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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432109/early-response-to-ranibizumab-predictive-of-functional-outcome-after-dexamethasone-for-unresponsive-diabetic-macular-oedema
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Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Michele Cavalleri, Lea Querques, Alessandro Rabiolo, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
PURPOSE: To analyse the effects of intravitreal dexamethasone implant in patients suffering from diabetic macular oedema (DME) on the basis of their visual and functional response to antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) loading dose, in order to early shift to corticosteroids in poorly responding patients. DESIGN: Retrospective monocentric study. METHODS: Data of patients with diabetes shifted to 0.7 mg dexamethasone implant after three injections of ranibizumab (RNB) and followed-up to 12 months were reviewed...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428853/coral-reef-mesopredators-switch-prey-shortening-food-chains-in-response-to-habitat-degradation
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Tessa N Hempson, Nicholas A J Graham, M Aaron MacNeil, David H Williamson, Geoffrey P Jones, Glenn R Almany
Diet specificity is likely to be the key predictor of a predator's vulnerability to changing habitat and prey conditions. Understanding the degree to which predatory coral reef fishes adjust or maintain prey choice, in response to declines in coral cover and changes in prey availability, is critical for predicting how they may respond to reef habitat degradation. Here, we use stable isotope analyses to characterize the trophic structure of predator-prey interactions on coral reefs of the Keppel Island Group on the southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427124/-contemporary-use-of-ticagrelor-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-after-discharge
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J Liu, H B Yan, L Song, Y H Hua, H J Zhao, C Liu, P Zhou, J N Li, Y Tan, Y M Yang, Y Wu
Objective: To investigate the degree and determinants of using ticagrelor among discharged patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: Patients with ACS in Fuwai hospital who were given ticagrelor after discharge between Jan. 2015 to Jun. 2015 were analyzed.The clinical characteristics and adherence to ticagrelor of these patients were collected by reviewing the electronic medical records and telephone interview.Date were statistically-analyzed. Results: Among all screened 404 patients, 158 (39.1%) patients prematurely stopped ticagrelor within 12 months, while 119(29...
April 18, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423398/treatment-restarting-after-discontinuation-of-adjuvant-hormone-therapy-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Wei He, Karin E Smedby, Fang Fang, Henrik Olsson, Sara Margolin, Per Hall, Kamila Czene
Background: Over half of breast cancer patients discontinue their adjuvant hormone therapy, permanently or temporarily. We aimed to identify predictors of treatment restarting after discontinuation of adjuvant hormone therapy and to test the hypothesis that treatment restarting is associated with better breast cancer outcomes. Methods: We conducted a population-based cohort study by linking data from the Stockholm-Gotland Breast Cancer Register, the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register, and a self-reported questionnaire...
October 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419713/nt-probnp-predicts-mortality-in-adults-with-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-late-after-mustard-or-senning-correction
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Jana Rubáčková Popelová, Markéta Tomková, Jakub Tomek
OBJECTIVE: The patients after Mustard and Senning corrections of transposition of the great arteries (TGA) are at an increased risk of unexpected death. The aim of this study was to identify markers allowing risk stratification of patients after atrial switch correction of TGA to provide them with optimum care. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, 87 patients were retrospectively evaluated after atrial switch correction of TGA followed-up between 2005 and 2015. The mortality during the follow-up was 9% (8 cardiac deaths)...
April 17, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416959/predictive-factors-for-switched-egfr-tki-retreatment-in-patients-with-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Byoung Soo Kwon, Ji Hyun Park, Woo Sung Kim, Joon Seon Song, Chang-Min Choi, Jin Kyung Rho, Jae Cheol Lee
BACKGROUND: Third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR-TKIs) have proved efficacious in treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with acquired resistance resulting from the T790M mutation. However, since almost 50% patients with the acquired resistance do not harbor the T790M mutation, retreatment with first- or second-generation EGFR-TKIs may be a more viable therapeutic option. Here, we identified positive response predictors to retreatment, in patients who switched to a different EGFR-TKI, following initial treatment failure...
April 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406975/positional-therapy-in-sleep-apnoea-one-fits-all-what-determines-success-in-positional-therapy-in-sleep-apnoea-syndrome
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Natascha Troester, Michael Palfner, Markus Dominco, Christoph Wohlkoenig, Erich Schmidberger, Martin Trinker, Alexander Avian
INTRODUCTION: Positional therapy is a simple means of therapy in sleep apnoea syndrome, but due to controversial or lacking evidence, it is not widely accepted as appropriate treatment. In this study, we analysed data to positional therapy with regard to successful reduction of AHI and predictors of success. METHODS: All consecutive patients undergoing polysomnography between 2007 and 2011 were analysed. We used a strict definition of positional sleep apnoea syndrome (supine-exclusive sleep apnoea syndrome) and of therapy used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393672/radiation-awareness-for-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-in-the-hybrid-operating-room-an-instant-patient-risk-chart-for-daily-practice
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Quirina M de Ruiter, Crystel M Gijsberts, Constantijn E Hazenberg, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden
PURPOSE: To determine which patient and C-arm characteristics are the strongest predictors of intraoperative patient radiation dose rates (DRs) during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) procedures and create a patient risk chart. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of 74 EVAR procedures, including 16,889 X-ray runs using fixed C-arm imaging equipment. Four multivariate log-linear mixed models (with patient as a random effect) were constructed. Mean air kerma DR (DRAK, mGy/s) and the mean dose area product DR (DRDAP, mGycm(2)/s) were the outcome variables utilized for fluoroscopy as differentiated from digital subtraction angiography (DSA)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391887/investigating-the-prevalence-predictors-and-prognosis-of-suboptimal-statin-use-early-after-a-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Richard M Turner, Peng Yin, Anita Hanson, Richard FitzGerald, Andrew P Morris, Rod H Stables, Andrea L Jorgensen, Munir Pirmohamed
BACKGROUND: High-potency statin therapy is recommended in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease but discontinuation, dose reduction, statin switching, and/or nonadherence occur in practice. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and predictors of deviation from high-potency statin use early after a non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) and its association with subsequent major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and all-cause mortality (ACM)...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380316/choice-blindness-and-health-state-choices-among-adolescents-and-adults
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Ernest H Law, Annika L Pickard, Anika Kaczynski, A Simon Pickard
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility and validity of using a discrete choice experiment format to elicit health preferences in adolescents by comparing illogical choices and choice-blindness rates between adults and adolescents; and to explore the relationship between personality traits and health-state choices. METHODS: A convenience sample of adults and adolescents (12 to 17 y old) were recruited from around Chicago, USA. A personality inventory was administered, followed by pairwise comparisons of 6 health-state scenarios which asked each candidate to select their preferred choice...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374678/incidence-and-outcome-of-switching-of-oral-platelet-p2y12-receptor-inhibitors-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-scope-registry
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Leonardo De Luca, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Giuseppe Musumeci, Francesco Saia, Guido Parodi, Ferdinando Varbella, Alfredo Marchese, Stefano De Servi, Sergio Berti, Leonardo Bolognese
AIMS: In patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) switching of oral P2Y12 receptor inhibitors may frequently occur. METHODS AND RESULTS: The SCOPE registry was a multicenter, observational, prospective study aimed to evaluate the incidence and 1-month outcome of switching of oral P2Y12 receptor inhibitors in consecutive ACS patients undergoing PCI during a 3-month period. A total of 1363 consecutive patients have been enrolled in 39 PCI centers across Italy...
April 4, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367200/the-relationship-between-dispositional-empathy-and-prefrontal-cortical-functioning-in-patients-with-frontal-lobe-epilepsy
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Amara Gul, Hira Ahmad
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Rehabilitation focuses brain-behavior relationship which highlights interaction between psychological and neurobiological factors for better patient care. There is a missing link in the literature about socio-cognitive aspects of frontal lobe epilepsy. Our objective was to examine prefrontal cortical functioning (PCF) and empathic abilities in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). Further, we analyzed whether any relationship between components of dispositional empathy and PCF exists in patients with FLE...
January 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364740/noise-constrained-switching-times-for-heteroclinic-computing
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Fabio Schittler Neves, Maximilian Voit, Marc Timme
Heteroclinic computing offers a novel paradigm for universal computation by collective system dynamics. In such a paradigm, input signals are encoded as complex periodic orbits approaching specific sequences of saddle states. Without inputs, the relevant states together with the heteroclinic connections between them form a network of states-the heteroclinic network. Systems of pulse-coupled oscillators or spiking neurons naturally exhibit such heteroclinic networks of saddles, thereby providing a substrate for general analog computations...
March 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364563/changes-in-second-line-regimen-durability-and-continuity-of-care-in-relation-to-national-art-guideline-changes-in-south-africa
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Dorina Onoya, Alana T Brennan, Rebecca Berhanu, Liudmyla van der Berg, Thulasizwe Buthelezi, Matthew P Fox
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) guideline changes on the durability of second-line ART and continuity of care. This study examines predictors of early drug substitutions and treatment interruptions using a cohort analysis of HIV positive adults switched to second-line ART between January 2004 and September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. METHODS: The main outcomes were having a drug substitution or treatment interruption in the first 24 months on second-line ART...
December 21, 2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360224/ultrasound-evaluation-of-diaphragm-function-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-comparison-to-phrenic-stimulation-and-prognostic-implications
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Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Martin Dres, Julien Mayaux, Suela Demiri, Thomas Similowski, Alexandre Demoule
RATIONALE: In intensive care unit (ICU) patients, diaphragm dysfunction is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Ultrasound measurements of diaphragm thickness, excursion (EXdi) and thickening fraction (TFdi) are putative estimators of diaphragm function, but have never been compared with phrenic nerve stimulation. Our aim was to describe the relationship between these variables and diaphragm function evaluated using the change in endotracheal pressure after phrenic nerve stimulation (Ptr,stim), and to compare their prognostic value...
March 30, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346773/noninterventional-naturalistic-retrospective-study-to-describe-prescription-patterns-of-long-acting-injectable-antipsychotics-and-the-impact-of-introducing-a-new-atypical-antipsychotic-in-the-spanish-province-of-tarragona-catchment-area
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Ana M Gaviria, José Franco, Guillem Rico, Gerard Muntané, Cristina Sáez, Vanessa Sánchez-Gistau, Joan de Pablo, Elisabet Vilella
Background: We studied the patterns and predictors of long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotic (AP) use in the treatment of schizophrenia and the effect of introducing a new LAI (paliperidone palmitate [paliperidone-LAI]) in the Spanish province of Tarragona. Methods: This noninterventional, naturalistic, retrospective study included electronic medical record data from a large population-based database of 1,646 patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia according to ICD-10 criteria and treated between January 2011 and December 2013...
March 23, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336353/effectiveness-of-switching-smoking-cessation-medications-following-relapse
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Bryan W Heckman, K Michael Cummings, Karin A Kasza, Ron Borland, Jessica L Burris, Geoffrey T Fong, Ann McNeill, Matthew J Carpenter
INTRODUCTION: Nicotine dependence is a chronic disorder often characterized by multiple failed quit attempts (QAs). Yet, little is known about the sequence of methods used across multiple QAs or how this may impact future ability to abstain from smoking. This prospective cohort study examines the effectiveness of switching smoking-cessation medications (SCMs) across multiple QAs. METHODS: Adult smokers (aged ≥18 years) participating in International Tobacco Control surveys in the United Kingdom, U...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333346/the-impact-of-native-state-switching-on-protein-sequence-evolution
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Avital Sharir-Ivry, Yu Xia
For proteins with a single well-defined native state, protein 3Dstructure is a major determinant of sequence evolution. On the other hand, many proteins adopt multiple, distinct native structures under different conditions ("conformational switches"), yet the impact of such native state switching on protein evolution is not fully understood. Here, we performed a proteome-wide analysis of how protein structure impacts sequence evolution for protein conformational switches in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using pooled analysis of sites with similar packing or burial...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329178/intraoperative-coronary-revision-but-not-coronary-pattern-is-associated-with-mortality-after-arterial-switch-operation%C3%A2
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Matteo Trezzi, Angelo Polito, Antonio Albano, Sonia B Albanese, Enrico Cetrano, Adriano Carotti
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine differences in baseline characteristics and clinical outcomes in a consecutive series of patients undergoing arterial switch operation (ASO), assessing the effect of coronary anatomy on postoperative mortality, both overall and adjusted for surgical era. METHODS: From January 2000 to May 2015, 283 consecutive patients underwent ASO for transposition of the great arteries. A total of 103 patients (36.4%) had an associated ventricular septal defect and 23 (8...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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