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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149788/knowledge-of-alzheimer-s-disease-among-vietnamese-americans-and-correlates-of-their-knowledge-about-alzheimer-s-disease
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Sang E Lee, Banghwa Lee Casado
The present study examined the knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and correlates of the disease knowledge among Vietnamese Americans. Cross-sectional survey interviews were conducted with 95 middle-aged and older Vietnamese Americans. Vietnamese Americans showed limited knowledge about Alzheimer's disease. Normalization of Alzheimer's disease in old age was prevalent. They lacked knowledge about treatment and cure of Alzheimer's disease. Those who reside longer in the U.S. and are more exposed to Alzheimer's disease are likely to have higher levels of Alzheimer's disease knowledge...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149715/robust-brain-roi-segmentation-by-deformation-regression-and-deformable-shape-model
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Zhengwang Wu, Yanrong Guo, Sang Hyun Park, Yaozong Gao, Pei Dong, Seong-Whan Lee, Dinggang Shen
We propose a robust and efficient learning-based deformable model for segmenting regions of interest (ROIs) from structural MR brain images. Different from the conventional deformable-model-based methods that deform a shape model locally around the initialization location, we learn an image-based regressor to guide the deformable model to fit for the target ROI. Specifically, given any voxel in a new image, the image-based regressor can predict the displacement vector from this voxel towards the boundary of target ROI, which can be used to guide the deformable segmentation...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149279/impact-of-isolating-clostridium-difficile-carriers-on-the-burden-of-isolation-precautions-a-time-series-analysis
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Yasi Xiao, Bianka Paquet-Bolduc, Christophe Garenc, Philippe Gervais, Sylvie Trottier, Jean-François Roussy, Jean Longtin, Vivian G Loo, Yves Longtin
Background: The isolation of asymptomatic Clostridium difficile (CD) carriers may decrease the incidence of hospital-associated C. difficile infections (CDI), but its impact on isolation precaution needs is unknown. Methods: Time series analysis to investigate the impact of isolating CD carriers on the burden of isolation precautions from 2008 to 2016 in a Canadian hospital. To account for the changes in C. difficile infection control policies, the series was divided into three intervention periods...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149260/an-aorto-oesophageal-fistula-caused-by-a-fish-bone-resulting-in-an-accidental-discovery-of-an-invasive-adenocarcinoma-in-the-lung
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Bao Long Zhang, Ji Ning Sun, Na Na Liu, Fu Zhi Cao
An aorto-oesophageal fistula is a rare, life-threatening complication caused by sharp foreign bodies in the oesophagus. We report an aorto-oesophageal fistula in the inferior segment of thoracic oesophagus caused by a fish bone. Multiplanar reconstruction of computed tomography and computed tomography angiography demonstrated that a foreign body had pierced from the left posterior wall of the oesophagus into the descending aortic wall. These computed tomography images can help radiologists make the correct diagnosis and provide precise evidence for clinicians to perform a timely surgical intervention...
November 15, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149249/human-accelerated-regions-and-other-human-specific-sequence-variations-in-the-context-of-evolution-and-their-relevance-for-brain-development
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Anastasia Levchenko, Alexander Kanapin, Anastasia Samsonova, Raul Gainetdinov
The review discusses, in a format of a timeline, the studies of different types of genetic variants, present in Homo sapiens, but absent in all other primate, mammalian or vertebrate species, tested so far. The main characteristic of these variants is that they are found in regions of high evolutionary conservation. These sequence variations include single nucleotide substitutions (called human accelerated regions), deletions and segmental duplications. The rationale for finding such variations in the human genome is that they could be responsible for traits, specific to our species, of which the human brain is the most remarkable...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149195/age-of-heart-disease-presentation-and-dysmorphic-nuclei-in-patients-with-lmna-mutations
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Jason Q Core, Mehrsa Mehrabi, Zachery R Robinson, Alexander R Ochs, Linda A McCarthy, Michael V Zaragoza, Anna Grosberg
Nuclear shape defects are a distinguishing characteristic in laminopathies, cancers, and other pathologies. Correlating these defects to the symptoms, mechanisms, and progression of disease requires unbiased, quantitative, and high-throughput means of quantifying nuclear morphology. To accomplish this, we developed a method of automatically segmenting fluorescently stained nuclei in 2D microscopy images and then classifying them as normal or dysmorphic based on three geometric features of the nucleus using a package of Matlab codes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149064/who-participates-in-the-great-shakeout-why-audience-segmentation-is-the-future-of-disaster-preparedness-campaigns
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Rachel M Adams, Beth Karlin, David P Eisenman, Johanna Blakley, Deborah Glik
Background: In 2008, the Southern California Earthquake Center in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program launched the first annual Great ShakeOut, the largest earthquake preparedness drill in the history of the United States. Materials and Methods: We collected online survey data from 2052 campaign registrants to assess how people participated, whether audience segments shared behavioral patterns, and whether these segments were associated with five social cognitive factors targeted by the ShakeOut campaign...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148902/microsurgical-anatomy-and-approaches-around-the-lateral-recess-with-special-reference-to-entry-into-the-pons
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Osamu Akiyama, Ken Matsushima, Maximiliano Nunez, Satoshi Matsuo, Akihide Kondo, Hajime Arai, Albert L Rhoton, Toshio Matsushima
OBJECTIVE The lateral recess is a unique structure communicating between the ventricle and cistern, which is exposed when treating lesions involving the fourth ventricle and the brainstem with surgical approaches such as the transcerebellomedullary fissure approach. In this study, the authors examined the microsurgical anatomy around the lateral recess, including the fiber tracts, and analyzed their findings with respect to surgical exposure of the lateral recess and entry into the lower pons. METHODS Ten cadaveric heads were examined with microsurgical techniques, and 2 heads were examined with fiber dissection to clarify the anatomy between the lateral recess and adjacent structures...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148564/differential-processing-in-modality-specific-mauthner-cell-dendrites
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V Medan, T Mäki-Marttunen, J Sztarker, T Preuss
Animals process multimodal information for adaptive behavioural decisions. In fish, evasion of a diving bird that breaks the water surface depends on integrating visual and auditory stimuli with very different characteristics. How do neurons process such differential sensory inputs at the dendritic level? For that we studied the Mauthner-cells (M-cells) in the goldfish startle circuit, which receive visual and auditory inputs via two separate dendrites, both accessible for in vivo recordings. We asked if electrophysiological membrane properties and dendrite morphology, studied in vivo, play a role in selective sensory processing in the M-cell...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148558/ultrasound-propelled-nanowire-motors-enhance-asparaginase-enzymatic-activity-against-cancer-cells
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Murat Uygun, Beatriz Jurado-Sánchez, Deniz Aktas Uygun, Virendra Vikram Singh, Liangfang Zhang, Joseph Wang
Ultrasound-(US) propelled nanowires consisting of Au/Ni/Au/PEDOT-PPy-COOH segments are modified with asparaginase enzyme and applied as an effective anti-cancer agent. After immobilization of asparaginase onto the surface of the nanowire motors, the enzyme displays enhanced thermal and pH stabilities, improved resistance towards protease, and higher affinity for the substrate. The fast motion of the motor-carrying asparaginase leads to greatly accelerated biocatalytic depletion of asparagine and hence to a significantly enhanced inhibition efficacy against El4 lymphoma cancer cells (92%) as compared to free enzyme counterpart (17%) and other control groups...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148540/single-cell-heterogeneity-in-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-of-breast
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Michael J Gerdes, Yesim Gökmen-Polar, Yunxia Sui, Alberto Santamaria Pang, Nicole LaPlante, Adrian L Harris, Puay-Hoon Tan, Fiona Ginty, Sunil S Badve
Heterogeneous patterns of mutations and RNA expression have been well documented in invasive cancers. However, technological challenges have limited the ability to study heterogeneity of protein expression. This is particularly true for pre-invasive lesions such as ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Cell-level heterogeneity in ductal carcinoma in situ was analyzed in a single 5 μm tissue section using a multiplexed immunofluorescence analysis of 11 disease-related markers (EGFR, HER2, HER4, S6, pmTOR, CD44v6, SLC7A5 and CD10, CD4, CD8 and CD20, plus pan-cytokeratin, pan-cadherin, DAPI, and Na+K+ATPase for cell segmentation)...
November 17, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148529/anterior-segment-ischemia-etiology-assessment-and-management
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S L Pineles, M Y Chang, E L Oltra, M S Pihlblad, J P Davila-Gonzalez, T C Sauer, F G Velez
Anterior segment ischemia (ASI) is a potentially serious but rare complication of strabismus surgery. Among several risk factors, ASI occurs after strabismus surgery because of the nature of the anterior segment circulation. Disinsertion of rectus muscles leads to a decrease in the blood supply to the various anterior segment structures. We report a series of retrospective and prospective studies performed by our group focused on determining the risk of anterior segment ischemia following strabismus surgery, diagnosis, and modifications to surgical techniques to minimize the impact on anterior segment circulation...
November 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148396/multiple-reassorted-viruses-as-cause-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h5n8-virus-epidemic-the-netherlands-2016
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Nancy Beerens, Rene Heutink, Saskia A Bergervoet, Frank Harders, Alex Bossers, Guus Koch
In 2016, an epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype H5N8 in the Netherlands caused mass deaths among wild birds, and several commercial poultry farms and captive bird holdings were affected. We performed complete genome sequencing to study the relationship between the wild bird and poultry viruses. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the viruses are related to H5 clade 2.3.4.4 viruses detected in Russia in May 2016 but contained novel polymerase basic 2 and nucleoprotein gene segments and 2 different variants of the polymerase acidic segment...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148327/are-integrated-plan-providers-associated-with-lower-premiums-on-the-health-insurance-marketplaces
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Ambar La Forgia, Jared Lane K Maeda, Jessica S Banthin
As the health insurance industry becomes more consolidated, hospitals and health systems have started to enter the insurance business. Insurers are also rapidly acquiring providers. Although these "vertically" integrated plan providers are small players in the insurance market, they are becoming more numerous. The health insurance marketplaces (HIMs) offer a unique setting to study integrated plan providers relative to other insurer types because the HIMs were designed to promote competition. In this descriptive study, the authors compared the premiums of the lowest priced silver plans of integrated plan providers with other insurer types on the 2015 and 2016 HIMs...
February 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148253/quantification-of-vascular-damage-in-acute-kidney-injury-with-fluorine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-spectroscopy
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Jeremy K Moore, Junjie Chen, Hua Pan, Joseph P Gaut, Sanjay Jain, Samuel A Wickline
PURPOSE: To design a fluorine MRI/MR spectroscopy approach to quantify renal vascular damage after ischemia-reperfusion injury, and the therapeutic response to antithrombin nanoparticles (NPs) to protect kidney function. METHODS: A total of 53 rats underwent 45 min of bilateral renal artery occlusion and were treated at reperfusion with either plain perfluorocarbon NPs or NPs functionalized with a direct thrombin inhibitor (PPACK:phenyalanine-proline-arginine-chloromethylketone)...
November 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148029/an-unusual-case-of-bilateral-pigmented-maculopathy-and-anterior-segment-dysgenesis
#16
Edward Bloch, Maria Pefkianaki, Jamil Hakim
PURPOSE: Pigmentary maculopathy can occur in the context of various inherited and acquired diseases. Anterior segment dysgenesis arises due to developmental anomalies and may be associated with systemic disease, as in Rieger syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 49-year-old woman presented with longstanding reduction in vision, evidence of anterior segment dysgenesis, and multiple discrete pigmented lesions throughout the macula bilaterally. Electroretinographic findings were consistent with severe macular dysfunction...
November 8, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147954/a-fully-automatic-end-to-end-method-for-content-based-image-retrieval-of-ct-scans-with-similar-liver-lesion-annotations
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A B Spanier, N Caplan, J Sosna, B Acar, L Joskowicz
PURPOSE: The goal of medical content-based image retrieval (M-CBIR) is to assist radiologists in the decision-making process by retrieving medical cases similar to a given image. One of the key interests of radiologists is lesions and their annotations, since the patient treatment depends on the lesion diagnosis. Therefore, a key feature of M-CBIR systems is the retrieval of scans with the most similar lesion annotations. To be of value, M-CBIR systems should be fully automatic to handle large case databases...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147835/automatic-localization-of-the-left-ventricular-blood-pool-centroid-in-short-axis-cardiac-cine-mr-images
#18
Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz, Kok Han Chee, Robert A McLaughlin
In this paper, we develop and validate an open source, fully automatic algorithm to localize the left ventricular (LV) blood pool centroid in short axis cardiac cine MR images, enabling follow-on automated LV segmentation algorithms. The algorithm comprises four steps: (i) quantify motion to determine an initial region of interest surrounding the heart, (ii) identify potential 2D objects of interest using an intensity-based segmentation, (iii) assess contraction/expansion, circularity, and proximity to lung tissue to score all objects of interest in terms of their likelihood of constituting part of the LV, and (iv) aggregate the objects into connected groups and construct the final LV blood pool volume and centroid...
November 17, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147766/pictorial-essay-imaging-findings-following-y90-radiation-segmentectomy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Ronald A Mora, Rehan Ali, Ahmed Gabr, Nadine Abouchaleh, Ali Al Asadi, Joseph Ralph Kallini, Frank H Miller, Vahid Yaghmai, Samdeep Mouli, Bartley Thornburg, Kush Desai, Ahsun Riaz, Robert J Lewandowski, Riad Salem
Transarterial radioembolization is a novel therapy that has gained rapid clinical acceptance for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Segmental radioembolization [also termed radiation segmentectomy (RS)] is a technique that can deliver high doses (> 190 Gy) of radiation selectively to the hepatic segment(s) containing the tumor. The aim of this comprehensive review is to provide an illustrative summary of the most relevant imaging findings encountered after radiation segmentectomy. A 62-patient cohort of Child-Pugh A patients with solitary HCC < 5 cm in size was identified...
November 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147699/strain-relaxation-and-ambipolar-electrical-transport-in-gaas-insb-core-shell-nanowires
#20
Torsten Rieger, Patrick Zellekens, Natalia Demarina, Ali Al Hassan, Franz Josef Hackemüller, Hans Lüth, Ullrich Pietsch, Thomas Schäpers, Detlev Grützmacher, Mihail Ion Lepsa
The growth, crystal structure, strain relaxation and room temperature transport characteristics of GaAs/InSb core-shell nanowires grown using molecular beam epitaxy are investigated. Due to the large lattice mismatch between GaAs and InSb of 14%, a transition from island-based to layer-like growth occurs during the formation of the shell. High resolution transmission electron microscopy in combination with geometric phase analyses as well as X-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation are used to investigate the strain relaxation and prove the existence of different dislocations relaxing the strain on zinc blende and wurtzite core-shell nanowire segments...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
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