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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647960/-quality-analysis-of-observational-studies-on-pelvic-organ-prolapse-in-china
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Y T Wang, L Y Tao, H J He, J S Han
Objective: To evaluate the quality of observational studies on pelvic organ prolapse in China. Methods: The checklist of strengthening the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology (STROBE) statement was applied to evaluate the observational studies. The articles were searched in the SinoMed database using the terms: prolapse, uterine prolapse, cystocele, rectal prolapse and pelvic floor; limited to Chinese core journals in obstetrics and gynecology from January 1996 to December 2015. With two 10-year groups (1996-2005 and 2006-2015), the χ(2) test was used to evaluate inter-group differences...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647916/impact-of-site-selection-and-study-conduct-on-outcomes-in-global-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Chaudhry M S Sarwar, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Javed Butler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There are over 25 million patients living with heart failure globally. Overall, and especially post-discharge, clinical outcomes have remained poor in heart failure despite multiple trials, with both successes and failures over the last two decades. Matching therapies to the right patient population, identifying high-quality sites, and ensuring optimal trial design and execution represent important considerations in the development of novel therapeutics in this space...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647870/prothrombotic-genetic-risk-factors-in-patients-with-very-early-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Loukianos S Rallidis, Argyri Gialeraki, Georgios Tsirebolos, Stylianos Tsalavoutas, Maria Rallidi, Efstathios Iliodromitis
The contribution of prothrombotic genetic risk factors in the pathogenesis of premature acute myocardial infarction (MI) is controversial. We examined the prevalence of prothrombotic polymorphisms (G1691A of factor V gene [FV Leiden] and G20210A of prothrombin [FII] gene), deficiencies of natural anticoagulants (protein C, protein S and antithrombin III) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in patients with early ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI). We recruited 255 consecutive patients who had survived a STEMI ≤ 35 years of age (224 men)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647866/coffee-consumption-and-risk-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
#4
Samuel O Antwi, Jeanette E Eckel-Passow, Nancy D Diehl, Daniel J Serie, Kaitlynn M Custer, Michelle L Arnold, Kevin J Wu, John C Cheville, David D Thiel, Bradley C Leibovich, Alexander S Parker
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested an inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC); however, data regarding decaffeinated coffee are limited. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of 669 incident RCC cases and 1,001 frequency-matched controls. Participants completed identical risk factor questionnaires that solicited information about usual coffee consumption habits. The study participants were categorized as non-coffee, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers...
June 24, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647858/counter-intuitive-plasma-vitamin-d-and-zinc-status-in-hiv-1-infected-adults-with-persistent-low-level-viraemia-after-treatment-initiation-a-pilot-case-control-study
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H Melliez, A Duhamel, O Robineau, L Bocket, I Kim, E Sauser, F Loiseleur, N Viget, A Pasquet, E Senneville, D Seguy
Determinants of persistent low-level viraemia [PLLV, a viral load (VL) of between 50 and 500 copies/mL] have not been elucidated. In a case-control study, we evaluated the influence of micronutrients on PLLV in a population of 454 HIV-1 adults having initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) between January 2007 and December 2011. Plasma levels of retinol (vitamin A), 25-OH vitamin D2 + D3, vitamin E and zinc were measured at ART initiation in cases (PLLV after 6 months of ART) and in controls (VL <50 copies/mL after 6 months)...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647832/genetic-dissection-of-adventitious-shoot-regeneration-in-roses-by-employing-genome-wide-association-studies
#6
Thi Hong Nhung Nguyen, Dietmar Schulz, Traud Winkelmann, Thomas Debener
We analysed the capacity to regenerate adventitious shoots in 96 rose genotypes and found 88 SNP markers associated with QTLs, some of which are derived from candidate genes for shoot regeneration. In an association panel of 96 rose genotypes previously analysed for petal colour, we conducted a genome-wide association study on the capacity of leaf petioles for direct shoot regeneration. Shoot regeneration rate and shoot ratio (number of shoots/total number of explants) were used as phenotypic descriptors for regeneration capacity...
June 24, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647831/alterations-in-regional-homogeneity-of-resting-state-brain-activity-in-fatigue-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Junyi Li, Yongsheng Yuan, Min Wang, Jiejin Zhang, Li Zhang, Siming Jiang, Jian Ding, Kezhong Zhang
Fatigue is a common complaint in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the neural bases of fatigue in PD remain uncertain. In this cross-sectional study, our aim was to study the change of the local brain function in PD patients with fatigue. Among 49 patients with PD, 17 of them had fatigue and the remaining 32 patients without fatigue, and 25 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were enrolled. All subjects were evaluated with Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and had a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) scan...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647830/the-comprehension-of-syntactic-and-affective-prosody-by-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-without-accompanying-cognitive-deficits
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Maria Martzoukou, Despina Papadopoulou, Mary-Helen Kosmidis
The present study investigates the comprehension of syntactic and affective prosody in adults with autism spectrum disorder without accompanying cognitive deficits (ASD w/o cognitive deficits) as well as age-, education- and gender-matched unimpaired adults, while processing orally presented sentences. Two experiments were conducted: (a) an on-line sentence completion task containing local subject/object ambiguities and (b) an affective prosody task exploring the comprehension of six emotions. The syntactic prosody task revealed that the experimental group performed similar to the control group on the fillers and the object condition...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647809/left-ventricles-of-aging-athletes-better-untwisters-but-not-more-relaxed-during-exercise
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Claire Maufrais, G Doucende, T Rupp, M Dauzat, P Obert, S Nottin, I Schuster
OBJECTIVE: With an aging population and the increasing prevalence of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, developing strategies to prevent diastolic dysfunction is crucial. Regular endurance training has been suggested to be one such strategy. However, the underlying mechanisms of training, including the effect on left ventricular (LV) untwist, which promotes LV filling, are unclear and studies exploring the heart during exercise in the aging heart are lacking. METHODS: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing with speckle tracking echocardiography was realized in male subjects: 16 young athletes (YA), 19 young controls (YC), 22 middle-aged athletes (MA) with a lifelong history of endurance training, and 20 middle-aged controls (MC)...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647804/estimating-the-long-term-functional-burden-of-osteoporosis-related-fractures
#10
S Fischer, K A Kapinos, A Mulcahy, L Pinto, O Hayden, R Barron
Although fractures are associated with short-term reductions in functional status, there is limited information on longer-term burden of fracture. This study documents evidence of an association between fractures and significant declines and functional health and activities that persist but attenuate beyond two years. INTRODUCTION: Although fractures are associated with short-term reductions in functional status and may have other short-term effects on healthcare utilization (hospitalization and follow-up care), there is limited information on long-term burden of fracture beyond 12 to 24 months post-fracture...
June 24, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647774/automatic-identification-of-coronary-tree-anatomy-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#11
Qing Cao, Alexander Broersen, Michiel A de Graaf, Pieter H Kitslaar, Guanyu Yang, Arthur J Scholte, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Johan H C Reiber, Jouke Dijkstra
An automatic coronary artery tree labeling algorithm is described to identify the anatomical segments of the extracted centerlines from coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) images. This method will facilitate the automatic lesion reporting and risk stratification of cardiovascular disease. Three-dimensional (3D) models for both right dominant (RD) and left dominant (LD) coronary circulations were built. All labels in the model were matched with their possible candidates in the extracted tree to find the optimal labeling result...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647724/observed-and-projected-trends-in-paediatric-health-resources-and-services-in-china-between-2003-and-2030-a-time-series-study
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Xin-Yu Zhang, Ying Gao, Chang-Ping Li, Rong-Xiu Zheng, Jie-Li Chen, Lin Zhao, You-Fa Wang, Yao-Gang Wang
OBJECTIVES: The two-child policy took effect in China on 1 January 2016, thus officially ending the one-child policy. The resultant growth in the population will create a considerable demand for public services such as paediatric healthcare, even while there are limited paediatric resources. We estimated the relationship between paediatric health resources and services and child mortality to determine the degree of the deficiency of such resources in China. Projecting the quantity of paediatric health resource allocation and service supply through 2030 will help provide data reference for future policy decision making...
June 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647693/recognition-investigation-and-management-of-mitochondrial-disease
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REVIEW
James E Davison, Shamima Rahman
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles present in virtually all human cells that are needed for a multitude of cellular functions, including energy production, control of cell apoptosis and numerous biochemical catabolic and synthetic pathways that are critical for cellular health. Primary mitochondrial disorders are a group of greater than 200 single gene defects arising from two genomes (nuclear and mitochondrial) leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, and are associated with extremely heterogeneous phenotypes...
June 24, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647690/acute-kidney-injury-after-primary-angioplasty-is-contrast-induced-nephropathy-the-culprit
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Oren Caspi, Manhal Habib, Yuval Cohen, Arthur Kerner, Ariel Roguin, Eitan Abergel, Monther Boulos, Michael R Kapeliovich, Rafael Beyar, Eugenia Nikolsky, Doron Aronson
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) following primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) is frequently interpreted as contrast-induced AKI but may result from other insults. We aimed to determine the causal association of contrast material exposure and the incidence of AKI following pPCI using a control group of propensity score-matched patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who were not exposed to contrast material. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 2025 patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who underwent pPCI and 1025 patients receiving fibrinolysis or no reperfusion who were not exposed to contrast material during the first 72 hours of hospital stay (control group)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647687/overweight-obesity-and-survival-after-stroke-in-the-framingham-heart-study
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Hugo J Aparicio, Jayandra J Himali, Alexa S Beiser, Kendra L Davis-Plourde, Ramachandran S Vasan, Carlos S Kase, Philip A Wolf, Sudha Seshadri
BACKGROUND: We investigated how body weight affects survival after stroke, leveraging the availability of multiple prestroke body mass index (BMI) measurements and using a nested case-control design in a community-based sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared all-cause mortality in participants stratified by prestroke weight. Separate analyses were performed for ischemic stroke and all stroke and for age-, sex-, and BMI category-matched stroke-free controls. Participants were grouped into BMI categories and followed for up to 10 years...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647666/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-and-depression-during-methamphetamine-withdrawal
#16
Wenwei Ren, Xiaoqian Luan, Jie Zhang, Priyanka Gutteea, Yan Cai, Jiyun Zhao, Yingying Gu, Chaowen Wu, Hang Su, Jingyan Tao, Ying Xie, Dezhao Lv, Liang Feng, Jincai He
BACKGROUND: Depression symptoms is highly comorbid with methamphetamine (METH) dependence. Except for the role in the pathophysiology of depression symptoms, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is also involved in the METH dependence. The present study aims to explore whether BDNF plays a role in the development of depression symptoms during METH withdrawal. METHODS: We recruited 179 patients with METH dependence who were followed up for two weeks. Ultimately, 131 (73...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647558/durable-chimerism-and-long-term-survival-following-unrelated-umbilical-cord-blood-transplantation-for-pediatric-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-a-single-center-experience
#17
Sachit A Patel, Heather A Allewelt, Jesse D Troy, Paul L Martin, Timothy A Driscoll, Vinod K Prasad, Joanne Kurtzberg, Kristin M Page, Suhag H Parikh
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a life-threatening disorder of immune dysregulation characterized by fever, hepatosplenomegaly, cytopenias, CNS disease, increased inflammatory markers and hemophagocytosis. Currently, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the only curative approach for patients with HLH with reported survival ranging from 50-70% with myeloablative conditioning (MAC) regimens. However, donor availability and transplant related mortality associated with conventional MAC are major barriers to success...
June 21, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647542/parallel-interactive-retrieval-of-item-and-associative-information-from-event-memory
#18
Gregory E Cox, Amy H Criss
Memory contains information about individual events (items) and combinations of events (associations). Despite the fundamental importance of this distinction, it remains unclear exactly how these two kinds of information are stored and whether different processes are used to retrieve them. We use both model-independent qualitative properties of response dynamics and quantitative modeling of individuals to address these issues. Item and associative information are not independent and they are retrieved concurrently via interacting processes...
June 22, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647541/response-tailored-protocol-versus-the-fixed-12weeks-of-dual-sofosbuvir-daclatasvir-treatment-in-egyptian-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-4-infection-a-randomized-open-label-non-inferiority-trial
#19
Mostafa Yakoot, Alaa M Abdo, Siham Abdel-Rehim, Sherine Helmy
BACKGROUND: The most recent European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) 2016 Guidelines on treatment of hepatitis C (HCV), allowed for shortening the course of treatment for some subsets of patients with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir and with grazoprevir/elbasvir based on cutoff baseline HCV RNA values. We hypothesized that it would be prudent to also consider an objectively assuring very rapid, on-treatment, virologic response to therapy at week 2 (vRVR) before taking the decision of shortening the treatment duration...
May 17, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647487/does-pregnancy-have-any-impact-on-long-term-damage-accrual-and-on-the-outcome-of-lupus-nephritis
#20
Davide Gianfreda, Silvana Quaglini, Giulia Frontini, Francesca Raffiotta, Piergiorgio Messa, Gabriella Moroni
No data are available about the impact of pregnancy on the long-term outcome of lupus nephritis. Thirty-two women with lupus nephritis with a 10-year follow-up after their first pregnancy ("women who gave birth") and 64 matched controls with the same follow-up and who never had pregnancies ("controls") were compared for the occurrence of SLE flares, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and SLICC/ACR Damage Index (SDI) in the post pregnancy period. The same evaluations were done before and after pregnancy in women who gave birth...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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