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Gesa von Olshausen, Daniela Pfeiffer, Arne Müller, Tareq Ibrahim
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February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal
Andrew A Gumbs, Despoina Daskalaki, Luca Milone
Although minimally invasive pancreatectomy has been performed increasingly for pancreatic malignancies, many authors feel that a history of pancreatitis is a contraindication to either laparoscopic or robotic-assisted pancreatectomy. Shown here is a video (Supplemental Digital Content 1, of a laparoscopic total pancreatectomy with splenectomy for chronic pancreatitis. This patient was denied auto-islet cell transplantation because of insurance restraints. In total, 4 laparoscopic total pancreatectomies have been attempted and completed...
March 8, 2018: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Aaron M Rutman, Justin E Vranic, Mahmud Mossa-Basha
Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI) is a relatively rare but potentially devastating finding in patients with high-energy blunt force trauma or direct cervical and/or craniofacial injury. The radiologist plays an essential role in identifying and grading the various types of vascular injury, including minimal intimal injury, dissection with raised intimal flap or intraluminal thrombus, intramural hematoma, pseudoaneurysm, occlusion, transection, and arteriovenous fistula. Early identification of BCVI is important, as treatment with antithrombotic therapy has been shown to reduce the incidence of postinjury ischemic stroke...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Bethany M Breck, Cory B Dennis, Skye N Leedahl
Reverse mentoring is a means to address the social work Grand Challenge of social isolation. Among older adults, reverse mentoring can improve social connection by increasing the digital competence of older adults so they can use technology for social benefit, and by facilitating intergenerational connections with young adult mentors. In this paper, reverse mentoring is examined within an intergenerational program that serves older adults and utilizes the native technological knowledge and skills of young adults who mentor older adult participants...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jennifer M Watchmaker, Blaise deB Frederick, Matthew R Fusco, Larry T Davis, Meher R Juttukonda, Sarah K Lants, Howard S Kirshner, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Surgical revascularization is often performed in patients with moyamoya, however routine tools for efficacy evaluation are underdeveloped. The gold standard is digital subtraction angiography (DSA); however, DSA requires ionizing radiation and procedural risk, and therefore is suboptimal for routine surveillance of parenchymal health. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether parenchymal vascular compliance measures, obtained noninvasively using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide surrogates to revascularization success by comparing measures with DSA before and after surgical revascularization...
March 8, 2018: Neurosurgery
D Papola, C Gastaldon, G Ostuzzi
A substantial proportion of people with mental health conditions do not adhere to prescribed pharmacological treatments. Poor adherence is probably one of the most critical elements contributing to relapse in people with schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders. In order to tackle this global issue, in November 2017 the Food and Drug Administration approved a tablet formulation of the atypical antipsychotic aripiprazole embedded with a novel digital adherence-assessment device. In this commentary, we critically appraised the potential beneficial and harmful consequences of this new digital formulation of aripiprazole, and we highlighted expected implications for clinical practice...
March 12, 2018: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Deren Özcan, Deniz Seçkin, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: The incidence and mortality of melanoma are increased in organ transplant recipients. Multiple acquired common and dysplastic nevi are risk factors for melanoma. A new or changing nevus may suggest melanoma. Strategies used by transplant dermatologists to monitor nevi are unknown. Herein, we aimed to assess the methods used by transplant dermatologists for monitoring multiple acquired common nevi, dysplastic nevi, and new or changing nevi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was e-mailed to 63 members of the Skin Care in Organ Transplant Patients, Europe...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Liesbeth Van Wesenbeeck, Leen Janssens, Hanne Meeuws, Ole Lagatie, Lieven Stuyver
Most tissue samples available for cancer research are archived as formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples. However, the fixation process and the long storage duration lead to DNA fragmentation and hinder epigenome analysis. The use of droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) to detect DNA methylation has recently emerged. In this study, we compare an optimized ddPCR assay with a conventional qPCR assay by targeting a dilution series of control DNA. In addition, we compare the ddPCR technology with results from Infinium arrays targeting two separate CpG sites on a set of colon adenoma FFPE samples...
March 12, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Kathryn B Manheimer, Nihir Patel, Felix Richter, Joshua Gorham, Angela C Tai, Jason Homsy, Marko T Boskovski, Michael Parfenov, Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Wendy K Chung, Martina Brueckner, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Deepak Srivastava, Jonathan G Seidman, Christine E Seidman, Bruce D Gelb, Andrew J Sharp
Multiple tools have been developed to identify copy number variants (CNVs) from whole exome (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) data. Current tools such as XHMM for WES and CNVnator for WGS identify CNVs based on changes in read depth. For WGS, other methods to identify CNVs include utilizing discordant read pairs and split reads and genome-wide local assembly with tools such as Lumpy and SvABA, respectively. Here, we introduce a new method to identify deletion CNVs from WES and WGS trio data based on the clustering of Mendelian errors (MEs)...
March 11, 2018: Human Mutation
Ryan R Kerney, James Hanken, David C Blackburn
Direct-developing amphibians form limbs during early embryonic stages, as opposed to the later, often postembryonic limb formation of metamorphosing species. Limb patterning is dramatically altered in direct-developing frogs, but little attention has been given to direct-developing salamanders. We use expression patterns of two genes, sox9 and col2a1, to assess skeletal patterning during embryonic limb development in the direct-developing salamander Plethodon cinereus. Limb patterning in P. cinereus partially resembles that described in other urodele species, with early formation of digit II and a generally anterior-to-posterior formation of preaxial digits...
March 12, 2018: Evolution & Development
Donald M Hilty, Carolyn Turvey, Tiffany Hwang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Psychiatric practice continues to evolve and play an important role in patients' lives, the field of medicine, and health care delivery. Clinicians must learn a variety of clinical care systems and lifelong learning (LLL) is crucial to apply knowledge, develop skills, and adjust attitudes. Technology is rapidly becoming a key player-in delivery, lifelong learning, and education/training. RECENT FINDINGS: The evidence base for telepsychiatry/telemental health via videoconferencing has been growing for three decades, but a greater array of technologies have emerged in the last decade (e...
March 12, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
Marina Roizenblatt, Thomas L Edwards, Peter L Gehlbach
Vitreoretinal microsurgery is among the most technically challenging of the minimally invasive surgical techniques. Exceptional precision is required to operate on micron scale targets presented by the retina while also maneuvering in a tightly constrained and fragile workspace. These challenges are compounded by inherent limitations of the unassisted human hand with regard to dexterity, tremor and precision in positioning instruments. The limited human ability to visually resolve targets on the single-digit micron scale is a further limitation...
2018: Robotic Surgery: Research and Reviews
Jocelyn Anstey Watkins, Jane Goudge, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Caroline Huxley, Katherine Dodd, Frances Griffiths
Background: Routine monitoring by patients and healthcare providers to manage chronic disease is vital, though this can be challenging in low-resourced health systems. Mobile health (mHealth) has been proposed as one way to improve management of chronic diseases. Past mHealth reviews have proposed the need for a greater understanding around how the theoretical constructs in mHealth interventions actually work. In response, we synthesised evidence from primary studies on monitoring of chronic diseases using two-way digital text or voice communication between a patient and health worker...
2018: BMJ Global Health
James Watson, Robert M Barker-Davies, Alexander N Bennett, Daniel T P Fong, Patrick C Wheeler, Mark Lewis, Craig Ranson
Objective: Several lower limb tendinopathy treatment modalities involve identification of pathological paratendinous or intratendinous neovascularisation to target proposed co-location of painful neoneuralisation. The ability to reliably locate and assess the degree of neovascularity is therefore clinically important. The Modified Ohberg Score (MOS) is frequently used to determine degree of neovascularity, but reliability has yet to be established among Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) consultants...
2018: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Marcello Mancini, Paul Summers, Francesco Faita, Maurizia R Brunetto, Francesco Callea, Andrea De Nicola, Nicole Di Lascio, Fabio Farinati, Amalia Gastaldelli, Bruno Gridelli, Peppino Mirabelli, Emanuele Neri, Piero A Salvadori, Eleni Rebelos, Claudio Tiribelli, Luca Valenti, Marco Salvatore, Ferruccio Bonino
The rapidly growing field of functional, molecular and structural bio-imaging is providing an extraordinary new opportunity to overcome the limits of invasive liver biopsy and introduce a "digital biopsy" for in vivo study of liver pathophysiology. To foster the application of bio-imaging in clinical and translational research, there is a need to standardize the methods of both acquisition and the storage of the bio-images of the liver. It can be hoped that the combination of digital, liquid and histologic liver biopsies will provide an innovative synergistic tri-dimensional approach to identifying new aetiologies, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for the optimization of personalized therapy of liver diseases and liver cancer...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Masakatsu Hihara, Takashi Matsushima, Yoshihito Tanaka, Yutaka Ogawa, Natsuko Kakudo, Kenji Kusumoto
Objective: When hands suffer burns, the tendons and digital bones are rarely injured because of the quick withdrawal reflex away from the heat source. Hence, a consensus of opinion regarding the treatment of severe hand burns with osseous blood flow deficiency has not been reached among clinicians. Methods: The patient was a 28-year-old woman whose fingers were accidentally soaked in heated cooking oil (160°C-170°C) for approximately 1 minute. The result was fourth-degree (extending to the tendon) digital burns of the distal end of the proximal interphalangeal joint with blood flow deficiency to the skin, tendon, and bone...
2018: Eplasty
Nikola Vučinić, Mirela Erić, Snežana Tomašević-Todorovič, Bojana Milekić
BACKGROUND: Algometry, as a highly sensitive method, provides an objective insight into the degree of pain, while the use of questionnaires can estimate the patient's psychological status in a simple way. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted in order to measure the pressure pain threshold in patients with cervical and lumbar radiculopathy and to find a possible association of pain with the anxiety and depression. METHODS: The study examined 60 hospitalized patients with cervical radiculopathy and 60 patients with lumbar radiculopathy before starting and after finishing kinesitherapy...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Jong Joo Lee, Dong Ah Shin, Seong Yi, Keung Nyun Kim, Do Heum Yoon, Hyun Chul Shin, Yoon Ha
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Despite the fact that ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) is a three-dimensional disease, conventional studies have mainly focused on a two-dimensional measurement, and it is difficult to accurately determine the volume of OPLL growth and analyze the factors affecting OPLL growth after posterior decompression (laminoplasty or laminectomy and fusion). PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the factors affecting OPLL volume growth using a three-dimensional measurement...
March 8, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Ariane L Herrick, Andrea Murray
Most patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) have "benign" primary RP (PRP), but a minority have an underlying cause, for example a connective tissue disease such as systemic sclerosis (SSc). Secondary RP can be associated with structural as well as functional digital vascular changes and can be very severe, potentially progressing to digital ulceration or gangrene. The first step in management is to establish why the patient has RP. This short review discusses the role of nailfold capillaroscopy and thermography in the assessment of RP...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Wenjuan Ma, Yumei Zhao, Yu Ji, Xinpeng Guo, Xiqi Jian, Peifang Liu, Shandong Wu
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate whether quantitative radiomic features extracted from digital mammogram images are associated with molecular subtypes of breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved retrospective study, we collected 331 Chinese women who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015. This cohort included 29 triple-negative, 45 human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-enriched, 36 luminal A, and 221 luminal B lesions...
March 8, 2018: Academic Radiology
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