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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914043/a-revisit-to-quantitative-pet-with-18-f-fdopa-of-high-specific-activity-using-a-high-resolution-condition-in-view-of-application-to-regenerative-therapy
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Go Akamatsu, Akihito Ohnishi, Kazuki Aita, Hiroyuki Nishida, Yasuhiko Ikari, Masahiro Sasaki, Nobuo Kohara, Michio Senda
OBJECTIVE: With the advent of regenerative/cell therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD), (18)F-FDOPA has drawn new attention as a biomarker of the therapeutic that cannot be evaluated with radiopharmaceuticals for dopamine transporter. Since most previous (18)F-FDOPA PET studies were carried out many years ago with a PET scanner of lower resolution and with (18)F-FDOPA of low specific activity synthesized from (18)F-F2, we used a newer PET/CT scanner with a high-resolution condition and (18)F-FDOPA synthesized from (18)F-F(-) to re-evaluate this technique on normal subjects and patients with PD, together with D2 receptor imaging with (11)C-raclopride (RAC)...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913975/clinical-impact-of-an-antibiotic-stewardship-program-at-a-children-s-hospital
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Brian R Lee, Jennifer L Goldman, Diana Yu, Angela L Myers, Leslie M Stach, Erin Hedican, Mary Anne Jackson, Jason G Newland
INTRODUCTION: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) improve appropriate antibiotic use. Data are limited on the clinical benefit of ASPs in children's hospitals. This study's objective was to determine the impact of an ASP on length of stay (LOS) and readmission rate among patients admitted to children's hospitals. METHODS: Data from a prospective-audit-with-feedback ASP were used to examine the ASP review characteristics, including antibiotic(s) prescribed, clinical indication, recommendations made by the ASP, and agreement with recommendations...
December 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913917/network-meta-analysis-an-introduction-for-clinicians
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Benjamin Rouse, Anna Chaimani, Tianjing Li
Network meta-analysis is a technique for comparing multiple treatments simultaneously in a single analysis by combining direct and indirect evidence within a network of randomized controlled trials. Network meta-analysis may assist assessing the comparative effectiveness of different treatments regularly used in clinical practice and, therefore, has become attractive among clinicians. However, if proper caution is not taken in conducting and interpreting network meta-analysis, inferences might be biased. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the process of network meta-analysis with the aid of a working example on first-line medical treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma...
December 2, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913818/-amyloid-positron-emission-tomography-with-18-%C3%A2-f-florbetaben-in-the-diagnostic-workup-of-dementia-patients
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S Schönecker, C Prix, T Raiser, N Ackl, E Wlasich, G Stenglein-Krapf, E Mille, M Brendel, O Sabri, M Patt, H Barthel, P Bartenstein, J Levin, A Rominger, A Danek
BACKGROUND: To this day the definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease still relies on post-mortem histopathological detection of neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid deposits. Amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) is a new diagnostic tool that enables the in vivo quantification of pathological beta-amyloid deposits. The aim of the current study was to evaluate to what extent (18)F-florbetaben-PET (FBB-PET) influences the diagnosis of patients with dementia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Imaging with FBB-PET was performed on 33 patients from our outpatient department for cognitive neurology...
December 2, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913786/safety-assessment-of-dialkyl-sulfosuccinate-salts-as-used-in-cosmetics
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Monice M Fiume, Bart Heldreth, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel (Panel) assessed the safety of 8 dialkyl sulfosuccinate salts for use in cosmetics, finding that these ingredients are safe in cosmetics in the present practices of use and concentration when formulated to be nonirritating. The dialkyl sulfosuccinate salts primarily function as surfactants in cosmetics. The Panel reviewed the new and existing available animal and clinical data in making its determination of safety. The Panel found it appropriate to extrapolate the data on diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate to assess the safety of the entire group because all of the diesters are of a similar alkyl chain length, all are symmetrically substituted, and all have similar functions in cosmetic formulations...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913763/perceived-benefit-from-hearing-aid-use-and-life-space-mobility-among-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Hannele Polku, Tuija M Mikkola, Jean-Pierre Gagné, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between perceived benefit from hearing aid (HA) use and life-space mobility among older adults. METHOD: Cross-sectional analysis of 76- to 91-year-old community-dwelling adults (n = 702). Data on perceived hearing with and without a HA were obtained via postal questionnaire and data on life-space mobility (Life-Space Assessment, range = 0-120) via phone interview. RESULTS: Participants who perceived more benefit from HA use, had a better life-space mobility score (M = 65, SD = 2...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913762/aspen-felanpe-clinical-guidelines-nutrition-support-of-adult-patients-with-enterocutaneous-fistula
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Vanessa J Kumpf, Jose Eduardo de Aguilar-Nascimento, Jose Ignacio Diaz-Pizarro Graf, Amber M Hall, Liam McKeever, Ezra Steiger, Marion F Winkler, Charlene W Compher
BACKGROUND: The management of patients with enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) requires an interdisciplinary approach and poses a significant challenge to physicians, wound/stoma care specialists, dietitians, pharmacists, and other nutrition clinicians. Guidelines for optimizing nutrition status in these patients are often vague, based on limited and dated clinical studies, and typically rely on individual institutional or clinician experience. Specific nutrient requirements, appropriate route of feeding, role of immune-enhancing formulas, and use of somatostatin analogues in the management of patients with ECF are not well defined...
December 2, 2016: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913722/impact-of-a-multidisciplinary-round-visit-for-the-management-of-dysphagia-utilizing-a-wi-fi-based-wireless-flexible-endoscopic-evaluation-of-swallowing
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Koichi Sakakura, Masayuki Tazawa, Natsuko Otani, Masato Takagi, Mariko Morita, Minori Kurosaki, Tomoko Chiyoda, Yuri Kanai, Ayaka Endo, Takaaki Murata, Masato Shino, Yuki Yokobori, Kenji Shirakura, Naoki Wada, Kazuaki Chikamatsu
OBJECTIVES: The management of dysphagia requires a multidisciplinary approach, especially in large-scale hospitals. We introduce a novel protocol using a Wi-Fi-based flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) system and aim to verify its effectiveness in evaluation and rehabilitation of inpatients with dysphagia. METHOD: We conducted novel Wi-Fi-based FEES at the bedside using 3 iPads as monitors and recorders. Functional outcomes of swallowing in 2 different hospitals for acute care with conventional wired or wireless FEES were compared retrospectively...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913721/application-based-hearing-screening-in-the-elderly-population
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Leonid Livshitz, Reem Ghanayim, Carmi Kraus, Raymond Farah, Ella Even-Tov, Yaniv Avraham, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Peter Gilbey
OBJECTIVES: The effects of age-related hearing loss are severe. Early detection is essential for maximum benefit. However, most hearing-impaired adults delay obtaining treatment. Diagnostic hearing testing at an appropriate facility is impractical, and new methods for screening audiometry aim to provide easy access for patients and reliable outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine the accuracy of application-based hearing screening in an elderly population. METHODS: The uHear application was downloaded to an iPad...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913615/urban-rural-differences-in-cancer-directed-surgery-and-survival-of-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Audrey Alforque Thomas, Alison Pearce, Ciaran O'Neill, Michal Molcho, Linda Sharp
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Clinically appropriate cancer-directed surgery is an influential and significant prognostic factor. In a population-based study, we determined how urban/rural residence was related to surgery receipt for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. We assessed the relationship between relative survival and patients' area of residence, taking into account surgery receipt and area socioeconomic level. METHODS: We extracted data from the National Cancer Registry Ireland on patients with non-small cell lung cancer diagnosed during 1994-2011 and linked to area-level data on socioeconomic indicators and urban/rural categories...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913519/transplantation-for-myelodysplastic-syndromes-who-when-and-which-conditioning-regimens
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Wael Saber, Mary M Horowitz
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) is the only curative therapy for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Broad application is hindered by high risks of transplant-related morbidity and mortality, especially in the older age range represented by the MDS population. However, recent advances in strategies to minimize regimen-related toxicity make HCT a viable option for many more patients. Appropriate selection of patients involves consideration of patient factors, including use of geriatric assessment tools and comorbidity scales, that predict risks of regimen-related toxicity as well as disease factors, including genetic markers, which predict survival with both non-HCT and HCT therapy...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913475/molecular-monitoring-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-how-low-can-you-go
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Susan Branford
Molecular monitoring of BCR-ABL1 transcripts for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is now used to assess response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), including treatment failure that mandates a change of therapy. Therefore, many centers have adopted the molecular technique for measuring BCR-ABL1 and rely on conversion of values to the international reporting scale for appropriate clinical interpretation. However, the technique has a degree of inherent variability despite standardized procedures, which means care should be taken by the clinician when assessing response based on BCR-ABL1 cutoff limits...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913468/biologic-vs-physiologic-age-in-the-transplant-candidate
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Andrew S Artz
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) remains a cornerstone of treatment of many hematologic malignancies but transplant-associated morbidity and mortality limit application to older patients. Biologic or chronologic age barriers to HCT have fallen, because patients in their 8th decade of life comprise the group with the greatest rise in transplant use over the past decade. Evaluating physiologic age or general health in older transplant candidates requires a systematic approach inclusive of functional and comorbidity assessment, which typically is accomplished through geriatric assessment (GA)...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913418/a-novel-rhamnose-rich-hetero-exopolysaccharide-isolated-from-lactobacillus-paracasei-dg-activates-thp-1-human-monocytic-cells
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Silvia Balzaretti, Valentina Taverniti, Simone Guglielmetti, Walter Fiore, Mario Minuzzo, Hansel N Ngo, Judith B Ngere, Sohaib Sadiq, Paul N Humphreys, Andrew P Laws
: Lactobacillus paracasei DG is a bacterial strain with recognized probiotic properties and is used in commercial probiotic products. However, the mechanisms underlying its probiotic properties are mainly unknown. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the capability of strain DG to interact with the host is, at least partly, associated with its ability to synthesize a surface-associated exopolysaccharide (EPS). Comparative genomics revealed the presence of putative EPS gene clusters in DG genome; accordingly, EPS was isolated from the surface of the bacterium...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913354/a-novel-elastic-force-field-to-influence-mediolateral-foot-placement-during-walking
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Elizabeth Nyberg, Jordan Broadway, Christian Finetto, Jesse Dean
Bipedal gait can be stabilized through mechanically-appropriate mediolateral foot placement, although this strategy is disrupted in a subset of neurologically injured individuals with balance deficits. The goal of the present work was to develop a device to influence mediolateral foot placement during treadmill walking. We created a novel force-field using a combination of passive elasticity and active control; wires in series with extension springs run parallel to the treadmill belts and can be rapidly repositioned to exert mediolateral forces on the legs of users...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913346/automatic-design-of-high-sensitivity-color-filter-arrays-with-panchromatic-pixels
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Jia Li, Chenyan Bai, Zhouchen Lin, Jian Yu
In most of existing digital cameras, color images have to be reconstructed from raw images which only have one color sensed at each pixel, as their imaging sensors are covered by color filter arrays (CFAs). At each pixel a CFA usually allows only a portion of the light spectrum to pass through and thereby reduces the light sensitivity of pixels. To address this issue, previous works have explored adding panchromatic pixels into CFAs. However, almost all existing methods assign panchromatic pixels empirically, making the designed CFAs prone to aliasing artifacts...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913319/assessing-the-benefits-of-targeted-drug-delivery-by-nanocarriers-a-partico-pharmacokinetic-framework
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Ronald A Siegel, Ameya R Kirtane, Jayanth Panyam
OBJECTIVE: An in vivo kinetic framework is introduced to analyze and predict the quantitative advantage of using nanocarriers to deliver drugs, especially anticancer agents, compared to administering the same drugs in their free form. METHODS: This framework recognizes three levels of kinetics. First is the particokinetics associated with deposition of nanocarriers into tissues associated with drug effect and toxicity, their residence inside those tissues, and elimination of the nanocarriers from the body...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913246/measuring-content-overlap-during-handoff-communication-using-distributional-semantics-an-exploratory-study
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Joanna Abraham, Thomas Kannampallil, Vignesh Srinivasan, William Galanter, Gail Tagney, Trevor Cohen
OBJECTIVE: We develop and evaluate a methodological approach to measure the degree and nature of overlap in handoff communication content within and across clinical professions. This extensible, exploratory approach relies on combining techniques from conversational analysis and distributional semantics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We audio-recorded handoff communication of residents and nurses on the General Medicine floor of a large academic hospital (n=120 resident and n=120 nurse handoffs)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913164/extraction-of-high-quality-rna-from-human-articular-cartilage
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Heather K Le Bleu, Fadia A Kamal, Meghan Kelly, John P Ketz, Michael J Zuscik, Reyad A Elbarbary
Extracting high-quality RNA from articular cartilage is challenging due to low cellularity and high proteoglycan content. This problem hinders efficient application of RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) analysis in studying cartilage homeostasis. Here we developed a method that purifies high-quality RNA directly from cartilage. Our method optimized the collection and homogenization steps so as to minimize RNA degradation, and modified the conventional TRIzol protocol to enhance RNA purity. Cartilage RNA purified using our method has appropriate quality for RNA-seq experiments including an RNA integrity number of ∼8...
November 29, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913123/a-two-stage-surgical-and-endovascular-treatment-of-rare-multiple-aneurysms-of-pancreatic-arteries
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Bibek Aryal, Teruo Komokata, Takayuki Ueno, Bunsei Yamamoto, Terutoshi Senokuchi, Hiroshi Yasuda, Mamoru Kaieda, Yutaka Imoto
Aneurysms of pancreatic arteries (PAs) are often found incidentally during evaluation of other abdominal pathology. Aneurysms involving multiple PAs are rarely reported in the literature. In case reports of PA aneurysm, inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery is the usual site of aneurysm occurrence. PA aneurysms can be treated surgically by aneurysm exclusion, excision, and by endovascular techniques. However, no clear consensus exists regarding treatment modality, leaving the surgeon to determine the most appropriate approach bearing in mind their experience, anatomical location of the aneurysm, involved artery and urgency of the procedure...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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