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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545597/prefrontal-cortical-thinning-links-to-negative-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-via-the-enigma-consortium
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E Walton, D P Hibar, T G M van Erp, S G Potkin, R Roiz-Santiañez, B Crespo-Facorro, P Suarez-Pinilla, N E M van Haren, S M C de Zwarte, R S Kahn, W Cahn, N T Doan, K N Jørgensen, T P Gurholt, I Agartz, O A Andreassen, L T Westlye, I Melle, A O Berg, L Morch-Johnsen, A Færden, L Flyckt, H Fatouros-Bergman, E G Jönsson, R Hashimoto, H Yamamori, M Fukunaga, N Jahanshad, P De Rossi, F Piras, N Banaj, G Spalletta, R E Gur, R C Gur, D H Wolf, T D Satterthwaite, L M Beard, I E Sommer, S Koops, O Gruber, A Richter, B Krämer, S Kelly, G Donohoe, C McDonald, D M Cannon, A Corvin, M Gill, A Di Giorgio, A Bertolino, S Lawrie, T Nickson, H C Whalley, E Neilson, V D Calhoun, P M Thompson, J A Turner, S Ehrlich
BACKGROUND: Our understanding of the complex relationship between schizophrenia symptomatology and etiological factors can be improved by studying brain-based correlates of schizophrenia. Research showed that impairments in value processing and executive functioning, which have been associated with prefrontal brain areas [particularly the medial orbitofrontal cortex (MOFC)], are linked to negative symptoms. Here we tested the hypothesis that MOFC thickness is associated with negative symptom severity...
May 26, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531295/right-ventricular-vascular-coupling-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-pre-vs-post-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Thomas M Gorter, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Adriaan A Voors, Yoran M Hummel, Carolyn S P Lam, Rolf M F Berger, Joost P van Melle, Elke S Hoendermis
Aims: Many patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) develop post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to increased left-sided filling pressures. However, a subset of patients develops combined post- and pre-capillary PH. We studied the value of echocardiographic right-sided characterization for the discrimination between pre- vs. post-capillary PH in HFpEF, using invasive haemodynamics as gold standard. Methods and results: 102 consecutive HFpEF patients with simultaneous right heart catheterization and echocardiography were identified...
May 22, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529633/noninvasive-assessment-of-elimination-and-retention-using-ct-fmt-and-kinetic-whole-body-modeling
#3
Wa'el Al Rawashdeh, Simin Zuo, Andrea Melle, Lia Appold, Susanne Koletnik, Yoanna Tsvetkova, Nataliia Beztsinna, Andrij Pich, Twan Lammers, Fabian Kiessling, Felix Gremse
Fluorescence-mediated tomography (FMT) is a quantitative three-dimensional imaging technique for preclinical research applications. The combination with micro-computed tomography (µCT) enables improved reconstruction and analysis. The aim of this study is to assess the potential of µCT-FMT and kinetic modeling to determine elimination and retention of typical model drugs and drug delivery systems. We selected four fluorescent probes with different but well-known biodistribution and elimination routes: Indocyanine green (ICG), hydroxyapatite-binding OsteoSense (OS), biodegradable nanogels (NG) and microbubbles (MB)...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528206/feasibility-of-atlas-based-active-bone-marrow-sparing-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-cervical-cancer
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Nan Li, Sonal S Noticewala, Casey W Williamson, Hanjie Shen, Igor Sirak, Rafal Tarnawski, Umesh Mahantshetty, Carl K Hoh, Kevin L Moore, Loren K Mell
BACKGROUND: To test the hypothesis that atlas-based active bone marrow (ABM)-sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) yields similar dosimetric results compared to custom ABM-sparing IMRT for cervical cancer patients. METHODS: We sampled 62 cervical cancer patients with pre-treatment FDG-PET/CT in training (n=32) or test (n=30) sets. ABM was defined as the subvolume of the pelvic bone marrow (PBM) with standardized uptake value (SUV) above the mean on the average FDG-PET image (ABMAtlas) vs...
May 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516950/high-conductance-values-in-%C3%AF-folded-molecular-junctions
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Marco Carini, Marta P Ruiz, Imanol Usabiaga, José A Fernández, Emilio J Cocinero, Manuel Melle-Franco, Ismael Diez-Perez, Aurelio Mateo-Alonso
Folding processes play a crucial role in the development of function in biomacromolecules. Recreating this feature on synthetic systems would not only allow understanding and reproducing biological functions but also developing new functions. This has inspired the development of conformationally ordered synthetic oligomers known as foldamers. Herein, a new family of foldamers, consisting of an increasing number of anthracene units that adopt a folded sigmoidal conformation by a combination of intramolecular hydrogen bonds and aromatic interactions, is reported...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502550/lower-extremity-computed-tomography-angiography-can-help-predict-technical-success-of-endovascular-revascularization-in-the-superficial-femoral-and-popliteal-artery
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Nathan K Itoga, Tanner Kim, Anna M Sailer, Dominik Fleischmann, Matthew W Mell
OBJECTIVE: Preprocedural computed tomography angiography (CTA) assists in evaluating vascular morphology and disease distribution and in treatment planning for patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD). The aim of the study was to determine the predictive value of radiographic findings on CTA and technical success of endovascular revascularization of occlusions in the superficial femoral artery-popliteal (SFA-pop) region. METHODS: Medical records and available imaging studies were reviewed for patients undergoing endovascular intervention for PAD between January 2013 and December 2015 at a single academic institution...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501663/under-utilization-of-routine-ultrasound-surveillance-after-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Matthew W Mell, Trit Garg, Laurence C Baker
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Since 2009 the Society for Vascular Surgery has advocated annual surveillance imaging with ultrasound (US) after the first post-operative year for uncomplicated endovascular aneurysm repairs (EVAR). We sought to describe diffusion of US into long-term routine surveillance and to estimate potential cost savings among Medicare beneficiaries after EVAR. METHODS: Using Medicare claims data we identified patients receiving EVAR from 2002 to 2010 and included only those who did not subsequently have re-interventions, late aneurysm-related complications or death...
May 10, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493652/vitamin-d-deficiency-associated-with-cognitive-functioning-in-psychotic-disorders
#8
Mari Nerhus, Akiah O Berg, Carmen Simonsen, Marit Haram, Beathe Haatveit, Sandra R Dahl, Tiril P Gurholt, Thomas D Bjella, Torill Ueland, Ole A Andreassen, Ingrid Melle
BACKGROUND: Cognitive dysfunctions are core features of psychotic disorders with substantial impact on daily functioning. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be related to cognitive dysfunctions, but the associations between vitamin D deficiency and cognition in persons with a psychotic disorder are largely unknown. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 225 patients with a DSM-IV psychotic disorder consecutively recruited from 2003 to 2014 and 159 randomly selected healthy controls, assessed by a cognitive test battery, a clinical protocol (including Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders and Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale), and a physical examination including vitamin D measurements...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460281/early-clinical-recovery-in-first-episode-psychosis-symptomatic-remission-and-its-correlates-at-1-year-follow-up
#9
Carmen Simonsen, Ann Faerden, Kristin Lie Romm, Akiah Ottesen Berg, Thomas Bjella, Kjetil Sundet, Torill Ueland, Ole Andreassen, Ingrid Melle
The aim was to gain more knowledge about early clinical recovery in first-episode psychosis (FEP). The interrelationship between symptomatic remission, poor global functioning and neurocognitive impairment was investigated. FEP participants (n =91) from the TOP study were investigated at baseline and 1-year follow-up. Symptomatic remission was defined by internationally standardized criteria. Poor global functioning was defined as GAF-F score ≤60. Neurocognitive impairment was defined as 1.5 standard deviation below healthy controls on a neuropsychological composite score...
April 24, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454836/right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-inhibition-of-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-redefine-trial-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#10
Jouke P Bokma, Michiel M Winter, Esmée M Kornaat, Hubert W Vliegen, Arie P van Dijk, Joost P van Melle, Folkert J Meijboom, Martijn C Post, Jacqueline K Berbee, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara J M Mulder, Berto J Bouma
Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibition with angiotensin II receptor blockers or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors is beneficial in patients with acquired left ventricular dysfunction. Adult patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with right ventricular (RV) dysfunction are at high risk for heart failure, arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. However, the efficacy of RAAS inhibition has not been established in these patients. METHODS: The REDEFINE is an investigator-initiated, multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to study the effects of the angiotensin II receptor blocker losartan (target dosage of 150 mg once daily) in adult patients with TOF...
April 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447396/carbon-nanotubes-accelerate-methane-production-in-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-and-in-a-syntrophic-coculture
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Andreia F Salvador, Gilberto Martins, Manuel Melle-Franco, Ricardo Serpa, Alfons J M Stams, Ana J Cavaleiro, M Alcina Pereira, M Madalena Alves
Carbon materials have been reported to facilitate direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between bacteria and methanogens improving methane production in anaerobic processes. In this work, the effect of increasing concentrations of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on the activity of pure cultures of methanogens and on typical fatty acid-degrading syntrophic methanogenic coculture was evaluated. CNT affected methane production by methanogenic cultures, although acceleration was higher for hydrogenotrophic methanogens than for acetoclastic methanogens or syntrophic coculture...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444556/thalamo-cortical-functional-connectivity-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
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Kristina C Skåtun, Tobias Kaufmann, Christine L Brandt, Nhat Trung Doan, Dag Alnæs, Siren Tønnesen, Guido Biele, Anja Vaskinn, Ingrid Melle, Ingrid Agartz, Ole A Andreassen, Lars T Westlye
The thalamus is a highly connected subcortical structure that relays and integrates sensory and cortical information, which is critical for coherent and accurate perceptual awareness and cognition. Thalamic dysfunction is a classical finding in schizophrenia (SZ), and resting-state functional MRI has implicated somatomotor and frontal lobe thalamic dysconnectivity. However, it remains unclear whether these findings generalize to different psychotic disorders, are confined to specific thalamic sub-regions, and how they relate to structural thalamic alterations...
April 25, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437795/effect-of-using-the-heart-score-in-patients-with-chest-pain-in-the-emergency-department-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomized-trial
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Judith M Poldervaart, Johannes B Reitsma, Barbra E Backus, Hendrik Koffijberg, Rolf F Veldkamp, Monique E Ten Haaf, Yolande Appelman, Herman F J Mannaerts, Jan-Melle van Dantzig, Madelon van den Heuvel, Mohamed El Farissi, Bernard J W M Rensing, Nicolette M S K J Ernst, Ineke M C Dekker, Frank R den Hartog, Thomas Oosterhof, Ghizelda R Lagerweij, Eugene M Buijs, Maarten W J van Hessen, Marcel A J Landman, Roland R J van Kimmenade, Luc Cozijnsen, Jeroen J J Bucx, Clara E E van Ofwegen-Hanekamp, Maarten-Jan Cramer, A Jacob Six, Pieter A Doevendans, Arno W Hoes
Background: The HEART (History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors, and initial Troponin) score is an easy-to-apply instrument to stratify patients with chest pain according to their short-term risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), but its effect on daily practice is unknown. Objective: To measure the effect of use of the HEART score on patient outcomes and use of health care resources. Design: Stepped-wedge, cluster randomized trial...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437276/clinical-outcome-of-rebubbling-for-graft-detachment-after-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Nadine Gerber-Hollbach, Lamis Baydoun, Ester Fernández López, Laurence E Frank, Isabel Dapena, Vasilios S Liarakos, Sontje-Chiao Schaal, Lisanne Ham, Silke Oellerich, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical outcome after successful rebubbling procedures for visually significant graft detachment after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: From a total of 760 consecutive DMEK surgeries, 41 eyes required rebubbling. Of those, 33 eyes of 31 patients were successful and were included in our retrospective outcome analysis study. Main outcome measures were compared with those of matched controls with uneventful primary DMEK (attached DMEK grafts without rebubbling)...
April 21, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433122/intracameral-antibiotics-in-the-shadow-of-hemorrhagic-occlusive-retinal-vasculitis
#15
EDITORIAL
Ayman Naseri, Ronald B Melles, Neal H Shorstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415558/family-with-sequence-similarity-13c-fam13c-overexpression-is-an-independent-prognostic-marker-in-prostate-cancer
#16
Christoph Burdelski, Laura Borcherding, Martina Kluth, Claudia Hube-Magg, Nathaniel Melling, Ronald Simon, Christina Möller-Koop, Philipp Weigand, Sarah Minner, Alexander Haese, Hans Uwe Michl, Maria Christina Tsourlakis, Frank Jacobsen, Andrea Hinsch, Corinna Wittmer, Patrick Lebok, Stefan Steurer, Jakob R Izbicki, Guido Sauter, Till Krech, Franziska Büscheck, Till Clauditz, Thorsten Schlomm, Waldemar Wilczak
FAM13C, a gene with unknown function is included in several mRNA signatures for prostate cancer aggressiveness. To understand the impact of FAM13C on prognosis and its relationship to molecularly defined subsets, we analyzed FAM13C expression by immunohistochemistry on a tissue microarray containing 12,400 prostate cancer specimens. Results were compared to phenotype, ERG status, genomic deletions of 3p, 5q, 6q and PTEN, and biochemical recurrence. FAM13C was detectable in cell nuclei of cancerous and non-neoplastic prostate cells...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410548/two-year-clinical-outcome-of-500-consecutive-cases-undergoing-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Jorge Peraza-Nieves, Lamis Baydoun, Isabel Dapena, Abbas Ilyas, Laurence E Frank, Salvatore Luceri, Lisanne Ham, Silke Oellerich, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of 500 consecutive cases up to 2 years after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) and to assess which parameters may have influenced the clinical outcome. METHODS: From a group of 500 eyes (393 patients), which underwent DMEK for Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), bullous keratopathy, failed corneal transplants and other indications, clinical outcomes [best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central endothelial cell density (ECD), and central corneal thickness] were evaluated before, and at 6, 12, and 24 months after DMEK and postoperative complications were documented...
June 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406089/patterns-of-benzodiazepine-prescribing-by-neuropsychiatrists-and-general-practitioners-for-elderly-patients-in-germany-in-2014%C3%A2
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Thomas Mell, Louis Jacob, Ida Fuhr, Sandra Dick, Michael A Rapp, Karel Kostev
BACKGROUND: The patterns of benzodiazepine prescriptions in older adults are of general and scientific interest as they are not yet well understood. The aim of this study was to compare the prescription patterns of benzodiazepines in elderly people in Germany to determine the share or proportion treated by general practitioners (GP) and neuropsychiatrists (NP). METHODS: This study included 31,268 and 6,603 patients between the ages of 65 and 100 with at least one benzodiazepine prescription in 2014 from GP and NP, respectively...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404738/microbiotal-host-interactions-and-hypertension
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REVIEW
Sarah Galla, Saroj Chakraborty, Blair Mell, Matam Vijay-Kumar, Bina Joe
Hypertension, or elevated blood pressure (BP), has been extensively researched over decades and clearly demonstrated to be caused due to a combination of host genetic and environmental factors. Although much research remains to be conducted to pin-point the precise genetic elements on the host genome that control BP, new lines of evidence are emerging to indicate that, besides the host genome, the genomes of all indigenous commensal micro-organisms, collectively referred to as the microbial metagenome or microbiome, are important, but largely understudied, determinants of BP...
May 2017: Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399068/descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty-and-refractive-surgery
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C Maya Tong, Lamis Baydoun, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) has become a first-line treatment in corneal endothelial diseases because of its exceptional clinical outcomes and low complication rates. Because of its improved refractive predictability, DMEK is now also considered for managing cases with endothelial decompensation following previous refractive procedures, or in combination with those. This article reviews the clinical outcomes in these cases and discusses the possibility of refractive interventions following DMEK...
April 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
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