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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351117/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-untreated-achalasia
#1
Han Ho Jeon, Jie-Hyun Kim, Young Hoon Youn, Hyojin Park, Jeffrey L Conklin
Background/Aims: Patients with untreated achalasia frequently complain of heartburn and regurgitation. The diagnosis of achalasia might be delayed because these symptoms are misinterpreted as gastroesophageal reflux. We aim to evaluate the clinical presentation, radiologic, and manometric findings in patient untreated achalasia. Methods: The records of patients diagnosed with primary achalasia between July 2004 and January 2012 at Gangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea were evaluated...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351116/management-of-people-with-early-or-very-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
#2
REVIEW
Avik Majumdar, Davide Roccarina, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) is classified in many ways. The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) group staging classifies the cancer based on patient's life expectancy. People with very early- or early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma have single tumour or three tumours of maximum diameter of 3 cm or less, Child-Pugh status A to B, and performance status 0 (fully functional). Management of hepatocellular carcinoma is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the comparative benefits and harms of different interventions used in the treatment of early or very early hepatocellular carcinoma through a network meta-analysis and to generate rankings of the available interventions according to their safety and efficacy...
March 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351094/overexpression-of-lncrna-hotair-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-thyroid-carcinoma-a-study-based-on-tcga-and-geo-data
#3
Hong-Mei Li, Hong Yang, Dong-Yue Wen, Yi-Huan Luo, Chun-Yan Liang, Deng-Hua Pan, Wei Ma, Gang Chen, Yun He, Jun-Qiang Chen
The role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) in thyroid carcinoma (TC) remains unclear. The current study was aimed to assess the clinical value of HOTAIR expression levels in TC based on publically available data and to evaluate its potential signaling pathways. The expression data of HOTAIR and clinical information concerning TC were downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), respectively. Furthermore, 3 online biological databases, Starbase, Cbioportal, and Multi Experiment Matrix, were used to identify HOTAIR-related genes in TC...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351093/angptl8-betatrophin-is-expressed-in-visceral-adipose-tissue-and-relates-to-human-hepatic-steatosis-in-two-independent-clinical-collectives
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Christian von Loeffelholz, Andreas F H Pfeiffer, Johan F Lock, Steffi Lieske, Stephanie Döcke, Veronica Murahovschi, Jennifer Kriebel, Tonia de Las Heras Gala, Harald Grallert, Natalia Rudovich, Martin Stockmann, Joachim Spranger, Gerhard Jahreis, Stefan R Bornstein, George Lau, Aimin Xu, Jeanette Schulz-Menger, Louisa Exner, Sven Haufe, Jens Jordan, Stefan Engeli, Andreas L Birkenfeld
Angiopoietin-like protein 8 (ANGPTL8)/betatrophin expression in visceral adipose tissue and associations with circulating fatty acid profile have not yet been investigated.Forty subjects were included in a cross-sectional study, 57 in a dietary weight reduction intervention. Circulating Angiopoietin-like protein 8/betatrophin was measured in all subjects. Liver and adipose tissue were sampled and plasma fatty acids and tissue Angiopoietin-like protein 8/betatrophin expression were evaluated in the cross-sectional study...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351090/an-increase-in-normal-sua-level-within-the-normal-range-predicts-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-especially-in-women-a-cross-sectional-study
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Qian Li, Jing Lu, Xi Cao, Ting-Ting Shi, Jian-Ping Feng, Jin-Kui Yang
This study was aimed to evaluate the relationship between normal serum uric acid (SUA) level and metabolic syndrome (MetS) risk. This cross-sectional study involved 1914 subjects with MetS and 3 659 healthy controls aged 18-79 years. All participants filled out questionnaires and underwent physical examination and blood sample collection for biochemical examination. Demographic and clinical characteristics data were analyzed by t-test or chi-squared test. Normal SUA levels were divided into quartiles. Associations between quartiles of normal SUA level and the risk of MetS were explored using logistic regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351088/premature-progesterone-rise-positively-correlates-with-clinical-pregnancy-rate-in-in-vitro-fertilization-ivf-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-patients-with-good-ovarian-response
#6
Na Cui, Jie Zhang, Yueming Xu, Lei Jiang, Aimin Yang, Guimin Hao
Infertility affects millions of couples worldwide resulting in distress and depression. In the past several decades, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) have been developed with high efficiency and success rate. The possible effects of gonadotropin administration on follicular metabolism have been discussed but the outcomes remain controversial. The aim of this study was to identify whether serum progesterone on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration and the ratio of serum progesterone and the number of oocyte retrieved (P/O) had a predictive role for the outcomes of IVF/ICSI...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351085/thyroid-function-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-population-based-thyroid-study
#7
Ladan Mehran, Atieh Amouzegar, Parnian Kheirkhah Rahimabad, Maryam Tohidi, Zhale Tahmasebinejad, Fereidoun Azizi
The impact of thyroid dysfunction in subclinical ranges on metabolic syndrome (MetS) is not well known. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the association of thyroid dysfunction with MetS and its components. In the cross-sectional population-based Tehran Thyroid Study, out of 5 786 randomly selected participants, aged≥20 years, subjects with thyroid nodules and cancer or any severe systemic disease, those who were pregnant and those using thyroid medication were excluded, leaving 5 422 subjects to be investigated...
March 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351084/the-effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-the-androgenic-profile-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-clinical-trials
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Maryam Azadi-Yazdi, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh, Hossein Khosravi-Boroujeni, Amin Salehi-Abargouei
It is suggested that vitamin D status is associated with androgenic profile in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Although several clinical trials are known in this regard, the results were inconsistent. Therefore, this study was aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of published clinical trials to elucidate the possible effect of vitamin D supplementation on the androgen levels in adult females with PCOS. PubMed, SCOPUS, and Google Scholar were searched to identify related articles published up to January 2017...
March 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351083/how-to-escape-from-primary-aldosteronism-news-and-views-on-an-adrenal-disorder-of-salt-retention
#9
Holger S Willenberg
The last years have seen substantial progress in primary aldosteronism (PA), which is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. Many programs have been established around the world to meet the needs in healthcare and the management of patients with PA according to published guidelines and clinical protocols. Systematic analysis of emerging data and meticulous scientific work have informed us on the molecular basis of the disease and helped to characterize hereditary forms of PA. Techniques have been developed to better diagnose PA and to establish genotype-phenotype relationships and their impact on hypertension...
March 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351081/osteoarthritis-patients-experiences-of-pharmacotherapy-for-pain-management-in-iran-a-qualitative-study
#10
Vahid Zamanzadeh, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Mozhgan Behshid, Alireza Irajpoor, Parvin Zakeri-Milani
Despite the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for pain management in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), personal biases in the selection, administration, and continuation of pharmacotherapy challenge the proper management of symptoms and the effectiveness of the therapy. This study was conducted to carry out an in-depth examination of the experiences of patients with OA about their use of pharmacotherapy for the OA pain management and the existing challenges. The present qualitative study was conducted on 17 patients with OA, 5 of their family members and 8 healthcare personnel using a conventional content analysis approach...
March 28, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351071/neurologic-deficits-have-a-negative-impact-on-patient-related-outcomes-in-primary-presentation-adult-symptomatic-lumbar-scoliosis-surgical-treatment-at-one-year-follow-up
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Daniel G Kang, Christine Baldus, Steven D Glassman, Christopher I Shaffrey, Jon D Lurie, Keith H Bridwell
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of prospective, multicenter National Institute of Health clinical trial. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the rate of neurologic complications and impact of new neurologic deficits on 1-year postoperative patient-reported outcomes (PROs). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There are limited studies evaluating the impact of new neurologic deficits on PROs following surgery for primary presentation adult lumbar scoliosis...
April 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351069/transition-to-independence-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-mentored-career-development-kl2-scholars-at-clinical-and-translational-science-award-institutions
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Carol Sweeney, Lisa S Schwartz, Robert Toto, Carol Merchant, Alecia S Fair, Janice L Gabrilove
PURPOSE: To describe the transition from mentored to independent research funding for clinical and translational scholars supported by institutional KL2 Mentored Career Development programs. METHOD: In 2013, faculty leaders at Clinical and Translational Science Award institutions completed an online survey, reporting characteristics of scholars in their KL2 programs from 2006 to 2013. The primary outcome variable was a report that the scholar had received independent funding as a principal investigator...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351067/do-medical-students-narrative-representations-of-the-good-doctor-change-over-time-comparing-humanism-essays-from-a-national-contest-in-1999-and-2013
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Pooja C Rutberg, Brandy King, Elizabeth Gaufberg, Pamela Brett-MacLean, Perry Dinardo, Richard M Frankel
PURPOSE: To explore medical students' conceptions of "the good doctor" at two points in time separated by 14 years. METHOD: The authors conducted qualitative analysis of narrative-based essays. Following a constant comparative method, an emergent relational coding scheme was developed which the authors used to characterize 110 essays submitted to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest in 1999 (n = 50) and 2013 (n = 60) in response to the prompt, "Who is the good doctor?" RESULTS: The authors identified five relational themes as guiding the day-to-day work and lives of physicians: doctor-patient, doctor-self, doctor-learner, doctor-colleague, and doctor-system/society/profession...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351064/the-early-tech-development-course-experiential-commercialization-education-for-the-medical-academician
#14
Jonathan Servoss, Connie Chang, Jonathan Fay, Kevin Ward
PROBLEM: Research produced by medical academicians holds promise for developing into biomedical innovations in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and health care information technology; however, the road to biomedical innovation is fraught with risk, including the challenge of moving from basic research insight onto a viable commercialization path. Compounding this challenge is the growing demand on medical academicians to be more productive in their clinical, teaching, and research duties within a resource-constrained environment...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351063/from-communication-skills-to-skillful-communication-a-longitudinal-integrated-curriculum-for-critical-care-medicine-fellows
#15
Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Christopher J Doig, Philippe Couillard, Jason Lord
PROBLEM: Communication with patients and families in critical care medicine (CCM) can be complex and challenging. A longitudinal curricular model integrating multiple techniques within classroom and clinical milieus may facilitate skillful communication across diverse settings. APPROACH: In 2014-2015, the authors developed and implemented a curriculum for CCM fellows at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, to promote the longitudinal development of skillful communication...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351062/using-national-health-care-databases-and-problem-based-practice-analysis-to-inform-integrated-curriculum-development
#16
Amy J Baker, Mark R Raymond, Steven A Haist, John R Boulet
One challenge when implementing case-based learning, and other approaches to contextualized learning, is determining which clinical problems to include. This article illustrates how health care utilization data, readily available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), can be incorporated into an educational needs assessment to identify medical problems physicians are likely to encounter in clinical practice. The NCHS survey data summarize patient demographics, diagnoses, and interventions for tens of thousands of patients seen in various settings, including emergency departments (EDs), clinics, and hospitals...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351054/drug-delivery-to-the-posterior-segment-of-the-eye
#17
Elad Moisseiev, Anat Loewenstein
Drug delivery into the posterior segment of the eye is complicated by the existence of the blood-ocular barrier. Strategies for delivering drugs to the posterior segment include systemic administration, modification of the barrier, and local drug delivery (including transcorneal, transscleral, and intravitreal). The most commonly used method for drug delivery into the posterior segment is by intravitreal injection. Other routes that can be used to achieve therapeutic drug levels in the posterior segment include topical, iontophoretic, and juxtascleral delivery...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351053/macular-edema-rationale-for-therapy
#18
Thomas J Wolfensberger
Macular edema represents the end-stage of multiple pathophysiological pathways in a multitude of ocular vascular, inflammatory, and other diseases. The rationale for clinical treatment of macular edema is based on the understanding and the inhibition of these pathophysiological mechanisms. When macular edema is caused by a generalized health problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or generalized inflammatory conditions, treatment of these generalized diseases can in many cases cure macular edema directly...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351052/diabetic-macular-edema
#19
Francesco Bandello, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Paolo Lanzetta, Anat Loewenstein, Pascale Massin, Francesca Menchini, Daniele Veritti
Diabetic macular edema (DME), defined as a retinal thickening involving or approaching the center of the macula, represents the most common cause of vision loss in patients affected by diabetes mellitus. In the last few years, many diagnostic tools have proven to be useful in the detection and the monitoring of the features characterizing DME. On the other hand, several therapeutic approaches can now be proposed on the basis of the DME-specific characteristics. The aim of the present chapter is to thoroughly delineate the clinical and morphofunctional characteristics of DME and its current treatment perspectives...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351050/miscellaneous
#20
Catherine Creuzot-Garcher
This chapter provides the reader with practical information to be applied to the various remaining causes of macular edema. Some clinical cases of macular edema linked to ocular diseases like postradiotherapy for ocular melanomas remained of poor functional prognosis due to the primary disease. On the contrary, macular edema occurring after retinal detachment or after diverse systemic or local treatment use is often temporary. Macular edema associated with epiretinal membranes or vitreomacular traction is the main cause of poor functional recovery...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
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