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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813562/polygenic-scores-for-major-depressive-disorder-and-risk-of-alcohol-dependence
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Allan M Andersen, Robert H Pietrzak, Henry R Kranzler, Li Ma, Hang Zhou, Xiaoming Liu, John Kramer, Samuel Kuperman, Howard J Edenberg, John I Nurnberger, John P Rice, Jay A Tischfield, Alison Goate, Tatiana M Foroud, Jacquelyn L Meyers, Bernice Porjesz, Danielle M Dick, Victor Hesselbrock, Eric Boerwinkle, Steven M Southwick, John H Krystal, Myrna M Weissman, Douglas F Levinson, James B Potash, Joel Gelernter, Shizhong Han
Importance: Major depressive disorder (MDD) and alcohol dependence (AD) are heritable disorders with significant public health burdens, and they are frequently comorbid. Common genetic factors that influence the co-occurrence of MDD and AD have been sought in family, twin, and adoption studies, and results to date have been promising but inconclusive. Objective: To examine whether AD and MDD overlap genetically, using a polygenic score approach. Design, Settings, and Participants: Association analyses were conducted between MDD polygenic risk score (PRS) and AD case-control status in European ancestry samples from 4 independent genome-wide association study (GWAS) data sets: the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA); the Study of Addiction, Genetics, and Environment (SAGE); the Yale-Penn genetic study of substance dependence; and the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS)...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812174/-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-diagnostics-in-axial-spondyloarthritis
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T Witte, X Baraliakos
BACKGROUND: Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a frequent disorder, which is difficult to diagnose in the early phase. Currently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac joints and the spine is frequently applied in this phase, when conventional X rays still provide inconclusive results. OBJECTIVE: To explain the typical pathological results and the role of MRI in diagnosing axSpA. RESULTS: The use of MRI of the sacroiliac joints plays a central role in the assessment of the Spondyloarthritis International Association Society (ASAS) classification criteria of axSpA...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812114/-thoracic-and-abdominal-imaging-in-immunocompromised-patients
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REVIEW
J R Kroeger, D Maintz, D-H Chang
The number of patients with immunosuppression is rising worldwide. The spectrum of diseases and pathogens in these patients differs widely from that of immunocompetent patients due to frequent opportunistic infections. Symptoms are sometimes unspecific, and imaging plays a key role in the management of these patients. The lungs are a frequent site of infection in immunosuppressed patients. Chest X‑ray is the starting point for radiological diagnostics, but shows only limited sensitivity and specificity for infections with atypical pathogens...
August 15, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811221/is-the-hype-around-the-reproductive-health-claims-of-maca-lepidium-meyenii-walp-justified
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REVIEW
Shruti Beharry, Michael Heinrich
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Maca - Lepidium meyenii Walp has been cultivated and used by Andean people for over 1,300 to 2000 years in Peru as food and medicine. Starting in the late 1990's it has developed into an important herbal medicine in China and is now cultivated there widely, too. AIM OF STUDY: This study aims to provide an insight into the emergence of maca on the global market as an alternative remedy to treat reproductive health related problems in both men and women and to critically assess these health claims...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811107/local-efficacy-of-periarticular-morphine-injection-in-simultaneous-bilateral-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-trial
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Kentaro Iwakiri, Yoichi Ohta, Akio Kobayashi, Yukihide Minoda, Hiroaki Nakamura
BACKGROUND: The periarticular multimodal cocktail injection including morphine is currently commonly used to reduce postoperative pain following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Despite its analgesic effect, it frequently causes nausea, which is an adverse effect of opioids. It is inconclusive whether the intraoperative injection of periarticular morphine is effective peripherally. The aim of this study was to assess whether the addition of morphine to unilateral periarticular knee injections improves postoperative pain, range of motion, and swelling in patients undergoing simultaneous bilateral TKA...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810457/measures-of-psychosocial-factors-that-may-influence-help-seeking-behaviour-in-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-psychometric-properties
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Sonja Kummer, Fiona M Walter, Joseph Chilcot, Suzanne Scott
Advanced stage cancer is frequently attributed to delays in presentation to a healthcare professional. To reduce undue delay, it is imperative to understand the reasons underlying help-seeking behaviour and to measure those using valid and reliable tools. This systematic review aimed to identify how studies have measured psychosocial factors affecting time to presentation for (potential) cancer symptoms. A total of 35 studies were included. Most studies failed to use valid and reliable tools, and predominantly provided inconclusive results regarding psychosocial factors and time to presentation when no or minimal psychometric evidence was present...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810150/occurrence-of-carbazoles-in-dust-and-air-samples-from-different-locations-in-germany
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Hermann Fromme, Wenying Mi, Thomas Lahrz, Martin Kraft, Bettina Aschenbrenner, Bianca Bruessow, Ralf Ebinghaus, Zhiyong Xie, Ludwig Fembacher
9H-carbazole is generated from incomplete combustion of diverse fossil fuels and biomass, in tobacco smoke and from industrial processes, while halogenated carbazoles have natural and anthropogenic sources. We analyzed 9H-carbazole and 14 halogenated carbazoles in dust samples from 14 schools, 13 daycare centers, and 13 residences, as well as 5 indoor air samples from residences in Munich, Germany. Overall, we present first data of various carbazoles in different indoor environments without visible combustion sources...
August 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810134/improvements-in-reading-accuracy-as-a-result-of-increased-interletter-spacing-are-not-specific-to-children-with-dyslexia
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Britt Hakvoort, Madelon van den Boer, Tineke Leenaars, Petra Bos, Jurgen Tijms
Recently, increased interletter spacing (LS) has been studied as a way to enhance reading fluency. It is suggested that increased LS improves reading performance, especially in poor readers. Theoretically, these findings are well substantiated as a result of diminished crowding effects. Empirically, however, findings on LS are inconclusive. In two experiments, we examined whether effects of increased LS are specific to children with dyslexia and whether increased LS affects word or sentence processing. In the first experiment, 30 children with dyslexia and 30 controls (mean age=9years 11months) read sentences in standard and increased LS conditions...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809934/long-term-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-the-incidence-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-nested-case-control-study
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Chiu-Ying Chen, Hui-Jung Hung, Kuang-Hsi Chang, Chung Y Hsu, Chih-Hsin Muo, Chon-Haw Tsai, Trong-Neng Wu
BACKGROUND: Previous studies revealed that chronic exposure to air pollution can significantly increase the risk of the development of Parkinson's disease (PD), but this relationship is inconclusive as large-scale prospective studies are limited and the results are inconsistent. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to ascertain the adverse health effects of air pollution exposure in a nationwide population using a longitudinal approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study using the National Health Insurance Research Dataset (NHIRD), which consisted of 1,000,000 beneficiaries in the National Health Insurance Program (NHI) in the year 2000 and their medical records from 1995 to 2013 and using public data on air pollution concentrations from monitoring stations across Taiwan released from the Environmental Protection Administration to identify people with ages ≥ 40 years living in areas with monitoring stations during 1995-1999 as study subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808858/vitamin-d-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
D Marshall Brinkley, Omair M Ali, Sandip K Zalawadiya, Thomas J Wang
PURPOSE: Vitamin D is principally known for its role in calcium homeostasis, but preclinical studies implicate multiple pathways through which vitamin D may affect cardiovascular function and influence risk for heart failure. Many adults with cardiovascular disease have low vitamin D status, making it a potential therapeutic target. We review the rationale and potential role of vitamin D supplementation in the prevention and treatment of chronic heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: Substantial observational evidence has associated low vitamin D status with the risk of heart failure, ventricular remodeling, and clinical outcomes in heart failure, including mortality...
August 14, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808618/neuroimaging-studies-in-patients-with-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures-a-systematic-meta-review
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REVIEW
Marco Mcsweeney, Markus Reuber, Liat Levita
Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) are 'medically unexplained' seizure-like episodes which superficially resemble epileptic seizures but which are not caused by epileptiform discharges in the brain. While many experts see PNES disorder as a multifactorial biopsychosocial condition, little is known about the neurobiological processes which may predispose, precipitate and/or perpetuate PNES symptomology. This systematic meta-review advances our knowledge and understanding of the neurobiological correlates of PNES by providing an up-to-date assessment of neuroimaging studies performed on individuals with PNES...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808040/evaluating-the-longitudinal-risk-of-social-vigilance-on-atherosclerosis-study-protocol-for-the-north-texas-heart-study
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John M Ruiz, Daniel J Taylor, Bert N Uchino, Timothy W Smith, Matthew Allison, Chul Ahn, Jillian J Johnson, Joshua M Smyth
INTRODUCTION: Psychosocial factors are increasingly recognised as important determinants of cardiovascular disease risk. The North Texas Heart Study aims to understand the mechanisms responsible for this association with a focus on social vigilance (ie, scanning the environment for social threats). There is also growing interest in supplementing traditional methods (eg, survey assessment of psychosocial risk paired with cross-sectional and longitudinal health outcomes) with daily or repeated momentary assessment of psychosocial factors...
August 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806352/association-between-exposure-to-noise-and-risk-of-hypertension-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-epidemiological-studies
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Wenning Fu, Chao Wang, Li Zou, Qiaoyan Liu, Yong Gan, Shijiao Yan, Fujian Song, Zhihong Wang, Zuxun Lu, Shiyi Cao
OBJECTIVE: An increasing amount of original studies suggested that exposure to noise could be associated with the risk of hypertension, but the results remain inconsistent and inconclusive. We aimed to synthesize available epidemiological evidence about the relationship between various types of noise and hypertension, and to explore the potential dose-response relationship between them in an up-to-date meta-analysis. METHODS: We conducted a literature search of PubMed and Embase from these databases' inception through December 2016 to identify observational epidemiological studies examining the association between noise and risk of hypertension...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805116/bisphenol-a-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Vasilios Pergialiotis, Paraskevi Kotrogianni, Evangelos Christopoulos-Timogiannakis, Diamanto Koutaki, Georgios Daskalakis, Nikolaos Papantoniou
PURPOSE: Bisphenol A is a chemical compound related to adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes. The purpose of the present systematic review is to summarize current knowledge in the field. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We systematically searched the Medline (1966-2017), Scopus (2004-2017), Clinicaltrials.gov (2008-2017), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials CENTRAL (1999-2017) databases. RESULTS: Thirty-five studies were included in the present systematic review...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804929/factors-moderating-the-relative-effectiveness-of-varenicline-and-nicotine-replacement-therapy-in-clients-using-smoking-cessation-services
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Neil Walker, Heather Gainforth, Vasiliki Kiparoglou, Hayley Robinson, Hugo van Woerden, Robert West
AIMS: To assess how far the greater effectiveness of varenicline over nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is moderated by characteristics of the smokers or setting in clinical practice. DESIGN: We used observational data from 22,472 treatment episodes between 2013 and 2016 from smoking cessation services in England to assess whether differences between varenicline and NRT were moderated by a set of smoker and setting characteristics: these included level of social deprivation, age, gender, ethnic group, nicotine dependence, and treatment context...
August 13, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803719/assessment-of-aortic-valve-calcium-load-by-multidetector-computed-tomography-anatomical-validation-impact-of-scanner-settings-and-incremental-diagnostic-value
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Jamila Boulif, Bernhard Gerber, Alisson Slimani, Siham Lazam, Christophe de Meester, Sophie Piérard, Agnès Pasquet, Anne-Catherine Pouleur, David Vancraeynest, Gébrine El Khoury, Laurent de Kerchove, Philippe Noirhomme, Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde
OBJECTIVES: To validate aortic valve calcium (AVC) load measurements by multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT), to evaluate the impact of tube potential and slice thickness on AVC scores, to examine the accuracy of AVC load in distinguishing severe from nonsevere aortic stenosis (AS) and to investigate its effectiveness as an alternative diagnosis method when echocardiography remains inconclusive. METHODS: We prospectively studied 266 consecutive patients with moderate to severe AS who underwent MDCT to measure AVC load and a comprehensive echocardiographic examination to assess AS severity...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803595/vitamin-d-intake-and-risk-of-cvd-and-all-cause-mortality-evidence-from-the-caerphilly-prospective-cohort-study
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Jing Guo, John R Cockcroft, Peter C Elwood, Janet E Pickering, Julie A Lovegrove, David I Givens
OBJECTIVE: Prospective data on the associations between vitamin D intake and risk of CVD and all-cause mortality are limited and inconclusive. The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations between vitamin D intake and CVD risk and all-cause mortality in the Caerphilly Prospective Cohort Study. DESIGN: The associations of vitamin D intake with CVD risk markers were examined cross-sectionally at baseline and longitudinally at 5-year, 10-year and >20-year follow-ups...
August 14, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802070/memantine-for-the-treatment-of-general-neuropathic-pain-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Gisèle Pickering, Véronique Morel
Neuropathic pain (NP) is difficult to treat and is associated with a decline in quality of life. NP aetiologies are numerous and a number of pathologies display neuropathic characteristics. Of the various N-Methyl-D-Aspartate antagonists that are alternatives to recommended in first-line NP treatment, memantine has the safest side-effect profile and has long been approved in Alzheimer's disease. The review covers memantine studies in post-herpetic neuralgia, diabetic pain, postoperative pain, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic phantom limb pain, opioid refractory pain, and fibromyalgia...
August 12, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800902/inconclusive-evidence-about-whether%C3%A2-the-addition-of-enamel-matrix-derivatives-to-bone-substitutes-yields-better-clinical-outcomes-for-treatment-of-intrabony-defects
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Tahira Devji
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 5, 2017: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799264/correlation-of-lanthanum-dosage-with-lanthanum-deposition-in-the-gastroduodenal-mucosa-of-dialysis-patients
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Kimiaki Hattori, Tamaki Maeda, Shinya Nishida, Miyuki Imanishi, Masahiro Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi Amari, Takuya Moriya, Yoshinobu Hirose
Lanthanum (La) deposition has been observed in gastrointestinal mucosa of dialysis patients treated with La carbonate to treat hyperphosphatemia in the 6 years since its authorization in Japan. We investigated gastrointestinal biopsies from 112 dialysis patients, and found 15 cases of histiocytic aggregation with crystalloids and one case of duodenitis with histiocyte aggregation without crystalloids in the 30 patients treated with La carbonate. No histiocytic lesions were observed in the 82 patients without La carbonate administration...
August 11, 2017: Pathology International
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