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Biochemical reference values

T Bach-Gansmo, C Nanni, P T Nieh, L Zanoni, T V Bogsrud, H Sletten, K Korsan, J Kieboom, F Tade, O Odewole, A Chau, P Ward, M M Goodman, S Fanti, D M Schuster, F Willoch
PURPOSE: Sensitive detection of cancer foci in men experiencing biochemical recurrence following initial treatment of prostate cancer is of great clinical significance, with possible impact on subsequent treatment choice. We describe a multi-site experience of the efficacy and safety of the positron emission tomography/computer tomography agent fluciclovine ((18)F) following biochemical recurrence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 596 patients underwent fluciclovine ((18)F) positron emission tomography/computer tomography scanning at 4 clinical sites...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Urology
Lauren Peruffo, Janice D Boyd, Sharman Hoppes, Donald J Brightsmith
Blood biochemical values are useful as indicators of disease in veterinary practice and for health assessments of free-ranging animal populations. We analyzed blood biochemical values for free-living nestling and adult scarlet macaws ( Ara macao macao) in southeastern Peru with an Abaxis VetScan VS2 portable analyzer with Avian/Reptilian Profile Plus rotors. The resulting data were used to create provisional age-independent reference intervals for this instrument for wild scarlet macaw nestlings, calculate blood biochemical ranges for this instrument for wild adults, and examine age-related trends in nestlings...
September 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
F Barchetti, A Stagnitti, V Megna, N Al Ansari, A Marini, D Musio, M L Monti, G Barchetti, V Tombolini, C Catalano, V Panebianco
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of unenhanced whole-body MRI, including whole-body Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI), used as a diagnostic modality to detect  pathologic lymph nodes and skeletal metastases in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) undergoing restaging after primary treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 152 male patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy (RP) or external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) underwent MRI at a 1...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
S Farmer, V V Shanbhogue, S Hansen, C I Stahlberg, H Vestergaard, A P Hermann, H Frederiksen
: In this cross-sectional study of 45 patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, we found no evidence of secondary osteoporosis. INTRODUCTION: Patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET) and polycythaemia vera (PV) are at increased risk of fractures but the underlying mechanisms have not been settled. We conducted a study to assess bone mineral density, microarchitecture, estimated bone strength and global bone turnover in 45 patients with ET or PV. METHODS: Patients were evaluated in a cross-sectional study with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at the hip and spine; high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) at the distal radius and distal tibia; and biochemical markers of bone turnover including pro-collagen type 1 N-terminal pro-peptide, osteocalcin, C-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type 1 collagen and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase...
October 13, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Thyparambil Aravindakshan Pramodkumar, Miranda Priya, Saravanan Jebarani, Ranjit Mohan Anjana, Viswanathan Mohan, Rajendra Pradeepa
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare the metabolic profiles of subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) with and without elevated 1-h postglucose (1HrPG) values during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). METHODOLOGY: The study group comprised 996 subjects without known diabetes seen at tertiary diabetes center between 2010 and 2014. NGT was defined as fasting plasma glucose <100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) and 2-h plasma glucose <140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) after an 82...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Eric De Zoysa, Manjula Hettiarachchi, Chandrani Liyanage
BACKGROUND: Iodine deficiency and thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy is associated with number of adverse outcomes that includes mental and physical disabilities creating a huge human and economic burden in later life. Several indicators are used to assess the iodine status of a population: thyroid size by palpation and/or by ultrasonography, urinary iodine excretion and the blood thyroid hormone profile. METHODS: This prospective study was designed to assess the iodine nutrition during the course of pregnancy with reference to urine iodine concentration (UIC) and thyroid determinants among 425 pregnant women from Galle district, Sri Lanka...
October 12, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Lee McMichael, Daniel Edson, David Mayer, Alice Broos, Steven Kopp, Joanne Meers, Hume Field
Bats of the genus Pteropus (Pteropodidae), colloquially known as flying foxes, are recognized as the natural reservoir of Hendra virus, a zoonotic paramyxovirus responsible for mortality in horses and humans. Some previous studies have suggested that physiologic and ecologic factors promote Hendra virus infection in flying foxes, and by extension, spillover to horses and humans. However, the impact of Hendra virus infection on relevant physiologic biomarkers in flying foxes has not been measured. Over 12 mo in eastern Australia, we captured and sampled 446 individual black flying foxes ( Pteropus alecto ), a putative primary reservoir host species, and measured a suite of hematologic, plasma biochemistry, and urinary biomarkers...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Patrick K O'Neill, Ivan Erill
BACKGROUND: Biological sequence motifs drive the specific interactions of proteins and nucleic acids. Accordingly, the effective computational discovery and analysis of such motifs is a central theme in bioinformatics. Many practical questions about the properties of motifs can be recast as random sampling problems. In this light, the task is to determine for a given motif whether a certain feature of interest is statistically unusual among relevantly similar alternatives. Despite the generality of this framework, its use has been frustrated by the difficulties of defining an appropriate reference class of motifs for comparison and of sampling from it effectively...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Jezid Miranda, Stefania Triunfo, Merida Rodriguez-Lopez, Mikko Sairanen, Heikki Kouru, Miguel Parra-Saavedra, Francesca Crovetto, Francesc Figueras, Fatima Crispi, Eduard Gratacos
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential value of a third trimester combined screening for the prediction of adverse perinatal outcome (APO) in the general population and among small-for-gestational age (SGA) neonates. METHODS: Nested case-control study within a prospective cohort of 1,590 singleton gestations referred for third-trimester evaluation (32(0) -36(6) weeks of gestation). Maternal baseline characteristics, mean arterial blood pressure, fetoplacental ultrasound and circulating biochemical markers [placental growth factor (PlGF), lipocalin-2, unconjugated estriol and inhibin A] were assessed in all women who subsequently presented an APO (n = 148) and in a control group without perinatal complications (n = 902)...
October 5, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Lidia D Martínez, Miriam Bezard, Mabel Brunotto, Raquel Dodelson de Kremer
Creatine (Cr) plays an important role in storage and transmission of phosphate-bound energy. Cerebral creatine deficiency syndromes comprise three inherited defects in Cr biosynthesis and transport. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Cr and Guanidinoacetate (GAA) can be detected in saliva of healthy subjects and to establish the relationship between salivary and plasma levels of these molecules. An adapted gas chromatography (GC) method is described for the quantification of Cr and GAA biomarkers in saliva...
April 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
Amanda Kaseker Tedesco, Rafaela Biazotto, Telma Souza E Silva Gebara, Maria Paula Carlini Cambi, Giorgio Alfredo Pedroso Baretta
Background: The bariatric surgery may cause some nutritional deficiencies. Aim: To compare the serum levels of biochemical markers, in iimmediate post-surgical patients who were submitted to bariatric surgery. Methods: Non-concurrent prospective cross-sectional study. The analysis investigated data in medical charts of pre-surgical and immediate post-surgical patients who were submitted to bariatric surgery, focusing total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, C reactive protein, vitamin B12 levels, folic acid, homocysteine values, iron and serum calcium at the referred period...
2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Dean W Roberts, William M Lee, Jack A Hinson, Shasha Bai, Christopher J Swearingen, R Todd Stravitz, Adrian Reuben, Lynda Letzig, Pippa M Simpson, Jody Rule, Robert J Fontana, Daniel Ganger, K Rajender Reddy, Iris Liou, Oren Fix, Laura P James
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A rapid, reliable point-of-care assay to detect acetaminophen protein adducts in serum of patients with acute liver injury could improve diagnosis and management. AcetaSTAT is a competitive immunoassay used to measure acetaminophen protein adducts formed by toxic metabolites in serum samples from patients. We compared the accuracy of AcetaSTAT vs high-pressure liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-EC, a sensitive and specific quantitative analytical assay) to detect acetaminophen protein adducts...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
E Stålberg
Neurography and EMG are complementary techniques used in the diagnosis and monitoring of neuropathies. Both assess function of the peripheral nervous system and provide clinically useful information regarding the functional status of peripheral nerves. This information is not readily obtainable using biochemical, genetic or imaging techniques. I will discuss the role of these techniques in the diagnosis and management of neuropathies and some limitations of these techniques. These methods are routinely used in an EMG lab...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Rong Yao, Dan-Dan Zhao, Shuai Zhang, Li-Qi Zhou, Xin Wang, Cong-Fen Gao, Shun-Fan Wu
BACKGROUND: The rice stem borer, Chilo suppressalis Walker (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) is one of the most economically important pests of rice in Asia. Chemical control remains the most efficient primary means for controlling this pest. RESULTS: Significant variations among field populations to seven insecticides were observed. The populations exhibited LC50 values that ranged between 0.605 - 108.088 mg a.i L(-1) for chlorantraniliprole and 0.046 - 3.919 mg a.i L(-1) for flubendiamide...
September 14, 2016: Pest Management Science
Nirupa R Matthan, Lynne M Ausman, Huicui Meng, Hocine Tighiouart, Alice H Lichtenstein
BACKGROUND: The utility of glycemic index (GI) values for chronic disease risk management remains controversial. Although absolute GI value determinations for individual foods have been shown to vary significantly in individuals with diabetes, there is a dearth of data on the reliability of GI value determinations and potential sources of variability among healthy adults. OBJECTIVE: We examined the intra- and inter-individual variability in glycemic response to a single food challenge and methodologic and biological factors that potentially mediate this response...
October 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Charlotte A Heinen, Monique Losekoot, Yu Sun, Peter J Watson, Louise Fairall, Sjoerd D Joustra, Nitash Zwaveling-Soonawala, Wilma Oostdijk, Erica L T van den Akker, Mariëlle Alders, Gijs W E Santen, Rick R van Rijn, Wouter A Dreschler, Olga V Surovtseva, Nienke R Biermasz, Raoul C Hennekam, Jan M Wit, John W R Schwabe, Anita Boelen, Eric Fliers, A S Paul van Trotsenburg
CONTEXT: Isolated congenital central hypothyroidism (CeH) can result from mutations in TRHR, TSHB and IGSF1, but its etiology often remains unexplained. We identified a missense mutation in the Transducin β-like protein 1, X-linked (TBL1X) gene in three relatives diagnosed with isolated CeH. TBL1X is part of the thyroid hormone receptor corepressor-complex. OBJECTIVE: Identification of TBL1X mutations in patients with unexplained isolated CeH, Sanger sequencing of relatives of affected individuals, and clinical and biochemical characterization...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Piet Dirix, Lien van Walle, Filip Deckers, François Van Mieghem, Guido Buelens, Paul Meijnders, Philippe Huget, Steven Van Laere
BACKGROUND: A subset of patients experience a biochemical recurrence following radical prostatectomy. Radiotherapy can salvage those patients, provided that all disease is encompassed within the target volume. We hypothesized that this can be achieved more adequately with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided treatment planning. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From January 2009 to April 2014, 183 patients were referred to our department for salvage radiotherapy (SRT). According to protocol, patients received a planning computed tomography (CT) as well as an MRI in treatment position...
September 1, 2016: Acta Oncologica
Martina Sollini, Francesco Pasqualetti, Marzio Perri, Gabriele Coraggio, Paolo Castellucci, Massimo Roncali, Roberto Boni, Elena Lazzeri, Maria Galeandro, Fabiola Paiar, Annibale Versari, Paola Anna Erba
BACKGROUND: The role of radiolabeled choline (Cho) in patients with biochemical recurrence after radical treatment for prostate cancer (PCa) is well established. Its widespread clinical use has prompted the depiction of incidentalomas, unusual sites of metastatic lesions, as well as false positive and negative cases. We reported a series of patients affected by biochemical recurrence of PCa imaged by [(18)F]Cho positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) which resulted suspected for a second malignancy...
2016: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
Feilan Chen, Jie Gao, Denghu Wu, Lei Xu, Wenli Han, Denghua Zhang, Xiaoyun Bi, Mingzhong He, Yongquan Pan
Previous studies have shown that selenium (Se) deficiency is associated with nutritional myopathy, known as white muscle disease (WMD), in horses. However, correlations between Se deficiency and clinical findings, such as hematologic biochemical values and pathological features, have not been evaluated in captive plains zebras. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the clinical and pathologic features that may be caused by a Se deficiency in the captive plains zebra. Clinical findings, feed analyses, hematologic biochemical analyses, response to treatment, and pathologic examination were assessed in six affected plains zebras...
August 23, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Nilufer Cetinkaya, İlker Selcuk, Bulent Ozdal, Mehmet Mutlu Meydanli, Tayfun Gungor
OBJECTIVE: To document the experience regarding patients treated for endometrial clear cell carcinoma (ECCC), with reference to clinical, biochemical, histopathologic, and prognostic features. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six ECCC patients, diagnosed and treated between 2008 and 2014, were reviewed retrospectively. From the hospital records, all data related to patients' demographic, clinical, biochemical, and histopathologic assessments and adjuvant therapy adjustments were evaluated...
August 22, 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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