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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458234/ultrasonographic-anatomy-of-reproductive-female-leopard-geckos-eublepharis-macularius
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Ophélie Cojean, Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Isabelle Masseau
Captive leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) often present to the exotic clinic for gastrointestinal impactions, follicular stasis, or dystocia. To our knowledge, normal ultrasonographic anatomy of these lizards has not been described. The objectives of this prospective, anatomic, analytical study were to develop ultrasound techniques for this species and to describe the normal sonographic anatomy of the head, coelomic cavity, and tail. Eleven, healthy, female leopard geckos were included. A linear array 13-18 MHz transducer was used...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458226/-outbreaks-of-scabies-in-schools-and-use-of-ivermectin
#2
Josef A I Weigl
BACKGROUND: At Pentecost 2017 outbreaks of scabies occurred in three schools in Ploen County. Several classes were supposed to go on an excursion or had returned from an excursion with symptomatic kids. METHODS: Rapid investigation, on site outbreak confirmation, home visits of the environment of the index cases, simultaneous mass treatment and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with Ivermectin according to the outbreak characteristics were applied. RESULTS: The index case of school A was ill since 5 months, but was misdiagnosed as eczema...
February 19, 2018: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458219/clinical-endocrine-and-imaging-characteristics-of-patients-with-primary-hypophysitis
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Anna Angelousi, Carolina Cohen, Soledad Sosa, Karina Danilowicz, Lina Papanastasiou, Marina Tsoli, Aparna Pal, Georgios Piaditis, Ashley Grossman, Gregory Kaltsas
Primary hypophysitis (PH) is a rare disease with a poorly-defined natural history. Our aim was to characterise patients with PH at presentation and during prolonged follow-up. Observational retrospective study of 22 patients was conducted from 3 centres. In 14 patients, PH was confirmed histologically and in the remaining 8 clinically, after excluding secondary causes of hypophysitis. All patients had hormonal and imaging investigations before any treatment. Median follow up was 48 months (25-75%: 3-60). There was a female predominance with a female/male ratio: 3...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458217/a-new-two-dimensional-shear-wave-elastography-for-noninvasive-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-in-healthy-subjects-and-in-patients-with-chronic-liver-disease
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Carla Serra, Valentina Grasso, Fabio Conti, Cristina Felicani, Elena Mazzotta, Marco Lenzi, Gabriella Verucchi, Antonietta D'errico, Pietro Andreone
PURPOSE: To assess the performance of two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) on the GE LOGIQ E9 ultrasound system in a cohort of healthy subjects and to investigate its accuracy in the staging of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) using liver biopsy as a reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2014 to June 2016, 54 healthy subjects and 174 patients with CLD were consecutively enrolled. Liver fibrosis stage was assessed by the METAVIR scoring system...
February 19, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458215/factors-associated-with-placental-vascularization-measured-by-3d-power-doppler-ultrasonographic-sphere-biopsy-between-11-and-14-weeks-of-gestation
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Suzanne Demers, Amelie Boutin, Regina Dembickaja, Mercedes Campanero, Kypros Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia is associated with placental vascularization disorders. Ultrasonographic sphere biopsy (USSB) of the placenta can estimate the vascularization of the placenta and potentially the risk of preeclampsia. We aimed to explore the factors related to placental vascularization measured with USSB in the first trimester. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort was conducted in women recruited at 11 to 14 weeks. Three-dimensional acquisition of the placenta with power Doppler was undertaken along with crown-rump length (CRL)...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458192/magnetic-resonance-imaging-safety-in-non-conditional-pacemaker-and-defibrillator-recipients-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Anand D Shah, Mike A Morris, David S Hirsh, Megan Warnock, Yijian Huang, Mike Mollerus, Faisal M Merchant, Anshul M Patel, David B Delurgio, Adarsh U Patel, Michael H Hoskins, Mikhael F El Chami, Angel R Leon, Jonathan J Langberg, Michael S Lloyd
BACKGROUND: Recommendations regarding performance of MRI in non-MRI conditional pacemaker and defibrillator recipients are evolving. Previous studies suggest low adverse event rates with MRI in non-conditional CIED recipients, but low power limits optimal characterization of risk. OBJECTIVE: In order to improve power, a systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to characterize the clinical risk associated with MRI in CIED recipients. METHODS: PUBMED and CINAHL indexed articles from 1990-2017 were queried...
February 16, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458176/grp78-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-proliferation-by-increasing-fat10-expression-through-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Chenglin Luo, Haixia Xiong, Leifeng Chen, Xiuxia Liu, Shubing Zou, Jiafu Guan, Kai Wang
Glucose-regulated protein 78(GRP78) and the ubiquitin-like protein FAT10 each promote proliferation in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC). However, the relationship of GRP78 and FAT10 in HCC proliferation are still not known. In this study, we found that GRP78 and FAT10 were significantly overexpressed in HCC tissues compare with adjacent non-cancerous tissues, and a positive correlation was found between their expression and associated proliferation characteristics. High expression of GRP78 and FAT10 were positively correlated with tumor proliferation and poor prognosis in HCC...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458155/determining-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-and-starting-age-of-screening-based-on-lifestyle-environmental-and-genetic-factors
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Jihyoun Jeon, Mengmeng Du, Robert E Schoen, Michael Hoffmeister, Polly A Newcomb, Sonja I Berndt, Bette Caan, Peter T Campbell, Andrew T Chan, Jenny Chang-Claude, Graham G Giles, Jian Gong, Tabitha A Harrison, Jeroen R Huyghe, Eric J Jacobs, Li Li, Yi Lin, Loïc Le Marchand, John D Potter, Flora Qu, Stephanie A Bien, Niha Zubair, Robert J Macinnis, Daniel D Buchanan, John L Hopper, Yin Cao, Reiko Nishihara, Gad Rennert, Martha L Slattery, Duncan C Thomas, Michael O Woods, Ross L Prentice, Stephen B Gruber, Yingye Zheng, Hermann Brenner, Richard B Hayes, Emily White, Ulrike Peters, Li Hsu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Guidelines for initiating colorectal cancer (CRC) screening are based on family history but do not consider lifestyle, environmental, or genetic risk factors. We developed models to determine risk of CRC, based on lifestyle and environmental factors and genetic variants, and to identify an optimal age to begin screening. METHODS: We collected data from 9748 CRC cases and 10,590 controls in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary study, from 1992 through 2005...
February 16, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458122/regional-variations-of-cortical-bone-in-the-humeral-head-region-a-preliminary-study
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Yeming Wang, Jian Li, Jianhua Yang, Jingming Dong
BACKGROUND: Incidence of proximal humeral fractures dramatically increased over the last decade due to demographic changes. The goal of this study was to analyze regional characteristics of cortical bone in the humeral head region using cortical bone mapping (CBM) technique. METHODS: The proximal humerus of 103 healthy volunteers was imaged by clinical computed tomography (CT) scans. Three groups of volunteers were identified according to age: group A (20-39 years), group B (40-59 years), and group C (>60 years)...
February 16, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458121/the-paradox-of-marrow-adipose-tissue-in-anorexia-nervosa
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Pouneh K Fazeli, Anne Klibanski
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by inappropriate nutrient intake resulting in low body weight. Multiple hormonal adaptations facilitate decreased energy expenditure in this state of caloric deprivation including non-thyroidal illness syndrome, growth hormone resistance, and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Although these hormonal adaptations confer a survival advantage during periods of negative energy balance, they contribute to the long-term medical complications associated with AN, the most common of which is significant bone loss and an increased risk of fracture...
February 16, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458091/role-of-the-ssek1-gene-in-the-pathogenicity-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yadong Yang, Chuan Yu, Ke Ding, Chunjie Zhang, Chengshui Liao, Yanyan Jia, Jing Li, Xiangchao Cheng
Salmonella enteritidis is a common food-borne pathogen associated with consumption of contaminated poultry meat and eggs, which frequently causes gastroenteritis in humans. Salmonella secreted effector K1 (SseK1), as a translocated and secreted protein has been identified to be essential for the virulence of Salmonella typhimurium in host cells. However, the role of the sseK1 gene in the pathogenicity of S. enteritidis remain unclear. In this study, a sseK1 deletion mutant of S. enteritidis was constructed and its biological characteristics were examined...
February 16, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458082/beyond-pain-nurses-assessment-of-patient-suffering-dignity-and-dying-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Amanda Su, Lindsay Lief, David Berlin, Zara Cooper, Daniel Ouyang, John Holmes, Renee Maciejewski, Paul K Maciejewski, Holly G Prigerson
CONTEXT: Deaths in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are increasingly common in the United States, yet little is known about patients' experiences at the end-of-life in the ICU. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine nurse assessment of symptoms experienced, and care received by ICU patients in their final week, and their associations with nurse-perceived suffering and dignity. METHODS: From September 2015 to March 2017, nurses who cared for 200 ICU patients who died were interviewed about physical and psychosocial dimensions of patients' experiences...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458073/establishment-and-validation-of-a-prediction-model-for-ischemic-stroke-risks-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Tsai-Chung Li, Hsiang-Chi Wang, Chia-Ing Li, Chiu-Shong Liu, Wen-Yuan Lin, Chih-Hsueh Lin, Sing-Yu Yang, Cheng-Chieh Lin
AIMS: A risk scoring system for predicting ischemic stroke incidence may identify type 2 diabetes patients at high risk for ischemic stroke who can benefit from preventive intervention programs. Such a risk scoring system can serve as a benchmark to test novel putative risk factors. METHODS: The study adopted a retrospective cohort, including 28,124 Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes aged 30-84 years during 2001-2004. Participants were randomly assigned to the derivation and validation sets at a 2:1 ratio...
February 16, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458066/volitional-voiding-of-the-bladder-following-spinal-cord-injury-validation-of-bilateral-lower-extremity-motor-function-as-a-key-predictor
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Christopher S Elliott, Kai B Dallas, Dimitar Zlatev, Craig V Comiter, James Crew, Kazuko Shem
INTRODUCTION: For many with spinal cord injury (SCI), a return of volitional bladder voiding is considered more important than regaining motor function. Recently a predictive model using only composite bilateral lower extremity motor (LEM) scores for levels L2-S1 (range 0-50) was put forth by the European Multicenter Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI) study group that showed exceptional predictive power with an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.912. We sought to further validate the EMSCI model using a national SCI cohort...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458038/diagnosing-distensible-venous-malformations-of-the-orbit-with-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Evan Kalin-Hajdu, John B Colby, Oluwatobi Idowu, F Lawson Grumbine, Jessica M Kang, Kristin S Hirabayashi, Christine M Glastonbury, M Reza Vagefi, Robert C Kersten
PURPOSE: To compare the diffusion-weighted imaging characteristics of non-thrombosed distensible venous malformations of the orbit with that of other histologically-proven orbital tumors. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. METHODS: Patients with non-thrombosed distensible venous malformations of the orbit and patients with other histologically-proven orbital tumors were selected for chart review. The main outcome measure was the apparent diffusion coefficient of these lesions...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457963/3-t-mr-imaging-of-proximal-femur-microarchitecture-in-subjects-with-and-without-fragility-fracture-and-nonosteoporotic-proximal-femur-bone-mineral-density
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Gregory Chang, Chamith S Rajapakse, Cheng Chen, Arakua Welbeck, Kenneth Egol, Ravinder R Regatte, Punam K Saha, Stephen Honig
Purpose To determine if 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of proximal femur microarchitecture can allow discrimination of subjects with and without fragility fracture who do not have osteoporotic proximal femur bone mineral density (BMD). Materials and Methods Sixty postmenopausal women (30 with and 30 without fragility fracture) who had BMD T scores of greater than -2.5 in the hip were recruited. All subjects underwent dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry to assess BMD and 3-T MR imaging of the same hip to assess bone microarchitecture...
February 19, 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457959/biosynthesis-and-applications-of-prenylquinones
#17
Makoto Kawamukai
Prenylquinones are isoprenoid compounds with a characteristic quinone structure and isoprenyl tail that are ubiquitous in almost all living organisms. There are four major prenylquinone classes: ubiquinone (UQ), menaquinone (MK), plastoquinone (PQ), and rhodoquinone (RQ). The quinone structure and isoprenyl tail length differ among organisms. UQ, PQ, and RQ contain benzoquinone, while MK contains naphthoquinone. UQ, MK, and RQ are involved in oxidative phosphorylation, while PQ functions in photosynthetic electron transfer...
February 19, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457956/gene-drives-to-fight-malaria-current-state-and-future-directions
#18
Andrew M Hammond, Roberto Galizi
Self-propagating gene drive technologies have a number of desirable characteristics that warrant their development for the control of insect pest and vector populations, such as the malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Theoretically easy to deploy and self-sustaining, these tools may be used to generate cost-effective interventions that benefit society without obvious bias related to wealth, age or education. Their species-specific design offers the potential to reduce environmental risks and aim to be compatible and complementary with other control strategies, potentially expediting the elimination and eradication of malaria...
February 19, 2018: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457922/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-recurrent-primary-common-bile-duct-stone-in-patients-with-cholecystectomy
#19
Eun Soo Yoo, Byung Moo Yoo, Jin Hong Kim, Jae Chul Hwang, Min Jae Yang, Kee Myung Lee, Soon Sun Kim, Choong Kyun Noh
OBJECTIVES: Recurrence of primary common bile duct (CBD) stone commonly occurs after complete removal of CBD stones in patients with cholecystectomy. This study aimed to investigate potential risk factors for the recurrence of primary CBD stones after endoscopic treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2005 and December 2015, the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) database of our medical center was retrospectively reviewed; information regarding eligible patients who had recurrent CBD stones with a history of previous cholecystectomy was collected...
February 19, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457918/quality-of-life-among-patients-during-subacute-phase-following-stroke-during-hospitalisation-period-in-shanghai
#20
Jiang Jingwen, Jin Han, Zhang Yu, Huang Xiaojun, Zhuang Junpeng, Shen Fanxia, Liu Jianrong
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the factors influencing the quality of life of in-hospital subacute stroke patients. METHODS: The patients of subacute stroke (within four weeks) in our institution between 2015 and 2016 were recruited. Patients' characteristics and QOL were obtained from medical charts and stroke-specific quality of life scale (SS-QOL). Associations of each domain in SS-QOL with socio-demographic, clinical factors and patient satisfaction were investigated using the linear regression models...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
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