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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779145/comprehensive-genetic-testing-for-female-and-male-infertility-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Bonny Patel, Sasha Parets, Matthew Akana, Gregory Kellogg, Michael Jansen, Chihyu Chang, Ying Cai, Rebecca Fox, Mohammad Niknazar, Roman Shraga, Colby Hunter, Andrew Pollock, Robert Wisotzkey, Malgorzata Jaremko, Alex Bisignano, Oscar Puig
PURPOSE: To develop a comprehensive genetic test for female and male infertility in support of medical decisions during assisted reproductive technology (ART) protocols. METHODS: We developed a next-generation sequencing (NGS) gene panel consisting of 87 genes including promoters, 5' and 3' untranslated regions, exons, and selected introns. In addition, sex chromosome aneuploidies and Y chromosome microdeletions were analyzed concomitantly using the same panel. RESULTS: The NGS panel was analytically validated by retrospective analysis of 118 genomic DNA samples with known variants in loci representative of female and male infertility...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779129/practical-impact-of-a-decision-support-for-goal-directed-fluid-therapy-on-protocol-adherence-a-clinical-implementation-study-in-patients-undergoing-major-abdominal-surgery
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Alexandre Joosten, Reda Hafiane, Marco Pustetto, Luc Van Obbergh, Thierry Quackels, Alexis Buggenhout, Jean-Louis Vincent, Brigitte Ickx, Joseph Rinehart
The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of using a real time clinical decision-support system, "Assisted Fluid Management" (AFM), to guide goal-directed fluid therapy (GDFT) during major abdominal surgery. We compared a group of patients managed using the AFM system with a historical cohort of patients (control group) who had been managed using a manual GDFT strategy. Adherence to the protocol was defined as the relative intraoperative time spent with a stroke volume variation (SVV) < 13%...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778986/breaking-through-the-dilemma-of-whether-to-continue-nursing-newly-graduated-nurses-experiences-of-work-challenges
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Hwey-Fang Liang, Chun-Chih Lin, Kuang-Ming Wu
BACKGROUND: Newly graduated nurses (NGNs) often encounter unique work challenges. PURPOSE: To discover Taiwanese NGNs' experiences of work challenges. METHOD: An interpretive qualitative design was chosen. In-depth interviews were completed with 25 NGNs working in clinical settings in Taiwan. Data were analyzed using content analysis. RESULTS: The essential structure of NGNs' experiences of work challenges was described as struggling and breaking through the dilemma of deciding whether to continue nursing or quit...
May 4, 2018: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778931/monitoring-tool-usage-in-surgery-videos-using-boosted-convolutional-and-recurrent-neural-networks
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Hassan Al Hajj, Mathieu Lamard, Pierre-Henri Conze, Béatrice Cochener, Gwenolé Quellec
This paper investigates the automatic monitoring of tool usage during a surgery, with potential applications in report generation, surgical training and real-time decision support. Two surgeries are considered: cataract surgery, the most common surgical procedure, and cholecystectomy, one of the most common digestive surgeries. Tool usage is monitored in videos recorded either through a microscope (cataract surgery) or an endoscope (cholecystectomy). Following state-of-the-art video analysis solutions, each frame of the video is analyzed by convolutional neural networks (CNNs) whose outputs are fed to recurrent neural networks (RNNs) in order to take temporal relationships between events into account...
May 9, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778826/intra-and-inter-rater-reliabilities-for-novel-muscle-thickness-assessment-during-co-contraction-with-dual-rehabilitative-ultrasound-imaging
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Hwang-Jae Lee, Hyun-Geun Ha, Joohee Hahn, Seungyeop Lim, Wan-Hee Lee
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the intra- and inter-rater reliabilities of dual-rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (D-RUSI) for the simultaneous measurement of the thickness of the tibialis anterior (TA) and gastrocnemius (GCM) muscles in healthy young adults. DESIGN: A single-group repeated-measures reliability study. SETTING: Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging analysis laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-six healthy participants (23 males; age = 26...
May 17, 2018: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778777/modeling-the-dynamics-of-recognition-memory-testing-with-an-integrated-model-of-retrieval-and-decision-making
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Adam F Osth, Anna Jansson, Simon Dennis, Andrew Heathcote
A robust finding in recognition memory is that performance declines monotonically across test trials. Despite the prevalence of this decline, there is a lack of consensus on the mechanism responsible. Three hypotheses have been put forward: (1) interference is caused by learning of test items (2) the test items cause a shift in the context representation used to cue memory and (3) participants change their speed-accuracy thresholds through the course of testing. We implemented all three possibilities in a combined model of recognition memory and decision making, which inherits the memory retrieval elements of the Osth and Dennis (2015) model and uses the diffusion decision model (DDM: Ratcliff, 1978) to generate choice and response times...
May 17, 2018: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778585/surgical-sterilization-among-u-s-men-and-women-with-employer-based-insurance-a-claims-data-analysis
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Amir Ishaq Khan, Dattatraya Patil, Jennifer Fay Kawwass, Vitaly Zholudev, Akanksha Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To assess variability in the use of surgical sterilization among privately insured U.S. men and women. STUDY DESIGN: We queried the MarketScan Commercial Claims database using CPT, ICD9, and HCPCS codes to identify 658,509 individuals between 18-65years old (0.37% of total) who underwent male or female sterilization between 2009-2014. We examined annual trends using Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test. We analyzed differences in age, geographic distribution, and family size using Wilcoxon sum-rank and generalized chi-squared tests...
May 17, 2018: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778365/cerebral-microbleeds-and-intracranial-haemorrhage-risk-in-patients-anticoagulated-for-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-ischaemic-stroke-or-transient-ischaemic-attack-cromis-2-a-multicentre-observational-cohort-study
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Duncan Wilson, Gareth Ambler, Clare Shakeshaft, Martin M Brown, Andreas Charidimou, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Gregory Y H Lip, Hannah Cohen, Gargi Banerjee, Henry Houlden, Mark J White, Tarek A Yousry, Kirsty Harkness, Enrico Flossmann, Nigel Smyth, Louise J Shaw, Elizabeth Warburton, Keith W Muir, Hans Rolf Jäger, David J Werring
BACKGROUND: Cerebral microbleeds are a potential neuroimaging biomarker of cerebral small vessel diseases that are prone to intracranial bleeding. We aimed to determine whether presence of cerebral microbleeds can identify patients at high risk of symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage when anticoagulated for atrial fibrillation after recent ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack. METHODS: Our observational, multicentre, prospective inception cohort study recruited adults aged 18 years or older from 79 hospitals in the UK and one in the Netherlands with atrial fibrillation and recent acute ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack, treated with a vitamin K antagonist or direct oral anticoagulant, and followed up for 24 months using general practitioner and patient postal questionnaires, telephone interviews, hospital visits, and National Health Service digital data on hospital admissions or death...
June 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778017/the-preconception-care-experiences-of-women-with-epilepsy-on-sodium-valproate
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Lorna Lawther, Helen Dolk, Marlene Sinclair, Jim Morrow
PURPOSE: To understand the preconception experiences of women with epilepsy who have been taking the teratogenic drug valproate. METHODS: Seven women were recruited, three from a preconception clinic and four from an antenatal clinic in a region of the UK. All had taken valproate preconceptionally. Three preconception clinic encounters were observed and audio-recorded. Interviews with all women were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). RESULTS: Women experienced a "trajectory of balance"...
May 16, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777998/an-integrated-modeling-approach-for-estimating-hydrologic-responses-to-future-urbanization-and-climate-changes-in-a-mixed-use-midwestern-watershed
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Michael G Sunde, Hong S He, Jason A Hubbart, Michael A Urban
Future urban development and climatic changes are likely to affect hydrologic regimes in many watersheds. Quantifying potential water regime changes caused by these stressors is therefore crucial for enabling decision makers to develop viable environmental management strategies. This study presents an approach that integrates mid-21st century impervious surface growth estimates derived from the Imperviousness Change Analysis Tool with downscaled climate model projections and a hydrologic model Soil and Water Assessment Tool to characterize potential water regime changes in a mixed-use watershed in central Missouri, USA...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777617/simulation-in-urology-to-train-non-technical-skills-in-ward-rounds
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K Somasundram, H Spence, A J Colquhoun, C Mcilhenny, C S Biyani, S Jain
OBJECTIVE: We have designed an exercise to train newly appointed Urology trainees in non-technical skills on ward rounds as a part of a simulation 'boot camp'. This paper reports our experience, including a qualitative analysis of participant feedback on the utility of this method of training. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The simulations took place in a high-fidelity simulated ward bay. Forty-eight doctors with formal Urology training ranging between 2-60 months (mean 19...
May 19, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777325/developing-an-interactive-data-visualization-tool-to-assess-the-impact-of-decision-support-on-clinical-operations
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Timothy C Huber, Arun Krishnaraj, Dayna Monaghan, Cree M Gaskin
Due to mandates from recent legislation, clinical decision support (CDS) software is being adopted by radiology practices across the country. This software provides imaging study decision support for referring providers at the point of order entry. CDS systems produce a large volume of data, providing opportunities for research and quality improvement. In order to better visualize and analyze trends in this data, an interactive data visualization dashboard was created using a commercially available data visualization platform...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777323/andriod-device-based-cervical-cancer-screening-for-resource-poor-settings
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Vidya Kudva, Keerthana Prasad, Shyamala Guruvare
Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) is an effective, affordable and simple test for cervical cancer screening in resource-poor settings. But considerable expertise is needed to differentiate cancerous lesions from normal lesions, which is lacking in developing countries. Many studies have attempted automation of cervical cancer detection from cervix images acquired during the VIA process. These studies used images acquired through colposcopy or cervicography. However, colposcopy is expensive and hence is not feasible as a screening tool in resource-poor settings...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777306/respiratory-manifestations-in-lps-responsive-beige-like-anchor-lrba-protein-deficient-patients
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Oded Shamriz, Bella Shadur, Adeeb NaserEddin, Irina Zaidman, Natalia Simanovsky, Orly Elpeleg, Eitan Kerem, Joel Reiter, Polina Stepensky
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA) protein deficiency is a rare syndrome of primary immune deficiency and immune dysregulation. In this study, we sought to summarize our experience with respiratory manifestations in LRBA-deficient patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records of LRBA-deficient patients treated at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Data retrieved included pulmonary workup, disease course, treatment, and outcome. Ten patients were included...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777291/growth-of-asymptomatic-intracranial-fusiform-aneurysms-incidence-and-risk-factors
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Jusun Moon, Young Dae Cho, Dong Hyun Yoo, Jeongjun Lee, Hyun-Seung Kang, Won-Sang Cho, Jeong Eun Kim, Li Zhang, Moon Hee Han
PURPOSE: Growth of intracranial fusiform aneurysms (IFA) may become clinically problematic through a mass effect or rupture. We investigated the growth rate and factors contributing to growth in asymptomatic untreated IFA. METHOD: As a retrospective review, we assessed patients diagnosed with asymptomatic IFA between August 2000 and September 2014, all untreated. No acute or symptomatic dissecting lesions were considered. Clinical and serial angiographic follow-up data were analyzed, defining growth as expansion > 2 mm in one or more dimensions...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776847/a-comparative-evaluation-of-spectrophotometric-intracutaneous-analysis-and-laser-doppler-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-adult-and-paediatric-burn-injuries
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Somy Charuvila, Masha Singh, Declan Collins, Isabel Jones
INTRODUCTION: Clinical assessment of mid-dermal burns can be challenging. Currently, laser Doppler imaging (LDI) is the gold standard adjunct in the assessment of burn injuries. Although LDI has demonstrated reliable accuracy, it poses various limitations in routine use including cost and ease of use. In comparison, spectrophotometric intracutaneous analysis (SIA) is a relatively cheaper technique, which can be carried out using a modified digital camera that enables easy image acquisition...
March 29, 2018: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776836/analysis-of-incidence-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-blunt-trauma-patients-with-glasgow-coma-scale-of-12-or-less
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Alexander Becker, Kobi Peleg, Oded Olsha, Adi Givon, Boris Kessel
PURPOSE: Early diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important for improving survival and neurologic outcome in trauma victims. The purpose of this study was to assess whether Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 12 or less can predict the presence of TBI and the severity of associated injuries in blunt trauma patients. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study including 303,435 blunt trauma patients who were transferred from the scene to hospital from 1998 to 2013. The data was obtained from the records of the National Trauma Registry maintained by Israel's National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research, in the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research...
April 16, 2018: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776744/discovering-mental-models-and-frames-in-learning-of-nursing-ethics-through-simulations
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J L Díaz Agea, M R Martín Robles, D Jiménez Rodríguez, I Morales Moreno, I Viedma Viedma, C Leal Costa
The acquisition of ethical competence is necessary in nursing. The aims of the study were to analyse students' perceptions of the process of learning ethics through simulations and to describe the underlying frames that inform the decision making process of nursing students. A qualitative study based on the analysis of simulated experiences and debriefings of six simulated scenarios with ethical content in three different groups of fourth-year nursing students (n = 30), was performed. The simulated situations were designed to contain ethical dilemmas...
May 15, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776600/contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-quantifies-the-perfusion-within-tibial-non-unions-and-predicts-the-outcome-of-revision-surgery
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Daniel Krammer, Gerhard Schmidmaier, Marc-André Weber, Julian Doll, Christoph Rehnitz, Christian Fischer
Vascularity is one of the factors determining successful bone regeneration. This prospective study focused on quantifying the microperfusion of tibial non-unions with contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) 12 wk after revision surgery and comparing it with the osseous consolidation at a maximum of 24 mo assessed with standard radiography and computed tomography. Of 36 patients with tibial non-unions, 28 (77.8%) manifested consolidation, and 8 patients required further revision surgery. CEUS revealed significantly higher perfusion in consolidated versus persistent non-unions for all quantification parameters (e...
May 15, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776473/surgeons-experience-and-perceived-barriers-with-outpatient-shoulder-arthroplasty
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Tyler J Brolin, Ryan M Cox, Benjamin M Zmistowski, Surena Namdari, Gerald R Williams, Joseph A Abboud
BACKGROUND: Recently, outpatient total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) has been proposed as a safe and cost-effective alternative to the inpatient setting. This study evaluated the expert shoulder surgeon's experience with and perceived barriers to outpatient TSA. METHODS: A secure web application was used to perform an online survey of 484 active American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons members. The survey assessed surgeon practice demographics, experience with TSA/outpatient TSA, and perceived barriers to successful outpatient TSA...
June 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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