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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346833/phase-1b-trial-of-ficlatuzumab-a-humanized-hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibitory-monoclonal-antibody-in-combination-with-gefitinib-in-asian-patients-with-nsclc
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Eng-Huat Tan, Wan-Teck Lim, Myung-Ju Ahn, Quan-Sing Ng, Jin Seok Ahn, Daniel Shao-Weng Tan, Jong-Mu Sun, May Han, Francis C Payumo, Krista McKee, Wei Yin, Marc Credi, Shefali Agarwal, Jaroslaw Jac, Keunchil Park
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met pathway dysregulation is a mechanism for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ficlatuzumab (AV-299; SCH 900105), a humanized IgG1 κ HGF inhibitory monoclonal antibody, prevents HGF/c-Met pathway ligand-mediated activation. This phase 1b study assessed the safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab plus gefitinib in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346700/competence-revisited-in-a-rural-context
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Randall L Longenecker, Andrea Wendling, Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, John Bowling, David Schmitz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: General competencies developed in undergraduate and graduate medical education are sometimes promoted as applicable in any practice context. However, rural practice presents challenges and opportunities that may require unique training. The objectives of this national survey of both undergraduate and graduate medical educators and practicing physicians were to further develop a previously published list of competency domains for working in rural communities and to assess their relative importance in education and practice...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346681/optimal-number-and-sizes-of-the-doses-in-fractionated-radiotherapy-according-to-the-lq-model
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C Bruni, F Conte, F Papa, C Sinisgalli
We address a non-linear programming problem to find the optimal scheme of dose fractionation in cancer radiotherapy. Using the LQ model to represent the response to radiation of tumour and normal tissues, we formulate a constrained non-linear optimization problem in terms of the variables number and sizes of the dose fractions. Quadratic constraints are imposed to guarantee that the damages to the early and late responding normal tissues do not exceed assigned tolerable levels. Linear constraints are set to limit the size of the daily doses...
January 15, 2018: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346525/frailty-syndrome-and-genomic-instability-in-older-adults-suitability-of-the-cytome-micronucleus-assay-as-a-diagnostic-tool
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María Sánchez-Flores, Diego Marcos-Pérez, Laura Lorenzo-López, Ana Maseda, José C Millán-Calenti, Stefano Bonassi, Eduardo Pásaro, Blanca Laffon, Vanessa Valdiglesias
Frailty, a condition involving increased risk of disability and mortality in older adults, has emerged as a reliable way to predict the effect of aging. Genomic instability may help to anticipate recognition of frail individuals and improving frailty outcomes. Our objective was to evaluate the potential of the micronucleus (MN) frequency, evaluated in lymphocytes and buccal cells, to anticipate frailty identification and improve diagnosis reliability. Our results, from a group of older adults over 65, showed that frail individuals had significantly higher frequencies of MN in lymphocytes (19...
January 13, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346375/how-do-we-reach-the-girls-and-women-who-are-the-hardest-to-reach-inequitable-opportunities-in-reproductive-and-maternal-health-care-services-in-armed-conflict-and-forced-displacement-settings-in-colombia
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Juan Carlos Rivillas, Raul Devia Rodriguez, Gloria Song, Andréanne Martel
OBJECTIVES: This paper assesses inequalities in access to reproductive and maternal health services among females affected by forced displacement and sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings in Colombia. This was accomplished through the following approaches: first, we assessed the gaps and gradients in three selected reproductive and maternal health care services. Second, we analyzed the patterns of inequalities in reproductive and maternal health care services and changes over time...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346338/current-cigarette-smoking-among-adults-united-states-2016
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Ahmed Jamal, Elyse Phillips, Andrea S Gentzke, David M Homa, Stephen D Babb, Brian A King, Linda J Neff
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products (1). Cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adults, and about 480,000 U.S. deaths per year are caused by cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure (1). To assess progress toward the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing the proportion of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years who smoke cigarettes to ≤12...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346276/comparison-of-the-response-of-male-balb-c-and-c57bl-6-mice-in-behavioral-tasks-to-evaluate-cognitive-function
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Yenela Garcia, Nashelly Esquivel
To evaluate several cognitive parameters during the execution of behavioral tasks assessing cognitive function in laboratory animals, the parameters are reported within a range. This situation entails that each laboratory must establish the conditions under which the behavioral task to evaluate the cognitive function can be carried out. C57BL/6 and BALB/c inbred strains are used more often in behavioral studies relating to anxiety, stress, fear and cognitive function. The aim of this work was to compare the behavioral response of mice of the strains BALB/c and C57BL/6 to evaluate memory and learning as cognitive functions...
January 18, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346096/iterative-graph-seeking-for-object-tracking
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Dawei Du, Longyin Wen, Honggang Qi, Qingming Huang, Qi Tian, Siwei Lyu
To effectively solve the challenges in object tracking, such as large deformation and severe occlusion, many existing methods use graph-based models to capture target part relations, and adopt a sequential scheme of target part selection, part matching, and state estimation. However, such methods have two major drawbacks: 1) inaccurate part selection leads to performance deterioration of part matching and state estimation and 2) there are insufficient effective global constraints for local part selection and matching...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346063/linking-data-from-health-surveys-and-electronic-health-records-a-demonstration-project-in-two-chicago-health-center-clinics
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Fikirte Wagaw, Catherine A Okoro, Sunkyung Kim, Jessica Park, Fred Rachman
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring and understanding population health requires conducting health-related surveys and surveillance. The objective of our study was to assess whether data from self-administered surveys could be collected electronically from patients in urban, primary-care, safety-net clinics and subsequently linked and compared with the same patients' electronic health records (EHRs). METHODS: Data from self-administered surveys were collected electronically from a convenience sample of 527 patients at 2 Chicago health centers from September through November, 2014...
January 18, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346033/the-psychology-of-elite-cycling-a-systematic-review
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David J Spindler, Mark S Allen, Stewart A Vella, Christian Swann
This systematic review sought to synthesise what is currently known about the psychology of elite cycling. Nine electronic databases were searched in March 2017 for studies reporting an empirical test of any psychological construct in an elite cycling sample. Fourteen studies (total n = 427) met inclusion criteria. Eight studies were coded as having high risk of bias. Themes extracted included mood, anxiety, self-confidence, pain, and cognitive function. Few studies had similar objectives meaning that in many instances findings could not be synthesised in a meaningful way...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346024/occurrence-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-surface-water-and-hospital-wastewater
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Ayrton F Martins, Daiane S da Silva, Alma C C Mejía, José E B Bravo
The main objective of this study was to determine the occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface water samples collected from different points along the stream that flows through the Campus of the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS-Brazil. Before reaching the campus, the water in the stream is already contaminated by wastewater discharged from the surrounding, and once inside the Campus, additional wastewater from a Gas Station situated close to the University hospital. A bench scale photodegradation experiment was conducted of the occurring traces of anthracene, phenanthrene and naphthalene, with the aid of a stirred tank reactor and polymer-supported TiO2 as a catalyst...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345736/palbociclib-in-combination-with-letrozole-as-first-line-treatment-for-advanced-breast-cancer-a-japanese-phase-ii-study
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Norikazu Masuda, Reiki Nishimura, Masato Takahashi, Kenichi Inoue, Shinji Ohno, Hiroji Iwata, Yuko Mori, Satoshi Hashigaki, Yasuaki Muramatsu, Takashi Nagasawa, Yoshiko Umeyama, Masakazu Toi
This single-arm, open-label, phase II study in 42 Japanese postmenopausal patients with estrogen receptor-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (ER+/HER2-) advanced breast cancer evaluated the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of first-line palbociclib (125 mg once daily, 3 weeks on/1 week off) coadministered with letrozole (2.5 mg once daily). The primary endpoint of investigator-assessed 1-year progression-free survival probability was 75.0% (90% CI, 61.3%-84.4%), far surpassing the 40% lower limit of the 90% CI supporting efficacy...
January 18, 2018: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345581/premorbid-and-illness-related-social-difficulties-in-eating-disorders-an-overview-of-the-literature-and-treatment-developments
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Valentina Cardi, Kate Tchanturia, Janet Treasure
Social difficulties in eating disorders can manifest as predisposing traits and premorbid difficulties, and/or as consequences of the illness. Objective The aim of this paper is to briefly review the evidence for social problems in people with eating disorders and to consider the literature on treatments that target these features. Method A narrative review of the literature was conducted. Results People with eating disorders often manifest traits, such as shyness, increased tendency to submissiveness and social comparison, and problems with peer relationships before illness onset...
January 17, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345516/association-between-weather-related-factors-and-cardiac-arrest-of-presumed-cardiac-etiology-a-prospective-observational-study-based-on-out-of-hospital-care-data
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Mario Hensel, Daniel Geppert, Jan F Kersten, Markus Stuhr, Jürgen Lorenz, Sebastian Wirtz, Thoralf Kerner
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the association between weather-related factors and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) of presumed cardiac etiology. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study performed in a prehospital setting. Data from the Emergency Medical Service in Hamburg (Germany) and data from the local weather station were evaluated over a 5-year period. Weather data (temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed) were obtained every minute and matched with the associated rescue mission data...
January 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345505/the-pharmacological-management-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Julie Rask Larsen, Lorena Dima, Christoph U Correll, Peter Manu
Introduction The metabolic syndrome includes a constellation of several well-established risk factors, which need to be aggressively treated in order to prevent overt type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While recent guidelines for the treatment of individual components of the metabolic syndrome focus on cardiovascular benefits as resulted from clinical trials, specific recent recommendations on the pharmacological management of metabolic syndrome are lacking. The objective of present paper was to review the therapeutic options for metabolic syndrome and its components, the available evidence related to their cardiovascular benefits, and to evaluate the extent to which they should influence the guidelines for clinical practice...
January 18, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345415/investigating-complications-associated-with-occipital-nerve-stimulation-a-maude-study
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Joseph Doran, Max Ward, Brittany Ward, Boris Paskhover, Michael Umanoff, Antonios Mammis
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to utilize the MAUDE data base to enhance our understanding of the complication profile for Occipital Nerve Stimulation, a therapy for which the current level of evidence is limited. Additionally, it is our objective to describe a systematic approach to processing the MAUDE data, which addresses its flaws and enhances its utility. METHODS: From the FDA website, we accessed adverse events reports from the MAUDE data base for devices used in Occipital Nerve Stimulation between June 30, 2007 and June 30, 2017...
January 18, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345224/therapy-interventions-for-children-with-neurodisabilities-a-qualitative-scoping-study
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Bryony Beresford, Susan Clarke, Jane Maddison
BACKGROUND: Therapy interventions emerged four times in the top 10 research priorities in a James Lind Alliance research prioritisation exercise for children with neurodisabilities (Morris C, Simkiss D, Busk M, Morris M, Allard A, Denness J, et al. Setting research priorities to improve the health of children and young people with neurodisability: a British Academy of Childhood Disability-James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Partnership. BMJ Open 2015;5:e006233). The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissioned this study as part of an information-gathering exercise in response to this...
January 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345201/clinical-validation-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-expression-in-invasive-breast-cancer
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Anil Kumar Agrawal, Ewa Pielka, Artur Lipinski, Michal Jelen, Wojciech Kielan, Siddarth Agrawal
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Polish women. The expression of transcription nuclear factor kappa B, a key inducer of inflammatory response promoting carcinogenesis and cancer progression in breast cancer, is not well-established. We assessed the nuclear factor kappa B expression in a total of 119 invasive breast carcinomas and 25 healthy control samples and correlated this expression pattern with several clinical and pathologic parameters including histologic type and grade, tumor size, lymph node status, estrogen receptor status, and progesterone receptor status...
January 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345154/trends-and-repetition-of-non-fatal-suicidal-behaviour-analyses-of-the-gold-coast-university-hospital-s-emergency-department
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Kairi Kõlves, David Crompton, Kathryn Turner, Nicolas J C Stapelberg, Ashar Khan, Gail Robinson, Diego de Leo
Objective The aim of the current paper is to analyse time trends of non-fatal suicidal behaviour (NFSB) and its repetition at the Gold Coast in 2005-2015. Methods Data on presentations for NFSB were obtained from the Emergency Department (ED) Information System. Potential cases were identified through keyword searches, which were further scrutinised and coded. Annual person-based age-standardised rates for NFSB were calculated. Chi-square test, Poisson regression and Cox proportional hazards regression were used...
January 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345075/genetic-analyses-of-linear-profiling-data-on-3-year-old-swedish-warmblood-horses
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Å Viklund, S Eriksson
A linear profiling protocol was introduced in 2013 at tests for 3-year-old Swedish Warmblood horses. In this protocol, traits are subjectively described on a nine-point linear scale from one biological extreme to the other. This complements the traditional scoring where horses are evaluated in relation to the breeding objective. This study aimed to investigate the suitability of the linear information for genetic evaluation. Data on 22 conformation traits, 17 movement traits, 14 jumping traits and one temperament trait from 3,410 horses tested between 2013 and 2016 were analysed using an animal model...
February 2018: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
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