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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351672/high-treatment-success-rate-among-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-myanmar-2012-2014-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#1
Myat K Thu, Ajay M V Kumar, Kyaw T Soe, Saw Saw, Saw Thein, Zaw Mynit, Htet M W Maung, Si T Aung
Background: Since 2011, Myanmar has adopted domiciliary care for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients and implemented several patient-support measures such as community-based directly observed treatment, nutritional support and financial incentives for patients and providers. We assessed treatment outcomes among MDR-TB patients registered for treatment in the Yangon and Mandalay Regions of Myanmar during 2012-2014 and factors associated with unfavourable treatment outcomes...
January 17, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351652/early-results-in-flow-diverter-sizing-by-computational-simulation-quantification-of-size-change-and-simulation-error-assessment
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Ana Paula Narata, Jordi Blasco, Luis San Roman, Juan Miguel Macho, Hector Fernandez, Raquel Kale Moyano, Renaud Winzenrieth, Ignacio Larrabide
BACKGROUND: Sizing of flow diverters (FDs) stent in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms is a challenging task due to the change of stent length after implantation. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the size change and assess the error in length prediction in 82 simulated FD deployments. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients treated with FDs were retrospectively analyzed. Implanted FD length was measured from angiographic images and compared to the nominal sizes of the implanted device...
January 17, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351444/activated-human-t-lymphocytes-inhibit-tgf%C3%AE-induced-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-prostaglandins-d2-and-e2
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Shannon H Lacy, Amali P Epa, Stephen J Pollock, Collynn F Woeller, Thomas H Thatcher, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
In pulmonary fibrosis (PF), fibroblasts and myofibroblasts proliferate and deposit excessive extracellular matrix in the interstitium, impairing normal lung function. As most forms of PF have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options, PF represents an urgent unmet need for novel, effective therapeutics. While the role of immune cells in lung fibrosis is unclear, recent studies suggest that T lymphocyte (T cell) activation may be impaired in PF patients. Further, we have previously shown that activated T cells can produce prostaglandins with anti-scarring potential...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351371/implementation-of-standardized-clinical-processes-for-tpmt-testing-in-a-diverse-multidisciplinary-population-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Kristin W Weitzel, D Max Smith, Amanda R Elsey, Benjamin Q Duong, Benjamin Burkley, Michael Clare-Salzler, Yan Gong, Tara A Higgins, Benjamin Kong, Taimour Langaee, Caitrin W McDonough, Benjamin J Staley, Teresa T Vo, Dyson T Wake, Larisa H Cavallari, Julie A Johnson
Although thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) genotyping to guide thiopurine dosing is common in the pediatric cancer population, limited data exist on TPMT testing implementation in diverse, multidisciplinary settings. We established TPMT testing (genotype and enzyme) with clinical decision support, provider/patient education, and pharmacist consultations in a tertiary medical center and collected data over 3 years. During this time, 834 patients underwent 873 TPMT tests (147 (17%) genotype, 726 (83%) enzyme)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351206/antibody-biomimetic-material-made-of-pyrrole-for-ca-15-3-and-its-application-as-sensing-material-in-ion-selective-electrodes-for-potentiometric-detection
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Alexandra R T Santos, Felismina T C Moreira, Luísa A Helguero, M Goreti F Sales
This work reports a very simple approach for creating a synthetic antibody against any protein of interest and its application in potentiometric transduction. The selected protein was Breast Cancer Antigen (CA 15-3), which is implicated in breast cancer disease and used to follow-up breast cancer patients during treatment. The new material with antibody-like properties was obtained by molecular-imprinting technology, prepared by electropolymerizing pyrrol (Py, 5.0 × 10-3 mol/L) around Breast Cancer Antigen (CA 15-3) (100 U/mL) on a fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass support...
January 19, 2018: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351164/body-mass-index-versus-body-fat-percentage-in-prospective-nfl-athletes-overestimation-of-obesity-rate-in-athletes-at-the-nfl-scouting-combine
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Capt Matthew T Provencher, Jorge Chahla, George Sanchez, Mark E Cinque, Nicholas I Kennedy, Jim Whalen, Mark D Price, Gilbert Moatshe, Robert F LaPrade
Obesity has been previously noted as a major issue in the National Football League (NFL), where it has been shown that 97% of all players demonstrate a body mass index (BMI) of ≥25.0 with a reported obesity rate of 56% (BMI ≥30.0). However, BMI does not take into account body composition by mass, and may overestimate prevalence of obesity. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine the validity of BMI as a measure of body fat percentage and obesity in athletes at the NFL Combine, to define the obesity rate based on body fat percentage compared to BMI...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351159/the-physical-characteristics-by-sex-and-age-for-custody-assistants-from-a-law-enforcement-agency
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Robert G Lockie, Robin M Orr, Michael Stierli, Karly A Cesario, Matthew R Moreno, Ashley M Bloodgood, Joseph M Dulla, J Jay Dawes
Custody assistants (CAs) are a position within a law enforcement agency who are responsible for assisting officers with maintaining security in correctional facilities. Unlike other positions, CAs may not be required to complete physical testing prior to being hired. This lack of testing could influence the characteristics of CAs who attend academy training. Therefore, retrospective analysis of performance test data for 108 officers (69 males, 39 females) was conducted. The tests included: grip strength for both hands; number of push-ups and sit-ups in 60 seconds; 201 m (220 yard) and 2...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351127/four-months-of-wearing-a-balance-orthotic-improves-measures-of-balance-and-mobility-among-a-cohort-of-community-living-older-adults
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Sean Noah, Cynthia Gibson-Horn, Jennifer L Vincenzo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were 29 million falls and 7 million injuries in 2014 in the United States. Falls, decreased balance, and mobility disability are common in older adults and often result in loss of independence. Finding interventions to address these issues is important, as this age group is growing exponentially. Prior studies indicate balance and mobility can be improved by the balance-based torso-weighting (BBTW) assessment implemented through wear of a balance orthotic (BO)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350971/rating-nasolabial-aesthetics-in-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-patients-cropped-versus-full-face-images
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Roderic M F Schwirtz, Frans J Mulder, David G M Mosmuller, Robin A Tan, Thomas J Maal, Charlotte Prahl, Henrica C W de Vet, J Peter W Don Griot
OBJECTIVE: To determine if cropping facial images affects nasolabial aesthetics assessments in unilateral cleft lip patients and to evaluate the effect of facial attractiveness on nasolabial evaluation. DESIGN: Two cleft surgeons and one cleft orthodontist assessed standardized frontal photographs 4 times; nasolabial aesthetics were rated on cropped and full-face images using the Cleft Aesthetic Rating Scale, and total facial attractiveness was rated on full-face images with and without the nasolabial area blurred using a 5-point Likert scale...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350940/experimental-verification-of-a-jarzynski-related-information-theoretic-equality-by-a-single-trapped-ion
#10
T P Xiong, L L Yan, F Zhou, K Rehan, D F Liang, L Chen, W L Yang, Z H Ma, M Feng, V Vedral
Most nonequilibrium processes in thermodynamics are quantified only by inequalities; however, the Jarzynski relation presents a remarkably simple and general equality relating nonequilibrium quantities with the equilibrium free energy, and this equality holds in both the classical and quantum regimes. We report a single-spin test and confirmation of the Jarzynski relation in the quantum regime using a single ultracold ^{40}Ca^{+} ion trapped in a harmonic potential, based on a general information-theoretic equality for a temporal evolution of the system sandwiched between two projective measurements...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350756/cytocompatibility-of-biodentine-and-iroot-fs-with-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-an-in-vitro-study
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T Luo, J Liu, Y Sun, Y Shen, L Zou
AIM: To evaluate the cytocompatibility of Biodentine and iRoot FS with human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs). METHODOLOGY: hPDLCs were characterized by flow cytometry and immunocytochemical analysis. hPDLC adhesion was assessed by scanning electron microscopy at day 3; proliferation by live/dead assay at day 1, 3 and 7; and osteogenic differentiation by alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity staining, ALP quantification analysis and qRT-PCR at day 7 and 14. Data were analysed with ANOVA and independent sample t-tests with SPSS 21...
January 19, 2018: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350693/colorectal-cancer-a-collaborative-approach-to-improve-education-and-screening-in-a-rural-population%C3%A2
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Marsha Woodall, Mary DeLetter
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. Although early detection and diagnosis greatly affect survival rates, only about half of the U.S. population participates in screening.
. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this project was to implement community-based CRC education and screening. Outcomes included CRC knowledge, CRC screening kit return rate, and rate of positive screening results...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350598/diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-ventricle-volume-quantification-in-patients-with-chronic-shunt-treated-hydrocephalus-a-matched-case-control-study
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Kristy Tan, Avital Meiri, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Rick Abbott, James T Goodrich, Adam L Sandler, Asif K Suri, Michael L Lipton, Mark E Wagshul
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) to characterize the long-term effects of hydrocephalus and shunting on white matter integrity and to investigate the relationship of ventricular size and alterations in white matter integrity with headache and quality-of-life outcome measures. METHODS Patients with shunt-treated hydrocephalus and age- and sex-matched healthy controls were recruited into the study and underwent anatomical and DTI imaging on a 3-T MRI scanner...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350536/diagnostic-accuracy-of-functional-imaging-and-biochemical-tests-for-patients-presenting-with-chest-pain-to-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mario Iannaccone, Sebastiano Gili, Ovidio De Filippo, Salvatore D'Amico, Marco Gagliardi, Maurizio Bertaina, Silvia Mazzilli, Sara Rettegno, Federica Bongiovanni, Paolo Gatti, Fabrizio Ugo, Giacomo G Boccuzzi, Salvatore Colangelo, Silvia Prato, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Patrizia Noussan, Roberto Garbo, David Hildick-Smith, Fiorenzo Gaita, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ischaemia tests and biomarkers are widely adopted to rule out acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Their diagnostic accuracy has yet to be precisely defined. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane Library CENTRAL, EMBASE and Biomed Central were systematically screened (start date 1 September 2016, end date 1 December 2016). Prospective studies (observational or randomised controlled trial) comparing functional/imaging or biochemical tests for patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department were included...
January 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350454/patterns-of-internet-based-health-information-seeking-in-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer
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Mechelle D Claridy, Melissa M Hudson, Lee Caplan, Pauline A Mitby, Wendy Leisenring, Selina A Smith, Leslie L Robison, Ann C Mertens
BACKGROUND: To assess where, when, and why survivors of childhood cancer seek health information. PROCEDURE: Data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) cohort (n = 1386) and Health Information National Trends Survey (n = 2385) were analyzed to determine the health information seeking strategies of childhood cancer survivors. Descriptive frequencies, χ2 analyses, t-tests, and multivariable logistic regression models were used. RESULTS: To seek health-related information for themselves, 54% (n = 742) of the childhood survivors reported using the Internet in the past 12 months, compared to 45% of the general population (adjusted OR: 2...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350377/melatonin-exhibits-supportive-effects-on-oxidants-and-anastomotic-healing-during-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#16
Namık Özkan, Ömer Faik Ersoy, Zeki Özsoy, Ebru Çakır
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin on intestinal anastomosis after intestinal ischemia/ reperfusion injury (IRI). METHODS: Thirty Wistar albino rats of both sexes were divided into 3 groups: sham, control, and treatment. IRI was performed by clamping the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) for 30 minutes, followed by reperfusion. The sham rats received only manipulation of the SMA. Melatonin (10 mg/kg) was administered to the treatment group, and the control group was given a vehicle injection...
January 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350331/motion-deficit-in-nodal-interphalangeal-joint-osteoarthritis-by-digital-goniometer-in-housewives
#17
L Ventura-Ríos, M Hayes-Salinas, D Ferrusquia-Toriz, R I Cariño-Escobar, E Cruz-Arenas, J Gutiérrez-Martínez, L González-Ramírez, C Hernández-Díaz
Range of motion (ROM) measured objectively in nodal hand osteoarthritis (NHOA) is missing. Evaluation of collateral ligaments by ultrasound (US) is unknown in NHOA also. To compare ROM in interphalangeal joints in housewives with nodal OA, with a control group by a digital system using angle to voltage (Multielgon). The second objective was to assess correlation between collateral radial and ulnar ligaments thickness and ROM. For this cross-sectional observational study, we assessed 60 hands with symptomatic NHOA and 30 hands of healthy housewives matched for age...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350279/evaluation-of-the-convergent-validity-of-an-estimated-cardiorespiratory-fitness-algorithm
#18
Paul D Loprinzi, Meghan K Edwards, Ovuokerie Addoh, John P Bentley
PURPOSE: Examine the convergent validity of a cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) algorithm when compared to treadmill-assessed CRF. METHODS: Data from the 1999-2004 NHANES were used (N = 3259 adults 20-49 years). Cardiorespiratory fitness was estimated from an algorithm. Participants completed a submaximal treadmill-based protocol. We (1) evaluated the pairwise association (and ICC) between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, (2) employed a paired samples t test to examine potential mean differences between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, (3) constructed a Bland-Altman plot and 95% limits of agreement (LoA) to explore systematic differences and random error between estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness, and (4) examined the association (via linear regression) of estimated and measured cardiorespiratory fitness with chronic disease prevalence and C-reactive protein (CRP)...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350274/t-lymphocytes-facilitate-brain-metastasis-of-breast-cancer-by-inducing-guanylate-binding-protein-1-expression
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Dana A M Mustafa, Rute M S M Pedrosa, Marcel Smid, Marcel van der Weiden, Vanja de Weerd, Alex L Nigg, Cor Berrevoets, Lona Zeneyedpour, Neibla Priego, Manuel Valiente, Theo M Luider, Reno Debets, John W M Martens, John A Foekens, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Johan M Kros
The discovery of genes and molecular pathways involved in the formation of brain metastasis would direct the development of therapeutic strategies to prevent this deadly complication of cancer. By comparing gene expression profiles of Estrogen Receptor negative (ER-) primary breast tumors between patients who developed metastasis to brain and to organs other than brain, we found that T lymphocytes promote the formation of brain metastases. To functionally test the ability of T cells to promote brain metastasis, we used an in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model...
January 19, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350266/normative-measurements-of-inferior-oblique-muscle-thickness-in-japanese-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-using-a-new-technique
#20
Maria Suzanne Sabundayo, Hirohiko Kakizaki, Yasuhiro Takahashi
PURPOSE: To measure the thickness of the inferior oblique muscle (IOM) among Japanese by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using a new technique. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included 78 patients (36 males and 42 females) who underwent MRI for detection of a unilateral orbital lesion or examining causes of unilateral retrobulbar pain. The thickness of the IOM was measured on the side without the orbital lesion or symptom. On the quasi-sagittal plane through the optic nerve, the major and minor axes of the cross-section of the IOM were measured...
January 19, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
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