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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350940/recent-and-emerging-advances-in-spinal-deformity
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Justin S Smith, Christopher I Shaffrey, Shay Bess, Mohammed F Shamji, Darrel Brodke, Lawrence G Lenke, Michael G Fehlings, Virginie Lafage, Frank Schwab, Alexander R Vaccaro, Christopher P Ames
BACKGROUND: Over the last several decades, significant advances have occurred in the assessment and management of spinal deformity. OBJECTIVE: The primary focus of this narrative review is on recent advances in adult thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbar deformities, with additional discussions of advances in cervical deformity and pediatric deformity. METHODS: A review of recent literature was conducted. RESULTS: Advances in adult thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbar deformities reviewed include the growing applications of stereoradiography, development of new radiographic measures and improved understanding of radiographic alignment objectives, increasingly sophisticated tools for radiographic analysis, strategies to reduce the occurrence of common complications, and advances in minimally invasive techniques...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350822/asthma-corticosteroid-use-and-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-taiwan
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Wei-Chen Wang, Mong-Liang Lu, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Mei-Hing Ng, Kuo-You Huang, Ming-Hong Hsieh, Meng-Jer Hsieh, Roger S McIntyre, Yena Lee, Charles Tzu-Chi Lee
OBJECTIVE: Asthma and corticosteroid use have been implicated as possible risk factors for schizophrenia. The retrospective cohort study herein aimed to investigate the association between asthma, corticosteroid use, and schizophrenia. METHOD: Longitudinal data (2000 to 2007) from adults with asthma (n = 50,046) and without asthma (n = 50,046) were compared on measures of schizophrenia incidence using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346913/selected-food-consumption-mediates-the-association-between-education-level-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-korean-adults
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Oh Yoen Kim, So-Young Kwak, Boeun Kim, Young-Sun Kim, Hye Young Kim, Min-Jeong Shin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Low socioeconomic status (SES) is linked to higher incidence/mortality of cardiovascular disease, but emerging evidence inconsistently reported that education level, a proxy for SES, is related to cardiovascular risk and metabolic syndrome (MetS) in Koreans. Furthermore, limited information is available on whether dietary components would mediate the relationship between education level and cardiovascular risk. We hypothesized that selected food consumption mediates the association between education level and MetS prevalence...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346659/is-universal-hla-b-15-02-screening-a-cost-effective-option-in-an-ethnically-diverse-population-a-case-study-of-malaysia
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H Y Chong, Z Mohamed, L L Tan, D B C Wu, F H Shabaruddin, M Dahlui, Y D Apalasamy, S R Snyder, M S Williams, J Hao, L H Cavallari, N Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Strong association was documented between human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B*15:02 and carbamazepine-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) in Asians. Beyond Asia, the HLA testing is potentially valuable in many countries with increasingly diverse communities of Asian ancestry, to facilitate an early recognition of patient susceptibility to SCARs. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of universal HLA-B*15:02 screening in preventing carbamazepine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome/ toxic epidermal necrolysis in an ethnically-diverse Malaysian population...
March 27, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346357/comparison-of-the-in-vivo-biotransformation-of-two-emerging-estrogenic-contaminants-bp2-and-bps-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-adults
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Vincent Le Fol, François Brion, Anne Hillenweck, Elisabeth Perdu, Sandrine Bruel, Selim Aït-Aïssa, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Daniel Zalko
Zebrafish embryo assays are increasingly used in the toxicological assessment of endocrine disruptors. Among other advantages, these models are 3R-compliant and are fit for screening purposes. Biotransformation processes are well-recognized as a critical factor influencing toxic response, but major gaps of knowledge exist regarding the characterization of functional metabolic capacities expressed in zebrafish. Comparative metabolic studies between embryos and adults are even scarcer. Using ³H-labeled chemicals, we examined the fate of two estrogenic emerging contaminants, benzophenone-2 (BP2) and bisphenol S (BPS), in 4-day embryos and adult zebrafish...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345792/adding-fast-acting-insulin-aspart-to-basal-insulin-significantly-improved-glycaemic-control-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-randomised-18-week-open-label-phase-3-trial-onset-3
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Helena W Rodbard, Devjit Tripathy, Maricela Vidrio Velázquez, Marek Demissie, Søren Can Tamer, Milivoj Piletič
AIM: To confirm glycaemic control superiority of mealtime fast-acting insulin aspart (faster aspart) in a basal-bolus (BB) regimen versus basal-only insulin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this open-label, randomised, 18-week trial (51 sites; 6 countries) adults (n = 236) with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes (T2D; mean glycosylated haemoglobin [HbA1c ] ±SD: 7.9 ± 0.7% [63.1 ± 7.5 mmol/mol) receiving basal insulin and oral antidiabetic drugs underwent 8-week optimisation of prior once-daily basal insulins followed by randomisation 1:1 to a BB regimen with faster aspart (n = 116) or continuation of once-daily basal insulin (n = 120), both with metformin...
March 27, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345782/red-cell-distribution-width-as-a-novel-predictor-of-postoperative-respiratory-adverse-events-after-adenotonsillectomy
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Betul Kozanhan, Mehmet S Iyisoy
BACKGROUND: Respiratory adverse events are commonly observed after adenotonsillectomy in children with sleep-disordered breathing. Preoperative prediction of these events enhances quality of care and resource management in facilities while encouraging precautions against them. Red cell distribution width, a measure of erythrocyte size variability, has recently been linked to adverse outcomes in a variety of disorders. Red cell distribution width has also been found to be associated with severity of obstructive sleep apnea in adults due to hypoxia-mediated inflammation...
March 27, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345748/risk-perception-and-perceived-self-efficacy-of-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-seniors-and-young-adults-in-emergencies
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Alina Engelman, Susan L Ivey, Winston Tseng, Linda Neuhauser
OBJECTIVES: The authors explored the factors influencing risk perception and perceived self-efficacy before and during an emergency for deaf and hard-of-hearing (Deaf/HH) seniors and young adults. METHODS: The authors collected demographic survey data and conducted four focus groups with 38 Deaf/HH residents of the San Francisco Bay Area; two groups were with young adults (ages 18-35), including one group of college students and one group of young professionals, and two were with older adults (ages 50-90)...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345188/treatment-of-gonorrhoea-in-auckland-new-zealand-marked-variation-in-prescriber-adherence-to-treatment-guidelines
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Rose Forster, Ms Diana Ng, Arlo Upton, Rick Franklin, Mark Thomas
BACKGROUND: The relentless emergence and spread of strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae that are resistant to many antimicrobial agents has led to frequent changes in treatment guidelines, with a consequent risk that prescribers may not be aware of current guidelines. METHODS: We audited the treatment given to adult patients with laboratory proven gonorrhoea in Auckland, New Zealand, during the first six months of 2015. RESULTS: Treatment compliant with the current New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) guidelines was administered in only 65% (458/706) episodes overall...
March 27, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345071/jolt-accentuation-and-its-value-as-a-sign-in-diagnosis-of-meningitis-in-patients-with-fever-and-headache
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Mani Mofidi, Narges Negaresh, Davood Farsi, Mahdi Rezai, Babak Mahshidfar, Saeed Abbasi, Peyman Hafezimoghadam
OBJECTIVES: Meningitis is an important disease among the patients being visited in Emergency Departments (EDs). There are many signs to diagnose it with different sensitivity and specificity reported in previously done studies. Current study tries to evaluate diagnostic accuracy of "Jolt accentuation" in the diagnosis (Dx.) of meningitis in patients with fever and headache. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 48 adult patients, who were referred to two teaching EDs for fever and headache and were diagnosed as suspected meningitis, were included in this prospective observational study...
March 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343815/soft-tissue-oxygen-saturation-to-predict-admission-from-the-emergency-department-a-prospective-observational-study
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William T Davis, Josh Lospinso, Robert M Barnwell, John Hughes, Steven G Schauer, Thomas B Smith, Michael D April
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated a soft tissue oxygen saturation (Sto2) measurement at triage for predicting admission to the hospital in adults presenting to the emergency department (ED) in addition to data routinely gathered at triage. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, single center study of adults presenting to the ED for evaluation. Research assistants obtained thenar eminence Sto2 measurements on subjects in ED triage. ED providers not involved in the study then made all management and disposition decisions...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343404/emerging-from-the-database-shadows-characterizing-undocumented-immigrants-in-a-large-cohort-of-hiv-infected-persons
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Jonathan Ross, David B Hanna, Uriel R Felsen, Chinazo O Cunningham, Viraj V Patel
Little is known about how HIV affects undocumented immigrants despite social and structural factors that may place them at risk of poor HIV outcomes. Our understanding of the clinical epidemiology of HIV-infected undocumented immigrants is limited by the challenges of determining undocumented immigration status in large data sets. We developed an algorithm to predict undocumented status using social security number (SSN) and insurance data. We retrospectively applied this algorithm to a cohort of HIV-infected adults receiving care at a large urban healthcare system who attended at least one HIV-related outpatient visit from 1997 to 2013, classifying patients as "screened undocumented" or "documented"...
March 27, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343353/development-reproduction-survival-and-demographic-patterns-of-tuta-absoluta-meyrick-lepidoptera-gelechiidae-on-different-commercial-tomato-cultivars
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F S Krechemer, L A Foerster
The increase in the production of tomato, Solanum lycopersicon Mill. (Solanaceae), has favored the proliferation of pests, especially Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). In this study, the development, reproduction, survival, and demographic parameters of T. absoluta reared on six commercial tomato cultivars (Cherry, Cordilheira, Giuliana, Nemoneta, Paron, and Santa Clara) were evaluated. Tuta absoluta completed its development in all tomato cultivars. Development from newly hatched caterpillar to newly emerged adult varied between 24...
March 25, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343225/clinical-trial-of-vadadustat-in-patients-with-anemia-secondary-to-stage-3-or-4-chronic-kidney-disease
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Edouard R Martin, Mark T Smith, Bradley J Maroni, Qing C Zuraw, Emil M deGoma
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic options for the treatment of anemia secondary to chronic kidney disease (CKD) remain limited. Vadadustat (AKB-6548) is an oral hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl-hydroxylase domain (HIF-PHD) inhibitor that is being investigated for the treatment of anemia secondary to CKD. METHODS: A phase 2a, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging trial (NCT01381094) was undertaken in adults with anemia secondary to CKD stage 3 or 4...
March 25, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343186/-profile-of-adults-suffering-from-copd-in-poland
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Marcin Nowak, Mateusz Jankowski, Grzegorz M Brożek, Szymon Skoczyński, Patrycja Rzepka-Wrona, Ewa Pierzchała, Jan E Zejda, Władysław Pierzchała
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common chronic diseases in adults. It is estimated, that in Poland around two million people suffer from COPD. THE AIM: The aim of this study, was to characterize population of patients with COPD in Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study, established and coordinated by the Polish Respiratory Society, included a representative sample of 500 GPs where were asked to fill questionnaires on diagnosis and treatment of their COPD patients...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343139/oxytocin-in-corticosterone-induced-chronic-stress-model-focus-on-adrenal-gland-function
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Dušanka Stanić, Bosiljka Plećaš-Solarović, Duško Mirković, Predrag Jovanović, Slađana Dronjak, Bojan Marković, Tea Đorđević, Svetlana Ignjatović, Vesna Pešić
Chronic stress conditions can lead to considerable and extensible changes in physiological and psychological performances, and in emergence of risk for various somatic diseases. On the other hand, the neuropeptide oxytocin is reported to increase the resistance of the organism to stress and modulate activity of autonomic nervous system. Chronic corticosterone administration is used as a rat model for a state observed in terms of chronic stress exposure, when negative feedback mechanism of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activity is disrupted...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343051/tolerability-of-cariprazine-in-the-treatment-of-acute-bipolar-i-mania-a-pooled-post-hoc-analysis-of-3-phase-ii-iii-studies
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Willie Earley, Suresh Durgam, Kaifeng Lu, Marc Debelle, István Laszlovszky, Eduard Vieta, Lakshmi N Yatham
BACKGROUND: Atypical antipsychotics have broad-spectrum efficacy against core symptoms of acute mania/mixed states in bipolar disorder; however, they are associated with clinically significant adverse effects (AEs). METHODS: This post hoc analysis evaluated the safety and tolerability of the atypical antipsychotic cariprazine in the treatment of adult patients with acute manic/mixed episodes of bipolar I disorder. Data were taken from three 3-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, flexible-dose trials of cariprazine 3-12mg/d...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342853/thyroid-hormone-promotes-differentiation-of-colon-cancer-stem-cells
#18
Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Raffaele Ambrosio, Monica Dentice
Tumor formation and maintenance depend on a small fraction of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that can self-renew and generate a wide variety of differentiated cells. CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, and can represent a reservoir of cancer cells that often cause relapse after treatment. Evidence suggests that CSCs also give rise to metastases. Thyroid hormone (TH) controls a variety of biological processes including the development and functioning of most adult tissues. Recent years has seen the emergence of an intimate link between TH and multiple steps of tumorigenesis...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342780/a-neural-basis-for-the-visual-sense-of-number-and-its-development-a-steady-state-visual-evoked-potential-study-in-children-and-adults
#19
Joonkoo Park
While recent studies in adults have demonstrated the existence of a neural mechanism for a visual sense of number, little is known about its development and whether such a mechanism exists at young ages. In the current study, I introduce a novel steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) technique to objectively quantify early visual cortical sensitivity to numerical and non-numerical magnitudes of a dot array. I then examine this neural sensitivity to numerical magnitude in children between three and ten years of age and in college students...
March 2, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342748/rnai-of-arcrna-hsr%C3%AF-affects-sub-cellular-localization-of-drosophila-fus-to-drive-neurodiseases
#20
Luca Lo Piccolo, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Defective RNA metabolism is common pathogenic mechanisms involved in neurological disorders. Indeed, a conspicuous feature of some neurodegenerative diseases is the loss of nuclear activities of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) like Fused in sarcoma (FUS) and eventually, their accumulation in cytoplasmic proteinaceous inclusions. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as important regulators of tissue physiology and disease processes, including neurological disorders. A subset of these lncRNAs is the core of nuclear bodies (NBs), which are the sites of RNA processing and sequestration of specific ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) complexes...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Neurology
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