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Richard J Cassidy, Yuan Liu, Kirtesh Patel, Jim Zhong, Conor E Steuer, David A Kooby, Maria C Russell, Theresa W Gillespie, Jerome C Landry
BACKGROUND: Stage II and III rectal cancers have been effectively treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) followed by definitive resection. Advancements in surgical technique and systemic therapy have prompted investigation of neoadjuvant multiagent chemotherapy (NMAC) regimens with the elimination of radiation (RT). The objective of the current study was to investigate factors that predict for the use of NCRT versus NMAC and compare outcomes using the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) for select stage II and III rectal cancers...
October 25, 2016: Cancer
Mohamed Osman, Rajesh Paleti, Sabyasachee Mishra, Mihalis M Golias
Work zones are critical parts of the transportation infrastructure renewal process consisting of rehabilitation of roadways, maintenance, and utility work. Given the specific nature of a work zone (complex arrangements of traffic control devices and signs, narrow lanes, duration) a number of crashes occur with varying severities involving different vehicle sizes. In this paper we attempt to investigate the causal factors contributing to injury severity of large truck crashes in work zones. Considering the discrete nature of injury severity categories, a number of comparable econometric models were developed including multinomial logit (MNL), nested logit (NL), ordered logit (ORL), and generalized ordered logit (GORL) models...
October 22, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Abhinav Totapally, Michael Leoncio, Fernando Beltramo, Keith Meyer, Andre Raszynski, Balagangadhar R Totapally
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to explore the epidemiology and outcomes of hospitalized children with a diagnosis of accidental hypothermia. METHODS: The 2012 Kids' Inpatient Database, detailing discharge diagnoses in children admitted to US hospitals, was analyzed using ICD-9-DM codes to filter out relevant patients. Children ages 1 month to 17 years were included in the analysis. Demographic and outcome variables in the hypothermia group were compared with the rest of the patients...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Shohreh Maleki, Sanela Kjellqvist, Valentina Paloschi, Joelle Magné, Rui Miguel Mamede Branca, Lei Du, Kjell Hultenby, Johan Petrini, Jonas Fuxe, Janne Lehtiö, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Per Eriksson, Hanna M Björck
Individuals with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) are at significantly higher risk of developing aortic complications than individuals with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV) and defective signaling during the embryonic development and/or life time exposure to abnormal hemodynamic have been proposed as underlying factors. However, an explanation for the molecular mechanisms of aortopathy in BAV has not yet been provided. We combined proteomics, RNA analyses, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to identify molecular differences in samples of non-dilated ascending aortas from BAV (N = 62) and TAV (N = 54) patients...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Motoo Nomura, Satoru Iwasa, Takahiro Tsushima, Ken Kato, Hirofumi Yasui, Narikazu Boku, Manabu Muto, Kei Muro
PURPOSE: The survival benefit of chemotherapy (CTx) compared with best supportive care (BSC) is unclear in patients with recurrent or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (R/M-ESCC) previously treated with fluorouracil (FU), platinum (PT), and taxane (TAX). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The data of 283 consecutive patients with R/M-ESCC, who could not tolerate or whose tumor was refractory to all three agents (FU, PT, and TAX) between March 2003 and November 2014, were retrospectively reviewed...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Yu Liu, Jinsong Han, Tao Liu, Zhonglu Yang, Hui Jiang, Huishan Wang
Objective. To investigate the effects of diabetes mellitus (DM) in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). Method. A total of 728 patients with DM and 1380 patients without DM who underwent OPCAB treatment from March 2012 to April 2015 were reviewed. The effects of DM on intraoperative variables and postoperative complications were determined using propensity score analysis. Results. Two well-matched subgroups were selected using propensity score analysis (DM = 728, no-DM = 728) to compare the perioperative outcome...
2016: BioMed Research International
Bilal H Kirmani, Michael V Holmes, Andrew D Muir
BACKGROUND: The long-term outcomes of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are the subject of speculation. Our institution has >15 years of experience performing CABG both off-pump (OPCAB) and on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Our null hypothesis was that there would be no difference in a long-term composite of death and revascularisation between the 2 methods. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all isolated CABG at our institution from 2001 to 2015...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Hannah C Williamson, Benjamin R Karney, Thomas N Bradbury
Objective: Government initiatives undertaken to improve the earning potential of disadvantaged unmarried parents assume that job training and additional schooling will strengthen these families, yet alternative models predict that these same interventions could overwhelm couples' limited resources, undermining family stability. Method: We use 3 waves of dyadic data and propensity score analysis to test these competing perspectives by examining the effects of job-related and school-related interventions on 3-year marriage rates...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Stefano Coiro, Nicolas Girerd, Patrick Rossignol, João Pedro Ferreira, Aldo Maggioni, Bertram Pitt, Isabella Tritto, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Kenneth Dickstein, Faiez Zannad
AIMS: To determine the influence of baseline beta-blocker use on long-term prognosis of myocardial infarction (MI) survivors complicated with heart failure (HF) or with left ventricular dysfunction and with history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Among the 28 771 patients from the High-Risk MI Database Initiative we identified 1573 patients with a baseline history of COPD. We evaluated the association between beta-blocker use at baseline (822 with beta-blocker and 751 without) on the rates of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Seo Ki Kim, Jung-Woo Woo, Inhye Park, Jun Ho Lee, Jun-Ho Choe, Jung-Han Kim, Jee Soo Kim
PURPOSE: The da Vinci surgical robot system was developed to overcome the weaknesses of endoscopic surgery. However, whether robotic surgery is superior to endoscopic surgery remains uncertain. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the surgical and oncologic outcomes between endoscopic and robotic thyroidectomy using bilateral axillo-breast approach (BABA). METHODS: Between January 2008 and June 2015, papillary thyroid carcinoma patients who underwent thyroidectomy with central neck dissection using endoscopic (n = 480) or robotic (n = 705) BABA were primarily reviewed...
October 24, 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Anne S Bie, Paula Fernandez-Guerra, Rune I D Birkler, Shahar Nisemblat, Dita Pelnena, Xinping Lu, Joshua L Deignan, Hane Lee, Naghmeh Dorrani, Thomas J Corydon, Johan Palmfeldt, Liga Bivina, Abdussalam Azem, Kristin Herman, Peter Bross
We here report molecular investigations of a missense mutation in the HSPE1 gene encoding the HSP10 subunit of the HSP60/ HSP10 chaperonin complex that assists protein folding in the mitochondrial matrix. The mutation was identified in an infant who came to clinical attention due to infantile spasms at 3 months of age. Clinical exome sequencing revealed heterozygosity for a HSPE1 NM_002157.2:c.217C>T de novo mutation causing replacement of leucine with phenylalanine at position 73 of the HSP10 protein. This variation has never been observed in public exome sequencing databases or the literature...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Valentine Nfonsam, Hassan Aziz, Viraj Pandit, Mazhar Khalil, Jana Jandova, Bellal Joseph
INTRODUCTION: Optimization of surgical outcomes after colectomy continues to be actively studied, but most studies group right-sided and left-sided colectomies together. The aim of our study was to determine whether the complication rate differs between right-sided and left-sided colectomies for cancer. METHODS: We identified patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer between 2005 and 2010 in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database and stratified cases by right and left side...
2016: Cancer Treatment Communications
Akihiko Sato, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yuki Kanno, Mai Takiguchi, Shunsuke Miura, Takeshi Shimizu, Yuichi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Yamauchi, Takashi Owada, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Takayoshi Yamaki, Koichi Sugimoto, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) and diabetes mellitus (DM) often co-exist. Treatment of DM in HF patients is challenging because some therapies for DM are contraindicated in HF. Although previous experimental studies have reported that dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors improve cardiovascular function, whether DPP-4 inhibition improves mortality of HF patients with DM remains unclear. Therefore, we examined the impact of DPP-4 inhibition on mortality in hospitalized HF patients using propensity score analyses...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Julia M Goodman, Sylvia Guendelman, Kristen H Kjerulff
BACKGROUND: Most employed American women work during pregnancy and continue working through the month they deliver. Yet, few studies estimate the relationship between maternity leave taken during pregnancy and maternal health. We evaluate the association of antenatal leave (ANL) uptake with obstetric outcomes, assessing the potential role of protective and adverse selection pathways on this relationship. METHODS: We sample 1,740 employed women who delivered at term from the First Baby Study, a prospective cohort of nulliparous women in Pennsylvania...
October 20, 2016: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Yun-Fang Zhang, Qi Wang, Yan-Yan Su, Shen Yang, Jian Guo, Jie Luo, Jia-Min Tang, Hong-Yan Li
OBJECTIVE: In this retrospective matched-cohort study, the association between potassium supplementation and long-term outcomes was determined. METHODS: Chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, aged ≥ 16 years, being referred to four PD centers in China, with serum potassium levels ≤ 3.5 mEq/L on three consecutive monthly in Q4 2008 and without receiving oral potassium supplementation in the prior three months were included in this study. Patients were divided into two groups, either to receive (test group) or not (control group) oral potassium supplementation in both Q4 2008 and the subsequent follow-up period, until 31 December 2014...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
Zai-Shang Li, Chuang-Zhong Deng, Kai Yao, Yong Tang, Nan Liu, Peng Chen, Bin Wang, Xiang Li, Xiao-Feng Chen, Hong Liao, Qi-Wu Mi, Yong-Hong Lei, Qi Zhao, Pei-Zhen Zhao, Xue-Ying Li, Jie-Ping Chen, Qiang-Hua Zhou, Zi-Ke Qin, Zhuo-Wei Liu, Yong-Hong Li, Yun-Lin Ye, Hua Tu, Zi-Jun Zou, Xing Bi, Feng Yang, Ying-Ming Xiao, Jing Li, Xiang-Tian Lin, Wei-Cong Liang, Hui Han, Fang-Jian Zhou
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend pelvic lymphadenectomy (PLND) for patients with pelvic lymph node metastasis and special state. However, these data and recommendations do not distinguish the role of PLND in different patient groups and confirm the final benefits. The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy of pelvic lymphadenectomy (PLND) for the different groups of patients. METHODS: Data obtained from 7 centers were retrospectively analyzed. Of the patients, 190 pN2-3 penile carcinoma patients confirmed by bilateral inguinal lymph node excision were included in this study...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Alexander J Hose, Martin Depner, Sabina Illi, Susanne Lau, Thomas Keil, Ulrich Wahn, Oliver Fuchs, Petra Ina Pfefferle, Elisabeth Schmaußer-Hechfellner, Jon Genuneit, Roger Lauener, Anne M Karvonen, Caroline Roduit, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Josef Riedler, Juha Pekkanen, Erika von Mutius, Markus J Ege, Carl Peter Bauer, Johannes Forster, Fred Zepp, Volker Wahn, Antje Schuster, Renate L Bergmann, Karl E Bergmann, Andreas Reich, Linus Grabenhenrich, Bianca Schaub, Georg J Loss, Harald Renz, Michael Kabesch, Marjut Roponen, Anne Hyvärinen, Pekka Tiittanen, Sami Remes, Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer, Remo Frei, Vincent Kaulek, Marie-Laure Dalphin, Gert Doekes, Nicole Blümer, Urs Frey
BACKGROUND: Phenotypes of childhood-onset asthma are characterized by distinct trajectories and functional features. For atopy, definition of phenotypes during childhood is less clear. OBJECTIVE: To define phenotypes of atopic sensitization over the first 6 years of life by a latent class analysis (LCA) integrating three dimensions of atopy: allergen specificity, time course, and levels of specific IgE. METHODS: Phenotypes were defined by LCA in 680 children of the MAS and 766 of the PASTURE birth cohorts and compared to classical non-disjunctive definitions of seasonal, perennial, and food sensitization with respect to atopic diseases and lung function...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Stephen P Sharp, Ashar Ata, Brian T Valerian, Jonathan J Canete, A David Chismark, Edward C Lee
BACKGROUND: Interhospital transfer is common among patients undergoing colorectal surgery. The purpose of this study was to determine surgical outcomes after transfer vs direct admission in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database from 2010 to 2012 was used. Colorectal operations were selected, including both emergency and nonemergency cases. Transfers were compared with direct admissions using a complex comorbidity analysis model...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
X Yao, E A Stewart, S K Laughlin-Tommaso, H C Heien, B J Borah
OBJECTIVES: To report patterns and patient characteristics associated with initiation of and persistence with medical therapies for uterine fibroid-related heavy menstrual bleeding. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: US commercial insurance claims database. POPULATION: 41 561 women aged 18-54 years with uterine fibroids and heavy menstrual bleeding who initiated medical therapies from January 2000 through December 2013...
October 21, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Nils D Arvold, Matthew Cefalu, Yun Wang, Corwin Zigler, Deborah Schrag, Francesca Dominici
It is unknown whether the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to radiotherapy (RT) is associated with improved overall survival (OS) among older glioblastoma patients. We performed a retrospective cohort SEER-Medicare analysis of 1652 patients aged ≥65 years with glioblastoma who received ≥10 fractions of RT from 2005 to 2009, or from 1995 to 1999 before TMZ was available. Three cohorts were assembled based on diagnosis year and treatment initiated within 60 days of diagnosis: (1) 2005-2009 and TMZ/RT, (2) 2005-2009 and RT only, or (3) 1995-1999 and RT only...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
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