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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646806/potential-of-probiotics-in-hypercholesterolemia-a-review-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-findings
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Smriti Sharma, Seema Puri, Anura V Kurpad
Context • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major public health problem in developing and developed countries. Elevated cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the emergence of CHD, have been positively correlated in many clinical and epidemiological studies. The health benefits of probiotics have received a great deal of attention, including their blood cholesterol-lowering effects on humans. Objective • The research team intended to determine the current state of research examining the effects of various probiotic strains on lipid profiles, including measures in serum of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646796/organic-matter-drives-high-interannual-variability-in-methylmercury-concentrations-in-a-subarctic-coastal-sea
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A L Soerensen, A T Schartup, A Skrobonja, E Björn
Levels of neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) in phytoplankton are strongly associated with water MeHg concentrations. Because uptake by phytoplankton is the first and largest step of bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs many studies have investigated factors driving seasonal changes in water MeHg concentrations. Organic matter (OM) is widely accepted as an important driver of MeHg production and uptake by phytoplankton but is also known for strong interannual variability in concentration and composition within systems...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646581/a-systematic-review-of-pharmacogenetic-studies-on-the-response-to-biologics-in-psoriasis-patients
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L J van Vugt, J M P A van den Reek, M J H Coenen, E M G J de Jong
Biologics are indicated for treating moderate to severe psoriasis. As the number of biologics registered for psoriasis increases, so does the need for biomarkers to guide personalized therapeutic decisions. Genetic variants might serve as predictors for treatment response, a field of research known as pharmacogenetics. The aim of this systematic review was to assess which genetic variants are associated with the response to biologics in psoriasis patients. A systematic search was performed in EMBASE, MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library and Web of Science...
June 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646291/application-of-open-access-databases-to-determine-functional-connectivity-between-resveratrol-binding-protein-qr2-and-colorectal-carcinoma
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Barbara B Doonan, Evelien Schaafsma, John T Pinto, Joseph M Wu, Tze-Chen Hsieh
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major cause of cancer-associated deaths worldwide. Recently, oral administration of resveratrol (trans-3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene) has been reported to significantly reduce tumor proliferation in colorectal cancer patients, however, with little specific information on functional connections. The pathogenesis and development of colorectal cancer is a multistep process that can be categorized using three phenotypic pathways, respectively, chromosome instability (CIN), microsatellite instability (MSI), and CpG island methylator (CIMP)...
June 23, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646224/role-of-new-immunophenotypic-markers-on-prognostic-and-overall-survival-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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A F O Costa, D L Menezes, L H S Pinheiro, A F Sandes, M A P Nunes, D P Lyra Junior, D M Schimieguel
Despite technological advances, the prognosis and survival of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) adult patients remain low, compared with other hematologic malignancies. Some antigens detected by immunophenotyping may soon play a significant role in the pathophysiologic, prognostic, and overall survival (OS) rate of AML patients. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of PubMed, Scopus, Science Direct, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library (using PRISMA guidelines). We analyzed 11 studies and 13 antigens, detected through the immunophenotyping of 639 patients...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645985/a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-interactive-web-based-intervention-cancercope
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Suzanne K Chambers, Lee Ritterband, Frances Thorndike, Lisa Nielsen, Joanne F Aitken, Samantha Clutton, Paul Scuffham, Philippa Youl, Bronwyn Morris, Peter Baade, Jeffrey Dunn
INTRODUCTION: Approximately 35% of patients with cancer experience clinically significant distress, and unmet psychological supportive care needs are prevalent. This study describes the protocol for a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an internet-based psychological intervention for distressed patients with cancer. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: In phase I, the intervention was developed on an interactive web platform and pilot tested for acceptability using a qualitative methodology with 21 patients with cancer...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645980/association-between-human-herpesvirus-infections-and-dementia-or-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Charlotte Warren-Gash, Harriet Forbes, Judith Breuer, Andrew C Hayward, Angelique Mavrodaris, Basil H Ridha, Martin Rossor, Sara L Thomas, Liam Smeeth
INTRODUCTION: Persisting neurotropic viruses are proposed to increase the risk of dementia, but evidence of association from robust, adequately powered population studies is lacking. This is essential to inform clinical trials of targeted preventive interventions. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will carry out a comprehensive systematic review of published and grey literature of the association between infection with, reactivation of, vaccination against or treatment of any of the eight human herpesviruses and dementia or mild cognitive impairment...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645974/assessing-medical-student-knowledge-and-attitudes-about-shared-decision-making-across-the-curriculum-protocol-for-an-international-online-survey-and-stakeholder-analysis
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Marie-Anne Durand, Renata Yen, Paul J Barr, Nan Cochran, Johanna Aarts, France Légaré, Malcolm Reed, A James O'Malley, Peter Scalia, Geneviève Painchaud Guérard, Glyn Elwyn
INTRODUCTION: Shared decision making (SDM) is a goal of modern medicine; however, it is not currently embedded in routine care. Barriers include clinicians’ attitudes, lack of knowledge and training and time constraints. Our goal is to support the development and delivery of a robust SDM curriculum in medical education. Our objective is to assess undergraduate medical students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards SDM in four countries. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The first phase of the study involves a web-based cross-sectional survey of undergraduate medical students from all years in selected schools across the United States (US), Canada and undergraduate and graduate students in the Netherlands...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645959/formal-consensus-to-identify-clinically-important-changes-in-management-resulting-from-the-use-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-cmr-in-patients-who-activate-the-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-ppci-pathway
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Maria Pufulete, Rachel C Brierley, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, John P Greenwood, Stephen Dorman, Richard A Anderson, Jessica Harris, Elisa McAlindon, Chris A Rogers, Barnaby C Reeves
OBJECTIVE: To define important changes in management arising from the use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients who activate the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) pathway. DESIGN: Formal consensus study using literature review and cardiologist expert opinion to formulate consensus statements and setting up a consensus panel to review the statements (by completing a web-based survey, attending a face-to-face meeting to discuss survey results and modify the survey to reflect group discussion and completing the modified survey to determine which statements were in consensus)...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645891/health-app-use-among-individuals-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-a-survey-study-with-thematic-coding
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Caryn Kseniya Rubanovich, David C Mohr, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Researchers have largely turned to commercial app stores, randomized trials, and systematic reviews to make sense of the mHealth landscape. Few studies have approached understanding by collecting information from target end users. The end user perspective is critical as end user interest in and use of mHealth technologies will ultimately drive the efficacy of these tools. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain information from end users of mHealth technologies to better understand the physical and mental health apps people use and for what purposes...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645714/retrospective-analysis-on-thermal-injuries-in-children-demographic-etiological-and-clinical-data-of-german-and-austrian-pediatric-hospitals-2006-2015-approaching-the-new-german-burn-registry
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Laura C Tegtmeyer, Georg R Herrnstadt, Sarah L Maier, Oliver C Thamm, Michaela Klinke, Konrad Reinshagen, Ingo Koenigs
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this observational, multi-center study was to reveal epidemiologic, etiological and clinical aspects of hospitalized children with thermal injuries in Germany and Austria and the workup of a renewed web-based pediatric burn registry. METHODS: From 2006 to 2015, comprehensive patient data of thermally injured children in Germany and Austria were collected prospectively. Retrospective analysis of age, gender, mechanism of injury, total body surface area burned, way of admission and length of stay was performed, followed by the comparative analysis between designated burn centers and other pediatric hospitals...
June 20, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645656/allochthonous-carbon-is-a-major-driver-of-the-microbial-food-web-a-mesocosm-study-simulating-elevated-terrestrial-matter-runoff
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Cédric L Meunier, Antonia Liess, Agneta Andersson, Sonia Brugel, Joanna Paczkowska, Habib Rahman, Bjorn Skoglund, Owen F Rowe
Climate change predictions indicate that coastal and estuarine environments will receive increased terrestrial runoff via increased river discharge. This discharge transports allochthonous material, containing bioavailable nutrients and light attenuating matter. Since light and nutrients are important drivers of basal production, their relative and absolute availability have important consequences for the base of the aquatic food web, with potential ramifications for higher trophic levels. Here, we investigated the effects of shifts in terrestrial organic matter and light availability on basal producers and their grazers...
June 15, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645551/association-between-blood-vitamin-d-and-myocardial-infarction-a-meta-analysis-including-observational-studies
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Jizhen Huang, Zhiwei Wang, Zhipeng Hu, Wanli Jiang, Bowen Li
BACKGROUND: The association between blood vitamin D levels and the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) is controversial. This meta-analysis aimed to describe the relationship between MI risk and blood vitamin D levels. METHODS: Online databases were searched in PubMed, EMBASE and Web of science till February 2017 for observational studies in relation to reporting the vitamin D levels in MI cases and non-MI controls. The weighted mean difference (WMD) or odds ratio (OR), with 95% confidence interval (CI), were calculated to evaluate the relationship between MI risk and blood vitamin D levels...
June 20, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645119/the-application-of-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-fast-track-surgery-in-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jie Ding, Benlong Sun, Peng Song, Song Liu, Hong Chen, Min Feng, Wenxian Guan
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to compare the safety and effectiveness of Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) with conventional care in gastrectomy for gastric cancer. METHODS: Search strategy from Pubmed, Embase, Web of science, Cochrane library and reference lists was performed. The collected studies were randomized controlled trials and published only in English, and undergoing ERAS in gastrectomy for gastric cancer from January 1994 to August 2016. RESULTS: A total of eight studies including 801 patients were included...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645110/long-noncoding-rna-ccat2-as-a-novel-biomaker-of-metastasis-and-prognosis-in-human-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Dailian Wang, Zhicong Chen, Haidan Xu, Anbang He, Yuchen Liu, Weiren Huang
Colon cancer-associated transcript2 (CCAT2), a long noncoding RNA (LncRNA), has been found to function as an oncogene in various cancers. However, the clinical value of CCAT2 in cancers remains unclear. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to investigate the association between CCAT2 level and metastasis & prognosis in malignant tumors. The meta analysis was performed by using a systematic search in PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library from inception to NOV 17, 2016. According to the inclusion and exclusion criteria,9 studies with 1084 patients were included in the meta-analysis...
May 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645086/toddler-exposure-to-flame-retardant-chemicals-magnitude-health-concern-and-potential-risk-or-protective-factors-of-exposure-observational-studies-summarized-in-a-systematic-review
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Eva J Sugeng, Marijke de Cock, Linda J Schoonmade, Margot van de Bor
Endocrine disrupting flame retardant (FR) chemicals form a human health concern, that is investigated mostly from the perspective of adult- and early life exposure. No overview of studies on toddler exposure and health effects exist. However, toddlerhood is a critical developmental period and toddlers are at increased risk for exposure because of their age-specific behavior. This systematic review encompasses toddler FR exposure studies in three countries, associated health effects and potential environmental, demographic, or behavioral risk- or protective factors for toddler exposure...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645026/measuring-physical-activity-with-accelerometers-for-individuals-with-intellectual-disability-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Willie Leung, Erin A Siebert, Joonkoo Yun
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have reported differing physical activity levels for individuals with intellectual disabilities when using accelerometers. One of the potential reasons for these differences may be due to how researchers measure physical activity. Currently there is a lack of understanding on measurement protocol of accelerometers. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to synthesize the current practice of using accelerometers to measure physical activity levels among individuals with intellectual disabilities...
June 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645017/examining-anxiety-sensitivity-as-a-mediator-of-the-association-between-ptsd-symptoms-and-suicide-risk-among-women-firefighters
#18
Ian H Stanley, Melanie A Hom, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Thomas E Joiner
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are associated with increased suicide risk. Anxiety sensitivity (AS)-the fear of anxiety-related sensations-is both a vulnerability factor for and consequence of PTSD symptoms. AS also predicts suicide risk. To our knowledge, no study has examined whether AS concerns account for the association between PTSD symptoms and suicide risk. METHOD: A total of 254 women firefighters completed a web-based mental health survey...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644863/a-rule-based-named-entity-recognition-method-for-knowledge-extraction-of-evidence-based-dietary-recommendations
#19
Tome Eftimov, Barbara Koroušić Seljak, Peter Korošec
Evidence-based dietary information represented as unstructured text is a crucial information that needs to be accessed in order to help dietitians follow the new knowledge arrives daily with newly published scientific reports. Different named-entity recognition (NER) methods have been introduced previously to extract useful information from the biomedical literature. They are focused on, for example extracting gene mentions, proteins mentions, relationships between genes and proteins, chemical concepts and relationships between drugs and diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644859/grief-interventions-for-people-bereaved-by-suicide-a-systematic-review
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Katja Linde, Julia Treml, Jana Steinig, Michaela Nagl, Anette Kersting
BACKGROUND: Adaption to the loss of a loved one due to suicide can be complicated by feelings of guilt, shame, responsibility, rejection, and stigmatization. Therefore people bereaved by suicide have an increased risk for developing complicated grief which is related to negative physical and mental disorders and an increased risk for suicidal behavior. Grief interventions are needed for this vulnerable population. The aim of this systematic review was to provide an overview of the current state of evidence concerning the effectiveness of interventions that focus on grief for people bereaved by suicide...
2017: PloS One
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