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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724126/comparative-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-among-black-and-white-patients-treated-at-us-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Taisei Kobayashi, Thomas J Glorioso, Ehrin J Armstrong, Thomas M Maddox, Mary E Plomondon, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Thomas T Tsai, Stephen W Waldo, Sunil V Rao, Subhash Banerjee, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Deepak L Bhatt, A Garvey Rene, Robert L Wilensky, Peter W Groeneveld, Jay Giri
Importance: Current comparative outcomes among black and white patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are not known. Objective: To compare outcomes between black and white patients undergoing PCI in the VA health system. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study compared black and white patients who underwent PCI between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, at 63 VA hospitals using data recorded in the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (CART-CL) program...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724033/ethical-issues-on-the-synthetic-phosphoethanolamine-clinical-trial
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Francisco José Roma Paumgartten
Notwithstanding its approval by the National Committee for Ethics in Research (Conep) on April 19, 2016, a trial of the so-called "synthetic" phosphoethanolamine (syn-phospho) pill in cancer patients raises ethical concerns. An analysis by a laboratory contracted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) revealed that syn-phospho contained a great amount of impurities and did not meet standards of pharmaceutical quality required for an investigational drug. Cytotoxicity against human tumor cell lines and in vivo rodent xenograft tumor assays consistently failed to demonstrate a potential anticancer activity of syn-phospho...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723945/haematological-and-cd4-t-cells-reference-ranges-in-healthy-adult-populations-in-gojjam-zones-in-amhara-region-ethiopia
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Wondemagegn Mulu, Bayeh Abera, Zewdie Mekonnen, Yesuf Adem, Mulat Yimer, Yohannes Zenebe, Asmare Amuamuta, Wondimu Gebeyehu
INTRODUCTION: Establishing national population haematological and immunological reference ranges are essential for clinical management of patients. However, there is scarcity of information on community based haematological reference ranges established from Ethiopian population. Therefore, this study aimed at determining haematological and CD4+ T cells reference ranges in healthy adults from East and West Gojjam zones, Ethiopia. METHODS: Community based cross-sectional study was conducted from May 2015 to December 2015 in healthy adult residents of Gojjam zone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723914/safety-and-pharmacodynamics-of-dalazatide-a-kv1-3-channel-inhibitor-in-the-treatment-of-plaque-psoriasis-a-randomized-phase-1b-trial
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Eric J Tarcha, Chelsea M Olsen, Peter Probst, David Peckham, Ernesto J Muñoz-Elías, James G Kruger, Shawn P Iadonato
BACKGROUND: Dalazatide is a specific inhibitor of the Kv1.3 potassium channel. The expression and function of Kv1.3 channels are required for the function of chronically activated memory T cells, which have been shown to be key mediators of autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to evaluate the safety of repeat doses of dalazatide in adult patients with mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis. Secondary objectives were to evaluate clinical proof of concept and the effects of dalazatide on mediators of inflammation in the blood and on chronically activated memory T cell populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723844/associations-of-physical-activity-intensities-with-markers-of-insulin-sensitivity
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Charlotte Jelleyman, Charlotte L Edwardson, Joseph Henson, Laura J Gray, Alex V Rowlands, Kamlesh Khunti, Melanie J Davies, Thomas Yates
BACKGROUND: Objectively measured physical activity (PA) intensity has traditionally been categorised as light, moderate and vigorous using laboratory calibrated cut-points. The relative contribution of time spent across a spectrum of accelerometer-determined intensities on health outcomes is less clear. PURPOSE: To assess the relationship between objectively measured PA intensity on a continuous scale and markers of insulin sensitivity. METHODS: Participants at high risk of type 2 diabetes were recruited from primary care (Leicestershire, UK)...
July 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723805/acute-pancreatitis-induced-by-etoposide-lobaplatin-combination-chemotherapy-used-for-the-treatment-of-lung-cancer-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Cheng-Liang Cao, Peng-Yu Duan, Wang-Jun Zhang, Le Li, Feng-Zhi Qu, Bei Sun, Gang Wang
RATIONALE: Drug-induced pancreatitis (DIP) is a rare type of pancreatitis that is not usually observed in the clinical practice. It is generally difficult to distinguish from acute pancreatitis (AP) induced by other causes. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we report a 62-year-old Chinese female patient with "small cell lung cancer" as the initial presentation. Because the patient could not bear the surgical treatment, the chemotherapy composed of lobaplatin and etoposide was performed...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723776/a-case-of-idiopathic-hypertrophic-pachymeningitis-presenting-with-chronic-headache-and-multiple-cranial-nerve-palsies-a-case-report
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Yuanyuan Huang, Jun Chen, Li Gui
RATIONALE: Idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis (IHP) is a rare condition, characterized by a chronic fibrosing inflammatory process usually involving either the intracranial or spinal dura mater, but rarely both. Here, we report a rare case of IHP affecting both the intracranial and spinal dura mater. We also discussed the diagnosis, management, and outcome of IHP. PATIENT CONCERNS: We reviewed the case of a 60-year-old woman presenting with chronic headache, multiple cranial nerve palsies and gait disturbance...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723610/pediatric-reference-intervals-for-29-ortho-vitros-5600-immunoassays-using-the-caliper-cohort-of-healthy-children-and-adolescents
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Victoria Higgins, Angela W S Fung, Man Khun Chan, Joseph Macri, Khosrow Adeli
BACKGROUND: Accurate reference intervals (RIs) based on a healthy pediatric population are essential for pediatric test result interpretation. The CALIPER project has recruited a large healthy cohort and completed a series of a priori studies to address gaps in pediatric RIs. As immunoassays from different manufacturers for endocrine and special chemistry markers are not standardized and show marked intermethod differences, direct RI studies are needed for each major analytical platform...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723342/molecular-analysis-of-circulating-free-dna-from-lung-cancer-patients-in-routine-laboratory-practice-a-cross-platform-comparison-of-three-different-molecular-methods-for-mutation-detection
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Stephan Bartels, Sascha Persing, Britta Hasemeier, Elisa Schipper, Hans Kreipe, Ulrich Lehmann
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA), which is isolated from blood plasma, represents a noninvasive source for the detection of mutations conferring resistance against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer patients. In advanced disease stages, performing regular biopsies is often not possible because of the general health condition of the patients. Furthermore, a biopsy of a single tumor lesion or metastasis may not reflect the heterogeneous genotype of the tumor and its metastases...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722704/targeted-proteomic-assays-for-quantitation-of-proteins-identified-by-proteogenomic-analysis-of-ovarian-cancer
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Ehwang Song, Yuqian Gao, Chaochao Wu, Tujin Shi, Song Nie, Thomas L Fillmore, Athena A Schepmoes, Marina A Gritsenko, Wei-Jun Qian, Richard D Smith, Karin D Rodland, Tao Liu
Mass spectrometry (MS) based targeted proteomic methods such as selected reaction monitoring (SRM) are emerging as a promising tool for verification of candidate proteins in biological and biomedical applications. The Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) of the National Cancer Institute has investigated the standardization and analytical validation of the SRM assays and demonstrated robust analytical performance on different instruments across different laboratories. An Assay Portal has also been established by CPTAC to provide the research community a resource consisting of large sets of targeted MS-based assays, and a depository to share assays publicly...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722626/capacity-and-utilization-of-blood-culture-in-two-referral-hospitals-in-indonesia-and-thailand
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Nittaya Teerawattanasook, Patricia M Tauran, Prapit Teparrukkul, Vanaporn Wuthiekanun, David A B Dance, Mansyur Arif, Direk Limmathurotsakul
It is generally recommended that sepsis patients should have at least two blood cultures obtained before antimicrobial therapy. From 1995 to 2015, the number of blood cultures taken each year in a 1,100-bed public referral hospital in Ubon Ratchathani northeast Thailand rose from 5,235 to 56,719, whereas the number received in an 840-bed referral public hospital in south Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2015 was 2,779. The proportion of patients sampled for blood cultures out of all inpatients in south Sulawesi in 2015 (9%; 2,779/30,593) was lower than that in Ubon Ratchathani in 2003 (13%; 8,707/66,515), at a time when health expenditure per capita in the two countries was comparable...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722623/the-use-of-xenosurveillance-to-detect-human-bacteria-parasites-and-viruses-in-mosquito-bloodmeals
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Joseph R Fauver, Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Nathan D Grubaugh, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Gregory D Ebel
Infectious disease surveillance is hindered by several factors, including limited infrastructure and geographic isolation of many resource-poor regions. In addition, the complexities of sample acquisition, processing, and analysis, even in developed regions, can be rate limiting. Therefore, new strategies to survey human populations for emerging pathogens are necessary. Xenosurveillance is a method that utilizes mosquitoes as sampling devices to search for genetic signatures of pathogens in vertebrates. Previously we demonstrated that xenosurveillance can detect viral RNA in both laboratory and field settings...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722618/clinical-evidence-of-acute-mesoamerican-nephropathy
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Rebecca S B Fischer, Sreedhar Mandayam, Denis Chavarria, Chandan Vangala, Melissa N Garcia, Linda L Garcia, Lesbia Palma, Felix Garcia, Ramón García-Trabanino, Kristy O Murray
Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN), an epidemic of unexplained kidney disease in Central America, affects mostly young, healthy individuals. Its etiology is a mystery that requires urgent investigation. Largely described as a chronic kidney disease (CKD), no acute clinical scenario has been characterized. An understanding of the early disease process could elucidate an etiology and guide treatment and prevention efforts. We sought to document the earliest clinical signs in patients with suspected MeN in a high-risk population in Nicaragua...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722609/differences-in-mortality-and-clinical-manifestations-of-dengue-hemorrhagic-fever-in-taiwan-in-different-years-a-comparison-for-cases-in-2014-and-2015-epidemics
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Ko Chang, Chung-Hao Huang, Ing-Kit Lee, Po-Liang Lu, Chun-Yu Lin, Tun-Chieh Chen, Ping-Chang Lai, Hsiao-Cheng Hsieh, Hsin-Liang Yu, Chih-Hsing Hung, Meng-Chieh Wu, Yi-Ying Chin, Chun-Chi Huang, Deng-Chyang Wu, Yen-Hsu Chen
People in southern Taiwan experienced two major dengue outbreaks in 2014 and 2015. The mortality and clinical features were very different between these 2 years. Dengue virus serotype 1 (DENV-1) caused epidemic outbreak in 2014 and DENV-2 was predominant in 2015. The characteristics of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases in the 2 years was analyzed. We conducted a retrospective chart review to analyze the clinical and laboratory features of 206 adult patients with DHF in southern Taiwan in 2014 and 2015. The mortality rate of DHF cases in 2015 was higher than that of cases in 2014 (38...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722592/a-cluster-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-infections-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-caused-by-person-to-person-transmission
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Deyu Huang, Yueping Jiang, Xiaoping Liu, Bo Wang, Junming Shi, Zhan Su, Hui Wang, Ting Wang, Shuang Tang, Hanyun Liu, Zhihong Hu, Fei Deng, Shu Shen
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) is a novel phlebovirus that was identified to be the etiological pathogen of the emerging infectious disease, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS). SFTSV could be transmitted through tick bite. Transmission of SFTSV among humans has also been reported mainly through direct blood contact. In July 2014, a cluster of six suspected SFTS cases occurred in Shandong Province, China. In this cluster, both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons were included...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722566/molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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Alicia D Yeap, Kate Woods, David A B Dance, Bruno Pichon, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Viengmon Davong, Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh, Paul N Newton, Nandini Shetty, Angela M Kearns
This is the first report of the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus from skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) in Laos. We selected a random sample of 96 S. aureus SSTI isolates received by the Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, between July 2012 and June 2014, including representation from seven referral hospitals. Isolates underwent susceptibility testing by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methods, spa typing and DNA microarray analysis, with whole genome sequencing for rare lineages...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722512/in-silico-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-two-novel-oximes-k378-and-k727-in-comparison-to-k27-and-pralidoxime-against-paraoxon-ethyl-intoxication
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Maria Chaudhry, Muhammad Qaiser Fatmi, Kamil Musilek, Alamdar Hussain, Kamil Kuca, Georg Petroianu, Huba Kalasz, Syed Muhammad Nurulain
Organophosphate (OP) poisoning is a major global health issue; while compounds from this group have been used intensively over the last century, an effective antidote is still lacking. Oxime-type AChE reactivators are used to reactivate the OP inhibited AChE. Pralidoxime is the only US Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) approved oxime for therapeutic use but its efficacy has been disappointing. Two novel oximes (K378 and K727) were investigated in silico and in vitro and compared with an experimental oxime (kamiloxime; K-27) and pralidoxime...
July 19, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722293/robotic-assisted-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Daniel R Mangels, Jay Giri, John Hirshfeld, Robert L Wilensky
Performance of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with several occupational hazards including radiation exposure and musculoskeletal injury. Current methods to mitigate these risks range from suspended radiation suits to adjustable lead-lined glass shields. Robotic-assisted PCI is a novel approach to PCI that utilizes remote-controlled technology to manipulate catheters thereby significantly reducing radiation exposure to the operator and catheterization laboratory staff. Although limited, current evidence indicates that robotic-assisted PCI is associated with a high technical success rate and may have additional advantages over conventional PCI, such as a decreased incidence of geographical miss...
July 19, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721958/cost-analysis-of-a-simulation-based-training-for-health-workforce-in-india
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Gursimer Jeet, Shankar Prinja, Arun Kumar Aggarwal
BACKGROUND: Training of health-care workforce including doctors, staff nurses, and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives using simulation techniques for skill enhancement have been used in a variety of clinical settings to improve the quality of training. India adopted the skills laboratories model for capacity building of health workers in maternal and child health in Bihar state. OBJECTIVE: Current economic evaluation was performed with the objective of assessing the financial and economic cost of implementing skills laboratories...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721913/clinical-utility-of-epstein-barr-virus-dna-testing-in-the-treatment-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Kelly Y Kim, Quynh-Thu Le, Sue S Yom, Raymond H W Ng, K C Allen Chan, Scott V Bratman, John J Welch, Rao L Divi, Raymond A Petryshyn, Barbara A Conley
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA analysis has been shown to be useful for early detection, prognostication, and monitoring of treatment response of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and the recent literature provides growing evidence of the clinical utility of EBV DNA testing, particularly to inform treatment decisions for NPC patients. Despite the fact that NPC is a rare disease, the NRG Oncology cooperative group has successfully activated a phase 2/3 randomized clinical trial for NPC with international partners and in that process has discovered that the development of a harmonized EBV DNA test is absolutely critical for integration into clinical trials and for future deployment in clinical and central laboratories...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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