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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107395/prevalence-of-pre-analytical-errors-in-clinical-chemistry-diagnostic-labs-in-sulaimani-city-of-iraqi-kurdistan
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Dereen Najat
BACKGROUND: Laboratory testing is roughly divided into three phases: a pre-analytical phase, an analytical phase and a post-analytical phase. Most analytical errors have been attributed to the analytical phase. However, recent studies have shown that up to 70% of analytical errors reflect the pre-analytical phase. The pre-analytical phase comprises all processes from the time a laboratory request is made by a physician until the specimen is analyzed at the lab. Generally, the pre-analytical phase includes patient preparation, specimen transportation, specimen collection and storage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105511/bone-density-in-the-obese-child-clinical-considerations-and-diagnostic-challenges
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Jennifer C Kelley, Nicola Crabtree, Babette S Zemel
The prevalence of obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions. Concern about bone health in obese children, in part, derives from the potentially increased fracture risk associated with obesity. Additional risk factors that affect bone mineral accretion, may also contribute to obesity, such as low physical activity and nutritional factors. Consequences of obesity, such as inflammation, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, may also affect bone mineral acquisition, especially during the adolescent years when rapid increases in bone contribute to attaining peak bone mass...
January 20, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102707/patient-dosimetry-audit-for-establishing-local-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-nuclear-medicine-ct
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Matthew Gardner, Ngonidzashe M Katsidzira, Erin Ross, Elizabeth A Larkin
OBJECTIVES: To establish a system for patient dosimetry audit and setting of Local Diagnostic Reference Levels (LDRLs) for Nuclear Medicine (NM) CT. METHODS: Computed Radiological Information System (CRIS) data were matched with NM paper records which provided the body region and dose mode for NMCT carried out at a large UK hospital. It was necessary to divide data in terms of the NM examination type, body region and dose mode. The mean and standard deviation Dose Length Products (DLPs) for common NMCT examinations were then calculated and compared to the proposed National DRLs (NDRLs)...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102620/when-does-speech-sound-disorder-matter-for-literacy-the-role-of-disordered-speech-errors-co-occurring-language-impairment-and-family-risk-of-dyslexia
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Marianna E Hayiou-Thomas, Julia M Carroll, Ruth Leavett, Charles Hulme, Margaret J Snowling
BACKGROUND: This study considers the role of early speech difficulties in literacy development, in the context of additional risk factors. METHOD: Children were identified with speech sound disorder (SSD) at the age of 3½ years, on the basis of performance on the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology. Their literacy skills were assessed at the start of formal reading instruction (age 5½), using measures of phoneme awareness, word-level reading and spelling; and 3 years later (age 8), using measures of word-level reading, spelling and reading comprehension...
February 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100406/modeling-of-path-planning-and-needle-steering-with-path-tracking-in-anatomical-soft-tissues-for-minimally-invasive-surgery
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Pan Li, Shan Jiang, Dong Liang, Zhiyong Yang, Yan Yu, Wei Wang
Steerable needles can potentially improve the effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as biopsy and cancer treatment, by increasing the targeting accuracy and reaching previously inaccessible targets. A discrete potential field algorithm based on three dimensional (3D) anatomical structures is proposed in this paper to plan the needle path in minimally invasive surgery. A 3D kinematic model of needle steering is formulated using Lie group theory. Model parameters are fitted using experimental data acquired via a 2-degree of freedom robotic device and an ultrasound imaging device...
January 16, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098434/method-for-the-unique-identification-of-hyperelastic-material-properties-using-full-field-measures-application-to-the-passive-myocardium-material-response
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Luigi E Perotti, Aditya V Ponnaluri, Shankarjee Krishnamoorthi, Daniel Balzani, Daniel B Ennis, William S Klug
Quantitative measurement of the material properties (e.g., stiffness) of biological tissues is poised to become a powerful diagnostic tool. There are currently several methods in the literature to estimating material stiffness and we extend this work by formulating a framework that leads to uniquely identified material properties. We design an approach to work with full field displacement data - i.e., we assume the displacement field due to the applied forces is known both on the boundaries and also within the interior of the body of interest - and seek stiffness parameters that lead to balanced internal and external forces in a model...
January 18, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097316/evaluation-of-structural-progression-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy
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Thomas P Mast, Cynthia A James, Hugh Calkins, Arco J Teske, Crystal Tichnell, Brittney Murray, Peter Loh, Stuart D Russell, Birgitta K Velthuis, Daniel P Judge, Dennis Dooijes, Ryan J Tedford, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Harikrishna Tandri, Richard N Hauer, Theodore P Abraham, Pieter A Doevendans, Anneline S J M Te Riele, Maarten J Cramer
Importance: Considerable research has described the arrhythmic course of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). However, objective data characterizing structural progression, such as ventricular enlargement and cardiac dysfunction, in ARVD/C are relatively scarce. Objectives: To define the extent of structural progression, identify determinants of structural progression, and determine the association between structural progression and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in patients with ARVD/C...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096697/mir-486-3p-mir-139-5p-and-mir-21-as-biomarkers-for-the-detection-of-oral-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Zujian Chen, Tianwei Yu, Robert J Cabay, Yi Jin, Ishrat Mahjabeen, Xianghong Luan, Lei Huang, Yang Dai, Xiaofeng Zhou
Oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) is a complex disease with extensive genetic and epigenetic defects, including microRNA deregulation. The aims of the present study were to test the feasibility of performing the microRNA profiling analysis on archived TSCC specimens and to assess the potential diagnostic utility of the identified microRNA biomarkers for the detection of TSCC. TaqMan array-based microRNA profiling analysis was performed on 10 archived TSCC samples and their matching normal tissues. A panel of 12 differentially expressed microRNAs was identified...
2017: Biomarkers in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096678/risperidone-improves-interpersonal-perception-and-executive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Zhenhe Zhou, Yuanyuan Zhu, Jun Wang, Hongmei Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether risperidone improves social cognitive impairments and executive dysfunction in people with schizophrenia. METHODS: Fifty-six patients who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia were allocated to a risperidone treatment group (RTG, n=28) and a typical antipsychotic treatment group (TATG, n=28). Twenty-eight healthy volunteers were recruited as the normal control group (NCG)...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095966/potential-underestimation-of-sleep-apnea-severity-by-at-home-kits-rescoring-in-laboratory-polysomnography-without-sleep-staging
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Matt T Bianchi, Balaji Goparaju
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) is increasingly available for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). One key limitation of most HSAT involves the lack of sleep staging, such that the respiratory event index is calculated using the total recording time (TRT) rather than total sleep time (TST). METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of n = 838 diagnostic polysomnography (PSG) nights from our center; n = 444 with OSA (4% rule, apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥ 5), and n = 394 with AHI < 5...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095810/neonatal-screening-for-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-southern-brazil-a-population-based-study-with-108-409-infants
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Cristiane Kopacek, Simone Martins de Castro, Mayara Jorgens Prado, Claudia Maria Dornelles da Silva, Luciana Amorim Beltrão, Poli Mara Spritzer
BACKGROUND: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is an autosomal recessive disorder associated with inborn errors of steroid metabolism. 21-hydroxylase enzyme deficiency occurs in 90 to 95% of all cases of CAH, with accumulation of 17 hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP). Early diagnosis of CAH based on newborn screening is possible before the development of symptoms and allows proper treatment, correct sex assignment, and reduced mortality rates. This study describes the results obtained in the first year of a public CAH screening program in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil...
January 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093213/characterization-of-the-efficiency-and-uncertainty-of-skimmed-milk-flocculation-for-the-simultaneous-concentration-and-quantification-of-water-borne-viruses-bacteria-and-protozoa
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Eloy Gonzales-Gustavson, Yexenia Cardenas-Youngs, Miquel Calvo, Marcelle Figueira Marques da Silva, Ayalkibet Hundesa, Inmaculada Amorós, Yolanda Moreno, Laura Moreno-Mesonero, Rosa Rosell, Lliliane Ganges, Rosa Araujo, Rosina Girones
In this study, the use of skimmed milk flocculation (SMF) to simultaneously concentrate viruses, bacteria and protozoa was evaluated. We selected strains of faecal indicator bacteria and pathogens, such as Escherichia coli and Helicobacter pylori. The viruses selected were adenovirus (HAdV 35), rotavirus (RoV SA-11), the bacteriophage MS2 and bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). The protozoa tested were Acanthamoeba, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The mean recoveries with q(RT)PCR were 66% (HAdV 35), 24% (MS2), 28% (RoV SA-11), 15% (BVDV), 60% (E...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088626/characterization-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-based-on-error-estimation-from-epa-pmf-5-0-model-at-a-medium-city-in-china
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Baoshuang Liu, Jianhui Wu, Jiaying Zhang, Lu Wang, Jiamei Yang, Danni Liang, Qili Dai, Xiaohui Bi, Yinchang Feng, Yufen Zhang, Qinxun Zhang
Heze city, a medium-size city in Shandong province, Eastern China. Ambient PM2.5 samples were collected in urban area of Heze from August 2015 to April 2016, and chemical species and sources of PM2.5 were investigated in this paper. The results indicated that the average concentration of PM2.5 was 100.9 μg/m(3) during the sampling period, and the water-soluble ions, carbonaceous species included elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC), as well as elements contributed 32.7-51.7%, 16.3% and 12.5%, respectively, to PM2...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088342/nanoparticle-standards-for-immuno-based-quantitation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-in-diagnostics-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-other-synucleopathies
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Yvonne Herrmann, Tuyen Bujnicki, Christian Zafiu, Andreas Kulawik, Katja Kühbach, Luriano Peters, Judith Fabig, Johannes Willbold, Oliver Bannach, Dieter Willbold
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by symptoms such as rigor, tremor and bradykinesia. A reliable and early diagnosis could improve the development of early therapeutic strategies before death of dopaminergic neurons leads to the first clinical symptoms. The sFIDA (surface-based fluorescence intensity distribution analysis) assay is a highly sensitive method to determine the concentration of α-synuclein (α-syn) oligomers, which are presumably the major toxic isoform of α-syn and potentially the most direct biomarker for PD...
January 11, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080051/prediction-of-bond-dissociation-energies-heat-of-formation-for-diatomic-transition-metal-compounds-ccsd-t-works
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Zongtang Fang, Monica Vasiliu, Kirk A Peterson, David A Dixon
It was recently reported (J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2015, 11, 2036-2052) that the coupled cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples method, CCSD(T), should not be used as a benchmark tool for the prediction of dissociation energies (heats of formation) for the 1st row transition metal diatomics based on a comparison with the experimental thermodynamic values for a set of 20 diatomics. In the present work the bond dissociation energies as well as the heats of formation for those diatomics have been calculated by the Feller-Peterson-Dixon approach at the CCSD(T)/complete basis set (CBS) level of theory including scalar relativistic corrections and correlation of the outer shell of core electrons in addition to the valence electrons...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078439/liquid-based-versus-conventional-cytology-of-oral-brush-biopsies-a-split-sample-pilot-study
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T W Remmerbach, N Pomjanski, U Bauer, H Neumann
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective split sample study was to evaluate the applicability of liquid-based cytology (LBC) of oral brush biopsies for detection of oral cancer. METHODS: Two different preparation techniques were investigated: the conventional transfer procedure to glass slides and the LBC preparation method. The obtainments of epithelial cells were performed five times with a nylon brush and transferred onto five glass slides. Additionally, the brushes, which were normally discarded, were stored in a fixative solution...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077254/use-of-the-smartphone-for-end-vertebra-selection-in-scoliosis
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Murad Pepe, Onur Kocadal, Abdullah Iyigun, Zafer Gunes, Ertugrul Aksahin, Cem Nuri Aktekin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to develop a smartphone-aided end vertebra selection method and to investigate its effectiveness in Cobb angle measurement. METHODS: Twenty-nine adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients' pre-operative posteroanterior scoliosis radiographs were used for end vertebra selection and Cobb angle measurement by standard method and smartphone-aided method. Measurements were performed by 7 examiners. The intraclass correlation coefficient was used to analyze selection and measurement reliability...
January 8, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077079/a-double-simex-approach-for-bivariate-random-effects-meta-analysis-of-diagnostic-accuracy-studies
#18
Annamaria Guolo
BACKGROUND: Bivariate random-effects models represent a widely accepted and recommended approach for meta-analysis of test accuracy studies. Standard likelihood methods routinely used for inference are prone to several drawbacks. Small sample size can give rise to unreliable inferential conclusions and convergence issues make the approach unappealing. This paper suggests a different methodology to address such difficulties. METHODS: A SIMEX methodology is proposed...
January 11, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076305/analytical-and-diagnostic-performance-of-two-automated-fecal-calprotectin-immunoassays-for-detection-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#19
Maxime M W De Sloovere, Dieter De Smet, Filip J Baert, Johan Debrabandere, Hilde J M Vanpoucke
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the (pre-)analytical and diagnostic performance of two automated fecal calprotectin (FC) immunoassays, Liaison® Calprotectin (Diasorin) on Liaison® XL and fCAL™ turbo (Bühlmann laboratories AG) on Cobas C501 (Roche Diagnostics), and compared it with our established Bühlmann ELISA method. METHODS: Our study comprised 229 consecutive patients with clinical suspicion of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). RESULTS: All assay related stool extraction procedures showed excellent correlation with the established method, but the new stool extraction devices tend to give higher results as compared with stool weight methods...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074211/safe-practices-for-copy-and-paste-in-the-ehr-systematic-review-recommendations-and-novel-model-for-health%C3%A2-it-collaboration
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Amy Y Tsou, Christoph U Lehmann, Jeremy Michel, Ronni Solomon, Lorraine Possanza, Tejal Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Copy and paste functionality can support efficiency during clinical documentation, but may promote inaccurate documentation with risks for patient safety. The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety was formed to gather data, conduct analysis, educate, and disseminate safe practices for safer care using health information technology (IT). OBJECTIVE: To characterize copy and paste events in clinical care, identify safety risks, describe existing evidence, and develop implementable practice recommendations for safe reuse of information via copy and paste...
January 11, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
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