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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532994/johne-s-disease-in-the-eyes-of-irish-cattle-farmers-a-qualitative-narrative-research-approach-to-understanding-implications-for-disease-management
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Conor G McAloon, Áine Macken-Walsh, Lisa Moran, Paul Whyte, Simon J More, Luke O'Grady, Michael L Doherty
Bovine Johne's Disease (JD) is a disease characterised by chronic granulomatous enteritis which manifests clinically as a protein-losing enteropathy causing diarrhoea, hypoproteinaemia, emaciation and, eventually death. Some research exists to suggest that the aetiologic pathogen Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis may pose a zoonotic risk. Nationally coordinated control programmes have been introduced in many of the major milk producing countries across the world. However, JD is challenging to control in infected herds owing to limitations of diagnostic tests and the long incubation period of the disease...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532802/oral-fluid-versus-blood-sampling-in-group-housed-sows-and-finishing-pigs-feasibility-and-performance-of-antibody-detection-for-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-prrsv
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C Fablet, P Renson, F Pol, V Dorenlor, S Mahé, F Eono, E Eveno, M Le Dimna, D Liegard-Vanhecke, S Eudier, N Rose, O Bourry
The feasibility of using individual and pen-based oral fluid samples to detect PRRSV antibodies in growing-finishing pigs and group-housed sows was investigated. The diagnostic performances of a commercial oral fluid ELISA (OF-ELISA) and a serum ELISA (SER-ELISA) performed on individual or pooled samples from 5 or 10 pigs and sows was evaluated. The performance of the OF-ELISA was also assessed for pen-based oral fluids. Eight hundred and thirty-four pigs and 1598 sows from 42 PRRSV-infected and 3 PRRSV-negative herds were oral fluid sampled and bled...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530849/allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-in-cystic-fibrosis-mr-imaging-of-airway-mucus-contrasts-as-a-tool-for-diagnosis
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Gaël Dournes, Patrick Berger, John Refait, Julie Macey, Stephanie Bui, Laurence Delhaes, Michel Montaudon, Olivier Corneloup, Jean-François Chateil, Roger Marthan, Michaël Fayon, François Laurent
Purpose To assess the diagnostic accuracy of mucus contrast characterization by using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to discriminate allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in cystic fibrosis (CF). Materials and Methods The study was approved by the local Ethics Committee, and all patients or their parents gave written informed consent. One hundred ten consecutive patients with CF were screened between January 2014 and July 2015. All patients underwent a non-contrast material-enhanced MR protocol that included routine T1-weighted and T2-weighted sequences...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529256/1-explanation-of-diagnostic-reference-level
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Takayuki Igarashi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527071/cost-of-medication-overuse-headache-in-italian-patients-at-the-time-point-of-withdrawal-a-retrospective-study-based-on-real-data
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Domenico D'Amico, Licia Grazzi, Marcella Curone, Matilde Leonardi, Alberto Raggi
The objective was to assess the cost of Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) at the time-point of withdrawal treatment. We implemented a protocol in which both direct and indirect cost were directly gathered from patients and referred to the previous three months. Direct costs were calculated by medications for acute treatment and prophylaxis, diagnostic procedures, visits, complementary treatments, informal care. Indirect costs were referred to missed workdays and workdays with reduced productivity: we asked patients to refer their salaries and to rate the overall level of performance in days worked with reduced productivity, and we calculated indirect costs on this basis...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526043/management-of-rare-diseases-of-the-head-neck-and-teeth-results-of-a-french-population-based-prospective-8-year-study
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Lisa Friedlander, Rémy Choquet, Eva Galliani, Myriam de Chalendar, Claude Messiaen, Amélie Ruel, Marie-Paule Vazquez, Ariane Berdal, Corinne Alberti, Muriel De La Dure Molla
BACKGROUND: In the last ten years, national rare disease networks have been established in France, including national centres of expertise and regional ones, with storage of patient data in a bioinformatics tool. The aim was to contribute to the development and evaluation of health strategies to improve the management of patients with rare diseases. The objective of this study has been to provide the first national-level data concerning rare diseases of the head, neck and teeth and to assess the balance between demand and supply of care in France...
May 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523354/investigation-of-reference-levels-and-radiation-dose-associated-with-abdominal-evar-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-procedures-across-several-european-centres
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E Tuthill, L O'Hora, M O'Donohoe, S Panci, P Gilligan, D Campion, R Trenti, E Fox, D Catania, L Rainford
OBJECTIVES: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is considered the treatment of choice for abdominal aortic aneurysms with suitable anatomy. In order to improve radiation safety, European Directive (2013/59) requires member states to implement diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in radio-diagnostic and interventional procedures. This study aimed to determine local DRLs for EVAR across five European centres and identify an interim European DRL, which currently remains unestablished. METHODS: Retrospective data was collected for 180 standard EVARs performed between January 2014 and July 2015 from five specialist centres in Ireland (n=2) and Italy (n=3)...
May 18, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523339/medial-meniscal-extrusion-a-validation-study-comparing-different-methods-of-assessment
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Luke D Jones, Stephen J Mellon, Neil Kruger, Andrew P Monk, Andrew J Price, David J Beard
PURPOSE: Longitudinal cohort studies of knee OA aetiology use MRI to assess meniscal extrusion within the same knee at sequential time points. A validated method of assessment is required to ensure that extrusion is measured at the same location within the knee at each time point. Absolute perpendicular extrusion from the tibial edge can be assessed using the reference standard of segmentation of the tibia and medial meniscus. This is labour intensive and unsuitable for large cohorts...
April 21, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522102/retrospective-multicenter-matched-case-control-study-on-the-risk-factors-for-narcolepsy-with-special-focus-on-vaccinations-including-pandemic-influenza-vaccination-and-infections-in-germany
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Doris Oberle, Jutta Pavel, Geert Mayer, Peter Geisler, Brigitte Keller-Stanislawski
OBJECTIVE: Studies associate pandemic influenza vaccination with narcolepsy. In Germany, a retrospective, multicenter, matched case-control study was performed to identify risk factors for narcolepsy, particularly regarding vaccinations (seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccination) and infections (seasonal and pandemic influenza) and to quantify the detected risks. METHODS: Patients with excessive daytime sleepiness who had been referred to a sleep center between April 2009 and December 2012 for multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) were eligible...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515041/multidisciplinary-evaluation-of-interstitial-lung-diseases-current-insights-number-1-in-the-series-radiology-edited-by-nicola-sverzellati-and-sujal-desai
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Simon L F Walsh
Multidisciplinary team (MDT) diagnosis is regarded as the diagnostic reference standard for interstitial lung disease (ILD). Several studies have reported that MDT diagnosis is associated with higher levels of diagnostic confidence and better interobserver agreement when compared to the individual components of the MDT in isolation. Although this recommendation is widely accepted, no guideline statement specifies what constitutes an MDT meeting and how its participants should govern it. Furthermore, the precise role of an MDT meeting in the setting of ILD may vary from one group to another...
June 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513864/the-influence-of-non-rigid-anatomy-and-patient-positioning-on-endoscopy-ct-image-registration-in-the-head-and-neck
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W Scott Ingram, Jinzhong Yang, Richard Wendt, Beth M Beadle, Arvind Rao, Xin A Wang, Laurence E Court
PURPOSE: To assess the influence of non-rigid anatomy and differences in patient positioning between CT acquisition and endoscopic examination on endoscopy-CT image registration in the head and neck. METHODS: Radiotherapy planning CTs and 31-35 daily treatment-room CTs were acquired for nineteen patients. Diagnostic CTs were acquired for thirteen of the patients. The surfaces of the airways were segmented on all scans and triangular meshes were created to render virtual endoscopic images with a calibrated pinhole model of an endoscope...
May 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511392/the-diagnostic-value-of-urine-lipoarabinomannan-lam-antigen-in-childhood-tuberculosis
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Agustin Iskandar, Erlin Nursiloningrum, Maimun Zulhaidah Arthamin, Ery Olivianto, Mas Slamet Chandrakusuma
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB) in children is difficult because the clinical presentation is not specific, the chest X-ray interpretation has low accuracy and sputum sample is difficult to obtain. Antigen detection test such as rapid urine LAM is a non-invasive alternative for diagnosing TB . Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) is the main component of M.tuberculosis cell wall. AIM: To determine the diagnostic value of urinary LAM antigen for diagnosis of childhood TB...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511303/-association-of-xrcc1-gene-polymorphism-and-low-dose-ionizing-radiation-with-peripheral-blood-lymphocyte-micronucleus
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F Yang, P Xiong, X L Yuan, C R Liu, L J Ran, Y Yang, J Y Li
Objective: To explore the effects of X-ray repair cross complementing gene 1 (XRCC1) polymorphism and low dose ionizing radiation exposure on radiology professionals' peripheral blood lymphocyte micronucleus. Methods: A matched case-control study was designed. From 2013 to 2015, 1 102 radiology professionals with micronucleus test rusults, and 45 cases with present micronucleus were enroled into case group. 180 diagnostic radiology technicians detecting no micronucleus were chosen as control group, cases and controls were 1∶4 mached on gender, age ≤40 or >40 years old...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511150/disparities-in-cancer-stage-at-diagnosis-and-survival-of-aboriginal-and-non-aboriginal-south-australians
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David Banham, David Roder, Dorothy Keefe, Gelareh Farshid, Marion Eckert, Margaret Cargo, Alex Brown
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study tested the utility of retrospectively staging cancer registry data for comparing stage and stage-specific survivals of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Differences by area level factors were also explored. METHODS: This test dataset comprised 950 Aboriginal cases and all other cases recorded on the South Australian cancer registry with a 1977-2010 diagnosis. A sub-set of 777 Aboriginal cases diagnosed in 1990-2010 were matched with randomly selected non-Aboriginal cases by year of birth, diagnostic year, sex, and primary site of cancer...
May 13, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508329/long-non-coding-rna-snhg6-as-a-potential-biomarker-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Maryam Tahmasebi Birgani, Mohammadreza Hajjari, Arman Shahrisa, Atefeh Khoshnevisan, Zahra Shoja, Paria Motahari, Baharak Farhangi
Long Non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) refer to all non-protein coding transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides. Their critical roles in different biological pathways have been already well established. Altered expression of lncRNAs can be involved in the cancer initiation and/or progression. Since patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are usually diagnosed in late stages, developing diagnostic methods seems to be essential. In this study, the expression levels of different lncRNAs were systematically analysed in different genomic and transcriptome datasets...
May 15, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506798/evaluation-of-a-semi-automated-software-program-for-the-identification-of-vertebral-fractures-in-children
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F F Alqahtani, F Messina, E Kruger, H Gill, M Ellis, I Lang, P Broadley, A C Offiah
AIM: To assess observer reliability and diagnostic accuracy in children, of a semi-automated six-point technique developed for vertebral fracture (VF) diagnosis in adults, which records percentage loss of vertebral body height. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a semi-automated software program, five observers independently assessed T4 to L4 from the lateral spine radiographs of 137 children and adolescents for VF. A previous consensus read by three paediatric radiologists using a simplified algorithm-based qualitative technique (i...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506279/uncovering-the-trimethylamine-producing-bacteria-of-the-human-gut-microbiota
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Silke Rath, Benjamin Heidrich, Dietmar H Pieper, Marius Vital
BACKGROUND: Trimethylamine (TMA), produced by the gut microbiota from dietary quaternary amines (mainly choline and carnitine), is associated with atherosclerosis and severe cardiovascular disease. Currently, little information on the composition of TMA producers in the gut is available due to their low abundance and the requirement of specific functional-based detection methods as many taxa show disparate abilities to produce that compound. RESULTS: In order to examine the TMA-forming potential of microbial communities, we established databases for the key genes of the main TMA-synthesis pathways, encoding choline TMA-lyase (cutC) and carnitine oxygenase (cntA), using a multi-level screening approach on 67,134 genomes revealing 1107 and 6738 candidates to exhibit cutC and cntA, respectively...
May 15, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501276/diagnosis-of-preeclampsia-and-fetal-growth-restriction-with-the-sflt-1-plgf-ratio-diagnostic-accuracy-of-the-automated-immunoassay-kryptor%C3%A2
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Lisa Antonia Dröge, Alice Höller, Laura Ehrlich, Stefan Verlohren, Wolfgang Henrich, Frank Holger Perschel
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to characterize the diagnostic accuracy of the Kryptor® assay for sFlt-1 and PlGF in maternal serum samples of uneventful singleton pregnancies and subjects with preeclampsia (PE) and PE-related outcomes such as fetal growth restriction (FGR). Longitudinal reference ranges of the sFlt-1 and PlGF level in the course of normal pregnancies were generated. METHODS: A cohort of subjects with PE and PE-related outcomes including FGR in the third trimester was compared to a cohort of women with uneventful outcome...
April 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498270/age-related-increase-in-blood-levels-of-otolin-1-in-humans
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Ryan Tabtabai, Laura Haynes, George A Kuchel, Kourosh Parham
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that age-related demineralization of otoconia will result in an age-related increase in blood levels of otoconia matrix protein, otolin-1. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational clinical trial. SETTING: Clinical research center. PATIENTS: Seventy nine men and women ranging in age from 22 to 95 years old. INTERVENTIONS: Diagnostic. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Blood levels of otolin-1 in relation to age...
May 11, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497588/facilitating-early-diagnosis-of-lung-cancer-amongst-primary-care-patients-the-views-of-gps
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R Wagland, L Brindle, E James, M Moore, A I Esqueda, J Corner
Early diagnosis of lung cancer (LC) is a policy priority. However, symptoms are vague, associated with other morbidities, and frequently unrecognised by both patients and general practitioners (GPs). This qualitative study, part of a larger mixed methods study, explored GP views regarding the potential for early diagnosis of LC within primary care. Five focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with GPs (n = 16) at primary care practices (n = 5) across four counties in south England. FGDs were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using a framework approach...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
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