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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149772/natural-history-of-infantile-onset-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Stephen J Kolb, Christopher S Coffey, Jon W Yankey, Kristin Krosschell, W David Arnold, Seward B Rutkove, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sandra P Reyna, Ai Sakonju, Basil T Darras, Richard Shell, Nancy Kuntz, Diana Castro, Julie Parsons, Anne M Connolly, Claudia A Chiriboga, Craig McDonald, W Bryan Burnette, Klaus Werner, Mathula Thangarajh, Perry B Shieh, Erika Finanger, Merit E Cudkowicz, Michelle M McGovern, D Elizabeth McNeil, Richard Finkel, Susan T Iannaccone, Edward Kaye, Allison Kingsley, Samantha R Renusch, Vicki L McGovern, Xueqian Wang, Phillip G Zaworski, Thomas W Prior, Arthur H M Burghes, Amy Bartlett, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: Infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality, typically resulting in death prior to age 2. Clinical trials in this population require an understanding of disease progression and identification of meaningful biomarkers to hasten therapeutic development and predict outcomes. METHODS: A longitudinal, multi-center, prospective natural history study enrolled 26 SMA infants, and 27 control infants less than six months of age...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149725/a-method-for-the-design-of-ultrasonic-devices-for-scanning-acoustic-microscopy-using-impulsive-signals
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Mototaka Arakawa, Hiroshi Kanai, Kazuo Ishikawa, Ryo Nagaoka, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshifumi Saijo
Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) using impulsive signals is useful for characterization of biological tissues and cells. The operating center frequency of an ultrasonic device strongly depends on the performance characteristics of the device if the measurement is conducted by using impulsive signals. In this paper, a method for the design of ultrasonic devices for SAM using impulsive signals was developed. A new plane-wave model was introduced to calculate frequency characteristics of loss of ultrasonic devices by taking into account the conversion loss at the ultrasonic transducer, the transmission loss at the acoustic anti-reflection coating, and the propagation loss in the couplant...
November 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149620/the-dopamine-d4-receptor-gene-birth-weight-maternal-depression-maternal-attention-and-the-prediction-of-disorganized-attachment-at-36-months-of-age-a-prospective-gene%C3%A3-environment-analysis
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Justin Graffi, Ellen Moss, Alexia Jolicoeur-Martineau, Gal Moss, Vanessa Lecompte, Katherine Pascuzzo, Vanessa Babineau, Cathryn Gordon-Green, Viara R Mileva-Seitz, Klaus Minde, Roberto Sassi, Meir Steiner, James L Kennedy, Helene Gaudreau, Robert Levitan, Michael J Meaney, Ashley Wazana
BACKGROUND: Efforts to understand the developmental pathways for disorganized attachment reflect the importance of disorganized attachment on the prediction of future psychopathology. The inconsistent findings on the prediction of disorganized attachment from the dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) gene, birth weight, and maternal depression as well as the evidence supporting the contribution of early maternal care, suggest the importance of exploring a gene by environment model. METHODS: Our sample is from the Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability, and Neurodevelopment project; consisting of 655 mother-child dyads...
November 14, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149611/core-clinical-data-elements-for-cancer-genomic-repositories-a-multi-stakeholder-consensus
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Robert B Conley, Dane Dickson, Jean Claude Zenklusen, Jennifer Al Naber, Donna A Messner, Ajlan Atasoy, Lena Chaihorsky, Deborah Collyar, Carolyn Compton, Martin Ferguson, Sean Khozin, Roger D Klein, Sri Kotte, Razelle Kurzrock, C Jimmy Lin, Frank Liu, Ingrid Marino, Robert McDonough, Amy McNeal, Vincent Miller, Richard L Schilsky, Lisa I Wang
The Center for Medical Technology Policy and the Molecular Evidence Development Consortium gathered a diverse group of more than 50 stakeholders to develop consensus on a core set of data elements and values essential to understanding the clinical utility of molecularly targeted therapies in oncology.
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149493/impact-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-on-the-survival-of-patients-with-oropharyngeal-cancer
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Minas P Economides, Moran Amit, Parag S Mahale, Jeff J Hosry, Ying Jiang, Uddalak Bharadwaj, Erich M Sturgis, Harrys A Torres
BACKGROUND: Although an association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and oropharyngeal cancers (OPCs) has been reported, to the authors' knowledge the clinical significance of this epidemiological finding remains unknown. Therefore, the authors analyzed the oncologic outcomes of HCV-infected patients with OPCs. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, all patients with OPCs who were seen at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center between January 2004 and December 2015 were reviewed...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149478/hospital-quality-patient-risk-and-medicare-expenditures-for-cancer-surgery
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Sarah P Shubeck, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick, Hari Nathan
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is a cornerstone of curative-intent therapy for patients with solid organ malignancies. With increasing attention paid to the costs of surgical care, there is a new focus on variations in the costs of cancer surgery. This study evaluated the potential interactive effect of hospital quality and patient risk on expenditures for cancer resections. METHODS: With 100% Medicare claim data for 2010-2013, patients aged 65 to 99 years who had undergone cancer resection were identified...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149447/a-wealth-of-information
#7
Joey Berlin
The Center for Health Care Research Data at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health has earned a certification that will allow it to analyze and report on Medicare claims data from Texas.
November 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149429/population-analysis-of-predictors-of-difficult-intubation-with-direct-laryngoscopy-in-pediatric-patients-with-and-without-thyroid-disease
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Aalap C Shah, William C K Ng, Sean Sinnott, Joseph P Cravero
PURPOSE: There are no data on the prevalence and predictors of difficult intubation (DI) in pediatric patients with thyroid disease. This study (1) assesses the prevalence of DI in patients with thyroid disease undergoing elective operations, (2) identifies other predictors of DI in children, and (3) evaluates the effect of DI on postoperative care and length-of-stay. METHODS: A single-center retrospective cohort analysis of procedures in patients assigned with an ICD-9 code for thyroid disease between June 2012 and February 2016...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149390/decompressive-craniectomy-and-csf-disorders-in-children
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Marie Manfiotto, Carmine Mottolese, Alexandru Szathmari, Pierre-Aurelien Beuriat, Olivier Klein, Matthieu Vinchon, Edouard Gimbert, Thomas Roujeau, Didier Scavarda, Michel Zerah, Federico Di Rocco
INTRODUCTION: Decompressive craniectomy (DC) is a lifesaving procedure but is associated to several post-operative complications, namely cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynamics impairment. The aim of this multicentric study was to evaluate the incidence of such CSF alterations after DC and review their impact on the overall outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicentric study to analyze the CSF disorders occurring in children aged from 0 to 17 years who had undergone a DC for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the major Departments of Pediatric Neurosurgery of France between January 2006 and August 2016...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149363/indications-for-extracorporeal-support-why-do-we-need-the-results-of-the-eolia-trial
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REVIEW
A Combes, N Bréchot, C-E Luyt, M Schmidt
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe lung disease, with an associated mortality rate exceeding 60% for the most severe forms of the disease. In these situations, establishing an extracorporeal circuit, combining a centrifugal pump and a membrane oxygenator (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO), can ensure total pulmonary assistance and allow the lungs to rest under ultraprotective mechanical ventilation. Unfortunately, former trials of ECMO in ARDS were negative or highly criticized due to many technical and methodological shortcomings...
November 17, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149339/human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-increases-the-risk-of-incident-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yung-Feng Yen, Yu-Ching Lan, Chun-Teng Huang, I-An Jen, Marcelo Chen, Chun-Yuan Lee, Pei-Hung Chuang, Yun Lee, Donalde E Morisky, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
Background: Currently, the association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and subsequent development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) remains unclear. This nationwide population-based cohort study aimed to determine the association between incident AIHA and HIV infection in Taiwan. Methods: During 2000-2012, we identified people aged ≧15 years living with HIV (PLWH) from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control HIV Surveillance System. Individuals were considered to be infected with HIV on the basis of positive results of an HIV type 1 Western blot...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149320/organic-scintillator-for-real-time-neutron-dosimetry
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Kyle A Beyer, Angela Di Fulvio, Liliana Stolarczyk, Wiktor Parol, Natalia Mojzeszek, Renata Kopéc, Shaun D Clarke, Sara A Pozzi
We developed a radiation detector based on an organic scintillator for spectrometry and dosimetry of out-of-field secondary neutrons from clinical proton beams. The detector consists of an EJ-299-34 crystalline organic scintillator, coupled by fiber optic cable to a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM). Proof of concept measurements were taken with 137Cs and 252Cf, and corresponding simulations were performed in MCNPX-PoliMi. Despite its small size, the detector is able to discriminate between neutron and gamma-rays via pulse shape discrimination...
November 15, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149288/overexpression-of-seipin1-increases-oil-in-hydroxy-fatty-acid-accumulating-seeds
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Daniel Lunn, James G Wallis, John Browse
While plant oils are an important source of food, plants also produce oils containing specialized fatty acids with chemical and physical properties valued in industry. Ricinoleic acid, a hydroxy-fatty acid (HFA) produced in the seed of castor (Ricinus communis), is of particular value with a wide range of applications. Since castor cultivation is currently successful only in tropic climates, and because castor seed contain the toxin ricin, there are ongoing efforts to develop a temperate crop capable of HFA biosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149262/a-food-environments-feedback-system-foodback-for-empowering-citizens-and-change-agents-to-create-healthier-community-food-places
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Stefanie Vandevijvere, Rachel Williams, Essa Tawfiq, Boyd Swinburn
This study developed a systems-based approach (called FoodBack) to empower citizens and change agents to create healthier community food places. Formative evaluations were held with citizens and change agents in six diverse New Zealand communities, supplemented by semi-structured interviews with 85 change agents in Auckland and Hamilton in 2015-2016. The emerging system was additionally reviewed by public health experts from diverse organizations. A food environments feedback system was constructed to crowdsource key indicators of the healthiness of diverse community food places (i...
November 14, 2017: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149238/diabetic-neuroglial-changes-in-the-superficial-and-deep-nonperfused-areas-on-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Yoko Dodo, Tomoaki Murakami, Kiyoshi Suzuma, Shin Yoshitake, Tatsuya Yoshitake, Kenji Ishihara, Masahiro Fujimoto, Yuko Miwa, Akitaka Tsujikawa
Purpose: To evaluate the relationship between lamellar capillary nonperfusion on optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) images and neuroglial changes on structural optical coherence tomography (OCT) images in diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 101 consecutive eyes of 69 patients with DR. OCTA and OCT images within a 3 × 3-mm square centered on the fovea were acquired simultaneously. The nonperfused areas (NPAs) in the superficial capillary layer (sNPA) (from the nerve fiber layer [NFL] to the inner plexiform layer [IPL]), the deep layer (dNPA) (corresponding mainly to the inner nuclear layer [INL]), or both layers (bNPA) were measured individually along 10 transverse lines...
November 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149177/new-brain-lesions-with-no-impact-on-physical-disability-can-impact-cognition-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-a-ten-year-longitudinal-study
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D Wybrecht, F Reuter, F Pariollaud, W Zaaraoui, A Le Troter, A Rico, S Confort-Gouny, E Soulier, M Guye, A Maarouf, J-P Ranjeva, J Pelletier, B Audoin
OBJECTIVE: In early multiple sclerosis, although brain T2 lesions accrual are hallmark of the disease, only weak correlations were found between T2 lesions accrual and EDSS progression, the disability scale commonly used in multiple sclerosis studies. This may be related to the very poor sensitivity of EDSS to cognitive dysfunctions that may occur and progress from the first stage of the disease. In the present study, we aimed to demonstrate that cognitive deficits progress during the first ten years of MS and are significantly impacted by new T2 lesions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149171/risk-factors-for-hospitalizations-among-patients-with-cirrhosis-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Shari S Rogal, Viyan Udawatta, Imo Akpan, Akshata Moghe, Alexis Chidi, Amit Shetty, Eva Szigethy, Klaus Bielefeldt, Andrea DiMartini
This study was designed to assess unique baseline factors associated with subsequent hospitalizations in a cohort of outpatients with cirrhosis. A cohort of 193 patients with cirrhosis was recruited from an outpatient liver disease clinic at a single, tertiary medical center. Comorbidities, prescription medications, liver disease symptoms and severity, and psychiatric and pain symptoms were assessed at baseline using validated instruments. Inflammatory markers were measured using standardized Luminex assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149156/survival-analysis-of-occipital-nerve-stimulator-leads-placed-under-fluoroscopic-guidance-with-and-without-ultrasonography
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James H Jones, Alison Brown, Daniel Moyse, Wenjing Qi, Lance Roy
BACKGROUND: Electrical stimulation of the greater occipital nerves is performed to treat pain secondary to chronic daily headaches and occipital neuralgia. The use of fluoroscopy alone to guide the surgical placement of electrodes near the greater occipital nerves disregards the impact of tissue planes on lead stability and stimulation efficacy. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that occipital neurostimulator (ONS) leads placed with ultrasonography combined with fluoroscopy would demonstrate increased survival rates and times when compared to ONS leads placed with fluoroscopy alone...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149151/sacroplasty-a-ten-year-analysis-of-prospective-patients-treated-with-percutaneous-sacroplasty-literature-review-and-technical-considerations
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Michael E Frey, Christopher Warner, Samuel M Thomas, Karan Johar, Heathpaul Singh, Maheen S Mohammad, Douglas P Beall
BACKGROUND: The treatment of sacral fractures has evolved since its first description in 1982. Several techniques for sacral augmentation have been developed since 2001, and the rate of improvement is rapid with over 50% reduction in pain achieved prior to post-procedure discharge of the patient. Pain reduction occurs primarily within the first 3 months and is sustained at 12 months; however, the long-term outcomes have not previously been studied. OBJECTIVES: We aim to evaluate the long-term efficacy of sacroplasty versus non-surgical management (NSM) in treating sacral insufficiency fractures (SIFs), including the effect on pain relief, opioid and other analgesic use, patient satisfaction, and complication rates...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
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