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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813894/validity-of-a-sensor-based-table-top-platform-to-measure-upper-limb-function
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Michael Mace, Sarah Guy, Asif Hussain, Edith Diane Playford, Nick Ward, Sivakumar Balasubramanian, Etienne Burdet
Objective measurement is an essential part of the assessment process in neurological dysfunction such as stroke. However, current clinical scores are insensitive and based on subjective observation from experts. Technology provides an opportunity for enhanced accuracy and specificity of objective measurement. This study describes the use of an interactive force-sensitive table-top platform for the assessment of reach in post-stroke patients, admitted as part of a three week intensive upper limb training programme...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813870/upper-limb-training-assessment-program-using-passive-force-controllable-rehabilitation-system
#2
Takehito Kikuchi, Chihiro Sato, Kazuki Yamabe, Isao Abe, Tetsuya Ohno, Shintaro Kugimiya, Akio Inoue
Upper limb rehabilitation training for Hemiplegie patients has been conducted mainly by human therapists. Training methods and conditions depend strongly on their experience because of the wide range of individual differences between patients. The force control and sensing functions of rehabilitation robots are expected to be used for the qualitative assessment of next-generation computational rehabilitation. In this study, we developed a simple exercise machine for upper limbs (SEMUL) using an electro-rheological fluid brake, as a safe brake-type robotic rehabilitation system...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807533/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-prostate-radiation-therapy-on-occludin-expression-and-ultrasonography-characteristics-of-the-bladder
#3
Milad Baradaran-Ghahfarokhi, Alireza Amouheidari, Daryoush Shahbazi-Gahrouei, Hamid Reza Baradaran-Ghahfarokhi, Kari Tanderup, Wolfgang Dörr, Parvaneh Shokrani
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of radiation dose in prostate radiation therapy (RT) on occludin expression and ultrasonography characteristics of the bladder. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Urine samples of 64 prostate RT patients were collected before, at regular intervals during, and 3 months after RT. Occludin expression analysis was performed, and bladder wall echogenicity and echotexture were investigated by ultrasound and the gray-scale histogram analysis method...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804865/value-of-the-pitt-bacteraemia-score-to-predict-short-term-mortality-in-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infection-a-validation-study
#4
Jan A Roth, Sarah Tschudin-Sutter, Marc Dangel, Reno Frei, Manuel Battegay, Andreas F Widmer
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The widely used Pitt Bacteraemia Score (PBS) has repeatedly been described as a risk factor for short-term mortality in Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (BSI), but little is known about its overall predictive performance. We therefore aimed to externally validate the PBS in S. aureus BSIs. METHODS: We performed a retrospective validation study at the University Hospital Basel. Adult patients with a first episode of methicillin-susceptible S...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804726/low-dose-of-lipopolysaccharide-pretreatment-preventing-subsequent-endotoxin-induced-uveitis-is-associated-with-pi3k-akt-pathway
#5
Nan Zhang, Shuo Yu, Xinli Liu, Hong Lu
PURPOSE: To explore the effects of LPS pretreatment on endotoxin-induced uveitis and PI3K/AKT pathway. METHODS: Endotoxin-induced uveitis was induced by a single subcutaneous injection of 200 μg LPS. For the endotoxin tolerance group, induction of EIU was preceded by daily subcutaneous injection of 0.1 mg/kg LPS for five days. Clinical scores were graded at 24 h after EIU under a slit lamp microscope. HE stain was performed to observe the histopathology. Aqueous humor TNF-α concentration was quantified with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803512/heterogeneous-pathological-processes-account-for-thalamic-degeneration-in-multiple-sclerosis-insights-from-7%C3%A2-t-imaging
#6
Céline Louapre, Sindhuja T Govindarajan, Costanza Giannì, Nancy Madigan, Jacob A Sloane, Constantina A Treaba, Elena Herranz, Revere P Kinkel, Caterina Mainero
BACKGROUND: Thalamic degeneration impacts multiple sclerosis (MS) prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate heterogeneous thalamic pathology, its correlation with white matter (WM), cortical lesions and thickness, and as function of distance from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: In 41 MS subjects and 17 controls, using 3 and 7 T imaging, we tested for (1) differences in thalamic volume and quantitative T2* (q-T2*) (2) globally and (3) within concentric bands originating from the CSF/thalamus interface; (4) the relation between thalamic, cortical, and WM metrics; and (5) the contribution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics to clinical scores...
August 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803178/treatment-of-unstable-thoracolumbar-fractures-does-fracture-level-fixation-accelerate-the-bone-healing
#7
Zühtü Özbek, Emre Özkara, Hasan Önner, Gültekin Baş, İpek Canan Erman, Hülya Özen, Emre Entok, Ali Arslantaş
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of fusion on short segment including fractured level (SSIFL) and long segment (LS) transpedicular fixation after acute thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) burst fractures. The two-year clinical and radiological follow-up results of the two groups were also compared. METHODS: Seventy-four patients were randomized into one of two groups: SSIFL (n: 39) or LS (n: 35). The SSIFL group included one level above and one level below, including the fracture level, while the LS group included two levels above and two levels below, excluding the fracture level, for the transpedicular fixation...
August 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801082/-how-to-videos-improve-residents-performance-of-essential-perioperative-electronic-medical-records-and-clinical-tasks
#8
Veronica Zoghbi, Robert C Caskey, Kristoffel R Dumon, Jacqueline M Soegaard Ballester, Ari D Brooks, Jon B Morris, Daniel T Dempsey
OBJECTIVE: The ability to use electronic medical records (EMR) is an essential skill for surgical residents. However, frustration and anxiety surrounding EMR tasks may detract from clinical performance. We created a series of brief, 1-3 minutes "how to" videos demonstrating 7 key perioperative EMR tasks: booking OR cases, placing preprocedure orders, ordering negative-pressure wound dressing supplies, updating day-of-surgery history and physical notes, writing brief operative notes, discharging patients from the postanesthesia care unit, and checking vital signs...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798285/is-the-aims-65-score-useful-in-prepdicting-clinical-outcomes-in-korean-patients-with-variceal-and-nonvariceal-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding
#9
Jung Wan Choe, Seung Young Kim, Jong Jin Hyun, Sung Woo Jung, Young Kul Jung, Ja Seol Koo, Hyung Joon Yim, Sang Woo Lee
Background/Aims: Various clinical scoring systems, including the Glasgow-Blatchford score (GBS), Rockall risk score (RS), and AIMS65 score (AIMS65), have been validated to predict the clinical outcomes in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). We compared the performance of these three scoring systems in predicting clinical outcomes in patients with UGIB in Korea. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 286 patients with UGIB who visited emergency department...
August 14, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796783/myd88-contribution-to-ocular-surface-homeostasis
#10
Rose Y Reins, Justin Courson, Carolina Lema, Rachel L Redfern
The cornea must maintain homeostasis, enabling rapid response to injury and microbial insult, to protect the eye from insult and infection. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are critical to this innate immune response through the recognition and response to pathogens. Myeloid differentiation primary response (MyD88) is a key signaling molecule necessary for Toll-like receptor (TLR) and interleukin-1 receptor (IL-1R)-mediated immune defense and has been shown to be necessary for corneal defense during infection. Here, we examined the intrinsic role of TLR signaling in ocular surface tissues by determining baseline levels of inflammatory mediators, the response to mechanical stimuli, and corneal infection in MyD88-deficient mice (MyD88-/-)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794427/neuroimaging-biomarkers-to-associate-obesity-and-negative-emotions
#11
Bo-Yong Park, Jisu Hong, Hyunjin Park
Obesity is a serious medical condition highly associated with health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. Obesity is highly associated with negative emotional states, but the relationship between obesity and emotional states in terms of neuroimaging has not been fully explored. We obtained 196 emotion task functional magnetic resonance imaging (t-fMRI) from the Human Connectome Project database using a sampling scheme similar to a bootstrapping approach. Brain regions were specified by automated anatomical labeling atlas and the brain activity (z-statistics) of each brain region was correlated with body mass index (BMI) values...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792444/role-of-microbial-modulation-in-management-of-atopic-dermatitis-in-children
#12
REVIEW
Lies Hulshof, Belinda Van't Land, Aline B Sprikkelman, Johan Garssen
The pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis (AD) is multifactorial and is a complex interrelationship between skin barrier, genetic predisposition, immunologic development, skin microbiome, environmental, nutritional, pharmacological, and psychological factors. Several microbial modulations of the intestinal microbiome with pre- and/or probiotics have been used in AD management, with different clinical out-come (both positive, as well as null findings). This review provides an overview of the clinical evidence from trials in children from 2008 to 2017, aiming to evaluate the effect of dietary interventions with pre- and/or pro-biotics for the treatment of AD...
August 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791850/the-contribution-of-clinical-assessments-to-the-diagnostic-algorithm-of-pulmonary-embolism
#13
Onur Turan, Deniz Turgut, Turkan Gunay, Erkan Yilmaz, Ayse Turan, Atila Akkoclu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PE) is a major disease in respiratory emergencies. Thoracic CT angiography (CTA) is an important method of visualizing PE. Because of the high radiation and contrast exposure, the method should be performed selectively in patients in whom PE is suspected. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to identify the role of clinical scoring systems utilizing CTA results to diagnose PE. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study investigated 196 patients referred to the hospital emergency service in whom PE was suspected and CTA performed...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789559/the-positive-benefit-of-lactobacillus-paracasei-ncc2461-st11-in-healthy-volunteers-with-moderate-to-severe-dandruff
#14
P Reygagne, P Bastien, M P Couavoux, D Philippe, M Renouf, I Castiel-Higounenc, A Gueniche
Dandruff is a common persistent, relapsing inflammatory condition affecting the scalp. An imbalanced proportion of the major bacterial and fungal populations colonising the scalp, a skin barrier dysfunction, and hyperseborrhoea are three main etiological factors of dandruff. The efficacy of Lactobacillus paracasei NCC 2461 ST11 (ST11) to manage dandruff and to restore a balanced scalp microbiome was assessed. Sixty healthy male volunteers aged 18 to 60 years with moderate to severe dandruff consumed on a daily basis a sachet containing ST11 (1×10(9) cfu) or a placebo for 56 days...
August 9, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782485/a-low-concentration-of-tacrolimus-semifluorinated-alkane-sfa-eyedrop-suppresses-intraocular-inflammation-in-experimental-models-of-uveitis
#15
S De Majumdar, M Subinya, J Korward, A Pettigrew, D Scherer, H Xu
PURPOSE: Corticosteroids remain the mainstay therapy for uveitis, a major cause of blindness in the working age population. However, a substantial number of patients cannot benefit from the therapy due to steroids resistance or intolerance. Tacrolimus has been used to treat refractory uveitis through systemic administration. The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic potential of 0.03% tacrolimus eyedrop in mouse models of uveitis. METHODS: 0.03% tacrolimus in perfluorobutylpentane (F4H5) (0...
August 7, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771604/role-of-glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-gilz-in-inflammatory-bone-loss
#16
Nianlan Yang, Babak Baban, Carlos M Isales, Xing-Ming Shi
TNF-α plays a key role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and inflammatory bone loss. Unfortunately, treatment of RA with anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids (GCs) also causes bone loss resulting in osteoporosis. Our previous studies showed that overexpression of glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ), a mediator of GC's anti-inflammatory effect, can enhance osteogenic differentiation in vitro and bone acquisition in vivo. To investigate whether GILZ could antagonize TNF-α-induced arthritic inflammation and protect bone in mice, we generated a TNF-α-GILZ double transgenic mouse line (TNF-GILZ Tg) by crossbreeding a TNF-α Tg mouse, which ubiquitously expresses human TNF-α, with a GILZ Tg mouse, which expresses mouse GILZ under the control of a 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771504/a-clinical-scoring-system-to-prioritise-investigation-for-tuberculosis-among-adults-attending-hiv-clinics-in-south-africa
#17
Yasmeen Hanifa, Katherine L Fielding, Violet N Chihota, Lungiswa Adonis, Salome Charalambous, Nicola Foster, Alan Karstaedt, Kerrigan McCarthy, Mark P Nicol, Nontobeko T Ndlovu, Edina Sinanovic, Faieza Sahid, Wendy Stevens, Anna Vassall, Gavin J Churchyard, Alison D Grant
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation for regular tuberculosis (TB) screening of HIV-positive individuals with Xpert MTB/RIF as the first diagnostic test has major resource implications. OBJECTIVE: To develop a diagnostic prediction model for TB, for symptomatic adults attending for routine HIV care, to prioritise TB investigation. DESIGN: Cohort study exploring a TB testing algorithm. SETTING: HIV clinics, South Africa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766756/efficacy-of-low-level-laser-therapy-compared-to-steroid-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-oral-lichen-planus-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Zohaib Akram, Tariq Abduljabbar, Fahim Vohra, Fawad Javed
BACKGROUND: Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been proposed as a potential treatment strategy for the treatment of oral lichen planus (OLP). The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy of LLLT, in comparison with corticosteroid therapy, in the treatment of OLP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This systematic review aimed to address the following focused question: "Does LLLT yield better clinical outcomes than corticosteroid therapy in the treatment of OLP?" Indexed databases were searched up to and including April 2017...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766692/truncal-varicose-vein-diameter-and-patient-reported-outcome-measures
#19
T R A Lane, L Varatharajan, F Fiorentino, A C Shepherd, L Zimmo, M S Gohel, I J Franklin, A H Davies
BACKGROUND: Varicose veins and chronic venous disease are common, and some funding bodies ration treatment based on a minimum diameter of the incompetent truncal vein. This study assessed the effect of maximum vein diameter on clinical status and patient symptoms. METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study of patients presenting with symptomatic varicose veins to a tertiary referral public hospital vascular clinic between January 2011 and July 2012. Patients underwent standardized assessment with venous duplex ultrasonography, and completed questionnaires assessing quality of life (QoL) and symptoms (Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire, EuroQol Five Domain QoL assessment and EuroQol visual analogue scale)...
August 2, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763455/identifying-relevant-biomarkers-of-brain-injury-from-structural-mri-validation-using-automated-approaches-in-children-with-unilateral-cerebral-palsy
#20
Alex M Pagnozzi, Nicholas Dowson, James Doecke, Simona Fiori, Andrew P Bradley, Roslyn N Boyd, Stephen Rose
Previous studies have proposed that the early elucidation of brain injury from structural Magnetic Resonance Images (sMRI) is critical for the clinical assessment of children with cerebral palsy (CP). Although distinct aetiologies, including cortical maldevelopments, white and grey matter lesions and ventricular enlargement, have been categorised, these injuries are commonly only assessed in a qualitative fashion. As a result, sMRI remains relatively underexploited for clinical assessments, despite its widespread use...
2017: PloS One
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