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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151003/lung-ultrasound-in-the-critically-ill-luci-a-translational-discipline
#1
Daniel A Lichtenstein, Manu L N G Malbrain
In the early days of ultrasound, it was not a translational discipline. The heart was claimed by cardiologists, with others, such as gynaecologists, urologists and vascular surgeons claiming their part while the rest was given to radiologists. Only recently, ultrasound transgressed and crossed the usual borders between the different disciplines, such as emergency and critical care medicine. The advent of portable machines in the early 1980s, allowed the critical care physician to perform bedside ultrasound, and the development of whole body critical care ultrasound (CCUS) was born...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150989/an-evaluation-of-the-sentifit-270-analyser-for-quantitation-of-faecal-haemoglobin-in-the-investigation-of-patients-with-suspected-colorectal-cancer
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Josep M Auge, Cristina Rodriguez, Oihana Espanyol, Liseth Rivero, Silvia Sandalinas, Jaume Grau, Wladimiro Jimenez, Antoni Castells
BACKGROUND: An evaluation of SENTiFIT® 270 (Sentinel Diagnostics, Italy; Sysmex, Spain) analyser for the quantitation of faecal haemoglobin (f-Hb) was performed. METHODS: The analytical imprecision, linearity, carry over and f-Hb stability were determined. Evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy was performed on 487 patients. RESULTS: Within-run and between-run imprecision ranged 1.7%-5.1% and 3.8%-6.2%, respectively. Linearity studies revealed a mean recovery of 101...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150853/poor-agreement-in-questionnaire-based-diagnostic-criteria-for-adult-atopic-dermatitis-is-a-challenge-when-examining-cardiovascular-comorbidity
#3
Yuki M F Andersen, Alexander Egeberg, Carsten R Hamann, Lone Skov, Gunnar H Gislason, Tea Skaaby, Allan Linneberg, Jacob P Thyssen
BACKGROUND: The association between atopic dermatitis (AD) and cardio-metabolic risk factors is not yet established. Furthermore, no validated questionnaire-based method of identifying adults with AD is currently available. OBJECTIVES: To assess the cardio-metabolic risk in adults with a history of AD by using three different questionnaire-based diagnostic criteria. METHODS: We utilized data from a general population study including questionnaire data and objective measurements of 9,656 Danish adults...
November 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150726/tspo-imaging-using-the-novel-pet-ligand-18-f-ge-180-quantification-approaches-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#4
Lena Vomacka, Nathalie Lisa Albert, Simon Lindner, Marcus Unterrainer, Christoph Mahler, Matthias Brendel, Larissa Ermoschkin, Astrid Gosewisch, Anika Brunegraf, Christopher Buckley, Tania Kümpfel, Rainer Rupprecht, Sibylle Ziegler, Martin Kerschensteiner, Peter Bartenstein, Guido Böning
BACKGROUND: PET ligands targeting the translocator protein (TSPO) represent promising tools to visualise neuroinflammation. Here, we analysed parameters obtained in dynamic and static PET images using the novel TSPO ligand [(18)F]GE-180 in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and an approach for semi-quantitative assessment of this disease in clinical routine. Seventeen dynamic [(18)F]GE-180 PET scans of RRMS patients were evaluated (90 min). A pseudo-reference region (PRR) was defined after identification of the least disease-affected brain area by voxel-based comparison with six healthy controls (HC) and upon exclusion of voxels suspected of being affected in static 60-90 min p...
October 26, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150713/efficacy-of-silexan-in-subthreshold-anxiety-meta-analysis-of-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
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Hans-Jürgen Möller, Hans-Peter Volz, Angelika Dienel, Sandra Schläfke, Siegfried Kasper
Subthreshold psychiatric disorders do not fully meet the diagnostic criteria of syndromal disorders but may be associated with comparable disability. To investigate the anxiolytic effect of Silexan, an active substance from lavender oil for oral administration, in patients with subthreshold anxiety, a meta-analysis that included all published trials with Silexan in this indication was performed. Three randomised, placebo-controlled trials in subthreshold anxiety disorders (anxiety disorder not otherwise specified, restlessness and agitation, mixed anxiety and depressive disorder) were included...
November 17, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150710/computed-tomography-perfusion-is-a%C3%A2-useful-adjunct-to-computed-tomography-angiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-brain-death
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M Sawicki, J Sołek-Pastuszka, K Chamier-Ciemińska, A Walecka, J Walecki, R Bohatyrewicz
BACKGROUND: In the diagnosis of brain death (BD), computed tomography angiography (CTA) results in some cases show intracranial filling, leading to diagnostic confusion. Because cerebral circulatory arrest commences at the capillary level, we hypothesized that computed tomography perfusion (CTP) would be a more sensitive approach than CTA; therefore, the aim of the study was to compare the sensitivities of CTP and CTA in the diagnosis of BD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Whole brain CTP was performed in patients in the intensive care unit diagnosed with BD and CTA was derived from CTP datasets...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150651/comprehensive-functional-enrichment-analysis-of-male-infertility
#7
Seyed Morteza Razavi, Marjan Sabbaghian, Mahdi Jalili, Adeleh Divsalar, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Ali Salehzadeh-Yazdi
Spermatogenesis is a multifactorial process that forms differentiated sperm cells in a complex microenvironment. This process involves the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, and proteome to ensure the stability of the spermatogonia and supporting cells. The identification of signaling pathways linked to infertility has been hampered by the inherent complexity and multifactorial aspects of spermatogenesis. Systems biology is a promising approach to unveil underlying signaling pathways and genes and identify putative biomarkers...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150535/disparities-in-management-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-rural-south-africa-data-from-the-haalsi-study-health-and-aging-in-africa-longitudinal-studies-of-international-network-for-the-demographic-evaluation-of-populations-and-their-health-communities
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Thiago Veiga Jardim, Sheridan Reiger, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Nigel J Crowther, Alisha Wade, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
BACKGROUND: Optimal secondary prevention is critical for the reduction of repeated cardiovascular events, and the control of cardiovascular risk factors in this context is essential. Data on secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in sub-Saharan Africa are needed to inform intervention strategies with a particular focus on local disparities. The aim of this study was to assess CVD management in a rural community in northeast South Africa. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited adults aged ≥40 years residing in the Agincourt subdistrict of Mpumalanga province...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150480/effect-of-time-to-diagnostic-testing-for-breast-cervical-and-colorectal-cancer-screening-abnormalities-on-screening-efficacy-a-modeling-study
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Carolyn M Rutter, Jane J Kim, Reinier G S Meester, Brian L Sprague, Emily A Burger, Ann G Zauber, Mehmet Ali Ergun, Nicole G Campos, Chyke A Doubeni, Amy Trentham-Dietz, Stephen Sy, Oguz Alagoz, Natasha Stout, Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar, Douglas A Corley, Anna Tosteson
BACKGROUND: Patients who receive an abnormal cancer screening result require follow-up for diagnostic testing, but the time to follow-up varies across patients and practices. METHODS: We used a simulation study to estimate the change in lifetime screening benefits when time to follow-up for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers was increased. Estimates were based on four independently developed microsimulation models that each simulated the life course of adults eligible for breast (women aged 50-74 years), cervical (women aged 21-65 years), or colorectal (adults aged 50-75 years) cancer screening...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150462/comprehensive-analysis-of-vitreous-specimens-for-uveitis-classification-a-prospective-multicentre-observational-study
#10
Kazuichi Maruyama, Tohru Inaba, Sunao Sugita, Ryo Ichinohasama, Kenji Nagata, Shigeru Kinoshita, Manabu Mochizuki, Toru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: To determine the clinical relevance of vitreous biomarkers in patients with uveitis. DESIGN: Multicentre, prospective, observational study. SETTING: Uveitis outpatient clinics of two academic medical centres in Japan. PATIENT POPULATION: This study included 234 eyes of 191 patients with various uveitis aetiologies: definitive sarcoidosis (61 eyes of 46 patients), suspected sarcoidosis (60 eyes of 45 patients), intraocular tumour (34 eyes of 27 patients), viral infection (20 eyes of 18 patients), non-sarcoidosis (16 eyes of 16 patients) and unknown aetiology (43 eyes of 39 patients)...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150458/diagnostic-accuracy-of-neonatal-assessment-for-gestational-age-determination-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Anne Cc Lee, Pratik Panchal, Lian Folger, Hilary Whelan, Rachel Whelan, Bernard Rosner, Hannah Blencowe, Joy E Lawn
CONTEXT: An estimated 15 million neonates are born preterm annually. However, in low- and middle-income countries, the dating of pregnancy is frequently unreliable or unknown. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis to determine the diagnostic accuracy of neonatal assessments to estimate gestational age (GA). DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Web of Science, POPLINE, and World Health Organization library databases...
November 17, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150390/pulmonary-embolism-rule-out-criteria-perc-rule-in-european-patients-with-low-implicit-clinical-probability-percepic-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
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Andrea Penaloza, Caroline Soulié, Thomas Moumneh, Quentin Delmez, Alexandre Ghuysen, Dominique El Kouri, Christian Brice, Nicolas S Marjanovic, Jacques Bouget, Fares Moustafa, Albert Trinh-Duc, Catherine Le Gall, Lionel Imsaad, Jean-Marie Chrétien, Béatrice Gable, Philippe Girard, Olivier Sanchez, Jeannot Schmidt, Grégoire Le Gal, Guy Meyer, Nicolas Delvau, Pierre-Marie Roy
BACKGROUND: The ability of the pulmonary embolism rule-out criteria (PERC) to exclude pulmonary embolism without further testing remains debated outside the USA, especially in the population with suspected pulmonary embolism who have a high prevalence of the condition. Our main objective was to prospectively assess the predictive value of negative PERC to rule out pulmonary embolism among European patients with low implicit clinical probability. METHODS: We did a multicentre, prospective, observational study in 12 emergency departments in France and Belgium...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150383/the-diagnostic-clinical-value-of-thumb-metacarpal-grind-pressure-shear-flexion-and-extension-tests-for-carpometacarpal-osteoarthritis
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Yaron Sela, Jodi Seftchick, William L Wang, Mark E Baratz
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical measurement. INTRODUCTION: Common provocative maneuvers to differentiate thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) osteoarthritis from other sources of pain are the grind, metacarpal (MC) flexion, and MC extension tests. A maneuver known as the pressure-shear test is described here. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To compare the diagnostic value of the grind, metacarpal flexion, metacarpal extension, and pressure-shear tests for CMC osteoarthritis of the thumb...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150366/optimal-ultrasound-criteria-for-grading-stenosis-of-the-superficial-femoral-artery
#14
Mingjie Gao, Yang Hua, Xinyu Zhao, Lingyun Jia, Jie Yang, Beibei Liu
This retrospective study determined the duplex ultrasound scanning criteria for detecting 50%-69% and 70%-99% stenosis of the superficial femoral artery (SFA). Examinations of 278 limbs in 185 patients with peripheral arterial disease were performed. Duplex ultrasound scanning was used to measure the diameter of the vascular lumen, the peak systolic velocity (PSV) at the stenotic segment of the SFA (PSVst), the segment proximal to the stenosis (PSVpro) and the popliteal artery (PSVpop, distal to the stenosis)...
November 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150327/diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-shear-wave-elastography-in-the-detection-of-portal-hypertension-in-pediatric-patients
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M Burak Özkan, M C Bilgici, E Eren, G Caltepe
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of point shear wave elastography (p-SWE) of the liver and spleen for the detection of portal hypertension in pediatric patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study consisted of 38 healthy children and 56 pediatric patients with biopsy-proven liver disease who underwent splenic and liver p-SWE. The diagnostic performance of p-SWE in detecting clinically significant portal hypertension was assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves...
November 14, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150323/screening-of-patient-blood-samples-for-babesiosis-using-enzymatic-assays
#16
Shekerah Primus, Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Nikhat Parveen
Human babesiosis is an emerging tick-borne disease in the United States and Europe. Transmitted by Ixodes ticks, the causative agent Babesia microti is an intraerythrocytic parasite that causes mild to deadly disease. Transmission of B. microti can also occur by transfusion of infected blood and blood products resulting in transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB), which carries a high risk of fatality. To effectively manage this rise in B. microti infections, better screening tools are needed, which require minimal manipulation of the samples before testing...
November 12, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150310/zika-virus-in-french-polynesia-2013-14-anatomy-of-a-completed-outbreak
#17
REVIEW
Didier Musso, Hervé Bossin, Henri Pierre Mallet, Marianne Besnard, Julien Broult, Laure Baudouin, José Eduardo Levi, Ester C Sabino, Frederic Ghawche, Marion C Lanteri, David Baud
The Zika virus crisis exemplified the risk associated with emerging pathogens and was a reminder that preparedness for the worst-case scenario, although challenging, is needed. Herein, we review all data reported during the unexpected emergence of Zika virus in French Polynesia in late 2013. We focus on the new findings reported during this outbreak, especially the first description of severe neurological complications in adults and the retrospective description of CNS malformations in neonates, the isolation of Zika virus in semen, the potential for blood-transfusion transmission, mother-to-child transmission, and the development of new diagnostic assays...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150301/is-subchondral-bone-cyst-formation-in-non-load-bearing-region-of-osteoarthritic-knee-a-vascular-problem
#18
Pok Man Boris Chan, Chunyi Wen, Wai Ching Yang, Chunhoi Yan, KwongYuen Chiu
Subchondral bone cyst is common in the progressive knee osteoarthritis yet its underlying mechanism remains unclear. In addition to the existing theories such as synovial fluid influx and mechanical contusion, we identified the potential link between vascular pathology and osteoarthritic bone pathologies including cystic lesion formation, particularly in the non-load-bearing region. This new hypothesis for SBC formation in non-load-bearing region for knee, which cannot be explained by the existing theories, will provide us a new angle to understand the pathomechanism and pathophysiology of subchondral bone disturbance in osteoarthritis in addition to the classical biomechanical overloading theories...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150285/a-review-of-prevalence-studies-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-by-latitude-and-solar-irradiance-impact
#19
Somayya Syed, Kathleen A Moore, Evita March
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disability with no known cause or cure. Among the suggested etiologies, is Cannell's hypothesis of a deficiency in Vitamin D the main natural source of which is Solar Ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation. The aim in this paper is to build on this hypothesis and explore the relationship of solar irradiance of which UVB is a component, by latitude with the prevalence rates of ASD. Twenty-five reports published between 2011 and 2016 using comparable diagnostic criteria were reviewed...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150249/accuracy-of-the-cobas-egfr-mutation-assay-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-compared-with-three-laboratory-developed-tests
#20
Haruhiko Nakamura, Hirotaka Koizumi, Hiroki Sakai, Hiroyuki Kimura, Tomoyuki Miyazawa, Hideki Marushima, Hisashi Saji, Masayuki Takagi
BACKGROUND: The reliability of the cobas EGFR assay to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as an in vitro diagnostic test was compared with 3 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: After screening for EGFR mutations using formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded NSCLC tissue sections using the cobas EGFR assay, 151 samples were further tested with 3 LDTs; the peptide nucleic acid-locked nucleic acid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) clamp, PCR invader, and Cycleave assays...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
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