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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646939/hounsfield-units-for-nephrolithiasis-predictive-power-for-the-clinical-urologist
#1
Andrew Cohen, Blake Anderson, Glenn Gerber
INTRODUCTION: We aim to determine the optimal method for measuring Hounsfield Units (HU) of calculi for the clinical urologist. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present a single institution prospective study from 2014-2015 for 125 consecutive patients. Demographics, baseline characteristics, imaging, and stone analysis were collected. CT scanners and settings were heterogeneous. Hounsfield units were measured by use of ellipsoid tool and free hand outline by two independent urology graders using Philips iSite PACs...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646748/the-influence-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-upon-the-adsorption-of-organic-matter-on-magnetic-powdered-activated-carbon
#2
Kim Maren Lompe, David Menard, Benoit Barbeau
Combining powdered activated carbon (PAC) with magnetic iron oxides has been proposed in the past to produce adsorbents for natural organic matter (NOM) removal that can be easily separated using a magnetic field. However, the trade-off between the iron oxides' benefits and the reduced carbon content, porosity, and surface area has not yet been investigated systematically. We produced 3 magnetic powdered activated carbons (MPAC) with mass fractions of 10%, 38% and 54% maghemite nanoparticles and compared them to bare PAC and pure nanoparticles with respect to NOM adsorption kinetics and isotherms...
June 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645202/effects-of-mobility-and-multimorbidity-on-inpatient-and-post-acute-health-care-utilization
#3
Kristine E Ensrud, Li-Yung Lui, Lisa Langsetmo, Tien N Vo, Brent C Taylor, Peggy M Cawthon, Meredith L Kilgore, Charles E McCulloch, Jane A Cauley, Marcia L Stefanick, Kristine Yaffe, Eric S Orwoll, John T Schousboe
Background: This study examines effects of mobility and multimorbidity on hospitalization and inpatient and post-acute care (PAC) facility days among older men. Methods: Prospective study of 1701 men (mean age 79.3 years) participating in MrOS Study Year 7 (Y7) examination (2007-2008) linked with their Medicare claims. At Y7, mobility ascertained by usual gait speed and categorized as poor, intermediate, or good. Multimorbidity quantified by applying Elixhauser algorithm to inpatient and outpatient claims and categorized as none, mild-moderate, or high...
June 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643571/adaptation-of-the-activity-measure-post-acute-care-am-pac-from-english-to-mandarin-using-the-dual-panel-translation-approach
#4
Feng-Hang Chang, Tsan-Hon Liou, John Brodersen, Jonathan D Comins
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to translate and adapt the Activity Measure Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) from US English to Mandarin using the dual-panel method, and to assess its psychometric properties in an outpatient rehabilitation setting. METHODS: The AM-PAC outpatient short forms were translated using the dual-panel method. The translated AM-PAC was tested in 550 Chinese-speaking rehabilitation outpatients. Floor and ceiling effects were evaluated and internal consistency was assessed using Cronbach's alpha...
June 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641674/removal-of-organic-matter-and-etodolac-from-pharmaceutical-industry-wastewater-by-pac-adsorption
#5
Ilda Vergili, Sezin Gencdal
  The removal of organic matter and etodolac (an anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical) from a real process wastewater by using powdered activated carbon (PAC) adsorption before and after Fenton oxidation has been studied. The wastewater sample is collected from the final stage of chemical synthesis of a pharmaceutical (etodolac). Fenton oxidation resulted with decrease in chemical oxygen demand (84% removal) and etodolac concentration was reduced to 0.7 mg L-1. Optimum adsorption equilibrium conditions were found as t = 16 hours, and m = 10 g L-1...
July 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640140/aldosterone-and-renin-in-cardiac-patients-referred-for-catheterization
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Paul Erne, Andrea Müller, Gian Paolo Rossi, Burkhardt Seifert, Fabrice Stehlin, Maurice Redondo, Peter T Bauer, Richard Kobza, Therese J Resink, Dragana Radovanovic
Little is known regarding alterations of the renin-angiotensin system in patients referred for cardiac catheterization. Here, we measured plasma levels of active renin and aldosterone in patients referred for cardiac catheterization in order to determine the prevalence of elevated renin, aldosterone, and the aldosterone-renin ratio.A chemiluminescence assay was used to measure plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) and active renin levels in 833 consecutive patients, after an overnight fasting and without any medication for least 12 hours...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639886/a-competing-endogenous-rna-network-identifies-novel-mrna-mirna-and-lncrna-markers-for-the-prognosis-of-diabetic-pancreatic-cancer
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Kanyu Yao, Qi Wang, Jianhua Jia, Haiping Zhao
Pancreatic cancer (PaC) is highly associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). However, the mechanisms are insufficient. The study aimed to uncover the underlying regulatory mechanism on diabetic PaC and find novel biomarkers for the disease prognosis. Two RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) datasets, GSE74629 and GSE15932, as well as relevant data in TCGA were utilized. After pretreatment, differentially expressed genes (DEGs) or miRNAs (DEMs) or lncRNAs (DELs) between diabetic PaC and non-diabetic PaC patients were identified, and further examined for their correlations with clinical information...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637563/postoperative-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-as-a-predictor-of-long-term-prognosis-after-pancreatectomy-for-pancreatic-carcinoma-a-retrospective-analysis
#8
Eiji Tsujita, Yasuharu Ikeda, Nao Kinjo, Yo-Ichi Yamashita, Terumasa Hisano, Masayuki Furukawa, Ken-Ichi Taguchi, Masaru Morita, Yasushi Toh, Takeshi Okamura
To clarify the prognostic value of the postoperative blood neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients undergoing pancreatectomy for pancreatic carcinoma (PAC). A high preoperative NLR has been reported to be a predictor of poor survival in patients with various cancers including PAC. However, it has not been extensively examined in postoperative NLR after pancreatectomy for PAC. This retrospective study enrolled 86 patients who underwent pancreatectomy without preoperative therapy for PAC from 2005 to 2013...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635280/anti-adhesive-activity-and-metabolomics-analysis-of-rat-urine-after-cranberry-vaccinium-macrocarpon-aiton-administration
#9
Gregorio Peron, Pellizzaro Anna, Brun Paola, Elisabetta Schievano, Stefano Mammi, Stefania Sut, Ignazio Castagliuolo, Stefano Dall'Acqua
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton) is used to treat non-complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). A-type procyanidins (PAC-A) are considered the active constituents being able to inhibit bacterial adhesion to the urinary epithelium. However, there are doubts about PAC-A role in UTIs, due to their poor bioavailability, extensive metabolism, limited knowledge about urinary excretion and contradictory clinical trials. The effects of 35 days cranberry (11 mg/kg PAC-A, 4 mg/kg PAC-B) supplementation were studied in healthy rats using a UPLC-MS-based metabolomics approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634104/natural-language-processing-for-asthma-ascertainment-in-different-practice-settings
#10
Chung-Il Wi, Sunghwan Sohn, Mir Ali, Elizabeth Krusemark, Euijung Ryu, Hongfang Liu, Young J Juhn
BACKGROUND: We developed and validated NLP-PAC, a natural language processing (NLP) algorithm based on predetermined asthma criteria (PAC) for asthma ascertainment using electronic health records at Mayo Clinic. OBJECTIVE: To adapt NLP-PAC in a different health care setting, Sanford Children Hospital, by assessing its external validity. METHODS: The study was designed as a retrospective cohort study that used a random sample of 2011-2012 Sanford Birth cohort (n = 595)...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633151/age-based-normative-measurements-of-the-pediatric-pelvis
#11
Matthew E Oetgen, Steven Andelman, Benjamin D Martin
OBJECTIVES: Pediatric pelvic trauma is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Current classifications do not take into account age-dependent quantitative differences of the pediatric pelvis making accurate diagnosis of pathologic diastasis of the pubic symphysis, sacroiliac (SI) joints, and triradiate cartilage difficult. The purpose of this study was to establish age-based normative values for the width of the pubic symphysis, SI joints, and the triradiate cartilage of the pediatric pelvis...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631406/a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-kenyan-postabortion-care-services-using-a-nationally-representative-sample
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Michael M Mutua, Thomas N O Achia, Beatrice W Maina, Chimaraoke O Izugbara
OBJECTIVE: To assess quality of postabortion care (PAC) offered by Kenyan healthcare facilities. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using data from the Incidence and Magnitude of Unsafe Abortions study, conducted among 326 PAC-providing healthcare facilities throughout Kenya from March 13 to June 30, 2012. Descriptive results with weighted proportions and an ordered probit model were used. RESULTS: Overall, 408 (41.8%) first-trimester PAC cases were treated using appropriate technology versus 826 (82...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625649/investigation-of-patterns-of-nodal-metastases-in-braf-mutant-lung-cancer
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S H McEvoy, D F Halpenny, A Viteri-Jusué, S A Hayes, A J Plodkowski, G J Riely, M S Ginsberg
Axillary lymph nodes (axLN) are a rare site of nodal metastases in patients with lung cancer. BRAF mutated lung cancer is a genetically distinct subtype that occurs in 2-5% of non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC). A recent study identified a highly unusual pattern of metastatic spread to axLN in patients with BRAF mutated colorectal cancer (CRC). The purpose of the study is to assess the incidence of axLN metastases in BRAF mutated NSCLC. Baseline computed tomography (CT) imaging at diagnosis and all follow up CTs of patients with BRAF mutated NSCLC treated at our institution were retrospectively reviewed by two radiologists for evidence of axLN metastases...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623047/use-of-a-pacs-based-tool-for-improving-communications-with-referring-physicians
#14
Eduardo J Matta, Lourdes Nunez-Atahualpa, O Clark West
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620853/effects-of-ozonation-powdered-activated-carbon-adsorption-and-coagulation-on-the-removal-of-disinfection-by-product-precursors-in-reservoir-water
#15
Feng Wang, Baoyu Gao, Qinyan Yue, Fan Bu, Xue Shen
Effects of ozonation and powdered activated carbon on removal of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and disinfection by-product (DBP) in reservoir water were intensively investigated in this study. Both the formation of carbonaceous DBP (C-DBP) and nitrogenous DBP (N-DBP) as well as their speciation were analyzed. Results exhibited that the addition of powdered activated carbon (PAC) greatly improved the removal of aromatic protein. Trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetonitriles (HANs) were the dominant species in C-DBP and N-DBP...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616217/is-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorder-associated-with-the-presence-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells-with-a-calcifying-phenotype
#16
Giuseppe Cianciolo, Irene Capelli, Maria Cappuccilli, Anna Scrivo, Chiara Donadei, Antonio Marchetti, Paola Rucci, Gaetano La Manna
Background: Chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) has been implicated in vascular calcification pathogenesis. CKD-MBD results in alterations in the number and function of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), physiological regulators of angiogenesis and vessel repair, commonly defined as proangiogenic progenitor cells (PACs) by the antigen pattern CD34+CD133+KDR+CD45- and putative EPCs by the pattern CD34+CD133-KDR+CD45-. These cells might acquire a calcifying phenotype in CKD-MBD, expressing mineralization biomarkers...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614094/plasma-renin-activity-to-plasma-aldosterone-concentration-ratio-correlates-with-night-time-and-pulse-pressures-in-essential-hypertensive-patients-treated-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-at1-blockers
#17
Francesco Spannella, Federico Giulietti, Paolo Balietti, Elisabetta Borioni, Francesca E Lombardi, Maddalena Ricci, Guido Cocci, Laura Landi, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVES: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and AT1 blockers (ARB) are commonly used antihypertensive drugs, but several factors may affect their effectiveness. We evaluated the associations between ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring (ABPM) parameters and plasma renin activity (PRA)-to-plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) ratio (RAR) to test renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibition in essential hypertensive patients treated with ACE-I or ARB for at least 12 months...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612314/degradation-of-metaldehyde-in-water-by-nanoparticle-catalysts-and-powdered-activated-carbon
#18
Zhuojun Li, Jong Kyu Kim, Vrushali Chaudhari, Suseeladevi Mayadevi, Luiza C Campos
Metaldehyde, an organic pesticide widely used in the UK, has been detected in drinking water in the UK with a low concentration (<1 μg L(-1)) which is still above the European and UK standard requirements. This paper investigates the efficiency of four materials: powdered activated carbon (PAC) and carbon-doped titanium dioxide nanocatalyst with different concentrations of carbon (C-1.5, C-40, and C-80) for metaldehyde removal from aqueous solutions by adsorption and oxidation via photocatalysis. PAC was found to be the most effective material which showed almost over 90% removal...
June 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611294/microarray-based-detection-and-expression-analysis-of-new-genes-associated-with-drug-resistance-in-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
#19
Radosław Januchowski, Karolina Sterzyńska, Piotr Zawierucha, Marcin Ruciński, Monika Świerczewska, Małgorzata Partyka, Katarzyna Bednarek-Rajewska, Maciej Brązert, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel, Andrzej Klejewski
PURPOSE: The present study is to discover a new genes associated with drug resistance development in ovarian cancer. METHODS: We used microarray analysis to determine alterations in the level of expression of genes in cisplatin- (CisPt), doxorubicin- (Dox), topotecan- (Top), and paclitaxel- (Pac) resistant variants of W1 and A2780 ovarian cancer cell lines. Immunohistochemistry assay was used to determine protein expression in ovarian cancer patients. RESULTS: We observed alterations in the expression of 22 genes that were common to all three cell lines that were resistant to the same cytostatic drug...
May 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609563/bayesian-forecasting-tool-to-predict-the-need-for-antidote-in-acute-acetaminophen-overdose
#20
Julie Desrochers, Jessica Wojciechowski, Wendy Klein-Schwartz, Jogarao V S Gobburu, Mathangi Gopalakrishnan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose is the leading cause of acute liver injury in the United States. Patients with elevated plasma acetaminophen concentrations (PAC) require hepatoprotective treatment with N-acetylcysteine (NAC). These patients have been primarily risk-stratified using the Rumack-Matthew nomogram. Previous studies of acute APAP overdoses found that the nomogram failed to accurately predict the need for the antidote. The objectives of this study were to develop a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model for APAP following acute overdose and evaluate the utility of population PK model-based Bayesian forecasting in NAC administration decisions...
June 13, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
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