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Ádám Berniczei-Roykó, Jan-Hendrik Tappe, Axel Krinner, Tomasz Gredes, András Végh, Katona Gábor, Kamila Linkowska-Świdzińska, Ute Ulrike Botzenhart
BACKGROUND Cleft defects are one of the most frequent birth-deformities of the orofacial region and they are commonly associated with anomalies of the tooth structure, size, shape, formation, eruption, and tooth number. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence, distribution, and potential association of combined hypodontia in cleft-affected patients with regard to all types of teeth in both jaws in the permanent dentition. MATERIAL AND METHODS This retrospective radiographic analysis included patients with various types of clefts treated orthodontically in the Department of Orofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics at Heim Pàl Children's Hospital, Budapest...
October 21, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Arunesh Tiwari, Jeevan Lata, Madan Mishra
AIMS: This study was set out to evaluate the relationship between the presence and absence of unerupted mandibular third molar and fracture of mandibular angle/condyle, and to analyse if prophylactic removal of symptom-free unerupted mandibular third molar is beneficial. METHODS: Hundred patients of mandible fracture were selected randomly irrespective of age, sex, caste, creed and socio-economic status. Data were collected from the patients on the basis of history, clinical examination and radiographs for the following information: age, sex, aetiology of fracture, presence and status of the mandibular third molar and location of mandible fracture...
September 2016: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
Jeremy D Brown, Scott Chapman, Patricia E Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to determine whether a predictive rule could safely reduce the number of negative blood cultures collected in an Australian ED and to assess the clinical impact of positive results from blood cultures taken in the ED. METHODS: All positive blood cultures taken in the ED at a single facility were retrospectively identified for the calendar year 2012. Clinically significant bacteraemia episodes were assessed against a predictive rule using major and minor clinical and laboratory criteria gathered from medical records and pathology databases, and compared with a randomly generated sample of ED patient episode with negative blood cultures...
October 18, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Gregory D Huhn, Pablo Tebas, Joel Gallant, Timothy Wilkin, Andrew Cheng, Mingjin Yan, Lijie Zhong, Christian Callebaut, Joseph M Custodio, Marshall W Fordyce, Moupali Das, Scott McCallister
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected, treatment-experienced adults with a history of prior resistance and regimen failure can be virologically suppressed but may require multi-tablet regimens associated with lower adherence and potential resistance development. METHODS: We enrolled HIV-infected, virologically suppressed adults with 2- to 3-class drug resistance and at least 2 prior regimen failures into this phase 3, open-label, randomized study. The primary endpoint was the percentage of participants with HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL at week 24 (FDA snapshot algorithm)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
A Spyrou, S N Liddick, F Naqvi, B P Crider, A C Dombos, D L Bleuel, B A Brown, A Couture, L Crespo Campo, M Guttormsen, A C Larsen, R Lewis, P Möller, S Mosby, M R Mumpower, G Perdikakis, C J Prokop, T Renstrøm, S Siem, S J Quinn, S Valenta
The β-decay intensity of ^{70}Co was measured for the first time using the technique of total absorption spectroscopy. The large β-decay Q value [12.3(3) MeV] offers a rare opportunity to study β-decay properties in a broad energy range. Two surprising features were observed in the experimental results, namely, the large fragmentation of the β intensity at high energies, as well as the strong competition between γ rays and neutrons, up to more than 2 MeV above the neutron-separation energy. The data are compared to two theoretical calculations: the shell model and the quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA)...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Nicola Lindson-Hawley, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Thomas R Fanshawe, Rachna Begh, Amanda Farley, Tim Lancaster
BACKGROUND: Although smoking cessation is currently the only guaranteed way to reduce the harm caused by tobacco smoking, a reasonable secondary tobacco control approach may be to try and reduce the harm from continued tobacco use amongst smokers unable or unwilling to quit. Possible approaches to reduce the exposure to toxins from smoking include reducing the amount of tobacco used, and using less toxic products, such as pharmaceutical, nicotine and potential reduced-exposure tobacco products (PREPs), as an alternative to cigarettes...
October 13, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Alex Graves, Greg Wayne, Malcolm Reynolds, Tim Harley, Ivo Danihelka, Agnieszka Grabska-Barwińska, Sergio Gómez Colmenarejo, Edward Grefenstette, Tiago Ramalho, John Agapiou, Adrià Puigdomènech Badia, Karl Moritz Hermann, Yori Zwols, Georg Ostrovski, Adam Cain, Helen King, Christopher Summerfield, Phil Blunsom, Koray Kavukcuoglu, Demis Hassabis
Artificial neural networks are remarkably adept at sensory processing, sequence learning and reinforcement learning, but are limited in their ability to represent variables and data structures and to store data over long timescales, owing to the lack of an external memory. Here we introduce a machine learning model called a differentiable neural computer (DNC), which consists of a neural network that can read from and write to an external memory matrix, analogous to the random-access memory in a conventional computer...
October 12, 2016: Nature
Lan Chi Vo, Christopher Snyder, Courtney McCracken, Christopher J McDougle, James T McCracken, Michael G Aman, Elaine Tierney, L Eugene Arnold, Daniel Levi, Michael Kelleman, Deirdre Carroll, John Morrissey, Benedetto Vitiello, Lawrence Scahill
OBJECTIVES: Risperidone is approved for the treatment of serious behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study examined the effects of risperidone on cardiac conduction in children with ASD. METHODS: Data were collected from an 8-week, five-site trial conducted by the Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network. Children (age 5-17 years) were randomly assigned to risperidone (n = 49) or placebo (n = 52) under double-blind conditions...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
D Tollefson, F Ngari, M Mwakala, D Gethi, H Kipruto, K Cain, E Bloss
BACKGROUND: Although an estimated three million tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide are missed by national TB programs annually, the level of under-reporting of diagnosed cases in high TB burden settings is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To quantify and describe under-reporting of sputum smear-positive TB cases in Kenya. DESIGN: A national-level retrospective TB inventory study was conducted. All sputum smear-positive TB cases diagnosed by public or private laboratories during 1 April-30 June 2013 were extracted from laboratory registers in 73 randomly sampled subcounties and matched to TB cases in the national TB surveillance system (TIBU)...
October 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Atul B Shinagare, Chong Hyun Suh, Kyung Won Kim, Bhanusupriya Somarouthu, Annick D Van den Abbeele, Nikhil H Ramaiya
PURPOSE: To create and validate an evidence-based prediction rule to optimize use of follow-up chest CT for ovarian cancer. METHODS: In this Institutional Review Board-approved retrospective study performed at two academic medical centers, electronic medical records from January through December 2013 at center 1 (USA) and January 2012 through December 2013 at center 2 (South Korea) were searched to identify consecutive chest CTs performed within 5 years of initial cytoreductive surgery in patients with pathologically proven ovarian cancer...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Sofía P Brandariz, Agustín González Reymúndez, Bettina Lado, Marcos Malosetti, Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia, Martín Quincke, Jarislav von Zitzewitz, Marina Castro, Iván Matus, Alejandro Del Pozo, Ariel J Castro, Lucía Gutiérrez
BACKGROUND: Whole-genome genotyping techniques like Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) are being used for genetic studies such as Genome-Wide Association (GWAS) and Genomewide Selection (GS), where different strategies for imputation have been developed. Nevertheless, imputation error may lead to poor performance (i.e. smaller power or higher false positive rate) when complete data is not required as it is for GWAS, and each marker is taken at a time. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of GWAS analysis for Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) of major and minor effect using different imputation methods when no reference panel is available in a wheat GBS panel...
October 4, 2016: BMC Genomics
Linda Stein Gold, John Villumsen, Monika Rosen
INTRODUCTION: Good treatment adherence is important in the effective management of psoriasis and is related to both the frequency of applications and the amount of product used versus the recommended dose. The efficacy and safety of fixed combination calcipotriol 50 µg/g (Cal) and betamethasone 0.5 mg/g as dipropionate (BD) in the treatment of psoriasis is well established; an aerosol foam formulation has been developed to enhance adherence. This subanalysis from the Phase III PSO-FAST study evaluates the amount of Cal/BD foam used during treatment and the association between the extent and severity of baseline disease...
October 6, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Tacksoo Shin, Mark L Davison, Jeffrey D Long
The study examined the performance of maximum likelihood (ML) and multiple imputation (MI) procedures for missing data in longitudinal research when fitting latent growth models. A Monte Carlo simulation study was conducted with conditions of small sample size, intermittent missing data, and nonnormality. The results indicated that ML tended to display slightly smaller degrees of bias than MI across missing completely at random (MCAR) and missing at random (MAR) conditions. Although specification of prior information in the MI imputation-posterior (I-P) phase influenced the performance of MI, especially with nonnormal small samples and missing not at random (MNAR), the impact of this tight specification was not dramatic...
October 6, 2016: Psychological Methods
Jeffrey J McCullough, Perry R Klokkevold
INTRODUCTION: Available literature suggests there is a transient drop in implant stability from approximately week 0 to week 3-4 as a result of peri-implant bone remodeling as it transitions from a primary, mechanical stability to a secondary, biological stability. Research investigating the influence of macro-thread design on this process is scant. AIM: The specific aim of this study was to evaluate the role of macro-thread design on implant stability in the early post-operative healing period using resonance frequency analysis (RFA)...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Oral Implants Research
Zahra Dehbashi, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Mahdi Afshari
BACKGROUND: Each year, more than forty million abortions are occurred whole of the world. Misoprostol is a prostaglandin analogue with a strong uterotonic effect. The present study aimed to compare the efficacy of Misoprostol in first trimester abortion through two sublingual and vaginal routes of administration. METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was conducted on 52 consecutive women in first trimester candidate for pregnancy termination because of fetal IUFD or missed abortion in sonography reports...
July 24, 2016: Materia Socio-medica
Fiona Maas, Suzanne Arends, Elisabeth Brouwer, Ivette Essers, Eveline van der Veer, Monique Efde, Peter M A van Ooijen, Rinze Wolf, Nic J G M Veeger, Hendrika Bootsma, Freke R Wink, Anneke Spoorenberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the course of spinal radiographic progression up to 8 years of follow-up in a large cohort of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients treated with TNF-α inhibitors. METHODS: Consecutive patients from the Groningen Leeuwarden AS (GLAS) cohort starting TNF-α inhibitors between 2004-2012 were included. Baseline and biannual radiographs were randomized with radiographs of TNF-α naïve AS patients and scored in chronological time order according to mSASSS...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Thomas Desautels, Jacob Calvert, Jana Hoffman, Melissa Jay, Yaniv Kerem, Lisa Shieh, David Shimabukuro, Uli Chettipally, Mitchell D Feldman, Chris Barton, David J Wales, Ritankar Das
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is one of the leading causes of mortality in hospitalized patients. Despite this fact, a reliable means of predicting sepsis onset remains elusive. Early and accurate sepsis onset predictions could allow more aggressive and targeted therapy while maintaining antimicrobial stewardship. Existing detection methods suffer from low performance and often require time-consuming laboratory test results. OBJECTIVE: To study and validate a sepsis prediction method, InSight, for the new Sepsis-3 definitions in retrospective data, make predictions using a minimal set of variables from within the electronic health record data, compare the performance of this approach with existing scoring systems, and investigate the effects of data sparsity on InSight performance...
September 30, 2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
Mehmet E Tezcan, Berna Goker, Roy Lidtke, Joel A Block
BACKGROUND: Lateral wedge insoles have been used for the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) and have been shown to reduce loading of the medial compartment of the knee. However, as the entire lower extremity acts as a single kinetic chain, altering the biomechanics of the knee may also have significant effects at the ankles or hips. We aimed to evaluate the effects of lateral wedge orthotics on ankle and hip joints, compared to neutral orthotics, by assessing the changes in joint space width (JSW) during 36 months of continuous use...
September 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
Justina Yat Wa Liu, Doris Y P Leung
OBJECTIVES : This is a cross-sectional analysis at baseline of a cluster randomized controlled trial to identify factors associated with the use of pharmacological and nonpharmacological pain treatments by nursing home residents with dementia and impaired communication. METHODS : One hundred thirty-four residents with dementia and impaired communication were recruited. Nine of them were excluded because data on their pain treatments were missing, resulting in 125 for analysis. Hierarchical generalized estimating equations analyses controlling for the clustering effect of nursing homes were used to identify factors associated with the use of pharmacological and nonpharmacological pain treatments...
September 28, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Youshan Li, Huawei Liu, Rui Zhu, Qingyou Xia, Ping Zhao
Previous studies have indicated that most trypsin inhibitor-like cysteine-rich domain (TIL)-type protease inhibitors, which contain a single TIL domain with ten conserved cysteines, inhibit cathepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, or elastase. Our recent findings suggest that Cys(2nd) and Cys(6th) were lost from the TIL domain of the fungal-resistance factors in Bombyx mori, BmSPI38 and BmSPI39, which inhibit microbial proteases and the germination of Beauveria bassiana conidia. To reveal the significance of these two missing cysteines in relation to the structure and function of TIL-type protease inhibitors in B...
September 24, 2016: Peptides
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