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B K Singleton, M Ahmed, C A Green, H Heimpel, M J Woźniak, L Ranjha, F Seeney, A Bomford, P Mehta, A Guest, R Mushens, M-J King
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow examination has been the confirmatory test for congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type II (CDAII). Occasional spherocytes on peripheral blood smear can confound the diagnosis. Since a screening test is still unavailable, we explored the feasibility of using flow cytometry as a preliminary screening method. METHODS: Thirteen monoclonal antibodies with specificities for eight erythrocyte membrane proteins were used in FACS analysis to probe the cellular features of red cells from CDAII, normal adults, hereditary spherocytosis (HS), and cord red cells...
October 26, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Tijana Simic, Carol Leonard, Laura Laird, Jennifer Cupit, Fiona Höbler, Elizabeth Rochon
Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the usability of delivering the Phonological Components Analysis treatment for anomia (Leonard, Rochon, & Laird, 2008) remotely via the Internet to individuals with chronic poststroke aphasia. A secondary aim was to probe the experiences and satisfaction of clinicians in administering treatment at a distance. Method: Six individuals with mild-moderate aphasia and 2 trained clinicians participated in this usability study. Participants and clinicians underwent approximately 6 hr of treatment under observation by an independent observer...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
Michael D Besmer, Frederik Hammes
Short-term fluctuations in bacterial concentrations in drinking water systems, occurring on time scales of hours-to-weeks, are essentially unexplored due to a lack of microbial monitoring tools that allow high frequency measurements. Here, we applied fully automated online flow cytometry to measure the total cell concentrations (TCC) in both raw water (karstic groundwater) and treated water (flocculation - ultrafiltration (UF) - ozonation - granular active carbon (GAC) filtration) during a period of 70 days at high temporal resolution (n > 4000 for both water types)...
October 18, 2016: Water Research
Ryo Takaji, Shunro Matsumoto, Maki Kiyonaga, Yasunari Yamada, Hiromu Mori, Yukio Iwashita, Masayuki Ohta, Masafumi Inomata, Naoki Hijiya, Masatsugu Moriyama, Hajime Takaki, Kengo Fukuzawa, Hirotoshi Yonemasu
OBJECTIVES: Periportal low attenuation (PPLA) associated with metastatic liver cancer is occasionally seen on multi-detector-row CT (MDCT). The purpose of this study was to investigate the MDCT patterns of the PPLA and to correlate it with pathological findings. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the MDCT images of 63 patients with metastatic liver cancers from colorectal adenocarcinoma. On MDCT scans, PPLA associated with liver metastasis was visualized in six patients with colorectal cancer...
October 25, 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
Fabio D Steffen, Roland K O Sigel, Richard Börner
Carbocyanine dyes have a long-standing tradition in fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy, due to their photostability and large spectral separation between individual dye species. Herein, we explore the versatility of cyanine dyes to probe the dynamics of nucleic acids and we report on the interrelation of fluorophores, RNA, and metal ions, namely K(+) and Mg(2+). Photophysical parameters including the fluorescence lifetime, quantum yield and dynamic anisotropy are monitored as a function of the nucleic acid composition, conformation, and metal ion abundance...
October 26, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Zhijie Zhang, Rui Li, Lufang Jiang, Chenglong Xiong, Yue Chen, Genming Zhao, Qingwu Jiang
BACKGROUND: Novel avian influenza viruses (AIVs) of H7N9, H10N8, and H5N6 are currently circulating in China's poultry flocks, occasionally infecting human and other mammals. Human infected AIV H5N6 in China during 2014-2015 is believed to be a triple reassortant originated from H6N6 and two clades of H5 viruses. The current report suggests that its reassortment history is more complicated. METHODS: Genomes of human infected isolates of AIV H5N6 were searched from the NCBI Influenza Virus Sequence Database and the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data...
October 25, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Yoichi Iwafuchi, Tetsuo Morioka, Yuko Oyama, Kandai Nozu, Kazumoto Iijima, Ichiei Narita
Many types of inherited renal diseases have ocular features that occasionally support a diagnosis. The following study describes an unusual example of a 40-year-old woman with granular corneal dystrophy type II complicated by renal involvement. These two conditions may coincidentally coexist; however, there are some reports that demonstrate an association between renal involvement and granular corneal dystrophy type II. Granular corneal dystrophy type II is caused by a mutation in the transforming growth factor-β-induced (TGFBI) gene...
September 2016: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
Aaron M Udager, Martin K Ishikawa, David R Lucas, Jonathan B McHugh, Rajiv M Patel
Angiosarcoma (AS) is an uncommon vascular malignancy with an aggressive clinical course. Radiation-associated angiosarcoma (RAAS) and Stewart-Treves syndrome are associated with MYC gene amplification and protein overexpression, while other radiation-associated vascular lesions including atypical vascular lesions (AVL) are not associated with MYC overexpression. In contrast, de novo AS represent a group of molecularly heterogeneous tumours, for which MYC expression has not been extensively examined. In this study, MYC immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed on representative whole tissue sections of a large retrospective cohort of de novo AS, RAAS, Stewart-Treves syndrome, and AVL and evaluated using a semi-quantitative scoring method...
October 22, 2016: Pathology
Deepak Chaudhary, Deepak Joshi, Vineet Jain, Mukul Mohindra, Nitin Mehta
A neglected shoulder dislocation is a rarer entity and only few cases are reported in the literature. An anterior dislocation of the shoulder is rarely missed as patients present with limb in abduction and external rotation, an attitude very familiar to orthopaedic surgeon. Occasionally such cases are missed when they present with fracture of proximal humerus or when they receive treatment from unqualified practitioners who commonly practise in rural areas. Owing to very few reports there is paucity of literature and no standard treatment protocol exists for neglected anterior dislocation of the shoulder, though most such chronic cases are managed by open reduction...
October 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Alessandra Gasior, Giulia Brisighelli, Karen Diefenbach, Victoria Alison Lane, Carlos Reck, Richard J Wood, Marc Levitt
Introduction Functional constipation is a common problem in children. It usually can be managed with laxatives but a small subset of patients develop intolerable cramps and need to be temporarily treated with enemas. The senior author has previously reported: 1) open sigmoid resection as a surgical option, but this did not sufficiently reduce the laxative need, then 2) a transanal approach (with resection of rectosigmoid), but this led to a high rate of soiling due to extensive stretching of the anal canal and loss of the rectal reservoir...
October 25, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
A Kereszturi, I Gyollai, Zs Kereszty, K Kiss, M Szabó, Z Szalai, M Ringer, M Veres
Correlating the Raman and infrared spectra of shocked minerals in Csátalja ordinary chondrite (H4, S2, W2) with controlling the composition by EPMA measurements, we identified and improved various shock indicators, as infrared spectro-microscopic analysis has been poorly used for shock impact alteration studies of meteorites to date. We also provide reference spectra as SOM for the community with local mineralogical and shock alteration related context to support further standardization of the IR ATR based measurements...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Anthony J Hatswell, Nick Freemantle, Gianluca Baio
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceuticals are usually granted a marketing authorisation on the basis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Occasionally the efficacy of a treatment is assessed without a randomised comparator group (either active or placebo). OBJECTIVE: To identify and develop a taxonomic account of economic modelling approaches for pharmaceuticals licensed without RCT data. METHODS: We searched PubMed, the websites of UK health technology assessment bodies and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Scientific Presentations Database for assessments of treatments granted a marketing authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency from January 1999 to May 2014 without RCT data (74 indications)...
October 24, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Rubén Kevin Arnold Tapia-Orihuela, Jorge Huaringa-Marcelo, David Loja-Oropeza
Introduction: Situs inversus totalis is an uncommon anomaly which exist a complete transposition of organs and it's occasionally associated with congenital heart diseases, such as tetralogy of fallot. Pheochromocytoma is a rare neuroendocrine tumor with an annual incidence of 2-8 cases per million people and for years has been studied its relationship with the hypoxic pathway. Case Report: A 29 year old male with a history of tetralogy of fallot corrected at 10 years and situs inversus totalis. He was admitted to hospital with a progressive story of four months of constipation, palpitations, headache, dyspnea and sweating...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
Karin Hayashi, Yoichi Taira, Takamitsu Maeda, Yumie Matsuda, Yuki Kato, Kozue Hashi, Nobuo Kuroki, Shuichi Katsuragawa
BACKGROUND: It has been customary for working women in Japan to retire when they marry and to devote themselves to household work as well as having children. However, according to a report published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2013, the number of working women has increased consistently. As more women are advancing into society, they have more options with respect to lifestyle but may encounter new psychological burdens. Therefore, we reviewed trends among participants in a re-work day care program (hereinafter referred to as "re-work program") to clarify various problems encountered by working women and the prevalence of mental disorders...
2016: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Laith Hussain-Alkhateeb, Max Petzold, Mark Collinson, Stephen Tollman, Kathleen Kahn, Peter Byass
BACKGROUND: Verbal autopsy (VA) is a widely used technique for assigning causes to non-medically certified deaths using information gathered from a close caregiver. Both operational and cultural factors may cause delays in follow-up of deaths. The resulting time lag-from death to VA interview-can influence ways in which terminal events are remembered, and thus affect cause-of-death assignment. This study investigates the impact of recall period on causes of death determined by VA. METHODS: A total of 10,882 deaths from the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) with complete VAs, including recall period, were incorporated in this study...
2016: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
Lana de Lourdes Aguiar Lima, Raphael Câmara Medeiros Parente, Izildinha Maestá, Joffre Amim Junior, Jorge Fonte de Rezende Filho, Carlos Antonio Barbosa Montenegro, Antônio Braga
Gestational trophoblastic disease is an abnormality of pregnancy that encompasses a group of diseases that differ from each other in their propensity for regression, invasion, metastasis, and recurrence. In the past, it was common for patients with molar pregnancy to present with marked symptoms: copious bleeding; theca lutein cysts; uterus larger than appropriate for gestational age; early preeclampsia; hyperemesis gravidarum; and hyperthyroidism. Currently, with early diagnosis made by ultrasound, most patients are diagnosed while the disease is still in the asymptomatic phase...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Athina M Mavridou, Esther Hauben, Martine Wevers, Evert Schepers, Lars Bergmans, Paul Lambrechts
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the 3-dimensional (3D) structure and the cellular and tissue characteristics of external cervical resorption (ECR) in vital teeth and to understand the phenomenon of ECR by combining histomorphological and radiographic findings. METHODS: Twenty-seven cases of vital permanent teeth displaying ECR were investigated. ECR diagnosis was based on clinical and radiographic examination with cone-beam computed tomographic imaging...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Sapna M Amin, Alexandra M Haugh, Christina Y Lee, Bin Zhang, Jeffrey A Bubley, Emily A Merkel, Anna Elisa Verzì, Pedram Gerami
Recent studies have identified translocations involving the kinase domains of ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, RET, and ROS in spitzoid neoplasms. Subsequent studies have also characterized morphologic features corresponding to ALK and NTRK1 translocations. In this study, we sought to further compare morphologic features across a range of 49 genetically defined spitzoid neoplasms with ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, or RET fusions to determine discriminating features. We also compared them with a group of 22 spitzoid neoplasms, which were confirmed to be negative for fusions in ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, and RET...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
M Ortega Escudero, J M Gutiérrez Dueñas, C Hernández Díaz, C Ruiz Hierro, R Chamorro Juárez, E Ardela Díaz
OBJECIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the outcome of surgery (Lynn's myectomy) in patients with chronic persistent constipation and failure of medical treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descriptive study of patients with severe chronic constipation treated by posterior anorectal myectomy (Lynn's technique). We report data from the last 15 years, with a minimum postoperative follow-up of one year. Patients included in the study suffered from a long-term constipation refractory to medical management...
October 10, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Jen-Fan Hang, Lei-Chi Wang, Chiung-Ru Lai
Here, we present the first cytological report of a primary splenic inflammatory pseudotumor-like follicular dendritic cell sarcoma. The 57 year-old male was incidentally found with a 2.2 cm well-demarcated splenic nodule. A sonography guided fine needle aspiration of the lesion was performed. The cytologic smears revealed loosely cohesive fragments of oval to spindle cells in a background of prominent lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. The cells showed sparse chromatin, distinct nucleoli, syncytial cell borders, and occasional cytoplasmic processes...
October 24, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
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