan Xin, Yuesi Wang, Zirui Liu, Yuxuan Wang, Zifa Wang, Mariusz Pagowski, Sarath K Guttikunda, Gregory R Carmichael
The Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Three-Dimensional Variational (3DVAR) data assimilation system is extended to treat the MOSAIC aerosol model in WRF-Chem, and to be capable of assimilating surface PM2.5 concentrations. The coupled GSI-WRF-Chem system is applied to reproduce aerosol levels over China during an extremely polluted winter month, January 2013. After assimilating surface PM2.5 concentrations, the correlation coefficients between observations and model results averaged over the assimilated sites are improved from 0...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102034/common-and-well-documented-hla-alleles-over-all-of-europe-and-within-european-sub-regions-a-catalogue-from-the-european-federation-for-immunogenetics
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A Sanchez-Mazas, J M Nunes, D Middleton, J Sauter, S Buhler, A McCabe, J Hofmann, D M Baier, A H Schmidt, G Nicoloso, M Andreani, Z Grubic, J-M Tiercy, K Fleischhauer
BACKGROUND: A catalogue of common and well-documented (CWD) human leukocyte antigen (HLA), previously established by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), is widely used as indicator for typing ambiguities to be resolved in tissue transplantation or for checking the universality of any HLA allele in the world. However, European population samples, which are characterized by a substantial level of genetic variation, are underrepresented in the ASHI catalogue...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101972/an-evaluation-of-the-quality-of-evidence-available-to-inform-current-bone-conduction-hearing-device-national-policy
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Rishi Mandavia, Alex Carter, Nadine Haram, Elias Mossialos, Anne Gm Schilder
OBJECTIVES: In 2016 NHS England published the commissioning policy on Bone Conducting Hearing Devices (BCHDs). This policy was informed by updated evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of BCHDs as well as by the 2013 Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) policy. Commissioning policies set the criteria for service delivery and therefore have a major impact on the care received by patients. It is important that stakeholders have a good appreciation of the available evidence informing policy, since this will promote engagement both with the policy as well as with future research leading on from the policy...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
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Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101837/drug-exposure-and-the-risk-of-microscopic-colitis-a-critical-update
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Alfredo J Lucendo
A variety of luminal antigens, including a wide range of drugs, have been associated with the still little-known pathophysiology of microscopic colitis (MC), with variable evidence suggesting causality. This article aims to review the aspects related to drugs as potential triggers of MC; to discuss the most commonly identified associations between drugs and MC; and to analyze the limitations of the studies currently available. A literature search was performed in PubMed combining the search terms 'drug exposure', 'drug consumption', and 'risk factors' with 'microscopic colitis', 'lymphocytic colitis', and 'collagenous colitis', with no language restrictions...
January 18, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101794/diabetic-foot-infections-an-update-in-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Pinelopi Grigoropoulou, Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Edward B Jude, Nikolaos Tentolouris
Foot infections are a common problem in patients with diabetes and a risk factor for limb amputation. They occur as a result of skin ulceration, which facilitates penetration of pathogens to deeper tissues. The diagnosis of infection is clinical. Aerobic gram-positive cocci are the most common pathogens. Ulcers which are chronic, preceded by administration of antibiotics and hospitalization or complicated by severe infection are polymicrobial. Antibiotic therapy is initially empiric based on the severity of the infection...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101780/update-of-the-spectrum-of-mucopolysaccharidoses-type-iii-in-tunisia-identification-of-three-novel-mutations-and-in-silico-structural-analysis-of-the-missense-mutations
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Souad Ouesleti, Maria Francisca Coutinho, Isaura Ribeiro, Abdehedi Miled, Dalila Saidane Mosbahi, Sandra Alves
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses type III (MPS III) are a group of autosomal recessive lysosomal storage diseases, caused by mutations in genes that code for enzymes involved in the lysosomal degradation of heparan sulphate: heparan sulfate sulfamidase (SGSH), α-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAGLU), heparan sulfate acetyl-CoA: α-glucosaminide N-acetyltransferase (HGSNAT), and N-acetylglucosamine-6-sulfatase (GNS). METHODS: In this study, we have performed the molecular analysis of the SGSH, NAGLU and HGSNAT genes in 10 patients from 6 different MPS III Tunisian families...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101776/plyometric-exercise-and-bone-health-in-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alejandro Gómez-Bruton, Ángel Matute-Llorente, Alejandro González-Agüero, José A Casajús, Germán Vicente-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Many jumping interventions have been performed in children and adolescents in order to improve bone-related variables and thus, ensure a healthy bone development during these periods and later in life. This systematic review aims to summarize and update present knowledge regarding the effects that jumping interventions may have on bone mass, structure and metabolism in order to ascertain the efficacy and durability (duration of the effects caused by the intervention) of the interventions...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101605/surviving-sepsis-campaign-international-guidelines-for-management-of-sepsis-and-septic-shock-2016
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Andrew Rhodes, Laura E Evans, Waleed Alhazzani, Mitchell M Levy, Massimo Antonelli, Ricard Ferrer, Anand Kumar, Jonathan E Sevransky, Charles L Sprung, Mark E Nunnally, Bram Rochwerg, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Derek C Angus, Djillali Annane, Richard J Beale, Geoffrey J Bellinghan, Gordon R Bernard, Jean-Daniel Chiche, Craig Coopersmith, Daniel P De Backer, Craig J French, Seitaro Fujishima, Herwig Gerlach, Jorge Luis Hidalgo, Steven M Hollenberg, Alan E Jones, Dilip R Karnad, Ruth M Kleinpell, Younsuk Koh, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Flavia R Machado, John J Marini, John C Marshall, John E Mazuski, Lauralyn A McIntyre, Anthony S McLean, Sangeeta Mehta, Rui P Moreno, John Myburgh, Paolo Navalesi, Osamu Nishida, Tiffany M Osborn, Anders Perner, Colleen M Plunkett, Marco Ranieri, Christa A Schorr, Maureen A Seckel, Christopher W Seymour, Lisa Shieh, Khalid A Shukri, Steven Q Simpson, Mervyn Singer, B Taylor Thompson, Sean R Townsend, Thomas Van der Poll, Jean-Louis Vincent, W Joost Wiersinga, Janice L Zimmerman, R Phillip Dellinger
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update to "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012". DESIGN: A consensus committee of 55 international experts representing 25 international organizations was convened. Nominal groups were assembled at key international meetings (for those committee members attending the conference). A formal conflict-of-interest (COI) policy was developed at the onset of the process and enforced throughout. A stand-alone meeting was held for all panel members in December 2015...
January 18, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101563/world-health-organisation-global-disability-action-plan-2014-2021-challenges-and-perspectives-for-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-in-pakistan
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Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Tahir M Sayed, Aamir W Butt, Khalid Jamil, Waseem Iqbal, Alaeldin Elmalik, Farooq A Rathore, Geoff Abbott
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update on disability and outline potential barriers and facilitators for implementation of the World Health Organization Global Disability Action Plan (GDAP) in Pakistan. METHODS: A 6-day workshop at the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Islamabad facilitated by rehabilitation staff from Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Local healthcare professionals (n = 33) from medical rehabilitation facilities identified challenges in service provision, education and attitudes/approaches to people with disabilities, using consensus agreement for objectives listed in the GDAP...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101350/tp53-mutation-is-associated-with-a-poor-clinical-outcome-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-evidence-from-a-meta-analysis
#20
Jincui Gu, Yanbin Zhou, Lixia Huang, Weijun Ou, Jian Wu, Shaoli Li, Junwen Xu, Jinlun Feng, Baomo Liu
A number of studies have examined the association between tumor protein 53 (TP53) mutations and the clinical outcome in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), although these have yielded conflicting results. In the present study, electronic databases updated to September 2015 were searched to find relevant studies. A meta-analysis was performed on the eligible studies, which quantitatively evaluated the association between the TP53 mutations and the survival of patients with NSCLC. Subgroup and sensitivity analyses were performed...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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