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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329438/influence-of-clinical-use-on-physical-structural-surface-properties-and-electrochemical-potential-of-niti-endodontic-instruments
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E S J Pereira, C C F Amaral, J A P Gomes, O A Peters, V T L Buono, M G A Bahia
AIM: To investigate the surface morphology and electrochemical potential of superelastic (SE), M-Wire (MW), and shape memory technology (SMT) NiTi instruments before and after single clinical use in vivo. METHODOLOGY: A total of 60 ProTaper Universal F2 (PTU - SE), ProTaper Next X2 (PTN - MW), Typhoon (TYP), Hyflex (HF) and Vortex Blue (VB), the last three SMT, and size 25, .06 taper (n = 6 of each type) files were examined. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical potential analysis were employed before and after clinical use...
March 22, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329376/comparison-of-the-prognostic-value-of-negative-non-invasive-cardiac-investigations-in-patients-with-suspected-or-known-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Martijn W Smulders, Caroline Jaarsma, Patricia J Nelemans, Sebastiaan C A M Bekkers, Jan Bucerius, Tim Leiner, Harry J G M Crijns, Joachim E Wildberger, Simon Schalla
Aims: To compare the prognostic value of negative non-invasive cardiac investigations (coronary computed tomographic angiography [CCTA], cardiovascular magnetic resonance [CMR], exercise electrocardiographic testing [EET], positron emission tomography [PET], stress-echocardiography [SE], and single-photon emission tomography [SPECT]) in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD) and to explore the effect of adjustment for population event risk and presence of CAD. Methods and results: MEDLINE/PubMed database, EMBASE and Cochrane Library were searched from January-1990 to April-2015 for studies reporting annual event rates (AER) of myocardial infarction (MI) and cardiac death...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329281/echinocandins-compared-to-fluconazole-for-candidemia-of-a-urinary-tract-source-a-propensity-score-analysis
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G Cuervo, C Garcia-Vidal, M Puig-Asensio, A Vena, Y Meije, M Fernández-Ruiz, E González-Barberá, M J Blanco-Vidal, A Manzur, C Cardozo, C Gudiol, J M Montejo, J Pemán, J Ayats, J M Aguado, P Muñoz, F Marco, B Almirante, J Carratalà
Background.: Whether echinocandins could be used to treat candidemia of a urinary tract source (CUTS) is unknown. We aimed to provide current epidemiological information of CUTS and to compare echinocandin to fluconazole treatment on CUTS outcomes. Methods.: A multicenter study of adult patients with candidemia was conducted in 9 hospitals. CUTS was defined as a candidemia with concomitant candiduria by the same organism associated with significant urological comorbidity...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329238/practice-patterns-and-outcomes-associated-with-procalcitonin-use-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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David C Chu, Anuj B Mehta, Allan J Walkey
Background: Randomized trials support use of procalcitonin-based algorithms to decrease duration of antibiotics for critically ill patients with sepsis. However, current utilization of procalcitonin and associated outcomes in "real world" clinical settings is unclear. We sought to determine procalcitonin utilization in critically ill patients with sepsis in the United States and to examine associations between procalcitonin use and clinical outcomes. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of approximately 20% of patients hospitalized in US Intensive Care Units with sepsis...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327926/genomic-characterisation-of-her2-positive-breast-cancer-and-response-to-neoadjuvant-trastuzumab-and-chemotherapy-results-from-the-acosog-z1041-alliance-trial
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R Lesurf, O L Griffith, M Griffith, J Hundal, L Trani, M A Watson, R Aft, M J Ellis, D Ota, V J Suman, F Meric-Bernstam, A M Leitch, J C Boughey, G Unzeitig, A U Buzdar, K K Hunt, E R Mardis
Background: HER2 ( ERBB2 ) gene amplification and its corresponding overexpression are present in 15-30% of invasive breast cancers. While HER2-targeted agents are effective treatments, resistance remains a major cause of death. The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z1041 trial (NCT00513292) was designed to compare the pathologic complete response (pCR) rate of distinct regimens of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and trastuzumab, but ultimately identified no difference [1]. Patients and methods: In supplement to tissues from 37 Z1041 cases, 11 similarly treated cases were obtained from a single institution study (NCT00353483)...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327732/properties-of-polyplexes-formed-through-interaction-between-hydrophobically-modified-poly-ethylene-imine-s-and-calf-thymus-dna-in-aqueous-solution
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I C Bellettini, S J Fayad, V G Machado, E Minatti
Polycationic polymers and DNA form soluble complexes in aqueous solution, which allows the transfer of genetic material into cells. Therefore, these chemically-modified polymers are of interest for use in studies aimed at better transfection efficiency and gene expression along with reduced cytotoxicity. In this study, branched poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) was modified by alkylation with n-alkyl groups (n = 4, 6, 8 and 12 carbons). The polyplexes formed through interaction of the modified PEIs and calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) were investigated using UV-Vis spectrophotometry, ethidium bromide fluorescence emission, circular dichroism spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering techniques along with the determination of the zeta potential and viscosity...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327575/analysis-of-exome-data-for-4293-trios-suggests-gpi-anchor-biogenesis-defects-are-a-rare-cause-of-developmental-disorders
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Alistair T Pagnamenta, Yoshiko Murakami, John M Taylor, Consuelo Anzilotti, Malcolm F Howard, Venessa Miller, Diana S Johnson, Shereen Tadros, Sahar Mansour, I Karen Temple, Rachel Firth, Elisabeth Rosser, Rachel E Harrison, Bronwen Kerr, Niko Popitsch, Taroh Kinoshita, Jenny C Taylor, Usha Kini
Over 150 different proteins attach to the plasma membrane using glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. Mutations in 18 genes that encode components of GPI-anchor biogenesis result in a phenotypic spectrum that includes learning disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, congenital malformations and mild dysmorphic features. To determine the incidence of GPI-anchor defects, we analysed the exome data from 4293 parent-child trios recruited to the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study. All probands recruited had a neurodevelopmental disorder...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327560/revised-domain-structure-of-ulvan-lyase-and-characterization-of-the-first-ulvan-binding-domain
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Rebecca L J Melcher, Marten Neumann, Juan Pablo Fuenzalida Werner, Franziska Gröhn, Bruno M Moerschbacher
Biomass waste products from green algae have recently been given new life, as these polysaccharides have potential applications in industry, agriculture, and medicine. One such polysaccharide group called ulvans displays many different, potentially useful properties that arise from their structural versatility. Hence, performing structural analyses on ulvan is crucial for future applications. However, chemical reaction-based analysis methods cannot fully characterize ulvan and tend to alter its structure. Thus, better methods require well-characterized ulvan-degrading enzymes...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325313/a-structural-basis-for-the-amphiphilic-character-of-alginates-implications-for-membrane-fouling
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Matthew B Stewart, Darli T Myat, Michael Kuiper, Richard J Manning, Stephen R Gray, John D Orbell
Ostensibly hydrophilic alginates are known to foul hydrophobic membranes, under various conditions. Here, controlled experiments have been conducted at high and low pH on the fouling of a polypropylene membrane by alginate and the results suggest that the observed fouling is due to an intrinsic property of the alginate. Thus quantum chemical calculations on the M and G monomers of alginate reveal that M adopts an equilibrium geometry that is hydrophilic on one face and hydrophobic on the other, i.e. is potentially amphiphilic...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325000/mechanomyography-signals-in-spastic-muscle-and-the-correlation-with-the-modified-ashworth-scale
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E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama
The modified Ashworth scale (MAS) is the most widely used measurement technique to assess levels of spasticity. In MAS, the evaluator graduates spasticity considering his/her subjective analysis of the muscular endurance during passive stretching. Therefore, it is a subjective scale. Mechanomyography (MMG) allows registering the vibrations generated by muscle contraction and stretching events that propagate through the tissue until the surface of the skin. With this in mind, this study aimed to investigate possible correlations between MMG signal and muscle spasticity levels determined by MAS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
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G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323466/sexual-assault-victimization-and-mental-health-treatment-suicide-attempts-and-career-outcomes-among-women-in-the-us-army
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Anthony J Rosellini, Amy E Street, Robert J Ursano, Wai Tat Chiu, Steven G Heeringa, John Monahan, James A Naifeh, Maria V Petukhova, Ben Y Reis, Nancy A Sampson, Paul D Bliese, Murray B Stein, Alan M Zaslavsky, Ronald C Kessler
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations of administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during military service with subsequent mental health and negative career outcomes among US Army women controlling for nonrandom victimization exposure. METHODS: We used data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers to apply propensity score methods to match all 4238 female Regular Army soldiers with administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during 2004 to 2009 to 5 controls per case with similar composite victimization risk...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322174/acanthocotyle-gurgesiella-n-sp-monogenea-acanthocotylidae-from-the-deep-sea-skate-gurgesiella-furvescens-rajidae-in-the-south-eastern-pacific
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L A Ñacari, F A Sepulveda, R Escribano, M E Oliva
Little is known about the diversity of parasites of the deep-sea fish of the world's oceans. Here, a new species of monogenean parasite of the deep-sea skate Gurgesiella furvescens is described. Specimens of parasites were obtained from the skin of two specimens of the dusky finless skate, G. furvescens (Rajidae), in the vicinity of Valparaiso (33°S, 72°W), central Chile, from midwater trawl fishing at depths of 350-450 m. Both morphological and molecular analyses were conducted to provide a full description of the new species, named Acanthocotyle gurgesiella...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321120/decision-analysis-of-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndrome-stratified-according-to-the-revised-international-prognostic-scoring-system-ipss-r
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M G Della Porta, C H Jackson, E P Alessandrino, M Rossi, A Bacigalupo, M T van Lint, M Bernardi, B Allione, A Bosi, S Guidi, V Santini, L Malcovati, M Ubezio, C Milanesi, E Todisco, M T Voso, P Musto, F Onida, A P Iori, R Cerretti, G Grillo, A Molteni, P Pioltelli, L Borin, E Angelucci, E Oldani, S Sica, C Pascutto, V Ferretti, A Santoro, F Bonifazi, M Cazzola, A Rambaldi
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) represents the only curative treatment for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but involves non-negligible morbidity and mortality. Crucial questions in clinical decision making include the definition of optimal timing of the procedure and the benefit of cytoreduction before transplant in high risk patients. We carried out a decision analysis on 1728 MDS who received supportive care, transplantation or hypomethylating agents (HMAs). Risk assessment was based on the revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R)...
March 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320414/epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-and-epididymis-invasion-as-prognostic-biomarkers-in-clinical-stage-i-testicular-germ-cell-tumours
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Miguel F Sanmamed, E Esteban, E Uriol, R Zarate, M Capelan, C Muriel, G Crespo, J P Berros, P Pardo-Coto, Q Perez, C Alvarez-Fernández, P Jiménez Fonseca, M Luque, A Astudillo
BACKGROUND: Inguinal orchiectomy is curative in 70-80% of clinical stage I testicular germ cell tumours (CS I TGCT). The identification of patients who are at low risk of relapse is critical to avoid unnecessary treatment. The aim of this study is to explore EGFR, hMLH-1/hMSH-2 and microsatellite instability (MSI) as potential prognostic factors of recurrence in CS I TGCT. METHODS: Fifty-six CS I TGCT patients who underwent inguinal orchiectomy were included in this study...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319523/plasma-levels-of-microrna-155-are-upregulated-with-long-term-left-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Teresa Wang, Emily C OʼBrien, Joseph G Rogers, Daniel L Jacoby, Michael E Chen, Jeffrey M Testani, Dawn E Bowles, Carmelo A Milano, G Michael Felker, Chetan B Patel, Pramod N Bonde, Tariq Ahmad
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy unloads the failing heart but exposes the human body to unique pathophysiological demands such as continuous blood-flow and complete univentricular support, which are associated with increased risk of adverse clinical outcomes. MiRNAs are 22-23 nucleotide RNAs involved in regulation of multiple biological processes including the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF). Thus, measurement of miRNAs may have potential in both diagnostics as circulating biomarkers, and in therapeutics for targeted interventions...
March 17, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319171/a-reported-20-gene-expression-signature-to-predict-lymph-node-positive-disease-at-radical-cystectomy-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-is-clinically-not-applicable
#17
Kim E M van Kessel, Harmen J G van de Werken, Irene Lurkin, Angelique C J Ziel-van der Made, Ellen C Zwarthoff, Joost L Boormans
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) provides a small but significant survival benefit. Nevertheless, controversies on applying NAC remain because the limited benefit must be weight against chemotherapy-related toxicity and the delay of definitive local treatment. Therefore, there is a clear clinical need for tools to guide treatment decisions on NAC in MIBC. Here, we aimed to validate a previously reported 20-gene expression signature that predicted lymph node-positive disease at radical cystectomy in clinically node-negative MIBC patients, which would be a justification for upfront chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318999/the-significance-of-inflow-artery-and-tourniquet-derived-cephalic-vein-diameters-on-predicting-successful-use-and-patency-of-arteriovenous-fistulas-for-haemodialysis
#18
S K Kakkos, N Kaplanis, E C Papachristou, S I Papadoulas, G C Lampropoulos, I A Tsolakis, D S Goumenos
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the significance of inflow artery and cephalic vein diameters on predicting patency of radiocephalic and brachiocephalic arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). DESIGN: Single centre study with retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data between November 2010 and July 2015. METHODS: A detailed history and physical examination was undertaken, including age, gender, history and duration of haemodialysis, cause of chronic kidney disease, and the presence of comorbidities/risk factors...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318952/glycaemic-variability-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-admitted-to-an-intensive-care-unit
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L M Silveira, A Basile-Filho, E A Nicolini, C A M Dessotte, G C S Aguiar, A M Stabile
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is associated with morbidity and mortality, which implies high costs to the global health system. Metabolic alterations that increase glycaemia and glycaemic variability occur during sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To verify mean body glucose levels and glycaemic variability in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHOD: Retrospective and exploratory study that involved collection of patients' sociodemographic and clinical data and calculation of severity scores...
March 15, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318902/flavored-tobacco-product-use-in-youth-and-adults-findings-from-the-first-wave-of-the-path-study-2013-2014
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Andrea C Villanti, Amanda L Johnson, Bridget K Ambrose, K Michael Cummings, Cassandra A Stanton, Shyanika W Rose, Shari P Feirman, Cindy Tworek, Allison M Glasser, Jennifer L Pearson, Amy M Cohn, Kevin P Conway, Raymond S Niaura, Maansi Bansal-Travers, Andrew Hyland
INTRODUCTION: The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned characterizing flavors other than menthol in cigarettes but did not restrict their use in other forms of tobacco (e.g., smokeless, cigars, hookah, e-cigarettes). METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of Wave 1 data from 45,971 U.S. adults and youth, aged ≥12 years in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study collected in 2013-2014, was conducted in 2016. This study examined (1) the prevalence and reasons for use of flavored tobacco products; (2) the proportion of ever tobacco users reporting that their first product was flavored; and (3) correlates of current flavored tobacco product use...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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