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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546336/the-value-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-diagnosis-and-during-follow-up-in-273-patients-with-chronic-q-fever
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Ilse Kouijzer, Linda Kampschreur, Peter Wever, Corneline Hoekstra, Marjo van Kasteren, Monique de Jager-Leclercq, Marrigje Nabuurs-Franssen, Marjolijn Wegdam-Blans, Heidi Ammerlaan, Jacqueline Buijs, Lioe-Fee de Geus-Oei, Wim Oyen, Chantal Bleeker-Rovers
In 1-5% of all acute Q fever infections, chronic Q fever develops, mostly manifesting as endocarditis, infected aneurysms, or infected vascular prostheses. In this study, we investigated the diagnostic value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) in chronic Q fever at diagnosis and during follow-up. Methods: All Dutch adult patients suspected of chronic Q fever who were diagnosed since 2007 were retrospectively included until March 2015 when at least one (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was performed...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545159/the-value-transformation-of-health-care-impact-on-neuromuscular-and-electrodiagnostic-medicine
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Pushpa Narayanaswami, Millie Suk, Lyell K Jones
INTRODUCTION: Beginning in 2017, most physicians who participate in Medicare are subject to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the milestone legislation that signals the US health care system's transition from volume-based to value-based care. METHODS: Review of emerging trends in development of value-based healthcare systems in the US. RESULTS: MACRA and the resulting Quality Payment Program (QPP) create two participation pathways, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) pathway...
May 25, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544359/discovery-of-potent-carbonic-anhydrase-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-enzymes-inhibitors-the-new-amides-and-thiazolidine-4-ones-synthesized-on-an-acetophenone-base
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Parham Taslimi, Sabiya Osmanova, İlhami Gulçin, Sabira Sardarova, Vagif Farzaliyev, Afsun Sujayev, Ruya Kaya, Fatma Koc, Sukru Beydemir, Saleh H Alwasel, Omer Irfan Kufrevioglu
Compounds containing nitrogen and sulfur atoms can be widely used in various fields, including industry, medicine, biotechnology, and chemical technology. Among them, amides of acids and heterocyclic compounds have an important place. These amides and thiazolidine-4-ones showed good inhibitory action against butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), acetylcholinesterase (AChE), and human carbonic anhydrase isoforms. AChE exists at high concentrations in the brain and red blood cells. BChE is an important enzyme that is plentiful in the liver, and it is released into the blood in a soluble form...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543372/hematologic-and-biochemical-ris-for-an-aged-population-of-captive-african-green-monkeys-chlorocebus-aethiops-sabaeus
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Elizabeth M Scallan, Saundra H Sample, Amy M Beierschmitt, Roberta M Palmour
BACKGROUND: Established RIs for geriatric African Green monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) are critical for clinical differentiation of normal aging from disease-related changes in this population. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish hematologic and serum biochemical RIs for a Caribbean captive population of geriatric (≥ 15 years of age) African Green monkeys, or Vervets. METHODS: Inclusion and exclusion criteria were defined for a cohort of 109 healthy, aged (15- to 30-year-old, median 19-year-old) Vervets...
May 19, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542239/projected-savings-through-public-health-voluntary-licences-of-hiv-drugs-negotiated-by-the-medicines-patent-pool-mpp
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Sandeep Juneja, Aastha Gupta, Suerie Moon, Stephen Resch
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) was established in 2010 to ensure timely access to low-cost generic versions of patented antiretroviral (ARV) medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through the negotiation of voluntary licences with patent holders. While robust data on the savings generated by MPP and other major global public health initiatives is important, it is also difficult to quantify. In this study, we estimate the savings generated by licences negotiated by the MPP for ARV medicines to treat HIV/AIDS in LMICs for the period 2010-2028 and generate a cost-benefit ratio-based on people living with HIV (PLHIVs) in any new countries which gain access to an ARV due to MPP licences and the price differential between originator's tiered price and generics price, within the period where that ARV is patented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541925/improvement-screening-for-ultra-high-dimensional-data-with-censored-survival-outcomes-and-varying-coefficients
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Mu Yue, Jialiang Li
Motivated by risk prediction studies with ultra-high dimensional bio markers, we propose a novel improvement screening methodology. Accurate risk prediction can be quite useful for patient treatment selection, prevention strategy or disease management in evidence-based medicine. The question of how to choose new markers in addition to the conventional ones is especially important. In the past decade, a number of new measures for quantifying the added value from the new markers were proposed, among which the integrated discrimination improvement (IDI) and net reclassification improvement (NRI) stand out...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539734/honey-and-health-a-review-of-recent-clinical-research
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REVIEW
Saeed Samarghandian, Tahereh Farkhondeh, Fariborz Samini
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times. Honey is used not only as a nutritional product but also in health described in traditional medicine and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from wound healing to cancer treatment. The aim of this review is to emphasize the ability of honey and its multitude in medicinal aspects. Traditionally, honey is used in the treatment of eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and wounds and used as a nutritious supplement...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539730/near-infrared-spectroscopy-as-a-process-analytical-technology-tool-for-monitoring-the-parching-process-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-based-on-two-kinds-of-chemical-indicators
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Kaiyue Li, Weiying Wang, Yanping Liu, Su Jiang, Guo Huang, Liming Ye
BACKGROUND: The active ingredients and thus pharmacological efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at different degrees of parching process vary greatly. OBJECTIVE: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) was used to develop a new method for rapid online analysis of TCM parching process, using two kinds of chemical indicators (5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural [5-HMF] content and 420 nm absorbance) as reference values which were obviously observed and changed in most TCM parching process...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539163/a-quantitative-comparison-of-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-measurement-and-its-shifting-boundaries-between-two-assays
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A C de Kat, F J M Broekmans, A C van Westing, E Lentjes, W M M Verschuren, Y T van der Schouw
OBJECTIVE: Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), a quantitative marker of ovarian reserve, is used for both clinical and research purposes in the field of reproductive medicine. Numerous AMH assays have been developed. Among other factors, the lack of large-scale comparisons of the various assays hinders the universal interpretation of AMH levels. Moreover, little is known of the practical performance of highly sensitive assays compared with conventional assays with regard to the very low AMH levels found in women nearing menopause...
July 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538206/spectroscopic-far-or-terahertz-mid-infrared-and-raman-investigation-thermal-analysis-and-biological-activity-of-piplartine
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Anubha Srivastava, T Karthick, B D Joshi, Rashmi Mishra, Poonam Tandon, A P Ayala, Javier Ellena
Research in the field of medicinal plants including Piper species like long pepper (Piper longum L.- Piperaceae) is increasing all over the world due to its use in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine. Piplartine (piperlongumine, 5,6-dihydro-1-[(2E)-1-oxo-3-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-2-propenyl]-2(1H)-pyridinone), a biologically active alkaloid/amide was isolated from the phytochemical investigations of Piper species, as long pepper. This alkaloid has cytotoxic, anti-fungal, anti-diabetic, anti-platelet aggregation, anti-tumoral, anxiolytic, anti-depressant, anti-leishmanial, and genotoxic activities, but, its anticancer property is the most promising and has been widely explored...
May 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533637/development-and-validation-of-the-suprathreshold-stochastic-resonance-based-image-processing-method-for-the-detection-of-abdomino-pelvic-tumor-on-pet-ct-scans
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Kartik Saroha, Anil Kumar Pandey, Param Dev Sharma, Abhishek Behera, Chetan Patel, Chandrashekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar
PURPOSE: The detection of abdomino-pelvic tumors embedded in or nearby radioactive urine containing 18F-FDG activity is a challenging task on PET/CT scan. In this study, we propose and validate the suprathreshold stochastic resonance-based image processing method for the detection of these tumors. METHODS: The method consists of the addition of noise to the input image, and then thresholding it that creates one frame of intermediate image. One hundred such frames were generated and averaged to get the final image...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532611/hijacked-evidence-based-medicine-stay-the-course-and-throw-the-pirates-overboard
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John P A Ioannidis
The article discusses a number of criticisms that have been raised against evidence-based medicine, such as focusing on benefits and ignoring adverse events; being interested in averages and ignoring the wide variability in individual risks and responsiveness; ignoring clinician-patient interaction and clinical judgement; leading to some sort of reductionism; and falling prey to corruption from conflicts of interest. I argue that none of these deficiencies are necessarily inherent to evidence-based medicine...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532511/challenges-and-strategies-for-implementing-genomic-services-in-diverse-settings-experiences-from-the-implementing-genomics-in-practice-ignite-network
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Nina R Sperber, Janet S Carpenter, Larisa H Cavallari, Laura J Damschroder, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff, Joshua C Denny, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Yue Guan, Carol R Horowitz, Kenneth D Levy, Mia A Levy, Ebony B Madden, Michael E Matheny, Toni I Pollin, Victoria M Pratt, Marc Rosenman, Corrine I Voils, Kristen W Weitzel, Russell A Wilke, R Ryanne Wu, Lori A Orlando
BACKGROUND: To realize potential public health benefits from genetic and genomic innovations, understanding how best to implement the innovations into clinical care is important. The objective of this study was to synthesize data on challenges identified by six diverse projects that are part of a National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)-funded network focused on implementing genomics into practice and strategies to overcome these challenges. METHODS: We used a multiple-case study approach with each project considered as a case and qualitative methods to elicit and describe themes related to implementation challenges and strategies...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530186/synthesis-and-characterisation-of-neem-leaf-extract-2-3-dehydrosalanol-and-quercetin-dihydrate-mediated-silver-nano-particles-for-therapeutic-applications
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Bodaballa Avinash, Ravipati Venu, Tollamadugu N V K V Prasad, Mekapogu Alpha Raj, Kothapalli Srinivasa Rao, Chintamaneni Srilatha
The utility of green silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in veterinary medicine is steadily increasing as they have many therapeutic applications against pathogens and arthropods of livestock. In this study, green AgNPs using neem (N-AgNPs), 2,3-dehydrosalanol (2,3-DHS-AgNPs) and quercetin dihydrate (QDH-AgNPs) were synthesised and characterised. Synthesised compounds were characterised by UV-Vis spectroscopy and the peak absorbance was recorded at 370 nm for neem extract. For N-AgNPs, 2,3-DHS-AgNPs and QDH-AgNPs, the maximum absorbance peaks were at 430, 230 and 220 nm, respectively...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528758/comparison-of-arterial-blood-pressure-measurements-obtained-invasively-or-oscillometrically-using-a-datex-s-5-compact-monitor-in-anaesthetised-adult-horses
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Tyfane T Yamaoka, Derek Flaherty, Patricia Pawson, Marian Scott, Adam Auckburally
OBJECTIVE: To assess agreement between noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) oscillometrically-derived values from a multiparameter monitor (Datex Ohmeda S/5 Compact) with those obtained by invasive blood pressure (IBP) measurement in anaesthetised horses undergoing elective surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective clinical study. ANIMALS: A total of 40 healthy adult horses. METHODS: Horses were anaesthetised with various anaesthetic protocols (based on clinical requirements)...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527495/consumer-mobile-health-apps-current-state-barriers-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Cheng-Kai Kao, David M Liebovitz
This paper discusses the current state, barriers, and future directions of consumer-facing applications (apps). There are currently more than 165,000 mobile health apps publicly available in major app stores, the vast majority of which are designed for patients. The top 2 categories are wellness management and disease management apps, whereas other categories include self-diagnosis, medication reminder, and electronic patient portal apps. Apps specific to physical medicine and rehabilitation also are reviewed...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526045/standardization-of-platelet-releasate-products-for-clinical-applications-in-cell-therapy-a-mathematical-approach
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Francesco Agostini, Jerry Polesel, Monica Battiston, Elisabetta Lombardi, Stefania Zanolin, Alessandro Da Ponte, Giuseppe Astori, Cristina Durante, Mario Mazzucato
BACKGROUND: Standardized animal-free components are required for manufacturing cell-based medicinal products. Human platelet concentrates are sources of growth factors for cell expansion but such products are characterized by undesired variability. Pooling together single-donor products improves consistency, but the minimal pool sample size was never determined. METHODS: Supernatant rich in growth factors (SRGF) derived from n = 44 single-donor platelet-apheresis was obtained by CaCl2 addition...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525904/prognostic-value-of-the-microrna-214-in-multiple-human-cancers-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#18
Yajing Feng, Fujiao Duan, Weigang Liu, Xiaoli Fu, Shuli Cui, Zhenxing Yang
Previous studies showed that microRNA-214 (miR-214) may act as a prognostic biomarker of cancer. However, the available evidence is controversial. This study summarizes evidence and evaluates the prognostic role of miR-214 in various cancers. We carried out a systematic literature review and assessed the quality of included studies based on Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Criteria and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS). Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for overall survival (OS) and disease free survival/progressive free survival/recurrence free survival (DFS/PFS/RFS) were calculated to measure the effective value of miR-214 expression on prognosis...
May 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525668/comparison-of-hand-and-semiautomatic-tracing-methods-for-creating-maxillofacial-artificial-organs-using-sequences-of-computed-tomography-ct-and-cone-beam-computed-tomography-cbct-images
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Bence T Szabo, Seçil Aksoy, Gabor Repassy, Krisztian Csomo, Csaba Dobo-Nagy, Kaan Orhan
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to compare the paranasal sinus volumes obtained by manual and semiautomatic imaging software programs using both CT and CBCT imaging. METHODS: 121 computed tomography (CT) and 119 cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) examinations were selected from the databases of the authors' institutes. The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) images were imported into 3-dimensonal imaging software, in which hand mode and semiautomatic tracing methods were used to measure the volumes of both maxillary sinuses and the sphenoid sinus...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523827/statistical-model-based-hplc-analytical-method-adjustment-strategy-to-adapt-to-different-sets-of-analytes-in-complicated-samples
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Binjun Yan, Xue Bai, Yunjie Sheng, Fanzhu Li
INTRODUCTION: On account of the complicated compositions of the products like traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) and functional foods, it is a common practice to determine different sets of analytes in the same product for different purposes. OBJECTIVE: To efficiently develop the corresponding HPLC methods, a statistical model based analytical method adjustment (SMB-AMA) strategy was proposed. METHODS: In this strategy, the HPLC data acquired with design of experiments methodology were efficiently utilised to build the retention models for all the analytes and interferences shown in the chromatograms with multivariate statistical modelling methods...
May 19, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
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