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Savana C L Santos, Isabela M P O Rizzo, Reinaldo I Takata, Carlos E Speck-Martins, Jaime M Brum, Claudio Sollaci
BACKGROUND: Multiple osteochondromas is a dysplasia characterized by growth of two or more osteochondromas. It is genetically heterogeneous, caused by pathogenic variants in EXT1 or EXT2 genes in 70%-90% of patients. The EXT1 is more often mutated than EXT2 gene, with a variable prevalence between populations. There are no data about EXT1 and EXT2 pathogenic variants in patients with multiple osteochondromas in Brazilian population. The aim of this survey is to characterize these to determine the genotype profile of this population...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Sang-Hyun Park, Zhen Lu, Robert S Hastings, Patricia A Campbell, Edward Ebramzadeh
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a widely used metal-on-metal hip implant design was voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because of higher than anticipated failure rates at 5 years. Although there was a large published range of revision rates, numerous studies had reported a higher risk of revision for excessive wear and associated adverse tissue reactions when compared with other metal-on-metal total hips. The reasons for this were suggested by some to be related to cup design features. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: From retrievals of ASR metal-on-metal implants and tissue samples obtained at revision surgery, we asked the following questions: (1) What were the common and uncommon surface features? (2) What were the common and uncommon linear and volumetric wear characteristics? (3) Were there common taper corrosion characteristics? (4) What aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis-associated lesion (ALVAL) features were present in the tissues? METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five ASRs, including 23 resurfacings, were studied at one academic research center...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Brett K J Kilb, Andrew P Kurmis, Michael Parry, Karen Sherwood, Paul Keown, Bassam A Masri, Clive P Duncan, Donald S Garbuz
BACKGROUND: Once touted as the future of hip arthroplasty, metal-on-metal (MoM) bearing surfaces have fallen sharply from favor with the emergence of a strong body of evidence demonstrating unacceptably high premature implant failure rates. The previously unpredictable development of adverse local tissue reactions (ALTRs) has been a substantive contributor to this. Although the underlying pathophysiology of these so-called "pseudotumors" is now well understood, the fundamental predisposing patient risk factors have remained elusive...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Edward W Jernigan, Joshua N Tennant, Robert J Esther
BACKGROUND: Preoperative transarterial embolization has been utilized in the surgical treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the femur to decrease perioperative blood loss. However, few studies have documented its efficacy in decreasing the proportion of patients receiving transfusions in the setting of prophylactic treatment of impending pathologic femur fractures. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: In a population of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the femur who underwent prophylactic fixation, the purpose of this study was to quantify and compare the proportion of patients who received at least one transfused unit of blood between a group treated with preoperative embolization and a group without preoperative embolization...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Yoonhee Kim, Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Yeonseung Chung, Ho Kim, Yasushi Honda, Yue Leon Guo, Youn-Hee Lim, Bing-Yu Chen, Lisa A Page, Masahiro Hashizume
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence suggesting an association between air pollution and suicide. However, previous findings varied depending on the type of air pollutant and study location. OBJECTIVES: We examined the association between air pollutants and suicide in 10 large cities in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. METHODS: We used a two-stage meta-analysis. First, we conducted a time-stratified case-crossover analysis to estimate the short-term association between nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ), and particulate matter [aerodynamic diameter ≤10μm (PM10 ), aerodynamic diameter ≤2...
March 6, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
Fiona A Pearce, Peter C Lanyon, Richard A Watts, Matthew J Grainge, Abhishek Abhishek, Richard B Hubbard
Objectives: We aimed to provide insights into the aetiology of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), by conducting a large case-control study using a general population-based, prospectively collected database of healthcare records. Methods: We compared all incident cases of GPA in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink 1990-2014, with up to 10 age-, sex- and general practice-matched controls. We identified potential risk factors, recorded numbers of cases and controls exposed to each, and calculated odds ratios (ORs) using conditional logistic regression...
February 26, 2018: Rheumatology
Isabel Lane, Ashley Bryce, Suzanne M Ingle, Alastair D Hay
Purpose: Antimicrobial resistance is a significant threat to public health. Diagnostic uncertainty is a key driver of antimicrobial prescribing. We sought to determine whether locally relevant, real-time syndromic or microbiological infection epidemiology can improve prescribing by reducing diagnostic uncertainty. Methods: Eligible studies investigated effects on primary care prescribing for common infections in Organisation For Economic Co-Operation And Development countries...
February 26, 2018: Family Practice
Hala B AlEssa, Randy Cohen, Vasanti S Malik, Sally N Adebamowo, Eric B Rimm, JoAnn E Manson, Walter C Willett, Frank B Hu
Background: The carbohydrate-to-fiber ratio is a recommended measure of carbohydrate quality; however, its relation to incident coronary heart disease (CHD) is not currently known. Objective: We aimed to assess the relation between various measures of carbohydrate quality and incident CHD. Design: Data on diet and lifestyle behaviors were prospectively collected on 75,020 women and 42,865 men participating in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) starting in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and every 2-4 y thereafter until 2012...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Arnaud Setondji Amoussouhoui, Ghislain Emmanuel Sopoh, Anita Carolle Wadagni, Roch Christian Johnson, Paulin Aoulou, Inès Elvire Agbo, Jean-Gabin Houezo, Micah Boyer, Mark Nichter
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, commonly known as Buruli ulcer (BU), is a debilitating neglected tropical disease. Its management remains complex and has three main components: antibiotic treatment combining rifampicin and streptomycin for 56 days, wound dressings and skin grafts for large ulcerations, and physical therapy to prevent functional limitations after care. In Benin, BU patient care is being integrated into the government health system. In this paper, we report on an innovative pilot program designed to introduce BU decentralization in Ouinhi district, one of Benin's most endemic districts previously served by centralized hospital-based care...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Carla C Baan
Developments in organ preservation techniques, novel immunosuppressants and improved diagnostics have made organ transplantation the success it is today. That does not mean that we are not still striving to perfect techniques, or that there are no more problems to solve. New strategies to address the donor organ shortage, prevent and manage antibody-mediated rejection, lower long-term allograft failure rates and reduce the toxicity of life-long immunosuppressive medication are urgently needed, and are being widely researched...
March 9, 2018: Transplantation
Mary H Kosmidis, George S Vlachos, Costas A Anastasiou, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Georgios Hadjigeorgiou, Paraskevi Sakka, Eva Ntanasi, Nikolaos Scarmeas
INTRODUCTION: Study of the epidemiology of dementia to gain insight into putative predisposing and prophylactic factors is the first step toward establishing effective preventive and therapeutic strategies for this ever-growing public health problem. Relevant data in Greece are scattered and outdated. METHODS: We investigated dementia prevalence as part of a population-representative epidemiological study [Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Aging and Diet (HELIAD)] in 2 Greek regions...
March 9, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
David A Klingbeil, Ethan R Van Norman, Katherine E McLendon, Sarah G Ross, John C Begeny
Recently, researchers have argued that using quantitative effect sizes in single-case design (SCD) research may facilitate the identification evidence-based practices. Indices to quantify nonoverlap are among the most common methods for quantifying treatment effects in SCD research. Tau-U represents a family of effect size indices that were developed to address criticisms of previously developed measures of nonoverlap. However, more research is necessary to determine the extent to which Tau-U successfully addresses proposed limitations of other nonoverlap methods...
March 1, 2018: Behavior Modification
Dmitrijs Rots, Madara Kreile, Sergejs Nikulshin, Zhanna Kovalova, Linda Gailite
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood malignancy. Modern treatment protocols allow achievement of long-term event-free survival rates in up to 85% of cases, although the treatment response varies among different patient groups. It is hypothesized that treatment response is influenced by the IL15 gene variations, although research results are conflicting. To analyze IL15 gene variations influence treatment response, clinical course and the risk of developing ALL we performed a case-control and family-based study...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Maryam Barzegar, Masoud Berahman, Azam Iraji Zad
Recent research interest in two-dimensional (2D) materials has led to an emerging new group of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), which have significant electrical, optical, and transport properties. MoS2 is one of the well-known 2D materials in this group, which is a semiconductor with controllable band gap based on its structure. The hydrothermal process is known as one of the scalable methods to synthesize MoS2 nanostructures. In this study, the gas sensing properties of flower-shaped MoS2 nanoflakes, which were prepared from molybdenum trioxide (MoO3 ) by a facile hydrothermal method, have been studied...
2018: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Lauren Rumble, Ali Aulia Ramly, Mu'man Nuryana, Michael P Dunne
Nationally representative research into violence against children is necessary to understand the scale and complexity of such violence and to evaluate prevention efforts. To date, however, most countries do not have adequate data. In 2013, the government of Indonesia conducted a national Violence Against Children Survey (VACS). This was a cross-sectional household survey of male and female 13-to-24- year-olds designed to estimate physical, emotional, and sexual violence prevalence. The target was to interview at least 2580 individuals; but response rates were much lower than anticipated (females = 66...
2018: Child Indicators Research
Mary M Mitchell, Eric D Hansen, Tuo-Yen Tseng, Meng Shen, Cynda Rushton, Tom Smith, Nancy Hutton, Jennifer Wolfe, Lee Bone, Jeanne Keruly, Lawrence Wissow, Amy R Knowlton
CONTEXT & OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) rates remain low, especially among people who are HIV positive, disadvantaged, and African American. While ACP can be a sensitive topic for clinicians and patients to discuss, health values clarification can be an important initial step. METHODS: Data were from the first 325 participants in the AFFIRM Care study, which enrolled adults living with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, MD, who had histories of illicit drug use...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Tomislav A Zrnc, Jürgen Wallner, Wolfgang Zemann, Mauro Pau, Christian Gstettner, Luka Brcic, Alexandre T Assaf, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Matthias Feichtinger, Katja Schwenzer-Zimmerer
OBJECTIVES: Determination of tumor margins in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is mostly based on preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography scans (CT). Local recurrence of disease is often correlated with the presence of positive resection margins after surgical treatment. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging plays a crucial role in the assessment of patients with SCCHN. The purpose of this study was to determine whether PET/CT could predict tumor extension...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Lauren B Crawford, Meredith R Golomb
OBJECTIVE: Here we review the current literature regarding visual outcome after perinatal and childhood stroke. BACKGROUND: Visual deficits following stroke in adults are common and have been previously reviewed. Less is known about visual deficits following stroke in neonates and older children. Most of the literature regarding this subject has focused on preterm infants, or on other types of brain injury. This review summarizes the types of visual deficits seen in term infants following perinatal stroke and children following childhood stroke and predictors of outcome...
November 20, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Abrar Essarras, Marco Pazzi, Ian R Dadour, Paola A Magni
Entomotoxicology involves the analysis of the presence and the effects of toxicological substances in necrophagous insects. Results obtained by entomotoxicological studies may assist in the investigation of both the causes and the time of death of humans and animals. Ethylene glycol (EG) is easy to purchase, sweet and extremely toxic. It may be consumed accidentally or purposefully, in an attempt to cause death for suicidal or homicidal intent. Several cases report fatalities of humans and animals. The present study is the first to examine the effects of EG on the survival, developmental rate and morphology of two blowfly species, (Diptera: Calliphoridae) typically found on corpses and carcasses: Lucilia sericata (Meigen) and L...
March 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Nadine M Smit, Ruth M Morgan, David A Lagnado
Evidence has the potential to be misleading if its value when expressing beliefs in hypotheses is not fully understood or presented. Although the knowledge base to understand uncertainties is growing, a challenge remains to prioritise research and to continuously assess the magnitude and consequences of misleading evidence in criminal cases. This study used a systematic content analysis to identify misleading evidence, drawing information from case transcripts of rulings argued unsafe by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales...
March 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
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