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Luca Tagliaferri, György Kovács, Rosa Autorino, Ashwini Budrukkar, Jose Luis Guinot, Guido Hildebrand, Bengt Johansson, Rafael Martìnez Monge, Jens E Meyer, Peter Niehoff, Angeles Rovirosa, Zoltàn Takàcsi-Nagy, Nicola Dinapoli, Vito Lanzotti, Andrea Damiani, Tamer Soror, Vincenzo Valentini
PURPOSE: Aim of the COBRA (Consortium for Brachytherapy Data Analysis) project is to create a multicenter group (consortium) and a web-based system for standardized data collection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GEC-ESTRO (Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology) Head and Neck (H&N) Working Group participated in the project and in the implementation of the consortium agreement, the ontology (data-set) and the necessary COBRA software services as well as the peer reviewing of the general anatomic site-specific COBRA protocol...
August 2016: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Xun Dend, Hong-Yan Li, Hong Yin, Jian-Hong Liang, Yi Chen, Xiao-Xin Li, Ming-Wei Zhao
Objective To evaluate the application of a mobile platform-based system in the management of fundus disease in outpatient settings. Methods In the outpatient departments of fundus disease,premature babies requiring eye examination under general anesthesia and adults requiring intraocular surgery were enrolled as the subjects. According to the existing clinical practices,we developed a system that met the requirements of clinical practices and optimized the clinical management. Based on the FileMaker database,the tablet computers were used as the mobile platform and the system could also be run in iPad and PC terminals...
August 2016: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
Amit Agrawal, Ashok Munivenkatappa, Dhaval P Shukla, Geetha R Menon, Rajesh Alogolu, Sagar Galwankar, Saginela Satish Kumar, Pathapati Rama Momhan, Ranabir Pal, Neeti Rustagi
AIM: This paper provides an overview of publications by Indian researchers on traumatic brain injury between 1966 and 2014, to set up a platform for evaluating and synthesizing the results and findings from brain injury research in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All published articles from India related to brain injury since 1966 to 2014 were retrieved from PubMed using the search for ("craniocerebral trauma"[MeSH Terms] OR ("craniocerebral"[All Fields] AND "trauma"[All Fields]) OR "craniocerebral trauma"[All Fields] OR ("head"[All Fields] AND "injury"[All Fields]) OR "head injury"[All Fields]) AND ("India"[MeSH Terms] OR "India"[All Fields]) A data base for variables like study type/category, year of publication, place of study institutes and departments to which the corresponding author belonged or where the study was conducted and the journal of publication was developed in FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced(®) software...
April 2016: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
C Y Henderson, E Shanahan, A Butler, B Lenehan, M O'Connor, D Lyons, J P Ryan
BACKGROUND: Hip fracture is a common serious injury afflicting the geriatric population and is associated with poor clinical outcomes, functional and walking disabilities and high 1-year mortality rates. A multidisciplinary approach has been shown to improve outcomes of geriatric patients with fragility fracture. AIMS: We piloted a dedicated orthogeriatric service for hip fracture patients to determine if the service facilitated a change in major patient outcomes, such as mortality, length of stay and dependency...
February 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Domenico Solari, Luigi Maria Cavallo, Teresa Somma, Carmela Chiaramonte, Felice Esposito, Marialaura Del Basso De Caro, Paolo Cappabianca
OBJECTIVE: Rathke's cleft cysts (RCCs) are quite uncommon sellar lesions that can extend or even arise in the suprasellar area. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of both standard and extended endoscopic endonasal approaches in the management of different located RCCs. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed a series of 29 patients (9 males, 20 females) complaining of a RCC, who underwent a standard or an extended endoscopic transsphenoidal approach at the Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosciences and Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, of the Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II"...
2015: PloS One
M De Rycke, F Belva, V Goossens, C Moutou, S B SenGupta, J Traeger-Synodinos, E Coonen
STUDY QUESTION: How do data in the 13th annual data collection (Data XIII) of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) PGD Consortium compare with the cumulative data for collections I-XII? SUMMARY ANSWER: The 13th retrospective collection represents valuable data on PGD/PGS cycles, pregnancies and children: the main trend observed is the decrease in the routine implementation of PGS. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Since 1999, the PGD Consortium has collected, analysed and published 12 data sets and an overview of the first 10 years of data collections...
August 2015: Human Reproduction
Steven Arild Wuyts Andersen
A variety of structured assessment tools for use in surgical training have been reported, but extant assessment tools often employ paper-based rating forms. Digital assessment forms for evaluating surgical skills could potentially offer advantages over paper-based forms, especially in complex assessment situations. In this paper, we report on the development of cross-platform digital assessment forms for use with multiple raters in order to facilitate the automatic processing of surgical skills assessments that include structured ratings...
2015: Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions
Philippe Sauthier, Magali Breguet, Alexandre Rozenholc, Michaël Sauthier
OBJECTIVE: To create an easy-to-use dynamic database designed specifically for the Quebec Trophoblastic Disease Registry (RMTQ). INTRODUCTION: It is now well established that much of the success in managing trophoblastic diseases comes from the development of national and regional reference centers. Computerized databases allow the optimal use of data stored in these centers. METHODS: We have created an electronic data registration system by producing a database using FileMaker Pro 12...
May 2015: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
C Moutou, V Goossens, E Coonen, M De Rycke, G Kokkali, P Renwick, S B SenGupta, K Vesela, J Traeger-Synodinos
STUDY QUESTION: How do data in the 12th annual data collection (Data XII) of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Consortium compare with the cumulative data for collections I-XI? SUMMARY ANSWER: Since the beginning of the data collections, there has been a steady increase in the number of cycles, pregnancies and babies reported annually. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The PGD Consortium has collected, analysed and published 11 previous data sets since 1997...
May 2014: Human Reproduction
Volker Gürtler, Danilla Grando
Clostridium difficile causes outbreaks of infectious diarrhoea, most commonly occurring in healthcare institutions. Recently, concern has been raised with reports of C. difficile disease in those traditionally thought to be at low risk i.e. community acquired rather than healthcare acquired. This has increased awareness for the need to track outbreaks and PCR-ribotyping has found widespread use to elucidate epidemiologically linked isolates. PCR-ribotyping uses conserved regions of the 16S rRNA gene and 23S rRNA gene as primer binding sites to produce varying PCR products due to the intergenic spacer (ITS1) regions of the multiple operons...
December 2013: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Volker Gürtler, Danilla Grando
Clostridium difficile causes outbreaks of infectious diarrhoea, most commonly occurring in healthcare institutions. Recently, concern has been raised with reports of C. difficile disease in those traditionally thought to be at low risk i.e. community acquired rather than healthcare acquired. This has increased awareness for the need to track outbreaks and PCR-ribotyping has found widespread use to elucidate epidemiologically linked isolates. PCR-ribotyping uses conserved regions of the 16S rRNA gene and 23S rRNA gene as primer binding sites to produce varying PCR products due to the intergenic spacer (ITS1) regions of the multiple operons...
June 2013: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Matthew S Thiese, Matthew Hughes, Jeremy Biggs
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive electrotherapy is commonly used for treatment of chronic low back pain. Evidence for efficacy of most electrotherapy modalities is weak or lacking. This study aims to execute a high-quality, double-blinded randomized controlled clinical trial comparing 1) H-Wave(®) Device stimulation plus usual care with 2) transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) plus usual care, and 3) Sham electrotherapy plus usual care to determine comparative efficacy for treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain patients...
2013: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Snehlata Oberoi, William Y Hoffman, Radhika Chigurupati, Karin Vargervik
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of surgical correction of maxillary hypoplasia in individuals with nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) treated at the Center for Craniofacial Anomalies at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). SUBJECTS: This is a retrospective cohort study of individuals with cleft lip and/or palate born between 1970 and 1990 who were treated at the UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies. Data were gathered from the UCSF Craniofacial Anomalies Filemaker Pro database...
November 2012: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Jeroen Nieuwland, Emily Sornay, Angela Marchbank, Barend Hj de Graaf, James Ah Murray
UNLABELLED: HASH(0x40c9bf0) BACKGROUND: A large number of different plant lines are produced and maintained in a typical plant research laboratory, both as seed stocks and in active growth. These collections need careful and consistent management to track and maintain them properly, and this is a particularly pressing issue in laboratories undertaking research involving genetic manipulation due to regulatory requirements. Researchers and PIs need to access these data and collections, and therefore an easy-to-use plant-oriented laboratory information management system that implements, maintains and displays the information in a simple and visual format would be of great help in both the daily work in the lab and in ensuring regulatory compliance...
October 13, 2012: Plant Methods
J C Harper, L Wilton, J Traeger-Synodinos, V Goossens, C Moutou, S B SenGupta, T Pehlivan Budak, P Renwick, M De Rycke, J P M Geraedts, G Harton
BACKGROUND: Since it was established in 1997, the ESHRE PGD Consortium has been collecting data from international preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) centres. Ten papers have been published, including data from January 1997 to December 2007. METHODS: The data collection originally used a hard-copy format, then an excel database and finally a FileMaker Pro database. The indications are divided into five categories: PGD for chromosome abnormalities, sexing for X-linked disease, PGD for single gene defects, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and PGD for social sexing...
May 2012: Human Reproduction Update
Milan Spasojevic, Bojan V Stimec, Lars Bergene Gronvold, Jens-Marius Nesgaard, Bjorn Edwin, Dejan Ignjatovic
BACKGROUND: Current practice when performing right colectomy for cancer is to divide the feeding vessels for the right colon on the right side of the superior mesenteric vein. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to show that arterial stumps can be visualized through an early postoperative CT and analyze their anatomical and surgical characteristics. DESIGN: This study presents a retrospective review of prospective data. SETTINGS: :The study was conducted at the Department of Surgery, Vestfold Hospital, Tonsberg, Norway...
December 2011: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
C Hummel, G M Zucco, E Iannilli, W Maboshe, B N Landis, T Hummel
Developed in the 1990 s, the "Sniffin 'Sticks" test for the assessment of olfactory threshold, odor identification and discrimination has become a widely used tool both in clinical and research settings. Originally pencil-and-paper documented, it may now be applied using a computer program. The "Filemaker" based software "OLAF" guides the examiner through any user-defined arrangement of the test battery, stores all data in a database, and offers results sheets to be printed out for convenience. The royalty-free program may be downloaded from http://www...
March 2012: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
A Velghe, L Kohn, J Petermans, D Gillain, M Petrovic, N Van Den Noortgate
PURPOSE: In order to deliver individual, specialized and multidisciplinary care for older people, the Belgian national health authorities developed the care program for the geriatric patient. In that context, 48 geriatric day hospitals (GDHs) have been financed by the government since January 1st 2006. The main objective of this study is to describe the patient characteristics, facility features and activities related to the Belgian GDHs. METHODS: A prospective, multicenter study was performed from October 1st till December 31st 2006 in all 48 GDHs...
May 2011: Acta Clinica Belgica
Holger Muggenthaler, Inga Sinicina, Michael Hubig, Gita Mall
The most common method used in determining the estimated time since death in the early post-mortem phase is back-calculation based on rectal temperature decrease. Cooling experiments are essential for model generation and validation. Post-mortem temperature models are necessary to perform back-calculations. Thus far, cooling experiments have not been performed under controlled environmental conditions. The present study provides data on 84 post-mortem cooling experiments under strictly controlled environmental conditions...
January 2012: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Luca Lenzi, Federica Facchin, Francesco Piva, Matteo Giulietti, Maria Chiara Pelleri, Flavia Frabetti, Lorenza Vitale, Raffaella Casadei, Silvia Canaider, Stefania Bortoluzzi, Alessandro Coppe, Gian Antonio Danieli, Giovanni Principato, Sergio Ferrari, Pierluigi Strippoli
BACKGROUND: Several tools have been developed to perform global gene expression profile data analysis, to search for specific chromosomal regions whose features meet defined criteria as well as to study neighbouring gene expression. However, most of these tools are tailored for a specific use in a particular context (e.g. they are species-specific, or limited to a particular data format) and they typically accept only gene lists as input. RESULTS: TRAM (Transcriptome Mapper) is a new general tool that allows the simple generation and analysis of quantitative transcriptome maps, starting from any source listing gene expression values for a given gene set (e...
2011: BMC Genomics
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