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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245093/neurocognitive-functioning-in-first-episode-bipolar-disorder-relationship-with-functional-status
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Alejandro G Szmulewicz, Marina P Valerio, Julieta Lomastro, José M Smith, Virginia Chiappe, Diego J Martino, Ana Igoa
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess if an association between neurocognitive deficits and psychosocial functioning exists in first-episode BD patients. METHODS: Twenty-five euthymic first-episode BD patients and thirty-seven healthy controls were recruited. History of suicide attempts, psychiatric comorbidities, pharmacological exposure, and previous depressive episodes were investigated. Performances on neurocognitive domains (verbal memory, attention, processing speed, and executive functions) as well as a measure of psychosocial functioning were used as outcomes...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245017/investigating-the-predictors-of-happiness-life-satisfaction-and-success-in-schizophrenia
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Sarah Saperia, Susana Da Silva, Ishraq Siddiqui, Krysta McDonald, Ofer Agid, Gary Remington, George Foussias
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that, despite marked functional impairments, remitted first episode patients with schizophrenia report levels of well-being that are comparable to healthy controls. The aim of the current study was to specifically evaluate self-reported happiness, life satisfaction and success in individuals with schizophrenia beyond their first-episode of psychosis, and to investigate the impact of symptoms and functioning on these subjective experiences. METHODS: Fifty-one schizophrenia patients and 56 matched healthy controls participated in the study...
November 22, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244110/proteomic-profiling-of-human-uterine-fibroids-reveals-upregulation-of-the-extracellular-matrix-protein-periostin
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M Fairuz B Jamaluddin, Yi-An Ko, Manish Kumar, Yazmin Brown, Preety Bajwa, Prathima B Nagendra, David Skerrett-Byrne, Hubert Hondermarck, Mark A Baker, Matt D Dun, Rodney J Scott, Pravin Nahar, Pradeep S Tanwar
The central characteristics of uterine fibroid is excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM), which contributes to fibroid growth and bulk-type symptoms. Despite this, very little is known about ECM protein expression patterns in fibroids and whether these are influenced by the most common genetic anomalies, which relate to MED12. We performed extensive genetic and proteomic analyses of clinically annotated fibroids and adjacent normal myometrium to identify the composition and expression patterns of ECM proteins in MED12 mutation-positive and mutation-negative uterine fibroids...
December 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244107/the-importance-of-gender-analysis-in-research-for-health-systems-strengthening
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Sally Theobald, Rosemary Morgan, Kate Hawkins, Sarah Ssali, Asha George, Sassy Molyneux
This editorial discusses a collection of papers examining gender across a range of health policy and systems contexts, from access to services, governance, health financing, and human resources for health. The papers interrogate differing health issues and core health systems functions using a gender lens. Together they produce new knowledge on the multiple impacts of gender on health experiences and demonstrate the importance of gender analyses and gender sensitive interventions for promoting well-being and health systems strengthening...
December 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244089/the-historical-progression-from-adl-scrutiny-to-iadl-to-advanced-adl-assessing-functional-status-in-the-earliest-stages-of-dementia
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Robert Fieo, Laura Zahodne, Ming X Tang, Jennifer J Manly, Ron Cohen, Yaakov Stern
Background: Decrements in instrumental activities (IADL) have been observed in the prodromal phase of dementia. Given the long pre-dementia stage in neuro-degenerative diseases, it has been proposed that subtle functional changes may precede clinical IADL impairment. Incorporating more challenging advanced ADLs (e.g., volunteer work) into the assessment process may increase the sensitivity of functional measures, thus expanding the window for monitoring or interventions. Methods: Longitudinal cohort study (follow-ups, 18-24 month), subjects aged >60 (n=3635)...
December 13, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243999/efficacy-of-intraoperative-epidural-triamcinolone-application-in-lumbar-microdiscectomy-a-matched-control-study
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Martin N Stienen, Holger Joswig, Ivan Chau, Marian C Neidert, David Bellut, Thomas Wälchli, Karl Schaller, Oliver P Gautschi
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the intraoperative application of an epidural steroid (ES) on the decompressed nerve root improves short- and midterm subjective and objective clinical outcomes after lumbar microdiscectomy. METHODS This study was a retrospective analysis of a 2-center database including consecutive cases in which patients underwent lumbar microdiscectomy. All patients who received ES application (40 mg triamcinolone, ES group) were matched by age and sex to patients who had not received ES application (control group)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243783/research-on-the-nutrition-and-cognition-of-high-risk-stroke-groups-in-community-and-the-relevant-factors
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N-N Zhao, K-X Zeng, Y-L Wang, P-J Sheng, C-Z Tang, P Xiao, X-W Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence rate of nutritional risk in high-risk stroke groups in community, analyze its influencing factors, and analyze and compare the relationship between nutritional risk or malnutrition assessed by different nutritional evaluation methods and cognitive function, so as to provide the basis and guidance for clinical nutritional assessment and support. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was performed for 1196 cases in high-risk stroke groups in community from December 2015 to January 2017...
December 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243393/quality-of-life-in-elderly-patients-with-an-ostomy-a-study-from-the-population-based-profiles-registry
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N M Verweij, C S Bonhof, A H W Schiphorst, H A Maas, F Mols, A Pronk, M E Hamaker
BACKGROUND: 'Ostomies are being placed frequently in surgically treated elderly colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Having insight into the (potential) impact of 'ostomies on their quality of life (QoL) can be useful in patient counselling as well as in the challenging shared treatment decision making. METHODS: CRC patients diagnosed between 2000-2009 and registered in the population-based Eindhoven Cancer Registry received a QoL questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) in 2010...
December 15, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243338/a-partially-linear-additive-model-for-clustered-proportion-data
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Weihua Zhao, Heng Lian, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Proportion data with support lying in the interval [0,1] are a commonplace in various domains of medicine and public health. When these data are available as clusters, it is important to correctly incorporate the within-cluster correlation to improve the estimation efficiency while conducting regression-based risk evaluation. Furthermore, covariates may exhibit a nonlinear relationship with the (proportion) responses while quantifying disease status. As an alternative to various existing classical methods for modeling proportion data (such as augmented Beta regression) that uses maximum likelihood, or generalized estimating equations, we develop a partially linear additive model based on the quadratic inference function...
December 15, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243228/mitochondria-and-redox-balance-in-celiac-disease-a-case-control-study
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A Picca, G Riezzo, A M S Lezza, C Clemente, V Pesce, A Orlando, G Chimienti, F Russo
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) is a gluten-sensitive autoimmune disorder. Gluten toxicity encompasses a wide spectrum of target organ functions and pathologies, including the activation of the immune response and triggering of oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to investigate inflammation and the redox balance in patients with active CD, and to evaluate whether alteration of mitochondrial function is involved in the disease status. DESIGN: In this prospective case-control study, blood samples from sixteen adult CD patients and sixteen healthy controls (HC) were investigated for IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-8 plasma concentrations, for serum PON1 arylesterase, total and MnSOD antioxidant enzymes activities, induced TBARs levels, and for lymphocyte mtDNA content...
December 15, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243114/effect-of-cytochrome-p450-2c19-polymorphism-on-adverse-cardiovascular-events-after-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-in-a-large-hakka-population-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-receiving-clopidogrel-in-southern-china
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Zhixiong Zhong, Jingyuan Hou, Qifeng Zhang, Bin Li, Cunren Li, Zhidong Liu, Min Yang, Wei Zhong, Xuebo He, Hesen Wu, Miaocai Zhong, Pingsen Zhao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) polymorphism on adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in Hakka patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) receiving clopidogrel who had undergone coronary drug-eluting stent placement after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in southern China. METHODS: Genotyping of CYP2C19 and MACE of 934 ACS patients with PCI on clopidogrel maintenance therapy were analyzed...
December 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243107/impact-of-geriatric-assessment-for-the-therapeutic-decision-making-of-breast-cancer-results-of-a-french-survey-afsos-and-sofog-collaborative-work
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Claire Falandry, Ivan Krakowski, Hervé Curé, Elisabeth Carola, Pierre Soubeyran, Olivier Guérin, Hélène Gaudin, Gilles Freyer
BACKGROUND: Cancer management in the elderly is often considered as suboptimal, highly variable, and rarely evidence-based. Data are needed to understand decision-making processes in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was performed in France to describe decision-making in gynaecologic patients over 70. It followed a three-step method: (1) 101 representative physicians questioned about treatment decision criteria; (2) simplified individual data were collected; (3) as well as detailed data patients receiving chemotherapy...
December 14, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242982/-iron-a-miralcle-cure-for-chronic-cardiac-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Katrin Singler
Anemia and chronic heart failure are frequent comorbidities in geriatric patients. In approximately one third of older adults the cause of the anemia is an iron, vitamin B12 and/or folate deficiency and in another third a chronic inflammatory process is present. In the case of iron deficiency a differentiation must be made between the absolute and functional forms. Although in functional iron deficiency ferritin, as a parameter of iron metabolism, is within the normal range or can even be higher, an iron-deficient erythropoiesis is present...
December 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242964/-bone-substitute-materials-as-local-drug-carriers-current-status-of-substitutes-of-various-origins
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REVIEW
K-D Kühn, C Berberich, H Bösebeck
BACKGROUND: Autologous bone grafts (autografts) are used in surgery for defect filling and impaction grafting during hip socket and femur reconstruction. Because of their superior osteoinductive capacity, autografts are considered the "gold standard" for these treatments. However, because of a better cost-benefit ratio, allografts are also often used. In the case of limited donor availability for autologous or allogenic bone grafts, bone substitute materials (BSMs) are a reasonable alternative or supplement...
December 14, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242922/outcomes-following-cordotomy-by-coblation-for-bilateral-vocal-fold-immobility
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Michael S Benninger, Roy Xiao, Kyra Osborne, Paul C Bryson
Importance: Bilateral vocal fold immobility (BVFI) can result in considerable voice and airway impairment. Although the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is commonly used in transverse cordotomy, the coblator, a minimally invasive, low-thermal technology, has been increasingly used in otolaryngology. Objective: To investigate outcomes associated with coblation to treat BVFI. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective case series was conducted between January 2012 and June 2017 including 19 patients with BVFI who underwent cordotomy by coblation in a single tertiary care institution...
December 14, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242314/reduced-expression-of-apum24-encoding-a-novel-rrna-processing-factor-induces-sugar-dependent-nucleolar-stress-and-altered-sugar-responses-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Shugo Maekawa, Tetsuya Ishida, Shuichi Yanagisawa
Ribosome biogenesis is one of the most energy-consuming events in the cell and must therefore be coordinated with changes in cellular energy status. Here, we show that the sugar-inducible gene ARABIDOPSIS PUMILIO PROTEIN 24 (APUM24) encodes a Pumilio homology domain-containing protein involved in pre-ribosomal RNA (pre-rRNA) processing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Null mutation of APUM24 resulted in aborted embryos due to abnormal gametogenesis and embryogenesis, whereas reduced expression of APUM24 caused several phenotypes characteristic of ribosome biogenesis or function-related mutants...
December 14, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242278/ampk-in-skeletal-muscle-function-and-metabolism
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REVIEW
Rasmus Kjøbsted, Janne R Hingst, Joachim Fentz, Marc Foretz, Maria-Nieves Sanz, Christian Pehmøller, Michael Shum, André Marette, Remi Mounier, Jonas T Treebak, Jørgen F P Wojtaszewski, Benoit Viollet, Louise Lantier
Skeletal muscle possesses a remarkable ability to adapt to various physiologic conditions. AMPK is a sensor of intracellular energy status that maintains energy stores by fine-tuning anabolic and catabolic pathways. AMPK's role as an energy sensor is particularly critical in tissues displaying highly changeable energy turnover. Due to the drastic changes in energy demand that occur between the resting and exercising state, skeletal muscle is one such tissue. Here, we review the complex regulation of AMPK in skeletal muscle and its consequences on metabolism (e...
December 14, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242034/dendritic-cells-in-the-regulation-of-immunity-and-inflammation
#18
REVIEW
Cheng Qian, Xuetao Cao
As potent antigen-presenting cells, dendritic cells (DCs) comprise the most heterogeneous cell population with significant cellular phenotypic and functional plasticity. They form a sentinel network to modulate immune responses, since intrinsic cellular mechanisms and complex external, environmental signals endow DCs with the distinct capacity to induce protective immunity or tolerance to self. Interactions between DCs and other cells of the immune system mediate this response. This interactive response depends on DC maturation status and subtype, as well as the microenvironment of the tissue location and DC-intrinsic regulators...
December 11, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241641/the-systemic-sclerosis-questionnaire-sysq-validation-of-the-translation-of-the-original-german-version-into-spanish-and-its-relationship-to-the-disease-and-to-quality-of-life
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Maria Pilar Cruz-Domínguez, Moisés Casarrubias-Ramírez, Victor Gasca-Martínez, Cindy Maldonado García, Rosa Angélica Carranza-Muleiro, Gabriela Medina, Grettel García-Collinot, Daniel Hector Montes-Cortes
OBJECTIVE: Translation, transculturation and validity of the self-administered questionnaire for functionality (Systemic Sclerosis Questionnaires [SySQ]) for use in Spanish patients with systemic sclerosis and its relationship to the severity of the disease and to quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted an observational analytical study to perform a cross-cultural validation of the self-administered questionnaire on functionality in scleroderma. The validity of the form and content was evaluated by an expert panel...
December 11, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241629/the-expression-of-mirc1-mir17-92-cluster-in-sputum-samples-correlates-with-pulmonary-exacerbations-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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Kathrin Krause, Benjamin T Kopp, Mia F Tazi, Kyle Caution, Kaitlin Hamilton, Asmaa Badr, Chandra Shrestha, Dmitry Tumin, Don Hayes, Frank Robledo, Luanne Hall-Stoodley, Brett G Klamer, Xiaoli Zhang, Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Narasimham L Parinandi, Stephen E Kirkby, Duaa Dakhlallah, Karen S McCoy, Estelle Cormet-Boyaka, Amal O Amer
INTRODUCTION: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a multi-organ disorder characterized by chronic sino-pulmonary infections and inflammation. Many patients with CF suffer from repeated pulmonary exacerbations that are predictors of worsened long-term morbidity and mortality. There are no reliable markers that associate with the onset or progression of an exacerbation or pulmonary deterioration. Previously, we found that the Mirc1/Mir17-92a cluster which is comprised of 6 microRNAs (Mirs) is highly expressed in CF mice and negatively regulates autophagy which in turn improves CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) function...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
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