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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445850/simultaneous-quantification-of-busulfan-clofarabine-and-f-ara-a-using-isotope-labelled-standards-and-standard-addition-in-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-for-exposure-monitoring-in-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-conditioning
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Arjen M Punt, Jurgen B Langenhorst, Annelies C Egas, Jaap Jan Boelens, Charlotte van Kesteren, Erik M van Maarseveen
In allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) it has been shown that over- or underexposure to conditioning agents have an impact on patient outcomes. Conditioning regimens combining busulfan (Bu) and fludarabine (Flu) with or without clofarabine (Clo) are gaining interest worldwide in HCT. To evaluate and possibly adjust full conditioning exposure a simultaneous analysis of Bu, F-ARA-A (active metabolite of Flu) and Clo in one analytical run would be of great interest. However, this is a chromatographical challenge due to the large structural differences of Bu compared to F-ARA-A and Clo...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444805/2d-multi-spectral-imaging-for-fast-mri-near-metal
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Brian A Hargreaves, Valentina Taviani, Daniel V Litwiller, Daehyun Yoon
PURPOSE: To develop a fast 2D method for MRI near metal with reduced B0 in-plane and through-slice artifacts. METHODS: Multi-spectral imaging (MSI) approaches reduce artifacts in MR images near metal, but require 3D imaging of multiple excited volumes regardless of imaging geometry or artifact severity. The proposed 2D MSI method rapidly excites a limited slice and spectral region using gradient reversal between excitation and refocusing pulses, then uses standard 2D imaging, with the process repeating to cover multiple spectral offsets that are combined as in other MSI techniques...
April 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442942/comparison-in-the-quality-of-distractors-in-three-and-four-options-type-of-multiple-choice-questions
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Nourelhouda A A Rahma, Mahdi M A Shamad, Muawia E A Idris, Omer Abdelgadir Elfaki, Walyedldin E M Elfakey, Karimeldin M A Salih
INTRODUCTION: The number of distractors needed for high quality multiple choice questions (MCQs) will be determined by many factors. These include firstly whether English language is their mother tongue or a foreign language; secondly whether the instructors who construct the questions are experts or not; thirdly the time spent on constructing the options is also an important factor. It has been observed by Tarrant et al that more time is often spent on constructing questions than on tailoring sound, reliable, and valid distractors...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439503/circulating-cell-free-nucleic-acids-as-potential-biomarkers-for-sarcopenia-a-step-toward-personalized-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Gita Shafiee, Ramin Heshmat, Bagher Larijani
Sarcopenia is an age-related loss of muscle mass and function, leading to disability, morbidity and increased mortality in older people. Given the relatively high prevalence and related- outcome of the disease, correct diagnosis, screening, monitoring and treatment of sarcopenia are needed in clinical practice. Recent researches have focused on cell-free nucleic acids, which are released into the circulation following cell death, as a potential biomarker of aging and systematic inflammation. It seems that the diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia can be possible by the help of the analysis of cell-free nucleic acids as noninvasive method...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439354/residents-procedural-experience-does-not-ensure-competence-a-research-synthesis
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Jeffrey H Barsuk, Elaine R Cohen, Joe Feinglass, William C McGaghie, Diane B Wayne
BACKGROUND: Many medical certifying bodies require that a minimum number of clinical procedures be completed during residency training to obtain board eligibility. However, little is known about the relationship between the number of procedures residents perform and their clinical competence. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated associations between residents' medical procedure skills measured in a simulation laboratory and self-reported procedure experience and year of training...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436322/typification-and-characterization-of-trametes-multicolor-agaricomycetes-a-perspective-species-of-medicinal-mushrooms
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Ivan V Zmitrovich, Margarita A Bondartseva, Nadezhda V Psurtseva, Solomon P Wasser
Nomenclature revision and enlarged taxonomical descriptions are still needed for some well-known species whose interpretation is complicated by many nomenclature or taxonomical problems. The polyporoid fungus widely known as Trametes ochracea (= Coriolus zonatus) belongs to such a problematic group. At the same time, recent data show that this species, like its sister species T. versicolor, seems to be a perspective subject for fungal biotechnology and pharmacology. This article is devoted to stabilizing the nomenclature of the species in question via lectotypification and epitypification of Boletus multicolor...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435510/erratum-this-article-corrects-trends-in-nrmp-data-from-2007-2014-for-u-s-seniors-matching-into-emergency-medicine
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David E Manthey, Nicholas D Hartman, Aileen Newmyer, Jonah C Gunalda, Brian C Hiestand, Kim L Askew
[This corrects the article on p. 105 in vol. 18, PMID: 28116018.].
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433871/automatic-cumulative-sums-contour-detection-of-fbp-reconstructed-multi-object-nuclear-medicine-images
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Nicholas E Protonotarios, George M Spyrou, George A Kastis
The problem of determining the contours of objects in nuclear medicine images has been studied extensively in the past, however most of the analysis has focused on a single object as opposed to multiple objects. The aim of this work is to develop an automated method for determining the contour of multiple objects in positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) filtered backprojection (FBP) reconstructed images. These contours can be used for computing body edges for attenuation correction in PET and SPECT, as well as for eliminating streak artifacts outside the objects, which could be useful in compressive sensing reconstruction...
April 14, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430741/utility-of-8%C3%A2-h-and-time-decay-corrected-acquisition-scintigraphy-with-in-vitro-labeled-white-blood-cells-for-the-diagnosis-of-osteoarticular-infection
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Edel Noriega Álvarez, Guillermo A Martínez Pimienta, Ana M Benítez Segura, María T Bajén Lázaro, Alba Rodrígez-Gasén, Julio Rodríguez-Rubio Corona, Jaime Mora Salvadó
INTRODUCTION: Except in the spine, labeled white-blood cell scintigraphy (WBCS) with image acquisition up to 24 h is the nuclear medicine test of choice for diagnosing osteoarticular infection. However, distinguishing between inflammation and infection is a challenge. OBJECTIVES: The first aim of this study was to verify earlier research studies that used 4 and 24 h time decay-corrected acquisition (TDCA) to differentiate infection from inflammation. The second aim was to analyze whether 8 h acquisition (1-day protocol) yielded similar results as 20-24 h acquisition...
April 20, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428081/intraoperative-image-guidance-compared-with-free-hand-methods-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-posterior-spinal-surgery-a-systematic-review-on-screw-related-complications-and-breach-rates
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Andrew Chan, Eric Parent, Karl Narvacan, Cindy San, Edmond Lou
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Severe adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a 3D spinal deformity requiring surgery to stop curve progression. Posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion with pedicle screws is the standard surgery for AIS curve correction. Vascular and neurologic complications related to screw-malpositioning are concerns in surgeries for AIS. Breach rates are reported at 15.7%, implant-related complications at 1.1% and neurologic deficit at 0.8%. Free-hand screw insertion remains the prevailing method of screw placement while image guidance has been suggested to improve placement accuracy...
April 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427132/-influences-of-abar-gene-on-biofilm-formation-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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H N Guo, J Xiang
Objective: To detect drug-resistant phenotype and abaR gene of Acinetobacter baumannii (AB) and investigate influences of abaR gene on biofilm formation of AB. Methods: From February to July 2014, 159 strains AB were collected from Department of Clinical Microbiology of Ruijin Hospital of School of Medicine of Shanghai JiaoTong University and numbered starting from 1 according time when they were collected. (1) The above-mentioned 159 strains of AB were identified by detecting gene sequence of 16S ribosomal DNA...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426162/motion-corrected-simultaneous-cardiac-positron-emission-tomography-and-coronary-mr-angiography-with-high-acquisition-efficiency
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Camila Munoz, Radhouene Neji, Gastão Cruz, Andrew Mallia, Sami Jeljeli, Andrew J Reader, Rene M Botnar, Claudia Prieto
PURPOSE: Develop a framework for efficient free-breathing simultaneous whole-heart coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) and cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) on a 3 Tesla PET-MR system. METHODS: An acquisition that enables nonrigid motion correction of both CMRA and PET has been developed. The proposed method estimates translational motion from low-resolution 2D MR image navigators acquired at each heartbeat and 3D nonrigid respiratory motion between different respiratory bins from the CMRA data itself...
April 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426147/propagation-of-error-from-parameter-constraints-in-quantitative-mri-example-application-of-multiple-spin-echo-t2-mapping
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Christopher L Lankford, Mark D Does
PURPOSE: Quantitative MRI may require correcting for nuisance parameters which can or must be constrained to independently measured or assumed values. The noise and/or bias in these constraints propagate to fitted parameters. For example, the case of refocusing pulse flip angle constraint in multiple spin echo T2 mapping is explored. METHODS: An analytical expression for the mean-squared error of a parameter of interest was derived as a function of the accuracy and precision of an independent estimate of a nuisance parameter...
April 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424925/cross-vertical-mattress-suturing-with-basilar-tightening-during-the-correction-of-inverted-nipple-in-30-cases
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Weizhong Liang, Zuojun Zhao, Shu Liu, Tingmin Gu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of cross vertical mattress suturing with basilar tightening during the correction of inverted nipple. METHODS: Thirty patients with inverted nipples underwent cross vertical mattress suturing with basilar tightening. The postoperative results were recorded. RESULTS: All the patients were followed up for 6 months to 2 years. The results of 28 cases were satisfactory, and there was no recurrence. Two patients relapsed, and a mild depression was formed...
April 19, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417094/contemporary-acupressure-therapy-adroit-cure-for-painless-recovery-of-therapeutic-ailments
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REVIEW
Piyush Mehta, Vishwas Dhapte, Shivajirao Kadam, Vividha Dhapte
Since time immemorial, complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) have played a significant role in human health care. CAM is known to have a strong reputation and reliability within every culture to provide basic health care treatment for patients. CAM acts as a better therapeutic option in human being for treating various diseases and improving quality of life with apt consideration to the economic aspects. Acupressure, one of the known CAM, originated in ancient China is based on the principal of acupoints activation across the meridians which correct the imbalance between Qi...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415984/comparison-of-three-different-methods-for-risk-adjustment-in-neonatal-medicine
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Mark Adams, Julia Braun, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Milo Alan Puhan, Dirk Bassler, Viktor Von Wyl
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement in health care requires identification of areas in need of improvement by comparing processes and patient outcomes within and between health care providers. It is critical to adjust for different case-mix and outcome risks of patient populations but it is currently unclear which approach has higher validity and how limitations need to be dealt with. Our aim was to compare 3 approaches towards risk adjustment for 7 different major quality indicators in neonatal intensive care (21 models)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413859/meniscus-articular-cartilage-and-nucleus-pulposus-a-comparative-review-of-cartilage-like-tissues-in-anatomy-development-and-function
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REVIEW
Song Chen, Peiliang Fu, Haishan Wu, Ming Pei
The degradation of cartilage in the human body is impacted by aging, disease, genetic predisposition and continued insults resulting from daily activity. The burden of cartilage defects (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intervertebral disc damage, knee replacement surgeries, etc.) is daunting in light of substantial economic and social stresses. This review strives to broaden the scope of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering approaches used for cartilage repair by comparing and contrasting the anatomical and functional nature of the meniscus, articular cartilage (AC) and nucleus pulposus (NP)...
April 17, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411843/the-molecular-revolution-in-cutaneous-biology-emerging-landscape-in-genomic-dermatology-new-mechanistic-ideas-gene-editing-and-therapeutic-breakthroughs
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REVIEW
Matthias Titeux, Araksya Izmiryan, Alain Hovnanian
Stunning technological advances in genomics have led to spectacular breakthroughs in the understanding of the underlying defects, biological pathways and therapeutic targets of skin diseases leading to new therapeutic interventions. Next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the identification of disease-causing genes and has a profound impact in deciphering gene and protein signatures in rare and frequent skin diseases. Gene addition strategies have shown efficacy in junctional EB and in recessive dystrophic EB (RDEB)...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410998/a-retrospective-longitudinal-analysis-of-anthropometric-and-physical-qualities-that-associate-with-adult-career-attainment-in-junior-rugby-league-players
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Kevin Till, David Morley, John O'Hara, Ben L Jones, Chris Chapman, Clive B Beggs, Carlton Cooke, Stephen Cobley
OBJECTIVES: To retrospectively compare the longitudinal physical development of junior rugby league players between the Under 13 and 15 age categories in relation to their adult career attainment outcome. DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal design. METHODS: Fifty-one former junior rugby league players were retrospectively grouped according to their career attainment outcome as adults (i.e., amateur, academy or professional). As juniors, players undertook a physical testing battery on three consecutive annual occasions (Under 13s, 14s, 15s) including height, body mass, sum of four skinfolds, maturation, vertical jump, medicine ball chest throw, 10-60m sprint, agility 505 and estimated V˙O2max ...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410720/secondary-intraocular-lens-implantation-complication-rates-visual-acuity-and-refractive-outcomes
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Greg Brunin, Ahmar Sajjad, Eric J Kim, Ildamaris Montes de Oca, Mitchell P Weikert, Li Wang, Douglas D Koch, Zaina Al-Mohtaseb
PURPOSE: To compare complication rates, visual acuity, and refractive outcomes of secondary intraocular lens (IOLs) implantation. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: All secondary IOLs placed by the anterior segment service were reviewed. Preoperative data, operative reports, and data from each subsequent postoperative visit were evaluated...
March 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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