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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647987/-distribution-of-hiv-1-subtypes-among-foreign-patients-in-guangzhou-between-2008-and-2010-and-in-2015
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Z G Han, H Wu, C Y Liang, K Gao, H X Mai, Y S Cai, H F Xu
Objective: To understand the characteristic of subtype distribution among foreigners who were living with HIV-1, in Guangzhou. Methods: HIV-1 RNAs were extracted from 114 serum specimens in foreigners diagnosed with HIV-1 infections between 2008 and 2010, and in 2015. Partial pol gene of HIV-1 genome from these RNA samples were amplified by nested reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (nested-PCR) with nucleotide sequenced. Subsequently, phylogenetic tree was reconstructed using the pol sequences of samples and references...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647902/ultrasonography-assessment-of-heel-entheses-in-patients-with-spondyloarthritis-a-comparative-study-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-conventional-radiography
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Rodrigo Aguila Maldonado, Santiago Ruta, María Laura Valuntas, Mercedes García
The aim of the present study was to determine the agreement between ultrasonography (US), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and conventional radiography (CR) in the detection of findings indicative of enthesopathy in spondyloarthritis (SpA) patients. A cross-sectional study was performed in 40 SpA patients. Heel entheses (Achilles tendon and plantar fascia) were bilaterally examined by US, MRI, and CR. The three imaging modalities were carried out by three independent operators blinded to the other imaging modality data...
June 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647526/national-survey-of-adult-and-pediatric-reference-intervals-in-clinical-laboratories-across-canada-a-report-of-the-cscc-working-group-on-reference-interval-harmonization
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Khosrow Adeli, Victoria Higgins, David Seccombe, Christine P Collier, Cynthia Balion, George Cembrowski, Allison A Venner, Julie Shaw
OBJECTIVE: Reference intervals are widely used decision-making tools in laboratory medicine, serving as health-associated standards to interpret laboratory test results. Numerous studies have shown wide variation in reference intervals, even between laboratories using assays from the same manufacturer. Lack of consistency in either sample measurement or reference intervals across laboratories challenges the expectation of standardized patient care regardless of testing location. Here, we present data from a national survey conducted by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry (CSCC) Reference Interval Harmonization (hRI) Working Group that examines the variation in laboratory reference sample measurements, as well as pediatric and adult reference intervals currently used in clinical practice across Canada...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647520/percutaneous-intramedullary-screw-fixation-of-distal-fibula-fractures-a-case-series-and-systematic-review
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Vladimir V Loukachov, Merel F N Birnie, Siem A Dingemans, Vincent M de Jong, Tim Schepers
The current reference standard for unstable ankle fractures is open reduction and internal fixation using a plate and lag screws. This approach requires extensive dissection and wound complications are not uncommon. The use of intramedullary screw fixation might overcome these issues. The aim of our study was to provide an overview of the published data regarding intramedullary screw fixation of fibula fractures combined with a small consecutive case series. We performed a search of published studies to identify the studies in which fibula fractures were treated with percutaneous intramedullary screw fixation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647449/igrt-and-motion-management-during-lung-sbrt-delivery
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Vincent Caillet, Jeremy T Booth, Paul Keall
Patient motion can cause misalignment of the tumour and toxicities to the healthy lung tissue during lung stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Any deviations from the reference setup can miss the target and have acute toxic effects on the patient with consequences onto its quality of life and survival outcomes. Correction for motion, either immediately prior to treatment or intra-treatment, can be realized with image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and motion management devices. The use of these techniques has demonstrated the feasibility of integrating complex technology with clinical linear accelerator to provide a higher standard of care for the patients and increase their quality of life...
June 21, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647413/omega-6-fatty-acids-opposing-associations-with-risk-the-ludwigshafen-risk-and-cardiovascular-health-study
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Graciela E Delgado, Winfried März, Stefan Lorkowski, Clemens von Schacky, Marcus E Kleber
BACKGROUND: Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-6 PUFA) are recommended in European cardiovascular prevention guidelines. However, individual fatty acids have distinct biological functions, and there have been conflicting reports about the association of omega-6 PUFA with cardiovascular risk. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to investigate the association of individual omega-6 fatty acids with mortality in a cohort of patients referred for coronary angiography...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647299/otolaryngology-consultation-tracheostomies-and-complex-patient-population
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Kristan P Alfonso, Michael R Kaufman, Emily V Dressler, Meng Liu, Rony K Aouad
PURPOSE: To assess for the differences in patients undergoing tracheostomy by the otolaryngology consult service versus other specialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A series of 1035 tracheostomies performed at our institution from January 2013 through November 2015 was retrospectively reviewed. Patient-related factors that contribute to procedural difficulty were reviewed. RESULTS: 805 consecutive tracheostomies were included. Otolaryngology performed 176/805 (21...
June 17, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646934/timing-interval-from-peri-prostatic-block-to-biopsy-impacts-procedural-pain
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Ram A Pathak, David D Thiel, Alexander Parker, Michael G Heckman, Julia E Crook, Nancy N Diehl, Andrea Tavlarides, Scott W Alford, Todd C Igel
INTRODUCTION: To compare visual analog scale (VAS) pain scores between patients with a 2-minute versus 10-minute delay of peri-prostatic lidocaine injection prior to transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies (TRUS-bx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty patients who underwent standard 12-core TRUS-bx by a single surgeon were prospectively randomized into four different treatment arms: bibasilar injection with a 2-minute delay, bibasilar injection plus a single apical injection with a 2-minute delay, bibasilar injection with a 10-minute delay, and bibasilar injection plus a single apical injection with a 10-minute delay...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646628/focal-liver-lesions-real-time-3-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-compared-with-2-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jung-Chieh Lee, Kun Yan, San-Kan Lee, Wei Yang, Min-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the application of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to diagnose focal liver lesions and to compare these results with those from 2-dimensional (2D) contrast-enhanced US and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with focal liver lesions were examined by 2D contrast-enhanced US, 3D contrast-enhanced US, and contrast-enhanced MRI for lesion characterization, and biopsies and comprehensive clinical diagnoses served as reference standards...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646033/implementing-a-reference-measurement-system-for-c-peptide-successes-and-lessons-learned
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Randie R Little, Robert I Wielgosz, Ralf Josephs, Tomoya Kinumi, Akiko Takatsu, Hongmei Li, Daniel Stein, Chris Burns
BACKGROUND: Assessment of endogenous insulin secretion by measuring C-peptide concentrations is widely accepted. Recent studies have shown that preservation of even small amounts of endogenous C-peptide production in patients with type 1 diabetes reduces risks for diabetic complications. Harmonization of C-peptide results will facilitate comparison of data from different research studies and later among clinical laboratory results at different sites using different assay methods. CONTENT: This review provides an overview of the general process of harmonization and standardization and the challenges encountered with implementing a reference measurement system for C-peptide...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645976/a-combined-randomised-and-observational-study-of-surgery-for-fractures-in-the-distal-radius-in-the-elderly-crossfire-a-study-protocol
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Ian A Harris, Justine M Naylor, Andrew Lawson, Rachelle Buchbinder, Rebecca Ivers, Zsolt Balogh, Paul Smith, Rajat Mittal, Wei Xuan, Kirsten Howard, Arezoo Vafa, Piers Yates, Bertram Rieger, Geoff Smith, Ilia Elkinson, Woosung Kim, Mellick Chehade, Jai Sungaran, Kim Latendresse, James Wong, Sameer Viswanathan, Martin Richardson, Kush Shrestha, Herwig Drobetz, Phong Tran, Jeremy Loveridge, Richard Page, Raphael Hau, Roger Bingham, Jonathan Mulford, Ian Incoll
Fractures of the distal radius are common and occur in all age groups. The incidence is high in older populations due to osteoporosis and increased falls risk. Considerable practice variation exists in the management of distal radius fractures in older patients ranging from closed reduction with cast immobilisation to open reduction with plate fixation. Plating is currently the most common surgical treatment. While there is evidence showing no significant advantage for some forms of surgical fixation over conservative treatment, and no difference between different surgical techniques, there is a lack of evidence comparing two of the most common treatments used: closed reduction and casting versus plating...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645945/how-can-we-ensure-that-the-coroner-s-autopsy-is-not-an-invasion-of-human-rights
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Stephen Leadbeatter, Ryk James
BACKGROUND: Despite public inquiries, and some changes to legislation following high-profile multiple homicides that were not detected by autopsy, coroners continue to rely largely on the autopsy. Regardless of the extent of quality failings and excess deaths at some hospitals, not detected through the coroner system, the autopsy is scarcely used by hospitals to monitor standards and educate. OBJECTIVE: To explore when a compulsory medicolegal autopsy should, and should not, be used...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645890/tailored-communication-within-mobile-apps-for-diabetes-self-management-a-systematic-review
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Heidi Holmen, Astrid Klopstad Wahl, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Lis Ribu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes is increasing and with the requirements for self-management and risk of late complications, it remains a challenge for the individual and society. Patients can benefit from support from health care personnel in their self-management, and the traditional communication between patients and health care personnel is changing. Smartphones and apps offer a unique platform for communication, but apps with integrated health care personnel communication based on patient data are yet to be investigated to provide evidence of possible effects...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645703/mapping-of-the-anterior-tibial-profile-to-identify-accurate-reference-points-for-sagittal-alignment-of-tibial-component-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Gianluca Cinotti, Ettore Caruso, Luigi Orsina, Giuseppe La Torre, Francesca Romana Ripani
BACKGROUND: Although standard instrumentation is the procedure most frequently used to implant a total knee arthroplasty (TKA), high rates of malalignment of tibial component are reported using this technique. Anatomical landmarks for sagittal alignment have been little investigated and the best reference axis which parallels the mechanical axis is yet to be established. HYPOTHESIS: Mapping the anterior tibial profile (ATP) may allow the identification of segmental zones of the ATP parallel to the mechanical axis which can be use to align the extramedullary rod...
June 20, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645642/ngs-and-blood-group-systems-state-of-the-art-and-perspectives
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Y Fichou, C Férec
Molecular analysis, or genotyping, of genes involved in the expression of blood group antigens has been a standard strategy used in immunohaematology laboratories routinely. For the past ten years, next-generation sequencing (NGS), or second-generation sequencing, has become the reference method in genetics. Extensive study of distinct targets, large genomic regions, and even whole genome is henceforth possible by this approach at minimal cost. Blood group genotyping has thus taken advantage of this technological advent...
June 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645544/diagnostic-accuracy-of-eus-compared-with-mrcp-in-detecting-choledocholithiasis-a-meta-analysis-of-diagnostic-test-accuracy-of-head-to-head-studies
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Mohammad Yaghoobi, Yaser Meeralam, Khalil Al-Shammari
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is a wide range of reported sensitivity and specificity for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in the diagnosis of the choledocholithiasis with lack of a proper meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) using head-to-head comparison. Here, we aimed at comparing the diagnostic accuracy of EUS and MRCP in detecting choledocholithiasis using appropriate methodology recommended by the Cochrane Collaboration. METHODS: A comprehensive electronic literature search up to January 2017 was done by 2 reviewers for prospective cohort studies comparing EUS and MRCP to reference standard in detecting choledocholithiasis...
June 20, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645088/risk-based-screening-combined-with-a-pcr-based-test-for-group-b-streptococci-diminishes-the-use-of-antibiotics-in-laboring-women
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Mohammed R Khalil, Niels Uldbjerg, Poul B Thorsen, Birgitte Henriksen, Jens K Møller
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of a polymerase chain reaction - group B streptococci test (PCR-GBS test) - in deciding antibiotic prophylaxis in term laboring women. STUDY DESIGN: In this observational study, we enrolled 902 unselected Danish term pregnant women. During labor, midwives obtained vaginal swabs that were used for both GBS cultures (reference standard) and for the PCR-GBS test. Furthermore, we recorded the presence of risk factors for EOGBS (Early Onset Group B Streptococcal disease): (1) Bacteriuria during current pregnancy, (2) Prior infant with EOGBS (3) Temperature above 38...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644963/self-report-and-subjective-history-in-the-diagnosis-of-painful-neck-conditions-a-systematic-review-of-diagnostic-accuracy-studies
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REVIEW
Adam Mizer, Alexa Bachmann, Jessie Gibson, Megan Burrowbridge Donaldson
Rising healthcare costs and inherent risks with over-utilizing diagnostic imaging require a quality subjective examination to improve effectiveness and time management of physical examinations. This systematic review investigates the diagnostic accuracy of subjective history and self-report items to determine if there is significant alteration in the probability of identifying specific painful neck conditions. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) Written in the English language 2) Cervical pain with/without referred upper extremity or head pain 3) Subjective history or self-report items 4) Study designs that reported diagnostic statistics or allowed calculation of sensitivities, specificities, diagnostic odds ratios, and likelihood ratios 5) used a reference standard that has a sensitivity or specificity ≥75% or a diagnostic tool that is strongly supported in the literature where this data is not available...
June 8, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644961/bisphenol-a-and-other-environmental-risk-factors-for-prostate-cancer-in-hong-kong
#19
Lap Ah Tse, Priscilla Ming Yi Lee, Wing Ming Ho, Augustine Tsan Lam, Man Kei Lee, Simon Siu Man Ng, Yonghua He, Ka-Sing Leung, Jennifer C Hartle, Howard Hu, Haidong Kan, Feng Wang, Chi Fai Ng
BACKGROUND: Environmental exposures are contributing factors to prostate cancer etiology, but these remain unclear. We aimed to document the associations between environmental risk factors and prostate cancer in Chinese, with special reference to bisphenol A (BPA). METHODS: We recruited 431 newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases and 402 age-matched controls from Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. We obtained each participant's clinical data and epidemiological information on chronic BPA exposure and other environmental risk factors (e...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644357/effect-of-synbiotic-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-cesarean-delivered-infants-a-randomized-double-blind-multicenter-study
#20
Mei Chin Chua, Kaouther Ben-Amor, Christophe Lay, Anne G E Neo, Wei Chin Chiang, Rajeshwar Rao, Charmaine Chew, Surasith Chaithongwongwatthana, Nipon Khemapech, Jan Knol, Voranush Chongsrisawat
We determined the effect of short-chain galacto-oligosaccharides (scGOS), long-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (lcFOS) and Bifidobacterium breve M-16V on the gut microbiota of cesarean-born infants. Infants were randomized to receive a standard formula (control), the same with scGOS/lcFOS and B. breve M-16V (synbiotic), or with scGOS/lcFOS (prebiotic) from birth until week 16, 30 subjects born vaginally were included as a reference group. Synbiotic supplementation resulted in a higher bifidobacteria proportion from day 3/5 (P < 0...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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