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David P Seamans, Boshra F Louka, F David Fortuin, Bhavesh M Patel, John P Sweeney, Louis A Lanza, Patrick A DeValeria, Kim M Ezrre, Harish Ramakrishna
BACKGROUND: The surgical and procedural specialties are continually evolving their methods to include more complex and technically difficult cases. These cases can be longer and incorporate multiple teams in a different model of operating room synergy. Patients are frequently older, with comorbidities adding to the complexity of these cases. Recording of this environment has become more feasible recently with advancement in video and audio capture systems often used in the simulation realm...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Theodore Pincus
An MDHAQ/RAPID3 (multidimensional health assessment questionnaire/routine assessment of patient index data) was developed from the HAQ over 25 years, based on observations made from completion by every patient (with all diagnoses) at every routine rheumatology visit since 1980. Modification of the HAQ was viewed as similar to improving a laboratory test, with a primary focus on clinical value for diagnosis, prognosis, and/or management, as well as feasibility for minimal effect on clinical workflow. Rigorous attention, was also directed to validity, reliability, other methodologic and technological considerations, but after clinical value and feasibility were established...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Vojtěch Ledvina, Eva Janečková, Eva Matalová, Karel Klepárník
Analysing the chemical content of individual cells has already been proven to reveal unique information on various biological processes. Single-cell analysis provides more accurate and reliable results for biology and medicine than analyses of extracts from cell populations, where a natural heterogeneity is averaged. To meet the requirements in the research of important biologically active molecules, such as caspases, we have developed a miniaturized device for simultaneous analyses of individual cells. A stainless steel body with a carousel holder enables high-sensitivity parallel detections in eight microvials...
October 18, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Madathipat Unnikrishnan, Sidharth Viswanathan, K Balasubramaniam, C V Muraleedharan, Arthur Vijayan Lal, P V Mohanan, Meera Mohanty, Tirur Raman Kapilamoorthy
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Vascular illnesses are on the rise in India, due to increase in lifestyle diseases and demographic transition, requiring intervention to save life, organ or limbs using vascular prosthesis. The aim of this study was to develop indigenous large diameter vascular graft for treatment of patients with vascular pathologies. METHODS: The South India Textile Research Association, at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, developed seamless woven polyester (Polyethylene terephthalate) graft at its research wing...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
H Hu, H Liu, C Peng, T Deng, X Fu, C Chung, E Zhang, C Lu, K Zhang, Z Liang, Y Yang
OBJECTIVES: To detect trisomy 21, 18, and 13 in 190,277 clinical samples from the medical diagnostic laboratories of ten hospitals. METHODS: The study assessed the clinical performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in detecting trisomy 21, 18, and 13 in 190,277 clinical samples using semiconductor sequencing technology. RESULTS: NIPT participants were at a mean gestation of 17.79 weeks (range, 9-36) and age of 31.12 years (range, 18-46) at the time of testing in average...
October 13, 2016: Current Molecular Medicine
Ken Nash, Frank Ghinassi, Jaspreet S Brar, Abdulkader Alam, Mary Catherine Bohan, Kalyani Gopalan, Amie Carter, K N Roy Chengappa
OBJECTIVES: 1. A quality performance improvement (QI) project to implement an electronic screening and monitoring tool to record components of the metabolic syndrome (e-MSD) during clinic visits by persons with serious mental illness (SMI). 2. To encourage psychiatrists to use this tool in their documentation. METHODS: Working with the information technology staff, five psychiatrists developed, tested, revised and embedded the e-MSD tool into the medication management document within the electronic health record...
2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
Mary Sproull, Kevin Camphausen
With the possibility of large-scale terrorist attacks around the world, the need for modeling and development of new medical countermeasures for potential future chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) has been well established. Project Bioshield, initiated in 2004, provided a framework to develop and expedite research in the field of CBRN exposures. To respond to large-scale population exposures from a nuclear event or radiation dispersal device (RDD), new methods for determining received dose using biological modeling became necessary...
October 6, 2016: Radiation Research
José María Parisi, José Luis Castro, María Celina Luque, Marta Spinetto, Patricia Saidón, James Fitzgerald
Objective To describe the benefits obtained through South-South and triangular cooperation as a potential tool for strengthening medicine quality control in official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs) of the Region of the Americas. Methods Descriptive study of the project for strengthening drug quality control in OMCLs of the Caribbean community (CARICOM). Results Staff members of Argentina's National Administration for Drugs, Food, and Medical Technology (ANMAT) provided training to professionals from Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago...
May 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Christiana Jesumirhewe, Peter Oladejo Ogunlowo, Mitsan Olley, Burkhard Springer, Franz Allerberger, Werner Ruppitsch
BACKGROUND: Enterobacteriaceae are ubiquitously present in nature and can be found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals as commensal flora. Multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are increasingly reported and are a threat to public health implicating a need for accurate identification of the isolates to species level. In developing countries, identification of bacteria basically depends on conventional methods: culture and phenotypic methods that hamper the accurate identification of bacteria...
2016: PeerJ
Jayant S Vaidya, Frederik Wenz, Max Bulsara, Jeffrey S Tobias, David J Joseph, Christobel Saunders, Chris Brew-Graves, Ingrid Potyka, Stephen Morris, Hrisheekesh J Vaidya, Norman R Williams, Michael Baum
BACKGROUND: Based on our laboratory work and clinical trials we hypothesised that radiotherapy after lumpectomy for breast cancer could be restricted to the tumour bed. In collaboration with the industry we developed a new radiotherapy device and a new surgical operation for delivering single-dose radiation to the tumour bed - the tissues at highest risk of local recurrence. We named it TARGeted Intraoperative radioTherapy (TARGIT). From 1998 we confirmed its feasibility and safety in pilot studies...
September 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Robert C Sibley, Stephen P Reis, Jarrod J MacFarlane, Mark A Reddick, Sanjeeva P Kalva, Patrick D Sutphin
Noninvasive physiologic vascular studies play an important role in the diagnosis and characterization in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the lower extremity. These studies evaluate the physiologic parameters of blood flow through segmental arterial pressures, Doppler waveforms, and pulse volume recordings. Collectively, they comprise a powerful toolset for defining the functionality of the arterial system, localizing the site of disease, and providing prognostic data. This technology has been widely adopted by diverse medical specialty practitioners, including radiologists, surgeons, cardiologists, and primary care providers...
September 30, 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Majed Al Dogether, Yahya Al Muallem, Mowafa Househ, Basema Saddik, Mohamed Khalifa
In recent decades, healthcare organizations have undergone a significant transformation with the integration of Information and Communication Technologies within healthcare operations to improve healthcare services. Various technologies such as Hospital Information Systems (HIS), Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) have been incorporated into healthcare services. The aim of this study is to evaluate the completeness of outpatients' laboratory paper based request forms in comparison with a electronic laboratory request system...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Claire S Zhu, Wen-Yi Huang, Paul F Pinsky, Christine D Berg, Mark Sherman, Kelly J Yu, Danielle M Carrick, Amanda Black, Robert Hoover, Petra Lenz, Craig Williams, Laura Hawkins, Matthew Chaloux, Susan Yurgalevitch, Sunitha Mathew, Amy Miller, Vanessa Olivo, Asia Khan, Shannon M Pretzel, Deborah Multerer, Patricia Beckmann, Karen G Broski, Neal D Freedman
BACKGROUND: Pathology tissue specimens with associated epidemiological and clinical data are valuable for cancer research. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial undertook a large-scale effort to create a public resource of pathology tissues from PLCO participants who developed a cancer during the trial. METHODS: Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) tissue blocks were obtained from pathology laboratories on a loan basis for central processing of tissue microarrays, with additional free-standing tissue cores collected for nucleic acid extraction...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Daniele Regge, Simone Mazzetti, Valentina Giannini, Christian Bracco, Michele Stasi
Cancer is a complex disease and unfortunately understanding how the components of the cancer system work does not help understand the behavior of the system as a whole. In the words of the Greek philosopher Aristotle "the whole is greater than the sum of parts." To date, thanks to improved information technology infrastructures, it is possible to store data from each single cancer patient, including clinical data, medical images, laboratory tests, and pathological and genomic information. Indeed, medical archive storage constitutes approximately one-third of total global storage demand and a large part of the data are in the form of medical images...
September 13, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
Kip R Thompson, Eric C Mossel, Belle Federman, David M Claborn
During its deployment to Kuwait from 2011-2012, the 983rd Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) was augmented with a 4-person laboratory section which provided polymerase chain reaction capabilities not normally associated with an Army Level III preventive medicine detachment. Although common in many civilian laboratories, this was the first time this equipment was used by a deployed Level III Army preventive medicine detachment to identify an outbreak in this theater. It allowed rapid identification and description of a gastrointestinal disease outbreak caused by norovirus in Kuwait...
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Pamela J VandeVord, Alessandra Dal Cengio Leonardi, David Ritzel
Recent military combat has heightened awareness to the complexity of blast-related traumatic brain injuries (bTBI). Experiments using animal, cadaver, or biofidelic physical models remain the primary measures to investigate injury biomechanics as well as validate computational simulations, medical diagnostics and therapies, or protection technologies. However, blast injury research has seen a range of irregular and inconsistent experimental methods for simulating blast insults generating results which may be misleading, cannot be cross-correlated between laboratories, or referenced to any standard for exposure...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sandra Bulat Lokas, Davor Plavec, Josipa Rikić Pišković, Jelena Živković, Boro Nogalo, Mirjana Turkalj
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to examine the performance of IMMULITE 2000 assay for specific IgE (sIgE) by comparing it with ImmunoCAP technology in light of a clinical background. METHODS: Measurements of sIgE were done in a selected patient group (N = 569; varied sample size for each allergen) and in a random sample group (N = 100; 8 allergens). sIgE results were correlated with skin-prick test results (selected patients) and medical history (nonselected patients). RESULTS: We have detected fair to excellent correlation and agreement between the results of both assays, despite their methodological differences, both in selected and nonselected patient group (ρc = 0...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
N Zeng, C H Fang, Y F Fan, J Yang, N Xiang, W Zhu, J Liu, W Cai, Z K Mo
OBJECTIVE: To explore the construction and clinical efficacy of three-dimensional(3D) visualization platform about diagnosis and treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma. METHODS: From January 2009 to December 2015, a total of 32 patients with hilarcholangiocarcinoma treated in Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University were analyzed.There were 20 male and 12 female patients aged from 40 to 85 years. Bismuth-Corlette 3D visualization type: 2 cases with type Ⅰ, 5 cases with type Ⅱ, 10 cases with type Ⅲa, 11 cases with type Ⅲb, 4 cases with type Ⅳ...
September 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
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The present study is primarily aimed at an audience of evolutionary biologists in the broad sense for Parts 1-3, as well as at scientists from other professional disciplines looking for new approaches to explore phenomena in nature. However, the content is in general not written as technical text or filled with equations that make it utterly incomprehensible for 'normal' people, although they would have to skip strictly professional biochemical and biological terms that are a constituent part of the evidence in a scientific sense...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Karsten Brandt, Matthias Löbe, Michael Schaaf, Franziska Jahn, Alfred Winter, Sebastian Stäubert
Medical research and health care highly depend on the use of information technology. There is a wide range of application systems (patient administration system, laboratory information system, communication server etc.) and heterogeneous data types (administrative data, clinical data, laboratory data, image data, genomic data etc.). Students and researchers do not often have the possibility to use productive application systems of e.g. hospitals or medical practices to gain practical experiences or examine new components and technologies...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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