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James B Kirkbride, Yasir Hameed, Gayatri Ankireddypalli, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Carolyn M Crane, Mukhtar Nasir, Nikolett Kabacs, Antonio Metastasio, Oliver Jenkins, Ashkan Espandian, Styliani Spyridi, Danica Ralevic, Suneetha Siddabattuni, Ben Walden, Adewale Adeoye, Jesus Perez, Peter B Jones
OBJECTIVE: Few studies have characterized the epidemiology of first-episode psychoses in rural or urban settings since the introduction of early intervention psychosis services. To address this, the authors conducted a naturalistic cohort study in England, where such services are well established. METHOD: All new first-episode psychosis cases, 16-35 years old, presenting to early intervention psychosis services in the East of England were identified during 2 million person-years follow-up...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Sally J Wadsworth, John C DeFries, Erik G Willcutt, Bruce F Pennington, Richard K Olson
Because of recent concerns about the replication of published results in the behavioral and biomedical sciences (Ioannidis, PLoS Medicine, Vol. 2, 2005, p. e124; Open Science Collaboration, Science, Vol. 349, 2015, p. 943; Pashler & Wagenmakers, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 7, 2012, pp. 528-530), we have conducted a replication of our recently published analyses of longitudinal reading performance and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder data from twin pairs selected for reading difficulties (Wadsworth et al...
October 17, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Kostas Ioannidis, Eleni Melliou, Paraskevi Alizoti, Prokopios Magiatis
BACKGROUND: Recently published studies have demonstrated the strong anti-inflammatory properties of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) heartwood extracts, related to its stilbene content. In order to find alternative sources of Pinus heartwood extracts rich in stilbenes, a large number of samples was investigated, using a new developed high throughput screening method based on qNMR. RESULTS: The new method enabled us to measure the levels of pinosylvin, pinosylvin monomethyl ether and pinosylvin dimethylether in heartwood extracts in only 45 seconds per sample...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Eleftheria Chaini, Nikolaos D Chainis, Anastasios Ioannidis, Maria Magana, Chryssoula Nikolaou, Joseph Papaparaskevas, Melina-Vassiliki Liakata, Panagiotis Katopodis, Leonidas Papastavrou, George P Tegos, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou
Lactobacilli are human commensals found in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract. Although generally conceived as non-pathogenic microorganisms, the existence of several reports implicating them in certain severe pathological entities renders this species as opportunistic pathogens. The case of a 58-year-old woman with mixed Lactobacillus infection is described. The patient was admitted in an outpatient clinic with community acquired pneumonia, and on the third day of hospitalization she presented rapid pneumonia deterioration...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Patrick G Sullivan, Joshua D Wallach, John P A Ioannidis
A wide variety of multivariable risk models have been developed to predict mortality in the setting of cardiac surgery; however, the relative utility of these models is unknown. This study investigated the literature related to comparisons made between established risk prediction models for perioperative mortality used in the setting of cardiac surgery. A systematic review was conducted to capture studies in cardiac surgery comparing the relative performance of at least 2 prediction models cited in recent guidelines (European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation [EuroSCORE II], Society for Thoracic Surgeons 2008 Cardiac Surgery Risk Models [STS] score, and Age, Creatinine, Ejection Fraction [ACEF] score) for the outcomes of 1-month or inhospital mortality...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Susan Mayor
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2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Samuel R Chamberlain, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Eric W Leppink, Faiza Niaz, Sarah A Redden, Jon E Grant
OBJECTIVE: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been associated with various manifestations of impulsivity in adults, including elevated rates of other impulsive disorders, substance use, questionnaire-based impulsivity scores, and inhibitory dysregulation on neurocognitive tests. The relationship between ADHD and all these other forms of impulsivity has yet to be explored within the context of a single comprehensive study. METHODS: A total of 423 young adults, who gambled ≥5 times in the preceding year, were recruited using media advertisements and undertook detailed assessment including structured psychiatric interview, questionnaires, and neurocognitive tests...
September 29, 2016: CNS Spectrums
Mindaugas Stankunas, Mark Avery, Jutta Lindert, Ian Edwards, Mirko Di Rosa, Francisco Torres-Gonzalez, Elisabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou, Henrique Barros, Joaquim Soares
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to evaluate socio-economic inequalities in the use, accessibility and satisfaction with health services amongst 60-84 year old people from seven European urban communities. Design/methodology/approach Data for this study were collected in 2009. The target population was people aged 60-84 years from Stuttgart (Germany), Athens (Greece), Ancona (Italy), Kaunas (Lithuania), Porto (Portugal), Granada (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden). The total sample comprised 4,467 respondents with a mean response rate across these countries of 45...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Nilah M Ioannidis, Joseph H Rothstein, Vikas Pejaver, Sumit Middha, Shannon K McDonnell, Saurabh Baheti, Anthony Musolf, Qing Li, Emily Holzinger, Danielle Karyadi, Lisa A Cannon-Albright, Craig C Teerlink, Janet L Stanford, William B Isaacs, Jianfeng Xu, Kathleen A Cooney, Ethan M Lange, Johanna Schleutker, John D Carpten, Isaac J Powell, Olivier Cussenot, Geraldine Cancel-Tassin, Graham G Giles, Robert J MacInnis, Christiane Maier, Chih-Lin Hsieh, Fredrik Wiklund, William J Catalona, William D Foulkes, Diptasri Mandal, Rosalind A Eeles, Zsofia Kote-Jarai, Carlos D Bustamante, Daniel J Schaid, Trevor Hastie, Elaine A Ostrander, Joan E Bailey-Wilson, Predrag Radivojac, Stephen N Thibodeau, Alice S Whittemore, Weiva Sieh
The vast majority of coding variants are rare, and assessment of the contribution of rare variants to complex traits is hampered by low statistical power and limited functional data. Improved methods for predicting the pathogenicity of rare coding variants are needed to facilitate the discovery of disease variants from exome sequencing studies. We developed REVEL (rare exome variant ensemble learner), an ensemble method for predicting the pathogenicity of missense variants on the basis of individual tools: MutPred, FATHMM, VEST, PolyPhen, SIFT, PROVEAN, MutationAssessor, MutationTaster, LRT, GERP, SiPhy, phyloP, and phastCons...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
F X Donadeu, B T Mohammed, J Ioannidis
In a previous microarray study, we identified a subset of micro RNAS (miRNAs), which expression was distinctly higher in atretic than healthy follicles of cattle. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of those miRNAs in granulosa and theca cells during atresia. Reverse Transcription-quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR) confirmed that miR-21-5p/-3p, miR-150, miR-409a, miR-142-5p, miR-378, miR-222, miR-155, and miR-199a-5p were expressed at higher levels in atretic than healthy follicles (9-17 mm, classified based on steroidogenic capacity)...
August 13, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
E Polychroniadou, C Bakirtzis, D Langdon, R Lagoudaki, E Kesidou, P Theotokis, D Tsalikakis, K Poulatsidou, O Kyriazis, M Boziki, G Papadopoulos, E Boura, L Sintila, S Hatzigeorgiou, C Ziamos, P Ioannidis, D Karacostas, N Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is experienced by about 50% of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) worldwide and affects their employment, disease management and quality of life in general. The Brief International Cognitive assessment for MS (BICAMS) is a brief, practical and potentially universal battery for cognitive impairment in MS patients. It consists of three tests: the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT), the California Verbal Learning Test-2 (CVLT-2) and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised (BVMT-R)...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Timothy E Sweeney, Winston A Haynes, Francesco Vallania, John P Ioannidis, Purvesh Khatri
Findings from clinical and biological studies are often not reproducible when tested in independent cohorts. Due to the testing of a large number of hypotheses and relatively small sample sizes, results from whole-genome expression studies in particular are often not reproducible. Compared to single-study analysis, gene expression meta-analysis can improve reproducibility by integrating data from multiple studies. However, there are multiple choices in designing and carrying out a meta-analysis. Yet, clear guidelines on best practices are scarce...
September 14, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Eugenia Ioannidi, Stamatis Rigas, Dikran Tsitsekian, Gerasimos Daras, Anastasios Alatzas, Antonis Makris, Georgia Tanou, Anagnostis Argiriou, Dimitrios Alexandrou, Scott Poethig, Polydefkis Hatzopoulos, Angelos K Kanellis
Epidermal cell differentiation is a paramount and conserved process among plants. In Arabidopsis, a ternary complex formed by MYB, bHLH transcription factors and TTG1 modulates unicellular trichome morphogenesis. The formation of multicellular glandular trichomes of the xerophytic shrub Cistus creticus that accumulate labdane-type diterpenes, has attained much attention renowned for its medicinal properties. Here, we show that C. creticus TTG1 (CcTTG1) interacts with the SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE (SPLA/B) proteins, putative homologs of AtSPL4/5 that in turn interact with AtTTG1...
September 8, 2016: Plant Molecular Biology
John P A Ioannidis
POLICY POINTS: Currently, there is massive production of unnecessary, misleading, and conflicted systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Instead of promoting evidence-based medicine and health care, these instruments often serve mostly as easily produced publishable units or marketing tools. Suboptimal systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be harmful given the major prestige and influence these types of studies have acquired. The publication of systematic reviews and meta-analyses should be realigned to remove biases and vested interests and to integrate them better with the primary production of evidence...
September 2016: Milbank Quarterly
Divya Parmar, Charitini Stavropoulou, John P A Ioannidis
OBJECTIVE:  To systematically identify, critically appraise, and synthesise empirical studies about the impact of the 2008 financial crisis in Europe on health outcomes. DESIGN:  Systematic literature review. DATA SOURCES:  Structural searches of key databases, healthcare journals, and organisation based websites. REVIEW METHODS:  Empirical studies reporting on the impact of the financial crisis on health outcomes in Europe, published from January 2008 to December 2015, were included...
2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vanesa Bellou, Lazaros Belbasis, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Lefkos T Middleton, John P A Ioannidis, Evangelos Evangelou
INTRODUCTION: Dementia is a heterogeneous neurodegenerative disease, whose etiology results from a complex interplay between environmental and genetic factors. METHODS: We searched PubMed to identify meta-analyses of observational studies that examined associations between nongenetic factors and dementia. We estimated the summary effect size using random-effects and fixed-effects model, the 95% CI, and the 95% prediction interval. We assessed the between-study heterogeneity (I-square), evidence of small-study effects, and excess significance...
September 4, 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
John P A Ioannidis, Kevin Boyack, Paul F Wouters
Citation metrics are increasingly used to appraise published research. One challenge is whether and how to normalize these metrics to account for differences across scientific fields, age (year of publication), type of document, database coverage, and other factors. We discuss the pros and cons for normalizations using different approaches. Additional challenges emerge when citation metrics need to be combined across multiple papers to appraise the corpus of scientists, institutions, journals, or countries, as well as when trying to attribute credit in multiauthored papers...
September 2016: PLoS Biology
Vasileios Kordinas, Anastasios Ioannidis, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou
Telomeres are specialized nucleoprotein structures located at the end of linear chromosomes and telomerase is the enzyme responsible for telomere elongation. Telomerase activity is a key component of many cancer cells responsible for rapid cell division but it has also been found by many laboratories around the world that telomere/telomerase biology is dysfunctional in many other chronic conditions as well. These conditions are characterized by chronic inflammation, a situation mostly overlooked by physicians regarding patient treatment...
2016: Genes
Luc Swevers, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Marianna Kolovou, Aris Zografidis, Vassiliki Labropoulou, Dulce Santos, Niels Wynant, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Luoluo Wang, Kaat Cappelle, Guy Smagghe
RNAi is broadly used as a technique for specific gene silencing in insects but few studies have investigated the factors that can affect its efficiency. Viral infections have the potential to interfere with RNAi through their production of viral suppressors of RNAi (VSRs) and the production of viral small RNAs that can saturate and inactivate the RNAi machinery. In this study, the impact of persistent infection of the RNA viruses Flock house virus (FHV) and Macula-like virus (MLV) on RNAi efficiency was investigated in selected lepidopteran cell lines...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Konstantinos Ioannidis, Samuel R Chamberlain, Matthias S Treder, Franz Kiraly, Eric W Leppink, Sarah A Redden, Dan J Stein, Christine Lochner, Jon E Grant
Problematic internet use is common, functionally impairing, and in need of further study. Its relationship with obsessive-compulsive and impulsive disorders is unclear. Our objective was to evaluate whether problematic internet use can be predicted from recognised forms of impulsive and compulsive traits and symptomatology. We recruited volunteers aged 18 and older using media advertisements at two sites (Chicago USA, and Stellenbosch, South Africa) to complete an extensive online survey. State-of-the-art out-of-sample evaluation of machine learning predictive models was used, which included Logistic Regression, Random Forests and Naïve Bayes...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
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