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Alexander D Jobrack, Suman Goel, Alvin M Cotlar
Introduction: Granular cell tumors (GCTs) are of neuroectodermal origin and account for 0.5% of soft tissue tumors. They are most prevalent in African-Americans in the fourth to sixth decades, with a predilection for the head and neck regions. GCTs usually resemble more common lesions and hence are difficult to diagnose preoperatively. The tumor is readily identified on needle biopsy. Although usually benign with a malignancy rate of only 2-3%, the malignant form has a reported 3-yr mortality of 60%...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Matthieu Fumagalli, Julien Berriot, Benoit de Gaudemaris, Anne Veyland, Jean-Luc Putaux, Sonia Molina-Boisseau, Laurent Heux
Rubber materials with well-dispersed fillers and large mechanical reinforcement have been obtained by melt-processing a diene elastomer matrix and tailored nanocellulose powders having both a high specific surface area and a modified interface. Such filler powders with a specific surface area of 180 m2 g-1 and 100 m2 g-1 have been obtained by freeze-drying suspensions of short needle-like cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and entangled networks of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in tert-butanol/water, respectively...
March 16, 2018: Soft Matter
Deepali Jain, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
CONTEXT: - There has been a paradigm shift in the understanding of molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer. A number of oncogenic drivers have been identified in non-small cell lung carcinoma, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR) mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase ( ALK) gene rearrangement. Because of the clinical presentation at an advanced stage of disease in non-small cell lung carcinoma patients, the use of minimally invasive techniques is preferred to obtain a tumor sample for diagnosis...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Junichi Tokuda, Laurent Chauvin, Brian Ninni, Takahisa Kato, Franklin King, Kemal Tuncali, Nobuhiko Hata
Patient-mounted needle guide devices for
 percutaneous ablations are vulnerable to patient motion. The objective of this study is to develop and evaluate a software system for MRI-compatible patient-mounted needle guide device that can adaptively compensate for the displacement of the device due to the patient motion using a novel image-based automatic device-to-image registration.
 Materials and Methods. We developed a software system for an MRI-compatible patient-mounted needle guide device for percutaneous ablations...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Alexandros Mallios, William Jennings, Benoit Boura, Alessandro Costanzo, Myriam Combes
Skin necrosis overlying an arteriovenous fistula at the cannulation site is a common and potentially life-threatening problem, often associated with underlying aneurysm formation. Arteriovenous fistula-skin necrosis generally requires resection of surrounding skin margins and the underlying aneurysmal vessel wall, allowing repair with healthy tissue of the arteriovenous fistula in addition to closure of soft tissue and skin. In patients with insufficient fistula length, salvage of these arteriovenous fistulas may result in difficult or insurmountable cannulation issues leading to attempts at one-needle cannulation dialysis or, most often, catheter placement...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Alicia Algeciras-Schimnich
The post-operative management of patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) relies on serial measurements of serum thyroglobulin. Current methodologies for thyroglobulin quantitation vary in their analytical and clinical performance. For years, thyroglobulin radioimmunoassays (RIA) and immunometric assays (IMA) have been used despite analytical interferences from anti-thyroglobulin autoantibodies (TgAb) as well as heterophile antibodies (HAb). TgAb interference limits Tg utility as a tumor marker in ∼30% of TgAb-positive patients...
March 16, 2018: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Andrea J Santamaría, Juan P Solano, Francisco D Benavides, James D Guest
Cell transplant-mediated tissue repair of the damaged spinal cord is being tested in several clinical trials. The current candidates are neural stem cells, stromal cells, and autologous Schwann cells (aSC). Due to their peripheral origin and limited penetration of astrocytic regions, aSC are transplanted intralesionally as compared to neural stem cells that are transplanted into intact spinal cord. Injections into either location can cause iatrogenic injury, and thus technical precision is important in the therapeutic risk-benefit equation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
C Sparano, G Parenti, A Cilotti, L Bencini, M Calistri, E Mannucci, C Biagini, V Vezzosi, M Mannelli, G Forti, L Petrone
BACKGROUND: The increasing frequency in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules has raised a growing interest in the search for new diagnostic tools to better select patients deserving surgery. In 2014, the major Italian Societies involved in the field drafted a new cytological classification, to better stratify pre-surgical risk of thyroid cancer, especially for the indeterminate category, split into TIR3A and TIR3B subclasses, associated to different therapeutic decisions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional survey analyzed thyroid fine-needle aspiration biopsy performed at our outpatient clinic before and after the introduction of the new SIAPEC-IAP consensus in May 2014...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
H Zhao, J Wang, D Fang, O Lee, R T Chatterton, V Stearns, S A Khan, S E Bulun
Obesity is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal but not in premenopausal women. Many factors may be responsible for this difference. The aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms by which the genes related to the AMPK pathway, inflammation, and estrogen actions are affected by adiposity in breast tissue with the objective of identifying differences that may explain the different breast cancer risk in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Random fine needle aspirates (rFNAs) of breast tissue were collected from 57 premenopausal and 55 postmenopausal women and were classified as normal weight, overweight, or obese...
March 15, 2018: Hormones & Cancer
Steven V Beekmans, Kaj S Emanuel, Theodoor H Smit, Davide Iannuzzi
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March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Işıl Kasapoğlu, Pınar Türk, Aylin Dayan, Gürkan Uncu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare patients with endometriosis to those without endometriosis regarding performance rates, difficulties and complications associated with transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) procedures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted at the IVF Unit of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of an University Hospital. Fifty-eight patients with endometriosis and 61 patients without endometriosis underwent a TVOR procedure consecutively...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
Bhagya Sudheer, Manisha Agarwal, Deepa Sharma, Ravi Mehta, Kalpana Babu
PURPOSE: To report our experience of using Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial lymph node aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) in assessing the etiology in uveitis from two tertiary eye-care centers in India. MATERIALS & METHODS: Retrospective interventional case series. RESULTS: A total of 99 patients of uveitis who underwent EBUS-TBNA were included in the study. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) was detected on culture in 5 cases, 3 cases by polymerase chain reaction and caseating granulomas in 25 cases...
March 15, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Respati W Ranakusuma, Yupitri Pitoyo, Eka D Safitri, Sarah Thorning, Elaine M Beller, Sudigdo Sastroasmoro, Chris B Del Mar
BACKGROUND: Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common acute infection in children. Pain is its most prominent and distressing symptom. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for AOM, although they have only a modest effect in reducing pain at two to three days. There is insufficient evidence for benefits of other treatment options, including systemic corticosteroids. However, systemic corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs, and so theoretically could be effective, either alone or as an addition to antibiotics...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Saeed Bafaraj, Ibrahim Awad, Saddig Jastaniah, Hanan Abbas, Alamin Musa
OBJECTIVES: To identify the occurrence rate of thyroid ultrasound abnormalities in asymptomatic subjects, and describe the features of detected nodules among university students. METHODS: The study is based on an observational research design that was conducted from April 2015 to May 2015. The study included 166 individuals, aged between 19 and 23 years. The subjects had their glands examined by ultrasound (US) scanning, using Philips ultrasound machine (5-12 MHz linear transducer)...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Xiao Ming Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Shang Jie Zeng, Zhen Zhen Liu, Jun-Jun Xiao
High-index dielectric nanoantennas have become an emerging branch of optical nanoantennas, essentially due to their low loss. These types of nanoantennas can achieve both forward and backward unidirectional scattering, enabled by electric dipole and magnetic dipole interaction. Here, we show that the scattering directionality can be further enhanced if higher-order moments are properly balanced and reach the generalized Kerker condition at two different wavelengths in an all-dielectric hollow nanodisk. Moreover, putting the nanodisks in an array of transverse configuration can enhance the unidirectionality to be needle-like, with the main lobe angular beam width α<15°...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
M Brimioulle, A Al-Lami, S Marzouk, H Emerson, A Balfour, V Dhar, I J Nixon
Introduction The aim of this study was to determine whether ultrasound alone is sufficient to safely exclude malignancy in thyroid nodules in a district general hospital setting, to comply with the latest British Thyroid Association guidelines. Methods This retrospective study investigated the quality of ultrasound reporting and the correlation between ultrasound report and histology for individual thyroid nodules. Cases were selected from the thyroid multidisciplinary meeting and included all patients having undergone surgery for a thyroid malignancy in a one-year period...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Kelly Aubertin, Vincent Quoc Trinh, Michael Jermyn, Paul Baksic, Andrée-Anne Grosset, Joannie Desroches, Karl St-Arnaud, Mirela Birlea, Maria Claudia Vladoiu, Mathieu Latour, Roula Albadine, Fred Saad, Frédéric Leblond, Dominique Trudel
OBJECTIVE: To test if Raman spectroscopy is an appropriate tool for the diagnosis and possibly the grading of prostate cancer. PATIENTS & METHODS: Between 20 and 50 Raman spectra were acquired on 32 fresh and non-processed post-prostatectomy specimens using a macroscopic hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe. Each measured area was characterized and categorized following histopathological criterions like tissue type (extra-prostatic or prostatic), tissue malignancy (benign or malignant), cancer grade (Grade Groups (GG) 1-5), and tissue glandular level...
March 15, 2018: BJU International
Kenji Kobayashi, Yutaka Satou
Microinjection is a common technique used to deliver nucleic acids into eggs and embryos in Ciona species. There are three Ciona species that are commonly used for research-Ciona intestinalis type A (C. robusta), C. intestinalis type B (C. intestinalis), and C. savignyi. Here, we present the microinjection methods using eggs and embryos of C. intestinalis type A and C. savignyi; however, our methods would also be applicable to eggs and embryos of C. intestinalis type B. Microinjection is a classical and widely used delivery method, which involves the use of a glass micropipette, a hollow glass needle with a microscopic tip, to inject nucleic acids into eggs and embryos under a stereo microscope...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Georg Böning, Willie M Lüdemann, Julius Chapiro, Martin Jonczyk, Bernd Hamm, Rolf W Günther, Bernhard Gebauer, Florian Streitparth
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT)-based real-time 3-D guidance of TIPSS placement and its positioning compared to standard guiding methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a prospective, randomized, consecutive study design from 2015 to 2017, we included 21 patients in the CBCT guided group and 15 patients in the ultrasound (US) guided group. The prospective groups were compared in terms of success rate of intervention, portal vein puncture/procedure time, number of puncture attempts and applied dose...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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