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K C Zhang, L Chen
Different proficiency in minimally invasive surgery has great impact on efficacy of minimally invasive surgery. Therefore, great importance should be attached to the standardization of minimally invasive surgery. Accurate preoperative staging plays a prerequisite role which emphasizes multiple diagnostic strategies. Precise intraoperative procedure plays an essential role which should be performed according to the evidence-based expert consensus and guideline. Standardized postoperative management plays a crucial role which includes ex vivo lymph node dissection, registry of complication and follow-up and establishment of medical database...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
X L Wang, J Wang, D L Mu, D X Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of dexmedetomidine adding to ropivacaine for continuous femoral nerve block on the improvement of postoperative sleep quality in elderly patients after total knee arthroplasty. Methods: One hundred and sixty patients aged 60 years or older in Jishuitan Hospital scheduled for single total knee arthroplasty between Nov. 2016 and Jun. 2017 were recruited. All patients received spinal anesthesia and were randomized to receive either combined ropivacaine and dexmedetomidine (0...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Oscar J Ponce, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, Neri Alvarez-Villalobos, Valentina Serrano, Naykky Singh-Ospina, Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Alejandro Salcido-Montenegro, Raed Benkhadra, Larry J Prokop, Shalender Bhasin, Juan P Brito
Context: The efficacy and safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men remain incompletely understood. Objective: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials (RCT) to determine the effects of TRT on patient-important outcomes and adverse events in hypogonadal men. Data Sources: We searched Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid EMBASE, Ovid Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Ovid Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Scopus from inception to March 2th, 2017...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
A K Winter, M E Martinez, F T Cutts, W J Moss, M Ferrari, A McKee, J Lessler, K Hayford, J Wallinga, C J E Metcalf
Control efforts for measles and rubella are intensifying globally. It becomes increasingly important to identify and reach remaining susceptible populations as elimination is approached. Serological surveys for measles and rubella can potentially measure susceptibility directly, but their use remains rare. Here, using simulations, we outline key subtleties in interpretation associated with the dynamic context of age-specific immunity, highlighting how the patterns of immunity predicted from disease surveillance and vaccination coverage data may be misleading...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Maureen Mackintosh, Julius Mugwagwa, Geoffrey Banda, Paula Tibandebage, Jires Tunguhole, Samuel Wangwe, Mercy Karimi Njeru
The benefits of local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa for local access to medicines and to effective treatment remain contested. There is scepticism among health systems experts internationally that production of pharmaceuticals in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) can provide competitive prices, quality and reliability of supply. Meanwhile low-income African populations continue to suffer poor access to a broad range of medicines, despite major international funding efforts. A current wave of pharmaceutical industry investment in SSA is associated with active African government promotion of pharmaceuticals as a key sector in industrialization strategies...
March 19, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
Rupen Shah, Kristopher Attwood, Shipra Arya, Daniel E Hall, Jason M Johanning, Emmanuel Gabriel, Anthony Visioni, Steven Nurkin, Moshim Kukar, Steven Hochwald, Nader N Massarweh
Importance: Failure to rescue (FTR), or death after a potentially preventable complication, is a nationally endorsed, publicly reported quality measure. However, little is known about the impact of frailty on FTR, in particular after low-risk surgical procedures. Objective: To assess the association of frailty with FTR in patients undergoing inpatient surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study assessed a cohort of 984 550 patients undergoing inpatient general, vascular, thoracic, cardiac, and orthopedic surgery in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2012...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Patrícia Couto, Paulo Almeida Pereira, Manuel Nunes, Rui Amaral Mendes
Individuals with disabilities are regarded as a highly vulnerable population group, particularly as far as oral health is concern. However, few studies have assessed the impact of the oral condition on the quality of life of these individuals. Therefore, the aim of this study is to expand knowledge on the oral health status of the Portuguese adults with mild intellectual disability, and to assess how the patient's oral health is related to their quality of life. A sample of 240 adults with mild intellectual disabilities linked to the Portuguese Federation for Intellectual Disability, were interviewed using a previously validated version of the Oral Health Impact Profile...
2018: PloS One
Qi Wu, Tomotaka Ogasawara, Nobuhiro Yoshikawa, Hongzhou Zhai
Amorphous thermoplastics, as a type of engineering plastic material, are used in various industrial sectors. In order to manufacture high-performance products, it is important to optimize their forming process to mitigate residual stresses. However, stress in a plate is difficult to measure, therefore, modeling provides a powerful way to investigate and understand the evolution of stress. In this study, the forming process of a polyetherimide (PEI) plate was modelled using finite element analysis, and then validated through a comparison with a warpage experiment...
March 21, 2018: Materials
John T Doyle, Larry Kindness, James Realbird, Margaret J Eggers, Anne K Camper
Disparities in access to safe public drinking water are increasingly being recognized as contributing to health disparities and environmental injustice for vulnerable communities in the United States. As the Co-Directors of the Apsaálooke Water and Wastewater Authority (AWWWA) for the Crow Tribe, with our academic partners, we present here the multiple and complex challenges we have addressed in improving and maintaining tribal water and wastewater infrastructure, including the identification of diverse funding sources for infrastructure construction, the need for many kinds of specialized expertise and long-term stability of project personnel, ratepayer difficulty in paying for services, an ongoing legacy of inadequate infrastructure planning, and lack of water quality research capacity...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Zhenzhen Wang, Lin Huang, Bihua Wu, Jiliang Hu, Zilong Jiang, Pengfei Qi, Youliang Zheng, Dengcai Liu
Glu-1Ay , one of six genes encoding a high molecular weight glutenin subunit (HMW-GS), is frequently silenced in hexaploid common wheat. Here, an active allele of Glu-1Ay was integrated from wild emmer wheat ( Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides ) accession D97 into the common wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) cultivar Chuannong 16 via the repeated self-fertilization of the pentaploid interspecific hybrid, culminating in the selection of a line TaAy7-40 shown to express the wild emmer Glu-1Ay allele. The open reading frame of this allele was a 1830 bp long sequence, demonstrated by its heterologous expression in Escherichia coli to encode a 608-residue polypeptide...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ippokratis Pountos, Peter V Giannoudis
The fixation of impending or pathologic fractures is challenging and their successful management can have a favourable impact on the quality of life of the patient. The progression of the metastatic bone disease can cause significant pain and disability but also could result in the loosening and subsequent failure of the implants. To prevent the additional local growth, postoperative radiotherapy is often recommended, and many patients receive endocrine or chemotherapy Areas Covered: Several reports support the antineoplastic drugs to bone cement as an adjuvant to improve implant stability as well as to prevent local cancer progression and failure of reconstructive devices used to treat patients with pathologic fractures...
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Ronald Trejo, Karen-Leigh Edward, Wendy Cross
BACKGROUND: secondary prevention programmes help manage risk factors, prevent progression of disease, minimise complications and reduce readmissions to hospitals. Referrals to these programmes are suboptimal even though they improve survival and quality of life. AIM: to explore referral of individuals with a primary diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, cerebrovascular disease or peripheral vascular disease to secondary prevention programmes. METHODS: a non-experimental descriptive retrospective design was used to analyse 176 patient records from a tertiary referral hospital in Melbourne, Australia...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Y Q Liu, P Strappe, Z K Zhou, C Blanchard
Rice bran, a valuable byproduct of the rice milling process, has limitations in food industrial applications due to its instability during storage. This review summaries the methodology for stabilization and its impact on the nutritional properties of rice bran. A variety of treatments have been used and these include heat treatment, low-temperature storage, biological and chemical approaches and these will be discussed in terms of their ability to destroy/inhibit enzyme activity and improve storage performance of rice bran...
March 21, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Ziming Zhang, Muhammad Khurram, Zhaojian Sun, Qingfeng Yan
Doping has been a reliable way to improve the properties of black phosphorus (BP). However, a uniform and large amount of doping in BP remains a challenge. Herein, the synthesis of tellurium-doped black phosphorus (Te-doped BP) single crystals with high crystalline quality is achieved by the chemical vapor transport reaction method. The synthetic route enables a uniform and relatively large amount (up to 0.5% atomic ratio) of Te-doping in BP single crystals. The electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) properties of few-layer Te-doped BP nanosheets prepared by liquid exfoliation were also investigated for the first time...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Huifeng Yu, Yanming An, Marcos Daniel Battistel, John F Cipollo, Darón I Freedberg
Conjugate vaccines are highly heterogeneous in terms of glycosylation sites and linked oligosaccharide length. Therefore, the characterization of conjugate vaccines' glycosylation state is challenging. However, improved product characterization can lead to enhancements in product control and product quality. Here, we present a synergistic combination of high-resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the analysis of glycoconjugates. We use the power of this strategy to characterize model polysaccharide conjugates to demonstrate a detailed level of glycoproteomic analysis...
March 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Andres Canales, Seongjun Park, Antje Kilias, Polina Anikeeva
Multifunctional devices for modulation and probing of neuronal activity during free behavior facilitate studies of functions and pathologies of the nervous system. Probes composed of stiff materials, such as metals and semiconductors, exhibit elastic and chemical mismatch with the neural tissue, which is hypothesized to contribute to sustained tissue damage and gliosis. Dense glial scars have been found to encapsulate implanted devices, corrode their surfaces, and often yield poor recording quality in long-term experiments...
March 21, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
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April 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Jin-Huan Yue, Shi-Jun Zhang, Qi Sun, Zhong-Ren Sun, Xin-Xin Wang, Brenda Golianu, Ying Lu, Qinhong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Several studies suggest that local warming therapy (LWT) may help to treat chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers. However, evidence supporting the efficacy of this treatment is still incomplete. This study aimed to assess the effects of LWT in treating chronic wounds. METHODS: For this review, we searched the Cochrane Wounds Specialized Register (March 6, 2017); the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library, 2017 issue 3); Ovid MEDLINE (1946 to March 6, 2017); Ovid Embase (1974 to March 6, 2017); EBSCO CINAHL (1982 to March 6, 2017); Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (1980 to March 20, 2017); China National Knowledge Infrastructure (1980 to March 20, 2017); VIP Information (1980 to March 20, 2017) (Chinese Database); and Wanfang Data (1980 to March 20, 2017)...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xiang Tu, Shi Qiu, Tiancong Chang, Kun Jin, Yige Bao, Lu Yang, Qiang Wei
BACKGROUND: The role of real-time elastography (RTE)-targeted biopsy in the detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) remains controversial. METHODS: We searched Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library from inception to July 31, 2017 and used the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) tool to assess the quality of the identified studies. We applied the relative sensitivity value to assess the diagnostic accuracy of RTE-targeted biopsy using the 10-core systematic biopsy as the reference standard...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wan-Lin Zhang, Shuang Ma, Rachel Jug, Fan Li, Endi Wang, Huan-Yu Zhao, Hong-Tao Xu, Lin Cai, Cheng-Qian Yu, Shuai Shen, Lian-He Yang
RATIONALE: Primary testicular natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma is an extremely rare and highly aggressive lymphoid malignancy. At present, only 20 cases have been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 32-year-old Chinese man complained of discomfort and swelling of his right testicle for 3 months. Physical examination revealed a 10 × 10 × 9.5 cm mass on the right side of the scrotum area. DIAGNOSES: Pathologic evaluation showed effacement of normal testicular parenchymal architecture by small-to-medium-sized lymphoid cells with irregular nuclear profiles, and immunohistochemical studies positively expressed CD2, CD56, cytoplasmic CD3, granzyme B, perforin, and TIA-1...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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