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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439386/usefulness-of-clinical-prediction-rules-d-dimer-and-arterial-blood-gas-analysis-to-predict-pulmonary-embolism-in-cancer-patients
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Asifa Karamat, Shazia Awan, Muhammad Ghazanfar Hussain, Fahad Al Hameed, Faheem Butt, Ali Saeed Wahla
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is seven times more common in cancer patients than non-cancer patients. Since the existing clinical prediction rules (CPRs) were validated predominantly in a non-cancer population, we decided to look at the utility of arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis and D-dimer in predicting PE in cancer patients. METHODS: Electronic medical records were reviewed between December 2005 and November 2010. A total of 177 computed tomography pulmonary angiograms (CTPAs) were performed...
March 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437091/speeding-up-early-drug-discovery-in-antiviral-research-a-fragment-based-in-silico-approach-for-the-design-of-virtual-anti-hepatitis-c-leads
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Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natalia Dias Soeiro Cordeiro
Hepatitis C constitutes an unresolved global health problem. This infectious disease is caused by the hepatotropic hepatitis C virus (HCV), and it can lead to the occurrence of life-threatening medical conditions such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Nowadays, major clinical concerns have arisen due to the appearance of multidrug resistance (MDR), and the side effects especially associated with long-term treatments. In this work, we report the first multitasking model for quantitative structure-biological effect relationships (mtk-QSBER), focused on the simultaneous exploration of anti-HCV activity and in vitro safety profiles related to the absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and toxicity (ADMET)...
April 24, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431109/performance-of-the-2015-acr-eular-classification-criteria-for-gout-in-a-primary-care-population-presenting-with-monoarthritis
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Hein J E M Janssens, Jaap Fransen, Matthijs Janssen, Tuhina Neogi, H Ralph Schumacher, Tim L Jansen, Nicola Dalbeth, William J Taylor
Objective.: To test the performance of the 2015 ACR-EULAR gout classification criteria against presence of SF MSU crystals in a primary healthcare population. Methods.: The criteria were applied to an existing dataset of consecutive patients with monoarthritis presenting to Dutch family physicians; all patients underwent microscopic SF analysis by design. The data had been prospectively collected to develop a diagnostic decision rule for gout in 2010. Diagnostic performance was assessed by calculating area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and constructing calibration plots for the full version of the criteria (including SF analysis results of all patients) and the clinical-only version (not including SF analysis results)...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427319/mechanobiological-modelling-of-tendons-review-and-future-opportunities
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Mark S Thompson, M Nazri Bajuri, Hanifeh Khayyeri, Hanna Isaksson
Tendons are adapted to carry large, repeated loads and are clinically important for the maintenance of musculoskeletal health in an increasing, actively ageing population, as well as in elite athletes. Tendons are known to adapt to mechanical loading. Also, their healing and disease processes are highly sensitive to mechanical load. Computational modelling approaches developed to capture this mechanobiological adaptation in tendons and other tissues have successfully addressed many important scientific and clinical issues...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425590/role-of-upper-gastrointestinal-contrast-studies-for-suspected-malrotation-in-neonatal-population
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Suresh Birajdar, Shripada C Rao, Fiona Bettenay
AIM: Upper gastrointestinal (UGI) contrast study is the preferred radiological investigation to diagnose malrotation of intestine. We aimed to review the role of UGI contrast in neonates (term and preterm) who were clinically suspected to have malrotation. METHODS: The study included a retrospective review of medical charts and radiology reports. RESULTS: A total of 164 newborn infants underwent UGI contrast study to rule out malrotation during the study period (2006-2015)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410792/accuracy-of-pecarn-catch-and-chalice-head-injury-decision-rules-in-children-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Franz E Babl, Meredith L Borland, Natalie Phillips, Amit Kochar, Sarah Dalton, Mary McCaskill, John A Cheek, Yuri Gilhotra, Jeremy Furyk, Jocelyn Neutze, Mark D Lyttle, Silvia Bressan, Susan Donath, Charlotte Molesworth, Kim Jachno, Brenton Ward, Amanda Williams, Amy Baylis, Louise Crowe, Ed Oakley, Stuart R Dalziel
BACKGROUND: Clinical decision rules can help to determine the need for CT imaging in children with head injuries. We aimed to validate three clinical decision rules (PECARN, CATCH, and CHALICE) in a large sample of children. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we included children and adolescents (aged <18 years) with head injuries of any severity who presented to the emergency departments of ten Australian and New Zealand hospitals. We assessed the diagnostic accuracy of PECARN (stratified into children aged <2 years and ≥2 years), CATCH, and CHALICE in predicting each rule-specific outcome measure (clinically important traumatic brain injury [TBI], need for neurological intervention, and clinically significant intracranial injury, respectively)...
April 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410544/does-respiratory-variation-in-inferior-vena-cava-diameter-predict-fluid-responsiveness-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Elliot Long, Ed Oakley, Trevor Duke, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND: The aim of fluid resuscitation is to increase stroke volume, yet this effect is observed in only 50% of patients. Prediction of fluid responsiveness may allow fluid resuscitation to be administered to those most likely to benefit. The aim of this study was to systematically review the test characteristics of respiratory variation in inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness in patients with acute circulatory failure. METHODS: Electronic searches combined with reference review of identified studies...
May 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407816/automatic-identification-of-variables-in-epidemiological-datasets-using-logic-regression
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Matthias W Lorenz, Negin Ashtiani Abdi, Frank Scheckenbach, Anja Pflug, Alpaslan Bülbül, Alberico L Catapano, Stefan Agewall, Marat Ezhov, Michiel L Bots, Stefan Kiechl, Andreas Orth
BACKGROUND: For an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis, multiple datasets must be transformed in a consistent format, e.g. using uniform variable names. When large numbers of datasets have to be processed, this can be a time-consuming and error-prone task. Automated or semi-automated identification of variables can help to reduce the workload and improve the data quality. For semi-automation high sensitivity in the recognition of matching variables is particularly important, because it allows creating software which for a target variable presents a choice of source variables, from which a user can choose the matching one, with only low risk of having missed a correct source variable...
April 13, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407781/early-identification-of-patients-requiring-massive-transfusion-embolization-or-hemostatic-surgery-for-traumatic-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Alexandre Tran, Maher Matar, Ewout W Steyerberg, Jacinthe Lampron, Monica Taljaard, Christian Vaillancourt
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is a major cause of early mortality following a traumatic injury. The progression and consequences of significant blood loss occur quickly as death from hemorrhagic shock or exsanguination often occurs within the first few hours. The mainstay of treatment therefore involves early identification of patients at risk for hemorrhagic shock in order to provide blood products and control of the bleeding source if necessary. The intended scope of this review is to identify and assess combinations of predictors informing therapeutic decision-making for clinicians during the initial trauma assessment...
April 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
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Rajat N Moman, Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: he Choosing Wisely campaign has called for better engagement of palliative and hospice care services for patients in the emergency department (ED). PREDICT is a clinical prediction tool that was derived in an Australian ED cohort. It assesses a patient's risk of mortality at one year to select those who would benefit from advanced care planning. Such goals of care discussion can improve patients' ability to communicate what they want out of their healthcare and, in cases of end-of-life, potentially reduce the number of futile interventions...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401498/identification-of-subgroups-of-patients-with-tension-type-headache-with-higher-widespread-pressure-pain-hyperalgesia
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César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, Elena Benito-González, María Palacios-Ceña, Kelun Wang, Matteo Castaldo, Lars Arendt-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Identification of subgroups of patients with different levels of sensitization and clinical features can help to identify groups at risk and the development of better therapeutic strategies. The aim of this study was to identify subgroups of patients with tension type headache (TTH) with different levels of sensitization, clinical pain features, and psychological outcomes. METHODS: A total of 197 individuals with TTH participated. Headache intensity, frequency, and duration and medication intake were collected with a 4-weeks diary...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400920/accuracy-of-gestalt-perception-of-acute-chest-pain-in-predicting-coronary-artery-disease
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Cláudio Marcelo Bittencourt das Virgens, Laudenor Lemos, Márcia Noya-Rabelo, Manuela Campelo Carvalhal, Antônio Maurício Dos Santos Cerqueira Junior, Fernanda Oliveira de Andrade Lopes, Nicole Cruz de Sá, Jéssica Gonzalez Suerdieck, Thiago Menezes Barbosa de Souza, Vitor Calixto de Almeida Correia, Gabriella Sant'Ana Sodré, André Barcelos da Silva, Felipe Kalil Beirão Alexandre, Felipe Rodrigues Marques Ferreira, Luís Cláudio Lemos Correia
AIM: To test accuracy and reproducibility of gestalt to predict obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS: We studied individuals who were consecutively admitted to our Chest Pain Unit. At admission, investigators performed a standardized interview and recorded 14 chest pain features. Based on these features, a cardiologist who was blind to other clinical characteristics made unstructured judgment of CAD probability, both numerically and categorically...
March 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393708/minor-head-trauma-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department-decision-making-nodes
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Mario Mastrangelo, Fabio Midulla
BACKGROUND: Minor head trauma is one of the leading cause of access to pediatric emergency departments with only a limited quote of patients resulting in clinically relevant brain injuries. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to guide physicians involved in the management of pediatric head trauma towards a correct clinical approach. METHODS: A Pubmed/Medline search was realized through different entries including "minor head trauma" or "mild head trauma", "minor head injury" or "mild head injury", "acute head trauma"...
April 4, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390779/total-laboratory-automation-do-stat-tests-still-matter
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Alberto Dolci, Davide Giavarina, Sara Pasqualetti, Dominika Szőke, Mauro Panteghini
During the past decades the healthcare systems have rapidly changed and today hospital care is primarily advocated for critical patients and acute treatments, for which laboratory test results are crucial and need to be always reported in predictably short turnaround time (TAT). Laboratories in the hospital setting can face this challenge by changing their organization from a compartmentalized laboratory department toward a decision making-based laboratory department. This requires the implementation of a core laboratory, that exploits total laboratory automation (TLA) using technological innovation in analytical platforms, track systems and information technology, including middleware, and a number of satellite specialized laboratory sections cooperating with care teams for specific medical conditions...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387644/medical-necessity-of-routine-admission-of-children-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Jared D Ament, Krista N Greenan, Patrick Tertulien, Joseph M Galante, Daniel K Nishijima, Marike Zwienenberg
OBJECTIVE Approximately 475,000 children are treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the US each year; most are classified as mild TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale [GCS] Score 13-15). Patients with positive findings on head CT, defined as either intracranial hemorrhage or skull fracture, regardless of severity, are often transferred to tertiary care centers for intensive care unit (ICU) monitoring. This practice creates a significant burden on the health care system. The purpose of this investigation was to derive a clinical decision rule (CDR) to determine which children can safely avoid ICU care...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387542/the-risk-of-bleeding-with-the-use-of-antiplatelet-agents-for-the-treatment-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Ashwin S Nathan, Sounok Sen, Robert W Yeh
In the presence of injured coronary vascular endothelium, platelets become activated to form hemostatic plugs. While this represents a normal healing response to disrupted vascular endothelium, occlusive cardiovascular disease, as a result of maladaptive thrombus formation, is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Due to the platelet predominance of arterial thrombi, antiplatelet agents are the mainstay of therapy for arterial cardiovascular disease, though come with a significantly increased risk of bleeding...
April 7, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383671/drug-induced-liver-injury-in-oncology
#17
A D Ricart
Liver regeneration has been an adaptation of vertebrates through evolutionary events to protect them from environmental pressures (e.g. ingested toxins). Elevated serum levels of aminotransferases generally indicate liver injury, but do not necessarily reflect or predict hepatotoxicity. Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is first classified as predictable or unpredictable (idiosyncratic). Predictable DILI is dose-related and occurs shortly after exposure (e.g. high dose alkylating agents). Unpredictable reactions result from a succession of unlikely events, a "multihit" process (e...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378735/-value-of-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-predicting-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-acute-decompensated-chronic-heart-failure
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M V Menzorov, A M Shutov, V I Midlenko, N V Larionova, I V Morozova, O V Akulova
AIM: To investigate the prognostic value of serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in the development of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with acute decompensated chronic heart failure (ADCHF). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighty-three patients (55 (66%) men and 28 (34%) women; mean age, 65±11 years) with ADCHF were examined. AKI was diagnosed and classified according to the 2012 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes Clinical Practice guidelines...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376187/a-novel-diagnostic-tool-for-selecting-patients-with-mesenchymal-type-colon-cancer-reveals-intratumor-subtype-heterogeneity
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Inge Ubink, Sjoerd G Elias, Cathy B Moelans, Miangela M Laclé, Wilhelmina M U van Grevenstein, Paul J van Diest, Inne H M Borel Rinkes, Onno Kranenburg
Background: Consensus molecular subtype 4 (CMS4) is a recently identified aggressive colon cancer subtype for which platelet-derived growth factor receptors (PDGFRs) and KIT are potential therapeutic targets. We aimed to develop a clinically applicable CMS4 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) test to select patients for PDGFR/KIT-targeted therapy. Methods: We used logistic regression to develop a CMS4 prediction rule based on microarray expression values of PDGFRA , PDGFRB , PDGFC , and KIT (566 training and 1259 test samples, using the 273-gene random forest classifier as CMS4 reference standard)...
August 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376184/a-plasma-biomarker-panel-to-identify-surgically-resectable-early-stage-pancreatic-cancer
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Seetharaman Balasenthil, Ying Huang, Suyu Liu, Tracey Marsh, Jinyun Chen, Sanford A Stass, Debra KuKuruga, Randall Brand, Nanyue Chen, Marsha L Frazier, J Jack Lee, Sudhir Srivastava, Subrata Sen, Ann McNeill Killary
Background: Blood-based biomarkers for early detection of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are urgently needed. Current biomarkers lack high sensitivity and specificity for population screening. The gold-standard biomarker, CA 19-9, also fails to demonstrate the predictive value necessary for early detection. Methods: To validate a functional genomics-based plasma migration signature biomarker panel, plasma tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), tenascin C (TNC-FN III-C), and CA 19-9 levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in three early-stage PDAC plasma cohorts, including two independent blinded validation cohorts containing a total of 43 stage I, 163 stage II, 86 chronic pancreatitis, 31 acute biliary obstruction, and 108 controls...
August 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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