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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822750/promise-and-pitfalls-of-g-ratio-estimation-with-mri
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Jennifer S W Campbell, Ilana R Leppert, Sridar Narayanan, Mathieu Boudreau, Tanguy Duval, Julien Cohen-Adad, G Bruce Pike, Nikola Stikov
The fiber g-ratio is the ratio of the inner to the outer diameter of the myelin sheath of a myelinated axon. It has a limited dynamic range in healthy white matter, as it is optimized for speed of signal conduction, cellular energetics, and spatial constraints. In vivo imaging of the g-ratio in health and disease would greatly increase our knowledge of the nervous system and our ability to diagnose, monitor, and treat disease. MRI based g-ratio imaging was first conceived in 2011, and expanded to be feasible in full brain white matter with preliminary results in 2013...
August 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822401/esophageal-perforation-a-common-clinical-problem-with-many-different-management-options
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Lloyd M Felmly, Hyejin Kwon, Chadrick E Denlinger, Jacob A Klapper
Esophageal perforation is a complex clinical entity that has multiple etiologies and variability in presentation, making it challenging to diagnose and treat. The mortality of esophageal perforation has improved because therapies have evolved. Whereas primary repair is the standard of care, multiple treatments may be employed successfully. We retrospectively reviewed all cases of suspected or confirmed esophageal perforation that were admitted to the thoracic surgery service at our institution between January 2011 and June 2016...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821985/impact-of-processing-methods-on-urinary-biomarkers-analysis-in-neonates
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Michelle C Starr, David J Askenazi, Stuart L Goldstein, James W MacDonald, Theo K Bammler, Zahra Afsharinejad, Patrick D Brophy, Sandra E Juul, Dennis E Mayock, Sangeeta R Hingorani
BACKGROUND: In neonates, the validation of urinary biomarkers to diagnose acute kidney injury is a rapidly evolving field. The neonatal population poses unique challenges when assessing the collection, storage, and processing of urinary samples for biomarker analysis. Given this, establishing optimal and consistent sample processing in this population for meaningful use in ongoing clinical trials is important. METHODS: Urine from a cohort of 19 hospitalized neonatal intensive care unit patients enrolled in the Preterm Erythropoietin Neuroprotection Trial (Clinical Trial NCT01378273) was collected for biomarker analysis by indirect techniques using Fisher-brand cotton balls placed in the diapers...
August 19, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821553/epidemiology-of-discordance-between-symptoms-and-signs-of-dry-eye
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Erin S Ong, Elizabeth R Felix, Roy C Levitt, William J Feuer, Constantine D Sarantopoulos, Anat Galor
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The frequent lack of association between dry eye (DE) symptoms and signs leads to challenges in diagnosing and assessing the disease. METHODS: Participants underwent ocular surface examinations to evaluate signs of disease and completed questionnaires to assess ocular symptoms, psychological status and medication use. To assess nociceptive system integrity, quantitative sensory testing (QST), including vibratory and thermal threshold measures and temporal summation of pain were obtained at the forearm and forehead...
August 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821420/hyperglycemia-in-young-adults-seen-in-the-emergency-department-a-health-records-review
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Justin W Yan, Alexandra L Hamelin, Katherine M Gushulak, Kristine Van Aarsen, Melanie P Columbus, Ian G Stiell
Patients with diabetes who are in emerging adulthood, defined as the life stage between 18 and 29 years of age, have unique challenges in managing their illness and are at risk for acute complications and loss to follow up. This study's objective was to describe emergency department (ED) utilization because of hyperglycemia in emerging adults with diabetes and to characterize 30-day outcomes, including return visits and admission for hyperglycemia. This was a health-records review of emerging adults presenting over a 1-year period to 4 tertiary care EDs; the patients had known histories of diabetes and final diagnoses of hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar hyperglycemia...
August 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821205/cerebrospinal-fluid-circulating-tumor-cells-a-novel-tool-to-diagnose-leptomeningeal-metastases-from-epithelial-tumors
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Xuling Lin, Martin Fleisher, Marc Rosenblum, Oscar Lin, Adrienne Boire, Samuel Briggs, Yevgeniya Bensman, Brenda Hurtado, Larisa Shagabayeva, Lisa M DeAngelis, Katherine S Panageas, Antonio Omuro, Elena I Pentsova
Background: Diagnosis of leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) remains challenging due to low sensitivity of CSF cytology and infrequent unequivocal MRI findings. In a previous pilot study, we showed that rare cell capture technology (RCCT) could be used to detect circulating tumor cells (CTC) in the CSF of patients with LM from epithelial tumors. To establish the diagnostic accuracy of CSF-CTC in the diagnosis of LM, we applied this technique in a distinct, larger cohort of patients. Methods: In this institutional review board-approved prospective study, patients with epithelial tumors and clinical suspicion of LM underwent CSF-CTC evaluation and standard MRI and CSF cytology examination...
September 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820896/a-strategy-for-scaling-up-access-to-comprehensive-care-in-adults-with-chagas-disease-in-endemic-countries-the-bolivian-chagas-platform
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Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Jimy Pinto, Lourdes Ortiz, Jareth Sánchez, Wilson García, Ruth Saravia, Mirko-R Cortez, Silvia Moriana, Enric Grau, Daniel Lozano, Joaquim Gascon, Faustino Torrico
BACKGROUND: Bolivia has the highest prevalence of Chagas disease (CD) in the world (6.1%), with more than 607,186 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection, most of them adults. In Bolivia CD has been declared a national priority. In 2009, the Chagas National Program (ChNP) had neither a protocol nor a clear directive for diagnosis and treatment of adults. Although programs had been implemented for congenital transmission and for acute cases, adults remained uncovered. Moreover, health professionals were not aware of treatment recommendations aimed at this population, and research on CD was limited; it was difficult to increase awareness of the disease, understand the challenges it presented, and adapt strategies to cope with it...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818244/breastfeeding-and-breast-cancer-risk-reduction-implications-for-black-mothers
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Erica H Anstey, Meredith L Shoemaker, Chloe M Barrera, Mary Elizabeth O'Neil, Ashley B Verma, Dawn M Holman
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death from cancer among U.S. women. Studies have suggested that breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk among parous women, and there is mounting evidence that this association may differ by subtype such that breastfeeding may be more protective of some invasive breast cancer types. The purpose of this review is to discuss breast cancer disparities in the context of breastfeeding and the implications for black mothers. Black women in the U...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818187/ileus-in-adults
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Tim O Vilz, Burkhard Stoffels, Christian Strassburg, Hans H Schild, Jörg C Kalff
BACKGROUND: Ileus is one of the more common suspected diagnoses in everyday clinical practice. The term can refer either to mechanical or to functional ileus. Any physician who takes care of patients can be confronted with these entities; thus, all should be familiar with them and competent in their management. METHODS: Recommendations are summarized for the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of ileus of various causes on the basis of a selective literature review...
July 24, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817982/current-challenges-in-optimizing-systemic-therapy-for-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer-expert-perspectives-from-the-australian-gastrointestinal-trials-group-with-invited-international-faculty
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Eva Segelov, Florian Lordick, David Goldstein, Lorraine A Chantrill, Daniel Croagh, Ben Lawrence, Dirk Arnold, Ian Chau, Radka Obermannova, Timothy Jay Price
Despite recent progress, the outlook for most patients with pancreatic cancer remains poor. There is variation in how patients are managed globally due to differing interpretations of the evidence, partly because studies in this disease are challenging to undertake. This article collates the evidence upon which current best practice is based and offers an expert opinion from an international faculty on how latest developments should influence current treatment paradigms. Areas covered: Optimal chemotherapy for first and subsequent lines of therapy; optimal management of locally advanced, non-metastatic cancer including the role of neoadjuvant chemo(radio)therapy, current evidence for adjuvant chemotherapy, major advances in pancreatic cancer genomics and challenges in supportive care particularly relevant to patients with pancreatic cancer...
August 18, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817827/role-of-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-evaluation-of-bone-and-soft-tissue-tumors
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Kinga Szurian, Karl Kashofer, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger
Bone and soft-tissue tumors are in general rare. Diagnosing these tumors is challenging based on the significant number of different tumor entities, the rareness of these tumors, and the considerable morphological heterogeneity which can be found within a single tumor entity. Considering that more than half of the described soft-tissue tumors and approximately 25% of the bone tumors harbor recurrent genetic alterations, the use of auxiliary molecular examinations should be strongly considered. Molecular analyses are important to confirm the diagnosis, to guide treatment, to provide information about prognosis, and to allow patient recruitment for basket trials based on the molecular signature of a tumor...
August 18, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817820/endo-urological-techniques-for-benign-uretero-ileal-strictures-have-poor-efficacy-and-affect-renal-function
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Elisabeth E Fransen van de Putte, Liesbeth L de Wall, Erik van Werkhoven, Eddi A Heldeweg, Axel Bex, Henk G van der Poel, Bas W G van Rhijn, Simon Horenblas, Kees Hendricksen
INTRODUCTION: Uretero-ileal strictures (UES) following urinary diversion are therapeutically challenging. We compared the efficacy, safety and renal outcome following therapeutic endo-urological techniques (EUTs) and open surgical revision of the anastomosis (SRA) for UES. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all EUTs and SRAs performed for UES in 2 hospitals between 1987 and 2015. Restenosis was defined as recurrent radiographically diagnosed hydronephrosis and re-intervention...
August 18, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816991/a-case-report-of-tracheal-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-in-a-34-week-pregnant-woman-misdiagnosed-with-asthma
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Xiaochen Li, Juan Li, Xiaoling Rao, Qilin Ao, Xiaopei Cao, Yali Huang, Shengding Zhang, Xiaoyu Fang, Xiansheng Liu, Min Xie
RATIONALE: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is an uncommon neoplastic entity with a tendency of local recurrence and a low risk of distant metastasis. Involvement of trachea is extremely rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 34-week pregnant woman previously diagnosed with asthma for 2 months was admitted with persistent wheezing and hemoptysis. A computed tomography scan and bronchoscopy revealed a gigantic polyp in the trachea. DIAGNOSES: Tracheal inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816982/performance-of-procalcitonin-in-diagnosing-parapneumonic-pleural-effusions-a-clinical-study-and-meta-analysis
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Chao He, Bo Wang, Danni Li, Huan Xu, Yongchun Shen
BACKGROUND: Parapneumonic pleural effusion (PPE) is a common complication of pneumonia. The accurate diagnosis of PPE remains a challenge. Recent studies suggest that procalcitonin (PCT) emerges as a potential biomarker for PPE. Our study aimed to determine the diagnostic value of PCT for PPE by a clinical study and summarize the overall diagnostic performance of PCT through a meta-analysis. METHODS: Demographic and clinical data of the patients with PPE and controls were collected in our clinical study...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816971/combining-of-serial-embolization-and-denosumab-for-large-sacropelvic-giant-cell-tumor-case-report-of-3-cases
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Tao Ji, Yi Yang, Yifei Wang, Kunkun Sun, Wei Guo
RATIONALE: Both serial arterial embolization (SAE) and denosumab have been proved to be effective in treatment for giant cell tumor (GCT). There is potential synergic effect of combining two methods. The purpose of current study is to justify a new treatment strategy of combination of SAE and denosumab as neoadjuvant or stand-alone treatment for large sacropelvic giant cell tumor. PATIENT CONCERNS: Pelvic and sacral GCTs tend to be very large size and vascular. The concerns of surgical treatment were invasiveness of extensive surgery, intraoperative hemorrhage, nerve function jeopardized and local recurrence...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816699/ceruminous-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-external-auditory-canal
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Andrew E Ebelhar, Dava S West, Rony K Aouad
An adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) of the ceruminous glands is very rare; its diagnosis is most often challenging, and simple biopsies may be misleading. Our paper describes a case of a circumferential mass of the left ear canal that was initially reported as a basal cell carcinoma on biopsies in the clinic and on frozen sections intraoperatively. The final pathology was an AdCC of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory canal. Our case reflects the difficulty in the diagnosis of an AdCC of the ceruminous gland and the importance of keeping broad differential diagnoses in mind when counseling patients with masses in the ear canals until final pathology is obtained...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816016/the-discovery-of-new-and-more-potent-chloropyramine-c4-analogues-for-the-potential-treatment-of-invasive-breast-cancer
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Sahar Kandil, Filippo Prencipe, Samuel Jones, Stephen Hiscox, Andrew D Westwell
Breast cancer (BC) is the second most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 25% of all female cancers. Although the survival rate has increased significantly in the past few decades, patients who develop secondary site metastasis as well as those diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) still represent a real unmet medical challenge. Previous studies have shown that chloropyramine (C4) inhibits FAK-VEGFR3 signaling. More recently, C4 is reported to have SASH1 inducing properties. However, C4 exerts its antitumour and antiangiogenic effects at high micromolar concentrations (>100 μM) that would not be compatible with further drug development against invasive breast cancer driven by FAK signaling...
August 16, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815893/the-facial-morphology-in-down-syndrome-a-3d-comparison-of-patients-with-and-without-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Yasas S N Jayaratne, Ibrahim Elsharkawi, Eric A Macklin, Lauren Voelz, Gil Weintraub, Dennis Rosen, Brian G Skotko
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs at a high prevalence in patients with Down syndrome (DS). A polysomnogram, which is often cumbersome and challenging, remains the gold standard method of diagnosing OSA. OSA in patients with DS is often attributed to skeletal and soft-tissue structural alterations that are characteristic of the DS phenotype; as such, we hypothesized that assessing anthropometric facial measurements may be predictive of OSA in patients with DS. We used the 3dMDface sterophotography system to capture and create 3D facial images, and we subsequently identified facial landmarks using a single, experienced investigator and utilizing proprietary software to calculate inter-landmark distances and angles...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815145/evolving-research-data-sharing-networks-to-clinical-app-sharing-networks
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Kavishwar B Wagholikar, Rahul Jain, Eliel Oliveira, Joshua Mandel, Jeffery Klann, Ricardo Colas, Prasad Patil, Kuladip Yadav, Kenneth D Mandl, Thomas Carton, Shawn N Murphy
Research networks for data sharing are growing into a large platform for pragmatic clinical trials to generate quality evidence for shared medical decision-making. Institutions partnering in the networks have made large investments in developing the infrastructure for sharing data. We investigate whether institutions partnering on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) network can share clinical apps. At two different sites, we imported patient data in PCORI's clinical data model (CDM) format into i2b2 repositories, and adapted the SMART-on-FHIR cell to perform CDM-to-FHIR translation, serving demographics, laboratory results and diagnoses...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815107/introducing-a-comprehensive-informatics-framework-to-promote-breast-cancer-risk-assessment-and-chemoprevention-in-the-primary-care-setting
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Joseph Finkelstein, Jeffrey Wood, Katherine D Crew, Rita Kukafka
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, and current routine screening prevention methods are costly and expose patients to unnecessary risks of overtreatment. The utilization of a risk-based stratification model, genetic testing, and chemoprevention could decrease the incidence of invasive breast cancer but uptake has been low among high-risk women. The goal of this project was to implement a comprehensive informatics framework to promote breast cancer risk assessment and chemoprevention in the primary care setting that was informed by potential user feedback...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
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