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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224900/chemical-oxygen-demand-historical-perspectives-and-future-challenges
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REVIEW
René Bernard Geerdink, Ricardo Sebastiaan van den Hurk, Onno Jacob Epema
Determining the chemical oxygen demand (COD) is challenging because of the chemicals that are used in the current methods. There is an urgent need to determine the pollution in surface waters from (heavy) industry via a simple, reliable and fast method. However, the current procedures use hazardous chemicals, such as mercury, to suppress chloride interferences. This challenge has not been resolved. The introduction of modern detection techniques, such as chemiluminescence and oxidation procedures, e.g., microwave and ultrasound dissolution, has not resulted in a breakthrough...
April 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217076/lung-ultrasound-versus-chest-radiography-for-the-diagnosis-of-pneumothorax-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-single-blind-study
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Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215129/longitudinal-changes-in-anthropometrics-and-impact-on-self-reported-physical-function-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Lee-Anne S Chapple, Adam M Deane, Lauren T Williams, Richard Strickland, Chris Schultz, Kylie Lange, Daren K Heyland, Marianne J Chapman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients admitted to the ICU with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at risk of muscle wasting but this has not been quantified. Our aims were to describe longitudinal changes in anthropometrical data, compare the accuracy of non-invasive methodologies to the validated dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and assess the relationships between anthropometrical data and self-reported physical function. METHODS: In a prospective observational study, we recruited patients admitted to the ICU with a moderate-to-severe TBI over 12 months...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213377/interventional-treatment-of-pulmonary-embolism
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David M Dudzinski, Jay Giri, Kenneth Rosenfield
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and prevalent cause of vascular disease. Nevertheless, optimal treatment for many phenotypes of PE remains uncertain. Treating PE requires appropriate risk stratification as a first step. For the highest-risk PE, presenting as shock or arrest, emergent systemic thrombolysis or embolectomy is reasonable, while for low-risk PE, anticoagulation alone is often chosen. Normotensive patients with PE but with indicia of right heart dysfunction (by biomarkers or imaging) constitute an intermediate-risk group for whom there is controversy on therapeutic strategy...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212155/molecular-markers-in-lung-cancer-role-of-ebus
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Semra Bilaçeroğlu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As demonstrated by the recent therapeutic advances in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a personalized approach can considerably reduce its mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: Molecular tests identifying genetic mutations in NSCLC have led to a shift towards more effective and personalized therapies targeted to these alterations. Adequate tissue is required for diagnosing, subcharacterizing, and genotyping NSCLC by morphological, immunohistochemical, and molecular techniques...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210364/caudal-edge-of-the-liver-in-the-right-upper-quadrant-ruq-view-is-the-most-sensitive-area-for-free-fluid-on-the-fast-exam
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Viveta Lobo, Michelle Hunter-Behrend, Erin Cullnan, Rebecca Higbee, Caleb Phillips, Sarah Williams, Philips Perera, Laleh Gharahbaghian
INTRODUCTION: The focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) exam is a critical diagnostic test for intraperitoneal free fluid (FF). Current teaching is that fluid accumulates first in Morison's pouch. The goal of this study was to evaluate the "sub-quadrants" of traditional FAST views to determine the most sensitive areas for FF accumulation. METHODS: We analyzed a retrospective cohort of all adult trauma patients who had a recorded FAST exam by emergency physicians at a Level I trauma center from January 2012 - June 2013...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208195/echocardiography-in-the-risk-assessment-of-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Talal Dahhan, Fawaz Alenezi, Zainab Samad, Sudarshan Rajagopal
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is classified as massive (high risk), submassive (intermediate risk), or nonmassive (low risk) based on the hemodynamic status and clinical characteristics of the patient. At this time, the management of patients with submassive PE remains controversial and approaches for improving risk assessment are critical. In this review, we discuss several echocardiographic methods to assess right heart function that may aid in the risk assessment of patients with acute PE...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205034/laparoscopic-surgery-for-pancreatic-neoplasms-the-european-association-for-endoscopic-surgery-clinical-consensus-conference
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Bjørn Edwin, Mushegh A Sahakyan, Mohammad Abu Hilal, Marc G Besselink, Marco Braga, Jean-Michel Fabre, Laureano Fernández-Cruz, Brice Gayet, Song Cheol Kim, Igor E Khatkov
BACKGROUND: Introduced more than 20 years ago, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery (LAPS) has not reached a uniform acceptance among HPB surgeons. As a result, there is no consensus regarding its use in patients with pancreatic neoplasms. This study, organized by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), aimed to develop consensus statements and clinical recommendations on the application of LAPS in these patients. METHODS: An international panel of experts was selected based on their clinical and scientific expertise in laparoscopic and open pancreatic surgery...
February 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198726/community-acquired-pneumonia-requiring-hospitalization-rational-decision-making-and-interpretation-of-guidelines
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Douwe F Postma, Cornelis H van Werkhoven, Jan Jelrik Oosterheert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses on the evidence base for guideline recommendations on the diagnosis, the optimal choice, timing and duration of empirical antibiotic therapy, and the use of microbiological tests for patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP): issues for which guidelines are frequently used as a quick reference. Furthermore, we will discuss possibilities for future research in these topics. RECENT FINDINGS: Many national and international guideline recommendations, even on critical elements of CAP management, are based on low-to-moderate quality evidence...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195961/bedside-ultrasound-to-facilitate-early-diagnosis-and-ease-of-follow-up-in-neurogenic-heterotopic-ossification-a-pilot-study-from-the-intensive-care-unit
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Konstantinos Stefanidis, Peter Brindley, Raymond Ramnarine, Michael Blaivas, Mohammad Daneshi, Paul S Sidhu, Abdoulrahman Alharthy, Dimitrios Karakitsos
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential role of ultrasound (US) as a bedside tool in intensive care unit patients with presumed neurogenic heterotopic ossification (NHO). SETTING: Tertiary university teaching hospitals. PARTICIPANTS: Critical care patients with acquired brain injury. DESIGN: A multicenter prospective study of critical care patients with possible NHO. MAIN MEASURES: Following a screening clinical examination, the major joints were evaluated with US, serum laboratory work, and x-ray...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195846/color-doppler-ultrasound-assessment-of-activity-in-keloids
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Nelson Lobos, Ximena Wortsman, Fernando Valenzuela, Faustino Alonso
BACKGROUND: The assessment of activity in keloids may be critical for defining their management. There is a lack of clinical scorings designed for the evaluation of keloids and biopsies may be contraindicated. OBJECTIVE: To assess the sonographic activity of keloids in comparison with clinical scoring. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of the clinical and color Doppler ultrasound (CDU) images of patients medically derived to CDU with the diagnosis of keloid was performed...
February 9, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186603/-prenatal-genetic-analysis-of-two-fetuses-with-miller-dieker-syndrome
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Shaobin Lin, Yanmin Luo, Jianzhu Wu, Baojiang Chen, Yuanjun Ji, Yi Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To perform molecular cytogenetic study on two fetuses with abnormal ultrasound findings and analyze their genotype-phenotype correlation. METHODS: G-banded karyotyping, single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP array) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) were performed on amniotic fluid cells from both fetuses and peripheral blood samples from their parents. Results of SNP array were analyzed with bioinformatics software. RESULTS: G-banded karyotyping failed to detect any abnormalities in both fetuses and their parents...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185691/thoracic-ultrasound-technique-applications-and-interpretation
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REVIEW
Suraj H Rambhia, Catherine A D'Agostino, Ali Noor, Robert Villani, Jason J Naidich, John S Pellerito
Thoracic ultrasound is used at the bedside in emergency and critical care settings. Advantages of ultrasound include rapid real-time, low-cost, diagnostic information that can direct patient care without the use of ionizing radiation. We describe methods on how to perform lung ultrasound, with the intent to educate the radiologist who might otherwise be relatively unfamiliar with thoracic sonography. We describe and depict the normal sonographic appearance of lung anatomy. We also show the sonographic appearance of a wide range of lung and pleural pathologies such as pneumonia, pneumothorax, as well as lung and pleural masses...
December 15, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178960/ultrasound-and-dynamic-functional-imaging-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Branko Malojcic, Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Farzaneh A Sorond, Elsa Azevedo, Marina Diomedi, Janja Pretnar Oblak, Nicola Carraro, Marina Boban, Laszlo Olah, Stephan J Schreiber, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Zsolt Garami, Nantan M Bornstein, Bernhard Rosengarten
BACKGROUND: The vascular contributions to neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation may be assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography (US). This review summarises the methodology for these widely available, safe and relatively low cost tools and analyses recent work highlighting their potential utility as biomarkers for differentiating subtypes of cognitive impairment and dementia, tracking disease progression and evaluating response to treatment in various neurocognitive disorders...
February 9, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178063/detecting-pulmonary-edema-in-obstetric-patients-through-point-of-care-lung-ultrasonography
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Sarah Pachtman, Seth Koenig, Natalie Meirowitz
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care lung ultrasonography is used in critical care settings for evaluating respiratory symptoms. Lung ultrasonography is sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of pulmonary edema in nonpregnant patients but is not well-studied in pregnancy. TECHNIQUE: Lung ultrasonography was performed using a portable ultrasound machine with a 2- to 5-MHz curvilinear probe that is available on many labor and delivery units. EXPERIENCE: Lung ultrasonography guided management decisions in a case of shortness of breath after induction of labor for preeclampsia and a case of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count syndrome complicated by pulmonary edema...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177233/speed-of-sound-and-ultrasound-absorption-in-ionic-liquids
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Marzena Dzida, Edward Zorębski, Michał Zorębski, Monika Żarska, Monika Geppert-Rybczyńska, Mirosław Chorążewski, Johan Jacquemin, Ivan Cibulka
A complete review of the literature data on the speed of sound and ultrasound absorption in pure ionic liquids (ILs) is presented. Apart of the analysis of data published to date, the significance of the speed of sound in ILs is regarded. An analysis of experimental methods described in the literature to determine the speed of sound in ILs as a function of temperature and pressure is reported, and the relevance of ultrasound absorption in acoustic investigations is discussed. Careful attention was paid to highlight possible artifacts, and side phenomena related to the absorption and relaxation present in such measurements...
February 8, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175966/literature-review-to-optimize-the-autologous-fat-transplantation-procedure-and-recent-technologies-to-improve-graft-viability-and-overall-outcome-a-systematic-and-retrospective-analytic-approach
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REVIEW
Yoong Hoon Shim, Ru Hong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Investigation and evaluation of the current methods and steps of autologous fat transplantation to optimize the viability of fat grafts and procedure outcome in quest of a more standardized protocol. METHODS: A thorough literature search was performed across the CNKI, Wan Fang, PubMed, Ovid and EMBASE databases from the year 1970 to December 2014, collecting and classifying all of the autologous fat transplantation-related reports and articles, and after screening, a critical retrospective analysis was performed on the included data...
February 7, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174191/augmentation-of-muscle-blood-flow-by-ultrasound-cavitation-is-mediated-by-atp-and-purinergic-signaling
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J Todd Belcik, Brian P Davidson, Aris Xie, Melinda D Wu, Mrinal Yadava, Yue Qi, Sherry Liang, Chae Ryung Chon, Azzdine Y Ammi, Joshua Field, Leanne Harmann, William M Chilian, Joel Linden, Jonathan R Lindner
BACKGROUND: - Augmentation of tissue blood flow by therapeutic ultrasound is thought to rely on convective shear. Microbubble contrast agents that undergo ultrasound-mediated cavitation markedly amplify these effects. We hypothesized that purinergic signalling is responsible for shear-dependent increases in muscle perfusion during therapeutic cavitation. METHODS: -Unilateral exposure of the proximal hindlimb of mice (with or without ischemia produced by iliac ligation) to therapeutic ultrasound (1...
February 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169278/improving-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-to-restore-perfusion-in-critical-limb-ischemia-through-pulsed-focused-ultrasound
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Pamela A Tebebi, Saejeong J Kim, Rashida A Williams, Blerta Milo, Victor Frenkel, Scott R Burks, Joseph A Frank
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are promising therapeutics for critical limb ischemia (CLI). Mechanotransduction from pulsed focused ultrasound (pFUS) upregulates local chemoattractants to enhance homing of intravenously (IV)-infused MSC and improve outcomes. This study investigated whether pFUS exposures to skeletal muscle would improve local homing of iv-infused MSCs and their therapeutic efficacy compared to iv-infused MSCs alone. CLI was induced by external iliac arterial cauterization in 10-12-month-old mice...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166925/-is-universal-screening-for-cervical-length-among-singleton-pregnancies-with-no-history-of-preterm-birth-justified
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P Rozenberg
The ultrasonographic measurement of cervical length with a cutoff of 15mm is currently the best method to identify a group of asymptomatic women in the general population at risk of spontaneous preterm birth, especially among asymptomatic patients with a singleton pregnancy with no history of preterm birth. Cerclage and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17OHP-C) are ineffective to reduce the risk of preterm birth among asymptomatic patients with a short cervix in midtrimester. However, vaginal progesterone (200-mg capsules of micronized progesterone or gel containing 90mg progesterone) has been demonstrated effective in 2 large randomized trials to reduce the risk of preterm birth and possibly the composite morbidity and perinatal mortality associated among asymptomatic women with a short cervix in the general population screened by ultrasound of the cervix in midtrimester...
December 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
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