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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215036/serum-levels-of-homocysteine-at-admission-are-associated-with-post-stroke-depression-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Yan Li, Li-Li Cao, Lin Liu, Qin-De Qi
The primary purpose of this study was to assess the serum levels of homocysteine (HCY) at admission to the presence of post-stroke depression (PSD). From September 2014 to December 2015, first-ever acute ischemic stroke patients within the first 24 h after stroke onset were consecutively recruited and followed-up for 3 months. Based on the symptoms, diagnoses of depression were made in accordance with DSM-IV criteria for depression. By the time of 3 month after stroke, 238 had finished the follow-up and included in our study...
February 18, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215033/anti-mutated-citrullinated-vimentin-antibodies-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-diagnostic-value-and-relationship-with-clinical-features
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Cristiano Alessandri, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Fabrizio Conti, Carlo Perricone, Elena Ortona, Monica Pendolino, Antonella Capozzi, Federica Delunardo, Riccardo Mancini, Simona Truglia, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Maurizio Sorice, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Guido Valesini
: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) are a heterogeneous group of autoantibodies essential for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) but do not predict clinical manifestations or disease progression. Hence, the co-presence of other antibodies may prove useful. Autoimmunity directed toward vimentin and other citrullinated peptides was established in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in other autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have previously described the presence of autoantibodies directed against vimentin/cardiolipin complex in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), but there are no data on the role of citrullinated vimentin in APS...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215014/management-of-a-dutch-resident-barnacle-goose-branta-leucopsis-population-how-can-results-from-counts-ringing-and-hunting-bag-statistics-be-reconciled
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Henk P van der Jeugd, Anne Kwak
The resident Dutch Northern Delta barnacle geese Branta leucopsis population expanded steadily since birds first bred in 1982, increasing agricultural conflict. Derogation shooting has been used since 2005 to scare geese from sensitive crops and to reduce population size. Numbers almost doubled to ca. 28 000 individuals during 2007-2014, despite annual removal of 15-25% of geese and adult and juvenile survival rates of 79 and 67% (cf. natural survival of 96% for both age classes). Simple population modelling, using estimated annual survival values and fixed fecundity, predicted a moderate increase to 21 500 individuals in 2014...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214923/urinary-free-light-chains-may-help-to-identify-infection-in-patients-with-elevated-systemic-inflammation-due-to-rheumatic-disease
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Carsten P Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Gerhard A Müller, Michael Koziolek
The risk of infection in patients with rheumatic diseases is elevated, but a clear marker to differentiate the cause of the systemic inflammation is missing. We assessed the ability urinary immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs) to indicate the presence of infection in patients with rheumatic disease. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the Georg-August University Hospital in Goettingen, Germany, from January 2011 to December 2013. Subjects were included if they had urine levels of κ and λ FLCs available...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214872/higher-numbers-of-t-bet-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-associate-with-better-survival-in-human-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Yun Xu, Lujun Chen, Bin Xu, Yuqi Xiong, Min Yang, Xiaohui Rui, Liangrong Shi, Changping Wu, Jingting Jiang, Binfeng Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: T-bet, a member of the T-box family of transcription factors, is a key marker of type I immune response within the tumor microenvironment, and has been previously reported by us to serve as an important prognostic indicator for human gastric cancer patients and a potential biomarker for immunotherapy. In the present study, we aimed to assess the clinical significance and prognostic value of T-bet+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in human epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS: The immunohistochemistry was used to analyze the infiltration density of T-bet+ lymphoid cells in human epithelial ovarian cancer tissues, and the flow cytometry analysis was used to further analyze the presence of T-bet+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes subgroups in cancer tissues...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214846/circulating-mir-30d-predicts-survival-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Junjie Xiao, Rongrong Gao, Yihua Bei, Qiulian Zhou, Yanli Zhou, Haifeng Zhang, Mengchao Jin, Siqi Wei, Kai Wang, Xuejuan Xu, Wenming Yao, Dongjie Xu, Fang Zhou, Jingfa Jiang, Xinli Li, Saumya Das
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Identification of novel biomarkers to identify acute heart failure (AHF) patients at high risk of mortality is an area of unmet clinical need. Recently, we reported that the baseline level of circulating miR-30d was associated with left ventricular remodeling in response to cardiac resynchronization therapy in advanced chronic heart failure patients. However, the role of circulating miR-30d as a prognostic marker of survival in patients with AHF has not been explored...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214759/the-role-of-hcg-increment-in-the-48h-prior-to-methotrexate-treatment-as-a-predictor-for-treatment-success
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Aviad Cohen, Benny Almog, Yoni Cohen, Guy Bibi, Eli Rimon, Ishai Levin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role HCG change in the 48h prior to methotrexate treatment as a predictor for treatment success. STUDY DESIGN: Medical records of all women who were diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy between January 2001 and June 2013 were reviewed. Four hundred and nine patients received methotrexate due to ectopic pregnancy. The "single dose" methotrexate protocol with 50mg/m(2) was administered to patients with progressing ectopic pregnancy. HCG levels in days 1, 4 and 7 were used to evaluate methotrexate treatment success...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214742/what-s-the-agreement-between-self-reported-and-biochemical-verification-of-drug-use-a-look-at-permanent-supportive-housing-residents
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Alexis Rendon, Melvin Livingston, Sumihiro Suzuki, Whitney Hill, Scott Walters
Self-reported substance use is commonly used as an outcome measure in treatment research. We evaluated the validity of self-reported drug use in a sample of 334 adults with mental health problems who were residing in supportive housing programs. The primary analysis was the calculation of the positive predictive values (PPVs) of self-report compared to an oral fluid test taken at the same time. A sensitivity analysis compared the positive predictive values of two self-reported drug use histories: biological testing window (ranging between the past 96h to 30days depending on drug type) or the full past 90-day comparison window (maximum length recorded during interview)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214693/genomic-prediction-for-beef-fatty-acid-profile-in-nellore-cattle
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Hermenegildo Lucas Justino Chiaia, Elisa Peripoli, Rafael Medeiros de Oliveira Silva, Carolyn Aboujaoude, Fabiele Loise Braga Feitosa, Marcos Vinicius Antunes de Lemos, Mariana Piatto Berton, Bianca Ferreira Olivieri, Rafael Espigolan, Rafael Lara Tonussi, Daniel Gustavo Mansan Gordo, Tiago Bresolin, Ana Fabrícia Braga Magalhães, Gerardo Alves Fernandes Júnior, Lúcia Galvão de Albuquerque, Henrique Nunes de Oliveira, Joyce de Jesus Mangini Furlan, Adrielle Mathias Ferrinho, Lenise Freitas Mueller, Humberto Tonhati, Angélica Simone Cravo Pereira, Fernando Baldi
The objective of this study was to compare SNP-BLUP, BayesCπ, BayesC and Bayesian Lasso methodologies to predict the direct genomic value for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acid profile, omega 3 and 6 in the Longissimus thoracis muscle of Nellore cattle finished in feedlot. A total of 963 Nellore bulls with phenotype for fatty acid profiles, were genotyped using the Illumina BovineHD BeadChip (Illumina, San Diego, CA) with 777,962 SNP. The predictive ability was evaluated using cross validation...
February 9, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214596/early-non-response-to-certolizumab-pegol-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-predicts-treatment-failure-at-one-year-data-from-a-randomised-phase-iii-clinical-trial
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Francis Berenbaum, Thao Pham, Pascal Claudepierre, Thibault de Chalus, Jean-Michel Joubert, Carine Saadoun, Lionel Riou França, Bruno Fautrel
OBJECTIVES: To compare different early clinical criteria of non-response determined at three months as predictors of clinical failure at one year in patients with rheumatoid arthritis starting therapy with certolizumab pegol. METHODS: Data were derived from a randomised Phase III clinical trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who failed to respond to methotrexate monotherapy. Patients included in this post-hoc analysis were treated with certolizumab pegol (400mg qd reduced to 200mg qd after one month) and with methotrexate...
February 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214572/clinical-relevance-of-oxidation-reduction-potential-in-the-evaluation-of-male-infertility
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Ashok Agarwal, Siew May Wang
Objectives To evaluate 1) the relationship between oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) and abnormal sperm quality, 2) changes in ORP and sperm parameters over time, in search of a potential surrogate marker of poor sperm quality that may assist in the diagnosis of oxidative stress- related male infertility. Methods 194 infertile men were included and 28 patients were identified to have repeated semen analyses and ORP measurements. The semen samples obtained were categorized into normal and abnormal sperm parameters based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 5(th) edition guidelines...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214493/the-value-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-the-assessment-of-calf-muscle-function-in-venous-patients
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Spyros N Vasdekis, Ioannis Tzemailas, Constantine N Antonopoulos, Sotiria Mastoraki, George K Mantas, Andreas Lazaris
OBJECTIVE: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a noninvasive technique with the potential to determine the degree of tissue oxygenation. The aim of the current study was to investigate the use of NIRS as a reliable method of detecting calf muscle pump dysfunction in groups of patients with venous disease. METHODS: Patients with superficial venous insufficiency (SVI) or history of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were classified according to the comprehensive classification system for chronic venous disorders (clinical class, etiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology) and compared with controls (GROUP variable)...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214380/application-of-the-mechpeff-model-to-predict-passive-effective-intestinal-permeability-in-the-different-regions-of-the-rodent-small-intestine-and-colon
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D Pade, M Jamei, A Rostami-Hodjegan, D B Turner
A major component of Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models is prediction of the rate and extent of absorption of orally dosed drugs for which knowledge of effective passive intestinal permeability (Peff ) is essential. Single pass intestinal perfusion (SPIP) studies are used to establish effective permeability in vivo but are difficult to perform in rodents while mechanistic models to predict drug Peff in rat and mouse have not been published. This work evaluates the predictive performance of the 'MechPeff' model to predict Peff in the rodent intestine based upon knowledge of regional gut physiology and drug-specific physicochemical parameters...
February 18, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214256/is-there-a-threshold-value-of-hemoglobin-a1c-that-predicts-risk-of-infection-following-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, James A Browne
BACKGROUND: There remains little evidence to support a perioperative hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level that could serve as a threshold for a significantly increased risk of deep postoperative infection in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) following total hip arthroplasty (THA). METHODS: A national administrative database was queried for patients who underwent primary THA with DM. Patients with an HbA1c level within 3 months of surgery were identified and were stratified based on HbA1c level in 0...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214238/high-prevalence-of-low-serum-biologically-active-testosterone-in%C3%A2-older-male-veterans
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Christine F Conover, Joshua F Yarrow, Timothy J Garrett, Fan Ye, Eoin P Quinlivan, Darryl F Cannady, Mark D Peterson, Stephen E Borst
OBJECTIVES: Assess the prevalence of hypogonadism in older male Veterans by comparing direct measurements of total testosterone (T) and bioavailable testosterone (BioT) versus indirect BioT values derived from existing and newly developed regression analyses. DESIGN: Cohort study. SETTING: Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling male Veterans aged 60 and older (n = 203). MEASUREMENTS: Total T, BioT, albumin, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and body mass index were evaluated...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214214/diagnostic-utility-of-ck19-and-cd56-in-the-differentiation-of-thyroid-papillary-carcinoma-from-its-mimics
#17
Nehal S Abouhashem, Suzan M Talaat
BACKGROUND: Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (PTC) is the most common type of malignant thyroid tumors. The main diagnostic clue of PTC is the presence of its characteristic nuclear features. Yet, the focal presence of these features in other thyroid lesions causes a diagnostic dilemma. AIM: To evaluate Cytokeratin 19 (CK19) and CD56 immunostains as useful diagnostic markers in distinguishing papillary thyroid carcinoma from other mimicking thyroid lesions. METHODS: Eighty cases of different thyroid lesions were submitted for immunohistochemical staining of CK19 and CD56...
January 22, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214176/sex-differences-in-prolactin-levels-in-emerging-psychosis-indication-for-enhanced-stress-reactivity-in-women
#18
Sarah Ittig, Erich Studerus, Ulrike Heitz, Stephanie Menghini-Müller, Katharina Beck, Laura Egloff, Letizia Leanza, Christina Andreou, Anita Riecher-Rössler
BACKGROUND: Hyperprolactinemia is a known side effect of antipsychotics. In recent reports it has also been shown in antipsychotic-naïve at-risk mental state (ARMS) and first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients. Prolactin is not only involved in reproduction and lactation, but is also synthesized in response to stress. As stress is thought to play an important role in the onset and relapse of schizophrenia, the aim of this study was to further elucidate the influence of prolactin in emerging psychosis...
February 14, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214139/accuracy-of-computed-tomography-angiography-to-identify-thin-cap-fibroatheroma-detected-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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Nobuo Tomizawa, Kodai Yamamoto, Shinichi Inoh, Takeshi Nojo, Sunao Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is assumed to cause acute coronary syndromes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracy of different models for diagnosing TCFA using parameters derived by CT, validated against optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: One hundred twenty-nine plaques in 106 patients were analyzed using data acquired by 64-row CT with a reconstruction thickness of 0.67 mm and an increment of 0.33 mm. TCFA was defined by OCT as a plaque with lipid content in ≥2 quadrants and the thinnest part of the fibrous cap measuring ≤65 μm...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214117/evaluating-carbon-fluxes-of-global-forest-ecosystems-by-using-an-individual-tree-based-model-forcchn
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Jianyong Ma, Herman H Shugart, Xiaodong Yan, Cougui Cao, Shuang Wu, Jing Fang
The carbon budget of forest ecosystems, an important component of the terrestrial carbon cycle, needs to be accurately quantified and predicted by ecological models. As a preamble to apply the model to estimate global carbon uptake by forest ecosystems, we used the CO2 flux measurements from 37 forest eddy-covariance sites to examine the individual tree-based FORCCHN model's performance globally. In these initial tests, the FORCCHN model simulated gross primary production (GPP), ecosystem respiration (ER) and net ecosystem production (NEP) with correlations of 0...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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