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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549336/evaluation-of-a-new-random-access-hbv-dna-molecular-assay-the-veris-hbv-assay
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Slim Fourati, Dominique Challine, Jean-Dominique Poveda, Syria Laperche, Sandrine Rallier, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Stéphane Chevaliez
BACKGROUND: Detection and quantification of HBV DNA are essential to diagnose chronic HBV infection, monitor the virological response to treatment and the possible selection of resistant viruses in order to tailor therapy. The VERIS/MDx System HBV Assay is a random-access system that quantifies HBV DNA in clinical samples using unique single sample and reagent access during the workflow process without the need to reload other tests and delivers results within 1.2h following sampling...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
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Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549262/passive-sampling-of-wastewater-as-a-tool-for-the-long-term-monitoring-of-community-exposure-illicit-and-prescription-drug-trends-as-a-proof-of-concept
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J A Baz-Lomba, Christopher Harman, Malcolm Reid, Kevin V Thomas
A passive sampling device, the Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler (POCIS), was calibrated in-situ over a 4-week period in Oslo (Norway) for 10 illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals with the goal of developing an approach for monitoring long-term wastewater drug loads. The calibrations were performed in triplicate using three different overlapping calibration sets under changing environmental conditions that allowed the uncertainty of the sampling rates to be evaluated. All 10 compounds exhibited linear uptake kinetics and provided sampling rates of between 0...
May 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549220/physiological-responses-during-intermittent-running-exercise-differ-between-outdoor-and-treadmill-running
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Marco Panascì, Romuald Lepers, Antonio La Torre, Matteo Bonato, Hervè Assadi
The aim of this study was to compare the physiological responses during 15 min of intermittent running consisting of 30 s high intensity running exercise at maximal aerobic velocity (MAV) interspersed with 30 s passive recovery (30-30) performed outdoor versus on a motorized treadmill. Fifteen collegiate physically active males (age: 22±1 years-old; body mass: 66±7 kg; stature: 176±06 cm, weekly training volume: 5±2 h·week<sup>-1</sup>), performed Fitness Intermittent test 45-15 in order to determine VO<sub>2max</sub> and Maximal Aerobic Velocity (MAV) and then completed in random order three different training sessions consisting of 30s run -30s rest outdoor on athletic track (30-30 Track) at MAV; 30s run -30s rest on treadmill (30-30 Treadmill) at MAV; 30s run -30s rest at MAV+15% (30-30+15% MAV Treadmill)...
May 26, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549173/incidental-mosquitocidal-effect-of-an-ivermectin-mass-drug-administration-on-anopheles-farauti-conducted-for-scabies-control-in-the-solomon-islands
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Christian Kositz, Jeptah Talina, Jason Diau, Rowena Asugeni, Cheryl Whitehorn, David Mabey, Carlos Chaccour, Michael Marks
Background: The Solomon Islands is targeting elimination of malaria by 2030. The dominant vector is the predominantly exophagic, exophilic Anopheles farauti sensu strictu. This biting behaviour limits the efficacy of conventional vector control tools and highlights the need for new strategies. When administered to humans ivermectin has been shown to have a mosquitocidal effect. Mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin is an emerging strategy in the control of scabies. In this study we explored any incidental effect of ivermectin MDA conducted for scabies control on mosquitoes...
May 26, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549142/how-do-performance-based-financing-programmes-measure-quality-of-care-a-descriptive-analysis-of-68-quality-checklists-from-28-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Erik Josephson, Jessica Gergen, Martha Coe, Samantha Ski, Supriya Madhavan, Sebastian Bauhoff
This paper seeks to systematically describe the length and content of quality checklists used in performance-based financing programmes, their similarities and differences, and how checklists have evolved over time. We compiled a list of supply-side, health facility-based performance-based financing (PBF) programmes in low- and lower middle-income countries based on a document review. We then solicited PBF manuals and quality checklists from implementers and donors of these PBF mechanisms. We entered each indicator from each quality checklist into a database verbatim in English, and translated into English from French where appropriate, and categorized each indicator according to the Donabedian framework and an author-derived categorization...
May 26, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549123/working-conditions-in-the-explanation-of-occupational-inequalities-in-sickness-absence-in-the-french-sumer-study
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Isabelle Niedhammer, Thomas Lesuffleur, Sarah Memmi, Jean-François Chastang
: Explanations of social inequalities in sickness absence are lacking in the literature. Our objectives were to evaluate the contribution of various occupational exposures in explaining these inequalities in a national representative sample of employees. : The study was based on the cross-sectional sample of the SUMER 2010 survey that included 46 962 employees, 26 883 men and 20 079 women. Both sickness absence spells and days within the last 12 months, as health indicators, were studied. Occupation was used as a marker of social position...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549111/diabetic-db-db-mice-do-not-develop-heart-failure-upon-pressure-overload-a-longitudinal-in-vivo-pet-mri-and-mrs-study-on-cardiac-metabolic-structural-and-functional-adaptations
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Desiree Abdurrachim, Miranda Nabben, Verena Hoerr, Michael T Kuhlmann, Philipp Bovenkamp, Jolita Ciapaite, Ilvy M E Geraets, Will Coumans, Joost J F P Luiken, Jan F C Glatz, Michael Schäfers, Klaas Nicolay, Cornelius Faber, Sven Hermann, Jeanine J Prompers
Aim: Heart failure is associated with altered myocardial substrate metabolism and impaired cardiac energetics. Comorbidities like diabetes may influence the metabolic adaptations during heart failure development. We quantified to what extent changes in substrate preference, lipid accumulation, and energy status predict the longitudinal development of hypertrophy and failure in the non-diabetic and the diabetic heart. Methods and results: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was performed in non-diabetic ( db /+) and diabetic ( db/db ) mice to induce pressure overload...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549082/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-propofol-changes-in-patients-with-frontal-brain-tumours
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M M Sahinovic, D J Eleveld, T Miyabe-Nishiwaki, M M R F Struys, A R Absalom
Background: Models of propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics developed in patients without brain pathology are widely used for target-controlled infusion (TCI) during brain tumour excision operations. The goal of this study was to determine if the presence of a frontal brain tumour influences propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and existing PK-PD model performance. Methods: Twenty patients with a frontal brain tumour and 20 control patients received a propofol infusion to achieve an induction-emergence-induction anaesthetic sequence...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549046/associations-of-physical-fitness-and-body-composition-characteristics-with-simulated-military-task-performance
#10
K Pihlainen, M Santtila, K Häkkinen, H Kyröläinen
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the associations of physical fitness and body composition characteristics with anaerobic endurance performance, tested in the combat load using the occupationally relevant military simulation test (MST). Eighty-one male soldiers, deployed to a crisis management operation in the Middle East, volunteered for the study and participated in a test battery consisting measurements of muscle strength, body composition characteristics, endurance capacity, and MST.A Spearman correlational analysis revealed that the strongest variable, correlated with MST time, was the countermovement jump performed with the combat load (CMJ2) (rs = -0...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549026/the-use-of-rapid-deployment-valves-in-combined-aortic-and-mitral-valve-surgery-one-year-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes
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Markus Schlömicher, Matthias Bechtel, Zulfugar Taghiyev, Yazan Al-Jabery, Peter Lukas Haldenwang, Vadim Moustafine, Justus Thomas Strauch
OBJECTIVE: Patients undergoing multiple valve surgery represent a high-risk group who could potentially benefit from a reduction of cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times because prolonged bypass and cross-clamp times are considered independent risk factors for increased morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Between July 2013 and November 2014, 16 patients underwent rapid deployment aortic valve replacement with the EDWARDS INTUITY valve system in the setting of concomitant mitral disease...
May 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549023/technical-feasibility-of-a-combined-noncontrast-magnetic-resonance-protocol-for-preoperative-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-evaluation
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Paola M Cannaò, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, U Joseph Schoepf, Carlo N De Cecco, Pal Suranyi, Virginia W Lesslie, Davide Piccini, Shivraman Giri, Akos Varga-Szemes
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the technical feasibility of a noncontrast magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) protocol using investigational prototype self-navigated 3D (SN3D) radial whole-heart and quiescent-interval single-shot (QISS) pulse sequences regarding their potential in planning transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five patients (76±7 y) with severe aortic valve stenosis and prior computed tomographic angiography (CTA) for TAVR planning and 10 healthy volunteers (28±6 y) underwent noncontrast MRA on a 1...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549006/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-versus-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-poem-for-achalasia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francisco Schlottmann, Daniel J Luckett, Jason Fine, Nicholas J Shaheen, Marco G Patti
OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcome of per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) for the treatment of esophageal achalasia. BACKGROUND: Over the last 2 decades, LHM has become the primary form of treatment in many centers. However, since the first description of POEM in 2010, this technique has widely disseminated, despite the absence of long-term results and randomized trials. METHODS: A systematic Medline literature search of articles on LHM and POEM for the treatment of achalasia was performed...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548897/evening-light-exposure-to-computer-screens-disrupts-human-sleep-biological-rhythms-and-attention-abilities
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A Green, M Cohen-Zion, A Haim, Y Dagan
The use of electronic devices with light-emitting screens has increased exponentially in the last decade. As a result, humans are almost continuously exposed to unintentional artificial light. We explored the independent and combined effects of two aspects of screen illumination, light wavelength, and intensity, on sleep, its biological regulation, and related functional outcomes. The 2 × 2 repeated-measure design included two independent variables: screen light intensity (low ([LI] versus high [HI]) and wavelength (short [SWL] versus long [LWL])...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548875/overweight-obesity-and-height-as-risk-factors-for-meningioma-glioma-pituitary-adenoma-and-nerve-sheath-tumor-a-large-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Markus K H Wiedmann, Cathrine Brunborg, Antonio Di Ieva, Kristina Lindemann, Tom B Johannesen, Lars Vatten, Eirik Helseth, John A Zwart
BACKGROUND: In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has announced that avoiding body fatness (i.e. overweight and obesity) contributes to prevent meningioma occurrence, but considered the available evidence for glioma inadequate. The association of body fatness with other CNS tumor subgroups is largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether body fatness or body height are associated with risk for meningioma, glioma, pituitary adenoma (PA) or nerve sheath tumor (NST) in a large population-based Norwegian cohort...
May 26, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548872/seasonal-and-time-of-day-variations-in-acute-non-image-forming-effects-of-illuminance-level-on-performance-physiology-and-subjective-well-being
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L M Huiberts, K C H J Smolders, Y A W De Kort
This study investigated seasonal and time-of-day dependent moderations in the strength and direction of acute diurnal non-image forming (NIF) effects of illuminance level on performance, physiology, and subjective well-being. Even though there are indications for temporal variations in NIF-responsiveness to bright light, scientific insights into potential moderations by season are scarce. We employed a 2 (Light: 165 versus 1700 lx at the eye level, within) × 2 (Season: autumn/winter versus spring, between) × 2 (Time of day: morning versus afternoon, between) mixed-model design...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548710/measurement-of-glycine-in-healthy-and-tumorous-brain-by-triple-refocusing-mrs-at-3%C3%A2-t-in-vivo
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Vivek Tiwari, Zhongxu An, Sandeep K Ganji, Jeannie Baxter, Toral R Patel, Edward Pan, Bruce E Mickey, Elizabeth A Maher, Marco C Pinho, Changho Choi
Glycine (Gly) has been implicated in several neurological disorders, including malignant brain tumors. The precise measurement of Gly is challenging largely as a result of the spectral overlap with myo-inositol (mI). We report a new triple-refocusing sequence for the reliable co-detection of Gly and mI at 3 T and for the evaluation of Gly in healthy and tumorous brain. The sequence parameters were optimized with density-matrix simulations and phantom validation. With a total TE of 134 ms, the sequence gave complete suppression of the mI signal between 3...
May 26, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548695/development-of-a-novel-bioabsorbable-implant-that-is-substituted-by-adipose-tissue-in-vivo
#18
Shuichi Ogino, Naoki Morimoto, Michiharu Sakamoto, Chizuru Jinno, Katsuhiro Yoshikawa, Tatsuki Enoshiri, Yuki Sakamoto, Tsuguyoshi Taira, Shigehiko Suzuki
Recently, adipose tissue has been regenerated by combining scaffolds, growth factors, and/or adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs). However, the safety of growth factors and ASCs has not been confirmed in cancer patients. We reported the regeneration of adipose tissue in the internal space of a polypropylene mesh containing a collagen sponge (CS), without using any growth factors or cells. We herein explored the formation of adipose tissue, using the bioabsorbable implant containing CS, in rats. We prepared the implants without and with CS, using threads of either poly l-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone [P(LA/CL)] or poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), and measured their strengths...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548651/foetal-haemoglobin-blood-transfusion-and-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-very-preterm-infants-a-pilot-prospective-cohort-study
#19
C J Stutchfield, A Jain, D Odd, C Williams, R Markham
PurposeTo identify if there is an association between foetal haemoglobin (HbF) concentration and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in very preterm infants.Patients and methodsProspective cohort study. Infants born <32 weeks' gestational age or <1501 g in two tertiary neonatal units between January 2012 and May 2013 (n=42) were enrolled. HbF and adult haemoglobin (HbA) concentrations were measured using high-pressure liquid chromatography from blood samples sent as part of routine neonatal care once routinely requested laboratory tests had been performed...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548600/a-multi-spectroscopic-and-molecular-docking-approach-to-investigate-the-interaction-of-antiviral-drug-oseltamivir-with-ct-dna
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Neda Hosseinpour Moghadam, Sadegh Salehzadeh, Nahid Shahabadi, Reza Golbedaghi
The possible interaction between the antiviral drug oseltamivir and calf thymus DNA at physiological pH was studied by spectrophotometry, competitive spectrofluorimetry, differential pulse voltammogram (DPV), circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), viscosity measurements, salt effect, and computational studies. Intercalation of oseltamivir between the base pairs of DNA was shown by a sharp increase in specific viscosity of DNA and a decrease of the peak current and a positive shift in differential pulse voltammogram...
May 26, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
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