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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343173/fast-track-protocols-using-highly-sensitive-troponin-assays-for-ruling-out-and-ruling-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Simona Ferraro, Alberto Dolci, Mauro Panteghini
The introduction of "highly sensitive" cardiac troponin assays (hsTn) has reinforced the evidence that only serial testing incorporated in running algorithms allows a more accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. In this report, we consider the available evidence supporting the use of fast track protocols for ruling out and ruling in non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and compare it with the content of recently released guideline by the European Society of Cardiology, noting some uncomfortable aspects that need urgent clarification and/or revision...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343091/rapid-detection-and-ruling-out-of-neonatal-sepsis-by-pcr-coupled-with-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-pcr-esi-ms
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Cristina Delcò, Oliver Karam, Riccardo Pfister, Alain Gervaix, Gesuele Renzi, Stéphane Emonet, Jacques Schrenzel, Klara M Posfay-Barbe
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates and clinicians are typically required to administer empiric antibiotics while waiting for blood culture results. However, prolonged and inappropriate use of antibiotics is associated with various complications and adverse events. Better tools to rapidly rule out bacterial infections are therefore needed. AIMS: We aimed to assess the negative predictive value of PCR coupled with Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (PCR/ESI-MS) compared to conventional blood cultures in neonatal sepsis...
March 23, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329507/giant-benign-intradermal-melanocytic-nevus-of-rapid-onset
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Sarah J Coates, Andrew Avarbock, Garrett T Desman
Benign melanocytic nevi are slowly growing acquiredor congenital tumors with varied morphology,commonly encountered in dermatology clinics. Anytumor with rapid clinical growth must be assessedcarefully in order to exclude malignancy. We report awoman with a histopathologically benign intradermalnevus that presented as a rapidly evolving largecutaneous mass on the ear. Owing to the discrepancybetween the clinical and histopathological findings,an extensive histopathological work-up involvingmany deeper sections, immunohistochemical stains,and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) analysiswas conducted in order to rule out malignancy...
February 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324353/the-fast-d-protocol-a-simple-method-to-rule-out-traumatic-vascular-injuries-of-the-lower-extremities
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Miguel Angel Montorfano, Lisandro Miguel Montorfano, Federico Perez Quirante, Federico Rodríguez, Leonardo Vera, Luca Neri
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to assess the accuracy of a Fast Doppler protocol for the examination of an injured lower limb, namely 2-Point Fast Doppler (2PFD), in order to rapidly triage arterial lesions after penetrating trauma. METHODS: The presence of flow and the aspects of the Doppler waveform of the dorsalis pedis artery (DPA) and posterior tibial artery (PTA) of the injured lower limb (2PFD) were evaluated immediately before the execution of a standardized Color Duplex Doppler (SD) evaluation in 149 limbs of 140 patients with gunshot penetrating injuries...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
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/28317239/the-use-of-low-dose-metronomic-chemotherapy-in-dogs-insight-into-a-modern-cancer-field
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T B Gaspar, J Henriques, L Marconato, F L Queiroga
The era of chemotherapy, which started in the middle of the last century, has been ruled by the routine use of dose-intense protocols, based on the "maximum-tolerated dose" concept. By promoting a balance between patient's quality of life and the goal of rapidly killing as many tumour cells as possible, these protocols still play a prominent role in veterinary oncology. However, with the opening of a new millennium, metronomic chemotherapy (MC) started to be considered a possible alternative to traditional dose-intense chemotherapy...
March 20, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290263/diagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis-in-pregnancy-evaluation-of-latex-protein-complexes-by-immnunoagglutination
#7
Leandro E Peretti, Verónica D G Gonzalez, Iván S Marcipar, Luis M Gugliotta
The aim of this work was to obtain a reagent based on latex particles for ruling out acute toxoplasmosis in pregnant women by immunoagglutination (IA). Latex-protein complexes (LPC) were previously synthesized coupling the recombinant protein of Toxoplasma gondii P22Ag and the homogenate of the parasite to latex particles with different size, chemical functionality and charge density. LPC were tested in IA assays against a panel of 72 pregnant women serum samples. Results were analysed through receiver operating characteristic curves, determining area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity, specificity positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV, respectively)...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289111/oral-and-topical-antibiotics-for-clinically-infected-eczema-in-children-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial-in-ambulatory-care
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Nick A Francis, Matthew J Ridd, Emma Thomas-Jones, Christopher C Butler, Kerenza Hood, Victoria Shepherd, Charis A Marwick, Chao Huang, Mirella Longo, Mandy Wootton, Frank Sullivan
PURPOSE: Eczema may flare because of bacterial infection, but evidence supporting antibiotic treatment is of low quality. We aimed to determine the effect of oral and topical antibiotics in addition to topical emollient and corticosteroids in children with clinically infected eczema. METHODS: We employed a 3-arm, blinded, randomized controlled trial in UK ambulatory care. Children with clinical, non-severely infected eczema were randomized to receive oral and topical placebos (control), oral antibiotic (flucloxacillin) and topical placebo, or topical antibiotic (fusidic acid) and oral placebo, for 1 week...
March 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281509/-pathogenetic-bases-and-efficacy-of-slow-calcium-channel-blockers-in-the-therapy-of-recurrent-peptic-ulcer-disease-associated-with-hypertension
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L A Fomina, V V Chernin
AIM: To clarify blood calcium concentrations (BCCs) as an indicator of the functional state of the calcium-regulating system in the concomitant course of recurrent peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and hypertension, by comparing with the severity of a ulcerous process, with changes in regional microcirculation, and with the functions of the stomach. To elucidate the pathogenetic justification for and clinical efficacy of slow calcium channel blockers (SCCBs) in the treatment of this comorbidity...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281270/liposome-enhanced-lateral-flow-assays-for-clinical-analyses
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Katie A Edwards, Ricki Korff, Antje J Baeumner
Clinical and environmental analyses frequently necessitate rapid, simple, and inexpensive point-of-care or field tests. These semiquantitative tests may be later followed up by confirmatory laboratory-based assays, but provide an initial scenario assessment important for resource mobilization and threat confinement. Lateral-flow assays (LFAs) and dip-stick assays, which are typically antibody-based and yield a visually detectable signal, provide an assay format suiting these applications extremely well. Signal generation is commonly obtained through the use of colloidal gold or latex beads, which yield a colored band either directly proportional or inversely proportional to the concentration of the analyte of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278327/chorioretinal-lesions-presumed-secondary-to-zika-virus-infection-in-an-immunocompromised-adult
#11
Christopher R Henry, Luma Al-Attar, Alexis M Cruz-Chacón, Janet L Davis
Importance: Zika virus has spread rapidly throughout the Americas since 2015. The public health implications of Zika virus infection lend special importance to identifying the virus in unsuspected hosts. Objective: To describe relevant imaging studies and clinical features of chorioretinal lesions that are presumably associated with Zika virus and that share analogous features with chorioretinal lesions reported in cases of Dengue fever and West Nile virus. Design, Setting, and Participants: This is a case report from an academic referral center in Miami, Florida, of a woman in her 60s from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, who presented with reduced visual acuity and bilateral diffuse, subretinal, confluent, placoid, and multifocal chorioretinal lesions...
March 9, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264689/rapid-diagnostic-tests-failing-to-detect-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-in-eritrea-an-investigation-of-reported-false-negative-rdt-results
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Araia Berhane, Mulugeta Russom, Iyassu Bahta, Filmon Hagos, Michael Ghirmai, Selam Uqubay
BACKGROUND: Relatively large number of false-negative malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) results for microscopically confirmed Plasmodium falciparum cases were reported from five of the six administrative regions of Eritrea in 2015. This activated the Ministry of Health to conduct an initial exploratory investigation. The main objective of the investigation was to confirm the sensitivity of the RDTs in the field in microscopically confirmed malaria cases, identify the possible causes of the failure and recommend further actions to be taken...
March 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261896/identifying-low-risk-patients-for-early-discharge-from-emergency-department-without-using-subjective-descriptions-of-chest-pain-insights-from-providing-rapid-out-of-hospital-acute-cardiovascular-treatment-proact-3-and-4-trials
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Nariman Sepehrvand, Yinggan Zheng, Paul W Armstrong, Robert C Welsh, Justin A Ezekowitz
BACKGROUND: Several accelerated diagnostic protocols (ADP) have been developed to allow emergency department (ED) physicians to identify appropriate patients for safe early discharge after presentation with symptom of chest pain. Most ADPs require chest pain to be described and modify the algorithm based on the subjective chest pain characteristics. We investigated the performance of 3 established major ADPs simplified by eliminating the need for chest pain as a descriptor. METHODS: We pooled patients from PROACT-3 and 4 trials, in which patients presenting to emergency medical services (EMS) with chest pain or dyspnea were enrolled...
March 6, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254505/mt-pcr-panel-detection-of-canine-parvovirus-cpv-2-vaccine-and-wild-type-cpv-2-can-be-difficult-to-differentiate-in-canine-diagnostic-fecal-samples
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Maira N Meggiolaro, Anna Ly, Benjamin Rysnik-Steck, Carolina Silva, Joshua Zhang, Damien P Higgins, Gary Muscatello, Jacqueline M Norris, Mark Krockenberger, Jan Šlapeta
Canine parvovirus (CPV-2) remains an important cause of devastating enteritis in young dogs. It can be successfully prevented with live attenuated CPV-2 vaccines when given at the appropriate age and in the absence of maternal antibody interference. Rapid diagnosis of parvoviral enteritis in young dogs is essential to ensuring suitable barrier nursing protocols within veterinary hospitals. The current diagnostic trend is to use multiplexed PCR panels to detect an array of pathogens commonly responsible for diarrhea in dogs...
February 27, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228791/two-cases-of-pregnancy-and-lactation-associated-osteoporosis-successfully-treated-with-denosumab
#15
Ariel Sánchez, María Belén Zanchetta, Karina Danilowicz
Case 1. A 35-year-old woman in the 8(th) month of her first pregnancy suffered acute lumbar pain that persisted for 4 months. In the 5(th) month postpartum an acute increase in the low back pain led to a MRI which showed recent deformity in L1 and deformities of undetermined time of evolution in L2, L4, and L5. Laboratory evaluation did not reveal metabolic derangements. She had low bone mineral density (BMD, DXA) and severe deterioration of the microarchitecture of distal appendicular bone (HR-pQCT). Kyphoplasty of all 4 vertebrae was performed in 2 stages, and treatment with subcutaneous denosumab, 60 mg every 6 months, was begun...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215602/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-flares-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-prospective-study
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Harry Sokol, Valérie Lalande, Cecilia Landman, Anne Bourrier, Isabelle Nion-Larmurier, Sylvie Rajca, Julien Kirchgesner, Philippe Seksik, Jacques Cosnes, Frédéric Barbut, Laurent Beaugerie
OBJECTIVES: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common complication in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and has been associated with poor IBD outcome. The aims of our study were to look for predictive factors of CDI in patients hospitalized for IBD flare and to evaluate a rapid testing strategy in this population. METHODS: Consecutive patients hospitalized for IBD flare in Saint-Antoine Hospital (Paris, France) were prospectively tested for CDI with a defined strategy involving rapid testing and reference methods...
January 30, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212992/nivolumab-induced-interstitial-lung-disease-analysis-of-two-phase-ii-studies-patients-with-recurrent-or-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Terufumi Kato, Noriyuki Masuda, Yoichi Nakanishi, Masashi Takahashi, Toyoaki Hida, Hiroshi Sakai, Shinji Atagi, Shiro Fujita, Hiroshi Tanaka, Koji Takeda, Miyako Satouchi, Yoshinobu Namba, Tomohide Tamura
OBJECTIVES: Drug-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) is often associated with high mortality; however it is difficult to predict and manage. we examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of nivolumab induced ILD reported in the two phase II studies patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of all cases of ILD reported in two phase II trials of nivolumab, an anti-programmed death-1 antibody, in Japanese patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196509/point-of-care-testing-for-emergency-assessment-of-coagulation-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#18
Matthias Ebner, Ingvild Birschmann, Andreas Peter, Charlotte Spencer, Florian Härtig, Joachim Kuhn, Gunnar Blumenstock, Christine S Zuern, Ulf Ziemann, Sven Poli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) of coagulation has been proven to be of great value in accelerating emergency treatment. Specific POCT for direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) is not available, but the effects of DOAC on established POCT have been described. We aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of Hemochron® Signature coagulation POCT to qualitatively rule out relevant concentrations of apixaban, rivaroxaban, and dabigatran in real-life patients. METHODS: We enrolled 68 patients receiving apixaban, rivaroxaban, or dabigatran and obtained blood samples at six pre-specified time points...
February 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196502/regional-variation-in-suicide-rates-in-sri-lanka-between-1955-and-2011-a-spatial-and-temporal-analysis
#19
Duleeka W Knipe, Prianka Padmanathan, Lal Muthuwatta, Chris Metcalfe, David Gunnell
BACKGROUND: Between 1955 and 2011 there were marked fluctuations in suicide rates in Sri Lanka; incidence increased six-fold between 1955 and the 1980s, and halved in the early 21st century. Changes in access to highly toxic pesticides are thought to have influenced this pattern. This study investigates variation in suicide rates across Sri Lanka's 25 districts between 1955 and 2011. We hypothesised that changes in the incidence of suicide would be most marked in rural areas due to the variation in availability of highly toxic pesticides in these locations during this time period...
February 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193697/error-induced-blindness-error-detection-leads-to-impaired-sensory-processing-and-lower-accuracy-at-short-response-stimulus-intervals
#20
George A Buzzell, Paul J Beatty, Natalie A Paquette, Daniel M Roberts, Craig G McDonald
Empirical evidence indicates that detecting one's own mistakes can serve as a signal to improve task performance. However, little work has focused on how task constraints, such as the response-stimulus interval (RSI), influence post-error adjustments. In the present study, event-related potential (ERP) and behavioral measures were used to investigate the time course of error-related processing while humans performed a difficult visual discrimination task. We found that error commission resulted in a marked reduction in both task performance and sensory processing on the following trial when RSIs were short, but that such impairments were not detectable at longer RSIs...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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