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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636081/cell-size-and-wall-dimensions-drive-distinct-variability-of-earlywood-and-latewood-density-in-northern-hemisphere-conifers
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Jesper Björklund, Kristina Seftigen, Fritz Schweingruber, Patrick Fonti, Georg von Arx, Marina V Bryukhanova, Henri E Cuny, Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, David C Frank
Interannual variability of wood density - an important plant functional trait and environmental proxy - in conifers is poorly understood. We therefore explored the anatomical basis of density. We hypothesized that earlywood density is determined by tracheid size and latewood density by wall dimensions, reflecting their different functional tasks. To determine general patterns of variability, density parameters from 27 species and 349 sites across the Northern Hemisphere were correlated to tree-ring width parameters and local climate...
June 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629290/functional-foods-how-functional-are-they-a-case-report-of-supplement-induced-psychosis
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Priyanka Yadav, Kyle Stigall, Hannah E Johnson, Abner O Rayapati, Nitin Chopra
There is rising evidence of patients' use of alternative and complementary medicine. The percentage of the U.S. population who used at least one dietary supplement increased from 42% in 1988-1994 to 53% in 2003-2006. We present a case of an Asian female in her 40s, with no previous psychiatric illness, who presented to the emergency room following a brief psychotic episode, during which she self-amputated the tips of her fingers, after using multivitamins and herbal supplements including ginseng, gui yuan rou (Chinese herb), astaxanthin, goji (Chinese fruit), selenium, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, citrus bioflavanoid, lutein (zeaxantin), resvexatrol, sun chlorella, spirulina powder, phytoceramides, phytoestrogen, glucosatrin, bromelain plus, and American bee pollen...
August 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624924/evaluation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-a-review-from-the-society-of-abdominal-radiology-disease-focus-panel
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Jeanne M Horowitz, Sudhakar K Venkatesh, Richard L Ehman, Kartik Jhaveri, Patrick Kamath, Michael A Ohliger, Anthony E Samir, Alvin C Silva, Bachir Taouli, Michael S Torbenson, Michael L Wells, Benjamin Yeh, Frank H Miller
Hepatic fibrosis is potentially reversible; however early diagnosis is necessary for treatment in order to halt progression to cirrhosis and development of complications including portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma. Morphologic signs of cirrhosis on ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) alone are unreliable and are seen with more advanced disease. Newer imaging techniques to diagnose liver fibrosis are reliable and accurate, and include magnetic resonance elastography and US elastography (one-dimensional transient elastography and point shear wave elastography or acoustic radiation force impulse imaging)...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616668/shunt-age-related-complications-in-adult-patients-with-suspected-shunt-dysfunction-a-recommended-diagnostic-workup
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José M Spirig, Melanie N Frank, Luca Regli, Lennart H Stieglitz
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted for suspicion of shunt dysfunction (SD) often show unspecific symptoms and require time-consuming, expensive and even invasive diagnostics involving significant radiation exposure. The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyse the current diagnostic procedures and to propose a process optimisation. METHOD: As all patients admitted for suspicion of SD receive imaging studies, we searched for adult patients receiving neuroimaging in the period from January 2010 to July 2013, analysing referring diagnosis, clinical signs, products, diagnostic process and final diagnosis...
June 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609639/the-iliofemoral-line-a-radiographic-sign-of-acetabular-dysplasia-in-the-adult-hip
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Matthew J Kraeutler, Zachary R Ashwell, Tigran Garabekyan, Jesse A Goodrich, K Linnea Welton, Jonathan A Flug, John N O'Hara, Omer Mei-Dan
BACKGROUND: Several radiographic parameters utilized for the diagnosis of acetabular dysplasia in adults suffer from poor reproducibility and reliability. PURPOSE: To define and validate a novel radiographic parameter (the iliofemoral line [IFL]) for the detection of frank and borderline hip dysplasia and to compare the sensitivity and specificity of this radiographic marker to those of previously validated qualitative parameters. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study (diagnosis); Level of evidence, 2...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595590/shortcomings-in-snake-bite-management-in-rural-cameroon-a-case-report
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Frank-Leonel Tianyi, Christian Akem Dimala, Vitalis Fambombi Feteh
BACKGROUND: Snake bites are an important public health problem in developing countries with most bites occurring in rural areas. Severe envenomation often occurs in children and following bites to the face. Prompt administration of potent anti-venom remains the mainstay of management. However in Cameroon, the use of anti-venoms is limited by non-availability, high cost (where available) and poor mastery of treatment guidelines. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a 10-year-old muslim Cameroonian child from an enclaved rural area, brought to the hospital 12 h after a snake bite to the face, with signs of severe envenomation...
June 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594676/retrospective-analysis-of-catheter-acquired-urinary-tract-infection-relationship-to-stroke-diagnosis
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Julia Retelski, Tammy Richardson, Rohan Mahabaleshwarkar, Frank X Gohs, Melanie D Spencer
AIMS: The objective of this study was to determine if a diagnosis of stroke was associated with a higher incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). Secondary aims included examining the effect of healthcare-related variables including antibiotic and steroid use, length of stay before catheter insertion, and duration of catheter use on the incidence of CAUTI in stroke patients. DESIGN: This was a retrospective chart review analysis set in a large teaching hospital in the Southeastern United States...
July 2017: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582869/postnatal-development-of-spasticity-following-transgene-insertion-in-the-mouse-%C3%AE-iv-spectrin-gene-sptbn4
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Eva Kichkin, Archunan Visvanathan, Frank J Lovicu, Daisy Y Shu, Shannon J Das, Stephen W Reddel, Emily P McCann, Katharine Y Zhang, Kelly L Williams, Ian P Blair, William D Phillips
BACKGROUND: The L25 mouse line was generated by random genomic insertion of a lens-specific transgene. Inbreeding of L25 hemizygotes revealed an unanticipated spastic phenotype in the hind limbs. OBJECTIVE: The goals were to characterize the motor phenotype in the L25 mice and to map the transgene insert site within the mouse genome. METHODS: Six pairs of L25+/- mice were repeatedly mated. Beginning at weaning, all progeny were inspected for body weight and motor signs twice weekly until they displayed predefined ethical criteria for termination...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579975/the-eight-and-a-half-year-journey-of-undiagnosed-ad-gene-sequencing-and-funding-of-advanced-genetic-testing-has-led-to-hope-and-new-beginnings
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Illana Gozes, Marc C Patterson, Anke Van Dijck, R Frank Kooy, Joseph N Peeden, Jacob A Eichenberger, Angela Zawacki-Downing, Sandra Bedrosian-Sermone
BACKGROUND: Activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) is one of the most prevalent de novo mutated genes in syndromic autism spectrum disorders, driving a general interest in the gene and the syndrome. AIM: The aim of this study was to provide a detailed developmental case study of ADNP p.Tyr719* mutation toward improvements in (1) diagnostic procedures, (2) phenotypic scope, and (3) interventions. METHODS: Longitudinal clinical and parental reports...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553446/brachial-artery-injury-in-a-child-following-closed-elbow-dislocation-case-report-of-a-rare-injury
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K Vickash, A Amer, A Naeem, S Falak
Elbow dislocation, though a common orthopaedic emergency is rare with brachial artery injury and is even more uncommon in the paediatric age group. We present the case of a child who sustained trauma resulting in closed elbow dislocation with brachial artery injury. Elbow dislocation with brachial artery injury can present with palpable distal pulses and good capillary refill because of rich collaterals at the elbow. But this patient presented with signs of frank ischemia distally, and was managed with ipsilateral reverse cephalic vein graft...
November 2016: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548707/phenotypes-and-genotypes-in-individuals-with-smc1a-variants
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Sylvia Huisman, Paul A Mulder, Egbert Redeker, Ingrid Bader, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Alice Brooks, Anna Cereda, Constanza Cinca, Dinah Clark, Valerie Cormier-Daire, Matthew A Deardorff, Karin Diderich, Mariet Elting, Anthonie van Essen, David Fitz Patrick, Cristina Gervasini, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Katta M Girisha, Yvonne Hilhorst-Hofstee, Saskia Hopman, Denise Horn, Mala Isrie, Sandra Jansen, Cathrine Jespersgaard, Frank J Kaiser, Maninder Kaur, Tjitske Kleefstra, Ian D Krantz, Phillis Lakeman, Annemiek Landlust, Davor Lessel, Caroline Michot, Jo Moss, Sarah E Noon, Chris Oliver, Ilaria Parenti, Juan Pie, Feliciano J Ramos, Claudine Rieubland, Silvia Russo, Angelo Selicorni, Zeynep Tümer, Rieneke Vorstenbosch, Tara L Wenger, Ingrid van Balkom, Sigrid Piening, Jolanta Wierzba, Raoul C Hennekam
SMC1A encodes one of the proteins of the cohesin complex. SMC1A variants are known to cause a phenotype resembling Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS). Exome sequencing has allowed recognizing SMC1A variants in individuals with encephalopathy with epilepsy who do not resemble CdLS. We performed an international, interdisciplinary study on 51 individuals with SMC1A variants for physical and behavioral characteristics, and compare results to those in 67 individuals with NIPBL variants. For the Netherlands all known individuals with SMC1A variants were studied, both with and without CdLS phenotype...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546090/safety-and-tolerability-of-long-acting-cabotegravir-injections-in-hiv-uninfected-men-eclair-a-multicentre-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2a-trial
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Martin Markowitz, Ian Frank, Robert M Grant, Kenneth H Mayer, Richard Elion, Deborah Goldstein, Chester Fisher, Magdalena E Sobieszczyk, Joel E Gallant, Hong Van Tieu, Winkler Weinberg, David A Margolis, Krischan J Hudson, Britt S Stancil, Susan L Ford, Parul Patel, Elizabeth Gould, Alex R Rinehart, Kimberly Y Smith, William R Spreen
BACKGROUND: Cabotegravir (GSK1265744) is an HIV-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor with potent antiviral activity and a long half-life when administered by injection that prevented simian-HIV infection upon repeat intrarectal challenge in male macaques. We aimed to assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of long-acting cabotegravir injections in healthy men not at high risk of HIV-1 infection. METHODS: We did this multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 2a trial at ten sites in the USA...
May 22, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535749/analysis-of-change-in-gait-in-the-ovine-stifle-normal-injured-and-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstructed
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B J Heard, J E Beveridge, M Atarod, E J O'Brien, C Rolian, C B Frank, D A Hart, N G Shrive
BACKGROUND: Many patients who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery develop post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). ACL reconstructive surgery may not fully restore pre-injury joint biomechanics, thereby resulting in further joint damage and contributing to the development of PTOA. In an ovine model of idealized ACL reconstruction (ACL-R), it has been shown that signs of PTOA develop within surgical joints by 20 weeks post-surgery. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether altered kinematics contribute to early PTOA development within ACL-R joints of the ovine injury model by comparing the gait of these surgical animals to the gait of a stable normal control group, and an unstable injury group in which the ACL and medial collateral ligament (MCL) had been transected...
May 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507956/an-unusual-case-of-giant-cell-tumor-of-first-metatarsal-a-rare-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Kumar Prashant, Tulsi Das Bhattacharyya, Herman Frank, Prema Ram
INTRODUCTION: Giant cell tumor (GCT) or osteoclastoma is an osteolytic, mostly benign but locally aggressive tumor occurring in young adults at the epiphysis. Area of predilection is mainly long bones (85-90%). 4% of GCT are also found in iliac bone, spine and only 2% in hand (of which GCT phalanges are more common than metacarpal). GCT of metatarsal is a very rare occurrence with very few cases being reported so far. We report a case of GCT 1(st) metatarsal in a 40-year-old male which is a very rare entity...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505128/a-proposal-for-a-study-on-treatment-selection-and-lifestyle-recommendations-in-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-a-danish-multidisciplinary-collaboration-on-prognostic-factors-and-personalised-medicine
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Vibeke Andersen, Uffe Holmskov, Signe Bek Sørensen, Mohamad Jawhara, Karina W Andersen, Anette Bygum, Lone Hvid, Jakob Grauslund, Jimmi Wied, Henning Glerup, Ulrich Fredberg, Jan Alexander Villadsen, Søren Geill Kjær, Jan Fallingborg, Seyed A G R Moghadd, Torben Knudsen, Jacob Brodersen, Jesper Frøjk, Jens F Dahlerup, Ole Haagen Nielsen, Robin Christensen, Anders Bo Bojesen, Grith Lykke Sorensen, Steffen Thiel, Nils J Færgeman, Ivan Brandslund, Allan Stensballe, Erik Berg Schmidt, Andre Franke, David Ellinghaus, Philip Rosenstiel, Jeroen Raes, Berit Heitmann, Mette Boye, Charlotte Lindgaard Nielsen, Lars Werner, Jens Kjeldsen, Torkell Ellingsen
Chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel diseases, IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthritides, hidradenitis suppurativa, and immune-mediated uveitis, are treated with biologics targeting the pro-inflammatory molecule tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF) (i.e., TNF inhibitors). Approximately one-third of the patients do not respond to the treatment. Genetics and lifestyle may affect the treatment results. The aims of this multidisciplinary collaboration are to identify (1) molecular signatures of prognostic value to help tailor treatment decisions to an individual likely to initiate TNF inhibitor therapy, followed by (2) lifestyle factors that support achievement of optimised treatment outcome...
May 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501429/permanent-prostate-brachytherapy-postimplant-mri-dosimetry-using-positive-contrast-mri-markers
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Geoffrey V Martin, Thomas J Pugh, Usama Mahmood, Rajat J Kudchadker, Jihong Wang, Teresa L Bruno, Tharakeswara Bathala, Pierre Blanchard, Steven J Frank
PURPOSE: Permanent prostate brachytherapy dosimetry using computed tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (CT-MRI) fusion combines the anatomic detail of MRI with seed localization on CT but requires multimodality imaging acquisition and fusion. The purpose of this study was to compare the utility of MRI only postimplant dosimetry to standard CT-MRI fusion-based dosimetry. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty-three patients undergoing permanent prostate brachytherapy with use of positive contrast MRI markers were included in this study...
May 10, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484052/chronic-critical-illness-from-sepsis-is-associated-with-an-enhanced-tcr-response
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Farina Borken, Robby Markwart, Robert P Requardt, Katja Schubert, Michal Spacek, Miroslav Verner, Stefan Rückriem, André Scherag, Frank Oehmichen, Frank M Brunkhorst, Ignacio Rubio
Sepsis is characterized by a disproportionate host response to infection that often culminates in multiple organ failure. Current concepts invoke a deregulated immune reaction involving features of hyperinflammation, as well as protracted immune suppression. However, owing to the scarcity of human data, the precise origin of a long-term suppression of adaptive immunity remains doubtful. We report on an explorative clinical study of chronic critical illness (CCI) patients aimed at assessing the long-term consequences of sepsis on T cell function...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480722/hepatopulmonary-syndrome-with-large-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-ct-findings-with-emphasis-on-its-association-with-a-mosaic-pattern-of-the-lung-parenchyma
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Luis Gorospe Sarasúa, Andreína Olavarría-Delgado, Frank Eric Farfán-Leal, Josefa Pérez-Templado Ladrón de Guevara
We present a case of a 54-year-old patient with cirrhosis, progressive dyspnea, and platypnea. Thoracic computed tomography (CT) showed multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM), confirming the diagnosis of hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS). Besides precisely identifying the number and location of PAVM, CT also demonstrated a striking mosaic pattern of the lung parenchyma, characterized by the presence of alternating geographic areas of low attenuation (showing pulmonary vessels with a decreased diameter) with regions of relatively increased attenuation (showing pulmonary vessels with a normal diameter)...
May 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473921/incidentally-detected-asplenia-in-a-healthy-64-year-old-female-live-kidney-donor
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Leoniek D Wolff, Mijntje N Nijboer, Jacqueline Vd Wetering, Frank J M F Dor
Heterotaxia syndromes are rare birth defects which can result in developmental malformations. A 64-year-old woman presented to the hospital for preoperative screening for kidney donation; during which she was found to have no gallbladder and no spleen, without any signs of surgical removal. This could be a new description of a heterotaxia syndrome.
April 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464933/fat-deposition-in-the-left-ventricle-descriptive-and-observacional-study-in-autopsy
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Ricella Maria Souza da Silva, Roberto José Vieira de Mello
BACKGROUND: The human heart contains varying amounts of fat deposits. Cardiac physiological fat occurs predominantly in the right ventricle (RV). The discovery and characterization of adipose tissue along the left ventricle (LV) has been rarely reported. This study aimed to determine the occurrence of fatty deposits in epicardial, pericoronay and myocardial compartments in the LV, and to trace the epidemiological profile and clinical associations with this finding. METHODS: Epidemiological and morphological data and heart samples were collected from corpses submitted to necropsy...
May 2, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
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