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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156877/comparison-of-microscopy-elisa-and-real-time-pcr-for-detection-of-giardia-intestinalis-in-human-stool-specimens
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Yunus Emre Beyhan, Zeynep Taş Cengiz
Background/aim: This study included patients who had digestive system complaints between August 2015 and October 2015. The research was designed to compare conventional microscopy with an antigen detection ELISA kit and the TaqMan-based real-time PCR (RT-PCR) technique for detection of Giardia intestinalis in human stool specimens. Materials and methods: Samples were concentrated by formalin-ether sedimentation technique and microscopic examinations were carried out on wet mount slides. A commercially available ELISA kit (Giardia CELISA, Cellabs, Brookvale, Australia) was used for immunoassay...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156873/prevention-of-propofol-injection-related-pain-using-pretreatment-transcutaneous-electrical-acupoint-stimulation
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Luping Huang, Yuanyuan Pan, Sijia Chen, Münyuan Zhang, Xiuxiu Zhuang, Shenhui Jin, Junlu Wang, Qinxue Dai, Yunchang Mo
Background/aim: This study aimed to study the effect of pretreatment transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) in preventing propofol injection-related pain. Materials and methods: A total of 360 patients who were to undergo elective hysteroscopy surgery were randomly divided into the following three groups of 120 patients each: control (Group C), sham TEAS (Group F), and TEAS (Group T). Patients in Group C did not undergo any treatment before surgery; 30 min before the induction of anesthesia, patients in Groups F and T underwent electrical stimulation of the bilateral LI4-PC6 acupoint...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156868/a-nationwide-evaluation-of-off-label-drug-utilization-in-turkey
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Emine Nur Özdamar, Ahmet Akıcı, Ali Alkan, Banu Bayar, Hakkı Gürsöz
Background/aim: Off-label drug use (OLDU) is under the control of the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TMMDA) in Turkey. It was aimed to investigate demographic and medical features of patients with OLDU applications in Turkey. Materials and methods: A total of 4426 electronic OLDU application records of the TMMDA were evaluated retrospectively. Information regarding patients? demographic characteristics, diagnoses, requested drugs, institutions, and specialties of the physicians were evaluated...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156867/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-assessment-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-vulnerability-to-abuse-screening-scale
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Güler Duru Aşiret, Gülcan Bağcıvan, Münevver Özcan, Beste Başak Eröksüz, Nalan Akbayrak, Nuran Akdemir
Background/aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale (VASS). Materials and methods: This was a methodological study. The sample included 140 elderly individuals. Data were collected by using a questionnaire form, the VASS, and the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). The Cronbach alpha value was calculated and test?retest reliability was tested for the reliability analyses. Results: The Cronbach alpha value calculated for the VASS (12 items) was 0...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156865/antibacterial-resistance-patterns-and-incidence-of-hospital-acquired-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-in-a-tertiary-care-educational-hospital-in-turkey-a-perspective-from-2001-to-2013
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Oğuz Reşat Sipahi, Serhat Uysal, Sabire Şöhret Aydemir, Hüsnü Pullukçu, Meltem Taşbakan, Alper Tünger, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Tansu Yamazhan, Bilgin Arda, Hilal Sipahi, Sercan Ulusoy
Background/aim: Staphylococcus aureus is an important nosocomial pathogen and a successful antimicrobial-resistance developer. In this study we retrospectively evaluated the resistance patterns and incidence of microbiologically confirmed nosocomial bacteremia (MCNB) related S. aureus strains between 2001 and 2013. Materials and methods: Any patient in whom S. aureus was isolated in at least one set of blood cultures (sent to the bacteriology laboratory 72 h after hospital admission) was considered to have MCNB...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156863/sleep-quality-sleeping-postures-and-sleeping-equipment-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Servet Yolbaş, Ahmet Yıldırım, Deccane Düzenci, Barış Gündoğdu, Metin Özgen, Süleyman Serdar Koca
Background/aim: Inflammatory back pain, spinal stiffness, and limited spinal mobility are characteristic features of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Sleeping postures can affect and/or reflect sleeping disturbances. The aim of the study was to evaluate sleeping postures and sleep disturbances in patients with AS. Materials and methods: Seventy-seven patients with AS and 49 healthy controls were enrolled. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) were applied to both groups...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156862/the-prevalence-of-abdominal-obesity-is-remarkable-for-underweight-and-normal-weight-adolescent-girls
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Nilüfer Acar Tek, Nevin Şanlıer, Duygu Türközü
Background/aim: Obesity is a global public health challenge. This study was carried out in order to determine the prevalence of obesity and abdominal obesity in Turkish adolescent girls. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a total of 1111 adolescent girls aged 12?18 years. The subjects were classified into four groups: underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. Abdominal obesity was defined according to waist circumference (WC) ≥ 90th percentile for Turkish adolescent population references (12-17 years) and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) ≥ 0...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156860/decreased-oxidative-stress-may-contribute-to-the-disease-process-in-placenta-accreta
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Efser Öztaş, Sibel Özler, Merve Ergin, Özcan Erel, Başak Gümüş Güler, Ali Turhan Çağlar, Aykan Yücel, Dilek Uygur, Nuri Danışman
Background/aim: The main aim of this study was to investigate serum total oxidant status (TOS), total antioxidant status (TAS), oxidative stress index (OSI), and arylesterase levels in pregnant women with placenta accreta and to compare those with age-matched healthy pregnant women. Materials and methods: A total of 27 pregnant women who had clinically and pathologically proven placenta accreta and 30 age- and BMI- matched healthy pregnant women were enrolled in this case control study. Maternal serum TOS, TAS, OSI, and arylesterase levels were evaluated using logistic regression analysis to determine if there was an association with abnormal placental invasion or not...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156859/relationship-of-paratracheal-lymph-nodes-with-the-progression-of-chronic-autoimmune-thyroiditis-5-year-follow-up-results
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Gülhan Akbaba, Dilek Berker, Serhat Işık, Narin Nasıroğlu İmga, Ferit Kerim Küçükler, Yasemin Tütüncü, Serdar Güler
Background/aim: To examine changes in paratracheal lymph nodes (PLNs) and the relationship with the course of the disease in patients with chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (CAT) 5 years after diagnosis. Materials and methods: A total of 169 patients with newly diagnosed CAT and 53 healthy subjects were included in the study. All patients underwent ultrasonographic (US) examinations of the thyroid, paratracheal regions, and examined thyroid function tests. Eighty-four patients who were euthyroid at baseline and who were contacted 5 years after the diagnosis were reevaluated by US and thyroid function tests...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156853/the-importance-of-routine-bedside-biliary-ultrasonography-in-the-management-of-patients-admitted-to-the-emergency-department-with-isolated-acute-epigastric-pain
#10
Vermi Değerli, Tanzer Korkmaz, Hülya Mollamehmetoğlu, Cem Ertan
Background/aim: The aim of our study was to emphasize the importance of routine bedside biliary ultrasonography (USG) for the differential diagnosis of biliary tract disorders in patients admitted with acute isolated epigastric pain. Materials and methods: Adult patients who were admitted to the emergency department with acute isolated epigastric pain were included in the study. Emergency residents (ERs) were asked whether they planned to perform biliary USG during the initial evaluation and following diagnosis/treatment (secondary evaluation) of these patients...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156848/nomograms-for-prognostic-factors-of-spinal-giant-cell-tumor-combining-traditional-clinical-characteristics-with-inflammatory-biomarkers-after-gross-total-resection
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Jialin Li, Bo Li, Pingting Zhou, Jian Zhao, Zhipeng Wu, Xinghai Yang, Haifeng Wei, Tianrui Chen, Jianru Xiao
Giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone is a common primary bone tumor, which exhibits local aggressiveness and recurrent potential, especially for the spinal lesion. Increasing evidence indicates that inflammation plays a vital role in tumorigenesis and progression. The prognostic value of inflammatory biomarkers in GCT has not been established. A retrospective analysis was conducted in patients with spinal GCT in Changzheng Hospital Orthopedic Oncological Center (CHOOC) between January 2005 and October 2015 and 129 patients were identified eligible...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156846/s100a14-rs11548103-g-a-polymorphism-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-esophageal-cancer-in-a-chinese-population
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Yang Zhao, Feng Yao, Weifeng Tang, Haiyong Gu, Heng Zhao
Objective: In China in 2009, esophageal cancer was the fifth most commonly diagnosed malignancy and the fourth leading cause of malignancy-related death. Accumulating evidence indicates that genetic factors might play an important role in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) carcinogenesis. Materials and Methods: In total, we recruited 629 ESCC patients and 686 controls. Genetic variations in the S100A14, MLH1, SMAD7 and CCL22/MDC genes were measured using the ligation detection reaction method...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156841/efficacy-of-intra-articular-hyaluronic-acid-injections-in-hip-osteoarthritis-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Bei Wu, Yao-Min Li, Yan-Cheng Liu
There is less credible evidence of using of intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) to treat hip osteoarthritis (OA). This study is to determine the therapeutic effects and risk of adverse events of HA administration for hip OA. The MEDLINE, Cochrane of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Clinical Trial Register and EMBASE, were searched for articles published. Eligible studies were limited to trials of HA with a randomized design. A total of six studies were included in this the meta-analysis. The pooled effect size of improved pain scores from pretreatment was -0...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156839/the-benefit-of-immunonutrition-in-patients-undergoing-hepatectomy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chengshuo Zhang, Baomin Chen, Ao Jiao, Feng Li, Bowen Wang, Ning Sun, Jialin Zhang
Perioperative immunonutrition in liver resection remains doubtful. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to compare postoperative outcomes between patients undergoing hepatectomy who received perioperative immunonutrition and those who did not.A PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Web of Knowledge database search was performed to retrieve all of the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the value of perioperative immunonutrition in patients undergoing hepatectomy until the end of September 2016...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156838/associations-between-dietary-folate-intake-and-risks-of-esophageal-gastric-and-pancreatic-cancers-an-overall-and-dose-response-meta-analysis
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Wen Liu, Heng Zhou, Yaoqi Zhu, Chaorong Tie
There are still some controversies on the association between dietary folate intake and the risk of upper gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal, gastric and pancreatic cancers. Hence, a comprehensive meta-analysis on all available literatures was performed to clarify the relationship between dietary folate intake and risks of upper gastrointestinal cancers. An electric search was performed up to December 12(th), 2016 within the PubMed, MEDLINE AND EMBASE databases. Ultimately, a total of 46 studies which evaluated the association between folate intake and risks of upper gastrointestinal cancers were included...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156805/circulating-tumor-dna-shows-variable-clonal-response-of-breast-cancer-during-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
#16
Ji-Yeon Kim, Donghyun Park, Dae-Soon Son, Seok Jin Nam, Seok Won Kim, Hae Hyun Jung, Yeon Jeong Kim, Gahee Park, Woong-Yang Park, Jeong Eon Lee, Yeon Hee Park
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) correlates with tumor burden and provides early detection of treatment response and tumor genetic alterations in breast cancer (BC). In this study, we aimed to identify genetic alterations during the process of tumor clonal evolution and examine if ctDNA level well indicated clinical response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and BC recurrence. We performed targeted ultra-deep sequencing of plasma DNAs, matched germline DNAs and tumor DNAs from locally advanced BC patients. Serial plasma DNAs were collected at diagnosis, after the 1(st) cycle of NAC and after curative surgery...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156802/efficacy-and-safety-of-first-line-pemetrexed-plus-carboplatin-followed-by-single-agent-pemetrexed-maintenance-in-elderly-chinese-patients-with-non-squamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Xinmin Zhao, Hui Yu, Jing Zhao, Xianghua Wu, Si Sun, Zhiguo Luo, Huijie Wang, Jie Qiao, Jianhua Chang, Jialei Wang
Chemotherapy with pemetrexed plus carboplatin followed by pemetrexed maintenance therapy is a first-line regimen for patients with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. This phase II clinical study investigated the efficacy and safety of this regimen in older patients (aged ≥65 years) with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. All patients received 4 courses of induction therapy with pemetrexed (500 mg/m(2)) combined with carboplatin once every 3 weeks. If patients had stable disease or achieved a complete or partial tumor response after 4 courses of pemetrexed + carboplatin therapy, maintenance treatment with pemetrexed monotherapy was administered until either disease progression or intolerable toxicity occurred...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156792/liquid-biopsy-in-colon-cancer-comparison-of-different-circulating-dna-extraction-systems-following-absolute-quantification-of-kras-mutations-using-intplex-allele-specific-pcr
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Vera Kloten, Nadine Rüchel, Nadina Ortiz Brüchle, Janina Gasthaus, Nils Freudenmacher, Florian Steib, Jolein Mijnes, Julian Eschenbruch, Marcel Binnebösel, Ruth Knüchel, Edgar Dahl
Non-invasive molecular analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a promising application in personalized cancer management, although there is still much to learn about the biological characteristics of ctDNA. The present study compared absolute amounts of KRAS mutated ctDNA and total circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients (n=50) from various stages and healthy controls (n=8) by Intplex allele-specific and digital droplet PCR. In addition, the impact of two prominent extraction techniques (silica-based membrane vs...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156786/suicidal-ideation-among-chinese-methadone-maintained-patients-prevalence-and-correlates
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Yan-Min Xu, Bao-Liang Zhong, Wen-Cai Chen, Jun-Hong Zhu, Jin Lu
Heroin users are at high risk for suicide. However, the epidemiological profile of suicidal behaviors in Chinese methadone-maintained patients remains largely unknown. This study determined the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese methadone-maintained patients. A total of 603 methadone-maintained patients were consecutively recruited from three methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinics in Wuhan, China, and administered with standardized questionnaires to collect sociodemographic, clinical, and psychological data...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156779/selecting-lncrnas-in-gastric-cancer-cells-for-directed-therapy-with-bioactive-peptides-and-chemotherapy-drugs
#20
Wenyan Han, Rui Xiao, Chuanling Zhang, Qimuge Suyila, Xian Li, Xiulan Su
Selecting lncRNAs for directed therapy with bioactive peptides and chemotherapy drugs may be an effective approach to treating gastric cancer (GC). We show genome-scale identification and characterization of differentially expressed lncRNAs in GC cells treated with a novel anti-cancer bioactive peptide (ACBP) and the chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin (ASLB). A total of 17,897 lncRNAs were identified through pairwise comparison, including 2,074 novel lncRNAs. Of those, 1,386 lncRNAs were differentially expressed (over 1...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
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