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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782305/tatami-mats-a-source-of-pitted-keratolysis-in-a-martial-arts-athlete
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Anamaria Balić, Zrinka Bukvić Mokos, Branka Marinović, Daniela Ledić Drvar
Dear Editor, Pitted keratolysis (PK), also known as keratosis plantaris sulcatum, is a non-inflammatory, bacterial, superficial cutaneous infection, characterized by many discrete superficial crateriform ''pits'' and erosions in the thickly keratinized skin of the weight-bearing regions of the soles of the feet (1). The disease often goes unnoticed by the patient, but when it is noticed it is because of the unbearable malodor and hyperhidrosis of the feet, which are socially unacceptable and cause great anxiety to many of the patients...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731951/advanced-computational-methods-in-bio-mechanics
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REVIEW
Waleed M S Al Qahtani, Mohamed I El-Anwar
A novel partnership between surgeons and machines, made possible by advances in computing and engineering technology, could overcome many of the limitations of traditional surgery. By extending surgeons' ability to plan and carry out surgical interventions more accurately and with fewer traumas, computer-integrated surgery (CIS) systems could help to improve clinical outcomes and the efficiency of healthcare delivery. CIS systems could have a similar impact on surgery to that long since realised in computer-integrated manufacturing...
April 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29708851/radial-artery-or-saphenous-vein-grafts-in-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Mario Gaudino, Umberto Benedetto, Stephen Fremes, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Art Sedrakyan, John D Puskas, Gianni D Angelini, Brian Buxton, Giacomo Frati, David L Hare, Philip Hayward, Giuseppe Nasso, Neil Moat, Miodrag Peric, Kyung J Yoo, Giuseppe Speziale, Leonard N Girardi, David P Taggart
Background The use of radial-artery grafts for coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) may result in better postoperative outcomes than the use of saphenous-vein grafts. However, randomized, controlled trials comparing radial-artery grafts and saphenous-vein grafts have been individually underpowered to detect differences in clinical outcomes. We performed a patient-level combined analysis of randomized, controlled trials to compare radial-artery grafts and saphenous-vein grafts for CABG. Methods Six trials were identified...
April 30, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29707386/cognitive-behavioural-theories-and-adherence-application-and-relevance-in-antiretroviral-therapy
#4
Adegoke O Adefolalu
Background: Adherence in chronic disease conditions is described as the extent to which a person's behaviour corresponds to the prescribed medical advice of the healthcare provider. This is not limited to medication intake only but also includes acts such as following instructions regarding dietary or fluid restrictions and taking medicines at the prescribed times and intervals. Although adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a predictor of good clinical outcome among HIV-infected persons on ART, it is a major challenge and strict adherence is not very common...
2018: Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29695981/cardiac-restoration-stemming-from-the-placenta-tree-insights-from-fetal-and-perinatal-cell-biology
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REVIEW
Sveva Bollini, Antonietta R Silini, Asmita Banerjee, Susanne Wolbank, Carolina Balbi, Ornella Parolini
Efficient cardiac repair and ultimate regeneration still represents one of the main challenges of modern medicine. Indeed, cardiovascular disease can derive from independent conditions upsetting heart structure and performance: myocardial ischemia and infarction (MI), pharmacological cardiotoxicity, and congenital heart defects, just to name a few. All these disorders have profound consequences on cardiac tissue, inducing the onset of heart failure over time. Since the cure is currently represented by heart transplantation, which is extremely difficult due to the shortage of donors, much effort is being dedicated to developing innovative therapeutic strategies based on stem cell exploitation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683471/comprehensive-high-resolution-genomic-profiling-and-cytogenetics-of-human-chondrocyte-cultures-by-gtg-banding-locus-specific-fish-sky-and-snp-array
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M Wallenborn, O Petters, D Rudolf, H Hantmann, M Richter, P Ahnert, L Rohani, J J Smink, G C Bulwin, W Krupp, R M Schulz, H Holland
In the development of cell-based medicinal products, it is crucial to guarantee that the application of such an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) is safe for the patients. The consensus of the European regulatory authorities is: "In conclusion, on the basis of the state of art, conventional karyotyping can be considered a valuable and useful technique to analyse chromosomal stability during preclinical studies". 408 chondrocyte samples (84 monolayers and 324 spheroids) from six patients were analysed using trypsin-Giemsa staining, spectral karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridisation, to evaluate the genetic stability of an ATMP named Spherox®...
April 23, 2018: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673050/postnatal-persistence-of-fetal-cardiovascular-remodeling-associated-with-assisted-reproductive-technologies-a-cohort-study
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Brenda Valenzuela-Alcaraz, Audrey Serafini, Alvaro Sepulveda-Martínez, Gemma Casals, Merida Rodríguez-López, Laura Garcia-Otero, Monica Cruz-Lemini, Bart Bijnens, Marta Sitges, Juan Balasch, Eduard Gratacos, Fatima Crispi
OBJECTIVE: to assess the postnatal persistence of fetal cardiovascular remodeling associated to assisted reproductive technologies (ART), in children at 3 years of age. DESIGN: A cohort study of children conceived by ART. SETTING: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Spain. POPULATION SAMPLE: 80 singleton pregnancies conceived by ART and 80 spontaneously conceived (controls) followed from fetal life up to childhood...
April 19, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663877/synthesis-of-3-cyclohexylamino-2-arylimidazo-1-2-a-pyridine-8-carboxylic-acids-via-an-efficient-three-component-condensation-reaction-between-cyclohexylisocyanide-and-2-aminopyridine-3-carboxylic-acid-in-the-presence-of-aromatic-aldehyde
#8
Ghasem Marandi
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: Reaction of cyclohexylisocyanide and 2-aminopyridine-3-carboxylic acid in the presence of benzaldehyde derivatives in ethanol led to 3-(cyclohexylamino)-2-arylimidazo[1,2-a]pyridine-8-carboxylic acids in high yields. In a three component condensation reaction, isocyanide reacts with 2-aminopyridine-3-carboxylic acid and aromatic aldehydes without any prior activation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The synthesized products have stable structures which have been characterized by IR, 1H, 13C and Mass spectroscopy as well as CHN-O analysis...
April 16, 2018: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658407/c-mix-a-high-dimensional-mixture-model-for-censored-durations-with-applications-to-genetic-data
#9
Simon Bussy, Agathe Guilloux, Stéphane Gaïffas, Anne-Sophie Jannot
We introduce a supervised learning mixture model for censored durations (C-mix) to simultaneously detect subgroups of patients with different prognosis and order them based on their risk. Our method is applicable in a high-dimensional setting, i.e. with a large number of biomedical covariates. Indeed, we penalize the negative log-likelihood by the Elastic-Net, which leads to a sparse parameterization of the model and automatically pinpoints the relevant covariates for the survival prediction. Inference is achieved using an efficient Quasi-Newton Expectation Maximization algorithm, for which we provide convergence properties...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644446/effective-identification-of-similar-patients-through-sequential-matching-over-icd-code-embedding
#10
Dang Nguyen, Wei Luo, Svetha Venkatesh, Dinh Phung
Evidence-based medicine often involves the identification of patients with similar conditions, which are often captured in ICD (International Classification of Diseases (World Health Organization 2013)) code sequences. With no satisfying prior solutions for matching ICD-10 code sequences, this paper presents a method which effectively captures the clinical similarity among routine patients who have multiple comorbidities and complex care needs. Our method leverages the recent progress in representation learning of individual ICD-10 codes, and it explicitly uses the sequential order of codes for matching...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643542/-a-retrieval-method-of-drug-molecules-based-on-graph-collapsing
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J W Qu, X Q Lv, Z M Liu, Y Liao, P H Sun, B Wang, Z Tang
OBJECTIVE: To establish a compact and efficient hypergraph representation and a graph-similarity-based retrieval method of molecules to achieve effective and efficient medicine information retrieval. METHODS: Chemical structural formula (CSF) was a primary search target as a unique and precise identifier for each compound at the molecular level in the research field of medicine information retrieval. To retrieve medicine information effectively and efficiently, a complete workflow of the graph-based CSF retrieval system was introduced...
April 18, 2018: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623178/dr-phil-s-art-corner-searching-and-cobra-canyon
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Philip Alexander, M.D., is a native Texan, retired physician, and accomplished musician and artist. After 41 years as an internal medicine physician, Dr. Phil retired from his practice in College Station in 2016. A lifelong musician and former music professor, he often performs as an oboe soloist for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. He began exploring visual art in 1980, evolving from pencil sketches-including an official White House portrait of President Ronald Reagan-to the computer-generated drawings featured in this journal...
January 2018: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29621323/performance-comparison-of-three-dna-extraction-kits-on-human-whole-exome-data-from-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-normal-and-tumor-samples
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Eric Bonnet, Marie-Laure Moutet, Céline Baulard, Delphine Bacq-Daian, Florian Sandron, Lilia Mesrob, Bertrand Fin, Marc Delépine, Marie-Ange Palomares, Claire Jubin, Hélène Blanché, Vincent Meyer, Anne Boland, Robert Olaso, Jean-François Deleuze
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) studies are becoming routinely used for the detection of novel and clinically actionable DNA variants at a pangenomic scale. Such analyses are now used in the clinical practice to enable precision medicine. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues are still one of the most abundant source of cancer clinical specimen, unfortunately this method of preparation is known to degrade DNA and therefore compromise subsequent analysis. Some studies have reported that variant detection can be performed on FFPE samples sequenced with NGS techniques, but few or none have done an in-depth coverage analysis and compared the influence of different state-of-the-art FFPE DNA extraction kits on the quality of the variant calling...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614110/the-art-and-science-of-selecting-graduate-students-in-the-biomedical-sciences-performance-in-doctoral-study-of-the-foundational-sciences
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Hee-Young Park, Oren Berkowitz, Karen Symes, Shoumita Dasgupta
The goal of this study was to investigate associations between admissions criteria and performance in Ph.D. programs at Boston University School of Medicine. The initial phase of this project examined student performance in the classroom component of a newly established curriculum named "Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS)". Quantitative measures including undergraduate grade point average (GPA), graduate record examination (GRE; a standardized, computer-based test) scores for the verbal (assessment of test takers' ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and concepts provided in writing) and quantitative (assessment of test takers' problem-solving ability) components of the examination, previous research experience, and competitiveness of previous research institution were used in the study...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29538675/determinants-of-monozygotic-twinning-in-art-a-systematic-review-and-a-meta-analysis
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Kathrine Vauvert R Hviid, Sara Sofia Malchau, Anja Pinborg, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of monozygotic twins (MZT) after ART appears to be higher than the incidence after spontaneous conceptions contradicting the aim of ART to avoid multiple pregnancies because of the associated risks. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim was to study the frequency of MZT after IVF and ICSI and how it is influenced by the day of embryo transfer, maternal age, zona pellucida manipulation, controlled ovarian stimulation, stimulation protocol, culture media and embryo quality...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29535676/understanding-the-physiopathology-behind-axial-and-radial-diffusivity-changes-what-do-we-know
#16
REVIEW
Pawel J Winklewski, Agnieszka Sabisz, Patrycja Naumczyk, Krzysztof Jodzio, Edyta Szurowska, Arkadiusz Szarmach
The use of the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is rapidly growing in the neuroimaging field. Nevertheless, rigorously performed quantitative validation of DTI pathologic metrics remains very limited owing to the difficulty in co-registering quantitative histology findings with magnetic resonance imaging. The aim of this review is to summarize the existing state-of-the-art knowledge with respect to axial (λ║ ) and radial (λ┴ ) diffusivity as DTI markers of axonal and myelin damage, respectively. First, we provide technical background for DTI and briefly discuss the specific organization of white matter in bundles of axonal fibers running in parallel; this is the natural target for imaging based on diffusion anisotropy...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29534879/-surgical-management-of-deep-endometriosis-with-colorectal-involvement-cngof-has-endometriosis-guidelines
#17
M Ballester, H Roman
Deep endometriosis with colorectal involvement is considered one of the most severe forms of the disease due to its impact on patients' quality of life and fertility but also by the difficulties encountered by the clinicians when proposing a therapeutic strategy. Although the literature is very rich, evidence based medicine remains poor explaining the great heterogeneity concerning the management of such patients. Surgery therefore remains a therapeutic option. It improves the intensity of gynecological, digestive and general symptoms and the quality of life...
March 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29527816/commissioning-of-a-dedicated-commercial-co-60-total-body-irradiation-unit
#18
Jay Burmeister, Adrian Nalichowski, Michael Snyder, Robert Halford, Geoff Baran, Brian Loughery, Ahmad Hammoud, Joe Rakowski, Todd Bossenberger
We describe the commissioning of the first dedicated commercial total body irradiation (TBI) unit in clinical operation. The Best Theratronics GammaBeam 500 is a Co-60 teletherapy unit with extended field size and imaging capabilities. Radiation safety, mechanical and imaging systems, and radiation output are characterized. Beam data collection, calibration, and external dosimetric validation are described. All radiation safety and mechanical tests satisfied relevant requirements and measured dose distributions meet recommendations of American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Report #17...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29518011/peo-ppo-peo-tri-block-copolymers-for-gene-delivery-applications-in-human-regenerative-medicine-an-overview
#19
REVIEW
Ana Rey-Rico, Magali Cucchiarini
Lineal (poloxamers or Pluronic® ) or X-shaped (poloxamines or Tetronic® ) amphiphilic tri-block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) have been broadly explored for controlled drug delivery in different regenerative medicine approaches. The ability of these copolymers to self-assemble as micelles and to undergo sol-to-gel transitions upon heating has endowed the denomination of "smart" or "intelligent" systems. The use of PEO-PPO-PEO copolymers as gene delivery systems is a powerful emerging strategy to improve the performance of classical gene transfer vectors...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29502980/male-sexuality-fertility-and-urinary-continence-in-bladder-exstrophy-epispadias-complex
#20
Nelly Reynaud, Frédérique Courtois, Pierre Mouriquand, Nicolas Morel-Journel, Kathleen Charvier, Marina Gérard, Alain Ruffion, Jean-Etienne Terrier
BACKGROUND: The bladder exstrophy-epispadias complex is a rare congenital malformation associated with severe dysfunction of the genital and urinary tracts and requiring a staged surgical reconstruction. AIM: The primary aims of this study were to report the sexuality, infertility, and urinary incontinence outcomes in a cohort of men born with bladder exstrophy-epispadias complex. The secondary aim was to highlight some predictive factors of infertility in this population...
March 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
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