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Jimoh Agbaje, Antoon De Laat, Politis Constantinus, Peter Svensson, Lene Baad-Hansen
Qualitative somatosensory testing (QualST) is a simple chairside test. It can be used to roughly assess the presence or absence of altered somatosensory function. To use QualST clinically, it is important to assess its agreement with quantitative sensory testing (QST). The aims of this study were to assess the agreement between QST and QualST when testing the modulation of facial sensitivity by capsaicin in healthy participants and to explore the agreement between QST and QualST in assessing the intraoral sensory function in clinical atypical odontalgia (AO) patients...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Ayşegül İdil Soylu, Sümeyra Arıkan Cortcu, Fatih Uzunkaya, Yunus Oktay Atalay, Tumay Bekçi, Levent Güngör, Ümit Belet
OBJECTIVES: Platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio is a novel biomarker, recently shown to be correlated with atherosclerotic inflammation. This study investigated the role of platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio in patients with carotid artery stenosis and stroke. METHODS: Patients, who underwent carotid angiography with Multiple Detector Computed Tomography Angiography at our hospital, were retrospectively screened. Patients enrolled were divided into three groups based on the platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio...
October 20, 2016: Vascular
Jyh-Ming Liou, Yu-Jen Fang, Chieh-Chang Chen, Ming-Jong Bair, Chi-Yang Chang, Yi-Chia Lee, Mei-Jyh Chen, Chien-Chuan Chen, Cheng-Hao Tseng, Yao-Chun Hsu, Ji-Yuh Lee, Tsung-Hua Yang, Jiing-Chyuan Luo, Chun-Chao Chang, Chi-Yi Chen, Po-Yueh Chen, Chia-Tung Shun, Wen-Feng Hsu, Wen-Hao Hu, Yen-Nien Chen, Bor-Shyang Sheu, Jaw-Town Lin, Jeng-Yih Wu, Emad M El-Omar, Ming-Shiang Wu
BACKGROUND: Whether concomitant therapy is superior to bismuth quadruple therapy or 14-day triple therapy for the first-line treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection remains poorly understood. We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of 10-day concomitant therapy, 10-day bismuth quadruple therapy, and 14-day triple therapy in the first-line treatment of H pylori. METHODS: In this multicentre, open-label, randomised trial, we recruited adult patients (aged >20 years) with H pylori infection from nine medical centres in Taiwan...
October 18, 2016: Lancet
Yeshwondm Mamuye, Balkachew Nigatu, Delayehu Bekele, Mekonen Getahun
BACKGROUND: Maternal cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Rubella infections result in adverse neonatal outcomes. Both CMV and Rubella are more widespread in developing countries and in communities with lower socioeconomic status. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine IgM specific to CMV and Rubella among newborns and Maternal CMV-seroprevalence and to identify risk factors. METHOD AND FINDING: Using cross sectional study design a total of 312 (156 newborns and 156 mothers) study participants were recruited by simple random sampling technique from gynecology outpatient department (OPD) and ward, starting from April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015...
October 21, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Ingrid Broodman, Jan Lindemans, Jenny van Sten, Rainer Bischoff, Theo M Luider
Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate among cancer patients in the world, in particular because most patients are only diagnosed at an advanced and non-curable stage. Computed tomography (CT) screening on high-risk individuals has shown that early detection could reduce the mortality rate. However, the still high false-positive rate of CT screening may harm healthy individuals because of unnecessary follow-up scans and invasive follow-up procedures. Alternatively, false-negative and indeterminate results may harm patients due to the delayed diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Daniel T Goon, Constance A Nsibambi, Milton Chebet
BACKGROUND: Scant information exist on screen time behavior of South Africa children and whether they do not meet the recommendation of American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) concerning screen time activity for children is only speculative. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the time spent in sedentary activities, especially screen time of South African children with regard to gender. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved a random sample of 1136 school children (548 boys; 588 girls) aged 9-13 years attending public schools in Central Pretoria, South Africa...
December 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
Paul M Foreman, Christoph J Griessenauer, Kimberly P Kicielinski, Philip G R Schmalz, Brandon G Rocque, Matthew R Fusco, Joseph C Sullivan, John P Deveikis, Mark R Harrigan
OBJECTIVE Blunt traumatic cerebrovascular injury (TCVI) represents structural injury to a vessel due to high-energy trauma. The Biffl Scale is a widely accepted grading scheme for these injuries that was developed using digital subtraction angiography. In recent years, screening CT angiography (CTA) has been used to identify patients with TCVI. The reliability of this scale, with injuries assessed using CTA, has not yet been determined. METHODS Seven independent raters, including 2 neurosurgeons, 2 neuroradiologists, 2 neurosurgical residents, and 1 neurosurgical vascular fellow, independently reviewed each presenting CTA of the neck performed in 40 patients with confirmed TCVI and assigned a Biffl grade...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Najla Kharrat, Sabrine Belmabrouk, Rania Abdelhedi, Riadh Benmarzoug, Mourad Assidi, Mohammed H Al Qahtani, Ahmed Rebai
BACKGROUND: The identification of charge clusters (runs of charged residues) in proteins and their mapping within the protein structure sequence is an important step toward a comprehensive analysis of how these particular motifs mediate, via electrostatic interactions, various molecular processes such as protein sorting, translocation, docking, orientation and binding to DNA and to other proteins. Few algorithms that specifically identify these charge clusters have been designed and described in the literature...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Paolo Prandoni, Enrico Bernardi, Fabio Dalla Valle, Adriana Visonà, Pietro F Tropeano, Carlo Bova, Eugenio Bucherini, Md Shahidul Islam, Andrea Piccioli
Patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism (VTE) may harbor occult cancer. Whether an extensive diagnostic work-up for cancer has additional value over a more limited screening for detection of underlying malignancy in these patients is controversial. We performed a randomized multicenter trial to assess if in patients with unprovoked VTE, a computed tomography (CT)-based diagnostic strategy including thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic CT in combination with fecal occult blood test yields a higher cancer detection rate than a nonstandardized testing approach based on physicians' clinical judgment and patients' preferences...
October 20, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Armando H Norman, Andrew J Russell, Claudia Merli
The UK's Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is the largest pay-for-performance scheme in the world. This ethnographic study explored how QOF's monetary logic influences the approach to healthcare in UK general practice. From August 2013 to April 2014, we researched two UK general practice surgeries and one general practice training programme. These environments provided the opportunity for studying various spaces such as QOF meetings, consultation rooms, QOF recoding sessions, and the collection of computer-screen images depicting how patients' biomarkers are evaluated and costed through software systems...
October 11, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Man Hu, Chenghao Zhu, Xiaoxing Li, Yongli Xu
Glaucoma is a serious disease that can cause complete, permanent blindness, and its early diagnosis is very difficult. In recent years, computer-aided screening and diagnosis of glaucoma has made considerable progress. The optic cup segmentation from fundus images is an extremely important part for the computer-aided screening and diagnosis of glaucoma. This paper presented an automatic optic cup segmentation method that used both color difference information and vessel bends information from fundus images to determine the optic cup boundary...
October 20, 2016: Bioengineered
Y Liu, L Huang, H Ye, X Lv
Interferon regulatory factor-7 (IRF-7) is involved in pulmonary infection and pneumonia. Here, a synthetic strategy that combined quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR)-based virtual screening and in vitro binding assay was described to identify new and potent mediator ligands of IRF-7 from natural products. In the procedure, a QSAR scoring function was developed and validated using Gaussian process (GP) regression and a structure-based set of protein-ligand affinity data. By integrating hotspot pocket prediction, pharmacokinetics profile analysis and molecular docking calculations, the scoring function was successfully applied to virtual screening against a large library of structurally diverse, drug-like natural products...
October 20, 2016: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Pallavi Surase, Gita Nataraj, Sunil Kuyare, Preeti Mehta
OBJECTIVES: The study was carried out to determine the extent and type of contamination of the hands and accessories of staff from different settings and also to determine the phenotypic similarity between the isolates recovered from the same staff. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary care center. PARTICIPANTS: Health care workers (HCWs') and administrative staff. METHODS: Samples were collected and processed for bacteriology from the dominant hand, mobiles, aprons, stethoscopes and computer keyboards of 280 staff working in different settings after consent...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Balasundaram Preethi, Veerappapillai Shanthi, Karuppasamy Ramanathan
BACKGROUND: Salmonella typhimurium is the main cause of gastrointestinal illness in humans, and treatment options are decreasing because drug-resistant strains have emerged. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to use computational drug repurposing to identify a novel candidate with an effective mechanism of action to circumvent the drug resistance. METHODS: We used the Mantra 2.0 database to initially screen drug candidates that share similar gene expression profiles to those of quinolones...
October 19, 2016: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Xing Ke, Jingshun Zhang, Shiyun Lai, Qi Chen, Yu Zhang, Yirong Jiang, Weimin Mo, Yiping Ren
The aim of the study was to develop a method for quantification of cow's whey and whole milk powder in goat or sheep milk products including infant formula. A ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was established for simultaneous quantification of four caseins and two major whey proteins by detecting their signature peptides, which were able to act as markers for differentiating goat or sheep from cow whey and whole milk powder in infant formulas. The signature peptides were screened based on the computational prediction by Biolynx software, and confirmed by database searching after analysis of liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (LC-Q-TOF-MS)...
October 19, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Fabiana Policeni, Brittany Pakalniskis, Limin Yang
Metastatic tumors are rare in the breast. Well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (WDNETs) are slow-growing neoplasms that arise from neuroendocrine cells, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract and bronchial tree. Metastatic WDNET to the breast is a rare entity. We present a case report of ileal WDNET metastatic to the breast which was initially identified as a small mass in the patient's left breast on screening mammography. Targeted ultrasound identified a suspicious mass, and ultrasound-guided percutaneous core biopsy was performed...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
Emily C Edmonds, Joel Eppig, Mark W Bondi, Kelly M Leyden, Bailey Goodwin, Lisa Delano-Wood, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVE: We investigated differences in regional cortical thickness between previously identified empirically derived mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subtypes (amnestic MCI, dysnomic MCI, dysexecutive/mixed MCI, and cluster-derived normal) in order to determine whether these cognitive subtypes would show different patterns of cortical atrophy. METHODS: Participants were 485 individuals diagnosed with MCI and 178 cognitively normal individuals from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative...
October 19, 2016: Neurology
Hui Zhang, Shucai Zhang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality currently. Early diagnosis is crucial to the good prognosis of lung cancer. Evidence has shown that low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening can make the decline in the mortality of lung cancer. However, there are still many problems in the screening, such as, high false-positive rates, overdiagnosis and radiation exposure. As another non-invasive tumor screening method, blood-based tumor markers showed a high sensitivity and specificity in early diagnosis of lung cancer in recent years...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Masato Nishimura, Toshiko Tokoro, Satoru Yamazaki, Tetsuya Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Toshihiko Ono
BACKGROUND: We examined the prevalence, prognosis, and effect of endothelin receptor antagonists on survival in end-stage kidney disease patients with idiopathic pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We investigated 1988 end-stage kidney disease patients in Toujinkai Hospital from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2014. Pulmonary hypertension was screened by symptoms (dyspnea, hypotension, or near syncope) and echocardiography, and diagnosed by computed tomography with enhancement, pulmonary flow scintigraphy, and right heart catheterization...
October 19, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Yongchul G Chung, Diego A Gómez-Gualdrón, Peng Li, Karson T Leperi, Pravas Deria, Hongda Zhang, Nicolaas A Vermeulen, J Fraser Stoddart, Fengqi You, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha, Randall Q Snurr
Discovery of new adsorbent materials with a high CO2 working capacity could help reduce CO2 emissions from newly commissioned power plants using precombustion carbon capture. High-throughput computational screening efforts can accelerate the discovery of new adsorbents but sometimes require significant computational resources to explore the large space of possible materials. We report the in silico discovery of high-performing adsorbents for precombustion CO2 capture by applying a genetic algorithm to efficiently search a large database of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for top candidates...
October 2016: Science Advances
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