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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346081/pneumocystis-jiroveci-pneumonia-pjp-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-individuals
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Kathleen Schoovaerts, Luc Dirix, Annemie Rutten, Jef Van Schaeren, Bruno Van Herendael, Sofie Van Grieken, Luc Heytens
OBJECTIVES: PJP is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. Diagnosing PJP is often difficult because respiratory signs might be minimal or absent and the sensitivity of a chest X-ray (CXR) is low. We studied the clinical risk factors in order to increase awareness and facilitate the diagnosis. METHODS: We studied a prospective case series over a one year period (from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2016) and did a retrospective analysis (from 2013 to 2016) of all PJP positive bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) analysis...
March 27, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344817/urinary-biomarkers-as-indicator-of-chronic-inflammation-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-obese-adolescents
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Ruchi Singh, Arushi Verma, Salim Aljabari, Tetyana L Vasylyeva
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a pro-inflammatory state that may predispose patients to acute coronary syndrome characterized by chronic low grade inflammation resulting in endothelial dysfunction (ED). The aim of the study was to evaluate urinary biomarkers of inflammation and ED in adolescents with obesity. METHODS: Sixty three subjects were recruited for the study. Twenty healthy adolescents with normal body mass (NW), 14 overweight (OW), 29 obese (OA) subjects were selected...
2017: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343660/a-pilot-study-of-ultrasound-elastography-as-a-non-invasive-method-to-monitor-liver-disease-in-children-with-short-bowel-syndrome
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Daniel Lodwick, Molly Dienhart, Jennifer N Cooper, Bonita Fung, Joseph Lopez, Sally Smith, Patrick Warren, Jane Balint, Peter C Minneci
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to evaluate the accuracy of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in determining extent of liver fibrosis in pediatric patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). METHODS: This prospective cohort study included pediatric patients with SBS who underwent ultrasound with ARFI measurements of shear wave speed (SWS) and liver biopsy within 30days of each other between 12/2014-9/2015. The mean and median SWS were compared to the stage of fibrosis...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341372/evaluation-of-remote-dielectric-sensing-reds-technology-guided-therapy-for-decreasing-heart-failure-re-hospitalizations
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Offer Amir, Tuvia Ben-Gal, Jean Marc Weinstein, Jorge Schliamser, Daniel Burkhoff, Aharon Abbo, William T Abraham
OBJECTIVE: We tested whether remote dielectric sensing (ReDS)-directed fluid management reduces readmissions in patients recently hospitalized for heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND: Pulmonary congestion is the most common cause of worsening HF leading to hospitalization. Accurate remote monitoring of lung fluid volume may guide optimal treatment and prevent re-hospitalization. ReDS technology is a quantitative non-invasive method for measuring absolute lung fluid volume...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338204/nsd2-promotes-osteosarcoma-cell-proliferation-and-metastasis-by-inhibiting-e-cadherin-expression
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M-H Lu, M-F Fan, X-D Yu
OBJECTIVE: Osteosarcoma is one of the most common malignant bone tumors. The mechanisms of osteosarcoma development and invasion have been studied for periods of time, yet targeted therapy for improving survival has not been well established. Histone lysine methyltransferase NSD2 was frequently overexpressed in multiple types of cancer such as multiple myeloma, stomach and colon cancer, and the overexpression of it usually associated with aggressiveness tumor type. However, the expression status and function of NSD2 are still ambiguous in osteosarcoma...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337897/exhaled-breath-temperature-measurement-influence-of-circadian-rhythm
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G E Carpagnano, D Lacedonia, M Malerba, D Martinelli, G Cotugno, M P Foschino-Barbaro
Exhaled breath temperature (EBT) is an expression of airway inflammation, an event that drives several lung diseases. The measurement of the exhaled breath temperature has recently been proposed as a popular tool in the diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory lung diseases due to the fact that it is a non-invasive method. The influence of external factors on EBT, its reproducibility, and its sensitivity to treatment have already been explored. However, to reach clinical practice, EBT requires a complete validation that is still lacking...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337711/circulating-tumor-dna-for-mutation-detection-and-identification-of-mechanisms-of-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Kay T Yeung, Soham More, Brian Woodward, Victor Velculescu, Hatim Husain
Targeted therapies have changed the treatment landscape of non-small cell lung cancer over the past decade. Analyses of cell free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) provide a non-invasive and robust approach for cancer diagnosis and prognosis, real-time monitoring of treatment response, and the identification of appropriate therapeutic targets based on the detection of tumor genetic aberrations. Recent improvements in the sensitivity, specificity, and feasibility of ctDNA detection assays allow the possibility for implementation into clinical practice...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337439/a-brief-review-of-non-invasive-monitoring-of-respiratory-condition-for-extubated-patients-with-or-at-risk-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-after-surgery
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REVIEW
Xuezheng Zhang, Mahmoud Attia Mohamed Kassem, Ying Zhou, Muhammad Shabsigh, Quanguang Wang, Xuzhong Xu
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the important risk factors contributing to postoperative airway complications. OSA alters the respiratory physiology and increases the sensitivity of muscle tone of the upper airway after surgery to residual anesthetic medication. In addition, the prevalence of OSA was reported to be much higher among surgical patients than the general population. Therefore, appropriate monitoring to detect early respiratory impairment in postoperative extubated patients with possible OSA is challenging...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335998/point-shear-wave-elastography-to-evaluate-and-monitor-changing-portal-venous-pressure-in-patients-with-decompensated-cirrhosis
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Hao Han, Jian Yang, Yu-Zheng Zhuge, Ming Zhang, Min Wu
This study evaluated whether the stiffness of the liver and spleen, measured using the point shear wave elastography (pSWE) technique, correlates with portal venous pressure (PVP) and whether the result extends to estimate the diminishing change in PVP (ΔPVP) in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. We evaluated the data of 67 prospectively enrolled patients who underwent both transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and pSWE. The stiffness of liver and spleen were evaluated by measuring shear wave velocity (SWV) to determine the statistical correlation with PVP...
March 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335209/dye-doped-fluorescent-silica-nanoparticles-for-live-cell-and-in-vivo-bioimaging
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REVIEW
Wen-Han Zhang, Xiao-Xiao Hu, Xiao-Bing Zhang
The need for novel design strategies for fluorescent nanomaterials to improve our understanding of biological activities at the molecular level is increasing rapidly. Dye-doped fluorescent silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) emerge with great potential for developing fluorescence imaging techniques as a novel and ideal platform for the monitoring of living cells and the whole body. Organic dye-containing fluorescent SiNPs exhibit many advantages: they have excellent biocompatibility, are non-toxic, highly hydrophilic, optically transparent, size-tunable and easily modified with various biomolecules...
April 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333834/measuring-the-compensatory-reserve-to-identify-shock
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Victor A Convertino, Alicia M Schiller
Successful management of shock heavily relies on the ability to identify early stages of hemorrhage. During blood loss and reduced blood volume, multiple physiological mechanisms are able to compensate in order to preserve tissue oxygenation and blood flow. Unfortunately, this compensation makes the crucial early stage identification of hemorrhage complicated as traditionally monitored vital signs reflect this compensation, and do not change until significant amounts of blood have been lost. New insights and a recent body of literature utilizing a human model of hemorrhage provide evidence that it is possible to measure the body's reserve to continue to compensate for a reduced circulating blood volume...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
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F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333072/detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-using-negative-enrichment-immunofluorescence-and-an-in-situ-hybridization-system-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Yu Xu, Tai Qin, Jing Li, Xiuchao Wang, Chuntao Gao, Chao Xu, Jihui Hao, Jingcheng Liu, Song Gao, He Ren
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the most lethal type of gastrointestinal cancer, and early detection and monitoring is an urgent problem. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are emerging as a non-invasive biomarker for tumor detection. However, the low sensitivity is a main problem in the traditional CellSearch System for detecting CTCs, especially in patients with PC. In this study, we used negative enrichment (NE), immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization (FISH) of chromosome 8 (NE-iFISH) to capture and identify CTCs in PC patients...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332306/impact-of-iatrogenic-iron-overload-on-the-course-of-hepatitis-c-in-dialysis-population-a-plea-for-caution
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Guy Rostoker, Nosratola D Vaziri
About 2.5% of the world population, corresponding to about 177 million individuals, are infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV), a small, single-stranded RNA virus. The prevalence of HCV infection among dialysis patients in Japan, Europe, and North America during the 2012 to 2015 period was found to be 8.7% in the DOPPS study. Nosocomial HCV spread in hemodialysis facilities still occurs. Increased hepatic tissue iron has been shown to play a deleterious role in the course of hepatitis C, favor development of fibrosis and cirrhosis and possibly increase the risk of liver cancer in the general population...
March 23, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330889/robust-microbiota-based-diagnostics-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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A Eck, E F J de Groot, T G J de Meij, M Welling, P H M Savelkoul, A E Budding
Strong evidence suggests that gut microbiota is altered in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), indicating its potential role in non-invasive diagnostics. However, no clinical applications are currently used for routine patient care. The main obstacle to implementing a gut microbiota test for IBD is the lack of standardization, which leads to high inter-laboratory variations. We studied the between-hospital and between-platform batch effects and their effect on predictive accuracy for IBD.Fecal samples from 91 pediatric IBD patients and 58 healthy children were collected...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330736/hyperspectral-imaging-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-to-monitor-coat-thickness-uniformity-in-the-manufacture-of-a-transdermal-drug-delivery-system
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Naresh Pavurala, Xiaoming Xu, Yellela S R Krishnaiah
Hyperspectral imaging using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) integrates spectroscopy and conventional imaging to obtain both spectral and spatial information of materials. The non-invasive and rapid nature of hyperspectral imaging using NIRS makes it a valuable process analytical technology (PAT) tool for in-process monitoring and control of the manufacturing process for transdermal drug delivery systems (TDS). The focus of this investigation was to develop and validate the use of Near Infra-red (NIR) hyperspectral imaging to monitor coat thickness uniformity, a critical quality attribute (CQA) for TDS...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330686/imaging-of-acute-and-chronic-thromboembolic-disease-state-of-the-art
#17
REVIEW
A Ruggiero, N J Screaton
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Recent advances in imaging allow acute and rapid recognition even by the non-specialist radiologist. Most acute emboli resolve on anticoagulation without sequelae; however, some emboli fail to fully resolve becoming endothelialised with the development of chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED). Increased pulmonary vascular resistance arising from CTED may lead to chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) a debilitating disease affecting up to 5% of survivors of acute PE...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328028/large-area-elemental-imaging-reveals-van-eyck-s-original-paint-layers-on-the-ghent-altarpiece-1432-rescoping-its-conservation-treatment
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Geert Van der Snickt, Hélène Dubois, Jana Sanyova, Stijn Legrand, Alexia Coudray, Cécile Glaude, Marie Postec, Piet Van Espen, Koen Janssens
A combination of large-scale and micro-scale elemental imaging, yielding elemental distribution maps obtained by, respectively non-invasive macroscopic X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) and by secondary electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and synchrotron radiation-based micro-XRF (SR μ-XRF) imaging was employed to reorient and optimize the conservation strategy of van Eyck's renowned Ghent Altarpiece. By exploiting the penetrative properties of X-rays together with the elemental specificity offered by XRF, it was possible to visualize the original paint layers by van Eyck hidden below the overpainted surface and to simultaneously assess their condition...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327191/real-time-in-vivo-monitoring-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-in-the-bloodstream-by-ac-biosusceptometry
#20
André G Próspero, Caio C Quini, Andris F Bakuzis, Patrícia Fidelis-de-Oliveira, Gustavo M Moretto, Fábio P F Mello, Marcos F F Calabresi, Ronaldo V R Matos, Ednaldo A Zandoná, Nícholas Zufelato, Ricardo B Oliveira, José R A Miranda
BACKGROUND: We introduce and demonstrate that the AC biosusceptometry (ACB) technique enables real-time monitoring of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in the bloodstream. We present an ACB system as a simple, portable, versatile, non-invasive, and accessible tool to study pharmacokinetic parameters of MNPs, such as circulation time, in real time. We synthesized and monitored manganese doped iron oxide nanoparticles in the bloodstream of Wistar rats using two different injection protocols...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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