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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449563/relationship-between-serum-bilirubin-levels-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
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Filiz Karadag, Ceyhan Balci Sengul, Yasar Enli, Kamuran Karakulah, Huseyin Alacam, Bunyamin Kaptanoglu, Ozgur Kalkanci, Hasan Herken
Objective: We investigated the relationship between serum bilirubin levels and metabolic syndrome (MetS), and the longitudinal effects of baseline serum bilirubin concentrations on MetS in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders undergoing atypical antipsychotics. Methods: The sample of this study consisted of 131 patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Waist circumference, blood pressure, and levels of triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting glucose, and insulin were evaluated at baseline and at month six...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449475/a-non-randomized-retrospective-observational-study-on-the-subcutaneous-esophageal-reconstruction-after-esophagectomy-is-it-feasible-in-high-risk-patients
#2
Jae Ho Chung, Sung Ho Lee, Eunjue Yi, Jae Seung Jung, Jung Wook Han, Tae Sik Kim, Ho Sung Son, Kwang Taik Kim
BACKGROUND: Esophageal reconstruction after esophagectomy is a complex procedure with high morbidity and mortality. Anastomotic leakage is more severe and frequent in patients with preoperative comorbidities and may present with septic conditions. Considering the possibility of an easier management of such cases, we evaluated the safety and feasibility of subcutaneous esophageal reconstruction in patients with high operative risks. METHODS: We performed a non-randomized retrospective observational study on the 75 (subcutaneous: 21, intrathoracic: 54) esophageal cancer patients who underwent esophageal reconstruction either through subcutaneous or intrathoracic route between January 2003 and February 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449316/does-my-high-blood-pressure-improve-your-survival-overall-and-subgroup-learning-curves-in-health
#3
Raf Van Gestel, Tobias Müller, Johan Bosmans
Learning curves in health are of interest for a wide range of medical disciplines, healthcare providers, and policy makers. In this paper, we distinguish between three types of learning when identifying overall learning curves: economies of scale, learning from cumulative experience, and human capital depreciation. In addition, we approach the question of how treating more patients with specific characteristics predicts provider performance. To soften collinearity problems, we explore the use of least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regression as a variable selection method and Theil-Goldberger mixed estimation to augment the available information...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449278/seroepidemiology-and-molecular-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-swine-and-occupationally-exposed-workers-in-punjab-india
#4
M Bansal, S Kaur, D Deka, R Singh, J P S Gill
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) has two discrete epidemiological patterns: waterborne epidemics in developing countries only, caused by HEV genotype I, and sporadic zoonotic outbreaks in developing and developed countries caused by genotypes III and IV. This study was designed to investigate seroprevalence, molecular detection and the characterization of HEV by nested RT-PCR in swine as well as the occupational risk to exposed human population in Punjab state of north-western India. The occupational risk-exposed group comprised of swine farmers (organized - mixed feed feeders and unorganized - swill feeders), slaughterhouse workers, sewage workers and veterinary internes...
April 27, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449211/operational-tolerance-in-kidney-transplantation-and-associated-biomarkers
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Annick Massart, Lidia Ghisdal, Marc Abramowicz, Daniel Abramowicz
In the 1960s, our predecessors won a historical battle against acute rejection and ensured that transplantation became a common life-saving treatment. In parallel to this success, or perhaps because of it, we lost the battle for long-lived transplants, being overwhelmed with chronic immune insults and the toxicities of immunosuppression. It is likely that current powerful treatments block acute rejection, but at the same time condemn the few circulating donor cells that would have been able to elicit immunoregulatory host responses towards the allograft...
April 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449205/impact-of-pharmacist-involved-collaborative-care-on-the-clinical-humanistic-and-cost-outcomes-of-high-risk-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-impact-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Y L Siaw, Y Ko, D C Malone, K Y K Tsou, Y-J Lew, D Foo, E Tan, S C Chan, A Chia, S S Sinaram, K C Goh, J Y-C Lee
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: With the increasing prevalence of diabetes, the physician-centred model is challenged to deliver holistic care in Asia. Diabetes may be managed effectively within a multidisciplinary collaborative care model; however, evidence on its effectiveness in Asian patients is lacking. Therefore, the primary objective was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of multidisciplinary collaborative care vs physician-centred care in diabetes. The secondary objectives were to evaluate humanistic and economic outcomes among the two types of care...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449154/dual-raas-blockade-with-aliskiren-in-patients-with-severely-impaired-chronic-kidney-disease
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Franz Maximilian Rasche, Claudia Joel, Thomas Ebert, Thomas Frese, Filip Barinka, Volker Busch, Wilma Gertrud Rasche, Tom H Lindner, Jochen Schneider, Stephan Schiekofer
Dual renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blockade (dRAASb) is purposed in the prevention of the cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). However, all attempts with dRAASb even in patients with moderate impaired chronic kidney disease (CKD) were terminated due to the typical severe adverse events (SAE), e. g., hyperkalemia and rise of serum creatinine. The aim of our study with the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren was to evaluate the effect of dRAASb with a washout phase in patients with severely advanced CKD. We have studied 45 patients (G3b to 4, A2 and >A3; median glomerular filtration rate (GFR) CKD-EPI 31 (23-40) ml/min per 1...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448988/anaemia-following-artemisinin-based-combination-treatments-of-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-children-temporal-patterns-of-haematocrit-and-the-use-of-uncomplicated-hyperparasitaemia-as-a-model-for-evaluating-late-appearing-anaemia
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Akin Sowunmi, Kazeem Akano, Godwin Ntadom, Adejumoke Ayede, Stephen Oguche, Chimere Agomo, Henrietta Okafor, Ismaila Watila, Martin Meremikwu, William Ogala, Philip Agomo, Elsie Adowoye, Bayo Fatunmbi, Temitope Aderoyeje, Christian Happi, Grace Gbotosho, Onikepe Folarin
BACKGROUND: In severe malaria, intravenous artesunate may cause delayed haemolytic anaemia but there has been little evaluation of the propensity of oral artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs) to cause late-appearing anaemia. METHODS: The frequency of anaemia (haematocrit <30%), and temporal changes in haematocrit were evaluated in 1,191 malarious children following ACTs. "Haematocrit conservation" was evaluated by using the fall in haematocrit/1,000 asexual parasites cleared from the peripheral blood (FIH/1,000 asexual parasites cpb), and the ratio of the average haematocrit (on the first 3 days of starting treatment):total parasitaemia cleared...
April 28, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448948/interactions-between-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-gene-polymorphism-and-life-events-in-susceptibility-to-major-depressive-disorder-in-a-chinese-population
#9
Dong Han, Zhengxue Qiao, Lu Chen, Xiaohui Qiu, Deyu Fang, Xiuxian Yang, Jingsong Ma, Mingqi Chen, Jiarun Yang, Lin Wang, Xiongzhao Zhu, Congpei Zhang, Yanjie Yang, Hui Pan
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is involved in the development of major depressive disorder. The aim of this study is to investigate the interaction between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) polymorphism (+405G/C, rs2010963) and negative life events in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: DNA genotyping was performed on peripheral blood leukocytes in 274 patients with MDD and 273 age-and sex-matched controls...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448893/diabetes-status-modifies-the-association-between-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-incident-heart-failure-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
#10
Valery S Effoe, Eric E McClendon, Carlos J Rodriguez, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Gregory W Evans, Patricia P Chang, Alain G Bertoni
AIMS: Increasing carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is associated with incident heart failure (HF). We investigated whether this association differs by diabetes status. METHODS: We characterized 13,590 Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study participants free of baseline HF into normal fasting glucose (NFG, glucose <100mg/dl), impaired fasting glucose (IFG, glucose 100-125mg/dl), and type 2 diabetes (T2D, glucose ≥126mg/dl, self-report, or use of diabetes drugs)...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448891/plasma-ferritin-c-reactive-protein-and-risk-of-incident-type-2-diabetes-in-singapore-chinese-men-and-women
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Ye-Li Wang, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, An Pan
AIMS: Ferritin is postulated to be involved in diabetogenesis as a marker of iron stores. We prospectively examined the association between ferritin levels and type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk in a Chinese population. METHODS: Plasma ferritin concentrations were assayed among 485 diabetes cases and 485 controls nested within the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Cases and controls were matched on age, gender, date of blood collection, and dialect group. Participants were free of diagnosed diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at blood collection (1999-2004)...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448867/immuno-modulatory-and-cellular-antioxidant-activities-of-%C3%AE%C2%BA-selenocarrageenan-in-combination-with-epirubicin-in-h22-hepatoma-bearing-mice
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Na Ling, Xiaojun Zhou, Yubin Ji, Wenlan Li, Chenfeng Ji, Zheng Qi
BACKGROUND: Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high rate of tumor recurrence and metastasis, resulting in shortened survival time. The aim of this study is to evaluate the synergistic anti-tumor effects and underlying mechanism of κ-selenocarrageenan (KSC) in combination with the chemotherapy drug epirubicin (EPI) in H22 tumor-bearing mice. METHODS: Hepatocellular carcinoma H22 cells were implanted into mice. After the transplants were successfully established, the animals were divided into four groups: namely the control group, the KSC group, the EPI group and the KSC+EPI group...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448842/risk-of-incident-myocardial-infarction-by-gender-interactions-with-serum-lipids-blood-pressure-and-smoking-the-troms%C3%A3-study-1979-2012
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Grethe Albrektsen, Ivar Heuch, Maja-Lisa Løchen, Dag Steinar Thelle, Tom Wilsgaard, Inger Njølstad, Kaare Harald Bønaa
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Overall, men have roughly twice the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) compared to women, but what causes this contrast is unclear. Identification of subgroups where the gender contrast in risk is particularly low or high, may provide new insight. In the search for such subgroups, we focus on gender-specific effects of established coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors. Heterogeneity across age groups is also explored. METHODS: Population-based prospective study from Tromsø, Norway, comprising 33,859 individuals (51% women); 2746 individuals (854 women) received a diagnosis of MI during follow-up at ages 35-94 years...
April 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448779/effect-of-a-pharmacist-led-program-on-improving-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-from-northern-cyprus-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Eylem Ilktac Korcegez, Mesut Sancar, Kutay Demirkan
BACKGROUND: The management of type 2 diabetes mellitus is complex, requiring continuous medical care by health care professionals and considerable self-care efforts by patients. Pharmacist-led care programs have been shown to help patients with diabetes succeed in achieving treatment goals and improving outcomes. Pharmacist-led care is a new health care concept in Northern Cyprus. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a pharmacist-led care program on glycemic control, determined by hemoglobin A1c (A1c), and secondarily on blood pressure, lipid profile, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, medication adherence, and self-care activities, for patients with type 2 diabetes over a 12-month period...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448687/postexercise-blood-flow-restriction-does-not-enhance-muscle-hypertrophy-induced-by-multiple-set-high-load-resistance-exercise
#15
Haruhiko Madarame, Satoshi Nakada, Takahisa Ohta, Naokata Ishii
To test the applicability of postexercise blood flow restriction (PEBFR) in practical training programmes, we investigated whether PEBFR enhances muscle hypertrophy induced by multiple-set high-load resistance exercise (RE). Seven men completed an eight-week RE programme for knee extensor muscles. Employing a within-subject design, one leg was subjected to RE + PEBFR, whereas contralateral leg to RE only. On each exercise session, participants performed three sets of unilateral knee extension exercise at approximately 70% of their one-repetition maximum for RE leg first, and then performed three sets for RE + PEBFR leg...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448609/six-autoantibodies-associated-with-autoimmune-encephalitis-are-not-detectable-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-suicide-attempters
#16
Johan Fernström, Åsa Westrin, Cécile Grudet, Lil Träskman-Bendz, Lena Brundin, Daniel Lindqvist
Previous findings suggest a link between neuroinflammatory processes and suicidality. Despite several lines of evidence supporting this link, including increased pro-inflammatory markers in blood-, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)- and in post-mortem brain samples from suicidal individuals, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this pilot study, we explored the possibility that autoimmune encephalopathies might be found among suicide attempters. We analysed the presence of six different autoantibodies (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazol-propionic acid receptor, the γ-amino-butyric acid B-receptor, the leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1, the contactin-associated protein-like 2, and the dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6), all previously associated with psychopathology, in CSF samples from 29 unmedicated suicide attempters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448601/determinants-of-coronary-flow-reserve-in-non-diabetic-patients-with-chest-pain-without-myocardial-perfusion-defects
#17
Helena U Westergren, Erik Michaëlsson, Juuso I Blomster, Tasso Miliotis, Sara Svedlund, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Microvascular dysfunction could be responsible for chest pain in patients without myocardial perfusion defects. We evaluated microvascular function using ultrasound-assessed coronary flow reserve (CFR) in patients with chest pain and normal myocardial perfusion scintigram. Secondly, we investigated association between cardiovascular parameters and decreased CFR in a sex specific manner. METHODS: A total of 202 (128 women) non-diabetic patients with chest pain and suspected myocardial ischemia, but without myocardial perfusion defects on myocardial perfusion scintigram, were enrolled and underwent CFR examination and blood sampling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448587/collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-genomic-analysis-of-solid-tumors-in-a-clinical-laboratory-setting
#18
Christopher K Raymond, Jennifer Hernandez, Reynold Karr, Kay Hill, Mark Li
The breadth of diagnostic procedures that utilize cell free DNA (cfDNA) from human plasma has increased dramatically in recent years. Here, we confirm that tumor-derived cfDNA fragments are similar in size distribution to cfDNA derived from normal tissues. Therefore, collection procedures optimized with healthy donor specimens are likely to be applicable to the diagnosis and monitoring of many different cancer types. We verify that the distribution and DNA sequences of fragmentation sites in cfDNA from both normal-germline and tumor-derived cfDNA are non-random...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448582/comparison-of-multiple-obesity-indices-for-cardiovascular-disease-risk-classification-in-south-asian-adults-the-carrs-study
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Shivani A Patel, Mohan Deepa, Roopa Shivashankar, Mohammed K Ali, Deksha Kapoor, Ruby Gupta, Dorothy Lall, Nikhil Tandon, Viswanathan Mohan, M Masood Kadir, Zafar Fatmi, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, K M Venkat Narayan
BACKGROUND: We comparatively assessed the performance of six simple obesity indices to identify adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in a diverse and contemporary South Asian population. METHODS: 8,892 participants aged 20-60 years in 2010-2011 were analyzed. Six obesity indices were examined: body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-height ratio (WHtR), waist-hip ratio (WHR), log of the sum of triceps and subscapular skin fold thickness (LTS), and percent body fat derived from bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448579/il-33-receptor-st2-regulates-the-cognitive-impairments-associated-with-experimental-cerebral-malaria
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Flora Reverchon, Stéphane Mortaud, Maëliss Sivoyon, Isabelle Maillet, Anthony Laugeray, Jennifer Palomo, Céline Montécot, Améziane Herzine, Sandra Meme, William Meme, François Erard, Bernhard Ryffel, Arnaud Menuet, Valérie F J Quesniaux
Cerebral malaria (CM) is associated with a high mortality rate and long-term neurocognitive impairment in survivors. The murine model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) induced by Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA)-infection reproduces several of these features. We reported recently increased levels of IL-33 protein in brain undergoing ECM and the involvement of IL-33/ST2 pathway in ECM development. Here we show that PbA-infection induced early short term and spatial memory defects, prior to blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption, in wild-type mice, while ST2-deficient mice did not develop cognitive defects...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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