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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102986/medical-qualification-determinations-final-rule
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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to revise its regulations for medical qualification determinations. The revised regulations update references and language; add and modify definitions; clarify coverage and applicability; address the need for medical documentation and medical examination and/or testing for an applicant or employee whose position may or may not have medical standards and/or physical requirements; and recommend the establishment of agency medical review boards...
18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102963/diagnostic-value-of-endobronchial-ultrasound-elastography-for-the-differentiation-of-benign-and-malignant-intrathoracic-lymph-nodes
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Potjanee Korrungruang, Viboon Boonsarngsuk
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) findings can be used for benign/malignant differentiation of lymph nodes (LNs). Recently, EBUS elastography has been introduced as a complementary modality in the evaluation of intrathoracic lymphadenopathy. We evaluated the ability of EBUS elastography to differentiate between benign and malignant LNs. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on patients sent for evaluation of intrathoracic lymphadenopathy...
January 19, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102960/nine-degrees-of-freedom-flexmap-for-a-cone-beam-computed-tomography-imaging-device-with-independently-movable-source-and-detector
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Peter Keuschnigg, Daniel Kellner, Karl Fritscher, Andrea Zechner, Ulrich Mayer, Philipp Huber, Felix Sedlmayer, Heinz Deutschmann, Philipp Steininger
PURPOSE: Couch-mounted cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging devices with independently rotatable x-ray source and flat-panel detector arms for acquisitions of arbitrary regions of interest (ROI) have recently been introduced in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This work analyzes mechanical limitations and gravity-induced effects influencing the geometric accuracy of images acquired with arbitrary angular constellations of source and detector in nonisocentric trajectories, which is considered essential for IGRT...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102942/a-platform-independent-method-to-reduce-ct-truncation-artifacts-using-discriminative-dictionary-representations
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Yang Chen, Adam Budde, Ke Li, Yinsheng Li, Jiang Hsieh, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: When the scan field of view (SFOV) of a CT system is not large enough to enclose the entire cross-section of the patient, or the patient needs to be positioned partially outside the SFOV for certain clinical applications, truncation artifacts often appear in the reconstructed CT images. Many truncation artifact correction methods perform extrapolations of the truncated projection data based on certain a priori assumptions. The purpose of this work was to develop a novel CT truncation artifact reduction method that directly operates on DICOM images...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102939/what-is-the-relationship-between-increased-access-to-haart-relationship-status-and-fertility-decisions-amongst-hiv-positive-women-a-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Abigail Burgess, Edward Purssell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between fertility decisions, to have already had a child or to desire to have one in the future, and the prognostic factors of; access to antiretrovirals, the time since these became widely available (year of the study) and relationship status. BACKGROUND: There have been significant advances in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with the advent of antiretroviral therapy which has been used to successfully reduce the rate of mother to child transmission; leading researchers to hypothesise that HIV positive women may desire to have children more so now than in the past...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102931/the-impact-of-hpv-type-on-colposcopy-performance-in-women-offered-hpv-immunisation-in-a-catch-up-vaccine-programme-a-two-centre-observational-study
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Ami Munro, Collette Gillespie, Seonaidh Cotton, Camille Busby-Earle, Kim Kavanagh, Kate Cuschieri, Heather Cubie, Chris Robertson, Louise Smart, Kevin Pollock, Catherine Moore, Timothy Palmer, Margaret E Cruickshank
OBJECTIVE: To determine if HPV immunisation has affected the prevalence of HPV genotypes and colposcopic features of CIN in young women referred for colposcopy. DESIGN: A two-centre observational study including vaccinated and unvaccinated women. SETTING: Colposcopy clinics serving two health regions in Scotland, UK. POPULATION: 361 women aged 20-25 years attending colposcopy following an abnormal cervical cytology result at routine cervical screening...
January 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
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Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102928/reduction-in-colposcopy-workload-and-associated-clinical-activity-following-hpv-catch-up-vaccination-programme-in-scotland-an-ecological-study
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M E Cruickshank, J Pan, S C Cotton, K Kavanagh, C Robertson, K Cuschieri, H Cubie, T Palmer, K G Pollock
OBJECTIVE: To measure patterns of clinical activity at colposcopy before and after vaccinated women entered the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (SCSP). DESIGN: Population-based observational study using nationally collected data. SETTING: Scottish colposcopy clinics. SAMPLE: All women with a date of birth on or after 1 January 1985 who attended colposcopy in Scotland between 2008-2014. METHODS: Routinely collected data from the Scottish National Colposcopy Clinical Information Audit System (NCCIAS) was extracted, including: referral criteria, referral cervical cytology, colposcopic findings, clinical procedures and histology results...
January 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102925/the-effect-of-motor-cortex-stimulation-on-central-poststroke-pain-in-a-series-of-16-patients-with-a-mean-follow-up-of-28-months
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Xiaolei Zhang, Yongsheng Hu, Wei Tao, Hongwei Zhu, Dongsheng Xiao, Yongjie Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of motor cortex stimulation (MCS) on central poststroke pain (CPSP) and the outcome predictors associated with medium- to long-term results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective review of 16 CPSP patients treated with MCS with a mean follow-up of 28.2 months. The pain intensity was assessed based on the visual analogue scale (VAS) before surgery and at various follow-up visits. An effective outcome was determined to be at least 40% pain relief...
January 19, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102924/current-practices-related-to-family-presence-during-acute-deterioration-in-adult-emergency-department-patients
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Megan J Youngson, Judy Currey, Julie Considine
AIMS: To explore the characteristics and interactions of clinicians, patients and family members during management of the deteriorating adult patient in the Emergency Department. BACKGROUND: Previous research into family presence during resuscitation has identified many positive outcomes when families are included. However, over that last three decades the epidemiology of acute clinical deterioration has changed, with a decrease in in-hospital cardiac arrests and an increase in acute clinical deterioration...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102916/internet-based-learning-program-to-increase-nurses-knowledge-level-about-venous-leg-ulcer-care-in-home-healthcare
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Minna Ylönen, Jaakko Viljamaa, Hannu Isoaho, Kristiina Junttila, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Riitta Suhonen
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To test the effectiveness of an internet-based education program about venous leg ulcer nursing care (eVLU) on perceived and theoretical knowledge levels and attitudes among nurses working in home healthcare. BACKGROUND: Nurses have been shown to have knowledge gaps in venous leg ulcer (VLU) nursing care. Internet-based learning could offer a means for flexible continuing education for home healthcare environment. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental study with pre- and post-measurements and nonequivalent intervention and comparison groups...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102910/arabidopsis-phosphoinositide-specific-phospholipase-c-4-negatively-regulates-seedling-salt-tolerance
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Keke Xia, Bo Wang, Jiewei Zhang, Yuan Li, Hailian Yang, Dongtao Ren
Previous physiological and pharmacological studies have suggested that the activity of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) plays an important role in regulating plant salt stress responses by altering the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. However, the individual members of plant PLCs involved in this process need to be identified. Here, the function of AtPLC4 in the salt stress response of Arabidopsis seedlings was analyzed. plc4 mutant seedlings showed hyposensitivity to salt stress compared with Col-0 wild-type seedlings, and the salt hyposensitive phenotype could be complemented by the expression of native promoter-controlled AtPLC4...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102864/transthyretin-v122i-pv142i-cardiac-amyloidosis-an-age-dependent-autosomal-dominant-cardiomyopathy-too-common-to-be-overlooked-as-a-cause-of-significant-heart-disease-in-elderly-african-americans
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REVIEW
Joel N Buxbaum, Frederick L Ruberg
Since the identification of a valine-to-isoleucine substitution at position 122 (TTR V122I; pV142I) in the transthyretin (TTR)-derived fibrils extracted from the heart of a patient with late-onset cardiac amyloidosis, it has become clear that the amyloidogenic mutation and the disease occur almost exclusively in individuals of identifiable African descent. In the United States, the amyloidogenic allele frequency is 0.0173 and is carried by 3.5% of community-dwelling African Americans. Genotyping across Africa indicates that the origin of the allele is in the West African countries that were the major source of the slave trade to North America...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102859/diagnostic-accuracy-of-methylated-sept9-for-blood-based-colorectal-cancer-detection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jiayun Nian, Xu Sun, SuYang Ming, Chen Yan, Yunfei Ma, Ying Feng, Lin Yang, Mingwei Yu, Ganlin Zhang, Xiaomin Wang
OBJECTIVES: More convenient and effective blood-based methods are believed to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) detection adoption. The effectiveness of methylated SPET9 for CRC detection has been reviewed in the newly published recommendation statement by US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), while detailed instructions were not provided, which may be a result of insufficient evidence. Therefore, more evidence is needed to assist practitioners to thoroughly understand the utilization of this special maker...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102858/luminescent-immunoprecipitation-system-lips-for-detection-of-autoantibodies-against-atp4a-and-atp4b-subunits-of-gastric-proton-pump-h-k-atpase-in-atrophic-body-gastritis-patients
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Edith Lahner, Cristina Brigatti, Ilaria Marzinotto, Marilia Carabotti, Giulia Scalese, Howard W Davidson, Janet M Wenzlau, Emanuele Bosi, Lorenzo Piemonti, Bruno Annibale, Vito Lampasona
OBJECTIVES: Circulating autoantibodies targeting the H+/K+-ATPase proton pump of gastric parietal cells are considered markers of autoimmune gastritis, whose diagnostic accuracy in atrophic body gastritis, the pathological lesion of autoimmune gastritis, remains unknown. This study aimed to assess autoantibodies against ATP4A and ATP4B subunits of parietal cells H+, K+-ATPase in atrophic body gastritis patients and controls. METHODS: One-hundred and four cases with atrophic body gastritis and 205 controls were assessed for serological autoantibodies specific for ATP4A or ATP4B subunits using luminescent immunoprecipitation system (LIPS)...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
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