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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449272/adalimumab-is-a-safe-option-for-psoriasis-patients-with-concomitant-hepatitis-b-or-c-infection-a-multicentre-cohort-study-of-37-patients-and-review-of-the-literature-%C3%A2-reply-to-dr-ricceri-letter
#1
Stefano Piaserico
We thank Ricceri et al. for their comments (1) and interest in our study (2). Despite the recent advances in prevention and treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, these two chronic infections still represent the most common cause of chronic liver disease. Dermatologists are frequently encountering patients with psoriatic disease who have concomitant HBV or HCV infection in daily clinical practice. Dr Ricceri provided in his letter further long-term follow-up data (60 months) on the use of etanercept or adalimumab in 17 psoriatic patients affected by past HBV infection or chronic HCV infection...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448777/effect-of-an-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-on-medication-therapy-management-services-in-a-centralized-retail-pharmacy-program
#2
Joseph P Vande Griend, Melissa Rodgers, Wesley Nuffer
BACKGROUND: Medication therapy management (MTM) delivery is increasingly important in managed care. Successful delivery positively affects patient health and improves Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star ratings, a measure of health plan quality. As MTM services continue to grow, there is an increased need for efficient and effective care models. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the delivery of MTM services by fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students in a centralized retail pharmacy system and to evaluate and quantify the clinical and financial contributions of the students...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448314/a-30-minute-monthly-live-webinar-based-journal-club-activity-alters-the-self-reported-behaviors-of-dermatologic-surgeons
#3
Amy E Zavell, Judah N Greenberg, Murad Alam, Eric S Armbrecht, Ian A Maher
BACKGROUND: Journal clubs provide a way to communicate advances in recent literature. In outpatient surgical subspecialties, such as dermatologic surgery, physicians may face challenges in finding or attending meetings pertinent to their practice. OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of a live web-based journal club in dermatologic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Monthly 30-minute journal club sessions covering 5 to 6 scholarly articles. Anonymous surveys were used to evaluate the utility and self-reported learning associated with each meeting...
April 12, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448119/sulfur-nano-dots-stitched-in-2d-bubble-like-interconnected-carbon-fabric-as-reversibility-enhanced-cathodes-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#4
Feng Wu, Yusheng Ye, Jia-Qi Huang, Teng Zhao, Ji Qian, Yuanyuan Zhao, Li Li, Lei Wei, Rui Luo, Yongxin Huang, Yi Xing, Renjie Chen
The behavior of two-dimensional (2D) materials for energy-storage systems relates to their morphology and physicochemical properties. Although various 2D materials can be found in different fields, the open access of these materials has greatly hampered their practical applications, such as in lithium sulfur batteries, where the soluble intermediates should be controlled. Here, we have developed a facile approach to prepare 2D ultra-thin interconnected carbon fabrics (ICFs) with "bubble-like" morphology and abundant mesopores using a "blowing bubble" method...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447726/a-three-caller-pipeline-for-variant-analysis-of-cancer-whole-exome-sequencing-data
#5
Ze-Kun Liu, Yu-Kui Shang, Zhi-Nan Chen, Huijie Bian
Rapid advancements in next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, coupled with the dramatic decrease in cost, have made NGS one of the leading approaches applied in cancer research. In addition, it is increasingly used in clinical practice for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Somatic (cancer‑only) single nucleotide variants and small insertions and deletions (indels) are the simplest classes of mutation, however, their identification in whole exome sequencing data is complicated by germline polymorphisms, tumor heterogeneity and errors in sequencing and analysis...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446552/a-european-respiratory-society-technical-standard-exhaled-biomarkers-in-lung-disease
#6
Ildiko Horváth, Peter J Barnes, Stelios Loukides, Peter J Sterk, Marieann Högman, Anna-Carin Olin, Anton Amann, Balazs Antus, Eugenio Baraldi, Andras Bikov, Agnes W Boots, Lieuwe D Bos, Paul Brinkman, Caterina Bucca, Giovanna E Carpagnano, Massimo Corradi, Simona Cristescu, Johan C de Jongste, Anh-Tuan Dinh-Xuan, Edward Dompeling, Niki Fens, Stephen Fowler, Jens M Hohlfeld, Olaf Holz, Quirijn Jöbsis, Kim Van De Kant, Hugo H Knobel, Konstantinos Kostikas, Lauri Lehtimäki, Jon Lundberg, Paolo Montuschi, Alain Van Muylem, Giorgio Pennazza, Petra Reinhold, Fabio L M Ricciardolo, Philippe Rosias, Marco Santonico, Marc P van der Schee, Frederik-Jan van Schooten, Antonio Spanevello, Thomy Tonia, Teunis J Vink
Breath tests cover the fraction of nitric oxide in expired gas (FeNO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), variables in exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and other measurements. For EBC and for FeNO, official recommendations for standardised procedures are more than 10 years old and there is none for exhaled VOCs and particles. The aim of this document is to provide technical standards and recommendations for sample collection and analytic approaches and to highlight future research priorities in the field. For EBC and FeNO, new developments and advances in technology have been evaluated in the current document...
April 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445651/herbicide-targets-and-detoxification-proteins-in-sugarcane-from-gene-assembly-to-structure-modelling
#7
Dyfed Lloyd Evans, Shailesh Vinay Joshi
In a genome context, sugarcane is a classic orphan crop, in that no genome and only very few genes have been assembled. We have devised a novel exome assembly methodology that has allowed us to assemble and characterize 49 genes that serve as herbicide targets, safener interacting proteins and members of herbicide detoxification pathways within the sugarcane genome. We have structurally modelled the products of each of these genes, as well as determining allelic, genomic and RNA-Seq based polymorphisms for each gene...
April 26, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444799/pixel-wise-estimation-of-noise-statistics-on-iterative-ct-reconstruction-from-a-single-scan
#8
Tonghe Wang, Lei Zhu
PURPOSE: As iterative CT reconstruction continues to advance, the spatial distribution of noise standard deviation (STD) and accurate noise power spectrum (NPS) on the reconstructed CT images become important for method evaluation as well as optimization of algorithm parameters. Using a single CT scan, we propose a practical method for pixel-wise calculation of noise statistics on an iteratively reconstructed CT image, which enables accurate calculation of noise STD for each pixel and NPS...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444495/establishing-meaningful-benchmarks-the-development-of-a-formative-feedback-tool-for-advanced-laparoscopic-suturing
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Katherine M McKendy, Yusuke Watanabe, Elif Bilgic, Ghada Enani, Amani Munshi, Lawrence Lee, Liane S Feldman, Gerald M Fried, Melina C Vassiliou
BACKGROUND: Time and accuracy are commonly used metrics to assess laparoscopic skills in a simulated environment. However, they do not provide trainees with meaningful information about how to improve their skills. The objective of this study was to provide preliminary validity evidence for the creation a formative feedback tool (FFT) for advanced laparoscopic suturing skills. METHODS: Videotapes of senior surgical residents (PGY3-5; SRs) and minimally invasive surgeons (MIS) performing 3 advanced laparoscopic suturing tasks were analyzed: needle handling (NH), suturing under tension (UT), and continuous suturing (CS)...
April 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443622/the-rudy-study-using-digital-technologies-to-enable-a-research-partnership
#10
Harriet J A Teare, Joanna Hogg, Jane Kaye, Raashid Luqmani, Elaine Rush, Alison Turner, Laura Watts, Melanie Williams, M Kassim Javaid
Patients have extensive experience of their disease that can enhance the design and execution of research leading to significant innovations and efficiencies in the research process. The research community on the whole have been slow to adopt practices that enable patients to become active partners in research. Digital technologies are providing the means to do this more easily and so are increasingly being used to interact with patients and involve them in the design and execution of research. The RUDY (Rare UK Diseases of bone, joints and blood vessels) study's pioneering approach applies a custom-developed electronic platform where patients can contribute information over time about their disease experience, lifestyle and clinical history...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443608/dynamic-behaviour-of-interphases-and-its-implication-on-high-energy-density-cathode-materials-in-lithium-ion-batteries
#11
Wangda Li, Andrei Dolocan, Pilgun Oh, Hugo Celio, Suhyeon Park, Jaephil Cho, Arumugam Manthiram
Undesired electrode-electrolyte interactions prevent the use of many high-energy-density cathode materials in practical lithium-ion batteries. Efforts to address their limited service life have predominantly focused on the active electrode materials and electrolytes. Here an advanced three-dimensional chemical and imaging analysis on a model material, the nickel-rich layered lithium transition-metal oxide, reveals the dynamic behaviour of cathode interphases driven by conductive carbon additives (carbon black) in a common nonaqueous electrolyte...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443272/3-dimensional-facial-analysis-facing-precision-public-health
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Gareth Baynam, Alicia Bauskis, Nicholas Pachter, Lyn Schofield, Hedwig Verhoef, Richard L Palmer, Stefanie Kung, Petra Helmholz, Michael Ridout, Caroline E Walker, Anne Hawkins, Jack Goldblatt, Tarun S Weeramanthri, Hugh J S Dawkins, Caron M Molster
Precision public health is a new field driven by technological advances that enable more precise descriptions and analyses of individuals and population groups, with a view to improving the overall health of populations. This promises to lead to more precise clinical and public health practices, across the continuum of prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. A phenotype is the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of a genotype with the environment. Precision (deep) phenotyping applies innovative technologies to exhaustively and more precisely examine the discrete components of a phenotype and goes beyond the information usually included in medical charts...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441639/antecubital-fossa-venous-access-for-right-heart-catheterization
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Omar Waheed, Abhinav Sharma, Maninder Singh, Edo Kaluski
With the advance of radial access and ulnar access there has been an increased interest in performing right heart catheterization (RHC) and right-heart based procedures via antecubital venous access. Our purpose is to describe the venous anatomy of the upper extremities, technique, equipment, and cost for employing this approach. Reported also is the international experience based on publications assessing procedural success, complications, fluoroscopy time and radiation dose, access-site compression time, and time to ambulation...
May 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441534/managing-the-plant-microbiome-for-biocontrol-fungi-examples-from-hypocreales
#14
REVIEW
Ryan M Kepler, Jude E Maul, Stephen A Rehner
Feeding an increasing global population requires continued improvements in agricultural efficiency and productivity. Meeting estimated future production levels requires the adoption of practices that increase output without environmental degradation associated with external inputs to supplement nutrition or control pests. Enriching the community of microbes associated with plants in agricultural systems for those providing ecosystem services such as pest control is one possible component towards achieving sustainable productivity increases...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441410/creating-and-parameterizing-patient-specific-deep-brain-stimulation-pathway-activation-models-using-the-hyperdirect-pathway-as-an-example
#15
Kabilar Gunalan, Ashutosh Chaturvedi, Bryan Howell, Yuval Duchin, Scott F Lempka, Remi Patriat, Guillermo Sapiro, Noam Harel, Cameron C McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established clinical therapy and computational models have played an important role in advancing the technology. Patient-specific DBS models are now common tools in both academic and industrial research, as well as clinical software systems. However, the exact methodology for creating patient-specific DBS models can vary substantially and important technical details are often missing from published reports. OBJECTIVE: Provide a detailed description of the assembly workflow and parameterization of a patient-specific DBS pathway-activation model (PAM) and predict the response of the hyperdirect pathway to clinical stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441270/improving-quality-through-clinical-registries-in-urology
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Mark D Tyson, Daniel A Barocas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we highlight the use of clinical registries for quality improvement and research purposes in urology. We focus on national and regional clinical database registries, such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Programme, the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor, the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement collaborative and the American Urological Association Quality Registry programme. RECENT FINDINGS: It is widely known that claims-based and institutional databases are limited in their capacity to provide granular, real-time data for quality improvement purposes...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440589/prime-movers-advanced-practice-professionals-in-the-role-of-stroke-coordinator
#17
Nicholas A Rattray, Teresa M Damush, Cherie Luckhurst, Catherine J Bauer-Martinez, Barbara J Homoya, Edward J Miech
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following a stroke quality improvement clustered randomized trial and a national acute ischemic stroke (AIS) directive in the Veterans Health Administration in 2011, this comparative case study examined the role of advanced practice professionals (APPs) in quality improvement activities among stroke teams. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted at 11 Veterans Affairs medical centers annually over a 3-year period. A multidisciplinary team analyzed interviews from clinical providers through a mixed-methods, data matrix approach linking APPs (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research constructs and a group organization measure...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440379/high-voltage-positive-electrode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#18
REVIEW
Wangda Li, Bohang Song, Arumugam Manthiram
The ever-growing demand for advanced rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in portable electronics and electric vehicles has spurred intensive research efforts over the past decade. The key to sustaining the progress in Li-ion batteries lies in the quest for safe, low-cost positive electrode (cathode) materials with desirable energy and power capabilities. One approach to boost the energy and power densities of batteries is to increase the output voltage while maintaining a high capacity, fast charge-discharge rate, and long service life...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440233/-clinical-cytology-for-endoscopists-a-practical-guide
#19
REVIEW
Michael Hocke, Theodoros Topalidis, Barbara Braden, Christoph F Dietrich
Clinical cytology was originally used by clinicians to provide rapid diagnosis. However, with advancing medical subspecialization, few clinicians interpret cytology themselves these days, for example, gynecologists, hematologists, urologists, and occasional gastroenterologist (mainly in Asian countries). Cytological assessment enjoyed a renaissance with the development of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA). Subsequently, pathologists, most of them more experienced in histology, had to take over...
March 2017: Endoscopic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439682/cancer-induced-bone-pain-management-through-buddhist-beliefs
#20
Fung Kei Cheng
Dealing with physical pain represents a huge public health expenditure, especially for cancer-induced bone pain, one of the most difficult health issues, which impairs appetite, sleep, and mobility, negatively impacting quality of life and evoking mental problems. Although some literature has reported positive correlation between religion and pain management, there is a dearth of research examining the effectiveness of Buddhism on this topic. This study investigates the usefulness of Buddhist beliefs in managing cancer-induced bone pain through a case example...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
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