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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793195/alcohol-and-drugs-use-among-drivers-injured-in-road-accidents-in-campania-italy-a-8-years-retrospective-analysis
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Anna Carfora, Carlo Pietro Campobasso, Paola Cassandro, Raffaella Petrella, Renata Borriello
A recent update of the Italian Road Traffic Law (RTL 41/2016), established severe penal sanctions when drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID), are involved in road accident that results in death or injuries. A study was carried out to assess the trends of consumption of alcohol, illicit drugs or pharmaceutical among injured drivers suspected for DUI or DUID from 2009 to 2016 in the region of Campania (Italy). Confirmation toxicological analyses were performed on 780 blood samples and 1017 urine samples collected from 1797 injured drivers...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792776/prevalence-of-inadequate-immunity-to-measles-mumps-rubella-and-varicella-in-mlb-and-nba-athletes
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Justin J Conway, Brett G Toresdahl, Daphne I Ling, Nicole T Boniquit, Lisa R Callahan, James J Kinderknecht
BACKGROUND: Multiple outbreaks of vaccine-preventable viral diseases have occurred in professional sports in recent years. Currently, there is no established protocol for vaccination or immunity screening for professional athletes. HYPOTHESIS: There are significant differences in the prevalence of inadequate immunity dependent on age, sport, country of birth, and participation in collegiate sports. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792721/-use-of-viscoelastic-methods-in-surgery
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D Šmíd, J Zatloukal, T Kural, J Fichtl, V Opatrný, J Moláček
INTRODUCTION: Major liver resections are associated with high morbidity and mortality. The main causes of this fact include a significant blood loss which may be associated with this surgical procedure. Hemocoagulation disorder, diagnosed by standard laboratory tests, is very frequent in the postoperative period and often requires the administration of blood derivatives. Several recent studies, however, have questioned the presence of such coagulopathy when viscoelastic methods are used to assess the coagulation process...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792716/options-to-improve-the-quality-of-kidney-grafts-from-expanded-criteria-donors-experimental-study
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J Molacek, V Opatrný, V Treska, R Matejka, O Hes
INTRODUCTION: There is a worldwide discrepancy between the number of donors and the number of organs needed for transplantation, leading to certain expansion of criteria, resulting in acceptance of donor organs. This means that organs with worse parenchymal qualities may be harvested for transplantation. One possibility, how to ameliorate the quality of these organs, is to change the concept of their preservation during cold ischemia or even after sudden circulatory arrest, prior to the collection of the organ itself...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792263/an-update-on-the-use-of-immunohistochemistry-and-molecular-pathology-in-the-diagnosis-of-pre-invasive-and-malignant-lesions-in-gynecological-oncology
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Emmanouil Kalampokas, Fiona Payne, Mahalakshmi Gurumurthy
OBJECTIVE: One of the most common challenges in everyday clinical practice of gynecological oncology is to identify the type and the primary origin of a tumor. This is a crucial step in the management, treatment, prognosis, and survival of patients suffering from a gynecological malignancy. Immunohistochemistry has been widely adopted over the last three decades in pathology laboratories all over the world. Recent advances in our understanding of the differentiation of gynecological tumors based on immunohistochemical expression have resulted in use of immunohistochemistry as a major diagnostic tool in gynecology, for precise tumor classification...
May 21, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792197/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-campylobacter-jejuni-and-campylobacter-coli-comparison-between-etest-and-a-broth-dilution-method
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Maya Azrad, Linda Tkhawkho, Natalia Isakovich, Orna Nitzan, Avi Peretz
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter is a leading cause of foodborne gasteroenteritis worldwide. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for Campylobacter spp. is not routinely performed by most clinical laboratories. However, the emergence of resistant isolates strengthens the importance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing and the critical need for epidemiologic surveillance. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of Etest and Sensititre kit (a broth microdilution method) as methods for susceptibility tests and the critical need for epidemiologic surveillance...
May 23, 2018: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791656/long-term-maintenance-of-glucose-and-lipid-concentrations-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Fernanda Cristina Carvalho Mattos Magno, Priscila Alves Medeiros de Sousa, Marcelo Paiva Rodrigues, Lícia Lopes Pio Pereira, José Egídio Paulo de Oliveira, Eliane Lopes Rosado, João Régis Ivar Carneiro
OBJECTIVE: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) reduces body weight and the comorbidities associated with obesity. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether glucose and lipid profiles were maintained during a 5-year follow-up period after RYGB. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Anthropometric and laboratory data from 323 patients who had undergone this operation were analyzed. Differences in laboratory variables between the baseline and 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 months postoperatively (PO) were assessed using a one-way ANOVA test to compare the three groups...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791394/optical-measurement-of-high-temperature-melt-flow-rate
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Benjamin Bizjan, Brane Širok, Jinpeng Chen
This paper presents an optical method and system for contactless measurement of the mass flow rate of melts by digital cameras. The proposed method is based on reconstruction of melt stream geometry and flow velocity calculation by cross correlation, and is very cost-effective due its modest hardware requirements. Using a laboratory test rig with a small inductive melting pot and reference mass flow rate measurement by weighing, the proposed method was demonstrated to have an excellent dynamic response (0.1 s order of magnitude) while producing deviations from the reference of about 5% in the steady-state flow regime...
May 20, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791174/-drug-and-herbal-hepatotoxicity-an-overview-of-clinical-classifications
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Mária Szántová, Jozef Sedlačko, Martina Jakabovičová
Drug induced liver injury (DILI) is often underdiagnosed disease with increasing incidence. In developed countries it belongs to the leading causes of acute liver failure. Risk groups are women and persons older than 60 years. The work summarizes the up to date information on diagnosis and mostly used classifications on DILI. It is quite often and serious complication of medicament therapy. DILI belongs to the most often cause of acute hepatic failure in the old age in developed countries. Diagnostic procedure includes medical history (time correlation with drug intake), clinical symptoms and blood tests...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790786/the-impact-of-disruption-of-the-care-delivery-system-by-commercial-laboratory-testing-in-a-children-s-health-care-system
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Beverly B Rogers, James L Adams, Alexis B Carter, Francine Uwindatwa, Cynthia B Brawley, Charles G Cochran, Leah N Bryan, Elizabeth P Weinzierl, Sampath Prahalad
CONTEXT: - Disruption of outpatient laboratory services by routing the samples to commercial reference laboratories may seem like a cost-saving measure by the payers, but results in hidden costs in quality and resources to support this paradigm. OBJECTIVE: - To identify differences when outpatient tests are performed at a Children's Hospital lab compared to a commercial reference lab, and the financial costs to support the reference laboratory testing. DESIGN: - Outpatient testing was sent to 3 different laboratories, specified by the payer...
May 23, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790645/fibrinogen-prothrombin-time-derived-method-is-not-useful-in-patients-anticoagulated-with-low-molecular-weight-heparins-or-rivaroxaban
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C Duboscq, M Martinuzzo, J M Ceresetto, M Lopez, L Barrera, J Oyhamburu, G Stemmelin
BACKGROUND: Fibrinogen prothrombin time derived method (FIBPT-d) with photo-optical coagulometers is easy and economical. However, there are few reports on the behavior of this test on samples from patients anticoagulated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) or low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). OBJECTIVE: To compare fibrinogen results obtained by Clauss method (FIB C) and FIBPT-d with two thromboplastins in anticoagulated patients. POPULATION: 295 consecutive anticoagulated patients: 99 vitamin K antagonist (VKA), 49 unfractionated heparin (UFH), 47 LMWH, 50 rivaroxaban and 50 dabigatran; and 100 healthy controls (NC)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790126/endocrinopathy-induced-euvolemic-hyponatremia
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Talia Diker-Cohen, Benaya Rozen-Zvi, Dana Yelin, Amit Akirov, Eyal Robenshtok, Anat Gafter-Gvili, Daniel Shepshelovich
Euvolemic hyponatremia results from either the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH), hypothyroidism, or adrenal insufficiency. Furthermore, the criteria for diagnosis of SIADH entail the exclusion of hypothyroidism and hypoadrenalism. We aim to assess the yield of euvolemic hyponatremia workup focusing on underlying endocrinopathies in a real-world setting. A single-center retrospective study includes all patients diagnosed with euvolemic hyponatremia in a tertiary hospital between 1...
May 22, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790125/management-of-major-bleeding-and-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-results-from-the-start-event-registry
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Sophie Testa, Walter Ageno, Emilia Antonucci, Rossella Morandini, Jan Beyer-Westendorf, Maurizio Paciaroni, Marc Righini, Piera Sivera, Peter Verhamme, Vittorio Pengo, Daniela Poli, Gualtiero Palareti
The management of major bleeding in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is still not well established. START-Events, a branch of the START registry (Survey on anTicoagulated pAtients RegisTer) (NCT02219984), aims to describe the actual management of bleeding or recurrent thrombotic events in routine clinical practice. We here present the results of the management of bleeding patients. The START-Event registry is a prospective, observational, multicenter, international study. Baseline characteristics (demographic, clinical, risk factors) of patients, laboratory data at admission and during follow-up, site of bleeding, therapeutic strategies, and outcomes at the time of hospital discharge and after 6 months were recorded on a web-based case report form...
May 22, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789189/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-enterobacteriaceae-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolates-from-united-states-medical-centers-stratified-by-infection-type-results-from-the-international-network-for-optimal-resistance-monitoring-inform-surveillance-program-2015
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Helio S Sader, Mariana Castanheira, Leonard R Duncan, Robert K Flamm
A total of 18,656 Enterobacteriaceae and 4,175 Pseudomonas aeruginosa were consecutively collected from 85 US hospitals and tested for susceptibility by broth microdilution methods in a central monitoring laboratory (JMI Laboratories). The antimicrobial susceptibility and frequency of key resistance phenotypes were assessed and stratified by infection type as follows: bloodstream (BSI; 3,434 isolates; 15.0%), pneumonia (6,439; 28.2%), skin and skin structure (SSSI; 4,134; 18.1%), intra-abdominal (IAI; 951; 4...
April 26, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788707/comparison-of-fatigue-severity-and-quality-of-life-between-unexplained-fatigue-patients-and-explained-fatigue-patients
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Eun Hae Yoo, Eun Sil Choi, Soo Hyun Cho, Jae Hyuk Do, Suk Jeong Lee, Jung-Ha Kim
BACKGROUND: Recently, despite the high prevalence of fatigue in patients, there is a lack of research on the quality of life (QoL) in unexplained fatigue patients, indicating that they are not properly diagnosed and treated. The aim of this study was to compare fatigue severity and QoL between patients with explained and unexplained fatigue. METHODS: The study consisted of 200 Korean adults who complained of fatigue without underlying disease. Fatigue Severity Scale, Short Form Health Survey-36 version 2 (SF-36v2), and Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) self-questionnaires were administered...
May 2018: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788378/laboratory-validation-and-field-assessment-of-petroleum-laboratory-technicians-dermal-exposure-to-crude-oil-using-a-wipe-sampling-method
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Karen S Galea, Will Mueller, Ayman M Arfaj, Jose L Llamas, Jennifer Buick, David Todd, Carolyn McGonagle
Crude oil may cause adverse dermal effects therefore dermal exposure is an exposure route of concern. Galea et al. (2014b) reported on a study comparing recovery (wipe) and interception (cotton glove) dermal sampling methods. The authors concluded that both methods were suitable for assessing dermal exposure to oil-based drilling fluids and crude oil but that glove samplers may overestimate the amount of fluid transferred to the skin. We describe a study which aimed to further evaluate the wipe sampling method to assess dermal exposure to crude oil, with this assessment including extended sample storage periods and sampling efficiency tests being undertaken at environmental conditions to mimic those typical of outdoor conditions in Saudi Arabia...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787693/quadriceps-rate-of-torque-development-and-disability-in-persons-with-tibiofemoral-osteoarthritis
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Brittney A Luc-Harkey, J Troy Blackburn, Eric D Ryan, Matthew S Harkey, Hope C Davis, Brian R Gaynor, Daniel B Nissman, Jeffery T Spang, Brian Pietrosimone
Study Design Controlled laboratory study, cross-sectional. Background Declines in the ability to rapidly generate quadriceps muscle torque may underlie disability in persons with tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. Objective To determine if quadriceps rate of torque development (RTD) predicts self-reported disability and physical performance outcomes in persons with tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. Methods Quadriceps strength and RTD were assessed in 76 individuals (53% female, age = 61.83±7.11 years) with symptomatic and radiographic tibiofemoral osteoarthritis...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787348/characteristics-of-nasal-septal-cartilage-derived-progenitor-cells-during-prolonged-cultivation
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Do Hyun Kim, Jung Yeon Lim, Sung Won Kim, WeonSun Lee, Sang Hi Park, Mi Yeon Kwon, Sun Hwa Park, Mi Hyun Lim, Sang A Back, Byeong Gon Yun, Jung Ho Jeun, Se Hwan Hwang
Objective To produce alternate cell sources for tissue regeneration, human nasal septal cartilage-derived progenitor cells (NSPs) were tested to identify whether these cells meet the criteria of cartilage progenitor cells. We also evaluated the effects of prolonged cultivation on the characteristics of NSPs. Study Design In vitro study. Setting Academic research laboratory. Methods NSPs were isolated from discarded human nasal septal cartilage. NSPs were cultured for 10 passages. The expression of septal progenitor cell surface markers was assessed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting...
May 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787327/establishing-and-evaluating-autoverification-rules-with-intelligent-guidelines-for-arterial-blood-gas-analysis-in-a-clinical-laboratory
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Jie Wu, Meichen Pan, Huizhen Ouyang, Zhili Yang, Qiaoxin Zhang, Yingmu Cai
Arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis is important for acutely ill patients and should be performed by qualified laboratorians. The existing manual verifications are tedious, time-consuming, and prone to send wrong reports. Autoverification uses computer-based rules to verify clinical laboratory test results without manual review. To date, no data are available on the use of autoverification for ABG analysis. All autoverification rules were established according to AUTO10-A. Additionally, the rules were established using retrospective patient data, and then validated by actual clinical samples in a "live" environment before go-live...
May 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787319/usefulness-of-multiple-electrode-aggregometry-as-a-screening-tool-for-bleeding-disorders-in-a-pediatric-hospital
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Thorsten Haas, Melissa M Cushing, Stephanie Varga, Séverine Gilloz, Markus Schmugge
Platelet function testing is a cornerstone in the diagnostic investigation of patients with a bleeding history. Multiple electrode aggregometry (MEA) has been shown to detect von Willebrand disease (VWD), platelet function disorders, and drug-induced bleeding disorders. However, there are few studies supporting its successful use in children. We have implemented and used MEA over 3 years in our hemostasis laboratory in order to study its usefulness to supplement and expedite diagnosis. This is a retrospective, single-center, cohort study of 109 hospitalized children who underwent a laboratory investigation of hemostasis and either had a reported bleeding history or an abnormal bleeding episode...
May 22, 2018: Platelets
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