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  1. MediMax Elektronik-Marktkette

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Die Elektronikkette MediMax setzt auf Server Based Computing mit Windows Server 2003® und Thin Clients. Mit über 100 Filialen ist MediMax die erfolgreiche Fachmarktlinie der ElectronicPartner-Verbundgruppe in Deutschland. Die Zugehörigkeit zum Mutterverbund garantiert den Franchisenehmern der Elektronikkette eine schnelle Warenversorgung und günstige Einkaufskonditionen. Über 50.000 Artikel zahlreicher namhafter Markenhersteller und unterschiedlicher Preisklassen sind ständig abrufbar. Darüber hinaus profitieren die Filialen von einer zentralen Organisation und Betreuung ihrer IT. Von Düsseldorf aus administriert ein internes Supportteam die Arbeitsplätze aller Standorte und stellt außerdem die Warenwirtschaftslösung zur Verfügung. Dank der Umstellung auf eine moderne Server Based Computing-Umgebung sind Wartung und Support künftig so effizient wie nie zuvor.

  2. Targeting CD73 in the tumor microenvironment with MEDI9447

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    Hay, Carl M.; Sult, Erin; Huang, Qihui; Mulgrew, Kathy; Fuhrmann, Stacy R.; McGlinchey, Kelly A.; Hammond, Scott A.; Rothstein, Raymond; Rios-Doria, Jonathan; Poon, Edmund; Holoweckyj, Nick; Durham, Nicholas M.; Leow, Ching Ching; Diedrich, Gundo; Damschroder, Melissa; Herbst, Ronald; Hollingsworth, Robert E.; Sachsenmeier, Kris F.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT MEDI9447 is a human monoclonal antibody that is specific for the ectoenzyme CD73 and currently undergoing Phase I clinical trials. Here we show that MEDI9447 is a potent inhibitor of CD73 ectonucleotidase activity, with wide ranging immune regulatory consequences. MEDI9447 results in relief from adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-mediated lymphocyte suppression in vitro and inhibition of mouse syngeneic tumor growth in vivo. In contrast with other cancer immunotherapy agents such as checkpoint inhibitors or T-cell agonists, MEDI9447 drives changes in both myeloid and lymphoid infiltrating leukocyte populations within the tumor microenvironment of mouse models. Changes include significant alterations in a number of tumor micro-environmental subpopulations including increases in CD8+ effector cells and activated macrophages. Furthermore, these changes correlate directly with responder and non-responder subpopulations within animal studies using syngeneic tumors. Combination data showing additive activity between MEDI9447 and anti-PD-1 antibodies using human cells in vitro and mouse tumor models further demonstrate the potential value of relieving adenosine-mediated immunosuppression. Based on these data, a Phase I study to test the safety, tolerability, and clinical activity of MEDI9447 in cancer patients was initiated (NCT02503774). PMID:27622077

  3. MediGuide-impact on catheter ablation techniques and workflow.

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    Pillarisetti, Jayasree; Kanmanthareddy, Arun; Reddy, Yeruva Madhu; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya

    2014-09-01

    Since the introduction of percutaneous intervention in modern medical science, specifically cardiovascular medicine fluoroscopy has remained the gold standard for navigation inside the cardiac structures. As the complexity of the procedures continue to increase with advances in interventional electrophysiology, the procedural times and fluoroscopy times have proportionately increased and the risks of radiation exposure both to the patients as well as the operator continue to rise. 3D electroanatomic mapping systems have to some extent complemented fluoroscopic imaging in improving catheter navigation and forming a solid platform for exploring the electroanatomic details of the target substrate. The 3D mapping systems are still limited as they continue to be static representations of a dynamic heart without being completely integrated with fluoroscopy. The field needed a technological solution that could add a dynamic positioning system that can be successfully incorporated into fluoroscopic imaging as well as electroanatomic imaging modalities. MediGuide is one such innovative technology that exploits the geo-positioning system principles. It employs a transmitter mounted on the X-ray panel that emits an electromagnetic field within which sensor-equipped diagnostic and ablation catheters are tracked within prerecorded fluoroscopic images. MediGuide is also integrated with NavX mapping system and helps in developing better 3D images by field scaling-a process that reduces field distortions that occur from impedance mapping alone. In this review, we discuss about the principle of MediGuide technology, the catheter ablation techniques, and the workflow in the EP lab for different procedures.

  4. Accuracy of the Morphology Enabled Dipole Inversion (MEDI) Algorithm for Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping in MRI

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    Liu, Tian; Xu, Weiyu; Spincemaille, Pascal; Avestimehr, A. Salman

    2013-01-01

    Determining the susceptibility distribution from the magnetic field measured in a magnetic resonance (MR) scanner is an ill-posed inverse problem, because of the presence of zeroes in the convolution kernel in the forward problem. An algorithm called morphology enabled dipole inversion (MEDI), which incorporates spatial prior information, has been proposed to generate a quantitative susceptibility map (QSM). The accuracy of QSM can be validated experimentally. However, there is not yet a rigorous mathematical demonstration of accuracy for a general regularized approach or for MEDI specifically. The error in the susceptibility map reconstructed by MEDI is expressed in terms of the acquisition noise and the error in the spatial prior information. A detailed analysis demonstrates that the error in the susceptibility map reconstructed by MEDI is bounded by a linear function of these two error sources. Numerical analysis confirms that the error of the susceptibility map reconstructed by MEDI is on the same order of the noise in the original MRI data, and comprehensive edge detection will lead to reduced model error in MEDI. Additional phantom validation and human brain imaging demonstrated the practicality of the MEDI method. PMID:22231170

  5. Novel neutralizing hedgehog antibody MEDI-5304 exhibits antitumor activity by inhibiting paracrine hedgehog signaling.

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    Michaud, Neil R; Wang, Youzhen; McEachern, Kristen A; Jordan, Jerold J; Mazzola, Anne Marie; Hernandez, Axel; Jalla, Sanjoo; Chesebrough, Jon W; Hynes, Mark J; Belmonte, Matthew A; Wang, Lidong; Kang, Jaspal S; Jovanovic, Jelena; Laing, Naomi; Jenkins, David W; Hurt, Elaine; Liang, Meina; Frantz, Christopher; Hollingsworth, Robert E; Simeone, Diane M; Blakey, David C; Bedian, Vahe

    2014-02-01

    The hedgehog pathway has been implicated in the tumorigenesis, tumor progression, and metastasis of numerous human cancers. We generated the first fully human hedgehog antibody MEDI-5304 and characterized its antitumor activity and preclinical toxicology. MEDI-5304 bound sonic hedgehog (SHH) and Indian hedgehog (IHH) with low picomolar affinity and neutralized SHH and IHH activity in cellular mGLI1 reporter assays. The antibody inhibited transcription of hedgehog target genes and osteoblast differentiation of C3H10T1/2 cells. We evaluated the activity of MEDI-5304 in vivo in model systems that allowed us to evaluate two primary hypotheses of hedgehog function in human cancer, paracrine signaling between tumor and stromal cells and cancer stem cell (CSC) self-renewal. MEDI-5304 displayed robust pharmacodynamic effects in stromal cells that translated to antitumor efficacy as a single agent in an HT-29/MEF coimplantation model of paracrine hedgehog signaling. MEDI-5304 also improved responses to carboplatin in the HT-29/MEF model. The antibody, however, had no effect as a single agent or in combination with gemcitabine on the CSC frequency or growth of several primary pancreatic cancer explant models. These findings support the conclusion that hedgehog contributes to tumor biology via paracrine tumor-stromal signaling but not via CSC maintenance or propagation. Finally, the only safety study finding associated with MEDI-5304 was ondontodysplasia in rats. Thus, MEDI-5304 represents a potent dual hedgehog inhibitor suitable for continued development to evaluate efficacy and safety in human patients with tumors harboring elevated levels of SHH or IHH.

  6. MediAgent: a WWW-based scalable and self-learning medical search engine.

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    Tay, J.; Ke, S.; Lun, K. C.

    1998-01-01

    Searching for medical information on the Internet can be tedious and frustrating due to the number of irrelevant entries returned from generic search engines. We have developed MediAgent, a scalable search engine that aims to deliver a web-based medical search solution which is focused, exhaustive and able to keep improving its databases. The software package can run off a single low-end system and be scaled into a client-server, distributed computing architecture for high-end needs. This scalable architecture boosts MediAgent's handling capacity to tens of millions of web pages. In addition to large volume handling, MediAgent is designed to be manageable. All subsystems are not only highly configurable, but also support remote, interactive management and monitoring by the system administrator. PMID:9929289

  7. Hospital Selective Contracting without Consumer Choice: What Can We Learn from Medi-Cal?

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    Bamezai, Anil; Melnick, Glenn A.; Mann, Joyce M.; Zwanziger, Jack

    2003-01-01

    In the selective contracting era, consumer choice has generally been absent in most state Medicaid programs, including California's (called Medi-Cal). In a setting where beneficiary exit is not a threat, a large payer may have both the incentives and the ability to exercise undue market power, potentially exposing an already vulnerable population…

  8. Morphology enabled dipole inversion (MEDI) from a single-angle acquisition: comparison with COSMOS in human brain imaging.

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    Liu, Tian; Liu, Jing; de Rochefort, Ludovic; Spincemaille, Pascal; Khalidov, Ildar; Ledoux, James Robert; Wang, Yi

    2011-09-01

    Magnetic susceptibility varies among brain structures and provides insights into the chemical and molecular composition of brain tissues. However, the determination of an arbitrary susceptibility distribution from the measured MR signal phase is a challenging, ill-conditioned inverse problem. Although a previous method named calculation of susceptibility through multiple orientation sampling (COSMOS) has solved this inverse problem both theoretically and experimentally using multiple angle acquisitions, it is often impractical to carry out on human subjects. Recently, the feasibility of calculating the brain susceptibility distribution from a single-angle acquisition was demonstrated using morphology enabled dipole inversion (MEDI). In this study, we further improved the original MEDI method by sparsifying the edges in the quantitative susceptibility map that do not have a corresponding edge in the magnitude image. Quantitative susceptibility maps generated by the improved MEDI were compared qualitatively and quantitatively with those generated by calculation of susceptibility through multiple orientation sampling. The results show a high degree of agreement between MEDI and calculation of susceptibility through multiple orientation sampling, and the practicality of MEDI allows many potential clinical applications.

  9. MEDI1873, a potent, stabilized hexameric agonist of human GITR with regulatory T-cell targeting potential

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    Tigue, Natalie J.; Bamber, Lisa; Andrews, John; Ireland, Samantha; Hair, James; Carter, Edward; Sridharan, Sudharsan; Jovanović, Jelena; Rees, D. Gareth; Springall, Jeremy S.; Li, Yi-Ming; Chodorge, Matthieu; Perez-Martinez, David; Higazi, Daniel R.; Oberst, Michael; Kennedy, Maureen; Black, Chelsea M.; Yan, Li; Schwickart, Martin; Maguire, Shaun; Young, Lesley L.; Vaughan, Tristan; Wilkinson, Robert W.; Stewart, Ross

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-related protein (GITR) is part of a system of signals involved in controlling T-cell activation. Targeting and agonizing GITR in mice promotes antitumor immunity by enhancing the function of effector T cells and inhibiting regulatory T cells. Here, we describe MEDI1873, a novel hexameric human GITR agonist comprising an IgG1 Fc domain, a coronin 1A trimerization domain and the human GITRL extracellular domain (ECD). MEDI1873 was optimized through systematic testing of different trimerization domains, aglycosylation of the GITRL ECD and comparison of different Fc isotypes. MEDI1873 exhibits oligomeric heterogeneity and superiority to an anti-GITR antibody with respect to evoking robust GITR agonism, T-cell activation and clustering of Fc gamma receptors. Further, it recapitulates, in vitro, several aspects of GITR targeting described in mice, including modulation of regulatory T-cell suppression and the ability to increase the CD8+:CD4+ T-cell ratio via antibody-dependent T-cell cytotoxicity. To support translation into a therapeutic setting, we demonstrate that MEDI1873 is a potent T-cell agonist in vivo in non-human primates, inducing marked enhancement of humoral and T-cell proliferative responses against protein antigen, and demonstrate the presence of GITR- and FoxP3-expressing infiltrating lymphocytes in a range of human tumors. Overall our data provide compelling evidence that MEDI1873 is a novel, potent GITR agonist with the ability to modulate T-cell responses, and suggest that previously described GITR biology in mice may translate to the human setting, reinforcing the potential of targeting the GITR pathway as a therapeutic approach to cancer.

  10. Análise da medição do raio solar em ultravioleta

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    Saraiva, A. C. V.; Giménez de Castro, C. G.; Costa, J. E. R.; Selhorst, C. L.; Simões, P. J. A.

    2003-08-01

    A medição acurada do raio solar em qualquer banda do espectro eletromagnético é de relevância na formulação e calibração de modelos da estrutura e atmosfera solar. Esses modelos atribuem emissão do contínuo do Sol calmo em microondas à mesma região da linha Ha do Hell. Apresentamos a medição do raio solar em UV com imagens do EIT (Extreme Ultraviolet Image Telescope) entre 1996 e 2002, no comprimento de onda 30,9 nm (Ha do Hell), que se forma na região de transição/cromosfera solar. A técnica utilizada para o cálculo do raio UV foi baseada na transformada Wavelet B3spline. Fizemos um banco de dados com 1 imagem por dia durante o período citado. Obtivemos como resultado o raio médio da ordem de 975.61" e uma diminuição do mesmo para o período citado variando em média -0,45" /ano. Comparamos estes dados com os valores obtidos pelo ROI (Radio Observatório de Itapetinga) em 22/48 GHz e Nobeyama Radio Heliograph em 17 GHz mostrando que os raios médios são muito próximos o que indica que a região de formação nessas freqüências é a mesma conforme os modelos. Comparamos os resultados também com outros índices de atividade solar.

  11. MediBoost: a Patient Stratification Tool for Interpretable Decision Making in the Era of Precision Medicine

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    Valdes, Gilmer; Luna, José Marcio; Eaton, Eric; Simone, Charles B.; Ungar, Lyle H.; Solberg, Timothy D.

    2016-01-01

    Machine learning algorithms that are both interpretable and accurate are essential in applications such as medicine where errors can have a dire consequence. Unfortunately, there is currently a tradeoff between accuracy and interpretability among state-of-the-art methods. Decision trees are interpretable and are therefore used extensively throughout medicine for stratifying patients. Current decision tree algorithms, however, are consistently outperformed in accuracy by other, less-interpretable machine learning models, such as ensemble methods. We present MediBoost, a novel framework for constructing decision trees that retain interpretability while having accuracy similar to ensemble methods, and compare MediBoost’s performance to that of conventional decision trees and ensemble methods on 13 medical classification problems. MediBoost significantly outperformed current decision tree algorithms in 11 out of 13 problems, giving accuracy comparable to ensemble methods. The resulting trees are of the same type as decision trees used throughout clinical practice but have the advantage of improved accuracy. Our algorithm thus gives the best of both worlds: it grows a single, highly interpretable tree that has the high accuracy of ensemble methods. PMID:27901055

  12. Validation of Medi·Ca EC Method for AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods(SM) Certification.

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    Shimizu, Mai; Saito, Fumihiko; Takenaka, Kentaro; Kimura, Narumi; Suzuki, Takeo; Iwase, Tatsuhiko; Kyotani, Hitoshi

    2017-03-01

    A ready-made dry medium method for Escherichia coli and coliform count, the Medi·Ca EC method, was compared with the most probable number (MPN) method using Brilliant Green Lactose Bile broth and E. coli broth (AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official MethodSM 966.24) for seven food matrixes: raw beef, raw pork, raw frozen pork, raw lamb, raw salmon, frankfurter sausage, and cooked ham. The mean difference between the two methods at each contamination level for each matrix was <0.5 log10, and the 95% confidence intervals for the mean differences fell within the range of -0.5 to 0.5, with the exception of a few cases in the independent laboratory study. sr and RSDr values of the Medi·Ca EC method were generally lower than those of the MPN method, and r2 ranged from 0.91 to 0.99. Product consistency and stability studies showed little variability between production lots and the shelf-life of 20 months. An incubation time within the range of 22-26 h did not adversely affect the results; however, variations in sample volume did affect final counts. These results showed that the Medi·Ca EC method is a reasonable alternative to the reference method for the selected food matrixes and makes it possible to simultaneously detect and enumerate E. coli and coliform in only 24 h.

  13. MediBoost: a Patient Stratification Tool for Interpretable Decision Making in the Era of Precision Medicine

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    Valdes, Gilmer; Luna, José Marcio; Eaton, Eric; Simone, Charles B.; Ungar, Lyle H.; Solberg, Timothy D.

    2016-11-01

    Machine learning algorithms that are both interpretable and accurate are essential in applications such as medicine where errors can have a dire consequence. Unfortunately, there is currently a tradeoff between accuracy and interpretability among state-of-the-art methods. Decision trees are interpretable and are therefore used extensively throughout medicine for stratifying patients. Current decision tree algorithms, however, are consistently outperformed in accuracy by other, less-interpretable machine learning models, such as ensemble methods. We present MediBoost, a novel framework for constructing decision trees that retain interpretability while having accuracy similar to ensemble methods, and compare MediBoost’s performance to that of conventional decision trees and ensemble methods on 13 medical classification problems. MediBoost significantly outperformed current decision tree algorithms in 11 out of 13 problems, giving accuracy comparable to ensemble methods. The resulting trees are of the same type as decision trees used throughout clinical practice but have the advantage of improved accuracy. Our algorithm thus gives the best of both worlds: it grows a single, highly interpretable tree that has the high accuracy of ensemble methods.

  14. MediSim: A Prototype VR System for Training Medical First Responders

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    Stansfield, S.; Shawver, D.; Sobel, A.

    1997-12-31

    This paper presents a prototype virtual reality (VR) system for training medical first responders. The initial application is to battlefield medicine and focuses on the training of medical corpsmen and other front-line personnel who might be called upon to provide emergency triage on the battlefield. The system is built upon Sandia`s multi-user, distributed VR platform and provides an interactive, immersive simulation capability. The user is represented by an Avatar and is able to manipulate his virtual instruments and carry out medical procedures. A dynamic casualty simulation provides realistic cues to the patient`s condition (e.g. changing blood pressure and pulse) and responds to the actions of the trainee (e.g. a change in the color of a patient`s skin may result from a check of the capillary refill rate). The current casualty simulation is of an injury resulting in a tension pneumothorax. This casualty model was developed by the University of Pennsylvania and integrated into the Sandia MediSim system.

  15. Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of MEDI4893, an Investigational, Extended-Half-Life, Anti-Staphylococcus aureus Alpha-Toxin Human Monoclonal Antibody, in Healthy Adults

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    Yu, Xiang-Qing; Robbie, Gabriel J.; Wu, Yuling; Esser, Mark T.; Jensen, Kathryn; Schwartz, Howard I.; Bellamy, Terramika; Hernandez-Illas, Martha

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT MEDI4893 is an investigational immunoglobulin G1(κ) monoclonal antibody that specifically binds to and neutralizes alpha-toxin, a key Staphylococcus aureus virulence factor. A triple-amino-acid substitution, M252Y/S254T/T256E, was engineered into the MEDI4893 Fc region to extend its serum half-life. A phase 1, double-blind, dose escalation study was designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, anti-alpha-toxin-neutralizing activity, and antidrug antibody (ADA) response of MEDI4893 following a single intravenous infusion in healthy adults 18 to 65 years of age. Thirty-three subjects were randomly assigned to receive MEDI4893 at 225 mg (n = 3), 750 mg (n = 3), 2,250 mg (n = 8), or 5,000 mg (n = 12) or placebo (n = 7) and were followed for 360 days. Adverse events were mild or moderate in severity; none were serious. The MEDI4893 peak serum concentration increased dose proportionally from 77.2 μg/ml (225-mg dose) to 1,784 μg/ml (5,000-mg dose). The area under the concentration-time curve from 0 to 360 days also increased dose proportionally, from 4,840 μg · day/ml (225-mg dose) to 91,493 μg · day/ml (5,000-mg dose), indicating linear pharmacokinetics. MEDI4893's terminal half-life was estimated to be 80 to 112 days, which is approximately 4-fold longer than the half-lives of other human immunoglobulin G antibodies. The alpha-toxin-neutralizing activity in serum correlated highly with the MEDI4893 concentrations in serum. Three adults transiently tested positive for ADA on day 151, but this did not have an impact on MEDI4893 serum concentrations or the MEDI4893 safety profile; no subjects exhibited serum ADA at the study end. These data support the continued development of MEDI4893 for the prevention of S. aureus-mediated pneumonia. (This study has been registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under identifier NCT02296320.) PMID:27795368

  16. The CEA/CD3-Bispecific Antibody MEDI-565 (MT111) Binds a Nonlinear Epitope in the Full-Length but Not a Short Splice Variant of CEA

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    Huang, Jiaqi; Brohawn, Philip; Morehouse, Chris; Lekstrom, Kristen; Baeuerle, Patrick A.; Wu, Herren; Yao, Yihong; Coats, Steven R.; Dall’Acqua, William; Damschroder, Melissa; Hammond, Scott A.

    2012-01-01

    MEDI-565 (also known as MT111) is a bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE®) antibody in development for the treatment of patients with cancers expressing carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). MEDI-565 binds CEA on cancer cells and CD3 on T cells to induce T-cell mediated killing of cancer cells. To understand the molecular basis of human CEA recognition by MEDI-565 and how polymorphisms and spliced forms of CEA may affect MEDI-565 activity, we mapped the epitope of MEDI-565 on CEA using mutagenesis and homology modeling approaches. We found that MEDI-565 recognized a conformational epitope in the A2 domain comprised of amino acids 326–349 and 388–410, with critical residues F326, T328, N333, V388, G389, P390, E392, I408, and N410. Two non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs10407503, rs7249230) were identified in the epitope region, but they are found at low homozygosity rates. Searching the National Center for Biotechnology Information GenBank® database, we further identified a single, previously uncharacterized mRNA splice variant of CEA that lacks a portion of the N-terminal domain, the A1 and B1 domains, and a large portion of the A2 domain. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of multiple cancers showed widespread expression of full-length CEA in these tumors, with less frequent but concordant expression of the CEA splice variant. Because the epitope was largely absent from the CEA splice variant, MEDI-565 did not bind or mediate T-cell killing of cells solely expressing this form of CEA. In addition, the splice variant did not interfere with MEDI-565 binding or activity when co-expressed with full-length CEA. Thus MEDI-565 may broadly target CEA-positive tumors without regard for expression of the short splice variant of CEA. Together our data suggest that MEDI-565 activity will neither be impacted by SNPs nor by a splice variant of CEA. PMID:22574157

  17. Prograf five milligrams versus Tacrolimus medis in healthy volunteers: a bioequivalence study.

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    Masri, M; Rizk, S; Boujbel, L; Bellahirich, W; Baassoumi, D; Attia, M; Matha, V

    2013-01-01

    For FDA approval, bioequivalence of a generic version of Tacrolimus must be demonstrated in a randomized, two-treatments, two-periods, two-sequences, single-dose crossover study in healthy adult volunteers. Currently there are at least 3 differents generic equivalent for Tacrolimus, that are approved by the EMA and the FDA, with a USA market share of nearly 50%. However, the market share of generic immunosuppressive drugs in the Middle East region is still very low due to the reluctance of the physician to accept Tacrolimus generics, considered to be a narrow therapeutic window drug, that are approved using the standard bioequivalence criteria of 80% to 125%. Herein we present a bioequivalence study of a new Tacrolimus generic, Tacrolimus Medis 5 mg developed by Medis Tunisia batch number 12G3003 compared with Prograf® 5 mg batch number 7202 manufactured by Astellas Toyama Co., Ltd. Japan and HIKMA Pharmaceuticals, Amman-Jordan in healthy adult volunteers using the 90%-111% criteria recommended for drugs with narrow therapeutic window. The study was, balanced, randomized, two-treatments, two-periods, two-sequences, single dose, crossover, comparative oral bioavailability study in healthy adult human volunteers. The study was carried out in accordance with the Basic Principles defined in the U.S. 21 CFR Part 312.20, the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Helsinki (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki). Thirty six non-smoking healthy, as determined by medical history, volunteers, 18 years and older, were included. Following randomization using a computer software (pharma solution) the volunteers were given a single oral dose of 5 milligrams following a 12 hour fast with a wash out period of 7 days. Pharmacokinetics profile with blood levels at: 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 24 hours were performed following each dose. Tacrolimus plasma level was determined using an HPLC validated method (Transmedical For Life S.A.R.L. Beirut

  18. Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of MEDI8897, the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prefusion F-Targeting Monoclonal Antibody with an Extended Half-Life, in Healthy Adults

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    Khan, Anis A.; Esser, Mark T.; Jensen, Kathryn; Takas, Therese; Kankam, Martin K.; Villafana, Tonya; Dubovsky, Filip

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) illness in infants is a major public health priority, but there is no approved vaccine. Palivizumab is a monoclonal antibody that provides RSV prophylaxis but requires 5 monthly injections and is approved only for infants who experience the greatest morbidity and mortality from RSV. Thus, there remains a significant unmet medical need for prevention of RSV disease in healthy infants. MEDI8897 is a recombinant human RSV monoclonal antibody with a modified Fc region that extends its half-life and is being developed as RSV prophylaxis for all infants. In this phase 1, first-in-human, placebo-controlled study, 136 healthy adults were randomized to receive a single dose of MEDI8897 (n = 102) or placebo (n = 34) in 1 of 5 cohorts (300, 1,000, or 3,000 mg intravenously or 100 or 300 mg intramuscularly [i.m.]) and were monitored for 360 days. The mean half-life of MEDI8897 was 85 to 117 days across dose groups, and bioavailability after 300-mg i.m. dose administration was 77%. Time to maximum concentration following i.m. dosing was 5 to 9 days. Antidrug antibody (ADA) responses were detected in a similar proportion of placebo (15.2%) and MEDI8897 (13.7%) recipients. The safety profile of MEDI8897 was similar to that of the placebo. These results support clinical studies of the i.m. administration of a single dose of MEDI8897 in the target population of infants to provide protection for the duration of the RSV season. (This study has been registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under identifier NCT02114268.) PMID:27956428

  19. Phase-I study MEDI-534, of a live, attenuated intranasal vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza-3 virus in seropositive children.

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    Gomez, Margarita; Mufson, Maurice A; Dubovsky, Filip; Knightly, Conor; Zeng, Wen; Losonsky, Genevieve

    2009-07-01

    A live, attenuated respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza virus type 3 vaccine was evaluated in healthy respiratory syncytial virus/parainfluenza virus type 3 seropositive children aged 1 to 9 years. Three cohorts of 40 children were randomized 1:1 to receive 10, 10, or 10 median tissue culture infectious dose50 MEDI-534 vaccine or placebo. The vaccine's safety profile was similar to placebo, no viral shedding was detected, and the vaccine was minimally immunogenic.

  20. MediSPECT: Single photon emission computed tomography system for small field of view small animal imaging based on a CdTe hybrid pixel detector

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    Accorsi, R.; Autiero, M.; Celentano, L.; Chmeissani, M.; Cozzolino, R.; Curion, A. S.; Frallicciardi, P.; Laccetti, P.; Lanza, R. C.; Lauria, A.; Maiorino, M.; Marotta, M.; Mettivier, G.; Montesi, M. C.; Riccio, P.; Roberti, G.; Russo, P.

    2007-02-01

    We describe MediSPECT, a new scanner developed at University and INFN Napoli, for SPECT studies on small animals with a small field of view (FOV) and high spatial resolution. The CdTe pixel detector (a 256×256 matrix of 55 μm square pixels) operating in single photon counting for detection of gamma-rays with low and medium energy (e.g. 125I, 27-35 keV, 99mTc, 140 keV), is bump bonded to the Medipix2 readout chip. The FOV of the MediSPECT scanner with a coded aperture mask collimator ranges from 6.3 mm (system spatial resolution 110 μm at 27-35 keV) to 24.3 mm. With a 0.30 mm pinhole the FOV ranges from 2.4 to 29 mm (where the system spatial resolution is 1.0 mm at 27-35 keV and 2.0 mm at 140 keV). MediSPECT will be used for in vivo imaging of small organs or tissue structures in mouse, e.g., brain, thyroid, heart or tumor.

  1. Staphylococcus aureus Alpha-Toxin Is Conserved among Diverse Hospital Respiratory Isolates Collected from a Global Surveillance Study and Is Neutralized by Monoclonal Antibody MEDI4893

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    Yu, Li; Mok, Hoyin; Tkaczyk, Christine; Sellman, Bret R.; Wu, Yuling; Oganesyan, Vaheh; Slidel, Tim; Jafri, Hasan; McCarthy, Michael; Bradford, Patricia; Esser, Mark T.

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus infections lead to an array of illnesses ranging from mild skin infections to serious diseases, such endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and pneumonia. Alpha-toxin (Hla) is a pore-forming toxin, encoded by the hla gene, that is thought to play a key role in S. aureus pathogenesis. A monoclonal antibody targeting Hla, MEDI4893, is in clinical development for the prevention of S. aureus ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The presence of the hla gene and Hla protein in 994 respiratory isolates collected from patients in 34 countries in Asia, Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia was determined. Hla levels were correlated with the geographic location, age of the subject, and length of stay in the hospital. hla gene sequence analysis was performed, and mutations were mapped to the Hla crystal structure. S. aureus supernatants containing Hla variants were tested for susceptibility or resistance to MEDI4893. The hla gene was present and Hla was expressed in 99.0% and 83.2% of the isolates, respectively, regardless of geographic region, hospital locale, or age of the subject. More methicillin-susceptible than methicillin-resistant isolates expressed Hla (86.9% versus 78.8%; P = 0.0007), and S. aureus isolates from pediatric patients expressed the largest amounts of Hla. Fifty-seven different Hla subtypes were identified, and 91% of the isolates encoded an Hla subtype that was neutralized by MED4893. This study demonstrates that Hla is conserved in diverse S. aureus isolates from around the world and is an attractive target for prophylactic monoclonal antibody (MAb) or vaccine development. PMID:27324766

  2. Medi-Port Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

    ClinicalTrials.gov

    2016-10-13

    Actively Undergoing Cancer Treatment; 4-9 Years of Age; At Least 1 Month From Diagnosis; Able to Speak and Understand English; Presenting to Clinic for at Least a 2nd Subcutaneous Port Needle Insertion

  3. Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food

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    Lippi, Donatella

    2013-01-01

    Throughout history, chocolate has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments, and in recent years, multiple studies have found that chocolate can have positive health effects, providing evidence to a centuries-long established use; this acknowledgement, however, did not have a straight course, having been involved in religious, medical and cultural controversies. Christian Europe, in fact, feared the exhilarating effects of new drinks, such as chocolate, coffee and tea. Therefore, these beverages would have been banished, had not doctors and scientists explained that they were good for the body. The scientific debate, which reached its peak in Florence in the 18th century, regarded the therapeutic effectiveness of the various chocolate components: it was necessary to know their properties first, in order to prepare the best cacao concoction for every patient. When Dietetics separated from Medicine, however, chocolate acquired the role of vehicle for easing the administration of bitter medicines, being associated to different health problems. The recent rediscovery of the beneficial use of cacao and chocolate focuses upon its value as supplemental nutrition. Building a bridge to the past may be helpful to detect the areas where the potential health benefits of chocolate are likely to be further explored. PMID:23673608

  4. MediKids Health Insurance Act of 2009

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    Sen. Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV

    2009-05-01

    05/01/2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (text of measure as introduced: CR S5023-5027) (All Actions) Tracker: This bill has the status IntroducedHere are the steps for Status of Legislation:

  5. Chocolate in history: food, medicine, medi-food.

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    Lippi, Donatella

    2013-05-14

    Throughout history, chocolate has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments, and in recent years, multiple studies have found that chocolate can have positive health effects, providing evidence to a centuries-long established use; this acknowledgement, however, did not have a straight course, having been involved in religious, medical and cultural controversies. Christian Europe, in fact, feared the exhilarating effects of new drinks, such as chocolate, coffee and tea. Therefore, these beverages would have been banished, had not doctors and scientists explained that they were good for the body. The scientific debate, which reached its peak in Florence in the 18th century, regarded the therapeutic effectiveness of the various chocolate components: it was necessary to know their properties first, in order to prepare the best cacao concoction for every patient. When Dietetics separated from Medicine, however, chocolate acquired the role of vehicle for easing the administration of bitter medicines, being associated to different health problems. The recent rediscovery of the beneficial use of cacao and chocolate focuses upon its value as supplemental nutrition. Building a bridge to the past may be helpful to detect the areas where the potential health benefits of chocolate are likely to be further explored.

  6. Advanced Networks in Dental Rich Online MEDiA (ANDROMEDA)

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    Elson, Bruce; Reynolds, Patricia; Amini, Ardavan; Burke, Ezra; Chapman, Craig

    There is growing demand for dental education and training not only in terms of knowledge but also skills. This demand is driven by continuing professional development requirements in the more developed economies, personnel shortages and skills differences across the European Union (EU) accession states and more generally in the developing world. There is an excellent opportunity for the EU to meet this demand by developing an innovative online flexible learning platform (FLP). Current clinical online systems are restricted to the delivery of general, knowledge-based training with no easy method of personalization or delivery of skill-based training. The PHANTOM project, headed by Kings College London is developing haptic-based virtual reality training systems for clinical dental training. ANDROMEDA seeks to build on this and establish a Flexible Learning Platform that can integrate the haptic and sensor based training with rich media knowledge transfer, whilst using sophisticated technologies such as including service-orientated architecture (SOA), Semantic Web technologies, knowledge-based engineering, business intelligence (BI) and virtual worlds for personalization.

  7. Improving interMediAte Risk management. MARK study

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Cardiovascular risk functions fail to identify more than 50% of patients who develop cardiovascular disease. This is especially evident in the intermediate-risk patients in which clinical management becomes difficult. Our purpose is to analyze if ankle-brachial index (ABI), measures of arterial stiffness, postprandial glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, self-measured blood pressure and presence of comorbidity are independently associated to incidence of vascular events and whether they can improve the predictive capacity of current risk equations in the intermediate-risk population. Methods/Design This project involves 3 groups belonging to REDIAPP (RETICS RD06/0018) from 3 Spanish regions. We will recruit a multicenter cohort of 2688 patients at intermediate risk (coronary risk between 5 and 15% or vascular death risk between 3-5% over 10 years) and no history of atherosclerotic disease, selected at random. We will record socio-demographic data, information on diet, physical activity, comorbidity and intermittent claudication. We will measure ABI, pulse wave velocity and cardio ankle vascular index at rest and after a light intensity exercise. Blood pressure and anthropometric data will be also recorded. We will also quantify lipids, glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin in a fasting blood sample and postprandial capillary glucose. Eighteen months after the recruitment, patients will be followed up to determine the incidence of vascular events (later follow-ups are planned at 5 and 10 years). We will analyze whether the new proposed risk factors contribute to improve the risk functions based on classic risk factors. Discussion Primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases is a priority in public health policy of developed and developing countries. The fundamental strategy consists in identifying people in a high risk situation in which preventive measures are effective and efficient. Improvement of these predictions in our country will have an immediate, clinical and welfare impact and a short term public health effect. Trial Registration Clinical Trials.gov Identifier: NCT01428934 PMID:21992621

  8. MEDI4736 (Durvalumab) in Patients With Brain Metastasis From Epithelial-derived Tumors

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    2017-01-23

    Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer; Breast Cancer; Cancer of Breast; Cancer of the Breast; Gastroesophageal Cancer; Pancreatic Cancer; Cancer of the Pancreas; Colorectal Cancer; Colorectal Carcinoma; Renal Cancer; Kidney Cancer; Cancer of the Kidney; Cancer of Kidney; Ovarian Cancer; Ovary Cancer; Cancer of the Ovary; Cancer of Ovary

  9. 78 FR 6167 - Order of Suspension of Trading; In the Matter of Medis Technologies Ltd., Modern Medical...

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    2013-01-29

    ...., Tamir Biotechnology, Inc., and Techmedia Advertising, Inc., January 25, 2013. It appears to the... concerning the securities of Tamir Biotechnology, Inc. because it has not filed any periodic reports...

  10. Successful Aging among Elders Living in the Mani Continental Region vs. Insular Areas of the Mediterranean: the MEDIS Study

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    Mariolis, Anargiros; Foscolou, Alexandra; Tyrovolas, Stefanos; Piscopo, Suzanne; Valacchi, Giuseppe; Tsakountakis, Nikos; Zeimbekis, Akis; Bountziouka, Vassiliki; Gotsis, Efthimios; Metallinos, George; Tyrovola, Dimitra; Tur, Josep-Antoni; Matalas, Antonia-Leda; Lionis, Christos; Polychronopoulos, Evangelos; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the role of geography i.e., continental vs. insular Mediterranean, on successful aging among older inhabitants. During 2005-2014, 2693 elderly (aged 65 to 100 years) individuals from 21 Mediterranean islands in Greece, Italy and Spain as well as Cyprus, Malta, and the rural region of Mani (southeast continental region of Greece keeping old-time traditions), were voluntarily recruited. Successful aging was evaluated using a validated index composed of 10 health-related socio-lifestyle and clinical characteristics. After accounting for age, sex, body mass index (BMI), physical activity, smoking habits, MedDietScore and access to health care services, the older inhabitants of islands were found to have a higher level of the successful aging index when compared to their counterparts in Mani (Beta=0.174, p<0.001); moreover, islanders exhibited slightly more years of “good” health (68.7 vs 68.4 years for Mani residents (p=0.99)). However, compared to the residents of Mani, islanders had 1.64 times higher odds (95%CI, 1.08-2.48) for having hypertension, 2.4-times higher odds (95%CI, 1.34-4.21) for having diabetes and 1.52 times higher odds (95%CI, 0.97-2.38) for having hypercholesterolemia. Engaging in physical activities and healthy dietary habits were the major determinants of healthy aging, among islanders as compared to their counterparts of continental Mani region. Elder residents of the continental Mani area enjoyed a better health status, whereas elder islanders had a higher level of successful aging; a finding which could be attributed to differences in lifestyle among elders. PMID:27330843

  11. The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Lifestyle Health Determinants Among Older Adults Living in the Mediterranean Region: The Multinational MEDIS Study (2005-2015)

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    Soulis, George; Mariolis, Anargiros; Piscopo, Suzanne; Anastasiou, Foteini; Zeimbekis, Akis; Tur, Josep-Antoni; Tyrovola, Dimitra; Gotsis, Efthimios; Metallinos, George; Matalas, Antonia-Leda

    2017-01-01

    Objectives By the end of the 2000s, the economic situation in many European countries started to deteriorate, generating financial uncertainty, social insecurity and worse health status. The aim of the present study was to investigate how the recent financial crisis has affected the lifestyle health determinants and behaviours of older adults living in the Mediterranean islands. Methods From 2005 to 2015, a population-based, multi-stage convenience sampling method was used to voluntarily enrol 2749 older adults (50% men) from 20 Mediterranean islands and the rural area of the Mani peninsula. Lifestyle status was evaluated as the cumulative score of four components (range, 0 to 6), that is, smoking habits, diet quality (MedDietScore), depression status (Geriatric Depression Scale) and physical activity. Results Older Mediterranean people enrolled in the study from 2009 onwards showed social isolation and increased smoking, were more prone to depressive symptoms, and adopted less healthy dietary habits, as compared to their counterparts participating earlier in the study (p<0.05), irrespective of age, gender, several clinical characteristics, or socioeconomic status of the participants (an almost 50% adjusted increase in the lifestyle score from before 2009 to after 2009, p<0.001). Conclusions A shift towards less healthy behaviours was noticeable after the economic crisis had commenced. Public health interventions should focus on older adults, particularly of lower socioeconomic levels, in order to effectively reduce the burden of cardiometabolic disease at the population level. PMID:28173690

  12. Successful aging, dietary habits and health status of elderly individuals: a k-dimensional approach within the multi-national MEDIS study.

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    Tyrovolas, Stefanos; Haro, Josep Maria; Mariolis, Anargiros; Piscopo, Suzanne; Valacchi, Giuseppe; Tsakountakis, Nikos; Zeimbekis, Akis; Tyrovola, Dimitra; Bountziouka, Vassiliki; Gotsis, Efthimios; Metallinos, George; Tur, Josep-Antoni; Matalas, Antonia-Leda; Lionis, Christos; Polychronopoulos, Evangelos; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes

    2014-12-01

    The definition and determinants of successful aging is still controversial. Although dietary habits have long been associated with aging, eating habits and behaviors have rarely been included in various proposed indices of successful aging. The aim of this work was to evaluate determinants of successful aging together with assessment of dietary habits in relation to healthcare facility use among elders living in the Mediterranean basin. During 2005-2011, 2663 elderly (aged 65-100 years) individuals from 21 Mediterranean islands and rural Mani region (Peloponnesus) were voluntarily enrolled in the study. A successful aging index ranging from a score of 0 to a score of 10 was constructed using 10 attributes, i.e., education, financial status, physical activity, body mass index, depression, participation in social activities with friends and family, number of yearly excursions, number of cardiovascular disease risk factors and adherence to the Mediterranean diet. The applied factor analysis on the components of the index extracted three main components for successful aging: psychosocial-economic, bioclinical and lifestyle; confirming the multiple dimensions of aging. After adjusting for confounders, a 1/10-unit increase in the successful aging index was associated with 0.8 less annual visits to healthcare centers (95% CI -1.3 to-0.2). Stratified analysis by gender revealed heterogeneity of factors predicting successful aging. These findings suggest that successful aging is a multidimensional and complex concept that exhibits gender heterogeneity. Annual use of health care services by the elders was found to be related to level of successful aging.

  13. Anti-ICOS Monoclonal Antibody MEDI-570 in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma Follicular Variant or Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma

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    2017-03-16

    Follicular Variant Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Mature T- and NK-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Refractory Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma; Refractory Mature T-Cell and NK-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  14. Factors associated with components of arterial pressure among older individuals (the multinational MEDIS study): the role of the Mediterranean diet and alcohol consumption.

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    Tyrovolas, Stefanos; Haro, Josep Maria; Polychronopoulos, Evangelos; Mariolis, Anargiros; Piscopo, Suzanne; Valacchi, Giuseppe; Makri, Kornilia; Zeimbekis, Akis; Tyrovola, Dimitra; Bountziouka, Vassiliki; Gotsis, Efthimios; Metallinos, George; Katsoulis, Yannis; Tur, Josep-Antoni; Matalas, Antonia; Lionis, Christos; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes

    2014-09-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate factors associated with arterial blood pressure in a sample of older Mediterranean people without known cardiovascular disease. During 2005 to 2011, 2813 older (aged 65-100 years) individuals from 22 Mediterranean islands and the rural Mani region (Peloponnesus) voluntarily enrolled. Standard procedures were used to determine arterial BP and pulse pressure and for the evaluation of dietary habits (including tea and alcoholic beverages consumption), lifestyle, and anthropometric and clinical characteristics of the participants. Participants who reported low alcohol consumption (ie, 0-1 glasses per day) were less likely to have hypertension (odds ratio, 0.34; 95% confidence interval, 0.14-0.84) as compared with those who reported high alcohol consumption (ie, 5+ glasses per day). Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was inversely associated with mean arterial pressure (β coefficient, -0.18; 95% confidence interval, -0.33 to -0.16). Alcohol drinking remains an important modifiable risk factor for hypertension. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with decreased arterial peripheral resistance.

  15. Promethium-147 capacitor.

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    Kavetskiy, A; Yakubova, G; Lin, Q; Chan, D; Yousaf, S M; Bower, K; Robertson, J D; Garnov, A; Meier, D

    2009-06-01

    Beta particle surface fluxes for tritium, Ni-63, Pm-147, and Sr-90 sources were calculated in this work. High current density was experimentally achieved from Pm-147 oxide in silica-titana glass. A 96 GBq (2.6 Ci) Pm-147 4pi-source with flux efficiency greater than 50% was used for constructing a direct charge capacitor with a polyimide coated collector and vacuum as electrical insulation. The capacitor connected to high resistance (TOmega) loads produced up to 35 kV. Overall conversion efficiency was over 10% (on optimal load).

  16. The SAATELLITE and EVADE Clinical Studies Within the COMBACTE Consortium: A Public-Private Collaborative Effort in Designing and Performing Clinical Trials for Novel Antibacterial Drugs to Prevent Nosocomial Pneumonia.

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    François, Bruno; Chastre, Jean; Eggiman, Philippe; Laterre, Pierre-François; Torres, Antoni; Sanchez, Miguel; Esser, Mark T; Bishop, Brian; Bonten, Marc; Goosens, Herman; Jafri, Hasan S

    2016-08-15

    The Innovative Medicines Initiative-funded COMBACTE consortium fosters academic-industry partnership in pioneering studies to combat serious bacterial infections. We describe how this partnership is advancing the development of 2 monoclonal antibodies, MEDI4893 and MEDI3902, for the prevention of nosocomial pneumonia.

  17. Development and evaluation of an ensemble resource linking medications to their indications

    PubMed Central

    Wei, Wei-Qi; Cronin, Robert M; Xu, Hua; Lasko, Thomas A; Bastarache, Lisa; Denny, Joshua C

    2013-01-01

    Objective To create a computable MEDication Indication resource (MEDI) to support primary and secondary use of electronic medical records (EMRs). Materials and methods We processed four public medication resources, RxNorm, Side Effect Resource (SIDER) 2, MedlinePlus, and Wikipedia, to create MEDI. We applied natural language processing and ontology relationships to extract indications for prescribable, single-ingredient medication concepts and all ingredient concepts as defined by RxNorm. Indications were coded as Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) concepts and International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD9) codes. A total of 689 extracted indications were randomly selected for manual review for accuracy using dual-physician review. We identified a subset of medication–indication pairs that optimizes recall while maintaining high precision. Results MEDI contains 3112 medications and 63 343 medication–indication pairs. Wikipedia was the largest resource, with 2608 medications and 34 911 pairs. For each resource, estimated precision and recall, respectively, were 94% and 20% for RxNorm, 75% and 33% for MedlinePlus, 67% and 31% for SIDER 2, and 56% and 51% for Wikipedia. The MEDI high-precision subset (MEDI-HPS) includes indications found within either RxNorm or at least two of the three other resources. MEDI-HPS contains 13 304 unique indication pairs regarding 2136 medications. The mean±SD number of indications for each medication in MEDI-HPS is 6.22±6.09. The estimated precision of MEDI-HPS is 92%. Conclusions MEDI is a publicly available, computable resource that links medications with their indications as represented by concepts and billing codes. MEDI may benefit clinical EMR applications and reuse of EMR data for research. PMID:23576672

  18. In-Situ Missions for the Exploration of Titan's Lakes

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    Elliott, John O.; Waite, J. Hunter

    2011-01-01

    The lakes of Titan represent an increasingly tantalizing target for future exploration. As Cassini continues to reveal more details the lakes appear to offer a particularly rich reservoir of knowledge that could provide insights to Titan's formation and evolution, as well as an ideal location to explore Titan's potential for pre-biotic chemistry. A recent study of Titan Lake Probe missions was undertaken as one of several dozen studies commissioned by the National Research Council (NRC) Planetary Decadal Survey to explore the technical readiness, feasibility and affordability of scientifically promising mission scenarios. This in-depth study focused on an in-situ examination of a hydrocarbon lake on the Saturnian moon Titan--a target that presents unique scientific opportunities as well as several unique engineering challenges (e.g., submersion systems and cryogenic sampling) to enable those measurements. Per direction from the NRC Planetary Decadal Survey Satellites Panel, and after an initial trade-space examination, study architectures focused on three possible New Frontiers-class missions and a more ambitious Flagship-class lander intended as the in-situ portion of a larger collaborative mission. Detailed point designs were developed to explore these four potential mission options, including consideration of flight system and mission designs, as well as operations on and under the lake's surface and scenarios for data return. In this paper we present an overview of the science objectives of the missions, the mission architecture and surface.

  19. Relationship Of Mediterranean Diet And Caloric Intake To Phenoconversion In Huntington Disease

    PubMed Central

    Marder, Karen; Gu, Yian; Eberly, Shirley; Tanner, Caroline M.; Scarmeas, Nikolaos; Oakes, David; Shoulson, Ira

    2014-01-01

    Importance Adherence to Mediterranean-type diet (MeDi) may delay onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Whether adherence to MeDi affects time to phenoconversion in Huntington’s Disease (HD), a highly penetrant, single gene disorder, is unknown. Objective To determine if MeDi modifies the time to clinical onset of HD ('phenoconversion') in premanifest carriers participating in Prospective Huntington At Risk Observational Study (PHAROS), and to examine the effects of BMI and caloric intake on time to phenoconversion. Design A prospective cohort study. Setting 41 Huntington Study Group sites in the US and Canada. Participants 1001 participants were enrolled in PHAROS between July 1999 and January 2004, and were followed every 9 months until 2010. A total of 211 participants aged 26–57 with an expanded CAG repeat (≥37) were included in the current study. Exposure A semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) was administered 33 months after baseline. We calculated daily gram intake for dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish, monounsaturated and saturated fatty-acids, and alcohol, and constructed MeDi scores (0–9); higher scores indicate higher adherence. Demographics, medical history, BMI, and Unified Huntington's Disease Rating Scale (UHDRS) were collected. Main Outcome Measure Cox proportional hazards models to determine the association of MeDi and phenoconversion. Results Age, caloric intake, gender, education, and UHDRS motor scores did not differ among MeDi tertiles (0–3, 4–5, 6–9). The highest BMI was associated with lowest adherence to MeDi. 31 participants phenoconverted. In a model adjusted for age, CAG, and caloric intake, MeDi was not associated with phenoconversion (p for trend=0.14 for tertile of MeDi, and p=0.22 for continuous MeDi). When individual diet components of MeDi were analyzed, higher dairy consumption (hazard ratio 2.36; 1.0–5.57; p=0.051) and higher caloric intake (p=0.035) were associated with

  20. Molecular basis for the mechanism of action of an anti-TACE antibody

    PubMed Central

    Peng, Li; Cook, Kimberly; Xu, Linda; Cheng, Li; Damschroder, Melissa; Gao, Changshou; Wu, Herren; Dall'Acqua, William F.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor-α converting enzyme (TACE) have potential as therapeutics for various diseases. Many small molecule inhibitors, however, exhibit poor specificity profiles because they target the highly conserved catalytic cleft of TACE. We report for the first time the molecular interaction of a highly specific anti-TACE antagonistic antibody (MEDI3622). We characterized the binding of MEDI3622 using mutagenesis, as well as structural modeling and docking approaches. We show that MEDI3622 recognizes a unique surface loop of sIVa-sIVb β-hairpin on TACE M-domain, but does not interact with the conserved catalytic cleft or its nearby regions. The exquisite specificity of MEDI3622 is mediated by this distinct structural feature on the TACE M-domain. These findings may aid the design of antibody therapies against TACE. PMID:27610476

  1. EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR CUMULATIVE RISK ASSESSMENT: MEASUREMENT OF ENDOGENOUS BIOMARKERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Direct assessment of cumulative risks is a difficult task due to combinations of multiple chemicals, exposure pathways, and concentration profiles using suites of environmental measurements. We are investigating the use of endogenous compounds commonly present in biological medi...

  2. Radiation Exposure from Medical Exams and Procedures

    MedlinePlus

    ... the amount of radia- tion used. A more quantitative assessment of the benefits of medi- cal radiation ... engineers, lawyers, and other professionals. Activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation ...

  3. Latex in the Hospital Environment

    MedlinePlus

    ... formerly Elastoplast),Action Wrap, Lyofoam (Acme), Spandage (Medi-tech),Telfa Duoderm, Reston foam (3M), Opsite, Venigard, Comfeel, ... Cover with plastic bag, Pedipals Advantage (MSA), HEPA-Tech (Uvex), PFR 95 (Tecnol), 3M 1860 Certain Ambu, ...

  4. To Determine the Best Means of Providing a Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine Capability at U.S. Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-07-01

    accuracy. 1 The scintillation camera, which detects radioactive tracers, became readily available comercially in 1964, and significantly im- pacted on the...Hospital to accommodate a nuclear medi- cine service. The hospital was about to start an extensive renovation and new construction program and the...September 1, 1970), p. 55. 6N. Jeanne Harris and Leslie R. Bennett, "Planning a Nuclear Medi- cine Service," Hospitals 47 (October 1, 1973), p. 90. 7

  5. Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and Alzheimer's disease risk in an Australian population

    PubMed Central

    Gardener, S; Gu, Y; Rainey-Smith, S R; Keogh, J B; Clifton, P M; Mathieson, S L; Taddei, K; Mondal, A; Ward, V K; Scarmeas, N; Barnes, M; Ellis, K A; Head, R; Masters, C L; Ames, D; Macaulay, S L; Rowe, C C; Szoeke, C; Martins, R N

    2012-01-01

    The Mediterranean diet (MeDi), due to its correlation with a low morbidity and mortality for many chronic diseases, has been widely recognised as a healthy eating model. We aimed to investigate, in a cross-sectional study, the association between adherence to a MeDi and risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in a large, elderly, Australian cohort. Subjects in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing cohort (723 healthy controls (HC), 98 MCI and 149 AD participants) completed the Cancer Council of Victoria Food Frequency Questionnaire. Adherence to the MeDi (0- to 9-point scale with higher scores indicating higher adherence) was the main predictor of AD and MCI status in multinominal logistic regression models that were adjusted for cohort age, sex, country of birth, education, apolipoprotein E genotype, total caloric intake, current smoking status, body mass index, history of diabetes, hypertension, angina, heart attack and stroke. There was a significant difference in adherence to the MeDi between HC and AD subjects (P<0.001), and in adherence between HC and MCI subjects (P<0.05). MeDi is associated with change in Mini-Mental State Examination score over an 18-month time period (P<0.05) in HCs. We conclude that in this Australian cohort, AD and MCI participants had a lower adherence to the MeDi than HC participants. PMID:23032941

  6. Mediterranean Diet, Alzheimer Disease, and Vascular Mediation

    PubMed Central

    Scarmeas, Nikolaos; Stern, Yaakov; Mayeux, Richard; Luchsinger, Jose A.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives To examine the association between the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) and Alzheimer disease (AD) in a different AD population and to investigate possible mediation by vascular pathways. Design, Setting, Patients, and Main Outcome Measures A case-control study nested within a community-based cohort in New York, NY. Adherence to the MeDi (0- to 9-point scale with higher scores indicating higher adherence) was the main predictor of AD status (194 patients with AD vs 1790 nondemented subjects) in logistic regression models that were adjusted for cohort, age, sex, ethnicity, education, apolipoprotein E genotype, caloric intake, smoking, medical comorbidity index, and body mass index (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared). We investigated whether there was attenuation of the association between MeDi and AD when vascular variables (stroke, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart disease, lipid levels) were simultaneously introduced in the models (which would constitute evidence of mediation). Results Higher adherence to the MeDi was associated with lower risk for AD (odds ratio, 0.76; 95% confidence interval, 0.67–0.87; P<.001). Compared with subjects in the lowest MeDi tertile, subjects in the middle MeDi tertile had an odds ratio of 0.47 (95% confidence interval, 0.29–0.76) and those at the highest tertile an odds ratio of 0.32 (95% confidence interval, 0.17–0.59) for AD (P for trend <.001). Introduction of the vascular variables in the model did not change the magnitude of the association. Conclusions We note once more that higher adherence to the MeDi is associated with a reduced risk for AD. The association does not seem to be mediated by vascular comorbidity. This could be the result of either other biological mechanisms (oxidative or inflammatory) being implicated or measurement error of the vascular variables. PMID:17030648

  7. Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohort

    PubMed Central

    Corley, Janie; Cox, Simon R.; Valdés Hernández, Maria C.; Craig, Leone C.A.; Dickie, David Alexander; Karama, Sherif; McNeill, Geraldine M.; Bastin, Mark E.; Wardlaw, Joanna M.; Deary, Ian J.

    2017-01-01

    Objective: To assess the association between Mediterranean-type diet (MeDi) and change in brain MRI volumetric measures and mean cortical thickness across a 3-year period in older age (73–76 years). Methods: We focused on 2 longitudinal brain volumes (total and gray matter; n = 401 and 398, respectively) plus a longitudinal measurement of cortical thickness (n = 323), for which the previous cross-sectional evidence of an association with the MeDi was strongest. Adherence to the MeDi was calculated from data gathered from a food frequency questionnaire at age 70, 3 years prior to the baseline imaging data collection. Results: In regression models adjusting for relevant demographic and physical health indicators, we found that lower adherence to the MeDi was associated with greater 3-year reduction in total brain volume (explaining 0.5% of variance, p < 0.05). This effect was half the size of the largest covariate effect (i.e., age). Cross-sectional associations between MeDi and baseline MRI measures in 562 participants were not significant. Targeted analyses of meat and fish consumption did not replicate previous associations with total brain volume or total gray matter volume. Conclusions: Lower adherence to the MeDi in an older Scottish cohort is predictive of total brain atrophy over a 3-year interval. Fish and meat consumption does not drive this change, suggesting that other components of the MeDi or, possibly, all of its components in combination are responsible for the association. PMID:28053008

  8. Incontinence pad absorption and skin barrier creams: a non-patient study.

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    Dykes, Peter; Bradbury, Sarah

    2016-12-08

    Exposure of the skin to excessive moisture, such as in cases of incontinence, can damage its natural barrier function and lead to tissue damage and breakdown. Common methods for managing incontinence and preventing related skin damage include the use of incontinence pads and the application of skin barrier creams to reduce exposure to moisture and irritants. Previous reports have indicated that barrier creams can transfer onto incontinence pads from the skin and reduce their absorbency, and thus the efficacy of both products. This study, using non-patient volunteers, investigated the effect on incontinence pad absorbency of Medi Derma-S and Medi Derma-Pro; two products from the Medi Skin Protection range, in comparison with other market-leading products. Results indicated that, while there was a small degree of product transfer onto the incontinence pads, this did not have a major impact on the absorption of synthetic urine. Medi Derma-S and Medi Derma-Pro performed consistently with other similar market-leading products.

  9. Structure and Function Analysis of an Antibody Recognizing All Influenza A Subtypes.

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    Kallewaard, Nicole L; Corti, Davide; Collins, Patrick J; Neu, Ursula; McAuliffe, Josephine M; Benjamin, Ebony; Wachter-Rosati, Leslie; Palmer-Hill, Frances J; Yuan, Andy Q; Walker, Philip A; Vorlaender, Matthias K; Bianchi, Siro; Guarino, Barbara; De Marco, Anna; Vanzetta, Fabrizia; Agatic, Gloria; Foglierini, Mathilde; Pinna, Debora; Fernandez-Rodriguez, Blanca; Fruehwirth, Alexander; Silacci, Chiara; Ogrodowicz, Roksana W; Martin, Stephen R; Sallusto, Federica; Suzich, JoAnn A; Lanzavecchia, Antonio; Zhu, Qing; Gamblin, Steven J; Skehel, John J

    2016-07-28

    Influenza virus remains a threat because of its ability to evade vaccine-induced immune responses due to antigenic drift. Here, we describe the isolation, evolution, and structure of a broad-spectrum human monoclonal antibody (mAb), MEDI8852, effectively reacting with all influenza A hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes. MEDI8852 uses the heavy-chain VH6-1 gene and has higher potency and breadth when compared to other anti-stem antibodies. MEDI8852 is effective in mice and ferrets with a therapeutic window superior to that of oseltamivir. Crystallographic analysis of Fab alone or in complex with H5 or H7 HA proteins reveals that MEDI8852 binds through a coordinated movement of CDRs to a highly conserved epitope encompassing a hydrophobic groove in the fusion domain and a large portion of the fusion peptide, distinguishing it from other structurally characterized cross-reactive antibodies. The unprecedented breadth and potency of neutralization by MEDI8852 support its development as immunotherapy for influenza virus-infected humans.

  10. Capitation in California—An Analysis of At-Risk Financing of Medicaid Services

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    Halfon, Neal; Newacheck, Paul W.

    1986-01-01

    Recent legislative changes have fostered the growth of a highly competitive health care market in California. In addition to selective hospital contracting for Medicaid (Medi-Cal) services, the California Medical Assistance Commission is attempting to initiate pilot projects to capitate Medi-Cal beneficiaries in selected geographic areas throughout the state. Selective contracting with county capitated organized health systems is also underway in Santa Barbara County, with plans for other counties on the drawing boards. This paper describes these capitated programs as well as addressing problems that may arise in this transition from a fee-for-service to a capitated Medi-Cal system. Specifically considered are issues related to underutilization, quality of care, implementation, eligibility and effects on existing patterns of care. PMID:3532566

  11. An additive effect of anti-PAI-1 antibody to ACE inhibitor on slowing the progression of diabetic kidney disease.

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    Gu, Chunyan; Zhang, Jiandong; Noble, Nancy A; Peng, Xiao-Rong; Huang, Yufeng

    2016-11-01

    While angiotensin II blockade slows the progression of diabetic nephropathy, current data suggest that it alone cannot stop the disease process. New therapies or drug combinations will be required to further slow or halt disease progression. Inhibition of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) aimed at enhancing ECM degradation has shown therapeutic potential in diabetic nephropathy. Here, using a mouse model of type diabetes, the maximally therapeutic dose of the PAI-1-neutralizing mouse monoclonal antibody (MEDI-579) was determined and compared with the maximally effective dose of enalapril. We then examined whether addition of MEDI-579 to enalapril would enhance the efficacy in slowing the progression of diabetic nephropathy. Untreated uninephrectomized diabetic db/db mice developed progressive albuminuria and glomerulosclerosis associated with increased expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, PAI-1, type IV collagen, and fibronectin from weeks 18 to 22, which were reduced by MEDI-579 at 3 mg/kg body wt, similar to enalapril given alone from weeks 12 to 22 Adding MEDI-579 to enalapril from weeks 18 to 22 resulted in further reduction in albuminuria and markers of renal fibrosis. Renal plasmin generation was dramatically reduced by 57% in diabetic mice, a decrease that was partially reversed by MEDI-579 or enalapril given alone but was further restored by these two treatments given in combination. Our results suggest that MEDI-579 is effective in slowing the progression of diabetic nephropathy in db/db mice and that the effect is additive to ACEI. While enalapril is renal protective, the add-on PAI-1 antibody may offer additional renoprotection in progressive diabetic nephropathy via enhancing ECM turnover.

  12. A Novel IL6 Antibody Sensitizes Multiple Tumor Types to Chemotherapy Including Trastuzumab-Resistant Tumors.

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    Zhong, Haihong; Davis, April; Ouzounova, Maria; Carrasco, Rosa A; Chen, Cui; Breen, Shannon; Chang, Yong S; Huang, Jiaqi; Liu, Zheng; Yao, Yihong; Hurt, Elaine; Moisan, Jacques; Fung, Michael; Tice, David A; Clouthier, Shawn G; Xiao, Zhan; Wicha, Max S; Korkaya, Hasan; Hollingsworth, Robert E

    2016-01-15

    Elevated levels of the proinflammatory cytokine IL6 are associated with poor survival outcomes in many cancers. Antibodies targeting IL6 and its receptor have been developed for chronic inflammatory disease, but they have not yet been shown to clearly benefit cancer patients, possibly due to antibody potency or the settings in which they have been tested. In this study, we describe the development of a novel high-affinity anti-IL6 antibody, MEDI5117, which features an extended half-life and potent inhibitory effects on IL6 biologic activity. MEDI5117 inhibited IL6-mediated activation of STAT3, suppressing the growth of several tumor types driven by IL6 autocrine signaling. In the same models, MEDI5117 displayed superior preclinical activity relative to a previously developed anti-IL6 antibody. Consistent with roles for IL6 in promoting tumor angiogenesis, we found that MEDI5117 inhibited the growth of endothelial cells, which can produce IL6 and support tumorigenesis. Notably, in tumor xenograft assays in mice, we documented the ability of MEDI5117 to enhance the antitumor activities of chemotherapy or gefitinib in combination treatment regimens. MEDI5117 also displayed robust activity on its own against trastuzumab-resistant HER2(+) tumor cells by targeting the CD44(+)CD24(-) cancer stem cell population. Collectively, our findings extend the evidence of important pleiotropic roles of IL6 in tumorigenesis and drug resistance, and offer a preclinical proof of concept for the use of IL6 antibodies in combination regimens to heighten therapeutic responses and overcome drug resistance.

  13. Apparent Motion of the Sun, Shadows of Objects and Measurement of Time in the View of Seventh Grade Students of Middle School. (Breton Title: Movimento Aparente do Sol, Sombras dos Objetos e Medição do Tempo na Visão de Alunos do Sétimo Ano do Ensino Fundamental.) Movimiento Aparente del Sol, Sombras de los Objetos y Medición del Tiempo en la Visión de Estudiantes del Séptimo Grado del Ciclo Pirmario

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    Iria Machado, Daniel

    2013-07-01

    The apparent motion of the Sun on the celestial sphere and the behavior of the shadows of objects over time are observable phenomena in everyday life. However, students often do not have a proper understanding of such occurrences, and can even display misconceptions about them. Therefore, we performed a research in order to know students' notions about these subjects and to evaluate the contribution to their understanding brought about by an activity performed with an interactive sundial in an informal learning environment. We investigated the ideas of 43 students from the seventh grade of middle school by applying a test with open questions before and after an activity with an analemmatic sundial, conducted by a monitor. A significant proportion of students were initially unaware of most of the phenomena treated. The intervention performed helped the students to assimilate new concepts, providing the contact with new phenomena and to a lesser degree, the development of explanations about them, indicating an educational potential of this action. However, the contribution to the understanding of some of the ideas explored was small, pointing to the need to make additional observations, studies and discussions. O movimento aparente do Sol na esfera celeste e o comportamento das sombras dos objetos com o passar do tempo são fenômenos observáveis no dia a dia. No entanto, muitas vezes os estudantes não possuem uma compreensão adequada de tais ocorrências, podendo inclusive exibir concepções alternativas a seu respeito. Por isso, efetuou-se uma pesquisa com o intuito de conhecer as noções dos alunos sobre esses temas e avaliar a contribuição para seu entendimento propiciada por uma atividade feita com um relógio de Sol interativo, em um ambiente de ensino informal. Foram investigadas as ideias de 43 alunos do sétimo ano do Ensino Fundamental mediante a aplicação de um teste com questões abertas antes e depois de uma atividade com um relógio de Sol analemático, conduzida por um monitor. Uma proporção significativa de estudantes desconhecia inicialmente a maioria dos fenômenos tratados. A intervenção realizada colaborou para uma parte dos alunos assimilar novos conceitos, propiciando o contato com novos fenômenos e, em menor grau, a elaboração de explicações a respeito destes, indicando um potencial educativo dessa ação. Porém, a contribuição para o entendimento de algumas das ideias exploradas foi pequena, apontando para a necessidade de se fazer observações, estudos e discussões complementares. El movimiento aparente del Sol en la esfera celeste y el comportamiento de las sombras de los objetos a lo largo del tiempo son fenómenos observables en la vida cotidiana. Sin embargo, los estudiantes a menudo no tienen una adecuada comprensión de dichos problemas, e incluso pueden mostrar conceptos erróneos acerca de ellos. Por lo tanto, se realizó una investigación a fin de conocer las nociones de los estudiantes acerca de estas cuestiones y evaluar la contribución a su comprensión proporcionada por una actividad realizada con un reloj de Sol interactivo, en un entorno informal de aprendizaje. Se investigaron las ideas de 43 estudiantes del séptimo grado del ciclo primario mediante la aplicación de un test con preguntas abiertas antes y después de una actividad con un reloj de Sol analemático, dirigida por un monitor. Una proporción significativa de los estudiantes inicialmente desconocía la mayoría de los fenómenos tratados. La intervención realizada contribuyó para que los estudiantes asimilasen nuevos conceptos, proporcionando el contacto con nuevos fenómenos y, en menor medida, desarrollasen explicaciones acerca de estos, lo que indica un potencial educativo de esta acción. Sin embargo, la contribución a la comprensión de algunas de las ideas exploradas fue pequeña, lo que apunta a la necesidad de hacer observaciones, estudios y debates adicionales.

  14. The effect of moderate alcohol consumption on biomarkers of inflammation and hemostatic factors in postmenopausal women

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Inflammation and hemostasis contribute to the etiology of cardiovascular disease. We previously demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) may decrease risk for cardiovascular disease due to an improved the lipid profile. In addition to these beneficial changes, the alcohol medi...

  15. Discovery of chemicals that mediate mosquito host-seeking behavior

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    Since 1942, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed repellents and insecticides for the U.S. military. A small thrust of this research program has been focused on discovery of attractants for use as lures in commercial traps designed to attract and capture arthropods of medi...

  16. RF-Medisys: a radio frequency identification-based electronic medical record system for improving medical information accessibility and services at point of care.

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    Ting, Jacky S L; Tsang, Albert H C; Ip, Andrew W H; Ho, George T S

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents an innovative electronic medical records (EMR) system, RF-MediSys, which can perform medical information sharing and retrieval effectively and which is accessible via a 'smart' medical card. With such a system, medical diagnoses and treatment decisions can be significantly improved when compared with the conventional practice of using paper medical records systems. Furthermore, the entire healthcare delivery process, from registration to the dispensing or administration of medicines, can be visualised holistically to facilitate performance review. To examine the feasibility of implementing RF-MediSys and to determine its usefulness to users of the system, a survey was conducted within a multi-disciplinary medical service organisation that operates a network of medical clinics and paramedical service centres throughout Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Questionnaires were distributed to 300 system users, including nurses, physicians and patients, to collect feedback on the operation and performance of RF-MediSys in comparison with conventional paper-based medical record systems. The response rate to the survey was 67%. Results showed a medium to high level of user satisfaction with the radiofrequency identification (RFID)-based EMR system. In particular, respondents provided high ratings on both 'user-friendliness' and 'system performance'. Findings of the survey highlight the potential of RF-MediSys as a tool to enhance quality of medical services and patient safety.

  17. Ozone Induces a Proinflammatory Response in Primary Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells Through Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Activation Without Nuclear Factor-kB Activation

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    Ground-level ozone (O3) is a ubiquitous environmental air pollutant that is a potent inducer of airway inflammation and has been linked with both respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Some studies using transformed or immortalized cells have attributed O3-medi...

  18. Extraction and HPLC- UV Analysis of C60, C70, and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester in Synthetic and Natural Waters

    EPA Science Inventory

    Studies have shown that C60 fullerene can form stable colloidal suspensions in water that result in C60 aqueous concentrations many orders of magnitude above C60's aqueous solubility; however, quantitative methods for the analysis of C60 and other fullerenes in environmental medi...

  19. Was it really only a scant few years ago that Silicon Valley was booming, dot-coms were the next big things and Nortel shares were trading at more than $100?

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    Menzies, David

    2003-01-01

    Alas, there's nothing like a pinch of reality to pop an overinflated hype bubble. Yet not all software vendors that have fallen on hard times in recent years have succumbed to bankruptcy. In fact, Canadian software firms--MediSolution and Ormed--are proof that turnarounds are possible.

  20. Medicaid coverage of maternity care for aliens in California.

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    Norton, S A; Kenney, G M; Ellwood, M R

    1996-01-01

    The quantity and cost-effectiveness of prenatal care is a critical reproductive health issue as federal and state legislators consider reducing publicly funded services to aliens. An analysis of data from medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, shows that undocumented and legalized aliens who qualified for coverage under the provisions of federal legislation or the state's expansion of eligibility criteria accounted for 45% of deliveries financed by Medi-Cal in 1991; outlays for these deliveries are estimated at less than 2% of all Medi-Cal payments for that year. Most of these women also received prenatal care covered by Medi-Cal, but more than half were not enrolled in the program until after the first trimester of pregnancy (and thus may not have received adequate prenatal care). Alien women were enrolled for an average of 5-6 months of their pregnancy, whereas nonalien women who qualified for coverage were enrolled for about seven months. California's Proposition 187 would eliminate funding for prenatal care for undocumented aliens, but public outlays for labor and delivery could grow as a result of an increase in poor birth outcomes.

  1. Health is fine if pills are on time

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Medication non-adherence is a pervasive problem that can impact an individual’s health and wellness. MediSafe is a user-friendly and simple app that enables patients to improve their medication adherence by setting reminders, and enhance their provider relationships by sharing intake and health indicator history. PMID:28293612

  2. The Shock and Vibration Bulletin. Part 2. Measurement Techniques and Data Analysis, Dynamic Measurements, Vibration and Acoustics

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    1980-09-01

    FM TRANS- is not comercially available. LATIONAL MOBILITIIS Rotational Velocity/Force lobility EXCITATION: fA(t )#! t A) RESPONSE: *e(t) wB(w ) v...Vibration Handbook, 44:22-45, 1976. REFERENCES 9. Coermann, R. R., et al, Aerospace Medi- 1. Hoerlein, A. B., "Preconditioning of beef cine , 31:443, 1960

  3. Isolation and Characterization of Prostate Cancer Stem Cells

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-10-01

    involved in CSC maintenance, aptamer , or antibody-medi- ated toxin-linked agents, or by disrupting the niche [25–27]. An alternative approach to curing...metastatic niche: Targeting the microenvi- ronment. Semin Oncol 2010;37(Suppl 2):S2–14. 27] Min K, Jo H, Song K, et al. Dual- aptamer -based delivery vehicle

  4. The Study of Child Language Brokering: Past, Current and Emerging Research

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    Antonini, Rachele

    2010-01-01

    This special issue of "mediAzioni," the online journal of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies on Translation, Languages and Culture (SITLeC) of the University of Bologna at Forli, derives from the "Study Day on Child Language Brokering" held in Forli in 2008. The Study Day began with a morning session during which…

  5. Mosquito Information Management Project (MIMP): Application of a Computerized General Purpose Information Management System (SELGEM) to Medically Important Arthropods (Diptera: culicidae).

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-08-01

    4 MOSQUITO INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROJECT (MIMP): *APPLICATION OF A COMPUTERIZED GENERAL PURPOSE I INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SELGEM) TO...1983 to August 1984 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SELGEM) TO MEDI- 6 EFRIGOG EOTNME * CALLY IMPORTANT ARTHROPODS (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE) .v PEnRMN OG

  6. Injury among Stimulant-Treated Youth with ADHD

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    Marcus, Steven C.; Wan, George J.; Zhang, Huabin F.; Olfson, Mark

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To assess risk factors for injury among children and adolescents treated with stimulants for ADHD. Method: An analysis was performed of pharmacy and service claims data from 2000-2003 California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) focusing on children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years who initiated stimulant therapy for ADHD. Bivariate and…

  7. Fatigue Risk Management in Aviation Maintenance: Current Best Practices and Potential Future Countermeasures

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    2011-06-01

    Civil Aviation Publication CAS -----------Circadian Alertness Simulator CASA --------Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia) CASR ---------Civil...of Australia ( CASA , 2009a), and agencies in the road and rail transport industries (Australian National Transport Commission, 2004; Gertler...factors leading to fatigue can include social and family commitments, commute time, second jobs, and medi- cal conditions that may reduce the quality

  8. S-Nitrosylation and the Development of Pulmonary Hypertension

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    2008-02-01

    for VHL -medi- ated destruction by proline hydroxylation: implica- tions for O2 sensing. Science. 292:464–468. 44. Yao, D., et al. 2004. Nitrosative...Pavletich, N.P. 1999. Structure of the VHL -ElonginC-ElonginB complex: implications for VHL tumor suppressor function. Science. 284:455–461. 48

  9. Environmental conditions and reproductive health outcomes

    EPA Science Inventory

    Environmental exposures range across multiple domains to affect human health. In an effort to learn how environmental factors combine to contribute to health outcomes we constructed a multiple environmental domain index (MEDI) for use in health research. We used principal compone...

  10. Low levels of energy expenditure in childhood cancer survivors: Implications for obesity prevention

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    Childhood cancer survivors are at an increased risk of obesity but causes for this elevated risk are uncertain. We evaluated total energy expenditure in childhood cancer survivors using the doubly labeled water method in a cross-sectional study of 17 survivors of pediatric leukemia or lymphoma (medi...

  11. First report of bacterial blight of crucifers caused by Pseudomonas cannabina pv. alisalensis in Minnesota on arugula (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    In 2011, bacterial blight of arugula (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa; cv. Roquette) was observed in organically grown plants under overhead irrigation near Delano, MN. Approximately 80 to 100% of each planting was affected. Blue-green fluorescent pseudomonads were isolated consistently on King’s Medi...

  12. Service engineering for grid services in medicine and life science.

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    Weisbecker, Anette; Falkner, Jürgen

    2009-01-01

    Clearly defined services with appropriate business models are necessary in order to exploit the benefit of grid computing for industrial and academic users in medicine and life sciences. In the project Services@MediGRID the service engineering approach is used to develop those clearly defined grid services and to provide sustainable business models for their usage.

  13. Needle versus Tube Thoracostomy in a Swine Model of Traumatic Tension Hemopneumothorax

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-03-01

    hospital Trauma Life Support ( PHTLS ) training manual currently recommends NT.3 Based on current com- bat epidemiology, basic U.S. Army prehospital medi...Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. PHTLS : Prehospital Life Support: Military Version. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2007. 4. Barton ED, Epperson

  14. Multiple environmental contexts and preterm birth risks

    EPA Science Inventory

    Human health is affected by simultaneous exposure to numerous stressors and amenities, but research often focuses on single exposure models. To address this, a United States county-level Multiple Environmental Domain Index (MEDI) was constructed with data representing five envir...

  15. Long-Term Budgetary Pressures and Policy Options

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    1998-05-01

    acute medical treatment , but a rapidly growing component of Medi- care spending is for home health care and skilled nursing facil- ity (SNF) services...Spending, 1975-1995 ance (SMI), covers services provided by physicians, limited-license practitioners (such as chiropractors and podiatrists), hospital

  16. Utilization of high resolution computed tomography to visualize the three dimensional structure and function of plant vasculature

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    High resolution x-ray computed tomography (HRCT) is a non-destructive diagnostic imaging technique with sub-micron resolution capability that is now being used to evaluate the structure and function of plant xylem network in three dimensions (3D). HRCT imaging is based on the same principles as medi...

  17. Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 3, Number 7, October 1997

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    1997-10-01

    MSMRVol. 03 / No. 07 7 Active Duty Other FIGURE II. Reportable sexually transmitted diseases, US Army medical treatment facilities* Cases per...Training Area in southeastern Queensland. Pre- exercise activities : Assessment of exer- cise-relevant medical threats identified the follow- ing: injuries...eastern Australia during the rainy season, the RRv threat was considered both operationally and medi- cally significant. Pre- exercise activities

  18. Hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA:Malate Hydroxycinnamoyl Transferase is Crucial for 2-O-Caffeoyl-L-Malate Biosynthesis in Red Clover and Defines a New Pathway for Hydroxycinnamoyl-Malate Ester Biosynthesis

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) leaves accumulate several µmol of phaselic acid [2-O-caffeoyl-L-malate] per gram fresh weight. Post-harvest oxidation of such o-diphenols to o-quinones by endogenous polyphenol oxidases prevents breakdown of forage protein during storage. Forages like alfalfa (Medi...

  19. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends

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    ... overconfidence. A person who makes these statements (or 14 goals in MediCAtiOn-ASSiSted treAtMent _____ Learn to take medication at home (if permitted by program, State, and Federal rules). _____ Get random drug tests. goal 3: Stay in ...

  20. Youth Emancipating from Foster Care in California: Findings Using Linked Administrative Data.

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    Needell, Barbara; Cuccaro-Alamin, Stephanie; Brookhart, Alan; Jackman, William; Shlonsky, Aron

    This study examined characteristics of youth emancipated from child welfare (ECW) and probation (EPR) supervised foster care; receipt of mental health services for emancipating youth; births to emancipating females; deaths of youth who emancipated from foster care; receipt of Medi-Cal due to AFDC/TANF, SSI/disability, or medical indigence after…

  1. Mentoring to Help Prevent Physician Burnout.

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    Herring, Malcolm; Forbes Kaufman, Rachel; Bogue, Richard

    2016-07-01

    The importance of a person's spirit and eternal destiny are eclipsed in American medi- cine. The most alarming effect of this eclipse is that the prevalence of burnout among physicians is high (about 46 percent) and growing.' It is alarming because trends that deplete the physician's spirit tragically impair the physician's capacity as a healer and as one who renews the spirit.

  2. Clover Biotechnology Research at FAPRU

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Randy Dinkins (USDA-ARS-FAPRU) is conducting research to determine the utility of using the Medicago Affymetrix Genechip for use with red clover (Trifolium pretense). The Medicago Affymetrix Genechip contains approximately 51,000 probe sets that are derived from Medicago truncatula, 1,800 from Medi...

  3. Suitability of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Cells in a Portable Impedance-Based Toxicity Sensor: Temperature Mediated Impacts on Long-Term Survival

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    2013-07-25

    Cell lines used and culture conditions tested. Cell line designation: tissue origin and species name Source & reference for each cell line Medi SF9 ...based biosensor. Animal group, cell line designation & animal origin (common name) Preferred Invertebrate cells SF9 : fall armyworm Concanav HvAM1

  4. Unreported Medications Used in Incapacitating Medical Conditions Found in Fatal Civil Aviation Accidents

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-08-01

    Carbamazepine 62 = Verapamil 21 = Diazepam 13 = Lidocaine 96 = Fluoxetine 72 = Propranolol 113 = Trazodone 30 = Metoprolol 116 = Sertraline 41 = Procainamid...examined by an aviation medi- Lopressor ( Metoprolol ) for the treatment of high cal examiner, the majority of the cardiovascular drugs blood pressure. In

  5. [Development of telepathology systems between different types of terminals based on the standard for image collaboration command protocol].

    PubMed

    Tofukuji, Ikuo; Nakagawa, Shuji; Suzuki, Akitoshi; Saito, Makoto; Hara, Shigeji; Tsuchihashi, Yasunari; Shiraishi, Taizo; Ooshiro, Mariko; Sawai, Takashi; Kaihara, Shigekoto

    2003-01-01

    In Japan telepathology systems have been developed in medical or pathological environment such as a shortage and an uneven distribution of pathologists. More than 100 telepathology terminals are working mainly for intraoperative quick diagnosis. They cannot communicate with different types each other. In March 2000 the Medical Information System Development Center(MEDIS-DC) successfully demonstrated the interconnection between different types of telepathology terminals based on the Standard for Image Collaboration Command Protocol (SICCP). Nikon, NTTdata and Olympus had joined the development. In February 2002 MEDIS-DC examined these systems for pathological consultations in the fields of Okinawa-Kyoto, Kyoto-Mie and Mie-Okinawa. These successful examinations let us know that telepathology systems need new observation methodologies for telecytology and teleconsultation in addition to the flow for intraoperative quick diagnosis, new GUI guidelines for telepathology terminal design and, education and support for users of their smooth operation. Outcomes of MEDIS-DC activities encourageed us to challenge the next generation telepathology. We found some new trends in telepathology or pathology informatics such as virtual slide technologies and the internet applications in US and Europe. In order to keep Japanese priority, MEDIS-DC telepathology comittee has started investigations to construct a strategy for development of Japanese next generation telepathology.

  6. Clinical Evaluation of an Acrylic Pontic ’Adhesively’ Bonded to Uncut Abutment Teeth: 18 Month Results

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1974-12-23

    prosthesis is as esthetieally pleasing, as effective, and as durable as the muco-adhesive partial denture it would presumably supplant. FINDINGS...temporary) partial dentures were previously constructed. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION This investigation was conducted as part of Bureau of Medi- cine...chairside without laboratory support, is suggested for use in place of muco- adhesion partial dentures (flippers). The durability of these

  7. Dental Assistant, AFSC 981X0

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-03-01

    career ladder assist dental officers in the performance of restorative, endodontic, orthodontic , pedodontic, periodontic, prosthodontic, and dental... emergency procedures. They assist in the perform- ance of oral/maxillofacial surgery and preventive dentistry. They also clean, sterilize, lubricate, and...representative location for orthodontic , pedodontic, and medi- cal readiness functions Randolph AFB TX Typical USAF Clinic In addition to interviews at the

  8. Information Systems Technician Rating Stakeholders: Implications for Effective Performance

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-01-01

    TECHNOLOGY TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY Report Documentation Page Form ApprovedOMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for the collection of...stakeholder pattern from that of IT, since the HM rating is managed with the “czar” leadership model, with the Navy Bureau of Medi- cine and Surgery

  9. The Role of Pain Management in Recovery Following Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-01-01

    extremely challenging. This movement toward a more holistic, interdisciplinary, multimodal approach to pain medi- cine will be impossible without im...the global war on terrorism : 2001-2004. Ann Surg 2007; 245(6):986-991. 3. Buckenmaier CC III, Rupprecht C, McKnight G, et al: Pain following

  10. Physical and Psychological Health Following Military Sexual Assault: Recommendations for Care, Research, and Policy

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-01-01

    assault are more likely to experience chronic medi- cal conditions, such as fibromyalgia , gastrointestinal symptoms associated with irritable bowel...Physical Abuse in Women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Test of the Trauma Hypothesis,” The Clinical Journal of Pain, Vol. 21, No. 5, September

  11. 76 FR 7225 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-02-09

    ... Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is... Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, Member Conflict: BMIT/CMIP/MEDI Imaging Applications. Date: February 23, 2011. Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant...

  12. Macrophage and NK-mediated killing of precursor-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells targeted with a-fucosylated anti-CD19 humanized antibodies.

    PubMed

    Matlawska-Wasowska, K; Ward, E; Stevens, S; Wang, Y; Herbst, R; Winter, S S; Wilson, B S

    2013-06-01

    This work reports the tumoricidal effects of a novel investigational humanized anti-CD19 monoclonal antibody (Medi-551). An a-fucosylated antibody with increased affinity for human FcγRIIIA, Medi-551 is shown to mediate both antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP). Medi-551/CD19 complexes internalize slowly (>5 h) and thus remain accessible to effector cells for prolonged periods. We evaluated in vitro ADCC and ADCP activities of primary human natural killer (NK) cells and macrophages against precursor-B (pre-B) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cell lines and pediatric patient blasts. Fluorescent imaging studies document immunological synapses formed between anti-CD19-bound target leukemia cells and effector cells and capture the kinetics of both NK-mediated killing and macrophage phagocytosis. Genetic polymorphisms in FcγRIIIA-158F/V modulate in vitro activities of effector cells, with FcγRIIIA-158V homozygotes or heterozygotes showing the strongest activity. Medi-551 treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice engrafted with human pre-B cells led to prolonged animal survival and markedly reduced disease burden in blood, liver and bone marrow. These data show that anti-CD19 antibodies effectively recruit immune cells to pre-B ALL cells and support a move forward to early phase trials in this disease.

  13. Low temperature grown ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell nanorod arrays for dye sensitized solar cell application

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    Goh, Gregory Kia Liang; Le, Hong Quang; Huang, Tang Jiao; Hui, Benjamin Tan Tiong

    2014-06-01

    High aspect ratio ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized on fluorine-doped tin oxide glasses via a low temperature solution method. By adjusting the growth condition and adding polyethylenimine, ZnO nanorod arrays with tunable length were successfully achieved. The ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shells structures were realized by a fast growth method of immersion into a (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}·TiF{sub 6} solution. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray Diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray measurements all confirmed the existence of a titania shell uniformly covering the ZnO nanorod's surface. Results of solar cell testing showed that addition of a TiO{sub 2} shell to the ZnO nanorod significantly increased short circuit current (from 4.2 to 5.2 mA/cm{sup 2}), open circuit voltage (from 0.6 V to 0.8 V) and fill factor (from 42.8% to 73.02%). The overall cell efficiency jumped from 1.1% for bare ZnO nanorod to 3.03% for a ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell structured solar cell with a 18–22 nm shell thickness, a nearly threefold increase. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis process of coating TiO{sub 2} shell onto ZnO nanorod core is shown schematically. A thin, uniform, and conformal shell had been grown on the surface of the ZnO core after immersing in the (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}·TiF{sub 6} solution for 5–15 min. - Highlights: • ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell nanorod has been grown on FTO substrate using low temperature solution method. • TEM, XRD, EDX results confirmed the existing of titana shell, uniformly covered rod's surface. • TiO{sub 2} shell suppressed recombination, demonstrated significant enhancement in cell's efficiency. • Core shell DSSC's efficiency achieved as high as 3.03%, 3 times higher than that of ZnO nanorods.

  14. Mediterranean diet and brain structure in a multiethnic elderly cohort

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    Brickman, Adam M.; Stern, Yaakov; Habeck, Christian G.; Razlighi, Qolamreza R.; Luchsinger, José A.; Manly, Jennifer J.; Schupf, Nicole; Mayeux, Richard; Scarmeas, Nikolaos

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To determine whether higher adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet (MeDi) is related with larger MRI-measured brain volume or cortical thickness. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, high-resolution structural MRI was collected on 674 elderly (mean age 80.1 years) adults without dementia who participated in a community-based, multiethnic cohort. Dietary information was collected via a food frequency questionnaire. Total brain volume (TBV), total gray matter volume (TGMV), total white matter volume (TWMV), mean cortical thickness (mCT), and regional volume or CT were derived from MRI scans using FreeSurfer program. We examined the association of MeDi (scored as 0–9) and individual food groups with brain volume and thickness using regression models adjusted for age, sex, ethnicity, education, body mass index, diabetes, and cognition. Results: Compared to lower MeDi adherence (0–4), higher adherence (5–9) was associated with 13.11 (p = 0.007), 5.00 (p = 0.05), and 6.41 (p = 0.05) milliliter larger TBV, TGMV, and TWMV, respectively. Higher fish (b = 7.06, p = 0.006) and lower meat (b = 8.42, p = 0.002) intakes were associated with larger TGMV. Lower meat intake was also associated with larger TBV (b = 12.20, p = 0.02). Higher fish intake was associated with 0.019 mm (p = 0.03) larger mCT. Volumes of cingulate cortex, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and hippocampus and CT of the superior-frontal region were associated with the dietary factors. Conclusions: Among older adults, MeDi adherence was associated with less brain atrophy, with an effect similar to 5 years of aging. Higher fish and lower meat intake might be the 2 key food elements that contribute to the benefits of MeDi on brain structure. PMID:26491085

  15. Calif. Governor vetoes bill to furnish clean drinking water.

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    1995-11-03

    Several water suppliers in California have detected cryptosporidium, a parasite, in the drinking water. This parasite causes a variety of medical problems for normally healthy people, but can prove fatal to those with compromised immune systems, such as AIDS patients. California legislators adopted A.B. 590, a bill which would have added bottled water and water filters to the list of medical benefits offered by Medi-Cal, the State's medical assistance program. When the legislation reached Governor Pete Wilson on October 12, 1995, it was vetoed. The governor stated that if a Medi-Cal beneficiary was unable to boil water or obtain boiled water from a family member, then that beneficiary was eligible for attendant services. AIDS advocates argued that it is more cost effective for the State to provide clean water and filters than attendant services.

  16. Enrollee satisfaction with three Florida Medicaid managed care programs.

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    Hu, Hsou-mei; Duncan, R Paul; Porter, Colleen K

    2003-05-01

    A study was undertaken to compare adult enrollees' satisfaction with three Medicaid Programs operating in South Florida: (1) the provider service network (PSN), (2) MediPass, and (3) Medicaid HMOs. The Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study 2.0 Medicaid Adult instrument was used to collect information on four global ratings and five composite ratings. MediPass enrollees were satisfied with their overall health care, whereas PSN enrollees gave only average scores for their doctors, specialists, overall health care, provider communication, and staff helpfulness. The HMO enrollees were satisfied with their specialists, health plan, access to care, promptness of care, staff helpfulness, and member/customer service. Improvements in satisfaction would require different interventions in each of the programs.

  17. A Mouse Model to Investigate Postmenopausal Biology as an Etiology of Ovarian Cancer Risk

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    2007-11-01

    and an in- crease in pituitary gonadotropins follows because of the lack of feedback inhibition that is normally medi- ated through progesterone ...of pten in ovarian surface epithelial cells were found to develop endometriosis and endometrioid carcinomas.41 Because both mutations are present in... endometriosis and endo- metrioid ovarian cancer in humans, this model seems to recapitulate the genotype and histomorphology associ- ated with the

  18. Interpreting hypernymic propositions in an online medical encyclopedia.

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    Fiszman, Marcelo; Rindflesch, Thomas C; Kilicoglu, Halil

    2003-01-01

    Interpretation of semantic propositions from bio-medical texts documents would provide valuable support to natural language processing (NLP) applications. We are developing a methodology to interpret a kind of semantic proposition, the hypernymic proposition, in MEDLINE abstracts. In this paper, we expanded the system to identify these structures in a different discourse domain: the Medical Encyclopedia from the National Library of Medi-cine's MEDLINEplus Website.

  19. Experiments Have Not Demonstrated Success of Competitive Fixed-Price Contracting in Medicare.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-12-01

    Claims Processingr (HRD-79-76). As requested, our review focused principally on the experimental contract in Illinois. We also addressed the Health Care ...fixed-price contracting on the Medi- care program. (See pp. 8 to 10.) The results of Medicare’s three fixed-price experiments have varied. Contractor...year of its fixed-price contract to process Medicare part B claims in Maine on September 30, 1981. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA

  20. Nitric Oxide in Mammary Tumor Progression

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    1998-07-01

    and endothelial cells, and poor cent work utilizing live videomicroscopy has dem- in human macrophages [24]. onstrated that even after successful...AC: Steps in tumor metastasis: New tion. concepts in intravital videomicroscopy . Cancer Met Rev 14: 2. How universal is the phenomenon of NO-medi- 1279... videomicroscopy . It is shown phokine (IL-2) activated killer (LAK) cells can in- that endogenous NO (derived from tumor vascular flict direct damage to

  1. Water-Deficit Equation: Systematic Analysis and Improvement

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    2013-01-01

    Ann Intern Med 1997;127:848–53. 8. Institute of Medicine. Water. Dietary Reference Intakes . Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2005:73–185. 9...fit soldier volunteers (30 men and 6 women) were recruited for the study beginning in June 2007. The use of alcohol, dietary supplements, and any medi...One day before testing, volunteers were given 3.0 L fluid to consume in addition to ad libitum beverage consumption and habitual dietary practices

  2. Combat Blast Injuries: Injury Severity and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Interaction on Career Outcomes in Male Servicemembers

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    2013-01-01

    medi- cal records from either inpatient or outpatient visits with a visit date >30 d after the date of injury. Servicemember records for this data set...was stratified by PTSD diagnosis at least 30 d after injury. We assessed univariate and multi- variate logistic regression models in the stratified sam...nondisability discharge (1,565) or disability discharge (664). The shortest time to discharge was in the serious ISS severity level (544.6 d ), which was

  3. Biomarkers in the Detection of Prostate Cancer in African Americans

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    2013-09-01

    38 : 803 – 814 . Lee RC , Feinbaum RL , Ambros V (1993) The C . elegans heterochronic gene lin-4 encodes small RNAs with anti- sense...transcriptional regulation of the heterochronic gene lin-14 by lin-4 medi- ates temporal pattern formation in C . elegans . Cell 75 : 855 – 862...followed by rising prostate spe - cifi c antigen levels. MiR-151 was increased and the NKX3-1 gene , which it regulates, decreased in 67% of African

  4. Open and Crowd-Sourced Data for Treaty Verification

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    2014-10-01

    obtained from other stations. The background of small or distant earthquakes, as well as signals of storms, volcanic eruptions and other natural phenomena...commercial sec- tors; ii) promote “grand challenge” projects to implement end-to-end 2 solutions , from conception and engineering to final analysis, in order...New medis solutions in nonproliferation and arms control: Opportunities and challenges,” 2013. [25] C. Stubbs and S. Drell, “Public domain treaty

  5. Joint Force Quarterly. Issue 75, 4th Quarter, October 2014

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    2014-10-01

    language sources and expertise on cruise missile technology to assess China’s progress in acquiring and developing advanced antiship and land...unpopular war—to name a few in today’s headlines. Despite all of the advances in medi- cine, technology , education, and political systems, change has...to do that. Last, our adversaries have learned that they must do everything they can to take away our technological advantages. So we have to be

  6. Components of a Mediterranean diet and their impact on cognitive functions in aging

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    Huhn, Sebastian; Kharabian Masouleh, Shahrzad; Stumvoll, Michael; Villringer, Arno; Witte, A. Veronica

    2015-01-01

    Background: Adhering to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) is known to be beneficial with regard to many age-associated diseases including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Recent studies also suggest an impact on cognition and brain structure, and increasing effort is made to track effects down to single nutrients. Aims: We aimed to review whether two MeDi components, i.e., long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (LC-n3-FA) derived from sea-fish, and plant polyphenols including resveratrol (RSV), exert positive effects on brain health in aging. Content: We summarized health benefits associated with the MeDi and evaluated available studies on the effect of (1) fish-consumption and LC-n3-FA supplementation as well as (2) diet-derived or supplementary polyphenols such as RSV, on cognitive performance and brain structure in animal models and human studies. Also, we discussed possible underlying mechanisms. Conclusion: A majority of available studies suggest that consumption of LC-n3-FA with fish or fishoil-supplements exerts positive effects on brain health and cognition in older humans. However, more large-scale randomized controlled trials are needed to draw definite recommendations. Considering polyphenols and RSV, only few controlled studies are available to date, yet the evidence based on animal research and first interventional human trials is promising and warrants further investigation. In addition, the concept of food synergy within the MeDi encourages future trials that evaluate the impact of comprehensive lifestyle patterns to help maintaining cognitive functions into old age. PMID:26217224

  7. Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial of Sodium Stibogluconate (Pentostam) vs. Ketoconazole for Treating Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Guatemala

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    1991-04-23

    ith small rinmbcrs of patients with visceral leishmaniasis , a disease that causes multi-organ dysfunction that can mimic drug toxicity. The... diagnosis of leishmaniasis , no previous treatment with antimonials or imidazoles, no serious concomitant medi- cal problems, and no visible evidence of... LEISHMANIASIS ANNUAL/FINAL REPORT THOMAS R. NAVIN APRIL 23, 1991 Supported by U.S. ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND Fort Detrick

  8. Tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol, two main components of olive oil, protect N2a cells against amyloid-β-induced toxicity. Involvement of the NF-κB signaling.

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    St-Laurent-Thibault, C; Arseneault, M; Longpré, F; Ramassamy, C

    2011-08-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. Recently, a number of epidemiological studies have evidence that some dietary factors such as low antioxidants and vitamins intake could increase the risk of AD. In the opposite, diets rich in unsaturated fatty acids, in polyphenols, vitamins and antioxidants were identified as preventive factors. Several studies have reported that adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) was associated with a reduction in incident of dementia. The beneficial effect of MeDi may be the result of the association of some individual and non-identified food components and high consumption of olive oil. In this study we have investigated the protective effects of two components of olive oil, tyrosol (Tyr) and hydroxytyrosol (OH-Tyr), against Aβ-induced toxicity. In cultured neuroblastoma N2a cells, we found that Aβ(25-35) (100 µg/ml) treatment induced a decrease of glutathione (GSH) and the activation of the transcription factor NF-κB and cell death. Our results demonstrated that the number of cell death decreased when cells were co-treated with Aβ and Tyr or OH-Tyr. However, neither of these phenolic compounds was able to prevent the decrease of GSH induced by H(2)O(2) or Aβ. We found that the increase in the nuclear translocation of the NF-κB subunits after Aβ exposure was attenuated in the presence of Tyr or OH-Tyr. These results identified two individual food components of the MeDi as neuroprotective agent against Aβ and their potential involvement in the beneficial effect of the MeDi for the prevention of AD.

  9. Weather and Climate Extremes.

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    1997-09-01

    separates; Mr. William E. Diego, Science and Technology Corporation , who provided guidance and direction on the Arc/Info rendering of the U.S. state...Company. Fantoli, A. (1954). / valori medi della temperatura in Libia. Bulletin of the Italian Geographical Society (Italian), Series. 8, 7, 59-71...Fantoli, A. (1958). La piu aha temperatura del mondo [The highest temperature in the world]. Revue of Aeronautical Meteorology (Italian), 18(3), 53

  10. Modulators of Fish Immune Responses. Volume 1. Models for Environmental Toxicology/Biomarkers Immunostimulators

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    1994-01-01

    exposure, the bactericidal activity at week 11 is maintained/restored to levels seen in control non -exposed dab. This implies that either immunization...The subject matter ranged from the use of fish as sensitive indi- cators of environmental contaminants to research, more basic in nature Non ...contaminants to research, more basic in nature. Non -inimunoglobulin-medi- ated (’innate’) immunity was one of the key topics. Immediate results of xenobiotic

  11. Rethinking Leadership and "Whole of Government" National Security Reform: Problems, Progress, and Prospects

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    2010-05-01

    medicine , etc., which offer separate courses on ethics. Rosenthal set the stage for ethics as a process of reflection about how we should live...to con- sider a standard ethics scenario like this: My mother is sick. I cannot afford medicine . So I steal the medi- cine from a pharmacy whose...managers will not even notice that it is gone. Is stealing the medicine in this circumstance the right thing or the wrong thing to do? We can discuss

  12. Targeting Alpha Toxin and ClfA with a Multimechanistic Monoclonal-Antibody-Based Approach for Prophylaxis of Serious Staphylococcus aureus Disease

    PubMed Central

    Tkaczyk, C.; Hamilton, M. M.; Sadowska, A.; Shi, Y.; Chang, C.S.; Chowdhury, P.; Buonapane, R.; Xiao, X.; Warrener, P.; Mediavilla, J.; Kreiswirth, B.; Suzich, J.; Stover, C. K.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Staphylococcus aureus produces numerous virulence factors, each contributing different mechanisms to bacterial pathogenesis in a spectrum of diseases. Alpha toxin (AT), a cytolytic pore-forming toxin, plays a key role in skin and soft tissue infections and pneumonia, and a human anti-AT monoclonal antibody (MAb), MEDI4893*, has been shown to reduce disease severity in dermonecrosis and pneumonia infection models. However, interstrain diversity and the complex pathogenesis of S. aureus bloodstream infections suggests that MEDI4893* alone may not provide adequate protection against S. aureus sepsis. Clumping factor A (ClfA), a fibrinogen binding protein, is an important virulence factor facilitating S. aureus bloodstream infections. Herein, we report on the identification of a high-affinity anti-ClfA MAb, 11H10, that inhibits ClfA binding to fibrinogen, prevents bacterial agglutination in human plasma, and promotes opsonophagocytic bacterial killing (OPK). 11H10 prophylaxis reduced disease severity in a mouse bacteremia model and was dependent on Fc effector function and OPK. Additionally, prophylaxis with 11H10 in combination with MEDI4893* provided enhanced strain coverage in this model and increased survival compared to that obtained with the individual MAbs. The MAb combination also reduced disease severity in murine dermonecrosis and pneumonia models, with activity similar to that of MEDI4893* alone. These results indicate that an MAb combination targeting multiple virulence factors provides benefit over a single MAb neutralizing one virulence mechanism by providing improved efficacy, broader strain coverage, and protection against multiple infection pathologies. PMID:27353753

  13. The Physiological Effect of Compressive Forces on the Torso

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    1946-12-19

    changes during impacto During the course of these experiments in which impact loads were cautiously and progressively inoreasedp it was learned that...34 especially when the sub~ 0 ject would not synchronize the forced expiratory maneuver with the e onset of impacto f There is an appreciable period...occur ~Q medie.tely after the impacto The increase in ear opacity during the two seconds before impact is probably due to increased intrathoracic pressure

  14. Invisible Wounds of War. Summary and Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

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    2008-01-01

    input and output characteristics, for which the inner workings are not visible, is a black box. With regard to psychotherapy , “black box” indicates...an Assessment of Out- patient Treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medi- cal Center. Tasked with identifying critical ...medications and psychotherapies is necessary, since many have concerns about the side effects of medications. We now consider the potential long-term

  15. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the complex between a human anti-alpha toxin antibody fragment and alpha toxin.

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    Oganesyan, Vaheh; Barnes, Arnita; Tkaczyk, Christine; Ferguson, Andrew; Wu, Herren; Dall'Acqua, William F

    2013-03-01

    Staphylococcus aureus alpha toxin (AT) has been crystallized in complex with the Fab fragment of a human antibody (MEDI4893). This constitutes the first reported crystals of AT bound to an antibody. The monoclinic crystals belonged to space group P2₁, with unit-cell parameters a=85.52, b=148.50, c=93.82 Å, β=99.82°. The diffraction of the crystals extended to 2.56 Å resolution. The asymmetric unit contained two MEDI4893 Fab-AT complexes. This corresponds to a crystal volume per protein weight (VM) of 2.3 Å3 Da(-1) and a solvent content of 47%. The three-dimensional structure of this complex will contribute to an understanding of the molecular basis of the interaction of MEDI4893 with AT. It will also shed light on the mechanism of action of this antibody, the current evaluation of which in the field of S. aureus-mediated diseases makes it a particularly interesting case study. Finally, this study will provide the three-dimensional structure of AT in a monomeric state for the first time.

  16. Electromechanical lever blocks for active vibration isolation

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    Zago, Lorenzo; Genequand, Pierre M.

    2000-04-01

    This paper is a follow-up of a presentation at the Smart Structures Symposium of 1998. There we described an innovative technical solution which provides a combined passive damping and isolation interface with the appropriate transmissibility characteristics between a vibrating base and a sensitive payload, typically an optical terminal/telescope. The particularity of the solution is primarily found in the implementation of energy dissipation by means linear electromagnetic linear motors leveraged by means of flexure elements, to constitute an integrated resistor-damped electromechanic lever block, which we called MEDI (Mechanical Elastic element for Damping and Isolation). Passive viscous damping with attenuation of the order of -20 dB at 50 Hz with respect to a hard fixation, is obtained by simply short- circuiting the electro-magnetic motor. The study and test program presented here extends the application of MEDIs to active vibration reduction systems. The study, contracted by the European Space Agency, aimed at investigating the possibility of using the MEDI as an active isolator for scientific experiments in the International Space Station. By controlling the current in the electromagnetic motor in closed loop with the signal from specially designed force sensor (with extremely low noise), we achieved attenuation of the order of -15 dB at 1 Hz, -30 dB at 10 Hz, -50 dB at 30 Hz, with the isolation slope starting as low as 0.1 Hz.

  17. LONG-TERM STABILITY OF THE LOCAL GROUND CONTROL NETWORK AT THE CO-LOCATION SITE OF MEDICINA

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    Abbondanza, C.; Sarti, P.; Legrand, J.

    2009-12-01

    ITRF combinations rely on the availability of accurate tie vectors linking reference points of space geodetic techniques. Co-located instruments are assumed to move consistently and no local relative motion is taken into account. Instabilities may degrade the quality of the co-location itself and perturb the result of ITRF combinations. This work aims to determine the stability of the local ground control network at Medicina (Italy) with independent surveying methods. The observatory hosts a co-location between a VLBI telescope and two GPS antennas, MEDI and MSEL. It is located in the Po Plain where thick layers of clays are the prevalent soil characteristics. Hence, provision of long term stability of geodetic monuments is a challenge and monitoring their stability is an issue. MEDI and the VLBI station regularly contribute to the determination of ITRF, while MSEL is part of the EUREF network. A set of five tie vectors observations linking the VLBI and MEDI reference points was acquired between 2001 and 2007. It is our main tool for performing local deformation analysis. Additionally, the GPS time series of MEDI and MSEL were used to cross check and confirm the local instability detected by terrestrial methods. To achieve a rigorous and reliable investigation of the local stability, multi-epoch terrestrial observations were homogeneously processed according to common parameterizations in a consistent reference frame. Similarly, continuous GPS observations from MEDI and MSEL were analysed according to the new EPN reprocessing strategy in order to monitor the short baseline between MEDI and MSEL; to spotlight any change in its length. Both approaches confirm differential motions at the site which can be related to monument instabilities originated by the particularly unfavourable local geological setting and the inapt design of the monuments foundation. The monuments move non homogeneously at rates reaching up to 1.6 mm/year, this value being comparable to intra

  18. Dietary patterns: a novel approach to examine the link between nutrition and cognitive function in older individuals.

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    Allès, B; Samieri, C; Féart, C; Jutand, M-A; Laurin, D; Barberger-Gateau, P

    2012-12-01

    Cognitive decline may lead to dementia whose most frequent cause is Alzheimer's disease (AD). Among the many potential risk factors of cognitive decline and AD, diet raises increasing interest. Most studies considered diet in the frame of a single nutrient approach with inconsistent results. A novel approach to examine the link between nutrition and cognitive function is the use of dietary patterns. The aim of the present review was to update and complete the body of knowledge about dietary patterns in relationship with various cognitive outcomes in the elderly. Two approaches can be used: a priori and a posteriori patterns. A priori patterns are defined by the adhesion to a pre-defined healthy diet using a score such as the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) score, the Healthy Eating Index, the Canadian Healthy Eating Index, the French National Nutrition and Health Programme (Programme National Nutrition Santé) Guideline Score (PNNS-GS), the Recommended Food Score (RFS) and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). MeDi score, RFS, PNNS-GS and DASH have been associated with lower risks of cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, and dementia or AD. Principal components analysis, reduced rank regression and clustering methods allow the identification of 'healthy' patterns associated with lower risk of cognitive decline. However, some studies did not report any associations with cognitive outcomes and results are discordant especially regarding MeDi and the risk of dementia. Several methodological challenges should be overcome to provide a higher level of evidence supporting the development of nutritional policies to prevent cognitive decline and AD.

  19. Medicaid and the Mainstream: Reassessment in the Context of the Taxpayer Revolt

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    Myers, Beverlee A.; Leighton, Rigby

    1980-01-01

    California's Medicaid program—Medi-Cal—attempted to implement the ideal of mainstream medical care for the poor by giving program beneficiaries a “credit card” for use in the private health care marketplace. This exposed the program to the perverse economic incentives of the fee-for-service, costplus health care system, and contributed to a high rate of increase in program costs. Attempts to control costs have been equally perverse, resulting in low payment rates, the second-guessing of physician professional judgments, the probing of medical and fiscal records, and the use of computerized surveillance systems. Attempts to shift to the use of more efficient delivery systems have had small success. Attempts to attain cost containment through restructuring the Medi-Cal program have been rejected in the name of the mainstream ideal. Costs have continued to escalate, with annual increases as high as 20 percent in some years. Medi-Cal now costs $4 billion per year, the largest single program in California state government. The taxpayer revolt in California is creating a fiscal crisis that will force rethinking of the premises of publicly funded health care for the poor, and a restructuring of strategies for reaching that objective. In the short run, it appears that the issue may not be whether the indigent will have access to mainstream medical care, but whether they will have access to any medical care. In the longer run, the crisis should represent an opportunity for building a system of health care that can serve the financially disadvantaged at a cost tolerable to our society. PMID:6996334

  20. Risk of Zika virus transmission in the Euro-Mediterranean area and the added value of building preparedness to arboviral threats from a One Health perspective.

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    Escadafal, Camille; Gaayeb, Lobna; Riccardo, Flavia; Pérez-Ramírez, Elisa; Picard, Marie; Dente, Maria Grazia; Fernández-Pinero, Jovita; Manuguerra, Jean-Claude; Jiménez-Clavero, Miguel-Ángel; Declich, Silvia; Victoir, Kathleen; Robert, Vincent

    2016-12-03

    In the alarming context of risk of Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission in the Euro-Mediterranean area, there is a need to examine whether capacities to detect, diagnose and notify ZIKV infections in the region are in place and whether ongoing capacity-building initiatives are filling existing gaps.The MediLabSecure network, created in 2014, comprises 55 laboratories of virology and medical entomology and 19 public health institutions in 19 countries in the Balkans, North-Africa, the Middle-East and the Black Sea regions. It aims to set up awareness, risk assessment, monitoring and control of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne viruses. We here examine the actions and strategies that MediLabSecure has been implementing and how they will contribute to the prevention and control of the ZIKV threat in the Euro-Mediterranean area.Capacity-building for arbovirus diagnostics is a major objective of the project and follows a methodological rather than disease-driven approach. This enables the implementation of laboratory trainings on techniques that are common to several arboviruses, including ZIKV, and putting into action appropriate diagnostic tools in the target region.Moreover, by its One Health approach and the interaction of its four sub-networks in human virology, animal virology, medical entomology and public health, MediLabSecure is fostering intersectoral collaboration, expertise and sharing of information. The resulting exchanges (methodological, communication and operational) across disciplines and across countries, dedicated research on intersectoral collaboration and increasing diagnostic capacities are providing new paths and tools to public health professionals to face emerging viral threats such as a ZIKV epidemic in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

  1. Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping Using the Multiple Dipole-Inversion Combination with k-space Segmentation Method.

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    Sato, Ryota; Shirai, Toru; Taniguchi, Yo; Murase, Takenori; Bito, Yoshitaka; Ochi, Hisaaki

    2017-03-27

    Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique for noninvasively estimating the magnetic susceptibility of biological tissue. Several methods for QSM have been proposed. One of these methods can estimate susceptibility with high accuracy in tissues whose contrast is consistent between magnitude images and susceptibility maps, such as deep gray-matter nuclei. However, the susceptibility of small veins is underestimated and not well depicted by using the above approach, because the contrast of small veins is inconsistent between a magnitude image and a susceptibility map. In order to improve the estimation accuracy and visibility of small veins without streaking artifacts, a method with multiple dipole-inversion combination with k-space segmentation (MUDICK) has been proposed. In the proposed method, k-space was divided into three domains (low-frequency, magic-angle, and high-frequency). The k-space data in low-frequency and magic-angle domains were obtained by L1-norm regularization using structural information of a pre-estimated susceptibility map. The k-space data in high-frequency domain were obtained from the pre-estimated susceptibility map in order to preserve small-vein contrasts. Using numerical simulation and human brain study at 3 Tesla, streaking artifacts and small-vein susceptibility were compared between MUDICK and conventional methods (MEDI and TKD). The numerical simulation and human brain study showed that MUDICK and MEDI had no severe streaking artifacts and MUDICK showed higher contrast and accuracy of susceptibility in small-veins compared to MEDI. These results suggest that MUDICK can improve the accuracy and visibility of susceptibility in small-veins without severe streaking artifacts.

  2. Successful outpatient management of lymphoedema and lymphorrhoea with wrap around compression: a case study.

    PubMed

    Patullo, L; Rajagopalan, S

    2017-03-02

    Referral to specialist centres for treatment of lymphoedema can often have long waiting times. Management of a patient with massive lymphoedema and lymphorrhoea was provided in a vascular outpatient setting. A new form of compression using a wraparound system was used for the management (Juxta-Fit, Medi UK). Despite having previously been non-concordant with treatment options, the patient was independent with product use. Lymphorrhoea ceased and there was a marked decrease in girth size. The patient's quality of life improved and maintenance treatment was provided. The use of this compression system could be a valuable treatment alternative to compression bandaging for a select patient group for the treatment of lymphoedema.

  3. Mediterranean diet and leukocyte telomere length in a multi-ethnic elderly population.

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    Gu, Yian; Honig, Lawrence S; Schupf, Nicole; Lee, Joseph H; Luchsinger, Jose A; Stern, Yaakov; Scarmeas, Nikolaos

    2015-01-01

    Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is considered as the marker of biological aging and may be related to environmental factors. The current study aimed to examine the relation between Mediterranean-type diet and LTL. We used a cross-sectional study of 1743 multi-ethnic community residents of New York aged 65 years or older. Mediterranean-type diet (MeDi) was calculated from dietary information collected using a food frequency questionnaire. LTL was measured from leukocyte DNA using a real-time PCR method to measure T/S ratio, the ratio of telomere (T) to single-copy gene (S) sequence. Regression analysis showed that the MeDi score was not associated with LTL in the overall study population (β = 12.5; p = 0.32) after adjusting for age, sex, education, ethnicity, caloric intake, smoking, and physical and leisure activities. However, we found a significant association between MeDi and LTL among non-Hispanic whites (β = 48.3; p = 0.05), and the results held after excluding dementia subjects (β = 49.6; p = 0.05). We further found that, in the whole population, vegetable and cereal consumption above the sex-specific population median was associated with longer LTL (β = 89.1, p = 0.04) and shorter LTL (β = -93.5; p = 0.03), respectively. Among non-Hispanic whites, intake of meat or dairy below sex-specific population medians was associated with longer LTL (β = 154.7, p = 0.05; β = 240.5, p < 0.001, respectively). We found that higher adherence to a MeDi was associated with longer LTL among whites but not among African Americans and Hispanics. Additionally, a diet high in vegetables but low in cereal, meat, and dairy might be associated with longer LTL among healthy elderly.

  4. Determination of the Cyanide Metabolite 2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid in Urine and Plasma by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

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    2005-01-01

    plasma, or human plasma) then elevated at a rate of 15 °C/min up to 230 ’C. The gra- was diluted with 900 jiL of 0. 1 M HC 1 to ensure the ATCA dient was...Logue et al. / J. Cviomatogr. B 819 (2005) 237-244 administered by Battelle (Delivery Order 399, Contract No. [71 F. Moriya, Y. Hashimoto, J. Forensic ...Department of Defense through the Cyanide Medi- Pharmacol. 24 (1981) 135.[9] Y. Seto, J. Forensic Sci. 41 (1996) 465. cal Countermeasures and the

  5. CMMI Roadmaps

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    2008-11-01

    van de Vorst—Ordina J. de Vries—LogicaCMG Nederland J.M. Wijsman—Sogeti J.H.G. Willemsen— Nederlandse Spoorwegen A.P.J.J. Zopfi—KZA Additional...Attendees of the SPIder Workshop D. Bierhuizen—Medis Medical Imaging Systems L. Braafhart—LogicaCMG Nederland H.J.J. Cannegieter—SYSQA W. den...Dekker—LogicaCMG Nederland L. Delmelk—LogicaCMG België A.J. Donderman—Transfer Solutions G.H.M. Friedhoff—SYSQA L.L. van der Giessen—ABN AMRO M

  6. The impact of new health insurance coverage on undocumented and other low-income children: lessons from three California counties.

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    Howell, Embry; Trenholm, Christopher; Dubay, Lisa; Hughes, Dana; Hill, Ian

    2010-05-01

    Three California counties (Los Angeles, San Mateo, and Santa Clara) expanded health insurance coverage for undocumented children and some higher income children not covered by Medi-Cal (Medicaid) or Healthy Families (SCHIP). This paper presents findings from evaluations of all three programs. Results consistently showed that health insurance enrollment increased access to and use of medical and dental care, and reduced unmet need for those services. After one year of enrollment the programs also improved the health status of children, including reducing the percentage of children who missed school due to health.

  7. [Measuring Instruments of the Quality of Life Pediatric Palliative Care].

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    Araújo, Joana; Dourado, Marília; Ferreira, Pedro Lopes

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: Os cuidados paliativos estão intimamente ligados ao conceito de qualidade de vida. Neste trabalho, focaremos a nossa atenção na necessidade de avaliar a qualidade de vida em cuidados paliativos pediátricos oncológicos.Objetivo: Descrever/comparar os instrumentos de medição da qualidade de vida em cuidados paliativos pediátricos oncológicos. Material e Métodos: Pesquisa da bibliográfica dos vários instrumentos de medição da qualidade de vida das crianças em cuidados paliativos, em inglês e português, entre 2000 e 2013, nas bases de dados reconhecidas para este efeito. Resultados: Encontraram-se quinze instrumentos de medição: 10 genéricos e cinco específicos. Identificou-se, para cada instrumento de medição, país de origem, faixa etária para que se encontra direcionado, modalidade de preenchimento, número de dimensões avaliadas, descrição das dimensões, número de perguntas, propriedades psicométricas e validação para português. Discussão: Verifica-se que tem havido uma crescente preocupação em medir a qualidade de vida em idade pediátrica e que a maioria dos instrumentos de medição foi desenhada, nos Estados Unidos, após 1994, coincidindo temporalmente com a definição de qualidade de vida da Organização Mundial de Saúde. Relativamente à faixa etária, a maioria dos instrumentos foi desenvolvida para crianças com idade igual ou superior a oito anos não existindo nenhum para ser respondido apenas pela criança. Podemos verificar que a maioria dos instrumentos de medição, sobretudo os mais atuais, procuram envolver a criança na avaliação da sua própria qualidadede vida relacionada com a saúde através do autopreenchimento (n = 10). Porém, há ainda uma dependência substancial dos pais para a medição da qualidade de vida relacionada com a saúde dos seus filhos, apesar dos estudos que demonstram diferenças na perceção de qualidade de vida relacionada com a saúde entre a criança e os pais

  8. A panchromatic view of the evolution of Supermassive Black Holes

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    Lusso, E.; Brusa, M.; Comastri, A.; Vignali, C.; Gilli, R.

    2008-10-01

    Verranno presentati i risultati preliminari di uno studio sistematico delle distribuzioni di energia spettrale (SED) di un campione statisticamente significativo di alcune centinaia di AGN (sia di tipo 1 che di tipo 2) selezionati dalla survey XMM-COSMOS. La vasta mole di dati disponibili sull'intero spettro elettromagnetico permette di calcolare le SED medie per diversi intervalli di redshift e luminosita'. Una stima affidabile della SED e' di fondamentale importanza per il calcolo della luminosita' bolometrica e quindi per lo studio della fisica dei processi di accrescimento su SMBH, per la loro evoluzione con il tempo cosmico.

  9. Oral contraceptives and venous thromboembolic disease. Analyses of the UK General Practice Research Database and the UK Mediplus database.

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    Farmer, R D; Lawrenson, R A; Todd, J C; Williams, T J; MacRae, K

    1999-01-01

    The results of three independent studies of venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) and oral contraceptives are reviewed together with two further cohort/case-control studies which we conducted using the MediPlus and General Practice Research Database (GPRD) databases. These latter studies jointly involved 395 cases and uniquely examined the association between VTE and individual combined oral contraceptive (COC) formulations. The two studies yielded very similar results. Crude incidence rates for idiopathic VTE of 4.6 and 3.8 were found per 10,000 exposed woman-years (EWY), in the MediPlus and GPRD studies respectively. Incidence rates increased markedly with age, and in both databases the rates amongst users of levonorgestrel products were lower than those amongst users of desogestrel and gestodene products. A case fatality rate of 3% and a mortality rate of 10 per million EWY were estimated. Odds ratios (OR) were calculated for confounding variables and different COC formulations. Both database studies indicated an excess of current smokers and women with high body mass indices amongst cases. There were significantly more cases with asthma in the GPRD study and cases who had been using their COC for less than a year. No statistically significant differences between COC formulations were found in the analyses where controls were matched to cases by practice and year of birth in both the MediPlus and GPRD studies. In the GPRD study we also ran a study where controls were matched by practice and within 5 year age bands. In this study the OR were consistently higher for the newer or 'third generation' products than when controls were matched by year of birth. However only the acne formulation/OC containing cyproterone acetate and 35 microg ethinyloestradiol yielded a significant OR of 2.3. It may be concluded that improvements in prescribing are paramount as the results strongly indicate that overweight women and those who smoke are at a greater risk of VTE. Further

  10. Rehabilitation of Visual and Perceptual Dysfunction after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

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    2013-03-01

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  11. [Evaluation of efficacy of selected antiseptics for hands disinfection before surgical procedures].

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    Leksowski, K; Jasiński, A; Marszałek, A

    2001-08-01

    The most important in surgical hands washing and disinfections is long-term and effective reduction of bacteria number. The aim of this study was to compare the efficiency of some antiseptic fluids used for surgical hands disinfection's (AHD 2000, Biotensid, Manopronto and Medi-Scrub PVP Iodine). 62 doctors and surgical nurses were examined. The material for the bacteriological examination was collected before and after hands disinfection's. The bacterial flora reduction have been presented as a percent and a logarithmic reduction ratio. All estimated antiseptic fluids were very potent and provided prolonged efficiency when the operation team complied with orders of hands washing.

  12. Creating virtual humans for simulation-based training and planning

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    Stansfield, S.; Sobel, A.

    1998-05-12

    Sandia National Laboratories has developed a distributed, high fidelity simulation system for training and planning small team Operations. The system provides an immersive environment populated by virtual objects and humans capable of displaying complex behaviors. The work has focused on developing the behaviors required to carry out complex tasks and decision making under stress. Central to this work are techniques for creating behaviors for virtual humans and for dynamically assigning behaviors to CGF to allow scenarios without fixed outcomes. Two prototype systems have been developed that illustrate these capabilities: MediSim, a trainer for battlefield medics and VRaptor, a system for planning, rehearsing and training assault operations.

  13. Aeromedical Disposition and Waiver Consideration for ISS Crewmembers

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    Taddeo, Terrance

    2012-01-01

    Aeromedical certification of astronauts and cosmonauts traveling to the International Space Station is a multi?-tiered process that involv es standards agreed to by the partner agencies, and participation by the individual agency aeromedical boards and a multilateral space medi cine board. Medical standards are updated continually by a multilater al working group. The boards operate by consensus and strive to achie ve effective decision making through experience, medical judgment, medical evidence and risk modeling. The aim of the certification process is to minimize the risk to the ISS program of loss of mission object ives due to human health issues.

  14. From testicular biopsy to human embryo.

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    Jezek, D; Knezević, N; Kalanj-Bognar, S; Vukelić, Z; Krhen, I

    2004-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the role of a testicular biopsy in the diagnosis and therapy of infertile men with a non-obstructive azoospermia. Overall, 70 testicular biopsies from infertile men were analysed. Samples were obtained by the "open testicular biopsy" method. After dissection, several pieces of the tissue were immediately immersed into the Sperm Prep Medium (Medi-Cult) and fixative (5.5% buffered glutaraldehyde). Tissue samples transported in Sperm Prep Medium were plunged into Sperm Freezing Medium (Medi-Cult) and were stored in liquid nitrogen for potential in vitro fertilization procedures. The tissue was also processed for semithin sections and transmission electron microscopy. Semithin sections from 8 infertile patients demonstrated regular testis structure and fully preserved spermatogenesis (control biopsies). In the remaining 62 cases, spermatogenesis was impaired and a variety of pathological changes could be seen: disorganization and desquamation of spermatogenic cells, spermatid or spermatocyte "stop", spermatogonia only, "Sertoli cells only" or tubular fibrosis. However, in 65% of cases (despite the above mentioned changes of seminiferous epithelium) foci of preserved spermatogenesis could be detected. These cases were classified as "mixed atrophy" of seminiferous tubules. In 63% of infertile patients, a successful extraction of sperm from the biopsy could be performed. In azoospermic patients, histological analysis of testicular biopsy proved to be very useful in terms of diagnosis as well as therapy, i.e. for further in vitro fertilization procedures.

  15. Dietary Factors and Cognitive Decline

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    Smith, P.J.; Blumenthal, J.A.

    2015-01-01

    Cognitive decline is an increasingly important public health problem, with more than 100 million adults worldwide projected to develop dementia by 2050. Accordingly, there has been an increased interest in preventive strategies that diminish this risk. It has been recognized that lifestyle factors including dietary patterns, may be important in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in later life. Several dietary components have been examined, including antioxidants, fatty acids, and B vitamins. In addition, whole dietary eating plans, including the Mediterranean diet (MeDi), and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, with and without weight loss, have become areas of increasing interest. Although prospective epidemiological studies have observed that antioxidants, fatty acids, and B vitamins are associated with better cognitive functioning, randomized clinical trials have generally failed to confirm the value of any specific dietary component in improving neurocognition. Several randomized trials have examined the impact of changing ‘whole’ diets on cognitive outcomes. The MeDi and DASH diets offer promising preliminary results, but data are limited and more research in this area is needed. PMID:26900574

  16. Dietary Factors and Cognitive Decline.

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    Smith, P J; Blumenthal, J A

    2016-03-01

    Cognitive decline is an increasingly important public health problem, with more than 100 million adults worldwide projected to develop dementia by 2050. Accordingly, there has been an increased interest in preventive strategies that diminish this risk. It has been recognized that lifestyle factors including dietary patterns, may be important in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in later life. Several dietary components have been examined, including antioxidants, fatty acids, and B vitamins. In addition, whole dietary eating plans, including the Mediterranean diet (MeDi), and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, with and without weight loss, have become areas of increasing interest. Although prospective epidemiological studies have observed that antioxidants, fatty acids, and B vitamins are associated with better cognitive functioning, randomized clinical trials have generally failed to confirm the value of any specific dietary component in improving neurocognition. Several randomized trials have examined the impact of changing 'whole' diets on cognitive outcomes. The MeDi and DASH diets offer promising preliminary results, but data are limited and more research in this area is needed.

  17. Medical instrument data exchange.

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    Gumudavelli, Suman; McKneely, Paul K; Thongpithoonrat, Pongnarin; Gurkan, D; Chapman, Frank M

    2008-01-01

    Advances in medical devices and health care has been phenomenal during the recent years. Although medical device manufacturers have been improving their instruments, network connection of these instruments still rely on proprietary technologies. Even if the interface has been provided by the manufacturer (e.g., RS-232, USB, or Ethernet coupled with a proprietary API), there is no widely-accepted uniform data model to access data of various bedside instruments. There is a need for a common standard which allows for internetworking with the medical devices from different manufacturers. ISO/IEEE 11073 (X73) is a standard attempting to unify the interfaces of all medical devices. X73 defines a client access mechanism that would be implemented into the communication controllers (residing between an instrument and the network) in order to access/network patient data. On the other hand, MediCAN technology suite has been demonstrated with various medical instruments to achieve interfacing and networking with a similar goal in its open standardization approach. However, it provides a more generic definition for medical data to achieve flexibility for networking and client access mechanisms. In this paper, a comparison between the data model of X73 and MediCAN will be presented to encourage interoperability demonstrations of medical instruments.

  18. Health and Oral Health Care Needs and Health Care-Seeking Behavior Among Homeless Injection Drug Users in San Francisco

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    Wenger, Lynn; Lorvick, Jennifer; Shiboski, Caroline; Kral, Alex H.

    2010-01-01

    Few existing studies have examined health and oral health needs and treatment-seeking behavior among the homeless and injection drug users (IDUs). This paper describes the prevalence and correlates of health and oral health care needs and treatment-seeking behaviors in homeless IDUs recruited in San Francisco, California, from 2003 to 2005 (N = 340). We examined sociodemographic characteristics, drug use patterns, HIV status via oral fluid testing, physical health using the Short Form 12 Physical Component Score, self-reported needs for physical and oral health care, and the self-reported frequency of seeking medical and oral health care. The sample had a lower health status as compared to the general population and reported a frequent need for physical and oral health care. In bivariate analysis, being in methadone treatment was associated with care-seeking behavior. In addition, being enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s state Medicaid program, was associated with greater odds of seeking physical and oral health care. Methamphetamine use was not associated with higher odds of needing oral health care as compared to people who reported using other illicit drugs. Homeless IDUs in San Francisco have a large burden of unmet health and oral health needs. Recent cuts in Medi-Cal’s adult dental coverage may result in a greater burden of oral health care which will need to be provided by emergency departments and neighborhood dental clinics. PMID:20945108

  19. Growth of Accountable Care Organizations in California: Number, Characteristics, and State Regulation.

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    Fulton, Brent D; Pegany, Vishaal; Keolanui, Beth; Scheffler, Richard M

    2015-08-01

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) result in physician organizations' and hospitals' receiving risk-based payments tied to costs, health care quality, and patient outcomes. This article (1) describes California ACOs within Medicare, the commercial market, and Medi-Cal and the safety net; (2) discusses how ACOs are regulated by the California Department of Managed Health Care and the California Department of Insurance; and (3) analyzes the increase of ACOs in California using data from Cattaneo and Stroud. While ACOs in California are well established within Medicare and the commercial market, they are still emerging within Medi-Cal and the safety net. Notwithstanding, the state has not enacted a law or issued a regulation specific to ACOs; they are regulated under existing statutes and regulations. From August 2012 to February 2014, the number of lives covered by ACOs increased from 514,100 to 915,285, representing 2.4 percent of California's population, including 10.6 percent of California's Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and 2.3 percent of California's commercially insured lives. By emphasizing health care quality and patient outcomes, ACOs have the potential to build and improve on California's delegated model. If recent trends continue, ACOs will have a greater influence on health care delivery and financial risk sharing in California.

  20. Engineering the surface properties of a human monoclonal antibody prevents self-association and rapid clearance in vivo.

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    Dobson, Claire L; Devine, Paul W A; Phillips, Jonathan J; Higazi, Daniel R; Lloyd, Christopher; Popovic, Bojana; Arnold, Joanne; Buchanan, Andrew; Lewis, Arthur; Goodman, Joanne; van der Walle, Christopher F; Thornton, Peter; Vinall, Lisa; Lowne, David; Aagaard, Anna; Olsson, Lise-Lotte; Ridderstad Wollberg, Anna; Welsh, Fraser; Karamanos, Theodoros K; Pashley, Clare L; Iadanza, Matthew G; Ranson, Neil A; Ashcroft, Alison E; Kippen, Alistair D; Vaughan, Tristan J; Radford, Sheena E; Lowe, David C

    2016-12-20

    Uncontrolled self-association is a major challenge in the exploitation of proteins as therapeutics. Here we describe the development of a structural proteomics approach to identify the amino acids responsible for aberrant self-association of monoclonal antibodies and the design of a variant with reduced aggregation and increased serum persistence in vivo. We show that the human monoclonal antibody, MEDI1912, selected against nerve growth factor binds with picomolar affinity, but undergoes reversible self-association and has a poor pharmacokinetic profile in both rat and cynomolgus monkeys. Using hydrogen/deuterium exchange and cross-linking-mass spectrometry we map the residues responsible for self-association of MEDI1912 and show that disruption of the self-interaction interface by three mutations enhances its biophysical properties and serum persistence, whilst maintaining high affinity and potency. Immunohistochemistry suggests that this is achieved via reduction of non-specific tissue binding. The strategy developed represents a powerful and generic approach to improve the properties of therapeutic proteins.

  1. Program Capacity to Eliminate Outcome Disparities in Addiction Health Services

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    Guerrero, Erick G.; Aarons, Gregory; Grella, Christine; Garner, Bryan R.; Cook, Benjamin; Vega, William A.

    2014-01-01

    We evaluated program capacity factors associated with client outcomes in publicly funded substance abuse treatment organizations in one of the most populous and diverse regions of the United States. Using multilevel cross-sectional analyses of program data (n = 97) merged with client data from 2010–2011 for adults (n = 8,599), we examined the relationships between program capacity (leadership, readiness for change, and Medi-Cal payment acceptance) and client wait time and treatment duration. Acceptance of Medi-Cal was associated with shorter wait times, whereas organizational readiness for change was positively related to treatment duration. Staff attributes were negatively related to treatment duration. Overall, compared to low program capacity, high program capacity was negatively associated with wait time and positively related to treatment duration. In conclusion, program capacity, an organizational indicator of performance, plays a significant role in access to and duration of treatment. Implications for health care reform implementation in relation to expansion of public health insurance and capacity building to promote health equities are discussed. PMID:25450596

  2. Inhibition of CD73 AMP hydrolysis by a therapeutic antibody with a dual, non-competitive mechanism of action

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    Geoghegan, James C.; Diedrich, Gundo; Lu, Xiaojun; Rosenthal, Kim; Sachsenmeier, Kris F.; Wu, Herren; Dall'Acqua, William F.; Damschroder, Melissa M.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT CD73 (ecto-5′-nucleotidase) has recently been established as a promising immuno-oncology target. Given its role in activating purinergic signaling pathways to elicit immune suppression, antagonizing CD73 (i.e., releasing the brake) offers a complimentary pathway to inducing anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we describe the mechanistic activity of a new clinical therapeutic, MEDI9447, a human monoclonal antibody that non-competitively inhibits CD73 activity. Epitope mapping, structural, and mechanistic studies revealed that MEDI9447 antagonizes CD73 through dual mechanisms of inter-CD73 dimer crosslinking and/or steric blocking that prevent CD73 from adopting a catalytically active conformation. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an antibody that inhibits an enzyme's function through 2 distinct modes of action. These results provide a finely mapped epitope that can be targeted for selective, potent, and non-competitive inhibition of CD73, as well as establish a strategy for inhibiting enzymes that function in both membrane-bound and soluble states. PMID:26854859

  3. Engineering the surface properties of a human monoclonal antibody prevents self-association and rapid clearance in vivo

    PubMed Central

    Dobson, Claire L.; Devine, Paul W. A.; Phillips, Jonathan J.; Higazi, Daniel R.; Lloyd, Christopher; Popovic, Bojana; Arnold, Joanne; Buchanan, Andrew; Lewis, Arthur; Goodman, Joanne; van der Walle, Christopher F.; Thornton, Peter; Vinall, Lisa; Lowne, David; Aagaard, Anna; Olsson, Lise-Lotte; Ridderstad Wollberg, Anna; Welsh, Fraser; Karamanos, Theodoros K.; Pashley, Clare L.; Iadanza, Matthew G.; Ranson, Neil A.; Ashcroft, Alison E.; Kippen, Alistair D.; Vaughan, Tristan J.; Radford, Sheena E.; Lowe, David C.

    2016-01-01

    Uncontrolled self-association is a major challenge in the exploitation of proteins as therapeutics. Here we describe the development of a structural proteomics approach to identify the amino acids responsible for aberrant self-association of monoclonal antibodies and the design of a variant with reduced aggregation and increased serum persistence in vivo. We show that the human monoclonal antibody, MEDI1912, selected against nerve growth factor binds with picomolar affinity, but undergoes reversible self-association and has a poor pharmacokinetic profile in both rat and cynomolgus monkeys. Using hydrogen/deuterium exchange and cross-linking-mass spectrometry we map the residues responsible for self-association of MEDI1912 and show that disruption of the self-interaction interface by three mutations enhances its biophysical properties and serum persistence, whilst maintaining high affinity and potency. Immunohistochemistry suggests that this is achieved via reduction of non-specific tissue binding. The strategy developed represents a powerful and generic approach to improve the properties of therapeutic proteins. PMID:27995962

  4. mJustice: Preliminary Development of a Mobile App for Medical-Forensic Documentation of Sexual Violence in Low-Resource Environments and Conflict Zones.

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    Mishori, Ranit; Anastario, Michael; Naimer, Karen; Varanasi, Sucharita; Ferdowsian, Hope; Abel, Dori; Chugh, Kevin

    2017-03-24

    Digital health development and use has been expansive and operationalized in a variety of settings and modalities around the world, including in low- and middle-income countries. Mobile applications have been developed for a variety of health professionals and frontline health workers including physicians, midwives, nurses, and community health workers. However, there are no published studies on the development and use of digital health related to human rights fieldwork and to our knowledge no mobile health platforms exist specifically for use by frontline health workers to forensically and clinically document sexual violence. We describe a participatory development and user design process with Congolese end-users of a novel human rights app for clinicians intended to standardize the documentation of sexual violence evidence for forensic and legal purposes, called MediCapt. The app, yet to be launched and still in the future proofing phase, has included several development phases: (1) initial needs assessment conducted in 2011, (2) prototype development and field-testing in 2014 with 8 Congolese physicians, (3) prototype refinement and field-testing in 2015 with 9 clinicians. Feedback from the first field-testing phase was incorporated into the design of the second prototype; key features that were added to MediCapt include the ability for users to take photographs and draw on a pictogram to include as part of the evidence package, as well as the ability to print a form with the completed data. Questionnaires and key-informant interviews during the second and third field-testing phases revealed overall positive attitudes about MediCapt, but multiple perceived and actual barriers to implementation were identified, from personal behaviors, such as individual clinicians' comfort with new technology, to more systemic and infrastructure factors, such as strong cultural preferences for print documentation of evidence and limited Internet connectivity. Next phases of

  5. [Implementing population-based integrated care for a region: a work-in-progress report on the project "Gesundes Kinzigtal"].

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    Hildebrandt, Helmut; Schmitt, Gwendolyn; Roth, Monika; Stunder, Brigitte

    2011-01-01

    The regional integrated care model "Gesundes Kinzigtal" pursues the idea of integrated health care with special focus on increasing the health gain of the served population. Physicians (general practitioners) and psychotherapists, physiotherapists, hospitals, nursing services, non-profit associations, fitness centers, and health insurance companies work closely together with a regional management company and its programs on prevention and care coordination and enhancement. The 10 year-project is run by a company that was founded by the physician network "MQNK" and "OptiMedis AG", a corporation with public health background specialising in integrated health care. The aim of this project is to enhance prevention and quality of health care for a whole region in a sustainable way, and to decrease costs of care. The article describes the special funding model of the project, the engagement of patients, and the different health and prevention programmes. The programmes and projects are developed, implemented, and evaluated by multidisciplinary teams.

  6. Automated Detection of Off-Label Drug Use

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    Jung, Kenneth; LePendu, Paea; Chen, William S.; Iyer, Srinivasan V.; Readhead, Ben; Dudley, Joel T.; Shah, Nigam H.

    2014-01-01

    Off-label drug use, defined as use of a drug in a manner that deviates from its approved use defined by the drug's FDA label, is problematic because such uses have not been evaluated for safety and efficacy. Studies estimate that 21% of prescriptions are off-label, and only 27% of those have evidence of safety and efficacy. We describe a data-mining approach for systematically identifying off-label usages using features derived from free text clinical notes and features extracted from two databases on known usage (Medi-Span and DrugBank). We trained a highly accurate predictive model that detects novel off-label uses among 1,602 unique drugs and 1,472 unique indications. We validated 403 predicted uses across independent data sources. Finally, we prioritize well-supported novel usages for further investigation on the basis of drug safety and cost. PMID:24586689

  7. From bench to bedside: Therapeutic potential of interleukin-9 in the treatment of asthma

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    Gong, Fang; Pan, Yu-Hong; Huang, Xuan; Zhu, Hua-Yan; Jiang, Dong-Lin

    2017-01-01

    Initially identified as a T cell and mast cell growth factor, interleukin (IL)-9 has long been recognized as an important mediator of asthma. Recently, accumulating results from transgenic mice demonstrated that systemic or lung-specific overexpression of IL-9 caused asthma-associated symptoms. Moreover, anti-mIL-9 antibody (Ab) blocking treatment alleviated disease in animal models of asthma. In light of the large quantity of data from the murine models, MEDI-528, a humanized anti-IL-9 monoclonal Ab has been produced to assess the activity of IL-9 on human asthma. In order to ascertain whether it is a successful translation from bench to bedside, the biological features of IL-9 were evaluated and up-to-date information regarding the role of IL-9 in different experimental murine models and human asthma were summarized.

  8. Developments towards the LHCb VELO upgrade

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    Cid Vidal, Xabier

    2016-09-01

    The Vertex Locator (VELO) is a silicon strip detector surrounding the interaction region of the LHCb experiment. The upgrade of the VELO is planned to be installed in 2019-2020, and the current detector will be replaced by a hybrid pixel system equipped with electronics capable of reading out at a rate of 40 MHz. The new detector is designed to withstand the radiation dose expected at an integrated luminosity of 50 fb-1. The detector will be composed of silicon pixel sensors, read out by the VeloPix ASIC that is being developed based on the TimePix/MediPix family. The prototype sensors for the VELO upgrade are being irradiated in five different facilities and the post-irradiation performance is being measured with testbeams, and in the lab. These proceedings present the VELO upgrade and briefly discuss the results of the sensor testing campaign.

  9. Automated detection of off-label drug use.

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    Jung, Kenneth; LePendu, Paea; Chen, William S; Iyer, Srinivasan V; Readhead, Ben; Dudley, Joel T; Shah, Nigam H

    2014-01-01

    Off-label drug use, defined as use of a drug in a manner that deviates from its approved use defined by the drug's FDA label, is problematic because such uses have not been evaluated for safety and efficacy. Studies estimate that 21% of prescriptions are off-label, and only 27% of those have evidence of safety and efficacy. We describe a data-mining approach for systematically identifying off-label usages using features derived from free text clinical notes and features extracted from two databases on known usage (Medi-Span and DrugBank). We trained a highly accurate predictive model that detects novel off-label uses among 1,602 unique drugs and 1,472 unique indications. We validated 403 predicted uses across independent data sources. Finally, we prioritize well-supported novel usages for further investigation on the basis of drug safety and cost.

  10. Inebilizumab, a B Cell-Depleting Anti-CD19 Antibody for the Treatment of Autoimmune Neurological Diseases: Insights from Preclinical Studies

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    Chen, Ding; Gallagher, Sandra; Monson, Nancy L.; Herbst, Ronald; Wang, Yue

    2016-01-01

    Exaggerated or inappropriate responses by B cells are an important feature in many types of autoimmune neurological diseases. The recent success of B-cell depletion in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has stimulated the development of novel B-cell-targeting therapies with the potential for improved efficacy. CD19 has emerged as a promising target for the depletion of B cells as well as CD19-positive plasmablasts and plasma cells. Inebilizumab (MEDI-551), an anti-CD19 antibody with enhanced antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity against B cells, is currently being evaluated in MS and neuromyelitis optica. This review discusses the role of B cells in autoimmune neurological disorders, summarizes the development of inebilizumab, and analyzes the recent results for inebilizumab treatment in an autoimmune encephalitis mouse model. The novel insights obtained from these preclinical studies can potentially guide future investigation of inebilizumab in patients. PMID:27886126

  11. Women & smoking: becoming part of the solution.

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    Suárez, Nery

    2011-10-01

    El hecho de que tantas enfermedades, ya sean graves o leves, estén relacionadas con el tabaquismo es una de las conclusiones más asombrosas de la investigación médica de este siglo; si bien es posible que no sea tan sorprendente como el hecho de que tantas personas lo hayan ignorado. —Sir Richard Doll, 1912–2005 Las empresas transnacionales del tabaco minimizan los peligros de fumar en poderosas campañas de publicidad desplegadas alrededor del mundo, al mismo tiempo que los organismos internacionales e instituciones sanitarias se esfuerzan por contrarrestar estos mensajes mediáticos con presupuestos ínfimos: una asimetría asombrosa que pone en peligro la salud de millones de personas.

  12. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided treatment of shoulder tendon calcifications: Clinical and radiological follow-up at 6 months().

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    De Conti, G; Marchioro, U; Dorigo, A; Boscolo, N; Vio, S; Trevisan, M; Meneghini, A; Baldo, V; Angelini, F

    2010-12-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: La tendinopatia calcifica di spalla è una condizione relativamente frequente caratterizzata, quando sintomatica, da dolore cronico e da fasi di dolore acuto molto intenso. MATERIALI E METODI: Da ottobre 2006 a marzo 2008 abbiamo trattato 126 spalle di 125 pazienti consecutivi. Tutti hanno eseguito Rx ed ecografia prima del trattamento ed il test di Constant prima del trattamento e a 6 mesi di distanza. 55 pazienti su 123 (42%) sono stati trattati due o più volte con infiltrazione intrabursale di corticosteroide. Tre pazienti hanno rifiutato altri trattamenti dopo il primo. Sono stati quindi raccolti i dati complessivamente di 123 spalle. È stata eseguita RM di controllo a sei mesi. RISULTATI: Incremento del Constant Score dopo la procedura in tutti i pazienti trattati una sola volta ed in quasi tutti i pazienti trattati due volte; i pazienti sono stati divisi in due classi, rispettivamente trattati una o due (o più) volte. In ciascuna delle due classi c’è stato un significativo incremento (p < 0,0001)delle medie dei Cs pre e post trattamento; nella classe dei pazienti trattati due volte significatività statistica (p < 0,0001) tra le medie dei Cs rispettivamente prima del trattamento iniziale e dopo il primo trattamento, e tra la media Cs di quest’ultimo e quella dopo 6 mesi dal primo trattamento. Il Cs dopo il trattamento è significativamente diverso nei pazienti con impingement (p < 0,001). CONCLUSION: Incremento del Cs, in più del 95% dei pazienti. Non lesioni tendinee ai controlli ecografici/RM. L’impingement è risultato un fattore di rischio per il risultato finale.

  13. Net clinical benefit of dabigatran vs. warfarin in venous thromboembolism: analyses from RE-COVER(®), RE-COVER™ II, and RE-MEDY™.

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    Feuring, Martin; Schulman, Sam; Eriksson, Henry; Kakkar, Ajay J; Schellong, Sebastian; Hantel, Stefan; Schueler, Elke; Kreuzer, Jörg; Goldhaber, Samuel Z

    2017-05-01

    The direct oral anticoagulants, e.g., dabigatran etexilate (DE), are effective and well tolerated treatments for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Net clinical benefit (NCB) is a useful concept in weighing potential benefits against potential harm of comparator drugs. The NCB of DE vs. warfarin in VTE treatment was compared. Post-hoc analyses were performed on pooled data from the 6-month RE-COVER® and RE-COVER™ II trials, and data from the RE-MEDY™ trial (up to 36 months), to compare the NCB of DE (150 mg twice daily) and warfarin [target international normalized ratio (INR) 2.0-3.0]. Patients (≥18 years old) had symptomatic proximal deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. NCB was the composite of cardiovascular endpoints (non-fatal events of recurrent VTE, myocardial infarction, stroke or systemic embolism), all-cause death, and bleeding outcomes, all weighted equally. A broad definition of NCB included major bleeding events (MBE) and clinically relevant non-major bleeding events as bleeding outcomes, while a narrow definition included just MBE. The pooled dataset totalled 5107 patients from RE-COVER/RE-COVER II and 2856 patients from RE-MEDY. When NCB was narrowly defined, NCB was similar between DE and warfarin. When broadly defined, NCB was superior with DE vs. warfarin [RE-COVER/RE-COVER II, hazard ratio (HR) 0.80; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.68-0.95 and RE-MEDY, HR 0.73; 95% CI 0.59-0.91]. These findings were unaffected by warfarin time in therapeutic range. The NCB of DE was similar or superior to warfarin, depending on the NCB definition used, regardless of the quality of INR control.

  14. Impact of Compliance with a Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle in a Portuguese Emergency Department.

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    Carvas, Joao Miguel; Canelas, Cátia; Montanha, Gustavo; Silva, Carlos; Esteves, Francisco

    2016-02-01

    Introdução: A sépsis severa e o choque sético são entidades clínicas frequentes com elevada morbi-mortalidade que superam os da doença cardíaca coronária ou do acidente vascular cerebral. A realidade da sépsis tratada no hospital fora das unidades de cuidados intensivos é amplamente desconhecida. Pretende-se neste trabalho estimar o cumprimento da bundle das 6-horas da Surviving Sepsis Campaign num serviço de urgência português e os resultados clínicos dos doentes. Material e Métodos: Estudo retrospetivo, observacional de coorte com 178 pacientes com sépsis severa/choque sético internados na unidade de cuidados intensivos e intermédios entre 1 de Janeiro de 2012 e 31 de Dezembro de 2012. Resultados: Durante o período estudado foi diagnosticado choque sético em 100 pacientes (56,2%) e sépsis severa em 78 pacientes (43,8%). O cumprimento com a bundle foi: (1) 62,9% para a medição de lactatos; (2) 62,9% para a colheita hemoculturas antes da antibioterapia; (3) 41,6% para a administração de antibióticos nas primeiras 3 horas; (4) 76,4% para a administração de fluidos; (5) 25% para a administração de vasopressores; (6) 37% for medição da pressão venosa central; (7) 39% para a medição da saturação venosa central de oxigénio. O cumprimento de todas as medidas foi observado em 22% dos pacientes. A medida 'colheita hemoculturas antes da antibioterapia' esteve significativamente associada a um menor risco de mortalidade na unidade de cuidados intensivos e aos 28 dias. Também se verificou uma tendência para uma correlação inversa entre cumprimento crescente da bundle e a mortalidade na unidade de cuidados intensivos e aos 28 dias. Discussão: A baixa adesão à bundle das 6-horas da Surviving Sepsis Campaign é um resultado que replica o de estudos internacionais semelhantes. A explicação para este fenómeno é complexa mas pode incluir a falta de monitorização da qualidade dos cuidados no serviço de urgência. Conclusões: O

  15. Physico-Chemical Research on the Sounding Rocket Maser 13

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    Lockowandt, Christian; Kemi, Stig; Abrahamsson, Mattias; Florin, Gunnar

    MASER is a sounding rocket platform for short-duration microgravity experiments, providing the scientific community with an excellent microgravity tool. The MASER programme has been running by SSC from 1987 and has up to 2012 provided twelve successful flights for microgravity missions with 6-7 minutes of microgravity, the g-level is normally below 1x10-5 g. The MASER 13 is planned to be launched in spring 2015 from Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden. The rocket will carry four ESA financed experiment modules. The MASER 13 vehicle will be propelled by the 2-stage solid fuel VSB-30 rocket motor, which provided the 390 kg payload with an apogee of 260 km and 6 and a half minutes of microgravity. Swedish Space Corporation carries out the MASER missions for ESA and the program is also available for other customers. The payload comprise four different experiment modules of which three could be defined as physic-chemical research; XRMON-SOL, CDIC-3, MEDI. It also comprises the Maser Service Module and the recovery system. The Service Module provided real-time 5 Mbps down-link of compressed experiment digital video data from the on-board cameras, as well as high-speed housekeeping telemetry data. XRMON-SOL In this experiment the influence of gravity on the formation of an equiaxed microstructure will be investigated. Special attention will be put on the aspect of nucleation, segregation and impingement. The experiment scope is to melt and solidify an AlCu-alloy sample in microgravity. The solidification will be performed in an isothermal environment. The solidification process will be monitored and recorded with X-ray image during the whole flight, images will also be down-linked to ground for real-time monitoring and possible interaction. CDIC-3 The goal is to study in migrogravity the spatio-temporal dynamics of a chemical front travelling in a thin solution layer open to the air and specifically the respective role of Marangoni and density-related hydrodynamic

  16. Characterization of Alpha-Toxin hla Gene Variants, Alpha-Toxin Expression Levels, and Levels of Antibody to Alpha-Toxin in Hemodialysis and Postsurgical Patients with Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

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    Wu, Yuling; Tabor, David E.; Mok, Hoyin; Sellman, Bret R.; Jenkins, Amy; Yu, Li; Jafri, Hasan S.; Rude, Thomas H.; Ruffin, Felicia; Schell, Wiley A.; Park, Lawrence P.; Yan, Qin; Thaden, Joshua T.; Messina, Julia A.; Esser, Mark T.

    2014-01-01

    Alpha-toxin is a major Staphylococcus aureus virulence factor. This study evaluated potential relationships between in vitro alpha-toxin expression of S. aureus bloodstream isolates, anti-alpha-toxin antibody in serum of patients with S. aureus bacteremia (SAB), and clinical outcomes in 100 hemodialysis and 100 postsurgical SAB patients. Isolates underwent spa typing and hla sequencing. Serum anti-alpha-toxin IgG and neutralizing antibody levels were measured by using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and a red blood cell (RBC)-based hemolysis neutralization assay. Neutralization of alpha-toxin by an anti-alpha-toxin monoclonal antibody (MAb MEDI4893) was tested in an RBC-based lysis assay. Most isolates encoded hla (197/200; 98.5%) and expressed alpha-toxin (173/200; 86.5%). In vitro alpha-toxin levels were inversely associated with survival (cure, 2.19 μg/ml, versus failure, 1.09 μg/ml; P < 0.01). Both neutralizing (hemodialysis, 1.26 IU/ml, versus postsurgical, 0.95; P < 0.05) and IgG (hemodialysis, 1.94 IU/ml, versus postsurgical, 1.27; P < 0.05) antibody levels were higher in the hemodialysis population. Antibody levels were also significantly higher in patients infected with alpha-toxin-expressing S. aureus isolates (P < 0.05). Levels of both neutralizing antibodies and IgG were similar among patients who were cured and those not cured (failures). Sequence analysis of hla revealed 12 distinct hla genotypes, and all genotypic variants were susceptible to a neutralizing monoclonal antibody in clinical development (MEDI4893). These data demonstrate that alpha-toxin is highly conserved in clinical S. aureus isolates. Higher in vitro alpha-toxin levels were associated with a positive clinical outcome. Although patients infected with alpha-toxin-producing S. aureus exhibited higher anti-alpha-toxin antibody levels, these levels were not associated with a better clinical outcome in this study. PMID:25392350

  17. Allergic rhinitis: impact of the disease and considerations for management.

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    Greiner, Alexander N

    2006-01-01

    AR is a common condition affecting individuals of all ages. Those afflicted with AR often suffer from associated inflammatory conditions of the mucosa,such as AC, rhinosinusitis, asthma, otitis media with effusion, and other atopic conditions, such as eczema and food allergies. Lack of treatment or treatment with suboptimal therapy may result in reduced quality of life and compromise productivity at work or school. Although environmental controls may prove difficult to implement, and not all controls appear adequately to mitigate symptoms of AR, they continue to represent a foundation for treatment. Many different classes of medications are now available, and they have been shown to be effective and safe in a large number of well-designed, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Some of the over-the-counter medi-cations have been associated with increased sedation, potentially leading to accidents and fatalities at work or while operating complex machinery, such as automobiles. Only immunotherapy with increasing doses of individually targeted allergens results in sustained changes in the immune system. Although anti-IgE is probably only the first successful immunomodulator commercially available to treat AR, monoclonal antibodies will remain too costly, at least in the near future, to find their way into routine AR treatment.

  18. [Treatment outcome in primary testicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma].

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    Iványi, János László; Marton, Eva; Plander, Márk; Engert, Zoltán Vendel; Tóth, Csaba

    2013-10-20

    Bevezetés: A primer herelymphoma ritkán előforduló extranodalis non-Hodgkin-lymphoma-entitás. Legtöbbször idős férfiakban fordul elő, nagy malignitású szövettani képpel és kedvezőtlen kórlefolyással. Az érintett here eltávolítása után alkalmazott immunkemoterápia ellenére a betegek kezelési eredményei elmaradnak más extranodalis lymphomásokétól. Célkitűzés: Retrospektív felmérésben a szerzők célul tűzték ki 2000 és 2012 között kórismézett és kezelt herelymphomás betegeik klinikopatológiai és kezelési eredményeinek felmérését. Módszer: Ezen időszak alatt 334 agresszív non-Hodgkin-lymphomás betegből nyolc esetben (8/334, 2,39%) kórisméztek primer herelymphomát (diffúz nagysejtes B-sejtes hét esetben, Burkitt-típusú egy esetben). A betegek medián életkora 60 év (23 és 86 év között) volt. Korai I–IIE hét betegben, előrehaladott stádium egy betegben fordult elő. Egy beteg kivételével (csak radioterápia) minden beteg kemoterápiát kapott (rituximab+CHOP, hat–nyolc ciklus 21 vagy 28 naponként). Mindössze egy beteg részesült központi idegrendszeri kemoterápiás profilaxisban, preventív ellenoldali hereirradiációt nem alkalmaztak. Eredmények: Ötven hónapos medián követés alatt semicastratiót követő rituximab- és CHOP-kúra után hét beteg került komplett remisszióba, két beteg elhunyt (egy beteg a lymphoma progressziója következtében, a remisszióban levő másik beteg szekunder tüdőtumor miatt). Komplett remissziót a betegek 87,5%-ában értek el. A betegségmentes túlélés 13–152 hónap között (medián 38 hónap), az összesített túlélés 17–156 hónap között (medián 43 hónap), az ötéves betegségmentes és összesített túlélés pedig egyaránt 37,5% volt. Következtetések: A viszonylag kedvező kezelési eredmények hátterében a korai stádium túlsúlya, a lymphoma urológiai sebészi eltávolítása, az immunkemoterápia hat

  19. Quantitative susceptibility mapping for investigating subtle susceptibility variations in the human brain.

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    Schweser, Ferdinand; Sommer, Karsten; Deistung, Andreas; Reichenbach, Jürgen Rainer

    2012-09-01

    Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is a novel magnetic resonance-based technique that determines tissue magnetic susceptibility from measurements of the magnetic field perturbation. Due to the ill-posed nature of this problem, regularization strategies are generally required to reduce streaking artifacts on the computed maps. The present study introduces a new algorithm for calculating the susceptibility distribution utilizing a priori information on its regional homogeneity derived from gradient echo phase images and analyzes the impact of erroneous a priori information on susceptibility map fidelity. The algorithm, Homogeneity Enabled Incremental Dipole Inversion (HEIDI), was investigated with a special focus on the reconstruction of subtle susceptibility variations in a numerical model and in volunteer data and was compared with two recently published approaches, Thresholded K-space Division (TKD) and Morphology Enabled Dipole Inversion (MEDI). HEIDI resulted in susceptibility maps without streaking artifacts and excellent depiction of subtle susceptibility variations in most regions. By investigating HEIDI susceptibility maps acquired with the volunteers' heads in different orientations, it was demonstrated that the apparent magnetic susceptibility distribution of human brain tissue considerably depends on the direction of the main magnetic field.

  20. DICOM image communication in globus-based medical grids.

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    Vossberg, Michal; Tolxdorff, Thomas; Krefting, Dagmar

    2008-03-01

    Grid computing, the collaboration of distributed resources across institutional borders, is an emerging technology to meet the rising demand on computing power and storage capacity in fields such as high-energy physics, climate modeling, or more recently, life sciences. A secure, reliable, and highly efficient data transport plays an integral role in such grid environments and even more so in medical grids. Unfortunately, many grid middleware distributions, such as the well-known Globus Toolkit, lack the integration of the world-wide medical image communication standard Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM). Currently, the DICOM protocol first needs to be converted to the file transfer protocol (FTP) that is offered by the grid middleware. This effectively reduces most of the advantages and security an integrated network of DICOM devices offers. In this paper, a solution is proposed that adapts the DICOM protocol to the Globus grid security infrastructure and utilizes routers to transparently route traffic to and from DICOM systems. Thus, all legacy DICOM devices can be seamlessly integrated into the grid without modifications. A prototype of the grid routers with the most important DICOM functionality has been developed and successfully tested in the MediGRID test bed, the German grid project for life sciences.

  1. Development and Validation of a Standardized Tool for Prioritization of Information Sources

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    Akwar, Holy; Kloeze, Harold; Mukhi, Shamir

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To validate the utility and effectiveness of a standardized tool for prioritization of information sources for early detection of diseases. Methods: The tool was developed with input from diverse public health experts garnered through survey. Ten raters used the tool to evaluate ten information sources and reliability among raters was computed. The Proc mixed procedure with random effect statement and SAS Macros were used to compute multiple raters’ Fleiss Kappa agreement and Kendall's Coefficient of Concordance. Results: Ten disparate information sources evaluated obtained the following composite scores: ProMed 91%; WAHID 90%; Eurosurv 87%; MediSys 85%; SciDaily 84%; EurekAl 83%; CSHB 78%; GermTrax 75%; Google 74%; and CBC 70%. A Fleiss Kappa agreement of 50.7% was obtained for ten information sources and 72.5% for a sub-set of five sources rated, which is substantial agreement validating the utility and effectiveness of the tool. Conclusion: This study validated the utility and effectiveness of a standardized criteria tool developed to prioritize information sources. The new tool was used to identify five information sources suited for use by the KIWI system in the CEZD-IIR project to improve surveillance of infectious diseases. The tool can be generalized to situations when prioritization of numerous information sources is necessary. PMID:27752297

  2. Innovative technique for large septal perforation repair and radiological evaluation.

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    Mocella, S; Muia, F; Giacomini, P G; Bertossi, D; Residori, E; Sgroi, S

    2013-06-01

    La perforazione del setto nasale ha cause molteplici: traumatiche, iatrogene, infettive, degenerative, da abuso di vasocostrittori, da uso di cocaina e di recente anche da chemioterapici antineoplastici. Le perforazioni sono altresì classificate in funzione delle dimensioni e della tipologia del deficit cartilagineo o osteocartilagineo e della sede anteriore, mediana e posteriore. Molteplici tecniche di riparazione chirurgica del danno sono state proposte nel tempo e vengono riassunte nel presente lavoro per tipologia di approccio; i risultati conseguiti, sono soddisfacenti per le perforazioni di piccole e medie dimensioni, ma nelle grandi perforazioni non garantiscono sempre la permanente obliterazione del difetto. Spesso si rende necessario l'utilizzo di tessuti prelevati all'interno delle fosse nasali come i turbinati o il prelievo di cartilagine da altre sedi donatrici come l'orecchio o la costa; le varie tecniche vengono illustrate alla luce della più recente letteratura. Gli Autori hanno valutato i pazienti osservati negli ultimi 8 anni e i risultati chirurgici conseguiti in particolare considerando, gli approcci chirurgici effettuati in approccio aperto o chiuso, endoscopico ed i materiali impiegati. Gli autori propongono tra le varie tecniche impiegate in questa serie di pazienti, una tecnica innovativa utilizzabile con successo in molti dei casi considerati di perforazione settale iatrogena che prevede l'utilizzo del gibbo osteocartilagineo quale sede donatrice, nonché la rinosettoplastica riduttiva quale scelta mirata per ottenere agevolmente lembi di scorrimento mucopericondrale e talora produrre anche un miglioramento estetico morfologico.

  3. Clinical trials: testing of adult chemical heating pad.

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    Herman, J; Davis, C; Mackey, M; Fuller, S; Tavakoli, A

    1996-01-01

    Chemical packs are recent innovations in the delivery of dry heat. Because these delivery systems do not have any mechanism for verifying temperature during application, research to determine their safety seems warranted. The purpose of this study was to measure the skin temperature of adults during a 30-minute application of the MediHeat adult heating pad (MH-AHP). Seventy-seven subjects received a 30-minute application of the MH-AHP to their backs while lying in both supine and prone positions. The mean skin temperature in both positions was 101 degrees F. There were significant differences, however, in minimum and maximum skin temperature between positions. Subjects in the prone position had significantly higher maximum skin temperature and significantly lower minimum skin temperature than subjects in the supine position. It is possible that the prone position allows for more air flow over the MH-AHP and that more heat was generated causing the higher maximum temperature. This explanation does not account for the lower minimum temperature. There were no significant differences in perception of heat between the positions at either 5 minutes or 30 minutes. Findings suggest that caution is necessary when applying heating devices that depend on air circulation for heat generation.

  4. Modern use of smartphone applications in the perioperative management in microsurgical breast reconstruction

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    Rozen, Warren Matthew; Marsh, Daniel; Chow, Whitney T.H.; Vickers, Tobias; Khan, Lubna; Miller, George S.; Hunter-Smith, David J.; Ramakrishnan, Venkat V.

    2016-01-01

    Background Advances in mobile telecommunication, improved mobile internet and affordability have led to a significant increase in smartphone use within medicine. The capability of instant messaging, photography, videography, word processing, drawing and internet access allow significant potential in this small portable device. Smartphone use within medicine has grown tremendously worldwide given its affordability, improved internet and capabilities. Methods We have searched for apps specifically helpful in the perioperative care of microsurgical breast reconstructive patients. Results The useful apps have been subdivided: (I) communication apps—multimedia messaging, WhatsApp, PicSafeMedi: allow efficient communication via text, picture and video messages leading to earlier assessment and definitive management of free flaps; (II) storage apps—Notability, Elogbook: electronic storage of patient notes and logbooks of case which can be shared with others if required; (III) educational apps—FlapApp, Touch Surgery, PubMed on tap: step by step guides to surgical procedures to aid learning and medical journal database; (IV) flap monitoring app—SilpaRamanitor: free flap monitoring app based on photographic analysis for earlier detection of compromised flaps. Conclusions There has been remarkable growth in smartphones use among surgeons. Apps are being developed for every conceivable use. The future will be in wearable smart devices that allow continuous monitoring with the potential to instigate change should deviations from the norm occur. The smart watch is the start of this digital revolution. PMID:27047783

  5. Protective Effect of Selenium-Based Medicines on Toxicity of Three Common Organophosphorus Compounds in Human Erythrocytes In Vitro

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    Mostafalou, Sara; Navaei-Nigjeh, Mona; Baeeri, Maryam; Mohammadirad, Azadeh; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Objective Organophosphorus (OP) compounds are used to control pests, however they can reach the food chain and enter the human body causing serious health problems by means of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition and oxidative stress (OS). Among the OPs, chlorpyrifos (CHP), malathion (MAL), and diazinon (DIA) are commonly used for commercial extermination purposes, in addition to veterinary practices, domestic, agricul- ture and public health applications. Two new recently registered medicines that contain selenium and other antioxidants, IMOD and angipars (ANG), have shown beneficial ef- fects for OS related disorders. This study examines the effect of selenium-based medi- cines on toxicity of three common OP compounds in erythrocytes. Materials and Methods In the present experimental study, we determined the ef- ficacy of IMOD and ANG on OS induced by three mentioned OP pesticides in human erythrocytes in vitro. After dose-response studies, AChE, lipid peroxidation (LPO), total antioxidant power (TAP) and total thiol molecules (TTM) were measured in eryth- rocytes after exposure to OPs alone and in combined treatment with IMOD or ANG. Results AChE activity, TAP and TTM reduced in erythrocytes exposed to CHP, MAL and DIA while they were restored in the presence of ANG and IMOD. ANG and IMOD reduced the OPs-induced elevation of LPO. Conclusion The present study shows the positive effects of IMOD and ANG in re- duction of OS and restoration of AChE inhibition induced by CHP, MAL and DIA in erythrocytes in vitro. PMID:26862533

  6. Linear dimensions and volumes of human lungs

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    Hickman, David P.

    2012-03-30

    TOTAL LUNG Capacity is defined as “the inspiratory capacity plus the functional residual capacity; the volume of air contained in the lungs at the end of a maximal inspiration; also equals vital capacity plus residual volume” (from MediLexicon.com). Within the Results and Discussion section of their April 2012 Health Physics paper, Kramer et al. briefly noted that the lungs of their experimental subjects were “not fully inflated.” By definition and failure to obtain maximal inspiration, Kramer et. al. did not measure Total Lung Capacity (TLC). The TLC equation generated from this work will tend to underestimate TLC and does not improve or update total lung capacity data provided by ICRP and others. Likewise, the five linear measurements performed by Kramer et. al. are only representative of the conditions of the measurement (i.e., not at-rest volume, but not fully inflated either). While there was significant work performed and the data are interesting, the data does not represent a maximal situation, a minimal situation, or an at-rest situation. Moreover, while interesting, the linear data generated by this study is limited by the conditions of the experiment and may not be fully comparative with other lung or inspiratory parameters, measures, or physical dimensions.

  7. Informing public policy toward binational health insurance: Empirical evidence from California

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    Fulton, Brent D; Galárraga, Omar; Dow, William H

    2015-01-01

    Objective To estimate reimbursement rate differences between Mexico and US based physicians reimbursed by a binational health insurance (BHI) plan and US payers, respectively; and show the relationship between plan benefit designs and health care utilization in Mexico. Materials and methods Data include 33 841 and 53 909 HMO enrollees in California from Sistemas Médicos Nacionales (SIMNSA) and Salud con Health Net, respectively. We use descriptive statistical methods. Results SIMNSA’s physician reimbursement rates averaged 50.7% (95% CI: 34.5%–67.0%) of Medi-Cal’s, 28.3% (95% CI: 19.6%–37.0%) of Medicare’s, and 22% of US private plans’. Each year, 99.4% of SIMNSA enrollees but only 0.1% of Salud con Health Net enrollees obtained care in Mexico. Conclusion SIMNSA only covers emergency and urgent care in the US, while Salud con Health Net covers comprehensive care with higher patient cost sharing than in Mexico. To realize potential savings, plans need strong incentives to increase utilization in Mexico. PMID:25153186

  8. The association of socio-economic factors with physical fitness and activity behaviours, spinal posture and retinal vessel parameters in first graders in urban Switzerland.

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    Imhof, Katharina; Faude, Oliver; Donath, Lars; Bean-Eisenhut, Salome; Hanssen, Henner; Zahner, Lukas

    2016-01-01

    Socio-economic status during childhood has been shown to be a strong predictor of adult health outcome. Therefore, we examined associations of parental educational level, household income and migrant background with physical fitness, spinal flexibility, spinal posture as well as retinal vessel diameters in children of an urban Swiss region. A total of 358 first graders of the Swiss canton Basel-Stadt (age: 7.3, SD: 0.4) were examined. Physical fitness (20 m shuttle run test, 20 m sprint, jumping sidewards and balancing backwards), spinal flexibility and spinal posture (MediMouse®, Idiag, Fehraltdorf, Switzerland) and retinal microcirculation (Static Retinal Vessel Analyzer, Imedos Systems UG, Jena, Germany) were assessed. Parental education, household income, migrant background and activity behaviour were evaluated with a questionnaire. Parental education was associated with child aerobic fitness (P = 0.03) and screen time (P < 0.001). Household income was associated with jumping sidewards (P = 0.009), balancing backwards (P = 0.03) and sports club participation (P = 0.02). Migrant background was associated with BMI (P = 0.001), body fat (P = 0.03), aerobic fitness (P = 0.007), time spent playing outdoors (P < 0.001) and screen time (P < 0.001). For spinal flexibility and retinal vessel diameter, no associations were found (0.06 < P < 0.8). Low parental education, low household income and a migrant background are associated with poor physical fitness, higher BMI and body fat percentage and low-activity behaviour.

  9. Alveolar echinococcosis of the liver: percutaneous stent therapy in Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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    Vogel, J; Görich, J; Kramme, E; Merkle, E; Sokiranski, R; Kern, P; Brambs, H J

    1996-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Infiltration of the hepatic veins in the alveolar echinococcosis can lead to the development of the Budd-Chiari syndrome. The medical and surgical treatment of this condition is generally unsatisfactory. The results of successful interventional treatment with percutaneous stent implantation in the hepatic veins are reported. METHODS: Using a transjugular approach, metal mesh stents (Boston Scientific, Medi-Tech Accuflex 8/60 mm) were placed in the median and left hepatic veins of a 53 year old woman. After the intervention, oral chemotherapy with albendazole (2 x 400 mg/day) was continued, but no anticoagulants were given. RESULTS: Stent placement was performed without complications. The clinical picture improved rapidly: normalisation of portal blood flow was confirmed by Doppler ultrasound and there was improvement of liver function, reduction of oesophageal varices, and disappearance of ascites. A follow-up examination at 15 months showed no evidence of stent occlusion. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment of portal hypertension in alveolar echinococcosis of the liver is problematic. In selected patients with portal hypertension secondary to hepatic vein stenoses but no cirrhosis, percutaneous stent placement in the hepatic veins represents a promising treatment alternative. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 PMID:9026484

  10. Observations related to chronologic and gynecologic age in pregnant adolescents.

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    Felice, M. E.; James, M.; Shragg, P.; Hollingsworth, D. R.

    1984-01-01

    A low chronologic age (less than or equal to 15 years) and low gynecologic age (less than or equal to 2 years) have been considered factors that increase medical complications among adolescent pregnant women. Gynecologic age (GA) is defined in this study as age in years at conception minus age at menarche. Two hundred twelve consecutive pregnant teenagers were followed prospectively in the Teen OB Clinic at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, between August 1978 and July 1981. The clinic population consisted of 37.3 percent Whites, 35.8 percent Hispanics, 20.8 percent Blacks, and 6.1 percent other (mostly Indochinese). Sixty-eight percent of the patients were funded by MediCal. The patient population was divided by chronological age (CA) at conception into those 15 years or less or 16 years or older. A low chronological age was found to be a significant risk factor for premature rupture of membranes. Teenagers with a low gynecologic age (less than or equal to 2) had a lower mean pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (Kg/M2) than teenagers with a higher gynecologic age. In this study, we did not find that a low CA or GA was correlated with a higher frequency of pregnancy-induced hypertension, prenatal medical problems, obstetrical problems at labor or delivery, or an excessive number of low-birthweight infants. PMID:6523906

  11. Suzanne F. Delbanco on the Leapfrog Group and employer purchasing power. Interview by Pamela K. Scarrow.

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    Delbanco, Suzanne F

    2004-01-01

    Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD MPH, is the first executive director of The Leapfrog Group, founded by the Business Roundtable. The Leapfrog Group's goal is to mobilize employer purchasing power to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and overall value of healthcare for American consumers. The group's growing consortium of more than 155 Fortune 500 companies and other large private and public healthcare purchasers provides health benefits to more than 34 million Americans; these companies spend more than 62 billion dollars on healthcare annually. Dr. Delbanco is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance Purchaser Advisory Council and a board member of Bridges to Excellence. Before joining The Leapfrog Group, she was a senior manager at the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), where she worked on the quality team. Prior to joining PBGH, she worked on reproductive health policy and the changing healthcare marketplace initiative at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She has also consulted on health insurance coverage in the temporary employment industry and on the first statewide survey in California of MediCal beneficiaries, and worked as a community Liaison for Kaiser Permanente during the establishment of one of California's first County Organized Health Systems. She holds a PhD in public policy from the Goldman School of Public PoLicy and a MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

  12. Intrasite motions and monument instabilities at Medicina ITRF co-location site

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    Sarti, Pierguido; Abbondanza, Claudio; Legrand, Juliette; Bruyninx, Carine; Vittuari, Luca; Ray, Jim

    2013-03-01

    We process the total-station surveys performed at the ITRF co-location site Medicina (Northern Italy) over the decade (2001-2010) with the purpose of determining the extent of local intrasite motions and relating them to local geophysical processes, the geological setting and the design of the ground pillars. In addition, continuous observations acquired by two co-located GPS stations (MEDI and MSEL separated by ≈27 m) are analysed and their relative motion is cross-checked with the total-station results. The local ground control network extends over a small area (<100 × 100 m) but the results demonstrate significant anisotropic deformations with rates up to 1.6 mm a-1, primarily horizontal, a value comparable to intraplate tectonic deformations. The results derived from GPS and total-station observations are consistent and point to the presence of horizontal intrasite motions over very short distances possibly associated with varying environmental conditions in a very unfavourable local geological setting and unsuitable monument design, these latter being crucial aspects of the realization and maintenance of global permanent geodetic networks and the global terrestrial reference frame.

  13. The construction of a public key infrastructure for healthcare information networks in Japan.

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    Sakamoto, N

    2001-01-01

    The digital signature is a key technology in the forthcoming Internet society for electronic healthcare as well as for electronic commerce. Efficient exchanges of authorized information with a digital signature in healthcare information networks require a construction of a public key infrastructure (PKI). In order to introduce a PKI to healthcare information networks in Japan, we proposed a development of a user authentication system based on a PKI for user management, user authentication and privilege management of healthcare information systems. In this paper, we describe the design of the user authentication system and its implementation. The user authentication system provides a certification authority service and a privilege management service while it is comprised of a user authentication client and user authentication serves. It is designed on a basis of an X.509 PKI and is implemented with using OpenSSL and OpenLDAP. It was incorporated into the financial information management system for the national university hospitals and has been successfully working for about one year. The hospitals plan to use it as a user authentication method for their whole healthcare information systems. One implementation of the system is free to the national university hospitals with permission of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Another implementation is open to the other healthcare institutes by support of the Medical Information System Development Center (MEDIS-DC). We are moving forward to a nation-wide construction of a PKI for healthcare information networks based on it.

  14. User attitudes toward end-user literature searching.

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    Ludwig, L; Mixter, J K; Emanuele, M A

    1988-01-01

    A survey to determine attitudes toward end-user searching was made at Loyola University's Medical Center Library using MEDIS, an online full-text and bibliographic medical retrieval system. One hundred forty-one completed questionnaires were analyzed for this report. Information was collected on user familiarity with computers, end-user training, system use, mechanics of searching, and attitudes toward future use. Computer familiarity was highest among the faculty users. Ninety percent of the respondents saw librarians as a crucial agent in training and in providing end-user assistance. Respondents identified five major reasons for using the system: helpfulness, convenience, time savings, rapid feedback, and presentation of needed information. Searching the MEDLINE database rather than the full-text database was the search method of choice. Continued use of both mediated and end-user searching was intended by most of the respondents. Survey results support a perceived need for end-user searching and confirmed recommendations of the Association of American Medical Colleges on medical information science skills. PMID:3285930

  15. Medicaid beneficiaries in california reported less positive experiences when assigned to a managed care plan.

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    McDonnell, Diana D; Graham, Carrie L

    2015-03-01

    In 2011 California began transitioning approximately 340,000 seniors and people with disabilities from Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) to Medicaid managed care plans. When beneficiaries did not actively choose a managed care plan, the state assigned them to one using an algorithm based on their previous FFS primary and specialty care use. When no clear link could be established, beneficiaries were assigned by default to a managed care plan based on weighted randomization. In this article we report the results of a telephone survey of 1,521 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) and who were recently transitioned to a managed care plan. We found that 48 percent chose their own plan, 11 percent were assigned to a plan by algorithm, and 41 percent were assigned to a plan by default. People in the latter two categories reported being similarly less positive about their experiences compared to beneficiaries who actively chose a plan. Many states in addition to California are implementing mandatory transitions of Medicaid-only beneficiaries to managed care plans. Our results highlight the importance of encouraging beneficiaries to actively choose their health plan; when beneficiaries do not choose, states should employ robust intelligent assignment algorithms.

  16. One-stop shopping: efforts to integrate physical and behavioral health care in five California community health centers.

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    Pourat, Nadereh; Hadler, Max W; Dixon, Brittany; Brindis, Claire

    2015-01-01

    More than 70 percent of behavioral health conditions are first diagnosed in the primary care setting. Yet physical and behavioral health care are typically provided separately, compelling many vulnerable patients to navigate the complexities of two separate systems of care. This policy brief examines five community health centers (CHCs) in California that have taken preliminary steps toward creating "one-stop shopping" for both physical and behavioral health care. The steps taken to increase integration by the CHCs include employing behavioral health providers, using a single electronic health record that includes both physical and behavioral health data, transforming the physical space, and developing mechanisms for effective transition of patients between providers. The findings emphasize the importance of changes to Medi-Cal reimbursement policies to promote same-day visits, as well as the importance of cultural changes to integrate behavioral health. They also highlight the need for comprehensive tools to assess and promote integration and to identify solutions for the most challenging activities required to achieve full integration.

  17. Using gait analysis to assess weight bearing in rats with Freund׳s complete adjuvant-induced monoarthritis to improve predictivity: Interfering with the cyclooxygenase and nerve growth factor pathways.

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    Ängeby Möller, Kristina; Berge, Odd-Geir; Finn, Anja; Stenfors, Carina; Svensson, Camilla I

    2015-06-05

    Lack of predictive power for drug effects has been a major criticism against animal pain models. It is therefore important to define the utility and limitations of different models. The aim of this study was to extend previous work on gait analysis as a tool to investigate pharmacological effects in monoarthritic rats, specifically to test the hypothesis that monoarthritis induced by Freund׳s complete adjuvant (FCA) provides a better estimate of overall analgesic efficacy of established, and novel, clinically effective and ineffective therapeutic approaches. Male rats injected intra-articularly into one ankle joint with FCA (1.0mg/ml) were treated with the monoclonal antibody to nerve growth factor (NGF), MEDI-578, the inhibitors of tropomyosin receptor kinases A, B and C (pan-Trk) AZ6623 or AZ7092, the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) inhibitor AZD1386, or the cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors naproxen, ibuprofen, valdecoxib or rofecoxib. Effects on weight bearing during locomotion were tested using video capture of print images. The apparent efficacy in this model was Trk inhibitors≥anti-NGF antibody>COX inhibitors. The TRPV1 inhibitor was ineffective. Together with previous data, the results support using gait-related parameters in the monoarthritis model. FCA as induction agent seems to provide a good overall prediction of analgesic efficacy in disorders with inflammatory joint pain.

  18. [Hypolipidemic and antihypertensive therapy in diabetic patients in the Czech Republic: notes on the VZP (General Health Insurance Company) Data].

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    Šnejdrlová, Michaela; Češka, Richard; Janíčková-Žďárská, Denisa; Honěk, Petr; Dušek, Pavel; Pavlík, Tomáš; Kvapil, Milan

    2015-11-01

    Diabetes mellitus and in particular type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most important risk factors of cardiovascular disease. To influence cardiovascular risk there is enormous important not only positive influence of glycemia, but also the treatment of diabetic dyslipidemia and hypertension. The present work provides an analysis of lipid-lowering and antihypertensive therapy for all diabetics registered with General Health Insurance Company in the period 2010-2013. In this time 866,570 patients with diabetes mellitus registered with General Health Insurance Company were treated, the majority of them were diabetics independent on insulin. Approximately half of the patients were observed by dialectologists and half of them by the doctors of other specialization. Out of antihypertensive medi-cation, patients were most often treated by drugs that affect the renin-angiotensin system, as well as beta-blockers and diuretics. Prescription of the lipid-lowering therapy, especially prescription of statins, in accordance with the guidelines, is increasing, but remains insufficient (at 2013 43.6% diabetics treated by dialectologists and 51.3% diabetics treated by GP´s didn´t have lipid lowering therapy). Inadequate use of combination lipid-lowering therapy was recorded too, still represented mainly by combination of statin and fibrate, but in coming years we expect (based on the positive results of the subanalysis IMPROVE-IT study), an increase of combination therapy statin and ezetimibe.

  19. Linear dimensions and volumes of human lungs

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    Hickman, David P.

    2012-03-30

    TOTAL LUNG Capacity is defined as “the inspiratory capacity plus the functional residual capacity; the volume of air contained in the lungs at the end of a maximal inspiration; also equals vital capacity plus residual volume” (from MediLexicon.com). Within the Results and Discussion section of their April 2012 Health Physics paper, Kramer et al. briefly noted that the lungs of their experimental subjects were “not fully inflated.” By definition and failure to obtain maximal inspiration, Kramer et. al. did not measure Total Lung Capacity (TLC). The TLC equation generated from this work will tend to underestimate TLC and does notmore » improve or update total lung capacity data provided by ICRP and others. Likewise, the five linear measurements performed by Kramer et. al. are only representative of the conditions of the measurement (i.e., not at-rest volume, but not fully inflated either). While there was significant work performed and the data are interesting, the data does not represent a maximal situation, a minimal situation, or an at-rest situation. Moreover, while interesting, the linear data generated by this study is limited by the conditions of the experiment and may not be fully comparative with other lung or inspiratory parameters, measures, or physical dimensions.« less

  20. The LHCb VELO upgrade

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    Dosil Suárez, Álvaro

    2016-07-01

    The upgrade of the LHCb experiment, planned for 2019, will transform the experiment to a trigger-less system reading out the full detector at 40 MHz event rate. All data reduction algorithms will be executed in a high-level software farm. The upgraded detector will run at luminosities of 2×1033 cm-2 s-1 and probe physics beyond the Standard Model in the heavy flavour sector with unprecedented precision. The Vertex Locator (VELO) is the silicon vertex detector surrounding the interaction region. The current detector will be replaced with a hybrid pixel system equipped with electronics capable of reading out at 40 MHz. The detector comprises silicon pixel sensors with 55×55 μm2 pitch, read out by the VeloPix ASIC, based on the TimePix/MediPix family. The hottest region will have pixel hit rates of 900 Mhits/s yielding a total data rate more than 3 Tbit/s for the upgraded VELO. The detector modules are located in a separate vacuum, separated from the beam vacuum by a thin custom made foil. The detector halves are retracted when the beams are injected and closed at stable beams, positioning the first sensitive pixel at 5.1 mm from the beams. The material budget will be minimised by the use of evaporative CO2 coolant circulating in microchannels within 400 μm thick silicon substrates.

  1. Placebo-controlled study in neuromyelitis optica—Ethical and design considerations

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    Cree, Bruce AC; Bennett, Jeffrey L; Sheehan, Mark; Cohen, Jeffrey; Hartung, Hans-Peter; Aktas, Orhan; Kim, Ho Jin; Paul, Friedemann; Pittock, Sean; Weinshenker, Brian; Wingerchuk, Dean; Fujihara, Kazuo; Cutter, Gary; Patra, Kaushik; Flor, Armando; Barron, Gerard; Madani, Soraya; Ratchford, John N; Katz, Eliezer

    2015-01-01

    Background: To date, no treatment for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) has been granted regulatory approval, and no controlled clinical studies have been reported. Objective: To design a placebo-controlled study in NMO that appropriately balances patient safety and clinical–scientific integrity. Methods: We assessed the “standard of care” for NMO to establish the ethical framework for a placebo-controlled trial. We implemented measures that balance the need for scientific robustness while mitigating the risks associated with a placebo-controlled study. The medical or scientific community, patient organizations, and regulatory authorities were engaged early in discussions on this placebo-controlled study, and their input contributed to the final study design. Results: The N-MOmentum study (NCT02200770) is a clinical trial that randomizes NMO patients to receive MEDI-551, a monoclonal antibody that depletes CD19+ B-cells, or placebo. The study design has received regulatory, ethical, clinical, and patient approval in over 100 clinical sites in more than 20 countries worldwide. Conclusion: The approach we took in the design of the N-MOmentum trial might serve as a roadmap for other rare severe diseases when there is no proven therapy and no established clinical development path. PMID:26666258

  2. Il ruolo svolto dall’attività lavorativa sull’ipertensione arteriosa

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    Barbini, N.; Gorini, G.; Ferrucci, L.; Biggeri, A.

    2009-01-01

    RIASSUNTO Introduzione I parametri di pressione arteriosa, sistolica (PAS) o diastolica (PAD) hanno costituito I’oggetto di numerosi studi, alcuni dei quali stabiliscono un’associazione tra I’aumnto di tali parametri e la mortalità, in particolare alle età medie. I fattori di rischio di ipertensione più frequentemente studiati sono il consumo di alcol, il fumo e I’origine etnica in riferimento sia alle differenze genetiche che nella condotta alimentare, mentre i fattori di origine professionale sono stati presi in considerazione più raramente e in maniera poco approfondita, inoltre sono state riferite notevoli differenze nelle pressioni arteriose medie di individui che svolgono professioni diverse. Sembra infatti che i “colletti blu” siano più a rischio dei “colletti bianchi”. Obiettivi Il nostro scopo è valutare se determinati rischi o vincoli connessi con l’attività professionale o determinati stili di vita rappresentano un fattore di rischio per l’ipertensione arteriosa in considerazioni dell’aumentare dell’età. Elementi specifici che rendano conto di questa relazione non sono stati ancora completamente chiariti e soprattutto i dati sulla popolazione italiana sono molto limitati. Metodi La metodologia di ricerca utilizzata è stata quella dell’indagine francese ESTEV (Derriennic, Touranchet, Volkoff) - VISAT (Marquie, Janson), studio epidemiologico longitudinale su oltre 23000 lavoratori attivata in Francia nel 1990 al fine di indagare gli effetti a lungo termine delle condizioni di lavoro, riferite all’intera vita professionale, sia sull’invecchiamento sia sulla salute dei lavoratori. Analoga indagine è stata avviata in Italia, nel 2000, in 6 Regioni, prendendo in esame i lavoratori dipendenti di diversi settori produttivi appartenenti a 5 coorti di età: da 32 a 52 anni con intervallo di 5 anni. Le rilevazioni sono state effettuate dai medici del lavoro di azienda attraverso 3 questionari: 1. sulle condizioni

  3. Natural Language Processing–Enabled and Conventional Data Capture Methods for Input to Electronic Health Records: A Comparative Usability Study

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    Sheehan, Barbara; Stetson, Peter; Bhatt, Ashish R; Field, Adele I; Patel, Chirag; Maisel, James Mark

    2016-01-01

    Background The process of documentation in electronic health records (EHRs) is known to be time consuming, inefficient, and cumbersome. The use of dictation coupled with manual transcription has become an increasingly common practice. In recent years, natural language processing (NLP)–enabled data capture has become a viable alternative for data entry. It enables the clinician to maintain control of the process and potentially reduce the documentation burden. The question remains how this NLP-enabled workflow will impact EHR usability and whether it can meet the structured data and other EHR requirements while enhancing the user’s experience. Objective The objective of this study is evaluate the comparative effectiveness of an NLP-enabled data capture method using dictation and data extraction from transcribed documents (NLP Entry) in terms of documentation time, documentation quality, and usability versus standard EHR keyboard-and-mouse data entry. Methods This formative study investigated the results of using 4 combinations of NLP Entry and Standard Entry methods (“protocols”) of EHR data capture. We compared a novel dictation-based protocol using MediSapien NLP (NLP-NLP) for structured data capture against a standard structured data capture protocol (Standard-Standard) as well as 2 novel hybrid protocols (NLP-Standard and Standard-NLP). The 31 participants included neurologists, cardiologists, and nephrologists. Participants generated 4 consultation or admission notes using 4 documentation protocols. We recorded the time on task, documentation quality (using the Physician Documentation Quality Instrument, PDQI-9), and usability of the documentation processes. Results A total of 118 notes were documented across the 3 subject areas. The NLP-NLP protocol required a median of 5.2 minutes per cardiology note, 7.3 minutes per nephrology note, and 8.5 minutes per neurology note compared with 16.9, 20.7, and 21.2 minutes, respectively, using the Standard

  4. Gateways to clinical trials.

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    Moral, M A; Tomillero, A

    2008-03-01

    Gateways to Clinical Trials are a guide to the most recent clinical trials in current literature and congresses. The data in the following tables has been retrieved from the Clinical Trials Knowledge Area of Prous Science Integrity, the drug discovery and development portal, http://integrity.prous.com. This issue focuses on the following selection of drugs: 131-I-Chlorotoxin, 423557; Abatacept, Ad.Egr.TNF.11D, Adalimumab, AE-941, Ambrisentan, AMR-001, Anacetrapib, Anakinra, Aripiprazole, Atazanavir sulfate; BAY-639044, Bazedoxifene acetate, Belimumab, Bevacizumab, Bortezomib, Botulinum toxin type B, Brivaracetam, Bucindolol hydrochloride; Carfilzomib, Carisbamate, CCX-282, CD20Bi, Ceftobiprole, Certolizumab pegol, CF-101, Cinacalcet hydrochloride, Cypher; Darifenacin hydrobromide, Degarelix acetate, Denosumab, Desvenlafaxine succinate, Dexlansoprazole, Dexverapamil, Drotrecogin alfa (activated), Duloxetine hydrochloride, Dutasteride; Efalizumab, EPs-7630, Escitalopram oxalate, Etoricoxib; Fluticasone furoate, Fondaparinux sodium, Fospropofol disodium; Hexadecyloxypropyl-cidofovir, HIV gp120/NefTat/AS02A, HPV-6/11/16/18; INCB-18424, Incyclinide, Inhalable human insulin, Insulin detemir; KNS-760704, KW-0761; Lacosamide, Lenalidomide, Levetiracetam, Licofelone, Lidocaine/prilocaine; mAb 216, MEDI-528, Men ACWY, Meningococcal C-CRM197 vaccine, Methylnaltrexone bromide; Nemifitide ditriflutate, Nicotine conjugate vaccine, Nilotinib hydrochloride monohydrate; Octaparin; Parathyroid hormone (human recombinant), Pegaptanib octasodium, Pitrakinra, Prasterone, Pregabalin; Ranelic acid distrontium salt, Rasagiline mesilate, Retigabine, Rimonabant, RTS,S/AS02D; Sarcosine, Sitaxentan sodium, Solifenacin succinate, Sunitinib malate; Taranabant, Taxus, Teduglutide, Teriparatide, Ticagrelor, Travoprost, TRU-015; USlipristal acetate, Urocortin 2; Vardenafil hydrochloride hydrate; YM-155, Yttrium 90 (90Y) ibritumomab tiuxetan; Zanolimumab, Zoledronic acid monohydrate, Zotarolimus

  5. Electromagnetic Reciprocity.

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    Aldridge, David F.

    2014-11-01

    A reciprocity theorem is an explicit mathematical relationship between two different wavefields that can exist within the same space - time configuration. Reciprocity theorems provi de the theoretical underpinning for mod ern full waveform inversion solutions, and also suggest practical strategies for speed ing up large - scale numerical modeling of geophysical datasets . In the present work, several previously - developed electromagnetic r eciprocity theorems are generalized to accommodate a broader range of medi um, source , and receiver types. Reciprocity relations enabling the interchange of various types of point sources and point receivers within a three - dimensional electromagnetic model are derived. Two numerical modeling algorithms in current use are successfully tested for adherence to reciprocity. Finally, the reciprocity theorem forms the point of departure for a lengthy derivation of electromagnetic Frechet derivatives. These mathe matical objects quantify the sensitivity of geophysical electromagnetic data to variatio ns in medium parameters, and thus constitute indispensable tools for solution of the full waveform inverse problem. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Sandia National Labor atories is a multi - program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE - AC04 - 94AL85000. Signif icant portions of the work reported herein were conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and CARBO Ceramics Incorporated. The author acknowledges Mr. Chad Cannan and Mr. Terry Pa lisch of CARBO Ceramics, and Ms. Amy Halloran, manager of SNL's Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences Department, for their interest in and encouragement of this work. Special thanks are due to Dr . Lewis C. Bartel ( recently retired from Sandia National Labo ratories and now a

  6. Hematological Parameters in Severe Complicated Plasmodium falciparum Malaria among Adults in Aden.

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    Bakhubaira, Sawsan

    2013-12-01

    Amaç: Komplike ağır sıtmalı hastalarda bazı hematolojik parametrelerin klinik sonuç ile ilişkisinin incelenmesi. Gereç ve Yöntemler: Aden vilayetinde iki yıllık sürede (2010-2012) tanı alan 77 komplike ağır sıtma hastasını içine alan prospektif bir çalışma yapıldı. Bulgular: Ağır sıtmanın çeşitli komplikasyonlarında hemoglobin konsantrasyonları önemli ölçüde farklı idi, bununla birlikte trombosit ve lökosit sayıları bu farklılığı göstermedi. Yaş ortalaması ölen hastalar arasında büyüktü. Hematolojik parametreler, ölen ya da hayatta kalan hastalar arasında önemli derecede farklı değildi. Trombositopeni oranı %42,9 idi ve bunların %18,2’sinde sayı 50,0 x109/L’den küçüktü. Ancak hiçbirinde kanama gelişmedi. Sonuç: Bu çalışma ile, hematolojik değişikliklerin ağır sıtmada sık karşılaşılan komplikasyonlar olduğu fakat klinik sonuç ile ilişkili olmadığı sonucuna varılmıştır.

  7. Dabigatran etexilate: a review of its use in the treatment of acute venous thromboembolism and prevention of venous thromboembolism recurrence.

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    Greig, Sarah L; McKeage, Kate

    2014-10-01

    Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa(®), Prazaxa(®)) has recently been approved for the treatment of acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) and prevention of VTE recurrence. Dabigatran etexilate is an oral prodrug of dabigatran, a selective, reversible, competitive, direct thrombin inhibitor. Dabigatran etexilate has a wide therapeutic range that allows for fixed-dose administration without the need for routine monitoring, a requirement of standard vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy. In randomized phase III trials in patients with acute VTE (RE-COVER and RE-COVER II), long-term treatment with oral dabigatran etexilate 150 mg twice daily for 6 months after initial parenteral anticoagulation was noninferior to dose-adjusted warfarin with regard to the incidence of recurrent symptomatic VTE or related death. In randomized trials of patients with previously treated VTE, extended dabigatran etexilate treatment was noninferior to warfarin (RE-MEDY) and significantly more effective than placebo (RE-SONATE) with regard to the incidence of recurrent VTE or related death. Dabigatran etexilate was generally well tolerated, with a similar incidence of major bleeding to that with warfarin in individual studies (although pooled data showed a significantly lower incidence in patients with acute VTE), and significantly lower incidences of the combined endpoint of major or clinically relevant nonmajor bleeding and of any bleeding than with warfarin. However, in the RE-SONATE trial, dabigatran etexilate was associated with a higher risk of bleeding than placebo. In conclusion, dabigatran etexilate is a valuable treatment option for acute VTE and prevention of VTE recurrence, providing an effective and convenient alternative to standard VKA therapy with the potential for a lower overall rate of bleeding.

  8. Scenarios of Future Water use on Mediterranean Islands based on an Integrated Assessment of Water Management

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    Lange, M. A.

    2006-12-01

    The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality presents considerable problems on Mediterranean islands. Because of their isolation and thus the impossibility to draw on more distant or more divers aquifers, they rely entirely on precipitation as natural replenishing mechanism. Recent observations indicate decreasing precipitation, increasing evaporation and steadily growing demand for water on the islands. Future climate change will exacerbate this problem, thus increasing the already pertinent vulnerability to droughts. Responsible planning of water management strategies requires scenarios of future supply and demand through an integrated assessment including climate scenarios based on regional climate modeling as well as scenarios on changes in societal and economical determinants of water demand. Constructing such strategies necessitates a thorough understanding about the interdependencies and feedbacks between physical/hydrological and socio-economic determinants of water balances on an island. This has to be based on a solid understanding of past and present developments of these drivers. In the framework of the EU-funded MEDIS project (Towards sustainable water use on Mediterranean Islands: addressing conflicting demands and varying hydrological, social and economic conditions, EVK1-CT-2001-00092), detailed investigations on present vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies to droughts have been carried out on Mallorca, Corsica, Sicily, Crete and Cyprus. This was based on an interdisciplinary study design including hydrological, geophysical, agricultural-, social and political sciences investigations. A central element of the study has been the close interaction with stakeholders on the islands and their contribution to strategy formulation. An important result has been a specification of vulnerability components including: a physical/environmental-, an economical/regulatory- and a social/institutional/political component. Their

  9. Biological and clinical outcomes in the elderly with left ventricular dysfunction: Are there differences between on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting?

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    Concistrè, Giovanni; Dell'Aquila, Angelo Maria; Piccardo, Alessandro; Pansini, Stefano; Gargiulo, Raffaele; Gallo, Alina; Merlanti, Bruno; Passerone, Giancarlo; Regesta, Tommaso

    2015-01-01

    Il nostro studio ha lo scopo di confrontare gli eventi clinici ed i dati laboratoristici postoperatori di pazienti anziani coronaropatici con disfunzione ventricolare sinistra, sottoposti a rivascolarizzazione miocardica chirurgica eseguita con o senza ausilio della circolazione extracorporea. Studi recenti hanno evidenziato i vantaggi dell’intervento a cuore battente nei pazienti anziani, riportando una riduzione della morbidità postoperatoria e della disfunzione di organo. Tuttavia questi studi non analizzano l’impatto della disfunzione ventricolare sinistra sugli eventi postoperatori precoci e tardivi nei pazienti ad alto rischio. Abbiamo esaminato retrospettivamente 90 pazienti di età superiore ai 75 anni, con frazione di eiezione preoperatoria < 50%, sottoposti a bypass aortocoronarico, senza altre procedure cardiochirurgiche associate, tra Gennaio 2000 e Luglio 2009 presso il nostro Centro. I pazienti sono stati divisi in 2 gruppi: pazienti operati senza ausilio della circolazione extracorporea (a cuore battente) e pazienti operati con l’ausilio della circolazione extracorporea (a cuore fermo). Abbiamo confrontato I livelli sierici postoperatori degli enzimi CK, CK-MB e troponina T, indici di danno miocardico, e gli eventi cerebrovascolari. La mortalità intraospedaliera totale era del 2% (2 pazienti su 90) e simile in entrambi i gruppi (p=0.8336). I livelli medi di troponina T a 6, 24, 48 ore dopo l’intervento erano significativamente più bassi nei pazienti operati a cuore battente (p=0.0001; p=0.0021; p=0.0070). Non c’era una differenza statisticamente significativa nei 2 gruppi in termini di sopravvivenza (p=0.0764) e di eventi cerebrovascolari (p=0.3016) nell’immediato postoperatorio ed a 10 anni. I nostri risultati dunque mostrano che il non utilizzo della circolazione extracorporea nei pazienti ad alto rischio determinerebbe una più bassa incidenza di danno miocardico; tuttavia ciò sembra non influenzare a lungo termine la sopravvivenza

  10. Evaluation of different emission inventories on the O3 and CO evolution within the CTM MOCAGE during the Pre-ChArMEx TRAQA campaign

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    Parmentier, Jonathan; El Amraoui, Laaziz; Attié, Jean-Luc; Josse, Béatrice; Arteta, Joaquim; Joly, Mathieu; Marécal, Virginie; Plu, Matthieu

    2014-05-01

    The chemistry-transport model MOCAGE, using meteorological forcings can use different emission inventories to describe and model numerous trace gases in the atmosphere. Each emission inventory has its specific resolution and its own variability. We present a study of the influence of two different inventories on the MOCAGE simulations. We use the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and the MACC (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate) inventories. This comparison concerns the atmospheric species of ozone and carbon monoxide. For this study, we performed a new nested domain within the version of MOCAGE at global scale(called MEDI02). This new domain has high horizontal resolution (0.2°x0.2°) and is centred on the Mediterranean basin. To guarantee the consistency of different chemical species in both domains, the boarders of the nested domain are controlled by the global domain. The evaluation of both emission inventories will be done by comparing MOCAGE fields to those measured during the Pre-ChArMEx TRAQA campaign 2012. The TRAQA (TRAnsport à longue distance et Qualité de l'Air sur le bassin méditerranéen) campaign took place on the Mediterranean basin from June 26 to July 11, 2012. During this experiment the ATR-42 aircraft of Météo-France and atmospheric balloons, operated by CNES, have been used to measure trace gases and aerosols. More than 60h of flight measurements and as many as during 7 Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) with radio-sounding balloons and Boundary Layer Pressurized Balloons (BLPB).

  11. A comprehensive operating room information system using the Kinect sensors and RFID.

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    Nouei, Mahyar Taghizadeh; Kamyad, Ali Vahidian; Soroush, Ahmad Reza; Ghazalbash, Somayeh

    2015-04-01

    Occasionally, surgeons do need various types of information to be available rapidly, efficiently and safely during surgical procedures. Meanwhile, they need to free up hands throughout the surgery to necessarily access the mouse to control any application in the sterility mode. In addition, they are required to record audio as well as video files, and enter and save some data. This is an attempt to develop a comprehensive operating room information system called "Medinav" to tackle all mentioned issues. An integrated and comprehensive operating room information system is introduced to be compatible with Health Level 7 (HL7) and digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM). DICOM is a standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. Besides, a natural user interface (NUI) is designed specifically for operating rooms where touch-less interactions with finger and hand tracking are in use. Further, the system could both record procedural data automatically, and view acquired information from multiple perspectives graphically. A prototype system is tested in a live operating room environment at an Iranian teaching hospital. There are also contextual interviews and usability satisfaction questionnaires conducted with the "MediNav" system to investigate how useful the proposed system could be. The results reveal that integration of these systems into a complete solution is the key to not only stream up data and workflow but maximize surgical team usefulness as well. It is now possible to comprehensively collect and visualize medical information, and access a management tool with a touch-less NUI in a rather quick, practical, and harmless manner.

  12. Gesundes Kinzigtal Integrated Care: improving population health by a shared health gain approach and a shared savings contract

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    H., Hildebrandt; C., Hermann; R., Knittel; M., Richter-Reichhelm; A., Siegel; W., Witzenrath

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Integrated care solutions need supportive financial incentives. In this paper, we describe the financial architecture and operative details of the integrated pilot Gesundes Kinzigtal. Description of integrated care case Located in Southwest Germany, Gesundes Kinzigtal is one of the few population-based integrated care approaches in Germany, organising care across all health service sectors and indications. The system serving around half of the population of the region is run by a regional health management company (Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH) in cooperation with the physicians' network in the region (MQNK), a German health care management company with a background in medical sociology and health economics (OptiMedis AG) and with two statutory health insurers (among them is the biggest health insurer in Southwest Germany: AOK Baden-Württemberg). Discussion and (preliminary) conclusion The shared savings contract between Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH and the two health insurers, providing financial incentives for managers and health care providers to realize a substantial efficiency gain, could be an appropriate contractual base of Gesundes Kinzigtal's population health gain approach. This approach is based on the assumption that a more effective trans-sector organization of Germany's health care system and increased investments in well-designed preventive programmes will lead to a reduction in morbidity, and in particular to a reduced incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases. This, in turn, is to lead to a comparative reduction in health care cost. Although the comparative cost in the Kinzigtal region has been reduced from the onset of Gesundes Kinzigtal Integrated Care, only future research will have to demonstrate whether—and to what extent—cost reduction may be attributed to a real population health gain. PMID:20689772

  13. [FAMILY EATING HABITS AND PERCEPTION OF RISK IN EATING DISORDERS].

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    Rodríguez Lazo, María; Hernández Camacho, Juan Diego; Bolaños Ríos, Patricia; Ruiz-Prieto, Inmaculada; Jáuregui Lobera, Ignacio

    2015-10-01

    Introducción: los aspectos relacionados con la comida, la figura, el peso y el ejercicio físico, transmitidos de padres a hijos, y los factores socioculturales de índole mediática, como las redes sociales, pueden influir en el desarrollo de Trastornos de la Conducta Alimentaria (TCA). Objetivos: analizar la influencia de la alimentación familiar y la percepción de esta sobre la influencia de las redes sociales en el inicio y mantenimiento del TCA. Método: 30 padres de pacientes con TCA participaron voluntariamente en este estudio cumplimentando una serie de cuestionarios, y recogiéndose su peso y talla. Resultados: se observa una subestimación del peso en casos de sobrepeso (33,33%) y obesidad (25%), ya que ni siquiera se plantean realizar una dieta futura (91,67% y 25%, respectivamente) (2 = 11,31; p < 0,01). Destaca un exceso en el consumo de carnes, snacks y dulces. Durante el fin de semana hay un incremento en el consumo de kcal y azúcar (p < 0,01) y colesterol (p < 0,05), disminuyendo la ingesta de fibra, Fe, Zn y Mg (p < 0,01). Asimismo, se consume menos agua y pan, aumentando el picoteo (p < 0,01) y la frecuencia de aparición de un único plato (p < 0,05). Discusión y conclusiones: los hábitos alimentarios de estos familiares mejoran gracias a la educación nutricional incluida en el tratamiento. Los familiares no perciben adecuadamente el riesgo de las redes sociales en sus hijos, pudiendo contribuir al mantenimiento y a futuras recaídas del TCA.

  14. Performance of QuantiFERON TB Gold test in detecting latent tuberculosis infection in brain-dead organ donors in Iran: a brief report.

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    Tabarsi, Payam; Yousefzadeh, Amir; Najafizadeh, Katayoun; Droudinia, Atousa; Bayati, Rouzbeh; Marjani, Majid; Shafaghi, Shadi; Farokhzad, Banafsheh; Javanmard, Pedram; Velayati, Ali Akbar

    2014-11-01

    With regard to the significant morbidity and mortality due to tuberculosis in lung transplant recipients, the identification of brain-dead organ donors with latent tuberculosis by use of the QuantiFERON TB Gold (QFT-G) test may be of help to reduce the risk of TB reactivation and mortality in lung recipients. This study was conducted in the National Research Institute of Tuber-culosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD) in Iran, from January to March 2013. A total of 38 conse-cutive brain-dead donors, not currently infected with active tuberculosis, were recruited. The medi-cal records of all the study enrollees were reviewed. A whole-blood IFN- release assay (IGRA) in reaction to early secreted antigenic target 6 (ESAT-6), culture filtrate protein 10 (CFP-10), and TB7.7 antigens, was performed and the released Interferon- was measured via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The data was analyzed with QFT-G software which was provided by the company. The demographic, characteristics and other variables were entered into SPSS version 11.5. The QFT-G test results of three donors (7.9%) turned out to be positive, negative for 24 donors (63.1%), and indeterminate for 11 cases (28.9%). Our study revealed the potential advantages of QFT-G in lowering the incidence of donor-derived post-transplant tuberculosis among lung recipients. However, a high rate of indeterminate results restricted the performance of QFT-G in this study.

  15. [Nursing students' satisfaction and perception of their first clinical placement: observational study].

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    Comparcini, Dania; Simonetti, Valentina; Tomietto, Marco; Galli, Francesco; Fiorani, Catia; Di Labio, Luisa; Cicolini, Giancarlo

    2014-01-01

    Background. Gli ambienti di apprendimento clinico sono definiti come una rete di fattori interagenti nel contesto, in grado di influenzare gli esiti dell’apprendimento degli studenti. La soddisfazione degli studenti è considerata un indicatore del raggiungimento degli esiti dell’apprendimento ed è determinante a partire dalla prima esperienza di tirocinio. Scopo. Analizzare l’esperienza di apprendimento clinico degli studenti infermieri del primo anno di corso dopo il primo tirocinio clinico ed identificare i principali determinanti della soddisfazione degli studenti. Metodo. Lo studio osservazionale è stato realizzato in cinque sedi universitarie italiane del Corso di Laurea in Infermieristica. 420 studenti hanno compilato la versione italiana della “Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and plus Nurse Teacher (CLES+T) scale” al termine del primo tirocinio clinico. Risultati. I punteggi medi assegnati alle dimensioni della scala variano da 4.02 (clima di apprendimento) a 3.30 (relazione di tutorato). La maggior parte degli studenti è soddisfatto della propria esperienza di tirocinio (75.6%), ma sono emerse differenze in relazione alle diverse sedi di tirocinio clinico. Discussione. I principali determinanti della soddisfazione sono lo stile di leadership del coordinatore infermieristico e l’integrazione teoria-pratica nella relazione fra tutor clinico, universitario e studente. Conclusioni. I risultati dello studio contribuiscono alla comprensione della prima esperienza di tirocinio degli studenti. Tuttavia, sono necessarie ulteriori ricerche per determinare le variabili organizzative specifiche e i modelli tutoriali in grado di aumentare la soddisfazione degli studenti, per sviluppare strategie formative basate sull’integrazione tra tutor universitari e guide di tirocinio.

  16. The role of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency and healthcare professionals in post-marketing safety.

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    Mori, Kazuhiko; Watanabe, Meguru; Horiuchi, Naoya; Tamura, Atsushi; Kutsumi, Hiromu

    2014-04-01

    The development of drugs and medical devices is necessary for medical progress; however, safety measures need to be put in place to protect the health of the population. In order to ensure the safety of drugs and medical devices, it is important to determine measures for appropriate management of risks at any time during the development phase, the regulatory review and the post-marketing phase. Adverse events detected in clinical trials are limited due to the restricted numbers of patients enrolled in the trials. Therefore, it is almost impossible to predict rare serious adverse events during the post-marketing phase. The revised Pharmaceutical Affairs Act was established in Japan in November 20, 2013. The new act focuses on increased safety of drugs and medical devices. The Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) is the regulatory authority in Japan that promotes safety measures from the development phase through to the post-marketing phase. In the post-marketing phase, the PMDA collects information from the medical product companies and healthcare professionals, as well as instructing and advising them with regard to post-marketing safety measures for each drug and medical device. Since Japan has a national health insurance system, a new drug or a medical device is available throughout the country when the drug price or medical fee is listed in the National Health Insurance price list. Healthcare professionals in medical institutions must learn about the drugs and medical devices they handle, and should make an effort to maintain patient safety. The PMDA medi-navi is a very useful electronic mail delivery service that provides critical information for protecting patients from health hazards caused by adverse events. The 'risk management plan' is also important as it contains important information about safety profile and post-marketing measures of a new drug.

  17. [Drug-drug interactions: interactions between xenobiotics].

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    Haen, E

    2014-04-01

    Drug-drug interactions (DDI) are a major topic in programs for continuous medical education (CME). Many physicians are afraid of being trapped into charges of malpractice; however, DDI cannot be avoided in many cases. They belong to routine medical practice and it is often impossible to avoid them. Moreover, they do not just occur between drugs but between any kind of foreign substance (xenobiotica), such as food (e.g. grapefruit juice, broccoli, barbecue) as well as legal (e.g. tobacco smoke, caffeine and alcohol) and illegal drugs. Therefore, the medical challenge is not just to avoid any interaction. Instead the physician faces the question of how to proceed with drug treatment in the presence of such interactions. Based on the medical education a physician has to judge first of all whether there is a risk for interactions in the prescription being planned for an individual patient. The classification of interactions proposed in this article (PD1-PD4, PK1-PK3) might help as a sort of check list. For more detailed information the physician can then consult one of the many databases available on the internet, such as PSIAConline (http://www.psiac.de) and MediQ (http://www.mediq.ch). Pharmacokinetic interactions can be easily assessed, monitored and controlled by therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). Besides these tools it is important to keep in mind that nobody knows everything; even physicians do not know everything. So take pride in asking someone who might help and for this purpose AGATE offers a drug information service AID (http://www.amuep-agate.de). Just good for nothing, without being based on any kind of medical approach are computer programs that judge prescriptions without taking into account a patient's individual peculiarities. In case these types of programs produce red exclamation marks or traffic lights to underline their judgment, they might even work in a contrapuntal way by just eliciting insecurity and fear.

  18. Cigarette Smoking and Cardiovascular Risk in Young Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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    Morotti, Elena; Battaglia, Bruno; Fabbri, Raffaella; Paradisi, Roberto; Venturoli, Stefano; Battaglia, Cesare

    2014-01-01

    Background: To verify if in lean polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients, the smok- ing habitude might increase the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Materials and Methods: In this prospective observational study, eighty-one women were divided into the following three groups: group I with 27 non-smokers, group II with 26 light-smokers (1-10 cigarettes/day), and group III with 28 heavy smokers (>10 cigarettes/ day). They were submitted to fasting blood sampling; blood measurement of nitrites/ni- trates (NO2-/ NO3), biochemical and hormonal parameters; ovarian ultrasonographic (US) analysis; doppler evaluation of uterine and ophthalmic arteries; brachial artery flow-medi- ated vasodilatation; 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; and oral glucose toler- ance test (OGTT). Results: Doppler analysis revealed higher uterine and ophthalmic arteries pulsatility in- dex (PI) and ophthalmic artery back pressure in group III compared with group I. The brachial artery diameter and PI, at baseline, was similar among all groups. After the re- active hyperemia, a more intense vasodilatation was observed in group I in comparison with group III. The 24-hour blood pressure demonstrated that, in group III patients, the 24-hour, day- and night-time diastolic blood pressure (DBP), was higher in comparison with non-smokers. The atherogenic index of plasma (AIP) was higher in heavy smokers than in non-smokers. The leukocytes and homocysteine (HCY) values were increased in group III. The NO2-/ NO3- plasma levels were reduced in heavy smokers in compari- son with non-smokers. The insulin, glucose and C-peptide plasma values were higher in group III than in other groups. In heavy smokers, the estimates of insulin sensitivity (ISI) and pancreatic β-cell function (HOMA-B) were higher compared to the other groups. Conclusion: Smoking habitude in lean PCOS patients may increase the soft markers of CV risk. PMID:24520500

  19. N-terminal or signal peptide sequence engineering prevents truncation of human monoclonal antibody light chains.

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    Gibson, S J; Bond, N J; Milne, S; Lewis, A; Sheriff, A; Pettman, G; Pradhan, R; Higazi, D R; Hatton, D

    2017-03-28

    Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) contain short N-terminal signal peptides on each individual polypeptide that comprises the mature antibody, targeting them for export from the cell in which they are produced. The signal peptide is cleaved from each heavy chain (Hc) and light chain (Lc) polypeptide after translocation to the ER and prior to secretion. This process is generally highly efficient, producing a high proportion of correctly cleaved Hc and Lc polypeptides. However, mis-cleavage of the signal peptide can occur, resulting in truncation or elongation at the N-terminus of the Hc or Lc. This is undesirable for antibody manufacturing as it can impact efficacy and can result in product heterogeneity. Here, we describe a truncated variant of the Lc that was detected during a routine developability assessment of the recombinant human IgG1 MEDI8490 in Chinese hamster ovary cells. We found that the truncation of the Lc was caused due to the use of the murine Hc signal peptide together with a lambda Lc containing an SYE amino acid motif at the N-terminus. This truncation was not caused by mis-processing of the mRNA encoding the Lc and was not dependent on expression platform (transient or stable), the scale of the fed-batch culture or clonal lineage. We further show that using alternative signal peptides or engineering the Lc SYE N-terminal motif prevented the truncation and that this strategy will improve Lc homogeneity of other SYE lambda Lc-containing mAbs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  20. Should Providers Give Women Advance Provision of Emergency Contraceptive Pills? A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

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    Foster, Diana G.; Raine, Tina R.; Brindis, Claire; Rostovtseva, Daria P.; Darney, Philip D.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose We sought to determine the potential effect and cost-effectiveness of different means of accessing emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) on unintended pregnancy rates in sexually active women. Methods We used a computer simulation model to compare the effects of advance provision, on-demand provision, and no use of ECP on unintended pregnancies and costs of care in three hypothetical cohorts of 1 million sexually active women. Data on effectiveness of ECP from the single-use clinical trials, and costs from Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program were used for the model. Findings Advance provision of ECP is projected to avert a greater or the same percentage of unintended pregnancies compared with on-demand provision, with the greatest percentage of pregnancies averted (66%) in low-risk women with advance provision. In the simulation model, the percentage of pregnancies averted decreases as the frequency of unprotected intercourse increases and ECP use decreases. In all scenarios, the cost-savings ratio—the number of dollars saved on averted pregnancy expenditures for each dollar spent on advance ECP—is greater than one. Conclusion Advance provision of ECP has the potential to avert unintended pregnancies and reduce medical expenditures. The most likely reason that the advance provision trials fail to demonstrate reductions in pregnancy rates is a result of a combination of small study sizes, the use of ECP in both treatment and control groups, and a failure to take into account a realistic range of rates of unprotected intercourse and imperfect ECP use. PMID:20620913

  1. Effects of short-term chemical disinfection of gutta-percha cones: identification of affected microbes and alterations in surface texture and physical properties.

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    Pang, Nan-Shim; Jung, Il-Young; Bae, Kwang-Shik; Baek, Seung-Ho; Lee, Woo-Cheol; Kum, Kee-Yeon

    2007-05-01

    The aims of this study were to identify microorganisms on the surface of gutta-percha (GP) cones using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and to evaluate the sterilization effect of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), 2% chlorhexidine (CHX), and ChloraPrep on these bacteria. Alterations of the surface texture and physical properties of GP cone after chemical sterilization were compared. A total of 150 GP cones were randomly selected in endodontic clinics, and a PCR assay was performed to identify the contaminating microorganisms. After inoculation with the same microorganisms followed by drying for 1 day, the GP cones were immersed in the three chemical disinfectants. The sterilization effects were assessed by measuring the turbidity and through subculturing. The changes in surface texture were observed by scanning electron microscopy, and Instron 5500 (Instron Corp, Canton, MA) was used to measure the tensile strength and elongation rate of the GP cones after chemical sterilization. Statistical analysis was performed. Results indicate that 19.4% of GP cones from the clinic were contaminated, and all the species belonged to the genus Staphylococcus. Three chemical disinfectants were all effective in the rapid disinfection of GP cones against Staphylococcus spp, and 1-minute immersion of the GP cones was adequate for disinfection. Microphotographs of the NaOCl-soaked cone showed a cluster of cuboidal crystals. The tensile strength between the NaOCl- and CHX-soaked groups was significantly different (p<0.05), but there was no significant difference between the NaOCl- and ChloraPrep-soaked groups (p>0.05). All disinfectants significantly increased the elongation rate of the GP cones compared with fresh GP cones (p<0.05), especially in the ChloraPrep (Medi-flex, Leawood, KS). These results show that the three chemical disinfectants are effective agents for the rapid sterilization of GP cones. However, further research will be needed to determine the clinical relevance of

  2. Mycobactericidal activity of selected disinfectants using a quantitative suspension test.

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    Griffiths, P A; Babb, J R; Fraise, A P

    1999-02-01

    In this study, a quantitative suspension test carried out under both clean and dirty conditions was used to assess the activity of various instrument and environmental disinfectants against the type strain NCTC 946 and an endoscope washer disinfector isolate of Mycobacterium chelonae, Mycobacterium fortuitum NCTC 10,394, Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37 Rv NCTC 7416 and a clinical isolate of Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI). The disinfectants tested were; a chlorine releasing agent, sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) at 1000 ppm and 10,000 ppm av Cl; chlorine dioxide at 1100 ppm av ClO2 (Tristel, MediChem International Limited); 70% industrial methylated spirits (IMS); 2% alkaline glutaraldehyde (Asep, Galan); 10% succinedialdehyde and formaldehyde mixture (Gigasept, Schulke & Mayr); 0.35% peracetic acid (NuCidex, Johnson & Johnson); and a peroxygen compound at 1% and 3% (Virkon, Antec International). Results showed that the clinical isolate of MAI was much more resistant than M. tuberculosis to all the disinfectants, while the type strains of M. chelonae and M. fortuitum were far more sensitive. The washer disinfector isolate of M. chelonae was extremely resistant to 2% alkaline activated glutaraldehyde and appeared to be slightly more resistant than the type strain to Nu-Cidex, Gigasept, Virkon and the lower concentration of NaDCC. This study has shown peracetic acid (Nu-Cidex), chlorine dioxide (Tristel), alcohol (IMS) and high concentrations of a chlorine releasing agent (NaDCC) are rapidly mycobactericidal. Glutaraldehyde, although effective, is a slow mycobactericide. Gigasept and Virkon are poor mycobactericidal agents and are not therefore recommended for instruments or spillage if mycobacteria are likely to be present.

  3. The risks of venous thromboembolic disease among German women using oral contraceptives: a database study.

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    Farmer, R D; Todd, J C; Lewis, M A; MacRae, K D; Williams, T J

    1998-02-01

    This study investigated the risk of venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) between second and third generation combined oral contraceptives, using the German MediPlus database of patient records. Women studied included 42 patients between the ages of 18 and 49 years, with a diagnosis of VTE treated with an anticoagulant, who were exposed to an oral contraceptive (OC). Four controls per patient (168), matched by year of birth and exposure to an OC on the even day, were identified. More women were users of second generation than third generation OC, and none were using progestogen-only pills. There was no significant difference between patients and control subjects with respect to the type of OC used on the event day (unadjusted odds ratio for third versus second generation users was 0.77; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.38-1.57). There was no significant age difference between second and third generation users among patients or control subjects. Between January 1 and the event date, there was no significant difference between the patients and control subjects in terms of the number of oral contraceptive prescriptions, number of consultations for psychotherapeutic complaints, or mixed physical and psychotherapeutic consultations; however, patients did demonstrate significantly more consultations for purely physical complaints compared with control subjects (p < 0.0001). There were no significant consultation differences between patients with pulmonary emboli (n = 6) and other VTE patients (n = 36). No significant differences with respect to VTE risk between users of second and third generation oral contraceptives were found in this study. Consultations (physical) for patients were higher than for control subjects before the VTE event. If consultation rate relates to the general health status of a person, this might indicate that VTE risk is higher among women of poorer health, but that this is not related to the type of progestogen in the oral contraceptive that they use.

  4. Environmental and individual attributes associated with child maltreatment resulting in hospitalization or death.

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    Thurston, Holly; Freisthler, Bridget; Bell, Janice; Tancredi, Daniel; Romano, Patrick S; Miyamoto, Sheridan; Joseph, Jill G

    2017-03-02

    Maltreatment continues to be a leading cause of death for young children. Researchers are beginning to uncover which neighborhood attributes may be associated with maltreatment outcomes. However, few studies have been able to explore these influences while controlling for individual family attributes, and none have been able to parse out the most severe outcomes-injuries resulting in hospitalization or death. This study utilizes a retrospective, case-control design on a dataset containing both individual and environmental level attributes of children who have been hospitalized or died due to maltreatment to explore the relative influence of attributes inside and outside the household walls. Binary conditional logistic regression was used to model the outcome as a function of the individual and environmental level predictors. Separate analyses also separated the outcome by manner of maltreatment: abuse or neglect. Finally, a sub-analysis included protective predictors representing access to supportive resources. Findings indicate that neighborhood attributes were similar for both cases and controls, except in the neglect only model, wherein impoverishment was associated with higher odds of serious maltreatment. Dense housing increased risk in all models except the neglect only model. In a sub-analysis, distance to Family Resource Centers was inversely related to serious maltreatment. In all models, variables representing more extreme intervention and/or removal of the victim and/or perpetrator from the home (foster care or criminal court involvement) were negatively associated with the risk of becoming a case. Medi-Cal insurance eligibility of a child was also negatively associated with becoming a case. Government interventions may be playing a critical role in child protection. More research is needed to ascertain how these interventions assert their influence.

  5. Anti program death-1/anti program death-ligand 1 in digestive cancers

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    de Guillebon, Eléonore; Roussille, Pauline; Frouin, Eric; Tougeron, David

    2015-01-01

    Human tumors tend to activate the immune system regulatory checkpoints as a means of escaping immunosurveillance. For instance, interaction between program death-1 (PD-1) and program death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) will lead the activated T cell to a state of anergy. PD-L1 is upregulated on a wide range of cancer cells. Anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), called immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), have consequently been designed to restore T cell activity. Accumulating data are in favor of an association between PD-L1 expression in tumors and response to treatment. A PD-L1 expression is present in 30% to 50% of digestive cancers. Multiple anti-PD-1 (nivolumab, pembrolizumab) and anti-PD-L1 mAbs (MPDL3280A, Medi4736) are under evaluation in digestive cancers. Preliminary results in metastatic gastric cancer with pembrolizumab are highly promising and phase II will start soon. In metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), a phase III trial of MPDL3280A as maintenance therapy will shortly be initiated. Trials are also ongoing in metastatic CRC with high immune T cell infiltration (i.e., microsatellite instability). Major challenges are ahead in order to determine how, when and for which patients we should use these ICIs. New radiologic criteria to evaluate tumor response to ICIs are awaiting prospective validation. The optimal therapeutic sequence and association with cytotoxic chemotherapy needs to be established. Finally, biomarker identification will be crucial to selection of patients likely to benefit from ICIs. PMID:26306141

  6. Anti program death-1/anti program death-ligand 1 in digestive cancers.

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    de Guillebon, Eléonore; Roussille, Pauline; Frouin, Eric; Tougeron, David

    2015-08-15

    Human tumors tend to activate the immune system regulatory checkpoints as a means of escaping immunosurveillance. For instance, interaction between program death-1 (PD-1) and program death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) will lead the activated T cell to a state of anergy. PD-L1 is upregulated on a wide range of cancer cells. Anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), called immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), have consequently been designed to restore T cell activity. Accumulating data are in favor of an association between PD-L1 expression in tumors and response to treatment. A PD-L1 expression is present in 30% to 50% of digestive cancers. Multiple anti-PD-1 (nivolumab, pembrolizumab) and anti-PD-L1 mAbs (MPDL3280A, Medi4736) are under evaluation in digestive cancers. Preliminary results in metastatic gastric cancer with pembrolizumab are highly promising and phase II will start soon. In metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), a phase III trial of MPDL3280A as maintenance therapy will shortly be initiated. Trials are also ongoing in metastatic CRC with high immune T cell infiltration (i.e., microsatellite instability). Major challenges are ahead in order to determine how, when and for which patients we should use these ICIs. New radiologic criteria to evaluate tumor response to ICIs are awaiting prospective validation. The optimal therapeutic sequence and association with cytotoxic chemotherapy needs to be established. Finally, biomarker identification will be crucial to selection of patients likely to benefit from ICIs.

  7. Hepatitis B virus in Pakistan: A systematic review of prevalence, risk factors, awareness status and genotypes

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    2011-01-01

    In Pakistan, there are estimated 7-9 million carriers of hepatitis B virus (HBV) with a carrier rate of 3-5%. This article reviews the available literature about the prevalence, risk factors, awareness status and genotypes of the HBV in Pakistan by using key words; HBV prevalence, risk factors, awareness status and genotypes in Pakistani population in PubMed, PakMediNet, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Google Scholar. One hundred and six different studies published from 1998 to 2010 were included in this study. Weighted mean and standard deviation were determined for each population group. The percentage of hepatitis B virus infection in general population was 4.3318% ± 1.644%, healthy blood donors (3.93% ± 1.58%), military recruits (4.276% ± 1.646%), healthcare persons (3.25% ± 1.202%), pregnant women (5.872% ± 4.984), prisoners (5.75% ± 0.212%), surgical patients (7.397% ± 2.012%), patients with cirrhosis (28.87% ± 11.90%), patients with HCC (22% ± 2.645%), patients with hepatitis (15.896% ± 14.824%), patients with liver diseases (27.54% ± 6.385%), multiple transfused patients (6.223% ± 2.121%), opthalmic patients (3.89% ± 1.004%) and users of injectable drugs (14.95% ± 10.536%). Genotype D (63.71%) is the most prevalent genotype in Pakistani population. Mass vaccination and awareness programs should be initiated on urgent basis especially in populations with HBV infection rates of more than 5%. PMID:21375760

  8. [Flowmetric assessment of coronary bypass grafts in the conditions of artificial circulation and on the beating heart].

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    Bazylev, V V; Nemchenko, E V; Karnakhin, V A; Pavlov, A A; Mikulyak, A I

    2016-01-01

    Advantages and shortcomings of aortocoronary bypass grafting on the beating heart and in the conditions of artificial circulation (AC) have long been discussed. The data on patency of bypass grafts in the remote period are indicative of comparable results of operations with and without AC or advantages of using AC. In order to determine benefits of each method it is necessary to reveal intraoperative predictors of bypass grafts occlusion in the remote period. We analyzed the results of ultrasound flowmetry of the blood flow through the left internal thoracic artery during bypass grafting of the anterior descending artery with the use of AC and on the beating heart. A retrospective study included a total of 352 patients subdivided into 2 groups: Group One was composed of 120 patients undergoing surgery in the conditions of AC and Group Two comprised 232 patients subjected to similar operations on the beating heart. Blood flow was measured with the help of flowmeter VeryQ MediStim® after termination of AC and inactivation of heparin by protamine, with systolic pressure of 100-110 mm Hg. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups by the diameter and degree of stenosis of the anterior descending artery, diameter of the left internal thoracic artery. The mean volumetric blood flow velocity (Qmean) along the shunts in Group One was higher (p=0.01). No statistically significant differences by the pulsatility index (PI) between the groups were revealed (p=0.2). A conclusion was drawn that coronary bypass grafting of the anterior descending artery by the left internal thoracic artery in the conditions of artificial circulation made it possible to achieve higher volumetric velocity of blood flow through the conduit as compared with operations on the beating heart, with similar resistance index. The immediate results of the operations with the use of the both techniques did not differ.

  9. Reassessing the Association between WIC and Birth Outcomes Using a Fetuses-at-Risk Approach.

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    Fingar, Kathryn R; Lob, Sibylle H; Dove, Melanie S; Gradziel, Pat; Curtis, Michael P

    2017-04-01

    Objectives Women with longer, healthier pregnancies have more time to enroll in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), biasing associations between WIC and birth outcomes. We examined the association between WIC and preterm birth (PTB), low birth weight (LBW), and perinatal death (PND) using a fetuses-at-risk approach to address this bias, termed gestational age bias. Methods We linked California Medi-Cal recipients with a singleton live birth or fetal death from the 2010 Birth Cohort to WIC participant data (n = 236,564). We implemented a fetuses-at-risk approach using survival analysis, which compared, in each week of gestation, women whose pregnancies reached the same length and who had the same opportunity to utilize WIC. In each gestational week, we assessed WIC enrollment and the number of food packages redeemed thus far and computed hazard ratios (HR) using survival models with time-varying exposures and effects. Results Adjusting for maternal socio-demographic and health characteristics, WIC enrollment was associated with a lower risk of PTB from week 29-36 (HR29 = 0.71; HR36 = 0.52); LBW from week 26-40 (HR26 = 0.77; HR40 = 0.64); and PND from week 29-43 (HR29 = 0.78; HR43 = 0.69) (p < 0.05). The number of food packages redeemed was associated with a lower risk of PTB from week 27-36 (HR27 = 0.90; HR36 = 0.84); LBW from week 25-42 (HR25 = 0.93; HR42 = 0.88); and PND from week 27-46 (HR27 = 0.94; HR46 = 0.91) (p < 0.05). Conclusions for Practice To our knowledge this is the first study to examine the association between WIC and birth outcomes using this approach. We found that beginning from about 29 weeks, WIC enrollment was associated with a reduced risk of PTB by 29-48 %, LBW by 23-36 %, and PND by 22-31 %.

  10. Evaluation of a CdTe semiconductor based compact gamma camera for sentinel lymph node imaging

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    Russo, Paolo; Curion, Assunta S.; Mettivier, Giovanni; Esposito, Michela; Aurilio, Michela; Caraco, Corradina; Aloj, Luigi; Lastoria, Secondo

    2011-03-15

    Purpose: The authors assembled a prototype compact gamma-ray imaging probe (MediPROBE) for sentinel lymph node (SLN) localization. This probe is based on a semiconductor pixel detector. Its basic performance was assessed in the laboratory and clinically in comparison with a conventional gamma camera. Methods: The room-temperature CdTe pixel detector (1 mm thick) has 256x256 square pixels arranged with a 55 {mu}m pitch (sensitive area 14.08x14.08 mm{sup 2}), coupled pixel-by-pixel via bump-bonding to the Medipix2 photon-counting readout CMOS integrated circuit. The imaging probe is equipped with a set of three interchangeable knife-edge pinhole collimators (0.94, 1.2, or 2.1 mm effective diameter at 140 keV) and its focal distance can be regulated in order to set a given field of view (FOV). A typical FOV of 70 mm at 50 mm skin-to-collimator distance corresponds to a minification factor 1:5. The detector is operated at a single low-energy threshold of about 20 keV. Results: For {sup 99m}Tc, at 50 mm distance, a background-subtracted sensitivity of 6.5x10{sup -3} cps/kBq and a system spatial resolution of 5.5 mm FWHM were obtained for the 0.94 mm pinhole; corresponding values for the 2.1 mm pinhole were 3.3x10{sup -2} cps/kBq and 12.6 mm. The dark count rate was 0.71 cps. Clinical images in three patients with melanoma indicate detection of the SLNs with acquisition times between 60 and 410 s with an injected activity of 26 MBq {sup 99m}Tc and prior localization with standard gamma camera lymphoscintigraphy. Conclusions: The laboratory performance of this imaging probe is limited by the pinhole collimator performance and the necessity of working in minification due to the limited detector size. However, in clinical operative conditions, the CdTe imaging probe was effective in detecting SLNs with adequate resolution and an acceptable sensitivity. Sensitivity is expected to improve with the future availability of a larger CdTe detector permitting operation at shorter

  11. Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury, Renal Angina and Epidemiology in Critically Ill Children (AWARE): A Prospective Study to Improve Diagnostic Precision

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    Basu, Rajit K; Kaddourah, Ahmad; Terrell, Tara; Mottes, Theresa; Arnold, Patricia; Jacobs, Judd; Andringa, Jennifer; Armor, Melissa; Hayden, Lauren; Goldstein, Stuart L

    2015-01-01

    Background Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with poor outcomes in critically ill children. Recent international consensus panels recommend standardized classification systems to improve the precision of AKI diagnosis, but there is a paucity of data to enable this refinement, particularly in pediatric critical care. Methods/Design This is a prospective observational study. We anticipate collecting data from more than 5500 critically ill children admitted to 32 pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) across the world, during the calendar year of 2014. Data will be collected continuously for three months at each center on all children older than 90 days and younger than 25 years admitted to the ICU. Demographic, resuscitative, and daily physiological and lab data will be captured at individual centers using MediData Rave™, a commercial system designed to manage and report clinical research data. Kidney specific measured variables include changes in serum creatinine and urine output, cumulative fluid overload (%), serum creatinine corrected for fluid balance, and KDIGO AKI stage. Urinary AKI biomarkers to be measured include: urinary neutrophil gelatinase lipocalin (NGAL), kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), liver-type fatty acid binding protein (l-FABP), and interleukin-18 (IL-18). Biomarker combinations will be created from different pairs and triplets of urinary biomarkers. The primary analysis will compare the discrimination of these panels versus changes in creatinine for prediction of severe AKI by Day 7 of ICU admission. Secondary analysis will investigate the prediction of biomarkers for injury ‘time based phenotypes’: duration (>2 days), severity (KDIGO stage, use of renal replacement therapy), reversibility (time to return of serum creatinine to baseline), association with fluid overload > 10%, and disease association (sepsis, hypovolemia, hypoxemia, or nephrotoxic). Discussion The Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury, Renal Angina and

  12. How does parents' visual perception of their child's weight status affect their feeding style?

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    Yilmaz, Resul; Erkorkmaz, Ünal; Ozcetin, Mustafa; Karaaslan, Erhan

    2013-01-01

    Introducción: El estilo de alimentación es uno de los factores prominentes que determina la ingesta de energía. Uno de los factores que influyen en el estilo de alimentación paterna es la percepción de los padres del estado de peso del niño. Objetivo: El propósito de este estudio fue evaluar la relación entre la percepción visual de la madre del estado de peso de su hijo y su estilo de alimentación. Método: Se realizó un estudio transversal con madres de 380 niños preescolares de 5 a 7 (6,14 años). Las puntuaciones de la percepción visual se midieron mediante unos dibujos y el estilo de alimentación materna se medió con el cuestionario validado “Parental Feeding Style Questionnaire”. Resultados: Las puntuaciones de las subescalas de las dimensiones de alimentación parental “alimentación emocional” y “animar a comer” eran bajas en niños con sobrepeso de acuerdo con la clasificación de la percepción visual. Las puntuaciones de las subescalas “alimentación emocional” y “control permisivo” eran estadísticamente distintas en los niños clasificados como correctamente percibidos e incorrectamente percibidos bajos por una mala percepción materna. Conclusión: Diversos estilos de alimentación se relacionaban con la percepción visual materna. El mejor abordaje para evitar la obesidad y el peso bajo podría estar en centrarse en conseguir una correcta percepción parental del estado de peso de sus hijos, mejorando así las habilidades paternas y conllevando la implantación de unos estilos de alimentación adecuados.

  13. An analysis of multinucleated blastomere formation in human embryos.

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    Pickering, S J; Taylor, A; Johnson, M H; Braude, P R

    1995-07-01

    Human embryos were disaggregated into component blastomeres 42-72 h after insemination. The blastomeres were scored for the number of nuclei present and blastomeres of known nuclear morphology were returned to individual culture drops for 16-20 h, after which they were scored for cleavage and nuclear morphology. In all, 48% of mononucleated blastomeres cleaved during this period, but only 76% of these produced two mononucleated daughter blastomeres; in the remainder, one or more of the blastomeres was abnormally nucleated. During overnight culture, 30% of multinucleated blastomeres and 30% of anucleate blastomeres cleaved, the majority producing abnormally nucleated daughter blastomeres. The majority of blastomeres which showed no sign of cleavage after overnight culture retained the same nuclear morphology as when originally disaggregated. However, a small number of mononucleated blastomeres contained two nuclei after culture, indicating that karyokinesis may have taken place in the absence of cytokinesis. Overall, approximately 30% of blastomeres with more than one nucleus seemed to arise by this mechanism, the remainder probably arising by errors of chromosome segregation and/or packaging at mitosis. In addition, 25/111 mononucleated daughter cells arose either after abnormal division of mononucleated parent cells or after division of multinucleated cells, suggesting that approximately 23% of newly formed mononucleated cells might be chromosomally abnormal. The results of DNA quantitation indicated that very few (12/131, 9.2%) blastomeres (whether uni- or multinucleated) had a DNA content outside the 2-4C range. The embryos used for these studies had been cultured in one of three commonly used in-vitro fertilization (IVF) media: modified T6, Earle's balanced salts or Universal IVF medium (a commercial medium from Medi-Cult). A retrospective analysis was carried out of the number of embryos containing multinucleated blastomeres at disaggregation and of the total

  14. A systematic review of treatment response rates in Pakistani hepatitis C virus patients; current prospects and future challenges

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    Ali, Muhammad; Afzal, Samia; Zia, Asad; Hassan, Ahmed; Khalil, Ali Talha; Ovais, Muhammad; Shinwari, Zabta Khan; Idrees, Muhammad

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: The estimated hepatitis C virus (HCV) carriers are approximately 10 million in Pakistan which usually progresses to chronic hepatitis, with rare cases of spontaneous viral eradication. The present article reviews the treatment status of HCV infection in Pakistani population and various factors associated with the treatment response rates. Methods: Literature on anti-HCV therapy was searched in PubMed, Google Scholar and PakMediNet. Thirty three different studies representing different geographic regions of Pakistan published from 2002 to 2016 were included in the present review. Weighted mean, standard error estimates (SE) and standard deviation (SD) were determined for each population group. Results: Mean value for sustained virological response (SVR) for standard IFN plus ribavirin (RBV) combination therapy was 68.38% ± 14.13% (range 33.8%–87.10%; SE 3.08) and pegylated-IFN plus RBV combination therapy 64.38% ± 8.68% (range 55.0%–76.00%; SE 3.88). The lowest value for SVR has been reported to be 24.3% (for genotype 1; administering INF-α 2b 3MU 3 times/week and RBV 1000–1200 mg/day for 48 weeks) while highest of 87.5% (genotype 3a; INF-α 2a 3MU 3 times/week and RBV 1000–1200 mg/day for 24 weeks). The mean value for rapid virological response (RVR) was found to be 48.18% ± 29.20% (SE 9.73). As PEG-interferon and direct acting antivirals (DAAs) are relatively expensive, interferon-alfa (IFN-α) and RBV combination therapy have been used widely to treat HCV infected patients in Pakistan for the last one and half decade. On average, 2.45% of the patients discontinued treatment due to severe side effects. Conclusion: We encourage further studies on understanding host and viral factors associated with specific focus on harder to treat viral variants (relapsers and nonresponders). These variants are currently rising in the country. PMID:27977575

  15. Cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis evaluation and treatment of newly-arrived immigrants

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    Porco, Travis C; Lewis, Bryan; Marseille, Elliot; Grinsdale, Jennifer; Flood, Jennifer M; Royce, Sarah E

    2006-01-01

    Background Immigrants to the U.S. are required to undergo overseas screening for tuberculosis (TB), but the value of evaluation and treatment following entry to the U.S. is not well understood. We determined the cost-effectiveness of domestic follow-up of immigrants identified as tuberculosis suspects through overseas screening. Methods Using a stochastic simulation for tuberculosis reactivation, transmission, and follow-up for a hypothetical cohort of 1000 individuals, we calculated the incremental cost-effectiveness of follow-up and evaluation interventions. We utilized published literature, California Reports of Verified Cases of Tuberculosis (RVCTs), demographic estimates from the California Department of Finance, Medicare reimbursement, and Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. Our target population was legal immigrants to the United States, our time horizon is twenty years, and our perspective was that of all domestic health-care payers. We examined the intervention to offer latent tuberculosis therapy to infected individuals, to increase the yield of domestic evaluation, and to increase the starting and completion rates of LTBI therapy with INH (isoniazid). Our outcome measures were the number of cases averted, the number of deaths averted, the incremental dollar cost (year 2004), and the number of quality-adjusted life-years saved. Results Domestic follow-up of B-notification patients, including LTBI treatment for latently infected individuals, is highly cost-effective, and at times, cost-saving. B-notification follow-up in California would reduce the number of new tuberculosis cases by about 6–26 per year (out of a total of approximately 3000). Sensitivity analysis revealed that domestic follow-up remains cost-effective when the hepatitis rates due to INH therapy are over fifteen times our best estimates, when at least 0.4 percent of patients have active disease and when hospitalization of cases detected through domestic follow-up is no less likely than

  16. Organic wastes decomposition technology, perspective for long-term autonomous missions

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    Viacheslav, Ilyin; Korshunov, Denis; Mardanov, Robert; Starkova, Lyubov; Deshevaya, Elena; Smirnov, Igor

    At present time there is no large problem in waste management in ISS space flight conditions, since spacecrafts "Progress" is used for it's removal from orbital station and the wastes burns in dense layers of Earth's atmosphere. However such method does not approach for far inter-planetary flights since interplanetary quarantine desires do not allow to deposit contaminated wastes outside the spacecraft. Essential part of wastes is formed by disposed means of personal hygiene and greenhouse wastes which are not safe from sanitary-epidemiological aspect. Above mentioned materials have one common feature: they can be subjected to biodegradation using different microbial compositions. Microbial decomposition of wastes as meets the main crite-ria of safety and power consumption. We investigated the effectiveness of method of disposed personal hygiene means biodegradation by anaerobic thermophiles with further purification of obtained decomposition products from chemical solvents with the help of mesophilic isolates in microaerophile conditions. Bacteria of Clostridium genera were selected for cellulolysis be-cause of their high specific endoglucanasic activity which less depends on substrate nature and relatively high growth rate on cellulose contaning substrates. As result some strains in case of optimal conditions (substrata pretreating, pH correction) decomposed means of personal hygiene with level of biodegradation up to 90With the purpose of purification, liqiud medi-ums originating from Closrtidium sp. exhibiting used like substrates for cellololitic fungi. It was shown that the cultures are able to change pH of media from slow-acid to neutral. Also the effectiveness of plant wastes biodegradation (vegetables homogenates) was studied using associations of mesophile aerobes trophically adapted to substrates. Rate of biodestruction of dry mass varied near 76To purify liquid products of biodegradation from chemicals cellulolytic fungal strains as well as bacterial

  17. Dabigatran for the Treatment and Secondary Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism; A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for the Netherlands

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    Stevanović, J.; de Jong, L. A.; Kappelhoff, B. S.; Dvortsin, E. P.; Voorhaar, M.; Postma, M. J.

    2016-01-01

    Background Dabigatran was proven to have similar effect on the prevention of recurrence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and a lower risk of bleeding compared to vitamin K antagonists (VKA). The aim of this study is to assess the cost-effectiveness (CE) of dabigatran for the treatment and secondary prevention in patients with VTE compared to VKAs in the Dutch setting. Methods Previously published Markov model was modified and updated to assess the CE of dabigatran and VKAs for the treatment and secondary prevention in patients with VTE from a societal perspective in the base-case analysis. The model was populated with efficacy and safety data from major dabigatran trials (i.e. RE-COVER, RECOVER II, RE-MEDY and RE-SONATE), Dutch specific costs, and utilities derived from dabigatran trials or other published literature. Univariate, probabilistic sensitivity and a number of scenario analyses evaluating various decision-analytic settings (e.g. the perspective of analysis, use of anticoagulants only for treatment or only for secondary prevention, or comparison to no treatment) were tested on the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER). Results In the base-case scenario, patients on dabigatran gained an additional 0.034 quality adjusted life year (QALY) while saving €1,598. Results of univariate sensitivity analysis were quite robust. The probability that dabigatran is cost-effective at a willingness-to-pay threshold of €20,000/QALY was 98.1%. From the perspective of healthcare provider, extended anticoagulation with dabigatran compared to VKAs was estimated at €2,158 per QALY gained. The ICER for anticoagulation versus no treatment in patients with equipoise risk of recurrent VTE was estimated at €33,379 per QALY gained. Other scenarios showed dabigatran was cost-saving. Conclusion From a societal perspective, dabigatran is likely to be a cost-effective or even cost-saving strategy for treatment and secondary prevention of VTE compared to VKAs in the

  18. Antihypertensive and Statin Medication Use and Motor Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

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    Perlman, Amichai; Shah, Raj C.; Bennett, David A.; Buchman, Aron S.; Matok, Ilan

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To investigate whether the use of antihypertensive and statin medication in very old adults is associated with the level of motor performance. Design Cross sectional study. Settings A community-based study recruited from over 40 residential facilities across the metropolitan Chicago area. Participants Community dwelling very old adults (n=1520; mean age 80.2; SD 7.7). Measurements Eleven motor performances were summarized using a composite motor score. All prescription and over the counter medications taken by participants were inspected and coded using the Medi-Span Data Base System. Demographic characteristics and medical history were obtained via detailed interview and medical exams. Results In multiple linear regression models, antihypertensive medications were associated with global motor score (β=−0.075, S.E. 0.011, p<0.001). Thus, motor function in an individual with antihypertensive medication, was on average, about 7.5% lower than an age, sex and education matched individual without antihypertensive medication. The number of antihypertensive medications which were being used had an additive effect, such that a reduction in the level of motor function was observed with each additional medication, and receiving three or more antihypertensive medications was associated with about a 15% reduction in the level of motor function. The association between antihypertensive medications and motor function was robust, and remained unchanged after adjusting for confounding by indication using several potentially confounding variables: smoking, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, congestive heart-failure, myocardial infarction, and intermittent claudication (β=−0.05, S.E. 0.015, p=0.001). In contrast, the use of statin medications was not related to motor function (unadjusted: β=0.003, S.E.=0.015, p=0.826; fully adjusted: β=0.018, S.E. 0.014, p=0.216). Conclusion The use of antihypertensive medications is associated with a lower level of motor function in

  19. Pediatric cardiothoracic program in Malaysia: a study based on the outcome of the program

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    Piros Kulandasamy Pillai, Cornelius; Yoshida, Yoshitoku; Justin Lawrence, Patrick; Yamamoto, Eiko; Reyer, Joshua A.; Hamajima1, Nobuyuki

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Vulnerable communities in Malaysia have been facing issues of accessibility and availability for pediatric cardiac services for years due to long waiting times, high costs and a lack of pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons. To ease this situation, the government has allocated a certain amount of funds, introduced through the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Program (PCP), in which the patients are transported to the Narayana Health Institute of Cardiac Science (NH) in India to receive a heart operation following an eligibility check at MediAssist4U Sdn Bhd in Selangor, Malaysia, a facility appointed by the NH. This study aimed to determine the demographic incidence of congenital heart diseases of patients in this program and to evaluate the outcome of the program in association with post-operative mortality rate and the beneficial factors of the program. In this study, 241 patients who participated in this program from August 2008 to September 2012 were reviewed. Fisher’s exact tests were applied to calculate p-values of categorical data. Out of 241, 11 patients were rejected because of their poor health condition for flight transportation to India, leaving 230 patients for analysis. The majority of patients were 1 to 4 years of age (57.8%), Malays (61.7%), from families of monthly household income less than RM 1,500 (86.5%) and with primary school-educated parents (86.5%). Patients could apply from any government hospital in Malaysia, but 34.8% of the patients were from the state of Johor. The region (Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia) of patients seeking pediatric cardiac services was significantly associated with race (p<0.001), low household income (p<0.001) and low education background of parents (p=0.004). The associations between the age group and diagnosis group (p=0.010) and between duration of hospitalization and outcome of medical management (p=0.013) were significant. Post-operative mortality rate was 1.7% (95% confidence interval, 0.5–4.4). In

  20. Clinical evaluation of compounds targeting PD-1/PD-L1 pathway for cancer immunotherapy.

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    Lu, Jing; Lee-Gabel, Linda; Nadeau, Michelle C; Ferencz, Thomas M; Soefje, Scott A

    2015-12-01

    Significant enthusiasm currently exists for new immunotherapeutic strategies: blocking the interaction between programmed death-1 receptor on T-cells and programmed death-ligand 1 on tumor cells to boost immune system stimulation to fight cancer. Immunomodulation with the antiprogrammed death-1/programmed death-ligand 1 monoclonal antibodies has shown to mediate tumor shrinkage and extend overall survival from several pivotal phase I/II studies in melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and non-small cell lung cancer. This has prompted multiple large ongoing phase III trials with the expectation for fast-track FDA approvals to satisfy unmet medical needs. Compounds targeting the programmed death-1 pathway that are in clinical trials fall into two major categories, namely antiprogrammed death-1 antibodies: Nivolumab, MK-3475, and pidilizumab; and antiprogrammed death-ligand 1 antibodies: MPDL3280A, BMS-936559, MEDI4736, and MSB0010718C. We reviewed the clinical efficacy and safety of each compound based upon major registered clinical trials and published clinical data. Overall, response rate of more than 20% is consistently seen across all these trials, with maximal response of approximately 50% achieved by certain single antiprogrammed death-1 agents or when used in combination with cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 blockade. The responses seen are early, durable, and have continued after treatment discontinuation. Immune-related adverse events are the most common side effects seen in these clinical trials. Overall, the skin and gastrointestinal tract are the most common organ systems affected by these compounds while hepatic, endocrine, and neurologic events are less frequent. These side effects are low grade, manageable, and typically resolve within a relatively short time frame with a predictable resolution pattern given proper management. We therefore propose detailed guidelines for management of major immune-related adverse events that are anticipated with

  1. [Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and its relation to nutritional status in older people].

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    Zaragoza Martí, Ana; Ferrer Cascales, Rosario; Cabañero Martínez, María José; Hurtado Sánchez, Jose Antonio; Laguna Pérez, Ana

    2015-04-01

    Introducción: la Dieta Mediterránea (DM) como modelo de dieta de calidad se asocia con una reducción de la mortalidad y con una mejora en la calidad de vida en personas mayores. Objetivo: evaluar la relación entre el estado nutricional y los estilos de vida con el grado de adherencia a la DM en personas mayores Métodos: Muestra compuesta por 60 sujetos que acudían a la consulta de enfermería de un cetro de salud de Alicante con un Índice de Masa Corporal mayor a 24.9. Se utilizó el cuestionario de frecuencia de consumo de alimentos MEDIS-FFQ, el cuestionario de adherencia a la Dieta Mediterránea PREDIMED y la valoración antropométrica. Resultados: El 83.3% de la población presentó sobrepeso frente a un 16.7% de obesidad, sin diferencias significativas entre sexos. El porcentaje de grasa corporal fue del 40.3% en las mujeres y 29.5% en los hombres (p=0.001). El 65.2% de la mujeres presentó riesgo cardiovascular frente al 81.8% de los hombres (p=0.001). Se observó bajo cumplimento de las recomendaciones alimentarias en los cereales integrales, fruta y frutos secos. Los sujetos con baja adherencia a la DM presentaron mayores índices de obesidad (OR= 1.46; IC 95%, 0.89-2.40), un mayor consumo de tabaco (OR= 1.65; IC 95%, 1.05-2.60) y de alcohol (OR=1.53; IC 95%, 0.91-2.55), un mayor índice cintura-cadera (OR= 2.57; IC 95%, 1.3-4.9) y mayor porcentaje de grasa corporal (OR= 5.3; IC 95%, 1.02-6.48). Conclusión: Los sujetos con una buena adherencia a la (DM) presentaron un menor índice cintura-cadera y un menor porcentaje de grasa corporal.

  2. A review of accessibility of administrative healthcare databases in the Asia-Pacific region

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    Milea, Dominique; Azmi, Soraya; Reginald, Praveen; Verpillat, Patrice; Francois, Clement

    2015-01-01

    Objective We describe and compare the availability and accessibility of administrative healthcare databases (AHDB) in several Asia-Pacific countries: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Thailand, and Malaysia. Methods The study included hospital records, reimbursement databases, prescription databases, and data linkages. Databases were first identified through PubMed, Google Scholar, and the ISPOR database register. Database custodians were contacted. Six criteria were used to assess the databases and provided the basis for a tool to categorise databases into seven levels ranging from least accessible (Level 1) to most accessible (Level 7). We also categorised overall data accessibility for each country as high, medium, or low based on accessibility of databases as well as the number of academic articles published using the databases. Results Fifty-four administrative databases were identified. Only a limited number of databases allowed access to raw data and were at Level 7 [Medical Data Vision EBM Provider, Japan Medical Data Centre (JMDC) Claims database and Nihon-Chouzai Pharmacy Claims database in Japan, and Medicare, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), HealthLinQ, Victorian Data Linkages (VDL), SA-NT DataLink in Australia]. At Levels 3–6 were several databases from Japan [Hamamatsu Medical University Database, Medi-Trend, Nihon University School of Medicine Clinical Data Warehouse (NUSM)], Australia [Western Australia Data Linkage (WADL)], Taiwan [National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)], South Korea [Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA)], and Malaysia [United Nations University (UNU)-Casemix]. Countries were categorised as having a high level of data accessibility (Australia, Taiwan, and Japan), medium level of accessibility (South Korea), or a low level of accessibility (Thailand, China, Malaysia, and Singapore). In some countries, data may be available but

  3. Bioavailability of a new generic formulation of mycophenolate mofetil MMF 500 versus CellCept in healthy adult volunteers.

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    Masri, M A; Rizk, S; Attia, M L E; Barbouch, H; Rost, M

    2007-05-01

    Several studies have revealed a decreased incidence of early graft rejection with the use of mycophenate mofetil (MMF). The cost of the drug is, however, prohibitive especially in developing countries with limited resources. We compared the pharmacokinetic profile of a new MMF generic formulation (MMF 500 batch number: 06T3001; Medis Tunis) with those of Cellcept, (batch number: M1427; Hoffmann La Roche, Switzerland) in healthy volunteers. The study was double-blinded to investigator and volunteers. It had a balanced randomized, two-treatment, two-period, two-sequence, single-dose, crossover, comparative oral bioavailability design in adult healthy human volunteers. The study was designed, performed, and monitored by CRO Transmedical s.a.l International (Beirut, Lebanon) in accordance with the Basic Principals defined in the US 21 CFR Part 312.20, and the principals enunciated in the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. We included nonsmoking healthy volunteers between the ages of 22 and 45 years. The subjects were admitted to the hospital one night prior to blood sampling. After volunteers received the same dinner, they were fasted overnight and for 2 hours postdosing. At 8 am each person received a single oral dose of 500 mg of either formulation. Blood samples were collected to construct the pharmacokinetic profiles as follows: 0, 0.15, 0.30, 0.45 minutes and 1, 1.15, 1.30, 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 24 hours. Water and food intake were the same for all volunteers during the whole study period. Following an 8-day washout period, the subjects were crossed over. Plasma mycophenolic acid concentrations were determined using a high-performance liquid chromatography validated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-based method (TransMedical, Beirut Lebanon). Physical examinations, hematology, urinanalysis, serum chemistry tests, and liver enzymes were performed at screening and at the end of each period. Subjects were monitored for safety and adverse events

  4. [Normative Database of Optical Coherence Tomography Parameters in Childhood].

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    Queirós, Tatiana; Freitas, Cristina; Guimarães, Sandra

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: A tomografia de coerência óptica é um exame que permite obter imagens de alta resolução dos tecidos in vivo, possibilitando a medição das estruturas oculares, nomeadamente a camada de fibras nervosas da retina e a espessura macular. Como método não invasivo torna-se particularmente útil em crianças, contudo a sua aplicabilidade está limitada pela existência de valores normativos apenas para adultos.Objetivo: Estabelecer na idade pediátrica valores normativos para a espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e espessura macular, averiguando a sua influência com o género, idade, refração, lateralidade e dominância ocular.Material e Métodos: Foram submetidas a exame oftalmológico e a Cirrus HD-tomografia de coerência óptica (Carl Zeiss Meditec) 153 crianças dos quatro aos 17 anos.Resultados: Obtiveram-se valores da espessura média global da camada de fibras nervosas da retina de 97,90 μm. Não se detectaram diferenças entre géneros e com a idade, mas sim consoante a lateralidade e dominância ocular. Verificou-se um aumento da espessura com refrações positivas. Com o protocolo Macular Cube 512 x 128 verificou-se que o campo central apresentou a menor espessura (250,35 μm), apresentando os rapazes maior espessura macular.Discussão: Os valores da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e da espessura macular obtidos são comparáveis a estudos recentes. A distribuição da espessura por quadrantes respeita a distribuição normal da camada de fibras nervosas da retina. A espessura macular revelou-se superior no género masculino (campo central e anel interno), dados estes também concordantes com estudos prévios.Conclusão: Estabelecemos as normativas da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e espessura macular em crianças portuguesas saudáveis, dados estes que reestruturam a avaliação e interpretação dos parâmetros obtidos pela tomografia de coerência óptica no diagnóstico de

  5. Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes Among Patients in Countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO (EMRO): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Sadeghi, Farzin; Salehi-Vaziri, Mostafa; Almasi-Hashiani, Amir; Gholami-Fesharaki, Mohammad; Pakzad, Reza; Alavian, Seyed Moayed

    2016-01-01

    Context Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major global public health issue. The Eastern Mediterranean regional office (EMRO) of the world health organization (WHO) seems to have one of the highest prevalence rates worldwide, with at least 21.3 million HCV-infected patients. Objectives The aim of the present study was to review systematically all epidemiological data related to the prevalence of HCV genotypes in infected patients in EMRO countries. Data Sources A systematic search was conducted of peer-reviewed journals indexed in electronic databases (PubMed, Scopus, ISI, PakMediNet, and IMEMR, and Persian-specific databases including SID, Iran Medex, and MagIran). Study Selection A systematic search was performed with temporal limits (papers published between January 2000 up to June 2015), regarding the prevalence and distribution of HCV genotypes in EMRO countries. Data Extraction The prevalence rates of HCV genotypes were pooled by metan command in Stata 14. Statistical heterogeneity was explored using the I-square at the 5% significance level. Publication bias was assessed, graphically and statistically, by funnel plot and Begg and Egger tests. Results A total of 563 records were identified through the electronic search. Of these records, 134 studies comprising 67681 HCV-infected individuals were included in the meta-analysis. In Iran, subtype 1a was the predominant subtype with a rate of 42% (95% CI, 39 - 46), followed by subtype 3a, 35% (95% CI, 31 - 38). In Pakistan, Subtype 3a was the most common subtype with a rate of 56% (95% CI, 49 - 62), followed by subtype 3b, 10% (95% CI, 7 - 12). In Saudi Arabia and Egypt, genotype 4 was the most prevalent genotype with a rate of 65% (95% CI, 59 - 72) and 69% (95% CI, 36 - 100) respectively. In Tunisia and Morocco, subtype 1b was the most common subtype with a rate of 69% (95% CI, 50 - 88) and 32% (95% CI, 7 - 56) respectively. Conclusions The genotype distribution of HCV takes diverse patterns in EMRO countries

  6. [Localization and distribution of human olfactory mucosa in the nasal cavities].

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    Escada, Pedro

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: A distribuição da mucosa olfactiva humana só pode ser determinada em estudos que avaliem a totalidade da região olfactiva. O objectivo deste trabalho é determinar a distribuição da mucosa olfactiva humana a partir do estudo histológico, por microscopia óptica, de peças anatómicas da região olfactiva obtidas do cadáver.Material e Métodos: Utilizaram-se peças anatómicas da região olfactiva colhidas durante a autópsia de cadáveres recentes. Em cada uma das peças foi determinada a distância entre a lâmina crivosa e o limite inferior da região olfactiva em três localizações diferentes da parede septal e da parede lateral.Resultados: das 230 peças anatómicas disponíveis, 217 foram excluídas por razões clínicas ou técnicas. Realizaram-se estudosmorfométricos em 13 peças num total de 156 medições. O limite inferior da mucosa olfactiva no septo nasal estava a 15,9 ± 3,2 mm, a 15,3 ± 3 mm e a 16 ± 2,8 mm nas porções anterior, média e posterior da região olfactiva. O limite inferior da mucosa olfactiva na parede turbinal estava a 15,3 ± 2,4 mm, a 14,8 ± 2,3 mm e a 12,3 ± 1,9 mm nas mesmas localizações. O valor mínimo observado foi de 12 mm.Conclusões: A mucosa olfactiva estende-se pelo corneto superior e médio e pelo septo nasal confrontante numa distância que nunca é inferior a 12 mm e que pode ultrapassar os 16 mm. O conhecimento da distribuição exacta da mucosa olfactiva nas fossas nasais pode ser útil para orientar a colheita em seres humanos, com propósitos diagnósticos ou terapêuticos.

  7. [Prognostic value of absolute monocyte count in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia].

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    Szerafin, László; Jakó, János; Riskó, Ferenc

    2015-04-01

    Bevezetés: Az alacsony perifériás lymphocyta- és magas monocytaszám kedvezőtlen prognózisra utal különböző típusú lymphomákban és egyéb daganatos megbetegedésekben. Krónikus lymphoid leukaemiában azonban az abszolút monocytaszám prognosztikus értékéről csak kevés adat ismert. Célkitűzés: A szerzők krónikus lymphoid leukaemiás betegeik diagnóziskor mért abszolút monocytaszámának hatását vizsgálták a kezelésig eltelt időre és a túlélésre. Módszer: 2005. január 1. és 2012. december 31. között diagnosztizált 223 krónikus lymphoid leukaemiás beteg adatait rögzítették. Értékelték a kezelést igénylő betegek arányát, a kezelésig eltelt idő és a túlélés relatív kockázatát, valamint a halálokokat a Rai-stádiumtól függően, a CD38-, ZAP-70-pozitivitásnak és az abszolút monocytaszámnak megfelelően. Eredmények: Rai 0, I., II., III. és IV. stádiumban a betegek 21,1%-a, 57,4%-a, 88,9%-a, 88,9%-a és 100%-a, CD38-, illetve ZAP-70-pozitivitás esetén a betegek 61,9%-a, illetve 60,8%-a, továbbá, ha az abszolút monocytaszámuk <0,25 G/l, 0,25–0,75 G/l és >0,75 G/l volt, akkor a betegek 76,9%-a, 21,2%-a és 66,2%-a szorult kezelésre. A kezelés elkezdéséig tartó medián idő, illetve a túlélés medián ideje a monocytaszámtól függően 19,5, 65 és 35,5 hónap, illetve 41,5, 65 és 49,5 hónap volt. A kezelésmegkezdés szükségességének relatív kockázata, RR = 1,62 (p<0,01) volt a 0,25 G/l alatti vagy 0,75 G/l feletti és a 0,25–0,75 G/l abszolút monocytaszámú betegek összehasonlításakor, míg a túlélésé RR = 2,41 (p<0,01) volt, ha a 0,25 G/l alatti és feletti abszolút monocytaszámú betegeket hasonlították össze. A relatív kockázatok Rai 0 stádiumú betegekben vizsgálva is szignifikánsak maradtak. A fő halálokok alacsony abszolút monocytaszám esetén fertőzések (41,7%) és a krónikus lymphoid leukaemia (58,3%), míg közepes és magas monocytasz

  8. [Diagnosis of osteoporosis occurring in autoimmune thyroid gland disease].

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    Radojković, Ivan; Radojković, Jana; Djurica, Snezana

    2005-10-01

    accurate results can not be achieved. But, this is not considered so important. Values that are to be compared are available anyway. Therapy, if adequate, will show certain improvement which can not be detected even by osteometers. Following the physiatrist treatment, particularly by exercise of muscle strength, the muscle structure will be enhanced and, consequently, a part of pressure will be handled, which would be otherwise taken over by the bone. The movements of the patients will be better in coordinated, which undoubtedly reduces the number of falls and fractures. Results of the research that was conducted at the Clinical Hospital Centre "Dr. Dragisa Misovic" in Belgrade, with over 200 cases, two years, are compatible with literature data. Working with MediTech osteometer DTU ONE that uses ultrasound source in demineralized medium, with indispensable US gel, on constant temperatures, yielded results corresponding to those in patients that were treated by Bisphosphonates, Alphacalcidol and Calcium therapy.

  9. Psychological Therapy for People with Tinnitus: A Scoping Review of Treatment Components

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    Hall, Deborah A.; Walker, Dawn-Marie; Hoare, Derek J.

    2017-01-01

    Background: Tinnitus is associated with depression and anxiety disorders, severely and adversely affecting the quality of life and functional health status for some people. With the dearth of clinical psychologists embedded in audiology services and the cessation of training for hearing therapists in the UK, it is left to audiologists to meet the psychological needs of many patients with tinnitus. However, there is no universally standardized training or manualized intervention specifically for audiologists across the whole UK public healthcare system and similar systems elsewhere across the world. Objectives: The primary aim of this scoping review was to catalog the components of psychological therapies for people with tinnitus, which have been used or tested by psychologists, so that they might inform the development of a standardized audiologist-delivered psychological intervention. Secondary aims of this article were to identify the types of psychological therapy for people with tinnitus, who were reported but not tested in any clinical trial, as well as the job roles of clinicians who delivered psychological therapy for people with tinnitus in the literature. Design: The authors searched the Cochrane Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Group Trials Register; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; PubMed; EMBASE; CINAHL; LILACS; KoreaMed; IndMed; PakMediNet; CAB Abstracts; Web of Science; BIOSIS Previews; ISRCTN; ClinicalTrials.gov; IC-TRP; and Google Scholar. In addition, the authors searched the gray literature including conference abstracts, dissertations, and editorials. No records were excluded on the basis of controls used, outcomes reached, timing, setting, or study design (except for reviews—of the search results. Records were included in which a psychological therapy intervention was reported to address adults (≤18 years) tinnitus-related distress. No restrictive criteria were placed upon the term tinnitus. Records were excluded in which the

  10. The Role of Haemoglobin A1c in Screening Obese Children and Adolescents for Glucose Intolerance and Type 2 Diabetes.

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    Galhardo, Júlia; Shield, Julian

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: Em 2012, um comité internacional de peritos em diabetes aconselhou a hemoglobina glicada como teste de rastreio de intolerância à glicose e diabetes mellitus tipo 2 no adulto e em idade pediátrica. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a utilidade deste exame numa população de crianças e adolescentes obesos, maioritariamente de etnia caucasiana.Material e Métodos: Foram recrutados 226 doentes [índice de massa corporal z-score 3,35 ± 0,59, 90% caucasianos, 55% do sexo feminino, idade mediana de 12,3 (âmbito: 8,9 â 17,6) anos] referenciados à consulta de obesidade pediátrica de um hospital terciário, com critérios para rastreio de diabetes mellitus tipo 2. Situações de hemoglobinopatia ou de alteração da sobrevida eritrocitária foram excluídas. Todos os indivíduos foram submetidos a uma prova de tolerância à glicose oral e à medição da hemoglobina glicada.Resultados: Segundo a prova de tolerância à glicose oral, 13 (4,9%) eram pré-diabéticos e nenhum diabético. De acordo com a hemoglobina glicada, 32 seriam pré-diabéticos (29 falsos-positivos) e um diabético (falso positivo, sendo este, na realidade, apenas intolerante à glicose). Por outro lado, 10 pré-diabéticos não seriam identificados (falsos-negativos). A área sob a curva receiver operator characteristic analysis da hemoglobina glicada foi 0,59 (IC 95% 0,40 - 0,78), confirmando a sua reduzida capacidade de discriminação parapré-diabetes. Mais promissoras foram as áreas sob as curvas receiver operator characteristic analysis da glicemia em jejum (0,76; IC 95% 0,66 - 0,87), homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (0,77; IC 95% 0,64 - 0,90) e razão triglicerídeos:colesterol HDL (0,81; IC 95% 0,66 - 0,96).Discussão: Em Pediatria, particularmente em populações maioritariamente caucasianas, a hemoglobina glicada parece ser uma má ferramenta para diagnóstico de pré-diabetes.Conclusão: Pelo exposto, parece-nos prematura a utilização da

  11. Classificação geométrica de galáxias bianeladas através do metódo CART (Classification And Regression Trees)

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    Ormeño, M. I.; Faúndez-Abans, M.; Cavada, G.

    2003-08-01

    A importância deste trabalho deve-se à seleção de objetos ainda não tratados particularmente como uma família e ao emprego de procedimento estatístico robusto que não precisa de pressupostos ou condições de contorno. Contribui, assim, ao melhor entendimento do cenário das Galáxias Aneladas do diagrama de Hubble via classificação e estudo de subclasses. Selecionaram-se 100 galáxias possuidoras de dois anéis do Catalog of Southern Ringed Galaxies compilado por Ronald Buta, de modo a construir uma amostra completa em termos de conhecimento dos semi-eixos dos anéis interno e externo projetados no plano do céu. Visando uma possível classificação destas galáxias aneladas normais em famílias de acordo com as características geométricas dos anéis, empregou-se primeiramente a Análise de Aglomerados (ferramenta de classificação: medições de semelhança em um espaço bidimensional) para explorar a possível existência de famílias. As variáveis analisadas foram: os diâmetros interiores menores d(I) e maiores D(I), os diâmetros exteriores menores d(E) e maiores D(E), e os ângulos de inclinação dos semi-eixos maiores interiores q(I) e exteriores q(E) dos anéis. Como metodologia de discriminação, empregou-se a construção de Árvores de Classificação. As árvores de classificação constituem um método de discriminação alternativo aos modelos clássicos, tais como a Análise Discriminante e a Regressão Logística, onde uma base de dados é dividida em partições (subgrupos) da árvore por ação de um predictor (variável específica). Os pacotes estatísticos utilizados para o processamento da informação foram: SAS versão 8.0 (Statistical Analisys System) e CART versão 3.6.3. Esta análise estatística sugere a existência de três possíveis famílias de galáxias bianeladas, com base apenas na geometria dos anéis. Como forma exploratória inicial deste resultado, a construção de um diagrama BT (magnitude total) versus o

  12. [Cystic fibrosis -- disease burden and health-related quality of life of patients and their caregivers: results of the European BURQOL-RD survey in Hungary].

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    Péntek, Márta; Kosztolányi, György; Melegh, Béla; Halász, Adrienn; Pogány, Gábor; Baji, Petra; Brodszky, Valentin; Vártokné Hevér, Noémi; Boncz, Imre; Gulácsi, László

    2014-10-19

    Bevezetés: Magyarországon kevéssé ismertek a cystás fibrosis betegség egyéni és társadalmi terhei. Célkitűzés: A cystás fibrosissal élő betegek és gondozóik egészséggel összefüggő életminőségének és terheinek felmérése. Módszer: Az európai BURQOL-RD-projekt keretében keresztmetszeti kérdőíves felmérést végeztek EQ-5D-5L-kérdőívvel és retrospektíven vizsgálták az egészségügyi ellátások igénybevételét. Eredmények: 110 beteg (korcsoportok, év: 0–13, N = 48; 14–17, N = 12; ≥18, N = 50) vett részt a vizsgálatban, a diagnózis felállításakor az életkor medián 1 év volt. Az EQ-5D-5L-indexérték szignifikánsan alacsonyabb volt a 18–24 és 25–34 éves korosztályban a hazai populációs átlagnál (p<0,05). Tüdőgyógyászati szakvizsgálaton 75 beteg (68%) járt, kórházi felvételre 55 beteg (50%) került az elmúlt 6, illetve 12 hónapban, dornase alfa-kezelést 57 beteg (52%) kapott. Öt felnőtt beteget (10%) segített közeli családtag nem hivatásos gondozóként. Következtetések: A cystás fibrosis jelentős életminőség-csökkenéssel jár. A kutatás elsőként nyújt alapadatokat a kelet-közép-európai régióból a cystásfibrosis-ellátás egészség-gazdaságtani elemzéseihez. Orv. Hetil., 2014, 155(42), 1673–1684.

  13. Optimal cut-off value for homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) index of insulin-resistance in a population of patients admitted electively in a Portuguese cardiology ward.

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    Timóteo, Ana Teresa; Miranda, Fernando; Carmo, Miguel Mota; Ferreira, Rui Cruz

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A resistência à insulina é a chave fisiopatológica de explicação da Síndrome Metabólica. Apesar de claramente útil, o índice Homeostasis Model Assessment (uma medição da resistência à insulina) não tem sido aplicado sistematicamente na prática clínica. Uma das principais razões relaciona-se com a discrepância de valores limiares reportados em diferentes populações. Procurámos avaliar uma população portuguesa o valor limiar ideal e avaliar a sua relação com a Síndrome Metabólica. Material e Métodos: Selecionámos uma coorte de indivíduos admitidos eletivamente numa enfermaria de cardiologia com um IMC < 25 Kg/m2 e sem anomalias do metabolismo da glicose (glicémia em jejum < 100 mg/dL e sem diabetes). Utilizámos o percentil 90 da distribuição do índice Homeostasis Model Assessment para seleção do limiar adequado para resistência à insulina. Selecionouse também uma coorte de validação composta por 300 indivíduos, sem aplicação dos critérios de exclusão referidos anteriormente. Resultados: De uma população de 7 000 indivíduos e após aplicação dos critérios de exclusão, ficámos com 1 784 indivíduos para análise. O percentil 90 do índice foi 2,33. Na coorte de validação, aplicando esse limiar, 49,3% dos indivíduos apresentam resistência à insulina. Contudo, apenas 69,9% dos doentes com síndrome metabólica apresentam resistência à insulina com esse limiar. Por análise das curvas ROC, o limiar ideal para síndrome metabólica é 2,41. O índice Homeostasis Model Assessment correlacionou-se com o IMC (r = 0,371, p < 0,001) e é um preditor independente de presença de síndrome metabólica (OR 19,4, IC 95% 6,6 – 57,2, p < 0,001). Discussão: O nosso estudo mostrou que numa população portuguesa de doentes admitidos eletivamente numa enfermaria de cardiologia, o limiar pelo índice Homeostasis Model Assessment para resistência à insulina é 2,33 e para síndrome metabólica é 2

  14. Monte Carlo study of LDR seed dosimetry with an application in a clinical brachytherapy breast implant

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    Furstoss, C.; Reniers, B.; Bertrand, M. J.; Poon, E.; Carrier, J.-F.; Keller, B. M.; Pignol, J. P.; Beaulieu, L.; Verhaegen, F.

    2009-05-15

    A Monte Carlo (MC) study was carried out to evaluate the effects of the interseed attenuation and the tissue composition for two models of {sup 125}I low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy seeds (Medi-Physics 6711, IBt InterSource) in a permanent breast implant. The effect of the tissue composition was investigated because the breast localization presents heterogeneities such as glandular and adipose tissue surrounded by air, lungs, and ribs. The absolute MC dose calculations were benchmarked by comparison to the absolute dose obtained from experimental results. Before modeling a clinical case of an implant in heterogeneous breast, the effects of the tissue composition and the interseed attenuation were studied in homogeneous phantoms. To investigate the tissue composition effect, the dose along the transverse axis of the two seed models were calculated and compared in different materials. For each seed model, three seeds sharing the same transverse axis were simulated to evaluate the interseed effect in water as a function of the distance from the seed. A clinical study of a permanent breast {sup 125}I implant for a single patient was carried out using four dose calculation techniques: (1) A TG-43 based calculation, (2) a full MC simulation with realistic tissues and seed models, (3) a MC simulation in water and modeled seeds, and (4) a MC simulation without modeling the seed geometry but with realistic tissues. In the latter, a phase space file corresponding to the particles emitted from the external surface of the seed is used at each seed location. The results were compared by calculating the relevant clinical metrics V{sub 85}, V{sub 100}, and V{sub 200} for this kind of treatment in the target. D{sub 90} and D{sub 50} were also determined to evaluate the differences in dose and compare the results to the studies published for permanent prostate seed implants in literature. The experimental results are in agreement with the MC absolute doses (within 5% for EBT

  15. [EEG changes during sedation with gamma-hydroxybutyric acid].

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    Entholzner, E; Mielke, L; Pichlmeier, R; Weber, F; Schneck, H

    1995-05-01

    Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is a naturally occurring transmitter in the mammalian brain, related to sleep regulation and possibly to energy balance in diving or hibernating animals. It has been used for almost 35 years as an intravenous agent for induction of anaesthesia and for long-term sedation. Its convincing pharmacological properties, without serious adverse effects on circulation or respiration, are compromised by its unpredictable duration of action. This is not a major problem with long-term sedation during ICU treatment. GHB has been used with good results for sedation of patients with severe brain injury, where it compares favourably with barbiturates. In animal studies, it seems to possess a protective action against hypoxia on a cellular and whole organ level. However, in some experimental animals GHB has been shown to produce seizure-like activities, and the compound is being used to produce absence-like seizures. GHB has been used in our ICU for years to provide adequate sedation for patients under controlled ventilation or for patients fighting the respirator during spontaneous respiration. No serious side effects were observed in these patients, while in some patients under haemodialysis hypernatraemia and metabolic alkalosis developed; both were reversible after discontinuation of GHB and restriction of additional sodium input (Somsanit, the commercially available GHB preparation in Germany, contains 9.2 mmol sodium/g; the daily dose averages 20-40 g GHB, i.e. 180-370 mmol sodium). PATIENTS AND METHODS. In 31 patients after major abdominal surgery, sedation was established with GHB 50 mg/kg BW injected via perfusion pump over a 20-min period. No centrally acting medication had been given for at least 2 h. A computer-based multichannel EEG system (CATEEM, MediSyst, Linden) was used, allowing for fast Fourier transformation, spectral analysis and topographical brain mapping. EEG during induction of sedation was followed after a baseline EEG (10

  16. [Contribution for the validation of the Portuguese version of EQ-5D].

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    Ferreira, Pedro Lopes; Ferreira, Lara Noronha; Pereira, Luis Nobre

    2013-01-01

    doença.Conclusão: A versão portuguesa do EQ-5D tem uma boa aceitabilidade, fiabilidade e validade na medição do estado de saúde.

  17. [Fractional exhaled nitric oxide in monitoring and therapeutic management of asthma].

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    Melo, Bruno; Costa, Patrício; Afonso, Ariana; Machado, Vânia; Moreira, Carla; Gonçalves, Augusta; Gonçalves, Jean-Pierre

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A asma é uma doença respiratória crónica caracterizada pela hiper-reactividade e inflamação brônquica. A inflamação brônquica destes doentes pode ser monitorizada através da medição da fração exalada de óxido nítrico. Este estudo tem por objetivo determinar a associação do valor da fração exalada de óxido nítrico com o débito expiratório máximo instantâneo e com o controlo da asma determinado pela Classificação da Iniciativa Global para a Asma.Material e Métodos: Estudo observacional, analítico e transversal de crianças com asma, 6-12 anos, seguidas na Consulta Externa de Patologia Respiratória do Hospital de Braga. Informação sociodemográfica e clínica colhida através de um questionário. Determinado o valor da fração exalada de óxido nítrico, através do analisador portátil Niox Mino®, e do débito expiratório máximo instantâneo,através do debitómetro.Resultados: A amostra é constituída por 101 crianças asmáticas, 63 (62,4%) do sexo masculino e 38 (37,6%) do sexo feminino. A idade média dos participantes na amostra é de 9,18 (1,99) anos. A regressão logística, realizada com o valor de cutoff obtido pela curva de ROC, revelou que a fração exalada de óxido nítrico tem um efeito estatisticamente significativo (bNíveis do FENO = 0,85; χ2Wald (1) = 8,71; OR = 2,33; p = 0,003) sobre a probabilidade de mudar de nível de controlo da asma. Por cada nível de fração exalada de óxido nítrico incrementado o odds de passar a não controlada é 2,33 vezes superior.Discussão e Conclusão: A probabilidade de uma criança asmática mudar o seu nível de controlo da asma, de ‘controlada’ para ‘parcialmente controlada/não controlada’, tendo em consideração uma alteração no seu nível da fração exalada de óxido nítrico, aumenta 133%.

  18. Biochemical and biophysical investigation of surfactant in neonatal gastric aspirate at birth.

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    Bangyozova, Maya; Jordanova, Albena; Tsanova, Asya; Jekova, Neli; Chakarov, Decho; Doumanov, Jordan; Christova, Emilia; Lalchev, Zdravko

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: A melhor abordagem para detecção de deficiência de surfactante em recém-nascidos prematuros no nascimento permanece pouco clara e a decisão de aplicar surfactante exógeno é baseada principalmente no desenvolvimento de sinais clínicos e radiológicos da síndrome de angústia respiratória neonatal (NRDS). Objetivos: Estudamos as propriedades bioquímicas e biofísicas do aspirado gástrico (GA) de crianças nascidas prematuramente com NRDS e saudáveis nascidos a termo, com o objetivo de encontrar um método acessível para avaliação da maturidade do surfactante no nascimento. Material e Métodos: Quarenta e sete recém-nascidos, divididos em dois grupos foram incluídos no estudo. O primeiro grupo composto por 34 crianças saudáveis nascidas a termo (após 37 semanas de gestação). O segundo grupo incluiu 13 recém-nascidos prematuros (idade entre 26 - 32 semanas de gestação) desenvolveram sinais clínicos de NRDS para os quais foram tratados por ventilação assistida e surfactante exógeno. A análise bioquímica da proteína e lipídio da GA coletado no nascimento foi realizado. A composição de ácidos graxos das amostras GA foi determinada pelo detector de cromatografia de massa seletiva (GS-MSD) análise. As características da superfície (de equilíbrio, os valores máximo e mínimo de tensão de superfície) das amostras de AG foram medidos utilizando o método de gota pendente. Os dados foram comparados entre os grupos, utilizando o teste t de Student ou teste de Mann-Whitney análise. Os valores foram considerados significativamente diferentes se o valor de p ≤ 0,05. Resultados: A concentração média de fosfolipídeos em GA dos prematuros foi menor (295,7 g / ml vs 374,5 mg / ml) do que em crianças a termo e do conteúdo médio de proteína foi menor no GA dos bebês prematuros que o termo recém-nascidos (574,5 ng / ml vs 641,5 ug / ml). A medição das características de superfície dinâmicas da GA mostraram

  19. [Optimal treatment of the axilla after positive sentinel lymph node biopsy in early invasive breast cancer. Early results of the OTOASOR trial].

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    Sávolt, Akos; Musonda, Patrick; Mátrai, Zoltán; Polgár, Csaba; Rényi-Vámos, Ferenc; Rubovszky, Gábor; Kovács, Eszter; Sinkovics, István; Udvarhelyi, Nóra; Török, Klára; Kásler, Miklós; Péley, Gábor

    2013-12-08

    őrszemnyirokcsomó-biopszia izotóp segítségével történt, a kék festék használata opcionális volt. Az eltávolított őrszemnyirokcsomók végleges szövettani vizsgálata 0,5 mm-es szinteken hematoxin-eozin festéssel történt. A vizsgálati karon a komplettáló sebészeti beavatkozás elmaradt, és a betegek 50 Gy (2 Gy/nap) irradiációban részesültek további axillaris műtét helyett. A műtét utáni adjuváns kezelés és a betegek utánkövetése az aktuális intézeti protokollnak megfelelően történt. Eredmények: A vizsgálatba 2002. augusztus és 2009. június között összesen 2109, korai emlőrákban szenvedő beteg került besorolásra, a komplettáló axillaris blokkdisszekció karra 1054 beteg, míg a sugárterápiás karra 1052 beteg került. A 2 követéses karon a betegek egyenletesen oszlottak el a legjelentősebb prognosztikai faktorokat tekintetbe véve. Az őrszemnyirokcsomó-biopszia 2073 betegnél volt sikeres (98,4%), és ezek közül 526 betegnél lett pozitív az őrszemnyirokcsomó (25,4%). Ötvenkét beteg került kizárásra a vizsgálatokból különböző okok miatt. A fennmaradó 474 beteg közül a hagyományos komplettáló axillaris lymphadenectomia karra 244 beteg („A” kar), míg a sugárterápiás karra 230 beteg („B” kar) került besorolásra. A korai utánkövetési idő jelenleg 41,9, illetve 43,3 hónap a két karon, és ezalatt nem jelentkezett szignifikáns különbség a két kar betegei között. A hónalji kiújulásban sem találtak eddig lényeges különbséget, 0,82%-nak bizonyult az „A” karon, míg 1,3% volt a vizsgálati „B” karon. Ugyancsak nem találtak szignifikáns különbséget a betegek teljes túlélésében sem eddig a korai utánkövetési időpontig. Következtetések: A 3,5 éves medián utánkövetési idő után vizsgált kezdeti eredmények a felvetett hipotézis helyességét tűnnek alátámasztani, miszerint az axillaris blokkdisszekció a regionális sug

  20. Towards a Moon Village: Young Lunar Explorers Report

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    Kamps, Oscar; Foing, Bernard; Batenburg, Peter

    2016-04-01

    facilitate the progress of the Moon Village initiative it is necessary to attract private industry investments. Potential sources range from technology testing in the moon environment and private R&D funding from science and academia fields, to space tourism, and more ambitious endeavors such as building a prototype launcher site as a ground segment for debris de-orbiting and satellite recycling activities. The Science and Technology team has identified key technologies and possible major scientific disciplines for a Moon Village and ranked them by importance and by Technology Readiness Level (TRL). In terms of basic technologies and objectives, rover exploration, life support systems, navigation and surveying technologies resulted to have the highest importance and readiness. Technologies for the development of the habitats (materials, modules connections, power supply, alternative energy technologies and energy storage) ended up on having high importance with medium-low technology readiness. Technologies intended to help the astronauts or improve techniques had low-medium importance together with low-medium TRL (e.g. space lift to transfer resources, bio cybernetic augmentation "Exoskeleton", jumping rover, telescope). After brainstorming for required technologies, the fo-cus was shifted to what kinds of science can be ex-pected to be performed, once a functional and usable habitat would be available. The group has categorized studies of planetary formation and the Solar System as a highly important scientific discipline with a medi-um-high TRL. Scientific areas with high-medium im-portance, but low technological readiness, were found to be ISRU, psychological effects, adaptations of life to low gravity and plant cultivation. The physiological effects of low-gravity on the body were considered of medium importance and readiness. The Engaging Stakeholders working group started by identifying the main stakeholders and groups that play a role or that could play a role towards