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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820743/sleep-apnea-a-review-of-diagnostic-sensors-algorithms-and-therapies
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Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Chris Fernandez, Emily Carroll, Fa Wang, Jake Levin, Sam Rusk, Nick Glattard, Ashley Mulchrone, Xuan Zhang, Ailiang Xie, Mihaela Teodorescu, Jerome Dempsey, John Webster
While public awareness of sleep related disorders is growing, sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) remains a public health and economic challenge. Over the last two decades, extensive controlled epidemiologic research has clarified the incidence, risk factors including the obesity epidemic, and global prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as establishing a growing body of literature linking OSA with cardiovascular morbidity, mortality, metabolic dysregulation, and neurocognitive impairment. The US Institute of Medicine Committee on Sleep Medicine estimates that 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders...
August 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819891/optimizing-through-computational-modeling-to-reduce-dogboning-of-functionally-graded-coronary-stent-material
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Arezoo Khosravi, Amir Akbari, Hossein Bahreinizad, Milad Salimi Bani, Alireza Karimi
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death among the men and women. One of the most suitable treatments for this problem is balloon angioplasty with stenting. Functionally graded material (FGM) stents have shown suitable mechanical behavior in simulations. While their deformation was superior to uniform materials, the study was aimed at finding the most suitable configuration to reach the optimum performance. A combination of finite element method (FEM) and optimization algorithm have been used to fulfil this objective...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819674/-imaging-techniques-in-modern-trauma-diagnostics
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T J Vogl, K Eichler, I Marzi, S Wutzler, K Zacharowski, C Frellessen
Modern trauma room management requires interdisciplinary teamwork and synchronous communication between a team of anaesthesists, surgeons and radiologists. As the length of stay in the trauma room influences morbidity and mortality of a severely injured person, optimizing time is one of the main targets. With the direct involvement of modern imaging techniques the injuries caused by trauma should be detected within a very short period of time in order to enable a priority-orientated treatment. Radiology influences structure and process quality, management and development of trauma room algorithms regarding the use of imaging techniques...
August 17, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819560/a-novel-peptide-blocking-cancer-cell-invasion-by-structure-based-drug-design
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Yuki Yamada, Seiji Kanayama, Fuminori Ito, Noriyuki Kurita, Hiroshi Kobayashi
The receptor for the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), uPAR, facilitates tumor cell invasion and metastasis by focusing on several ligands, including uPA, integrins and vitronectin. With computational prediction algorithms and structure-based drug design, we identified peptides containing the Gly-Lys-Gly-Glu-Gly-Glu-Gly-Lys-Gly sequence (peptide H1), which strongly interacts with uPAR. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of allosteric inhibition at the uPAR interface using a novel synthetic peptide and its function on ovarian cancer cell invasion...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818546/glecaprevir-plus-pibrentasvir-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-2-4-5-or-6-infection-in-adults-with-compensated-cirrhosis-expedition-1-a-single-arm-open-label-multicentre-phase-3-trial
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Xavier Forns, Samuel S Lee, Joaquin Valdes, Sabela Lens, Reem Ghalib, Humberto Aguilar, Franco Felizarta, Tarek Hassanein, Holger Hinrichsen, Diego Rincon, Rosa Morillas, Stefan Zeuzem, Yves Horsmans, David R Nelson, Yao Yu, Preethi Krishnan, Chih-Wei Lin, Jens J Kort, Federico J Mensa
BACKGROUND: The once-daily, ribavirin-free, pangenotypic, direct-acting antiviral regimen, glecaprevir coformulated with pibrentasvir, has shown high rates of sustained virological response in phase 2 and 3 studies. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks of coformulated glecaprevir and pibrentasvir in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and compensated cirrhosis. METHODS: We did this single-arm, open-label, multicentre phase 3 study at 40 sites in Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Spain, and the USA...
August 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818321/influence-of-computed-tomography-contrast-agent-on-radiotherapy-dose-calculation-for-pancreatic-carcinoma-a-dosimetric-study-based-on-tomotherapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-techniques
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Feng Zhu, Weizhang Wu, Fuhai Zhu, Yong Wang, Yingjie Wang, Tingyi Xia
The main purpose of our investigation was to quantify the dosimetric influence of intravenous contrast agent for pancreatic cancer radiotherapy treatment. This study focused on complex modulated irradiation techniques of tomotherapy (TOMO) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) to investigate if novel conformal treatment methods could reduce the influence of contrast agent. In our study, patients with pancreatic cancer were enrolled to have 2 computed tomography (CT) scans in the same position without and with intravenous contrast agent for treatment planning...
August 14, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818019/pembrolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-review-of-current-evidence
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Karim Rihawi, Francesco Gelsomino, Francesca Sperandi, Barbara Melotti, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Laura Casolari, Andrea Ardizzoni
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) are considered one of the most important breakthroughs in cancer treatment of the past decade; notably, different studies of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors have reported impressive clinical activity and durable responses in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These findings have led to the changing of the current therapeutic algorithm of advanced NSCLC, adding a new standard first-line treatment option for patients with PD-L1-positive tumors...
August 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816876/osteoporotic-thoracolumbar-fractures-how-are-they-different-classification-and-treatment-algorithm
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Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran, Rishi M Kanna, Klaus J Schnake, Alexander R Vaccaro, Gregory D Schroeder, Said Sadiqi, Cumhur Oner
Osteoporotic vertebral fractures constitute at least 50% of the osteoporotic fractures that happen worldwide. Occurrence of osteoporotic fractures make the elderly patient susceptible for further fractures and increases the morbidity due to kyphosis and pain; the mortality risk is also increased in these patients. Most fractures occur in the thoracic and thoracolumbar region and are often stable. Different descriptive and prognostic classification systems have been described, but none are universally accepted...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816825/is-two-level-cervical-disc-replacement-more-cost-effective-than-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-at-7-years
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Robert K Merrill, Steven J McAnany, Todd J Albert, Sheeraz A Qureshi
STUDY DESIGN: Cost-effectiveness analysis. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the 7-year cost-effectiveness of two-level cervical disc replacement (CDR) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: CDR and ACDF are both effective treatment strategies for managing degenerative conditions of the cervical spine. CDR has been shown to be a more-cost effective intervention in the short term, but the long-term cost-effectiveness has not been established...
August 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816711/multiple-drug-intolerant-hypertension
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Andrea E Neculau, Liliana M Rogozea, Oana Andreescu, Loredana Jinga, Eleonora A Dinu, Diana Tint
CLINICAL FEATURES: The term multiple drug intolerance (MDI) is attributed to patients who experience adverse drug reactions to more than 3 different classes of medication without a known immunological mechanism. A special attention should be given to multiple drug-intolerant hypertension (MDI-HTN) that is a cause of drop out from treatment and consequent poor blood pressure control. Patients with MDIs account for 2%-5% of all population. The patient we present is a 63-year-old man with third-degree hypertension identified with intolerance to drugs from 4 major classes of antihypertensive medication...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815994/imrt-qa-using-machine-learning-a-multi-institutional-validation
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Gilmer Valdes, Maria F Chan, Seng Boh Lim, Ryan Scheuermann, Joseph O Deasy, Timothy D Solberg
PURPOSE: To validate a machine learning approach to Virtual intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA) for accurately predicting gamma passing rates using different measurement approaches at different institutions. METHODS: A Virtual IMRT QA framework was previously developed using a machine learning algorithm based on 498 IMRT plans, in which QA measurements were performed using diode-array detectors and a 3%local/3 mm with 10% threshold at Institution 1...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815754/pharmacokinetic-interactions-and-dosing-rationale-for-antiepileptic-drugs-in-adults-and-children
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S C van Dijkman, W M Rauwé, M Danhof, O Della Pasqua
AIM: Population pharmacokinetic modelling has been widely used across many therapeutic areas to identify sources of variability, which are incorporated into models as covariate factors. Despite numerous publications on pharmacokinetic (PK) drug-drug interactions (DDIs) between antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), such data are not used to support the dose rationale for polytherapy in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Here we assess the impact of DDIs on plasma concentrations and evaluate the need for AED dose adjustment...
August 16, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815132/precision-diagnosis-of-melanoma-and-other-skin-lesions-from-digital-images
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Abhishek Bhattacharya, Albert Young, Andrew Wong, Simone Stalling, Maria Wei, Dexter Hadley
Melanoma will affect an estimated 73,000 new cases this year and result in 9,000 deaths, yet precise diagnosis remains a serious problem. Without early detection and preventative care, melanoma can quickly spread to become fatal (Stage IV 5-year survival rate is 20-10%) from a once localized skin lesion (Stage IA 5- year survival rate is 97%). There is no biomarker for melanoma in clinical use, and the current diagnostic criteria for skin lesions remains subjective and imprecise. Accurate diagnosis of melanoma relies on a histopathologic gold standard; thus, aggressive excision of melanocytic skin lesions has been the mainstay of treatment...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814312/rationale-and-design-of-the-brigham-cohort-for-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-registry-coppar
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Maria Schneeweiss, Joseph F Merola, Elizabeth W Karlson, Daniel H Solomon
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are related conditions with poorly defined transition among them, risk factors for progression, complex treatment algorithms, and biomarkers for treatment response and long-term outcomes. We describe the development of a PsO/PsA registry at an academic medical center. METHODS: We developed a single-center PsO/PsA longitudinal disease registry including biorepository that captures relevant disease markers and treatment choices in a circumscribed population with a defined catchment area...
August 16, 2017: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814269/applied-swarm-based-medicine-collecting-decision-trees-for-patterns-of-algorithms-analysis
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Cédric M Panje, Markus Glatzer, Joscha von Rappard, Christian Rothermundt, Thomas Hundsberger, Valentin Zumstein, Ludwig Plasswilm, Paul Martin Putora
BACKGROUND: The objective consensus methodology has recently been applied in consensus finding in several studies on medical decision-making among clinical experts or guidelines. The main advantages of this method are an automated analysis and comparison of treatment algorithms of the participating centers which can be performed anonymously. METHODS: Based on the experience from completed consensus analyses, the main steps for the successful implementation of the objective consensus methodology were identified and discussed among the main investigators...
August 16, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814218/diagnosis-and-management-of-pancreatic-exocrine-insufficiency
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Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Jeremy S Wilson, Ross C Smith
In 2015, the Australasian Pancreatic Club (APC) published the Australasian guidelines for the management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (http://pancreas.org.au/2016/01/pancreatic-exocrine-insufficiency-guidelines). Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) occurs when normal digestion cannot be sustained due to insufficient pancreatic digestive enzyme activity. This may be related to a breakdown, at any point, in the pancreatic digestive chain: pancreatic stimulation; synthesis, release or transportation of pancreatic enzymes; or synchronisation of secretions to mix with ingested food...
August 21, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814040/training-wrist-extensor-function-and-detecting-unwanted-movement-strategies-in-an-emg-controlled-visuomotor-task
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Mingxing Lyu, Charles Lambelet, Daniel Woolley, Xue Zhang, Weihai Chen, Xilun Ding, Roger Gassert, Nicole Wenderoth
Stroke patients often suffer from severe upper limb paresis. Rehabilitation treatment typically targets motor impairments as early as possible, however, muscular contractions, particularly in the wrist and fingers, are often too weak to produce overt movements, making the initial phase of rehabilitation training difficult. Here we propose a new training tool whereby electromyographic (EMG) activity is measured in the wrist extensors and serves as a proxy of voluntary corticomotor drive. We used the Myo armband to develop a proportional EMG controller which allowed volunteers to perform a simple visuomotor task by modulating wrist extensor activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813577/spatial-correspondence-between-intraretinal-fluid-subretinal-fluid-and-pigment-epithelial-detachment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Sophie Klimscha, Sebastian M Waldstein, Thomas Schlegl, Hrvoje Bogunovic, Amir Sadeghipour, Ana-Maria Philip, Dominika Podkowinski, Eleonore Pablik, Li Zhang, Michael D Abramoff, Milan Sonka, Bianca S Gerendas, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
Purpose: To identify the spatial distribution of exudative features of choroidal neovascularization in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) based on the localization of intraretinal cystoid fluid (IRC), subretinal fluid (SRF), and pigment-epithelial detachment (PED). Methods: This retrospective cross-sectional study included spectral-domain optical coherence tomography volume scans (6 × 6 mm) of 1341 patients with treatment-naïve nAMD. IRC, SRF, and PED were detected on a per-voxel basis using fully automated segmentation algorithms...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813199/hypoglossal-canal-lesions-distinctive-imaging-features-and-simple-diagnostic-algorithm
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Steven M Weindling, Christopher P Wood, Joseph M Hoxworth
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to compare the prevalence of hypoglossal canal lesions and identify differentiating imaging features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 15-year retrospective review of lesions of the hypoglossal nerve and hypoglossal canal, excluding those in patients with metastasis or prior head and neck cancer and those treated with radiation or surgery, was performed. Clinical findings and lesion imaging features were documented. The contrast-enhanced T1-weighted non-enhancing cystic component of hypoglossal schwannomas was compared with size-matched pathologically proven vestibular schwannomas...
August 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811996/experimental-method-and-statistical-analysis-to-fit-tumor-growth-model-using-spect-ct-imaging-a-preclinical-study
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Ivan Hidrovo, Joyoni Dey, Megan E Chesal, Dmytro Shumilov, Narayan Bhusal, J Michael Mathis
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, several theoretical tumor-models have been developed to describe tumor growth. Oncology imaging is performed using various modalities including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). Our goal is to extract useful, otherwise hidden, quantitative biophysical parameters (such as growth-rate, tumor-necrotic-factor, etc.) from these serial images of tumors by fitting mathematical models to images...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
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