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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452318/bone-metabolic-markers-in-the-clinical-assessment-of-patients-with-superior-semicircular-canal-dehiscence-treated-with-middle-fossa-craniotomy
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Thien Nguyen, Carlito Lagman, John P Sheppard, Courtney Duong, Vera Ong, Jessica Poon, Yasmine Alkhalid, Daniel Azzam, Prasanth Romiyo, Giyarpuram N Prashant, Quinton Gopen, Isaac Yang
BACKGROUND: Superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) is a bony defect in the osseous shell of the petrous temporal bone. The pathophysiological association between osteoporosis and SSCD remains poorly understood. We aim to investigate the relationships between serum calcium, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and thyroid stimulating hormone levels, and symptoms in adult patients with SSCD treated through a middle fossa craniotomy. METHODS: Patient demographics and clinical parameters were collected...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452001/sexual-behavior-with-noncommercial-partners-a-concurrent-partnership-study-among-middle-aged-female-sex-workers-in-china
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Jennifer Guida, Liangyuan Hu, Hongjie Liu
Female sex workers (FSWs) often engage in concurrent partnerships, meaning they have multiple sexual relationships at the same time. The objective of this study was to investigate sexual concurrency and its associations with condom use and syphilitic infections among FSWs over age 35. Respondent-driven sampling was used to recruit 1,245 FSWs in Nanning, Hefei, and Qingdao, China. FSWs were asked to report whether they had concurrent partners in the past six months. Concurrency was defined as engagement in sex with commercial clients and (1) husbands and boyfriends (n = 167); (2) husbands only (n = 301); or (3) boyfriends only (n = 469)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451817/the-impact-of-pulse-pressure-on-cerebrovascular-events-leading-to-age-related-cognitive-decline
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Nathalie Thorin-Trescases, Olivia de Montgolfier, Anthony Pinçon, Adeline Raignault, Laurie Caland, Pauline Labbé, Eric Thorin
Aging is a modern concept: human life expectancy has more than doubled in less than 150 years in Western countries. Longer lifespan, however, reveals age-related diseases, including cerebrovascular diseases. The vascular system is a prime target of aging: the "wear and tear" of large elastic arteries exposed to a life-long pulsatile pressure causes arterial stiffening by fragmentation of elastin fibers and replacement by stiffer collagen. This arterial stiffening increases in return the amplitude of the pulse pressure (PP), its wave penetrating deeper into the microcirculation of low resistance, high flow organs such as the brain...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451709/shortcomings-in-the-management-of-undescended-testis-guideline-intention-vs-reality-and-the-underlying-causes-insights-from-the-biggest-german-cohort
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Philip Boehme, Berit Geis, Johannes Doerner, Stefan Wirth, Kai O Hensel
OBJECTIVES: To assess the implementation of the current guideline and identify potential underlying causes for late surgery in children with Undescended testis (UDT) in Germany. UDT is the most common surgical issue in paediatric urology. To avoid malignant degeneration and subfertility current guidelines recommend orchidopexy during the first year of life. However, this seems not to be implemented in practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 5547 patients with cryptorchidism at 16 hospitals nationwide were studied regarding age at orchidopexy between 2003 and 2016...
February 16, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451372/morphological-spectra-of-adult-human-stellate-ganglia-implications-for-thoracic-sympathetic-denervation
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Oh Jin Kwon, Shrita Pendekanti, Jacob N Fox, Jane Yanagawa, Michael C Fishbein, Kalyanam Shivkumar, H Wayne Lambert, Olujimi Ajijola
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) to treat ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) requires transection at the middle or lower third of stellate (cervicothoracic) ganglia (SG). However, the morphological appearance of the adult SG and distribution of neuronal somata within it are not well described. OBJECTIVE: To determine the morphology of left and right SG (LSG and RSG) and the distribution of somata within. METHODS: LSG and RSG (n=28) from 14 embalmed adult cadavers were dissected intact...
February 16, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451367/the-association-between-famine-exposure-in-early-life-and-type-2-diabetes-and-hyperglycemia-in-adulthood-results-from-the-china-health-and-retirement-longitudinal-study-charls
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Yanxin Sun, Longfei Zhang, Wenhou Duan, Xin Meng, Chongqi Jia
BACKGROUND: Some studies have shown that famine in early life may influence T2D. The majority of studies on this topic have revealed an association between famine exposure in early life and T2D in adulthood. However, several studies on the Great Chinese Famine were not conducted nationwide. Because the severity of the Great Chinese Famine varied in different regions, the results of regional studies were usually limited. METHODS: We included 7262 participants who were born between October 1, 1949, and July 1, 1966 who were participants in baseline data collection for CHARLS in 2011...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451344/a-case-of-microscopic-multiple-sclerosing-pneumocytoma
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Hitomi Kawai, Norio Takayashiki, Haruo Otani, Shingo Sakashita, Masayuki Noguchi
Sclerosing pneumocytoma is a rare tumor of the lung, commonly affecting middle-aged women, and is mostly isolated. Although this tumor is thought to be derived from primitive respiratory epithelial cells, the characteristics of the precursor cells are still unknown. A 19-year-old woman presented with multiple nodules in the right lung. Partial resection of the right middle lobe was performed, and seven sclerosing pneumocytomas, including four that were microscopic, were detected. The latter showed a simple papillary pattern, and three of them consisted of only round cell-like cells (single population)...
February 16, 2018: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451225/quality-of-life-among-adolescents-aged-14-to-18-years-with-beta-thalassemia-major-tm-in-qatar
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Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Mohamed A Yassin, Ganga Devi J Babu, Sindhumole L K Nair, Izette L Libo-On, Hothaifah A Hijazi, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf Soliman
BACKGROUND: Thalassemia is a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of hemoglobin synthesis. It is a common disease in Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Middle East countries, including Qatar. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QOL) among patients aged 14 to 18 years with thalassemia major (TM) in Qatar and correlates their QOL with bio-demographic data of the patients compared to healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study measured the QOL in adolescents with thalassemia major who were attending ambulatory units in a tertiary hospital in Qatar...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450891/a-public-health-approach-for-preventing-neural-tube-defects-folic-acid-fortification-and-beyond
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Greg S Garrett, Lynn B Bailey
In this paper we review the evidence basis for prevention of folic acid-sensitive neural tube defects (NTDs) through public health interventions in women of reproductive age (WRA), the proven vehicles for delivery of folic acid, and what is needed to effectively scale these, and provide a snapshot of potential innovations that require future research. Our primary focus is on the global situation affecting large-scale food fortification (LSFF) with folic acid, in particular the fortification of wheat flour and maize meal...
February 16, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450856/hysterectomy-and-perceived-physical-function-in-middle-aged-australian-women-a-20-year-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Louise F Wilson, Nirmala Pandeya, Julie Byles, Gita D Mishra
PURPOSE: Hysterectomy is one of the most common gynaecological procedures worldwide. Changes in endocrine function may impact age-associated decline in physical function and these changes may be accelerated by hysterectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between hysterectomy status and self-reported physical function limitations. METHODS: Our study sample (n = 8624) came from the mid-cohort (born 1945-1950) of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH)...
February 15, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450732/combined-prostatic-urethral-lift-and-remodeling-of-the-prostate-and-bladder-neck-a-modified-transurethral-approach-in-the-treatment-of-symptomatic-lower-urinary-tract-obstruction
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Martin Schoenthaler, Karl-Dietrich Sievert, Dominik Stefan Schoeb, Arkadiusz Miernik, Thomas Kunit, Simon Hein, Thomas R W Herrmann, Konrad Wilhelm
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of combining prostatic urethral lift (PUL) and a limited resection of the prostatic middle lobe or bladder neck incision in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). METHODS: Twenty-eight patients were treated at two tertiary centers and followed prospectively. Patient evaluations included patient characteristics, relief of LUTS symptoms, erectile and ejaculatory function, continence, operative time and adverse events...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450701/burden-characteristics-and-process-of-care-among-the-pediatric-and-adult-trauma-patients-in-botswana-s-main-hospitals
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Michael B Mwandri, Timothy C Hardcastle
BACKGROUND: Botswana is notable among countries with high rates of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC); like many other lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), it lacks trauma systems. The World Health Organization recommends 'Essential Trauma Care' in countries with no formal trauma systems. The proportion of injuries in Emergency Departments and the care process were investigated to gain an overview for enabling the design of a relevant LMICs trauma system. METHOD: Blunt and penetrating trauma patients were included from three major hospitals, examining the proportion of injuries, patient characteristics, the care process and comparing these between pediatrics and adults...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450472/otorhinolaryngology-and-diving-part-1-otorhinolaryngological-hazards-related-to-compressed-gas-scuba-diving-a-review
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Matt Lechner, Liam Sutton, Jonathan M Fishman, David M Kaylie, Richard E Moon, Liam Masterson, Christoph Klingmann, Martin A Birchall, Valerie J Lund, John S Rubin
Importance: Scuba diving is becoming increasingly popular. However, scuba diving is associated with specific risks; 80% of adults and 85% of juvenile divers (aged 6-17 years) have been reputed to have an ear, nose, or throat complaint related to diving at some point during their diving career. Divers frequently seek advice from primary care physicians, diving physicians, and otorhinolaryngologists, not only in the acute setting, but also related to the long-term effects of diving. Observations: The principles underpinning diving-related injuries that may present to the otorhinolaryngologist rely on gas volume and gas saturation laws, and the prevention of these injuries requires both that the diver is skilled and that their anatomy allows for pressure equalization between the various anatomical compartments...
February 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450402/modeling-the-consumer-s-perception-of-experiential-marketing-in-the-romanian-private-ophthalmologic-services
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Consuela-Mădălina Gheorghe, Iuliana-Raluca Gheorghe, Victor Lorin Purcărea
Introduction. The importance of experience in marketing grew, as the concept itself is very personal and difficult to measure. Experience turns out to be complicated but once placed in a context it gets significant features. As the health care competitive environment increases, marketers are looking for new and effective methods of engaging consumers by using experiential marketing strategies. Moreover, little is known about the consumers' perceptions related to ophthalmologic services. Aim. The objective of this paper was to measure the consumer's perception of experiential marketing in the Romanian private ophthalmologic services by using structural equation modeling...
July 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450383/eyesight-quality-and-computer-vision-syndrome
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Camelia Margareta Bogdănici, Diana Elena Săndulache, Corina Andreea Nechita
The aim of the study was to analyze the effects that gadgets have on eyesight quality. A prospective observational study was conducted from January to July 2016, on 60 people who were divided into two groups: Group 1 - 30 middle school pupils with a mean age of 11.9 ± 1.86 and Group 2 - 30 patients evaluated in the Ophthalmology Clinic, "Sf. Spiridon" Hospital, Iași, with a mean age of 21.36 ± 7.16 years. The clinical parameters observed were the following: visual acuity (VA), objective refraction, binocular vision (BV), fusional amplitude (FA), Schirmer's test...
April 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449892/possible-correlation-between-gut-microbiota-and-immunity-among-healthy-middle-aged-and-elderly-people-in-southwest-china
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Xi Shen, Junjie Miao, Qun Wan, Shuyue Wang, Ming Li, Fangfang Pu, Guoqing Wang, Wei Qian, Qian Yu, Francesco Marotta, Fang He
Background: The present study was conducted to investigate the possible association between gut microbes and immunity among healthy middle-aged and elderly individuals in southwest China. A total of 148 healthy adults aged ≥ 50 years were divided into two age groups: middle-aged group (50-59 years; n = 67, 54.13 ± 3.32) and elderly group (≥ 60 years; n = 81, 64.70 ± 3.93). Blood samples were collected to measure serum immune and biochemical indices. Gut microbiota compositions of the groups were characterized on the basis of faecal DNA using 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
2018: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449823/age-differences-in-age-perceptions-and-developmental-transitions
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William J Chopik, Ryan H Bremner, David J Johnson, Hannah L Giasson
Is 50 considered "old"? When do we stop being considered "young"? If individuals could choose to be any age, what would it be? In a sample of 502,548 internet respondents ranging in age from 10 to 89, we examined age differences in aging perceptions (e.g., how old do you feel?) and estimates of the timing of developmental transitions (e.g., when does someone become an older adult?). We found that older adults reported older perceptions of aging (e.g., choosing to be older, feeling older, being perceived as older), but that these perceptions were increasingly younger than their current age...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449425/young-and-middle-aged-adults-with-airflow-limitation-according-to-lower-limit-of-normal-but-not-fixed-ratio-have-high-morbidity-and-poor-survival-a-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Yunus Çolak, Shoaib Afzal, Børge G Nordestgaard, Jørgen Vestbo, Peter Lange
A presumed consequence of using a fixed ratio for the definition of airflow limitation (AFL) has been overdiagnosis among older and underdiagnosis among younger individuals. However, the prognosis of younger individuals with potentially underdiagnosed airflow limitation is poorly described. We hypothesised that potential underdiagnosis of AFL at younger age is associated with poor prognosis.We assigned 95 288 participants aged 20-100 years from the Copenhagen General Population Study into: individuals without AFL with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV 1 )/forced vital capacity (FVC)≥0...
February 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449058/-epidemiology-of-lower-extremity-artery-disease
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Victor Aboyans, Marie-Antoinette Sevestre, Ileana Désormais, Philippe Lacroix, Gerry Fowkes, Michael H Criqui
It is estimated that more than 200 million individuals are affected by lower extremity artery disease (LEAD) worldwide. This prevalence has increased between 2000 and 2010 by 25%, especially in low/middle income countries. In France, about one million people are affected by this condition. Almost two-thirds of patients with LEAD are asymptomatic. This explains the interest of the measurement of the ankle-brachial index (ABI), an objective and harmless diagnostic tool. An ABI≤0.90 is considered as diagnostic for LEAD...
February 12, 2018: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448840/inverse-association-between-serum-albumin-and-future-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-interrelationship-with-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein
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Setor K Kunutsor, Samuel Seidu, Devvrat T Katechia, Jari A Laukkanen
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the prospective association of serum albumin with venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk and evaluate if the association is independent of or modified by inflammation, as measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). DESIGN: We analyzed data of 2,176 men aged 42-61 years free from VTE in the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease study, with serum albumin concentrations measured at baseline using Coulter's bromcresol purple colorimetric assays...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Medicine
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