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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545256/a-review-of-the-effects-of-chronic-arsenic-exposure-on-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes
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REVIEW
Abul H Milton, Sumaira Hussain, Shahnaz Akter, Mijanur Rahman, Tafzila A Mouly, Kane Mitchell
Exposure to arsenic has a number of known detrimental health effects but impact on pregnancy outcomes is not as widely recognized. This narrative review examines existing epidemiological evidence investigating the association between arsenic exposure via drinking water and adverse pregnancy outcomes. We reviewed published epidemiological studies from around the world on impact of chronic arsenic exposure on spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, neonatal death, post neonatal death, low birth weight and preterm baby...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545196/comparison-of-cox-regression-and-parametric-models-application-for-assessment-of-survival-of-pediatric-cases-of-acute-leukemia-in-southern-iran
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Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi, Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Ayatollahi
Background: Finding the most appropriate regression model for survival data in cancer casesin order to determine prognosis is an important issue in medical research. Here we compare Cox and parametric regression models regarding survival of children with acute leukemia in southern Iran. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, information for 197 children with acute leukemia over 6 years was collected through observation and interviews. In order to identify factors affecting their survival, the Cox and parametric (exponential, Weibull, log-logistic, log-normal, Gompertz and generalized gamma) models were fitted to the data...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545172/femoral-nerve-block-versus-adductor-canal-block-for-analgesia-after-total-knee-arthroplasty
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REVIEW
In Jun Koh, Young Jun Choi, Man Soo Kim, Hyun Jung Koh, Min Sung Kang, Yong In
Inadequate pain management after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) impedes recovery, increases the risk of postoperative complications, and results in patient dissatisfaction. Although the preemptive use of multimodal measures is currently considered the principle of pain management after TKA, no gold standard pain management protocol has been established. Peripheral nerve blocks have been used as part of a contemporary multimodal approach to pain control after TKA. Femoral nerve block (FNB) has excellent postoperative analgesia and is now a commonly used analgesic modality for TKA pain control...
June 1, 2017: Knee Surgery & related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545150/total-hip-knee-arthroplasty-in-the-treatment-of-tumor-induced-osteomalacia-patients-more-than-1-year-follow-up
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Wei Zhu, Qi Ma, Yanyan Bian, Qianyu Zhuang, Zenan Xia, Jin Jin, Xisheng Weng
BACKGROUND: Tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) may result in a better prognosis after complete resection of the causative neoplasm. However, tumors located proximal to the articular surface of the metaphysis remain largely uninvestigated. METHODS: A retrospective study of sixteen patients was undertaken to evaluate treatment of tumors with joint arthroplasty and tumor resection. The bone metabolism index, hip/knee joint function, arthroplasty complications and symptoms were followed up for at least 12 months in each patient...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545117/on-tests-of-treatment-covariate-interactions-an-illustration-of-appropriate-power-and-sample-size-calculations
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Gwowen Shieh
The appraisals of treatment-covariate interaction have theoretical and substantial implications in all scientific fields. Methodologically, the detection of interaction between categorical treatment levels and continuous covariate variables is analogous to the homogeneity of regression slopes test in the context of ANCOVA. A fundamental assumption of ANCOVA is that the regression slopes associating the response variable with the covariate variable are presumed constant across treatment groups. The validity of homogeneous regression slopes accordingly is the most essential concern in traditional ANCOVA and inevitably determines the practical usefulness of research findings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545086/cancer-cell-spheroids-are-a-better-screen-for-the-photodynamic-efficiency-of-glycosylated-photosensitizers
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Patrícia M R Pereira, Naxhije Berisha, N V S Dinesh K Bhupathiraju, Rosa Fernandes, João P C Tomé, Charles Michael Drain
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) relies on the use of non-toxic photosensitizers that are locally and selectively activated by light to induce cell death or apoptosis through reactive oxygen species generation. The conjugation of porphyrinoids with sugars that target cancer is increasingly viewed as an effective way to increase the selectivity of PDT. To date, in vitro PDT efficacy is mostly screened using two-dimensional monolayer cultures. Compared to monolayer cultures, three-dimensional spheroid cultures have unique spatial distributions of nutrients, metabolites, oxygen and signalling molecules; therefore better mimic in vivo conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545082/clinical-endoscopic-management-and-outcome-of-post-endoscopic-sphincterotomy-bleeding
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Wei-Chen Lin, Hsaing-Hung Lin, Chien-Yuan Hung, Shou-Chuan Shih, Cheng-Hsin Chu
Post-endoscopic sphincterotomy bleeding is a common complication of biliary sphincterotomy, and the incidence varies from 1% to 48%. It can be challenging to localize the bleeder or to administer various interventions through a side-viewing endoscope. This study aimed to evaluate the risk factors of post-endoscopic sphincterotomy bleeding and the outcome of endoscopic intervention therapies. We retrospectively reviewed the records of 513 patients who underwent biliary sphincterotomy in Mackay Memorial Hospital between 2011 and 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545062/association-of-frailty-status-with-acute-kidney-injury-and-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Charat Thongprayoon, Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Natanong Thamcharoen, Patompong Ungprasert, Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, Michael A Mao, Ankit Sakhuja, Kevin L Greason, Kianoush Kashani
OBJECTIVE: Frailty is a common condition in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The aim of this systematic review was to assess the impact of frailty status on acute kidney injury (AKI) and mortality after TAVR. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases from the inception through November 2016. The protocol for this study is registered with PROSPERO (International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews; no...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544956/dna-commission-of-the-international-society-for-forensic-genetics-isfg-guidelines-on-the-use-of-x-strs-in-kinship-analysis
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Andreas O Tillmar, Daniel Kling, John M Butler, Walther Parson, Mechthild Prinz, Peter M Schneider, Thore Egeland, Leonor Gusmão
Forensic genetic laboratories perform an increasing amount of genetic analyses of the X chromosome, in particular to solve complex cases of kinship analysis. For some biological relationships X-chromosomal markers can be more informative than autosomal markers, and there are a large number of markers, methods and databases that have been described for forensic use. Due to their particular mode of inheritance, and their physical location on a single chromosome, some specific considerations are required when estimating the weight of evidence for X-chromosomal marker DNA data...
May 13, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544954/long-term-attention-deficits-combined-with-subcortical-and-cortical-structural-central-nervous-system-alterations-in-young-adults-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Sabrina Suffren, Diego Angulo, Yang Ding, Pablo Reyes, Jorge Marin, Jose T Hernandez, Nathalie Charpak, Gregory A Lodygensky
BACKGROUND: Being born small for gestational age has been associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities and smaller gray matter volumes in childhood. However, it is not known if these changes persist in adults and whether SGA has any impact on attention memory and IQ. AIMS: The goal of this study was to evaluate the association between birth weight and gray matter anatomy in adults born small for gestational age at term, in relation to IQ, attention and memory...
May 22, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544906/development-of-a-harmonized-patient-reported-outcome-questionnaire-to-assess-myelofibrosis-symptoms-in-clinical-trials
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Chad Gwaltney, Jean Paty, Virginia E Kwitkowski, Ruben A Mesa, Amylou C Dueck, Elektra J Papadopoulos, Lixia Wang, Joseph Feliciano, Stephen Joel Coons
Along with reducing spleen size, relieving symptom severity is a key objective of the treatment of myelofibrosis (MF). Several questionnaires have been developed for patient self-report of MF symptoms in clinical trials and each includes unique instructions, items, and/or response scales. This variability in questionnaire content increases uncertainty; it is unclear which questionnaire is the most appropriate for assessing MF symptoms and it makes comparisons across trials difficult. The Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Consortium's MF Working Group (WG) was established to review existing MF symptom questionnaires and to develop a harmonized, consensus-based PRO questionnaire for use in future MF trials...
May 12, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544841/transcatheter-valve-in-valve-implantation-failing-tricuspid-bioprosthesis-in-a-patient-with-ebstein%C3%A2-s-anomaly
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Pedro A Villablanca, Aman M Shah, David F Briceno, Ali N Zaidi, Mei Chau, Mario J Garcia, David Slovut, Cynthia Taub
Transcatheter valve-in-valve (VIV) implantation has been recently proposed as an alternative to surgical reoperative aortic valve replacement in patients with a failing aortic bioprosthesis. Experience with transcatheter VIV implantation at other valve positions is very limited. Herein is reported the case of an 18-year-old man with Ebstein's anomaly and severe tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation status after bioprosthetic valve replacement, who developed new dyspnea on exertion three years after the initial valve replacement...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544837/candida-endocarditis-a-review-of-twelve-episodes-in-eleven-patients
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Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Mateja Logar
BACKGROUND: Candida spp. are a rare but important cause of infective endocarditis. The study aim was to describe pertinent clinical data on consecutive patients with Candida endocarditis treated at a tertiary referral center between 1984 and 2013. METHODS: A retrospective search of the authors' endocarditis database was performed and the medical records of patients with confirmed Candida endocarditis were reviewed. Important data relating to demographics, medical history and clinical data, as well as information on outcome and treatment, were extracted...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544819/dual-malignancy-in-a-thyroid-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-and-small-lymphocytic-lymphoma-a-report-of-a-case-with-a-cyto-histologic-correlation
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Omar I Ahmed, Ziyan T Salih
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common thyroid malignancy. Simultaneous involvement of the thyroid gland by multiple malignancies, is a rare occurrence. Similarly, primary thyroid lymphomas are also rare. We are reporting a rare case of a dual thyroid malignancy; PTC with secondary thyroid involvement by chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), diagnosed on cytology and confirmed with flow cytometry, histology and immunohistochemistry. Imaging showed two hypermetabolic nodules, one in left parotid gland, and the other in the thyroid isthmus...
May 22, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544808/the-first-transepidermal-transplantation-of-non-cultured-epidermal-suspension-using-a-dermarolling-system-in-vitiligo-a-sequential-histological-and-clinical-study
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L Benzekri, Y Gauthier
The current methods for melanocyte delivery to depigmented skin are invasive and often require sophisticated approaches. Here we describe a promising simple and minimally invasive technique based on the dermarolling system. The technique involves preparation of a keratinocyte/melanocyte suspension prepared by trypsinization from a non-lesioned part of a patient's scalp skin and transepidermal delivery using a dermaroller equipped with 0.2 mm needles. Dermarolling leads to epidermal microinjuries without, however, causing pain or inflammation...
May 19, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544770/review-article-screening-genetics-risk-factors-and-treatment-of-neonatal-cataracts
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REVIEW
Jinyu Li, Chun-Hong Xia, Eddie Wang, Ke Yao, Xiaohua Gong
Neonatal cataracts remain the most common cause of visual loss in children worldwide and have diverse, often unknown, etiologies. This review summarizes current knowledge about the detection, treatment, genetics, risk factors, and molecular mechanisms of congenital cataracts. We emphasize significant progress and topics requiring further study in both clinical cataract therapy and basic lens research. Advances in genetic screening and surgical technologies have improved the diagnosis, management, and visual outcomes of affected children...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544731/taking-control-over-microbial-populations-current-approaches-for-exploiting-biological-noise-in-bioprocesses
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REVIEW
Frank Delvigne, Jonathan Baert, Hosni Sassi, Patrick Fickers, Alexander Grünberger, Christian Dusny
Phenotypic plasticity of microbial cells has attracted much attention and several research efforts have been dedicated to the description of methods aiming at characterizing phenotypic heterogeneity and its impact on microbial populations. However, different approaches have also been suggested in order to take benefit from noise in a bioprocess perspective, e.g. by increasing the robustness or productivity of a microbial population. This review is dedicated to outline these controlling methods. A common issue, that has still to be addressed, is the experimental identification and the mathematical expression of noise...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544666/identifying-target-reference-points-for-harvesting-assessment-limited-wildlife-populations-a-case-study
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Bryan S Stevens, James R Bence, William F Porter, Michael L Jones
Identifying appropriate strategies for sustainable harvest is a challenge for many terrestrial vertebrate species because of uncertain system dynamics, limited data to inform population models, and potentially conflicting objectives that seek to harvest and maintain populations at desirable levels. The absence of monitoring and assessment infrastructure needed to regularly estimate abundance accentuates this challenge for many species, and limits application of rigorous state-dependent frameworks for decision making that are commonly advocated in natural resource management...
May 22, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544642/evaluation-of-a-targeted-prescriber-education-intervention-on-emergency-department-discharge-oxycodone-prescribing
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Síne R Donaldson, Andrew M Harding, Simone E Taylor, Hassan Vally, Shaun L Greene
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on ED discharge opioid analgesic (OA) prescribing. METHODS: A brief, one-on-one, educational intervention was delivered to ED OA prescribers by an ED clinical champion. The percentage of patients receiving (i) written advice regarding appropriate oxycodone use, (ii) written or verbal advice regarding appropriate post-discharge follow up and (iii) written general practitioner notification that oxycodone had been prescribed were determined pre- and post-intervention, through review of electronic patient records and structured patient telephone interviews conducted 3-7 days after ED attendance...
May 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544615/suppressing-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-does-patient-global-assessment-blur-the-target-a-practice-based-call-for-a-paradigm-change
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Ricardo J O Ferreira, Cátia Duarte, Mwidimi Ndosi, Maarten de Wit, Laure Gossec, J A P da Silva
OBJECTIVES: In current management paradigms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), patient global assessment (PGA) is crucial to decide whether a patient has attained remission (target) or needs reinforced therapy. We investigated whether the clinical and psychological determinants of PGA are appropriate to support this important role. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, single centre study including consecutive ambulatory RA patients. Data collection comprised swollen (SJC28) and tender joint counts (TJC28), C-Reactive protein (CRP), PGA, pain, fatigue, function, anxiety, depression, happiness, personality traits, and comorbidities...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
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