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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742123/molecular-and-maldi-tof-identification-of-ticks-and-tick-associated-bacteria-in-mali
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Adama Zan Diarra, Lionel Almeras, Maureen Laroche, Jean-Michel Berenger, Abdoulaye K Koné, Zakaria Bocoum, Abdoulaye Dabo, Ogobara Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
Ticks are considered the second vector of human and animal diseases after mosquitoes. Therefore, identification of ticks and associated pathogens is an important step in the management of these vectors. In recent years, mass spectrometry of the laser disorder / matrix assisted ionization (MALDI-TOF MS) has been reported as a promising method for the identification of arthropods including ticks. The objective of this study was to improve the conditions for the preparation of tick samples for their identification by MALDI-TOF MS from field-collected ethanol-stored Malian samples and to evaluate the capacity of this technology to distinguish infected and uninfected ticks...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742116/sutureless-microvascular-anastomosis-assisted-by-an-expandable-shape-memory-alloy-stent
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Noriko Saegusa, Shunji Sarukawa, Kunihiro Ohta, Kensuke Takamatsu, Mitsuhiro Watanabe, Takashi Sugino, Masahiro Nakagawa, Yasuto Akiyama, Masatoshi Kusuhara, Kazuo Kishi, Keita Inoue
Vascular anastomosis is the highlight of cardiovascular, transplant, and reconstructive surgery, which has long been performed by hand using a needle and suture. However, anastomotic thrombosis occurs in approximately 0.5-10% of cases, which can cause serious complications. To improve the surgical outcomes, attempts to develop devices for vascular anastomosis have been made, but they have had limitations in handling, cost, patency rate, and strength at the anastomotic site. Recently, indwelling metal stents have been greatly improved with precise laser metalwork through programming technology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741873/cost-effectiveness-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure-analysis-of-the-french-hospital-discharge-database
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Abir Tadmouri, Josefin Blomkvist, Cécile Landais, Jerome Seymour, Alexandre Azmoun
AIMS: Although left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are currently approved for coverage and reimbursement in France, no French cost-effectiveness (CE) data are available to support this decision. This study aimed at estimating the CE of LVAD compared with medical management in the French health system. METHODS AND RESULTS: Individual patient data from the 'French hospital discharge database' (Medicalization of information systems program) were analysed using Kaplan-Meier method...
July 25, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741491/watson-for-genomics-moving-personalized-medicine-forward
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Kahn Rhrissorrakrai, Takahiko Koyama, Laxmi Parida
The confluence of genomic technologies and cognitive computing has brought us to the doorstep of widespread usage of personalized medicine. Cognitive systems, such as Watson for Genomics (WG), integrate massive amounts of new omic data with the current body of knowledge to assist physicians in analyzing and acting on patient's genomic profiles.
August 2016: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740950/lymphedema-from-diagnosis-to-treatment
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REVIEW
Oğuz Kayıran, Carolyn De La Cruz, Kaori Tane, Atilla Soran
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disorder resulting from impaired lymphatic system function. In developed countries, upper extremity lymphedema is mainly the consequence of breast cancer surgery in which axillary lymph node dissection and radiation alter upper extremity lymphatic flow. Diagnosis of lymphedema is made clinically. Nevertheless, there are numerous diagnostic tools available for disease staging. Recently, a new technology namely magnetic resonance lymphangiography has emerged in the medical field to assist in both diagnosis and management...
2017: Turk J Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740683/four-arms-robotic-assisted-pulmonary-resection-left-lower-lobectomy-how-to-do-it
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Alessandro Pardolesi, Luca Bertolaccini, Jury Brandolini, Piergiorgio Solli
Numerous published articles have shown the safety and efficacy of robotic lung resection, including lobectomy. The robotic approach offers similar survival rate to the open and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery methods. Potential advantages provided by robotic technology, such as three-dimensional (3D) high-quality camera, wristed tools and ergonomic ease that seems to overcome certain video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) limits have been widely described. Several techniques have been developed by different surgeons to perform a robotic lobectomy...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739797/unraveling-drug-penetration-of-echinocandin-antifungals-at-the-site-of-infection-in-an-intra-abdominal-abscess-model
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Yanan Zhao, Brendan Prideaux, Yoji Nagasaki, Min Hee Lee, Pei-Yu Chen, Landry Blanc, Hsinpin Ho, Cornelius J Clancy, Minh Hong Nguyen, Véronique Dartois, David S Perlin
Intra-abdominal candidiasis (IAC) is a prominent invasive fungal infection associated with high mortality. Prompt antifungal therapy and source control are crucial for successful treatment. Echinocandin antifungal drugs are first-line agents. Yet, their clinical effectiveness is highly variable with known potential for breakthrough resistance, and little is known about drug exposure at the site of infection. Using matrix-assisted desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging technology, we investigated the spatial and quantitative distribution in tissue lesions for two echinocandin drugs, micafungin and CD101, in a clinically relevant IAC mouse model...
July 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738015/observational-study-to-estimate-the-changes-in-the-effectiveness-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-with-time-since-vaccination-for-preventing-tuberculosis-in-the-uk
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Punam Mangtani, Patrick Nguipdop-Djomo, Ruth H Keogh, Lucy Trinder, Peter G Smith, Paul Em Fine, Jonathan Sterne, Ibrahim Abubakar, Emilia Vynnycky, John Watson, David Elliman, Marc Lipman, Laura C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Until recently, evidence that protection from the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination lasted beyond 10 years was limited. In the past few years, studies in Brazil and the USA (in Native Americans) have suggested that protection from BCG vaccination against tuberculosis (TB) in childhood can last for several decades. The UK's universal school-age BCG vaccination programme was stopped in 2005 and the programme of selective vaccination of high-risk (usually ethnic minority) infants was enhanced...
July 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737554/standardized-protocol-for-virtual-surgical-plan-and-3-dimensional-surgical-template-assisted-single-stage-mandible-contour-surgery
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Xi Fu, Jia Qiao, Sabine Girod, Feng Niu, Jian Feng Liu, Gordon K Lee, Lai Gui
BACKGROUND: Mandible contour surgery, including reduction gonioplasty and genioplasty, has become increasingly popular in East Asia. However, it is technically challenging and, hence, leads to a long learning curve and high complication rates and often needs secondary revisions. The increasing use of 3-dimensional (3D) technology makes accurate single-stage mandible contour surgery with minimum complication rates possible with a virtual surgical plan (VSP) and 3-D surgical templates. This study is to establish a standardized protocol for VSP and 3-D surgical templates-assisted mandible contour surgery and evaluate the accuracy of the protocol...
July 22, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736365/-blighted-ovum-in-subfertile-patients-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technology
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Qing-Wen Nie, Rui Hua, Yao Zhou, Hong Li, Yan-Hong Yu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the incidence and risk factors of blighted ovum in subfertile patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART). METHODS: This retrospective analysis was conducted among 2378 patients who were pregnant following embryo transfer at our center from January, 2012 to December, 2015, including cases of early pregnancy losses and simultaneous live births. The cases with early pregnancy losses were divided into embryonic pregnancy and blighted ovum groups based on the presence or absence of an embryonic pole before dilation and curettage...
July 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736296/a-new-targeted-cftr-mutation-panel-based-on-next-generation-sequencing-technology
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Marco Lucarelli, Luigi Porcaro, Alice Biffignandi, Lucy Costantino, Valentina Giannone, Luisella Alberti, Sabina Maria Bruno, Carlo Corbetta, Erminio Torresani, Carla Colombo, Manuela Seia
Searching for mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR) is a key step in the diagnosis of and neonatal and carrier screening for cystic fibrosis (CF), and it has implications for prognosis and personalized therapy. The large number of mutations and genetic and phenotypic variability make this search a complex task. Herein, we tested the clinical and laboratory validity of an extended search for mutations in CFTR using a next-generation sequencing-based method, with a panel of 188 CFTR mutations customized for the Italian population...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735781/the-future-of-fracture-risk-assessment-in-the-management-of-osteoporosis
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Sanford Baim
There have been many advances in the field of osteoporosis that add to a greater understanding of skeletal integrity and the adverse effects menopause and aging have on bone. The World Health Organization, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, and numerous additional governmental and privately sponsored organizations, societies, and their respective task forces have provided guidance for the use of appropriate fracture assessment methodologies and fracture risk assessment tools, and for the prevention and management of osteoporosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735705/impact-of-preimplantation-genetic-screening-on-donor-oocyte-recipient-cycles-in-the-united-states
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David H Barad, Sarah K Darmon, Vitaly A Kushnir, David F Albertini, Norbert Gleicher
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to estimate the contribution of Preimplantation genetic screening to in-vitro fertilization pregnancy outcomes in donor oocyte-recipient cycles. METHODS: This is a retrospective cross-sectional study of United States national data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting System between 2005-2013. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting relies on voluntarily annual reports by over 90% of United States in-vitro fertilization centers...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735601/impact-of-equine-assisted-reproductive-technologies-standard-embryo-transfer-or-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-with-in-vitro-culture-and-embryo-transfer-on-placenta-and-foal-morphometry-and-placental-gene-expression
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Orlando A Valenzuela, Anne Couturier-Tarrade, Young-Ho Choi, Marie-Christine Aubrière, Justin Ritthaler, Pascale Chavatte-Palmer, Katrin Hinrichs
Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), in vitro embryo culture and embryo transfer (ET) may be associated with alterations in fetal and placental development. In horses, ET has been used for decades. More recently, in vitro embryo production by ICSI and in vitro culture, followed by embryo transfer (ICSI-C) has become an accepted method for clinical foal production. However, no information is available on the effects of ICSI-C or even of standard ET itself on placental and neonatal parameters in horses...
July 24, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735593/virtual-reality-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-psychosis-a-systematic-review-of-its-utility-acceptability-and-effectiveness
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M Rus-Calafell, P Garety, E Sason, T J K Craig, L R Valmaggia
Over the last two decades, there has been a rapid increase of studies testing the efficacy and acceptability of virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems. This systematic review was carried out to investigate the use of virtual reality in the assessment and the treatment of psychosis. Web of Science, PsychInfo, EMBASE, Scopus, ProQuest and PubMed databases were searched, resulting in the identification of 638 articles potentially eligible for inclusion; of these, 50 studies were included in the review...
July 24, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735018/safety-and-feasibility-of-direct-mri-guided-transperineal-prostate-biopsy-using-a-novel-mri-safe-robotic-device
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Mark W Ball, Ashley E Ross, Kamyar Ghabili, Chunwoo Kim, Changhan Jun, Doru Petrisor, Li Pan, Jonathan I Epstein, Katarzyna J Macura, Dan S Stoianovici, Mohamad E Allaf
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate safety and feasibility in a first in human trial of direct MRI-guided prostate biopsy using a novel robotic device. METHODS: MrBot is an MRI-safe robotic device constructed entirely of nonconductive, nonmetallic, and nonmagnetic materials, developed by our group. A safety and feasibility clinical trial was designed to assess the safety and feasibility of direct MRI-guided biopsy with MrBot and determine its targeting accuracy. Men with elevated PSA, prior negative prostate biopsy and cancer suspicious region (CSR) on MRI were enrolled in the study...
July 19, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734973/minimally-invasive-approaches-to-myoma-management
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REVIEW
Julian A Gingold, Ndeye-Aicha Gueye, Tommaso Falcone
Patients affected by the presence of leiomyomas may incur a substantial physical, emotional, social and financial toll as well as losses in their quality of life. Although many myomas are not amenable to medical therapy or hysteroscopic resection, many others are amenable to minimally invasive surgical approaches. In patients who prefer to retain their fertility, laparoscopic myomectomy should be considered the intervention of choice. In this review we expand on the surgical techniques of both conventional laparoscopic and robotic-assisted myomectomies...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734971/robotic-assistance-confers-ambidexterity-to-laparoscopic-surgeons
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Souzana Choussein, Serene S Srouji, Leslie V Farland, Ashley Wietsma, Stacey A Missmer, Michael Hollis, Richard N Yu, Charles N Pozner, Antonio R Gargiulo
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a robotic surgical platform can complement the fine motor skills of the non-dominant hand, compensating for the innate difference in dexterity between the surgeon's hands, thereby conferring virtual ambidexterity. DESIGN: Crossover intervention study. DESIGN CLASSIFICATION: Level II-1 evidence. SETTING: Centers for medical simulation of two tertiary care hospitals of Harvard Medical School...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734874/robotic-assistants-in-personal-care-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
A Bilyea, N Seth, S Nesathurai, H A Abdullah
The aim of this study is to present an overview of the technological advances in the field of robotics developed for assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), and to present areas where further research is required. Four databases were searched for articles presenting either a novel design of one of these personal care robotic system or trial results relating to these systems. Articles presenting nine different robotic personal care systems were examined, six of which had been developed after 2005. These six also all have publications relating to their trials...
July 19, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733802/assisted-reproductive-technology-treatments-and-quality-of-life-a-longitudinal-study-among-subfertile-women-and-men
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Francesca Agostini, Fiorella Monti, Federica Andrei, Marcella Paterlini, Stefano Palomba, Giovanni Battista La Sala
PURPOSE: Quality of life (QoL) may represent a comprehensive indicator for the assessment of the psychological impact of complex clinical conditions, such as infertility. Infertile women have a worse QoL compared to both infertile men and non-infertile controls. However, the initial phases of infertility treatments have been frequently investigated using cross-sectional study designs. This prospective longitudinal study aimed at assessing the health-related QoL change across different phases of assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments in subfertile women and men...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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