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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641407/efficacy-of-ezetimibe-combined-with-atorvastatin-in-treatment-of-carotid-artery-plaque-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Jing Wang, Xiao-Bo Ai, Fei Wang, Yao-Wu Zou, Li Li, Xiao-Lei Yi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of ezetimibe combined with atorvastatin in treatment of carotid artery plaque in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: A total of 100 patients with carotid atherosclerosis (CAS) confirmed by ultrasound and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CHD were randomly assigned to atorvastatin group (atorvastatin 20 mg/d) or combined treatment group (ezetimibe 10 mg/d and atorvastatin 20 mg/d)...
June 21, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
#2
Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641394/reoperative-analysis-after-mitral-valve-repair-with-glutaraldehyde-treated-autologous-pericardium
#3
Naoto Fukunaga, Ryuzo Sakata, Tadaaki Koyama
OBJECTIVES: We reviewed reoperations following mitral valve repair (MVR) that used glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium for mitral regurgitation (MR) to analyse the durability and risk factors for reoperation. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 144 patients (mean age 57.9 years) who underwent MVR using glutaraldehyde-treated pericardium from March 1992 to December 2011. A total of 19 reoperations were necessary during the follow-up period (mean 6.9 years)...
June 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641390/racial-and-ethnic-disparities-in-the-incidence-of-esophageal-cancer-in-the-united-states-1992-2013
#4
Shao-Hua Xie, Sirus Rabbani, Jessica Petrick, Michael B Cook, Jesper Lagergren
Racial and ethnic disparities in the incidence of esophageal cancer have not been thoroughly characterized with quantitative health disparity measures. Using data from 13 cancer registries in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database, we assessed such disparities by histological type during 1992-2013 in the United States based on a variety of disparity metrics. The age-standardized incidence rate of squamous cell carcinoma was highest among blacks, while adenocarcinoma mainly affected white men...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641373/estimating-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-the-test-negative-design-using-alternative-control-groups-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
Shuo Feng, Benjamin J Cowling, Heath Kelly, Sheena G Sullivan
One important assumption in case-control studies is that control selection should be independent of exposure. Nevertheless, it has been hypothesized that virus interference might lead to a correlation between receipt of influenza vaccination and increased risk of infection with other respiratory viruses. We investigated if such a phenomenon might affect a commonly used study design to estimate influenza vaccination effectiveness (VE). We searched publications in Medline, PubMed and Web of Science. Twelve studies were identified reporting VE estimates using the test-negative design by three alternative control groups: (1) all patients testing negative for influenza, VEFLU-, (2) patients who tested positive for other respiratory viruses, VEORV+, or (3) patients who tested negative for all viruses tested, VEPAN-...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641372/comparison-of-sociodemographic-and-health-related-characteristics-of-uk-biobank-participants-with-the-general-population
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Anna Fry, Thomas J Littlejohns, Cathie Sudlow, Nicola Doherty, Ligia Adamska, Tim Sprosen, Rory Collins, Naomi E Allen
UK Biobank is a population-based cohort of 500,000 participants recruited between 2006 and 2010. Approximately 9.2 million individuals aged 40-69 years who lived within 25 miles of the 22 assessment centres in England, Wales and Scotland were invited, and 5.4% participated in the baseline assessment. The representativeness of the UK Biobank cohort was investigated by comparing demographic characteristics between non-responders and responders. Sociodemographic, physical, lifestyle and health-related characteristics of the cohort were compared with nationally representative data sources...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641365/ultrasonography-guided-14-gauge-core-biopsy-of-the-breast-results-of-7-years-of-experience
#7
Inha Jung, Min Jung Kim, Hee Jung Moon, Jung Hyun Yoon, Eun-Kyung Kim
Purpose: This study assessed the outcomes of ultrasound (US)-guided core needle biopsies (CNBs) of breast lesions with at least 2 years of follow-up to determine the false-negative rate and to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of CNB. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 13,254 consecutive US-guided 14-gauge CNBs for breast lesions. We excluded biopsies if non-malignant biopsy result was not confirmed by surgical excision or US-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy, or fewer than 2 years of follow-up data were available...
May 17, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641363/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-efficacy-and-improved-bowel-function-of-prolonged-release-pr-oxycodone-naloxone-up-to-160-80-mg-daily-vs-oxycodone-pr
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D Dupoiron, A Stachowiak, O Loewenstein, A Ellery, W Kremers, B Bosse, M Hopp
BACKGROUND: Oxycodone/naloxone (OXN PR) is a prolonged-release formulation containing oxycodone and naloxone in a 2:1 ratio. This study aimed to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of doses up to OXN160/80 mg PR compared with oxycodone prolonged-release formulation (OxyPR) in a randomised controlled trial. METHODS: Two hundred and forty-three patients were randomised to treatment with OXN PR (n = 123) or OxyPR (n = 120) during the 5-week double-blind study...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641353/-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-randomised-controlled-trials-from-2000-to-2015
#9
Frank Peinemann
Background Negative pressure wound therapy is believed to promote wound healing. However, the results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are inconsistent. Systematic reviews indicate unclear evidence, due in part to low-quality RCTs, calling for more RCTs of higher quality. Methods This study aimed to ascertain the number of RCTs as well as systematic reviews on RCTs published during the time period from 2000 to 2015. Various search strategies were used to identify studies in PubMed, Cochrane Library, Google, references lists of retrieved articles, and institutions that issue evidence reports...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641330/use-of-shorter-intramedullary-guide-for-ipsilateral-total-knee-arthroplasty-following-prior-total-hip-arthroplasty
#10
Bradley T Webb, Slif D Ulrich, Kenneth G W MacKinlay, Langan S Smith, Arthur L Malkani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641305/incidence-of-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-in-a-health-maintenance-organization-in-buenos-aires-argentina
#11
Mariela Bettini, Marcelo Chaves, Edgardo Cristiano, Vanina Pagotto, Lucia Perez, Diego Giunta, Marcelo Rugiero
BACKGROUND: Different epidemiological studies, especially in Europe, have estimated the incidence density of myasthenia gravis (MG) to range between 1.7 and 21.3/1,000,000/person-year; however, data from regions such as Latin America are scarce. This study is aimed at estimating the incidence and prevalence of acquired MG in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: The study population comprised of affiliates of the Italian Hospital Medical Care Program, a prepaid health maintenance organization located in Buenos Aires...
June 23, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641302/7-hexagon-multifocal-electroretinography-for-an-objective-functional-assessment-of-the-macula-in-14-seconds
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Etienne M Schönbach, Voraporn Chaikitmongkol, Rachel Annam, Emma C McDonnell, Yulia Wolfson, Emily Fletcher, Hendrik P N Scholl
PURPOSE: We present the multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) with a 7-hexagon array as an objective test of macular function that can be recorded in 14 s. We provide normal values and investigate its reproducibility and validity. METHODS: Healthy participants underwent mfERG testing according to International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) standards using the Espion Profile/D310 multifocal ERG system (Diagnosys, LLC, Lowell, MA, USA). One standard recording of a 61-hexagon array and 2 repeated recordings of a custom 7-hexagon array were obtained...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641275/a-case-series-of-surgically-diagnosed-idiopathic-aortitis-in-a-canadian-centre-a-retrospective-study
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Diane L Murzin, Eric C Belanger, John P Veinot, Nataliya Milman
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic aortitis became recognized relatively recently, and the body of knowledge concerning this condition is scarce. We aimed to determine the frequency of idiopathic aortitis in aortic specimens, the clinical, laboratory and radiologic characteristics at diagnosis and during follow-up, and the approach to investigation, treatment and monitoring taken by the treating physicians. METHODS: We identified cases of aortitis diagnosed on pathological specimens of the aorta between Jan...
June 19, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641259/face-hallucination-using-linear-models-of-coupled-sparse-support
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Reuben A Farrugia, Christine Guillemot
Most face super-resolution methods assume that low- and high-resolution manifolds have similar local geometrical structure, hence learn local models on the low-resolution manifold (e.g. sparse or locally linear embedding models), which are then applied on the high- resolution manifold. However, the low-resolution manifold is distorted by the one-to-many relationship between low- and high- resolution patches. This paper presents the Linear Model of Coupled Sparse Support (LM-CSS) method which learns linear models based on the local geometrical structure on the high-resolution manifold rather than on the low-resolution manifold...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641250/deep-convolutional-neural-network-for-inverse-problems-in-imaging
#15
Kyong Hwan Jin, Michael T McCann, Emmanuel Froustey, Michael Unser
In this paper, we propose a novel deep convolutional neural network (CNN)-based algorithm for solving ill-posed inverse problems. Regularized iterative algorithms have emerged as the standard approach to ill-posed inverse problems in the past few decades. These methods produce excellent results, but can be challenging to deploy in practice due to factors including the high computational cost of the forward and adjoint operators and the difficulty of hyper parameter selection. The starting point of our work is the observation that unrolled iterative methods have the form of a CNN (filtering followed by point-wise nonlinearity) when the normal operator ( H*H where H* is the adjoint of the forward imaging operator, H ) of the forward model is a convolution...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641248/method-for-simulating-dose-reduction-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Lucas R Borges, Igor Guerrero, Predrag R Bakic, Alessandro Foi, Andrew D A Maidment, Marcelo A C Vieira
This work proposes a new method of simulating dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), starting from a clinical image acquired with a standard radiation dose. It considers both signal-dependent quantum and signal-independent electronic noise. Furthermore, the method accounts for pixel crosstalk, which causes the noise to be frequency-dependent, thus increasing the simulation accuracy. For an objective assessment, simulated and real images were compared in terms of noise standard deviation, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641238/water-soluble-fraction-of-petroleum-induces-genotoxicity-and-morphological-effects-in-fat-snook-centropomus-parallelus
#17
Laila Carine Campos Medeiros, Frederico Augusto Cariello Delunardo, Larissa Novaes Simões, Marcelo Gustavo Paulino, Thais Souza Vargas, Marisa Narciso Fernandes, Rodrigo Scherer, Adriana Regina Chippari-Gomes
Petroleum hydrocarbons are one of the primary organic chemicals found in water bodies, and the water-soluble fraction of petroleum (WSFP) may be responsible for much of the toxic effects. In the present study, genotoxicity assays and histopathological analysis of the gills were analyzed for two experimental protocols: 1) Juvenile Centropomus parallelus were exposed to different concentrations of WFSP (0%, 25%, 50% and 75%) for 96h; 2) A second fish group was exposed to 50% WFSP for 168h followed by a post-exposure period for 168h in clean water (recovery)...
June 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641229/effects-of-short-term-invasion-of-spartina-alterniflora-and-the-subsequent-restoration-of-native-mangroves-on-the-soil-organic-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-stock
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Jianxiang Feng, Jian Zhou, Liming Wang, Xiaowei Cui, Cunxin Ning, Hao Wu, Xiaoshan Zhu, Guanghui Lin
The exotic cordgrass Spartina alterniflora has severely invaded the mangrove wetlands in southern China and ecological restoration using native mangroves was conducted in an attempt to control this invasive species. In this study, the contents and pools of soil organic carbon (SOC), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were quantified to investigate the invasive effects of S. alterniflora and then to evaluate whether the ecological restoration of native mangrove could reverse those effects. S. alterniflora only showed significantly higher organic carbon content in the surface 0-10 cm of soil than in the uninvaded mudflat...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641227/presence-distribution-and-risk-assessment-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-rice-wheat-continuous-cropping-soils-close-to-five-industrial-parks-of-suzhou-china
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Yong Li, Ling Long, Jing Ge, Li-Xuan Yang, Jin-Jin Cheng, Ling-Xiang Sun, Changying Lu, Xiang-Yang Yu
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) accumulated in agricultural soils are likely to threaten human health and ecosystem though the food chain, therefore, it is worth to pay more attention to soil contamination by PAHs. In this study, the presence, distribution and risk assessment of 16 priority PAHs in rice-wheat continuous cropping soils close to industrial parks of Suzhou were firstly investigated. The concentrations of the total PAHs ranged from 125.99 ng/g to 796.65 ng/g with an average of 352.94 ng/g...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641225/investigation-of-dissociation-constants-for-individual-and-total-naphthenic-acids-species-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-ion-mobility-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-analysis
#20
Rongfu Huang, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Yanyan Zhang, Mohamed Changalov, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Ultra-performance liquid chromatography ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-IM-TOFMS) was utilized for the analysis of naphthenic acids (NAs) in fractions of pH-dependent sequential liquid-liquid extractions from oil sands process-affected water. Ion-mobility separation technique allowed the differentiation of OyS-NAs (2 ≤ y ≤ 4) from Ox-NAs (2 ≤ x ≤ 5) via drift time versus retention time separations. The results indicated that the addition of S atom to the O2-NA molecule led to a lower increase in the dissociation constant (pKa) compared to that caused by the addition of O atom...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
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