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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151282/epidemiology-and-impact-of-bloodstream-infections-among-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-retrospective-single-center-experience
#1
Ali M Shendi, Gabriel Wallis, Helena Painter, Mark Harber, Sophie Collier
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections (BSI) represent an important source of morbidity and mortality, as well as an increasing therapeutic challenge, among solid organ transplant recipients. Understanding the epidemiological and microbiological characteristics of BSI following renal transplantation is paramount to the implementation of appropriate preventative and therapeutic measures. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all BSI episodes occurring between July 2009 and April 2016 in adult patients, who received a renal transplant at Royal Free London hospital...
November 19, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151281/skeletal-muscle-performance-and-ageing
#2
REVIEW
Michael Tieland, Inez Trouwborst, Brian C Clark
The world population is ageing rapidly. As society ages, the incidence of physical limitations is dramatically increasing, which reduces the quality of life and increases healthcare expenditures. In western society, ~30% of the population over 55 years is confronted with moderate or severe physical limitations. These physical limitations increase the risk of falls, institutionalization, co-morbidity, and premature death. An important cause of physical limitations is the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass, also referred to as sarcopenia...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151263/a-reference-free-stockholder-partitioning-method-based-on-the-force-on-electrons
#3
Stijn Fias, Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh, James S M Anderson, Paul W Ayers, Robert G Parr
We argue that when one divides a molecular property into atom-in-a-molecule contributions, one should perform the division based on the property density of the quantity being partitioned. This is opposition to the normal approach, where the electron density is given a privileged role in defining the properties of atoms-in-a-molecule. Because partitioning each molecular property based on its own property density is inconvenient, we design a reference-free approach that does not (directly) refer atomic property densities...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151204/afterglow-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#4
Gili Abramov, Nathaniel J Traaseth
Biomolecular solid-state NMR experiments have traditionally been collected through detection of (13)C or (15)N nuclei. Since these nuclei have relatively low sensitivity stemming from their smaller gyromagnetic ratios relative to (1)H, the time required to collect multi-dimensional datasets serves as a limitation to resonance assignment and structure determination. One improvement in the field has been to employ simultaneous or parallel acquisition techniques with the goal of acquiring more than one dataset at a time and therefore speeding up the overall data collection process...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151119/whole-body-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-detection-of-skeletal-metastases-in-children-and-young-people-with-primary-solid-tumors-systematic-review
#5
A M Smets, E E Deurloo, T J E Slager, J Stoker, S Bipat
BACKGROUND: Many solid neoplasms have a propensity for osteomedullary metastases of which detection is important for staging and subsequent treatment. Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) has been shown to accurately detect osteomedullary metastases in adults, but these findings cannot be unconditionally extrapolated to staging of children with malignant solid tumors. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a literature review on the sensitivity of WB-MRI for detecting skeletal metastases in children with solid tumors...
November 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151114/non-canonical-heterogeneous-cellular-distribution-and-co-localization-of-camkii%C3%AE-and-camkii%C3%AE-in-the-spinal-superficial-dorsal-horn
#6
Max Larsson
Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a key enzyme in long-term plasticity in many neurons, including in the nociceptive circuitry of the spinal dorsal horn. However, although the role of CaMKII heterooligomers in neuronal plasticity is isoform-dependent, the distribution and co-localization of CaMKII isoforms in the dorsal horn have not been comprehensively investigated. Here, quantitative immunofluorescence analysis was used to examine the distribution of the two major neuronal CaMKII isoforms, α and β, in laminae I-III of the rat dorsal horn, with reference to inhibitory interneurons and neuronal populations defined by expression of parvalbumin, calretinin, and calbindin D28k...
November 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151112/phase-difference-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-mr-imaging-padre-technique-for-the-detection-of-age-related-microstructural-changes-in-optic-radiation-comparison-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti
#7
Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Benjamin Thyreau, Kazuko Omodaka, Takaki Murata, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Toru Nakazawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND The optic radiation (OR) is a white-matter bundle connecting the lateral geniculate body and the visual cortex. Phase difference-enhanced imaging (PADRE) is a new MRI technique that is able to achieve precise delineation of the OR. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of age on the volume and signal intensity of the OR using PADRE, and to establish a volumetric reference of the OR from a healthy population, compared with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-nine healthy volunteers underwent MR imaging with PADRE and DTI sequences on a 3...
November 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151111/readability-assessment-of-patient-education-material-published-by-german-speaking-associations-of-urology
#8
Patrick Betschart, Valentin Zumstein, Omar Hasan Ali, Hans-Peter Schmid, Dominik Abt
OBJECTIVE: To assess the readability and comprehensibility of web-based German-language patient education material (PEM) issued by urological associations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: German PEM available in June 2017 was obtained from the European Association of Urology (EAU), German (DGU), Swiss (SGU) and Austrian (ÖGU) Association of Urology websites. Each educational text was analyzed separately using 4 well-established readability assessment tools: the Amstad Test (AT), G-SMOG (SMOG), Wiener Sachtextformel (WS) and the Lesbarkeitsindex (LIX)...
November 18, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151099/camptocormia-new-signs-in-an-old-syndrome
#9
Laurent Tatu, Julien Bogousslavsky
Camptocormia is defined as an involuntary flexion of the thoracolumbar spine, without fixed kyphosis, which increases during walking and standing, and abates in the supine position. First described during World War 1 in soldiers suffering from war psychoneuroses, camptocormia has progressively come to refer to any cause of trunk forward-flexed posture during standing and ambulation. It is now admitted that camptocormia should be considered as a syndrome related to many etiologies. In this chapter, we present the historical aspects of the syndrome and its main etiologies...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151094/glossolalia-and-aphasia-related-but-different-worlds
#10
Leila Chouiter, Jean-Marie Annoni
The word glossolalia, also referred to as "speaking in tongues," originates from the Greek "glossa" which means "language" and "Lalia" which means "speak." It simply means to talk language. On a linguistic perspective, glossolalia is characterized by almost no recognizable words or semantic content, apart from biblical words and phrases, with an overrepresentation of a small phonemes number, accelerated speech output, and modification of accents and melody. Its phonemic properties have been said to resemble those of the language(s) of the speaker...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151044/mortality-among-referrals-to-a-community-based-intermediate-care-team
#11
Bharath Lakkappa, Sanjay Shah, Stephen Rogers, Leanne Helen Holman
OBJECTIVES: Intermediate care services have been introduced to help mitigate unnecessary hospital demand and premature placement in long-term residential care. Many patients are elderly and/or with complex comorbidities, but little consideration has been given to the palliative care needs of patients referred to intermediate care services. The objective of this study is to determine the proportion of patients referred to a community-based intermediate care team who died during care and up to 24 months after discharge and so to help inform the development of supportive and palliative care in this setting...
November 18, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151007/sagittal-pelvic-orientation-a-comparison-of-two-methods-of-measurement
#12
Aaron Buckland, Edward DelSole, Stephen George, Shaleen Vira, Virginie Lafage, Thomas Errico, Jonathan Vigdorchik
Pelvic tilt is an essential parameter in spinal deformity surgery and in acetabular positioning for total hip arthroplasty. However, the measurement of tilt varies between the hip and spine literature. Hip surgeons measure the anterior pelvic plane tilt, whereas spine surgeons measure the spinopelvic tilt. This study uses stereoradiography (EOS imaging SA, Paris, France) to assess the relationship and the inter-observer and intra-observer reliability of measuring these two common references for pelvic tilt...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150985/general-illness-and-psychological-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-nasal-symptoms
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Naveed Kara, Alexander C Yao, Julia Newton, Vincent Deary, James O'Hara, Janet A Wilson
OBJECTIVES: Only a minority of patients referred to specialists with sinonasal symptoms have clear evidence of chronic rhinosinusitis. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of and associations between (i) general illness factors (fatigue, autonomic dysfunction) and (ii) psychological factors (anxiety, depression, somatisation, personality traits) in patients presenting with sinonasal symptoms. DESIGN: The following validated questionnaires were administered to patients: the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) to identify symptom burden, Composite Autonomic Symptom Score-31 (COMPASS-31) measuring autonomic function, Chalder fatigue questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-15 (PHQ-15) addressing somatisation symptoms, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the International Personality Item Pool-50 (IPIP-50)...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150979/anterior-thalamic-nuclei-lesions-have-a-greater-impact-than-mammillothalamic-tract-lesions-on-the-extended-hippocampal-system
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Brook A L Perry, Stephanie A Mercer, Sophie C Barnett, Jungah Lee, John C Dalrymple-Alford
The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN), mammillary bodies and their interconnecting fiber tract, the mammillothalamic tract (MTT), are important components of an extended hippocampal circuit for episodic memory. In humans, damage to the MTT or ATN in many disorders is associated with severe anterograde amnesia and it is assumed that their influence on memory is functionally equivalent. The relative influence of these two structures on memory has not, however, been assessed explicitly. Here, a direct comparison found that only ATN lesions impaired spatial reference memory in rats...
November 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150895/rapid-and-green-determination-of-58-fragrance-allergens-in-plush-toys
#15
Zhijuan Wang, Qing Zhang, Haiyu Li, Qing Lv, Wan Wang, Hua Bai
This paper presents a simple, rapid, and green method based on a static headspace gas chromatography with mass spectrometry for determining 58 fragrance allergens in plush toys. This study is the first to meet the requirement for simultaneously determining 66 fragrances, except for eight natural extracts restricted by the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. A minimal amount of sample (20 mg) and acetone solvent (20 μL) were placed in a headspace vial. A gas-solid equilibration of fragrances between the headspace and the sample was achieved within 10 min under the vapor atmosphere of acetone at 200°C, which allowed the fragrances in the sample to be measured by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150848/allergen-manufacturing-and-quality-aspects-for-allergen-immunotherapy-in-europe-and-the-united-states-an-analysis-from-the-eaaci-ait-guidelines-project
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REVIEW
A Bonertz, G Roberts, J E Slater, J Bridgewater, R L Rabin, M Hoefnagel, M Timon, C Pini, O Pfaar, A Sheikh, D Ryan, C Akdis, J Goldstein, L K Poulsen, R van Ree, C Rhyner, D Barber, O Palomares, R Pawankar, D Hamerlijnk, L Klimek, I Agache, E Angier, T Casale, M Fernandez-Rivas, S Halken, M Jutel, S Lau, G Pajno, G Sturm, E M Varga, R Gerth van Wijk, S Bonini, A Muraro, S Vieths
Adequate quality is essential for any medicinal product to be eligible for marketing. Quality includes verification of the identity, content and purity of a medicinal product in combination with a specified production process and its control. Allergen products derived from natural sources require particular considerations to ensure adequate quality. Here, we describe key aspects of the documentation on manufacturing and quality aspects for allergen immunotherapy products in the European Union and the United States...
November 17, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150796/gender-differences-in-chronic-liver-diseases-in-two-cohorts-of-2001-and-2014-in-italy
#17
Evangelista Sagnelli, Tommaso Stroffolini, Caterina Sagnelli, Mario Pirisi, Sergio Babudieri, Guido Colloredo, Maurizio Russello, Nicola Coppola, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Bruno Cacopardo, Massimo De Luca, Piero Luigi Almasio
BACKGROUND: Gender differences in chronic liver disease (CLD) have been partially investigated. To extend the present knowledge, we evaluated 12,263 patients with CLD enrolled in two national surveys (9997 in 2001 and 2557 in 2014). METHODS: The two surveys prospectively recruited patients aged ≥ 18 referring to Italian liver units throughout the country using a similar clinical approach and analytical methods. RESULTS: The overall male to female ratio (M/F) was 1...
November 17, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150727/measuring-emotional-intelligence-enhances-the-psychological-evaluation-of-chronic-pain
#18
Eva M Doherty, Rosemary Walsh, Leanne Andrews, Susan McPherson
The assessment of emotional factors, in addition to other psychosocial factors, has been recommended as a means of identifying individuals with chronic pain who may not respond to certain pain treatments. Systematic reviews of the evidence regarding the prediction of responsiveness to a treatment called the spinal cord stimulator (SCS) have yielded inconclusive results. Emotional intelligence is a term which refers to the ability to identify and manage emotions in oneself and others and has been shown to be inversely associated with emotional distress and acute pain...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150726/tspo-imaging-using-the-novel-pet-ligand-18-f-ge-180-quantification-approaches-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#19
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/29150646/body-size-estimation-in-women-with-anorexia-nervosa-and-healthy-controls-using-3d-avatars
#20
Katri K Cornelissen, Kristofor McCarty, Piers L Cornelissen, Martin J Tovée
A core feature of anorexia nervosa is an over-estimation of body size. However, quantifying this over-estimation has been problematic as existing methodologies introduce a series of artefacts and inaccuracies in the stimuli used for judgements of body size. To overcome these problems, we have: (i) taken 3D scans of 15 women who have symptoms of anorexia (referred to henceforth as anorexia spectrum disorders, ANSD) and 15 healthy control women, (ii) used a 3D modelling package to build avatars from the scans, (iii) manipulated the body shapes of these avatars to reflect biometrically accurate, continuous changes in body mass index (BMI), (iv) used these personalized avatars as stimuli to allow the women to estimate their body size...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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