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#1
Benjamin R Waterhouse
Hypertension is a common medical condition and a well-known risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and renal disease. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102328/qualitative-and-quantitative-analysis-with-a-novel-shear-wave-speed-imaging-for-differential-diagnosis-of-breast-lesions
#2
Yu-Ping Yang, Xiao-Hong Xu, Le-Hang Guo, Ya-Ping He, Dan Wang, Bo-Ji Liu, Chong-Ke Zhao, Bao-Ding Chen, Hui-Xiong Xu
To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a new two-dimensional shear wave speed (SWS) imaging (i.e. Toshiba shear wave elastography, T-SWE) in differential diagnosis of breast lesions. 225 pathologically confirmed breast lesions in 218 patients were subject to conventional ultrasound and T-SWE examinations. The mean, standard deviation and ratio of SWS values (m/s) and elastic modulus (KPa) on T-SWE were computed. Besides, the 2D elastic images were classified into four color patterns. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (AUROC) curve analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of T-SWE in differentiation of breast lesions...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102096/cutoff-score-evaluation-of-undergraduate-dental-curriculum
#3
Laila Ahmed Bahammam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Exams at the Faculty of Dentistry (KAUFD) are usually constructed to match King Abdulaziz University (KAU) policy of a fixed 60% cutoff score, though they have never been tested or evaluated. The purpose of this study was to validate the cutoff scores of three final fifth-year written exams of the undergraduate Endodontic course to assess whether they were similar to KAU regulation using the Angoff rating method. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: This study was conducted between May 2014 and February 2015 at the Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University...
January 19, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102074/growth-of-a-large-area-free-standing-highly-conductive-and-fully-foldable-silver-film-with-inverted-pyramids-for-wearable-electronics-applications
#4
Xiao Yu, Zihua Li, Yong Liu, Wen-Xia Zhao, Ruimei Xu, Donghai Wang, Hui Shen
A promising new concept is the application of flexible and foldable conductive film or paper for wearable electronics, in which silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene are primarily used as conductive materials. However, their insufficient nanostructure contacts lead to poor electrical conductivity and mechanical fracture. Here, we demonstrate a simple and innovative strategy for fabricating a free-standing silver film with inverted pyramids by replicating pyramids on a textured silicon wafer under a hydrothermal reaction...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102047/adequate-tacrolimus-concentration-for-myasthenia-gravis-treatment
#5
T Kanai, A Uzawa, N Kawaguchi, K Himuro, F Oda, Y Ozawa, S Kuwabara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A single, oral dose of 3 mg/day tacrolimus, approved for myasthenia gravis (MG) treatment in Japan, was shown to reduce steroid dose and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody titers as well as to improve MG symptoms. However, no studies have investigated the association between tacrolimus concentration and its clinical efficacy in MG. In this study, we aimed to determine the optimal tacrolimus concentration for MG treatment. METHODS: The trough tacrolimus concentration in 51 patients with MG (positive for anti-AChR antibody, n = 48; negative for anti-AChR and anti-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase antibodies, n = 3) who received 3 mg/day tacrolimus for more than 1 year was measured using a chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay...
February 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102025/the-direct-referral-to-endovascular-center-criteria-a-proposal-for-pre-hospital-evaluation-of-acute-stroke-in-the-madrid-stroke-network
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J Rodríguez-Pardo, B Fuentes, M Alonso de Leciñana, Á Ximénez-Carrillo, G Zapata-Wainberg, J Álvarez-Fraga, F J Barriga, L Castillo, J Carneado-Ruiz, J Díaz-Guzman, J Egido-Herrero, A de Felipe, J Fernández-Ferro, L Frade-Pardo, Á García-Gallardo, A García-Pastor, A Gil-Núñez, C Gómez-Escalonilla, M Guillán, Y Herrero-Infante, J Masjuan-Vallejo, M Á Ortega-Casarrubios, J Vivancos-Mora, E Díez-Tejedor
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: For patients with acute ischaemic stroke due to large-vessel occlusion, it has recently been shown that mechanical thrombectomy (MT) with stent retrievers is better than medical treatment alone. However, few hospitals can provide MT 24 h/day 365 days/year, and it remains unclear whether selected patients with acute stroke should be directly transferred to the nearest MT-providing hospital to prevent treatment delays. Clinical scales such as Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) have been developed to predict large-vessel occlusion at a pre-hospital level, but their predictive value for MT is low...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101889/predictors-of-successful-trial-without-catheter-following-acute-urinary-retention-in-benign-prostatic-enlargement-a-single-centre-multivariate-analysis
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Ankur Bansal, Aditi Arora
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the parameters which predict the success or failure of trial without catheter (TWOC) for acute urine retention (AUR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 2 188 patients presenting with first episode of AUR were analyzed. All patients underwent catheterization and were started on α-blocker followed by TWOC. Age, baseline American urological association (AUA) score, prostate volume (PV), residual volume of urine (RV) and intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP), prostate specific antigen (PSA) were recorded...
January 19, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101788/embling-production-in-althaea-officinalis-l-through-somatic-embryogenesis-and-their-appraisal-via-histological-and-scanning-electron-microscopical-studies
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Ruphi Naz, Mohammad Anis, Abdulrahman A Alatar
In vitro propagation of a medicinally important plant, Althaea officinalis, has been achieved through somatic embryogenesis. Somatic embryos (globular to torpedo-shaped embryos) were induced on Murashige and Skoog's (MS) medium augmented with various concentrations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D, 5.0, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, and 25.0) alone or combined with N6-benzylaminopurine (BA, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 μM). These were directly formed from the cut ends and subsequently spread on the whole surface of internodal explants...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101787/a-recombinant-highly-thermostable-%C3%AE-mannanase-retman26-from-thermophilic-bacillus-subtilis-tbs2-expressed-in-pichia-pastoris-and-its-ph-and-temperature-stability
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Zhangcai Luo, Jing Miao, Guoying Li, Yao Du, Xiaobin Yu
A gene encoding a highly thermostable β-mannanase from a thermophilic Bacillus subtilis (TBS2) was successfully expressed in Pichia pastoris. The maximum activity of the recombinant thermostable β-mannanase (ReTMan26) was 5435 U/mL, which was obtained by high-density, fed-batch cultivation after 168-h induction with methanol in a 50-L bioreactor. The protein yield reached 3.29 mg/mL, and the protein had a molecular weight of ~42 kDa. After fermentation, ReTMan26 was purified using a 10-kDa cut-off membrane and Sephadex G-75 column...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101774/newborn-screening-for-remethylation-disorders-and-vitamin-b12-deficiency-evaluation-of-new-strategies-in-cohorts-from-qatar-and-germany
#10
Gwendolyn Gramer, Ghassan Abdoh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Noora Shahbeck, Rehab Ali, Laila Mahmoud, Junmin Fang-Hoffmann, Georg F Hoffmann, Hilal Al Rifai, Jürgen G Okun
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening is a precondition for early diagnosis and succeßsful treatment of remethylation disorders and classical homocystinuria (cystathionine-β-synthase deficiency). Newborn screening for classical homocystinuria using total homocysteine measurement in dried blood spots has been very successfully performed for many years for newborns from Qatar. METHODS: A new optimized newborn screening strategy for remethylation disorders and homocystinuria was developed and evaluated for newborns from Qatar using total homocysteine measurement as first-tier and methionine, methionine-phenylalanine-ratio and propionylcarnitine as second-tiers...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101736/diagnostic-validity-of-icdas-and-diagnodent-combined-an-in-vitro-study-in-pre-cavitated-lesions
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José Enrique Iranzo-Cortés, Sofija Terzic, José María Montiel-Company, José Manuel Almerich-Silla
In a continuous process such as caries, it is important to possess criteria or instruments that allow the lesions to be diagnosed at early stages so that preventive or interceptive treatments can be applied before cavitation takes place. The present study seeks to assess the diagnostic efficacy of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS II) criteria and the DIAGNOdent laser fluorescence (LF) pen in occlusal caries lesions, using histological sections as the gold standard. Sixty-four permanent teeth were examined by two researchers who previously performed and calibrated both the ICDAS II criteria and the use of DIAGNOdent pen...
January 18, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101654/cell-viability-and-shock-wave-amplitudes-in-the-endothelium-of-porcine-cornea-exposed-to-ultrashort-laser-pulses
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Syed Asad Hussain, Carles Milián, Caroline Crotti, Laura Kowalczuk, Fatima Alahyane, Zacaria Essaïdi, Arnaud Couairon, Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein, Karsten Plamann
PURPOSE: Some forms of keratoplasty assisted by ultrashort-pulse lasers require performing laser cuts close to the endothelium, which requires the knowledge of "safe" values concerning incision depth and pulse energy preserving endothelial cell viability. Our study aims to determine the thresholds for cell death in porcine corneas exposed to ultrashort laser pulses, in terms of laser pulse energy and nearness of the impacts to the endothelium. METHODS: Using a laboratory laser set-up, lamellar cuts were induced while varying pulse energies and distances from the endothelium...
January 18, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101636/a-slow-opportunist-physiological-and-growth-responses-of-an-obligate-understory-plant-to-patch-cut-harvesting
#13
Jennifer L Chandler
Understory light environments change rapidly following timber harvest, and while many understory species utilize and benefit from the additional light, this response is not ubiquitous in shade-obligate species. I examined the effects of patch cut timber harvest on the physiology and growth of an obligate forest understory species to determine if disturbances via timber harvest are physiological stressors or whether such disturbances provide physiological benefits and growth increases in understory species. Forest canopy structure, along with photosynthesis, respiration, water use efficiency, stomatal conductance, and growth rates of American ginseng were quantified one summer before and two summers after patch cut timber harvest...
January 19, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101404/model-for-indirect-laser-surgery
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Natalia Sapogova, Vladimir Bredikhin, Nikita Bityurin, Vladislav Kamensky, Vjacheslav Zhigarcov, Vladimir Yusupov
We present a theoretical model for laser cutting of biological tissue by a strongly heated fiber tip with a highly absorbing coating. A significant dependence of the cutting speed and cutting depth on the inclination angle of the scalpel to the surface when scattering exceeds absorption in the biological tissue is shown. Experimental evidences of this effect are presented. In the experiment, we used silica fiber with coating made of carbon and silicon organic varnish, the 0.97-µm wavelength laser and porcine skin...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101100/the-utility-of-the-mini-addenbrooke-s-cognitive-examination-as-a-screen-for-cognitive-impairment-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-diabetes
#15
Peter Hobson, Kamel H Rohoma, Stephen P Wong, Mick J Kumwenda
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We tested the utility of the Mini-Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (M-ACE) in a cohort of older adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and diabetes. METHOD: The M-ACE was administered to 112 CKD and diabetes patients attending a nephrology clinic. Cognitive impairment was based upon patient, informant, and case review, neuropsychological assessment, and application of criteria for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition for dementia...
September 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100899/effectiveness-of-computed-tomography-attenuation-values-in-characterization-of-pericardial-effusion
#16
Mehmet Serkan Çetin, Elif Hande Özcan Çetin, Mustafa Özdemir, Serkan Topaloğlu, Dursun Aras, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydoğdu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of computed tomography (CT) attenuation values in the characterization of pericardial effusion. METHODS: This study consisted of 96 patients with pericardial effusion who underwent pericardiocentesis. For further diagnostic evaluation of pericardial effusion, all the patients were assessed by thorax CT. CT attenuation values were measured from at least 5 different areas of pericardial fluid by specifying the largest region of interest...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100545/chronic-effects-of-air-pollution-on-lung-function-after-lung-transplantation-in-the-systems-prediction-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction-sysclad-study
#17
Meriem Benmerad, Rémy Slama, Karine Botturi, Johanna Claustre, Antoine Roux, Edouard Sage, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert, Carine Gomez, Romain Kessler, Olivier Brugière, Jean-François Mornex, Sacha Mussot, Marcel Dahan, Véronique Boussaud, Isabelle Danner-Boucher, Claire Dromer, Christiane Knoop, Annick Auffray, Johanna Lepeule, Laure Malherbe, Frederik Meleux, Laurent Nicod, Antoine Magnan, Christophe Pison, Valérie Siroux
An irreversible loss in lung function limits the long-term success in lung transplantation. We evaluated the role of chronic exposure to ambient air pollution on lung function levels in lung transplant recipients (LTRs).The lung function of 520 LTRs from the Cohort in Lung Transplantation (COLT) study was measured every 6 months. The levels of air pollutants (nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter with an aerodynamic cut-off diameter of x µm (PMx) and ozone (O3)) at the patients' home address were averaged in the 12 months before each spirometry test...
January 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100410/comp-serum-levels-a-new-non-invasive-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis
#18
Kalliopi Zachou, Stella Gabeta, Zakera Shums, Nikolaos K Gatselis, George K Koukoulis, Gary L Norman, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recently we have shown that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a fibrillar collagen assembly regulator, is strongly associated with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma progression. Therefore, we assessed whether serum COMP levels can be used as a non-invasive fibrosis marker in patients with chronic viral hepatitis (CVH) and compared this marker with standard methods for disease stage assessment [histology, transient elastography (TE), APRI, FIB-4]. METHODS: Sera from 116 CVH patients, 66 HBV [24 female; median age 53(22-76)] and 50 HCV [21 female; median age 48...
January 15, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100388/-reliability-and-validity-of-depression-scales-of-chinese-version-a-systematic-review
#19
X Y Sun, Y X Li, C Q Yu, L M Li
Objective: Through systematically reviewing the reliability and validity of depression scales of Chinese version in adults in China to evaluate the psychometric properties of depression scales for different groups. Methods: Eligible studies published before 6 May 2016 were retrieved from the following database: CNKI, Wanfang, PubMed and Embase. The HSROC model of the diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) for Meta-analysis was used to calculate the pooled sensitivity and specificity of the PHQ-9. Results: A total of 44 papers evaluating the performance of depression scales were included...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100271/evaluation-of-three-sample-preparation-methods-for-the-direct-identification-of-bacteria-in-positive-blood-cultures-by-maldi-tof
#20
Hannah Tanner, Jason T Evans, Savita Gossain, Abid Hussain
BACKGROUND: Patient mortality is significantly reduced by rapid identification of bacteria from sterile sites. MALDI-TOF can identify bacteria directly from positive blood cultures and multiple sample preparation methods are available. We evaluated three sample preparation methods and two MALDI-TOF score cut-off values. Positive blood culture bottles with organisms present in Gram stains were prospectively analysed by MALDI-TOF. Three lysis reagents (Saponin, SDS, and SepsiTyper lysis bufer) were applied to each positive culture followed by centrifugation, washing and protein extraction steps...
January 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
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