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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913839/the-ability-of-emergency-physicians-to-diagnose-and-score-acute-pancreatitis-on-computed-tomography
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A Karagöz, E E Ünlüer, O Oyar, F E Topal, F Topal
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to determine the ability of emergency physicians' (EP) interpreting contrast-enhanced computed tomographies (CECTs) performed in patients diagnosed or suspected acute pancreatitis (AP), using the modified computed tomography severity index (MCTSI) scoring system. METHODS: This study was conducted in Training and Research Hospital's Emergency Department. From January 1, 2013 to April 30, 2016, patients whom performed CECT within 24 h of admission with diagnosis or suspicion of AP were reviewed retrospectively...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913695/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-coenzyme-q10-in-huntington-disease
#2
Andrew McGarry, Michael McDermott, Karl Kieburtz, Elisabeth A de Blieck, Flint Beal, Karen Marder, Christopher Ross, Ira Shoulson, Peter Gilbert, William M Mallonee, Mark Guttman, Joanne Wojcieszek, Rajeev Kumar, Mark S LeDoux, Mary Jenkins, H Diana Rosas, Martha Nance, Kevin Biglan, Peter Como, Richard M Dubinsky, Kathleen M Shannon, Padraig O'Suilleabhain, Kelvin Chou, Francis Walker, Wayne Martin, Vicki L Wheelock, Elizabeth McCusker, Joseph Jankovic, Carlos Singer, Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Burton Scott, Oksana Suchowersky, Stewart A Factor, Donald S Higgins, Eric Molho, Fredy Revilla, John N Caviness, Joseph H Friedman, Joel S Perlmutter, Andrew Feigin, Karen Anderson, Ramon Rodriguez, Nikolaus R McFarland, Russell L Margolis, Eric S Farbman, Lynn A Raymond, Valerie Suski, Sandra Kostyk, Amy Colcher, Lauren Seeberger, Eric Epping, Sherali Esmail, Nancy Diaz, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Alan Diamond, Samuel Frank, Philip Hanna, Neal Hermanowicz, Leon S Dure, Merit Cudkowicz
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that chronic treatment of early-stage Huntington disease (HD) with high-dose coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) will slow the progressive functional decline of HD. METHODS: We performed a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with early-stage HD (n = 609) were enrolled at 48 sites in the United States, Canada, and Australia from 2008 to 2012. Patients were randomized to receive either CoQ 2,400 mg/d or matching placebo, then followed for 60 months...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913043/evaluation-of-the-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-on-extrapulmonary-and-respiratory-samples-other-than%C3%A2-sputum-a-low-burden-country-experience
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Sushil Pandey, Jacob Congdon, Bradley McInnes, Alina Pop, Christopher Coulter
The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay on extrapulmonary (EP) and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples of patients suspected of having tuberculosis (TB) from Queensland, Australia. A total of 269 EP and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples collected from Qld patients who were suspected of having TB were subjected to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF analysis, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) culture and drug susceptibility testing. Phenotypic and genotypic data were compared...
November 29, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912985/immunogenicity-and-malaria-transmission-reducing-potency-of-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-encoded-by-dna-vaccines-administered-by-intramuscular-electroporation
#4
Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Dietlind L Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Pfs48/45 and Pfs25 are leading candidates for the development of Plasmodium falciparum transmission blocking vaccines (TBV). Expression of Pfs48/45 in the erythrocytic sexual stages and presentation to the immune system during infection in the human host also makes it ideal for natural boosting. However, it has been challenging to produce a fully folded, functionally active Pfs48/45, using various protein expression platforms. In this study, we demonstrate that full-length Pfs48/45 encoded by DNA plasmids is able to induce significant transmission reducing immune responses...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910626/a-high-resolving-power-x-ray-spectrometer-for-the-omega-ep-laser-invited
#5
P M Nilson, F Ehrne, C Mileham, D Mastrosimone, R K Jungquist, C Taylor, C R Stillman, S T Ivancic, R Boni, J Hassett, D J Lonobile, R W Kidder, M J Shoup, A A Solodov, C Stoeckl, W Theobald, D H Froula, K W Hill, L Gao, M Bitter, P Efthimion, D D Meyerhofer
A high-resolving-power x-ray spectrometer has been developed for the OMEGA EP Laser System based on a spherically bent Si [220] crystal with a radius of curvature of 330 mm and a Spectral Instruments (SI) 800 Series charge-coupled device. The instrument measures time-integrated x-ray emission spectra in the 7.97- to 8.11-keV range, centered on the Cu Kα1 line. To demonstrate the performance of the spectrometer under high-power conditions, Kα1,2 emission spectra were measured from Cu foils irradiated by the OMEGA EP laser with 100-J, 1-ps pulses at focused intensities above 10(18) W/cm(2)...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910348/demonstration-of-imaging-x-ray-thomson-scattering-on-omega-ep
#6
Patrick X Belancourt, Wolfgang Theobald, Paul A Keiter, Tim J B Collins, Mark J Bonino, Pawel M Kozlowski, Sean P Regan, R Paul Drake
Foams are a common material for high-energy-density physics experiments because of low, tunable densities, and being machinable. Simulating these experiments can be difficult because the equation of state is largely unknown for shocked foams. The focus of this experiment was to develop an x-ray scattering platform for measuring the equation of state of shocked foams on OMEGA EP. The foam used in this experiment is resorcinol formaldehyde with an initial density of 0.34 g/cm(3). One long-pulse (10 ns) beam drives a shock into the foam, while the remaining three UV beams with a 2 ns square pulse irradiate a nickel foil to create the x-ray backlighter...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909701/immunological-quality-and-performance-of-tumor-vessel-targeting-car-t-cells-prepared-by-mrna-ep-for-clinical-research
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Kanako Inoo, Ryo Inagaki, Kento Fujiwara, Shigemi Sasawatari, Takashi Kamigaki, Shinsaku Nakagawa, Naoki Okada
We previously reported that tumor vessel-redirected T cells, which were genetically engineered with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) specific for vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), demonstrated significant antitumor effects in various murine solid tumor models. In the present study, we prepared anti-VEGFR2 CAR-T cells by CAR-coding mRNA electroporation (mRNA-EP) and analyzed their immunological characteristics and functions for use in clinical research. The expression of anti-VEGFR2 CAR on murine and human T cells was detected with approximately 100% efficiency for a few days, after peaking 6-12 hours after mRNA-EP...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909519/clinical-use-and-limitations-of-non-invasive-electrophysiological-tests-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Valentina D A Corino, Luca T Mainardi, Frida Sandberg, Leif Sörnmo, Pyotr G Platonov
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex arrhythmia, that has been studied non-invasively assessing atrial refractory period, atrioventricular node (AV) node refractory period, and ventricular response. The AV node plays a fundamental role as it filters many of the numerous irregular atrial impulses bombarding the node. Despite its importance, the electrophysiological (EP) characteristics of the AV node are not routinely evaluated since conventional EP techniques for assessment of refractory period or conduction velocity of the AV node are not applicable in AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
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Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909503/first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-ablation-efficacy-restoring-and-maintaining-sinus-rhythm-in-patients-electrically-selected-and-treated-for-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-complete-electrical-disconnection-of-pulmonary-veins
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Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Luis Azcona Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Carmen Cilleros Md, Ildefonso Del Campo Md, Clara Ferrero Rn Carlos Martínez Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md
Introduction Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective to treatment of patients (pts) with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the isolated efficacy of CB to treat pts with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) is less know. We analyzed the acute results and the long-term follow-up of our pts suffering LSPAF and initially treated with CB. Methods A cohort of 44 pts, 37 male (84%) mean age (60±10 year) suffering LSPAF were treated with first (CB1): 15pts, and second (CB2): 29 pts, generation CB...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909491/idiopathic-vpc-distribution-of-foci-and-tips-of-ablation
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REVIEW
Jose C Pachon M Md PhD, Tasso J Lobo Md, Enrique I Pachon M Md, Tomas G Santillana P Md, Carlos Tc Pachon Md, Juan C Pachon M Md, Remy N Albornoz V Md, Juan C Zerpa A Md, Felipe A Ortencio Md
Idiopathic Ventricular Premature Contraction (VPC) is currently more routinely referred for electrophysiology evaluation. Usually it carries a good prognosis but, when symptomatic or suspected to produce ventricular dysfunction, will require treatment. Nowadays, RF ablation has great advantages over antiarrhythmic drugs. Classically the outflow tract (right or left), with the typical inferior axis with left (eventually right) bundle brunch block like ECG morphology, is considered the most frequent site of origin for idiopathic VPC, but with the widespread of EP procedures and advancement of technology making possible to map and ablate difficult locations, it is possible to see a growing and changing population referred for idiopathic VPC ablation, displaying that, almost any region of the heart may be source of this kind of arrhythmia that can be successfully treated...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906483/electrochemical-oxidation-and-radical-cations-of-structurally-non-rigid-hypervalent-silatranes-theoretical-and-experimental-studies
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Valery Fedorovich Sidorkin, Elena Fedorovna Belogolova, Yu Wang, Viatcheslav Jouikov, Evgeniya Pavlovna Doronina
Using 18 silatranes XSi(OCH2CH2)3N (1) as an example, the potentials of electrochemical oxidation E0 of the hypervalent compounds of Si were calculated for the first time at the ab initio and DFT levels. The experimental peak potentials Ep show an excellent agreement (MAE = 0.03) with the MP2//B3PW91 calculated E0 (C-PCM). Radical cations of 1 reveal a "stretch isomerism" of the NSi dative bond. Localization of the spin density (SD) on the substituent X and the short (s) coordination contact Si…N (dSiN < 2...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905927/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-diabetic-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-a-real-world-setting-results-from-the-israeli-icd-registry
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Hillel Steiner, Michael Geist, Ilan Goldenberg, Mahmoud Suleiman, Michael Glikson, Alexander Tenenbaum, Moshe Swissa, Enrique Z Fisman, Gregory Golovchiner, Boris Strasberg, Alon Barsheshet
AIMS: There are limited data regarding the effect of diabetes mellitus (DM) on the risks of both appropriate and inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. The present study was designed to compare the outcome of appropriate and inappropriate ICD therapy in patients with or without DM. METHODS AND RESULTS: The risk of a first appropriate ICD therapy for ventricular tachyarrhythmias (including anti tachycardia pacing and shock) was compared between 764 DM and 1346 non-DM patients enrolled in the national Israeli ICD registry...
December 1, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904955/etirinotecan-pegol-administration-is-associated-with-lower-incidences-of-neutropenia-compared-to-irinotecan-administration
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S Kenneth Sy, Theresa D Sweeney, Chunmei Ji, Ute Hoch, Michael A Eldon
PURPOSE: The relationship between incidences of neutropenia and 10-hydroxy-7-ethyl camptothecin (SN38) exposure was explored using SN38 pharmacokinetic and neutrophil count data from toxicology studies of etirinotecan pegol (EP) and irinotecan in beagle dogs. METHODS: Dogs received four weekly intravenous infusions of either vehicle control (n = 22), EP (6, 15, 20, 25, 40/25 mg/kg; n = 3-9 dogs/dose group/sex; n = 48), or irinotecan (20 or 25 mg/kg n = 3-4 dogs/dose group/sex; n = 14)...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903841/influence-of-a-moderate-intensity-exercise-program-on-early-nk-cell-immune-recovery-in-pediatric-patients-after-reduced-intensity-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#15
Carolina Chamorro-Viña, Jaime Valentín, Lucía Fernández, Marta González-Vicent, Margarita Pérez-Ruiz, Alejandro Lucía, S Nicole Culos-Reed, Miguel Ángel Díaz, Antonio Pérez-Martínez
INTRODUCTION: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), NK cell reconstitution, which is crucial for positive outcomes, is dominated by the CD56(bright) subset with low NK cell cytotoxicity (NKCC) activity. Moderate exercise has been described as a potent NK cell stimulus in adults with cancer. PURPOSE: To determine the effects of a moderate-intensity exercise program on NK cell recovery early after HSCT and the feasibility of this intervention...
November 30, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899774/-a-review-multigene-assays-for-clinical-utility-in-breast-cancer
#16
Kazuhiro Araki, Yoshinori Ito
Multigene assays that simultaneously measure the expression of various breast cancer genes have been developed to guide the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in early breast cancer. The efficacy of adjuvant therapies depends on the recurrence risk for an individual patient. As a result, accurate prediction of the recurrence risk is vital for precise adjuvant chemotherapy in individual breast cancer patients. The recurrence risk as typically assessed by conventional examination of histological data of immuno-histological biomarkers(ER, PR, HER2, and Ki-67)is not sufficient to select subsets of patients...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894716/characterization-of-guinea-pig-t-cell-responses-elicited-after-ep-assisted-delivery-of-dna-vaccines-to-the-skin
#17
Katherine Schultheis, Hubert Schaefer, Bryan S Yung, Janet Oh, Karuppiah Muthumani, Laurent Humeau, Kate E Broderick, Trevor R F Smith
The skin is an ideal target tissue for vaccine delivery for a number of reasons. It is highly accessible, and most importantly, enriched in professional antigen presenting cells. Possessing strong similarities to human skin physiology and displaying a defined epidermis, the guinea pig is an appropriate model to study epidermal delivery of vaccine. However, whilst we have characterized the humoral responses in the guinea pig associated with skin vaccine protocols we have yet to investigate the T cell responses...
November 25, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894065/evaluation-of-csf-and-plasma-biomarkers-of-brain-melanocortin-activity-in-response-to-caloric-restriction-in-humans
#18
Gabrielle Page-Wilson, Kim T Nguyen, Deniz Atalayer, Kana Meece, Heather A Bainbridge, Judith Korner, Rebecca J Gordon, Sunil K Panigrahi, Anne White, Richard Smiley, Sharon L Wardlaw
The melanocortin neuronal system, comprised of hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and agouti-related protein (AgRP) neurons, is a leptin target that regulates energy balance and metabolism, but studies in humans are limited by lack of reliable biomarkers for brain melanocortin activity. The objective of this study was to measure the POMC prohormone and its processed peptide, ß-endorphin (ß-EP), in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and AgRP in CSF and plasma after calorie restriction to validate their utility as biomarkers of brain melanocortin activity...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891402/clinical-analysis-of-ectopic-pregnancies-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-southern-india-a-six-year-retrospective-study
#19
S Tahmina, Mary Daniel, Preethy Solomon
INTRODUCTION: Ectopic Pregnancy (EP) is a life-threatening emergency commonly encountered by medical practitioners where diagnosis can often be missed. Any woman in the reproductive age group, presenting with lower abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding must raise the suspicion of an ectopic pregnancy to prevent mortality and morbidity. AIM: To review all cases of EP and determine the incidence of EP. To study the high risk factors and know the types of clinical presentation, methods of diagnosis, outcome and complications...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886508/immunization-and-targeted-destruction-of-networks-using-explosive-percolation
#20
Pau Clusella, Peter Grassberger, Francisco J Pérez-Reche, Antonio Politi
A new method ("explosive immunization") is proposed for immunization and targeted destruction of networks. It combines the explosive percolation (EP) paradigm with the idea of maintaining a fragmented distribution of clusters. The ability of each node to block the spread of an infection (or to prevent the existence of a large cluster of connected nodes) is estimated by a score. The algorithm proceeds by first identifying low score nodes that should not be vaccinated or destroyed, analogously to the links selected in EP if they do not lead to large clusters...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
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