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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934846/egfr-mutation-status-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-associated-malignant-pleural-effusion-and-efficacy-of-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
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Jiyoul Yang, Ok-Jun Lee, Seung-Myoung Son, Chang Gok Woo, Yusook Jeong, Yaewon Yang, Jihyun Kwon, Ki Hyeong Lee, Hye Sook Han
Purpose: Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) are often observed in lung cancer, particularly adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study was to investigate epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status in lung adenocarcinoma-associated MPEs (LA-MPEs) and its correlation with efficacy of EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Methods: Samples comprised 40 cell blocks of pathologically-confirmed LA-MPEs collected before the start of EGFR TKI therapy. EGFR mutation status was re-evaluated by peptide nucleic acid clamping and the clinical outcomes of EGFR TKI-treated patients were analyzed retrospectively...
September 19, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934795/comparisons-of-lesion-volumes-and-shapes-produced-by-a-radiofrequency-system-with-a-cooled-a-protruding-or-a-monopolar-probe
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David L Cedeno, Alejandro Vallejo, Courtney A Kelley, Dana M Tilley, Nitesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation for denervation has been utilized for decades in chronic pain management. This relies on the proper targeting of the affected nerve which may be obtained by creating an ablation lesion with a shape and volume that optimizes targeting. Various systems designed to improve lesion size are available. These include cooling the active tip (cooled-RF) and protruding the RF electrode outside the active tip (PERF). OBJECTIVES: This study compares lesion volumes of 3 commercially available RF systems: cooled-RF, "V" shaped active cannula and protruding electrode (18 g and 20 g), and monopolar RF (MRF; 16 g, 18 g, and 20 g)...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934761/comparison-between-mri-and-pathology-in-the-assessment-of-tumour-regression-grade-in-rectal-cancer
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Francesco Sclafani, Gina Brown, David Cunningham, Andrew Wotherspoon, Larissa Sena Teixeira Mendes, Svetlana Balyasnikova, Jessica Evans, Clare Peckitt, Ruwaida Begum, Diana Tait, Josep Tabernero, Bengt Glimelius, Susana Roselló, Janet Thomas, Jacqui Oates, Ian Chau
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist regarding the correlation between MRI tumour regression grade (mrTRG) and pathological TRG (pTRG) in rectal cancer. METHODS: mrTRG and pTRG were compared in rectal cancer patients from two phase II trials (EXPERT and EXPERT-C). The agreement between radiologist and pathologist was assessed with the weighted κ test while the Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate survival outcomes. RESULTS: One hundred ninety-one patients were included...
September 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934720/prenatal-exposure-to-perfluoroalkyl-substances-and-cardiometabolic-risk-in-children-from-the-spanish-inma-birth-cohort-study
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Cyntia B Manzano-Salgado, Maribel Casas, Maria-Jose Lopez-Espinosa, Ferran Ballester, Carmen Iñiguez, David Martinez, Dora Romaguera, Silvia Fernández-Barrés, Loreto Santa-Marina, Mikel Basterretxea, Thomas Schettgen, Damaskini Valvi, Jesus Vioque, Jordi Sunyer, Martine Vrijheid
BACKGROUND: Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may affect body mass index (BMI) and other components of cardiometabolic (CM) risk during childhood, but evidence is scarce and inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: We estimated associations between prenatal PFAS exposures and outcomes relevant to cardiometabolic risk, including a composite CM-risk score. METHODS: We measured perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) in maternal plasma (first trimester)...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934679/the-kinetics-of-white-blood-cell-and-the-predictive-factors-of-leukocytosis-under-oral-or-intravenous-arsenic-as-the-first-line-treatment-for-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
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Fang Wang, Jin-Song Jia, Jing Wang, Ting Zhao, Qian Jiang, Hao Jiang, Hong-Hu Zhu
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the kinetics of white blood cell (WBC) and explore predictive factors of leukocytosis in non-high-risk acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), with oral arsenic plus all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) or intravenous arsenic trioxide (ATO) plus ATRA as a first-line treatment. METHODS: The absolute count, doubling time and peak time of WBC were analyzed in 64 newly diagnosed non-high-risk APL patients who were treated with different induction regimens containing either oral Realgar-indigo naturalis formula (RIF) (n=35) or ATO (n=29)...
September 14, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934600/does-regional-disadvantage-affect-health-related-sport-and-physical-activity-level-a-multi-level-analysis-of-individual-behaviour
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Pamela Wicker, Paul Downward, Fernando Lera-López
This study examines the role of regional government quality in health-related participation in sport and physical activity among adults (18-64 years) in 28 European countries. The importance of the analysis rests in the relative autonomy that regional and local governments have over policy decisions connected with sport and physical activity. While existing studies have focussed on economic and infrastructural investment and expenditure, this research investigates the quality of regional governments across 208 regions within 28 European countries...
September 21, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934587/aging-in-the-cardiovascular-system-lessons-from-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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Magda R Hamczyk, Lara Del Campo, Vicente Andrés
Aging, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is becoming progressively more prevalent in our societies. A better understanding of how aging promotes CVD is therefore urgently needed to develop new strategies to reduce disease burden. Atherosclerosis and heart failure contribute significantly to age-associated CVD-related morbimortality. CVD and aging are both accelerated in patients suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic disorder caused by the prelamin A mutant progerin...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934497/systematic-analysis-of-dna-crosslink-repair-pathways-during-development-and-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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David M Wilson, Matthias Rieckher, Ashley B Williams, Björn Schumacher
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are generated by endogenous sources and chemotherapeutics, and pose a threat to genome stability and cell survival. Using Caenorhabditis elegans mutants, we identify DNA repair factors that protect against the genotoxicity of ICLs generated by trioxsalen/ultraviolet A (TMP/UVA) during development and aging. Mutations in nucleotide excision repair (NER) components (e.g. XPA-1 and XPF-1) imparted extreme sensitivity to TMP/UVA relative to wild-type animals, manifested as developmental arrest, defects in adult tissue morphology and functionality, and shortened lifespan...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934363/sex-related-differences-in-the-risk-factors-for-in-hospital-mortality-and-outcomes-of-ischemic-stroke-patients-in-rural-areas-of-taiwan
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Cheung-Ter Ong, Yi-Sin Wong, Sheng-Feng Sung, Chi-Shun Wu, Yung-Chu Hsu, Yu-Hsiang Su, Ling-Chien Hung
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Sex-related differences in the clinical presentation and outcomes of stroke patients are issues that have attracted increased interest from the scientific community. The present study aimed to investigate sex-related differences in the risk factors for in-hospital mortality and outcome in ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: A total of 4278 acute ischemic stroke patients admitted to a stroke unit between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2014 were included in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934253/xuezhikang-contributes-to-greater-triglyceride-reduction-than-simvastatin-in-hypertriglyceridemia-rats-by-up-regulating-apolipoprotein-a5-via-the-ppar%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Shui-Ping Zhao, Rong Li, Wen Dai, Bi-Lian Yu, Lu-Zhu Chen, Xian-Sheng Huang
Xuezhikang (XZK), an extract of Chinese red yeast rice, is recommended as an optimal choice for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) with markedly elevated triglyceride (TG) levels. This study was designed to compare the hypotriglyceridemic effects between XZK and simvastatin. The role of apolipoprotein A5 (apoA5), a key regulator of TG metabolism and a target gene of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα), was to be identified in XZK-related hypotriglyceridemic actions. For these goals, hypertriglyceridemia of rats was induced by a high-fructose diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934086/towards-ontology-based-decision-support-systems-for-complex-ultrasound-diagnosis-in-obstetrics-and-gynecology
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P Maurice, F Dhombres, E Blondiaux, S Friszer, L Guilbaud, N Lelong, B Khoshnood, J Charlet, N Perrot, E Jauniaux, D Jurkovic, J-M Jouannic
INTRODUCTION: We have developed a new knowledge base intelligent system for obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound imaging, based on an ontology and a reference image collection. This study evaluates the new system to support accurate annotations of ultrasound images. We have used the early ultrasound diagnosis of ectopic pregnancies as a model clinical issue. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The ectopic pregnancy ontology was derived from medical texts (4260 ultrasound reports of ectopic pregnancy from a specialist center in the UK and 2795 Pubmed abstracts indexed with the MeSH term "Pregnancy, Ectopic") and the reference image collection was built on a selection from 106 publications...
May 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934070/presence-of-trihalomethanes-in-ready-to-eat-vegetables-disinfected-with-chlorine
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Valentina Coroneo, Valentina Carraro, Barbara Marras, Alessandro Marrucci, Sara Succa, Barbara Meloni, Antonella Pinna, Alberto Angioni, Adriana Sanna, Marco Schintu
Trihalomethanes (THMs) - CHCl3, CHCl2Br, CHClBr2 and CHBr3 - are drinking water disinfection by-products (DBPs). These compounds can also be absorbed by different types of foods, including ready-to-eat (RTE) fresh vegetables. The potential absorption of THMs during washing of RTE vegetables could pose a potential risk to consumers' health. The concentration of THMs in the water used in the manufacturing process of these products shall not exceed the limit of 100 or 80 µgL(-1) according to European Union (EU) and United States legislation respectively...
September 21, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934005/risk-assessment-of-dietary-exposure-to-phytosterol-oxidation-products-from-baked-food-in-china
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Yinzhou Hu, Mengmeng Wang, Weisu Huang, Guoliang Yang, Tiantian Lou, Shiyun Lai, Baiyi Lu, Lufei Zheng
Phytosterols are nutritional phytochemicals that may undergo oxidation and be transformed into phytosterol oxidation products (POPs), thus inducing pathological and toxic effects. This work investigated 4 main phytosterols and 28 POPs in 104 kinds of commercial baked food by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The dietary exposure and hazard index values (HI) associated with POPs from baked food consumption in China were estimated by using Monte Carlo simulation. Concentrations of the total phytosterols were between 3...
September 21, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934001/imazethapyr-persistence-in-sandy-loam-detected-using-white-mustard-bioassay
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Katarina Jovanović-Radovanov
Field experiments were conducted during two years at Srem region to investigate the influence of meteorological conditions, time and rate of application on soil persistence of imazethapyr in sandy loam type of soil. Imazethapyr was applied PRE- and POST-EM and in both cases in three application rates: 80, 120 and 160 g a.i./ha. Soil samples were collected from the day of herbicide application in predetermined intervals up to one year after application and residual concentrations were determined with a white mustard root bioassay...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933978/the-glycosidase-treatment-of-gentianae-scabrae-radix-converts-trifloroside-into-deglucosyltrifloroside-with-an-enhancement-of-antioxidative-effects
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Eun-Ju Yang, Ju-Gyeong Lee, Kyung-Sik Song
Herbal medicines were subjected to enzyme reaction by using a commercial glycosidase AMG-300L, and were evaluated for enhancement of their antioxidative activities. The methanolic extract of Gentianae Scabrae Radix (GSR) showed the most dramatic changes after enzyme reaction, as seen in the high-performance liquid chromatography profiles and an increase in the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging effect. Trifloroside (1, TF) was identified as being significantly decreased by enzyme reaction, whereas deglucosyltrifloroside (2, DTF) increased...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933925/geotagged-us-tweets-as-predictors-of-county-level-health-outcomes-2015-2016
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Quynh C Nguyen, Matt McCullough, Hsien-Wen Meng, Debjyoti Paul, Dapeng Li, Suraj Kath, Geoffrey Loomis, Elaine O Nsoesie, Ming Wen, Ken R Smith, Feifei Li
OBJECTIVES: To leverage geotagged Twitter data to create national indicators of the social environment, with small-area indicators of prevalent sentiment and social modeling of health behaviors, and to test associations with county-level health outcomes, while controlling for demographic characteristics. METHODS: We used Twitter's streaming application programming interface to continuously collect a random 1% subset of publicly available geo-located tweets in the contiguous United States...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933836/heat-generation-and-accumulation-in-municipal-solid-waste-landfills
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Zisu Hao, Mei Sun, Joel Ducoste, Craig H Benson, Scott Luettich, Marco J Castaldi, Morton A Barlaz
There have been reports of North American landfills that are experiencing temperatures in excess of 80 - 100°C. However, the processes causing elevated temperatures are not well understood. The objectives of this study were to develop a model to describe the generation, consumption and release of heat from landfills, to predict landfill temperatures, and to understand the relative importance of factors that contribute to heat generation and accumulation. Modeled heat sources include energy from aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation, anaerobic metal corrosion, ash hydration and carbonation, and acid-base neutralization...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933773/rapid-quantification-of-major-volatile-metabolites-in-fermented-food-and-beverages-using-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#18
Farhana R Pinu, Silas G Villas-Boas
Here we present a method for the accurate quantification of major volatile metabolites found in different food and beverages, including ethanol, acetic acid and other aroma compounds, using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The method is combined with a simple sample preparation procedure using sodium chloride and anhydrous ethyl acetate. The GC-MS analysis was accomplished within 4.75 min, and over 80 features were detected, of which 40 were positively identified using an in-house and a commercialmass spectrometry (MS) library...
July 26, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933714/hr-v-combining-dot-above-o2-and-rpe-relationships-in-an-aquatic-incremental-maximum-test-performed-by-young-women
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Gabriela B David, Luana S Andrade, Gustavo Z Schaun, Cristine L Alberton
David, GB, Andrade, LS, Schaun, GZ, and Alberton, CL. HR, V[Combining Dot Above]O2, and RPE relationships in an aquatic incremental maximum test performed by young women. J Strength Cond Res 31(10): 2852-2858, 2017-The purpose of the study was to verify the relationship between oxygen uptake (V[Combining Dot Above]O2), heart rate (HR), rate of perceived exertion (RPE), and cadence (CAD) in an aquatic incremental maximum test performed during a water-based stationary running exercise. The study also verified the best adjustments for these relationships (linear or polynomial)...
October 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933521/the-use-of-covered-stents-in-aortoiliac-obstructions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature
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Joost A Bekken, Hidde Jongsma, Bram Fioole
BACKGROUND: During the past decade, endovascular treatment has become the treatment of choice for all types of aortoiliac occlusive disease, including TASC C and D lesions. Patency rates, however, are still below those of open surgical techniques. One propagated technique to improve patency rates is the use of covered stents. This review assessed the available literature on covered stents for aortoiliac occlusive disease. METHODS: An extensive search was performed of the MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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