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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636260/lichenoid-keratosis-is-frequently-misdiagnosed-as-basal-cell-carcinoma
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D Maor, C Ondhia, L L Yu, J J Chan
Lichenoid keratosis (LK), also known as benign lichenoid keratosis or lichen planus-like keratosis, is a solitary, pink to red-brown scaly plaque representing a host immunological response to a variety of precursor lesions. LK is often misdiagnosed as a dermatological malignancy owing to its clinical resemblance to basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or Bowen disease. We performed a retrospective analysis of the pathology records of a series of LK lesions with reference to the demographic features and accuracy of clinical diagnosis...
June 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635983/risk-factors-for-re-excision-following-breast-conserving-surgery
#2
Kimberly Rodriguez, Gayle G Wilkins, Patricia Newcomb, Patricia A Gwirtz, Robin Skrine
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To identify previously unstudied factors predicting re-excision following breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and to assess the feasibility of obtaining data about breast density for predictive modeling.
. DESIGN: Retrospective secondary data analysis.
. SETTING: Data were obtained from the cancer registry and electronic health records (EHRs) at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, a large, urban, private, nonprofit hospital in North Texas...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635678/evaluation-of-classifier-performance-for-multiclass-phenotype-discrimination-in-untargeted-metabolomics
#3
Patrick J Trainor, Andrew P DeFilippis, Shesh N Rai
Statistical classification is a critical component of utilizing metabolomics data for examining the molecular determinants of phenotypes. Despite this, a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the accuracy of classification techniques for phenotype discrimination given metabolomics data has not been conducted. We conducted such an evaluation using both simulated and real metabolomics datasets, comparing Partial Least Squares-Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA), Sparse PLS-DA, Random Forests, Support Vector Machines (SVM), Artificial Neural Network, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN), and Naïve Bayes classification techniques for discrimination...
June 21, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635665/towards-a-uniform-metrological-assessment-of-grating-based-optical-fiber-sensors-from-refractometers-to-biosensors
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Francesco Chiavaioli, Carlos A J Gouveia, Pedro A S Jorge, Francesco Baldini
A metrological assessment of grating-based optical fiber sensors is proposed with the aim of providing an objective evaluation of the performance of this sensor category. Attention was focused on the most common parameters, used to describe the performance of both optical refractometers and biosensors, which encompassed sensitivity, with a distinction between volume or bulk sensitivity and surface sensitivity, resolution, response time, limit of detection, specificity (or selectivity), reusability (or regenerability) and some other parameters of generic interest, such as measurement uncertainty, accuracy, precision, stability, drift, repeatability and reproducibility...
June 21, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635571/comparison-of-the-7th-and-8th-editions-of-the-ajcc-uicc-tnm-staging-system-for-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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Mijin Kim, Won Gu Kim, Hye-Seon Oh, Suyeon Park, Hyemi Kwon, Dong Eun Song, Tae Yong Kim, YoungKee Shong, Won Bae Kim, Tae-Yon Sung, MinJi Jeon
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and prognostic validity for disease-specific survival (DSS) of the 8th edition American Joint Committee on Cancer/Union for International Cancer Control (AJCC/UICC) tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) staging system (TNM-8) compared with the 7th edition (TNM-7) in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). METHODS: The 7th and 8th editions of the TNM staging system were applied to 1613 DTC patients who underwent thyroid surgery between 1996 and 2003...
June 21, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635543/anxiety-modulates-the-relation-between-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-severity-and-working-memory-related-brain-activity
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Dennis van der Meer, Pieter J Hoekstra, Daan van Rooij, Anderson M Winkler, Hanneke van Ewijk, Dirk J Heslenfeld, Jaap Oosterlaan, Stephen V Faraone, Barbara Franke, Jan K Buitelaar, Catharina A Hartman
OBJECTIVES: Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have heightened levels of anxiety, which has been associated with worse performance on working memory tasks. Knowledge of the neural pathways underlying the combined presence of ADHD and anxiety may aid in a better understanding of their co-occurrence. Therefore, we investigated how anxiety modulates the effect of ADHD severity on neural activity during a visuospatial working memory (VSWM) task. METHODS: Neuroimaging data were available for 371 adolescents and young adults participating in the multicentre cohort study NeuroIMAGE (average age 17...
March 1, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635513/evaluation-of-platelet-indices-and-red-cell-distribution-width-as-new-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-acute-appendicitis
#7
Noha Boshnak, Mohamed Boshnaq, Hatem Elgohary
BACKGROUND: Debate around the value of laboratory tests in establishing the diagnosis of acute appendicitis (AA) still continues. This prospective study aimed to investigate the changes in mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), and red cell distribution width (RDW) with the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. METHOD: 200 patients who underwent emergency appendectomy were included. According to postoperative histology, patients were divided into three groups: acute non-complicated, acute complicated appendicitis (positive appendicectomy groups), and negative appendectomy group...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634757/a-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-profiling-multifunctional-steroids-in-human-hair
#8
Zhen Dong, Caihong Wang, Jinlan Zhang, Zhe Wang
It is important to profile steroids in many physiological and pathological processes. Recently, hair has been used for the long-term measurement of endogenous steroid hormones. Analyzing hair has advantages of being noninvasive and time sequential compared with other bio-specimens. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques have been widely used over the past decades; however, it is challenging to profile estrogens in hair by LC-MS, and more comprehensive steroid profiling is required. In this paper, an ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously profile 28 multifunctional steroids, including corticosteroids (n = 6), estrogens (n = 13), androgens (n = 5) and progestogens (n = 4), in human scalp hair in a single run...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634754/value-of-endometrial-thickness-assessed-by-transvaginal-ultrasound-for-the-prediction-of-endometrial-cancer-in-patients-with-postmenopausal-bleeding
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Amelie Schramm, Florian Ebner, Emanuel Bauer, Wolfgang Janni, Ulrike Friebe-Hoffmann, Miriam Pellegrino, Nikolaus De Gregorio, Thomas W P Friedl
PURPOSE: Histological confirmation of endometrial cancer by dilatation/curettage (D/C) in women with postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) can be challenging due to anesthesiological and/or surgical risks. Thus, less invasive methods for diagnostics are required to identify patients with minimal risk for endometrial cancer (EC) to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention. The objective of this single-center cohort study was to assess the diagnostic validity of transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) measurements of endometrial thickness (ET) in patients with PMB for the detection of EC...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634692/crispr-cas-orthologues-and-variants-optimizing-the-repertoire-specificity-and-delivery-of-genome-engineering-tools
#10
Alberto Cebrian-Serrano, Benjamin Davies
Robust and cost-effective genome editing in a diverse array of cells and model organisms is now possible thanks to the discovery of the RNA-guided endonucleases of the CRISPR-Cas system. The commonly used Cas9 of Streptococcus pyogenes shows high levels of activity but, depending on the application, has been associated with some shortcomings. Firstly, the enzyme has been shown to cause mutagenesis at genomic sequences resembling the target sequence. Secondly, the stringent requirement for a specific motif adjacent to the selected target site can limit the target range of this enzyme...
June 20, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634687/noninvasive-serum-models-to-predict-significant-liver-related-events-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
#11
Ragesh Babu Thandassery, Saad Al Kaabi, Madiha E Soofi, Benjamin Tharian, Rajvir Singh
AIM: We aim to compare 20 noninvasive fibrosis scores (NIFS), derived from routine blood tests, for predicting significant liver-related adverse events (SLRE) in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) after anti-viral treatment (AVT) with the goal to identify independent predictors for these outcomes. METHODS: From 1605 patients who received AVT (pegylated interferon and ribavirin) from January 2002 to June 2014, 20 NIFS were calculated from routine blood tests prior to AVT...
June 20, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634680/stability-of-upper-face-sexual-dimorphism-in-central-european-populations-czech-republic-during-the-modern-age
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Šárka Bejdová, Ján Dupej, Václav Krajíček, Jana Velemínská, Petr Velemínský
One of the most fundamental issues in forensic anthropology is the determination of sex and population affinity based on various skeletal elements. Therefore, we compared the sexual dimorphism of the upper facial skeleton from a recent Czech population (twenty-first century) with that of a population from Early Modern Age Bohemia (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries). Methods of geometric morphometrics were applied. According to the results, sexual dimorphism in terms of size, shape, and form was statistically significant in both populations...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634666/ct-density-in-the-pancreas-is-a-promising-imaging-predictor-for-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Yasunari Fukuda, Daisaku Yamada, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Tomoki Hata, Yoshifumi Iwagami, Takehiro Noda, Tadafumi Asaoka, Koichi Kawamoto, Kunihito Gotoh, Shogo Kobayashi, Yutaka Takeda, Masahiro Tanemura, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki
BACKGROUND: Fatty pancreas (FP) was recently recognized as a risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). It is unclear whether computed tomography (CT) can be used to make a FP diagnosis. This study investigated whether CT could provide a predictive value for PDAC by diagnosing FP. METHODS: The study included 183 consecutive patients who underwent distal pancreatectomy from February 2007 to January 2017, including 75 cases of PDAC and 108 cases of other pancreatic disease...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634621/role-of-mri-in-predicting-meniscal-tear-reparability
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Paolo Florent Felisaz, Francesco Alessandrino, Simone Perelli, Giacomo Zanon, Francesco Benazzo, Fabrizio Calliada, Luigi Sammarchi
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the role of MRI in predicting meniscal tear reparability according to tear type and location in relation to vascular zones. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, two readers evaluated 79 pre-surgical MRIs of meniscal tears arthroscopically treated with meniscectomy or meniscal repair. Tears were classified according to type into vertical, horizontal, radial, complex, flaps and bucket handle and were considered reparable if the distance measured from the tear to the menisco-capsular junction was less than or equal to 5 mm...
June 20, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634574/reducing-viability-bias-in-analysis-of-gut-microbiota-in-preterm-infants-at-risk-of-nec-and-sepsis
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Gregory R Young, Darren L Smith, Nicholas D Embleton, Janet E Berrington, Edward C Schwalbe, Stephen P Cummings, Christopher J van der Gast, Clare Lanyon
Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and sepsis are serious diseases of preterm infants that can result in feeding intolerance, the need for bowel resection, impaired physiological and neurological development, and high mortality rates. Neonatal healthcare improvements have allowed greater survival rates in preterm infants leading to increased numbers at risk of developing NEC and sepsis. Gut bacteria play a role in protection from or propensity to these conditions and have therefore, been studied extensively using targeted 16S rRNA gene sequencing methods...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634497/weighted-polynomial-approximation-for-automated-detection-of-inspiratory-flow-limitation
#16
Sheng-Cheng Huang, Hao-Yu Jan, Tieh-Cheng Fu, Wen-Chen Lin, Geng-Hong Lin, Wen-Chi Lin, Cheng-Lun Tsai, Kang-Ping Lin
Inspiratory flow limitation (IFL) is a critical symptom of sleep breathing disorders. A characteristic flattened flow-time curve indicates the presence of highest resistance flow limitation. This study involved investigating a real-time algorithm for detecting IFL during sleep. Three categories of inspiratory flow shape were collected from previous studies for use as a development set. Of these, 16 cases were labeled as non-IFL and 78 as IFL which were further categorized into minor level (20 cases) and severe level (58 cases) of obstruction...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634318/evaluation-and-validation-of-the-diagnostic-value-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-for-differentiating-early-stage-endometrial-carcinomas-from-benign-mimickers-at-3t-mri
#17
Xue Wang, Yu Zhao, Yumin Hu, Yongjin Zhou, Xinjian Ye, Kun Liu, Guanghui Bai, Anna Guo, Meimei Du, Lezhen Jiang, Jinhong Wang, Zhihan Yan
Previous researchers obtained various apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) cutoff values to differentiate endometrial carcinoma from benign mimickers with 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Few studies have used 3T MRI or validated the effectiveness of these cutoff ADC values prospectively. This study was designed in two stages to obtain a cutoff ADC value at 3T MRI and to validate prospectively the role of the ADC value. First, we conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients to evaluate the diagnostic value of ADC by obtain a theoretical cutoff ADC value for differentiating between benign and malignant endometrial lesions...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634156/classifying-chinese-questions-related-to-health-care-posted-by-consumers-via-the-internet
#18
Haihong Guo, Xu Na, Li Hou, Jiao Li
BACKGROUND: In question answering (QA) system development, question classification is crucial for identifying information needs and improving the accuracy of returned answers. Although the questions are domain-specific, they are asked by non-professionals, making the question classification task more challenging. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to classify health care-related questions posted by the general public (Chinese speakers) on the Internet. METHODS: A topic-based classification schema for health-related questions was built by manually annotating randomly selected questions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634154/improving-consensus-scoring-of-crowdsourced-data-using-the-rasch-model-development-and-refinement-of-a-diagnostic-instrument
#19
Christopher John Brady, Lucy Iluka Mudie, Xueyang Wang, Eliseo Guallar, David Steven Friedman
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision loss in working age individuals worldwide. While screening is effective and cost effective, it remains underutilized, and novel methods are needed to increase detection of DR. This clinical validation study compared diagnostic gradings of retinal fundus photographs provided by volunteers on the Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) crowdsourcing marketplace with expert-provided gold-standard grading and explored whether determination of the consensus of crowdsourced classifications could be improved beyond a simple majority vote (MV) using regression methods...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634056/a-new-and-accurate-predictive-model-for-the-efficacy-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-in-managing-patients-with-chronic-plantar-fasciitis
#20
Mengchen Yin, Ni Chen, Quan Huang, Anastasia Sulindro Marla, Junming Ma, Jie Ye, Wen Mo
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors for the outcome of a minimum clinically successful therapy and to establish a predictive model of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in managing patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. DESIGN: Randomized controlled, prospective study. SETTING: Outpatient of local medical center settings. PARTICIPANTS: Patients treated for symptomatic chronic plantar fasciitis between 2014 and 2016 (N=278)...
June 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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