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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317854/sets-of-serum-exosomal-micrornas-as-candidate-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-kawasaki-disease
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Hong-Ling Jia, Chao-Wu Liu, Li Zhang, Wei-Jun Xu, Xue-Juan Gao, Jun Bai, Yu-Fen Xu, Ming-Guo Xu, Gong Zhang
Although Kawasaki disease is the main cause of acquired heart disease in children, no diagnostic biomarkers are available. We aimed to identify candidate biomarkers for diagnosing Kawasaki disease using serum exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs). Using frozen serum samples from a biobank, high-throughput microarray technologies, two-stage real-time quantitative PCR, and a self-referencing strategy for data normalization, we narrowed down the list of biomarker candidates to a set of 4 miRNAs. We further validated the diagnostic capabilities of the identified miRNAs (namely, CT(miR-1246)-CT(miR-4436b-5p) and CT(miR-197-3p)-CT(miR-671-5p)) in 79 samples from two hospitals...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303813/molecular-typing-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-an-overview
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REVIEW
Jyoti Rawre, Deepak Juyal, Benu Dhawan
Urogenital infection due to Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and is a major public health problem worldwide. Molecular characterisation of CT is important for understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of chlamydial disease and its transmission dynamics in sexual networks. Traditionally, strain typing of CT was based on serotyping methods characterising the major outer membrane protein (MOMP). With the advent of polymerase chain reaction and sequencing the era of molecular typing began...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302519/using-ontology-based-semantic-similarity-to-facilitate-the-article-screening-process-for-systematic-reviews
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Xiaonan Ji, Alan Ritter, Po-Yin Yen
OBJECTIVE: Systematic Reviews (SRs) are utilized to summarize evidence from high quality studies and are considered the preferred source of evidence-based practice (EBP). However, conducting SRs can be time and labor intensive due to the high cost of article screening. In previous studies, we demonstrated utilizing established (lexical) article relationships to facilitate the identification of relevant articles in an efficient and effective manner. Here we propose to enhance article relationships with background semantic knowledge derived from Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) concepts and ontologies...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302218/-investigation-of-lung-cancer-patients-complicated-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-thoracic-surgical-department
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Rongbao Zhang, Xingyu Tan, Qing Chen, Jingan Wei, Jun Gai, Yan Wang, Ziyi Yang, Jing Li, Liyu Zhu, Zhongxian Huang, Quanying He
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is an important complication of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even significantly affects the prognosis of patients with COPD. COPD also affects the postoperative complications and recurrence in patients with lung cancer. This study aims to investigate lung cancer patients complicated with COPD in thoracic surgical department. METHODS: All medical records of lung cancer patients discharged from the Department of Thoracic Surgery of People's Hospital, Peking University during January 2015 and December 2015 were reviewed, including gender, age, tobacco smoke history, harmful occupational exposure, clinic symptom, chest computed tomography (CT) scanning, postoperative pathology result report, discharged diagnosis and spirometry [All patients underwent pulmonary function test are received bronchial dilation test if the based predicted value of forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) <70%]...
March 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301989/routine-testing-of-mycoplasma-genitalium-and-trichomonas-vaginalis
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Marieke L M Jenniskens, Jan H W Veerbeek, Koen L Deurloo, Erik J van Hannen, Steven F T Thijsen
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) are common sexual transmitted infections (STI). However, most STI screening programmes do not include routinely detection of these pathogens. Consequently, epidemiological data about MG and TV in the general population is lacking. The current study aims to give insight into the prevalence of both infections, thereby guiding decisions whether testing for these pathogens should be included routinely. METHODS: Between February 2013 and August 2015, all samples sent to the laboratory of Diakonessenhuis Utrecht for STI testing (i...
June 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301914/prevalence-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-in-hospitalized-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-embolism-ruled-out-by-multislice-ct-angiography
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Fernando Javier Vazquez, Maria Lourdes Posadas-Martinez, Bruno Bioetti, Diego Giunta, Esteban Gandara
Current evidence suggests that for outpatients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), multislice computed tomographic angiography (CTPA) is sufficient to rule out PE. However, the accuracy of CTPA alone has not been established for hospitalized patients. Our goal was to determine the prevalence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in hospitalized patients who had PE ruled out by CTPA. We conducted a prospective cohort study of patients who developed symptoms indicative of PE, after being admitted to the hospital for any reason other than PE and were evaluated with multislice CTPA...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301552/radiological-characteristics-of-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Zhiliang Hu, Jun Chen, Juan Wang, Qingfang Xiong, Yandan Zhong, Yongfeng Yang, Chuanjun Xu, Hongxia Wei
BACKGROUND: Current understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated pulmonary cryptococcosis (PC) is largely based on studies performed about 2 decades ago which reported that the most common findings on chest radiograph were diffuse interstitial infiltrates. Few studies are available regarding the computed tomography (CT) findings. The aim of this study was to characterize chest CT features of HIV-associated PC. METHODS: HIV patients with cryptococccal infection and pulmonary abnormalities on Chest CT between September 2010 and May 2016 in the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Southeast University were retrospectively analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296783/incidental-thyroid-nodules-on-thoracic-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-in-clinical-practice-during-a-10-year-period-characteristics-clinical-outcomes-and-factors-contributing-to-further-evaluation
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Ju Yong Park, Kyung Hee Lee, Soon Gu Cho, Yeo Ju Kim, Ha Young Lee, In Ki Hong, Jun Ho Kim
The purposes of this study were to assess the prevalence, malignancy rate, and characteristics of incidental thyroid nodules (ITNs), and to identify factors that contribute the additional workup by ultrasound.The medical records and imaging features of ITNs reported via thoracic computed tomography (CT) were retrospectively reviewed to determine the size, multiplicity, attenuation, shape, and presence of calcification. To identify the factors associated with additional workup, we compared the workup and non-workup groups in terms of nodule characteristics, indications, and CT slices...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293773/malignancy-risk-estimation-of-screen-detected-nodules-at-baseline-ct-comparison-of-the-pancan-model-lung-rads-and-nccn-guidelines
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Sarah J van Riel, Francesco Ciompi, Colin Jacobs, Mathilde M Winkler Wille, Ernst Th Scholten, Matiullah Naqibullah, Stephen Lam, Mathias Prokop, Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, Bram van Ginneken
OBJECTIVES: To compare the PanCan model, Lung-RADS and the 1.2016 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for discriminating malignant from benign pulmonary nodules on baseline screening CT scans and the impact diameter measurement methods have on performances. METHODS: From the Danish Lung Cancer Screening Trial database, 64 CTs with malignant nodules and 549 baseline CTs with benign nodules were included. Performance of the systems was evaluated applying the system's original diameter definitions: D(longest-C) (PanCan), D(meanAxial) (NCCN), both obtained from axial sections, and D(mean3D) (Lung-RADS)...
March 14, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290950/survey-of-sexually-transmitted-disease-laboratory-methods-in-u-s-army-laboratories-2012
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Nicole K Leamer, Nikki N Jordan, Laura A Pacha, Nabil H Latif, Eric C Garges, Joel C Gaydos
INTRODUCTION: Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) affect primarily young people (17-24 years). The U.S. Military, with many young people, strives to maintain effective STD treatment and prevention programs using current methods. Laboratory testing technology and capacity are important for appropriate clinical management and to provide data to direct prevention programs. STD laboratory capabilities are assessed in civilian and military laboratories using surveys. An Army laboratory survey was conducted in 2007...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290354/development-of-a-phantom-to-test-fully-automated-breast-density-software-a-work-in-progress
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G G Waade, S Hofvind, J D Thompson, R Highnam, P Hogg
OBJECTIVES: Mammographic density (MD) is an independent risk factor for breast cancer and may have a future role for stratified screening. Automated software can estimate MD but the relationship between breast thickness reduction and MD is not fully understood. Our aim is to develop a deformable breast phantom to assess automated density software and the impact of breast thickness reduction on MD. METHODS: Several different configurations of poly vinyl alcohol (PVAL) phantoms were created...
February 2017: Radiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289408/mlva-for-salmonella-enterica-subsp-enterica-serovar-dublin-development-of-a-method-suitable-for-inter-laboratory-surveillance-and-application-in-the-context-of-a-raw-milk-cheese-outbreak-in-france-in-2012
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Marie-Léone Vignaud, Emeline Cherchame, Muriel Marault, Emilie Chaing, Simon Le Hello, Valerie Michel, Nathalie Jourdan-Da Silva, Renaud Lailler, Anne Brisabois, Sabrina Cadel-Six
Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Dublin (S. Dublin) figures among the most frequently isolated Salmonella strains in humans in France. This serovar may affect production and animal health mainly in cattle herds with corresponding high economic losses. Given that the current gold standard method, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), provides insufficient discrimination for epidemiological investigations, we propose a standard operating procedure in this study for multiple-locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) of S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288672/profiling-and-validation-of-individual-and-patterns-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-specific-antibody-responses-in-trachomatous-trichiasis
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Harry Pickering, Sarah E Burr, Tamsyn Derrick, Pateh Makalo, Hassan Joof, Richard D Hayward, Martin J Holland
BACKGROUND: Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infection causes trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness. A Ct D/UW3 proteome microarray and sera from Gambian adults with trachomatous trichiasis (TT) or healthy matched controls previously identified several novel antigens, which suggested differential recognition in adults with TT. METHODS: We re-analysed this serological microarray data using more robust microarray analysis techniques accounting for typical problems associated with highly dimensional data...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288049/catecholamine-induced-chest-pain-mimicking-infarction-due-to-an-mibg-negative-and-dopa-positive-succinate-dehydrogenase-syndrome-subunit-b-related-pheochromocytoma
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Alberto Mazza, Alice Ferretti, Antonella Paola Sacco, Domenico Rubello, Patrick M Colletti
This 16-year-old boy presented with acute retrosternal pain possibly representing acute myocardial infarction. Cardiac enzymes were within reference ranges. There were marked increases in metanephrine to 3299 μg/24 h (reference, <400 μg/24 h), normetanephrine to 1309 μg/24 h (reference, 0-390 μg/24 h), and chromogranin A to 1605 ng/mL (reference, 0-150 μg/24 h). An incidental left adrenal mass was found during CTPA performed to exclude pulmonary embolism. I-MIBG scintigraphy was negative, and genetic screening detected SDHB (succinate dehydrogenase syndrome subunit B) gene mutation...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285693/high-risk-community-and-primary-care-providers-knowledge-about-and-barriers-to-low-dose-computed-topography-lung-cancer-screening
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Vani N Simmons, Jhanelle E Gray, Matthew B Schabath, Lauren E Wilson, Gwendolyn P Quinn
INTRODUCTION: Until recently, there has not been a valid and reliable screening test for lung cancer. As compared to chest X-ray, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has demonstrated greater sensitivity resulting in lung cancer diagnosis at an earlier stage, thereby reducing lung cancer mortality among high-risk individuals by 20%. In the current study, we sought to examine knowledge and attitudes about LDCT screening for lung cancer among an ethnically and racially diverse sample of high risk (HR) community members and primary care providers (PCP)...
April 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284200/detection-in-blood-of-autoantibodies-to-tumour-antigens-as-a-case-finding-method-in-lung-cancer-using-the-earlycdt%C3%A2-lung-test-ecls-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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F M Sullivan, Eoghan Farmer, Frances S Mair, Shaun Treweek, Denise Kendrick, Cathy Jackson, Chris Robertson, Andrew Briggs, Colin McCowan, Laura Bedford, Ben Young, Kavita Vedhara, Stephanie Gallant, Roberta Littleford, John Robertson, Herb Sewell, Alistair Dorward, Joseph Sarvesvaran, Stuart Schembri
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer related death worldwide. The majority of cases are detected at a late stage when prognosis is poor. The EarlyCDT®-Lung Test detects autoantibodies to abnormal cell surface proteins in the earliest stages of the disease which may allow tumour detection at an earlier stage thus altering prognosis. The primary research question is: Does using the EarlyCDT®-Lung Test to identify those at high risk of lung cancer, followed by X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scanning, reduce the incidence of patients with late-stage lung cancer (III & IV) or unclassified presentation (U) at diagnosis, compared to standard practice? METHODS: A randomised controlled trial of 12 000 participants in areas of Scotland targeting general practices serving patients in the most deprived quintile of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation...
March 11, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283826/genetic-polymorphism-of-mthfr-c677t-with-preterm-birth-and-low-birth-weight-susceptibility-a-meta-analysis
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Han Wu, Ping Zhu, Xingyi Geng, Zhong Liu, Liangliang Cui, Zhongchun Gao, Baofa Jiang, Liping Yang
PURPOSE: This study aimed at clarifying the association of maternal and neonatal methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphisms with preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW) susceptibility, respectively. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search of Embase, Medline, China Biological Medicine Database (CBM), Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wanfang Database was performed before June, 2016. The frequencies of maternal and neonatal MTHFR C677T genotypes in the cases and controls and other information were extracted by two independent investigators...
March 10, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283212/-identification-of-perforating-vessels-by-augmented-reality-application-for-the-deep-inferior-epigastric-perforator-flap
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R Bosc, A Fitoussi, F Pigneur, V Tacher, B Hersant, J-P Meningaud
The augmented reality on smart glasses allows the surgeon to visualize three-dimensional virtual objects during surgery, superimposed in real time to the anatomy of the patient. This makes it possible to preserve the vision of the surgical field and to dispose of added computerized information without the need to use a physical surgical guide or a deported screen. TECHNIQUE: The three-dimensional objects that we used and visualized in augmented reality came from the reconstructions made from the CT-scans of the patients...
March 7, 2017: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281908/increasing-navigation-speed-at-endoluminal-ct-colonography-reduces-colonic-visualization-and-polyp-identification
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Andrew A Plumb, Peter Phillips, Graeme Spence, Susan Mallett, Stuart A Taylor, Steve Halligan, Thomas Fanshawe
Purpose To investigate the effect of increasing navigation speed on the visual search and decision making during polyp identification for computed tomography (CT) colonography Materials and Methods Institutional review board permission was obtained to use deidentified CT colonography data for this prospective reader study. After obtaining informed consent from the readers, 12 CT colonography fly-through examinations that depicted eight polyps were presented at four different fixed navigation speeds to 23 radiologists...
March 10, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281789/preliminary-study-on-the-differentiation-between-parapelvic-cyst-and-hydronephrosis-with-non-calculous-using-only-pre-contrast-dual-energy-spectral-ct-scans
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Dong Han, Guangming Ma, Lequn Wei, Chenglong Ren, Jieli Zhou, Chen Shen, Taiping He
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of using the quantitative parameters from only the pre-contrast dual-energy spectral CT imaging for distinguishing between parapelvic cyst and hydronephrosis with non-calculous (HNC). METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board. 28 patients with parapelvic cyst and 24 patients with hydronephrosis with non-calculous (HNC) who underwent standard pre-contrast and multi-phase contrast-enhanced dual-energy spectral CT imaging were retrospectively identified...
March 10, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
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