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#1
Elham Torabi, Mahdi Behdani, Mohammad Hosseininejad Chafi, Reza Moazzami, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Vahid Khalaj, Delavar Shahbazzadeh, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri
Hemoscorpius lepturus is the most medically important scorpion in Iran. The clinical signs of H. lepturus envenomation are remarkably similar to those reported for brown spiders, including dermonecrosis, hematuria, renal failure and even death. The lethality and toxicity of brown spiders' venom have been attributed to its phospholipase D activity. This study aims to identify a phospholipase D with possible lethality and dermonecrotic activity in H. lepturus venom. In this study, a cDNA library of the venom glands was generated by Illumina RNA sequencing...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332506/effectiveness-of-home-blood-pressure-telemonitoring-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-studies
#2
REVIEW
Y Duan, Z Xie, F Dong, Z Wu, Z Lin, N Sun, J Xu
To summarise evidence about the effectiveness of home blood pressure telemonitoring (HBPT) and identify the key components of intervention. We comprehensively searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library for relevant studies. The authors were contacted for additional information. Two authors independently extracted the data and assessed the risk of bias. 46 randomised controlled trials including a total of 13 875 cases were identified. Compared with usual care, HBPT improved office systolic blood pressure (BP) and diastolic BP by 3...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327656/synthesis-of-norbornene-derived-helical-copolymer-by-simple-molecular-marriage-approach-to-produce-smart-nanocarrier
#3
Shivshankar R Mane, Ashlin Sathyan, Raja Shunmugam
A novel library of norbornene derived helical copolymer has been synthesized through the coupling of two homopolymers via Molecular Marriage Approach. The helicity is governed by the non-covalent interactions like hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking and the influence of hydrophobic and hydrophilic motifs. The detailed characterization of the copolymer (Copoly 1) has been provided and the super structures are confirmed through dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326064/contribution-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-species-basidiobolus-meristosporus
#4
Emilie Sitterlé, Christophe Rodriguez, Roman Mounier, Julien Calderaro, Françoise Foulet, Michel Develoux, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Françoise Botterel
Some cases of fungal infection remained undiagnosed, especially when the pathogens are uncommon, require specific conditions for in vitro growth, or when several microbial species are present in the specimen. Ultra-Deep Sequencing (UDS) could be considered as a precise tool in the identification of involved pathogens in order to upgrade patient treatment. In this study, we report the implementation of UDS technology in medical laboratory during the follow-up of an atypical fungal infection case. Thanks to UDS technology, we document the first case of gastro-intestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) due to Basidiobolus meristosporus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323840/htc-vive-mevislab-integration-via-openvr-for-medical-applications
#5
Jan Egger, Markus Gall, Jürgen Wallner, Pedro Boechat, Alexander Hann, Xing Li, Xiaojun Chen, Dieter Schmalstieg
Virtual Reality, an immersive technology that replicates an environment via computer-simulated reality, gets a lot of attention in the entertainment industry. However, VR has also great potential in other areas, like the medical domain, Examples are intervention planning, training and simulation. This is especially of use in medical operations, where an aesthetic outcome is important, like for facial surgeries. Alas, importing medical data into Virtual Reality devices is not necessarily trivial, in particular, when a direct connection to a proprietary application is desired...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323822/effectiveness-and-safety-of-traditional-chinese-medical-bath-therapy-combined-with-ultraviolet-irradiation-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#6
Jingzhi Guan, Shaofei Yuan, Hanqimuge Wu, Risu Na, Xueqin Wu, Xin Wang, Shan Bao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To systematically evaluate the clinical effects and safety of traditional Chinese medical bath therapy (TCMBT) combined with ultraviolet irradiation in the treatment of psoriasis. METHODS: Electronic database retrieval was utilized. The foreign retrieval databases consulted included those of the Cochrane Library, PubMed and EMBASE; the domestic retrieval databases included the Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (Sino-Med), the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), VIP and the WangFang Database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322440/psychological-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-anxiety-disorders-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Zafar A Usmani, Kristin V Carson, Karen Heslop, Adrian J Esterman, Anthony De Soyza, Brian J Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (commonly referred to as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) is a chronic lung condition characterised by the inflammation of airways and irreversible destruction of pulmonary tissue leading to progressively worsening dyspnoea. It is a leading international cause of disability and death in adults. Evidence suggests that there is an increased prevalence of anxiety disorders in people with COPD. The severity of anxiety has been shown to correlate with the severity of COPD, however anxiety can occur with all stages of COPD severity...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319811/protein-epitope-mimetic-macrocycles-as-biopharmaceuticals
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Anatol Luther, Kerstin Moehle, Eric Chevalier, Glenn Dale, Daniel Obrecht
Fully synthetic medium-sized macrocyclic peptides mimicking the key β-hairpin and α-helical protein epitopes relevant in many protein-protein interactions have emerged as a novel class of drugs with the potential to fill an important gap between small molecules and proteins. Conformationally stabilized macrocyclic scaffolds represent ideal templates for medicinal chemists to incorporate bioactive peptide and protein pharmacophores in order to generate novel drugs to treat diseases with high unmet medical need...
March 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319042/smartphone-application-for-mechanical-quality-assurance-of-medical-linear-accelerator
#9
Hwiyoung Kim, Hyunseok Lee, Jong In Park, Chang Heon Choi, So-Yeon Park, Hee Jung Kim, Young Suk Kim, Sung-Joon Ye
Mechanical quality assurance (QA) of medical linear accelerators consists of time consuming and human-error prone procedures. We developed a smartphone-application system for mechanical QA. The system consists of two smartphones; one attached to the gantry to obtain real-time information on mechanical parameters of medical linear accelerator, and the other to display the real-time information by bluetoothing the former. Motion sensors embedded in the smartphone were used to measure gantry and collimator rotations...
March 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316796/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-dietary-carbohydrate-restriction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#10
Ole Snorgaard, Grith M Poulsen, Henning K Andersen, Arne Astrup
OBJECTIVE: Nutrition therapy is an integral part of self-management education in patients with type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrates with a low glycemic index are recommended, but the ideal amount of carbohydrate in the diet is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis comparing diets containing low to moderate amounts of carbohydrate (LCD) (energy percentage below 45%) to diets containing high amounts of carbohydrate (HCD) in subjects with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We systematically reviewed Cochrane library databases, EMBASE, and MEDLINE in the period 2004-2014 for guidelines, meta-analyses, and randomized trials assessing the outcomes HbA1c, BMI, weight, LDL cholesterol, quality of life (QoL), and attrition...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315625/endometrial-injury-for-women-with-previous-in-vitro-fertilization-failure-does-it-improve-pregnancy-rate
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Implantation failure is one of the major factors limiting success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. According to ESHRE 2009 data only 32% of fresh embryo transfers resulted in clinical pregnancies. There are many ideas to improve the treatment outcomes, endometrial injury being one of them. It has been suggested that local endometrial injury, performed either by pipelle biopsy or hysteroscopy, may increase clinical pregnancy rate. However, up to date literature is widely disparate on that subject. There is no conclusion with regard to optimal timing, the number and technique of the procedure...
November 19, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315069/toolkits-and-libraries-for-deep-learning
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REVIEW
Bradley J Erickson, Panagiotis Korfiatis, Zeynettin Akkus, Timothy Kline, Kenneth Philbrick
Deep learning is an important new area of machine learning which encompasses a wide range of neural network architectures designed to complete various tasks. In the medical imaging domain, example tasks include organ segmentation, lesion detection, and tumor classification. The most popular network architecture for deep learning for images is the convolutional neural network (CNN). Whereas traditional machine learning requires determination and calculation of features from which the algorithm learns, deep learning approaches learn the important features as well as the proper weighting of those features to make predictions for new data...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306333/efficacy-and-safety-of-naftopidil-in-the-medical-expulsion-therapy-for-distal-ureteral-stone-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#13
Jun Li, Zhuang Tang, Liang Gao, Jinhong Li, Feng Qin, Jiuhong Yuan
PURPOSE: The selective α-adrenoceptor blocker is widely used as a cost-effective treatment option for medical expulsive therapy (MET) of ureteral stones. In this review, we aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of naftopidil for MET compared with control or tamsulosin. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, and Google Scholar to identify randomized controlled trials that compared naftopidil with either control or tamsulosin for the management of distal ureteral stones...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303358/the-effect-of-balneotherapy-on-pain-relief-stiffness-and-physical-function-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-a-meta-analysis
#14
Hiromi Matsumoto, Hiroshi Hagino, Kunihiko Hayashi, Yuki Ideno, Takashi Wada, Toru Ogata, Masami Akai, Atsushi Seichi, Tsutomu Iwaya
This meta-analysis was performed to determine the effect of balneotherapy on relieving pain and stiffness and improving physical function, compared to controls, among patients with knee osteoarthritis. We searched electronic databases for eligible studies published from 2004 to December 31, 2016, with language restrictions of English or Japanese. We screened publications in Medline, Embase, Cochrane library, and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society Database using two approaches, MeSH terms and free words. Studies that examined the effect of balneotherapy for treating knee osteoarthritis of a ≥2-week duration were included...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301972/efficacy-of-transsphenoidal-surgery-in-achieving-biochemical-cure-of-growth-hormone-secreting-pituitary-adenomas-among-patients-with-cavernous-sinus-invasion-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Vanessa Briceno, Hasan A Zaidi, Joanne A Doucette, Kaho B Onomichi, Amer Alreshidi, Rania A Mekary, Timothy R Smith
OBJECTIVES: Growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas in adults can result in severe craniofacial disfigurement and potentially fatal medical complications. Surgical resection leading to remission of the disease is dependent on complete surgical resection of the tumor. Lesions that invade the cavernous sinus may not be safely accessible via an endonasal transsphenoidal surgery (TSS), and the rates of biochemical remission of patients with residual disease vary widely in the literature...
March 16, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294382/the-role-of-morbidity-and-mortality-rounds-in-medical-education-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Paul Benassi, Lindsey MacGillivray, Ivan Silver, Sanjeev Sockalingam
CONTEXT: There is increasing focus on how health care professionals can be trained effectively in quality improvement and patient safety principles. The morbidity and mortality round (MMR) has often been used as a tool with which to examine and teach care quality, yet little is known of its implementation and educational outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this scoping review are to examine and summarise the literature on how the MMR is designed and delivered, and to identify how it is evaluated for effectiveness in addressing medical education outcomes...
March 14, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294327/fibroblast-dynamics-as-an-in-vitro-screening-platform-for-anti-fibrotic-drugs-in-primary-myelofibrosis
#17
Ciprian Tomuleasa, Sonia Selicean, Grigore Gafencu, Bobe Petrushev, Laura Pop, Cristian Berce, Anca Jurj, Adrian Trifa, Ana-Maria Rosu, Sergiu Pasca, Lorand Magdo, Mihnea Zdrenghea, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ioana Frinc, Anca Bojan, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Gabriel Ghiaur, Stefan O Ciurea
Although the cause for bone marrow fibrosis in patients with myelofibrosis remains controversial, it has been hypothesized that it is caused by extensive fibroblast proliferation under the influence of cytokines generated by the malignant megakaryocytes. Moreover, there is no known drug therapy which could reverse the process. We studied the fibroblasts in a novel system using the hanging drop method, evaluated whether the fibroblasts obtain from patients are part of the malignant clone of not and, using this system, we screen a large library of FDA-approved drugs to identify potential drugs candidates that might be useful in the treatment of this disease, specifically which would inhibit fibroblast proliferation and the development of bone marrow fibrosis...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293928/efficacy-of-sublingual-immunotherapy-for-house-dust-mite-induced-allergic-rhinitis-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#18
Bohai Feng, Haijie Xiang, Haiyong Jin, Jinjian Gao, Saiyu Huang, Yunbin Shi, Ruru Chen, Bobei Chen
PURPOSE: Allergic rhinitis (AR) has become a global issue for a large part of the general population. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been used extensively to treat persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). Although systematic reviews have confirmed the effectiveness of SLIT for the treatment of AR, a considerable number of studies using extracts of house dust mites (HDMs) for immunotherapy found no consensus on basic treatment parameters and questioned the efficacy of SLIT. METHODS: In this study, we evaluated SLIT for PAR by a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
May 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291726/change-in-angiogram-derived-management-strategy-of-patients-with-chest-pain-when-some-ffr-data-are-available-how-consistent-is-the-effect
#19
Vinayak Nagaraja, Mamas Mamas, Michael Mahmoudi, Campbell Rogers, Nick Curzen
BACKGROUND: The assessment of patients presenting with angina using invasive angiography alone is imperfect. By contrast, fractional flow reserve (FFR) allows for assessment of lesion-specific ischemia, which is predictive of clinical outcome. A series of studies has demonstrated that the availability of FFR data at the time of diagnostic angiography leads to significant differences in the management of those patients. HYPOTHESIS: The objective of this paper is to describe assess the consistency in the difference in management resulting from an FFR-directed versus and angiogram-directed strategy in appropriate observational and randomized trials...
February 27, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290160/risk-scoring-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#20
REVIEW
Kunal N Karmali, Stephen D Persell, Pablo Perel, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Mark A Berendsen, Mark D Huffman
BACKGROUND: The current paradigm for cardiovascular disease (CVD) emphasises absolute risk assessment to guide treatment decisions in primary prevention. Although the derivation and validation of multivariable risk assessment tools, or CVD risk scores, have attracted considerable attention, their effect on clinical outcomes is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of evaluating and providing CVD risk scores in adults without prevalent CVD on cardiovascular outcomes, risk factor levels, preventive medication prescribing, and health behaviours...
March 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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