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Tomislav Rončević, Damir Vukičević, Nada Ilić, Lucija Krce, Goran Gajski, Marija Tonkić, Ivana Goić-Barišić, Larisa Zoranić, Yogesh Sonavane, Monica Benincasa, Davor Juretić, Ana Maravić, Alessandro Tossi
Antimicrobial peptides often show broad-spectrum activity due to a mechanism based on bacterial membrane disruption, which also reduces development of permanent resistance, a desirable characteristic in view of the escalating multidrug resistance problem. Host cell toxicity however requires design of artificial variants of natural AMPs to increase selectivity and reduce side effects. Kiadins were designed using rules obtained from natural peptides active against E. coli and a validated computational algorithm based on a training set of such peptides, followed by rational conformational alterations...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Shetty Sushruth, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Nagarajan Raj Kumar, Gopal Balasubramaniyan, Surendra K Verma, A Ramesh
Background Right iliac fossa (RIF) pain is one of the most common modalities of presentation to surgical emergency. It remains a challenge to the treating clinicians to accurately diagnose or to rule out appendicitis. Objective The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of clinical impression, biochemical markers, and imaging in the diagnosis of RIF pain with special reference to appendicitis and their implication in reducing the negative appendicectomy rates. Methods All patients presenting to casualty with RIF pain were included in the study...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Asaff Harel, Dylan Sperling, Maria Petracca, Achillefs Ntranos, Ilana Katz-Sand, Stephen Krieger, Fred Lublin, Zichen Wang, Yangbo Liu, Matilde Inglese
OBJECTIVES: The accuracy of 'no evidence of disease activity' (NEDA) in predicting long-term clinical outcome in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is unproven, and there is growing evidence that NEDA does not rule out disease worsening. We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate whether ongoing brain microstructural injury occurs in patients with RRMS meeting NEDA criteria. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study to identify patients with RRMS visiting our centre over a 3-month period who had undergone prior longitudinal DTI evaluation at our facility spanning ≥2 years...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Aiko Ogawa, Yukari Takahashi, Hiromi Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) are rare causes of pulmonary hypertension. Although diagnosis is based on pathological findings, an early diagnosis is crucial because of poor prognosis compared to other types of pulmonary hypertension. Furthermore, vasodilators may cause fatal pulmonary edema in patients with PVOD/PCH. This study aimed to identify specific characteristics for patients with PVOD/PCH to clinically diagnose PVOD/PCH...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
J Straatman, L C B Groen, N van der Wielen, E P Jansma, F Daams, M A Cuesta, D L van der Peet
Over the coming years octogenarians will make up an increasingly large proportion of the population. With the rise in octogenarians more paraesophageal hiatal hernias may be identified. In research for the optimal treatment for paraesophageal hiatal hernias, octogenarians are often omitted and the optimal surgical strategy for this patient group remains unclear. A systematic search in PubMed, Embase, and The Cochrane Library was conducted, including articles compromising 'surgery,' 'paraesophageal hiatal hernia,' and 'octogenarians...
March 12, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Fabien Squara, Didier Scarlatti, Philippe Riccini, Gauthier Garret, Pamela Moceri, Emile Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Fluoroscopic criteria have been described for the documentation of septal right ventricular (RV) lead positioning, but their accuracy remains questioned. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator implantation were prospectively included. RV lead was positioned using postero-anterior and left anterior oblique 40° incidences, and right anterior oblique 30° to rule out coronary sinus positioning when suspected. RV lead positioning using fluoroscopy was compared to true RV lead positioning as assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Katharina Feil, Regina Feuerecker, Nicolina Goldschagg, Ralf Strobl, Thomas Brandt, Albrecht von Müller, Eva Grill, Michael Strupp
Background: Making the correct diagnosis of patients presenting with vertigo and dizziness in clinical practice is often challenging. Objective: In this study we examined the performance of the iPad based program me d x in the prediction of different clinical vertigo and dizziness diagnoses and as a diagnostic tool to distinguish between them. Patients and methods: The data collection was done in the outpatient clinic of the German Center of Vertigo and Balance Disorders...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Brad Wright, Xuan Zhang, Momotazur Rahman, Keith Kocher
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Outpatient observation stays are increasingly substituting for standard inpatient hospitalizations. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted the controversial Two-Midnight Rule policy to curb long observation stays and better define the use of hospital-based observation services versus inpatient hospitalizations. We seek to determine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries exposed to long observation stays (>48 hours) are clinically similar to those with short observation stays (≤48 hours) because this has relevance to the Two-Midnight Rule...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Ángel Herráiz-Adillo, Iván Cavero-Redondo, Celia Álvarez-Bueno, Johana Bidner, Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno, Blanca Notario-Pacheco
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The diagnostic performance of the oscillometric ankle brachial index (ABI) to detect peripheral arterial disease (PAD) varies among populations, suggesting a spectrum effect. When this heterogeneity modifies post-test probabilities, a spectrum bias arises. This study evaluates the presence and influence of spectrum effect and spectrum bias on test performance and clinical decisions. METHODS: Oscillometric and Doppler ABI were compared in two settings: Primary-Care (333 legs) and Vascular-Service (41 legs)...
March 2, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Inge Wegner, Robert Vincent, Laura S M Derks, Simone P Rauh, Martijn W Heymans, Inge Stegeman, Wilko Grolman
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To develop a prediction model that can accurately predict the chance of success following revision stapes surgery in patients with recurrent or persistent otosclerosis at 2- to 6-months follow-up and to validate this model internally. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of prospectively gathered data in a tertiary referral center. METHODS: The associations of 11 prognostic factors with treatment success were tested in 705 cases using multivariable logistic regression analysis with backward selection...
March 9, 2018: Laryngoscope
Chelsea M Blankenship, Lisa L Hunter, Douglas H Keefe, M Patrick Feeney, David K Brown, Annie McCune, Denis F Fitzpatrick, Li Lin
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) level and signal to noise ratio in a group of infants from birth to 4 months of age to optimize prediction of hearing status. DPOAEs from infants with normal hearing (NH) and hearing loss (HL) were used to predict the presence of conductive HL (CHL), sensorineural HL (SNHL), and mixed HL (MHL). Wideband ambient absorbance was also measured and compared among the HL types. DESIGN: This is a prospective, longitudinal study of 279 infants with verified NH and HL, including conductive, sensorineural, and mixed types that were enrolled from a well-baby nursery and two neonatal intensive care units in Cincinnati, Ohio...
March 6, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Garrett S Bowen, Michelle S Diop, Lan Jiang, Wen-Chih Wu, James L Rudolph
OBJECTIVES: To derive and validate a 30-day mortality clinical prediction rule for heart failure based on admission data and prior healthcare usage. A secondary objective was to determine the discriminatory function for mortality at 1 and 2 years. DESIGN: Observational cohort. SETTING: Veterans Affairs inpatient medical centers (n=124). PARTICIPANTS: The derivation (2010-12; n=36,021) and validation (2013-15; n=30,364) cohorts included randomly selected veterans admitted for HF exacerbation (mean age 71±11; 98% male)...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Sarifuddin, Prashanta Kumar Mandal
Angioplasty with drug-coated balloons (DCBs) using excipients as drug carriers is emerging as a potentially viable strategy demonstrating clinical efficacy and proposing additional compliance for the treatment of obstructive vascular diseases. An attempt is made to develop an improved computational model where attention has been paid to the effect of interstitial flow, that is, plasma convection and internalization of bound drug. The present model is capable of capturing the phenomena of the transport of free drug and its retention, and also the internalization of drug in the process of endocytosis to atherosclerotic vessel of heterogeneous tissue composition comprising of healthy tissue, as well as regions of fibrous cap, fibro-fatty, calcified and necrotic core lesions...
March 5, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Hyun Choi, Dinesh Krishnamoorthy
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) during pregnancy remains one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in the developed world. However, there is a paucity of high-quality evidence resulting in a lack of consensus in managing this group of patients. The aims of the study were to address the diagnostic utility of D-dimer for suspected PE in pregnant and post-partum patients and to identify any clinical presentation variables that are predictors of PE in this group of patients...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Derek J Fisher, Debra J Campbell, Shelagh C Abriel, Emma M L Ells, Erica D Rudolph, Philip G Tibbo
The mismatch negativity (MMN) is an EEG-derived event-related potential (ERP) elicited by any violation of a predicted auditory "rule," regardless of whether one is attending to the stimuli and is thought to reflect updating of the stimulus context. Redirection of attention toward a rare, distracting stimulus event, however, can be measured by the subsequent P3a component of the P300. Chronic schizophrenia patients exhibit robust MMN deficits, as well as reductions in P3a amplitude. While, the substantial literature on the MMN in first-episode and early phase schizophrenia in this population reports reduced amplitudes, there also exist several contradictory studies...
March 1, 2018: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
Niccolò Parri, Bradley J Crosby, Lisa Mills, Zachary Soucy, Anna Maria Musolino, Liviana Da Dalt, Angela Cirilli, Laura Grisotto, Nathan Kuppermann
OBJECTIVES: To determine the accuracy of skull point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for identifying fractures in children younger than 2 years of age with signs of head trauma, and the ability of POCUS to identify the type and depth of fracture depression. STUDY DESIGN: This was a multicenter, prospective, observational study of children younger than 2 years of age with nontrivial mechanisms of injury and signs of scalp/skull trauma. Patients were enrolled if they underwent computed tomography (CT)...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
James A Koziol, Haruhiko Imai, Liping Dai, Jian-Ying Zhang, Eng M Tan
BACKGROUND: Multiple antigen miniarrays used for detecting autoantibodies to tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) can be a useful approach for cancer detection and diagnosis. We here address a very specific question: might there be autoimmune responses to TAAs which precede clinical detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in HBV and HCV chronic liver disease patients under continuous medical surveillance, and if so, could these anti-TAAs be added to the armamentarium of diagnostic tests? METHODS: We here examine the utility of a panel of 12 TAAs for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Maximilian B Bibok, Kristine Votova, Robert F Balshaw, Mary L Lesperance, Nicole S Croteau, Anurag Trivedi, Jaclyn Morrison, Colin Sedgwick, Andrew M Penn
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of a novel triage system for Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) units built upon an existent clinical prediction rule (CPR) to reduce time to unit arrival, relative to the time of symptom onset, for true TIA and minor stroke patients. Differentiating between true and false TIA/minor stroke cases (mimics) is necessary for effective triage as medical intervention for true TIA/minor stroke is time-sensitive and TIA unit spots are a finite resource. METHODS: Prospective cohort study design utilizing patient referral data and TIA unit arrival times from a regional fast-track TIA unit on Vancouver Island, Canada, accepting referrals from emergency departments (ED) and general practice (GP)...
February 27, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
M Pentenero, M Val, S Rosso, S Gandolfo
OBJECTIVES: Diagnostic delay in oral oncology could be improved if general dentists had a reliable and easy-to-use first-level diagnostic test to rule out the presence of oral dysplasia or carcinoma. Microbiopsy has been proved to have high sensitivity and high negative predictive value in a clinical setting characterized by high prevalence of disease. Moreover, it has been proved to be easily performed by general dentists. This study aimed to determine the negative predictive value of microbiopsy in routine dental practice: a clinical setting characterized by low prevalence of disease...
March 2018: Oral Diseases
Philip J G M Voets
Many clinicians know from experience and medical epidemiological literature that the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) increases rapidly with a prolonged catheter dwell-time, but how this infection risk increases over time remains obscure. In this manuscript, a clinically useful rule of thumb is derived, stating that the risk of CLABSI increases in a quadratic fashion with the increase in catheter dwell-time. The proposed rule of thumb could be considered a quick and effortless clinical tool to rationally predict the pattern of CLABSI risk with an increasing catheter dwell-time...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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