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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320188/clinical-significance-of-changes-in-serum-neuroglobin-and-hif-1%C3%AE-concentrations-during-the-early-phase-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Lixia Xue, Hao Chen, Kaili Lu, Jiankang Huang, Hao Duan, Yuwu Zhao
BACKGROUND: Neuroglobin (NGB) has been described as a neuroprotective agent in cerebral ischemia, hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) has shown an important role in modulating hypoxic and ischemic injury, and therefore they have the potential to impact outcomes after acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Thus, we investigated early changes in the concentrations of serum NGB and HIF-1α after AIS and evaluated the relations of both NGB and HIF-1α to stroke severity and prognosis. METHODS: We prospectively measured the serum concentrations of NGB and HIF-1α in 40 patients with AIS at 24, 48, 72, and 96h after stroke...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320178/profile-of-von-willebrand-factor-antigen-and-von-willebrand-factor-propeptide-in-an-overall-tia-and-ischaemic-stroke-population-and-amongst-subtypes
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W O Tobin, J A Kinsella, G F Kavanagh, J S O'Donnell, R T McGrath, S Tierney, B Egan, T M Feeley, T Coughlan, D R Collins, D O'Neill, Sjx Murphy, S J Lim, R P Murphy, Djh McCabe
INTRODUCTION: Von Willebrand factor propeptide (VWF:Ag II) is proposed to be a more sensitive marker of acute endothelial activation than von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag). Simultaneous data on VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II profiles are very limited following TIA and ischaemic stroke. METHODS: In this prospective, observational, case-control study, plasma VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels were quantified in 164 patients≤4weeks of TIA or ischaemic stroke (baseline), and then ≥14days (14d) and ≥90days (90d) later, and compared with those from 27 healthy controls...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320170/evaluating-the-association-of-allergies-with-multiple-sclerosis-susceptibility-risk-and-disease-activity-in-a-pediatric-population
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Theresa Bourne, Michael Waltz, T C Casper, K Kavak, G Aaen, A Belman, L Benson, M Candee, T Chitnis, J Graves, B Greenberg, M Gorman, Y Harris, L Krupp, T Lotze, S Mar, J Ness, C Olsen, S Roalstad, M Rodriguez, J Rose, J Rubin, T Schreiner, J M Tillema, I Kahn, A Waldman, L Barcellos, E Waubant, B Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and allergies are both considered to be related to imbalanced Th1 and Th2 immune responses. Previous studies evaluating the relationship between MS and allergies provide conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: To assess allergies and asthma as risk factors for MS and as predictors of MS relapses in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: The environment and genetic risk factors for pediatric MS study is a national case-control project with 16 participating US sites...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320118/prothrombin-complex-concentrate-administration-for-bleeding-associated-with-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-the-samurai-nvaf-study
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Sohei Yoshimura, Shoichiro Sato, Kenichi Todo, Yasushi Okada, Eisuke Furui, Takayuki Matsuki, Hiroshi Yamagami, Masatoshi Koga, Jun C Takahashi, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka, Shoji Arihiro, Kazunori Toyoda
BACKGROUND: Antidotes appropriate for non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are not yet in widespread clinical use. Efficacy of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) in NOAC-associated bleeding remains unclarified. METHODS: Ten NOAC users (4 women, median 74years old) who developed major bleeding and received PCC were prospectively enrolled. Eight single-center NOAC users (0 women, median 74years old) with intracerebral hemorrhage, who over the same period did not receive PCC, were studied for comparison...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320115/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-in-puerperium-a-prospective-study
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Gian Paolo Anzola, Renato Brighenti, Milena Cobelli, Alessia Giossi, Sara Mazzucco, Silvia Olivato, Elisa Pari, Maria Paola Piras, Alessandro Padovani, Fabrizio Rinaldi, Giulia Turri
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by severe "thunderclap" headache, with or without associated neurological symptoms and neuroimaging findings of reversible vasoconstriction of cerebral arteries. Puerperium is a recognized precipitant, but the incidence of puerperal RCVS is unknown. We conducted a prospective study to assess incidence, risk factors and clinical features of RCVS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Nine-hundred consecutive puerperae were prospectively enrolled within three days of delivery...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320052/soft-tissue-infections-from-fish-spike-wounds-normal-commensal-bacteria-are-more-common-than-marine-pathogens
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Hannah Collins, Kin Mun Lee, Paul T-Y Cheng, Sarah Hulme
BACKGROUND: A fish spike injury can be sustained by anyone handling fish; during fishing, meal preparation or in retail. Case reports of fish spikes inoculating victims with virulent marine-specific pathogens and causing systemic illness led us to question whether empirical treatment of these injuries with amoxicillin and clavulanic acid is adequate. METHODS: This 2-year prospective observational study was conducted at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand...
March 20, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320045/local-recurrence-after-laparoscopic-radiofrequency-ablation-of-malignant-liver-tumors-results-of-a-contemporary-series
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Hideo Takahashi, Muhammet Akyuz, Erol Aksoy, Koray Karabulut, Eren Berber
INTRODUCTION: The aims of this study were to determine the incidence of Local recurrence (LR) in patients at long-term follow-up after laparoscopic RFA (LRFA) and also to determine the risk factors for LR from a contemporary series. METHODS: Patients undergoing LRFA between 2005 and 2014 by a single surgeon were reviewed. Demographic and perioperative data were analyzed from a prospective database. RESULTS: LRFA was performed on 316 patients with 901 lesions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320033/is-the-relationship-between-short-interpregnancy-interval-and-preterm-birth-related-to-a-short-cervix
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S Govindappagari, N Zork, A Merriam, C Gyamfi-Bannerman
Objective Our objective was to determine if the relationship between interpregnancy interval (IPI) and preterm delivery was related to cervical shortening. Methods This is a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study designed to assess the relationship between cervical length (CL) and preterm delivery. Multiparous patients, who had transvaginal CLs obtained at 22 to 24 weeks and complete pregnancy outcome data available were included. The women were divided into two groups: Group 1 with an IPI of ≤ 1 year and Group 2 with an IPI of > 1 year...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320031/can-the-induction-of-labor-with-misoprostol-increase-maternal-blood-loss
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Paulo César Praciano Souza, Karla Santana Azevedo Damasceno, Edward Araujo Júnior, Carlos Augusto Alencar Júnior, Francisco Edson de Lucena Feitosa
Purpose To evaluate blood loss during misoprostol-induced vaginal births and during cesarean sections after attempted misoprostol induction. Methods We conducted a prospective observational study in 101 pregnant women indicated for labor induction; pre- and postpartum hemoglobin levels were measured to estimate blood loss during delivery. Labor was induced by administering 25 µg vaginal misoprostol every 6 hours (with a maximum of 6 doses). The control group included 30 patients who spontaneously entered labor, and 30 patients who underwent elective cesarean section...
February 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320028/extent-of-decompression-of-lumbar-spinal-canal-after-endoscopic-surgery
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Naresh Kumar Dewanngan, Yad Ram Yadav, Vijay Singh Parihar, Shailendra Ratre, Yatin Kher, Pushpraj Bhatele
Introduction Endoscopic techniques are being used in lumbar disk disease and lumbar canal stenosis to decompress the spinal canal. The present study analyzed pre- and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of the lumbar canal. Material and Methods This was a prospective study of 30 lumbar levels. Patients < 18 years of age with unilateral compression, previous surgery at the same level, and spinal instability were excluded. Endoscopic posterior decompression was used. Pre- and postoperative MRIs of all the patients were performed...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319997/intradiscal-glucocorticoid-injection-for-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-associated-with-active-discopathy-a-randomized-trial
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Christelle Nguyen, Isabelle Boutron, Gabriel Baron, Katherine Sanchez, Clémence Palazzo, Raphaël Benchimol, Guillaume Paris, Étienne James-Belin, Marie-Martine Lefèvre-Colau, Johann Beaudreuil, Jean-Denis Laredo, Anne Béra-Louville, Anne Cotten, Jean-Luc Drapé, Antoine Feydy, Philippe Ravaud, François Rannou, Serge Poiraudeau
Background: Active discopathy is associated with a specific phenotype of chronic low back pain (LBP). Local inflammation has a role in active discopathy-associated symptoms. Objective: To assess the efficacy of a single glucocorticoid intradiscal injection (GC IDI) in patients with chronic LBP with active discopathy. Design: Prospective, parallel-group, double-blind, randomized, controlled study. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00804531). Setting: 3 tertiary care centers in France...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319990/a-decision-support-approach-for-provider-scheduling-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
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Renata Konrad, Sarah Ficarra, Catherine Danko, Rachel Wallace, Cliona Archambeault
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed as a viable and medically effective model of primary care delivery. The fundamental principles of a PCMH address increased access and offer new ways to organize a practice. Creating provider schedules able to satisfy the operational and organizational constraints imposed by this type of delivery model is a challenging, complex, and time-consuming task.This article presents a two-step approach for scheduling providers and prospectively assessing the consequences of various schedules on patient throughput without experimenting on the real-world system...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319953/dual-versus-single-energy-ct-angiography-imaging-for-patients-undergoing-intracranial-aneurysm-repair
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Amr Abdulazim, Christian Rubbert, Dorothea Reichelt, Christian Mathys, Bernd Turowski, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Daniel Hänggi, Nima Etminan
BACKGROUND: The invasiveness and risk of thromboembolic complications of catheter angiography underline the need for alternative imaging modalities in patients following intracranial aneurysm (IA) repair. However, the overall image quality of existing noninvasive imaging modalities, such as single-energy CT angiography (SE-CTA), compromises its value in this respect. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively investigated the value of a novel dual-energy CTA (DE-CTA) scanner and algorithm for assessing the degree of occlusion and parent vessel patency in patients following IA repair...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319946/rebleeding-and-outcome-in-patients-with-symptomatic-brain-stem-cavernomas
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Antonio Arauz, Hernán M Patiño-Rodriguez, Mónica Chavarria-Medina, Mayra Becerril, Gabriel Mauricio Longo, Edgar Nathal
PURPOSE: We sought to evaluate the long-term functional outcomes and identify the potential risk factors for rebleeding in patients with brain stem cavernous malformations (BCMs) who presented with hemorrhages and were surgically or conservatively treated and prospectively monitored. METHODS: From January 1990 to July 2015, we included patients with first hemorrhagic episodes secondary to single BCMs. Modified Rankin score (mRS) was used for neurological status assessment...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319943/femoral-neck-x-ray-absorptiometry-parameters-and-peripheral-quantitative-computer-tomography-tibial-cortical-density-predict-survival-in-dialysis-patients
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Natalie Yap, Phillip Wong, Stella McGinn, Maria-Liza Nery, Jean Doyle, Lynda Wells, Phillip Clifton-Bligh, Roderick J Clifton-Bligh
BACKGROUND: Low bone mineral density (BMD) is a known independent predictor of mortality in the general elderly population. However, studies in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are limited. The present study evaluated mortality during long-term follow-up in a population of patients having dialysis for ESRD, in whom BMD was also measured. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with ESRD were recruited consecutively from a dialysis clinic and followed prospectively for 6 years...
March 21, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319854/extremely-thermophilic-energy-metabolisms-biotechnological-prospects
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Christopher T Straub, Benjamin M Zeldes, Gerrit J Schut, Michael Ww Adams, Robert M Kelly
New strategies for metabolic engineering of extremely thermophilic microorganisms to produce bio-based fuels and chemicals could leverage pathways and physiological features resident in extreme thermophiles for improved outcomes. Furthermore, very recent advances in genetic tools for these microorganisms make it possible for them to serve as metabolic engineering hosts. Beyond providing a higher temperature alternative to mesophilic platforms, exploitation of strategic metabolic characteristics of high temperature microorganisms grants new opportunities for biotechnological products...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319829/evaluation-of-the-pharmacokinetics-of-imipenem-following-regional-limb-perfusion-using-the-saphenous-and-the-cephalic-veins-in-standing-horses
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G Kelmer, A J Tatz, E Kdoshim, M Britzi, G Segev
This prospective experimental study goal was to determine the pharmacokinetics of imipenem after intravenous regional limb perfusion (IV-RLP) in standing horses. Nine horses participated in the study; that was approved by the University Animal Care and Use Committee. One thoracic limb or one pelvic limb of each horse was randomly selected. After the veins were catheterized, an Esmarch bandage tourniquet was applied and the catheter was injected with a solution containing 500mg of imipenem. Synovial fluid samples were collected from the fetlock joint and blood samples were collected from the jugular vein...
February 24, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319824/effect-of-long-term-remote-ischaemic-conditioning-on-platelet-function-and-fibrinolysis-in-patients-with-chronic-ischaemic-heart-failure
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Kasper Pryds, Jacobina Kristiansen, Søs Neergaard-Petersen, Roni R Nielsen, Michael R Schmidt, Jens Refsgaard, Steen D Kristensen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Anne-Mette Hvas, Erik L Grove
INTRODUCTION: Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) protects against ischaemia-reperfusion injury through cellular protective pathways, but may also modulate haemostasis. We aimed to investigate the effect of long-term RIC on platelet function and fibrinolysis in patients with chronic ischaemic heart failure (CIHF). MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a prospective, outcome-assessor blinded, paired study, 16 patients with CIHF and 21 age- and gender-matched controls without ischaemic heart disease (IHD) were treated with RIC once daily for 28±4days...
March 10, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319801/first-trimester-prediction-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-clinical-model-based-on-maternal-demographic-parameters
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Arianne N Sweeting, Heidi Appelblom, Glynis P Ross, Jencia Wong, Heikki Kouru, Paul F Williams, Mikko Sairanen, Jon A Hyett
AIM: Develop a first trimester risk prediction model for GDM based on maternal clinical characteristics in a large metropolitan multi-ethnic population and compare its performance to that of other recently published GDM prediction models and clinical risk scoring systems. METHODS: A retrospective case control study of 248 women who developed GDM and 732 controls who did not. Maternal clinical parameters were prospectively obtained at 11-13(+6) weeks' gestation. A predictive multivariate regression model for GDM was developed, evaluated using areas under the receiver-operating characteristic (AUC) curve...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319768/quantitative-evaluation-of-the-interfacial-interactions-between-a-randomly-rough-sludge-floc-and-membrane-surface-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-based-on-fractal-geometry
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Meijia Zhang, Xiaoling Zhou, Liguo Shen, Xiang Cai, Fangyuan Wang, Jianrong Chen, Hongjun Lin, Renjie Li, Xilin Wu, Bao-Qiang Liao
In this paper, a new method for quantification of interfacial interactions between a randomly rough particle and membrane surface was proposed. It was found that sludge flocs in a membrane bioreactor were of apparent fractal characteristics, and could be modeled by the modified two-variable Weierstrass-Mandelbrot (WM) function. By combining the surface element integration (SEI) method, differential geometry and composite Simpson's rule, the quantitation method for calculating such interfacial interactions was further developed...
March 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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