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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654337/newly-diagnosed-breast-cancer-comparison-of-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-and-breast-mr-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-extent-of-disease
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Stephanie A Lee-Felker, Leena Tekchandani, Mariam Thomas, Esha Gupta, Denise Andrews-Tang, Antoinette Roth, James Sayre, Guita Rahbar
Purpose To compare the diagnostic performances of contrast material-enhanced spectral mammography and breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the detection of index and secondary cancers in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer by using histologic or imaging follow-up as the standard of reference. Materials and Methods This institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant, retrospective study included 52 women who underwent breast MR imaging and contrast-enhanced spectral mammography for newly diagnosed unilateral breast cancer between March 2014 and October 2015...
June 26, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653785/lung-function-in-relation-to-farm-dwelling-and-farming-activities-in-rural-dwelling-children
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Lakshmi Balakrishnan, Donna Rennie, James Dosman, Punam Pahwa, Chandima Karunanayake, Louise Hagel, Joshua Lawson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The relationship between farming exposures and pulmonary function in a rural paediatric population was evaluated. METHODS: Baseline data collection records of the Saskatchewan Rural Health Study (SRHS), a population-based study, were used. A subset of children (6-14 years old) participated in clinical testing, including anthropometric measures and pulmonary function testing (PFT), using spirometry (n = 584). PFTs followed ATS criteria and all statistical analyses were controlled for age, sex and height...
June 27, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653078/mri-characteristics-of-torn-and-untorn-post-operative-menisci
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Richard Kijowski, Humberto Rosas, Adam Williams, Fang Liu
OBJECTIVE: To compare magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics of torn and untorn post-operative menisci. METHODS: The study group consisted of 140 patients with 148 partially resected menisci who were evaluated with a repeat knee MRI examination and subsequent repeat arthroscopic knee surgery. Two musculoskeletal radiologists retrospectively assessed the following MRI characteristics of the post-operative meniscus: contour (smooth or irregular), T2 line through the meniscus (no line, intermediate signal line, intermediate-to-high signal line, and high fluid-like signal line), displaced meniscus fragment, and change in signal pattern through the meniscus compared with baseline MRI...
June 26, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653015/classification-of-breast-masses-in-ultrasound-images-using-self-adaptive-differential-evolution-extreme-learning-machine-and-rough-set-feature-selection
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Kadayanallur Mahadevan Prabusankarlal, Palanisamy Thirumoorthy, Radhakrishnan Manavalan
A method using rough set feature selection and extreme learning machine (ELM) whose learning strategy and hidden node parameters are optimized by self-adaptive differential evolution (SaDE) algorithm for classification of breast masses is investigated. A pathologically proven database of 140 breast ultrasound images, including 80 benign and 60 malignant, is used for this study. A fast nonlocal means algorithm is applied for speckle noise removal, and multiresolution analysis of undecimated discrete wavelet transform is used for accurate segmentation of breast lesions...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650079/a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-application-of-the-elecsys-%C3%A2-hiv-combi-pt-assay-in-southern-china
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Shaocong Liang, Guihua Deng, Shaosong Zhou, Jing Zeng, Weiqing Tan, Xiaopeng Yuan
BACKGROUND: Fourth-generation HIV assays have been implemented worldwide as a screening test for many years. Understanding the performance of fourth-generation assay in low HIV prevalence region is pivotal to interpret the test result correctly. In this study, retrospective analysis was used to evaluate application of the Elecsys(®) HIV combi PT assay. METHODS: A total of 85 043 specimens from a low prevalence setting were detected between June 2013 and October 2015...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649023/stability-enhanced-repeatability-improved-parylene-c-passivated-on-qcm-sensor-for-aptt-measurement
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Yuchen Yang, Wei Zhang, Zhen Guo, Zhiqi Zhang, Hongnan Zhu, Ruhong Yan, Lianqun Zhou
Determination of blood clotting time is essential in monitoring therapeutic anticoagulants. In this work, Parylene-C passivated on quartz crystal microbalance (P-QCM) was developed for the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) measurement. Compared with typical QCM, P-QCM possessed a hydrophobic surface and sensitive frequency response to viscoelastic variations on electrode surface. Fibrin could be adsorbed effectively, due to the hydrophobicity of the P-QCM surface. Comparing with typical QCM, the peak-to-peak value (PPV) of P-QCM was increased by 1...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647399/quantitative-imaging-outperforms-molecular-markers-when-predicting-response-to-chemoradiotherapy-for-rectal-cancer
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Ines Joye, Annelies Debucquoy, Christophe M Deroose, Vincent Vandecaveye, Eric Van Cutsem, Albert Wolthuis, André D'Hoore, Xavier Sagaert, Mu Zhou, Olivier Gevaert, Karin Haustermans
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To explore the integration of imaging and molecular data for response prediction to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for rectal cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty-five rectal cancer patients underwent preoperative CRT. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) were acquired before (TP1) and during CRT (TP2) and prior to surgery (TP3). Inflammatory cytokines and gene expression were analysed. Tumour response was defined as ypT0-1N0. Multivariate models were built combining the obtained parameters...
June 21, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647302/variable-validity-of-computer-extracted-problem-lists-for-complications-of-diabetes-mellitus-within-the-va-greater-los-angeles-health-system
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Stephan Chiu, John Davis, JoAnn Giaconi, Aaron Lee, Greg Orshansky, Leonard Kleinman, Irena Tsui
PURPOSE: Electronic health data in the form of International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes is routinely used for clinical research, yet the accuracy of specific diagnoses is largely unknown. The purpose of this study is to assess the validity of computer extracted problem lists for diabetic retinopathy (DR) and other complications of diabetes mellitus (DM) within the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Administration (VHAGLA). METHODS: The study population consisted of patients at the VHAGLA with an ICD-9 diagnosis of DM between Jan 1st 1999 and March 22nd 2016 with visits to the eye clinic...
June 21, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646245/six-minute-walk-test-as-a-predictor-of-diagnosis-disease-severity-and-clinical-outcomes-in-scleroderma-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-the-dibosa-study
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Abhishek Gadre, Christian Ghattas, Xiaozhen Han, Xiaofeng Wang, Omar Minai, Kristin B Highland
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of scleroderma (SSc) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To explore the utility of the 6MWT in the prediction of SSc-PH and to assess its prognostic implications. METHODS: A retrospective review of SSc patients from 2003 to 2013, with 6MWT and echocardiogram (n = 286), was conducted. Presence of PH was defined by right heart catheterization. Patients were randomized into development and validation cohorts...
June 23, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645157/secretory-iga-response-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-upper-airways-and-the-link-with-chronic-lung-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Renan Mauch, Claudio Rossi, Talita Aiello, José Ribeiro, Antonio Ribeiro, Niels Høiby, Carlos Levy
We assessed the diagnostic ability of an ELISA test for measurement of specific secretory IgA (sIgA) in saliva to identify Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients with P. aeruginosa chronic lung infection and intermittent lung colonization. A total of 102 Brazilian CF patients and 53 healthy controls were included. Specific serum IgG response was used as a surrogate to distinguish CF patients according to their P. aeruginosa colonization/infection status. The rate of sIgA positivity was 87.1% in CF chronically infected patients (Median value = 181...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643665/sonographic-landmarks-to-differentiate-false-labor-and-early-true-labor-as-a-possible-new-application-of-ultrasound-in-labor-ward
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A Bouzid, M Kehila, H Trabelsi, H S Abouda, R Ben Hmid, M B Chanoufi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate discrimination of clinical parameters and ultrasound examination to differentiate "false labor" and "true labor". METHODS: In a prospective study during a period of 6 months, a total of 178 patients in term (37-41 weeks) consulting our obstetric unit for uterine contraction, were enrolled. Patients were examined separately by a midwife and a resident and separated into "true labor group" and "false labor group". The clinical characteristics of true versus false labor patients were compared...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643005/surgical-outcomes-of-27-gauge-pars-plana-vitrectomy-with-short-term-postoperative-tamponade-of-perfluorocarbon-liquid-for-repair-of-giant-retinal-tears
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Zhaotian Zhang, Yantao Wei, Xintong Jiang, Shaochong Zhang
PURPOSE: To investigate the use of 27-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) with short-term tamponade of perfluorocarbon liquid (PFCL) for repair of giant retinal tears (GRT). METHODS: Retrospective case series study. Consecutive patients with GRT were treated with 27-gauge PPV and short-term tamponade of PFCL for 7-10 days. PFCL was completely removed with a secondary surgery. RESULTS: Twenty-three eyes of 23 patients were included. All the patients achieved primary anatomic success...
June 22, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641982/temporal-artery-and-axillary-thermometry-comparison-with-rectal-thermometry-in-children-presenting-to-the-emergency-department
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Adam J Forrest, Michael L Juliano, Sean P Conley, Patrick D Cronyn, Andrea McGlynn, Jonathan D Auten
BACKGROUND: Accurate temperature readings, often obtained rectally, are an important part of the initial evaluation of pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. Temporal artery thermometry (TAT) is one way to noninvasively measure temperature. We sought to compare the accuracy of axillary and temporal artery temperatures compared to rectal. METHODS: This prospective study included children age 0-36months presenting to the Emergency Department of a large military treatment facility...
June 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640693/evaluation-of-screening-us-detected-breast-masses-by-combined-use-of-elastography-and-color-doppler-us-with-b-mode-us-in-women-with-dense-breasts-a-multicenter-prospective-study
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Su Hyun Lee, Jin Chung, Hye Young Choi, Seon Hyeong Choi, Eun Bi Ryu, Kyung Hee Ko, Hye Ryoung Koo, Jeong Seon Park, Ann Yi, Ji Hyun Youk, Eun Ju Son, A Jung Chu, Jung Min Chang, Nariya Cho, Myoung-Jin Jang, Shin Ho Kook, Eun Suk Cha, Woo Kyung Moon
Purpose To investigate the value of the combined use of elastography and color Doppler ultrasonography (US) with B-mode US for evaluation of screening US-detected breast masses in women with dense breasts. Materials and Methods This prospective, multicenter study included asymptomatic women with dense breasts who were referred for screening US between November 2013 and December 2014. Eligible women had a newly detected breast mass at conventional B-mode US screening, for which elastography and color Doppler US were performed...
June 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638276/gastric-juice-based-real-time-pcr-for-tailored-helicobacter-pylori-treatment-a-practical-approach
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Xianhui Peng, Zhiqiang Song, Lihua He, Sanren Lin, Yanan Gong, Lu Sun, Fei Zhao, Yixin Gu, Yuanhai You, Liya Zhou, Jianzhong Zhang
A gastric juice-based real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was established to identify Helicobacter pylori infection, clarithromycin susceptibility and human CYP2C19 genotypes and to guide the choice of proton pump inhibitor (PPI), clarithromycin and amoxicillin treatment for tailored H. pylori eradication therapy. From January 2013 to November 2014, 178 consecutive dyspeptic patients were enrolled for collection of gastric biopsy samples and gastric juice by endoscopy at the Peking University Third Hospital; 105 and 73 H...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634621/role-of-mri-in-predicting-meniscal-tear-reparability
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Paolo Florent Felisaz, Francesco Alessandrino, Simone Perelli, Giacomo Zanon, Francesco Benazzo, Fabrizio Calliada, Luigi Sammarchi
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the role of MRI in predicting meniscal tear reparability according to tear type and location in relation to vascular zones. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, two readers evaluated 79 pre-surgical MRIs of meniscal tears arthroscopically treated with meniscectomy or meniscal repair. Tears were classified according to type into vertical, horizontal, radial, complex, flaps and bucket handle and were considered reparable if the distance measured from the tear to the menisco-capsular junction was less than or equal to 5 mm...
June 20, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631312/the-flow-and-fate-of-digestive-enzymes-in-the-field-cricket-gryllus-bimaculatus
#17
Joseph Woodring
The flow of enzymes, the ratio of bound to unbound enzymes, and their inactivation in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus was studied. The digestive enzymes are forced forward into the crop by caecal contraction and then they are mixed with freshly chewed food and saliva, forming a crop-chyme. This chyme is blended by crop peristalsis, and periodic opening of the preproventricular valve (PPV) allows posterior movement into the proventriculus and further into the midgut. The contraction of the crop is modulated by Grybi-AST and Grybi-SK peptides, which are partially secreted by the caecal endocrine cells...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630050/effectiveness-of-computer-aided-diagnosis-cadx-of-breast-pathology-using-immunohistochemistry-results-of-core-needle-biopsy-samples-for-synaptophysin-oestrogen-receptor-and-ck14-p63-for-classification-of-epithelial-proliferative-lesions-of-the-breast
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Ichiro Maeda, Manabu Kubota, Jiro Ohta, Kimika Shinno, Shinya Tajima, Yasushi Ariizumi, Masatomo Doi, Yoshiyasu Oana, Yoshihide Kanemaki, Koichiro Tsugawa, Takahiko Ueno, Masayuki Takagi
AIMS: The aim of this study was to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) system for identifying breast pathology. METHODS: Two sets of 100 consecutive core needle biopsy (CNB) specimens were collected for test and validation studies. All 200 CNB specimens were stained with antibodies targeting oestrogen receptor (ER), synaptophysin and CK14/p63. All stained slides were scanned in a whole-slide imaging system and photographed. The photographs were analysed using software to identify the proportions of tumour cells that were positive and negative for each marker...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629385/administrative-algorithms-to-identify-avascular-necrosis-of-bone-among-patients-undergoing-upper-or-lower-extremity-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-validation-study
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Medha Barbhaiya, Yan Dong, Jeffrey A Sparks, Elena Losina, Karen H Costenbader, Jeffrey N Katz
BACKGROUND: Studies of the epidemiology and outcomes of avascular necrosis (AVN) require accurate case-finding methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate performance characteristics of a claims-based algorithm designed to identify AVN cases in administrative data. METHODS: Using a centralized patient registry from a US academic medical center, we identified all adults aged ≥18 years who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of an upper/lower extremity joint during the 1...
June 19, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627875/preparation-of-gemini-surfactant-conjugated-polymer-aggregates-for-enhanced-fluorescence-and-bioimaging-application
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Hua Wang, Lingyun Zhou, Chengcheng Zhou, Weiwei Zhao, Jianwu Wang, Libing Liu, Shu Wang, Yilin Wang
Conjugated polymers have great potential applications in bioimaging. However, the aggregation of conjugated polymers driven by electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions in aqueous media results in the reduction of photoluminescence quantum efficiency. In present work we synthesized a carboxylate gemini surfactant (SDHC) to adjust the aggregation behaviors and fluorescence properties of conjugated polymers (anionic MPS-PPV and cationic PMNT). This gemini surfactant shows very low critical micellar concentration (CMC) in aqueous solution and forms vesicles above CMC...
June 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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