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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102961/assessing-the-use-of-4dct-ventilation-in-pre-operative-surgical-lung-cancer-evaluation
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Yevgeniy Vinogradskiy, Matthew Jackson, Leah Schubert, Bernard Jones, Richard Castillo, Edward Castillo, Thomas Guerrero, John Mitchell, Chad Rusthoven, Moyed Miften, Brian Kavanagh
PURPOSE: A primary treatment option for lung cancer patients is surgical resection. Patients who have poor lung function prior to surgery are at increased risk of developing serious and life-threatening complications after surgical resection. Surgeons use nuclear medicine ventilation-perfusion (VQ) scans along with pulmonary function test (PFT) information to assess a patient's pre-surgical lung function. The nuclear medicine images and pre-surgery PFTs are used to calculate percent predicted postoperative (%PPO) PFT values by estimating the amount of functioning lung tissue that would be lost with surgical resection...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102949/simultaneous-pet-mr-imaging-with-a-radio-frequency-penetrable-pet-insert
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Alexander M Grant, Brian J Lee, Chen-Ming Chang, Craig S Levin
PURPOSE: A brain sized radio frequency (RF)-penetrable PET insert has been designed for simultaneous operation with MRI systems. This system takes advantage of electro-optical coupling and battery power to electrically float the PET insert relative to the MRI ground, permitting RF signals to be transmitted through small gaps between the modules that form the PET ring. This design facilitates the use of the built-in body coil for RF transmission and thus could be inserted into any existing MR site wishing to achieve simultaneous PET/MR imaging...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102689/high-dimensional-atomistic-neural-network-potentials-for-molecule-surface-interactions-hcl-scattering-from-au-111
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Brian Kolb, Xuan Luo, Xueyao Zhou, Bin Jiang, Hua Guo
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of molecule-surface scattering allow first-principles characterization of the dynamics. However, the large number of density functional theory calculations along the trajectories are very costly, limiting simulations of long-time events. To avoid this computational bottleneck, we report here the development of a high-dimensional molecule-surface interaction potential energy surface (PES) with movable surface atoms, using a machine learning approach. With 60 degrees of freedom, this PES allows energy transfer between the impinging molecule and surface atoms...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102533/hospital-incident-command-first-responders-or-receiving-centers
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Brian Fletcher, Amanda Knight, Brandy Pockrus, Matthew J Wain, Kathy Lehman-Huskamp
OBJECTIVES: (1) Propose a conceptual model of an alternative hospital incident management system (HIMS) that integrates concepts used by emergency operations centers (EOCs). (2) Compare HIMS to the standard hospital incident command system (HICS) model. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental study was performed. Two identical tabletop incident scenarios were presented, one utilizing HICS and one using HIMS. Participants completed postexercise surveys for each tabletop. Surveys contained both knowledge and satisfaction questions...
April 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102467/mypod-an-emr-based-tool-that-facilitates-quality-improvement-and-maintenance-of-certification
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Loren Berman, Brian Duffy, B Randall Brenn, Charles Vinocur
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) was designed to assess physician competencies including operative case volume and outcomes. This information, if collected consistently and systematically, can be used to facilitate quality improvement. Information automatically extracted from the electronic medical record (EMR) can be used as a prompt to compile these data. We developed an EMR-based program called MyPOD (My Personal Outcomes Data) to track surgical outcomes at our institution. We compared occurrences reported in the first 18 months to those captured in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (ACS NSQIP-P) over the same time period...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102465/risks-and-benefits-of-phase-i-liver-dysfunction-studies-should-patients-with-severe-liver-dysfunction-be-included-in-these-trials
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Christos Fountzilas, Selena Stuart, Brian Hernandez, Elizabeth Bowhay-Carnes, Joel Michalek, John Sarantopoulos, Anand Karnad, Sukeshi Patel, Steven Weitman, Devalingam Mahalingam
Introduction The goal of organ dysfunction Phase I trials is to characterize the safety and pharmacokinetics of novel agents in cancer patients with liver or kidney dysfunction, but the clinical benefit is not well established. Methods We reviewed 170 patients across 15 liver dysfunction studies at our institution, grouped based on the NCI-Organ Dysfunction Working Group criteria or Child-Pugh Score. Results The median survival for the entire cohort was two months and just one month amongst patients with severe liver dysfunction...
January 19, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102316/electrolyte-sensing-transistor-decals-enabled-by-ultrathin-microbial-nanocellulose
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Jonathan D Yuen, Scott A Walper, Brian J Melde, Michael A Daniele, David A Stenger
We report an ultra-thin electronic decal that can simultaneously collect, transmit and interrogate a bio-fluid. The described technology effectively integrates a thin-film organic electrochemical transistor (sensing component) with an ultrathin microbial nanocellulose wicking membrane (sample handling component). As far as we are aware, OECTs have not been integrated in thin, permeable membrane substrates for epidermal electronics. The design of the biocompatible decal allows for the physical isolation of the electronics from the human body while enabling efficient bio-fluid delivery to the transistor via vertical wicking...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102287/crotalus-atrox-venom-preconditioning-increases-plasma-fibrinogen-and-reduces-perioperative-hemorrhage-in-a-rat-model-of-surgical-brain-injury
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Cherine H Kim, Devin W McBride, Ronak Raval, Prativa Sherchan, Karen L Hay, Eric C K Gren, Wayne Kelln, Tim Lekic, William K Hayes, Brian S Bull, Richard Applegate, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang
Perioperative bleeding is a potentially devastating complication in neurosurgical patients, and plasma fibrinogen concentration has been identified as a potential modifiable risk factor for perioperative bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate preconditioning with Crotalus atrox venom (Cv-PC) as potential preventive therapy for reducing perioperative hemorrhage in the rodent model of surgical brain injury (SBI). C. atrox venom contains snake venom metalloproteinases that cleave fibrinogen into fibrin split products without inducing clotting...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101782/the-antineoplastic-drug-trastuzumab-dysregulates-metabolism-in-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Brian M Necela, Bianca C Axenfeld, Daniel J Serie, Jennifer M Kachergus, Edith A Perez, E Aubrey Thompson, Nadine Norton
BACKGROUND: The targeted ERBB2 therapy, trastuzumab, has had a tremendous impact on management of patients with HER2+ breast cancer, leading to development and increased use of further HER2 targeted therapies. The major clinical side effect is cardiotoxicity but the mechanism is largely unknown. On the basis that gene expression is known to be altered in multiple models of heart failure, we examined differential gene expression of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes treated at day 11 with the ERBB2 targeted monoclonal antibody, trastuzumab for 48 h and the small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor of EGFR and ERBB2...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101535/the-case-for-adopting-the-species-complex-nomenclature-for-the-etiologic-agents-of-cryptococcosis
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Kyung J Kwon-Chung, John E Bennett, Brian L Wickes, Wieland Meyer, Christina A Cuomo, Kurt R Wollenburg, Tihana A Bicanic, Elizabeth Castañeda, Yun C Chang, Jianghan Chen, Massimo Cogliati, Françoise Dromer, David Ellis, Scott G Filler, Matthew C Fisher, Thomas S Harrison, Steven M Holland, Shigeru Kohno, James W Kronstad, Marcia Lazera, Stuart M Levitz, Michail S Lionakis, Robin C May, Popchai Ngamskulrongroj, Peter G Pappas, John R Perfect, Volker Rickerts, Tania C Sorrell, Thomas J Walsh, Peter R Williamson, Jianping Xu, Adrian M Zelazny, Arturo Casadevall
Cryptococcosis is a potentially lethal disease of humans/animals caused by Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Distinction between the two species is based on phenotypic and genotypic characteristics. Recently, it was proposed that C. neoformans be divided into two species and C. gattii into five species based on a phylogenetic analysis of 115 isolates. While this proposal adds to the knowledge about the genetic diversity and population structure of cryptococcosis agents, the published genotypes of 2,606 strains have already revealed more genetic diversity than is encompassed by seven species...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101530/integrative-analysis-of-disease-signatures-shows-inflammation-disrupts-juvenile-experience-dependent-cortical-plasticity
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Milo R Smith, Poromendro Burman, Masato Sadahiro, Brian A Kidd, Joel T Dudley, Hirofumi Morishita
Throughout childhood and adolescence, periods of heightened neuroplasticity are critical for the development of healthy brain function and behavior. Given the high prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, identifying disruptors of developmental plasticity represents an essential step for developing strategies for prevention and intervention. Applying a novel computational approach that systematically assessed connections between 436 transcriptional signatures of disease and multiple signatures of neuroplasticity, we identified inflammation as a common pathological process central to a diverse set of diseases predicted to dysregulate plasticity signatures...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100972/unrepaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-absent-pulmonary-valve-in-a-mildly-symptomatic-16-year-old-boy
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Diana E Drogalis-Kim, Brian L Reemtsen, Leigh Christopher Reardon
Absent pulmonary valve is a rare and severe variant seen in only 3% to 6% of patients with tetralogy of Fallot. Fetuses with this combined condition who survive through birth typically need intervention in infancy or early childhood because of respiratory distress, heart failure, or failure to thrive. We describe the unusual case of a mildly symptomatic 16-year-old boy with these conditions who underwent successful primary repair. Our search of the medical literature yielded fewer than 5 cases of tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve (or variants with an absent left pulmonary artery) and survival without repair into later adolescence or adulthood...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100964/comparative-efficacy-of-nebivolol-and-metoprolol-to-prevent-tachycardia-induced-cardiomyopathy-in-a-porcine-model
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Alireza Nazeri, MacArthur A Elayda, Ana Maria Segura, Raymond F Stainback, Joanna Nathan, Vei-Vei Lee, Christina Bove, Luiz Sampaio, Brian Grace, Ali Massumi, Mehdi Razavi
Chronic tachycardia is a well-known cause of nonischemic cardiomyopathy. We hypothesized that nebivolol, a β-blocker with nitric oxide activity, would be superior to a pure β-blocker in preventing tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy in a porcine model. Fifteen healthy Yucatan pigs were randomly assigned to receive nebivolol, metoprolol, or placebo once a day. All pigs underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation. The medication was started the day after the pacemaker implantation. On day 7 after implantation, each pacemaker was set at atrioventricular pace (rate, 170 beats/min), and the pigs were observed for another 7 weeks...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100736/methyl-cpg-binding-protein-mbd1-regulates-neuronal-lineage-commitment-through-maintaining-adult-neural-stem-cell-identity
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Emily M Jobe, Yu Gao, Brian E Eisinger, Janessa K Mladucky, Charles C Giuliani, Laurel E Kelnhofer, Xinyu Zhao
: Methyl-CpG-binding domain 1 (MBD1) belongs to a family of methyl-CpG-binding proteins that are epigenetic "readers" linking DNA methylation to transcriptional regulation. MBD1 is expressed in neural stem cells residing in the dentate gyrus of the adult hippocampus (aNSCs) and MBD1 deficiency leads to reduced neuronal differentiation, impaired neurogenesis, learning deficits, and autism-like behaviors in mice; however, the precise function of MBD1 in aNSCs remains unexplored. Here, we show that MBD1 is important for maintaining the integrity and stemness of NSCs, which is critical for their ability to generate neurons...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100689/effectiveness-and-duration-of-protection-of-one-dose-of-a-meningococcal-conjugate-vaccine
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Amanda C Cohn, Jessica R MacNeil, Lee H Harrison, Ruth Lynfield, Arthur Reingold, William Schaffner, Elizabeth R Zell, Brian Plikaytis, Xin Wang, Nancy E Messonnier
BACKGROUND: Meningococcal conjugate vaccines were licensed beginning in 2005 on the basis of serologic end points and recommended for use in adolescents. A single dose at age 11 to 12 years was expected to provide protection through late adolescence. We conducted a case-control evaluation of vaccine effectiveness (VE) and duration of protection of a meningococcal (groups A, C, W, and Y) polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine (MenACWY-D). METHODS: Cases of culture- or polymerase chain reaction-confirmed serogroup A, C, W, and Y meningococcal disease among adolescents were identified through meningococcal disease surveillance sites in the United States from January 1, 2006, through August 31, 2013...
January 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100599/rapid-and-specific-detection-of-the-escherichia-coli-sequence-type-648-complex-stc648-within-phylogroup-f
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James R Johnson, Brian D Johnston, David M Gordon
The Escherichia coli sequence type 648 complex (STc648) is an emerging lineage within phylogroup F - formerly included within phylogroup D - that is associated with multidrug resistance. Here, we designed and validated a novel multiplex PCR-based assay for STc648 that took advantage of (i) four distinctive single-nucleotide polymorphisms in icd allele 96 and gyrB allele 87, two of the multi-locus sequence typing alleles that define ST648, and (ii) the typical absence within STc648 of uidA, an E. coli-specific gene encoding β-glucuronidase...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100560/prevalence-impact-and-cost-of-multimorbidity-in-a-cohort-of-people-with-chronic-pain-in-ireland-a-study-protocol
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Brian W Slattery, Laura O'Connor, Stephanie Haugh, Christopher P Dwyer, Siobhan O'Higgins, Line Caes, Jonathan Egan, Brian E McGuire
INTRODUCTION: Multimorbidity (MM) refers to the coexistence of two or more chronic conditions within one person, where no one condition is considered primary. As populations age and healthcare provision improves, MM is becoming increasingly common and poses a challenge to the single morbidity approach to illness management, usually adopted by healthcare systems. Indeed, recent research has shown that 66.2% of the people in primary care in Ireland are living with MM. Healthcare usage and cost is significantly associated with MM, and additional chronic conditions lead to exponential increases in service usage and financial costs, and decreases in physical and mental well-being...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100498/the-predominant-cd4-th1-cytokine-elicited-to-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-in-women-is-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-not-interferon-gamma
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Stephen J Jordan, Kanupriya Gupta, Brian M O Ogendi, Rakesh K Bakshi, Richa Kapil, Christen G Press, Steffanie Sabbaj, Jeannette Y Lee, William M Geisler
Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infection and can cause significant reproductive morbidity in women. There is insufficient knowledge of C. trachomatis-specific immune responses in humans, which could be important in guiding vaccine development efforts. In contrast, murine models have clearly demonstrated the essential role of Type 1 T helper cells (Th1), especially interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) producing CD4(+) T-cells, in protective immunity to chlamydia. To determine the frequency and magnitude of Th1 cytokine responses elicited to C...
January 18, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100489/tale-induced-bhlh-transcription-factors-that-activate-a-pectate-lyase-contribute-to-water-soaking-in-bacterial-spot-of-tomato
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Allison R Schwartz, Robert Morbitzer, Thomas Lahaye, Brian J Staskawicz
AvrHah1 [avirulence (avr) gene homologous to avrBs3 and hax2, no. 1] is a transcription activator-like (TAL) effector (TALE) in Xanthomonas gardneri that induces water-soaked disease lesions on fruits and leaves during bacterial spot of tomato. We observe that water from outside the leaf is drawn into the apoplast in X. gardneri-infected, but not X. gardneriΔavrHah1 (XgΔavrHah1)-infected, plants, conferring a dark, water-soaked appearance. The pull of water can facilitate entry of additional bacterial cells into the apoplast...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100398/making-sense-of-replications
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Brian A Nosek, Timothy M Errington
The first results from the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology suggest that there is scope for improving reproducibility in pre-clinical cancer research.
January 19, 2017: ELife
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