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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531553/hiv-1-viral-load-measurement-in-venous-blood-and-fingerprick-blood-using-abbott-realtime-hiv-1-dbs-assay
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Ning Tang, Vihanga Pahalawatta, Andrea Frank, Zowie Bagley, Raquel Viana, John Lampinen, Gregor Leckie, Shihai Huang, Klara Abravaya, Carole L Wallis
BACKGROUND: HIV RNA suppression is a key indicator for monitoring success of antiretroviral therapy. From a logistical perspective, viral load (VL) testing using Dried Blood Spots (DBS) is a promising alternative to plasma based VL testing in resource-limited settings. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the analytical and clinical performance of the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 assay using a fully automated one-spot DBS sample protocol. STUDY DESIGN: Limit of detection (LOD), linearity, lower limit of quantitation (LLQ), upper limit of quantitation (ULQ), and precision were determined using serial dilutions of HIV-1 Virology Quality Assurance stock (VQA Rush University), or HIV-1-containing armored RNA, made in venous blood...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504681/fused-cerebral-organoids-model-interactions-between-brain-regions
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Joshua A Bagley, Daniel Reumann, Shan Bian, Julie Lévi-Strauss, Juergen A Knoblich
Human brain development involves complex interactions between different regions, including long-distance neuronal migration or formation of major axonal tracts. Different brain regions can be cultured in vitro within 3D cerebral organoids, but the random arrangement of regional identities limits the reliable analysis of complex phenotypes. Here, we describe a coculture method combining brain regions of choice within one organoid tissue. By fusing organoids of dorsal and ventral forebrain identities, we generate a dorsal-ventral axis...
May 10, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481225/impact-of-environmental-factors-on-alloimmunity-and-transplant-fate
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Leonardo V Riella, Jessamyn Bagley, John Iacomini, Maria-Luisa Alegre
Although gene-environment interactions have been investigated for many years to understand people's susceptibility to autoimmune diseases or cancer, a role for environmental factors in modulating alloimmune responses and transplant outcomes is only now beginning to emerge. New data suggest that diet, hyperlipidemia, pollutants, commensal microbes, and pathogenic infections can all affect T cell activation, differentiation, and the kinetics of graft rejection. These observations reveal opportunities for novel therapeutic interventions to improve graft outcomes as well as for noninvasive biomarker discovery to predict or diagnose graft deterioration before it becomes irreversible...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451264/one-pot-palladium-catalyzed-synthesis-of-sulfonyl-fluorides-from-aryl-bromides
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Alyn T Davies, John M Curto, Scott W Bagley, Michael C Willis
A mild, efficient synthesis of sulfonyl fluorides from aryl and heteroaryl bromides utilizing palladium catalysis is described. The process involves the initial palladium-catalyzed sulfonylation of aryl bromides using DABSO as an SO2 source, followed by in situ treatment of the resultant sulfinate with the electrophilic fluorine source NFSI. This sequence represents the first general method for the sulfonylation of aryl bromides, and offers a practical, one-pot alternative to previously described syntheses of sulfonyl fluorides, allowing rapid access to these biologically important molecules...
February 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435917/effect-of-employment-status-on-length-of-hospital-stay-30-day-readmission-and-patient-reported-outcomes-after-spine-surgery
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Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Jared Fialkoff, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Isaac O Karikari, Carlos A Bagley
BACKGROUND: Growing scrutiny has placed hospitals at the center of readmission prevention. The relationship between pre-operative employment status, length of hospital stays (LOS) and 30-day readmission rates after elective spine surgery remains unclear. METHODS: The medical records of 360 patients (employed: n=174, unemployed: n=70, retired: n=40, disabled: n=76) undergoing elective spine surgery at a major academic medical center were reviewed. Patient demographics, comorbidities, and post-operative complication rates were recorded...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435915/impact-of-surgical-approach-on-complication-rates-after-elective-spinal-fusion-%C3%A2-3-levels-for-adult-spine-deformity
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Shay Behrens, Amanda Sergesketter, Angel Chen, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
BACKGROUND: While there are variations in techniques and surgical approaches to spinal fusion, there is not a defined consensus on a recommended surgical approach. The aim of this study is to determine if there was a difference in intra- and post-operative complication rates between different surgical approaches after elective spinal fusion (≥3 levels) for adult spine deformity. METHODS: The medical records of 443 adult spine deformity patients undergoing elective spinal fusion (≥3) at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429378/expanding-access-to-naloxone-for-family-members-the-massachusetts-experience
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Sarah M Bagley, Leah S Forman, Sarah Ruiz, Kevin Cranston, Alexander Y Walley
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides overdose education and naloxone rescue kits to people at risk for overdose and bystanders, including family members. Using Massachusetts Department of Public Health data, the aims are to: (i) describe characteristics of family members who receive naloxone; (ii) identify where family members obtain naloxone; and (iii) describe characteristics of rescues by family members...
April 20, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415920/what-can-the-food-and-drink-industry-do-to-help-achieve-the-5-free-sugars-goal
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Sigrid Gibson, Margaret Ashwell, Jenny Arthur, Lindsey Bagley, Alison Lennox, Peter J Rogers, Sara Stanner
AIMS: To contribute evidence and make recommendations to assist in achieving free sugars reduction, with due consideration to the broader picture of weight management and dietary quality. METHODS: An expert workshop in July 2016 addressed options outlined in the Public Health England report 'Sugar reduction: The evidence for action' that related directly to the food industry. Panel members contributed expertise in food technology, public heath nutrition, marketing, communications, psychology and behaviour...
April 1, 2017: Perspectives in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399547/early-ambulation-decreases-length-of-hospital-stay-peri-operative-complications-and-improves-functional-outcomes-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-correction-of-adult-degenerative-scoliosis
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Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Jared Fialkoff, Joseph Cheng, Isaac O Karikari, Carlos Bagley
STUDY DESIGN: Ambispective cohort review. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of early mobilization on patient outcomes, complications profile and 30-day readmission rates. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Prolonged immobilization after surgery can result in functional decline and an increased risk of hospital-associated complications. METHODS: We conducted an ambispective study of 125 elderly patients (> 65 years old) undergoing elective spinal surgery for correction of adult degenerative scoliosis...
April 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399073/association-of-intraoperative-blood-transfusions-on-postoperative-complications-30-day-readmission-rates-and-1-year-patient-reported-outcomes
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Victoria D Vuong, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
STUDY DESIGN: Ambispective cohort review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion on postoperative patient complications profiles and 30-day readmission rates following elective spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Thirty-day hospital readmission rates are being used as a proxy for quality of care. Intra- or perioperative allogeneic RBC transfusions are associated with deleterious effects...
April 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380563/a-novel-approach-to-estimating-nitrous-oxide-emissions-during-wetting-events-from-single-timepoint-flux-measurements
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Brian W Davis, Brian A Needelman, Michel A Cavigelli, Stephanie A Yarwood, Jude E Maul, Gwendolyn A Bagley, Steven B Mirsky
Precipitation and irrigation induce pulses of NO emissions in agricultural soils, but the magnitude, duration, and timing of these pulses remain uncertain. This uncertainty makes it difficult to accurately extrapolate emissions from unmeasured time periods between chamber sampling events. Therefore, we developed a modeling protocol to predict NO emissions from data collected daily for 7 d after wetting events. Within a cover crop-based corn ( L.) production system in Beltsville, MD, we conducted the 7-d time series during four time periods representing a range of corn growth stages in 2013 and 2014...
March 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359921/increased-30-day-complication-rates-associated-with-laminectomy-in-874-adult-spine-deformity-patients-undergoing-elective-spinal-fusion-a-single-institutional-study
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Hunter Warwick, Amanda Sergesketter, Emily Lydon, Ronnie L Shammas, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported that decompression with fusion leads to superior outcomes in the correction of spinal deformity. The aim of this study is to determine if there is a difference in intraoperative and 30-day postoperative complication rates in patients undergoing spinal fusion with and without decompression. METHODS: The medical records of 874 adult (≥18 years old) spine deformity patients undergoing elective spinal fusion at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed...
March 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350632/30-day-readmission-after-spine-surgery-an-analysis-of-1400-consecutive-spine-surgery-patients
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Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Jing L Han, Isaac O Karikari, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort review. OBJECTIVE: To identify the rates, causes, and risk factors for 30-day unplanned readmissions in after elective spine surgery at our institution. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Early readmission after spine surgery is being used as a proxy for quality of care. One-fifth of patients are rehospitalized within 30 days after spine surgery. Nearly 60% of these readmissions are unplanned, which translates into billions of dollars in healthcare costs...
April 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328565/control-of-walking-speed-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Jon R Davids, Nina Q Cung, Suzy Chen, Mitell Sison-Williamson, Anita M Bagley
BACKGROUND: Children's ability to control the speed of gait is important for a wide range of activities. It is thought that the ability to increase the speed of gait for children with cerebral palsy (CP) is common. This study considered 3 hypotheses: (1) most ambulatory children with CP can increase gait speed, (2) the characteristics of free (self-selected) and fast walking are related to motor impairment level, and (3) the strategies used to increase gait speed are distinct among these levels...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327612/endogenous-opioids-regulate-moment-to-moment-neuronal-communication-and-excitability
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Bryony L Winters, Gabrielle C Gregoriou, Sarah A Kissiwaa, Oliver A Wells, Danashi I Medagoda, Sam M Hermes, Neil T Burford, Andrew Alt, Sue A Aicher, Elena E Bagley
Fear and emotional learning are modulated by endogenous opioids but the cellular basis for this is unknown. The intercalated cells (ITCs) gate amygdala output and thus regulate the fear response. Here we find endogenous opioids are released by synaptic stimulation to act via two distinct mechanisms within the main ITC cluster. Endogenously released opioids inhibit glutamate release through the δ-opioid receptor (DOR), an effect potentiated by a DOR-positive allosteric modulator. Postsynaptically, the opioids activate a potassium conductance through the μ-opioid receptor (MOR), suggesting for the first time that endogenously released opioids directly regulate neuronal excitability...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322594/development-of-endoscopic-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chronic-unilateral-hematuria-35-years-experience
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Ryuta Tanimoto, Hiromi Kumon, Demetrius H Bagley
PURPOSE: Chronic unilateral hematuria (CUH) is also called lateralizing essential hematuria, benign essential hematuria, and benign lateralizing hematuria, which was defined as intermittent or continuous gross hematuria that cannot be diagnosed with standard radiology and hematology studies, together with unilateral bloody efflux by cystoscopy. CUH is rare, but sometimes confused with malignancy or life-threatening hemorrhage. Therefore, it can cause considerable anxiety to not only patients but also urologists...
April 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298505/ultrasound-safety-can-we-do-better
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Jennifer Bagley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296521/speech-language-pathology-intervention-in-a-youth-justice-setting-benefits-perceived-by-staff-extend-beyond-communication
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Pamela C Snow, Kerryn Bagley, Donna White
PURPOSE: Young people in youth justice (YJ) settings face high-risk for unidentified language disorder, however, speech-language pathology (SLP) services are not routinely offered in such settings. The aim of this study was to explore and describe the perceptions and experiences of YJ staff in a custodial centre of the utility of having a speech-language pathologist working with young offenders. METHOD: Following a SLP intervention trial, two staff focus groups were conducted by an independent SLP...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285682/pretreatment-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-as-a-marker-of-outcomes-in-nivolumab-treated-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Stephen J Bagley, Shawn Kothari, Charu Aggarwal, Joshua M Bauml, Evan W Alley, Tracey L Evans, John A Kosteva, Christine A Ciunci, Peter E Gabriel, Jeffrey C Thompson, Susan Stonehouse-Lee, Victoria E Sherry, Elizabeth Gilbert, Beth Eaby-Sandy, Faith Mutale, Gloria DiLullo, Roger B Cohen, Anil Vachani, Corey J Langer
OBJECTIVES: Efficient use of nivolumab in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been limited by the lack of a definitive predictive biomarker. In patients with metastatic melanoma treated with ipilimumab, a pretreatment neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR)<5 has been associated with improved survival. This retrospective cohort study aimed to determine whether the pretreatment NLR was associated with outcomes in NSCLC patients treated with nivolumab. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients with previously treated advanced NSCLC who received nivolumab between March 2015 and March 2016 outside of a clinical trial at the University of Pennsylvania...
April 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263126/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-in-the-diagnosis-of-bladder-and-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-the-largest-single-institution-experience-to-date
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Leonard G Gomella, Mark J Mann, Ryan C Cleary, Scott G Hubosky, Demetrius H Bagley, Adeep B Thumar, Peter A McCue, Costas D Lallas, Edouard J Trabulsi
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated the UroVysion (Abbott Molecular, IL, USA) fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay for the diagnosis of urothelial cancer in patients diagnosed with or suspected to have bladder, upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC), and combined upper and lower tract urothelial carcinoma (BC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single institution retrospective analysis comparing sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive values for FISH and urinary cytology...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
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