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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532138/a-case-based-shared-teaching-approach-in-undergraduate-medical-curriculum-a-way-for-integration-in-basic-and-clinical-sciences
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Soheil Peiman, Azim Mirzazadeh, Maryam Alizadeh, Sara Mortaz Hejri, Mohammad-Taghi Najafi, Abbas Tafakhori, Farnoosh Larti, Besharat Rahimi, Babak Geraiely, Parichehr Pasbakhsh, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh, Fatemeh Nabavizadeh Rafsanjani, Mohammad Ansari, Seyed Farshad Allameh
To present a multiple-instructor, active-learning strategy in the undergraduate medical curriculum. This educational research is a descriptive one. Shared teaching sessions, were designed for undergraduate medical students in six organ-system based courses. Sessions that involved in-class discussions of integrated clinical cases were designed implemented and moderated by at least 3 faculties (clinicians and basic scientists). The participants in this study include the basic sciences medical students of The Tehran University of Medical Sciences...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531809/multifocal-visual-evoked-potentials-in-optic-neuritis-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-review
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REVIEW
Gorm Pihl-Jensen, Mathias Falck Schmidt, Jette Lautrup Frederiksen
Multifocal visual evoked potential (mf-VEP) represents a new approach to the classical full field (ff-)VEP with separate responses from up to 60 sectors of the visual field. A thorough literature survey of the use of mf-VEP in optic neuritis (ON) and multiple sclerosis (MS) is presented (38 published studies were retrieved). Mf-VEP provides direct topographical information of specific lesions and facilitates investigations on structural-functional correlations thus providing new methods for exploring the interplay between demyelination, atrophy and remyelination in MS...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531358/vitamin-b1-deficiency-in-patients-with-postural-tachycardia-syndrome-pots
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Svetlana Blitshteyn
OBJECTIVE: POTS is a heterogeneous disorder of the autonomic nervous system that can result from multiple etiologies. An increased prevalence of vitamin B12, vitamin D 25-OH and iron deficiencies has been observed in patients with POTS. This study examined the prevalence of vitamin B1 deficiency and assessed response to vitamin B1 supplementation in the deficient POTS patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Medical records of 65 consecutive patients with POTS evaluated at our clinic were reviewed...
May 21, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531348/plant-derived-transcription-factors-for-orthologous-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Gita Naseri, Salma Balazadeh, Fabian Machens, Iman Kamranfar, Katrin Messerschmidt, Bernd Mueller-Roeber
Control of gene expression by transcription factors (TFs) is central in many synthetic biology projects where tailored expression of one or multiple genes is often needed. As TFs from evolutionary distant organisms are unlikely to affect gene expression in a host of choice, they represent excellent candidates for establishing orthogonal control systems. To establish orthogonal regulators for use in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), we chose TFs from the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We established a library of 106 different combinations of chromosomally integrated TFs, activation domains (yeast GAL4 AD, herpes simplex virus VP64, and plant EDLL) and synthetic promoters harbouring cognate cis-regulatory motifs driving a yEGFP reporter...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531312/taste-elicited-activity-in-facial-muscle-regions-in-5-8-week-old-infants
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Jessica E Armstrong, David G Laing, Anthony L Jinks
The state of development of the sense of taste in humans during the first few months of life is only partially understood. Since taste plays a critical role in the feeding and nutrition of infants a better understanding of taste development during early life is required. Currently, information about the sense of taste in pre-verbal infants is obtained by analysis of videotaped facial expressions using the Baby FACS coding system. A potentially more objective faster procedure for assessing facial expressions not investigated in infants is electromyography (EMG)...
June 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531213/perfusion-mr-imaging-detection-of-carcinoma-arising-from-preexisting-salivary-gland-pleomorphic-adenoma-by-computer-assisted-analysis-of-time-signal-intensity-maps
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Ikuo Katayama, Sato Eida, Shuichi Fujita, Yuka Hotokezaka, Misa Sumi, Takashi Nakamura
Tumor perfusion can be evaluated by analyzing the time-signal intensity curve (TIC) after dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MR imaging. Accordingly, TIC profiles are characteristic of some benign and malignant salivary gland tumors. A carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma (CXPA) arises from a long-standing pleomorphic adenoma (PA) and has a distinctive prognostic risk depending on the tumor growth potential such as invasion beyond the preexisting capsule. Differentiating CXPA from PA can be very challenging. In this study, we have attempted to discriminate CXPA from PA based on a two-dimensional TIC mapping algorithm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531171/no-relevant-association-of-kinematic-gait-parameters-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Kristina Bettecken, Felix Bernhard, Jennifer Sartor, Markus A Hobert, Marc Hofmann, Till Gladow, Janet M T van Uem, Inga Liepelt-Scarfone, Walter Maetzler
BACKGROUND: Health-related Quality of Life (HrQoL) is probably the most important outcome parameter for the evaluation and management of chronic diseases. As this parameter is subjective and prone to bias, there is an urgent need to identify objective surrogate markers. Gait velocity has been shown to be associated with HrQoL in numerous chronic diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). With the development and wide availability of simple-to-use wearable sensors and sophisticated gait algorithms, kinematic gait parameters may soon be implemented in clinical routine management...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531156/molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-organisms-in-aquatic-environments-with-emphasis-on-harmful-algal-bloom-species
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REVIEW
Linda K Medlin, Jahir Orozco
Molecular techniques to detect organisms in aquatic ecosystems are being gradually considered as an attractive alternative to standard laboratory methods. They offer faster and more accurate means of detecting and monitoring species, with respect to their traditional homologues based on culture and microscopic counting. Molecular techniques are particularly attractive when multiple species need to be detected and/or are in very low abundance. This paper reviews molecular techniques based on whole cells, such as microscope-based enumeration and Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH) and molecular cell-free formats, such as sandwich hybridization assay (SHA), biosensors, microarrays, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and real time PCR (RT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531131/the-role-of-interleukin-18-oxidative-stress-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Johanna O Ojala, Elina M Sutinen
The role of interleukins (ILs) and oxidative stress (OS) in precipitating neurodegenerative diseases including sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD), requires further clarification. In addition to neuropathological hallmarks-extracellular neuritic amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques, neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) containing hyperphosphorylated tau and neuronal loss-chronic inflammation, as well as oxidative and excitotoxic damage, are present in the AD brain. The pathological sequelae and the interaction of these events during the course of AD need further investigation...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530539/preparation-optimization-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-aripiprazole-loaded-nano-porous-in-situ-forming-implant
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Ashkan Hedayati, Sina Ghafurzadeh Yazdi, Pouya Dehghankelishadi, Nika Bahari Javan, Hamid Akbari, Farid A Dorkoosh
BACKGROUND: Multiple applications of antipsychotic agents are the main obstacle upon treatment of schizophrenia. Due to behavioral abnormalities, low compliance is observed in the most of psychotic patients. Designing of new drug delivery systems to overcome compliance problem seems to be necessary. In situ forming implants are a suitable choice for delivery of antipsychotic agents due to easy administration process and sustained release kinetics. OBJECTIVE: In this study, a novel poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) based nano-porous in situ implant system is developed for delivery of aripiprazole...
May 22, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530524/is-real-world-evidence-used-in-p-t-monographs-and-therapeutic-class-reviews
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Jason T Hurwitz, Mary Brown, Jennifer S Graff, Loretta Peters, Daniel C Malone
BACKGROUND: Payers are faced with making coverage and reimbursement decisions based on the best available evidence. Often these decisions apply to patient populations, provider networks, and care settings not typically studied in clinical trials. Treatment effectiveness evidence is increasingly available from electronic health records, registries, and administrative claims. However, little is known about when and what types of real-world evidence (RWE) studies inform pharmacy and therapeutic (P&T) committee decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530464/osteonecrosis-in-sle-prevalence-patterns-outcomes-and-predictors
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D D Gladman, N Dhillon, J Su, M B Urowitz
Objective Osteonecrosis is a serious comorbidity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. The aims of this study were to describe the prevalence of symptomatic osteonecrosis, determine the pattern of joint involvement, identify the outcomes and investigate predictive factors in a large cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus followed prospectively. Methods At the Toronto Lupus Clinic patients have been followed prospectively according to a standard protocol since 1970. Osteonecrosis is recorded if patients are symptomatic and is confirmed by imaging...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530428/short-term-memory-and-long-term-memory-are-still-different
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Dennis Norris
A commonly expressed view is that short-term memory (STM) is nothing more than activated long-term memory. If true, this would overturn a central tenet of cognitive psychology-the idea that there are functionally and neurobiologically distinct short- and long-term stores. Here I present an updated case for a separation between short- and long-term stores, focusing on the computational demands placed on any STM system. STM must support memory for previously unencountered information, the storage of multiple tokens of the same type, and variable binding...
May 22, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530417/effects-of-predictor-weighting-methods-on-incremental-validity
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Paul R Sackett, Jeffrey A Dahlke, Oren R Shewach, Nathan R Kuncel
It is common to add an additional predictor to a selection system with the goal of increasing criterion-related validity. Research on the incremental validity of a second predictor is generally based on forming a regression-weighted composite of the predictors. However, in practice predictors are commonly used in ways other than regression-weighted composites, and we examine the robustness of incremental validity findings to other ways of using predictors, namely, unit weighting and multiple hurdles. We show that there are settings in which the incremental value of a second predictor disappears, and can even produce lower validity than the first predictor alone, when these alternatives to regression weighting are used...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530266/comparison-of-peptide-retention-prediction-algorithm-in-reversed-phase-chromatography-comment-on-predictive-chromatography-of-peptides-and-proteins-as-a-complementary-tool-for-proteomics-by-i-a-tarasova-c-d-masselon-a-v-gorshkov-and-m-v-gorshkov-analyst-2016
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Oleg V Krokhin
In a recent mini-review, Tarasova et al. (Analyst, 2016, 141, 4816) compared several peptide retention prediction models for reversed-phase HPLC developed for applied proteomics. The mechanism of peptide retention in RP-HPLC is very complex. Peptide separation selectivity is affected by multiple parameters of a separation system. Consequently, proper comparison of the models requires a detailed knowledge (to provide the best match) of separation conditions used to acquire both optimization and test datasets...
May 22, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530163/gastrointestinal-histoplasmosis-a-case-series
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Rashi Sharma, Lipika Lipi, Smeeta Gajendra, Ishani Mohapatra, Ruchika K Goel, Rajan Duggal, Smruti Ranjan Mishra, Dheeraj Gautam
Histoplasmosis is an invasive mycosis caused by inhalation of the spores of dimorphic fungi Histoplasma capsulatum. The disease manifests in the lung as acute or chronic pulmonary histoplasmosis and in severe cases gets disseminated in multiple organs like skin, adrenal gland, central nervous system, lymph node, liver, spleen, bone marrow, and gastrointestinal tract. It occurs most commonly in immunodeficient patients like HIV-positive patients and transplant recipients, while immunocompetent hosts are affected rarely...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530056/-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-israel-2016-an-update
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REVIEW
Michal Solomon, Eli Schwartz
Leishmaniasis is endemic in Israel and is increasing in its frequency. The pathogens that cause cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Israel are Leishmania major (L. major) and Leishmania tropica (L. tropica). In recent years, there have been significant changes in the distribution of these species. L. major is endemic mainly in the Negev, Arava and the Beit She'an Valley. L. tropica is endemic in Tiberias, northern Sea of Galilee, Samaria and in the vicinity of Jerusalem such as at Kfar Adumim, Ma'ale Adumim and Anathoth (north-east of Jerusalem)...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529962/picosecond-sulfur-k-edge-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy-with-applications-to-excited-state-proton-transfer
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Benjamin E Van Kuiken, Matthew R Ross, Matthew L Strader, Amy A Cordones, Hana Cho, Jae Hyuk Lee, Robert W Schoenlein, Munira Khalil
Picosecond X-ray absorption (XA) spectroscopy at the S K-edge (∼2.4 keV) is demonstrated and used to monitor excited state dynamics in a small organosulfur molecule (2-Thiopyridone, 2TP) following optical excitation. Multiple studies have reported that the thione (2TP) is converted into the thiol (2-Mercaptopyridine, 2MP) following photoexcitation. However, the timescale and photochemical pathway of this reaction remain uncertain. In this work, time-resolved XA spectroscopy at the S K-edge is used to monitor the formation and decay of two transient species following 400 nm excitation of 2TP dissolved in acetonitrile...
July 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529900/immunotherapy-and-radiation-therapy-for-operable-early-stage-and-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Neil K Taunk, Andreas Rimner, Melissa Culligan, Joseph S Friedberg, Julie Brahmer, Jamie Chaft
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cause of cancer mortality. Although a significant proportion of patients can be cured with surgery, with or without adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation, a significant proportion of patients will fail, particularly distantly. Over fifty percent of patients present with stage IV disease. There are multiple forms of immunotherapy available including T-cell transfer, cytokine therapy, and oncolytic viruses. Checkpoint inhibitors have shown tremendous activity in NSCLC and are currently under intense study given promising data on response...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
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