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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921598/association-of-serum-osteocalcin-levels-with-major-adverse-cardiovascular-events-a-4-4-year-retrospective-cohort-study
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Xueli Zhang, Yun Shen, Yiting Xu, Qin Xiong, Zhigang Lu, Xiaojing Ma, Yuqian Bao, Weiping Jia
We investigated whether the serum osteocalcin levels at baseline were associated with the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in a population-based retrospective cohort study of Chinese subjects. Coronary angiography was used to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD). Survival curves were analyzed by performing log-rank tests with Kaplan-Meier figures. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression was performed to identify the association of serum osteocalcin levels with the incidence of MACE...
September 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919803/empirical-validation-of-the-horowitz-multiple-systemic-infectious-disease-syndrome-questionnaire-for-suspected-lyme-disease
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Maryalice Citera, Phyllis R Freeman, Richard I Horowitz
PURPOSE: Lyme disease is spreading worldwide, with multiple Borrelia species causing a broad range of clinical symptoms that mimic other illnesses. A validated Lyme disease screening questionnaire would be clinically useful for both providers and patients. Three studies evaluated such a screening tool, namely the Horowitz Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS) Questionnaire. The purpose was to see if the questionnaire could accurately distinguish between Lyme patients and healthy individuals...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917713/the-bvas-is-an-independent-predictor-of-cardiovascular-events-and-cardiovascular-disease-related-mortality-in-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitis-a-study-of-504-cases-in-a-single-chinese-center
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Yi-Hua Bai, Zhi-Ying Li, Dong-Yuan Chang, Min Chen, Cees G M Kallenberg, Ming-Hui Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the major causes of death in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) during long-term follow-up. This study investigated risk factors for cardiovascular events (CVE) and CVD-related mortality in Chinese AAV patients. METHODS: Five hundred and four AAV patients in our center were retrospectively included. The predictive value of variables associated with CVE and CVD-related mortality were analyzed...
August 31, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915686/evaluation-on-efficacy-and-safety-of-the-addition-of-x-knife-therapy-to-gefitinib-in-nsclc-patients-with-symptomatic-brain-metastases
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Linbo Cai, Xiaoguang Qiu, Haihong Yang, Mingyao Lai, Changguo Shan, Weiping Hong, Juan Li, Longhui Luo, Ping Zhang, Lichao Wang
BACKGROUND: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a widely used therapy for brain metastases(BMs) in Non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC). However, its role in symptomatic patients with EGFR mutation remains unclear. We have retrospectively reviewed the clinical data of patients with symptomatic BMs whom received SRS as a salvage approach and concurrent gifitinib therapy. METHODS: Seven patients with primary NSCLC, symptomatic BMs, and EGFR mutation were identified in a retrospective review of patients treated with SRS using X-knife at Guangdong 999 Brain Hospital between 1 January 2012 and 31 August 2014...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913361/insulin-resistance-predicts-atherogenic-lipoprotein-profile-in-nondiabetic-subjects
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Flávia De C Cartolano, Gabriela D Dias, Maria C P de Freitas, Antônio M Figueiredo Neto, Nágila R T Damasceno
BACKGROUND: Atherogenic diabetes is associated with an increased cardiovascular risk and mortality in diabetic individuals; however, the impact of insulin resistance (IR) in lipid metabolism in preclinical stages is generally underreported. For that, we evaluated the capacity of IR to predict an atherogenic lipid subfraction profile. METHODS: Complete clinical evaluation and biochemical analysis (lipid, glucose profile, LDL, and HDL subfractions and LDL phenotype and size) were performed in 181 patients...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912444/pan-genomic-and-transcriptomic-analyses-of-leuconostoc-mesenteroides-provide-insights-into-its-genomic-and-metabolic-features-and-roles-in-kimchi-fermentation
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Byung Hee Chun, Kyung Hyun Kim, Hye Hee Jeon, Se Hee Lee, Che Ok Jeon
The genomic and metabolic features of Leuconostoc (Leu) mesenteroides were investigated through pan-genomic and transcriptomic analyses. Relatedness analysis of 17 Leu. mesenteroides strains available in GenBank based on 16S rRNA gene sequence, average nucleotide identity, in silico DNA-DNA hybridization, molecular phenotype, and core-genome indicated that Leu. mesenteroides has been separated into different phylogenetic lineages. Pan-genome of Leu. mesenteroides strains, consisting of 999 genes in core-genome, 1,432 genes in accessory-genome, and 754 genes in unique genome, and their COG and KEGG analyses showed that Leu...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912277/advantages-of-70-kv-ct-angiography-for-the-visualization-of-the-adamkiewicz-artery-comparison-with-120-kv-imaging
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S Shimoyama, T Nishii, Y Watanabe, A K Kono, K Kagawa, S Takahashi, K Sugimura
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Preprocedural identification of the Adamkiewicz artery is crucial in patients with aortic diseases. This study aimed to compare 70-kV CTA with conventional 120-kV CTA for the identification of the Adamkiewicz artery, examining differences in radiation dose and image quality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2 equal groups of 60 patients who had undergone 70-kV or 120-kV CTA to detect the Adamkiewicz artery before aortic repair...
September 14, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911344/comparison-of-spectrophotometric-methods-for-the-determination-of-copper-in-sugar-cane-spirit
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Sarah Adriana R Soares, Silvânio Silvério L Costa, Rennan Geovanny O Araujo, Leonardo Sena Gomes Teixeira, Alailson Falcão Dantas
Three spectrophotometric methods were developed for the determination of copper (Cu) in sugar cane spirit using the chromogenic reagents neocuproine, cuprizone, and bathocuproine. Experimental conditions, such as reagent concentration, reducer concentration, pH, buffer concentration, the order of addition of reagents, and the stability of the complexes, were optimized. The work range was established from 1.0 to 10.0 µg/mL, with correlation coefficients of >0.999 for all three optimized methods. The methods were evaluated regarding accuracy by addition and recovery tests at five concentration levels, and the obtained recoveries ranged from 91 to 105% (n = 3)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906256/variability-of-species-of-babesia-starcovici-1893-in-three-sympatric-ticks-ixodes-ricinus-dermacentor-reticulatus-and-haemaphysalis-concinna-at-the-edge-of-pannonia-in-the-czech-republic-and-slovakia
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Marketa Rybarova, Michaela Honsova, Ivo Papousek, Pavel Siroky
The distribution, variability and host specificity of species of Babesia Starcovici, 1893 were studied in questing ticks collected on the northwestern edge of the Pannonian Basin in the south-easternmost part of the Czech Republic and in western Slovakia. The area is characterised by relatively natural floodplain habitats and the sympatric occurrence of three tick species possessing wide host spectra, namely Ixodes ricinus (Linnaeus), Dermacentor reticulatus (Fabricius) and Haemaphysalis concinna Koch. Analysis was carried out on 1,408 I...
August 23, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905532/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-pneumonia-in-hospitalized-patients-with-seasonal-influenza-a-or-b
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Seongjun Chu, Sang Joon Park, So My Koo, Yang Ki Kim, Ki Up Kim, Soo Taek Uh, Tae Hyung Kim, Suyeon Park
BACKGROUND: Most patients with influenza recover spontaneously or following treatment with an anti-viral agent, but some patients experience pneumonia requiring hospitalization. We conducted a retrospective review to determine the incidence and risk factors of pneumonia in hospitalized patients with influenza A or B. METHODS: A total of 213 patients aged 18 years or older and hospitalized with influenza between January 2012 and January 2015 were included in this study...
September 1, 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904939/lung-cancer-prevalence-in-iran-by-histologic-subtypes
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Hossein Molavi Vardanjani, Masoud Zeinali, Samera Radmerikhi, Maryam Hadipour
BACKGROUND: Prevalence statistics are essential for cancer control in addition to incidence and mortality data. As we know, there is no published report regarding lung cancer (LC) prevalence in Iran. Herein, we provide model-based estimates of limited time LC prevalence in Iran, 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incidence numbers of LC were extracted from Iranian National Cancer Registry reports for 2003-2009. Trends were analyzed by joinpoint regression, assuming a logarithmic poisson model...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903107/dose-escalation-of-antidepressants-in-unipolar-depression-a-meta-analysis-of-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trials
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Markus Dold, Lucie Bartova, Rainer Rupprecht, Siegfried Kasper
BACKGROUND: As many patients with unipolar depression do not respond sufficiently to initial antidepressant monotherapy, a dose increase of the current administered antidepressant (dose escalation, high-dose treatment) is frequently carried out as next treatment measure. METHODS: We conducted a meta-analysis which included all double-blind randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing a dose increase of antidepressants directly to continuation of standard-dose treatment in unipolar depressive patients who were non- responders to standard-dose pharmacotherapy...
September 14, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902590/long-term-outcomes-of-patent-foramen-ovale-closure-or-medical-therapy-after-stroke
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Jeffrey L Saver, John D Carroll, David E Thaler, Richard W Smalling, Lee A MacDonald, David S Marks, David L Tirschwell
Background Whether closure of a patent foramen ovale reduces the risk of recurrence of ischemic stroke in patients who have had a cryptogenic ischemic stroke is unknown. Methods In a multicenter, randomized, open-label trial, with blinded adjudication of end-point events, we randomly assigned patients 18 to 60 years of age who had a patent foramen ovale (PFO) and had had a cryptogenic ischemic stroke to undergo closure of the PFO (PFO closure group) or to receive medical therapy alone (aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel, or aspirin combined with extended-release dipyridamole; medical-therapy group)...
September 14, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900565/comparison-of-a-head-mounted-impact-measurement-device-to-the-hybrid-iii-anthropomorphic-testing-device-in-a-controlled-laboratory-setting
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Eric Schussler, David Stark, John H Bolte, Yun Seok Kang, James A Onate
BACKGROUND: Reports estimate that 1.6 to 3.8 million cases of concussion occur in sports and recreation each year in the United States. Despite continued efforts to reduce the occurrence of concussion, the rate of diagnosis continues to increase. The mechanisms of concussion are thought to involve linear and rotational head accelerations and velocities. One method of quantifying the kinematics experienced during sport participation is to place measurement devices into the athlete's helmet or directly on the athlete's head...
August 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900552/electronic-cigarette-use-among-mississippi-adults-2015
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Vincent L Mendy, Rodolfo Vargas, Gerri Cannon-Smith, Marinelle Payton, Enkhmaa Byambaa, Lei Zhang
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine in the form of aerosol. We identify differences and associations in e-cigarette use by sociodemographic characteristics and describe the reported reasons for initiating use among Mississippi adults. We used the 2015 Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which collected information on e-cigarette use from 6,035 respondents. The prevalence of current e-cigarette use and having ever tried an e-cigarette was determined overall and by sociodemographic characteristics...
2017: Journal of Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900522/point-shear-wave-ultrasound-elastography-with-esaote-compared-to-real-time-2d-shear-wave-elastography-with-supersonic-imagine-for-the-quantification-of-liver-stiffness
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L Mulazzani, V Salvatore, F Ravaioli, G Allegretti, F Matassoni, R Granata, A Ferrarini, H Stefanescu, Fabio Piscaglia
PURPOSE: Different shear wave elastography (SWE) machines able to quantify liver stiffness (LS) have been recently introduced by various companies. The aim of this study was to investigate the agreement between point SWE with Esaote MyLab Twice (pSWE.ESA) and 2D SWE with Aixplorer SuperSonic (2D SWE.SSI). Moreover, we assessed the correlation of these machines with Fibroscan in a subgroup of patients. METHODS: A total of 81 liver disease patients and 27 subjects without liver disease accessing the ultrasound lab were considered...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900364/performance-characteristics-of-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-activity-assay-on-the-dimension-vista-analyser-and-preliminary-study-of-a-healthy-italian-population
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Alessandro De Stefano, Liliana Mannucci, Renato Massoud, Sergio Bernardini, Claudio Cortese
INTRODUCTION: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) is a marker of vascular inflammation associated with coronary heart disease and stroke. We evaluated analytical performance of the PLAC® Activity Test on Siemens Dimension Vista® 1500 analyzer and measured Lp-PLA2 activity in Italian adults to establish reference intervals (RIs) and evaluate correlation with circulating lipids and age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The evaluation protocol consisted of precision, linearity, sensitivity, method comparison, substrate depletion ("hook") effect and interference assessment...
October 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899385/coronary-artery-calcium-score-plays-an-important-role-for-cardiovascular-risk-stratification-in-the-statin-benefit-groups-of-asymptomatic-individuals
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Dong-Hyeon Lee, Ho-Joong Youn, Hae-Ok Jung, Kiyuk Chang, Yun-Seok Choi, Jung Im Jung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze the relationship between statin benefit groups based on statin-intensity class of drugs and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in an asymptomatic Korean population. METHODS: A total of 3914 asymptomatic individuals (mean age: 55 ± 10 years; male: female = 2649: 1265) who underwent MDCT for health examination between January 2009 and December 2012 were retrospectively enrolled...
September 12, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898751/treatment-of-model-solutions-and-wastewater-containing-selected-hazardous-metal-ions-using-a-chitin-lignin-hybrid-material-as-an-effective-sorbent
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Przemysław Bartczak, Łukasz Klapiszewski, Marcin Wysokowski, Izabela Majchrzak, Weronika Czernicka, Adam Piasecki, Hermann Ehrlich, Teofil Jesionowski
A chitin/lignin material with defined physicochemical and morphological properties was used as an effective adsorbent of environmentally toxic metals from model systems. Particularly significant is its use in the neutralization of real industrial wastes. The ions Ni(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+) and Pb(2+) were adsorbed on the functional sorbent, confirming the high sorption capacity of the newly obtained product, primarily due to the presence on its surface of numerous active functional groups from the component biopolymers...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898601/characterization-of-the-gray-whale-eschrichtius-robustus-genome-and-a-genotyping-array-based-on-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-candidate-genes
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J Andrew DeWoody, Nadia B Fernandez, Anna Brüniche-Olsen, Jennifer D Antonides, Jacqueline M Doyle, Phillip San Miguel, Rick Westerman, Vladimir V Vertyankin, Céline A J Godard-Codding, John W Bickham
Genetic and genomic approaches have much to offer in terms of ecology, evolution, and conservation. To better understand the biology of the gray whale Eschrichtius robustus (Lilljeborg, 1861), we sequenced the genome and produced an assembly that contains ∼95% of the genes known to be highly conserved among eukaryotes. From this assembly, we annotated 22,711 genes and identified 2,057,254 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Using this assembly, we generated a curated list of candidate genes potentially subject to strong natural selection, including genes associated with osmoregulation, oxygen binding and delivery, and other aspects of marine life...
June 2017: Biological Bulletin
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