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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931176/the-role-of-cortisol-acth-ratio-for-screening-of-subclinical-hypercortisolism-in-patients-with-adrenal-incidentalomas
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Lele Li, Guoqing Yang, Jingtao Dou, Weijun Gu, Zhaohui Lv, Juming Lu, Yiming Mu
Introduction The cortisol/ACTH ratio was supposed to be helpful in the screening of subclinical hypercortisolism (SHC) in the published literatures. This study assessed the cortisol/ACTH ratio in patients with adrenal incidentaloma (AI) confirmed to have SHC and investigated its role for screening SCS in patients with AI. Methods This descriptive retrospective study included 183 patients with AIs [45 with SHC and 138 with non-functional adenoma (NFA)]. Cortisol and ACTH levels were measured at 8:00, 16:00, and 0:00, and the cortisol/ACTH ratio was calculated...
September 20, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930543/eeg-and-erp-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-critical-review
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Andras Horvath, Anna Szucs, Gabor Csukly, Anna Sakovics, Gabor Stefanics, Anita Kamondi
Here we critically review studies that used electroencephalography (EEG) or event-related potential (ERP) indices as a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease. In the first part we overview studies that relied on visual inspection of EEG traces and spectral characteristics of EEG. Second, we survey analysis methods motivated by dynamical systems theory (DST) as well as more recent network connectivity approaches. In the third part we review studies of sleep.  Next, we compare the utility of early and late ERP components in dementia research...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928001/the-potential-use-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems-drones-in-mountain-search-and-rescue-operations
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Yunus Karaca, Mustafa Cicek, Ozgur Tatli, Aynur Sahin, Sinan Pasli, Muhammed Fatih Beser, Suleyman Turedi
OBJECTIVE: This study explores the potential use of drones in searching for and locating victims and of motorized transportation of search and rescue providers in a mountain environment using a simulation model. METHODS: This prospective randomized simulation study was performed in order to compare two different search and rescue techniques in searching for an unconscious victim on snow-covered ground. In the control arm, the Classical Line Search Technique (CLT) was used, in which the search is performed on foot and the victim is reached on foot...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926585/degree-sums-and-dense-spanning-trees
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Tao Li, Yingqi Gao, Qiankun Dong, Hua Wang
Finding dense spanning trees (DST) in unweighted graphs is a variation of the well studied minimum spanning tree problem (MST). We utilize established mathematical properties of extremal structures with the minimum sum of distances between vertices to formulate some general conditions on the sum of vertex degrees. We analyze the performance of various combinations of these degree sum conditions in finding dense spanning subtrees and apply our approach to practical examples. After briefly describing our algorithm we also show how it can be used on variations of DST, motivated by variations of MST...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918567/expansion-of-parents-undetermined-experience-in-socioeducational-programs-extending-the-dialogical-self-theory
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Dany Boulanger
The Dialogic Self Theory (DST-Hermans et al. Integrative Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 51(4), 1-31, 2017) is extended here in its dynamic aspects through focusing on the notions of indeterminacy, emptiness and movement. Linking with Husserl, I propose moving the dialogical self (DS) from a clear position in the "repertory of the Self" to an undetermined horizon. This makes it possible to introduce "holes" (emptiness) into the schematic representation of the "repertory of the Self". Yet Husserl's concept of horizon seems to focus too much on making the indeterminable determinate...
September 16, 2017: Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911354/drug-resistance-patterns-among-extra-pulmonary-tuberculosis-cases-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-north-india
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S K Sharma, J Chaubey, B K Singh, R Sharma, A Mittal, A Sharma
BACKGROUND: xtra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is a growing public health concern, and data on drug resistance are limited. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Specimens from 2468 clinically diagnosed EPTB patients received at the Intermediate Reference Laboratory (IRL) of a tertiary centre in India were subjected to Ziehl-Neelsen staining, Xpert® MTB/RIF testing, liquid culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST) using automated BACTEC MGIT™ 960™. Line-probe assay (LPA) was performed on all culture-positive isolates...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893193/light-emitting-diode-fluorescent-microscopy-and-xpert-mtb-rif%C3%A2-assay-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-patients-attending-ambo-hospital-west-central-ethiopia
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Alemu Gadissa Gelalcha, Abebaw Kebede, Hassen Mamo
BACKGROUND: The relatively simple and cheaper light-emitting diode fluorescent microscopy (LED-FM) was recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to replace the conventional tuberculosis (TB) microscopy in both high- and low-volume laboratories. More recently the WHO also endorsed one more technique, Xpert MTB/RIF® assay (Xpert), for improved TB diagnosis particularly among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected cases. However, the relative performance of both of these tools differs from setting to setting in reference to the conventional TB diagnostics...
September 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887710/increased-mortality-in-patients-with-adrenal-incidentalomas-and-autonomous-cortisol-secretion-a-13-year-retrospective-study-from-one-center
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Jekaterina Patrova, Magnus Kjellman, Hans Wahrenberg, Henrik Falhammar
PURPOSE: To compare long-term outcomes in patients with adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) with the response to a 1 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (DST). METHODS: Consecutive patients with "non-functional" AIs (n = 365) were examined. Patients with overt hormone excess, adrenocortical cancer and known malignancy had been excluded. Patients were classified to normal cortisol secretion group (n = 204, DST ≤ 50 nmol/l), possible autonomous cortisol secretion group (n = 128, DST 51-138 nmol/l) and autonomous cortisol secretion group (n = 33, DST ≥ 138 nmol/l)...
September 8, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887289/baseline-resistance-and-cross-resistance-among-fluoroquinolones-in-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-at-a-national-reference-laboratory
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Mamatha H G, V Shanthi
OBJECTIVES: Pre-existing fluoroquinolone (FQ) resistance in Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) patients is a major threat in treating MDR TB. This study was conducted to assess the percentage of FQ resistance among MDR TB patients and to determine whether there is complete cross-resistance between FQs (ofloxacin, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin) used as second line drugs in TB treatment. METHODS: Among 879 MDR TB suspects tested, 68 were confirmed to be MDRTB and mono rifampicin resistant...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870189/can-digital-stories-go-where-palliative-care-research-has-never-gone-before-a-descriptive-qualitative-study-exploring-the-application-of-an-emerging-public-health-research-method-in-an-indigenous-palliative-care-context
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Lisa Williams, Merryn Gott, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Stella Black, Shuchi Kothari, Sarina Pearson, Tessa Morgan, Matua Rawiri Wharemate, Whaea Whio Hansen
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for global approaches to palliative care development. Yet it is questionable whether one-size-fits-all solutions can accommodate international disparities in palliative care need. More flexible research methods are called for in order to understand diverse priorities at local levels. This is especially imperative for Indigenous populations and other groups underrepresented in the palliative care evidence-base. Digital storytelling (DST) offers the potential to be one such method...
September 4, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869226/inconsistency-in-the-reporting-of-antitubercular-drug-susceptibility-tests-in-an-endemic-region
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Avinandan Saha, Preyas J Vaidya, Vinod B Chavhan, Kamlesh V Pandey, Arvind H Kate, Prashant N Chhajed
BACKGROUND: Individualized treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) is associated with improved outcomes. Therapy needs to be tailored to drug susceptibility testing (DST) results. We present our observations on the inconsistency in DST reporting in an endemic region with a high prevalence of MDR TB. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 118 DST reports from 10 different laboratories. OBSERVATIONS: Of 118 patients, only 79 (67%) had DST reports with results to all first-line drugs, a fluoroquinolone (excluding ciprofloxacin), all aminoglycosides, and a polypeptide...
September 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861650/optimal-timing-of-drug-sensitivity-testing-for-patients-on-first-line-tuberculosis-treatment
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Sze-Chuan Suen, Margaret L Brandeau, Jeremy D Goldhaber-Fiebert
Effective treatment for tuberculosis (TB) patients on first-line treatment involves triaging those with drug-resistant (DR) TB to appropriate treatment alternatives. Patients likely to have DR TB are identified using results from repeated inexpensive sputum-smear (SS) tests and expensive but definitive drug sensitivity tests (DST). Early DST may lead to high costs and unnecessary testing; late DST may lead to poor health outcomes and disease transmission. We use a partially observable Markov decision process (POMDP) framework to determine optimal DST timing...
August 31, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860519/dopaminergic-modulation-of-biological-motion-perception-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Tingting Liu, Panpan Hu, Ruihua Cao, Xing Ye, Yanghua Tian, Xianwen Chen, Kai Wang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder pathologically characterized by a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. In previous studies, greater attention was paid to impairments in motor disturbances in contrast to impairments of cognitive function in PD that was often ignored. In present study, a duration discrimination paradigm was used to assess global and local biological motion (BM) perception in healthy controls(HCs) and PD patients with and without dopamine substitution treatment (DST)...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855997/collagen-gel-droplet-embedded-culture-drug-sensitivity-testing-in-hard-palate-cancer-predicted-antitumor-efficacy-of-cetuximab-a-case-report
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Kaname Sakuma, Ryuki Tamura, Naoto Noda, Masutaka Mizutani, Akira Yamaguchi, Akira Tanaka
In vitro anticancer drug sensitivity assessments have been performed for various types of cancer, and an association with clinical response has been observed. The collagen gel droplet-embedded culture drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) is an in vitro anticancer drug sensitivity test that has recently reported to be useful in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). CD-DST allows for the analysis of a smaller number of cells compared with other anticancer drug sensitivity tests. The present study reported a successful analysis of anticancer drug sensitivity using CD-DST on cervical lymph node tissue dissected following neoadjuvant chemotherapy from a 55-year-old man with advanced hard palate cancer...
October 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830384/emergence-and-clonal-transmission-of-multi-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-among-patients-in-chad
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Awa Ba Diallo, Gedeon W Ossoga, Geraldine Daneau, Seynabou Lo, Richard Ngandolo, Colette Diguimbaye Djaibé, Barou Djouater, Souleymane Mboup, Bouke C de Jong, Aissatou G Diallo, Florian Gehre
BACKGROUND: Emergence of Multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains constitutes a significant public health problem worldwide. Prevalence of MDR tuberculosis from Chad is unavailable to date. METHODS: We collected samples from consecutive TB patients nationwide in the seven major cities of Chad between 2007 and 2012 to characterize drug resistance and the population structure of circulating Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains. We tested drug sensitivity using Line Probe Assays and phenotypic drug susceptibility testing (DST) were used for second line drugs...
August 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826447/trends-in-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-china-data-from-a-clinical-tuberculosis-centre
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S Liao, C Cai, F-M Huo, J-N Wu, C-C Kong, H-R Huang, S-F Xu, Z-G Sun
OBJECTIVE: To describe the trends in prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among in-patients in Beijing Chest Hospital, Beijing, China, using a 10-year retrospective study. DESIGN: From 2005 to 2014, 18 310 in-patients with TB were recruited for the study, most of whom were referrals; no distinction was made between new and previously treated cases. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) was performed in culture-positive cases using the proportion method to determine multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB)...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823010/the-reliability-of-rifampicin-resistance-as-a-proxy-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-systematic-review-of-studies-from-iran
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M J Nasiri, S Zamani, A Pormohammad, M M Feizabadi, H R Aslani, M Amin, R Halabian, A A Imani Fooladi
In Iran, patients showing rifampicin (RIF) resistance detected by the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay are considered as candidates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. Despite the fact that RIF resistance has been used as a proxy for MDR-TB, little is known about the proportion of isoniazid (INH) resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB. We systematically searched MEDLINE, Embase, and other databases up to March 2017 for studies addressing the proportion of INH resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB in Iran...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822756/differences-in-psychosocial-and-behavioral-variables-by-dietary-screening-tool-risk-category-in-older-adults
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Geoffrey W Greene, Ingrid Lofgren, Chelsea Paulin, Mary L Greaney, Phillip G Clark
BACKGROUND: The Dietary Screening Tool (DST) has been validated as a dietary screening instrument for older adults defining three categories of potential nutritional risk based on DST score cutoffs. Previous research has found that older adults classified as being "at risk" differed from those categorized as being "not at risk" for a limited number of health-related variables. The relationship between risk categories and a wide variety of variables has not yet been explored. This research will contribute to an increased understanding of clustering of multiple health concerns in this population...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811897/impact-of-in-vitro-chemosensitivity-test-guided-platinum-based-adjuvant-chemotherapy-on-the-surgical-outcomes-of-patients-with-p-stage-iiia-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-that-underwent-complete-resection
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Yuki Akazawa, Masahiko Higashiyama, Kazumi Nishino, Jyunji Uchida, Toru Kumagai, Takako Inoue, Ayako Fujiwara, Toshiteru Tokunaga, Jiro Okami, Fumio Imamura, Ken Kodama, Hisayuki Kobayashi
The impact of in vitro chemosensitivity test-guided platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy on the surgical outcomes of patients undergoing complete resection for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has yet to be elucidated. In the present study, the utility of adjuvant chemotherapy based on the collagen gel droplet embedded culture drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) in patients with p (pathology)-stage IIIA NSCLC was retrospectively analyzed. A series of 39 patients that had received platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy following complete resection between 2007 and 2012 were enrolled...
September 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810911/outcomes-from-patients-with-presumed-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-five-reference-centers-in-brazil
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D M P Ramalho, P F C Miranda, M K Andrade, T Brígido, M P Dalcolmo, E Mesquita, C F Dias, A N Gambirasio, J Ueleres Braga, A Detjen, P P J Phillips, I Langley, P I Fujiwara, S B Squire, M M Oliveira, A L Kritski
BACKGROUND: The implementation of rapid drug susceptibility testing (DST) is a current global priority for TB control. However, data are scarce on patient-relevant outcomes for presumptive diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis (pDR-TB) evaluated under field conditions in high burden countries. METHODS: Observational study of pDR-TB patients referred by primary and secondary health units. TB reference centers addressing DR-TB in five cities in Brazil. Patients age 18 years and older were eligible if pDR-TB, culture positive results for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and, if no prior DST results from another laboratory were used by a physician to start anti-TB treatment...
August 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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