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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431451/-experience-with-the-hind-foot-relaxation-boot
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Hans Zwipp, Michael Borrmann, Eberhard Walter
The goal of this paper is to report our experience with hindfoot fractures using our specially developed boot, with a follow-up of 557 cases. This boot works like the well-known Allgöwer-Röck ortheses (ARO), but is a hybrid between a boot and an orthesis. It allows full weightbearing without using crutches and completely protects an acutely operated hind foot fracture, hind foot arthrodesis or a hind foot fracture which is suitable for conservative treatment. In its first generation, this boot was custom made and used in 408 cases, from March 1999 to February 2011...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431422/how-long-is-too-long-the-prespiked-intravenous-debate
#2
Jennifer L Stedman, Joel M Yarmush, Minal C Joshi, Sangeetha Kamath, Joseph Schianodicola
BACKGROUND: As the number of operative cases increases, there is a greater emphasis on reducing inefficiency while maintaining patient safety. Recently, the issue of prespiking intravenous (IV) bags was raised. No study has assessed whether the risk of infection is related to the length of time a sterile (IV) fluid bag has been spiked. After completion of a pilot study revealed no microbial growth within 24 hours of an IV spike, a larger formal study was undertaken to determine whether there was an increased infection risk within 4 hours of spiking an intravenous fluid bag...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431419/creation-and-validation-of-an-automated-algorithm-to-determine-postoperative-ventilator-requirements-after-cardiac-surgery
#3
Eilon Gabel, Ira S Hofer, Nancy Satou, Tristan Grogan, Richard Shemin, Aman Mahajan, Maxime Cannesson
BACKGROUND: In medical practice today, clinical data registries have become a powerful tool for measuring and driving quality improvement, especially among multicenter projects. Registries face the known problem of trying to create dependable and clear metrics from electronic medical records data, which are typically scattered and often based on unreliable data sources. The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) is one such example, and it supports manually collected data by trained clinical staff in an effort to obtain the highest-fidelity data possible...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431406/erk-expression-and-its-correlation-with-stat1-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Hu Wang, Ying Zhang, Hailong Yun, Shubiao Chen, Yelong Chen, Zhaoyong Liu
BACKGROUND: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is one of leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Chaoshan region a high-risk region for esophageal cancer. Extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) usually play an important role in cell proliferation and differentiation. However, accumulating evidence has shown that the ERK was aberrantly expressed in cancers and correlated with STAT1 depression. RESULTS: The activated ERK downregulates STAT1 expression in ESCC cell lines and U0126 increases expression of STAT1...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431391/serum-levels-of-lead-mercury-and-cadmium-in-relation-to-coronary-artery-disease-in-the-elderly-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sedigheh Asgary, Ahmad Movahedian, Mahtab Keshvari, Mahsa Taleghani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Nizal Sarrafzadegan
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing attempt to identify novel factors that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease beyond the established coronary risk factors. It has been suggested that serum levels of lead, mercury and cadmium are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate serum concentrations of lead (s-Pb), mercury (s-Hg) and cadmium (s-Cd) in patients with CAD in comparison with those of healthy individuals. The correlation between serum levels of these heavy metals and lipid profile parameters was also investigated...
March 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431375/radioactivity-in-wastes-generated-from-shale-gas-exploration-and-production-north-eastern-poland
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Paweł Jodłowski, Jan Macuda, Jakub Nowak, Chau Nguyen Dinh
In the present study, the K-40, U-238, Ra-226, Pb-210, Ra-228 and Th-228 activity concentrations were measured in 64 samples of wastes generated from shale gas exploration in North-Eastern Poland. The measured samples consist of drill cuttings, solid phase of waste drilling muds, fracking fluids, return fracking fluids and waste proppants. The measured activity concentrations in solid samples vary in a wide range from 116 to around 1100 Bq/kg for K-40, from 14 to 393 Bq/kg for U-238, from 15 to 415 Bq/kg for Ra-226, from 12 to 391 Bq/kg for Pb-210, from a few Bq/kg to 516 Bq/kg for Ra-228 and from a few Bq/kg to 515 Bq/kg for Th-228...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431337/a-possible-approach-to-14mev-neutron-moderation-a-preliminary-study-case
#7
D Flammini, R Pilotti, A Pietropaolo
Deuterium-Tritium (D-T) interactions produce almost monochromatic neutrons with about 14MeV energy. These neutrons are used in benchmark experiments as well as for neutron cross sections assessment in fusion reactors technology. The possibility to moderate 14MeV neutrons for purposes beyond fusion is worth to be studied in relation to projects of intense D-T sources. In this preliminary study, carried out using the MCNP Monte Carlo code, the moderation of 14MeV neutrons is approached foreseeing the use of combination of metallic materials as pre-moderator and reflectors coupled to standard water moderators...
April 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431324/achievable-separation-performance-and-analysis-time-in-current-liquid-chromatographic-practice-for-monoclonal-antibody-separations
#8
Szabolcs Fekete, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Davy Guillarme
The separation performance of a chromatographic system is often described in terms of column efficiency and peak capacity. Thanks to the new developments in column technology over the past few years, the achievable peak capacity drastically improved and the analysis time can be significantly shortened. Indeed, highly efficient wide-pore reversed-phase (RPLC) materials packed with small fully porous and superficially porous particles can be successfully used for the analytical characterization of therapeutic proteins...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431318/assessing-seasonal-variation-of-synthetic-musks-in-beach-sands-from-oporto-coastal-area-a-case-study
#9
Vera Homem, Inês Magalhães, Arminda Alves, Lúcia Santos
Synthetic musk compounds are widely used in the formulation of several cosmetics, personal care and household products. Due to their massive and widespread use, together with some health concerns, they are considered emerging pollutants and have been detected in different environmental compartments. This study focused on the evaluation of the concentration of synthetic musks (five nitro, five polycyclic and one macrocyclic musks) in beach sands, from Oporto coastal area (Portugal), contributing to the enhancement of the knowledge of levels, trends and behaviour of these compounds in this particular matrix...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431296/survival-and-transfer-efficacy-of-mixed-strain-salmonella-enterica-ser-typhimurium-from-beef-burgers-to-abiotic-surfaces-and-determination-of-individual-strain-contribution
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E N Gkana, A I Doulgeraki, G-J E Nychas
The aim of the study was to evaluate the survival and transfer efficacy of 3 Salmonella Typhimurium strains from beef burgers to abiotic surfaces and determine the individual strain distribution. S. Typhimurium population on beef burgers during incubation remained constant at initial levels of contamination approximately 3 and 5 log CFU/g. Additionally, the survival of pathogens on soiled HDPE surfaces was significant during incubation at both initial inocula, while ca 1.5 log CFU/cm(2) reduction was observed at 168h...
April 7, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431236/unicystic-ameloblastoma-revisited-comparison-of-massachusetts-general-hospital-outcomes-with-original-robinson-and-martinez-report
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Anne-Frédérique Chouinard, Zachary S Peacock, William C Faquin, Leonard B Kaban
PURPOSE: Robinson and Martinez established unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) as a distinct pathologic entity in 1977. By use of their original description, the aim of this study was to compare the clinical presentation and outcomes of UA treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) with outcomes reported in the original article. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of MGH patients treated for UA during a 15-year period. Patients were included if they had a confirmed clinical and histologic diagnosis of UA...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431204/factors-that-affect-outcomes-of-prolapse-repair-using-single-incision-vaginal-mesh-procedures
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Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Ching-Pei Tsai, Chih-Ku Liu, Pao-Sheng Shen, Yao-Ching Hung, Man-Jung Hung
AIMS: Single-incision vaginal mesh (SIVM) procedures for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) differed in mesh fabrication and implantation that may affect treatment outcomes. We aim to evaluate and compare the safety and effectiveness of two SIVM procedures, and explore factors that may have associations with surgical effectiveness. METHODS: Our data of using two SIVM procedures for a total (anterior and posterior) vaginal mesh repair were studied. Patients who had ≧stage 2 POP and underwent either Elevate (n = 85) using anchored, lightweight meshes or Prosima procedures (n = 95) using non-anchored, original meshes were assessed...
April 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431203/donor-safety-in-living-donor-liver-transplantation-the-korean-organ-transplantation-registry-kotry-study
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Jae Geun Lee, Kwang-Woong Lee, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Chong Woo Chu, Bong-Wan Kim, Dong Lak Choi, Young Kyoung You, Dong-Sik Kim, Yang Won Nah, Koo Jeong Kang, In Soek Choi, Hee Chul Yu, Geun Hong, Ho-Seong Han, Shin Hwang, Myoung Soo Kim
Major concerns about donor safety cause controversy and limit the use of living donor liver transplantation to overcome organ shortages. The Korean Organ Transplantation Registry established a nationwide organ transplantation registration system in 2014. We reviewed the prospectively collected data of all 832 live liver donors who underwent procedures between April 2014 and December 2015. We allocated the donors to a left lobe group (n=59) and a right lobe group (n=773) and analyzed the relations between graft types and remaining liver volumes and complications (graded using the Clavien five-tier grading system)...
April 21, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431198/serum-amylase-and-lipase-and-urinary-trypsinogen-and-amylase-for-diagnosis-of-acute-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Gianluca Rompianesi, Angus Hann, Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with acute abdominal pain differs if they have acute pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with abdominal pain has acute pancreatitis. There is currently no Cochrane review of the diagnostic test accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
#15
REVIEW
Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431157/agreement-between-renal-prescribing-references-and-determination-of-prescribing-appropriateness-in-hospitalised-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#16
Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Allen, John O'Regan, Edwina Payne-Danson, Lise Mentre, Dawn Davin, Peter Lavin, Tamasine Grimes
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for adverse drug events. The clinical significance of discordance between renal prescribing references is unknown. Aim: We determined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in CKD, measured agreement between two prescribing references, and assessed potential for harm consequent to PIP. Design: Single-centre observational study. Methods: A random sample of hospitalised patients with CKD were grouped according to baseline CKD stage (3, 4, or 5)...
April 18, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431153/trends-in-absolute-and-relative-educational-inequalities-in-adult-smoking-since-the-early-2000s-the-case-of-germany
#17
Jens Hoebel, Benjamin Kuntz, Lars E Kroll, Jonas D Finger, Johannes Zeiher, Cornelia Lange, Thomas Lampert
Introduction: Since the early 2000s, several tobacco control policies have been implemented in Germany. Current research is inconsistent about how strengthening tobacco control can affect social inequalities in smoking. This study examines whether educational inequalities in adult smoking have widened in Germany since 2003. Methods: Data were used from four cross-sectional national health surveys conducted between 2003-2012 (n=54,197; age=25-69 years). Participants who smoked daily or occasionally were classified as smokers...
April 18, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431130/safety-concerns-with-thoracoabdominal-acupuncture-experience-at-a-tertiary-care-emergency-department
#18
Hak Jin Lee, Youn-Jung Kim, Won Young Kim
Objective.:  To evaluate serious complications caused by acupuncture treatment and to increase awareness of this complication. Design.:  A retrospective observational study. Setting. : At the emergency department of a tertiary hospital in an urban area during a five-year period (2010-2014) in Seoul, Korea. Subjects.:  Patients with postacupuncture mechanical complications in the thoracoabdominal region. Methods...
April 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431110/african-histoplasmosis-new-clinical-and-microbiological-insights
#19
C Valero, S Gago, M C Monteiro, A Alastruey-Izquierdo, M J Buitrago
African histoplasmosis is defined as the fungal infection caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii (Hcd). Studies focused on distinguishing Hcd and H. capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc), which coexist in Africa, are scarce or outdated, and African strains are continuously underrepresented. In this work, 13 cases of African patients with histoplasmosis diagnosed in the Spanish Mycology Reference Laboratory have been reviewed showing that 77% had disseminated disease and AIDS as underlying disease although Hcd infection has been classically considered a rare presentation in AIDS patients...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431087/a-method-for-learning-a-sparse-classifier-in-the-presence-of-missing-data-for-high-dimensional-biological-datasets
#20
Kristen Severson, Brinda Monian, J Christopher Love, Richard D Braatz
Motivation: This work addresses two common issues in building classification models for biological or medical studies: learning a sparse model, where only a subset of a large number of possible predictors is used, and training in the presence of missing data. This work focuses on supervised generative binary classification models, specifically linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The parameters are determined using an expectation maximization algorithm to both address missing data and introduce priors to promote sparsity...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
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