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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343870/cd15-focus-score-infection-diagnosis-and-stratification-into-low-virulence-and-high-virulence-microbial-pathogens-in-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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V T Krenn, M Liebisch, B Kölbel, N Renz, T Gehrke, M Huber, M G Krukemeyer, A Trampuz, H Resch, V Krenn
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the work was to validate the CD15 focus score for the infection pathology of periprosthetic joint infection in a large group and to clarify whether a stratification into low-virulence and high-virulence microbial pathogens is possible by means of the CD15 focus score (quantification of CD15 positive granulocytes). METHODS: The histopathology of 275 synovial tissue samples taken intraoperatively during revision operations (n=127 hip, n=141 knee, n=2 shoulder, n=5 ankle) was evaluated according to the SLIM consensus classification (SLIM=synovial-like interface membrane)...
January 12, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342195/a-simple-self-diagnosis-tool-to-assess-the-prevalence-of-dermatoporosis-in-france
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Jean-Hilaire Saurat, Valérie Mengeaud, Victor Georgescu, Christine Coutanceau, Khaled Ezzedine, Charles Taïeb
IMPORTANCE: The term dermatoporosis has been proposed to describe clinical signs and functional consequences of age-related extreme skin fragility. OBJECTIVE: To create a simple dermatoporosis self-diagnosis tool (IDA: Index Dermatoporosis Assessment) and to use this tool to estimate the prevalence of dermatoporosis in France. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A specific dermatoporosis questionnaire was developed with the help of senior dermatologists and survey experts...
March 25, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340542/expectations-and-attitudes-of-individuals-with-type-1-diabetes-after-using-a-hybrid-closed-loop-system
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Esti Iturralde, Molly L Tanenbaum, Sarah J Hanes, Sakinah C Suttiratana, Jodie M Ambrosino, Trang T Ly, David M Maahs, Diana Naranjo, Natalie Walders-Abramson, Stuart A Weinzimer, Bruce A Buckingham, Korey K Hood
Purpose The first hybrid closed loop (HCL) system, which automates insulin delivery but requires user inputs, was approved for treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1D) by the US Food and Drug Administration in September 2016. The purpose of this study was to explore the benefits, expectations, and attitudes of individuals with T1D following a clinical trial of an HCL system. Methods Thirty-two individuals with T1D (17 adults, 15 adolescents) participated in focus groups after 4 to 5 days of system use. Content analysis generated themes regarding perceived benefits, hassles, and limitations...
April 2017: Diabetes Educator
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340234/detection-of-severe-digital-vasculopathy-in-systemic-sclerosis-by-colour-doppler-sonography-is-associated-with-digital-ulcers
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Susanne Lüders, Stefanie Friedrich, Sarah Ohrndorf, Anne-Marie Glimm, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Gabriela Riemekasten, Marina Backhaus
Objective.: Colour Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) is very important in general vascular diagnostic procedures. Its role in determining the extent of vasculopathy in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) needs further investigation. The aim of this study was to compare the presence of altered arteries with nailfold capillaroscopy and clinical signs of ischaemia, that is, digital ulcers or pitting scars (DU/PS). A feasible CDUS protocol is provided. Methods.: Two thousand five hundred and twenty-eight arteries of the fingers, palms and wrists from 79 SSc patients (32 arteries per patient) were examined using CDUS...
March 17, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337810/electronic-stic-improves-four-dimensional-fetal-echocardiography
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F Guasina, F Bellussi, G Morganelli, G Salsi, G Pilu, G Simonazzi
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficiency of electronic Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation (eSTIC) with conventional STIC to acquire fetal cardiac four-dimensional (4D) volumes of diagnostic quality METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial of 100 patients at midgestation with normal sonograms. In half of the cases, STIC of the fetal heart were obtained with a conventional mechanical 4D probe, in the remaining eSTIC were obtained with an electronic 4D probe. Examinations were kept within the time frame allotted for a standard examination of fetal anatomy, with a maximum of 2 attempts at obtaining a 4D cardiac volume...
March 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336390/is-parasternal-intercostal-emg-an-accurate-surrogate-of-respiratory-neural-drive-and-biomarker-of-dyspnea-during-cycle-exercise-testing
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Andrew H Ramsook, Reid A Mitchell, Tyson Bell, Suzanne Calli, Chris Kennedy, Jenny Lehmann, Matt Thompson, Joseph H Puyat, Jordan A Guenette
Recent evidence suggests that surface electromyography of the parasternal intercostals (EMGpara) can be a non-invasive alternative to diaphragmatic EMG (EMGdi) for estimating neural respiratory drive (NRD) during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). The purpose of this study was to determine if non-respiratory muscles influence EMGpara by having subjects place their hands on (Hon) and off (Hoff) the handlebars during cycling-based CPET. Ten healthy adults performed an incremental cycling test until volitional exhaustion...
March 20, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334591/crossing-the-communication-chasm-challenges-and-opportunities-in-transitions-of-care-from-the-hospital-to-the-primary-care-clinic
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Nicholas A Rattray, Jason J Sico, LeeAnn M Cox, Alissa L Russ, Marianne S Matthias, Richard M Frankel
BACKGROUND: Transitions of care from specialty and acute settings to primary care abound. Compared to the continuity in end-of-shift handoffs, care transitions involve provider communication between practices and facilities with their own cultures and bureaucracies. Using the transition from acute care to outpatient primary care for stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients as a case study, this qualitative research explored communication practices and institutional arrangements among clinical providers responsible for longitudinal management of hypertension...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329874/long-term-health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-digital-replantation-versus-revision-amputation
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Oren Tessler, Matthew J Bartow, Marie P Tremblay-Champagne, Alex M Lin, Geneviève Landes, Sarah Sebbag, Andreas Nikolis
Background Earlier, digit viability judged the success of digital replantation. Now, utility health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures can better assess the impact of digital replantation. Methods Overall, 264 digital injury patients were sent a regimen of utility measures: Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score, European Quality of Life 5 Dimensions, visual analog scale (VAS), time trade-off (TTO), and standard gamble (SG). Overall, 51 patients responded completely to all of these-36 replantation patients and 15 revision amputation patients...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328729/the-superiority-of-the-two-thumb-over-the-two-finger-technique-for-single-rescuer-infant-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
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Sang Yoon Lee, Jun Young Hong, Je Hyeok Oh, Sun-Han Son
OBJECTIVES: The two-finger technique (TFT) using the index-middle fingers of the right hand (TFT-R23) was recently confirmed to produce deeper chest compression depth (CCD) compared with the TFT using any other fingers. This study was carried out to confirm whether the TFT-R23 would be as effective as the two-thumb technique (TTT). In addition, individual finger strengths were measured to identify the reasons why the TTT and TFT-R23 produced deeper CCD than any other methods. METHODS: This prospective randomized cross-over trial compared TTT with TFT-R23...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328569/mid-term-follow-up-of-minimally-invasive-multivessel-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-is-the-early-learning-phase-detrimental
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Maria Lorena Rodriguez, Harry R Lapierre, Benjamin Sohmer, David Glineur, Marc Ruel
OBJECTIVE: Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG) through a small left thoracotomy is a novel technique for surgical coronary revascularization, which is increasingly being adopted around the world. This study aimed to describe the characteristics and mid-term outcomes of a series of MICS CABG to identify areas for improvement. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study was performed on the 306 MICS CABG patients operated on by a single surgeon from 2005 to 2015...
March 22, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327152/trim8-restores-p53-tumour-suppressor-function-by-blunting-n-myc-activity-in-chemo-resistant-tumours
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Francesca Mastropasqua, Flaviana Marzano, Alessio Valletti, Italia Aiello, Giuseppe Di Tullio, Annalisa Morgano, Sabino Liuni, Elena Ranieri, Luisa Guerrini, Giuseppe Gasparre, Elisabetta Sbisà, Graziano Pesole, Antonio Moschetta, Mariano Francesco Caratozzolo, Apollonia Tullo
BACKGROUND: TRIM8 plays a key role in controlling the p53 molecular switch that sustains the transcriptional activation of cell cycle arrest genes and response to chemotherapeutic drugs. The mechanisms that regulate TRIM8, especially in cancers like clear cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (ccRCC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) where it is low expressed, are still unknown. However, recent studies suggest the potential involvement of some microRNAs belonging to miR-17-92 and its paralogous clusters, which could include TRIM8 in a more complex pathway...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327109/a-cross-sectional-study-on-sarcopenia-using-different-methods-reference-values-for-healthy-saudi-young-men
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Shaea A Alkahtani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine reference values for sarcopenia indices using different methods in healthy Saudi young men. METHODS: Participants included 232 Saudi men aged between 20 and 35 years. The study measured anthropometric indices, blood pressure, hand grip strength, and lean muscle mass using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) was performed using Inbody 770 and Tanita 980 devices. RESULTS: Using DXA, the mean value of appendicular lean mass divided by the height squared (ALM/ht(2)) was found to be 8...
March 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325473/foxh1-occupies-cis-regulatory-modules-prior-to-dynamic-transcription-factor-interactions-controlling-the-mesendoderm-gene-program
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Rebekah M Charney, Elmira Forouzmand, Jin Sun Cho, Jessica Cheung, Kitt D Paraiso, Yuuri Yasuoka, Shuji Takahashi, Masanori Taira, Ira L Blitz, Xiaohui Xie, Ken W Y Cho
The interplay between transcription factors and chromatin dictates gene regulatory network activity. Germ layer specification is tightly coupled with zygotic gene activation and, in most metazoans, is dependent upon maternal factors. We explore the dynamic genome-wide interactions of Foxh1, a maternal transcription factor that mediates Nodal/TGF-β signaling, with cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) during mesendodermal specification. Foxh1 marks CRMs during cleavage stages and recruits the co-repressor Tle/Groucho in the early blastula...
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325433/reliability-of-the-grip-strength-coefficient-of-variation-for-detecting-sincerity-in-normal-and-blocked-median-nerve-in-healthy-adults
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N J Wachter, M Mentzel, R Hütz, J Gülke
In the assessment of hand and upper limb function, detecting sincerity of effort (SOE) for grip strength is of major importance to identifying feigned loss of strength. Measuring maximal grip strength with a dynamometer is very common, often combined with calculating the coefficient of variation (CV), a measure of the variation over the three grip strength trials. Little data is available about the relevance of these measurements in patients with median nerve impairment due to the heterogeneity of patient groups...
April 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325284/type-i-interferons-impede-short-hairpin-rna-mediated-rnai-via-inhibition-of-dicer-mediated-processing-to-small-interfering-rna
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Mitsuhiro Machitani, Fuminori Sakurai, Keisaku Wakabayashi, Kosuke Takayama, Masashi Tachibana, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
RNAi by short hairpin RNA (shRNA) is a powerful tool not only for studying gene functions in various organisms, including mammals, but also for the treatment of severe disorders. However, shRNA-expressing vectors can induce type I interferon (IFN) expression by activation of innate immune responses, leading to off-target effects and unexpected side effects. Several strategies have been developed to prevent type I IFN induction. On the other hand, it has remained unclear whether type I IFNs have effects on shRNA-mediated RNAi...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323482/constraints-on-the-early-terrestrial-surface-uv-environment-relevant-to-prebiotic-chemistry
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Sukrit Ranjan, Dimitar D Sasselov
The UV environment is a key boundary condition to abiogenesis. However, considerable uncertainty exists as to planetary conditions and hence surface UV at abiogenesis. Here, we present two-stream multilayer clear-sky calculations of the UV surface radiance on Earth at 3.9 Ga to constrain the UV surface fluence as a function of albedo, solar zenith angle (SZA), and atmospheric composition. Variation in albedo and latitude (through SZA) can affect maximum photoreaction rates by a factor of >10.4; for the same atmosphere, photoreactions can proceed an order of magnitude faster at the equator of a snowball Earth than at the poles of a warmer world...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322502/mystery-solved-our-son-s-autism-and-extreme-self-injury-is-genetic-and-treatable
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Tanja Bartel
Our 17-year-old autistic son Jake is declining at the same rate his peers are developing. He has the pimples, the sudden height, and the hormones. But the right side of his body slumps like someone who has had a stroke. Once right handed, he now uses only his left hand. At 15, he knocked his eyes off their parallel tracks by slamming his temple into the corner of a wooden post. One eye looks straight ahead while the other looks up and to the side. Both optic nerves are damaged. All the damage is self-inflicted...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316216/-correlation-between-the-ct-features-and-malignancy-risk-of-small-%C3%A2-5-cm-gastric-stromal-tumors
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J Wang, J L Xu, H J Hu
Objective: To evaluate the correlation between computed tomography (CT) features and malignancy risk category of small (≤5 cm) gastric stromal tumors (GST), in order to provide an image reference for preoperative assessment and intraoperative pathological diagnosis. Methods: Eighty-three patients with surgically and pathologically proven GST (≤5 cm) between January 2011 and November 2015 were recruited, and their clinical, pathological and CT data were retrospectively analyzed. According to the pathological results and malignancy risk category, the patients were divided into 2 groups, the benign biological behavior group (very low and low risk) and malignant biological behavior group (intermediate and high risk)...
March 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314974/health-related-quality-of-life-prospectively-evaluated-by-the-8-item-short-form-after-endovascular-repair-versus-open-surgery-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Takayoshi Kato, Mototsugu Tamaki, Tomohiro Tsunekawa, Yusuke Motoji, Akihiro Hirakawa, Yasuhide Okawa, Shinji Tomita
Open repair for infra-renal abdominal aortic and iliac artery aneurysms (AAAs) is a robust treatment. On the other hand, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has been widespread because of its less invasiveness. However, patients after EVAR frequently require postoperative radiographic examinations and may feel anxiety for their endoleaks. We prospectively evaluated Health-related Quality of Life of the patients with these two fashions using the 8-item Short Form (SF-8). From 2011 to 2013, 89 consecutive elective cases of AAAs were treated...
March 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304316/perspectives-and-attitudes-of-pediatricians-concerning-post-discharge-care-practice-of-premature-infants
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A Gad, E Parkinson, N Khawar, A Elmeki, P Narula, D Hoang
OBJECTIVE: Survival rates of premature infants are at a historical high and increasingly more pediatricians are caring for former premature infants. The goal of this study was to describe the perspectives and attitudes of pediatricians, as well as, the challenges of rendering post-neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) discharge care for premature infants. METHODS: An anonymous 22-question web-based survey was emailed to pediatricians who are current members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and practicing in Kings County, New York...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
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