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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156272/a-quantitative-assessment-of-distributions-and-sources-of-tropospheric-halocarbons-measured-in-singapore
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Sayantan Sarkar, Wei Hong Fan, Shiguo Jia, Donald R Blake, Jeffrey S Reid, Puji Lestari, Liya E Yu
This work reports the first ground-based atmospheric measurements of 26 halocarbons in Singapore, an urban-industrial city-state in Southeast (SE) Asia. A total of 166 whole air canister samples collected during two intensive 7 Southeast Asian Studies (7SEAS) campaigns (August-October 2011 and 2012) were analyzed for C1-C2 halocarbons using gas chromatography-electron capture/mass spectrometric detection. The halocarbon dataset was supplemented with measurements of selected non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs), C1-C5 alkyl nitrates, sulfur gases and carbon monoxide to better understand sources and atmospheric processes...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156233/trans-cervical-resection-of-a-separate-substernal-goitre
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Henry To, Antara Karmakar, Stephen Farrell, Steve Manolas
INTRODUCTION: A separate substernal goitre which is not continuous with the main cervical thyroid proves a unique challenge for resection. A trans-cervical approach is preferred but may be hazardous due to the possibility of ectopic thyroid tissue with alternate blood supply. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 72year old female who had a previous left hemithyroidectomy presents with a symptomatic central substernal thyroid mass. Following radiological work-up, the separate goitre was carefully removed via a trans-cervical approach and avoidance of sternotomy...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153562/noncontrast-myocardial-t1-mapping-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-predicts-outcome-in-patients-with-aortic-stenosis
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Heesun Lee, Jun-Bean Park, Yeonyee E Yoon, Eun-Ah Park, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Whal Lee, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Dae-Won Sohn, Andreas Greiser, Seung-Pyo Lee
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether native T1 value of the myocardium on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) could predict clinical events in patients with significant aortic stenosis (AS). BACKGROUND: Although previous studies have demonstrated the prognostic value of focal fibrosis using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) by CMR in AS patients, the prognostic implication of diffuse myocardial fibrosis by noninvasive imaging remains unknown. METHODS: A prospective observational longitudinal study was performed in 127 consecutive patients with moderate or severe AS (68...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153498/hemodynamic-assessment-before-and%C3%A2-after-endovascular-therapy-for-critical%C3%A2-limb-ischemia-and-association-with-clinical-outcomes
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Grant W Reed, Laura Young, Imad Bagh, Michael Maier, Mehdi H Shishehbor
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the relationship between change in ankle-brachial index (ABI) and toe-brachial index (TBI) and outcomes following revascularization of critical limb ischemia (CLI). BACKGROUND: An increase in ABI of 0.15 after revascularization for peripheral artery disease with claudication is considered significant. However, the utility of using change in ABI or TBI to predict outcomes in patients with CLI is unproven. METHODS: This was an observational study of 218 patients with Rutherford class V or VI CLI that underwent endovascular therapy...
November 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153256/intraoperative-force-and-electrocochleography-measurements-in-an-animal-model-of-cochlear-implantation
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J Lo, C Bester, A Collins, C Newbold, A Hampson, S Chambers, H Eastwood, S O'Leary
To preserve residual hearing, techniques for monitoring and reducing the effects of trauma during cochlear implant surgery are being developed. This study examines the relationships between intraoperative recordings (electrode insertion force and electrocochleography), trauma, and hearing loss after cochlear implantation. The study also evaluated the efficacy of intravenous steroids for reducing hearing loss after implantation. Thirty-two normal-hearing guinea pigs were randomly implanted with electrode arrays of differing stiffness ('hard' or 'soft')...
November 9, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152884/economic-impacts-of-avian-influenza-outbreaks-in-kerala-india
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G Govindaraj, R Sridevi, S N Nandakumar, R Vineet, P Rajeev, M K Binu, V Balamurugan, H Rahman
This study assessed the short-run impact to poultry farmers, duck hatcheries, control costs, compensation paid to stakeholders (transfer payments) and market reactions on own and substitute product prices and backwater tourism (boat operators) due to avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in Kuttanad region of Kerala, India, during 2014. The primary data from 91 poultry farms (duck farms, broiler chicken and backyard poultry), four hatcheries and 90 backwater boat owners were collected through pre-tested schedules...
November 19, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151024/insecticide-resistance-in-anopheles-arabiensis-from-ethiopia-2012-2016-a-nationwide-study-for-insecticide-resistance-monitoring
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Louisa A Messenger, Josephat Shililu, Seth R Irish, Gedeon Yohannes Anshebo, Alemayehu Getachew Tesfaye, Yemane Ye-Ebiyo, Sheleme Chibsa, Dereje Dengela, Gunawardena Dissanayake, Estifanos Kebede, Endalew Zemene, Abebe Asale, Mekonnen Yohannes, Hiwot Solomon Taffese, Kristen George, Christen Fornadel, Aklilu Seyoum, Robert A Wirtz, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: Indoor residual spraying (IRS) and long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) remain the cornerstones of malaria vector control. However, the development of insecticide resistance and its implications for operational failure of preventative strategies are of concern. The aim of this study was to characterize insecticide resistance among Anopheles arabiensis populations in Ethiopia and describe temporal and spatial patterns of resistance between 2012 and 2016. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2016, resistance status of An...
November 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150326/concomitant-mitral-valve-procedures-in-patients-undergoing-implantation-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-an-intermacs-database-analysis
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Jason O Robertson, David C Naftel, Susan L Myers, Ryan J Tedford, Susan M Joseph, James K Kirklin, Scott C Silvestry
BACKGROUND: Management of existing mitral valve (MV) disease in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation remains controversial. METHODS: Among continuous-flow LVAD patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation entered into the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database between April 2008 and March 2014 (n = 4,930), outcomes were compared between patients who underwent MV repair (MVr, n = 252), MV replacement (MVR, n = 11) and no MV procedure (no MVP, n = 4,667)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149877/key-bottlenecks-to-the-provision-of-safe-obstetric-anaesthesia-in-low-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-64-hospitals-in-uganda
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Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Gerald Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications (Knight et al., PLoS One 8:e63846, 2013). As a result many of these countries still have unacceptably high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Recent data at the national referral hospitals in East Africa reported that none of the national referral hospitals met the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) international standards required to provide safe obstetric anaesthesia (Epiu I: Challenges of Anesthesia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149145/endoscopic-epidural-laser-decompression-versus-transforaminal-epiduroscopic-laser-annuloplasty-for-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Chang Hong Park, Sang Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: Lumbar radicular pain often results from lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, or degenerative spondylolisthesis. Minimally invasive disc decompression procedures, such as nucleo-annuloplasty or epiduroscopic neural decompression by laser, have been devised to treat such pain. OBJECTIVE: The short-term outcomes of disc decompression by endoscopic epidural laser decompression (EELD) or transforaminal epiduroscopic laser annuloplasty (TELA) were compared in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149142/mapping-the-association-between-vitamin-d-and-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Joshua Zadro, Debra Shirley, Manuela Ferreira, Ana Paula Carvalho-Silva, Sarah E Lamb, Cyrus Cooper, Paulo H Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is the highest contributor to disability worldwide, with current intervention strategies only providing small to moderate analgesic effects. The use of vitamin D supplementation for LBP has gained interest due to its proposed anti-inflammatory and neuromodulatory properties. However, it is still unclear whether vitamin D levels differ between those with and without LBP or if vitamin D levels are associated with pain intensity. OBJECTIVES: We aim to investigate the association between vitamin D levels and LBP and to determine if vitamin D levels correlate with pain intensity in individuals with LBP...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148310/biventricular-repair-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-preoperative-echocardiography-and-surgical-outcomes
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Hong Meng, Kun-Jing Pang, Shou-Jun Li, David Hsi, Jun Yan, Sheng-Shou Hu, Zhong-Dong Hua, Hao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the key anatomic features of double outlet right ventricle (DORV) assessed by preoperative echocardiography among patients treated with different types of biventricular repair. METHODS: Surgical and echocardiographic databases were queried to identify patients who had undergone biventricular repair for DORV and had adequate preoperative echocardiographic imaging. All patients underwent pre- and postoperative echocardiography and clinical evaluation following discharge...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147763/frailty-in-end-stage-hip-or-knee-osteoarthritis-validation-of-the-groningen-frailty-indicator-gfi-questionnaire
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Jennifer M T A Meessen, Claudia S Leichtenberg, Claire Tilbury, Bart L Kaptein, Lennard A Koster, P Eline Slagboom, Suzan H M Verdegaal, Ron Onstenk, Henrike M J van der Linden-van der Zwaag, Herman Kaptijn, Stephan B W Vehmeijer, Willem-Jan C Marijnissen, Pieter-Jan Damen, Rob G H H Nelissen, Thea P M Vliet Vlieland
Frailty is highly prevalent in the elderly, increasing the risk of poor health outcomes. The Groningen Frailty Indicator (GFI) is a 15-item validated questionnaire for the elderly. Its value in patients with end-stage hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) has not yet been determined. This study assesses the validity of the GFI in this patient group. End-stage hip or knee OA patients completed the GFI (range 0-15, ≥ 4 = frail) before arthroplasty surgery. Convergent validity was determined by Spearman-rank correlation between the SF-12 physical (PCS) and mental (MCS) component scores and the physical and mental GFI-domains, respectively...
November 17, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146647/initial-non-operative-management-of-uncomplicated-appendicitis-in-children-a-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-apac-trial
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Max Knaapen, Johanna H van der Lee, Roel Bakx, Sarah-May L The, Ernst W E van Heurn, Hugo A Heij, Ramon R Gorter
INTRODUCTION: Based on epidemiological, immunological and pathology data, the idea that appendicitis is not necessarily a progressive disease is gaining ground. Two types are distinguished: simple and complicated appendicitis. Non-operative treatment (NOT) of children with simple appendicitis has been investigated in several small studies. So far, it is deemed safe. However, its effectiveness and effect on quality of life (QoL) have yet to be established in an adequately powered randomised trial...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145836/clinical-utility-of-computed-tomography-hounsfield-characterization-for-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andrea Gallioli, Elisa De Lorenzis, Luca Boeri, Maurizio Delor, Stefano Paolo Zanetti, Fabrizio Longo, Alberto Trinchieri, Emanuele Montanari
BACKGROUND: Computed Tomography (CT) is considered the gold-standard for the pre-operative evaluation of urolithiasis. However, no Hounsfield (HU) variable capable of differentiating stone types has been clearly identified. The aim of this study is to assess the predictive value of HU parameters on CT for determining stone composition and outcomes in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). METHODS: Seventy seven consecutive cases of PCNL between 2011 and 2016 were divided into 4 groups: 40 (52%) calcium, 26 (34%) uric acid, 5 (6%) struvite and 6 (8%) cystine stones...
November 16, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145421/radiographic-prediction-of-meningioma-grade-by-semantic-and-radiomic-features
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Thibaud P Coroller, Wenya Linda Bi, Elizabeth Huynh, Malak Abedalthagafi, Ayal A Aizer, Noah F Greenwald, Chintan Parmar, Vivek Narayan, Winona W Wu, Samuel Miranda de Moura, Saksham Gupta, Rameen Beroukhim, Patrick Y Wen, Ossama Al-Mefty, Ian F Dunn, Sandro Santagata, Brian M Alexander, Raymond Y Huang, Hugo J W L Aerts
OBJECTIVES: The clinical management of meningioma is guided by tumor grade and biological behavior. Currently, the assessment of tumor grade follows surgical resection and histopathologic review. Reliable techniques for pre-operative determination of tumor grade may enhance clinical decision-making. METHODS: A total of 175 meningioma patients (103 low-grade and 72 high-grade) with pre-operative contrast-enhanced T1-MRI were included. Fifteen radiomic (quantitative) and 10 semantic (qualitative) features were applied to quantify the imaging phenotype...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144312/effectiveness-of-septage-pre-treatment-in-vertical-flow-constructed-wetlands
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Beata Karolinczak, Wojciech Dąbrowski
Septage is wastewater stored temporarily in cesspools. A periodic supply of its significant quantities to small municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may cause many operational problems. In the frame of the research, it has been proposed to utilize vertical flow constructed wetlands for pre-treatment of septage prior to its input to the biological stage of a WWTP. The aim of the work was to assess the effectiveness of pre-treatment in relation to factors such as: seasonality, hydraulic load, pollutants load of the VF bed and interactions between these factors...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144160/high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-in-adults-an-evidence-based-assessment
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Matthew G Drake
High flow nasal cannula oxygenation has distinct advantages over other oxygen devices due to its unique effects on respiratory physiology. In particular, adjustable oxygen delivery and flow-dependent carbon dioxide clearance from the upper airway reduce work of breathing and can better match inspiratory demand during respiratory distress. Historically, few studies had evaluated whether the physiologic effects of these devices translated into clinical benefit. However, recent publications have begun to address this knowledge gap...
November 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143620/optimising-diagnosis-of-viraemic-hepatitis-c-infection-the-development-of-a-target-product-profile
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Elena Ivanova Reipold, Philippa Easterbrook, Alessandra Trianni, Nivedha Panneer, Douglas Krakower, Stefano Ongarello, Teri Roberts, Veronica Miller, Claudia Denkinger
BACKGROUND: The current low access to virological testing to confirm chronic viraemic HCV infection in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is limiting the rollout of hepatitis C (HCV) care. Existing tests are complex, costly and require sophisticated laboratory infrastructure. Diagnostic manufacturers need guidance on the optimal characteristics a virological test needs to have to ensure the greatest impact on HCV diagnosis and treatment in LMIC. Our objective was to develop a target product profile (TPP) for diagnosis of HCV viraemia using a global stakeholder consensus-based approach...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142874/evaluation-of-antimicrobial-activity-and-efficacy-of-herbal-oils-and-extracts-in-disinfection-of-gutta-percha-cones-before-obturation
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Chetana S Makade, Pratima R Shenoi, Elakshi Morey, Ameya V Paralikar
Objectives: Literature has shown that micro-organisms contaminate gutta percha (GP) during storage and manipulation. Till date herbal extracts are not explored as an alternative medicament for pre-operative chairside disinfection of GP cones. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the antimicrobial activity and efficacy of lemon grass oil (LG), basil oil (BO), and obicure tea extract (OT) in disinfecting GP cones before obturation. Materials and Methods: Agar diffusion method was used to evaluate the antimicrobial efficacy of LG, BO, OT, and sodium hypochlorite (control) against common contaminants, namely, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans...
November 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
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