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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641393/a-technical-review-of-subvalvular-techniques-for-repair-of-ischaemic-mitral-regurgitation-and-their-associated-echocardiographic-and-survival-outcomes
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Leonidas V Athanasopoulos, Roberto P Casula, Prakash P Punjabi, Yusuf S Abdullahi, Thanos Athanasiou
Subvalvular techniques are gaining ground as adjunct procedures for addressing ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The aim of this study was to describe the different techniques and assess their results. A systematic review of the literature was performed. The end points of interest were recurrence of mitral regurgitation, cardiac events and early and late echocardiographic measurements. After initial screening, 450 articles were identified, of which 24 provided the best available evidence on the topic. The different subvalvular techniques had similar mortality rates when compared with the standard restrictive annuloplasty...
June 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641392/alcohol-is-not-protective-against-mortality-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Jennifer S Albrecht, Majid Afshar, Deborah M Stein, Gordon S Smith
Alcohol exposure results in reduced mortality following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in animal models, yet clinical studies reported conflicting results and clinical trials based on proposed mechanisms have been disappointing. Methodological issues common to many of the clinical studies may have contributed to spurious results. Our objective was to evaluate the association between blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and in-hospital mortality following TBI, overcoming methodological problems of prior studies. We conducted a retrospective cohort study on individuals treated for isolated TBI at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center between 1997-2012 (n = 1,084)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641376/height-weight-and-aerobic-fitnessin-relation-to-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Casey Crump, Jan Sundquist, Marilyn A Winkleby, Kristina Sundquist
Tall stature or obesity has been associated with higher risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), but reported effects of aerobic fitness have been conflicting. A national cohort study was conducted to examine interactions between height or weight and aerobic fitness among 1,547,478 Swedish military conscripts during 1969-1997 (97-98% of all 18-year-old males) in relation to AF identified from nationwide inpatient and outpatient diagnoses through 2012 (maximum age 62). Increased height, weight, or aerobic fitness (but not muscular strength) at age 18 was associated with higher AF risk in adulthood...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641374/intergenerational-socioeconomic-mobility-and-adult-depression-the-constances-study
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Maria Melchior, Abdelkrim Ziad, Emilie Courtin, Marcel Goldberg, Marie Zins, Judith van der Waerden
Socioeconomic mobility from childhood onwards may predict depression risk in adulthood. Using data from the nationally representative CONSTANCES study in France (2012-2014, n = 67,057), we assessed the relationship between intergenerational socioeconomic mobility and adult depression (Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale, > = 16 in men, > = 20 in women) and antidepressant use. Socioeconomic position was ascertained by occupational grade (childhood: maternal and paternal measures prior to age 15 years combined; adult: participant own)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641373/estimating-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-the-test-negative-design-using-alternative-control-groups-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shuo Feng, Benjamin J Cowling, Heath Kelly, Sheena G Sullivan
One important assumption in case-control studies is that control selection should be independent of exposure. Nevertheless, it has been hypothesized that virus interference might lead to a correlation between receipt of influenza vaccination and increased risk of infection with other respiratory viruses. We investigated if such a phenomenon might affect a commonly used study design to estimate influenza vaccination effectiveness (VE). We searched publications in Medline, PubMed and Web of Science. Twelve studies were identified reporting VE estimates using the test-negative design by three alternative control groups: (1) all patients testing negative for influenza, VEFLU-, (2) patients who tested positive for other respiratory viruses, VEORV+, or (3) patients who tested negative for all viruses tested, VEPAN-...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641369/markers-of-inflammation-and-incident-breast-cancer-risk-in-the-women-s-health-study
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Deirdre K Tobias, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Paulette D Chandler, Patrick R Lawler, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, Paul M Ridker, Lu Wang, I-Min Lee, Samia Mora
Chronic inflammation may be a risk factor for breast cancer development and progression, yet which inflammatory biomarkers and pathways are relevant is unknown. The study included 27,071 Women's Health Study participants (mean, 54.5 years old) free of cancer and cardiovascular disease at enrollment (1992 to 1995) with baseline measures of four inflammatory biomarkers: high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), fibrinogen, N-acetyl side-chains of acute phase proteins (GlycA), and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641367/annual-crop-yield-variation-child-survival-and-nutrition-among-subsistence-farmers-in-burkina-faso
#8
Kristine Belesova, Antonio Gasparrini, Ali Sié, Rainer Sauerborn, Paul Wilkinson
Whether year to year variation in crop yields affects the nutrition, health, and survival of subsistence farming populations is relevant to the understanding of the potential impacts of climate change. However, the empirical evidence is limited. We examined the association of child survival with inter-annual variation in food crop yield and middle-upper arm circumference (MUAC) in a subsistence farming population of rural Burkina Faso. The study was of 44,616 children < 5 years of age included in the Nouna Health and Demographic Surveillance System, 1992-2012, whose survival was analysed in relation to the food crop yield in the year of birth (which ranged from 65% to 120% of the period average) and, for a subset of 16,698 children, to MUAC, using shared frailty Cox proportional hazards models...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641361/maternal-alcohol-use-disorder-and-risk-of-child-contact-with-the-justice-system-in-western-australia-a-population-cohort-record-linkage-study
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Katherine Hafekost, David Lawrence, Colleen O'Leary, Carol Bower, James Semmens, Stephen R Zubrick
BACKGROUND: Early contact with the justice system is associated with a multitude of negative outcomes across the life course. This includes an increased risk of ongoing justice contact, social disadvantage and marginalization, and mental health and substance use issues. Children whose mothers have an alcohol use disorder may be at risk of early justice system contact, and we sought to quantify this relationship in a Western Australian cohort. METHODS: This population cohort study made use of linked administrative data...
June 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641354/-acute-liver-failure-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-hepatorenal-syndrome-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-artificial-liver-support-on-the-icu
#10
Uwe Lodes, David Jacob, Frank Meyer
Background Acute hepatic dysfunction in the form of acute liver failure (ALF) or acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a disease with a high risk of mortality and requires interdisciplinary intensive care. Aim This article explains the nomenclature, pathophysiology, prognosis and possible treatment options of ALF and ACLF, including the possibilities of extracorporeal liver support therapy at the point of liver transplantation (LTx). Method Narrative review with a selective literature review and representative case studies...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641352/-do-general-surgeons-feel-adequately-prepared-for-the-complex-questions-associated-with-the-handling-of-multi-resistant-pathogens-results-of-the-mr2-survey
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Matthias May, Philipp J Spachmann, Steffen Lebentrau, Harald Schumacher, Christian Gilfrich, Hans-Martin Fritsche, Malte Vetterlein, Sabine Brookman-May, Martin Schostak, Florian M Wagenlehner, Maximilian Burger, Alexander Novotny, Robert Obermaier
Background At the present time, there is no evidence available as to the knowledge of general surgeons regarding multi-resistant pathogens (MRP) and the rational use of antibiotic medication (antibiotic stewardship/ABS) compared with physicians from other disciplines. Methods As part of the MR2 survey (Multiinstitutional Reconnaissance of practice with MultiResistant bacteria - a survey focussing on German hospitals), a questionnaire comprising 4 + 35 items was distributed to urologists, internists, gynaecologists and general surgeons in 18 hospitals...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641316/a-cancer-geography-paradox-poorer-cancer-outcomes-with-longer-travelling-times-to-healthcare-facilities-despite-prompter-diagnosis-and-treatment-a-data-linkage-study
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Melanie Turner, Shona Fielding, Yuhan Ong, Chris Dibben, Zhiqianq Feng, David H Brewster, Corri Black, Amanda Lee, Peter Murchie
BACKGROUND: Rurality and distance from cancer treatment centres have been shown to negatively impact cancer outcomes, but the mechanisms remain obscure. METHODS: We analysed the impact of travel time to key healthcare facilities and mainland/island residency on the cancer diagnostic pathway (treatment within 62 days of referral, and within 31 days of diagnosis) and 1-year mortality using a data-linkage study with 12 339 patients. RESULTS: After controlling for important confounders, mainland patients with more than 60 min of travelling time to their cancer treatment centre ((OR 1...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641315/sequential-vs-concurrent-epirubicin-and-docetaxel-as-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-high-risk-node-negative-early-breast-cancer-an-interim-analysis-of-a-randomised-phase-iii-study-from-the-hellenic-oncology-research-group
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Dimitrios Mavroudis, Emmanouil Saloustros, Ioannis Boukovinas, Pavlos Papakotoulas, Stylianos Kakolyris, Nikolaos Ziras, Charalampos Christophylakis, Nikolaos Kentepozidis, Georgios Fountzilas, Georgios Rigas, Ioannis Varthalitis, Konstantinos Kalbakis, Sofia Agelaki, Dora Hatzidaki, Vasilios Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: Sequential anthracyclines and taxanes are standard adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with high-risk axillary node-positive breast cancer. We compared a sequential to a concurrent regimen in high-risk node-negative early breast cancer. METHODS: Patients were eligible if they had tumours >2 cm or T1c with two of the following characteristics: no oestrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) expression, histological grade III, Ki67 >40% and vascular, lymphovascular or perineural invasion...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
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K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641307/human-equilibrative-nucleoside-transporter-1-gene-expression-is-associated-with-gemcitabine-efficacy-in-advanced-leiomyosarcoma-and-angiosarcoma
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Bruno Vincenzi, Silvia Stacchiotti, Paola Collini, Francesco Pantano, Carla Rabitti, Giuseppe Perrone, Michele Iuliani, Alfonso Baldi, Giuseppe Badalamenti, Roberta Sanfilippo, Daniele Santini, Andrea Onetti Muda, Alessandro Gronchi, Paolo Casali, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Giuseppe Tonini
BACKGROUND: The expression of human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (hENT1), the major gemcitabine transporter into cells, has been thoroughly investigated as a predictive marker of response to gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer and biliary tract cancers. Since gemcitabine is widely used in the treatment of leiomyosarcoma and angiosarcoma, we investigated the correlation between hENT1 expression and gemcitabine efficacy in these sarcoma subtypes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 71 patients affected by advanced angiosarcoma (26) or leiomyosarcoma (45) treated within five Italian referral centres for sarcoma; among them, 49 patients (15 angiosarcoma, 34 leiomyosarcoma) were treated with gemcitabine...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641304/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-review-of-recent-literature
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Viktoriya London, Stephanie Grube, David M Sherer, Ovadia Abulafia
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hyperemesis gravidarum is the most common cause of hospitalization during the first half of pregnancy and is second only to preterm labor for hospitalizations in pregnancy overall. In approximately 0.3-3% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is prevalent and this percentage varies on account of different diagnostic criteria and ethnic variation in study populations. Despite extensive research in this field, the mechanism of the disease is largely unknown...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641301/fluoride-in-dental-biofilm-varies-across-intra-oral-regions
#17
Line Staun Larsen, Vibeke Baelum, Livia Maria Andaló Tenuta, Alan Richards, Bente Nyvad
Information on differences in biofilm fluoride concentration across intra-oral regions may help explain the distribution of caries within the dentition. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to describe the fluoride concentration in saliva and in biofilm fluid and biofilm solids across 6 intra-oral regions. Unstimulated whole saliva was collected from 42 participants and biofilm harvested from the buccal sites in the 4 molar and 2 anterior regions. Samples were collected at least 1 h after use of fluoride dentifrice...
June 23, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641292/the-incidence-clinical-significance-and-treatment-effects-of-depression-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-recipients
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Tomasz Podolecki, Robert Pudlo, Michal Mazurek, Monika Koziel, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Joanna Boidol, Katarzyna Przybylska, Adam Sokal, Oskar Kowalski, Jacek Kowalczyk, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Zbigniew Kalarus
OBJECTIVES: Chronic heart failure (HF) is associated with significantly increased prevalence of depression. The aim of the study was to assess the incidence and clinical impact of depression as well as the effectiveness of depression treatment in HF patients. METHODS: A prospective interventional trial included 285 consecutive cardiac resynchronization therapy recipients. Patients underwent a psychiatric examination at the time of implantation and then it was routinely repeated at 3, 6, and 12 months after the procedure, and every 6 months thereafter...
June 23, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641285/role-of-glycyrrhizin-in-the-reduction-of-inflammation-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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Vikram Thakur, Syeda Nargis, Mayra Gonzalez, Swetak Pradhan, Daniel Terreros, Munmun Chattopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is one of the most debilitating complications of type 2 diabetes. Recent evidence suggests chronic inflammation to be one of the causal factors of DKD. The mechanisms entailed are not completely elucidated except that a variety of cytokines play a major role in this process. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a pro-inflammatory toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4)-binding cytokine that is involved in inflammation-associated gene expression. This investigation was designed to assess the involvement of HMGB1, TLR-4, and nuclear factor (NF)-κB in the development of DKD and to evaluate that whether blocking HMGB1 by its natural inhibitor Glycyrrhizin (GLC) can reduce the progression of the disease...
June 23, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641277/association-of-the-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-with-the-1-year-response-of-exudative-amd-to-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-in-the-brazilian-population
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Flavio Mac Cord Medina, Augusto Alves Lopes da Motta, Walter Yukihiko Takahashi, Pedro Carlos Carricondo, Mario Martins Dos Santos Motta, Monica B Melo, Jose Paulo C Vasconcellos
AIM: Evidence of the relationship between the polymorphism of the complement factor H (CFH) gene at position 402 (Y402H) and the response to the treatment of wet AMD is controversial. The aim of this study was to compare the functional and morphological 1-year evolution of patients with exudative AMD treated with antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with the CFH Y402H polymorphism in the Brazilian population. METHODS: Forty-six patients treated for wet AMD with bevacizumab or ranibizumab in a pro re nata regimen were included...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
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