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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728285/-prevalence-and-surgery-status-of-cataract-among-adults-aged-60-years-or-above-in-two-villages-of-nantong
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J Zhou, Y Yuan, X Zhang, M Yang, H J Guan
Objective: To assess the prevalence, surgical coverage rate and social burden rate of cataract blindness among adults aged ≥60 years in the suburban population of Nantong, Jiangsu, China. Methods: It was a population-based cross-section study. A census with individuals aged ≥60 years was conducted in two villages of the suburb area in Nantong from June to August, 2008. A total of 1 305 individuals received visual acuity and eye examinations. Lens and cataract operative status were evaluated by slit-lamp biomicroscopy...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728284/-association-of-diabetic-retinopathy-with-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-the-beijing-desheng-diabetic-eye-disease-study
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W W Wei, X F Yang, H Gu, N P Liu
Objective: To determine the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in the Beijing Desheng Diabetic Eye Disease Study cohort and to investigate the association between DR and DPN. Methods: Cross-sectional study in a type 2 diabetic cohort. Questionnaires were collected and physical examinations were performed. Ophthalmologic examinations consisted of visual acuity with pinhole, slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment and seven-field 30(o) mydriatic fundus photography...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728282/-epidemiologic-study-of-tear-film-lipid-layer-thickness-measurement-in-the-population-of-taishitun-community-in-beijing
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Q F Liang, X H Du, Y D Su, N L Wang, Z J Wei, Antoine Labbé
Objective: To investigate the distribution of tear film lipid layer thickness (LLT) and the relationship between symptoms and signs of dry eye and tear film LLT in the population of Taishitun Community in Beijing. Methods: A cross-sectional study. From May 2016 to August 2016, three streets of Taishitun Community were randomly selected as survey districts and 540 persons were taken as investigation subjects. Every participant completed 6 items of dry eye examinations as follows: questionnaire (Ocular Surface Disease Index, OSDI), measurement of tear film LLT, tear film break-up time (TBUT), corneal and conjunctival staining, SchirmerⅠtest and the infrared meibomian photography...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728280/-the-problems-and-challenges-in-the-current-eye-health-management-in-china
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H D Zou
The core goal of "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for National Eye Health (2016 to 2020)" is to obtain eye health. At present, there are still several problems hampering Chinese eye health management system development, including the lack of top policy design, system protection and financial investment, weak support from primary health care institutions, other medical disciplines and social forces, and insufficient digital information. To achieve effective eye health management, it is necessary to address the sustainability of eye health management, the integrity of eye health digital information data and the feasibility of eye health payment...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728262/-evaluation-of-efficacy-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-plus-recombinant-human-thrombopoietin-for-children-with-severe-aplastic-anemia
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K Zhou, C X Liu, Y Li, J P Li, H H Fan, L Zhang, L P Jing, G X Peng, L Ye, Y Li, L Song, X Zhao, W R Yang, Z J Wu, F Chen, F K Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of immunosuppressive therapy (IST) combined with recombinant human thrombopoietin (rhTPO) for severe aplastic anemia (SAA) in pediatric patients. Method: A retrospective case-control study was conducted and the clinical data of 45 pediatric patients with de novo SAA admitted to the Anemia Diagnosis and Treatment Center of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Blood Disease Hospital during the period from December 2009 to December 2014 were analyzed...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728256/-single-center-retrospective-study-of-184-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-seen-from-2000-2014
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D X Guan, F H Yu, G L Wang, J Zhou, D Y Wang, X L Nie, X W Xu
Objective: To investigate the clinical data of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) retrospectively, including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) and identify the clinical characteristics and trends of change. Method: Clinical data of hospitalized patients diagnosed as IBD in Beijing Children's Hospital from January 2000 to December 2014 were collected and retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into six groups based on type of disease and year of admission: Group A1(CD, 2000-2004) included 12 patients, Group B1(CD, 2005-2009) included 11, Group C1(CD, 2010-2014) included 51; Group A2(UC, 2000-2004) included 17, Group B2(UC, 2005-2009) included 25, Group C2(UC, 2010-2014) included 68...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728202/-pyogenic-liver-abscess-changes-of-organisms-and-consequences-for-diagnosis-and-therapy
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Alexander Mischnik, Winfried Vincenz Kern, Robert Thimme
Liver abscess is a rare but potentially fatal disease with mortality rates of 2 - 12 %. The spectrum of causative microorganisms varies across the world and is changing due to increasing worldwide travel activity. As a result, previously less frequent pathogens must increasingly be considered in the differential diagnosis. The most common pathogens of liver abscess are so-called abscess streptococci, anaerobes and Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Certain clones among the Gram-negatives, typically among Klebsiella spp...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728161/quality-of-life-and-caregivers-burden-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Kingston Rajiah, Mari Kannan Maharajan, Si Jen Yeen, Sara Lew
AIM: This study focused on the impact of the clinical features on the quality of life (QoL) of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and of their caregivers. METHODS: This study included PD patients along with their caregivers and was undertaken at the Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association from June 2016 to November 2016. Clinical features of PD patients were assessed using the Movement Disorder Society revised Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale; the Hoehn and Yahr stage and the Schwab and England Activities of Daily Living Scale were used to assess the severity and the ability of PD patients respectively...
July 21, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728103/freiberg-s-infraction-a-modified-closing-wedge-osteotomy-for-an-undiagnosed-case
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Carlo Biz, Alessandro Zornetta, Ilaria Fantoni, Alberto Crimì, Enrico Bordignon, P Ruggieri
INTRODUCTION: Freiberg's infraction is an osteonecrosis affecting the metatarsal head whose pathogenesis is not fully understood, although stress overloading by multiple microtraumas remains the most widely accepted cause. Operative treatment, by different techniques, is necessary when conservative treatment fails. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 31-year old woman presented with left foot severe pain, especially at the level of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) of the second ray, underestimated upon initial evaluation...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728097/nonlinear-modulation-of-interacting-between-comt-and-depression-on-brain-function
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L Gong, C He, Y Yin, Q Ye, F Bai, Y Yuan, H Zhang, L Lv, H Zhang, Z Zhang, C Xie
BACKGROUND: The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is related to dopamine degradation and has been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, how this gene affects brain function properties in MDD is still unclear. METHODS: Fifty patients with MDD and 35 cognitively normal participants underwent a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan. A voxelwise and data-drive global functional connectivity density (gFCD) analysis was used to investigate the main effects and the interactions of disease states and COMT rs4680 gene polymorphism on brain function...
June 9, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727978/pulmonary-neuroendocrine-cell-hyperplasia-in-hemoglobin-bart-induced-hydrops-fetalis-a-model-for-chronic-intrauterine-hypoxia
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Mana Taweevisit, Boochit Theerasantipong, Kanlaya Taothong, Paul Scott Thorner
The pulmonary neuroendocrine system includes pulmonary neuroendocrine cells (PNECs) and neuroepithelial bodies (NEBs) that are distributed throughout respiratory epithelium and regulate lung growth and maturation antenatally. Abnormalities in this system have been linked to many hypoxia-associated pediatric pulmonary disorders. Hemoglobin (Hb) Bart disease is a severe form of α-thalassemia resulting in marked intrauterine hypoxia with hydrops fetalis (HF) and usually death in utero. Affected fetuses can serve as a naturally occurring human model for the effects of intrauterine hypoxia, and we postulated that these effects should include changes in the pulmonary neuroendocrine system...
July 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727899/sacral-neuromodulation-for-combined-faecal-and-urinary-incontinence-following-obstetric-anal-sphincter-injury
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M Rydningen, Stine Riise, T Wilsgaard, R O Lindsetmo, S Norderval
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of sacral neuromodulation (SNM) in the treatment of faecal incontinence and concomitant urinary incontinence in women with a history of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASIS). METHOD: In this prospective study, consecutive women with faecal incontinence following OASIS accepted for SNM were screened for concomitant urinary incontinence. The primary outcome was the change in urinary incontinence score (ICIQ-UI-SF) between baseline and 12 months...
July 20, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727884/oct-angiography-and-ellipsoid-zone-mapping-of-macular-telangiectasia-type-2-from-the-avatar-study
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Anne P Runkle, Peter K Kaiser, Sunil K Srivastava, Andrew P Schachat, Jamie L Reese, Justis P Ehlers
Purpose: To evaluate alterations on optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and quantitatively assess alterations in the ellipsoid zone (EZ) in eyes with macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel type 2). Methods: The Observational Assessment of Visualizing and Analyzing Vessels With Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Retinal Diseases study is an institutional review board-approved prospective, observational study investigating OCT-A in macular disease...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727877/genetic-predisposition-to-breast-cancer-due-to-mutations-other-than-brca1-and-brca2-founder-alleles-among-ashkenazi-jewish-women
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Tom Walsh, Jessica B Mandell, Barbara M Norquist, Silvia Casadei, Suleyman Gulsuner, Ming K Lee, Mary-Claire King
Importance: Among Ashkenazi Jewish women, 3 mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 severely increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. However, among Ashkenazi Jewish patients with breast cancer who do not carry one of these founder mutations, the likelihood of carrying another pathogenic mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 or another breast cancer gene is not known. This information would be valuable to the patient and family for cancer prevention and treatment. Objective: To determine the frequency of cancer-predisposing mutations other than the BRCA1 and BRCA2 founder alleles among patients of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with breast cancer...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727845/emergent-multisystemic-enterococcus-infection-threatens-endangered-christmas-island-reptile-populations
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Karrie Rose, Jessica Agius, Jane Hall, Paul Thompson, John-Sebastian Eden, Mukesh Srivastava, Brendan Tiernan, Cheryl Jenkins, David Phalen
Multisystemic infections with a morphologically unusual bacterium were first observed in captive critically endangered Lister's geckos (Lepidodactylus listeri) on Christmas Island in October 2014. Since then the infection was identified in another captive critically endangered lizard species, the blue-tailed skink (Cryptoblepharus egeriae) and two species of invasive geckos; the four clawed gecko (Gehyra mutilata) and Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus), in a wide geographic range across the east side of the island...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727835/conflicting-relationship-between-age-dependent-disorders-valvular-heart-disease-and-coronary-artery-disease-by-covariance-structure-analysis-possible-contribution-of-natriuretic-peptide
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Risa Fukumoto, Makoto Kawai, Kosuke Minai, Kazuo Ogawa, Jun Yoshida, Yasunori Inoue, Satoshi Morimoto, Toshikazu Tanaka, Tomohisa Nagoshi, Takayuki Ogawa, Michihiro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: It is conceivable that contemporary valvular heart disease (VHD) is affected largely by an age-dependent atherosclerotic process, which is similar to that observed in coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a comorbid condition of VHD and CAD has not been precisely examined. The first objective of this study was to examine a possible comorbid condition. Provided that there is no comorbidity, the second objective was to search for the possible reasons by using conventional risk factors and plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) because BNP has a potentiality to suppress atherosclerotic development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727822/dna-methylation-of-candidate-genes-in-peripheral-blood-from-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-or-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Sanne D van Otterdijk, Alexandra M Binder, Katarzyna Szarc Vel Szic, Julia Schwald, Karin B Michels
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the metabolic syndrome (MetS) is increasing and several studies suggested an involvement of DNA methylation in the development of these metabolic diseases. This study was designed to investigate if differential DNA methylation in blood can function as a biomarker for T2D and/or MetS. METHODS: Pyrosequencing analyses were performed for the candidate genes KCNJ11, PPARγ, PDK4, KCNQ1, SCD1, PDX1, FTO and PEG3 in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) from 25 patients diagnosed with only T2D, 9 patients diagnosed with T2D and MetS and 11 control subjects without any metabolic disorders...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727818/prep-in-italy-the-time-may-be-ripe-but-who-s-paying-the-bill-a-nationwide-survey-on-physicians-attitudes-towards-using-antiretrovirals-to-prevent-hiv-infection
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Antonio Di Biagio, Niccolò Riccardi, Alessio Signori, Renato Maserati, Silvia Nozza, Andrea Gori, Stefano Bonora, Marco Borderi, Diego Ripamonti, Maria Cristina Rossi, Giancarlo Orofino, Tiziana Quirino, Giuseppe Nunnari, Benedetto Maurizio Celesia, Salvatore Martini, Caterina Sagnelli, Giovanni Mazzola, Pietro Colletti, Dario Bartolozzi, Teresa Bini, Nicoletta Ladisa, Filippo Castelnuovo, Annalisa Saracino, Sergio Lo Caputo
Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of the oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir (with or without emtricitabine) on preventing HIV-negative partners of HIV infected patients to become infected through sexual contacts. PrEP is already available in the United States and now is approved by European Medicine Agency. In this setting we would like to gauge physicians' knowledge, acquaintance with and attitude to include PrEP in their clinical practice. A cross sectional survey was conducted among Italian physicians expert on antiretroviral therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727814/low-pcsk9-levels-are-correlated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease
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Valentin Schlegel, Theresa Treuner-Kaueroff, Daniel Seehofer, Thomas Berg, Susen Becker, Uta Ceglarek, Joachim Thiery, Thorsten Kaiser
INTRODUCTION: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) plays a key role in the cholesterol metabolism and is synthesized by the liver. It interacts with the LDL-receptor to promote its degradation. The model of end-stage liver disease (MELD) score is a well-established tool to estimate the risk of mortality in patients with end-stage chronic liver disease. The study aims to assess the associations between PCSK9, hypocholesterinemia, liver synthesis, cholestasis, MELD score and mortality in patients with end-stage liver disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727785/novel-crispr-cas9-gene-drive-constructs-reveal-insights-into-mechanisms-of-resistance-allele-formation-and-drive-efficiency-in-genetically-diverse-populations
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Jackson Champer, Riona Reeves, Suh Yeon Oh, Chen Liu, Jingxian Liu, Andrew G Clark, Philipp W Messer
A functioning gene drive system could fundamentally change our strategies for the control of vector-borne diseases by facilitating rapid dissemination of transgenes that prevent pathogen transmission or reduce vector capacity. CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive promises such a mechanism, which works by converting cells that are heterozygous for the drive construct into homozygotes, thereby enabling super-Mendelian inheritance. Although CRISPR gene drive activity has already been demonstrated, a key obstacle for current systems is their propensity to generate resistance alleles, which cannot be converted to drive alleles...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
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