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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548634/predictors-of-permanent-disability-among-adults-with-spinal-dysraphism
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Matthew C Davis, Betsy D Hopson, Jeffrey P Blount, Rachel Carroll, Tracey S Wilson, Danielle K Powell, Amie B Jackson McLain, Brandon G Rocque
OBJECTIVE Predictors of permanent disability among individuals with spinal dysraphism are not well established. In this study, the authors examined potential risk factors for self-reported permanent disability among adults with spinal dysraphism. METHODS A total of 188 consecutive individuals undergoing follow-up in an adult spinal dysraphism clinic completed a standardized National Spina Bifida Patient Registry survey. Chi-square tests and logistic regression were used to assess bivariate relationships, while multivariate logistic regression was used to identify factors independently associated with self-identification as "permanently disabled...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546745/bronchiectasis-and-increased-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Yung-Fu Chen, Hsuan-Hung Lin, Chih-Sheng Lin, Battsetseg Turbat, Kuo-An Wang, Wei-Sheng Chung
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is characterized by permanent dilatation of the bronchial tree caused by recurrent airway infection and inflammation. The association of atherosclerosis and inflammation is well established. However, studies on the relationship between bronchiectasis and stroke are scant. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a population-based cohort study to investigate the incidence and risk of ischemic stroke in patients with bronchiectasis. METHODS: Data of 1,295 patients newly diagnosed as bronchiectasis between 2000 and 2008 were retrieved from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546155/long-term-nicotine-exposure-dampens-lps-induced-nerve-mediated-airway-hyperreactivity-in-murine-airways
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Yuan Xu, Lars-Olaf Cardell
Nicotine is a major component of cigarette smoke. It causes addiction and is used clinically to aid smoke cessation. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of nicotine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and to explore the potential involvement of neuronal mechanisms behind nicotine's effects in murine models in vivo and in vitro. BALB/c mice were exposed to nicotine in vivo via subcutaneous Alzet osmotic minipumps containing nicotine tartate salt solution (24 mg/kg/day) for 28 days...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545070/pou4f3-mutation-screening-in-japanese-hearing-loss-patients-massively-parallel-dna-sequencing-based-analysis-identified-novel-variants-associated-with-autosomal-dominant-hearing-loss
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Tomohiro Kitano, Maiko Miyagawa, Shin-Ya Nishio, Hideaki Moteki, Kiyoshi Oda, Kenji Ohyama, Hiromitsu Miyazaki, Hiroshi Hidaka, Ken-Ichi Nakamura, Takaaki Murata, Rina Matsuoka, Yoko Ohta, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Kozo Kumakawa, Sakiko Furutate, Satoshi Iwasaki, Takechiyo Yamada, Yumi Ohta, Natsumi Uehara, Yoshihiro Noguchi, Shin-Ichi Usami
A variant in a transcription factor gene, POU4F3, is responsible for autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hereditary hearing loss, DFNA15. To date, 14 variants, including a whole deletion of POU4F3, have been reported to cause HL in various ethnic groups. In the present study, genetic screening for POU4F3 variants was carried out for a large series of Japanese hearing loss (HL) patients to clarify the prevalence and clinical characteristics of DFNA15 in the Japanese population. Massively parallel DNA sequencing of 68 target candidate genes was utilized in 2,549 unrelated Japanese HL patients (probands) to identify genomic variations responsible for HL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544821/predictive-model-for-high-frequency-microsatellite-instability-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-over-50%C3%A2-years-of-age
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Kenji Fujiyoshi, Tatsuro Yamaguchi, Miho Kakuta, Akemi Takahashi, Yoshiko Arai, Mina Yamada, Gou Yamamoto, Sachiko Ohde, Misato Takao, Shin-Ichiro Horiguchi, Soichiro Natsume, Shinsuke Kazama, Yusuke Nishizawa, Yoji Nishimura, Yoshito Akagi, Hirohiko Sakamoto, Kiwamu Akagi
Microsatellite instability (MSI) is an important biomarker for screening for Lynch syndrome, and also of response to immune checkpoint inhibitors. The aim of this study is to create a predictive model to determine which elderly patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) should undergo MSI and/or immunohistochemistry testing on the basis of clinicopathological data. We analyzed a test cohort of CRC patients aged ≥50 years (n = 2219) by multivariate logistic regression analyses to identify predictors of high-frequency MSI (MSI-H)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544794/inflammatory-potential-of-diet-weight-gain-and-incidence-of-overweight-obesity-the-sun-cohort
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Raúl Ramallal, Estefanía Toledo, J Alfredo Martínez, Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Miguel A Martínez-González, Miguel Ruiz-Canela
OBJECTIVE: This study prospectively assessed the association of the inflammatory potential of a diet using the dietary inflammatory index (DII) with average yearly weight changes and incident overweight/obesity. METHODS: Seven thousand and twenty-seven university graduates with body mass index <25 from the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) cohort were followed up during a median of 8.1 years. The DII, a validated tool based on scientific evidence to appraise the relationship between dietary parameters and inflammatory biomarkers, was used...
June 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544182/burst-or-high-frequency-10-khz-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-patients-with-predominant-back-pain-one-year-comparative-data
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Sajjad Muhammad, Sandra Roeske, Shafqat Rasul Chaudhry, Thomas Mehari Kinfe
OBJECTIVES: Burst and 10 kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) demonstrated improvement for failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) with predominant, refractory back pain. Here, we report the long-term follow-up of a previously published study comparing the safety and efficacy of burst vs. 10 kHz SCS for predominant back pain (70% of global pain) of FBSS patients. METHODS: This comparative, observational study extended the follow-up period up to 20 months evaluating both SCS modalities...
May 24, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541783/cyclosporine-causes-no-hearing-defect-in-paediatric-patients-with-nephrotic-syndrome
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Belde Kasap-Demir, Derya Özmen, Günay Kırkım, Ersoy Doğan, Alper Soylu, Bülent Şerbetçioğlu, Salih Kavukçu
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the ototoxicity of cyclosporine A (CsA) in children with nephrotic syndrome (NS). DESIGN: Data of paediatric patients with NS followed in paediatric nephrology department were evaluated retrospectively, and hearing functions were evaluated by pure tone audiometry (PTA) and transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs). Age, gender, type of NS, duration and cumulative doses of immunosuppressives were noted. STUDY SAMPLE: The patients who had received CsA (n: 16) and immunosuppressives other than CsA (n: 13) for at least 6 months formed two patient groups and healthy cases formed a control group (n: 20)...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540818/long-term-outcome-of-percutaneous-radiofrequency-ablation-in-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-liver-transplantation
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Wei Yang, Hao Wu, Zhong-Yi Zhang, Jung-Chieh Lee, Song Wang, Yan-Jie Wang, Wei Wu, Min-Hua Chen, Kun Yan
PURPOSE: To investigate the long-term outcome and prognostic factors of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: From 2004 to 2014, 15 patients with 23 hepatic recurrent HCCs after LT underwent ultrasound-guided percutaneous RFA. There were 14 males and 1 female aged 54.3 ± 9.5 years old (37-78 years old). The average tumour size was 3.3 ± 1.2 cm (1.7-6.0 cm). Seven patients had a single HCC and eight had 2-4 HCCs...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540159/what-makes-vietnamese-not-attend-periodic-general-health-examinations-a-2016-cross-sectional-study
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Quan-Hoang Vuong, Quang-Hoi Vu, Thu-Trang Vuong
OBJECTIVES: General health examinations (GHE) have become an increasingly common measure for preventive medicine in Vietnam. However, little is known about the factors among Viet-namese people who attend or miss GHE. Budget or time constraints remain to be evaluated for better-informed policy making. This study investigates factors affecting behaviors in attending periodic GHE. The main objectives are as follows: (1) to explore empirical relationships between influencing factors and periodic GHE frequencies, and (2) to predict the probabilities of attending GHE under associated conditions...
April 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539348/revisiting-the-contribution-of-auditory-cortex-to-frequency-following-responses
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Emma Holmes, Björn Herrmann
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May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536806/increased-infiltration-of-natural-killer-and-t-cells-in-colorectal-liver-metastases-improves-patient-overall-survival
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Matteo Donadon, Kelly Hudspeth, Matteo Cimino, Luca Di Tommaso, Max Preti, Paolo Tentorio, Massimo Roncalli, Domenico Mavilio, Guido Torzilli
INTRODUCTION: Cancer heterogeneity and degree of intra-tumoral immune cells represent variables affecting overall survival (OS). The present study investigated the impact of natural killer (NK) and T cells infiltrating colorectal liver metastases (CLM) in patients undergoing hepatectomy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: The frequencies of intra-tumoral, marginal, and peritumoral CD3+ T and NKp46+ NK cells were determined for 121 patients. OS was assessed in relation to prognostic factors...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536755/taurine-protects-cardiac-contractility-in-killifish-fundulus-heteroclitus-by-enhancing-sarcoplasmic-reticular-ca-2-cycling
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Elenor F Henry, Tyson J MacCormack
Intracellular taurine is abundant in many animals and it influences an array of physiological processes, including osmoregulation, metabolism, and cardiac contractility. Taurine is an important osmolyte in teleost hearts, but its role in stress tolerance, cardiac metabolism, and contractility has not been assessed. The goal of this study was to determine if ventricular taurine concentration changes in response to environmental stress and to characterize its influence on contractility. Cardiac taurine concentrations varied in killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) but were generally maintained following acute environmental challenges...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536015/two-year-vascular-responses-to-drug-eluting-stents-with-biodegradable-polymer-versus-durable-polymer-an-optical-coherence-tomography-sub-study-of-the-next
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Yosuke Katayama, Takashi Kubo, Takashi Akasaka, Yasushi Ino, Kazuo Kimura, Hiroyuki Okura, Toshiro Shinke, Keiichi Igarashi, Kazushige Kadota, Ken Kozuma, Kengo Tanabe, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Toshiya Muramatsu, Yoshihiro Morino, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to compare very late vascular response after stent implantation between everolimus-eluting stent (EES) with a thin, non-adhesive, durable, biocompatible fluorinated polymer and biolimus-eluting stent (BES) with a biodegradable polymer by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS: In the NOBORI-BES Versus XIENCE V/PROMUS-EES Trial (NEXT), a formal OCT substudy investigated 48 patients (27 EES-treated lesions in 23 patients and 28 BES-treated lesions in 25 patients) with 2-year (18-30 months) follow-up imaging at 18 centers...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535632/-short-term-effects-of-fine-particulate-matter-exposure-on-pulmonary-function-in-healthy-young-adults-a-time-series-study
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Q Yu, J P Liao, Y Hu, X Y Li, C Zhang, X L Li, C L Que, G F Wang
Objective: To explore the short-term effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure on pulmonary function of healthy young adults in Beijing. Methods: In this time series study, twenty-four healthy young adults who living around Guanyuan area were investigated in Beijing. The follow-up study was lasted for 12 days in total from Nov. 28, 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016, and pulmonary spirometry and inpulse oscillometry parameters were measured daily. Air pollution data (including PM2.5, etc.) and meteorological data (temperature, humidity, etc...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533148/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-of-the-right-dorsal-lateral-prefrontal-cortex-in-the-treatment-of-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-randomized-double-blind-sham-controlled-clinical-trial
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Dancho Dilkov, Emily R Hawken, Emil Kaludiev, Roumen Milev
BACKGROUND: Up to 50% of people with GAD fail to respond to first-line pharmacotherapies for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), partly due to poor treatment compliance rates and partly due to the complex physiology underlying GAD. Thus, new non-invasive techniques, like repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are being investigated. METHODS: Participants were recruited from two different mood disorder sites: Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Sofia, Bulgaria...
May 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532653/hippocampal-ca1-local-field-potential-oscillations-induced-by-olfactory-cue-of-liked-food
#17
Nifareeda Samerphob, Dania Cheaha, Surapong Chatpun, Ekkasit Kumarnsit
Eating motivation is induced not only by negative energy balance but also food related cues. However, neural processing for acquisition of learned food preference remains to be established. This study aimed to identify hippocampal neural signaling in response to olfactory cue (chocolate scent) after completion of repetitive chocolate sessions. Male Swiss albino mice implanted with intracranial electrode into the hippocampus were used for local field potential (LFP) recording. Animals were given chocolate sessions (a piece of 2 g chocolate per each mouse to eat on day 1, 3, 5 and 7)...
May 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527703/sperm-oocyte-contact-induces-outside-in-signaling-via-pyk2-activation
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Huizhen Wang, Jinping Luo, Carol Carlton, Lynda K McGinnis, William H Kinsey
Fertilization is a multi-step process that begins with plasma membrane interactions that enable sperm - oocyte binding followed by fusion of the sperm and oocyte plasma membranes. Once membrane fusion has occurred, sperm incorporation involves actin remodeling events within the oocyte cortex that allow the sperm head to penetrate the cortical actin layer and gain access to the ooplasm. Despite the significance for reproduction, the control mechanisms involved in gamete binding, fusion, and sperm incorporation are poorly understood...
May 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527688/clinical-development-of-a-var2csa-based-placental-malaria-vaccine-pamvac-quantifying-vaccine-antigen-specific-memory-b-t-cell-activity-in-beninese-primigravidae
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Komi Gbédandé, Nadine Fievet, Firmine Viwami, Sem Ezinmegnon, Saadou Issifou, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, Yannelle Dossou, Kabirou Moutairou, Achille Massougbodji, Nicaise Ndam, Willem Adriaan de Jongh, T Max M Søgaard, Ali Salanti, Morten A Nielsen, Meral Esen, Benjamin Mordmüller, Philippe Deloron, Adrian J F Luty
BACKGROUND: The antigen VAR2CSA plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) caused by Plasmodium falciparum. A VAR2CSA-based vaccine candidate, PAMVAC, is under development by an EU-funded multi-country consortium (PlacMalVac project). As part of PAMVAC's clinical development, we quantified naturally acquired vaccine antigen-specific memory B and T cell responses in Beninese primigravidae recruited at the beginning of pregnancy and followed up to delivery and beyond...
May 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527645/energy-drinks-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-young-adults
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Anna Vittoria Mattioli, Sonia Pennella, Alberto Farinetti, Antonio Manenti
The present paper evaluates the association between Energy Drinks (EDs) and occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in young people. Data from three clinical cases of AF after EDs consumption are reported. All patients presented with palpitations, nausea and anxiety. ECG showed AF with high ventricular response (135-170 bpm range frequency). Anamnestic record reported a high consumption of EDs during the previous 8 h from the onset of AF. In one case ED was associated with a moderate quantity of alcohol. Patients were successfully cardioverted both spontaneously and after pharmacological treatment...
May 6, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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