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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927188/measuring-the-quality-of-perioperative-care-in-cardiac-surgery
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Tim G Coulson, Daniel V Mullany, Christopher M Reid, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher
Quality of care is of increasing importance in health and surgical care. In order to maintain and improve quality, we must be able to measure it and identify variation. In this narrative review, we aim to identify measures used in the assessment of quality of care in cardiac surgery and to evaluate their utility. The electronic databases Pubmed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and CINAHL were searched for original published studies using the terms 'cardiac surgery' and 'quality or outcome or process or structure' as either keywords in the title or text or MeSH terms...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927171/evolving-quality-standards-for-large-scale-registries-the-garfield-af-experience
#2
Keith A A Fox, Bernard J Gersh, Sory Traore, A John Camm, Gloria Kayani, Anders Krogh, Shweta Shweta, Ajay K Kakkar
Aims: Registries have the potential to capture treatment practices and outcomes in populations beyond the constraints of clinical trial settings. The value of data obtained depend critically upon robust quality standards (including source data verification [SDV] and training); features that are commonly absent from registries. This article outlines the quality standards developed for Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF). Methods and Results: GARFIELD-AF comprises ∼57 000 patients prospectively recruited over 6...
April 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927137/atypical-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-with-isochromosome-x-p10-a-case-report
#3
Masahide Yamamoto, Sayaka Suzuki, Jun-Ichi Mukae, Keisuke Tanaka, Ken Watanabe, Gaku Oshikawa, Tetsuya Fukuda, Naomi Murakami, Osamu Miura
Atypical chronic myeloid leukemia (aCML) is a rare subtype of myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MDS/MPN). Although recurrent chromosomal and genetic abnormalities are frequently observed in aCML, none are specific to this type of leukemia. The present study reported a case of aCML associated with i(X)(p10), a rare recurrent chromosomal abnormality of hematological malignancy. A 40-year-old female was referred to the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital (Tokyo, Japan) due to slight leukocytosis and anemia...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927106/association-between-mdr1-gene-of-gastrointestinal-tumors-the-expression-of-p-glycoprotein-and-resistance-to-chemotherapeutic-drugs
#4
Jian-Li Su, Cheng-Hong Wang, Hong-Gang Kang, Jing Zhang, Bao-Zhong Wang, Mei-Rong Liu, Jun Zhao, Lin Liu
The aim of the present study was to examine and discuss the association between multidrug resistance 1 gene (MDR1) of gastrointestinal tumors, the expression of P-glycoprotein and resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs. In this study, 126 cases of patients with gastrointestinal tumors admitted to hospital from February 2013 to February 2015 were selected. The expression levels of MDR1 gene were obsreved in the control population and patients before and after treatment by fluoresecent quantitative PCR. The protein expression level of P-glycoprotein was determined using western blotting and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927048/mucoepidermoid-carcinoma-of-the-sublingual-gland-harboring-a-translocation-of-the-maml2-gene-a-case-report
#5
Kiminobu Sato, Jun Akiba, Ken Nakamura, Hideyuki Abe, Akihiko Kawahara, Takeichiro Aso, Hirohito Umeno, Hiroshi Harada, Hirohisa Yano
Among tumors of the major salivary glands, tumors in the sublingual gland are rare. Although mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) represents a histological type of salivary gland tumor, it is occasionally difficult to diagnose due to its histological variation. The present study reports a case of MEC harboring a mastermind-like transcriptional coactivator 2 (MAML2) gene translocation in the sublingual gland. A 76-year-old Japanese woman with a mass in the left submandibular region was referred to Kurume University Hospital (Kurume, Japan)...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927010/the-role-of-oocyte-organelles-in-determining-developmental-competence
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REVIEW
Karen L Reader, Jo-Ann L Stanton, Jennifer L Juengel
The ability of an oocyte to undergo successful cytoplasmic and nuclear maturation, fertilization and embryo development is referred to as the oocyte's quality or developmental competence. Quality is dependent on the accumulation of organelles, metabolites and maternal RNAs during the growth and maturation of the oocyte. Various models of good and poor oocyte quality have been used to understand the essential contributors to developmental success. This review covers the current knowledge of how oocyte organelle quantity, distribution and morphology differ between good and poor quality oocytes...
September 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926991/-found-performance-towards-a-musical-methodology-for-exploring-the-aesthetics-of-care
#7
Stuart Wood
Concepts of performance in fine art reflect key processes in music therapy. Music therapy enables practitioners to reframe patients as performers, producing new meanings around the clinical knowledge attached to medical histories and constructs. In this paper, music therapy practices are considered in the wider context of art history, with reference to allied theories from social research. Tracing a century in art that has revised the performativity of found objects (starting with Duchamp's "Fountain"), and of found sound (crystallised by Cage's 4' 33) this paper proposes that music therapy might be a pioneer methodology of "found performance"...
September 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926960/genetic-and-hormonal-regulation-of-chlorophyll-degradation-during-maturation-of-seeds-with-green-embryos
#8
REVIEW
Galina Smolikova, Elena Dolgikh, Maria Vikhnina, Andrej Frolov, Sergei Medvedev
The embryos of some angiosperms (usually referred to as chloroembryos) contain chlorophylls during the whole period of embryogenesis. Developing embryos have photochemically active chloroplasts and are able to produce assimilates, further converted in reserve biopolymers, whereas at the late steps of embryogenesis, seeds undergo dehydration, degradation of chlorophylls, transformation of chloroplast in storage plastids, and enter the dormancy period. However, in some seeds, the process of chlorophyll degradation remains incomplete...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926954/evidence-for-complex-formation-of-the-bacillus-cereus-haemolysin-bl-components-in-solution
#9
Franziska Tausch, Richard Dietrich, Kristina Schauer, Robert Janowski, Dierk Niessing, Erwin Märtlbauer, Nadja Jessberger
Haemolysin BL is an important virulence factor regarding the diarrheal type of food poisoning caused by Bacillus cereus. However, the pathogenic importance of this three-component enterotoxin is difficult to access, as nearly all natural B. cereus culture supernatants additionally contain the highly cytotoxic Nhe, the second three-component toxin involved in the aetiology of B. cereus-induced food-borne diseases. To better address the toxic properties of the Hbl complex, a system for overexpression and purification of functional, cytotoxic, recombinant (r)Hbl components L₂, L₁ and B from E...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926943/monoclonal-antibodies-in-preclinical-eae-models-of-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Katja Schmitz, Gerd Geisslinger, Irmgard Tegeder
Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are promising therapeutics in multiple sclerosis and multiple new candidates have been developed, hence increasing the need for some agreement for preclinical mAb studies. We systematically analyzed publications of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) studies showing effects of monoclonal antibodies. A PubMed search retrieved 570 records, out of which 122 studies with 253 experiments were eligible based on experimental design, number of animals and presentation of time courses of EAE scores...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926937/food-shopping-and-acquisition-behaviors-in-relation-to-bmi-among-residents-of-low-income-communities-in-south-carolina
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Angela D Liese, Xiaonan Ma, Brent Hutto, Patricia A Sharpe, Bethany A Bell, Sara Wilcox
Low-income areas in which residents have poor access to healthy foods have been referred to as "food deserts." It is thought that improving food access may help curb the obesity epidemic. Little is known about where residents of food deserts shop and if shopping habits are associated with body mass index (BMI). We evaluated the association of food shopping and acquisition (e.g., obtaining food from church, food pantries, etc.) with BMI among 459 residents of low-income communities from two South Carolina counties, 81% of whom lived in United States Department of Agriculture-designated food deserts...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926890/-progress-of-molecular-subtypes-of-colorectal-cancer
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Z Y Chen, X Wang, T Wu, Y C Liu, P Y Wang
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. Although the staging and classification systems, such as tumor/node/metastasis (TNM) staging, are widely used in clinic, there are some limitations. For example, the patients with the same pathological type, TNM stage and treatment regimen show a completely different prognosis and outcome. In the present, molecular subtyping was concerned for a more precise and accurate staging of colorectal cancer. Herein, we reviewed the literature of the molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer in the past decades...
September 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926874/-multicenter-epidemiological-investigation-of-hospitalized-elderly-young-and-middle-aged-patients-with-severe-burn
#13
Y Tang, L X Wang, W G Xie, Z A Shen, G H Guo, J J Chen, C M Han, L C Ren, Z G Chu, M F Yin, Y Wang, D X Zhang, Y S Huang, J P Zhang
Objective: To compare and analyze the epidemiological characteristics of hospitalized elderly, young and middle-aged patients with severe burn in recent years, so as to provide reference for the prevention and treatment of elderly patients with severe burn. Methods: Relying on the entry system of epidemiological case data and biological sample of severe burn from multicenter in clinic, medical records of patients with severe burn, aged above 18, hospitalized in 8 burn wards from January 2012 to December 2015 were collected...
September 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926825/fetal-growth-and-placental-growth-factor-umbilical-cord-blood-levels
#14
Zoe A Broere-Brown, Sarah Schalekamp-Timmermans, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Eric A P Steegers
OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether umbilical cord blood placental growth factor (PlGF) levels at delivery are associated with fetal growth. METHODS: From a prospective population-based cohort study we included 3,461 live singleton births. Fetal growth was assessed by birth weight, fetal growth pattern, and fetal growth restriction (FGR; decrease in growth between the second trimester and birth of ≥40 percentiles). In all analyses the highest PlGF multiple of the median (MoM) quintile was used as the reference category...
September 20, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926823/preparation-characterization-and-application-of-urease-nanoparticles-for-construction-of-an-improved-potentiometric-urea-biosensor
#15
Seema Jakhar, C S Pundir
The nanoparticles (NPs) aggregates of commercial urease from jack beans (Canavalia ensiformis) were prepared by desolvation and glutaraldehyde crosslinking and functionalized by cysteamine dihydrochloride. These enzyme nanoparticles (ENPs) were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The TEM images of urease NPs showed their size in the range, 18-100nm with an average of 51.2nm. The ENPs were more active and stable with a longer shelf life than native enzyme molecules...
September 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926801/epidemiology-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-hematological-cancers-the-scandinavian-thrombosis-and-cancer-stac-cohort
#16
Inger Lise Gade, Sigrid Brækkan, Inger Anne Næss, John-Bjarne Hansen, Frits Rosendaal, Suzanne Cannegieter, Kim Overvad, Hilde Jensvoll, Jens Hammerstrøm, Olga Vikhammer Gran, Anne Tjønneland, Søren Risom Kristensen, Marianne Tang Severinsen
INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients, however the risk of VTE differs according to cancer type. Hematological cancers have varying phenotypes. Incidence rates (IR) of VTE in different hematological cancer types have not been investigated in a cancer-exposed subset of the general population. METHODS: In a population-based cohort, we estimated incidence rates of VTE among patients with six subtypes of hematological cancer and among age and sex matched reference subjects...
September 5, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926789/profiling-quinones-in-ambient-air-samples-collected-from-the-athabasca-region-canada
#17
Andrzej Wnorowski, Jean-Pierre Charland
This paper presents new findings on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon oxidation products-quinones that were collected in ambient air samples in the proximity of oil sands exploration. Quinones were characterized for their diurnal concentration variability, phase partitioning, and molecular size distribution. Gas-phase (GP) and particle-phase (PM) ambient air samples were collected separately in the summer; a lower quinone content was observed in the PM samples from continuous 24-h sampling than from combined 12-h sampling (day and night)...
September 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926780/validation-of-a-standard-forensic-anthropology-examination-protocol-by-measurement-of-applicability-and-reliability-on-exhumed-and-archive-samples-of-known-biological-attribution
#18
Raffaela Arrabaça Francisco, Martin Paul Evison, Moacyr Lobo da Costa Junior, Teresa Cristina Pantozzi Silveira, José Marcelo Secchieri, Marco Aurelio Guimarães
Forensic anthropology makes an important contribution to human identification and assessment of the causes and mechanisms of death and body disposal in criminal and civil investigations, including those related to atrocity, disaster and trafficking victim identification. The methods used are comparative, relying on assignment of questioned material to categories observed in standard reference material of known attribution. Reference collections typically originate in Europe and North America, and are not necessarily representative of contemporary global populations...
September 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926769/experimental-study-of-time-response-of-bending-deformation-of-bone-cantilevers-in-an-electric-field
#19
Huimin Kang, Zhende Hou, Qing-Hua Qin
Bone is a complex composite material with hierarchical structures and anisotropic mechanical properties. Bone also processes electromechanical properties, such as piezoelectricity and streaming potentials, which termed as stress generated potentials. Furthermore, the electrostrictive effect and flexoelectric effect can also affect electromechanical properties of the bone. In the present work, time responses of bending deflections of bone cantilever in an external electric field are measured experimentally to investigate bone's electromechanical behavior...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926763/synthesis-and-2d-qsar-studies-of-neolignan-based-diaryl-tetrahydrofuran-and-furan-analogues-with-remarkable-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-assessment-of-the-trypanothione-reductase-activity
#20
Ana Paula Hartmann, Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho, Lilian Sibelle Campos Bernardes, Milena Hoehr de Moraes, Eduardo Borges de Melo, Carla Duque Lopes, Mario Steindel, João Santana da Silva, Ivone Carvalho
Two series of diaryl-tetrahydrofuran and -furan were synthesised and screened for anti-trypanosomal activity against trypomastigote and amastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. Based on evidence that modification of a natural product may result in a more effective drug than the natural product itself, and using known neolignan inhibitors veraguensin 1 and grandisin 2 as templates to synthesise simpler analogues, remarkable anti-trypanosomal activity and selectivity were found for 3,5-dimethoxylated diaryl-furan 5c and 2,4-dimethoxylated diaryl-tetrahydrofuran 4e analogues with EC50 0...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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