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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817686/use-of-phosphodiesterase-inhibitors-and-prevalence-of-self-reported-glaucoma-in-the-united-states
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Stephanie P Chen, Kuldev Singh, Shan C Lin
OBJECTIVE: While decreased ocular blood flow is thought to be a possible contributor to glaucoma pathogenesis, it is unclear what role systemic phosphodiesterase inhibitors (PDEi) play. We performed a cross-sectional study of a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population to investigate the relationship between the most commonly used PDEi, sildenafil and theophylline, and self-reported glaucoma. METHODS: We used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2008 cycles for this observational study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817491/speed-of-improvement-in-symptoms-of-depression-with-desvenlafaxine-50-mg-and-100-mg-compared-with-placebo-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Martin A Katzman, Andrew A Nierenberg, Dalia B Wajsbrot, Ellen Meier, Rita Prieto, Elizabeth Pappadopulos, Joan Mackell, Matthieu Boucher
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: This post hoc analysis examined the time point at which clinically significant improvement in major depressive disorder (MDD) symptoms occurs with desvenlafaxine versus placebo. METHODS: Data were pooled from 9 short-term, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in adults with MDD randomly assigned to desvenlafaxine 50 mg/d, 100 mg/d, or placebo. A mixed-effects model for repeated-measures analysis of change from baseline score was used to determine the time point at which desvenlafaxine treatment groups separated from placebo on the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression and psychosocial outcomes...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817335/killed-by-police-validity-of-media-based-data-and-misclassification-of-death-certificates-in-massachusetts-2004-2016
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Justin M Feldman, Sofia Gruskin, Brent A Coull, Nancy Krieger
OBJECTIVES: To assess the validity of demographic data reported in news media-based data sets for persons killed by police in Massachusetts (2004-2016) and to evaluate misclassification of these deaths in vital statistics mortality data. METHODS: We identified 84 deaths resulting from police intervention in 4 news media-based data sources (WGBH News, Fatal Encounters, The Guardian, and The Washington Post) and, via record linkage, conducted matched-pair analyses with the Massachusetts mortality data...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817333/the-epidemic-of-despair-among-white-americans-trends-in-the-leading-causes-of-premature-death-1999-2015
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Elizabeth M Stein, Keith P Gennuso, Donna C Ugboaja, Patrick L Remington
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate trends in premature death rates by cause of death, age, race, and urbanization level in the United States. METHODS: We calculated cause-specific death rates using the Compressed Mortality File, National Center for Health Statistics data for adults aged 25 to 64 years in 2 time periods: 1999 to 2001 and 2013 to 2015. We defined 48 subpopulations by 10-year age groups, race/ethnicity, and county urbanization level (large urban, suburban, small or medium metropolitan, and rural)...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817331/urban-rural-differences-in-suicide-in-the-state-of-maryland-the-role-of-firearms
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Paul S Nestadt, Patrick Triplett, David R Fowler, Ramin Mojtabai
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether the use of firearms explains rural-urban differences in suicide rates. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis on all 6196 well-characterized adult suicides in Maryland from 2003 through 2015. We computed rate ratios by using census data and then stratified by sex, with adjustment for age and race. RESULTS: Suicide rates were higher in rural compared with urban counties. However, the higher rural suicide rates were limited to firearm suicides (incident rate ratio [IRR] = 1...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817329/assessing-years-of-life-lost-versus-number-of-deaths-in-the-united-states-1995-2015
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Glen B Taksler, Michael B Rothberg
OBJECTIVES: To assess years of life lost to each cause of death in the United States between 1995 and 2015, and compare it with the number of deaths. METHODS: We used Vital Statistics mortality data and defined "life-years lost" as remaining life expectancy for each decedent's age, sex, and race. We calculated the share of life-years lost to each cause of death in each year, and examined reasons for changes. RESULTS: In 2015, heart disease caused the most deaths, but cancer caused 23% more life-years lost...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817299/how-do-medicare-advantage-beneficiary-payments-vary-with-tenure
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Paul D Jacobs, Eamon Molloy
OBJECTIVES: To compare how premiums and expected out-of-pocket medical costs (OOPC) vary with the length of time Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries have been enrolled in their plans. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive and fixed effects regression analyses. METHODS: Using linked administrative enrollment and plan data, we compared the costs of the MA plans that beneficiaries chose with the costs of other plans available to them. We show predicted values adjusted for age, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, individual health risk, presence of mental health diagnoses, health plan quality, relative size of the plan's provider network, and the number of years continuously enrolled in the same plan...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817235/discrepant-hpv-cytology-cotesting-results-are-there-differences-between-cytology-negative-versus-hpv-negative-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia
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Jessica M Tracht, Antoinette D Davis, Danielle N Fasciano, Isam-Eldin A Eltoum
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to compare cervical high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions subcategorized as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia-3 (CIN-3)-positive after a negative cytology result but positive for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) testing to those with a negative HR-HPV test but positive cytology (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance [ASCUS]-positive/HPV-negative) and to assess reasons for discrepancies. METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed women who underwent screening with cytology and HPV testing from 2010 through 2013...
August 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817182/centralized-patient-reported-outcome-data-collection-in-transplantation-is-feasible-and-clinically-meaningful
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Bronwen E Shaw, Ruta Brazauskas, Heather R Millard, Rachel Fonstad, Kathryn E Flynn, Amy Abernethy, Jenny Vogel, Charney Petroske, Deborah Mattila, Rebecca Drexler, Stephanie J Lee, Mary M Horowitz, J Douglas Rizzo
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) cures many patients, but often with the risk of late effects and impaired quality of life. The value of quantifying patient-reported outcomes (PROs) is increasingly being recognized, but the routine collection of PROs is uncommon. This study evaluated the feasibility of prospective PRO collection by an outcome registry at multiple time points from unselected HCT patients undergoing transplantation at centers contributing clinical data to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), and then it correlated the PRO data with clinical and demographic data...
August 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816720/racial-inequities-in-hiv-prevalence-and-composition-of-risk-networks-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-hptn-037
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Florence Momplaisir, Mustafa Hussein, Danielle Tobin-Fiore, Laramie Smith, David Bennett, Carl Latkin, David S Metzger
BACKGROUND: HIV prevention interventions in the U.S. have failed to eliminate racial inequities. Here, we evaluate factors associated with racial inequities in HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID) using HIV Prevention Trial Network 037 data. METHODS: We measured racial homophily (i.e., all members share the same race), being in an HIV+ network (network with ≥ 1 HIV+ member) and drug and sex risk behaviors. A two-level logistic regression with a random intercept evaluated the association between being in an HIV+ network and race adjusting for individual and network-level factors...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816468/student-threat-assessment-as-a-standard-school-safety-practice-results-from-a-statewide-implementation-study
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Dewey Cornell, Jennifer L Maeng, Anna Grace Burnette, Yuane Jia, Francis Huang, Timothy Konold, Pooja Datta, Marisa Malone, Patrick Meyer
Threat assessment has been widely endorsed as a school safety practice, but there is little research on its implementation. In 2013, Virginia became the first state to mandate student threat assessment in its public schools. The purpose of this study was to examine the statewide implementation of threat assessment and to identify how threat assessment teams distinguish serious from nonserious threats. The sample consisted of 1,865 threat assessment cases reported by 785 elementary, middle, and high schools...
August 17, 2017: School Psychology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815987/health-related-quality-of-life-in-randomized-controlled-trials-of-lorcaserin-for-obesity-management-what-mediates-improvement
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R L Kolotkin, R D Crosby, Z Wang
Lorcaserin, plus diet and exercise, has demonstrated significant weight loss and improved cardiometabolic parameters vs. placebo in patients with overweight/obesity in three randomized, placebo-controlled trials. We examined whether lorcaserin is also associated with greater improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and whether these improvements are wholly attributable to weight loss. Pooled data from Behavioral Modification and Lorcaserin for Overweight and Obesity Management (BLOOM), Behavioral Modification and Lorcaserin Second Study for Obesity Management (BLOSSOM) and BLOOM-Diabetes Mellitus (BLOOM-DM) trials were analysed (n = 5624)...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815831/prognostic-significance-of-kadish-staging-in-esthesioneuroblastoma-an-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
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Neeraja Konuthula, Alfred M Iloreta, Brett Miles, Ryan Rhome, Umut Ozbek, Eric M Genden, Marshall Posner, Krzysztof Misiukiewicz, Satish Govindaraj, Raj Shrivastava, Vishal Gupta, Richard L Bakst
BACKGROUND: Given the rarity of esthesioneuroblastoma, it is difficult to validate a staging system. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of the Kadish staging system in esthesioneuroblastoma using the National Cancer Database (NCDB). METHODS: One thousand one hundred sixty-seven patients with esthesioneuroblastoma were identified from the NCDB. RESULTS: Five-year survival was 80.0% for Kadish A, 87.7% for Kadish B, 77...
August 17, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815821/infant-feeding-patterns-and-eczema-in-children-in-the-first-6-years-of-life
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Nelís Soto-Ramírez, Suryatapa Kar, Hongmei Zhang, Wilfried Karmaus
BACKGROUND: Modes of infant feeding such as direct and indirect breastfeeding, and formula feeding, and their combinations may play a role in child health. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate which feeding patterns in the first six months pose risks for eczema/skin allergy in children up to 6 years compared to direct breastfeeding for at least 3 months. METHODS: The Infant Feeding Practices Study II in the United States and its 6-year follow-up provided data on feeding modes in infancy and doctor's diagnosed eczema/skin allergy in the first 6 years of life (1,387 infants), based on parental reports...
August 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815618/effect-on-gene-expression-of-three-allelic-variants-in-gata-motifs-of-abo-rhd-and-rhce-regulatory-elements
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Katie Fennell, Roser Hoffman, Ken Yoshida, Sadahiko Iwamoto, Lavendri Govender, Kuben Vather, Ashika Sookraj, Ute Jentsch, Chantale Pambrun, Catherine McAuley, Margaret A Keller, Gorka Ochoa-Garay
BACKGROUND: Only a few genetic variants have been reported in regulatory elements of blood group genes. Most of them affect GATA motifs, binding sites for the GATA-1 transcription factor. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Samples from two patients and one donor with unusual or discrepant serology for ABO, RhD, and RhCE antigens were analyzed by DNA sequencing. Analyzed regions included the coding sequence and portions of regulatory elements. The effect of some variants on gene expression was evaluated in reporter gene assays...
August 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815617/disparities-in-sinonasal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-short-and-long-term-outcomes-analysis-from-the-national-cancer-database
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Ryan M Carey, Arjun K Parasher, Alan D Workman, Carol H Yan, Jordan T Glicksman, Jinbo Chen, James N Palmer, Nithin D Adappa, Jason G Newman, Jason A Brant
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To examine sociodemographic, hospital-specific, and disease-related characteristics in relation to outcomes in sinonasal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). STUDY DESIGN: The National Cancer Database was queried for location codes corresponding to the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses and histology codes representing SCC malignancy. Multivariate analyses were performed against short- and long-term outcomes (overall survival, days to discharge, 30-day readmission, and 30- and 90-day mortality)...
August 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814982/cord-blood-dna-methylation-and-adiposity-measures-in-early-and-mid-childhood
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Jacob K Kresovich, Yinan Zheng, Andres Cardenas, Brian T Joyce, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Emily Oken, Matthew W Gillman, Marie-France Hivert, Andrea A Baccarelli, Lifang Hou
BACKGROUND: Excess adiposity in childhood is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes. As this condition is difficult to treat once present, identification of risk early in life can help inform and implement strategies to prevent the onset of the condition. We performed an epigenome-wide association study to prospectively investigate the relationship between cord blood DNA methylation and adiposity measurements in childhood. METHODS: We measured genome-wide DNA methylation from 478 children in cord blood and measured overall and central adiposity via skinfold caliper measurements in early (range 3...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814910/a-15-year-review-of-the-stanford-internal-medicine-residency-program-predictors-of-resident-satisfaction-and-dissatisfaction
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James S Kahn, Ronald M Witteles, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Sumbul A Desai, Errol Ozdalga, Paul A Heidenreich
INTRODUCTION: Satisfaction with training and with educational experiences represents important internal medicine (IM) programmatic goals. Graduates from IM residency programs are uniquely poised to provide insights into their educational and training experiences and to assess whether these experiences were satisfactory and relevant to their current employment. METHODS: We surveyed former IM residents from the training program held during the years 2000-2015 at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814646/the-intracellular-immune-receptor-sw-5b-confers-broad-spectrum-resistance-to-tospoviruses-through-recognition-of-a-conserved-21-amino-acid-viral-effector-epitope
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Min Zhu, Lei Jiang, Baohui Bai, Wenyang Zhao, Xiaojiao Chen, Jia Li, Yong Liu, Zhengqiang Chen, Boting Wang, Chunli Wang, Qian Wu, Qian-Hua Shen, Savithramma P Dinesh-Kumar, Xiaorong Tao
Plants use both cell surface-resident pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) and intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) receptors to detect various pathogens. Plant PRRs typically recognize conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) to provide broad-spectrum resistance. By contrast, plant NLRs generally detect pathogen strain-specific effectors and confer race-specific resistance. Here, we demonstrate that the tomato NLR Sw-5b confers broad-spectrum resistance against American type tospoviruses by recognizing a conserved 21-amino-acid peptide region within viral movement protein NSm (NSm21)...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814516/baculovirus-molecular-evolution-via-gene-turnover-and-recurrent-positive-selection-of-key-genes
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Tom Hill, Robert L Unckless
Hosts and viruses are locked in an evolutionary arms race. Hosts are constantly evolving to suppress virulence and replication, while viruses, reliant on host machinery for survival and reproduction, develop counter-strategies to escape this immune defense. Viruses must also adapt to novel conditions when establishing themselves in a host species. Both processes provide strong selection for viral adaptation. Understanding adaptive evolution in insect viruses can help us better understand adaptive evolution in general, and is important due to their use as biocontrol agents, and for protecting ecologically or economically important species from outbreaks...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
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