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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145690/-visual-analysis-of-retinal-oct-data
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Martin Röhlig, Anselm Jünemann, Dagmar-Christiane Fischer, Ruby Kala Prakasam, Oliver Stachs, Heidrun Schumann
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) enables noninvasive high-resolution 3D imaging of the human retina, and thus plays a fundamental role in ophthalmology. Via OCT examination, even subtle retinal changes can be captured, which occur in very early stages of different diseases (e.g., glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, or age-related macular degeneration). Yet, analyzing the resulting data is challenging. Conventionally, OCT data are strongly aggregated via automated methods. While this reduces the amount of information to be analyzed, it also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to identify small and localized retinal changes...
November 16, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145688/is-primary-aldosteronism-still-largely-unrecognized
#2
Fabrizio Buffolo, Silvia Monticone, Jacopo Burrello, Martina Tetti, Franco Veglio, Tracy Ann Williams, Paolo Mulatero
Primary aldosteronism (PA) was first reported by Jerome W. Conn in 1954 when it was considered a rare disorder, only suspected in cases of hypertension and spontaneous hypokalemia. Over the last 30 years, with the wide application of the plasma aldosterone to plasma renin activity ratio as screening test, the clinical spectrum of PA has dramatically changed. Different studies displayed significant differences in term of patients investigated, diagnostic criteria and hormonal assays; however, large prospective studies with robust diagnostic criteria indicated that the prevalence of PA is around 6% of the general hypertensive population and 11% of the patients referred to hypertension centers...
November 16, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145680/-a-rare-differential-diagnosis-of-chronic-cough
#3
Michael Dicker, Tino Schneider, Johannes von Kempis, Markus Diethelm
History and admission findings We report on a 62-year-old male patient with dry cough for 3 months, constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers. Investigations Despite extensive diagnostics no infectious, malignant or rheumatologic disease could be found. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed lymphocytosis. 18-FDG-PET/CT demonstrated increased metabolic activity of the aorta and its primary branches. Diagnosis, treatment and course We diagnosed large vessel vasculitis consistent to a subtype of giant cell arteritis (GCA) without cranial manifestation...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145657/the-utility-of-blood-neuroendocrine-gene-transcript-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-of-bronchopulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumours-and-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-surgical-resection-and-disease-progression
#4
Pier Luigi Filosso, Mark Kidd, Matteo Roffinella, Anna Lewczuk, Kyung-Min Chung, Agnieszka Kolasinska-Cwikla, Jaroslaw Cwikla, Anna Lowczak, Anna Doboszynska, Anna Malczewska, Maria Catalano, Valentina Zunino, Monica Boita, Emanuela Arvat, Riccardo Cristofori, Francesco Guerrera, Alberto Oliaro, Margot Tesselaar, Wieneke Buikhuisen, Beata Kos-Kudla, Mauro Papotti, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov, Irvin Modlin
OBJECTIVES: The management of bronchopulmonary neuroendocrine tumours (BPNETs) is difficult, since imaging, histology and biomarkers have a limited value in diagnosis, predicting outcome and defining therapeutic efficacy. We evaluated a NET multigene blood test (NETest) to diagnose BPNETs, assess disease status and evaluate surgical resection. METHODS: (i) Diagnostic cohort: BP carcinoids (n = 118)-typical carcinoid, n = 67 and atypical carcinoid, n = 51; other lung NEN (large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma and small-cell lung carcinoma, n = 13); adenocarcinoma, (n = 26); squamous cell carcinoma (n = 23); controls (n = 90) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 18)...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145648/relative-performance-of-hpv-and-cytology-components-of-cotesting-in-cervical-screening
#5
Mark Schiffman, Walter K Kinney, Li C Cheung, Julia C Gage, Barbara Fetterman, Nancy E Poitras, Thomas S Lorey, Nicolas Wentzensen, Brian Befano, John Schussler, Hormuzd A Katki, Philip E Castle
Background: The main goal of cervical screening programs is to detect and treat precancer before cancer develops. Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing is more sensitive than cytology for detecting precancer. However, reports of rare HPV-negative, cytology-positive cancers are motivating continued use of both tests (cotesting) despite increased testing costs. Methods: We quantified the detection of cervical precancer and cancer by cotesting compared with HPV testing alone at Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC), where 1 208 710 women age 30 years and older have undergone triennial cervical cotesting since 2003...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145634/risk-profiles-for-acute-health-events-after-incident-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-on-hemodialysis
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Medha Airy, Tara I Chang, Victoria Y Ding, Benjamin A Goldstein, Nisha Bansal, Jingbo Niu, Sankar D Navaneethan, Mintu P Turakhia, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer
Background: Little is known about the cardiovascular risks of incident atrial fibrillation/flutter (AF) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing hemodialysis (HD). Methods: We studied older US patients who newly initiated HD for ESRD (2006-11) and who had not previously been diagnosed with AF, stroke, myocardial infarction (MI) or hip fracture. We used Cox regression with AF as a time-varying covariate, adjusted for socio-demographic characteristics and comorbidities to estimate hazard ratios [HRs (95% confidence intervals)] for the events of ischemic stroke, MI and death...
November 13, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145603/accuracy-of-next-generation-sequencing-for-molecular-diagnosis-in-patients-with-infantile-nystagmus-syndrome
#7
John Hoon Rim, Seung-Tae Lee, Heon Yung Gee, Byung Joo Lee, Jong Rak Choi, Hye Won Park, Sueng-Han Han, Jinu Han
Importance: Infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) is a group of disorders presenting with genetic and clinical heterogeneities that have challenged the genetic and clinical diagnoses of INS. Precise molecular diagnosis in early infancy may result in more accurate genetic counseling and improved patient management. Objective: To assess the accuracy of genomic data from next-generation sequencing (NGS) and phenotypic data to enhance the definitive diagnosis of INS. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-center retrospective case series was conducted in 48 unrelated, consecutive patients with INS, with or without associated ocular or systemic conditions, who underwent genetic testing between June 1, 2015, and January 31, 2017...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145583/association-between-the-severity-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-falls-in-an-asian-population-with-diabetes-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Preeti Gupta, Amudha Aravindhan, Alfred T L Gan, Ryan E K Man, Eva K Fenwick, Paul Mitchell, Nicholas Tan, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: The presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR) may contribute to the risk of falling in persons with diabetes, but evidence is currently equivocal. Objective: To investigate the associations of diabetes and DR severity with the likelihood of falls in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cross-sectional post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of participants from 3 ethnic groups (3280 Malay, 3400 Indian, and 3353 Chinese individuals) conducted from 2004 to 2011...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145572/difference-in-clinical-course-genetics-and-the-microbiome-between-familial-and-sporadic-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
#9
Nienke Z Borren, Grace Conway, John J Garber, Hamed Khalili, Shrish Budree, Himel Mallick, Vijay Yajnik, Ramnik J Xavier, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan
Objective: Family history is the strongest risk factor for developing Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). We investigated whether the proximity of relationship with the affected relative and concordance for type of IBD modifies the effect of family history on phenotype and disease severity. Design: This cross-sectional study included patients with a confirmed diagnosis of IBD in a clinical registry. Family history of IBD was assessed by a questionnaire ascertaining presence of disease in a 1 st degree, 2 nd degree or a distant relative...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145557/comparative-analysis-of-the-growth-pattern-of-thyroid-cancer-in-young-patients-screened-by-ultrasonography-in-japan-after-a-nuclear-accident-the-fukushima-health-management-survey
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Sanae Midorikawa, Akira Ohtsuru, Michio Murakami, Hideto Takahashi, Satoru Suzuki, Takashi Matsuzuka, Hiroki Shimura, Tetsuya Ohira, Shin-Ichi Suzuki, Seiji Yasumura, Shunichi Yamashita, Hitoshi Ohto, Koichi Tanigawa, Kenji Kamiya
Importance: Thyroid cancer generally grows at a very slow rate in adults, and overdiagnosis is a global issue. However, the detection of early-stage thyroid cancer by screening is not well described in young patients. To prevent overdiagnosis, it is essential to understand the natural course of thyroid cancer growth detection by ultrasonography screening in young patients. Objective: To evaluate the natural progression of thyroid cancer in young patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: An observational study evaluated changes in the diameter of malignant or suspected malignant thyroid tumors on 2 occasions...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145541/variations-in-adipor1-but-not-adipor2-are-associated-with-hypertriglyceridemia-and-diabetes-in-an-admixed-latin-american-population
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Gustavo Gustavo Mora-García, María S Ruiz-Díaz, Fabian Espitia-Almeida, Doris Gómez-Camargo
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin is a hormone secreted by adipose tissue. It regulates glycolysis and lipolysis and is involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes and related disorders. Its activity is mainly mediated by the transmembrane receptors AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, which are encoded by ADIPOR1 (1q32.1) and ADIPOR2 (12p13.33) genes, respectively. In genetic association studies, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in or near these genes have been associated with metabolic alterations. However, these relationships are still controversial...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145540/inverse-association-of-peripheral-orexin-a-with-insulin-resistance-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mitra Zarifkar, Sina Noshad, Mona Shahriari, Mohsen Afarideh, Elias Khajeh, Zahra Karimi, Alireza Ghajar, Alireza Esteghamati
AIMS: To investigate the association between serum orexin concentrations and insulin resistance/sensitivity in a sample of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and to study the effects of anti-hyperglycemic treatment on orexin concentrations over three months. METHODS: This study was designed as a randomized, open-label, clinical trial. Before allocation, sixty medication-naïve, newly-diagnosed, type 2 diabetes patients underwent a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145536/the-effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-newly-diagnosed-type-1-diabetes-patients-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Elina Gregoriou, Ioannis Mamais, Irene Tzanetakou, Giagkos Lavranos, Stavri Chrysostomou
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of vitamin D supplementation in patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) assessed by insulin needs and changes in glycemic indices, as evidenced by randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: A total of 7 RCTs were retrieved from PubMed/Medline and EBSCO databases by MeSH term search, and were reviewed systematically. The RCTs included examined the effects of alphacalcidole (n = 2), cholecalciferol (n = 2), and calcitriol (n = 3) supplementation on changes in daily insulin dose (DID), fasting Cpeptide (FCP), stimulated C-peptide (SCP), and HbA1c...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145466/serum-tsh-levels-as-a-predictor-of-malignancy-in-thyroid-nodules-a-prospective-study
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Lenara Golbert, Ana Patrícia de Cristo, Carlo Sasso Faccin, Mauricio Farenzena, Heloísa Folgierini, Marcia Silveira Graudenz, Ana Luiza Maia
BACKGROUND: The role of serum TSH concentrations as a predictor of malignancy of thyroid nodule remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the usefulness of serum TSH levels as a predictor of malignancy in thyroid nodules. METHODS: Patients with thyroid nodule(s) who underwent fine-needle aspiration biopsy under ultrasonographic guidance in a tertiary, university-based hospital were consecutively evaluated. Patients with known thyroid cancer and/or patients receiving thyroid medication were excluded...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145419/attitudes-to-mental-illness-among-mental-health-professionals-in-singapore-and-comparisons-with-the-general-population
#15
Qi Yuan, Louisa Picco, Sherilyn Chang, Edimansyah Abdin, Boon Yiang Chua, Samantha Ong, Kah Lai Yow, Siow Ann Chong, Mythily Subramaniam
BACKGROUND: Similar to the general public, mental health professionals sometimes also have negative attitudes towards individuals with mental illness; which could ultimately affect the quality of care received by the patients. This study aims to explore attitudes to mental illness among mental health professionals in Singapore; make comparisons with the general population; and investigate the significant correlates. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used. Eligible participants were recruited from the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145396/detection-of-relapsing-fever-borrelia-spp-bartonella-spp-and-anaplasmataceae-bacteria-in-argasid-ticks-in-algeria
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Ismail Lafri, Basma El Hamzaoui, Idir Bitam, Hamza Leulmi, Reda Lalout, Oleg Mediannikov, Mohamed Chergui, Mohamed Karakellah, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Argasid ticks (soft ticks) are blood-feeding arthropods that can parasitize rodents, birds, humans, livestock and companion animals. Ticks of the Ornithodoros genus are known to be vectors of relapsing fever borreliosis in humans. In Algeria, little is known about relapsing fever borreliosis and other bacterial pathogens transmitted by argasid ticks. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Between May 2013 and October 2015, we investigated the presence of soft ticks in 20 rodent burrows, 10 yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) nests and animal shelters in six locations in two different bioclimatic zones in Algeria...
November 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145344/the-relationship-of-lung-cancer-with-menstrual-and-reproductive-factors-may-be-influenced-by-passive-smoking-cooking-oil-fumes-and-tea-intake-a-case-control-study-in-chinese-women
#17
Fei He, Jing-Xian Xie, Chun-Lan Liu, Wei-Min Xiong, Qiu-Ping Xu, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Tao Lin, Ren-Dong Xiao, Xu Li, Lin Cai
The aim of this study was to investigate the association of menstrual and reproductive factors with risk of lung cancer in women. Potential etiological clues related to lung cancer in women are identified to inform preventive strategies.Case-control study of 477 newly diagnosed women with lung cancer and 479 age-matched (±2 years) controls. Data on menstrual and reproductive factors and history of oral contraceptive use were obtained on personal interviews using a structured questionnaire. Risk factors were analyzed by unconditional logistic regression analysis...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145339/alveolar-soft-part-sarcoma-with-multiple-brain-and-lung-metastases-in-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Yubo Wang, Jiayue Cui, Xu Yan, Rihua Jin, Xinyu Hong
RATIONAL: Alveolar soft part sarcomas (ASPSs) with multiple brain metastases in pregnancy is a rare entity. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report our experience with a 19-year-old pregnant woman who presented with intermittent headaches and vomiting at 38 weeks gestation. DIAGNOSES: The patient was initially diagnosed as brain metastasis according to computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging. INTERVENTIONS: Cesarean section and craniotomy (complete resection of both brain metastatic lesions) was performed sequentially...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145330/pathologic-femoral-fracture-due-to-tenofovir-induced-fanconi-syndrome-in-patient-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-case-report
#19
You-Sung Suh, Dong-Il Chun, Sung-Woo Choi, Hwan-Woong Lee, Jae-Hwi Nho, Soon-Hyo Kwon, Jae-Ho Cho, Sung Hun Won
RATIONALE: We report a case of a hepatitis B virus (HBV)-positive patient with preexisting bone disease who developed tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome and subsequently sustained pathologic fracture. To our best knowledge, this is the first report in the English literature about pathologic femoral fracture due to tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome in patient with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The present report describes detailed our experience with the diagnosis of pathologic femoral fracture due to tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome and treatment...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145325/perforated-appendicitis-after-colonoscopy-cause-or-coincidence-a-rare-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Xiao-Cong Zhou, Chun-Wei Huang, Yan-Yan Dai, Zhi-Yang Huang, Zheng Lou
RATIONALE: Colonoscopy is a relatively safe and common procedure with low risks of complications, and acute appendicitis with perforation is an extremely rare complication of colonoscopy. The current study presents an unusual case of acute gangrenous appendicitis with perforation following a screening colonoscopy. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 73-year-old man presented to our emergency department with lower right abdominal pain 3 days after a routine screening colonoscopy...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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