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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092721/use-of-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-in-the-battle-against-bacterial-infectious-diseases-recent-achievements-and-future-perspectives
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Vassilios Sandalakis, Ioannis Goniotakis, Iosif Vranakis, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Anna Psaroulaki
Advancements in microbial identification occur increasingly faster as more laboratories explore, refine and extend the use of mass spectrometry in the field of microbiology. Areas covered: This review covers the latest knowledge found in the literature for quick identification of various classes of bacterial pathogens known to cause human infection by the use of MALDI-TOF MS technology. Except for identification of bacterial strains, more researchers try to "battle time" in favor of the patient. These novel approaches to identify bacteria directly from clinical samples and even determine antibiotic resistance are extensively revised and discussed...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092685/precision-oncology-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-using-a-knowledge-bank-approach
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Moritz Gerstung, Elli Papaemmanuil, Inigo Martincorena, Lars Bullinger, Verena I Gaidzik, Peter Paschka, Michael Heuser, Felicitas Thol, Niccolo Bolli, Peter Ganly, Arnold Ganser, Ultan McDermott, Konstanze Döhner, Richard F Schlenk, Hartmut Döhner, Peter J Campbell
Underpinning the vision of precision medicine is the concept that causative mutations in a patient's cancer drive its biology and, by extension, its clinical features and treatment response. However, considerable between-patient heterogeneity in driver mutations complicates evidence-based personalization of cancer care. Here, by reanalyzing data from 1,540 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we explore how large knowledge banks of matched genomic-clinical data can support clinical decision-making. Inclusive, multistage statistical models accurately predicted likelihoods of remission, relapse and mortality, which were validated using data from independent patients in The Cancer Genome Atlas...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092195/serum-bdnf-levels-in-patients-with-gambling-disorder-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-gambling-disorder-and-iowa-gambling-task-indices
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Sam-Wook Choi, Young-Chul Shin, Jung Yeon Mok, Dai-Jin Kim, Jung-Seok Choi, Samuel Suk-Hyun Hwang
Background and aims Gambling disorder (GD) shares many similarities with substance use disorders (SUDs) in clinical, neurobiological, and neurocognitive features, including decision-making. We evaluated the relationships among, GD, decision-making, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), as measured by serum BDNF levels. Methods Twenty-one male patients with GD and 21 healthy sex- and age-matched control subjects were evaluated for associations between serum BDNF levels and the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), as well as between serum BDNF levels and Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) indices...
March 2016: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092013/sharpening-the-cutting-edge-additional-considerations-for-the-uk-debates-on-embryonic-interventions-for-mitochondrial-diseases
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Erica Haimes, Ken Taylor
In October 2015 the UK enacted legislation to permit the clinical use of two cutting edge germline-altering, IVF-based embryonic techniques: pronuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer (PNT and MST). The aim is to use these techniques to prevent the maternal transmission of serious mitochondrial diseases. Major claims have been made about the quality of the debates that preceded this legislation and the significance of those debates for UK decision-making on other biotechnologies, as well as for other countries considering similar legislation...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091867/arterial-aortic-stiffness-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension-from-assessment-to-treatment
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REVIEW
James E Sharman, Pierre Boutouyrie, Stéphane Laurent
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the review is to examine whether measurement of aortic stiffness could be especially value-adding for risk stratification and treatment among patients with resistant hypertension (RH). RECENT FINDINGS: Adverse arterial remodeling and increased aortic stiffness is associated with RH, and it may be of additional clinical benefit to measure aortic stiffness in these patients. However, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether aortic stiffness is excessively high relative to the level of blood pressure (BP) among people with RH...
January 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090817/coronary-or-ventricular-rupture-after-blunt-chest-trauma-a-clinical-dilemma
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Anton Sabashnikov, Guido Michels, Javid Fatullayev, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Mohamed Zeriouh, Stephan Baldus, Jens Wippermann, Thorsten Wahlers, Navid Madershahian
Cardiac rupture (CR) is one of the most serious and life-threatening complications of blunt chest trauma (BCT) usually associated with high mortality. Moreover, its diagnosis and treatment strategies may be extremely challenging for clinicians due to various anatomical localisations of the tear. Whereas most injuries fall under the category of right atrial ruptures, left ventricular lesions represent a rare type of this injury, with greater mortality, particularly in cases of multi-chamber injuries. However, not only cardiac chamber or great vessel ruptures may occur as a result of BCT; a growing number of reports also describe BCT-induced isolated coronary artery injuries, including ruptures...
January 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090639/the-psychometric-validation-of-the-epds-k-among-korean-women-does-it-only-measure-depressive-symptoms
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Young-Sun Rhee, Jeong-Hwan Park, Hee-Jung Cha, Kye-Ha Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test the validity of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale-Korean (EPDS-K) and compare the specified models (one-, two-, three-factor model, and a model in the current study) in pregnant, first-trimester Korean women. DESIGN AND METHODS: The study consisted of two groups of 100 first-trimester Korean women recruited from maternity clinics in Korea. FINDINGS: The results show that the EPDS-K has depression, anxiety, and anhedonia factors, and that the validity of the EPDS-K with Korean women is questionable...
January 16, 2017: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090446/quantitative-imaging-methods-in-osteoporosis
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REVIEW
Ling Oei, Fjorda Koromani, Fernando Rivadeneira, M Carola Zillikens, Edwin H G Oei
Osteoporosis is characterized by a decreased bone mass and quality resulting in an increased fracture risk. Quantitative imaging methods are critical in the diagnosis and follow-up of treatment effects in osteoporosis. Prior radiographic vertebral fractures and bone mineral density (BMD) as a quantitative parameter derived from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) are among the strongest known predictors of future osteoporotic fractures. Therefore, current clinical decision making relies heavily on accurate assessment of these imaging features...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090403/a-review-of-the-relationship-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Bory Kea, Tahroma Alligood, Vincent Manning, Merritt Raitt
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered by clinicians. Clinical decision-making focuses on reducing ischemic stroke risk in AF patients; however, AF is also associated with an increased risk of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Patients with ACS and concurrent AF are less likely to receive appropriate therapies and more likely to experience adverse outcomes than ACS patients in sinus rhythm (SR). Clinicians may be able to stratify ACS patients at increased risk of AF development based on clinical characteristics...
September 2016: Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089913/physicians-perception-of-alternative-displays-of-clinical-research-evidence-for-clinical-decision-support-a-study-with-case-vignettes
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Stacey L Slager, Charlene R Weir, Heejun Kim, Javed Mostafa, Guilherme Del Fiol
OBJECTIVE: To design alternate information displays that present summaries of clinical trial results to clinicians to support decision-making; and to compare the displays according to efficacy and acceptability. METHODS: A 6-between (information display presentation order) by 3-within (display type) factorial design. Two alternate displays were designed based on Information Foraging theory: a narrative summary that reduces the content to a few sentences; and a table format that structures the display according to the PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) framework...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089767/the-correlation-between-a-short-term-conventional-electroencephalography-in-the-first-day-of-life-and-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-newborns-undergoing-hypothermia-for-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Rawad Obeid, Yoshimi Sogawa, Satyanarayana Gedela, Monica Naik, Vince Lee, Richard Telesco, Jessica Wisnowski, Christine Magill, Michael J Painter, Ashok Panigrahy
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalograph recorded in the first day of life in newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy could be utilized as a predictive tool for the severity of brain injury on magnetic resonance imaging and mortality. STUDY DESIGN: This work was a retrospective study of newborns who were admitted for therapeutic hypothermia due to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. All enrolled infants underwent encephalography within the first 24 hours of life and underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging after rewarming...
November 3, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089728/internet-based-skin-cancer-screening-using-clinical-images-alone-or-in-conjunction-with-dermoscopic-images-a-randomized-teledermoscopy-trial
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Lara Ferrándiz, Teresa Ojeda-Vila, Araceli Corrales, Francisco J Martín-Gutiérrez, Andrés Ruíz-de-Casas, Rafael Galdeano, Ignacio Álvarez-Torralba, Francisco Sánchez-Ibáñez, José M Domínguez-Toro, Fernando Encina, Francisco J Narbona, Juan M Herrerías-Esteban, David Moreno-Ramírez
BACKGROUND: Teledermoscopy involves the use of dermoscopic images for remote consultation and decision-making in skin cancer screening. OBJECTIVE: We sought to analyze the potential benefits gained from the addition of dermoscopic images to an internet-based skin cancer screening system. METHODS: A randomized clinical trial assessed the diagnostic performance and cost-effectiveness of clinical teleconsultations (CTC) and clinical with dermoscopic teleconsultations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089723/cost-effectiveness-of-the-decipher-genomic-classifier-to-guide-individualized-decisions-for-early-radiation-therapy-after-prostatectomy-for-prostate-cancer
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Jennifer M Lobo, Daniel M Trifiletti, Vanessa N Sturz, Adam P Dicker, Christine Buerki, Elai Davicioni, Matthew R Cooperberg, R Jeffrey Karnes, Robert B Jenkins, Robert B Den, Timothy N Showalter
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the effectiveness of early adjuvant versus salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Estimates of prostate cancer progression from the Decipher genomic classifier (GC) could guide informed decision-making and improve the outcomes for patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a Markov model to compare the costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) associated with GC-based treatment decisions regarding adjuvant therapy after prostatectomy with those of 2 control strategies: usual care (determined from patterns of care studies) and the alternative of 100% adjuvant radiation therapy...
August 17, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089295/inter-rater-reliability-of-distal-ureteral-diameter-ratio-compared-to-grade-of-vur
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A R Swanton, A M Arlen, S E Alexander, K Kieran, D W Storm, C S Cooper
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Management of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) remains controversial, and reflux grade constitutes an important prognostic factor. Recent work has suggested that distal ureteral diameter ratio (UDR) is a predictive factor relative to clinical outcome independent of grade. Previous studies have noted significant inter-rater variability with grading of VUR. The present study compared inter-rater reliability of reflux grade and UDR in children with primary VUR. STUDY DESIGN: Four pediatric urologists independently reviewed, in a blinded fashion, voiding cystourethrograms...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088837/disease-severity-classification-using-quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-data-of-cartilage-in-femoroacetabular-impingement
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Lisa L Henn, John Hughes, Eleena Iisakka, Jutta Ellermann, Shabnam Mortazavi, Connor Ziegler, Mikko J Nissi, Patrick Morgan
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition in which subtle deformities of the femoral head and acetabulum (hip socket) result in pathological abutment during hip motion. FAI is a common cause of hip pain and can lead to acetabular cartilage damage and osteoarthritis. For some patients with FAI, surgical intervention is indicated, and it can improve quality of life and potentially delay the onset of osteoarthritis. For other patients, however, surgery is contraindicated because significant cartilage damage has already occurred...
January 15, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088349/stroke-biomarkers-in-clinical-practice-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Geelyn J L Ng, Amy M L Quek, Christine Cheung, Thiruma V Arumugam, Raymond C S Seet
Biomarkers provide critical mechanistic insights to key biologic processes that occur during cerebral ischemia which, when carefully applied, can improve clinical decision-making in acute stroke management. The translation of a blood-based biomarker in ischemic stroke to clinical practice is challenging, in part, due to the complexity of ischemic stroke pathogenesis and the presence of a blood-brain barrier that restricts the release of brain-specific markers into the circulation. The pathologic and clinical aspects of ischemic stroke are described in this review, where a non-exhaustive list of biomarkers that interrogate different aspects of ischemic stroke such as oxidative damage, inflammation, thrombus formation, cardiac function and brain injury are described...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088273/a-real-world-impact-of-cost-effectiveness-of-pegylated-interferon-ribavarin-regimens-on-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-taiwan
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Pei-Chien Tsai, Ta-Wei Liu, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Ming-Lun Yeh, Po-Cheng Liang, Yi-Hung Lin, Ching-I Huang, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Nai-Jen Hou, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Jee-Fu Huang, Chia-Yen Dai, Wan-Long Chuang, Ming-Lung Yu
Treatments with pegylated interferon/ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) has been standard-of-care in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) (CHC) infection and reimbursed in Taiwan. However, the actual cost-effectiveness remains unclear. We aimed to evaluate a real-world cost-effectiveness for CHC patients treated with PEG-IFN/RBV by using a clinical cohort with linkage to the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. The total and itemized medical-care expenses of outpatient visits of 117 treatment-naïve CHC patients with linkage to the two million sampling of the National Health Insurance Research Database were collected...
January 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087821/selection-of-first-line-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-risk-benefit-decision-analysis
#19
David Bargiela, Matthew T Bianchi, M Brandon Westover, Lori B Chibnik, Brian C Healy, Philip L De Jager, Zongqi Xia
OBJECTIVE: To integrate long-term measures of disease-modifying drug efficacy and risk to guide selection of first-line treatment of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: We created a Markov decision model to evaluate disability worsening and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) risk in patients receiving natalizumab (NTZ), fingolimod (FGL), or glatiramer acetate (GA) over 30 years. Leveraging publicly available data, we integrated treatment utility, disability worsening, and risk of PML into quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs)...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087402/accuracy-is-in-the-eyes-of-the-pathologist-the-visual-interpretive-process-and-diagnostic-accuracy-with-digital-whole-slide-images
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Tad T Brunyé, Ezgi Mercan, Donald L Weaver, Joann G Elmore
Digital whole slide imaging is an increasingly common medium in pathology, with application to education, telemedicine, and rendering second opinions. It has also made it possible to use eye tracking devices to explore the dynamic visual inspection and interpretation of histopathological features of tissue while pathologists review cases. Using whole slide images, the present study examined how a pathologist's diagnosis is influenced by fixed case-level factors, their prior clinical experience, and their patterns of visual inspection...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
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