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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350487/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-lisfranc-injuries-identified-at-the-national-football-league-scouting-combine
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Kevin J McHale, Bryan G Vopat, Brendin R Beaulieu-Jones, George Sanchez, James M Whalen, Lucas S McDonald, Christopher W DiGiovanni, George H Theodore, Matthew T Provencher
BACKGROUND: Lisfranc injuries are challenging to treat and may have a detrimental effect on athletic performance. PURPOSE: (1) Determine the epidemiological characteristics of Lisfranc injuries at the annual National Football League (NFL) Scouting Combine, (2) define player positions at risk for these injuries, and (3) evaluate the impact that these injuries and radiographic findings have on NFL draft position and performance. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346270/repair-of-partly-misspecified-causal-diagrams
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Chris J Oates, Jessica Kasza, Julie A Simpson, Andrew B Forbes
Errors in causal diagrams elicited from experts can lead to the omission of important confounding variables from adjustment sets and render causal inferences invalid. In this report a novel method is presented that repairs a misspecified causal diagram through the addition of edges. These edges are determined using a data-driven approach designed to provide improved statistical efficiency relative to de novo structure learning methods. Our main assumption is that the expert is "directionally informed", meaning that "false" edges provided by the expert would not create cycles if added to the "true" causal diagram...
March 23, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346128/ethnicity-recording-in-primary-care-computerised-medical-record-systems-an-ontological-approach
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Zayd Tippu, Ana Correa, Harshana Liyanage, David Burleigh, Andrew McGovern, Jeremy Van Vlymen, Simon Jones, Simon De Lusignan
BACKGROUND: Ethnicity recording within primary care computerised medical record (CMR) systems is suboptimal, exacerbated by tangled taxonomies within current coding systems.Objective To develop a method for extending ethnicity identification using routinely collected data. METHODS: We used an ontological method to maximise the reliability and prevalence of ethnicity information in the Royal College of General Practitioner's Research and Surveillance database. Clinical codes were either directly mapped to ethnicity group or utilised as proxy markers (such as language spoken) from which ethnicity could be inferred...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345843/diagnostic-value-of-fine-needle-aspiration-biopsies-and-pathologic-methods-for-benign-and-malignant-breast-masses-and-axillary-node-assessment
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Mojtaba Ahmadinejad, Leila Hajimaghsoudi, Seyyed Mohsen Pouryaghobi, Izadmehr Ahmadinejad, Koorosh Ahmadi
Bacground: The goal of this study was to evaluate the fine needle aspiration (FNA) preoperatively together with Touch Print, Crush Print, frozen section and pathologic methods to reach a diagnosis for patients with breast and axillary masses. Methods: This study was conducted on 107 patients, and included 111 samples of breast and 43 of axillary masses taken at surgery. Data on epidemiological and clinical features of the patients were collected using a questionnaire. The results of the methods of FNA, Touch Print, and Crush Print were compared with the results of pathology after operations...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345835/evolution-of-the-histo-epidemiological-profile-of-urological-cancers-in-togo
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Tchin Darré, Koué Folligan, Tchilabalo Matchonna Kpatcha, Kokou Kanassoua, Edoe Sewa, Sassil Daré, Kodjo Tengue, Koffi Amégbor, Gado Napo Koura
Background: Urological cancers are an important public health issue and pose problems with diagnosis and adequate management in developing countries. Our aim was to determine and report epidemiological and histological features of urological cancers in Togo. Materials and methods: A retrospective descriptive study was conducted of cases of urological cancers observed in the laboratory of pathological anatomy of the CHU Tokoin over the last 4 years (2012-2016). The parameters studied were frequency, age, sex, sites of development and histological type...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345737/-meningeal-carcinomatosis-in-breast-cancer-from-diagnosis-to-treatment
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REVIEW
C Elm'hadi, Z Es Sbai, M Reda Khmamouche, M Toreis, R Tanz, H Errihani, M Ichou
The appearance of meningeal carcinomatosis in breast cancer is an event that is being reported increasingly more frequently in the literature. It seems to be related with the lengthening of the patients' lives, improved sensitivity to diagnostic imaging and impermeability of the blood-brain barrier to the chemotherapeutic agents. It is an evolutionary form that affirms the metastatic invasion of the subarachnoidal space and is correlated with limited survival. Its diagnosis is difficult, due to the lack of specificity of the clinical signs dominated by headaches, cognitive disorders and possible signs and symptoms of progressive focal lesions...
April 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345530/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-methods-of-treatment-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infections-and-other-diseases
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Klaudia Juszczuk, Katarzyna Grudlewska, Agnieszka Mikucka, Eugenia Gospodarek
Clostridium difficile is a serious epidemiological problem and particularly dangerous microorganism causing hospital infections. Currently, the treatment of C. difficile infections is the use of metronidazole or vancomycin. However, in some patients, recurrent infection difficult to treat occurs. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a new method used to treat the recurrent CDI. FMT consists in the infusion of the fecal suspension from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a patient with CDI to restore the natural intestinal microflora...
March 27, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345507/plasmodium-knowlesi-invasion-following-spread-by-infected-mosquitoes-macaques-and-humans
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Laith Yakob, Alun L Lloyd, Rowland R Kao, Heather M Ferguson, Patrick M Brock, Chris Drakeley, Michael B Bonsall
Plasmodium knowlesi is increasingly recognized as a major cause of malaria in Southeast Asia. Anopheles leucosphyrous group mosquitoes transmit the parasite and natural hosts include long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. Despite early laboratory experiments demonstrating successful passage of infection between humans, the true role that humans play in P. knowlesi epidemiology remains unclear. The threat posed by its introduction into immunologically naïve populations is unknown despite being a public health priority for this region...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344576/genomic-characterization-of-recent-chicken-anemia-virus-isolates-in-china
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Yang Li, Lichun Fang, Shuai Cui, Jiayuan Fu, Xiaohan Li, Huanmin Zhang, Zhizhong Cui, Shuang Chang, Weifeng Shi, Peng Zhao
Chicken anemia virus (CAV) causes diseases in young chickens, which include increased pathogenicity of secondary infectious agents, generalized lymphoid depletion, and immunodepression. In the present study, we have identified 22 CAV strains isolated from several commercial chicken farms in Northern China during 2014-2015. In addition, two CAVs were also isolated from stray mouse and dog feces, respectively. To our knowledge, this is the first report of identification of CAV from mouse and dog feces. Phylogenetic analysis of 121 full-length CAV genome sequences showed that all available CAV could be classified into eight lineages, supported by phylogenetic trees estimated using different methods...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344011/the-epidemiology-pathogenesis-transmission-diagnosis-and-management-of-multidrug-resistant-extensively-drug-resistant-and-incurable-tuberculosis
#10
REVIEW
Keertan Dheda, Tawanda Gumbo, Gary Maartens, Kelly E Dooley, Ruth McNerney, Megan Murray, Jennifer Furin, Edward A Nardell, Leslie London, Erica Lessem, Grant Theron, Paul van Helden, Stefan Niemann, Matthias Merker, David Dowdy, Annelies Van Rie, Gilman K H Siu, Jotam G Pasipanodya, Camilla Rodrigues, Taane G Clark, Frik A Sirgel, Aliasgar Esmail, Hsien-Ho Lin, Sachin R Atre, H Simon Schaaf, Kwok Chiu Chang, Christoph Lange, Payam Nahid, Zarir F Udwadia, C Robert Horsburgh, Gavin J Churchyard, Dick Menzies, Anneke C Hesseling, Eric Nuermberger, Helen McIlleron, Kevin P Fennelly, Eric Goemaere, Ernesto Jaramillo, Marcus Low, Carolina Morán Jara, Nesri Padayatchi, Robin M Warren
Global tuberculosis incidence has declined marginally over the past decade, and tuberculosis remains out of control in several parts of the world including Africa and Asia. Although tuberculosis control has been effective in some regions of the world, these gains are threatened by the increasing burden of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis. XDR tuberculosis has evolved in several tuberculosis-endemic countries to drug-incurable or programmatically incurable tuberculosis (totally drug-resistant tuberculosis)...
March 15, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343954/a-new-whole-mitochondrial-genome-qpcr-wmg-qpcr-with-sybr-green-%C3%A2-to-identify-phlebotomine-sand-fly-blood-meals
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Ana Caroline Moura Rodrigues, Rafaela Damasceno Magalhães, Kalil Andrade Mubarac Romcy, Jeferson Lucas Sousa Freitas, Ana Carolina Fonseca Lindoso Melo, Fernanda Cristina Macedo Rodon, Claudia Maria Leal Bevilaqua, Luciana Magalhães Melo
Phlebotomine sand flies are blood-feeding insects of marked medical and veterinary significance. Investigations on the biology of these insects hold great importance for both ecological and epidemiological purposes. The present work describes a new approach for real-time PCR (qPCR) with SYBR Green(®), named WMG-qPCR, to identify phlebotomine blood meals. The novelty of the assay was to design primers based on the Whole Mitochondrial Genome (WMG) of the potential hosts (human, dog, cat, brown rat and chicken) aiming to amplify through qPCR the regions of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) which are less conserved among all species...
March 9, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343194/lipid-metabolism-and-feeding-habits-of-indigenous-peoples-of-the-sakha-republic-yakutia-in-today-s-socio-economic-development
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Vadim G Krivoshapkin, Anna I Sivtseva, Elena N Sivtseva, Svetlana S Maximova, Leonid F Timofeev, Aytalina S Golderova
INTRODUCTION: By results of a single-step epidemiological research indicators of a lipid range at 355 Evenks of the Olenyoksky District of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) are estimated. The aim of this research was assessment of lipid exchange and character of a delivery of Evenks of the item of Zhilinda. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 355 evenks aged over 20 years (170 men, women-185). Total cholesterol (OCHS), cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins (LDL-CHOLESTEROL), highdensity lipoprotein cholesterol ((XC-LVNP), triglycerides (TG), the calculated coefficient of haemoglobin (Ka)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342346/can-wastewater-based-epidemiology-be-used-to-evaluate-the-health-impact-of-temperature-an-exploratory-study-in-an-australian-population
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Dung Phung, Jochen Mueller, Foon Yin Lai, Jake O'Brien, Nhung Dang, Lidia Morawska, Phong K Thai
Ambient temperature is known to have impact on population health but assessing its impact by the traditional cohort approach is resource intensive. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) could be an alternative for the traditional approach. This study was to provide the first evaluation to see if WBE can be used to assess the impact of temperature exposure to a population in South East Queensland, Australia using selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) as biomarkers. Daily loads of eight PPCPs in wastewater collected from a wastewater treatment plant were measured from February 2011 to June 2012...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342048/assessing-knowledge-performance-and-efficiency-for-hospital-waste-management-a-comparison-of-government-and-private-hospitals-in-pakistan
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Mustafa Ali, Wenping Wang, Nawaz Chaudhry, Yong Geng, Uzma Ashraf
Proper management of healthcare waste is a critical concern in many countries of the world. Rapid urbanization and population growth rates pose serious challenges to healthcare waste management infrastructure in such countries. This study was aimed at assessing the situation of hospital waste management in a major city of Pakistan. Simple random sampling was used to select 12 government and private hospitals in the city. Field visits, physical measurements, and questionnaire survey method were used for data collection...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340739/optimization-and-validation-of-the-methods-for-the-total-mercury-and-methylmercury-determination-in-breast-milk
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Véronique Vacchina, Fabienne Séby, Rachida Chekri, Justine Verdeil, Jean Dumont, Marion Hulin, Véronique Sirot, Jean-Luc Volatier, Raphaël Serreau, Alexandra Rousseau, Tabassome Simon, Thierry Guérin
The objective of the work was to develop and validate methods for the total Hg and methylmercury (MeHg) in breast milk that could be further used to obtain first data on chemical contamination of French breast milk. For total Hg determination, the potential of two techniques, namely Advanced Mercury Analyzer (AMA) and ICP MS, was compared. For MeHg determination, ICP MS detection associated to a quantification by isotopic dilution was used and the potential of a preliminary separation by gas or liquid chromatography was evaluated and discussed...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339023/lead-exposure-and-plasma-mrna-expression-in-erbb2-gene
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Margherita Ferrante, Caterina Ledda, Gea Oliveri Conti, Maria Fiore, Venerando Rapisarda, Chiara Copat, Giuseppe Sole, Nivea Terzo, Salvatore Travali
Epidemiologic data for carcinogenicity in those exposed to lead (Pb) suggests relations with cancers although the totality of the evidence is inconsistent. Alterations in the expression of ERBB receptors have been studied during the development and malignant transformation of different kinds of human tumors where they induce proliferation, angiogenesis and metastasis generation. Relevant clinical data demonstrate the role of ERBB2 receptors in the development and malignancy of human cancers. Therefore, the objective of the present investigation is to give more information on the link between plasma mRNA expression in ERBB2 gene and lead blood levels in a healthy population...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338979/commentary-incorporating-concepts-and-methods-from-causal-inference-into-life-course-epidemiology
#17
Bianca L De Stavola, Rhian M Daniel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338966/a-comparison-of-sensitivity-specificity-imputation-direct-imputation-and-fully-bayesian-analysis-to-adjust-for-exposure-misclassification-when-validation-data-are-unavailable
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Marine Corbin, Stephen Haslett, Neil Pearce, Milena Maule, Sander Greenland
Purpose: Measurement error is an important source of bias in epidemiological studies. We illustrate three approaches to sensitivity analysis for the effect of measurement error: imputation of the 'true' exposure based on specifying the sensitivity and specificity of the measured exposure (SS); direct imputation (DI) using a regression model for the predictive values; and adjustment based on a fully Bayesian analysis. Methods: We deliberately misclassify smoking status in data from a case-control study of lung cancer...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337892/idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-in-a-paediatric-population-a-retrospective-observational-study-on-epidemiology-symptoms-and-treatment
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M Barbagallo, G Vitaliti, F Greco, P Pavone, N Matin, G Panta, R Lubrano, R Falsaperla
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a disorder of unknown origin, which is characterized by elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) without underlying etiological evidence of neurological disease. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate epidemiological features, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings and treatment of sixteen children (7 males and 9 females) with IIH. Medical records of the patients were obtained from the University Paediatric Hospital of Catania, Italy. Clinical features, investigations and treatment approaches were retrieved...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337823/interest-of-the-trajectory-method-for-the-evaluation-of-outcomes-after-in-utero-drug-exposure-example-of-anxiolytics-and-hypnotics
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Caroline Hurault-Delarue, Cécile Chouquet, Nicolas Savy, Isabelle Lacroix, Anna-Belle Beau, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Christine Damase-Michel
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the potential benefit to take into account duration and intensity of drug exposure using the recently published method based on individual drug trajectories. This approach was used to define profiles of exposure to anxiolytics/hypnotics during pregnancy and to evaluate the potential effect on newborn health. METHODS: The study was performed in EFEMERIS database (54 918 mother-children pairs). An estimation of adaptation to extrauterine life was assessed using several criteria especially cardio-respiratory symptoms...
March 24, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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