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Pre-Test Probability

Mattia Bonzi, Giulia Cernuschi, Monica Solbiati, Giuliano Giusti, Nicola Montano, Elisa Ceriani
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, and accurate diagnosis is essential. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard, in patients with suspected IE of the native valves. We performed a systematic search in MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library searching for studies that enrolled adult patients with suspected native valves IE where data about both TTE and TEE could be extracted...
March 15, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Jochem Deen, Su Wang, Sven Van Snick, Volker Leen, Kris Janssen, Johan Hofkens, Robert K Neely
The methyltransferase enzymes can be applied to deliver a range of modifications to pre-determined sites on large DNA molecules with exceptional specificity and efficiency. To date, however, a limited number of modifications have been delivered in this way because of the complex chemical synthesis that is needed to produce a cofactor analogue carrying a specific function, such as a fluorophore. Here, we describe a method for the direct transfer of a series of functional compounds (seven fluorescent dyes, biotin and polyethylene glycol) to the DNA duplex...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Manuel Cappellari, Gianni Turcato, Stefano Forlivesi, Fabio Bagante, Gianfranco Cervellin, Giuseppe Lippi, Bruno Bonetti, Paolo Bovi, Danilo Toni
Background and purpose The nomogram is an important component of modern medical decision-making, which calculates the probability of an event entirely based on individual characteristics. We aimed to develop and validate a nomogram for individualized prediction of the probability of unfavorable outcome in intravenous thrombolysis-treated stroke patients included in the large multicenter Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register. Methods All patients registered in the Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register by 179 Italian centers between May 2001 and March 2016 were originally included...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
R W W Brouwer, M C G N van den Hout, C E M Kockx, E Brosens, B Eussen, A de Klein, F Sleutels, W F J van IJcken
Motivation: PCR-based DNA enrichment followed by massively parallel sequencing is a straightforward and cost effective method to sequence genes up to high depth. The full potential of amplicon based sequencing assays is currently not achieved as analysis methods do not take into account the source amplicons of the detected variants. Tracking the source amplicons has the potential to identify systematic biases, enhance variant calling and improve the designs of future assays. Results: We present Nimbus, a software suite for the analysis of amplicon based sequencing data...
March 10, 2018: Bioinformatics
Cláudio Farias, Carla Valério, Isabel Mesquita
The teaching and learning of games and sport-based activities has historically been the dominant form of the physical education curricula. With an interest in providing to students meaningful and culturally situated sporting experiences, Sport Education is probably the most implemented and researched pedagogical model worldwide. However, although there is considerable evidence that the model as a curriculum approach can benefit the development of social goals and healthy sport behaviors, not a single study as to date examined students' game-play development beyond participation in single and isolated teaching units...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Aaron Lear, Merritt Huber, Amy Canada, Jessica Robertson, Evan Bosman, Stephen Zyzanski
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether admission, and provocative stress testing of patients who have ruled out for acute coronary syndrome put patients with low-risk category for coronary artery disease (CAD) at risk for false-positive provocative stress testing and unnecessary coronary angiogram/imaging. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients between 30 and 70 years old, with no pre-existing diagnosis of CAD, admitted to observation or inpatient status chest pain or related complaints...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Lea M Gerischer, Andreas Fehlner, Theresa Köbe, Kristin Prehn, Daria Antonenko, Ulrike Grittner, Jürgen Braun, Ingolf Sack, Agnes Flöel
Dementia due to Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease for which treatment strategies at an early stage are of great clinical importance. So far, there is still a lack of non-invasive diagnostic tools to sensitively detect AD in early stages and to predict individual disease progression. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) of the brain may be a promising novel tool. In this proof-of-concept study, we investigated whether multifrequency-MRE (MMRE) can detect differences in hippocampal stiffness between patients with clinical diagnosis of dementia due to AD and healthy controls (HC)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
E Cabrera-Díaz, L Martínez-Chávez, J Sánchez-Camarena, J A Muñiz-Flores, A Castillo, P Gutiérrez-González, S M Arvizu-Medrano, D G González-Aguilar, N E Martínez-Gonzáles
Simultaneous and individual enumeration of Salmonella, Shigella and Listeria monocytogenes was compared on inoculated Roma tomatoes and Serrano peppers using an Most Probable Number (MPN) technique. Samples consisting of tomatoes (4 units) or peppers (8 units) were individually inoculated with a cocktail of three strains of Salmonella, Shigella or L. monocytogenes, or by simultaneous inoculation of three strains of each pathogen, at low (1.2-1.7 log CFU/sample) and high (2.2-2.7 log CFU/sample) inocula. Samples were analyzed by an MPN technique using universal pre-enrichment (UP) broth at 35 °C for 24 ± 2 h...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Yu Geng, Zhongmeng Zhao, Xuanping Zhang, Wenke Wang, Xingjian Cui, Kai Ye, Xiao Xiao, Jiayin Wang
BACKGROUND: Identifying rare germline and somatic variants associated with cancer progression is an important research topic in cancer genomics. Although many approaches are proposed for rare variant association study, they are not fit for cancer sequencing data due to multiple issues, such as overly relying on pre-selection, losing sight of interacting hotspots, etc. RESULTS: In this article, we propose an improved pipeline to identify germline variant and somatic mutation interactions influencing cancer susceptibility from pair-wise cancer sequencing data...
October 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
Manoela V Fogaça, Alline C de Campos, Ludmila D Coelho, Ronald S Duman, Francisco S Guimarães
Repeated injections of cannabidiol (CBD), the major non-psychotomimetic compound present in the Cannabis sativa plant, attenuate the anxiogenic effects induced by Chronic Unpredictable Stress (CUS). The specific mechanisms remain to be fully understood but seem to involve adult hippocampal neurogenesis and recruitment of endocannabinoids. Here we investigated for the first time if the behavioral and pro-neurogenic effects of CBD administered concomitant the CUS procedure (14 days) are mediated by CB1 , CB2 or 5HT1A receptors, as well as CBD effects on dendritic remodeling and on intracellular/synaptic signaling (fatty acid amide hydrolase - FAAH, Akt, GSK3β and the synaptic proteins Synapsin Ia/b, mGluR1 and PSD95)...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Jeannette C Ederveen, Marijn M G van Berckel, Saskia Jol, Simon W Nienhuijs, Joost Nederend
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate if systematically reviewing CT scans using ten signs leads to a better accuracy in diagnosing internal herniation (IH), compared to the original report. Also, the difference in accuracy was analysed between experience levels. METHODS: Patients were retrospectively included if they had undergone laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery between 2011 and 2014, and if additional radiological examination was performed for suspected IH between 2011 and 2016...
March 2, 2018: European Radiology
Klara Morsley, Anne Miller, Raashid Luqmani, Francesc Fina-Aviles, Muhammad Kassim Javaid, Christopher J Edwards, Rafael Pinedo-Villanueva, Manuel Medina, Sebastian Calero, Cyrus Cooper, Nigel Arden, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid factor (RF) testing is used in primary care in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however a positive RF may occur without RA. Incorrect use of RF testing may lead to increased costs and delayed diagnoses. The aim was to assess the performance of RF as a test for RA and to estimate the costs associated with its use in a primary care setting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using the Information System for the Development of Research in Primary Care database (contains primary care records and laboratory results of >80% of the Catalonian population, Spain)...
February 26, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
David W Shanafelt, C Perrings
The 2001 UK foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic marked a change in global FMD management, focusing less on trade isolation than on biosecurity within countries where FMD is endemic. Post 2001 policy calls for the isolation of disease-free zones in FMD-endemic countries, while increasing the opportunities for trade. The impact of the change on disease risk has yet to be tested. In this paper, we estimate an empirical model of disease risk that tests for the impact of trade volumes before and after 2001, controlling for biosecurity measures...
February 27, 2018: EcoHealth
Ahmed Abu-Zaid, Mohannad Alsabban, Mohammed Abuzaid, Osama Alomar, Ismail A Al-Badawi, Hany Salem
INTRODUCTION: Inherited ABO blood groups have been shown to play possible contributions in the pathogenesis of various gynecologic and non-gynecologic carcinomas. With regard to gynecologic carcinomas, there is a confined number of studies that explored the relationship between ABO blood group and endometrial carcinoma (EC) in the PubMed-indexed literature. To the best of our knowledge, no such study has ever been conducted in Saudi Arabia. OBJECTIVES: Our study has two objectives: (I) to determine the prevalence of ABO blood groups among Saudi patients with EC, and (II) to explore the relationship between ABO blood group and several clinico-pathological prognostic parameters (namely: menopausal status [age], body mass index [BMI], tumor grade, FIGO [Fédération Internationale de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique] stage and recurrence) in Saudi patients with EC...
December 18, 2017: Curēus
Clarence S Yah
Background: Despite the shift in antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) eligibility cascade from CD4 ≤ 200 to CD4 ≤ 350 to CD4 ≤ 500 mm3 , HIV related morbidity and mortality continue to escalate annually, as do HIV infections. The new paradigm of treatment for all HIV positives individual irrespective of CD4 count may significantly reduce HIV and related illnesses. The author assumes that all HIV infected partners should be eligible for HIV treatment and care, irrespective of CD4 count...
November 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
Catalina Avendaño, Ana Ramo, Claudia Vergara-Castiblanco, Caridad Sánchez-Acedo, Joaquín Quílez
Fecal specimens from 432 pre-weaned calves younger than 35 days were collected over a 2-year period (2010-2012) from 74 dairy cattle farms in the central area of Colombia. These samples were microscopically examined for the presence of Cryptosporidium oocysts, and positive specimens were selected for molecular examination. Microscopy revealed that 115 calves (26.6%) from 44 farms (59.5%) tested positive. Oocyst shedding was recorded in calves aged 3-day-old onwards, although the infection rate peaked at 8-14 days (40...
February 26, 2018: Parasitology Research
M M Zhang, Y D Zheng, Y H Liang
OBJECTIVE: To present a prognostic model for evaluating the outcome of root canal treatment in teeth with pulpitis or apical periodontitis 2 years after treatment. METHODS: The implementation of this study was based on a retrospective study on the 2-year outcome of root canal treatment. A cohort of 360 teeth, which received treatment and review, were chosen to build up the total sample size. In the study, 143 teeth with vital pulp and 217 teeth with apical periodontitis were included...
February 18, 2018: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
M M G Leeflang, H C P M van Weert, J W R Hovius, C W Ang, H Sprong
There is no such thing as a perfect diagnostic test and the value of a test depends on the situation in which the test is being used. Here, we discuss two options for dealing with the diagnostic process for Lyme borreliosis in general practice. One option is to manage, treat or refer according to clinical signs and symptoms, in accordance with Dutch practice guidelines. The other option is to use laboratory tests to guide further patient management (treatment or referral). The choice depends on currently unknown factors, such as the pre-test probability of Lyme disease in patients presenting to general practitioners...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Emmanuel Bonney, Eugene Rameckers, Gillian Ferguson, Bouwien Smits-Engelsman
BACKGROUND: Adolescents with low motor competence participate less in physical activity and tend to exhibit decreased physical fitness compared to their peers with high motor competence. It is therefore essential to identify new methods of enhancing physical fitness in this population. Active video games (AVG) have been shown to improve motor performance, yet investigations of its impact on physical fitness are limited. The objective of this study was to examine the impact of the graded Wii protocol in adolescent girls with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder (p-DCD)...
February 22, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Benjamin L Brett, Andrew W Kuhn, Aaron M Yengo-Kahn, Gary S Solomon, Scott L Zuckerman
Objective: The empirical identification of risk factors associated with sport-related concussion (SRC) may improve the management of student-athletes. The current study attempted to identify and quantify bio-cognitive risk factors associated with sustaining a SRC. Methods: Cross-sectional ambispective study; level of evidence, 3. Neurocognitive testing of 12,320 middle school, high school and collegiate athletes was completed at preseason baseline and post-SRC. Univariate and multivariable logistic regressions were used to determine which pre-injury variables accurately predicted the occurrence of SRC...
February 17, 2018: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
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