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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339403/dopamine-transporter-imaging-has-no-impact-on-functional-outcomes-in-de-novo-probable-parkinson-s-disease
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Patrick T Hickey, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Burton Scott, Lisa Gauger, Mark A Stacy
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is among the most prevalent neurodegenerative conditions. While motor and non-motor aspects of this disease have been well characterized, no objective biomarker exists to support an accurate clinical diagnosis. However, newer imaging techniques, including [123I]-FP-CIT (DaTSCAN), have demonstrated utility in differentiating between PD and non-neurodegenerative tremor disorders. OBJECTIVE: DaTSCAN has been primarily investigated in situations where diagnostic confusion exists, and in these instances has been shown to significantly impact clinical management...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338487/the-evolution-of-disease-chronic-lung-disease-of-infancy-and-pulmonary-hypertension
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Michael C Tracy, David N Cornfield
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) or chronic lung disease of infancy BPD was originally described 50 years ago, in 1967 by Northway et al. This article possesses two fundamental objectives to provide: a brief historical perspective on BPD; and an update relative to current notions of epidemiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and clinical management of BPD complicated by vascular disease. The review highlights areas of consensus and ongoing uncertainty. RECENT FINDINGS: The clinical cause and presentation of infants with BPD has evolved over the past several decades...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337862/bayesian-sensitivity-analysis-of-a-1d-vascular-model-with-gaussian-process-emulators
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A Melis, R H Clayton, A Marzo
One-dimensional models of the cardiovascular system can capture the physics of pulse waves, but involve many parameters. Since these may vary among individuals, patient-specific models are difficult to construct. Sensitivity analysis can be used to rank model parameters by their effect on outputs, and to quantify how uncertainty in parameters influences output uncertainty. This type of analysis is often conducted with a Monte Carlo method, where large numbers of model runs are used to assess input-output relations...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336485/low-dose-computed-tomography-for-lung-cancer-screening-clinical-and-coding-considerations
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REVIEW
Yiwey Shieh, Martin Bohnenkamp
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) was shown to reduce lung cancer mortality in the National Lung Screening Trial, a large randomized-controlled trial of high-risk current and former smokers. Despite ongoing uncertainty over the effectiveness of LDCT in the real-world setting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to cover LDCT as a preventive service. As part of its national coverage determination, CMS set forth a series of requirements for reimbursement of LDCT, including a counseling and shared decision-making visit prior to a LDCT being ordered...
March 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335769/cost-effectiveness-of-crag-lfa-screening-for-cryptococcal-meningitis-among-people-living-with-hiv-in-uganda
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Anu Ramachandran, Yukari Manabe, Radha Rajasingham, Maunank Shah
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) constitutes a significant source of mortality in resource-limited regions. Cryptococcal antigen (CRAG) can be detected in the blood before onset of meningitis. We sought to determine the cost-effectiveness of implementing CRAG screening using the recently developed CRAG lateral flow assay in Uganda compared to current practice without screening. METHODS: A decision-analytic model was constructed to compare two strategies for cryptococcal prevention among people living with HIV with CD4 < 100 in Uganda: No cryptococcal screening vs...
March 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334924/throat-swabs-in-children-with-respiratory-tract-infection-associations-with-clinical-presentation-and-potential-targets-for-point-of-care-testing
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Hannah V Thornton, Alastair D Hay, Niamh M Redmond, Sophie L Turnbull, Hannah Christensen, Tim J Peters, John P Leeming, Andrew Lovering, Barry Vipond, Peter Muir, Peter S Blair
Background and objectives.: Diagnostic uncertainty over respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in primary care contributes to over-prescribing of antibiotics and drives antibiotic resistance. If symptoms and signs predict respiratory tract microbiology, they could help clinicians target antibiotics to bacterial infection. This study aimed to determine relationships between symptoms and signs in children presenting to primary care and microbes from throat swabs. Methods.: Cross-sectional study of children ≥3 months to <16 years presenting with acute cough and RTI, with subset follow-up...
February 18, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332433/the-cost-effectiveness-of-alectinib-in-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-positive-alk-advanced-nsclc-previously-treated-with-crizotinib
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J J Carlson, W Canestaro, A Ravelo, W Wong
Introduction Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) targeting drugs provide an important option for advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients with this distinct tumor type; however, there is considerable uncertainty as to which drug provides the optimal value after crizotinib treatment. This study estimated the cost-utility of alectinib vs ceritinib from a US payer perspective. Methods A cost-utility model was developed using partition survival methods and three health states: progression-free (PF), post-progression (PP), and death...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331972/safe-sleeping-positions-practice-and-policy-for-babies-with-cleft-palate
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Karen Davies, Iain A Bruce, Patricia Bannister, Peter Callery
Guidance recommends 'back to sleep' positioning for infants from birth in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death. Exceptions have been made for babies with severe respiratory difficulties where lateral positioning may be recommended, although uncertainty exists for other conditions affecting the upper airway structures, such as cleft palate. This paper presents research of (i) current advice on sleep positioning provided to parents of infants with cleft palate in the UK; and (ii) decision making by clinical nurse specialists when advising parents of infants with cleft palate...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331820/correlation-in-histological-subtypes-with-high-resolution-computed-tomography-signatures-of-early-stage-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Yingying Miao, Jianya Zhang, Jiawei Zou, Qingqing Zhu, Tangfeng Lv, Yong Song
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty remains on the association between image characteristics of the nodules in computed tomography (CT) scans and lung adenocarcinoma histopathologic subtypes. We aimed to estimate the correlation between preoperative high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan and postoperative histopathology of stage IA lung adenocarcinoma in East Asian Chinese population. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records and HRCT images of 190 patients (106 female and 84 male) with resected, preoperatively untreated stage IA adenocarcinomas...
February 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328043/csf-tau-and-the-csf-tau-abeta-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia-and-other-dementias-in-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci
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REVIEW
Craig Ritchie, Nadja Smailagic, Anna H Noel-Storr, Obioha Ukoumunne, Emma C Ladds, Steven Martin
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that measurable change in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers occurs years in advance of the onset of clinical symptoms (Beckett 2010). In this review, we aimed to assess the ability of CSF tau biomarkers (t-tau and p-tau) and the CSF tau (t-tau or p-tau)/ABeta ratio to enable the detection of Alzheimer's disease pathology in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These biomarkers have been proposed as important in new criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia that incorporate biomarker abnormalities...
March 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327056/multiple-sclerosis-and-suicide
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Anthony Feinstein, Bennis Pavisian
Mortality rates are elevated in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) relative to the general population. There is, however, some uncertainty whether suicide contributes to this. Epidemiological data suggest that the standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for suicide in MS is approximately twice that of the general population with younger males in the first few years following diagnosis most at risk. Rates of suicidal intent, a potential harbinger of more self-destructive behavior, are also elevated, but the frequency with which intent is followed by suicide is not known...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325771/estimating-prevalence-trends-in-adult-gonorrhoea-and-syphilis-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-with-the-spectrum-sti-model-results-for-zimbabwe-and-morocco-from-1995-to-2016
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Eline L Korenromp, Guy Mahiané, Jane Rowley, Nico Nagelkerke, Laith Abu-Raddad, Francis Ndowa, Amina El-Kettani, Houssine El-Rhilani, Philippe Mayaud, R Matthew Chico, Carel Pretorius, Kendall Hecht, Teodora Wi
OBJECTIVE: To develop a tool for estimating national trends in adult prevalence of sexually transmitted infections by low- and middle-income countries, using standardised, routinely collected programme indicator data. METHODS: The Spectrum-STI model fits time trends in the prevalence of active syphilis through logistic regression on prevalence data from antenatal clinic-based surveys, routine antenatal screening and general population surveys where available, weighting data by their national coverage and representativeness...
March 21, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325713/two-decades-of-cardiovascular-trials-with-primary-surrogate-endpoints-1990-2011
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Behnood Bikdeli, Natdanai Punnanithinont, Yasir Akram, Ike Lee, Nihar R Desai, Joseph S Ross, Harlan M Krumholz
BACKGROUND: Surrogate endpoint trials test strategies more efficiently but are accompanied by uncertainty about the relationship between changes in surrogate markers and clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified cardiovascular trials with primary surrogate endpoints published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association from 1990 to 2011 and determined the trends in publication of surrogate endpoint trials and the success of the trials in meeting their primary endpoints...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325210/breast-cancer-immunology-and-immunotherapy-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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L de la Cruz-Merino, M Chiesa, R Caballero, F Rojo, N Palazón, F H Carrasco, V Sánchez-Margalet
Cancer immunology has gained renewed interest in the past few years due to emerging findings on mechanisms involved in tumoral immune evasion. Indisputably, immune edition is currently considered a critical hallmark of cancer. Basic research has revealed new targets which can be modulated in the clinical setting with new compounds and strategies. As recent evidence confirms, breast cancer (BC) is a complex and heterogeneous disease in which host immune responses play a substantial role. T-infiltrating lymphocytes measurement is suggested as a powerful new tool necessary to predict early BC evolution, especially in HER2-positive and triple negative subtypes...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324127/development-of-certified-reference-materials-for-electrolytes-in-human-serum-gbw09124-09126
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Liuxing Feng, Jun Wang, Yanjie Cui, Naijie Shi, Haifeng Li, Hongmei Li
Three reference materials, at relatively low, middle, and high concentrations, were developed for analysis of the mass fractions of electrolytes (K, Ca, Na, Mg, Cl, and Li) in human serum. The reference materials were prepared by adding high purity chloride salts to normal human serum. The concentration range of the three levels is within ±20% of normal human serum. It was shown that 14 units with duplicate analysis is enough to demonstrate the homogeneity of these candidate reference materials. The statistical results also showed no significant trends in both short-term stability test for 1 week at 40 °C and long-term stability test for 14 months...
March 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323642/a-bayesian-approach-for-three-dimensional-markerless-tumor-tracking-using-kv-imaging-during-lung-radiotherapy
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Chun-Chien Shieh, Vincent Caillet, Michelle Dunbar, Paul J Keall, Jeremy T Booth, Nicholas Hardcastle, Carol Haddad, Thomas Eade, Ilana Feain
The ability to monitor tumor motion without implanted markers can potentially enable broad access to more accurate and precise lung radiotherapy. A major challenge is that kilovoltage (kV) imaging based methods are rarely able to continuously track the tumor due to the inferior tumor visibility on 2D kV images. Another challenge is the estimation of 3D tumor position based on only 2D imaging information. The aim of this work is to address both challenges by proposing a Bayesian approach for markerless tumor tracking for the first time...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322827/structural-divergence-of-essential-triad-ribbon-synapse-proteins-among-placental-mammals-implications-for-preclinical-trials-in-photoreceptor-transplantation-therapy
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Christopher R J Laver, Joanne A Matsubara
As photoreceptor transplantation rapidly moves closer to the clinic, verifying graft efficacy in animal models may have unforeseen xenogeneic barriers. Although photoreceptor transplants have most convincingly exhibited functional synaptogenesis in conspecific studies, such evidence (while ruling out false-positives due to: viral graft labeling, fusion/cytosolic transfer, or neuroprotection) has not yet been shown for discordant xenografts. From this, a fundamental question should be raised: is useful xenosynaptogenesis likely between human photoreceptors and mouse retina? The triad ribbon synapse (TRS) that would normally form is unique and contains trans-synaptic proteins essential to its formation and function...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322190/activity-patterns-of-serotonin-neurons-underlying-cognitive-flexibility
#19
Sara Matias, Eran Lottem, Guillaume P Dugué, Zachary F Mainen
Serotonin is implicated in mood and affective disorders. However, growing evidence suggests that a core endogenous role is to promote flexible adaptation to changes in the causal structure of the environment, through behavioral inhibition and enhanced plasticity. We used long-term photometric recordings in mice to study a population of dorsal raphe serotonin neurons, whose activity we could link to normal reversal learning using pharmacogenetics. We found that these neurons are activated by both positive and negative prediction errors, and thus report signals similar to those proposed to promote learning in conditions of uncertainty...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321877/pharmacological-interventions-for-acute-hepatitis-b-infection-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Mantzoukis, Manuel Rodríguez-Perálvarez, Elena Buzzetti, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Apart from chronic HBV infection, the complications related to acute HBV infection are severe acute viral hepatitis and fulminant hepatitis characterised by liver failure. The optimal pharmacological treatment of acute HBV infection remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of pharmacological interventions in the treatment of acute HBV infection through a network meta-analysis and to generate rankings of the available treatments according to their safety and efficacy...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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