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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549308/climate-and-the-eye-case-crossover-analysis-of-retinal-detachment-after-exposure-to-ambient-heat
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Nathalie Auger, Marc-André Rhéaume, Marianne Bilodeau-Bertrand, Tina Tang, Tom Kosatsky
BACKGROUND: Retinal detachment is an important cause of visual loss, but the association with outdoor heat exposure has not been studied. Our objective was to determine the relationship between acute exposure to high outdoor temperature and risk of retinal detachment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analysed 14,302 individuals with inpatient procedures for retinal detachment from April through September between 2006 and 2013 in the province of Quebec, Canada. Using a time-stratified case-crossover study design, we examined the association of retinal detachment with outdoor summer temperature the preceding week...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548920/evaluation-of-biofidelity-of-thums-pedestrian-model-under-a-whole-body-impact-conditions-with-a-generic-sedan-buck
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Taotao Wu, Taewung Kim, Varun Bollapragada, David Poulard, Huipeng Chen, Matthew B Panzer, Jason L Forman, Jeff R Crandall, Bengt Pipkorn
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the biofidelity of the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS; Ver. 4.01) pedestrian finite element models (PFEM) in a whole-body pedestrian impact condition using a well-characterized generic pedestrian buck model. METHODS: The biofidelity of THUMS PFEM was evaluated with respect to data from 3 full-scale postmortem human subject (PMHS) pedestrian impact tests, in which a pedestrian buck laterally struck the subjects using a pedestrian buck at 40 km/h...
May 29, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548694/towards-a-proportionality-assessment-of-risk-reduction-measures-aimed-at-restricting-the-use-of-persistent-and-bioaccumulative-substances
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Frans Oosterhuis, Roy Brouwer, Martien Janssen, Julia Verhoeven, Cees Luttikhuizen
International chemicals legislation aims at adequately controlling persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and substances of very high concern (SVHCs), such as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumative (vPvB) substances, with a view to progressively substitute these substances with suitable less hazardous alternatives. Using cost-effectiveness analysis to assess the (dis)proportionality of measures to control such substances (collectively called PBT in this paper) requires benchmarks...
May 26, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547664/-it-was-a-lot-tougher-than-i-thought-it-would-be-a-qualitative-study-on-the-changing-nature-of-being-a-hemophilia-carrier
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Charlotte von der Lippe, Jan C Frich, Anna Harris, Kari Nyheim Solbrække
Studies on carriers of genetic disorders mainly focus on the process of genetic testing and reproductive choices, and less on how psychosocial aspects of being a carrier change over time. Our study sought to understand more about the psychosocial aspects of hemophilia carrier status, and thereby improve counseling aiming to advance carriers' quality of life and well-being. We analyzed 16 in-depth interviews from women who were carriers of hemophilia and had a son with hemophilia. Three themes emerged: Guilt and sorrow across generations; the choices and future consequences of genetic testing; and preparing to have a child with hemophilia...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547270/comparison-of-single-versus-multicenter-outcomes-for-pelvic-organ-prolapse-repair-using-a-mesh-capturing-device
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Edward Morcos, Daniel Altman, Daniel Hunde, Christian Falconer
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to compare the results of pelvic organ prolapse repair using a capturing device-guided transvaginal mesh in a single- vs multicenter setting. METHODS: One hundred and twelve women operated by two surgeons at one center (2-year follow-up) were compared with 207 women operated on by 26 surgeons at 24 centers (1-year follow-up). Patients were screened at baseline for apical (uterine or vaginal vault) prolapse stage II with or without concomitant anterior vaginal wall prolapse ≥ stage 2 according to the pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q) system...
May 25, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546860/predictors-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-adult-patients-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-an-observational-cohort-study
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Alexander Fletcher Sandersjöö, Jiri Bartek, Eric Peter Thelin, Anders Eriksson, Adrian Elmi-Terander, Mikael Broman, Bo-Michael Bellander
BACKGROUND: Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a recognized complication of adults treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, the predictors of ICH in this patient category are poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of ICH in ECMO-treated adult patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of adult patients (≥18 years) treated with ECMO at the Karolinska University Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden) between September 2005 and June 2016, excluding patients with ICH upon admission or those who were treated with ECMO for less than 12 h...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546439/survival-benefit-of-transplantation-with-a-deceased-diabetic-donor-kidney-compared-with-remaining-on-the-waitlist
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Jordana B Cohen, Kevin C Eddinger, Jayme E Locke, Kimberly A Forde, Peter P Reese, Deirdre L Sawinski
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Use of diabetic donor kidneys has been a necessary response to the donor organ shortage. Recipients of diabetic donor kidneys have higher mortality risk compared with recipients of nondiabetic donor kidneys. However, the survival benefit of transplantation with diabetic donor kidneys over remaining on the waitlist has not been previously evaluated. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We performed an observational cohort study of 437,619 kidney transplant candidates from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network database, including 8101 recipients of diabetic donor kidneys and 126,560 recipients of nondiabetic donor kidneys...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546333/microdosing-drug-development-of-small-organic-and-protein-therapeutics
#8
Mats L Bergstrom
Microdosing as a regulatory concept was introduced to facilitate explorative studies in humans, using very low doses for plasma PK assessment with highly sensitive read-out or for imaging studies with radionuclide-labelled compounds. The bearing principle was that at these low doses, with limited exposure in limited time periods and in well controlled small populations, the risk of adverse effect is low. This regulation included specifications on a reduced pre-clinical toxicity assessment package making the route to human studies more rapid and cheap...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546074/outcomes-from-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-versus-chemotherapy-alone-for-the-management-of-light-chain-al-amyloidosis
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Oluchi Oke, Tarsheen Sethi, Stacey Goodman, Sharon Phillips, Ilka Decker, Samuel Rubinstein, Beatrice Concepcion, Sarah Horst, Madan Jagasia, Adetola Kassim, Shelton L Harrell, Anthony Langone, Daniel Lenihan, Kyle T Rawling, David Slosky, R Frank Cornell
Light chain amyloidosis (AL) results in tissue deposition of misfolded proteins causing organ dysfunction. In an era of modern therapies such as bortezomib, reassessment of the benefit of autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT) should be considered. This study compares the difference in outcomes between patients with AL receiving chemotherapy alone (CT) vs. AHCT. Seventy-four patients with AL were retrospectively analyzed. Two cohorts of patients were studied, those receiving CT (n=31) or AHCT (n=43)...
May 22, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545578/the-effect-of-a-mindfulness-based-intervention-in-cognitive-functions-and-psychological-well-being-applied-as-an-early-intervention-in-schizophrenia-and-high-risk-mental-state-in-a-chilean-sample-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Álvaro I Langer, Carlos Schmidt, Rocío Mayol, Marcela Díaz, Javiera Lecaros, Edwin Krogh, Aída Pardow, Carolina Vergara, Guillermo Vergara, Bernardita Pérez-Herrera, María José Villar, Alejandro Maturana, Pablo A Gaspar
BACKGROUND: According to the projections of the World Health Organization, 15% of all disabilities will be associated with mental illnesses by 2020. One of the mental disorders with the largest social impacts due to high personal and family costs is psychosis. Among the most effective psychological approaches to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders at the world level is cognitive behavioral therapy. Recently, cognitive behavioral therapy has introduced several tools and strategies that promote psychological processes based on acceptance and mindfulness...
May 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545556/finer-leaf-resolution-and-steeper-beam-edges-using-a-virtual-isocentre-in-concurrence-to-ptv-shaped-collimators-in-standard-distance-a-planning-study
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Klaus Bratengeier, Barbara Herzog, Sonja Wegener, Kostyantyn Holubyev
PURPOSE: Investigation of a reduced source to target distance to improve organ at risk sparing during stereotactic irradiation (STX). METHODS: The authors present a planning study with perfectly target-volume adapted collimator compared with multi-leaf collimator (MLC) at reduced source to virtual isocentre distance (SVID) in contrast to normal source to isocentre distance (SID) for stereotactic applications. The role of MLC leaf width and 20-80% penumbra was examined concerning the healthy tissue sparing...
May 25, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
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Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545169/plasma-cystatin-c-is-a-predictor-of-renal-dysfunction-aclf-and-mortality-in-patients-with-acutely-decompensated-liver-cirrhosis
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Daniel Markwardt, Lesca Holdt, Christian Steib, Andreas Benesic, Flemming Bendtsen, Mauro Bernardi, Richard Moreau, Daniel Teupser, Julia Wendon, Frederik Nevens, Jonel Trebicka, Elisabet Garcia, Marco Pavesi, Vicente Arroyo, Alexander L Gerbes
BACKGROUND: The development of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in patients with liver cirrhosis is associated with high mortality rates. Renal failure is the most significant organ dysfunction that occurs in ACLF. So far there are no biomarkers predicting ACLF. AIM: To investigate whether Cystatin C (CysC) and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) can predict development of renal dysfunction (RD), hepatorenal syndrome (HRS), ACLF and mortality, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545155/rapid-diagnostic-tests-for-typhoid-and-paratyphoid-enteric-fever
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REVIEW
Lalith Wijedoru, Sue Mallett, Christopher M Parry
BACKGROUND: Differentiating both typhoid (Salmonella Typhi) and paratyphoid (Salmonella Paratyphi A) infection from other causes of fever in endemic areas is a diagnostic challenge. Although commercial point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for enteric fever are available as alternatives to the current reference standard test of blood or bone marrow culture, or to the widely used Widal Test, their diagnostic accuracy is unclear. If accurate, they could potentially replace blood culture as the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended main diagnostic test for enteric fever...
May 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544538/cornelia-de-lange-syndrome-to-diagnose-or-not-to-diagnose-in-utero
#15
REVIEW
Laura Avagliano, Gaetano Pietro Bulfamante, Valentina Massa
Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is an inherited condition with a wide spectrum of phenotypic anomalies, consisting mainly of growth impairment, multi-organ abnormalities, and neurocognitive delay. Clinical diagnostic criteria after birth are well defined, whereas when to suspect the syndrome during intrauterine life still remains undefined. This review summarizes the main possible prenatal findings in CdLS, suggesting that a skilled ultrasound scan in cases of intrauterine growth restriction associated with other fetal abnormalities may improve the chance of prenatal diagnosis of CdLS, especially in families known to be at high risk...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544474/breast-cancer-and-transplantation
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Germaine Wong, Eric Au, Sunil V Badve, Wai H Lim
Breast cancer is an important cancer among solid organ transplant recipients. While the incidence of breast cancer in solid organ transplant recipients is comparable to the age matched general population, the outcomes are generally poor. Interventions such as cancer screening which preclude the development of late stage disease through early detection are not well-studied, and clinical practice guidelines for cancer screening rely solely on recommendations from the general population. Among those with a prior breast cancer history, disease recurrence after transplantation is a rare but fearful event...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543168/a-new-tool-to-tackle-the-opioid-epidemic-description-utility-and-results-from-the-maine-diversion-alert-program
#17
Brian J Piper, Clare E Desrosiers, Harriet C Fisher, Kenneth L McCall, Stephanie D Nichols
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The opioid epidemic continues to impact the United States, and new strategies are needed to combat this epidemic. The objective of this study was to analyze 2015 drug arrest data from Maine's Diversion Alert program (diversionalert. org), compare arrest data between the first quarters of 2015 and 2016, and provide an analysis of the sex differences in the arrests as well as information about DA use. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based, descriptive study using data from the Maine Diversion Alert Program...
May 19, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542870/the-breast-and-cervical-cancer-early-detection-program-medicaid-and-breast-cancer-outcomes-among-ohio-s-underserved-women
#18
Siran M Koroukian, Paul M Bakaki, Phyo Than Htoo, Xiaozhen Han, Mark Schluchter, Cynthia Owusu, Gregory S Cooper, Johnie Rose, Susan A Flocke
BACKGROUND: As an organized screening program, the national Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) was launched in the early 1990s to improve breast cancer outcomes among underserved women. To analyze the impact of the BCCEDP on breast cancer outcomes in Ohio, this study compared cancer stages and mortality across BCCEDP participants, Medicaid beneficiaries, and "all others." METHODS: This study linked data across the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System, Medicaid, the BCCEDP database, death certificates, and the US Census and identified 26,426 women aged 40 to 64 years who had been diagnosed with incident invasive breast cancer during the years 2002-2008 (deaths through 2010)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542412/low-rates-of-antibiotic-resistance-and-infectious-mortality-in-a-cohort-of-high-risk-hematology-patients-a-single-center-retrospective-analysis-of-blood-stream-infection
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Jason R Conn, Elizabeth M Catchpoole, Naomi Runnegar, Sally J Mapp, Kate A Markey
Febrile neutropenia (FN) is a medical emergency and can represent a life-threatening complication for hematology patients treated with intensive chemotherapy regimens. In clinical practice, the diagnostic yield of blood cultures and other investigations which aim to identify a causative organism or site of infection is low. We have retrospectively examined all blood cultures collected in a "real world" cohort of patients receiving chemotherapy for acute leukemia and patients with aggressive lymphoma treated with Hyper-CVAD/MTX-cytarabine, at a single tertiary center over a five-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542262/the-role-of-the-innate-immune-response-regulatory-gene-abcf1-in-mammalian-embryogenesis-and-development
#20
Sara M Wilcox, Hitesh Arora, Lonna Munro, Jian Xin, Franz Fenninger, Laura A Johnson, Cheryl G Pfeifer, Kyung Bok Choi, Juan Hou, Pamela A Hoodless, Wilfred A Jefferies
ABCF1 is an ABC transporter family protein that has been shown to regulate innate immune response and is a risk gene for autoimmune pancreatitis and arthritis. Unlike other members of ABC transporter family, ABCF1 lacks trans-membrane domains and is thought to function in translation initiation through an interaction with eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2). To study ABCF1 expression and function in development and disease, we used a single gene trap insertion in the Abcf1 gene in murine embryonic stem cells (ES cells) that allowed lineage tracing of the endogenous Abcf1 promoter by following the expression of a β-galactosidase reporter gene...
2017: PloS One
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