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Anna Grandone, Francesca Del Vecchio Blanco, Annalaura Torella, Manuela Caruso, Filippo De Luca, Raffaella Di Mase, Maria Francesca Messina, Maria Carolina Salerno, Alessia Sallemi, Lucia Perone, Pierluigi Marzuillo, Emanuele Miraglia Del Giudice, Vincenzo Nigro, Laura Perrone
AIMS: We aimed at evaluating a standard multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) probe set for the detection of aneuploidy to diagnose Turner syndrome (TS). We first fixed an MLPA ratio cutoff able to detect all cases of TS in a pilot TS group. We then tested this value on a second group of TS patients and a short-stature population to measure specificity and sensitivity. METHODS: 15 TS patients with X mosaicism or X structural abnormalities (Pilot TS Group), 45 TS karyotype-assessed patients (TS Group), and 74 prepubertal female patients with apparent idiopathic short stature (Short-Stature Group) were enrolled...
October 27, 2016: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
Binbin Fang, Jing Guo, Fuxing Li, John P Giesy, Lianjun Wang, Wei Shi
Industrialized development of the Yangtze River Delta, China, has resulted in larger amounts of wastes, including sludges from treatment of these wastes. Methods to manage and dispose, including reuse were urgently needed. Sludge and reused products were collected from two largest factories, KEYUAN and HENGJIA where treated sludges were turned into bricks or sludge cake to be placed in landfills, respectively. Metals and organic compounds were quantified in sludges and leachates assessed by use of toxicity characterized leaching procedure (TCLP) while acute toxicity was determined by Daphnia magna...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Pauline Mendola, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Germaine M Buck Louis, Liping Sun, Maeve E Wallace, Melissa M Smarr, Seth Sherman, Yeyi Zhu, Qi Ying, Danping Liu
We aimed to study the potential impact of proximity to major roadways on time-to-pregnancy and infertility in couples attempting pregnancy in the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and Environment (LIFE) study (2005-2009), a population-based, prospective cohort study. Couples attempting pregnancy (n=500) were enrolled and followed prospectively until pregnancy or 12months of trying and 393 couples (78%) had complete data and full follow-up. Time-to-pregnancy was based on a standard protocol using fertility monitors, tracking estrone-3-glucuonide and luteinizing hormone, and pregnancy test kits to detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)...
October 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Mary L Padden-Denmead, Rose M Scaffidi, Regina M Kerley, Amy Lee Farside
BACKGROUND: Simulation and guided reflective journaling have been identified as effective teaching and learning methods to develop critical thinking (CT) and clinical reasoning skills in nursing students. METHOD: A descriptive correlational design was used to determine the relationship between CT and level of reflection using the Holistic Critical Thinking Skills Rubric (HCTSR) and the level of reflection on action assessment (LORAA), respectively, to evaluate 23 baccalaureate student-guided reflective journal entries after a simulation exercise with guided debriefing and after two subsequent clinical experiences...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Kaisy Pereira Martins, Tatiana Ferreira da Costa, Thayris Mariano de Medeiros, Maria das Graças Melo Fernandes, Inácia Sátiro Xavier de França, Kátia Nêyla de Freitas Macêdo Costa
This study aimed at evaluating the internal structure of Family Health Units in relation to the access of people with physical and/or sensory disabilities. It is a descriptive, exploratory, population-based research, held in Family Health Units of the municipality of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. For the collection of data, a checklist based on Technical Standard 9050 was used. For the analysis, the descriptive and exploratory analysis of the data and the Chi-square test were applied. As a result, of the 90 buildings evaluated, only 47...
October 2016: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Denise Espíndola Antunes, Karolline Alves Viana, Paulo Sucasas Costa, Luciane Rezende Costa
There is little evidence on the long-term effects of pharmacological management in children undergoing dental treatment. This study aimed to assess children's behavior in consecutive dental sessions following oral rehabilitation using different pharmacological regimens for behavioral control. Participants were preschoolers who were previously treated for caries under one of the following: no sedative, oral sedation with midazolam, oral sedation with midazolam/ketamine, or general anesthesia. The children's behavior in the follow-up sessions was assessed using the Ohio State University Behavioral Rating Scale (OSUBRS); higher scores represented less cooperative behavior (range 5-20)...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
Thaís Flôr da Rocha, Juliana Gibbon Neves, Karin Viegas
Objective: to identify the severity of patients admitted to an emergency trauma. Method: A cross-sectional and retrospective study with 115 trauma patients classified as orange (Manchester System), from June 2013 to July 2014. The data were presented as mean and standard deviation, in addition to the Pearson Chi-square test, One-Way ANOVA and Tukey tests. Results: from the sample, 81.7% were male with mean age of 39.46±19.71 years. Higher incidence of major trauma (48...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Tomas Maria Perez-Porcuna, Hélio Doyle Pereira-da-Silva, Carlos Ascaso, Adriana Malheiro, Samira Bührer, Flor Martinez-Espinosa, Rosa Abellana
INTRODUCTION: For adequate disease control the World Health Organization has proposed the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) in groups of risk of developing the disease such as children. There is no gold standard (GS) test for the diagnosis of LTBI. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of LTBI in young children in contact with a household case of tuberculosis (TB-HCC) and determine the accuracy and precision of the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-tube (QFT) used in the absence of a GS...
2016: PloS One
Gianluca Pontone, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Daniele Andreini, Andrea I Guaricci, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Edoardo Conte, Virginia Beltrama, Andrea Annoni, Alberto Formenti, Elisabetta Mancini, Mark G Rabbat, Mauro Pepi
The increased number of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) in developed countries is of great clinical relevance and involves a large burden of the healthcare system. The management of these patients is focused on relieving symptoms and improving clinical outcomes. Therefore the ideal test would provide the correct diagnosis and actionable information. To this aim, several non-invasive functional imaging modalities are usually used as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), but their diagnostic yield remains low with limited accuracy when compared to obstructive CAD at the time of ICA or invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR)...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Nils Kristian Prenzler, Eva Bültmann, Alexandros Giourgas, Melanie Steffens, Rolf Benedikt Salcher, Stefan Stolle, Anke Lesinski-Schiedat, Thomas Lenarz, Martin Durisin
The exact pathomechanism of deafening in Meniere's disease (MD) is still unknown; intoxication of hair cells and neural damage from endolymphatic hydrops is discussed. In the literature, there are only a few reports on hearing outcome of MD patients after treatment with cochlear implantation (CI) whereby especially the comparison of MD vs. non-MD patients with CI differs. In this retrospective study, results in speech understanding [Freiburger Einsilber (FES65) and Hochmair-Schulz-Moser test in quiet (HSM) and in noise (HSM + 10 dB)] of 27 implanted MD patients were collected and compared to a matched standard CI cohort...
October 25, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Chandhana Paka, Ixora Kamisan Atan, Rebeca Rios, Hans Peter Dietz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of the anatomic integrity of the external anal sphincter (EAS) detected on transperineal ultrasound (TPUS) with symptoms of anal incontinence (AI) as measured by St Mark's Incontinence Score (SMIS) and the visual analog scale (VAS). METHODS: This is an observational, cross-sectional analysis of 486 women who presented to a tertiary urogynecological center between May 2013 and August 2014. They underwent a standardized interview and an examination that involved 3-dimensional/4-dimensional TPUS...
October 25, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Tomasz Partyla, Henriette Hacker, Hardy Edinger, Bianca Leutzow, Joern Lange, Taras Usichenko
BACKGROUND: The hypoalgesic effect of electromagnetic millimeter waves (MW) is well studied in animal model; however, the results of human research are controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of various frequency ranges of MW on hypoalgesia using the cold pressor test (CPT). METHODS: Experimental pain was induced using standardized CPT protocols in 20 healthy male volunteers. The skin of the lower part of sternum was exposed to MW with a frequency of 42...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Yusuf Kayar, Ahmet Danalıoğlu, Abdullah Al Kafee, Şükrü Okkesim, Hakan Şentürk
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pathogenesis of functional dyspepsia (FD) is unclear and not well documented. Some gastric motility abnormalities have been reported to be important factors. Transcutaneous electrogastrography (EGG) is an experimental method that is used to assess FD. We aimed to compare FD patients with control subjects in terms of motility abnormalities according to the EGG results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with FD and thirty control subjects were included...
September 2016: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Benjamin Puccio, James P Pooley, John S Pellman, Elise C Taverna, R Cameron Craddock
BACKGROUND: Skull-stripping is the procedure of removing non-brain tissue from anatomical MRI data. This procedure can be useful for calculating brain volume and for improving the quality of other image processing steps. Developing new skull-stripping algorithms and evaluating their performance requires gold standard data from a variety of different scanners and acquisition methods. We complement existing repositories with manually corrected brain masks for 125 T1-weighted anatomical scans from the Nathan Kline Institute Enhanced Rockland Sample Neurofeedback Study...
October 25, 2016: GigaScience
Nidal Jaradat, Lina Adwan, Shadi K'aibni, Naser Shraim, Abdel Naser Zaid
BACKGROUND: It has been recently recognized that oxidative stress, helminth and microbial infections are the cause of much illness found in the underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. The present study was undertaken to identify the chemical composition, and to assess anthelmintic, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of Thymus bovei essential oil. METHODS: The chemical composition of the essential oil was analyzed using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Gerald D Dodd, Anthony C Lanctot, Kimberly E Lind
Purpose To investigate the effect of change in portal vein flow rates on the size and shape of ablations created by a bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation device. Materials and Methods This study was exempt from institutional animal care and use committee review. An in vitro bovine liver model perfused with autologous blood via the portal vein at three flow rates (60, 80, 100 mL/min per 100 g of liver) was used. Four ablations, two bipolar and two monopolar (control probe), were made in each of five livers perfused at each flow rate...
October 19, 2016: Radiology
Paul Prior, Rachel Timmins, Julia Petryk, Jared Strydhorst, Yin Duan, Lihui Wei, R Glenn Wells
PURPOSE: In dual-isotope (Tc-99m/In-111) small-animal single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), quantitative accuracy of Tc-99m activity measurements is degraded due to the detection of Compton-scattered photons in the Tc-99m photopeak window, which originate from the In-111 emissions (cross talk) and from the Tc-99m emission (self-scatter). The standard triple-energy window (TEW) estimates the total scatter (self-scatter and cross talk) using one scatter window on either side of the Tc-99m photopeak window, but the estimate is biased due to the presence of unscattered photons in the scatter windows...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Steven Michiels, Antoine D'Hollander, Nicolas Lammens, Mathias Kersemans, Guozhi Zhang, Jean-Marc Denis, Kenneth Poels, Edmond Sterpin, Sandra Nuyts, Karin Haustermans, Tom Depuydt
PURPOSE: 3D printing technology is investigated for the purpose of patient immobilization during proton therapy. It potentially enables a merge of patient immobilization, bolus range shifting, and other functions into one single patient-specific structure. In this first step, a set of 3D printed materials is characterized in detail, in terms of structural and radiological properties, elemental composition, directional dependence, and structural changes induced by radiation damage. These data will serve as inputs for the design of 3D printed immobilization structure prototypes...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Bao Wang, Zhixiong Zhao, Guo-Wei Wei
In this work, a systematic protocol is proposed to automatically parametrize the non-polar part of implicit solvent models with polar and non-polar components. The proposed protocol utilizes either the classical Poisson model or the Kohn-Sham density functional theory based polarizable Poisson model for modeling polar solvation free energies. Four sets of radius parameters are combined with four sets of charge force fields to arrive at a total of 16 different parametrizations for the polar component. For the non-polar component, either the standard model of surface area, molecular volume, and van der Waals interactions or a model with atomic surface areas and molecular volume is employed...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jianfeng Lu, Zhennan Zhou
In the spirit of the fewest switches surface hopping, the frozen Gaussian approximation with surface hopping (FGA-SH) method samples a path integral representation of the non-adiabatic dynamics in the semiclassical regime. An improved sampling scheme is developed in this work for FGA-SH based on birth and death branching processes. The algorithm is validated for the standard test examples of non-adiabatic dynamics.
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
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