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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346859/circulating-zbed3-levels-in-subjects-with-and-without-metabolic-syndrome
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Wenjing Hu, Bo Tian, Xiaoqiang Li, Ling Li, Lin Zhang, Hua Liu, Gangyi Yang, Yongsheng Liu, Xiaoyun Fan
BACKGROUND: Zinc-finger BED domain-containing 3 (Zbed3) is a member of the zinc-finger domain protein superfamily. Recent studies have shown that Zbed3 is associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, no report has demonstrated the association of Zbed3 with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in humans. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between Zbed3 and MetS in a cross-sectional study. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of a Chinese population, including 167 non-MetS subjects and 144 newly diagnosed MetS (nMetS) patients...
March 27, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346222/sign-determination-methods-for-the-respiratory-signal-in-data-driven-pet-gating
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Ottavia Bertolli, Simon Arridge, Scott D Wollenweber, Charles W Stearns, Brian F Hutton, Kris Thielemans
Patient respiratory motion during PET image acquisition leads to blurring in the reconstructed images and may cause significant artifacts, resulting in decreased lesion detectability, inaccurate standard uptake value calculation and incorrect treatment planning in radiation therapy. To reduce these effects data can be regrouped into (nearly) 'motion-free' gates prior to reconstruction by selecting the events with respect to the breathing phase. This gating procedure therefore needs a respiratory signal: on current scanners it is obtained from an external device, whereas with data driven (DD) methods it can be directly obtained from the raw PET data...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345976/evaluating-the-performance-of-a-new-carboxymethyl-cellulose-dressing-in-the-community-setting
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Jackie Stephen-Haynes, Rosie Callaghan, Claire Stephens
This article describes a single-centre, non-comparative evaluation set out to assess the clinical performance and patient acceptability of a new carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) wound dressing. Twenty patients in a community setting, aged between 34-97 years, were recruited. The progression of various types of wounds with different levels of exudate was documented over 4 weeks. No adherence to the wound bed or painful removal was reported in 18 patients, and the peri-wound skin was the same or had improved in all patients...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340596/clinical-treatment-considerations-in-the-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-era-for-patients-with-n0-category-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-and-enlarged-neck-lymph-nodes
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Hao Peng, Lei Chen, Rui Guo, Yuan Zhang, Wen-Fei Li, Yan-Ping Mao, Ying Sun, Fan Zhang, Li-Zhi Liu, Li Tian, Jun Ma
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) shows a high proportion of lymph node metastasis, and treatment guidelines have been developed for positive nodes. However, no irradiation guidelines have been proposed for patients with enlarged neck lymph nodes (ENLNs) that do not meet the radiological criteria of 10 mm in diameter for positive lymph nodes. This study aimed to determine the prognostic value and radiation dose for ENLNs in N0-category NPC patients treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)...
March 24, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340161/organizational-benchmarks-for-test-utilization-performance-an-example-based-on-positivity-rates-for-genetic-tests
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Joseph Rudolf, Brian R Jackson, Andrew R Wilson, Kristi J Smock, Robert L Schmidt
Objectives: Health care organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver value by improving test utilization management. Many factors, including organizational factors, could affect utilization performance. Past research has focused on the impact of specific interventions in single organizations. The impact of organizational factors is unknown. The objective of this study is to determine whether testing patterns are subject to organizational effects, ie, are utilization patterns for individual tests correlated within organizations...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339449/reversal-of-progressive-conscious-disturbance-with-epidural-blood-patch-for-cerebrospinal-fluid-leakage-at-c2-level
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Yi-Chen Lai, Yuan-Yi Chia, Wei-Hung Lien
Intracranial hypotension syndrome (IHS) is generally caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Complications include bilateral subdural hygroma or haematoma and herniation of the cerebellar tonsils. Epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy is indicated if conservative treatment is ineffective. We reported the case of a 46-year-old man with a history of postural headache and dizziness. The patient was treated with bed rest and daily hydration with 2000 mL of fluid for 2 weeks. However, dizziness and headache did not resolve, and he became drowsy and disoriented with incomprehensible speech...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338811/interventions-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-disability-due-to-acquired-joint-contractures-in-older-people-a-systematic-review
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Susanne Saal, Katrin Beutner, Julia Bogunski, Kathrin Obermüller, Martin Müller, Eva Grill, Gabriele Meyer
Background: acquired joint contractures have significant effects on quality of life and functioning. Objective: to determine the effects of interventions to prevent and treat disabilities in older people with acquired joint contractures. Methods: systematic search (last 8/2016) via Cochrane Library, PubMed, EMBASE, PEDro, CINAHL, trial registries, reference lists of retrieved articles and scientific congress pamphlets. Controlled and randomised controlled trials in English or German comparing an intervention with another intervention or standard care were included...
February 25, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335385/patient-posture-monitoring-system-based-on-flexible-sensors
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Youngsu Cha, Kihyuk Nam, Doik Kim
Monitoring patients using vision cameras can cause privacy intrusion problems. In this paper, we propose a patient position monitoring system based on a patient cloth with unobtrusive sensors. We use flexible sensors based on polyvinylidene fluoride, which is a flexible piezoelectric material. Theflexiblesensorsareinsertedintopartsclosetothekneeandhipoftheloosepatientcloth. We measure electrical signals from the sensors caused by the piezoelectric effect when the knee and hip in the cloth are bent. The measured sensor outputs are transferred to a computer via Bluetooth...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333935/dengue-seroprevalence-seroconversion-and-risk-factors-in-dhaka-bangladesh
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Parnali Dhar-Chowdhury, Kishor Kumar Paul, C Emdad Haque, Shakhawat Hossain, L Robbin Lindsay, Antonia Dibernardo, W Abdullah Brooks, Michael A Drebot
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) activity has been reported in Dhaka, Bangladesh since the early 1960s with the greatest burden of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever cases observed in 2000. Since this time, the intensity of dengue activity has varied from year to year, and its determining factors remained relatively unknown. In light of such gaps in knowledge, the main objectives of this study were to determine the magnitude of seroprevalence and seroconversion among the surveyed population, and establish the individual/household level risk factors for the presence of DENV antibodies among all age groups of target populations in the city of Dhaka...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331380/classical-conditioning-for-preserving-the-effects-of-short-melatonin-treatment-in-children-with-delayed-sleep-a-pilot-study
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Annette van Maanen, Anne Marie Meijer, Marcel G Smits, Frans J Oort
Melatonin treatment is effective in treating sleep onset problems in children with delayed melatonin onset, but effects usually disappear when treatment is discontinued. In this pilot study, we investigated whether classical conditioning might help in preserving treatment effects of melatonin in children with sleep onset problems, with and without comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism. After a baseline week, 16 children (mean age: 9.92 years, 31% ADHD/autism) received melatonin treatment for 3 weeks and then gradually discontinued the treatment...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330710/implementing-a-negative-pressure-isolation-ward-for-a-surge-in-airborne-infectious-patients
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Shelly L Miller, Nicholas Clements, Steven A Elliott, Shobha S Subhash, Aaron Eagan, Lewis J Radonovich
BACKGROUND: During a large-scale airborne infectious disease outbreak, the number of patients needing hospital-based health care services may exceed available negative-pressure isolation room capacity. METHODS: To test one method of increasing hospital surge capacity, a temporary negative-pressure isolation ward was established at a fully functioning hospital. Negative pressure was achieved in a 30-bed hospital ward by adjusting the ventilation system. Differential pressure was continuously measured at 22 locations, and ventilation airflow was characterized throughout the ward...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329934/-hiv-infection-and-associated-factors-in-hiv-antibody-positive-clients-of-female-sex-workers-recently-reported-in-shaanxi-province
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T Hu, W H Chang, M Y Zhang
Objective: To investigate the current status of HIV infection and the related factors in HIV antibody positive clients of female sex workers (FSWs) recently reported in Shaanxi province. Methods: The HIV/AIDS cases newly diagnosed in males living in Shaanxi from January 1th of 2013 to June 30th of 2014 were selected and those infected through " commercial heterosexual behavior" were identified. The information about their demographic characteristics, previous unprotected heterosexual sex and the sample sources were collected, and serum or plasma samples were collected from them and tested with BED-CEIA...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329285/upright-treadmill-vs-semi-supine-bicycle-exercise-echocardiography-to-provoke-obstruction-in-symptomatic-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-pilot-study
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Patricia Reant, Maxence Dufour, Jerome Peyrou, Amelie Reynaud, Caroline Rooryck, Marina Dijos, Cecile Vincent, Claire Cornolle, Raymond Roudaut, Stephane Lafitte
Aims: Recent findings regarding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) haemodynamics emphasized the relationship between symptoms, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO), and the preload condition as the venous return level. As various types of exercises have different effects on peripheral vascular beds, this study sought to compare upright treadmill exercise echocardiography (EE) to semi-supine bicycle EE in maximum provoked LVOTO in HCM patients. Methods and results: Semi-supine bicycle and upright treadmill EE were prospectively performed in HCM patients with New York Heart Association functional Class II...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328648/the-economic-and-clinical-impact-of-sustained-use-of-a-progressive-mobility-program-in-a-neuro-icu
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Jeannette M Hester, Peggy R Guin, Gale D Danek, Jaime R Thomas, William L Titsworth, Richard K Reed, Terrie Vasilopoulos, Brenda G Fahy
OBJECTIVE: To investigate a progressive mobility program in a neurocritical care population with the hypothesis that the benefits and outcomes of the program (e.g., decreased length of stay) would have a significant positive economic impact. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of economic and clinical outcome data before, immediately following, and 2 years after implementation of the Progressive Upright Mobility Protocol Plus program (UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL) involving a series of planned movements in a sequential manner with an additional six levels of rehabilitation in the neuro-ICU at UF Health Shands Hospital...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327493/noninvasive-ventilation-open-issues-for-nursing-research
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Stefano Bambi, Enrica Mati, Christian De Felippis, Alberto Lucchini
According to the current literature, Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV) is a well-recognized respiratory support technique for patients affected by Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF). As highlighted by recent meta-analysis, a tight adherence to protocols regarding patients' selection criteria, relative or absolute contraindications, plus highly skilled and experienced operators, can positively affect the NIV performance and mortality rates. Positive outcome from NIV respiratory support is dependent from: patient's clinical condition and education needs; confidence of the staff with NIV technology; choice and management of the most suitable interface available prevention of interface complications; nutritional assessment (artificial feeding if required) and conditioning of medical gas...
March 14, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323670/prevention-of-respiratory-complications-of-the-surgical-patient-actionable-plan-for-continued-process-improvement
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Katarina J Ruscic, Stephanie D Grabitz, Maíra I Rudolph, Matthias Eikermann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Postoperative respiratory complications (PRCs) increase hospitalization time, 30-day mortality and costs by up to $35 000. These outcomes measures have gained prominence as bundled payments have become more common. RECENT FINDINGS: Results of recent quantitative effectiveness studies and clinical trials provide a framework that helps develop center-specific treatment guidelines, tailored to minimize the risk of PRCs. The implementation of those protocols should be guided by a local, respected, and visible facilitator who leads proper implementation while inviting center-specific input from surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other perioperative stakeholders...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321578/silver-embedded-screens-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-new-tool-to-control-multi-drug-resistant-bacterial-cross-transmission
#17
J Ruiz, P Ramirez, E Villarreal, M Gordon, S Cuesta, M Piñol, J Frasquet, Á Castellanos
The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of silver-embedded surfaces (BactiBlock®) to prevent surface colonization by multi-resistant bacteria (MRB) and to reduce the incidence of MRB colonization and infection in patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). A 6-month prospective observational study in a 24-bed mixed ICU divided into two identical subunits (12 beds each) was designed. Seven solid mobile screens were placed in one of the subunits while in the other cloth screens remained...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320428/a-topology-based-method-to-mitigate-the-dosimetric-uncertainty-caused-by-the-positional-variation-of-the-boost-volume-in-breast-conservative-radiotherapy
#18
Peng-Yi Lee, Chih-Yuan Lin, Shang-Wen Chen, Chun-Ru Chien, Chun-Nan Chu, Hsiu-Ting Hsu, Ji-An Liang, Ying-Jun Lin, An-Cheng Shiau
BACKGROUND: To improve local control rate in patients with breast cancer receiving adjuvant radiotherapy after breast conservative surgery, additional boost dose to the tumor bed could be delivered simultaneously via the simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) modulated technique. However, the position of tumor bed kept changing during the treatment course as the treatment position was aligned to bony anatomy. This study aimed to analyze the positional uncertainties between bony anatomy and tumor bed, and a topology-based approach was derived to stratify patients with high variation in tumor bed localization...
March 20, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315938/the-relationship-between-breast-cancer-molecular-subtypes-and-mast-cell-populations-in-tumor-microenvironment
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Anna Glajcar, Joanna Szpor, Agnieszka Pacek, Katarzyna Ewa Tyrak, Florence Chan, Joanna Streb, Diana Hodorowicz-Zaniewska, Krzysztof Okoń
Mast cells (MCs) are a part of the innate immune system. The MC functions toward cancer are partially based on the release of chymase and tryptase. However, the MC effect on breast cancer is controversial. The aim of our study was to investigate the presence of MCs in breast cancer tumors of different molecular subtypes and their relationships with other pathological prognostic factors. Tryptase- and chymase-positive mast cell densities were evaluated by immunohistochemistry in 108 primary invasive breast cancer tissue samples...
March 18, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315390/quantifying-the-dynamic-density-driven-convection-in-high-permeability-packed-beds
#20
Ying Teng, Lanlan Jiang, Yingting Fan, Yu Liu, Dayong Wang, Abuliti Abudula, Yongchen Song
The density driven convection phenomenon is expected to have a significant and positive role in CO2 geological storage capacity and safety. The onset and development of density-driven convective on the core scale is critical to understand the mass transfer mechanism. In this paper, laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate the density-driven convective in a vertical tube. The deuterium oxide (D2O)/manganese chloride (MnCl2) water solution in water or brine were as an analog for CO2-rich brine in original brine...
March 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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