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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441746/high-performance-prediction-of-human-estrogen-receptor-agonists-based-on-chemical-structures
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Yuki Asako, Yoshihiro Uesawa
Many agonists for the estrogen receptor are known to disrupt endocrine functioning. We have developed a computational model that predicts agonists for the estrogen receptor ligand-binding domain in an assay system. Our model was entered into the Tox21 Data Challenge 2014, a computational toxicology competition organized by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. This competition aims to find high-performance predictive models for various adverse-outcome pathways, including the estrogen receptor...
April 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441686/surgical-and-functional-outcomes-after-multilevel-cervical-fusion-for-degenerative-disc-disease-compared-with-fusion-for-radiculopathy-a-study-of-workers-compensation-population
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Mhamad Faour, Joshua T Anderson, Arnold R Haas, Rick Percy, Stephen T Woods, Uri M Ahn, Nicholas U Ahn
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort comparative study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate presurgical and surgical factors that affect return to work (RTW) status after multilevel cervical fusion, and to compare outcomes after multilevel cervical fusion for degenerative disc disease (DDD) versus radiculopathy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical fusion provides more than 90% of symptomatic relief for radiculopathy and myelopathy. However, cervical fusion for DDD without radiculopathy is considered controversial...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441518/learning-to-allocate-limited-time-to-decisions-with-different-expected-outcomes
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Arash Khodadadi, Pegah Fakhari, Jerome R Busemeyer
The goal of this article is to investigate how human participants allocate their limited time to decisions with different properties. We report the results of two behavioral experiments. In each trial of the experiments, the participant must accumulate noisy information to make a decision. The participants received positive and negative rewards for their correct and incorrect decisions, respectively. The stimulus was designed such that decisions based on more accumulated information were more accurate but took longer...
April 19, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441461/sliding-scale-hcg-trigger-yields-equivalent-pregnancy-outcomes-and-reduces-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-analysis-of-10-427-ivf-icsi-cycles
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Vinay Gunnala, Alexis Melnick, Mohamad Irani, David Reichman, Glenn Schattman, Owen Davis, Zev Rosenwaks
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnancy outcomes and the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) using a sliding scale hCG protocol to trigger oocyte maturity and establish a threshold level of serum b-hCG associated with optimal oocyte maturity. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENTS: Fresh IVF cycles from 9/2004-12/2011. INTERVENTION: 10,427 fresh IVF-ICSI cycles met inclusion criteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441157/new-role-of-mechanical-assist-device-as-bridge-to-transplant-usa-perspective
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Ambreen Mohamed, Natasha Mehta, Howard J Eisen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac transplant remains the gold standard of care for patients with end-stage heart failure. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability of donor hearts in the United States, not all eligible candidates are able to be transplanted. Since the introduction of mechanical assist devices for the treatment of advanced heart failure, patients gain a significant survival benefit while awaiting transplant. With rapidly evolving technology, it is important to appreciate the advances in the current use of mechanical assist devices...
April 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440604/a-proposed-novel-framework-for-monitoring-and-evaluation-of-the-cascade-of-hiv-associated-tb-care-at-the-health-facility-level
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Colleen F Hanrahan, Annelies Van Rie
INTRODUCTION: The rapid and accurate diagnosis of HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB), timely initiation of curative or preventative treatment and assurance of favourable treatment outcomes is a complex process. The current system of monitoring and reporting TB diagnosis and treatment does not include several key aspects of the care cascade, and may obscure systematic bottlenecks, inefficiencies or sources of sub-optimal care. METHODS: We critically reviewed the current World Health Organizations recommended system of monitoring and reporting, and identified the following key deficiencies that could limit the ability of healthcare workers to identify structural problems in the provision of TB/HIV care...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440552/review-article-delivering-precision-oncology-in-intermediate-stage-liver-cancer
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REVIEW
D J Pinato, J Howell, R Ramaswami, R Sharma
BACKGROUND: Intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), for which trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) constitutes the standard of care, is a patient subgroup with significant heterogeneity in clinical outcome. Sources of variation relate to differences in tumour burden, hepatic reserve, ethnicity and treatment modalities. Increasing research efforts have been dedicated to minimise the clinical diversity of this patient population and enhance optimal provision of treatment. AIM: To comprehensively review the diverse prognostic models that have been proposed to refine the prognostic prediction of patients with HCC undergoing TACE...
April 25, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440264/use-of-testicular-sperm-for-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-in-men-with-high-sperm-dna-fragmentation-a-swot-analysis
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Sandro C Esteves, Matheus Roque, Nicolás Garrido
Spermatozoa retrieved from the testis of men with high levels of sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) in the neat semen tend to have better DNA quality. Given the negative impact of SDF on the outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), an increased interest has emerged about the use of testicular sperm for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (Testi-ICSI). In this article, we used a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to summarize the advantages and drawbacks of this intervention...
April 18, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439893/outcome-after-intensive-reinduction-therapy-and-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-in-paediatric-relapsed-acute-myeloid-leukaemia
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Lene Karlsson, Erik Forestier, Henrik Hasle, Kirsi Jahnukainen, Ólafur G Jónsson, Birgitte Lausen, Ulrika Norén Nyström, Josefine Palle, Anne Tierens, Bernward Zeller, Jonas Abrahamsson
Given that 30-40% of children with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) relapse after primary therapy it is important to define prognostic factors and identify optimal therapy. From 1993 to 2012, 543 children from the Nordic countries were treated according to two consecutive protocols: 208 children relapsed. The influence of disease characteristics, first line treatment, relapse therapy and duration of first remission on outcome was analysed. Second complete remission (CR2) was achieved in 146 (70%) patients. Estimated 5-year overall survival (OS5y ) was 39 ± 4% for the whole group and 43 ± 4% for the 190 patients given re-induction therapy, of whom 76% received regimens that included fludarabine, cytarabine (FLA) ± anthracyclines, 18% received Nordic Society for Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (NOPHO) upfront blocks and 5% received other regimens...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439752/mathematical-modeling-of-cellular-cross-talk-between-endothelial-and-tumor-cells-highlights-counterintuitive-effects-of-vegf-targeted-therapies
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Harsh Jain, Trachette Jackson
Tumor growth and progression are critically dependent on the establishment of a vascular support system. This is often accomplished via the expression of pro-angiogenic growth factors, including members of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family of ligands. VEGF ligands are overexpressed in a wide variety of solid tumors and therefore have inspired optimism that inhibition of the different axes of the VEGF pathway-alone or in combination-would represent powerful anti-angiogenic therapies for most cancer types...
April 24, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439646/critical-care-admission-following-elective-surgery-was-not-associated-with-survival-benefit-prospective-analysis-of-data-from-27-countries
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Brennan C Kahan, Desponia Koulenti, Kostoula Arvaniti, Vanessa Beavis, Douglas Campbell, Matthew Chan, Rui Moreno, Rupert M Pearse
PURPOSE: As global initiatives increase patient access to surgical treatments, there is a need to define optimal levels of perioperative care. Our aim was to describe the relationship between the provision and use of critical care resources and postoperative mortality. METHODS: Planned analysis of data collected during an international 7-day cohort study of adults undergoing elective in-patient surgery. We used risk-adjusted mixed-effects logistic regression models to evaluate the association between admission to critical care immediately after surgery and in-hospital mortality...
April 25, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439230/from-anxious-to-reckless-a-control-systems-approach-unifies-prefrontal-limbic-regulation-across-the-spectrum-of-threat-detection
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Lilianne R Mujica-Parodi, Jiook Cha, Jonathan Gao
Here we provide an integrative review of basic control circuits, and introduce techniques by which their regulation can be quantitatively measured using human neuroimaging. We illustrate the utility of the control systems approach using four human neuroimaging threat detection studies (N = 226), to which we applied circuit-wide analyses in order to identify the key mechanism underlying individual variation. In so doing, we build upon the canonical prefrontal-limbic control system to integrate circuit-wide influence from the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG)...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439063/liver-transplantation-outcomes-in-recipients-with-high-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-meld-scores-the-relevance-of-meld-scores
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Karolina Maria Wronka, Michał Grąt, Jan Stypułkowski, Emil Bik, Maciej Krasnodębski, Łukasz Masior, Karolina Grąt, Waldemar Patkowski, Marek Krawczyk
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess risk factors for postoperative mortality after liver transplantation among patients with Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores ≥35, with special focus on the MELD scores. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data from 68 primary liver transplantations in patients with MELD scores ≥35 among 1376 liver transplantations performed in the Department of General, Transplant, and Liver Surgery (Medical University of Warsaw) between January 2002 and October 2014 were analyzed retrospectively...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438865/effect-of-hydrogen-dioxide-treatment-on-the-osteogenic-potential-of-duck-beak-bone-derived-natural-bioceramic-microparticles
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Joong-Hyun Kim, Min-Ho Park, Seok Jin Jang, Soo Jin Son, Jae Yeon Lee, Jun Sik Son, Se Eun Kim, Seong Soo Kang, Seok Hwa Choi
As an alternative material to the autogenous bone, duck-beak bone particle for bone substitute have been attracting great attention due to their biological properties. To deliver the most favorable outcome of medical treatment, it is essential to study the effect of various processing methods of the duck-beak bone. In this study, we compared the two deproteinizing agents for manufacturing duck-beak bone. Group 1 was treated by a conventional chemical agent (ethylenediamine) and Group 2 by hydrogen dioxide (H2O2)...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438728/designing-patient-centered-text-messaging-interventions-for-increasing-physical-activity-among-participants-with-type-2-diabetes-qualitative-results-from-the-text-to-move-intervention
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Gabrielle N Horner, Stephen Agboola, Kamal Jethwani, Aswita Tan-McGrory, Lenny Lopez
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a disease affecting approximately 29.1 million people in the United States, and an additional 86 million adults have prediabetes. Diabetes self-management education, a complex health intervention composed of 7 behaviors, is effective at improving self-care behaviors and glycemic control. Studies have employed text messages for education, reminders, and motivational messaging that can serve as "cues to action," aiming to improve glucose monitoring, self-care behaviors, appointment attendance, and medication adherence...
April 24, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438727/influence-of-telecommunication-modality-internet-transmission-quality-and-accessories-on-speech-perception-in-cochlear-implant-users
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Georgios Mantokoudis, Roger Koller, Jérémie Guignard, Marco Caversaccio, Martin Kompis, Pascal Senn
BACKGROUND: Telecommunication is limited or even impossible for more than one-thirds of all cochlear implant (CI) users. OBJECTIVE: We sought therefore to study the impact of voice quality on speech perception with voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) under real and adverse network conditions. METHODS: Telephone speech perception was assessed in 19 CI users (15-69 years, average 42 years), using the German HSM (Hochmair-Schulz-Moser) sentence test comparing Skype and conventional telephone (public switched telephone networks, PSTN) transmission using a personal computer (PC) and a digital enhanced cordless telecommunications (DECT) telephone dual device...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438373/geriatric-nutritional-risk-index-as-a-nutritional-and-survival-risk-assessment-tool-in-stable-outpatients-with-systolic-heart-failure
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L Sargento, A Vicente Simões, J Rodrigues, S Longo, N Lousada, R Palma Dos Reis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Malnutrition is frequent in heart failure (HF). However, the best tool for evaluating malnutrition in geriatric patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the incremental prognostic value of the geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI) in stable geriatric outpatients with HFrEF compared with a clinical/laboratory prognostic model. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 143 outpatients with HFrEF, aged >65 years, a LVEF <40%, and who were stable and on optimal therapy were studied...
February 22, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438320/critical-care-nurses-perceptions-of-the-outcomes-of-working-overtime-in-canada
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Vanessa M Lobo, Jenny Ploeg, Anita Fisher, Gladys Peachey, Noori Akhtar-Danesh
BACKGROUND: Nursing overtime is being integrated into the normal landscape of practice to ensure optimal staffing levels and addresses variations in patient volume and acuity. This is particularly true in critical care where fluctuations in either are difficult to predict. PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to explore critical care nurses' perceptions of the outcomes of working overtime. METHODS: Sally Thorne's interpretive description guided the collection and analysis of data...
January 7, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438298/intravoxel-incoherent-motion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-head-and-neck-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-diagnostic-and-prognostic-value
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REVIEW
Daniel P Noij, Roland M Martens, J Tim Marcus, Remco de Bree, C René Leemans, Jonas A Castelijns, Marcus C de Jong, Pim de Graaf
Intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging is increasingly applied in the assessment of head and neck cancer (HNC). Our purpose was to determine the diagnostic and prognostic performance of IVIM in HNC by performing a critical review of the literature. Pubmed and EMBASE were searched until May 2016. Study and patients characteristics, imaging protocol and diagnostic or prognostic outcomes were extracted by 2 independent reviewers. The studied IVIM parameters were diffusion coefficient (D), pseudodiffusion coefficient (D∗), and perfusion fraction (f)...
May 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438226/n-of-1-trials-and-the-optimal-individualisation-of-drug-treatments-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Weyinmi A Demeyin, Julia Frost, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Simon Briscoe, Nicky Britten
BACKGROUND: Guidelines and evidence-based drug treatment recommendations are usually based on the results of clinical trials, which have limited generalisability in routine clinical settings due to their restrictive eligibility criteria. These trials are also conducted in ideal and rigorously controlled settings. N of 1 trials, which are single patient multiple crossover studies, offer a means of increasing the evidence base and individualising care for individuals in clinical practice...
April 24, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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