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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915385/substantial-variation-among-hernia-experts-in-the-decision-for-treatment-of-patients-with-incisional-hernia-a-descriptive-study-on-agreement
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D Kokotovic, I Gögenur, F Helgstrand
PURPOSE: Benign elective procedures give rise to heterogeneity in indication for surgery and surgical technique among specialized surgeons in a variety of surgical fields. The objective was to analyze the extent of agreement in surgical management among expert hernia surgeons when evaluating the same patient in a standardized setting. METHODS: Five Danish hernia experts answered questions concerning indication for surgery and surgical technique for 25 video recorded real-life clinical cases...
December 3, 2016: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915111/clinical-outcomes-of-perampanel-vs-lacosamide-in-cohorts-of-consecutive-patients-with-severely-refractory-epilepsies-a-monocentric-retrospective-analysis-of-systematically-collected-data-from-the-german-kork-epilepsy-center
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Christoph Kurth, Edgar Kockelmann, Bernhard J Steinhoff
PURPOSE: Perampanel (PER) and lacosamide (LCM) are antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved for the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures. At the time of market entry, information on clinical effectiveness of new AEDs is limited to results from pivotal trials, real-life or comparative data are missing. This analysis of data collected retrospectively in a German epilepsy center used unified evaluation criteria, and describes treatment outcomes with LCM and PER at 6 months. METHODS: Results of the first 70 consecutive patients who had received LCM or PER after their market entries in Germany were compared...
November 23, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914768/selective-staining-of-gastric-biopsies-for-h-pylori-does-not-affect-detection-rates-or-turnaround-time-and-improves-cost-compared-to-reflexive-staining
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Lauren Decker, Joshua Keith Routh, Jessica Sara Snider, Joshua Anspach Hanson
AIMS: To evaluate how reflexive versus selective H. pylori stains affect detection rates, turnaround time (TAT), and cost savings in a real life practice environment following an institutional policy change. METHODS: The aforementioned parameters were evaluated in all cases in the year preceding and the year following an institutional policy change from reflexive to selective staining. RESULTS: 1497 patients comprised the reflexive stain (RS) group of which 228 (15...
September 13, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914374/the-effects-of-exposure-and-training-on-the-perception-of-time-compressed-speech-in-native-versus-nonnative-listeners
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Karen Banai, Yizhar Lavner
The present study investigated the effects of language experience on the perceptual learning induced by either brief exposure to or more intensive training with time-compressed speech. Native (n = 30) and nonnative (n = 30) listeners were each divided to three groups with different experiences with time-compressed speech: A trained group who trained on the semantic verification of time-compressed sentences for three sessions, an exposure group briefly exposed to 20 time-compressed sentences, and a group of naive listeners...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913565/a-24-year-old-male-with-a-painful-and-cold-lower-extremity
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Eric A Robinson, Zain I Khalpey, Rajesh Janardhanan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 24-year-old male presented to the emergency department with intense pain in his right lower extremity. He has a medical history significant for systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome. He also had four prior episodes of deep venous thromboses on rivaroxaban. The patient stated that early in the morning, he started to feel intense pain that started from his knee and progressed to his calf, with associated numbness and paraesthesia. On physical examination, the limb felt cold with absent right popliteal and dorsalis pedis pulses...
December 2, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913556/how-does-age-related-macular-degeneration-affect-real-world-visual-ability-and-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
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Deanna J Taylor, Angharad E Hobby, Alison M Binns, David P Crabb
OBJECTIVES: To review systematically the evidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affecting real-world visual ability and quality of life (QoL). To explore trends in specific topics within this body of the literature. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A systematic literature search was carried out using MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PsychARTICLES and Health and Psychosocial Instruments for articles published up to January 2015 for studies including people diagnosed with AMD, assessing real-world visual ability or QoL as an outcome...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913542/new-therapies-for-hemophilia
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Steven W Pipe
Individuals with severe hemophilia have benefitted from 5 decades of advances that have led to widespread availability of safe and efficacious factors VIII and IX, a multidisciplinary integrated care model through a network of specialized hemophilia treatment centers, and aggressive introduction of prophylactic replacement therapy to prevent bleeding and preserve joint health. Yet, there are remaining challenges and treatment gaps which have prevented complete abrogation of all joint bleeding, and progressive joint deterioration may continue in some affected individuals over the course of a lifetime...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913348/automatic-refinement-strategies-for-manual-initialization-of-object-trackers
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Hao Zhu, Fatih Porikli
Tracking objects across multiple frames is a wellinvestigated problem in computer vision. The majority of the existing algorithms assume an accurate initialization is readily available. However, in many real-life settings, in particular for applications where the video is streaming in real-time, the initialization has to be provided by a human operator. This limitation raises an inevitable uncertainty issue. Here, we first collect a large and new dataset of inputs that consists of more than 20K human initialization clicks, called as HIC, by several subjects under three practical user interface scenarios for the popular TB50 tracking benchmark...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913264/jack-nicholson-a-reel-and-real-life-contribution-to-neurosciences
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Manjul Tripathi, Moushumi Purkayastha, Kanchan K Mukherjee
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November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913073/attainment-of-ldl-cholesterol-treatment-goals-in-children-and-adolescents-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-the-safeheart-follow-up-registry
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Adriana Saltijeral, Leopoldo Pérez de Isla, Rodrigo Alonso, Ovidio Muñiz, José Luis Díaz-Díaz, Francisco Fuentes, Nelva Mata, Raimundo de Andrés, Gonzalo Díaz-Soto, José Pastor, José Miguel Pinilla, Daniel Zambón, Xavier Pinto, Lina Badimón, Pedro Mata
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the characteristics of persons with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) younger than 18 years, the lipid-lowering therapy used in these patients, and the lipid goals reached in real life. Our aim was to evaluate the achievement of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) treatment goals in FH patients younger than 18 years enrolled in a large national registry. METHODS: We analyzed patients younger than 18 years enrolled in a large ongoing registry of molecularly-defined patients with FH in Spain...
November 29, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911406/ultrasound-guided-botulinum-toxin-a-injections-a-method-of-treating-sialorrhea
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Pierangelo Barbero, Marco Busso, Carlo Alberto Artusi, Stefania De Mercanti, Marco Tinivella, Andrea Veltri, Luca Durelli, Marinella Clerico
Neurological diseases can be complicated by sialorrhea, an excessive flow of saliva. Patients suffering from moderate to severe sialorrhea have an impaired quality of life, often worsened by correlated complications such as aspiration pneumonia, oral infections, dental caries, and maceration of the skin. Diverse therapeutic approaches have been proposed for the treatment of sialorrhea, including surgery and the use of anticholinergic agents, with limited results and the possible occurrence of serious adverse events...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911323/short-term-response-is-not-predictive-of%C3%A2-long-term-response-to%C3%A2-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-in-old-age-subjects-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a%C3%A2-real-world-study
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Virginia Boccardi, Marta Baroni, Nicoletta Smirne, Alessandra Clodomiro, Sara Ercolani, Annalisa Longo, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Amalia C Bruni, Patrizia Mecocci
BACKGROUND: Most of clinical guidelines recommend discontinuing treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who do not show an initial response to therapy as evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scale. However, understanding the relationship between the initial response to ChEI treatment and the subsequent course of the disease is extremely important in clinical practice, but evidence is limited, particularly in the old-old population...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910860/dynamic-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-field-sensing-with-part-per-trillion-resolution
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Simon Gross, Christoph Barmet, Benjamin E Dietrich, David O Brunner, Thomas Schmid, Klaas P Pruessmann
High-field magnets of up to tens of teslas in strength advance applications in physics, chemistry and the life sciences. However, progress in generating such high fields has not been matched by corresponding advances in magnetic field measurement. Based mostly on nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic high-field magnetometry is currently limited to resolutions in the nanotesla range. Here we report a concerted approach involving tailored materials, magnetostatics and detection electronics to enhance the resolution of nuclear magnetic resonance sensing by three orders of magnitude...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909086/the-12-item-psoriatic-arthritis-impact-of-disease-questionnaire-construct-validity-reliability-and-interpretability-in-a-clinical-setting
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Marco Di Carlo, Andrea Becciolini, Valentina Lato, Chiara Crotti, Ennio Giulio Favalli, Fausto Salaffi
OBJECTIVE: To study, in a real-life setting, the construct validity, the reliability, and the interpretability of the 12-item Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease (PsAID-12) questionnaire in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: In 144 consecutive patients with PsA (81 men and 63 women, mean age of 51.4 ± 12.8 yrs, and 77 receiving biologic treatment), the PsAID-12 and other patient-reported outcomes (PRO) were collected, such as the Dermatology Life Quality Index...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908978/potential-of-laboratory-execution-systems-less-to-simplify-the-application-of-business-process-management-systems-bpmss-in-laboratory-automation
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Sebastian Neubert, Bernd Göde, Xiangyu Gu, Norbert Stoll, Kerstin Thurow
Modern business process management (BPM) is increasingly interesting for laboratory automation. End-to-end workflow automation and improved top-level systems integration for information technology (IT) and automation systems are especially prominent objectives. With the ISO Standard Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.X, a system-independent and interdisciplinary accepted graphical process control notation is provided, allowing process analysis, while also being executable. The transfer of BPM solutions to structured laboratory automation places novel demands, for example, concerning the real-time-critical process and systems integration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908846/the-effectiveness-of-web-based-asthma-self-management-system-my-asthma-portal-map-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Ahmed, Pierre Ernst, Susan J Bartlett, Marie-France Valois, Tasneem Zaihra, Guy Paré, Roland Grad, Owis Eilayyan, Robert Perreault, Robyn Tamblyn
BACKGROUND: Whether Web-based technologies can improve disease self-management is uncertain. My Asthma Portal (MAP) is a Web-based self-management support system that couples evidence-based behavioral change components (self-monitoring of symptoms, physical activity, and medication adherence) with real-time monitoring, feedback, and support from a nurse case manager. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of access to a Web-based asthma self-management patient portal linked to a case-management system (MAP) over 6 months compared with usual care on asthma control and quality of life...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908027/aging-and-the-effect-of-target-masker-alignment
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Karen S Helfer, Gabrielle R Merchant, Richard L Freyman
Similarity between target and competing speech messages plays a large role in how easy or difficult it is to understand messages of interest. Much research on informational masking has used highly aligned target and masking utterances that are very similar semantically and syntactically. However, listeners rarely encounter situations in real life where they must understand one sentence in the presence of another (or more than one) highly aligned, syntactically similar competing sentence(s). The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of syntactic/semantic similarity of target and masking speech in different spatial conditions among younger, middle-aged, and older adults...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907004/in-vitro-variant-surface-antigen-expression-in-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-from-a-semi-immune-individual-is-not-correlated-with-var-gene-transcription
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Ellen Inga Bruske, Sandra Dimonte, Corinna Enderes, Serena Tschan, Matthias Flötenmeyer, Iris Koch, Jürgen Berger, Peter Kremsner, Matthias Frank
Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) is considered to be the main variant surface antigen (VSA) of Plasmodium falciparum and is mainly localized on electron-dense knobs in the membrane of the infected erythrocyte. Switches in PfEMP1 expression provide the basis for antigenic variation and are thought to be critical for parasite persistence during chronic infections. Recently, strain transcending anti-PfEMP1 immunity has been shown to develop early in life, challenging the role of PfEMP1 in antigenic variation during chronic infections...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906091/impact-of-prophylactic-administration-of-levosimendan-on-short-term-and-long-term-outcome-in-high-risk-patients-with-severely-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
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Philippe Grieshaber, Stella Lipp, Andreas Arnold, Gerold Görlach, Matthias Wollbrück, Peter Roth, Bernd Niemann, Jochen Wilhelm, Andreas Böning
BACKGROUND: Patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction carry a high risk of morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan can be used prophylactically in these patients having shown positive effects on short-term outcome. However, effects on long-term outcome and patient subgroups benefiting the most are unknown. We aim to address these topics with real-life data from our clinical practice. METHODS: Two hundred eigthy eight patients with preoperative LVEF ≤ 35% underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between 2009 and 2013...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904883/interactions-of-respiratory-viruses-and-the-nasal-microbiota-during-the-first-year-of-life-in-healthy-infants
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Insa Korten, Moana Mika, Shkipe Klenja, Elisabeth Kieninger, Ines Mack, Maria Teresa Barbani, Meri Gorgievski, Urs Frey, Markus Hilty, Philipp Latzin
Traditional culture techniques have shown that increased bacterial colonization is associated with viral colonization; however, the influence of viral colonization on the whole microbiota composition is less clear. We thus aimed to understand the interaction of viral infections and the nasal microbiota in early life to appraise their roles in disease development. Thirty-two healthy, unselected infants were included in this prospective longitudinal cohort study within the first year of life. Biweekly nasal swabs (n = 559) were taken, and the microbiota was analyzed by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing, and 10 different viruses and 2 atypical bacteria were characterized by real-time PCR (combination of seven duplex samples)...
November 2016: MSphere
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