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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108556/confirmation-of-five-novel-susceptibility-loci-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-and-integrated-network-analysis-of-82-sle-susceptibility-loci
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Julio E Molineros, Wanling Yang, Xu-Jie Zhou, Celi Sun, Yukinori Okada, Huoru Zhang, Kek Heng Chua, Yu-Lung Lau, Yuta Kochi, Akari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Jianyang Ma, So-Young Bang, Hye-Soon Lee, Kwangwoo Kim, Sang-Cheol Bae, Hong Zhang, Nan Shen, Loren L Looger, Swapan K Nath
We recently identified ten novel SLE susceptibility loci in Asians and uncovered several additional suggestive loci requiring further validation. This study aimed to replicate five of these suggestive loci in a Han Chinese cohort from Hong Kong, followed by meta-analysis (11,656 cases and 23,968 controls) on previously reported Asian and European populations, and perform bioinformatic analyses on all 82 reported SLE loci to identify shared regulatory signatures. We performed a battery of analyses for these five loci, as well as joint analyses on all 82 SLE loci...
January 20, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108515/prostate-cancer-patients-with-late-radiation-toxicity-exhibit-reduced-expression-of-genes-involved-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair-and-homologous-recombination
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Bregje van Oorschot, Lon Uitterhoeve, Ilja Oomen, Rosemarie Ten Cate, Jan Paul Medema, Harry Vrieling, Lukas J A Stalpers, Perry D Moerland, Nicolaas A P Franken
Severe late damage to normal tissue is a major limitation of cancer radiotherapy in prostate cancer patients. In a recent retrospective study, late radiation toxicity was found to relate to a decreased decay of γ-H2AX foci and reduced induction of DNA double strand break repair genes. Here we report evidence of prognostic utility in prostate cancer for γ-H2AX foci decay ratios and gene expression profiles derived from ex vivo-irradiated patient lymphocytes. Patients were followed ≥2 years after radiotherapy...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107850/application-of-magic-in-healthcare-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Michael T Lam, Helen R Lam, Lalit Chawla
STUDY DESIGN: Scoping review. INTRODUCTION: The art and science of magic traces back to ancient days. Physicians are often compared to magicians metaphorically. Nonetheless, there exist various genuine applications of magic in the healthcare setting. PURPOSE: To explore and summarize the literature reporting the applications of magic tricks or any derived techniques in healthcare or clinical environments. METHODS: A literature search was performed on ten databases: Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Central, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, PEDro, Scopus, the International Index to Performing Arts, General OneFile and Newstand, to identify references related to the application of magic in healthcare...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106094/sham-electroacupuncture-methods-in-randomized-controlled-trials
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Zi-Xian Chen, Yan Li, Xiao-Guang Zhang, Shuang Chen, Wen-Ting Yang, Xia-Wei Zheng, Guo-Qing Zheng
Sham electroacupuncture (EA) control is commonly used to evaluate the specific effects of EA in randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). However, establishing an inert and concealable sham EA control remains methodologically challenging. Here, we aimed to systematically investigate the sham EA methods. Eight electronic databases were searched from their inception to April 2015. Ten out of the 17 sham EA methods were identified from 94 RCTs involving 6134 participants according to three aspects: needle location, depth of needle insertion and electrical stimulation...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106047/scale-dependent-diffusion-anisotropy-in-nanoporous-silicon
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Daria Kondrashova, Alexander Lauerer, Dirk Mehlhorn, Hervé Jobic, Armin Feldhoff, Matthias Thommes, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Cedric Gommes, Jovana Zecevic, Petra de Jongh, Armin Bunde, Jörg Kärger, Rustem Valiullin
Nanoporous silicon produced by electrochemical etching of highly B-doped p-type silicon wafers can be prepared with tubular pores imbedded in a silicon matrix. Such materials have found many technological applications and provide a useful model system for studying phase transitions under confinement. This paper reports a joint experimental and simulation study of diffusion in such materials, covering displacements from molecular dimensions up to tens of micrometers with carefully selected probe molecules. In addition to mass transfer through the channels, diffusion (at much smaller rates) is also found to occur in directions perpendicular to the channels, thus providing clear evidence of connectivity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105729/whole-genome-grey-and-white-matter-dna-methylation-profiles-in-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex
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Jose Vicente Sanchez-Mut, Holger Heyn, Enrique Vidal, Raúl Delgado-Morales, Sebastian Moran, Sergi Sayols, Juan Sandoval, Isidre Ferrer, Manel Esteller, Johannes Gräff
The brain's neocortex is anatomically organized into grey and white matter, which are mainly composed by neuronal and glial cells, respectively. The neocortex can be further divided in different Brodmann areas according to their cytoarchitectural organization, which are associated with distinct cortical functions. There is increasing evidence that brain development and function are governed by epigenetic processes, yet their contribution to the functional organization of the neocortex remains incompletely understood...
January 20, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101825/neurosarcoidosis-clinical-presentations-and-changing-treatment-patterns-in-an-irish-caucasian-population
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K O'Connell, L Williams, J Jones, D J H McCabe, D Murphy, R Killeen, N Tubridy, S O'Riordan, C McGuigan
BACKGROUND: The clinical manifestations of neurosarcoidosis are highly variable and it should be considered as a potential differential diagnosis in any neurological presentation. AIM: This study was designed to describe the clinical, diagnostic, and treatment patterns and functional outcome in a Caucasian neurosarcoidosis population. DESIGN: A retrospective analysis was performed on prospectively recorded data in patients attending our neurology clinic between 2008 and 2014 with a diagnosis of definite or probable neurosarcoidosis according to Zajiek criteria...
January 18, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101302/robot-assisted-laparoscopic-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer
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REVIEW
Stefano Caruso, Franco Franceschini, Alberto Patriti, Franco Roviello, Mario Annecchiarico, Graziano Ceccarelli, Andrea Coratti
Phase III evidence in the shape of a series of randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses has shown that laparoscopic gastrectomy is safe and gives better short-term results with respect to the traditional open technique for early-stage gastric cancer. In fact, in the East laparoscopic gastrectomy has become routine for early-stage gastric cancer. In contrast, the treatment of advanced gastric cancer through a minimally invasive way is still a debated issue, mostly due to worries about its oncological efficacy and the difficulty of carrying out an extended lymphadenectomy and intestinal reconstruction after total gastrectomy laparoscopically...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101126/characterisation-of-microbial-communities-within-aggressive-prostate-cancer-tissues
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Melissa A Yow, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Gianluca Severi, Damien M Bolton, John Pedersen, Graham G Giles, Melissa C Southey
BACKGROUND: An infectious aetiology for prostate cancer has been conjectured for decades but the evidence gained from questionnaire-based and sero-epidemiological studies is weak and inconsistent, and a causal association with any infectious agent is not established. We describe and evaluate the application of new technology to detect bacterial and viral agents in high-grade prostate cancer tissues. The potential of targeted 16S rRNA gene sequencing and total RNA sequencing was evaluated in terms of its utility to characterise microbial communities within high-grade prostate tumours...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099901/efficacy-of-sequential-therapies-with-sorafenib-sunitinib-versus-sunitinib-sorafenib-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Tingyu Wen, Hai Xiao, Chao Luo, Li Huang, Meimei Xiong
The most efficient sequence of targeted agents for metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients has yet to be identified. Whether the sequence of sorafenib and sunitinib really matters is controversial and not answered clearly until now. This meta-analysis aims to estimate the efficacy of receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors sorafenib-sunitinib and sunitinib-sorafenib for metastatic renal cell carcinoma, on the outcome of first-line progression-free survival, second-line progression-free survival, total progression-free survival and overall survival...
January 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098417/delivery-of-anesthesia-for-children-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iii-sanfilippo-syndrome-a-review-of-86-anesthetics
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Marc A Cohen, Grant M Stuart
BACKGROUND: Sanfilippo syndrome (MPS III) is rare, with 97 cases in the United Kingdom between 1988 and 1998. Mucopolysaccharide infiltration of tissues in mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) causes multi-systemic pathology including difficult airways and cardiac disease. Published anesthesia case reviews of Sanfilippo syndrome have included limited numbers of patients to date. AIM: To identify the perioperative management and complications of anesthesia in children with mucopolysaccharidosis Type III at Great Ormond Street Hospital...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097393/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-baricitinib-2%C3%A2-mg-and-4%C3%A2-mg-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Y H Lee, S-C Bae
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the relative efficacy and safety of once-daily baricitinib 2 mg and 4 mg administration in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this network meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and safety of baricitinib in patients with active RA were included. A Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted to combine the direct and indirect evidence from the RCTs. RESULTS: Seven RCTs involving 3461 patients met the inclusion criteria...
January 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095476/a-systematic-review-of-ebola-treatment-trials-to-assess-the-extent-to-which-they-adhere-to-ethical-guidelines
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Thomas Richardson, Andrew McDonald Johnston, Heather Draper
BACKGROUND: Objective: To determine to what extent each trial met criteria specified in three research frameworks for ethical trial conduct. Design: Systematic review and narrative analysis. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data sources: MEDBASE and EMBASE databases were searched using a specific search strategy. The Cochrane database for systematic reviews, the PROSPERO database and trial registries were examined. A grey literature search and citation search were also carried out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095290/study-of-the-microbiological-quality-of-bulgarian-bottled-water-in-terms-of-its-contamination-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Vesela Georgieva, Yulia Dimitrova
BACKGROUND: Due to the widespread use of bottled water, it is important from a hygienic point of view to ensure that these products have good quality and meet the requirements set out in regulations. METHODS: In the period 2000-2013, a large-scale study (2,500 samples) was carried out on the quality of Bulgarian bottled water as per the microbiological parameters laid down in the European and Bulgarian legislation. Standard microbiological methods were applied. RESULTS: There is strong evidence that the most frequently isolated contaminant in these products was Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095013/the-tipping-point-of-perceived-change-asymmetric-thresholds-in-diagnosing-improvement-versus-decline
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Ed O'Brien, Nadav Klein
Change often emerges from a series of small doses. For example, a person may conclude that a happy relationship has eroded not from 1 obvious fight but from smaller unhappy signs that at some point "add up." Everyday fluctuations therefore create ambiguity about when they reflect substantive shifts versus mere noise. Ten studies reveal an asymmetry in this first point when people conclude "official" change: people demand less evidence to diagnose lasting decline than lasting improvement, despite similar evidential quality...
February 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094198/late-side-effects-and-cosmetic-results-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-with-interstitial-brachytherapy-versus-whole-breast-irradiation-after-breast-conserving-surgery-for-low-risk-invasive-and-in-situ-carcinoma-of-the-female-breast-5-year-results
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Csaba Polgár, Oliver J Ott, Guido Hildebrandt, Daniela Kauer-Dorner, Hellen Knauerhase, Tibor Major, Jaroslaw Lyczek, José Luis Guinot, Jürgen Dunst, Cristina Gutierrez Miguelez, Pavel Slampa, Michael Allgäuer, Kristina Lössl, Bülent Polat, György Kovács, Arnt-René Fischedick, Rainer Fietkau, Alexandra Resch, Anna Kulik, Leo Arribas, Peter Niehoff, Ferran Guedea, Annika Schlamann, Richard Pötter, Christine Gall, Wolfgang Uter, Vratislav Strnad
BACKGROUND: We previously confirmed the non-inferiority of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with interstitial brachytherapy in terms of local control and overall survival compared with whole-breast irradiation for patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving surgery in a phase 3 randomised trial. Here, we present the 5-year late side-effects and cosmetic results of the trial. METHODS: We did this randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial at 16 centres in seven European countries...
January 13, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093323/in-vitro-gastric-survival-of-commercially-available-probiotic-strains-and-oral-dosage-forms
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Romain Caillard, Nicolas Lapointe
Although the intestinal microbial community is still incompletely understood, there is strong evidence of the benefits of using probiotics to address some medical states or conditions. As a result, the probiotics oral supplements market has exploded during the last few years. However, while their sensitivity to gastric juices, acidic pH and bile is well known, most of these oral forms would not guarantee any survival of the strains in such conditions. In this work, we have studied the resistance to simulated gastric juices of several commercially available probiotics products...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092800/effect-of-venepuncture-process-design-on-efficiency-and-failure-rates-a-simulation-model-study-for-secondary-care
#18
Sean Reed, Rasa Remenyte-Prescott, Ben Rees
BACKGROUND: Healthcare aims to deliver good patient outcomes. For many clinical procedures there are multiple alternative task sequences that can be performed. These deviations can influence procedure reliability, efficiency of usage of hospital resources and risk to staff and patient safety. Venepuncture is one of the most common invasive procedures in healthcare. Literature of clinical practice shows evidence of wide variability in the procedure order and the duration of each step, which can depend on attributes, such as patient health, sampling method and staff skills...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091816/pediatric-cerebral-sinovenous-thrombosis-following-cranial-surgery
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Dmitriy Petrov, Michael Y Uohara, Rebecca Ichord, Zarina Ali, Laura Jastrzab, Shih-Shan Lang, Lori Billinghurst
PURPOSE: Pediatric cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is an important, though less common subtype of pediatric stroke. It has been linked to several risk factors, including cranial procedures, with few studies highlighting this relationship. The aim of this study was to characterize the diagnosis and treatment of CSVT after cranial surgery. METHODS: An institutional pediatric stroke research database was used to identify all CSVT cases diagnosed within 30 days of cranial surgery from November 2004 to December 2014...
January 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091355/a-systematic-review-evaluating-the-impact-of-paid-home-carer-training-supervision-and-other-interventions-on-the-health-and-well-being-of-older-home-care-clients
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Claudia Cooper, Blerta Cenko, Briony Dow, Penny Rapaport
BACKGROUND: Interventions to support and skill paid home carers and managers could potentially improve health and well-being of older home care clients. This is the first systematic review of interventions to improve how home carers and home care agencies deliver care to older people, with regard to clients' health and well-being and paid carers' well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. METHODS: We reviewed 10/731 papers found in the electronic search (to January 2016) fitting predetermined criteria, assessed quality using a checklist, and synthesized data using quantitative and qualitative techniques...
January 16, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
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