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Daniel M Fountain, Angelos G Kolias, Rodney J Laing, Peter J Hutchinson
OBJECTIVES: Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a potentially devastating insult to the brain with high rates of fatality and neurological deficits. TBI can result in substantial costs to the centre providing care. We sought to present the experience of a Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and ascertain the financial implications of this healthcare provision, in particular detailed costs, reimbursement and the surplus or deficit accrued by the centre. DESIGN: All cranial non-elective neurosurgical admissions with a TBI over 4...
October 22, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
John Dabis, Aliyah Hussein, Mark Rickman
Hip fractures represent a significant burden to the NHS: the cost for all UK hip fractures is approximately £2 billion and in 2013, 64 838 people were admitted to hospital with a fractured neck of femur (FNOF). In April 2010 St George's NHS Hospital was designated one of four Major Trauma Centres (MTC) in London. Following MTC designation, in April 2014 St George's Hospital opened a helipad. This study aimed to assess the impact of the helipad designation on the Trust's ability to meet the Best Practice Tariff (BPT) criteria for FNOF patients...
October 18, 2016: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
Meixue Chen, Jumei Xia, Guangchang Pei, Ying Zhang, Shuting Wu, Yushuang Qin, Yuanjun Deng, Shuiming Guo, Yanyan Guo, Gang Xu, Min Han
BACKGROUND: Researchers have developed several equations to predict glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD). However, there are scarcely any studies performed to discern the best equation to estimate GFR in patients with pure obstructive nephropathy. In present study, we assessed the suitability of six prediction equations and compared their performance in eGFR evaluation for Chinese patients with obstructive nephropathy. METHODS: A total of 245 adult patients with obstructive nephropathy were enrolled...
October 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Marina Parra-Robert, Aida Orois, Josep Maria Augé, Irene Halperin, Xavier Filella, Rafael Molina
BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a neuroendocrine tumor caused by a malignant transformation in the parafollicular C-cells of the thyroid, where calcitonin (CT) is released. Nowadays the main tumor markers (TM) used in the diagnosis and follow-up of MTC patients are CT and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Nonetheless, progastrin releasing peptide (proGRP) has been recently proposed as a TM useful in the MTC. Our aims were to investigate the release of proGRP in thyroid tumors, its role in the assessment of advanced MTC and its utility in the differential diagnosis between MTC and non-MTC thyroid tumors...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Carlos E Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Karina Madrigal-León, Mario Masís-Mora, Marta Pérez-Villanueva, Juan Salvador Chin-Pampillo
The use of fungal bioaugmentation represents a promising way to improve the performance of biomixtures for the elimination of pesticides. The ligninolyitc fungus Trametes versicolor was employed for the removal of three carbamates (aldicarb, ALD; methomyl, MTM; and methiocarb, MTC) in defined liquid medium; in this matrix ALD and MTM showed similar half-lives (14d), nonetheless MTC exhibited a faster removal, with a half-life of 6.5d. Then the fungus was employed in the bioaugmentation of an optimized biomixture to remove the aforementioned carbamates plus carbofuran (CFN)...
October 14, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jeff DeCelles, Rebecca B Hershow, Zachary A Kaufman, Katherine R Gannett, Thandanani Kombandeya, Cynthia Chaibva, David A Ross, Abigail Harrison
INTRODUCTION: Grassroot Soccer (GRS) developed 2 brief and scalable voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) promotion interventions for males in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, consisting of a 60-minute interactive, soccer-themed educational session with follow-up behavioral and logistical reinforcement. Both interventions were led by circumcised male community leaders ("coaches") ages 18-30. "Make The Cut" (MTC) targeted adult males on soccer teams and "Make The Cut+" targeted boys in secondary schools...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Ke Jiang, Jianyong Lei, Wenjie Chen, Yanping Gong, Han Luo, Zhihui Li, Rixiang Gong, Jingqiang Zhu
The preoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are known to be prognostic factors in several cancers. However, no previous investigation has been performed to evaluate the significance of the NLR and PLR in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC).The aim of this study was to identify the ability of the preoperative NLR or PLR to predict lymph node metastasis and recurrence in patients with MTC. Data from all patients with MTC who had undergone surgery at our institution from May 2009 to May 2016 were retrospectively evaluated...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Friedhelm Raue, Karin Frank-Raue
Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine malignancy. Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with the two subtypes, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and follicular thyroid cancer (FTC), is the most frequent subtype of thyroid cancer; more rare subtypes are medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC). The incidence of DTC has increased rapidly in recent years due to the more frequent use of imaging methods such as ultrasound of the neck and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Taylor Wand, Mike Fang, Christina Chen, Nathan Hardy, J Philip McCoy, Bogdan Dumitriu, Neal S Young, Angélique Biancotto
Abnormal telomere lengths have been linked to cancer and other hematologic disorders. Determination of mean telomere content (MTC) is traditionally performed by Southern blotting and densitometry, giving a mean telomere restriction fragment (TRF) value for the total cell population studied. Here, we compared a quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction approach (qPCR) and a flow cytometric approach, fluorescence in situ hybridization (Flow-FISH), to evaluate telomere content distribution in total patient peripheral blood mononuclear cells or specific cell populations...
October 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Stephan Stöckel, Susann Meisel, Björn Lorenz, Sandra Kloß, Sandra Henk, Stefan Dees, Elvira Richter, Sönke Andres, Matthias Merker, Ines Labugger, Petra Rösch, Jürgen Popp
In this study, Raman microspectroscopy has been utilized to identify mycobacteria to the species level. Because of the slow growth of mycobacteria, the per se cultivation-independent Raman microspectroscopy emerges as a perfect tool for a rapid on-the-spot mycobacterial diagnostic test. Special focus was laid upon the identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) strains, as the main causative agent of pulmonary tuberculosis worldwide, and the differentiation between pathogenic and commensal nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
William Grey, Rosaline Hulse, Anna Yakovleva, Dilyana Genkova, Benjamin Whitelaw, Ellen Solomon, Salvador J Diaz-Cano, Louise Izatt
The REarranged during Transfection (RET) proto-oncogene is a receptor tyrosine kinase involved in growth and differentiation during embryogenesis and maintenance of the urogenital and nervous systems in mammals. Distinct mutations across hotspot RET exons can cause Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2A (MEN2A) characterised by development of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), phaeochromocytoma (PCC) and primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), with a strong correlation between genotype and phenotype. Here, we report a 42-year-old man presented in the clinic with a unilateral PCC, with subsequent investigations revealing a nodular and cystic thyroid gland...
October 5, 2016: Endocrine Pathology
Jian Yu Xu, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Steven G Waguespack, Camilo Jimenez, Robert F Gagel, Julie Ann Sosa, Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin, Ramona Dadu, Mimi I Hu, Chardria S Trotter, Michelle Jackson, Thereasa A Rich, Samuel M Hyde, Steven I Sherman, Gilbert J Cote
BACKGROUND: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 is an autosomal dominant inherited syndrome caused by activating mutations in the RET proto-oncogene. The K666N RET DNA variant was previously reported in two isolated medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) cases, but no family studies are available, and its oncogenic significance remains unknown. METHODS: The clinical features, genetic data, and family information of eight index MTC patients with a germline RET K666N variant were assessed...
September 27, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Sergei E Titov, Pavel S Demenkov, Mikhail K Ivanov, Ekaterina S Malakhina, Tatiana L Poloz, Elena V Tsivlikova, Maria S Ganzha, Sergei P Shevchenko, Lyudmila F Gulyaeva, Nikolay N Kolesnikov
Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is currently the method of choice for malignancy prediction in thyroid nodules. Nevertheless, in some cases the interpretation of FNAC results may be problematic due to limitations of the method. The expression level of some microRNAs changes with the development of thyroid tumors, and its quantitation can be used to refine the FNAC results. For this quantitation to be reliable, the obtained data must be adequately normalized. Currently, no reference genes are universally recognized for quantitative assessments of microRNAs in thyroid nodules...
September 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Vinicius Ernani, Mukesh Kumar, Amy Y Chen, Taofeek K Owonikoko
Although rare, medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) exemplifies the value that ever-expanding knowledge of molecular pathways and mechanisms brings to managing challenging cancers. Although surgery can be curative for MTC in many patients, a substantial proportion of patients present with locoregional or distant metastatic disease. Once distant disease occurs, treatment options are limited, and conventional cancer treatments such as cytotoxic chemotherapy are of minimal benefit. Biomarkers such as calcitonin and carcinoembryonic antigen are important correlates of disease burden as well as predictors of disease progress, including recurrence and survival...
September 10, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Choon Sung Lee, Chang Ju Hwang, Eic Ju Lim, Dong-Ho Lee, Jae Hwan Cho
OBJECTIVE Postoperative shoulder imbalance (PSI) is a critical consideration after corrective surgery for a double thoracic curve (Lenke Type 2); however, the radiographic factors related to PSI remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to identify the radiographic factors related to PSI after corrective surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) in patients with a double thoracic curve. METHODS This study included 80 patients with Lenke Type 2 AIS who underwent corrective surgery. Patients were grouped according to the presence [PSI(+)] or absence [PSI(-)] of shoulder imbalance at the final follow-up examination (differences of 20, 15, and 10 mm were used)...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Jian Yu Xu, William A Murphy, Denái R Milton, Camilo Jimenez, Sarika N Rao, Mouhammed Amir Habra, Steven G Waguespack, Ramona Dadu, Robert F Gagel, Anita K Ying, Maria E Cabanillas, Steven P Weitzman, Naifa L Busaidy, Rena V Sellin, Elizabeth Grubbs, Steven I Sherman, Mimi I Hu
CONTEXT: Bone metastases (BM) can lead to devastating skeletal related events (SREs) in cancer patients. Data regarding medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) with BM are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the natural history of BM and SREs in MTC patients identified by a cancer center tumor registry. SETTING: A tertiary cancer center. PATIENTS AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: We retrospectively reviewed charts of MTC patients with BM who received care from 1991-2014 to characterize BM and SREs...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Megan Parmer, Stacey Milan, Alireza Torabi
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the thyroid are rare; the most common type is medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). They are derived from parafollicular cells (C-cells) that usually express calcitonin, chromogranin, and carcinoembryonic antigen. Calcitonin-negative NETs of the thyroid are extremely rare, and the origin of these tumors is unclear. Whereas some believe that these tumors are from follicular cells, recent reports have shown expression of calcitonin gene-related peptide in these tumors, indicating parafollicular C-cell origin...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Mukesh Kumar Thakur, Dharmender Kumar Sinha, Bhoj Raj Singh
AIM: A cross-sectional study was undertaken to know the herd prevalence and evaluate the single intradermal tuberculin testing (SITT), culture isolation, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis for the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (TB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 541 cows of three dairy farms of Bareilly and Mukteshwar were screened by SITT followed by collection of pre-scapular lymph node (PSLN) aspirates (71), milk (54), and blood (71) samples from reactor animals...
August 2016: Veterinary World
Poupak Fallahi, Silvia Martina Ferrari, Enke Baldini, Marco Biricotti, Salvatore Ulisse, Gabriele Materazzi, Paolo Miccoli, Alessandro Antonelli
Traditional therapies for advanced or metastatic progressive medullary thyroid cancer (pMTC) are poor effective. Several TKIs have been tested in clinical trials in pMTC patients. Areas covered: This paper reviews efficacy and safety of vandetanib in the treatment of pMTC. Expert commentary: Vandetanib (trade name CAPRELSA® [Vandetanib]) has been shown to improve progression-free survival (30.5 vs 19.3 months in controls) in pMTC patients. Vandetanib is approved by FDA and EMA for metastatic MTC in adults; in adolescents and children with metastatic or locally advanced MTC, vandetanib seems to be effective...
November 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Raziyeh Abooshahab, Parichehr Yaghmaei, Hoda Gholab Ghadaksaz, Mehdi Hedayati
BACKGROUND: Adipokines are bioactive proteins that mediate metabolism, inflammation and angiogenesis. Changes in the secretion of key serum adipokines - adiponectin and letpin - may be associated with obesity, cancer and metabolic disorders. Thyroid cancer is one of the most important types of endocrine cancer. Therefore, investigating the association between serum levels of adiponectin and leptin and thyroid cancer might be important. The purpose of this study was to assess adiponectin and leptin levels in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) cases in order to identify novel tumor markers...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
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