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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441280/the-clinical-utility-of-flexion-extension-cervical-spine-mri-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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Samuel E Kolman, Stephanie Y Ohara, Aashim Bhatia, Tamara Feygin, Dino Colo, Keith D Baldwin, Donna Mcdonald-Mcginn, David A Spiegel
BACKGROUND: Our goal is to correlate the findings on flexion and extension radiographs with dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and the clinical history, in a nonrandomly selected cohort of patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q). METHODS: All patients with the 22q who had a dynamic MRI from January 2004 to March 2015 were included. We analyzed multiple radiographic measurements on both the dynamic plain films and the MRIs, and correlated these findings with a review of each patient's medical record...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441278/the-utility-of-routine-postoperative-radiographs-after-pinning-of-pediatric-supracondylar-humerus-fractures
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Vytas P Karalius, Jacob Stanfield, Philip Ashley, Laura W Lewallen, Casey M DeDeugd, Janet Walker, Annalise N Larson, Todd A Milbrandt
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency with which postoperative radiographs resulted in a change in management following closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of displaced pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures. We hypothesize that only the initial postoperative radiograph will lead to changes in management of operative supracondylar humerus fractures. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed at 2 level I pediatric trauma centers...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440710/selenium-nanoparticles-potential-in-cancer-gene-and-drug-delivery
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Fiona Maiyo, Moganavelli Singh
In recent decades, colloidal selenium nanoparticles have emerged as exceptional selenium species with reported chemopreventative and therapeutic properties. This has sparked widespread interest in their use as a carrier of therapeutic agents with results displaying synergistic effects of selenium with its therapeutic cargo and improved anticancer activity. Functionalization remains a critical step in selenium nanoparticles' development for application in gene or drug delivery. In this review, we highlight recent developments in the synthesis and functionalization strategies of selenium nanoparticles used in cancer drug and gene delivery systems...
April 25, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440348/diagnostic-utility-of-endoscopic-ultrasonography-elastography-in-the-evaluation-of-solid-pancreatic-masses-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Yi Lu, Lu Chen, Chujun Li, Honglei Chen, Jinhua Chen
AIM: The accuracy for endoscopic ultrasonography-elastography (EUS-EG) in the evaluation of solid pancreatic masses varies greatly and the pooled results have not been updated since 2013. Also, there still lack a comprehensive comparison among EUS-EG, contrast-enhanced EUS (CE-EUS), and EUS-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA).Material and methods: A thorough search was made for diagnostic trials investigating the role of EUS-EG in solid pancreatic masses. Meta-Disc was used to calculate the pooled sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odds ratio and summary receiver operator characteristics...
April 22, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440325/multiparametric-mri-ultrasound-fusion-guided-biopsy-decreases-detection-of-indolent-cancer-in-african-american-men
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M Kongnyuy, M M Siddiqui, A K George, A Muthigi, A Sidana, M Maruf, B Turkbey, P L Choyke, B J Wood, P A Pinto
BACKGROUND: Analysis of systematic 12-core biopsies (SBx) has shown that African-American (AA) men tend to harbor higher risk prostate cancer (PCa) at presentation relative to other races. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) and MRI-ultrasound fusion-guided biopsy (FBx) have been shown to diagnose more intermediate- and high-risk PCa in the general population; however, the efficacy in AA remains largely uncharacterized. We aim to evaluate the utility of FBx in an AA patient cohort...
April 25, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440311/efficacy-and-safety-of-rectal-5-aminosalicylic-acid-versus-corticosteroids-in-active-distal-ulcerative-colitis-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Xiaojing Zhao, Changcheng Zhou, Jingjing Ma, Yunjuan Zhu, Min Sun, Peixue Wang, Yi Zhang, Haiqin Ma, Hongjie Zhang
Topical 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) and corticosteroids are used frequently in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis (UC). Our study aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of different topical drugs used to treat active distal UC. A random-effects model within a Bayesian framework was utilized to compare treatment effects and safety as odds ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% credible intervals (CrI). The surface under the cumulative ranking area (SUCRA) and median rank (MR) with corresponding 95% CrI were calculated to rank the treatment outcomes...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439901/biomimetic-strategies-to-recapitulate-organ-specific-microenvironments-for-studying-breast-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Akshay A Narkhede, Lalita A Shevde, Shreyas S Rao
The progression of breast cancer from the primary tumor setting to the metastatic setting is the critical event defining stage IV disease, no longer considered curable. The microenvironment at specific organ sites is known to play a key role in influencing the ultimate fate of metastatic cells; yet microenvironmental mediated-molecular mechanisms underlying organ specific metastasis in breast cancer are not well understood. This review discusses biomimetic strategies employed to recapitulate metastatic organ microenvironments, particularly, bone, liver, lung and brain to elucidate the mechanisms dictating metastatic breast cancer cell homing and colonization...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439852/stevens-johnson-syndrome-and-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-a-concise-review-with-a-comprehensive-summary-of-therapeutic-interventions-emphasizing-supportive-measures
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REVIEW
Jeremy A Schneider, Philip R Cohen
INTRODUCTION: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are two of the most severe dermatologic conditions occurring in the inpatient setting. There is a lack of consensus regarding appropriate management of SJS and TEN. PURPOSE: The scientific literature pertaining to SJS and TEN (subsequently referred to as SJS/TEN) is summarized and assessed. In addition, an interventional approach for the clinician is provided. METHODS: PubMed was searched with the key words: corticosteroids, cyclosporine, etanercept, intravenous immunoglobulin, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis...
April 24, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439847/the-role-of-the-fda-and-regulatory-approval-of-new-devices-for-diabetes-care
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REVIEW
Shelley A Jazowski, Aaron N Winn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring the safety, effectiveness, and quality of medical devices in the USA. Extensive review times coupled with the demand for necessary treatments have prompted the policymakers to implement measures to speed medical devices to market.The purpose of this review is to summarize the evolution of the regulatory pathways through which medical devices utilized in diabetes care gain market access. RECENT FINDINGS: Regulatory pathways, ranging from premarket notification to premarket approval, require distinct, yet necessary ("least burdensome") evidence demonstrating a device's safety and effectiveness...
June 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439613/the-role-of-delayed-head-ct-in-evaluation-of-elderly-blunt-head-trauma-victims-taking-antithrombotic-therapy
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D Scantling, C Fischer, R Gruner, A Teichman, B McCracken, J Eakins
INTRODUCTION: Increasing active longevity has created an increasing surge of elderly trauma patients. The majority of these patients suffer blunt trauma and many are taking antithrombotic agents. The literature is mixed regarding the utility of routine repeat head CT in patients taking antithrombotic medications with a GCS of 15 and initial negative head CT. We hypothesized that scheduled delayed CT head 12 h after admission (D-CTH) in elderly blunt trauma victims would not identify clinically significant new hemorrhages or change management...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439583/solution-processing-of-chalcogenide-materials-using-thiol-amine-alkahest-solvent-systems
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Carrie L McCarthy, Richard L Brutchey
Macroelectronics is a major focus in electronics research and is driven by large area applications such as flat panel displays and thin film solar cells. Innovations for these technologies, such as flexible substrates and mass production, will require efficient and affordable semiconductor processing. Low-temperature solution processing offers mild deposition methods, inexpensive processing equipment, and the possibility of high-throughput processing. In recent years, the discovery that binary "alkahest" mixtures of ethylenediamine and short chain thiols possess the ability to dissolve bulk inorganic materials to yield molecular inks has lead to the wide study of such systems and the straightforward recovery of phase pure crystalline chalcogenide thin films upon solution processing and mild annealing of the inks...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439386/usefulness-of-clinical-prediction-rules-d-dimer-and-arterial-blood-gas-analysis-to-predict-pulmonary-embolism-in-cancer-patients
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Asifa Karamat, Shazia Awan, Muhammad Ghazanfar Hussain, Fahad Al Hameed, Faheem Butt, Ali Saeed Wahla
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is seven times more common in cancer patients than non-cancer patients. Since the existing clinical prediction rules (CPRs) were validated predominantly in a non-cancer population, we decided to look at the utility of arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis and D-dimer in predicting PE in cancer patients. METHODS: Electronic medical records were reviewed between December 2005 and November 2010. A total of 177 computed tomography pulmonary angiograms (CTPAs) were performed...
March 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439353/improving-timely-resident-follow-up-and-communication-of-results-in-ambulatory-clinics-utilizing-a-web-based-audit-and-feedback-module
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Joel C Boggan, Aparna Swaminathan, Samantha Thomas, David L Simel, Aimee K Zaas, Jonathan G Bae
BACKGROUND: Failure to follow up and communicate test results to patients in outpatient settings may lead to diagnostic and therapeutic delays. Residents are less likely than attending physicians to report results to patients, and may face additional barriers to reporting, given competing clinical responsibilities. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to improve the rates of communicating test results to patients in resident ambulatory clinics. METHODS: We performed an internal medicine, residency-wide, pre- and postintervention, quality improvement project using audit and feedback...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439272/the-emerging-role-of-epigenetics-in-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
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REVIEW
Bin Wang, Xiaoqing Shao, Ronghua Song, Donghua Xu, Jin-An Zhang
Autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) are a group of both B cell- and T cell-mediated organ-specific autoimmune diseases. Graves' disease and Hashimoto thyroiditis are the two main clinical presentations of AITD. Both genetic and environmental factors have important roles in the development of AITD. Epigenetics have been considered to exert key roles in integrating those genetic and environmental factors, and epigenetic modifications caused by environmental factors may drive genetically susceptibility individuals to develop AITD...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439258/diabetic-cardiomyopathy-an-immunometabolic-perspective
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REVIEW
Paras K Mishra, Wei Ying, Shyam Sundar Nandi, Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Kaushik K Patel, Sushil K Mahata
The heart possesses a remarkable inherent capability to adapt itself to a wide array of genetic and extrinsic factors to maintain contractile function. Failure to sustain its compensatory responses results in cardiac dysfunction, leading to cardiomyopathy. Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy and reduced diastolic function, with or without concurrent systolic dysfunction in the absence of hypertension and coronary artery disease. Changes in substrate metabolism, oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, formation of extracellular matrix proteins, and advanced glycation end products constitute the early stage in DCM...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439230/from-anxious-to-reckless-a-control-systems-approach-unifies-prefrontal-limbic-regulation-across-the-spectrum-of-threat-detection
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REVIEW
Lilianne R Mujica-Parodi, Jiook Cha, Jonathan Gao
Here we provide an integrative review of basic control circuits, and introduce techniques by which their regulation can be quantitatively measured using human neuroimaging. We illustrate the utility of the control systems approach using four human neuroimaging threat detection studies (N = 226), to which we applied circuit-wide analyses in order to identify the key mechanism underlying individual variation. In so doing, we build upon the canonical prefrontal-limbic control system to integrate circuit-wide influence from the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG)...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439228/from-engrams-to-pathologies-of-the-brain
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REVIEW
Christine A Denny, Evan Lebois, Steve Ramirez
Memories are the experiential threads that tie our past to the present. The biological realization of a memory is termed an engram-the enduring biochemical and physiological processes that enable learning and retrieval. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of engram research that suggests we are closing in on boundary conditions for what qualifies as the physical manifestation of memory. In this review, we provide a brief history of engram research, followed by an overview of the many rodent models available to probe memory with intersectional strategies that have yielded unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution over defined sets of cells...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439218/pediatric-reference-intervals-for-biochemical-markers-gaps-and-challenges-recent-national-initiatives-and-future-perspectives
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Houman Tahmasebi, Victoria Higgins, Angela W S Fung, Dorothy Truong, Nicole M A White-Al Habeeb, Khosrow Adeli
Reference intervals provide valuable information to medical practitioners in their interpretation of quantitative laboratory test results, and are critical in the assessment of patient health and in clinical decision-making. The reference interval serves as a health-associated benchmark with which to compare an individual test result. While the concept of reference intervals and their utility appear straightforward, the process of establishing accurate and reliable reference intervals is considerably complex and involved...
March 2017: EJIFCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439138/bezlotoxumab
#19
Danial E Baker
Each month, subscribers to The Formulary Monograph Service receive 5 to 6 well-documented monographs on drugs that are newly released or are in late phase 3 trials. The monographs are targeted to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. Subscribers also receive monthly 1-page summary monographs on agents that are useful for agendas and pharmacy/nursing in-services. A comprehensive target drug utilization evaluation/medication use evaluation (DUE/MUE) is also provided each month. With a subscription, the monographs are available online to subscribers...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439136/clinical-feasibility-of-monitoring-enoxaparin-anti-xa-concentrations-are-we-getting-it-right
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Wesley D Kufel, Robert W Seabury, William Darko, Luke A Probst, Christopher D Miller
Background: Anti-Xa monitoring is utilized to measure the extent of anticoagulation in certain patient populations receiving enoxaparin. It is essential to accurately obtain this pharmacodynamic marker for safe and effective anticoagulation management. Objectives: To determine the frequency of correctly drawn anti-Xa concentrations in accordance with predefined institutional criteria and to determine the number of dose adjustments implemented based on incorrectly drawn anti-Xa concentrations. Methods: This was a retrospective, single-center, cohort study among adult patients who received treatment doses of enoxaparin with measured anti-Xa concentrations...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
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