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  1. Short-term biological variation of clinical chemical values in Dumeril's monitors (Varanus dumerili).

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    Bertelsen, Mads F; Kjelgaard-Hansen, Mads; Howell, Jennifer R; Crawshaw, Graham J

    2007-06-01

    Plasma biochemical values are routinely used in the medical management of ill reptiles, and for monitoring the health of clinically normal animals. Laboratory tests, including clinical biochemical values, are subject to biological and analytical variation, the magnitude of which determines the utility of population-based reference ranges for the detection of abnormal results in the individual animal. Nested analysis of variance of repeated measurements allows the variance to be broken into within-individual, between-individual, and analytical variation. When the within-individual variation is large and the interindividual variation is low, a sample may be accurately classified as normal or abnormal based on a population-based reference interval. However, if the intraindividual variation is low and the interindividual variation high, population-based reference intervals are of limited value as the ranges for an individual encompass only a part of the conventional reference interval. Between-lizard, within-lizard, and analytical components of variance were assessed by nested analysis of variance for 16 commonly measured plasma biochemical parameters in eight healthy adult Dumeril's monitors (Varanus dumerili). Albumin, cholesterol, phosphate, calcium, sodium, and total protein demonstrated levels of individuality suggesting that comparison of a single measurement to a conventional population-based reference range may be too insensitive to detect small but significant alterations in the value for that animal. Only for potassium and AST did the index of individuality suggest that the use of reference values may be warranted. Uric acid, globulin, glucose, and amylase fell in a gray zone, where population-based ranges should be used with caution. The critical difference indicates the difference between two consecutive analytical results that may be safely ascribed to natural variation. In the present study critical difference varied from 7 and 11%, respectively, for

  2. Short-term biological variation of clinical chemical values in dumeril's monitors (Varanus dumerili)

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    Bertelsen, Mads Frost; Kjelgaard-Hansen, Mads Jens; Howell, Jennifer R.;

    2007-01-01

    Plasma biochemical values are routinely used in the medical management of ill reptiles, and for monitoring the health of clinically normal animals. Laboratory tests, including clinical biochemical values, are subject to biological and analytical variation, the magnitude of which determines the ut...

  3. The social value of clinical research

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    Habets, Michelle GJL; van Delden, Johannes JM; Bredenoord, Annelien L

    2014-01-01

    Background International documents on ethical conduct in clinical research have in common the principle that potential harms to research participants must be proportional to anticipated benefits. The anticipated benefits that can justify human research consist of direct benefits to the research participant, and societal benefits, also called social value. In first-in-human research, no direct benefits are expected and the benefit component of the risks-benefit assessment thus merely exists in...

  4. Clinical value of serum immunoreactive trypsin concentration

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    Ruddell, W S J

    1982-01-01

    The clinical value of estimation of serum concentrations of immunoreactive trypsin was evaluated by studying 46 healthy controls, 23 controls in hospital, 44 patients with chronic pancreatic disease, and 184 patients with non-pancreatic conditions in which pancreatic disease commonly enters into the differential diagnosis. Serum trypsin concentration had a log normal distribution in the controls, and the calculated normal range was considerably wider than that previously reported. The concent...

  5. Chemical fracture and distribution of extreme values

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    Baldassarri, A.; Gabrielli, A.(Electrical Circuits Department, Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil); Sapoval, B.

    2002-01-01

    When a corrosive solution reaches the limits of a solid sample, a chemical fracture occurs. An analytical theory for the probability of this chemical fracture is proposed and confirmed by extensive numerical experiments on a two dimensional model. This theory follows from the general probability theory of extreme events given by Gumbel. The analytic law differs from the Weibull law commonly used to describe mechanical failures for brittle materials. However a three parameters fit with the Wei...

  6. Diagnostic value of chemical shift artifact in distinguishing benign lymphadenopathy

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    Purpose: Today, distinguishing metastatic lymph nodes from secondary benign inflammatory ones via using non-invasive methods is increasingly favorable. In this study, the diagnostic value of chemical shift artifact (CSA) in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was evaluated to distinguish benign lymphadenopathy. Subjects and methods: A prospective intraindividual internal review board-approved study was carried out on 15 men and 15 women having lymphadenopathic lesions in different locations of the body who underwent contrast-enhanced dynamic MR imaging at 1.5 T. Then, the imaging findings were compared with pathology reports, using the statistics analyses. Results: Due to the findings of the CSA existence in MRI, a total of 56.7% of the studied lesions (17 of 30) were identified as benign lesions and the rest were malignant, whereas the pathology reports distinguished twelve malignant and eighteen benign cases. Furthermore, the CSA findings comparing the pathology reports indicated that CSA, with confidence of 79.5%, has a significant diagnostic value to differentiate benign lesions from malignant ones. Conclusion: Our study demonstrated that CSA in MR imaging has a suitable diagnostic potential nearing readiness for clinical trials. Furthermore, CSA seems to be a feasible tool to differentiate benign lymph nodes from malignant ones; however, further studies including larger numbers of patients are required to confirm our results.

  7. The clinical value of CT in neuropediatrics

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    Cranial computed-tomography (CT) has opened new dimensions in neuropediatric diagnosis. The relationship between clinical symptoms and CT results is presented. 1930 patients were investigated, one group is made up of 334 newborns and infants, the other group contains children in the age between 13 months and 15 years. Newborns and infants confront the neurologist with stereotyped deficiency symptoms which nevertheless can arise from many causes. CT can make an etiological classification. In childhood illnesses of neurophsychiatric nature sometimes predominate whose clinical symptoms are often minimal (e.g. cerebral seizures, hydrocephalus, perinatal brain damage, various types of headache etc.). Here again CT can give the clinical valuable indications concerning diagnosis and therapeutic procedure. (M.J.)

  8. Economic and clinical value of levofloxacin

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    Mario Eandi

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Levofloxacin is a newer fluoroquinolone, with broad spectrum of antibacterial activity and good tolerability. This drug has a pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile that allows a once-a-day administration and offers the potential for intravenous-to-oral switch therapy. Due to these characteristics, the principal guidelines recommend it, as an option for the empirical therapy of patients with mild or more severe community acquired pneumonia (CAP, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (AECB, complicated urinary tract infection (cUTI and skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI. These pathologies are common causes of morbidity and mortality and place a large burden on medical and economic resources, specially if hospitalization is required. The implementation of a critical pathway, based on levofloxacin use and on a risk prediction rule to establish the need for hospitalization, has the potential to decrease healthcare resource consumption without impairment of clinical outcomes, with respect to conventional management. The possibility of switch therapy allows to reduce length of hospital stay, with a saving in both direct and indirect costs, and an increase in patient satisfaction. In summary, when used according to appropriateness criteria and for approved indications, levofloxacin offers favorable economic features for the healthcare provider, whilst guaranteeing a positive impact on patient functioning and quality of life.

  9. Value-added Chemicals from Biomass by Heterogeneous Catalysis

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    Voss, Bodil

    been implemented. The subject on chemical production has received less attention. This thesis describes and evaluates the quest for an alternative conversion route, based on a biomass feedstock and employing a heterogeneous catalyst capable of converting the feedstock, to a value-added chemical. The...... obtained for such a process and the hypothesis that process feasibility in comparison with the conventional synthesis gas based technologies may further be attainable, taking advantage of the conservation of chemical C-C bonds in biomass based feedstocks. With ethanol as one example of a biomass based...... feedstock, having retained one C-C bond originating from the biomass precursor, the aspects of utilising heterogeneous catalysis for its conversion to value added chemicals is investigated. Through a simple analysis of known, but not industrialised catalytic routes, the direct conversion of ethanol to...

  10. Clinical value of bile acids radioimmunoassay

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    In 50 blood donors, 87 patients with various liver and bile disorders, 50 hemodialyse patients and 50 patients prior to and immediately after cardiac swigery, cholyl glycine (CG) and sulfolithocholyl glycine (SLCG) were determined. Long-term observations were carried out on a further 10 patients with non-A/non-B hepatitis and 10 patients without hepatitis. Correlations were found between the values of alkaline phosphatase, GPT, GOT and bilirubin. Consequently the determination of bile acid, here above all SLCG, constitutes a suitable means to detect subclinical functional liver disorders. The examination of the post-operative functional liver disorders following cardiac swigery showed that there is a distinct time shift between the mostly transitory increase in enzyme activity and the SLCG levels. Surprisingly, the long-term observations showed that increased bile acid levels are already measured during the hepatitis incubation period at normal enzyme activities. It was not possible, however to identify hepatitic patients already during incubation by assay of the bile acid level. Whereas the determination of standard laboratory parameters remains predominant in the description of liver cell damage, the importance of serum bile acid determination is seen in the description of functional liver disorders which are not characterized by increased enzyme activities. (orig.)

  11. [Medicinal values and their chemical bases of Paris].

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    Wang, Yue-hu; Niu, Hong-mei; Zhang, Zhao-yun; Hu, Xiang-yang; Li, Heng

    2015-03-01

    Medicinal values and their chemical bases of Paris (Trilliaceae) are reviewed. Paris plants include 40 species and varieties. Among them, 18 ones are medicinal plants with similarity in traditional uses. Fourteen species have been studied phytochemically, which led to isolation of 207 compounds including 121 steroidal saponins. These saponins are major active constituents from Paris plants, which can explain the traditional uses of the plants to treat cancer, malignant boil, bleeding, gastritis, and so on. The similarity in medicinal uses and chemical constituents of Paris plants implies the possibility of resource substitution among these species. It is worth to further investigate Paris plants in chemical constituents, pharmacological activity, biological property, and toxicology. PMID:26087542

  12. Chemical Conversion of Energetic Materials to Higher Value Products

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    Mitchell, A R; Hsu, P C; Coburn, M D; Schmidt, R D; Pagoria, P F; Lee, G S

    2005-04-19

    The objective of this program is to develop new processes for the disposal of surplus energetic materials. Disposal through open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) is considered less attractive today due to environmental, cost and safety concerns. The use of energetic materials as chemical feedstocks for higher value products can provide environmentally sound and cost-effective alternatives to OB/OD. Our recent studies on the conversion of surplus energetic materials (Explosive D, TNT) to higher value products will be described.

  13. Carbon-13 magnetic resonance chemical shift additivity relationships of clinically used furocoumarins and furchromones

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    The natural abundance carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of various clinically used furocoumarins and furochromones have been studied. The assignments of carbon chemical shift values were based on the theory of chemical shift, additivity rules, SFORD spectra and model compounds. (author)

  14. Chemical Dependence and Clinical Depression in Pregnancy.

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    Burns, Kayreen; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Assessed the extent and depth of depression in 54 chemically dependent pregnant women, divided into three groups by age. Results indicated that the older chemically dependent women scored significantly higher on the depression index than did either of the two younger groups, while the teenagers obtained a mean score comparable to that of the…

  15. Clinical value of in vitro tests in thyroid diagnosis

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    Since various new in vitro tests, partially involving new parameters, have been introduced into routine diagnostics during the past ten years, the aim of this contribution is to discuss their clinical value. This applies particularly to the determination of free thyroid hormones, TSH receptor antibodies, the supersensitively determined basal TSH level as well as to the tumour markers thyroglobulin and calcitonin. In radioligand assays the free thyroid hormones, FT4 and FT3, are of high clinical value, comparable to that of the indirect parameters, of the FT4 and FT3 indexes and the T4/TBG and T3/TBG ratios. TSH receptor antibodies are useful for differential diagnosis of hyperthyroidism whereas their clinical value in the follow-up of immunohyperthyroidism is controversial. The supersensitively determined basal TSH enables to predict the result of the TRH test, and there is a tendency towards replacement of the latter one. Furthermore, the use of the basal TSH as a primary screening test is discussed. However, particularly with regard to special cases, the TRH test must not be regarded as obsolete at present. Thyroglobulin and calcitonin are tumour markers of very high clinical value in differentiated or medullary thyroid carcinoma, respectively. (orig.)

  16. How Cleveland Clinic used TDABC to improve value.

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    Donovan, Christopher J; Hopkins, Mike; Kimmel, Benjamin M; Koberna, Stephanie; Montie, Carrie A

    2014-06-01

    Cleveland Clinic partnered with Harvard Business School to conduct a pilot project to explore the differences between time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) and relative value unit costing. The goal was to determine whether TDABC could improve the accuracy of cost information and identify value-improvement opportunities for two types of heart-value procedures. Using TDABC, leaders gained a detailed look into process steps that could be consolidated, reduced, or performed with a lower cost mix of personnel. PMID:24968630

  17. Clinical value of ventilation perfusion imaging for pulmonary embolism

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    The results and clinical value of ventilation perfusion (VP) imaging in 434 patients is reported. Pulmonary arteriography has been performed independently in 47 of these patients. Pulmonary arteriography provides the only specific test for intraluminal thrombus in pulmonary vessels. It is, however, invasive, time consuming and expensive, and has a significant morbidity and occasional mortality. For these reasons, VP imaging has been widely adopted as a screening test for pulmonary embolism (PE). The non-specific nature of perfusion abnormalities of lung demonstrated by this technique are a drawback, and controversy has been generated concerning the value of VP imaging to clinicians who must make decisions on clinical management. It is found that VP imaging provides valuable information in two-thirds of all patients referred to Nuclear Medicine with a clinical suspicion of PE. Among these patients, VP imaging confirmed the clinical suspicion in one-third, clarified or corrected the clinical diagnosis in one-third, and was non-diagnostic in one-third. It is concluded that VP imaging is a safe, reliable and valuable screening test in a significant number of patients suspected of having PE

  18. Values below detection limit in compositional chemical data

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    Highlights: ► Less-than replacement methods for compositional chemical data. ► New model-based univariate multiplicative replacement method. ► Evaluation of competing methods performance. ► Computer code implementing the methods provided. -- Abstract: Samples representing part of a whole, usually called compositional data in statistics, are commonplace in analytical chemistry—say chemical data in percentage, ppm, or μg g−1. Their distinctive feature is that there is an inherent relationship between all the analytes constituting a chemical sample as they only convey relative information. Some compositional data analysis principles and the log-ratio based methodology are outlined here in practical terms. Besides, one often finds that some analytes are not present in sufficient concentration in a sample to allow the measuring instruments to effectively detect them. These non-detects are usually labelled as “< DL” (less-thans) in the data set, indicating that the values are below known detection limits. Many data analysis techniques require complete data sets. Thus, there is a need of sensible replacement strategies for less-thans. The peculiar nature of compositional data determines any data analysis and demands for a specialised treatment of less-thans that, unfortunately, is not usually covered in chemometrics. Some well-founded statistical methods are revisited in this paper aiming to prevent practitioners from relying on popular but untrustworthy approaches. A new proposal to estimate less-thans combining a log-normal probability model and a multiplicative modification of the samples is also introduced. Their performance is illustrated and compared on a real data set, and guidelines are provided for practitioners. Matlab and R code implementing the methods are made available for the reader

  19. The clinical value of planar thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

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    The clinical value of planar thalium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was examined, using visual and quantitative analysis, for the detection of presence, localization and extent of coronary disease, using coronary arteriography as gold standard. The indremental diagnostic yield of different noninvasive tests for the diagnosis and the severity of coronary artery disease was quantified by using multivariate discriminant analysis. (author). 284 refs.; 14 figs.; 37 tabs

  20. Major developments in clinical chemical instrumentation.

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    Caraway, W T

    1981-07-01

    The introduction of instrumentation into the clinical chemistry laboratory is reviewed for the period extending from about 1890 to 1960. Topics covered, from a historical point of view, include the microscope, analytical balance, and centrifuge, colorimetry and spectrophotometry, flame photometry, gasometric analysis, pH, electrophoresis, chromatography, radioisotopes, and automation. PMID:7035606

  1. Value-sensitive clinical accompaniment in community nursing science

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    Ebin Arries

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Clinical community health facilities where undergraduate students are placed for their practical work in community nursing science are dynamic and have undergone major transformation over the past few years. In the clinical field, community nurses and undergraduate students are representative of the different races and language and ethnic groups in the South African population, with each group espousing different value systems. Both parties – students and community nurses – report that, due to these differences, value conflicts are experienced during clinical accompaniment and that this has negative effects on clinical learning in community nursing science.

    The goal of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of students with regard to value-sensitive clinical accompaniment in the community nursing environment. An exploratory, descriptive and contextual design was used. Interactions between community nurses and students during clinical accompaniment were explored for value sensitivity by means of video recordings,participant observation and focus group interviews. Data were collected by means of video recordings, participant observation and focus group interviews. The data were analysed and coded by the researcher and the external coder, using an inductive descriptive method to identify important segments of the regularity of behaviour. The focus group interviews were transcribed, analysed and coded by the researcher and the external coder, using Tesch’s steps of analysis (Creswell 1994:155–156.Lincoln and Guba’s criteria (1985:290 for trustworthiness were applied to the study.

    The general findings indicate that clinical accompaniment in community nursing is not value sensitive and, as a result, guidelines for value-sensitive clinical accompaniment need to be developed for undergraduate students in the community nursing environment. The following values (values for which guidelines need to be developed were

  2. Correlation between the limit values of laboratory and clinical mycotoxicosis

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    Stojanov Igor M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Analysis of feed for the presence of fungi and mycotoxins is a request necessary to meet in order to ensure a healthy and economical production in livestock. These tests are related to legal regulation which prescribes the maximum legislated content (MLC, both for the presence of mycotoxins and the total number of fungi in certain feeds. Health problems that can occur during the production of animals are sometimes caused by the presence of mycotoxins in the feed. Laboratory testing is a good practice to confirm a suspicion, and allows timely treatment of contaminated feed. Potential problems arise under circumstances when there is a clinical outcome of mycotoxicosis and animal and laboratory findings suggest that the obtained values are below the level that is within the MLC. For these reasons, the subject of our research was to investigate the occurrence of mycotoxins and mold in feed, as well as the clinical presentation for animals that were fed with the feed with allowed values of these agents according to the recommended levels. The aim of this paper was to highlight the problems associated with clinical correlation of sick animals and laboratory findings, and suggest their overcoming. In the period of one year, a total of 176 samples of feed (complete mixture for broilers, corn and soy products were examined for the presence of fungi, 106 samples were examined for the presence of mycotoxins and 26 flocks of broilers and turkeys were clinically observed. Standard methods were used for isolation of molds and the ELISA test was used for the detection of mycotoxins. Clinical and pathomorphological observation of the flocks was done to determine the natural indicators of production. Studies indicated a problem because clinical and pathomorphological findings in some cases were not correlated with laboratory findings of molds and mycotoxins in the feed, and in some cases it did not necessarily mean that the animals were healthy. Synergism and

  3. Diagnostic values of clinical diagnostic tests in subacromial impingement syndrome

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    Calis, M.; Akgun, K; Birtane, M; Karacan, I; Calis, H.; Tuzun, F.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—Subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) is a frequent cause of shoulder pain. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic values of clinical diagnostic tests, in patients with SIS.
METHODS—72 female, 48 male patients with shoulder pain were included in the study. Five had bilateral shoulder pain, so 125 painful shoulders were evaluated. Details were recorded about the patients' ages and sexes, as well as characteristics of pain and related problems. Detailed physical exam...

  4. Seeking value in Medicare: performance measurement for clinical professionals.

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    Sprague, Lisa

    2013-10-30

    The Medicare program, despite its reputation of being a bill payer with little regard to the worth of the services it buys, has begun to put in place a range of programs aimed at assessing quality and value, with more to come. Attention to resource use and cost is nascent. The issues are complex, and it is no surprise that there is a level of contention between providers and regulators, even though both profess commitment to improved quality. This paper summarizes the quality and value programs that apply to physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as programs designed to encourage the adoption of technology to support quality improvement. Participation in all is voluntary. However, a decision not to participate increasingly carries a financial penalty, as Congress (and, by extension, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) tries to encourage behavior it cannot force. PMID:24312987

  5. 临床用药处方中药品说明书对药物理化性质判断的临床价值%Clinical value of dispensatory of the clinical medicine prescription drugs in the instruction of the physical and chemical properties of drugs

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    蔡蕤

    2015-01-01

    ObJective To study the application of dispensatory of clinical medicine prescription drugs in the instruction of the physical and chemical properties of drugs,and to improve the medication safety. Methods Nine thousand and five hundred clinical medicine prescription in the seventh people’s hospital of Zhengzhou from March 2012 to March 2014 were analyzed,and the types were classified ac-cording to their taboos. Results There were 79 unqualified prescription in 9500 prescription,accounted for 0. 83%,compatibility taboo prescription 37 sheets,accounting for 46. 84%. The physical compatibil-ity tabu(16. 21%),chemical compatibility tabu(48. 65%),rational drug compatibility taboo accoun-ted for 35. 14%. Conclusions Strengthen the analysis of clinical drug prescription and drug metabolism process,pharmaceutical composition etc,can reduce the incidence of drug compatibility taboo,reduce the adverse drug reaction.%目的:研究临床用药处方说明书在药物理化性质判断中的应用情况,提高用药安全性。方法抽取2012年3月至2014年3月郑州市第七人民医院9500张临床用药处方进行分析,并根据其禁忌类型进行分类。结果本组9500张处方中,不合格处方张79张,占0.83%,配伍禁忌处方37张,占46.84%。其中物理性配伍禁忌占16.21%,化学性配伍禁忌占48.65%,药理性配伍禁忌占35.14%。结论加强对临床用药处方的分析,了解药物的代谢过程、组成成分、酸碱作用等,能够降低药物配伍禁忌的发生率,降低不良用药反应。

  6. [Chemical, sensory and clinical characterization of lupin marmalades].

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    Villarroel, M; Biolley, E; Larenas, G; Wittig, E; Díaz, V; Muñoz, Y

    1996-09-01

    Legumes are characterized as showing interesting hypoglicemic properties. Their presence in the diet is very useful in controlling the level of blood glucose in diabetic people. Taking in mind this property different formulations of prune marmalades were developed using 5, -7.5, 10 and 15% of full fat sweet lupin flour (FFLF). These samples were submitted to chemical, physical, sensory and clinical analysis. The protein content increased from 0.6 to 5.2% in direct proportion to lupin flour concentration. Energy content remained relatively constant in all formulations. The incorporation of FFLF did not affect the natural dark red prune color and pH, acidity and soluble solids values remained under the limits of Chilean food regulation laws. The samples were analyzed by a Rank preference test. Reported data showed a significative preference for the prune marmalade with 10% HEL (p flour was tested in seven adult non insulin dependent diabetic patients using the glucose tolerance test. Postprandial blood glucose concentration data was lower in individuals after a test meal of lupin marmalade compared to fructose marmalade. This result would allow diabetic people to eat foods such as marmalades which are known to contain a large amount of carbohydrates. PMID:9429628

  7. Clinical value of isotope methods in adrenal morphology investigations

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    In the years 1976-1980 in 105 patients 124 adrenal scintigrams were obtained, including 50 in patients with primary hyperaldosteronism syndrome, 27 with Cushings syndrome, 8 after bilateral total adrenalectomy, 4 with adrenal virilizing tumours, 6 with phaeochromocytoma, 10 with normal adrenal function. The results of scintigraphy were compared with those of arteriography, phlebography, computer tomography and postoperative findings. The clinical value of scintigraphy was found to be greatest in cases of adrenocortical disease. In cases of phaeochromocytoma isotope angioscintigraphy is a useful method for localizing the tumour since it makes possible demonstration of the vascular bed of the tumour. A close correlation was demonstrated between the results of scintigraphy and those of computer tomography. In the group of 27 patients treated surgically for adrenocortical disease in 87% of cases an agreement was found between the results of scintigraphy and the result of the operation. For different adrenocortical diseases this per cent was: 77% for Cushings syndrome, 91% for primary hyperaldosteronism, 100% for adrenal virilizing tumours. The study showed that adrenal scintigraphy is a very valuable diagnostic method of high clinical usefulness in adrenocortical diseases. (author)

  8. Clinical Scoring Value for Diagnosis of Streptococcal Pharyngitis

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    N.M. Noori

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: β- hemolytic group A streptococcus is the most common cause of acute bacterial pharyngitis in children.Due to the high incidence of this disease and it's difficult diagnosis , we decided to compare clinical scoring and throat cultures for diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis. Materials & Methods: This cross-sectional analytic study was done on 3-16 year old patients reffered to pediatric clinic with complaint of sore throat. After taking history and physical examination, scoring was done based on clinical findings.The patients with chronic disease or those who received antibiotics or other drugs were eliminated from the study. Analysis was performed using SPSS. Score for each patient was calculated and compared with the result of throat cultures. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for each clinical finding were determined. Results: 315 patients out of 350 patients with complaint of sore throat referred to the clinic had fever of whom 51.1% had positive throat culture with 51.1% sensitivity and 77% specifity (p<0.01. 127 patients had pharyngeal petechia of whom 67% had positive throat culture with 66.9% sensitivity and 73.5% specifity (p<0.002. 105 children had pharyngeal exudates of whom 65.7% had positive throat culture with 65.7% sensitivity and 58.3% specifity (p<0.001. Anterior cervical lymphadenopathy was detected in 293 patients of whom 53.24% had positive throat culture with 53.2% sensitivity and 73.8% specifity (p<0.002. 182 patients had no signs of upper respiratory infection, among them 65.9% had positive throat culture with 65.9% sensitivity and 70.4% specifity (p<0.001. 130 patients had sore throat, 66.3% of them had positive throat culture with 62.3% sensitivity and 59% specifity (p<0.001. 310 patients had pharyngeal erythema of which 51.6% had positive throat culture with 57.5% sensitivity and 22.7% specifity (p<0.02. 99 children had gastrointestinal signs, 66.14% had

  9. Probabilistic Approach to Determining Unbiased Random-coil Carbon-13 Chemical Shift Values from the Protein Chemical Shift Database

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    We describe a probabilistic model for deriving, from the database of assigned chemical shifts, a set of random coil chemical shift values that are 'unbiased' insofar as contributions from detectable secondary structure have been minimized (RCCSu). We have used this approach to derive a set of RCCSu values for 13Cα and 13Cβ for 17 of the 20 standard amino acid residue types by taking advantage of the known opposite conformational dependence of these parameters. We present a second probabilistic approach that utilizes the maximum entropy principle to analyze the database of 13Cα and 13Cβ chemical shifts considered separately; this approach yielded a second set of random coil chemical shifts (RCCSmax-ent). Both new approaches analyze the chemical shift database without reference to known structure. Prior approaches have used either the chemical shifts of small peptides assumed to model the random coil state (RCCSpeptide) or statistical analysis of chemical shifts associated with structure not in helical or strand conformation (RCCSstruct-stat). We show that the RCCSmax-ent values are strikingly similar to published RCCSpeptide and RCCSstruct-stat values. By contrast, the RCCSu values differ significantly from both published types of random coil chemical shift values. The differences (RCCSpeptide-RCCSu) for individual residue types show a correlation with known intrinsic conformational propensities. These results suggest that random coil chemical shift values from both prior approaches are biased by conformational preferences. RCCSu values appear to be consistent with the current concept of the 'random coil' as the state in which the geometry of the polypeptide ensemble samples the allowed region of (φ,ψ)-space in the absence of any dominant stabilizing interactions and thus represent an improved basis for the detection of secondary structure. Coupled with the growing database of chemical shifts, this probabilistic approach makes it possible to refine

  10. Conditional Toxicity Value (CTV) Predictor for Generating Toxicity Values for Data Sparse Chemicals (Poster)

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    Various stakeholders and expert groups, including the National Research Council in Science and Decisions, call for “default approaches to support risk estimation for chemicals lacking chemical-specific information.” This project aims to address this challenge through ...

  11. Chemical plants: high-value molecules from essential oils.

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    Lummiss, Justin A M; Oliveira, Kelley C; Pranckevicius, Alexandre M T; Santos, Alexandra G; dos Santos, Eduardo N; Fogg, Deryn E

    2012-11-21

    As society faces a future of dwindling petrochemical supplies at increasing cost, much attention has been focused on methods to degrade biomass into renewable commodity-chemical building blocks. Reported here is a powerful complementary approach that amplifies the complexity of molecular structures present in plant materials. Essential-oil phenylpropenoids are transformed via acrylate cross-metathesis into potent antioxidants that are widely used in perfumery and cosmetics, and in treating disorders associated with oxidative damage. PMID:23126387

  12. Clinical value of imaging techniques in childhood osteomyelitis

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    Purpose: The traditional approach to investigating suspected osteomyelitis in children includes conventional radiography and bone scintigraphy. The roles of US, CT and MR imaging are controversial. Our objective was to determine whether the additional use of these modalities would yield information likely to lead to treatment modification. Material and Methods: Sixty-five children with clinically suspected osteomyelitis took part in a prospective study. All patients underwent conventional radiography and bone scintigraphy. In addition to this, US, CT and MR imaging were all performed in 33 patients; the remaining 32 patients were examined with various combinations of these three modalities. The value of the additional information obtained was estimated retrospectively by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in terms of possible modification of treatment. Results: MR imaging was the modality with the highest sensitivity and specificity for detecting osteomyelitis. MR yielded information likely to influence treatment in the greatest proportion of patients (45%) followed by US (30%). Conclusion: The standard investigation protocol with the addition of US (because of its ability to detect subperiosteal abscesses early and simply) is adequate in uncomplicated cases. When additional imaging is required to outline a lesion, or in complicated cases, and when bone scintigraphy is inconclusive, MR imaging should also be performed. CT should be considered when MR investigation is not available or when anesthesia is required but cannot be provided. (orig.)

  13. Clinical value of imaging techniques in childhood osteomyelitis

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    Kaiser, S.; Jorulf, H. [Karolinska Hospital, Astrid Lindgren Children`s Hospital, Dept. of Pediatric Radiology, Stockholm (Sweden); Hirsch, G. [Karolinska Hospital, Astrid Lindgren Children`s Hospital, Dept. of Pediatric Surgery, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1998-09-01

    Purpose: The traditional approach to investigating suspected osteomyelitis in children includes conventional radiography and bone scintigraphy. The roles of US, CT and MR imaging are controversial. Our objective was to determine whether the additional use of these modalities would yield information likely to lead to treatment modification. Material and Methods: Sixty-five children with clinically suspected osteomyelitis took part in a prospective study. All patients underwent conventional radiography and bone scintigraphy. In addition to this, US, CT and MR imaging were all performed in 33 patients; the remaining 32 patients were examined with various combinations of these three modalities. The value of the additional information obtained was estimated retrospectively by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in terms of possible modification of treatment. Results: MR imaging was the modality with the highest sensitivity and specificity for detecting osteomyelitis. MR yielded information likely to influence treatment in the greatest proportion of patients (45%) followed by US (30%). Conclusion: The standard investigation protocol with the addition of US (because of its ability to detect subperiosteal abscesses early and simply) is adequate in uncomplicated cases. When additional imaging is required to outline a lesion, or in complicated cases, and when bone scintigraphy is inconclusive, MR imaging should also be performed. CT should be considered when MR investigation is not available or when anesthesia is required but cannot be provided. (orig.)

  14. Three-Dimensional Ultrasonography in Obstetrics: the Clinical Value

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    徐辉雄; 张青萍; 肖先桃; 周玉清; 闻良珍; 许建平; 蔡敏

    2001-01-01

    To investigate the clinical value of three-dimensional ultrasonography (3DUS) in obstetrics, various 3DUS rendering methods including surface mode, transparent mode and multiplanar mode were employed to scan 30 fetuses in second and third trimester by using the transabdominal volume transducer. The results showed that surface mode could vividly demonstrate the surface morphologic features of the fetuses, as well as the stereo-shape and the spatial relationship among the surface structures. The face, limbs, umbilical cord and outer genitalia of the fetus could be well displayed by surface mode. Transparent mode could reveal the bony structures under the surface, such as ribs, vertebrae, crania, etc. The result was not affected by the sophisticated curvature of these bony structures and the success rate was up to 100 %. When rendered by multiplanar mode, the region of interest (ROI) could be viewed from different directions. It should be concluded that 3DUS could serve as a supplement to two-dimensional ultrasonography (2DUS). 3DUS might play an important role in prenatal diagnosis and enhance the diagnostic confidence level of the physicians.

  15. Analysis of determination modalities concerning the exposure and emission limits values of chemical and radioactive substances

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    This document presents the generic approach adopted by various organizations for the determination of the public exposure limits values to chemical and radioactive substances and for the determination of limits values of chemical products emissions by some installations. (A.L.B.)

  16. Threshold limit values and their applicability in the realms of chemical exposure control

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    Chemicals are useful and indispensable in every walk of our life. Nuclear industry is no exception to this fact. A number of chemicals are in use in the nuclear fuel cycle. Thus, hazards due to exposure to chemicals coexist with radiological hazards in a nuclear fuel cycle industrial or research set-up. In the realms of control of chemical exposure, limits on concentration of chemicals in workplace are prescribed. These are known as occupational exposure limits. Threshold Limit Value (TLV) is one such occupational exposure limit. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) prescribes TLVs as guideline values for various chemicals and also for physical agents. The discussion is confined to philosophy of chemical TLV, its applicability, and its limitations. (author)

  17. Care delivery value chains for ophthalmic clinics in Switzerland

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    Bühlmann Samuel

    2009-01-01

    Perceived patient value is often not aligned with the emerging expenses for health care services. In other words, the costs are often supposed as rising faster than the actual value for the patients. This fact is causing major concerns to governments, health plans, and individuals. Attempts to solve the problem have habitually been on the operational effectiveness side: increasing patient volume, minimizing costs, rationing, or closing hospitals, usually resulting in a zero-sum game. Only few...

  18. Legal value of clinical competence and its certification

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    Antonino Zagari

    2013-01-01

    What is the legal value of the assessment and certification of professional skills and competence? The certification of skills can be defined as a process by which a third party gives written assurance that a person satisfies all requirements needed to operate to the highest professional standards in a specific field. Today, the certification of skill scan have a legal value in the context of professional responsibility when a judge has to assess the degree of expertise of a doctor who is und...

  19. Some haematological and clinical-chemical parameters of sight hounds (Afghan hound, saluki and whippet).

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    Hilppö, M

    1986-01-01

    Blood was collected from 111 clinically healthy dogs of sight hound breeds for haematological and clinical chemical analyses. The distributions according to age, breed and sex are tabulated. Reference values for haemoglobin were established as 172-240 g/l for adults and 136-217 g/l for growing dogs; the respective packed cell volume values were 50-69% and 41-64%. Ten serum parameters were determined: AP, ALAT, ASAT, GT, CK, urea, cholesterol, creatinine, total protein and albumin. The results are given as means +/- S.D., and a reference value for serum creatinine was established as less than or equal to 165 mumol/l for adults. PMID:3675721

  20. Clinical value of some hematological methods applying radioisotopes

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    A review of some widely used haematological diagnostic methods in which radioactive isotopes are applied. Plasma iron clearance, plasma iron turnover, red cell utilization and erythrocyte iron turnover are carried out by means of 59Fe. The same radioisotope is used for surface detection above the heart, liver, spleen, and sacral region. Plasma levels of ferritin, vitamin B12, and folic acid can be determined by radioimmunoassays applying as tracer 125I, 57Co and 125I respectively. The normal values of these tests are indicated as well as some pathological reasons of abnormal values. (L.E.) 13 refs.; 3 figs

  1. Combined Chemical Activation and Fenton Degradation to Convert Waste Polyethylene into High-Value Fine Chemicals.

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    Chow, Cheuk-Fai; Wong, Wing-Leung; Ho, Keith Yat-Fung; Chan, Chung-Sum; Gong, Cheng-Bin

    2016-07-01

    Plastic waste is a valuable organic resource. However, proper technologies to recover usable materials from plastic are still very rare. Although the conversion/cracking/degradation of certain plastics into chemicals has drawn much attention, effective and selective cracking of the major waste plastic polyethylene is extremely difficult, with degradation of C-C/C-H bonds identified as the bottleneck. Pyrolysis, for example, is a nonselective degradation method used to crack plastics, but it requires a very high energy input. To solve the current plastic pollution crisis, more effective technologies are needed for converting plastic waste into useful substances that can be fed into the energy cycle or used to produce fine chemicals for industry. In this study, we demonstrate a new and effective chemical approach by using the Fenton reaction to convert polyethylene plastic waste into carboxylic acids under ambient conditions. Understanding the fundamentals of this new chemical process provides a possible protocol to solve global plastic-waste problems. PMID:27168079

  2. Mo- and V-catalyzed transformation of biomass into high-value chemicals

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    Nielsen, Lasse Bo; Dethlefsen, Johannes Rytter; Lupp, Daniel;

    2014-01-01

    The possibility of converting biomass into higher-value chemicals has received increased attention over the last few years. If biomass could be converted into biofules or platform chemicals, then it could constitute a large source of renewable energy and economy for society....

  3. Legal value of clinical competence and its certification

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    Antonino Zagari

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available What is the legal value of the assessment and certification of professional skills and competence? The certification of skills can be defined as a process by which a third party gives written assurance that a person satisfies all requirements needed to operate to the highest professional standards in a specific field. Today, the certification of skill scan have a legal value in the context of professional responsibility when a judge has to assess the degree of expertise of a doctor who is under investigation for malpractice. From a legal point of view, it has some value regarding credits for professional appointments or career development within the state system. It is desirable that more and more both national and regional legislation should use the system of certification of skills through accredited third-parties to improve and assess the performance of professionals and the institutions and structures in which they operate. The system of certification of skills has to become part of the requirements for the accreditation of public and private facilities that provide services to the national health service. We believe that the certification of skills not only helps to recognize human intellectual capital, which is the main value of a healthcare organization, but also facilitates decisions about career paths and the construction of an effective training and study curriculum and portfolio.

  4. Optimum b value for resolving crossing fibers: a study with standard clinical b value using 1.5-T MR

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    Akazawa, Kentaro; Yamada, Kei; Matsushima, Shigenori; Goto, Mariko; Yuen, Sachiko; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2010-01-01

    Introduction We sought to investigate the optimum b value for resolving crossing fiber using high-angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI)-based multi-tensor tractography. The study tested the standard b values that are commonly used in the routine clinical setting. Methods Ten normal volunteers (five men and five women) with a mean age of 26.3 years (range, 22–32 years) were scanned using a 1.5-T clinical magnetic resonance unit. Single-shot echo-planar imaging was used for diffusion-wei...

  5. Customer Value Audit In Business Markets: The Case of Chemicals Supplier In International Markets

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    Chacour, S; Ulaga, W

    1998-01-01

    Implementing the customer driven firm is a going concern of management in many business markets of today. Knowing where value lies for the customer has become critical for a supplier. In this article, we first will assess the complex value construct through a literature review. We then develop a multiple-item measure of customer value and illustrate our approach by the marketing strategy development project of a major chemicals manufacturer in international markets. We finally discuss how the...

  6. Value of Multiple Sleep Latency Test Periods and Clinical Correlation

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim:Patients with complaints excessive daytime sleepiness were evaluated with Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT electrophysiological findings and researched narcolepsy symptoms like nightmare, hallucinations, cataplexy in this study. Material and Method: To study 26 patients were admitted retrospectively with complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness at Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine Sleep Clinic in the dates December 2009- December 2010. Cases of narcolepsy symptoms (hallucinations-nightmare-cataplexy and MSLT were evaluated together. The onset of REM sleep (SOREM was counted, than SOREM (+ and SOREM (- patients’ sleep latency and narcolepsy symptoms were compared. All data were analyzed with SPSS 20.0. Results: The mean sleep latency assessed sleep latencies, gradually widening towards the end of the first sleep period, and it has been observed to be statistically significant(p:0.007. Conclusion: The mean sleep latency assessed sleep latencies, gradually widening towards the end of the first sleep period, and it has been observed to be statistically significant(p:0.007 and we thinked that it can be decreased of need to sleep during nap periods. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(4.000: 712-718

  7. Predictive value of clinical history compared with urodynamic study in 1,179 women

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    Full Text Available SUMMARY Objective: to determine the positive predictive value of clinical history in comparison with urodynamic study for the diagnosis of urinary incontinence. Methods: retrospective analysis comparing clinical history and urodynamic evaluation of 1,179 women with urinary incontinence. The urodynamic study was considered the gold standard, whereas the clinical history was the new test to be assessed. This was established after analyzing each method as the gold standard through the difference between their positive predictive values. Results: the positive predictive values of clinical history compared with urodynamic study for diagnosis of stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and mixed urinary incontinence were, respectively, 37% (95% CI 31-44, 40% (95% CI 33-47 and 16% (95% CI 14-19. Conclusion: we concluded that the positive predictive value of clinical history was low compared with urodynamic study for urinary incontinence diagnosis. The positive predictive value was low even among women with pure stress urinary incontinence.

  8. Identifying low-value clinical practices in critical care medicine: protocol for a scoping review

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    Niven, Daniel J; McCormick, T Jared; Straus, Sharon E; Hemmelgarn, Brenda R.; Jeffs, Lianne P.; Stelfox, Henry T

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Reducing unnecessary, low-value clinical practice (ie, de-adoption) is key to improving value for money in healthcare, especially among patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) where resource consumption exceeds other medical and surgical populations. Research suggests that low-value clinical practices are common in medicine, however systematically and objectively identifying them is a widely cited barrier to de-adoption. We will conduct a scoping review to identify low-v...

  9. Value-added processing of crude glycerol into chemicals and polymers.

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    Luo, Xiaolan; Ge, Xumeng; Cui, Shaoqing; Li, Yebo

    2016-09-01

    Crude glycerol is a low-value byproduct which is primarily obtained from the biodiesel production process. Its composition is significantly different from that of pure glycerol. Crude glycerol usually contains various impurities, such as water, methanol, soap, fatty acids, and fatty acid methyl esters. Considerable efforts have been devoted to finding applications for converting crude glycerol into high-value products, such as biofuels, chemicals, polymers, and animal feed, to improve the economic viability of the biodiesel industry and overcome environmental challenges associated with crude glycerol disposal. This article reviews recent advances of biological and chemical technologies for value-added processing of crude glycerol into chemicals and polymers, and provides strategies for addressing production challenges. PMID:27004448

  10. Cross-Cultural Value Orientations: Clinical Implications from an Analysis of the Theory and Research.

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    Scott, David Laurel

    The purpose of this paper is to consider what relevant clinical applications can be generated from a thorough review and critique of the theoretical and empirical literature pertaining to cross-cultural value orientations. The Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck (1961) theory of value orientations and their Value Schedule was presented. The 3 elements of…

  11. Ecotoxicological assessments and the setting of limit values for chemicals in the environment

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    The Committee on the Setting of Limit Values for Chemicals held its first open conference in Denmark in March 1992 at Mogenstrup Kro, Zealand. The conference proceedings were entitled `Risk Management and Risk Assessment in Different Sectors in Denmark`. The conference focused on risk assessment and the setting of limit values for chemicals in connection with human exposure to chemicals. The conference held in January 1996, which is covered by the present proceedings, dealt with the exposure of the environment to chemicals and the state-of-the-art as well as perspectives of ecotoxicological research. Special emphasis was placed on the illustration and discussion of the problems that have to be solved in order to secure satisfactory levels of protection of soil and aquatic environments in connection with exposure to chemicals. Also, problems connected with exposure through the atmosphere were discussed and exemplified by the work on the setting of limit values for tropospheric ozone. Furthermore, the global problems pertaining to what is believed to be the greenhouse effect and the degradation of the stratospheric ozone layer as well as the damage to crops caused by ozone were mentioned. (au)

  12. Digestibility and energetic value of some agricultural wastes as affected by gamma irradiation and chemical treatments

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    Experiments were carried out to study the changes in the values of in-vitro apparent organic matter digestibility (IVOMD), metabolizable energy (ME) and net energy lactation (NEL) of wheat straw, sunflower seed shell, olive cake wood, date palm seeds and peanut shell after spraying with different concentrations of hydrobromic acid (HBr) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) (0,3,6 ml HBr and 3,6 g NaOH/25 ml water/100 g DM) or after exposure to various doses of gamma radiation (0, 20, 40, 60 kGy). Results indicated that, except for the date palm seeds, the chemical treatments with either HBr or NaOH significantly (P<0.05) increased IVOMD, Me and NEL values for all treated samples. The experimental agricultural wastes did not respond equally to the chemical treatments investigated, i.e. they differ in the induced increases pertaining to their IVOMD, ME and NEL. The highest changes in the studied parameters due to chemical treatments were obtained when applying the 6% concentration. There was no significant effect (P<0.05) of irradiation on IVOMD, ME and NEL values for all treated samples. Moreover, the combined treatments of irradiation and hydrobromic acid or sodium hydroxide were found to have no significant affects on the IVOMD, ME and NEL values compared to the individual chemical treatments. (author)

  13. Precision and Negative Predictive Value of Links between ClinicalTrials.gov and PubMed

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    Huser, Vojtech; Cimino, James J.

    2012-01-01

    One of the goals of translational science is to shorten the time from discovery to clinical use. Clinical trial registries were established to increase transparency in completed and ongoing clinical trials, and they support linking trials with resulting publications. We set out to investigate precision and negative predictive value (NPV) of links between ClinicalTrials.gov (CT.gov) and PubMed. CT.gov has been established to increase transparency in clinical trials and the link to PubMed is cr...

  14. Improving ruminal degradability and energetic values of bamboo shoot shell using chemical treatments.

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    Zhao, Liping; Ren, Liping; Zhou, Zhenming; Meng, Qingxiang; Huo, Yunlong; Wang, Fei

    2016-07-01

    This study evaluated effects of different treatments on nutritive value of bamboo shoot shell (BSS). Five treatments were sun-drying (control), ammoniation (5%/dry matter (DM) urea), Ca(OH)2 (4%/DM calcium hydroxide), NaOH (4%/DM sodium hydroxide), and AHP (4%/DM sodium hydroxide plus 1%/DM hydrogen peroxide). The results showed that chemical composition of BSS was greatly changed by chemicals (P < 0.01) except acid-detergent lignin. All chemical treatments significantly reduced neutral detergent fiber (NDF) content except AHP (P < 0.01), and obviously increased acid detergent fiber (ADF) content (P < 0.01) except ammoniation. The predicted organic matter digestibility, metabolizable energy and net energy for lactation of BSS were greatly increased by chemical treatments (P < 0.01), the highest for ammoniation, followed by Ca(OH)2 , NaOH and AHP. Ammoniation had higher (P = 0.03) ammonia-N concentration than the other four treatments. There were significant differences among all treatments on total volatile fatty acids (P = 0.03), propionate (P = 0.01), butyrate concentration (P < 0.01) and C2 /C3 ratio (P = 0.02). Chemical treatments greatly improved effective degradability (ED) of DM (P < 0.01) and ED of NDF (P = 0.06) and ADF (P = 0.07) numerically. Ammoniation got a higher ED of crude protein than control. In conclusion, all chemical treatments greatly improved nutritive value of BSS with highest value obtained from ammoniation, followed by strong alkalization, alkaline hydrogen peroxide and modest alkalization. PMID:26953064

  15. Quantitative determinations of chemical compounds with nutritional value from Inca crops: Chenopodium quinoa ('quinoa').

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    González, J A; Roldán, A; Gallardo, M; Escudero, T; Prado, F E

    1989-12-01

    Quantitative determinations of total and soluble proteins, total and free sugars, starch, total lipids, tanins, ash (Ca, Na, K, Fe, and P), and caloric value were carried out on quinoa flour. Results show that the amount of soluble proteins was higher than the standard value for wheat and maize and was very close to that of barley's. The yield of free sugars like glucose (4.55%), fructose (2.41%) and sucrose (2.39%) were also of importance. Iron and calcium levels were higher than the reported values for maize and barley. The same occurred for the caloric value (435.5 Kcal/100 g). The content of saponins was also examined since its effect on red blood cells of group A and O has been related as a potential problem of the Andes population. From the chemical analysis a more complete view about quinoa as human food was presented. PMID:2631089

  16. Consumer Values of Health-Related Food Symbols and Chemical Food Additives - The Case of Breakfast Cereals

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    Thunström, Linda

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we analyze consumers’ revealed values of food symbols indicating nutritious and organic food, as well as consumers’ revealed values for chemical food additives. We do so by estimating a hedonic price function based on a rich data set on breakfast cereal purchases. Our findings suggest that consumers positively value chemical food additives in breakfast cereals, suggesting that the positive taste effect from e.g. chemical taste enhancers, emulsifiers, colourings and preservatives...

  17. Chemical composition and metabolizable energy values of feedstuffs for broiler chickens

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    Eliane Aparecida da Silva; Luiz Fernando Teixeira Albino; Horacio Santiago Rostagno; Valdir Ribeiro Junior; Rodolfo Alves Vieira; Anastácia Maria de Araújo Campos; Rodrigo Knop Guazzi Messias

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to estimate the values of apparent metabolizable energy and apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance and determine the chemical composition of the following feedstuffs: babassu meal, sunflower meal, corn gluten meal, babassu starch flour, meat and bones meal, beans, millet, cookies residue, pasta residue and bread-making residue. The traditional method of excreta collection was used with broilers in the period of 14 to 24 days of age, which ...

  18. Method for conversion of carbohydrate polymers to value-added chemical products

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    Zhang, Zongchao C.; Brown, Heather M.; Su, Yu

    2012-02-07

    Methods are described for conversion of carbohydrate polymers in ionic liquids, including cellulose, that yield value-added chemicals including, e.g., glucose and 5-hydroxylmethylfurfural (HMF) at temperatures below 120.degree. C. Catalyst compositions that include various mixed metal halides are described that are selective for specified products with yields, e.g., of up to about 56% in a single step process.

  19. The hidden value of water flows: the chemical exergy of rivers

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    The hydroelectricity potential of rivers is a very well-know parameter used to characterize the availability of a river as a function of its flow and its altitude. However, the chemical potential of water flowing through the rivers is commonly ignored. In its source, water presents high quality and, therefore, it owns an important availability that can be expressed through its chemical exergy value. On the opposite, when it flows into the sea and reaches the thermodynamic equilibrium, it can not be further used and it is converted into a null exergy value. Within these two limit values, the exergy state of the river at its different stages can be assessed. On the other hand, water availability for specific uses depends on its quality.

    In this way, the almost always hidden value of water, its chemical potential, is highlighted and can be compared to the potential component, since they are expressed in the same units (energy units. In this paper, it is shown that potential and chemical exergy values of rivers rise up with values with the same order of magnitude. That is, the chemical value of a river is, from a thermodynamic perspective, as much as its potential value. The main difference lies in the current available technologies to take advantage of those physical disequilibrium: while hydro-power turbines are a completely proved technology, there are not yet commercial devices to take

  20. Chemical composition, nutritional value, and antioxidant activities of eight mulberry cultivars from China

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    Full Text Available Background: Mulberry (Morus, Moraceae is widely distributed in the temperate, subtropical, or tropical regions of the world, while there are no conclusive reports on the chemical composition, nutritional value, and antioxidant properties of mulberry cultivars from China. Objective: To investigate chemical properties and to determine proximate nutritive compounds of the eight mulberry cultivars. Materials and Methods: Chemical properties (including moisture, ash, total dry matter, total soluble solids, pH, and total titratable acidity of the eight mulberry cultivars were investigated. Proximate nutritive compounds (including crude protein, crude fat, mineral elements, total anthocyanins, total polyphenols, total flavonoids, and total sugars were also determined. Results: The results indicated that the moisture contents were 70.0-87.4%, the crude protein contents 1.62-5.54%, and the crude fat contents from 1.23-2.23%. The major fatty acids in mulberry fruits were linoleic acid (C 18:2 and palmitic acid (C 16:0 , 26.40-74.77% and 9.29-22.26%, respectively. Mulberry fruit is also a good source of minerals and the potassium content (521.37-1718.60 mg/100g DW is especially higher than that of other elements. Compared with other species, the Morus atropurpurea Roxb. had relatively high total polyphenols content (189.67-246.00 mg GAE/100mg and anthocyanins content (114.67-193.00 mg/100mg. There was a good linear correlation between antioxidant activity and total polyphenols content. Conclusion: Significant differences of the chemical composition, nutritional value, and antioxidant activities among the mulberry cultivars were observed, the Morus atropurpurea Roxb. showed considerable high nutritional value and antioxidant activity which could be developed for functional food that benefits human health.

  1. Value chain management for commodities: a case study from the chemical industry

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    Kannegiesser, M.; Gunther, H.O.; van Beek, P.;

    2009-01-01

    decisions by volume and value throughout the value chain to ensure profitability. Contract and spot demand differentiation with volatile and uncertain spot prices, spot sales quantity flexibility, spot sales price-quantity functions and variable raw material consumption rates in production are problem...... specifics to be considered. Existing chemical industry planning models are limited to production and distribution decisions to minimize costs or makespan. Demand-oriented models focus on uncertainty in demand quantities not in prices. We develop an integrated model to optimize profit by coordinating sales...... quantity, price and supply decisions throughout the value chain. A two-phase optimization approach supports robust planning ensuring minimum profitability even in case of worst-case spot sales price scenarios. Model evaluations with industry case data demonstrate the impact of elasticities, variable raw...

  2. Combined single photon emission computerized tomography and conventional computerized tomography: Clinical value for the shoulder surgeons?

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available With the cases described, we strive to introduce single photon emission computerized tomography in combination with conventional computer tomography (SPECT/CT to shoulder surgeons, illustrate the possible clinical value it may offer as new diagnostic radiologic modality, and discuss its limitations. SPECT/CT may facilitate the establishment of diagnosis, process of decision making, and further treatment for complex shoulder pathologies. Some of these advantages were highlighted in cases that are frequently seen in most shoulder clinics.

  3. Application values of clinical nursing pathway in patients with acute cerebral hemorrhage

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    Li, WeiHua; GAO, JIANMEI; WEI, SHUFANG; Wang, Donghai

    2015-01-01

    Acute cerebral hemorrhage accounts for approximately 25% of strokes for elderly patients. Consequently, treatments to improve prognosis should be identified. The aim of the present study was to examine the clinical values of the application of clinical nursing pathway for patients with acute cerebral hemorrhage. Between January 2013 and January 2015, 92 patients diagnosed with acute intracerebral hemorrhage were enrolled in the study based on the guidelines recommended for providing appropria...

  4. The clinical value of detection of serum TGAb and TPOAb level in autoimmune thyroid diseases

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    To study the clinical value of serum TGAb and TPOAb levels in the diagnosis of patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD), the serum levels of TGAb and TPOAb in 175 patients with AITD and 64 non-AITD patients and 57 health controls were measured by RIA. The results showed that the serum levels of TGAb and TPOAb in AITD patients with GD and HT were significantly higher than that of control group (P0.05). The detection of serum TGAb and TPOAb levels may have clinical value in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of autoimmune thyroid diseases. (authors)

  5. DWI of Prostate Cancer: Optimal b-Value in Clinical Practice

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To compare the diagnostic performance of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI using b-values of 1000 s/mm2 and 2000 s/mm2 at 3 Tesla (T for the evaluation of clinically significant prostate cancer. Matherials and Methods. Seventy-eight prostate cancer patients underwent a 3T MRI scan followed by radical prostatectomy. DWI was performed using b-values of 0, 1000, and 2000 s/mm2 and qualitatively analysed by two radiologists. ADC maps were obtained at b-values of 1000 and 2000 s/mm2 and quantitatively analyzed in consensus. Results. For diagnosis of 78 prostate cancers the accuracy of DWI for the young reader was significantly greater at b = 2000 s/mm2 for the peripheral zone (PZ but not for the transitional zone (TZ. For the experienced reader, DWI did not show significant differences in accuracy between b-values of 1000 and 2000 s/mm2. The quantitative analysis in the PZ and TZ was substantially superimposable between the two b-values, albeit with a higher accuracy with a b-value of 2000 s/mm2. Conclusions. With a b-value of 2000 s/mm2 at 3T both readers differentiated clinical significant cancer from benign tissue; higher b-values can be helpful for the less experienced readers.

  6. Opportunity for high value-added chemicals from food supply chain wastes.

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    Matharu, Avtar S; de Melo, Eduardo M; Houghton, Joseph A

    2016-09-01

    With approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted per annum, food supply chain wastes (FSCWs) may be viewed as the contemporary Periodic Table of biobased feedstock chemicals (platform molecules) and functional materials. Herein, the global drivers and case for food waste valorisation within the context of global sustainability, sustainable development goals and the bioeconomy are discussed. The emerging potential of high value added chemicals from certain tropical FSCW is considered as these are grown in three major geographical areas: Brazil, India and China, and likely to increase in volume. FSCW in the context of biorefineries is discussed and two case studies are reported, namely: waste potato, and; orange peel waste. Interestingly, both waste feedstocks, like many others, produce proteins and with the global demand for vegetable proteins on the rise then proteins from FSCW may become a dominant area. PMID:26996261

  7. Nanowire-bacteria hybrids for unassisted solar carbon dioxide fixation to value-added chemicals.

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    Liu, Chong; Gallagher, Joseph J; Sakimoto, Kelsey K; Nichols, Eva M; Chang, Christopher J; Chang, Michelle C Y; Yang, Peidong

    2015-05-13

    Direct solar-powered production of value-added chemicals from CO2 and H2O, a process that mimics natural photosynthesis, is of fundamental and practical interest. In natural photosynthesis, CO2 is first reduced to common biochemical building blocks using solar energy, which are subsequently used for the synthesis of the complex mixture of molecular products that form biomass. Here we report an artificial photosynthetic scheme that functions via a similar two-step process by developing a biocompatible light-capturing nanowire array that enables a direct interface with microbial systems. As a proof of principle, we demonstrate that a hybrid semiconductor nanowire-bacteria system can reduce CO2 at neutral pH to a wide array of chemical targets, such as fuels, polymers, and complex pharmaceutical precursors, using only solar energy input. The high-surface-area silicon nanowire array harvests light energy to provide reducing equivalents to the anaerobic bacterium, Sporomusa ovata, for the photoelectrochemical production of acetic acid under aerobic conditions (21% O2) with low overpotential (η < 200 mV), high Faradaic efficiency (up to 90%), and long-term stability (up to 200 h). The resulting acetate (∼6 g/L) can be activated to acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) by genetically engineered Escherichia coli and used as a building block for a variety of value-added chemicals, such as n-butanol, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) polymer, and three different isoprenoid natural products. As such, interfacing biocompatible solid-state nanodevices with living systems provides a starting point for developing a programmable system of chemical synthesis entirely powered by sunlight. PMID:25848808

  8. Correlation of MIC value and disk inhibition zone diameters in clinical Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 isolates

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    Bruin, J.P. de; Diederen, B.M.; Ijzerman, E.P.; Boer, J.W. den; Mouton, J.W.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Routine use of disk diffusion tests for detecting antibiotic resistance in Legionella pneumophila has not been described. The goal of this study was to determine the correlation of MIC values and inhibition zone diameter (MDcorr) in clinical L. pneumophila isolates. METHODS: Inhibition z

  9. Clinical Value of Treponema pallidum Real-Time PCR for Diagnosis of Syphilis▿

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    Heymans, R.; van der Helm, J. J.; de Vries, H. J. C.; Fennema, H. S. A.; Coutinho, R. A.; Bruisten, S. M.

    2010-01-01

    The diagnosis of syphilis can be complicated when it is based on diverse clinical manifestations, dark-field microscopy, and serology. In the present study, therefore, we examined the additional clinical value of a Treponema pallidum real-time TaqMan PCR for the detection of primary and secondary syphilis. The additional value of the T. pallidum real-time PCR for the diagnosis of primary syphilis was evaluated by the use of three different algorithms: (i) a head-to-head comparison of the dark-field microscopy result and the T. pallidum real-time PCR result, (ii) comparison of the clinical diagnosis made in a sexually transmitted infection clinic (STI) (including by dark-field microscopy) and the T. pallidum real-time PCR result, and (iii) comparison of the clinical diagnosis made in a general practitioner's office (without dark-field microscopy) and the T. pallidum real-time PCR result. A fourth algorithm was used to determine the performance of the T. pallidum real-time PCR regarding the detection of secondary syphilis. From December 2006 to April 2008, 716 patients with suspected cases of primary syphilis and 133 patients with suspected cases of secondary syphilis were included in the study. A kappa value of 0.601 was found for the agreement between dark-field microscopy and the T. pallidum real-time PCR. Good agreement was found between the T. pallidum real-time PCR and both the diagnosis of the general practitioner (kappa = 0.745) and the diagnosis of the STI clinic (kappa = 0.769). The sensitivity with respect to the STI clinic diagnosis was 72.8%, the specificity was 95.5%, the positive predictive value was 89.2%, and the negative predictive value was 95.0%. The T. pallidum real-time PCR is a fast, efficient, and reliable test for the diagnosis of primary syphilis in an STI outpatient clinic and a general practitioner setting, but it has no added diagnostic value for the diagnosis of secondary syphilis. PMID:20007388

  10. The clinical value of serum PSA and PAP determinations in prostate cancer patients

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of serum PSA and PAP determinations in diagnosis of prostate cancer patients. Methods: The serum PSA and PAP levels of 98 prostate cancer patients, 45 prostate benign disease patients and 40 normal subjects were tested by IRMA. Results: The serum PSA and PAP levels of prostate cancer patients were significantly higher than those in prostate benign disease patients and normal controls (P < 0.01). The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of serum PSA for prostate cancer were 93.9% and 93.3% respectively. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of serum PAP for prostate cancer were 71.4% and 91.1% respectively. Conclusion: The determination of serum PSA and PAP was of high clinical value for diagnosis of early prostate cancer. It could be used as an important reference parameter for the clinical staging, follow-up of treatment result and prediction of prognosis

  11. Economic Evaluations for the Carbon Dioxide-involved Production of High-value Chemicals

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    Lee, Ji Hyun; Lee, Dong Woog; Jang, Se Gyu; Kwak, No-Sang; Lee, In Young; Jang, Kyung Ryoung; Shim, Jae-Goo [KEPCO Research Institute, Daejon (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jong Shin [Korea East-West Power Co. LTD, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Economic evaluation of the manufacturing technology of high-value chemicals through the carbonation reaction of carbon dioxide contained in the flue gas was performed, and analysis of the IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and whole profit along the production plan of the final product was conducted. Through a carbonation reaction with sodium hydroxide that is generated from electrolysis and by using carbon dioxide in the combustion gas that is generated in the power plant, it is possible to get a high value products such as sodium bicarbonate compound and also to reduce the carbon dioxide emission simultaneously. The IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and NPV (Net Present Value) methods were used for the economic evaluation of the process which could handle carbon dioxide of 100 tons per day in the period of the 20 years of plant operation. The results of economic evaluation showed that the IRR of baseline case of technology was 67.2% and the profit that obtained during the whole operation period (20 years) was 346,922 million won based on NPV value. When considering ETS due to the emissions trading enforcement that will be activated in 2015, the NPV was improved to a 6,000 million won. Based on this results, it could be concluded that this CO2 carbonation technology is an cost-effective technology option for the reduction of greenhouse gas.

  12. Economic Evaluations for the Carbon Dioxide-involved Production of High-value Chemicals

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    Economic evaluation of the manufacturing technology of high-value chemicals through the carbonation reaction of carbon dioxide contained in the flue gas was performed, and analysis of the IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and whole profit along the production plan of the final product was conducted. Through a carbonation reaction with sodium hydroxide that is generated from electrolysis and by using carbon dioxide in the combustion gas that is generated in the power plant, it is possible to get a high value products such as sodium bicarbonate compound and also to reduce the carbon dioxide emission simultaneously. The IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and NPV (Net Present Value) methods were used for the economic evaluation of the process which could handle carbon dioxide of 100 tons per day in the period of the 20 years of plant operation. The results of economic evaluation showed that the IRR of baseline case of technology was 67.2% and the profit that obtained during the whole operation period (20 years) was 346,922 million won based on NPV value. When considering ETS due to the emissions trading enforcement that will be activated in 2015, the NPV was improved to a 6,000 million won. Based on this results, it could be concluded that this CO2 carbonation technology is an cost-effective technology option for the reduction of greenhouse gas

  13. Screening values for Non-Carcinogenic Hanford Waste Tank Vapor Chemicals that Lack Established Occupational Exposure Limits

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    Poet, Torka S.; Mast, Terryl J.; Huckaby, James L.

    2006-02-06

    Over 1,500 different volatile chemicals have been reported in the headspaces of tanks used to store high-level radioactive waste at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. Concern about potential exposure of tank farm workers to these chemicals has prompted efforts to evaluate their toxicity, identify chemicals that pose the greatest risk, and incorporate that information into the tank farms industrial hygiene worker protection program. Established occupation exposure limits for individual chemicals and petroleum hydrocarbon mixtures have been used elsewhere to evaluate about 900 of the chemicals. In this report headspace concentration screening values were established for the remaining 600 chemicals using available industrial hygiene and toxicological data. Screening values were intended to be more than an order of magnitude below concentrations that may cause adverse health effects in workers, assuming a 40-hour/week occupational exposure. Screening values were compared to the maximum reported headspace concentrations.

  14. The Clinical Investigation of Disparity of Utility Values Associated with Gallstone Disease: A Pilot Study

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The utility evaluation was an effective method to incorporate all of the contributing variables for multiple diseases into one outcome measure. A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the utility values associated with varying states of gallstone disease among outpatient clinics participants at a teaching hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. Methods. The utility values were measured by using time trade-off method. A total of 120 outpatient clinics participants (30 subjects with no gallstone disease, 30 subjects with single stone, 30 subjects with multiple stones, and 30 subjects with cholecystectomy evaluated utility values from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006. The diagnosis of gallstone disease was performed by a panel of specialists using ultrasound sonography. Results. The overall mean utility value was 0.89±0.13 (95% CI: 0.87–0.91 indicating that study participants were willing to trade about 11% (95% CI: 9–13% of their remaining life in return for being free of gallstone disease perpetually. The significant associated factors of utility values based on the multiple linear regression analysis were older age and different degrees of gallstone disease. Conclusion. Our results found that in addition to older age, multiple stones and cholecystectomy could influence utility values from the patient’s preference-based viewpoint.

  15. PREDICTION OF CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND ENERGY VALUE OF GRASS SILAGE BY NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTANCE SPECTROSCOPY

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    TOMAŽ ŽNIDARŠIČ

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available One hundred and eighteen grass silage samples with known chemical composition and in vitro determined concentration of net energy for lactation (NEL were scanned over the wavelength range from 1100 to 2500 nm at 8 nm intervals. Calibration equations for the prediction of crude protein (CP, crude fi bre (CF, crude fat (F, crude ash (A, dry matter of air-dried samples (DM and NEL were developed by the use of principal component analysis (PCA and modifi ed partial least squares regression technique (mPLS. NIRS demonstrated high predictive ability for CP (R2 = 0.97, CF (R2 = 0.96 and A (R2 = 0.94. Moderate accuracy was characteristic for F and DM (R2 = 0.81 and 0.79. Crude protein, F and DM deviations from reference methods were comparable to those which are expected by the use of the same reference methods in different laboratories. The determination coeffi cient for in vitro assessed NEL concentration was 0.76. Seventy-seven percent of samples lied within acceptable limits of ± 0.3 MJ NEL kg-1DM. Suboptimal sample distribution, i.e. small number of samples in classes below 4.6 and above 6.0 MJ NEL kg-1DM was observed. It seems that deviations of NIRS predicted values from the reference values were related to the concentration of NEL. It was concluded that NIRS shows the potential for reliable determination of chemical composition and energy value of grass silage.

  16. Collaborative study of the Food Chemicals Codex method for the determination of the neutralizing value of sodium aluminum phosphate.

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    Park, D L

    1976-01-01

    Fifteen laboratories participated in a collaborative study to evaluate the Food Chemicals Codex method for the determination of the neutralizing value of sodium aluminum phosphate. The AOAC method for determining the neutralizing value of sodium acid pyrophosphate, sec. 8.010, was also included in the study. The precisions of the Food chemicals Codex method, based on the between-replicate standard deviation and on one collaborator making one determination, are 1.16 and 3.66, respectively. The Food Chemicals Codex method for the determination of the neutralizing value of sodium aluminum phosphate has been adopted as official first action. PMID:2581

  17. The major differences in chemical composition and antibacterial activity of two closely related Leonotis species (Lamiaceae may have taxonomic value

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    J.N. Eloff

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Several Leonotis species are used widely for medicinal purposes in Africa. There have been drastic changes in the taxonomic treatment of Leonotis species during the past decade. Two species, L. dysophylla and L. microphylla occurring in Pretoria have been considered as varieties of the same species and as different species by different authors. Because Leonotis species are used widely as medicinal plants inter alia against bacterial infections, we decided to compare the chemical composition and antibacterial activity of four plants from each of two populations of the species. The chemical composition of acetone extracts of finely ground leaves was determined by thin layer chromatography followed by spraying with vanillin-sulphuric acid. There were hardly any differences between plants from the same population. There were major differences between the two species in the composition of pigments separated by thin layer chromatography and for compounds visualized with the vanillin-sulphuric acid spray reagent. This supported the viewpoint that the two species should not be considered as varieties. The major differences found in chemical composition indicate that chemical parameters may play an important role in resolving taxonomic differences. Because such a small quantity of material is needed, it may be feasible to analyze one or two leaves obtained from herbarium sheets as an additional taxonomic parameter. The antibacterial activity of the acetone extracts was determined using a two-fold serial dilution microplate method with tetrazolium violet as indicator of growth. The specific strains of the four most important nosocomial bacterial pathogens suggested by the United States National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards were used: Staphylococcus aureus (American Type Culture Collection 29213, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27853, Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922 and Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 21212. The minimum inhibitory activity of the

  18. Determining utility values in patients with anterior cruciate ligament tears using clinical scoring systems

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several instruments and clinical scoring systems have been established to evaluate patients with ligamentous knee injuries. A comparison of individual articles in the literature is challenging, not only because of heterogeneity in methodology, but also due to the variety of the scoring systems used to document clinical outcomes. There is limited information about the correlation between used scores and quality of life with no information being available on the impact of each score on the utility values. The aim of this study was to compare the most commonly used scores for evaluating patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL injuries, and to establish corresponding utility values. These values will be used for the interpretation and comparison of outcome results in the currently available literature for different treatment options. Methods Four hypothetical vignettes were defined, based on different levels of activities after rupture of the ACL to simulate typical situations seen in daily practice. A questionnaire, including the Health Utility Index (HUI for utility values, the IKDC subjective score, the Lysholm and the Tegner score, was created and 25 orthopedic surgeons were asked to fill the questionnaire for each hypothetical patient as proxies for all patients they had treated and who would fit in that hypothetical vignette. Results The utility value as an indicator for quality of life increased with the level of activity. Having discomforts already during normal activities of daily living was rated with a mean utility value of 0.37 ± 0.19, half of that of a situation where mild sport activity was possible without discomfort (0.78 ± 0.11. All investigated scores were able to distinguish clearly (p Conclusions Here we report the correlation between the most commonly used scores for the assessment of patients with a ruptured ACL and utility values as an indicator of quality of life. Assumptions were based on expert

  19. Exploring the feasibility and synergistic value of the One Health approach in clinical research

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    Cordoba Currea, Gloria Cristina; Sørensen, Tina Møller; Holm, Anne;

    2015-01-01

    observational study of diagnostic pathways in humanand canine patients with suspected urinary tract infection as a means to assess the feasibility and synergistic value ofsetting up One Health clinical research projects and interventions. Methods/design: A prospective observational study will compare different...... diagnostic pathways (i.e., 16 possiblecombinations of diagnostic tools) to gold standard in human and veterinary primary care practice in Denmark.Fifty primary care practices and 100 veterinary clinics will each consecutively include 20 human patients or 8–10dogs, respectively. Data will be collected at...... followinginclusion, and (d) urine culture (type of microorganism and susceptibility test). The feasibility and synergistic value ofconducting future research, and/or designing common interventions, will be assessed by evaluating the comparabilityof human primary care and veterinary primary care with respect to study...

  20. Profiles of some clinical chemical parameters in growing dwarf and landrace kids.

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    Mbassa, G K; Poulsen, J S

    1991-11-01

    Plasma creatinine, urea, bilirubin, glucose, cholesterol, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, inorganic phosphorus and total serum proteins were analyzed in kids of Dwarf and Danish Landrace breeds from birth to 12 months of age. The purpose was to determine the reference ranges, age profiles and the influence of other factors. Comparisons between parametric (mean +/- standard deviation) and the corresponding nonparametric (5th and 95th percentile, median) values were calculated for each parameter, the results of which indicated no apparent differences. The levels were very much dependent on age. Creatinine, urea and total serum protein levels increased gradually with age. Glucose and cholesterol levels were high at birth and then decreased with age. The electrolyte concentrations were maintained within narrow limits. Significant differences were observed between kids of different ages (within the breeds), breeds (within similar age) and herds (within the same age and breed). Differences between female and male Landrace kids of the same ages were observed in plasma urea, creatinine, glucose and total serum proteins. It is concluded that age has a major influence on the clinical chemical reference values in young goats, followed by herd and breed, but the influence of sex was small and is negligible in most parameters. PMID:1771990

  1. ERP in chronic pancreatitis - ductal morphology, relation to exocrine function and pain - clinical value

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    ERP was analyzed in 87 patients with chronic pancreatitis with special reference to its clinical value in management of pain, the dominating symptom in uncomplicated chronic pancreatitis. A significant correlation was found between ductal changes due to pancreatitis and decrease in pancreatic function. However, no association was found between severe pancreatic pain and pancreatic function or pancreatic morphology. The significance of ERP in management of patients with persistent severe pancreatic pain is discussed. (orig.)

  2. Clinical Documents: Attribute-Values Entity Representation, Context, Page Layout And Communication

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    Lovis, Christian; Lamb, Alexander; Baud, Robert; Rassinoux, Anne-Marie; Fabry, Paul; Geissbühler, Antoine

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents how acquisition, storage and communication of clinical documents are implemented at the University Hospitals of Geneva. Careful attention has been given to user-interfaces, in order to support complex layouts, spell checking, templates management with automatic prefilling in order to facilitate acquisition. A dual architecture has been developed for storage using an attributes-values entity unified database and a consolidated, patient-centered, layout-respectful files-base...

  3. Combined single photon emission computerized tomography and conventional computerized tomography: Clinical value for the shoulder surgeons?

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    Hirschmann, Michael T.; Rahel Schmid; Ranju Dhawan; Jiri Skarvan; Helmut Rasch; Friederich, Niklaus F.; Roger Emery

    2011-01-01

    With the cases described, we strive to introduce single photon emission computerized tomography in combination with conventional computer tomography (SPECT/CT) to shoulder surgeons, illustrate the possible clinical value it may offer as new diagnostic radiologic modality, and discuss its limitations. SPECT/CT may facilitate the establishment of diagnosis, process of decision making, and further treatment for complex shoulder pathologies. Some of these advantages were highlighted in cases that...

  4. The Economic Value of The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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    Swenson, David A.

    2015-01-01

    This analysis measures the regional economic value of The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (hereafter, UIHC). The assessment looks at UIHC operational expenditures using a properly specified regional input-output model that accurately reflects its major spending categories and its primary territory of economic influence. This analysis does not contain an estimate of the regional economic boost attributable to patients or the families of patients traveling to the Iowa City metropolitan...

  5. Clinical Relevance and Discriminatory Value of Elevated Liver Aminotransferase Levels for Dengue Severity

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    Lee, Linda K.; Gan, Victor C.; Lee, Vernon J.; Tan, Adriana S.; Leo, Yee Sin; Lye, David C.

    2012-01-01

    Background Elevation of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is prominent in acute dengue illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) 2009 dengue guidelines defined AST or ALT≥1000 units/liter (U/L) as a criterion for severe dengue. We aimed to assess the clinical relevance and discriminatory value of AST or ALT for dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and severe dengue. Methodology/Principal Findings We retrospectively studied and classified polymerase chain reactio...

  6. ERP in chronic pancreatitis - ductal morphology, relation to exocrine function and pain - clinical value

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    Norup Lauridsen, K.; Raahede, J.; Kruse, A.; Thommesen, P.

    1985-08-01

    ERP was analyzed in 87 patients with chronic pancreatitis with special reference to its clinical value in management of pain, the dominating symptom in uncomplicated chronic pancreatitis. A significant correlation was found between ductal changes due to pancreatitis and decrease in pancreatic function. However, no association was found between severe pancreatic pain and pancreatic function or pancreatic morphology. The significance of ERP in management of patients with persistent severe pancreatic pain is discussed.

  7. Value of CT and clinical criteria in assessment of patients with acute pancreatitis

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    Ju Shenghong [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Chen Feng [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China)]. E-mail: chenfengbe@yahoo.com.cn; Liu Shengli [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Zheng Kaier [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Teng Gaojun [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2006-01-15

    Objective: To re-assess the value of CT and clinical criteria as prognostic and severity indicators in acute pancreatitis and the correlation between them. Methods: Sixty-five cases with acute pancreatitis (AP) were included in the study. The hospitalization days, fevering days and overall complications were regarded as clinical endpoints for the patient group. CT criteria used for AP evaluation included Balthazar's plain CT scan score, CT severity index (CTSI) and London's pancreatic size index (PSI) score. Clinical criteria was Ranson score. The correlations between each criterion and the clinical endpoints, and the relation between CT and clinical criteria were analyzed. The power of each criterion and combination of CT and clinical criteria in predicting overall complications of AP were assessed and compared by using a receiver operative characteristic curve (ROC) analysis. Results: The mean scores of PSI, Ranson among the three groups classified according to overall complications were significantly different. Except Balthazar's plain CT scan criterion, each criterion's mean score in-groups with local complications was significantly higher than that in-group without. The overall complications were significantly more in severe group than that in mild group classified according to each criterion except plain CT scan criterion. Mean days of hospital stay and fevering were significantly longer in severe group with Ranson score than that in mild group. PSI and Ranson score had a linear correlation with fevering days, and Ranson score had a linear correlation with hospitalization days. In CT criteria, only PSI had a linear correlation with Ranson score. The findings of plain CT scan was found to be some laggard compared with that of clinic. ROC analysis showed the largest A {sub Z} of Ranson score, and there was no A {sub Z} increase when CT criteria were added to clinical criteria. Conclusion: The predictive values of Ranson and PSI score in AP

  8. The calculation of the chemical exergies of coal-based fuels by using the higher heating values

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    This paper demonstrates the application of exergy to gain a better understanding of coal properties, especially chemical exergy and specific chemical exergy. In this study, a BASIC computer program was used to calculation of the chemical exergies of the coal-based fuels. Calculations showed that the chemical composition of the coal influences strongly the values of the chemical exergy. The exergy value of a coal is closely related to the H:C and O:C ratios. High proportions of hydrogen and/or oxygen, compared to carbon, generally reduce the exergy value of the coal. High contents of the moisture and/or the ash cause to low values of the chemical exergy. The aim of this paper is to calculate the chemical exergy of coals by using equations given in the literature and to detect and to evaluate quantitatively the effect of irreversible phenomena increased the thermodynamic imperfection of the processes. In this paper, the calculated exergy values of the fuels will be useful for energy experts studied in the coal mining area and coal-fired powerplants

  9. CT value analysis and clinical significance before and after percutaneous lumbar discectomy

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    刘雷; 裴福兴; 宋跃明; 沈彬; 周宗科; 宋文锴; 张聪

    2002-01-01

    To provide theoretical basis for effect and mechanism of percutaneous lumbar discectomy in clinic. Methods: A total of 180 patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation were evaluated by CT on the fifth day before and after operation. Meanwhile, CT value was measured in the determined level and region. Results: After operation, CT value of the central and posterior determined point of herniated intervertebral disc was lower significantly than that before operation (P<0.01), but CT value of the anterior determined point was different insignificantly. The excellent and good results of the patients together were 83% postoperatively. Conclusions: The curative effect of percutaneous lumbar discectomy is achieved through reduction of lumbar intradiscal pressure.

  10. Overview of Chronic Oral Toxicity Values for Chemicals Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Flowback, and Produced Waters.

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    Yost, Erin E; Stanek, John; DeWoskin, Robert S; Burgoon, Lyle D

    2016-05-01

    Concerns have been raised about potential public health effects that may arise if hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals were to impact drinking water resources. This study presents an overview of the chronic oral toxicity values-specifically, chronic oral reference values (RfVs) for noncancer effects, and oral slope factors (OSFs) for cancer-that are available for a list of 1173 chemicals that the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified as being associated with hydraulic fracturing, including 1076 chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids and 134 chemicals detected in flowback or produced waters from hydraulically fractured wells. The EPA compiled RfVs and OSFs using six governmental and intergovernmental data sources. Ninety (8%) of the 1076 chemicals reported in hydraulic fracturing fluids and 83 (62%) of the 134 chemicals reported in flowback/produced water had a chronic oral RfV or OSF available from one or more of the six sources. Furthermore, of the 36 chemicals reported in hydraulic fracturing fluids in at least 10% of wells nationwide (identified from EPA's analysis of the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry 1.0), 8 chemicals (22%) had an available chronic oral RfV. The lack of chronic oral RfVs and OSFs for the majority of these chemicals highlights the significant knowledge gap that exists to assess the potential human health hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing. PMID:27050380

  11. Cut-off values of blessed dementia rating scale and its clinical application in elderly Taiwanese.

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    Yang, Yuan-Han; Lai, Chiou-Lian; Lin, Ruey-Tay; Tai, Chih-Ta; Liu, Ching-Kuan

    2006-08-01

    Although the Blessed Dementia Rating Scale (BDRS), a clinical screening instrument, has been applied extensively, no suitable cut-off values and clinical application have been proposed, particularly in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor of dementia. The BDRS, Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), and Clinical Dementia Rating Scale (CDR) were administrated in people aged 65 years and above, who were enrolled from southern Taiwan with multistep stratified random sampling and followed-up for 2 years. All subjects (total number = 3,027), with new onset of MCI (defined as CDR = 0.5) in the first year and dementia (defined as CDR > or = 1) in the second and third years were subjected to statistical analysis. In distinguishing normal from MCI, except in the literate group aged 65-74 years, MMSE was superior to BDRS, with cut-off values of 1 in both literate groups aged 65-74 years and > or = 75 years, and 1.5 and 2 in less educated groups aged 65-74 and > or = 75 years, respectively. In distinguishing MCI from dementia, BDRS had cut-off values of 2.5 in both literate groups aged 65-74 and > or = 75 years, and 2.5 and 3 in less educated groups aged 65-74 and > or = 75 years, respectively. These values were better than those for MMSE in all groups. BDRS might be considered as a better tool than MMSE to screen for MCI and dementia in the increasing proportion of literate elderly aged 65-74 years in the aging population. PMID:16911919

  12. Haemophilia in a real-world setting: the value of clinical experience in data collection.

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    Dolan, Gerry; Iorio, Alfonso; Jokela, Vuokko; Juusola, Kristian; Lassila, Riitta

    2016-02-01

    At the 8th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) held in Helsinki, Finland, in February 2015, Pfizer sponsored a satellite symposium entitled: 'Haemophilia in a real-world setting: The value of clinical experience in data collection' Co-chaired by Riitta Lassila (Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland) and Gerry Dolan (Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK); the symposium provided an opportunity to explore the practical value of real-world data in informing clinical decision-making. Gerry Dolan provided an introduction to the symposium by describing what is meant by real-world data (RWD), stressing the role RWD can play in optimising patient outcomes in haemophilia and highlighting the responsibility of all stakeholders to collaborate in continuous data collection. Kristian Juusola (Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland) then provided personal experience as a haemophilia nurse around patient views on adherence to treatment regimes, and how collecting insights into real-world use of treatment can shape approaches to improving adherence. The importance of elucidating pharmacokinetic parameters in a real-world setting was then explored by Vuokko Jokela (Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland). Finally, Alfonso Iorio (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) highlighted the importance of quality data collection in translating clinical reality into scientific advances. PMID:26809546

  13. Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass - Volume I, Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas

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    This report identifies twelve building block chemicals that can be produced from sugars via biological or chemical conversions. The twelve building blocks can be subsequently converted to a number of high-value bio-based chemicals or materials. Building block chemicals, as considered for this analysis, are molecules with multiple functional groups that possess the potential to be transformed into new families of useful molecules. The twelve sugar-based building blocks are 1,4-diacids (succinic, fumaric and malic), 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid, 3-hydroxy propionic acid, aspartic acid, glucaric acid, glutamic acid, itaconic acid, levulinic acid, 3-hydroxybutyrolactone, glycerol, sorbitol, and xylitol/arabinitol.

  14. Clinical value of prognosis gene expression signatures in colorectal cancer: a systematic review.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The traditional staging system is inadequate to identify those patients with stage II colorectal cancer (CRC at high risk of recurrence or with stage III CRC at low risk. A number of gene expression signatures to predict CRC prognosis have been proposed, but none is routinely used in the clinic. The aim of this work was to assess the prediction ability and potential clinical usefulness of these signatures in a series of independent datasets. METHODS: A literature review identified 31 gene expression signatures that used gene expression data to predict prognosis in CRC tissue. The search was based on the PubMed database and was restricted to papers published from January 2004 to December 2011. Eleven CRC gene expression datasets with outcome information were identified and downloaded from public repositories. Random Forest classifier was used to build predictors from the gene lists. Matthews correlation coefficient was chosen as a measure of classification accuracy and its associated p-value was used to assess association with prognosis. For clinical usefulness evaluation, positive and negative post-tests probabilities were computed in stage II and III samples. RESULTS: Five gene signatures showed significant association with prognosis and provided reasonable prediction accuracy in their own training datasets. Nevertheless, all signatures showed low reproducibility in independent data. Stratified analyses by stage or microsatellite instability status showed significant association but limited discrimination ability, especially in stage II tumors. From a clinical perspective, the most predictive signatures showed a minor but significant improvement over the classical staging system. CONCLUSIONS: The published signatures show low prediction accuracy but moderate clinical usefulness. Although gene expression data may inform prognosis, better strategies for signature validation are needed to encourage their widespread use in the clinic.

  15. Dental Students' Perceived Value of Peer-Mentoring Clinical Leadership Experiences.

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    Sheridan, Rachel A; Hammaker, Daniel J; de Peralta, Tracy L; Fitzgerald, Mark

    2016-03-01

    This pilot study compared second- and fourth-year dental students' perceived values of newly implemented clinical leadership experiences (CLEs) at one U.S. dental school during the 2012-13 academic year. In the CLEs, fourth-year (D4) students mentored second-year (D2) dental students during faculty-supervised patient treatment. The two cohorts' perceived value of the experiences was measured with questionnaires consisting of five-point Likert scale questions and open text responses. Out of a total of 114 D2 and 109 D4 students, 46 D2 students and 35 D4 students participated (response rates of 40.4% and 32.1%, respectively). While responses from both cohorts showed they highly valued the CLEs, the D2s perceived greater value: 4.07 (0.53) v. 3.51 (0.95), pmanagement, leadership, and collaborative work experience. Theme analysis also highlighted student concerns about a lack of program structure. Overall, the majority of both groups valued CLEs in their dental education. Particular advantages they perceived were increased comfort, guidance, and attention. Further program development should address student concerns. These results suggest that similar programs should be considered and/or expanded in other dental schools' curricula. PMID:26933106

  16. 30-Day Mortality in Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Prognostic Value of Clinical Scores and Anamnestic Features

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    Bach, Andreas Gunter; Taute, Bettina-Maria; Baasai, Nansalmaa; Wienke, Andreas; Meyer, Hans Jonas; Schramm, Dominik; Surov, Alexey

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Identification of high-risk patients with pulmonary embolism is vital. The aim of the present study was to examine clinical scores, their single items, and anamnestic features in their ability to predict 30-day mortality. Materials and Methods A retrospective, single-center study from 06/2005 to 01/2010 was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of pulmonary embolism, availability of patient records and 30-day follow-up. The following clinical scores were calculated: Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II, original and simplified pulmonary embolism severity index, Glasgow Coma Scale, and euroSCORE II. Results In the study group of 365 patients 39 patients (10.7%) died within 30 days due to pulmonary embolism. From all examined scores and parameters the best predictor of 30-day mortality were the Glasgow Coma scale (≤ 10) and parameters of the circulatory system including presence of mechanical ventilation, arterial pH (< 7.335), and systolic blood pressure (< 99 mm Hg). Conclusions Easy to ascertain circulatory parameters have the same or higher prognostic value than the clinical scores that were applied in this study. From all clinical scores studied the Glasgow Coma Scale was the most time- and cost-efficient one. PMID:26866472

  17. Clinical value of serum ferritin level in the adult onset still disease

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of serum ferritin level in the adult onset still disease. Methods: Twenty patients enrolled were all met Yamaguchi criteria for claasification of adult's Still disease,their clinical features and treatment were reviewed, and the levels of serum ferritin, blood sedimentation, C reactive protein were detected. Furthermore, the correlativity between serum ferritin and ESR, CRP was analysed. Results: Comparing with those of previous treatment, the levels of SF, ESR, CRP of post-treatment were notably lower (P<0.001). There is negative correlativity between serum ferritin and ESR, CRP (P<0.05). Conclusion: The serum ferritin will probably indicate the activity of disease. The detection of serum ferritin will be helpful to the treatment of adult onset Still disease. (authors)

  18. Clinical value of the Ottawa ankle rules for diagnosis of fractures in acute ankle injuries.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The Ottawa ankle rules (OAR are clinical decision guidelines used to identify whether patients with ankle injuries need to undergo radiography. The OAR have been proven that their application reduces unnecessary radiography. They have nearly perfect sensitivity for identifying clinically significant ankle fractures. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the applicability of the OAR in China, to examine their accuracy for the diagnosis of fractures in patients with acute ankle sprains, and to assess their clinical utility for the detection of occult fractures. METHODS: In this prospective study, patients with acute ankle injuries were enrolled during a 6-month period. The eligible patients were examined by emergency orthopedic specialists using the OAR, and then underwent ankle radiography. The results of examination using the OAR were compared with the radiographic results to assess the accuracy of the OAR for ankle fractures. Patients with OAR results highly suggestive of fracture, but no evidence of a fracture on radiographs, were advised to undergo 3-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT. RESULTS: 183 patients with ankle injuries were enrolled in the study and 63 of these injuries involved fractures. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of the OAR for detection of fractures of the ankle were 96.8%, 45.8%, 48.4% and 96.5%, respectively. Our results suggest that clinical application of the OAR could decrease unnecessary radiographs by 31.1%. Of the 21 patients with positive OAR results and negative radiographic findings who underwent 3D-CT examination, five had occult fractures of the lateral malleolus. CONCLUSIONS: The OAR are applicable in the Chinese population, and have high sensitivity and modest specificity for the diagnosis of fractures associated with acute ankle injury. They may detect some occult fractures of the malleoli that are not visible on

  19. Effect of white striping on chemical composition and nutritional value of chicken breast meat

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    Massimiliano Petracci

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available White striping defect (appearance of white striations parallel to muscle fiber on surface of breast is considered an emerging issue in chicken breast meat which is related to increasing growth rate of modern hybrid birds. This study was aimed at evaluating the effect of white striping on chemical composition and nutritional value of chicken breast meat. During three replications, a total of 108 Pectoralis major muscles representing three degrees of white striping (absence=normal; presence classified in 2 levels as moderate or severe were selected to determine proximate composition (moisture, protein, lipid and collagen as well as sarcoplasmic and myofibrillar protein profile by sodium dodecyl sulphatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis. The results showed that both severe and moderate white-striped fillets had higher fat content (2.53 vs 1.46 vs 0.78%; P<0.001, lower protein level (20.9 vs 22.2 vs 22.9%; P<0.001, decreased quality of protein as proven by higher collagen content (1.30 vs 1.37 vs 1.43%; P<0.001, and different pattern on myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic fractions when compared to normal fillets. Moreover, severe white-striped fillets exhibited higher energy content (450.7 vs 421.1 kJ/100g; P<0.01 with respect to normal meat. In conclusion, there was a large worsening of nutritional value of chicken breast meat following occurrence of white striping and this might impair consumer attitude towards poultry meat.

  20. Clinical value of serum vitamin B12 and folate in cerebrovascular disease

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    To study the clinical value of serum vitamin B12 and folate in cerebrovascular disease, the concentration of serum vitamin B12 and folate in 32 patients with cerebrovascular disease was measured by radioimmunoassay. The results showed that the changes in folate in all groups were not significant. The content of vitamin B12 in multi-infarct dementia was markedly lower than that in cerebral infarction and cerebral hemorrhage. Moreover, the level of vitamin B12 was lower in paralytic patients with muscular strength of grade 0-III. It can be concluded that serum vitamin B12 level had association with intelligent disorder and paralytic degree

  1. Clinical value of antibodies to lysobisphosphatidic acid in patients with primary antiphospholipid sindrome

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    S. Giunco; S. Cuffaro; E. Salvan; A. Cavazzana; A. Bontadi; A. Ruffatti; Olivieri, S.; L. Punzi

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    To assess the clinical value of anti-lysobisphosphatidic acid (anti-LBPA) antibodies in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), the sera of 140 primary APS patients were tested and compared with those of 70 control subjects affected with rheumatic systemic diseases (n. 24) or autoimmune thyroiditis (n. 46). Anti-LBPA anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2 Glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI) antibodies were determined using a “home made” ELISA method. Lupus anticoagulant (LA) was assessed us...

  2. Bile acid malabsorption in patients with chronic diarrhoea: clinical value of SeHCAT test

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    Wildt, Signe; Nørby Rasmussen, S; Madsen, Jan Lysgård; Rumessen, J J

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    diarrhoea. Clinical outcome after treatment with cholestyramine was also evaluated. METHODS: During a 5-year period (1997-2001) the SeHCAT test was performed in 135 patients in whom a primary programme for diagnostic evaluation of chronic diarrhoea had not revealed a cause. File data from 133 patients could...... with idiopathic BAM presented with steatorrhoea as opposed to 11 patients with type 1 and 3 BAM. Patients with idiopathic BAM and/or SeHCAT retention values < 5% had the best response to treatment with cholestyramine. CONCLUSIONS: The SeHCAT test is of value in evaluation of patients with chronic...... diarrhoea as a second-line investigation with a high diagnostic yield. The only a priori parameter to predict BAM was the existence of ileocaecal resections. The result of the SeHCAT test seems to predict the benefit of treatment with cholestyramine....

  3. The clinical value of angiography in diseases of the epigastric organs

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    76 cases in which in the time between 1969 and 1974 coeliacographies were carried out and the diagnoses are clinically manifested were retrospectively analysed. The angiographic symptoms and the diagnostic results are compared to the literature. Following this, the diagnostic and therapeutic value in liver processes, paucreas processes, stomach tumours, gastrointestinal bleedings, traumas of the epigastric organs, catheter embolisation and stopping of acute, severe gastrointestinal bleedings are discussed. The value of angiography in comparison to laparoscopy, ERCP, sonography, and computerized tomography is discussed. At the end, the indication of angiography in diseases of the epigastric organs is summarized in two tables, distinguishing between absolute, relative, strongly restricted indications and no indication at all. (orig./MG)

  4. Chemical composition and metabolizable energy values of feedstuffs for broiler chickens

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    Eliane Aparecida da Silva

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to estimate the values of apparent metabolizable energy and apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance and determine the chemical composition of the following feedstuffs: babassu meal, sunflower meal, corn gluten meal, babassu starch flour, meat and bones meal, beans, millet, cookies residue, pasta residue and bread-making residue. The traditional method of excreta collection was used with broilers in the period of 14 to 24 days of age, which were distributed in a completely randomized design with eleven treatments and six replicates of six birds each. Each feedstuff replaced the reference diet at levels of 30 or 40% depending on the type of feedstuff. Chicks were housed in cages fitted with trays to collect the excreta. The apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance (kcal/kg on the natural matter of feedstuffs were: babassu meal, 1,116; sunflower meal, 1,607; corn gluten meal, 3,826; babassu flour starch, 1,731; meat and bone flour, 2,524; common beans, 693; millet, 3,046; cookies residue, 3,351; pasta residue, 3,543 and bread-making residue, 3,494.

  5. Salinity effect on nutritional value, chemical composition and bioactive compounds content of Cichorium spinosum L.

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    Petropoulos, Spyridon A; Levizou, Efi; Ntatsi, Georgia; Fernandes, Ângela; Petrotos, Konstantinos; Akoumianakis, Konstantinos; Barros, Lillian; Ferreira, Isabel C F R

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    Soil salinization is an increasing problem for many areas throughout the world that renders prohibitive vegetables and crop production in general. In the present study, Cichorium spinosum L. plants were grown under saline conditions in order to evaluate chemical composition and bioactive compounds content of their leaves. Salinity increase resulted in significant changes of macro and micro-nutrients content (nutritional value, sugars, fatty acids, minerals, ascorbic acid and tocopherols), whereas the concentration of phenolic compounds was not significantly affected. Chicoric and 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid were the most abundant phenolic acids. In contrast, antioxidant activity and mineral composition were beneficially affected by mid-to-high and high salinity levels. In conclusion, C. spinosum can be cultivated under saline conditions without compromising the quality of the final product, especially in semi-arid areas where irrigation water is scarce and/or of low quality due to high content of NaCl (coastal areas or areas where underground water is saline). PMID:27507457

  6. Catalytic oxidation of biorefinery lignin to value-added chemicals to support sustainable biofuel production.

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    Ma, Ruoshui; Xu, Yan; Zhang, Xiao

    2015-01-01

    Transforming plant biomass to biofuel is one of the few solutions that can truly sustain mankind's long-term needs for liquid transportation fuel with minimized environmental impact. However, despite decades of effort, commercial development of biomass-to-biofuel conversion processes is still not an economically viable proposition. Identifying value-added co-products along with the production of biofuel provides a key solution to overcoming this economic barrier. Lignin is the second most abundant component next to cellulose in almost all plant biomass; the emerging biomass refinery industry will inevitably generate an enormous amount of lignin. Development of selective biorefinery lignin-to-bioproducts conversion processes will play a pivotal role in significantly improving the economic feasibility and sustainability of biofuel production from renewable biomass. The urgency and importance of this endeavor has been increasingly recognized in the last few years. This paper reviews state-of-the-art oxidative lignin depolymerization chemistries employed in the papermaking process and oxidative catalysts that can be applied to biorefinery lignin to produce platform chemicals including phenolic compounds, dicarboxylic acids, and quinones in high selectivity and yield. The potential synergies of integrating new catalysts with commercial delignification chemistries are discussed. We hope the information will build on the existing body of knowledge to provide new insights towards developing practical and commercially viable lignin conversion technologies, enabling sustainable biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass to be competitive with fossil fuel. PMID:25272962

  7. International coordinated research on the chemical modification of cancer treatment using AK-2123- clinical study

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    The international coordinated clinical study on the AK-2123 sensitized radiotherapy demonstrated the promising results to improve the radiation response of various tumors such as oral cavity, head and neck, lung, esophagus, mammary, uterine cervical, endometrium and others. On the basis of the extensive fundamental studies on the multimodality treatment of cancer using AK-2123 and other chemical modifiers, further clinical study will achieve more higher curability in the radiotherapy of various cancers. 23 refs., tabs

  8. Cancer-associated immune-mediated syndromes: Pathogenic values and clinical implementation.

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    Suchkov, S V; Petrunin, D D; Kostalevskaya, A V; Kachkov, I A; Elbeik, T; Matsuura, E; Paltsev, M A

    2007-07-01

    -mediated imbalances in patients harboring the tumors. The latter implicates a panel of the new immunodiagnostic and immunoprognostic criteria for patients with solid tumors, i.e., BCC, MCC and GB, which is of great value for clinical practice. In particular, the blood levels of some of the immunocompetent cells, state of their functional activity, serum titers of the antigenic markers and autoantibodies, apoptotic parameters, and others may be accepted as additional and clinically informative criteria to be implemented for immunological monitoring and immunotherapy of patients with solid tumors. PMID:17656060

  9. The clinical value of routine whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in palliative care

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    Geitung, Jonn Terje (Department of Radiology, Haraldspass Deaconess (University) Hospital (Norway); Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Bergen (Norway)), Email: jtgeit@online.no; Eikeland, Joakim (Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen (Norway)); Rosland, Jan Henrik (Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen (Norway); Sunniva Clinic for Palliative Care, Haraldsplass Deaconess (University) Hospital (Norway))

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    Background. Whole-body MRI (WBMRI) has become an accessible method for detecting different types of pathologies both in the skeleton and the viscera, which may explain painful conditions, for example tumors and inflammation. Purpose. To assess a possible value of using WBMRI in order to improve palliative care. Material and Methods. Twenty patients (all eligible patients) admitted to the Department for Palliative Care were consecutively included in this study. They underwent a modified WBMRI, with fewer and shorter pulse sequences than in a standard WBMRI, to reduce patient stress. However, the patients' physicians were to exclude patients where little might be obtained and discomfort, distress, and pain could be induced. The treating physicians registered clinical utility directly after receiving the MRI report in a questionnaire. The registration was repeated after ended treatment. Results. Eighty percent had new findings detected, and 40% of the patients had a change in treatment due to the MRI result, mainly changes in analgesics and/or radiation therapy. Conclusion. The WBMRI helped the clinicians to improve treatment and a majority of the patients benefited from this. In eight patients the treatment was changed due to the results. The clinical value (utility) was indicated to be high

  10. The clinical value of routine whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in palliative care

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    Background. Whole-body MRI (WBMRI) has become an accessible method for detecting different types of pathologies both in the skeleton and the viscera, which may explain painful conditions, for example tumors and inflammation. Purpose. To assess a possible value of using WBMRI in order to improve palliative care. Material and Methods. Twenty patients (all eligible patients) admitted to the Department for Palliative Care were consecutively included in this study. They underwent a modified WBMRI, with fewer and shorter pulse sequences than in a standard WBMRI, to reduce patient stress. However, the patients' physicians were to exclude patients where little might be obtained and discomfort, distress, and pain could be induced. The treating physicians registered clinical utility directly after receiving the MRI report in a questionnaire. The registration was repeated after ended treatment. Results. Eighty percent had new findings detected, and 40% of the patients had a change in treatment due to the MRI result, mainly changes in analgesics and/or radiation therapy. Conclusion. The WBMRI helped the clinicians to improve treatment and a majority of the patients benefited from this. In eight patients the treatment was changed due to the results. The clinical value (utility) was indicated to be high

  11. Potential Clinical Value of Multiparametric PET in the Prediction of Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

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    Chen, Xueqi; Zhou, Yun; Wang, Rongfu; Cao, Haoyin; Reid, Savina; Gao, Rui; Han, Dong

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the potential clinical value of quantitative functional FDG PET and pathological amyloid-β PET with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers and clinical assessments in the prediction of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression. Methods We studied 82 subjects for up to 96 months (median = 84 months) in a longitudinal Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) project. All preprocessed PET images were spatially normalized to standard Montreal Neurologic Institute space. Regions of interest (ROI) were defined on MRI template, and standard uptake values ratios (SUVRs) to the cerebellum for FDG and amyloid-β PET were calculated. Predictive values of single and multiparametric PET biomarkers with and without clinical assessments and CSF biomarkers for AD progression were evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and logistic regression model. Results The posterior precuneus and cingulate SUVRs were identified for both FDG and amyloid-β PET in predicating progression in normal controls (NCs) and subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). FDG parietal and lateral temporal SUVRs were suggested for monitoring NCs and MCI group progression, respectively. 18F-AV45 global cortex attained (78.6%, 74.5%, 75.4%) (sensitivity, specificity, accuracy) in predicting NC progression, which is comparable to the 11C-PiB global cortex SUVR’s in predicting MCI to AD. A logistic regression model to combine FDG parietal and posterior precuneus SUVR and Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) Total Mod was identified in predicating NC progression with (80.0%, 94.9%, 93.9%) (sensitivity, specificity, accuracy). The selected model including FDG posterior cingulate SUVR, ADAS-Cog Total Mod, and Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores for predicating MCI to AD attained (96.4%, 81.2%, 83.6%) (sensitivity, specificity, accuracy). 11C-PiB medial temporal SUVR with MMSE significantly increased 11C-PiB PET AUC to 0.915 (p<0

  12. The value of mediastinoscopy in the staging of lung cancer with clinical N2 disease

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    Hui ZHAO

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    Full Text Available Background and objective To determine the value of mediastinoscopy in the mediastinal staging of lung cancer with clinical N2 disease. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 87 patients received mediastinoscopy for known or suspected lung cancer, including 83 cervical mediastinoscopies and 4 parasternal mediastinoscopies. All patients were staged clinical N2 for enlarged ipsilateral mediastinal and/or subcarinal lymph nodes (short axis > 1.0 cmon computed tomography scan. Results Of the 87 patients, 61 cases proved N2 disease on mediastinoscopy. The other 26 mediastinoscopy-negative patients underwent thoracotomy for lung resection and mediastinal lymph node dissection in the same operative session. Final pathologic N staging were consistent for mediastinoscopic sampling and surgical dissection in 24 patients. N2 disease was found in 2 patients (false-negative of mediastinoscopy. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of mediastinoscopy were 96.8%, 100%, and 97.7%, respectively. There was no mortality and only 1 complication(1.1% for all 87 mediastinoscopic procedures. Conclusion Mediastinoscopy is a highly effective and safe procedure for the mediastinal staging of lung cancer with clinical N2 disease.

  13. The potential clinical value of FDG-PET for recurrent renal cell carcinoma

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    Purpose: The clinical value of positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for follow-up or suspected recurrence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has not been fully evaluated. The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET for postoperative assessment in patients with RCC. Methods: We reviewed 28 scans in 23 patients who had undergone FDG-PET scans after surgery for RCC. Diagnostic accuracy of visually interpreted PET was evaluated based on final diagnoses obtained histologically or by clinical follow-up at least 6 months. Also, additional information over CT, influence on treatment decisions, and the accuracy of FDG uptake as a predictor of survival were assessed. Results: Recurrence of renal carcinoma was histologically (n = 15) or clinically (n = 6) confirmed in 21 of 28 cases. Overall, the sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy using FDG-PET were 81%, 71%, and 79%, respectively. In papillary RCC, the sensitivity was 100%; however, that was 75% in clear cell RCC in patient-basis. PET correctly detected local recurrence and metastases in all cases in the peritoneum, bone, muscle and adrenal gland. Additional information was obtained from scans in 6 cases (21%), which influenced therapeutic management in 3 cases (11%). Cumulative survival rates over 5 years in the PET-positive vs. the PET-negative group were 46% vs. 83%, respectively (p = 0.17). Conclusions: FDG-PET would be useful for postoperative surveillance in patients with RCC, although its impact on treatment decisions may be limited. Further investigations are necessary to conclude whether PET has a prognostic value.

  14. The potential clinical value of FDG-PET for recurrent renal cell carcinoma

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    Nakatani, Koya, E-mail: koyakn@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin-kawahara-cho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-8507 Japan (Japan); Nakamoto, Yuji, E-mail: 9709.ynakamo1@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin-kawahara-cho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-8507 Japan (Japan); Saga, Tsuneo, E-mail: saga@nirs.go.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-Ku, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Higashi, Tatsuya, E-mail: higashi@shigamed.jp [Research Institute, Shiga Medical Center for Adults, 5-4-30 Moriyama, Moriyama City, Shiga 524-8524 Japan (Japan); Togashi, Kaori, E-mail: ktogashi@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Shogoin-kawahara-cho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-8507 Japan (Japan)

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    Purpose: The clinical value of positron emission tomography (PET) using {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for follow-up or suspected recurrence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has not been fully evaluated. The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET for postoperative assessment in patients with RCC. Methods: We reviewed 28 scans in 23 patients who had undergone FDG-PET scans after surgery for RCC. Diagnostic accuracy of visually interpreted PET was evaluated based on final diagnoses obtained histologically or by clinical follow-up at least 6 months. Also, additional information over CT, influence on treatment decisions, and the accuracy of FDG uptake as a predictor of survival were assessed. Results: Recurrence of renal carcinoma was histologically (n = 15) or clinically (n = 6) confirmed in 21 of 28 cases. Overall, the sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy using FDG-PET were 81%, 71%, and 79%, respectively. In papillary RCC, the sensitivity was 100%; however, that was 75% in clear cell RCC in patient-basis. PET correctly detected local recurrence and metastases in all cases in the peritoneum, bone, muscle and adrenal gland. Additional information was obtained from scans in 6 cases (21%), which influenced therapeutic management in 3 cases (11%). Cumulative survival rates over 5 years in the PET-positive vs. the PET-negative group were 46% vs. 83%, respectively (p = 0.17). Conclusions: FDG-PET would be useful for postoperative surveillance in patients with RCC, although its impact on treatment decisions may be limited. Further investigations are necessary to conclude whether PET has a prognostic value.

  15. Quantifying the value of information for uncertainty reduction in chemical EOR modeling

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    Leray, Sarah; Yeates, Christopher; Douarche, Frédéric; Roggero, Frédéric

    2016-04-01

    Reservoir modeling is a powerful tool to assess the technical and economic feasibility of chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery methods such as the joint injection of surfactant and polymer. Laboratory recovery experiments are usually undertaken on cores to understand recovery mechanisms and to estimate properties, that will be further used to build large scale models. To capture the different processes involved in chemical EOR, models are described by a large number of parameters which are basically only partially constrained by recovery experiments and additional characterizations, mainly because of cost and time restrictions or limited representativeness. Among the most uncertain properties, features the surfactant adsorption which cannot be straightforwardly derived from bulk or simplified dynamic measurements (e.g. single phase dynamic adsorption experiments). It is unfortunately critical for the economics of the process. Identifying the most informative observations (e.g. saturation scans, pressure differential, surfactant production, oil recovery) is of primary interest to compensate deficiency of some characterizations and improve models robustness and their predictive capability. Building a consistent set of recovery experiments that will allow to seize recovery mechanisms is critical as well. To address these inverse methodology issues, we create a synthetic numerical model with a well-defined set of parameter values, considered to be our reference case. This choice of model is based on a similar real data set and a broad literature review. It consists of a water-wet sandstone subject to typical surfactant-polymer injections. We first study the effect of a salinity gradient injected after a surfactant-polymer slug, as it is known to significantly improve oil recovery. We show that reaching optimal conditions of salinity gradient is a fragile balance between surfactant desorption and interfacial tension increase. This high dependence on surfactant adsorption

  16. Top Value Added Chemicals From Biomass: I. Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas

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    Werpy, Todd A.; Holladay, John E.; White, James F.

    2004-11-01

    This report identifies twelve building block chemicals that can be produced from sugars via biological or chemical conversions. The twelve building blocks can be subsequently converted to a number of high-value bio-based chemicals or materials. Building block chemicals, as considered for this analysis, are molecules with multiple functional groups that possess the potential to be transformed into new families of useful molecules. The twelve sugar-based building blocks are 1,4-diacids (succinic, fumaric and malic), 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid, 3-hydroxy propionic acid, aspartic acid, glucaric acid, glutamic acid, itaconic acid, levulinic acid, 3-hydroxybutyrolactone, glycerol, sorbitol, and xylitol/arabinitol. In addition to building blocks, the report outlines the central technical barriers that are preventing the widespread use of biomass for products and chemicals.

  17. Clinical value of diagnosing intracranial aneurysms with fly-around of multislice helical

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    Objective: To exploring the clinical value of multislice helical CT fly-around as a new method for diagnosing micro intracranial aneurysms (≤2 mm in diameter). Methods: In this retrospective study, the authors compared the usefulness of multislice helical computed tomographic three dimensional angiography (MS 3D-CTA), digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and surgery for the detection and assessment of clinical suspected intracranial aneurysms in 104 patients, 86 patients who presented with acute, non-traumatic SAH. Row data was acquired by Multislice helical CT-Aquilion (Toshiba). The parameters of scanning and images reconstructing were: slice thickness 1.0 mm, helical pitch 3.5, scan speed was 0.5 s per rotation, delay time was 15 - 23 s; Nonionic contrast medium was injected intravenously (2.0 ml/kg) at speed of 3.0 - 5.0 ml/s. Source images were processed using a workstation SGI-O2, images post-processing software was Alatoview, ver: 1.42. The reconstructed images were then processed into fly-around and shaded volume rendering (SVR) and maximal intensity projection (MIP), and Entire brain DSA was performed. Images of MS 3D-CTA and DSA were analyzed by 3 radiologists at double blinded. Results: 70 aneurysms were proved at DSA and surgery, largest aneurysms was 24.0 mm in diameter and smallest aneurysms was 1.0 mm in diameter. Five of 70 aneurysms was large aneurysms, 40 was small aneurysms and 25 was micro aneurysms: fly-around found out 25 micro aneurysms, SVR and MIP found out 23 of them, DSA found out only 21 of them. For detected micro aneurysm, accuracy of fly-around was 95.71%, sensitivity was 100.0% and specificity was 93.33%, positive predictive value was 89.29, negative predictive value was 100.0%, accuracy of SVR and MIP was 95.71%, sensitivity was 92.0% and specificity was 97.78%, positive predictive value was 95.83%, negative predictive value was 95.65%, accuracy of DSA was 94.29%, sensitivity was 84.0% and specificity was 100.0%, positive

  18. The clinical value of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of meniscal disorders.

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    Raunest, J; Oberle, K; Loehnert, J; Hoetzinger, H

    1991-01-01

    This prospective double-blind study was designed to evaluate the capability of magnetic resonance imaging to serve as a diagnostic tool in patients who have a clinically suspected disorder of the meniscus. The imaging studies provided a diagnostic accuracy of 72 per cent, a sensitivity of 88 per cent, and a specificity of 57 per cent. The positive and negative predictive values were 66 and 83 per cent. The diagnostic sensitivity was 94 per cent for lesions of the medial meniscus; this value differed significantly from that of 78 per cent for lesions of the lateral meniscus (p less than 0.05). The 37 per cent specificity for lesions of the medial meniscus was extremely low compared with the rate of 69 per cent for lesions of the lateral meniscus (p less than 0.01). In the intermediate part of the meniscus, the diagnostic sensitivity was 37 per cent on the medial side and 23 per cent on the lateral side; these values were significantly less than the average of 74 per cent for the other meniscal segments (p less than 0.001). The imaging studies provided an over-all accuracy of 67 per cent in the detection of degeneration of the meniscus, 78 per cent in the identification of meniscal tears, and 82 per cent in the delineation of postoperative lesions. PMID:1985979

  19. Chemical Information Literacy: pK[subscript a] Values--Where Do Students Go Wrong?

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    Flynn, Alison B.; Amellal, Delphine G.

    2016-01-01

    Chemical information literacy is an essential skillset for navigating, evaluating, and using the wealth of print and online information. Accordingly, efforts are underway to improve students' acquisition and mastery of this skillset. However, less is known about students' abilities related to finding and using chemical information to solve…

  20. Clinical value of determination of serum thyrotrophin receptor antibody (TRAb) levels in patients with thyroid diseases

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    Objective: To explore the clinical value of serum TRAb determination in patients with thyroid diseases. Methods: Serum TRAb (with radio-receptor assay, RRA) and serum T3, T4, TSH, FT3, FT4 (with RIA) levels were measured in: (1) 49 patients with simple goiter (2) 52 patients with hypothyroidsm (3) 50 patients with hyperthyroidism (4) 59 patients with hyperthyroidism in remission after medical therapy and (5) 38 controls. Results: The serum TRAb levels in patients with simple goiter were not much different from those in controls (f>0.05). Serum levels of TRAb in patients with hyper-or hypo-thyroidism were significantly higher than those in controls (P3,T4,FT3,FT4, TSH), Conclusion: Correction of high TRAb levels in patients with hyperthyroidism after treatment indicates effectiveness of therapy and good prognosis (authors)

  1. Clinical value of pre-operative double embolization for nasopharyngeal angiofibroma

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of pre-operative double embolization for nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. Methods: Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) was carried out in 7 cases of nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. In six cases, the supplying arteries originated from the maxillary artery and the branches arising from internal carotid artery underwent double embolization-direct percutaneous puncture embolization and selective embolization of blood supplying arteries. In another case, the supplying artery originated from maxillary artery was only undertaken selective embolization for the feeding arteries. Results: All the tumor masses reduced in volume obviously or even disappeared on the angiography after embolization. Conclusions: Pre-operative double embolization for nasopharyngeal angiofibroma could be a necessary additional treatment method. (authors)

  2. Comparison of 2D and 3D sequences for MRCP. Clinical value of the different techniques

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    Magnetic resonance cholangio-pancreaticograpy (MRCP) is a non-invasive imaging modality of the pancreatico-biliary system which plays an increasingly important role in the clinical and diagnostic workup of patients with biliary or pancreatic diseases. The present review is designed to give an overview of the currently available and appropriate sequences, their technical background, as well as new developments and their relevance to the various clinical issues and challenges. The impact of the latest technical innovations, such as integrated parallel imaging techniques and navigator-based respiratory triggering, on the diagnostic capacities of MRCP is discussed. In this context, the individual value of RARE, T2w single shot turbo/fast spin echo (SSFSE) and the recently introduced 3D T2w turbo/fast spin echo sequences (T2w 3D-T/FSE) is reviewed. RARE imaging may be preferred in severely ill patients with limitations in cooperation, SSFSE is particularly effective in differentiating benign and malignant stenosis, and 3D-FSE offers additional advantages in the detection of small biliary concrements. (orig.)

  3. Interventional management of spine eosinophilic granuloma in children: preliminary investigation of its clinical value

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    Objective: To assess the clinical value of interventional management in treating spine eosinophilic granuloma in children. Methods: Interventional therapies, including per cutaneous biopsy and percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP), were carried out in three child patients with five pathologically-proved eosinophilic granuloma lesions, which were localized in the vertebrae. The clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. Visual analogue pain scale (VAS) and Oswesty disability index (ODI) were assessed before and after operation. Results: A total of four operations were successfully carried out in all of three patients. The mean VAS score reduced from 7 before treatment of 1 after treatment. The mean ODI decreased from preoperative 52.5% to postoperative 10.5%. During procedures no significant complications occurred except for cement leakage in some cases. Pain relief and daily activity were remarkably improved after treatment. All patients were followed up for 3 months to 5 years. Conclusion: For the treatment of spine eosinophilic granuloma in children, interventional techniques are mini-invasive, safe and effective therapeutic methods. (authors)

  4. Clinical value of PET/CT for the management of malignant tumors

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of PET/CT for the management of malignant tumors. Methods: 96 patients (68 male, 28 female, mean age 61.7, ranged 26-89 years old). All are confirmed by pathology or clinic ally except brain tumor and all were not treated. PET/CT imaging was performed using GE Discovery LS PET/CT. Radiotherapy target definition: gross target volume (GTV) was defined using PET/CT fusion imaging. All data were analyzed with SPSS 10.0. Results: 1) Of 96 patients, PET/CT detection sensitivity was 97.92%. The overall tumor staging was changed in 44(45.83%) patients and the rates of metastasis to the lymph nodes and other organs were increased 37.50% and 23.96%, respectively. 2) The therapy regimen was changed in 35(36.46%) patients after PET/CT imaging. 3) The size, boundary and surrounding tissue of the tumor were clearly delineated in the fusion image. Hence it was possible for localization of biological target volume in radiotherapy and also for assessment of the resected extent for surgery. Conclusion: PET/CT plays an important role in early diagnosis, accurate staging and management of tumor patients, especially as a guide to localization of the target volume in radiotherapy and assessment of the resected tumor extent during operation. (authors)

  5. The analysis of diagnostic value about clinical, laboratory, CT, MRA, DSA in primary subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Objective: To investigate the value of various diagnostic methods used in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) for providing the best choice of method at different periods and for different etiology. Methods: The clinical information and results of lumbar puncture, CT, MRA, DSA were analyzed retrospectively in 122 patients suffering from SAH at different periods in order to investigate the sensitivity of positive findings and analyze the cause of negative findings. Results: Acute headache, vomit, meningeal irritation sign, the change of eyeground were the useful early clinical manifestation. The positive rate of lumbar puncture was 100% and the positive rate of CT was 92% within 72 hours after onset. The positive findings of MRI, MRA were 45.55% in etiological diagnosis, while those of DSA were 70.83% (including 28 cases of aneurysm, 30 of arteriovenous malformation AVM, 5 of dural arteriovenous fistula, 2 of vasculitis, 1 of lateral sinus thrombus). MRI detected vascular malformation of spinal cord in 2 cases. Conclusion: Specific symptom and lumbar puncture are the methods of choice for confirmation diagnosis in patients suffering from SAH within the acute period. Negative result in CT can't rule out SAH. DSA is better than MRA in etiological diagnosis. The actual result etiology could be revealed by MR or spinal cord angiography when all results of CT, MRA , and DSA are normal. (authors)

  6. Assessment of baroreflex sensitivity from spontaneous oscillations of blood pressure and heart rate: proven clinical value?

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    Pinna, Gian Domenico; Maestri, Roberto; La Rovere, Maria Teresa

    2015-04-01

    The baroreceptor-heart rate reflex (baroreflex sensitivity, BRS) is a key mechanism contributing to the neural regulation of the cardiovascular system. Several methods have been proposed so far to assess BRS by analyzing the spontaneous beat-to-beat fluctuations of arterial blood pressure and heart rate. These methods are inherently simple, non-invasive and low-cost. This study is an attempt to address the question of whether spontaneous baroreflex methods have proven to be of value in the clinical setting. In the first part of this article, we critically review most representative clinical studies using spontaneous BRS techniques either for risk stratification or treatment evaluation, these being major issues in the clinical management of the patients. In the second part, we address two important aspects of spontaneous BRS measurements: measurability and reliability. Estimation of BRS in the studies selected for the review was performed according to the sequence, transfer function, alpha-index and phase-rectified signal averaging method. Arterial blood pressure was recorded non-invasively during supine, short-term (Measurability and reliability can be a major issue in the measurement of spontaneous BRS, particularly in some patient populations like post-myocardial infarction and heart failure patents. Main causes of poor measurability are: non-sinus rhythm, a high rate of ectopic beats and the need for recorded time series of RR interval and arterial blood pressure to satisfy the constraints of the different BRS estimation algorithms. As for reliability, within-subject variability is rather high in the measurements of spontaneous BRS and, therefore, should be carefully taken into account when BRS measurements are used to detect treatment effects in individual patients. PMID:25798657

  7. Scientific value of systematic reviews: survey of editors of core clinical journals.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Synthesizing research evidence using systematic and rigorous methods has become a key feature of evidence-based medicine and knowledge translation. Systematic reviews (SRs may or may not include a meta-analysis depending on the suitability of available data. They are often being criticised as 'secondary research' and denied the status of original research. Scientific journals play an important role in the publication process. How they appraise a given type of research influences the status of that research in the scientific community. We investigated the attitudes of editors of core clinical journals towards SRs and their value for publication. METHODS: We identified the 118 journals labelled as "core clinical journals" by the National Library of Medicine, USA in April 2009. The journals' editors were surveyed by email in 2009 and asked whether they considered SRs as original research projects; whether they published SRs; and for which section of the journal they would consider a SR manuscript. RESULTS: The editors of 65 journals (55% responded. Most respondents considered SRs to be original research (71% and almost all journals (93% published SRs. Several editors regarded the use of Cochrane methodology or a meta-analysis as quality criteria; for some respondents these criteria were premises for the consideration of SRs as original research. Journals placed SRs in various sections such as "Review" or "Feature article". Characterization of non-responding journals showed that about two thirds do publish systematic reviews. DISCUSSION: Currently, the editors of most core clinical journals consider SRs original research. Our findings are limited by a non-responder rate of 45%. Individual comments suggest that this is a grey area and attitudes differ widely. A debate about the definition of 'original research' in the context of SRs is warranted.

  8. [Clinical value of antibodies to lysobisphosphatidic acid in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome].

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    Olivieri, S; Ruffatti, A; Bontadi, A; Cavazzana, A; Salvan, E; Cuffaro, S; Giunco, S; Punzi, L

    2010-01-01

    To assess the clinical value of anti-lysobisphosphatidic acid (anti-LBPA) antibodies in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), the sera of 140 primary APS patients were tested and compared with those of 70 control subjects affected with rheumatic systemic diseases (n. 24) or autoimmune thyroiditis (n. 46). Anti-LBPA anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-beta2 Glycoprotein I (anti-beta2GPI) antibodies were determined using a "home made" ELISA method. Lupus anticoagulant (LA) was assessed using a series of clotting tests in accordance with the literature. IgG anti-LBPA was significantly prevalent in primary APS (p=0.000) with a sensitivity of 58.6% and a specificity of 92.9%. IgM anti-LBPA showed a significant frequency in primary APS (p=0.000) with a sensitivity of 28.6% and a specificity of 97.1%. Anti-LBPA's sensitivity and specificity for APS were lower or equal to those of aCL and anti-beta2GPI. The prevalence of anti-LBPA in the different clinical and laboratory subsets of APS was lower than those of aCL and anti-beta2GPI. It is interesting to observe that both IgG and IgM anti-LBPA were never found alone. The comparison between anti-LBPA and LA showed that the former had a higher sensitivity but a lower specificity. In conclusion, in view of our results anti-LBPA cannot at present be considered a further tool to be utilized to diagnose APS and to differentiate the different clinical and laboratory subsets of this disease. PMID:20657887

  9. Clinical value of antibodies to lysobisphosphatidic acid in patients with primary antiphospholipid sindrome

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    Full Text Available To assess the clinical value of anti-lysobisphosphatidic acid (anti-LBPA antibodies in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS, the sera of 140 primary APS patients were tested and compared with those of 70 control subjects affected with rheumatic systemic diseases (n. 24 or autoimmune thyroiditis (n. 46. Anti-LBPA anticardiolipin (aCL and anti-β2 Glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI antibodies were determined using a “home made” ELISA method. Lupus anticoagulant (LA was assessed using a series of clotting tests in accordance with the literature. IgG anti-LBPA was significantly prevalent in primary APS (p=0.000 with a sensitivity of 58.6% and a specificity of 92.9%. IgM anti-LBPA showed a significant frequency in primary APS (p=0.000 with a sensitivity of 28.6% and a specificity of 97.1%. Anti-LBPA’s sensitivity and specificity for APS were lower or equal to those of aCL and anti-β2GPI. The prevalence of anti-LBPA in the different clinical and laboratory subsets of APS was lower than those of aCL and anti- β2GPI. It is interesting to observe that both IgG and IgM anti-LBPA were never found alone. The comparison between anti-LBPA and LA showed that the former had a higher sensitivity but a lower specificity. In conclusion, in view of our results anti-LBPA cannot at present be considered a further tool to be utilized to diagnose APS and to differentiate the different clinical and laboratory subsets of this disease.

  10. Clinical evaluation of chemical ablation in treating metastatic tumors located at hepatic periphery

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical application of chemical ablation in the treatment of metastatic tumors located at hepatic periphery. Methods: A total of 77 patients with metastatic tumors located at hepatic periphery received chemical ablation therapy. The inactivated degree, the volume and the related carcinoembryonic antigens of the tumors were estimated before and after the treatment. The results were analyzed and the preoperative data were compared with the postoperative ones. Results: Follow-up CT scanning was performed one month after the treatment. Of the 38 patients with hepatic subcapsular metastases, regression of the tumor was seen in 27, disappearance of the tumor in 2 and enlargement of the tumor in 9. For the tumors located at the hepatic portal, the lesions became smaller in 11 cases, unchanged in 3 cases and deterioration in 3 cases. Twenty-two patients had hepatic portal lymphatic metastases from gastric cancer. Of these 22 patients, the regression of the tumor was seen in 15, unchanged tumor in 3 and deterioration of the tumor in 9. The overall effective rate was 70%. Clinically, abdominal pain was markedly relieved in 30 patients. Biliary tract obstruction was obviously alleviated in 10 patients with a reduction of icteric index. After the chemical ablation the related carcinoembryonic antigens levels decreased significantly (P<0.01). Conclusion: For the treatment of metastatic tumors located at hepatic periphery, the chemical ablation technique is minimally-invasive, clinically-effective and economical. This therapy is especially suitable for the patients with advanced hepatic metastatic tumors. (authors)

  11. Respiratory monitoring during MR imaging. The clinical value of a new fibre-optical monitor

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    Purpose: To assess the clinical utility of a fibre-optical monitor for respiratory monitoring in patients undergoing MR imaging without general anaesthesia. Material and Methods: One hundred consecutive patients were included at each of 3 MR units (300 patients in total). The technicians estimated the value of monitoring the respiratory rate on a 5-graded scale. Conditions that might complicate the MR examination were noted. Results: The respiratory monitor was well tolerated by 99% of the patients. It was rated as valuable or very valuable in one-third of the total group, but in slightly more than two-thirds of the group of patients with some condition that might have complicated the MR examination. The estimated value of respiratory rate monitoring did not correlate to the age or sex of the patients, the type of examination, or to whether contrast medium was used or not, but it was significantly more often considered valuable in patients placed in the head-first position than in those placed in feet-first. Conclusion: Respiratory rate monitoring during MR imaging seems to be valuable in many patients, particularly if some condition that might complicate the MR examination is present. (orig.)

  12. Increasing fetal ovine number per gestation alters fetal plasma clinical chemistry values.

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    Zywicki, Micaela; Blohowiak, Sharon E; Magness, Ronald R; Segar, Jeffrey L; Kling, Pamela J

    2016-08-01

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is interconnected with developmental programming of lifelong pathophysiology. IUGR is seen in human multifetal pregnancies, with stepwise rises in fetal numbers interfering with placental nutrient delivery. It remains unknown whether fetal blood analyses would reflect fetal nutrition, liver, and excretory function in the last trimester of human or ovine IUGR In an ovine model, we hypothesized that fetal plasma biochemical values would reflect progressive placental, fetal liver, and fetal kidney dysfunction as the number of fetuses per gestation rose. To determine fetal plasma biochemical values in singleton, twin, triplet, and quadruplet/quintuplet ovine gestation, we investigated morphometric measures and comprehensive metabolic panels with nutritional measures, liver enzymes, and placental and fetal kidney excretory measures at gestational day (GD) 130 (90% gestation). As anticipated, placental dysfunction was supported by a stepwise fall in fetal weight, fetal plasma glucose, and triglyceride levels as fetal number per ewe rose. Fetal glucose and triglycerides were directly related to fetal weight. Plasma creatinine, reflecting fetal renal excretory function, and plasma cholesterol, reflecting placental excretory function, were inversely correlated with fetal weight. Progressive biochemical disturbances and growth restriction accompanied the rise in fetal number. Understanding the compensatory and adaptive responses of growth-restricted fetuses at the biochemical level may help explain how metabolic pathways in growth restriction can be predetermined at birth. This physiological understanding is important for clinical care and generating interventional strategies to prevent altered developmental programming in multifetal gestation. PMID:27565903

  13. Clinical value of CARE dose 4D technique in decreasing CT scanning dose of adult chest

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    Objective: To investigate the value of CARE Dose 4D technique in decreasing radiation dose and improving image quality of multi-slice spiral CT in adult chest scanning. Methods: 100 patients of chest CT scanning were equally divided into study group and control group randomly. CARE Dose 4D Technique was used in study group. Effective mAs value, volume CT dose index (CTDIvol) and dose length product (DLP) were displayed automatically in machine while chest scanning; those values and actual mAs value of every image were recorded respectively. The image quality at apex of lung, lower edge of aorta arch, middle area of left atrium and base of lung on every image of 400 images was judged and classified as three level (excellent, good, poor) by two deputy chief physicians with double blind method, the image noise at corresponding parts was measured. Results: While setting 80 mAs for quality reference mAs, the effective mAs value in study group most decreased 44 mAs than control group with an average decrease of 9.60 (12.0%), CTDIvol with 4.75 mGy with an average decrease of 0.95 mCy (11.0%), DLP 99.50% in study group, with 98.0% in control group. But it was higher at apex of lung and base of lung, lower at middle area of left atrium, and similar at lower edge of aorta arch in study group than contrast group. The image noise were lower at apex of lung and base of lung in study group than control group (t =6.299 and 2.332, all P<0.05), higher at middle area of left atrium in study group than control group (t=3.078, P<0.05) and similar at lower edge of aorta arch in study group than control group (t=1.191, P>0.05). Conclusions: CARE Dose 4D technique provides a function regulated mAs real-time on line, it not only raises utilization rate of radiation and decreases radiation dose, but also promises and increases image quality in chest CT scanning, and has some clinical significance. (authors)

  14. Quantitative chemical-shift MR imaging cutoff value: Benign versus malignant vertebral compression – Initial experience

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    2014-09-01

    Conclusion: Quantitative chemical shift MR imaging could be a valuable addition to standard MR imaging techniques and represent a rapid problem solving tool in differentiating benign from malignant vertebral compression, especially in patients with known primary malignancies.

  15. The clinical value of PET/CT in therapeutic management of the malignant tumor

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of hybrid PET/CT in therapeutic management of the malignant tumor. Methods: 69 patients with malignant tumor without accepting any treatment, who were diagnosed by either pathology (24 patients) or clinical data (45 patients), were analyzed in this study. The age of the 20 females and 49 males ranged between 26 and 99 years (mean 63 years). PET/CT scans were performed using Discovery LS-PET/CT system (GE Discovery LS, CT attenuation correction, OSEM reconstruction), after injection of 5.55 MBq/kg FDG 40 minutes. Results: l. PET/CT showed 18 patients with single lesion and 51 patients with multiple lesions. while in CT imaging showed 47 patients with single lesion before PET/CT scanning. 29 (61.7%) patients were changed the clinical stage and therapeutic scheme after PET/CT performing. 2. Offered biological target orientation to radiotherapy or operation extension to surgery: radiotherapy doctors used PET/CT fusion imaging to direct radiotherapy orientation to 29 patients who were fit for radiotherapy. Five of them, who had treated by MM50 for one period of treatment, reexamined PET/CT after one month later, the former tumor was disappeared or shirked and the metabolism of glucose returned to normal. 10 patients were operated after the doctor confirmed the operation extension and operation path according to the PET/CT fusion images. The pathological results showed no carcinoma cell implicated or soakage in surgery cutting margins. The metastasis lymph nodes were completely removed. One patient, her operation was failed, was diagnosed primary lung cancer with hilus and lymph nodes metastases by PET/CT which indicated that the operation was not suitable for this patient. Conclusion: Hybrid PFT/CT imaging may offer an important tool in therapeutic management of the malignant tumor. One, it can provide more accurate diagnosis for clinical stage of the malignant tumor and assistant doctor's to draw the therapeutic scheme. Two, it

  16. Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Unveiling the Elephant in the Room

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    A growing body of evidence suggests chemicals present in air, water, soil, food, building materials and household products are toxicants that contribute to the many chronic diseases typically seen in routine medical practice. Yet, despite calls from numerous organisations to provide clinicians with more training and awareness in environmental health, there are multiple barriers to the clinical assessment of toxic environmental exposures. Recent developments in the fields of systems biology, i...

  17. [Doppler echocardiography for the assessment of left ventricular diastolic function: methodology, clinical and prognostic value].

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    Galderisi, Maurizio; Dini, Frank Lloyd; Temporelli, Pier Luigi; Colonna, Paolo; de Simone, Giovanni

    2004-02-01

    To date, left ventricular diastolic function can be clinically assessed by Doppler echocardiography. The Doppler recording of mitral inflow and pulmonary venous flow provides main information about ventricular diastolic properties. At the level of the mitral inflow we can measure the early diastolic peak velocity (E), atrial peak velocity and derive their ratio, the E velocity deceleration time and isovolumic relaxation time, and calculate atrial filling fraction. At the level of the pulmonary veins, the peak systolic velocity (S), the peak diastolic velocity (D), the S/D ratio, the peak of reverse atrial velocity and its duration, above all in terms of difference with the mitral A duration, characterize the different patterns of diastolic function. Also the new ultrasound technologies are clinically useful to define ventricular diastolic properties. The myocardial early diastolic velocity (Em) detectable by pulsed tissue Doppler at the level of the mitral annulus, and the flow propagation velocity (Vp) recordable by color M-mode of left ventricular inflow, both relatively preload-independent, are measurements related to tau, the reference hemodynamic variable. The E/Em and E/Vp ratios provide accurate estimation of the changes in left ventricular end-diastolic pressure. They allow us to distinguish the pseudonormal and restrictive patterns from the normal pattern and are, therefore, alternative tools to Valsalva maneuver of mitral inflow and pulmonary venous flow. The predictive value of the pattern of abnormal relaxation (grade I of diastolic dysfunction) and both the reversible and irreversible restrictive patterns (grade III and IV respectively) is now demonstrated and permits important prognostic stratification and appropriate therapeutic management. PMID:15080528

  18. Clinical value of somatostatin receptor imaging in patients with suspected head and neck paragangliomas

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    Paragangliomas or glomus tumours of the head and neck region are rare somatostatin receptor-expressing neuroendocrine tumours. Precise preoperative diagnosis is of special importance in order to adequately weigh the potential benefit of the operation against the inherent risks of the procedure. In this study, the clinical value of somatostatin receptor imaging was assessed in 19 patients who underwent somatostatin receptor scintigraphy because of known or suspected paraganglioma of the head and neck region. The results were compared with the results of computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging, histology and clinical follow-up. [111In-DTPA-D-Phe1]-octreotide scintigraphy was performed 4-6 and 24 h after i.v. injection of 140-220 MBq 111In-octreotide. Whole-body and planar images as well as single-photon emission tomography images were acquired and lesions were graded according to qualitative tracer uptake. Somatostatin receptor imaging was positive in nine patients, identifying paragangliomas for the first time in three patients and recurrent disease in six patients. In one patient, a second, previously unknown paraganglioma site was identified. Negative results were obtained in ten patients. These patients included one suffering from chronic hyperplastic otitis externa, one with granuloma tissue and an organised haematoma, one with an acoustic neuroma, one with an asymmetric internal carotid artery, two with ectasia of the bulbus venae jugularis and one with a jugular vein thrombosis. In two patients with a strong family history of paraganglioma, individual involvement could be excluded. In only one patient did somatostatin receptor imaging and magnetic resonance imaging yield false negative results in respect of recurrent paraganglioma tissue. It is concluded that somatostatin receptor scintigraphy provides important information in patients with suspected paragangliomas of the head and neck region and has a strong impact on further therapeutic

  19. Clinical value of serum cystatin C by ELISA for estimation of glomerular filtration rate.

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    Xu, Xunhui; Zou, Jianzhou; Ding, Xiaoqiang; Xin, Dingguang; Ren, Yushen

    2004-01-01

    The search for whether endogenous markers of changes in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) by serum cystatin C assay and serum cystatin C compare with creatinine clearance by the Cockeroft-Gault formula and the evaluation of its clinical significance as a marker of GFR is important in clinical practice at present. Serum cystatin C was determined by sandwich enzyme immunoassay using a kit. Control blood samples were collected from 70 healthy subjects and 168 patients with various kidney diseases. Creatinine clearance (Cockeroft-Gault formula) as a measure of GFR, in 168 patients with various kidney diseases, depends on the creatinine clearance; GFR parameters were used to divide patients into two groups. The GFR was >80 mL/min in 38 patients (group A) and cystatin C was measured as normal value range and a reference interval of 1.05+/-0.18 micro g/mL (mean+/-1.96 SD, 95% confidence limits for the upper references limit is 1.4 microg/mL). In group A, serum cystatin C had no correlation to the creatinine clearance (r=0.171, P>0.05) and in group B, serum cystatin C was closely correlated to the creatinine clearance (r=-0.771, Pcystatin C (area under the curve=0.8461, SE=0.057) and creatinine clearance (area under the curve=0.7642, SE=0.068). These data suggest that combined measurement of serum cystatin C is useful to estimate GFR, especially to detect the reduction of GFR. Further studies are required to evaluate the whether serum cystatin C as a more sensitive marker of early renal injury might be extremely useful, particularly in nonproteinuric or unapparent renal disease. PMID:15065209

  20. Clinical value of somatostatin receptor imaging in patients with suspected head and neck paragangliomas

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    Schmidt, Matthias; Dietlein, Markus; Weber, Kerstin; Moka, Detlef; Schicha, Harald [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaet zu Koeln, Joseph-Stelzmann-Strasse 9, 50924 Koeln (Germany); Fischer, Eva; Michel, Olaf; Stennert, Eberhard [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde, Universitaet zu Koeln, Koeln (Germany)

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    Paragangliomas or glomus tumours of the head and neck region are rare somatostatin receptor-expressing neuroendocrine tumours. Precise preoperative diagnosis is of special importance in order to adequately weigh the potential benefit of the operation against the inherent risks of the procedure. In this study, the clinical value of somatostatin receptor imaging was assessed in 19 patients who underwent somatostatin receptor scintigraphy because of known or suspected paraganglioma of the head and neck region. The results were compared with the results of computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging, histology and clinical follow-up. [{sup 111}In-DTPA-D-Phe{sup 1}]-octreotide scintigraphy was performed 4-6 and 24 h after i.v. injection of 140-220 MBq {sup 111}In-octreotide. Whole-body and planar images as well as single-photon emission tomography images were acquired and lesions were graded according to qualitative tracer uptake. Somatostatin receptor imaging was positive in nine patients, identifying paragangliomas for the first time in three patients and recurrent disease in six patients. In one patient, a second, previously unknown paraganglioma site was identified. Negative results were obtained in ten patients. These patients included one suffering from chronic hyperplastic otitis externa, one with granuloma tissue and an organised haematoma, one with an acoustic neuroma, one with an asymmetric internal carotid artery, two with ectasia of the bulbus venae jugularis and one with a jugular vein thrombosis. In two patients with a strong family history of paraganglioma, individual involvement could be excluded. In only one patient did somatostatin receptor imaging and magnetic resonance imaging yield false negative results in respect of recurrent paraganglioma tissue. It is concluded that somatostatin receptor scintigraphy provides important information in patients with suspected paragangliomas of the head and neck region and has a strong impact on further

  1. The Diagnostic Value of MRI in Brucella Spondylitis With Comparison to Clinical and Laboratory Findings

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    Bagheri, Ali Baradaran; Ahmadi, Koorosh; Chokan, Niaz Mohamad Jafari; Abbasi, Bita; Akhavan, Reza; Bolvardi, Ehsan; Soroureddin, Somayeh

    2016-01-01

    Background: Brucellosis is an endemic zoonotic disease, especially in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions and can involve many organs and tissue. Osteoarticular involvement is the most common complication. Spondylitis is its most prevalent clinical form in adults, and there may be difficult in diagnosis and treatment. In present study, we aimed to assess these diagnostic value of MRI, in patients with spondylitis due to brucella, comparing with clinical and laboratory findings. Method: Patients with low back pain who were admitted to Sheikhol-raees MRI center were included in this study. None of these patients had any documented infectious disease. Diagnosis of brucellosis was made, based on MRI findings, which would be approved by serology. After confirmation with serology, the group with positive serology were compared with the negative group, in sex, age, MRI findings level of vertebral involvements, signal intensity in T1 weighted and T2 weighted. Results: Among 53 patients with diagnosis of brucella spondylitis, 33 underwent serology study, 20 were positive and 13 were negative and the others consider out of study. From these 20, 3 had tuberculosis spondylitis, whose mean age was 56 and the 67% of them were male. Mean age in the positive brucella spondylitis were 46 and 67% of them were male. In negative group mean age was 55, and of whom 57% were male. There was no statistically significant difference in MRI findings such as changes in signal intensity, disk space narrowing, Intracanalicular mass, Abscess formation. Level of invlovment in vertebrae. Conclusion: The results of this study shows that although MRI is Modality of choice in diagnosis of spondylitis, it is not enough specific to diagnosis the reasons of spondylitis. PMID:27147801

  2. Economics evaluation for on-site pyrolysis of kraft lignin to value-added chemicals.

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    Farag, Sherif; Chaouki, Jamal

    2015-01-01

    This work is part of a series of investigations on pyrolysis of lignin. After obtaining the necessary information regarding the quantity and quality of the obtained products, a first step economics evaluation for converting lignin into chemicals was essential. To accomplish this aim, a pyrolysis plant with a 50t/d capacity was designed, and the total capital investment and operating costs were estimated. Next, the minimal selling price of the obtained dry oil was calculated and the effect of crucial variables on the estimated price was examined. The key result indicates the estimated selling price would not compete with the price of the chemicals that are fossil fuel based, which is primarily due to the high cost of the feedstock. To overcome this challenge, different scenarios for reducing the selling price of the obtained oil, which consequently is helping by taking a place among the fossil fuel based chemicals, were discussed. PMID:25459830

  3. True 3D chemical dosimetry (gels, plastics): Development and clinical role

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    Since the introduction of volumetric chemical dosimetry with Fricke gel dosimeters in the 1980s, three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry has been a promising technique for the clinic, since it provides a unique methodology for 3D dose measurement of the complex conformal dose distributions achieved by modern techniques such as Intensity Modulated and Volumetric Arc Radiation Therapy. In the last decade, the potential for improved clinical applicability has been advanced by the development of improved 3D dosimeters such as normoxic polymer gel systems, radiochromic plastics (such as PRESAGE) and, recently, newer radiochromic gel dosimeters. Some of these new 3D dosimetry systems were enabled by the availability of optical computed tomography imaging systems for fast dose readout. However, despite its promise, true 3D dosimetry is still not widely practiced in the community. Its use has been confined primarily to select centres of expertise and to specialised quality assurance or commissioning roles where other dosimetry techniques are difficult to implement. In this paper I review some of the current 3D chemical dosimeters available, discuss the requirements for their use and briefly review the roles that these systems can provide to complement the other dose delivery validation approaches available in the clinic. I conclude by describing two roles that may be uniquely served by 3D chemical dosimetry in end-to-end process testing and validation in the complex environment coming into play with the development of Image Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy

  4. A retrospective analysis of heterophoria values in a clinical population aged 18 to 30 years

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    N.T. Makgaba

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Information on heterophoria values in South Africans  is  scanty. The  purpose  of  this  paper therefore, is to present information on the distribution of heterophoria in a clinical popula-tion aged 18 to 30 years, which hitherto is not available. The data presented here was obtained from  the  record  cards  of  475  black  South African  patients  examined  at  the  Optometry clinic, University of Limpopo (Turfloop cam-pus between 2000 and 2005. The patients were examined by final year students under the supervision  of  qualified  optometrists.  Heterophoria was  measured  for  each  patient  using  the  von Graefe  method.  The  horizontal  heterophoria for distance vision (6 m ranged from 16 prism diopters (pd esophoria to 12 pd exophoria with a mean of 0.74 pd exophoria (SD = ± 2.84 pd. For  distance  vision,  esophoria  ranged  from 0.5 to 16 pd with a mean of 3.08 pd (SD = ± 3.09, while exophoria ranged from 0.5 pd to 12 pd with a mean of 2.21 pd (SD = 1.82 pd. For near vision (0.4 m, the horizontal phorias ranged from 17 pd esophoria to 15 pd exopho-ria with a mean of 3.84 pd exophoria (SD = ± 4.80 pd. The near esophorias ranged from 0.5 to 17 pd with a mean 4.88 pd (SD = ± 3.41, while the exophorias ranged from 1.0 to 15 pd with a mean of 6.30 pd (SD = ± 2.58. Vertical heterophoria for distance vision ranged from 5 to 3 pd right hyperphoria with a mean of 0.05 pd right hyperphoria (SD = ± 0.76 whereas at near it ranged from 4 to 6 pd right hyperphoria with a mean of 0.08 pd right hypophoria (SD =  ±  0.96.  The  distributions  of  heterophoria at distance and near were non-normal.  There was  no  significant  gender  variation  in  the horizontal  values  for  distance  vision  and  the vertical  (distance  and  near  ones.  However, there was a statistically significant gender varia-tion  in  the  near  horizontal  values  (p

  5. Chemical restraint in routine clinical practice: a report from a general hospital psychiatric ward in Greece

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is a dearth of studies regarding chemical restraint in routine clinical psychiatric practice. There may be wide variations between different settings and countries. Methods A retrospective study on chemical restraint was performed in the 11-bed psychiatric ward of the General Hospital of Arta, in northwestern Greece. All admissions over a 2-year-period (from March 2008 to March 2010 were examined. Results Chemical restraint was applied in 33 cases (10.5% of total admissions. From a total of 82 injections, 22 involved a benzodiazepine and/or levomepromazine, whereas 60 injections involved an antipsychotic agent, almost exclusively haloperidol (96.7% of cases, usually in combination with a benzodiazepine (61.7% of cases. In 36.4% of cases the patient was further subjected to restraint or seclusion. Conclusions In our unit, clinicians prefer the combined antipsychotic/benzodiazepine regimen for the management of patients' acute agitation and violent behaviour. Conventional antipsychotics are administrated almost exclusively and in a significant proportion of cases further coercive measures are applied. Studies on the practice of chemical restraint should be regularly performed in clinical settings.

  6. Paediatric renal length measurements from ultrasound and DMSA scans: does clinical practice reflect theoretical normal values?

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    Full text: Renal length measurement is a routine part of ultrasound examination in children and those results are plotted on a normogram style graph, so that each child's results are compared to a normal range (mean ± 2 S.D.). Renal length measurements from the posterior oblique views of dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scans in our department have not always correlated well with the ultrasound measurements on the same patients. Renal lengths from the DMSA scans of 120 patients with apparently normal kidneys were recorded and used to generate a normogram of renal length at different ages (0.5-7 years). This DMSA normogram was compared to the ultrasound (US) normogram used in the Paediatric Radiology Department, and it showed slight differences in renal lengths (3-8 mm), but that the US normogram had smaller coefficients of variation (US = 6.6%, NM 8.3%), implying a 'tighter' normal range. 39 of these patients had DMSA and ultrasound measurements of renal length within 3 months, and these were studied first by calculating the mean and CV values for different age groups, and then by plotting individual renal lengths on the appropriate normograms. The measured data produced much greater variability in the ultrasound measurements than the DTPA measurements, and the individual points produced 4/78 (5.1%) abnormal results for DMSA, but 21/78 (26.9%) abnormal results for ultrasound. Thus, in routine clinical use, using patients with apparently normal kidneys, ultrasound was unable to match the 'normal range' set by their current normogram, but the nuclear medicine showed 5.1% of values outside the normal (DMSA) range, which was completely appropriate for a range of ± 2 standard deviations

  7. The Integrated Biorefinery: Conversion of Corn Fiber to Value-added Chemicals

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    2007-03-24

    This presentation provides a summary of Michigan Biotechnology Institute's efforts to employ the corn fiber fraction of a dry grind ethanol plant as a feedstock to produce succinic acid which has potential as a building block intermediate for a wide range of commodity chemicals.

  8. Further Relationships Between Blood Chemical Values and College Student Performance and Attitudes.

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    Blood serum uric acid and cholesterol levels in the blood were studied in relation to inner drive and external pressures of college students in the U.S.A. and in Sweden. Subjects for the study included 210 American and 78 Swedish male and female college students and 138 college football players. The blood chemicals were measured by Technicon…

  9. The clinical value of serum thyrotrophin receptor antibody level in patients with Graves ophthalmopathy

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    Objective: To explore the value of serum thyrotrophin receptor antibody (TRAb) on the pathological mechanism of Graves ophthalmopathy. Methods: Two hundred and nineteen newly diagnosed Graves disease patients who were divided into Graves ophthalmopathy group (n=121) and without Graves ophthalmopathy group (n=98) were tested serum concentration with thyroid function, thyroperoxidase antibodies (TPOAb), thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb) and TRAb. According to the consensus statement of the European Group on Graves ophthalmopathy, clinical activity score (CAS) and severity evaluation were carried out on Graves ophthalmopathy patients. Results: There was no significant difference in serum concentration of free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), TPOAb and TRAb between the Graves ophthalmopathy group and the without Graves ophthalmopathy group. Serum concentration of TRAb was not correlated with the severity and CAS of Graves ophthalmopathy. Conclusions: The CAS and the severity of Graves ophthalmopathy were irrelevant to the serum concentration of TRAb. Therefore, the correlation between TRAb and Graves ophthalmopathy still needs further study. (authors)

  10. Technique, complications, and clinical value of endomyocardial biopsy in patients with heterotopic heart transplants.

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    Cooper, D K; Fraser, R C; Rose, A G; Ayzenberg, O; Oldfield, G S; Hassoulas, J; Novitzky, D; Uys, C J; Barnard, C N

    1982-01-01

    A review of 157 consecutive biopsies of donor endomyocardium in patients with heterotopic heart transplants is reported. The technique of percutaneous transvenous endomyocardial biopsy after this operation is described; manipulation of the catheter and bioptome into the junction of the donor superior vena cava and right atrium can be difficult when this anastomotic junction is small, as a result either of operative surgical technique or of subsequent contraction. The complication rate was 4%, but one patient may have died from infection resulting from biopsy when the bioptome had to be introduced at the groin. The histopathological changes seen in the biopsy specimens have been graded according to a scoring system to give the clinician a guide to the severity of rejection. Histopathological assessment was of clinical value in 96% of cases, but was inaccurate on two occasions, once because an opinion was given on what was in retrospect an inadequate sample. In patients undergoing persistent low-grade acute or chronic rejection there was difficulty in detecting or appreciating the true extent of myocardial fibrosis; this led to inadequate immunosuppressive treatment in two patients. Attention is drawn to the fact that ischaemic fibrosis resulting from the vascular changes of chronic rejection may spare the endomyocardium, which is kept viable by intracavitary blood, and that this may lead to a misleading histopathological report. Images PMID:6760446

  11. Clinical value of cancer cells joint detection in peripheral blood plasma of thyroid cancer patients

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    Yaqiong Ni; Qinjiang Liu ; Youxin Tian

    2014-01-01

    Objective:We aimed to detect cytokeratin 19 (CK19) and polymorphic epithelial mucin 1 (MUC1) expression in peripheral blood of thyroid cancer patients, and investigate the clinical value of it as a diagnostic marker for circulating blood micrometastases. Methods:The flow cytometry (FCM) was used to detect and analyze CK19 and MUC1-expressing cel s in peripheral blood of 491 thyroid cancer patients. Results:CK19 and MUC1 expression showed no statistical y significant dif-ference with gender and age in thyroid cancer patients (P>0.05), while had statistical y significant dif erence with tumor size, lymph node stage and distant metastasis (P<0.01). The expression of CK19 and MUC1 were positively correlated (r=0.628, P=0.00). Conclusion:CK19 is closely related to MUC1 expression, tumor size, extent of invasion and distant metastasis in peripheral blood of thyroid cancer patients. The circulating blood CK19 and MUC1 tests can help predict thyroid cancer micrometastases and prognosis.

  12. Clinical value of serum TRAb levels determination in diagnosis of Graves's disease

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical diagnostic value of serum TRAb levels determination in patients with Graves' disease. Methods: Serum TRAb (with RRA), FT3, FT4, TSH (with CLIA) levels were measured in 223 patients with Graves' disease both before and 6, 12, 36 months after treatment with antithyroid drugs (ATD) as well as in 50 controls. Results: Positive rate of serum TRAb was 93.3% in patients with Graves' disease before treatment. Six months after ATD therapy the positive rate dropped to 41.3%, being still significantly higher than that in controls (P<0.05). The TRAb positive rate dropped steadily with 12 (18.3% ), 24 (8.9% ) and 36 months (4.9%) of ATD treatment. In the 21 patients who had hyperthyroidism recurred after the course of treatment, TRAb remained positive in 18 of them (80.7%). Conclusion: Persistent positive TRAb despite euthyroid status in patients with Graves' disease after seemingly successful ATD treatment donates persistent immunodysfunction and possible recurrence. It is mandatory to continue ATD treatment until TRAb negative. (authors)

  13. Clinical value of 99mTc uptake rate determination in diagnosis of hashimoto's disease

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    Objective: To explore the clinical value of 99mTc uptake rate determination for diagnosis of Hashimoto's disease. Methods: 99mTc thyroid imaging was performed on 21 patients with HT hyperthyroidism, 29 patients with HT hypothyroidism and 97 controls. 99mTc uptake rate was calculated. Serum thyroid hormones (FT3, FT4, TSH) and antibodies (TGA, TPO-AB) were determined in all these subjects with CLIA and RIA respectively. Results: Thyroid imaging revealed swelling of the gland and asymmetrical distribution of radioactivity in both the hyper and hypo-thyroidism patients. 99mTc uptake rate was increased in the hyperthyroid group (6.07 ± 4.69), being significantly higher than that in controls (p99mTc thyroid imaging and uptake rate determination can accurately reveal the size, shape and condition of radioactivity distribution of the gland as well as presence of any nodule. Combined with serum thyroid hormones and antibodies measurement, the 99mTc study can be of great importance in the diagnosis and management of Hashimoto's disease

  14. THE EXPRESSION AND CLINICAL VALUE OF APOPTOSIS CONTROL GENE Bcl-2 AND Bax IN BREAST CANCER

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    ZHENG Jun; YAO Zhen-xiang; ZHANG Jing

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    Objective: To study the expression and clinical value of apoptosis control gene bcl-2 and bax in breast cancer.Methods: Protein bax and bcl-2 in 41 breast cancers obtained from operations in our hospital in 1996 were detected using ABC immunohistochemical stain assay and compared with 10 cases with normal breast tissues.Results: The positive rate of bax in normal breast tissue was 90% and in breast cancer was 59%, with a significant statistical difference between them (P<0.05), but there was no statistical difference in bcl-2 protein expression. Among the 41 breast cancer, the group with lymph node metastasis (21 cases) had obviously low bax expression (43%) and high bcl-2 expression (76%), showing significant difference to the group without lymph node metastasis (P<0.05).Conclusion: The antiapoptosis function of bcl-2 was stronger than bax in breast cancer. Protein bax and bcl-2 assay may be useful in understanding the biological behaviors of breast cancer.

  15. Clinical application and diagnostic value of non-invasive spinal angiography in spinal vascular malformations

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    Objective: To explore the value of CT spinal angiography with 256 MSCT and fast dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography (CE-MRA) at 3.0 T in the diagnosis of spinal vascular malformations by comparing with results of DSA and operation. Methods: Seventeen patients suspected of spinal vascular diseases by initial MR and clinical manifestations all underwent CT spinal angiography. Of them, 10 patients underwent MRA, 15 patients underwent DSA within 3-5 days,and 8 patients finally underwent surgical treatment. Results: CTA examination clearly showed the abnormal vascular lesions in 16 of 17 cases, including 7 cases with the diagnosis of spinal dural arteriovenous fistula, 7 cases of perimedullary arteriovenous fistula, and 2 cases of spinal arteriovenous malformations. The results were consistent with the diagnosis of DSA or surgery. One case was poorly diagnosed. The feeding vessels were correctly determined in 12 cases, and the level of fistulas were correctly displayed in 12 cases. The level of fistulas and feeding vessels were accurately showed in 7 of 10 cases with MRA, while the other 3 cases exhibited normal with DSA. Conclusions: Spinal angiography with 256 MSCT and CE-MRA at 3.0 T can clearly show the extent of spinal vascular malformations, feeding arteries and fistula location. They are safe, noninvasive, convenient and can shorten the time of DSA diagnosis and treatment. They play an important role in diagnosis and treatment of spinal vascular malformations and postoperative follow-up. (authors)

  16. The Clinical and Nonclinical Values of Nonexercise Estimation of Cardiovascular Endurance in Young Asymptomatic Individuals

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    Mahmoud A. Alomari

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    Full Text Available Exercise testing is associated with barriers prevent using cardiovascular (CV endurance (CVE measure frequently. A recent nonexercise model (NM is alleged to estimate CVE without exercise. This study examined CVE relationships, using the NM model, with measures of obesity, physical fitness (PF, blood glucose and lipid, and circulation in 188 asymptomatic young (18–40 years adults. Estimated CVE correlated favorably with measures of PF (r=0.4-0.5 including handgrip strength, distance in 6 munities walking test, and shoulder press, and leg extension strengths, obesity (r=0.2-0.7 including % body fat, body water content, fat mass, muscle mass, BMI, waist and hip circumferences and waist/hip ratio, and circulation (r=0.2-0.3 including blood pressures, blood flow, vascular resistance, and blood (r=0.2-0.5 profile including glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, and triglycerides. Additionally, differences (P<0.05 in examined measures were found between the high, average, and low estimated CVE groups. Obviously the majority of these measures are CV disease risk factors and metabolic syndrome components. These results enhance the NM scientific value, and thus, can be further used in clinical and nonclinical settings.

  17. Clinical value of 18F-FDG coincidence imaging for patients with fever of unknown origin

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the clinical value of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) coincidence imaging in the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin (FUO). Methods: Fifty-eight patients with FUO (temperature>38.3 degree C, fever more than 3 weeks) underwent SPECT imaging with 18F-FDG. Region of interest (ROI) was drawn over the lesions (L) and contralateral or adjacent normal tissue (B). The radioactivity ratio L/B was calculated for both benign and malignant pathologies and compared by t test. Results In 48 patients(83%), at least one site of abnormal 18F-FDG accumulation on SPECT was found, which led to the final diagnosis of malignant disease in 20 patients, and infectious or other benign disease in 23 patients. Five patients remained unknown.Four in 10 (17%) cases with negative 18F-FDG SPECT were later proven as infectious disease (2 with urinary tract infection, 2 with lymphadenitis); 3 were found to have connective tissue and collagen disease (1 with rheumatism, 1 with adult onset still's disease. 1 with systemic lupus erythematosus); while the last 3 remained unknown. The L/B ratio of benign foci was 1.93 ± 0.39, and that of malignant foci was 3.58 ± 1.01 (statistically significant difference with t=6.955. P18F-FDG coincidence imaging is valuable in the diagnosis for FUO. (authors)

  18. The clinical value of adenosine triphosphate stress myocardial perfusion tomography for detecting coronary artery disease

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    Objective: To study the clinical value of adenosine triphosphate stress myocardial perfusion tomography imaging (ATP-MPI) in detection of coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods: There were 278 patients underwent ATP-MPI, 51 patients of them also underwent coronary angiography (CAG). Seventy-three patients underwent stress-rest myocardial perfusion tomography imaging with multi-stage submaximal exercise test (ST-MPI) and CAG serving as control group. Results: 1) Side effects: there were 11 different symptoms and atrioventricular conduction block (10 patients), sinoatrial conduction block (2 patients) occurred during ATP stress. Allopathy or interruption of ATP stress did not happen. 2) The sensitivity and specificity of ATP-MPI in detection of CAD were 97.1% and 82.4%, respectively, and those in detection of ≥50% narrowing coronary artery were 91.0% and 94.7%, respectively. 3) In patients without myocardial infarction, the sensitivity and specificity of ATP-MPI in detection of myocardial ischemia were comparable to those of ST-MPI. Conclusion: ATP-MPI is an accurate, safe modality and is comparable to ST-MPI in the detection of CAD

  19. Clinical value of plasma endothelin levels in children with cardiovascular diseases

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    To explore the clinical value of plasma endothelin (ET-1) levels in children with cardiovascular diseases, 77 children with heart failure, obesity, hyperlipemia, fatty liver and hypertension were divided into 5 experimental groups and 21 health children with same age and gender as control group. The plasma levels of ET-1 in these children were tested by RIA. The results showed that plasma levels of ET-1 in 5 experimental groups were 112.8 ± 34.1ng/L, 57.8 ± 19.1ng/L,64.5 ± 25.3ng/L, 74.9 ± 28.4ng/L and 60.7 ± 21.6ng/L, respectively. The ET-1 levels in 5 groups were significantly higher than that in control group (P<0.01). The results indicate the higher plasma ET-1 levels in children are related with cardiovascular diseases, and it is useful in the diagnosis of children cardiovascular diseases. (authors)

  20. Effect of Microbial and Chemical Combo Additives on Nutritive Value and Fermentation Characteristic of Whole Crop Barley Silage.

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    Kim, Dong Hyeon; Amanullah, Sardar M; Lee, Hyuk Jun; Joo, Young Ho; Kim, Sam Churl

    2015-09-01

    This study was conducted to assess the effects of microbial and chemical combo additives on nutritive values, fermentation indices and aerobic stability of whole crop barley silage. Barley forage (Youngyang) was harvested at about 30% dry matter (DM) by treatments, chopped to 5 cm length and treated with distilled water only (CON), Lactobacillus plantarum (INO), propionic acid (PRO) or an equal mixture of INO and PRO (MIX). Barley forages were ensiled in 4 replications for 0, 2, 7, and 100 days. On 100 days of ensiling, MIX silage had higher (psilage, but lower (psilages was lower (psilage. The MIX silage had higher (psilages were higher (psilage. It is concluded that microbial and chemical combo additives using L. plantarum and propionic acid could efficiently improve nutritive values of barley silage in terms of increased in vitro DM digestibility compared to other treatments. In addition, all treatments except CON reduced yeast count which is the initiate microorganism of aerobic spoilage. PMID:26323517

  1. Heterogeneously Catalyzed Valorization of Monoterpenes to High Value-Added Chemicals

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    Golets, Mikhail

    2014-01-01

    A potential industrial process is profitable only if it is successfully implemented by the continuously developing chemical industry. Throughout last decades heterogeneous catalysis has opened doors to the creation of various know-how products which previously were considered unfeasible. Moreover, the use of heterogeneous catalysts allows improving existing processes to shift towards more ecological and cost efficient practices. In particular, polymer or fuel compounds could be eco-friendly p...

  2. Soil chemical properties as affected by plant derived ash to replace potassium fertilizer and its conversion value

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    John Bako Baon; Sugiyanto Sugiyanto

    2011-01-01

    Potassium chloride (KCl) presently used as main source of K, tends to become more expensive, therefore, there is a need for a breakthrough in finding alternative materials to replace KCl. The aim of this paper is to present recent research on the use of plant derived ash to replace KCl fertilizer, especially in relation with soil chemical characteristics and its conversion value. Plant derived ash coming from palm sugar processing unit which use farm waste as main fuel was used in this experi...

  3. The clinical application value of PET/CT in adenocarcinoma with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma features

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    The goal of our study was to demonstrate the clinical usefulness of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for adenocarcinoma with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) features, through evaluating the relationship between the intrathoracic lymph node metastases and maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), tumor size of the primary tumor and the ratio of BAC component and analysing the correlation of SUVmax, tumor size and the ratio of BAC component. This was a retrospective study. Forty-five patients with focal peripheral lung adenocarcinoma with BAC features were included in this study and underwent the PET/CT scan. Twenty-one patients were women and 24 were men. None of the patients had insulin-dependent diabetes and the serum glucose levels in all patients just before 18F-FDG was injected were less than 120 mg/dl. The diagnosis of the lesion was made by surgical histopathology. All patients underwent successful surgery, and pathologic examination confirmed that 34 of 118 excised nodal groups in 18 patients were proved to be positive for malignancy. Univariate analysis revealed 3 potential factors related to intrathoracic lymph node metastases: SUVmax (P=0.002); the ratio of BAC component (P=0.002); maximum dimension of a tumor on mediastinal window setting images (mDmax, P=0.025). The maximum dimension of a tumor on pulmonary window setting images (pDmax, P=0.373) had no significance. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve based on SUVmax, mDmax and the ratio of BAC component was constructed, the area under curve (AUC) was 85.2, 70.3 and 81.5% separately. There was no statistical significance between AUC of SUVmax and AUC of the ratio of BAC component (Z=0.901, P=0.368). The AUC of SUVmax and AUC of the ratio of BAC component were significantly higher than AUC of mDmax (Z=2.112, P=0.035; Z=2.016, P=0.042). The SUVmax and the ratio of BAC component had significant inverse correlation (r=-0.85, P<0.01). The mDmax and the ratio of BAC

  4. Clinical and Prognostic Value of Anti-thyrotropin Antibodies in Children with Graves’ Disease

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    G E Smirnova

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to determine the clinical meaning of TSH receptor antibody (TRAb measurement in patients with Graves’ disease (GD. We measured the level of total TRAb using the 1 st generation of enzyme multiplied immunoassay and studied thyroid status in 30 children with GD at the onset of disease, every 6 months on antithyroid drug therapy and during 12 months after its discontinuation. We investigated the correlation between the changes of thyroid hormones, thyroid volume and TRAb, so as TRAb level and risk of relapse. Results. At disease onset 87% of children presented with “positive” TRAb values, 13% were considered “ambiguous”. TRAb level normalization was evident in 56% patients in mean 13 ± 5 months of therapy, but 23% demonstrated its elevation in future, mean 1.8 ± 0.2 IU/L. TRAb level and thyroid volume (r s = 0.5, p = 0.01, TRAb and FT4 levels (r s = 0.5, p=0.01 on therapy positively correlated. After discontinuation of medication in 38.9% of patients thyrotoxicosis relapsed (all patients with TRAb > 10 IU/L, 37.5% ofpatients with TRAb 1-10 IU/L, and 14.3% with “negative” values. At the onset of disease Ме TRAb was 12.0 (1.42-38.9 IU/L in relapse group and 6.6 (1.43-25.7 IU/L (р > 0.05 in remission group; at the end of the treatment it became 3.85 (0.64-68.9 IU/L and 0.63 (0.12-6.4 IU/L (р = 0.025 respectively. After therapy discontinuation the relapse group trended to TRAb elevation compared to remission group. “Support” methimazole dose was 0.06 ± 0.04 mg/kg/day in remission group and 0.16 ± 0.04 mg/kg/day (р = 0.003 in relapse group. Conclusion. Measurement of TRAb in children with GD is very useful for prediction of disease progression and therapy results. High TRAb level at the onset of disease and at the end of therapy, absence of normalization on therapy are the risk factors for relapse after therapy discontinuation.

  5. Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Unveiling the Elephant in the Room.

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    Bijlsma, Nicole; Cohen, Marc M

    2016-02-01

    A growing body of evidence suggests chemicals present in air, water, soil, food, building materials and household products are toxicants that contribute to the many chronic diseases typically seen in routine medical practice. Yet, despite calls from numerous organisations to provide clinicians with more training and awareness in environmental health, there are multiple barriers to the clinical assessment of toxic environmental exposures. Recent developments in the fields of systems biology, innovative breakthroughs in biomedical research encompassing the "-omics" fields, and advances in mobile sensing, peer-to-peer networks and big data, provide tools that future clinicians can use to assess environmental chemical exposures in their patients. There is also a need for concerted action at all levels, including actions by individual patients, clinicians, medical educators, regulators, government and non-government organisations, corporations and the wider civil society, to understand the "exposome" and minimise the extent of toxic exposures on current and future generations. Clinical environmental chemical risk assessment may provide a bridge between multiple disciplines that uses new technologies to herald in a new era in personalised medicine that unites clinicians, patients and civil society in the quest to understand and master the links between the environment and human health. PMID:26848668

  6. Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Unveiling the Elephant in the Room

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    Nicole Bijlsma

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A growing body of evidence suggests chemicals present in air, water, soil, food, building materials and household products are toxicants that contribute to the many chronic diseases typically seen in routine medical practice. Yet, despite calls from numerous organisations to provide clinicians with more training and awareness in environmental health, there are multiple barriers to the clinical assessment of toxic environmental exposures. Recent developments in the fields of systems biology, innovative breakthroughs in biomedical research encompassing the “-omics” fields, and advances in mobile sensing, peer-to-peer networks and big data, provide tools that future clinicians can use to assess environmental chemical exposures in their patients. There is also a need for concerted action at all levels, including actions by individual patients, clinicians, medical educators, regulators, government and non-government organisations, corporations and the wider civil society, to understand the “exposome” and minimise the extent of toxic exposures on current and future generations. Clinical environmental chemical risk assessment may provide a bridge between multiple disciplines that uses new technologies to herald in a new era in personalised medicine that unites clinicians, patients and civil society in the quest to understand and master the links between the environment and human health.

  7. Predictive Value of IL-8 for Sepsis and Severe Infections after Burn Injury - A Clinical Study

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    Kraft, Robert; Herndon, David N; Finnerty, Celeste C; Cox, Robert A; Song, Juquan; Jeschke, Marc G

    2014-01-01

    The inflammatory response induced by burn injury contributes to increased incidence of infections, sepsis, organ failure, and mortality. Thus, monitoring post-burn inflammation is of paramount importance but so far there are no reliable biomarkers available to monitor and/or predict infectious complications after burn. As IL-8 is a major mediator for inflammatory responses, the aim of our study was to determine whether IL-8 expression can be used to predict post-burn sepsis, infections, and mortality other outcomes post-burn. Plasma cytokines, acute phase proteins, constitutive proteins, and hormones were analyzed during the first 60 days post injury from 468 pediatric burn patients. Demographics and clinical outcome variables (length of stay, infection, sepsis, multiorgan failure (MOF), and mortality were recorded. A cut-off level for IL-8 was determined using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Statistical significance is set at (p<0.05). ROC analysis identified a cut-off level of 234 pg/ml for IL-8 for survival. Patients were grouped according to their average IL-8 levels relative to this cut off and stratified into high (H) (n=133) and low (L) (n=335) groups. In the L group, regression analysis revealed a significant predictive value of IL-8 to percent of total body surface area (TBSA) burned and incidence of MOF (p<0.001). In the H group IL-8 levels were able to predict sepsis (p<0.002). In the H group, elevated IL-8 was associated with increased inflammatory and acute phase responses compared to the L group (p<0.05). High levels of IL-8 correlated with increased MOF, sepsis, and mortality. These data suggest that serum levels of IL-8 may be a valid biomarker for monitoring sepsis, infections, and mortality in burn patients. PMID:25514427

  8. Clinical Value of Hepatoma-Specific Alpha-Fetoprotein in the Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Runzhou Ni; Mingbing Xiao; Fei Jin; Cuihua Lu; Jiefei Huang; Xianyong Meng

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the clinical value of hepatoma-specific alpha-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS A method of vertical slab polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with discontinuous buffer system was developed to separate AFP subtypes. After separation, the AFP subtypes were transferred to nitrocellulose and reacted first with rabbit anti-human AFP and then with goat anti-rabbit IgG-HRP. Finally, AFP subtypes were visualized by reacting with 3,3'-diaminobenzidine tetrahydrochloride. A HS-AFP band was determined in 82 cases with HCC and 95 cases with benign liver diseases.The correlations between the positive rates of HS-AFP and serum AFP concentration, tumor size as well as portal vein metastasis were analyzed.RESULTS Serum AFP in the cases with various liver diseases was separated into one to several bands. The fastest band on electrophoresis (FAFP) was found in all patients, while the band at the cathodal site (HSAFP) was detected predominantly in HCC but rarely in benign liver diseases. The positive rate of HS-AFP in HCC was 74.4%, which was significantly higher than that in benign liver diseases (9.1%, 7.3% and 10.0% in liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and acute hepatitis respectively). HSAFP was detected in 3 out of 9 HCC cases with AFP<50 μg/L , but in none of 22 cases of benign liver diseases with the same AFP concentration. HS-AFP correlated with serum AFP concentration and tumor size to some extent, but not with portal vein metastasis.CONCLUSION HS-AFP increases the sensitivity of diagnosing HCC in patients with negative AFP, and is useful in distinguishing high AFP due to HCC from that caused by benign liver diseases.

  9. Clinical value analysis of routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography in judging ulcerative colitis

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    Jing-Mei Tuo; Zhi-Hong Han

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical value of routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography in judging ulcerative colitis.Methods: A total of 60 cases of patients with ulcerative colitis were collected as observation group of research and 60 cases of healthy volunteers were collected as control group of research. Intestinal wall thickness was detected by white light endoscopy, abdominal intestinal ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasonography; TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-4 and IL-10 contents were detected by Elisa kit; Th1, Th2, Th17 and Treg ratios were detected by flow cytometry.Results: (1) intestinal wall thickness: intestinal wall thickness of both active UC patients and quiescent UC patients was significantly higher than that of control group, intestinal wall thickness of active UC patients was significantly higher than that of quiescent UC patients and the higher the degree of activity, the higher the intestinal wall thickness; (2) inflammatory mediators: TNF-α and IL-1β contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were higher than those of quiescent UC patients and positively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; IL-4 and IL-10 contents were lower than those of quiescent UC patients and negatively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; (3) T cell contents: Th1 and Th17 cell contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were higher than those of quiescent UC patients and positively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; Th2 and Treg cell contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were lower than those of quiescent UC patients and negatively correlated with intestinal wall thickness.Conclusion: Routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography can accurately determine the severity of ulcerative colitis; measured intestinal wall thickness is closely correlated with the degree of inflammation and abnormal immune response.

  10. Cyanobacteria as a Platform for the High-Value Chemicals Production

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    Wlodarczyk, Artur Jacek

    consumer demands of an ever growing population. Considering the ability to convert solar energy and carbon dioxide into biomass, cyanobacteria and microalgae have potential for becoming such alternative in the future. Biosynthesis of a great number of plant high-value secondary metabolites requires...

  11. Upgrading of lignocellulosic biorefinery to value-added chemicals: Sustainability and economics of bioethanol-derivatives

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    Cheali, Peam; Posada, John A.; Gernaey, Krist;

    2015-01-01

    sustainability assessment method is used as evaluation tool. First, an existing superstructure representing the lignocellulosic biorefinery design network is extended to include the options for catalytic conversion of bioethanol to value-added derivatives. Second, the optimization problem for process upgrade is...

  12. Novel catalysts for valorization of biomass to value-added chemicals and fuels

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    Nishita Lucas; Narasimha Rao Kanna; Atul S Nagpure; Ganesh Kokate; Satyanarayana Chilukuri

    2014-03-01

    Key furan compounds such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) were synthesized from renewable feedstocks. Dehydration of fructose was carried out in biphasic conditions employing several solid acid catalysts by targeting selective formation of HMF. Its selectivity is linearly dependent on total acidity clearly revealing that lower acidity favours selective formation of HMF. Oxidation and hydrogenolysis of HMF has been explored using 2 wt% Ru-K-OMS-2. The catalysts used for each transformation were subjected to detailed characterization using XRD, BET surface area, temperature-programmed desorption and transmission electron microscopy. The effect of various reaction parameters was also investigated for obtaining high yields of desired chemical intermediates. High FDCA yields of 93.4 mol% and 66 mol% were achieved in alkaline and base-free conditions, respectively. The 2 wt% Ru-K-OMS-2 is a versatile catalyst as it also catalyses HMF hydrogenolysis giving 33 mol% of DMF. Thus, utility of various novel materials as catalysts has been demonstrated in the multistep transformations of hexoses to furan-based fuels and chemicals.

  13. Advancing medicine one research note at a time: the educational value in clinical case reports

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    Cabán-Martinez Alberto J; Beltrán Wilfredo F

    2012-01-01

    Abstract A case report—a brief written note that describes unique aspects of a clinical case—provides a significant function in medicine given its rapid, succinct, and educational contributions to scientific literature and clinical practice. Despite the growth of, and emphasis on, randomized clinical trials and evidenced-based medicine, case reports continue to provide novel and exceptional knowledge in medical education. The journal BMC Research Notes introduces a new “case reports” section ...

  14. Relationship between Portuguese consumer preferences and textural properties, chemical composition and nutritional value of beef

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    Monteiro, Ana Cristina Saragoça Melgado Gonçalves

    2012-01-01

    Beef is a nutritionally rich product with a high economic value. However in the last decades beef has been target of negative publicity by the media, mainly due to the high content of cholesterol as well as saturated and trans fatty acids (FA). The increasing number of food scares across the Europe over the last years has increased even more consumers’ concerns about beef quality and safety. Despite the health concerns beef sensory properties still remain the main purchasing an...

  15. Clinical value of measurement of pulmonary radioaerosol mucociliary clearance in the work up of primary ciliary dyskinesia

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    Munkholm, Mathias; Nielsen, Kim Gjerum; Mortensen, Jann

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate and define the general clinical applicability and impact of pulmonary radioaerosol mucociliary clearance (PRMC) on the work up of patients suspected of having primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). In addition, we wanted to evaluate the accuracy of the reference values...... primarily to results from nasal ciliary function testing, to electron microscopic (EM) examination of the ultrastructure of the cilia, and to the final clinical diagnosis. RESULTS: Of the 239 patients, 27 ended up with a final clinical diagnosis of definitive PCD. No patients with a PRMC test that was...... from updated data....

  16. A Bright Future for Precision Medicine: Advances in Fluorescent Chemical Probe Design and Their Clinical Application.

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    Garland, Megan; Yim, Joshua J; Bogyo, Matthew

    2016-01-21

    The Precision Medicine Initiative aims to use advances in basic and clinical research to develop therapeutics that selectively target and kill cancer cells. Under the same doctrine of precision medicine, there is an equally important need to visualize these diseased cells to enable diagnosis, facilitate surgical resection, and monitor therapeutic response. Therefore, there is a great opportunity for chemists to develop chemically tractable probes that can image cancer in vivo. This review focuses on recent advances in the development of optical probes, as well as their current and future applications in the clinical management of cancer. The progress in probe development described here suggests that optical imaging is an important and rapidly developing field of study that encourages continued collaboration among chemists, biologists, and clinicians to further refine these tools for interventional surgical imaging, as well as for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. PMID:26933740

  17. CLINICAL AND PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF INTERLEUKIN-12 IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

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    M. V. Zykov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract.  The  aim  of  present  study  was  to  evaluate  clinical  and  prognostic  value  of  various  inflammationmarkers  in  patients  after  Q-wave  myocardial  infarction  (MI.  Results:  Among  multiple  inflammation  factors  studied,  only  TNFα,  IL-12  and  CRP  levels  proved  to  be  significantly  increased  in  the  patients  with  multi-vesselcoronary  artery  disease,  as  compared  to  the  patients  with  single  coronary  lesions.  A  positive  correlation  was  revealed  between  the  levels  of  IL-12  and  IL-6  inflammation  markers,  and  severity  of  atherosclerotic  lesions  of  non-coronary  arteries  (brachiocephalic  vessels,  or  lower  limb  arteries.  Regression  analysis,  using  an  iterative  approach,    showed    that    patients’    age    of    ≥    53    years and  IL-12  levels  ≥  87.1  pg/ml  are  of  highest  predictive  value,    when    detecting    clinically    significant    coronary  lesions.    Meanwhile,    the    age    of    ≥    65    years    and    IL-  12  levels    exceeding    108.8    pg/ml    allow    of    detecting  haemodynamically    significant    non-coronary    lesions.  Acute    heart    failure    according    to    Killip    class    II    and  more,  and  IL-12  levels  over  90  pg/ml  have  been  verified  as    independent    variables    for    risk    stratification    of    any    cardiovascular  event  within  a  year  after  MI.  Hence,  among  all  studied  inflammatory  indexes,  IL-12  possesses  the  greatest  diagnostic  value  in  defining  patients  at  a  high  risk  for  severe  coronary  and  multifocal  atherosclerosis  and  subsequent  complications

  18. Overall anatomical features and clinical value of the sacral nerve in high resolution computed tomography reconstruction

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    LIN Jing-fu; WANG Yan-hua; JIANG Bao-guo; ZHANG Pei-xun; LI Yan-ying; ZHANG Dian-ying

    2010-01-01

    Background Sacral nerve injury is a common complication of pelvic or sacral fractures. As the sacral nerve courser within the sacrum and has a complex relationship with the surrounding tissues, different parts of the sacral plexus injury have similar clinical symptoms and signs. Since lack of specific imaging technique in the diagnosis of sacral nerve injury,especially on multi-segment, multi-site, how to determine the preoperative location and extent of the sacral nerve injury accurately becomes a concem of the general orthopaedic and images practitioners. This study was conducted to gain an insight into the overall anatomical features of the sacral nerve (SN) on the same slice in high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) reconstruction and to determine the value of this information for the clinical diagnosis of related diseases.Methods Fifty healthy volunteers and 30 patients (40 sides) with SN lesions confirmed by surgery were scanned using a 16-slice helical CT scanner (Light Speed, GE, USA). Among the patients, 6 with intervertebral disk hernia (6 sides), 8with spinal stenosis (12 sides), 11 with pelvic trauma (14 sides), 4 with pelvic malignancies (6 sides), and 1 with sacral vertebral tuberculosis (2 sides). The SN multiplanar reconstruction was performed using a UNIX-based SCD4.1workstation where the image was set on the same slice. All images were stored in the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine format. The display of nerves in different sections was analyzed using a five-graded scale with coordinate curves of each individual score. The overall anatomic features visible on the slice were analyzed and the abnormalities of the lesions were studied.Results The image of the same slice clearly revealed the shape, running direction, thickness, tension and adjacent anatomy of the S1-S4 nerves. The rank of display rates in different sections was: outward-rotated oblique sagittal >outward-rotated oblique coronal > oblique coronal plane > coronal

  19. The diagnostic value of xero-mammography in clinically occult breast carcinoma

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    Seventh-four clinically occult breast carcinomas were detected in 7535 patients who were examined clinically and by xeromammography. The criteria by which a diagnosis of clinically occult breast carcinoma was established are described in detail. The most frequent finding of a clinically occult breast carcinoma in the xeromammogram was an irregular mass density 1 cm in diameter or less with microcalcifications. Axillary lymph node metastases were present in 29.7% of the total group of patients, which is much fewer than what might have been expected if the carcinomas had been discovered by palpation during the clinical examination or by the patient herself. This means a better prognosis and a lower death rate from breast carcinoma. Screening xeromammography is encouraged for all women after the age of 40, especially for those who belong to the high-risk group, even though they are quite asymptomatic, as there is hope of detecting cancers before they become palbale. (orig.)

  20. Clinical uveitis evaluation and its value in the diagnosis of spondyloarthritis

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to estimate the value of clinical parameters of uveitis for the diagnosis of spondyloarthritis (SA. Subjects and methods. One hundred and five uveitis patients referred by ophthalmologists to the Research Institute of Rheumatology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, in 2007–2009 were examined. X-ray study of the pelvis and lumbar spine, HLA-B27 test, and objective examination were performed in all the patients to detect inflammatory back pain, arthritis, and enthesitis. Results. The diagnosis of SA was verified in 60 patients: 24 had ankylosing spondylitis, 2 had reactive arthritis, and 38 had undifferentiat ed SA. The diagnosis of SA was discarded in 45 patients. Subsequent examination of these patients diagnosed BehНet's disease in 2 of them, sarcoidosis in 1, toxoplasmosis in 4, virus infection-associated uveitis in 8, Fuchs' syndrome in 1, and unspecified uveitis in 29. There was unilateral uveitis in 51 (85% of the 60 patients with SP and in 26 (58% of the 45 patients without SP (p = 0.0033; alternat ing eye lesion in 30 (50% of the 60 patients with SP and in 4 (8.9% of the 45 patients without SP (p = 0.00001; anterior uveitis in 57 (95% of the 60 patients with SP and in 32 of the 45 patients without SP (p = 0.0017; posterior uveitis in 6 (10% of the 60 patients with SP and in 20 (44% of the 45 patients without SP (p = 0.0001; panuveitis in 2 (3.3% of the 60 patients with SP and in 10 (22.2% of the 45 patients without SP (p = 0.0039, acute recurrent uveitis in 15 (33.3% of the 45 patients without SP and in 44 (73% of the 60 patients with SP (p = 0.0001. The age at onset was less than 30 years in 38 patients with SP and in 19 patients without SP (p = 0.04. Conclusion. The estimation of the location and course of uveitis is important in diagnosing SP that is probable in patients with acute anteri or unilateral uveitis with alternating eye lesion, which occurred before the age of 30 years.

  1. Clinical Value of Whole-body Magnetic Resonance Diffusion Weighted Imaging on Detection of Malignant Metastases

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    Cheng Li; Zhen-sheng Liu; Xian-mao Du; Ling He; Jian Chen; Wei Wang; Fei Sun; Fang Du; Zhi-gang Luo; Zhen-long Xue; Yi Zhao; Chang-wu Zhou

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate the value of whole-body diffusion weighted imaging (WB-DWI) on detection of malignant metastasis.Methods Forty-six patients with malignant tumors underwent WB-DWI examinations between April 2007 and August 2007 in our hospital. Before WB-DWI examination, the primary cancers of all the patients were confirmed by pathology, and the TNM-stage was assessed with conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). WB-DWl was performed using short TI inversion recovery echo-planar imaging (STIR-EPI) sequence. Abnormal high signal intensities on WB-DWI were considered as metastases. The results of WB-DWI were compared with other imaging modalities. For the assessment of the diagnostic capability of WB-DWl, WB-DWI were compared with CT for demonstrating mediastinal lymph node metastases and lung metastases, and with conventional MRI for demonstrating metastases in other locations.Results WB-DWI demonstrated 143 focuses, 14 of which were diagnosed to he benign lesions in routine imaging. The number of bone metastases depicted on WB-DWI and routine imaging was 85 and 86; lymph node metastases was 17 and 18; liver metastases was 14 and 14; lung metastases was 4 and 8; and brain metastases was 6 and 8, respectively. WB-DWI failed to detect 12 metastatic lesions including 3 osteoplastic bone metastases, 4 lung metastases, 3 mediastinal lymph node metastases, and 2 brain metastases. Four metastatic lesions including 2 deltopectoral lymph nodes and 2 rib metastases were detected with WB-DWI alone, all of which evolved greatly during clinical follow-up for more than 6 months. WB-DWI had higher detection rates for metastatic lesions in liver, bone, and lymph nodes than those in lung and brain (X2=30, P<0.001).Conclusions WB-DWI could detect most of metastatic lesions that were diagnosed with conventional MRI and CT. The limitations of WB-DWI might be had high false-positive rate and low efficiency in detecting mediastinal lymph node, brain, and

  2. Clinical value of multislice CT enterography with isosmotic mannitol as oral contrast

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    Objective: To assess the feasibility and usefulness of multislice CT enterography (MSCTE) with orally administered isosmotic mannitol (2.5%) as negative contrast in demonstrating normal and abnormal small bowel. Methods: Twenty-one volunteers and 91 patients suspected of various kinds of small intestinal diseases were examined. About 1500 ml isosmotic mannitol as oral negative contrast agent was administered and then 20 mg of Raceanisodamine hydrochloride was injected intravenously. Helical CT scanning on a Siemens Sensation 16 scanner was performed 5 to 10 minutes later. All volunteers and patients were interviewed on their tolerance of the procedure. Imaging data were post-processed with multiplanar reformation (MPR), maximum intensity projection (MIP), and volume rendering technique (VRT), and then interpreted by two radiologists. Adequacy of luminal distention of duodenum, jejunum, and ileum was assessed with a four-point scale, respectively, in which a distention score of 0, 1, 2, and 3 represented less than 30%, 30%-50%, 50%-80%, and more than 80%, respectively of the evaluated segments. The maximum outer diameters of duodenum, jejunum, and ileum were measured and the CT values of bowel wall in different phases were measured with a ROI of 2 mm2. Demonstration of features of various kinds of small bowel diseases was analyzed by comparing with the results of conventional enteroclysis in 24 patients, and the diagnostic efficacy of MSCTE was evaluated. Results: The taste of isosmotic mannitol was good (slight sweet) and acceptable by all. Luminal distention score was 2.52, 2.33, and 2.81 in duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, respectively. CT features of many kinds of small bowel diseases such as tumors, Crohn's disease, and postoperative adhesion, etc. were clearly displayed, including mass, luminal stenosis or dilatation, wall thickening, mural enhancement, mesenteric fibrofatty change, mesenteric vasculature change, enlarged lymph nodes, and so on. The clinical

  3. Recurrent renal cell carcinoma: clinical and prognostic value of FDG PET/CT

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    The purpose of our study was 1) to evaluate the diagnostic performance of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT), 2) to assess the impact of FDG PET/CT on treatment decision-making, and 3) to estimate the prognostic value of FDG PET/CT in the restaging process among patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). From the FDG PET/CT databases of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, and the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua, Italy, we selected 104 patients with a certain diagnosis of RCC after surgery, and for whom at least 24 months of post-surgical FDG PET/CT, clinical, and instrumental follow-up data was available. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG PET/CT were assessed by histology and/or other imaging as standard of reference. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were computed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were used to identify predictors of outcome. FDG PET/CT resulted in a positive diagnosis in 58 patients and a negative diagnosis in 46 patients. Sensitivity and specificity were 74 % and 80 %, respectively. FDG PET/CT findings influenced therapeutic management in 45/104 cases (43 %). After a median follow-up period of 37 months (± standard deviation 12.9), 51 (49 %) patients had recurrence of disease, and 26 (25 %) had died. In analysis of OS, positive versus negative FDG PET/CT was associated with worse cumulative survival rates over a 5-year period (19 % vs. 69 %, respectively; p <0.05). Similarly, a positive FDG PET/CT correlated with a lower 3-year PFS rate. In addition, univariate and multivariate analysis revealed that a positive scan, alone or in combination with disease stage III-IV or nuclear grading 3-4, was associated with high risk of progression (multivariate analysis = hazard ratios [HRs] of 4.01, 3.7, and 2.8, respectively; all p < 0.05). FDG PET/CT is a valuable tool both in treatment decision-making and for

  4. Recurrent renal cell carcinoma: clinical and prognostic value of FDG PET/CT

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    Alongi, Pierpaolo; Picchio, Maria; Gianolli, Luigi [IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Nuclear Medicine Department, Milan (Italy); Zattoni, Fabio [University of Padua, Department of Oncological and Surgical Sciences, Urology Clinic, Padua (Italy); Spallino, Marianna [University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Italy); Saladini, Giorgio; Evangelista, Laura [Veneto Institute of Oncology IOV - IRCCS, Padua, Italy, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine Unit, Padua (Italy)

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    The purpose of our study was 1) to evaluate the diagnostic performance of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT), 2) to assess the impact of FDG PET/CT on treatment decision-making, and 3) to estimate the prognostic value of FDG PET/CT in the restaging process among patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). From the FDG PET/CT databases of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, and the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua, Italy, we selected 104 patients with a certain diagnosis of RCC after surgery, and for whom at least 24 months of post-surgical FDG PET/CT, clinical, and instrumental follow-up data was available. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG PET/CT were assessed by histology and/or other imaging as standard of reference. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were computed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were used to identify predictors of outcome. FDG PET/CT resulted in a positive diagnosis in 58 patients and a negative diagnosis in 46 patients. Sensitivity and specificity were 74 % and 80 %, respectively. FDG PET/CT findings influenced therapeutic management in 45/104 cases (43 %). After a median follow-up period of 37 months (± standard deviation 12.9), 51 (49 %) patients had recurrence of disease, and 26 (25 %) had died. In analysis of OS, positive versus negative FDG PET/CT was associated with worse cumulative survival rates over a 5-year period (19 % vs. 69 %, respectively; p <0.05). Similarly, a positive FDG PET/CT correlated with a lower 3-year PFS rate. In addition, univariate and multivariate analysis revealed that a positive scan, alone or in combination with disease stage III-IV or nuclear grading 3-4, was associated with high risk of progression (multivariate analysis = hazard ratios [HRs] of 4.01, 3.7, and 2.8, respectively; all p < 0.05). FDG PET/CT is a valuable tool both in treatment decision-making and for

  5. Comparison of the chemical compositions and nutritive values of various pumpkin (Cucurbitaceae) species and parts.

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    Kim, Mi Young; Kim, Eun Jin; Kim, Young-Nam; Choi, Changsun; Lee, Bog-Hieu

    2012-02-01

    Pumpkins have considerable variation in nutrient contents depending on the cultivation environment, species, or part. In this study, the general chemical compositions and some bioactive components, such as tocopherols, carotenoids, and β-sitosterol, were analyzed in three major species of pumpkin (Cucurbitaceae pepo, C. moschata, and C. maxima) grown in Korea and also in three parts (peel, flesh, and seed) of each pumpkin species. C. maxima had significantly more carbohydrate, protein, fat, and fiber than C. pepo or C. moschata (P pumpkin was highest in C. pepo. The major fatty acids in the seeds were palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids. C. pepo and C. moschata seeds had significantly more γ-tocopherol than C. maxima, whose seeds had the highest β-carotene content. C. pepo seeds had significantly more β-sitosterol than the others. Nutrient compositions differed considerably among the pumpkin species and parts. These results will be useful in updating the nutrient compositions of pumpkin in the Korean food composition database. Additional analyses of various pumpkins grown in different years and in different areas of Korea are needed. PMID:22413037

  6. Process Design for the Biocatalysis of Value-Added Chemicals from Carbon Dioxide

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    Mark Eiteman

    2007-07-31

    This report describes results toward developing a process to sequester CO{sub 2} centered on the enzymes PEP carboxylase and pyruvate carboxylase. The process involves the use of bacteria to convert CO{sub 2} and glucose as a co-substrate and generates succinic acid as a commodity chemical product. The study reports on strain development and process development. In the area of strain development, knockouts in genes which divert carbon from the enzymatic steps involved in CO{sub 2} consumption were completed, and were shown not to affect significantly the rate of CO{sub 2} sequestration and succinic acid generation. Furthermore, the pyc gene encoding for pyruvate carboxylase proved to be unstable when integrated onto the chromosome. In the area of process development, an optimal medium, pH and base counterion were obtained, leading to a sequestration rate as great as 800 mg/Lh. Detailed studies of gas phase composition demonstrated that CO{sub 2} composition has a significant affect on CO{sub 2} sequestration, while the presence of 'toxic' compounds in the gas, including NO{sub 2}, CO and SO{sub 2} did not have a detrimental effect on sequestration. Some results on prolonging the rate of sequestration indicate that enzyme activities decrease with time, suggesting methods to prolong enzyme activity may benefit the overall process.

  7. Process Design for the Biocatalysis of Value-Added Chemicals from Carbon Dioxide

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    Mark A. Eiteman

    2005-11-01

    This report describes results toward developing a process to sequester CO{sub 2} centered on the enzyme pyruvate carboxylase. The process involves the use of bacteria to convert CO{sub 2} and glucose as a co-substrate and generates succinic acid as a commodity chemical product. The first phase of this research has focused on strain development and on process development. Progress in strain development has been made in three areas. The gene encoding for alcohol dehydrogenase has been ''knocked out'' of the bacteria, and thereby eliminating the synthesis of the by-product ethanol. The gene for glucokinase has been overexpressed in the production strain with the goal of faster utilization of glucose (and hence CO{sub 2}). Efforts have continued toward integrating pyruvate carboxylase gene (pyc) onto the E. coli chromosome. Progress in process development has come in conducting several dozen fermentation experiments to find a defined medium that would be successful for the growth of the bacteria, while permitting a high rate of CO{sub 2} utilization in a subsequent prolonged production phase. Using this defined medium, the strains that continue to be constructed are being compared for CO{sub 2} utilization, so that we may understand the factors that govern the biological sequestration process.

  8. Quantitative evaluation of norcholesterol scintigraphy, CT attenuation value, and chemical-shift MR imaging for characterizing adrenal adenomas

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    The objective of our study was to evaluate diagnostic ability and features of quantitative indices of three modalities: uptake rate on norcholesterol scintigraphy, computed tomography (CT) attenuation value, and fat suppression on chemical-shift magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for characterizing adrenal adenomas. Image findings of norcholesterol scintigraphy, CT, and MRI were reviewed for 78 patients with functioning (n=48) or nonfunctioning (n=30) adrenal masses. The norcholesterol uptake rate, attenuation value on unenhanced CT, and suppression on in-phase to opposed-phase MRI were measured for adrenal masses. The norcholesterol uptake rate, CT attenuation value, and MR suppression index showed the sensitivity of 60%, 82%, and 100%, respectively, for functioning adenomas of <2.0 cm, and 96%, 79%, and 67%, respectively, for those of ≥2.0 cm. A statistically significant correlation was observed between size and norcholesterol uptake, and between CT attenuation value and MR suppression index. Regarding norcholesterol uptake, the adenoma-to-contralateral gland ratio was significantly higher in cortisol releasing than in aldosterone-releasing adenomas. The norcholesterol uptake rate was reliable for characterization of adenomas among adrenal masses of ≥2.0 cm. CT attenuation value and MR suppression index were well correlated with each other, and were useful regardless of mass size. (author)

  9. Impact of environmental chemicals, sociodemographic variables, depression, and clinical indicators of health and nutrition on self-reported health status

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    Public health researchers ideally integrate social, environmental, and clinical measures to identify predictors of poor health. Chemicals measured in human tissues are often evaluated in relation to intangible or rare health outcomes, or are studied one chemical at a time. Using ...

  10. The value of plasma markers for the clinical behaviour of phaeochromocytomas

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    E. van der Harst (Erwin); W.W. de Herder (Wouter); R.R. de Krijger (Ronald); H.A. Bruining (Hajo); H.J. Bonjer (Jaap); S.W.J. Lamberts (Steven); A.H. van den Meiracker (Anton); F. Boomsma (Frans); Th. Stijnen (Theo)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractOBJECTIVE: Phaeochromocytomas (PCCs) are widely known for their clinical unpredictability. This study intends to define predictive plasma markers for their variable postoperative behaviour. Furthermore, the diagnostic accuracy of these plasma tests was determined. DESIG

  11. Chemically and biologically-mediated fertilizing value of manure-derived biochar.

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    Subedi, R; Taupe, N; Ikoyi, I; Bertora, C; Zavattaro, L; Schmalenberger, A; Leahy, J J; Grignani, C

    2016-04-15

    This study evaluates the potential of manure-derived biochars in promoting plant growth and enhancing soil chemical and biological properties during a 150day pot experiment. Biochars from pyrolysis of poultry litter (PL) and swine manure (SM) at 400 and 600°C, and a commonly available wood chip (WC) biochar produced at high temperature (1000°C) were incorporated to silt-loam (SL) and sandy (SY) soils on a 2% dry soil weight basis. Ryegrass was sown and moisture was adjusted to 60% water filled pore space (WFPS). The PL400 and SM400 biochars significantly increased (p<0.05) shoot dry matter (DM) yields (SL soil) and enhanced nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) uptake by the plants in both soils, compared to the Control. All biochars significantly increased the soil carbon (C) contents compared to the Control. Total N contents were significantly greater for PL400 and PL600 treatments in both soils. The dehydrogenase activity (DA) significantly increased for PL400 and SM400 treatments and was positively correlated with the volatile matter (VM) contents of the biochars, while β-glucosidase activity (GA) decreased for the same treatments in both soils. All biochars significantly shifted (p≤0.05) the bacterial community structure compared to the Control. This study suggests that pyrolysis of animal manures can produce a biochar that acts as both soil amendment and an organic fertilizer as proven by increased NPK uptake, positive liming effect and high soil nutrient availability, while WC biochar could work only in combination with fertilizers (organic as well as mineral). PMID:26851878

  12. The clinical value of serum uric acid levels in hypertensive diseases of pregnancy

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    Oral, Baha; Güney, Mehmet; MANDAL, Tanju; Özbaşar, Demir

    1999-01-01

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the clinical utility of serum uric acid measurements in the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. We performed a case-control study to assess the clinical utility of .serum uric acid measurements in women with hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. We identified 201 women who had serum uric acid measurements at term and categorized them into five diagnostic groups: transient hypertension at pregnancy (n=29), preeclampsia (n=42), chronic hypertension (n=28), chr...

  13. Costs, Quality and Value in Cardiovascular Interventions: Implications for clinical decision-making and policy development

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    markdownabstract__Abstract__ The aim of this thesis is to study the clinical, economic and quality-of-life considerations for clinical decision-making and policy development in cardiovascular interventions. More specifi cally the goals are: 1. To investigate the disease prevalence, adoption trends, quality of life, and economic aspects associated with therapies of aortic stenosis. 2. To explore the economic and policy aspects of alternative revascularization therapies for coronary artery dise...

  14. Frequent Detection of Respiratory Viruses without Symptoms: Toward Defining Clinically Relevant Cutoff Values

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    Rogier R Jansen; Wieringa, Joanne; Koekkoek, Sylvie M.; Visser, Caroline E.; Pajkrt, Dasja; Molenkamp, Richard; Menno D. de Jong; Schinkel, Janke

    2011-01-01

    Highly sensitive techniques, such as PCR, have greatly improved the detection of respiratory viruses. However, the sensitivity of PCR tests also complicates clinical interpretation, as the presence of small amounts of viral targets may not necessarily have clinical relevance. We performed a prospective case-control study in asymptomatic and symptomatic young children. PCR detection of 14 respiratory viruses was performed in nasal washes, and results were quantified in copies per milliliter. A...

  15. Clinical Value of the Ottawa Ankle Rules for Diagnosis of Fractures in Acute Ankle Injuries

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    Xin Wang; Shi-min Chang; Guang-rong Yu; Zhi-tao Rao

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    BACKGROUND: The Ottawa ankle rules (OAR) are clinical decision guidelines used to identify whether patients with ankle injuries need to undergo radiography. The OAR have been proven that their application reduces unnecessary radiography. They have nearly perfect sensitivity for identifying clinically significant ankle fractures. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the applicability of the OAR in China, to examine their accuracy for the diagnosis of fractures in patients with a...

  16. Reference values and clinical application of magnetic peripheral nerve stimulation in cats

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    Van Soens, Iris; Struys, Michel M. R. F.; Bhatti, Sofie F. M.; Van Ham, Luc M. L.

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic stimulation of radial (RN) and sciatic (SN) nerves was performed bilaterally in 40 healthy cats. Reference values for onset latency and peak-to-peak amplitude of magnetic motor evoked potentials (MMEPs) were obtained and compared with values of electric motor evoked potentials (EMEPs) in 10

  17. Process Design for the Biocatalysis of Value-Added Chemicals from Carbon Dioxide

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    Mark A. Eiteman

    2006-07-31

    This report describes results toward developing a process to sequester CO{sub 2} centered on the enzyme pyruvate carboxylase. The process involves the use of bacteria to convert CO{sub 2} and glucose as a co-substrate and generates succinic acid as a commodity chemical product. The phases of research have included strain development and process development. Though we continue to work on one important component of strain development, the research has principally focused on process development. In the previous year we constructed several strains which would serve as templates for the CO{sub 2} sequestration, including the knock-out of genes involved in the formation of undesirable byproducts. This project period the focus has been on the integration of the pyruvate carboxylase gene (pyc) onto the E. coli chromosome. This has proven to be a difficult task because of relatively low expression of the gene and resulting low enzyme activity when only one copy of the gene is present on the chromosome. Several molecular biology techniques have been applied, with some success, to improve the level of protein activity as described herein. Progress in process development has come as a result of conducting numerous fermentation experiments to select optimal conditions for CO{sub 2} sequestration. This process-related research has progressed in four areas. First, we have clarified the range of pH which results in the optimal rate of sequestration. Second, we have determined how the counterion used to control the pH affects the sequestration rate. Third, we have determined how CO{sub 2} gas phase composition impacts sequestration rate. Finally, we have made progress in determining the affect of several potential gaseous impurities on CO{sub 2} sequestration; in particular we have completed a study using NO{sub 2}. Although the results provide significant guidance as to process conditions for CO{sub 2} sequestration and succinate production, in some cases we do not yet understand

  18. Effect of gamma irradiation on chemical composition and nutritive value of sorghum grains

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    Sorghum grains were gamma irradiated at 0, 10, 50, 100, 150 and 200 KGy doses using cobalt-60 source. Irradiated and unirradiated sorghum samples were analyzed for crude fiber contents, total nitrogen, fat, ash and tannic acid. Neutral-detergent fiber (NDF), acid-detergent fiber (ADF) and acid detergent lignin (ADL) were also determined. In addition, digestibility coefficient received special attention. The irradiated sorghum grains were incorporated into basal diets and fed to rats during the digestion trials. The results indicated that gamma irradiation had no effects on total nitrogen, fat and ash contents of sorghum grains. Irradiation treatments of sorghum did not cause a pronounced effect on tannic acid content even those received the highest irradiation dose (200 kGy). Moreover, the irradiation treatments decreased the NDF content of sorghum especially those subjected to 100 or 200 kGy. On the other hand, the ADF and ADL values did not show a remarkable change due to irradiation treatments. Hemicellulose content was decreased with the increase of irradiation dose levels. Also, it was noticed that feeding rats on basal diets enriched with irradiated sorghum grains had a beneficial effects on digestibility coefficient. This trend was obvious with animals supplemented with sorghum grains subjected to the relatively high irradiation dose levels. 4 tabs

  19. Evaluation of Physico-chemical Parameters of Manchar Lake Water and Their Comparison with Other Global Published Values

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    Muhammad Balal Arain

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of current study was to evaluate the status of the Manchar lake water with respect to different physico-chemical parameters (electric conductivity, pH, chloride, phosphate, sulfate, total alkalinity, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, cadmium, copper, arsenic, nickel, zinc, chromium lead and selenium in 2005-2007. Among the elemental investigation of Manchar Lake water except Co, Cr, Cu and Mn, other elements (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Fe, Mg, Na, K, Ni, Pb and Se have higher values as compared to the permissible level of these elements in drinking water. The results were compared with WHO water quality guidelines as well as with literature values reported for global lake water.

  20. Clinical trials: Renewed attention to the interpretation of the P values--review.

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    Cleophas, Ton J

    2004-01-01

    The P values tell us the chance of making a type I error of finding a difference where there is none. In the 1970s, exact P values were laborious to calculate and were generally approximated from statistical tables, in the form of P normally distributed, they follow exactly the same distribution as that of the population from which the sample was taken. (2) A common misunderstanding of the P value: It is actually the chance that the null hypothesis is true and consequently that a P > 0.05 indicates a significant similarity in the data. P > 0.05 may indeed indicate similarity. However, a study sample too small or study design inadequate to detect the difference must be considered. (3) Renewed interpretations of the P values: Exact P values enable more refined conclusions from the research than cut-off levels. Instead of concluding significantly yes/no, we are able to consider levels of probabilities from very likely to be true to very likely to be untrue. Very large P values are not compatible with a normal gaussian frequency distribution; very small P values do not completely confirm prior expectations. They must be scrutinized and may have been inadequately improved. PMID:15266226

  1. Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP): Is It Value-Added for Clinical Microbiology?

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    Sharp, Susan E; Miller, Melissa B; Hindler, Janet

    2015-12-01

    The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently published their Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP [https://www.cms.gov/regulations-and-guidance/legislation/CLIA/Individualized_Quality_Control_Plan_IQCP.html]), which will be the only option for quality control (QC) starting in January 2016 if laboratories choose not to perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) [U.S. Statutes at Large 81(1967):533] default QC. Laboratories will no longer be able to use "equivalent QC" (EQC) or the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) standards alone for quality control of their microbiology systems. The implementation of IQCP in clinical microbiology laboratories will most certainly be an added burden, the benefits of which are currently unknown. PMID:26447112

  2. The prognostic value of clinical factors and cancer stem cell-related markers in gliomas

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    Dahlrot, Rikke Hedegaard

    2014-01-01

    -renewal, proliferation, and differentiation during development of different (normal) tissues. The same characteristics were identified in cancer cells, and recently a major part of the glioma research has focused on the cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis, suggesting that only CSCs posses the ability of initiating new...... on experiences from clinical trials, with the risk that the results obtained are restricted to highly selected patients only. Moreover, these studies provided only little knowledge of the clinical behaviour of the tumours. For some time, it has been believed that somatic stem cells are responsible for self...... knowledge about the biological but also about the clinical presentation of gliomas and of glioma patients in an entire population was needed. Identification of patients who would benefit from standard treatment as well as identification of patients who need more aggressive treatment at the time of diagnosis...

  3. Recent progress in the development of solid catalysts for biomass conversion into high value-added chemicals

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    Hara, Michikazu; Nakajima, Kiyotaka; Kamata, Keigo

    2015-06-01

    In recent decades, the substitution of non-renewable fossil resources by renewable biomass as a sustainable feedstock has been extensively investigated for the manufacture of high value-added products such as biofuels, commodity chemicals, and new bio-based materials such as bioplastics. Numerous solid catalyst systems for the effective conversion of biomass feedstocks into value-added chemicals and fuels have been developed. Solid catalysts are classified into four main groups with respect to their structures and substrate activation properties: (a) micro- and mesoporous materials, (b) metal oxides, (c) supported metal catalysts, and (d) sulfonated polymers. This review article focuses on the activation of substrates and/or reagents on the basis of groups (a)-(d), and the corresponding reaction mechanisms. In addition, recent progress in chemocatalytic processes for the production of five industrially important products (5-hydroxymethylfurfural, lactic acid, glyceraldehyde, 1,3-dihydroxyacetone, and furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid) as bio-based plastic monomers and their intermediates is comprehensively summarized.

  4. The use of actigraphy revised : The value for clinical practice in insomnia

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    Verbeek, [No Value; Klip, EC; Declerck, AC

    2001-01-01

    In the last years, actigraphy has been used more often for clinical research and research evaluation of sleep disorders. Compared to polysomnography, actigraphy is cheap and less time-consuming. Actigraphy provides more objective information about sleep than sleep logs. Although the algorithms to sc

  5. The Value of Item Response Theory in Clinical Assessment: A Review

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    Thomas, Michael L.

    2011-01-01

    Item response theory (IRT) and related latent variable models represent modern psychometric theory, the successor to classical test theory in psychological assessment. Although IRT has become prevalent in the measurement of ability and achievement, its contributions to clinical domains have been less extensive. Applications of IRT to clinical…

  6. CLINICAL VALUE OF DETECTING T LYMPHOCYTE SUBSET AND NK CELL ACTIVITY IN PATIENTS WITH COLORECTAL CANCER

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    刘长安; 管增伟; 孙武; 邵玉霞; 李卓; 贾廷珍

    2001-01-01

    Objective To study on the expression and clinical significance of T lymphocyte subset and NK cell activity (NKA) in patients with colorectal cancer. Methods Fifty-seven cancer patients and 33 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. T lymphocyte subset was measured by SAP technique and NKA by LDH release assay based on K562 cells, which served as target cells.

  7. Providing recording of clinical consultation to patients - a highly valued but underutilized intervention: a scoping review

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    Tsulukidze, M.; Durand, M.A.; Barr, P.J.; Mead, T.; Elwyn, G.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The benefits of providing patients with recorded clinical consultations have been mostly investigated in oncology settings, generally demonstrating positive outcomes. There has been limited synthesis of evidence about the practice in wider context. Our aim was to summarize, in a scoping r

  8. Clinical application of 1H-chemical-shift imaging (CSI) to brain diseases

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    An H-1 chemical shift imaging (CSI) was developed as part of the clinical MRI system, by which magnetic resonance spectra (MRS) can be obtained from multiple small voxels and metabolite distribution in the brain can be visualized. The present study was to determine the feasibility and clinical potential of using an H-1 CSI. The device used was a Magnetom H 15 apparatus. The study population was comprised of 25 healthy subjects, 20 patients with brain tumor, 4 with ischemic disease, and 6 with miscellaneous degenerative disease. The H-1 CSI was obtained by the 3-dimensional Fourier transformation. After suppressing the lipid signal by the inversion-recovery method and the water signal by the chemical-shift selective pulse with a following dephasing gradient, 2-directional 16 x 16 phase encodings were applied to the 16 x 16∼18 x 18 cm field of view, in which a 8 x 8 x 2∼10 x 10 x 2 cm area was selected by the stimulated echo or spin-echo method. The metabolite mapping and its contour mapping were created by using the curve-fitted area, with interpolation to the 256 x 256 matrix. In the healthy group, high resolution spectra for N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), creatine, choline (Cho), and glutamine/glutamate were obtained from each voxel; and metabolite mapping and contour mapping also clearly showed metabolite distribution in the brain. In the group of brain tumor, an increased Cho and lactate and loss of NAA were observed, along with heterogeneity within the tumor and changes in the surrounding tissue; and there was a good correlation between lactate peak and tumor malignancy. The group of ischemic and degenerative disease had a decreased NAA and increased lactate on both spectra and metabolite mapping, depending on disease stage. These findings indicated that H-1 CSI is helpful for detecting spectra over the whole brain, as well as for determining metabolite distribution. (N.K.)

  9. DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF THE DEJA VU PHENOMENON IN THE CLINICAL PICTURE OF GLIAL BRAIN TUMORS

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    Pavel Nikolaevich Vlasov

    2009-12-01

    This investigation was undertaken to study the implication of the DV phenomenon in the clinical picture of glial brain tumors (GBT. One hundred and sixty-one subjects (mean age 29,2±6,4 years; males 47%, including 129 healthy individuals and 32 patients with GBT, were examined. In the clinical picture of GBT with seizures, DV is a common symptom that is encountered in the involvement of predominantly the right temporal lobe and accompanied by generalized convulsive attacks and olfactory hallucinations. DV in GBT occurs more than once daily; its duration is a few (as many as 5 minutes; DV is characterized by a negative emotional tinge and attended by fear

  10. Clinical value of HIV-1 matched detection in patients’ blood and cerebrospinal fluid

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    E. V. Stepanova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparative investigation has been applied to 100 HIV infected patients with CD4 lymphocytes rate <350 cells/microliter, demanding HAART prescription, divided into two groups: 1 – without clinical features of CNS damage (54 people and 2 – with features of CNS damage of various etiology (46 people. HIV viral load (VL indices in blood plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF have been examined. 45,7% of damages are caused with mixed infections. CSF HIV VL level with the 2 group patients is 7,6 times as high as that of 1 group patients. HIV VL in plasma is considerably higher than in CSF. Eight patients showed increased CSF HIV VL. Brain damages of various etiology with clinical implications violate hematoencephalic barrier integrity, contribute to HIV accumulation in CSF and intensify virus replication in brain tissue. It has been concluded that CSF examination for HIV is expedient.

  11. Clinical value of combined detection of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in lung cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of combined examination of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in lung cancer diagnosis. Methods: Serum concentrations of CEA, CA15-3 and SF were measured by chemiluminescent assay (CLA) in 99 patients with lung cancer and 25 patients with benign lung disease. Results: The positive rate of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in cases in lung cancer was 50.5%, 31.3% and 69.7%, respectively. Specificity of CEA, CA15-3 and SF measurements was 76%, 78% and 72%, respectively. In combined measurements, positive results of either two parameters revealed sensitivity and specificity of 82.8% and 92%, respectively. Conclusion: Combined measurements of CEA, CA15-3 and SF had evidently improved sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing lung cancer and thus were of good clinical value

  12. Clinical value of detection of serum β-Crosslaps, PINP and N-MID in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis

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    To evaluate the clinical value of detection of concentration of β-Crosslaps, PINP and N-MID in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, 116 postmenopausal women were detected by dual X-ray absorptionmetry and divided into NOP group (51 cases) and OP group (65 cases). The serum levels of three bone markers (β-Crosslaps, PINP and N-MID) were measured. The results showed that serum levels of β-Crosslaps, PINP and N-MID in OP group were significantly higher than that in NOP group (P<0.01). It was suggested that three bone markers level might be closely related with osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The combined detection of bone markers and bone mineral density has important clinical value in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. (authors)

  13. Clinical values dataset processing through cluster analysis to find cardiovascular risk

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    Bucci, C. M.; Legnani, W. E.; Armentano, R. L.

    2016-04-01

    The scope of this work is to show another way to grouping population with clinical variables measured in health centres and to assign a cardiovascular risk indicator. To do this, two different datasets were used, one coming from France and another coming from Uruguay. The well proved Framingham index was used to validate the results. The preliminary results are very auspicious to encourage the research and get deeper knowledge of the cardiovascular risk indicators.

  14. The clinical and economic value of lovastatin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

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    Lorenzo Pradelli

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available HMGCoA-inhibitors (statins lower plasma cholesterol through interference with the rate-limiting enzyme in the endogenous synthesis process. Since their introduction in the early 90’s, the clinical attitude towards cardiovascular (cv risk reduction has evolved from the attention to single risk factors to a more comprehensive global risk evaluation, and thus the indications of statins have broadened from the secondary prevention in hypercholesterolemic patients to include primary prevention in mildly and moderately hypercholesterolemic, or even normocholesterolemic patients, provided their global cv risk is considered high (typically, an estimated major cv event probability greater than 20%. Italian drug utilization data show that a small proportion of patients who could benefit from statins do actually receive them, contributing to the persistence of the clinical and economical burden of cv disease, the leading cause of mortality; since statins have proved effective, and cost-effective, in cv prevention, a more widespread use appears desirable, but requires high investments in pharmaceutical costs. This article defines a clinical profile of lovastatin, a statin with a solid efficacy and safety record only recently introduced into the Italian market despite it has been the first to become clinically available abroad. Among available statin formulations appropriate for target cholesterol reductions up to 30%, which apply to a significant proportion of statin therapy candidates, lovastatin 20 mg is marketed at the lowest price. Although the individual response to the different statins is highly unpredictable, determining a mandatory empirical molecule- and dose-finding strategy on the single patient, from the societal point of view the choice to start with lower cost molecules, among options that on average are equally-effective, may limit initial drug investment and dampen the impact of resource waste secondary to treatment interruptions and

  15. Mystery of alar ligament rupture: Value of MRI in whiplash injuries - biomechanical, anatomical and clinical studies

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    Purpose: Whiplash injury of the cervical spine is a frequent issue in medical expertise and causes enormous consequential costs for motor insurance companies. Some authors accuse posttraumatic changes of alar ligaments to be causative for consequential disturbances. Materials and methods: Review of recent studies on biomechanics, anatomical and clinical MR imaging. Results: Biomechanical experiments can not induce according injuries of alar ligaments. Although MRI provides excellent visualization of alar ligaments, the range of normal variants is high. (orig.)

  16. Antibodies to autoantigen targets in myasthenia and their value in clinical practice

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    S. I. Dedaev

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Myasthenia gravis is a classic autoimmune disease, which clinical manifestations in the form of weakness and abnormal muscle fatigue, due to the damaging effect of polyclonal antibodies to different structures of the neuromuscular synapse and muscles. The study of autoimmune substrate with myasthenia is routine in many clinics dealing with the problems of neuromuscular pathology, and the identification of high concentration of serum antibodies to a number of antigenic structures is the gold standard in diagnosis.Determination of serum antibodies to various autoimmune targets is an important tool in clinical practice. The majority of patients shows the high concentration of antibodies to AchR that gives the opportunity to use it as an important diagnostic criterion. The specificity of changes in the concentration of AchR-antibodies due to pathogenetic treatment allows to objectify the suppression of autoimmune aggression and evaluate the reliability of remission. However, the absence of AchR-antibodies when there are clear clinical and electromyography signs of myasthenia gravis suggests an autoimmune attack against a number of other targets, the most studied of which is the MuSK. On the contrary, patients with myasthenia gravis associated with thymoma, almost always have a higher level of AchR-antibodies. The presence of thymoma is accompanied by the generation of antibodies to titin and RyR, which is also observed in persons with late-onset myasthenia without thymoma. High concentration of antibodies to these structures can be interpreted as a reliable sign of thymoma in patients younger than 60 years.

  17. The Value of Admission Clinical Data for Diagnosing Heart Failure in Long-term Care

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    Heckman, George A.; Foebel, Andrea D.; Dubin, Joel A.; Ng, Jennifer; Turpie, Irene D.; Hussack, Patricia; McKelvie, Robert S.

    2013-01-01

    Background Heart failure (HF) is common in long-term care (LTC). Diagnostic uncertainty is important barrier to optimal HF management, stemming from inadequate health information transfer upon LTC admission. We determine the utility of admission clinical information to confirm a HF diagnosis in new LTC residents. Methods This was a prospective cohort study. From February 2004 to November 2006, information about new residents from 41 LTC homes in Ontario, Canada, was collected from residents and caregivers, and all available health records. A prior HF diagnosis was confirmed by consensus review of available data by two independent experts. Multivariate modelling was utilized to determine the utility of the admission clinical assessment in confirming a prior HF diagnosis. Results A total of 449 residents were included for analysis, aged 84.3±6.5 years, and 21.6% had a prior HF diagnosis. The most useful clinical item for diagnosing HF was a “history of HF”. The final model included “history of HF’ (OR [odds ratio] 13.66, 95% CI 6.61–28.24), “fluid on the lungs” (OR 2.01, 95% CI 1.04–3.89), “orthopnea” (OR 1.76, 95% CI 0.93–3.33), “taking β-blocker” (OR 2.09, 95% CI 1.10–3.94), “taking loop diuretics” (OR 2.11, 95% CI 1.12–3.98), and “history of coronary artery disease” (OR 2.83, 95% CI 1.42–5.64). Conclusion Elements of the clinical assessment for new LTC residents can help confirm a prior HF diagnosis. An admission history of HF is highly predictive. PMID:24278092

  18. Examining the potential clinical value of curcumin in the prevention and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Goozee, K G; Shah, T M; Sohrabi, H R; Rainey-Smith, S R; Brown, B; Verdile, G; Martins, R N

    2016-02-14

    Curcumin derived from turmeric is well documented for its anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies show that curcumin also possesses neuroprotective and cognitive-enhancing properties that may help delay or prevent neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Currently, clinical diagnosis of AD is onerous, and it is primarily based on the exclusion of other causes of dementia. In addition, phase III clinical trials of potential treatments have mostly failed, leaving disease-modifying interventions elusive. AD can be characterised neuropathologically by the deposition of extracellular β amyloid (Aβ) plaques and intracellular accumulation of tau-containing neurofibrillary tangles. Disruptions in Aβ metabolism/clearance contribute to AD pathogenesis. In vitro studies have shown that Aβ metabolism is altered by curcumin, and animal studies report that curcumin may influence brain function and the development of dementia, because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to influence Aβ metabolism. However, clinical studies of curcumin have revealed limited effects to date, most likely because of curcumin's relatively low solubility and bioavailability, and because of selection of cohorts with diagnosed AD, in whom there is already major neuropathology. However, the fresh approach of targeting early AD pathology (by treating healthy, pre-clinical and mild cognitive impairment-stage cohorts) combined with new curcumin formulations that increase bioavailability is renewing optimism concerning curcumin-based therapy. The aim of this paper is to review the current evidence supporting an association between curcumin and modulation of AD pathology, including in vitro and in vivo studies. We also review the use of curcumin in emerging retinal imaging technology, as a fluorochrome for AD diagnostics. PMID:26652155

  19. Effects of Ramadan fasting on spirometric values and clinical symptoms in asthmatic patients

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    Abdolreza Norouzy

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Ramadan is the 9th  Islamic lunar month during which Muslims avoid eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.  The effect of Ramadan intermittent fasting on asthma control is controversial.  The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ramadan fasting on the spirometric variables and clinical symptoms on well-controlled asthmatic patients during Ramadan. Material and Methods: a cohort study was conducted in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi, Iran. Twenty-nine (19 females and 10 males well-controlled asthmatic patients aged 47 (12 years completed the study.  The average duration of fasting was 26.5 days. Assessment of spirometric variables (daily peak expiratory flow, peak expiratory flow variability, peak expiratory flow home monitoring as well as asthma clinical symptoms including dyspnea, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness were carried out. Results: No significant changes in clinical symptoms were reported in asthmatic patients at the end of Ramadan fasting.  Among spirometric variables, only peak expiratory flow improved after Ramadan (p

  20. Effects of Ramadan Fasting on Spirometric Values and Clinical Symptoms in Asthmatic Patients

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    Abdolreza Norouzy

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Ramadan is the 9th Islamic lunar month during which Muslims avoid eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The effect of Ramadan intermittent fasting on asthma control is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ramadan fasting on the spirometric variables and clinical symptoms on well-controlled asthmatic patients during Ramadan. Material and Methods: a cohort study was conducted in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi, Iran. Twenty-nine (19 females and 10 males well-controlled asthmatic patients aged 47 (12 years completed the study. The average duration of fasting was 26.5 days. Assessment of spirometric variables (daily peak expiratory flow, peak expiratory flow variability, peak expiratory flow home monitoring as well as asthma clinical symptoms including dyspnea, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness were carried out. Results: No significant changes in clinical symptoms were reported in asthmatic patients at the end of Ramadan fasting. Among spirometric variables, only peak expiratory flow improved after Ramadan (p <0.05. There was a reduction in the mean peak expiratory flow variability from 13% at the first week of fasting to 10% at the fourth week (p <0.05. Conclusion: In well-controlled asthmatic patients, Ramadan fasting resulted in improvement in peak expiratory flow and peak expiratory flow variability.

  1. Clinical and prognostic value of serum procollagen levels in chronic alcoholic liver disease.

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    González-Reimers, E; Brajin-Rodríguez, M M; Rodríguez-Moreno, F; Santolaria-Fernández, F; Batista-López, N; Alvarez-Argüelles, H; Milena, A; Rodríguez-Hernández, A

    1990-02-01

    Liver fibrogenesis involves the synthesis of collagen fibrils and proteoglycans by various types of liver cells, including Ito cells, transitional cells, myofibroblasts and hepatocytes. Synthesis of collagen fibrils follows a complex metabolic pathway with intermediate products such as type III procollagen (III-PC). Serum levels of III-PC may reflect the activity of the fibrogenetic process. We analysed the relationship between the serum levels of III-PC (N-terminal peptide) and diverse clinical, biochemical and histological parameters of 77 alcoholic patients (27 cirrhotics), comparing them with those of 15 age- and sex-matched controls. A highly significant difference was obtained between controls and patients (P less than 0.0001), but no differences were observed between cirrhotics and non-cirrhotics. Serum III-PC significantly correlated with clinical and biochemical data of liver function derangement (prothrombin activity, serum albumin, bilirubin, gynecomastia, ascites, encephalopathy, edema, splenomegaly); with the duration of ethanol addiction and with MCV. Sixty patients were followed up for a period ranging between 3 and 1056 days (mean = 356 days); 9 of them died. Patients with III-PC levels above 38 ng/ml had a significantly higher mortality (P = 0.006) than those with levels under 38 (log rank test). Thus, serum III-PC may be a useful tool in the clinical evaluation and prognostic assessment of patients with chronic alcoholic liver disease. PMID:2323314

  2. Value of 1.0-M gadolinium chelates: review of preclinical and clinical data on gadobutrol

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    Several preclinical and clinical studies with the first commercially available highly concentrated Gd-chelate gadobutrol (1 mol/l) are reviewed. Physicochemical, pharmacological, and pharmacokinetic properties, safety analysis, as well as experimental and clinical efficacy studies are highlighted in comparison with 0.5-M Gd-chelates. The 1-mol gadobutrol has been proven to be safe in an examined dose range from 0.04 up to 0.5 mmol/kg body weight (b.w.). Even in patients with chronic renal impairment, including hemodialysis, gadobutrol can safely be applied at doses up to 0.3 mmol/kg b.w. For contrast-enhanced MRI in the equilibrium phase, efficacy data analysis shows comparable results to other commercially available extracellular Gd-chelates with lower Gd-concentrations (0.5 M). Studies focused on the potential benefit of a tighter bolus, such as brain perfusion imaging using T2*-effects, document the superiority of a highly concentrated Gd contrast agent. For contrast-enhanced MRA, clinical studies are still ongoing; therefore, the ultimate potential of a more compact bolus, using 1-M Gd-chelates, for contrast-enhanced MRI, has still to be analyzed, especially for time-resolved magnetic resonance angiography. (orig.)

  3. Predictor value of some clinical-biological parameters for the onset of depressive disorder in elderly patients with unstable angina

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    Cristina Moşuţan; George Săraci; Caius R. Duncea

    2012-01-01

    Abstract. Objective: To evaluate the potential predictor value of some parameters for the onset of depression after an episode of unstableangina in elderly. Material and Methods: We included 103 elderly patients who suffered an acute unstable angina episode. Clinical, laband imagistic data was recorded in the first week after admittance. Six month after unstable angina episode, patients were evaluated for thepresence of depression. Results: Univariate analysis showed statistically significant...

  4. Clinical value of serum human epididymis protein 4 assay in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis

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    Yang Z; Wei C; Luo Z; Li L

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    Zhijun Yang,* Chunyin Wei,* Zhaoqing Luo, Li Li Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Objective: Human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) has been approved for diagnosing ovarian cancer. The goal of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the clinical value of the serum HE4 in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Methods: The PubMed and Embase databases were searched to identify suitable studies...

  5. Development and validation of a convenient formula evaluating the value and applicability of medical literature in clinical practice

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    MOK, HSIAO-PEI; Ying ZHOU; Chen, Jun-Ru; Gao, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Evidence-based medicine offers explicit methods to evaluate the evidence grades of literature. However, evidence grades do not meet all the practical needs of physicians. This study is aimed to develop a convenient method for evaluating the clinical value of medical literature from the perspective of the clinician. Methods: A literature applicability equation was formulated through the Delphi method and the analytic hierarchy process. A consistency check was used to ascertain the e...

  6. Analyzing Patients’ Values by Applying Cluster Analysis and LRFM Model in a Pediatric Dental Clinic in Taiwan

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    Hsin-Hung Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study combines cluster analysis and LRFM (length, recency, frequency, and monetary model in a pediatric dental clinic in Taiwan to analyze patients’ values. A two-stage approach by self-organizing maps and K-means method is applied to segment 1,462 patients into twelve clusters. The average values of L, R, and F excluding monetary covered by national health insurance program are computed for each cluster. In addition, customer value matrix is used to analyze customer values of twelve clusters in terms of frequency and monetary. Customer relationship matrix considering length and recency is also applied to classify different types of customers from these twelve clusters. The results show that three clusters can be classified into loyal patients with L, R, and F values greater than the respective average L, R, and F values, while three clusters can be viewed as lost patients without any variable above the average values of L, R, and F. When different types of patients are identified, marketing strategies can be designed to meet different patients’ needs.

  7. Analyzing patients' values by applying cluster analysis and LRFM model in a pediatric dental clinic in Taiwan.

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    Wu, Hsin-Hung; Lin, Shih-Yen; Liu, Chih-Wei

    2014-01-01

    This study combines cluster analysis and LRFM (length, recency, frequency, and monetary) model in a pediatric dental clinic in Taiwan to analyze patients' values. A two-stage approach by self-organizing maps and K-means method is applied to segment 1,462 patients into twelve clusters. The average values of L, R, and F excluding monetary covered by national health insurance program are computed for each cluster. In addition, customer value matrix is used to analyze customer values of twelve clusters in terms of frequency and monetary. Customer relationship matrix considering length and recency is also applied to classify different types of customers from these twelve clusters. The results show that three clusters can be classified into loyal patients with L, R, and F values greater than the respective average L, R, and F values, while three clusters can be viewed as lost patients without any variable above the average values of L, R, and F. When different types of patients are identified, marketing strategies can be designed to meet different patients' needs. PMID:25045741

  8. MR urography of obstructive uropathy: diagnostic value of the method in selected clinical groups

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    Zielonko, J.; Studniarek, M. [Department of Radiology, Institute of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Gdansk, Debinki 7, 80-211 Gdansk (Poland); Markuszewski, M. [Department of Radiology, Clinical Hospital No. 3, Kieturakisa 1, 80-742 Gdansk (Poland)

    2003-04-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of MR urography (MRU) in the diagnosis of obstructive uropathy in selected groups of patients. The groups involved following pathologies: calculi; strictures of ureteropelvic junction (UPJ); benign and malignancy-induced ureterostenosis. Sixty patients with clinical diagnosis of obstructive uropathy were subjected to static fluid MRU (sMRU) with the use of 3D turbo spin echo (TSE) sequence in a 0.5-T magnet. The examination was completed with conventional MR sequences and in 12 cases additionally with sequences after the administration of Gd-DTPA and excretory MRU. The results were compared with intravenous urography (IVU), CT, US, clinical and histopathological data. The degree of the urinary tract dilatation as well as the level and type of obstruction were estimated. In patients with urolithiasis sMRU correctly depicted the degree of ureterohydronephrosis in 85%, in cases of UPJ stenosis and malignancy-induced ureterostenosis in 100% and in the group of benign ureterostenosis in 91% of patients. Determination of obstruction level in patients with stones was adequate in 92% and in cases of non-calculous ureteral strictures in 100% of patients. The sMRU sequence alone could not specify the nature of obstruction except 1 case of bladder carcinoma. Filling defects in ureters visible on MR urograms were verified with IVU or CT to exclude intrinsic tumours. Completed with conventional MR sequences sMRU enabled the depiction of solid mass or infiltration in 83% cases of malignancy-induced ureterostenosis, and in the remaining groups of patients neoplastic process was excluded in 91%. In conjunction with excretory MRU and conventional MR images sMRU appears to be a highly useful technique in assessment of obstructive uropathy, especially that of non-calculous origin. Among different clinical applications MRU is superior in the evaluation of dilated urinary tract in altered anatomical conditions (e.g. in patients with ileal

  9. MR urography of obstructive uropathy: diagnostic value of the method in selected clinical groups

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    The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of MR urography (MRU) in the diagnosis of obstructive uropathy in selected groups of patients. The groups involved following pathologies: calculi; strictures of ureteropelvic junction (UPJ); benign and malignancy-induced ureterostenosis. Sixty patients with clinical diagnosis of obstructive uropathy were subjected to static fluid MRU (sMRU) with the use of 3D turbo spin echo (TSE) sequence in a 0.5-T magnet. The examination was completed with conventional MR sequences and in 12 cases additionally with sequences after the administration of Gd-DTPA and excretory MRU. The results were compared with intravenous urography (IVU), CT, US, clinical and histopathological data. The degree of the urinary tract dilatation as well as the level and type of obstruction were estimated. In patients with urolithiasis sMRU correctly depicted the degree of ureterohydronephrosis in 85%, in cases of UPJ stenosis and malignancy-induced ureterostenosis in 100% and in the group of benign ureterostenosis in 91% of patients. Determination of obstruction level in patients with stones was adequate in 92% and in cases of non-calculous ureteral strictures in 100% of patients. The sMRU sequence alone could not specify the nature of obstruction except 1 case of bladder carcinoma. Filling defects in ureters visible on MR urograms were verified with IVU or CT to exclude intrinsic tumours. Completed with conventional MR sequences sMRU enabled the depiction of solid mass or infiltration in 83% cases of malignancy-induced ureterostenosis, and in the remaining groups of patients neoplastic process was excluded in 91%. In conjunction with excretory MRU and conventional MR images sMRU appears to be a highly useful technique in assessment of obstructive uropathy, especially that of non-calculous origin. Among different clinical applications MRU is superior in the evaluation of dilated urinary tract in altered anatomical conditions (e.g. in patients with ileal

  10. Clinical value of radiological methods in evaluation and therapy of severe thoracic trauma

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    Plain chest radiographs allow the diagnosis of most intrathoracic injuries. However, they are only momentary pictures and give no information on the respiratory function. A tension pneumothorax, rib fractures and subcutaneous emphysema should be diagnosed clinically before radiographs are taken. Computed tomography is helpful in evaluation of intrapulmonary lesions, hemothorax, rupture of the diaphragm and dislocation of the heart. Further diagnostic tools include aortography in suspected aortic rupture, sonography in cardiac injuries and hemopericardium, bronchoscopy in suspected bronchial or tracheal rupture, ECG and enzyme determinations in cardiac contusion, and eventually pneumoperitoneum in suspected rupture of the diaphragm. (orig.)

  11. What is the clinical value of cancer stem cell markers in gliomas?

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    Dahlrot, Rikke Hedegaard; Hermansen, Simon Kjær; Hansen, Steinbjørn;

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    . This review summarizes current reports on putative glioma CSC markers and reviews the prognostic value of the individual immunohistochemical markers reported in the literature. Using the Pubmed database, twenty-seven CSC studies looking at membrane markers (CD133, podoplanin, CD15, and A2B5), filament...... markers (nestin), RNA-binding proteins (Musashi-1) and transcription factors (BMI1, SOX2, Id1 and Oct-4) qualified for this review. The level of CD133 and nestin increased with increasing malignancy grade, and for both markers a prognostic significance was identified in the majority of the studies...... promising. For the remaining markers CD15, A2B5, BMI1, SOX2, Id1 and Oct4, no prognostic value was found regarding overall survival in this review. In conclusion we find that CD133, nestin, CD133/nestin, podoplanin, Musashi-1 and Musashi-1/MIB1 are the most promising markers for future investigation...

  12. Chemical composition and the nutritive value of pistachio epicarp (in situ degradation and in vitro gas production techniques

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    Somayeh Bakhshizadeh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The nutritive value of pistachio epicarp (PE was evaluated by in situ and in vitro techniques. Chemical analysis indicated that PE was high in crude protein (11.30% and low in neutral detergent fiber (26.20%. Total phenols, total tannins, condensed tannins and hydrolysable tannins contents in PE were 8.29%, 4.48%, 0.49% and 3.79%, respectively. Ruminal dry matter and crude protein degradation after 48 hr incubation were 75.21% and 82.52%, respectively. The gas production volume at 48 hr for PE was 122.47 mL g-1DM. As a whole, adding polyethylene glycol (PEG to PE increased (p < 0.05 gas production volumes, organic matter digestibility and the metabolizable energy that illustrated inhibitory effect of phenolics on rumen microbial fermentation and the positive influence of PEG on digestion PE. The results showed that PE possessed potentials to being used as feed supplements.

  13. Evidence that a psychopathology interactome has diagnostic value, predicting clinical needs: an experience sampling study

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    van Os, Jim; Lataster, Tineke; Delespaul, Philippe; Wichers, Marieke; Myin-Germeys, Inez

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    Background For the purpose of diagnosis, psychopathology can be represented as categories of mental disorder, symptom dimensions or symptom networks. Also, psychopathology can be assessed at different levels of temporal resolution (monthly episodes, daily fluctuating symptoms, momentary fluctuating mental states). We tested the diagnostic value, in terms of prediction of treatment needs, of the combination of symptom networks and momentary assessment level. Method Fifty-seven patients with a ...

  14. Clinical neurocardiology defining the value of neuroscience-based cardiovascular therapeutics.

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    Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Ajijola, Olujimi A; Anand, Inder; Armour, J Andrew; Chen, Peng-Sheng; Esler, Murray; De Ferrari, Gaetano M; Fishbein, Michael C; Goldberger, Jeffrey J; Harper, Ronald M; Joyner, Michael J; Khalsa, Sahib S; Kumar, Rajesh; Lane, Richard; Mahajan, Aman; Po, Sunny; Schwartz, Peter J; Somers, Virend K; Valderrabano, Miguel; Vaseghi, Marmar; Zipes, Douglas P

    2016-07-15

    The autonomic nervous system regulates all aspects of normal cardiac function, and is recognized to play a critical role in the pathophysiology of many cardiovascular diseases. As such, the value of neuroscience-based cardiovascular therapeutics is increasingly evident. This White Paper reviews the current state of understanding of human cardiac neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pathophysiology in specific disease conditions, autonomic testing, risk stratification, and neuromodulatory strategies to mitigate the progression of cardiovascular diseases. PMID:27114333

  15. The clinical value of radionuclide scintigraphy in the assessing of multiple myeloma

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    Nuclear medicine imaging modalities, including 18F-FDG, 99Tc-MIBI, 201Tl, radionuclide labeled antibody and other radio agent, had got certain value in detecting multiple myeloma. These methods were useful complement of planar X photo, CT and MRI. Radionuclide scintigraphy can demonstrate the condition of whole body bone, stage of the disease and follow up the therapy result, but it needs other examinations to increase its diagnosis accuracy

  16. Diagnostic value of gas exchange tests in patients with clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism

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    Prediletto, Renato; Miniati, Massimo; Tonelli, Lucia; Formichi, Bruno; Di Ricco, Giorgio; Marini, Carlo; Bauleo, Carolina; Allescia, Germana; Cocci, Franca; Monti, Simonetta; Pistolesi, Massimo; Giuntini, Carlo

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    Objective: To assess the value of parameters derived from arterial blood gas tests in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Method: We measured alveolar-arterial partial pressure of oxygen [P(A–a)O2] gradient, PaO2 and arterial partial pressure of carbon diaxide (PaCO2) in 773 consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism who were enrolled in the Prospective Investigative Study of Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Diagnosis: The study design required pulmonary angiography in all patients with...

  17. Clinical values of renal function study with 123I-orthoiodohippurate (123I-OIH)

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    Renography was performed with 123I-Orthoiodohippurate (123I-OIH) using a gamma camera and digital data acquisition system for the evaluation of renal structure and function. As for sequential renal scintigrams, both high-quality parenchymal and excretory images were simultaneously obtained with a single radiopharmaceutical. They were assessed to be useful in morphological evaluation of not only renal parenchymal diseases but also obstructive nephropathy. Regional renograms and functional images derived with image processing were useful in the evaluation of regional function and extension of the regional disorder, and also in the evaluation of parenchymal function independently of pelvic function. Furthermore, calculation of renal Mean Transit Time (M.T.T.) was applied by means of determining transfer function by using the direct operational method and the values of M.T.T. were compared in various renal disorders. The mean value of M.T.T. in healthy cases was 2.99 + 1.72 (mean +- S.D.) minutes. The mean values of the cases with hydronephrosis and diffuse parenchymal disease were significantly prolonged. It was thought that estimation of M.T.T. was useful in quantitative assessment of renal functions. (author)

  18. Clinical value of F -18 Fag dual-head gamma camera coincidence imaging in patients with high-risk melanoma

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    Tumour detection based on the uptake of F-18 FDG has been successfully used in the diagnosis of melanoma. We retrospectively evaluated the clinical value of dual-head gamma-camera coincidence PET imaging in patients with high-risk melanoma sent to the Institute of Nuclear Medicine at the General Hospital Linz between 19982002. The cohort included 33 persons (12 women), mean age was 54+ 17 yrs. Median time since first surgery confirming the diagnosis was 24 months (quartiles 2; 54) and after last extirpation of malignant tissue had passed 2 months (quartiles 1; 12). Assessment of diagnostic findings was confirmed by either histological verification or sequel control examination. Calculated on a patient basis, prevalence was 45%. Coincidence PET data was compared to the cumulative information provided by conventional radiological imaging (CT, ultrasound, X-ray) and presented superior values in sensitivity (80% vs. 73%), specificity (89% vs. 56%), positive predictive value (86% vs. 58%) and negative predictive value (84% vs. 71%).It was concluded that under conditions of limited availability of dedicated PET camera systems, the use of coincidence PET systems in patients with high risk melanoma can be recommended as it provides valuable information for clinical practice. (author)

  19. Hydrogen transfer hydrocracking of C. procera latex under ambient pressure conditions to get value added chemicals and fuels

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    Sharma, D.K.; Behera, B.K.; Arora, M. (Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (India). Fuels and Biofuels Engineering Lab.)

    1994-01-01

    Biomass is renewable source of energy while the reserves of petroleum are being depleted. The latex of a potential petrocrop, Calotropis procera, a laticifer, arid-plant which is rich in hydrocarbon type triterpene compounds etc. was found to be a better feed stock for thermal hydrocracking as compared to whole plant biomass in terms of liquid product yield. Studies of chemical reaction dynamics of the thermal cracking of latex at 200-400[degree]C showed that the process should be termed as hydrogen-transfer (H-T) hydrocracking of latex under ambient pressure conditions. The hydrogen rich cracked triterpenoids act as the H-donors in this process, where nascent hydrogen atoms and free radicals chemically plug the cracked moieties to stabilise these. Latex was also coagulated and the H-T hydrocracking of the feedstock coagulum gave a higher yield of cracked oil in comparison to that from the dried latex. The temperature for hydrocracking of latex has been optimized to 350[degree]C and molecular sieve was found to catalyse the H-T hydrocracking process to yield more liquid product. The distillation range of cracked latex oil (CLO) obtained from H-T hydrocracking of C. procera latex indicated that it can be used as fuel oil or substitute for diesel fuel. Moreover, CLO resembled diesel fuels and was predominantly paraffinic in nature as characterised by NMR and FTIR spectral analysis. A process has been recommended for getting value added fuels and chemicals from C. procera latex. 29 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. Natural background levels and threshold values of chemical species in three large-scale groundwater bodies in Northern Italy.

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    Molinari, Antonio; Guadagnini, Laura; Marcaccio, Marco; Guadagnini, Alberto

    2012-05-15

    We analyze natural background levels (NBLs) and threshold values (TVs) of spatially distributed chemical species (NH(4), B and As) which may be a potential pressure and concern in three large scale alluvial and fluvio-deltaic aquifers at different depths of the Apennines and Po river plains in Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy. Our results are based on statistical methodologies designed to separate the natural and anthropogenic contributions in monitored concentrations by modeling the empirical distribution of the detected concentration with a mixture of probability density functions. Available chemical observations are taken over a 20 years period and are associated with different depths and cover planar investigation scales of the order of hundreds of kilometers. High concentration values detected for NH(4) and B appear to be related to high natural background levels. Due to interaction with the host rock in different geochemical environments we observed that concentration vary in time and space (including in depth) consistently with the hydrogeochemical features and the occurrence of natural attenuation mechanisms in the analyzed reservoirs. Conversely, estimated As NBLs are not consistent with the conceptual model of the hydrogeochemical behavior of the systems analyzed and experimental evidences of As content in aquifer cores. This is due to the inability of these techniques to incorporate the complex dynamics of the processes associated with the specific hydrogeochemical setting. Statistical analyses performed upon aggregating the concentration data according to different time observation windows allow identifying temporal dynamics of NBLs and TVs of target compounds within the observation time frame. Our results highlight the benefit of a dynamic monitoring process and analysis of well demarcated groundwater bodies to update the associated NBLs as a function of the temporal dependence of natural processes occurring in the subsurface. Monitoring protocols could

  1. The value of accurate clinical assessment in the surgical management of the lumbar disc protrusion.

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    Kerr, R S; Cadoux-Hudson, T A; Adams, C B

    1988-02-01

    One hundred patients with lumbar disc protrusions were studied. Thirty six "control" patients were admitted in the same time period with low back pain and sciatica but with subsequently "normal" myelograms and no surgery. The aim of this paper was to relate history and clinical signs to the myelograms and surgical findings. Ninety nine per cent of our patients presented with sciatica (controls 94%). The most frequently found sign in patients with a disc protrusion was reduction of ipsilateral straight leg raising (98%). However, 55% of controls also showed this sign. There were three signs that, when present, particularly indicated a disc protrusion; "crossed straight leg raising" (pain on contralateral straight leg raising), measured calf wasting and impaired ankle reflex: the latter being especially indicative of an L5-S1 disc protrusion. There were two further important signs, weakness of dorsiflexion of the foot and scoliosis of the lumbar spine. However, such signs occurred in about half the patients and so clinical diagnosis in the remaining half depended on obtaining a good history of sciatica, and paying due regard to severity of the pain, the mobility of the patient, the ability and desire to work and the overall personality. Satisfactory results of surgery simply depend on finding and removing a definite disc protrusion. Using these methods of selection, 98% have returned to their original employment, 86% within 3 months of the operation. For a patient with no abnormal signs and a normal myelogram, surgical treatment should not be advised. PMID:3346682

  2. A clinical study of temporomandibular disorder. The value of bone scintigraphy as an aid to diagnosis

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    Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is still not defined with respect to the point of an entity, terminological problems, and clinical classification and gradings. Moreover, diagnostic problems of internal deranegement and osteodeformity at the temporomandibular joint such as type IV and mechanism of bone remodeling at condylar head are also still not clear. In this investigation, we tried to classify the severity and progressive grading according to the symptoms and objective laboratory data taken from soft tissues such as muscles related to mastication, discs and ligaments, and hard tissues such as condylar head and temporal bone changes around the temporomandibular joint. Preliminary diagnostic clinical tool of the assessment of temporomandibular joint by maens of bone scintigraphy was attributed to the additional diagnostic procedure and research for the bone remodeling for the temporomandibular disorder because this can be defined between subjective and objective symptoms in this disorder. Bone scintigraphy will solve many problems concerning undefined degenerative bone changes in TMD, enable more accurate diagnosis, and the selection of treatment and prognosis in future investigation. Also, it is believed single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) nuclear bone imaging is a highly accurate diagnostic method for craniomandibular disorders. (author)

  3. A clinical study of temporomandibular disorder. The value of bone scintigraphy as an aid to diagnosis

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    Sugiura, Masashi [Nippon Dental Univ. (Japan). School of Dentistry at Niigata

    2000-07-01

    Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is still not defined with respect to the point of an entity, terminological problems, and clinical classification and gradings. Moreover, diagnostic problems of internal deranegement and osteodeformity at the temporomandibular joint such as type IV and mechanism of bone remodeling at condylar head are also still not clear. In this investigation, we tried to classify the severity and progressive grading according to the symptoms and objective laboratory data taken from soft tissues such as muscles related to mastication, discs and ligaments, and hard tissues such as condylar head and temporal bone changes around the temporomandibular joint. Preliminary diagnostic clinical tool of the assessment of temporomandibular joint by maens of bone scintigraphy was attributed to the additional diagnostic procedure and research for the bone remodeling for the temporomandibular disorder because this can be defined between subjective and objective symptoms in this disorder. Bone scintigraphy will solve many problems concerning undefined degenerative bone changes in TMD, enable more accurate diagnosis, and the selection of treatment and prognosis in future investigation. Also, it is believed single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) nuclear bone imaging is a highly accurate diagnostic method for craniomandibular disorders. (author)

  4. Diagnostic and prognostic value of asphyxia, Sarnat's clinical classification, and CT-scan in perinatal brain damage

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    Kubo, Toshihide; Wakita, Yoshiharu; Kubonishi, Sakae; Yoshikawa, Seishi (Kochi Prefectural Central Hospital (Japan)); Ito, Toshiyuki; Okada, Yasusuke

    1990-11-01

    A retrospective review was made of 145 babies, excluding those with congenital heart disease or chromosome aberration, admitted for CT scanning. The study was done to determine the diagnostic and prognostic value of CT findings, as well as the presence of asphyxia and the clinical stage based on the Sarnat's classification, in perinatal brain damage. The patients had a minimum follow up of 2 years for the evaluation of neurologic manifestations, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation. Among babies weighing 2,000 g or more at birth, neonatal asphyxia was significantly correlated with neurologic prognosis. In addition, both clinical stages and CT findings were significantly correlated with neurologic prognosis, irrespective of birth weight. The correlation between clinical stages and CT findings was significant, irrespective of body weight, however, a significant correlation between clinical stages and neonatal asphyxia was restricted to those weighing 2,000 g or more. These findings suggest that the presence of asphyxia, clinical stages and CT findings are complementary in the diagnosis and prognosis evaluation of perinatal brain damage. (N.K.).

  5. Diagnostic and prognostic value of asphyxia, Sarnat's clinical classification, and CT-scan in perinatal brain damage

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    A retrospective review was made of 145 babies, excluding those with congenital heart disease or chromosome aberration, admitted for CT scanning. The study was done to determine the diagnostic and prognostic value of CT findings, as well as the presence of asphyxia and the clinical stage based on the Sarnat's classification, in perinatal brain damage. The patients had a minimum follow up of 2 years for the evaluation of neurologic manifestations, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation. Among babies weighing 2,000 g or more at birth, neonatal asphyxia was significantly correlated with neurologic prognosis. In addition, both clinical stages and CT findings were significantly correlated with neurologic prognosis, irrespective of birth weight. The correlation between clinical stages and CT findings was significant, irrespective of body weight, however, a significant correlation between clinical stages and neonatal asphyxia was restricted to those weighing 2,000 g or more. These findings suggest that the presence of asphyxia, clinical stages and CT findings are complementary in the diagnosis and prognosis evaluation of perinatal brain damage. (N.K.)

  6. Diagnosis of early sacroiliitis in seronegative spondyloarthropathies by DWI and correlation of clinical and laboratory findings with ADC values

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    Gezmis, Esin; Donmez, Fuldem Y., E-mail: fuldemyildirim@yahoo.com; Agildere, Muhtesem

    2013-12-01

    Purpose: Sacroiliitis is one of the diagnostic criteria of seronegative SpA. The purpose of our study is to show the signal characteristics of the sacral and iliac surfaces by DWI which may contribute in early diagnosis of sacroiliitis and investigate the correlation between ADC values and clinical and laboratory parameters. Materials and methods: 62 patients with inflammatory low back pain, with a history or suspect of seronegative SpA are enrolled into the study. 40 age and sex-matched subjects without SpA constituted the control group. After obtaining routine T1 and T2 weighted sequences, echo planar imaging at b values of 0, 400 and 800 was performed. ADC values on both surfaces of the both sacroiliac joints were measured in all subjects. The CRP and sedimentation results and the presence of arthritis and enthesitis were also correlated with the ADC values. Results: ADC values on both surfaces of the both sacroiliac joints were found 0.23 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/sn in the control group. In the patient group, mean ADC value of 0.48 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/sn was obtained (p < 0.001), which was statistically significant, compatible with the increased diffusion due to medullary edema in early sacroiliitis. There was a slight correlation between CRP and ADC values; presumed to be showing the relation between the activity of the disease and the active inflammation on DWI. There was no correlation between arthritis and enthesitis and the ADC values (p > 0.001). Conclusion: DWI, by measuring ADC values, adds significant information in the early diagnosis of sacroiliitis and may help to evaluate the efficiency of the treatment.

  7. Acute interventional diagnosis and treatment of upper gastrointestinal arterial hemorrhage: its clinical value and influence factors

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    Objective: To evaluate emergent angiography and interventional management in treating massive upper gastrointestinal (GI) arterial hemorrhage, and to discuss the factors influencing the angiographic bleeding signs and the interventional therapeutic results. Methods: The clinical data of 56 patients with massive upper GI arterial hemorrhage, who underwent diagnostic arteriography and interventional management with trans-catheter vasopressin infusion and embolization, were retrospectively analyzed. Systolic blood pressure of both pre-and post-interventional therapy was recorded and statistically analyzed. The arteriographic positive rates were separately calculated according to the catheter tip's location, being placed at the 2nd grade branch or at the 3 rd -4 th grade branch of the artery, and the relation of the positive rate with the tip's location was analyzed. A comparison of the hemostatic effect between trans-catheter vasopressin infusion and trans-catheter embolization was made. Results: The average systolic blood pressure of pre-and post-procedure was (93.14 ± 18.63) mmHg and (11.64 ± 13.61) mmHg respectively, with a significant difference (P = 0.023). The angiographic bleeding signs were demonstrated in 12 cases (21.4%) with the catheter's tip at the 2nd grade branch and in 56 cases (100%) with the catheter's tip at the 3 rd -4 th grade branch,the difference between the two was of statistically significance (P < 0.05). The technical success rate and the clinical hemostasis rate of via catheter vasopressin infusion was 80% (16 / 20) and 55% (11/20) respectively. Of nine re-bleeding cases, seven were successfully controlled with embolization therapy by using microcatheter and two had to receive surgery because of arterial rupture which was proved by angiography. The technical and the clinical rates of success for transcatheter embolization therapy were 93% (42 / 45) and 89% (40 / 45) respectively. Recurrence of bleeding was seen in two patients who got

  8. Natural background levels and threshold values of chemical species in three large-scale groundwater bodies in Northern Italy

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    Molinari, Antonio, E-mail: ant.molinari2002@libero.it [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Idraulica, Ambientale, Infrastrutture Viarie e Rilevamento, Piazza L. Da Vinci, 32-20133 Milano (Italy); Guadagnini, Laura [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Idraulica, Ambientale, Infrastrutture Viarie e Rilevamento, Piazza L. Da Vinci, 32-20133 Milano (Italy); Marcaccio, Marco [ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Direzione Tecnica, Largo Caduti del Lavoro, 6-40122 Bologna (Italy); Guadagnini, Alberto [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Idraulica, Ambientale, Infrastrutture Viarie e Rilevamento, Piazza L. Da Vinci, 32-20133 Milano (Italy)

    2012-05-15

    We analyze natural background levels (NBLs) and threshold values (TVs) of spatially distributed chemical species (NH{sub 4}, B and As) which may be a potential pressure and concern in three large scale alluvial and fluvio-deltaic aquifers at different depths of the Apennines and Po river plains in Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy. Our results are based on statistical methodologies designed to separate the natural and anthropogenic contributions in monitored concentrations by modeling the empirical distribution of the detected concentration with a mixture of probability density functions. Available chemical observations are taken over a 20 years period and are associated with different depths and cover planar investigation scales of the order of hundreds of kilometers. High concentration values detected for NH{sub 4} and B appear to be related to high natural background levels. Due to interaction with the host rock in different geochemical environments we observed that concentration vary in time and space (including in depth) consistently with the hydrogeochemical features and the occurrence of natural attenuation mechanisms in the analyzed reservoirs. Conversely, estimated As NBLs are not consistent with the conceptual model of the hydrogeochemical behavior of the systems analyzed and experimental evidences of As content in aquifer cores. This is due to the inability of these techniques to incorporate the complex dynamics of the processes associated with the specific hydrogeochemical setting. Statistical analyses performed upon aggregating the concentration data according to different time observation windows allow identifying temporal dynamics of NBLs and TVs of target compounds within the observation time frame. Our results highlight the benefit of a dynamic monitoring process and analysis of well demarcated groundwater bodies to update the associated NBLs as a function of the temporal dependence of natural processes occurring in the subsurface. Monitoring

  9. Clinical Value of Molecular Biological Methods in Respiratory Tuberculosis in Children

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    Ulia Ovchinnikova; Anna Starshinova; Irina Dovgalyuk; Natalia Kornev; Viacheslav Zhuravlev

    2014-01-01

    The pattern of clinical forms of respiratory tuberculosis in children shows a preponderance of intrathoracic lymph node tuberculosis (89.4%) that is characterized by a complicated process in every third child under present-day conditions. Positive result of PCR closely correlates with the severity and extent of the specific process in children. Real-time PCR (RT-PCR) was ascertain to exhibit the highest sensitivity in detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA in children with primary generalized tuberculosis (62.5%) and in those with a disseminated specific process (55.6%), which was much higher than conventional bacteriological study of diagnostic materials. By taking into account the findings, the RT-PCR detection of M. tuberculosis was considered as a substantial criterion for evaluating the magnitude of specific changes and the degree of tuberculosis infection activity in children.

  10. Clinical value of combined determining leptin, T and E2 in male teenager obesity patients

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    To study clinical significance of combined detection of leptin, T and E2 for teenager obesity patients, levels of leptin, T and E2 in male teenagers obesity patients and male adult obesity patients were determined by RIA. The result showed that in all obesity patients, the levels of leptin and E2 were much higher than those in normal controls and T was lower than that in normal controls. After treatment, leptin and E2 were decreased and T was increased significantly in teenager obesity patients, but only leptin was decreased in adult obesity patients. All results indicate that combined detection of leptin, T and E2 could find endocrine and metabolism disorder of obese teenagers at early stage, instituting prevention and treatment without delay.(authors)

  11. The clinical value of X-ray images of the teeth and jaws

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    Brocklebank, Laetitia

    2003-08-01

    X-ray images of the teeth and jaws are required for a variety of diagnostic purposes to supplement a clinical examination, and are invaluable for providing pictorial information about the structures that cannot be examined with direct vision. They can be acquired using traditional film systems which produce analogue images, or using a variety of alternative image receptors which result in a digital image. Irrespective of the method of image acquisition they are utilised by the dental surgeon in order to benefit their patients' management. Numerous disease processes can affect the teeth and jaws, in addition to a range of developmental abnormalities. These can be classified according to a radiological sieve, which also includes artefactual and iatrogenic features. The key components of the classification are: developmental, inflammatory, traumatic, cystic, neoplastic, osteodystrophies and systemic disorders. This paper will utilise examples of radiographic images of patients to illustrate components of this classification which are unique to the teeth and jaws.

  12. Clinical value of 64-slice spiral CT for classification of femoral neck fracture

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical application of 64-slice spiral CT for classification of femoral neck fracture. Methods: The survey was comprised of 46 patients with femoral neck fractures detected with plain radiographs and CT images. Cases were randomly presented in 2 formats: plain radiographs and CT. Garden classification was queried. Modification of garden classification (nondisplaced vs displaced) was taken to compare with plain radiographs and CT in the study. Results: The results of classification for plain radiographs were 2 cases of Garden Ⅰ, 10 cases of Ⅱ, 22 cases of Ⅲ, and 12 cases of Ⅳ. Those for CT were 1 cases of Garden Ⅰ, 4 cases of Ⅱ, 26 cases of Ⅲ, and 15 cases of Ⅳ. CT improved the accuracy of Garden Classification (P<0.05). Conclusion: Garden classification using CT images shows good conformation with results of surgery. 64-Slic CT is better plain radiographs for Garden classification of femoral neck fracture. (authors)

  13. Clinical value of FDG-PET/CT in suspected paraneoplastic syndromes

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    Kristensen, Stine Bjørn; Hess, Søren; Petersen, Henrik; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: Paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS) are relatively infrequent manifestations appearing before or after a cancer declares itself. Autoimmune mechanisms may be involved, but their cause and pathogenesis are often unknown. Due to disparity of symptoms, PNS remain a major diagnostic challenge. We......, and final clinical diagnosis. Conclusions of the scan reports were compared to the final follow-up outcome as determined during an average follow-up of 31 months (range 6-51.5) in patients who were not diagnosed with cancer in immediate continuation of a positive PET/CT scan. RESULTS: A total of 137...... patients were included. Main causes for referral were neurological (n = 67), rheumatological (n = 25), dermatological (n = 18), nephrological (n = 6), haematological (n = 2), abnormal biochemistry (n = 11), and others (n = 8). The cancer prevalence was 8.8 %. The FDG-PET/CT results were as follows: nine...

  14. Estimation of the prognostic value of some clinical factors and mammographical signs in breast cancer

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    The aim of the work is to assess the probability of the breast cancer occurrence on the basis of analysis of the clinical and mammographical factors in women with unpalpable breast tumor. In the period from the 1st February 1995 to the 31st August 2000, 163 surgical procedures for the removal of any lesions in the breasts were conducted, after being previously marked by localized needle, in women who earlier underwent mammography exam.Following data was taken into consideration: patients age, type of the breast structure; side of the breast, where the lesion was localized in the mammography exam; localized lesions depending on the quadrant; shape of the lesion; size of the lesion in millimeters; presence and the type of microcalcifications. 1. The only one population factor, which can be distinguished as characteristic for the women suffering from the breast cancer impalpable in clinical testing, is the age of the patient, because the breast cancer in these women more frequently occurs after 53 years of age. 2. On the basis of our own material the following radiological symptoms characteristic for the breast cancer in mammography exam were stated: the breast cancer is more frequently found in the upper external quadrant; all lesions, which in mammography exam were identified as multifocal and radiologically suspected in histopathology exam turned out to be the cancer; pleomorphic microcalcifications are characteristic for the malignant lesions; external outline and the shape of the lesion are the features, which allow to differentiate malignant and benign lesions. 3. The analysis of the material indicates that the greatest probability of the breast cancer occurrence is in case of the four risk factors occurrence simultaneously, and the smallest in case of only one risk factor occurrence. (author)

  15. Clinical value of fecal calprotectin in determining disease activity of ulcerative colitis

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    Jun-Ying Xiang; Qin Ouyang; Guo-Dong Li; Nan-Ping Xiao

    2008-01-01

    AIM:To investigate possibility and clinical application of fecal calprotectin in determining disease activity of ulcerative colitis (UC).METHODS: The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(ELISA) was used to measure the concentrations of calprotectin in feces obtained from 66 patients with UC and 20 controls. C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), acid glycoprotein (AGP) were also measured and were compared with calprotectin in determining disease activity of UC. The disease activity of UC was also determined by the Sutherland criteria.RESULTS: The fecal calprotectin concentration in the patients with active UC was significantly higher than that in the inactive UC and in the controls (402.16±48.0 μg/g vs 35.93±3.39 μg/g, 11.5±3.42 μg/g, P < 0.01). The fecal calprotectin concentration in the inactive UC group was significantly higher than that in the control group (P < 0.05). A significant difference was also found in the patients with active UC of mild, moderate and severe degrees. The area under the curve of the receiver operating characteristics (AUCROC) was 0.975, 0.740, 0.692 and 0.737 for fecal calprotectin, CRP, ESR and AGP,respectively. There was a strong correlation between the fecal calprotectin concentration and the endoscopic gradings for UC (r = 0.866, P < 0.001).CONCLUSION: Calprotectin in the patient's feces can reflect the disease activity of UC and can be used as a rational fecal marker for intestinal inflammation in clinical practice. This kind of marker is relatively precise, simple and noninvasive when compared with other commonly-used markers such as CRP, ESR and AGR.

  16. Clinical value of fecal calprotectin in determining disease activity of ulcerative colitis

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    Xiang, Jun-Ying; Ouyang, Qin; Li, Guo-Dong; Xiao, Nan-Ping

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To investigate possibility and clinical application of fecal calprotectin in determining disease activity of ulcerative colitis (UC). METHODS: The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to measure the concentrations of calprotectin in feces obtained from 66 patients with UC and 20 controls. C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), acid glycoprotein (AGP) were also measured and were compared with calprotectin in determining disease activity of UC. The disease activity of UC was also determined by the Sutherland criteria. RESULTS: The fecal calprotectin concentration in the patients with active UC was significantly higher than that in the inactive UC and in the controls (402.16 ± 48.0 μg/g vs 35.93 ± 3.39 μg/g, 11.5 ± 3.42 μg/g, P < 0.01). The fecal calprotectin concentration in the inactive UC group was significantly higher than that in the control group (P < 0.05). A significant difference was also found in the patients with active UC of mild, moderate and severe degrees. The area under the curve of the receiver operating characteristics (AUCROC) was 0.975, 0.740, 0.692 and 0.737 for fecal calprotectin, CRP, ESR and AGP, respectively. There was a strong correlation between the fecal calprotectin concentration and the endoscopic gradings for UC (r = 0.866, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Calprotectin in the patient’s feces can reflect the disease activity of UC and can be used as a rational fecal marker for intestinal inflammation in clinical practice. This kind of marker is relatively precise, simple and noninvasive when compared with other commonly-used markers such as CRP, ESR and AGP. PMID:18176961

  17. The clinical value of 18F-FDG PET-CT in diagnosis of the pleural or peritoneal carcinomatosis

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of 18F-FDG PET-CT in diagnosis of the pleural or peritoneal carcinomatosis. Methods: A total of 37 patients with pleural effusion or ascites of unknown origin were analyzed retrospectively. All patients underwent whole body 18F-FDG PET-CT. The 18F-FDG distributional pattern and the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of lesions were analyzed. The final diagnosis of all cases were established based on the results of catamnestic analysis,tumor markers assay, histopathology or clinical follow-up. Results: Of all the 37 cases, 29 had positive findings on 18F-FDG PET-CT,of which 26 were pleural or peritoneal carcinomatosis and 3 were pleural or peritoneal tuberculosis; 8 patients had negative findings on 18F-FDG PET-CT, of which 6 were pleural or peritoneal benign lesions and 2 were peritoneal carcinomatosis. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, negative predictive value of 18F-FDG PET-CT in diagnosis of peritoneal carcinomatosis were 92.9%, 66.7%, 86.5%, 89.7% and 75.0% respectively. The SUVmax between the ring-form and strip-type lesions were significantly different (5.97±3.39 vs. 2.89±0.92, t=2.93, P<0.05). Conclusions: 18F-FDG PET-CT is simple,noninvasive and high sensitive in detecting pleural or peritoneal carcinomatosis, and may be an ideal technique of highly clinical usefulness in the diagnosis of the pleural or peritoneal carcinomatosis. (authors)

  18. Clinical value of FDG-PET in cutaneous malignant melanoma: First experience in Estonia

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    Full text: In November 2002 first 18F-FDG-PET was performed in Estonia using a mobile truck-mounted scanning technology (Accel, Siemens) provided by the International Healthcare Group (IHG, Amersfoort, Netherlands). The FDG was provided by MAP Medical Technologies, Schering, (Helsinki, Finland). In 2003 this scheme was repeated for further scanning sessions. Evaluation of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) using nuclear technique is of particular interest in Estonia as its incidence is on the rise. F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in CMM has a well-documented high diagnostic accuracy, especially in staging of the disease. The aim of the current study was to assess the impact of 18F-FDG-PET on detailed staging and clinical management in CMM. 30 patients of CMM, 16 males and 14 females, all non-diabetic, in the age range of 26 to 69 years were studied. Of these 30 patients, 12 were of high risk primary CMM, 7 had regional lymph node metastases and 11 had distant metastases. Patients were asked to consume a low-carbohydrate diet 3 days prior to the FDG-PET scan. 194 to 410 MBq (average 335 MBq) 18F-FDG was administered to the patients who were asked to come fasting for a minimum of 6 hours. Whole body scan was performed 40 to 65 minutes after the administration of FDG on the mobile PET. In 13 of the 30 patients (43%) 18F-FDG-PET changed the staging. In remaining 17 patients (57%) 18F-FDG-PET increased confidence level for the chosen treatment. Lymphadenectomy was planned in 2 patients showing lymph node involvement on FDG-PET. In other 2 patients, one with small pulmonary and other with a liver lesions found on PET but negative on radiological examination 'wait-and-watch' strategy was chosen. An unexpected hypermetabolic lesion seen in 1 case turned out to be a benign focus of connective tissue. One patient shown to have multiple distant metastases was started on chemotherapy. Finally in 8 of the 30 (27%) patients an immediate positive

  19. Clinical value of CT scan in diagnosing nasal malignant lymphoma (a report of 11 cases)

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    Objective: To investigate the value of CT in diagnosing nasal malignant lymphoma. Methods: CT findings of 11 patients with nasal malignant lymphoma proved pathologically were reviewed retrospectively. Results: The lesions pathologically diagnosed were all NHL and 9 cases were peripheral T-cell lymphoma. CT scan showed: (1) Lesions arose mainly from nasal vestibule or anterior part of nasal cavity, consisting of hyperplasia type 2 cases, infiltration type 3 cases, and hyperplasia-infiltration (mixed) type 6 cases. (2) Density of mass of hyperplasia type was relatively homogeneous, presenting as isodensity or slight hyper-density, while infiltration and mixed type appeared inhomogeneous. (3) Slight bony erosion was found in 8 cases, characterized by 'mouse nibbled' or cribriform bony absorption. (4) Adjacent structures were usually involved, and lesions might be polycentric. (5) Lesions often shrank or disappeared after radiotherapy. Conclusion: CT findings of nasal malignant lymphoma are relatively characteristic. It can clearly demonstrate the extent of lesion

  20. Clinical value of a computer system for data acquisition, processing, and display of cerebral dynamic studies

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    Although the digital computer has had limited utility in nuclear medicine to date, it has proven of value as a source of information for future improvements. We have demonstrated that camera resolving time is currently not a significant problem for brain imaging. Investigations on the effect of rotation of the patient's head have emphasized the need for caution in isolated interpretation of numerical data. Camera nonuniformities may introduce disturbing image artifacts. If nonuniformity of response were reduced to the level of 5 percent, then one could probably delete this function by the computer since the computer normalization programs developed to date are not entirely satisfactory. Current dynamic brain studies could be improved by increasing photon yield. Static images are not primarily photon limited, but differ from problems of camera nonuniformity. (U.S.)

  1. CT colonography without cathartic preparation: positive predictive value and patient experience in clinical practice

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    Zueco Zueco, Carmen; Sobrido Sampedro, Carolina; Corroto, Juan D.; Rodriguez Fernandez, Paula; Fontanillo Fontanillo, Manuela [Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI, Vigo, Pontevedra (Spain)

    2012-06-15

    To determine the positive predictive value (PPV) for polyps {>=}6 mm detected at CT colonography (CTC) performed without cathartic preparation, with low-dose iodine faecal tagging regimen and to evaluate patient experience. 1920 average-risk patients underwent CTC without cathartic preparation. Faecal tagging was performed by diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium at a total dose of 60 ml (22.2 g of iodine).The standard interpretation method was primary 3D with 2D problem solving. We calculated per-patient and per-polyp PPV in relation to size and morphology. All colonic segments were evaluated for image quality (faecal tagging, amount of liquid and solid residual faeces and luminal distension). Patients completed a questionnaire before and after CTC to assess preparation and examination experience. Per-polyp PPV for detected lesions of {>=}6 mm, 6-9 mm, {>=}10 mm and {>=}30 mm were 94.3%, 93.1%, 94.7% and 98%, respectively. Per-polyp PPV, according to lesion morphology, was 94.6%, 97.3% and 85.1% for sessile, pedunculated and flat polyps, respectively. Per-patient PPV was 92.8%. Preparation without frank cathartics was reported to cause minimal discomfort by 78.9% of patients. CTC without cathartic preparation and low-dose iodine faecal tagging may yield high PPVs for lesions {>=}6 mm and is well accepted by patients. circle Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) without cathartic preparation is well accepted by patients circle Cathartic-free faecal tagging CTC yields high positive predictive values circle CTC without cathartic preparation could improve uptake of colorectal cancer screening. (orig.)

  2. CT colonography without cathartic preparation: positive predictive value and patient experience in clinical practice

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    To determine the positive predictive value (PPV) for polyps ≥6 mm detected at CT colonography (CTC) performed without cathartic preparation, with low-dose iodine faecal tagging regimen and to evaluate patient experience. 1920 average-risk patients underwent CTC without cathartic preparation. Faecal tagging was performed by diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium at a total dose of 60 ml (22.2 g of iodine).The standard interpretation method was primary 3D with 2D problem solving. We calculated per-patient and per-polyp PPV in relation to size and morphology. All colonic segments were evaluated for image quality (faecal tagging, amount of liquid and solid residual faeces and luminal distension). Patients completed a questionnaire before and after CTC to assess preparation and examination experience. Per-polyp PPV for detected lesions of ≥6 mm, 6-9 mm, ≥10 mm and ≥30 mm were 94.3%, 93.1%, 94.7% and 98%, respectively. Per-polyp PPV, according to lesion morphology, was 94.6%, 97.3% and 85.1% for sessile, pedunculated and flat polyps, respectively. Per-patient PPV was 92.8%. Preparation without frank cathartics was reported to cause minimal discomfort by 78.9% of patients. CTC without cathartic preparation and low-dose iodine faecal tagging may yield high PPVs for lesions ≥6 mm and is well accepted by patients. circle Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) without cathartic preparation is well accepted by patients circle Cathartic-free faecal tagging CTC yields high positive predictive values circle CTC without cathartic preparation could improve uptake of colorectal cancer screening. (orig.)

  3. Assessing the Value of an Optional Radiation Oncology Clinical Rotation During the Core Clerkships in Medical School

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    Purpose: Few medical students are given proper clinical training in oncology, much less radiation oncology. We attempted to assess the value of adding a radiation oncology clinical rotation to the medical school curriculum. Methods and Materials: In July 2010, Jefferson Medical College began to offer a 3-week radiation oncology rotation as an elective course for third-year medical students during the core surgical clerkship. During 2010 to 2012, 52 medical students chose to enroll in this rotation. The rotation included outpatient clinics, inpatient consults, didactic sessions, and case-based presentations by the students. Tests of students’ knowledge of radiation oncology were administered anonymously before and after the rotation to evaluate the educational effectiveness of the rotation. Students and radiation oncology faculty were given surveys to assess feedback about the rotation. Results: The students’ prerotation test scores had an average of 64% (95% confidence interval [CI], 61–66%). The postrotation test scores improved to an average of 82% (95% CI, 80–83%; 18% absolute improvement). In examination question analysis, scores improved in clinical oncology from 63% to 79%, in radiobiology from 70% to 77%, and in medical physics from 62% to 88%. Improvements in all sections but radiobiology were statistically significant. Students rated the usefulness of the rotation as 8.1 (scale 1–9; 95% CI, 7.3–9.0), their understanding of radiation oncology as a result of the rotation as 8.8 (95% CI, 8.5–9.1), and their recommendation of the rotation to a classmate as 8.2 (95% CI, 7.6–9.0). Conclusions: Integrating a radiation oncology clinical rotation into the medical school curriculum improves student knowledge of radiation oncology, including aspects of clinical oncology, radiobiology, and medical physics. The rotation is appreciated by both students and faculty.

  4. [Methods and clinical value of peripheral nerve refractory period measurement in man].

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    Boërio, D; Hogrel, J-Y; Créange, A; Lefaucheur, J-P

    2004-12-01

    Immediately after action potential occurrence, owing to transient sodium channel inactivation, axon excitability is reduced for a short period of time, including the absolute refractory period, a first period of total inexcitability, followed by the relative refractory period. There are basically two different stimulation protocols to estimate axonal refractoriness, i.e. "paired-pulse" and "collision" techniques. Refractory period has been assessed in various conditions and appeared to depend on several physiological or methodological factors, featuring the type of nerve or the characteristics of the subject, but also the technique of stimulation or the method of data analysis. In addition, refractory periods can be altered by pathological conditions. Several studies showed prolonged refractory periods in patients suffering from alcoholic, diabetic or toxic neuropathies. Refractory period abnormality is a sensitive marker of axonal dysfunction as observed in Guillain-Barré syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome or multiple sclerosis. Thus, the measurement of the refractory periods is a valuable tool to study the pathophysiology of peripheral nerves, complementary to standard nerve conduction studies. However, the application of these techniques in the routine practice of clinical neurophysiology remains limited. PMID:15890161

  5. Retinal vein occlusion and macular edema – critical evaluation of the clinical value of ranibizumab

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    Full Text Available Pearse A Keane1, Srinivas R Sadda21NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK; 2Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USAAbstract: Retinal vein occlusions (RVOs constitute the second most common cause of retinal vascular disease after diabetic retinopathy, with a prevalence of between 1% and 2% in persons older than 40 years of age. Despite the existence of numerous potential therapeutic options, none is entirely satisfactory, and many patients with RVO suffer irreversible visual loss. Fortunately however, the recent introduction of antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF agents, such as ranibizumab (Lucentis®, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA and bevacizumab (Avastin®, Genentech, offers a potentially new treatment approach for clinicians managing this disorder. The results of the BRAVO and CRUISE trials have provided the first definitive evidence for the efficacy and safety of ranibizumab in the treatment of RVO. As a result, ranibizumab has recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of RVO-associated macular edema. In this review, we provide a critical evaluation of clinical trial data for the safety and efficacy of ranibizumab, and address unresolved issues in the management of this disorder. Keywords: ranibizumab, retinal vein occlusion, vascular endothelial growth factor, macular edema

  6. Clinical value of MRI and acute madopar responsiveness test in diagnosing progressive supranuclear palsy

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    LI Xiao-hong

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    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the MRI abnormalities and acute madopar responsiveness test in diagnosing progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP and Parkinson's disease (PD. Methods Seventeen patients with PSP and 17 gender and age matched patients with PD were studied with cranial MRI examinations and results of acute madopar responsiveness test, and the clinical manifestations of PSP were summarized. Results The atrophy of the midbrain tegmentum and hummingbird sign was demonstrated in all of the PSP patients in our study, but was not observed in the PD patients. The areas of the midbrain on mid-sagittal MRI in PSP patients [(77.35 ± 15.30 mm2] were significantly smaller than that in those with PD [(142.35 ± 31.49 mm2]. The average ratio of the area of the midbrain to the area of pons in the patients with PSP [(14.31 ± 2.47%] was significantly smaller than that in those with PD [(24.08 ± 4.73%; P = 0.000, for all]. According to the result of acute madopar responsiveness test, the maximum Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS Ⅲ improvement rate of 2 patients with PSP and 16 patients with PD was more than 30% (χ2 = 23.142, P = 0.000. Conclusion The assessment of the mid-sagittal MRI and acute madopar responsiveness test may be a useful method to differentiate PSP from PD.

  7. Detection and clinical value of NMO-IgG in neuromyelitis optica

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    De-hui HUANG

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    Full Text Available Neuromyelitis optica (NMO is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS of autoimmune etiology which predominantly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. In 2004, a highly specific serum antibody, NMO-IgG, was found in the sera of NMO patients. Subsequently, the target antigen of NMO-IgG was identified as aquaporin 4 (AQP4, a water channel densely expressed in optic nerves, spinal cord and area around cerebral ventricles. NMO-IgG/AQP4 antibody has demonstrated extreme importance for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis, the evaluation of disease activity, therapeutic effect and prognosis of NMO. In recent years, different techniques have been used to examine NMO-IgG in serum and cerebrospinal fluid, including tissue-based, cell-based and protein-based assays. In this review, the authors give an overview of the tests currently available for the detection of NMO-IgG and their clinical significance. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.09.003

  8. Clinical value of the assistant interventional embolization in treatment of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma

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    Objective: To study the application of the assistant digital subtraction angiography (DSA) with selective intra-arterial embolization in comprehensive treatment of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. Methods: Among 17 patients with juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma confirmed by surgery and biopsy from February 2000 to June 2005, 13 cases underwent DSA examination and selective intra-arterial embolization on 1-4 days before surgical operation, and 4 cases with uncontrollable epistaxis through conventional therapy were carried out urgent DSA and embolization as well as surgical operation on a scheduled day. Angiographic manifestations and hemostatic effects and impacts in surgical operation were observed. Results: The extent and blood supply of lesions and the features of feeding artery were clearly demonstrated by DSA. Supplying vessel was mainly maxillary artery originating from external caroted artery in 16 cases, and double supplying vessels from ramus of internal and external carotid arteries in 1 case. In general, the higher the nasopharyngeal angiofibroma grade was the more supplying branches would exist. As for epistaxis patients, the number of the presence of irregular distal vessels and the punctiform extravasation of contrast media were displayed in positive proportion. No severe complications occurred and active bleeding was stopped after embolization and furthermore with less blood loss during surgical operation statistically about 280-1600 ml (460±255.5). Conclusions: DSA examination and selective arterial embolization can not only present more accurate important clinical imaging features but also in favour of stop bleeding and enhance surgical outcomes for patients with nasopharyngeal angiogibroma. (authors)

  9. [Critical evaluation and predictive value of clinical presentation in out-patients with acute community-acquired pneumonia].

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    Mayaud, C; Fartoukh, M; Prigent, H; Parrot, A; Cadranel, J

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    Diagnostic probability of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) depends on data related to age and clinical and radiological findings. The critical evaluation of data in the literature leads to the following conclusions: 1) the prevalence of CAP in a given population with acute respiratory disease is 5% in outpatients and 10% in an emergency care unit. This could be as low as 2% in young people and even higher than 40% in hospitalized elderly patients; 2) the collection of clinical data is linked to the way the patient is examined and to the expertise of the clinician. The absolute lack of "vital signs" has a good negative predictive value in CAP; presence of unilateral crackles has a good positive predictive value; 3) there is a wide range of X-ray abnormalities: localized alveolar opacities; interstitial opacities, limited of diffused. The greatest radiological difficulties are encountered in old people with disorders including chronic respiratory or cardiac opacities and as a consequence of the high prevalence of bronchopneumonia episodes at this age; 4) among patients with lower respiratory tract (LRT) infections, the blood levels of leukocytes, CRP and procalcitonine are higher in CAP patients, mainly when their disease has a bacterial origin. Since you have not a threshold value reliably demonstrated in large populations with LRT infections or acute respiratory disease, presence or absence of these parameters could only be taken as a slight hint for a CAP diagnosis. PMID:17084571

  10. Clinical Value of 99Tcm-MDP SPECT Bone Scintigraphy in the Diagnosis of Unilateral Condylar Hyperplasia

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To investigate the clinical value of 99Tcm-MDP SPECT for the diagnosis of unilateral condylar hyperplasia (UCH. Methods. One hundred forty-nine patients who underwent mandibular 99Tcm-MDP SPECT between January 2009 and December 2012 were studied, including 105 cases that were clinically suspected of UCH and 44 comparable cases without UCH as a control group. Results. Increased bone activity was observed in the affected condyles for all UCH patients. In the UCH group, the relative percentage uptake on the affected side was 59% (SD±4.3%, significantly higher than the 41% (SD±4.1% uptake on the contralateral side (P<0.001. Similarly, the condyle/skull ratio was significantly higher for the affected side (1.66±0.63 than for the contralateral side (1.34±0.34, P<0.01. No significant difference was found in the control group between the left and right condyles. Values for the sensitivity (95%, specificity (61%, positive (84.4% and negative (84.6% predictive values, and accuracy (84.5% for 99Tcm-MDP SPECT in the diagnosis of UCH were calculated. However, for the hyperplastic condyle, no correlation was observed between the thickness of each cartilage layer and the relative uptake in the SPECT image. Conclusion. 99Tcm-MDP SPECT is accurate for diagnosing UCH and can provide a reference for treatment options.

  11. The study of clinical value of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with dutoxetine for patients with generalized anxiety disorder

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    Objective:To analyze the clinical value of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (RTMS) combined with dutoxetine for patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).Methods:A total of 180 cases of patients with GAD were randomly divided into two groups (the control group and the observation group) with 90 cases each group. Patients in control group were treated with dutoxetine, while those in observation group were treated by dutoxetine combined with RTMS. The Hamilton anxiety scale and the clinical global impression scale were used to evaluate the efficacy of both groups before and after treatment, then the characteristics of mismatch negativity and P300 were detected by using brain evoked potential, and meanwhile, plasma cortisol, brain derived neurotrophic factor and homocysteine levels were detected and compared too.Results:Analysis of variance of repeated measure data showed that the main effect of time, main effect between groups and interaction effect of Hamilton anxiety scale and the clinical global impression scale scores, MMN incubation period, MMN amplitude, target N2 incubation period, target P3 incubation period, P2 non-target amplitude, levels of plasma cortisol, brain derived neurotrophic factor and homocysteine of both groups were statistically significant (P < 0.05).Conclusions:The treatment of RTMS combined with dutoxetine for patients with GAD has a faster and better curative effect, which is worthy of clinical promotion.

  12. Assessment of the translational value of mouse lupus models using clinically relevant biomarkers.

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    Bender, Andrew T; Wu, Yin; Cao, Qiongfang; Ding, Yueyun; Oestreicher, Judith; Genest, Melinda; Akare, Sandeep; Ishizaka, Sally T; Mackey, Matthew F

    2014-06-01

    Lupus is an autoimmune disease with a poorly understood etiology that manifests with a diverse pathology. This heterogeneity has been a challenge to clinical drug development efforts. A related difficulty is the uncertain translational power of animal models used for evaluating potential drug targets and candidate therapeutics, because it is unlikely that any 1 preclinical model will recapitulate the spectrum of human disease. Therefore, multiple models, along with an understanding of the immune mechanisms that drive them, are necessary if we are to use them to identify valid drug targets and evaluate candidate therapies successfully. To this end, we have characterized several different mouse lupus models and report their differences with respect to biomarkers and symptoms that are representative of the human disease. We compared the pristane-induced mouse lupus disease model using 3 different strains (DBA/1, SJL, BALB/c), and the spontaneous NZB x NZW F1(NZB/W) mouse model. We show that the models differ significantly in their autoantibody profiles, disease manifestations such as nephritis and arthritis, and expression of type I interferon-regulated genes. Similar to the NZB/W model, pristane-induced disease in SJL mice manifests with nephritis and proteinuria, whereas the pristane-treated DBA/1 mice develop arthritis and an interferon-driven gene signature that closely resembles that in human patients. The elucidation of each model's strengths and the identification of translatable biomarkers yields insight for basic lupus research and drug development, and should assist in the proper selection of models for evaluating candidate targets and therapeutic strategies. PMID:24462761

  13. Clinical value of the esophageal scintigraphy in multi-swallow technique comparing to esophageal manometry

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    Diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders is difficult due to the large physiologic variability of bolus transport. With the help of a parametric multiple swallow technique (introduced by Tatsch), using 'condensed images' of each single sallow action before creating a 'mean image' of six swallows, this problem can be solved. For testing this relatively new method, 12 patients underwent 16 pairs of parametric esophagel scintigraphy and esophageal manometry. This collective of patients consisted of 4 with achalasia and secondary hypomobility of the tubular esophagus, 7 with unspecific esophageal dysfunction confirmed by manometry and 1 with clinical dysphagia and normal status in manometry. Fourteen of 15 pathological manometric findings could be confirmed with parametric scintigraphy. Esophageal monometry was false negative in one case and esophageal scintigraphy in another one case. The calculated emptying rates 10 and 12 s after beginning of swallowing are (mean±SD) 56±34% and 60±34% respectively for solid meal and 54±25% 57±22% respectively for liquid meal. Of 60 emptying rates, 48 are in the pathologic range of less than 80%. As expected, no significant difference was found between emptying rates after 10 and 12 s (two-tailed matched pairs t-test, 5% significance level). In conclusion, parametric esophageal multiple swallow scintigraphy has been proven to be a non-invasive and sensitive tool for pre-and posttherapeutic care of patients with esophageal motility disorders. It should be mentioned that esophageal scintigraphy can give additional information in some cases of normal esophageal manometry. (orig.)

  14. Clinical value of a self-designed training model for pinpointing and puncturing trigeminal ganglion.

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    He, Yu-Quan; He, Shu; Shen, Yun-Xia; Qian, Cheng

    2014-04-01

    OBJECTIVES. A training model was designed for learners and young physicians to polish their skills in clinical practices of pinpointing and puncturing trigeminal ganglion. METHODS. A head model, on both cheeks of which the deep soft tissue was replaced by stuffed organosilicone and sponge while the superficial soft tissue, skin and the trigeminal ganglion were made of organic silicon rubber for an appearance of real human being, was made from a dried skull specimen and epoxy resin. Two physicians who had experiences in puncturing foramen ovale and trigeminal ganglion were selected to test the model, mainly for its appearance, X-ray permeability, handling of the puncture, and closure of the puncture sites. Four inexperienced physicians were selected afterwards to be trained combining Hartel's anterior facial approach with the new method of real-time observation on foramen ovale studied by us. RESULTS. Both appearance and texture of the model were extremely close to those of a real human. The fact that the skin, superficial soft tissue, deep muscles of the cheeks, and the trigeminal ganglion made of organic silicon rubber all had great elasticity resulted in quick closure and sealing of the puncture sites. The head model made of epoxy resin had similar X-ray permeability to a human skull specimen under fluoroscopy. The soft tissue was made of radiolucent material so that the training can be conducted with X-ray guidance. After repeated training, all the four young physicians were able to smoothly and successfully accomplish the puncture. CONCLUSION. This self-made model can substitute for cadaver specimen in training learners and young physicians on foramen ovale and trigeminal ganglion puncture. It is very helpful for fast learning and mastering this interventional operation skill, and the puncture accuracy can be improved significantly with our new method of real-time observation on foramen ovale. PMID:24628215

  15. Clinical value of renal injury biomarkers in diagnosis of chronic kidney disease

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    Cheng-lu ZHANG

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the levels of renal injury biomarkers in patients with chronic kidney disease(CKD and evaluate their clinical significances in diagnosis of CKD.Methods A total of 66 subjects(37 patients with CKD and 29 healthy individuals were involved in this study.Serum blood urea nitrogen(SBUN was determined by Glutamate dehydrogenase method;serum creatinine(SCr and urinary creatinine(UCr were detected by sarcosine oxidase method;serum uric acid(SUA was measured by uricase colorimetry;serum cystatin C(Cys C and urinary microalbumin(UmAlbwere analyzed by immunological transmission turbidimetry;urinary protein(U-PROwas measured by Coomassies Brilliant Blue(CBB assay.The UmAlb and U-PRO levels were expressed in units of mg/mmolUCr.Results The results of independent samples t test indicated that significant differences were found in SBUN,SCr,SUA,Cys C,UmAlb and U-PRO(P < 0.05 between patient group and healthy control group.The evaluation of diagnostic effects showed that the areas under the curve at ROC plot for SBUN,SCr,SUA,Cys C,UmAlb and U-PRO were 0.907,0.912,0.742,0.982,0.984 and 0.991,respectively.Conclusions U-PRO,UmAlb and Cys C are ideal biomarkers,SCr and SBUN come next,SUA is the weakest when the above biomarkers are applied to evaluate the renal injury and its severity of the patients with CKD.

  16. Clinical value of the alveolar epithelial permeability in various pulmonary diseases

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    The authors have measured the pulmonary epithelial permeability in normals, smokers, ex-smokers and in various pulmonary diseases, using the sup(99m)Tc-DTPA monodisperse radioaerosol delivered by a newly designed nebulizer. Reference values for alveolar epithelial permeability were those of their own laboratory. Accelerated clearance of small idrophylic solutes from the lungs to the blood was found in smokers and in all the patients with idiopathic diffuse pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung disease, congestive heart failure, acute viral pneumonia and adult respiratory distress syndrome. The greatest increase of alveolar epithelial clearance was found in the lung zone affected by the viral infection. The normal upper-lover lobe gradient of epithelial clearance was lost only in some patients. The increased permeability of the alveolar wall, although not specific, is characteristic and early feature of many acute and chronic pulmonary disease. For practical purposes, this parameter, rather than diagnostic, should be considered as a sensitive index of alveolar damage and repair, especially suitable for the follow-up of patients with spontaneous or therapeutic reversibility of parenchimal lung diseases. (orig.)

  17. Acute appendicitis: diagnostic value of nonenhanced CT with selective use of contrast in routine clinical settings

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    Tamburrini, Stefania [Universita' di Napoli ' ' Federico II' ' , Dip. Sc. Biomorfologiche e Funzionali, Naples (Italy); UCSD Medical Center, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States); Brunetti, Arturo [Universita' di Napoli ' ' Federico II' ' , Dip. Sc. Biomorfologiche e Funzionali, Naples (Italy); Brown, Michele; Sirlin, Claude; Casola, Giovanna [UCSD Medical Center, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2007-08-15

    The purposes of this study were to determine the (1) frequency with which nonenhanced computed tomography (CT) (NECT) permits conclusive diagnosis of acute appendicitis, (2) accuracy of NECT when findings are conclusive, and (3) overall accuracy of a CT protocol consisting of NECT with selective use of contrast. Five hundred and thirty-six patients underwent a NECT protocol with selective use of contrast. Diagnostic accuracy was then determined separately for (1) patients with conclusive initial NECT, (2) patients with inconclusive initial NECT, and (3) all patients. NECT was conclusive on initial interpretation in 404/536 patients and inconclusive in 132/536. Of 132 inconclusive studies, 126 were repeated with contrast (intravenous, oral or rectal). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value for diagnosis of acute appendicitis were (1) 90%, 96.0%, 84.8%, and 97.4% in patients with conclusive NECT (n = 404); (2) 95.6%, 92.3%, 73%, and 99% in patients with inconclusive NECT followed by repeat CT with contrast; and (3) 91.3%, 95%, 82%, and 98% in all patients. The initial diagnosis of appendicitis may be made by NECT in 75% of patients, with contrast administration reserved for inconclusive NECT studies. (orig.)

  18. Acute appendicitis: diagnostic value of nonenhanced CT with selective use of contrast in routine clinical settings

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    The purposes of this study were to determine the (1) frequency with which nonenhanced computed tomography (CT) (NECT) permits conclusive diagnosis of acute appendicitis, (2) accuracy of NECT when findings are conclusive, and (3) overall accuracy of a CT protocol consisting of NECT with selective use of contrast. Five hundred and thirty-six patients underwent a NECT protocol with selective use of contrast. Diagnostic accuracy was then determined separately for (1) patients with conclusive initial NECT, (2) patients with inconclusive initial NECT, and (3) all patients. NECT was conclusive on initial interpretation in 404/536 patients and inconclusive in 132/536. Of 132 inconclusive studies, 126 were repeated with contrast (intravenous, oral or rectal). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value for diagnosis of acute appendicitis were (1) 90%, 96.0%, 84.8%, and 97.4% in patients with conclusive NECT (n = 404); (2) 95.6%, 92.3%, 73%, and 99% in patients with inconclusive NECT followed by repeat CT with contrast; and (3) 91.3%, 95%, 82%, and 98% in all patients. The initial diagnosis of appendicitis may be made by NECT in 75% of patients, with contrast administration reserved for inconclusive NECT studies. (orig.)

  19. Histological evaluation of the human testis--approaches to optimizing the clinical value of the assessment

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    McLachlan, R I; Rajpert-De Meyts, E; Hoei-Hansen, C E; de Kretser, D M; Skakkebaek, N E

    2007-01-01

    Testicular biopsy is a crucial assessment in reproductive practice with diagnostic and prognostic importance for assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and risk of testicular neoplasia. Endocrine and genetic tests cannot reliably distinguish obstructive azoospermia (OA) from non-obstructive az......Testicular biopsy is a crucial assessment in reproductive practice with diagnostic and prognostic importance for assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and risk of testicular neoplasia. Endocrine and genetic tests cannot reliably distinguish obstructive azoospermia (OA) from non......-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) or predict recovery of mature spermatids by testicular sperm extraction (TESE). Currently, divergent histological reporting systems and the use of imprecise terminology seriously degrade the value of the literature on TESE recovery rates and hamper evaluation of treatments and research on...... genotype-phenotype relationships. The rising incidence of testis cancer and carcinoma in situ (CIS), especially in infertile populations, requires that every effort be made for its early detection. We provide a systematic approach to the histological classification of spermatogenic disorders and detection...

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  1. Clinical evaluation of the cerebral energy metabolism with 31P chemical shift imaging in neurosurgical disorders

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    Cerebral energy metabolism was evaluated by means of 31P chemical shift imaging (CSI) using the 2.0 T whole-body MRIS system. 31P CSI was carried out by means of Spectroscopic Imaging by Dephasing Amplitude Changing method, four-dimensional CSI, and three-dimensional CSI. Twenty three patients with cerebral infarction and 21 patients with hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage were examined. In cerebral infarction, an acute infarction was seen as a low-signal area in the PCr and ATP images and as a high-signal area in the Pi image. A subacute and chronic infarction was seen as a low-signal area in all the images -- 31P, PCr, ATP, Pi, PDE and PME. Intracellular acidosis was noticed within 2 days after onset. The intracellular pH became alkaline at the subacute and chronic stages of infarction. The chronological changes in the phosphorus metabolites were evaluated by means of these methods. In hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage, hematoma and perifocal edema in the acute stage were seen as low-signal areas in the 31P, PCr, and ATP images, and as high-signal areas in the Pi image. In the chronic stage, a hematoma was seen as a low-signal area in all the images -- 31P, PCr, ATP and Pi. 31P CSI is thus a practical tool for studying phosphate metabolites clinically. Changes in the phosphorus metabolism relative to the anatomy of interest were detected by the use of these methods. (author)

  2. Clinical experiences with a chemical radioprotector in tumor radiotherapy: WR-2721

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    Since cysteine was found to protect lethally irradiated rats, sulfhydryl compounds that provide protection of laboratory animals against lethal doses of ionizing radiations have also been given much attention. The SH compounds have been the most extensively investigated, and β-aminoethylisothiouronium (AET) and cysteamine have been selected as being representative of those drugs that are highly protective. However, clinical application is limited, as the toxicity of these compounds is high. In a series of experiments to reevaluate radioprotective agents with low toxicity, the authors found that 2-mercaptopropionylglycine (MPG) and adrenochrome monoguangylhydrazone methanesulfonate (AMM) have a potent radioprotector effect in a dose far below their toxic doses in both mice and humans. Recently, the development of effective thiophosphate derivatives of cysteamine, namely WR-2721 [S-2-(3-amino-propylaminoethyl)phosphorothioate] by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Commands, led to a reevaluation of these compounds and their potential in radiotherapy. Initial investigations indicated that WR-2721 provided a considerable degree of radioprotection to normal tissues. This compound provided excellent protection for normal tissues (DMF = 2-2.5) but little protection for the transplanted tumor. Thus this drug may have a differential protection in vivo and may be useful for improving the therapeutic ratio in cancer radiotherapy. The results of animal and chemical experiments in Japan are summarized herein

  3. Clinical diagnostic value of assessment of helicobacter pylori infection with 14C-UBT in gastrointestinal and other diseases

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    Objective: To investigate clinical diagnostic value of assessment of HP infection with 14C-Urea breath test (14C- UBT) in gastrointestinal and other diseases. Methods: The rate of HP infection was detected with 14C-UBT in 2050 patients with gastrointestinal disease, 510 patients with other diseases and 70 healthy controls. Results: (1) The positive rate and rate of moderate and advanced degree of HP infection in patients with gastrointestinal disease were significantly higher than those in controls (86% vs 51%, P14C-UBT is of high sensitivity and specificity. This test is cheap and can be readily performed, and is one of the best methods available. (authors)

  4. Investigation of the chemical origin and evidential value of differences in the SERS spectra of blue gel inks.

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    Ho, Yen Cheng; Lee, Wendy W Y; Bell, Steven E J

    2016-08-15

    Highly swellable polymer films doped with Ag nanoparticle aggregates (poly-SERS films) have been used to record very high signal : noise ratio, reproducible surface-enhanced (resonance) Raman (SER(R)S) spectra of in situ dried ink lines and their constituent dyes using both 633 and 785 nm excitation. These allowed the chemical origins of differences in the SERRS spectra of different inks to be determined. Initial investigation of pure samples of the 10 most common blue dyes showed that the dyes which had very similar chemical structures such as Patent Blue V and Patent Blue VF (which differ only by a single OH group) gave SERRS spectra in which the only indications that the dye structure had been changed were small differences in peak positions or relative intensities of the bands. SERRS studies of 13 gel pen inks were consistent with this observation. In some cases inks from different types of pens could be distinguished even though they were dominated by a single dye such as Victoria Blue B (Zebra Surari) or Victoria Blue BO (Pilot Acroball) because their predominant dye did not appear in other inks. Conversely, identical spectra were also recorded from different types of pens (Pilot G7, Zebra Z-grip) because they all had the same dominant Brilliant Blue G dye. Finally, some of the inks contained mixtures of dyes which could be separated by TLC and removed from the plate before being analysed with the same poly-SERS films. For example, the Pentel EnerGel ink pen was found to give TLC spots corresponding to Erioglaucine and Brilliant Blue G. Overall, this study has shown that the spectral differences between different inks which are based on chemically similar, but nonetheless distinct dyes, are extremely small, so very close matches between SERRS spectra are required for confident identification. Poly-SERS substrates can routinely provide the very stringent reproducibility and sensitivity levels required. This, coupled with the awareness of the reasons

  5. Clinical value of determination HIV viral load in the cerebrospinal fluid of HIV-infected patients

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    Full Text Available Aim. To analyze the concentration of HIV RNA in the cerebrospinal fluid and to evaluate its significance in the pathology of the central nervous system among HIV infected persons.Materials: We examined 36 patients with HIV infection with signs of pathology of the central nervous system. All patients was done completed a standard investigation of cerebrospinal fluid, cytological examination and detection viral load of HIV in the cerebrospinal fluid and serum.Results. A different of opportunistic and HIV-related disease was diagnosed in 29 patients. The most frequent pathology of the nervous system (12 cases is a diffuse HIV-associated brain damage occurring in 7 patients in the form of aseptic non purulent meningitis and in 5 patients in the form of encephalitis. The average value of the absolute and relative count of CD4-lymphocytes in patients amounted 147,0 cells/μl (40,0; 408,75 and 10.0% (4,00; 18,50. Pathological changes in cellular composition and protein concentration of cerebrospinal fluid detected in 19 cases. Replication of HIV in the cerebrospinal fluid are detected in 31 of 32 patients not receiving antiretroviral therapy, including 17 patients with normal values of cerebrospinal fluid. The average HIV viral load in the cerebrospinal fluid was 15 133,0 copies/ml (2501,0; 30624,0 or 4,18 (3,35; 4,48 lg HIV RNA, average HIV viral load in serum – 62 784,0 copies/ml (6027,5; 173869,0 or 4,80 4,80 (3,7; 5,2 lg HIV RNA. The concentration of HIV in the cerebrospinal fluid was significantly lower than in serum (4,18 and 4,80 lg HIV RNA, p=0.027. 4 patients with severe, multietiology damage of the central nervous system viral, microbial and fungal etiology, there was an inverse relationship between the concentration of HIV in the cerebrospinal fluid and in serum, the concentrations of HIV was higher in the cerebrospinal fluid.Conclusion: Among the majority of HIV-infected patients with signs of the central

  6. Surfactant protein D, a clinical biomarker for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with excellent discriminant values

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    AKIKI, ZEINA; FAKIH, DALIA; JOUNBLAT, RANIA; CHAMAT, SOULAIMA; WAKED, MIRNA; HOLMSKOV, UFFE; SORENSEN, GRITH L.; NADIF, RACHEL; SALAMEH, PASCALE

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    Biological markers can help to better identify a disease or refine its diagnosis. In the present study, the association between surfactant protein D (SP-D) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was studied among subjects consulting for respiratory diseases or symptoms and was compared with C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen. A further aim of this study was to identify the optimal cut-off point of SP-D able to discriminate COPD patients. A case-control study including 90 COPD patients, 124 asthma patients and 180 controls was conducted. Standardized questionnaires were administered and lung function tests were performed. Biological markers were measured in blood samples according to standardized procedures. The association between SP-D and COPD was investigated using logistic regression models. Receiver-operating characteristic curves were used for threshold identification. SP-D levels above the median value were positively associated with COPD [adjusted odds ratio (OR)=3.86, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.51–9.85, P=0.005). No associations with COPD or asthma were found for CRP or fibrinogen levels. Scores for COPD diagnosis in all COPD patients or ever-smoker COPD patients were identified (sensitivity, 76.4 and 77.8%; specificity, 89.3 and 88.5%, respectively). The results indicate that SP-D can differentiate COPD from other respiratory symptoms or diseases. Used with socio-demographic characteristics and respiratory symptoms, SP-D is able to discriminate COPD patients from controls, particularly among smokers. PMID:26997985

  7. Clinical value of duodenojejunal manometry. Its usefulness in diagnosis and management of patients with gastrointestinal symptoms.

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    Soffer, E; Thongsawat, S

    1996-05-01

    The records of all patients who had duodenojejunal manometry (DJM) from 1989 to 1995 were retrospectively reviewed. We evaluated the main symptoms of the patients, the indication for the study, its result, and the impact on therapy and management. One hundred sixteen patients out of 154 were included in the study, of whom 96 were women and 20 were men, with a mean age of 41.2 years. Twenty-five had perfused tube studies, and 91 had prolonged ambulatory recordings. Forty-one patients were referred for evaluation of abdominal pain, 34 for chronic constipation, 24 for nausea and vomiting, 8 for pseudoobstruction, and the remaining 9 for other reasons. All patients had appropriate endoscopic, radiographic, or scintigraphic studies prior to manometry. Forty-seven (40.5%) had abnormal manometry: 20 of 41 (48.8%) for abdominal pain, 7 of 34 (20.6%) for chronic constipation, 10 of 24 (41.7%) for nausea and vomiting, 5 of 8 (62.5%) for pseudoobstruction, and 5 of 9 (55.6%) for the miscellaneous group. The various subgroups did not have specific patterns of motor abnormalities. In 22 patients (18.9%) manometry helped in the choice of therapy: in 15 patients by affecting surgical approach, particularly in the constipation group, and in 7 patients by affecting feeding options and prokinetic agents. Detection of motor abnormalities was helpful in patients with severe symptoms thought to have functional disease even when no specific therapy was rendered. Thus, DJM was abnormal in 2/5 patients referred for evaluation of suspected motility disorders. It directly affected therapy in approximately 1/5 patients, particularly in those with constipation. It is helpful in the management of patients even when specific therapy is not rendered, particularly in those with abdominal pain. The modest impact on specific therapy is related to limited availability of effective prokinetic drugs and the limited specificity and predictive value of tests results. PMID:8625755

  8. Accounting of costs in a service of physical health. Relative units of value in dosimetry clinic in teletherapy

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    A single - although laborious - start in the economic and clinical management of our units can be come to the knowledge of the time invested in the tasks functional, having to differentiate them, name them and even encrypt them. The time spent in performing the tasks multiplied by the annual number of these will indicate the resources necessary to achieve our objectives. In addition, pooling the values of times that members of the Unit provide analysed inter-workers dispersal, their causes and possible solutions. The establishment of relative units of value in any process benefits all workers involved in the process since it allows to know the dispersion of the times that each person employed in the development of the tasks. (Author)

  9. Most oxidative stress response in water samples comes from unknown chemicals: the need for effect-based water quality trigger values.

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    Escher, Beate I; van Daele, Charlotte; Dutt, Mriga; Tang, Janet Y M; Altenburger, Rolf

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    The induction of adaptive stress response pathways is an early and sensitive indicator of the presence of chemical and non-chemical stressors in cells. An important stress response is the Nrf-2 mediated oxidative stress response pathway where electrophilic chemicals or chemicals that cause the formation of reactive oxygen species initiate the production of antioxidants and metabolic detoxification enzymes. The AREc32 cell line is sensitive to chemicals inducing oxidative stress and has been previously applied for water quality monitoring of organic micropollutants and disinfection byproducts. Here we propose an algorithm for the derivation of effect-based water quality trigger values for this end point that is based on the combined effects of mixtures of regulated chemicals. Mixture experiments agreed with predictions by the mixture toxicity concept of concentration addition. The responses in the AREc32 and the concentrations of 269 individual chemicals were quantified in nine environmental samples, ranging from treated effluent, recycled water, stormwater to drinking water. The effects of the detected chemicals could explain less than 0.1% of the observed induction of the oxidative stress response in the sample, affirming the need to use effect-based trigger values that account for all chemicals present. PMID:23432033

  10. Relationships between organohalogen contaminants and blood plasma clinical-chemical parameters in chicks of three raptor species from Northern Norway

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    Sonne, Christian; Bustnes, Jan Ove; Herzke, Dorte; Jaspers, Veerle L.B.; Covaci, Adrian; Halley, Duncan J.; Moum, Truls; Eulaers, Igor; Eens, Marcel; Ims, Rolf A.; Hanssen, Sveinn A.; Erikstad, Kjell Einar; Johnsen, Trond; Schnug, Lisbeth; Riget, Frank Farsø; Jensen, Asger Lundorff

    2010-01-01

    Organohalogen contaminants (OHCs) may affect various physiological parameters in birds including blood chemistry. We therefore examined blood plasma clinical-chemical parameters and OHCs in golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and goshawk chicks from Northern Norway. Correlation analyses on pooled da...

  11. The value of student scientific society at the Department of Histology, Cytology and Embryology in clinical professional orientation

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    Evtushenko V.M.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. Histology with embryology and cytology are core of basic medical and biological sciences, allowing us to formulate a better understanding of the principle of multi-level structure of the human body and hierarchical relationships within it, as well as the mechanisms of interaction of the human body with the environment in the norm and pathology. Objective. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of training students in the Student Scientific Society at the Department of Histology, Cytology and Embryology in their clinical career guidance. Results. Student Scientific Society allows us to provide not only the continuity of knowledge, but also the ability to use the available information, wider use of logical thinking. Taken together these possibilities create prerequisites for the formation of a mature clinical thinking. In-depth study of histology, cytology and embryology forms the basis for a better understanding of such fundamental disciplines as pathological anatomy, pathological physiology, pharmacology, that all together will be the basis for the clinical disciplines. Knowledge of histology, cytology and embryology is becoming increasingly important for the modern physician in terms of understanding the new diagnostic techniques, new technologies. The research work of the members of Student Scientific Society of Department of Histology, Cytology and Embryology contributes to more efficient practical skills. Conclusion. Student Scientific Society provides skills of independent work with scientific literature and ability to analyze and synthesize the material giving the basis for critical clinical data analyzes. Citation: Evtushenko VM. [The value of student scientific society at the Department of Histology, Cytology and Embry-ology in clinical professional orientation]. Morphologia. 2014;8(4:69-71. Russian.

  12. Soil chemical properties as affected by plant derived ash to replace potassium fertilizer and its conversion value

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    John Bako Baon

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Potassium chloride (KCl presently used as main source of K, tends to become more expensive, therefore, there is a need for a breakthrough in finding alternative materials to replace KCl. The aim of this paper is to present recent research on the use of plant derived ash to replace KCl fertilizer, especially in relation with soil chemical characteristics and its conversion value. Plant derived ash coming from palm sugar processing unit which use farm waste as main fuel was used in this experiment. Treatments investigated were no K2O application (control, applied with K2O in forms of both KCl and plant derived ash in dosages of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600 mg kg-1 air dry soil. The mixture of soil with those treatments were then incubated for one year. After incubation period, the soil in pots were divided into two parts, first part was added with 2g urea, while other part was added with 2 g SP 36. Both parts were incubated for two months. Results of this experiment showed that plant derived ash can be used to replaced KCl. To obtain similar soil K content, the amount of K2O in form of plant derived ash needed to be added or its conversion value is 1.44 times the amount of K2O in form of KCl. Use of plant derived ash also increased the content of soil Ca, available P, ratio of Ca/Mg and pH. Plant derived ash did not caused nitrogen loss. Key words: Potassium, fertilizer, plant derived ash, pH, soil.

  13. Clinical value of three-dimensional digital subtraction angiography in the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms

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    Tianxiao Li; Dengwei Zong

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms requires clearly displayed anatomic structures of the aneurysm and the reference image of the aneurysm neck, the images of the form and struc ture of the aneurysm and the three-dimensional (3D) intracranial vascular structure are very important for the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral aneurysms. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of 3D digital subtraction angiography (3D DSA) in diagnosing intracra nial aneurysm, and compare the reliability with two-dimensional (2D) DSA in evaluating the intracranial aneurysm suitable for the endovascular occlusion: DESIGN: A double-blind case observation. SETTING: Department of Interventional Radiology, Henan People's Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The patients, who were suspected to have intracranial aneurysms, were examined with 2D DSA and 3D DSA in Henan People's Hospital from October 2004 to October 2005. Fifty intracranial aneurysms were detected in 44 patients (19 males and 25 females) of 30-75 years, with an average of 51 years, including 5 cases were multiple aneurysms, including 2 aneurysms in 4 cases and 3 aneurysms in 1 case. The aneurysms located respectively at internal carotid artery (n =19), anterior cerebral artery (n =16), middle cerebral artery (n =8), basilar artery (n =6), and posterior inferior cerebellar artery (n =1 ). METHODS: The 50 ruptured intracranial aneurysms were examined with 2D DSA and 3D DSA. The method of volume reconstruction was applied to reconstruct the 3D DSA images, and the automatically generated images could be shifted, rotated and magnified, besides, the corresponding processing could also be performed, including resecting the unnecessary structure and sharpening margin of the images. Observations: ① Display of aneurysm neck: The site and range of the aneurysm neck, and the involvement of branches originated from the aneurysm arteries; ② Display of aneurysm form: The displays of aneurysm form and with or without arteries

  14. Study on clinical value of determination of plasma brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with chronic congestive heart failure

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of determination of plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with chronic congestive heart failure(CHF). Methods: The levels of plasma BNP were measured with fluorescence immunoassay in 341 patients with chronic CHF and 55 controls. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end systolic diameter (LVESD) and left ventricular end diastolic diameter (LVEDD) were determined with color doppler ultrasonography in CHF patients. Results: Plasma levels of BNP were significantly increased in patients with CHF as compared with those in controls (P<0.01). There were also significant differences in plasma levels of CHF patients of different clinical stages (P<0.01). There was obvious correlation between plasma levels of BNP and the values of LVEF, LVESD and LVEDD (r was-0.62, +0.54 and +0.60 respectively, P<0.01). Conclusion: Plasma level of BNP is a sensitive indicator for assessment of ventricle function in CHF patients. (authors)

  15. Clinical characteristics of chemical sensitivity: an illustrative case history of asthma and MCS.

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    A case history of the induction of asthma and chemical sensitivity in a 42-year-old registered nurse illustrates several of the characteristic features of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This patient's problems started shortly after moving into a new home under construction, with associated chemical exposures. Other MCS patients report the onset of the condition with other chemical exposures such as those encountered at their places of work or use of pesticides at their residences. Patie...

  16. The value of pre operative S-100B and SUV in clinically stage III melanoma patients undergoing therapeutic lymph node dissection

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    Kruijff, S.; Bastiaannet, E.; Speijers, M. J.; Kobold, A. C. M.; Brouwers, A. H.; Hoekstra, H. J.

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: High preoperative serum S-100B values and Standardized Uptake Values (SUV) of Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in PET for clinically stage III melanoma patients could be indicators of recurrence after surgical treatment. Aim was to assess the correlation and the prognostic value of these marke

  17. Clinical value of FDG-PET/CT in suspected paraneoplastic syndromes: a retrospective analysis of 137 patients

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    Paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS) are relatively infrequent manifestations appearing before or after a cancer declares itself. Autoimmune mechanisms may be involved, but their cause and pathogenesis are often unknown. Due to disparity of symptoms, PNS remain a major diagnostic challenge. We examined the value of FDG-PET/CT for ruling in or out malignancy in a heterogeneous group of patients with suspected PNS. We retrospectively extracted data from all patients referred 2009-2013 with suspected PNS. Data included age, sex, follow-up period, scan report, further diagnostic procedures, and final clinical diagnosis. Conclusions of the scan reports were compared to the final follow-up outcome as determined during an average follow-up of 31 months (range 6-51.5) in patients who were not diagnosed with cancer in immediate continuation of a positive PET/CT scan. A total of 137 patients were included. Main causes for referral were neurological (n = 67), rheumatological (n = 25), dermatological (n = 18), nephrological (n = 6), haematological (n = 2), abnormal biochemistry (n = 11), and others (n = 8). The cancer prevalence was 8.8 %. The FDG-PET/CT results were as follows: nine true positives, 22 false positives, 103 true negatives, and three false negatives. Corresponding diagnostic values were: sensitivity 75 %, specificity 82 %, accuracy 82 %, and positive and negative predictive values of 29 % and 97 %, respectively. FDG-PET/CT has in patients with suspected PNS an impressively high negative predictive value and may be of value in ruling out PNS, the more so, the more the number of false positives can be minimized or used in differential diagnosis. We believe that FDG-PET/CT may become an important adjunct to the work-up and triage of patients with suspected PNS. (orig.)

  18. Clinical value of CT-based preoperative software assisted lung lobe volumetry for predicting postoperative pulmonary function after lung surgery

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    Wormanns, Dag; Beyer, Florian; Hoffknecht, Petra; Dicken, Volker; Kuhnigk, Jan-Martin; Lange, Tobias; Thomas, Michael; Heindel, Walter

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    This study was aimed to evaluate a morphology-based approach for prediction of postoperative forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) after lung resection from preoperative CT scans. Fifteen Patients with surgically treated (lobectomy or pneumonectomy) bronchogenic carcinoma were enrolled in the study. A preoperative chest CT and pulmonary function tests before and after surgery were performed. CT scans were analyzed by prototype software: automated segmentation and volumetry of lung lobes was performed with minimal user interaction. Determined volumes of different lung lobes were used to predict postoperative FEV1 as percentage of the preoperative values. Predicted FEV1 values were compared to the observed postoperative values as standard of reference. Patients underwent lobectomy in twelve cases (6 upper lobes; 1 middle lobe; 5 lower lobes; 6 right side; 6 left side) and pneumonectomy in three cases. Automated calculation of predicted postoperative lung function was successful in all cases. Predicted FEV1 ranged from 54% to 95% (mean 75% +/- 11%) of the preoperative values. Two cases with obviously erroneous LFT were excluded from analysis. Mean error of predicted FEV1 was 20 +/- 160 ml, indicating absence of systematic error; mean absolute error was 7.4 +/- 3.3% respective 137 +/- 77 ml/s. The 200 ml reproducibility criterion for FEV1 was met in 11 of 13 cases (85%). In conclusion, software-assisted prediction of postoperative lung function yielded a clinically acceptable agreement with the observed postoperative values. This method might add useful information for evaluation of functional operability of patients with lung cancer.

  19. Clinical value of FDG-PET/CT in suspected paraneoplastic syndromes: a retrospective analysis of 137 patients

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    Bjoern Kristensen, Stine; Hess, Soeren; Petersen, Henrik; Hoeilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming [Odense University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense (Denmark)

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    Paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS) are relatively infrequent manifestations appearing before or after a cancer declares itself. Autoimmune mechanisms may be involved, but their cause and pathogenesis are often unknown. Due to disparity of symptoms, PNS remain a major diagnostic challenge. We examined the value of FDG-PET/CT for ruling in or out malignancy in a heterogeneous group of patients with suspected PNS. We retrospectively extracted data from all patients referred 2009-2013 with suspected PNS. Data included age, sex, follow-up period, scan report, further diagnostic procedures, and final clinical diagnosis. Conclusions of the scan reports were compared to the final follow-up outcome as determined during an average follow-up of 31 months (range 6-51.5) in patients who were not diagnosed with cancer in immediate continuation of a positive PET/CT scan. A total of 137 patients were included. Main causes for referral were neurological (n = 67), rheumatological (n = 25), dermatological (n = 18), nephrological (n = 6), haematological (n = 2), abnormal biochemistry (n = 11), and others (n = 8). The cancer prevalence was 8.8 %. The FDG-PET/CT results were as follows: nine true positives, 22 false positives, 103 true negatives, and three false negatives. Corresponding diagnostic values were: sensitivity 75 %, specificity 82 %, accuracy 82 %, and positive and negative predictive values of 29 % and 97 %, respectively. FDG-PET/CT has in patients with suspected PNS an impressively high negative predictive value and may be of value in ruling out PNS, the more so, the more the number of false positives can be minimized or used in differential diagnosis. We believe that FDG-PET/CT may become an important adjunct to the work-up and triage of patients with suspected PNS. (orig.)

  20. The value of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test in predicting pre-clinical performance: a prospective cohort study at Nottingham Medical School

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT was introduced in 2006 as an additional tool for the selection of medical students. It tests mental ability in four distinct domains (Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Analysis, and the results are available to students and admissions panels in advance of the selection process. As yet the predictive validity of the test against course performance is largely unknown. The study objective was to determine whether UKCAT scores predict performance during the first two years of the 5-year undergraduate medical course at Nottingham. Methods We studied a single cohort of students, who entered Nottingham Medical School in October 2007 and had taken the UKCAT. We used linear regression analysis to identify independent predictors of marks for different parts of the 2-year preclinical course. Results Data were available for 204/260 (78% of the entry cohort. The UKCAT total score had little predictive value. Quantitative Reasoning was a significant independent predictor of course marks in Theme A ('The Cell', (p = 0.005, and Verbal Reasoning predicted Theme C ('The Community' (p Conclusion This limited study from a single entry cohort at one medical school suggests that the predictive value of the UKCAT, particularly the total score, is low. Section scores may predict success in specific types of course assessment. The ultimate test of validity will not be available for some years, when current cohorts of students graduate. However, if this test of mental ability does not predict preclinical performance, it is arguably less likely to predict the outcome in the clinical years. Further research from medical schools with different types of curriculum and assessment is needed, with longitudinal studies throughout the course.

  1. Arthroscopy vs. MRI for a detailed assessment of cartilage disease in osteoarthritis: diagnostic value of MRI in clinical practice

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with osteoarthritis, a detailed assessment of degenerative cartilage disease is important to recommend adequate treatment. Using a representative sample of patients, this study investigated whether MRI is reliable for a detailed cartilage assessment in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Methods In a cross sectional-study as a part of a retrospective case-control study, 36 patients (mean age 53.1 years with clinically relevant osteoarthritis received standardized MRI (sag. T1-TSE, cor. STIR-TSE, trans. fat-suppressed PD-TSE, sag. fat-suppressed PD-TSE, Siemens Magnetom Avanto syngo MR B 15 on a 1.5 Tesla unit. Within a maximum of three months later, arthroscopic grading of the articular surfaces was performed. MRI grading by two blinded observers was compared to arthroscopic findings. Diagnostic values as well as intra- and inter-observer values were assessed. Results Inter-observer agreement between readers 1 and 2 was good (kappa = 0.65 within all compartments. Intra-observer agreement comparing MRI grading to arthroscopic grading showed moderate to good values for readers 1 and 2 (kappa = 0.50 and 0.62, respectively, the poorest being within the patellofemoral joint (kappa = 0.32 and 0.52. Sensitivities were relatively low at all grades, particularly for grade 3 cartilage lesions. A tendency to underestimate cartilage disorders on MR images was not noticed. Conclusions According to our results, the use of MRI for precise grading of the cartilage in osteoarthritis is limited. Even if the practical benefit of MRI in pretreatment diagnostics is unequivocal, a diagnostic arthroscopy is of outstanding value when a grading of the cartilage is crucial for a definitive decision regarding therapeutic options in patients with osteoarthritis.

  2. Protein biochip technology detecting multi-tumor markers and their clinical application values in three kinds of carcinomas

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    To study the clinical application value of quantitative detection of 12 tumor markers in hepatocellular carcinoma, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer, the 12 tumor markers--CA125, ferritin, CEA, AFP, CA19-9, CA15-3, NSE, CA242, PSA, f-PSA, HGH and β-HCG in the serum of 48 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, 29 patients with pancreatic cancer, 42 patients with ovarian cancer, 74 patients with benign disease and 66 healthy control persons were quantitatively detected by the protein biochip determination system of C-12. The results showed that (1)The levels of AFP, CA125, ferritin, CEA, CA19-9, CA242 and β-HCG in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma were significantly higher than those in patients with benign disease and controls. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, diagnostic efficiency by combinative detection were 89.58%, 87.32%, 70.49%, 96.12% and 87.89%, respectively. (2)The levels of CA19-9, CA125, CA242, ferritin and CEA in patients with pancreatic cancer were significantly higher than those in patients with benign disease and controls(P<0.01). The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, diagnostic efficiency by combinative detection were 82.76%, 87.32%, 57.14%, 96.125% and 86.55%, respectively. (3)The levels of CA125, CEA, CA15-3 and CA242 in patients with ovarian cancer were significantly higher than those in patients with benign disease and controls (PC<0.01). The CA19-9 level was significantly higher than that in healthy persons (P<0.05). The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, diagnosing efficiency by combinative detection were 80.95%, 87.32%, 65.38%, 93.94% and 85.87%, respectively. In conclusion, combinative detection of various kinds of tumor markers should be adopted in diagnosis of different types of cancer. Detection of multi-tumor markers by using protein chip can be applied clinically for early screening diagnosis of tumor, as well as the patient

  3. Clinical value of serum level of insulin-like growth factor-1 diagnosis and treatment for gastric and colorectal cancer

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    Objective: To explore the clinical value of the serum levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in patients with gastric and colorectal cancer. Methods: IGF-1 was measured by radio-immunoassay in 26 untreated patients and 20 treated patients with gastric and colorectal cancer in 26 healthy subjects and 20 patients with benign gastrointestinal diseases respectively. CEA and CA199 were measured by chemiluminescence immunoassay. One-way analysis of variance and ROC curve analysis were used with SPSS statistical package for windows version 16. Results: Serum IGF-1 level in the untreated malignant group was (587.38±385.25) ng/ml and was significantly higher than those in the treatment group and the control group (P<0.01). Conclusion: Serum levels of IGF-1 can be used as an indicator for early diagnosis and follow-up for gastric and colorectal cancer. (authors)

  4. The Clinical Value of Axillary Ultrasonogra- phy for Detection of Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Cases with Breast Cancer

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The axillary lymph node stage is one of the single most important determinants in the prognosis of breast cancer patients. The disadvantages of the two previous methods used for evaluating axillary node metastasis, i.e., axillary lymph node dissection and sentinel lymph node biopsy, have directed researchers to investigate new techniques for this purpose. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of axillary ultrasonography in detecting axillary metastasis. Methods: This study was conducted during a 12-month period. The breast cancer cases included in this study were all clinically diagnosed as stages I and II, with no prior treatment to the axillary region by surgery and/or chemo-radiotherapy. Excluded from the study group were patients with palpable axillary lymph nodes, those who had major organ failure or concomitant malignancy. All included patients with non-palpable axillary lymph nodes underwent axillary ultrasound examination. An ultrasound- guided core needle biopsy was performed on patients with suspected metastasis. Results: There were 125 female patients with a mean age of 49.6 years included in this study. From these, 16 (12.8% cases had positive axillary sonographic findings. Pathologic evaluation of tissue specimens (taken by ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy in 10 (62.5% out of 16 patients were positive, and in the patient group of 6 (37.5% cases, studies were negative. Axillary ultrasonography had a sensitivity of 35.7%, specificity of 93.8%, positive predictive value of 62.5%, and negative predictive value of 83.5%. Conclusion: The axillary ultrasonogram is a reliable technique in the determination of axillary nodal metastatic involvement in breast cancer patients. By use of this method a significant amount of complications and costs related to the previous techniques can be avoided.

  5. Evaluating the Value of Augmenting In Vitro Hazard Assessment with Exposure and Pharmacokinetics Considerations for Chemical Prioritization

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    Over time, toxicity-testing paradigms have progressed from low-throughput in vivo animal studies for limited numbers of chemicals to high-throughput (HT) in vitro screening assays for thousands of chemicals. Such HT in vitro methods, along with HT in silico predictions of popula...

  6. Clinical utility of high b-value diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in post-resuscitative encephalopathy

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    It is very important to estimate brain functional capacity immediately after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to determine subsequent treatment strategy and to elucidate the pathophysiology of patients with post-resuscitative encephalopathy. However, computed tomography scanning, electric encephalography and conventional magnetic resonance imaging do not contribute significantly to the assessment of brain functions immediately after CPR. Recently, diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) has been applied to the patients with post-resuscitative encephalopathy. However, no papers have described serial clinical and repeated DW-MRI studies of patients during the acute phase of post-resuscitative encephalopathy. Moreover, in some cases, high signal intensity in the cortex after CPR is indistinguishable from normal cortex. Thus, we tried to apply high b-value DW-MRI to estimate the brain function of patients with post-resuscitative encephalopathy. This study was performed on 11 patients with post-resuscitative encephalopathy and 5 healthy volunteers as controls. DW-MRI was performed using GYROSCAN 1.5 Tesla MR imager (Philips) with single-shot echo-planner imaging sequences performed 3 times, first within 24 hours after CPR, second between day 3 to 6, and third more than 7 days after CPR. And we tested the usefulness of DW-MRI at 800, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000 in b value. Five patients survived, one fully recovered and four remained in a vegetative state. The other six died with clinical brain death. The first DW-MRI revealed in high signal intensity in the frontal and the parietal lobes in all patients who eventually progressed to a vegetative state or brain death. This result was much more wide-spread in the latter patients, while it was never seen in the patients who recovered fully. The high signal intensity areas increased in follow-up DW-MRI studies. The signal intensity remained high in some parts, while it decreased in other parts with

  7. Top Value-Added Chemicals from Biomass - Volume II—Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Biorefinery Lignin

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    Holladay, John E.; White, James F.; Bozell, Joseph J.; Johnson, David

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    This report evaluates lignin’s role as a renewable raw material resource. Opportunities that arise from utilizing lignin fit into one of three categories: 1)power, fuel and syngas (generally near-term opportunities) 2) macromolecules (generally medium-term opportunities) 3) aromatics and miscellaneous monomers (long-term opportunities). Biorefineries will receive and process massive amounts of lignin. For this reason, how lignin can be best used to support the economic health of the biorefinery must be defined. An approach that only considers process heat would be shortsighted. Higher value products present economic opportunities and the potential to significantly increase the amount of liquid transportation fuel available from biomass. In this analysis a list of potential uses of lignin was compiled and sorted into “product types” which are broad classifications (listed above as power—fuel—syngas; macromolecules; and aromatics). In the first “product type” (power—fuel—gasification) lignin is used purely as a carbon source and aggressive means are employed to break down its polymeric structure. In the second “product type” (macromolecules) the opposite extreme is considered and advantage of the macromolecular structure imparted by nature is retained in high-molecular weight applications. The third “product type” (aromatics) lies somewhere between the two extremes and employs technologies that would break up lignin’s macromolecular structure but maintain the aromatic nature of the building block molecules. The individual opportunities were evaluated based on their technical difficulty, market, market risk, building block utility, and whether a pure material or a mixture would be produced. Unlike the “Sugars Top 10” report it was difficult to identify the ten best opportunities, however, the potential opportunities fell nicely into near-, medium- and long-term opportunities. Furthermore, the near-, medium- and long-term opportunities

  8. Exploring green catalysts for production of biofuels and value added chemicals for renewable and sustainable energy future

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    Porous silica have attracted significant attention in the past few decades due to their unique textural properties. They were extensively investigated for applications in catalysis, separation, environmental remediation and drug delivery. We have investigated the porous metal incorporated silica in the synthetic as well as catalytic perspectives. The synthesis of metal incorporated mesoporous silica via co-condensation such as SBA-15, KIT-5 are still challenging as it involves acidic synthetic route. Synthesis in high acidity conditions affects the incorporation of metal in silica due to high dissolution of metal precursors and breaking of metal oxygen and silica bond. The research presented here demonstrates an efficient way to incorporate metals by addition of diammonium hydrogen phosphate along with metal precursor during the synthesis. The incorporation efficiency has increased 2-3 times with this approach. Catalytic studies were performed to support our hypothesis. Such synthesized molybdenum incorporated mesoporous silica were investigated as catalyst for fast pyrolysis. When molydenum incorporated in silica was used as catalyst for fast pyrolysis of pine, it selectively produced furans (furan, methylfuran and dimethylfuran). Furans are considered value-added chemicals and can be used as a blendstock for diesel/jet grade fuel. The catalyst was very stable to harsh pyrolysis conditions and had a longer life before deactivation when compared with traditional zeolites. Further, this catalyst did not produce aromatic hydrocarbons in significant yields unlike zeolites. The origin of the furans was determined to be biopolymer cellulose and the selectivity for furans are attributed to low catalyst acidity. The effect of silica to alumina ratio (SAR) of beta-zeolite was investigated ranging to elucidate the relationship between the of number of acid sites on product speciation and catalyst deactivation on catalysts supplied by Johnson Matthey. The catalyst with low

  9. Biomass valorisation by staged degasification A new pyrolysis-based thermochemical conversion option to produce value-added chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass

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    de Wild, P. J.; den Uil, H.; Reith, J. H.; Kiel, J. H. A.; Heeres, H. J.

    2009-01-01

    Pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass leads to an array Of useful solid, liquid and gaseous products. Staged degasification is a pyrolysis-based conversion route to generate value-added chemicals from biomass. Because of different thermal stabilities of the main biomass constituents hemicellulose. ce

  10. Detection of serum carbaminohemoglobin and glycated hemoglobin contents in diabetic nephropathy patients with hemodialysis and assessment of their clinical value

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    Ming-Ai Song; Lu Wang

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    Objective:To analyze the serum carbaminohemoglobin and glycated hemoglobin contents in diabetic nephropathy patients with hemodialysis as well as their clinical value.Methods:A total of 84 cases of diabetic nephropathy patients who received hemodialysis treatment in our hospital from August 2012 to November 2015 were selected as dialysis group, 76 cases of diabetic nephropathy patients without hemodialysis who received treatment in our hospital during the same period were selected as non-dialysis group, and 88 cases of people without diabetes or renal dysfunction who received physical examination in our hospital during the same period were selected as healthy control group. Serum carbaminohemoglobin and glycated hemoglobin contents as well as serum nutrition, dialysis adequacy and disease severity-related indicators of three groups were detected.Results:Serum CarHb and HbA1c contents of dialysis group were lower than those of non-dialysis group; BSF, TSF, MAMC and AMA values of dialysis group were higher than those of non-dialysis group; serum iPTH,β2-MG, PTX3 and OPN levels of dialysis group were lower than those of non-dialysis group while Kt/V level was higher than that of non-dialysis group; sTfR, IGF-1 and NF-κBp65 values of dialysis group were lower than those of non-dialysis group while APN, Hepcidin and GH values were higher than those of non-dialysis group; serum CarHb and HbA1c levels of dialysis group were positively correlated with iPTH,β2-MG, PTX3, OPN, sTfR, IGF-1 and NF-κBp65, and negatively correlated with BSF, TSF, MAMC, AMA, Kt/V, APN, Hepcidin and GH.Conclusion:Serum carbaminohemoglobin and glycated hemoglobin contents in diabetic nephropathy patients with hemodialysis can be the direct indexes to judge disease severity, dialysis effectiveness, etc, and have positive significance in guiding the treatment of disease.

  11. Clinical value of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy for differentiating recurrent or residual brain tumor from delayed cerebral necrosis

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    Purpose: Delayed cerebral necrosis (DN) is a significant risk for brain tumor patients treated with high-dose irradiation. Although differentiating DN from tumor progression is an important clinical question, the distinction cannot be made reliably by conventional imaging techniques. We undertook a pilot study to assess the ability of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS) to differentiate prospectively between DN or recurrent/residual tumor in a series of children treated for primary brain tumors with high-dose irradiation. Methods and Materials: Twelve children (ages 3-16 years), who had clinical and MR imaging (MRI) changes that suggested a diagnosis of either DN or progressive/recurrent brain tumor, underwent localized 1H MRS prior to planned biopsy, resection, or other confirmatory histological procedure. Prospective 1H MRS interpretations were based on comparison of spectral peak patterns and quantitative peak area values from normalized spectra: a marked depression of the intracellular metabolite peaks from choline, creatine, and N-acetyl compounds was hypothesized to indicate DN, and median-to-high choline with easily visible creatine metabolite peaks was labeled progressive/recurrent tumor. Subsequent histological studies identified the brain lesion as DN or recurrent/residual tumor. Results: The patient series included five cases of DN and seven recurrent/residual tumor cases, based on histology. The MRS criteria prospectively identified five out of seven patients with active tumor, and four out of five patients with histologically proven DN correctly. Discriminant analysis suggested that the primary diagnostic information for differentiating DN from tumor lay in the normalized MRS peak areas for choline and creatine compounds. Conclusions: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy shows promising sensitivity and selectivity for differentiating DN from recurrent/progressive brain tumor. A novel diagnostic index based on peak areas for choline and creatine

  12. Clinical value of detection of malignant ascites and thoracic exudate by means of six tumor-markers

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    Objective: To study the clinical value of six potential tumor markers including serums CA125, CYFRA21-1, CA-50, CA15-3, HCG, β-HCG. These were determined in effusions of malignant ascites and hydrothorax of 170 patients, with cellular examination as control. Methods: Using IRMA. Results: The data of our experiments revealed that of all six tumor-markers, CA125 was the highest in positive rate as well as concordance rate with cytology examination. In or- der CA125, CA-50, CA15-3, CYFRA21-1, β-HCG. It was valuable to point out that the specificity of HCG and β-HCG was very strong and there was no false positivity had yet been found with them. Though their positivity was not so high as that of CA125. Have to higher specificity of detection of malignant ascites by CYFRA21-1. Conclusions: It suggested that + CYFRA21-1 should be the preferred choice in diagnosing malignant hydrothorax next + CA-50,CYFRA21-1 +CA-50; for malignant ascites as well, CA125 + β-HCG determination is just as good, next CA125 + CYFRA21-1. We believe that when a clear diagnosis of a primary focus of cancer is made clinically, or a malignant ascites or thoracic exudate come highly under suspicion, the diagnosis of malignancy of the ascites or thoracic exudate can be established even though the exfoliative cells, provided the detection by tumor-markers, it has got one of the following results: the roles of tumor-markers determination in malignant serous effusions, two of CA125, CYFRA21-1. CA15-3 and CA-50 markers are positive; anyone of the above markers plus HCG or β-HCG positivity; both HCG and β-HCG or CA15-3 are positive. (author)

  13. The value of quantitative gallium-67 single-photon emission tomography in the clinical management of malignant external otitis

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    The objective of this study was to establish whether quantitative gallium-67 single-photon emission tomography (SPET) represents an accurate method for the assessment of infection and, moreover, for the monitoring of therapeutic effect. Eight patients (five males, three females) with the clinical diagnosis of MEO were studied. In three patients antibiotic treatment was prolonged for several weeks because visual analysis of gallium scintigraphy still showed slightly increased uptake in the affected area on the first follow-up scan. In one patient, it was decided to stop antibiotic treatment despite a slight increase in uptake on the second follow-up scan. Lesion to non-lesion (L/NL) ratios obtained from 67Ga SPET images at initial diagnosis and during follow-up were assessed in correlation with clinical and biochemical data and with the results of CT scans. In addition to a raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), all patients showed increased uptake on the affected side, with L/NL ratios ranging from 1.4 to 3.6 at the time of diagnosis. CT scans failed to demonstrate abnormalities in four patients. Including four scans demonstrating slightly increased uptake in the affected area, L/NL ratios after 6-8 weeks of antibiotic treatment were 1.0±0.1. Despite a persistently elevated ESR in the majority of patients, none of them demonstrated local recurrence or complications during follow-up. In all patients, leucocyte count was within the normal range throughout the course. No relation was found between the slightly increased uptake on the follow-up scans and surgical treatment. It is concluded that in addition to the visual analysis of 67Ga SPET imaging, L/NL ratios should be calculated for a more accurate assessment of disease activity in MEO. Despite visually slightly increased uptake, L/NL ratios of 1.0±0.1 during follow-up are highly indicative of complete recovery, regardless of ESR values or leucocytosis. CT scans are of little value for diagnosis or for

  14. Value of STOP-Bang questionnaire in screening patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome in sleep disordered breathing clinic

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    Luo Jinmei; Huang Rong; Zhong Xu; Xiao Yi; Zhou Jiong

    2014-01-01

    Background Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is the most common sleep-disordered breathing and is still underdiagnosed.This study was designed to evaluate the value of the STOP-Bang questionnaire (SBQ) in screening OSAHS in sleep-disordered breathing clinics in order to extend it into the general Chinese population.Methods Two hundred and twelve patients undergoing overnight polysomnography (PSG) in the sleep-disordered breathing clinic of Pecking Union Medical College Hospital between May 2011 and January 2012 were prospectively included and were asked to fill in the SBQ.A score of 3 or more of the SBQ indicated a high risk of OSAHS.We analyzed the sensitivities and specificities of SBQ in screening OSAHS.Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the probabilities of the severity of OSAHS based upon the apnea hypopnea index (AHI).Results The patients at high risk of OSAHS had higher AHI,higher oxygen desaturation index (ODI),lower pulse oxygen saturation (LSpO2) during sleep time and less sleep time in stage N3.SBQ scores were positively correlated with AHI,ODI and the ratio of SpO2 lower than 90%,and negatively correlated with LSpO2 during sleep.The sensitivities of the SBQ with AHI ≥5/h,AHI ≥15/h,AHI ≥30/h as cut-offs were 94.9%,96.5%,and 97.7%,respectively,and the specificities were 50.0%,28.6%,and 17.9%,respectively.The Logistic regression analysis showed the probability of severe OSAHS increased and the probability of normal subjects decreased with increasing SBQ score.Conclusions The STOP-Bang questionnaire has excellent sensitivity in screening OSAHS patients and can predict the severity of OSAHS.More studies will be required to determine the value of SBQ in the general Chinese population.

  15. The value of pre-operative S-100B and SUV in clinically Stage III melanoma patients undergoing therapeutic lymph node dissection

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    Abstract Introduction High preoperative serum S-100B values and Standardized Uptake Values (SUV) of Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in PET for clinically stage III melanoma patients could be indicators of recurrence after surgical treatment. Aim was to assess the correlation and the prognostic value of these markers. Methods All melanoma patients with palpable nodal metastases, without distant metastases, were included from February 2004 to December 2007. ...

  16. Prospective ECG-triggered coronary CT angiography: clinical value of noise-based tube current reduction method with iterative reconstruction.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical value of noise-based tube current reduction method with iterative reconstruction for obtaining consistent image quality with dose optimization in prospective electrocardiogram (ECG-triggered coronary CT angiography (CCTA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective randomized study evaluating 338 patients undergoing CCTA with prospective ECG-triggering. Patients were randomly assigned to fixed tube current with filtered back projection (Group 1, n = 113, noise-based tube current with filtered back projection (Group 2, n = 109 or with iterative reconstruction (Group 3, n = 116. Tube voltage was fixed at 120 kV. Qualitative image quality was rated on a 5-point scale (1 = impaired, to 5 = excellent, with 3-5 defined as diagnostic. Image noise and signal intensity were measured; signal-to-noise ratio was calculated; radiation dose parameters were recorded. Statistical analyses included one-way analysis of variance, chi-square test, Kruskal-Wallis test and multivariable linear regression. RESULTS: Image noise was maintained at the target value of 35HU with small interquartile range for Group 2 (35.00-35.03HU and Group 3 (34.99-35.02HU, while from 28.73 to 37.87HU for Group 1. All images in the three groups were acceptable for diagnosis. A relative 20% and 51% reduction in effective dose for Group 2 (2.9 mSv and Group 3 (1.8 mSv were achieved compared with Group 1 (3.7 mSv. After adjustment for scan characteristics, iterative reconstruction was associated with 26% reduction in effective dose. CONCLUSION: Noise-based tube current reduction method with iterative reconstruction maintains image noise precisely at the desired level and achieves consistent image quality. Meanwhile, effective dose can be reduced by more than 50%.

  17. Clinical-Functional State of Respiratory Organs of Chemical Production Workers

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    Full Text Available The clinical-functional research has allowed to identify the functional state of respiratory organs of production workers. The pathology is formed through stages (healthy –unhealthy individuals.

  18. The Relationship between Clinical and Chemical Hyperandrogenism in 14-18-Years- Old Girls

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    Background: One of the most common endocrine disorders in women's medicine is the increased androgen and the symptoms of increased androgens in women such as polycystic ovary syndrome. The two main components to diagnose this syndrome are menstrual disorder and clinical or laboratory hyperandrogenism, but other causes should be ruled out in order to confirm the diagnosis. This study aims to examine clinical Hyperandrogenism in female students of 14 to 18 years old in Shiraz in 2010.Materials ...

  19. Understanding Patient Values and the Manifestations in Clinical Research with Traditional Chinese Medicine—With Practical Suggestions for Trial Design and Implementation

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    Full Text Available Objective. To define patient values, identify their manifestations in a randomized clinical trial, and investigate the possible implications for clinical research of traditional Chinese medicine. Methods. We categorized patient values manifestations into patient choice, preference, compliance, and patient-reported outcomes and summarized the underlying personal values through purposeful electronic searches for relevant reports. By hypothesizing a set of positive versus negative circumstances occurring in the enrollment, intervention allocation, treatment, and the follow-up stage of a trial, it is possible to discuss the potential implications of patient values manifestation on a trial with traditional Chinese medicine. Results. Patient values and its manifestations are ubiquitous in the process of clinical research with traditional Chinese medicine. These values may provide motivation for participation or engender the internal and external validity of the study. Conclusions. Trialists should attach sufficient importance to the needs and concerns of individual participant. To incorporate patient values into the design and conduct of a clinical study with traditional Chinese medicine, researchers are recommended to adopt participant-friendly design and use patient-reported outcomes, take convenience-for-patients measures, and help foster rational beliefs and behaviors of trial participants.

  20. Chemical Composition, In vivo Digestibility and Metabolizable Energy Values of Caramba (Lolium multiflorum cv. caramba) Fresh, Silage and Hay

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    Özelçam, H.; Kırkpınar, F.; TAN, K

    2015-01-01

    The experiment was conducted to determine nutritive values of caramba (Lolium multiflorum cv. caramba) fresh, silage and hay by in vivo and in vitro methods. There was a statistically significant difference (p0.05). However, the highest MECN (ME was estimated using crude nutrients) and MEADF values were found in fresh caramba (p

  1. The clinical value of early 99Tcm-RBC blood pool imaging in patients with replanted fingers

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    Objective: To study the clinical value of early (99Tcm-RBC blood pool imaging (BPI) in patients with replanted fingers (RF). Methods: Five times of BPI were performed on each of the 30 patients with RF, at 4-8, 8-12, 24, 36 and 48 h after the replantation surgery, and that was one time before and 4 times after the hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment on the patients. The radioactivity uptake of replanted finger/normal finger ratio (T/NT) was analyzed using region of interest analysis. The vascular crisis and prognosis were predicted. 0, I and II groups were classified according to their radionuclide distribution. The change of T/NT was comparatively studied. The vascular crisis and prognosis were predicted. Results: The replanted finger T/NT (0.624 +- 0.310) after 4 times of HBO treatment was significantly higher than before the treatment (0.413 +- 0.274, t = 2.79, P 2 = 28.8, 20.0, P 2 = 11.7, 18.0, P < 0.01), respectively. Conclusions: BPI could play an important role on dynamic evaluating the early therapeutic surveillance, predicting the vascular crisis and prognosis, and selecting the next treatment programme in the patients with RF

  2. The clinical value of glomerular filtration rate with 99Tcm-DTPA on living kidney transplantation donor

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    Objective: To determine the normal reference range of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in different ages with 99Tcm-DTPA renal dynamic imaging on living kidney transplantation donor, and to evaluate the clinical value of GFR in living kidney transplantation. Methods: 99Tcm-DTPA renal dynamic imaging was performed in 300 patients on living kidney transplantation donor. The image was processed according to Gates' method to obtain GFR. The normal reference range of GFR was obtained in different ages and the relationship between GFR and gender, age and body mass index was also analyzed. Results: The left, right and total renal GFR of 300 living kidney transplantation donors were 49.25±10.34 ml/min. 49.27±9.69 ml/min and 98.52±19.03 ml/min, respectively. The GFR in the group of age 4 0 was higher significantly than that of age ≥50 (P 0.05). The study of logistic regression showed that the age was the only important impact factor on GFR. Conclusions: GFR obtained by 99Tcm-DTPA is simple and reliable, which can be used to accurately assess the individual renal filterability and the urinary drainage function, This affords an useful method on screening the living relative kidney transplantation donor. (authors)

  3. Overview of Chronic Oral Toxicity Values for Chemicals Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Flowback and Produced Waters

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    As the use of hydraulic fracturing has increased, concerns have been raised about potential public health effects that may arise if hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals were to impact drinking water resources. This study presents an overview of the chronic oral toxicity values—...

  4. NutriChem: a systems chemical biology resource to explore the medicinal value of plant-based foods

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    Jensen, Kasper; Panagiotou, Gianni; Kouskoumvekaki, Irene

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    , it includes predicted associa-tions for 548 phytochemicals and 252 diseases. Tothe best of our knowledge this database is the onlyresource linking the chemical space of plant-basedfoods with human disease phenotypes and providesa foundation for understanding mechanistically theconsequences of eating behaviors...

  5. Influence of Calcium Hydroxide Chemical, Multi-enzyme and Lactobacillus Biologic Processing on Nutritional Value and Digestibility of Rice Straw by Using Nylon-Bags

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This research has been conducted to survey the influence of chemical (Calcium Hydroxide, enzyme (Multi-enzyme and bacterial (lactobacillus processing on nutritional value and digestibility of rice straw by using nylon-bags and chemical methods. Processing performed for 60 days in anaerobic condition in 3-kg tanks by spraying method in 3 replications. The experiment conducted in complete block design and obtained data were analyzed through SAS and Neway software. After processing period, samples were dried and chemical compounds Crude Protein (CP, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF, Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF, Ether Extract (EE, Ash, Crude Fiber (CF, NFC (Non Fiber Carbohydrate, Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE and Organic Material (OM and in situ (at times 0, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h techniques were conducted using 3 fistulated sheep weighted similar to incubation. All three processing methods decreased cellulose and hemicellulose materials in straw and straw in bacterial processing has the least ADF (51.2% and it has the most amount of ADF in enzyme processing (53.8%, chemical processing (57.9% and control group (58.2%. The same results obtained about NDF in straw so that straw has the least amount NDF in bacterial processing and it has the most amounts respectively in enzyme, chemical and control group processing. Amount of degradability and disappearance of dry matter in in situ technique was more in chemical processing than other processing and it is on an uptrend over passing time of incubation.

  6. In vivo histology: optical biopsies with chemical contrast using clinical multiphoton/coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering tomography

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    The majority of existing coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) imaging systems are still huge and complicated laboratory systems and neither compact nor user-friendly nor mobile medically certified CARS systems. We have developed a new flexible multiphoton/CARS tomograph for imaging in a clinical environment. The system offers exceptional 360° flexibility with a very stable setup and enables label free ‘in vivo histology’ with chemical contrast within seconds. It can be completely operated by briefly trained non-laser experts. The imaging capability and flexibility of the novel in vivo tomograph are shown on optical biopsies with subcellular resolution and chemical contrast of patients suffering from psoriasis and squamous cell carcinoma

  7. Histology in vivo: chemical contrast combined with clinical multimodal multiphoton tomography

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    Weinigel, Martin; Breunig, Hans Georg; Koenig, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    Label-free multiphoton tomography based on two-photon autofluorescence, fluorescence lifetime, and second harmonic generation imaging can be supplemented by coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. We present a compact, mobile and flexible clinical tomograph equipped with a novel detector design with multiple miniaturized detectors for individual acquisition of all four contrast mechanisms. Imaging of endogenous fluorophores, SHG-active collagen as well as nonfluorescent lipids in human skin in vivo is possible with this clinical tomograph paving the way towards in vivo histology.

  8. Chemical stability and in vitro and clinical efficacy of a novel hybrid retinoid derivative, bis-retinamido methylpentane.

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    Kim, Ki Hyun; Lim, Dae Gon; Lim, Jun Yeul; Kim, Nam Ah; Park, So-Hyun; Cho, Jin Hun; Shin, Beom Soo; Jeong, Seong Hoon

    2015-11-10

    The anti-aging agent, retinol, has fewer side effects and similar biological activity compared to retinoic acid. However, retinol becomes unstable when exposed to light and heat. A novel hybrid retinoid derivative, bis-retinamido methylpentane (RS-2A), was newly developed to overcome the limitations. This study evaluated the chemical stability of RS-2A under thermal and light conditions by examining degradation profiles, and assessed the in vitro biological activity, cytotoxicity, and clinical efficacy. Chemical stability and degradation profiles were investigated with HPLC and LC-MS. Especially, photo-stability of RS-2A was analyzed under various conditions, such as change of physical state and concentration, different solvents, and various excipients. For analyses of cellular activity and cytotoxicity, human dermal fibroblasts were cultured with RS-2A. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the compound with the cellular results, RS-2A was applied to women who had moderate to severe wrinkles at the periorbital region. All of the experiments were conducted with retinol as a reference. RS-2A was more stable than retinol to thermal conditions, especially in solution. Both RS-2A and retinol were unstable to light, but RS-2A showed enhanced photo-stability with regard to concentration, more polar solvent, and addition of proper excipients. RS-2A exhibited decreased cytotoxicity and enhanced effects on collagen synthesis compared with retinol. In a clinical study, a 4-week treatment with RS-2A significantly improved the appearance of periorbital wrinkles without any side effects. The results indicate that RS-2A might have potential as an anti-aging agent for cosmeceutical preparations because of its enhanced chemical stability, biological activity, safety, and clinical efficacy. PMID:26325317

  9. Clinical and microbiologic effects of chemical versus mechanical cleansing in professional supportive implant therapy

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    Strooker, H; Rohn, S; Van Winkelhoff, AJ

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    The aim of the present study was to compare the cleansing properties of mechanical supportive care for dental implants with the use of an etching gel. Sixteen patients underwent a 5-month clinical trial with monthly recalls. These patients, wearing maxillary complete dentures and mandibular overdent

  10. The clinical value of SPECT/CT fusion imaging in the diagnosis of bone metastasis of breast cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of SPECT/CT fusion imaging in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis the characteristic of the whole body bone scan radioactive hot lesions in patients with breast cancer. Methods: The abnormal radioactive hot lesions of whole body bone scan in 25 patients with breast cancer underwent SPECT/CT fusion imaging immediately. Another whole body bone scan and SPECT/CT fusion imaging were carried out 4 to 8 months later in all these patients. The whole body bone scan images, SPECT/CT images and fusion images were analyzed independently by two experienced nuclear medicine physicians and some of the equivocal CT images were analyzed by an experienced radiologist. Results: Among all the 37 abnormal radioactive hot bone lesions, 29 (29/37, 78.38%) lesions were confirmed metastatic lesions,including 2 vertebral lesions classified as benign lesions on the basis of the first examinations data; and 8 lesions were benign,including a rib lesion classified as benign lesion according to the first examinations data. The difference between whole body bone scan and SPECT/CT examination was statistically significant (χ2=6.975, P<0.05). The bone metastases are located mainly in spine and ribs. The sensitivity,specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy of whole-body bone scan and SPECT/CT fusion imaging were 82.76%, 75.00%, 92.31%, 54.55%, 81.08% and 93.10%, 87.50%, 96.43%, 77.78%, 91.89%, respectively. The area under the receiver operating characteristics curve was 0.860±0.056 for whole body bone scan and 0.974±0.020 for SPECT/CT. The area under the curve for SPECT/CT was significantly larger compared with the whole body bone scan (χ2=9.924, P<0.001). Conclusions: SPECT/CT fusion imaging is better than whole body bone scan alone to characterize the abnormal bone radioactive hot lesions and it can improve the accuracy of diagnosis. The patients should repeat the modality 4 to 8 months later if necessary. (authors)

  11. Clinical value of mammography, ultrasound and MR imaging during the first year after breast conserving therapy of breast cancer

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    Purpose: To compare the accuracy of lesion detection and characterization and to determine the agreement of observers, methods and timing of mammography (MX), ultrasound (US) and MR imaging (MRI) during the first year after breast conserving therapy: Materials and Methods: The study included 20 patients diagnosed with breast cancer of stages equal or inferior to T2 N1bi M0 after breast conserving therapy and subsequent radiotherapy. Patients with any history of breast diseases in the affected or contralateral breast were excluded. Patients were examined before and at 3, 6 and 12 months after adjuvant radiotherapy with MX, US and dynamic MR mammography. Additional US and MRI were performed 3 months after radiotherapy. All 220 examinations were retrospectively read in a randomized order by two independent readers, blinded for the results of the other examinations. The outcome after 2.5 years of follow-up was used as gold standard. Histological examination was available in one case. Lesion detection and specificity were assessed including kappa values for different reliabilities between observers, timing and methods. The kappa values were used to characterize the degree of agreement as follows: >0.8 very good; 0.6 - 0.8 good; 0.4 - 0.6 fair; 0.2 - 0.4 minimal; and <0.2 negligible. Results: Based on the interpretation of all available findings (clinical examination, MX, US, MRT and histology in one case), 20 patients observed for a mean period of 2.5 years had no evidence of intramammary recurrence. Therefore the sensitivity of the various methods could not be assessed. The reading of certainly no lesion was given by MRI in 43%, by MX in 30% and by US in 5% of all examinations (p<0.05). True negative findings were observed by MRI in 94.4%, by MX in 90.4% and by US in 82.5%. Reliability between observers, timing and imaging methods was 0.496, 0.411, and 0.215 for lesion detection and 0.303, 0.282, and 0.030 for lesion characterization. (orig.)

  12. The NCGC Pharmaceutical Collection: A comprehensive resource of clinically approved drugs enabling repurposing and chemical genomics

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    Huang, Ruili; Southall, Noel; Wang, Yuhong; Yasgar, Adam; Shinn, Paul; Jadhav, Ajit; Nguyen, Dac-Trung; Austin, Christopher P.

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    Small-molecule compounds approved for use as drugs may be “repurposed” for new indications and studied to determine the mechanisms of their beneficial and adverse effects. A comprehensive collection of all small-molecule drugs approved for human use would be invaluable for systematic repurposing across human diseases, particularly for rare and neglected diseases, for which the cost and time required for development of a new chemical entity are often prohibitive. Previous efforts to build such...

  13. The study on the potential clinical value of sentinel lymphoscintigraphy in the radiation target volume design of internal mammary nodes

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    Objective: We explored the potential clinical value of SPECT sentinel lymphoscintigraphy combined with a positional CT in defining the radiation target volume of internal mammary lymph nodes (IMN). Methods: (1) Forty breast cancer patients were enrolled, using 99Tcm-sulfur colloid (SC) as radiotracer and GE Millennium VG Hawkeye as imaging instrument. The depth ( distance from center of IMN to the surface of pectoralis major) and width (distance between the center of IMN and mid-sternal line) of each IMN were measured in the Hawkeye fusion images. (2) Hawkeye CT and diagnostic enhanced CT images of the same patients were analyzed, with the same reference points selected and their depths and widths measured. The location accuracy by the positional CT was evaluated. (3) Hawkeye positional CT and diagnostic CT scan were performed respectively using the CT quality control model attached to Hawkeye. The distances between the center of spheres on the Hawkeye CT and diagnostic CT images were measured, and then the data were compared and the model location accuracy of Hawkeye evaluated. Statistical comparison for the depth and the width between left and right IMN were performed with the t-test. Result: (1) Seventy IMN in 40 patients were studied. The depth was 1.10-3.99 cm with an average of 2.15 cm. The width was 1.52-6.59 cm with an average of 4.37 cm. The difference of depth between left and right IMN was not statistically significant (t= 1.1, P= 0.275), neither was the width (t=0.8, P=0.408). Only 11.4% (8/70) of the IMN and 10.0% (4/40) of the patients could fit the routine field. (2) CT position system of Hawkeye for localization of IMN was similar to that of diagnostic CT. Conclusion: IMN lymphoscintigraphy using Hawkeye CT positional system may be helpful for defining individual IMN radiation target volume. (authors)

  14. Chemical Composition, In vivo Digestibility and Metabolizable Energy Values of Caramba (Lolium multiflorum cv. caramba) Fresh, Silage and Hay.

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    Özelçam, H; Kırkpınar, F; Tan, K

    2015-10-01

    The experiment was conducted to determine nutritive values of caramba (Lolium multiflorum cv. caramba) fresh, silage and hay by in vivo and in vitro methods. There was a statistically significant difference (psilage (8.91%) and hay (6.35%). According to results of experiment, the crude fiber, neutral detergent fiber, acid detergent fiber (ADF), acid detergent lignin contents of the three forms of caramba varied between 30.22% to 35.06%, 57.41% to 63.70%, 35.32% to 43.29%, and 5.55% to 8.86% respectively. There were no significant differences between the three forms of caramba in digestibility of nutrients and in vivo metabolizable energy (ME) values (p>0.05). However, the highest MECN (ME was estimated using crude nutrients) and MEADF values were found in fresh caramba (psilage or hay is a good alternative source of forage for ruminants. PMID:26323399

  15. Clinical significance and prognostic value of low molecular weight 'tubular' protein apha-1-acid glycoprotein in diabetes

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    Tubular damage as suggested by tubular proteinuria is a recognized feature of glomerulonephritis in diabetics. Study endeavoured to find out the level of alpha- 1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) in urine of diabetic patient and tired to correlate the functional outcome of AGP with the patterns of proteinuria. Fifty registered Type II diabetic patients were studied. Patients were divided on the basis of age into group A (41-60 yrs) and group B (>60 yrs) admitted in medical and visited the out door department of Sir Ganga Ram Hospitals, Lahore were included in the study. Duration of study was period of one year (from Jan 2005 to Jan 2006). Twenty normal subjects with no history of diabetes were taken as controls. Main Outcome Measures: Blood and urine samples of patients were collected and estimated the pH, specific gravity and protein level by strip and chemical method. Level of urinary AGP was found by using the technique of SDS gel electrophoresis. Level of blood glucose was estimated by auto analyzer. Comparison of biochemical and other parameters in different age group of diabetics with normal subjects was carried out. Mean age of group A was 50 yrs and of group B was 65.80 yrs. The pH of urine was low in both groups as compared to normal subjects. A slight change in the specific gravity of urine was observed in group B and normal subjects while specific gravity of urine of group A was similar to normal control. Although the level of urinary protein of group A and B was greater than normal subjects but this shows no significant difference. Average raw volume of AGP was markedly increased in both groups A and B as compared to normal subjects. Level of blood sugar was significantly increased in group B as compared to group A. The best predictive value for either CRF outcome or for response to therapy was provided by the level of AGP. By screening this marker protein we may able to prevent or delay the progression of the disease. (author)

  16. The effect of terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus L.) coffee addition on the chemical and physical characteristics, colour values, organic acid profiles, mineral compositions and sensory properties of ice creams.

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    Yüksel, Arzu Kavaz; Şat, Ihsan Güngör; Yüksel, Mehmet

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus L.) coffee addition (0.5, 1 and 2 %) on the chemical and physical properties, colour values, organic acid profiles, mineral contents and sensory characteristics of ice creams. The total solids, fat, titratable acidity, viscosity, first dripping time and complete melting time values, a (*) and b (*) colour properties, citric, lactic, acetic and butyric acid levels and Ca, Cu, Mg, Fe, K, Zn and Na concentrations of ice creams showed an increase with the increment of terebinth coffee amount, while protein, pH, L (*), propionic acid and orotic acid values decreased. However, Al and malic acid were not detected in any of the samples. The overall acceptability scores of the sensory properties showed that the addition of 1 % terebinth coffee to the ice cream was more appreciated by the panellists. PMID:26604374

  17. Use of CT Angiography in a Country with Low Pulmonary Embolism Prevalence: Correlation with Clinical Pretest Probability and D-dimer Values

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    Lee, Gee Won; Jeong, Yeon Joo; Kim, Chang Won [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institutute, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Chun, Sung Won; Kim, Yeong Dae [Dept. of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institutute, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kun Il [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institutute, Yangsan (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jong Woon [Dept. of Radiology, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University School of Medicine, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

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    To assess the use of CT angiography (CTA) in the diagnostic evaluation of pulmonary thromboembolism (PE) in a country with low PE prevalence and correlate the diagnostic performance of CTA with the clinical pretest probability and D-dimer values. The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. The observers reviewed all 660 CTAs and calculated the PE clot burden scores. The pretest probability of PE according to the Wells criteria and D-dimer values were calculated (clinical data were available for 371 of the 660 patients). We correlated the PE positivity rates of CTA and a PE clot burden score with the D-dimer values and pretest probability using Pearson's correlation coefficient. Of the 371 patients whose clinical data were available, 122 (32.8%) had PEs. None of the patients with both a normal D-dimer value and a low clinical probability had a PE. PE positivity rates of CTA were correlated with clinical pretest probability (r = 0.164, p = 0.002) and D-dimer values (r = 0.361, p < 0.001). PE clot burden scores were correlated with D-dimer values (r = 0.296, p < 0.001). Although PE positivity rates of CTA in a country with low prevalence were higher than those in a country with a higher prevalence, approximately 30% of the yield still represents an overuse of CTA. CTA should be performed after the pretest probability has been assigned and if the result of a D-dimer assay is abnormal.

  18. The clinical value and pitfalls of 18F-fluoroethylcholine PET/CT imaging in the diagnosis of prostate cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of 18F-fluoroethylcholine (FECH) PET/CT imaging in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and to investigate its physiological or non-cancerous uptake. Methods: The subjects consisted of 30 patients (age ranged from 56 to 83 years, mean age 61 years) with pathologically confirmed prostate cancer, in whom 18F-FECH and 18F-FDG PET/CT scans were undertaken from October 2009 to December 2011. The sensitivity and accuracy of the two tracers in detecting prostate cancer were compared.SUVmax was obtained for quantitative analysis. χ2 test and t test were used for statistic analysis. Results: Of the 30 patients, 41 lesions presented high uptake in prostate region. The sensitivity and accuracy for diagnosing prostate cancer with 18F-FECH PET/CT were 87.9% (29/33) and 82.9%(34/41), respectively, while the sensitivity and accuracy with 18F-FDG PET/CT were 36.4% (12/33) and 36.6% (15/41), respectively. There were significant differences in sensitivity and accuracy between the two methods (χ2=8.1 and 11.1, both P<0.05). Physiological uptake appeared in the liver, pancreas, spleen, salivary gland, and also, owing to renal excretion,in the urinary tract. The SUVmax in liver and pancreas were 10.1 ± 1.6 and 6.1 ± 1.1, respectively. The SUVmax was 6.0 ± 2.2 in prostate cancer, while it was 2.6 ± 1.3 in benign lesions (t=2.9, P<0.05). Other abnormalities that were not related to prostate cancer were detected in 10 patients. Of these 10 patients, there were 6 with inflammation, 1 with lymphoma, 1 with tuberculosis, 1 with lung cancer and 1 with germinoma in pineal body. Conclusions: 18F-FECH PET/CT is promising for diagnosis of prostate cancer.Understanding the biodistribution and pitfalls of 18F-FECH is very important for image interpretation. (authors)

  19. Helical CT evaluation of the chemical composition of urinary tract calculi with a discriminant analysis of CT-attenuation values and density

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    Bellin, Marie-France; Meric, Jean-Baptiste [AP-HP, Department of Radiology, Hopital Paul-Brousse, Villejuif Cedex (France); Renard-Penna, Raphaelle; Grenier, Philippe [AP-HP, Department of Radiology, Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris Cedex 13 (France); Conort, Pierre; Richard, Francois [AP-HP, Department of Urology, Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris Cedex 13 (France); Bissery, Anne; Mallet, Alain [AP-HP, Department of Biostatistics, Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris Cedex 13 (France); Daudon, Michel [AP-HP, Department of Biochemistry, Hopital Necker, Paris Cedex 15 (France)

    2004-11-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of helical CT using a combination of CT-attenuation values and visual assessment of stone density as well as discriminant linear analysis to predict the chemical composition of urinary calculi. One hundred human urinary calculi were obtained from a stone-analysis laboratory and placed in 20 excised pig kidneys. They were scanned at 80, 120 and 140 kV with 3-mm collimation. Average, highest and lowest CT-attenuation values and CT variability were recorded. The internal calculus structure was assessed using a wide window setting, and visual assessment of stone density was recorded. A stepwise discriminant linear analysis was performed. The following three variables were discriminant: highest CT-attenuation value, visual density, and highest CT-attenuation value/area ratio, all at 80 kV. The probability of correctly classifying stone composition with these three variables was 0.64, ranging from 0.54 for mixed calculi to 0.69 for pure calculi. The probabilities of correctly classifying calculus composition were: 0.91 for calcium oxalate monohydrate and brushite, 0.89 for cystine, 0.85 for uric acid, 0.11 for calcium oxalate dihydrate, 0.10 for hydroxyapatite, and 0.07 for struvite calculi. When the first two ranks of highest probability for the accurate classification of each calculus type were taken into account, 81% of the calculi were correctly classified. Assessment at 80 kV of the highest CT-attenuation value, visual density and the highest CT-attenuation value/area ratio accurately predicts the chemical composition of 64-81% of urinary calculi. When the first two ranks of highest probability for the accurate classification of each calculus type were taken into account, all cystine, calcium oxalate monohydrate and brushite calculi were correctly classified. (orig.)

  20. Chemical Composition and Medicinal Value of the New Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae CBS-120304 Medicinal Higher Basidiomycete Mushroom.

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    Chan, Jannie Siew Lee; Asatiani, Mikheil D; Sharvit, Lital E; Trabelcy, Beny; Barseghyan, Gayane S; Wasser, Solomon P

    2015-01-01

    In this research, the chemical composition and anticancer and antioxidant activity of the new medicinal mushroom Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae CBS-120304 were evaluated. The chemical composition assay includes amounts of total carbohydrates and proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, micro- and macroelements, and vitamins. The investigated medicinal mushroom seemed to be a rich source of nutritional components. Mycelium accumulated more than 2-fold more total protein compared with the fruiting body and reached 37% and 16% of dry weight, respectively. Carbohydrate content in the fruiting body seemed to be conspicuously higher than in the mycelium (50% of dry weight) and reached 80% of dry weight. Quantification of the identified fatty acids indicated that, in general, palmitic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid were the major fatty acids. Toxic elements, such as silver, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, were found only in trace amounts in mycelium and were not detected in the fruiting body. Furthermore, the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl free radical scavenging assay was used to evaluate antioxidant activity. The highest radical scavenging activity was 9.0 mg/mL (65.9%) by ethanol extract. In addition, mycelial extracts were tested to inhibit MCF7 breast cancer cells. Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae ethyl acetate extract (GTEAE) extract showed high potential by inhibiting reporter activity by more than 70%. Results demonstrated that GTEAE had a strong effect on inhibitory protein κΒα level in the higher concentration used (200 gg/mL), which could be compared with the effect of parthenolide. Furthermore, GTEAE demonstrated strong inhibition of IκΒα phosphorylation. PMID:26559860

  1. Clinical value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in differentiation between benign lesions and lung cancer for large shadows in patients with pneumoconiosis

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    王艳丽

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical value ofF-FDG PET/CT in the differentiation between benign lesions and lung cancer for large shadows in patients with pneumoconiosis.Methods A retrospective study was conducted in21 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of pneumoconiosis who had a total of 37 large shadows in the lung fields as

  2. Clinical, morphologic, and chemical studies on copper toxicosis of Bedlington Terriers.

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    Twedt, D C; Sternlieb, I; Gilbertson, S R

    1979-08-01

    In a study of 90 Bedlington Terriers, 68 had a defect that resulted in the accumulation of toxic excesses of copper in the liver. Concentrations of copper were 5 to 50 times that of clinically normal mongrel dogs. The bulk of this excess copper was sequestered in lysosomes. When copper concentrations exceeded 2,000 micrograms/g dry liver, progressive signs of functional and morphologic disturbance appeared as focal hepatitis, chronic active hepatitis, and ultimately cirrhosis. The disorder, which appears to be inherited, could only be diagnosed by liver biopsy. It was latent for many years in some dogs but led early in life to acute or chronic hepatic disease and death in others. PMID:500453

  3. Analysis of determination modalities concerning the exposure and emission limits values of chemical and radioactive substances; Analyse des modalites de fixation des valeurs limites d'exposition et d'emission pour les substances chimiques et radioactives

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    Schieber, C.; Schneider, T

    2002-08-01

    This document presents the generic approach adopted by various organizations for the determination of the public exposure limits values to chemical and radioactive substances and for the determination of limits values of chemical products emissions by some installations. (A.L.B.)

  4. DianaHealth.com, an On-Line Database Containing Appraisals of the Clinical Value and Appropriateness of Healthcare Interventions: Database Development and Retrospective Analysis

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    Bonfill, Xavier; Osorio, Dimelza; Solà, Ivan; Pijoan, Jose Ignacio; Balasso, Valentina; Quintana, Maria Jesús; Puig, Teresa; Bolibar, Ignasi; Urrútia, Gerard; Zamora, Javier; Emparanza, José Ignacio; Gómez de la Cámara, Agustín; Ferreira-González, Ignacio

    2016-01-01

    Objective To describe the development of a novel on-line database aimed to serve as a source of information concerning healthcare interventions appraised for their clinical value and appropriateness by several initiatives worldwide, and to present a retrospective analysis of the appraisals already included in the database. Methods and Findings Database development and a retrospective analysis. The database DianaHealth.com is already on-line and it is regularly updated, independent, open access and available in English and Spanish. Initiatives are identified in medical news, in article references, and by contacting experts in the field. We include appraisals in the form of clinical recommendations, expert analyses, conclusions from systematic reviews, and original research that label any health care intervention as low-value or inappropriate. We obtain the information necessary to classify the appraisals according to type of intervention, specialties involved, publication year, authoring initiative, and key words. The database is accessible through a search engine which retrieves a list of appraisals and a link to the website where they were published. DianaHealth.com also provides a brief description of the initiatives and a section where users can report new appraisals or suggest new initiatives. From January 2014 to July 2015, the on-line database included 2940 appraisals from 22 initiatives: eleven campaigns gathering clinical recommendations from scientific societies, five sets of conclusions from literature review, three sets of recommendations from guidelines, two collections of articles on low clinical value in medical journals, and an initiative of our own. Conclusions We have developed an open access on-line database of appraisals about healthcare interventions considered of low clinical value or inappropriate. DianaHealth.com could help physicians and other stakeholders make better decisions concerning patient care and healthcare systems sustainability

  5. Internal Medicine Residents’ Perceptions of Team-Based Care and its Educational Value in the Continuity Clinic: A Qualitative Study

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    Soones, TN; O Brien, BC; Julian, KA

    2015-01-01

    © 2015, Society of General Internal Medicine. BACKGROUND : In order to teach residents how to work in interprofessional teams, educators in graduate medical education are implementing team-based care models in resident continuity clinics. However, little is known about the impact of interprofessional teams on residents’ education in the ambulatory setting. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors affecting residents’ experience of team-based care within continuity clinics and the impact of these teams ...

  6. Long-term storage effect on chemical composition, nutritional value and quality of Greek onion landrace "Vatikiotiko".

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    Petropoulos, S A; Ntatsi, G; Fernandes, Â; Barros, L; Barreira, J C M; Ferreira, I C F R; Antoniadis, V

    2016-06-15

    The effect of storage at two temperatures (5±1 and 25±1 °C and 60-70±5% RH for both temperatures) on marketability and quality features of dry bulbs of local landrace "Vatikiotiko", "Sivan F1", "Red Cross F1" and "Creamgold" was examined. During storage measurements for fresh and dry weight of bulbs, tunic and flesh color, bulb firmness, nutritional value and mineral composition were taken at regular intervals. Storage concluded when either bulbs lost marketable quality or sprouting occurred. "Vatikiotiko" onion can be stored for at least 7months at 25±1 °C, whereas at 5±1 °C storage could be prolonged without significant marketability and quality loss. The fact that "Vatikiotiko" landrace can be considered a "storage" onion has to be capitalized in order to increase total production and yield, since storage could cover the market needs that arise throughout the year. PMID:26868562

  7. Clinical risk stratification optimizes value of biomarkers to predict new-onset heart failure in a community-based cohort

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    Brouwers, Frank P; van Gilst, Wiek H; Damman, Kevin; van den Berg, Maarten P; Gansevoort, Ron T; Bakker, Stephan J L; Hillege, Hans L; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J; van der Harst, Pim; de Boer, Rudolf A

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We aim to identify and quantify the value of biomarkers for incident new-onset heart failure (HF) in a community-based cohort and subgroups based on cardiovascular risk and evaluate the prognostic value of 13 biomarkers for HF with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. METHODS AND RES

  8. Clinical Risk Stratification Optimizes Value of Biomarkers to Predict New-Onset Heart Failure in a Community-Based Cohort

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    Brouwers, Frank P.; van Gilst, Wiek H.; Damman, Kevin; van den Berg, Maarten P.; Gansevoort, Ron T.; Bakker, Stephan J. L.; Hillege, Hans L.; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; van der Harst, Pim; de Boer, Rudolf A.

    2014-01-01

    Background-We aim to identify and quantify the value of biomarkers for incident new-onset heart failure (HF) in a community-based cohort and subgroups based on cardiovascular risk and evaluate the prognostic value of 13 biomarkers for HF with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. Methods and Resu

  9. Notes on the effect of microwave therapy on some clinical chemical parameters used for degree of radiation damage assessment

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    The study covers 33 patients undergoing high-frequency physical therapy where four clinical chemical parameters, namely alkaline phosphatase activity, sialic acid, cholesterol and triglycerides are evaluated before and after the procedure. Alkaline phosphatase and sialic acid make a part of a specialized diagnostic complex for dose determination in case of eventual exposure to ionizing radiation. In the early post-gamma-irradiation period, the listed indicators are subject to dose-dependent, statistically changes. As shown by the results none of the four parameters being examined is altered after physical therapy. The inference is drawn that alkaline phosphatase and sialic acid may be successfully used for dose determination in ionizing radiation conditions also when the patients are subjected to the effect of high-frequency physical therapy. The obtained results have important scientific and practical implications (author)

  10. Chemical composition and biological value of spray dried porcine blood by-products and bone protein hydrolysate for young chickens.

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    Jamroz, D; Wiliczkiewicz, A; Orda, J; Skorupińska, J; Słupczyńska, M; Kuryszko, J

    2011-10-01

    The chemical composition of spray dried porcine blood by-products is characterised by wide variation in crude protein contents. In spray dried porcine blood plasma (SDBP) it varied between 670-780 g/kg, in spray dried blood cells (SDBC) between 830-930 g/kg, and in bone protein hydrolysate (BPH) in a range of 740-780 g/kg. Compared with fish meal, these feeds are poor in Met and Lys. Moreover, in BPH deep deficits of Met, Cys, Thr and other amino acids were found. The experiment comprised 7 dietary treatments: SDBP, SDBC, and BPH, each at an inclusion rate of 20 or 40 g/kg diet, plus a control. The addition of 20 or 40 g/kg of the analysed meals into feeds for very young chickens (1-28 d post hatch) significantly decreased the body weight (BW) of birds. Only the treatments with 40 g/kg of SDBP and SDBC showed no significant difference in BW as compared with the control. There were no significant differences between treatments and type of meal for feed intake, haematocrit and haemoglobin concentrations in blood. Addition of bone protein and blood cell meals to feed decreased the IgG concentration in blood and caused shortening of the femur and tibia bones. However, changes in the mineral composition of bones were not significantly affected by the type of meal used. The blood by-products, which are rich in microelements, improved retention of Ca and Cu only. In comparison to control chickens, significantly better accretion of these minerals was found in treatments containing 20 g/kg of SDBP or 40 g/kg of SDBC. Great variability in apparent ileal amino acid digestibility in chickens was determined. In this respect, some significant differences related to the type of meal fed were confirmed for Asp, Pro, Val, Tyr and His. In general, the apparent ileal digestibility of amino acids was about 2-3 percentage units better in chickens fed on diets containing the animal by products than in control birds. PMID:22029787

  11. Chemical Composition of Date-Pits and Its Potential for Developing Value-Added Product - a Review

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    Hossain Mohammad Zakir

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Moisture, protein, oil and carbohydrate contents of date-pits varied from 3.1-12.5, 2.3-6.9, 5.0-12.5 and 70.9-86.9 g/100 g date-pits, respectively. BET-monolayer (i.e. strongly bound moisture content, solids-melting peak (at moisture: 6.7 g/100 g date-pits, and melting point of oil were 4.3 g/100 g dry-solids, 106oC, and 1.8oC, respectively. The major fatty acids were lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids and polyphenol content varied from 21.0-62.0 mg/g date-pits depending on the varieties, types of solvent and temperature used for extraction. Date-pits showed effectives in animal and poultry feeds and it could be used as value added products, such as: dietary fibres, functional polysaccharides, caffeine-free drinks (similar to coffee, oil (biofuel or cooking oil, and other functional or medicinal products. Date-pits powder and activated carbon from date–pits showed effective in purifying water by removing different types of pollutants, such as heavy metals, boron, dyes, phenolic compounds, and pesticides. Date-pits also showed effective to be used as ingredient for composed, biomass, and fermentation processes.

  12. The value of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test in predicting pre-clinical performance: a prospective cohort study at Nottingham Medical School

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    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) was introduced in 2006 as an additional tool for the selection of medical students. It tests mental ability in four distinct domains (Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Analysis), and the results are available to students and admissions panels in advance of the selection process. As yet the predictive validity of the test against course performance is largely unknown. The study objective was to d...

  13. Influence of the physico-chemical properties of Selangor soil series on the distribution coefficient (Kd-value) of 226Ra

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    226Ra is a member of the 238U natural decay series and is one of the most important isotope to be determined among the naturally occurring nuclides in environmental samples. In order to evaluate the radiation dose from 226Ra, it is important to know its mobility in different types of soils. The aim of the present study is to quantify the influence of physico-chemical soil properties on 226Ra adsorption. The distribution coefficients (Kd-value) of 226Ra in Selangor soil series samples were measured in one core, at three depth levels to evaluate the adsorbability of 226Ra. The soil samples were spiked with 226Ra tracer and the activities of 226Ra in the separated phase from batch sorption test were measured by a low background but high efficiency well-type HPGe detector. Several physico-chemical soil properties were also characterised for each soil samples. Pearson's correlation and stepwise multiple regression test were applied at the 0.05 level of significance throughout all analysis to determine the relationships and influences between distribution coefficients (Kd-value) of 226Ra with physicochemical soil properties for the Selangor soil series. The observed Kd value was in the range of 50.55-172.28 mL g-1 (mean: 93.20 ± 46.99 mL g-1). The regression showed that the highest positive correlations were observed for organic matter (OM) and cation exchange capacity (CEC) (r 0.96**, 0.81**, respectively) with Kd-values. The results indicate that the stepwise multiple regression model incorporating the soil's OM and CEC accounts for 98% of the variability in distribution coefficients of 226Ra. (author)

  14. A review of the empirical evidence of the value of structuring and coding of clinical information within electronic health records for direct patient care

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    Dipak Kalra

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Background The case has historically been presented that structured and/or coded electronic health records (EHRs benefit direct patient care, but the evidence base for this is not well documented.Methods We searched for evidence of direct patient care value from the use of structured and/or coded information within EHRs. We interrogated nine international databases from 1990 to 2011. Value was defined using the Institute of Medicine’s six areas for improvement for healthcare systems: effectiveness, safety, patient-centredness, timeliness, efficiency and equitability. We included studies satisfying the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC group criteria.Results Of 5016 potentially eligible papers, 13 studies satisfied our criteria: 10 focused on effectiveness, with eight demonstrating potential for improved proxy and actual clinical outcomes if a structured and/or coded EHR was combined with alerting or advisory systems in a focused clinical domain. Three studies demonstrated improvement in safety outcomes. No studies were found reporting value in relation to patient-centredness, timeliness, efficiency or equitability.Conclusions We conclude that, to date, there has been patchy effort to investigate empirically the value from structuring and coding EHRs for direct patient care. Future investments in structuring and coding of EHRs should be informed by robust evidence as to the clinical scenarios in which patient care benefits may be realised.

  15. The risk factors for abnormal ankle-brachial index in type 2 diabetic patients and clinical predictive value for diabetic foot

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    张净

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the prevalence of diabetic foot (DF) and the normal,high and low ankle brachial index (ABI) in type 2 diabetic patients and explore the risk factor for abnormal ABI and the clinical predictive value for DF.Methods A total of 2 681 type 2 diabetic patients who visited our hospital between January,2007and December,2009 were enrolled in the study.The clinical data were analyzed and the risk factors for abnormal ABI were determined by logistic regression analysis.Results ABI was normal (0.9-<1.3) in 2 362 cases

  16. Functional roles and clinical values of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-5 in different types of cancers

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    G(o)k(c)e Güllü; Sevgi Karabulut; Mustafa Akkiprik

    2012-01-01

    Insulin-like growth factor-binding proteins (IGFBPs) are critical regulators of the mitogenic activity of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs).IGFBP5,one of these IGFBPs,has special structural features,including a nuclear transport domain,heparin-binding motif,and IGF/extracellular matrix/acid-labile subunit-binding sites.Furthermore,IGFBP5 has several functional effects on carcinogenesis and even normal cell processes,such as cell growth,death,motility,and tissue remodeling.These biological effects are sometimes related with IGF (IGF-dependent effects) and sometimes not (IGF-independent effects).The functional role of IGFBP5 is most likely determined in a cell-type and tissue-type specific manner but also depends on cell context,especially in terms of the diversity of interacting proteins and the potential for nuclear localization.Clinical findings show that IGFBP5 has the potential to be a useful clinical biomarker for predicting response to therapy and clinical outcome of cancer patients.In this review,we summarize the functional diversity and clinical importance of IGFBP5 in different types of cancers.

  17. Value of internal limiting membrane peeling in surgery for idiopathic macular hole stage 2 and 3: a randomised clinical trial

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    Christensen, U C; Krøyer, K; Sander, B;

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To determine the effect of internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling on anatomical and functional success rates in stage 2 and 3 idiopathic macular hole surgery (MHS). METHODS: Randomised clinical trial of stage 2 and 3 idiopathic macular hole without visible epiretinal fibrosis and with less...

  18. Postoperative myocardial infarction and cardiac death. Predictive value of dipyridamole-thallium imaging and five clinical scoring systems based on multifactorial analysis

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    Lette, J.; Waters, D.; Lassonde, J.; Dube, S.; Heyen, F.; Picard, M.; Morin, M. (Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal (Canada))

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    Sixty-six patients unable to complete a standard preoperative exercise test because of physical limitations were studied to determine the predictive value of individual clinical parameters, of clinical scoring systems based on multifactorial analysis, and of dipyridamole-thallium imaging before major general and vascular surgery. Study endpoints were limited to postoperative myocardial infarction or cardiac death before hospital discharge. There were nine postoperative cardiac events (seven deaths and two nonfatal infarctions). There was no statistical correlation between cardiac events and preoperative clinical descriptors, including individual clinical parameters, the Dripps-American Surgical Association score, the Goldman Cardiac Risk Index score, the Detsky Modified Cardiac Risk Index score, Eagle's clinical markers of low surgical risk, and the probability of postoperative events as determined by Cooperman's equation. There were no cardiac events in 30 patients with normal dipyridamole-thallium scans or in nine patients with fixed myocardial perfusion defects. Of 21 patients with reversible perfusion defects who underwent surgery, nine had a postoperative cardiac event (sensitivity, 100%; specificity, 43%). In the six other patients with reversible defects, preoperative angiography showed severe coronary disease or cardiomyopathy. Thus in patients unable to complete a standard exercise stress test, postoperative outcome cannot be predicted clinically before major general and vascular surgery, whereas dipyridamole-thallium imaging successfully identified all patients who sustained a postoperative cardiac event.

  19. Postoperative myocardial infarction and cardiac death. Predictive value of dipyridamole-thallium imaging and five clinical scoring systems based on multifactorial analysis

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    Sixty-six patients unable to complete a standard preoperative exercise test because of physical limitations were studied to determine the predictive value of individual clinical parameters, of clinical scoring systems based on multifactorial analysis, and of dipyridamole-thallium imaging before major general and vascular surgery. Study endpoints were limited to postoperative myocardial infarction or cardiac death before hospital discharge. There were nine postoperative cardiac events (seven deaths and two nonfatal infarctions). There was no statistical correlation between cardiac events and preoperative clinical descriptors, including individual clinical parameters, the Dripps-American Surgical Association score, the Goldman Cardiac Risk Index score, the Detsky Modified Cardiac Risk Index score, Eagle's clinical markers of low surgical risk, and the probability of postoperative events as determined by Cooperman's equation. There were no cardiac events in 30 patients with normal dipyridamole-thallium scans or in nine patients with fixed myocardial perfusion defects. Of 21 patients with reversible perfusion defects who underwent surgery, nine had a postoperative cardiac event (sensitivity, 100%; specificity, 43%). In the six other patients with reversible defects, preoperative angiography showed severe coronary disease or cardiomyopathy. Thus in patients unable to complete a standard exercise stress test, postoperative outcome cannot be predicted clinically before major general and vascular surgery, whereas dipyridamole-thallium imaging successfully identified all patients who sustained a postoperative cardiac event

  20. Objective malignancy grading of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. Stereologic estimates of mean nuclear size are of prognostic value, independent of clinical stage of disease

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    Ladekarl, M; Bæk-Hansen, T; Henrik-Nielsen, R;

    1995-01-01

    mean nuclear volume were found to be parameters of significant, independent prognostic value. CONCLUSIONS: The present feasibility study indicates that estimates of the mean nuclear volume are of prognostic value, independent of the clinical stage of disease. This quantitative histopathologic variable...... projection microscope and a simple test system in fields of vision systematically selected from the whole tumor area of one routine section, five quantitative histopathologic variables were estimated: the mean nuclear volume, the mean nuclear profile area, the density of nuclear profiles, the volume fraction...

  1. A prospective, clinical study on asymptomatic sensitisation and development of allergic rhinitis: high negative predictive value of allergological testing

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    Bodtger, Uffe; Assing, Kristian; Poulsen, Lars K

    2011-01-01

    Background: Asymptomatic aeroallergen sensitisation affects approximately 10% of Western adolescents and is an established risk factor for the development of respiratory allergy. The reported incidence is 2-20% annually. Previous studies are based on out-seasonal symptom recollection or selected...... asymptomatic. However, the positive predictive values were low (14-27%) in contrast to the negative predictive values (95-100%). Conclusion: In a well-characterised young population, asymptomatic aeroallergen sensitisation conferred a low risk for onset of symptoms during the 2-year follow-up. Persistent...

  2. The added value of the 90-day repeated dose oral toxicity test for industrial chemicals with a low (sub)acute toxicity profile in a high quality dataset.

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    Taylor, Katy; Andrew, David J; Rego, Laura

    2014-08-01

    A survey conducted on the EU Notification of New Substances (NONS) database suggested that for industrial chemicals with a profile of low toxicity in (sub)acute toxicity tests there is little added value to the conduct of the 90-day repeated dose study. Avoiding unnecessary animal testing is a central aim of the EU REACH chemicals legislation; therefore we sought to verify the profile using additional data. The OECD's eChemPortal was searched for substances that had both a 28-day and a 90-day study and their robust study summaries were then examined from the ECHA CHEM database. Out of 182 substances with high quality 28-day and 90-day study results, only 18 reported no toxicity of any kind in the (sub)acute tests. However, for 16 of these there were also no reported signs of toxicity at or close to the limit dose (1000mg/kgbw/d) in the 90-day study. Restricting the 'low (sub)acute toxicity in a high quality dataset' profile to general industrial chemicals of no known biological activity, whilst allowing irritant substances, increases the data set and improves the prediction to 95% (20 substances out of 21 substances). The low toxicity profile appears to be of low prevalence within industrial chemicals (10-15%), nevertheless, avoidance of the conduct of a redundant 90-day study for this proportion of the remaining REACH phase-in substances would avoid the use of nearly 50,000 animals and save industry 50million Euros, with no impact on the assessment of human health. PMID:24768988

  3. Evaluating the value of a web-based natural medicine clinical decision tool at an academic medical center

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    Karpa Kelly

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Consumer use of herbal and natural products (H/NP is increasing, yet physicians are often unprepared to provide guidance due to lack of educational training. This knowledge deficit may place consumers at risk of clinical complications. We wished to evaluate the impact that a natural medicine clinical decision tool has on faculty attitudes, practice experiences, and needs with respect to H/NP. Methods All physicians and clinical staff (nurse practitioners, physicians assistants (n = 532 in departments of Pediatrics, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine at our medical center were invited to complete 2 electronic surveys. The first survey was completed immediately before access to a H/NP clinical-decision tool was obtained; the second survey was completed the following year. Results Responses were obtained from 89 of 532 practitioners (16.7% on the first survey and 87 of 535 (16.3% clinicians on the second survey. Attitudes towards H/NP varied with gender, age, time in practice, and training. At baseline, before having an evidence-based resource available, nearly half the respondents indicated that they rarely or never ask about H/NP when taking a patient medication history. The majority of these respondents (81% indicated that they would like to learn more about H/NP, but 72% admitted difficulty finding evidence-based information. After implementing the H/NP tool, 63% of database-user respondents indicated that they now ask patients about H/NP when taking a drug history. Compared to results from the baseline survey, respondents who used the database indicated that the tool significantly increased their ability to find reliable H/NP information (P Conclusions Our results demonstrate healthcare provider knowledge and confidence with H/NP can be improved without costly and time-consuming formal H/NP curricula. Yet, it will be challenging to make providers aware of such resources.

  4. Kreapelin's Scientific Value of his Clinical Observations in the Research of Thought and Language Disorders in Schizophrenia

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    Maria Luísa Figueira

    2014-01-01

    During the transition of the XIX to the XXth century, several changes took place in the dominant moral psychiatric paradigm. In the movement, that opposes the former romantic and normative vision of behaviour and intentions, the primacy of observation and description emerges as a superior clinical method, organizing knowledge and investigation. Kraepelin in one of the main figures that emerges, with a remarkable masterpiece, his "Treatise of Psychiatry", including several editions, each on...

  5. Developing clinical practice guidelines: types of evidence and outcomes; values and economics, synthesis, grading, and presentation and deriving recommendations

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    Woolf Steven; Schünemann Holger J; Eccles Martin P; Grimshaw Jeremy M; Shekelle Paul

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Clinical practice guidelines are one of the foundations of efforts to improve healthcare. In 1999, we authored a paper about methods to develop guidelines. Since it was published, the methods of guideline development have progressed both in terms of methods and necessary procedures and the context for guideline development has changed with the emergence of guideline clearinghouses and large scale guideline production organisations (such as the UK National Institute for Health and Cli...

  6. Clinical relevance of the apparent diffusion coefficient value of metastatic bone tumours on diffusion-weighted MRI images: differences according to the types of primary tumour, the affected bones, and clinical factors

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    Aim: To evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of metastatic bone tumours on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images differs according to the type of primary cancer, the affected bone, and clinical factors. Materials and methods: For this retrospective study, two radiologists reviewed MRI images, including ADC maps, of 67 patients (M:F=38:29; median age, 48 years) who were diagnosed with bone metastasis by means of histological or clinical confirmation. The primary tumours included 29 lung adenocarcinomas, 15 invasive ductal adenocarcinomas of the breast, 13 hepatocellular carcinomas, six prostatic carcinomas, and four renal cell carcinomas. ADC values of the metastatic tumour were compared according to the type of primary malignancy, the affected bone, and the age and sex of the patient using Kruskal–Wallis and Mann–Whitney U-tests with Bonferroni correction. In addition, pre-contrast CT images were available in 38 of 67 patients; a subanalysis of the CT radiodensity and ADC values were performed with Spearman correlation. Results: The mean, standard deviation, and minimum and maximum values of the ADC of metastatic bone tumours did not differ significantly according to type of primary malignancy, the affected bone, or clinical variables (p>0.1). The ADC value was not significantly correlated with CT radiodensity (p=0.24). Intra- and interobserver agreements for the mean ADC values were excellent (intra-observer: p=0.98; interobserver: p=0.98). Conclusions: Assessment of the ADC value of metastatic bone tumours is not reliable for differentiation of the type of primary cancer. -- Highlights: •ADC of bone metastasis is not reliable for separation of the type of primary cancer. •ADC of bone metastasis does not differ according to the affected bone. •There is no significant correlation between ADC value and CT density

  7. Positive predictive value of additional synchronous breast lesions in whole-breast ultrasonography at the diagnosis of breast cancer: clinical and imaging factors

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    Ah Hyun Kim; Min Jung Kim; Eun-Kyung Kim; Byeong-Woo Park; Hee Jung Moon

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    Purpose: To evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of bilateral whole-breast ultrasonography (BWBU) for detection of synchronous breast lesions on initial diagnosis of breast cancer and evaluate factors affecting the PPV of BWBU according to varying clinicoimaging factors. Methods: A total of 75 patients who had synchronous lesions with pathologic confirmation at the initial diagnosis of breast cancer during January 2007 and December 2007 were included. The clinical factors of the pa...

  8. Assessment of the value of anorganic bone additives in sinus floor augmentation: a review of clinical reports.

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    Merkx, M.A.W.; Maltha, J.C.; Stoelinga, P.J.W.

    2003-01-01

    In order to objectively assess the value of anorganic bone additives in sinus floor augmentation, a review of the English literature till May 2002 was carried out. The studies or parts of studies had to include at the least two patients, with a follow-up of at least 3 months, whilst histomorphometri

  9. Genome-wide DNA methylation profiling in triple-negative breast cancer reveals epigenetic signatures with important clinical value

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    Stirzaker, Clare; Zotenko, Elena; Clark, Susan J

    2016-01-01

    abstract Analysis of cancer methylomes has dramatically changed our concept of the potential of diagnostic and prognostic methylation biomarkers in disease stratification. Through whole-genome methylation capture sequencing of triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) we recently identified differentially methylated regions with diagnostic and prognostic value that promise to stratify TNBCs for more personalized management. PMID:27308556

  10. Arterial waveform-analysis is of limited value in daily clinical practice in the intensive care unit

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    Hennings, Louise Inkeri; Haase, Nicolai; Pedersen, Ulf Gøttrup;

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    INTRODUCTION: It is difficult to identify the patients who will respond to fluid therapy, but the arterial waveform-derived variables have reasonably predictive values for fluid responsiveness. However, the patient must fulfil a number of prerequisites for these variables to be valid. We assessed...

  11. Predictive value of PSA velocity over early clinical and pathological parameters in patients with localized prostate cancer who undergo radical retropubic prostatectomy

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To analyze the behavior of the prostate specific antigen velocity (PSAV in localized prostate adenocarcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 500 men who had localized prostate adenocarcinoma, who underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy between January 1986 and December 1999. The PSAV was calculated for each patient and subsequently, the values were correlated with 5 groups: age, initial PSA value, clinical stage, tumor volume and Gleason score. RESULTS: The behavior of PSAV presented statistic significance with an increment between 1.3 ng/mL and 9.6 ng/mL, ranging from 38.6% and 59.8% when compared with the initial PSA value (p < 0.0001, clinical stage (p = 0.0002, tumor volume (p < 0.0001 and Gleason score (p = 0.0009. CONCLUSION: PSAV up to 2.5 ng/mL/year is associated with factors of good prognosis, such as initial PSA below 10 mg/mL, clinical stage T1, tumor volume below 20% and Gleason score lower than 7.

  12. Hepatic steatosis assessment with {sup 1}H-spectroscopy and chemical shift imaging at 3.0 T before hepatic surgery: Reliable enough for making clinical decisions?

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    Koelblinger, Claus, E-mail: claus.koelblinger@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Krssak, Martin, E-mail: martin.krssak@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Maresch, Judith, E-mail: judith.maresch@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Wrba, Fritz, E-mail: fritz.wrba@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Kaczirek, Klaus, E-mail: klaus.kaczirek@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Gruenberger, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.gruenberger@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Tamandl, Dietmar, E-mail: dietmar.tamandl@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Ba-Ssalamah, Ahmed, E-mail: ahmed.ba-ssalamah@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Berger-Kulemann, Vanessa, E-mail: vanessa.berger-kulemann@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Weber, Michael, E-mail: michael.weber@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria); Schima, Wolfgang, E-mail: wolfgang.schima@khgh.at [Department of Radiology, KH Goettlicher Heiland and Herz-Jesu Krankenhaus, Dornbacher Strasse 20-28, 1170 Vienna (Austria)

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    Purpose: To compare the accuracy of liver fat quantification using chemical shift imaging (CSI) and H1 MR-spectroscopy (MRS) at 3.0 T in patients undergoing liver resection. Methods: Totally 35 patients were included in this prospective IRB approved study. The histopathologically assessed liver fat was compared to the hepatic fat fractions calculated with CSI (with and without spleen correction) and MRS. Spearman's rank correlation and Fisher z-test were used for correlation analysis. Sensitivity and specificity regarding the detection of marked steatosis were calculated for the different modalities and compared using the McNemar test. Results: MRS (r = .85) and CSI with spleen correction (r = .85) showed a significantly better correlation (p = .03) with histology compared to CSI without spleen correction (r = .67). Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of marked steatosis was 100% (12/12) and 87% (20/23) for MRS and 92% (11/12) and 83% (19/23) for CSI with spleen correction (p > .12). Conclusion: For the assessment of hepatic steatosis both CSI with spleen correction and MRS at 3.0 T, show a good correlation with histology. CSI without spleen correction should not be used. Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of marked steatosis are high with both modalities. However, results that are scattered around the cut-off values are not reliable enough for clinical decisions.

  13. Irradiation dose assessment in persons exposed to ionizing radiation through extrapolation of data from clinic-chemical changes in irradiated laboratory animals

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    An attempt is made to determine the dose within 24,48 and 72 hours of eventual exposure of healthy individuals to ionizing radiation through extrapolation of data retrieved from rats exposed to irradiation with 1, 3, 6 and 9 Gy X-rays. Seven clinic-chemical parameters are used: urea in the urine, taurine in the urine, urea in the serum, serum alkaline phosphatase, total serum lipids, sialic acid and thromboxane in the serum. A special formula is worked out and used for extrapolation of the experimental data, retrieved from irradiated rats, with due consideration to differences in the intensity of metabolic processes and species' radiosensitivity of rats and humans. The values of the aforementioned parameters that could be obtained upon eventual exposure of persons to ionizing irradiation are determined through computerization of the experimental data. It is believed that an accessible model for radiation dose assessment in the first three days after accidental exposure of human beings to ionizing irradiation is created. 5 refs., 4 figs. (author)

  14. Kreapelin's Scientific Value of his Clinical Observations in the Research of Thought and Language Disorders in Schizophrenia

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    Maria Luísa Figueira

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available During the transition of the XIX to the XXth century, several changes took place in the dominant moral psychiatric paradigm. In the movement, that opposes the former romantic and normative vision of behaviour and intentions, the primacy of observation and description emerges as a superior clinical method, organizing knowledge and investigation. Kraepelin in one of the main figures that emerges, with a remarkable masterpiece, his "Treatise of Psychiatry", including several editions, each one resulting in reformulations according to the new data he obtained. Comparing Kraepelin's work - or other contemporary authors - with posterior essays on thought and language in shizophrenia would be incongruous, because the irreducibility of a clinical to an experimental method. The aim of this paper is merely to show the relation between clinical descriptions and the resulting hypothesis or constructs. Description is viewed as a systematic exploration of the psychopathological reality and an important source of scientific intuitions. This is what has happened with the work of Kraepelin, Bleuler and many others, from which we can extrapolate the ideas for knowledge produced in laboratorial context. In particular, we shall review investigation data about thought and language, produced between the sixties and the eighties, a very fertile scientific period in this area of knowledge and, which has, almost disappeared. In fact, today's literaure about thought diosorder in schizophrenia is based predominantly on the neuropsychological paradigm with the use of test batteries that evaluate cognitive deficits. The importance of this perspective is that it enables the development of response indicators with the psychopharmacological therapies and the implementation of rehabilitation programs. However, it doesn't contain the richness of the period mentioned earlier. We chose some of the particular aspects of cognitive functioning to illustrate the influence of Kraepelin

  15. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses - Literature-based Recommendations for Evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, and Clinical Value.

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    Beitz, Janice M; Bolton, Laura L

    2015-11-01

    Good quality systematic reviews (SRs) summarizing best available evidence can help inform clinical decisions, improv- ing patient and wound outcomes. Weak SRs can misinform readers, undermining care decisions and evidence-based practice. To examine the strengths and weaknesses of SRs and meta-analyses and the role of SRs in contemporary evidence-based wound care practice, and using the search terms systematic review, meta-analysis, and evidence-based practice, the authors searched Medline and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) for important terminology and recommendations to help clinicians evaluate SRs with meta-analysis. Reputable websites, recent textbooks, and synthesized available literature also were reviewed to describe and summarize SR strengths and weaknesses. After developing a checklist for critically evaluating SR objectives, inclusion/exclusion criteria, study quality, data extraction and synthesis methods, meta-analysis homogeneity, accuracy of results, interpretation, and consistency between significant findings and abstract or conclusions, the checklist was applied to topical wound care SRs identified in Cochrane and MEDLINE searches. Best available evidence included in the SRs from 169 randomized controlled trials on 11,571 patients supporting topical intervention healing effects on burns, surgical sites, and diabetic, venous, or pressure ulcers was summarized and showed SRs and clinical trials can demonstrate different outcomes because the information/data are compiled differently. The results illustrate how evidence insufficient to support firm conclusions may still meet immediate needs to guide carefully considered clinical wound and patient care decisions while encouraging better future science. PMID:26544016

  16. Prognostic value of clinical and Doppler echocardiographic findings in children and adolescents with significant rheumatic valvular disease

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    The diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever (RF) is based on clinical findings. However, during the chronic phase of the disease, the clinical approach is not sufficient for the follow-up of the patients and the Doppler echocardiography is a tool for the diagnosis of cardiac involvement. Prognostic variables that influence long-term outcomes are not well known. 462 patients with RF according to Jones criteria were studied, and followed-up from the initial attack to 13.6 ± 4.6 years. All patients underwent clinical assessment and Doppler echocardiography for the detection of heart valve involvement in the acute and chronic phases. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify the factors influencing long-term heart valve disease. Carditis occurred in 55.8% and subclinical valvulitis in 35.3% patients. In the chronic phase, 33% of the patients had significant valvular heart disease. No normal Doppler echocardiography exam was observed on patients who had severe valvulitis, although heart auscultation had become normal in 13% of these. In the multivariate analysis, only the severity of carditis and the mitral and/or aortic valvulitis were associated with significant valvular heart disease. Chorea or arthritis were protective factors for significant valvular heart disease, odds ratio 0.41 (95% C.I. 0.22 – 0.77) and 0.43 (95% C.I. 0.23 – 0.82), respectively. Our study suggests that the use of Doppler echocardiography during RF helps to identify prognostic factors regarding the development of significant valvular heart disease. Initial severe carditis is an important factor in the long-term prognosis of chronic RHD, whereas arthritis and chore during the initial episode of RF appears to be protective. Strict secondary prophylaxis should be mandatory in high risk patients

  17. Prognostic value of morphologic and clinical parameters in pT2 - pT3 prostate cancer

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Verify the efficacy of clinical and morphologic parameters currently applied, including an immunohistochemical panel, in the prognostic of prostate cancer, in specific stages of the disease MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the period from 2002 to 2005, 40 surgical specimens were selected from patients submitted to radical prostatectomy, with their respective diagnostic biopsies. Based on the pathological stage pT2 or pT3, the specimens were separated into two groups, each one with 20 specimens. The results were confronted with pre- and postoperative clinical data. Between the groups studied, the following was also analyzed: the profile of the expression of molecular markers such as PSA, E-caderin, chromogranin-A, synaptofisin, P53 and Ki-67, both in the material coming from the prostatic biopsy and from the surgical specimens of all patients RESULTS: Data showed that patients with prostate-confined disease (pT2 presented lower PSA and Gleason score rates, in relation to the group with extra-prostatic disease (pT3. Quantitative measures obtained for the percentage of positive fragments from the biopsy revealed that patients from the pT2 group presented a lower mean percentage when compared to the pT3 group. Positive margins of both groups influenced the need for complementary treatment before biochemical progression. The comparison of the molecular marker expression in both stages was not significantly different CONCLUSION: It is evident the need to improve new methods, predominantly morphologic and molecular, that are able to further exploit the study of the material from the prostatic biopsy. As to the profile of the molecular markers used in both studied groups, there was no significant difference in the sense of outlining an additional prognostic factor in the clinical practice.

  18. Long-term tolerability of PRRT in 807 patients with neuroendocrine tumours: the value and limitations of clinical factors

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    Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with 90Y and 177Lu provides objective responses in neuroendocrine tumours, and is well tolerated with moderate toxicity. We aimed to identify clinical parameters predictive of long-term renal and haematological toxicity (myelodysplastic syndrome and acute leukaemia). Of 807 patients studied at IEO-Milan (1997-2013), 793 (98 %) received 177Lu (278, 34.4 %), 90Y (358, 44.4 %) or 177Lu and 90Y combined (157. 19.5 %), and 14 (2 %) received combinations of PRRT and other agents. Follow-up was 30 months (1-180 months). The parameters evaluated included renal risk factors, bone marrow toxicity and PRRT features. Data analysis included multiple regression, random forest feature selection, and recursive partitioning and regression trees. Treatment with 90Y and 90Y + 177Lu was more likely to result in nephrotoxicity than treatment with 177Lu alone (33.6 %, 25.5 % and 13.4 % of patients, respectively; p < 0.0001). Nephrotoxicity (any grade), transient and persistent, occurred in 279 patients (34.6 %) and was severe (grade 3 + 4) in 12 (1.5 %). In only 20-27 % of any nephrotoxicity was the disease modelled by risk factors and codependent associations (p < 0.0001). Hypertension and haemoglobin toxicity were the most relevant factors. Persistent toxicity occurred in 197 patients (24.3 %). In only 22-34 % of affected patients was the disease modelled by the clinical data (p < 0.0001). Hypertension (regression coefficient 0.14, p < 0.0001) and haemoglobin toxicity (regression coefficient 0.21, p < 0.0001) were pertinent factors. Persistent toxicity was associated with shorter PRRT duration from the first to the last cycle (mean 387 vs. 658 days, p < 0.004). Myelodysplastic syndrome occurred in 2.35 % of patients (modelled by the clinical data in 30 %, p < 0.0001). Platelet toxicity grade (2.05 ± 1.2 vs. 0.58 ± 0.8, p < 0.0001) and longer PRRT duration (22.6 ± 24 vs. 15.5 ± 9 months, p = 0.01) were relevant. Acute leukaemia occurred

  19. Long-term tolerability of PRRT in 807 patients with neuroendocrine tumours: the value and limitations of clinical factors

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    Bodei, Lisa; Grana, Chiara M. [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Milan (Italy); Kidd, Mark; Drozdov, Ignat; Lepensky, Christopher; Modlin, Irvin M. [Yale School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, New Haven, CT (United States); Paganelli, Giovanni [Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Nuclear Medicine and Radiometabolic Units, Meldola (Italy); Cremonesi, Marta [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Medical Physics, Milan (Italy); Kwekkeboom, Dik J.; Krenning, Eric P. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Baum, Richard P. [Zentralklinik Bad Berka, Theranostics Center for Molecular Radiotheraphy and Molecular Imaging, Bad Berka (Germany)

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    Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with {sup 90}Y and {sup 177}Lu provides objective responses in neuroendocrine tumours, and is well tolerated with moderate toxicity. We aimed to identify clinical parameters predictive of long-term renal and haematological toxicity (myelodysplastic syndrome and acute leukaemia). Of 807 patients studied at IEO-Milan (1997-2013), 793 (98 %) received {sup 177}Lu (278, 34.4 %), {sup 90}Y (358, 44.4 %) or {sup 177}Lu and {sup 90}Y combined (157. 19.5 %), and 14 (2 %) received combinations of PRRT and other agents. Follow-up was 30 months (1-180 months). The parameters evaluated included renal risk factors, bone marrow toxicity and PRRT features. Data analysis included multiple regression, random forest feature selection, and recursive partitioning and regression trees. Treatment with {sup 90}Y and {sup 90}Y + {sup 177}Lu was more likely to result in nephrotoxicity than treatment with {sup 177}Lu alone (33.6 %, 25.5 % and 13.4 % of patients, respectively; p < 0.0001). Nephrotoxicity (any grade), transient and persistent, occurred in 279 patients (34.6 %) and was severe (grade 3 + 4) in 12 (1.5 %). In only 20-27 % of any nephrotoxicity was the disease modelled by risk factors and codependent associations (p < 0.0001). Hypertension and haemoglobin toxicity were the most relevant factors. Persistent toxicity occurred in 197 patients (24.3 %). In only 22-34 % of affected patients was the disease modelled by the clinical data (p < 0.0001). Hypertension (regression coefficient 0.14, p < 0.0001) and haemoglobin toxicity (regression coefficient 0.21, p < 0.0001) were pertinent factors. Persistent toxicity was associated with shorter PRRT duration from the first to the last cycle (mean 387 vs. 658 days, p < 0.004). Myelodysplastic syndrome occurred in 2.35 % of patients (modelled by the clinical data in 30 %, p < 0.0001). Platelet toxicity grade (2.05 ± 1.2 vs. 0.58 ± 0.8, p < 0.0001) and longer PRRT duration (22.6 ± 24 vs. 15.5

  20. Chemical and thermal injuries of the eyes. Surgical and medical treatment based on clinical and pathophysiological findings.

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    Reim, M; Redbrake, C; Schrage, N

    2001-02-01

    Light burns heal well within a few days. Severe chemical and thermal injuries of the eyes destroy surface epithelia and cause ischemic necroses of conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, iris, ciliary body, and lids. An inflammatory response follows with leucocyte infiltration and release of inflammatory mediators. Prostaglandins, lipoxygenase products, cytokines, superoxide radicals and Iysosomal enzymes are known to be active in eye burn disease. Their activities result in corneal, scleral and conjunctival ulceration, tissue proliferation and scarification, which develop within weeks, months and even years after the accident. Pathophysiological events produce defined clinical pictures. Some agents take special actions, e.g. alkali penetrates within seconds into the anterior chamber, sulfuric acid burns as well as quick lime burns forming slaked lime produce considerable heat. Hydrofluoric acid is highly toxic and induces early necroses. Heat causes deep ischemic necroses and lateron strongly shrinking scars. Onset and intensity of first aid decided on the outcome. Immediate rinsing is essential. Cool water, saline, Ringers lactate solution and BSS are good rinsing media. For first aid, buffered Previn seems suitable. Major chemical and thermal injuries need a variety of medical and surgical treatments: Necroses must be excised surgically. Tenon plasty is performed to reconstruct conjunctiva. Amnion-, limbus- and early keratoplasty or artificial epithelium are applied, initially to save the cornea from melting, and later to restore vision. Conjunctical, lid and intraocular surgery may be necessary. The aim of medical treatment is to suppress the inflammatory response and to prevent infection. Corticosteroids, antibiotics, ascorbate and inhibitors of proteolytic enzymes are used. Secondary glaucoma must not be forgotten. Extensive therapy is sometimes rewarding, results are presented. PMID:11228610

  1. The relationship between chemical concentration and odor activity value explains the inconsistency in making a comprehensive surrogate scent training tool representative of illicit drugs.

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    Rice, Somchai; Koziel, Jacek A

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    This report highlights the importance of an individual chemical's odor impact in the olfactory identification of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. There are small amounts of highly odorous compounds present in headspace of these drugs, with very low odor detection thresholds, that are more likely responsible for contributing to the overall odor of these drugs. Previous reports of the most abundant compounds in headspace can mislead researchers when dealing with whole odor of these drugs. Surrogate scent formulations, therefore, must match the odor impact of key compounds and not just the chemical abundance of compounds. The objective of this study was to compare odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from illicit drug samples of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin to surrogate smell formulations using simultaneous sensory (via human olfaction) and chemical analyses. Use of solid phase microextraction (SPME) allowed VOCs in drug headspace to be extracted and pre-concentrated on site, and analyzed by multidimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-olfactometry (MDGC-MS-O). Use of MDGC-MS-O allowed for further separation of odorous compounds and simultaneous detection by the human nose of the separate odor parts that make up the total aroma of these drugs. The compounds most abundant in headspace were not the most odor impactful when ranked by odor activity values (OAVs) (defined as ratio of concentration to odor detection threshold, ODT). There were no apparent correlations between concentrations and OAVs. A 1g marijuana surrogate lacked in odor active acids, aldehydes, ethers, hydrocarbons, N-containing, and S-containing VOCs and was overabundant in odor active alcohols and aromatics compared with real marijuana. A 1g cocaine surrogate was overabundant in odor active alcohols, aldehydes, aromatics, esters, ethers, halogenates, hydrocarbons, ketones and N-containing compounds compared with real. A 1g heroin surrogate should contain less odor active acids

  2. The value of the clinical application of biochemical marker of bone tumover in patients Type 2 diabetes complicated with osteoporosis

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    Objective: To explore the value of the application of biochemical marker of bone turnover in the early diagnosis of osteoporosis (OP) in patients with type 2 diabetes (DM2). Methods: 112 patients with type 2 diabetes were studied, according to their bone mineral density (BMD) values,patients were divided into OP group and none-OP group. Then compared differences in serum total procollagen type I amino-terminal propeptide (TPINP),β-isomerized carboxy terminal propeptide (β-CTx), parathyroid hormone (PTH) and serum calcium (Ca2+). Results: Compared with those in non-OP group,patients in the OP group had higher TPINP and β-CTx, which were significantly different according to t-test (P2+ values in the two groups were no neal difference. Conclusion: The combined application of total procollagen type I amino-terminal propeptide, β-isomerized carboxy terminal propeptide is helpful for the diagnosis of osteoporosis in patients with type 2 diabetes. (authors)

  3. The value of lateral spread response monitoring in predicting the clinical outcome after microvascular decompression in hemifacial spasm: a prospective study on 100 patients.

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    El Damaty, Ahmed; Rosenstengel, Christian; Matthes, Marc; Baldauf, Joerg; Schroeder, Henry W S

    2016-07-01

    Microvascular decompression represents an effective treatment for hemifacial spasm. The use of lateral spread response (LSR) monitoring remains a useful intraoperative tool to ensure adequate decompression of the facial nerve. The aim of this study was to assess the value of LSRs intraoperative monitoring as a prognostic indicator for the outcome of microvascular decompression in hemifacial spasm. Our study included 100 patients prospectively. The patients were classified into four groups whether LSRs were totally, partially, not relieved, or not detected from the start. According to clinical outcome, the patients were classified into four groups depending on the clinical course after surgery and the residual symptoms if any. Then, correlations were made between LSR events and treatment outcome to detect its reliability as a prognostic indicator. LSRs were relieved totally in 56 % of the patients, partially relieved in 14 %, not relieved in 10 %, and were not detected in 20 % of the patients from the start. HFS was relieved directly after operation in 62 % with clinical improvement of 90-100 %. Thirty-one percent described 50-90 % improvement over the next 3 months after surgery. Almost all of these 31 % (28 out of 31 patients) reported further clinical improvement of 90-100 % within 1 year after surgery. Three percent suffered from a relapse after a HFS-free period, and 4 % reported minimal or no improvement describing 0-50 % of the preoperative state. The percentage of the satisfied patients with the clinical outcome who reported after 1 year a clinical improvement of 90-100 % was 90 %. Statistical analysis did not find a significant correlation between the relief of LSRs and clinical outcome. LSRs may only represent an intraoperative tool to guide for an adequate decompression but failed to represent a reliable prognostic indicator for treatment outcome. PMID:27053220

  4. Spreadsheet program for estimating recovery coefficient to get partial volume corrected standardized uptake value in clinical positron emission tomography-computed tomography studies

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    To develop a spreadsheet program for estimation of recovery coefficient (RC) to get partial volume corrected (PVC) standardized uptake value (SUV) in clinical positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) studies. For formulation of this program we used data from a phantom study conducted at our center in which a phantom with a sphere assembly (seven spheres-different diameters) was filled with 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose solution to get a sphere/background ratio of 8:1, 10:1 and 12:1. PET-CT images were acquired. RC was then calculated from processed PET-CT images. We plotted graph of RC versus lesion-size at different sphere/background ratio using MS Excel function. There was logarithmic increase in RC with increase in lesion size. We fitted the data with a logarithmic equation and found optimum fit (least-square fit). We then validated this program with clinical data using 42 lung nodules in five patients. The program estimates the value of RC and object to background ratio in PET-CT for the input lesion-size and displays graph with trendline. When the user enters SUV and background activity measured in clinical PET-CT, it provides the value of RC and PVC SUV. It also validates the data entry and displays appropriate message. It is consistent, reproducible, accurate and provides output for wide range of lesion-sizes (71% of lesions evaluated); however, program does not give output for lesion-size < 9 mm. The present spreadsheet program is a useful and easy tool for calculating PVC SUV of clinical PET-CT lesions

  5. The value of endorectal MR imaging to predict positive biopsies in clinically intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients

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    The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of endorectal MR imaging in predicting the positive biopsy results in patients with clinically intermediate risk for prostate cancer. We performed a prospective endorectal MR imaging study with 81 patients at intermediate risk to detect prostate cancer between January 1997 and December 1998. Intermediate risk was defined as: prostatic specific antigen (PSA) levels between 4 and 10 ng/ml or PSA levels in the range of 10-20 ng/ml but negative digital rectal examination (DRE) or PSA levels progressively higher (0.75 ng/ml year-1). A transrectal sextant biopsy was performed after the endorectal MR exam, and also of the area of suspicion detected by MR imaging. The accuracies were measured, both singly for MR imaging and combined for PSA level and DRE, by calculating the area index of the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve. Cancer was detected in 23 patients (28 %). Overall sensitivity and specificity of endorectal MRI was 70 and 76 %, respectively. Accuracy was 71 % estimated from the area under the ROC curve for the total patient group and 84 % for the group of patients with PSA level between 10-20 ng/ml. Positive biopsy rate (PBR) was 63 % for the group with PSA 10-20 ng/ml and a positive MR imaging, and 15 % with a negative MR exam. The PBR was 43 % for the group with PSA 4-10 ng/ml and a positive MR study, and 13 % with a negative MR imaging examination. We would have avoided 63 % of negative biopsies, while missing 30 % of cancers for the total group of patients. Endorectal MR imaging was not a sufficient predictor of positive biopsies for patients clinically at intermediate risk for prostate cancer. Although we should not avoid performing systematic biopsies in patients with endorectal MR imaging negative results, as it will miss a significant number of cancers, selected patients with a PSA levels between 10-20 ng/ml or clinical-biopsy disagreement might benefit from endorectal MR imaging. (orig.)

  6. Positive Predictive Value of the WHO Clinical and Immunologic Criteria to Predict Viral Load Failure among Adults on First, or Second-Line Antiretroviral Therapy in Kenya

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    Muttai, Hellen; Ng’ang’a, Lucy; Ackers, Marta; Kim, Andrea; Miruka, Fredrick; Erick, Opiyo; Okonji, Julie; Ayuaya, Tolbert; Schwarcz, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    Routine HIV viral load (VL) monitoring is the standard of care for persons receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in developed countries. Although the World Health Organization recommends annual VL monitoring of patients on ART, recognizing difficulties in conducting routine VL testing, the WHO continues to recommend targeted VL testing to confirm treatment failure for persons who meet selected immunologic and clinical criteria. Studies have measured positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value, sensitivity and specificity of these criteria among patients receiving first-line ART but not specifically among those on second-line or subsequent regimens. Between 2008 and 2011, adult ART patients in Nyanza, Kenya who met national clinical or immunologic criteria for treatment failure received targeted VL testing. We calculated PPV and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of these criteria to detect virologic treatment failure among patients receiving a) first-line ART, b) second/subsequent ART, and c) any regimen. Of 12,134 patient specimens tested, 2,874 (23.7%) were virologically confirmed as treatment failures. The PPV for 2,834 first-line ART patients who met either the clinical or immunologic criteria for treatment failure was 34.4% (95% CI 33.2–35.7), 33.1% (95% CI 24.7–42.3) for the 40 patients on second-line/subsequent regimens, and 33.4% (95% CI 33.1–35.6) for any ART. PPV, regardless of criteria, for first-line ART patients was lowest among patients over 44 years old and highest for patients aged 15 to 34 years. PPV of immunological and clinical criteria for correctly identifying treatment failure was similarly low for adult patients receiving either first-line or second-line/subsequent ART regimens. Our data confirm the inadequacy of clinical and immunologic criteria to correctly identify treatment failure and support the implementation of routine VL testing. PMID:27383834

  7. A multicentre study of 513 Danish patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. II. Disease mortality and clinical factors of prognostic value

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    Jacobsen, Søren; Petersen, J; Ullman, S; Junker, P; Voss, Anne-Sofie Boertmann; Rasmussen, J M; Tarp, U; Poulsen, L H; van Overeem Hansen, G; Skaarup, B; Hansen, T M; Pødenphanth, Jan; Halberg, P

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    In this Danish multicentre study, predictive clinical factors of mortality and survival were calculated for 513 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 122 of whom died within a mean observation period of 8.2 years equalling a mortality rate of 2.9% per year. Survival rates were 97%, 91......%, 76% and 64% after 1, 5, 10 and 15 years, respectively. The direct causes of death included SLE (n = 35), infections (n = 25), malignancy (n = 9), cardiovascular disease (n = 32) and other causes (n = 21). Uni- and multivariate analyses of survival and mortality were performed for all deaths and for...... SLE-related deaths. Azotaemia (one-fifth of the patients) was a strong predictor of increased overall and SLE-related mortality, but nephropathy per se (one-half of the patients) and large proteinuria (one-sixth of the patients) were unrelated to survival. Haemolytic anaemia had a significant negative...

  8. Return to work after percutaneous coronary intervention: the predictive value of self-reported health compared to clinical measures.

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    Full Text Available AIMS: Coronary heart disease is prevalent in the working-age population. Traditional outcome measures like mortality and readmission are of importance to evaluate the prognosis but are hardly sufficient. Ability to work is an additional outcome of clinical and societal significance. We describe trends and predictors of Return To Work (RTW after PCI and describe a possible benefit using patient-reported measures in risk stratification of RTW. METHODS: A total of 1585 patients aged less than 67 years treated with PCI in 2006-2008 at the Aarhus University Hospital were enrolled. Clinical information was provided through the West Denmark Heart Registry, and 4 weeks after PCI we mailed a questionnaire regarding self-rated health (response rate 83.5%. RTW was defined at weekly basis using extensive register data on transfer payments. Predictors of RTW were analysed as time to event. ROC curves constructed by logistic regression of predicting variables were evaluated by the c-statistic. RESULTS: Four weeks before PCI 50% of the patients were working; the corresponding figures were 25% after 4 weeks, 36% after 12 weeks, and 43% after one year. The patients' self-rated health one month after the procedure was a significant better predictor of RTW compared to other variables including LVEF, both at short (12 weeks and long (one year term. CONCLUSIONS: The patient's self-rated health four weeks after the procedure was a stronger predictor than left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF, and consequently useful when patients seek medical advice with respect to RWT.

  9. Diagnostic value of MR elastography in addition to contrast-enhanced MR imaging of the breast - initial clinical results

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    The purpose of the study was to assess the additional value of magnetic resonance (MR) elastography (MRE) to contrast-enhanced (ce) MR imaging (MRI) for breast lesion characterisation. Fifty-seven suspected breast lesions in 57 patients (mean age 52.4 years) were examined by ce MRI and MRE. All lesions were classified into BI-RADS categories. Viscoelastic parameters, e.g. α0 as an indicator of tissue stiffness, were calculated. Histology of the lesions was correlated with BI-RADS and viscoelastic properties. The positive predictive value (PPV) for malignancy, and the sensitivity and specificity of ce MRI were calculated. Receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) curves were separately calculated for both ce MRI and viscoelastic properties and conjoined to analyse the accuracy of diagnostic performance. The lesions (mean size 27.6 mm) were malignant in 64.9% (n = 37) of cases. The PPV for malignancy was significantly (p ceMRI = 0.93, AUCcombined = 0.96). In this study, the combination of MRE and ce MRI could increase the diagnostic performance of breast MRI. Further investigations of larger cohorts and smaller lesions (in particular those only visible on MRI) are necessary to validate these results. (orig.)

  10. Investigation of the clinical value of assessing renal size on computed tomography in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

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    We examined relationship between serum creatinine concentration (Scr) and renal size on CT scans on 32 occasions in 25 patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). As a result, a significant correlation was observed when the Scr was less than 5 mg/dl, as shown by the correlation coefficient (r) and P values of 0.803 and 0.0001, respectively. However, these values changed to 0.482 and 0.0093, respectively when 2 cases with Scr 6.2 and 6.4 mg/dl were included, and further changed to 0.005 and 0.9775 when an additional 4 cases with Scr 7.8, 9.9, 11.1 and 20.1 mg/dl were included. Renal size is therefore thought to be a useful parameter of renal function when the Scr is less than 5 mg/dl in ADPKD, but not when the Scr exceeds 6 mg/dl, and is regarded as useless for predicting the time at which dialysis would be required. (author)

  11. Correlation between expression of MVP, index of p53 and AgNOR value with chemoradiotherapy clinical response of cervical cancer

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    Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer found in Indonesia. The primary treatment of cervical cancer at the locally advanced stage is usually performed by using radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The combination of the two techniques is often called chemoradiotherapy. The response to chemoradiotherapy is influenced by biological and physical factors. Major vault protein (MVP) is a ribonucleoprotein which contributes to drug resistance in some cancers. The purposes of this research were: (1) to determine the correlation between the expression of MVP and the index of p53, including AgNOR values and index of MIB-1; and (2) between MVP and chemoradiotherapy clinical response of cervical cancer. Twenty-one microscopic slides taken from biopsy tissues of cervical cancer patients before undergoing treatment were stained to identify MVP, p53, and MIB-1 by means of immunohistochemistry techniques and AgNORs staining. After undergoing chemoradiotherapy treatment, the patients’ clinical responses were observed by pelvic control method. Experimental results showed that there was a correlation between MVP and AgNOR value (P=0.05), but no correlation between MVP and index of p53 (P=0.729), including MIB-1 LI (P=0.63), in untreated cervical cancer. In addition, there was no association between MVP and chemoradiotherapy response. In conclusion, MVP expression correlates with the process of cell proliferation before the G2 phase of cell cycle in untreated cancer cells. Those have no association with clinical responses after the completion of treatment. (author)

  12. The clinical value of HPV genotyping in triage of women with high-risk-HPV-positive self-samples.

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    Ebisch, Renée M F; de Kuyper-de Ridder, Gabriëlle M; Bosgraaf, Remko P; Massuger, Leon F A G; IntHout, Joanna; Verhoef, Viola M J; Heideman, Daniëlle A M; Snijders, Peter J F; Meijer, Chris J L M; van Kemenade, Folkert J; Bulten, Johan; Siebers, Albert G; Bekkers, Ruud L M; Melchers, Willem J G

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    Cytology alone, or combined with HPV16/18 genotyping, might be an acceptable method for triage in hrHPV-cervical cancer screening. Previously studied HPV-genotype based triage algorithms are based on cytology performed without knowledge of hrHPV status. The aim of this study was to explore the value of hrHPV genotyping combined with cytology as triage tool for hrHPV-positive women. 520 hrHPV-positive women were included from a randomised controlled self-sampling trial on screening non-attendees (PROHTECT-3B). Eighteen baseline triage strategies were evaluated for cytology and hrHPV genotyping (Roche Cobas 4800) on physician-sampled triage material. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), referral rate, and number of referrals needed to diagnose (NRND) were calculated for CIN2+ and CIN3+. A triage strategy was considered acceptable if the NPV for CIN3+ was ≥98%, combined with maintenance or improvement of sensitivity and an increase in specificity in reference to the comparator, being cytology with a threshold of atypical cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US). Three triage strategies met the criteria: HPV16+ and/or ≥LSIL; HPV16+ and/or ≥HSIL; (HPV16+ and/or HPV18+) and/or ≥HSIL. Combining HPV16+ and/or ≥HSIL yielded the highest specificity (74.9%, 95% CI 70.5-78.9), with a sensitivity (94.4%, 95% CI 89.0-97.7) similar to the comparator (93.5%, 95% CI 87.7-97.1), and a decrease in referral rate from 52.2% to 39.5%. In case of prior knowledge of hrHPV presence, triage by cytology testing can be improved by adjusting its threshold, and combining it with HPV16/18 genotyping. These strategies improve the referral rate and specificity for detecting CIN3+ lesions, while maintaining adequate sensitivity. PMID:26991464

  13. Clinical value of virtual bronchoscopy in early diagnosis of central malignant lung neoplasm in high risk patients

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    Virtual bronchoscopy (CT-VB) is a recently developed 3D visualization technique that employs thin-section spiral computed tomographic data of the thorax for non-invasive evaluation of the tracheo-bronchial tree. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of multislice-CT virtual bronchoscopy in detecting early endobronchial manifestation of central lung cancer with that of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy. For this purpose, a group of 50 high risk patients (cigarette pack-years, long standing history of COLD) underwent both FOB and CT-VB investigation. Multislice CT was performed using the following parameters: collimation, 1 mm; pitch factor, 0.937-1.375; reconstruction interval, 0.8 mm and postprocessing was based on volume rendering technique. Images of eight standard tracheo-bronchial sections were obtained from each patient both during FOB and CT-VB and were independently interpreted respectively by a pneumologist and a bronchiseptica. Airway evaluation was based on the analysis of changes in the mucosal architecture, the shape of the ostia and of the carinae and on the presence of secretion deposits as early signs of tumor onset. The sensitivity of virtual bronchoscopy in discriminating diseased from healthy patients was 94 % and its specificity 65 %. Its positive predictive value 56 % and its negative predictive value 96 %. According to the ROC analysis, except for the assessment of the secretion deposits, the other three criteria evaluated separately during virtual bronchoscopic assessment of the airways contributed equally in discriminating diseased from disease-free patients (areas under curve ranging between 0,797 and 0,845). The best AUC was associated with the evaluation of the sum of all three parameters together (0,858). Nevertheless, FOB and CT-VB results in the evaluation of the shape of the ostia resulted to agree moderately while just a fair agreement was observed with respect to the evaluation of the mucosal architecture and of the

  14. Detection of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. The clinical value of a barium examination after food stimulation

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    Christiansen, T.; Ravnsbaek, J.; Toettrup, A.; Funch-Jensen, P.; Thommesen, P.

    In a prospective study a barium examination combined with food stimulation was compared with the acid reflux test in 30 consecutive patients with symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux. Both methods were further compared with endoscopy and histology. Gastro-oesophageal reflux could be demonstrated by the radiologic examination in 22 patients and by the acid reflux test in 23 patients. By combining the two methods gastro-oesophageal reflux could be demonstrated in 27 patients. Comparing the two methods with symptoms, endoscopy, and histology they seemed to be of equal value. Accordingly, a food-stimulated barium examination is recommended as the first method for demonstrating gastro-oesophageal reflux because it is simple and well-tolerated by the patient.

  15. Clinical value of intracerebral hemorrhage score%脑出血评分量表临床应用评价

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    邓晰明; 樊俊红; 何先弟; 汪华学

    2010-01-01

    目的:评价脑出血(intracerebral hemorrhage,ICH)评分量表的临床实用性.方法:对53例自发性ICH患者入院时采用ICH评分量表及临床神经功能缺损评分(clinical neurologic deficit scale,CNDS)量表进行评分.分析ICH评分与患者30天病死率、神经功能缺损程度的相关性.结果:ICH评分≥3分组患者30天病死率明显高于ICH评分<3分组(P<0.01);ICH评分≥3分组患者CNDS明显高于ICH评分<3分组(P<0.01);患者入院时ICH评分与CNDS呈正相关关系(P<0.01).结论:ICH评分简单、易行,能够较为准确地预测自发性ICH患者的临床预后.

  16. Clinical value of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in the characterization of focal liver lesions:a prospective multicenter trial

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    Wen-Ping Wang; Yan Wang; Jian-Jun Yuan; Ying Wu; Yan Luo; Rui Li; Xiao-Dong Zhou; Jun Zhang; Chao-Wen Qian; Xu-Yan Tan; Qing-Hua Xu

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    BACKGROUND: Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) is increasingly accepted in clinical settings for diagnostic imaging of focal liver lesions (FLLs). This study aimed to assess the efifcacy of CEUS in the characterization of FLLs in comparison with ifnal diagnosis based on gold standard assessment. METHODS: The study was approved by the local ethics committee and participating patients provided written informed consent. A total of 148 patients with 164 FLLs were studied. Unenhanced ultrasonography (US) and CEUS were performed using fundamental and harmonic imaging, respectively. Contrast enhancement was assessed during the arterial, portal and late vascular phases after intravenous administration of contrast (SonoVue®, Bracco, Italy). Sensitivity, speciifcity and diagnostic accuracy of US and CEUS were compared in identifying the lesion as benign, malignant or indeterminate and its actual tumor type. Final diagnosis was established by biopsy (129/164), MR imaging (11/164) or medical history (24/164). RESULTS: When compared to the gold standard, the number of indeterminate diagnoses was reduced from 56.7% (93/164) as assessed by fundamental imaging to 6.1% (10/164) after SonoVue® enhanced US examination. Sensitivity and speciifcity improved from 49% and 25%at baseline US to 93% and 75% with CEUS, respectively (P<0.01). Diagnostic accuracy of CEUS was 88% in contrast to 41% of baseline US. CONCLUSION: SonoVue® enhanced US improves the characterization of FLLs and may limit the need for further investigations.

  17. [THE DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF MODERN METHODS OF MICROBIOLOGICAL VERIFICATION OF COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA IN CLINICAL PRACTICE].

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    Mavzyutova, G A; Kuzovkina, O Z; Mirsayapova, I A

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    The study was carried out to determine etiological structure and informativeness of different methods of detection of agents of community-acquired pneumonia, the sampling included 274 examined patients aged from 16 to 80 years with community-acquired pneumonia of different degree of severity and being under hospital treatment. Besides of standard laboratory and clinical methods of examination ofpatients with community-acquired pneumonia special techniques of etiological verification were applied: molecular genetic analysis (polymerase chain reaction) of phlegm, qualitative detection of antigen Legionella pneumophila of serogroup 1 and antigen Streptococcus pneumoniae in samples of urine using quick immune chromatographic test, detection of level of serum specific immunoglobulines class M and G to Chlamidophilia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pListeria monocytogenes in dynamics using immunoenzyme technique. The etiological structure of community-acquired pneumonia was established based of study results. The analysis of informativeness of different methods of etiological verification of diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia demonstrated that combination ofpolymerase chain reaction and serological method is the optimal one. PMID:27032250

  18. Do Simulation-Based Skill Exercises and Post-Encounter Notes Add Additional Value to a Standardized Patient-Based Clinical Skills Examination?

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    Full Text Available Background. Standardized patient (SP clinical assessments have limited utility in assessing higher-level clinical competencies. This study explores the value of including simulation exercises and postencounter notes in an SP clinical skills examination. Methods. Two exercises involving cardiac auscultation and ophthalmic funduscopy simulations along with written post encounter notes were added to an SP-based performance examination. Descriptive analyses of students' performance and correlations with SP-based performance measures were obtained. Results. Students' abilities to detect abnormalities on physical exam were highly variable. There were no correlations between SP-based and simulation-derived measures of physical examination competency. Limited correlations were found between students' abilities to perform and document physical examinations and their formulation of appropriate differential diagnoses. Conclusions. Clinical simulation exercises add depth to SP-based assessments of performance. Evaluating the content of post encounter notes offers some insight into students' integrative abilities, and this appears to be improved by the addition of simulation-based post encounter skill exercises. However, further refinement of this methodology is needed.

  19. Clinical value of measurement of regional brain function with inhalation of 15O labeled gas synthesized with automated labeled gas production system

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    In order to examine the clinical value of positron emission tomography (PET), we measured cerebral perfusion and oxygen metabolism using oxygen-15 labeled gas (O2, CO2, CO) produced by small cyclotron and the automated synthesis system (AMGS 01). PET study was carried out using oxygen-15 continuous inhalation technique in 61 cases of various neurological diseases including cerebrovascular disease (39 cases), dementia (6 cases), brain tumor (3 cases) and other neurological diseases (13 cases). In all cases, the labeled gas was produced and delivered in a stable condition. Functional images of regional cerebral blood flow (CBF), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), cerebral metabolic rate for oxygen (CMRO2), and cerebral blood volume (CBV) were calculated according to the oxygen-15 steady-state model. Visual interpretation of these functional images showed abnormal findings in 74 % (CBF images), 30 % (OEF images), 79 % (CMRO2 images) and 10 % (CBV images) of the total cases. Overall assessment for the clinical usefulness of this method was determined as follows: 28 % as highly useful, 41 % as useful, 31 % as fairly useful. No adverse reaction was observed in this clinical trial. In conclusion, the automated synthesis system provided a stable delivery of oxygen-15 gas, and PET measurement of cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism is a valuable technique not only for clinical diagnosis but also for understanding pathophysiology of various neurological diseases. (author)

  20. How to accurately assess the clinical value of isometric exercise radionuclide ventriculography in diagnosis of coronary artery disease

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    To assess the influence of isometric handgrip exercise on left ventricular function by radionuclide ventriculography in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Using gated equilibrium radionuclide ventriculography, parameters of left ventricular function were analyzed at rest and during 30% sustained handgrip (HNG) for 5 - 10 minuets in 8 normal control subjects and 38 consecutive CAD patients. All investigated subjects were also performed coronary arteriography within 2 weeks. Results showed that at rest, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), peak filling rate (PFR), end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) and heart rate (HR) were reduced in one-vessel, two-vessel and three-vessel of stenosis patient group (53.67 +- 5.0)%, (52.47 +- 8.26)%, (52.81 +- 8.89)%; 2.87 +- 0.29, 2.71 +- 0.88, 3.07 +- 0.71 end-diastolic volume per second (EDV/s); 1.36 +- 0.05, 1.34 +- 0.06, 1.34 +- 0.06; 0.62 +-0.06, 0.66 +- 0.06, 0.65 +- 0.1; 69.67 +- 8.14, 72.85 +- 10.5, 76.56 +- 18.04 (min-1), respectively, as compared with controls (57 +- 10.45)%, p = NS; 2.94 +- 0.44 (EDV/s), p = NS; 1.38 +- 0.15, p = NS; 0.59 +- 0.11, p = NS; 72.88 +- 8.25 (min-1), p = NS, respectively. During HNG exercise using both hands, the indexes were reduced in CAD patients (54.44 +- 5.66)%, (48.84 +- 8.70)%, (45.25 +- 8.69)%; 2.75 +- 0.39, 2.50 +- 0.68, 2.22 +- 0.58 (EDV/s); 1.36 +- 0.05, 1.31 +- 0.06, 1.26 +- 0.07; 0.61 +- 0.07, 0.69 +- 0.06, 0.71 +- 0.09; 81.33 +- 8.92, 84.46 +- 14.29, 90.56 +- 26.54 (min-1), respectively, as compared with controls (59.38 +- 9.44)%, p = NS; -1), p = NS, respectively. The four protocols of CAD diagnosis were 1. LVEF <55% and ΔPFR < 0 EDV/s at rest (Δ value = during HNG value-rest value); 2. LVEF <55% during HNG and ΔPFR <0 EDV/s; 3. ΔLVEF <0% and ΔPFR <0 EDV/s; 4. ΔEF <0%. Their sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 45%, 53%, 66%, 76%, 100%, 100%, 87.5%, 87.5%, 54%, 61%, 70%, 78%, respectively. The isomeric exercise radionuclide

  1. Clinical value of scatter correction for interictal brain 99m Tc-HMPAO SPECT in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Aim: It is well known that some patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) show normal perfusion during interictal SPECT study. The aim of this research was to evaluate if the scatter radiation has some influence on this kind of result. Materials and Methods: We studied 15 patients with TLE by clinical diagnosis and by video-EEG monitoring with surface electrodes (11 left TLE, 4 right TLE), which showed normal perfusion during interictal brain 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT. The SPECT data were reconstructed by filtered backprojection without scatter correction (A). The same SPECT data were reconstructed after the projections were corrected by dual energy window method of scatter correction (B). Attenuation was corrected in all cases using first order Chang Method. For A and B images groups, cerebellum perfusion ratios were calculated on irregular regions of interest (ROI) drawn on anterior (ATL), lateral (LTL), mesial (MTL) and whole temporal lobe (WTL). To evaluate the influence of scatter radiation, the cerebellum perfusion ratios of each subject were compared with a normal database of 10 normal subjects, with and without scatter correction, using z-score analysis. Results: In group A, the z-score was less than 2 in all cases. In group B, the z-score was more than 2 in 6 cases, 4 in MTL (3 left, 1 right) and 2 in left LTL, which were coincident with the EEG localization. All images of group B showed better contrast than images of group A. Conclusions: These results suggest that scatter correction could improve the sensitivity of interictal brain SPECT to identify epileptic focus in patients with TLE

  2. The clinical value of treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma complicated with arterio-portal fistula using N-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical application of embolization therapy using N-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate (NBCA) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) complicated with arterio-portal fistula (APF). Methods: Eighty patients with HCC and APF underwent embolotherapy with NBCA (NBCA group, 26 patients) or absolute alcohol (alcohol group, 54 patients). The APF was first treated with liquid embolic agent during the TACE procedure. We used NBCA-Lipiodol mixtures in concentration of 20%-50% according to the different circulation times of these APF in NBCA group. Absolute alcohol plus gelfoam or other materials were used for embolization of APF in alcohol group. The pain reaction during the procedure, influence for liver function (χ2 test), occlusive successful rate after single embolization (Fisher's exact test) and the survival rate of 1 year (log-rank analysis) between two groups were compared after the embolotherapy. Results: Four patients in NBCA group and 52 patients in alcohol group felt painful during the procedures. There was statistically significant difference between two groups (χ2=58.86, P<0.001). The APF disappeared after only single embolization in 24 (92.3%, 24/26) cases of NBCA group and in 37(68.5%, 37/54) patients of alcohol group. There was also significant difference between two groups (P=0.024). There were no statistical difference in the post-embolization liver function change and 1 year survival rate between two groups. Conclusions: The embolization therapy using NBCA for HCC complicated with APF is safe, effective and more accurate. It can be used as a new technique for these patients. (authors)

  3. The clinical value of 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayed myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with hypertension

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    Objective: To investigate clinical significance of the 99Tcm-bis (N-ethoxy-N-ethyl-dithiocar-bamato) nitridotechnetium (99Tcm-N-NOET) exercise and delayed myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in hypertensive patients. Methods: Sixty patients with hypertension and 19 normal subjects were carried out 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayed MPI, and analyzed the results of MPI, exercise electrocardiography (ECG), cardiac function parameters end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), triangle open LVEF (LVEF exercis-LVEF delay) and coronary angiography (CAG). Results: 1) Sixty patients with hypertension, 22 cases (36.7%) of exercise ECG were abnormal, 16 cases (26.7%) were the chest tightness in exercise, 13 cases (21.7%) were blood pressure excessive reaction in exercise; control group, 2 cases (10.5%) of exercise ECG were abnormal, 1 case (5.3%, 1/19) was chest tightness in exercise, no person was blood pressure response in excessive. 2) The positive rate of myocardial perfusion in hypertensive group was significantly higher than the control group (31.75%vs. 5.30%, P0.05), triangle open LVEF2=4.501, P2=0.25, P>0.05). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 99Tcm-N-NOET MPI were 72.7%, 87.5% and 78.9%. Conclusions: 1) 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayde MPI can diagnose whether hypertension patients with myocardial ischemia or not. 2) triangle open LVEF of hypertensive patients reduced, triangle open LVEF is lower in hypertensive patients of MPI-positive. (authors)

  4. Incremental value of clinical assessment, supine exercise electrocardiography, and biplane exercise radionuclide ventriculography in the prediction of coronary artery disease in men with chest pain

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    The incremental value of clinical assessment, exercise electrocardiography (ECG) and biplane radionuclide ventriculography (RVG) in the prediction of coronary artery disease (CAD) was assessed in 105 men without myocardial infarction who were undergoing coronary angiography for investigation of chest pain. Independent clinical assessment of chest pain was made prospectively by 2 physicians. Graded supine bicycle exercise testing was symptom-limited. Right anterior oblique ECG-gated first-pass RVG and left anterior oblique ECG-gated equilibrium RVG were performed at rest and exercise. Regional wall motion abnormalities were defined by agreement of 2 of 3 blinded observers. A combined strongly positive exercise ECG response was defined as greater than or equal to 2 mm ST depression or 1.0 to 1.9 mm ST depression with exercise-induced chest pain. A multivariate logistic regression model for the preexercise prediction of CAD was derived from the clinical data and selected 2 variables: chest pain class and cholesterol level. A second model assessed the incremental value of the exercise test in prediction of CAD and found 2 exercise variables that improved prediction: RVG wall motion abnormalities, and a combined strongly positive ECG response. Applying the derived predictive models, 37 of the 58 patients (64%) with preexercise probabilities of 10 to 90% crossed either below the 10% probability threshold or above the 90% threshold and 28 (48%) also moved across the 5 and 95% thresholds. Supine exercise testing with ECG and biplane RVG together, but neither test alone, effectively adds to clinical prediction of CAD. It is most useful in men with atypical chest pain and when the ECG and RVG results are concordant

  5. Value of past clinical history in differentiating bronchial asthma from COPD in male smokers presenting with SOB and fixed airway obstruction

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    Prahlad Rai Gupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Differentiating asthma from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is difficult. Steroid trial may be of help but has several pitfalls. The present study aims to assess the value of past clinical profile of asthma and its differential diagnosis from COPD in male smokers and thereby to formulate clinical parameters to diagnose bronchial asthma in such patients. Patients and Methods: Male smokers who reported at the Respiratory Medicine Department of the National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS Hospital, Jaipur, (India, with shortness of breath (SOB and showing less than 12% postbronchodilator bronchial reversibility (BR on spirometry were recruited. These patients were given oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg for two weeks. Post steroid (PS spirometry was performed to ascertain BR. The past clinical history was recorded and analyzed to determine if it is of any use in differentiating asthma from COPD. Result: Out of 104 patients, four were lost to follow up, 52 were diagnosed as bronchial asthma, and the remaining 48 as COPD. It was revealed that past history of (H/O seasonal variation, wheezing, eye allergy, nasal allergy, dust allergy, skin allergy, and family H/O asthma/allergy were positive in 50, 40, 34, 30, 18, 14, and 12 asthma patients as compared to 10, 8, 2, 4, 6, 0, and 0 in 48 COPD patients (P < 0.001. The odds ratio (OR for diagnosing asthma was highest for the presence of any other two symptoms/variables, besides SOB, in the past (OR = 275, P < 0.0001. Conclusion: Past clinical history is of immense value in differentiating asthma from COPD in male smokers presenting with SOB and fixed airway obstruction.

  6. The Clinical Value of High-Intensity Signals on the Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaques: Noncontrast T1-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Shoichi Ehara

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Over the past several decades, significant progress has been made in the pathohistological assessment of vulnerable plaques and in invasive intravascular imaging techniques. However, the assessment of plaque morphology by invasive modalities is of limited value for the detection of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis and the subsequent prediction or prevention of acute cardiovascular events. Recently, magnetic resonance (MR imaging technology has reached a sufficient level of spatial resolution, which allowed the plaque visualization of large and static arteries such as the carotids and aorta. However, coronary wall imaging by MR is still challenging due to the small size of coronary arteries, cardiac and respiratory motion, and the low contrast-to-noise ratio between the coronary artery wall and the surrounding structures. Following the introduction of carotid plaque imaging with noncontrast T1-weighted imaging (T1WI, some investigators have reported that coronary artery high-intensity signals on T1WI are associated with vulnerable plaque morphology and an increased risk of future cardiac events. Although there are several limitations and issues that need to be resolved, this novel MR technique for coronary plaque imaging could influence treatment strategies for atherothrombotic disease and may be useful for understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of atherothrombotic plaque formation.

  7. Preliminary study of the value of clinical applications of superparamagnetic iron oxide in diagnosing small lesions of liver

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    Objective: To evaluate the value of Feridex in demonstrating small focal lesions of the liver on MRI and to discuss the optimal scan time after intravenous administration of Feridex. Methods: Small focal lesions in the liver were found on ultrasound or CT in 17 patients. Conventional MR plain scan and Gd-DTPA enhanced scan were performed. One to three days later, T2 weighted imaging was repeated at 0.5 h, 3 h and 6 h after Feridex was administered intravenously over 30-40 min at a dose of 0.05 ml/kg. The pre- and post-contrast T2WI were compared and analyzed in terms of lesion detectability and signal change. Results: Twenty-one lesions with diameter smaller than 1 cm were found on the Feridex enhanced images, and only 8 lesions were found on the conventional MR images. The small hepatic cancers, focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH), and regenerated nodules had different signal changes on the Feridex images, which made the differential diagnoses easier. The signal of the liver decreased significantly (P 0.05). Conclusion: Fridex enhanced MR images could not only improve the detection of small focal lesions, but also provide evidence for differential diagnoses

  8. Additional diagnostic and clinical value of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies compared with rheumatoid factor isotypes in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Vallbracht, Inka; Helmke, Klaus

    2005-07-01

    In the past decade significant advantages have been made in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and therapeutic strategies have changed a lot. These days, highly effective disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs enable intervention early in the disease process, in order to prevent major joint damage. For years, serological support in the diagnosis of RA has been limited to the presence of rheumatoid factors, although not very specific for RA. During the last years a variety of circulating non-RF antibodies have been discovered and reported to be of potential diagnostic value. CCP2 proved to be a very disease-specific and even sensitive marker for RA. In addition to the diagnostic properties, CCP showed to be a good prognostic marker, CCP helps to predict the erosive or nonerosive progression of the disease, and CCP is already present early in the disease. This diagnostic tool enables the clinician to choose the optimal therapeutic management for each single RA patient. PMID:16081030

  9. CLINICAL VALUE OF THE MARKERS OF PROLIFERATION AND APOPTOSIS IN PATIENTS WITH CLEAR CELL RENAL CELL CARCINOMA

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    N. A. Gorban

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Renal cell carcinoma (RCC is a heterogeneous disease in which the patients survive for months to years. At the present time the prognostic models have no sufficient information or exact prognostic value. Cell proliferation and apoptosis play a key role in cell cycle regulation; and impairment in these processes is commonly detected in different human tumors. The investigation enrolled 76 patients (49 men, 27 women aged 32 to 73 years (mean age 56 ± 7.6 years diagnosed with RCC. The follow-up was 8 to 116 months (mean 36.5 months. All the patients underwent nephrectomy; antibodies against р53, Bcl-2, and Ki-67 were investigated by immunohistochemistry. The expression of p53 and none or reduced expression of Bcl-2 are poor prognostic factors and associated with the metastatic potential of a tumor and with low relapse-free survival. High Ki-67 levels are a risk factor for metastases. A combination of p53 expression and high proliferative activity reflects the aggressive potential of a tumor and suggests the high risk of metastases just at the disease diagnosis and early tumor dissemination. 

  10. Clinical value of Helicobacter pylori stool antigen test, ImmunoCard STAT HpSA, for detecting H pylori infection

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    Yi-Hui Li; Hong Guo; Peng-Bin Zhang; Xiao-Yan Zhao; Si-Ping Da

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the reliability of the Helicobacter pylori stool antigen test, ImmunoCard STAT HpSA, for detecting H pylori infection.METHODS: Stool specimens were collected from 53 patients who received upper endoscopy examination due to gastrointestinal symptoms. ImmunoCard STAT HpSA wasused to detect H pylori stool antigens. H pyloriinfection wasdetected based on three different tests: the urease test, Warthin-Starry staining and culture. H pylori status wasdefined as positive when both the urease test and histology or culture alone was positive.RESULTS: Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive and negative predictive values and the total accuracy of ImmunoCard STAT HpSA for the diagnosis of H pylorinfection were 92.6% (25/27), 88.5% (23/26), 89.3% (25/28), 92%(23/25) and 90.6% (48/53), respectively.CONCLUSION: The stool antigen test, ImmunoCard STAT HpSA, is a simple noninvasive and accurate test for the diagnosis of H pyloriinfection.

  11. Clinical diagnostic value of combined determination of four serum markers (β-HCG, progesterone, VEGF, creatinekinase) for ectopic pregnancy before rupture

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical diagnostic value of combined determination of 4 serum markers for unruptured ectopic pregnancy. Methods: Serum β-HCG, progesterone (P) (with RIA) vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) (with CLIA) and creatinekinase (CK) (with biochemical method) contents were determined twice (one day apart) in 50 subjects with suspected early ectopic pregnancy (before rupture) and 50 normal pregnant women. Results: Serum contents of β- HCG and P in the subjects with suspected ectopic pregnancy were significantly lower than those in the normal pregnant women (P0.05). Conclusion: Combined determination of those four markers were helpful for the early diagnosis of unruptured ectopic pregnancy. (authors)

  12. Establishment of a Method to Measure Length of the Ulnar Nerve and Standardize F-wave Values in Clinically Normal Beagles

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    HIRASAWA, Shun; Shimizu, Miki; MARUI, Yuumi; KISHIMOTO, Miori; OKUNO, Seiichi

    2014-01-01

    We designed a new method of measuring the length of the ulnar nerve and determining standard values for F-wave parameters of the ulnar nerve in clinically normal beagles. Nerve length must be precisely measured to determine F-wave latency and conduction velocity. The length of the forelimb has served as the length of the ulnar nerve for F-wave assessments, but report indicates that F-wave latency is proportional to the length of the pathway traveled by nerve impulses. Therefore, we measured t...

  13. Determination of normal values range for lower limbs muscles perfusion indexes at Rest and after exercise in patients after 50 years of age, with the possibility of assessment of age influence on these values case of their clinical application

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    Introduction: Nuclear Medicine allows for defining slight changes in muscle perfusion at rest and after exercise. The assessment of perfusion in elderly patients allows for significant for the age determination of lower limbs muscles perfusion indexes. Aim. The determination of the range of normal values for lower limbs muscle perfusion indexes at rest and after exercise in patient after 50 years of age with the assessment of the age influence on these values. Material: In 24 patients, after the exclusion of circulatory disturbances in lower limbs muscles, Radioisotopic examinations of perfusion were performed. Methods: 1.Examinations: basic, blood tests, USG, vascular examinations; 2. Radioisotopic examinations of lower limbs perfusion with gamma-camera, after the injection of Tc99mMIBI and with the own program ALLP. Results: The results of basic examinations, blood tests, USG and vascular ones without any deviation from norm. Radioisotopic method allowed for determination of normal values for calves and thighs perfusion indexes in patients after 50 years. The comparison between the groups of age 20-45 and after 50 showed a statistically significant difference between them in both upper and lower range. The increase of 9% of the lower and 7% of the upper range of indexes value was observed. In both groups, at rest and after exercise, a similar difference between the indexes of lower and upper range was observed. A similar, positive influence of exercise of perfusion was observed. Conclusions: In patients after 50, a difference between the perfusion indexes is observed, similar to the younger ones. A statistically significant increase of indexes was stated in patients after 50. In both groups, similar, positive influence of exercise on perfusion was observed. The analysis of the results justifies the clinical necessity of determination of lower limbs perfusion indexes in elderly patients. (author)

  14. Clinical value and severity of myocardial perfusion defects in asymptomatic diabetic patients with negative or weakly positive exercise treadmill test

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Although coronary artery disease (CAD is the leading cause of death in type 2 diabetic patients, it is frequently asymptomatic. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI is reported to show ischemia in a significant number of asymptomatic diabetic patients. We studied the prevalence and severity of myocardial perfusion defects in asymptomatic diabetic patients and its clinical impact. Methods and patients: One hundred thirty consecutive asymptomatic patients, aged 35-65 years with type 2 diabetes mellitus and with no history of CAD and no cardiac symptoms were recruited in the study. Echocardiography, electrocardiography (ECG, routine laboratory tests and exercise treadmill test (ETT were performed and patients with weakly positive or negative ETT underwent Dipyridamole MPI. Patients with positive ETT were referred to coronary angiography. Patients were followed for at least 17 months (mean 21.7 months and any cardiac event was recorded. Results: We studied 81 female and 49 male patients with mean age of 51.8 years. Negative, weakly positive and positive ETT result was noted in 74.3%, 15% and 10.7% respectively. 75% of patients with positive ETT had coronary artery disease in angiography. Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was done in 106 patients. MPI showed reversible defect in 26.9% of the patients with a mean summed stress score of 3.3±1.8. Follow up completed in 112 patients and only one patient with abnormal MPI underwent coronary angiography followed by PTCA. No cardiac death, MI, UA or hospital admission occurred among our patients during follow up (17-26 months. Mean stress end diastolic volume (EDV was significantly higher in patients with reversible defect compared to patients without reversible defect based on MPI findings (62.0±31.6 Vs 48.5±18.4 ml, P=0.04. Blood glucose and HA1c were significantly higher in patients with ischemia compared to patients without ischemia (P<0.05. Meanwhile the ratio of TG to HDL was 6.06±3.2 in

  15. Analysis of prognostic value of clinical information and myocardial perfusion imaging in diabetic patients on cardiac events occurrence

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    Objective: To explore the risk factors of cardiac event (CE) occurrence and evaluate the prognostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in diabetic patients. Methods: We conducted a study with 172(16.4%) consecutively registered patients with diabetes (132 males, 40 females; age range 16-90 years, mean age 55.94±12.46 years) and 875(83.6%) patients without diabetes with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing SPECT MPI. Follow-up information was obtained through telephone interviews. Patients were followed up for at least 18 months. End points were defined as death due to primary cardiac cause, or nonfatal acute myocardial infarction and revascularization. The mean time of follow-up was 33.25±14.95 (1∼56) months. Results: Logistic stepwise regression analysis evaluated history of smoking and drinking, hypertension, hyperlipemia and the family history of CAD as predictors. A multiple regression formula was obtained: Y=-5.593+0.958X1+0.921 X2+0.428X3, (Y=cardiac events, X1=diabetes, X2=the family history of CAD, X3=hypertension). Diabetes, the family history of CAD and hypertension were dangerous factors for cardiac events, but hyperlipemia, history of smoking and drinking were protective factors for cardiac events. Over the follow-up period, there are 42 cardiac events in diabetic group, 86 in non-diabetic group. Patients with diabetes had significantly higher rates of cardiac events (24.4% versus 9.8%; chi-square 28.5, P<0.0001), compared with rates among patients without diabetes (table 1). Kaplan-Meier survival curves analyzing the no-CE rates in the diabetic and non-diabetic groups, diabetic patients were significantly lower than non-diabetic ones (Log-rank statistic, chi-square 28.75, P <0.0001). Of 172 diabetic patients, 32.2% of the patients with abnormal MPI occurred cardiac events, but only 7.4% of the patients with normal ones did(chi-square 12.34, P <0.001) (figure 1). Abnormal SPECT MPI was associated with the higher rate

  16. Clinical values of multiple Epstein-Barr virus (EBV serological biomarkers detected by xMAP technology

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    Chen Li-Zhen

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Serological examination of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV antibodies has been performed for screening nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC and other EBV-associated diseases. Methods By using xMAP technology, we examined immunoglobulin (Ig A antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV VCA-gp125, p18 and IgA/IgG against EA-D, EBNA1 and gp78 in populations with distinct diseases, or with different genetic or geographic background. Sera from Cantonese NPC patients (n = 547 and healthy controls (n = 542, 90 members of high-risk NPC families and 52 non-endemic healthy individuals were tested. Thirty-five of NPC patients were recruited to observe the kinetics of EBV antibody levels during and after treatment. Patients with other EBV-associated diseases were collected, including 16 with infectious mononucleosis, 28 with nasal NK/T cell lymphoma and 14 with Hodgkin's disease. Results Both the sensitivity and specificity of each marker for NPC diagnosis ranged 61–84%, but if combined, they could reach to 84.5% and 92.4%, respectively. Almost half of NPC patients displayed decreased EBV immunoactivities shortly after therapy and tumor recurrence was accompanied with high EBV antibody reactivates. Neither the unaffected members from high-risk NPC families nor non-endemic healthy population showed statistically different EBV antibody levels compared with endemic controls. Moreover, elevated levels of specific antibodies were observed in other EBV-associated diseases, but all were lower than those in NPC. Conclusion Combined EBV serological biomarkers could improve the diagnostic values for NPC. Diverse EBV serological spectrums presented in populations with different EBV-associated diseases, but NPC patients have the highest EBV activity.

  17. Comparative assessment of diagnostic value of electrodiagnostic methods and radiologic evaluations in patients with clinical signs of cervical radiculopathy

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    S.A. Moosavi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and purpose: Cervical radiculopathy is one of the most common diseases that must be diagnosed early and properly to prevent its serious side effects. For this purpose different paraclinical methods such as MRI, X-ray, EMG, NCV and SSEP are used. Each of these methods has its limitations and some of them are expensive or invassive. The aim of this study was to compare the electrodiagnostic and radiologic methods in diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy.Materials and Methods: In this study 36 patients (22 Female, l4 Male with complaint of cervical pain radiated to upper limbs were evaluated. The evaluation included EMG, NCV, MRI, X-ray and SSEP. Exclusion criteria were fracture dislocation and infection of bone joints or soft tissues .MRI and X-ray were performed in MRI centers of Isfahan, Sepahan and Alzahra hospital in Isfahan city. MRI was graded on severity of 1 to 3. EMG, NCV and SSEP were performed in electrodiagnostic center of Alzahra hospital by one professional technician. Results were compared with text books and analyzed by SPSS software.Results: Sensitivity of SSEP was 28.6% and specifity was 100%. Partial agreement between SSEP and MRI existed in moderate and severe cervical involvements (P = 0.005. Frequencies of abnormalities were: EMG 50%, NCV 5.6%, X-ray 33.3% and MRI 77.8%.Conclusion: This study shows that SSEP has lower value than EMG in diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy. Also in a patient with cervical radiculopathy, cervical MRI and EMG of upper limbs are necessary. SSEP abnormalities in the presence of moderate and severe MRI changes such as myelopathy, are more valuable. Therefore, SSEP in cervical radiculopathy is recommended before surgery.

  18. The clinical application value of myocardial perfusion imaging in evaluating coronary artery myocardial bridge patients with symptoms

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    Objective: Myocardial bridge is a common inborn coronary artery anomaly, myocardial bridge may be associated with myocardial ischemia. Only a few patients with coronary artery myocardial bridge were evaluated with nuclear medicine techniques. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of nuclear cardiology with myocardial perfusion technique in symptomatic myocardial bridge patients. Methods Nineteen myocardial bridge patients with the symptoms of chest pain and chest distress were analyzed retrospectively. 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion images (both exercise and rest) were performed in all. Imaging results were compared with the results of movement electrocardiogram (ECG) and coronary arteriography. The t test or χ2 test was used to statistically analyze the data with Stata 7.0 software. Results: Of the 19 patients, 18 patients had myocardial bridge locating at the left anterior descending artery, 1 patient at the left anterior descending and left circumflex artery, the mean angiographic systolic occlusion within the myocardial bridge was (65.4 ± 22.1)%. Of these 19 patients, Exercise-rest 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined positive myocardial ischemia in 10 and negative in 9 patients. Of the 10 patients with 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia, 8 had reversible radioactive defect of partial anterior wall and (or) apex, 1 had reversible defect of post lateral wall and post septal wall, and 1 had reversible defect of inferior wall. The positive predictive value of myocardial perfusion imaging was 52.6% (10/19), which was higher than movement ECG [21.1% (4/19), χ2= 4.07, P 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial periusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. Six cases with Grade II stenosis, two were 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. Eight cases with Grade III stenosis, seven were 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. The mean angio

  19. Clinical value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis of primary peritoneal papillary serous carcinoma

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    Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in primary peritoneal papillary serous carcinoma (PPPSC). Methods: Ten postmenopausal female cases of pathologically diagnosed PPPSC from March 2009 to October 2011 were retrospectively reviewed (age range: 61-81 years, mean: (69.4±6.2) years). All cases underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT.The CT characteristics and SUVmax of lesions on PET images were analyzed. Serum CA125 levels were measured before or after PET/CT within one week. The patterns of PPPSC on PET/CT were compared with histopathological results. Linear correlation analysis was used to evaluate the correlation between the CA125 and the maximum SUVmax of lesions presented in parietal peritoneum, greater omentum or mesentery. Results: The PET/CT uptake pattern of the 10 PPPSC cases was described as floccus, multi-nodular or cake-like in greater omentum (SUVmax =6.32±2.87), and as diffuse or localized nodules,or non-uniform strip-like thickening in 9 parietal peritoneum and 8 mesentery cases (SUVmax=5.96±2.14 and 5.70± 1.69, respectively). The most commonly involved sites were pelvic wall of peritoneum and mesentery of small intestine. All 10 cases had different degrees of ascites, mainly intrapelvic and perihepatic. Hypermetabolic ovarian enlargement (all <5 cm) was bilateral in 2 patients and right-sided in 1 patient. Four patients had retroperitoneal lymph node metastasis and others were found with punctate calcifications in metastatic lymph nodes, small pleural effusions, liver metastasis,as well as portal node metastasis. CA125 concentration was elevated in all cases ((51.25±26.40) ×104 U/L), but there was no significant correlation between CA125 and the maximum SUVmax of lesions found in parietal peritoneum, greater omentum or mesentery (r=0.05, P>0.05). Conclusion: 18F-FDG PET/CT could show the positions and metabolic status of PPPSC lesions.It may be an effective imaging modality in the diagnosis and assessment of PPPSC. (authors)

  20. Determination of Nutritional Value and Digestibility and Degradability of Twigs in Four Tree Species through Chemical and in situ (Nylon Bags Techniques

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    Full Text Available This study has been conducted in order to determine nutritional value and digestibility and degradability of twigs in four tree species including Zelkova carpinifolia, Gleditchia caspica, Populus deltoids and Quercus castanaefolia through chemical and in situ techniques using 3 fistulated sheep in National Research Institute for Animal Science, IRAN. The experiment conducted based on Randomized Complete Block Design and obtained data were analyzed by software SAS and Neway. Chemical compounds (crude protein (CP, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF, Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF, Ether Extract (EE, Ash, Crude Fiber (CF, NFC(Non Fiber Carbohydrate, Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE and organic material (OM and degradation (dry matter and protein were determined. Amount of crude protein for 4 species are as follow Z. carpinifolia (11%, G. caspica (15.4%, P. deltoids (10.3% and Q. castanaefolia (9.5%, also amount of crude fiber in these trees are respectively 32.7, 18.6, 13.9 and 22.9%. Survey conducted on species’ degradation and on amounts of dry matter and protein which disappear after 0, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours. Results of degradation in dry matter and protein showed that extent of degradation has been an uptrend over time of incubation and it follows a similar trend at all times. The most degradation of dry matter (80.6% and protein (91.6% are related to G. caspica and the least degradation of dry matter (36% and protein (38.4% are related to Q. castanaefolia. Results showed that as a replacement or a complementary for alfalfa, the four considered tree species can provide some parts of food requirements by livestock through a correct programming.

  1. Evaluation of epidemiological cut-off values indicates that biocide resistant subpopulations are uncommon in natural isolates of clinically-relevant microorganisms.

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    Full Text Available To date there are no clear criteria to determine whether a microbe is susceptible to biocides or not. As a starting point for distinguishing between wild-type and resistant organisms, we set out to determine the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC distributions for four common biocides; triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine and sodium hypochlorite for 3319 clinical isolates, with a particular focus on Staphylococcus aureus (N = 1635 and Salmonella spp. (N = 901 but also including Escherichia coli (N = 368, Candida albicans (N = 200, Klebsiella pneumoniae (N = 60, Enterobacter spp. (N = 54, Enterococcus faecium (N = 53, and Enterococcus faecalis (N = 56. From these data epidemiological cut-off values (ECOFFs are proposed. As would be expected, MBCs were higher than MICs for all biocides. In most cases both values followed a normal distribution. Bimodal distributions, indicating the existence of biocide resistant subpopulations were observed for Enterobacter chlorhexidine susceptibility (both MICs and MBCs and the susceptibility to triclosan of Enterobacter (MBC, E. coli (MBC and MIC and S. aureus (MBC and MIC. There is a concern on the potential selection of antibiotic resistance by biocides. Our results indicate however that resistance to biocides and, hence any potential association with antibiotic resistance, is uncommon in natural populations of clinically relevant microorganisms.

  2. Quantitative mineral salt evaluation in the calcaneous bone using computed tomography, 125I-photon absorption and chemical analysis to compare the value of the individual methods

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    It was the aim of the study described here to verify the accuracy of two different methods for the quantitative evaluation of mineral salts, which were the 125I-photon absorption technique on the one hand and wholebody CT on the other hand. For this purpose, post-mortem examinations of 31 calcaneous bones were carried out to evaluate their individual mineral salt contents in vitro using either of the above-mentioned methods. The results obtained were subsequently contrasted with calcium concentrations determined by chemical analysis. A comparison of the individual mineral salt evaluations with the results from calcium analyses pointed to a highly significant correlation (p=0.001) for both methods under investigation. The same held for the correlation of findings from CT and the 125I-hydroxylapatite technique, where the level of significance was also p=0.001. The above statements must, however, be modified in as much as the mineral salt values measured by CT were consistently lower than those obtained on the basis of 125I-photon absorption. These deviations are chiefly attributable to the fact that the values provided by CT are more susceptible to influences from the fat contained in the bones. In 125I-photon absorption a special formula may be derived to allow for the bias occurring here, provided that the composition of the bone is known. To summarise, the relative advantages and drawbacks of CT and 125I-photon absorption are carefully balanced. Mineral salt evaluations by CT permit incipient losses to be ascertained even in the trunk. The 125I-photon absorption technique would appear to be the obvious method for any kind of follow-up examination in the peripheral skeleton, as it is easily reproducible and radiation exposure can be kept to minimum. (TRV)

  3. Comparison of clinical semi-quantitative assessment of muscle fat infiltration with quantitative assessment using chemical shift-based water/fat separation in MR studies of the calf of post-menopausal women

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    Alizai, Hamza; Nardo, Lorenzo; Karampinos, Dimitrios C.; Joseph, Gabby B.; Yap, Samuel P.; Baum, Thomas; Krug, Roland; Majumdar, Sharmila; Link, Thomas M. [University of California, San Francisco, Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research Group, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, San Francisco, CA (United States)

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    The goal of this study was to compare the semi-quantitative Goutallier classification for fat infiltration with quantitative fat-fraction derived from a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) chemical shift-based water/fat separation technique. Sixty-two women (age 61 {+-} 6 years), 27 of whom had diabetes, underwent MRI of the calf using a T1-weighted fast spin-echo sequence and a six-echo spoiled gradient-echo sequence at 3 T. Water/fat images and fat fraction maps were reconstructed using the IDEAL algorithm with T2* correction and a multi-peak model for the fat spectrum. Two radiologists scored fat infiltration on the T1-weighted images using the Goutallier classification in six muscle compartments. Spearman correlations between the Goutallier grades and the fat fraction were calculated; in addition, intra-observer and inter-observer agreement were calculated. A significant correlation between the clinical grading and the fat fraction values was found for all muscle compartments (P < 0.0001, R values ranging from 0.79 to 0.88). Goutallier grades 0-4 had a fat fraction ranging from 3.5 to 19%. Intra-observer and inter-observer agreement values of 0.83 and 0.81 were calculated for the semi-quantitative grading. Semi-quantitative grading of intramuscular fat and quantitative fat fraction were significantly correlated and both techniques had excellent reproducibility. However, the clinical grading was found to overestimate muscle fat. (orig.)

  4. Chemical durability and leaching mechanism of Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 ceramics: Effects of temperature and pH values

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    Zhao, Xiaofeng; Teng, Yuancheng; Wu, Lang; Huang, Yi; Ma, Jiyan; Wang, Guolong

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    Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 ceramics with high relative density were prepared by hot-press (HPS) and pressureless (PLS) sintering. The effects of temperature and pH values on the chemical durability of the ceramics were investigated. The results show that an increase of acidity significantly accelerated the corrosion of the samples. In alkaline leachates, further release elements were prevented by the newborn surface precipitation. The leach rate (Rn) of HPS sample was similar to that of PLS specimen in deionized water, but higher Rn for PLS sample was found in pH = 11 solution. Moreover, apparent activation energy of the dissolution of Eu (40 ± 4 kJ mol-1) is much higher than that of Ce (20 ± 1 kJ mol-1), leading to the higher normalized elemental leach rate of Eu. Both the Eu and Ce elements have low leach rates (10-12-10-9 m d-1) after 42 days in all the leachates studied in this work.

  5. The value of 15-minute delayed contrast-enhanced CT to differentiate hyperattenuating adrenal masses compared with chemical shift MR imaging

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    To investigate the diagnostic performance of 15-min delayed contrast-enhanced computed tomography (15-DECT) compared with that of chemical shift magnetic resonance (CSMR) imaging in differentiating hyperattenuating adrenal masses and to perform subgroup analysis in underlying malignancy and non-malignancy. This study included 478 adrenal masses in 453 patients examined with 15-DECT and 235 masses in 217 patients examined with CSMR. Relative percentage washout (RPW) and absolute percentage washout (APW) on 15-DECT, and signal intensity index (SII) and adrenal-to-spleen ratio (ASR) on CSMR were measured. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 15-DECT and CSMR were analysed for characterisation of adrenal adenoma. Subgroup analyses were performed in patients with and without underlying malignancy. Attenuation and size of the masses on unenhanced CT correlated with the risk of non-adenoma. RPW calculated from 15-DECT showed the highest diagnostic performance for characterising hyperattenuating adrenal masses regardless of underlying malignancy, and the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 91.7 %, 74.8 % and 88.1 %, respectively in all patients. The risk of non-adenoma increased approximately threefold as mass size increased 1 cm or as its attenuation value increased by 10 Hounsfield units. 15-DECT was more accurate than CSMR in characterising hyperattenuating adrenal masses regardless of underlying malignancy. (orig.)

  6. The value of 15-minute delayed contrast-enhanced CT to differentiate hyperattenuating adrenal masses compared with chemical shift MR imaging

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    Koo, Hyun Jung; Choi, Hyuck Jae; Cho, Kyoung-Sik [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hwa Jung; Kim, Sun-Ok [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Cancer Center, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    To investigate the diagnostic performance of 15-min delayed contrast-enhanced computed tomography (15-DECT) compared with that of chemical shift magnetic resonance (CSMR) imaging in differentiating hyperattenuating adrenal masses and to perform subgroup analysis in underlying malignancy and non-malignancy. This study included 478 adrenal masses in 453 patients examined with 15-DECT and 235 masses in 217 patients examined with CSMR. Relative percentage washout (RPW) and absolute percentage washout (APW) on 15-DECT, and signal intensity index (SII) and adrenal-to-spleen ratio (ASR) on CSMR were measured. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 15-DECT and CSMR were analysed for characterisation of adrenal adenoma. Subgroup analyses were performed in patients with and without underlying malignancy. Attenuation and size of the masses on unenhanced CT correlated with the risk of non-adenoma. RPW calculated from 15-DECT showed the highest diagnostic performance for characterising hyperattenuating adrenal masses regardless of underlying malignancy, and the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 91.7 %, 74.8 % and 88.1 %, respectively in all patients. The risk of non-adenoma increased approximately threefold as mass size increased 1 cm or as its attenuation value increased by 10 Hounsfield units. 15-DECT was more accurate than CSMR in characterising hyperattenuating adrenal masses regardless of underlying malignancy. (orig.)

  7. Chemical Leukoderma.

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    Bonamonte, Domenico; Vestita, Michelangelo; Romita, Paolo; Filoni, Angela; Foti, Caterina; Angelini, Gianni

    2016-01-01

    Chemical leukoderma, often clinically mimicking idiopathic vitiligo and other congenital and acquired hypopigmentation, is an acquired form of cutaneous pigment loss caused by exposure to a variety of chemicals that act through selective melanocytotoxicity. Most of these chemicals are phenols and aromatic or aliphatic catechols derivatives. These chemicals, however, are harmful for melanocytes in individuals with an individual susceptibility. Nowadays, chemical leukoderma is fairly common, caused by common domestic products. The presence of numerous acquired confetti- or pea-sized macules is clinically characteristic of chemical leukoderma, albeit not diagnostic. Other relevant diagnostic elements are a history of repeated exposure to a known or suspected depigmenting agent at the sites of onset and a macules distribution corresponding to sites of chemical exposure. Spontaneous repigmentation has been reported when the causative agent is avoided; the repigmentation process is perifollicular and gradual, taking place for a variable period of weeks to months. PMID:27172302

  8. The value of 99mTc-HMPAO labelled white blood cell scintigraphy in acute appendicitis patients with an equivocal clinical presentation

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    Various imaging studies can be performed in the evaluation of patients with a clinical presentation equivocal for acute appendicitis. One of these studies is technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) labelled white blood cell (WBC) scintigraphy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and clinical value of 99mTc-HMPAO WBC scintigraphy in the aforementioned group of patients. Forty-one patients who had acute right lower quadrant abdominal pain with a clinical presentation equivocal for acute appendicitis were included in the study. The anterior abdomen and pelvis were imaged up to 4 h after the injection of 125-300 MBq 99mTc-HMPAO WBCs and the results were immediately reported to the surgeon before a decision was taken on whether to perform laparotomy. Diagnostic accuracy was established by the intra-operative findings and the histopathology in operated patients. In non-operated patients, absence of abdominal symptoms 1 month after scintigraphy and/or identification of another cause of abdominal pain was used to rule out acute appendicitis. There were 16 patients with positive scintigraphy and 81% of these patients were positive within 2 h post injection. There were no false-positive or false-negative results. We operated on 17 (41.4%) patients, and only one patient (5.9%) underwent unnecessary laparotomy. We conclude that 99mTc-HMPAO WBC scintigraphy is a rapid, highly accurate method for the exclusion of acute appendicitis and that its use can lower the unnecessarily high laparotomy rate in patients with an equivocal clinical presentation. (orig.)

  9. Clinical value of dual-isotope fat absorption test system (FATS) using glycerol [125I]trioleate and glycerol [75Se]triether

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    In order to delineate the clinical value of a dual-isotope fat absorption test system (FATS) using glycerol [75Se]triether as lipid-phase marker and glycerol [125I]trioleate as the test lipid, fecal isotope ratios from single stools (and a 72-hr stool homogenate) were compared to quantitative fecal fat excretion. The study included 11 patients without and 24 patients with steatorrhea. With a figure of 0.8% as the upper limit of normal, the test was a reliable indicator of steatorrhea with 87.5% sensitivity and 81.8% specificity; efficiency was 85.7%. Related to a prevalence of steatorrhea of 45.9% as the mean value of 1269 consecutive 72-hr specimens investigated for steatorrhea during 1978-1982, the positive (negative) predictive value of the FATS is 80.3% (87.2%). With 2% as the upper limit of normal, no false positive results ensued. It is concluded that a two-step interpretation of the FATS (0.8% limit and 2% limit) may be regarded a valid qualitative index for steatorrhea. The FATS isotope ratio using single stools correlated well with FATS ratios in the 72-hr stool homogenates (r = 0.97). FATS therefore allows a convenient estimate of steatorrhea from measuring single stools. As a quantitative measure of fecal fat excretion, the FATS is unreliable

  10. ECT在乳腺癌骨转移的临床应用价值%Clinical Application value of ECT in bone Metastasis of Breast Cancer

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    李明浩; 崔时珍; 玄日

    2013-01-01

    Objective Clinical application value of ECT in breast cancer bone metastasis .Method Of the 76 cases confirmed by pathology to breast cancer patients give systemic ECT inspection and analysis and summary information .Results In breast cancer patients combined with bone metastases ,ECT high diagnostic value,signifi-cantly higher than the CT and x-ray.Conclusion ECT in the early detection of breast cancer bone metastasis has been of great value.%目的探讨ECT在乳腺癌骨转移的临床应用价值。方法对76例经病理证实为乳腺癌患者行全身 ECT检查,并分析总结资料。结果在乳腺癌骨转移患者中,ECT诊断价值较高,明显高于CT及X线。结论 ECT在早期发现乳腺癌骨转移方面有重要价值。

  11. Clinical Significance and Prognostic Value of CA72-4 Compared with CEA and CA19-9 in Patients with Gastric Cancer

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    Full Text Available Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA and CA 19-9 are both widely used in the follow up of patients with gastrointestinal cancer. More recently another tumor marker, named CA 72-4 has been identified and characterized using two different monoclonal antibodies B72.3 and CC49. Several reports evaluated CA 72-4 as a serum tumor marker for gastric cancer and compared its clinical utility with that of CEA or CA 19-9; few reports concerned its prognostic value. In the present study, CA 72-4 is evaluated and compared with CEA and CA 19-9 in various populations of patients with gastric cancer and benign disease; for 52 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma and 57 patients without neoplastic disease CEA, CA 19-9 and CA 72-4 were evaluated before treatment. Sensitivity of the tumor markers CA 72-4, CA 19-9 and CEA at the recommended cut-off level in all 52 patients were 58%, 50% the sensitivity increased to 75%. of these markers, for non metastatic patients, multivariate analyses indicated that none of the markers were significant, when adjusted for gender and age (which were indicators of poor prognosis; patients with abnormal values of CA72-4 tended to have shorter survival than patients with normal values (p < 0.07. In the metastatic population, only high values of CA19-9 (p < 0.02 and gender (women (p < 0.03 were indicators of poor prognosis in univariate analysis; multivariate analysis revealed that both CA72-4 (p = 0.034 and CA19-9 p = 0.009, adjusted for gender were independent prognostic factors. However, CA72-4 lost significance (p = 0.41 when adjusted for CA19-9 and gender, indicating that CA19-9 provides more prognostic information than CA72-4.

  12. Clinical value of serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10 and platelet activating factor detection in diagnosis of post-ERCP pancreatitis

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    Di Wang; Xue-Song Li; Peng-Peng Cai

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical value of serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10 and platelet activating factor detection in the diagnosis of post-ERCP pancreatitis.Methods:A total of 256 patients with ERCP were selected in our hospital of the digestive department of internal medicine from January 2015 to December 2015. According to different symptoms, signs, serum amylase and pancreatic CT examination results after ERCP, the subjects were divided into three groups: control group, hyperlipidemia group and PEP group. Serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor were detected.Results:There were statistically significant differences in serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor among control group, hyperlipidemia group and PEP group patients with serum amylase (Fgroup = 269.578, 139.492, 145.637, 126.891, allP = 0.000), and the value of PEP group was the highest. There were statistically significant differences in serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor at different time point (Ftime = 602.506, 494.375, 462.512, 239.564, allP = 0.000), the serum amylase level in the patients with hyperlipidemia group reached the highest value after 4 h, but the 24 h was lower than the normal level after operation, the serum amylase in PEP group increased rapidly after 4 h, and the 24 h was still increased after operation; The serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor were all highest 4 h after the operation in the hyperlipidemia group and PEP group, and the 24 h after the operation were all decreased. In PEP group, serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor 4 h after the operation and 24 h after the operation were significantly higher than those before operation (Finteractive = 28.492, 22.614, 16.573, 7.819, allP = 0.000). In PEP group, the serum amylase had positive correlations with serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor (r=0.591, 0.662, 0.681, allP<0.05).Conclusions: Serum amylase

  13. The diagnostic value of transabdominal sonography of the gastrointestinal tract, particularly in cases without clinical signs. Comparison with the endoscopic and radiological studies - part I

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    Recent years have seen progress in transabdominal ultrasonography (TUS) of the stomach and intestine as a result of more exact evaluation of the wall stratification of these organs and the thickness and echogenicity of the layers, some of these caused by interface echo. These echoes are produced at a tissue interface, where the acoustic impedance changes between two tissues. An interface echo layer is different from a histological layer. With careful TUS of the stomach and intestines it is possible to diagnose lesions of these organs despite silent clinical symptoms. The material included 340 patients in whom lesions were detected by means of TUS: 88 cases of stomach lesions, 15 cases of small intestine lesions, 215 cases of large intestine lesions, and 22 cases of pendicitis. Endoscopic and histopathological examinations as well as 42 reliable radiological examinations of these patients were performed. The results of these examinations were subjected to statistical assessment. Of the 88 cases of stomach lesions detected by ultrasonography, 68 were confirmed by gastroscopy and 20 by reliable radiological double-contrast examination. In this group, 72 patients without clinical data and 16 patients with clinical symptoms of stomach pathology were examined. From these data it is evident that correct diagnoses were established using ultrasonography in 84% of the examined patients, whereas 16% of the results were false positive. Of the 16 cases of clinically suspected stomach lesions, the proportion of correct diagnoses established by means of ultrasonography constituted the greater part and amounted to 93% of the examined patients (15 patients). This fact perhaps demonstrates that the examining radiologist, who was made 'sensitive' by the clinician, searched more precisely for lesions and, above all, that the lesions TUS examinations of the stomach and small and large intestine have a high diagnostic value, and each abdominal cavity ultrasonography should include such

  14. Prognostic value, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of high sensitivity C-reactive protein as a marker in primary prevention of major cardiac events

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    Full Text Available Background: In a substantial portion of patients (= 25% with coronary heart disease (CHD, a myocardial infarction or sudden cardiac death without prior symptoms is the first manifestation of disease. The use of new risk predictors for CHD such as the high-sensitivity C-reactive Protein (hs-CRP in addition to established risk factors could improve prediction of CHD. As a consequence of the altered risk assessment, modified preventive actions could reduce the number of cardiac death and non-fatal myocardial infarction. Research question: Does the additional information gained through the measurement of hs-CRP in asymptomatic patients lead to a clinically relevant improvement in risk prediction as compared to risk prediction based on traditional risk factors and is this cost-effective? Methods: A literature search of the electronic databases of the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI was conducted. Selection, data extraction, assessment of the study-quality and synthesis of information was conducted according to the methods of evidence-based medicine. Results: Eight publications about predictive value, one publication on the clinical efficacy and three health-economic evaluations were included. In the seven study populations of the prediction studies, elevated CRP-levels were almost always associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events and non-fatal myocardial infarctions or cardiac death and severe cardiovascular events. The effect estimates (odds ratio (OR, relative risk (RR, hazard ratio (HR, once adjusted for traditional risk factors, demonstrated a moderate, independent association between hs-CRP and cardiac and cardiovascular events that fell in the range of 0.7 to 2.47. In six of the seven studies, a moderate increase in the area under the curve (AUC could be detected by adding hs-CRP as a predictor to regression models in addition to established risk factors though in three cases this was not

  15. Clinical value of lung uptake of iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), a myocardial sympathetic nerve imaging agent, in patients with chronic heart failure

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    This study investigated the clinical value of I-123 MIBG pulmonary accumulation and washout in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Nineteen patients with CHF and 15 normal volunteers (NL) were included. The uptake ratio of heart to mediastinum (H/M), that of lung fields to mediastinum (L/M), and washout rate (WR) of the heart and lung fields were calculated in anterior planar images and compared with results of echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. In the CHF group, the lung uptake in delayed images increased and lung WR was decreased, suggesting pulmonary endothelial lesions. Furthermore, there was a negative correlation between right and left lung WR and pulmonary arterial diastolic pressure (PA(D)) and pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (PA(S)) in the CHF group. Since the WR of MIBG reflected PA, it may be used as an index of severity of cardiac dysfunction. (author)

  16. Clinical analysis of the value of combined detection of serum CA199 and CA50 levels in patients with pancreatic cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of combined test of serum CA199 and CA50 levels in the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer. Methods: Serum levels of CA199 and CA50 in 40 cases of pancreatic cancer, 20 cases of chronic pancreatitis and 30 normal controls were detected by radioimmunoassay. Results: Serum CA199 and CA50 levels in pancreatic cancer patients were significantly higher than those in normal controls and chronic pancreatitis patients (P 199 and CA50 were detected simultaneously, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of diagnosis of pancreatic cancer could be improved. Serum CA199 and CA50 levels in cancer patients with lymph node metastasis were much higher than those without lymph node metastasis (P 199 and CA50 detected simultaneously could improve the sensitivity and accuracy in diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The changes of serum CA199 and CA50 level were helpful to predict whether metastasis or recurrence had occurred

  17. Clinical value of combined measurement of serum alpha-fetoprotein, alpha-L-fucosidase and ferritin levels in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of combined measurement of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), alpha-L-fucosidase (AFU) and ferritin (SF) levels in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer. Methods: Serum AFP, AFU (with RIA) and SF (with biochemical method) were determined in 52 patients with primary liver cancer and 40 controls. Results: The positive rates of AFP, AFU and SF in patient with liver cancer were 82.7%, 86.6% and 76.9%, respectively. Positive rates with combined measurement of AFP plus AFU, AFP plus SF, and AFP plus AFU, SF were 94.2%, 90.4% and 98.1% respectively. Conclusion: Combined measurement of AFP, AFU and SF can significantly increase the positive rate in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer. (authors)

  18. Incorporating longitudinal pediatric patient-centered outcome measurement into the clinical workflow using a commercial electronic health record: a step toward increasing value for the patient.

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    Carberry, Kathleen; Landman, Zachary; Xie, Michelle; Feeley, Thomas; Henderson, John; Fraser, Charles

    2016-01-01

    Patient-centered outcomes measurement provides healthcare organizations with crucial information for increasing value for patients; however, organizations have struggled to obtain outcomes data from electronic health record (EHR) systems. This study describes how Texas Children's Hospital customized a commercial EHR system and assembled a cross-functional team to capture outcomes data using existing functionality. Prior to its installation and customization, no surgical subspecialties besides the congenital heart and transplant surgery groups conducted prospective, patient outcomes measurement, but by 2015, the outcomes of over 1300 unique patients with supracondylar fractures, cleft lip and/or palate, or voiding dysfunction had been tracked. Key factors for integrating outcomes measurement into the clinical workflow include ongoing communication between cross-functional teams composed of clinicians and technical professionals, an iterative design process, organizational commitment, and prioritizing measurement as early as possible during EHR optimization. PMID:26377989

  19. Chemical composition and bio-pesticidal values of essential oil isolated from the seed of Heracleum persicum Desf. ex Fischer (Apiaceae

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    Full Text Available The present investigation was aimed to analyse the chemical composition of essential oil isolated from Heracleum persicum Desf. ex Fischer and assess its lethal and sub-lethal effects against Tribolium castaneum (Herbst. Essential oil from hydro-distilled seeds of H. persicum was analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS, and hexyl butyrate (50.58%, octyl acetate (9.80% and hexyl hexanoate (8.75% were found as principal constituents. Repellent activity, contact and fumigant toxicity and antifeedant effects of this oil were assessed against the adults of T. castaneum. The essential oil strongly repelled T. castaneum adults even at the lowest concentration (0.035 μL cm-2. Complete repellency (100% occurred when the highest concentration (0.212 μL cm-2 was applied for 8 h. T. castaneum was very susceptible to H. persicum oil at both contact and fumigant bioassays. In the fumigant toxicity, essential oil killed the larvae, pupae and adults and significantly decreased larvae emerged from treated eggs. LC10 to LC40 values of fumigation adult’s bioassay as sub-lethal concentrations were used to evaluate the antifeedant effects. H. persicum essential oil has significant antifeedant effects on T. castaneum adults and decrease of feeding happened when oil concentrations increased. The results of the present study indicate that essential oil of H. persicum, with wide bio-effects on T. castaneum, is a source of biologically active agents which may potentially prove to be efficient insecticides.

  20. Clinical value of CEA and CYFRA 21-1 for the differentiation of benign and malignant pleural effusion by Meta analysis

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    Objective: Pleural effusion is a common clinical complication caused by many benign or malignant diseases. Many published papers presented that tumor-marker assays, such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and cytokeratin 19 fragment antigen 21-1 (CYFRA 21-1), played a vital role on the benign and malignant differentiation. This study aimed to reviewe currently available published papers to evaluate the clinical value of these two markers for the differentiation of benign and malignant pleural effusion. Methods: All published data of pleural effusion CEA and CYFRA 21-1 for the differentiation studies from year 1996 to 2007 were reviewed. By methodological qualities and Q test, 19 papers were selected into this study. The overall diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and area under curve (AUC) from receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve were adopted to compare the value of pleural effusion CEA and CYFRA 21-1 for benign and malignant differentiation used Z test. Results: There were 3228 subjects included in this Meta-analysis. The sensitivity and specificity [95% confidence interval (CI)] of CEA were 45.9% (43.2%-48.5%) and 97.0% (96.0%-97.8%), and of CYFRA 21-1, 47.3% (44.0%-50.6%) and 91.8% (89.5%-93.7%). AUC of CEA and CYFRA 21-1 were 0.7691 and 0.8213 respectively (Z=0.45, P>0.05). Conclusion: Both CEA and CYFRA 21-1 are useful for the differentiation of benign and malignant pleural effusion. (authors)

  1. Prognostic Value of Volume-Based {sup 18}F-Fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT Parameters in Patients with Clinically Node-Negative Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Lee, Su Jin [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Joon Young; Lee, Hwan Joo; Hyun, Seung Hyup; Moon, Seung Hwan; Kim, Byung Tae [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Baek, Chung Hwan; Son, Young Ik [Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the prognostic value of volume-based metabolic parameters measured with {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with clinically node-negative (cN0) oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) as compared with other prognostic factors. In this study, we included a total of 57 patients who had been diagnosed with cN0 tongue cancer by radiologic, ({sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT, and physical examinations. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), average SUV (SUVavg), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) for primary tumors were measured with ({sup 18}F-FDG PET. The prognostic significances of these parameters and other clinical variables were assessed by Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. In the univariate analysis, pathological node (pN) stage, American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage, SUVmax, SUVavg, MTV, and TLG were significant predictors for survival. On a multivariate analysis, pN stage (hazard ratio = 10.555, p = 0.049), AJCC stage (hazard ratio = 13.220, p = 0.045), and MTV (hazard ratio = 2.698, p 0.033) were significant prognostic factors in cN0 OTSCC patients. The patients with MTV {>=} 7.78 cm{sup 3} showed a worse prognosis than those with MTV < 7.78 cm{sup 3} (p = 0.037). The MTV of primary tumor as a volumetric parameter of ({sup 18}F-FDG PET, in addition to pN stage and AJCC stage, is an independent prognostic factor for survival in cN0 OTSCC.

  2. Prognostic Value of Volume-Based 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT Parameters in Patients with Clinically Node-Negative Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    To evaluate the prognostic value of volume-based metabolic parameters measured with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with clinically node-negative (cN0) oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) as compared with other prognostic factors. In this study, we included a total of 57 patients who had been diagnosed with cN0 tongue cancer by radiologic, (18F-FDG PET/CT, and physical examinations. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), average SUV (SUVavg), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) for primary tumors were measured with (18F-FDG PET. The prognostic significances of these parameters and other clinical variables were assessed by Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. In the univariate analysis, pathological node (pN) stage, American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage, SUVmax, SUVavg, MTV, and TLG were significant predictors for survival. On a multivariate analysis, pN stage (hazard ratio = 10.555, p = 0.049), AJCC stage (hazard ratio = 13.220, p = 0.045), and MTV (hazard ratio = 2.698, p 0.033) were significant prognostic factors in cN0 OTSCC patients. The patients with MTV ≥ 7.78 cm3 showed a worse prognosis than those with MTV 3 (p = 0.037). The MTV of primary tumor as a volumetric parameter of (18F-FDG PET, in addition to pN stage and AJCC stage, is an independent prognostic factor for survival in cN0 OTSCC.

  3. Clinical diagnostic value of determination of serum lschemia modified albumin, homocysteine and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome

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    Objective: To study the clinical diagnostic value of determination of serum ischemia modified albumin (IMA), homocysteine (Hcy) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: Serum IMA (with albumin-cobalt binding assay), Hcy (with ELISA) and hs-CRP (with RIA) levels were determined in 73 patients with ACS within 3 hours after onset of chest pain and 40 controls. Results: The sensitivity of IMA was 87.67%, the specificity was 100%. The area under curve of ROC was 0.985 (95% confidence interval 0.969 ∼ 1.001). All the figures were higher than those of Hcy and hs-CRP. Combined determination of IMA, Hcy and hs-CRP, would increass the sensitivity to 97.26%. Conclusion: IMA is one of the earliest sensitive indicators for clinical diagnosis of early myocardial ischemia in patients with ACS. Combined determination of IMA, Hcy and hs-CRP would be even more sensitive. (authors)

  4. Clinical value of whole-body F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography / computed tomography in patients with carcinoma of unknown primary

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    The purpose of the study is to investigate the clinical value of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) in detecting the primary sites in patients with carcinoma of unknown primary (CUP). The reports of FDG PET/CT scans of 164 patients with CUP syndrome in consecutive 2589 patients referred to our department from January 2006 to June 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. The final results were obtained from the pathologic reports, other imaging modalities diagnoses and clinical follow-up data. There were 142 cases in the results analysis, as 19 patients were lost to follow-up and three patients were excluded. FDG PET/CT successfully detected primary tumours in 67 (47.2%) out of 142 patients. Among this group, 53 were pathologically proved and 17 patients were confirmed by clinical follow-up. The primary sites of 38 (56.7%) were in lung, eight (11.9%) in nasopharynx and 13 (19.4%) in digestive system. Six patients were misdiagnosed by FDG PET/CT scan. FDG PET/CT could not detect the primary lesion in 66 patients, and three primary tumours were identified by conventional work-up after negative FDG PET/CT scan. The accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of FDG PET/CT scan in detecting the primary site in this study were 93.7%, 95.7% and 91.7%, respectively. FDG PET/CT scan changed the medical management of about 33.8% of 142 CUP patients. FDG PET/CT whole-body imaging is a valuable tool in detecting the primary tumour of patients with CUP site.

  5. Positive predictive value of additional synchronous breast lesions in whole-breast ultrasonography at the diagnosis of breast cancer: clinical and imaging factors

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    To evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of bilateral whole-breast ultrasonography (BWBU) for detection of synchronous breast lesions on initial diagnosis of breast cancer and evaluate factors affecting the PPV of BWBU according to varying clinicoimaging factors. A total of 75 patients who had synchronous lesions with pathologic confirmation at the initial diagnosis of breast cancer during January 2007 and December 2007 were included. The clinical factors of the patients were evaluated. One observer retrospectively reviewed the imaging studies of the index breast cancer lesion and the synchronous lesion. The PPV for additional biopsy was calculated for BWBU and various clinical and imaging factors affecting the PPV for BWBU were evaluated. The overall PPV for additional biopsy was 25.7% (18 of 70). The PPV for synchronous lesions detected both on mammography and BWBU, and detected only on BWBU, was 76.9% (10 of 13) and 14.3% (7 of 49), respectively. There was no clinical factor affecting the PPV for BWBU. Among the imaging factors, ipsilateral location of the synchronous lesion to the index lesion (P=0.06) showed a marginal statistically significant correlation with malignancy in the synchronous breast lesion. A mass with calcification on mammography presentation (P<0.01), presence of calcification among the ultrasonography findings (P<0.01), and high Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System final assessment (P<0.01) were imaging factors that were associated with malignancy in the additional synchronous lesion. BWBU can detect additional synchronous malignancy at the diagnosis of breast cancer with a relatively high PPV, especially when mammography findings are correlated with ultrasonographic findings.

  6. The value of repeat scintigraphy in patients with a high clinical suspicion for Meckel diverticulum after a negative or equivocal first Meckel scan

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    Technetium 99mTc-pertechnetate is the most common and accurate noninvasive method of preoperative investigation for Meckel diverticulum. Despite introducing various methods to increase the sensitivity of the study, there are many case reports of false-negative Meckel scans. A repeat scan is sometimes requested in patients with a high suspicion for Meckel diverticulum and negative or equivocal first Meckel scan. The purpose of this retrospective study is to evaluate the value of repeat scintigraphy for these patients. Seven hundred fifty-three Meckel scans were recorded retrospectively. In 33 cases (22 male and 11 female; mean age: 6.8 years), the Meckel scintigraphy was repeated either due to a high clinical suspicion of Meckel diverticulum and a negative study (n = 21) or due to equivocal findings in the first scan (n = 12). The study was interpreted as positive if an abnormal focal activity was identified in the abdomen and pelvis during the procedure. The results were correlated with pathology and clinical symptoms. Seven out of 12 (58%) equivocal studies were positive on the second study. Six of them were proven to be positive at operation (confirmed by pathology) while one of them was negative on laparoscopy. From 21 negative first scans with a high suspicion for Meckel diverticulum, three (14%) were positive on the second study. All three were proven to be Meckel diverticulum on pathology. Repeat Meckel scans in patients with equivocal findings on the first study or a negative result with a high clinical suspicion for a Meckel diverticulum are useful especially in cases in which the first study had been done without appropriate preparation. (orig.)

  7. Positive predictive value of additional synchronous breast lesions in whole-breast ultrasonography at the diagnosis of breast cancer: clinical and imaging factors

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    Kim, Ah Hyun; Kim, Min Jung; Kim, Eun Kyung; Moon, Hee Jung [Dept. of Radiology, Research Institute of Radiological Science, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hee Jung [Dept. of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    To evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of bilateral whole-breast ultrasonography (BWBU) for detection of synchronous breast lesions on initial diagnosis of breast cancer and evaluate factors affecting the PPV of BWBU according to varying clinicoimaging factors. A total of 75 patients who had synchronous lesions with pathologic confirmation at the initial diagnosis of breast cancer during January 2007 and December 2007 were included. The clinical factors of the patients were evaluated. One observer retrospectively reviewed the imaging studies of the index breast cancer lesion and the synchronous lesion. The PPV for additional biopsy was calculated for BWBU and various clinical and imaging factors affecting the PPV for BWBU were evaluated. The overall PPV for additional biopsy was 25.7% (18 of 70). The PPV for synchronous lesions detected both on mammography and BWBU, and detected only on BWBU, was 76.9% (10 of 13) and 14.3% (7 of 49), respectively. There was no clinical factor affecting the PPV for BWBU. Among the imaging factors, ipsilateral location of the synchronous lesion to the index lesion (P=0.06) showed a marginal statistically significant correlation with malignancy in the synchronous breast lesion. A mass with calcification on mammography presentation (P<0.01), presence of calcification among the ultrasonography findings (P<0.01), and high Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System final assessment (P<0.01) were imaging factors that were associated with malignancy in the additional synchronous lesion. BWBU can detect additional synchronous malignancy at the diagnosis of breast cancer with a relatively high PPV, especially when mammography findings are correlated with ultrasonographic findings.

  8. Clinical outcomes after utilizing surviving sepsis campaign in children with septic shock and prognostic value of initial plasma NT-proBNP

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    Rujipat Samransamruajkit

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: The surviving sepsis campaign treatment guideline (SSC implementation is associated with improved outcome in adults with severe sepsis. The effect on outcome of pediatric sepsis is less clear. Purpose : To determine the clinical outcomes of SSC implementation and to investigate the prognostic value of initial plasma NT-proBNP and procalcitonin in children. Materials and Methods: Infants and children (aged 1month/0-15 years with severe sepsis or septic shock were prospectively enrolled and treated according to the guidelines. Initial blood drawn was saved for NT-pro-BNP, procalcitonin measurements and clinical data were also recorded. Results: A total of 47 subjects were recruited. Since the application of the SSC, our mortality rate had significantly decreased from 42-19% (P = 0.003 as compared to the data in the previous 3 years. Clinical factors that significantly increased the mortality rate were: Initial central venous oxygen saturation < 7 0% after fluid resuscitation [odds ratio (OR = 23.3; 95% confidence interval (CI 3.7-143; P = 0.001], and initial albumin level (≤ 3 g/dl, OR = 6.7; 95% CI 1.2-37.5, P = 0.03. There was asignificant difference between the initial NT-proBNP levels between survivors and non survivors, (6280.3 ± 9597 ng/L, P < 0.001, but not for procalcitonin (12.7 ± 24.8, 29.3 ± 46 μg/L, P = 0.1, respectively. An initial NT-proBNP level of more than 11,200 pg/ml predicted Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU mortality with a sensitivity of 85.7% and a specificity of 90%. Conclusions: A modified SSC for severe sepsis and septic shock significantly reduced the mortality rate in our PICU. High initial NT-ProBNP level was associated with mortality.

  9. The value of repeat scintigraphy in patients with a high clinical suspicion for Meckel diverticulum after a negative or equivocal first Meckel scan

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    Vali, Reza; Daneman, Alan; McQuattie, Susan; Shammas, Amer [Hospital for Sick Children, Diagnostic Imaging, Toronto (Canada)

    2015-09-15

    Technetium {sup 99m}Tc-pertechnetate is the most common and accurate noninvasive method of preoperative investigation for Meckel diverticulum. Despite introducing various methods to increase the sensitivity of the study, there are many case reports of false-negative Meckel scans. A repeat scan is sometimes requested in patients with a high suspicion for Meckel diverticulum and negative or equivocal first Meckel scan. The purpose of this retrospective study is to evaluate the value of repeat scintigraphy for these patients. Seven hundred fifty-three Meckel scans were recorded retrospectively. In 33 cases (22 male and 11 female; mean age: 6.8 years), the Meckel scintigraphy was repeated either due to a high clinical suspicion of Meckel diverticulum and a negative study (n = 21) or due to equivocal findings in the first scan (n = 12). The study was interpreted as positive if an abnormal focal activity was identified in the abdomen and pelvis during the procedure. The results were correlated with pathology and clinical symptoms. Seven out of 12 (58%) equivocal studies were positive on the second study. Six of them were proven to be positive at operation (confirmed by pathology) while one of them was negative on laparoscopy. From 21 negative first scans with a high suspicion for Meckel diverticulum, three (14%) were positive on the second study. All three were proven to be Meckel diverticulum on pathology. Repeat Meckel scans in patients with equivocal findings on the first study or a negative result with a high clinical suspicion for a Meckel diverticulum are useful especially in cases in which the first study had been done without appropriate preparation. (orig.)

  10. The clinical and economic value of the dipeptide alanyl-glutamine in total parenteral nutrition of critically ill patients treated in intensive care units in Italy

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    Maurizio Muscaritoli

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: the supplementation of alanyl-glutamine dipeptide in critically ill patients necessitating total parenteral nutrition (TPN improves clinical outcomes, reducing mortality, infection rate, and shortening ICU hospital lengths of stay (LOS, as compared to standard TPN regimens. Here we present a pharmacoeconomic evaluation of alanyl-glutamine dipeptide in critically ill patients admitted to Italian Intensive Care Units (ICUs. Methods: a Discrete Event Simulation model that incorporates outcomes rates from 200 Italian ICUs for over 60,000 patients, alanyl-glutamine dipeptide efficacy data synthesized by means of a Bayesian Random-Effects meta-analysis, and national cost data has been developed to evaluated the alternatives from the point of view of the hospital. Simulated clinical outcomes are death and infection rates in ICU, death rate in general ward, and hospital LOSs. One-way and probabilistic sensitivity analyses are performed by varying all uncertain parameter values in a plausible range. Results: alanyl-glutamine dipeptide results more effective and less costly than standard TPN: reduced mortality rate (23.55% ± 15.2% vs 34.50% ± 2.06%, infection rate (15.91% ± 3.95% vs 18.97% ± 3.94%, and hospital LOS (25.47 ± 0.26 vs 26.00 ± 0.27 days come at a lower total cost per patient (23,922 ± 3,249 vs 24,145 ± 3,361 Euro. Treatment cost is completely offset by savings on ICU and antibiotic costs. The cost/effectiveness acceptability curve indicates an estimated 78% probability of alanyl-glutamine dipeptide resulting dominant and a 90% probability of resulting cost/effective for a willingness to pay up to 1,500 Euro for one patient death avoided. Conclusions: alanyl-glutamine dipeptide is expected to improve clinical outcomes and to do so with a concurrent saving for the hospital.

  11. The clinical value of the qualitative and semi-quantitative 18F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of primary breast cancer and lymph node metastasis

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic efficiency of the qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT for staging primary breast cancer. Methods: This prospective study included 39 patients. Of the 39 cases, 24 were primary, breast cancer, 15 were benign breast lesions. Patients underwent regional FDG PET/CT scanning covering bilateral breasts and axilla. All primary breast cancer lesions were confirmed by pathologic results of surgery. Twenty-four cases with benign lesions were established according to the results of surgery or clinical follow-up for at least 12 months. The qualitative and semi-quantitative 18F-FDG uptake results were used for T staging and N staging of breast cancer. SPSS 11.5 was used for data analysis. Results: When using SUVmax>4.5 as the cutoff value or SUVmax>x-bar + 2s of contra-lateral normal breast SUVmax as the cutoff value combined CT malignant signs for initial diagnosis, the sensitivity, specificity of diagnosing breast malignant lesion were 96.0% (24/25), 63.2% (12/19), respectively. By using threshold of SUVmax>2.5, the sensitivity, specificity were 60% (6/10), 92.3 % (12/13) respectively for staging regional lymphadenopathy. Conclusion: For staging primary breast carcinoma with FDG PET/CT, higher sensitivity could be acquired when using SUVmax>4.5 or SUVmax>x-bar + 2s of contra-lateral normal breast SUVmax as the cutoff value combined with CT malignant signs. (authors)

  12. Value of tumour marker S-100B in melanoma patients: a comparison to 18F-FDG PET and clinical data

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    Aim: The S-100B protein is commonly used in the immunohistochemical diagnosis of malignant melanoma and its metastases and has recently been introduced as a tumor marker in peripheral blood, whereas 18F-FDG PET is currently the most sensitive in-vivo imaging method for melanoma staging. Thus, the efficiency of serum S-100B and 18F-FDG PET in the detection of metastatic disease in melanoma patients are compared. Methods: Serum S-100B was measured with a commercially available immunoradiometric assay. As part of primary tumour staging whole-body position emission tomography (PET) with 18F labeled fluorodeoxy-D-glucose (18F-FDG) was performed in 67 patients suffering from cutaneous melanoma with a tumour thickness > 0.75 mm and a Clark-level III-V. Final diagnosis based on histology, morphologic imaging results and/or clinical follow-up after at least six months. Results: No evidence of disease was seen in 43 of 67 patients (64.2%), 11 patients (16.4%) presented with lymph node metastases, 13 patients (19.4%) had one or more distant metastases. Altogether, 18 of 67 patients showed S-100B values > 0.2 μg/l, including two patients without metastatic disease, 3 of 11 patients with lymph node metastases, and the 13 patients with distant metastases. One patient showed false-positive FDG-uptake in the mediastinum, but presented with S-100B values off curve. Conclusion: Our data indicate that serum S-100B determination might be helpful in identifying melanoma patients with distant metastases. In comparison to 18F-FDG PET, the value of serum S-100B for lymph-node staging is limited. (orig.)

  13. Prognostic value of stromal and epithelial periostin expression in human prostate cancer: correlation with clinical pathological features and the risk of biochemical relapse or death

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    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of POSTN expression following prostatectomy. Periostin (POSTN) expression in prostate cancer (PCa) and in normal specimens was evaluated in 90 patients by an immuno-reactive score(IRS) based on the intensity of immunostaining and on the quantity of stained cells. The t-test was applied to compare IRS values in cancer specimens to values in normal specimens. Pearson’s test was used to correlate POSTN expression to clinical pathologic features. PSA progression-free and survival curves were constructed by the Kaplan–Meier method and compared using the log-rank test. Multi-parametric models were constructed according to the Cox technique adding all the covariates predicting for either PSA progression or death into the models after univariate analysis. Both stromal and epithelial POSTN expression were significantly increased in tumor tissues. In particular, we found stromal expression to be significantly higher than epithelial expression as compared to normal tissues (p<0.000 and p=0.001).A significant correlation between POSTN epithelial expression and extra-prostatic extension was found (p=0.03). While high stromal expression was significantly associated with shorter survival (p=0.008), a low epithelial score significantly correlated with shorter PSA-free survival (p=0.04), suggesting that POSTN plays an apparently opposing biological role depending on its compartmentalization.Regardless of the mechanism that is involved, patients showing both high stromal and low epithelial expression made up a subgroup with a very bleak prognosis. Although requiring further validation through larger studies, our findings show that POSTN might represent a novel prognostic marker for PCa

  14. The Value of Value

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    parts of business ethics given prominence to especially one term, namely `value'. The question that interests me is the following: What does the articulation of ethics and morality in terms of values mean for ethics and morality as such. Or, to put the question in a more fashionably way: What is the...... value of value for morality and ethics?To make things a bit more precise, we can make use of the common distinction between ethics and morality, i.e. that morality is the immediate, collective and unconscious employment of morals, whereas ethics is the systematic, individual and conscious reflections of...... morals and morality.2 The main question is then, what the use of `value' as the key-term in moral discourses means to morality as such. Accepting ethics as a part of morality - since one cannot be moral without sometimes reflecting on the validity of the morality employed andexperienced - I have...

  15. Adding value(s)

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    Most economic inquires revolve around agents making decisions. Getting the ‘best value’, it is assumed, drives such decisions: gaining most while risking least. This assumption has been debunked by showing that people does not always choose neither maximum benefit nor less risk (Kahneman & Tversky......, 1992). In response, behavioral economics (Camerer, 1999) has shown that agents have values other than optimization underpinning their decisions. Therefore, concerns arose regarding which values are guiding the agent but not about how such values became relevant for the agent. In this presentation, I...... will explore the consequences of shifting to the latter perspective, i.e. looking for the generative framework of values. Here I argue that economic behavior should also be seen as a sense-making process, guided by values that are chosen/rejected along with fellow human beings, in specific socio...

  16. Value of the Diffusion-Weighted MRI in the Differential Diagnostics of Malignant and Benign Kidney Neoplasms – Our Clinical Experience

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    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is an MRI modality using strong bipolar gradients to create a sensitivity of the signal to the thermally-induced Brownian motions of water molecules and in vivo measurement of molecular diffusion. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is a quantitative parameter calculated from DWI images which is used as a measure of diffusion. DWI allows to obtain comprehensive information on morphological and functional state of the kidney during a single examination without contrast medium administration. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the value of DWI in differentiating benign and malignant solid kidney tumors based on the initial stage of the study. The study included 19 adult patients with pathologically verified renal tumors: 9 patients with clear cell subtype of the renal cell carcinoma, 5 patients with oncocytoma and 5 patients with angiomyolipoma (AML). In addition, 5 healthy volunteers with completely normal findings according to kidney ultrasound were included into this study and set as reference. All patients underwent renal MR imaging which included DWI with subsequent ADC measurement. MR imaging was performed with a 1.5 T body scanner using an eight-channel phased-array body coil. The mean ADC value of ccRCC was significantly lower than that of normal renal parenchyma (2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s vs. 3.36±0.41×10−3 mm2/s, p<0.01). There was a significant difference in ADC between the malignant and benign renal lesions: in patients with angiomyolipoma the ADC value was 2.36±0.32×10−3 mm2/s vs. 2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s; p<0.05 and in patients with oncocytoma – 2.75±0.27×10−3 mm2/s vs. 2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s; p<0.05. The difference in ADC values in patients with high and low ccRCC grades was observed. DWI can be used to characterize renal lesions; the ADC of a renal lesion can be potentially used as an additional parameter to help determine the appropriate clinical management

  17. Value of the Diffusion-Weighted MRI in the Differential Diagnostics of Malignant and Benign Kidney Neoplasms – Our Clinical Experience

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    Mytsyk, Yulian; Borys, Yuriy; Komnatska, Iryna; Dutka, Ihor; Shatynska-Mytsyk, Iryna

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is an MRI modality using strong bipolar gradients to create a sensitivity of the signal to the thermally-induced Brownian motions of water molecules and in vivo measurement of molecular diffusion. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is a quantitative parameter calculated from DWI images which is used as a measure of diffusion. DWI allows to obtain comprehensive information on morphological and functional state of the kidney during a single examination without contrast medium administration. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the value of DWI in differentiating benign and malignant solid kidney tumors based on the initial stage of the study. Material/Methods The study included 19 adult patients with pathologically verified renal tumors: 9 patients with clear cell subtype of the renal cell carcinoma, 5 patients with oncocytoma and 5 patients with angiomyolipoma (AML). In addition, 5 healthy volunteers with completely normal findings according to kidney ultrasound were included into this study and set as reference. All patients underwent renal MR imaging which included DWI with subsequent ADC measurement. MR imaging was performed with a 1.5 T body scanner using an eight-channel phased-array body coil. Results The mean ADC value of ccRCC was significantly lower than that of normal renal parenchyma (2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s vs. 3.36±0.41×10−3 mm2/s, p<0.01). There was a significant difference in ADC between the malignant and benign renal lesions: in patients with angiomyolipoma the ADC value was 2.36±0.32×10−3 mm2/s vs. 2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s; p<0.05 and in patients with oncocytoma – 2.75±0.27×10−3 mm2/s vs. 2.11±0.25×10−3 mm2/s; p<0.05. The difference in ADC values in patients with high and low ccRCC grades was observed. Conclusions DWI can be used to characterize renal lesions; the ADC of a renal lesion can be potentially used as an additional parameter to help determine the appropriate

  18. Prognostic value of response to external radiation in stage IIIB cancer cervix in predicting clinical outcomes: A retrospective analysis of 556 patients from India

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    Background and purpose: To evaluate the prognostic significance of response to external beam radiation (EBRT) in predicting the clinical outcomes in stage IIIB cancer cervix and to find out factors affecting response to EBRT. Patients and methods: This retrospective study included 556 patients of cancer cervix stage IIIB treated between 1996 and 2001 with EBRT (46 Gy/23fx/4.5 weeks) followed by intracavitary radiotherapy (ICRT). At the end of EBRT, response to EBRT was grouped as 'no gross residual tumor'(NRT) or 'gross residual tumor'(GRT). Results: Follow up ranged from 2 to 93 months with a median of 36 months. Median dose to point A was 81 Gy. At the end of EBRT, 393 patients (70.7%) attained NRT response. NRT responders had significantly better 5 year pelvic control, disease free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) than those who had a GRT response (75.6 vs. 54.6%; 60.6 vs. 31.9% and 62.6 vs. 33.7%, respectively; all P values <0.0001). Apart from response to EBRT, overall treatment time also has emerged as an independent factor to affect all clinical outcomes in multivariate analysis but age had significant impact on pelvic control only. Age was the only factor, which significantly influenced the response to EBRT in univariate as well as multivariate analysis (P=<0.001, OR=1.973, 95% C.I. 1.357-2.868). Patients with age more than 50 years had more NRT response (77%) than patients with age less than 50 years (63.8%). Conclusions: Patients who attain NRT response to EBRT will have an impressive long term pelvic control, DFS and OS in stage IIIB cancer cervix. Older patients (≥50 years) attain significantly higher NRT rates than younger patients

  19. Clinical value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in detecting viable tumor, recurrence and metastases of hepato-cellular carcinoma after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization

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    Objective: Accurate evaluation of treatment result of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by conventional imaging is difficult. The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical value of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT for detecting residual viable tumor, recurrence and metastases in patients with HCC after TACE. Methods: Twenty-two patients with HCC after TACE were investigated with 18F-FDG PET/CT. The accuracy of FDG PET/CT was determined by the histopathological results or evidences of clinical follow-up. Results: Of all 22 HCC patients after TACE, 18 had intra- and (or) extrahepatic lesions, detected by FDG PET/CT. Six-teen patients had intrahepatic FDG-avid lesion(s). Of the 16 patients, five had intrahepatic FDG-avid lesions located at both lipiodol-rich and -deprive regions, 13 had associated extrahepatic metastases. Of the two HCC patients who had no intrahepatic FDG-avid lesion, there were extrahepatic FDG-avid lesions at the retroperitoneal lymph nodes. In all, 15 HCC had extrahepatic lesions identified by FDG PET/CT. There were lung and lymph nodes (n = 9), bone (n = 2), tumor thrombus at portal vein (n - 1) and diaphragm crus (n = 1). Two patients were false negative. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy of FDG PET/CT in detecting intra- and (or) extrahepatic lesions after TACE were 88.9% (16/18) vs 94.7 % (18/19), 4/4 vs 3/3, and 90.9% (20/22) vs 95.5% (21/22), respectively. Conclusion: 18F-FDG PET/CT is potential useful for detection both intra- and (or) extrahepatic lesions in HCC patients after TACE. (authors)

  20. Value Set Authority Center

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The VSAC provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). Each value set...

  1. Chemical sensors in water analysis - pH value, oxygen and chlorine. Chemische Sensoren in der Wasseranalytik - pH, Sauerstoff und Chlor

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    Straub, H.

    1993-02-01

    Chemical sensors are used in many sectors of industry as measuring devices providing quantitative information about various quantities. Depending upon the task at hand, amperometric, conductimetric, voltammetric, and potentiometric approaches are all used in water analysis. (orig.)

  2. Clinical value of SPECT/CT in the painful total knee arthroplasty (TKA): a prospective study in a consecutive series of 100 TKA

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    Bone single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT is considered as beneficial in unhappy patients with pain, stiffness or swelling after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study was to identify typical patterns of bone tracer uptake (BTU), distribution and intensity values in patients after TKA. The above findings were correlated with the type and fixation of TKA, the time from TKA and intraoperative findings at revision surgery. A total of 100 knees of 84 consecutive patients (mean age ± SD 70 ± 11 years) after TKA with persistent knee pain were prospectively included. All patients underwent clinical examination, standardized radiographs and 99mTc-hydroxymethane diphosphonate (HDP) SPECT/CT as part of a routine diagnostic algorithm. The diagnosis before and after SPECT/CT and final treatment were recorded. TKA component position was determined on 3-D reconstructed images. Intensity and anatomical distribution of BTU was determined. Maximum intensity values were recorded as well as ratios in relation to the proximal midshaft of the femur. Univariate analyses (chi-square test, Pearson's correlation and t test for independent samples) were performed (p < 0.05). SPECT/CT changed the clinical diagnosis and final treatment in 85/100 (85 %) knees. Intraoperative findings confirmed the preoperative SPECT/CT diagnosis in 32/33 knees (97 %). TKA loosening as well as progression of patellofemoral osteoarthritis (OA) was correctly diagnosed in 100 % of knees. Typical patterns of BTU for specific pathologies were identified. Loose femoral TKA components significantly correlated with increased BTU at the lateral femoral regions (p < 0.05). Loose tibial TKA components significantly correlated with increased BTU at all tibial regions (p < 0.05) and around the tibial peg (p > 0.01). The diagnostic benefits of SPECT/CT in patients after TKA have been proven. Typical pathology-related BTU patterns were identified, which will improve reporting quality

  3. Clinical value of SPECT/CT in the painful total knee arthroplasty (TKA): a prospective study in a consecutive series of 100 TKA

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    Hirschmann, Michael T. [Kantonsspital Baselland (Bruderholz, Liestal, Laufen), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Bruderholz (Switzerland); Amsler, Felix [Amsler Consulting, Basel (Switzerland); Rasch, Helmut [Kantonsspital Baselland, Institute of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Bruderholz (Switzerland)

    2015-11-15

    Bone single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT is considered as beneficial in unhappy patients with pain, stiffness or swelling after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study was to identify typical patterns of bone tracer uptake (BTU), distribution and intensity values in patients after TKA. The above findings were correlated with the type and fixation of TKA, the time from TKA and intraoperative findings at revision surgery. A total of 100 knees of 84 consecutive patients (mean age ± SD 70 ± 11 years) after TKA with persistent knee pain were prospectively included. All patients underwent clinical examination, standardized radiographs and {sup 99m}Tc-hydroxymethane diphosphonate (HDP) SPECT/CT as part of a routine diagnostic algorithm. The diagnosis before and after SPECT/CT and final treatment were recorded. TKA component position was determined on 3-D reconstructed images. Intensity and anatomical distribution of BTU was determined. Maximum intensity values were recorded as well as ratios in relation to the proximal midshaft of the femur. Univariate analyses (chi-square test, Pearson's correlation and t test for independent samples) were performed (p < 0.05). SPECT/CT changed the clinical diagnosis and final treatment in 85/100 (85 %) knees. Intraoperative findings confirmed the preoperative SPECT/CT diagnosis in 32/33 knees (97 %). TKA loosening as well as progression of patellofemoral osteoarthritis (OA) was correctly diagnosed in 100 % of knees. Typical patterns of BTU for specific pathologies were identified. Loose femoral TKA components significantly correlated with increased BTU at the lateral femoral regions (p < 0.05). Loose tibial TKA components significantly correlated with increased BTU at all tibial regions (p < 0.05) and around the tibial peg (p > 0.01). The diagnostic benefits of SPECT/CT in patients after TKA have been proven. Typical pathology-related BTU patterns were identified, which will improve reporting

  4. Developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in hospitals in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand: values, requirements and barriers

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines support clinical decision-making by making recommendations to guide clinical practice. These recommendations are developed by integrating the expertise of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians with the perspectives of consumers and the best available research evidence. However studies have raised concerns about the quality of guideline development, and particularly the link between research and recommendations. The reasons why guideline developers are not following the established development methods are not clear. We aimed to explore the barriers to developing evidence-based guidelines in eleven hospitals in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, so as to better understand how evidence-based guideline development could be facilitated in these settings. The research aimed to identify the value clinicians place on guidelines, what clinicians want in guidelines developed in hospital settings and what factors limit rigorous evidence-based guideline development in these settings. Methods Semi-structured, face-to-face interviews were undertaken with senior and junior healthcare providers (nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health from the maternal and neonatal services of the eleven participating hospitals. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and a thematic analysis undertaken. Results Ninety-three individual, 25 pair and eleven group interviews were conducted. Participants were clear that they want guidelines that are based on evidence and updated regularly. They were also clear that there are major barriers to this. Most of the barriers were shared across countries, and included lack of time, lack of skills in finding, appraising and interpreting evidence, lack of access to relevant evidence and difficulty arranging meetings and achieving consensus. Barriers that were primarily identified in Australian hospitals include cumbersome organisational

  5. The clinical value of clonazepam in the wada test%氯硝西泮在Wada试验中的临床价值探讨

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    薛峰; 庄进学; 陈登奎; 周昌贵; 朱明霞; 陶传元; 宋朝理; 邓聪颖; 张炜

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨氯硝西泮在Wada试验中的临床应用价值.方法 回顾分析我科自2006年7月至2010年6月,准备外科治疗的106例难治性颞叶癫痫患者,用氯硝西泮替代异戊巴比妥行Wada试验.结果 106例病人均未出现明显不良反应,测试后30分钟到60分钟均基本恢复到测试前意识水平.101例通过测试者行前颞叶切除术,其中3例术后出现短暂语言迟钝,经观察脱水治疗3~7天后逐渐恢复,其余病人术后均未出现明显的语言障碍及记忆功能缺失.结论 氯硝西泮在有效性、安全性上均达到临床用药要求,可以替代异戊巴比妥应用于Wada试验.%Objective To evaluate the clinical value of clonazepam replacing amobarbital in Wada test. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data of one hundred and six patients with medically intractable temporal epilepsy from July 2006 to June 2010 in our medical facility who underwent Wada test with clonazepam instead of amobarbital. Results There were no significant side effects in the 106 patients. After 30~60 minutes, all patients regained their pre— test conscious level. 101 cases of them passed the test and underwent anterior temporal lobecto-my. Except for three cases with temporary language barrier, the rest recovered without obvious a-phasia and amnesia. Conclusion Clonazepam can meet the clinical demands with regard to drug efficacy and safety in Wada test which is a suitable alternative to amobarbital.

  6. 宫颈癌机会性筛查的临床价值%Clinical Value of Cervical Cancer Opportunistic Screening

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    吴新容

    2012-01-01

    目的 分析研究宫颈癌机会性筛查的意义及临床价值.方法 以我院2007年11月至2010年11月在妇科门诊对前来就诊的患者进行宫颈癌机会性筛查研究.接受筛查对象均进行液基细胞学检查,细胞学异常行HPV结合阴道镜检查.并以患者进行活检组织病理学诊断作为宫颈癌的定性诊断.结果 2402例患者愿意接受筛查,顺应性为98.84%;液基细胞学阳性检出率为11.65%;阴道镜检查感染率为33.21%;病理活检阳性率为21.23%.将此次研究与2003 ~2005年的研究进行比较,存在明显差异(P<0.05).结论 通过对患者宫颈癌的机会性筛查,有效地提高了防治效果及群众对宫颈癌的认知度,对宫颈癌的早期诊治具有十分重要的意义,值得临床推广.%Objective To analyze the significance and clinical value of opportunistic screening in cervical cancer. Methods Patients in gynecologic clinic from Nov. 2007 to Nov. 2010 were given opportunistic screening of cervical cancer. All of them were performed liquid-based cytology examination. Those with abnormal cytology were given HPV combined with colposcopy examination. Pathological diagnosis of biopsy tissues were regarded as qualitative diagnosis of cervical cancer. Results 2402 patients were willing to take screening, the compliance was 98.84% ; liquid-based cytology detection rate was 11.65% ; colposcopy examination infection rate was 33.21%; pathologic biopsy positive rate was 21.23 %. Compared with the results of 2003 -2005,the difference was statistically significant,? <0. 05. Conclusion Opportunistic screening can effectively improve cognition degree of cervical cancer. It has very important significance to the early diagnosis and treatment of the disease,which is worth of spreading in clinic.

  7. Clinical value of {sup 18}F-fluorodihydroxyphenylalanine positron emission tomography/computed tomography ({sup 18}F-DOPA PET/CT) for detecting pheochromocytoma

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    Luster, Markus; Zeich, Katrin; Glatting, Gerhard; Buck, Andreas K.; Solbach, Christoph; Reske, Sven N. [University of Ulm, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ulm (Germany); Karges, Wolfram [RWTH Aachen, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Aachen (Germany); Pauls, Sandra [University of Ulm, Department of Radiology, Ulm (Germany); Verburg, Frederik A. [University of Wuerzburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Wuerzburg (Germany); Dralle, Henning [University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery, Halle (Germany); Neumaier, Bernd [University of Ulm, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ulm (Germany); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Neurologische Forschung, Section for Radiochemistry, Cologne (Germany); Mottaghy, Felix M. [University of Ulm, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ulm (Germany); RWTH Aachen, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Aachen (Germany)

    2010-03-15

    In detecting pheochromocytoma (PHEO), positron emission tomography (PET) with the radiolabelled amine precursor {sup 18}F-fluorodihydroxyphenylalanine ({sup 18}F-DOPA) offers excellent specificity, while computed tomography (CT) provides high sensitivity and ability to localize lesions; therefore, the combination of these modalities could be advantageous in this setting. The aim of this study was to investigate whether combined {sup 18}F-DOPA PET/CT more accurately detects and localizes PHEO lesions than does each modality alone. {sup 18}F-DOPA PET, CT and {sup 18}F-DOPA PET/CT images of 25 consecutive patients undergoing diagnostic scanning of suspected sporadic or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 syndrome-associated PHEO were reviewed retrospectively in randomized sequence. Two blinded observers scored the images regarding the likelihood of PHEO being present and localizable. Results were correlated with subsequent clinical history and, when available, histology. Of the 19 lesions detected by all three modalities, PET identified each as positive for PHEO, but was unable to definitively localize 15 of 19 (79%). CT could definitively localize all 19 lesions, but could not definitively diagnose or exclude PHEO in 18 of 19 (95%) lesions. Furthermore, CT falsely identified as negative for PHEO one lesion which was judged to be positive for this tumor by both PET and PET/CT. Only in PET/CT scans were all 19 lesions accurately characterized and localized. On a per-patient basis, the sensitivity of {sup 18}F-DOPA PET/CT for PHEO was 100% and the specificity 88%, with a 100% positive predictive value and an 88% negative predictive value. {sup 18}F-DOPA PET/CT more accurately diagnoses and localizes adrenal and extra-adrenal masses suspicious for PHEO than do {sup 18}F-DOPA PET or CT alone. (orig.)

  8. Clinical value of {sup 11}C-methionine PET/CT in patients with plasma cell malignancy: comparison with {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT

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    Nakamoto, Yuji; Kurihara, Kensuke; Nakatani, Koya; Togashi, Kaori [Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto (Japan); Nishizawa, Masatoshi; Yamashita, Kouhei; Kondo, Tadakazu; Takaori-Kondo, Akifumi [Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Kyoto (Japan)

    2013-05-15

    PET/CT using FDG has been widely used for the imaging of various malignant tumours, including plasma cell malignancy (PCM), but {sup 11}C-methionine (MET), as a radiolabelled amino acid tracer, may also be useful because PCM is able to activate protein synthesis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of PET/CT imaging using MET in PCM, including multiple myeloma, compared with that of FDG PET/CT. The study group comprised 20 patients with histologically proven PCM who underwent FDG PET/CT and MET PET/CT scans before (n = 6) or after (n = 14) treatment. Semiquantitative analysis was performed on a lesion basis. We also visually evaluated the scans qualitatively using a five-point scale (0, negative; 1, probably negative; 2, equivocal; 3, probably positive; 4, positive) on a lesion and a patient basis. The results were compared between the two scans. Active PCM was confirmed in 15 patients, including two patients with extramedullary lesions. Uptake of MET tended to be higher (maximum standardized uptake value 10.3 {+-} 5.6, mean {+-} SD) than that of FDG (3.4 {+-} 2.7, p < 0.001), and more lesions of grade 3 or 4 were depicted by MET (MET 156 lesions vs. FDG 58 lesions). On a patient basis, two patients were accurately diagnosed only by MET. In the remaining 18 patients, consistent results were obtained, but potential upgrade of staging or restaging was necessary in 6 of 11 positive patients because more abnormal lesions were demonstrated by MET. The patient-based sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of MET for restaging were 89 %, 100 % and 93 %, respectively, while those of FDG were 78 %, 100 % and 86 %, respectively. MET revealed an equal or greater number of lesions in PCM than FDG. MET may be especially useful when negative or inconclusive findings are obtained by FDG despite highly suspicious indications of recurrence. (orig.)

  9. Clinical value of 11C-methionine PET/CT in patients with plasma cell malignancy: comparison with 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    PET/CT using FDG has been widely used for the imaging of various malignant tumours, including plasma cell malignancy (PCM), but 11C-methionine (MET), as a radiolabelled amino acid tracer, may also be useful because PCM is able to activate protein synthesis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of PET/CT imaging using MET in PCM, including multiple myeloma, compared with that of FDG PET/CT. The study group comprised 20 patients with histologically proven PCM who underwent FDG PET/CT and MET PET/CT scans before (n = 6) or after (n = 14) treatment. Semiquantitative analysis was performed on a lesion basis. We also visually evaluated the scans qualitatively using a five-point scale (0, negative; 1, probably negative; 2, equivocal; 3, probably positive; 4, positive) on a lesion and a patient basis. The results were compared between the two scans. Active PCM was confirmed in 15 patients, including two patients with extramedullary lesions. Uptake of MET tended to be higher (maximum standardized uptake value 10.3 ± 5.6, mean ± SD) than that of FDG (3.4 ± 2.7, p < 0.001), and more lesions of grade 3 or 4 were depicted by MET (MET 156 lesions vs. FDG 58 lesions). On a patient basis, two patients were accurately diagnosed only by MET. In the remaining 18 patients, consistent results were obtained, but potential upgrade of staging or restaging was necessary in 6 of 11 positive patients because more abnormal lesions were demonstrated by MET. The patient-based sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of MET for restaging were 89 %, 100 % and 93 %, respectively, while those of FDG were 78 %, 100 % and 86 %, respectively. MET revealed an equal or greater number of lesions in PCM than FDG. MET may be especially useful when negative or inconclusive findings are obtained by FDG despite highly suspicious indications of recurrence. (orig.)

  10. Psychotherapists’ beliefs about their own objectivism, clinical experience and the value of feedback from client/patient — social and cognitive psychology perspective

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    Chrząstowski, Szymon

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this article, certain beliefs of mental health professionals were compared with the results of social and cognitive psychology. These beliefs refer to the trust in the value of clinical experience, intuition, relying on feedback from client/patient, trust in one’s own objectivism or internal motivation of a patient to undergo therapy. Cognitive processes and errors in judgement, which lead to beliefs described in the article, usually have a universal and an unconscious character. They may, however, lead to incorrect assessment and treatment methods. These beliefs were assorted in such a way so as not to be connected with any particular therapeutical approach, but to characterise a certain way of thinking of the therapist about himself as an objective expert .Although the awareness itself, of the errors in cognitive mechanisms does not eliminate them from work of mental health professionals, they can attempt to limit their influence through self-reflectivity and search for alternative explanations (to those previously assumed in relation to what occurs during therapy. Conclusions emerging from studies of social and cognitive psychology concur with certain guidelines devised by postmodern mental health professionals.

  11. Clinical value ofSerumTSH combined with 3 kinds ofVEGF determination in the early diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Ming Zeng

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To discuss the clinical value of Serum TSH combined with 3 kinds of VEGF (VEGF-C, VEGF-D and VEGFR-3) determination in the early diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Method:Selected 37 cases of patients with thyroid benign tumor (Benign group) and 37 cases of patients with PTC (PTC group), then collected the serum of these both groups, to determine the TSH, VEGF-C, VEGF-D and VEGFR-3 levels of all cases by chemiluminescence immunoassay and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay respectively. Through Logistic model, to calculate the curve area of TSH combined with 3 kinds of VEGF.Results:PTC group: VEGF-C, VEGFR-3 and TSH levels were obviously higher than that in Benign group (P<0.05); and VEGF-C, VEGFR-3 and TSH levels inⅢ-Ⅳ period patients were obviously higher than that in I-Ⅱ period patients (P<0.05); AUC area of VEGF-C, VEGFR-3 and TSH were respectively 0.805, 0.736 and 0.710, reached to significance level (P<0.05); AUC area of combined diagnosis was 0.859.Conclusion:VEGF-C, VEGFR-3 and TSH between papillary thyroid carcinoma and thyroid benign tumor had significant difference. Combined determination could improve the early diagnose rate of PTC, and could be regarded as one of the important auxiliary index of PTC early diagnosis.

  12. Clinical value of SPECT/CT for evaluation of patients with painful knees after total knee arthroplasty- a new dimension of diagnostics?

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    Rasch Helmut

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of our study was to evaluate the clinical value of hybrid SPECT/CT for the assessment of patients with painful total knee arthroplasty (TKA. Methods Twenty-three painful knees in patients following primary TKA were assessed using Tc-99m-HDP-SPECT/CT. Rotational, sagittal and coronal position of the TKA was assessed on 3D-CT reconstructions. The level of the SPECT-tracer uptake (0-10 and its anatomical distribution was mapped using a validated localization scheme. Univariate analysis (Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney, Spearmean`s-rho test, p Results SPECT/CT imaging changed the suspected diagnosis and the proposed treatment in 19/23 (83% knees. Progression of patellofemoral OA (n = 11, loosening of the tibial (n = 3 and loosening of the femoral component (n = 2 were identified as the leading causes of pain after TKA. Patients with externally rotated tibial trays showed higher tracer uptake in the medial patellar facet (p = 0.049 and in the femur (p = 0.051. Patients with knee pain due to patellofemoral OA showed significantly higher tracer uptake in the patella than others (p Conclusions SPECT/CT was very helpful in establishing the diagnosis and guiding subsequent management in patients with painful knees after TKA, particularly in patients with patellofemoral problems and malpositioned or loose TKA.

  13. Clinical value of CT diagnosis in obscure fractures%隐匿性骨折CT诊断的临床价值(附23例分析)

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    徐方元

    2001-01-01

    目的:探讨CT对隐匿性骨折的诊断价值。方法:采用轴位CT扫描,部分病例加薄层高分辨率CT扫描。结果:23例中,眼眶骨折4例,脊柱骨折7例,髋关节骨折7例,胫骨平台骨折5例。结论:CT对隐匿性骨折的诊断是可靠的,凡临床怀疑骨折而X线平片阴性者,应进一步做CT检查。%Objective: To explore CT features of the obscure fractures and evaluate the value of CT in diagnosis of these fraetrues. Methods:23 patients with obscure fractures were diagnosed by axial CT scans, some cases add high resolution CT(HRCT)scans. Results:Fractures of 4 orbit bones, 7 spinal bones, 7 hip bones and 5 tibia plateau bones were confirmed. Conclusion:Once fractures were suspected clinically, but with negative radiography,so CT scanning is recommended.

  14. Population Genomics and the Statistical Values of Race:An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Biological Classification of Human Populations and Implications for Clinical Genetic Epidemiological Research

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    Koffi N. Maglo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The biological status and biomedical significance of the concept of race as applied to humans continue to be contentious issues despite the use of advanced statistical and clustering methods to determine continental ancestry. It is thus imperative for researchers to understand the limitations as well as potential uses of the concept of race in biology and biomedicine. This paper deals with the theoretical assumptions behind cluster analysis in human population genomics. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it demonstrates that the hypothesis that attributes the clustering of human populations to frictional effects of landform barriers at continental boundaries is empirically incoherent. It then contrasts the scientific status of the cluster and cline constructs in human population genomics, and shows how cluster may be instrumentally produced. It also shows how statistical values of race vindicate Darwin’s argument that race is evolutionarily meaningless. Finally, the paper explains why, due to spatiotemporal parameters, evolutionary forces and socio-cultural factors influencing population structure, continental ancestry may be pragmatically relevant to global and public health genomics. Overall, this work demonstrates that, from a biological systematic and evolutionary taxonomical perspective, human races/continental groups or clusters have no natural meaning or objective biological reality. In fact, the utility of racial categorizations in research and in clinics can be explained by spatiotemporal parameters, socio-cultural factors and evolutionary forces affecting disease causation and treatment response.

  15. Population Genomics and the Statistical Values of Race: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Biological Classification of Human Populations and Implications for Clinical Genetic Epidemiological Research.

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    Maglo, Koffi N; Mersha, Tesfaye B; Martin, Lisa J

    2016-01-01

    The biological status and biomedical significance of the concept of race as applied to humans continue to be contentious issues despite the use of advanced statistical and clustering methods to determine continental ancestry. It is thus imperative for researchers to understand the limitations as well as potential uses of the concept of race in biology and biomedicine. This paper deals with the theoretical assumptions behind cluster analysis in human population genomics. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it demonstrates that the hypothesis that attributes the clustering of human populations to "frictional" effects of landform barriers at continental boundaries is empirically incoherent. It then contrasts the scientific status of the "cluster" and "cline" constructs in human population genomics, and shows how cluster may be instrumentally produced. It also shows how statistical values of race vindicate Darwin's argument that race is evolutionarily meaningless. Finally, the paper explains why, due to spatiotemporal parameters, evolutionary forces, and socio-cultural factors influencing population structure, continental ancestry may be pragmatically relevant to global and public health genomics. Overall, this work demonstrates that, from a biological systematic and evolutionary taxonomical perspective, human races/continental groups or clusters have no natural meaning or objective biological reality. In fact, the utility of racial categorizations in research and in clinics can be explained by spatiotemporal parameters, socio-cultural factors, and evolutionary forces affecting disease causation and treatment response. PMID:26925096

  16. Clinical Value of MRI in Diagnosing Spinal form of Multiple Sclerosis%MRI在脊髓型多发性硬化中的临床价值

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    刘红民; 汪桦; 吴文娟; 张威江

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the value of magnetic resonance angiography (MRI) in the diagnosis of spinal type multiple sclerosis. Methods 10 patients with spinal type multiple sclerosis underwent MR scanning. Results 5 cases were multiple scleros (clinically diagnosed) and the rest misdiagnosed as other diseases were eventually diagnosed by MRI. Conclusion MRI can display various feature of spinal type multiple sclerosis and has the potential to provide an accurate diagnosis.%目的 研究核磁共振成像(MRI)在诊断脊髓型多发性硬化中的作用.方法 收集10例多发性硬化患者的MRI和临床资料进行分析.结果 10例中临床诊断多发性硬化5例,其余误诊为其他疾病而最终经MRI确诊.结论 磁共振成像(MRI)对脱髓鞘病灶易显示敏感,它的应用为诊断脊髓型多发性硬化提供了较为明确的依据.

  17. Serum antibodies to 25 myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein epitopes in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica: clinical value for diagnosis and disease activity

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    XU Yan; ZHANG Yao; LIU Cai-yan; PENG Bin; WANG Jian-ming; ZHANG Xiao-jun; LI Hai-feng; CUI Li-ying

    2012-01-01

    Background Whether antibody to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) can be a diagnostic marker for multiple sclerosis (MS) is still controversial.Recent studies suggested that serum specific anti-MOG epitope antibody might be an MS specific marker.However,these studies did not include neuromyelitis optica (NMO) which might be proven to also have anti-MOG antibody.Hence,the present study was undertaken to investigate the clinical value of serum antibodies to 25 MOG epitopes in conventional MS (CMS) and NMO.Methods Serum anti-MOG epitope IgG was detected in 61 CMS patients,54 NMO patients,and 77 healthy controls,using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).Results Anti-MOG27-38 IgG levels in both CMS and NMO patients were significantly higher than that in healthy controls (optical density (OD):0.64±0.38,0.48±0.23 vs.0.19±0.09; P=0.000).CMS and NMO patients in relapse stage had significantly higher anti-MOG27-38 IgG level than patients in remission stage (OD:0.55±0.14 vs.0.24±0.09,P=0.027).Conclusion Although serum anti-MOG epitope IgG could not differentiate MS from NMO,it may be a useful marker for monitoring disease activity.

  18. Preliminary observations and clinical value of N-acetyl resonances in ovarian tumours using in-vivo proton MR spectroscopy at 3T

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    To retrospectively evaluate the clinical significance of N-acetyl resonances at 2 ppm in in-vivo proton magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy for distinguishing mucinous and non-mucinous tumours in patients with ovarian masses. MR spectroscopy was performed in patients with pathologically diagnosed ovarian tumours at 3T-MR imaging. Single-voxel MR spectroscopy data were collected from a single square volume of interest that encompassed the ovarian masses. The metabolite resonance peak areas at 2 ppm were quantified relative to unsuppressed water using a software package (LCModel). A total of 32 ovarian lesions in 32 patients were evaluated in this study. High metabolite peak at 2 ppm was observed in all nine mucinous tumours (9.71 +/- 7.46 mM), whereas low peak was observed in 14 of 23 non-mucinous tumours (3.12 +/- 1.42 mM) (p < 0.001). Using a cut off value of 4.45 mM for mucinous tumours had a sensitivity of 89%, specificity of 86%, PPV of 80%, and NPV of 92%. Proton MR spectroscopy with quantitative evaluation of the metabolite at 2 ppm concentration, which may suggest the presence of mucinous material containing N-acetyl mucinous compounds, can provide helpful information in distinguishing mucinous and non-mucinous ovarian tumours. (orig.)

  19. Clinical values for abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptake in the head and neck region of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

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    Lee, Hwan Seo [Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jae Seung [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Roh, Jong-Lyel, E-mail: rohjl@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Seung-Ho; Nam, Soon Yuhl [Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sang Yoon [Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Biomedical Research Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptakes in the head and neck (HN) region can be carefully interpreted as being index primary, second primary cancer (SP) or benign. • {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT identified 91.9% primary HN squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). • The specificity and negative predictive value of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT for identification of SP were as high as 98.7% and 99.3%, respectively. • Proper detection of primary tumors and SP in the HN region may promote appropriate therapeutic planning of HNSCC patients. - Abstract: Purpose: Fluorine 18-fluorodeoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) is used to identify index or second primary cancer (SP) of the head and neck (HN) through changes in {sup 18}F-FDG uptake. However, both physiologic and abnormal lesions increase {sup 18}F-FDG uptake. Therefore, we evaluated {sup 18}F-FDG uptake in the HN region to determine clinical values of abnormal tracer uptake. Methods: A prospective study approved by the institutional review board was conducted in 314 patients with newly diagnosed HN squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and informed consent was obtained from all enrolled patients. The patients received initial staging workups including {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT and biopsies. All lesions with abnormal HN {sup 18}F-FDG uptake were recorded and most of those were confirmed by biopsies. Diagnostic values for abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptake were calculated. Results: Abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptake was identified in primary tumors from 285 (91.9%) patients. False-negative results were obtained for 22.3% (23/103) T1 tumors and 2.2% (2/93) T2 tumors (P < 0.001). Thirty-eight regions of abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptake were identified in 36 (11.5%) patients: the thyroid (n = 13), maxillary sinus (n = 7), palatine tonsil (n = 6), nasopharynx (n = 5), parotid gland (n = 2) and others (n = 5). Synchronous SP of the HN was identified in eight (2.5%) patients: the thyroid (n = 5), palatine

  20. Lack of contralateral suppression in transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions in multiple chemical sensitivity: a clinical correlation study

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    Alessandro Micarelli

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    Full Text Available Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS is a chronic disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms associated with the exposure to chemicals at a concentration below the toxic level. Previous studies have demonstrated peculiar responses in brain activity in these patients with respect to sensory stimuli while the association between chemical sensitivity and other environmental intolerances such as noise sensitivity has been questioned by researchers. In this study, a cohort of 18 MCS patients underwent transient-evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE testing with and without contralateral suppression to evaluate the functionality of the medial olivocochlear (MOC reflex involved in speech-in-noise sensitivity. Results were compared with an age- and gender-matched control group (n = 20 and correlation analysis with disease onset and quick environmental exposure sensitivity inventory (qEESI symptom severity scale was performed. Subjects affected by MCS showed statistically significant impairment of MOC reflex, and the onset of the disease and several symptom subscales showed to be correlated to such reduction in some of the frequencies tested. These data suggest that alterations of MOC reflex could be part of the complex features of this disease although more studies are needed to further explore auditory perception disorders in environmental intolerances.

  1. Lack of contralateral suppression in transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions in multiple chemical sensitivity: a clinical correlation study.

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    Micarelli, Alessandro; Viziano, Andrea; Genovesi, Giuseppe; Bruno, Ernesto; Ottaviani, Fabrizio; Alessandrini, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms associated with the exposure to chemicals at a concentration below the toxic level. Previous studies have demonstrated peculiar responses in brain activity in these patients with respect to sensory stimuli while the association between chemical sensitivity and other environmental intolerances such as noise sensitivity has been questioned by researchers. In this study, a cohort of 18 MCS patients underwent transient-evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) testing with and without contralateral suppression to evaluate the functionality of the medial olivocochlear (MOC) reflex involved in speech-in-noise sensitivity. Results were compared with an age- and gender-matched control group (n = 20) and correlation analysis with disease onset and quick environmental exposure sensitivity inventory (qEESI) symptom severity scale was performed. Subjects affected by MCS showed statistically significant impairment of MOC reflex, and the onset of the disease and several symptom subscales showed to be correlated to such reduction in some of the frequencies tested. These data suggest that alterations of MOC reflex could be part of the complex features of this disease although more studies are needed to further explore auditory perception disorders in environmental intolerances. PMID:27157687

  2. A progress report on the LDRD project entitled {open_quotes}Microelectronic silicon-based chemical sensors: Ultradetection of high value molecules{close_quotes}

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    Hughes, R.C.

    1996-09-01

    This work addresses a new kind of silicon based chemical sensor that combines the reliability and stability of silicon microelectronic field effect devices with the highly selective and sensitive immunoassay. The sensor works on the principle that thin SiN layers on lightly doped Si can detect pH changes rapidly and reversibly. The pH changes affect the surface potential, and that can be quickly determined by pulsed photovoltage measurements. To detect other species, chemically sensitive films were deposited on the SiN where the presence of the chosen analyte results in pH changes through chemical reactions. A invention of a cell sorting device based on these principles is also described. A new method of immobilizing enzymes using Sandia`s sol-gel glasses is documented and biosensors based on the silicon wafer and an amperometric technique are detailed.

  3. Chemical machining

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    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Nontraditional machining processes are widely used to manufacture geometrically complex and precision parts for aerospace, electronics and automotive industries. There are different geometrically designed parts, such as deep internal cavities, miniaturized microelectronics and fine quality components may only be produced by nontraditional machining processes. This paper is aiming to give details of chemical machining process, industrial applications, applied chemical etchants and machined materials. Advantages and disadvantages of the chemical machining are mentioned.Design/methodology/approach: In this study, chemical machining process was described its importance as nontraditional machining process. The steps of process were discussed in detail. The tolerances of machined parts were examined.Findings: Paper describes the chemical machining process, industrial applications, applied chemical etchants and machined materials.Practical implications: The machining operation should be carried out carefully to produce a desired geometry. Environmental laws have important effects when chemical machining is used.Originality/value: The importance of nontraditional machining processes is very high.

  4. The Clinical Value of Dual Time Point F-18 FDG PET/CT Imaging for the Differentiation of Colonic Focal Uptake Lesions

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    F-18 FDG can be accumulated in the liver, bowel, kidney, urinary tract, and muscles physiologically. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of dual time point 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging for the differentiation of the colonic focal uptake lesions. One hundred thirty two patients (M:F=77:55, Age 62.8±11.6 years) underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT at two time points, prospectively: early image at 50-60 min and delayed image at 4-4.5 hours after the intravenous injection of 18F-FDG. Focally increased uptake lesions on early images but disappeared or shifted on delayed images defined a physiological uptake. For the differential evaluation of persistent focal uptake lesions on delayed images, colonoscopy and histopathologic examination were performed. SUVmax changes between early and delayed images were also compared. Among the 132 patients, 153 lesions of focal colonic uptake were detected on early images of 18F-FDG PET/CT. Of these, 72 (47.1%) lesions were able to judge with physiological uptake because the focal increased uptake disappeared from delayed image. Among 81 lesions which was showed persistent increased uptake in delayed image, 61 (75.3%) lesions were confirmed as the malignant tumor and 14 (17.3%) lesions were confirmed as the benign lesions including adenoma and inflammatory disease. Remaining 6 (7.4%) lesions were confirmed as the physiological uptake because there was no particular lesion in the colonoscopy. In the malignant lesions, the calculated dual time point change for SUVmax (Δ%SUVmax) was 20.8%±18.7%, indicating a significant increase in SUVmax between the two point (p<0.01). In contrast, the change in SUVmax for the non-malignant lesions including benign lesions and physiological uptake was -13.7%±24.2%. For the differentiation of the malignant and non-malignant focal colonic uptake lesions, Δ%SUVmax was the most effective parameter, and the cut-off value using -5% provided the best sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. The dual time

  5. The Clinical Value of Dual Time Point F-18 FDG PET/CT Imaging for the Differentiation of Colonic Focal Uptake Lesions

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    Kim, Jin Suk; Lim, Seok Tae; Jeong, Young Jin; Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Hwan Jeong; Sohn, Myung Hee [Chonbuk National University Medical School and Hospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-08-15

    F-18 FDG can be accumulated in the liver, bowel, kidney, urinary tract, and muscles physiologically. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of dual time point 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging for the differentiation of the colonic focal uptake lesions. One hundred thirty two patients (M:F=77:55, Age 62.8{+-}11.6 years) underwent {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT at two time points, prospectively: early image at 50-60 min and delayed image at 4-4.5 hours after the intravenous injection of {sup 18}F-FDG. Focally increased uptake lesions on early images but disappeared or shifted on delayed images defined a physiological uptake. For the differential evaluation of persistent focal uptake lesions on delayed images, colonoscopy and histopathologic examination were performed. SUVmax changes between early and delayed images were also compared. Among the 132 patients, 153 lesions of focal colonic uptake were detected on early images of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT. Of these, 72 (47.1%) lesions were able to judge with physiological uptake because the focal increased uptake disappeared from delayed image. Among 81 lesions which was showed persistent increased uptake in delayed image, 61 (75.3%) lesions were confirmed as the malignant tumor and 14 (17.3%) lesions were confirmed as the benign lesions including adenoma and inflammatory disease. Remaining 6 (7.4%) lesions were confirmed as the physiological uptake because there was no particular lesion in the colonoscopy. In the malignant lesions, the calculated dual time point change for SUVmax ({delta}%SUVmax) was 20.8%{+-}18.7%, indicating a significant increase in SUVmax between the two point (p<0.01). In contrast, the change in SUVmax for the non-malignant lesions including benign lesions and physiological uptake was -13.7%{+-}24.2%. For the differentiation of the malignant and non-malignant focal colonic uptake lesions, {delta}%SUVmax was the most effective parameter, and the cut-off value using -5% provided the best sensitivity

  6. Clinical value of surgical staging with preoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT evaluation for mediastinal lymph nodes in lung cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of preoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT for surgical staging by evaluating mediastinal lymphadenopathy in lung cancer. Methods: Sixty-eight patients with lung cancer underwent both 18F-FDG PET/CT and chest CT. The results of PET/CT and CT were compared with pathological results. χ2 and t tests were used for data analysis. Results: A total of 222 mediastinal lymph nodes were resected in 68 patients and 84 (37.8%) were confirmed as metastases by pathology. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive and negative predictive values for PET/CT and CT were 71.4% (60/84) vs 48.8% (41/84), 66.7% (92/138) vs 49.3% (68/138), 68.5% (152/222) vs 49.1%(109/222), 56.6% (60/106) vs 36.9% (41/111), 79.3% (92/116) vs 61.3 % (68/111), respectively (χ2=8.96, 8.57, 17.19, 8.43, 8.88, all P<0.05). The staging consistency of PET/CT with pathology was 73.5% (50/68), which was significantly higher than that of CT with pathology (41.2% (28/68); χ2=14.55, P<0.01). The identification of N1 and N2 disease was, respectively, 66.7%(10/15) and 79.2% (19/24) by PET/CT, 13.3%(2/15) and 45.8% (11/24) by CT (χ2=8.89 and 5.69, both P<0.05). The SUVmax of lymph nodes greater than and equal to 10 mm in short diameter was significantly higher than those with short diameters less than 10 mm (5.5±2.8 vs 2.2±0.9, t=5.17, P<0.05). Conclusion: Preoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT is more accurate for evaluating mediastinal lymphadenopathy and staging in patients with lung cancer than CT, and therefore is more valuable for optimizing the best treatment strategies. (authors)

  7. [Diagnostic and prognostic values of 1p and 19q deletions in adult gliomas: critical review of the literature and implications in daily clinical practice].

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    Fontaine, D; Vandenbos, F; Lebrun, C; Paquis, V; Frenay, M

    2008-01-01

    Losses of chromosomes 1p and 19q are deemed correlated with diagnosis of oligodendroglioma, higher chemosensitivity and better prognosis. We reviewed the literature to evaluate the usefulness of these correlations in daily clinical practice. The rates of deletions relative to histology (WHO classifications) were extracted from 33 studies, including 2666 patients. The 1p deletions and 1p19q codeletion mean rates were respectively 65.4 and 63.3% in oligodendrogliomas, 28.7 and 21.6% in oligoastrocytomas, 13.2 and 7.5% in astrocytomas, 11.6 and 2.9% in glioblastomas. The presence of 1p deletion and 1p19q codeletion were strongly correlated with the histological diagnosis corresponding to oligodendroglioma. Calculation of specificity, sensitivity, predictive positive values and false negative rates suggests that presence of deletion 1p or codeletion represents a strong argument in favor of the diagnosis of oligodendroglioma. However, considering the high false negative rate, absence of such deletions does not rule out the diagnosis. In grade 3 oligodendroglial tumors, the probability of responding to chemotherapy, and the duration of response, were higher when codeletions were present. This suggests that, in these tumors, the presence of codeletion is a strong argument in favor of adjuvant chemotherapy. However, chemotherapy should not be systematically excluded when codeletions are absent, as the chances of response are about 33% in this situation. Data concerning low-grade gliomas were more controversial. Oligodendroglial tumors with 1p deletion or 1p19q codeletion seemed to have a better prognosis, as five-year survival rates were 50% higher than in tumors without deletion. This might be explained by the correlation between 1p deletion and other identified prognosis factors: (1) higher chemosensitivity, (2) tumor location more frequently in the frontal lobe, leading to better resection and lower risk of neurological deficit, (3) slower growth rate, (4) higher risk

  8. 影像医学在临床医学中的应用和价值%Application and value of medical imaging in clinical medicine

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    2014-01-01

    As early as in 1895,the German physicist William Conrad roentgen discovered X-rays.He opened a new chapter in medical imaging.Medical imaging is a science for examination of human or a certain part of the body with the help of medical imaging equipment,such as radiology,cardiovascular disease,nervous system and other subject disciplines.At present,the medical imaging techniques are commonly used as X-ray imaging,CT imaging examination and so on.In this paper.the author expounds the application and value of medical imaging in clinical medicine combining the related literature at home and abroad.%早在1895年德国物理学家威廉·康拉德·伦琴发现X射线,开创了影像医学的新篇章。影像医学是借助医学影像设备对人体或人体某部分进行检查的一门科学,如放射学科、心血管病学科、神经系统学科等。目前常用的影像医学技术有X线成像检查,CT成像检查等。本文结合国内外有关文献对影像医学在临床医学中的应用和价值进行阐述。

  9. Clinical value of serum PAP determination in detection and follow-up of pronostic carcinoma: PAP-RIA VS. PAP-EA

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    The clinical usefulness of the RIA for prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in comparison to the PAP-enzyme assay (EA) in detection and follow-up of prostatic carcinoma (PC) was evaluated. Groups of patients were formed according to the stage, therapeutic regimen of PC and to the effect of therapy. Serum PAP concentration was determined by commercial RIA and EA kit. In detection of PC RIA and EA demonstrated an equally low diagnostic sensitivity in tumor stages O, A, B and C with a tendency of the RIA to a slightly higher sentitivity in stage C. In stage D, but only if no contrasexual therapy was used, the RIA revealed with 54% pathological findings significantly higher, yet still moderate sensitivity in comparison to 33% by EA. This finding could also be observed in patients with scintigraphically proven stage D2 (osseous metastases) without contrasexual therapy. The whole group of patients on no contrasexual therapy including all stages of PC demonstrated with 29% of pathological findings a slight advantage of the RIA over the EA with 20%. In follow-up of PC the RIA showed a significantly higher sensitivity in evaluation of the effect of therapy. Thus, scintigraphically proven progression of formation of metastases of less than 3 months revealed pathological PAP concentrations by RIA in 56% and PAP activities by EA in 15% of the involved sera. In progression of more than 3 months there were 76% pathological values by RIA vs. 53% by EA. It can be concluded that both the PAP RIA and EA possess low to moderate diagnostic sensitivity in detection of PC the RIA demonstrating a significantly higher sentivity compared to the EA if no contrasexual therapy is used. In follow-up of PC the RIA was more sensitive than the EA in detecting progression of formation of metastases

  10. Role of pH value during chemical reaction, and site occupancy of Ni2+ and Fe3+ ions in spinel structure for tuning room temperature magnetic properties in Ni1.5Fe1.5O4 ferrite

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    Kumar, K. S. Aneesh; Bhowmik, R. N.; Mahmood, Sami H.

    2016-05-01

    The magnetic properties of Ni1.5Fe1.5O4 ferrite have been investigated using the techniques of dc magnetometry and Mӧssbauer spectroscopy. The material has been prepared by chemical reaction of metal nitrates at different pH values and subsequently, annealed at different temperatures to improve the microstructure. The samples with single-phased cubic spinel structure have been used for magnetic study. The material showed a variety of magnetic features, including superparamagnetic and soft ferromagnetic properties. At room temperature, changes of the ferromagnetic parameters of the material have been found in the range 0-47 emu/g for spontaneous magnetization, 0-0.37 for squareness, and 0-195 Oe for coercivity. Variation of the pH value during chemical reaction and changes of the grain size by thermal treatment played an important role in tuning the coexisting superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic components in the material. Samples prepared at high pH value showed small grain size and superparamagnetic features, whereas the samples prepared at low pH value produced large grain size and better ferromagnetic features. The ferromagnetic properties of the material have been enhanced by lowering the pH value and increasing the annealing temperature. Mössbauer spectra provided insight of the local magnetic order, site occupancy of Ni and Fe ions and oxidation state of Fe ions in the spinel structure of Ni1.5Fe1.5O4 ferrite.

  11. PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF SOME CHEMICAL ELEMENTS IN THE ORAL FLUID OF PEOPLEWHO USE REMOVABLE DENTURES IN THE PROCESS OF STONE FORMATION

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    Mikhaylenko, T. N.; Rozhko, M. M.; Ersteniuk, H. M.

    2015-01-01

    This work confirms a multifactorial effect on stone formation processes in the oral cavity of persons who use removable dentures, including an important role of macro- and micronutrients, namely, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. The study of these elements was conducted in oral fluid and dental deposits and removable denture bases. Correlations between the level of oral hygiene and contents of chemical elements in oral fluid of people with removable dentures were found. With the incre...

  12. Chemical Composition, Nutritive and Energetic Value of Plantain (Musa ssp.) Hybrids CRBP 14, CRBP 39, FHIA 17, FHIA 21and Orishele Variety

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    Coulibaly, S.; Nemlin, GJ.; Kamenan, A.

    2007-01-01

    Chemical characteristics as well as contents in main components such as dry matter, sugars, lipids proteins and some minerals were determined in four banana hybrids CRBP 14, CRBP 39, FHIA 17, FHIA 21 and Orishele variety (used as control). Titrable acidity, pH, and calorific energy of these various cultivars of banana (Musa ssp.) were also determined. The results indicated that Orishele variety had the highest content of dry matter, total carbohydrate and potassium. On the other hand, CRBP 39...

  13. Developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in hospitals in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand: values, requirements and barriers

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    Turner Tari J

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines support clinical decision-making by making recommendations to guide clinical practice. These recommendations are developed by integrating the expertise of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians with the perspectives of consumers and the best available research evidence. However studies have raised concerns about the quality of guideline development, and particularly the link between research and recommendations. The reasons why ...

  14. Study of anti mutagenic and mutagenic effect of different chemicals on clinically isolated strains of pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    This project was undertaken to study the effect of twelve different compounds to test their anti mutagenic and mutagenic activity against clinically isolated strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The effect of these compounds was estimated by counting the number of rifampicin resistant colonies growing in a particular time in a compound. The results were interpreted by plotting graphs between 10g N/NO (Rif R Colonies/ ml) and time to estimate the forward mutation rat. The results revealed that acridine, Basic fuchsin, Caffeine, cycloheximide, Ethidium bromide and Histidine probably have an anti mutagenic effect, while Cysteine, folic acid, Ethyl methane, suplphonate, Manganous Chloride and N-nitrosodietylamine acted as mutagen. Ecoli was used as control through out the study. (author)

  15. Clinical Value of Serum HMGB1 Levels in Early Detection of Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Uterine Cervix: Comparison with Serum SCCA, CYFRA21-1, and CEA Levels

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    Sheng, Xiugui; Du, Xuelian; Zhang, Xiaoling; Li, Dapeng; Lu, Chunhua; Li, Qinshui; Ma, Zhifang; Song, Quqing; Wang, Cong

    2009-01-01

    Aim To evaluate the clinical value of serum high mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 (HMGB1) levels in making the early diagnosis of recurrent cervical squamous cell carcinomas (CSCC) and compare it with the value of serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA), cytokeratin fragment (CYFRA) 21-1, and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels. Methods Immunohistochemical staining of tissue from 64 patients with recurrent CSCCs, 72 patients with non-recurrent carcinoma,...

  16. European Chemicals Agency dossier submissions as an experimental data source: refinement of a fish toxicity model for predicting acute LC50 values.

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    Austin, Thomas; Denoyelle, Marieva; Chaudry, Amjad; Stradling, Sam; Eadsforth, Charles

    2015-02-01

    As a result of the stringent data requirements of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, a vast amount of ecotoxicological data has become available through the dissemination portal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). As of April 2014, the database contained 12,439 unique substances from 47,909 dossiers. This vast database could be used to refine existing, or to create new, non-testing methods, such as quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs). Acute fish toxicity data were mined from the ECHA database using the eChemPortal; after filtering for single organic substances, 1159 experimental data points remained, representing 564 compounds. To evaluate the quality and accessibility of this data, the authors used the data to refine and improve an existing QSAR. The reliability of the data submitted to the ECHA database, as well as the effectiveness of the Klimisch scoring system, were assessed by comparing the refined QSAR with established QSAR benchmarks. The model developed meets all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development principles, has strong internal (leave-one-out internally cross-validated correlation coefficient [Q(2)(LOO)] = 0.91) and external (external coefficient of determination (predicted vs experimental [test set])) validation statistics, and can provide reliable fish median lethal concentration (LC50) predictions for non-polar narcotics. Although some issues with dossier misinformation were discovered, it was found that the ECHA dissemination portal is a valuable and reliable data source. When queried using the eChemPortal, chemical dossiers containing reliable data could be found quickly. The ECHA dissemination portal holds great potential for future QSAR development and improvement, such as updating QSARs within the Ecological Structure-Activity Relationships (ECOSAR) program. PMID:25470737

  17. The Differences in Chemical Composition, Physical Quality Traits and Nutritional Values of Horse Meat as Affected by Various Retail Cut Types

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    Seong, Pil Nam; Park, Kyoung Mi; Kang, Geun Ho; Cho, Soo Hyun; Park, Beom Young; Chae, Hyun Seok; Van Ba, Hoa

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    The effects of retail cut type on chemical, quality and nutritional characteristics of horse meat were studied. Jeju female breed horses (n = 9) at 32-mo-old were slaughtered and the carcasses at 24 h post-mortem were fabricated into 10 retail cuts including: tender-loin, loin, strip-loin, shoulder-chuck-roll, shoulder-clod, top-round, outside-round, brisket, short-plate-brisket, and shank. The results revealed that all of parameters (chemical, meat quality and nutritional composition) examined significantly (p<0.05) differed between the cuts. The chemical composition range