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Fabienne Hartmann-Fritsch, Daniela Marino, Ernst Reichmann
BACKGROUND: The treatment of severe full-thickness skin defects represents a significant and common clinical problem worldwide. A bio-engineered autologous skin substitute would significantly reduce the problems observed with today's gold standard. METHODS: Within 15 years of research, the Tissue Biology Research Unit of the University Children's Hospital Zurich has developed autologous tissue-engineered skin grafts based on collagen type I hydrogels. Those products are considered as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and are routinely produced for clinical trials in a clean room facility following the guidelines for good manufacturing practice (GMP)...
September 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Jessica O Leasure, Jeffrey N Peck, Armando Villamil, Kara L Fiore, Cheryl A Tano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the inter- and intra-observer variability in measurement of the angle of lateral opening (ALO) and version angle measurement using digital radiography and computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Each hemipelvis was implanted with a cementless acetabular cup. Ventrodorsal and mediolateral radiographs were made of each pelvis, followed by CT imaging. After removal of the first cup, the pelves were implanted with an acetabular cup in the contralateral acetabulum and imaging was repeated...
October 25, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Karolina Bartkute, Dalia Balsyte, Josef Wisser, Juozas Kurmanavicius
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of α-fetoprotein in maternal serum (MS-AFP) as a marker for diverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: The study was based on pregnancy and delivery data from 5520 women between 1999 and 2014 at University Hospital of Zurich (UHZ). INCLUSION CRITERIA: both MS-AFP and pregnancy outcome were known for the same pregnancy. Pregnancy outcomes and characteristics such as fetal malformation, intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) and intrauterine growth retardation as well as maternal age, weight before pregnancy, gestational age (GA) at delivery, newborn weight, length and head circumference were analyzed with respect to the MS-AFP value...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Richard Trousdell
Mary Foote (1872-1968) was a successful early twentieth century American artist who suddenly closed her New York studio in 1926 to go to Zurich to study with Jung. There she joined his 'Interpretation of Visions' seminars (1930-1934), which she recorded and edited. This work won Jung's praise and his friendship, but all too often Foote was seen merely as a secretary or background figure. Deirdre Bair's biography of Jung suggested that Foote's life and work deserved fuller study, if only to rebalance our view of Jung's early women followers...
November 2016: Journal of Analytical Psychology
Hans Henrik Thodberg, Rick R van Rijn, Oskar G Jenni, David D Martin
The BoneXpert method for automated determination of bone age from hand X-rays was introduced in 2009, covering the Greulich-Pyle bone age ranges up to 17 years for boys and 15 years for girls. This paper presents an extension of the method up to bone age 19 years for boys and 18 years for girls. The extension was developed based on images from the First Zurich Longitudinal Study of 231 healthy children born in 1954-1956 and followed with annual X-rays of both hands until adulthood. The method was validated on two cross-sectional studies of healthy children from Rotterdam and Los Angeles...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Inge Werner, Annette Aldrich, Benjamin Becker, Dennis Becker, Markus Brinkmann, Michael Burkhardt, Norbert Caspers, Sophie Campiche, Nathalie Chèvre, Rolf-Alexander Düring, Beate I Escher, Fabian Fischer, Sabrina Giebner, Katharina Heye, Henner Hollert, Marion Junghans, Cornelia Kienle, Katja Knauer, Muris Korkaric, Veronika Märkl, Jane Muncke, Jörg Oehlmann, Georg Reifferscheid, Daniel Rensch, Andreas Schäffer, Sabrina Schiwy, Simon Schwarz, Helmut Segner, Eszter Simon, Rita Triebskorn, Etiënne L M Vermeirssen, Thomas Wintgens, Markus Zennegg
This report provides a brief review of the 20th annual meeting of the German Language Branch of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC GLB) held from September 7th to 10th 2015 at ETH (Swiss Technical University) in Zurich, Switzerland. The event was chaired by Inge Werner, Director of the Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology (Ecotox Centre) Eawag-EPFL, and organized by a team from Ecotox Centre, Eawag, Federal Office of the Environment, Federal Office of Agriculture, and Mesocosm GmbH (Germany)...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Claudio Caviezel
China offers great opportunities for Europe in thoracic surgery training and research. Thoracic surgeons from Europe might profit from intense collaborations and on the other hand provide assist in academic structures, creating guidelines and patient follow-up strategies. With an observership award the AME Publishing Group and the ESTS enable another unique kind of collaboration for thoracic surgery trainees. This year the observership allows a bridge between Zurich in Switzerland and Beijing in China. The current situation of thoracic surgery in Switzerland and the chances of collaboration are discussed in this opinion paper...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
E A Huhn, T Fischer, C S Göbl, M Todesco Bernasconi, M Kreft, M Kunze, A Schoetzau, E Dölzlmüller, W Eppel, P Husslein, N Ochsenbein-Koelble, R Zimmermann, E Bäz, H Prömpeler, E Bruder, S Hahn, I Hoesli
INTRODUCTION: As the accurate diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is of increasing importance; new diagnostic approaches for the assessment of GDM in early pregnancy were recently suggested. We evaluate the diagnostic power of an 'early' oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) 75 g and glycosylated fibronectin (glyFn) for GDM screening in a normal cohort. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: In a prospective cohort study, 748 singleton pregnancies are recruited in 6 centres in Switzerland, Austria and Germany...
October 12, 2016: BMJ Open
R Hofmann-Lehmann, N Wagmann, M L Meli, B Riond, M Novacco, D Joekel, F Gentilini, F Marsilio, M G Pennisi, A Lloret, T Carrapiço, F S Boretti
'Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis' is an emerging tick-borne zoonotic agent that primarily affects immunocompromised human patients. Dogs and foxes are frequently exposed to ticks, and both species are in close proximity to humans. This is the first study to systematically investigate the occurrence of 'Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis' in Canidae in Europa. We analyzed 1'739 blood samples from dogs in Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal and 162 blood samples from free-ranging red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Switzerland...
October 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Sergio Cantoreggi
Sergio Cantoreggi speaks to Henry Ireland, Commissioning Editor: Sergio Cantoreggi, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer and Global Head of Research and Development of the Helsinn Group, a mid-sized pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, and focused on providing cancer supportive care solutions to oncology patients worldwide. Dr Cantoreggi has overall responsibility for all R&D activities of the Helsinn Group and has contributed to six major regulatory approvals of cancer supportive care agents in the USA, Europe and Japan...
October 3, 2016: Future Oncology
Xin Yang, Jin-Mei Yan, Jian Li, Xing-Mei Xie, Jian-Ying Zhou, Yan Li, Dong-Zhi Li
Hb Zurich-Albisrieden [HBA2: c.178G > C; α59(E8)Gly→Arg (α2)] is a rare nondeletional α-thalassemia (α-thal) that results from a nucleotide substitution at codon 59 of the α2-globin gene. In this report, we present a fetus with cardiomegaly, enlarged placenta and increased middle cerebral artery-peak systolic velocity (MCA-PSV) at 25 weeks' gestation. Fetal blood sampling revealed the severe anemia [hemoglobin (Hb) level being 5.5 g/dL] and Hb H (β4) disease-like hematological findings with Hb Bart's (γ4) level of 30...
September 30, 2016: Hemoglobin
Angela Guldimann, Reinhard Brunner, Hans Schmid, Elmar Habermeyer
This article describes the implementation of a Cantonal Threat Assessment and Management (CTAM) in Zurich, Switzerland. In order to support this endeavor, the Specialist Unit for Forensic Assessment and Case Management was installed. The forensic experts provide supervision and short-term assessments to public prosecutors and general psychiatrists. In close cooperation with police threat management units, forensic experts support the assessment and management of individuals who exhibit concerning and threatening behavior towards public officials or private individuals...
September 29, 2016: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
A Hammer
It was 140 years ago that George von Meyer presented his anatomical diagrams of human bones to a meeting in Zurich. There he was told by Prof. Karl Culmann that the trabecular lines shown within the diagram of the upper femur closely resembled those lines of force which Culmann had determined with Graphic Statics to be passing through a curved, loaded Fairbairn crane. This drew the attention of Julius Wolff, who used this as the basis for his 'Trajectorial theory' which was widely accepted and, to date, has been the underlying basis for all biomechanical investigations of this region...
September 24, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Lisa K B Holper, Alekandra Aleksandrowicz, Mario Müller, Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Helene Haker, Andreas J Fallgatter, Florence Hagenmuller, Wolfram Kawohl, Wulf Rössler
A psychosis phenotype can be observed below the threshold of clinical detection. The study aimed to investigate whether subclinical psychotic symptoms are associated with deficits in controlling emotional interference, and whether cortical brain and cardiac correlates of these deficits can be detected using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). A data set derived from a community sample was obtained from the Zurich Program for Sustainable Development of Mental Health Services. 174 subjects (mean age 29...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Alexander Antoniadis, Nils H Ulrich, Samuel Schmid, Mazda Farshad, Kan Min
INTRODUCTION: With increasing age, ubiquitous degeneration processes lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal. Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) causes functional disability and is associated with back and lower extremity pain in older individuals. The goal of this study was to determine if decompression surgery can be performed safely and provide a stable benefit in our octogenarian patient population. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 121 patients over the age of 80 (mean age: 82...
September 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Jean Fajadet, Michael Haude, Michael Joner, Jacques Koolen, Michael Lee, Ralph Tölg, Ron Waksman
Bioresorbable scaffolds represent an exciting milestone in the development of coronary stent technology with the potential to substantially improve the management of patients with coronary artery disease. In an attempt to provide first recommendations for the technology, experienced experts involved in the first-in-man studies met in Zurich on the 14 April 2016 in order to reach consensus on a responsible market introduction. This document will be updated regularly as new information from clinical trials becomes available and should be understood as a review of current data, opportunities, expectations, advice, and recommendations for future investigations...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
David Briner, Matthias Jäger, Wolfram Kawohl, Gabriela Baumgartner-Nietlisbach
Objective: This study aims to assess psychiatric morbidity and self-rated health (SRH) of homeless people in Zurich, Switzerland. Methods: Cross-sectional study of N = 338 homeless people, assessement of psychiatric disorders (ICD-10), level of functioning (GAF, HoNOS), self-rated health. Comparison of SRH among homeless people with a sample of Zurich (N = 956) and Swiss (N = 21 579) population. Results: 96 % of the homeless people had at least one psychiatric disorder, most of them drug- (60...
September 14, 2016: Psychiatrische Praxis
Takao Murohashi, Mitsunori Yoshimoto, Tsuneo Takebayashi, Shuichi Hashimoto, Shouto Yamada, Hiroyuki Takashima, Toshihiko Yamashita
PURPOSE: The measurement of distal motor latency (DML) is an established method for diagnosing entrapment peripheral neuropathy. DML can also serve as an index for disease severity and prognosis. We considered that measuring DML could be useful in estimating the severity of spinal root impairment and predicting prognosis in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of intraoperative direct electrical stimulation of the spinal root and the measurement of DML in LSS...
September 9, 2016: European Spine Journal
Diana Paksarian, Lihong Cui, Jules Angst, Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Wulf Rössler, Kathleen R Merikangas
Importance: Epidemiologic evidence indicates that most of the general population will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. However, few prospective population-based studies have estimated trajectories of risk for mental disorders from young through middle adulthood to estimate the proportion of individuals who experience persistent mental disorder across this age period. Objectives: To describe the proportion of the population who experience persistent mental disorder across adulthood and to estimate latent trajectories of disorder risk across this age period...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
Michael P Hengartner, Silvia Passalacqua, Gisela Heim, Andreas Andreae, Wulf Rössler, Agnes von Wyl
PURPOSE: The aim of this post hoc analysis was to examine self-reported recovery following a post-discharge intervention and to focus on the moderators of this intervention programme. METHODS: RCT using parallel group block randomisation, including 151 patients with ≤3 hospitalisations within the last 3 years, a GAF score ≤60, and aged 18-64 years, assessed at two psychiatric hospitals from Zurich, Switzerland, between September 2011 and February 2014. In the present study, the main outcome was the OQ-45 as assessed prior to discharge from the index hospitalisation and at 12-month follow-up...
September 6, 2016: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
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