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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735268/early-surgery-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-of-children-born-extremely-preterm
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Rodney W Hunt, Leah M Hickey, Alice C Burnett, Peter J Anderson, Jeanie Ling Yoong Cheong, Lex W Doyle, Rodney W Hunt
OBJECTIVES: To (1) compare the neurodevelopmental outcomes at 8 years of age of children born extremely preterm (EP) who underwent surgical procedures during the course of their initial hospital admission with those who did not and (2) compare the outcomes across eras, from 1991 to 2005. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort studies conducted over three different eras (1991-1992, 1997 and 2005). Surviving EP children, who required surgical intervention during the primary hospitalisation, were assessed for general intelligence (IQ) and neurosensory status at 8 years of age...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734715/elbow-flexion-and-forearm-supination-strength-in-a-healthy-population
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Maximilian Kerschbaum, Nina Maziak, Elisabeth Böhm, Markus Scheibel
BACKGROUND AND HYPOTHESIS: Despite the lack of representative data of a healthy population, many clinical trials concerning the measurement of postoperative elbow flexion or forearm supination strength use the contralateral side as a control. We hypothesized that there are no differences in elbow flexion and supination strength between the dominant and nondominant sides in healthy volunteers. METHODS: The study was performed on a cross-sectional cohort of healthy subjects without any prior injuries or surgical interventions of the upper extremities...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733303/oral-glucocorticoid-use-and-osteonecrosis-in-children-and-adults-with-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Daniel B Horton, Kevin Haynes, Michelle R Denburg, Mihir M Thacker, Carlos D Rose, Mary E Putt, Mary B Leonard, Brian L Strom
OBJECTIVES: We studied oral glucocorticoids and osteonecrosis, a rare but serious bone disease, in individuals with various chronic inflammatory diseases. We hypothesised that we would find stronger associations in adults versus children and in people with autoimmune diseases. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Population-representative data (1994-2013) from general practices in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: Children and adults diagnosed with asthma; inflammatory bowel disease; juvenile, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis; psoriasis; or systemic lupus...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728756/circulating-soluble-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-receptor-levels-and-peripheral-arterial-disease-outcomes
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Ayman Samman Tahhan, Salim S Hayek, Pratik Sandesara, Jamal Hajjari, Muhammad Hammadah, Wesley T O'Neal, Heval M Kelli, Ayman Alkhoder, Nima Ghasemzadeh, Yi-An Ko, Hiroshi Aida, Mohamad Mazen Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Kareem Hosny Mohammed, Keyur Patel, Shipra Arya, Jochen Reiser, Viola Vaccarino, Laurence Sperling, Arshed Quyyumi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Circulating soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a marker of immune activation associated with atherosclerosis. Whether suPAR levels are associated with prevalent peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and its adverse outcomes remains unknown and is the aim of the study. METHODS: SuPAR levels were measured in 5810 patients (mean age 63 years, 63% male, 77% with obstructive coronary artery disease [CAD]) undergoing cardiac catheterization...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728617/self-reported-sleep-quality-duration-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-older-chinese-evidence-from-a-rural-town-in-suzhou-china
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Chen-Wei Pan, Xiaoling Cong, Hui-Jun Zhou, Jing Li, Hong-Peng Sun, Yong Xu, Pei Wang
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To determine the associations of self-reported sleep quality and duration with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in older Chinese. METHODS: We analyzed community-based cross-sectional data of 5,539 individuals aged 60 years and older in the Weitang Geriatric Disease Study. Information of sleep quality and duration were self-reported through participants' responses to predefined questions; HRQOL data were collected by using the European Quality of Life-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727016/genomewide-association-mapping-and-pathway-analysis-of-meat-tenderness-in-polled-nellore-cattle
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L M Castro, G J M Rosa, F B Lopes, L C A Regitano, A J M Rosa, C U Magnabosco
Brazil is one of the world's largest beef exporters, although the product has a low price due to quality issues. The meat exported by Brazil is considered medium and low quality by international buyers, mainly due to lack of tenderness. The predominant Zebu breeds (80% Nellore) are known for producing tougher beef than taurine breeds. Nonetheless, some studies have shown that there is substantial genetic variability for tenderness within the Nellore breed, although it is a difficult trait to improve by conventional selection methods...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726375/nanoscale-hydrodynamic-film-for-diffusive-mass-transport-control-in-compartmentalized-microfluidic-chambers
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Minseok Kim, Ji Won Lim, Sung Kuk Lee, Taesung Kim
A compartmentalized microfluidic chamber array that not only offers separate cell culture environments but also independent control of the diffusion of small molecules provides an extremely useful platform for cell cultivations and versatile cellular assays. However, it is challenging to incorporate both cell compartmentalization and active diffusion control in real-time and precise manners. Here, we present a novel nanoscale hydrodynamic film (NHF) that is formed between a solid substrate and a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surface...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724325/use-and-timing-of-surfactant-administration-impact-on-neonatal-outcomes-in-extremely-low-gestational-age-infants-born-in-canadian-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Amelie Stritzke, Khorshid Mohammad, Prakesh S Shah, Xiang Y Ye, Vineet Bhandari, Albert Akierman, Adele Harrison, Valerie Bertelle, Abhay Lodha
BACKGROUND: Use, timing and doses of surfactant in preterm infants are variable in practice in modern NICUs. OBJECTIVE: To explore the association between use and timing of surfactant administration and common neonatal adverse outcomes in preterm infants with gestational age (GA) < 28 weeks. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Neonates admitted to a participating Canadian Neonatal Network NICU between 2013 and 2015 were studied. Infants were divided into three groups based on surfactant administration: None, early (within 30 minutes of life), and late surfactant (> 30 minutes)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723921/postnatal-dexamethasone-respiratory-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-at-two-years-in-babies-born-extremely-preterm
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Gordon Qin, Jessica W Lo, Neil Marlow, Sandy A Calvert, Anne Greenough, Janet L Peacock
IMPORTANCE: Postnatal dexamethasone is associated with reduction in bronchopulmonary dysplasia. There remains, however, concern that its short-term benefits are accompanied by long-term adverse effects e.g. poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine the effects of administration of postnatal dexamethasone on respiratory and neurodevelopmental outcome at two years of age after adjusting for neonatal and infant risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 412 infants born at 23-28 weeks of gestation, 29% had received postnatal dexamethasone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722129/bone-strength-estimated-by-micro-finite-element-analysis-%C3%A2%C2%B5fea-is-heritable-and-shares-genetic-predisposition-with-areal-bmd-the-framingham-study
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David Karasik, Serkalem Demissie, Darlene Lu, Kerry E Broe, Steven K Boyd, Ching-Ti Liu, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, Mary L Bouxsein, Douglas P Kiel
Genetic factors contribute to the risk of bone fractures, partly because of effects on bone strength. High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) estimates bone strength using micro-finite element analysis (µFEA). The goal of this study was to investigate if the bone failure load estimated by HR-pQCT-based µFEA is heritable and to what extent it shares genetic regulation with areal bone mineral density (aBMD). Bone microarchitecture was measured by HR-pQCT at the ultradistal tibia and ultradistal radius in adults from the Framingham Heart Study (n = 1087, mean age 72 years; 57% women)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721887/external-beam-radiation-therapy-with-a-brachytherapy-boost-versus-radical-prostatectomy-in-gleason-pattern-5-prostate-cancer-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Chenyang Wang, Amar U Kishan, Mitchell Kamrava, Michael L Steinberg, Christopher R King
PURPOSE: Patients with prostate cancer (PCa) containing Gleason pattern (GP) 5 disease experience a greater and earlier incidence of prostate cancer-specific mortality (PCSM) than general PCa patients. This affords the statistical power to compare PCSM outcomes among different treatment modalities even when restricting the analysis to patients treated in the modern era. The purpose of the present study was to compare the survival outcomes among patients with GP 5 PCa on needle core biopsy or transurethral resection of the prostate who underwent extremely dose-escalated radiation therapy (RT; exemplified by external beam RT with a brachytherapy boost [EBRT + BT]) versus radical prostatectomy (RP) in the modern era...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721148/association-of-moderate-aerobic-exercise-and-rho-associated-kinase-2-concentration-in-subjects-with-dyslipidemia
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Huadong Bai, Jingchun Sun, Guiying Du, Fengjun Jiao
INTRODUCTION: Dyslipidemia is associated with increased rho-associated kinase 2 (ROCK2) concentration. Whether moderate aerobic exercise could attenuate leukocyte ROCK2 concentration is unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred subjects with dyslipidemia and without statin treatment were enrolled and assigned to exercise and control groups. In the exercise group, at least 30 min of moderate aerobic exercise per day 5 times weekly was recommended. In the control group, participants were recommended to undertake exercise of the same intensity as the exercise group but not mandatorily...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720075/physical-activity-body-functions-and-disability-among-middle-aged-and-older-spanish-adults
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Alexandre Caron, Alba Ayala, Javier Damián, Carmen Rodriguez-Blazquez, Javier Almazán, Juan Manuel Castellote, Madgalena Comin, Maria João Forjaz, Jesús de Pedro
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is a health determinant among middle-aged and older adults. In contrast, poor health is expected to have a negative impact on PA. This study sought to assess to what extent specific International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) health components were associated with PA among older adults. METHODS: We used a sample of 864 persons aged ≥50 years, positively screened for disability or cognition in a cross-sectional community survey in Spain...
July 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719727/the-ability-of-a-single-bmd-and-fracture-history-assessment-to-predict-fracture-over-25-years-in-postmenopausal-women-the-study-of-osteoporotic-fractures
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Dennis M Black, Jane A Cauley, Rachel Wagman, Kristine Ensrud, Howard A Fink, Teresa A Hillier, Li-Yung Lui, Steven R Cummings, John T Schousboe, Nicola Napoli
The ability of bone mineral density (BMD) and other risk factors to predict fracture risk is well-established for as long as 5 to 10 years. However, their value to predict risk over a longer term has not been directly studied. We investigated whether a single assessment of femoral neck BMD and fracture history can predict fracture risk over 20 to 25 years. We used data from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) that assessed BMD and risk factors in 7959 women age ≥67 (mean = 73.4) in 1988-1990. Follow-up for fractures continued for 25 years for hip fracture, and for 20 years for any nonvertebral fracture...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719577/physical-limits-to-biomechanical-sensing-in-disordered-fibre-networks
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Farzan Beroz, Louise M Jawerth, Stefan Münster, David A Weitz, Chase P Broedersz, Ned S Wingreen
Cells actively probe and respond to the stiffness of their surroundings. Since mechanosensory cells in connective tissue are surrounded by a disordered network of biopolymers, their in vivo mechanical environment can be extremely heterogeneous. Here we investigate how this heterogeneity impacts mechanosensing by modelling the cell as an idealized local stiffness sensor inside a disordered fibre network. For all types of networks we study, including experimentally-imaged collagen and fibrin architectures, we find that measurements applied at different points yield a strikingly broad range of local stiffnesses, spanning roughly two decades...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718037/cost-effectiveness-of-surveillance-for-distant-recurrence-in-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Trevor J Royce, Rinaa S Punglia, Aileen B Chen, Sagar A Patel, Katherine A Thornton, Chandrajit P Raut, Elizabeth H Baldini
BACKGROUND: Optimal distant recurrence (DR) surveillance strategies for extremity soft tissue sarcoma (STS) are unknown. We performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of different imaging modalities performed at guideline-specified intervals. METHODS: We developed a Markov model simulating lifetime outcomes for 54-year-old patients after definitive treatment for American Joint Committee on Cancer stage II-III extremity STS using four surveillance strategies: watchful waiting (WW), chest X-ray (CXR), chest computed tomography (CCT), and positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT)...
July 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716642/long-term-use-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-in-copd-and-the-risk-of-fracture
#17
Anne V Gonzalez, Janie Coulombe, Pierre Ernst, Samy Suissa
INTRODUCTION: It is uncertain whether long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), widely used to treat COPD, increases the risk of fracture, particularly in women, in view of the post-menopausal risks. We assessed whether long-term ICS use in patients with COPD increases the risk of hip or upper extremity fractures, and examined sex-related differences. METHODS: The Quebec healthcare databases were used to form a cohort of patients with COPD over 1990-2005, followed until 2007 for the first hip or upper extremity fracture...
July 14, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716631/measures-of-chronic-kidney-disease-and-risk-of-incident-peripheral-artery-disease-a-collaborative-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Kunihiro Matsushita, Shoshana H Ballew, Josef Coresh, Hisatomi Arima, Johan Ärnlöv, Massimo Cirillo, Natalie Ebert, Jade S Hiramoto, Heejin Kimm, Michael G Shlipak, Frank L J Visseren, Ron T Gansevoort, Csaba P Kovesdy, Varda Shalev, Mark Woodward, Florian Kronenberg
BACKGROUND: Some evidence suggests that chronic kidney disease is a risk factor for lower-extremity peripheral artery disease. We aimed to quantify the independent and joint associations of two measures of chronic kidney disease (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] and albuminuria) with the incidence of peripheral artery disease. METHODS: In this collaborative meta-analysis of international cohorts included in the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium (baseline measurements obtained between 1972 and 2014) with baseline measurements of eGFR and albuminuria, at least 1000 participants (this criterion not applied to cohorts exclusively enrolling patients with chronic kidney disease), and at least 50 peripheral artery disease events, we analysed adult participants without peripheral artery disease at baseline at the individual patient level with Cox proportional hazards models to quantify associations of creatinine-based eGFR, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR), and dipstick proteinuria with the incidence of peripheral artery disease (including hospitalisation with a diagnosis of peripheral artery disease, intermittent claudication, leg revascularisation, and leg amputation)...
July 14, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715797/neurodevelopment-at-3-years-in-neonates-born-by-vaginal-delivery-versus-cesarean-section-at-26-weeks-of-gestation-retrospective-analysis-of-a-nationwide-registry-in-japan
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Takeshi Kimura, Masato Takeuchi, Takumi Imai, Shiro Tanaka, Koji Kawakami
BACKGROUND: A high proportion of extremely preterm (EPT) infants are born by cesarean section (CS). However, whether the mode of delivery is related to long-term neurodevelopment in these infants is unclear. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine whether the mode of delivery is associated with mortality and long-term outcomes in EPT infants. METHODS: We analyzed data of the Neonatal Research Network in Japan (NRNJ), a population-based, nationwide registry...
July 14, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714662/enhancing-the-osteogenic-capability-of-core-shell-bilayered-bioceramic-microspheres-with-adjustable-biodegradation
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Xiurong Ke, Chen Zhuang, Xianyan Yang, Jia Fu, Sanzhong Xu, Lijun Xie, Zhongru Gou, Juncheng Wang, Lei Zhang, Guojing Yang
This study describes the fabrication and biological evaluation of core-shell bilayered bioceramic microspheres with adjustable compositional distribution via a coaxial bilayer capillary system. Beyond the homogeneous hybrid composites, varying the diameter of capillary nozzles and the composition of the bioceramic slurries makes it easy to create bilayered β-tricalcium phosphate (CaP)/β-calcium silicate (CaSi) microspheres with controllable compositional distribution in the core or shell layer. Primary investigations in vitro revealed that biodegradation could be adjusted by compositional distribution or shell thickness and that poorly soluble CaP located on the shell layer of CaP or CaSi@CaP microspheres was particularly beneficial for mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and growth in the early stage, but the ion release from the CaP@CaSi exhibited a potent stimulating effect on alkaline phosphatase expression of the cells at longer times...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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