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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530477/reliability-and-validity-of-an-acromion-marker-cluster-for-recording-scapula-posture-at-end-range-clavicle-protraction-retraction-elevation-and-depression
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Yaheli Bet-Or, Wolbert van den Hoorn, Venerina Johnston, Shaun P O'Leary
Acromion Marker Cluster (AMC) methods have been shown to accurately track scapula motion during humeral elevation below 90°, however, their accuracy has not been assessed in shoulder girdle motion such as clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression independent of humeral movement. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the AMC method to record scapula orientation at end range clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression. The right scapulae of twenty-two female and twenty male asymptomatic volunteers were assessed with an AMC and Scapula Locator (SL) method during end range clavicle protraction, retraction, elevation and depression (without humeral elevation) using an eight-camera 3D movement registration system...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526094/patients-with-community-acquired-bacteremia-of-unknown-origin-clinical-characteristics-and-usefulness-of-microbiological-results-for-therapeutic-issues-a-single-center-cohort-study
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Johan Courjon, Elisa Demonchy, Nicolas Degand, Karine Risso, Raymond Ruimy, Pierre-Marie Roger
Bacteremia of unknown origin (BUO) are associated with increased mortality compared to those with identified sources. Microbiological data of those patients could help to characterize an appropriate empirical antibiotic treatment before bloodcultures results are available during sepsis of unknown origin. Based on the dashboard of our ward that prospectively records several parameters from each hospitalization, we report 101 community-acquired BUO selected among 1989 bacteremic patients from July 2005 to April 2016, BUO being defined by the absence of clinical and paraclinical infectious focus and no other microbiological samples retrieving the bacteria isolated from blood cultures...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522204/peg-interferon-plus-nucleotide-analogue-treatment-versus-no-treatment-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-with-a-low-viral-load-a-randomised-controlled-open-label-trial
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Annikki de Niet, Louis Jansen, Femke Stelma, Sophie B Willemse, Sjoerd D Kuiken, Sebastiaan Weijer, Carin M J van Nieuwkerk, Hans L Zaaijer, Richard Molenkamp, R Bart Takkenberg, Maarten Koot, Joanne Verheij, Ulrich Beuers, Hendrik W Reesink
BACKGROUND: Antiviral treatment is currently not recommended for patients with chronic hepatitis B with a low viral load. However, they might benefit from acquiring a functional cure (hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] loss with or without formation of antibodies against hepatitis B surface antigen [anti-HBs]). We assessed HBsAg loss during peg-interferon-alfa-2a (peg-IFN) and nucleotide analogue combination therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B with a low viral load. METHODS: In this randomised controlled, open-label trial, patients were enrolled from the Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands...
May 15, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508728/high-frequency-of-identical-clonal-immunoglobulin-dna-in-pre-treatment-tumor-and-plasma-from-untreated-patients-with-hiv-associated-lymphoma-prospective-multicenter-trial-of-the-aids-malignancies-consortium-amc-064
#4
Nina D Wagner-Johnston, Shelly Lensing, Ariela Noy, Lee Ratner, David Henry, Jeannette Y Lee, Sylvia Silver, Malek Faham, Richard F Ambinder
Patients with HIV are at increased risk for developing B-cell lymphomas likely due in part to chronic antigen stimulation leading to clonal immunoglobulin (Ig) gene rearrangements. Next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based identification of circulating Ig clonotypes has not been well-characterized in HIV-related lymphomas. The AIDS Malignancies Consortium (AMC) enrolled 51 untreated patients with HIV-related B-cell lymphomas and analyzed paired tumor/plasma specimens for Ig clonotypes using an NGS approach (AMC064, NCT00981097)...
May 16, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502697/impact-of-high-flux-haemodialysis-on-the-probability-of-target-attainment-for-oral-amoxicillin-clavulanic-acid-combination-therapy
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Katrina Hui, Kashyap Patel, David C M Kong, Carl M J Kirkpatrick
Clearance of small molecules such as amoxicillin and clavulanic acid is expected to increase during high-flux haemodialysis, which may result in lower concentrations and thus reduced efficacy. To date, clearance of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (AMC) during high-flux haemodialysis remains largely unexplored. Using published pharmacokinetic parameters, a two-compartment model with first-order input was simulated to investigate the impact of high-flux haemodialysis on the probability of target attainment (PTA) of orally administered AMC combination therapy...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495245/massive-parallel-sequencing-identifies-rapsn-and-pdha1-mutations-causing-fetal-akinesia-deformation-sequence
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Lore Winters, Evelien Van Hoof, Luc De Catte, Kris Van Den Bogaert, Thomy de Ravel, Liesbeth De Waele, Anniek Corveleyn, Jeroen Breckpot
INTRODUCTION: Fetal akinesia deformation sequence (FADS) or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is characterized by clinical ambiguity and genetic heterogeneity, hampering genetic diagnosis via traditional sequencing methods. Next generation sequencing (NGS) of all known disease-causing genes offers an elegant solution to identify the genetic etiology of AMC/FADS in a diagnostic setting. METHODS: An in-house developed disease-associated gene panel was conducted in two unrelated fetuses with FADS...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482216/arbitrary-waveform-modulated-pulse-epr-at-200ghz
#7
Ilia Kaminker, Ryan Barnes, Songi Han
We report here on the implementation of arbitrary waveform generation (AWG) capabilities at ∼200GHz into an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) instrument platform operating at 7T. This is achieved with the integration of a 1GHz, 2 channel, digital to analog converter (DAC) board that enables the generation of coherent arbitrary waveforms at Ku-band frequencies with 1ns resolution into an existing architecture of a solid state amplifier multiplier chain (AMC). This allows for the generation of arbitrary phase- and amplitude-modulated waveforms at 200GHz with >150mW power...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474739/affinity-monolith-chromatography-a-review-of-general-principles-and-applications
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Zhao Li, Elliott Rodriguez, Shiden Azaria, Allegra Pekarek, David S Hage
Affinity monolith chromatography, or AMC, is a liquid chromatographic method in which the support is a monolith and the stationary phase is a biological-binding agent or related mimic. AMC has become popular for the isolation of biochemicals, for the measurement of various analytes, and for studying biological interactions. This review will examine the principles and applications of AMC. The materials that have been used to prepare AMC columns will be discussed, which have included various organic polymers, silica, agarose, and cryogels...
May 5, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470136/reducing-patients-falls-rate-in-an-academic-medical-center-amc-using-six-sigma-dmaic-approach
#9
Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Arun Vijay Subbarayalu
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of adopting the Six Sigma define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) approach in reducing patients fall rate in an Academic Medical Center, Saudi Arabia. Design/methodology/approach A prospective study design was adopted and this study was conducted at King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU) during the year 2014. Based on the historical data of the patients' falls reported at KFHU during the year 2013, the goal was fixed to reduce the falls rate from 7...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464141/association-between-academic-medical-center-pharmaceutical-detailing-policies-and-physician-prescribing
#10
Ian Larkin, Desmond Ang, Jonathan Steinhart, Matthew Chao, Mark Patterson, Sunita Sah, Tina Wu, Michael Schoenbaum, David Hutchins, Troyen Brennan, George Loewenstein
Importance: In an effort to regulate physician conflicts of interest, some US academic medical centers (AMCs) enacted policies restricting pharmaceutical representative sales visits to physicians (known as detailing) between 2006 and 2012. Little is known about the effect of these policies on physician prescribing. Objective: To analyze the association between detailing policies enacted at AMCs and physician prescribing of actively detailed and not detailed drugs...
May 2, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463159/thermal-skin-damage-during-reirradiation-and-hyperthermia-is-time-temperature-dependent
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Akke Bakker, M Willemijn Kolff, Rebecca Holman, Caspar M van Leeuwen, Linda Korshuize-van Straten, Rianne de Kroon-Oldenhof, Coen R N Rasch, Geertjan van Tienhoven, Hans Crezee
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship of thermal skin damage (TSD) to time-temperature isoeffect levels for patients with breast cancer recurrence treated with reirradiation plus hyperthermia (reRT + HT), and to investigate whether the treatment history of previous treatments (scar tissue) is a risk factor for TSD. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this observational study, temperature characteristics of hyperthermia sessions were analyzed in 262 patients with recurrent breast cancer treated in the AMC between 2010 and 2014 with reirradiation and weekly hyperthermia for 1 hour...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453944/dietary-intake-and-cardiometabolic-biomarkers-in-relation-to-insulin-resistance-and-hypertension-in-a-middle-aged-and-elderly-population-in-beijing-china
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Jia Wang, Zhongxin Hong, Li Wu, Bingjie Ding, Yanxia Bi, Zhongyi Gu, Wei Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationships of dietary intake and cardiometabolic biomarkers with insulin resistance and hypertension in rural middle-aged and elderly people in China. METHODS: One hundred and eight middle-aged and elderly adults were recruited in Zhangfang village in May 2014. We measured blood pressure, anthropometric parameters, and biochemical indexes, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), glucose, insulin, and blood lipids...
April 28, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447222/feeding-strategies-in-pediatric-cancer-patients-with-gastrointestinal-mucositis-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study-and-international-survey
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Nicoline S S Kuiken, Edmond H H M Rings, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, Marianne D van de Wetering, Wim J E Tissing
INTRODUCTION: Currently, there is no adequate prevention or treatment for both oral and gastrointestinal mucositis induced by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Supportive care of symptoms plays a primary role during mucositis in the pediatric clinical setting. We aimed to get insight in the currently used feeding strategies in clinical practice in pediatric cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced mucositis. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed to identify feeding strategies after chemotherapy courses causing mucositis in almost all patients at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam (AMC), and the Princess Maxima Center Utrecht (PMC)...
April 26, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446291/-clinical-significance-of-detecting-cd4-t-cells-in-peripheral-blood-of-patients-with-follicular-lymphoma
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Wei Liu, Guo-Xiang Zhagn, Wen-Zhi Shi, Lu Dong, Hua Liu, Xu-Liang Shen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the changes of CD4(+) T lymphocytes in peripheral blood of patients with follicular lymphoma and its clinical significance. METHODS: Blood samples were collected for detection of whole blood cells, including absolute monocyte count (AMC), absolute lymphocyte count (ALC), hemoglobin (Hb), platelet count (Plt). Age, sex, pathological grade, number of involved lymph nodes, bone marrow involvement (BMI), Ann Arbor stage, B symptoms, serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and serum β-2 microglobulin (β2-MG) were recorded, the prognostic stratification was performed by using FLIPI and FLIPI-2...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442255/acetanilide-and-bromoacetyl-lysine-derivatives-as-activators-for-human-histone-deacetylase-8
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Yusif M Mukhtar, Yajun Huang, Jiajia Liu, Di Chen, Weiping Zheng
In the current study, seven compounds (i.e. 1-7) were found to be novel activators for the N(ε)-acetyl-lysine deacetylation reaction catalyzed by human histone deacetylase 8 (HDAC8). When assessed with the commercially available HDAC8 peptide substrate Fluor-de-Lys®-HDAC8 that harbors the unnatural 7-amino-4-methylcoumarin (AMC) residue immediately C-terminal to the N(ε)-acetyl-lysine residue to be deacetylated, our compounds exhibited comparable activation potency to that of TM-2-51, the strongest HDAC8 activator reported in the current literature...
April 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441676/transitioning-from-volume-to-value-one-academic-medical-center-s-approach-to-improving-population-health
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Stephanie A C Halvorson, Mary E Tanski, Thomas R Yackel
PROBLEM: The U.S. health care system is undergoing a major transformation. Clinical delivery systems are now being paid according to the value of the care they provide, in accordance with the Triple Aim, which incorporates improving the quality and cost of care and the patient experience. Increasingly, financial risk is being transferred from insurers to clinical delivery systems that become responsible for both episode-based clinical care and the longitudinal care of patients. Thus, these delivery systems need to develop strategies to manage the health of populations...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435146/prognostic-analysis-of-absolute-lymphocyte-and-monocyte-counts-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-refractory-or-relapsed-hodgkin-lymphoma
#17
Jorge Galvez Silva, Ossama M Maher, Minjeong Park, Diane Liu, Fiorela Hernandez, Priti Tewari, Yago Nieto
Previous studies in adults have shown that peripheral blood absolute lymphocyte and monocyte count ratio (ALC/AMC) after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) can predict outcome in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). We retrospectively reviewed all of our children, adolescent, and young adult (CAYA) patients (age ≤26) who underwent transplantation for R/R HL between 2004 and 2015. Seventy-six patients (median age, 21; range, 10 to 26 years) who reached day 100 disease free were analyzed; 33% of them had positron emission tomography (PET)-positive tumors before ASCT...
April 20, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423163/metafrontier-frameworks-for-studying-hospital-productivity-growth-and-quality-changes
#18
Kuan-Chen Chen, Li-Nien Chien, Yi-Hsin Hsu, Ming-Miin Yu
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate productivity growth and quality changes among different levels of accredited hospitals. Design: This study used an attribute-incorporating Malmquist productivity index (MPI) under the metafrontier framework. This is the first attempt to compare productivity changes among hospitals operating under different production frontiers. Participants: The data consisted of 20 academic medical centers (AMCs), 61 metropolitan hospitals (MPs) and 112 local community hospitals (LCs) in Taiwan during the period 2007-2010...
December 1, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420766/project-accrue-exploring-options-to-increase-awareness-of-aids-malignancy-consortium-clinical-trials-in-north-carolina
#19
Anissa I Vines, Cathy L Melvin, Jaimie C Hunter, Veronica A Carlisle
BACKGROUND Longer lifespans conferred by antiretroviral therapy result in more time exposed to cancer risk for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Given limited diversity in AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) clinical trials, there is need for new approaches to educate PLWHA in order to improve awareness and participation in AMC trials.METHODS With input from a community advisory board, Project ACCRUE (AMC Clinical Trials at Carolina Ramp Up Enrollment) conducted a key informant interview with service providers; online organizational surveys of AMC trial awareness and resource needs; and "lunch and learn" educational sessions, including pre- and post-intervention knowledge assessments...
March 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404093/somatic-pole-proofreading-domain-mutation-immune-response-and-prognosis-in-colorectal-cancer-a-retrospective-pooled-biomarker-study
#20
Enric Domingo, Luke Freeman-Mills, Emily Rayner, Mark Glaire, Sarah Briggs, Louis Vermeulen, Evelyn Fessler, Jan Paul Medema, Arnoud Boot, Hans Morreau, Tom van Wezel, Gerrit-Jan Liefers, Ragnhild A Lothe, Stine A Danielsen, Anita Sveen, Arild Nesbakken, Inti Zlobec, Alessandro Lugli, Viktor H Koelzer, Martin D Berger, Sergi Castellví-Bel, Jenifer Muñoz, Marco de Bruyn, Hans W Nijman, Marco Novelli, Kay Lawson, Dahmane Oukrif, Eleni Frangou, Peter Dutton, Sabine Tejpar, Mauro Delorenzi, Rachel Kerr, David Kerr, Ian Tomlinson, David N Church
BACKGROUND: Precision cancer medicine depends on defining distinct tumour subgroups using biomarkers that may occur at very modest frequencies. One such subgroup comprises patients with exceptionally mutated (ultramutated) cancers caused by mutations that impair DNA polymerase epsilon (POLE) proofreading. METHODS: We examined the association of POLE proofreading domain mutation with clinicopathological variables and immune response in colorectal cancers from clinical trials (VICTOR, QUASAR2, and PETACC-3) and colorectal cancer cohorts (Leiden University Medical Centre 1 and 2, Oslo 1 and 2, Bern, AMC-AJCC-II, and Epicolon-1)...
November 2016: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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