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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918555/prognostic-factors-for-mortality-in-middle-aged-and-older-hemodialysis-patients-a-5-year-observational-study
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Kojiro Nagai, Motokazu Matsuura, Kenji Tsuchida, Hiro-Omi Kanayama, Toshio Doi, Jun Minakuchi
Clinical guidelines for hemodialysis therapy have been described in an evidence-based manner with most evidence from randomized control trials or retrospective studies in which all generations of the hemodialysis patients were enrolled. Therefore, the question still remains whether these guidelines can be applied to increasing older patients. This study is an observational study, including 735 patients who received maintenance hemodialysis in April 2006. At baseline, the participants' age was 62.1 ± 12...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918533/the-associations-between-dietary-patterns-and-bone-health-according-to-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-t869%C3%A2-c-polymorphism-in-postmenopausal-iranian-women
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Sajjad Moradi, Leila Khorrami-Nezhad, Sima Ali-Akbar, Fatemeh Zare, Tanaz Alipour, Azadeh Dehghani Kari Bozorg, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Zhila Maghbooli, Khadijeh Mirzaei
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have shown that dietary variants and genetic variants play a decisive role in the risk of developing osteoporosis. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to examine associations between dietary pattern and bone health, according to the TGF-β1 T869→C polymorphism, in postmenopausal Iranian women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 264 postmenopausal women aged from 46 to 78 years were examined. Body composition was measured by a body composition analyzer and physical activity by the short-form physical activity questionnaire...
September 16, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918492/decreased-plasma-neuregulin-4-concentration-is-associated-with-increased-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-in-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pi-Jun Yan, Yong Xu, Qin Wan, Jian Feng, Hua Li, Chen-Lin Gao, Jun Yang, Hai-Hua Zhong, Zhi-Hong Zhang
AIMS: Inflammation has been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This principal objective of this study was to investigate if the secretion of neuregulin 4 (Nrg4), a soluble protein associated with metabolic syndrome and subclinical cardiovascular disease, is correlated with the inflammation marker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (nT2DM). METHODS: A study group of 311 nT2DM patients was divided into three subgroups based on hs-CRP tertiles...
September 16, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918487/clinical-risk-stratification-of-paediatric-renal-transplant-recipients-using-c1q-and-c3d-fixing-of-de-novo-donor-specific-antibodies
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Jon Jin Kim, Olivia Shaw, Chloe Martin, George Michaelides, Ramnath Balasubramaniam, Neil J Sebire, Nizam Mamode, Anthony Dorling, Robert Vaughan, Stephen D Marks
INTRODUCTION: We have previously shown that children who developed de novo donor-specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSA) had greater decline in allograft function. We hypothesised that patients with complement-activating DSA would have poorer renal allograft outcomes. METHODS: A total of 75 children developed DSA in the original study. The first positive DSA sample was subsequently tested for C1q and C3d fixing. The primary event was defined as 50% reduction from baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate and was analysed using the Kaplan-Meier estimator...
September 16, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918461/ethnic-differences-in-maternal-near-miss
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Karayna Gil Fernandes, Renato Teixeira Souza, Maria Carmo Leal, Erly C Moura, Leonor M Santos, Jose Guilherme Cecatti
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between ethnic differences and the occurrence of maternal near miss (MNM) in the Amazon and Northeast regions of Brazil. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a national cross-sectional study focused on the assessment of care to pregnancy, childbirth, and infants under 1 year of age. Ethnicity was classified as white, black or indigenous. Ethnic distribution by state and region, the proportion of severe maternal complications and related procedures, and the prevalence of MNM and its criteria were calculated for the ethnic groups...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918439/the-gulf-oil-spill-miscarriage-and-infertility-the-growh-study
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Emily W Harville, Arti Shankar, Leah Zilversmit, Pierre Buekens
PURPOSE: To examine whether reported exposure to the Gulf oil spill (2010) was related to reproductive reported miscarriage or infertility. METHODS: 1524 women aged 18-45 recruited through prenatal and Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) clinics, and community events were interviewed about their experience of the oil spill and reproductive history. 1434 women had information on outcomes of at least one pregnancy, and 633 on a pregnancy both before and after the spill...
September 16, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918411/combining-cd4-recovery-and-cd4-cd8-ratio-restoration-as-an-indicator-for-evaluating-the-outcome-of-continued-antiretroviral-therapy-an-observational-cohort-study
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Shui Shan Lee, Ngai Sze Wong, Bonnie Chun Kwan Wong, Ka Hing Wong, Kenny Chi Wai Chan
OBJECTIVES: Immune recovery following highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is commonly assessed by the degree of CD4 reconstitution alone. In this study, we aimed to assess immune recovery by incorporating both CD4 count and CD4:CD8 ratio. DESIGN: Observational cohort study SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Clinical data from Chinese HIV-positive patients attending the largest HIV service in Hong Kong and who had been on HAART for ≥4 years were accessed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Optimal immune outcome was defined as a combination of a CD4 count ≥500/μL and a CD4:CD8 ratio ≥0...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918407/burden-of-non-adherence-to-latent-tuberculosis-infection-drug-therapy-and-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-adherence-interventions-in-canada-a-simulation-study
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Anik R Patel, Jonathon R Campbell, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Fawziah Marra, James C Johnston, Kirsten Smillie, Richard T Lester
OBJECTIVE: Pharmaceutical treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) reduces the risk of progression to active tuberculosis (TB); however, poor adherence tempers the protective effect. We aimed to estimate the health burden of non-adherence, the maximum allowable cost of hypothetical new adherence interventions to be cost-effective and the potential value of existing adherence interventions for patients with low-risk LTBI in Canada. DESIGN: A microsimulation model of LTBI progression over 25 years...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918391/genetic-polymorphisms-associated-with-the-risk-of-concussion-in-1056-college-athletes-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
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Thomas Roland Terrell, Ruth Abramson, Jeffery T Barth, Ellen Bennett, Robert C Cantu, Richard Sloane, Daniel T Laskowitz, David M Erlanger, Douglas McKeag, Gregory Nichols, Verle Valentine, Leslie Galloway
BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate the association of genetic polymorphisms APOE, APOE G-219T promoter, microtubule associated protein(MAPT)/tau exon 6 Ser(53)Pro, MAPT/tau Hist(47)Tyr, IL-6572 G/C and IL-6R(Asp)358(Ala) with the risk of concussion in college athletes. METHODS: A 23-centre prospective cohort study of 1056 college athletes with genotyping was completed between August 2003 and December 2012. All athletes completed baseline medical and concussion questionnaires, and post-concussion data were collected for athletes with a documented concussion...
September 16, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918332/control-of-absence-epilepsy-seizures-in-specific-relay-nuclei-of-thalamus
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Bing Hu, Xiaoqiang Zou, Yu Guo, Zhejia Yang, Feng Shi, Wangyuan Dong
In this paper, we used a classic basal ganglia-corticothalamic model(BGCT) to study the onset and control mechanism of absence epilepsy in specific relay nuclei (SRN) of thalamus. It was found that the seizure state may appear in SRN by turning the coupling strength -vsr and signal transmission delay τ on the route "Thalamic reticular nuclei (TRN) of thalamus ⟶ SRN ". With increasing of -vsr, the seizure state appeared two times, and its onset mechanism has not been discussed in previous studies. The seizure activity can be well controlled by adjusting the activation level of the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr) in basal ganglia, which is a main output tissue to the corticothalamic system through two direct inhibitory pathways "SNr ⟶ SRN" and "SNr ⟶ TRN " in our model...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918310/effect-of-eplerenone-on-markers-of-bone-turnover-in-patients-with-primary-hyperparathyroidism-the-randomized-placebo-controlled-epath-trial
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Nicolas Verheyen, Martin R Grübler, Andreas Meinitzer, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Karin Amrein, Hans P Dimai, Winfried März, Cristiana Catena, Dirk von Lewinski, Jakob Voelkl, Ioana Alesutan, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer, Helmut Brussee, Stefan Pilz, Andreas Tomaschitz
Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonism may affect bone turnover via direct and indirect pathways involving parathyroid hormone, but randomized controlled trials are lacking. In a pre-specified analysis of the "Eplerenone in primary hyperparathyroidism" placebo-controlled, randomized trial (ISRCTN 33941607), effects of eight weeks MR-blockade with eplerenone on bone turnover markers in 97 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism were tested. Mean age was 67.5±9.5years, and 76 (78.4%) were females. In analysis of covariance with adjustment for baseline values, eplerenone had no significant effect on isoform 5b of the tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), beta-crosslaps, N-terminal propeptide of procollagen type 1 (P1NP), osteocalcin and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase...
September 13, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918307/an-application-of-bandura-s-four-sources-of-self-efficacy-to-the-self-management-of-type-2-diabetes-in-people-with-intellectual-disability-an-inductive-and-deductive-thematic-analysis
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Andrew Maine, Adele Dickson, Maria Truesdale, Michael Brown
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the successful experiences and positive perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) self-managing Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). This study sought to address this gap using Bandura's (1977) 'Four Sources of Self-Efficacy' as a framework of enquiry. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 adults with ID. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using inductive and deductive thematic analysis RESULTS: Nine sub-themes were identified following analysis of the data: 1) Mastery through knowledge; 2) Mastery through tools and strategies; 3) Mastery through autonomy; 4) Influence of social setting; 5) Positive social comparisons; 6) Positive and negative self-statements; 7) Feedback from caregivers; 8) Adjustment experiences; 9) Symptom awareness...
September 14, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918265/amorphous-liquid-metal-electrodes-enabled-conformable-electrochemical-therapy-of-tumors
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Xuyang Sun, Bo Yuan, Wei Rao, Jing Liu
Electrochemical treatment of tumors (EChT) has recently been identified as a very effective way for local tumor therapy. However, hindered by the limited effective area of a single rigid electrode, multiple electrodes are often recruited when tackling large tumors, where too many electrodes not only complicate the clinical procedures but also aggravate patients' pain. Here we present a new conceptual electric stimulation tumor therapy through introducing the injectable liquid metal electrodes, which can adapt to complex tumor shapes so as to achieve desired therapeutic performance...
September 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918233/the-role-of-callous-unemotional-traits-in-mediating-the-association-between-animal-abuse-exposure-and-behavior-problems-among-children-exposed-to-intimate-partner-violence
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Shelby Elaine McDonald, Julia Dmitrieva, Sunny Shin, Stephanie A Hitti, Sandra A Graham-Bermann, Frank R Ascione, James Herbert Williams
Children exposed to intimate partner violence are at increased risk for concomitant exposure to maltreatment of companion animals. There is emerging evidence that childhood exposure to maltreatment of companion animals is associated with psychopathology in childhood and adulthood. However, few studies have explored developmental factors that might help to explain pathways from animal maltreatment exposure to children's maladjustment. The present study addresses this gap in the literature by examining relations between children's exposure to animal maltreatment, callous/unemotional traits (i...
September 14, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918224/driving-on-urban-roads-how-we-come-to-expect-the-correct-speed
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Samuel G Charlton, Nicola J Starkey
The subjective categories that drivers use to distinguish between different road types have been shown to influence the speeds they choose to drive but as yet we do not understand the road features that drivers use to make their discriminations. To better understand how drivers describe and categorise the roads they drive, 55 participants were recruited to drive a video of familiar urban roads in a driving simulator at the speed they would drive these roads in their own cars (using the accelerator and brake pedal in the driving simulator to adjust their speed)...
September 14, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918207/the-association-between-cardiac-physiology-acquired-brain-injury-and-postnatal-brain-growth-in-critical-congenital-heart-disease
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Shabnam Peyvandi, Hosung Kim, Joanne Lau, A James Barkovich, Andrew Campbell, Steven Miller, Duan Xu, Patrick McQuillen
OBJECTIVE: To assess the trajectory of perioperative brain growth in relationship to cardiac diagnosis and acquired brain injuries. METHODS: This was a cohort study of term neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Subjects underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain pre- and postoperatively to determine the severity of brain injury and total and regional brain volumes by the use of automated morphometry...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918203/short-term-effects-of-preoperative-beta-blocker-use-for-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Liangshan Wang, Hong Wang, Xiaotong Hou
OBJECTIVE: The use of preoperative beta-blockers has been used as a quality standard for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the benefits of beta-blockers use before CABG remain controversial. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the short-term effects of preoperative beta-blocker use for patients undergoing isolated CABG. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for English articles published from inception to August 16, 2016...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918186/health-related-quality-of-life-in-melanoma-patients-impact-of-melanoma-related-limb-lymphoedema
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Caroline A Gjorup, Mogens Groenvold, Helle W Hendel, Karin Dahlstroem, Krzysztof T Drzewiecki, Tobias W Klausen, Lisbet R Hölmich
AIM: To explore health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in recurrence-free melanoma patients, with a focus on the association between melanoma-related limb lymphoedema and HRQoL. METHODS: HRQoL was evaluated using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30), the breast cancer module (EORTC QLQ-BR23) subscales body image and future perspective, the Functional Assessment for Cancer Therapy-General subscale social/family well-being and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918168/adherence-to-a-mediterranean-diet-is-associated-with-lower-incidence-of-frailty-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Nicola Veronese, Brendon Stubbs, Marianna Noale, Marco Solmi, Renè Rizzoli, Alberto Vaona, Jacopo Demurtas, Gaetano Crepaldi, Stefania Maggi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is a paucity of data investigating the relationship between the Mediterranean diet and frailty, with no data among North American people. We aimed to investigate if adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower incidence of frailty in a large cohort of North American people. METHODS: This study included subjects at higher risk or having knee osteoarthritis. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was evaluated using a validated Mediterranean diet score (aMED) as proposed by Panagiotakos and classified into five categories...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918145/short-communication-relationship-between-methods-for-measurement-of-serum-electrolytes-and-the-relationship-between-ionized-and-total-calcium-and-neutrophil-oxidative-burst-activity-in-early-postpartum-dairy-cows
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B M Leno, E M Martens, M J B Felippe, K P Zanzalari, J C Lawrence, T R Overton
The objectives of this study were to (1) compare a test for serum measurement of total Ca (tCa), Mg, and P (VetTest Chemistry Analyzer, IDEXX Laboratories Inc., Westbrook, ME) to reference methods (spectrophotometric assays on a Beckman Coulter 640e automated clinical chemistry analyzer; Beckman Coulter, Brea, CA), (2) determine the relationship between ionized Ca (iCa) and reference method tCa in the immediate postpartum period, and (3) assess the relative value of these blood Ca indices as predictors of neutrophil oxidative burst activity...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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