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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446014/noninvasive-medical-tools-for-evaluating-voiding-pattern-in-real-life
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Kwonsoo Chun, Su Jin Kim, Sung Tae Cho
Voiding dysfunction is a common disease that contributes to a lower quality of life and has an increased prevalence in the elderly population. Noninvasive and objective methods such as uroflowmetry (UFM) and voiding diaries (VDs) are essential for exact diagnosis and effective treatment of this condition because patients with different causes of voiding dysfunction can complain of the same lower urinary tract symptoms. Further, different treatment options can be determined based on the diagnosis made from these symptoms...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445776/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-bacteroides-fragilis-group-in-faecal-samples-from-patients-receiving-broad-spectrum-antibiotics
#2
Kia Cirkeline Møller Hansen, Simon A F Schwensen, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Ulrik Stenz Justesen, Thomas Vognbjerg Sydenham
Members of the Bacteroides fragilis group are opportunistic pathogens and cause severe infections including bacteraemia. As increased levels of antimicrobial resistance in B. fragilis group bacteria can be detected years after administration of specific antibiotics, monitoring antimicrobial susceptibility in the gut microbiota could be important. The objectives of this study were to 1) investigate the distribution of species and the occurrence of reduced antimicrobial susceptibility in the B. fragilis group from patients treated at departments with a high level of antibiotic use, 2) to determine the prevalence of the carbapenem resistance gene cfiA in B...
April 23, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445709/gait-analysis-and-weight-bearing-in-pre-clinical-joint-pain-research
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Kristina Ängeby Möller, Heta Svärd, Anni Suominen, Jarmo Immonen, Johanna Holappa, Carina Stenfors
BACKGROUND: There is a need for better joint pain treatment, but development of new medication has not been successful. Pre-clinical models with readouts that better reflect the clinical situation are needed. In patients with joint pain, pain at rest and pain at walking are two major complaints. NEW METHOD: We describe a new way of calculating results from gait analysis using the CatWalk™ setup. Rats with monoarthritis induced by injection of Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) intra-articularly into the ankle joint of one hind limb were used to assess gait and dynamic weight bearing...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445652/identification-of-quantitative-trait-loci-underlying-seed-protein-content-of-soybean-including-main-epistatic-and-qtl-%C3%A3-environment-effects-in-different-regions-of-northeast-china
#4
Weili Teng, Wen Li, Q I Zhang, Depeng Wu, Xue Zhao, Haiyan Li, Yingpeng Han, Wenbin Li
The objective here was to identify QTL, their epistatic effects and QTLs x environments interaction underlying soybean protein content (PC). The mapping population, consisted of 129 recombinant inbred lines (RILs), was created by crossing 'Dongnong46' and 'L-100'. Phenotypic data of the parents and RILs were collected for four years in three locations of Heilongjiang Province of China. A total of 213 simple sequence repeat markers were used to construct a genetic linkage map. Eight QTLs, located on seven chromosomes (Chr), were identified to be associated with PC among the ten tested environments...
April 26, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445553/a-novel-rat-head-gaze-determination-system-based-on-optomotor-responses
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Mengbo You, Toshiyuki Yamane, Hiroshi Tomita, Eriko Sugano, Takuya Akashi
The optomotor response of animals is commonly used to measure their visual performance, e.g., rats of different genetically altered strains or various drug tests. With the presentation of stimuli using computer screens or projectors, the common idea focuses on measuring the eye movement or head and/or body movement to characterize changes of the head gaze. However, traditional methods rely on either the invasive fixation of animals, or the judgment of a human observer who reports the stimulus-tracking movements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445444/pharmaceutical-equivalence-of-clarithromycin-oral-dosage-forms-marketed-in-nairobi-county-kenya
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Rebecca O Manani, Kennedy O Abuga, Hezekiah K Chepkwony
Clarithromycin is a broad-spectrum semi-synthetic macrolide indicated for treatment of pneumonias, Helicobacter pylori, and chlamydial and skin infections. The object of this study was to evaluate the pharmaceutical equivalence of 14 generic clarithromycin products marketed in Nairobi County, Kenya, to the innovator products, using in vitro dissolution profiles and similarity factors (f₂). Further, dissolution profiles of four innovator formulations manufactured in different sites were compared. Fourteen clarithromycin tablets/capsules and four suspensions were subjected to assay and comparative dissolution runs at pH 1...
April 26, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445359/the-impact-of-body-contouring-procedures-on-urologic-outcomes-in-massive-weight-loss-patients
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Oren P Mushin, Franca S Kraenzlin, Anees Fazili, Ahmed Ghazi, Ronald P Bossert
BACKGROUND: Post-massive weight loss body contouring is a growing area of plastic surgery. Studies have shown preexisting urinary incontinence amelioration in patients undergoing abdominal body-contouring procedures. These studies are small, focus on cosmetic abdominoplasties, and lack use of standardized surveys. The purpose of this study was to evaluate urinary incontinence endpoints in massive weight loss patients undergoing body-contouring procedures. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted over a 6-year period...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444987/platelet-count-spleen-length-and-platelet-count-to-spleen-length-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-oesophageal-varices-in-people-with-chronic-liver-disease-or-portal-vein-thrombosis
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REVIEW
Agostino Colli, Juan Cristóbal Gana, Jason Yap, Thomasin Adams-Webber, Natalie Rashkovan, Simon C Ling, Giovanni Casazza
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening of people with oesophageal varices via oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy at the time of diagnosis of hepatic cirrhosis. This requires that people repeatedly undergo unpleasant invasive procedures with their attendant risks, although half of these people have no identifiable oesophageal varices 10 years after the initial diagnosis of cirrhosis. Platelet count, spleen length, and platelet count-to-spleen length ratio are non-invasive tests proposed as triage tests for the diagnosis of oesophageal varices...
April 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444867/urine-assay-for-tenofovir-to-monitor-adherence-in-real-time-to-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-emtricitabine-as-pre-exposure-prophylaxis
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H C Koenig, K Mounzer, G W Daughtridge, C E Sloan, L Lalley-Chareczko, G S Moorthy, S C Conyngham, A F Zuppa, L J Montaner, P Tebas
OBJECTIVES: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) is approved for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection. Adherence is critical for the success of PrEP, but current adherence measurements are inadequate for real-time adherence monitoring. We developed and validated a urine assay to measure tenofovir (TFV) to objectively monitor adherence to PrEP. METHODS: We developed a urine assay using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry with high sensitivity/specificity for TFV that allowed us to determine TFV concentrations in log10 categories between 0 and 10 000 ng/mL...
April 26, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444824/a-comparison-between-patients-with-epiphora-and-cataract-of-the-activity-limitations-they-experience-in-daily-life-due-to-their-visual-disability
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Elin Bohman, Maria Wyon, Mats Lundström, Eva Dafgård Kopp
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to compare patients with epiphora and cataract in terms of the activity limitations they experience in daily life due to their visual disability and to validate the use of the Catquest-9SF questionnaire for epiphora patients. METHODS: Seventy-two consecutively encountered adult patients with confirmed lacrimal obstruction and listed for dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) or lacrimal intubation at the St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, completed the Catquest-9SF questionnaire, which measures activity limitations in daily life due to visual disability...
April 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444800/endoscopic-meatus-scoring-scale-versus-sniff-test-to-predict-insertability-before-transnasal-endoscopy-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Chi-Tan Hu, Wei-Yi Lei, Jen-Shung Lin, Jui-Sheng Hung
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Sniff test is a common method before unsedated transnasal EGD (UT-EGD) to select a nostril insertion site. Yet, there is no objective method to select a more specific meatus insertion tract for anesthesia and insertion. We devised a endoscopic meatus scoring scale by anterior meatuscopy to select the most optimal meatus insertion tract. We hypothesized that meatuscopy instead of sniff test might improve tolerance and reduce adverse events during nasal anesthesia and UT-EGD...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444742/the-effect-of-rituximab-on-anti-platelet-autoantibody-levels-in-patients-with-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Donald M Arnold, John R Vrbensky, Nadia Karim, James W Smith, Yang Liu, Nikola Ivetic, John G Kelton, Ishac Nazy
Rituximab is an effective therapy resulting in a platelet count improvement in 60% of patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Rituximab depletes B cells; thus, a reduction in platelet autoantibody levels would be anticipated in patients who achieve a clinical response to this treatment. The objectives of this study were to determine whether rituximab was associated with a reduction in platelet autoantibody levels, and to correlate the loss of autoantibodies with the achievement of a treatment response...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444682/-transcultural-validation-in-spanish-of-the-actionable-bladder-symptoms-screening-tool
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T Munoz-Ruiz, V E Fernandez-Sanchez, V Reyes-Garrido, C Martinez-Tomas, P Urbaneja-Romero, A Gallardo-Tur, M Guerrero-Fernandez, A Leon-Martin, O Fernandez
INTRODUCTION: Disorders of the lower urinary tract are frequent in patients with multiple sclerosis throughout the course of the disease and reach variable prevalences close to 75%. It is essential to obtain an early diagnosis in the initial phases and to implement an optimal therapeutic management. Burks et al developed the Actionable Bladder Symptoms Screening Tool (ABSST) as a useful screening test in such disorders. Later, Bates et al developed a short version of the ABSST with the objective of minimising the time required to complete it and making it easier to use...
May 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444532/the-utrecht-cohort-for-multiple-breast-cancer-intervention-studies-and-long-term-evaluation-umbrella-objectives-design-and-baseline-results
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D A Young-Afat, C H van Gils, H J G D van den Bongard, H M Verkooijen
PURPOSE: In oncology, RCTs are often beset by slow recruitment, limited generalizability, and strong preferences for interventions by patients and physicians. The cohort multiple randomized controlled trial (cmRCT) is an innovative design with the potential to overcome those challenges. In cmRCT, a prospective cohort serves as an infrastructure for multiple RCTs. We implemented cmRCT in a clinical breast cancer setting by creating UMBRELLA-a large prospective cohort of breast cancer and DCIS patients/survivors...
April 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444397/advancing-the-efficiency-and-efficacy-of-patient-reported-outcomes-with-multivariate-computer-adaptive-testing
#15
Scott Morris, Mike Bass, Mirinae Lee, Richard E Neapolitan
Objective: : The Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative developed an array of patient reported outcome (PRO) measures. To reduce the number of questions administered, PROMIS utilizes unidimensional item response theory and unidimensional computer adaptive testing (UCAT), which means a separate set of questions is administered for each measured trait. Multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) and multidimensional computer adaptive testing (MCAT) simultaneously assess correlated traits...
March 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444396/circadian-impairment-of-distal-skin-temperature-rhythm-in-patients-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-the-effect-of-cpap
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Antonio Martinez-Nicolas, Marc Guaita, Joan Santamaría, Josep M Montserrat, María Ángeles Rol, Juan Antonio Madrid
Study objectives: Our aim was to evaluate the circadian rhythm of distal skin temperature (DST) in Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB), its relation to excessive daytime sleepiness and the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on DST. Methods: Eighty SDB patients (53.1±1.2 years old, 27.6% women) and 67 healthy subjects (52.3±1.6 years old, 26.9% women) wore a temperature data logger for one week. On the last day of that week, SDB patients underwent a polysomnography followed by a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART) protocol to objectively quantify daytime sleepiness...
April 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444366/intraoperative-air-leak-measured-after-lobectomy-is-associated-with-postoperative-duration-of-air-leak
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Alessandro Brunelli, Michele Salati, Cecilia Pompili, Paolo Gentili, Armando Sabbatini
OBJECTIVES: To verify the association between the air leak objectively measured intraoperatively (IAL) using the ventilator and the air leak duration after pulmonary lobectomy. METHODS: Prospective analysis on 111 patients submitted to pulmonary lobectomy (33 by video-assisted thoracic surgery). After resection, objective assessment of air leak (in milliliter per minute) was performed before closure of the chest by measuring the difference between a fixed inspired and expired volume, using a tidal volume of 8 ml/kg, a respiratory rate of 10 and a positive-end expiratory pressure of 5 cmH 2 O...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444235/right-hemisphere-structural-adaptation-and-changing-language-skills-years-after-left-hemisphere-stroke
#18
Thomas M H Hope, Alex P Leff, Susan Prejawa, Rachel Bruce, Zula Haigh, Louise Lim, Sue Ramsden, Marion Oberhuber, Philipp Ludersdorfer, Jenny Crinion, Mohamed L Seghier, Cathy J Price
Stroke survivors with acquired language deficits are commonly thought to reach a 'plateau' within a year of stroke onset, after which their residual language skills will remain stable. Nevertheless, there have been reports of patients who appear to recover over years. Here, we analysed longitudinal change in 28 left-hemisphere stroke patients, each more than a year post-stroke when first assessed-testing each patient's spoken object naming skills and acquiring structural brain scans twice. Some of the patients appeared to improve over time while others declined; both directions of change were associated with, and predictable given, structural adaptation in the intact right hemisphere of the brain...
April 24, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444186/frataxin-deficiency-impairs-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-cells-mice-and-humans
#19
Mittal J Jasoliya, Marissa Z McMackin, Chelsea K Henderson, Susan L Perlman, Gino A Cortopassi
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by inherited deficiency of the mitochondrial protein Frataxin (FXN), which has no approved therapy and is an area in which biomarkers are needed for clinical development. Here we investigated the consequences of FXN deficiency in patient derived FRDA fibroblast cell models, the FRDA mouse model KIKO, and in whole blood collected from FRDA patients. We observed decreased mitochondrial copy number in all the three FRDA models tested: cells, mice and patient blood...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444118/development-and-evaluation-of-the-medication-based-index-of-physical-function-medip
#20
Courtney D Hall, Samuel C Karpen, Brian Odle, Peter C Panus, Zachary F Walls
Background: the development of an objective and comprehensive drug-based index of physical function for older adults has the potential to more accurately predict fall risk. Design: the index was developed using 862 adults (ages 57-85) from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) Wave 1 study. The index was evaluated in 70 adults (ages 51-88) from a rehabilitation study of dizziness and balance. Methods: the prevalence among 601 drugs for 1,694 side effects was used with fall history to determine the magnitude of each side effect's contribution towards physical function...
April 24, 2017: Age and Ageing
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