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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352714/effect-of-single-agent-daily-prednisone-on-outcomes-and-toxicities-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-pooled-analysis-of-prospective-studies
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Pooja Ghatalia, Gregory R Pond, Arnoud J Templeton, Guru Sonpavde
The clinical effect of prednisone in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is unknown. We performed a pooled analysis of control arms of randomized controlled trials that had or had not administered single-agent prednisone. Randomized controlled trials with a control arm that included single-agent placebo (or no anticancer therapy) or single-agent prednisone (with or without placebo) were eligible for analysis. Patients receiving prednisone combined with other agents in the control arm were excluded...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352682/are-allogeneic-transfusions-decreasing-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-patients-national-inpatient-sample-2009-2013
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Jaydev B Mistry, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Qais Naziri, Robert Pivec, Roby Abraham, Michael A Mont, Ronald E Delanois
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic transfusions are commonly used for substantial blood loss in total knee arthroplasty (TKA), but have been associated with adverse effects and increased costs. The purpose of this study is to provide a detailed description of (1) trends of allogeneic blood transfusion; (2) risk factors and adverse events; and (3) discharge disposition, length-of-stay (LOS), and cost/charge analysis for primary TKA patients who received an allogeneic blood transfusion from 2009-2013...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352670/poor-outcomes-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-at-dinnertime-in-the-elderly-diurnal-and-seasonal-variations
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Akira Yamashita, Tetsuo Maeda, Yasuhiro Myojo, Keisuke Ohta, Hideo Inaba
PURPOSE: To investigate differences in chronological variations in characteristics and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) between elderly and non-elderly patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed bystander-witnessed OHCAs without prehospital involvement of physicians between January 2007 and December 2014 in Japan. We considered the following time periods: night-time (23:00-5:59) and non-night-time; we further divided non-night-time into dinnertime (18:00-20:29) and other non-night-time...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352659/microwave-ablation-provides-better-survival-than-liver-resection-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-borderline-liver-function-application-of-albi-score-to-patient-selection
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Charing C N Chong, Kit-Fai Lee, Cheuk-Man Chu, Anthony W H Chan, John Wong, Stephen L Chan, Hon-Ting Lok, Andrew K Y Fung, Anthony K W Fong, Yue S Cheung, Simon C H Yu, Philip Johnson, Paul B S Lai
BACKGROUND: Studies comparing microwave ablation (MWA) and liver resection are lacking. This study evaluates the survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with liver resection or MWA and the role of Albumin-Bilirubin (ALBI) score in patient selection for treatments. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of patients who received curative liver resection or MWA for HCC. Propensity score matching was used at a 1:1 ratio. The value of ALBI grade for patient selection was evaluated...
January 15, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352655/legume-consumption-and-risk-of-all-cause-cardiovascular-and-cancer-mortality-in-the-predimed-study
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Christopher Papandreou, Nerea Becerra-Tomás, Mònica Bulló, Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Dolores Corella, Ramon Estruch, Emilio Ros, Fernando Arós, Helmut Schroder, Montserrat Fitó, Lluís Serra-Majem, José Lapetra, Miquel Fiol, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Jose V Sorli, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Limited prospective studies have examined the association between legumes consumption and mortality, whereas scarce, if at all, previous studies have evaluated such associations taking into consideration specific grain legumes. We aimed to investigate the association between total legumes consumption and grain legumes species (dry beans, chickpeas, lentils, and fresh peas) with all-cause, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and other-cause mortality among elderly Mediterranean individuals at high CVD risk...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352447/long-term-endocrine-effects-and-trends-in-body-mass-index-changes-in-patients-with-childhood-onset-brain-tumors
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Go Hun Seo, Jin-Ho Choi, Yoon-Myung Kim, Kyung-Nam Koh, Ho Joon Im, Young Shin Ra, Han-Wook Yoo
As survival rates have improved owing to advances in management strategies for pediatric brain tumors, long-term complications such as endocrine dysfunction, have emerged as a major issue. This study investigated the long-term endocrine effects of childhood-onset brain tumors in a large number of patients. This study included 151 patients with brain tumors diagnosed between January 1995 and December 2016. The following data were retrospectively reviewed: tumor location, tumor histology, endocrine abnormalities, hypothalamic involvement on brain imaging, treatment modalities, and trends in body mass index...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352421/predictors-of-insulin-initiation-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-an-analysis-of-the-look-ahead-randomized-trial
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Scott J Pilla, Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Stephen P Juraschek, Jeanne M Clark, Nisa M Maruthur
BACKGROUND: The decision to initiate insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes is a challenging escalation of care that requires an individualized approach. However, the sociodemographic and clinical factors affecting insulin initiation are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify patient factors that were independent predictors of insulin initiation among participants in the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a randomized clinical trial...
January 19, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352394/scarce-evidence-of-ozone-effect-on-recent-health-and-productivity-of-alpine-forests-a-case-study-in-trentino-n-italy
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Marco Ferretti, Giovanni Bacaro, Giorgio Brunialti, Mauro Confalonieri, Fabiana Cristofolini, Antonella Cristofori, Luisa Frati, Angelo Finco, Giacomo Gerosa, Simona Maccherini, Elena Gottardini
We investigated the significance of tropospheric ozone as a factor explaining recent tree health (in terms of defoliation) and productivity (in terms of basal area increment, BAI) in 15 ICP Forests level I and one level II plots in alpine forests in Trentino (N. Italy). Mean daily ozone summer concentrations varied between 30 and 72 parts per billion (ppb) leading to large exceedance of concentration-based critical levels set to protect forest trees. Phytoxic ozone dose (POD0) estimated at the level II plot over the period 1996-2009 was 31-61 mmol m-2 projected leaf area (PLA)...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352346/the-evolution-of-breast-reduction-publications-a-bibliometric-analysis
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Ümran Muslu
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to make a bibliometric analysis of the studies on breast reduction (BR) between the years 1980 and 2016 and identify important studies through trend topics as well as active authors, countries, universities, scientific journals, and citation and co-citation analyses about BR. BACKGROUND: Although BR looks like one of the cosmetic surgeries performed in order to restore the woman's appearance, in fact it is a reconstructive surgery that eliminates back pain, stance disorder, headache, shoulder pain, back and cervical disk hernia, difficulty in breathing, hollowness caused by bra straps, hygiene problems under breasts (e...
January 19, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352306/prognostic-and-predictive-role-of-egfr-pathway-alterations-in-biliary-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy-and-anti-egfr
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Caterina Peraldo-Neia, Giuliana Cavalloni, Elisabetta Fenocchio, Celeste Cagnazzo, Loretta Gammaitoni, Stefano Cereda, Guglielmo Nasti, Maria Antonietta Satolli, Giuseppe Aprile, Michele Reni, Antonio Avallone, Rosella Spadi, Tiziana Venesio, Vittoria Martin, Claudio Doglioni, Milo Frattini, Massimo Aglietta, Francesco Leone
The association of anti-EGFR to gemcitabine and oxaliplatin (GEMOX) chemotherapy did not improve survival in biliary tract carcinoma (BTC) patients. Multiple mechanisms might be involved in the resistance to anti-EGFR. Here, we explored the mutation profile of EGFR extracellular domain (ECD), of tyrosine kinase domain (TKD), and its amplification status. EGFR mutational status of exons 12, 18-21 was analyzed in 57 tumors by Sanger sequencing. EGFR amplification was evaluated in 37 tumors by Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351960/the-impact-of-diabetes-on-breast-cancer-treatments-and-outcomes-a-population-based-study
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Iliana C Lega, Peter C Austin, Hadas D Fischer, Kinwah Fung, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Eitan Amir, Lorraine L Lipscombe
OBJECTIVE: Women with breast cancer and diabetes face worse outcomes than those with breast cancer without diabetes; however, the contribution of comorbidity to these disparities remains unclear. We evaluated the impact of diabetes on receipt of cancer treatments as well as mortality while accounting for other comorbidities. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Ontario administrative databases were used to compare the rate of receipt of breast cancer treatments between women with and without diabetes...
January 19, 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351890/evolutionary-mechanisms-studied-through-protein-fitness-landscapes
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REVIEW
Aneth S Canale, Pamela A Cote-Hammarlof, Julia M Flynn, Daniel Na Bolon
Biology has, and continues to be, shaped by evolutionary mechanisms. Within the past decade, local fitness landscapes have become experimentally tractable and are providing new perspectives on evolutionary mechanisms. Powered by next-generation sequencing, the impacts of all individual amino acid substitutions on function have been quantified for dozens of proteins. These fitness maps have been utilized to investigate the biophysical underpinnings of existing protein function as well as the appearance and enhancement of new protein functions...
January 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351888/distribution-and-availability-of-mercury-and-methylmercury-in-different-waters-from-the-rio-madeira-basin-amazon
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Miguel Vieira, José V E Bernardi, José G Dórea, Bruno C P Rocha, Romulo Ribeiro, Luis F Zara
Waters from the Amazon Basin have distinct physicochemical characteristics that can be optically classified as "black", "clear" and "white". We studied the distribution of total-Hg (THg) and methyl-Hg (MeHg) in these waters and respective suspended solids, sediment, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthic macroinvertebrates (BM) in the Madeira River Basin. Compared with the other types of water, the more acidic "black" kind had the highest THg and MeHg concentrations. The trend (black > clear > white) occurred for the concentrations of THg and MeHg in sediments and in the biotic compartment (plankton, macroinvertebrates)...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351856/high-density-lipoprotein-with-apolipoprotein-c-iii-is-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-among-generally-healthy-individuals
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Rain Yamamoto, Frank M Sacks, Frank B Hu, Bernard Rosner, Jeremy D Furtado, Sarah A Aroner, Ele Ferrannini, Simona Baldi, Michaela Kozakova, Beverley Balkau, Andrea Natali, Majken K Jensen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: About 6-7% of high density lipoprotein (HDL) has a protein called apolipoprotein (apo) C-III that regulates lipoprotein metabolism and can provoke an inflammatory response. HDL without apoC-III is inversely associated with coronary heart disease (CHD), whereas HDL with apoC-III is directly associated with CHD. We investigated how the presence of apoC-III affects the association between HDL and early stages of atherosclerosis measured as carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT)...
January 2, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351800/drug-resistance-genes-pvcrt-o-and-pvmdr-1-polymorphism-in-patients-from-malaria-endemic-south-western-coastal-region-of-india
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Shiny Joy, Benudhar Mukhi, Susanta K Ghosh, Rajeshwara N Achur, D Channe Gowda, Namita Surolia
BACKGROUND: Malaria is highly prevalent in many parts of India and is mostly caused by the parasite species Plasmodium vivax followed by Plasmodium falciparum. Chloroquine (CQ) is the first-line treatment for blood stage P. vivax parasites, but cases of drug resistance to CQ have been reported from India. One of the surveillance strategies which is used to monitor CQ drug resistance, is the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the associated gene markers. Susceptibility to CQ can also be determined by copy number assessment of multidrug resistant gene (mdr-1)...
January 19, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351772/effect-of-an-interactive-e-learning-tool-for-delirium-on-patient-and-nursing-outcomes-in-a-geriatric-hospital-setting-findings-of-a-before-after-study
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Elke Detroyer, Fabienne Dobbels, Andrew Teodorczuk, Mieke Deschodt, Yves Depaifve, Etienne Joosten, Koen Milisen
BACKGROUND: Education of healthcare workers is a core element of multicomponent delirium strategies to improve delirium care and, consequently, patient outcomes. However, traditional educational strategies are notoriously difficult to implement. E-learning is hypothesised to be easier and more cost effective, but research evaluating effectiveness of delirium education through e-learning is scarce at present. Aim is to determine the effect of a nursing e-learning tool for delirium on: (1) in-hospital prevalence, duration and severity of delirium or mortality in hospitalized geriatric patients, and (2) geriatric nurses' knowledge and recognition regarding delirium...
January 19, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351630/prevalence-and-trends-of-transfusion-transmittable-infections-among-blood-donors-in-southwest-china
#17
Ting Xu, Zhong-Mei Yi, Jun-Mei Luo, He-Lian Yu, Ya-Han Fan, Hua Lu, Shu-Ming Zhao, Tian-Lun Jiang
Background: The high prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs) is causing serious harm to human health worldwide. The aim of this research was to assess the prevalence and influencing factors of TTIs in Southwest China. Methods: A retrospective study of blood donor records from January 2008 to December 2015 was conducted. All samples were screened for HBV, HCV, HIV and syphilis. The donor's data was recorded and analyzed statistically using SPSS software...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351607/sector-wide-or-disease-specific-implications-of-trends-in-development-assistance-for-health-for-the-sdg-era
#18
Anne L Buffardi
The record of the Millennium Development Goals broadly reflects the trade-offs of disease-specific financing: substantial progress in particular areas, facilitated by time-bound targets that are easy to measure and communicate, which shifted attention and resources away from other areas, masked inequalities and exacerbated fragmentation. In many ways, the Sustainable Development Goals reflect a profound shift towards a more holistic, system-wide approach. To inform responses to this shift, this article builds upon existing work on aggregate trends in donor financing, bringing together what have largely been disparate analyses of sector-wide and disease-specific financing approaches...
January 16, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351561/preconception-use-of-cart-by-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-increases-the-risk-of-infants-being-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Ingrid J M Snijdewind, Colette Smit, Mieke H Godfried, Rachel Bakker, Jeannine F J B Nellen, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Elisabeth van Leeuwen, Peter Reiss, Eric A P Steegers, Marchina E van der Ende
BACKGROUND: The benefits of combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive pregnant women (improved maternal health and prevention of mother to child transmission [pMTCT]) currently outweigh the adverse effects due to cART. As the variety of cART increases, however, the question arises as to which type of cART is safest for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. We studied the effect of timing and exposure to different classes of cART on adverse birth outcomes in a large HIV cohort in the Netherlands...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351559/characterisation-of-ictal-and-interictal-states-of-epilepsy-a-system-dynamic-approach-of-principal-dynamic-modes-analysis
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Zabit Hameed, Saqib Saleem, Jawad Mirza, Muhammad Salman Mustafa, Qamar-Ul-Islam
Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterised by the recurrent and unpredictable interruptions of normal brain function, called epileptic seizures. The present study attempts to derive new diagnostic indices which may delineate between ictal and interictal states of epilepsy. To achieve this, the nonlinear modeling approach of global principal dynamic modes (PDMs) is adopted to examine the functional connectivity of the temporal and frontal lobes with the occipital brain segment using an ensemble of paediatric EEGs having the presence of epileptic seizure...
2018: PloS One
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