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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351085/thyroid-function-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-population-based-thyroid-study
#1
Ladan Mehran, Atieh Amouzegar, Parnian Kheirkhah Rahimabad, Maryam Tohidi, Zhale Tahmasebinejad, Fereidoun Azizi
The impact of thyroid dysfunction in subclinical ranges on metabolic syndrome (MetS) is not well known. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the association of thyroid dysfunction with MetS and its components. In the cross-sectional population-based Tehran Thyroid Study, out of 5 786 randomly selected participants, aged≥20 years, subjects with thyroid nodules and cancer or any severe systemic disease, those who were pregnant and those using thyroid medication were excluded, leaving 5 422 subjects to be investigated...
March 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351035/resting-state-functional-connectivity-changes-associated-with-visuospatial-cognitive-deficits-in-patients-with-mild-alzheimer-disease
#2
Rakesh Balachandar, Srikala Bharath, John P John, Himanshu Joshi, Shilpa Sadanand, Jitender Saini, Keshav J Kumar, Mathew Varghese
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive disconnection of various brain networks leading to neuropsychological impairment. Pathology in the visual association areas has been documented in presymptomatic AD and therefore we aimed at examining the relationship between brain connectivity and visuospatial (VS) cognitive deficits in early AD. METHODS: Tests for VS working memory, episodic memory and construction were used to classify patients with AD (n = 48) as having severe VS deficits (n = 12, female = 4) or mild deficits (n = 11, female = 4)...
March 29, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351002/significance-of-lipoprotein-a-levels-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia-and-coronary-artery-disease
#3
Sha Li, Na-Qiong Wu, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Yan Zhang, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Ping Qing, Chuan-Jue Cui, Rui-Xia Xu, Jing Sun, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Jian-Jun Li
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are often characterized by premature coronary artery disease (CAD) with heterogeneity at onset. The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations of lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] with the FH phenotype, genotype and roles of Lp(a) in determining CAD risk among patients with and without FH. METHODS: We enrolled 8050 patients undergoing coronary angiography, from our Lipid clinic. Clinical FH was diagnosed using the Dutch Lipid Clinic Network criteria...
March 18, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350976/neuroendocrine-tumor-of-the-common-bile-duct-case-report
#4
C Raspanti, N Falco, V Silvestri, G Rotolo, S Bonventre, G Gulotta
Neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are a very heterogeneous group of neoplasms; in recent years we have seen an increase in their incidence (3.65 /100.000/year). They can be associated with hereditary endocrine syndromes (MEN, Von Hippel Lindau); they can occur at any age and the incidence is slightly higher in men than women. The aetiology of the neuroendocrine tumors is unclear; in most cases, inflammation of the bile ducts may be the underlying cause and for this reason, the initial patient's evaluation should be focused on the different aspects concerning the oncological one and the possible sequelae of the biliary obstructions that can evolve in biliary sepsis...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350950/spine-oncology-metastatic-spine-tumors
#5
David Choi, Mark Bilsky, Michael Fehlings, Charles Fisher, Ziya Gokaslan
Surgery for spinal metastases remains the mainstay treatment for pain, instability, and neurological deterioration due to tumor infiltration of the spine. However, several new therapies are emerging which may improve outcomes further, and in some cases even replace the need for surgery. We now have a better understanding of which factors influence survival and quality of life after surgery, and this underpins the development and application of new treatments, and assessment of outcome.Depending on genetic subtyping of tumors, novel immunotherapies and chemotherapies may be very effective in prolonging quality of life...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350945/intervertebral-disk-degeneration-and-repair
#6
James Dowdell, Mark Erwin, Theodoe Choma, Alexander Vaccaro, James Iatridis, Samuel K Cho
Intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration is a natural progression of the aging process. Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is a pathologic condition associated with IVD that has been associated with chronic back pain. There are a variety of different mechanisms of DDD (genetic, mechanical, exposure). Each of these pathways leads to a final common result of unbalancing the anabolic and catabolic environment of the extracellular matrix in favor of catabolism. Attempts have been made to gain an understanding of the process of IVD degeneration with in Vitro studies...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350903/advancing-diagnostics-to-address-antibacterial-resistance-the-diagnostics-and-devices-committee-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Ephraim L Tsalik, Elizabeth Petzold, Barry N Kreiswirth, Robert A Bonomo, Ritu Banerjee, Ebbing Lautenbach, Scott R Evans, Kimberly E Hanson, Jeffrey D Klausner, Robin Patel
Diagnostics are a cornerstone of the practice of infectious diseases. However, various limitations frequently lead to unmet clinical needs. In most other domains, diagnostics focus on narrowly defined questions, provide readily interpretable answers, and use true gold standards for development. In contrast, infectious diseases diagnostics must contend with scores of potential pathogens, dozens of clinical syndromes, emerging pathogens, rapid evolution of existing pathogens and their associated resistance mechanisms, and the absence of gold standards in many situations...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350844/isolation-and-characterization-of-alternatively-spliced-variants-of-the-mouse-sigma1-receptor-gene-sigmar1
#8
Ling Pan, David A Pasternak, Jin Xu, Mingming Xu, Zhigang Lu, Gavril W Pasternak, Ying-Xian Pan
The sigma1 receptor acts as a chaperone at the endoplasmic reticulum, associates with multiple proteins in various cellular systems, and involves in a number of diseases, such as addiction, pain, cancer and psychiatric disorders. The sigma1 receptor is encoded by the single copy SIGMAR1 gene. The current study identifies five alternatively spliced variants of the mouse sigma1 receptor gene using a polymerase chain reaction cloning approach. All the splice variants are generated by exon skipping or alternative 3' or 5' splicing, producing the truncated sigma1 receptor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350839/bidirectional-association-between-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-type-2-diabetes-in-chinese-population-evidence-from-the-dongfeng-tongji-cohort-study
#9
Yaru Li, Jing Wang, Yuhan Tang, Xu Han, Bing Liu, Hua Hu, Xiulou Li, Kun Yang, Jing Yuan, Xiaoping Miao, Ping Yao, Sheng Wei, Youjie Wang, Yuan Liang, Xiaomin Zhang, Huan Guo, An Pan, Handong Yang, Frank B Hu, Tangchun Wu, Meian He
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to examine the bidirectional association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: The data was derived from the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort study, which was established in 2008 and followed until October 2013. NAFLD was classified as none, mild, moderate/severe based on ultrasound examination. The analysis to examine the association between NAFLD and incident T2DM risk included 18,111 participants free of diabetes at baseline and the duration of follow-up was 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350823/cluster-analysis-to-estimate-the-risk-of-preeclampsia-in-the-high-risk-prediction-and-prevention-of-preeclampsia-and-intrauterine-growth-restriction-predo-study
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Pia M Villa, Pekka Marttinen, Jussi Gillberg, A Inkeri Lokki, Kerttu Majander, Maija-Riitta Ordén, Pekka Taipale, Anukatriina Pesonen, Katri Räikkönen, Esa Hämäläinen, Eero Kajantie, Hannele Laivuori
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is divided into early-onset (delivery before 34 weeks of gestation) and late-onset (delivery at or after 34 weeks) subtypes, which may rise from different etiopathogenic backgrounds. Early-onset disease is associated with placental dysfunction. Late-onset disease develops predominantly due to metabolic disturbances, obesity, diabetes, lipid dysfunction, and inflammation, which affect endothelial function. Our aim was to use cluster analysis to investigate clinical factors predicting the onset and severity of preeclampsia in a cohort of women with known clinical risk factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350815/-the-evil-virus-cell-students-knowledge-and-beliefs-about-viruses
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Uwe K Simon, Sonja M Enzinger, Andreas Fink
Education about virus biology at school is of pivotal interest to raise public awareness concerning means of disease transmission and, thus, methods to prevent infection, and to reduce unnecessary antibiotic treatment due to patient pressure on physicians in case of viral diseases such as influenza. This study aimed at making visible the knowledge of Austrian high school and university students with respect to virus biology, virus structure and health-education issues. The data presented here stem from comprehensive questionnaire analyses, including the task to draw a virus, from a cross-sectional study with 133 grade 7 and 199 grade 10 high school students, and 133 first-year biology and 181 first-year non-biology university students...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350749/effect-of-threatening-life-experiences-and-adverse-family-relations-in-ulcerative-colitis-analysis-using-structural-equation-modeling-and-comparison-with-crohn-s-disease
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Vered Slonim-Nevo, Orly Sarid, Michael Friger, Doron Schwartz, Ruslan Sergienko, Avihu Pereg, Hillel Vardi, Terri Singer, Elena Chernin, Dan Greenberg, Shmuel Odes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We published that threatening life experiences and adverse family relations impact Crohn's disease (CD) adversely. In this study, we examine the influence of these stressors in ulcerative colitis (UC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients completed demography, economic status (ES), the Patient-Simple Clinical Colitis Activity Index (P-SCCAI), the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (SIBDQ), the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Family Assessment Device (FAD), and the List of Threatening Life Experiences (LTE)...
May 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350744/usefulness-of-the-glasgow-blatchford-score-to-predict-1-week-mortality-in-patients-with-esophageal-variceal-bleeding
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Chikara Iino, Tadashi Shimoyama, Takasato Igarashi, Tomoyuki Aihara, Kentaro Ishii, Jyuichi Sakamoto, Hiroshi Tono, Shinsaku Fukuda
OBJECTIVES: Esophageal variceal bleeding is one of the most severe complications of liver cirrhosis, with high mortality. However, there is no established scoring system for short-term mortality in patients with esophageal variceal bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the Glasgow-Blatchford score (GBS), the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score, and the Child-Pugh score for predicting short-term and hospital mortality in patients with esophageal variceal bleeding...
May 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350733/using-pas-in-prehospital-environments-to-reduce-ed-and-ems-overuse
#14
Katherine M Thompson, William L Tozier
Emergency medical services (EMS) and EDs in large cities are burdened with a significant number of patients with chronic disease who have limited options for receiving proper care. Despite their relatively small numbers, these "superusers" can have a significant effect on EMS, particularly in large cities. Additionally, EDs are not designed to provide chronic and continuous healthcare. This article describes how several organizations use physician assistants to manage these patients.
April 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350642/increased-early-systemic-inflammation-in-icu-acquired-weakness-a-prospective-observational-cohort-study
#15
Esther Witteveen, Luuk Wieske, Tom van der Poll, Marike van der Schaaf, Ivo N van Schaik, Marcus J Schultz, Camiel Verhamme, Janneke Horn
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether patients who develop ICU-acquired weakness have a different pattern of systemic inflammatory markers compared with critically ill patients who do not develop ICU-acquired weakness. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Mixed medical-surgical ICU of a tertiary care hospital in the Netherlands. PATIENTS: Newly admitted critically ill patients, greater than or equal to 48 hours on mechanical ventilation with a nonneurologic ICU admission diagnosis, were included...
March 27, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350521/clinical-activity-of-the-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitor-pf-03084014-in-adults-with-desmoid-tumors-aggressive-fibromatosis
#16
Shivaani Kummar, Geraldine O'Sullivan Coyne, Khanh T Do, Baris Turkbey, Paul S Meltzer, Eric Polley, Peter L Choyke, Robert Meehan, Rasa Vilimas, Yvonne Horneffer, Lamin Juwara, Ann Lih, Amul Choudhary, Sandra A Mitchell, Lee J Helman, James H Doroshow, Alice P Chen
Purpose Desmoid tumors (aggressive fibromatosis) arise from connective tissue cells or fibroblasts. In general, they are slow growing and do not metastasize; however, locally aggressive desmoid tumors can cause severe morbidity and loss of function. Disease recurrence after surgery and/or radiation and diagnosis of multifocal desmoid tumors highlight the need to develop effective systemic treatments for this disease. In this study, we evaluate objective response rate after therapy with the γ-secretase inhibitor PF-03084014 in patients with recurrent, refractory, progressive desmoid tumors...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350440/identification-of-trypanosoma-brucei-adometdc-inhibitors-using-a-high-throughput-mass-spectrometry-based-assay
#17
Oleg A Volkov, Casey C Cosner, Anthony J Brockway, Martin Kramer, Michael Booker, Shihua Zhong, Ariel Ketcherside, Shuguang Wei, Jamie Longgood, Melissa K McCoy, Thomas E Richardson, Stephen A Wring, Michael Peel, Jeffrey D Klinger, Bruce A Posner, Jef K De Brabander, Margaret A Phillips
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) is a fatal infectious disease caused by the eukaryotic pathogen Trypanosoma brucei. Available treatments are difficult to administer and have significant safety issues. S-Adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMetDC) is an essential enzyme in the parasite polyamine biosynthetic pathway. Previous attempts to develop TbAdoMetDC inhibitors into anti-HAT therapies failed due to poor brain exposure. Here, we describe a large screening campaign of two small-molecule libraries (~400,000 compounds) employing a new high-throughput (~7 s per sample) mass spectrometry-based assay for AdoMetDC activity...
March 28, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346966/factor-xii-contact-activation
#18
Clément Naudin, Elena Burillo, Stefan Blankenberg, Lynn Butler, Thomas Renné
Contact activation is the surface-induced conversion of factor XII (FXII) zymogen to the serine protease FXIIa. Blood-circulating FXII binds to negatively charged surfaces and this contact to surfaces triggers a conformational change in the zymogen inducing autoactivation. Several surfaces that have the capacity for initiating FXII contact activation have been identified, including misfolded protein aggregates, collagen, nucleic acids, and platelet and microbial polyphosphate. Activated FXII initiates the proinflammatory kallikrein-kinin system and the intrinsic coagulation pathway, leading to formation of bradykinin and thrombin, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346919/the-pregnancy-microbiome
#19
Hadar Neuman, Omry Koren
In recent years, microbiome research has revealed multiple essential roles of the microorganisms residing within the human body in host metabolism, immunity, and overall health. Numerous physiological and pathological states, including obesity and the metabolic syndrome, have been correlated with microbial changes, termed dysbiosis. Our microbiomes change in response to our environment, diet, weight, hormones, and other factors. It is, therefore, not surprising that there are also significant changes in the microbiome during pregnancy when dramatic weight gain and metabolic and immunological changes occur...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346884/automatic-measurement-of-melanoma-depth-of-invasion-in-skin-histopathological-images
#20
Hongming Xu, Richard Berendt, Naresh Jha, Mrinal Mandal
Measurement of melanoma depth of invasion (DoI) in skin tissues is of great significance in grading the severity of skin disease and planning patient's treatment. However, accurate and automatic measurement of melanocytic tumor depth is a challenging problem mainly due to the difficulty of skin granular identification and melanoma detection. In this paper, we propose a technique for measuring melanoma DoI in microscopic images digitized from MART1 (i.e., meleanoma-associated antigen recognized by T cells) stained skin histopathological sections...
March 10, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
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