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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215681/sperm-evaluation-of-jungle-cat-felis-chaus-obtained-by-urethral-catheterization-ct-after-medetomidine-administration
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M S Kheirkhah, M Mollapour Sisakht, M Mohammadsadegh, H R Moslemi
This study aimed to evaluate semen from Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) by urethral catheterization (CT) after medetomidine administration that offers feasible and different approaches to obtaining good quality sperm, especially in wild felids. Accordingly, this method was tested in five Jungle Cats. After general anesthesia with the α2-agonist medetomidine (which also stimulates semen release into the urethra) and ketamine, an abdomen ultrasound was performed to locate dilation of the first segment of the urethra (prostatic urethra)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215039/impact-of-surgical-experience-on-management-and-outcome-of-pancreatic-surgery-performed-in-high-and-low-volume-centers
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Marco Stella, Massimiliano Bissolati, Daniele Gentile, Alessandro Arriciati
Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is one of the procedures in general surgery with the highest rate of life-threatening complications. The positive impact of the volume-outcome ratio on outcomes and mortality in pancreatic surgery (PS) has led to policy-level efforts toward centralization of care for PS that is currently under evaluation by some Regional Health Services. The role of the surgeon's experience and training is still under debate. The aim of this paper is to compare the outcomes of PS by the same surgeon in a high volume (HV) and in a low volume (LV) hospital to assess whether a specific training in PS could outdo the benefits of hospital volume...
February 18, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214041/why-intensity-is-not-a-bad-word-optimizing-health-status-at-any-age
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REVIEW
Gary R Hunter, Eric P Plaisance, Stephen J Carter, Gordon Fisher
Age-related declines in health and function make locomotion increasingly difficult leading to reductions in non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), skeletal muscle size and strength, and increased adiposity. Exercise is an important strategy to attenuate loss of function through the life cycle. Despite claims to the contrary, high-intensity exercise is important for the prevention of obesity and sarcopenia with advancing age. Therefore, the purpose of this mini-review is to present literature supporting the contention that low volume, high-intensity aerobic and/or resistance training can slow sarcopenia, sustain ease of movement, stimulate NEAT, and attenuate the accretion of fat mass...
February 9, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213789/a-novel-prognostic-scoring-system-based-on-preoperative-sarcopenia-predicts-the-long-term-outcome-for-patients-after-r0-resection-for-gastric-cancer-experiences-of-a-high-volume-center
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Zhi-Fang Zheng, Jun Lu, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jian-Xian Lin, Qi-Yue Chen, Mi Lin, Chang-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: The relationship between sarcopenia and prognosis of gastric cancer (GC) is unclear. This study aimed to develop a prognostic scoring system combining sarcopenia with preoperative clinical parameters for patients with GC to predict 3-year overall survival (OS) and 3-year recurrence-free survival (RFS). METHODS: In this study, 924 patients with GC who underwent radical gastrectomy were retrospectively analyzed. The data were divided into a training set and a validation set...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212266/individual-patterns-in-blood-borne-indicators-of-fatigue-trait-or-chance
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Ross Julian, Tim Meyer, Hugh H K Fullagar, Sabrina Skorski, Mark Pfeiffer, Michael Kellmann, Alexander Ferrauti, Anne Hecksteden
Julian, R, Meyer, T, Fullagar, HHK, Skorski, S, Pfeiffer, M, Kellmann, M, Ferrauti, A, and Hecksteden, A. Individual patterns in blood-borne indicators of fatigue-trait or chance. J Strength Cond Res 31(3): 608-619, 2017-Blood-borne markers of fatigue such as creatine kinase (CK) and urea (U) are widely used to fine-tune training recommendations. However, predictive accuracy is low. A possible explanation for this dissatisfactory characteristic is the propensity of athletes to react to different patterns of fatigue indicators (e...
March 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210793/a-national-population-based-cohort-study-of-urethral-injection-therapy-for-female-stress-and-mixed-urinary-incontinence-the-danish-urogynaecological-database-2007-2011
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Margrethe Foss Hansen, Gunnar Lose, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Kim Oren Gradel
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Urethral injection therapy (UIT) has been performed since the early 20th century and a variety of agents have been launched. In 2006, polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAGH) was introduced and is now widely used as an agent. The objective was to evaluate the efficacy of PAGH based on a national population over a 5-year period (2007-2011) and the influence of patient-related factors, surgeon experience, and department volume. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was carried out based on data from the Danish Urogynaecological Database (DugaBase)...
February 16, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207951/endurance-capacity-and-neuromuscular-fatigue-following-high-vs-moderate-intensity-endurance-training-a-randomised-trial
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Thomas J O'Leary, Johnny Collett, Ken Howells, Martyn G Morris
High-intensity exercise induces significant central and peripheral fatigue, however the effect of endurance training on these mechanisms of fatigue is poorly understood. We compared the effect of cycling endurance training of disparate intensities on high-intensity exercise endurance capacity and the associated limiting central and peripheral fatigue mechanisms. Twenty adults were randomly assigned to 6 weeks of either high-intensity interval training (HIIT, 6-8 × 5 min at halfway between lactate threshold and maximal oxygen uptake [50%Δ]) or volume matched moderate-intensity continuous training (CONT, ~60-80 min at 90% lactate threshold)...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205306/multi-site-quality-and-variability-analysis-of-3d-fdg-pet-segmentations-based-on-phantom-and-clinical-image-data
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Reinhard R Beichel, Brian J Smith, Christian Bauer, Ethan J Ulrich, Payam Ahmadvand, Mikalai M Budzevich, Robert J Gillies, Dmitry Goldgof, Milan Grkovski, Ghassan Hamarneh, Qiao Huang, Paul E Kinahan, Charles M Laymon, James M Mountz, John P Muzi, Mark Muzi, Sadek Nehmeh, Matthew J Oborski, Yongqiang Tan, Binsheng Zhao, John J Sunderland, John M Buatti
PURPOSE: Radiomics utilizes a large number of image-derived features for quantifying tumor characteristics that can in turn be correlated with response and prognosis. Unfortunately, extraction and analysis of such image-based features is subject to measurement variability and bias. The challenge for radiomics is particularly acute in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) where limited resolution, a high noise component related to the limited stochastic nature of the raw data, and the wide variety of reconstruction options confound quantitative feature metrics...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205298/automatic-segmentation-of-the-right-ventricle-from-cardiac-mri-using-a-learning-based-approach
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Michael R Avendi, Arash Kheradvar, Hamid Jafarkhani
PURPOSE: This study aims to accurately segment the right ventricle (RV) from cardiac MRI using a fully automatic learning-based method. METHODS: The proposed method uses deep learning algorithms, i.e., convolutional neural networks and stacked autoencoders, for automatic detection and initial segmentation of the RV chamber. The initial segmentation is then combined with the deformable models to improve the accuracy and robustness of the process. We trained our algorithm using 16 cardiac MRI datasets of the MICCAI 2012 RV Segmentation Challenge database and validated our technique using the rest of the dataset (32 subjects)...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196280/cuda-based-acceleration-and-bpn-assisted-automation-of-bilateral-filtering-for-brain-mr-image-restoration
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Herng-Hua Chang, Yu-Ning Chang
PURPOSE: Bilateral filters have been substantially exploited in numerous magnetic resonance (MR) image restoration applications for decades. Due to the deficiency of theoretical basis on the filter parameter setting, empirical manipulation with fixed values and noise variance related adjustments has generally been employed. The outcome of these strategies is usually sensitive to the variation of the brain structures and not all the three parameter values are optimal. This article is in an attempt to investigate the optimal setting of the bilateral filter, from which an accelerated and automated restoration framework is developed...
February 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195938/low-adverse-event-rates-but-high-emergency-department-utilization-in-chest-pain-patients-treated-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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Anthony M Napoli, Janette Baird, Steven Tran, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVES: Nearly 40% of all previously admitted chest pain patients re-present to the emergency department (ED) within 1 year regardless of stress testing, and nearly 5% of patients return with a major adverse cardiac event (MACE). The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of return visits to the ED among patients previously admitted to an ED chest pain observation unit (CPU). We also identified the patient characteristics and health risk factors associated with these return ED visits...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194616/impact-of-fellow-versus-resident-assistance-on-outcomes-following-pancreatoduodenectomy
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Rosalie A Carr, Catherine W Chung, Christian M Schmidt, Andrea Jester, Molly E Kilbane, Michael G House, Nicholas J Zyromski, Attila Nakeeb, C Max Schmidt, Eugene P Ceppa
BACKGROUND: Participation by surgical trainees in complex procedures is key to their development as future practicing surgeons. The impact of surgical fellows versus general surgery resident assistance on outcomes in pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) has not been well studied. The purpose of this study was to determine differences in patient outcomes based on level of surgical trainee. METHODS: Consecutive cases of PD (n = 254) were reviewed at a single high-volume institution over a 2-year period (July 2013-June 2015)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192624/mr-based-synthetic-ct-generation-using-a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-method
#13
Xiao Han
PURPOSE: Interests have been rapidly growing in the field of radiotherapy to replace CT with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), due to superior soft tissue contrast offered by MRI and the desire to reduce unnecessary radiation dose. MR-only radiotherapy also simplifies clinical workflow and avoids uncertainties in aligning MR with CT. Methods, however, are needed to derive CT-equivalent representations, often known as synthetic CT (sCT), from patient MR images for the purpose of dose calculation and DRR-based patient positioning...
February 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188771/twin-vaginal-delivery-innovate-or-abdicate
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REVIEW
Sarah Rae Easter, Laura Taouk, Jay Schulkin, Julian N Robinson
Neonatal safety data along with national guidelines have prompted renewed interest in vaginal delivery of twins-particularly in the case of the noncephalic second twin. Yet the rising rate of twin cesarean deliveries, coupled with the national decline in operative obstetrics, raise concerns about the availability of providers skilled in twin vaginal birth. Providers are key stakeholders for increasing rates of twin vaginal delivery. We surveyed a group of practicing obstetricians to explore potential barriers to vaginal birth of twins with a focus on delivery of the noncephalic second twin...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183444/effects-of-lifestyle-interventions-on-clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Christina N Katsagoni, Michael Georgoulis, George V Papatheodoridis, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos, Meropi D Kontogianni
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Although lifestyle modifications remain the cornerstone therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the optimal lifestyle intervention is still controversial. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of exercise and/or dietary interventions, type or intensity of exercise and type of diet, on liver function outcomes (liver enzymes, intrahepatic fat and liver histology), as well as on anthropometric and glucose metabolism parameters in NAFLD patients...
March 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182982/rapid-widespread-distribution-of-intranasal-naloxone-for-overdose-prevention
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Desiree Madah-Amiri, Thomas Clausen, Philipp Lobmaier
BACKGROUND: Take home naloxone programs have been successful internationally in training bystanders to reverse an opioid overdose with naloxone, an opioid antagonist. A multi-site naloxone distribution program began in Norway in 2014 as part of a national overdose prevention strategy. The aim of this study was to a) describe the program, and b) present findings from the government-supported intervention. METHODS: From July 2014 to December 2015, staff from multiple low-threshold facilities trained clients on how to use intranasal naloxone...
January 28, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182510/the-effect-of-plyometric-training-volume-in-prepubertal-male-soccer-players-athletic-performance
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Helmi Chaabene, Yassine Negra
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess and to compare the effects of 8-weeks in-season (2 sessions per-week) low and high-volume plyometric training (PT) on measures of physical fitness in prepubertal male soccer players. METHODS: A total of twenty-five soccer players were randomly assigned to low-volume plyometric training group (LPT; n=13; age = 12.68 ± 0.23 years; age at peak height velocity (APHV) = 14.25 ± 0.29 years, maturity-offset = -1.57 ± 0.29 years) and high-volume plyometric training group (HPT; n=12; age = 12...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170398/emergency-obstetric-care-in-a-rural-district-of-burundi-what-are-the-surgical-needs
#18
E De Plecker, R Zachariah, A M V Kumar, M Trelles, S Caluwaerts, W van den Boogaard, J Manirampa, K Tayler-Smith, M Manzi, K Nanan-N'zeth, B Duchenne, B Ndelema, W Etienne, P Alders, R Veerman, R Van den Bergh
OBJECTIVES: In a rural district hospital in Burundi offering Emergency Obstetric care-(EmOC), we assessed the a) characteristics of women at risk of, or with an obstetric complication and their types b) the number and type of obstetric surgical procedures and anaesthesia performed c) human resource cadres who performed surgery and anaesthesia and d) hospital exit outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of EmOC data (2011 and 2012). RESULTS: A total of 6084 women were referred for EmOC of whom 2534(42%) underwent a major surgical procedure while 1345(22%) required a minor procedure (36% women did not require any surgical procedure)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166435/adverse-events-during-inter-hospital-transports-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#19
Anders Ericsson, Björn Frenckner, L Mikael Broman
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) may be a lifesaving rescue therapy in refractory, severe respiratory, and/or circulatory failure. To provide the best cost efficiency to the population served and patient outcome, ECMO therapy should be provided by specialized high volume ECMO centers. This requires dedicated transport teams to organize and perform these complex transports. Concerning adverse events and complications during these transfers, only a minimal amount of data has been published...
February 6, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159021/ebola-outbreak-preparedness-planning-a-qualitative-study-of-clinicians-experiences
#20
J Broom, A Broom, V Bowden
OBJECTIVES: The 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa highlighted the challenges many hospitals face when preparing for the potential emergence of highly contagious diseases. This study examined the experiences of frontline health care professionals in an Australian hospital during the outbreak, with a focus on participant views on information, training and preparedness, to inform future outbreak preparedness planning. STUDY DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 healthcare professionals involved in Ebola preparedness planning, at a hospital in Australia...
February 2017: Public Health
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