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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346828/dynamic-posterior-stabilization-versus-posterior-lumbar-intervertebral-fusion-a-matched-cohort-study-based-on-the-spine-tango-registry
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Kathrin S Bieri, Kelly Goodwin, Emin Aghayev, Hans-Joachim Riesner, Ralph Greiner-Perth
PURPOSE:  The primary aim of dynamic stabilization is to stabilize the spine and preserve function without overstressing adjacent segments, which is a potential risk of fusion surgery. However, direct comparative analyses of the two approaches are still limited, and little is known about the association of patient-reported outcomes with these treatment options. OBJECTIVE:  To compare the clinical outcomes of dynamic posterior stabilization using the DSS Stabilization System (Paradigm Spine, LLC, New York, New York, United States) versus posterior lumbar intervertebral fusion (PLIF) based on data from a spine registry...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346805/mesenteric-vessel-patency-following-hifu-therapy-in-patients-with-locally-invasive-pancreatic-cancer
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Holger M Strunk, Caroline Lützow, Jana Henseler, Martin Mücke, Maximilian Rauch, Christian Marx, Hans H Schild, Milka Marinova
PURPOSE:  To evaluate the effects of HIFU therapy on visceral vessel patency in patients with inoperable locally invasive pancreatic cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  50 pancreatic cancer patients (26 men, 24 women) aged 41 - 82 years (65.0 ± 10.2) underwent ultrasonography (US) and computed tomography (CT) examinations before and within one day after HIFU treatment, as well as at follow-up at six weeks, three months and six months. Evaluation and grading were performed by two experienced independent radiologists according to a classification scheme based on vessel involvement, vessel diameter, patency, and defects in flow...
January 18, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346796/background-factors-and-subjective-voice-symptoms-in-patients-with-acquired-vocal-fold-scarring-and-sulcus-vocalis
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Emma Malmström, Stellan Hertegård
OBJECTIVE: Vocal fold scarring (VFS) and sulcus vocalis (SV) often result in severe and chronic voice disorders. This study compares subjective voice complaints as rated with the Voice Handicap Index and etiological factors for patients with VFS and SV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected from the medical records at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, for 27 VFS patients and 27 SV patients. Descriptive background factors were compared between the groups and data were compared from the Swedish Voice Handicap Index (Sw-VHI) questionnaires...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346793/epicardial-fat-thickness-in-non-obese-neurologically-impaired-children-association-with-unfavorable-cardiometabolic-risk-profile
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Valeria Calcaterra, Hellas Cena, Pietro Mariano Casali, Gianluca Iacobellis, Riccardo Albertini, Mara De Amici, Annalisa de Silvestri, Calogero Comparato, Gloria Pelizzo
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular risk is reported in disabled children and epicardial fat (EF) is considered an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No data on the EF thickness (EFT) evaluation in disabled children have been published. OBJECTIVE: We investigated EFT in neurologically impaired (NI) children; its relationship with their metabolic profile was also considered. METHODS: Clinical data, body composition estimation, biochemical profile, and ultrasound-measured EFT were performed in 32 disabled patients (12...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346789/mentalization-and-self-efficacy-as-mediators-between-psychological-symptom-severity-and-disabilities-in-activities-and-participation-in-psychotherapy-patients
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Thomas Probst, Maria Dehoust, Anna Levke Brütt, Holger Schulz, Christoph Pieh, Sylke Andreas
BACKGROUND: Psychotherapy patients can be more or less disabled by their psychological symptoms. The present study investigated whether mentalization and self-efficacy contribute to the association between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation. METHODS: The data of 216 psychotherapy inpatients were examined in a cross-sectional design. Bootstrapping-enhanced mediation analyses were performed to investigate whether self-efficacy and mentalization are mediators between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation...
January 19, 2018: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346765/characterization-of-endothelial-cells-associated-with-hematopoietic-niche-formation-in-humans-identifies-il-33-as-an-anabolic-factor
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Keane Jared Guillaume Kenswil, Adrian Christopher Jaramillo, Zhen Ping, Si Chen, Remco Michiel Hoogenboezem, Maria Athina Mylona, Maria Niken Adisty, Eric Moniqué Johannes Bindels, Pieter Koen Bos, Hans Stoop, King Hong Lam, Bram van Eerden, Tom Cupedo, Marc Hermanus Gerardus Petrus Raaijmakers
Bone marrow formation requires an orchestrated interplay between osteogenesis, angiogenesis, and hematopoiesis that is thought to be mediated by endothelial cells. The nature of the endothelial cells and the molecular mechanisms underlying these events remain unclear in humans. Here, we identify a subset of endoglin-expressing endothelial cells enriched in human bone marrow during fetal ontogeny and upon regeneration after chemotherapeutic injury. Comprehensive transcriptional characterization by massive parallel RNA sequencing of these cells reveals a phenotypic and molecular similarity to murine type H endothelium and activation of angiocrine factors implicated in hematopoiesis, osteogenesis, and angiogenesis...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346744/2017-national-standards-for-diabetes-self-management-education-and-support
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Joni Beck, Deborah A Greenwood, Lori Blanton, Sandra T Bollinger, Marcene K Butcher, Jo Ellen Condon, Marjorie Cypress, Priscilla Faulkner, Amy Hess Fischl, Theresa Francis, Leslie E Kolb, Jodi M Lavin-Tompkins, Janice MacLeod, Melinda Maryniuk, Carolé Mensing, Eric A Orzeck, David D Pope, Jodi L Pulizzi, Ardis A Reed, Andrew S Rhinehart, Linda Siminerio, Jing Wang
Purpose The purpose of this study is to review the literature for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) to ensure the National Standards for DSMES (Standards) align with current evidence-based practices and utilization trends. Methods The 10 Standards were divided among 20 interdisciplinary workgroup members. Members searched the current research for diabetes education and support, behavioral health, clinical, health care environment, technical, reimbursement, and business practice for the strongest evidence that guided the Standards revision...
February 2018: Diabetes Educator
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346735/mechanisms-of-modulation-of-calcium-phosphate-pathological-mineralization-by-mobile-and-immobile-small-molecule-inhibitors
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Meng Li, Jing Zhang, Lijun Wang, Baoshan Wang, Christine V Putnis
Potential pathways for inhibiting crystal growth are either via disrupting local microenvironments surrounding crystal-solution interfaces or physically blocking solute molecule attachment. However, the actual mode of inhibition may be more complicated due to the characteristic time scale for the inhibitor adsorption and relaxation to a well-bound state at crystal surfaces. Here we demonstrate the role of citrate (CA) and hydroxycitrate (HCA) in brushite (DCPD, CaHPO4·2H2O) crystallization over a broad range of both inhibitor concentrations and supersaturations by in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346730/2d-spectroscopy-is-being-used-to-address-core-scientific-questions-in-biology-and-materials-science
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Megan Petti, Justin P Lomont, Michał Maj, Martin T Zanni
Two-dimensional spectroscopy is a powerful tool for extracting structural and dynamic information from a wide range of chemical systems. We provide a brief overview of the ways in which two-dimensional visible and infrared spectroscopies are being applied to elucidate fundamental details of important processes in biological and materials science. The topics covered include amyloid proteins, photo-synthetic complexes, ion channels, photovoltaics, batteries, as well as a variety of promising new methods in two-dimensional spectroscopy...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346729/electronic-interactions-in-iminophosphorane-superbase-complexes-with-carbon-dioxide
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Francesca Ingrosso, Manuel F Ruiz-Lopez
Iminophosphoranes or phosphazenes are an important class of compounds with increasing use in synthetic organic chemistry as neutral organic superbases exhibiting low nucleophilicity. Their electronic structure and therefore their properties strongly depend on substitution but there have been very few theoretical studies devoted to this topic, and more specifically to the formation of electron donor-acceptor complexes of iminophosphoranes with electrophiles. In this work, we have investigated the interaction with carbon dioxide at different ab initio levels...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346709/rating-the-quality-of-a-body-of-evidence-on-the-effectiveness-of-health-and-social-interventions-a-systematic-review-and-mapping-of-evidence-domains
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Ani Movsisyan, Jane Dennis, Eva Rehfuess, Sean Grant, Paul Montgomery
INTRODUCTION: Rating the quality of a body of evidence is an increasingly common component of research syntheses on intervention effectiveness. This study sought to identify and examine existing systems for rating the quality of a body of evidence on the effectiveness of health and social interventions. METHODS: We used a multi-component search strategy to search for full-length reports of systems for rating the quality of a body of evidence on the effectiveness of health and social interventions published in English from 1995 onward...
January 18, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346701/identifying-prevalence-and-characteristics-of-behavioral-health-education-in-family-medicine-clerkships-a-cera-study
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Mario P DeMarco, Renée M Betancourt, Kelly M Everard, Kent D W Bream
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many patients with behavioral health disorders do not seek or receive adequate care for their conditions. Among those that do, most will receive care in a primary care setting. To best meet this need, clinicians will need to demonstrate proficiency of behavioral health skills and evidence-based practices. We sought to explore the degree to which these skills are being taught in family medicine clerkships. METHODS: The Council of Academic Family Medicine's (CAFM) Educational Research Alliance (CERA) 2016 survey of clerkship directors (CDs) was sent to 141 CDs at US and Canadian medical schools with a required family medicine run course...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346675/in-search-of-the-best-xenogeneic-material-for-a-paediatric-conduit-an-experimental-study
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Irina Y Zhuravleva, Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy Y Kulyabin, Tatyana P Timchenko, Alexander A Korobeinikov, Yuliya F Polienko, Svetlana S Shatskaya, Elena V Kuznetsova, Alexey V Voitov, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: The development of calcification-resistant bioprosthetic materials is a very important challenge for paediatric surgery. The subcutaneous implantation in rats is the well-known first-stage model for this kind of research. Using this model, we aimed to compare calcification of the porcine aortic wall and bovine pericardium and jugular vein wall cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) and ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (DE). We also determined the efficacy of DE-preserved tissue modification with 2-(2-carboxyethylamino)ethylidene-1,1-bisphosphonic acid (CEABA)...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346656/host-responses-to-intestinal-nematodes
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Koubun Yasuda, Kenji Nakanishi
Helminth infection remains common in developing countries, where residents who suffer from the consequences of such infections can develop serious physical and mental disorders and often persist in the face of serious economic problems. Intestinal nematode infection induces the development of Th2-type immune responses including the B cell IgE response; additionally, this infection induces an increase in the numbers and activation of various types of effector cells, such as mast cells, eosinophils and basophils, as well as the induction of goblet cell hyperplasia, antimicrobial peptide production and smooth muscle contraction, all of which contribute to expel nematodes...
January 13, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346646/the-evolutionary-history-of-nebraska-deer-mice-local-adaptation-in-the-face-of-strong-gene-flow
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Susanne P Pfeifer, Stefan Laurent, Vitor C Sousa, Catherine R Linnen, Matthieu Foll, Laurent Excoffier, Hopi E Hoekstra, Jeffrey D Jensen
The interplay of gene flow, genetic drift, and local selective pressure is a dynamic process that has been well studied from a theoretical perspective over the last century. Wright and Haldane laid the foundation for expectations under an island-continent model, demonstrating that an island-specific beneficial allele may be maintained locally if the selection coefficient is larger than the rate of migration of the ancestral allele from the continent. Subsequent extensions of this model have provided considerably more insight...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346634/are-people-getting-quality-thalassemia-care-in-twin-cities-of-pakistan-a-comparison-with-international-standards
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Tehreem Tanveer, Haleema Masud, Zahid Ahmed Butt
Objectives: This study was conducted to determine if thalassemia patients were getting quality care in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan, as per international standards and to identify determinants for better quality of thalassemia care. Design: A cross sectional study was conducted using interview based structured questionnaire, which was developed using standards of thalassemia care used by International Thalassemia Foundation. Setting: Five healthcare facilities catering to the needs of thalassemia patients in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346631/anticardiolipin-antibodies-and-12-month-graft-function-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-prognosis-cohort-survey
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Marion Gauthier, Florence Canoui-Poitrine, Esther Guéry, Dominique Desvaux, Sophie Hue, Guillaume Canaud, Thomas Stehle, Philippe Lang, Tomek Kofman, Philippe Grimbert, Marie Matignon
Background: In kidney transplant recipients, anticardiolipin (ACL) antibodies without antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are found in up to 38% of patients and could be associated with thrombotic events (TEs). However, the prognostic role of ACL regarding kidney transplant and patients outcomes have still not been well defined. Methods: We conducted an observational, monocentric, retrospective cohort study including 446 kidney transplant recipients and standardized follow-up: 36-month allograft and patient survival, 12-month estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and 3- and 12-month screening biopsies...
January 16, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346625/complete-genomic-and-transcriptional-landscape-analysis-using-third-generation-sequencing-a-case-study-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-cen-pk113-7d
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Piroon Jenjaroenpun, Thidathip Wongsurawat, Rui Pereira, Preecha Patumcharoenpol, David W Ussery, Jens Nielsen, Intawat Nookaew
Completion of eukaryal genomes can be difficult task with the highly repetitive sequences along the chromosomes and short read lengths of second-generation sequencing. Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain CEN.PK113-7D, widely used as a model organism and a cell factory, was selected for this study to demonstrate the superior capability of very long sequence reads for de novo genome assembly. We generated long reads using two common third-generation sequencing technologies (Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) and Pacific Biosciences (PacBio)) and used short reads obtained using Illumina sequencing for error correction...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346622/a-nosocomial-foodborne-outbreak-of-a-vim-carbapenemase-expressing-citrobacter-freundii
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Mathias W Pletz, Antje Wollny, Ute-Heike Dobermann, Jürgen Rödel, Svetlana Neubauer, Claudia Stein, Christian Brandt, Anita Hartung, Alexander Mellmann, Sabine Trommer, Birgit Edel, Vladimir Patchev, Oliwia Makarewicz, Jens Maschmann
Background: A foodborne outbreak of VIM carbapenemase-expressing Citrobacter freundii (CPC) occurred between February and June 2016 at a major university hospital in Germany. Methods: An explosive increase of CPC isolated from rectal swabs of patients during weekly routine screening led to the declaration of an outbreak. A hospital-wide prevalence screening was initiated as well as screening of all patients on admission and before transfer to another ward, and canteen staff, patient rooms, medical and kitchen inventory and food...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346619/spurious-thrombocytopenia-in-automated-platelet-count
#20
Lixia Zhang, Jian Xu, Li Gao, Shiyang Pan
Spurious thrombocytopenia is a well-known phenomenon observed with the widespread use of hematology analyzers (HAs). In this study, 355 specimens with pseudo-thrombocytopenia (PTCP) were evaluated via epidemiology, identification, remedies, and platelet (PLT) count. Data showed that anticoagulants such as citrate and/or heparin-dependent PTCP (16.0%) became increasingly common, whereas ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-induced PTCP (49.1%) remained the most frequent. We note that that nearly half of the patients with PTCP had veritable decreased PLT counts, even after PLT levels had been corrected...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
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