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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731452/temporal-order-of-alzheimer-s-disease-related-cognitive-marker-changes-in-blsa-and-wrap-longitudinal-studies
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Murat Bilgel, Rebecca L Koscik, Yang An, Jerry L Prince, Susan M Resnick, Sterling C Johnson, Bruno M Jedynak
Investigation of the temporal trajectories of currently used neuropsychological tests is critical to identifying earliest changing measures on the path to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). We used the Progression Score (PS) method to characterize the temporal trajectories of measures of verbal memory, executive function, attention, processing speed, language, and mental status using data spanning normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and AD from 1,661 participants with a total of 7,839 visits (age at last visit 77...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727203/the-association-between-acute-mental-stress-and-abnormal-left-atrial-electrophysiology
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Wesley T O'Neal, Muhammad Hammadah, Pratik B Sandesara, Zakaria Almuwaqqat, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Mohamad M Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Kobina Wilmot, Ibhar Al Mheid, Douglas Bremner, Michael Kutner, Elsayed Z Soliman, Amit J Shah, Arshed A Quyyumi, Viola Vaccarino
BACKGROUND: Acute stress may trigger atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We examined if acute mental stress results in abnormal left atrial electrophysiology as detected by more negative deflection of P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1 ), a well-known marker of AF risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined this hypothesis in 422 patients (mean age = 56±10 years; 61% men; 44% white) with stable coronary heart disease who underwent mental (speech task) stress testing...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723342/molecular-analysis-of-circulating-free-dna-from-lung-cancer-patients-in-routine-laboratory-practice-a-cross-platform-comparison-of-three-different-molecular-methods-for-mutation-detection
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Stephan Bartels, Sascha Persing, Britta Hasemeier, Elisa Schipper, Hans Kreipe, Ulrich Lehmann
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA), which is isolated from blood plasma, represents a noninvasive source for the detection of mutations conferring resistance against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer patients. In advanced disease stages, performing regular biopsies is often not possible because of the general health condition of the patients. Furthermore, a biopsy of a single tumor lesion or metastasis may not reflect the heterogeneous genotype of the tumor and its metastases...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722675/using-droplet-digital-pcr-to-analyze-mycn-and-alk-copy-number-in-plasma-from-patients-with-neuroblastoma
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Marco Lodrini, Annika Sprüssel, Kathy Astrahantseff, Daniela Tiburtius, Robert Konschak, Holger N Lode, Matthias Fischer, Ulrich Keilholz, Angelika Eggert, Hedwig E Deubzer
The invasive nature of surgical biopsies deters sequential application, and single biopsies often fail to reflect tumor dynamics, intratumor heterogeneity and drug sensitivities likely to change during tumor evolution and treatment. Implementing molecular characterization of cell-free neuroblastoma-derived DNA isolated from blood plasma could improve disease assessment for treatment selection and monitoring of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. We established droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) protocols for MYCN and ALK copy number status in plasma from neuroblastoma patients...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719018/ante-mortem-csf-tau-levels-correlate-with-post-mortem-tau-pathology-in-ftld
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D J Irwin, A Lleó, S X Xie, C T McMillan, D Wolk, E B Lee, V M Van Deerlin, L M Shaw, J Q Trojanowski, M Grossman
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypotheses that 1) antemortem cerebrospinal fluid tau levels correlate with postmortem tau pathology in frontotemporal lobar degeneration and 2) tauopathy patients have higher phosphorylated-tau levels compared to TDP-43 proteinopathy patients while accounting for Alzheimer's disease co-pathology. METHODS: Patients had autopsy-confirmed frontotemporal lobar degeneration with tauopathy (n=31), TDP-43 proteinopathy (n=49), or Alzheimer's disease (n=26) with antemortem cerebrospinal fluid...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717121/impact-of-doppler-ultrasound-on-diagnosis-and-therapy-control-of-lienalis-steal-syndrome-after-liver-transplantation
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Eva M Teegen, Timm Denecke, Rosa B Schmuck, Robert Öllinger, Dominik Geisel, Johann Pratschke, Sascha S Chopra
BACKGROUND Lienalis steal syndrome is a rare complication after orthotopic liver transplantation leading to severe complications. Routine duplex sonography allows early and safe detection of lienalis steal syndrome and secondarily helps to monitor the outcome by evaluating the hemodynamics. MATERIAL AND METHODS This analysis included eight patients who after orthotopic liver transplantation needed splenic artery embolization due to lienalis steal syndrome. Lienalis steal syndrome was assumed in case of elevated transaminases, bilirubinemia or persistent ascites, and the absence of further pathologies...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715306/a-data-rich-longitudinal-wellness-study-for-the-digital-age-fixing-a-broken-medical-system-requires-data-about-each-patient
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Gustavo Glusman
We live in an age of plentiful information, collected continuously by pervasive gadgetry, distributed through digital and social networks, and mined deeply by ever-more-powerful analytics systems. And yet, one of the things we know the least about is our bodies. When it comes to our own health, we are driving blindly. Modern medicine has clearly been remarkably successful, as evidenced by continually growing life expectancies. For example, the number of people 65 and older in the United States has seen a steady increase over the last century, rising from 3...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714423/distinctive-neuropsychological-profiles-differentiate-patients-with-functional-memory-disorder-from-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Sarah J Wakefield, Daniel J Blackburn, Kirsty Harkness, Aijaz Khan, Markus Reuber, Annalena Venneri
OBJECTIVES: Patients with functional memory disorder (FMD) report significant memory failures in everyday life. Differentiating these patients from those with memory difficulties due to early stage neurodegenerative conditions is clinically challenging. The current study explored whether distinctive neuropsychological profiles could be established, suitable to differentiate patients with FMD from healthy individuals and those experiencing amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). METHODS: Patients with a clinical diagnosis of FMD were compared with patients with a-MCI, and healthy matched controls on several tests assessing different cognitive functions...
July 17, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711766/a-tool-for-automated-diabetic-retinopathy-pre-screening-based-on-retinal-image-computer-analysis
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Manuel E Gegundez-Arias, Diego Marin, Beatriz Ponte, Fatima Alvarez, Javier Garrido, Carlos Ortega, Manuel J Vasallo, Jose M Bravo
AIM: This paper presents a methodology and first results of an automatic detection system of first signs of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) in fundus images, developed for the Health Ministry of the Andalusian Regional Government (Spain). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The system detects the presence of microaneurysms and haemorrhages in retinography by means of techniques of digital image processing and supervised classification. Evaluation was conducted on 1058 images of 529 diabetic patients at risk of presenting evidence of DR (an image of each eye is provided)...
July 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710871/detection-and-quantification-of-coronary-calcium-from-dual-energy-chest-x-rays-phantom-feasibility-study
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Bo Zhou, Di Wen, Katelyn Nye, Robert C Gilkeson, Brendan Eck, David Jordan, David L Wilson
PURPOSE: We have demonstrated the ability to identify coronary calcium, a reliable biomarker of coronary artery disease, using non-gated, 2-shot, dual energy (DE) chest x-ray imaging. Here we will use digital simulations, backed up by measurements, to characterize DE calcium signals and the role of potential confounds such as beam hardening, x-ray scatter, cardiac motion, and pulmonary artery pulsation. For the DE calcium signal, we will consider quantification, as compared to CT calcium score, and visualization...
July 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704974/genotypic-regulation-of-aflatoxin-accumulation-but-not-aspergillus-fungal-growth-upon-post-harvest-infection-of-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-l-seeds
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Walid Ahmed Korani, Ye Chu, Corley Holbrook, Josh Clevenger, Peggy Ozias-Akins
Aflatoxin contamination is a major economic and food safety concern for the peanut industry that largely could be mitigated by genetic resistance. To screen peanut for aflatoxin resistance, ten genotypes were infected with a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing Aspergillus flavus strain. Percentages of fungal infected area and fungal GFP signal intensity were documented by visual ratings every 8 h for 72 h after inoculation. Significant genotypic differences in fungal growth rates were documented by repeated measures and area under the disease progress curve (AUDPC) analyses...
July 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704405/community-health-workers-for-non-communicable-diseases-prevention-and-control-in-developing-countries-evidence-and-implications
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Gursimer Jeet, J S Thakur, Shankar Prinja, Meenu Singh
BACKGROUND: National programs for non-communicable diseases (NCD) prevention and control in different low middle income countries have a strong community component. A community health worker (CHW) delivers NCD preventive services using informational as well as behavioural approaches. Community education and interpersonal communication on lifestyle modifications is imparted with focus on primordial prevention of NCDs and screening is conducted as part of early diagnosis and management...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698171/natural-compounds-for-the-treatment-of-psoriatic-arthritis-a-proposal-based-on-multi-targeted-osteoclastic-regulation-and-on-a-preclinical-study
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Shiqiang Deng, Jianwen Cheng, Jinmin Zhao, Felix Yao, Jiake Xu
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis affecting approximately 2% to 3% of the population globally, and is characterized by both peripheral articular manifestations and axial skeletal involvement. Conventional therapies for PsA have not been fully satisfactory, though natural products (NPs) have been shown to be highly effective and represent important treatment options for psoriasis. PsA is a multigenic autoimmune disease with both environmental and genetic factors contributing to its pathogenesis...
July 11, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694015/predicting-treatment-resistance-and-relapse-through-circulating-dna
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Emma Beddowes, Stephen J Sammut, Meiling Gao, Carlos Caldas
The use of circulating DNA(ctDNA) to provide a non-invasive, personalised genomic snapshot of a patients' tumour has huge potential. Over the past five years this area of research has gained huge momentum. A number of studies in metastatic breast cancer have shown the potential of ctDNA to predict prognosis and treatment response using ctDNA. Further developments have included deeper sequencing using whole exome and shallow whole genome approaches which has the potential to identify new mutations and chromosomal copy number changes which appear upon resistance to treatment...
July 7, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687602/imaging-b-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis-using-64-cu-rituximab-pet
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Michelle L James, Aileen Hoehne, Aaron T Mayer, Kendra Lechtenberg, Monica Moreno, Gayatri Gowrishankar, Ohad Ilovich, Arutselvan Natarajan, Emily M Johnson, Joujou Nguyen, Lisa Quach, May Han, Marion Buckwalter, Sudeep Chandra, Sanjiv S Gambhir
B lymphocytes are a key pathological feature of multiple sclerosis (MS), and are becoming an important therapeutic target for this condition. Currently, there is no approved technique to non-invasively visualize B cells in the central nervous system (CNS) to monitor MS disease progression and response to therapies. Here we evaluated (64)Cu-Rituximab, a radiolabeled antibody specifically targeting the human B cell marker CD20, for its ability to image B cells in a mouse model of MS using positron emission tomography (PET)...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677240/application-of-automated-image-analysis-reduces-the-workload-of-manual-screening-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsies-in-breast-cancer
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Henrik Holten-Rossing, Maj-Lis Møller Talman, Anne Marie Bak Jylling, Anne-Vibeke Laenkholm, Martin Kristensson, Ben Vainer
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diseases in women with more than 1.67 million cases diagnosed worldwide each year. In breast cancer, the sentinel lymph node (SLN) pinpoints the first lymph node(s) into which the tumor spreads and it is usually located in the ipsilateral axilla. In patients with no clinical signs of metastatic disease in the axilla, a SLN biopsy (SLNB) is performed. Assessment of metastases in the SLNB is done in a conventional microscope by manually observing a metastasis and measuring its size and/or counting the number of tumor cells...
July 5, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674661/design-process-and-preliminary-psychometric-study-of-a-video-game-to-detect-cognitive-impairment-in-senior-adults
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Sonia Valladares-Rodriguez, Roberto Perez-Rodriguez, David Facal, Manuel J Fernandez-Iglesias, Luis Anido-Rifon, Marcos Mouriño-Garcia
INTRODUCTION: Assessment of episodic memory has been traditionally used to evaluate potential cognitive impairments in senior adults. Typically, episodic memory evaluation is based on personal interviews and pen-and-paper tests. This article presents the design, development and a preliminary validation of a novel digital game to assess episodic memory intended to overcome the limitations of traditional methods, such as the cost of its administration, its intrusive character, the lack of early detection capabilities, the lack of ecological validity, the learning effect and the existence of confounding factors...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673857/development-and-application-of-a-reverse-transcriptase-droplet-digital-pcr-rt-ddpcr-for-sensitive-and-rapid-detection-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus
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Xulong Wu, Hua Lin, Shijie Chen, Lu Xiao, Miao Yang, Wei An, Yin Wang, Xueping Yao, Zexiao Yang
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is one of the most common zoonoses caused by Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) is a novel sensitive, accurate method that enables absolute quantitation without the need for calibration curves. The aim of this study was to develop a RT-ddPCR method to detect JEV, and to compare its sensitivity with real-time TaqMan RT-PCR by analysis of clinical samples. The methods of JEV real-time RT-PCR and RT-ddPCR were established and optimal reaction conditions were confirmed...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672827/digital-microfluidics-for-nucleic-acid-amplification
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Beatriz Coelho, Bruno Veigas, Elvira Fortunato, Rodrigo Martins, Hugo Águas, Rui Igreja, Pedro V Baptista
Digital Microfluidics (DMF) has emerged as a disruptive methodology for the control and manipulation of low volume droplets. In DMF, each droplet acts as a single reactor, which allows for extensive multiparallelization of biological and chemical reactions at a much smaller scale. DMF devices open entirely new and promising pathways for multiplex analysis and reaction occurring in a miniaturized format, thus allowing for healthcare decentralization from major laboratories to point-of-care with accurate, robust and inexpensive molecular diagnostics...
June 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669806/the-development-of-a-sensitive-droplet-digital-pcr-for-quantitative-detection-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
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Qi Yang, Jun Xi, Xinxin Chen, Sihong Hu, Nan Chen, Songlin Qiao, Shaogui Wan, Dengke Bao
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is an infectious disease, resulting in important economic losses in pig farming. Prompt detection of PRRS virus (PRRSV) in the field samples is important for effective PRRS control. Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) is a novel PCR technology, which offers good precision and direct quantification without using calibration curves. In this study, we established a ddPCR system for the sensitive and accurate quantification of PRRSV. Specificity of the assay was determined by the failure of amplification of other relevant viruses...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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