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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343238/visualization-of-endothelial-barrier-damage-prior-to-formation-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Heike Bömmel, Florian Kleefeldt, Alma Zernecke, Sharang Ghavampour, Nicole Wagner, Stefanie Kuerten, Süleyman Ergün
En-face fat staining is frequently used to visualize atherosclerotic lesions. This method, however, is not suitable to visualize endothelial barrier damage prior to microscopically detectable morphological alterations of the arterial wall such as sub-endothelial lipid deposition. To enable the investigation of early endothelial barrier damage and in particular the initial steps of atherosclerosis, a new method has to fulfill three requirements: (i) easy and fast to perform, (ii) low cost of applicability without requirement for highly sophisticated technical equipment, and (iii) reliable reproducibility of valid results...
March 25, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343219/simulation-based-training-in-flexible-bronchoscopy-and-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-ebus-tbna-a-systematic-review
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Therese Maria Henriette Naur, Philip Mørkeberg Nilsson, Pia Iben Pietersen, Paul Frost Clementsen, Lars Konge
BACKGROUND: The use of simulators in a training programme for technically challenging procedures has the advantages of lowering the risk of patient complications while helping the trainees with the initial part of their learning curve. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review of simulation-based training in flexible bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). METHODS: We identified 1,006 publications in the PubMed database and included publications on flexible bronchoscopy below the carina and EBUS involving hands-on simulation-based training...
March 25, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343165/student-directed-video-validation-of-psychomotor-skills-performance-a-strategy-to-facilitate-deliberate-practice-peer-review-and-team-skill-sets
#3
Gregory A DeBourgh, Susan K Prion
Background Essential nursing skills for safe practice are not limited to technical skills, but include abilities for determining salience among clinical data within dynamic practice environments, demonstrating clinical judgment and reasoning, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork competence. Effective instructional methods are needed to prepare new nurses for entry-to-practice in contemporary healthcare settings. Method This mixed-methods descriptive study explored self-reported perceptions of a process to self-record videos for psychomotor skill performance evaluation in a convenience sample of 102 pre-licensure students...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342812/a-laparo-endoscopic-single-site-surgical-approach-to-laparoscopic-salpingectomy
#4
Stacey A Scheib
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS) surgical approach to salpingectomy. DESIGN: Technical video demonstrating step-by-step a LESS surgical approach to salpingectomy. (Canadian Task Force classification level III). IRB approval was not required for this study. SETTING: Of all gynecologic cancer types, ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342738/american-brachytherapy-society-consensus-statement-for-soft-tissue-sarcoma-brachytherapy
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A O Naghavi, D C Fernandez, N Mesko, A Juloori, A Martinez, J G Scott, C Shah, L B Harrison
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy represents an essential treatment option in the management of soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Brachytherapy represents an important subset of radiation therapy techniques used for STS, with evolving indications and applications. Therefore, the purpose of this guideline was to update clinicians regarding the data surrounding brachytherapy (BT) and provide recommendations for the utilization of BT in patients with STS. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Members of the American Brachytherapy Society with expertise in STS, and STS BT in particular, created an updated guideline for the use of BT in STS based on a literature review and clinical experience...
March 22, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342736/amyloidogenicity-at-a-distance-how-distal-protein-regions-modulate-aggregation-in-disease
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REVIEW
Christina M Lucato, Christopher C Lupton, Michelle L Halls, Andrew M Ellisdon
The misfolding of proteins to form amyloid is a key pathological feature of several progressive, and currently incurable, diseases. A mechanistic understanding of the pathway from soluble, native protein to insoluble amyloid is crucial for therapeutic design and recent efforts have helped to elucidate the key molecular events that trigger protein misfolding. Generally, either global or local structural perturbations occur early in amyloidogenesis to expose aggregation-prone regions of the protein that can then self-associate to form toxic oligomers...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342726/noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-fetal-aneuploidy-and-single-gene-disorders
#7
REVIEW
Hannah Skrzypek, Lisa Hui
Our concept of nucleic acid biology has advanced dramatically over the past two decades, with a growing appreciation that cell-free DNA (cfDNA) fragments are present in all body fluids including plasma. In no other field has plasma DNA been as rapidly translated into clinical practice as in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal chromosome abnormalities. NIPT is a screening test that requires confirmation with diagnostic testing, but other applications of cfDNA provide diagnostic information and do not require invasive testing...
February 28, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342523/early-experience-with-a-modified-preloaded-system-for-fenestrated-endovascular-aortic-repair
#8
Blandine Maurel, Tim Resch, Rafaelle Spear, Blayne Roeder, Umberto M Bracale, Stephan Haulon, Tara M Mastracci
OBJECTIVE: Preloaded endovascular delivery systems expand the anatomic eligibility for complex aortic repair by requiring only one iliac access vessel and providing a stable platform for guiding sheaths into challenging target vessels. This article reports the lessons learned and early clinical outcomes using a modified preloaded delivery system for fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) in three aortic centers in Europe. METHODS: From October 2015 to March 2016, consecutive patients presenting with extensive aortic aneurysm treated with a modified preloaded FEVAR were prospectively enrolled from three high volume European aortic centers...
April 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342453/ionizing-radiation-biomarkers-in-epidemiological-studies-an-update
#9
REVIEW
Janet Hall, Penny A Jeggo, Catharine West, Maria Gomolka, Roel Quintens, Christophe Badie, Olivier Laurent, An Aerts, Nataša Anastasov, Omid Azimzadeh, Tamara Azizova, Sarah Baatout, Bjorn Baselet, Mohammed A Benotmane, Eric Blanchardon, Yann Guéguen, Siamak Haghdoost, Mats Harms-Ringhdahl, Julia Hess, Michaela Kreuzer, Dominique Laurier, Ellina Macaeva, Grainne Manning, Eileen Pernot, Jean-Luc Ravanat, Laure Sabatier, Karine Tack, Soile Tapio, Horst Zitzelsberger, Elisabeth Cardis
Recent epidemiology studies highlighted the detrimental health effects of exposure to low dose and low dose rate ionizing radiation (IR): nuclear industry workers studies have shown increased leukaemia and solid tumour risks following cumulative doses of <100mSv and dose rates of <10mGy per year; paediatric patients studies have reported increased leukaemia and brain tumours risks after doses of 30-60mGy from computed tomography scans. Questions arise, however, about the impact of even lower doses and dose rates where classical epidemiological studies have limited power but where subsets within the large cohorts are expected to have an increased risk...
January 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342441/building-a-community-of-practice-in-rural-medical-education-growing-our-own-together
#10
Randall L Longenecker, David Schmitz
CONTEXT: This article chronicles the rise, decline, and recent resurgence of rural training track residency programs (RTTs) in the USA over the past 30 years and the emergence of a healthy community of practice in rural medical education. This has occurred during a time in the USA when federal and state funding of graduate medical education has been relatively stagnant and the rules around finance and accreditation of rural programs have been challenging. ISSUE: Many of the early family residency programs developed in the 1970s included a curricular focus on rural practice...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342396/high-resolution-cryo-em-the-nuts-and-bolts
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REVIEW
Dominika Elmlund, Sarah N Le, Hans Elmlund
Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and single-particle analysis now enables the determination of high-resolution structures of macromolecular assemblies that have resisted X-ray crystallography and other approaches. Successful high-resolution structure determination by cryo-EM always depends on the quality of the protein sample. While structural heterogeneity remains a key challenge for cryo-EM, it also represents a rare opportunity to study the intrinsic conformational flexibility of macromolecular assemblies...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340491/comparison-of-skillful-vs-less-skilled-young-soccer-players-on-anthropometric-maturation-physical-fitness-and-time-of-practice
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Márcio André de Gouvêa, Edilson Serpeloni Cyrino, João Valente-Dos-Santos, Alex Silva Ribeiro, Danilo Rodrigues Pereira da Silva, David Ohara, Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva, Enio Ricardo Vaz Ronque
This study compared maturation, body composition and physical fitness between youth soccer athletes with different technical skills levels. Sixty-two young athletes (11-17 years) were categorized dichotomously in more skilled (n=31) and less skilled (n=31) groups based on 3 specific technical tests (Dribbling Speed Test [DST], Shuttle Dribble Test [SDT] and Slalom Dribble Test [SLDT]). Chronological and skeletal age, time of practice, body composition and 4 physical fitness tests were performed for comparisons...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340419/photolytic-degradation-of-the-%C3%AE-blocker-nebivolol-in-aqueous-solution
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Alaa Salma, Holger V Lutze, Torsten C Schmidt, Jochen Tuerk
Nebivolol (NEB) is one of the top-sold prescription drugs belonging to the third generation of beta-blockers. However, so far, occurrence data in the environment are lacking. Within this study NEB has been found for the first time in effluent samples of wastewater treatment plants in Germany with an average concentration of 13 ng L(-1). Its photodegradation behavior in the environment and in technical processes is largely unknown. To fill this gap, three different UV treatment procedures (UV-C at 254 nm, UV-B at 312 nm and UV-A at 365 nm) were investigated in three different matrices: pure water, pure water in presence of the hydroxyl radical (OH) scavenger tert...
March 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340260/a-study-on-natural-recovery-of-tassel-fertilization-and-doubling-method-in-maize-haploids
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L Jiang, X Y Yang, X Y Li, P K Deng, G X Jing, X Q Wang, Z Xing, R G Zhao
Doubling method is the technical barriers in maize haploid breeding. It was very important to establish the independent intellectual property rights for doubling method. In this experiment, the maize haploid inducer, TG15, was used for producing maternal haploids. Also, haploids were obtained from two kinds of maternal genotypes involved in the experiment, including high-oil type and common type. Significant differences were observed among offspring of various genotypes in the recovery of haploid fertilization...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340117/an-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-the-dynamiker%C3%A2-fungus-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-invasive-candidiasis-and-pneumocystis-pneumonia
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P Lewis White, Jessica S Price, Raquel B Posso, Rosemary A Barnes
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) can be caused by a range of pathogens. Conventional diagnosis has the capacity to detect most causes of IFD, but poor performance limits impact. The introduction of non-culture diagnostics, including the detection of (1-3)-β-D-Glucan (BDG), has shown promising performance for the detection of IFD in variety of clinical settings. Recently, the Dynamiker® Fungus (1-3)-β-D-Glucan assay (D-BDG) was released as an IFD diagnostic test. This article describes an evaluation of the D-BDG assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), invasive candidiasis (IC) and Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) across several high-risk patient cohorts and provides comparative data with the Associates of Cape Cod Fungitell® and BioRad Platelia™ Aspergillus Ag (GM) assays...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340065/the-next-three-decades-of-the-comet-assay-a-report-of-the-11th-international-comet-assay-workshop
#16
Gudrun Koppen, Amaya Azqueta, Bertrand Pourrut, Gunnar Brunborg, Andrew R Collins, Sabine A S Langie
The International Comet Assay Workshops are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the Comet Assay (single-cell gel electrophoresis)-a simple method for detecting DNA strand breaks. The first paper describing such an assay was published over 30 years ago in 1984 by Swedish researchers O. Ostling and K. J. Johanson. Appropriately, the theme for the 2015 meeting was looking to the future: 'The Next 3 Decades of the Comet Assay'. The programme included 25 oral and 43 poster presentations depicting the latest advances in technical developments as well as applications of the comet assay in genotoxicity testing (in vitro and in vivo) and biomonitoring of both humans and the environment...
March 4, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339980/pushing-the-limits-establishing-an-ultra-low-framerate-and-antiscatter-grid-less-radiation-protocol-for-left-atrial-ablations
#17
Philipp Attanasio, Tobias Schreiber, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Martin Huemer
Aims: Despite the use of 3D mapping systems and new developments of non-fluoroscopic options, most centres still rely at least in part on fluoroscopy for catheter visualization during catheter ablations. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using an ultra-low frame rate and antiscatter grid-less radiation protocol during complex left atrial ablations to minimize radiation exposure for the patient and staff. Methods and results: A total of 150 consecutive patients undergoing left atrial ablations in our hospital were included in the analysis...
March 4, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339744/determining-the-analytical-specificity-of-pcr-based-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-ia-what-is-aspergillus
#18
C Oliver Morton, P Lewis White, Rosemary A Barnes, Lena Klingspor, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Katrien Lagrou, Stéphane Bretagne, Willem Melchers, Carlo Mengoli, Angela M Caliendo, Massimo Cogliati, Yvette Debets-Ossenkopp, Rebecca Gorton, Ferry Hagen, Catriona Halliday, Petr Hamal, Kathleen Harvey-Wood, Katia Jaton, Gemma Johnson, Sarah Kidd, Martina Lengerova, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Chris Linton, Laurence Millon, C Orla Morrissey, Melinda Paholcsek, Alida Fe Talento, Markus Ruhnke, Birgit Willinger, J Peter Donnelly, Juergen Loeffler
A wide array of PCR tests has been developed to aid the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), providing technical diversity but limiting standardisation and acceptance. Methodological recommendations for testing blood samples using PCR exist, based on achieving optimal assay sensitivity to help exclude IA. Conversely, when testing more invasive samples (BAL, biopsy, CSF) emphasis is placed on confirming disease, so analytical specificity is paramount. This multicenter study examined the analytical specificity of PCR methods for detecting IA by blind testing a panel of DNA extracted from a various fungal species to explore the range of Aspergillus species that could be detected, but also potential cross reactivity with other fungal species...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339683/addressing-beacon-re-identification-attacks-quantification-and-mitigation-of-privacy-risks
#19
Jean Louis Raisaro, Florian Tramèr, Zhanglong Ji, Diyue Bu, Yongan Zhao, Knox Carey, David Lloyd, Heidi Sofia, Dixie Baker, Paul Flicek, Suyash Shringarpure, Carlos Bustamante, Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Haixu Tang, XiaoFeng Wang, Jean-Pierre Hubaux
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) created the Beacon Project as a means of testing the willingness of data holders to share genetic data in the simplest technical context-a query for the presence of a specified nucleotide at a given position within a chromosome. Each participating site (or "beacon") is responsible for assuring that genomic data are exposed through the Beacon service only with the permission of the individual to whom the data pertains and in accordance with the GA4GH policy and standards...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339116/technical-pitfalls-in-sonography-of-the-inferior-vena-cava-beware-the-diaphragm
#20
Nathan A Teismann, Bradley Ching, William Shyy, R Starr Knight, Aaron Kornblith, Emma Webb, Matthew Bogerman, Atif Qasim
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March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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