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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778045/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-124-snps-included-in-the-precision-id-identity-panel-in-three-east-asian-minority-ethnicities
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Jing Liu, Zheng Wang, Guanglin He, Xueying Zhao, Mengge Wang, Tao Luo, Chengtao Li, Yiping Hou
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technologies can sequence many targeted regions of multiple samples simultaneously and are gaining great interest in the forensic community. The Precision ID Identity Panel contains 90 autosomal SNPs and 34 upper Y-Clade SNPs, which was designed with small amplicons and optimized for forensic degraded or challenging samples. Here, 184 unrelated individuals from three East Asian minority ethnicities (Tibetan, Uygur and Hui) were analyzed using the Precision ID Identity Panel and the Ion PGM System...
May 15, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777851/point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-a-medical-student-compared-to-physical-examination-by-vascular-surgeons-in-the-detection-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Trinh Mai, Michael Y Woo, Kim Boles, Prasad Jetty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the test characteristics of point-of-care ultrasonography performed by a medical student versus physical examination by vascular surgeons compared to a gold standard reference scan for the detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observer-blinded study recruiting patients from an outpatient vascular surgery clinic. Participants were screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms by standardized physical examination by a blinded vascular surgeon, followed by a point-of-care ultrasound examination by a blinded medical student...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777432/qualitative-study-of-mechanical-parameters-of-conventional-diagnostic-x-ray-machines-in-mizoram
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Jonathan Lalrinmawia, Kham Suan Pau, Ramesh Chandra Tiwari
The present study examined the mechanical attributes of 135 conventional diagnostic X-ray machines in Mizoram, India. The purpose of studying the X-ray mechanical parameters, such as congruency, perpendicularity of the central beam, and half-value layer, was to improve the quality of the diagnostic image and reduce the patient dose. A battery-operated portable dosimeter was used to measure output radiation of the X-ray machine. The half-value layer was measured at a constant accelerating potential of 70 kVp and tube load...
May 18, 2018: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776830/pharmacological-modulation-of-radiation-induced-oral-mucosal-complications
#4
S Bockel, A Vallard, A Lévy, S François, M Bourdis, C Le Gallic, D Riccobono, P Annede, M Drouet, Y Tao, P Blanchard, É Deutsch, N Magné, C Chargari
Radiation-induced mucositis is a common toxicity, especially in patients with head and neck cancers. Despite recent technological advances in radiation therapy, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy, radiation-induced mucositis is still causing treatment disruptions, negatively affecting patients' long and short term quality of life, and impacting medical resources use with economic consequences. The objective of this article was to review the latest updates in the management of radiation-induced mucositis, with a focus on pharmaceutical strategies for the prevention or treatment of mucositis...
May 15, 2018: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776574/incidence-of-bleeding-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-advanced-liver-fibrosis-on-treatment-with-vitamin-k-or-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
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Daniele Pastori, Gregory Y H Lip, Alessio Farcomeni, Francesco Del Sole, Angela Sciacqua, Francesco Perticone, Rossella Marcucci, Elisa Grifoni, Pasquale Pignatelli, Francesco Violi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the incidence of bleeding events in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients treated with vitamin K (VKAs) or non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) screened for the presence of liver fibrosis (LF). BACKGROUND: Previous studies provided conflicting results on bleeding risk in AF patients with liver disease on VKAs, and no data on NOACs in this setting are available. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of a prospective, observational multicentre study including 2330 AF outpatients treated with VKAs (n = 1297) or NOACs (n = 1033)...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775944/alterations-of-cytochrome-p450-and-the-occurrence-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-tilapia-caged-in-the-reservoirs-of-the-igua%C3%A3-u-river
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F Y Yamamoto, G D Diamante, M S Santana, D R Santos, R Bombardeli, C C Martins, C A Oliveira Ribeiro, D Schlenk
Environmental chemicals originating from human activities, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), may interfere with the endocrine system of aquatic organisms. The effect of these chemicals on biota and human populations is of high public concern but remains poorly understood, especially in aquatic environments of South America. The aim of this study was to investigate the bioavailability of POPs and the related effects in caged male tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in four cascading reservoirs of the Iguaçu River, Southern Brazil...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775563/anolis-carolinensis-as-a-model-to-understand-molecular-and-cellular-basis-of-foveal-development
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Naif S Sannan, Xianghong Shan, Kevin Gregory-Evans, Kenro Kusumi, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans
The fovea is an anatomical specialization of the central retina containing closely packed cone-photoreceptors providing an area of high acuity vision in humans and primates. Despite its key role in the clarity of vision, little is known about the molecular and cellular basis of foveal development, due to the absence of a foveal structure in commonly used laboratory animal models. Of the amniotes the retina in birds of prey and some reptiles do exhibit a typical foveal structure, but they have not been studied in the context of foveal development due to lack of availability of embryonic tissue, lack of captive breeding programs, and limited genomic information...
May 15, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775405/the-mouse-heart-attack-research-tool-mhart-1-0-database
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Kristine Y DeLeon-Pennell, Rugmani Padmanabhan Iyer, Yonggang Ma, Andriy Yabluchanskiy, Rogelio Zamilpa, Ying Ann Chiao, Presley Cannon, Courtney Cates, Elizabeth R Flynn, Ganesh V Halade, Lisandra E de Castro Bras, Merry L Lindsey
The generation of Big Data has enabled systems-level dissections into the mechanisms of cardiovascular pathology. Integration of genetic, proteomic, and pathophysiological variables across platforms and laboratories fosters discoveries through multidisciplinary investigations and minimizes unnecessary redundancy in research efforts. The Mouse Heart Attack Research Tool (mHART) consolidates a large dataset of over 10 years of experiments from a single laboratory for cardiovascular investigators to generate novel hypotheses and identify new predictive markers of progressive left ventricular remodeling following myocardial infarction (MI) in mice...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775021/-the-correlation-between-radiological-classification-and-clinical-audiometry-in-otosclerosis
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Y Ren, K Wang, J Q Zhang
Objective: The aim of this study is to explore the correlation between radiological classification on HRCT and effects on surgery with hearing improvement in otosclerosis. Method: Thirty three patients (66 ears) with otosclerosis were enrolled to this study, who would be done operation using Fischs stapes surgery technique. All patients were classified according to axial HRCT preoperatively. All patients were evaluated by pure tone test preoperatively and 6 months postoperatively. Correlation between radiological classification and hearing effects were studied...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775012/-the-clinical-value-of-china-savin-pollen-extract-used-for-skin-prick-test
#10
Kai Guan, J X Zhou, R Q Wang, J Yin, L L Wang, Y X Zhi, J L Sun, H Li, L P Wen, J Q Gu, R Tang, Z X Wang, L S Li, T Xu
Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of China Savin pollen extract which was used for skin prick test (SPT) in the diagnosis of China Savin pollen allergy. Method: Patients with diagnosis of allergic diseases were collected from Allergy Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital. All patients were given SPT with China Savin pollen extract, and the mean wheal diameter (MWD) was measured after 15 minutes. Receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) analysis was performed based on the results of serum specific immunoglobulin E (sIgE)...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775008/-skull-base-metastasis-from-differentiated-thyroid-carcinoma-3-cases-report-and-review-of-literature
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Z Chen, Q H Qiu, Q H Zhang, Z C Zhu, Y Peng, H Liu
Skull base metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC), including papillary and follicular thyroid carcinoma, is a rare manifestation and easily misdiagnosed. In this study, we reported three cases whose initial clinical presentation was skull base metastasis complaints with the presence of silent primary sites. Based on the thyroid ultrasound and histopathology (identifying skull base and primary thyroid tumor), the final diagnoses of DTC metastasis to skull base were confirmed. Two patients underwent removal of metastasizing tumors in the skull base and primary thyroid cancer, and have respectively survived 58 months and 4 months since then...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774991/aggregate-mesenchymal-stem-cell-delivery-ameliorates-the-regenerative-niche-for-muscle-repair
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Marissa A Ruehle, Hazel Y Stevens, Aaron M Beedle, Robert E Guldberg, Jarrod A Call
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe muscle wasting disease due to the absence of the dystrophin protein from the muscle cell membrane which renders the muscle susceptible to continuous damage. In DMD patients, muscle weakness, together with cycles of degeneration/regeneration and replacement with non-contractile tissue, limit mobility and lifespan. Since the loss of dystrophin result in loss of polarity and a reduction in the number of self-renewing satellite cells, it is postulated that these patients could achieve an improved quality of life if delivered cells could restore satellite cell function...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774754/effect-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-on-the-neuroendocrine-regulation-of-reproduction-in-adult-male-rats-and-its-relationship-to-anxiogenic-behavior-participation-of-gabaergic-system
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S Carbone, O J Ponzo, N Gobetto, Y A Samaniego, R Reynoso, J A Moguilevsky, R A Cutrera
The endocrine disruptor di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is used in a variety of consumer products made with polyvinyl chloride and also in the manufacture of medical devices. DEHP disrupts reproductive tract development in an antiandrogenic manner and also may induce neurobehavioral changes. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of chronic postnatal exposure to DEHP (30 mg/kg body weight/day, orally from birth to day 60) on the neuroendocrine regulation of the gonadal axis and its impact on the anxiety-like behavior in adult male rats, as well as the probable participation of the GABAergic system in these effects...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774577/genome-wide-association-analysis-reveals-novel-loci-for-hypoxia-adaptability-in-tibetan-chicken
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S Y Jiang, H Y Xu, Z N Shen, C J Zhao, C Wu
The Tibetan chicken (TBC), an indigenous chicken breed of the Tibetan Plateau, has adapted to its hypoxic, high-altitude environment over hundreds of years. The objective of this study was to identify the polymorphisms and genes associated with adaptation to hypoxia in this chicken breed. In the present study, samples were collected during days 18-21 of the incubation period from both surviving chicks and dead embryos, all of which were hatched under hypoxic conditions. A genome-wide association study was conducted using the Illumina iSelect 60K SNP array with a case-control design, in which the case group consisted of the dead chicken embryos (n = 54) and controls were the surviving chicks (n = 82)...
May 18, 2018: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774522/genome-wide-compound-heterozygosity-analysis-highlighted-four-novel-susceptibility-loci-for-congenital-heart-disease-in-chinese-population
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T Jiang, M Huang, T Jiang, Y Gu, Y Wang, Y Wu, H Ma, G Jin, J Dai, Z Hu
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have achieved great success in deciphering the genetic cause of congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the heritability of CHD remains to be clarified, and numerous genetic factors responsible for occurrence of CHD are yet unclear. In this study, we performed a genome-wide search for relaxed forms of compound heterozygosity (CH) in association with CHD using our existing GWAS data including 2,265 individuals (957 CHD cases and 1,308 controls). CollapsABEL was used to iteratively test the association between the CH genotype and CHD phenotype in a sliding window manner...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774439/surgical-education-simulation-and-simulators-updating-the-concept-of-validity
#16
REVIEW
Mitchell Goldenberg, Jason Y Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Competency-based medical education (CBME) is rooted in the use of iterative assessments. We must ensure that the assessments used in CBME are valid, to make acceptable and accurate decisions regarding the competency of a trainee. Until recently, much of the educational and assessment literature in urology have used a now-outdated method of determining validity, based on theory and recommendations from over 50 years ago. We describe a contemporary approach to gathering construct validity evidence for the assessment of urologic trainees, for use in both clinical and simulation environments...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774400/cost-effectiveness-of-osteoporosis-screening-strategies-for-hip-fracture-prevention-in-older-chinese-people-a-decision-tree-modeling-study-in-the-mr-os-and-ms-os-cohort-in-hong-kong
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Y Su, F T T Lai, B H K Yip, J C S Leung, T C Y Kwok
Despite the high costs of hip fracture, many governments provide limited support for osteoporosis screening. We demonstrated that osteoporosis screening by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) with or without pre-screening by Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) or calcaneal ultrasound are more cost-effective than no screening in Chinese people aged 65 or over in Hong Kong. INTRODUCTION: To examine the cost-effective potential osteoporosis screening strategies for hip fracture prevention in Hong Kong...
May 17, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773952/remote-ischemic-preconditioning-in-myocardial-protection-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Marcelo R Bacci, Livia Y Vasconcelos, Neif Murad, Antonio Carlos P Chagas, Ana Carolina Capuano, Beatriz Ca Alves, Edimar C Pereira, Ligia A Azzalis, Virginia Bc Junqueira, Fernando LA Fonseca
Background: Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) is a procedure that generates a brief period of ischemia followed by reperfusion. The role of RIPC in protecting myocardial ischemia during hemodialysis is not yet established. The aim of the study was to evaluate RIPC myocardial protection as evaluated by ultrasensitive I troponin in hemodialysis outpatients. Patients and methods: A double-blind randomized trial with two groups: intervention submitted to RIPC and control group without RIPC...
2018: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773563/prediction-of-borderzone-infarction-by-cta-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-embolization-for-carotid-blowout
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B-C Lee, Y-H Lin, C-W Lee, H-M Liu, A Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion is an effective treatment for carotid blowout syndrome. Besides postoperative thromboembolic infarction, permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion may cause borderzone infarction when the collateral flow to the deprived brain territory is inadequate. In this study, we aimed to test the predictive value of CTA for post-permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion borderzone infarction in patients with carotid blowout syndrome...
May 17, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773334/plague-bridging-gaps-towards-better-disease-control
#20
REVIEW
E D'Ortenzio, N Lemaître, C Brouat, P Loubet, F Sebbane, M Rajerison, L Baril, Y Yazdanpanah
After centuries of epidemics and more than a hundred years since the identification of the causative bacterium, very little is known about the plague dynamics in animal reservoirs, vectors and the changing vulnerabilities for humans. The recent plague epidemic in Madagascar in 2017 highlights these gaps existing within the knowledge of the disease dynamics, the factors influencing it, the performance of diagnostic tests and the best recommended treatment. As the eradication of plague will not be possible due to the widespread existence of the bacterium in wildlife, a One Health approach, drawing on animal, human and environmental health disciplines is needed to better control this poverty-related disease...
May 14, 2018: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
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