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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743171/a-quantified-risk-scoring-system-and-rating-model-for-postsurgical-gastroparesis-syndrome-in-gastric-cancer-patients
#1
Xiao-Dong Chen, Chen-Chen Mao, Wei-Teng Zhang, Ji Lin, Rui-Sen Wu, Feng-Min Zhang, Xiang-Wei Sun, Chu-Huai Chi, Xian Shen, Peng-Fei Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to investigate the relationship between obesity and postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome (PGS), and to construct a scoring system and a risk model to identify patients at high risk. METHODS: A total of 634 patients were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical characteristics were evaluated via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Logistic analysis was performed to determine the independent predictive indicators of PGS...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743164/decisions-to-attend-and-drink-at-party-events-the-effects-of-incentives-and-disincentives-and-lifetime-alcohol-and-antisocial-problems
#2
Peter R Finn, Kyle Gerst, Allison Lake, Tim Bogg
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders are associated with patterns of impulsive/risky decision making on behavioral economic decision tasks, but little is known about the factors affecting drinking-related decisions. METHODS: The effects of incentives and disincentives to attend and drink at hypothetical alcohol-related party events as a function of lifetime (LT) alcohol and antisocial problems were examined in a sample of 434 young adults who varied widely in LT alcohol and antisocial problems...
July 25, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743160/the-prognostic-utility-of-baseline-alpha-fetoprotein-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
#3
Jack P Silva, Richard A Gorman, Nicholas G Berger, Susan Tsai, Kathleen K Christians, Callisia N Clarke, Harveshp Mogal, T Clark Gamblin
INTRODUCTION: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) has a valuable role in postoperative surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence. The utility of pretreatment or baseline AFP remains controversial. The present study hypothesized that elevated baseline AFP levels are associated with worse overall survival in HCC patients. METHODS: Adult HCC patients were identified using the National Cancer Database (2004-2013). Patients were stratified according to baseline AFP measurements into the following groups: Negative (<20), Borderline (20-199), Elevated (200-1999), and Highly Elevated (>2000)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743138/-iso-9001-2015-certification-in-quality-management
#4
Christian Enders, Gabriele E Lang, Gerhard K Lang, Jens Ulrich Werner
Quality management improves the structures, processes and results of organizations of all kinds. Many practices and clinics have their existing quality management system certified according to ISO 9001, (e.g., to check their own quality management system or to obtain a testimonial against third parties). The latest version ISO 9001:2015 contains some changes, both structurally and in terms of content. These changes can be met with reasonable efforts. An ISO 9001:2015 certification represents a value for your organization, but these advantages are often not directly measurable...
July 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743129/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-predicts-mortality-and-end-stage-renal-disease-in-a-canadian-asian-population-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Ishwarlal Jialal, Fernando Camacho, Bharat Nathoo, Paul Tam, Roma Pahwa, George G Wu
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Biomarkers that predict end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and/or mortality could usher in new therapeutics to halt this onslaught. While fibroblast growth factor (FGF)23 can predict both ESRD and mortality, it has not been studied in North American CKD patients of Asian ethnicity. METHOD: This is a prospective investigation about the role of FGF23 in 998 Canadian patients of Asian descent with CKD defined by an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL/min/m2 and followed up for 3 years...
July 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743126/frontal-cortex-and-hippocampal-%C3%AE-secretase-activating-protein-levels-in-prodromal-alzheimer-disease
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Sylvia E Perez, Muhammad Nadeem, Michael H Malek-Ahmadi, Bin He, Elliott J Mufson
BACKGROUND: β-Amyloid (Aβ) is the product of concerted cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β- and γ-secretases. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate this process are not well understood. Recently, evidence was reported that γ-secretase activating protein (GSAP, 16 kDa), derived from a larger precursor protein (98 kDa), plays a role in Aβ metabolism through a mechanism involving its interaction with both γ-secretase and APP. However, a detailed evaluation of GSAP protein levels and their association with clinical and neuropathological variables are lacking during the clinical progression of Alzheimer disease (AD)...
July 26, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743122/utility-of-transbronchial-lung-cryobiopsy-in-non-interstitial-diseases
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Olivia Sánchez-Cabral, Dina Martínez-Mendoza, Sebastián Fernandez-Bussy, Berenice López-González, Carolina Perea-Talamantes, Rosa María Rivera-Rosales, César Luna-Rivero, José Arturo Martínez-Orozco, Luis Felipe Flores-Suárez, Patricio Santillán-Doherty, Gustavo Reyes-Terán
BACKGROUND: Transbronchial lung cryobiopsy (TLCB), performed with a flexible cryoprobe, is an interventional pulmonology procedure that has proved its diagnostic value for interstitial pulmonary disease. However, it has not been explored extensively as a diagnostic tool for patients with non-interstitial lung pathology, including infectious and malignant diseases. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic yield and safety of an interventional pulmonology approach that integrates TLCB and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for the diagnosis of non-interstitial pulmonary disease...
July 26, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743095/a-rapid-and-reliable-method-for-discriminating-rice-products-from-different-regions-using-mcx-based-solid-phase-extraction-and-di-ms-ms-based-metabolomics-approach
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Dong Kyu Lim, Changyeun Mo, Nguyen Phuoc Long, Jongguk Lim, Sung Won Kwon
The expansion of the global rice marketplace ultimately raises concerns about authenticity control. Several analytical methods for differentiating the geographical origin of rice have been developed, yet a high-throughput method is still in demand. In this study, we developed a rapid approach using direct infusion-mass spectrometry (DI-MS) to distinguish rice products from different countries. Specifically, the elimination of the matrix effect by a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) filter, a mixed-mode cation exchange (MCX) solid-phase extraction (SPE) with 20% methanol, and an MCX SPE with 100% methanol were measured...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743086/effect-of-cinnamon-cinnamomum-verum-bark-essential-oil-on-the-halitosis-associated-bacterium-solobacterium-moorei-and-in-vitro-cytotoxicity
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Geneviève LeBel, Bruno Haas, Andrée-Ann Adam, Marie-Pier Veilleux, Amel Ben Lagha, Daniel Grenier
OBJECTIVES: Halitosis, also known as bad breath or oral malodour, is a condition affecting a large proportion of the population. Solobacterium moorei is a Gram-positive anaerobic bacterium that has been specifically associated with halitosis. In this study, we investigated the effects of essential oils, more particularly cinnamon bark oil, on growth, biofilm formation, eradication and killing, as well as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production by S. moorei. METHODS: A broth microdilution assay was used to determine the antibacterial activity of essential oils...
July 12, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743060/glucose-fluctuation-and-the-resultant-endothelial-injury-are-correlated-with-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Makoto Murata, Hitoshi Adachi, Shigeru Oshima, Masahiko Kurabayashi
AIMS: We evaluated whether glucose fluctuation (GF) causes vascular endothelial injury and affects glucometabolic factors during lengthy oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). METHODS: We enrolled consecutive 116 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who were performed coronary angiography and 4-h OGTT. Blood samples were collected before and 4h after glucose load to measure endothelial injury factor [von Willebrand factor (vWF) and vWF/a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type-1 motifs 13 (ADAMTS-13) ratio]...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743059/altered-connectivity-within-and-between-the-default-mode-central-executive-and-salience-networks-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Jie Fan, Mingtian Zhong, Jun Gan, Wanting Liu, Chaoyang Niu, Haiyan Liao, Hongchun Zhang, Jinyao Yi, Raymond C K Chan, Changlian Tan, Xiongzhao Zhu
BACKGROUND: Default mode network (DMN), central executive network (CEN) and salience network (SN) are the three most important intrinsic networks of the human brain. Recent studies emphasized the importance of the "triple-network model" which illustrated the interactions within and between DMN, CEN and SN in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. However, previous studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) just explored the altered connectivity within these networks while neglected the coupling between them...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743055/the-influence-of-viscous-and-conducting-liquid-on-the-characteristics-of-the-slot-acoustic-wave
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I A Borodina, B D Zaitsev, A A Teplykh
The influence of the liquid with the different values of conductivity, permittivity, and viscosity on the characteristics of the slot mode in the structure consisting of delay line with propagating shear - horizontal acoustic wave of zero order (SH0) and upper piezoelectric plate separated by the air gap was experimentally investigated. The delay line made of the Y-X lithium niobate plate 0.2mm thick contained two interdigital transducers for the excitation and reception of acoustic wave in the frequency range of 2...
July 18, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743040/prenatal-exposure-to-organophosphorus-pesticides-and-childhood-neurodevelopmental-phenotypes
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Melissa A Furlong, Amy Herring, Jessie P Buckley, Barbara D Goldman, Julie L Daniels, Lawrence S Engel, Mary S Wolff, Jia Chen, Jim Wetmur, Dana Boyd Barr, Stephanie M Engel
Prenatal exposure to organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) has been associated with different neurodevelopmental outcomes across different cohorts. A phenotypic approach may address some of these differences by incorporating information across scales and accounting for the complex correlational structure of neurodevelopmental outcomes. Additionally, Bayesian hierarchical modeling can account for confounding by collinear co-exposures. We use this framework to examine associations between prenatal exposure to OPs and behavior, executive functioning, and IQ assessed at age 6-9 years in a cohort of 404 mother/infant pairs recruited during pregnancy...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743038/physiological-vascular-and-nanomechanical-assessment-of-hybrid-poplar-leaf-traits-in-micropropagated-plants-and-plants-propagated-from-root-cuttings-a-contribution-to-breeding-programs
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Jaroslav Ďurkovič, Hana Husárová, Lucia Javoříková, Ingrid Čaňová, Miriama Šuleková, Monika Kardošová, Ivan Lukáčik, Miroslava Mamoňová, Rastislav Lagaňa
Micropropagated plants experience significant stress from rapid water loss when they are transferred from an in vitro culture to either greenhouse or field conditions. This is caused both by inefficient stomatal control of transpiration and the change to a higher light intensity and lower humidity. Understanding the physiological, vascular and biomechanical processes that allow micropropagated plants to modify their phenotype in response to environmental conditions can help to improve both field performance and plant survival...
July 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743037/exogenous-applications-of-polyamines-modulate-drought-responses-in-wheat-through-osmolytes-accumulation-increasing-free-polyamine-levels-and-regulation-of-polyamine-biosynthetic-genes
#15
Heba Talat Ebeed, Nemat Mohamed Hassan, Alshafei Mohammed Aljarani
Polyamines (PAs) can improve drought stress tolerance in plants; however, very limited information is available on the mechanism of action of exogenous application by different methods under drought stress in wheat. The present study investigates the mechanism through which seed priming and foliar spraying with PAs protect wheat plants from drought stress. 10 days old wheat seedlings were exposed to drought stress by withholding water alone or with 100 μM PAs solutions (putrescine, Put; spermine, Spm; and mixture of Put and Spm for 10 h seed-priming or three foliar sprays during withholding water...
July 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742992/utilizing-secondary-agricultural-education-programs-to-deliver-evidence-based-grain-safety-training-for-young-and-beginning-workers
#16
Yuan-Hsin Cheng, William E Field, Roger L Tormoehlen, Brian F French
Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program (PUASHP) has collaborated with secondary agricultural education programs, including FFA Chapters, for over 70 years to deliver and promote agricultural safety and health programming. With support from a U.S. Department of Labor Susan Harwood Program grant, PUASHP utilized a Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) process to develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based curriculum for use with young and beginning workers, ages 16-20, exposed to hazards associated with grain storage and handling...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742983/should-adults-with-diabetes-mellitus-be-vaccinated-against-hepatitis-b-virus-a-systematic-review-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-the-progression-of-hepatitis-b-disease
#17
Zobair Younossi, Katrin Kochems, Marc de Ridder, Desmond Curran, Eveline M Bunge, Laurence de Moerlooze
Despite the burden of diabetes mellitus (DM), little is known about the role of this and other metabolic syndromes on the severity of hepatitis B virus (HBV) chronicity and liver disease progression. The value of hepatitis B vaccination and its impact on liver diseases and HCC has been largely demonstrated (ref), adult vaccination coverage is however suboptimal and DM diagnosis represents an opportunity for the HCP to discuss hepatitis B and other adult vaccinations. We performed a systematic literature search to identify studies (2000 to January 2017) describing liver disease progression among patients with HBV by DM status...
July 25, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742952/na%C3%A3-ve-simplicity-the-overlooked-piece-of-the-complexity-simplicity-paradigm
#18
Franklin W Schwartz, Ganming Liu, Pradeep Aggarwal, Cynthia M Schwartz
Concepts of simplicity and complexity in modeling have been explored in papers, editorials, and talks. The concept is not well understood because there are at least two flavors of simplicity. Modelers envision simplicity (i.e., elegant simplicity) as the sought-after goal in modeling, but naïve simplicity, which is the focus of this paper, is commonly unrecognized and dangerous. The problem is that naïve or simple ideas are often mistaken for settled science and come with the prospect of being more wrong than right...
July 25, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742935/response-to-telling-the-whole-story-about-simulation-based-education
#19
Christopher W H Yau, Elena Pizzo, Steve Morris, David E Odd, Cathy Winter, Timothy J Draycott
We thank Barsuk et al. for their letter, "Telling the whole story about simulation-based education" (1). We acknowledge that our paper, "The cost of local, multi-professional obstetric emergencies training"(2), focussed on the cost of training and did not elaborate on cost savings, value for money or return on investment (ROI). The authors' call for a ROI analysis is welcome. Others have estimated the potential savings of obstetric training (3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 25, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
#20
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
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