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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646602/comparison-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-and-strain-elastography-in-differentiating-malignant-from-benign-thyroid-nodules
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Fengjuan Zhang, Xinming Zhao, Ruoling Han, Min Du, Ping Li, Xiaohui Ji
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging and strain elastography in differentiating malignant from benign thyroid nodules. METHODS: This study included 128 patients (104 female and 24 male; mean age ± standard deviation, 48 ± 11 years; range, 23-76 years) with 152 pathologically proven thyroid nodules. Conventional sonography, strain ratio (SR) of strain elastography, virtual touch tissue imaging (VTI) grade, and virtual touch tissue quantification (shear wave velocity [SWV]) from ARFI imaging data were generated for each nodule...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645666/color-masking-measurement-for-ceramic-coating-of-titanium-used-for-dental-implants
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Khaldoun Ajlouni, Waleed Elshahawy, Raed Ajlouni, Abdelfattah Sadakah
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Poor implant placement or thin gingival tissue and progressive bone resorption may lead to the dark metal color showing through the peri-implant soft tissue. Whether the dark color can be adequately masked is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to test the color masking effect of porcelain applied on titanium used in fabricating the polished collar of tissue level implants. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Type 4 commercially pure titanium disks and 5 porcelain dentin shades (A2, A3, B2, C2, and D3) were used...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645553/a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-an-integrated-medication-management-program-and-implications-for-implementation
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Shira H Fischer, Courtney K Armstrong, Erin L Duffy, Peter S Hussey
BACKGROUND: Improving medication adherence is a common and challenging issue. Taking medications as prescribed becomes particularly difficult for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Poor adherence can lead to exacerbated health issues and prolonged disease severity. Medication Therapy Management is increasingly being used to help clinics improve medication adherence and reduce adverse events, but factors that enable implementation of such programs are not well identified. OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors associated with implementation of an innovative pharmacy program and to measure the impact of the intervention...
June 10, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645244/evolution-of-the-vertebrate-insulin-receptor-substrate-irs-gene-family
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Ahmad Al-Salam, David M Irwin
BACKGROUND: Insulin receptor substrate (Irs) proteins are essential for insulin signaling as they allow downstream effectors to dock with, and be activated by, the insulin receptor. A family of four Irs proteins have been identified in mice, however the gene for one of these, IRS3, has been pseudogenized in humans. While it is known that the Irs gene family originated in vertebrates, it is not known when it originated and which members are most closely related to each other. A better understanding of the evolution of Irs genes and proteins should provide insight into the regulation of metabolism by insulin...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645144/increased-alignment-sensitivity-improves-the-usage-of-genome-alignments-for-comparative-gene-annotation
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Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
Genome alignments provide a powerful basis to transfer gene annotations from a well-annotated reference genome to many other aligned genomes. The completeness of these annotations crucially depends on the sensitivity of the underlying genome alignment. Here, we investigated the impact of the genome alignment parameters and found that parameters with a higher sensitivity allow the detection of thousands of novel alignments between orthologous exons that have been missed before. In particular, comparisons between species separated by an evolutionary distance of >0...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644579/pairing-field-methods-to-improve-inference-in-wildlife-surveys-while-accommodating-detection-covariance
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John Clare, Shawn T McKinney, John E DePue, Cynthia S Loftin
It is common to use multiple field sampling methods when implementing wildlife surveys to compare method efficacy or cost-efficiency, integrate distinct pieces of information provided by separate methods, or evaluate method-specific biases and misclassification error. Existing models that combine information from multiple field methods or sampling devices permit rigorous comparison of method-specific detection parameters, enable estimation of additional parameters such as false-positive detection probability, and improve occurrence or abundance estimates, but with the assumption that the separate sampling methods produce detections independently of one another...
June 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644249/incidental-hippocampal-hyperintensity-on-diffusion-weighted-mri-individual-susceptibility-to-transient-global-amnesia
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Moonyoung Jeong, Jaehyun Jin, Jeong Hee Kim, Yeonsil Moon, Jin Woo Choi, Hahn Young Kim
OBJECTIVES: Dot-like hippocampal hyperintensities (HHs) on diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) have been reported as an interesting imaging finding of transient global amnesia (TGA) that is characterized by typical anterograde amnesia. However, we found that these dot-like HHs are occasionally seen in some patients without clinical symptoms of TGA. METHODS: We identified 8 patients who did not show clinical symptoms of TGA, despite the presence of hippocampal lesions on DWI (No-TGA group, n=8)...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644084/comparison-of-two-methods-for-determining-prevalence-of-macrorhabdus-ornithogaster-in-a-flock-of-captive-budgerigars-melopsittacus-undulatus
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Patrick J Sullivan, Edward C Ramsay, Cheryl B Greenacre, Andrew C Cushing, Xiaojuan Zhu, Michael P Jones
Macrorhabdus ornithogaster is a yeast organism that infects multiple species of captive and wild birds. Diagnosis of infection in vivo has proven difficult historically, as shedding can be intermittent, and not all positive animals are clinically ill. We compared polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of cloacal swab samples and fecal Gram's stain (FGS) for diagnosis of active shedding of M ornithogaster in a captive flock of budgerigars ( Melopsittacus undulatus ). Of the 100 birds sampled, 57 (57%) were positive for M ornithogaster by PCR and 24 (24%) were positive for M ornithogaster by FGS...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643626/what-defines-the-kingdom-fungi
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Thomas A Richards, Guy Leonard, Jeremy G Wideman
The application of environmental DNA techniques and increased genome sequencing of microbial diversity, combined with detailed study of cellular characters, has consistently led to the reexamination of our understanding of the tree of life. This has challenged many of the definitions of taxonomic groups, especially higher taxonomic ranks such as eukaryotic kingdoms. The Fungi is an example of a kingdom which, together with the features that define it and the taxa that are grouped within it, has been in a continual state of flux...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643354/diffusion-mri-microstructure-models-with-in-vivo-human-brain-connectome-data-results-from-a-multi-group-comparison
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Uran Ferizi, Benoit Scherrer, Torben Schneider, Mohammad Alipoor, Odin Eufracio, Rutger H J Fick, Rachid Deriche, Markus Nilsson, Ana K Loya-Olivas, Mariano Rivera, Dirk H J Poot, Alonso Ramirez-Manzanares, Jose L Marroquin, Ariel Rokem, Christian Pötter, Robert F Dougherty, Ken Sakaie, Claudia Wheeler-Kingshott, Simon K Warfield, Thomas Witzel, Lawrence L Wald, José G Raya, Daniel C Alexander
A large number of mathematical models have been proposed to describe the measured signal in diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, model comparison to date focuses only on specific subclasses, e.g. compartment models or signal models, and little or no information is available in the literature on how performance varies among the different types of models. To address this deficiency, we organized the 'White Matter Modeling Challenge' during the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 2015 conference...
June 23, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643309/-comparison-of-clinicopathological-features-and-prognosis-between-left-sided-colon-cancer-and-right-sided-colon-cancer
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Xianhua Gao, Guanyu Yu, Peng Liu, Liqiang Hao, Lianjie Liu, Wei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinicopathological features and prognosis between left-sided colon cancer (LC) and right-sided colon cancer (RC). METHODS: Clinicopathological and follow-up data of 2 174 colon carcinoma cases undergoing resection at Shanghai Changhai Hospital of The Second Military Medical University from January 2000 to December 2010 were retrospectively analyzed. Patients with transverse colon cancer, overlapping position, unknown location, recurrent cancer, multiple primary cancer, concomitant malignant tumors, preoperative chemotherapy, local resection, incomplete clinical data and missed follow up were excluded...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643043/-18-f-florbetaben-pet-beta-amyloid-binding-expressed-in-centiloids
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Christopher C Rowe, Vincent Doré, Gareth Jones, David Baxendale, Rachel S Mulligan, Santiago Bullich, Andrew W Stephens, Susan De Santi, Colin L Masters, Ludger Dinkelborg, Victor L Villemagne
PURPOSE: The Centiloid (CL) method enables quantitative values from Aβ-amyloid (Aβ) imaging to be expressed in a universal unit providing pathological, diagnostic and prognostic thresholds in clinical practice and research and allowing integration of multiple tracers and methods. The method was developed for (11)C-PiB scans with zero CL set as the average in young normal subjects and 100 CL the average in subjects with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD). The method allows derivation of equations to convert the uptake value of any tracer into the same standard CL units but first requires head-to-head comparison with (11)C-PiB results...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642803/transcriptomic-profiles-of-aging-in-na%C3%A3-ve-and-memory-cd4-cells-from-mice
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Jackson Taylor, Lindsay Reynolds, Li Hou, Kurt Lohman, Wei Cui, Stephen Kritchevsky, Charles McCall, Yongmei Liu
BACKGROUND: CD4+ T cells can be broadly divided into naïve and memory subsets, each of which are differentially impaired by the aging process. It is unclear if and how these differences are reflected at the transcriptomic level. We performed microarray profiling on RNA derived from naïve (CD44(low)) and memory (CD44(high)) CD4+ T cells derived from young (2-3 month) and old (28 month) mice, in order to better understand the mechanisms of age-related functional alterations in both subsets...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642788/comparison-between-intestinal-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-and-crohn-s-disease-in-characteristics-of-symptom-endoscopy-and-radiology
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Tianyu Zhang, Liwen Hong, Zhengting Wang, Rong Fan, Maochen Zhang, Yun Lin, Mengmeng Cheng, Xiaolin Zhou, Peijun Sun, Xiaoyi Lin, Jie Zhong
AIM: To evaluate different parameters in differentiating intestinal BD from CD. METHODS: The medical records of inpatients with intestinal BD and CD were retrospectively reviewed. The univariate value of different parameters was analyzed, respectively. A differentiation model was established by pooling all valuable parameters together. Diagnostic efficacy was evaluated, and a receiver operating curve (ROC) was plotted. RESULTS: Forty-two BD patients and ninety-seven CD patients were reviewed...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642587/systematic-comparison-of-two-whole-genome-amplification-methods-for-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-using-frozen-and-ffpe-normal-and-cancer-tissues
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Pedro Mendez, Li Tai Fang, David M Jablons, Il-Jin Kim
Sequencing key cancer-driver genes using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) cancer tissues is becoming the standard for identifying the best treatment regimen. However, about 25% of all samples are rejected for genetic analyses for reasons that include too little tissue to extract enough high quality DNA. One way to overcome this is to do whole-genome amplification (WGA) in clinical samples, but only limited studies have tested different WGA methods in FFPE cancer specimens using targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642266/t1-signal-measurements-in-pediatric-brain-findings-after-multiple-exposures-to-gadobenate-dimeglumine-for-imaging-of-nonneurologic-disease
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G K Schneider, J Stroeder, G Roditi, C Colosimo, P Armstrong, M Martucci, A Buecker, P Raczeck
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Signal intensity increases possibly suggestive of gadolinium retention have recently been reported on unenhanced T1-weighted images of the pediatric brain following multiple exposures to gadolinium-based MR contrast agents. Our aim was to determine whether T1 signal changes suggestive of gadolinium deposition occur in the brains of pediatric nonneurologic patients after multiple exposures to gadobenate dimeglumine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four nonneurologic patients (group 1; 17 males/17 females; mean age, 7...
June 22, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642130/mir-155-expression-is-downregulated-in-kidney-transplant-patients-with-human-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Massimiliano Bergallo, Stefano Gambarino, Paola Montanari, Valentina Daprà, Marco Rassu, Ilaria Galliano, Paolo Ravanini
MicroRNAs are small, noncoding RNAs that control expression of target genes through inhibiting protein translation or inducing degradation of mRNA transcripts of target genes. According to the latest update, 2578 unique mature miRNAs are currently annotated in the human genome and participate in the regulation of multiple events, such as cellular proliferation or apoptosis. Herpesvirus family comprehends many viruses able to control and modulate host-cell processes permitting the survival by a latency phase after primary infection...
June 19, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642011/comparison-of-indian-council-for-medical-research-and-lunar-databases-for-categorization-of-male-bone-mineral-density
#18
Surya K Singh, Vivek Patel, Balram Gupta
The mainstay of diagnosis of osteoporosis is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan measuring areal bone mineral density (BMD) (g/cm(2)). The aim of the present study was to compare the Indian Council of Medical Research database (ICMRD) and the Lunar ethnic reference database of DXA scans in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in male patients. In this retrospective study, all male patients who underwent a DXA scan were included. The areal BMD (g/cm(2)) was measured at either the lumbar spine (L1-L4) or the total hip using the Lunar DXA machine (software version 8...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641770/does-vagotomy-protect-against-multiple-sclerosis
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Jens Sundbøll, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Kasper Adelborg, Elisabeth Svensson
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between vagotomy and multiple sclerosis. METHODS: We conducted a matched cohort study of all patients who underwent truncal or super-selective vagotomy and a comparison cohort, by linking Danish population-based medical registries (1977-1995). Hazard ratios (HRs) for multiple sclerosis, adjusting for potential confounders were computed by means of Cox regression analysis. RESULTS: Median age of multiple sclerosis onset corresponded to late onset multiple sclerosis...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641219/comparison-of-brand-versus-generic-antiepileptic-drug-adverse-event-reporting-rates-in-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system-faers
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Md Motiur Rahman, Yasser Alatawi, Ning Cheng, Jingjing Qian, Annya V Plotkina, Peggy L Peissig, Richard L Berg, David Page, Richard A Hansen
OBJECTIVE: Despite the cost saving role of generic anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), debate exists as to whether generic substitution of branded AEDs may lead to therapeutic failure and increased toxicity. This study compared adverse event (AE) reporting rates for brand vs. authorized generic (AG) vs. generic AEDs. Since AGs are pharmaceutically identical to brand but perceived as generics, the generic vs. AG comparison minimized potential bias against generics. METHODS: Events reported to the U...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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