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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817663/discordance-in-the-diagnosis-of-diabetes-comparison-between-hba1c-and-fasting-plasma-glucose
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Lan T Ho-Pham, Uyen D T Nguyen, Truong X Tran, Tuan V Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: HbA1c has been introduced as a complementary diagnostic test for diabetes, but its impact on disease prevalence is unknown. This study evaluated the concordance between HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) in the diagnosis of diabetes in the general population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was designed as a population based investigation, with participants being sampled from the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Blood samples were collected after overnight fasting and analyzed within 4 hours after collection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815001/serogrouping-and-seroepidemiology-of-north-european-hantaviruses-using-a-novel-broadly-targeted-synthetic-nucleoprotein-antigen-array
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Bengt Rönnberg, Olli Vapalahti, Marco Goeijenbier, Chantal Reusken, Åke Gustafsson, Jonas Blomberg, Åke Lundkvist
Introduction: Hantaviruses are globally distributed zoonotic pathogens. Great diversity and high antigenic cross-reactivity makes diagnosis by traditional methods cumbersome. Materials and methods: 'Megapeptides', 119-120-mers from the amino terminus of the nucleoprotein of 16 hantaviruses, representing the four major branches of the hantavirus phylogenetic tree, were utilized in a novel IgG-based hantavirus suspension multiplex immunoassay (HSMIA) for detection of past hantavirus infections in 155 North European human samples...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813448/a-prospective-comparative-assessment-of-the-accuracy-of-the-fibroscan-in-evaluating-liver-steatosis
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Baek Gyu Jun, Won Young Park, Eui Ju Park, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Sae Hwan Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Sang-Woo Cha, Young Seok Kim, Young Deok Cho, Hong Soo Kim, Boo Sung Kim, So Young Jin, Suyeon Park
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have demonstrated the utility of the FibroScan® device in diagnosing liver steatosis, but its usefulness has not been thoroughly appraised. We investigated the usefulness of the controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) in detecting and quantifying liver steatosis. METHODS: A prospective analysis was applied to 79 chronic liver disease patients who underwent a liver biopsy, a FibroScan investigation, ultrasonography, and hepatic steatosis index (HSI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812814/a-comparison-of-iran-and-uk-eq-5d-3l-value-sets-based-on-visual-analogue-scale
#4
Aliasghar A Kiadaliri
BACKGROUND: Preference weights for EQ-5D-3L based on visual analogue scale (VAS) has recently been developed in Iran. The aim of the current study was to compare performance of this value set against the UK VAS-based value set. METHODS: The mean scores for all possible 243 health states were compared using Student t test. Absolute agreement and consistency were investigated using concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) and Bland-Altman plot. Health gains for 29 403 possible transitions between pairs of EQ-5D-3L health states were compared...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808283/drug-induced-extrapyramidal-symptoms-scale-diepss-serbian-language-version-inter-rater-and-test-retest-reliability
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Ami Peljto, Ljubica Zamurovic, Milica Pejovic Milovancevic, Branko Aleksic, Dusica Lecic Tosevski, Toshiya Inada
Drug-induced Extrapyramidal Symptoms Scale (DIEPSS) is developed in the era of second-generation antipsychotics and is suitable for evaluation of the low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms occurring in the treatment of atypical antipsychotics, as well as the relationship between personal and social functioning. The study was carried out at the Institute of Mental Health in Serbia in 2015 Study used the 127 DIEPSS video clips material, recorded from 1987 till 2015. Four raters performed the assessment simultaneously, individually rating one assigned item immediately after seeing the video clip...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807759/development-of-a-highly-resolved-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-method-to-detect-the-n526k-ftsi-mutation-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-negative-ampicillin-resistant-haemophilus-influenzae
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Shinsuke Tamura, Takuya Maeda, Kazuhisa Misawa, Morichika Osa, Takaaki Hamamoto, Atsushi Yuki, Kazuo Imai, Kei Mikita, Kyoko Morichika, Akihiko Kawana, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Shigeaki Nonoyama
Rapid and easy detection of sequence polymorphisms, including nucleotide point mutations of bacterial pathogens responsible for amino acid substitutions linked to drug resistance, is essential for the proper use of antimicrobial agents. Here, a detection method using loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) combined with amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS) to accurately distinguish a different single nucleotide in the target sequence was established, named ARMS-SNP LAMP. This procedure is capable of species-specific detection of a nucleotide (1578T) in the ftsI gene on Haemophilus influenzae without amplifying the sequence carrying the point mutations (T1578G/A) in β-lactamase-negative ampicillin resistant (BLNAR) strains...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807385/external-validation-of-a-5-year-survival-prediction-model-after-elective-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Randall R DeMartino, Ying Huang, Jay Mandrekar, Philip P Goodney, Gustavo S Oderich, Manju Kalra, Thomas C Bower, Jack L Cronenwett, Peter Gloviczki
OBJECTIVE: The benefit of prophylactic repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) is based on the risk of rupture exceeding the risk of death from other comorbidities. The purpose of this study was to validate a 5-year survival prediction model for patients undergoing elective repair of asymptomatic AAA <6.5 cm to assist in optimal selection of patients. METHODS: All patients undergoing elective repair for asymptomatic AAA <6.5 cm (open or endovascular) from 2002 to 2011 were identified from a single institutional database (validation group)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806600/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-newer-5-6-dihydropyrimidine-2-1h-thiones-as-gaba-at-inhibitors-for-anticonvulsant-potential
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Meeta Sahu, Nadeem Siddiqui, Ramsha Iqbal, Vidushi Sharma, Sharad Wakode
Several new 5,6-dihydropyrimidine-2(1H)-thione derivatives have been prepared and investigated for their potencies for anticonvulsant activity against maximal electroshock (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) test in mice. The acute neurotoxicity was measured by rotarod test. Compounds 3c and 3l were found active in both of the animal models. Further, in vitro GABA-AT enzyme activity assay was carried out to investigate the possible mechanism of action through GABA-AT inhibition. The most potent compounds 3c and 3l showed inhibitory potency (IC50) of 18...
July 28, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806471/limited-uptake-of-ulcerative-colitis-treat-to-target-recommendations-in-real-world-practice
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Robert V Bryant, Samuel P Costello, Scott Schoeman, Dharshan Sathananthan, Emma Knight, Su-Yin Lau, Mark N Schoeman, Reme Mountifield, Derrick Tee, Simon P L Travis, Jane M Andrews
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A 'Treat to Target' (T2T) approach has been proposed for ulcerative colitis (UC), with a target of combined clinical and endoscopic remission. The aim of the study was evaluate the extent to which proposed targets are achieved in real-world care, along with clinician perceptions and potential challenges. METHODS: A multicentre, retrospective, cross-sectional review of patients with UC attending outpatient services in South Australia was conducted...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804957/pre-and-post-transfusion-alloimmunization-in-dogs-characterized-by-2-antiglobulin-enhanced-cross-match-tests
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I Goy-Thollot, U Giger, C Boisvineau, R Perrin, M Guidetti, B Chaprier, A Barthélemy, C Pouzot-Nevoret, B Canard
BACKGROUND: When dogs are transfused, blood compatibility testing varies widely but may include dog erythrocyte antigen (DEA) 1 typing and rarely cross-matching. OBJECTIVES: Prospective study to examine naturally occurring alloantibodies against red blood cells (RBCs) and alloimmunization by transfusion using 2 antiglobulin-enhanced cross-match tests. ANIMALS: Eighty client-owned anemic, 72 donor, and 7 control dogs. METHODS: All dogs were typed for DEA 1 and some also for DEA 4 and DEA 7...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804840/whole-blood-platelet-aggregometry
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George A Fritsma, David L McGlasson
Light transmittance aggregometry is the historical reference method for platelet function testing and continues to be used extensively. Whole blood impedance lumiaggregometry represents an updated methodology that provides for simplified specimen management, an assay milieu that replicates in vivo platelet activation conditions, improved reproducibility, and near-patient testing. While the impedance-based whole blood aggregometer with luminescence channel is becoming the standard for platelet function testing using this methodology, at least three near-patient whole blood instruments are available, each employing its unique technology...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803439/comparison-of-the-ability-of-escco-and-volume-view-to-measure-trends-in-cardiac-output-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Stephanie Dache, Nicolas Van Rompaey, Alexandre Joosten, Olivier Desebbe, Sarah Saxena, Frederic Vanden Eynden, Caroline Van Aelbrouck, Isabelle Huybrechts, Luc Van Obbergh, Luc Barvais
BACKGROUND: Cardiac output (CO) is a physiological variable that should be monitored during cardiac surgery. The purpose of this study was to assess the trending ability of two CO monitors, esCCO (Nihon Kohden™, Tokyo, Japan) and Volume View (VV) (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, USA). METHODS: A total of 19 patients were included in the study. Before cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), CO was measured simultaneously using both esCCO and VV devices before and after three CO-modifying manoeuvres (passive leg raise [PLR], the end expiratory occlusion test [EEOT] and positive end expiratory pressure [PEEP] at 10 cm H₂O)...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803183/chronic-urticaria-patient-perspective-cupp-the-first-validated-tool-for-assessing-quality-of-life-in-clinical-practice
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Ilaria Baiardini, Fulvio Braido, Giorgia Molinengo, Marco Caminati, MariaTeresa Costantino, Antonio Cristaudo, Mariangiola Crivellaro, Silvia Mariel Ferrucci, Rosella Gallo, Veronica Giorgis, Agostina Legori, Barbara Loera, Irene Martignago, Angelo Valerio Marzano, Aldo Morrone, Roberta Parente, Aurora Parodi, Anna Parolo, Silvia Peveri, Paolo Pigatto, Anna Radice, Erminia Ridolo, Giovanni Rolla, Chiara Roncallo, Oliviero Rossi, Eleonora Savi, Gianenrico Senna, Massimo Triggiani, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: There is a need for validated tools to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in routine clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to validate the Chronic Urticaria Patient Perspective (CUPP) for assessment of patients with chronic urticaria (CU) in clinical practice. METHODS: A provisional CUPP was developed from candidate items identified by following an iterative process in a retrospective analysis of 249 Chronic Urticaria Quality of Life Questionnaire questionnaires...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802406/real-time-pcr-followed-by-high-resolution-melting-curve-analysis-a-rapid-and-pragmatic-approach-for-screening-of-multidrug-resistant-extrapulmonary-tuberculosis
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Kusum Sharma, Megha Sharma, Shreya Singh, Manish Modi, Aman Sharma, Pallab Ray, Subhash Varma
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug resistance (MDR) in extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is a diagnostic challenge in an endemic country like India. Timely detection of MDR-TB can contribute to a better patient outcome. OBJECTIVE: To perform real-time PCR (qPCR) using rpoB, mpb64 and IS6110 gene on a variety of EPTB samples and to compare the performance of different gene targets. All qPCR positive samples were subjected to high resolution melt-curve analysis (HRM analysis) for rpoB and katG gene to evaluate its potential for MDR screening among different sample types...
September 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801972/brief-report-a-differential-transcriptomic-profile-of-ex-vivo-expanded-adult-human-hematopoietic-stem-cells-empowers-them-for-engraftment-better-than-their-surface-phenotype
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Nikoletta Psatha, Grigorios Georgolopoulos, Susan Phelps, Thalia Papayannopoulou
Transplantation of small cord blood (CB) units, or of autologous ex vivo-genetically modified adult hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), face the common challenge of suboptimal HSC doses for infusion and impaired engraftment of the transplanted cells. Ex vivo expansion of HSCs, using either cell-based coculture approaches or especially small molecules have been successfully tested mainly in CB and in prolonged cultures. Here, we explored whether innovative combinations of small molecules can sufficiently, after short culture, expand adult HSCs while retaining their functionality in vivo...
August 11, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801646/a-new-treatment-integrated-prognostic-nomogram-of-the-barcelona-clinic-liver-cancer-system-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Chia-Yang Hsu, Po-Hong Liu, Cheng-Yuan Hsia, Yun-Hsuan Lee, Teddy S Nagaria, Rheun-Chuan Lee, Shu-Yein Ho, Ming-Chih Hou, Teh-Ia Huo
The nomogram of the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) has accurate outcome prediction. This study aims to propose a treatment-integrated nomogram derived from BCLC for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A total of 3,371 patients were randomly grouped into derivation (n = 2,247) and validation (n = 1,124) sets. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards model was used to generate the nomogram from tumor burden, cirrhosis, performance status (PS) and primary anti-cancer treatments. Concordance indices and calibration plots were used to evaluate the performance of nomogram...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801056/clinical-evaluation-of-the-new-roche-platform-of-serological-and-molecular-cytomegalovirus-specific-assays-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Angela Chiereghin, Claudia Pavia, Liliana Gabrielli, Giulia Piccirilli, Diego Squarzoni, Gabriele Turello, Dino Gibertoni, Giuliana Simonazzi, Maria Grazia Capretti, Marcello Lanari, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Clinical evaluation of the Elecsys(®) CMV IgM, IgG, IgG Avidity and COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan CMV (COBAS CMV) assays (Roche Diagnostics AG) in the diagnosis and prognosis of congenital CMV infection was performed. In this study, 150 preselected clinical samples (50 primary infection sera, 50 amniotic fluid [AF] and 50 newborn urine) were processed using Roche serological/molecular CMV-specific tests. Results were compared with those obtained by routine assays (comparator assays). The Elecsys(®) CMV IgM and IgG assays showed a perfect agreement (100%) with the comparator assays...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800068/galectin-3-performance-in-histologic-a-cytologic-assessment-of-thyroid-nodules-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Pierpaolo Trimboli, Camilla Virili, Francesco Romanelli, Anna Crescenzi, Luca Giovanella
The literature on Galectin-3 (Gal-3) was systematically reviewed to achieve more robust information on its histologic reliability in identifying thyroid cancers and on the concordance between Gal-3 test in histologic and cytologic samples. A computer search of the PubMed and Scopus databases was conducted by combinations of the terms thyroid and Gal-3. Initially, 545 articles were found and, after their critical review, 52 original papers were finally included. They reported 8172 nodules with histologic evaluation of Gal-3, of which 358 with also preoperative FNAC Gal-3 assessment...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800007/comparison-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-gene-mutations-identified-using-pleural-effusion-and-primary-tumor-tissue-samples-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Nan Liu, Rui-Ze Sun, Jiang Du, Qian-Ze Dong, Chui-Feng Fan, Qing-Chang Li, En-Hua Wang, Yang Liu
BACKGROUND: Although the use of pleural effusion samples for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) testing in lung cancer is increasing, the accuracy rate and effectiveness of identifying EGFR mutations using these samples, rather than primary tumor tissue samples, is not established. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred ninety-two advanced, non-small cell lung cancer patients were enrolled into this study. All patients had primary tumor tissue and corresponding pleural effusion samples, and we employed the Amplification Refractory Mutation System to detect EGFR gene mutations in these samples...
August 9, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797700/4dct-imaging-to-assess-radiomics-feature-stability-an-investigation-for-thoracic-cancers
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Ruben T H M Larue, Lien Van De Voorde, Janna E van Timmeren, Ralph T H Leijenaar, Maaike Berbée, Meindert N Sosef, Wendy M J Schreurs, Wouter van Elmpt, Philippe Lambin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Quantitative tissue characteristics derived from medical images, also called radiomics, contain valuable prognostic information in several tumour-sites. The large number of features available increases the risk of overfitting. Typically test-retest CT-scans are used to reduce dimensionality and select robust features. However, these scans are not always available. We propose to use different phases of respiratory-correlated 4D CT-scans (4DCT) as alternative. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In test-retest CT-scans of 26 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients and 4DCT-scans (8 breathing phases) of 20 NSCLC and 20 oesophageal cancer patients, 1045 radiomics features of the primary tumours were calculated...
August 7, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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