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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933678/trends-in-serious-quit-attempts-in-the-united-states-2009-2014
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Joe G Gitchell, Saul Shiffman, Mark A Sembower
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Quitting smoking is the most potent way to reduce the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes, and public health objectives in the USA include dramatic increases in the proportion of smokers making a serious quit attempt each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has, since 2000, set as its Healthy People 2020 objective to get 80% of smokers to make a serious quit attempt per year. This study assessed the trend in quit attempts from 2009 to 2014...
December 9, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933525/expression-qtls-mapping-and-analysis-a-bayesian-perspective
#2
Martha Imprialou, Enrico Petretto, Leonardo Bottolo
The aim of expression Quantitative Trait Locus (eQTL) mapping is the identification of DNA sequence variants that explain variation in gene expression. Given the recent yield of trait-associated genetic variants identified by large-scale genome-wide association analyses (GWAS), eQTL mapping has become a useful tool to understand the functional context where these variants operate and eventually narrow down functional gene targets for disease. Despite its extensive application to complex (polygenic) traits and disease, the majority of eQTL studies still rely on univariate data modeling strategies, i...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933485/fluid-based-biomarkers-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Lucas T Vu, Robert Bowser
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a highly heterogeneous disease with no effective treatment. Drug development has been hampered by the lack of biomarkers that aid in early diagnosis, demonstrate target engagement, monitor disease progression, and can serve as surrogate endpoints to assess the efficacy of treatments. Fluid-based biomarkers may potentially address these issues. An ideal biomarker should exhibit high specificity and sensitivity for distinguishing ALS from control (appropriate disease mimics and other neurologic diseases) populations and monitor disease progression within individual patients...
December 8, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933472/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-inhibitors-did-not-influence-postoperative-morbidity-after-elective-surgical-resections-in-crohn-s-disease
#4
Paulo Gustavo Kotze, Mansur Paulo Saab, Bárbara Saab, Lorete Maria da Silva Kotze, Marcia Olandoski, Lilian Vital Pinheiro, Carlos Augusto Real Martinez, Maria de Lourdes Setsuko Ayrizono, Daniela de Oliveira Magro, Claudio Saddy Rodrigues Coy
BACKGROUND: The real impact of anti-tumor necrosis alpha (TNF) therapy in postoperative complications after intestinal resections in Crohn's disease (CD) still needs to be determined. AIMS: To compare the postoperative complication rates after elective intestinal resections in CD patients, with or without previous exposure to anti-TNF therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective and observational study, with elective intestinal resections for CD (emergency procedures were excluded)...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933467/osteosarcoma-overview
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Brock A Lindsey, Justin E Markel, Eugenie S Kleinerman
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary malignancy of bone and patients with metastatic disease or recurrences continue to have very poor outcomes. Unfortunately, little prognostic improvement has been generated from the last 20 years of research and a new perspective is warranted. OS is extremely heterogeneous in both its origins and manifestations. Although multiple associations have been made between the development of osteosarcoma and race, gender, age, various genomic alterations, and exposure situations among others, the etiology remains unclear and controversial...
December 8, 2016: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933384/thyroid-autoimmunity-is-really-associated-with-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#6
Alev Selek, Berrin Cetinarslan, Ilhan Tarkun, Zeynep Canturk, Berna Ustuner, Zeynep Akyay
The incidence of thyroid cancer has been greatly increasing. Several studies aimed to investigate biomarkers for prediction of thyroid cancer. Some of these studies have suggested that thyroid autoantibodies (TAb) could be used as predictors of thyroid cancer risk, but the correlation between TAb and PTC is still a matter of debate. The aim of this study is to evaluate thyroid autoimmunity and TAbs in patients with PTC and benign multinodular goiter (MNG) to investigate if TAbs and autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) could predict thyroid malignancy...
December 8, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933370/doxorubicin-induced-chronic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-the-apoptosis-hypothesis-revisited
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Cynthia Kankeu, Kylie Clarke, Egle Passante, Heinrich J Huber
The chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin (DOX) has significantly increased survival rates of pediatric and adult cancer patients. However, 10% of pediatric cancer survivors will 10-20 years later develop severe dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), whereby the exact molecular mechanisms of disease progression after this long latency time remain puzzling. We here revisit the hypothesis that elevated apoptosis signaling or its increased likelihood after DOX exposure can lead to an impairment of cardiac function and cause a cardiac dilation...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933320/genetics-and-pathogenesis-of-idiopathic-scoliosis
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A Grauers, E Einarsdottir, P Gerdhem
Idiopathic scoliosis (IS), the most common spinal deformity, affects otherwise healthy children and adolescents during growth. The aetiology is still unknown, although genetic factors are believed to be important. The present review corroborates the understanding of IS as a complex disease with a polygenic background. Presumably IS can be due to a spectrum of genetic risk variants, ranging from very rare or even private to very common. The most promising candidate genes are highlighted.
2016: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933250/clinical-analysis-on-430-cases-of-infantile-purulent-meningitis
#9
Zhihui He, Xiujuan Li, Li Jiang
BACKGROUND: Purulent meningitis (PM) usually caused by a variety of pyogenic infection, is a kind of central nervous system infectious disease mostly common in children. It is easily misdiagnosed and its symptoms are varied. Excessive application of broad-spectrum antibiotics results in increased sickness and death of infants and young children. In this study, clinical data of 430 cases of PM in infants were analyzed to summarize the clinical experiences so as to achieve early diagnosis and early treatment of PM...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933133/pre-operative-clinical-and-instrumental-factors-as-antireflux-surgery-outcome-predictors
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Salvatore Tolone, Giorgia Gualtieri, Edoardo Savarino, Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Manuele Furnari, Giuseppina Casalino, Simona Parisi, Vincenzo Savarino, Ludovico Docimo
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is nowadays a highly prevalent, chronic condition, with 10% to 30% of Western populations affected by weekly symptoms. Many patients with mild reflux symptoms are treated adequately with lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and low-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). For those with refractory GERD poorly controlled with daily PPIs, numerous treatment options exist. Fundoplication is currently the most commonly performed antireflux operation for management of GERD...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933093/long-term-consumption-of-an-obesogenic-high-fat-diet-prior-to-ischemia-reperfusion-mediates-cardioprotection-via-epac1-dependent-signaling
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F Edland, A Wergeland, R Kopperud, K S Åsrud, E A Hoivik, S L Witsø, R Æsøy, L Madsen, K Kristiansen, M Bakke, S O Døskeland, A K Jonassen
BACKGROUND: Obesity is still considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, although more recent knowledge also suggests obesity to be associated with reduced morbidity and mortality - the "obesity paradox". This study explores if long-term feeding of an obesogenic high fat diet renders the myocardium less susceptible to ischemic-reperfusion induced injury via Epac-dependent signaling. METHODS: Wild type (wt), Epac1 (Epac1(-/-)) and Epac2 (Epac2(-/-)) deficient mice were fed a high fat (HFD) or normal chow diet (ND) for 33 ± 1 weeks...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932892/the-evolution-of-the-diminishing-role-of-extrapleural-pneumonectomy-in-the-surgical-management-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Abdel-Ghani Azzouqa, James P Stevenson
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon and aggressive thoracic malignancy that is rarely curable, even when multimodality therapy is used. Systemic chemotherapy is the primary treatment for the majority of patients with this disease; however, surgical resection may benefit a subset of patients with early-stage disease. The surgical approach that offers the best outcomes remains an area of controversy, with data from retrospective comparisons being the only guide. Historically, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) has been the standard procedure, carrying with it a cost of significant morbidity and impact on quality of life that has raised questions regarding its routine application...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932873/coherence-between-self-reported-and-objectively-measured-physical-activity-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mimi Thyregod, Uffe Bodtger
The beneficial effects of physical activity (PA) in patients with COPD, as well as the methods of their assessment, are well known and described. As objective measures of PA, such as the use of motion sensors, video recordings, exercise capacity testing, and indirect calorimetry, are not easily obtained in the daily clinical life, the reliability of the more accessible self-reported measurements of PA is important. In this review, we systematically identified original studies involving COPD patients and at least one parameter of self-reported and objective exercise testing, and analyzed every article for coherence between the objectively and self-reported measured PA...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932555/mouthpiece-ventilation-and-complementary-techniques-in-patients-with-neuromuscular-disease-a-brief-clinical-review-and-update
#14
Tiago Pinto, Michelle Chatwin, Paolo Banfi, Joao Carlos Winck, Antonello Nicolini
Noninvasive ventilatory support (NVS) is sometimes reported as suboptimal in patients with neuromuscular disease (NMD). The reasons for this include inadequate ventilator settings and/or lack of interface tolerance. NVS has been used for many years in patients with NMD disorders as a viable alternative to continuous ventilatory support via a tracheostomy tube. The mouthpiece ventilation (MPV) is a ventilatory mode that is used as daytime ventilatory support in combination with other ventilatory modalities and interfaces for nocturnal NVS...
December 8, 2016: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932303/one-sample-one-shot-evaluation-of-sample-preparation-protocols-for-the-mass-spectrometric-proteome-analysis-of-human-bile-fluid-without-extensive-fractionation
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Dominik A Megger, Juliet Padden, Kristin Rosowski, Julian Uszkoreit, Thilo Bracht, Martin Eisenacher, Christian Gerges, Horst Neuhaus, Brigitte Schumacher, Jörg F Schlaak, Barbara Sitek
: The proteome analysis of bile fluid represents a promising strategy to identify biomarker candidates for various diseases of the hepatobiliary system. However, to obtain substantive results in biomarker discovery studies large patient cohorts necessarily need to be analyzed. Consequently, this would lead to an unmanageable number of samples to be analyzed if sample preparation protocols with extensive fractionation methods are applied. Hence, the performance of simple workflows allowing for "one sample, one shot" experiments have been evaluated in this study...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932263/long-term-disease-and-economic-outcomes-of-prior-authorization-criteria-for-hepatitis-c-treatment-in-pennsylvania-medicaid
#16
Mina Kabiri, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Julie M Donohue, Mark S Roberts, A Everette James, Michael A Dunn, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: Several highly effective but costly therapies for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are available. As a consequence of their high price, 36 state Medicaid programs limited treatment coverage to patients with more advanced HCV stages. States have only limited information available to predict the long-term impact of these decisions. METHODS: We adapted a validated hepatitis C microsimulation model to the Pennsylvania Medicaid population to estimate the existing HCV prevalence in Pennsylvania Medicaid and estimate the impact of various HCV drug coverage policies on disease outcomes and costs...
December 5, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932211/a-novel-class-of-somatic-mutations-in-blood-detected-preferentially-in-cd8-cells
#17
Miko Valori, Lilja Jansson, Anna Kiviharju, Pekka Ellonen, Hanna Rajala, Shady Adnan Awad, Satu Mustjoki, Pentti J Tienari
Somatic mutations have a central role in cancer but their role in other diseases such as autoimmune disorders is poorly understood. Earlier work has provided indirect evidence of rare somatic mutations in autoreactive T-lymphocytes in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients but such mutations have not been identified thus far. We analysed somatic mutations in blood in 16 patients with relapsing MS and 4 with other neurological autoimmune disease. To facilitate the detection of somatic mutations CD4+, CD8+, CD19+ and CD4-/CD8-/CD19- cell subpopulations were separated...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932169/invasive-aspergillosis-of-the-stomach-and-co-infection-with-candida-krusei-in-a-patient-with-terminal-liver-failure-a-case-report
#18
B Sulik-Tyszka, W Figiel, M Krawczyk, M Wróblewska
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is diagnosed almost exclusively in immunocompromised patients. It is located mainly in the lungs or paranasal sinuses, but occasionally other organs and the gastrointestinal tract may also be affected either alone or as a part of a disseminated disease. The main risk factors predisposing to IA are neutropenia, immunosuppressive and steroid therapy, as well as severe underlying disease. Despite progress in diagnostics and therapy of IA, it is still characterized by a high mortality rate...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932153/a-heartbreaking-renal-transplantation-is-norepinephrine-the-culprit-to-blame
#19
M G Vailas, S Vernadakis, K Kakavia, I Paizis, J Bokos, J Boletis, G Zavos
INTRODUCTION: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), also known as "broken heart syndrome," "apical ballooning syndrome," and "stress-induced cardiomyopathy," was first described in Japanese patients in 1990 by Sato et al. TCM is an increasingly recognized syndrome characterized by transient and reversible systolic dysfunction of the apical and middle segments of the left ventricle. This syndrome resembles acute myocardial infarction in the absence of evident coronary artery occlusion. Herein, we present a case of a 51-year-old male who underwent his second deceased-donor renal transplantation for end-stage-renal-disease due to a work-related accident...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932134/efficacy-and-safety-of-therapy-with-simeprevir-and-sofosbuvir-in-liver-transplant-recipients-infected-by-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-4-cohort-spanish-society-of-liver-transplantation-cohort
#20
G Sanchez Antolin, M Testillano, J M Pascasio, I Narvaez Rodriguez, M Prieto, A Otero, J I Herrero, M Londoño, I Fernandez Vazquez, L Castells
BACKGROUND: Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4 infection are poorly represented in clinical trials of 2nd-generation direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), and more data are needed to help guide treatment decisions. We still have even fewer data concerning liver transplant patients. Simeprevir (SIM) and sofosbuvir (SOF) combination is useful to treat this genotype. The aim of this study was to know the efficacy and safety of the combination SIM + SOF ± ribavirin (RBV) in a group of liver transplant patients with HCV genotype 4 infection in Spain in real life...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
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